The Little Brown Jug was originally purchased by Michigan prior to their 1903 contest against Minnesota out of fear that the host Gophers wouldn’t provide clean drinking water. The Jug didn’t become a traveling trophy until 1909, still qualifying it as the oldest such trophy in major college football. Adorned with scores from every game for over a century of Big Ten gridiron action, The Brown Jug is neither little nor brown. This thirty cent purchase from a Minnesota general store is, however, recognized beyond Big Ten borders as a symbol of the conference’s unmatched tradition.
Nearly identical in size to the actual Little Brown Jug, this one may not gain spousal approval for the dining room, nor may it fit on a traditional bookshelf. However this is a must-have for the diehard Gopher or Wolverine. This Jug has a 12 inch diameter, stands 15 inches and weighs 7 1/2 lbs. The jug that has traveled back and forth from Ann Arbor to Minneapolis checks in with a 12 inch diameter and stands 15 7/8 inches.
Please note that The Little Brown Jug is one trophy that is “divided” with half displaying the Michigan Block M and the other displaying the Minnesota block M.
The Little Brown Jug features the 2014 game result, and like the actual jug, ours been designed to allow for the writing of future scores in the appropriate space. We will write in the 2015 score; as the years go on you’ll find a steady hand and a fine tip sharpie will work best.