There are many bizarre traditions that are part of college livescore and the kinds of things that can make casual fans squirm in awe are often similar to the things that make passionate fans adore their favourite pastime more. One of the oddest tradition in college football is the annual state rivalry football match between Indiana University (located in Bloomington, IN) and Purdue University (located in West Lafayette, IN) has been played for many years to win a distinctive trophy called”The old Oaken Bucket.
To fully comprehend the reason to the reason for the unique name of this head to match, the historical background of the phrase must be recognized. The trophy, which is known by the name of Old Oaken Bucket actually dates to the 1920s and is among the oldest football trophies to be found in existence. The concept behind the trophy which is currently contesting in the two Big Ten Conference rivals was first discussed at an alumni meeting held in 1925 in Chicago. In 1925, both Hoosiers as well as Boilermakers alumni met to discuss ideas on how best to commemorate the fierce rivalry of the two institutions, which are located just 100 miles from each other.
The peculiar phrase “oaken” bucket is shared by the two The Dr. Clarence Jones (an Indiana alumni) as well as Russel Gray (a Purdue alum). The resolution was adopted at a 1925 reunion of alumni in Chicago and basically declared that the term “old oaken bucket” (oaken simply means oak wood) is the best option since it was considered to represent “the most common Hoosier type of trophy.” In this particular instance, Hoosier wasn’t specifically referring to the Indiana University Hoosiers but rather to all Indiana citizens, who collectively referred to as Hoosiers. This includes those who are Purdue graduates and students that also fall in the same category as Hoosiers. In reality, the nickname for the state for Indiana is Hoosier State.
The inspiration and origins for the expression “old oaken bucket” actually predates the joint alumni gatherings between Purdue as well as Indiana by approximately 100 years. It is believed that Dr. Jones and Mr. Gray selected the phrase “old oaken bucket partly because it’s the name of a well-known poem which writer Samuel Woodworth wrote in 1817. While Woodworth is one of the American of the east coast (Massachusetts) rather than Indiana the poetic words were written about the enchanting memories he held of the place the family he was raised were ones that many Indiana natives could relate to.
It is interesting to note that the first game of the epic series was a 0-0 draw in 1925. Since then, Purdue is the leader in this Old Oaken Bucket series with an overall record of 56-23-3 in their games with the Indiana University (IU) Hoosiers.