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The most prestigious trophy in all the land is back, baby

Isn’t she lovely?

Welp, it looks like P.J. Fleck is taking his talents to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”.

Early reports are that Fleck has agreed to a deal with the University of Minnesota that is going to be in the range of 5-6 years at about $3.5 Million per year. The pockets of the Big Ten are deeper than the MAC indeed and the darling of just about every coaching search conversation has upgraded from a dinky to a yacht this offseason.

While there is a lot of speculation as to what slogan P. J. Fleck is going to be bringing with him to his new job (WMU secured the rights to the slogan in 2015), there is one thing we do know: That it is time to bring back the Honeycrisp Trophy.

What is the Honeycrisp Trophy?

For the entire history lesson, you can look at this post from our friends at The Daily Gopher, but long story short the trophy began in Twenty-Ought-Thirteen when two readers of their blog suggested it because...why not.

Makes sense to me.

Wait, why the hell is this an apple trophy?

This goes deep but let us quote from TDG:

Those of you who spend time over at Off Tackle Empire will already be familiar with this, but there is an OTE meme where Honeycrisp apples are a reason to hate Minnesota. I know, that doesn't make sense. The Honeycrisp apple inspired HATE was created by TOC and OTE member Spartan HT during OTE's Minnesota week. Here's the comment that started it all:

and fuck Minnesota for developing the Honeycrisp apple

You assholes have made my life so much more miserable since you developed it. All I hear about when I go home is how great the Honeycrisp is from people, despite the fact that you consumers grossly overpay for it because it really doesn’t cost as much to produce now that growers don’t have to pay royalties for the trees anymore. Do you know how many Honeycrisp apples I’ve had to pull out by hand when we take our apples out of storage because your POS apple can’t store worth a crap? I think the number is in the hundreds of thousands.

Now I go to grad school and if I want to do any research, I have to make sure it revolves around Honeycrisp. It’s all there is to effing do in the apple community, and it’s been screwing me over almost every step of the way since I’ve started grad school. Also, your stupid apple breeding program can’t move beyond the success of Honeycrisp, and now has to use it as a parent in every new variety that they’re releasing. Real original guys.

Fuck Minnesota and it’s apples.

In case you can't tell, SpartanHT works with apples. He may dislike the Honeycrisp (aka one of the best things invented at the University of Minnesota). Just one of those random moments when the internet world and a commenter's real life skills/knowledge collide in an awesome way. The Honeycrisp Trophy is the offspring of this random comment.

That about explains it.

Who created this amazing trophy?

As is detailed in the post, neither TDG or TOC created the design of the trophy. This beaut was the brain child of OTE and SOP member Lincoln Park Wildcat (@LPWildcat). He is a genius in a Northwestern fan’s body. Give him a thanks online for his hard work.

When does this thing change hands?

Well, the initial rules were set up that it would switch hands of the blogs every time the Gophers and the Spartans faced off in wither Football, Basketball or Hockey. The Gophers did have it after back to back wins over the hockey team in early December but thanks to Michigan State’s road win over Minnesota in OT, we are the current holders of this wonderful piece of fake internet legend.

What do you expect for me to do with this information?

Well, Minnesota made some splashes today bringing in the personification of a Red Bull IV drip that is P.J. Fleck and it only seems right that as a fellow Big Ten member, we remind them where there place is in the pecking order, run their faces in the fact that we have a completely made up trophy and mark your calendars for October 14th when we get to face off for the best trophy of them all.