Little Brown Jug of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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The Little Brown Jug of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a trophy awarded each year to the winner of the high school football game played between Sault Ste. Marie and Newberry. The game has been played since 1911 and is recorded as one of the oldest rivalries in Michigan football history.[1] Sault Ste. Marie leads Newberry in the series 51-26-5. Each year, the winner inscribes the year and score from the game. Sault Ste. Marie currently holds the Jug as of the 2013 football season.

History[edit]

According to one account, the Upper Peninsula's Brown Jug tradition began in 1910. After defeating Minnesota 6-0, the University of Michigan football team stopped in Newberry on its return trip to Ann Arbor when one of the coaches left behind the Little Brown Jug trophy. After defeating Sault Ste. Marie 18-6, the rivalry was born. The original Jug was later returned to the University of Michigan, but a replica of the Jug was sent by Michigan to keep the rivalry going.

In 1938, the Little Brown Jug rivalry was revived after a 12-year lapse. A 1938 article on the revival of the "jug" rivalry noted: "The original jug was lost but another has been acquired to take its place. The jug will serve as a trophy and will be presented to the winner after each game."[2] The replacement jug was donated in 1938 by J. Harry Burris of Sault, president of the Lion's Club, who told a reporter that he found the jug at a "white elephant" sale held by the Lion's Club.[3] In 1939, three buses and 20 automobiles carried Sault players and fans to Newberry for what was described as "the annual classic for possession of the 'brown jug.'"[4][5] A 1939 newspaper feature article described the rivalry as follows:
"Almost every years since 1913, the two schools have been settling their football differences on the gridiron. At times the rivalry reached a pitch where it was almost necessary to suspend relations. Everything has been going smoothly the last few years. But the competition is again on the hot side with the two teams playing for possession of the jug. The brown jug was put up for competition in the 1920s but was lost some years later."[3][6]
By the 1950s, the Brown Jug was one of the most coveted trophies in Michigan high school football:
"Riding on the outcome of the N-S contest is possession of the coveted Little Brown Jug, considered to be one of the most prized of Upper Peninsula high school football. The cup has been in possession of Newberry since 1948 when the Indians nosed out the Blue Devils 13-5, to snap a nine-game losing streak.[7]

When Sault won the 1953 contest after five straight wins by Newberry, Sault's football coach presented the Brown Jug to the students at a pep assembly, as "a symbol of gridiron supremacy."[8]

In 1966, a Sault Ste. Marie newspaper reported that the coveted Little Brown Jug was "one of the oldest in the history of the Upper Peninsula High School grid circles, dating back to 1913."[9]

In 2005, after a lapse of several years, the renewal of the Upper Peninsula's Little Brown Jug was published in the Congressional Record by U.S. Representative Bart Stupak: "In the last game of the regular season, the Indians renewed an old rivalry with Sault Sainte Marie High School. It had been several years since Newberry and the Soo played for the 'Little Brown Jug' but the Indians rolled up a 20-0 victory, reclaiming the Jug."[10] Some ninety years after it began, the Little Brown Jug remains one of the most notable trophies in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[11][12][13][14]

Scores[edit]

Year Newberry Sault Ste. Marie
2013 6 41
2012 6 38
2011 6 30
2010 31 22
2009 15 8
2008 6 38
2007 16 41
2006 7 27
2005 36 6
2004 20 0
1998 0 43
1997 6 13
1996 0 38
1995 17 0
1994 7 12
1993 20 21
1992 12 34
1991 0 20
1990 28 14
1989 0 26
1988 0 22
1987 8 59
1986 21 22
1985 14 20
1984 17 6
1983 23 6
1982 8 0
1981 13 0
1980 28 6
1979 12 0
1978 0 37
1977 6 40
1976 20 7
1975 36 37
1974 8 9
1973 20 6
1972 20 13
1971 16 0
1970 18 6
1969 13 27
1968 7 22
1967 7 20
1966 0 34
1965 7 0
1964 7 27
1963 7 40
1962 6 40
1961 12 14
1960 12 14
1958 12 8
1957 0 34
1956 0 45
1955 6 34
1954 2 14
1953 6 12
1952 12 12
1951 29 0
1950 40 0
1949 13 0
1948 13 6
1947 0 7
1946 6 19
1945 6 49
1944 0 20
1943 12 25
1942 6 13
1941 0 6
1939 0 6
1938 6 12
1937 27 18
1936 7 12
1935 19 0
1934 7 7
1933 0 12
1932 13 18
1931 6 6
1930 0 51
1929 0 39
1928 0 6
1927 12 6
1926 0 20
1925 26 20
1924 12 25
1923 12 13
1921 6 20
1911 18 6

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • ^ Rob Pesch. "More Than a Game" (PDF). Michigan High School Athletic Association. 
  • ^ "Schools Have Met 29 Times in 25 Years: Lock City Has Won 19 Games, Lost 6 and Tied 4 With Celery City Outfits; Play for 'Brown Jug'". Evening News. 1938-10-01. 
  • ^ a b "Sault-Newberry Grid Rivalry One of Most Colorful in Peninsula: Two Schools Have Met Nearly Every Year Since 1913; Play for 'Brown Jug'". Evening News. 1939-09-30. 
  • ^ "Sault Retains 'Brown Jug' In 6 To 0 Victory Over Newberry". Evening News. 1939-10-02. 
  • ^ "Sault High Battles Indians for 'Little Brown Jug' at Newberry: Band, Players and Fans Will Go In Buses; DeCook's Eleven to Attempt Winning Back Coveted Trophy from Blue Devils". Evening News. 1939-09-29. 
  • ^ "Sault High Holds 'Brown Jug' in Winning from Newberry 12-6". Evening News. 1938-10-03. 
  • ^ "Sault-Newberry In Little Brown Jug Battle Here Friday". Evening News. 1953-09-15. 
  • ^ "Will Present 'Jug' On Wednesday". Evening News. 1953-09-29. 
  • ^ "Soo High, Newberry Meet Tonight". Evening News. 1966-09-23. 
  • ^ Hon. Bart Stupak (2005-03-02). "Congressional Tribute to Newberry High School Indians Football Team" (PDF). The Congressional Record. 
  • ^ "Blue Devils Close with Win, Keep Jug". Sault Ste. Marie Evening News. 2008-10-26. 
  • ^ Rob Roos (2007-10-18). "Sault-Newberry To Clash in Little Brown Jug Game: Blue Devils Playing Host to Indians in Final Regular Season Game". Sault Ste. Marie Evening News. 
  • ^ Rob Roos (2006-10-22). "Blue Devils Regain Jug, Land Playoff Position". Sault Ste. Marie Evening News. 
  • ^ Rob Roos (2004-10-24). "Newberry Blanks Blue Devils, Brings Home Little Brown Jug". Sault Ste. Marie Evening News.