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Battle for the Axe

Tomorrow our Wisconsin Badgers will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers. These teams will be competing for the ever famous Paul Bunyan's Axe.

The trophy goes to the winner of the annual University of Wisconsin-Madison vs. Minnesota game, the longest football series in Division I-A football. The teams first met in 1890 and have played consecutively since 1907. The axe replaced other trophies in the rivalry, such as the walnut Slab of Bacon, and was a gift of the National W Club in 1948. The winners of all the Wisconsin-Minnesota games are engraved on the handle. In November 2003 the original axe was donated to the College Football Hall of Fame and replaced by a sturdier version with room for more names on the handle.

Now keeping in mind that the gopher is part of the badgers' regular diet, I hope to see all of you out there supporting our team!

Also in the spirit of Homecoming, we have created a special Flickr collection dedicated to UW-Madison Homecoming images through the decades. Take a peek!

 

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