Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Things That Make You Go...

THE TROPHY DURING BETTER TIMES
Hmmm...

It could be a bad omen and it could lead one player straight to the bench or, at the very, it could lead to a restraining order preventing his dad from getting within 50 yards of the BCS trophy...

The crystal football Alabama won for beating LSU in the BCS championship game in January was shattered on A-Day when it was accidentally knocked off a display by the father of a current player.

Oops.

Athletic department spokesman Jeff Purinton said the Waterford Crystal trophy, valued at $30,000, was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility as part of the festivities for the Crimson Tide's spring football game Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He says the man stumbled on a rug that was under the trophy display.

Welcome, to the Mortified Hall of Fame.

Purinton said the school is working with the American Football Coaches Association, which owns the trophy, on getting a replacement.

Florida's 2006 trophy was destroyed when it was accidentally knocked off a pedestal by a recruit in 2008. In 2004, Florida State had two trophies stolen.

(John Clark, you said those were “replicas!”  Damn your oily hide!)

THE AFTERMATH (Evidently, the trophy got a little dirty)
''In 2009 and again this season, Alabama did a great job showing the trophy off to fans even after we turned it over to them,'' said Charley Green, manager of the coaches' trophy. ''Unfortunately it is fragile, and accidents can happen.

Green said the trophy makes appearances for several weeks before it is turned over to the school in mid-January.

''We use a temporary adhesive called museum gel to keep the crystal from falling off its pegs,'' he said. ''We do provide that substance to winning schools, along with a page of assembly instructions. But we have no way of knowing whether the schools use the gel.''

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