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Best and worst trophies in sports

Posted on: March 7, 2010 1:27 am
So many sports championships out there.  Some give out great prizes that make you want to run faster, hit harder, or spin quickly in the air just for the opportunity to touch the thing.  Others are a complete waste.  Here is my list of best and worst trophies.
#1: The Olympic Gold Medal.  Nothing says "I am the best in the world" better than a pound of gold hanging around your neck.  This is not something you set on a shelf and forget about:  this is something meant to be worn so all the world can see.  Have two or three?  Wear them all!  Silver and Bronze are great too - 4th place just plain stinks.   (A subtle note: even though athletes compete as countries, the medals are personal).
#2:  The Stanley Cup.  No, I don't really know who "Lord Stanley" is; and I don't care.  Frankly, I don't even like hockey.  But that trophy is the best around:  It's instantly recognizable.  I love that it has names on it that go clear back to the ABA days (or whatever they called minor league hockey a hundred years ago).  And I love the fact that there is only one trophy, not a whole set of them in trophy cases all around the continent.  They don't even call it the NHL Playoffs - it's the "Stanley Cup."  And skating the cup? Priceless.
#3:  The Superbowl Ring.  I've always thought it was pretty lame that, after a group of guys hit, run, push, and crunch their way to one of sport's highest pinnacles, the Superbowl, that the owner, some guy sitting in the booth, gets to hoist the trophy - which presumably goes into his office never to be seen by anyone making less than $500K.  But the ring?  That belongs to the player.  He wears it for life.  When he's 90 and junior is sitting on his lap - he can show him the ring.  No other sport has that.  (And you've got plenty of fingers to try for another one.
#1:  The Green Jacket.  Of course, winning the Masters is the ultimate in golf.  You achieve that, and they give you - a blazer?  And a green one at that - something you'd laugh to find at Goodwill.  At best it says "we're part of a snobby country club that YOU will never be a part of."  Do they let "those" people in?  Century 21 Real Estate gives the "gold jacket," the Masters - the green.  I think the real estate agents get the better deal.
#2:  The NCAA "Plaque".  With as many a 256 teams competing, winning an NCAA Championship is one of the toughest things to acheive.  Have you ever seen a team tote around the trophy they get for winning an NCAA Championship?  It looks like the wooden plaque you ordered a "Joes Trophy Shop" down the street.  Ugh.  (And don't get me started on the trophy they DON'T give in football)
#3:  The World Series Trophy.  It's a bunch of flags in a circle.  Looks pretty delicate to me.  This one belongs lost in some manager's trophy case.
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Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2010 10:25 am

Best and worst trophies in sports

I agree with the best but i would add the "FIFA World Cup Trophy" and I would also add the "Heisman Trophy"

And for the worst i would add the BCS national Championship because it looks more like a candy dish and someone is finally going to drop it and its going to break on live T.V

Since: Jul 26, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:17 am

Best and worst trophies in sports

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:14 am

Best and worst trophies in sports

Yes, very nice!  That "drink a jug of milk" thing though has got to go!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:12 am

Best and worst trophies in sports

Agree.  The "run for the roses" makes a lot of sense.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:10 am

Best and worst trophies in sports

Agree - any trophy you can pose as in the end zone is worth a vote - maybe I'll add as #4.

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2010 2:10 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

I maybe prejudiced on this one, but the Kentucky Derby trophy for the horse-owner is a simple, yet elegant, traditional golden trophy.  They used to display it at a shopping mall near me the week before the Derby when I was a teenager.  Even then I thought it was a great looking trophy.  See it at

It is the race every horse-owner, trainer, and jockey wants to win at least once in their lifetime and it has a beautiful trophy to represent it.

Go Cards!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 12:31 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

I will agree with most of your trophy choices, I however have to add a few to the list


1. Heisman trophy
2. World Series of Poker Bracelet(plus $$$$$)
3. John Wooden Award


1. Ugly yellowish NFL HOF Jacket
2. NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL Champs(looks like a candy dish)
3. NBA Champions(they hold a Basketball all year who wants a Basketball shaped trophy)

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:16 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

As far as best goes, somewhere on my list is the crystal ball won for the N.C in college football

Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 4:37 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

The original NBA HORSE trophy was the worse trphy of all time.  Not sure what it looked like this year since didn't watch any NBA all-star activaties.  But last year that trophy looked something from my little pony. 

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:31 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

Okay so after all the other posts the Jacket, The platters, and the rings should be the worst. The best should be the Cup for sure because of the nostalgia alone every championship team has lifted that exact same cup. Thats amazing!! Plus its the most traditional looking trophy trophy in sports. Second should be the Heisman there are just way too many athletes to compete with at that level to obtain the heisman. Again when you see it theres no question what award they are talking about. Third the BCS crystal football is just a stunning peice of crystal and again at the college level theres just too much competition to not give them recognition. Great posts everyone. Love the thread.

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