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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: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 3:18 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

I like the Heisman Trophy.  On my list I would have replaced the Stanley Cup with the Heisman, because the Stanley has gotten so big that it's no longer practical to just have it sitting around on a non customized table.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 3:17 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

My Favorite.
The Borg Warner Trophy (Indianapolis 500).

Massive trophy, with a bas relief sculpture of every race winner. impressive.

I have to agree with you on the world series trophy. oh, and any award that is a jacket.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2010 3:06 pm

Best and worst trophies in sports

The Green Jacket is perhaps the worst trophy ever. I'd rather pee on it. The "NCAA" Plaque is just as bad. The WS Trophy isn't that bad. Your best trophy list is good.

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