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PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:09 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Give credit to Iowa and Nebraska for this: the concept of naming their new annual rivalry game the "Heroes Game" and using it as a platform for celebrating "local heroes" is an original, engaging, endearingly Midwestern concept.

So it's a minor shame the trophy unveiled this week to be awarded to the winner -- and upon which the names of said heroes will be engraved -- doesn't quite live up to the uniqueness of the concept. Here it is: 


The base -- with its classic look, engraving areas, and plaque celebrating the two programs involved -- is exactly what you'd want. But did the crown piece have to be so completely, utterly generic?

Remove the Iowa and Nebraska logos, and you're looking at a metallic football that could be attached to any trophy for any rivalry in the country. It's a fine line between classy and boring --  this is still an improvement on, say, the corporate monstrosity that was the original design for this year's Iowa-Iowa State game -- but this strays too far over that line towards "eh." Couldn't the "leaf" details at least be a nod towards the much more Iowa-Nebraska-centric corn than wheat or, we guess, laurels? (Though you don't want to go too far in that direction, either.) 

So overall, a solid effort, with just that little bit extra missing ... which, come to think of it, is a lot like Iowa's and Nebraska's 2011 seasons.  Maybe the designers know what they're doing afterall.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:26 am

PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

Bronceyesfan, I love that idea for the trophy. Not that you don't have enough seed sponsers, but i'm sure they would be lining up to get there name associated with such a game!

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:15 am

PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

I think they should use the same base but instead of that bland football, there should be a cob of corn with laces in it on top.  I read on here last year (might have been longer ago) that this rivalry should be called "The Clash In the Cornfield".  I think that would be perfect considering Iowa is [heaven] the home of corn and Nebraska are the Cornhuskers (a name they got from Iowa - originally they were the Bug Eaters).

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:02 am

PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

Gotta agree the authjor has gotten a little too "Mr. Blackwell nit-picky" 
;regarding a trophy. Anyways a trophy is inanimate object. The real reward is seen on the playing field. Plus you have the cool thing of some locals getting recognized for going above and beyond. 

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:13 pm

PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

Sorry, that's "Corn BOWL".

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:12 pm

PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

I was at today's game, and Iowa and Nebraska student societies came up with their own trophy, the "Corn Bows" which is MUCH more individualized, and a gavel that will be passed to the winner each year.  As much as the new rivalry feels "manufactured", if actual students come up with something, I'm more accepting of it.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:02 pm

PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

I beg to differ. I think it is a fine trophy. It isn't too unique, that what is so wrong with that? What do you want, a stalk of corn on top? The trophy is cool and it does have the logos of Nebraska and Iowa on it to make it unique. I believe the author is nit-picking here.

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