Tag:Heroes Game Trophy
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:09 pm
 

PHOTOS: Iowa-Nebraska "Heroes Game" Trophy

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.
 
 
 
 
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