Maybe the BCS National Championship trophy should just stay in the trophy case. After a team wins the national championship, it’s understandable for everyone to want to touch and hold the winning hardware. Assuming the crystal football makes it out of that commotion unscathed, teams may want to consider just counting their blessings and tucking it away. Alabama may feel that way after what took place Saturday afternoon.
According to ESPN.com, a current Alabama player’s father accidentally tripped over the rug that was under the podium holding the BCS Coaches’ Trophy and sent it tumbling to the ground. The $30,000 trophy reportedly shattered and broke into tiny pieces of crystal.
The $30,000 can easily be replaced by Alabama, so in this situation I just feel badly for the father who caused it to fall. Can you imagine how humiliated he must have felt? For what it’s worth, he’s not alone. Florida recruit Orson Charles fumbled the Gators’ BCS National Championship trophy back in 2008 and the end result was the same.
“It’s pretty fragile, I guess,” trophy manager for the American Football Coaches Association Charlie Green said. “It only weighs about eight pounds so I can see where if it gets bumped it would roll off.”
Green also added that he uses adhesive tape to secure the trophy to its stand when it’s touring around the country. In hindsight, that was probably the way to go.
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