Clearly the Illibuck because nothing says "buckeye" and "Illini" like a freaking turtle.
Clearly the Illibuck because nothing says "buckeye" and "Illini" like a freaking turtle.
What a compelling start to that "rivalry." 41+ points to 0-9 points for four consecutive OSU victories. Jesus.
are not the first games. In the first 5 years of the trophy (first three years had the real turtle), Illinois won 4 times, 3 by shutouts:
After that it was downhill for the Ilini, winning less than a third of the time.
Please. What about that stupid Illibuck trophy that Illinois and OSU play for. It's a turtle for God's sake.
My ninja speed is superior to yours.
Gotta go with the Iowa v. Iowa State Cy-Hawk Trophy. Specifically, the one they killed shortly after unveiling it because it was so damn awful:
Iowa: Come for the corn, stay for... well, hope you like corn, because that's about it.
Hands down the best.
It would have been better if the chick was pregnant.
And stay even though it smells like pig farm. If you say "what smell?", then you have lived there too long. I have fallen victim to that myself. Me to husband "Remember when it used to smell here all the time?" He answers. "Yeah, it doesn't smell anymore. We better move if we can't smell it."
I have lived in Iowa for a couple years now, and even the natives hated it! Winner hands-down, even if just for the name of "cy-hawk" trophy. Really? That's the most original name you could think of?
Keep reading. It gets worse (ie WMU-CMU)
The Haw-Cy trophy
Grapes of Wrath right there.
The most unstupidist college football trophy is The Brown Jug.
The Peddlewheel Trophy (Pitt vs Cincinnati). What in the hell...
Battle for the Bones or Famous Dave's Ribs trophy (Memphis vs. Alabama-Birmingham)
The Milk Can (Boise State vs Fresno State)
... I actually think the Milk Can is kind of awesome.
Seconded. And I don't hate the ribs trophy because it makes me think of delicious ribs. The first one, though....
Seconded. It reminds me of a farming stanley cup.
and runs past Cinncinnati, the Paddlewheel trophy would seem to be a reminder of the river boat traffic that was an important part of both cities history.
Battle for the Bones is kinda creepy, it's like someone had to be sacrificed to win that thing!
It's because the cities have both long claimed title of best bbq, though eastern Carolina style is clearly their superior.
Generic trophy for a generically-named generic rivalry made so by conference realignment.
But really deep hatred for each other. They really, really hate each other, maybe even more than Iowa hates Iowa State. What's the N on the helmet stand for? Knowledge!
Maybe for Iowa, but not really for Nebraska. I lived there for a while and they never really thought about Iowa. The rivalry that seemed to be taking hold there was with Wisconsin. They had long-running rivalries with Oklahoma and Colorado that got to that deep level of hatred.
It's kind of like how Illinois thinks Michigan is a big rival.
that joke never gets old! =)
As with all truncated pyramids topped with a football, it has new-age magical powers.
Iowa wants it to heal players injured by the AIRBHG.
I give you the Paddlewheel trophy, going to the winner of the Pittsburgh vs. Cinncinati game.
That's kind of awesome. Ohio River cities, it's a steamboat captain's thingee. Far better than the "Heroes Game."
TCU vs SMU
Hah! This is awesome!
I like the insane trophies just as much as the cool ones.
WTF is that? Why not just stick a label on a hubcap and call it a trophy.
But the Paul Bunyan trophy for the M/MSU game is pretty ghastly.
I agree it's hideous, but at least it has history. Yay for Tradition!
It's been around awhile now, but there isn't any great story behind it or anything. When MSU joined the B1G in the 1950s, the governor of Michigan donated a trophy for the teams to play for. The Little Brown Jug, it ain't.
Yeah, but that governor's nom de guerre was Soapy.
Up until sparty parading the Bunyan figure around from 2008-2011 like they won the Stanley Cup, I knew very little about the Paul Bunyan. All I can remember is Lloyd calling it ugly.
Never read anything about Bo on the Paul Bunyan. Or really any coach before Lloyd for that matter on Paul Bunyan.
Actually I'm getting estimates from a local artist who is a wood sculptor on how much it would cost to do an authentic Paul Bunyan Trophy that is full size. I'm already very, very interested in the replica Little Brown Jug being made currently by the artist who paints the scores on the jug. It was at the MGoPatio event for Jon Falk. It's looking very nice. Quite a large price tag though. I'd expect Bunyan to be more just based on the size of it.
All those years of calling Paul Bunyan ugly, I think we all took it for granted. Sure looked beautiful in the locker room with the players last year.
and of course The Telephone - Iowa State vs Mizzou
What the hell is that Pittsburgh vs. Cincy trophy? Spare warp speed parts to a ship?
It's the speed control gauge from a paddle boat. It makes sense as a trophy. Both cities linked by the Ohio River. Thumbs up.
Toledo vs. Bowling Green
That trophy has a special place in my heart. GO FALCONS!
The peace pipe was better but understand it had to go; it really didn't have much history. Too bad they couldn't have made a better trophy like a Falcon holding a Rocket in its talons or something. Honestly, I would rather have a piece of asphalt as the trophy than the current one.
The UT-BGSU rivalry goes back to 1919, and was suspended after riots broke out following a 63-0 UT blowout in 1935.
In 1948, the smoking of a six-foot peace pipe was instated as a gesture of goodwill between the two basketball teams at half-time of the annual game. The peace pipe would be kept by the winning university until the teams played again the following season. The tradition came to an abrupt and unpleasant end in 1969 when the pipe was stolen from the UT offices. It was never recovered and the thief never caught.
If not stupid, it was at least very lame
My experience of this rivalry was in 2005, UT prevailing in triple overtime in BG
It wasn't much better but just pointing it out.
The Land Grant trophy in the OP looks like they're moving something from my Grandpa's office.
Celebrating the great history of the ND-Stanford game since 1989. They had only played 5 times prior to the introduction of the trophy.
What do you mean? They are a REAL Notre Dame rival though!
Good God. These schools should be embarrassed to be playing for such trophies.
The Little Brown Jug has a history that's epic, not only for the reason it was bought but because it was part of an actual Michigan/Minnesota game 110 years ago.
And so began the rest of the college football world inventing trophies that really have nothing to do with their history. You grab the first animal, appliance or fairy tale character that comes to mind, put it on top of a plaque, and then tell two random schools to play for it every years.
ETA: Never knew Notre Dame and Stanford played for a punch bowl.
Yeah, most of these trophys are just made up so that other schools can rip off the Little Brown Jug mystique. They accomplish nothing.
If I'm a player, I would feel foolish parading some of these around just because I'm supposed to.
I don't watch the CFL let alone CIS football but I do think this one deserves mention. I present to you the PANDA GAME! A cross-town rivalry game, between the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens, that surely causes panda-monium when played.
This game will be played on Saturday for the first time in 15 years as Carleton had shut-down its football program following the 1998 season.
Crab Bowl trophy for the Maryland vs. Navy game. It's a bowl, with crab in it, that was created a few years ago for two teams that haven't really played each other since the 60's. It's a stupid trophy for a pretty much non existent "rivalry."
This one made me chuckle. And it was from the Bleacher Report-
It's called the CMU/WMU Rivalry Trophy
Louisville-Cincinnati...The keg of nails? Dumb.
or the victory barrel between NC State and ECU.
You can't put your names on a wooden barrel and call it a rivalry.
I'm struggling to understand what is dumb about a KEG OF NAILS.
Is it that time of the month, again?
I gather it has something to do that fictitious/invisible bitch/made up excuse known as Aunt Flow. She is a bitch and causes anyone who comes in contact to become an irritable bitch. It may sound horrible but it's even worse when this "visit" is postponed or cancelled
Sometimes you just feel like taking it beyond the original snarky comment...
As of 2009, Illinois and Northwestern play for a hat:
They play Minnesota for Floyd of Rosedale (which was a live pig at first) and Wisconsin for the Heartland Trophy. Minnesota and Wisconsin battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe.
I didn't realize he was ever real...Also, he's a good-sized pig as trophy pigs go.
Then you haven't ever watched one of these games. Hard to not hear the announcers talk about that
Actually a neat "behind the scenes" history to that: racism. Minnesota had a star back in the 30s named Ozzie Simmons who happened to be black. The Iowa team took exception to that and injured/targeted him. The next year the governors got to smacktalking and thus the bet was a prize Minnesota pig.
I looked it up, and I believe that this is now my favorite non Brown Jug trophy. Love the history, especially as it was an era when Minnesota was actually good.
I live in the Twin Cities and know quite a few people who have gone to those respective schools. They take Trolling very seriously.
Another god awful trophy from around this area is the War on I 94...Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wisconsin-Stout started playing in 1917, but the trophy was introduced 2 years ago. Who doesn't get pumped up playing for a wooden interstate sign?
I don't think any one dude in that pic could be any happier!
I would sacrifice my life to win that trophy. That has to be a major recruiting tool.
Any trophy established before 1970 (or choose your preferred year) is a winner, I don't care what it looks like. Anything established since them is merely an attempt to recreate the tradition of older trophies.
In any event, I'll throw in LSU-Arkansas as the worst:
the venerable trophy for the winner of the Indiana/Purdue game? It could have just as easily have been called the Old Oak Pail.
Has a bigger crowd than most these rivalries.
Nothing to contribute, but this thread is awesome. Sombody should do a poll for the board to vote for worst trophy, but it's impossible to choose.
but Case and Wooster play for a stringer of golden fish:
The winner each year gets a new fish on its end of the stringer--you get a pike or bass for a blowout, a bluegill or perch for a close win.
I went to Case, and while I did know there was a FB team, I had NO IDEA that there was a rivalry with anyone. If anyone I would have guessed Carnegie Mellon or RPI, just based on out geeking each other.
is Carnegie. But I don't thnk there's a trophy.
The stringer was started by two brothers, both econ professors, one at Case and the other at Wooster.
that fish stringer is awesome.
Now THAT is awesome. I want to watch them play* to see the team captain parade around his catch o' the day.
*(that is, watch the last 30 seconds of the game.)
This is the only trophy Eastern has won in the last 30 years.
Here, take this 20 lb block of wood, with a mitten shaped jagged piece of glass on top sticking up like, hello! Now celebrate and jump around...
Best trophy after the Brown Jug in my opinion is the Platypus Trophy. Because it is of a frickin' platypus.
The Territorial Cup between Arizona and ASU is hands-down the stupidest trophy. Not because the trophy itself is all that stupid, but because the schools trumpet it as "the oldest rivalry trophy in college sports." The cup was awarded to ASU (by God knows who) for going undefeated in the state (then territory) of Arizona in 1899, and then was promptly lost until 1980 when someone dug it up somewhere and stashed it in the university archives. In 2001 ASU decided to make it a rivalry trophy between them and UA. So it's the oldest object being used as a trophy. Lame, since the history of the Brown Jug runs a hell of a lot deeper.
The best are the ones that didn't begin as trophies, but were just random stuff that teams decided to play for. Any trophy that actually began its life as a trophy is not the same.
All of this shows that the Little Brown Jug is so cool that everyone wants a piece of it, even if they have to just make shit up.
We have nice things.
BYU, Utah, and Utah State battle for a boot.
It looks like something made in the tool department at Home Depot... I'm going to paint all if my screwdrivers gold now!
that neither school can find? Stumbled on this article for that heated Wyoming-Hawaii rivalry trophy, the Paniolo Trophy. Due to scheduling in the MWC, they have one more season to find it or re-create it from pictures.
Is no one really going to mention the Paul Bunyan trophy? It is one of the ugliest looking trophies.
I'd say the rag that LSU and Tulane play for, not only a bad game for a rivalry but an ugly trophy even if there is a cool story behind it (not sure what the story is)
Are we trolling schools with smaller football programs for having unique rivalries and quirky trophies?
These sorts of rivalries and trophies are what I love about College Football.