Friday, May 15, 2009

So we are planning a camp this summer for our area youth. We've secured a location and quite a few volunteers. I just worked out the preaching arrangements and we will be letting some of our volunteers handle the majority of the planning. This leaves me to deal with some of the more important details like the camp trophy. I'm thinking we go with a guys/girls competition for the week instead of pitting churches against each other since we are going for unity. The big question is what the trophy should be. It needs to be pretty absurd and also really cheap. I thought the random people here might be able to help me out.

To get the creative juices flowing here is a list of traveling trophies awarded to the victor of major college football games.

  1. Illinois vs. Ohio State—Illibuck (originally a live turtle is was replaced with a wooden one when the live one died)
  2. Colorado State vs. Wyoming—The Bronze Boot
  3. UC Davis vs. Sacramento State—The Causeway Carriage (yes an actual Victorian carriage)
  4. Notre Dame vs. USC—Jeweled Shillelagh (no really it's not what it looks like)

  5. Wisconsin vs. Minnesota—Paul Bunyan's Axe (Babe the ox was part of the deal till they had a BBQ)
  6. Minnesota vs. Iowa—Floyd of Rosedale (Originally a live pig to settle a bet now a bronze trophy of a pig)
  7. Iowa State vs. Missouri—The Telephone Trophy
  8. Purdue vs. Illinois—The Purdue Cannon (yes a real cannon that was stolen by Illinois then became a traveling trophy)
  9. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute vs. Union College—Dutchman's Shoes (who said guys can't want shoes?)
  10. Texas vs. Oklahoma—The Golden Hat (Lately a permanent fixture in Norman)

So there are 10 of the weirdest trophies in College sports. Many of the trophies came from odd settled bets or grew out of the lore of the colleges. We could wait a few years till something comes up on its own but I'm really thinking I'd like to try and get some kind of excitement generated at the start of camp. Sure we can get a nice trophy but I think some piece of randomness, some might even say junk, would make a better trophy. I will say that I'm not interested in your skank dolls for this, katdish, so don't even offer. We have values or something like it. Now a pink flamingo being attacked by scary metal mouths would be nice.


Helen said...

OK. I'm thinking. I'll get back to you tomorrow.

katdish said...

Now see, when you say that "it should be pretty absurd and also really cheap" I immediately thought of some type of sculpture in your likeness. I think I could pull it off. I also have a rooster head carved out of wood and mounted on a stand that for some unknown reason my dad's girlfriend thought I would dig the most. Actually, I have tons of random crap I would be more than willing to send you. And I'm not even kidding.

katdish said...

Edit: my dad's wife. Sorry, after 7 bad marriages, you sort of forget which ones he marries and which ones he shacks up with. But this one's a keeper. (Wait, they were all keepers.)

jasonS said...

Hmmm, I wasn't planning on thinking today. I can't think of anything really good.

On the plus side, I am extremely pleased that a Shillelagh is not what it looks like. If I think of something, I'll come back.

Nick the Geek said...

Thanks for the honest and prayerful though you are putting into this.

I don't know if I should be more offended that you think I'm absurd or cheap, but I'm still willing to accept random crap that might make a good trophy between guys and girls. No pornographic shillelaghs or cheese buttlers please. I assume you own some possibly from ex step mothers/live in "your not my moms."

Seriously that image is not appropriate for younger audiences. I don't know what I was thinking. Well I do but that isn't the point.

Helen said...

troll dolls?
garden gnomes? garden gnomes bent over, mooning?
I'll sleep on it. Your questions. Not the trolls or garden gnomes.

Nick the Geek said...


Mooning garden gnomes might be perfect if we can't get a Monkey Butt replica.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

They had to cast our precious Floyd of Rosedale in bronze because the original one ended up in Steph's freezer. This one's safe. You can't make head cheese out of a bronze pig. So don't be calling Floyd weird. We heart him. Oink.

Nick the Geek said...

I meant weird in the nicest way. The "trophy" for the Red River Shootout made the list and I love OU and I especially love that we have practically owned the trophy for like 12 years now. It left us once but it's ok we found it again.

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