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Nick Saban Press Conference Following BCS National Championship

Certain things have an intrinsic value to them.  Take Alabama’s BCS Championship trophy for instance.  It is worth $30,000, but really has a value to the team that is much greater than that.  Thanks to a players’ father, it is gone for good.

The Waterford Crystal Trophy which was awarded to Alabama for defeating LSU on January 9th was destroyed by a current players’ father who was viewing the trophy in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility as part of festivities for the spring football game that took place last Saturday.  He accidentally stumbled on the rug that was under the trophy display, knocking it on the floor where it shattered into pieces.

That had to be quite an awkward moment for the kid’s father to say the least.  I mean what do you say when you shatter a BCS Championship Trophy?  If it were me I would have said, ”ohhhh mi scusi,”  which is Italian for excuse me.  There isn’t much you can really say when you happen to destroy such an important piece of hardware.

Alabama Athletic Director spokesman Jeff Purinton said that the team is working with the American Football Coaches Association on getting a new trophy.  The Coaches Association owns the trophy and will hopefully have some sympathy for Bama.  This isn’t the first time that a BCS Championship trophy has been destroyed.  Florida’s 2006 trophy was accidentally broken by a recruit in 2008.  Needless to say, he probably didn’t get a lot of playing time.

The player’s father meant no harm and hopefully the trophy will be replaced by the Coaches Association.  Regardless of what happens, a trophy that is as valuable and fragile as the Waterford Crystal Trophy is, should be on display in a case where it can’t be knocked off and destroyed so easily.  After all, there are a few clumsy people out there, and things like this tend to happen.  Granted one would hope that something like this doesn’t happen too often, but it’s called the unpredictable game of life.

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