Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Calgary Stampeders Win Grey Cup, Promptly Break It
Fun fact: The Grey Cup has been broken during post-championship game celebrations six times. SIX. What the hell, Canada?
The latest incident came on Sunday night, following the Calgary Stampeders' 20-16 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the Canadian Football League title. Calgary linebacker Juwan Simpson is taking the fall on this:
“I think I’m the one that did it,” Simpson said, via SportsNet.ca. “I don’t know. I grabbed it and was excited, and all of a sudden, it got a little (loose.) Some glue and some duct tape and it’ll be good."
This makes the Grey Cup by far the most fumbled trophy in all of major sports. By comparison, the Lombardi Trophy has never been broken. Hey, there's a reason these guys didn't make it to the NFL.
But a replica of the Lombardi trophy has almost been broken by Vernon Davis.
BCS Trophy. In 2006, Florida TE Orson Charles nudged the trophy, made of Waterford crystal, off of a table at a post-game gathering, destroying it. The school assumed $4,000 of the $8,000 cost to repair it.
Stanley Cup: Was never actually broken, per se, but the Cup has been: left by the side of the road following repair of a flat tire (later recovered); dented in various places; dropped into a bonfire; and this:
In 1905, a member of the Ottawa Senators tried to drop kick the Cup across the Rideau Canal. The attempt failed, and the Cup was not retrieved until the next day; luckily the canal was still frozen over.
Copa del Rey Trophy: After winning the Copa del Rey in 2011, Real Madrid players displayed the trophy atop a double-decker bus during their victory parade in Madrid. But Sergio Ramos dropped it, and the bus ran over it, smashing it into 10 pieces.
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