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Just a few months after Alabama shattered LSU's BCS Championship aspirations, a player's father shattered Alabama's BCS trophy.
On Saturday, after Alabama's A-Day scrimmage in Tuscaloosa, the AFCA crystal ball trophy was knocked off a podium when a player's father (currently unknown which player), bumped in to the trophy after catching his foot on a rug underneath the trophy's display podium. The trophy toppled over, thrusting the Waterford crystal trophy to an untimely end of a short-lived life.
Somehow Alabama's latest championship trophy survived a tour around the state without a problem, but managed to be destroyed in the comfort of its own display. You would think that a school would have as much protection as possible for something so valuable (the trophy is valued at $30,000).
The Waterford crystal is hand-crafted in Ireland, and if you ever have the opportunity to go to Ireland I highly recommend a visit and tour of the Waterford crystal factory. It is truly unique. And for $30,000 Alabama would be able to afford personalized tours for Nick Saban and some select Alabama supporters. Instead the school will cut a check to the factory to reproduce a crystal ball trophy to replace the original.
This is not the first time a AFCA Coaches Trophy was involved in a fatal accident of course. Florida's 2006 was knocked off a pedestal by a recruit (former Georgia tight end Orson Charles) in 2008. In 2004 the Florida State Seminoles had two coaches trophies stolen!
As you might have expected, we here at Crystal Ball Run were devastated to hear this news.