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What's wrong with the Crystal Football?

One for the Wynn Column

POSTED: August 30, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Joel Samuelson, Lory Kaun/Barrow County News

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The new football season is here, and we're right in the middle of our slow rollout that starts with Friday nights and ends on Sundays.

The college game got started Wednesday in Atlanta as Georgia State University snapped a 16-game losing streak with a last second field goal against Abilene Christian.

For a brief few hours, the Georgia State Panthers had a half-game lead on everybody else in the new tournament format.

I'll admit it. I'm not a huge fan of the playoff system for college football.

Sure, there were problems with the BCS, but I really doubt those problems (ahem, the people) have been solved by adding a fancy new bracket.

Then again, I get that changes have to be made. Sometimes our traditions have to fall by the wayside so that something new and better can pop up and take over.

However, one of the most deplorable and unnecessary changes to college football was ushered in with the playoff system and nobody seems as upset about it as they should be.

A saner person would take that as a sign that people don't think it's all that big of a deal, but that saner person is not me.

For years, the Crystal Football was the greatest prize a college football player or team could ever hope to achieve.

It stood up there with such great, tradition-filled trophies as the Heisman and the Okefenokee Oar (okay, bad example) and it held its own. 

But with this new playoff system, somebody decided that the college football scene needed a new trophy. Now we have a generic silver football floating on what looks like the top of a gold fountain.

No disrespect to people who make trophies for a living, but it looks like something you could pick up at any trophy and awards store. 

It's generic and bland.

They went for iconic and missed by a couple centuries.

You know what was iconic, though? The Crystal Football.

Any true college football fan remembers the prized moments when they saw that trophy hoisted like Indiana Jones' idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

When Vince Young held it up for the Texas Longhorns after the 2006 Rose Bowl, that was a classic moment. 

When Orson Charles dropped Florida's trophy and broke it, that was beautiful moment.

The Crystal Football is a mainstay of college football and it should remain as such despite the new system. 

I understand that it may be tied up in some legal mess with the BCS, but come on. When will people realize that the sport of college football belongs not to the corporations and the governing bodies, but to the players and coaches who strive for success? 

No matter who lifts the trophy at the end of this season, I almost pity them. They are missing out on what should rightfully be their honor to lift a piece of college football history.



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