How underwhelming is this trophy? It doesn't fully live up to the gusto that winning March Madness deserves. The NCAA basketball tournament is one of the most exciting sporting events around. Shouldn't it have a trophy to match? P.S. The same model is distributed to other NCAA champions in different sports as well.
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Triple Crown Trophy
When Miguel Cabrera won the triple crown in 2012, many fans could be heard saying, "Really? That's the trophy?" I guess Major League Baseball never got around to updating it in the 45 years since it was last awarded.
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The winner of the PGA British Open gets this piece of hardware. It's been around since 1873, so we can't be too critical of it.
While some trophies on this list have the problem of being underwhelming compared to the magnitude of the event it belongs to, this trophy has the opposite problem: A big trophy with a lot going on for a league that's underwhelming.
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WNBA Championship Trophy
At least the WNBA tried to put a little style in its championship trophy. A for effort?
FIFA World Cup Trophy
As serious as the world takes the World Cup, you'd think they'd have a better looking trophy. It is pretty small, it has a rough exterior that looks awkward, and maybe most importantly, it's not a cup.
U.S. Open Championship Trophy
Did you know the U.S. Open trophy doesn't have a special name. It's just U.S. Open Championship Trophy. Yeah, nothing special.
Gold Glove & Silver Slugger
The winner for the most literal trophies goes to the MLB for awarding an actual gold glove and actual silver bat to the offensive and defensive players of the year.
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Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy & Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
For some reason, we're guessing NBA players like the rings better than this trophy. #Yawn
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While not the best trophy in golf, it's still a good looking trophy. Maybe a little generic, but nice. The winner of the annual PGA Championship has nothing to be ashamed about with this one.
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Tour De France Yellow Jersey
Before you say anything, yes, we know about the Grand Depart Trophy, but come on, the yellow jersey is what the race is really known for. Seriously, that shade of yellow is really flattering on a lot of people.
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The Commissioner's Trophy
Did you know the Commissioner's Trophy, which goes to the winners of the MLB World Series, is the only one of the four major sports not named after a specific person? Maybe nobody wanted to claim its design. It's not that bad, though. Just maybe a little awkward to hold.
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College Football Rivalry Trophies
College rivlaries are the best, and the trophies the schools fight over are ridiculously fun. Where else is a golden cowboy hat, a keg, and an iron skillet an acceptable prize to winning a big game?
Gentlemen's & Ladies' Singles Trophies
While this list is dominated by trophies from male sports, the women's singles trophy from Wimbledon gives the male counterpart a run for its money. The two definitely combine to form the best his-and-her set of trophies.
WWE Championship Belt
Cry that wrestling is fake all you want, but that does not take away any of the sparkle of the Championship Belt. Admit it, it's pretty awesome.
Vince Lombardi Trophy
While maybe a little boring to look at, the Vince Lombardi Trophy has a nice backstory. The nice little piece of hardware was originally designed by world-famous jeweler Tiffany & Co. and, of course, named after legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Not to mention it may be the most coveted trophy in America. (The world will come around eventually.)
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Maurice Podoloff Trophy
The NBA MVP is awarded this gem of a trophy, named after the first president of the NBA Maurice Podoloff. While it is no Heisman when comparing it to other bronzed-figured trophies, at least it is better than a boring gold basketball, right?
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Harley J. Earl Trophy
The premier race of NASCAR should definitely have a premier trophy. Now, if only the cars on the tracks were as cool as the one atop this trophy. (It's a Firebird I, in case you were wondering.)
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Barclays Premier League Trophy
There are a couple factors that make this trophy awesome: 1. The crown at the top, and 2. Each year the ribbon color changes to reflect the winner of that year's season.
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The winner of the Indianapolis 500 sure is lucky to be awarded such a prestigous trophy. Well, the winner doesn't actually get to take the trophy home, just a replica. The actual trophy is housed permantly at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but having your named etched on this piece of hardware is still pretty awesome.
College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy
It's the newest trophy on the list for the long-awaited college football playoff. The 26.5-inch tall, 35-pound golden prize replaces the Waterford Crystal ball Coaches Trophy as the most iconic hardware hoisted by the national champion.
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While technically the green jacket is not a trophy of the hardware variety, it is still highly coveted. There is no better badge of honor in golf than putting on that shade of green jacket after sealing a Masters victory on the 18th green of Augusta National.
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The most outstanding player in college football gets to take home this good-looking piece of hardware. Since its original inspection in 1935, some of football's biggest names have joined this exclusive club including Archie Griffin, Herschel Walker, and Barry Sanders.
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Olympic Gold Medal
There may be no trophy more covented on Earth than the Olympic gold medal. That doesn't mean it's the best, though. The pros include the host nation's original design every Olympics. The cons include, um, it's not the No. 2 or No. 1 trophy?
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The Stanley Cup
Was there ever any doubt this trophy would take top honors? The size, the tradition, and the history are really something to marvel at.