It all started with a couple of fans browsing the CFB reddit looking for a way to bring back the fan-started trophy. Most, if not all, trophies are created by the conference they play in. $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy is fan created trophy that has been revived. Patrick Vint at SBNATION did a good job rehashing the history of the first edition. Go check it out.
The trophy was carefully recreated utilizing the new Makerspace on Innovation Campus. Attention to detail of how the original looked was evident when holding the newest version. It is pretty much an exact replica, however, there will be some slight changes which include a back plate for engraving the winner and score of that year’s game. An idea also exists of etching which fan base gave the most money that year fundraising.
Last night, the internet famous trophy recreated by some Nebraska fans with the help of some Minnesota fans helped make a new version of the trophy. The party was held at Blue Blood Brewery and featured the Nebraska Pep Band including a bunch of eager Nebraska fans. The trophy is representing two different CHAIR-ities: the Team Jack Foundation and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. All proceeds will be split 50/50 between the two organizations. The goal for this year is $5,000 and from talking to the group last night, it sounded like they were well on their way.
To donate to the CHAIR-ity, go here!
Team Jack has become very close to the Nebraska Athletic department ever since Jack Hoffman had his famous run during the 2013 spring game. Likewise, the Minnesota Athletic Programs work tightly with University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Football players regularly volunteer and make visits to children needing a pick-me-up.
The obvious issues with having a fan created trophy is having it recognized by both Athletic Departments. Nebraska’s athletic department is currently under going a transition where it is not quite possible yet to bring the idea up to them. Safe to say this year will be a trial year for the trophy, and for the teams when the winner hoists the trophy after the game.
The trophy will be taken tailgating, bouncing from one to another until game time. It will then be brought up to Minneapolis where it will get similar treatment of being revealed to Minnesota fans.
Personally, I love these organic fun college trophies because they capture the essence of college football. If all goes well, I cannot see any real hurdle it will have to jump to become officially recognized and become a new tradition.