UPDATE 2PM CST: IMPORTANT UPDATE has been added to the bottom of the post!
You might recall about 2 weeks ago when Nebraska and Wisconsin announced they were going to play for a horribly lame marketing gimmick known as the Freedom Trophy. While mocking the Freedom Trophy and its ilk (the Bell, the Cow, the PEW PEW PEW, the Paperweight) I had this to say about Minnesota and Nebraska getting a trophy:
We already have one trophy that means nothing to anyone that no one cares about. It's called the Bell and we pretend it doesn't exist. That's what these trophies are, better constructed Victory Bells. Minnesota does not want another Bell. Minnesota does not need another Bell.
I'm here to tell you I was wrong friends. Why? THIS IS WHY:
A couple things to note:
1) This is not real. Save your outrage.
2) I kind of wish it was because at least this trophy is the good kind of ridiculous and has a (pretend) story behind it.
How Did This Non-Trophy Come To Be?
Thank your favorite mascot, the Fake Bo Pelini, and (of course) Reddit. To the embeded Twitters!
Hey @FauxPelini, how about a friendly wager for this weekend's game? Team that gets the most points gets a conference win? Seem fair?— Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 20, 2014
@GoldytheGopher OK how about if we win you give me $5, if you win I get to smash a wooden chair over your back— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 20, 2014
Could someone kindly design the $5-Bits-of-Broken-Chair-Trophy & maybe throw in a folklore character owner @FauxPelini and I? (@RedditCFB)— Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 20, 2014
Behold! 3D render of the #Gophers—#Huskers Bits-of-Broken-Chair-Trophy envisioned by @GoldytheGopher & @FauxPelini: pic.twitter.com/UHiI0dTSxX— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 20, 2014
Well played all around. I'm proud of you internet!
UPDATE VIA GOLDY GOPHER:
It's real, and it's spectacular. "@GoldytheGopher: Detailed looks at the #BitsOfWoodenChairTrophy with @FauxPelini. pic.twitter.com/fZF401TXYo"— Chris H. (@GoAUpher) November 21, 2014
@GoAUpher can you update the @TheDailyGopher article with these?!— Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 21, 2014