The College Football Playoff unveiled a new trophy Monday, coinciding with the opening of SEC media days.
Coinciding is probably the wrong word choice, because really, what’s coincidental about the national championship trophy debuting on the same day the league that claimed seven straight from 2006 through 2012 kicks off the new season?
To that end, however, it seems the College Football Playoff brass missed a prime opportunity to get creative with the new hardware. Below is the actual title:
The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy has been unveiled! pic.twitter.com/VYbjhXGCh7
— CFB Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) July 14, 2014
There’s an element to it reminiscent of the Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the winner of the NBA Finals. But the College Football Playoff really should have looked elsewhere in the sports world for inspiration–or at least, the sports entertainment world.
It’s not too late for the Playoff to embrace an alternate award specifically for SEC-based national championships–an award guaranteed to ingratiate this new system to the most die-hard fans in college football.
The above pays homage both to the rich history of professional wrestling in the SEC geographic footprint. Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and Harley Race owned SEC Country in the 1970s and 1980s, while the addition of Texas A&M in 2012 adds the Von Erichs to the region’s wrestling history.
Flair is even friends with South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. Perhaps we have our honorary presenter of this new title to the first Playoff championship?
Meanwhile, the design of this championship belt is also a nod to the restaurant chain most synonymous with SEC territory.