Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Tide knows how to turn a profit on broken trophy
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Alabama defensive lineman Josh Chapman holds up the Waterford crystal football after the Tide beat LSU 21-0 for the 2011 national championship. This is the crystal football that was broken later.
Alabama defensive lineman Josh Chapman holds up the Waterford crystal football after the Tide beat LSU 21-0 for the 2011 national championship. This is the crystal football that was broken later.
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It’s the ultimate case of “if you broke it, someone else bought it.”

According to published reports, Alabama auctioned off the 2011 national championship trophy broken by a player’s father. And got a reported $105,000 for it Sunday. Which is about three times it’s worth, if it never had been broken.

The Waterford crystal football trophy is only one of several given to a team that wins the BCS National Championship Game, but it’s most visible. It is presented annually to the team that finishes first in the USA Today coaches’ poll.

Beginning in 1998 when the Bowl Championship Series began, the coaches’ poll was contractually obligated to vote the winner of the BCS National Championship Game as its No. 1 team. They couldn’t call it a national championship game if the winner wasn't assured of, you know, winning an actual national championship.

As you might imagine, all those national championship trophies are collecting at a pretty decent rate at Alabama. So, folks apparently can’t walk around the Mal M. Moore Athletic Complex without knocking one over.

That’s what happen to Carleton Tinker, father of Tide long-snapper Carson Tinker, in April 2012.

Carleton Tinker told ESPN.com that Alabama coach Nick Saban told his son, “Look, he didn’t mean to do it. Nobody was hurt. We’ll get another one.”

And Alabama did get another one. And a check for $105,000.

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read “In My Opinion” in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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