Now I know that many women don’t have an interest in sports. I do. I’ve been a lifelong fan of Chelsea Football (soccer) club and I enjoy pretty much most sports except F1 racing and boxing. I can’t wait for the Olympics next year and am hoping I’ll get to see some of the events live. Being able to converse with your partner about sports can only be a good thing, so I thought I’d provide a short lesson to introduce 8 world famous sporting trophies to you.
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Kicking off with one you should all know already and if you don’t, what planet do you live on? The Superbowl Trophy is awarded to the winners of the National Football League championship game. Known as the Vince Lombardi Trophy, each year a new one is made exclusively by top craftsmen at Tiffany. It is quite unusual in the world of trophies, as most major awards are so steeped in history because they are the original one.
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Every two years, the USA plays Europe at golf for the Ryder Cup. The competition is held alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. The trophy is named after the man who donated it, Samuel Ryder, and is unique in golf and probably most other professional sports because it is competed for without any prize money on offer.
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Probably the only trophy that doesn’t need qualification of the sport involved. Even though there are plenty of world cups for other sports, the term World Cup on its own is totally synonymous with football (soccer). It is one of the most world famous sporting trophies.
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For a world famous tennis championship, you need a world champion trophy. The winners of the annual Wimbledon tournament, as well as earning pay checks of £1 million ($1.62m), they get a replica of these beautiful trophies. The originals are engraved with the winner’s names but are never removed from their home at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in South West London.
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If you don’t know anything about cricket, and undoubtedly not many do, you might like this fact about one of the world’s most famous trophies surprising. The Test Series between Australia and England takes place every 2 years in alternating countries. The winner of the series of 5 games gets to keep the Ashes Urn. The trophy is named after a quote in the Sporting Times in 1882, when Australia had beaten England for the first time on English soil. English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The next series was seen to be the quest to regain the ashes. During that tour, an urn containing the ashes of a cricket bail was presented to the then England captain and it became the symbol for future series'. Here’s the surprise – this hotly contested trophy is but 6 inches tall.
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This is the oldest of all world famous sporting trophies. It has been competed for since 1851 and is awarded to the winner of a race between two yachts. There are plenty of trial rounds beforehand to decide the final competitors. Only 3 countries, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand, have won the trophy other than the USA.
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You need an award for just being able to lift this world famous trophy, as it is 35¼” high and weighs 34½lb. The National Hockey League presents the cup to the winners of the play off of the annual Stanley Cup Finals. This year, it went to the Boston Bruins.
That’s it for now. You are now in a position to show your partner that you aren’t a sports dimbo because you will at least recognise world famous sporting trophies and know what sports they represent. Now for the pertinent question! Do you actually give a damn?
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