In yesterday’s column, I noted that a lot of Internet searching had not turned up a picture of the Land Grant Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of each year’s game between Michigan State and Penn State. Now, I have one.
After a lot more searching, I managed to find a marginally usable picture of the monstrosity. It is not a very good one. I had to enlarge a small section of a larger picture, so it came out looking a bit abstract. If you have a better picture of the vaunted Land Grant Trophy, please send it my way! I’ll publish it will full credit going to whoever sends it to me.
In the meanwhile, the picture below will give you some sort of idea of the ridiculousness of the thing!
So, starting at the top, there is what appears to be somebody’s old bowling trophy. Lower, there are some shelves holding a statuette of the Wernecke lion and an armored Spartan warrior. Further down, there is a square area, which could be a plaque on which each winner is engraved. Hard to tell. Then, at the bottom, although too low in resolution to discern, are pictures of features from each university’s campus, Penn State’s Old Main and Michigan State’s Beaumont Tower.
You’d think there would have been a stock item at the local trophy emporium that would have suited the purpose. I just can’t imagine a triumphant Michael Robinson picking this thing up and kissing it.