The Tuc Cup, the prize that will be awarded to the winner of Australia and Pakistan’s T20 series in the UAE, was unveiled to a bewildered world this week. The highly anticipated series between the world’s number one and three tanked teams will seemingly conclude with the victorious captain take ownership of a trophy that appears to be a biscuit attached to a set of stumps. As odd as the trophy might appear it is far from the first unusual prize to be forced upon a startled winner, lets take a look at a few of the other monstrosities that the TUC Cup will join on the list of World’s Worst Sporting Trophies.
5. Warne Muralitharan Trophy
While it is no biscuit on a set of stumps, the winner of Test Series between Australia and Sri Lanka receive a particularly ridiculous prize. How on earth does the idea of casts of the hands of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan on a hunk of wood get anywhere but laughed out of the room it was brought up in?
4. Cup of Traditions
While Aston Villa might not have been expecting the greatest trophy on earth for winning a pre-season tournament over Malaga, Hertha Berlin and MSV Duisburg, we expect they were surprised by this replica of a Junior Player’s Most Improved Award.
3. Commissioner’s Trophy
After navigating 162 regular season games and winning a pair of best of seven play off series, Major League Baseball’s premier team is crowned with something that could easily be mistaken for a gaudy waste paper bin.
2. Paris-Roubaix Trophy
Raced since 1896, the Paris-Roubaix Road Race is sometimes known as a Sunday in Hell due to the rough terrain and cobblestones the cyclists need to overcome to finish the race. After spending a torturous afternoon combatting the cobblestones, if they are lucky enough to arrive in Roubaix first they are mockingly rewarded with a cobblestone on a plinth for their troubles.
1. SpongeBob SquarePants 400
Jimmie Johnson’s prize for winning the 2015 Nascar SprintCar Series race at Kansas City was a massive likeness of SpongeBob SquarePants in the shape of a trophy. Seriously! The one positive for the driver, is with the sponsorship arrangement not continuing in 2016, his abomination of a trophy is a true one of a kind.
Now the one you’d want to win!
Having laughed at some of the worst trophies ever inflicted on the world, lets end things with a glimpse at the greatest ever. We give to you the Bay Hill Trophy awarded to the winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
It’s mother f**king sword!
The only negative about this most wonderful of sporting trinkets is the fact that it no longer awarded, having been replaced by a silver trophy in 2007.