As an Auburn fan, part of me chuckled inside when I read the story about how the University of Alabamadropped it’s 2011 National Championship Trophy over the weekend when an ogling fan tripped over the carpeting around it and it fell, shattering into a million pieces.

Alabama on offense during the annual Iron Bowl...

Alabama on offense during the annual Iron Bowl against rival Auburn University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

University officials report that they are going to replace the $30,000 piece of glass, but what of the shards that already exist?

To me it makes perfect sense, that if it is fractured into a million pieces, that the university should go out and buy as many clear glass vials that each shard would fit into and then sell them to fans around the world who would like to either bid for them or simply have the chance to first come, first served, buy a part of Alabama football history.   The funds raised would cover the cost to replace the trophy, and anything left over?   Simple.  Donate it to the continued recovery of the tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa less than 365 days ago.

Each piece could have a number and a certificate of authentication.   It’d be a perfect solution and give fans a part of something they all earn each year as they fight from the stands for the honor and dignity of their team.

I couldn’t think of  a better way to show a commitment to two very loyal and intense supporters of the university system that is Tuscaloosa. Not to mention saving taxpayers $30,000 to replace a trophy.

Oh, and War Eagle!

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