The World’s Worst Trophy Blunders

By Meghan Thomassen

Note: Vancouver did NOT win the Stanley Cup. Embarrassing.

The Boston Bruins Stanley Cup win offers up a question: how does that honkin’ trophy travel? It seems to be a case of Murphy’s Law that whenever something is internationally televised, from the Olympics to the Super Bowl, something is almost required to go wrong. Here’s a survey of the world’s worst award and trophy blunders: all groan-inspiring and cringe-worthy.

6. In the latest Cricket World Cup, the champion team from India was reportedly given a fake trophy. “The trophy that captain Dhoni and his teammates so passionately kissed, hugged and adored – and millions of fans worldwide cheered – was a fake,” Mail Today wrote.

The real trophy was said to be held by Mumbai’s customs officials, but the International Cricket Council claimed that the trophy was indeed authentic. The controversy led to uproar from enraged fans who burnt an effigy of Sharad Pawar, the ICC president and Foreign Minister. Hopefully he learned his lesson; ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. Or at least make it look convincing.

5. The 2000 Australian Olympic committee must not have brushed up on their Ancient World history before choosing the design for their bronze, silver, and gold medals. Instead of the traditional Greek Parthenon (an ancient temple erected in honor of the goddess Athena and long-time symbol of the Olympic Games) all of the medals awarded to the champions featured the Roman Collosseum.

Rightfully so, Greek citizens of Australia called this blunder “the apex of ignorance.”

4. Despite having sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” an umpteen amount of times since she was 7, Christina Aguilera botched the lyrics during Super Bowl XLV.

There’s no doubt that the pop singer is talented, but after the Steelers lost the game to the Green Bay Packers, some speculate whether she was a jinx. Too bad for Ms. Aguilera, because this was the most-watched Super Bowl of all time. “Not Myself Tonight,” Christina?

3. On a brutally humid day during the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, American marathoner Fred Lorz used some creativity to be the only runner to finish the race. After a photo-op with Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of the current president, Lorz was minutes from receiving the gold when it was revealed that he hitched a ride in a car for 11 miles of the race.

Surprisingly, he was the only one to take this little shortcut.

2. Yo Lorz, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Kanye has one of the worst blunders of all time. That’s right, it’s the infamous interruption that left viewers of the 2009 MTV awards gawking! Kanye West stole the spotlight from artist Taylor Swift as she accepted her award for “Best Female Video” when he literally stole the microphone from her to rave about Beyonce. That’s what I call ungentlemanly behavior.

1. The award for worst award and trophy oriented blunder goes to President William Henry Harrison. His 125 minute-long acceptance speech might have been bearable if it had not been given during a snowstorm.

Unfortunately for the president, who was not wearing an overcoat during the ordeal, he later caught cold and died from complications of pneumonia. Although some say that his illness was unrelated to the speech, it could be said that this guy talked himself to death.

So there you have it, the most embarrassing, gasp-inducing mistakes publicized for the world to see. Gives the phrase, “crawl into a hole and die” a whole new perspective, no?

Photos by Shorts and Longs and Alison Faith.

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