True story: I nearly wrote a blog item last month insisting that new Atlantic 10 conference rivals George Mason and George Washington introduce a trophy that their men’s basketball teams could battle for every season, in the shape and color of Metro’s Orange line. But then I wasn’t sure what would happen to the trophy if the teams split in a given season, so I gave up.
Luckily, the leaders at the two schools didn’t need my input. And thus, this legendarily amazing press release from George Washington Athletics on Tuesday, which I will quote at length, because it’s legendarily amazing.
George Washington and George Mason Athletics are proud to jointly announce the commencement of The Revolutionary Rivalry, an annual competition between the new Atlantic 10 Conference rivals separated by less than 20 miles.
Dating back to legendary debates on the Virginia House of Burgesses, George Washington and George Mason are two of the most distinguished Founding Fathers of the United States. Political rivals and longtime friends, the two had estates overlooking the Potomac River only miles away. With George Mason authoring the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the precursor to the United States Bill of Rights, and George Washington leading the Continental Army to a victory in the Revolutionary War, the two men are woven into the fabric of American history….
The Tri-Corner Hat Trophy will be awarded based on a point system with points given to the victor in each of the 16 A-10 sports in which the schools compete. In men’s and women’s soccer a point will be given to the head-to-head winner with GW and Mason splitting the point if the teams tie. In men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, lacrosse and volleyball the head-to-head winner will be awarded a point in the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy standings. The series winner in baseball and softball will earn a point, while in men’s and women’s cross country, golf, women’s rowing and men’s and women’s swimming, the university that finishes higher in the Atlantic 10 Championships will earn a point.
YEAH YEAH YEAH BUT I WANT TO SEE WHAT THE TROPHY ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE. And I want it to be an actual hat-shaped thing that players can wear on their heads and drink sparkling non-alcoholic cider out of. And I want everyone to dress up in period garb whenever it’s awarded. Plus stockades for the losers. And public readings of Revolutionary documents. This is gonna be great.
UPDATE: The trophy will indeed be a bronze tri-cornered hat, mounted on a dark walnut base. Man, I need a drink. Some corn whiskey, maybe. Or whatever it is that patriots and colonials drank.