The George Washington-George Mason Tri-Corner Hat Trophy

(Courtesy GW Athletics)

Back in October, George Washington and George Mason — new-found rivals in the Atlantic 10 — announced a competition between their schools. It would be called the Revolutionary Rivalry, and it would feature a Tri-Corner Hat Trophy, awarded annually to the better program “based on a point system, with points given to the victor in each of the 16 A-10 sports in which the schools compete.”

The trophy itself, the schools announced then, would be a bronze tri-cornered hat, mounted on a dark walnut base. The concept had enormous potential, obviously, but you never know until you see the genuine article.

Well, feast your eyes on this trophy. Tell me you’ve ever seen a more impressive revolutionary-themed athletic-oriented hat trophy in all your life.

The two schools, of course, will meet in men’s basketball Sunday at 1 at GW’s Smith Center, a game broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network (joined in progress). And while the host Colonials are strong in men’s basketball this year — 20-7 overall, 8-5 in the league, and a near-certain NCAA tournament team — George Mason actually leads the tri-corner standings, 6-5.

George Washington could draw even on Sunday with a second men’s basketball victory. The Colonials have beaten Mason nine straight times at home, where they are 12-1 this season.

But seriously, look at this thing.

(Courtesy GW Athletics)
(Courtesy GW Athletics)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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