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Turkey Bowl Trophy

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This is the Vince Lomturki Trophy.  You may recognize its resemblance to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is awarded to the winners of the Super Bowl each year.

I work for a city recreation department, and one of the events I organize each year is a Thanksgiving flag football tournament, or "Turkey Bowl." 

This year I decided we needed a trophy--a physical object teams could covet that would provide year-long bragging rights, and encourage cross-town trash talking between local rivalries. Plus, I wanted to start a tradition that would hopefully help perpetually grow the program.   

A Lombardi-style trophy with turkey-ball on top seemed like the most logical mix between football and Thanksgiving I could come up with.

It is a traveling trophy of sorts, similar to hockey's Stanley Cup. It is awarded to each year's tournament champions, and their team name is added by etching it onto an aluminum plate that is attached to the front of the base (not shown).
 
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Step 1: Base

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The base was made from three pieces of 1/2-inch medium density fiberboard. The pieces were 18 inches tall, 8 1/2 inches on the bottom, and 2 1/2 inches on the top. The sides were cut at a 30 degree bevel, and the inside bottom edge was cut at about a 5 degree bevel.

The sides were glued together, and a triangular piece of MDF was glued into the bottom of the base.  Wood filler was used to clean up the seams. The base was then painted with primer.

A bright aluminum plate was added to the front panel of the base with double-sided tape.  The words "VINCE LOMTURKI TROPHY" were etched onto it, along with my recreation department's logo (in the same location as the NFL logo on the Lombardi trophy). This was done by a local trophy shop.

Step 2: Football construction

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Creating a standard-sized football shape perched on (and wrapped around) the top of the base was a little tricky.

Cardboard football-shaped cross-sections were made and hot glued together, and glued onto the base. Some pieces had to be trimmed down and adjusted in various ways to make them fit.
Emma2377 months ago
that is awesome nice work:-)
jadams198 months ago
So here what I came up with, not as good as yours but it turned out great for making it in 3 days thanks for the ideas
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seamster (author)  jadams198 months ago
Good work! You used a real football too, which is a great idea. Thanks for taking the time to post these photos!
epearson138 months ago
This is awesome. I'll be attempting to make it this weekend.

I do have two questions: How has the trophy held up over time? And, what are the final dimensions of the trophy as-is in your photos? In case i wanted to get a case for it.
seamster (author)  epearson138 months ago
Thanks, glad you like it. I no longer have it, as I no longer work for the rec department I made it for. I'm guessing it was bout 20 - 22 inches tall. It held up very well for many years, and it didn't have any issues when I left. Unless somebody drops it or something, I can't imagine it getting ruined any time soon. Hey, if you make one, post a photo when you're done. I'd love to see how it turns out!
jadams198 months ago
Thanks in the process of making one I'll post pictures when I'm done
seamster (author)  jadams198 months ago
Nice. I'm excited to see it. Good luck. Any questions, just ask.
jadams198 months ago
Did you use wood putty on it ????
seamster (author)  jadams198 months ago
yes, to fill in some little holes and gaps.
nice
I'm new to your site and I just love the Turkey Bowl trophy. I've been looking to buy a trophy for our Turkey Bowl and haven't found anything I like. Would you consider making one and shipping it to me? How much would you charge? I would need it by Thanksgiving. Thanks!


train102 years ago
Awesome! I'm the Regional Commissioner for our local soccer organization. I immediately thought this would be great for a soccer tournament. Great Instructable, should be easy to follow.
seamster (author)  train102 years ago
Thanks! If you make something similar, be sure to post a photo to show it off!
ubercop3 years ago
outstanding! loved the poorman's fiberglass!
seamster (author)  ubercop3 years ago
Ha ha! Thank you! Our fourth annual turkey bowl actually takes place tomorrow. Hopefully a new team will take the trophy this year.
tomahwee3 years ago
I'm new to your site and I just love the Turkey Bowl trophy. I've been looking to buy a trophy for our 2nd Annual Turkey Bowl and haven't found anything I like. Would you consider making one and shipping it to me? How much would you charge? The only catch is, our Turkey Bowl is this Sat (Nov 20). Thanks.
kcli4 years ago
What fun!  Good luck in the contest ;o)
mdlmusic4 years ago
I'm the principal at an alternative education high school.  Each year we have a flag football game on the day before Thanksgiving break that we call the Turkey Bowl.

I'm going to make one of these for next year's game and take the student's pictures, then give them copies to take home.

Great Instructable!
seamster (author)  mdlmusic4 years ago
Thanks!

The kids will love it!  Glad I could share the idea.
mrcrumley4 years ago
 You are awesome! For too long, football and instructables have been enemies. Your creation shows how much better each can be when they put aside their childish differences.
seamster (author)  mrcrumley4 years ago
Thanks!  I knew you'd get a kick out of this one. 
PUN ALERT!!!  Sorry, just love puns!
seamster (author)  tanmanknex4 years ago

Did you hear about the pun contest?  ...This lady entered her 10 best puns, hoping at least one would win.

No pun in ten did.

 omg! lol thats awesome!! XD
 thats one fowl looking trophy.
haha
 oh no! pun overload! my brain done broke.
gwrober4 years ago
Wow, excellent work!
I hate football. like the creativity though.
CaseyCase4 years ago
Love it. Very creative.
zieak4 years ago
I work for a Parks and Recreation Department and wish we had a football event just so i could make one of these... it is beautiful!  Maybe I'll try and get something together for next year.
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Stunning, as always.
seamster (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
Thanks!
That looks great! Does it weigh enough to give it a good trophy feel?
seamster (author)  Weissensteinburg4 years ago
Thanks. Yes, it turned out appropriately hefty. When I started working on the football I was worried it would end up weighing too much, but it turned out just right. 
You could probably fill the base with sand. have it weighted at the bottom, and have that feeling of carrying a big heavy trophy.
turkey-tastic.  wanna make one just because!
MHeitman4 years ago
this is pure genius!  And to think it's nothing more than cardboard, newspaper, and tape, really...
looks good, now how about a "Turkey Bowling Trophy"?