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).
Step 1: Base
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
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.