Alabama recently auctioned off its broken 2011 BCS national title trophy, which when intact was valued around $30,000, for more than $100,000. The crystal football was accidentally broken last spring by Carlton Tinker, the father of former Crimson Tide long snapper Carson, resulting in the shattered remains that ended up being sold for such a hefty price over the weekend. A member of Reddit took a photo at the auction of what was left of the trophy, which you can view here.
The mishap occurred not long after Alabama won the national championship by beating LSU. Carlton had the opportunity to touch the trophy and said he placed the crystal football back on its stand, but then, well...
"In my mind, it was slow motion," Tinker said, "as it rolled off the top of the trophy case onto the table onto the floor. I'm not sure if I bumped the table when I turned around, or if my foot caught on the large tablecloth they had draped and puddled on the floor. That's exactly what happened."
It ended up working out OK for all parties involved, though. Nick Saban, in typical fashion, shrugged the whole thing off and assured Carson after the initial incident that Alabama would win another one. (He was being modest: Alabama will win 14 more, this past season's title included.)
If he were to be honest with himself, Saban would say that winning national championships has become so routine that he truly appreciates the break from routine that is an accidental destruction of the BCS trophy. Hell, he's been using one of those crystal footballs as a snifter for damn near a decade just to break the monotony.