With the NFL preseason schedule structured heavily around regional ties, teams tend to play familiar opponents each season. That can lead to a rivalry of sorts, and former Browns president Carmen Policy made things official between the Browns and Lions when he created the Great Lakes Classic. Like any good made-up rivalry game, there is a trophy involved.
This is what the Lions came away with thanks to their 13-12 victory on Saturday:
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The trophy got added to the mix in 2002, although it's unclear if anyone really cares. This story from Jeff Schudel of the Morning Journal in 2009 indicates they don't:
Whether the trophy actually changes hands any more, no one seems to know. Or care. When last seen it was gathering dust on a side table in a conference room at Browns headquarters in Berea.
The Barge Trophy is now Detroit's to keep for the next year ... assuming it wants it.