Very early last month, it was reported that the annual South Carolina-Texas A&M “rivalry”would feature a trophy depicting James Butler Bonham, an Alamo hero who previously was a student at the East Coast USC, ridding atop a horse.
That, as it turns out, is the absolute truth. Another absolute truth? The trophy is more about politics than the actual teams involved.
In fact, The State reports, the Bonham trophy has nothing to do with the respective schools. Instead, the governor from the winning side of the game — currently Rick Perry (Texas, pictured right) and Nikki Haley (South Carolina, pictured middle) — will stake their claim to the 40-pound trophy and take it back to their respective state capitals.
The trophy, which was commissioned by Perry, an A&M graduate, is actually a very good-looking one as far as game trophies go. It’s a shame, though, that it’s politicians and not the schools who get to claim and enjoy it.
Anyway, here’s a photo of the hardware:
Oh, and the Gamecocks will host the Aggies in Columbia tonight for the right to not hoist that trophy.