It's nearly 2 feet tall, weighs 7 pounds, and is made of sterling silver. So how can anyone possibly lose track of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, given annually to the winners of the Super Bowl?
According to multiple reports, that's just what the Baltimore Ravens did — at least for awhile — after beating the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh opened a Monday morning press conference by picking up the trophy and saying, “We hadn’t seen this since last night. We thought we’d lost it.”
It appeared to be a joke, but apparently the trophy was thought missing after a security guard locked it away for safe keeping, its location unknown.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti threw a post-game celebration, but the Lombardi Trophy "didn’t make it to the party,” Kevin Byrne, the team's vice president of communications told the Washington Post via email.
But a Monday night tweet from the team's official account indicated the trophy had found its way back into the Ravens' nest:
By that afternoon, the trophy was being used as a prop in photo ops.
When boisterous teams win big games, it's not unusual for the trophy to go missing, though it's never happened with the Lombardi Trophy. The Stanley Cup — hockey's highest honor — has a history of disappearing and popping up in strange places.
There's a long-standing hockey tradition that each player on the championship team takes the cup home for 24 hours. This can lead to some unusual antics.
The Stanley Cup has been around the world, to the top of mountain ranges, at the center of gay pride parades, and used in baptisms. It's also been lost, once ending up as the flower pot of one player's mother. Another time, it ended up floating in Ottawa's Rideau Canal for 24 hours.
The "Cup" has also been the target of thieves on three separate occasions, once each in 1962, 1969, and 1970, according to Greatest Hockey Legends.
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