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The Battle At Bristol Trophy Is Sweet, And We Need It

An inside look at the trophy up for grabs in Bristol.

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Battle At Bristol will be here in less than two weeks, and the stakes are certainly high.  Along with a huge win, the victor receive a truly amazing trophy.  The trophy weighs a whopping 88 pounds.  Think about that. It weighs almost as much as TWO Heisman trophies.  This trophy is only 26 inches tall, but it packs a punch.  The sheer heft on this baby gives caution to post game celebrations.

It is an absolutely gorgeous trophy. The award took an amazing 300 hours to create. That is a lot of manpower to create a trophy worthy of this game.  It was polished for almost an entire day.  The total polishing process took over 20 hours.  This would be a very special trophy in any trophy case, especially the Hokies'.   The trophy blends modern techniques, with a nod to the past.  The process used 3D printing, as well as an ancient method known as "lost wax". This is a casting method dating back 5,000 years.  We need this in Merryman Center!