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The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy: A Grassroots Campaign We Can All Get Behind

The exchange of the greatest rivalry trophy since Floyd.

Most of the time, we here at OffTackleEmpire devote our energy to being foolish or irreverant. What’s better than joking about everything related to football and life in the Midwest when you don’t actually watch football? But every once in a while, something comes up that is more important than football or general silliness. And friends, there is nothing better than being at the intersection of college football silliness and a greater good: The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy.

I’m sure most of you know the story behind the creation of the chair, the subsequent Stalinesque-purge of the chair from our lives, and the resurrection from the dead of our favorite piece of former furniture that occurred last year in an effort to help two outstanding causes.

Donations collected are split evenly among two great groups: The Team Jack Foundation and the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. Last year the grassroots effort raised over $7,500, and this year’s goal is $10,000. With just a few days until the game, the effort is currently just over halfway to the goal and it can easily be reached with everyone’s help.

Being a good, stoic Midwesterner, I try not to ask too much of anyone ever. If I need it, I can do it myself, right? Well this is definitely one exception. If you could, please visit the donation page for the chair through it’s website at (or, thanks to Ryan Nanni of EDSBS and Shutdown Fullcast, and help the spectacular causes that are helped by the best rivalry trophy created in the 75 years. Even if it is only the brilliant and perfect gift of $5, every little bit helps my favorite Chair-ity.