New Englanders love their sports hardware, especially those eight major-league sports trophies earned since "Varitek split the uprights" back in February of 2002.
Winning a Stanley Cup, Lawrence O'Brien Trophy, Lombardi Trophy or a World Series "Cup", has become the litmus test for professional sports seasons in Boston. Tankapalooza I & II and the 2014 Red Sox being some notable exceptions.
It's not just the pros. College hockey fans on both ends of Commonwealth Ave., along with those at Harvard and Northeastern, heat up the first two Monday nights each February with the Battle over the Beanpot. There are five different trophies/awards given at the annual Harvard-Yale regatta.
Yes, trophies are big deal in these parts.
But none of those awards hold a claw to "Loudon the Lobster."
"Loudon" will be awarded to the winner of Sunday's NASCAR Camping World RV Sales 301 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track is located, naturally, in Loudon, N.H. Kyle Busch won the pole Friday. Last week at Daytona, Busch's car was turned upside down in a multi-car wreck during the Coke Zero 400. Busch was not hurt.
"Loudon" may not be so lucky after Sunday's race. He will be be very much alive and well when he arrives in Victory Lane. The glitz, glamour and celebration, however, won't be for this crustacean. Versions of "Loudon" are awarded after both NASCAR Sprint Cup races each year at NHMS.
Some winners haven't embraced "Loudon" as much as Matt Kenseth did above.
"Loudon," who weighs in at about 20 pounds this time, was peacefully minding his own business off the New Bedford coast recently. He stumbled upon some good looking chum, and before he knew it, he was scooped up and on his way to Markis Lobster & Steak House in Concord, N.H. The restaurant provides a version of "Loudon" to the track for each NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
This "Loudon" was not available for comment.
Here's a bit of advice: "Pass on that invite to the post-race victory dinner."
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