Heisman Trophy Seized by Airport Security

Troy Smith Heisman Trophy Photo Bill Jempty is thankful that our TSA professionals are protecting us from the possibility that Ohio State running back Troy Smith might hijack an airplane using his Heisman Trophy.

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  1. Steven Plunk says:

    Something about this story doesn’t seem right.

    Where would you put the trophy? It won’t go underneath the seat and is probably too heavy to be put in the overhead bins. If it fell out…

    Did he try to buy a seat for it? Did he actually take it to the airport and try to get it on or did he call and ask? If I were being asked about it I would recommend shipping it as well.

    Why so much indignation now when pre-9/11 Eddie George had his trophy sent through x-ray. Was Eddie George smuggling something in his trophy?

    Like I said, too many holes in this story. Sounds like a simple story blown into something to make people look stupid and create a story.

    I wonder what would happen if I tried to take a bronze statue as carry on? If I couldn’t do it why should he get a pass?

  2. Think of the heft that thing has.

    And I suspect that used properly, you could use to take an eye out!

  3. legion says:

    Well, according to the story, Eddie’s trophy got dented & lost a finger going through the x-ray. I guess the TSA guys in NY must be basketball fans…

    Was Eddie George smuggling something in his trophy?

    No, that would be Ricky Williams…

  4. Kent G. Budge says:

    So Eddie gave TSA the finger? How fitting.

  5. Dale Cox says:

    So, does this mean that the Heisman Trophy is on the “No Fly List”?

  6. anjin-san says:

    Bush is keeping us safe!

  7. thunderbird says:

    I mean this is just as rediclous as confiscatiing those tiny little guns that come with the litle action figures i mean YOU CANT FLY LIKE A EAGLE WHEN YOUR WORKING FOR TURKEYS and the turkeys are in charge of the airports