Everybody has a turnover gimmick, so let's grade them!
Miami set the stage when they debuted the turnover chain in 2017. A simple little representation, a gift, for a player's top-notch play on defense.
Now, just a season later, it feels like everyone has some sort of turnover gimmick and not all of them are winners.
Let's take a look...
The (Real) Turnover Chain
The Orignal. All others are just copycats.
Often imitated, never duplicated.
There can only be one.
I'm out of clichés. The Miami Turnover Chain is the one that started it all. Not only is it the OG, it is also the flashiest. It's a 10K gold necklace with the team's mascot encrusted in diamonds. It's legit.
The (Fake) Turnover Chain
(Not so) Mighty Oregon. In the shadow of the real turnover chain, Oregon debuted this flop of an idea. Sure, it was later found out that it wasn't the school's idea, rather a necklace a fan had thrown down to the field, but still, the necklace made its way around a player's neck. Oregon has always been an innovator, but not so much here. Next time just leave the necklace alone and come up with your own idea. Or, when all else fails, blame Willie Taggart.
The Turnover Chainsaw
In a year that will certainly see its share of losses, Oregon State found a rare win in the Turnover Chainsaw. It perfectly fits the Beavers, matches signs that are often seen in the student section, and pairs well with the chainsaw sound piped through Reser Stadium on a Saturday. To top it all off, it's no fake. It's a real chainsaw! That alone makes it awesome.
The Turnover Backpack
The Turnover Backpack is all about "securing the bag," but it's just a laughable gimmick. Ohio State's Cardale Jones once famously tweeted "we ain't come to play school." That's weird, because at Florida State if you do well on the football field you get to pretend like you are going to class, on a non-school day no less. Willie Taggart should just give up on turnover gimmicks after this... at least Oregon's Turnover Chain happened by accident.
The Turnover Robe
The Turnover Robe in Memphis isn't bad, but it isn't great. It looks cool over the shoulders of a football player on a hot summer day, but on those cold, rainy nights it will just look like any other jacket on the sideline. However, since it looks like something Ric Flair would wear, it gets a passing grade.
The Turnover Beads
At first, this gimmick just seems weird. The beads look like Christmas ornaments. Beads, really? But then you realize where Tulane is. New Orleans. These aren't your normal everyday beads, these are Mardi Gras beads. The connection to the history of the city is great and takes the beads from odd to awesome.
The Turnover Belt
Louisville, Kentucky. Home of the Louisville Cardinals and perhaps the greatest athlete of all-time, Muhammad Ali. The Turnover Belt pays respect to the great boxer in world champ fashion. Not only does the defense get the belt, but the offense gets Touchdown Gloves. The negative here is those gloves might make it hard to catch a football. A lot of teams have turnover belts, but only one team has one with a history linked to Ali.
The Turnover Chalice
SMU has an interesting pairing in the Turnover Chalice and Crown. While it feels regal, the overall pairing falls flat. Who wants to be rewarded for a good play with something that looks like it belongs on the shelf at Party City? Do they at least fill the chalice with Gatorade?
The Turnover Throne
In Boise State they have "smurf turf" and the Turnover Throne. Throne sounds majestic until you realize that players are rewarded with the nicest seat on the bench. You did good, now go sit down. It does look comfortable, so there's that. On the bright side, at least it's not the Turnover Backpack.