Filed Under: Just as tea should have a lemon, Texas should have a football factory. Well it does, and it's a good one.
Overview: Frisco-based football factory making commemorative keep 'em on the shelf display footballs, and live-game, keep 'em in the trunk competitive footballs. Never heard of footballs by The Big Game? Perhaps not, but if you like college football, you've certainly seen them. The Big Game is now the largest producer of footballs for NCAA Division 1 teams, branded as "Nike" for power outfits like the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, and LSU Tigers. And if you've ever seen a championship team give a special football to the President, or present white-sided autographed footballs to a charity, you've probably seen The Big Game's commemorative products, too. In fact, commemoratives are how The Big Game got started, making excellent one-off custom footballs when other mega-factories refused. For fans, these commemoratives are gridiron taxidermy: prizes to remember touchdowns by; to recall better seasons past when the present one disappoints; and to help smell the turf and hear the pads clash when it's February, and the season's still seven months away
Appreciate: The Big Game's broad selection of commemorative footballs. You'll have to visit their website to see examples, as we're being diplomatic by showing you their competitive footballs above, rather than any particular team's colors. But you'll discover that The Big Game can make a display ball in a variety of styles to cover most any celebration: replica game balls that feature a special player or notable play (you can even have a photo emblazoned on the ball); "Metallized Momentos," which are silver or bronze finished balls that look and feel more like trophies; and their handcrafted Bayou Ball, made of alligator hide and particularly well-suited for collectors and, of course, cajuns. That's not a football; it's a footbaw
Know: That's the 1906 Top-Grain Leather football shown above, which is The Big Game's high end competition ball. It's named for the year the forward pass was officially approved for college play, and it's specifically designed to excel in the passing game, whether handled by a small or large-handed QB. A synthetic option is also available, with The Big Game's proprietary True Grit surface made of 20,000 micro pebbles to improve grip and reduce fumbles. It's also water-resistant, so it retains its weight even in wet conditions, and available in a pee-wee size (because children who fumble don't get ice cream)
Special Comments: Have a look at The Big Game's exclusive Football Power Brush. It's a little pricey, so it's most appropriate for equipment managers or guys who have many, many sons, but they'll appreciate how efficiently these machines can help maintain the tacky finish on frequently-used, leather-finish footballs. If you have just one lonely football, opt instead for The Big Game's Hand Brush, and some of their Football Wax to finish the finish
Cost: $75.00 for the 1906 Top-Grain Leather football (shown), and $39.95 for the 1906 Synthetic Leather College edition. Commemorative footballs are custom made, so you'll need to call The Big Game for prices. The Football Power Brush is $995; the Hand Brush and Football Wax are both $9.95
Visit the Big Game USA website: Here.