WITH A 1--0 win over Manchester United last month, Chelsea (top) earned the right to hoist the most hallowed trophy in British sports, the FA Cup—which was promptly dropped in mid-celebration. (The silver jug had to be sent out for repairs.) It wasn't the first time someone spoiled the spoils of victory.

As guard Kelly Bates of the B.C. Lions hoisted the 97-year-old Grey Cup, it snapped in two. Turns out Bates is something of a serial trophy abuser. "When I won a junior championship [Canadian Bowl] with the Saskatoon Hilltops, I broke that one too," he later confessed.

After a graceful performance at the U.S. Open, Maria Sharapova dropped the lid of her trophy (left)—which hit her on the head before crashing to the ground. She was just showing her inner klutz, she said: "All my friends texted me, saying, 'Typical Maria.' Things like that always happen to me. I'm a goofball. I'm the dork of the group."

Liverpool players broke the UEFA Champions League trophy by dropping it on—of all things—a grand piano at their hotel. The team decided not to fix the dent, as an official said the ding had become "part of the character of the cup."

Allen Iverson handed his Rookie All-Star Game MVP trophy to a team publicist without telling him it's a two-piecer. The base hit the floor and cracked. AI's response: "My mom's gonna kill you." The team got the trophy repaired before Mrs. Iverson had to take matters into her own hands.

The downside to those lovely ceramic trophies some events hand out: If you drop them on a bowling alley, they tend to shatter, as Pete Weber found out after winning the U.S. Open. When he was presented with crystal after winning the event again this March, his wife called from the stands, "Put it down before you drop it."

The Ottawa Silver Seven celebrated winning the then 13-year-old Stanley Cup by getting blotto and drop-kicking the trophy into the Rideau Canal, which was frozen over. Thus began a rich tradition of abusing Lord Stanley's gift to hockey (left). It's since been left on a curb, thrown into a pool, used as a food dish and supposedly urinated in—though Mark Messier did treat the Cup to a night out at a strip club.