Archive for August, 2014

Championship Rings that stun and make us go gaga

August 29, 2014

Championship ring admiration is not just for hard-core fans and spots memorabilia collectors: The general public is mesmerized by them too:

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Not including the players, coaches, and team staff, I used to believe only hard-core fans and sports collectors were the only ones that really cared about championship rings.

Boy was I wrong.

As I search the internet for content for this blog, I find myself amazed how everyday people love championship rings. It is so evident on Twitter.

If you search Twitter hashtags such as “championship ring”, “super bowl rings” and some others, you will see so many instances where fans take pictures with temporarily borrowed championship rings.

They are so excited to be wearing such a rare and amazing piece of hardware that they tweet the pictures to show the world their thirty-second encounters with a real-in person championship ring!

While most of the pictures are not that interesting and unique after seeing dozens of them each week, three caught my attention recently.

The Seahawks are holding a pretty cool contest. Participants are encouraged to Photoshop the Seahawks championship ring into a picture and submit the photo. Many of the photoshopped photos, such as the adorable picture on the left, are tweeted on the internet. The best photos will win a third-tier level championship ring from the Seahawks.

Many of the photos show people going gaga over championship rings, especially Super Bowl rings as evidenced in the middle photo.

And as the last photo on the right shows, Championship Ring hats continue to be a sought after and photographed item.

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Unable to play football, disabled fan earned FSU championship ring

August 28, 2014 – By Katie Petty, Correspondent, Orlando Sentinel

Payton Poulin, was born with schizencephaly. It didn’t stop him from attending most of FSU’s practices and games last year and from inspiring the team.

FSU National Championship Ring

Nearly two decades after his parents were told he likely never would talk, Payton Poulin had no trouble finding the words to express what his national championship ring meant to him.

The Osceola teen who wasn’t expected to walk stood on his own for the first time in June.

Poulin’s predicted life expectancy was not supposed to extend past a very early age, certainly not into his sophomore year at Florida State.

An improbable, special life has become more charmed in the past year, when Poulin was befriended by FSU’s football team, attended practices and games last fall, and received a special gift to commemorate his role in the Seminoles’ title-winning season.

“I always thought that if they won the national championship, I wouldn’t get a ring, but they told me one day that I was going to get one,” said Poulin, a Harmony High School graduate who is expected to attend the Seminoles’ season opener Saturday night against Oklahoma State in Irving, Texas. “I couldn’t believe that they would do that for me.

“It was super nice for them to do that.”

Poulin was born with schizencephaly, a birth defect similar to cerebral palsy that affected his muscular development and language skills. While he cannot play football, that did not stop him from attending Harmony’s varsity practices throughout high school and giving the Longhorns pregame speeches.

“He would always say something to bring their focus back or give them a word of encouragement when they weren’t doing as well or pat them on the butt and say, ‘Hey, I saw that,”’ Harmony coach Jerrad Butler said. “Regardless of what it was, he was very socially aware of the situation and what needed to be done. He had a good grasp on reading people.”

After meeting former FSU wide receiver Kenny Shaw in an introduction to short stories class last fall, Poulin was invited to a Seminoles practice.

He soon became as much a fixture there as Jimbo Fisher.

“He’s just electric and so positive,” said Fisher, FSU’s coach. “He never missed a day of practice and was always on time. He’s a great inspiration to the team and the coaches.”

Poulin, a Seminoles fan since he was 4, attended all seven of FSU’s home games and its victory against UF in Gainesville last year.

After FSU (14-0) beat Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game in Pasadena, Calif., in January, Fisher surprised Poulin with a ring that showcases FSU’s emblem, glitters with white gems and is inscribed with the words “NATIONAL CHAMPION.”

The Seminoles will enter this season atop preseason polls.

“Sometimes you might think, ‘Does Payton deserve that [ring] because he didn’t play on the team?’” said his father, Patrick Poulin Jr. “But with all his heart, he would be on that team, and he would be playing on that team if he didn’t have his disability.”

Butler recalled when Harmony started 0-5 during Poulin’s senior year. The Longhorns were struggling through a poor practice when Poulin told Butler, “I got this, Coach.”

Two players lifted Poulin from his wheelchair, then had the entire roster line up, interlock arms and walk 100 yards. Then Poulin said, “Quit feeling sorry for yourselves. It’s time to start new.”

The Longhorns finished that season with only their second playoff berth since the school opened in 2004.

Now he has a ring — and much more.

In the past year, Poulin has worked with FSU’s physical therapists to build leg strength. He used a metal bar to stand for 10-minute increments a few times a week.

On June 27, Poulin stood on his own for the first time.

“It felt awesome,” said Poulin, whose goal is to walk a marathon (26.2 miles). “If you haven’t done it before, then it’s great to stand.”

Poulin, a business major, returned to FSU’s football practices last week. He plans on attending every practice and home game this season.

Even if the end result is not another ring, the experience is more valuable.

“Being around such a great group of individuals changed my outlook on life, because they always have one goal in mind, no matter the circumstance,” Poulin said.

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The New York Football Giants Championship Rings

August 27, 2014

This is probably the only picture on the internet of every single championship ring the Giants have ever won:

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The New York Giants 6 Championship Rings

Astute Giant fans may realize that there are three rings missing from their pre-Super Bowl Championship days. There should be rings from the 1927 season, and the 1934 and 1938 seasons too. My research has failed to come up with proof that team rings were made and handed out from the three earliest championships.

The earliest NFL championship ring I have on record belongs to the Philadelphia Eagles and their 1948 season.

I have seen pictures of a Giants 1938 ring but it’s very different than a typical championship ring and may have been made by a single player as a memento to the 1938 championship season.

On the far left is the Giants 1956 Championship Ring. It was made by Dieges & Clust in 10K solid yellow gold. The ring contains a single diamond and weighs in around 28 grams.

Second from the left is the Giants first Super Bowl ring when they defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI.

The top of the ring is a simple but classic design – one of the classiest Super Bowl rings ever produced. The ring was made by Jostens and is solid 10K gold. It’s approximately 44-45 grams. It contains one large marques diamond and several smaller diamonds that make up the single Lombardi trophy.

Moving from left to right, the third ring is the New York Giants Super Bowl XXV ring. In one of the most thrilling super bowl games ever witnessed, the New York Giants held on during the final play of the game to beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19. The ring was made by Balfour and contains two large marques diamonds, symbolizing the team’s second Super Bowl Championship. The ring is slightly larger than the XXI ring and weighs in at 47 grams and 10k solid yellow gold.

The fourth ring from the left is the Giants Super Bowl XLII ring. The heavily favored, undefeated New England Patriots were upset by the Giants 17-14 in a thrilling game. The Giants went with Tiffany and Company to make this ring. It’s a large ring, weighing in at 72 grams and is made of solid 14K white gold. The ring contains three marquise diamonds inside of three Lombardi trophies to celebrate the teams third Super Bowl Championship. In a nod to their sensational road record that season, the team placed the phrase “Eleven Straight on The Road” on the side of the ring.

The ring second from the right is the Giants fourth and final championship ring. The Super Bowl XLVI ring weighs in at a whopping 92 grams and is also produced by Tiffany & Company. The numerous blue rubies and blue stone on top is a visual improvement over the Giant’s last Tiffany Super Bowl ring. The ring is made of 14K white solid gold.

In an unusual departure from most other championship rings, the top of the ring does not have any wording at all. The usual wording found on championship rings was placed lower, and encircles the top of the ring. The normal wording is all there, but is more easily viewed from the sides of the ring, not the top.

The ring on the far right is their Superbowl XXXV, 2000 NFC championship ring. It’s a very nice looking ring, and weighs 45 grams. The ring was made by Jostens in 14K solid yellow gold.

The New York Giants have used three different ring manufacturers to make their Super Bowl rings. If you want to count championship rings before the super bowl, then the number increases to four: Jostens made the first super bowl ring, Balfour the second, and Tiffany made the third and fourth and Dieges & Clust made the 1956 ring.

Dieges & Clust who has made many amazing championship rings, Olympic metals, baseball awards, the legendary Spalding trophies of the 1920′s and the Heisman Trophy was acquired by Herff Jones in 1979.

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Jerry West’s Amazing Championship Ring Display

August 25, 2014

Born in West Virginia, a local WV Steakhouse called, Prime 44 West, houses Jerry’s Championship Rings and a Larry O’brien NBA Championship trophy.

Jerry West Championship Rings

How did Jerry acquire so many championship rings?

Jerry West was a professional basketball player who played his entire professional 14 year career for the L.A. Lakers.

Jerry was also the co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome. The entire team was inducted as a unit into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

West had a very impressive NBA career. Playing the guard position, he was voted 12 times into the All-NBA First and Second Teams, and was elected into the NBA All-Star Team 14 times. West was the All-Star MVP in 1972, the same year that he won the only title of his career.

West holds the NBA record for the highest points per game average in a playoff series with mind-blowing 46.3. He was also a member of the first five NBA All-Defensive Teams (one second, which was then followed by four firsts), which were introduced when he was 32 years old.

Having played in nine NBA Finals, he is also the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team (1969). West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

After his playing career, West was head coach of the Lakers for three years, leading Los Angeles into the playoffs each year and earning a Western Conference Finals berth once.

West was named general manager of the Lakers prior to the 1982–83 NBA season. Under his reign, the Lakers won a whopping six championship rings.

In 2002, West became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and helped the franchise win their first-ever playoff berth. For his contributions, West won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice, once with the Lakers (1995) and then once with the Grizzlies (2004).

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Charles Haley And His Record Five Super Bowl Rings

August 24, 2014

Charles Haley played for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, 1998–1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992–1996). He’s the only player in NFL history to have been on five winning Super Bow teams.

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Charles Haley Super Bowl Rings

Haley was a fourth round draft pick in 1986. He played college football at James Madison University.

A versatile defensive player, Haley began his career as an outside linebacker, eventually progressing to pass-rusher and finally full-fledged defensive end. Haley had a reputation of being a volatile and unpredictable while at the same time he was known as an exceptionally talented and hardworking player. After his career was over, he was diagnosed as being bipolar which explained his volatility.

As a member of the San Francisco 49ers from 1986–1991, he was awarded championship rings from Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV following the 1988 and 1989 seasons, respectively. After having a conflict with the 49ers head coach George Seifert and a nasty physical confrontation with quarterback Steve Young, Haley was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. With the Dallas Cowboys, he won three more Super Bowl rings over the next four seasons in 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), and 1995 (XXX).

Although injuries would eventually force his retirement in 1996, Haley resurfaced for the 1998 playoffs to aid the 49ers, and then played for them in 1999. After his playing career was done, Haley turned to assistant coaching, and was a defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions.

In his 12 NFL seasons, Haley recorded 100.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions, and eight fumble recoveries, which he returned for nine yards and a touchdown. He was also selected to play in five Pro Bowls (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995) and was named NFL All-Pro in 1990 and 1994.

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