Archive for August, 2014

The Coolest Championship Ring Display In The World

August 21, 2014

Located at the NFL Headquarters in New York City, no expense was spared to make this custom Super Bowl Ring Display.

NFL Headquarters Super Bowl Championship Ring Display

It’s approximately 40 – 50 feet in length and absolutely mesmerizing. Located on Park Avenue, in the Heart of Mid-Town Manhattan, the Championship Ring display sits in the huge lobby at the NFL Headquarters.

A ring from every single Super Bowl is on display, in a lighted fixture with access to sliding magnifying glasses. The Magnifying glasses help visitors see every salacious detail on any chosen ring.

(Click picture below for a larger picture)

NFL Championship Ring Display

As the years go by and other champions are crowned and awarded a super bowl ring, the display has been designed to accommodate plenty of future rings.

The lobby and display are not open to the public, unfortunately for most football fans, you need an invite to NFL Headquarters to visit.

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Jim Brown counter sued over 1964 Cleveland Browns championship ring

August 16, 2014

Jim Brown wanted his day in court.   Be careful what you wish for.

Jim Brown 1964 Cleveland Browns Championship Ring

Pro football legend Jim Brown was hit with a $1 million countersuit by a Lelands, (an auction house) in the continuing dispute over his 1964 Cleveland Browns championship ring.

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Lelands, and its owner, Joshua Evans, say Brown harmed their reputation and cost them significant money by filing a suit last month to block the sale of his NFL championship ring.

Jim Brown claims the ring was stolen from him, but Evans tells a much different story.

“The last thing I want is to malign Jim Brown and put him through more than he’s already been through, but when somebody attacks my credibility, I have to respond,” Evans told the Daily News.

Lelands’ auction of the Brown’s 1964 Cleveland Browns ring had to be called off last month, when Brown filed suit, saying the ring was stolen from him in the 1960s.

Lelands had steadily maintained Brown had passed the ring on to a relative, who then sold it to Lelands.

Lelands’ court filing reveals that relative was Brown’s ex-wife, Susan — and acknowledges the auction house didn’t get the ring directly from her. The filing says she had sold the ring to another memorabilia collector in the early 1980s, and that person then sold it to a different collector, who in turn sold it to Lelands.

“I just didn’t remember. This was 23 years ago,” Evans said, explaining why the court papers told a different story. “I’ve sold hundreds of thousands of items over my career. I don’t remember everything about every transaction.”

But Brown’s lawyer, Neal Brickman, said he has an affidavit from Sue Brown swearing that she never sold the ring, and that it and a brooch had been stolen from her in the late 1960s. He also said Lelands’ lawyers had initially told him the auction house had gotten the ring from a different relative.

“It’s a completely different story,” Brickman said.

Lelands’ filing is also a bit hazy about how Sue Brown — who divorced the running back in the late 1980s — got the ring. It says she’s believed to have “obtained valid title to the ring in the divorce proceedings, or, in the alternative, as a result of Jim Brown’s abandonment of the ring in the couple’s marital residence.”

Brickman called the wishy-washy language “curious”— and said that, according to Sue Brown, it’s “not true.”

Evans countered that Sue Brown had the ring appraised for $1,000, and the collector who allegedly bought it from her, Ray Kling, paid her double that amount. Evans said he didn’t believe there was paperwork documenting the sale, however, because “things were done with handshakes back then.”

Lelands originally acquired the ring in 1991, and then auctioned it off approximately one year later, according to the filing. The auction house reacquired the championship ring in May of this year, for about $110,000, Evans said.

The ring is the last pro-sports championship ring to be won by a Cleveland team. It was expected to be auctioned off for about $250,000.

The auction of the championship ring is on hold until a judge decides who is the rightful owner.

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Anthony McFarland and His Two Super Bowl Rings

August 15, 2014

Most men have to worry about what tie to wear on Television – Anthony McFarland has to decide which Super Bowl ring.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Rings

Anthony McFarland is a two-time super bowl champion. The defensive tackle was drafted by the Tampa bay Buccaneers as the 15th overall pick in the 199 NFL draft.

He won the Super bowl with the Bucs in 2002 and with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006.

The ring on the left is the Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl XLI ring. It was made by Herff Jones (probably because their corporate offices are in Indianapolis). The ring features 50 diamonds and a blue sapphire horseshoe on the top. The word “Faith” is on one side and “Our time” – the team’s theme during the playoffs – on the other. A red dot is located on the side of the ring to symbolize the blood the players left on the field, according to the team officials. The ring 14K solid white gold ring weighs in at 70 grams.

The ring shown on the right is the Tiffany Super Bowl XXXVII ring made for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 14K solid yellow gold ring is 60 grams and loaded with diamonds. The ring includes a large marquise diamond and three large princess cut (square) diamonds in the Lombardi trophy.

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Joe Andruzzi is a Super Bowl Champion and a Class Act

August 14, 2014

Today’s blog is not about championship rings, it’s about Joe Andruzzi’s kindness and desire to help others.

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Joe Andruzzi is not a house-hold name.   But he should be, because of all the great things he has done for others.   I hope you are as moved by his story as I am.

In 1997, Joe Andruzzi was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent. After three seasons, Andruzzi was released from the Packers and then signed by the New England Patriots in 2000.

He played for the Pats for five seasons and earned three Super Bowl rings.

During his time in New England Andruzzi received the Ed Block Courage Award in 2002 (for helping others) and the first Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2003.

Andruzzi became a free agent again in 2005 and was signed by the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Browns for two seasons.

In 2001, Andruzzi and his wife, Jen, were introduced to C.J. Buckley, who had an inoperable brain tumor. The families became very close and, the Andruzzi’s were devastated when C.J. died in 2002. Always driven to help others in need, the couple launched the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Children’s Hospital.

In 2007, Joe Andruzzi was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. He relocated back to New England and had an aggressive form of chemotherapy treatment over three months at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Andruzzi’s last treatment was on August 6, 2007 after which he spent the following year at home in recovery.

After completing treatment, Joe was told that there was no sign of cancer in his body and he remains cured today.

The Andruzzi family founded the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in 2008. The foundation is committed to tackling cancer’s impact by providing financial assistance for patients and their families as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research.

On April 15, 2013, Andruzzi’s foundation was hosting an event on Boylston Street in Boston when the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings occurred. In the aftermath, he was photographed carrying an injured woman to safety.

Joe has three brothers who like him, help others. His three brothers are all members of the New York City Fire Department, and responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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Maple Leaf’s 1960s Championship Team to Finally Get Rings

August 13, 2014 – By Rick Westhead

The Toronto Maple Leafs will award Stanley Cup rings next month to players who won championships for the team during the 1960s, a move that leaves the recently beleaguered club open to ribbing but also helps to repair possibly bruised relations with some alumni.

toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup Ring

In September, the Leafs will hand out $5,000 rings to players such as Bob Pulford, Johnny Bower and Bobby Baun at a ceremony in Toronto. TSN first reported on Aug. 4 that the rings would be distributed to the team’s former stars.

The gold rings feature a leaf outlined in black, emblazoned with a diamond fixed in the centre and the words “Stanley Cup Champions” around the perimeter. A raised image of the Stanley Cup is on the side. The rings are being made for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment by Tiffany & Co.

Bob Pulford, who played for championship teams in Toronto from 1962 to 1964 and in 1967, said he approached Leafs management several years ago about honoring former players.

Even though the Hockey Hall of Fame says members of the first team to win a Stanley Cup, the Montreal Hockey Club, were given rings after winning the championship in 1893, the gesture disappeared in subsequent years.

During the 1960s, it wasn’t common for players to receive a new ring after every Stanley Cup win. In 1959, Montreal Canadiens players had to pay for their own rings after winning the championship and in 1971, Canadiens management decided to give players color TVs instead of rings.

“I got one in 1962, and then after we won in ’63 and ’64, they took it back, added an engraving on it and re-set it with a bit bigger diamond,” Pulford, 78, told TSN.

Pulford also has two rings from his work as an executive with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and 2013.

“I have four kids and I’d love to be able to give them each a ring one day,” he added. The Hall of Famer will receive three new rings at the ceremony – which will give him a total of six Stanley Cup rings.

“I don’t wear the ones from Chicago because the rings have gotten too big,” he said. “I still wear my Leafs ring. It’s classy.”

The ring ceremony also promises to help the Leafs salve any wounds left after the club’s controversial decision last year to take down photos at the Air Canada Centre of former players. While Maple Leaf Sports president Tim Leiweke ordered the move in an attempt to create a new culture within the organization, saying he didn’t want today’s players looking at players from 1962 as they walked to and from the ice, critics ripped the team for not paying proper respect to its past players.

Bower was among the former Leafs stars who talked Leiweke out of the move, The Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk reported in September.

“I think Tim realized that was a mistake,” Pulford said. “And to his credit, he’s trying to rectify that. A lot of former players are going to be so happy about this ring ceremony. When I found out I almost cried.”

Shannon Hosford, vice president of marketing and communications, said the Leafs’ move is about, “treating our alumni right.”

“We had heard from players over the past few years that (those who won multiple Stanley Cups in the 1960s) really wanted to receive an additional ring,” Hosford said. “We are trying to do the right thing heading into our centennial year and tie up loose ends. This is about working to bring our alumni closer into the fold.”

Hosford added that the team is spending $200,000 to produce about 50 of the rings. Ten players have confirmed their attendance so far at the Leafs’ fan fest and will receive the rings on Sept. 5.

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