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Toronto Argos legend Pinball Clemons has Grey Cup ring stolen by a fan

September 21, 2014

A Canadian Football League fan who posed for a photo with Michael “Pinball” Clemons asked to see one of his five Grey Cup championship rings. When he gave it to her, she ran off with it.

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The Argonauts may have won their game last night, but their former star player and coach lost something important — one of his cherished Grey Cup rings.

During the game last evening at BC Place, Clemons, who is the vice-chair for the Argos team, tossed his ring as he had done before, into the crowd for fans to look at and take pictures with, TSN radio’s Mike Hogan tweeted this morning. According to Hogan, a female fan then left the building with the ring still on her.

An active search for the ring is now underway on Twitter with both Lions, Argos and CFL fans alike coming together in an attempt to locate the whereabouts of the ring.

The Argonauts’ official twitter account is seeking help on social media, requesting fans retweet messages about the missing ring and contact the Vancouver police if they have any information.

During last night’s game, Pinball, was watching the game from the sidelines — and even took a shift on water duty, handing out bottles to resting Argos players. According to several tweets, Pinball often interacts with fans at CFL games, which includes lending his championship ring for photo-ops. The apparent theft has left many CFL fans angry and disappointed.

Clemons joined the Argos as a player in 1989 and was honored as the league’s most outstanding player in 1990. He retired after 12 seasons and twice became coach of the team.

Clemons won Grey Cup rings as a player in 1991, 1996, and 1997. He also earned a Grey Cup ring as a coach in 2004 and as vice-chairman in 2012. It’s not certain which of those rings was the one stolen.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders historic championship ring has plenty of bling

June 3, 2014

The Riders’ Grey Cup title is now complete as championship rings have been awarded.

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The football players received their diamond studded Grey Cup championship rings during a private ceremony Friday. By Sunday, they were back in Saskatoon, for the opening of training camp with a goal of trying to repeat in the 2014 season.

“You earned that months ago and it’s always unfortunate, actually, that you get it right before you’re starting another camp,” said Roughriders’ receiver Chris Getzlaf. “At the same time, you can use that as motivation. You get that ring and it reminds you of what you accomplished. But you’ve got to flush that right away and say ‘I want to get another one.’ ” So do the rest of them, as defensive lineman Ricky Foley noted.

“The thing I was surprised with the other night was how much guys aren’t resting on their laurels,” he said after the team’s Sunday morning practice. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to become legendary here. It’s a different market, it’s a special market. You win one, you’re remembered forever. You win two in a row, I can’t even imagine.”

Here’s a breakdown of the Roughriders 2013 Grey Cup rings: GM Brendan Taman said a little less than 140 were created for a variety of people including players, staff and directors.

The ring is crafted in 10 carat white gold and crusted in diamonds and emeralds. The ring weighs in at 78 grams.

The top of the ring has 122 diamonds, equaling the Roughriders’ 103 years of existence and 19 Grey Cup appearances. Four emeralds symbolize their four Grey Cup titles.

One side of the ring has an image of Mosaic Stadium, where the Roughriders won last year’s Grey Cup Championship. The score of that game and the team’s slogan “All In” is also on that side.

The other side includes the recipient’s name, and images of the current four Grey Cups the team has won.

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Hamilton Ticats Grey Cup championship ring stolen from team’s former owner

February 25, 2014

Thieves broke into George Grant’s Annex home, stealing his ring from the 1999 game.

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When George Grant and his wife arrived home on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 9 and realized they had been robbed, the first thing that came to Grant’s mind was his Grey Cup championship ring.

Sure enough, the thieves had taken it, along with the sterling, watches, cufflinks and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

The former owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats received the ring, along with the players and staff, when the CFL team claimed victory over the Calgary Stampeders in 1999. He kept it in a special box in his bedroom.

“The Grey Cup ring is impossible to value in a simplistic way, but it’s got a lot of sentimental value,” he said. “Very few people have one . . . and when you consider there are more Orders of Canada given out every year than Grey Cup rings, it goes to show you the special value they have.”

Toronto police say the suspect or suspects broke into the Annex home, in the Bloor St. W. and Avenue Rd. area, between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. while Grant and his wife were out for dinner with their daughter.

A 50-year veteran of the broadcasting industry, Grant was until recently president and CEO of ZoomerMedia’s radio division. He became a founding partner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team in the early 1990s, before broadening his interests to include football.

The Grey Cup ring was a source of pride for Grant, who was owner and vice-chair of the Ticats from 1995 to 2003. He and other businessmen assumed ownership at a tough financial time for the team, but watched as the Ticats, invigorated by new head coach Ron Lancaster, went on to play two consecutive Grey Cups in 1998 and 1999, winning the latter.

Grant still remembers running out on the field with his wife and children after the big win.

“It was one of the more exciting things that ever happened in my life,” he said.

Of course, Grant would like to see the ring returned, but he refuses to dwell on its loss.

“You can’t let something like this stop you from doing your normal things during the day,” he said. “You have to stay positive about life.”

The theft comes a little over a year after another Ticats Grey Cup ring, this one belonging to the late Bobby Kuntz, was stolen from his daughter’s Mississauga home. Kuntz had been part of the team that won the 1965 cup, but rings were only awarded to the players in 2005.

Anyone with information about the robbery at Grant’s home is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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