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one ring to rule them all..

Postby fun gus » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:25 am

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutd ... 32690.html

The Super Bowl ring is one of the greatest symbols of athletic triumph. NFL players have been known to break down when they can finally fit that particular bit of jewelry on their fingers, and I've met enough former players, coaches, and executives who would never be separated from their rings to know that the buzz lasts forever. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has three such rings from his team's wins in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX. The ring Kraft won for that last Super Bowl, at the end of the 2004 season, went missing in a very unusual way.

As the story goes, Kraft met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gathering of business and political leaders at Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia, in June of 2005. Kraft and Putin talked a while, Kraft took off his ring to show it to Putin, and Putin promptly put the ring in his pocket and walked off.

"I showed the president my most recent Super Bowl ring,” Kraft said in a subsequent statement. Putin “was clearly taken with its uniqueness."

“At that point, I decided to give him the ring as a symbol of the respect and admiration that I have for the Russian people and the leadership of President Putin."

But as Kraft said recently, per the New York Post, that's not what really happened.

“I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring,’” Kraft said during the Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala in New York City.“I put my hand out, and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

Were it not for the intervention of the White House, this could have gotten ugly. Kraft wanted his ring back, obviously not intimidated by Putin's alleged ability to kill somebody with it. The ring came in at 4.94 carats and was worth over $25,000, and Kraft was not amused. He said that he got a call from the George W. Bush-led White House, telling him that it would really be in the best interests of relations between the two countries if Kraft would change the story and say the ring was a gift.

Kraft was unmoved.

“I really didn’t [want to]. I had an emotional tie to the ring, it has my name on it. I don’t want to see it on eBay. There was a pause on the other end of the line, and the voice repeated, ‘It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present.’”

According to the Post, the ring is now kept in the Kremlin library -- presumably in the "Ill-Gotten Booty" section.

http://blog.sfgate.com/culture/2005/06/ ... ter-kraft/
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Re: one ring to rule them all..

Postby RobertAP » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:54 pm

It was a s***ty move by Putin, but what does Kraft care? He actually won the super bowls, and he has two other rings and countless other reminders of his success. On top of that, he probably has the ability to ask a, "favor," of the white house. Shut up and move on Kraft.

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Re: one ring to rule them all..

Postby Pudge » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:45 pm

When someone steals something from that is worth $25,000, regardless of whether you have two others of the same thing worth just as much or more, you're going to care.
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Re: one ring to rule them all..

Postby Cyril » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:10 am

Kraft should have called secret service and shot Putin right there. Might as well start World war 111 than wait for about two years. (:
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Re: one ring to rule them all..

Postby fun gus » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:12 am

Pudge wrote:When someone steals something from that is worth $25,000, regardless of whether you have two others of the same thing worth just as much or more, you're going to care.



agreed. But is it not more then a little 'curious' that this is resurfacing 'now' when were about to fight a proxy-war with Russia? :ninja:
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