Ka-ching! Patriots score runner-up bling
By Inside Track
Sunday, May 11, 2008 - Updated 11h ago
Word from Foxboro is that the New England Patriots [team stats] were fitted for their rings last week.
No, that would not be Super Bowl XLII rings. Eli Manning & Co. are sporting those. The Pats will be getting the smaller, less bling-encrusted AFC Championship rings in honor of their nearly undefeated season.
“Winning the AFC championship is still an honor that is recognized by a championship ring,” said team spokesguy Stacey James.
The Pats haven’t had that particular brand of jewelry since the 1996 season - the last time they went to the Super Bowl and failed to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
And although winning the conference championship was considered quite a feat in the ’96 season - and the ’85 season for that matter - in 2008, well, not so much . . .
James said it’s unclear whether the team will throw a ring ceremony, as in past years when Tom Brady [stats] & Co. won the Super Bowl.
“I don’t know what the plan is,” he said.
Meanwhile, in NYC, the New York Giants have commissioned Tiffany & Co. to design their blingtastic jewelry. According to W magazine, defensive end Michael Strahan has demanded “a 10-table ring,” which, he explained, is “when I walk into a restaurant, I want you to be able to see it from 10 tables away.”
Manning’s wife, Abby, who works in fashion design, already has announced that her hubby “won’t be wearing it.”
To which Eli sheepishly replied: “I might wear it for a few months.”
File under: Lords of the Rings.