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Auburn Receives Their National Championship Rings (Pictures)

Even if Mark Cuban thinks championship rings are played out, several teams still believe in them (including his Mavericks). Two teams received their rings in the past few days for winning titles. The Packers got their Super Bowl rings, and Auburn received their rings for winning the national championship in college football. Here’s a close up picture of Auburn’s three rings courtesy of wide receiver Emory Blake:

Three rings seems excessive, but one is for winning the SEC, the other is for winning the BCS National Championship, and the third is for winning the NCAA championship. Maybe Auburn is just trying to provide its players with more streams of revenue in case they decide to pawn the rings in the future. Here’s another look at the rings courtesy of Travante’ Stallworth:

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Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Carlisle Want Ring Over Mark Cuban’s Bracelet Idea

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said after his team won the NBA title that championship rings are done and that he wanted to take the tradition to the next level. We’ve seen plenty of ideas ranging from statues to private islands, but our personal favorite is mini-giraffes. And if Cuban is planning to take it to the next level, he better be going exotic with his idea. As it stands, the notion that he’s just going to get the team bracelets is pretty weak.

Speaking on PTI Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki agreed. “I’m an old school guy and when he brought that idea up I think the whole team was a little dumbfounded,” Nowitzki said. “I don’t think the last word has been spoken there. I think he was thinking about a bracelet or something but the ring is just so classic and everybody I think wants a ring.”

In separate yet related comments, Dirk said “I’m a man, I don’t know how I’d feel about a bracelet.”

Coach Rick Carlisle expressed a similar sentiment saying “It’s got to be rings. I don’t know what [Cuban's] thinking. You win an NBA championship, you gotta have a ring. If he wants to give guys something else (in addition to) a ring, that’s great.”

I’m in agreement with what Carlisle said. Cuban can get his team something else, but he should also get them rings. And if he’s making this big of a deal over bracelets as Dirk intimated, then I’d be really disappointed. That’s not next level, that’s poker stuff. When we think of Mark Cuban and next level, we think of private islands, customized cars, and heck even NBA franchises. There’s no way he’s going to do bracelets, so the suspense is mounting.

Mark Cuban: Championship Rings Are Done, Time to Take it to Next Level

When fans talk about winning championships in sports, they often use the word “rings” to describe it. It’s a pretty simple reason why — players and teams get championship rings after winning titles. Rings may be an old concept, but teams keep trying to take the rings to the next level by making them bigger, more bejeweled, and more customized with commemorative events such as the ones the Lakers received last year.

No surprise, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks that the rings idea is old, so he may be following his team’s nickname by doing something different for his players.

During an interview on NBA TV after his team won the NBA title (at least he didn’t cuss in this one), Cuban said “I might not get rings. Rings are old school. You’ve seen it before, there’s guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings, and I’m like, ‘Rings are done. It’s time to take it to the next level.’”

This is the exact core of my issues with Cuban. I love the guy for being an innovator and wanting to do something original to reward his players. I can’t stand it when he opens his mouth too much and overshadows his players. If he’s going to let his players play like he did during the NBA Finals and just stay in the background and generate cool ideas like this, then I support him. The key though is to let his team win before he does his talking.

Now that we have that out of the way, got any suggestions for what Cuban should get his players? Private jets? Mini-giraffes? Their very own NBA teams? 18-wheelers like Ochocinco? I can’t wait to see what the Cubes has planned, and his outside-the-box mentality is part of what makes him so enjoyable.

Lakers, and Justin Bieber, Get Their Championship Rings (Pictures)

The Lakers got to celebrate their 16th championship in franchise history with their ring and banner ceremony on Tuesday night. We already told you about the sweet warm up jackets they had on, but what about their sick rings:

Yeah, Justin Bieber somehow managed to slip on Phil Jackson’s ring after Jeannie Buss convinced him. You want details? Fine. I drive a Ferrari, 355 Cabriolet, what’s up? I have a ridiculous house in the South Fork. Wait, wrong movie. Oh yeah, you want details? How about this from the Lakers’ official site:

> Each ring is adorned with a piece of the actual ball used in Game 7 of the Finals
> 16 over-sized round brilliant white diamonds for the franchise’s 16 titles
> Each player is immortalized with a 3D sculpture of their face on their respective rings
> The final score of the Lakers 83-79 Game 7 win is on the side of the ring in scoreboard fashion

What they call rings I call SI’s NBA championship commemorative pack all on your finger. How the heck is someone every supposed to wear something so elaborate? At least Ron Artest should get serious money for his.

Giants Super Bowl Rings Revealed

I’m often fascinated by the jewelry the players receive for winning championships. After all, when people talk about “how many rings” a player has, we’re not just talking about something figurative, but a literal item of jewelry. I remember being somewhat disappointed by the Colts’ Super Bowl ring last year. Unfortunately I share the same feelings for the Giants’ rings.

The Giants ring was actually manufactured by Tiffany’s, where as most rings are done by Jostens. As for some of the specs:

the top of the white-gold ring will feature three Lombardi trophies — one for each of the franchise’s Super Bowl titles — as well as the “NY” logo and the words “World Champions.” On the side, below the individual player’s name, the words “eleven straight on the road” will reference the team’s NFL-record road winning streak. On the other side will be the SB XLII logo and the final score.

I think what the ring is missing is some color. Maybe some blue and red for the Giants colors on the NY would have done the trick. Still, I’m not going to pretend like myself or any Giants fans wouldn’t love to get their hands on it.