With the proliferation of commemorative jewelry, the tribute often rings hollow – Orange County Register

In the past few months, Steve Bartman was awarded a World Series ring and Donald Trump was given a Super Bowl ring, as was the mother of New England quarterback Tom Brady.

Perhaps you think these gestures are examples of wholly over-the-top generosity.

But I’d counter by noting that her son never would have completed a single pass had Galynn Brady not delivered first.

You also might consider these decisions bizarre, teams inviting individuals only loosely affiliated with their success – or not affiliated even remotely – to share equally in triumph with the winning players.

Here, I’d argue you’re wrong again, pointing out that sometimes championship rings don’t require winning a championship at all.

Kentucky purchased rings for its football players last season despite finishing in the middle of the SEC standings and losing to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl by two touchdowns.

Instead, the rings officially commemorated only the Wildcats’ 41-38 victory over Louisville, an outcome that allowed Kentucky to barely qualify as winners by the word’s very definition, the team finishing 7-6.

There are no rules in regards to distributing championship-style jewelry, and I’m hardly qualified to judge others on the topic of choosing when to accessorize.

I’ve never decorated myself in bling, at least not regularly. I stopped wearing a wristwatch, in fact, years ago, the moment I realized I had become so attached to my time-telling iPhone that it would be easier to leave my house without my kidneys.

It’s just that championship-type rings have become abundantly commonplace, a development that feels a little odd, even when there’s strong heartfelt sentiment in the presentation.

Galynn Brady is a celebrated cancer survivor, for instance, and Steve Bartman, of course, has been celebrated for years in Chicago as the living, breathing, headphone-wearing fan of death.

When the Cubs gave Bartman one of their 2016 title rings, he issued a statement expressing his gratitude and hope that “we all can learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent harsh scapegoating.”

Yeah, right, the Cubs being the same organization that lugged around the curse for an actual goat for 71 years. Heck, an image of that goat was included on their ’16 rings.

So much in sports is now considered jewel-worthy, from winning the ACC to appearing in the Aloha Bowl, the amount of finger wrapping sometimes difficult to wrap the brain around.


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