Ring of Fire
Proving that sports memorabilia collectors are sometimes smoking crack, yesterday former New York Giant Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl ring sold at auction for 230 thousand dollars. And here’s the kicker. LT didn’t even know it was up for sale. After the Giants beat the Bills in the 1991 Super Bowl, he gave it to his kid T.J. And T.J. auctioned it off. L.T. says he can do with it what he wants. At least he could have waited until the old man dies.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, the Giants and the Jets were awarded the 2014 game, making it the first time the big game will be played in the snow and the slop. The only reason why they’re getting it is because by then the new Meadowlands Stadium will be built, which will make it the opportune time to kiss up to the new sponsors who ponied up large to have their names plastered all over the joint. Forget the fact that yes, it is the largest football market in the country—this has got everything to do with cashing in on the novelty of the new facility. But can’t you see the double standard here? Ralph Wilson has owned the Bills like, forever. His namesake bowl can hold 80,000. It gets just as crappy in late January in Buffalo as it does in Jersey—usually worse. And even if they didn’t bid on the game, the NFL should at least throw the old guy one last bone before he kicks, cuz let’s face it, the Bills ain’t winning anything before he goes. But that ain’t gonna happen. This is a one time perk for the Big Apple. If guys didn’t want to play in the Pro bowl in sunny Miami, they sure as hell won’t want to suit up for the game in 2014. The status quo that the Super Bowl should always be played in ideal conditions is now off the table. Your move Ralphie boy.