White Gold Rings?

For a little extra reading today, here is a small piece written by Tim DiRocco about some inaccurate reporting done by local writers about the Super Bowl Rings the Patriots recently received.

Super Bowl Ring Misconception
Tim DiRocco

While reading through the news articles about the Patriots SB XXXVI rings, a common point put forward was that New England was the only team to cast their jewelery in white gold. A bit of research shows that they were beaten to the punch on this detail, however.

For those that haven’t seen the articles:

"Like the team's 2001 hardware, the 2003 jewelry is cast in 14-carat white gold, making them the only two Super Bowl rings to be cast in white gold." - Glen Farley, SouthOfBoston.com

"Each ring contains 104 diamonds, totaling 5.05 carats (again, both records). And like in 2001, they are cast in 14-carat white gold, making them the only two Super Bowl rings having that feature." - Michael Felger, Boston Herald

"Like the 2001 edition, the rings were cast in 14-carat white gold, which is becoming a tradition for New England -- the Patriots are the only team to use white gold on Super Bowl rings." - Adam Kilgore, Boston Globe

The above is not meant to be a complete list, merely a representative example. If the above were true, it would be a fabulous distinction. However, it is not.

The first evidence of this came to light in the book, “You’re Okay, It’s Just A Bruise” by Rob Huizenga, M.D. Rob was hired as an internist for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1983. On page 92, Rob states:

"Six weeks earlier, in an elaborate ring ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hilton, I had gotten mine: a mammoth block of white gold studded with three large diamonds, each representing a Raider world championship, surrounded by many smaller diamonds."

Jim Otto of the Oakland Raiders confirmed this fact. Jim stated, “To my knowledge, all of our rings are white gold.”

The competition between the Raiders and Patriots has gone back and forth over the decades. Each team has fans who felt (and still feel) jilted over a call. For the Raiders, of course, it is the “Tuck” game. Longtime Patriot fans still feel the sting of 1976’s phantom call on Ray “Sugar Bear” Hamilton.

In this case however, give the Raiders their due. They were the first to use white gold to cast their rings, and have done so for all three championships.

Given the choice between this distinction and another Lombardi Trophy, I’m sure Patriot fans will have little trouble getting over it. They will surely get over the gaffe quicker than many Boston area sportswriters.

Editor’s note: The Patriots themselves put out the information about the rings being the first in white gold, but shouldn’t the writers have double-checked that nformation first?


Home Sweet Home

The Red Sox look to get back on track at home tonight. Jeff Horrigan says that the stretch of the next 18 games, 12 of which are at Fenway will provide the Sox the opportunity to make up some ground on the Yankees. Sean McAdam and Art Martone examine the Sox historical troubles in National League ballparks. David Heuschkel has a look at the Fenway return for Trot Nixon tonight. Lenny Megliola is feelin’ grouchy. Hard to tell if he’s complaining more about Terry Francona or Manny in this piece. Why so angry, people? Jon Couture also has an article on Francona and how his managerial style is playing here in Boston. Michael Silverman looks at the man who is now the most dangerous left handed hitter in the American League, David Ortiz, as he prepares to face the team that let him walk before last season. David Borges looks at the comparative struggles of Pedro Martinez and Tiger Woods. Steve Buckley (subscription only) has a look at the economic bargains and busts around baseball. For the Red Sox, he’s got Tim Wakefield on the list as a bargain and Ramiro Mendoza as a bust. If you’re looking for bargains, the aforementioned Mr. Ortiz has to be on that list somewhere. Jackie MacMullan looks at Mike Timlin’s efforts in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Joe Sullivan looks at the story of a man helped in life by the autographs of members of the 1946 Red Sox. Bob Hohler’s notebook looks at trade rumors involving Kevin Youkilis. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Curtis Leskanic.

Shira Springer has a look at the “vision” that Danny Ainge has for the future of the Celtics and what steps he sees he needs to take to make it happen. Tim Weisberg also has a look at Celtics and what Ainge is doing to try to resurrect the franchise. He has some assorted team rumors and news as well. Gabe Kahn takes a look at the expansion draft and what it could hold for the Celtics. Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics possible interest in a pair of swingmen. Murphy also takes a look at the top wingmen. Springer also takes a look at just where Paul Pierce might fit into the rebuilding of the Celtics. Kevin McNamara has a look at the top 40 prospects for the NBA Draft. Matt Eagan profiles UConn star Emeka Okafor.

Mike Reiss has a look at successful appendix surgery for the Patriots’ Matt Light. There is also a brief note in the Herald about Miami prosecutors dropping the final charge against Ty Law. Patriots rookie linebacker Tully Banta-Cain reported his newly acquired Super Bowl ring stolen, after leaving it in a restroom at the mall.

John Molori has a look at Barry Bonds, contrasting him with Manny Ramirez, who has re-done his image this season in Boston. He also looks at some homegrown announcers and has rising and falling members of the Boston media in this week’s edition of Media Blitz.

NESN has Red Sox/Twins at 7:00. FSN will have Alan Greenberg as a guest on the 6:30 show and Andy Gresh on at 10:00. CN8 will have NHL talk with Mick Colageo and NFL talk with Michael Parente at 10:00. HBO has “Real Sports” at 10:00, the major part will be an interview with Pat Summerall, his first since a liver transplant in April. Included is this exchange:

(Mary) Carillo: "There's plenty of people who think, well, he blew out his liver. Why does he get a new liver? Do you understand why people say that?"

Summerall: "I understand that."

Carillo: "Do you think you deserve that liver?"

Summerall: "I'm not sure. If I deserved it, I must have deserved it, or I wouldn't have gotten it. But based on my life before I went to the Betty Ford Center, my answer to that question was no. But I'm not sure now. I think I've become a better person. I think I've become a purer person."

Afternoon update? Um….really nothing of note in any of the later papers…

If you need something to read, over at the Philly Site, Dave has a link to an article in the Philadelphia Daily News, where John Smallwood defends the city of Boston against the comments made by Barry Bonds last week.

Today Eddie Andelman celebrated his 35 years on the airwaves. The opener featured clips from his career, which included a couple spots from the Sports Huddle. There were no mentions of Marc Witkin and Jim McCarthy the other hosts of that long running show, nor were their voices heard in the clips. Eddie never mentions them. Doesn’t that seem strange? What we know is that Witkin and McCarthy hosted their final “Sports Huddle” on WEEI August 17th, 1997. The show had been on the Boston airwaves for 29 years, most of them with Andelman as well. The last few years Eddie had left “Huddle” ostensibly to devote more work to his daytime shows. Sports Huddle didn’t really succeed without Eddie, who after the show was canceled he then took the 7-10 PM Sunday slot with the ill-fated show called “Eddie And…” If you have more details about the breakup of “Sports Huddle” and why Witkin and McCarthy are never even mentioned anymore, feel free to pass them along.


The road interleague woes continued for the Red Sox yesterday in San Francisco, as they dropped to 2-4 for the six game swing through Colorado and San Francisco. A controversial call by the umpires didn’t help the Sox yesterday, but it wasn’t the cause of their loss either. Hard to win when you don’t score any runs. Game stories from SBC Park are filed by Bob HohlerJeff HorriganSean McAdam and David Heuschkel. The Giants’ Jason Schmidt was nearly flawless yesterday, Michael Silverman takes a look at the overpowering performance. Gordon Edes wonders why Terry Francona chose yesterday to give Manny Ramirez the day off, and looks at a couple other breakdowns on the day that led to the loss. Bronson Arroyo pitched well yesterday, but his teammates were not able to support his fine effort. Despite the tough road trip, Bob Halloran feels good about this Red Sox team. In fact, he feels “Yankee good” about them. Christopher Price takes a look at what an all-time Red Sox defensive team might look like. Hohler’s notebook says the Sox are close to signing reliever Curtis Leskanic. Horrigan’s notebook also looks at the veteran right hander. McAdam’s notebook looks at the performance of Arroyo, while Heuschkel’s notebook looks at how the Sox didn’t let Barry Bonds beat them this weekend.

With the NBA draft this week, Mark Murphy says the Celtics could be looking at some young big men to try to develop. Jon Japha looks at what we learned from the NBA Finals. Desmond Connor has a look at UConn’s Ben Gordon as he prepares to make the jump to the NBA. Murphy has a look at Emeka Okafor, also late of UConn.

From yesterday, Mike Reiss took a look at the Patriots Tight end situation, and had a Father’s day section. Glad to see Evil Nick Cafardo was back on the Patriots beat for yesterday, or should I say the Bills beat. He accomplished all his usual propaganda…stumping for Drew Bledsoe, who really believes this is the year he has the coaching and players around him to put it together, obligatory quote from another former locker room source, Chad Eaton, who took a shot at Ty Warren, something Nick must’ve loved. Cafardo then moved on to banging the Tom Brady is underpaid drum, even though as Len pointed out yesterday here, Nick is all wet on this one. He even got in his shots at the Patriots supposed failures in free agency going 0-2 in trying to land a veteran backup QB. Why is Nick so unhappy when he writes football? (And when did Drew Bledsoe become such an expert talent and coaching evaluator?)

Russ Conway’s Sunday NHL notes take a look at the upcoming draft.

David Scott has a look at the Sunday Night Shows, with Pedro saying he wants to stay in Boston, and looking through a number of other items in Scott’s Shots.

ESPN has Indians/White Sox at 8:00. NESN has PawSox/Norfolk at 7:00. CN8 SportsPulse will have Shira Springer on at 10:00 to talk Celtics draft. FSN will have Michael Felger co-hosting with Greg Dickerson and guests will be Tony Massarotti at 6:30 and Steve Buckley at 10:00.

Afternoon Update

Boston Radio Watch looks at the impending doom of 1510, The Zone, as it’s main supporter in Chicago unexpectedly left the parent company.

John Elway’s Daughter Jessie, who followed in her dad’s footsteps to Stanford, will present her father for induction in the the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Adam Schefter has the story.

Bob Raissman explains that Greg Gumbel may be out and Jim Nantz may be in as CBS number one NFL play-by-play voice. This would be a switch of positions as Gumbel would take over as host of NFL Today.

Happy Fathers Day

After coming back with three runs to tie it in the eighth inning, the Red Sox gave a couple right back to lose 6-4. The second guessers and critics of Tito Francona can have a field day on this one. Tito brought back Alan Embree after he got hit good pretty good on Friday night to replace Scott Williamson who threw all of 12 pitches in the seventh and had Friday night off. Of course, the struggling Embree, whose ERA is now at 5.00, gave up the tie-breaking two run homer to pinch hitter Edgardo Alfonzo and that was it. By the way, Williamson, the forgotten free agent to be, continues to have a brilliant season. This Red Sox team continues to struggle with baseball fundamentals and continues to leave an incredible number of people on base and continues to display poor baserunning skills. Maybe there is something to be said for good situational hitting. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, and Sean McAdam have game stories.

Gordon Edes explains the battering that Barry Bonds got from FOX announcers yesterday for his remarks about calling Boston a racist city. Edes also goes on to say that there is unrest in San Francisco over Bonds’ terrible outfield play and lack of hustle in not running out a ground ball.
Michael Silverman believes Bonds disrespects the game and the fans for his lack of hustle on a couple of plays yesteday. Speaking of FOX coverage of baseball, they had a poll yesterday to determine the greatest franchise in baseball history. Five franchises mentioned were the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs. How could they leave out the Cardinals, arguably the second greatest franchise in baseball history.

Hmmm. Jimmy Kimmel got suspended from ABC for making a joke about the possible rioting in Detroit after a Pistons championship. Barry Bonds does not get rebuked or his wrist slapped by MLB or the Giants for calling Boston a racist city. The comparison says less about race than it does about power. Edes also has an interesting notebook today with a look at the streaking Devil Rays, an argument from Giants owner Peter Magowan that Barry Bonds has surpassed Ted Williams, and speculation that Jimy Williams will be fired soon in Houston. Bob Hohler’s notebook looks at Bill Mueller’s quick healing from his knee injury and the continuation of Pedro Martinez’ first inning woes. He also explains that Schilling and B H Kim both threw on the side at McCoy Stadium yesterday and that Mendoza will be there soon as well. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook also looks at the improving Mueller who says he “feels great”. Horrigan also reports that the Sox pitchers are challenging the Giants hitters and that Tito gave days off to three regulars including Garciaparra, Nixon, and Damon. Sean McAdam’s notebook looks at the Sox impending acqusition of reliever Curtis Leskanic and speculation of Sox acuistion of Carlos Beltran as KC general manager Allard Baird is in SF scouting Sox players. Hohler’s minor league notebook has the Sox looking away from “moneyball” in signing a couple bright high school prospects. Hohler also has information on the injured Hanley Ramirez.

Tony Massarotti’s Covering All Bases has a look at the flaws of this Red Sox team including its struggles on the road and lack of timely hitting. Tony Maz also looks at the Phillies and struggling Rockies. It is hard to believe the beating Massarotti took in some corners for doing his job by reporting on Curt Schilling’s injury. Glen Ordway of WEEI got it right this week when he said that Tony Maz had no obligation to keep private what Curt Schilling wrote on a “private internet chat”. Schilling’s remarks about his own injury were certainly newsworthy and Massarotti was not a member of the Sosh and was under no agreement to keep mum on a news story. If Schilling had any expectation that details of a “private internet chat” among 350 of his closest friends would not be leaked, he needs a reality check.

Michael Felger explains that Rosevelt Colvin’s injury was similar to that of the Panthers Deon Grant. Grant, who fully recovered, gave Colvin encouragement to do the same. Felger also reports that not many Patriots players were happy that Tedy Bruschi signed what they believed to be a below-market deal. Bruschi even admitted that he probably could have gotten a better deal in free agency but that he believes “all NFL players are probably overpaid anyway.” Nick Cafardo has NFL notes in the Globe today and felt obligated to spread some misinformation in comparing Jake Delhomme’s contract to Tom Brady’s. Cafardo is flat out wrong in many of his statements including the one that Delhomme makes more money than Tom Brady. If Cafardo spent any time looking at the deal, he would see that the Delhomme’s contract is backloaded and that actual dollars and salary cap numbers for Delhomme are well below Brady’s during the remainder of Brady’s contract. Mike Florio outhustled the print media again in explaining Delhomme’s deal. Cafardo also has the typical quotes from Drew Bledsoe explaining that this is the year he believes all the pieces will finally come together because this is an offense that works for him.

Jim McCabe reports on the US Open and the frontrunning Ratief Goosen while Bob Ryan looks at the Open course as extremely tough and very humbling. McCabe has a Open notes and has a look at the incredibly tough 7th hole whose green unfortunately has more in common with a miniature golf course than a championship golf hole.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at Lyndon Byers’ participation in a gimmicky hockey goon contest. Dupont also looks at a changing market in hockey as players are getting lesser deals in free agency.

Peter May looks at the fall of the Lakers and the NBA draft. Mark Murphy’s notebook has Danny Ainge looking for the Celtics to get younger, the rehab of Raef LaFrentz, and more on the Lakers in disarray.

NESN has Red Sox-Giants at 4 pm. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball has Yankees-Dodgers at 8 pm. Ch.7 has US Open coverage beginning at 12:30 pm.

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