To the victor goes the spoils, and Alabama's players are yet again getting spoiled with some pretty flashy jewelry.
Members of Alabama's 2012 BCS national championship team received their championship rings on Monday, and they are quite flashy.
Long snapper Carson Tinker, who was a member of all three title teams of the current Crimson Tide dynasty, tweeted a picture of one of the 2012 national-championship rings:
BLING! twitter.com/carsontink/sta…— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) May 13, 2013
There's lots of it. There are so many diamonds (or cubic zirconia due to NCAA value limitations) that it is almost blinding, but the ring is traditional in the sense that there's not much to it.
Just three subtle outlines of the coaches' trophies that have resided in Tuscaloosa since 2009, and the Alabama logo.
The Bryant Museum sent out a picture of one side of the ring, which features the score of the BCS National Championship Game win over Notre Dame and the official championship logo of the 2012 team:
Simple, yet flashy. All while portraying the proud tradition of the program.
The new rings are certainly more traditional than Alabama's rings from last season, which were busier and more colorful with a crimson trophy and a semi-noticeable Alabama logo.
Are the rings too much? No. They're within the rules, and in an era in which $2,000-per-year stipends are a hot-button issue, rewarding the players within the rules is fine by me. Just don't sell them, because the NCAA doesn't take too kindly to that.
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