Daniel Snyder: Here's How You Buy a Championship (Plus, More Agent Zero t-shirts!)
Or, here's how you buy a championship ring, anyhow. Longtime Bog reader Todd noticed that for a minimum bid of $12,499.99, plus $79.99 for shipping, you can get involved in an eBay auction for a 1978 Bullets championship ring. The seller says the ring belonged to Bruce Benjamin, a young man who was rehabbing from a serious car accident and was around the team for much of the championship season, and was thus rewarded with a ring.
Wanting to make sure this wasn't a scam of some sort, I called Dolph Sand, who's been around the team forever and who has a championship ring of his own.
"That's the real ring," he said, while looking at the eBay site. "Mine looks exactly like that."
(Disclaimer: Dolph is not a jeweler and was just looking at a photo. Neither he, nor I, nor Don Graham are responsible for the authenticity of this ring.)
Anyhow, the players in '78, including Mitch Kupchak (who is, for some reason, pictured in the ad, rubbing his armpit up against Jack Sikma), got rings with little diamonds in the middle of the basketball. The staffers and other folks, such as Dolph and Bruce Benjamin, got rings without the diamonds. Dolph, who gave his ring to his son for Hanukkah last year, let out a yelp when I told him how much this bid was starting at, and while he joked about taking his son's ring back, he talked more seriously about how much the ring meant to him.
"It was an honor that Mr. Pollin gave us the rings," he said. "How else would anybody like me every have a chance to get a professional championship ring? It was just spectacular."
In perhaps equally important news, you can buy this Mattel Agent Zero cap gun and toy knife for $300, which would allow you to both stab and shoot your defender on the playground.
And in even more important news, the giveaway item at tonight's Wiz game is a black "Agent Zero" t-shirt. That noise you heard was Unsilent Majority falling out of his chair with happiness.
December 15, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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