The Baltimore Ravens are in celebration mode this week, while most other NFL teams are hard at work preparing for next season. Yesterday, the team paid a visit to the White House, where the POTUS praised the team’s resilience and commitment to the Baltimore community, and then cracked a joke about how well quarterback Joe Flacco timed his breakout season with the end of his rookie contract, resulting in a massive payday for the Super Bowl MVP.
Today, the Ravens unveiled their Super Bowl ring. And it’s kind of gross to look at:
Super Bowl rings are clearly supposed to be gaudy — that’s the whole point — but that doesn’t mean they have to be aesthetically unappealing. There’s just something about this one that doesn’t really work for me. I think it’s the purple of the raven in the logo, combined with how the ring’s designer seems to have forced a ruby in there as the eye. It just makes the bird look super stoned. Or maybe it’s the fact that the B in the logo is just plain gold and everything else is caked in diamonds. Something’s off.
For the sake of comparison, here’s what the Ravens’ Super Bowl rings looked like after the team’s first championship in 2001’s Super Bowl XXXV:
That one looks way better, no? The bird is perhaps a bit goofier, but the jewels are better balanced. The shape’s better, too. To me, that’s what a Super Bowl ring should look like.
Ultimately, it’s hard to imagine any current Ravens players being upset at the appearance of the giant, diamond-encrusted piece of jewelry they’re each going to be given to commemorate that championship they won. Some things you just can’t complain about.
Also, are teams ever going to stop putting “world champions” on Super Bowl rings? What a dumb label. Teams know that the NFL consists solely of American teams and almost entirely American players, right? There’s zero “world” component to it.