Now honestly, this was not on my list of scheduled blog topics. However, I sent out a short tweet about how John McCain should be worried about more important things than a Super Bowl ring and I realized that this was not the popular opinion. I am of course a Patriots fan and I understand the importance of said ring but the story sort of baffles me.
Since I know not every one of you is from New England I will give you a quick recap of what happened. Apparently, Russian President Vladmir Putin stole the coveted Super Bowl ring on a trip Robert Kraft took to Russia. Putin denied he claim and offered to make a replica ring with precious metals and a genuine stone if “it meant that much to him”. Later, Kraft said that the ring was in face a gift to Putin but he would appreciate it if was returned. Now, with the Syria events circling Senator John McCain is saying the Russians should bring said ring with them when they come to discuss Syria. Just an odd circle of events is it not?
According to the Urban Dictionary, the term “Indian Giver” comes from “different commercial practices. To the Native Americans, who had no concept of money or currency, gifts were a form of trade goods, of exchange. One didn’t give a gift without expecting one of equivalent value in return. If one could not offer an equivalent return gift, the original gift would be refused or returned. To the Europeans, who with their monetary-based trade practices, this seemed low and insulting, gifts were not for trade but were to be freely given.”
My question now is, would Kraft be considered an Indian Giver? Did he maybe “gift” this ring to President Putin hoping for something of “equal value” in return? If so, what could he want?
What I know is Robert Kraft is one of the most impeccable sports franchise owner’s in the industry. So whatever he is doing he is doing it right. So maybe this is something we should learn from. Maybe Indian Giving is making a comeback? Honestly, if this man jumped out of a plane I would be right along side him so I dont mind partaking in a little Indian Giving.
What do you think? Could this be a start of a new trend or do you think the ring could actually have been stolen?