JEFF CAPLAN

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Vladimir Putin’s Super Bowl ring

Feb 8, 2022, 5:02 PM
Putin superbowl ring...
FILE: SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 25: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia speaks during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

On Sunday, while you’re scooping up a seven-layer dip, 100 men will go into battle using all the strength and skill and cunning they can muster hoping to win what Vladimir Putin already has. The most coveted piece of sports jewelry in the world — a shimmering Super Bowl Ring.

Last year’s ring featured 340 diamonds and a first-of-its-kind flip-off top that revealed a gold replica of the stadium on the inside.

Now that is bling! But that’s not the one Putin pilfered.

As the story goes, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots met Putin in Russia at a conference. Somebody suggested ‘show him the ring.’ And Kraft did! He took off this giant glittering 5 karat ring from the 2005 Super Bowl. Then Putin slipped it on, and as Kraft tells the story the Russian President said “I could kill someone with this ring.”

To which Kraft said, “you could kill someone without it. You were the head of the KGB.” Putin then slips the ring in his pocket and walks off.

Kraft starts to chase him, but guards blocked his path.

The ring was gone. The Bush administration begged Kraft to say it was a gift. You know, to keep things peaceful. It took eight years for Kraft to admit what really happened.

That coveted ring is now on display in the Kremlin Library. And as the kleptomaniacal Russian president considers pushing Europe toward war and plundering a much bigger prize, let’s just say it helps to know your enemy. To know what he’s made of. What he stands for.

They say Super Bowl rings tell a story, but this ring actually tells two. One, of a Patriots’ win. And two, a bleak story of an unprincipled man. who takes what he wants.

And Ukraine could be his next shiny bauble.

Other reading:

Today’s Top Stories

Jeff Caplan

students stand on one leg during a yoga class for stress relief...
Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan: How to predict if you’re going to die

A new test could tell you about your life expectancy. If you're over 50 years old, you'll want to try it. All you need is your leg.
13 days ago
beat inflation...
Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan: How to beat inflation — potty train your cat (seriously)

Everyone's minds are on how to best beat inflation. And if you're trying to be super frugal, there's a good chance you can.
15 days ago
Utah spelling...
Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Utah’s most misspelled word

A Google trends review shows Utah's most misspelled word is a lot tougher than most states. Especially Texas.
30 days ago
mona lisa exhibit after the cake was thrown...
Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Pie in the face

A protester smeared the Mona Lisa with cake in protest of climate change last week. Another page in the Mona Lisa's interesting story.
1 month ago
Walmart profits...
Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: As Walmart profits go down, so do ours

We're still buying stuff from Walmart, just not the name brands. And that's squeezing Walmart profits, which squeezes our 401K.
2 months ago
COVID-19 testing kits...
Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The complicated tale of COVID-19 test kits

What's so complicated about COVID-19 test kits? Mostly, the expiration date. It's a puzzle that nobody seems able to solve.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Vladimir Putin’s Super Bowl ring