It has been difficult not to use a picture of Lucas Moura every day for the Hoddle this week. Good for him.
Ramble of the Day
As I’m sure you’ll all remember, Atlético Madrid won the Super Cup a few weeks ago, and as you may not know, they have forced all of the employees at their team stores to wear shirts celebrating it. Anyway, to mark the occasion, Antoine Griezmann got his teammates something unique (for footballers, at the very least):
I will not address Griezmann’s obsession with the National Basketball Association, though if you want to, go right ahead. Instead, I will focus on the rings, which are actually pretty nice for championship rings. That being said...I don’t really like championship rings all that much.
For whatever reason, these are all the rage in American sports. They are supposed to be a sign of status, and naturally a little bit flashy. Yet, for whatever reason, flashy has meant gaudy; logos are surrounded by so many stones that it begins to cheapen the look, and the more colors, the worse they are.
Additionally, there is no practical use to them. They go with almost no outfit, and are appropriate for no occasion outside their unveilings. You couldn’t wear it to a wedding, or a day off, making it a horrible item to actually attempt to flaunt.
There are so many better ways to show off your success and be the envy of your companions. An expensive watch with a custom dial and important information on the other side of the dial might work. It’s a good update of the pocketwatches they used to give to championship winners around a century ago, and has good flaunting value in addition to being practical.
Perhaps each team could put in a request, like smaller versions of the winning trophy that each member could proudly display in their home. Then you could treat it like an Oscar and really have fun flaunting that one, or hiding it away for special occasions. Imagine having a mini World Cup, or Premier League trophy, on display whenever you want. Sounds better than a championship ring.
tl;dr: Championship rings suck and should be replaced.
Links of the Day
Former CONMEBOL president Juan Ángel Napout has been sentenced to nine years in jail after being charged with racketeering and other FIFA scandal-related bribery crimes.
The FA has bid to host the 2021 Women’s European Championship, with the final match planned for Wembley.
Brighton will begin offering free sanitary products to female fans, becoming the first Premier League team to do so.
Transfer roundup: Real Madrid have resigned Mariano Diaz after he spent a year at Lyon
Today’s longer read: Rory Smith interviews Jonas Boldt, the man who went from intern to sporting director at Bayer Leverkusen, for the New York Times