Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rumeal Robinson's 1989 NCAA championship ring up for sale

A historic piece of Michigan basketball history appears to be up for public auction.

A seller on eBay has posted an ad for a 1989 Michigan basketball national championship ring, which appears to belong to former Wolverine star Rumeal Robinson, with a "buy it now" price tag of $89,899.89.

Photos of the ring feature Robinson's name and No. 21 on the side, and also has the inscription "A Mission That Will Shock The World" engraved inside. The scores of Michigan's six NCAA tournament victories are also engraved inside the ring.

The seller, who runs the site www.championshipsportsrings.com, claims the ring is an original, and did in fact belong to Robinson.

Robinson famously hit two free throws during an overtime win over Seton Hall to seal Michigan's 1989 national championship victory, the school's only men's basketball crown.

Recent times haven't been as kind to Robinson, who is currently serving time in federal prison after being convicted of "bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution" in 2010.

Robinson was recently interviewed by Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel during the Wolverines' run to the national championship game.

He was expected to watch the Final Four from prison.

Eric Decker and his fiancee get a reality show

Another professional athlete will be getting a reality show. Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker and his fiancee, country singer Jessie James, will have a realtiy show on the E! network. According to James filming will not occur during the football season. 

The show will be titled "Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie."  Decker and James have been engaged since April 2012.

From Khloé & Lamar to Kendra & Hank, E! has followed the romantic celebrity relationships of popular athletes and their gorgeous companions for years. The new Love and Other Contact Sports franchise will take viewers inside the confines of even more celebrity/athlete romances starting with country/pop singer Jessie James and her fiancé, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker whose wedding is quickly approaching. The series will chronicle the sexy young couple's road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more. Currently residing in their Denver dream home, they share an ambition to succeed, a charmingly fun and unfiltered outlook on life, and most of all, a red-hot attraction for each other.

Broncos executive John Elway is on board with the project, but probably won't have the show on his watch list. "I gave him my blessing. I don't think [the reality show] will affect him," Elway told USA Today.

I don't know how big of a hit the show will be as the casual NFL fan probably doesn't know too much about Decker and this is the first time I've heard of James. Considering the  reality TV boom, it may last awhile.