ARLINGTON, Texas -- Green Bay Packers players reported to their team meeting Saturday evening prepared for some final words before turning in for their last night preceding Super Bowl XLV. They got a speech from Dr. Kevin Elko, a motivational guru, and then a surprise.Outstanding. I do love his confidence at times. Except when he's deferring the opening kickoff - that drives me crazy.
Coach Mike McCarthy had each player and coach fitted for a Super Bowl championship ring, a highly unusual move in a sport full of superstition and "one day at a time" mentality. It was the culmination of a late-season dose of Pittsburgh-style bravado McCarthy brought to the Packers over the past two months.
And no, that's not the actual ring above. That's a fan ring, available from The Bradford Exchange , an upscale sports tchotchke manufacturer.
According to reports, the actual ring will be designed sometime in the next several weeks. The unveiling usually happens in June, we'll be watching for it.