When the Bulls won an NBA-record 72 games during the '95-96 regular season, Ron Harper coined the famous rallying cry for the team entering the playoffs: "Don't mean a thing without the ring."
We're guessing they don't follow the same thinking in Fairfax, Va.
Two of the rings from George Mason's miraculous run to the Final Four have turned up on popular auction site eBay -- one here and the other here -- just two-and-a-half years after the Patriots shocked the college hoops establishment by becoming the first mid-major in 27 years to make the national semifinals.
The auction description says the rings were "found in a pawn shop in Virginia."
Extra credit goes out to George Mason hoops blogger Ryan Kish, who found the eBay listings and made some revealing deductions from the pictures.
[I]f you look at the engravings the name on each ring reads "Scherrens". No such player had a last name of Scherrens during the 2005-2006 season. But there is a Maurice Sherrens [sic] at George Mason and he happens to be the Senior Vice President. Why would he sell the rings, it's not like he doesn't enjoy sports. And it's not like he needed the money.
Kish makes some serious accusations -- the idea of a university official pawning off a championship ring doesn't exactly promote school spirit -- but the evidence is compelling.
How much, if anything, would you shell out for a championship ring from your favorite team?
UPDATE: A reader and George Mason alumnus informs us the rings belonging to Dr. Scherrens were indeed stolen and it's now a police matter.