Life Imitates Simpsons Dept.
Is it possible for an 18- to 34-year-old North American to read this story and not think of Mr. Burns, Fidel Castro, and a trillion-dollar-bill?
BOSTON (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring, but was it a generous gift or a very expensive international misunderstanding?
Following a meeting of American business executives and Putin at Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg on Saturday, Kraft showed the ring to Putin -- who tried it on, put it in his pocket and left, according to Russian news reports.
It wasn't clear if Kraft, whose business interests include paper and packaging companies and venture capital investments, intended that Putin keep the ring.
I can see it now:
Kraft: All we ask is preferential treatment because of my fabulous celebrity! [Kraft holds the Super Bowl ring up.]
Putin: May I see?
Kraft: Ho ho ho, see with your eyes, not with your hands!
Putin: Please, we are all amigos here!
Kraft ass't: Mr. Kraft.. I think we can trust the president of Russia..
Kraft: [hands it to Putin, and waits a couple of seconds.] Now, give it back...
Putin: Give what back?