Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Mix-up: Former Nole gets SEC title ring
By Heather Dinich
Admit it, FSU fans, you love it.
Many Florida State fans have long clamored to join the big boys next door, but odds are they never thought FSU would actually win the SEC -- without even playing in it.
On Wednesday, former FSU offensive tackle Menelik Watson went to the football building to pick up his ACC championship game ring only to find out the ring deemed FSU “2012 SEC Champions.”
“Somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ to do,” Watson said.
Um, er, sorry, Alabama.
“I couldn’t believe it when I opened up the package,” Watson told ESPN.com on Wednesday night. “I feel privileged, and I feel slighted at the same time, but hey, I’m one in a million.”
More like one in a hundred or so. A school spokesman said that so far, Watson’s ring was the only one with the error. Former players like Watson who had been drafted and were leaving school were able to get their rings early. The rest of the team will get their hardware as a group after Jimbo Fisher returns from his vacation. Florida State beat Georgia Tech (not to be confused with Georgia) last year to win its first ACC title since 2005.
It was the school’s 13th ACC title -- and apparently its first SEC crown, too.
News about Watson’s ring spread quickly after he released the picture of it on Twitter:
Talk about a comedy of errors.
“Someone was definitely sleeping at the ringmaker’s shop,” Watson said, adding it was probably an SEC fan.
Watson said the school has promised to get him a new ring, but don’t expect to find his old one for sale on Craigslist.
“I’m keeping it,” he said. “This is a collector’s item.”
Certainly a priceless mistake.