How much are four tickets to a prime-time, premier NFL matchup worth? Apparently, they're worth about as much as a diamond wedding ring set and a life of wedded bliss.
At least that was the case for Rusty Jones and his now-fiancée, Janie, after Jones exchanged four tickets to Sunday Night's showdown between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs for a set of diamond wedding bands.
From Liz Fields of ABC News:
When a Kansas City woman offered up her diamond wedding band set for sale in exchange for football tickets, one longtime Chiefs fan jumped at the chance.
Rusty Jones, 49, and his girlfriend had started talking about engagement rings for about a month when he saw a Kansas City Star article about a woman advertising her wedding ring from a previous marriage in exchange for tickets to the Chiefs-Denver Broncos game.
"I went to Craigslist and found the ad," said Jones. "I showed my girlfriend the pictures and asked her if she liked it."
According to the Craigslist ad, the engagement ring and wedding band were worth roughly $3,100, while it was appraised by jewelers at $2,800. According to Fields' story, the seller of the rings wanted to remain anonymous and was only identified as "Rachael."
We know one thing about Rachael—she loves her football. Maybe Beyonce will start singing "Single Ladies (Put Some Football Tickets On It)" in honor of Rachael.
Of course, if you are going to trade a diamond wedding ring for football tickets, you should probably sell them for a game between the Chiefs and Broncos, two of the league's best teams this season.
There are a few ring-worthy games this week, with the New England Patriots taking on the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints taking on the San Francisco 49ers, but the AFC West showdown takes the cake. The Chiefs sit atop the AFC West at 9-0, while Peyton Manning's Broncos are right on their heels at 8-1.
This whole thing just seems like the perfect publicity for the NFL. As the ESPN ads like to say, it's not crazy, it's sports.
Diamonds may be forever, but so is NFL fandom.