January 18th, 2015: a date that live in infamy! At least that may be the case for those die-hard Indianapolis Colts fans who got trampled by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. As it turned out, a little bit more than Tom Brady and his team’s skill may have sparked this Super Bowl rout, as the NFL has just levied punishment on both Brady and his team for allegedly deflating the footballs.
Expected for months and confirmed by the NFL just recently, Colts fans everywhere must be exploding with anger. The conspiracy, which is now known as Deflate-Gate, persuaded one Colts fan named Jacob Ayers to take this frustration and anger and add a little humor to the situation.
Ayers, who is as pissed off as anyone about the cheating and subsequent loss of what may have been his team’s most important game ever, is using creativity, humor, and a lot of 3D printing to provide a medium for other fans to voice their opinion on the situation. To do this he has just launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the “Deflate-Gate Super Bowl Ring and Player’s Pack.”
“Help preserve those treasured Deflate Gate scandal memories with what should have been the real Super Bowl ring this year,” Ayers explained. “I live in Indianapolis and as you can imagine we hear about Deflate-Gate any chance something breaks… I am putting my computer aid design skills to the test and making the Super Bowl rings that the Pats should have got.”
- Players Pack – Price $20 – Deflate Gate Super Bowl ring along with a set of 3 commemorative buttons including “Kravitz Press Pass,” “Tom Brady’s Perfect Balls,” and “Belichick the Science Guy.”
- Deflate-Gate Concerned Fan Package – Price $40 – Receive the Players Pack, plus a letter will be mailed from you to either the New England Patriots or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressing your anger.
- Deflate-Gate Angry Fan Package – Price $50 – Same as the Deflate-Gate Concerned Fan Package, except a letter will be mailed to both Goodell and the Patriots.
Ayers expects to have the rings 3D printed via Shapeways. Currently he intends to use their White Strong and Flexible material, meaning they will look and feel much nicer than the prototype seen in the pictures throughout this story. If all goes as planned and Ayers can raise the $750 he seeks before the campaign ends on May 31st, the first shipments will commence right as the 2015 NFL pre-season kicks off.
Let us know if you have backed this campaign, and what you think of the entire Deflate-Gate conspiracy in the Deflate-Gate 3D Printed Ring forum thread on 3DPB.com.