Update by Steve Silver:B> Russian president …

Update by Steve Silver:B> Russian president Vladimir Putin: Former KGB man. Crusher of dissent and democracy. Thief of Super Bowl rings? Yes, that’s right- during a visit of several business executives to St. Petersburg last week, Patriots owner Bob Kraft showed one of his Super Bowl rings to President Putin, who proceeded to put it in his pocket and walk off. I knew people called the new Russia a kleptocracy, but I didn’t realize they meant it literally… Could you imagine if this had happened during the Cold War, and, say, Roger Staubach accidentally passed his ring to Leonid Brezhnev, who kept it? Would that not have resulted in a nuclear exchange? The silver lining, I suppose, is that Kraft has already produced dozens of rings, three times over, so there’s no reason he can’t just make another one for himself.