I’m not sure if I’ve ever gone to a sporting event as a paying customer strictly to get the promotional giveaway item, but for this I’d consider it. The Wizards have scheduled a 1978 NBA title replica ring giveaway for their April 6 game against the Pacers.
Here’s a passage from a 1978 Paul Attner story on the Bullets’ title season, focused on Wes Unseld:
Later, on the flight home, he talked about the achievement. He finally looked at the finger that eventually will wear the championship ring.“How do you insure the ring?” he asked.“You can buy a policy,” he was told.“That won’t do it,” he said. “Insurance can’t ever replace the 10 years of memories that ring will hold. Nothing can. Nothing.”
Other scheduled giveaways this season: a scarf for the Dec. 22 game against Detroit, a Bradley Beal bobblehead for the New Year’s Day game against Dallas, a tin lunch box for the March 16 game against Phoenix, and a team poster for the April. 12 game against the Sixers.
More promotions might yet be announced. None will top the replica ring.