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Poke fun at the Patriots with this 3D-printed Deflategate ring

None too happy about the Deflategate scandal, one Indianapolis man launches a Kickstarter campaign to 3D-print a new Super Bowl ring for the New England Patriots.

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The prototype Deflategate ring, complete with ball needle. The real Shapeways-printed final product should look much better. Kickstarter

Indianapolis Colts fan Jacob Ayres has taken to Kickstarter to pedal a new 3D-printed Super Bowl ring that commemorates the football season that shall live in infamy.

The ring is a simple band without the typical head that holds the diamonds and other elaborate jewels typically found on Super Bowl rings. Instead, the head contains a hole that perfectly fits a ball needle, just like the needle the Patriots allegedly used to deflate the balls in the first half of the infamous January 18 AFC Championship game.

The rings will be printed via online 3D-printing marketplace Shapeways, using that company's flexible plastic in white, which should make for a nice-looking, comfortable ring for Colts fans and Brady haters to commemorate the scandal that got Touchdown Tom Brady suspended for four games.

Backers of the project can get a single ring and three commemorative buttons for $20. Other tiers include a letter and Deflategate ring sent to the New England Patriots or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on your behalf, expressing outrage over the scandal.

If the campaign successfully raises the $750 needed to make the rings a reality, the jewelry will be shipped to backers in August, just in time for the start of the 2015-16 NFL season. That said, the campaign has yet to raise any money toward its goal with just 13 days to go, so the chances of this project becoming a reality might be as deflated as the balls the Patriots used to beat the Colts on their way to the Super Bowl.

(Via 3D Print)