Lost ring while tailgating at college football game

  • from Holland (Michigan, United States)

Matt and some of his friends were tailgating before the college game and throwing a football around for entertainment.  To keep from losing it while throwing, Matt took his ring off his throwing hand and put it on his other hand for safe-keeping.  About twenty minutes later he noticed the ring was missing.  His buddy, Derek, got on the internet and posted for help in finding Matt’s ring.

So fellow ringfinder Gregg Larabel and I visited the college campus site and got permission from the campus police to hunt for the ring.  But we found the area so littered in metal trash (lots of bottle caps and pull tabs) that it was really time consuming to hunt.  We spent about an hour, but because of other commitments we had to leave before finding the ring.  Three days later I went back to the site and set up a grid of strings across the area and started a thorough search.  A groundskeeper came by and told me that for about ten years people have been parking their cars on the grass and partying before the football games.   Ten years!  Now I understood all the trash.

With the metal detector beeping almost constantly on those bottle caps, I lucked out and spotted the ring lying in the grass.   Nobody had stepped on it and pushed it into the dirt.  I gave Derek a call and texted him pictures of the ring.  He gave me an address to drop the ring off to a friend that lives on campus and said he would send me a picture of Matt with his ring back on his finger.  Congrats to Matt. I hope he is out of the doghouse now!