Whatever happened to disintermediation?

From the Rocky Mountain News:

Former Nebraska star [running back] Lawrence Phillips was seen in Las Vegas recently pawning one of his Big Eight championship rings — reportedly for $20. “He said he was stuck in Las Vegas,” pawn shop owner Steve Gibson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He said, ‘I need to get out of town.’ Gibson then sold the ring on eBay for a reported $1,700.

Perhaps that’s the definition of desperate: accepting a price that represents a 99% discount to market value. The inevitable next question is: Has Phillips learned from experience and put his other rings up for auction? (As of now, no.)