The ring should have memorialized their accomplishments
It does. Last season was historical in many ways. If this was a different era of CFB, LSU would have been National Champs without having to worry about the unprecedented Mulligan Bama got.
As someone else said, how does this motivate the seniors that left? It doesn't.
Have you or any Tiger fans polled the Seniors to find this out? I'd guess "no".
Whoever approved putting 2nd nationally on it, failed the players big time.
Outside of the BCSNC ring, which is designed by the BCS, school/player rings are generally designed by the football staff and approved by coaches and players. I know this fact has escaped many who have posted here.
It's taken what was a proud acheivement in an undefeated SEC Championship run, and turned it into debate and ridicule.
Only amongst idiots in the fan base. I can promise you the team is proud of their accomplishments and many could care less about losing the mulligan game. The #2 is motivation to make sure that the 2012 game against Bama actually "counts". When Bama is granted another mulligan, that ring is a reminder to finish them off.
As for 2011 and the ring: What was left for them to prove to the nation after dominating a historical schedule, minus one game that apparently didn't count anyway? NOTHING. Hence the nice ring and future motivation.