I like birthdays. I think it’s cool that we each get a day that belongs to us, a day when the rest of the world owes us right of way. My own birthday was last week, and I threw myself a big party, like I do every year. At various points during the festivities, I looked around the room, saw all the completely amazing people I’m fortunate enough to know, and felt like a really lucky guy. And that’s a great way to feel on your birthday (even if nobody gives you a cool uniform-based cake like the one shown above, or like this one).
I wasn’t thinking about any of that when I got ready to choose the winner of the Tracy McGrady All-Star jersey raffle. I just did what I always do: I tallied the number of entries, fed that figure into the random number generator at Random.org, and used that number to determine the winner based on the numerical order in which the entries were received.
The name I came up with was Joseph Sandora. When checking his original entry to get his shipping address (which he didn’t provide — yo, Joseph, where should I send the jersey?), I saw that he’d included a note, which read as follows: “Will it help any if I said you were announcing the raffle winner on my birthday (March 26)?”
Yes, apparently it’ll help quite a bit. I mean, seriously, how cool is that? Even those of you who didn’t win should be able to be happy for Joseph, whose birthday is off to a very good start. My suggestion: Go buy some lottery tickets right now, Joe — the birthday gods are definitely with you.
Big thanks to all who entered. And there’s more where that came from: Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek will announce the winner of our latest Distant Replays gift card contest after the NCAA tourney champ is crowned, and then I’ll have another jersey giveaway — this one for free, no ticket purchase required — the week after that.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: According to a small item at the bottom of this article, the Washington Huskies “will don retro uniforms honoring the team that beat top-ranked Minnesota in the 1961 Rose Bowl” (as spotted by Brian Terreson). … A Maryland high school is wearing throwback baseball uniforms, complete with some pretty rad hosiery (with thanks to Ben Penserga). … Nice bit here about Anibal Sanchez’s underbill inscription (with thanks to David Conley). … That’s Dwight Eisenhower, top row, second from the right (good catch by Jacob Reed). … Michael Orr, who tipped me off to the Alaska photos that I showcased on Friday, notes that the dog teams in the Iditarod wear little paw booties. … Frequent comments section contributor Teebz has created a dynamite historical roundup of NHL jersey patches for his blog. The team-by-team breakdown is presented in three parts, which you can find here, here, and here. … Really stupid critique of women’s hoops uniforms here (as spotted by Paul Hirsch). … Reprinted from Saturday’s comments: Barry Zito warming up while wearing a watch. … Jeremy Brahm notes that infielder Hirotoshi Kitagawa of the Orix Buffaloes has a disconcertingly white glove. … Meanwhile, Norihiro Nakamura, who’d previously been saddled with uni No. 205, is now down to a more “respectable” No. 99. … And Hidenori Itoh of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows may make the team with No. 105. … Not so bad after all. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Latest Dodger to wear a regular game cap with colored-in side panels is Randy Wolf (compare his cap to the real BP caps). … Also from yesterday: Really great article here about teams that wear orange. … Ryan Howard’s blue striped shoes experiment didn’t last long. … Latest NBA team to do the Noche Latina thing: the Lakers, who wore Latin American flags and a jersey patch last night (additional views here, here, here, and, rather bizarrely, here, here, here, and here). … I’ll be out of the house for most of today (lots of errands and a dental appointment — ugh), so talk amongst yourselves.