Meet Jason Hillyer and Alison Cherubini. They got hitched last Friday, and I’m proud to say Uni Watch had a small role in the proceedings. It began eight days before the wedding, when I got the following note from Allison:
I am engaged to be married next Friday, August 8th. It’s traditional for the bride and groom to buy one another a gift for the wedding, right? Well the only thing my fiancÃ© wants (and is asking for) is a membership to your site and the membership card that goes with it.
He had a letter all typed up to send to you, but I confiscated it so that I could send it in on his behalf. I don’t have a PayPal account, so I am going to mail in his letter with a check for $15 per your site, for the membership fee. I don’t know if it’s possible for you to start creating the card before actually receiving the payment, but any kind of “rush” you can put on this order would be GREATLY appreciated!
Alison had retyped Jason’s membership card request, which concluded with the following note: “Have you noticed on Cheers that the producers made a mistake with Sam’s uniform when he pitched against Dutch Kincade at Yankee Stadium? They had him wearing a home ‘Red Sox’ jersey. And they had Kevin McHale in road greens after a home game in the [Boston] Garden. Just something I noticed.”
Clearly, Jason was our kinda guy.
Alison included her phone number, so I called her up and assured her that Scott and I would get cracking right away and do our best to have a laminated Uni Watch membership card in her hands in time for the wedding. The only tricky part was that Scott was about to go on a three-day trip and has also been busy with a family matter, so I couldn’t be positive he’d have time to design the card in the allotted time window, but he said he’d try.
As it turned out, Scott got the digital files to me two days before the wedding. I got them printed that afternoon, trimmed and laminated Jason’s card, and FedExed it to Alison so she’d receive it the day before her nuptials. The whole thing was fun, and Scott and I enjoyed participating, if just barely, in Alison and Jason’s happy event. At one point on Friday I thought of them and hoped all had gone as planned.
And I figured that was that. But on Sunday — two days after the wedding, when I figured Alison and Jason would be busy honeymooning — I got another note from Alison: “The card arrived Thursday morning, in plenty of time for our gift exchange Thursday evening after our rehearsal. He was REALLY excited, and the card looks perfect. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate he rush you put on it to get it to me on time.” Awwwwww. Isn’t that nice?
So I figured THAT was that. But yesterday I got a thank-you note from Jason, along with the photo shown above. He also included the following: “P.S. While watching SportsCenter Saturday morning, I noticed that Manuel had a blue button on top of his cap while the rest of the team wore caps with the orange button. (Sorry, no pic.)” About 25 minutes later he sent me another note, pointing out that this huddle format, used primarily by the Chiefs, was also used by the Browns. Like I said, our kinda guy.
Congrats, A + J, and thanks for the contact high.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
Raffle Results: The winner of the 1996 Olympics banner is Mike Rempt. Congrats to him, and thanks to all who entered. More raffles coming soon.
Vacation Reminder: I’m heading off to Oregon later today. My original plan was to shut down the site while I was away, but Bryan volunteered to mind the store, so he’ll be running the site through next Wednesday (and maybe longer, depending on how much piled-up crap I have to deal with when I get back home). All e-mails sent to the usual Uni Watch address will automatically be forwarded to him, so feel free to continue contributing Ticker material. Please behave while I’m gone, make me proud, blah-blah-blah. Thanks.
One thing Bryan will not be covering, by the way, is the Little League World Series. Little League is great, but the level of media attention that’s focused on the LLWS every year is a disgrace. It’s bad for the kids who are playing, bad for kids who are watching, bad for sports. I refuse to participate in it, and Bryan has agreed to respect my boycott.
And for those of you in the Pacific northwest, remember, you can meet Jeremy Brahm (and also Rob Neyer, and also-also me) this Sunday, 2pm, at Kay’s. For all you Nike employees reading this — and I know there are many of you — we’ll reserve a special table just for you.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Thanks to the miracles of
the Adidas marketing department modern technology, the names of 100,000 rugby fans will be printed onto a single thread that will be sewn into a special All Blacks jersey. Details here (with thanks to Caleb Borchers). ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Chad Johnson wants to legally change his surname to Ocho Cinco, which means he could wear this without being fined. ”¦ Nicole Haase reports that the Brewers’ victory-slob look has led to one of history’s most annoying web sites (turn down your volume before clicking, trust me). ”¦ A huge trove of boxing memorabilia has been willed to Brooklyn College. Details here, and there’s a slideshow here. ”¦ A few days ago I mentioned that I became a 49ers fan after pulling a Ken Willard 3-D football card out of a box of cereal back when I was six years old. I no longer have the card (as I recall, the 3-D coating cracked, which was a problem with that kind of card), but Ronnie Poore found one on the web. Look at that chiseled jaw, that fearsome pose — how could anyone not become a Niners fan after seeing that? ”¦ Ronnie also pointed me toward this page of North Dakota State pics, including some nice baseball, football, hockey, and beanie shots. ”¦ For those who like to follow every little thing I write, I had this on Page 2 yesterday. ”¦ Yesterday I suggested that the dark jersey in this photo must have been a prototype. But then Mike Hersh (subject of yesterday’s lead item, coincidentally) pointed me toward this, which appears to show the white/home version of the same design, complete with the “Seals” lettering, so this style must have seen at least a bit of on-ice action. ”¦ Goose Gossage apparently never liked the bullpen car (thanks, Vince). ”¦ For those who enjoyed yesterday’s bar and diner photos from my recent upstate road trip, my friends Jon and Karen have posted their own pics from the trip — many of them truly gorgeous — here. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Yesterday I asked what the ref was holding in this shot. That led RP Burke to post the following: “The referee is holding the ‘down box,’ the predecessor of the sideline stake that shows the number of the down and the yard line of the snap. Each of the four sides of the box has a number ”” 1, 2, 3, or 4 ”” and the number facing the field is that of the down. Officiating mechanics have long since moved the ‘box’ (which is what officials usually call it, even though no one has used an actual box in probably 40 years), off the field.” ”¦ “I know Nick Punto doesn’t get on base very often,” says Jake Melbye, “but somebody needs to tell him to take off his shin guard when it happens.” ”¦ New logo for Western Carolina. … OK, that’s it for me. See you in a week or so.