As you may recall, an old Packers dickey — just like the one Donny Anderson was wearing in the aftermath of the Ice Bowl — was recently auctioned off on eBay. I meant to bid on it, but the auction closed while I was curling in Duluth and I flat-out forgot to bid. I’ve spent the last two weeks kicking myself over it, especially since the sale price was plenty reasonable.
Turns out I needn’t have worried.
Rather amazingly, the guy who won the auction was Uni Watch reader Jeff Fedenko (who you may remember from this entry nearly two years ago). Once he received the item from the seller, he decided to give it to me as a late-breaking birthday present. Good thing I neglected to bid on it — I would’ve been bidding against Jeff.
Thanks again, Jeff. Uni Watch readers’ generosity of spirit never ceases to amaze.
And that wasn’t the only vintage Wisconsin-related item I was given yesterday. On the way to Jeff’s house, I stopped in to visit my friend (and co-Foreword) Liz Clayton. She’d been out of town during my birthday, so until yesterday she hadn’t had a chance to give me this super-cool container of salve. I love that the brand name is “Consin.” And look — still salve-y!
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — the annual MLB season preview. And the curling column should be running tomorrow.
Plus I’ll miss the Mets getting swept by the Phils, so it’s a win-win: Some friends and I will be rattling around Scotland during the last week of May (arriving in Edinburgh on the 22nd, leaving on the 30th, all over the place in between). Sorry, no Uni Watch party on this trip, but we’re looking for some sporty things to check out: rugby, soccer, cricket, curling, whatever (except golf — not our scene). If anyone on that side of the pond has suggestions, please give me a shout. Thanks.
Also: If you live in London, I’d like to have a word with you. You can contact me here. Double-thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker — 100% prank-free!: Really interesting article about how Penn State uses Nike for everything — except volleyball shoes (with thanks to Chris Flinn). ”¦ Totally bizarre Italian baseball commercial with a D-Day/WWII theme here (surreal find by Roger Faso). ”¦ Also from Roger: Burlesque starlet Angie Pontani doing her baseball-themed striptease in Mets colors. ”¦ Really interesting article about the evolution of Duke’s shade of blue (big thanks to Adam Darowski). ”¦ New kit for the Melbourne Hearts (with thanks to Steven Taylor). ”¦ Dustin Pedroia is wearing camo-trimmed cleats this year. Further details here (with thanks to Kevin Flight). ”¦ Major find by Tom Langan, who’s discovered that someone on Flickr is compiling vintage lacrosse photos. He and I both like this one. ”¦ “I thought I’d share some early-’70s pictures of the basketball uniforms from the Fairport (NY) High School Red Raiders,” writes Doug Brei. “The style is very reminiscent of Marquette, among others. Terry Proctor probably sold these to us!” ”¦ Here’s a great rundown of this year’s most interesting MLB promotions, which I first read on Ken Davidson‘s blog. ”¦ The Angels are holding a “yard sale” to sell off a bunch of memorabilia on April 17th. Details toward the bottom of this page (with thanks to Kyle Mackie). ”¦ Here’s the logo for this year’s MLS All-Star Game. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Latest NBA trend is low-top sneakers. ”¦ A Tiger Woods sculpture made out of condoms? Sure, why not. Be sure to click on the photo for the full-size effect (Chris Flinn again). … What’s up with Kris Benson’s BP jersey? No side panels, and that looks like a Rawlings sleeve logo, not Majestic. “You can’t see it in that photo, but I was watching on TV and there was no MLB logo on the back either,” says Mike Boriotti. … Never expected to see these guys wearing hockey uniforms. Details here. … Wonderful video clip of White Sox players explaining the stories behind their uni numbers. Highly recommended (with thanks to Dan Cichalski).