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Santa knows that the best Christmas stockings aren’t the ones being hung by the chimney with care. He also knows stockings aren’t the only things worth stuffing, and that there are more places to go down than just the chimney, if you get my drift.

Anyway: Even if you haven’t gotten any mistletoe action this holiday season, you may be getting the next best thing, namely a Michelle Ryan video compilation one of the prizes in the annual Uni Watch reader-appreciation giveaway. Here are the 33 winners and the prizes they’ve won:

1. Gregory Koch (Around the League DVD)
2. Michael Wilder Compton (Royals cap)
3. Sonny Smith (Giants cap)
4. Neil Walls (Mark Penxa watercolors)
5. Alex Spanko (Mets pennant)
6. Daniel Kisslinger (Knicks sweatshirt)
7. Gary Moore (Twins cap)
8. Robert Wall (Mets titanium necklace)
9. Josh Atkins (Uni Watch membership)
10. Jeff Israel (Bruins pom-pom hat)
11. Chris Ashworth (Flyers pom-pom hat)
12. Yuval Mazor (piece of Shea Stadium steel)
13. John Lintner (Warrior press kit)
14. John Wood Jr. (Bouchard laundry bag tag)
15. Andy Chalifour (Texans apron)
16. Taylor McGinnis (Lakers sweatshirt)
17. Caleb Bergmeier (Wild tee)
18. John R. Follett (Wild compression top)
19. David Murray (Penn State helmet hat)
20. John Condon (Mets Tornado necklace)
21. Eric Trager (Celtics tee)
22. Jonathan Leib (Africa Unity kit)
23. Larry Brunt (burgundy baseball cap)
24. Daniel Schmeidler (Rangers tee)
25. Comi Sharif (Florida helmet hat)
26. Harrison Bobbins (Mets bracelet)
27. Greg Hayes (UCLA repro jersey)
28. David Teigland (Wild mesh polo)
29. Jason Gomez (Nike credential)
30. Jonathan Gillis (NBA credential)
31. Troy Misko (Wild media guide CD)
32. Frank Vazquez (Mets tattoos)
33. Robert Novo (the other burgundy cap)

I did my best to accommodate everyone’s prize requests. But if for some reason you don’t want the prize you’re slated to receive, please contact me pronto. Otherwise, watch your mailbox over the next week or two, as I’ll be mailing out the prizes in a few batches.

Everyone please accept my sincerest wishes for a wonderful Christmas, and my thanks for all the support and enthusiasm in the past year. I’d also like to send extra-special holiday wishes to the team that helps me out with this web site: webmaster John Ekdahl, membership card designer Scott Turner, “Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie, proofreader Matt Dubno, Stirrups Club honcho Robert Marshall, and of course Phil Hecken, the greatest bench coach a skipper could ever have. Hope Santa stopped groping the maid long enough to bring each of you exactly what you wished for. Peace. — Paul

35 comments to Ho-Ho-Hosiery

  • Jonathan Mayer | December 25, 2010 at 8:05 am |

    So close…. 2 Jonathans as winners, but not this one. Maybe next year!

  • Ricko | December 25, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    If there are kids in your home this morning, I hope they’re having a great time. Christmas morning with little kids around is a treat to be enjoyed. It’s gone so quickly. Treasure it.


    • RS Rogers | December 25, 2010 at 10:19 am |

      Next best thing: Spent Christmas Eve on skype with my sister-in-law in Minnesota seeing their newborn son for the first time. Less than two weeks old and he’s already holding his head up strong and doing the whole obsessive-gripping-anything-in-reach thing with his little fingers. Free video chatting with distant family members: What a world!

      • Ricko | December 25, 2010 at 10:54 am |

        How long you in town, Scott?


        • Ricko | December 25, 2010 at 10:56 am |

          Oh, on skype. Sorry.

        • RS Rogers | December 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm |

          Probably heading to MSP in February to take a week of helping-out-the-new-parents duty. I’ll drop you a line once we have dates.

        • Ricko | December 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm |


  • =bg= | December 25, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    Let’s see. I have the Yule Log showing on TV- a local station just runs video of a fireplace roaring. (Will switch to ‘A Christmas Story’ later. FRA-GEEL-LAY.) Feeding the backyard squirrels. Waiting for Mrs. Brinke to wake up.

    Presents idling in neutral under the tree. (6 Giants SGA bobbleheads c/o of eBay and a nice Majestic Giants WS Champions hoodie!)

    Most of all, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

    • UmpLou | December 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

      ah – the WPIX Yule Log..THE best holiday tradition on TV ever! There such an uproar a while back when they actually CANCELLED it. until somebody realized it was as a promotion as there is!

      Merry Christmas All!

  • Gregory Koch | December 25, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    I’ll consider it a late Chanukah Present. But yeah, I guess Chinese food qualifies as having a good Christmas, so thanks. You have a good one too.

  • Graf Zeppelin | December 25, 2010 at 10:36 am |

    Merry Christmas, Uni folk.

  • PatrickinMI | December 25, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    I received a curling stone for Christmas last night. Well, not a real one. It’s a miniature from Beneagles Scotch Whisky (empty!). It goes about 3 inches across and 3 inches high including the handle. They also make other minis which I am now collecting. Pic here:

  • LI Phil | December 25, 2010 at 10:46 am |

    Merry Christmas everyone.


    Phil Hecken

  • TC Mark | December 25, 2010 at 10:51 am |

    Merry Christmas to everyone on UW, especially Paul and Phil (but not to diminish the many contributions from the rest of the UW team). And of course to the many posters – I have not posted much this past year but I remain a loyal (daily) reader. I remain amazed at the depth of knowledge and passion of this truly unique group. It was a pleasure, and highlight of 2010, to meet many of you at the Deep Freeze last winter. As Paul said…Peace.

  • Ricko | December 25, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    I want the Blue-Gray game back.


    • pushbutton | December 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm |

      I want that and the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl…just because that name intrigued me as a kid.

      • NickV | December 26, 2010 at 3:14 am |

        Love the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl – but always was a bit soured on it after tulane got toasted by Houiston & D.C. Nobles 47-7 back in 1973. Still like the name and the hyphen!

    • Jim Vilk | December 26, 2010 at 10:40 am |

      Same here, for both games!

  • Silver Creek Doug | December 25, 2010 at 11:10 am |

    I’m enjoying a white Christmas in NW Georgia.

    This is the first measurable snowfall here in Christmas since 1882. My mom is up here from SE GA and she has only seen snow on Christmas once in her nearly 70 years on Earth.

  • Greenie | December 25, 2010 at 11:18 am |

    I think the Aaron Rodgers jersey I got is a counterfeit, but it’s one of the best counterfeits I’ve seen. His name is spelled right it’s got sewn-on numbers instead of screen printed.

    • Corey | December 26, 2010 at 5:49 am |

      I bought a LaDainian Tomlinson jersey a few years ago that also had the numbers sewn on instead of screen printed and it was totally legit

  • Ben Wideman | December 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    Merry Christmas from Pasadena, CA.

  • DenverGregg | December 25, 2010 at 11:57 am |

    Please choose as many of the following as you like:

    Merry Christmas;
    Feliz Navidad;
    Froehliche Weinachten;
    Joyeux Noel;
    Glaedigle Jul;
    Happy (belated) Hannukah;
    Peace on Earth;
    Goodwill to Men;
    Best Festivus Evah.

  • MPowers1634 | December 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

    Happy Holidays to all!
    I am presently viewing and typing on an itouch that Santa brought my daughter…very cool!

  • Komet17 | December 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

    Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to all…

  • DrEMGaylord | December 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

    Merry Christmas from Findlay, Ohio. I pray everyone has a blessed holiday and a safe and happy new year! (:

    • Buckeye Mike | December 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm |

      Findlay eh? Right back at ya from Limaland.

  • hugh.c.mcbride | December 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    Happiest of Holidays to Paul, Phil, John, the rest of the UW crew & of course all who add their insights via the comments section. Y’all continue to amaze & impress, & our daily lives are all a bit more joyful because of what you do here. Wishing you peace & joy, love & laughter today, tomorrow & all the days that follow.

  • interlockingtc | December 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

    Happy Holidays, Uni Watch.

  • =bg= | December 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  • Ricko | December 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm |

    Hey, the Cardinals are dressed as Santa!


    • Ricko | December 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm |

      It’s so cuuuuuuute.

  • =bg= | December 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm |

    I’d love to watch the Cards/Cowboys- but IT’S ON THE NFL NETWORK.

  • aflfan | December 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm |

    Merry Christmas to all the Uni-Watchers!

  • traxel | December 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm |

    Ricko, yep kids jumping on your bed begging to go downstairs…hard to beat.

    Powers, give the toy back to the kid.

    Brinke, nice heads.

    6 hours down, only 11 to go and our I-70 caravan will be skiing in Keystone. Wish this novice luck as I do tend to overestimate my abilities.
    Merry Christmas Paul and the gang! Oh, and you too Phil.