The One Day of the Year We Can All Be Happy

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Didn’t find what you wanted under the tree this year? Not to worry — for a bunch of you out there, Santa’s getting a mulligan. Here are the 31 winners of this year’s Uni Watch reader-appreciation raffle, along with the prizes they’ve won:

Jason Mott — Capitals pom-pom cap
Alex Landers — Portland Timbers jersey box
Michael C. Wilson — Mirror-image Mets jersey
J. Max Weintraub — Capitals scarf
Paul Winkeler — Gridiron Memories helmet
Jamie Ross — Eephus League scorecard
Jamie Dupler — Jose Reyes uniframe
Kurt Edwards — Old-Timey Hockey Tales
Alex Carlson — Orioles style guide
Jason Boyeskie — Uni Watch membership
Addison Walton — MLB stickers
Nicholas Schiavo — Under Armour charged cotton tee
Matthew C. Blair — Penguins ski cap
Eric Arnold — Ovechkin tee
Clint Richardson — Three Rivers College Raiders jersey
Greg Townsend — Penguins pom-pom cap
Tim Shay — Cubs throwback undershirt
Mark Loveland — Brian Wilson beard poster
Dan Stinson — Iowa minor league caps
Kyle Kearley — Capitals ski cap
Clint Wrede — Chicago football deck of cards
Nate Saunders — Stuckenschneider nameplate
Phil Fleckenstein — NFL mini-posters
Erik Spoonmore — Cardinals media credential
James Lightsey, Jr. — AFC helmet stickers
J. Colbert — Assortment of helmet decals
Justin Cooper — Vintage Durene jersey
Brett Greenleaf — Great Lakes Loons decal set
Jonathan Fox — Illustrated Journal of Outsider Baseball
Richard Weis — NFL helmet stickers
Matthew Edwards — Mets bat knob decals

I’ll start sending these out over the next week. Some quick notes: Alex Landers and Addison Walton, I need your shipping address; Jason Boyeskie, let me know what design you want for your membership; Paul Winkeler, let me know which helmet you want from Gridiron Memories.

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 great team that helps keep this web site humming: webmaster John Ekdahl, membership card designer Scott Turner, “Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie, weekend contributors Rick Pearson, Jim Vilk, and Terry Duroncelet, and of course Phil Hecken, the greatest bench coach a skipper could ever have. A healthy and a happy to one and all. Peace. ”” Paul

36 comments to The One Day of the Year We Can All Be Happy

  • Simply Moono | December 25, 2011 at 8:18 am |

    To everyone, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hearth’s Warming, whatever you celebrate. Have fun, stay safe, and try not to forget the batteries ;)

    • The Jeff | December 25, 2011 at 10:23 am |

      Next year I need to get me a Tree-Hat for Hearth’s Warming.

      Merry December Holiday ya’ll.

      /only 3 more months till Winter Wrap Up…

      • Chris from Carver | December 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm |

        I believe “chapeau” is the preferred term.

  • George Chilvers | December 25, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • Craig D | December 25, 2011 at 11:39 am |

      That’s awesome, George. Thank you and a Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

      Merry Christmas to all. Peace on Earth, Good will toward men and Snazzy Stirrups all around.

  • StLMarty | December 25, 2011 at 8:42 am |

    I got a pair of Handerpants.
    http://www.handerpants.com/

  • Phil Hecken | December 25, 2011 at 8:46 am |

    Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

    Peace all!

    Phil

  • Ricko | December 25, 2011 at 9:31 am |

    At least the Pop Warner Championship is on espn2 at 11:30 am CST, anyway.

    Where’s the Blue-Gray Game when we need it?

    Ah, well…things change.

    • LarryB | December 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm |

      Did you say you had a Blue-Gray kid card?

      • Ricko | December 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm |

        Blue-Gray still was played after the bowls in ’61.

  • Brett G | December 25, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    Cool, never won anything from UW before, thanks Paul! Nor sure what I will do with the Loons decal set yet, but if I come up with anything interesting, I will let everyone know.

  • Komet17 | December 25, 2011 at 9:54 am |

    Merry Christmas to all from East Central Illinois!

  • Ricko | December 25, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  • Ricko | December 25, 2011 at 10:36 am |

    Did you know a Flash Gordon scene (among others) had been deleted from A CHRISTMAS STORY?

    I didn’t until just now.

    Scroll down for a still from the scene…
    http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/a-christmas-story-movie-facts/deleted-scenes/

    (I hesitate to post this, lest designers at Nike, Adidas, Reebok or UA take football inspiration from Flash’s outfit.)

    • Davis J | December 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm |

      Now THAT’S what a spaceman is supposed to look like!

  • Rob Ullman | December 25, 2011 at 10:49 am |

    I think I speak for all of us non-winners when I say: “BAH!”

    But seriously, happy holidays, everyone. And if Kurt Edwards sends me his address as well, I’ll send along the companion piece to Hockey Tales, Teeny Bikini #5.

  • Gill | December 25, 2011 at 11:22 am |

    Not directly Uni-related, but I think we will find it interesting and perhaps can add to the piece.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/arts/television/all-star-lineup-major-league-baseballs-all-cameo-team.html?pagewanted=1&ref=television

    Top cameos of baseball players.

  • The Jeff | December 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Rob S | December 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm |

      I’m bemused by the two dorks whose new middle names feature rival characters. The one guy going for Balrog instead of, say, Saruman or Sauron, got to sneak in a bonus Street Fighter reference due to the shared name. (Of course, Sauron would’ve worked as a second X-Men reference, as the comic book character took his name from Tolkien’s.)

      • StLMarty | December 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm |

        Which came first, the pot or the kettle?

  • =bg= | December 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  • timmy b | December 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm |

    “Although it’s been said many times, many ways, ‘Merry Christmas to (each of) you.'”

  • LarryB | December 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm |

    Merry Christmas to all the Uni Watchers

  • Dave S. | December 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm |

    Merry Christmas everybody!!
    I see Dallas has gold trim on their name on the front and names on the back for their championship ceremony.

  • Jim BC | December 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm |

    My kids got me an a $300 polyester Jets jersey. Awesome! And my brothers all enjoyed getting a copy of Old Timey Hockey tales by Mr Ullman. Thanks!

  • Kyle Allebach | December 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm |

    Merry Christmas from the suburbs of the City of Brotherly Love.

  • Matt Krinberg | December 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm |

    How powerful can news be when you can analyze them

  • Teebz | December 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm |

    Merry Christmas all! World Junior Championships start tomorrow! Tune in and enjoy!

  • Maks | December 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |

    living out the west coast isnt easy trying to capture these things. oh well. maybe next year.

  • Alex | December 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm |

    I sent a response to the Gmail account associated with the contest. Thanks!