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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.handerpan...

  • 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 |

    Merry Christmas, UW citizens…
    https://img.skitch.c...

  • 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.achristma...

    (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.c...

    Top cameos of baseball players.

    • Craig D | December 25, 2011 at 11:45 am |

      The manager of that team has to be Sparky Anderson. He had a great cameo on WKRP in Cincinnati. Where he promptly gets fired for the second time in Cincy.

    • Gill | December 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |

      The additions here are one of the things that makes Uniwatch great. Expanding knowledge of readers.

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

    If you thought Ochocinco and Metta World Peace were bad name changes… http://www.mirror.co...

    • 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 |

    Merry Sock-Mas

    http://brinkeguthrie...

  • 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!