People, I’ll be frank with you: The past couple of months have been rough. A friend of mine killed himself; another friend, to whom I’m much closer and who I love very dearly, was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer; yet another friend, to whom I’m even closer and who I love even more, was diagnosed with a condition that has robbed all the joy from her life and transformed her daily routine into a terrible ordeal; my Mom had a serious health scare; so did one of my cats; my car battery died; a major project that I was working on for the New York Times was scuttled due to a staff shake-up; and then there’s that broken arm (five more days, five more days).
Throughout all of this, the one thing I could count on every day was all the support, insight, and interesting content provided by Uni Watch readers. So our annual reader appreciation raffle, in which I give something back to all of you who help make Uni Watch such a special project (or, if you prefer to be more cynical, in which I clear out all the swag that’s accumulated over the past year), feels particularly good this time around. My thanks to every one of you who contribute to making this place the very interesting place it is, and who’ve also helped make the past few months a bit easier to bear.
As in past years, some of you may recognize a few of these items as gifts that you thoughtfully sent me over the past year. I realize regifting may seem tacky, but sometimes I have duplicates on certain things, or I don’t have room for everything, or something is too big or too small for me to wear, or I’ve gotten some enjoyment out of an item and am now ready to let someone else enjoy it. No offense intended, and I hope none taken. Thanks for understanding.
Okay, here’s what’s available this year (for shirts and sweatshirts, all sizes listed are as tagged; all measurements listed, which are much more important than the tagged sizes, are pit-to-pit, so pay extra-close attention to those):
1. A free Uni Watch membership card with your choice of design.
2. Any non-autographed college football helmet from the vast Gridiron Memories inventory. (Note that multiple designs are available for most schools.)
4. A hybrid NBA 2012 East/West All-Star jersey with my NOB. Mesh fabric, mix of screened and sewn graphics. XL, 21.5″.
5. A vintage Seattle Mariners bumper sticker. Not quite pristine condition.
6. A program from the season-opening Mets/Cubs series in Tokyo from 2000. Text is in Japanese.
7. and 8. Two sets of Uni Watch stirrups, just like the ones that hang from the headline of each entry on this site. Note that each pair is a separate prize.
10. A set of four BP lapel pins from the London Olympics. Oil spill not included.
11. A set of four orange helmet squatchees, just like the ones worn by the Mets. Perfect for customizing a Mets helmet.
12. A whiteskins.org T-shirt. M, 19″.
13. A ShirtWhiz jersey hanger kit, just like the one advertised in the right sidebar.
18. A Rangers pom-pom hat from last season’s Winter Classic.
19. A Flyers pom-pom hat from last season’s Winter Classic.
20. A striped Flyers hat from last season’s Winter Classic. Technically reversible, but the other side is so boring that I didn’t even bother to photograph it.
21. A Rangers scarf from last season’s Winter Classic.
22. A Flyers scarf from last season’s Winter Classic.
23. A Rangers T-shirt from last season’s Winter Classic. Distressed graphics. L, 21.5″.
24. A Flyers T-shirt from last season’s Winter Classic. Distressed graphics. XL, 22.5″.
25. A Rangers women’s-cut baseball-style shirt from last season’s Winter Classic. Distressed graphics. Very small. M, 15.5″.
26. A Flyers women’s-cut baseball-style shirt from last season’s Winter Classic. Distressed graphics. Very small. S, 15.5″.
27. A Bears T-shirt from ’47 Brand. Distressed graphics. L, 21″.
28. A Broncos T-shirt from ’47 Brand. Sewn lettering and patch. L, 23″.
29. A 49ers T-shirt from ’47 Brand. Distressed graphics. L, 22″.
32. A vintage green Durene V-neck jersey with white collar and cuffs. Purchased on eBay, but it turned out to be a smidge too small for me. M, 19″.
33. A Bears T-shirt from ’47 Brand. Sewn lettering and patch. M, 21.5″.
34. A set of Wichita State throwback basketball shorts from Retro College Cuts. M, but very long.
35. A Kezar Stadium T-shirt from the San Francisco Transit Museum. Note that the color is actually a hunter green. M, 19″.
36. An authentic Red Sox throwback cap, just like the one worn for the game against the Yankees on April 20. Essentially a plain white cap with the MLB logo on the back. 7-1/4.
37. An authentic Yankees throwback cap, just like the one worn for the game against the Red Sox on April 20. Includes MLB logo on the back. 7-1/4.
38. A Panthers snap-back cap from ’47 Brand.
39. A Chargers hoodie from ’47 Brand. Sewn graphics. Very narrow sleeves — maybe meant for a child? M, 18.5″.
40. A Packers sweatshirt from ’47 Brand. Sewn graphics. L, 25″.
41. A set of vintage green satin baseball pants with off-white side piping. Can’t remember where I got these, but I don’t need them. 34″ waist.
42. A copy of the book Kentucky Colonels, which tells the story of that franchise. Hardcover, 350 pages.
43. A pair of yellow stirrups with black striping. Seven-inch style.
44. A pair of red stirrups with white northwestern striping. Seven-inch style.
45. A pair of olive stirrups with black striping. Seven-inch style.
To enter the raffle for these items, here’s whatcha do:
1) Send one e-mail, and only one, to the giveaway address.
2) In the body of the e-mail, please indicate (a) your name and shipping address and (b) your top 10 choices, in order of preference, by number. If you’re only interested in, say, seven items, then just list your top seven choices; if you want to list more than 10, you can do that too, all the way to 45, but I don’t really expect anyone to go that far. I’ll do my best to accommodate all the winners’ choices.
3) Entry deadline is 10pm Eastern next Friday, December 21st. The winners will be announced on either the 24th or the 25th.
Again, my thanks to all of you who contribute in various ways to Uni Watch. I wish I could provide gifts for all of you — honest.
Top 10 reminder: I’m accepting nominations for the top 10 uni-notable moments of 2012. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s one sportswriter’s list of his favorite players to wear No. 12. “He’s covered the Nittany Lions for more than a few years, so there’s a bit of a Penn State slant,” says Gerry Dincher. … Some interesting uniforms on display in these old photos from a Cleveland-area orphanage (from Keith Piper). … Saint-Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wore crystal-encrusted soccer shoes during warm-ups before a game against Lyon on Monday (from Stephen Boyd). … Oooh, this is a good: a page-by-page look at a 1966 NFL season guidebook. Click on the thumbnails to see the great illustrations at full size (big thanks to Rocky Lum). … No matter how much it snows in Minnesota, Minnesota’s midfield “M” logo stays uncovered (from Brett Stone). … Speaking of Minnesota, here’s what their jersey patch will look like for the muffler repair bowl. … And here’s the patch Arizona State will be wearing in the anti-starvation bowl (from Keith Winney). … Small note at the end of this article indicates that Shane Victorino will be wearing No. 18 for the Red Sox (from Tom Mulgrew). … New helmets for Tulane. … The Ohio State coaching staff wears varsity-style jackets to impress recruits (from Larry Bodnovich). … Interesting article about some high-tech electronic baseball gear that Mizuno was working on in the early 1980s (from Jerry Wolper). … The new women’s soccer team in Portland is called the Thorns (from Nate Kettlewell). … ’Twould appear that Oregon’s penchant for eccentric jerseys well predates the Nike era (great find by David Firestone). … A faction of Mormon feminists is touting this Sunday as “Wear Pants to Church Day” (from Cort McMurray). … This is pretty funny: American League East teams reimagined as soccer clubs (from Phillip Foose). … Ottawa’s new CFL team might be called the Rush. … I’ve always been more of a pinball guy than a video game guy (big surprise), but I saw Wreck It Ralph last night and really, really liked it. Recommended.