Tuesday, February 05, 2008
If you are in the market for a away white New England Patriots jersey worn once by a writer for ESPN, then do I have the auction for you. Bill Simmons apparently forgot his lucky Wes Welker jersey and had to purchase a Randy Moss one and you know how the game turned out.
Obviously Bill is heart-broken and has put this jersey spawned by Satan for auction on Ebay....
My name is Bill Simmons and I write the "Sports Guy" column for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. As I described in my post-Super Bowl column, I forgot to bring my lucky Wes Welker jersey to Arizona for the Pats-Giants game, so I ended up spending $85 on a white replica XL Randy Moss No. 81 jersey at one of the merchandise stands inside the stadium to represent my beloved Pats because so many fans were wearing jerseys at the game. Why Moss? Because it was the last Pats jersey they had available.Well at least he's doing it for charity so that's good. I put my bid of $6.78 but the thin is magically already at $350 (and it has 9 days left!). Oh and if you win the auction you also get a signed copy of the book he wrote as well. Unless Bill is going to show up at my house to do chores and/or the jersey has visible tears on it....I'm going to pass.
You know the rest: The Giants ended up pulling off one of the great upsets in sports history, and as I wrote in that post-game column, "You can currently find that jersey sitting at the bottom of the garbage can in my hotel room. I might take it home and burn it. I haven't decided yet."
After we posted the column, a number of readers e-mailed asking if they could have the jersey instead of me burning it or throwing it away. That's when I decided that there was a way this Moss jersey - this evil, unlucky, possibly-possessed- by-the-devil jersey that I never want to see again -- could actually do some good. I'm putting it up for auction, and instead of the money going to me, I'm going to have the winner of the auction donate the winning bid to The Jimmy Fund. I will pay for shipping and handling of the jersey. If you win the bid, we'll connect by e-mail, and then, you'll donate that money to the Jimmy Fund online and forward me a receipt of that donation. Once I see the receipt, I will send the jersey along.
Bill Simmons' Randy Moss Jersey (Ebay)