KINDERGARTEN CLASS SAYS COLLEGE TEES PASS: SHOW & TELL WITH PURDUE PETE & TENNESSEE DAVY CROCKETT
I really didn't think I'd be wearing my NFL pajama pants and Bubba Smith Colts jersey until Super Bowl Sunday (pants were cut, sewn, and made from 1968 bedspread, curtains, and pillowcase set). Alas, when I opened up my 5 year old's back-pack this morning, I was reminded by the flier inside that I had an 11am appointment at the Pre-K center today. It's "GET IN THE GAME & BE THE BEST DAD YOU CAN BE!" week, and my gig was fast approaching. Jammies.....check, Jersey.....check!
This baby is right up my alley. Any opportunity for me to spout my sports drivel to anybody, including a group of Kindergartners, and I'M IN THE GAME! I eagerly ran upstairs to my sports-prison,* and started packing and plucking pieces of apparel and memorabilia in a sports-crazed frenzy. Within minutes, I had a bucket filled with some pretty cool stuff to show the kids.
Proudly pointing out that I had a Colts jersey on to show who I was pulling for in the big game, I thought the kids would find it interesting to know that the Colts originally came from Baltimore. Not so much. They were more interested in seeing the bright orange Original Retro Brand Tennessee shirt with the Davy Crockett logo - "That man with the rifle is neato!" I thought they would find it interesting that Super Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning went to college there, and that Drew Brees went to Purdue. Not so much. They preferred to try on the full size 1970 New Orleans Saints and Georgia Bulldog helmets and knock heads (I should have had them all sign a waiver). Other items that went over well were the 1980's "game-worn" Atlanta Hawks cheer-leading uniform (I would have worn that, but it's a tad snug), the 1970's NFL Gatorade Bottle Cap set, Milwaukee Braves Bobble Head doll, Johnny Unitas - Joe Namath "Timeless Legends" Starting lineup figurines, Shaquille O'Neil doll, Original Retro Brand Georgia & Georgia Tech tees, and a 1920's leather laced-up basketball.
I want to give a big thank you to Mrs. Grove and Mrs. Harner for allowing me the opportunity to come by and spread the sports gospel. I really, really enjoyed myself, and outside a few slips of boring commentary, I'm pretty sure the kids had a great time too.
* Sports-prison is the best way to describe my home office. I usually spend 23 hours on the inside, and am surrounded by sports memorabilia I've collected over 40 years. I'm quite sure it's the only prison I would want to be in.
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