My Top 5 Pieces of Lions Memorabilia
5. New Era Winter Hat— This is my most recent pickup in terms of Lions gear, a Christmas present from my brother last year. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s not always fun wearing it around Boston, but it’s still worth it.
As a bonus, it also provided a great cushion for me and my co-worker when we were practicing shooting trick shots off the wall and into the silver cup of our tennis trophy. Yes, I have a difficult job…that took like 300 tries before I finally got one to land. I also forgot to take it out of the trophy, so my head went cold for the commute home that night.
4. Custom Painted Electric Football Team–Pops tried to warn me how disappointing the game Electric Football actually is. I ignored him and still asked for it as a birthday present in middle school. Gameplay-wise, it’s really too bad that the game sucks as much as it does, because I still think the concept is awesome.
Eventually though, I got sick of my running backs vibrating backwards for a safety every four plays or so. To boost my fading interest, I sent away for the Lions custom players and end zone stickers. This didn’t help the game to play any better, but it made for an awesome decoration.
In college, the league blacked out the Lions/Browns , so my friends and I set up the Electric Football board and used it as a gamecast while we listened on the radio. After immediately falling down 24-3, rookie Matthew Stafford turned that game into one of the best experiences in my entire Lions fandom.
3. Franklin Polyester Stuffed Mini Mini Football–I actually had duplicates of these at one time, which came in handy the year I lived in Colorado. The original one broke when two of my friends were fighting over who got to play with it and they ripped it open.
These are college graduates. The Franklin Polyester Stuffed wields that type of power over people. I should have been pissed at them, but the Lions beat the Bears on that Monday Night to go to 5-0.
I originally got this tiny ball as a gift on my 10th birthday. It’s smaller than a russet potato. After opening it, I briefly thought, “maybe I’m a little too old for this sort of thing.” I immediately shook that thought and haven’t addressed the possibility since.
I got the duplicate ball a few years later. It has remained in good condition and now stays under safe care at my apartment in Boston.
2. Hutch Plastic Helmet— I don’t know which is more surprising:
That this helmet has lasted intact for 23+ years now.
That I never sustained a concussion playing backyard tackle football against a future marine wearing this thing.
That I am fairly certain it has at least another 23+ years of usage in its system.
That Brett Favre used the exact same type of
as the one on this helmet.