It wouldn't be football season if I didn't treat myself to a fresh batch of Eagles-themed Officially Licensed Products. Since I dialed it down a bit last season (t-shirt, hat), I thought a new jersey might be in the mix for the '08 season. I hadn't added a new jersey to the collection since November 2006, and that one was a gift.
(A most excellent gift, I might add, and ultimately virtually impossible to top in terms of groomsmen gifts. Throwback jerseys? I mean. Genius.)
The last shirt I bought for myself was a Michael Lewis jersey in 2005. YIKES. Kind of got that one wrong. And to be honest, I didn't even expect that I'd buy one this year (sort of -- I like to tell myself that I wasn't going to buy one); thought I'd look for some sort of hoodie (this one was tempting, don't get me wrong).
But then I was sitting in this all-day meeting last week (there've been a lot of all-day meetings of late), and my mind started to wander a bit. So fired up the eBay. Was just going to buy some shoes, to be honest, but then I thought I'd plug "eagles jersey" into the search bar. Just to check. And...what's that? A reasonably undervalued Trent Cole shirt in my size? Sure, it's the third-jersey color, but I didn't have a black one yet. And Trent Cole is surely deserving of increased jersey sales! He's the best defensive player on the team, relatively young, on a second contract; this certainly counts as a prudent investment.
(I was thinking about a DeSean Jackson shirt as well, but it's too early. Mostly the number 10 is a cool-ass number; there should be plenty of time for that conversation later if things go well for the kid.)
A few bids later (including some delivered via text-message over a thoroughly useful eBay SMS interface), the shirt was mine. Fingers crossed that it arrives in today's mail; want to make sure I'm properly geared up for tomorrow.