Personalized potatoes, PB+J, Stolen Super Bowl jerseys.

The NFL, after reviewing hundreds of videos (taken by various media), released a few of them which showed a guy with an empty shoulder bag entering the Patriots locker room after SB 51 with the rest of the media and walking back out with a fuller bag tucked under his left arm. This very same thief also had Tom Brady’s stolen SB49 (Seahawks) jersey in his possession. The NFL also suspects that he took Von Miller’s cleats, jersey and helmet after SB 50. If you want the more complete story, here is the link to ESPN stolen valor

Even more obnoxious to me, since Kurt Warner is my all time fave sports hero, is that he also had in his possession Kurt Warner’s jersey from the Rams 1999 SB victory. The thief, Mauricio Ortega ortega, even brought the Warner jersey with him to SB 51, hoping to sell it to Kurt for thousands of dollars. Thank you Marshall Faulk, hall of famer and teammate of Warner’s from the “greatest show on turf” days, for refusing to sign any of Ortega’s stolen valor!

What should be done with this guy? Barred from entering the U.S.? Banned from NFL sporting events? How about the CIA recruiting him? As a spy, his bravado, stealth and total disregard for any conventions would make him a star among covert ops. It will be very interesting to see what Mexico does. Will he be a hero because he thumbed his nose at the US? or will he be prosecuted as the criminal he is? Stay tuned.

Switching from the NFL to the NBA, we have a couple of creative but harmless sports stories. Potato Parcel, a company that got a deal on Sharktank, sent personalized potatoes to the starting fives of every NBA team. Fun! Here are some examples. potato parcel

The ultimate American comfort food may be PB and J. The NBA starters may like their personalized potatoes, but for comfort food, nothing beats the old standby. This story is too amusing for me to mangle it by retelling, so check it out. pb and j in nba  I must confess that this story had an immediate effect on me. Just last week, I had managed to use up the last of the strawberry jam we bought when our kids were living at home, and I vowed to never buy any more jelly! But when I read this story, I immediately checked the cupboards. We had bread and peanut butter, but no J! So there went my resolution, as I ran out to the nearest store and bought some J (blackberry), then had a PB and J for lunch-for the first time in about 45 years! Look for me to be out on the courts next week, doing layups (in my dreams).