Archive for December, 2013
I always used to laugh at the people who decorated their cars for different holidays. I thought that it was ridiculous to make your car just one more item to personalize for Christmas or New Years. That was until my father joined them. It started when his Jeep donned reindeer antlers and a red nose for Christmas one year.
From there it escalated. Soon there were silver streamers trialing from the antenna at New Years. Then there were heart window clings for Valentines Day. He even went as far as to put an American flag spare tire cover on the back to celebrate the Fourth of July. I can no longer laugh at those that decorate their cars. My father is the worst of them all.
My father had a friend from the Navy who moved to New Orleans after he got out of the military. When hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, one of his buddies lost his home to the hurricane. My father really wanted to help show his support for his friend. He made donations to a relief fund in his friend’s name, but didn’t really feel like this would be enough.
My father went out and bought a New Orleans Saints tire cover to put on the back of his car. He took a picture of it and emailed it to his friend. His buddy got really excited when he saw it. It was clear that he appreciated my father’s support. The picture helped to bring a smile to his face in an otherwise unhappy time.
When I was in high school, our mascot was the tiger. One of the guys at my school was obsessed with team spirit. On Fridays, he would dress in orange and black from head to toe. This included striping his hair to look like a tiger. He would show up each Friday seeming like he had even more orange and black on him than he had the last time.
He even made his car tiger themed. He had a tiger stuffed animal in the front window of his jeep. He had a Detroit Tigers tire cover, which I suppose he decided was close enough. He also had license plate covers that were striped orange and black. We all thought that he was a bit crazy, but he seemed to enjoy his extreme team spirit.
Buying a gift for my grandpa was always a great challenge. He was the man who had everything. If he ever wanted something, he would just buy it for himself. He had an old Jeep that he loved to work on all of the time. The Jeep was his pride and joy. There was never a speck of dust anywhere on that car.
My grandpa always complained about cleaning the dust out of his spare tire, so we decided to buy him a sports team spare tire cover one Christmas. The real problem was that since my grandpa had moved up from California, we had to find a Chargers cover. We searched the whole mall without any luck. It didn’t matter much in the end, because he ended up buying one online for himself.
Going on long road trips as a child could get really boring. I was always the type of kid who didn’t want to sit still in the car for that long. My mother would give me games to play in the car so that I wouldn’t get bored. She would have me find a certain license plate or a letter on a sign, while my father drove.
I remember one time I was supposed to be looking for something patriotic. A Jeep drove by with an American eagle tire cover. The car also had mud flaps that had the American flag on them. I could not have imagined seeing anything so patriotic. When I pointed it out to my mother, even she acted surprised. She had expected me to just find someone flying a flag.
One of the most interesting parts of watching sports on television can sometimes be the strange statistics that are shown. You can learn a lot of odd yet somehow interesting facts about sports that you’d never thought of before by watching sports on TV, because they are always trying to fill the time between plays or innings or anything like that.
Sportscasters are always looking for statistics that they think viewers might think are interesting. For instance, the Red Sox holds a sports record for selling out every single home game from May 15, 2003 to April 10, 2013, for a total of 820 games in a row. One might imagine they sold many a Boston Red Sox black tire cover or baseball cap during this time.
Though recent years haven’t been especially kind to the Minnesota Twins, diehard fans remember a time when they were at the top of their game in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. During this time, the team won two of its three World Series wins, in 1987 and 1991. Their previous win had been in 1924, so this was great news for Twins fans at the time.
Even though it’s been a couple decades since the last World Series win, Twins fans are ever-hopeful that their beloved team will come through and overcome adversity to become a top-tier team once again. Some fans show their support by picking up a Minnesota Twins tire cover or by wearing Twins gear like jerseys and hats.
It’s a good time to be a Minnesota Vikings fan, thanks to powerhouse running back Adrian Peterson, who was a first-round pick for the team in the 2007 NFL Draft. In Peterson’s first professional season, he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game. He has broken many records and won many awards during his time with the Vikings.
Most recently, Adrian Peterson received the #1 spot on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013. It’s likely that his involvement with the team has probably sold a Minnesota Vikings black tire cover or two, to say the least. He still appears to be at the height of his career, despite many personal hardships, and may be able to bring the Vikings to some sort of victory.
I’ve always been first and foremost a football fan; I live and breathe NFL and college football when I can. However, football is not a sport that’s played all year and that’s a real bummer to someone who’s as big a fan of it as I am. Whenever it’s not football season, I’ve got to find something that can fill the football void that is leftover in my heart.
My second favorite sport has always been baseball. It doesn’t have the same level of excitement as football does and it’s more something that I like to idly watch, but I still consider myself a fan. I do fantasy baseball and I’ve got an MLB spare tire cover for my favorite team and everything. Still, when it’s baseball season, I can’t help but long for the NFL to come back.