On Friday I tweeted, “I am now the proud owner of a pair of autographed Juwan Howard shoes from when he played in Washington.” Now I’m here to share the pictures.
The shoes were won in a silent auction held at work created to benefit efforts in Haiti. My specific contribution went to Doctors Without Borders. The lady who donated them said her husband was an equipment manager for the team long ago.
Judging from this 2000-01 season basketball card where Howard is wearing the Nike Team Max Zoom, he probably wore these shoes in 1999-2000, which was statistically his worst season with the franchise and his last full one in Washington. Knowing that Howard was probably booed more wearing these shoes than any other pair/season in his career makes them extra historical, I’ll assume.
And while I’m sharing recently acquired swag, below is the Tom Gugliotta jersey signed by both Googs and Wes Unseld that I obtained in March. Well, re-acquired. The jersey used to be framed and hung in my room at my dad’s house when I was younger. Between going away to college and a couple moves by my father, the jersey got lost in the shuffle. On occasion I would remember it and wonder where it went. Visiting my dad a few months ago, I noticed the jersey just sitting in a box.
My dad was glad to return it to my possession, even though we got it because of the season tickets he bought. So, many thanks to my pops for letting me have the Googs jersey and for taking me to all those Bullets/Wizards games throughout the years.