Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 12/24/12
This week, given the month and current circumstances on the calendar, our question of the week should be considered pretty easy for everyone to answer. What’s the greatest sports gift you’ve ever given or received around the holidays? Perhaps it was just a framed photo for your man cave or woman cave, or you purchased someone an autograph they’d been hunting forever. Maybe it was a jersey, stadium brick or seat. Someone could have even given you the gift of attending your favorite team’s game in a stadium environment you’ve wanted to experience forever. No matter what the gift was, the fact that we’re sports fans now ultimately makes us the easiest people in the world to purchase gifts for. During this holiday season in particular, it’s become clear to me that there’s more interesting kinds of sports merchandice in stores by the day. Entire sections are dedicated to sports-themed christmas tree trimmings, house decorations, children’s apparel, dish ware and books. There’s team wrapping paper to wrap it all up in. Even our pets have the opportunity to support who we root for on the playing field by donning team themed collars and clothing. For me, this question is no contest. Though I was identified as a sports fan from a pretty early age, the best gift I ever received came during Christmas of 2011. My dad, knowing a few people with decent connections at Joe Louis Arena, was able to purchase me a jersey signed by the entire 2008 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. I had gotten other gifts before, but never had I been completely awe-struck while opening one. As I slid the clear Hockeytown bag off the sweater and read the names scribed in marker, the experience was surreal. It was the coolest thing I could have ever hoped to find under the tree. Conversely, imagine the special feeling of watching someone else open a gift like that. I’ve enjoyed that feeling, as well. A close friend of mine is a big fan of the Michigan Wolverines, so every year at the holidays, I try to outdo myself the previous year finding him a unique Michigan gift. A few years ago, I found him a perfect copy of a program from the 1998 Rose Bowl. He wasn’t thinking he’d get such a thing, and as he tore off the paper, the feeling of anticipation I got waiting to see his reaction was overpowering. Now, I start the hunt for his holiday gift earlier and earlier every year with this excitement in mind. In both ways, sports and the holidays go together fantastically. Why purchase someone another boring tote when you can get them that Detroit Tigers bag they’ve always needed? After all, you wouldn’t want someone to buy you normal plates and bowls when they could bare the emblem of the Detroit Lions, nor would you ever turn down that Titus Young autograph you’ve been clamoring for. All kidding aside, what’s the most special holiday gift you’ve ever given or received with a sports theme? What team or player items might have been seen on your wish list this year? Share your excitement in the comments below, and happy holidays! To send any ideas for future question of the week topics, find Max DeMara on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax and let him know what you’ve been questioning!
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