Auction Fever

Wednesday night there was an auction at the game. You could bid on each player’s jersey. If you won, you got to go on the field after the game to get the jersey off his back and get your picture taken.

Even the entry bid was rich for me. It’s not like we’d have to go hungry, but I have a lot of grown-up responsibility things I need to do with my money in the next couple of months.

But I’d just had two beers, a bacon cheeseburger and a basket of fries so I felt like anything could happen.

I decided to bid. I figured it was just the low bid and I’d probably lose and if no one else bid, I’d get the jersey and my Kalif moment.

The thing is, once my name was on that piece of paper, that jersey was mine. I was obsessed with it. I went back to the auction table before the game started and at the half just to see how the bidding was going. In my head I kept bumping up the number I would be willing to go to so I could win. You know, with this money that I don’t really have for pure folly.

Of course at three minutes before the auction ended they texted me that my bid had been beat. I would have to double my bid in order to win. So then I thought of other players that I like (honestly, I like all of them) and wondered if I should run up there and see if their jerseys were still available.

Except I was watching the game and why was I desperately trying to throw my money at something, anything, so I could go home a winner. I managed to reel myself in.

As we were leaving I bragged about how much money I’d saved.

They had a Make-A-Wish kid at the game and it is a fantastic and heart-twisting story.

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3 Responses to Auction Fever

  1. Marvin says:

    Ha! I’m glad you came to your senses. Auctions are dangerous, aren’t they? I use a sniping program on Ebay – it’s the only way I’ll bother to bid. I set my upper limit and if I fail to beat the bidding rush at the end of the auction, then I don’t care. I’m not sitting there watching it.

  2. Hannah says:

    I TOTALLY GET THIS! I have been similarly seduced by the notion of winning an auction for an overpriced item I didn’t need and then feeling hugely relieved (and somewhat superior) when I didn’t win it. That Make-A-Wish story is wonderful. I read it when you linked to it on FB, I think. You have a great team there.

  3. LuLubelle says:

    I suppose you could have looked at it as an investment, by selling it at a profit later on eBay. πŸ™‚

    My journalism teacher taught us that if a quote isn’t worth quoting, don’t quote it. I’m referencing the “β€œIt’s good!” Conall said of his experience at the game. β€œI like it!”” line in the article. πŸ™‚

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