Thursday, January 25, 2018
Get in gear
I remember LA Gear’s LA Lights shoes were pretty cool when I was a kid. I mean, they lit up. Literally. With actual lights. Admittedly, I never owned a pair. Even at an early age, I was a Nike/Reebok/Adidas guy. While I can’t say I’ve owned a pair of Reeboks in at least 20 years, I’m still a strong Nike supporter. Occasionally I rock some Adidas too, like the pair of Originals NMD-C2sI just got for Christmas.
That didn’t stop me from appreciating the LA Gear signed photo that Karl Malone sent me, however.
He was one of my first TTM successes as a kid, and I’m happy to say I still have the photo to this day.
Malone was in the middle of a Hall of Fame career, so it was a big deal to get it back. It was actually part of a school project where we wrote letters to athletes, celebrities, national brands, and local companies in hope for a response and possibly some free stuff (although that wasn’t the point). I think we each had to write three letters, focusing on letter format and penmanship.
I remember some kids getting free samples of Kool-Aid back, while others got McDonald’s Happy Meal coupons. I know I was feeling left out, then one day, bam, The Mailman delivered…literally.
I can’t remember who else I might have sent a letter to, but I think experiences like this early in my childhood are why I’m still sending out TTM requests to players today. It brings back fond childhood memories, just like this.