Thu Oct 07 09:28am EDT
Boilermaker fans (or readers with a general cleat fetish) may want to head over to Purdue's official website at some point in the next 32 hours, where they'll find the opportunity to bid on a pair of size 14 Nikes worn by All-Big Ten defensive end/future first-rounder Ryan Kerrigan during the 2009 season. You know they're real because they "feature many marks and scuffs authenticating them as game-worn," and because Kerrigan autographed them. Early bidding for this small piece of one of your favorite players is only up to $175.
What's that? You thought peddling memorabilia actually used by student-athletes in amateur competition was outlawed by the NCAA? Didn't Georgia receiver A.J. Green just miss an entire month's worth of games because he sold a game-worn jersey for some "extra cash" last January? Silly: It's perfectly fine, as long as it's the professionals at the school, the manufacturer, the retailer and the NCAA that profit from the sale, and not the impressionable student-athlete himself.
His signature may be on the shoes, and he may be responsible for most of their value, but Ryan Kerrigan must be shielded from the corruptions of profit at all cost. These are amateurs, people. Just make that check out to the Purdue Athletic Department.
Also, Washington fans should be sure to pick up one of the sweet new black No. 10 jerseys that just arrived in the Husky Team Shop on campus. Remember: It's not a Jake Locker jersey. We know he's the most popular player in more than a decade, and there weren't any No. 10 Husky jerseys on campus before he got there. But really, that could be any No. 10.