Triathlete Auctions Herself Off , Gets Few Takers

The eBay bidding war for a dinner date with U.S. triathlete Jenna Shoemaker sadly turned out to be just a minor skirmish. Not a popular item. With only five bids — the highest at $250 — her quest to earn extra money for training has to be labeled as a fail. Damn economy.

Jenna Shoemaker

But larger, more troubling issues linger. Shoemaker is being slammed on her Facebook page for selling herself so wantonly, and also for a joke she made there about stripping to earn money to support herself while training. She has fired back on both counts. Read more…

Mark Madsen Will Purchase Your Illegal eBay Crap

My big Mark Madsen memory was his dunk against Rhode Island that sealed the deal and powered Stanford to the NCAA Final Four in 1998. His subsequent NBA career has been somewhat unremarkable, however, except for an unfortunate epileptic fit he humorously described as “dancing” while a member of the Lakers a few years back (photo following the jump).

Mark Madsen

Now a member of the Clippers, Madsen was reportedly involved in another embarrassing episode recently, when he was swindled in a real estate scam. But this con didn’t involve three-dimensional property — it was on the Internet. eBay, to be exact. Let the nerdiness begin. Read more…

So We Should Not Have Put Your Club on eBay?

Pity the Tranmere Rovers, a third-tier English football program. Owing to either financial straits or the affluenza that seeps in after a few years of realizing the tedium of sports club management, ownership decided recently to sell the club.

eBay soccer free shipping
(How can you turn down free shipping for an entire club? Have you seen airfare prices these days?)

The club seemed to have made a colossal mistake in judgment when it came to the logistical task of finding buyers, though. For that, they hired USA firm Dornoch Capital, which - as near as we can tell - doesn’t even have their own company website. That’s not to say, of course, that they’re not the savviest of web users.

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Man Selling His LeBron Scrapbooks For $250,000

eBay listings come in all shapes, sizes and degrees of crazy, but nothing quite beats this. Looking for that very special gift for the LeBron James fan in your family? Or perhaps you’re LeBron himself, and have forgotten several of your high school accomplishments. Well, you’re in luck. One very special fan has been scrapbooking LeBron’s every move, and the result is now available on eBay for the very, very reasonable price of …

… $250,000. This man, who is obviously not at all clinically insane, has compiled eight scrapbooks containing a total of 535 laminated pages of articles on LeBron James, most clipped from the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. And there’s a few ticket stubs, and a couple of autographs, one from former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker! So act now, before this historic collection is snapped up. Read more…

Rays Fans Immediately Give Away Replica Rings

One of the year’s most inexplicable stadium giveaways just happened a couple days ago, as the Tampa Bay Rays decided to give out replica AL Championship rings to every single fan (all twelve of them) who attended the April 14 game against the New York Yankees. The rings are modeled off of the actual rings the team received, so … that’s neat?

Tampa Bay replica ring
(Whatever.)

The obvious problem, as TAMPA BAY ONLINE reports, is that lots and lots of fans didn’t ask for these rings and don’t want them, and have taken to the Internet to hock them for, basically, whatever they can get. And really, there were a lot of reasons why this giveaway was a poor idea.

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Tebow Won’t Sign Autographs: Thank You Ebay!

There’s a lot of things you can say about Tim Tebow - his Christian act can come across as really self-righteous, his motivational barking and woofing on the sideline can seem overblown, you get the picture - but it’s pretty hard to claim that he’s not a good person. He really does do a lot of charity work, and despite the University of Florida asking him not to sign autographs last season, he continued to do so because he felt like he’d be letting down his fans if he didn’t.

Tim Tebow autographed SI cover

($36.99 and it’s yours … much to Tebow’s chagrin.)

Well, now he’s pulled the rug out from that practice, deciding that too many of his autograph seekers are trying to profit off his collegiate fame. According to the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES’ GATOR REPORT, Tebow is backing off from signing for everyone, largely because he thinks half of the stuff he signs is ending up on eBay.

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Santonio’s Gloves Fetch $70K In Online Auction

Have you ever paid $70,000 for a pair of gardening gloves? Well, one Steeler fan now has, and he better put them in a safe place so he doesn’t come home and find his wife using them to pull a few weeds.

Santonio Holmes

The very gloves Santonio Holmes wore while making one of the greatest catches in NFL history went up for auction, and while they didn’t fetch anywhere near the “buy it now” price of $1 million, they still took in a pretty good haul. The proceeds went to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, which is a good cause. Just don’t ever let these people run your online auction.

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A-Rod Overload; SI Stalkers?; Mike Leach is Mad

• Thank goodness this A-Rod steroids admission happened, or we wouldn’t have anything else to talk about.

Alex & Cynthia Rodriguez dinner staredown

(Suppose Cynthia was really on to something, after all?)

• Still, it’s not like he’s accusing any media members of stalking him, right?

Mike Leach is not to tickled about Texas Tech’s additional clauses in its latest contract offer to the Red Raiders coach.

• The tennis coach who served the Williams Sisters & Maria Sharapova has a new 4-year-old prodigy ready to cause a racket.

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Show Jonathan Papelbon’s Old Glove Some Love

Facts are facts, people. In the current economic climate, which can only be accurately described as “interesting”, there is no greater commodity to own than baseball memorabilia. Not canned goods, not “dollar bills”, not even gold. Which is why you should all immediately sign onto eBay and bid on Jonathan Papelbon’s rookie year glove. Sure, it’s going to cost a bit of change - current bid is $4,500 - but what else are you going to spend that money on? Food?

Papelbon's Glove

The auction, coming to us from THE BOSTON HERALD, is being run by some company named PMI, who run a number of memorabilia sales for other MLB players. On the auction, PMI makes it a special point to make sure everyone knows Papelbon only used two gloves during his rookie year, and this is one of them! Why are you still hear reading this and not bidding!?!?! The auction ends tomorrow!

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Cowboys Super Bowl Ring Now For Sale On eBay

A Super Bowl ring is the pinnacle of achievement for an NFL player. It signifies a whole season of sacrifice, toil, pain and work, resulting in being at the top of the pro football world. The average sports fan can’t even imagine how much that must be worth to a player.

Larry Brown's Super Bowl ring on eBay

Except that Deadspin has word that you can tell exactly how much it was worth to former Cowboys defensive back and Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown. He’s put his Super Bowl XXVII ring up for sale on eBay. The game was 52-17 drubbing of the Buffalo Bills (weren’t they all back then?), a.k.a. the Leon Lett Game. The highest bidder so far? Someone named “BillsQB12“.

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