Sports Guy Book Signing
I went to the Bill Simmons book signing at Borders in SF tonight, an event most notable for the sports apparel on display. It was probably 95% male, with all but maybe two of the girls in attendance there solely to earn girlfriend points. The variety of clothing was impressive. I saw:
- A Minneapolis Lakers throwback Gary Payton jersey
- An old San Diego Clippers jacket
- Paper 1992 Dream Team jacket
- Two 1980’s-style Chris Mullins
- University of Washington Brandon Roy jersey
- Pau Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
- Latrell Sprewell, New York Knicks
- A nicely-stitched Manute Bol Golden State t-shirt
One guy even ducked behind some shelves to change into an old NC State 1983 National Champs t-shirt just before Simmons signed his book. He could have worn it in line, but I guess he was trying to utilize the element of surprise. There were four Warriors jerseys; none bore the name of a current Golden State player. I had forgotten the signing was tonight, but fortuitously, I was wearing an Agent Zero Arenas t-shirt anyway.
I had planned to have Simmons sign Chuck Klosterman’s book instead, but the Borders staff shut that down. I wanted to have him write “Run TMC 4-ever”, but my friend was ahead of me in line, and distracted The Sports Guy by requesting a dedication of, “Chris Mullin was a C+ GM.” They got into a debate about whether Mullin was atrocious, or just mediocre, and Simmons signed my book without looking as an assistant snapped photos.
As we exited, Simmons was crediting Mullin for the Anthony Randolph pick, while Joey was yelling back, “The Corey Maggette contract wasn’t his fault!” Two guys walked past and one said, “If I ever get rich and famous, I’m gonna meet Bill Simmons again and tell him this was the greatest moment of my life.” I disagree with his logic, but watching my friend start a spirited debate with a pseudo-celebrity about the meaningless roster moves of a go-nowhere team was definitely the greatest moment of my evening.