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6/28/2010

Decide the Fate of "THE" Limas Sweed Jersey



Let me take you back to October 19, 2008...I'm doing a Steelers-Bengals recap, and in the random notes section, I decide to throw this line in:

Limas Sweed sighting! One catch, 11 yards. Hey, you've gotta start somewhere. By the way, I was at Wal-Mart on Saturday and I saw a guy wearing a Limas Sweed jersey. I'd love to see the line of thinking behind that purchase.


You've gotta turn back the clock a bit to remember that Sweed had one of the most underwhelming rookie campaigns in Steeler history, which prompted my questioning the motivation behind such a purchase at that point in time. But as fate would have it, the owner of the jersey happened to be an MH reader, and actually admitted to the ownership a short time after the article hit

Most of you know what's happened since then. The Limas Sweed jersey has become a bit of an inside joke among readers over the years, and the jersey's namesake has suffered through a career that has been frustrating, to say the least. 

Through two seasons, Sweed's career stat line reads as follows: 7 catches, 69 yards, and 2 fumbles. He was lapped last year by rookie Mike Wallace, he was shut down at the end of the season with "personal issues", and shortly after changing his jersey number to the cursed #80 once worn by Plaxico Burress and Cedrick Wilson, he tore his Achilles' tendon and was placed on IR for 2010.

Recently, I was contacted once again by the owner of "The" Sweed jersey, and he requested that I reach out to MH readers for some help on what to do next with his now-outdated #14 jersey:
It has been quite some time since my last email to you regarding my Limas Sweed jersey, but I have an idea that you might like. I am the infamous man you saw at Belle Vernon Wal-Mart some time ago wearing my Sweed jersey and I like to think that it was fate that made our paths cross that day, I mean who would have thought that you would blog about someone wearing that cursed jersey and it happen to be a dedicated fan/visitor of your site? Since that day, Limas has had a rough go of it and I think it's fairly safe to say his career as a Steeler might be over and since I've heard that he changed his number anyways I was hoping you and the rest of the Mondesishouse.com readers could help me come up with an idea on what to do with the jersey. Remember, this jersey has special meaning....so maybe, just maybe if we come up with some creative way to give it a meaningful farewell, it might just be enough to lift whatever curse it is that poor Limas is suffering from. I will be more than happy to provide video of the jersey's fate.

Chris K.
Stockdale, PA
OK gang, the ball is in your court. Chris is asking for you to decide the fate of this famous jersey, and I'm sure you're up to the task. Let the creativity flow.

19 comments:

Yinz Daddy said...

Burn to ashes and spread over Milledgeville, GA.

Mark S said...

1. Scratch out the "S"
2. Scratch out the "4" and replace it with a "0"

The "Weed-10" jersey would be perfect for Santonio's Week 15 homecoming.

Jeff said...

I think he should proudly wear the Sweed jersey. He may be back in 2011.

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RuthenianCowboy said...

There's a rather creepy phenomenon out there, where people are getting their relatives cremains turned into "diamonds" and set in jewelry.

Chris should burn the jersey, and turn the ash into a gemstone, and have it set into a frame around some other piece of Pittsburgh memorabilia.

If he doesn't want to go the gemstone route, he should ask Pittsburgh's other 14's -- Chris Kunitz and Gary Varsho -- to scatter the jerseys ashes at sporting sites around the city.

Justin said...

Viking Funeral! Put it on a raft, and light it on fire, releasing it at Point Park across from the stadium

AJ said...

That thing should be donated to the Mondesi's House Hall of Fame. It can be a collection of blog-worthy junk on display at Don's gallery.

I can see it on display right next to Jack Lambert's cigarette butt and the melted ice cream sandwich from the all you can eat section. The Ricardo Colclough jersey from that guy at Hardees would need to be laundered first.

It would be the ultimate museum of fail. The Pirates will be next year's induction.

RuthenianCowboy said...

It would be the ultimate museum of fail.

Only if there was an autographed photo of Kris Beech, Michel Sivek, and Ross Lupashuk nearby.

The Abiding Dude said...

Kris Beech wasn't a total FAIL...he did bag Sonni Abatta while here?

cchex7 said...

love the "weed 10" call

BurressWithButterflyWings said...

Was Michael Sivek also Meathead from All in the Family?

Steve said...

It was Michael Stivic, but close enough.

78Deville said...

What seems to make the most sense to me is to flush the jersey. While doing so will only clog the commode, it would be a fitting end for such a purchase.

BurressWithButterflyWings said...

Since we are one the subject of memoribilia, I think the Pirates should have a night to commemorate the 25th Anniversay of the Pittsburgh Drug Trials.

All fans over age 12 can get a free vial of coke at the gate and the Pirate Parrott will be frequenting to bathrooms offering refills for those who know how to do a 100 dollar handshake.

Bill said...

Viking funeral for the win

Corey said...

well, if he's gonna video tape it...i think the viking funeral would make for some good youtube material

RuthenianCowboy said...

See, my problem with the viking funeral is we'd be referencing the Minnesota Vikings.

It being a Steelers jersey, can we lower it into a vat of molten steel, like the end of Terminator 2?

JeremyT said...

Burress:

Greatest. Post. Ever.

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

Replace SWEED with O'DONNELL.