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of "The" Sweed jersey, and he requested that I reach out to MH readers for some help on what to do next with his now-outdated #14 jersey: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.