I bought this Howard authentic jersey at the 2009 NBA Finals in Orlando, extending a dubious streak. Each year from 2007-2009, I attended the Finals, and each year I bought a jersey of one of the teams playing and each year that team lost the series.
The streak started in 2007, though technically by the time I got to Cleveland, the series was already over. I had a ticket for Game 5, in a series that ended in 4. Still, I bought a LeBron jersey while I was out there, despite the fact the Cavs had lost the series.
In 2008, I bought a Kobe Bryant jersey before Game 4 of the series between the Lakers and Celtics. And for awhile it looked like that might work out, but the Lakers blew a big lead in Game 4 and ended up losing the series in 6.
I bought this Howard jersey before Game 3, the only game of the series the Magic won. Still, this serves as a much better representative of Orlando in my jersey collection than my Tracy McGrady jersey or my Penny Hardaway Team USA jersey.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 190 of them, that could be awhile (assuming I remember to blog regularly again).