11:05 am, June 11th, 2012
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th. WHICH IS THIS SUNDAY, BRO. And because we could hear you slapping your own forehead from all the way over here, we’re willing to bet that you forgot about it. But never fear! We’ve got you (and your present for the old man who made your sports fandom possible) covered.
So, what does one get the grizzled old veteran? The fan who was watching sports before you were even a twinkle in his eye? A flash in his pan? A tadpole in his fish tank? We’ve got 11 ideas to get you started.
1.For The Dad With An Eye For Big Moments
Listing all of the great moments that have happened inside Yankee Stadium wouldn't just be impossible. Even worse, it would be tedious, reducing all the euphoria and all of those triumphs to a bunch of bullet points. This is the genius of Pop Chart Lab's Bronx Baseball Breakdown. It recasts a plethora of dates and data as integral things carved into the blueprints of the House That Ruth Built, and its billion-dollar brother. For the history-minded
2.For The Swinger Dad
A golfer’s swing is never finished, but for years, it looked like Tiger Woods had his all figured out. Its mix of grace and power, along with some uncanny putting, has made him the winningest active golfer on the Tour and one of its most captivating players.
3.For The Dad Who Packs A Punch
Martin Scorcese's Raging Bull is one of the finest American films ever made, a distinction befitting its subject, Jake LaMotta, who was one of the 20th century's finest boxers. LaMotta participated in the making of the film, and he was proud to put his signature on the handful of movie posters that he signed.
4.For The Dad Who Trashes His Team's Star Player
"Listen, kid. I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns
every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes!” [$225.00]
5.For The Luckiest Dad
Athletes are not known for their oratory. Sure, some are good for the occasional malapropism, and others have a real talent for putting their feet in their mouths, but few are remembered for things they've said. Perhaps the greatest exception to this rule was Lou Gehrig, a simple man whose retirement ceremony speech came to exemplify the dignity and stoicism that we continue to exalt today.
6.For The Dad Who Takes Risks
It is an exceedingly rare thing to be the face of a sport over 30 years after your retirement, but that is what Evel Knievel is to the world of daredevils. For over 15 years, Knievel was something to talk about, a risk-taker who became synonymous with death-defying showmanship, and someone that folks like Shaun White owe their careers to.
7.For The Dad Who Hustles
If you were to play the game of trying to pick which professional sports teams best correspond to star musicians or celebrities, Jay-Z would have to be the Yankees, right?
8.For The Dad Who's Ace
It’s rare that a free agent acquisition could come in and supplant Cole Hamels in a rotation, but Roy Halladay is that kind of pitcher. He won 40 games in his first two seasons in Philadelphia, including a perfect game in 2010, and all of the high points of those years have been compiled in this unique mosaic.
9.For The Dad Who Tebows
Tim Tebow has yet to take a snap for Gang Green, but he has already supplanted a two-time Super Bowl champ (Eli Manning) and the player he's ostensibly backing up (Mark Sanchez) as the most talked-about quarterback in New York. Get ready for what ought to be one of the wildest Jets seasons ever.
10.For The Dad Who Wins
There are a handful of records spread across professional sports that may never be broken, and Jack Nicklaus's 18 major championship victories is a charter member of that club. The Golden Bear doesn't sign a lot of things, and so this little number will vault any memorabilia collection into rarefied air.
11.For The Greatest Dad
Yes, this is one of Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves. And yes, he signed it. This is an extremely limited edition item that comes with a certificate of authenticity from PSADNA.