May
21
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

OMG! it’s a contest! I have a few Sybase Classic hats that are autographed by LPGA players, including Suzann Pettersen, Meg Mallon, Se Ri Pak, Janice Moodie, Lisa Strom, Julieta Grenada, Ai Miyazato, Vicky Hurst, Morgan Pressel, Kelli Kuehne, Paige Mackenzie, Christina Kim, Jeehae Lee, and others.

I figured I’d have a little contest each week to see who gets a hat. This week, I thought I’d ask you, the readers, to submit your best story about the lengths you went to get an autograph from a celebrity. I like funny ones, but it doesn’t really matter. Email me at steph [dot] wei [at] gmail [dot] com. The deadline is Wednesday, May 27.

I thought it’d only be fair if I shared a few of my own stories.

So, remember the glory days of the Seattle Sonics? Throughout most of the ’90s? When George Karl was the coach? I sure do. The best starting five ever – Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp (before he had like, 25 kids and got fat), Detlef Schrempf, Sam Perkins and Hersey Hawkins..oh, and I can’t forget Nate McMillan, the fifth man!

But I digress. When I was 12 or 13, I was that loser kid who got to every game two hours early to watch the guys warm-up and shove cards or memorabilia in their face to autograph. Or, sometimes I’d get to Key Arena so early that I’d be the kid who waited for them to open the doors. Yeah, true life. (Go ahead, judge me!) However, throughout the years, I did manage to get autographs from each of the ballers I mentioned above.

My second story is less embarrassing. At the ‘98 PGA Championship, I was behind the 18th green when Tiger Woods finished his round. MikeFluff” Cowan, his caddy, was giving away Tiger’s ball. He made several attempts to hand it to the kids who were closer than me, but to no avail. On his third try, the ball bounced right into my hands! SCORE. I still have the ball which has “TIGER” inscribed on it.

OK, your turn! Ready. Set. GO!.