|TORONTO STAR LIBRARY|
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Did this last year, doing it again: Time to auction off a complete set of NBA media guides. And this year, I'll throw in the 06-07 NBA Guide and NBA Register, as well as the 06-07 NBA Officials Media Guide, to raise money for Proudfoot Corner, the sportsy side of the annual Star Santa Claus Fund. From now until Friday afternoon, we're open for bidding down in the comments below.
The officials guide is the real prize here. Besides a complete rulebook it has so many nifty nuggets, including: Monty McCutchen raises Spanish goats on his ranch; Ron Olesiak is a tennis instructor in his spare time; Rodney Mott is a "certified avionics instructor" who has won the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Award; Marc Davis competed in the 1995 Raid Gauloise adventure race. Truly renaissance people, and great grist for the mill next time you find yourself sitting in the front row wondering what the hell Bennett Salvatore just called.
Last year the set of guides went for $140. Aiming higher now, so get your bids in (note to out of towners: I can't really afford to ship these, they weigh about a million pounds, so this is definitely a come-to-One-Yonge and pick 'em up prize - the bonus being you will get a personal tour of the newsroom. Okay, forget about the bonus part, but it is a tour),