Besides genetics, steroids, and Tim Donaghy, nothing can ensure an athlete's success like an obsessively unwashed piece of clothing. Let that good fortune literally rub off on you, with memorabilia from Fortunate Sports Gear
Based in Arlington, just-launched FSG's a nonprofit that auctions off dirty-to-filthy clothing and accessories once considered lucky by famous athletes, started by a memorabilia dealer who believed wearing his funky 1970 Jim Kelly "Punt Pass and Kick" jersey triggered his idea to punt, pass, and kick to the curb various real estate holdings that the economy soon pummeled 52-17. Anonymous e-auctions run for two weeks, during which time you can bid on charms ranging from a mean-smelling Joe Greene NTSU practice jersey, to Lenny "Nails" Dykstra's fave jock strap from his 1990 All-Star season, to an astonishing pair of jean shorts Pete Incaviglia regularly wore under his uniform during batting practice, ensuring no woman would ever shag his fly balls. Further glory comes courtesy of Michael Johnson's golden track-shoe sock liners, a soft blue undershirt from Nate Newton complete with a Deliman breakfast sandwich grease stain, and a disturbingly crusty 'Bama anklet from another green-dealing former Cowboy, Sherman Williams, who despite incarceration was still lucky -- not to have to bunk under Nate Newton
Because sweat-drenched clothes are less awesome if they're not earning you millions, FSG's proceeds benefit the North Texas Pediatric Hyperhidrosis Foundation, which funds research to treat primary cases of extreme perspiration in children under 18, whose profuse wetness brings misfortune to anyone they rub.