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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

This & That

  • Wheaties yesterday unveiled a new box featuring former MLBer and Tigers bench coach Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the ’88 World Series. A special edition will be released in conjunction with July’s MLB All-Star Game in Detroit, and Gibson will appear in a new Wheaties TV commercial beginning next month.
  • BackCare Founder Neal Taslitz’ eBay auction for Michael Jordan’s custom-made chair closed Sunday night without receiving the minimum bid of $200,000. The chair, which Jordan sat in while watching game tapes at the Bulls training center during the ‘90s, had been on eBay for 10 days. Taslitz, who plans to re-list the chair with a lower starting bid, thinks there is value in it because the command chair from the Enterprise on the “Star Trek” TV show sold for $265,000 several years ago. Taslitz: “Arguably, Michael Jordan is as well known and admired as Capt. Kirk was.”
  • The Dodgers announced that they have surpassed the 3-million mark in ticket sales for the ’05 season, the quickest the team has surpassed that mark since ’92.
  • Sportsbook.com has posted odds on the NBA final and has listed the San Antonio Spurs a -240 favorite to beat the defending champions from Detroit. Sportsbook.com has also listed the Spurs' Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli as 9-5 co-favorites to take home the NBA Finals MVP award.