To bid or not to bid? That is the gross question!
When I first saw this I thought, capsule “This has to be a joke!” Alas, ambulance it’s true. Blackhawks star winger, treatment Andrew Shaw is auctioning off the stitches he earned in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The stitches will be professionally framed and will include an autographed photo of Shaw.
The auction will run on eBay.com from August 15-August 25 with all proceeds going to The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research (in case you’d like to take part in this odd bidding war). There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to the charitable endeavor.
Listen, I think it’s great when celebrities and athletes give back but isn’t this taking things a little too far?
We are talking about synthetic thread that was a part of Shaw’s face after all. For me, this raises a few questions. First, how much does something like this go for? Do I bid $100? $1000? More?! Second, if I won, what would I do with framed stitches from Andrew’s face? I suppose I might hang the frame somewhere in my home so guests could see my unique piece of memorabilia – it sure would be a fantastic conversation starter.
Let’s not forget the gross factor here. Shaw’s face was ripped open by a puck flying at Lord-knows-what speed. If you caught that game or any of the numerous times the accident was replayed over the following days, you know how much blood was involved.
Stitches are generally either absorbed into the body after a period of time or disposed of once the doctor removes them. They are not normally auctioned off to the highest bidder.
My final question here: What made Andrew Shaw want to auction off this particular item? If you think of all the things he could auction to raise money for cancer research: a Game 6 puck, his jersey, his stick, his helmet, or any other article of gear he wore that night, it begs the question…why the stitches?
We may never know what exactly led Shaw to this decision, perhaps after a few cold ones with the Cup? Given the intensity of Blackhawk nation these days, I’m sure there will be plenty of bids on this interesting, albeit gross piece of memorabilia. Personally, I hope this raises a lot of money for cancer research without spawning a trend of athletes auctioning off their disgusting items.