Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge Continues

Well, my Packers are Superbowl Champs!  How about that? What an exciting ride! I hadn’t updated this blog since the divisional championships, so I’ve been feeling guilty about neglecting it. Guess I should not worry about it… my Free Shipping Challenge hasn’t seen much success. I really thought it would be a fun, and easy, way to offer free shipping, but few people seem interested in the interaction. What do you think? Am I asking too much? Would you take that extra step to save a few dollars?

For any new readers, here’s the scoop…

Shop my Flea’s Field store at OnlineAuction.com. If you choose trading cards valued at $2 or more, simply send me an omail with a correct  trivia challenge answer, and I will ship your order to you for free. You only pay the fixed price of the cards. The questions have been more fun than challenging, but some sports fans may have to rely on a search engine to find the answer!

It’s time to toss out another Challenge Question and who better to focus upon than my Green Bay Packers? So here we go!

The Green Bay Packers have won 4 Superbowls.
Who were the starting quarterbacks for those games?

Football Fun for Free Shipping!

Well, I’ve let the last trivia question run for too long. Sorry… like everyone else, I’ll just blame it on the season! Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year’s is always jam-packed with holiday activities and preparations, wouldn’t you agree? And I am quietly watching my Green Bay Packers have a pretty nice season, although they’ve got some work to do if they’re going to capture the NFC-North. Darn Bears!

So how about we toss out a Football Trivia Challenge?

Answer the challenge question correctly, through email or omail, and you will receive free shipping on any order totaling $2 or more in trading card(s) from Flea’s Field.

Who was the first quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season?

Good luck!

Now that the gifts are wrapped, the tree is trimmed. the lights are twinkling, and the mistletoe is hung, I plan on getting back to work listing more trading cards and memorabilia at the store. Already there are over 1300 auctions to choose from! Here’s hoping you’ll stop by and spend a few minutes browsing for your favorite players! Happy holidays to all!

Published in: on December 12, 2010 at 9:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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FleasField Free Shipping Challenge as of 10/29/10

I missed changing the Free Shipping Challenge question for last week due to a nasty cold… sorry! It’s that time of year, I guess, and everyone seems to be battling coughs and sniffles. Let’s hope, if you’re suffering, too, that you are able to lie on the couch and watch the MLB postseason!

I was totally blown out of the water on my postseason picks! How about you? Admittedly, my heart was governing my choices, but who would have thought the Texas Rangers would look so lively in the playoffs? And then move on to look so lack-luster in the World Series! I am definitely chuckling, (good-naturedly, of course). It’s not over yet, however! Can they make a home-field come-back? I think not, but I can hardly wait to find out.

So let’s toss out another baseball question,
in honor of the San Francisco Giants!

The Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge Question,
as of 10/29/10:

In baseball, what is IRS?

A correct trivia answer will qualify you for Free Shipping on any trading card order of $2 or more, at Flea’s Field!
Detailed instructions can be found in my original post.

Stop by OnlineAuction.com today, and browse a great selection of sports cards!

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge 10/14/10 to 10/20/10

It’s time to post a new question for the Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge!

This week, we’ll stick with baseball, even though my 2010 Postseason picks have been thoroughly thrashed. (At least the Phillies played as I expected!) I’m still enjoying watching baseball into October, however, and hope that you are, too. Who are you rooting for? Yes, yes, I am wearing that Yankee hat now.

To qualify for Free Shipping on trading cards at Flea’s Field, my OnlineAuction.com store, simply omail me the correct trivia challenge answer for that week! Detailed instructions, if you need ’em,  can be found here.

So, without further adieu, here’s the challenge question for 10/14/10 to 10/20/10!

Who holds the MLB record for most stolen bases in a career, with 1406?


Published in: on October 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Picking the Rays to Come Out as ALDS Champs

Well, the Minnesota Twins screwed up my MLB Postseason Fantasy bracket with their loss to the New York Yankees. And they deserved it. Why couldn’t they have played like that against the Chicago White Sox? (We might have had a chance!) But moving forward, it looks like we’re going to see a pretty exciting game tomorrow evening, with the Rays’ David Price taking on the Rangers’ Cliff Lee.  I am sticking to my guns and picking the Rays to come out as ALDS champs.

David Price has a 19 / 6 regular season this year, with an ERA of 2.72. Pretty impressive! And Cliff Lee is certainly no slouch, with a 12 / 9 season and an ERA of 3.18.  No offense intended towards hitters like Carlos Pena and Vladimir Guerrero, but I’d sure love to see a pitcher’s battle tonight.

How are you doing with your picks? The Phillies performed exactly as I had expected, sweeping the Reds. And the Braves are hanging on, with a Game 3 win over the Giants, bring Atlanta to a series of 1 and 2, so I still have some hope left in that series!

Wait! With my original World Series pick, the Twins, already out of the running, does that mean I get a mulligan? It’s time to dust off my old Yankee hat? Fine by me… any other year and they would have been my choice in the first place! Darn it, Jim Thome.

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge 10/7/10 to 10/13/10

It’s time for another trivia question in
the Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge!

Each week I’ll post a new trivia question on this blog…
to qualify for Free Shipping on trading card orders of $2 or more at Flea’s Field,  simply omail me the correct trivia answer!
Detailed instructions can be found in my original blog post.

Browse an assortment of Baseball, Football and Basketball trading cards at my OnlineAuction.com store!

This Week’s Trivia Question:

Who won the
NL Cy Young Award
in 1984?

Who Do The White Sox Fans Root For Now?

I’m sad. The Chicago White Sox 2010 Season is over, and with it go my hopes of seeing my local sluggers vying for another World Series title. Into the off-season we go, fidgeting in our seats a bit as we realize that it’ll soon be time for personnel changes and roster reorganization. (Oh gawd… please, don’t let go of Paulie!) But before we squirm, let’s take a quick look back at a +500 year that our team should be proud of. And look to the immediate future, because there’s still exciting baseball to be played, albeit our rivals! Who do the White Sox fans root for now?

Admittedly, in years past I have cheered on the New York Yankees in the postseason, however this year, I think I will change my tune.  (Sorry , Derek!) Here’s how my fantasy postseason will go…

American League: The Rays beat the Rangers and the Twins beat the Yankees, with the Twins finishing strong against the Rays and heading to the World Series.

National League: The Phillies beat the Reds and the Braves beat the Giants, with the Braves battling it out against the Phillies and ultimately advancing to the World Series.

The Twins win the World Series,  in 7 games, I might add.

Why do I want this? Jim Thome. There’s no other reason. I want to see him get a ring before he retires.  Don’t you love that guy? And I’d like to see Joe Mauer shine in the playoffs. Interesting story about this fabulous catcher… he was very fortunate to be signed by his hometown team, and thus, has had the support of his grandparents at every home game. How sweet is that!

Now Delmon Young, that’s another story. He proved to me what a jerk he is on August 17th, 2010, when he bull-dozed AJ Pierzynski! I guess the idiot has a bit of a temper … look at the video I found from 2009. Still, I can pick the Twins to win it all. Every family deserves a black sheep.

In an impressive 88-74 season, the White Sox had plenty of memorable moments.

How about Andruw Jones blasting his 400th career home run?

Or Juan Pierre leading the league with 68 stolen bases?

I could go on, but you get the idea… this year was really fun! Looking back at an old blog post from before the season started, I was whooping it up because Omar Vizquel had been signed. Not one to disappoint, Omar had a great year, and even Ozzie was quoted as saying he’d like to have this veteran back next year! In that post I was looking forward to watching Jake Peavy, too, so I hope we actually get a chance to see him next year. Gavin Floyd, too, I hope will be healthy and bringing his fantastic arm back to US Cellular Field.

So buck up, White Sox fans! As every Cub Fan is fond of saying, We’ll get ’em next year!

Tell me, who are you picking for the World Series Champs this year? Post your comment below, and if anyone calls it right, I’ll offer up a prize. (If there’s more than one comment that is correct, we’ll have a drawing.) Comments for the prize will only be accepted through October 10th, at midnight CST. I really want to know everyone’s choice, but especially the south-siders… who do the White Sox fans root for now???

The Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge for 9/30/2010 to 10/6/2010

Each week I’ll post a different sports-related trivia question.
To qualify for free shipping at Flea’s Field,
your trading card order must total $2 or more,
and you must omail me the correct
trivia challenge answer for that week.

Omail is the in-house messaging system in place at Online Auction.
Registration for a buying account at OLA is FREE!

Once you’re signed up,
look towards the top right corner of the home page,
and locate the words Account Manager.
When you hover your mouse over those words,
a drop-down menu will appear,
where you can click on the word Omail.

Once your order is placed, please answer the trivia question
and wait for an invoice from me!

Please note that your invoice will arrive in
your OMAIL, (not your email).

For your convenience, I offer numerous payment options,
like Google Checkout, Paypal, and RME,
as well as personal checks and money orders.
Payment is expected within 7 days of order placement.
Orders will ship on the next business day.

This Weeks Trivia Challenge Question:

On March 30, 2009, who was the first basketball player in Miami Heat history to have his number retired?

Good luck! Thanks for participating in
The Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge!

Published in: on September 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s Ok to be a Packer Fan in Chicago

After spending my whole life in the northern suburbs of Chicago, as a Packer fan, I’ve withstood countless episodes of ribbing, harrassment, insults, and even some shock at my devotion to a Wisconsin football team. “Were you born in Wisconsin?” and “You’re a cheesehead?” are usually how it starts. Then come the jokes and the bets. Just nod and smile. But with the customary rivalry heating up this weekend for Monday night’s Bears vs Packers game, I got to thinking… why am I a Green Bay Packers fan? And you know what? I discovered that it’s not some misplaced loyalty. It’s earned. And it really is ok to be a Packers fan in Chicago!

You see, I was born into it. This photo was taken in 1965, (that’s my Dad). Notice the hat. My Dad, his Dad,   his 2 brothers, and the rest of our family were die-hard Packer fans. They had season tickets, and more than once I was allowed to tag along to a game in Milwaukee. It was great fun, and luckily, I was born into the age of Vince Lombardi! Can you even imagine a better time to cultivate a football fan?

So, before I go spouting off stats to back up my position, I’d like to tell you about a couple of my Bears fan friends. You see, not all Bears fans are spiteful towards Packer Backers… just a few! I think these guys represent the majority of Bears fans, who are basically football fans, at heart. Take my friend Skip, a seasoned Bears ticket holder, who wears his Dick Butkus jersey to nearly every Chicago home game. Skip has 4 seats, about 4 rows back,  on the 25 yard line at Soldier Field. In 2006, expecting Brett Favre to announce his retirement, Skip invited me and another Packers fan to accompany him to the game. That day we were 2 Bears fans and 2 Packers fans, in full team attire, and we merely shared the excitement of the game and the company of good friends. We even got interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, who’s reporter marveled at the camaraderie he saw between fans that day. (Brett did announce his retirement that day… little did we all know what a circus that would become, but that’s another blog entirely!) My point? In Skip’s words, “How can you not respect the career that Brett Favre has had? Of course I like him, just not when he’s playing my team!”

Then there’s John, another die-hard Bears season ticket holder. I accompanied John to my first Bears game, although it was not against the Packers. John is a tail-gater, and let me tell you, I was treated like royalty, had a feast that would contend with any brat-fest at Lambeau, and had a thoroughly enjoyable day. John’s downfall was that he liked to bet me, on every Bears / Packers game… this during the reign of Brett Favre! It started in the 1996-97 season, when the Packers went on to win the Superbowl. I lost only 2 times in 8 years and the really funny part is when he decided to stop losing to me, the Bears won again! In the meantime, John good-heartedly lost money, drinks, dinner, and evenings where he had to wear Packers jerseys and sing my favorite Packers song, That’s Why I Love My Green Bay Packers!

Now, for the numbers. While both teams have a long and rich history, filled with legendary coaches, quarterbacks and players, the Packers still come out on top…  a needless justification for my unbreakable Packer Pride!

Yes, the Packers won the First Superbowl, played in 1967. Did you know that the Superbowl got it’s name from Kansas City Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt? I read an interesting article on About.com, describing how Hunt was watching his daughter play with her Super Ball, and he jokingly suggested that the proposed interleague championship be named the Superbowl. The first 3 games were titled “World Championship Game”, but soon thereafter, the game was retroactively and officially labeled “Superbowl”.

Including that fateful first game in 1967, here are some Bears vs Packers stats:
*** Edited to say that these are stats from the last 44 years of regular seasons only.**

Total Packers / Bears Games – 88
Packers Won – 48
Bears Won – 38
2 games in 1983 season lost to strike

Superbowls Won:
Packers – 3 – in 1967, 1968 and 1997
Bears – 1 – in 1985

Trips to Playoffs:
Packers – 15
Bears – 13

The Packers Coaches      vs The Bears Coaches:

63-67 Vince Lombardi                             63-67 George Halas
68-70 Phil Pengston                                  68-71 Jim Dooley
71-74 Dan Devine                                       72-74 Abe Gibron
75-83 Bart Starr                                          75-77 Jack Pardee
84-87 Forrest Gregg                                  78-81 Neill Armstrong
88-91 Lindy Infante                                   82-92 Mike Ditka
92-98 Mike Holmgren                               93-98 Dave Wannstedt
99 Ray Rhodes                                              99-03 Dick Jauron
00-05 Mike Sherman                                 04-Now Lovie Smith
06-Now Mike McCarthy

There’s some legends up there, aren’t there? On both sides.

I would talk about Quarterbacks, but cannot even find a list of all the qb’s that the Bears have enlisted… it’s too long! So I’ll just say these four names: Bart Starr, Lynn Dickey, Don Majkowski, and Brett Favre. It’s an impressive list, and I am already encouraged by what we’ve seen from Aaron Rodgers.

In fairness, let me mention some more Chicago greats, like Walter Payton and Gale Sayers, both Hall-of-Famers. And who can forget the famous Chicago Bears Superbowl Shuffle?

This football gal has a lot of respect for the Chicago Bears, but come Monday, I’ll be puttin’ on the cheese hat and deckin’ out in green and gold. It’s ok to be a Packer Fan in Chicago!

Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 1:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Flea’s Field Free Shipping Challenge – Week 3

So here we are, already at Week 3 of
The Flea’s Field Shipping Challenge!

Each week I’ll post a different sports-related trivia question.
To qualify for free shipping at Flea’s Field,
your trading card order must total $2 or more,
and you must omail me the correct
trivia challenge answer for that week.

Omail is the in-house messaging system in place at Online Auction.
Registration for a buying account at OLA is FREE!

Once you’re signed up,
look towards the top right corner of the home page,
and locate the words Account Manager.
When you hover your mouse over those words,
a drop-down menu will appear,
where you can click on the word Omail.

Once your order is placed, please answer the trivia question
and wait for an invoice from me!
Please note that your invoice will arrive in
your OMAIL, (not your email).

For your convenience, I offer numerous payment options,
like Google Checkout, Paypal, and RME,
as well as personal checks and money orders.
Payment is expected within 7 days of order placement.
Orders will ship on the next business day.

This week, we’re back to baseball!
And I’ll even toss you an easy one…

This Weeks Trivia Challenge Question:

In 2009, who threw out the first
regular season pitch at the new Yankee Stadium?

Good luck!

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