You won't believe what Simmons saw

Updated: August 5, 2009, 5:59 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

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There's a lot of old sports equipment at the convention. I don't totally get this market. "Good news, honey, I bought a catcher's mask from 1898. When I put it on, I look like Hannibal Lecter. You're gonna love it …"

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When they have throwback games in baseball, shouldn't they make the players play with the old equipment? How funny would that be? I say MLB experiments with the remaining 2009 Pirates-Padres games to see if it works.

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Now THAT is a throwback uniform. I think it's fire-retardant.

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I think this is where the Farrelly brothers found Warren's helmet from "There's Something About Mary."

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Tom Landry's game-worn fedora was going for a cool four grand. That's one of those "If I were ridiculously loaded, I wouldn't even think twice about buying it" items for any Dallas fan. Break out Landry's fedora during a Cowboys game and your friends WILL be impressed. Oh, yes.

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Can you think of anything grosser than wearing a game-worn hockey mask from the '70s? "Sorry, my hair stinks like a decomposing Gilles Gilbert right now."


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