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And now for something completely different.

Note: The writing in yellow was added by me for promotional purposes and is not on the real print.
Note: The writing in yellow was added by me for promotional purposes and is not on the real print.
Ballpark Blueprints

Good afternoon, Athletics Nation! It's the middle of December, and that means two things:

1. It's cold.
2. There's no baseball.

Both of those things are awful, but perhaps with a bit of imagination we can overcome them and make it through until spring. With that in mind, I would like to try something to heat things up: An offseason FanPost contest, with a prize for the winner!

Here's how this will work. Over the next two weeks (thru noon on Dec. 29), head on over to the FanPost section -- there's a link at the top of this page near the main logo, or you can scroll down the right-hand margin of the home page and find the FanPosts there. Once there, write your heart out on the following prompt: "What is your favorite memory involving the Oakland Coliseum?"

That's intended to be as open-ended as possible. Perhaps you remember a particularly thrilling game you attended; or a crazy thing that happened one afternoon during your tailgate in the parking lot; or the birthday party you had at a game for your parent/sibling/child/S.O./etc.; or a long night champing through a 19-inning game among a group of strangers who felt like your best friends for a few hours. Heck, maybe you're a NRAF (Non-Resident A's Fan) and you've never actually been to the Coliseum before, but you remember staying up late to watch a big game on TV and rocking out to the drums in the bleachers. As long as your story involves the A's or the Coliseum, even if only indirectly, we'd love to hear it. The point is for anyone to be able to participate in this if they want to.

You have two weeks to submit your story as part of the contest, through noon (Pacific Time) on Tues., Dec. 29. At that point, I will create a new post on the front page, take the five entries with the most Recs and put them in a poll for one final vote (which will end the next afternoon, Dec. 30).

And to the winner goes the prize!

Yes, that's right, there is an actual, tangible prize for this contest. There is a company called Ballpark Blueprints who makes beautiful artwork based on stadiums and other sports venues, and this year they released their Oakland Coliseum blueprint. It's not a literal blueprint of the facility, just a blueprint-style drawing, but I think it looks pretty cool and there's a good chance you might like it too. Here's what it looks like (size 18-by-24 inches):

Ballpark Blueprints Coliseum

So, the winner of the contest will receive, free of charge, an 18-by-24 unframed print of the totally sweet Coliseum artwork you see above. And if you like what you see there, don't hesitate to check out their website -- they have all kinds of options available, from unframed prints, to framed prints, to high-quality framed canvas, to calendars, and even coffee mugs if you don't have space on your wall. Never mind that you'd be drinking a brown liquid out of a mug bearing a building known for its sewage problems; let's stay focused here.

If you're still looking for holiday gift ideas, it's not too late to order -- there are still some shipping options available through Dec. 23.

So, there you have it. You should write a FanPost for this contest because you will enjoy reminiscing about old baseball memories during the bitter winter. And hey, you might even win a prize at the end, but let's keep ourselves in good spirits and accept that only one person can win and be cool about it if someone else gets picked by the community. And of course, contest or no, the FanPost section is always there and you're always free to share whatever stories and memories and opinions that you want. Creating things is fun, and I encourage you to give it a try.

I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with!


Click here for the full Official Rules. The highlights: Must be a U.S. resident, must be 18 years or older. BUT if you don't meet those requirements, you should still totally write a post, you just can't win.