The next box that we pulled out contained more football equipment-- pom poms, pieces of uniform and equipment, and a megaphone, which much to my chagrin, Brian took an instant liking to. Like he NEEDS to be any louder!
More coaching materials including books & playbooks. I'm sure these coaches and schools would be totally dismayed to learn that these playbooks were floating around! On the bright side, at least they are a few years old so the players/plays are probably not completely up to date anymore. Our friends will still be able to have a nice educational resource, however.
We finally had the area around the trunk cleared out, so it was time to finally get that bad boy opened. The auctioneer and facility management had warned us that the tenant had called and indicated that there was a large amount of personal pictures and paperwork that they wanted back, and that it was so much that instead of bringing it down to the office (our usual procedure), we should just leave it inside the unit when we're done. They also warned us that a great deal of it might be enclosed inside a trunk-- so we weren't expecting much of monetary value from this -- but we were eager to get it open anyway, out of curiosity's sake.
As expected, it was entirely full of personal documents. What wasn't expected was the AMOUNT of personal items. Jerseys, t-shirts, yearbooks (at least 12, pictured here), photo albums, and more--- why couldn't something so organized and sentimental be kept elsewhere?
Another picture of the contents of the trunk:
More contents we'd have to go through the following day:
Before we left, we also found quite a few autographed posters. One of the 2006 Indianapolis Colts, one or two from the college teams this tenant coached for, and one really cool old poster of every single player of a team that New Orleans used to have in the early 1990s but doesn't anymore, the New Orleans Night. Our current Arena Football team is the New Orleans Voodoo and our NFL team is of course the Saints, but before the Voodoo we apparently had this team the Night. A poster of every player of a team that doesn't exist any longer is pretty cool, in our opinion. If I can track down pictures of these items I'll post them here.
The next day, I was all alone for the first little bit of the dig... here's a video I took of how the unit looked:
A bunch of footballs, some deflated:
This particular ball is very cool--we knew it was a game ball but didn't know why/how until we researched it further for the entire story...
Apparently, this was a football game that occurred on September 23rd, 1989 (duh) between Cincinnati and Miami. Cincinnati obviously won. Okay, now here comes what you can't tell just by looking at it. For starters, Miami does not refer to the U (University of Miami), but Miami University located in Oxford, Ohio. These two schools have a big rivalry, a rivalry so huge that they have their own bowl game each year that has occurred each year since 1888. In this game, the Cincinnati Bearcats play the Miami Redhawks in what is now called the Victory Bell. (Follow the link for a history and scores). In this particular year of the bowl game, Cincinnati won-- but what's even more peculiar about that particular season, is that it is their ONLY WIN of the entire 1989 season. Pretty cool, right? We're currently talking to some experts and should have this ball up for sale on Craigslist / eBay / Bonanza soon. Let us know if you know a diehard Cincinnati football fan that would be interested!
Brian's megaphone (groan)
Some gym bags, always useful... plus, another bin!
A sample of the thousands of football plays we came across:
More football plays:
A drawing of an elf, drawn by the tenant's child:
More football books:
More football books and coaching books (also some inspirational books, always useful):
More folders full of football plays:
A really cool official NFL Saints Football tin... THIS will DEFINITELY go to good use!
A typical story of tenant paperwork-- lots of cash now loans, past-due bills, evidence of prior defaults at other storage units, and lots of bad check notifications. Among the notifications were TWO--- one for a bad check for $35.00, written to Domino's Pizza, and another a year later, for $175.00 for... you guessed it... Domino's Pizza. I can ONLY assume that these were to feed the team! (I hope).... the tenant sure had terrible luck when it came to writing checks for pizza!
There were also some confidential documents that should have NEVER left the school system. We find this a lot and always try to return them to the school system, but it's a shame that this happens in the first place. If someone defaults on their own storage unit, that's one thing-- but I can't believe people default knowing that other people's confidential information can get out to strangers! Normally we do return all documents to the facility for the tenant, but because these were in the Saints tin we missed them--- because it's not the property of the tenant; however, we will return it straight to its owner, the school system. Pictured below, is a confidential student evaluation, and also some other poor student's ACT score report-- I hope they got a copy of them!