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***NOW CLOSED*** Free Stuff Friday (11-6): Early Bird Contest — A 2009-10 Tennessee Titans cheerleaders calendar by Chris Olds



We’re  starting off Free Stuff Friday early this week because of the early morning traffic we’ve seen in anticipation of our contests. We’ll start off with this 2009-10 Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders calendar that can be yours right now

logoHow can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the questions after the jump …

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What You Missed Yesterday: Wednesday, Oct. 7 by Tracy Hackler


Miss one day of Beckett Media’s unparalleled online coverage of the sports collectibles industry and you miss a lot. In fact, here’s what you missed yesterday, Wednesday, Oct. 7.

A Magazine Worth Cheering For
First Look: 2009 TRISTAR Signa Cuts Limited-Edition Baseball

First Look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey
Crabtree Rep: ‘His Rookie Cards Will Skyrocket’

What Does a Player Collect? New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher Tells You
Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Certified Football
ESPN’s Body Issue — Good For Autographs?
Michael Crabtree Signs. Can His Cards Recover?
Topps’ Propaganda-Style Cards To Be Sold As Prints
Topps Adds More Aflac Autographs to Bowman Draft
What You Missed Yesterday: Tuesday, Oct. 6

— Tracy Hackler

A Magazine Worth Cheering For by Tracy Hackler


I first discovered the greatness of cheerleaders in the fourth grade, as a tousle-headed lineman for the Arlington Optimist Cowboys in the late Seventies. They weren’t the reason I signed up to play tackle football for the first time that year, but they became the reason I always wanted to play well.

(I rarely did play well, by the way.)

I continued to appreciate their spirit-lifting, pompom-waving ways at every stop of a checkered football career, from the Hedrick Wranglers to the Marcus Marauders.

Today, I appreciate cheerleaders every chance I get (much to my wife’s chagrin). It struck me again just last Sunday – while enjoying, for the umpteenth time, the undisputed greatness of DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket – just how important cheerleaders are to professional football.

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Is This The Greatest Football Insert Ever? by Tracy Hackler


Some hardcore product purists are deriding it as an affront to the very hobby it’s meant to help rejuvenate. Others are calling it a welcomed addition to even the most exciting pack of football cards.

Either way, the 15-card Topps Cheerleaders insert (seeded one in nine hobby packs of 2009 Topps and one in eight packs of the just-released 2009 Topps Chrome) is an utterly compelling conversation piece.

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