I Learned My Lesson

I have a few close friends who cheer for sports teams I really hate. The University of North Carolina is one of those teams so I couldn’t pass up the possibility of humiliating my Tarheel friends by offering this simple wager:

If UNC wins, I will run the point differential in miles while wearing a UNC shirt over the next week. You must do the same in a Virginia shirt if UVa wins.

Virginia lost by 11 so I bought a $1.99 UNC shirt from the Salvation Army Thrift Store and ran 3 miles Monday evening and 3 miles on Tuesday morning. I then left town and did nothing but eat 4000 calories a day until Saturday morning when I finally got a chance to run the remaining 5 miles.

Overall I spent

  • $1.99 on the shirt
  • 11 miles and 94 minutes in the shirt
  • about $.50 on lighter fluid

but I gained a valuable lesson–When you’re seeking to humiliate others, that’s probably going to come back to bite you.

I’ve been married for eight years and this is by far the most feminine thing I’ve ever seen hanging in my bathroom:

Oh, and one other thing: I made the bet with two different people…apparently 2:1 odds were appropriate.


About Jeff Postlewaite

high school principal since '07, father since '04, teacher since '03, husband since '03, sound tech since '96, UVA fan since '92, gadget junkie since '89, Christian since '88, Giants fan since '84, golfer since '83, brother since '83, human since '81

Posted on September 24, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I can watch that shirt burning ALL DAY LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Glad to hear someone else is on my side, Craig.

  3. Please tell me you lost to my brother. That would make this story so much to better for me. 🙂

  4. Yes I did, Hannah, yes I did.
    I also made the same bet with a friend in my church because it would have been great to see both of them running if UVa would have won…but that really is not looking likely any time soon.

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