Leading up to the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and the 49ers, San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Marshall Kilduff sent me a 49ers T-shirt. He and I had both argued over which team was better and which city was superior.
After the red tee showed up, I asked readers in a blog post what I should send back to Kilduff.
The most popular answer was a Seahawks T-shirt. So here is what I sent to Kilduff: an exclusive pre-shrunk, 100 percent cotton, heavy-duty tee with a reprint of The Seattle Times’ front page after the Seahawks-49ers NFC Championship Game — and a bag of Skittles. (The Seattle Times is selling these T-shirts. Here is how to order yours.)
I was also intrigued by these two reader ideas:
— “You can also go the ‘Good Will Hunting’ route: send a box of Washington apples. Send a polite follow up note asking how they liked said apples.” – Tiffany Mitchell, Shoreline
— “Box of Kleenex.” – Rose Feliciano, Seattle
Kilduff said he ate the Skittles.
The 49ers shirt he sent me is still hanging on the back of a chair in my office. I asked readers for ideas on what to do with it.
The most popular reader idea was to use the red shirt as a cleaning rag. Some readers were more charitable, suggesting I donate it to a homeless shelter, a charity in San Francisco or any patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital who is a 49ers fan.
Is there a 49ers fan/patient at Seattle Children’s out there? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and the T-shirt is yours. (You have to genuinely be a fan of the San Francisco team. I’m not sending it to someone to use as a cleaning rag. Please include in your e-mail evidence or anecdotes detailing what makes you a fan, your full name, address and phone number.)