Sneed: Blackhawk Andrew Shaw’s stitches in restaurateur Grant DePorter’s hands
By MICHAEL SNEED September 26, 2013 9:06PM
2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:41AM
Hey! Hey! The icky puck stitches have arrived!
† Translation: Grant DePorter, a sports showman with a flair for the ridiculous who manages the Harry Caray’s restaurants, is now in possession of the stitches once embedded in the face of Chicago Blackhawk Andrew Shaw — who took a puck to the face in a Stanley Cup clincher.
† DNA play: DePorter, who won the stitches for $6,500 in an eBay auction designated by Shaw for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, tells Sneed jokingly that he sent them to a chemist to see if they could extract Shaw’s DNA.
† Clone caper: “They are smaller than an eyelash, and I wanted to see if they could extract enough DNA to clone Shaw, who was the embodiment of the fire in the belly the Blackhawks had when they won the Stanley Cup,” DePorter said.
“Shaw may not have scored the winning goal, but there was fire in his belly, which symbolized the team that would never quit,” he said.
“The company sent me some images multiplied up to 400 times and they were caked with DNA! I was told when I won them they had been sterilized and cleaned,” DePorter said.
“It looks like I bought more than just the stitches,” he said. “The pictures show a lot of skin attached to the thread.”
† Backshots: DePorter, who once spent eight months trying to track down the missing 2010 Stanley Cup winning puck — even offering a $50,000 reward — ultimately “got the FBI to help me identify who took the puck, but it wasn’t for sale,” he said.
† Ball haul: He was also the winning bidder on the infamous “Bartman Ball” that cost the Chicago Cubs entry into the World Series.
† Hang ’em: DePorter now plans to hang the blown-up images of the stitches in all the restaurants, which now house a world-class collection of sports memorabilia.
For now, the stitches —“about a dozen in a bunch of pieces” — reside in an envelope in DePorter’s desk at Harry Caray’s downtown.
In a tongue-in-cheek aside, DePorter is thinking of showcasing the photos of the enlarged stitches by asking patrons “to guess who the person is, just like celeb magazines do with pix of a mouth or a nose,” he added. “We may even attach a magnifying glass to dig deeper into a cellular level.”
Only in Chicago, folks. Only in Chicago.
The Farrakhan file . . .
Grits & grist: Minister Louis Farrakhan, who has drawn brickbats for anti-Semitic remarks and anti-Obama comments, dined at a party Tuesday night tossed by Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, who claims to have brought an olive branch to the United Nations . . . yet had no time to shake hands with President Barack Obama during his U.N. visit.
† The flip side: Obama also threw a party, a few blocks away from Rouhani’s New York hotel, but there was no invite for Farrakhan.
Nauvoo, and now . . .
How times change: Shortly after the presentation of a play this week outlining the false arrest of Mormon leader Joseph Smith — whose subsequent murder caused his flock to leave Downstate Nauvoo — sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court’s preservation commission and the Abraham Lincoln Library, Gov. Pat Quinn invited Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, former Utah Gov. Olene Walker and Elder Dallin H. Oaks to stay overnight at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.
Pippen sippin’. . .
Legendary hoopster Scottie Pippen may have only quaffed half a bottle of red wine during his 48th birthday celebration at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, but he was spotted quietly sneaking pieces of steak from the plates of his guests — in addition to his own bone-in filet — “because he didn’t want his wife, Larsa, to know how much he liked meat,” a spotter observed. In addition to Larsa and Chicago Bullster Nazr Mohammed, 13 others toasted the Pipster, who told his entourage he plans to spend a lot of time as ambassador for the Bulls this season.
I spy: “Transformers 4” director Michael Bay, who is shooting his flick in Chicago, was spotted at the Grid eatery on Wednesday night. . . Friday’s birthdays: Gwyneth Paltrow, 41; Lil Wayne, 31; Avril Lavigne, 29; Steve Kerr, 48; Meat Loaf, 66, and Shaun Cassidy, 55.