Ricky Rubio's Face Immortalized on Quilt as Christmas Gift

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2012

Dec 15, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Target Center. The Wolves defeated the Mavericks 114-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Whenever I did Christmas shopping for my grandmother (may she rest in peace), I didn't usually get her something too elaborate or expensive. I either got her a new sweater, maybe a classic movie on DVD, or some new toys for her dog (and pride and joy) Ginger, a Cocker Spaniel.

Now, thanks to a tweet by everyman Dean Pierce, the bar for presents for grandma has been risen so high that not even Shaquille O'Neal himself could dunk over it.

You see, Mr. Pierce is a Minnesota Timberwolves fan and loves point guard Ricky Rubio. His grandmother does too, supposedly, so he went all out in getting her a Christmas present.

Instead of getting dear old grandma tickets to a 'Wolves game so she could actually watch Rubio play or something simple like a Rubio jersey or T-shirt, Pierce opted to get his grandmother a quilt of Rubio's face. Now, depending on what she does with it, Rubio can watch her 24/7.

Don't get me wrong. This is a nice gesture and the craftsmanship is unbelievable. In terms of Christmas gifts, this definitely is a home run.

But isn't the quilt itself a bit too accurate?

Yes, I understand that the point of the quilt was to have a realistic depiction of Rubio's face on it. Still, if you ask me, it's just a teeny bit creepy.

Look at it this way: I'm a New York Knicks fan and if someone got me a quilt with a giant Steve Novak (my favorite Knick...judge all you want) face on it, I'd definitely be excited about it. In fact, the first thing I'd probably do with that quilt is turn on the TV, curl up on my couch and take a nap.

Over time, however, that quilt would just get to be a bit much. At some point, I'd probably start having nightmares about that giant face coming off the quilt and devouring me alive.

Despite my personal feelings, this quilt was still an incredibly thoughtful gesture on Pierce's part. His grandmother clearly likes her gift and will treasure it for years to come.

Also, Regardless of where Rubio's career goes from this day forward, he can now say that somewhere out there, his face is on a quilt. I mean, come on. How many other professional basketball players—let alone everyday people—can say that?

That, dear readers, is the new definition of fame.