Sports memories can be fleeting and easily dissolvable, sort of like cotton candy. The events of 2013 likely won't be remembered in 100 years, but what if we created a sports time capsule, and put in items representing the year in sports? We could bury it at the 50-yard line of the Coliseum, which will probably be the only existing sports venue still standing in 2113, and have it opened by Vin Scully, whose consciousness will be placed in an android doppelganger in 2022, and who will be starting his 165th year as Dodgers announcer in 2113.
Here's what will be in the time capsule when it's opened 100 years from now.
•A vial of water from the swimming pool beyond the right-field stands at Chase Field in Phoenix. This was the pool the Dodgers jumped into after clinching the NL West title with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who had asked the Dodgers not to celebrate on their field.
•The walking boot Kobe Bryant used during his recovery from Achilles' tendon surgery. In 100 years, we will know if it was a bump in the road of the Lakers legend's career, or the beginning of the end.
•An empty picture frame, representing Lennay Kekua, the imaginary dead girlfriend of Notre Dame star Manti Te'o, who said he was tricked by friends in a catfish scheme he didn't disclose until after the national championship game.
•A Tupperware bowl containing the shattered remnants of Lance Armstrong's reputation. The disgraced cyclist hoped to rebuild it. Perhaps in 2113 someone finally can.
•A panoramic picture of fans in Staples Center during a sold-out Kings game. One hundred years from now, scientists will use facial-recognition software to identify all 18,118 Kings fans who existed in 2013. After the second Ice Age hits in 2084, hockey becomes the dominant sport in North America and is played outdoors. The descendants of these original Kings fans will be tracked down and honored.
•Tony Dorsett's CAT scan, so people in 2113 can see how concussions damaged the brain of the Hall of Fame running back.
•A leisure suit once owned by Lakers owner Jerry Buss. His death in early 2013 signified the end of an era for the Lakers, who in 2113 will still be sending out "Steve Nash is about a month away from returning" news releases.
•An unused LAX-to-USC shuttle ticket, once belonging to Lane Kiffin, who was fired at the airport after losing a game to Arizona. Strangely enough, in 2113, USC will have just won its third straight national title behind Coach Ted Tollner IV.
•An internal memo, circulated by interoffice mail at Dodger Stadium, asking for candidates to be the team's manager since "Don Mattingly will be fired soon, unless the team goes on a 42-8 run or something crazy like that."
•Pau Gasol's big-boy pants, which the Lakers forward put on after Kobe Bryant criticized him for whining about playing time.
•A UCLA cap signed by the members of the first Bruins baseball team to win the national title, which will be greeted with the same reaction then as it was now.
•Peyton Manning's Greatest Hits album, the one featuring such classics as "Omaha!" and "Hurry!" and "Hurry! Hurry!" and "52's the Mike!" and "Omaha! Omaha! Hurry!"
•The pen Josh Hamilton used to sign his five-year, $125-million deal with the Angels. The pen on paper represented the most solid contact Hamilton made all season.
•The final BCS college football rankings so people can laugh at how we allowed computers to determine our best two teams. Unless computer overlords rule the world then, in which case, I would like to say, 1100101101. (Don't worry, the computer overlords will understand.)
•A pair of Mike Trout's cleats. When Trout retires in 2030 as hands-down the greatest player in baseball history, this will be a valuable piece of memorabilia.
Those are just a few of the things we would include. What would you include? Email your best suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and a selection of your choices will be published online on our Sports Now blog.