About 10 years ago, I heard of a hockey player at Notre Dame who had my name. John Wroblewski had a solid career at Notre Dame and went on to play four seasons for the Fresno Falcons in the ECHL.
A few years ago, I discovered that he had a bobblehead. I contacted the Fresno Falcons and was able to get one, despite the fact that the promotion was long over. The Falcons staffer also got John to sign a Falcons puck. This was very cool of them to do both for me.
John has gone on to coach for Team USA and is now an assistant coach with the Wheeling Nailers.
I just missed interviewing John when he was in the Chicago area with Team USA. My goal now is to eventually interview him somewhere down the line. My press credentials might not carry national weight, but I will use the George Costanza line..."I don't need an in. I have the same name."