You might remember, about a month ago, when the car belong to Titans defensive back Pac Man Jones went up for a police auction. We wondered then who, in fact, might want a car with the official Pac Man logo stitched into the headrest.
Well, we needn't have wondered, and America can sleep soundly again: Pac Man has his car back. Because of the automobile's seizure — after the cocaine-related arrest of rapper Darryl Moore — Pac Man had to bid again. The story of his attempts to grab the car back is almost touching, thanks to Pac Man's dogged persistence.
It was no walk in the park for Jones. First of all, he had to contend with the fact that the bidding ended at 1 p.m. Thursday — right in the middle of Titans practice. So Jones registered for the auction — using the online handle "Standupguy" — and had an associate up the ante as necessary down the stretch, according to auction manager Kenneth Eads. Then, of course, Jones had to outlast 26 other bidders, many who made the first three weeks of the auction feel much like the first three quarters of last weekend's game against the Giants.
The bidding started at $1 on Nov. 9. But even before the first day was done the price had soared to $23,100. Jones didn't even get his name into the mix until the last day of the auction, when he opened Thursday's bidding with a promise of $43,000 — besting the previous bid by $100. For seven straight hours Jones had it out with three other bidders.
Let this be an investment lesson for all of you: Having your $77,000 car impounded in a cocaine bust will decrease its value by at least $34 grand ... and that's even with your name in the headrest.