Parker: Barrel Man's autographed legacy being consigned to eBay
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Broncos fan, looking to retire, seeks boffo bid on slightly used barrel.

Penny Parker
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Tim McKernan has found himself over a barrel, so to speak.

The Barrel Man, the distinctive Denver Broncos ultimate fan, can no longer store, nor afford the insurance, on his Super Bowl XXXII barrel signed by the team. So he's put the barrel up for bid on eBay.

Starting bid is $9,999.95, but the barrel - with signatures from top team members such as John Elway and Terrell Davis - has been assessed from $40,000 to $75,000, McKernan said.

"There probably would be somebody who would like this and display it," McKernan said.

Ten percent of the winning bid will go to Jubilee House, a shelter for battered women in Gunnison. As for the rest of the dough, McKernan says "Charity begins at home, too." He and his wife, Becky, are thinking about buying property in Mexico and building a home.

McKernan said he's ready to part with his prized possession, and he hopes it goes to a casino, restaurant (Elway's perhaps?) or collector.

"It's one of those things I didn't think I'd ever give up," he said. "I thought I'd leave it to the kids eventually, but they'd probably fight over it. So this is a better way to go."

Barrel bidding ends on Tuesday. Go to eBay.com and type in "barrel man" in the search box.

ALMOST IRON CHEFS: Amateur chefs and the pros will cross spatulas during two culinary competitions Sunday at the annual foodie fest, SOS: Taste of the Nation, at The Westin Tabor Center.

Denver finalists Christine Clarke and Trista Sigler will have a fork face-off during The Denver Top Home Chef: Amateur Chef Cooking Competition at 5 p.m.

The chick chefs will have 20 minutes and a surprise bag of ingredients to whip up a winning dish. Winner takes $5,000 in Jenn-Air appliances and $600 in CUTCO cutlery.

In the pro program, chefs Rollie Wesen of Via and Elise Wiggins of Panzano will duke it out with dishes in the Jenn-Air For the Love of Cooking cook-off.

Again, each chef will work with mystery ingredients, an electric cooktop and 20 minutes from preparation to plate. Audience members will be selected as judges and honorary sous chefs.

CD CELEBRATION: Local band Rose Hill Drive, who recently opened some shows for The Who in Europe, will host two CD release parties to debut the band's first disc. The first will be Monday at the Bluebird Theater, and then on Tuesday at the Fox Theatre.

The Who's Pete Townshend had good things to say about the band after the Hyde Park Festival show:

"They bring so much raw power to the stage that it is hard to remember that they are still a young band that has so much creative evolution ahead of them," Townshend said. "With hair flying and the volume turned up to 11, their live show is not to be missed."

MUDFLAP FLIES: KYGO's morning man Steve "Mudflap" McGrew better dust off his kilt, brush up his brogue and start hankering for haggis when the stand-up comedian performs Aug. 25-27 at the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival in Scotland. He's headlining The World Stands Up, a 90-minute live version of the TV show.

EAVESDROPPING on a woman at Aurora Hills golf course: "I love the smell of rain; it smells like victory."

Penny Parker's column appears Tuesday through Saturday. Listen to her on the Caplis and Silverman radio show between 4 and 5 p.m. Fridays on KHOW-AM (630). Call her at 303-954-5224 or e-.

About Penny Parker
After six years as a business writer at The Denver Post, Parker opted to cross Colfax and join the Rocky Mountain News as the On the Town columnist. Parker's background includes seven years as a feature writer at The (Everett) Herald, a Washington Post-owned newspaper in Washington state, and a short stint as managing editor for two weeklies near Bellevue, Wa. As a feature writer, she won numerous awards, as well as a Society of Business Editors and Writers award for business writing. Parker is a California native and graduate of San Francisco State University.