Just when you’re thinking the world begins and ends with baseball, along comes a note from reader Mike Shanahan, who’s picked up on a hockey-related factoid. To wit: “The OLN broadcast crew had a close-up of Jay McKee’s skates during Tuesday night’s Sabres/Hurricanes game. They showed how he wears some kind of padding over his top laces and ankle. I don’t know what they said about it on TV, because I muted it in favor of Rick Jeanneret’s far superior radio call, but a friend told me they were speculating that he used them to reduce the sting of blocking so many shots. Looks like his teammate Toni Lydman wears something similar [here are the two of them together], but only on his right skate. I don’t know of anyone else wearing these pads, although Chris Pronger seems to have something fishy on the front of his skates.” Anyone know what these pads are, or who makes them?
Metscetera: Very promising developments in Flushing, where the Mets have been resplendent in their blue caps and blue sleeves for two consecutive games (Sunday and Tuesday), both of which were played on cool, brisk evenings. The significance there is that aesthetically challenged equipment manager Charlie Samuels, who has ruinously been entrusted with the task of deciding what the team wears each day, has previously said that he thinks the blue cap clashes with the club’s black dugout jacket, and has therefore idiotically refused to break out the blue gear except on very warm afternoons when he expects nobody to wear a jacket. The fact that the team’s worn blue on consecutive jacket-friendly evenings suggests that Samuels might finally be getting a clue, and not a moment too soon.
New ESPN column tomorrow, but I’ll still have a little something here as well.