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You’re Embarrassing Me, Dad

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Fun fact: I spent three years as the head varsity baseball coach at a high school in Iowa, back in the days when I wanted to be a teacher/baseball coach. During that time, which also included one season as the freshman coach, I witnessed plenty of crazy parental behavior.

There was the lady who determined her son (hitting .196) should be the DH over the kid hitting .302. The rationale? He has more power. Ooookay. I also was screamed at by a dad whose kid — an all-state catcher — was used as the DH in the second game of a doubleheader after catching in 97-degree heat. A college coach was coming to watch the kid behind the plate in the second game. Both father and son had failed to mention that. My bad, apparently.

So I’ve seen some crazy in my time. Jack Hall, father of Boston College guard Ty Hall, might out-crazy them all. What the hell makes you (1) build that thing and (2) wear it in public? The mini-helmets, the whirligigs on each corner, the lights, the pennants … the crazy-ass look in his eyes … yikes.

In related bonus coverage, this was the photo I was originally going to use. Note the use of both shiny and dull helmets, as well as the pants from Oregon’s last uniform set.

In completely non-related bonus coverage, this photo makes me laugh. It’s a nose bidet, and it’s apparently quite fun to use. Here’s more info. Think of it as a reminder to keep your nose clean this weekend. — Bryan

 

79 comments to You’re Embarrassing Me, Dad

  • Kevin Grimstad | December 29, 2007 at 7:27 am |

    My problem with Jack Hall’s head gear, is not that it makes him seem like a crazy, rabid fan (which it does), but that he is blocking the view of several of the people sitting behind him.

    As a Packers fan (and my Dad being a Green Bay season ticket holder), I feel it my obligation not to wear such head gear (yes I refuse to even wear a cheesehead). Because, I feel if someone is going to pay good money to see a game, the last thing they want to miss a play for is the guy ahead of them wearing sight line blocking head gear. Sadly, my dads tickets are two sections away from this:

    http://lcweb2.loc.go...

  • Mark M | December 29, 2007 at 8:16 am |

    Here’s another brief article from today’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette on the Penguins’ uniforms for Tuesday’s game against Buffalo.

  • Mark M | December 29, 2007 at 8:20 am |

    Here ‘s the link.
    Post Gazette Article

  • MJ Joe | December 29, 2007 at 8:31 am |

    The gray beard somehow makes Jack seem both dedicated and dangerous. Facial hair really pulls together the “rabid fan” image.

    Do you suppose that thing is heavy? Has it compressed his spine? Was he three inches taller at the beginning of the season?

  • Kenny | December 29, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    Yikes!

  • Michael | December 29, 2007 at 10:21 am |

    Did anyone else notice the Maryland player wearing a yamulkah under his helmet in the Emerald Bowl? I believe it was the punter, #35 Travis Baltz.

  • Shane | December 29, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    Ahhhh, the good old days. My dad was my coach in Little League. He got thrown out of almost every other game for arguing calls.

    We had fairly boring unis, too. Dark green t-shirts with gold lettering.

  • Patrick | December 29, 2007 at 11:28 am |

    How the hell did that “Proud Papa” get that monstrosity through security? Then again, he looks to be wearing a lanyard to which a press pass (or something similar) might be attached. Either way, I got a good laugh out of it.

  • LI Phil | December 29, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    this might be worse…although a) he’s NOT wearing it at a game, and b) look at that arm candy; however c) he is wearing a purse; but d) look at that arm candy

    i hope osi breaks his arm today

  • possum | December 29, 2007 at 12:15 pm |

    He should really have his chinstrap buckled. Seems to me that thing would flip right off your head. I mean aside from the shameful factor, its ridiculously tacky.

  • xyz | December 29, 2007 at 12:20 pm |

    Silly me thinking Ray Rhodes mom looked ridiculous in her Rutgers helmet (minus facemask).

  • xyz | December 29, 2007 at 12:23 pm |

    errr… Make that Ray Rices mom looking ridiculous. (P.S. Sorry, Ray Rhodes mom you are not ridiculous, as far as I know.)

  • Dan | December 29, 2007 at 12:37 pm |

    Anyone know why Oregon was using it’s pants from the ’05 season in practice?

  • Kenny | December 29, 2007 at 12:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”194485″]Anyone know why Oregon was using it’s pants from the ’05 season in practice?[/quote]

    You usually don’t use current game pants in practice – they probably decided they were still in good enough condition to reuse for practice

  • =bg= | December 29, 2007 at 12:47 pm |

    Orthopedic alert:
    I see a neck brace in that guy’s future at some point.

  • =bg= | December 29, 2007 at 12:59 pm |

    Not uni-related, (tho I think in the commercial they block out all the NFL logos, so maybe it is)

    THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • GoMac | December 29, 2007 at 1:28 pm |

    It’s really impressive..but scary as shit.

    Are those little helmets the teams BC beat?

  • Lauren | December 29, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”194438″]this might be worse… c) he is wearing a purse[/quote]

    oh my gosh, he is carrying a purse! Does he do this often? Do the people at Stetson cologne know he does this? Who do we need to e-mail???

    I didn’t mind the Patriots before, but now… GO GIANTS.

  • Christopher | December 29, 2007 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”194320″]My problem with Jack Hall’s head gear, is not that it makes him seem like a crazy, rabid fan (which it does), but that he is blocking the view of several of the people sitting behind him.

    As a Packers fan (and my Dad being a Green Bay season ticket holder), I feel it my obligation not to wear such head gear (yes I refuse to even wear a cheesehead). Because, I feel if someone is going to pay good money to see a game, the last thing they want to miss a play for is the guy ahead of them wearing sight line blocking head gear. Sadly, my dads tickets are two sections away from this:

    http://lcweb2.loc.go...

    Hmmm… don’t know about the GB stadium, but at the Superdome here in NOLA, the person’s head in the row in front of you is at your knees. No way you’d ever block someone’s view unless your hat was 3 feet tall.

  • Steve | December 29, 2007 at 2:20 pm |

    So I’m watching the Meineke Car Care Bowl, and I was wondering, where exactly does does Wake Forest where their VT tribute on their home (all black) jerseys?

  • dennis | December 29, 2007 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”194526″]It’s really impressive..but scary as shit.

    Are those little helmets the teams BC beat?[/quote]
    Either that or just the other ACC teams.

  • Tony Miller | December 29, 2007 at 2:25 pm |

    What is Kentucky’s Derrick Jasper (#5) wearing? My first guess is just a T-shirt under the jersey, as unnecessary as I find that look…but when they showed him close up, I couldn’t see the jersey shoulders. Is there something here we should know about?

  • Stevo | December 29, 2007 at 2:46 pm |

    I remember some crazy headwear from back in my HS days, and I myself have been known to don a wacky lid (sometimes with the funky shirt to match), but Mr Hall’s takes the cake. Of course, if I were Ty I’d be telling everyone “That’s my Dad right there!” My philosophy is simple: better to go over the top in the name of school spirit than to come up short.

  • Billy K | December 29, 2007 at 2:48 pm |

    Yankees hat > worse > purse

  • raskul | December 29, 2007 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”194526″]Are those little helmets the teams BC beat?[/quote]

    can’t be–bc lost to fsu, and their speared helmet is clearly visible on that…monstrosity.

    as a side note, i saw this fool, when bc came to blacksburg to play my hokies. the wings on the birds move. you can see the little eagles’ spinny-wings, but the one on top–his flaps, also. oh, and the little led scroll-text sign on the front. dude clearly needs another hobby. bowl. hunt. golf. do something.

    *gag*

  • Bill | December 29, 2007 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”194432″]How the hell did that “Proud Papa” get that monstrosity through security? Then again, he looks to be wearing a lanyard to which a press pass (or something similar) might be attached. Either way, I got a good laugh out of it.[/quote]

    I attended the Motor City Bowl a couple days ago and the security at the gate asked me to remove my Purdue hardhat so they could see inside….and it’s a regular hardhat–not a helmet without three levels of adornments. :P

    Many bowls sell patches (same as sewn onto the players’ jerseys) which have a hole punched in them and are sold on a lanyard. Going to the Champs Sports Bowl last year with Purdue, I bought such a patch and it came on a FCSports lanyard just like in the photo above. He might also have a plastic ticket/credential protector on it for his ticket; those are popular too.

    At the Motor City Bowl on Wednesday night, I did remove my hardhat most of the time so that people behind me wouldn’t have to deal with it; I’m 6’5″ already so the hardhat’s extra height seems unfair.

  • Stevo | December 29, 2007 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”194561″][quote comment=”194526″]Are those little helmets the teams BC beat?[/quote]

    can’t be–bc lost to fsu, and their speared helmet is clearly visible on that…monstrosity.

    as a side note, i saw this fool, when bc came to blacksburg to play my hokies. the wings on the birds move. you can see the little eagles’ spinny-wings, but the one on top–his flaps, also. oh, and the little led scroll-text sign on the front. dude clearly needs another hobby. bowl. hunt. golf. do something.

    *gag*[/quote]

    Yeah, isn’t it such a drag when parents go overboard to support their son’s team?

  • Joe from WV | December 29, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    How dare you make fun of that innocent father Seriously, that was a great post, Bryan. …When I saw the nose bidet, I thought she had discovered the quickest way to get gravy in her bloodstream.

  • duby | December 29, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    I recently graduated from BC, and Jack Hall and his ever growing headgear are pretty well known around campus so he shouldn’t have much trouble getting it thru security.

    This past year I also had season tickets in his section and he sits in the front row, at the end of an aisle. The section is angled so his hat only blocks the view of people standing in the aisle.

  • Stevo | December 29, 2007 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”194569″]I recently graduated from BC, and Jack Hall and his ever growing headgear are pretty well known around campus so he shouldn’t have much trouble getting it thru security.

    This past year I also had season tickets in his section and he sits in the front row, at the end of an aisle. The section is angled so his hat only blocks the view of people standing in the aisle.[/quote]

    He may not have a problem getting it into Alumni Stadium, but he’s probably not as well known by the staff at Citrus Bowl Stadium. Though I guess it is possible that the good people in Chesnut Hill called ahead for him.

  • BA | December 29, 2007 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”194550″]So I’m watching the Meineke Car Care Bowl, and I was wondering, where exactly does does Wake Forest where their VT tribute on their home (all black) jerseys?[/quote]

    Right above the ACC patch.

  • Stevo | December 29, 2007 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”194583″][quote comment=”194550″]So I’m watching the Meineke Car Care Bowl, and I was wondering, where exactly does does Wake Forest where their VT tribute on their home (all black) jerseys?[/quote]

    Right above the ACC patch.[/quote]

    How do you know the black strip’s there if the entire jersey is black?

  • The NOR | December 29, 2007 at 4:22 pm |

    The black VT Memorial patch is on the players right shoulder above the ACC patch as stated. You can only tell at the right angle.

    As for the Oregon situation, my best guess is that difference between helmets are the level at which the players are at. I’m not too familiar with D I ball but I’m assuming it’s kinda like the pro’s where they’re practice players and therefore don’t get all the frills of the travel squad, or the same exact stuff.

  • Dan | December 29, 2007 at 4:38 pm |

    UCF and Mississippi State are both wearing their home unis in the Liberty Bowl

  • Kek | December 29, 2007 at 4:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”194592″]UCF and Mississippi State are both wearing their home unis in the Liberty Bowl[/quote]
    It is a very sharp looking game IMHO also. The all maroon looks great on MSU and both teams’ white helmets look crisp.

    I still like the Jackie Sherill-era “MSU” helmet better than the one Sly has the team wearing. The style is very similar to what UCF is wearing.

    Either way, it’s a good looking game.

  • Kek | December 29, 2007 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”194594″][quote comment=”194592″]UCF and Mississippi State are both wearing their home unis in the Liberty Bowl[/quote]
    It is a very sharp looking game IMHO also. The all maroon looks great on MSU and both teams’ white helmets look crisp.

    I still like the Jackie Sherill-era “MSU” helmet better than the one Sly has the team wearing. The style is very similar to what UCF is wearing.

    Either way, it’s a good looking game.[/quote]
    Sorry to quote my post, but I forgot to mention the super cool socks MSU has on. Not sure if they wore them all year or not.

  • todd krevanchi | December 29, 2007 at 5:51 pm |

    2 years ago i was given a neti pot by a family friend who knew i had a history of nasal congestion, so i actually OWN one.

    i used it exactly 2 times, and since september of 05 i have had absolutely no nasal congestion at all.

    i dont care what the thing looks like when i administer it, i just know that i like to breathe through my nose and the neti pot has allowed uninterupted decongestion.

    the thing works… well, the mix you add to the water does…

  • jere | December 29, 2007 at 6:11 pm |

    This is one case where being female gives you an advantage, as people see your crazy headwear and might say “awwww,” instead of running away. (17th picture down.)

  • leslie | December 29, 2007 at 6:19 pm |

    Oklahoma men’s basketball is on ESPN2 right now wearing an overwhelming gray color combo.

  • Cosmonaut of Portland | December 29, 2007 at 6:19 pm |

    I can’t wait to see what the Oregon Ducks will be wearing Monday for the Sun Bowl. Bars open at 10:00 am in Portland, by the way.

  • Joe J. | December 29, 2007 at 6:26 pm |

    UCF #41 has his C-USA patch missing above the bowl game patch. no screen shot, but it happened at about the 12:00 minute mark in the 2nd.

  • Jason | December 29, 2007 at 7:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”194617″]Oklahoma men’s basketball is on ESPN2 right now wearing an overwhelming gray color combo.[/quote]

    Here’s what it looks like. Coupled with the WVU yellow……yuck

  • Johnny O | December 29, 2007 at 7:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”194618″]I can’t wait to see what the Oregon Ducks will be wearing Monday for the Sun Bowl. Bars open at 10:00 am in Portland, by the way.[/quote]

    10:00am? That is late in Wisconsin.

  • Dan from Austin | December 29, 2007 at 7:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”194618″]I can’t wait to see what the Oregon Ducks will be wearing Monday for the Sun Bowl. Bars open at 10:00 am in Portland, by the way.[/quote]

    I’m pulling for white helmets and all black uniforms.

  • LI Phil | December 29, 2007 at 8:01 pm |

    sweden’s ill conceived plan to use siamese twins johan and jhonas enroth in net backfires against team canada

    /hosers

  • Jason | December 29, 2007 at 8:04 pm |

    Syracuse is done with the orange football jerseys (thankfully). Also, the uni will be tweaked for next season and may be totally new come 2009.

    Expect more tweaking of the uniforms in 2008. White will be re-introduced on the numbers of the blue jerseys and down the blue stripe of the orange pants. Gotta have some relief from the color saturation of the home ensemble. That’s really why the team wore the white jerseys for the final home game of the season against Cincinnati. The Orange jerseys, which were total duds, are done. Enjoy this look while you can because a full redesign could be coming in 2009. Me, I’d like to see the Orange pull out the 1959 style uniform, especially with The Express coming out this year.

  • LI Phil | December 29, 2007 at 9:08 pm |

    nice to see the zebras in knicks tonight

  • Marcus Hall, B-More, MD | December 29, 2007 at 9:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”194719″]nice to see the zebras in knicks tonight[/quote]

    True that – but the black slacks wouldn’t look so bad to me if it weren’t for the white stripe

  • Chris | December 29, 2007 at 9:33 pm |

    The second string center for the NY Giants is wearing the Optimus Prime Helmet.

  • College Kid | December 29, 2007 at 9:36 pm |

    RE: The Oregon picture featuring both shiny and dull helmets.

    More likely than not, the guys with the “dull” helmets have helmets specifically for use in practice and also have a “shiny”, fully decaled helmet for games. On our football team, guys whose helmets get really banged up and scratched heavily are given a helmet for practice and one for games that is cleaner and doesn’t have as many scratches.

  • Kurt Nelson | December 29, 2007 at 9:40 pm |

    Nothing to do with unis,but what purpose do the yellow bars under the time on the nfl networks score serve?

  • David | December 29, 2007 at 9:41 pm |

    The Giants have a major deal with Schutt to wear the Optimus Prime helmets as do the Lions and Packers. David Diehl is wearing it too, but for some reason, Brandon Jacobs isn’t, yet he wore it all preseason.

  • David | December 29, 2007 at 9:43 pm |

    Wait a minute, Oregon is the home team in the Sun Bowl, so they can wear whatever they damn well please. I’m guessing they’ll wear mostly gold since USF has that gawdawful gold helmet/white jersey/dark green pants (almost black) combo. I would go with black helmets/gold jerseys/white pants to differentiate.

  • Marcus Hall, B-More, MD | December 29, 2007 at 9:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”194726″]Nothing to do with unis,but what purpose do the yellow bars under the time on the nfl networks score serve?[/quote]

    identifies what quarter the game is in

  • Chris | December 29, 2007 at 9:45 pm |

    The yellow bars under the score represent the quarter of play. Personally i hate this way instead of useing the numbers. FOX tryed something like that in the preseason either this season or last with four dots in a square.

  • u2horn | December 29, 2007 at 9:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”194726″]Nothing to do with unis,but what purpose do the yellow bars under the time on the nfl networks score serve?[/quote]

    It denotes what quarter it is.

  • u2horn | December 29, 2007 at 9:48 pm |

    Yeah, it’s lame. They should at least change it to # of timeouts left when a half gets within 3-4 mintues remaining.

  • Marcus Hall, B-More, MD | December 29, 2007 at 9:51 pm |

    For some reason i want a Wendy’s burger……

  • Kurt Nelson | December 29, 2007 at 10:01 pm |

    Oh yeah….It was driving me crazy and thats the last thing I would have thought of. Thanks.
    What a silly grafic

  • Marcus Hall, B-More, MD | December 29, 2007 at 10:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”194738″]Oh yeah….It was driving me crazy and thats the last thing I would have thought of. Thanks.
    What a silly grafic[/quote]

    may as well use this as the gameclock

  • =bg= | December 29, 2007 at 10:35 pm |

    Can’t stand Bryant Gumbel, but at least CC is on this game. The only other NFLN game I saw, it was Gumbal, Faulk, Deion, and someone else- just awful beyond imagination. I turned down the sound and listened on the radio.

  • Marcus Hall, B-More, MD | December 29, 2007 at 11:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”194736″]Yeah, it’s lame. They should at least change it to # of timeouts left when a half gets within 3-4 mintues remaining.[/quote]

    it really would be nice right about now with 1:08 left to know who has time outs left

  • LI Phil | December 29, 2007 at 11:36 pm |

    aggies & nits…just beautiful uni magic

  • JCovney | December 29, 2007 at 11:40 pm |

    First post and long time reader. I was looking around si.com and came across an intersting video from the post game on the field from the BYU bowl game. The kicker peeled the sticker off his helmet to give to a fan 56 sec in until the end.

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Steve | December 29, 2007 at 11:48 pm |

    Did Paul have any inside info? Evansville broke out the sleeves tonight for the conference opener. They were v-neck in style with purple trim and purple side panels with EVANSVILLE across the chest. Sadly no pics at this time. Not sure if they will see the light of day again after the 14 point loss to Indiana State.

  • Chris | December 29, 2007 at 11:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”194766″]Did Paul have any inside info? Evansville broke out the sleeves tonight for the conference opener. They were v-neck in style with purple trim and purple side panels with EVANSVILLE across the chest. Sadly no pics at this time. Not sure if they will see the light of day again after the 14 point loss to Indiana State.[/quote]

    They always wear sleaves

  • Dan | December 29, 2007 at 11:55 pm |

    Temple has new black uniforms they debuted them against Florida

  • Broker75 | December 30, 2007 at 12:21 am |

    [quote comment=”194750″]Can’t stand Bryant Gumbel, but at least CC is on this game. The only other NFLN game I saw, it was Gumbal, Faulk, Deion, and someone else- just awful beyond imagination. I turned down the sound and listened on the radio.[/quote]
    what?? hey, you gotta give Faulk and Deoin some credit.

  • Bill | December 30, 2007 at 12:23 am |

    What was up with the hat Deion Sanders was wearing during the half time show tonight? I think he borrowed it from a detective from a film noir film.

  • Broker75 | December 30, 2007 at 12:32 am |

    [quote comment=”194778″]What was up with the hat Deion Sanders was wearing during the half time show tonight? I think he borrowed it from a detective from a film noir film.[/quote]
    I didn’t watch the game the tonight, company,, but I’ve watched every other and I send my compliments to Marshall and Deion. Speaking of commentating,Tony Kornsnisher is sounding a lot better on Monday nights.

  • James Craven | December 30, 2007 at 12:40 am |

    When I’m King of the Uniform World…

    The uniforms worn by Oregon will be limited to a green helmet, the home uniforms being a green jersey with gold numbers, the road uniforms white jerseys green numbers, both worn with gold pants, green socks with white bottoms and black shoes. In addition, Oregon State will have black jerseys with white numbers trimed in orange at home, white jerseys with black numbers trimmed in orange on the road, orange pants, blck topped socks and black shoes and helmets.

    No damn gazillion combos, no “sports bras”, just plain uniforms.

  • LI Phil | December 30, 2007 at 12:50 am |
  • Steve | December 30, 2007 at 12:51 am |

    [quote comment=”194768″][quote comment=”194766″]Did Paul have any inside info? Evansville broke out the sleeves tonight for the conference opener. They were v-neck in style with purple trim and purple side panels with EVANSVILLE across the chest. Sadly no pics at this time. Not sure if they will see the light of day again after the 14 point loss to Indiana State.[/quote]

    They always wear sleaves[/quote]

    Actually they haven’t worn them since 01-02. First year coach Marty Simmons brought them out tonight. Simmons played at Evansville and wore the sleeves during the late 80s.

    http://www.gopurplea...

  • Joe from WV | December 30, 2007 at 1:25 am |

    [quote comment=”194778″]What was up with the hat Deion Sanders was wearing during the half time show tonight? I think he borrowed it from a detective from a film noir film.[/quote]

    My wife said “Who is that and why’s he dressed like that?” I told her “He’s Deion Sanders and he’s dressed that way because he’s Deion Sanders.”

  • Steve | December 30, 2007 at 2:06 am |

    Picture of Evansville in the sleeves

    http://i24.photobuck...

  • Mike | December 30, 2007 at 2:11 am |

    Syracuse is done with the orange football jerseys (thankfully). Also, the uni will be tweaked for next season and may be totally new come 2009.

    Cause it would be down right silly for a team nicknamed the ORANGE to wear an orange colored jersey.

  • gopherboy | December 30, 2007 at 3:01 am |

    BTW the golden gophers wore gold at home against orange-clad RIT tonight in hockey. They lost…

  • James Craven | December 30, 2007 at 9:06 am |

    [quote comment=”194618″]“I can’t wait to see what the Oregon Ducks will be wearing Monday for the Sun Bowl. Bars open at 10:00 11 am in Portland, by the way.”[/quote]

    Pacific Time, my friend.

  • Andy | January 2, 2008 at 12:37 pm |

    I don’t think someone said it already, but the gold, box-like structure on Jack Hall’s headpiece is actually a stadium. It has the stands and a painted field (with painted endzones) on it too.
    I saw it in Blacksburg as well; I was on the level above him on one of the exit ramps. I could see it from above in all of its glory.