I assume everyone here’s familiar with the concept of Matryoshka dolls (also known as Russian dolls or nesting dolls), yes? The set shown above belongs to longtime Uni Watch pal Liz Clayton, who received it as a Christmas present from fellow Uni Watch readers Bob and Carrie Weston, who purchased it from a street vendor in the Ukraine! It’s the most deliciously wonderful uni-related gift I’ve ever seen.
Or at least that’s what I thought until a couple of days ago, when reader Travis Demers sent me something arguably even better. Travis lives in Oregon, where the local AT&T affiliate has come up with a genius promotional item: Oregon Ducks uniform fridge magnets in four different patterns. The various components stick to each other as well as to a metal surface, so you can create combos like this, or this. Hours (okay, minutes) of fun!
January Raffle: A corporate entity that shall remain nameless was nice enough to give me a $100 NFLshop.com gift card. Luckily for you, I have zero interest in owning any NFL merch (at least not until they start selling Russian doll-style figurines or mix-and-match uniform magnet sets), so I’m going to raffle off the card. To enter, send an e-mail to uniraffle at earthlink dot net (not to the usual Uni Watch address) by this Friday at 10 p.m. eastern. One entry per person, but anyone enrolled in the Uni Watch membership program at the time of the drawing will automatically get three bonus entries. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Interesting NOB find by Jeremy Brahm, who notes that Manfred Schellscheidt of the NASL’s Hartford Centennials had his name double-deck hyphenated. … Yesterday I mentioned the new cut of Amani Toomer’s jersey. Turns out it’s even more unusual once you get a side view — look, no side panel! Just a side seam (as opposed to the usual stretch panel on the side). Jints equipment guru Joe Skiba isn’t ready to talk about this yet, but stay tuned — we should have more info in another week or so. … I’ve been saying for ages that the advent and growing ubiquity of sticky gloves is the most underrated football development of the past generation. But now Ben Penserga has come up with something I’ve never seen before: gloves being worn on the basketball court. Is this a new trend? Is it legal? If so, why? If anyone knows more about this disturbing development, please chime in. … Some idiot has gotten the Patriots logo tattooed onto his scalp. Of course, if he’d gotten Pat Patriot, that would be different. Details here (with thanks to David Lind). … Yesterday I mentioned that Roy Williams is changing uni numbers next season, going from 31 to 38. Before he does that, though, he’s going to wear 21 in the Pro Bowl (as noted at the bottom of this page), because NFL rules clearly stipulate that no game can ever take place again without some tribute to Sean Taylor. … Travis Demers (the guy who sent me the Oregon uni magnet sets) recently conducted an interview with me for his radio station, 1080 The Fan in Portland. You can listen in here. … Lee Prindle just sent me a buncha pics of a high school hoops team with tartan plaid side panels (additional views here, here, here, here, and here). The school is apparently West Vancouver in British Columbia.