Still Bryan here. Sorry, Paul fans. He’ll be back on Thursday.
But now, it’s … Tuesday. And Chase Daniel wore No. 25 on Saturday. You’re late.
Yeah, I know. I have my reasons (note: they’re all lame). I’ve received more than a few emails about the Chase Daniel thing, so here’s the deal:
From Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, after a game earlier this season — “Every week the captains will select a player to wear his number and represent Aaron O’Neil (who died July 12, 2005, after a voluntary conditioning workout, due to causes later identified as lymphocytic (viral) meningitis. – br) in his senior year. We just think that’s a great way of honoring him, not only for the fans and for the players but certainly to honor him for his family. The seniors came up with that idea and I think it was an excellent one.”
A good idea in both spirit and execution. The result is more jarring when Daniel wears it compared to, say, the backup wedge buster on special teams, but I like it regardless.
Now, on to other things. I’ve had a few good ticker submissions that needed a little more explanation, so here are a few of them before the actual ticker. (And I’ll have more on Thursday.)
Michael DeAloia has been doing some research for his Cleveland history blog when he came across these two photos. The first is of the 1908 East Tech High team. “Love the turtlenecks with the big “E” on the front. And check out the various striped socks. Very cool.” The second photo is of the 1932 East Tech High squad. Michael says he wishes the photos were in color — I agree. Thanks for the note, Michael.
Greg Netherwood was out bowling the other night and … eh, I’ll let him tell the story: “in the bowling alley they have one of the New York State Lottery scratch off game vending machines. Since I had gone to the bowling alley wearing my authentic David Wright jersey, I thought it fitting that the scratch off I bought should be the all new “New York Mets” scratch off, showing a beautifully lit up Shea Stadium in the background. As I perused the game’s rules on the card, I noticed something peculiar. One of the instant win options was, and I quote, “Reveal a glove symbol, win DOUBLE the prize shown.” The glove symbol shown was none other than the old Milwaukee Brewers logo. The website even shows an example of the ticket, and in the explanation, shows the Brewers logo as well.”
Caleb Borchers checks in with some South African logo shenanigans. “For years the debate over keeping the Springbok logo in South Africa has been raging. For many the Springbok is still a symbol of the apartheid era. Now, the official decision (until a billion appeals) to axe the logo on any national team has come. The government claims this is final, but I promise the crap will hit the fan if this is actually enforced.” More info here and here.
Uni Watch news ticker: Some insight into the rugby question from yesterday, courtesty of Don Montgomery: “Ireland beat Scotland on Feb. 23, 2008, by a 34-13 score. It was their last 6 Nations victory, as they lost to Wales, then England after that. My assumption is that they’re simply wearing their last 6 Nations victory on their kit. Other than that, I don’t know. The Scotland match, other than the victory, didn’t have anything else so memorable about it.” We thank you for the info, Don. … Wow. Sweet. Thanks, Steve Lega. … Good idea, bad execution. Mark Kaplowitz on the tip. … Very, very interesting helmet decal on Ferndale High School in Michigan. Thank you for the note, Arden Smith. … Hey, you know that nasty one-day 49ers logo? A helmet with that decal was on eBay recently. Robert Eden had the tip on that one. … Following up on the cancer awareness item from yesterday, Jose Palacios reports that the Mexican soccer league uses a pink ball all through October. … John Muir was at the Islanders’ season opener and spotted a custom blade on the stick of St. Louis goalie Chris Mason. Patrick Lalime has a customized stick, too. … This was in my paper today, and I missed it. David McGee did not. … Funny Team of 18,000 commercial here, with thanks to Mark Coale.