Frank Mercogliano is the media relations czar at Idaho State (that’s him at right, holding a press conference while surrounded by marks of the beast), but he’s also a serious uniform guy. He designed the football team’s helmet logo, and he often spots interesting uni details on other teams — unusual, since most media relations folks are fixated on their own teams.
Case in point: During last Saturday’s football game between Idaho State and Portland State, Frank spotted lots of eccentric NOB action on the Portland State team, so he went over to the Portland State sideline to document it for the rest of us. “I have to be on the field at the end of the game for interviews,” he explains, “so I snuck into their team area and took some photos. The toughest thing was running from the field to the pressbox to get my camera, because it was a lot of steps.”
Now that’s devotion. Here’s Frank’s rundown of the Portland State oddities:
• “Erik Pedersen and Ryan Pedersen (who aren’t brothers) both entered Portland State at the same time, but only one of them gets an initial. I had two separate photos of them before they stood together.”
• “KJ McCrae is technically wearing a FNOB, except for some reason he has a period after the J, even though his name is KJ (it’s not an abbreviation). Also: The first ‘C’ in McCrae should be lowercase, but it isn’t. I thought he was going to kill me for being in their team area, but when I told him I wanted a picture of the back of his jersey, he said, ‘You got it’ and turned around. They were about to finish a 36-13 win over us in which they passed, for 535 yards, so he was pretty much up for anything at that point.”
• “The pièce de résistance is Johnathan Benjamin-Nichols. He has his first initial, even though there are no other Benjamin-Nicholses on the team, and then it’s an abbreviated Benjamin, but with a hyphen instead of a period. Holy shit, right?”
Yes, well, that’s certainly one way of describing it. At the very least, I’d say Portland State’s equipment staff could use a remedial course in punctuation. Meanwhile, let’s all buy Frank a beer or something (everyone just give him a little sip of yours and it’ll all add up to one beer, simple!) in recognition of his stalwart efforts last weekend.
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