Last week there was a brief thread in the comments about an interesting point brought up during a recent Penguins/Capitals game broadcast on FSN. It took a while, but I’ve finally got the full transcript of what was said by “between the benches” reporter Bob Errey and play-by-play man Paul Steigerwald. Their discussion was prompted by the sight of Sidney Crosby relacing his skates on the Pens’ bench. Here’s how it went down:
Bob Errey: Crosby, he’s gonna miss that second loop. See how he’s doing that skate up? The eyelets start from the top and heading down, he skips the second one down from the top. Very strange.
Paul Steigerwald: And you get to see that from right next to him. So you’ve got a real good idea of exactly how Sidney Crosby laces his skates, which is not something you normally would talk about on the air. But that’s a pretty good one, Bobby.
Errey: Yeah, yeah, well, you know we used to have Troy Loney [on the Penguins], he had the Velcro straps that went around the top, those first things. There are a lot of people that get lace bite. That’s when sometimes you get the tendonitis right there, right where you lace up the skates, so Troy went with that model.
Faaaaaascinating. Coupla things here:
• I wasn’t familiar with the excellent term “lace bite” (much cooler than “turf toe” or “hip pointer,” no?), but there’s lots of info about it on the web. Do other players cope with this by adjusting their lacing patterns like Crosby does?
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Uni Watch News Ticker: The Royals will have a 40th-anniversary patch this season. … My old college buddy Jeff Katz is now the deputy mayor of Cooperstown, which means, among other things, that he frequently gets to poke around in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s archives. He recently took photos of this Bobby Avila Indians jacket and Greg Harris’s ambidextrous glove. … Here’s another NFL basketball team: the Steelers. And look — video! (Big thanks to Andrew Rhodes.) … Reprinted from Monday’s comments: Carlos Delgado plans to honor Roberto Clemente for the World Baseball Classic. … Looks like the orange layer of fabric fell off of Frank Robinson’s dotted i during Game 5 of the 1969 World Series (good spot by Paul Wiederecht). … According to this blog, the Islanders are “working with the NHL to clear their vintage mid-’70s jerseys as their primary uniform for next season. It figures to be an uphill battle, probably because there’s inventory of their first RBK uniform ‘systems’ still around. Nevertheless, the Islanders are pushing to make the move. Worse-case scenario: the Islanders wear their once-and-future jerseys for 20 games next year and then go full-time in 2010-11” (as forwarded by Matt Brosseau). … Ever heard of ski cross? Yeah, me neither, but apparently they’ve got a bit of an apparel controversy (interesting find by Jeremy Brahm). … There hasn’t been a football game a Wrigley Field in nearly 40 years — but that could change (with thanks to Doug Keklak). … Nice view of Jack Youngblood’s FNOB here (with thanks to Brett Jenson). … Here’s a new one: All-Star throwbacks. The Philadelphia Phantoms wore those uniforms last Sunday to honor the 1976 NHL All Star game, which was played at the Spectrum. Chris Ashworth took a bunch of photos, which you can see here. … Some female pro wrestler wore a modified Blackhawks jersey the other day (with thanks to Mark Coale). … The BJ League (no jokes, thanks) has released its all-star uniforms (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: Check out this player with a single-letter NOB. “His name is Kazuya Hatano,” says Jeremy. “He was born in Brazil to a Japanese father with a Brazilian mother. His full name is James Kazuya Ramos Hatano, and his nickname is ‘J.’ Another BJ League player, Saitama Broncos Taishiro Shimizu uses ‘T,’ and Gordon James wears ‘G.'” … Great article-plus-video here about the Banknorth Garden hosting a Bruins game and a Celtics gamein the same day (with thanks to Justine DeCotis). … The NHL All-Star Game will feature new officials’ uniforms. I’ll have images of them in my ESPN column tomorrow. … Speaking of the NHL All-Star Game, you can see a survey of past all-star player introductions here (thanks, Phil), and there’s a gallery of NHL All-Star uniforms here. … Also from Phil: Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby of the Hawks wore special sneakers last night to mark the presidential inauguration, although it’s hard to see many details in these photos. … Doug Keklak attended last night’s Pitt/Syracuse game and took the occasion to take a bunch of photos of the Pitt Hall of Fame museum. “It looks like Pitt’s women can be added to the list of teams that went with sleeves,” he writes. “Also, check out this shot from the 1984-85 varsity sports media guide — sleeved and untucked. And look at this shot from the 1928 Rose Bowl — look how close to the sideline the play is at the snap of the ball.” The rest of Doug’s photos are in this gallery. … Southpaw.