Pictured above is the plate of Spicy and Aromatic Soft-Shell Crab that a bunch of friends and I devoured last night — along with tea-smoked duck, lamb with cumin sauce, cured pork with garlic shoots, and a few other things — at Grand Sichuan House in Bay Ridge. I would’ve taken more photos but I was too busy eating. And then I almost left my camera at the restaurant, but fortunately the waitress got my attention just as we were walking out the door.
All of which has nothing to do with uniforms, but I have yet another ESPN column running today, so that’s as much of a lead entry as you’re gonna get today. Enjoy the Stupor Bowl, and remember what to watch during halftime. — Paul
“Look at me!” reminder: My “band” has a gig tonight at Sound Fix (part of a night-long extravaganza of free entertainment, all of which I recommend). Festivities commence at 8pm, and Liz and I will probably be going on at 9pm, or maybe a little sooner. See you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: According to an item on this Q&A page (sent my way by Joe Carney), “[T]he larger issue [regarding the Pirates’ recent uniform changes] was that the players flat-out did not like the sleeveless model because of comfort. That extra black undershirt constricted and made hot days seem that much hotter. Some still wear an undershirt, even long sleeves, when weather dictates. But players like having the option of going without.” Now wait a minute — it’s extremely rare to see an MLB player without an undershirt. Greg Maddux often did it, and it always looked weird to see nothing but skin around his jersey collar, which is a measure of how atypical it is to go undershirt-free. So the above-stated rationale for the Buccos’ addition of sleeves doesn’t make any sense. … I usually scoff when other media outlets try to venture into Uni Watch territory, but the Daily News just ran a “worst uniforms ever” slideshow that’s actually pretty decent. Even if you don’t agree with all their choices (I certainly don’t), they’ve come up with some good photos I hadn’t seen before. Kudos to all involved (and also to Alan Tompas, who brought this to my attention). … How can you present a rundown of the best Super Bowl halftime shows and not include this? … New book on football uniforms in the pipeline. Should be available in a few weeks. … NOB snafu (with thanks to long-lost Kenn Tomasch). … And you thought I was nasty to Mrs. Kurt. … More Lions redesign rumors (with thanks to Timothy Fesmire). … Who knew Brazil had a curling team? (Tim Wood, that’s who, plus he sent along this great shot of the 1958 Amherst football uniforms). … The Ontario and New York fire departments recently faced off on the ice. Further details here (with thanks to Yancy Yeater). … Matt Powers is working on a bizarre DIY Bears mash-up sweatershirt with elements drawn from various points in the team’s history. The elements aren’t stitched on yet, but it’s shaping up quite nicely. … Some jerseys that were used in Leatherheads are available on eBay (good find by Dave Zalatoris).