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Yeah, But Can He Do It with One of Those Cheesehead Hats?

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The great thing about Monday Night Football is, uh… wait, it’ll come to me. Oh! The great thing about Monday Night Football is that it allows the entire country to see what local fans have been seeing all along. Case in point: Until last night, I didn’t realize that Packers coach Mike McCarthy liked to keep a Sharpie hanging from the back of his cap. But I sure know it now, because eight or nine readers sent me screen grabs of it.

Had McCarthy been doing this all along and we just hadn’t noticed? I did some quick research and discovered that the answer is yes, yes, a thousand times yes, as you can see to varying degrees in these photos. But in those shots, he appears to have clipped the pen to the adjusta-strap, while last night it looked like he had a little bonus pen-holder loop custom-sewn onto the cap. How functionally specific is that?!

All of which raises several points of concern:

• Who sewed the little loop onto the cap — Reebok? The Packers’ team seamstress? The backup QB?

• Why the hell would anyone wear a pen in his cap anyway? Seems like an awkward arrangement at best, sort of like Belichick keeping the red challenge flag in his sock. Someone might want to inform these coaches of a new invention called pockets.

• Is more than one coach at a time allowed to wear a pen in his cap? Is the pen-equipped cap marked with a special green decal?

Meanwhile, note that McCarthy wore a blue Sharpie and a red Sharpie last night, but never a pink Sharpie. Why does Mike McCarthy hate breast cancer research?

(Thanks to everyone who contributed screen shots, esp. Steve Beard, Michael Kinney, and Bill Blevins.)

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Little records with big holes, continued: I’ve put a bunch more indie 45s up for sale on eBay, and I’ll be adding a coupla more later in the week. Bid early and often, etc.

Uni Watch News Ticker: The Hershey Bears wore Calder Cup champions jerseys on Sunday, which seems a little in-your-face, no? (As spotted by Denis Kirstein.) … Really interesting 1913 football team portrait here. The shoulder pads appear to be sewn into the jerseys! Never seen that before (with thanks to John Weghorst, who also pointed me toward this awesome shot of the 1919 Potomac Boat Club and maybe the coolest lifeguard photo ever). … Hey, check out this odd shot of Nicky Fotiu, wearing what appears to be a hybrid of the Rangers’ mid-’70s pants and socks and their standard jersey. “My guess it’s one of those 1976 pre-season ‘don’t want to show the folks the new unis yet’ games,” says Joe DeAngelis. … If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you’ll see that this term’s Supreme Court docket includes a case with interesting sports merchandising implications (big thanks to Jeff Fishman). … The FAMU Rattlers go with TNOB (with thanks to Shaun Tunick). … Tim Burke notes that Ohio University went NNOB on Saturday — weird, since they had NOBs the week before. … Check this out: the Korean flag, made out of sushi. Additional food-based national flags here (nice find by Kirsten). … Today’s Twins/Tigers game has its own logo. … OK, so you’ve seen all the Snickers ads with the cutesy phrases in the Snickers design motif. The point, of course, is that the Snickers logo is instantly identifiable, no matter what the letters are. All of which is particularly interesting in light of this analgesic product. … Think things can’t get any worse for the Rams? You’re right! Wait, no, you’re wrong. … The Dolphins’ orange jerseys are being revived (with thanks to Ted Hill). … Very cool shot of the NLDS logo being applied to the grass in Philly (big thanks to Nicole Haase). … Yet another weird college football NOB. “That’s T-Bob Hebert, LSU’s starting center,” explains Derek Ponamsky. “His dad is Bobby Hebert, who played in the NFL. There are no other Heberts on LSU’s roster, which makes this NOB even better.” Um, yes, “better,” okay. … The Cavs shot a bunch of media pics yesterday, providing the first look at their 40th-anniversary patch. I’ll have more to say about this and other NBA news later this week. … Whoa, guess I won’t be writing for Gourmet again. … Speaking of the fast-changing media world, bloggers are now being required to reveal any connections with stealth advertisers or freebie providers, so I’d like to go on record here and disclose that I’ve been on the Nike payroll all along and am actually the guy who designed all of Oregon’s recent uniforms. What can I say, uni news was slow and I need to spice things up. The only problem now is, what do I do with all these Air Jordans they gave me?

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185 comments to Yeah, But Can He Do It with One of Those Cheesehead Hats?

  • War Damn Eagle | October 6, 2009 at 8:19 am |

    Is there any difference between Hershey’s “Calder Cup Champions” jersey and the Red Sox/Phillies gold-trimmed World Series Champions jerseys?

    http://www.prosports...

    http://farm4.static....

  • Peter Wunsch | October 6, 2009 at 8:21 am |

    It should be Nick Fotiu

  • George | October 6, 2009 at 8:28 am |

    Is it me or do you think the Vikings should go back to the old jerseys? So much more simpler. No flashy side panels and awkwardly small NOB.

  • Wolverine Nation | October 6, 2009 at 8:31 am |

    Greg Sharp is incorrect. Michigan is playing Delaware State.

    See: http://www.mgoblue.c...

    Delaware State’s helmet is quite different:

    http://www.nationalc...

  • Erik | October 6, 2009 at 8:33 am |

    Michigan’s actually going to be playing Delaware State, so the only winged helmet awesomeness will be courtesy of the Maize and Blue.

    http://www.mgoblue.c...

  • Paul Lukas | October 6, 2009 at 8:34 am |

    [quote comment=”352359″]Greg Sharp is incorrect. Michigan is playing Delaware State.

    See: http://www.mgoblue.c...

    Delaware State’s helmet is quite different:

    http://www.nationalc...

    Ah, I see. My bad for not double-checking before posting that. Will remove it from the Ticker now.

  • glen | October 6, 2009 at 8:37 am |

    The pic of Ohio NNOB is quite the shot. The lineman is screaming, presumable getting his lower extremities crushed, and number 13 is gouging the BG back in the eye.

  • Jim | October 6, 2009 at 8:50 am |

    FNOB alert! OK, it’s a replica Bills’ jersey, but here is OJ Simpson wearing a full name on back jersey in a 1971 RC Cola commercial: http://www.youtube.c...
    Was the full name necessary? In 1971 wouldn’t the “Simpson” and 32 have been enough?

  • Namhob | October 6, 2009 at 8:53 am |

    Paul,

    Even if the Nike thing were true, I’m sure Powers would have something to say about what you should do with all those Air Jordans.

  • Elena | October 6, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    Well of course there’s a huge difference between the Hershey Bears gigantic chamionship-logo jerseys and the gold trimmed opening day jerseys the Cardinals, Sox and Phils wore after they won the Series.

  • Seth H | October 6, 2009 at 9:14 am |

    “It should be Nick Fotiu”

    Nick is referred to affectionately as “Nicky” by many of the Rangers faithful.

    (Trust this 42-year season ticket holder. If you look at the description of my Uniwatch membership card, you will see that the number was inspired by Nicky.)

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 9:20 am |

    I found it very interesting that Favre exuded the happy go lucky let’s have some fun football demeanor, as he usually does. Yet, on the other side, Ted Thompson, and his two henchman, looked like they were running audits for the Packer’s income statements; i.e. stiff postures, sitting behind a desk, donning suit and ties…….LOL I guess that’s how they get ready for some football. Outcome, Favre and the Vikes win. Stay tuned, at Green Bay next.

  • leon | October 6, 2009 at 9:23 am |

    Nick is referred to affectionately as “Nicky” by many of the Rangers faithful.

    It’s his nickname.

  • LocalDave | October 6, 2009 at 9:25 am |

    K, so you’ve seen all the Snickers ads with the cutesy phrases in the Snickers design motif. The point, of course, is that the Snickers logo is instantly identifiable, no matter what the letters are. All of which is particularly interesting in light of this analgesic product.

    What about the similarity to the NY Football Giants’ team name (“script”) logo? :

    http://www.chriscrea...
    http://www.chriscrea...

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 9:28 am |

    These Mitchell & Ness Sideline Track Jackets are just too cool. The Chargers and Patriots are my two favorites of the lot. At 150 bucks a pop, yikes!

  • Philly Al in NoCal | October 6, 2009 at 9:34 am |

    I predict Rush’s team roster will include a lot of gritty possession receivers and “students of the game.”

  • bluesfan | October 6, 2009 at 9:36 am |

    The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.

  • leon | October 6, 2009 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”352372″]I predict Rush’s team roster will include a lot of gritty possession receivers and “students of the game.”[/quote]
    And Donovan McNabb

  • Josh | October 6, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    Since these boards often comment on turf and fields, does anyone know how the grounds crews remove the mounds and cover up the base paths with turf (like in the metrodome)? Anyone who has played on turf knows it is anchored — you can see the stitching when on the field (or else the turf would move with players’ cuts). Moreover, the seams are dangerous (catch a cleat, etc…). Thanks.

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 9:56 am |

    [quote comment=”352375″]Since these boards often comment on turf and fields, does anyone know how the grounds crews remove the mounds and cover up the base paths with turf (like in the metrodome)? Anyone who has played on turf knows it is anchored — you can see the stitching when on the field (or else the turf would move with players’ cuts). Moreover, the seams are dangerous (catch a cleat, etc…). Thanks.[/quote]

    Mound at Metrodome is on a platform that’s raised and lowered through a—you guessed it—mound-shaped hole in the playing surface.

    —Ricko

  • toshi | October 6, 2009 at 9:57 am |

    mike mccarthy has been wearing the sharpie in his hat since at least last season – in one of those nfl network 2008 season-in-review shows (bloopers, miked up, one of ’em) there’s a clip of him searching for his precious sharpie to the point of starting to panic, only to finally realize he’d tucked it behind his ear instead of sticking it in the back of his cap where he normally does… priceless

  • The Jeff | October 6, 2009 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”352370″]K, so you’ve seen all the Snickers ads with the cutesy phrases in the Snickers design motif. The point, of course, is that the Snickers logo is instantly identifiable, no matter what the letters are. All of which is particularly interesting in light of this analgesic product.

    What about the similarity to the NY Football Giants’ team name (“script”) logo? :

    http://www.chriscrea...
    http://www.chriscrea...

    Eh, only if you look at them letter by letter.

    The Giants letters are rounder, and stuck together, and always underlined, and they lack the white highlights of the Snickers logo. The Snickers logo has never jumped out as a Giants rip-off to me.

  • bourbon soaked idiot | October 6, 2009 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.

  • mmwatkin | October 6, 2009 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”352372″]I predict Rush’s team roster will include a lot of gritty possession receivers and “students of the game.”[/quote]

    If any of the players are in pain, they will know where to go…

  • War Damn Eagle | October 6, 2009 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”352365″]Well of course there’s a huge difference between the Hershey Bears gigantic chamionship-logo jerseys and the gold trimmed opening day jerseys the Cardinals, Sox and Phils wore after they won the Series.[/quote]

    But it’s a hockey jersey. Hockey jerseys, by their nature, have big logos on them. Why would the Penguins, for example, do something like adding gold trim on their jerseys? Oh, wait . . .

  • mike 2 | October 6, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment=”352375″]Since these boards often comment on turf and fields, does anyone know how the grounds crews remove the mounds and cover up the base paths with turf (like in the metrodome)? Anyone who has played on turf knows it is anchored — you can see the stitching when on the field (or else the turf would move with players’ cuts). Moreover, the seams are dangerous (catch a cleat, etc…). Thanks.[/quote]

    My info might be out of date, but on astroturf fields the cutouts were basically zippered into the holes. You did have a raised seam where the zipper was hidden. there was some dirt that had to be removed to make the cutout lie flush with the field.

    I don’t believe that turf is anchored. Its incredibly heavy and stays in place by its own weight. A receiver cutting can’t budge a thick multi-acre rug.

  • Bob Gelles | October 6, 2009 at 10:16 am |

    Greg Jennings of the Packers looked like he was channeling the White Sox clam diggers. His socks went above the knee and his pants were cut to allow more room in the knees.

  • Namhob | October 6, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”352381″][quote comment=”352372″]I predict Rush’s team roster will include a lot of gritty possession receivers and “students of the game.”[/quote]

    If any of the players are in pain, they will know where to go…[/quote]
    So I guess, by extension of this premise, if they Dolphins get a bad call, Serena Williams will come down and tell the ref where she would like to shove the ball?

  • Hank | October 6, 2009 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”352383″][quote comment=”352375″]…
    I don’t believe that turf is anchored. Its incredibly heavy and stays in place by its own weight. A receiver cutting can’t budge a thick multi-acre rug.[/quote]
    Just ask Wendell Davis. http://sportsillustr...

  • mike 2 | October 6, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    There was a post yesterday about whether the NHL would recognize the 40th anniversary of the WHA (I said no) but it got me thinking.

    The one thing the NHL has more of than any other league is defunct teams. It would be interesting to have a “dead teams” throwback weekend – how cool would it be to see, for a couple of games, the Seals, or the Barons, Scouts, Rockies, Jets, Whalers, Nordiques, or go back even further to the Americans, Quakers and Maroons.

  • The Jeff | October 6, 2009 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”352385″][quote comment=”352381″][quote comment=”352372″]I predict Rush’s team roster will include a lot of gritty possession receivers and “students of the game.”[/quote]

    If any of the players are in pain, they will know where to go…[/quote]
    So I guess, by extension of this premise, if they Dolphins get a bad call, Serena Williams will come down and tell the ref where she would like to shove the ball?[/quote]

    That would be awesome.

  • peter | October 6, 2009 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”352387″]There was a post yesterday about whether the NHL would recognize the 40th anniversary of the WHA (I said no) but it got me thinking.

    The one thing the NHL has more of than any other league is defunct teams. It would be interesting to have a “dead teams” throwback weekend – how cool would it be to see, for a couple of games, the Seals, or the Barons, Scouts, Rockies, Jets, Whalers, Nordiques, or go back even further to the Americans, Quakers and Maroons.[/quote]

    Didn’t it take forever to get the Whalers gear going because Hartford (city) was pissed w/the NHL and I wouldn’t be surprised if other cities feel this way too…

    (awaiting to get schooled by Teebz, Ph. D.

  • tim | October 6, 2009 at 10:29 am |

    I noted this in the email to Paul, but for brevity sake he probably omitted it.

    Ohio’s equipment staff actually un-sewed the nameplates from the away jerseys after an ill-advised attempt to bleach the road whites after a muddy Tennessee game left many of the nameplates faded.

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”352387″]There was a post yesterday about whether the NHL would recognize the 40th anniversary of the WHA (I said no) but it got me thinking.

    The one thing the NHL has more of than any other league is defunct teams. It would be interesting to have a “dead teams” throwback weekend – how cool would it be to see, for a couple of games, the Seals, or the Barons, Scouts, Rockies, Jets, Whalers, Nordiques, or go back even further to the Americans, Quakers and Maroons.[/quote]

    There was a very brief window, back in 1992, where I followed the Nordiques because they had a very cool uniform/logo, and some great players recently acquired by that Lindros trade. It eventually got them a champhionship team, albeit in Colorado.

  • tom farley | October 6, 2009 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”352388″][quote comment=”352385″][quote comment=”352381″][quote comment=”352372″]I predict Rush’s team roster will include a lot of gritty possession receivers and “students of the game.”[/quote]

    If any of the players are in pain, they will know where to go…[/quote]
    So I guess, by extension of this premise, if they Dolphins get a bad call, Serena Williams will come down and tell the ref where she would like to shove the ball?[/quote]

    That would be awesome.[/quote]

    And the Dolphins’ new jerseys will have a neckline that bottoms out near the navel.

  • CJ | October 6, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    Did anyone else notice Sage Rosenfels’ sleeve stripes last night? It looked like the bottom third of the stripe wasn’t there.

    Obviously he was on the sidelines the whole game, but still.

  • John T | October 6, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr...

  • JohnnyO | October 6, 2009 at 10:40 am |

    Here is some local knowledge about Mike MacCarthy’s “sharpie in the hat” madness. Coach Mike has a red sharpie for the first half of the game, and a blue sharpie the 2nd half. Every game I notice this, because I know he will slip up one time so I can report it to Uni Watch. So far, not one screw up.

    It is strange how something so normal to myself and other Packer fans, is news to others. That is why I love UW so much, so we can share stuff just like this.

  • JustAGuyGuy | October 6, 2009 at 10:40 am |

    Tony Millionaire?

    Paul, you just became that much more awesome.

  • leon | October 6, 2009 at 10:42 am |

    Heard Miguel Cabrera will be a healthy scratch for today’s play-in game.

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”352397″]Heard Miguel Cabrera will be a healthy scratch for today’s play-in game.[/quote]

    he’s still hung

  • Jay | October 6, 2009 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.

  • joe | October 6, 2009 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”352356″]Is there any difference between Hershey’s “Calder Cup Champions” jersey and the Red Sox/Phillies gold-trimmed World Series Champions jerseys?

    http://www.prosports...

    http://farm4.static....
    let see, subtle gold trim or reasonably small patch vs taking off your team logo and putting a 12×12 champions logo in its place, yeah, totally the same.

  • peter | October 6, 2009 at 11:02 am |

    Re: Hershey Bears

    I like the Championship Jersey…truly unique…so what if it’s in your face…they won the calder Cup (again) and I love the detail of the cups on the bottom of the Jersey…

    Doesn’t soccer wear a defending champions patch in some leagues?

  • Paul Lukas | October 6, 2009 at 11:04 am |

    [quote comment=”352396″]Tony Millionaire?

    Paul, you just became that much more awesome.[/quote]

    I’m proud to have one of his strips as a signed/framed original on my wall. It captures my freelance lifestyle nicely:
    http://www.flickr.co...

  • Jeff | October 6, 2009 at 11:09 am |

    McCarthy’s Sharpie loop sewn? I’ll ask Marge.

  • Neil | October 6, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    Is no one going to comment on Brett Favre’s huge jersey he was wearing? It looks two sizes too big. It’s funny seeing a guy wear a jersey with actual sleeves on it, too.

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Noelski y que! | October 6, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    Nick Fotiu, one of the most underrated fighters on a team with little to no thugs

  • Paul Lukas | October 6, 2009 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”352403″]McCarthy’s Sharpie loop sewn? I’ll ask Marge.[/quote]

    Thanks, Jeff — let me know what you find out.

  • bourbon soaked idiot | October 6, 2009 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    Not all conservatives are racist, but Rush is.

  • Jay | October 6, 2009 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”352407″][quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    Not all conservatives are racist, but Rush is.[/quote]

    Why? Because he said that people wanted Donovan McNabb to do well because he was a black quarterback? Still don’t get the controversy about that one. Hell, I wanted Donovan to do well as a black quarterback, am I a racist too?

  • Kyle Hardee | October 6, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    Also last night Grant of the packers did wear green socks… he had on solid whites!!!

  • Kyle Hardee | October 6, 2009 at 11:23 am |

    *** I ment he did not!!!

  • jC... | October 6, 2009 at 11:31 am |

    The “4” on Favre’s jersey was off center again last night.

  • Jeff P | October 6, 2009 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”352408″][quote comment=”352407″][quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    Not all conservatives are racist, but Rush is.[/quote]

    Why? Because he said that people wanted Donovan McNabb to do well because he was a black quarterback? Still don’t get the controversy about that one. Hell, I wanted Donovan to do well as a black quarterback, am I a racist too?[/quote]
    Did you miss the “Barack the Magic Negro” thing?

    He’s shown it again and again, and how he’s shown it has nothing to do with football.

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    [quote]Hell, I wanted Donovan to do well as a black quarterback, am I a racist too?[/quote]

    reminds me of that old commercial (some of you may remember it)…little boy is talking to his grandfather, and the boy says something along the lines of “jimmy called me ‘prejudiced'”

    grandfather replies, “and who is jimmy?”

    kid “he’s one of my jewish friends”

    gramps: “well then you are prejudiced, since you think of jimmy as one of your ‘jewish friends’ and not just as one of your friends”

    …………..

    not saying it’s the same thing here…but wouldn’t you want donovan to do well as a quarterback period?

  • Paul Lukas | October 6, 2009 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”352412″][quote comment=”352408″][quote comment=”352407″][quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    Not all conservatives are racist, but Rush is.[/quote]

    Why? Because he said that people wanted Donovan McNabb to do well because he was a black quarterback? Still don’t get the controversy about that one. Hell, I wanted Donovan to do well as a black quarterback, am I a racist too?[/quote]
    Did you miss the “Barack the Magic Negro” thing?

    He’s shown it again and again, and how he’s shown it has nothing to do with football.[/quote]

    And that’s it for Rush commentary for today, thanks.

  • Jay | October 6, 2009 at 11:41 am |

    [quote comment=”352412″][quote comment=”352408″][quote comment=”352407″][quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    Not all conservatives are racist, but Rush is.[/quote]

    Why? Because he said that people wanted Donovan McNabb to do well because he was a black quarterback? Still don’t get the controversy about that one. Hell, I wanted Donovan to do well as a black quarterback, am I a racist too?[/quote]
    Did you miss the “Barack the Magic Negro” thing?

    He’s shown it again and again, and how he’s shown it has nothing to do with football.[/quote]

    Umm, were you aware that the term “magical negro” is an actual literary term that describes an specific meme or trope in literature? Probably not. In some cases using that trope demonstrates racism on the part of white authors, but using the term is not racist in and of itself. In fact, it’s a pretty accurate term to describe how many people, both black and white, liberal and conservative, look at President Obama.

  • Jay | October 6, 2009 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”352414″][quote comment=”352412″][quote comment=”352408″][quote comment=”352407″][quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    Not all conservatives are racist, but Rush is.[/quote]

    Why? Because he said that people wanted Donovan McNabb to do well because he was a black quarterback? Still don’t get the controversy about that one. Hell, I wanted Donovan to do well as a black quarterback, am I a racist too?[/quote]
    Did you miss the “Barack the Magic Negro” thing?

    He’s shown it again and again, and how he’s shown it has nothing to do with football.[/quote]

    And that’s it for Rush commentary for today, thanks.[/quote]

    You started it. Why do you start these things if you don’t want people to discuss them in the comments?

  • Bernard | October 6, 2009 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”352404″]Is no one going to comment on Brett Favre’s huge jersey he was wearing? It looks two sizes too big. It’s funny seeing a guy wear a jersey with actual sleeves on it, too.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    I was wondering the same thing. It looked gigantic!

  • bigo | October 6, 2009 at 11:47 am |

    Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.

  • Paul Lukas | October 6, 2009 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”352416″][quote comment=”352414″][quote comment=”352412″][quote comment=”352408″][quote comment=”352407″][quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    Not all conservatives are racist, but Rush is.[/quote]

    Why? Because he said that people wanted Donovan McNabb to do well because he was a black quarterback? Still don’t get the controversy about that one. Hell, I wanted Donovan to do well as a black quarterback, am I a racist too?[/quote]
    Did you miss the “Barack the Magic Negro” thing?

    He’s shown it again and again, and how he’s shown it has nothing to do with football.[/quote]

    And that’s it for Rush commentary for today, thanks.[/quote]

    You started it. Why do you start these things if you don’t want people to discuss them in the comments?[/quote]

    You started it! No, YOU started it!!! Thanks for bringing things down to a 3rd grade level.

    1) Yes, one of the nice things about running the site is that I get to decide when certain things start and stop. Is that fair? Nope. Too bad. You can do the same on your site if you like.

    2) My point wasn’t that Rush is a douchebag (although he almost certainly is); my point is that if he owns the team, he will become a distraction. Sort of like how he’s become a distraction to our comments section today.

    3) One reason he’ll become a distraction is that people will say inaccurate things about him. Sort of like when YOU inaccurately stated that Rush simply said people were rooting for McNabb because he’s black. What he actually said was that McNabb was OVERRATED BY THE MEDIA because he’s black — that’s a big difference, because it implies that McNabb had gotten an undeserved free ride and that his shortcomings had been overlooked. I’m not saying Rush was right or wrong about that, but I am saying that YOU were wrong when you inaccurately characterized his statements, and that helps spin the whole discussion out of control.

    The end.

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”352398″][quote comment=”352397″]Heard Miguel Cabrera will be a healthy scratch for today’s play-in game.[/quote]

    he’s still hung[/quote]
    I’d like to know which Sox player he was supposedly partying with on Saturday night.

  • Gusto44 | October 6, 2009 at 11:53 am |

    Getting back to uniforms, I know the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be wearing their creamsicle Bucco Bruce uniforms twice this year, does anyone have those dates?

    Interesting story about the Buccaneer orange pants, which were introduced during the Sam Wyche era. During that time, the Bucs wore all white, orange jersey/white pants, and orange pants/white jersey combos. I forget the year, but Wyche was either fired or knew the season finale at home was going to be his last game as Bucs head coach. Reportedly, Wyche was planning on the Bucs wearing all orange, just like the Tennessee Volunteers. But when Hardy Nickerson and some of the other players discovered this in the locker room on game day, they were so pissed off, Wyche was forced to change his mind, and the Bucs never did wear all orange.

  • Kellan | October 6, 2009 at 11:56 am |

    http://www.wwe.com/s...

    If you look at this slide show you’ll see the first group of ladies are all wearing either Roethlisberger, James Harrison, or Hines Ward jerseys… however on the back, they customized them each with the last names of the offensive linemen that Ben brought to the show with them (pics 10 & 11 are the only ones you can really see this). You can tell that they simply ran to the nearest sporting goods store and bought a bunch of off the shelf jerseys, then had the WWE seamstresses throw the letters on the back. Guess they were sold out of Chris Kemoeatu jerseys.

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”352359″]…maybe the coolest lifeguard photo ever)…[/quote]
    Slightly more leinent about the “disposing of the flag when it becomes tattered” rules in those days, weren’t they?

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    If there isn’t, they’d better shoot one pretty soon…

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”352394″]Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr... like a gigantic locker room for Spring training in that era.

  • Namhob | October 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Bernard | October 6, 2009 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”352424″][quote comment=”352359″]…maybe the coolest lifeguard photo ever)…[/quote]
    Slightly more leinent about the “disposing of the flag when it becomes tattered” rules in those days, weren’t they?[/quote]

    And is that a serious tan line under his pit, or what?

  • Jeff Mayer | October 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    Great write-up on the sports marketing case Paul mentioned up top. Implications go far beyond caps and jerseys:

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Ryan Johnston | October 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm |

    Nice work injecting personal politics into a fun topic. Go Romney!

    With that said Rush and Checketts can only be a positive for ownership compared to what we’ve endured most the decade.

    Please try and keep your giddy ideological poking aside. Makes it hard to enjoy the site.

  • Teebz | October 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”352389″][quote comment=”352387″]There was a post yesterday about whether the NHL would recognize the 40th anniversary of the WHA (I said no) but it got me thinking.

    The one thing the NHL has more of than any other league is defunct teams. It would be interesting to have a “dead teams” throwback weekend – how cool would it be to see, for a couple of games, the Seals, or the Barons, Scouts, Rockies, Jets, Whalers, Nordiques, or go back even further to the Americans, Quakers and Maroons.[/quote]

    Didn’t it take forever to get the Whalers gear going because Hartford (city) was pissed w/the NHL and I wouldn’t be surprised if other cities feel this way too…

    (awaiting to get schooled by Teebz, Ph. D.[/quote]

    You’re entirely correct. There’s no schooling. Hartford, Connecticut owned all rights and anything pertaining to the Hartford Whalers including the Brass Bonanza song. They recently came to an agreement with the NHL to have licensed merchandise produced with Whalers’ logos and colours.

    As for the rest, I doubt you’d ever see that. There is no team that would ever promote relocating in a league that is as potentially unstable as the NHL. Besides, they need help promoting themselves before they promote anyone else.

  • EddieAtari | October 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”352358″]Is it me or do you think the Vikings should go back to the old jerseys? So much more simpler. No flashy side panels and awkwardly small NOB.[/quote]

    Agreed. I know this blog is not a fan of the violet hue, but that is a classic look hands down.

  • LarenR | October 6, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?

  • Tony of Erie | October 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    Regarding the Hershey Bears wearing jerseys signifying their Calder Cup championship…

    The Montreal Canadiens wore this jersey in 1924 to signify their standing as World Champions.

  • leon | October 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?

    Please read post #20.

  • Tony of Erie | October 6, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”352431″][quote comment=”352389″][quote comment=”352387″]There was a post yesterday about whether the NHL would recognize the 40th anniversary of the WHA (I said no) but it got me thinking.

    The one thing the NHL has more of than any other league is defunct teams. It would be interesting to have a “dead teams” throwback weekend – how cool would it be to see, for a couple of games, the Seals, or the Barons, Scouts, Rockies, Jets, Whalers, Nordiques, or go back even further to the Americans, Quakers and Maroons.[/quote]

    Didn’t it take forever to get the Whalers gear going because Hartford (city) was pissed w/the NHL and I wouldn’t be surprised if other cities feel this way too…

    (awaiting to get schooled by Teebz, Ph. D.[/quote]

    You’re entirely correct. There’s no schooling. Hartford, Connecticut owned all rights and anything pertaining to the Hartford Whalers including the Brass Bonanza song. They recently came to an agreement with the NHL to have licensed merchandise produced with Whalers’ logos and colours.

    As for the rest, I doubt you’d ever see that. There is no team that would ever promote relocating in a league that is as potentially unstable as the NHL. Besides, they need help promoting themselves before they promote anyone else.[/quote]

    Additionally… I’m pretty sure the NHL didn’t merge with the WHA, they just absorbed the least of the failing teams into the league, unlike the AFL-NFL merger.

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko

  • Swine the Mad | October 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm |

    Even stranger about T-Bob Hebert: T-Bob is not his name. Like his father, it’s Bobby. Bobby Hebert, III.

    I think there might have been another Hebert on LSU’s roster last year, but I’m not sure.

  • bartusball | October 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”352399″][quote comment=”352380″][quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Ironic that Rush is a Steelers fan because you just know he will find a way around the Rooney Rule when he hires a head coach.[/quote]

    Ha ha, yeah, Rush is a conservative and conservatives are evil racists, ha ha. So funny.

    Two points:

    First, if you want to be serious rather than childishly partisan, Rush buying the team is a wonderful thing. Better to have a knowledgeable, passionate football fan as an owner, especially one who looks up to the Steelers’ organization, than some disinterested billionaire who knows nothing about the game.

    Second, Rush should find a way around the Rooney Rule because it’s ridiculously racist. Do teams have to allow a certain number of white players try out for cornerback or running back? Why not? Those positions are almost exclusively filled by black players.

    I’m black and I’m embarrassed by the Rooney Rule’s insinuation that black guys can only get good jobs because of some mercy rule.[/quote]

    When Bill Cowher retired, the Steelers organization was scrutinized by many as to how closely they would follow the Rooney rule. When Mike Tomlin was hired it certainly raised a few eyebrows.

    I don’t know whether or not the Rooney rule had any bearing on his being given a chance at an interview or not. As a Steelers fan, this was a great selection! The man can flat out coach. That is and should be the bottom line.

  • chiwei hu | October 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm |

    A forgotten episode in Seahawks history. Brian Bosworth rips off jersey at 5:30 mark and has to wear #52 replacement jersey.

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 12:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”352440″]A forgotten episode in Seahawks history. Brian Bosworth rips off jersey at 5:30 mark and has to wear #52 replacement jersey.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Isn’t Brian Bosworth pretty much a forgotten episode in Seahawk history?

    Well, except for when Bo Jackson ran him over like a cheap lawn chair, of course.

    —Ricko

  • LarenR | October 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”352435″]Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?

    Please read post #20.[/quote]
    I did read #20 (that\’s why I mentioned the mound specifically), but that sounded really odd, so I was trying to see that on the video and was unable to do so…

    [quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Thanks for the clarification, Ricko.

  • mmwatkin | October 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think that is right. I have read that the mound platform is transported by a forklift and stored under the stands. if you look at the video, you can see them pour dirt on the platform and form the mound.

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    From Twins website…

    “Pitchers Mound: Powered by an electric motor, the mound can be raised and lowered at the push of a butto; the mound weighs 23,000 pounds and is 18 feer in diameter.”
    http://www.twinnin.c...

    But, hey, what do I know.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko

  • Pedro | October 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”352443″][quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think that is right. I have read that the mound platform is transported by a forklift and stored under the stands. if you look at the video, you can see them pour dirt on the platform and form the mound.[/quote]

    I agree, the place on the turf where the mound goes looks like the mound is built on top of the turf. Could be wrong but thats just the way it looks. On a related note, ESPN showed a groundskeeper vacuming (did I spell that right?) the purple paint in the endzones right after the game. How does that work, and what kind of paint do they use that can be sucked right up like that? Did anyone else see this, it was on Sportscenter right after the game. Anyway leave it to Ricko to plant another quandry in our heads, like the damn white or brown bronco.

  • Pedro | October 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm |

    …excuse me BLUE or brown bronco.

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”352443″][quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think that is right. I have read that the mound platform is transported by a forklift and stored under the stands. if you look at the video, you can see them pour dirt on the platform and form the mound.[/quote]

    charley finley laughs at your technology

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm |

    Sorry, not Twins website. A Twins info website, using material from the Metrodome spec sheets.

  • mmwatkin | October 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”352444″]From Twins website…

    “Pitchers Mound: Powered by an electric motor, the mound can be raised and lowered at the push of a butto; the mound weighs 23,000 pounds and is 18 feer in diameter.”
    http://www.twinnin.c...

    But, hey, what do I know.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Weird:

    http://www.nytimes.c...

    “Gardenhire also wondered about the condition of the pitching mound and right field. The mound is lifted off the field by forklift and stored under the stands, and the retractable football stands roll out onto right field.”

    I am not going to doubt the Twins official website, but it odd that there was no mention of it in the article and no evidence of it on the tape (you can see them put down three pieces of a circular platform and truck in dirt)

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”352445″][quote comment=”352443″][quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think that is right. I have read that the mound platform is transported by a forklift and stored under the stands. if you look at the video, you can see them pour dirt on the platform and form the mound.[/quote]

    I agree, the place on the turf where the mound goes looks like the mound is built on top of the turf. Could be wrong but thats just the way it looks. On a related note, ESPN showed a groundskeeper vacuming (did I spell that right?) the purple paint in the endzones right after the game. How does that work, and what kind of paint do they use that can be sucked right up like that? Did anyone else see this, it was on Sportscenter right after the game. Anyway leave it to Ricko to plant another quandry in our heads, like the damn white or brown bronco.[/quote]

    Yes, they DO vacuum up the paint. Pretty much SOP on artificial turf. Paint is designed for that purpose, so that it CAN be so easily removed.

    —Ricko

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”352441″]
    Isn’t Brian Bosworth pretty much a forgotten episode in Seahawk history?
    [/quote]
    National
    Communists
    Against
    Athletes

    I wonder where he is today?

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote]Anyway leave it to Ricko to plant another quandry in our heads, like the damn white or brown bronco.[/quote]

    unlike the dark helmut decal, we have a color photo of the white bronco

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”352450″]
    Yes, they DO vacuum up the paint. Pretty much SOP on artificial turf. Paint is designed for that purpose, so that it CAN be so easily removed.
    [/quote]
    Always wondered about this.

    Twins have that rubber pellet infill, don’t they?

    I know when they put down a football field (earlier days of this newest turf) they made a big deal of saying that the turf wasn’t put down all green: rather, nine yards and 30 inches of green, six inches of white, etc… the color came from the factory rather than being applied on- site.

    I’d love to know how they don’t vaccum up the pellets. Another timelapse for another day I guess.

  • mmwatkin | October 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”352453″][quote comment=”352450″]
    Yes, they DO vacuum up the paint. Pretty much SOP on artificial turf. Paint is designed for that purpose, so that it CAN be so easily removed.
    [/quote]
    Always wondered about this.

    Twins have that rubber pellet infill, don’t they?

    I know when they put down a football field (earlier days of this newest turf) they made a big deal of saying that the turf wasn’t put down all green: rather, nine yards and 30 inches of green, six inches of white, etc… the color came from the factory rather than being applied on- site.

    I’d love to know how they don’t vaccum up the pellets. Another timelapse for another day I guess.[/quote]

    Also from the NYT article:

    “Lester said it takes four to five hours to convert the stadium from baseball to football. The switch back, however, can take up to 12 hours because workers must scrub the football lines off the field. That means scrubbing latex paint off artificial turf. “No matter how many people you throw at the project, it takes the same amount of time to dry,” Lester said.”

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”352447″]charley finley laughs at your technology[/quote]
    Sox had roughly the same thing during the “artifical turf infield, natural grass outfield” era. They didn’t have the cute bunny, but the basket that raised and lowered was there.

    I’d imagine that would be a lawsuit waiting to happen these days, like the old tarp rolling machine in St. Louis.

  • EddieAtari | October 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm |

    Phil, any news or updates on the baseball cap design contest for the Sartell (Minn.) High School Sabres?

  • Doc | October 6, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”352443″][quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think that is right. I have read that the mound platform is transported by a forklift and stored under the stands. if you look at the video, you can see them pour dirt on the platform and form the mound.[/quote]

    I remember during a Twins game maybe a month ago Dick and Bert were talking about how the mound was taken off by forklift in a few sections and stored under the stands. It used to be lowered under the field, but that’s not the case anymore.

  • DJ | October 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm |

    I know when they put down a football field (earlier days of this newest turf) they made a big deal of saying that the turf wasn’t put down all green: rather, nine yards and 30 inches of green, six inches of white, etc… the color came from the factory rather than being applied on- site.

    Many of the new artifical turf fields are like that. A couple, where it was planned at the beginning to have lots of switchovers from football to soccer and back, are not. For example, Gillette Stadium and Qwest Field have solid green turf fields with all the lines painted on. IIRC, the new turf surface at Kinnick Stadium at the U. of Iowa has sewn-on lines of the type described above.

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”352457″][quote comment=”352443″][quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think that is right. I have read that the mound platform is transported by a forklift and stored under the stands. if you look at the video, you can see them pour dirt on the platform and form the mound.[/quote]

    I remember during a Twins game maybe a month ago Dick and Bert were talking about how the mound was taken off by forklift in a few sections and stored under the stands. It used to be lowered under the field, but that’s not the case anymore.[/quote]

    I was wondering if that might not be the case. I now originally they made a big deal out of the raise-lower feature…video on local TV, etc. But they could well have changed it over the years. I’ll admit to not paying strict attention. But I do know if was one of those “features” of the Dome that got trumpeted at one time.

    —Ricko

  • Pedro | October 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”352454″][quote comment=”352453″][quote comment=”352450″]
    Yes, they DO vacuum up the paint. Pretty much SOP on artificial turf. Paint is designed for that purpose, so that it CAN be so easily removed.
    [/quote]
    Always wondered about this.

    Twins have that rubber pellet infill, don’t they?

    I know when they put down a football field (earlier days of this newest turf) they made a big deal of saying that the turf wasn’t put down all green: rather, nine yards and 30 inches of green, six inches of white, etc… the color came from the factory rather than being applied on- site.

    I’d love to know how they don’t vaccum up the pellets. Another timelapse for another day I guess.[/quote]

    Also from the NYT article:

    “Lester said it takes four to five hours to convert the stadium from baseball to football. The switch back, however, can take up to 12 hours because workers must scrub the football lines off the field. That means scrubbing latex paint off artificial turf. “No matter how many people you throw at the project, it takes the same amount of time to dry,” Lester said.”[/quote]

    Which leads me to ask, if they can suck up the endzone paint why can’t they suck up the field lines, as opposed to having to scrub it off?

    Regarding the rubber pellets i figure the vacuum either has some kind of filter, or the just suck everything up (paint and pellets) then brush the filed to spread the remaing pellets evenly.

  • mmwatkin | October 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm |

    So…do the twins have to hire an actual groundkeeping team now that they will have real grass?

  • Namhob | October 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”352453″][quote comment=”352450″]
    Yes, they DO vacuum up the paint. Pretty much SOP on artificial turf. Paint is designed for that purpose, so that it CAN be so easily removed.
    [/quote]
    Always wondered about this.

    Twins have that rubber pellet infill, don’t they?

    I know when they put down a football field (earlier days of this newest turf) they made a big deal of saying that the turf wasn’t put down all green: rather, nine yards and 30 inches of green, six inches of white, etc… the color came from the factory rather than being applied on- site.

    I’d love to know how they don’t vaccum up the pellets. Another timelapse for another day I guess.[/quote]
    That brings up one of the least appreciated jobs at the Metrodome; the person who has to sift through the paint and pick the rubber pellets out. :-)

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”352460″][quote comment=”352454″][quote comment=”352453″][quote comment=”352450″]
    Yes, they DO vacuum up the paint. Pretty much SOP on artificial turf. Paint is designed for that purpose, so that it CAN be so easily removed.
    [/quote]
    Always wondered about this.

    Twins have that rubber pellet infill, don’t they?

    I know when they put down a football field (earlier days of this newest turf) they made a big deal of saying that the turf wasn’t put down all green: rather, nine yards and 30 inches of green, six inches of white, etc… the color came from the factory rather than being applied on- site.

    I’d love to know how they don’t vaccum up the pellets. Another timelapse for another day I guess.[/quote]

    Also from the NYT article:

    “Lester said it takes four to five hours to convert the stadium from baseball to football. The switch back, however, can take up to 12 hours because workers must scrub the football lines off the field. That means scrubbing latex paint off artificial turf. “No matter how many people you throw at the project, it takes the same amount of time to dry,” Lester said.”[/quote]

    Which leads me to ask, if they can suck up the endzone paint why can’t they suck up the field lines, as opposed to having to scrub it off?

    Regarding the rubber pellets i figure the vacuum either has some kind of filter, or the just suck everything up (paint and pellets) then brush the filed to spread the remaing pellets evenly.[/quote]

    i’ve wondered about that. Sorta figured the decorative paint was different than the field stripes, probably less susceptible to coming off on contact. You see players unis pick up the colors from logos, etc., quite often, but rarely does someone get up with the 35-yard-line smeared on him.

    Would make sense for a different chemically based paint to use at stadia changing the end zone colors (etc.) from one team to another…say places like Giants Stadium or Heinz Field…but where the field markings remain the same. Its that colorful stuff that can be vacuumed up, I think.

    —Ricko

  • Matt | October 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm |

    Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?

  • Kek | October 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”352369″]Nick is referred to affectionately as “Nicky” by many of the Rangers faithful.

    It’s his nickname.[/quote]
    I prefer to call him what we in Johnstown do: a horrible hockey coach

  • Snowdan | October 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm |

    Ricko,

    You’re right, they used to lower the mound underneath the playing surface, but when we got the new turf a few years back they stopped it for some reason.

    Dan

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    “I’d love to know how they don’t vaccum up the pellets. Another timelapse for another day I guess.”

    Aren’t really pellets. What gets vacuumed up are tiny black specks (basically the surface is made from old tires) and blades of fake green grass. That’s why the surfaces don’t last forever. Literally, they “shed” themselves out of existence.

    I play softball all winter long on exactly the same surface as the Metrodome in an air supported practice dome over the football field at a local private high school. If you slide or dive you get little black specks all over you. Your shoes get fake grass stuck to ’em, too. Pain in the ass to wipe/pick it all off. And it’s worse after it’s freshly vacuumed. Shoes get absolutely covered with green, almost like freshly mown grass.

    I often think those damn black specks that stay on things even after washing are one of the reasons more high schools and colleges are going to dark pants and dark socks. Cuz the black specs don’t show.

    —Ricko

  • Hott Rodd | October 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”352464″]Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?[/quote]

    but he’s played for 4 teams..

  • JimV19 | October 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”352464″]Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?[/quote]

    Didn’t see that, but last night in the comments I showed this shot: http://a.espncdn.com...

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”352456″]Phil, any news or updates on the baseball cap design contest for the Sartell (Minn.) High School Sabres?[/quote]

    yes, expect it to run this saturday…some AWESOME submissions from 20 or so readers

    (also, since you participated, expect an e-mail, hopefully today or tomorrow, alerting you to this)

    thanks for the interest and participating!

  • Namhob | October 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”352470″][quote comment=”352464″]Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?[/quote]

    Didn’t see that, but last night in the comments I showed this shot: http://a.espncdn.com...
    Here’s my thrown together version (minus the Falcons).

    http://i400.photobuc...

  • mmwatkin | October 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”352470″][quote comment=”352464″]Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?[/quote]

    Didn’t see that, but last night in the comments I showed this shot: http://a.espncdn.com...

    There is something seriously wrong with that picture.

  • Namhob | October 6, 2009 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”352473″][quote comment=”352470″][quote comment=”352464″]Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?[/quote]

    Didn’t see that, but last night in the comments I showed this shot: http://a.espncdn.com...

    There is something seriously wrong with that picture.[/quote]
    I know, right! That’s TERRIBLE representation of the Jets…

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”352473″][quote comment=”352470″][quote comment=”352464″]Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?[/quote]

    Didn’t see that, but last night in the comments I showed this shot: http://a.espncdn.com...

    There is something seriously wrong with that picture.[/quote]

    Yes, she appears to have slightly more teeth than the normal new-this-year “Horny” variety of Cheesehead.

  • peter | October 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm |

    I’d prefer if all Jets fans would join me in keeping references to Favre forgotten and unspoken…

    *(wait till that clunker breaks down in the stretch this year too…costing 2 HC jobs this year…well, Mangini had to go regardless…)

  • Josh | October 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm |

    “updated” NFL logos:

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”352476″]I’d prefer if all Jets fans would join me in keeping references to Favre forgotten and unspoken…

    *(wait till that clunker breaks down in the stretch this year too…costing 2 HC jobs this year…well, Mangini had to go regardless…)[/quote]

    Ah, he sucks (a “clunker”) because he’s old? Ever hear of Nolan Ryan, Gordie Howe, George Blanda….
    (and we’ll reserve the right to ask you about that again when you’re 40 or so).

    –Ricko

  • Jeff | October 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm |

    Who said basketball uniforms had to match?

    http://www.shorpy.co...

  • Everyone not posting | October 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”352419″]
    The end.[/quote]

    Thank you

  • JimV19 | October 6, 2009 at 3:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”352477″]”updated” NFL logos:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    That was pretty funny. Thanks, Josh!

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”352477″]”updated” NFL logos:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    *lol* Yep, that’s about right.

  • peter | October 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    actually Ricko: 1st knowing the Jets were a 1 year layover until Minnesota, 2)his Garbage play down the last 5 games 3) His lack of team unity…yeah, he had a “clunker” of a year…

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”352482″][quote comment=”352477″]”updated” NFL logos:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    *lol* Yep, that’s about right.[/quote]

    OMG! Did you see the secnd set? Even more hilarious.

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”352484″][quote comment=”352482″][quote comment=”352477″]”updated” NFL logos:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    *lol* Yep, that’s about right.[/quote]

    OMG! Did you see the secnd set? Even more hilarious.[/quote]

    http://a.espncdn.com...

  • JimV19 | October 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

    “That’s T-Bob Hebert, LSU’s starting center,” explains Derek Ponamsky. “His dad is Bobby Hebert, who played in the NFL.”

    Let’s not forget the USFL, where he was a champion with the Michigan Panthers http://www.oursports... and a near-champion with the Oakland Invaders. http://www.oursports...

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”352486″]“That’s T-Bob Hebert, LSU’s starting center,” explains Derek Ponamsky. “His dad is Bobby Hebert, who played in the NFL.”

    Let’s not forget the USFL, where he was a champion with the Michigan Panthers http://www.oursports... and a near-champion with the Oakland Invaders. http://www.oursports...

    The Oakland Invaders must have stole that logo from the same cheap ass clip art book the Orlando Thunder got their logo.

  • JimV19 | October 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”352487″][quote comment=”352486″]“That’s T-Bob Hebert, LSU’s starting center,” explains Derek Ponamsky. “His dad is Bobby Hebert, who played in the NFL.”

    Let’s not forget the USFL, where he was a champion with the Michigan Panthers http://www.oursports... and a near-champion with the Oakland Invaders. http://www.oursports...

    The Oakland Invaders must have stole that logo from the same cheap ass clip art book the Orlando Thunder got their logo.[/quote]

    I thought they got it from the army or air force.
    This was the closest I could find http://images.milbad... but didn’t some military division use the Invaders logo?

  • Squiddie | October 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”352451″][quote comment=”352441″]
    Isn’t Brian Bosworth pretty much a forgotten episode in Seahawk history?
    [/quote]
    National
    Communists
    Against
    Athletes

    I wonder where he is today?[/quote]

    Selling real estate in Malibu. You can find him online.

    Plus his sons play (played?) for UCLA.

  • Squiddie | October 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”352461″]So…do the twins have to hire an actual groundkeeping team now that they will have real grass?[/quote]

    They stole the Nationals’ groundskeeper. It’s 1961 all over again!

    Here’s the MLB article.

  • -Vince | October 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”352464″]Did anyone else see in the shots of the crowd the two guys wearing jerseys that were compilations of all three of the teams Favre has played for? If so any screen shots?[/quote]

    He has played for at least 4

    http://monkeyinmymin...

  • Jordan Sogn | October 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”352489″][quote comment=”352451″][quote comment=”352441″]
    Isn’t Brian Bosworth pretty much a forgotten episode in Seahawk history?
    [/quote]
    National
    Communists
    Against
    Athletes

    I wonder where he is today?[/quote]

    Selling real estate in Malibu. You can find him online.

    Plus his sons play (played?) for UCLA.[/quote]

    His nephews play for UCLA…you can also see him on the sidelines at a handful of OU games each year.

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”352488″][quote comment=”352487″][quote comment=”352486″]“That’s T-Bob Hebert, LSU’s starting center,” explains Derek Ponamsky. “His dad is Bobby Hebert, who played in the NFL.”

    Let’s not forget the USFL, where he was a champion with the Michigan Panthers http://www.oursports... and a near-champion with the Oakland Invaders. http://www.oursports...

    The Oakland Invaders must have stole that logo from the same cheap ass clip art book the Orlando Thunder got their logo.[/quote]

    I thought they got it from the army or air force.
    This was the closest I could find http://images.milbad... but didn’t some military division use the Invaders logo?[/quote]

    Yea, seems familiar, maybe within some sort of crest? On second look, it’s not as bad as the Thunder logo, in and of itself.

  • joe | October 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”352437″][quote comment=”352433″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...
    That was awesome. I learned two things: that white back wall in the upper deck is removable and they put the baggie on the right field retractable seats before they stow the seats. Cool. Never did get a good sense of what they did with the mound, though. It almost looked like they just built it on top of the football turf. Could that possibly be what they did (it seems pretty unlikely…)?[/quote]

    I posted it already today. The Metrodome mound is on a platform that raises and lowers it from below. When lowered, a fitted cover fills the hole. That process doesn’t show in the time lapse. Probably because it happens very quickly.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I thought it was on a platform, but in the time lapse you can see that its being laid down from the 1st base to 3rd base side.

  • joe | October 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm |

    Actually some show in the last year or 2 was showing the transformation of RFK from baseball to soccer. They did retract the mound in to the ground. And moved seating sections, it was really cool.

  • Steve Naismith | October 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm |

    “Until last night, I didn’t realize that Packers coach Mike McCarthy liked to keep a Sharpie hanging from the back of his cap.”

    McCarthy is part of an elite group of individuals, known as the “PEN15” club. Do you want to join?

  • JTH | October 6, 2009 at 5:43 pm |

    Mike McCarthy’s Sharpie halftime switcharoo has never been mentioned in a main entry and/or the ticker? That’s truly shocking.

    I know I’ve seen it mentioned here in the comments before.

    Incidentally, when wearing a cap, the easiest way to hold a pen is to just put it between your temple and the sweatband.

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 6:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”352489″]Selling real estate in Malibu. You can find him online.[/quote]
    Oooh, the Boz, the rebel, need my own number-screw the NFL’s numbering scheme: you mean he’s working for the man these days??

    He’s on the list (somewhere behind Mandarich) for “biggest fall from an egotistical mountain”.

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 6:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”352463″]

    i’ve wondered about that. Sorta figured the decorative paint was different than the field stripes, probably less susceptible to coming off on contact. You see players unis pick up the colors from logos, etc., quite often, but rarely does someone get up with the 35-yard-line smeared on him.

    Would make sense for a different chemically based paint to use at stadia changing the end zone colors (etc.) from one team to another…say places like Giants Stadium or Heinz Field…but where the field markings remain the same. Its that colorful stuff that can be vacuumed up, I think.[/quote]

    I sense a research project being assigned to one of UniWatchBlog’s finest contributors… :-)

  • Ken | October 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm |

    I actually think the Hershey jerseys aren’t too ridiculous. Check out the uniforms World Series winners wore in the 1900s and 1910s. “World’s Champion” on the front all season!

  • anotherguy | October 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”352467″]I play softball all winter long on exactly the same surface as the Metrodome in an air supported practice dome over the football field at a local private high school. If you slide or dive you get little black specks all over you. Your shoes get fake grass stuck to ’em, too. Pain in the ass to wipe/pick it all off. And it’s worse after it’s freshly vacuumed. Shoes get absolutely covered with green, almost like freshly mown grass.[/quote]They say the pellets kind of get tamped down over the years, so there’s less “pellet dust” being thrown after each 3-yard gain in years two and three than right after installation.

    Also, there are (or at least were) two competing firms: FieldTurf and AstroPlay. The difference between the two was that one use pure rubber pellets as infill, and the other used a mixture of sand with the rubber.

    As far as age and when they wear out: AFAIK, Nebraska has one of the oldest installations on it’s practice field. They’re probably being watched for longevity, as they probably put as much wear-and-tear on their field as anyone.

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 6:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”352500″]I actually think the Hershey jerseys aren’t too ridiculous. Check out the uniforms World Series winners wore in the 1900s and 1910s. “World’s Champion” on the front all season![/quote]

    it was actually only 3 teams, but yeah…

    they had some stones

  • Joe | October 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm |

    The Cavs’ 40th Season logo (it’s not the anniversary, since they started in 1970-71) has been out for about two weeks in Cleveland. It’s not bad, but I don’t know why they went with beveled letters for the Roman Numerals, since they’ve been using the swashbuckler style for a while now and even when they attempted a modern look, didn’t use beveled lettering. I would have gone with the swoopy, italicized font they use for their wordmark.

  • Geoff | October 6, 2009 at 7:14 pm |

    Don’t have time to do the research (might be on some bio sheet on Packers.com or something), but I seem to remember hearing that McCarthy’s Sharpies are some sort of tribute to an old coach/mentor of his. He switches at halftime because the other guy did.

    This was last-throw-away-story-on-the-6-o’clock-news material back when Mike was hired, so I guess I just assumed it had made the rounds. Just one of those little quirks/superstitions that all athletes and coaches have, I guess.

  • Chris | October 6, 2009 at 7:34 pm |

    Are NFL jerseys made out of a different material this year? I don’t remember watching games on TV before and seeing so many crinkled up jerseys. It seems like one tackle and the jersey stays the wrinkled mess that it is. I don’t remember this happening before.

  • Dwayne | October 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”352373″]The Checketts/Limbaugh potential purchase of the Rams is a VERY GOOD thing. Limbaugh is an avid football fan (yes, he is a die hard Steelers fan) and Checketts has done great things for the Blues.

    This makes things far better for the Rams, not worse.[/quote]

    Yes, this will be a good thing for the Rams.

  • Shaun | October 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”352505″]Are NFL jerseys made out of a different material this year? I don’t remember watching games on TV before and seeing so many crinkled up jerseys. It seems like one tackle and the jersey stays the wrinkled mess that it is. I don’t remember this happening before.[/quote]

    ive noticed the same thing. if they are, i doubt paul can tell us anything bout it…

  • Jeff P | October 6, 2009 at 7:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”352505″]Are NFL jerseys made out of a different material this year? I don’t remember watching games on TV before and seeing so many crinkled up jerseys. It seems like one tackle and the jersey stays the wrinkled mess that it is. I don’t remember this happening before.[/quote]
    The giant’s are, and Paul has mentioned it on several occasions, and was notified in advance by Joe Skiba, ect.

    And yes, it is that new material and cut causing the Giant’s jerseys to wrinkle like that.

  • Shaun | October 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm |

    if anyone has a DVR or has the game recording, try and go back to right before the twins mound visit top 8 one out. you see a shot in the twins dugout of gardenhire and his pitching coach, and one of them has a patch on the right sleeve of his jacket the other doesnt. screenshot anyone?

  • Shaun | October 6, 2009 at 7:52 pm |

    [quote comment=\”352508\”][quote comment=\”352505\”]Are NFL jerseys made out of a different material this year? I don\’t remember watching games on TV before and seeing so many crinkled up jerseys. It seems like one tackle and the jersey stays the wrinkled mess that it is. I don\’t remember this happening before.[/quote]
    The giant\’s are, and Paul has mentioned it on several occasions, and was notified in advance by Joe Skiba, ect.

    And yes, it is that new material and cut causing the Giant\’s jerseys to wrinkle like that.[/quote]

    yeah, but ive seen it on every team… not just the Giants

  • Dwayne | October 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”352426″][quote comment=”352394″]Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr... like a gigantic locker room for Spring training in that era.[/quote]

    Those are shower shoes.

    You can buy them at Cosby’s in New York. Not exactly the ones pictured, but without the strap.

  • Nickel | October 6, 2009 at 8:05 pm |

    I don’t want to go through all the comments so I don’t know if this has been posted yet, but great shots in this NYTimes slideshow about switching the Metrodome from baseball to football. Some nice pics of scraping the Vikings logo off the field and switching out retired numbers.

  • Chris | October 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”352510″][quote comment=\”352508\”][quote comment=\”352505\”]Are NFL jerseys made out of a different material this year? I don\’t remember watching games on TV before and seeing so many crinkled up jerseys. It seems like one tackle and the jersey stays the wrinkled mess that it is. I don\’t remember this happening before.[/quote]
    The giant\’s are, and Paul has mentioned it on several occasions, and was notified in advance by Joe Skiba, ect.

    And yes, it is that new material and cut causing the Giant\’s jerseys to wrinkle like that.[/quote]

    yeah, but ive seen it on every team… not just the Giants[/quote]

    Exactly, it was all over the MNF game last night. Any time the jerseys are tugged on or wet (sweat or water) they get all wrinkled up and don’t go back to normal. This used to just happen to someone like a lineman with a jersey 3 sizes too small. Now it happens to people at every position and not only when the jersey is too tight.

  • =bg= | October 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”352485″][quote comment=”352484″][quote comment=”352482″][quote comment=”352477″]”updated” NFL logos:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    *lol* Yep, that’s about right.[/quote]

    OMG! Did you see the secnd set? Even more hilarious.[/quote]

    http://a.espncdn.com...

    Those are great.

  • JimV19 | October 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...

    While watching that cool video I came across the FANtastic DIY project:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Reid | October 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm |

    In the words of the great George Costanza…

    “I can’t carry a pen, I’m afraid I’ll puncture my scrotum”

  • M.Princip | October 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”352516″][quote comment=”352427″][quote comment=”352418″]Does anyone know if their is a time elapsed video showing the changes at the Metrodome between football and baseball.[/quote]
    I think this should suit your purposes…

    http://www.youtube.c...

    While watching that cool video I came across the FANtastic DIY project:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    That is impressive. Now, he just needs to get into the details of the interior.

  • =bg= | October 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm |

    This Twins/Tigers game might be one of the best games I have ever seen.

  • nick | October 6, 2009 at 9:21 pm |

    Pretty sure all non-fitted hats have those. It’s called a velcro strap. Nothing special, not sure what you’re seeing there Paul.

  • Taxman | October 6, 2009 at 9:26 pm |

    Does anyone remember the cnaceled preseason game between the Ravens and Eagles in 2001? It was featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks. The Vet was still the home of the Phils and Eagles and there were ridges and gouges in the playing surface where the bases and/or mound were covered. Brian Billick and the Ravens refused to take the field after warmups and got on the bus back to Baltimore.

  • Chris | October 6, 2009 at 9:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”352511″][quote comment=”352426″][quote comment=”352394″]Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr... like a gigantic locker room for Spring training in that era.[/quote]

    Those are shower shoes.

    You can buy them at Cosby’s in New York. Not exactly the ones pictured, but without the strap.[/quote]
    This has nothing to do with the shoes, but does anyone know where to buy an undershirt similar to the one the Mantle, and many other ballplayers of old, wore? The closest I’ve come is from J. Peterman, but it’s $60 and to me that’s a little much.

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 9:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”352511″][quote comment=”352426″][quote comment=”352394″]Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr... like a gigantic locker room for Spring training in that era.[/quote]

    Those are shower shoes.

    You can buy them at Cosby’s in New York. Not exactly the ones pictured, but without the strap.[/quote]

    your shower shoes have fungus on them….you’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes

  • Jeff P | October 6, 2009 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”352519″]This Twins/Tigers game might be one of the best games I have ever seen.[/quote]
    As a yankees fan, I’m loving it. The whole extra innings and both teams using up pitchers part.

  • Chris | October 6, 2009 at 9:45 pm |

    It would appear as though Mr. Favre’s sleeve stripes did not encircle the entire sleeve. http://sports.espn.g...

  • Jeff P | October 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”352520″]Pretty sure all non-fitted hats have those. It’s called a velcro strap. Nothing special, not sure what you’re seeing there Paul.[/quote]

    Look again. It’s a strech fit hat, not an adjustable.

    Paul mentions in the post that with the adjustable hats he did just stick them through the strap. But there’s no strap on the strech fit.

  • JTH | October 6, 2009 at 9:49 pm |

    Wow. Tiebreaker games in the AL Central two years in a row and they were both fantastic.

    Congrats to the Twinkies, although I was hoping for the Tigers to win for the better uni matchup. On the other hand, I love to see a team collapse after they’ve got the division “locked up”. (Sorry Tigers fans.)

  • Taxman | October 6, 2009 at 9:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”352525″]It would appear as though Mr. Favre’s sleeve stripes did not encircle the entire sleeve. http://sports.espn.g...
    It’s been many years since most game jerseys have had stripes that went all the way around. The extra sleeve gusset was pretty common even before the complete chopping down of sleeves became common.

  • LI Phil | October 6, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  • Alex | October 6, 2009 at 10:10 pm |

    i have a qustion regarding the miami dolphins logo.
    the logo that i have always assumed was the dolphins primary logo was the one that has been on their helmet, also the one on the website.
    http://www.miamidolp...

    but earlier this summer i saw a different logo used in the miami herald, with a meaner looking dolphin as well as having less rays on the sun, that logo can be seen here
    http://sports.espn.g...

    does anyone know where this logo came from?

  • Carl | October 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”352529″]nice[/quote]

    Very nice. Now to rest up before the Spankees.

  • Ricko | October 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”352525″]It would appear as though Mr. Favre’s sleeve stripes did not encircle the entire sleeve. http://sports.espn.g...

    Many, many jerseys of that era were like that. Perhaps new to you, but not new.

  • Mike R. | October 6, 2009 at 11:07 pm |

    Warriors alt’s for latin day?? Are they going for ugliest jersey ever??
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Mike Engle | October 6, 2009 at 11:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”352533″]Warriors alt’s for latin day?? Are they going for ugliest jersey ever??
    http://www.youtube.c...

    I’m gonna have to vote “No F*cking Way.” Probably nothing more than a video game-only “create-a-jersey” based on crappy templates. Besides, Noche Latina jerseys generally have Spanish. I didn’t see a Los in front of WARRIORS.

  • Jeff P | October 6, 2009 at 11:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”352531″][quote comment=”352529″]nice[/quote]

    Very nice. Now to rest up before the Spankees.[/quote]
    Can the Yankees elect to make that game the afternoon one?

  • Mike R. | October 6, 2009 at 11:46 pm |

    [quote comment=\”352534\”][quote comment=\”352533\”]Warriors alt\’s for latin day?? Are they going for ugliest jersey ever??
    http://www.youtube.c...

    I\’m gonna have to vote \”No F*cking Way.\” Probably nothing more than a video game-only \”create-a-jersey\” based on crappy templates. Besides, Noche Latina jerseys generally have Spanish. I didn\’t see a Los in front of WARRIORS.[/quote]

    I hope that\’s it. But as bad as the Warriors front office is and how out of touch they are. You never know.

  • Ontario, CAN | October 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm |

    Where were the logos for the tiebreaker today, on the jerseys or caps? Anybody know?

  • =bg= | October 6, 2009 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”352523″][quote comment=”352511″][quote comment=”352426″][quote comment=”352394″]Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr... like a gigantic locker room for Spring training in that era.[/quote]

    Those are shower shoes.

    You can buy them at Cosby’s in New York. Not exactly the ones pictured, but without the strap.[/quote]

    your shower shoes have fungus on them….you’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes[/quote]

    Crash Davis?

  • Shaun | October 7, 2009 at 12:10 am |

    [quote comment=”352538″][quote comment=”352523″][quote comment=”352511″][quote comment=”352426″][quote comment=”352394″]Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr... like a gigantic locker room for Spring training in that era.[/quote]

    Yes, Crash Davis
    Those are shower shoes.

    You can buy them at Cosby’s in New York. Not exactly the ones pictured, but without the strap.[/quote]

    your shower shoes have fungus on them….you’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes[/quote]

    Crash Davis?[/quote]

  • Shaun | October 7, 2009 at 12:10 am |

    [quote comment=”352538″][quote comment=”352523″][quote comment=”352511″][quote comment=”352426″][quote comment=”352394″]Interesting kicks for Mantle, I hope it was spring training…

    http://sportsillustr... like a gigantic locker room for Spring training in that era.[/quote]

    Those are shower shoes.

    You can buy them at Cosby’s in New York. Not exactly the ones pictured, but without the strap.[/quote]

    your shower shoes have fungus on them….you’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes[/quote]

    Crash Davis?[/quote]

    Yes, Crash Davis

  • Shaun | October 7, 2009 at 12:13 am |

    Dolphins have a favorite uni combo poll going on their official website and, sadly enough, orange jerseys are winning… the two combos involving the white jerseys are last and second to last even though they wear them at home??

  • The Jeff | October 7, 2009 at 1:35 am |

    [quote comment=”352541″]Dolphins have a favorite uni combo poll going on their official website and, sadly enough, orange jerseys are winning… the two combos involving the white jerseys are last and second to last even though they wear them at home??[/quote]

    That’s because the orange are a novelty and they’ve won while wearing them.

    I’ve always thought they wore the white way too much anyway, though I’d prefer the aqua over the orange.

  • Qoonass | October 7, 2009 at 7:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”352438″]Even stranger about T-Bob Hebert: T-Bob is not his name. Like his father, it’s Bobby. Bobby Hebert, III.

    I think there might have been another Hebert on LSU’s roster last year, but I’m not sure.[/quote]

    He’s called T-Bob specifically because his name is also Bobby. In Cajun French “T-” is often added to the name of a son with the same name as his father. It’s a corruption of the Parisian French “petit,” meaning “little.” Hence, T-Bob = Little Bob.

  • Geoffrey Waterman | October 9, 2009 at 10:58 am |

    The Korean flag mentioned in the food flags isn’t made with sushi, it’s made with kimbab—a modern Korean variant of makizushi, though with more stuff inside and served without any sauces.

  • urbanleftbehind | October 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm |

    If his son is an offensive lineman, Bobby Hebert might not have went the cheerleader/model route wife-wise. That is rare indeed; usually due to dating darwinism, ex-NFL and major college legacies tend to shed body mass across generations. You will see “Jrs” be taller, but rarely bulkier.