My recent ESPN column about goalie pads prompted an interesting note from Mark Coale. “I was listening to HNIC radio the other day and they said goalie pads next season will be based on the goalies’ individual measurements,” he wrote. “They said former goalie and now league employee Kay Whitmore will spend the season going around and getting metrics on every goalie, so things will be custom-made for next year.”
This was news to me, so I went back to Tyler Hull, who works for Bauer and is the guy who provided me with all the info for that ESPN column to begin with. Here’s his very informative response:
Mark is correct. In 2003 the league limited the size of a goalie pad to 38 inches high, but goalies can use that size any way they want. Pads are measured from the inside of your ankle to your knee and then from your knee to the top of your thigh, so goalies often add “thigh rise” (i.e., extra pad) to the top to get to the 38-inch limit if they want them that high. A shorter goalie might use a 33+5 pad, or a taller goalie might use 37+1, depending on the original size of the pad and how tall the goalie is (or at least how long his legs are). The end result is that Chris Osgood and Steve Valiquette end up using the same size pad, even though one of them is 5’11″ and the other one is 6’5″.
That’s just plain goofy, so starting next year goalies will be required to use pads that are measured and fitted to them by the NHL. It won’t be a big change for the bigger guys, but smaller goalies who’ve been using bigger pads will feel the crunch.
Faaaaascinating. On the one hand, this makes sense: Smaller goalie, smaller pads. On the other hand, a shorter goalie already has a built-in disadvantage, since there’s literally less of him to cover the net, and now that shorter goalie will have the bonus disadvantage of having less pad coverage. Hmmmm — discuss.
Culinary Corner: I’m going to let you in on a little secret today, people. It’s such a good secret, you won’t believe you never thought of it yourself. It’s such a good secret, you won’t believe it isn’t available on supermarket shelves. It’s such a good secret, you won’t believe it hasn’t become the basis for a national restaurant chain.
It’s a really good secret.
The secret is this: When you’re heating up maple syrup for your pancakes, waffles, or French toast, spike it with an ounce or two of bourbon.
It’s so simple, so obvious, and soooooo good. Most of the alcohol vaporizes as you heat up the syrup, so the end result isn’t overly boozy — it just imbues the syrup with that great bourbon flavor and complexity.
You can try the same thing with other whiskeys, or with rum, but I’ve found bourbon works best. It doesn’t blend in properly unless you heat up the syrup, so don’t be lazy about that. And don’t bother adding bourbon to non-maple syrups like Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworth — nothing can make those taste good.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Hey, speaking of food, check out this class I’ll be taking on Saturday. Guess what T-shirt I’ll be wearing. … The Broncos players who Twizzler-twisted their sock stripes on Sunday will not be fined. … Some additional images have been added to Mako Mameli‘s collection of screen shots from Showtime’s AFL history series. I especially love the Raiders’ shield-themed yard markers and red sideline hashmarks. … Also from Mako: More info on Maurice Jones-Drew’s number and NOB. … Chris Mitchel recently visited the prison museum at the state penitentiary in Anamosa, Iowa. “They had a collection of some sweet prison baseball and football team photos, some of which you can see here,” he says. “There are also some cool other pictures of various uniforms worn by the inmates (sorry, ‘offenders,’ per the warden). Stripes are not the only pattern used.” … Nike is
exploiting honoring the 100th anniversary of UNC hoops by producing a series of throwback replicas, including the red-trimmed jersey and shorts (with thanks to Jordan Woodson). … The horror, the horror (postgame shot courtesy of John Romero). … Rick Ankiel was cleaning out his locker yesterday — including an Adrian Peterson jersey (as spotted by Ben Traxel). … On Saturday Kirsten and I attended a very special party where, among other things, we were forced to don rabbit ears and pose alongside a giant bunny, which was even more terrifying than it appears in the photos. … Amazing Charleston Charlies jersey available here (great find by Dan Cichalski). … Cliff Lee didn’t have the blue squatchee on his cap last night (as noted by sharp-eyed Jay Fanelli). … Hey, remember Frozen Coke? No, of course you don’t. Ricko doesn’t even remember it, and he’s eleventeen hundred years old. But if you did remember it, you might also remember this (major find by Brinke Guthrie). … The Bunkie (La.) High School chain gang has some, uh, unique uniforms, complete with NOBs (with thanks to Chris LaHaye). … Hmm, subtle. … Braylon Edwards, making his Jets debut, went double-sock-striped last night. … There’s a guy out there who’s making super-cool hand-crafted footballs. Further details here (with thanks to Bill Austin). … Get better soon, Bizkit.