Did you know there’s a clinical condition characterized by a fear of vegetables? It’s true! It’s called lachanophobia, which would make a great name for my blog if I hadn’t already chosen “Uni Watch.”
All of which makes a good introduction to today’s very protein-centric content, which stretches across several platforms. Think of it as a three course meal: The appetizer is a piece written by reader Aaron Rich, about a ballpark food ritual called “eating for the cyle.” And the dessert is a new ESPN column about team-themed tailgating.
As for the main course, it’s time to check out the photos from last Sunday’s Brooklyn Beefsteak, which was pretty damn epic. Look at all those lachanophobiacs! Sorry, I’m like a kid with a new toy now that I’ve discovered that word. I’ll try not to overdo it.
Anyway: The organizers bought half a steer, so there were many different cuts being served: mini-burgers, ribeye, short ribs, hanger steak, you name it. The meat was cooked on the sidewalk right in front of the venue and then sliced, plattered, and served, all in a rather frantic fashion.
I gave a short presentation on beefsteak history also had a small onstage role with the mighty Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company, holding up a few signs to cue the audience during their stirring rendition of “The Song of the Beefsteak” (written especially for the occasion, don’tcha know).
I wasn’t the only one wearing a Meats tee, by the way — Uni Watch reader Terence Kearns had one too (and lived up to it). But my favorite outfit was the one worn by this guy. What uniform is that? America West baggage handler, as it turns out.
Women were barred from beefsteak participation back in the day. But the fairer sex was well represented at the Brooklyn event, thanks to attendees like Kirsten, Baroness Karen McBurnie, Aaron Rich’s pal Shawna, and, especially, this chick. Never did get her name, but she definitely took the award for best apron.
(Big thanks to Kirsten for several of the pics, plus the salad monster illo, plus-plus the lachanophobia story, and apologies to Scott Turner and all other vegetarians.)
In non-meat news: Tim Brulia’s “White at Home in the NFL” page has been updated to reflect the first half of this season.
Because, y’know, why not?: In our continuing quest to take up as much useless internet bandwidth as possible, this site now has its own Facebook page, which you can sign up as a “fan” (or, more likely, be blocked from access because you’re at work). Meanwhile, you can also sign up for the Uni Watch Twitter feed, whoop-whoop! Watch for more exciting — okay, pointless — things to sign up for soon!
’Tis the Season: Got any cool sports-related gift ideas? Know of any companies producing interesting uni-ish products? If so, speak up, because I’m about to start working on my annual holiday gift guide column for ESPN and am very open to suggestions.
Oh, and if anyone remembers the details on that company with the expensive hand-made footballs that I linked to a week or two ago, please fill me in, because I can’t remember the name of the company and can’t find the link. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) are conducting a create-a-jersey contest for kids. No word on whether this is devaluing the market rate for child designers. Details in this PDF download (with thanks to Philip Caldwell). … Hey, look what’s being auctioned off! … But that’s nothing compared to this. … Mea culpa for not having mentioned the Habs’ recent 1910-11 throwbacks, which looked my-t-fine on Tuesday night. … Here’s a modest proposal: Let’s get rid of football helmets altogether (with thanks to Jim Vilk). … Went thrifting over the weekend and picked up this varsity jacket. Love the two-tone pocket, the leather UCLA stripes, and the rear lettering. … While I was grabbing that jacket, Kirsten got this awesome ice skating scarf. Great illos, as you can see more clearly in this larger photo. … Fucking amazing electric football video here (with thanks to Chris Markham). … Again with the No. 55 riflery jersey. I’m now getting seriously spooked by this. … Buffalo WR Brett Hamlin has “BAWB” on his neck bumper. “According to a post on his Facebook page, it stands for ‘bad ass white boy,'” reports Dennis Abrams. … Check out this gumball helmet set. Never seen that goalpost display system before (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Cool painting showing Reds uniforms through the years — download it here, and read more about it here (with thanks to Steven Wyder and Ryan Connelly). … There’s still time for you to vote in Phil’s “Worst Uni Ever” poll, which was the top link yesterday on SI.com’s “Hot Clicks” …See, this is why I live in NYC. Where else could you see Orly Taitz picketing Fox News? Try finding entertainment like that in Peoria, you rubes!