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Fan Appreciation Day

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Uni Watch wouldn’t be nearly as good as it is if not for all the tips, info, screen shots, and discoveries that so many of you generously share with me. Today, in the spirit of the holidays, is the day I give something back. Or, if you’re more cynical, it’s the day I clean out all the crap that’s been accumulating in my desk drawers over the past year. Either way, two dozen of you stand to win something for free, because I’m raffling off a bunch of stuff. Here’s what’s available (with apologies for the truly crappy photography):

Lot 1: A free Uni Watch membership.

Lot 2: A brand-new Ticket Journal album (further details here).

Lot 3: An MLB 100th-anniversary sleeve patch, autographed by MLB logo designer Jerry Dior.

Lot 4: A bunch of cool old sportswear tags.

Lot 5: A spectacularly garish Mets belt buckle.

Lot 6: An awesome vintage 49ers mini-pennant.

Lot 7: An Islanders T-shirt (with a SpongeTech ad on the back), size small.

Lot 8: An “eco-friendly” Reebok/NHL T-shirt. Includes press release explaining the supposed eco-friendliness. Tagged as size XL; measures 25″ pit-to-pit.

Lot 9: A 76ers T-shirt, with the team’s basketball logo on the back. Size large.

Lot 10: A different 76ers T-shirt, blank on back. Includes NBA and Adidas tagging. Marked as a large but measures 24.5″ pit-to-pit, which means it’s really more of an XL.

Lot 11: A Toronto Huskies replica jersey, made by Classic Old School. NNOB. No size indication but measures 23″ pit-to-pit, so it’s basically a large.

Lot 12: Baseball Cards of the Houston Astros booklet. Shows all of the Colt .45s and Astros Topps cards from 1962 through 1986. Also includes 50¢ coupon for Surf laundry detergent with no expiration date!

Lot 13: “I’m Calling It Shea” T-shirt, size large.

Lot 14: “I Still Call It Joe Robbie” T-shirt, size medium.

Lot 15: “I Still Call It Mile High” T-shirt, size medium.

Lot 16: “I Still Call It the Jake” T-shirt, size medium.

Lot 17: Hebrewers T-shirt by Tararrel & Sons. Tagged as a medium but has a very slim cut — more like a generous small.

Lot 18: A very nifty little Yankee Stadium monograph prepared by the design firm that worked on the site. Features lots of cool photos and related info. Unique item.

Lot 19: A Ravens/Orioles mash-up cap, complete with catastrophically upside-down apostrophe. Significantly more purple than the photo indicates. One size fits most (elastic headband).

Lot 20: Five pairs of MLB batting gloves, assorted styles and sizes. Yes, these are left over from last year’s holiday raffle.

Lot 21: Vintage Asheville Tourists T-shirt with awesome Teddy Tourist embroidery. Purchased at McCormick Field in 1997-ish, worn a few times, and then forgotten at the bottom of my T-shirt draw for a decade-plus. No size tagging but is basically a boxy medium or a snug large.

Lot 22: Vintage Meats T-shirt with massive NY insignia on the back. Given to me as an Xmas present several years ago but rarely worn because (a) I tend not to wear royal blue tees, and (b) it’s too big for me. Later became the basis for this design. No size tagging but measures 21″ pit-to-pit, which means it’s a classic large.

Lot 23: Groovy Rob Ullman pin-up T-shirt with his Atom Bomb Bikini logo on the back. Size medium.

Lot 24: Farkas Original Eye Black T-shirt with Andy Farkas signature on the back. Size medium.

Okay, so that’s what’s up for grabs. Here’s how to go about grabbing it (please read carefully, as some procedures are different from last year):

1) Everyone can submit only one entry for this raffle. Membership Program enrollees are not eligible to send extra entries — for this raffle, I want everyone to be on equal footing.

2) To enter, send your one entry to the new-ish raffle address.

3) In the body of the e-mail, please indicate your top 10 choices, in order of preference, by lot number. If you’re only interested in, say, seven items, then just list your top seven choices; if you want to list more than 10, you can do that too, all the way to 24, but I don’t really expect anyone to go that far. I’ll do my best to accommodate everyone’s choices.

4) Please include your shipping address.

Entry deadline is 10pm eastern next Wednesday, December 23rd. I’ll announce the winners on Christmas Day.

One additional note: A few of these items are gifts that some of some of you have thoughtfully sent me over the past year. Believe me, I genuinely appreciate each and every item you folks send my way. But sometimes I have duplicates on certain items, or I can’t find a good place for a particular item in my home, or I’ve gotten some enjoyment out of an item but am now ready to let someone else enjoy it. No offense intended — thanks for understanding.

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Culinary Corner: Tonight I’m going to be making this monster 34-ounce ribeye for dinner. The best way to cook it, of course, would be to toss it on the grill, but I don’t grill in the winter, and most of you probably don’t either. Indoor-wise, the classic methods would be either cooking it over very high heat in a cast iron skillet or putting it under the broiler, but both of those methods can leave your kitchen very smoky (my kitchen doesn’t have an exhaust fan), plus this steak is nearly two inches thick, which means the exterior would probably end up nearly incinerated by the time the center reached medium-rare. What to do?

This: I’m going to melt about half a stick of butter in my cast iron skillet over medium heat — not high — until it starts to foam and sizzle. Then I’m going to put the steak (which I’ll already have rubbed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and brought to room temperature) into the skillet and cook it for about six or seven minutes per side, until a nice crust forms. Then I’ll pop the skillet into a 325-degree oven until a meat thermometer says the steak has hit 120 degrees. Then I’ll take the steak out and let it rest until it comes up to 140.

The beauty of this method is that you get a nice external crust (and some buttery flavor) without smoking up the whole house. It’s a little counterintuitive, because most of us have been told for years that steaks should be cooked over the highest possible heat, but it turns out that that’s not the only way. For steaks that aren’t as thick, you can reduce the stovetop time to four or five minutes per side and skip the oven segment of the procedure altogether. I’ve been cooking all my steaks this way for the past seven years or so (well, except for the ones I cook outside in the summer), and it’s nearly fool-proof. Plus it won’t set off the smoke detector.

Bon appetit.

Signal Flare: Hey, Mike Kinney, please give me a shout. Thanks.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Looks like Justin Smith has an Anheuser-Busch logo tattoo (good spot by Joe Hirsch). … Jess Haines attended Sunday’s Packers/Bears game and noticed a few things from his spot behind the Green Bay sideline: “First, all the offensive linemen sit on their own bench in order. The receivers sit on their own bench in depth chart order (Donald Driver is first, but hidden by the equipment case; also, you can see Jermichael Finley’s newfangled jersey with its tiny NOB). And long snapper Brett Goode had a well-placed hole in his pants. Watching him practice long snaps all day was not pleasant.” … Yesterday I posted this cover shot from an old Rangers program that Matthew Hackethal recently acquired. Now he’s provided some scans from the interior pages. … Here’s something I hadn’t seen before: the Jackson 5 wearing basketball uniforms (with thanks to Steve King). … New team name and identity package for the Pirates’ high-A affiliate. … Someone on the White Sox will finally be wearing white socks — or at least white sanitaries — now that Juan Pierre is headed to the South Side. … Always fun to see Marty Schottenheimer’s NOB (nice find by Jacob Pomrenke). … Nice work by Shaun Ploenzke, who colorized those shots of Mel Ott and the Cubbie catcher from yesterday’s entry. Boy howdy, is that Cubs jersey hot-cha-cha or what?! … New logo for the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Really rolls right off the tounge, no? (With thanks to Kenn Tomasch.) … Yes, it’s true: The Giants will have an alternate cap next season. It’ll be worn with an alternate jersey, but I’m not allowed to talk about that until January. … Dayton will be wearing 1969-70 throwbacks on Saturday (with thanks to Tim Bennett). … Sad news from the design world, where I.D. Magazine, for which I’ve written on and off over the past 15 years, is folding. … Totally swank Georgia Tech marching band uniform piece here. … Check out this box for a MacGregor NFL uniform. Never seen that packaging before. … Hey, Michael Ferry colorized the Mel Ott and Cubbie catcher photos too!

 

171 comments to Fan Appreciation Day

  • Marc | December 16, 2009 at 8:06 am |

    I like the new Giants hat. I can’t really imagine what the new alt jersey would look like. I like the current bp jersey, except for the silly gold shadow. Maybe a throwback with the orange script jersey?

  • JTH | December 16, 2009 at 8:16 am |

    Definitely good to see Juan Pierre will be playing for the Sox, considering that DJ Carrasco won’t be back next year.

  • Stuby | December 16, 2009 at 8:23 am |

    [quote comment=”366964″]I like the new Giants hat. I can’t really imagine what the new alt jersey would look like. I like the current bp jersey, except for the silly gold shadow. Maybe a throwback with the orange script jersey?[/quote]

    I’m thinking it would have to mimic one of these jerseys because they’re what they wore that cap with originally…

    http://www.thatsmybo...

    http://www.thatsmybo...

  • Matt | December 16, 2009 at 8:26 am |

    Thanks for the Fan appreciation raffle…lots of goof choices there!

  • Hott Rodd | December 16, 2009 at 8:55 am |

    If you can’t grill in the middle of December, when can you grill? It was 71 and sunny at my house yesterday. Plus Winter doesn’t start until next Monday. Cheers!

  • ScottyM | December 16, 2009 at 8:58 am |

    Post of the year for those Jackson Five hoops uniforms. Absolutely stellar!

  • Dave | December 16, 2009 at 8:59 am |

    The “Schottenheimer” NOB is a hoot. I used to have a Capitals white jersey, with the fancy huge letters, with #22 “KONOWALCHUK” on the back. The name went from elbow to elbow across my back.

  • Danya | December 16, 2009 at 9:17 am |

    Oh man, I really hope the Giants’ alt looks like the fauxback that was featured on this site several months back:

    http://farm4.static....

  • Pittsburgh Gunny | December 16, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  • Juke Early | December 16, 2009 at 9:18 am |

    Though I typically always see the glitches too – they are outweighed by the eye-popping colorizing jobs by Shaun & Michael. Plus I’m well aware I couldn’t do it all.

  • JTH | December 16, 2009 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment=”366965″]Definitely good to see Juan Pierre will be playing for the Sox, considering that DJ Carrasco won’t be back next year.[/quote]
    …but it’s unfortunate that Aaron Heilman was shipped off to Arizona. Hopefully he bequeathed his deluxe, logo-emblazoned stirrups to a worthy ex-teammate.

  • JRJR | December 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |

    Nice steak, but rubbed with olive oil!? Why?

    Meat+salt+pepper.

  • Toronto | December 16, 2009 at 9:30 am |

    Back in the early 90’s I started following the NY Giants closely and have become a fan, but I still almost don’t know the official logo of Gotham’s Giants is it the blue [ny] outlined in red? just blue? or is it the GIANTS they have in the end zone.. http://upload.wikime... logos are my favorites http://upload.wikime...

  • Jeff P | December 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment=”366966″][quote comment=”366964″]I like the new Giants hat. I can’t really imagine what the new alt jersey would look like. I like the current bp jersey, except for the silly gold shadow. Maybe a throwback with the orange script jersey?[/quote]

    I’m thinking it would have to mimic one of these jerseys because they’re what they wore that cap with originally…

    http://www.thatsmybo...

    http://www.thatsmybo...

    I like that orange one. But today’s players will manage to make it look like crap rather easily.

    Oh, and I agree that the cap is quite nice.

  • Jim BC | December 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |

    [quote comment=”366970″]The “Schottenheimer” NOB is a hoot. I used to have a Capitals white jersey, with the fancy huge letters, with #22 “KONOWALCHUK” on the back. The name went from elbow to elbow across my back.[/quote]
    What about this guy? His NOB is, like, really arched…
    http://www.zimbio.co...

  • Toronto | December 16, 2009 at 9:34 am |

    sorry, f’d up pics of my favs-Giants QB in motion over top stadium..

  • Hank | December 16, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”366976″]Back in the early 90’s I started following the NY Giants closely and have become a fan, but I still almost don’t know the official logo of Gotham’s Giants is it the blue [ny] outlined in red? just blue? or is it the GIANTS they have in the end zone.. http://upload.wikime... logos are my favorites http://upload.wikime...

    Technically their logo should be this: http://www.newjersey...

  • Toronto | December 16, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”366980″][quote comment=”366976″]Back in the early 90’s I started following the NY Giants closely and have become a fan, but I still almost don’t know the official logo of Gotham’s Giants is it the blue [ny] outlined in red? just blue? or is it the GIANTS they have in the end zone.. http://upload.wikime... logos are my favorites http://upload.wikime...

    Technically their logo should be this: http://www.newjersey...
    yeah that is weird. I thought of a new logo for the new stadium in centrefield to replace the NFL shield, a football with ny or nfl over top

  • interlockingtc | December 16, 2009 at 10:04 am |

    S. Ploenzke and M. Ferry, you’re colorization efforts look great!

  • Hott Rodd | December 16, 2009 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=\”366975\”]Nice steak, but rubbed with olive oil!? Why?

    Meat+salt+pepper.[/quote]

    Always rub meat with olive oil.. Lubrication, browning, crusting. It helps in all of these areas.

  • Joe Hilseberg | December 16, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    I’m on record right now – I will buy the Ravens/Orioles mash-up cap from the winner! I have been trying to get one of these forever now!

    I couldn’t make the game they gave them away at, so I bought my wife tickets and she was going to get me the cap, but her car broke down on 395 and she was there for 4 hours….so I got a huge car bill and no cap!

  • Steppy | December 16, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    Why don’t you grill in the winter? Many have been the times I had to shovel a path from the back door to the grill. Honestly, sometimes I don’t understand you at all.

    I don’t subscribe to the olive oil rub, but to each his own.

  • Charlie | December 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    Olive oil smoke point is too low.

    And I can’t believe you won’t be using clarified butter.

  • Rick | December 16, 2009 at 10:35 am |

    Hey, just wondering if I have to be a UniWatch member to enter for the raffle.

    Thanks!

  • Hott Rodd | December 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”366986″]Olive oil smoke point is too low.

    And I can’t believe you won’t be using clarified butter.[/quote]

    olive oil smoke point is too low for high heat frying, but for medium heat par cooking it works just fine.

  • JTH | December 16, 2009 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”366985″]Why don’t you grill in the winter? Many have been the times I had to shovel a path from the back door to the grill. Honestly, sometimes I don’t understand you at all.

    I don’t subscribe to the olive oil rub, but to each his own.[/quote]
    I grill in the winter if it isn’t too cold and/or windy. But all I have to do is walk out the back door and down a few steps to get to my grill. If I lived in an apartment like Paul does, I doubt that I’d be grilling in the winter.

    I ain’t grilling tonight. The temperature’s supposed to be in the upper teens.

  • LI Phil | December 16, 2009 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”366983″]

    Always rub meat with olive oil.. Lubrication, browning, crusting. It helps in all of these areas.[/quote]

    astroglide works better

  • Judd | December 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |

    Paul, will the steak really have carry-over heat enough to bring the temp from 120 to 140?

    I always thought that you only get a 5 or 7 degrees increase – max.

  • Tony | December 16, 2009 at 10:53 am |

    I’m up here in Michigan, so I’ve learned not to let the weather stop me from grilling. It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 degrees & sunny, or 10 degrees with a foot of snow on the ground, nothing will stop my grill from cooking meat! (Except if it’s too rainy to get the coals started).
    My family’s traditional Christmas dinner is steak on the charcoal grill.
    I have two snow shovels stationed outside: one out front for the sidewalk, and one on the back deck so I can get to the grill.

  • Teebz | December 16, 2009 at 10:54 am |

    Epic DIY failure on the Colorado Avalanche’s message board.

    Those kinds of jerseys were dumb the first time which is why no one bought them. Now someone wants to DIY?

  • LennyT | December 16, 2009 at 10:54 am |

    Do we have to actually submit something in order to be entered in the raffle?? Or do we just submit our list?

  • Hott Rodd | December 16, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”366990″][quote comment=”366983″]

    Always rub meat with olive oil.. Lubrication, browning, crusting. It helps in all of these areas.[/quote]

    astroglide works better[/quote]

    I was sure as I wrote that sentence, that even phil would leave it alone. I was wr-wr-mistaken.

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”366985″]Why don’t you grill in the winter?[/quote]

    I live on the second floor of my building and can only access my grill by going down thru the basement to my back yard. So it gets to be a bit of a production. Also, I hate gas grills — I only use charcoal. Which is more of a hassle in winter. Basically, I only cook outside if I’m going to eat outside.

    And besides, the method outlined in today’s entry works just as well.

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”366987″]Hey, just wondering if I have to be a UniWatch member to enter for the raffle.[/quote]

    No preconditions, nothing to submit (aside from your preferred list of items) — open to everyone! That’s the whole point of Fan Appreciation Day.

  • Robert | December 16, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”366989″][quote comment=”366985″]Why don’t you grill in the winter? Many have been the times I had to shovel a path from the back door to the grill. Honestly, sometimes I don’t understand you at all.

    I don’t subscribe to the olive oil rub, but to each his own.[/quote]
    I grill in the winter if it isn’t too cold and/or windy. But all I have to do is walk out the back door and down a few steps to get to my grill. If I lived in an apartment like Paul does, I doubt that I’d be grilling in the winter.

    I ain’t grilling tonight. The temperature’s supposed to be in the upper teens.[/quote]

    Always cracks me up how so many of us grill in the summer but not the winter. Because after all, who wants to stand over fire when it’s cold outside? Much better to stand over an open fire when it’s 100 degrees.

    I live in Texas and grill year round. Rain is about the only thing that stops me from putting steaks on the grill.

  • JRJR | December 16, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”366997″][quote comment=”366985″]Why don’t you grill in the winter?[/quote]

    I live on the second floor of my building and can only access my grill by going down thru the basement to my back yard. So it gets to be a bit of a production. Also, I hate gas grills — I only use charcoal. Which is more of a hassle in winter. Basically, I only cook outside if I’m going to eat outside.

    And besides, the method outlined in today’s entry works just as well.[/quote]

    Two words. Chimney starter.

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”367000″]Two words. Chimney starter.[/quote]

    Duh. But it’s still a hassle to go down thru my basement, etc….

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    is that peter gammons?

    http://farm3.static....

  • JRJR | December 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”367001″][quote comment=”367000″]Two words. Chimney starter.[/quote]

    Duh. But it’s still a hassle to go down thru my basement, etc….[/quote]

    Sorry to be so far off uni’s, but, aside from the olive oil–which is probably all right, but not my bag–this is a very tight indoor method. In fact, having worked in several pro kitchens–uni: houndstooth and white–this is how about 99% of steaks get prepared. They actually have a specific “finishing oven” or “salamander” that deos nothing but finish meat. I think the steak retains much more juice than the grill version.

  • David | December 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”366984″]I’m on record right now – I will buy the Ravens/Orioles mash-up cap from the winner! I have been trying to get one of these forever now!

    I couldn’t make the game they gave them away at, so I bought my wife tickets and she was going to get me the cap, but her car broke down on 395 and she was there for 4 hours….so I got a huge car bill and no cap![/quote]

    Joe, I have one of those caps that I do not wear, and I would be delighted to send it to you – gratis. Let me know your contact information, and it will be on its way! – David

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”366990″][quote comment=”366983″]

    Always rub meat with olive oil.. Lubrication, browning, crusting. It helps in all of these areas.[/quote]

    astroglide works better[/quote]

    From what I hear, that’s for a different type of steak…

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”366980″][quote comment=”366976″]Back in the early 90’s I started following the NY Giants closely and have become a fan, but I still almost don’t know the official logo of Gotham’s Giants is it the blue [ny] outlined in red? just blue? or is it the GIANTS they have in the end zone.. http://upload.wikime... logos are my favorites http://upload.wikime...

    Technically their logo should be this: http://www.newjersey...

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why people get so hung up over this???

    They are the NEW YORK giants and jets. They are named after the CITY and metro area they represent. Not the zip code of the the stadium they play their home games in.

    There are dozens of other sports teams whose stadia are in the suburbs but keep the city’s name. It’s no big deal that the Giants and Jets do the same.

    Some metro areas encompass more than one state. I live in Philadelphia, but go to New Jersey to buy just about everything… food, clothes, gas, alcohol, etc. Besides the toll (which I make up on a tank of gas being 10% cheaper in NJ) it’s no different than driving 6 miles in any other direction that doesn’t cross a state line. It’s the most overblown thing ever.

  • Greg B. | December 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    Interesting link to that MacGregor NFL uni replica. That dates from a time when the original MacGregor company still existed. Since then it was split into golf and non-golf businesses and, on the golf side at least, sold multiple times. Now the golf part is gone, as outlined nicely in this timely story:

    http://www.golfweek....

    As a bit of a golf purist, I have a ton of MacGregor golf gear, and their demise saddens me.

    The non-golf MacGregor brand still exists AFAIK, making soccer balls, etc.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm |

    Paul, thanks for the cool raffle (I know. that’s like saying thanks for saying thank you, but anyway…)

    Want to grill indoors? Get yourself a Foreman grill. I keep telling my wife I’m going to grill outside in the winter, but it’s just so much easier to plug in the Foreman and stay warm. One time this winter, though, I’m going to do it.

  • Joe Hilseberg | December 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”367004″][quote comment=”366984″]I’m on record right now – I will buy the Ravens/Orioles mash-up cap from the winner! I have been trying to get one of these forever now!

    I couldn’t make the game they gave them away at, so I bought my wife tickets and she was going to get me the cap, but her car broke down on 395 and she was there for 4 hours….so I got a huge car bill and no cap![/quote]

    Joe, I have one of those caps that I do not wear, and I would be delighted to send it to you – gratis. Let me know your contact information, and it will be on its way! – David[/quote]

    HUGE!!!!! You are the man!

    Drop me a line at joe@jerseynameframe.com and I’ll send you my info.

    Thanks again so much.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    Don’t know if I’d wear the uni, but I dig those Jackson 5 high tops!

  • Anthony | December 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm |

    Hey Paul – just out of curiosity: it seems like you get a lot of exclusive peeks at new jerseys/rebranding before the general public. Are you afforded these by contacts you’ve made while writing about uniforms, or have you been able to just call and ask, or is there some other way you get this information (or is it some combo of these)?
    Actually, I ask out of envy more than anything. :)

  • The Jeff | December 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”367006″][quote comment=”366980″][quote comment=”366976″]Back in the early 90’s I started following the NY Giants closely and have become a fan, but I still almost don’t know the official logo of Gotham’s Giants is it the blue [ny] outlined in red? just blue? or is it the GIANTS they have in the end zone.. http://upload.wikime... logos are my favorites http://upload.wikime...

    Technically their logo should be this: http://www.newjersey...

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why people get so hung up over this???

    They are the NEW YORK giants and jets. They are named after the CITY and metro area they represent. Not the zip code of the the stadium they play their home games in.

    There are dozens of other sports teams whose stadia are in the suburbs but keep the city’s name. It’s no big deal that the Giants and Jets do the same.

    Some metro areas encompass more than one state. I live in Philadelphia, but go to New Jersey to buy just about everything… food, clothes, gas, alcohol, etc. Besides the toll (which I make up on a tank of gas being 10% cheaper in NJ) it’s no different than driving 6 miles in any other direction that doesn’t cross a state line. It’s the most overblown thing ever.[/quote]

    Because they’re the only teams to play in a different state, and the city just happens to share the same name as the state – so it’s not obvious that it references the city. If they were the “New York City Jets” no one would complain about the New Jersey thing (although that sounds horrible as a name). If old New York was still New Amsterdam, it wouldn’t be an issue. If the Chiefs were known as Kansas instead of Kansas City you’d hear the same thing about them.

  • LI Phil | December 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm |

    hey joe hilseberg

    (from last evening)

    is this the worst nameplate ever or what???

    (convo started here)

  • Mike Engle | December 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”367008″]Paul, thanks for the cool raffle (I know. that’s like saying thanks for saying thank you, but anyway…)

    Want to grill indoors? Get yourself a Foreman grill. I keep telling my wife I’m going to grill outside in the winter, but it’s just so much easier to plug in the Foreman and stay warm. One time this winter, though, I’m going to do it.[/quote]
    Oh dear, no, fail. I have two housemates in Montreal, so there is a Foreman in the house. So incredibly worthless. It’s a damn electric hot plate for people who can’t cook. And the son of a b*tch is impossible to clean. Real stove tops with real pans, all the way.
    And to Mr L: Holy crap, 34 oz of ribeye steak!? How many portions are you going to get out of that bad boy?

  • Danya | December 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    I googled “San Francisco Giants alternate jersey” in the blog search, and found this. Has anyone seen this before? Does anyone have an idea if it’s legit?

    http://bmac25blog.bl...

  • Jon | December 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”366983″][quote comment=\”366975\”]Nice steak, but rubbed with olive oil!? Why?

    Meat+salt+pepper.[/quote]

    Always rub meat with olive oil.. Lubrication, browning, crusting. It helps in all of these areas.[/quote]

    Not if you’re using the high-heat method. Olive oil has very low smoke point, would turn kitchen and home into burnt olive oil, smoke-filled smell…

  • Kyle@IU | December 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm |

    maaaan…now I’m really really hungry. Though, honestly, if I had that 34 oz. ribeye in my fridge, I wouldn’t want to cook it because it’s such a work of art as it is. Bone-in, too…massive approval from me, sir.

    Looks like we may have a new conference name out here in the upper midwest soon…unless they can somehow work a negative-space “12” into their logo.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”367014″][quote comment=”367008″]Paul, thanks for the cool raffle (I know. that’s like saying thanks for saying thank you, but anyway…)

    Want to grill indoors? Get yourself a Foreman grill. I keep telling my wife I’m going to grill outside in the winter, but it’s just so much easier to plug in the Foreman and stay warm. One time this winter, though, I’m going to do it.[/quote]
    Oh dear, no, fail. I have two housemates in Montreal, so there is a Foreman in the house. So incredibly worthless. It’s a damn electric hot plate for people who can’t cook. And the son of a b*tch is impossible to clean. Real stove tops with real pans, all the way.
    And to Mr L: Holy crap, 34 oz of ribeye steak!? How many portions are you going to get out of that bad boy?[/quote]

    Actually, mine’s really easy to clean. Half the time I don’t even need the plastic thing they include to scrape it. I just run a wet rolled-up paper towel over it a few times and I’m done. It’s also a good time saver for people who CAN cook.

    Now I’m hungry.

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”367012″]
    Because they’re the only teams to play in a different state, and the city just happens to share the same name as the state – so it’s not obvious that it references the city. If they were the “New York City Jets” no one would complain about the New Jersey thing (although that sounds horrible as a name). If old New York was still New Amsterdam, it wouldn’t be an issue. If the Chiefs were known as Kansas instead of Kansas City you’d hear the same thing about them.[/quote]

    2 observations, and please this is just friendly conversation

    1. the Kansas City with the sports teams, the Hallmark HQ, the Train Station, old Kemper Arena, etc… the “city” of that region; is in MO not KS. So that would equate to the Jets and Giants using “New Jersey” but playing in Manhattan.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    2. East Rutherford, NJ is WAY WAY WAY more NYC than probably 80% of the places in New York state, probably more like 90%.

    So I guess I’m just close enough to it and it’s obvious to ME that the New York in NYG and NYJ is clearly the city and not the state.

    And again, the whole state line thing is way overblown to me. Especially with EZ pass, as you barely have to slow down. (I have walked into NJ, that is still free) But apparently it’s a really big deal to most?

    I’m sure the state of +NJ is fine collecting taxes on the player’s salary in exchange for letting the teams say “New York”. After all, If there was no New York City, North Jersey wouldn’t have a stadium for them to play in.

  • Kyle@IU | December 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”367012″][quote comment=”367006″][quote comment=”366980″][quote comment=”366976″]Back in the early 90’s I started following the NY Giants closely and have become a fan, but I still almost don’t know the official logo of Gotham’s Giants is it the blue [ny] outlined in red? just blue? or is it the GIANTS they have in the end zone.. http://upload.wikime... logos are my favorites http://upload.wikime...

    Technically their logo should be this: http://www.newjersey...

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why people get so hung up over this???

    They are the NEW YORK giants and jets. They are named after the CITY and metro area they represent. Not the zip code of the the stadium they play their home games in.

    There are dozens of other sports teams whose stadia are in the suburbs but keep the city’s name. It’s no big deal that the Giants and Jets do the same.

    Some metro areas encompass more than one state. I live in Philadelphia, but go to New Jersey to buy just about everything… food, clothes, gas, alcohol, etc. Besides the toll (which I make up on a tank of gas being 10% cheaper in NJ) it’s no different than driving 6 miles in any other direction that doesn’t cross a state line. It’s the most overblown thing ever.[/quote]

    Because they’re the only teams to play in a different state, and the city just happens to share the same name as the state – so it’s not obvious that it references the city. If they were the “New York City Jets” no one would complain about the New Jersey thing (although that sounds horrible as a name). If old New York was still New Amsterdam, it wouldn’t be an issue. If the Chiefs were known as Kansas instead of Kansas City you’d hear the same thing about them.[/quote]

    The Washington Redskins sort of play in a different state…I’m not sure what the District of Columbia is officially listed as, but I do know that not only do the ‘Skins not play in DC, but they’re based out of Ashburn, VA. Come to think of it, the Redskins prove TommyD’s point very well: they represent the metro area very well.

  • Hott Rodd | December 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”367016″][quote comment=”366983″][quote comment=\”366975\”]Nice steak, but rubbed with olive oil!? Why?

    Meat+salt+pepper.[/quote]

    Always rub meat with olive oil.. Lubrication, browning, crusting. It helps in all of these areas.[/quote]

    Not if you’re using the high-heat method. Olive oil has very low smoke point, would turn kitchen and home into burnt olive oil, smoke-filled smell…[/quote]

    well yeah, i shouldn’t have said always, but i did point that out later in the thread.

  • Joe Hilseberg | December 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”367013″]hey joe hilseberg

    (from last evening)

    is this the worst nameplate ever or what???

    (convo started here)[/quote]

    Yeah…you’re definitely supposed to cut the excess material down after putting the name on. Guess the equipment manager is lazy.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”367017″]maaaan…now I’m really really hungry. Though, honestly, if I had that 34 oz. ribeye in my fridge, I wouldn’t want to cook it because it’s such a work of art as it is. Bone-in, too…massive approval from me, sir.

    Looks like we may have a new conference name out here in the upper midwest soon…unless they can somehow work a negative-space “12” into their logo.[/quote]

    The former Big 8 and the former Pac-8 changed with the times…it’s time for the Big 11 to do the same. Although with the Big 12 name already taken, what to do? Maybe call them the Big Dozen?

  • John | December 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm |

    Man, those colorized old photos are great. Both of those guys did a great job. What say you start a regular feature of those?

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”367011″]Hey Paul – just out of curiosity: it seems like you get a lot of exclusive peeks at new jerseys/rebranding before the general public. Are you afforded these by contacts you’ve made while writing about uniforms, or have you been able to just call and ask, or is there some other way you get this information (or is it some combo of these)?
    Actually, I ask out of envy more than anything. :)[/quote]

    It’s a combination of factors. Look, covering this beat is how I make a living — it’s my job to know about stuff before the general public.

  • ken | December 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    agreed. the ‘skin to cover the washington metro area. They are called Washington but play in Maryland (Landover) and practice in Virginia (Ashburn). I’m sure there are other teams like this but I can’t think of any. I know the Flyers practice in New Jersey.

  • Mike Engle | December 16, 2009 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”367023″][quote comment=”367017″]maaaan…now I’m really really hungry. Though, honestly, if I had that 34 oz. ribeye in my fridge, I wouldn’t want to cook it because it’s such a work of art as it is. Bone-in, too…massive approval from me, sir.

    Looks like we may have a new conference name out here in the upper midwest soon…unless they can somehow work a negative-space “12” into their logo.[/quote]

    The former Big 8 and the former Pac-8 changed with the times…it’s time for the Big 11 to do the same. Although with the Big 12 name already taken, what to do? Maybe call them the Big Dozen?[/quote]
    Can’t call them the Dirty Dozen, that’s taken too.

  • Steve | December 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”366968″]If you can’t grill in the middle of December, when can you grill? It was 71 and sunny at my house yesterday. Plus Winter doesn’t start until next Monday. Cheers![/quote]
    I agree, the weather should not be a deterrence to grilling. Grilling is a year round event around my neck of the woods.

  • The Jeff | December 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”367023″][quote comment=”367017″]maaaan…now I’m really really hungry. Though, honestly, if I had that 34 oz. ribeye in my fridge, I wouldn’t want to cook it because it’s such a work of art as it is. Bone-in, too…massive approval from me, sir.

    Looks like we may have a new conference name out here in the upper midwest soon…unless they can somehow work a negative-space “12” into their logo.[/quote]

    The former Big 8 and the former Pac-8 changed with the times…it’s time for the Big 11 to do the same. Although with the Big 12 name already taken, what to do? Maybe call them the Big Dozen?[/quote]

    I think they should just stick a (+2) behind the logo, like an RPG item.

    Big Ten(+2)

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”367014″]And to Mr L: Holy crap, 34 oz of ribeye steak!? How many portions are you going to get out of that bad boy?[/quote]

    It’s really, really important that the term “that bad boy” never be used on this site again. Ever.

    One time James McNew (Yo La Tengo bassist) published a potato soup recipe in the YLT newsletter. It called for, like, more potatoes than you can imagine, and a ton of other ingredients. The recipe was lengthy, the procedure painstaking, the amounts of ingredients huge. And then, at the very bottom of the recipe: “Serves 1.” I still remember laughing out loud on the subway as I read it.

    So it’s tempting to say that the steak will just be one big Paul-sized serving. But the truth is that I have a friend coming over for dinner, and we still might end up with some leftovers.

  • Ricko | December 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”367019″][quote comment=”367012″]
    Because they’re the only teams to play in a different state, and the city just happens to share the same name as the state – so it’s not obvious that it references the city. If they were the “New York City Jets” no one would complain about the New Jersey thing (although that sounds horrible as a name). If old New York was still New Amsterdam, it wouldn’t be an issue. If the Chiefs were known as Kansas instead of Kansas City you’d hear the same thing about them.[/quote]

    2 observations, and please this is just friendly conversation

    1. the Kansas City with the sports teams, the Hallmark HQ, the Train Station, old Kemper Arena, etc… the “city” of that region; is in MO not KS. So that would equate to the Jets and Giants using “New Jersey” but playing in Manhattan.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    2. East Rutherford, NJ is WAY WAY WAY more NYC than probably 80% of the places in New York state, probably more like 90%.

    So I guess I’m just close enough to it and it’s obvious to ME that the New York in NYG and NYJ is clearly the city and not the state.

    And again, the whole state line thing is way overblown to me. Especially with EZ pass, as you barely have to slow down. (I have walked into NJ, that is still free) But apparently it’s a really big deal to most?

    I’m sure the state of +NJ is fine collecting taxes on the player’s salary in exchange for letting the teams say “New York”. After all, If there was no New York City, North Jersey wouldn’t have a stadium for them to play in.[/quote]

    Think of it a being defined by the TV market, and all the arguments pretty much fall away. It’s still the New York City market, as is the eastern tip of Long Island. It’s the “across a state line” issue that twists people up. And while it’s odd, it’s not an intentional slight to New Jersey, just a geographic fluke because there is such a population concentration in that area.

    Shoot, parts of Connecticut are in that market, too. Had they built the stadium just over the border into Connecticut there’d have been complaints about the “New York” moniker then, too.

    But the explanation would have been the same. New York TV market, New York team.

    —-Ricko

  • Hott Rodd | December 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=\”367030\”]
    It’s really, really important that the term “that bad boy” never be used on this site again. Ever.
    [/quote]

    Phil’s astroglide might start to get jealous..

  • NickW | December 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    Good discussion of the possible fallout of the the Big 10 (11) adding a 12th member. The author proposes the name “Great 12”. Makes sense, especially if you use the proposed Lakes and River divisions.

    http://bleacherrepor...

    I think the most interesting thing to consider is that if the Big 10 goes this direction, the Pac-10 and Big East will almost have to follow suit in order to remain auto-qualifiers for the BCS.

    Wonder if my alma mater will be forced to join a conference and forfeit their cash cow at that point.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”367029″][quote comment=”367023″][quote comment=”367017″]maaaan…now I’m really really hungry. Though, honestly, if I had that 34 oz. ribeye in my fridge, I wouldn’t want to cook it because it’s such a work of art as it is. Bone-in, too…massive approval from me, sir.

    Looks like we may have a new conference name out here in the upper midwest soon…unless they can somehow work a negative-space “12” into their logo.[/quote]

    The former Big 8 and the former Pac-8 changed with the times…it’s time for the Big 11 to do the same. Although with the Big 12 name already taken, what to do? Maybe call them the Big Dozen?[/quote]

    I think they should just stick a (+2) behind the logo, like an RPG item.

    Big Ten(+2)[/quote]

    Maybe they could incorporate the promotion/relegation idea from European soccer as well. Have the bottom two teams each season become independents and bring two other schools into the conference. You think the heat is on RichRod now? Imagine if his team got bounced from the Big Ten temporarily.

    I guess to get this back to a uni discussion, we should have a design-a-new-logo contest, huh?

  • John | December 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm |

    The sear and bake method is used by most of your big time steak joints as it offers the most control over the cooking so you can get the right doneness (is that a word?) every time.

  • The Jeff | December 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”367033″]Good discussion of the possible fallout of the the Big 10 (11) adding a 12th member. The author proposes the name “Great 12”. Makes sense, especially if you use the proposed Lakes and River divisions.

    http://bleacherrepor...

    I think the most interesting thing to consider is that if the Big 10 goes this direction, the Pac-10 and Big East will almost have to follow suit in order to remain auto-qualifiers for the BCS.

    Wonder if my alma mater will be forced to join a conference and forfeit their cash cow at that point.[/quote]

    There’s no way in hell they go with “Great 12” unless they want to start using targets in place of jersey numbers. Talk about a way to piss off every other major conference…

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”367036″][quote comment=”367033″]Good discussion of the possible fallout of the the Big 10 (11) adding a 12th member. The author proposes the name “Great 12”. Makes sense, especially if you use the proposed Lakes and River divisions.

    http://bleacherrepor...

    I think the most interesting thing to consider is that if the Big 10 goes this direction, the Pac-10 and Big East will almost have to follow suit in order to remain auto-qualifiers for the BCS.

    Wonder if my alma mater will be forced to join a conference and forfeit their cash cow at that point.[/quote]

    There’s no way in hell they go with “Great 12” unless they want to start using targets in place of jersey numbers. Talk about a way to piss off every other major conference…[/quote]

    I agree. At first I thought it sounded good, but as I read the article I thought it sounded snooty…or wishful thinking.

  • pflava | December 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm |

    With the history and name recognition of the Big Ten, I don’t think they should change their name at all. Hell, there are 11 teams now, so why change it for a 12th?

  • The Jeff | December 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”367038″]With the history and name recognition of the Big Ten, I don’t think they should change their name at all. Hell, there are 11 teams now, so why change it for a 12th?[/quote]

    Ooh, even better… change it to some unpronounceable symbol and call themselves “The conference formerly known as the Big Ten”

  • Mike Engle | December 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”367039″][quote comment=”367038″]With the history and name recognition of the Big Ten, I don’t think they should change their name at all. Hell, there are 11 teams now, so why change it for a 12th?[/quote]

    Ooh, even better… change it to some unpronounceable symbol and call themselves “The conference formerly known as the Big Ten”[/quote]
    Somewhere in Chicago, an OCD cat-owning artist in a freezing studio is praying the Big Ten doesn’t get another member, for fear of an incomplete bowling set.

  • Skycat | December 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”367039″][quote comment=”367038″]With the history and name recognition of the Big Ten, I don’t think they should change their name at all. Hell, there are 11 teams now, so why change it for a 12th?[/quote]

    Ooh, even better… change it to some unpronounceable symbol and call themselves “The conference formerly known as the Big Ten”[/quote]
    Why not just name the conference after the region in which it is primarily located? The Midwest Conference.

  • Jay | December 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    My $0.02 for large steak cooking when you don’t want to grill…

    Bake in a 250 degree oven until you hit 100-110 internal (do this on a elevated rack over foil). Then broil or put it in a screaming hot cast iron pan until you hit 5 degrees below your desired temp (probably 10 for that bad bo…. large of a piece, also, drain the foil if broiling).

    You won’t get nearly the smoke while searing as much of the surface fat will have already rendered during the baking.

    It’s also worthwhile to do this for larger cuts on the grill, go indirect for awhile at low temps, then crank up the heat and sear over red hot coals.

  • The Jeff | December 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”367041″][quote comment=”367039″][quote comment=”367038″]With the history and name recognition of the Big Ten, I don’t think they should change their name at all. Hell, there are 11 teams now, so why change it for a 12th?[/quote]

    Ooh, even better… change it to some unpronounceable symbol and call themselves “The conference formerly known as the Big Ten”[/quote]
    Why not just name the conference after the region in which it is primarily located? The Midwest Conference.[/quote]

    …because there’s already a Midwest Conference? Granted, it’s Division III, but still.

  • Bob Loblaw | December 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”367026″]agreed. the ‘skin to cover the washington metro area. They are called Washington but play in Maryland (Landover) and practice in Virginia (Ashburn). I’m sure there are other teams like this but I can’t think of any. I know the Flyers practice in New Jersey.[/quote]
    WEll…. before this summer, the Jets practiced on Long Island and played their games in Jersey.
    How about the Bengals, do they conduct their business in Kentucky as the majority of cinncinati based entities? (i\’m thinking about Frankfurt, KY?) .

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”367036″][quote comment=”367033″]Good discussion of the possible fallout of the the Big 10 (11) adding a 12th member. The author proposes the name “Great 12”. Makes sense, especially if you use the proposed Lakes and River divisions.

    http://bleacherrepor...

    I think the most interesting thing to consider is that if the Big 10 goes this direction, the Pac-10 and Big East will almost have to follow suit in order to remain auto-qualifiers for the BCS.

    Wonder if my alma mater will be forced to join a conference and forfeit their cash cow at that point.[/quote]

    There’s no way in hell they go with “Great 12” unless they want to start using targets in place of jersey numbers. Talk about a way to piss off every other major conference…[/quote]

    With that “Target” on their uniform, they can be sponsored by Target Stores, MLS style.

    http://www.philly.co...

    It’s a perfect match, as Target is headquartered in “Great 12” country in Minneapolis.

    AKA “Minnesota” to the state-naming crowd :P.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    For those of us who like to catch apostrophe catastrophes and misspelled unis, this article from Rick Reilly should be fun:
    http://sports.espn.g...

    The people who type for closed-captioned broadcasts do a heck of a job. For the speed and accuracy required we can’t expect them to be perfect…but their mistakes are still funny.

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”367042″]My $0.02 for large steak cooking when you don’t want to grill…

    Bake in a 250 degree oven until you hit 100-110 internal (do this on a elevated rack over foil). Then broil or put it in a screaming hot cast iron pan until you hit 5 degrees below your desired temp (probably 10 for that bad bo…. large of a piece, also, drain the foil if broiling).

    You won’t get nearly the smoke while searing as much of the surface fat will have already rendered during the baking.[/quote]

    This is basically the reverse of my method. I’ve read about it and am intrigued, but I haven’t tried it yet myself.

  • Flip | December 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”367031″][quote comment=”367019″][quote comment=”367012″]
    Because they’re the only teams to play in a different state, and the city just happens to share the same name as the state – so it’s not obvious that it references the city. If they were the “New York City Jets” no one would complain about the New Jersey thing (although that sounds horrible as a name). If old New York was still New Amsterdam, it wouldn’t be an issue. If the Chiefs were known as Kansas instead of Kansas City you’d hear the same thing about them.[/quote]

    2 observations, and please this is just friendly conversation

    1. the Kansas City with the sports teams, the Hallmark HQ, the Train Station, old Kemper Arena, etc… the “city” of that region; is in MO not KS. So that would equate to the Jets and Giants using “New Jersey” but playing in Manhattan.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    2. East Rutherford, NJ is WAY WAY WAY more NYC than probably 80% of the places in New York state, probably more like 90%.

    So I guess I’m just close enough to it and it’s obvious to ME that the New York in NYG and NYJ is clearly the city and not the state.

    And again, the whole state line thing is way overblown to me. Especially with EZ pass, as you barely have to slow down. (I have walked into NJ, that is still free) But apparently it’s a really big deal to most?

    I’m sure the state of +NJ is fine collecting taxes on the player’s salary in exchange for letting the teams say “New York”. After all, If there was no New York City, North Jersey wouldn’t have a stadium for them to play in.[/quote]

    Think of it a being defined by the TV market, and all the arguments pretty much fall away. It’s still the New York City market, as is the eastern tip of Long Island. It’s the “across a state line” issue that twists people up. And while it’s odd, it’s not an intentional slight to New Jersey, just a geographic fluke because there is such a population concentration in that area.

    Shoot, parts of Connecticut are in that market, too. Had they built the stadium just over the border into Connecticut there’d have been complaints about the “New York” moniker then, too.

    But the explanation would have been the same. New York TV market, New York team.

    —-Ricko[/quote]

    Always loved this U.S. map stripped of political boundaries and replaced by TV markets: http://dishuser.org/...

  • Shane | December 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    I mentioned it in my raffle entry, Paul (I’m guessing it’s too late for this year), but I’d be more than willing to donate my Russian hockey jersey for next year’s raffle.

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    slightly OT

    The whole state/city thing takes me back to SEGA Genesis days, when games didn’t have proper licensing.

    EA Sports Bill Walsh College Football 92 (I Think)
    Notre Dame was “South Bend”
    Penn State was “State College”
    USC was “Los Angeles”
    Boston College was “Chestnut Hill”
    but colleges with state names, kept them (Michigan, Texas, etc.)

    However, on the EA MLBPA Baseball game
    city names were ok, but state names were taboo
    California was “Anaheim”
    Minnesota was “Minneapolis”
    Colorado was “Denver” etc

    makes one wonder if “New Jersey” had a baseball team in the 90s would this video game have called it “East Rutherford”?

  • The Jeff | December 16, 2009 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”367050″]slightly OT

    The whole state/city thing takes me back to SEGA Genesis days, when games didn’t have proper licensing.

    EA Sports Bill Walsh College Football 92 (I Think)
    Notre Dame was “South Bend”
    Penn State was “State College”
    USC was “Los Angeles”
    Boston College was “Chestnut Hill”
    but colleges with state names, kept them (Michigan, Texas, etc.)

    However, on the EA MLBPA Baseball game
    city names were ok, but state names were taboo
    California was “Anaheim”
    Minnesota was “Minneapolis”
    Colorado was “Denver” etc

    makes one wonder if “New Jersey” had a baseball team in the 90s would this video game have called it “East Rutherford”?[/quote]

    The first couple Maddens did that too. New York in blue, New Jersey in green. Oakland and Anaheim in place of the two LA teams.

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 1:57 pm |

    More OT, but hey it’s the holidays…

    Having grown up in PA, where county borders tend to follow natural, historic and population boundaries, it is always odd to see a state like Kansas, whose county borders resemble a chess board.

    http://dishuser.org/...

    http://county-map.di...

  • LarryB | December 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm |

    Nice work on the colorized baseball pics by Shaun and Michael.

  • Kenny Jacobson | December 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”367006″][quote comment=”366980″][quote comment=”366976″]Back in the early 90’s I started following the NY Giants closely and have become a fan, but I still almost don’t know the official logo of Gotham’s Giants is it the blue [ny] outlined in red? just blue? or is it the GIANTS they have in the end zone.. http://upload.wikime... logos are my favorites http://upload.wikime...

    Technically their logo should be this: http://www.newjersey...

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why people get so hung up over this???[/quote]
    ‘Cause people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.

  • Kenny Jacobson | December 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”367019″][quote comment=”367012″]
    Because they’re the only teams to play in a different state, and the city just happens to share the same name as the state – so it’s not obvious that it references the city. If they were the “New York City Jets” no one would complain about the New Jersey thing (although that sounds horrible as a name). If old New York was still New Amsterdam, it wouldn’t be an issue. If the Chiefs were known as Kansas instead of Kansas City you’d hear the same thing about them.[/quote]

    2 observations, and please this is just friendly conversation

    1. the Kansas City with the sports teams, the Hallmark HQ, the Train Station, old Kemper Arena, etc… the “city” of that region; is in MO not KS. So that would equate to the Jets and Giants using “New Jersey” but playing in Manhattan.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    2. East Rutherford, NJ is WAY WAY WAY more NYC than probably 80% of the places in New York state, probably more like 90%.

    So I guess I’m just close enough to it and it’s obvious to ME that the New York in NYG and NYJ is clearly the city and not the state.

    And again, the whole state line thing is way overblown to me. Especially with EZ pass, as you barely have to slow down. (I have walked into NJ, that is still free)[/quote]
    It’s ALWAYS free to get into Jersey… you have to pay to get into New York.

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”367055″
    It’s ALWAYS free to get into Jersey… you have to pay to get into New York.[/quote]

    same with PA and DE as well

    I was referring to the round trip, because as glamorous as the Garden State is, you must always come home.

  • mtjaws | December 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm |

    I really like that new Bradenton Marauders logo design. It definitely references their parent Pirates team, but also is unique for this minor league team. Very well done. I look forward to seeing them play next year in the FSL, although the Sarasota Reds had classic uniforms.

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”366991″]Paul, will the steak really have carry-over heat enough to bring the temp from 120 to 140?

    I always thought that you only get a 5 or 7 degrees increase – max.[/quote]

    You tend to get more carry-over increase for something coming out of the oven, as opposed to coming off the stove or the grill. This “steak” is almost a small roast, and you definitely get more carry-over increase for roasts.

    Of course, if I get impatient and don’t want to wait, I have no problem eating my steak super-rare anyway.

  • TommyD | December 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm |

    XMAS list

    1. a simpler way to quote other posts on here?

  • rpm | December 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    1) i am all over this craptacular raffle. you don’t like belt buckles, or just not sports themed?
    2) does this meat preparation actually produce a quality result? i never cook steak at home for the same reasons you listed. but the pineapple wants to cook me a steak dinner when she comes back to chicago, and when she asked me how i like my steak(as if she didn’t already know, mooing), i said i like mine at gene and georgetti. of course that went overhead like a lead zepplin, but i hate all the smoke. if this works sir, i will forever be in your debt.
    3)bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble bobble >>bang<<

  • aflfan | December 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”367038″]With the history and name recognition of the Big Ten, I don’t think they should change their name at all. Hell, there are 11 teams now, so why change it for a 12th?[/quote]

    Agreed, the Atlantic 10 has way more than 10 teams, in fact they have 14 in basketball.

  • -Monty- | December 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm |

    34 ounce ribeye, with bone in? That’s a pretty good single serving. Anybody else ever get the 48 oz prime rib (no bone) at Shula’s Steakhouse? You get a brass nameplate in the lobby if you finish it, plus an online “nameplate” (See http://bit.ly/8Pj3BL for mine), and an autographed photo of Shula.

    Sear-roasting is the way I do all my steaks and loins, even using cast iron skillets on the charcoal grill (and yes, even in the winter, in PA).

    Paul, I’ve tried the opposite method too (Roast first, then sear), but I’ve had a devil of a time getting the center to stay pink, and I don’t get nearly as good crusting. It’s a good way to do a top round, or even filet mignon, but I prefer sear-roasting for ribeyes, t-bones, NY Strips, etc.

  • SoCalDrew | December 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”366993″]Epic DIY failure on the Colorado Avalanche’s message board.

    Those kinds of jerseys were dumb the first time which is why no one bought them. Now someone wants to DIY?[/quote]

    Fugly.

  • LI Phil | December 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”367054″] people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.[/quote]

    anyone remember the joe piscopo rant (im from joisey … are you from joiesy? — or something akin to that)

    /on another note…anyone remember joe piscopo

  • aflfan | December 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm |

    Speaking of conferences. How did New Jersey Institute of Technology end up in the Great West Conference with South Dakota, Utah Valley, Chicago State, Houston Baptist, North Dakota and Texas-Pan American. Wonder where the meet for their AD meetings?

  • JTH | December 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”367065″][quote comment=”367054″] people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.[/quote]

    anyone remember the joe piscopo rant (im from joisey … are you from joiesy? — or something akin to that)

    /on another note…anyone remember joe piscopo[/quote]
    I saw that bit once.

    Once.

  • mike 2 | December 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”367065″][quote comment=”367054″] people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.[/quote]

    anyone remember the joe piscopo rant (im from joisey … are you from joiesy? — or something akin to that)

    /on another note…anyone remember joe piscopo[/quote]

    I read an interesting book on SNL not too long ago. The best quote from the book: “Eddie Murphy’s fame went to Joe Piscopo’s head”

  • Jim BC | December 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”367058″][quote comment=”366991″]Paul, will the steak really have carry-over heat enough to bring the temp from 120 to 140?

    I always thought that you only get a 5 or 7 degrees increase – max.[/quote]

    You tend to get more carry-over increase for something coming out of the oven, as opposed to coming off the stove or the grill. This “steak” is almost a small roast, and you definitely get more carry-over increase for roasts.

    Of course, if I get impatient and don’t want to wait, I have no problem eating my steak super-rare anyway.[/quote]
    Super rare is the only way to go. Anything more is a big waste of that big b… I mean large piece of meat…

  • Kenny Jacobson | December 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”367067″][quote comment=”367065″][quote comment=”367054″] people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.[/quote]

    anyone remember the joe piscopo rant (im from joisey … are you from joiesy? — or something akin to that)

    /on another note…anyone remember joe piscopo[/quote]
    I saw that bit once.

    Once.[/quote]
    Awesome. Any day with a ‘Johnny Dangerously’ reference is awesome.

  • Bob Loblaw | December 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”367058″][quote comment=”366991″]Paul, will the steak really have carry-over heat enough to bring the temp from 120 to 140?

    I always thought that you only get a 5 or 7 degrees increase – max.[/quote]

    You tend to get more carry-over increase for something coming out of the oven, as opposed to coming off the stove or the grill. This “steak” is almost a small roast, and you definitely get more carry-over increase for roasts.

    Of course, if I get impatient and don’t want to wait, I have no problem eating my steak super-rare anyway.[/quote]
    ‘Super-rare’ is always the way to go—as long as the center isn’t cold, play ball!

  • Bob Loblaw | December 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”367065″][quote comment=”367054″] people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.[/quote]

    anyone remember the joe piscopo rant (im from joisey … are you from joiesy? — or something akin to that)

    /on another note…anyone remember joe piscopo[/quote]

    Great, that’s how low Joisy’s sunk…..we get guys from Long Island looking down at us.

    *Sigh*

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”367060″]does this meat preparation actually produce a quality result?[/quote]

    Nah, I just wasted a few hundred words (and a primo piece of meat) for the hell of it…..

    Jeez, some people!

  • DenverGregg | December 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”367038″]With the history and name recognition of the Big Ten, I don’t think they should change their name at all. Hell, there are 11 teams now, so why change it for a 12th?[/quote]
    Keeping “big ten” would allow partisans to designate their own rivals as not being so big. For instance, a buckeye fan could say it’s “Big Ten plus Michigan and Iowa”, etc.

  • DenverGregg | December 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”367058″][quote comment=”366991″]Paul, will the steak really have carry-over heat enough to bring the temp from 120 to 140?

    I always thought that you only get a 5 or 7 degrees increase – max.[/quote]

    You tend to get more carry-over increase for something coming out of the oven, as opposed to coming off the stove or the grill. This “steak” is almost a small roast, and you definitely get more carry-over increase for roasts.

    Of course, if I get impatient and don’t want to wait, I have no problem eating my steak super-rare anyway.[/quote]
    Going to NYC in a couple weeks and having a b-day dinner at Peter Lugar. Will they get snippy if I order a steak “blood rare”, or is “rare” sufficient there?

  • Jeff P | December 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”367071″][quote comment=”367058″][quote comment=”366991″]Paul, will the steak really have carry-over heat enough to bring the temp from 120 to 140?

    I always thought that you only get a 5 or 7 degrees increase – max.[/quote]

    You tend to get more carry-over increase for something coming out of the oven, as opposed to coming off the stove or the grill. This “steak” is almost a small roast, and you definitely get more carry-over increase for roasts.

    Of course, if I get impatient and don’t want to wait, I have no problem eating my steak super-rare anyway.[/quote]
    ‘Super-rare’ is always the way to go—as long as the center isn’t cold, play ball![/quote]
    If the center isn’t cold, it’s not rare. Cold center is rare. Cool center is medium rare. Warm and pink center is medium.

    That’s the definition.

    Personally I cannot stand rare. Cold is no good.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”367070″][quote comment=”367067″][quote comment=”367065″][quote comment=”367054″] people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.[/quote]

    anyone remember the joe piscopo rant (im from joisey … are you from joiesy? — or something akin to that)

    /on another note…anyone remember joe piscopo[/quote]
    I saw that bit once.

    Once.[/quote]
    Awesome. Any day with a ‘Johnny Dangerously’ reference is awesome.[/quote]

    Agreed. Great fargin’ movie.

  • rpm | December 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm |

    i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?

  • ren | December 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm |

    http://www.youtube.c...
    what uniform is golden state wearing?

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”367065″][quote comment=”367054″] people from Jersey often have a massive inferiority complex.[/quote]

    anyone remember the joe piscopo rant (im from joisey … are you from joiesy? — or something akin to that)

    /on another note…anyone remember joe piscopo[/quote]

    He’s remembered in the 24th century, according to Star Trek. Last night’s syndicated rerun of Star Trek: The Next Generation showed Data the android accessing a 20th century comedian (played by Piscopo) to try and understand humor.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]

    You want a fully dressed frank? You need the 3-in-1 condiment gun!
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Jim Walaitis | December 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”367081″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]

    You want a fully dressed frank? You need the 3-in-1 condiment gun!
    http://www.youtube.c...

    3-in-1? That wouldn’t do any good. I mean, you could get the mustard, relish, and onions on that way, but where would the tomatos, pickle, peppers, and celery salt come from?

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”367078″]ii want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s…[/quote]

    None of which will fit you!

    Personally, I think the vintage sportswear tags are by far the coolest item.

  • Martin Hick | December 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.

  • Hibbsy | December 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”367084″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]
    Me too.

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”367084″]I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]

    http://14.media.tumb...

  • luke h | December 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”367079″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPtyEepBIA8&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_fresh+div-1r-2-HM
    what uniform is golden state wearing?[/quote]

    A couple of years ago EA Sports had a contest where fans could design unis to be on the following year’s game. Somehow that won and they have kept it on the game ever since.

  • Hibbsy | December 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”367086″][quote comment=”367084″]I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]

    http://14.media.tumb...
    That is super cute!

  • Jordan | December 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm |

    RPM – As a Chicagoan how can you support ketchup on a dawg. That’s an abomination

  • Dan | December 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”367015″]I googled “San Francisco Giants alternate jersey” in the blog search, and found this. Has anyone seen this before? Does anyone have an idea if it’s legit?

    http://bmac25blog.bl...

    Whether or not that jersey resembles the new alt, keep in mind that it’s a replica jersey (you can tell by the black jock tag). Just like the charcoal grey “leaked” Mets jersey this past year, it could very well just be a fashion jersey. I still see blue Dodgers replicas and black Giants replicas all the time in Cali, and neither team has worn those colors (other than a BP) for years.

  • Hibbsy | December 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”367089″]RPM – As a Chicagoan how can you support ketchup on a dawg. That’s an abomination[/quote]
    He didn’t.
    That was me.
    I like it.
    I’m from St. Louis.
    I don’t really care for Les Claypool anymore, but…
    to defy the laws of tradition, is a crusade only of the brave.
    That’s what I told Marshall.

  • Ricko | December 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm |

    Live from Brooklyn…
    today’s edition of…

    “PRESS THE MEAT”

    (That’s for y’all keeping me hungry all day at work every time the subject ’round here is food)

    ;)

    —Ricko

  • rpm | December 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”367085″][quote comment=”367084″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]
    Me too.[/quote]

    no no no no!!! nobody puts catsup on a hot dog. ask clint

  • Mike Engle | December 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm |

    Speaking of food, anybody see the Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live show last night?
    Speaking of uniforms, his plaid shirt was kind of ugly. And very unprofessional: where’s the jacket?

  • Hibbsy | December 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”367093″][quote comment=”367085″][quote comment=”367084″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]
    Me too.[/quote]

    no no no no!!! nobody puts catsup on a hot dog. ask clint[/quote]
    You know I do, and you know I always will.
    I even make my own special hot dog sauce, and it includes ketchup. More mustard than ketchup, but nonetheless.

  • LI Phil | December 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”367080″]
    He’s remembered in the 24th century, according to Star Trek. Last night’s syndicated rerun of Star Trek: The Next Generation showed Data the android accessing a 20th century comedian (played by Piscopo) to try and understand humor.[/quote]

    shouldn’t they have chosen someone funny then?

  • rpm | December 16, 2009 at 6:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”367083″][quote comment=”367078″]ii want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s…[/quote]

    None of which will fit you!

    Personally, I think the vintage sportswear tags are by far the coolest item.[/quote]

    if i get one of those bad boys and it’s tight, it just brings more people to the gunshow.

    and that hotdog dream shirt is evil.

  • rpm | December 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”367095″][quote comment=”367093″][quote comment=”367085″][quote comment=”367084″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]
    Me too.[/quote]

    no no no no!!! nobody puts catsup on a hot dog. ask clint[/quote]
    You know I do, and you know I always will.
    I even make my own special hot dog sauce, and it includes ketchup. More mustard than ketchup, but nonetheless.[/quote]

    don’t tell pineapple, but i might try it, like i would try a chocolate covered grasshopper, but it still isn’t right.

    okay marty, if you refuse to see the proper uniform for a frankfurter, we need to take drastic action. time for your hypno-therapy

  • leon | December 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm |

    Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do…..

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”367075″][quote comment=”367058″][quote comment=”366991″]Paul, will the steak really have carry-over heat enough to bring the temp from 120 to 140?

    I always thought that you only get a 5 or 7 degrees increase – max.[/quote]

    You tend to get more carry-over increase for something coming out of the oven, as opposed to coming off the stove or the grill. This “steak” is almost a small roast, and you definitely get more carry-over increase for roasts.

    Of course, if I get impatient and don’t want to wait, I have no problem eating my steak super-rare anyway.[/quote]
    Going to NYC in a couple weeks and having a b-day dinner at Peter Lugar. Will they get snippy if I order a steak “blood rare”, or is “rare” sufficient there?[/quote]

    Order it “raw, you man you.” They love it when customers do that, especially out-of-towners.

  • KT | December 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |

    Remember all the discussion and back-and-forth about tributes to Sean Taylor and Steve McNair?

    Yeah, get ready for all that again.

  • DT Smith | December 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm |

    Tounge?

  • LI Phil | December 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”367101″]Remember all the discussion and back-and-forth about tributes to Sean Taylor and Steve McNair?

    Yeah, get ready for all that again.[/quote]

    would this have anything to do with a man named henry and a flatbed?

  • MLucas | December 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm |

    I heard that linemen usually sit next to each other as they lineup so the coaches can review pics with them easier. It doesn’t make much sense for a a left tackle to talk too much to a right guard, so it’s a coaching thing. I think you’ll find every team does it.

    Loving this raffle!

  • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2009 at 7:55 pm |

    I’ll be posting something about this tomorrow, but I may as well get the ball rolling now:

    As many of you know, one of the great Uni Watch holy grails, or white whales, or whatever, is the prototype Chiefs helmet with an Indian headdress design that was briefly shown and discussed during an NFL broadcast over 15 years ago. Many people claim to have seen this helmet, but there’s a lot of disagreement over the specifics: “It was shown during a game in the late 1980s … No, it was during the 1990s! … It was during a game against the Broncos. … No, they were playing the Oilers! … No no no, they were playing the Raiders!!”

    I am now very close to solving this mystery. I’ve even found the guy who designed the prototype, so I know the whole story behind it (and will be sharing it with you soon, I promise). What I haven’t been able to find is the footage from that old NFL game.

    I do know that the game was played in 1989. I also know it was played in KC. That means it was one of these games:

      Sept. 17 vs. Oakland
      Oct. 1 vs. Cincinnati
      Oct. 22 vs. Dallas
      Nov. 5 vs. Seattle
      Nov. 12 vs. Denver
      Nov. 26 vs. Houston
      Dec. 3 vs. Miami
      Dec. 17 vs. San Diego

    I have reason to believe that it was probably not the Denver game, but that’s not yet 100% certain.

    If you were watching that game 20 years ago and can help me narrow this down, please speak up pronto-like. Thanks.

  • LI Phil | December 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm |

    mavs and thunder (!) on espn

    mavs in “throwback” (thirds) and OKC in orange kicks

  • Rick Chaney | December 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm |

    From the Baltimore Sun:

    The Ravens will wear black jerseys with white pants Sunday, when they play the Chicago Bears at M&T Bank Stadium, a team official confirmed Wednesday.

    It’s the first time that the Ravens will put on their alternate uniforms this season. The Ravens decided to go from the all-black combination (jersey and pants) last season because first-year coach John Harbaugh didn’t like how it looked.

    The only time the Ravens have worn the black jersey with white pants was Dec. 7, 2008, when the Ravens beat the Washington Redskins, 24-10.

  • JTH | December 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”367098″][quote comment=”367095″][quote comment=”367093″][quote comment=”367085″][quote comment=”367084″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]
    Me too.[/quote]

    no no no no!!! nobody puts catsup on a hot dog. ask clint[/quote]
    You know I do, and you know I always will.
    I even make my own special hot dog sauce, and it includes ketchup. More mustard than ketchup, but nonetheless.[/quote]

    don’t tell pineapple, but i might try it, like i would try a chocolate covered grasshopper, but it still isn’t right.

    okay marty, if you refuse to see the proper uniform for a frankfurter, we need to take drastic action. time for your hypno-therapy[/quote]
    Why does a video entitled “Chicago Hot Dog” show shit like a Wienerschnitzel store and the Nathan’s contest?

    Why, Robert, WHY?

  • Wayne | December 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm |

    Just read an article that claims the Buffalo Sabres will be getting rid of the awful Buffa-slug logo and going back to their old logo from their current third jersey. Also details some other jersey (sweater) changes for the 2010-11 season.

    http://www.hockeybuz...

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”367098″][quote comment=”367095″][quote comment=”367093″][quote comment=”367085″][quote comment=”367084″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]
    Me too.[/quote]

    no no no no!!! nobody puts catsup on a hot dog. ask clint[/quote]
    You know I do, and you know I always will.
    I even make my own special hot dog sauce, and it includes ketchup. More mustard than ketchup, but nonetheless.[/quote]

    don’t tell pineapple, but i might try it, like i would try a chocolate covered grasshopper, but it still isn’t right.

    okay marty, if you refuse to see the proper uniform for a frankfurter, we need to take drastic action. time for your hypno-therapy[/quote]

    Hate to disagree with Mr. Eastwood. Guess that makes me a punk, and yes, I do feel lucky. I started life eating plain hotdogs. I gradually added ketchup, then at the 1981 All-Star Game, I had my first taste of stadium mustard (the brown stuff) on a hotdog. Hey, I was given free tickets and my cousin told me to try it – who was I to turn him down?

    Since then, I will use either, neither or both of those condiments, but nothing else. Call me a Philistine, but ketchup still rocks on a dog.

    Every year during the World Series, I’ll make my traditional plate of hotdogs: one with ketchup, one with mustard and one with both.

    As for a Chicago-style dog, http://blogs.suntime... sorry, but if that were a uniform it would be the Tucson Toros http://phoenix.fanst... of hotdogs. What a mess.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |

    Now bratwurst, on the other hand…don’t think you can eat that with anything other than mustard.

  • LI Phil | December 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”367110″]ketchup still rocks on a dog.[/quote]

    um…no…just no

  • rpm | December 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”367108″][quote comment=”367098″][quote comment=”367095″][quote comment=”367093″][quote comment=”367085″][quote comment=”367084″][quote comment=”367078″]i honestly can not stop thinking about the raffle, it is like a song stuck in my head, and i want it all, not just the i’m calling it’s, but the less spectacular tags and gloves. i don’t know, maybe it is the fact that i have not eaten since sunday, or that i am painting selbbob for 12 to 14 hours every day, but i think i am going loopy. can someone bring me a fully dressed frankfurter stat?[/quote]
    I like mustard and catsup on my hot dog.[/quote]
    Me too.[/quote]

    no no no no!!! nobody puts catsup on a hot dog. ask clint[/quote]
    You know I do, and you know I always will.
    I even make my own special hot dog sauce, and it includes ketchup. More mustard than ketchup, but nonetheless.[/quote]

    don’t tell pineapple, but i might try it, like i would try a chocolate covered grasshopper, but it still isn’t right.

    okay marty, if you refuse to see the proper uniform for a frankfurter, we need to take drastic action. time for your hypno-therapy[/quote]
    Why does a video entitled “Chicago Hot Dog” show shit like a Wienerschnitzel store and the Nathan’s contest?

    Why, Robert, WHY?[/quote]

    the important thing is the videos ability to hypmothighs marty into not eating catsup on a dog.

    jim v~i don’t have such strict rules for wurst, but i am a plain guy, but also like kraut and mustard. but when i was a kid in germany my favourite treat from the wurst satnds was bockwurst, and they servfed it with a curry sauce, which was more or less catsup with a whole bunch of curry in it. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    looking forward to this chiefs helmet.

  • dudebrotherman | December 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm |

    Some nice unis for this South Alabama v. Ark Little Rock game!

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm |

    At the 30-second mark of this long string of commercials, you can see an old promo for Sunday Night Football on TNT:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm |

    So much to love in this 1979 halftime show on CBS’ NFL Today:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    The scoreboard reminds me of when Dave Dials used to do halftime on ABC’s college football games.

  • Ricko | December 16, 2009 at 11:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”367116″]So much to love in this 1979 halftime show on CBS’ NFL Today:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    The scoreboard reminds me of when Dave Dials used to do halftime on ABC’s college football games.[/quote]

    Staying on topic (sort of) those highlights include a TD catch by Falcon TE Jim “Pigmeat” Mitchell.

    —Ricko

  • DT | December 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”367015″]I googled “San Francisco Giants alternate jersey” in the blog search, and found this. Has anyone seen this before? Does anyone have an idea if it’s legit?

    http://bmac25blog.bl...

    That jersey has been on sale out here since before the season ended…September, at least. Every Friday at the ballpark is “Orange Friday” and the Giants sell a lot of orange merchandise for that very reason. That’s nothing but a Majestic fashion replica. I’ve seen a few lettered up with Lincecum and Sandoval.

    I really, really hope the Giants don’t use orange in any capacity. And am I the only Giants fan who doesn’t see the need for an alternate jersey? The home and roads are classy, classic, and clean. Don’t muck it up with a stupid softball look.

  • Mike Engle | December 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm |

    Watching Ducks v Canucks on TSN, and the color guys are fixated on Anaheim keeper Jonas Hiller. They don’t like his mask (“I don’t get it…It looks ugly and unimaginative.”), they noted his “ugly” mask is Swiss-designed just like his skates, which are carbon fiber (not a popular option, as only Ed Belfour had the carbon fiber skates before Hiller), and they saw that Hiller, like Bobby Orr (I wouldn’t know, as I’m too young to have seen Orr play), was without socks on his feet under his skates.

  • JimV19 | December 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm |

    Hey kids, gather ’round and see how we used to be intorduced to football games back in the 70s:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    And of course, here’s the famous opening for CBS’ NFL Today: http://www.youtube.c...

    This one goes WAY back, intorducing a Cowboys playoff game at the Cotton Bowl, with Frank Gifford still at CBS: http://www.youtube.c...

    Ricko, is that you at the 37-second mark of this opening? http://www.youtube.c...

  • Ricko | December 16, 2009 at 11:59 pm |

    As associated as this music is with the NFL Today…
    http://www.youtube.c...
    …it wasn’t original, wasn’t commissioned by CBS. It’s from a commerical music library (can’t remember the name of the track, though). It later showed up on a chainsaw commercial, and we used it a couple times on radio spots to parody the NFL…and for only the cost of standard “needledrop.”

    —Ricko

  • rpm | December 17, 2009 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment=”367120″]Hey kids, gather ’round and see how we used to be intorduced to football games back in the 70s:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    And of course, here’s the famous opening for CBS’ NFL Today: http://www.youtube.c...

    thanks for putting up with my painting breaks, i promise this will be on uni-topic…
    i love the cleats in the olde nbc clip. why cant you find plain cleats anymore? i would kill for a plain pair of black 13’s. isn’t there a call for those? r.i.p. spotbilt.
    This one goes WAY back, intorducing a Cowboys playoff game at the Cotton Bowl, with Frank Gifford still at CBS: http://www.youtube.c...

    Ricko, is that you at the 37-second mark of this opening? http://www.youtube.c...

  • Ricko | December 17, 2009 at 12:05 am |

    [quote comment=”367120″]Hey kids, gather ’round and see how we used to be intorduced to football games back in the 70s:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    And of course, here’s the famous opening for CBS’ NFL Today: http://www.youtube.c...

    This one goes WAY back, intorducing a Cowboys playoff game at the Cotton Bowl, with Frank Gifford still at CBS: http://www.youtube.c...

    Ricko, is that you at the 37-second mark of this opening? http://www.youtube.c...

    The guy in glasses and stocking cap? No, not me. It is, though, my ineffectual cousin Lyle, the one who protested the war in Vietnam by boiling his draft card (Aunt Clare wouldn’t let him handle matches).

    —Ricko

  • Teebz | December 17, 2009 at 12:06 am |

    [quote comment=”367109″]Just read an article that claims the Buffalo Sabres will be getting rid of the awful Buffa-slug logo and going back to their old logo from their current third jersey. Also details some other jersey (sweater) changes for the 2010-11 season.

    http://www.hockeybuz...

    Howard Berger needs to get with the times. The Sabres story has been out for months, the Penguins confirmed that the baby blue alternate was done months ago, and the Islanders made the announcement last season that they were trying to have their retro jerseys brought back as their everyday jerseys.

    The Maple Leafs story is new, but the Flyers story was all but confirmed when they swapped the orange as their home jerseys this season. However, I wish they’d kill off that stupid black nameplate on the Winter Classic jerseys and go with this look. As for Nashville, I’m not sure why they would change anything.

  • Toronto | December 17, 2009 at 12:06 am |

    [quote comment=”367109″]Just read an article that claims the Buffalo Sabres will be getting rid of the awful Buffa-slug logo and going back to their old logo from their current third jersey. Also details some other jersey (sweater) changes for the 2010-11 season.

    http://www.hockeybuz...
    that’s good news for the Sabres, the article mentions the Maple Leafs adding a shoulder patch and keeping their 60’s third jersey which is ok just with they would wear their 1935’s

  • JimV19 | December 17, 2009 at 12:15 am |

    [quote comment=”367123″][quote comment=”367120″]Hey kids, gather ’round and see how we used to be intorduced to football games back in the 70s:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    And of course, here’s the famous opening for CBS’ NFL Today: http://www.youtube.c...

    This one goes WAY back, intorducing a Cowboys playoff game at the Cotton Bowl, with Frank Gifford still at CBS: http://www.youtube.c...

    Ricko, is that you at the 37-second mark of this opening? http://www.youtube.c...

    The guy in glasses and stocking cap? No, not me. It is, though, my ineffectual cousin Lyle, the one who protested the war in Vietnam by boiling his draft card (Aunt Clare wouldn’t let him handle matches).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    There’s one in every family, huh? ;)

    I always thought it would be great to see a game at the Met. It sure looked good on TV.

  • JimV19 | December 17, 2009 at 12:16 am |

    Since it’s late and I’m still searching for videos, here’s one for you, Teebz:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • JimV19 | December 17, 2009 at 12:17 am |

    [quote comment=”367127″]Since it’s late and I’m still searching for videos, here’s one for you, Teebz:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    I’ll try that one more time:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • JimV19 | December 17, 2009 at 12:19 am |

    [quote comment=”367128″][quote comment=”367127″]Since it’s late and I’m still searching for videos, here’s one for you, Teebz:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    I’ll try that one more time:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Grrr…

    It was the one where Mike Emrick and Bill Clement get goofy after 3 OTs of playoff hockey. Look up Mike Emrick and Bill Clement get nutty 1987.

  • Teebz | December 17, 2009 at 1:21 am |

    [quote comment=”367129″][quote comment=”367128″][quote comment=”367127″]Since it’s late and I’m still searching for videos, here’s one for you, Teebz:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    I’ll try that one more time:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Grrr…

    It was the one where Mike Emrick and Bill Clement get goofy after 3 OTs of playoff hockey. Look up Mike Emrick and Bill Clement get nutty 1987.[/quote]

    LOL… classic!

  • Kurt Allen | December 17, 2009 at 1:27 am |

    Did I miss something – nothing on the OKC Thunder and those god-forsaken orange shoes???

  • Alec | December 17, 2009 at 2:25 am |

    For a thickerer steak like that, stick it in the oven on low and forget about it for a couple of hours, then sear it in the pan.

    Searing 1st will cause you to lose too much blood too soon.

  • rpm | December 17, 2009 at 3:40 am |

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  • -Monty- | December 17, 2009 at 10:48 am |

    Hot dogs, a weekend near-autistic habit of mine for many years.

    1. Cook 2 dogs on small Foreman clamshell-type. (Alternatively, steam them. NEVER boil.)
    2. New England frank buns please. (Do you Chicago and NY guys know the difference?)
    3. First, yellow mustard goes onto the inside of the bun, at the bottom.
    4. Next, dog goes in
    5. Brown deli mustard on top, in a swirly pattern
    6. Hot sauce, yep, hot sauce next. Usually Frank’s (the REAL Buffalo sauce, as the Anchor Bar used), or Texas Pete’s
    7. Ketchup, in a counter swirly pattern.
    8. Beer. Always in a pilsner glass.

    One modification is to add salsa to the top.

    Eat while watching seasonal sporting event.

  • Jimso Josie | December 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm |

    Hey could somebody post a picture of what the hat looks like im not getting the picture of it on my computer. Oh and if you could dont post with the link to the hat club site or whatever it is called