Monday Morning Uni Watch

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All season long, Vikes coach Brad Childress has worn a special non-branded headset due to his hearing impairment, but the clowns at Motorola finally decided to impose their logo and wordmark on his rig yesterday. Pretty standard corporate douchebaggery, but I’m surprised it took them this long to get around to it.

That was my favorite uni-related observation from yesterday’s NFL action, which Ricko and I watched at a pair of bars in Minnesota. In other news:

• Brett Favre appeared to have purple tape over his earholes, plus he was wearing purple earplugs, presumably to block out the Superdome noise.

• Garrett Hartley is another kicker who wears his wedding band on the field — but not on his ring finger.

• Lance Moore wore eye black on only one side, which is apparently something he’s been doing for a while.

• Several Vikings players appeared to have their jerseys tied down to their pads at the base of the collar, Cowboys-style.

• Pierre Thomas has a uni-numbered mouthguard.

• Kinda weird that there was a guy in a Miami Hurricanes jersey lurking in the background during the AFC trophy presentation. “The logical explanation is that it was a tribute to Reggie Wayne, who wears No. 87 for the Colts and also wore that number at the U,” offers Sam Blum. “Plus the Super Bowl is in Miami this year. I would imagine that Reebok must have been irate over swoosh’s presence.”

Finally, it’s worth noting that CBS’s Sunday Morning program did a little preview of the Saints/Vikes game yesterday, accompanied by this pathetic graphic. Maybe they’ll figure out what the Saints’ helmet actually looks like in time for the Super Bowl.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to head to the airport and, weather permitting, fly home.

(Thanks to everyone who contributed observations and screen shots, including Marc Malfara, Rick Friedel, Michael Kinney, Aaron McHargue, Dylan Moran, and Drew Nolan, and extra-special thanks to everyone who helped make this past weekend in the Twin Cities such a gas — you guys are all the best.)

Uni Watch News Ticker: Bizarre news from Marcus Cooper, who writes: “The Lake Erie Monsters, who are an Avalanche affiliate, just announced a promotional bobblehead night for…. Shaquille O’Neal?! I played the video on that page and gasped when I saw the Avalanche logo, #33 on the sweater, and O’Neal’s head instead of Patrick Roy’s.” … Speaking of unusual minor league hockey promotions, here’s a first, I think: a hockey team wearing Girl Scouts-inspired jerseys (with thanks to Kevin Joseph). … Here’s a story I hadn’t heard before: In 1966, the Ford Motor Company commissioned Paul Rand to create a new logo, but it was never used (with thanks to Michael Paez). … Coupla nice finds by Alex Putelo: the Illinois hoops team wearing verynice northwestern-striped socks, and Bobby Hull with a makeshift facemask. … Good info and photos about the new Red Bull Arena in New Jersey here. “One interesting note is that season ticket holders will not have physical tickets but electronic ID cards that they swipe to gain entry into the arena,” says Michael Berluti. … Check out this old Cubs spring training photo — with a mascot in a cub suit! Never seen that before (nice find by Joe Coney). … Joe Drennan notes that the Bauer logo on Tuukka Rask’s mask is oddly off-center. … More new J-League soccer uniforms from Jeremy Brahm, this time for the Shimizu S-Pulse, Mito Hollyhock, Cerezo Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Hiroshima Sanfrecce. … Will Rickenback attended the Orioles’ Fan Fest and took a bunch of photos of the game-used gear that was available. “They had hundreds of jerseys, bats, hats, pants, helmets, even banners from around the stadium,” he writes. “One of the helmets was huge, had two flaps and hard Styrofoam on the inside — seems like a predecessor to those new helmets. Also got lots of pics of the pants from the September throwback game from Ebbets Field Flannels.” … “This is a story from our local paper about a bank robbery,” writes Robert Tusso. “In the security camera still-frame, it’s easy to recognize the late-’90s Angels cap. But the impressive thing is that the police either went through the trouble to properly identify it as an ‘Anaheim’ Angels cap (from the five-year era between ‘California’ and ‘LA of Anaheim’) or else there’s a detective that knows his baseball uniforms. Or maybe they just happened to call it ‘Anaheim’ serendipitously.” … New jersey for St. Helens rugby (with thanks to Craig Ackers). … Dylan Buell reports that a recent Indiana/Ball State women’s tennis match found the two teams wearing virtually identical Adidas uniforms. “The only way to tell the difference was by looking for the IU logo on the left shoulder,” he says. … The Dodgers will be playing some spring games in Taiwan, and Jeremy Brahm rightly points out that this will probably mean a new logo and/or patch. … Duke wore a Haiti relief patch on Saturday night (with thanks to Mike Lafferty). … “Matt Zaba, the Rangers’ backup goalie, does a shuttle from the minors to the big club every two weeks or so,” writes Alan Kreit. “On Saturday night he saw his first NHL action, but his helmet had No. 30 (his minor league number — he’s wearing 31 for the Rangers) and the logo of the Hartford Wolfpack.” … Several nice finds by Brinke Guthrie, including a Cincinnati Swords jersey, a 1969 NFL game program with a cool multi-helmet photo, and a page showing dozens of super-cool-looking old sports books for kids … New rugby jersey for the Qantas Wallabies (with thanks to Drew Douglas). … Paul Wiederecht found these 1980 spring training shots of Billy Martin. Note that he’s wearing black shoes! … Paul Deaver is looking to sell his entire set of 42 NFL pencils for $25. If you’re interested, or if you have any questions about the set, contact him here.

 

196 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • Wollen1 | January 25, 2010 at 8:02 am |

    Wow, the first comment. I’m up too early. Those sports books for kids are great. I used to have a lot of those that my mom had gotten at garage sales and thrift stores.

    If I’m not mistaken, the ‘Football Heroes’ book features Packer guard and Hall of Fame oversight Jerry Kramer kicking with Bart Starr holding. I think it’s in Yankee Stadium. Very unusual picture to be on the cover of such a book.

  • Wollen1 | January 25, 2010 at 8:21 am |

    Don’t now if this site has been discussed on UW before, but I just spent some time on The Wearing of the Green (and Gold), a website dedicated to the uniform history of the Green Bay Packers. packersuniforms.blogspot.com. Some great stuff on that site.

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 8:32 am |

    OK, supporting the Girls Scouts is great and all, but that just feels off a bit.
    There may not be crying in baseball, but, apparently, there is cross dressing in hockey

  • fiesta | January 25, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    Paul,
    Great to see you, LI Phil and all Friday night. Glad you had a good visit up here. Out of curiosity, what were Ricko\’s two bars of choice? I hope that you\’ve had a chance to visit Matt\’s Bar. If not, maybe another time.

  • Chris M | January 25, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    If the Saints wear their gold pants, this is going to be a great looking Super Bowl.

  • Matt Bessette | January 25, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    I believe that the Nike swoosh has been removed from Rask’s mask, causing the Bauer to be off center.

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 8:48 am |

    Paul,
    You have the same picture of Lance Moore and his one eye black posted twice.
    Also, the ladies of Indiana and Ball State appear to be wearing their Adidas logos on opposite side of their shirts(or what ever the hell they are called in tennis)

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    Today is the…
    60th BIRTHDAY OF BUBBLE WRAP!!!

    Get some. Pop some.

    Perhaps with a friend?

    –Ricko

    P.S. Watched Jets-Colts at Cardinal Bar (which I knew would be quiet) because we were having brunch with Stew Thornley, a Minnesota sports historian who also is official scorer for the Twins.

    Moved on to Bunny’s in St. Louis Park (which was packed) for Vikings-Saints).

  • Geeman | January 25, 2010 at 8:54 am |

    Billy Martin photos:

    Beautiful jerseys. Love the striping on the pants.

  • Geeman | January 25, 2010 at 8:54 am |

    http://farm3.static....

    And hard to believe it was 30 years ago!

  • John | January 25, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    About the Motorola headset…yes we all get tired of the constant barage of advertising but how can you blame Motorola? It’s one of the biggest 3 NFL games of the year with many, many millions viewing on TV. Why wouldn’t you want to promote your brand? I’d say that good business and survival..not really “corporate douchebaggery”.

  • FriarTuck00 | January 25, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    “Kinda weird that there was a guy in a Miami Hurricanes jersey lurking in the background during the AFC trophy presentation.”

    Forget about him. Who was the smoking hot blonde in the hat standing next to him?

  • LennyT | January 25, 2010 at 9:01 am |

    Did anybody catch Garcon’s mouthpiece yesterday? It was black and made him look like he had vampire fangs. I’ve been trying to find a pic of it and can’t find one.

  • Thomas Clark | January 25, 2010 at 9:03 am |

    I don’t think Harley is married. His bio on the Saints’ page doesn’t mention a wife (though other married players do have mention) and a quick Google search tends to lead one to believe that he is not married either.

  • Kek | January 25, 2010 at 9:06 am |

    [quote comment="373895"]About the Motorola headset…yes we all get tired of the constant barage of advertising but how can you blame Motorola? It’s one of the biggest 3 NFL games of the year with many, many millions viewing on TV. Why wouldn’t you want to promote your brand? I’d say that good business and survival..not really “corporate douchebaggery”.[/quote]
    I’m gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you (yes, I watched Office Space over the weekend).

    I’ve long been on opposite sides of corporate arguments with Paul, but in this case, I’m totally with him. Mainly because, correct me if I’m wrong, but Motorola did not make that headset.

    I noticed this right away yesterday and was hoping someone would post last night but was pleased to see it be the lead photo in today’s post. Well done.

  • fiesta | January 25, 2010 at 9:12 am |

    Nice call on the Cardinal. I walked right past coming home from work on the LRT. Good to meet you Friday, too, Ricko. — Mike

  • ScottyM | January 25, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    Good to see that NFL pencil set. Reminds me of mine … except I USED ‘em.

    Not to say I didn’t take special care of my Miami, Tampa, Denver, and San Diego pencils (my favorites back then).

  • Geeman | January 25, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    [quote comment="373896"]“Kinda weird that there was a guy in a Miami Hurricanes jersey lurking in the background during the AFC trophy presentation.”

    Forget about him. Who was the smoking hot blonde in the hat standing next to him?[/quote]

    Tuck, we’re going to need some more visuals to verify your observation.

  • Dave R | January 25, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    Pittsburgh mascots on ice.

    http://www.pittsburg...

  • MPowers1634 | January 25, 2010 at 9:17 am |

    Times are tough…ask Mo Vaughn!

  • Hank | January 25, 2010 at 9:22 am |

    [quote comment="373897"]Did anybody catch Garcon’s mouthpiece yesterday? It was black and made him look like he had vampire fangs. I’ve been trying to find a pic of it and can’t find one.[/quote]

    You can make it out, barely, in this photo set[photo 108] http://sports.yahoo....

  • Jet | January 25, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment="373887"]OK, supporting the Girls Scouts is great and all, but that just feels off a bit.
    There may not be crying in baseball, but, apparently, there is cross dressing in hockey[/quote]

    Yeah, I can just imagine some of the raunchy commentary in the dressing room as they’re suiting up in those jerseys.

  • Hank | January 25, 2010 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment="373902"][quote comment="373896"]“Kinda weird that there was a guy in a Miami Hurricanes jersey lurking in the background during the AFC trophy presentation.”

    Forget about him. Who was the smoking hot blonde in the hat standing next to him?[/quote]

    Tuck, we’re going to need some more visuals to verify your observation.[/quote]

    Second the motion. One photo she has a camera covering her face, the second, you only see a glimpse (though the glimpse can lead to a good inference.)

  • Hank | January 25, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    Better photo of Garcon’s Fangs http://www.nypost.co...

  • Adam | January 25, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    The guy in the Canes jersey is non other than Anthony Joseph Foyt IV. And the blonde next to him? His wife, Casey (Irsay) Foyt. Not sure why He would be wearing the Miami jersey though… Foyt is a Texas guy.

    http://s11.bdbphotos...

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Dennis Rodman | January 25, 2010 at 9:34 am |

    Checkout the Canucks jersey history at the 1:50 mark.
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Has anyone noticed that when Amor’e Stoudemire shoots his free throws, he puts his glasses on his forehead.
    http://www.gettyimag...
    Then when play continues, he wears his glasses on his noes (like normal).
    http://www.gettyimag...

  • Aaron McHargue | January 25, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    here’s the link with pictures of Lance Moore with one eye black throughout the season

    http://www.zimbio.co...

  • Jet | January 25, 2010 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment="373910"]Checkout the Canucks jersey history at the 1:50 mark.
    http://www.youtube.c...

    While we’re on the subject of hot blondes in the background – you just might wanna freeze-frame this video at 2:17. No wonder the coach looks so happy…

    -Jet

  • aflfan | January 25, 2010 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment="373892"]Today is the…
    60th BIRTHDAY OF BUBBLE WRAP!!!

    Get some. Pop some.

    Perhaps with a friend?

    –Ricko

    P.S. Watched Jets-Colts at Cardinal Bar (which I knew would be quiet) because we were having brunch with Stew Thornley, a Minnesota sports historian who also is official scorer for the Twins.

    Moved on to Bunny’s in St. Louis Park (which was packed) for Vikings-Saints).[/quote]

    Not often I get to correct Ricko but it is only the 50th birthday of bubble wrap.

  • Tris Wykes | January 25, 2010 at 9:58 am |

    Did anyone else think the Jets’ Jay Feely looked like an idiot yesterday with his hard-cup chinstrap, gloves and thin sweatbands on his elbows? YOU’RE A KICKER.

  • Hank | January 25, 2010 at 10:09 am |

    [quote comment="373914"]Did anyone else think the Jets’ Jay Feely looked like an idiot yesterday with his hard-cup chinstrap, gloves and thin sweatbands on his elbows? YOU’RE A KICKER.[/quote]
    Any more than ‘regular’ players wearing eye-black INDOORS? http://www.nypost.co...

  • chance michaels | January 25, 2010 at 10:10 am |

    [quote comment="373914"]Did anyone else think the Jets’ Jay Feely looked like an idiot yesterday with his hard-cup chinstrap, gloves and thin sweatbands on his elbows? YOU’RE A KICKER.[/quote]
    True, but he’s also A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER.

    Maybe sweatbands were over the top – I didn’t see the game – but how can you begrudge him the chinstrap? If a snap or kick is botched, wouldn’t you expect Feely to level the hardest hit he can to stop the Colt who gets the ball?

    I get really tired of fans ragging on special teams, as though they somehow aren’t world-class athletes just because they play a very specialized position.

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment="373914"]Did anyone else think the Jets’ Jay Feely looked like an idiot yesterday with his hard-cup chinstrap, gloves and thin sweatbands on his elbows? YOU’RE A KICKER.[/quote]
    Kickers are creatures of habit, and Feely has been wearing gloves throughout the Jets late season drive. It also appears he has been doing it for quite a while
    http://www.zimbio.co...

  • Bob Loblaw | January 25, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment="373885"]Wow, the first comment. I’m up too early. Those sports books for kids are great. I used to have a lot of those that my mom had gotten at garage sales and thrift stores.

    If I’m not mistaken, the ‘Football Heroes’ book features Packer guard and Hall of Fame oversight Jerry Kramer kicking with Bart Starr holding. I think it’s in Yankee Stadium. Very unusual picture to be on the cover of such a book.[/quote]
    Those books were a tough ‘get’ at our elem. school and public libraries back in 72-76. I remember most of the F-ball ones esp. the one w/ Ron Johnson on the cover(running backs), but the Championship teams, Star Receivers and Little men were particular favorites.

    In fact, my parents always went to ‘Parents night’ with instructions to bring back one or two of these at the obligatory book fair. I’d buy these today if only for sentimental reasons.

  • SpellsGood | January 25, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment="373892"]Today is the…
    60th BIRTHDAY OF BUBBLE WRAP!!!

    Get some. Pop some.

    Perhaps with a friend?

    –Ricko

    P.S. Watched Jets-Colts at Cardinal Bar (which I knew would be quiet) because we were having brunch with Stew Thornley, a Minnesota sports historian who also is official scorer for the Twins.

    Moved on to Bunny’s in St. Louis Park (which was packed) for Vikings-Saints).[/quote]

    I seem to recall Bunny’s being Mike Tice’s bar of choice. Does he still live in the area, and if so, was he there?

    Wish I could have been at this weekend gathering, but I only get back to Minneapolis once a year these days, generally in mid-March. Sounds like everyone had a blast.

    Can’t wait to hear what Paul thought of Mariucci and the “X”. Two great places to watch hockey.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 25, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    Great Canucks video on youtube… thanks for that. After watching that I’m tempted to burn my rangers blue, buy up some stick in rink stuff and run thru the nearest wall. Go Canucks!

  • Graham | January 25, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    throwbacks for Ferris State hockey against Michigan last Friday. Too Iowa State for me, but an improvement over their normal uniforms.

    Throwbacks:
    http://www.mgoblue.c...;
    Normal Away:
    http://archives.reco...

  • BuckeyeMark | January 25, 2010 at 10:41 am |

    the CBS Saints helmet is atrocious but the Vikes helmet isn’t much better. the horn is droopy… maybe like Vikes’ fans today…

  • Robert | January 25, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    [quote comment="373889"]If the Saints wear their gold pants, this is going to be a great looking Super Bowl.[/quote]

    Sorry, I gotta hope for black pants from the Saints. Their pants are so much lighter than their helmets it just ruins it for me. If their pants were darker, it would be outstanding. They’re almost Notre Dame-esque in the mismatch between helmets and pants.

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment="373913"][quote comment="373892"]Today is the…
    60th BIRTHDAY OF BUBBLE WRAP!!!

    Get some. Pop some.

    Perhaps with a friend?

    –Ricko

    P.S. Watched Jets-Colts at Cardinal Bar (which I knew would be quiet) because we were having brunch with Stew Thornley, a Minnesota sports historian who also is official scorer for the Twins.

    Moved on to Bunny’s in St. Louis Park (which was packed) for Vikings-Saints).[/quote]

    Not often I get to correct Ricko but it is only the 50th birthday of bubble wrap.[/quote]

    Crap. Typo.
    Either way, pop some today.

    —Ricko

  • joe | January 25, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment="373923"][quote comment="373889"]If the Saints wear their gold pants, this is going to be a great looking Super Bowl.[/quote]

    Sorry, I gotta hope for black pants from the Saints. Their pants are so much lighter than their helmets it just ruins it for me. If their pants were darker, it would be outstanding. They’re almost Notre Dame-esque in the mismatch between helmets and pants.[/quote]

    Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but I take it the Saints are wearing black jerseys and the Colts white for the game?

  • marc | January 25, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment="373885"]Wow, the first comment. I’m up too early. Those sports books for kids are great. I used to have a lot of those that my mom had gotten at garage sales and thrift stores.

    If I’m not mistaken, the ‘Football Heroes’ book features Packer guard and Hall of Fame oversight Jerry Kramer kicking with Bart Starr holding. I think it’s in Yankee Stadium. Very unusual picture to be on the cover of such a book.[/quote]

    I just happen to have seven of those books sitting here in my office. I recall vividly where and when I got them. I was probably about 10 years old (1978) and got ‘em from the discount rack at Kay Bee (now K*B) Toys. They were a buck apiece and I remember talking my mom into buying them for me. I’ve got “Great Upsets of the NFL,” “Heroes of the NFL,” Great Defensive Players of the NFL,” “Great Linebackers of the NFL,” Championship Teams of the NFL,” “Star Running Backs of the NFL,” and “Star Pass Receivers of the NFL.” Lots of good b&w photos sprinkled throughout and a handful of illustrations as well. Good stuff!

  • Cobber Cain | January 25, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment="373925"][quote comment="373923"][quote comment="373889"]If the Saints wear their gold pants, this is going to be a great looking Super Bowl.[/quote]

    Sorry, I gotta hope for black pants from the Saints. Their pants are so much lighter than their helmets it just ruins it for me. If their pants were darker, it would be outstanding. They’re almost Notre Dame-esque in the mismatch between helmets and pants.[/quote]

    Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but I take it the Saints are wearing black jerseys and the Colts white for the game?[/quote]
    Colts are the designated home team, so likely to be in blue. The Saints did wear white over black once this season

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment="373927"]Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.[/quote]
    The stadium isn’t in Miami

  • TheEHC52 | January 25, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    I’m watching “Let’s Make a Deal” this morning and the guy going for the Big Deal is wearing a #2 Nike tOSU football jersey. Normally not a big deal, except he has electrical tape over the tOSU logo and the NOB is clearly “PRYOR.”

  • Teebz | January 25, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    If I’m not around much today, it’s because I’m using some flaky wireless Internet connection at some seedy Motel 66 in Drayton, ND.

    The blizzard that North Dakota is experiencing right now forced me off the road around 8:00pm last night, and it isn’t letting up.

    Cross your fingers, kids. I may not get home today either.

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    Spells Good said…

    “I seem to recall Bunny’s being Mike Tice’s bar of choice. Does he still live in the area, and if so, was he there?”

    Off hand, don’t remember what Tice is up to these days.
    Yup, when he was Viking head coach Bunny’s had a sign on one of it’s primo parking spaces by the front door. “Reserved for Mike Tice.”

    Didn’t see him yesterday. Tough to miss. Although for a guy with his background, yesterday would be a real good day to avoid a place such as that. Would be almost impossible for him to just watch the game.

    —Ricko

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment="373929"][quote comment="373927"]Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.[/quote]
    The stadium isn’t in Miami[/quote]
    hell, it isn’t even in Dade County

  • BuckeyeMark | January 25, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment="373930"]I’m watching “Let’s Make a Deal” this morning and the guy going for the Big Deal is wearing a #2 Nike tOSU football jersey. Normally not a big deal, except he has electrical tape over the tOSU logo and the NOB is clearly “PRYOR.”[/quote]

    must have been out on the west coast for the Rose Bowl game?

  • Lee | January 25, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment="373899"][quote comment="373895"]About the Motorola headset…yes we all get tired of the constant barage of advertising but how can you blame Motorola? It’s one of the biggest 3 NFL games of the year with many, many millions viewing on TV. Why wouldn’t you want to promote your brand? I’d say that good business and survival..not really “corporate douchebaggery”.[/quote]
    I’m gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you (yes, I watched Office Space over the weekend).

    I’ve long been on opposite sides of corporate arguments with Paul, but in this case, I’m totally with him. Mainly because, correct me if I’m wrong, but Motorola did not make that headset.

    I noticed this right away yesterday and was hoping someone would post last night but was pleased to see it be the lead photo in today’s post. Well done.[/quote]

    If I am not mistaken, what makes Motorola kinda douchey is that they don’t actually supply ANY service to the NFL. The communication service? Telex, with Motorola paying a license to paste their name on Telex gear.

    Lee

  • George Ciervo | January 25, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    [quote]Finally, it’s worth noting that CBS’s Sunday Morning program did a little preview of the Saints/Vikes game yesterday, accompanied by this pathetic graphic. Maybe they’ll figure out what the Saints’ helmet actually looks like in time for the Super Bowl.[/quote]

    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure the MNF “exploding helmet” from the Saints was incorrect earlier in the season too (might have been mentioned at the time). Not as bad as the one referenced, but still noticeable.

  • Wes | January 25, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    It was great meeting several of you on Friday night. Hope all the out-of-towners enjoyed the rest of your stay despite the weird January weather, and hopefully you got out of here safely before the snow set in.

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment="373919"]Can’t wait to hear what Paul thought of Mariucci and the “X”. Two great places to watch hockey.[/quote]

    can’t speak for paul, but i was with him at both locales and yeah…gorgeous places to watch puck

  • M.Princip | January 25, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    In honor of Super Bowl XLIV, I present to you these two pics:

    http://www.illustrat...

    http://www.illustrat...

  • west | January 25, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    The weirder thing about that Miami jersey is that it is their current style, with an ACC patch. Since Reggie Wayne entered the pros in 2001 and never played in the ACC, I can only conclude that it is actually a Jake Byrne jersey, #87 from this past season.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 25, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    Peter King going hogwild on the Favre idolization this am. It should be the last monday am we have to read about this– at least until the end of February….. sigh.

  • Wes | January 25, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    [quote comment="373932"]Spells Good said…

    “I seem to recall Bunny’s being Mike Tice’s bar of choice. Does he still live in the area, and if so, was he there?”

    Off hand, don’t remember what Tice is up to these days.
    Yup, when he was Viking head coach Bunny’s had a sign on one of it’s primo parking spaces by the front door. “Reserved for Mike Tice.”

    Didn’t see him yesterday. Tough to miss. Although for a guy with his background, yesterday would be a real good day to avoid a place such as that. Would be almost impossible for him to just watch the game.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Tice had been coaching on Del Rio’s staff in Jacksonville and just took a new job as O-line coach with the Bears. I heard a radio interview with him here in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago and they asked him if he’ll be stopping by Bunny’s before the Bears play the Vikings next year. Apparently his sign has been taken down though, so he’ll have to find his own parking space this time.

  • Jim BC | January 25, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment="373931"]If I’m not around much today, it’s because I’m using some flaky wireless Internet connection at some seedy Motel 66 in Drayton, ND.

    The blizzard that North Dakota is experiencing right now forced me off the road around 8:00pm last night, and it isn’t letting up.

    Cross your fingers, kids. I may not get home today either.[/quote]
    Drive safe Teebz.

  • JoeS | January 25, 2010 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment="373937"]It was great meeting several of you on Friday night. Hope all the out-of-towners enjoyed the rest of your stay despite the weird January weather, and hopefully you got out of here safely before the snow set in.[/quote]
    I second that. It is such a different experience reading the comments today and being able to picture people.

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment="373941"]Peter King going hogwild on the Favre idolization this am. It should be the last monday am we have to read about this– at least until the end of February….. sigh.[/quote]
    Are you kidding? Favre Watch IV(or is it V?) officially began at 4 minutes and 42 seconds into overtime last night

  • The Ol Goaler | January 25, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment="373910"]Checkout the Canucks jersey history at the 1:50 mark.
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Has anyone noticed that when Amor’e Stoudemire shoots his free throws, he puts his glasses on his forehead.
    http://www.gettyimag...
    Then when play continues, he wears his glasses on his noes (like normal).
    http://www.gettyimag...
    The ‘Nucks sweater in that video is their current alternate.

    Amar’e’s goggles are non-prescription… he wears them because he’s had his eyes “poked” more than once! Nobody’s gonna touch ya on free throws, so he goes without the goggles for better vision!

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment="373931"]If I’m not around much today, it’s because I’m using some flaky wireless Internet connection at some seedy Motel 66 in Drayton, ND.

    The blizzard that North Dakota is experiencing right now forced me off the road around 8:00pm last night, and it isn’t letting up.

    Cross your fingers, kids. I may not get home today either.[/quote]

    If you can make your way over to it, I’ve heard about this great place in Brainerd.
    :)
    Be safe.

  • James Craven | January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    Two things.

    One: @TheEHC52, the reason that there was black electrical tape over tOSU logo was put by CBS censors.

    Two: If you look closely at that Cubs spring training pic, there’s not one, but two kids dressed as Cubs mascots.

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment="373939"]In honor of Super Bowl XLIV, I present to you these two pics:

    http://www.illustrat...

    http://www.illustrat...

    Which reminds me…was thinking last night how much better the Saints helmets looked when the logo was larger. That thing looks almost tiny these days. By comparison, anyway.

    —Ricko

  • Bob Loblaw | January 25, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment="373947"][quote comment="373931"]If I’m not around much today, it’s because I’m using some flaky wireless Internet connection at some seedy Motel 66 in Drayton, ND.

    The blizzard that North Dakota is experiencing right now forced me off the road around 8:00pm last night, and it isn’t letting up.

    Cross your fingers, kids. I may not get home today either.[/quote]

    If you can make your way over to it, I’ve heard about this great place in Brainerd.
    :)
    Be safe.[/quote]
    Oh NO!!!!

    Leon had to get that Blue Ox reference in —> on a MONDAY of all things, couldn’t wait until later in the week????? :)

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 11:24 am |

    Nothing to do with unis, but just have to post this.

    Just now got this in my email at work. Especially love the last graf.

    “SUBJECT: Squirrels

    “It looks like our friendly neighborhood critters are at it again. An employee that got hit with damage on Friday shared this information from his mechanic: The mechanic at the Dodge dealership said to put moth ball in a stocking and put it under the hood. He said once they smell that they will not come anywhere near it.

    “They seem to like SUV’s, vans and trucks the most so suggest backing your vehicles into the parking spot. Some employees have said that has worked.

    “The landlords have researched a lot on this and have been told that the squirrels mostly like Honda’s because they use soy based products for wires and plugs overseas when building their cars. We are assuming this is probably the case for most foreign cars. It doesn’t help the situation but was informational.”

    —Ricko

  • Bob Loblaw | January 25, 2010 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment="373945"][quote comment="373941"]Peter King going hogwild on the Favre idolization this am. It should be the last monday am we have to read about this– at least until the end of February….. sigh.[/quote]
    Are you kidding? Favre Watch IV(or is it V?) officially began at 4 minutes and 42 seconds into overtime last night[/quote]
    BTW: really enjoyed your flickr set the other day…. now ‘former dirt dart’ makes much MORE sense to me!!!!!

  • joe | January 25, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment="373949"][quote comment="373939"]In honor of Super Bowl XLIV, I present to you these two pics:

    http://www.illustrat...

    http://www.illustrat...

    Which reminds me…was thinking last night how much better the Saints helmets looked when the logo was larger. That thing looks almost tiny these days. By comparison, anyway.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I gotta say, that white over black looks sweet and the socks, well, those are stellar.

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment="373948"]Two things.

    One: @TheEHC52, the reason that there was black electrical tape over tOSU logo was put by CBS censors.

    Two: If you look closely at that Cubs spring training pic, there’s not one, but two kids dressed as Cubs mascots.[/quote]
    Actually, there appears to be three mascots

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment="373916"][quote comment="373914"]Did anyone else think the Jets’ Jay Feely looked like an idiot yesterday with his hard-cup chinstrap, gloves and thin sweatbands on his elbows? YOU’RE A KICKER.[/quote]
    True, but he’s also A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER.

    Maybe sweatbands were over the top – I didn’t see the game – but how can you begrudge him the chinstrap? If a snap or kick is botched, wouldn’t you expect Feely to level the hardest hit he can to stop the Colt who gets the ball?

    I get really tired of fans ragging on special teams, as though they somehow aren’t world-class athletes just because they play a very specialized position.[/quote]

    Thank you. Good to see someone else standing up for special teamers. Now I can get back to the comments knowing their honor has been defended.

  • joe | January 25, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    Is it just me or in that Hull pic does it look like the official has a clear mask on the upper half of his face? Maybe had a broken nose or cheek?

  • Stuby | January 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment="373931"]If I’m not around much today, it’s because I’m using some flaky wireless Internet connection at some seedy Motel 66 in Drayton, ND.

    The blizzard that North Dakota is experiencing right now forced me off the road around 8:00pm last night, and it isn’t letting up.

    Cross your fingers, kids. I may not get home today either.[/quote]
    Is that like a regular Motel 6, but operated by Mario Lemieux?

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment="373945"][quote comment="373941"]Peter King going hogwild on the Favre idolization this am. It should be the last monday am we have to read about this– at least until the end of February….. sigh.[/quote]
    Are you kidding? Favre Watch IV(or is it V?) officially began at 4 minutes and 42 seconds into overtime last night[/quote]

    Everything else aside, personalities and any other crap…
    Anyone really, truly think the Vikings would have been where they were with TJ or Sage? Those who do, don’t know squat about football. They should go sit at the end of the bar and pontificate.

    Favre “jacked teams around,” someone wrote on some other website. Oooo…think teams never jack PLAYERS around?

    Pro football is a business, and it’s about winning.
    Favre made the Vikings better.
    Was it perfect? Hell, no.
    Did it END perfectly? Of course not.
    But they WERE better. Immensely better.
    That’s the benchmark, the bottom line…whatever you choose to call it.

    And it was a great story. Twenty years from now, no matter who wins the Super Bowl, the lasting memory of the 2009 season, whether you like Favre or loathe him, will be the 40-year-old who came back to QB one of his former team’s arch-rivals to a division title and the NFC championship game. And had ferocious fun doing ti.

    It’s like Tin Cup McAvoy’s 12.

    —Ricko

  • Bob Loblaw | January 25, 2010 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment="373958"][quote comment="373945"][quote comment="373941"]Peter King going hogwild on the Favre idolization this am. It should be the last monday am we have to read about this– at least until the end of February….. sigh.[/quote]
    Are you kidding? Favre Watch IV(or is it V?) officially began at 4 minutes and 42 seconds into overtime last night[/quote]

    Everything else aside, personalities and any other crap…
    Anyone really, truly think the Vikings would have been where they were with TJ or Sage? Those who do, don’t know squat about football. They should go sit at the end of the bar and pontificate.

    Favre “jacked teams around,” someone wrote on some other website. Oooo…think teams never jack PLAYERS around?

    Pro football is a business, and it’s about winning.
    Favre made the Vikings better.
    Was it perfect? Hell, no.
    Did it END perfectly? Of course not.
    But they WERE better. Immensely better.
    That’s the benchmark, the bottom line…whatever you choose to call it.

    And it was a great story. Twenty years from now, no matter who wins the Super Bowl, the lasting memory of the 2009 season, whether you like Favre or loathe him, will be the 40-year-old who came back to QB one of his former team’s arch-rivals to a division title and the NFC championship game. And had ferocious fun doing ti.

    It’s like Tin Cup McAvoy’s 12.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Good analogy… except they had 8 turnovers- not a dozen, right?

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    http://creatingwell....

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment="373961"][quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

    aha
    drafted by the colts; think johnny influenced his under center, er, mount? I always thought gary cuozzo looked very much like unitas when he was his understudy.

  • Johnny O | January 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    If anyone wants to see the live feed of the ice rink going up at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI you can do so here:

    http://ow.ly/ZYRx

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment="373961"][quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

    “dick wood”

    yeah…um

    carry on

  • M.Princip | January 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment="373949"][quote comment="373939"]In honor of Super Bowl XLIV, I present to you these two pics:

    http://www.illustrat...

    http://www.illustrat...

    Which reminds me…was thinking last night how much better the Saints helmets looked when the logo was larger. That thing looks almost tiny these days. By comparison, anyway.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The Seahawks did the same thing in the early 90s. Carried over into the new, just as small, decals of 2002.

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment="373964"][quote comment="373961"][quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

    “dick wood”

    yeah…um

    carry on[/quote]

    too easy, wa’nt it?
    BTW, first name “malcolm”, middle name “richard”.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment="373964"][quote comment="373961"][quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

    “dick wood”

    yeah…um

    carry on[/quote]
    I was going chime in w/ that… but thought the better of it as I didn’t want to be seen as too sophomeric. However, ‘I ams what I ams’ and was gladdened somethone picked up on it thou. :)

  • DP | January 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    So. East West Shrine Game. It was played on Saturday. One of the East players, I don’t remember who, did something kinda weird with his helmet. Instead of wearing his regular team helmet as is the practice, he had a white helmet adorned with various school decals from what I presume were schools represented on the East team. Does anyone have a screenshot? I wanna say he played defense (linebacker?) and special teams.

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment="373957"][quote comment="373931"]If I’m not around much today, it’s because I’m using some flaky wireless Internet connection at some seedy Motel 66 in Drayton, ND.

    The blizzard that North Dakota is experiencing right now forced me off the road around 8:00pm last night, and it isn’t letting up.

    Cross your fingers, kids. I may not get home today either.[/quote]
    Is that like a regular Motel 6, but operated by Mario Lemieux?[/quote]
    Perhaps he’s staying here.

    Godspeed, Teebz.

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    My brother took my son to that Lake Erie Monsters game. Here is his Shaq bobblehead:
    Front – http://farm5.static....
    Back – http://farm5.static....

    You would think the team mascot would be a monster…and you would be wrong. It’s a seagull: http://farm3.static....
    Sullivan C. Goal (groan) is his name: http://farm5.static....

    Same city, different sport – here is my son’s Rick Vaughn “Major League” bobblehead from when my brother took him to an Indians game: http://farm5.static....

    I’d show you my brother’s bobbleheads, but that would take all day.

  • Bill King | January 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

    As if the owner of our favorite team wasn’t embarrassing enough, we get to share our fandom with dipshits like this …

    http://www.sfgate.co...

    go raiders?

  • Tony | January 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

    I grabbed a pencil to sharpen it for my daughter yesterday. Before I did, I looked at it & discovered that it was a “Los Angeles Raiders” pencil. I have no idea where it came from.
    Couldn’t bring myself to sharpen it.

  • Roger Faso | January 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment="373972"]I grabbed a pencil to sharpen it for my daughter yesterday. Before I did, I looked at it & discovered that it was a “Los Angeles Raiders” pencil. I have no idea where it came from.
    Couldn’t bring myself to sharpen it.[/quote]

    Pencil fight that badboy!

  • JimWa | January 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment="373971"]As if the owner of our favorite team wasn’t embarrassing enough, we get to share our fandom with dipshits like this …

    http://www.sfgate.co...

    go raiders?[/quote]

    Hey buddy … did you know the NFL got a new logo? Are you not man enough to update your “N, F, & L”? Who do you think you are, ESPN?

    (is that a real goatee, or ink?)

  • Kevin | January 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    Did anyone else notice the Colts fan waving the Cubs’ “W” flag at the end of the game yesterday? I’m not technically skilled enough to get a good picture of it from the TV. Nice cross-sports use of the flag…

  • Kerry P | January 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment="373927"]Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.[/quote]
    The NFL started this back in Super Bowl XLI in 2007. They went to more “regional” locations instead of a specific city. Also coincided with all of the logos looking extremely similar. I believe they’re being created in-house now. I miss the logos with character.

    Super Bowl XLI – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Super Bowl XLII – Arizona instead of Phoenix or Glendale.

    Super Bowl XLIII – Tampa Bay This one is debatable however, as many of you know, there is no city of Tampa Bay.

    Super Bowl XLIV – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Makes you wonder what they’re going to use for upcoming games in Arlington (2011), Indianapolis (2012) and New Orleans (2013). Will they call them “North Texas”, “Indiana” and “Louisiana” or “Gulf Coast”?

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm |

    [quote comment="373969"]
    Godspeed, Teebz.[/quote]

    got a text from our man:

    “Small farm town + blizzard = limited options

    Otherwise, we’re just kicking back and relaxing :)”

    hope paul makes it back — right now it’s pouring and about 50-60 MPH wind gusts

    this can’t be good: “Due to WX / WIND, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 5 hours and 33 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check “Delays by Destination”.

    to borrow a line from leon: “fuck”

  • dhrsko2 | January 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    Just a note on the “Quantas Wallabies.” The wallabies are actually the national rugby union team of Australia, Quantas is the national airline and just sponsor of the team.

  • Lew Holst | January 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment="373976"][quote comment="373927"]Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.[/quote]
    The NFL started this back in Super Bowl XLI in 2007. They went to more “regional” locations instead of a specific city. Also coincided with all of the logos looking extremely similar. I believe they’re being created in-house now. I miss the logos with character.

    Super Bowl XLI – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Super Bowl XLII – Arizona instead of Phoenix or Glendale.

    Super Bowl XLIII – Tampa Bay This one is debatable however, as many of you know, there is no city of Tampa Bay.

    Super Bowl XLIV – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Makes you wonder what they’re going to use for upcoming games in Arlington (2011), Indianapolis (2012) and New Orleans (2013). Will they call them “North Texas”, “Indiana” and “Louisiana” or “Gulf Coast”?[/quote]

    Yes – 2011 is North Texas.

    Stupid too.

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment="373977"][quote comment="373969"]
    Godspeed, Teebz.[/quote]

    got a text from our man:

    “Small farm town + blizzard = limited options

    Otherwise, we’re just kicking back and relaxing :)”

    hope paul makes it back — right now it’s pouring and about 50-60 MPH wind gusts

    this can’t be good: “Due to WX / WIND, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 5 hours and 33 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check “Delays by Destination”.

    to borrow a line from leon: “fuck”[/quote]

    Bartlett’s just called.

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment="373964"][quote comment="373961"][quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

    “dick wood”

    yeah…um

    carry on[/quote]

    At first I thought I had his card, but I realized it was Gary Wood: http://upload.wikime...

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

    Easy, The Jeff, this isn’t the official uni-matchup. It’s just an ESPN creation:
    http://a.espncdn.com...

  • Jeff | January 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment="373979"][quote comment="373976"][quote comment="373927"]Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.[/quote]
    The NFL started this back in Super Bowl XLI in 2007. They went to more “regional” locations instead of a specific city. Also coincided with all of the logos looking extremely similar. I believe they’re being created in-house now. I miss the logos with character.

    Super Bowl XLI – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Super Bowl XLII – Arizona instead of Phoenix or Glendale.

    Super Bowl XLIII – Tampa Bay This one is debatable however, as many of you know, there is no city of Tampa Bay.

    Super Bowl XLIV – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Makes you wonder what they’re going to use for upcoming games in Arlington (2011), Indianapolis (2012) and New Orleans (2013). Will they call them “North Texas”, “Indiana” and “Louisiana” or “Gulf Coast”?[/quote]

    Yes – 2011 is North Texas.

    Stupid too.[/quote]

    Oh please let 2013 be “the Big Easy.”

  • John | January 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

    Nothing particularly random about the Lake Erie Monsters giving away Shaq bobbleheads… since they both play at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment="373981"][quote comment="373964"][quote comment="373961"][quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

    “dick wood”

    yeah…um

    carry on[/quote]

    At first I thought I had his card, but I realized it was Gary Wood: http://upload.wikime...

    Of the New Yorkleans Siants

  • concealed78 | January 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm |

    That 1966 Ford logo reminds me of a grocery store design for some reason. An interesting design but very dated.

    I wish the Angels would go back to “California Angels”. It just sounds so much better, and it would lead itself to geographical logos again.

  • Justin Bates | January 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment="373975"]Did anyone else notice the Colts fan waving the Cubs’ “W” flag at the end of the game yesterday? I’m not technically skilled enough to get a good picture of it from the TV. Nice cross-sports use of the flag…[/quote]

    I also saw a “Terrific Towel” that one Colts fan was waving. Can they not come up with their own gimmick?

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment="373983"][quote comment="373979"][quote comment="373976"][quote comment="373927"]Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.[/quote]
    The NFL started this back in Super Bowl XLI in 2007. They went to more “regional” locations instead of a specific city. Also coincided with all of the logos looking extremely similar. I believe they’re being created in-house now. I miss the logos with character.

    Super Bowl XLI – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Super Bowl XLII – Arizona instead of Phoenix or Glendale.

    Super Bowl XLIII – Tampa Bay This one is debatable however, as many of you know, there is no city of Tampa Bay.

    Super Bowl XLIV – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Makes you wonder what they’re going to use for upcoming games in Arlington (2011), Indianapolis (2012) and New Orleans (2013). Will they call them “North Texas”, “Indiana” and “Louisiana” or “Gulf Coast”?[/quote]

    Yes – 2011 is North Texas.

    Stupid too.[/quote]

    Oh please let 2013 be “the Big Easy.”[/quote]
    I want to say that Super Bowl XXX was referred to as simply being in “Arizona” and not “Tempe” or “Phoenix.”

    I tried to look it up, but the stupid babysitter software thinks I’m looking for porn thanks to the “XXX” in my search terms.

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment="373984"]Nothing particularly random about the Lake Erie Monsters giving away Shaq bobbleheads… since they both play at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.[/quote]
    Any particular reason the bobble looks more like a bald-headed Rick Fox than it does Shaq?

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment="373989"]I want to say that Super Bowl XXX was referred to as simply being in “Arizona” and not “Tempe” or “Phoenix.”

    I tried to look it up, but the stupid babysitter software thinks I’m looking for porn thanks to the “XXX” in my search terms.[/quote]

    Try “Super Bowl 30.”

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment="373990"]Any particular reason the bobble looks more like a bald-headed Rick Fox than it does Shaq?[/quote]

    no one touches the shaqtus

  • FormerDirtDart | January 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment="373971"]As if the owner of our favorite team wasn’t embarrassing enough, we get to share our fandom with dipshits like this …

    http://www.sfgate.co...

    go raiders?[/quote]
    And I thought I had no life, jeeez
    Personally, I see no benefit in poking numerous unneeded holes in my spacesuit, but that’s just me.

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment="373977"][quote comment="373969"]
    Godspeed, Teebz.[/quote]

    got a text from our man:

    “Small farm town + blizzard = limited options

    Otherwise, we’re just kicking back and relaxing :)”

    hope paul makes it back — right now it’s pouring and about 50-60 MPH wind gusts

    this can’t be good: “Due to WX / WIND, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 5 hours and 33 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check “Delays by Destination”.

    to borrow a line from leon: “fuck”[/quote]

    Paul mentioned last night he was aware of some possibility of difficulty getting out of MSP due to weather in NY today.

    So at least he was aware of it. Mental preparedness and all.

    —Ricko

  • pru | January 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment="373975"]Did anyone else notice the Colts fan waving the Cubs’ “W” flag at the end of the game yesterday? I’m not technically skilled enough to get a good picture of it from the TV. Nice cross-sports use of the flag…[/quote]
    As a die hard Cubs/Bears fan, I was not happy about the flag being used.
    It all stems from my perceived difference in the ideology of Cubs fans and Colts fans. While in Miami for Super Bowl XLI, I surveyed roughly 50 Colts fans (basically all of them) and only ONE guy could name a Colts qb other than Peyton Manning. I think that most Cubs fans who know about the W flag know some history of the Cubs.

  • Kyle | January 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    Another strange Pedro uni item that may be old news to some. But I noticed over the weekend that during the 1999 season, and possibly others, Pedro has cut his sleeves up the inside seem.

    You can kinda see it in this game shot:
    http://blog.masslive...

    And this baseball card:
    http://sandjsportsca...

    Anyone seen this before?

  • JimWa | January 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=\"373927\"]

    Oh please let 2013 be \”the Big Easy.\”[/quote]

    Might just be enough to tempt Tiger out of hiding.

  • Dennis Rodman | January 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm |

    Congratulations to the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts, who failed to impress anyone in the originality department with their “Terrific Towel” in the stands this afternoon. And to add insult to injury, the creator of this even was as far as to use the same font as the Terrible Towel. I can only hope they know the address for the Allegheny Valley School.

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

  • jj | January 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment="373895"]About the Motorola headset…yes we all get tired of the constant barage of advertising but how can you blame Motorola? It’s one of the biggest 3 NFL games of the year with many, many millions viewing on TV. Why wouldn’t you want to promote your brand? I’d say that good business and survival..not really “corporate douchebaggery”.[/quote]

    I completely agree.
    I don’t get Paul’s “corporate douchebaggery” comment at all.

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment="373991"][quote comment="373989"]I want to say that Super Bowl XXX was referred to as simply being in “Arizona” and not “Tempe” or “Phoenix.”

    I tried to look it up, but the stupid babysitter software thinks I’m looking for porn thanks to the “XXX” in my search terms.[/quote]

    Try “Super Bowl 30.”[/quote]
    That ship has sailed.

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment="373995"][quote comment="373975"]Did anyone else notice the Colts fan waving the Cubs’ “W” flag at the end of the game yesterday? I’m not technically skilled enough to get a good picture of it from the TV. Nice cross-sports use of the flag…[/quote]
    As a die hard Cubs/Bears fan, I was not happy about the flag being used.
    It all stems from my perceived difference in the ideology of Cubs fans and Colts fans. While in Miami for Super Bowl XLI, I surveyed roughly 50 Colts fans (basically all of them) and only ONE guy could name a Colts qb other than Peyton Manning. I think that most Cubs fans who know about the W flag know some history of the Cubs.[/quote]
    On the other hand, there are A LOT of Colts fans who are also Cubs fans. So this ties in nicely with the stereotypical “clueless Cubs fan” image.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    C’mon, people! Art Schlichter? Jack Trudeau? Jeff George? Jim Harbaugh?

  • pru | January 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment="374001"][quote comment="373995"][quote comment="373975"]Did anyone else notice the Colts fan waving the Cubs’ “W” flag at the end of the game yesterday? I’m not technically skilled enough to get a good picture of it from the TV. Nice cross-sports use of the flag…[/quote]
    As a die hard Cubs/Bears fan, I was not happy about the flag being used.
    It all stems from my perceived difference in the ideology of Cubs fans and Colts fans. While in Miami for Super Bowl XLI, I surveyed roughly 50 Colts fans (basically all of them) and only ONE guy could name a Colts qb other than Peyton Manning. I think that most Cubs fans who know about the W flag know some history of the Cubs.[/quote]
    On the other hand, there are A LOT of Colts fans who are also Cubs fans. So this ties in nicely with the stereotypical “clueless Cubs fan” image.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    C’mon, people! Art Schlichter? Jack Trudeau? Jeff George? Jim Harbaugh?[/quote]

    I agree that there are “fans” of both, but the degree of fans differs greatly. There is a big difference between “how are the Cubs doing this year” and “White flag time at Wrigley” fans. Those two dont intertwine.

  • Kevin | January 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

    On the other hand, there are A LOT of Colts fans who are also Cubs fans. So this ties in nicely with the stereotypical “clueless Cubs fan” image.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    C’mon, people! Art Schlichter? Jack Trudeau? Jeff George? Jim Harbaugh?[/quote]

    Let’s not forget Paul Justin. Or Jim Sorgi, the man with the best job in the NFL (Manning’s backup, at least when he’s healthy)…

    I’m a Cubs fan first and a Colts fan a distant second. The clueless Colts fans are Indiana natives who frequently only know what they hear in the Indianapolis media (i.e., Peyton Manning is amazing and could beat anybody else by himself with one hand tied behind his back). Some of them may be Manning fans before they are Colts fans, which could explain why they don’t know any other QB.

    Clueless Cubs fans, on the other hand, tend to be yuppies who are more interested in getting trashed in the bleachers than in actual baseball. Many of these people are not native to the area, so they may not be as up on their history as the die-hard Cubs fans.

    Also, the Cubs have been in Chicago WAY longer than the Colts have been in Indianapolis…

  • aflfan | January 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm |

    Art Schlichter former Detroit Drive quaterback and the man who to this day I swear “threw” Arena Bowl V.

  • mtjaws | January 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    Like the Red Bulls, I have heard that the Coyotes, and probably some other teams, are using “smart cards” for season tickets, instead of the old style. I’m old school and would want the souvenir ticket, but it does make it easier for adding games and other modern options for updating.

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment="374002"]I agree that there are “fans” of both, but the degree of fans differs greatly. There is a big difference between “how are the Cubs doing this year” and “White flag time at Wrigley” fans. Those two dont intertwine.[/quote]
    5 years ago, I would have completely agreed with you. But now, look around the stands and you see so many flags/placards/t-shirts with the blue W that I think the line has become blurred.

    I often wonder how many of those same people even know that this is the counterpart to the W flag.

  • jdreyfuss | January 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

    [quote comment="373984"]Nothing particularly random about the Lake Erie Monsters giving away Shaq bobbleheads… since they both play at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.[/quote]
    …and since Dan Gilbert owns both teams. He likes to cross brand between his major and minor league squads.

  • Jim BC | January 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment="373958"][quote comment="373945"][quote comment="373941"]Peter King going hogwild on the Favre idolization this am. It should be the last monday am we have to read about this– at least until the end of February….. sigh.[/quote]
    Are you kidding? Favre Watch IV(or is it V?) officially began at 4 minutes and 42 seconds into overtime last night[/quote]

    Everything else aside, personalities and any other crap…
    Anyone really, truly think the Vikings would have been where they were with TJ or Sage? Those who do, don’t know squat about football. They should go sit at the end of the bar and pontificate.

    Favre “jacked teams around,” someone wrote on some other website. Oooo…think teams never jack PLAYERS around?

    Pro football is a business, and it’s about winning.
    Favre made the Vikings better.
    Was it perfect? Hell, no.
    Did it END perfectly? Of course not.
    But they WERE better. Immensely better.
    That’s the benchmark, the bottom line…whatever you choose to call it.

    And it was a great story. Twenty years from now, no matter who wins the Super Bowl, the lasting memory of the 2009 season, whether you like Favre or loathe him, will be the 40-year-old who came back to QB one of his former team’s arch-rivals to a division title and the NFC championship game. And had ferocious fun doing ti.

    It’s like Tin Cup McAvoy’s 12.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Good points all Ricko, I’m not a big fan of Favre but admire what he did this year… however, the point is that there were so many storylines from the weekend, including the Saints finally going to a Super Bowl – and then you go to MMQB and there’s a picture of Favre… Geez.

  • JoeS | January 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

    I thought you all might find this entertaining: my friend is torn about who to root for in the Super Bowl because Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend (Reggie Bush) will be playing against Kendra Wilkinson’s boyfriend (Hank Baskett). It’s a tough choice for her.

    So I made her this:
    http://yfrog.com/4f9...

  • TC Mark | January 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment="373938"][quote comment="373919"]Can’t wait to hear what Paul thought of Mariucci and the “X”. Two great places to watch hockey.[/quote]

    can’t speak for paul, but i was with him at both locales and yeah…gorgeous places to watch puck[/quote]

    LI Phil – glad you enjoyed both games/venues. It was a pleasure/honor to finally connect the name and the face on Friday at Grumpy’s.

    It was also a pleasure/honor to meet the man who started it all, Paul. Ricko – you are truly an encyclopedia of knowledge and, again, it was a pleasure/honor put a name with a face.

    Nice to also meet fiesta/Mike, Teebz, Robert Marshall, Larry…and others who I can only recall descriptions – AHA hockey guy, guy with all the stripes, St Louis Browns sweater guy (truly a work of art), Packer and Viking jersey guys. I am forgetting others but thanks again to those that organized the Deep Freeze. Sorry we didn’t get the Freeze working for y’all but hope a good time was had by all.

  • Kaptain K | January 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment="373985"][quote comment="373981"][quote comment="373964"][quote comment="373961"][quote comment="373960"]http://creatingwell.com/sports/football-grosset-proquarterback.jpg

    Johnny U. in a Jets uni?[/quote]

    http://www.pro-footb...

    “dick wood”

    yeah…um

    carry on[/quote]

    At first I thought I had his card, but I realized it was Gary Wood: http://upload.wikime...

    Of the New Yorkleans Siants[/quote]

    LOL.

    Remember that 80s movie with Kelly LeBrock and Anthony Michael Hall?

    Weird “Siants”!

  • Wes | January 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

    [quote comment="374006"]Like the Red Bulls, I have heard that the Coyotes, and probably some other teams, are using “smart cards” for season tickets, instead of the old style. I’m old school and would want the souvenir ticket, but it does make it easier for adding games and other modern options for updating.[/quote]

    It seems like this would make it tough to sell your ticket if you can’t make it to a game. You certainly couldn’t lend your card to a stranger, and even lending it to a friend for a night would make me a little nervous (depending on the friend I guess). Maybe the team gives you an option to print a ticket in instances like that. Probably for a fee. On the face of it, this sounds convenient, but when I think about it more, it seems more like a way for teams to better control/limit the secondary ticket market. Maybe I’m just being cynical.

  • Berto | January 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

    Nice to see rugby making more regular appearances. Cheers.

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment="374011"][quote comment="373938"][quote comment="373919"]Can’t wait to hear what Paul thought of Mariucci and the “X”. Two great places to watch hockey.[/quote]

    can’t speak for paul, but i was with him at both locales and yeah…gorgeous places to watch puck[/quote]

    LI Phil – glad you enjoyed both games/venues. It was a pleasure/honor to finally connect the name and the face on Friday at Grumpy’s.

    It was also a pleasure/honor to meet the man who started it all, Paul. Ricko – you are truly an encyclopedia of knowledge and, again, it was a pleasure/honor put a name with a face.

    Nice to also meet fiesta/Mike, Teebz, Robert Marshall, Larry…and others who I can only recall descriptions – AHA hockey guy, guy with all the stripes, St Louis Browns sweater guy (truly a work of art), Packer and Viking jersey guys. I am forgetting others but thanks again to those that organized the Deep Freeze. Sorry we didn’t get the Freeze working for y’all but hope a good time was had by all.[/quote]
    I was wondering if you were there. There were so many people I talked to that I didn’t catch their screen name/handle. And there were lots of people I never got a chance to talk to at all.

    So what was your distinguishing feature? (I’d be the “guy with all the stripes” you referred to.)

  • matt in cleveland | January 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

    on a uni front super bowl uni go saints.. can not root for the colts knowing rb#29 is gonna have that stupid stretchy jersy on again. also after watching the nfc game how much of a hot ghetto mess are those vikings jerseys noone on that team can wear the damn thing straight ..lol

    on comment #123 dont want to put all of that back down but….It’s like Tin Cup McAvoy’s 12.

    wait a minute…

    McAvoy was a good guy, a grinder, an enjoyable character and not a self serving unable to make his mind up douchebag. Also who doesn’t believe we will be on stupid farve watch until atleast week 5 next year.
    one other thing kudos to espn for their great commentary about #4 in the game if it was Jackson who threw that pick they would have crusified him for it but to qoute tj ” brett farve isnt afraid to throw interceptions” damn right he isnt god knows he has thrown enough of them to be used to it…lol. u gotta be kidding me really impartial espn. also nice of farve to blame officials by bitching about the refs and “late” hits. #4 go away also go SAINTS

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment="374009"][quote comment="373958"][quote comment="373945"][quote comment="373941"]Peter King going hogwild on the Favre idolization this am. It should be the last monday am we have to read about this– at least until the end of February….. sigh.[/quote]
    Are you kidding? Favre Watch IV(or is it V?) officially began at 4 minutes and 42 seconds into overtime last night[/quote]

    Everything else aside, personalities and any other crap…
    Anyone really, truly think the Vikings would have been where they were with TJ or Sage? Those who do, don’t know squat about football. They should go sit at the end of the bar and pontificate.

    Favre “jacked teams around,” someone wrote on some other website. Oooo…think teams never jack PLAYERS around?

    Pro football is a business, and it’s about winning.
    Favre made the Vikings better.
    Was it perfect? Hell, no.
    Did it END perfectly? Of course not.
    But they WERE better. Immensely better.
    That’s the benchmark, the bottom line…whatever you choose to call it.

    And it was a great story. Twenty years from now, no matter who wins the Super Bowl, the lasting memory of the 2009 season, whether you like Favre or loathe him, will be the 40-year-old who came back to QB one of his former team’s arch-rivals to a division title and the NFC championship game. And had ferocious fun doing ti.

    It’s like Tin Cup McAvoy’s 12.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Good points all Ricko, I’m not a big fan of Favre but admire what he did this year… however, the point is that there were so many storylines from the weekend, including the Saints finally going to a Super Bowl – and then you go to MMQB and there’s a picture of Favre… Geez.[/quote]

    And that sort of helps make my point. Long view, it IS the memorable story of the 2009 season…and it’s gonna spill over into today.

    The TV ratings bear it out. Can’t say about yesterday, but last week’s Cowboys-Vikings game was the highest-rated football telecast since last year’s Super Bowl. And, for people without a dog in the fight, the end to Favre’s season is the story. For today, anyway.

    Apologies to fans of Saints and Colts, but sometimes, for a day or two following the conference championships, the bigger story outside the winners’ markets is who lost, not who won. I realize that flies in the of provincialism, but it’s the reality of things.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment="374010"]I thought you all might find this entertaining: my friend is torn about who to root for in the Super Bowl because Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend (Reggie Bush) will be playing against Kendra Wilkinson’s boyfriend (Hank Baskett). It’s a tough choice for her.

    So I made her this:
    http://yfrog.com/4f9...
    Looks better than that CBS graphic.

  • TC Mark | January 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment="374015"][quote comment="374011"][quote comment="373938"][quote comment="373919"]Can’t wait to hear what Paul thought of Mariucci and the “X”. Two great places to watch hockey.[/quote]

    can’t speak for paul, but i was with him at both locales and yeah…gorgeous places to watch puck[/quote]

    LI Phil – glad you enjoyed both games/venues. It was a pleasure/honor to finally connect the name and the face on Friday at Grumpy’s.

    It was also a pleasure/honor to meet the man who started it all, Paul. Ricko – you are truly an encyclopedia of knowledge and, again, it was a pleasure/honor put a name with a face.

    Nice to also meet fiesta/Mike, Teebz, Robert Marshall, Larry…and others who I can only recall descriptions – AHA hockey guy, guy with all the stripes, St Louis Browns sweater guy (truly a work of art), Packer and Viking jersey guys. I am forgetting others but thanks again to those that organized the Deep Freeze. Sorry we didn’t get the Freeze working for y’all but hope a good time was had by all.[/quote]
    I was wondering if you were there. There were so many people I talked to that I didn’t catch their screen name/handle. And there were lots of people I never got a chance to talk to at all.

    So what was your distinguishing feature? (I’d be the “guy with all the stripes” you referred to.)[/quote]

    That’s right – James correct? Great jersey, cap, socks…or layers of socks.

    Glasses, gray hair, I had on the retro script Twins T – lame but had planned to wear the new Twins retro jersey I got for Christmas. Took it in a month ago to get a number on the back and still don’t have it back! I will assume it is because they were inundated with orders for the new retros…which hopefully will lead to them adopting them as the new home uni in 2011.

  • Stuby | January 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

    Did this get discussed on Friday?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    It reminds of ‘Blades of Glory’ and I thought it was an Onion article when I first read it. Unbelievable.

  • Mike Engle | January 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment="373999"][quote comment="373895"]About the Motorola headset…yes we all get tired of the constant barage of advertising but how can you blame Motorola? It’s one of the biggest 3 NFL games of the year with many, many millions viewing on TV. Why wouldn’t you want to promote your brand? I’d say that good business and survival..not really “corporate douchebaggery”.[/quote]

    I completely agree.
    I don’t get Paul’s “corporate douchebaggery” comment at all.[/quote]
    Smells like corporate douchebaggery to me.
    Analogy: Riddell is the official helmet maker for the NFL. Players don’t have to wear Riddell helmets, but non-Riddells cannot have a “clashing” brand name visible. On the other hand, all Riddell helmets have visible Riddell decals, which is why Joe Skiba can’t give EVERYBODY NY nose bumpers to match.
    So…Motorola can be as “official” as they want, yet they can’t seem to make a headset that works for Brad Childress. But only now, the after-the-fact creeping logos appear? Bull Crap.

  • Jeremy | January 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm |

    more Haiti relief soccer jerseys yesterday http://www.footballs...

  • Elvin Brownlee | January 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm |

    “Strange But True Football Stories.” That was one of my favorite books when I was a kid! I must’ve read many times over.

  • Brandon | January 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment="374008"][quote comment="373984"]Nothing particularly random about the Lake Erie Monsters giving away Shaq bobbleheads… since they both play at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.[/quote]
    …and since Dan Gilbert owns both teams. He likes to cross brand between his major and minor league squads.[/quote]

    and it worked, the attendance was 18,000 for the Shaq bobblehead game

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment="374001"]C’mon, people! Art Schlichter? Jack Trudeau? Jeff George? Jim Harbaugh?[/quote]

    You forgot Mike Pagel.

  • The Jeff | January 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    From this day forth, the act of killing a game-winning drive by throwing an interception shall be known as a Favre.

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm |

    [quote comment="374021"][quote comment="373999"][quote comment="373895"]About the Motorola headset…yes we all get tired of the constant barage of advertising but how can you blame Motorola? It’s one of the biggest 3 NFL games of the year with many, many millions viewing on TV. Why wouldn’t you want to promote your brand? I’d say that good business and survival..not really “corporate douchebaggery”.[/quote]

    I completely agree.
    I don’t get Paul’s “corporate douchebaggery” comment at all.[/quote]
    Smells like corporate douchebaggery to me.
    Analogy: Riddell is the official helmet maker for the NFL. Players don’t have to wear Riddell helmets, but non-Riddells cannot have a “clashing” brand name visible. On the other hand, all Riddell helmets have visible Riddell decals, which is why Joe Skiba can’t give EVERYBODY NY nose bumpers to match.
    So…Motorola can be as “official” as they want, yet they can’t seem to make a headset that works for Brad Childress. But only now, the after-the-fact creeping logos appear? Bull Crap.[/quote]

    i have a question i don’t believe we have asked/answered…

    is is POSSIBLE that motorola actually made the headset chilly wore yesterday? i know they couldn’t make it earlier, which is why he had the “non brand” to begin with

    however, maybe they actually figured out how to steal acquire the technology he needs and this is, indeed, a motorola headset

    /not saying it is — just saying, do we know that it’s not a motorola product now?

  • matt in cleveland | January 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm |

    one thing from the afc game did anyone see the yoked up indy cheerleader? heard that gal is on the taxi squad…

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment="373968"]So. East West Shrine Game. It was played on Saturday. One of the East players, I don’t remember who, did something kinda weird with his helmet. Instead of wearing his regular team helmet as is the practice, he had a white helmet adorned with various school decals from what I presume were schools represented on the East team. Does anyone have a screenshot? I wanna say he played defense (linebacker?) and special teams.[/quote]

    I was looking through some game photos, but didn’t see it yet. Used to be pretty common in the old Blue-Gray all-star game for players to swap decals. I think they do it in the Senior Bowl as well.

  • Mike Engle | January 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment="374027"][quote comment="374021"][quote comment="373999"][quote comment="373895"]About the Motorola headset…yes we all get tired of the constant barage of advertising but how can you blame Motorola? It’s one of the biggest 3 NFL games of the year with many, many millions viewing on TV. Why wouldn’t you want to promote your brand? I’d say that good business and survival..not really “corporate douchebaggery”.[/quote]

    I completely agree.
    I don’t get Paul’s “corporate douchebaggery” comment at all.[/quote]
    Smells like corporate douchebaggery to me.
    Analogy: Riddell is the official helmet maker for the NFL. Players don’t have to wear Riddell helmets, but non-Riddells cannot have a “clashing” brand name visible. On the other hand, all Riddell helmets have visible Riddell decals, which is why Joe Skiba can’t give EVERYBODY NY nose bumpers to match.
    So…Motorola can be as “official” as they want, yet they can’t seem to make a headset that works for Brad Childress. But only now, the after-the-fact creeping logos appear? Bull Crap.[/quote]

    i have a question i don’t believe we have asked/answered…

    is is POSSIBLE that motorola actually made the headset chilly wore yesterday? i know they couldn’t make it earlier, which is why he had the “non brand” to begin with

    however, maybe they actually figured out how to steal acquire the technology he needs and this is, indeed, a motorola headset

    /not saying it is — just saying, do we know that it’s not a motorola product now?[/quote]
    Very possible. So mea culpa, I shouldn’t jump right to that conclusion without knowing everything. If it’s a Motorola headset after all, I’ll eat my crow on the spot, but, *SPECULATION ALERT*, at the same time, if it is indeed, it WOULD be incredible that it took Motorola until this very instant to get it right. (A whole year of one less coach on one particular non-NY, non-Boston area team wearing a branded headset…gasp, so much lost revenue!)

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment="374019"]That’s right – James correct? Great jersey, cap, socks…or layers of socks.[/quote]
    You got it.

    And thanks.

  • JimV19 | January 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment="374028"]one thing from the afc game did anyone see the yoked up indy cheerleader? heard that gal is on the taxi squad…[/quote]

    Didn’t see her, but I thought this was a nice festive celebratory photo: http://a.espncdn.com...

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment="374016"]on a uni front super bowl uni go saints.. can not root for the colts knowing rb#29 is gonna have that stupid stretchy jersy on again. also after watching the nfc game how much of a hot ghetto mess are those vikings jerseys noone on that team can wear the damn thing straight ..lol

    on comment #123 dont want to put all of that back down but….It’s like Tin Cup McAvoy’s 12.

    wait a minute…

    McAvoy was a good guy, a grinder, an enjoyable character and not a self serving unable to make his mind up douchebag. Also who doesn’t believe we will be on stupid farve watch until atleast week 5 next year.
    one other thing kudos to espn for their great commentary about #4 in the game if it was Jackson who threw that pick they would have crusified him for it but to qoute tj ” brett farve isnt afraid to throw interceptions” damn right he isnt god knows he has thrown enough of them to be used to it…lol. u gotta be kidding me really impartial espn. also nice of farve to blame officials by bitching about the refs and “late” hits. #4 go away also go SAINTS[/quote]

    You’re making value judgments about whether it SHOULD be the story of the year, whether it DESERVES to be. You’re also saying that the decision to end a long football career SHOULD be easy, cut and dried (for the the record, Pat Williams today said he’s only at 50/50 that he’ll come back next year. Well, obviously he’s some kind of jerk who can’t make up his mind, right? Shoulda just said he had it allllllll figured out one way or the other and not string it out on like that, right? C’mon, it’s a gut-wrenching piss-cutter of a decision for a lot of these guys. It’s life-changing to go from a team sport to mowing your lawn and playing golf to fill you days. But the view from the couch doesn’t see that, I guess).

    Let’s deal with what IS. Favre’s return IS the ongoing compelling, memorable story of the season. Not my value judgement, or what I think. It’s what can be SEEN. Look at the coverage it’s received, the numbers Viking TV games have drawn. It’s gonna be the lead storyline for memories of the 2009 NFL season, now and 20 years from now. Shouldn’t need anyone to tell us that, just look.

    Whether you or anyone think he’s a nice guy (or not) is 100% irrelevant to the story’s place in NFL lore.

    —Ricko

  • matt in cleveland | January 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=\"374032\"][quote comment=\"374028\"]one thing from the afc game did anyone see the yoked up indy cheerleader? heard that gal is on the taxi squad…[/quote]

    Didn\’t see her, but I thought this was a nice festive celebratory photo: http://a.espncdn.com...

    lol yah cant find her on the colts website must be a b or c team cheerleader. but trust me that gal is jacked. it was like regular, regular, cutie, then boom huge ripped arms on this gal stuck out big time kinda scary…

  • Jet | January 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment="374034"][quote comment=\"374032\"][quote comment=\"374028\"]one thing from the afc game did anyone see the yoked up indy cheerleader? heard that gal is on the taxi squad…[/quote]

    Didn\’t see her, but I thought this was a nice festive celebratory photo: http://a.espncdn.com...

    lol yah cant find her on the colts website must be a b or c team cheerleader. but trust me that gal is jacked. it was like regular, regular, cutie, then boom huge ripped arms on this gal stuck out big time kinda scary…[/quote]

    Okay, I was wondering what was meant by “yoked up”

  • TC Mark | January 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment="374033"][quote comment="374016"]on a uni front super bowl uni go saints.. can not root for the colts knowing rb#29 is gonna have that stupid stretchy jersy on again. also after watching the nfc game how much of a hot ghetto mess are those vikings jerseys noone on that team can wear the damn thing straight ..lol

    on comment #123 dont want to put all of that back down but….It’s like Tin Cup McAvoy’s 12.

    wait a minute…

    McAvoy was a good guy, a grinder, an enjoyable character and not a self serving unable to make his mind up douchebag. Also who doesn’t believe we will be on stupid farve watch until atleast week 5 next year.
    one other thing kudos to espn for their great commentary about #4 in the game if it was Jackson who threw that pick they would have crusified him for it but to qoute tj ” brett farve isnt afraid to throw interceptions” damn right he isnt god knows he has thrown enough of them to be used to it…lol. u gotta be kidding me really impartial espn. also nice of farve to blame officials by bitching about the refs and “late” hits. #4 go away also go SAINTS[/quote]

    You’re making value judgments about whether it SHOULD be the story of the year, whether it DESERVES to be. You’re also saying that the decision to end a long football career SHOULD be easy, cut and dried (for the the record, Pat Williams today said he’s only at 50/50 that he’ll come back next year. Well, obviously he’s some kind of jerk who can’t make up his mind, right? Shoulda just said he had it allllllll figured out one way or the other and not string it out on like that, right? C’mon, it’s a gut-wrenching piss-cutter of a decision for a lot of these guys. It’s life-changing to go from a team sport to mowing your lawn and playing golf to fill you days. But the view from the couch doesn’t see that, I guess).

    Let’s deal with what IS. Favre’s return IS the ongoing compelling, memorable story of the season. Not my value judgement, or what I think. It’s what can be SEEN. Look at the coverage it’s received, the numbers Viking TV games have drawn. It’s gonna be the lead storyline for memories of the 2009 NFL season, now and 20 years from now. Shouldn’t need anyone to tell us that, just look.

    Whether you or anyone think he’s a nice guy (or not) is 100% irrelevant to the story’s place in NFL lore.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Well said Ricko.

    Too often today people want to define what the story (any story) should be…from their perspective only, narrow that it might be at times. Yes they are entitled to their opinions but many (many, many) times they lose objectivity and their perspective becomes THE perspective. And can’t understand when those who are more objective and take the broader view don’t see it their way.

    You’re point is that Favre IS the story regardless of your perspective…IF you are being objective. I couldn’t agree more.

  • matt in cleveland | January 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm |

    i am not saying he is not a story believe me he is…my problem with it and the part that got me really fired up is the double standard of coverage that shmoes at espn give him like i said if jackson or whoever throw late against his body over the middle into coverage not needing that much yardage with a time out and atleast 5 yards of running room in front of him, which is what happened… they would have killed him in the post game but not #4

  • matt in cleveland | January 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm |

    “Yoked up” sorry my term for physically well built to damn near built like a linebacker..lol…

  • Kerry P | January 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment="373989"][quote comment="373983"][quote comment="373979"][quote comment="373976"][quote comment="373927"]Sorry if this has been covered before, but can someone tell me why all the logos for the Super Bowl & the Pro Bowl say South Florida instead of Miami? Even the shot CBS had of the two potential balls that would be used in the Super Bowl (one with Colts vs. Vikes & one Colts vs. Saints) said “South Florida.” I realize the Stadium of Many Names isn’t technically in Miami, but it’s close enough.[/quote]
    The NFL started this back in Super Bowl XLI in 2007. They went to more “regional” locations instead of a specific city. Also coincided with all of the logos looking extremely similar. I believe they’re being created in-house now. I miss the logos with character.

    Super Bowl XLI – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Super Bowl XLII – Arizona instead of Phoenix or Glendale.

    Super Bowl XLIII – Tampa Bay This one is debatable however, as many of you know, there is no city of Tampa Bay.

    Super Bowl XLIV – South Florida instead of Miami.

    Makes you wonder what they’re going to use for upcoming games in Arlington (2011), Indianapolis (2012) and New Orleans (2013). Will they call them “North Texas”, “Indiana” and “Louisiana” or “Gulf Coast”?[/quote]

    Yes – 2011 is North Texas.

    Stupid too.[/quote]

    Oh please let 2013 be “the Big Easy.”[/quote]
    I want to say that Super Bowl XXX was referred to as simply being in “Arizona” and not “Tempe” or “Phoenix.”[/quote]
    You are correct sir: http://www.logoshak....

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm |

    [quote comment="374037"]i am not saying he is not a story believe me he is…my problem with it and the part that got me really fired up is the double standard of coverage that shmoes at espn give him like i said if jackson or whoever throw late against his body over the middle into coverage not needing that much yardage with a time out and atleast 5 yards of running room in front of him, which is what happened… they would have killed him in the post game but not #4[/quote]

    He couldn’t run. Ankle. Taped. Remember?
    In post-game, he did say “I was late” in reference to throwing that last ball, y’know; he took the wrap for it.
    But, being a competitor, he was forcing something, trying to make something happen because of everything else that had been so screwed up all day.
    Like, say, moments before.
    12 men in the huddle?
    Seriously? After a time out?
    Nothing like making it tough on your quarterback.

    —Ricko

  • matt in cleveland | January 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm |

    think u r missing my point is not just about #4 more so the people covering it.

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm |

    “piss-cutter of a decision”

    Qualiifies for the R-O G

  • TC Mark | January 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment="374040"][quote comment="374037"]i am not saying he is not a story believe me he is…my problem with it and the part that got me really fired up is the double standard of coverage that shmoes at espn give him like i said if jackson or whoever throw late against his body over the middle into coverage not needing that much yardage with a time out and atleast 5 yards of running room in front of him, which is what happened… they would have killed him in the post game but not #4[/quote]

    He couldn’t run. Ankle. Taped. Remember?
    In post-game, he did say “I was late” in reference to throwing that last ball, y’know; he took the wrap for it.
    But, being a competitor, he was forcing something, trying to make something happen because of everything else that had been so screwed up all day.
    Like, say, moments before.
    12 men in the huddle?
    Seriously? After a time out?
    Nothing like making it tough on your quarterback.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I said it at the time and am sticking with it. Even with the fumbles and the first interception they were in a position to win with a FG. The just needed to run one more play, get a yard or two or three, and the angle Longwell wanted. The 12 man penalty was inexcusable and forced them to pass to get the 5 yards back and maybe more. To his credit Favre noticed and tried to call timeout but was too late. The blame goes to coaching and not being on top of the situation…particularly after a timeout! No excuse and Childress (and staff) inexperience under pressure was glaring. Favre made it worse then by forcing a throw and trying to make up for the penalty…just like his younger days.

    All in all plenty o’ blame to share on that one.

    Not uni-related I know…I feel better anyway…now back to our regular programming.

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

    [quote comment="374041"]think u r missing my point is not just about #4 more so the people covering it.[/quote]

    Well, yes, there is that.
    I guess I’m so used it now that I don’t notice it most times.
    Sort of a well-honed practice of tuning them out. : )

    –Ricko

  • ReggieDunlop | January 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm |

    I was at that Lake Erie (Cleveland) Monsters game Friday for the Shaq bobblehead, and it’s worth noting that there was a franchise record crowd of 18,656 for the AHL team. They usually close off the entire upper bowl of Quicken Loans Arena (like they do for Oakland A’s games) for the Monsters, but Friday it was open and packed. The Indians draw similar huge crowds when they have bobblehead giveaways. Just curious: do fans go crazy for bobbleheads all over the country?

  • matt in cleveland | January 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment="374044"][quote comment="374041"]think u r missing my point is not just about #4 more so the people covering it.[/quote]

    Well, yes, there is that.
    I guess I’m so used it now that I don’t notice it most times.
    Sort of a well-honed practice of tuning them out.

    : )

    –Ricko[/quote]
    lol… i for one am putting #4 into the past (until he holds the nfl hostage again) but onto the important thing of the day colts cheerleader-linebacker, who i am now considering for position of cheerbacker. i want to know if she is under contract cause my team the browns could use her in dime and nickle situations.. maybe the manginious would trade a 5th or 6th round draft choice for her, gal is built..

  • leon | January 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    Jheri curling:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Matthew Robins | January 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    Syracuse is doing something different for their game tonight! http://www.kixandthe...(Kix+and+the+City)

  • JimWa | January 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment="374045"]I was at that Lake Erie (Cleveland) Monsters game Friday for the Shaq bobblehead, and it’s worth noting that there was a franchise record crowd of 18,656 for the AHL team. They usually close off the entire upper bowl of Quicken Loans Arena (like they do for Oakland A’s games) for the Monsters, but Friday it was open and packed. The Indians draw similar huge crowds when they have bobblehead giveaways. Just curious: do fans go crazy for bobbleheads all over the country?[/quote]

    Do they A’s often play at the Quicken Loans Arena?

    (come on … you knew SOMEONE was going to ask)

  • JimWa | January 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm |

    (would’ve been alot funnier if I’d read it before I posted it)

  • JoeS | January 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment="374020"]Did this get discussed on Friday?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    It reminds of ‘Blades of Glory’ and I thought it was an Onion article when I first read it. Unbelievable.[/quote]
    I heard their Olympic routine is in black face.

  • chance michaels | January 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment="374013"][quote comment="374006"]Like the Red Bulls, I have heard that the Coyotes, and probably some other teams, are using “smart cards” for season tickets, instead of the old style. I’m old school and would want the souvenir ticket, but it does make it easier for adding games and other modern options for updating.[/quote]

    It seems like this would make it tough to sell your ticket if you can’t make it to a game. You certainly couldn’t lend your card to a stranger, and even lending it to a friend for a night would make me a little nervous (depending on the friend I guess). Maybe the team gives you an option to print a ticket in instances like that. Probably for a fee. On the face of it, this sounds convenient, but when I think about it more, it seems more like a way for teams to better control/limit the secondary ticket market. Maybe I’m just being cynical.[/quote]
    English soccer teams have been doing this for years. I’m an Arsenal season ticket holder, even though I live in NYC. I go to the games when I’m in London, and when I’m not my brother takes the card and goes. When he can’t go, he loans the card to a friend.

    If the card is stolen, the team cancels it and issues another one. It actually offers more protection than your paper ticket.

  • Jeff P | January 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm |

    [quote comment="374007"][quote comment="374002"]I agree that there are “fans” of both, but the degree of fans differs greatly. There is a big difference between “how are the Cubs doing this year” and “White flag time at Wrigley” fans. Those two dont intertwine.[/quote]
    5 years ago, I would have completely agreed with you. But now, look around the stands and you see so many flags/placards/t-shirts with the blue W that I think the line has become blurred.

    I often wonder how many of those same people even know that this is the counterpart to the W flag.[/quote]

    How would they not know about it? They see it often enough…

  • DuncanPB | January 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm |

    Deep Freeze 2010 RAWKS!

    I had a blast this weekend. It was great getting to meet and hang-out with so many great guys. Paul, Ricko, Phil, James, Robert, Teebz, Carl, Dan, Jeff, and everyone else, just let me say thanks for a great time. I can truly say you guys are one of the most friendly and generous group of people I have had the privilege to meet.

    I did get a report from Carl that they did cancel the Sunday games due to water on the ice. Anyone have any details on how they determine the champion in this type of situation?

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm |

    [quote comment="374054"]they did cancel the Sunday games due to water on the ice. Anyone have any details on how they determine the champion in this type of situation?[/quote]

    50 meter backstroke

  • Jeff Walter | January 25, 2010 at 7:16 pm |

    [quote comment="373940"]The weirder thing about that Miami jersey is that it is their current style, with an ACC patch. Since Reggie Wayne entered the pros in 2001 and never played in the ACC, I can only conclude that it is actually a Jake Byrne jersey, #87 from this past season.[/quote]

    Sorry I’m late to the party. I was at the game yesterday and the jersey did say “Wayne” on the back. I don’t know anything about Miami’s jerseys so I didn’t know that wasn’t the uniform they wore when he was there.

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm |

    [quote comment="374026"]From this day forth, the act of killing a game-winning drive by throwing an interception shall be known as a Favre.[/quote]

    Right. Of course, nothing else happened in the game before that moment.

    Have you ever even HELD a football?

  • Phil | January 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm |

    [quote comment="373903"]Pittsburgh mascots on ice.

    http://www.pittsburg...

    Like it how the Dunkin Donuts mascot is a “Pittsburgh” mascot, then again its a better Pittsburgh mascot than Steely McBeam. Why are Abe Lincoln and George Washington there?

  • Jerry | January 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm |

    [quote comment="373921"]throwbacks for Ferris State hockey against Michigan last Friday. Too Iowa State for me, but an improvement over their normal uniforms.

    Throwbacks:
    http://www.mgoblue.c...;
    Normal Away:
    http://archives.reco...
    [quote comment="373919"][quote comment="373892"]

    Except Iowa State doesn’t have a varsity Hockey Team, so wouldn’t it be the other way around, if the Cyclones came out with Hockey Jerseys that looked like the Bulldogs.

  • Max | January 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

    [quote comment="373988"]
    I also saw a “Terrific Towel” that one Colts fan was waving. Can they not come up with their own gimmick?[/quote]

    It is no worse than the Saints copying the Bengals “Who Dey” with that ridiculous, juvenile, moronic, uneducated “Who Dat”.

  • Ski U Mah Gopher | January 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm |

    Where is travelgypsy. On Friday night, she said she would post. Come on, join us:)

  • Greg | January 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm |

    The guy in the Miami Hurricane jersey is Anthony (AJ) Foyt IV, Jim Irsay’s son-in-law & grandson of AJ Foyt

  • Max | January 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm |

    Maybe Teebz will know this…

    (I should know better than post a hockey question on a Monday after the NFL playoffs….)

    That pic in todays ticker of Bobby Hull wearing a Dunguard football mask is the first one that I have seen a frontal shot off.

    The one I have been looking for for 20 years is the one of Hull in The Hockey News wearing a CCM helmet, not a Mikita/Riddell helmet, and a Dunguard facemask.

    It might have been from his Jets days. And it was a dark CCM helmet.

    Anybody got that picture?

  • Taxman | January 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm |

    Ah – The Punt Pass and Kick Library! Have a handful of titles packed away somewhere in the basement.

    You might be a sports geek if you took PP&K’s “The Big Play” for 2nd grade read aloud day, like I did. Others read books about bunnies and ponies and tugboats, while I enthralled the class with the stirring account of the Colts’ tying and winning drives in the Greatest Game Ever Played.

  • tremaine | January 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm |

    Don’t get mad at me if this doesn’t work.

    Bengie Molina notes in his blog that switching equipment during the season messed up his legs:

    http://bengiemolina....

  • Kerry P | January 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm |

    [quote comment="374060"][quote comment="373988"]
    I also saw a “Terrific Towel” that one Colts fan was waving. Can they not come up with their own gimmick?[/quote]

    It is no worse than the Saints copying the Bengals “Who Dey” with that ridiculous, juvenile, moronic, uneducated “Who Dat”.[/quote]
    Except that the Saints aren’t copying the Bengals at all. “Who Dat” has been around since the 1890s and the Saints adopted it years ago. It had nothing to do with the Bengals.

  • Max | January 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm |

    [quote comment="374068"][quote comment="374060"][quote comment="373988"]
    I also saw a “Terrific Towel” that one Colts fan was waving. Can they not come up with their own gimmick?[/quote]

    It is no worse than the Saints copying the Bengals “Who Dey” with that ridiculous, juvenile, moronic, uneducated “Who Dat”.[/quote]
    Except that the Saints aren’t copying the Bengals at all. “Who Dat” has been around since the 1890s and the Saints adopted it years ago. It had nothing to do with the Bengals.[/quote]

    Sure. I believe that.

  • Jay | January 25, 2010 at 9:50 pm |

    Re: Rask’s mask.

    I’m under the assumption that the mask started as a Nike Bauer mask, and now that it’s just Bauer, he removed the swoosh from in front of the Bauer logo, hence making it off center.

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment="374061"]Where is travelgypsy. On Friday night, she said she would post. Come on, join us:)[/quote]

    i think you skerred shanna away there, hugh

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm |

    oops…left out the ;)

  • Johnny O | January 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

    Depending on what site you look at, on this day in 1964, Nike was founded:

    http://www.inhistori...

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm |

    [quote comment="374069"][quote comment="374068"][quote comment="374060"][quote comment="373988"]
    I also saw a “Terrific Towel” that one Colts fan was waving. Can they not come up with their own gimmick?[/quote]

    It is no worse than the Saints copying the Bengals “Who Dey” with that ridiculous, juvenile, moronic, uneducated “Who Dat”.[/quote]
    Except that the Saints aren’t copying the Bengals at all. “Who Dat” has been around since the 1890s and the Saints adopted it years ago. It had nothing to do with the Bengals.[/quote]

    Sure. I believe that.[/quote]

    Probably should believe it. Not everything was invented by pro football teams or fans. Some things actually come from the cultural and historical backgrounds of the surrounding geographic area…and they get “adopted.”
    http://en.wikipedia....

    —Ricko

  • rick f | January 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm |

    I am a bit surprised that there hasn’t been more mention about favre’s earholes being covered. Paul states that it is purple tape, but I rewound the footage during severals parts of the game and looked at the photos…It seems to me that the ear hoes were painted over to match the helmet. It just seems too shiny and blended very well to be tape.

  • Kaptain K | January 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm |

    [quote comment="374058"][quote comment="373903"]Pittsburgh mascots on ice.

    http://www.pittsburg...

    Like it how the Dunkin Donuts mascot is a “Pittsburgh” mascot, then again its a better Pittsburgh mascot than Steely McBeam. Why are Abe Lincoln and George Washington there?[/quote]

    Both Lincoln and Washington are the official Presidents’ Day mascots.

    Guy Fawkes couldn’t make it to the mascot photo op — he got bombed the night before!

  • Thomas Clark | January 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm |

    Here’s a pic of Iowa State’s ACHA hockey teams road uniforms:

    http://farm1.static....

  • The Jeff | January 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm |

    [quote comment="374057"][quote comment="374026"]From this day forth, the act of killing a game-winning drive by throwing an interception shall be known as a Favre.[/quote]

    Right. Of course, nothing else happened in the game before that moment.

    Have you ever even HELD a football?[/quote]

    Favre trying to make a play, forcing a throw and getting picked off is an extremely common event over his career.

    In fact if he retires now, his final pass with every team he’s played for will have been an interception.

    I’ll make fun of that if I want to. Bite me.

  • Ricko | January 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm |

    [quote comment="374078"][quote comment="374057"][quote comment="374026"]From this day forth, the act of killing a game-winning drive by throwing an interception shall be known as a Favre.[/quote]

    Right. Of course, nothing else happened in the game before that moment.

    Have you ever even HELD a football?[/quote]

    Favre trying to make a play, forcing a throw and getting picked off is an extremely common event over his career.

    In fact if he retires now, his final pass with every team he’s played for will have been an interception.

    I’ll make fun of that if I want to. Bite me.[/quote]

    Yeah, he’s a piece of crap. Pretty sure that’s how pro football history will remember him.

    When Babe Ruth retired he’d struck out more than anyone his history. Not saying Favre compares to Ruth, not at all. But if you swing hard, you’re gonna miss hard. Comes with the turf.

    Just isn’t as simple as it looks on paper. Or on TV.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm |

    [quote comment="374079"]Just isn’t as simple as it looks on paper. Or on TV.[/quote]
    I bet that pass went for a game-winning TD on Madden last night.

  • LI Phil | January 25, 2010 at 11:31 pm |

    [quote comment="374080"][quote comment="374079"]Just isn’t as simple as it looks on paper. Or on TV.[/quote]
    I bet that pass went for a game-winning TD on Madden last night.[/quote]

    except the vikes were wearing purple and the saints in monochrome black

  • The Jeff | January 25, 2010 at 11:38 pm |

    [quote comment="374079"][quote comment="374078"][quote comment="374057"][quote comment="374026"]From this day forth, the act of killing a game-winning drive by throwing an interception shall be known as a Favre.[/quote]

    Right. Of course, nothing else happened in the game before that moment.

    Have you ever even HELD a football?[/quote]

    Favre trying to make a play, forcing a throw and getting picked off is an extremely common event over his career.

    In fact if he retires now, his final pass with every team he’s played for will have been an interception.

    I’ll make fun of that if I want to. Bite me.[/quote]

    Yeah, he’s a piece of crap. Pretty sure that’s how pro football history will remember him.

    When Babe Ruth retired he’d struck out more than anyone his history. Not saying Favre compares to Ruth, not at all. But if you swing hard, you’re gonna miss hard. Comes with the turf.

    Just isn’t as simple as it looks on paper. Or on TV.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Pro football history will probably remember Favre as a Superbowl winning Packers QB who set records for yardage, TDs and INTs primarily because he played forever, not because he was a better QB than some other guys below him on the career totals. His years with the Jets and Vikings will become a footnote, and much like Joe Montana in KC (who also led them to a conference championship loss), no one will really care.

    Meanwhile, in current times, he’s seen as an aging QB who can’t make up his mind about retiring and who has ended each of the last 3 seasons with an INT.

  • Ski U Mah Gopher | January 26, 2010 at 7:21 am |

    I sure hope Teebz put his time at the Motel 66 to good use and made a call to LV for one of those great Girl Scout sweaters.

  • DP | January 26, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    Those “earplugs” that the Vikings were wearing, according to the broadcasters, were special electronic earplugs that kill the crowd noise but pick up close noises like guys talking in the huddle or on the sidelines. Something just doesn’t seem right about that.