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Uni Watch Twin Cities Road Trip Report

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Last Friday’s Uni Watch party at Grumpy’s generated one of the biggest turnouts ever — a great mix of local readers and out-of-towners who’d headed to the Twin Cities for the Deep Freeze. Here’s a rundown on who showed up:

• First and foremost, big thanks to David S. Gardner, who generously volunteered to secure us the private room at Grumpy’s. Thanks again, Dave. He said his hockey jersey was from a club team in Minsk.

• Dave brought along his buddy Michael Drivas, who owns a local bookstore and didn’t seem the least bit fazed by being plunged into the middle of a bunch of uniform fanatics. Very cool dude.

• The award for most stripes ever worn to a Uni Watch party goes to James Huening, who paired a Canadiens throwback jersey with Indiana warm-up pants, plus he had Cubs stirrups under the pants and 49ers socks under the stirrups, along with striped shorts. Well done, Jimbo.

• James drove up from Chicago along with the inimitable Robert Marshall. I’ve noticed that just about every piece of clothing Marshall wears is paint-speckled, including the Chisox tee he had on under his sweaters — a nice signature style. That tee, incidentally, included a shout-out on the back to Sox organist Nancy Faust — nice.

Larry Kurtze wore a White Sox throwback jersey with 1959 Chisox stirrups (don’t worry, he didn’t have his pants scrunched up like that for the entire party), topped off by a later-model Sox jacket.

• Here’s Jim Lonetti, wearing a salesman sample Twins jersey — note the unusual script. He also wore a cap with a logo patch instead of a direct-embroidered logo — weird. But note that the “T” on the cap is curved, which is how the team’s logo used to be back in the day (nowadays it’s almost straight).

• The man, the myth, the god, the godfather — ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ricko. He wore a Minneapolis Millers jersey with Willie Mays’s number. He was also a fantastic presence all weekend long, dispensing wisdom and pointing me in many productive directions. Thanks for everything, Rick — home run all the way.

• For the second time in two and a half years, Teebz drove all the way from Winnipeg to attend a Uni Watch shindig. Note that he wore a Brooklyn Dodgers cap just to score points with me. What a brownnose, am I right?

This is Mike Menner. In addition to wearing a nifty Nicaragua jersey, he also gave me a six-pack of northwestern-striped tube socks. Or at least I think it was him — my memory’s a little fuzzy on some of the evening’s details. Whoever it was, that was a really sweet gesture — thanks.

Here we have Kenny Gunderman, wearing a Macalester College club team jersey.

This guy asked me not to print his name, I think cuz he stole all that gear from the Michigan equipment room. Okay, not really, but he was wearing a bona fide national championship ring — yowza. Also note the Rose Bowl sleeve embroidery and the Rose Bowl watch.

• Can’t get enough of that old Twins script. That’s Mark Wilkes wearing it.

• Here’s the best right-hand man a left-handed writer could ever ask for, our own L.I. Phil Hecken. Underneath the Isles jersey he had this super-cool Uni Watch Deep Freeze T-shirt.

• The Deep Freeze tee was designed by Ben Traxel, who came up from Missouri for the weekend. His Browns sweater is a total DIY job (you can see additional photos of it here and see how he made it here). Ben was also wearing a pair of those 1959 Chisox World Series stirrups, and so was Phil, so the two of them and Larry Kurtze later posed for a sock-off photo op.

• Ben brought his pal and architecture colleague Aaron Duncan along with him from Missouri. Aaron’s Vladislav Tretiak jersey featured by far the coolest NOB at the party.

Dan Schneeman wore a John Randle jersey but kinda blew it by not wearing the Randle-style eye black. C’mon, Dan, if you’re gonna do it, do it right!

• Dan’s brother Carl Schneeman wore one of my favorite jerseys of the night: an untucked Marquette beauty.

• Here’s another jersey I really liked: Kevin Joseph‘s Minnesota Aurora design, which he created himself for his rec league team. Nice combination of various local team logos.

• Here’s longtime reader Jeff Barak, wearing a jersey from a local high school team. He also engaged in a bit of self-promotion by wearing a shout-out to his blog, the excellent Third String Goalie.

• I think I embarrassed (or maybe scared) Wes Johnson by constantly making a fuss of his gorgeous Ashby Arrows warm-up jacket. Dig the awesome script on the back. Underneath the jacket he wore a shirt that dated back to the days when Bud Selig wanted to contract the Twins out of existence.

• Love the black cat on Chris Lamping‘s Wobblies jersey, which is from his rec league baseball team. (Here’s a shot of him wearing it on the mound!) Don’t know what the Wobblies are? Look here and here.

• Seated here are Ray Wroblewski on the left and Mike Nachreiner on the right. Naturally, I liked Mike’s green-and-gold Adidas jacket, but I liked it even more when I saw what was on the back. That one’s for you, Phil Knight.

• When I think of the Minnesota Fighting Saints, I think of this logo. Didn’t know they’d also used this design until I saw Robert Danneker wearing it.

• Last but not least, here’s Hugh Gitlin. The jersey is reversible — the other side says “Manny’s Team.” Apparently they were handed out a kid named Manny’s bar mitzvah and everyone played a game of hoops (which doesn’t sound like any bar mitzvah I’ve ever attended, but I guess they do things differently out in Minnesota).

My thanks to all who attended, apologies to anyone I missed, and bonus apologies for ducking out as early as I did — I was in town on assignment for an ESPN piece, and the long work day had taken its toll. But I think you’ll like the resulting article, which should run tomorrow.

Freebie Reminder: Remember, I’m currently giving a way a Soul Power DVD + T-shirt. Details here.

Also, for the many of you who’ve asked: Yes, I will definitely be giving away the Jaguars jersey box (probably next week) and the footballs provided by Joe Skiba (the week after that), so hold tight — you’re bound to win something eventually.

Contest Reminder: Friday is the deadline for submitting your Cooperstown Hawkeyes logo design. Further details here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: While looking for the postcard image to post at the top of today’s entry, I came across this — whoa! … Rickie Fowler’s name was misspelled on his caddie’s attire over the weekend (with thanks to Michael Cooke). … Check out this original sketch for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers logo. It’s from an article that explains the logo’s evolution (nice find by Wolfie Browender). … Last week’s Supreme Court decision allowing corporate political spending prompted Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich to create some astute logo creep commentary (with thanks to Austin Gillis). … Caleb Berg was recently watching the pilot episode of Sequest DSV, which first aired in 1993, when he noticed something interesting: “The character Lucas Wolenczak, played by the late Jonathan Brandis, is wearing a Marlins jersey. At the end he turns around and you can see he has ‘World Series Champions 2010’ on the back.” Seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened. … The Saint John Sea Dogs are inviting fans to design the team’s third jersey (with thanks to Thom Dennis). … New logo for Roosevelt University (with thanks to Tom Fredrickson whose wife’s design firm created the logo). … Super-cool hockey jersey available here. … Check out this Oregon-branded laptop. Think there’s a swoosh etched on the other side? (With thanks to Bryan Duklewski.) … Bruce Menard found some killer early NBA stuff on eBay, including a 1949-50 Chicago Stags media guide (be sure to scroll down and click for the larger scans), a 1948-49 Sheboygan Red Skins media guide (ditto), and a 1948-49 Stags team photo (note the antlers on the costumed mascot!). … Looks like Ben Sheets was wearing a pre-2007 gray-underbrimmed cap for his press conference yesterday (good spot by Eric Trager). … Yesterday’s main entry included this ad for Hostess baseball cards, which prompted Rick DiRubbo to find and scan some of his old Hostess cards. … The Maple Leafs wore 1970s throwbacks for warm-ups last night, complete with period-appropriate NOBs. Click on the sidebar for more photos (with thanks to Rob Ullman). … Moon over Melbourne! That’s Venus Williams, who I assume was wearing a G-string-ish undergarment of some sort (screen shot courtesy of Ryan Perkins). … Wait, check that: She’s actually wearing brown undies. … Here’s a look at MLB’s new BP caps in action. “Even more hideous than I imagined,” says Dan Cichalski. “The black on the edge of the bill looks like a second hat beneath the blue hat, similar to a player like Juan Pierre wearing a cap beneath his helmet. Ugh.” … Seattle University wore sleeved throwbacks last night! And instead of wearing their usual uni numbers, the players wore the numbers of former Seattle greats, like Elgin Baylor and Eddie Miles. Additional photos here and here. … For the dog who has everything: a doghouse shaped like a giant football helmet (as forwarded by Byron Wages). … Andre Dawson will reportedly be wearing an Expos cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.

 

219 comments to Uni Watch Twin Cities Road Trip Report

  • Billy | January 27, 2010 at 7:51 am |

    Venus was actually wearing brown bloomers, why I don’t know…

  • liz | January 27, 2010 at 7:59 am |

    Venus thinks she looks great in this outfit. She tweeted “My dress for the Austrailian Open has been one of my best designs ever! Its all about the slits and V-Neck” and “I am wearing undershorts the same color as my skin, so it gives the slits in my dress the full effect!”
    It has been creating quite the uproar in my house, and I hear it has been the talk in Oz, too, especially for fans at the stadium who can’t tell she IS wearing bloomers.

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 7:59 am |

    Honestly, everyone I spoke to was incredible at Grumpy’s, and I can’t imagine a better group of people to spend a rainy Saturday night with.

    Thanks for the fun evening, everyone, and I’m not brown-nosing, Paul! LOL

  • Matt | January 27, 2010 at 8:01 am |

    No, no no. Period appropriate NOB’s for the Leafs’ 70s throwbacks would be blue letters on the blue jersey. Burn in hell, Ballard!

  • Stan aka The Took | January 27, 2010 at 8:04 am |

    http://www.dailymail...

    I don’t mind at all.

  • Jon | January 27, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    “Andre Dawson will reportedly be wearing an Expos cap on his Hall of Fame plaque”

    NOOOOOOOOoooooo!!!

    oh well.

  • DenverGregg | January 27, 2010 at 8:38 am |

    Did the brown undies make anyone else think of the French Army joke?

  • Pittsburgh Gunny | January 27, 2010 at 8:41 am |

    I rather liked Venus’ outfit I thought she looked quite nice. I will always think of Andre Dawson as an Expo I am glad he is going into the hall wearing that cap. That outfield of Dawson, Warren Cromartie and Ellis Valentine was really fun to watch.

  • Rob Ullman | January 27, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    Michael Drivas!! I haven’t seen him in YEARS! His bookstore is one of the best comic shops in the country…and not just because he was kind enough to sell my mini-comics when I was just starting out 15+ years ago!

    Okay, time to read the rest of the report…

  • Alec | January 27, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    It sucks that I’ll have to physically mail the third jersey entry, but oh well. Still thinking of number & letter font, but here goes:
    Saint John third sweater

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    Paul,

    This is probably more for Ek, but when I’m reading uniwatch using a mobile browser, there is an adobe flash plugin box that sticks to the side of the display, and cuts off part of the text as well as making it difficult to click some of the links. Just thought I’d pass it along in case there is a possible fix.

    Thanks.

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 8:55 am |

    [quote comment=”374301″]Honestly, everyone I spoke to was incredible at Grumpy’s, and I can’t imagine a better group of people to spend a rainy Saturday night with.[/quote]

    you went back there saturday night? i thought you were at the wild game ;)

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    [quote comment=”374310″][quote comment=”374301″]Honestly, everyone I spoke to was incredible at Grumpy’s, and I can’t imagine a better group of people to spend a rainy Saturday night with.[/quote]

    you went back there saturday night? i thought you were at the wild game ;)[/quote]

    Canadian time, eh?

  • Kevin G. | January 27, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    I didn’t know “Biff” was actually Pocoroba’s proper first name. That is awesome!

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    Not the nitpick, but isn’t it actually SeaQuest DSV?

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 9:19 am |

    My favorite textile from the Grumpy’s photos is the curtain in the background of many of the photos. Wondering: did that separate coach from first class?

  • Stuby | January 27, 2010 at 9:22 am |

    Damn, flickr is blocked at work now.

    This was a side article to the Andre Dawson HOF cap article…

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

    So, the Cubs are hinging their decision to retire his number on whether the HOF chooses the Cubs cap? He’s either worthy of a number retirement or he isn’t. Weak showing, Cubbies.

  • Roger Faso | January 27, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    Normally, I don’t go for stuff like that, but those Helmet Dog Houses are cool. They almost … almost makes me want to get a dog … or one of them pygmy goats that eat weeds and produce milk.

  • Steve | January 27, 2010 at 9:25 am |

    Geeze, was facial hair a requirement to get into the Uni Watch party? WOW

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”374312″]I didn’t know “Biff” was actually Pocoroba’s proper first name. That is awesome![/quote]

    The Hostess cards were after my time. But the “Biff” card brought to mind an old (very) 7-11 promotion associated with slurpees. The banner ad on the window featured a ballplayer head shot on the plastic “keeper” cups. It was generic, complete with barely discernible “autograph”. It took a little doing, but the player’s name could be made out as “Bimbo Smotzer”. Still waiting for someone of that name to make it to the bigs

  • TC Mark | January 27, 2010 at 9:28 am |

    I posted this Monday but I know some were traveling so…

    “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, James, Dave, Larry…and others who I can only recall descriptions – AHA hockey guy, 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.”

    For anyone who didn’t/wasn’t able to attend…you missed a good time, and more importantly, the opportunity to connect with a truly passionate group. Fun too and a nicer group of people you could not meet. If you are in a locale where Paula has further Gathering, I strongly encourage you to attend.

    Thanks again to all who organized, traveled and otherwise made an effort to be a part of it all (or some part thereof).

    Oh…if it makes any of the out-of-towners feel any better…current temp in MSP is 5 degrees. One word – timing!

  • TC Mark | January 27, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment=”374319″]I posted this Monday but I know some were traveling so…

    “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, James, Dave, Larry…and others who I can only recall descriptions – AHA hockey guy, 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.”

    For anyone who didn’t/wasn’t able to attend…you missed a good time, and more importantly, the opportunity to connect with a truly passionate group. Fun too and a nicer group of people you could not meet. If you are in a locale where Paula has further Gathering, I strongly encourage you to attend.

    Thanks again to all who organized, traveled and otherwise made an effort to be a part of it all (or some part thereof).

    Oh…if it makes any of the out-of-towners feel any better…current temp in MSP is 5 degrees. One word – timing![/quote]

    Yikes. Hit send too quickly. Meant “Paul has a Gathering” NOT “Paula has Gathering”. Apologies Paul.

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment=”374315″]Damn, flickr is blocked at work now.

    This was a side article to the Andre Dawson HOF cap article…

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

    So, the Cubs are hinging their decision to retire his number on whether the HOF chooses the Cubs cap? He’s either worthy of a number retirement or he isn’t. Weak showing, Cubbies.[/quote]
    That is terrible. They retired #31 for Maddux. There’s almost no chance he’ll be enshrined as a Cub.

    And it’s not like it’s really his call. From that article:
    A source close to Dawson told Levine that the eight-time All-Star would prefer to be enshrined as a Cub, but the decision is ultimately up to Hall officials.

    It’s getting harder and harder to take any pride in being a Cubs fan.

  • Roger Faso | January 27, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    In the Venus skin tone underpants match, Li Na wore some strange tape around her knee and thigh …

    http://news.yahoo.co...

  • interlockingtc | January 27, 2010 at 9:46 am |

    “Uni Watch News Ticker: While looking for the postcard image to post at the top of today’s entry, I came across this — whoa!”

    That image, believe it or not, would go unnoticed by most Minnesotans, I think. Now, some twenty five years removed from my roots, I look at it with astonishment and wonder but not sentimentality. I don’t miss that c-c-c-old.

  • NickW | January 27, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    Nice get on the SeaQuest…I used to watch that show every week with my family. Lucas wore the new Marlins jersey and talked to a dolphin…what a Miami, er, South Florida homer…

  • chance michaels | January 27, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”374321″][quote comment=”374315″]Damn, flickr is blocked at work now.

    This was a side article to the Andre Dawson HOF cap article…

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

    So, the Cubs are hinging their decision to retire his number on whether the HOF chooses the Cubs cap? He’s either worthy of a number retirement or he isn’t. Weak showing, Cubbies.[/quote]
    That is terrible. They retired #31 for Maddux. There’s almost no chance he’ll be enshrined as a Cub.

    And it’s not like it’s really his call. From that article:
    A source close to Dawson told Levine that the eight-time All-Star would prefer to be enshrined as a Cub, but the decision is ultimately up to Hall officials.

    It’s getting harder and harder to take any pride in being a Cubs fan.[/quote]
    Wow. That is amazingly bush league on Chicago’s part.

    Even setting aside the fact that Dawson has absolutely no control over which cap is depicted on his plaque, Stuby is right. He’s either worthy of the honor, or he’s not.

    This smacks of the kind of scratch-your-back payola that caused the Hall of Fame to take the choice away from players in the first place.

  • chance michaels | January 27, 2010 at 9:50 am |

    [quote]Caleb Berg was recently watching the pilot episode of Sequest DSV, which first aired in 1993, when he noticed something interesting: “The character Lucas Wolenczak, played by the late Jonathan Brandis, is wearing a Marlins jersey. At the end he turns around and you can see he has ‘World Series Champions 2010′ on the back.” Seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened. … [/quote]
    Yeah, stranger things like the Marlins actually keeping that much teal on their uniforms by 2010. :P

  • Hank | January 27, 2010 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”374322″]In the Venus skin tone underpants match, Li Na wore some strange tape around her knee and thigh …

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    It is called the Kinesio® Taping Method: http://biosportkines...

    I recall seeing this mentioned here a few months back.

  • Roger Faso | January 27, 2010 at 10:04 am |

    Seaquest was shot in Florida. So, the jersey shoutout makes sense.

  • GoTerriers | January 27, 2010 at 10:09 am |

    [quote comment=”374322″]In the Venus skin tone underpants match, Li Na wore some strange tape around her knee and thigh …

    http://news.yahoo.co...
    Kinesio tape,no doubt. Been discussed here before. Apparently the pattern of the taping supports muscles more specifically than just “normal” wrapping.

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment=”374319″]I posted this Monday but I know some were traveling so…

    “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.[/quote]

    thanks mark, pleasure was all mine and was great to meet so many enthusiastic folks

    as a noo yawkah who used to travel a lot, but not so much in the past few years, im always struck by just how great people are once you leave the NYC/LI environs…and minnestoans (first time there, other than a couple connecting flights thru MSP) especially so

    thanks to the whole minnie UW crew for being such a great “host city”

    and the host with the most, was of course, ricko himself

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”374310″][quote comment=”374301″]Honestly, everyone I spoke to was incredible at Grumpy’s, and I can’t imagine a better group of people to spend a rainy Saturday night with.[/quote]

    you went back there saturday night? i thought you were at the wild game ;)[/quote]

    After spending a day in the Twilight Zone while the blizzard passed, it all became a blur. I think my five-day weekend messed up my times. LOL

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”374317″]Geeze, was facial hair a requirement to get into the Uni Watch party?

    WOW[/quote]

    Yes. It was part of the uniform.

    We had to talk security out of tossing Phil out the back. LOL

  • Jet | January 27, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”374317″]Geeze, was facial hair a requirement to get into the Uni Watch party?

    WOW[/quote]

    Probably just their “winter beards”…

  • Wes | January 27, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Paul, Glad you enjoyed the warm up jacket. Don’t worry, I wasn’t scared or embarrassed by the attention – maybe just a bit of the aw-shucks modesty that tends to be ingrained in us Scandinavian Minnesotans. It was great meeting you, and everyone else at the gathering, and I was sorry I had to duck out early!

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”374333″][quote comment=”374317″]Geeze, was facial hair a requirement to get into the Uni Watch party?

    WOW[/quote]

    Probably just their “winter beards”…[/quote]

    Too early for playoff beards, eh?

    Looks like a great time.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    Wow, that Seattle University jersey http://www.goseattle... is fantastic! Almost as cool as the one piece of Seattle attire I have now: http://farm5.static....

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 10:46 am |

    Not only do I like Kevin Joseph’s Minnesota Aurora jersey, http://farm5.static.... I love that boomerang-patterned table. Were all the tables like that? That’s normally something you see at an old diner.

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    Thought it was interesting that the term “flesh-coloured” was used to describe Venus’ undies. I am reminded that an early Crayola crayon color we played with was identified as “Flesh”: it would be changed to “Peach” in 1962. Further, the official colors of the National Football League list the Native American head in the logo of the Washington Redskins as being “Flesh Tone”. I’m not trying to be all anthropological, but some of these themes have been discussed here before and I think it illustrates that this is another gray area (I resisted using “black and white” so as not to seem insensitive just to insert a bad pun).

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”374336″]Wow, that Seattle University jersey http://www.goseattle... is fantastic! Almost as cool as the one piece of Seattle attire I have now: http://farm5.static....
    Uh, yeah. Almost.

    Hey, do those throwbacks remind anybody of something?

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    Gee, if Jim Thome would have signed a week sooner, he could have joined y’all at the Deep Freeze.
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    I’m surprised Paul didn’t get the story on my Fresno Falcons jersey.

    The Falcons are a defunct ECHL team as of this season. The jersey I was wearing was the Light the Night jersey to support leukemia research. I was lucky enough to get a hold of one through the team’s equipment manager before they closed up shop.

    The baby blue colour is not their normal look for a home game. LOL

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment=”374339″][quote comment=”374336″]Wow, that Seattle University jersey http://www.goseattle... is fantastic! Almost as cool as the one piece of Seattle attire I have now: http://farm5.static....
    Uh, yeah. Almost.

    Hey, do those throwbacks remind anybody of something?[/quote]

    indeed…even moreso the “official” uni watch stirrup (tha’d be the one closest to the camera)…first thing i thought of

  • Anthony Verna (lives) | January 27, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 10:56 am |

    Paul, you forgot to mention the stripes on James’ hat as well: http://farm5.static....
    What, you couldn’t find striped shoes? ;)

  • Schmeltzer | January 27, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    Thanks again TC Mark for the kind words. I also had a really nice time meeting everyone.

    I’ve also decided to change my handle from JoeS to Schmeltzer as we have another Joe who occasionally posts and I was wearing my customized Packers jersey last Friday with Schmeltzer on the back (FanNOB?), so perhaps it will help put the name with the face.

    I had these made for my brother, dad and me for Christmas. My brother and I don’t live in our hometown anymore, hence the white away jerseys. And those are our high school numbers. I know technically they are nothing special, but it was fun to have them made and give them as gifts.
    http://img160.yfrog....

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    The Cubs have no policy regarding the retirement fo numbers. Here are the 5 (6) that are retired:

    10: Ron Santo (not in the HOF, probably never will be)
    14: Ernie Banks (HOF – Cubs cap)
    23: Ryne Sandberg (HOF – Cubs cap)
    26: Billy Williams (HOF – Cubs cap)
    31: Fergie Jenkins (HOF – Cubs cap)/Greg Maddux (HOF lock, but not eligible yet. He’ll most likely have a Braves cap on his plaque)

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”374344″]Paul, you forgot to mention the stripes on James’ hat as well: http://farm5.static....
    What, you couldn’t find striped shoes? ;)[/quote]
    GAH! You had to point it out, didn’t you?

    Yes, I do have a pair of blue Adidas shoes that would have been perfect. They’re buried somewhere in the back of my closet. I spent a couple minutes looking and gave up.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    Loving Ricko’s Giants’ affliliate jersey….I was expecting a 24 back there–so imagine my surprise that Willie wore 28 in the minors.

    Other notables are the untucked Marquette bball jersey and the ashby jacket is very SWEET in it’s understated simplicity…. we’d have to DIY-it to get something similar in this day & age of ‘more is best’.

    Lastly….. can’t get enough of the Fighting Saint’s cherub logo! best ever.

    the most awesome Biff Pocoroba!!!!!!

  • Ryan | January 27, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    That’s a Big10 championship ring, not national championship.

  • Too Tall Paul | January 27, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    • This guy asked me not to print his name, I think cuz he stole all that gear from the Michigan equipment room. Okay, not really, but he was wearing a bona fide national championship ring — yowza. Also note the Rose Bowl sleeve embroidery and the Rose Bowl watch.

    I think that’s just a Big Ten championship ring…still very nice, though.

  • TC Mark | January 27, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”374345″]Thanks again TC Mark for the kind words. I also had a really nice time meeting everyone.

    I’ve also decided to change my handle from JoeS to Schmeltzer as we have another Joe who occasionally posts and I was wearing my customized Packers jersey last Friday with Schmeltzer on the back (FanNOB?), so perhaps it will help put the name with the face.

    I had these made for my brother, dad and me for Christmas. My brother and I don’t live in our hometown anymore, hence the white away jerseys. And those are our high school numbers. I know technically they are nothing special, but it was fun to have them made and give them as gifts.
    http://img160.yfrog....

    Schmeltzer – If I may…”Nothing special” is in the eye of the beholder. Your explanation certainly would seem to qualify these jerseys as “special” for you and those involved. Its a cliche but it IS the thought that counts in my mind and you certainly gave it some thought. And now knowing the back story I would consider them “something special” as well. Well done and thanks for sharing the back story.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”374317″]Geeze, was facial hair a requirement to get into the Uni Watch party?

    WOW[/quote]

    Playoff beards? kinda early for that, uh?

  • Stuby | January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    I think the Red Sox policy, which they share with the Giants and maybe a few more teams, is that the player must simply have been elected to the HOF, but with no cap stipulation – I think. Even that’s a ridiculous policy, though. Either the player is worthy or he isn’t – why does the opinion of baseball writers even matter?

  • Steve | January 27, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    There has been a lot of talk of the Redskins’ fan boards that the team might be announcing new unis soon. Has anyone else heard this?

    If it is true, I pray the Skins don’t go the route of the Cards, Falcons, or Vikes….or even worse, the Bills!

  • Ry Co 40 | January 27, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    couple of quick thoughts:

    traxel’s DIY project must look amazing in person! and kevin joseph, that logo is sweet!

    just how safe do you feel in a bar while hanging out with these guys:

    http://farm5.static....

    http://farm3.static....

    in case anything goes down, i’d hide behind them. hahaha

    looked like a great time, can’t wait to read the article!

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    Temperate, Seattle-like climate…hmm, they didn’t see this coming?
    http://sports.yahoo....

    That’s okay, they can still do the ski jumping:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    And Ricko, you can do it in Minnesota!
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Always loved that sport.

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”374354″]There has been a lot of talk of the Redskins’ fan boards that the team might be announcing new unis soon. Has anyone else heard this?

    If it is true, I pray the Skins don’t go the route of the Cards, Falcons, or Vikes….or even worse, the Bills![/quote]
    Or even worse, the Broncos!

  • The Jeff | January 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”374354″]There has been a lot of talk of the Redskins’ fan boards that the team might be announcing new unis soon. Has anyone else heard this?

    If it is true, I pray the Skins don’t go the route of the Cards, Falcons, or Vikes….or even worse, the Bills![/quote]

    There was a link that got posted (and quickly deleted due to a supposed error) in the comments like a month ago to some marketing site with a bunch of semi-official looking Redskins concepts. I’d be less than shocked if there is a new uniform announcement. (and yes, they all had added black and were definitely on the same path as the Cardinals, Falcons, etc)

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”374355″]just how safe do you feel in a bar while hanging out with these guys:

    http://farm5.static....

    http://farm3.static....

    roberto and teebz would like down in traffic for any one of us…and that’s an amazing quality

    course, robert might be little more than a speed bump whereas teebz might stop a mack

    /im grateful there was no tackle football involved, as the bear hug rpm lovingly applied to me in posing for a pic damn near crushed my windpipe

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.
    [/quote]

    Honestly, I totally forgot I had my Brooklyn Dodgers cap on. I just wore it that night because it was blue. LOL

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”374359″]
    course, robert might be little more than a speed bump whereas teebz might stop a mack

    /im grateful there was no tackle football involved, as the bear hug rpm lovingly applied to me in posing for a pic damn near crushed my windpipe[/quote]

    For being small in terms of his overall look, Marshall has the strength of a bear. The guy could have been Clark Kent under those clothes. I can attest to his superhuman strength when he wrapped his bear-like hug around me as well.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”374337″]Not only do I like Kevin Joseph’s Minnesota Aurora jersey, http://farm5.static.... I love that boomerang-patterned table. Were all the tables like that? That’s normally something you see at an old diner.[/quote]
    sorry for stepping on your previous quote, JimV. I tend to read the comments and add my 2 pence as I go. That bar looks like the place, slippery’s where ‘Grumpy Old men’ was filmed…. :)

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    I just gotta say, as someone who’s Twitter name is TheLargWhiteMan, I knew there was a reason I liked teebz.. Always pictured him as a much smaller man.

  • Schmeltzer | January 27, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”374351″][quote comment=”374345″]Thanks again TC Mark for the kind words. I also had a really nice time meeting everyone.

    I’ve also decided to change my handle from JoeS to Schmeltzer as we have another Joe who occasionally posts and I was wearing my customized Packers jersey last Friday with Schmeltzer on the back (FanNOB?), so perhaps it will help put the name with the face.

    I had these made for my brother, dad and me for Christmas. My brother and I don’t live in our hometown anymore, hence the white away jerseys. And those are our high school numbers. I know technically they are nothing special, but it was fun to have them made and give them as gifts.
    http://img160.yfrog....

    Schmeltzer – If I may…”Nothing special” is in the eye of the beholder. Your explanation certainly would seem to qualify these jerseys as “special” for you and those involved. Its a cliche but it IS the thought that counts in my mind and you certainly gave it some thought. And now knowing the back story I would consider them “something special” as well. Well done and thanks for sharing the back story.[/quote]
    Perfectly put, Mark. That’s why I said *technically* it is nothing special in that anyone could go buy one. But yes, it is very special to me!

  • J Exby | January 27, 2010 at 11:43 am |

    Wonderful to see all the Pale Hose fans invading Minn for the Uni gathering. My new quest now involves finding those 1959 White Sox stirrups! C’mon guys, give me a hint- Grandstand on the South Side or ?

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 11:44 am |

    [quote comment=”374363″]I just gotta say, as someone who’s Twitter name is TheLargWhiteMan, I knew there was a reason I liked teebz.. Always pictured him as a much smaller man.[/quote]

    I’m a defenceman in hockey, and I routinely find myself out against the bigger guys. It’s one of the reasons I gave up playing competitively: when you’re chasing down an icing call and guys put the brakes on, your knees take a beating when they drive their knees into the backs of your legs.

    I still appreciate a good hockey fight, though. Never been afraid to back down in one of those. :o)

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”374365″]Wonderful to see all the Pale Hose fans invading Minn for the Uni gathering.

    My new quest now involves finding those 1959 White Sox stirrups!

    C’mon guys, give me a hint-

    Grandstand on the South Side or ?[/quote]

  • scottz | January 27, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    Great Warroad hockey jersey! One of the great little hockey towns in NW Minnesota up near the Canadian border. Used to beat the crap out of us when I lived in Moorhead in the 70s.

  • Ricko | January 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    For Twins anyway, only 22 days until…
    Pitchers and Catchers report.

    Do love the sound of those four words strung together like that.

    —Ricko

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    Rumor going around right now that the Suns may trade Amar’e for Manu Ginobili. I’m not sure that there is a more hated sports figure in Phoenix than Manu Ginobili. If this trade goes through, I will officially be a fan free agent. What am I bid for my fandom?

    On the plus side, not having to watch Basketball would leave me time to learn about hockey..

  • Chris from Carver | January 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”374353″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    I think the Red Sox policy, which they share with the Giants and maybe a few more teams, is that the player must simply have been elected to the HOF, but with no cap stipulation – I think. Even that’s a ridiculous policy, though. Either the player is worthy or he isn’t – why does the opinion of baseball writers even matter?[/quote]
    The Red Sox requirements are election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & at least 10 years played with the Red Sox. Right now the only player who fits the criteria is Wade Boggs. They used to have a criterion that the player finished his career with the Red Sox, but they got rid of that a few years back.

  • Jeff | January 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”374353″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    I think the Red Sox policy, which they share with the Giants and maybe a few more teams, is that the player must simply have been elected to the HOF, but with no cap stipulation – I think. Even that’s a ridiculous policy, though. Either the player is worthy or he isn’t – why does the opinion of baseball writers even matter?[/quote]

    How do you define “worthy”? Your “worthy” may be different than mine. At least the Giants, Red Sox, etc. have codified it–you must be a HoFer to have your number retired.

    Additionally, HoF membership is not the only criteria for the Giants. There are many players who wore the orange and black, made it to the Hall , but have not had their number retired.

    For my money, I prefer teams that have an established set of criteria for number retirement, as opposed to those who go around willy-nilly retiring numbers depending on which way the wind is blowing.

  • brad | January 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    With Adam Jones now wearing #10, Tejada will wear #9 for Baltimore in 2010…

    http://masnsports.co...

  • MFH | January 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”374353″][quote comment=”374343″]
    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    I think the Red Sox policy, which they share with the Giants and maybe a few more teams, is that the player must simply have been elected to the HOF, but with no cap stipulation – I think.[/quote]

    The Red Sox policy is far more convoluted than that. The player must be elected to the HOF, he must have played at least 10 years with the Red Sox and he must have “finished his career” with the Red Sox.

    That’s why Carlton Fisk signed a contract with the Red Sox as a “consultant” after he retired, so he could meet the last requirement and have his number retired.

    They did retire Johnny Pesky’s number 6 last year though, even though he never made the HOF, so there’s speculation that the current ownership might be less strict with the retired number policy. Which is good since at this point it’d be hard to see anyone else EVER meeting those requirements for a team in this era.

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

    is j exby serious?!?

    awe shucks, i’m no crusher, but evidently we have the same training regimen. what can i say i am an affectionate person, be happy y’all are on the bear hug side, i didn’t earn that cast resign belt buckle with the giant hornet barely visible in one of those shots for eating tacos.

    facial hair requirements: i can’t speak for anyone else, but my handlebar foo~man~choo is the result of shaving off a beard, and the pineapple liking the dirtball motörhead look. now i can’t eat soup, or drink liquids because of that darn sponge.

    robert danneker won the “jelly bean” contest, and took home the shirt based on this. i tried to distress the text, which i was not happy with. but it was all hand cut and hand printed, so i was lukcy i didn’t totally screw it up.

    trax, i have the first round for the new year ready to go, and let’s just say i have a special selection just for you and your sweater.

    what did you say to me when you came off the ice paul?:) mothervilker is it cold in chicago today, and that’s why 100% of my winter clothes have at least a touch of paint, resign, or some other such nonsense on them, because i am always bundled up in the studio, and don’t take the time to change. hm, that doesn’t explain my faust “jersey”, so i guess i have the same policy in the summer. baaaah, everyone gives me shit for the paint on the clothes.

    jth is clearly one hell of a guy. not only did i not want to kill him after two 7 hour car rides and sharing the dorm, but even more amazingly, he put up with my nonsense, and didn’t leave me dead in a ditch outside of beloit. anyone got a leg lamp? james needs a major award.

  • Stuby | January 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”374372″][quote comment=”374353″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    I think the Red Sox policy, which they share with the Giants and maybe a few more teams, is that the player must simply have been elected to the HOF, but with no cap stipulation – I think. Even that’s a ridiculous policy, though. Either the player is worthy or he isn’t – why does the opinion of baseball writers even matter?[/quote]

    How do you define “worthy”? Your “worthy” may be different than mine. At least the Giants, Red Sox, etc. have codified it–you must be a HoFer to have your number retired.

    Additionally, HoF membership is not the only criteria for the Giants. There are many players who wore the orange and black, made it to the Hall , but have not had their number retired.

    For my money, I prefer teams that have an established set of criteria for number retirement, as opposed to those who go around willy-nilly retiring numbers depending on which way the wind is blowing.[/quote]
    You’re right, some teams do the willy-nilly thing (Steve Garvey/Padres), so I do agree with having a set standard. A prescribed number of seasons with a team is good, but tying it to how baseball writers feel about a player just seems wrong. So what do the Giants do with the Barry Bonds number issue if the writers don’t vote him into the HOF?

  • chance michaels | January 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”374372″][quote comment=”374353″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    I think the Red Sox policy, which they share with the Giants and maybe a few more teams, is that the player must simply have been elected to the HOF, but with no cap stipulation – I think. Even that’s a ridiculous policy, though. Either the player is worthy or he isn’t – why does the opinion of baseball writers even matter?[/quote]

    How do you define “worthy”? Your “worthy” may be different than mine. At least the Giants, Red Sox, etc. have codified it–you must be a HoFer to have your number retired.

    Additionally, HoF membership is not the only criteria for the Giants. There are many players who wore the orange and black, made it to the Hall , but have not had their number retired.

    For my money, I prefer teams that have an established set of criteria for number retirement, as opposed to those who go around willy-nilly retiring numbers depending on which way the wind is blowing.[/quote]
    Yes, but the problem here is that the Cubs don’t have a hard-and-fast policy, which is why this payola is so repugnant.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”374370″]Rumor going around right now that the Suns may trade Amar’e for Manu Ginobili. I’m not sure that there is a more hated sports figure in Phoenix than Manu Ginobili. If this trade goes through, I will officially be a fan free agent. What am I bid for my fandom?

    On the plus side, not having to watch Basketball would leave me time to learn about hockey..[/quote]

    The Clippers could use your support. I felt sorry for them for years, but I just can’t do it anymore.

    I even used to have a Benoit Benjamin http://i.cdn.turner.... replica jersey back in the day.

    I’ll stick with the Spurs, Bucks and Cavs, but if the Nuggets, Rockets and Kings want to throwback to the 80s, I’m open to including them.

  • Will L. | January 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

    Re: New Redskins Uni Rumors

    Matt Terl of the Official Redskins Blog addresses the issue today…sort of:

    Redskins Blog: No News on New Uniforms

  • Mark | January 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    When the Marlins made it to the world series in ’97, my first thought was how shocked the people who made SeaQuest must have been to see them make it so soon, based on them having that kid wear his fanciful 2010 WS champs jersey on the show. Its appearance was an obvious attempt to show just how “futuristic” the show’s setting was–imagine, that year’s crappy expansion team winning the WS! Four years later it happened for real. Six years after that, it happened again.

    That show was terrible btw.

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”374370″]not having to watch Basketball would leave me time to learn about hockey.[/quote]

    it’s pretty easy:

    icing happen when the puck come down, bang you know, before the other guys you know…nobody there, you know…my arm go comes up then the game stop then start up

    high-sticking happen when the guy take the stick, you know — against the rules…you know, you’re stupid when you do that…just some english pig with no brains, you know

    you do that, you go to the box, you know…two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know…and then you get free

  • muddlehead | January 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm |

    to cubs fans from a’s fans. welcome. reggie in hof as nyy. catfish in hof as generic.

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

    Highlight of my day is anytime robert marshall posts one of his gems of stream of consciousness.

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”374381″][quote comment=”374370″]not having to watch Basketball would leave me time to learn about hockey.[/quote]

    it’s pretty easy:

    icing happen when the puck come down, bang you know, before the other guys you know…nobody there, you know…my arm go comes up then the game stop then start up

    high-sticking happen when the guy take the stick, you know — against the rules…you know, you’re stupid when you do that…just some english pig with no brains, you know

    you do that, you go to the box, you know…two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know…and then you get free[/quote]

    Dat all is it? Don’ seem so hard now, eh?

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”374375″]is j exby serious?!?

    awe shucks, i’m no crusher, but evidently we have the same training regimen. what can i say i am an affectionate person, be happy y’all are on the bear hug side, i didn’t earn that cast resign belt buckle with the giant hornet barely visible in one of those shots for eating tacos.

    facial hair requirements: i can’t speak for anyone else, but my handlebar foo~man~choo is the result of shaving off a beard, and the pineapple liking the dirtball motörhead look. now i can’t eat soup, or drink liquids because of that darn sponge.

    robert danneker won the “jelly bean” contest, and took home the shirt based on this. i tried to distress the text, which i was not happy with. but it was all hand cut and hand printed, so i was lukcy i didn’t totally screw it up.

    trax, i have the first round for the new year ready to go, and let’s just say i have a special selection just for you and your sweater.

    what did you say to me when you came off the ice paul?:) mothervilker is it cold in chicago today, and that’s why 100% of my winter clothes have at least a touch of paint, resign, or some other such nonsense on them, because i am always bundled up in the studio, and don’t take the time to change. hm, that doesn’t explain my faust “jersey”, so i guess i have the same policy in the summer. baaaah, everyone gives me shit for the paint on the clothes.

    jth is clearly one hell of a guy. not only did i not want to kill him after two 7 hour car rides and sharing the dorm, but even more amazingly, he put up with my nonsense, and didn’t leave me dead in a ditch outside of beloit. anyone got a leg lamp? james needs a major award.[/quote]
    Robto…

    Wanted to discuss a bobblehead commission w/ you.
    aaarauz 07 at verizon dot net — maybe you’d be interested in a namesake?

  • Mike Engle | January 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”374375″]is j exby serious?!?

    awe shucks, i’m no crusher, but evidently we have the same training regimen. what can i say i am an affectionate person, be happy y’all are on the bear hug side, i didn’t earn that cast resign belt buckle with the giant hornet barely visible in one of those shots for eating tacos.

    facial hair requirements: i can’t speak for anyone else, but my handlebar foo~man~choo is the result of shaving off a beard, and the pineapple liking the dirtball motörhead look. now i can’t eat soup, or drink liquids because of that darn sponge.

    robert danneker won the “jelly bean” contest, and took home the shirt based on this. i tried to distress the text, which i was not happy with. but it was all hand cut and hand printed, so i was lukcy i didn’t totally screw it up.

    trax, i have the first round for the new year ready to go, and let’s just say i have a special selection just for you and your sweater.

    what did you say to me when you came off the ice paul?:) mothervilker is it cold in chicago today, and that’s why 100% of my winter clothes have at least a touch of paint, resign, or some other such nonsense on them, because i am always bundled up in the studio, and don’t take the time to change. hm, that doesn’t explain my faust “jersey”, so i guess i have the same policy in the summer. baaaah, everyone gives me shit for the paint on the clothes.

    jth is clearly one hell of a guy. not only did i not want to kill him after two 7 hour car rides and sharing the dorm, but even more amazingly, he put up with my nonsense, and didn’t leave me dead in a ditch outside of beloit. anyone got a leg lamp? james needs a major award.[/quote]
    Mr Marshall:
    The only thing I don’t understand is why you’re wearing a shirt with 88 on the back. I thought you hated the 8 digit, but clearly, you’re paying tribute to somebody you like enough to trump the ocho-phobia. Elaborate, please.

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”374375″]awe shucks, i’m no crusher, but evidently we have the same training regimen. what can i say i am an affectionate person, be happy y’all are on the bear hug side, i didn’t earn that cast resign belt buckle with the giant hornet barely visible in one of those shots for eating tacos.[/quote]
    Crusher? No. You’re way more the Forrest Gump type.

  • Mike Engle | January 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

    Mr Pearson:
    Is this guy related to you?

  • joe | January 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    The Washington Capitals will be wearing a special 35th anniversary patch on 2-5-10 as a one game special. The sweaters are going to be auctioned off during the game through a sielnt auction.

    http://www.meigray.c...

  • Ry Co 40 | January 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”374381″][quote comment=”374370″]not having to watch Basketball would leave me time to learn about hockey.[/quote]

    it’s pretty easy:

    icing happen when the puck come down, bang you know, before the other guys you know…nobody there, you know…my arm go comes up then the game stop then start up

    high-sticking happen when the guy take the stick, you know — against the rules…you know, you’re stupid when you do that…just some english pig with no brains, you know

    you do that, you go to the box, you know…two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know…and then you get free[/quote]

    good seats are still available… i think that went really well…

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”374388″]Mr Pearson:
    Is this guy related to you?[/quote]

    not positive, but I think you mean Mr. Marshall..

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”374381″][quote comment=”374370″]not having to watch Basketball would leave me time to learn about hockey.[/quote]

    it’s pretty easy:

    icing happen when the puck come down, bang you know, before the other guys you know…nobody there, you know…my arm go comes up then the game stop then start up

    high-sticking happen when the guy take the stick, you know — against the rules…you know, you’re stupid when you do that…just some english pig with no brains, you know

    you do that, you go to the box, you know…two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know…and then you get free[/quote]

    So then, should I watch a game, or the movie?

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”374383″]Highlight of my day is anytime robert marshall posts one of his gems of stream of consciousness.[/quote]

    i have a feeling it is the low point for most people.

    i know it is cliche to say, but go to a hockey game, you will get hooked. and choose ‘couver for your team, they have a grrrreat look, and a good chance to win the cup. and while i am not much one to focus on fighting, they have a nice rivalry with chicago brewing thanks to chicago’s chief goon punk dustin byfuglien, and his cheepy on roberto luongo.

    jth~going nuts on the sds kid with the hendrix in the background is too funny, i burst out laughing. but messin’ with a dudes pineapple, you. just. don’t. do it. sds or not, i’m kickin your ass.

    mike engle~ you have no idea, i am afraid an anvil is going to drop on my head every time i wear it. notice no number on the front so i don’t see it in the mirror. i cringed when i saw that shot of me with those corn awful digits. why can’t a piano have 91 keys?! tickle 88’s? i would rather take an axe to them.

    bob loblaw~i will send you correspondence right directly. namesake? very curious.

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”374366″][quote comment=”374363″]I just gotta say, as someone who’s Twitter name is TheLargWhiteMan, I knew there was a reason I liked teebz.. Always pictured him as a much smaller man.[/quote]

    I’m a defenceman in hockey, and I routinely find myself out against the bigger guys. It’s one of the reasons I gave up playing competitively: when you’re chasing down an icing call and guys put the brakes on, your knees take a beating when they drive their knees into the backs of your legs.

    I still appreciate a good hockey fight, though. Never been afraid to back down in one of those. :o)[/quote]

    Teebz was a defenseman, I was a Tomas Holmstrom front of the net type forward…let’s get to battling!

  • Jeff | January 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”374376″][quote comment=”374372″][quote comment=”374353″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    I think the Red Sox policy, which they share with the Giants and maybe a few more teams, is that the player must simply have been elected to the HOF, but with no cap stipulation – I think. Even that’s a ridiculous policy, though. Either the player is worthy or he isn’t – why does the opinion of baseball writers even matter?[/quote]

    How do you define “worthy”? Your “worthy” may be different than mine. At least the Giants, Red Sox, etc. have codified it–you must be a HoFer to have your number retired.

    Additionally, HoF membership is not the only criteria for the Giants. There are many players who wore the orange and black, made it to the Hall , but have not had their number retired.

    For my money, I prefer teams that have an established set of criteria for number retirement, as opposed to those who go around willy-nilly retiring numbers depending on which way the wind is blowing.[/quote]
    You’re right, some teams do the willy-nilly thing (Steve Garvey/Padres), so I do agree with having a set standard. A prescribed number of seasons with a team is good, but tying it to how baseball writers feel about a player just seems wrong. So what do the Giants do with the Barry Bonds number issue if the writers don’t vote him into the HOF?[/quote]

    Well I think that opens up a different can-of-worms. But, I think they should stick to their guns not retire his number. Of course, there is still the gray area of “not-retired-but-nobody-will-ever-wear-it-again” status.

    Also, there is some precedent here. It took the Giants years to retire Orlando Cepeda’s number because it took him years to be inducted to the HoF. Understood, Bonds and Cepeda aren’t apples-to-apples, but…

  • iLO | January 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    Seaquest! I tried….TRIED watching that after watching the Dolphins play. I just turned to Fox for The Simpsons. 

    The Marlins jersey doesn’t surprise me, I mean, that was our Inaugural Season. It’s that World Series premonition that makes it kinda cool.

    Who knew they’d achieve such a feat twice by 2010. RIP J. Landis aka Bastian aka Lady Bug Marsha.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”374396″]Seaquest! I tried….TRIED watching that after watching the Dolphins play. I just turned to Fox for The Simpsons. 

    The Marlins jersey doesn’t surprise me, I mean, that was our Inaugural Season. It’s that World Series premonition that makes it kinda cool.

    Who knew they’d achieve such a feat twice by 2010.

    RIP J. Landis aka Bastian aka Lady Bug Marsha.[/quote]
    Lady Bug Martha. Even if Rodney stole the show. :)

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”374392″]So then, should I watch a game, or the movie?[/quote]

    so, you’ve never seen slap shot?

    ok, that’s a start

    how bout dem yotes? oh wait…you meant an nhl game

    you get versus? or NBC? check it oot some time…i saw my first nhl game in 15 or so years this sunday, and man, i miss dat…soon as football season ends and until spring training starts, i’ll watch…i think

  • Ricko | January 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

    RUMOR HAS IT…

    Uni Watch Gathering.
    Chicago.
    This Summer.
    Cubs at Wrigley (and Wrigleyville).
    Softball (16″?).
    Wiffleball.
    Cornhole.
    rpm’s smoker in overdrive (he smoked brisket—marvelously—outside at Pond Hockey on Deep Freeze Friday).
    And…whatever.

    Pass it on.
    (The rumor, that is. We’ll pass the brisket this summer.)

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”374398″][quote comment=”374392″]So then, should I watch a game, or the movie?[/quote]

    so, you’ve never seen slap shot?

    ok, that’s a start

    how bout dem yotes? oh wait…you meant an nhl game

    you get versus? or NBC? check it oot some time…i saw my first nhl game in 15 or so years this sunday, and man, i miss dat…soon as football season ends and until spring training starts, i’ll watch…i think[/quote]

    Never have seen slap shot.

    we doont have versus here in the land of directv.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”374399″]RUMOR HAS IT…

    Uni Watch Gathering.
    Chicago.
    This Summer.
    Cubs at Wrigley (and Wrigleyville).
    Softball (16″?).
    Wiffleball.
    Cornhole.
    rpm’s smoker in overdrive (he smoked brisket—marvelously—outside at Pond Hockey on Deep Freeze Friday).
    And…whatever.

    Pass it on.
    (The rumor, that is. We’ll pass the brisket this summer.)[/quote]
    This sounds great as the last time I was in ChiTown I must have been 10 and we stayed in Joliet—so technically I’ve never been to chicago!

    The tentative agenda sounds great… even if Cornhole looks/soundds a bit dodgy there. Care to elaborate?

  • Ricko | January 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

    “Well I think that opens up a different can-of-worms. But, I think they should stick to their guns not retire his (Barry Bonds) number.”

    Or retire, say, 28.
    That’s 25 pumped up some.

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”374399″]RUMOR HAS IT…

    Uni Watch Gathering.
    Chicago.
    This Summer.
    Cubs at Wrigley (and Wrigleyville).
    Softball (16″?).
    Wiffleball.
    Cornhole.
    rpm’s smoker in overdrive (he smoked brisket—marvelously—outside at Pond Hockey on Deep Freeze Friday).
    And…whatever.

    Pass it on.
    (The rumor, that is. We’ll pass the brisket this summer.)[/quote]

    damn.. wonder what chance i’ll have of getting away with a newborn at home.. slim and none methinks.

  • Ricko | January 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”374401″][quote comment=”374399″]RUMOR HAS IT…

    Uni Watch Gathering.
    Chicago.
    This Summer.
    Cubs at Wrigley (and Wrigleyville).
    Softball (16″?).
    Wiffleball.
    Cornhole.
    rpm’s smoker in overdrive (he smoked brisket—marvelously—outside at Pond Hockey on Deep Freeze Friday).
    And…whatever.

    Pass it on.
    (The rumor, that is. We’ll pass the brisket this summer.)[/quote]
    This sounds great as the last time I was in ChiTown I must have been 10 and we stayed in Joliet—so technically I’ve never been to chicago!

    The tentative agenda sounds great… even if Cornhole looks/soundds a bit dodgy there. Care to elaborate?[/quote]

    Okay, okay, “Bean Bag Toss.”

  • Kek | January 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”374341″]I’m surprised Paul didn’t get the story on my Fresno Falcons jersey.

    The Falcons are a defunct ECHL team as of this season. The jersey I was wearing was the Light the Night jersey to support leukemia research. I was lucky enough to get a hold of one through the team’s equipment manager before they closed up shop.

    The baby blue colour is not their normal look for a home game. LOL[/quote]
    i was sad when the falcons folded, great job getting that jersey before the lights went out.

    as a fan of an echl team that seems to flirt with disbanding every year (Johnstown Chiefs) I feel their pain. It was a long eight years between when the red wings of the NAHL/EHL and the Chiefs entered the defunct AAHL. We don’t want to go through that again.

    I think we have an in with the powers-that-be in the league, being the last original ECHL franchise, but still, you never know in this economy.

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”374401″][quote comment=”374399″]RUMOR HAS IT…

    Uni Watch Gathering.
    Chicago.
    This Summer.
    Cubs at Wrigley (and Wrigleyville).
    Softball (16″?).
    Wiffleball.
    Cornhole.
    rpm’s smoker in overdrive (he smoked brisket—marvelously—outside at Pond Hockey on Deep Freeze Friday).
    And…whatever.

    Pass it on.
    (The rumor, that is. We’ll pass the brisket this summer.)[/quote]
    This sounds great as the last time I was in ChiTown I must have been 10 and we stayed in Joliet—so technically I’ve never been to chicago!

    The tentative agenda sounds great… even if Cornhole looks/soundds a bit dodgy there. Care to elaborate?[/quote]

    You, uh, toss the corn, uh, dat dere hole. What’s so hard?

  • Ry Co 40 | January 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”374400″][quote comment=”374398″][quote comment=”374392″]So then, should I watch a game, or the movie?[/quote]

    so, you’ve never seen slap shot?

    ok, that’s a start

    how bout dem yotes? oh wait…you meant an nhl game

    you get versus? or NBC? check it oot some time…i saw my first nhl game in 15 or so years this sunday, and man, i miss dat…soon as football season ends and until spring training starts, i’ll watch…i think[/quote]

    Never have seen slap shot.

    we doont have versus here in the land of directv.[/quote]

    go out and buy it tonight! trust us all. lol

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”374400″][quote comment=”374398″][quote comment=”374392″]So then, should I watch a game, or the movie?[/quote]

    so, you’ve never seen slap shot?

    ok, that’s a start

    how bout dem yotes? oh wait…you meant an nhl game

    you get versus? or NBC? check it oot some time…i saw my first nhl game in 15 or so years this sunday, and man, i miss dat…soon as football season ends and until spring training starts, i’ll watch…i think[/quote]

    Never have seen slap shot.

    we doont have versus here in the land of directv.[/quote]

    Never saw Slap Shot either. Don’t tell me how it ends…

    Just wait for the Olympics. THAT’S hockey, eh? Go Slovakia!

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

    wrigley? have fun storming that castle of despair sans this guy. i like to eat frankfurters, lot’s and lot’s of frankfurters at games, and the food at wrigley, like the on field product, sucks. again, it is cliche, but so spot on it’s amazing, even the licorice whips are off. nertz to that cubbie cutie nonsense, let’s say good~bye to my gal nancy(brrrrrowl!). and thanks for volunteering me to cook for 50 people:) i kid, i would do it.

  • joe | January 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”374325″][quote comment=”374321″][quote comment=”374315″]Damn, flickr is blocked at work now.

    This was a side article to the Andre Dawson HOF cap article…

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

    So, the Cubs are hinging their decision to retire his number on whether the HOF chooses the Cubs cap? He’s either worthy of a number retirement or he isn’t. Weak showing, Cubbies.[/quote]
    That is terrible. They retired #31 for Maddux. There’s almost no chance he’ll be enshrined as a Cub.

    And it’s not like it’s really his call. From that article:
    A source close to Dawson told Levine that the eight-time All-Star would prefer to be enshrined as a Cub, but the decision is ultimately up to Hall officials.

    It’s getting harder and harder to take any pride in being a Cubs fan.[/quote]
    Wow. That is amazingly bush league on Chicago’s part.

    Even setting aside the fact that Dawson has absolutely no control over which cap is depicted on his plaque, Stuby is right. He’s either worthy of the honor, or he’s not.

    This smacks of the kind of scratch-your-back payola that caused the Hall of Fame to take the choice away from players in the first place.[/quote]
    the cubs have retired very few numbers and most of them recently, Dawson does not deserve to be retired, he was not here long enough (although he was hugely popular). His numbers do not warrant his number being retired. Mark Grace and Shawon Dunston’s numbers are better and won’t be retired, although Maybe Grace sould be.

  • joe | January 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”374346″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    The Cubs have no policy regarding the retirement fo numbers. Here are the 5 (6) that are retired:

    10: Ron Santo (not in the HOF, probably never will be)
    14: Ernie Banks (HOF – Cubs cap)
    23: Ryne Sandberg (HOF – Cubs cap)
    26: Billy Williams (HOF – Cubs cap)
    31: Fergie Jenkins (HOF – Cubs cap)/Greg Maddux (HOF lock, but not eligible yet. He’ll most likely have a Braves cap on his plaque)[/quote]

    Not so sure on Maddux, if they use the same critera as Dawson, Maddux wears a Cubs hat.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

    Wiffleball? Cornhole? Brisket? In a place where I could drive in one day? Y’all may just have to count me in on that one!

    Unfortunately I can’t squeeze into this http://farm5.static.... anymore, so I’d have to wear something non-Chi-town-ish to the festivities.

    If the rumor proves to be unfounded, then consider Pittsburgh. At least there, every one of Paul’s readers would have a good chance at getting baseball tickets…

  • Kek | January 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”374408″][quote comment=”374400″][quote comment=”374398″][quote comment=”374392″]So then, should I watch a game, or the movie?[/quote]

    so, you’ve never seen slap shot?

    ok, that’s a start

    how bout dem yotes? oh wait…you meant an nhl game

    you get versus? or NBC? check it oot some time…i saw my first nhl game in 15 or so years this sunday, and man, i miss dat…soon as football season ends and until spring training starts, i’ll watch…i think[/quote]

    Never have seen slap shot.

    we doont have versus here in the land of directv.[/quote]

    Never saw Slap Shot either. Don’t tell me how it ends…

    Just wait for the Olympics. THAT’S hockey, eh? Go Slovakia![/quote]
    You guys that have never seen Slap Shot, if you don’t want to watch an old movie, just catch the Flyers when they’re on TV….same idea.

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”374408″][quote comment=”374400″]

    Never have seen slap shot.[/quote]

    Never saw Slap Shot either. Don’t tell me how it ends…[/quote]

    ?

  • joe | January 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”374393″][quote comment=”374383″]Highlight of my day is anytime robert marshall posts one of his gems of stream of consciousness.[/quote]

    i have a feeling it is the low point for most people.

    i know it is cliche to say, but go to a hockey game, you will get hooked. and choose ‘couver for your team, they have a grrrreat look, and a good chance to win the cup. and while i am not much one to focus on fighting, they have a nice rivalry with chicago brewing thanks to chicago’s chief goon punk dustin byfuglien, and his cheepy on roberto luongo.

    jth~going nuts on the sds kid with the hendrix in the background is too funny, i burst out laughing. but messin’ with a dudes pineapple, you. just. don’t. do it. sds or not, i’m kickin your ass.

    mike engle~ you have no idea, i am afraid an anvil is going to drop on my head every time i wear it. notice no number on the front so i don’t see it in the mirror. i cringed when i saw that shot of me with those corn awful digits. why can’t a piano have 91 keys?! tickle 88’s? i would rather take an axe to them.

    bob loblaw~i will send you correspondence right directly. namesake? very curious.[/quote]
    Buff, a goon? do you actually watch games? We’re lucky if we see Buff hit someone once a month. yeah he got the crybaby Lu in the playoffs, but he didn’t go after him, he could have run him but didn’t.

  • Ricko | January 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”374409″]wrigley? have fun storming that castle of despair sans this guy. i like to eat frankfurters, lot’s and lot’s of frankfurters at games, and the food at wrigley, like the on field product, sucks. again, it is cliche, but so spot on it’s amazing, even the licorice whips are off. nertz to that cubbie cutie nonsense, let’s say good~bye to my gal nancy(brrrrrowl!). and thanks for volunteering me to cook for 50 people:) i kid, i would do it.[/quote]

    Wrigley? It’s the venue, not so much the ball club.
    For Paul and Phil’s sake was hoping we could get Mets-Cubs, but the Metropolitans are in town Labor Day Weekend. Not so good for a UW Gathering.

    Although would be fun to see whatever-it-is the White Sox park is called. Can I just call it “Across the Street from Old Comminsky”? Yes, people, I know it’s spelled wrong, thank you very much; it’s a Chicaaago thing.

    (And I sorta figured you’d be up for the cooking).

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”374411″][quote comment=”374346″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    The Cubs have no policy regarding the retirement fo numbers. Here are the 5 (6) that are retired:

    10: Ron Santo (not in the HOF, probably never will be)
    14: Ernie Banks (HOF – Cubs cap)
    23: Ryne Sandberg (HOF – Cubs cap)
    26: Billy Williams (HOF – Cubs cap)
    31: Fergie Jenkins (HOF – Cubs cap)/Greg Maddux (HOF lock, but not eligible yet. He’ll most likely have a Braves cap on his plaque)[/quote]

    Not so sure on Maddux, if they use the same critera as Dawson, Maddux wears a Cubs hat.[/quote]
    I don’t really see how you could justify sending him in as a Cub. 11 seasons as a Brave compared with 9+ as a Cub. 3 Cy Youngs vs. 1. 3 World Series, including one championship vs. 1 playoff series. Better numbers in general as a Brave.

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

    joe~
    i was lucky enough to be there, but i was talking about this cheep shot that happened near the end of last season just before the playoffs that sparked all the bad blood betwixt the teams. and i agree byuff is a candy~ass of a goon which is why he threw an unneeded elbow at a defenseless player.

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”374417″][quote comment=”374411″][quote comment=”374346″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    The Cubs have no policy regarding the retirement fo numbers. Here are the 5 (6) that are retired:

    10: Ron Santo (not in the HOF, probably never will be)
    14: Ernie Banks (HOF – Cubs cap)
    23: Ryne Sandberg (HOF – Cubs cap)
    26: Billy Williams (HOF – Cubs cap)
    31: Fergie Jenkins (HOF – Cubs cap)/Greg Maddux (HOF lock, but not eligible yet. He’ll most likely have a Braves cap on his plaque)[/quote]

    Not so sure on Maddux, if they use the same critera as Dawson, Maddux wears a Cubs hat.[/quote]
    I don’t really see how you could justify sending him in as a Cub. 11 seasons as a Brave compared with 9+ as a Cub. 3 Cy Youngs vs. 1. 3 World Series, including one championship vs. 1 playoff series. Better numbers in general as a Brave.[/quote]

    and countless casual baseballs fans who would say, “wait what? Maddux was a Cub?”

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”374415″][quote comment=”374393″][quote comment=”374383″]Highlight of my day is anytime robert marshall posts one of his gems of stream of consciousness.[/quote]

    i have a feeling it is the low point for most people.

    i know it is cliche to say, but go to a hockey game, you will get hooked. and choose ‘couver for your team, they have a grrrreat look, and a good chance to win the cup. and while i am not much one to focus on fighting, they have a nice rivalry with chicago brewing thanks to chicago’s chief goon punk dustin byfuglien, and his cheepy on roberto luongo.

    jth~going nuts on the sds kid with the hendrix in the background is too funny, i burst out laughing. but messin’ with a dudes pineapple, you. just. don’t. do it. sds or not, i’m kickin your ass.

    mike engle~ you have no idea, i am afraid an anvil is going to drop on my head every time i wear it. notice no number on the front so i don’t see it in the mirror. i cringed when i saw that shot of me with those corn awful digits. why can’t a piano have 91 keys?! tickle 88’s? i would rather take an axe to them.

    bob loblaw~i will send you correspondence right directly. namesake? very curious.[/quote]
    Buff, a goon? do you actually watch games? We’re lucky if we see Buff hit someone once a month. yeah he got the crybaby Lu in the playoffs, but he didn’t go after him, he could have run him but didn’t.[/quote]
    Once a month? He’s 16th in the league in hits.

    Either way, Robert’s right. The Canucks are a great team to follow… if you’re battling insomnia.

  • joe | January 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”374417″][quote comment=”374411″][quote comment=”374346″][quote comment=”374343″]I think Teebz was being a brownnoser! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it.

    As for the Cubs and Dawson, I thought the Red Sox had a similar policy over retiring uniform numbers. I don’t have time to research it, though.[/quote]
    The Cubs have no policy regarding the retirement fo numbers. Here are the 5 (6) that are retired:

    10: Ron Santo (not in the HOF, probably never will be)
    14: Ernie Banks (HOF – Cubs cap)
    23: Ryne Sandberg (HOF – Cubs cap)
    26: Billy Williams (HOF – Cubs cap)
    31: Fergie Jenkins (HOF – Cubs cap)/Greg Maddux (HOF lock, but not eligible yet. He’ll most likely have a Braves cap on his plaque)[/quote]

    Not so sure on Maddux, if they use the same critera as Dawson, Maddux wears a Cubs hat.[/quote]
    I don’t really see how you could justify sending him in as a Cub. 11 seasons as a Brave compared with 9+ as a Cub. 3 Cy Youngs vs. 1. 3 World Series, including one championship vs. 1 playoff series. Better numbers in general as a Brave.[/quote]

    and in the same way Dawson had better numbers with the cubs, but is going in as an Expo, which he should. Only real diff is the length of time. I’m not saying that Maddux should go in as a Cub, but if they go by “he started there, did extremely well there, and then moved on and did even better with another team” (like Dawson) he would go in as a Cub, just as Dawson is going as a Expo.

  • joe | January 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”374418″]joe~
    i was lucky enough to be there, but i was talking about this cheep shot that happened near the end of last season just before the playoffs that sparked all the bad blood betwixt the teams. and i agree byuff is a candy~ass of a goon which is why he threw an unneeded elbow at a defenseless player.[/quote]

    I thought you were referring to the playoffs, forgot about that one. That was his one hit that month.

  • Ricko | January 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

    Hott Rodd said…

    “and countless casual baseballs fans who would say, ‘wait what? Maddux was a Cub? ”

    Pre-cisely.
    Would be like Bonds going in (oh, like that’ll happen) as a Pirate.

    Maddux place in baseball history was assured while he was Brave.

    Now…when the time comes, does Randy Johnson go in as a DiamondBack?

    What about Curt Schilling?

    How ’bout Jim Thome?

    Ponder those for a moment.

    —Ricko

  • Paul Lukas | January 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”374416″][quote comment=”374409″]wrigley? have fun storming that castle of despair sans this guy. i like to eat frankfurters, lot’s and lot’s of frankfurters at games, and the food at wrigley, like the on field product, sucks. again, it is cliche, but so spot on it’s amazing, even the licorice whips are off. nertz to that cubbie cutie nonsense, let’s say good~bye to my gal nancy(brrrrrowl!). and thanks for volunteering me to cook for 50 people:) i kid, i would do it.[/quote]

    Wrigley? It’s the venue, not so much the ball club.
    For Paul and Phil’s sake was hoping we could get Mets-Cubs, but the Metropolitans are in town Labor Day Weekend. Not so good for a UW Gathering.

    Although would be fun to see whatever-it-is the White Sox park is called. Can I just call it “Across the Street from Old Comminsky”? Yes, people, I know it’s spelled wrong, thank you very much; it’s a Chicaaago thing.

    (And I sorta figured you’d be up for the cooking).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    People: I’m still recovering from last weekend. A lot can happen between now and the summer — let’s relax a bit before you start making plans for the next gathering, OK? Thanks.

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm |

    Decent “Slapshot” primer:

    http://thirdstringgo...

    Scroll down to yesterday’s (Tuesday) post.

  • Hott Rodd | January 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”374420″][quote comment=”374415″][quote comment=”374393″][quote comment=”374383″]Highlight of my day is anytime robert marshall posts one of his gems of stream of consciousness.[/quote]

    i have a feeling it is the low point for most people.

    i know it is cliche to say, but go to a hockey game, you will get hooked. and choose ‘couver for your team, they have a grrrreat look, and a good chance to win the cup. and while i am not much one to focus on fighting, they have a nice rivalry with chicago brewing thanks to chicago’s chief goon punk dustin byfuglien, and his cheepy on roberto luongo.

    jth~going nuts on the sds kid with the hendrix in the background is too funny, i burst out laughing. but messin’ with a dudes pineapple, you. just. don’t. do it. sds or not, i’m kickin your ass.

    mike engle~ you have no idea, i am afraid an anvil is going to drop on my head every time i wear it. notice no number on the front so i don’t see it in the mirror. i cringed when i saw that shot of me with those corn awful digits. why can’t a piano have 91 keys?! tickle 88’s? i would rather take an axe to them.

    bob loblaw~i will send you correspondence right directly. namesake? very curious.[/quote]
    Buff, a goon? do you actually watch games? We’re lucky if we see Buff hit someone once a month. yeah he got the crybaby Lu in the playoffs, but he didn’t go after him, he could have run him but didn’t.[/quote]
    Once a month? He’s 16th in the league in hits.

    Either way, Robert’s right. The Canucks are a great team to follow… if you’re battling insomnia.[/quote]

    Battling insomnia?

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”374420″][quote comment=”374415″][quote comment=”374393″][quote comment=”374383″]Highlight of my day is anytime robert marshall posts one of his gems of stream of consciousness.[/quote]

    i have a feeling it is the low point for most people.

    i know it is cliche to say, but go to a hockey game, you will get hooked. and choose ‘couver for your team, they have a grrrreat look, and a good chance to win the cup. and while i am not much one to focus on fighting, they have a nice rivalry with chicago brewing thanks to chicago’s chief goon punk dustin byfuglien, and his cheepy on roberto luongo.

    jth~going nuts on the sds kid with the hendrix in the background is too funny, i burst out laughing. but messin’ with a dudes pineapple, you. just. don’t. do it. sds or not, i’m kickin your ass.

    mike engle~ you have no idea, i am afraid an anvil is going to drop on my head every time i wear it. notice no number on the front so i don’t see it in the mirror. i cringed when i saw that shot of me with those corn awful digits. why can’t a piano have 91 keys?! tickle 88’s? i would rather take an axe to them.

    bob loblaw~i will send you correspondence right directly. namesake? very curious.[/quote]
    Buff, a goon? do you actually watch games? We’re lucky if we see Buff hit someone once a month. yeah he got the crybaby Lu in the playoffs, but he didn’t go after him, he could have run him but didn’t.[/quote]
    Once a month? He’s 16th in the league in hits.

    Either way, Robert’s right. The Canucks are a great team to follow… if you’re battling insomnia.[/quote]

    don’t make me get all forest on you! i was 1/2 kidding and just trying to get hot rod to follow a team, but it was a cheepy that the teams got chippy over, there is no denying that. and i couldn’t resist the spike on the lob joe gave me either, but i was kind of 1/2 kidding there too. and heck, i like the hawks, and i watch all 2 or 3 times a month they show up on free tv.

  • Ricko | January 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    “Battling insomnia?”

    Curable.
    Look at me.
    Many times I lie awake at night remembering how much trouble I used to have getting to sleep.

    —Ricko

  • joe | January 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”374420″][quote comment=”374415″][quote comment=”374393″][quote comment=”374383″]Highlight of my day is anytime robert marshall posts one of his gems of stream of consciousness.[/quote]

    i have a feeling it is the low point for most people.

    i know it is cliche to say, but go to a hockey game, you will get hooked. and choose ‘couver for your team, they have a grrrreat look, and a good chance to win the cup. and while i am not much one to focus on fighting, they have a nice rivalry with chicago brewing thanks to chicago’s chief goon punk dustin byfuglien, and his cheepy on roberto luongo.

    jth~going nuts on the sds kid with the hendrix in the background is too funny, i burst out laughing. but messin’ with a dudes pineapple, you. just. don’t. do it. sds or not, i’m kickin your ass.

    mike engle~ you have no idea, i am afraid an anvil is going to drop on my head every time i wear it. notice no number on the front so i don’t see it in the mirror. i cringed when i saw that shot of me with those corn awful digits. why can’t a piano have 91 keys?! tickle 88’s? i would rather take an axe to them.

    bob loblaw~i will send you correspondence right directly. namesake? very curious.[/quote]
    Buff, a goon? do you actually watch games? We’re lucky if we see Buff hit someone once a month. yeah he got the crybaby Lu in the playoffs, but he didn’t go after him, he could have run him but didn’t.[/quote]
    Once a month? He’s 16th in the league in hits.

    Either way, Robert’s right. The Canucks are a great team to follow… if you’re battling insomnia.[/quote]

    His numbers are inflated then. I watch every game and he’s one of those guys who when he makes a hit you actually notice it since its so infrequent. Although admittedly he does go on streaks.

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    If that’s the most egregious shot that Byfuglien has thrown then he’s nearly a candidate for the Lady Byng. Yes, that was a penaly (roughing), but it’s a play that happens at least once a game to non-goaltenders and as such really isn’t that big of a deal. There’s no way that push to the cage should label someone a goon.

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”374430″]If that’s the most egregious shot that Byfuglien has thrown then he’s nearly a candidate for the Lady Byng. Yes, that was a penaly (roughing), but it’s a play that happens at least once a game to non-goaltenders and as such really isn’t that big of a deal. There’s no way that push to the cage should label someone a goon.[/quote]
    Well, Mr. Marshall prefers the olde tyme hockey. You know, combatants must follow The Code.

    Alex Burrows, for example.

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”374427″]
    don’t make me get all forest on you! i was 1/2 kidding and just trying to get hot rod to follow a team, but it was a cheepy that the teams got chippy over, there is no denying that. and i couldn’t resist the spike on the lob joe gave me either, but i was kind of 1/2 kidding there too. and heck, i like the hawks, and i watch all 2 or 3 times a month they show up on free tv.[/quote]
    The Forrest treatment I can handle. Alex Burrows? I’m not down with that. I get enough of that from my 2-year-old.

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”374431″][quote comment=”374430″]If that’s the most egregious shot that Byfuglien has thrown then he’s nearly a candidate for the Lady Byng. Yes, that was a penaly (roughing), but it’s a play that happens at least once a game to non-goaltenders and as such really isn’t that big of a deal. There’s no way that push to the cage should label someone a goon.[/quote]
    Well, Mr. Marshall prefers the olde tyme hockey. You know, combatants must follow The Code.

    Alex Burrows, for example.[/quote]

    Alright, I’m going to weigh in here.

    Despite the fact that Alex Burrows is one of the most hated players around the league by both fans and players alike, there isn’t a Blackhawks fan alive that wouldn’t kill for a guy who scores and agitates like he does.

    He’s broken the code a few times, but he’s no worse than Jarkko Ruutu in terms of his play. Besides, he scores in bunches and routinely gives the Canucks a powerplay due to his irritating ways.

    Loved him when he played with the Manitoba Moose, and I seriously wish there were a few more players who were as sandpaperish as he is.

  • Mike Juran | January 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

    On for the SeaQuest pics. Since the Florida Marlins will be changing their name to the Miami Marlins, perhaps we could have them and the Tampa Bay Rays swap leagues so that the Cubs could beat Miami to win the 2015 MLB World Series ala Back to the Future-Part II.

  • NateDawgUS | January 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm |

    It should also be mentioned that Seattle U had 6 players foul out during that game and had to play the last few minutes with only 4 players. They lost 123-76. GO DAWGS!

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

    So he’s Claude Lemieux with less talent?

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”374437″]So he’s Claude Lemieux with less talent?[/quote]

    I’d say he’s equal to or better than Lemieux in terms of talent. The team he plays for isn’t as good as the Habs, though. LOL

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    “Sandpaperish”
    excellent!

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”374434″][quote comment=”374431″][quote comment=”374430″]If that’s the most egregious shot that Byfuglien has thrown then he’s nearly a candidate for the Lady Byng. Yes, that was a penaly (roughing), but it’s a play that happens at least once a game to non-goaltenders and as such really isn’t that big of a deal. There’s no way that push to the cage should label someone a goon.[/quote]
    Well, Mr. Marshall prefers the olde tyme hockey. You know, combatants must follow The Code.

    Alex Burrows, for example.[/quote]

    Alright, I’m going to weigh in here.

    Despite the fact that Alex Burrows is one of the most hated players around the league by both fans and players alike, there isn’t a Blackhawks fan alive that wouldn’t kill for a guy who scores and agitates like he does.

    He’s broken the code a few times, but he’s no worse than Jarkko Ruutu in terms of his play. Besides, he scores in bunches and routinely gives the Canucks a powerplay due to his irritating ways.

    Loved him when he played with the Manitoba Moose, and I seriously wish there were a few more players who were as sandpaperish as he is.[/quote]
    Oh, no doubt. The the guy on the right is a perfect example. At one time, he was anathema to Chicago fans.

    Fast-forward a few years and all is forgiven.

  • Ry Co 40 | January 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”374438″][quote comment=”374437″]So he’s Claude Lemieux with less talent?[/quote]

    I’d say he’s equal to or better than Lemieux in terms of talent. The team he plays for isn’t as good as the Habs, though. LOL[/quote]

    regular season claude, or playoffs claude?

  • kj | January 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”374424″]People: I’m still recovering from last weekend. A lot can happen between now and the summer — let’s relax a bit before you start making plans for the next gathering, OK? Thanks.[/quote]
    Who said you had to be involved, eh? :D

    If it involves Wrigley, I’d be down for driving over from the Cities for a weekend. Doubly so if it’s Cubs/Cardinals; I’ll make sure to wear the new Cardinal stirrups I bought at the gathering.

    A pleasure meeting everyone on Friday. I left a bit after midnight, and there was still a pretty-good-sized crew still there, chatting away.

    I have to admit, I was quite surprised by all the interest in my Aurora jersey. Thank you for all the compliments; we were a terrible team, but I think we looked good. If you want to see better views, I have a couple of pictures: front and back.

  • Teebz | January 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”374441″][quote comment=”374438″][quote comment=”374437″]So he’s Claude Lemieux with less talent?[/quote]

    I’d say he’s equal to or better than Lemieux in terms of talent. The team he plays for isn’t as good as the Habs, though. LOL[/quote]

    regular season claude, or playoffs claude?[/quote]

    Regular season Claude right now. He played well last season, but he still needs a little playoff seasoning to become Playoff Claude.

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm |

    listen, i was kidding a bit when i called byuff a goon, i was merely trying to tell hot rod that picking couver might be interesting because they are good, and have a chippy rivalry with the team here in chitown due to that play, and both could see themselves in the western finals. no it wasn’t the worst hit ever or anything, but it has launched a thousand fists betwixt the teams, that is all. trust me, when i played games i was an agitator. when i played ball for real rather then the coed shit i play at 40, i slapped tags to try to break fingers, and when i pitched the first one was high and tight to put the fear of corn in every one of those mo~fo’s on the other side, and i won’t even get into loose ball pileups in football, so i am not damning byuff, i am merely pointing out that he started it. see hot rod, hockey is fun.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”374444″]trust me, when i played games i was an agitator. when i played ball for real rather then the coed shit i play at 40, i slapped tags to try to break fingers, and when i pitched the first one was high and tight to put the fear of corn in every one of those mo~fo’s on the other side, and i won’t even get into loose ball pileups in football[/quote]

    Gonna start a scrum next time you go curling? ;)

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    Hockey is the greatest sport on this planet. It combines elements of so many sports. It has the physicality of football (with fewer players and smaller pads), it has the flow and pace of an end to end basketball game (sans petty fouls), it has the tactics of soccer (thank god the neutral zone trap is outlawed), and sometimes there’s a good ‘ole boxing match thrown in.

    All of this is done on a playing surface made of ice while the players wear razor sharp blades of steel on their feet and skate at a speed that makes a sprinter blush. The puck can travel at speeds over 100 mph and is pretty much the same effect as a bullet hitting you. It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.

  • JimWa | January 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm |

    whahappen?

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”374447″]whahappen?[/quote]

    so…you got this too then?

  • LarryB | January 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”374408″][quote comment=”374400″][quote comment=”374398″][quote comment=”374392″]So then, should I watch a game, or the movie?[/quote]

    so, you’ve never seen slap shot?

    ok, that’s a start

    how bout dem yotes? oh wait…you meant an nhl game

    you get versus? or NBC? check it oot some time…i saw my first nhl game in 15 or so years this sunday, and man, i miss dat…soon as football season ends and until spring training starts, i’ll watch…i think[/quote]

    Never have seen slap shot.

    we doont have versus here in the land of directv.[/quote]

    Never saw Slap Shot either. Don’t tell me how it ends…

    Just wait for the Olympics. THAT’S hockey, eh? Go Slovakia![/quote]

    http://www.mapsofwor...

  • LarryB | January 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

    Looks like it was a great get together for UWers

    Some day I would like to attend one.

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm |

    “It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.”

    OK, I’ll take the bait, why twice?

  • FormerDirtDart | January 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

    I noticed something odd in the new BP cap clip from the news ticker post. http://mlb.mlb.com/m...
    The cap Santana, and the other Mets players shown in the clip are sporting seems, different than the one the Mets and MLB are selling online http://shop.mlb.com/... The ones in the clip seem to be missing the black piping running from the bill to the top of the cap, and instead have blue piping.

  • JimWa | January 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm |

    I, too, am offended by the costume … but it has nothing to do with whether the fur is fake or real …

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Pedro | January 27, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”374378″][quote comment=”374370″]Rumor going around right now that the Suns may trade Amar’e for Manu Ginobili. I’m not sure that there is a more hated sports figure in Phoenix than Manu Ginobili. If this trade goes through, I will officially be a fan free agent. What am I bid for my fandom?

    On the plus side, not having to watch Basketball would leave me time to learn about hockey..[/quote]

    The Clippers could use your support. I felt sorry for them for years, but I just can’t do it anymore.

    I even used to have a Benoit Benjamin http://i.cdn.turner.... replica jersey back in the day.

    I’ll stick with the Spurs, Bucks and Cavs, but if the Nuggets, Rockets and Kings want to throwback to the 80s, I’m open to including them.[/quote]

    My fellow Clipper fans and I await you with open arms….

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”374451″]”It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.”

    OK, I’ll take the bait, why twice?[/quote]

    I’ve found that the first time people see a game live they have a difficult time following the play, following the puck, and gaining an understanding of what’s happening. First time you go you ask questions you try to figure it out. Second time you can actually watch and possibly appreciate it.

  • mtjaws | January 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”374455″][quote comment=”374451″]”It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.”

    OK, I’ll take the bait, why twice?[/quote]

    I’ve found that the first time people see a game live they have a difficult time following the play, following the puck, and gaining an understanding of what’s happening. First time you go you ask questions you try to figure it out. Second time you can actually watch and possibly appreciate it.[/quote]

    Pretty good thoughts. I’m taking my mom to her first game on Sunday. She wants to sit in the penalty box! It’ll be great, unless the Islanders win.

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”374453″]I, too, am offended by the costume … but it has nothing to do with whether the fur is fake or real …

    http://sports.yahoo....

    thanks jim

    there are some things that cannot be unseen

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”374453″]I, too, am offended by the costume … but it has nothing to do with whether the fur is fake or real …

    http://sports.yahoo....

    are you kidding me?! guess my hat is out.

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”374455″][quote comment=”374451″]”It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.”

    OK, I’ll take the bait, why twice?[/quote]

    I’ve found that the first time people see a game live they have a difficult time following the play, following the puck, and gaining an understanding of what’s happening. First time you go you ask questions you try to figure it out. Second time you can actually watch and possibly appreciate it.[/quote]

    Oh
    I thought by “experience”, you meant play it. I have now accompanied 4 adults to their first games, so I know what you mean. Icing is always fun to try to explain. (Not even sure I know all the nuances, yet). :)

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”374448″][quote comment=”374447″]whahappen?[/quote]

    so…you got this too then?[/quote]

    Me too.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”374457″][quote comment=”374453″]I, too, am offended by the costume … but it has nothing to do with whether the fur is fake or real …

    http://sports.yahoo....

    thanks jim

    there are some things that cannot be unseen[/quote]

    This Jim almost sent that earlier, but I thought I’d spare you. Guess all I did was delay the inevitable. :)

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”374459″][quote comment=”374455″][quote comment=”374451″]”It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.”

    OK, I’ll take the bait, why twice?[/quote]

    I’ve found that the first time people see a game live they have a difficult time following the play, following the puck, and gaining an understanding of what’s happening. First time you go you ask questions you try to figure it out. Second time you can actually watch and possibly appreciate it.[/quote]

    Oh
    I thought by “experience”, you meant play it. I have now accompanied 4 adults to their first games, so I know what you mean. Icing is always fun to try to explain. (Not even sure I know all the nuances, yet). :)[/quote]

    Easiest way I’ve explained it is that if a puck crosses 3 or more lines including the last line (goal line) without being touched by anyone it’s icing.

  • Traxel | January 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm |

    88888888888888888888888888888 oops! Sorry, rpm. My 8 key got stuck. Can’t wait for the matching sweater rup. You’re always on top on things! Now I’ll have to find some DIY pants so I can look completely rediculously perfectly all Brownied up.

    Next gathering? Anyone up for fish gigging can come on down to the bootheel. That’s in the Ozarks for all you eastern northern westerners.

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”374462″][quote comment=”374459″][quote comment=”374455″][quote comment=”374451″]”It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.”

    OK, I’ll take the bait, why twice?[/quote]

    I’ve found that the first time people see a game live they have a difficult time following the play, following the puck, and gaining an understanding of what’s happening. First time you go you ask questions you try to figure it out. Second time you can actually watch and possibly appreciate it.[/quote]

    Oh
    I thought by “experience”, you meant play it. I have now accompanied 4 adults to their first games, so I know what you mean. Icing is always fun to try to explain. (Not even sure I know all the nuances, yet). :)[/quote]

    Easiest way I’ve explained it is that if a puck crosses 3 or more lines including the last line (goal line) without being touched by anyone it’s icing.[/quote]

    Doesn’t that depend on which team touches it first? And what about a playable puck that someone fans on?

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”374461″][quote comment=”374457″][quote comment=”374453″]I, too, am offended by the costume … but it has nothing to do with whether the fur is fake or real …

    http://sports.yahoo....

    thanks jim

    there are some things that cannot be unseen[/quote]

    This Jim almost sent that earlier, but I thought I’d spare you. Guess all I did was delay the inevitable. :)[/quote]

    i should have read that all the way through. i don’t see anything wrong with fake fur, but weir is an idiot.

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”374463″]88888888888888888888888888888 oops! Sorry, rpm. My 8 key got stuck. Can’t wait for the matching sweater rup. You’re always on top on things! Now I’ll have to find some DIY pants so I can look completely rediculously perfectly all Brownied up.

    Next gathering? Anyone up for fish gigging can come on down to the bootheel. That’s in the Ozarks for all you eastern northern westerners.[/quote]
    DIY pants? What kind of weirdo would do something like that?

  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”374463″]88888888888888888888888888888 oops! Sorry, rpm. My 8 key got stuck. Can’t wait for the matching sweater rup. You’re always on top on things! Now I’ll have to find some DIY pants so I can look completely rediculously perfectly all Brownied up.

    Next gathering? Anyone up for fish gigging can come on down to the bootheel. That’s in the Ozarks for all you eastern northern westerners.[/quote]

    and you think i am getting brownie rups after that chalk board scratch.

    i might be able to play~date that, gigging sounded fun. can i drink lots and lots of beer?

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”374464″][quote comment=”374462″][quote comment=”374459″][quote comment=”374455″][quote comment=”374451″]”It is a great game, one that people need to experience at least twice in their life, in person.”

    OK, I’ll take the bait, why twice?[/quote]

    I’ve found that the first time people see a game live they have a difficult time following the play, following the puck, and gaining an understanding of what’s happening. First time you go you ask questions you try to figure it out. Second time you can actually watch and possibly appreciate it.[/quote]

    Oh
    I thought by “experience”, you meant play it. I have now accompanied 4 adults to their first games, so I know what you mean. Icing is always fun to try to explain. (Not even sure I know all the nuances, yet). :)[/quote]

    Easiest way I’ve explained it is that if a puck crosses 3 or more lines including the last line (goal line) without being touched by anyone it’s icing.[/quote]

    Doesn’t that depend on which team touches it first? And what about a playable puck that someone fans on?[/quote]

    Yes, it does. But those are the intricacies. Icing can be waved off for any number of reasons, first and foremost the offensive team being the first team to touch the puck. It can also be waved if the puck should have been played by a defending player, if a defending player attempted to play the puck in a normal act and did not (missed, fell, etc), or even if an official feels that with normal effort the player could have played the puck.

  • Thomas Clark | January 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm |

    Also, a great number of leagues have moved to “no-touch” icing to protect players. In the next few years we’ll likely see the NHL adopt something to make the race to the puck safer.

  • Traxel | January 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”374466″][quote comment=”374463″]88888888888888888888888888888 oops! Sorry, rpm. My 8 key got stuck. Can’t wait for the matching sweater rup. You’re always on top on things! Now I’ll have to find some DIY pants so I can look completely rediculously perfectly all Brownied up.

    Next gathering? Anyone up for fish gigging can come on down to the bootheel. That’s in the Ozarks for all you eastern northern westerners.[/quote]
    DIY pants? What kind of weirdo would do something like that?[/quote]
    I’m thinking a brown/orange version of these beauties.
    http://www.courier-j...

  • Traxel | January 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”374467″][quote comment=”374463″]88888888888888888888888888888 oops! Sorry, rpm. My 8 key got stuck. Can’t wait for the matching sweater rup. You’re always on top on things! Now I’ll have to find some DIY pants so I can look completely rediculously perfectly all Brownied up.

    Next gathering? Anyone up for fish gigging can come on down to the bootheel. That’s in the Ozarks for all you eastern northern westerners.[/quote]

    and you think i am getting brownie rups after that chalk board scratch.

    i might be able to play~date that, gigging sounded fun. can i drink lots and lots of beer?[/quote]
    Gigging, floating, beer, hell even noodling (after the beer has flowed)….
    http://www.kcsonthec...

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  • rpm | January 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm |

    croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.

  • Carl | January 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”374314″]My favorite textile from the Grumpy’s photos is the curtain in the background of many of the photos. Wondering: did that separate coach from first class?[/quote]
    …my favorite part from the MSP Uni Gathering was the non-uni female who ventured into the manquarium (her exact term) to see what the deal was. She totally had the hots for LI Phil. Cheers!

  • Mike Engle | January 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”374473″]croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.[/quote]
    By the way, what’s wrong with the 8 digit?
    At the risk of greatly offending you, I happen to like the 8 digit. It keeps its shape upside down AND in the mirror–it’s symmetric in two ways, it’s 2^3 (I like threes), it looks strong and sturdy to me, and it’s “all the lights on” on most LED clocks and watches. Plus, if it’s good enough for Yogi, it’s good enough for me.

  • JTH | January 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”374470″][quote comment=”374466″][quote comment=”374463″]88888888888888888888888888888 oops! Sorry, rpm. My 8 key got stuck. Can’t wait for the matching sweater rup. You’re always on top on things! Now I’ll have to find some DIY pants so I can look completely rediculously perfectly all Brownied up.

    Next gathering? Anyone up for fish gigging can come on down to the bootheel. That’s in the Ozarks for all you eastern northern westerners.[/quote]
    DIY pants? What kind of weirdo would do something like that?[/quote]
    I’m thinking a brown/orange version of these beauties.
    http://www.courier-j...
    You have impeccable taste.

    And I don’t know if you got my little joke (I’m sure 1 or 2 people here did) but I was referring to these, DIYed by yours truly.

  • jiminstpaul | January 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm |

    Commenting a little late in day but it is my first chance. I was the guy with the tube socks for Paul (Twins salesman sample jersey guy). I did receive a few questions regarding where I bought them. For all the local Twin Cities folks they will be familiar with Mills Fleet Farm; a great selection of socks and cow grooming supplies.
    I see Paul noticed the TC variation on my cap. I have always preferred the curved top of the T that more closely follows the top of the C. Regarding the patch, the souvenir caps back in the 60-70’s had stitched on logo patches. Many MLB teams did this. I also have an all navy cap with the patch logo. It is a good look.
    I had a great time at the gathering. Getting a chance to talk to Paul and Ricko were highlights. I will for sure finally be getting around to officially becoming an uniwatch member. I am thinking Minnesota Kicks for my card; orange and denim blue.
    -Jiminstpaul

  • Nick | January 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”374336″]Wow, that Seattle University jersey http://www.goseattle... is fantastic! Almost as cool as the one piece of Seattle attire I have now: http://farm5.static....

    Gotta love the sleeved basketball jerseys. Why is it that when the subject does come up on UW do we seem to get soo many negative coments?

    My take on it …

    First, is 2/3 of your players are wearing sleeved undershirts with their regular B-Ball jerseys, why the heck not go ahead and have slleved B-Ball jerseys? It certainly looks beter than the t-shirt, U-jersey combos we have been enduring since the Pat Ewing G-Town Hoyas

    Second, is their anything cooler than a really good looking vintage durene B-Ball jersey? Yeah, an entire team wearing them.

    So what’s the deal, why do so many UWers rag on them? Maybe as much not today, as much as many an earlier time ……

  • Chris | January 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm |

    huh, my security word is ‘broad.’ I was wondering if someone was going to mention the ‘manquarium.’ One would think that an attractive, well appointed woman might at least have some small interest in a bunch of guys interested in the aesthetics of clothing in sport, but noooo. That was probably more disturbing to her than if we’d gathered shirtless to watch Ultimate Fighting or something. Incidentally, in the picture of the Wobblies– are you sure that’s me and not ‘C. Jim Lamping’? http://www.hometeams...

  • The Hemogoblin | January 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm |

    What I would give for a West Coast Uni Watch gathering… (as long as it’s an under-21 establishment… *sigh*)

    Those pictures are great and it looks like everyone had a lot of fun. It’s a shame that the weather didn’t uphold its part of the deal though.

  • Traxel | January 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”374476″][quote comment=”374470″][quote comment=”374466″][quote comment=”374463″]88888888888888888888888888888 oops! Sorry, rpm. My 8 key got stuck. Can’t wait for the matching sweater rup. You’re always on top on things! Now I’ll have to find some DIY pants so I can look completely rediculously perfectly all Brownied up.

    Next gathering? Anyone up for fish gigging can come on down to the bootheel. That’s in the Ozarks for all you eastern northern westerners.[/quote]
    DIY pants? What kind of weirdo would do something like that?[/quote]
    I’m thinking a brown/orange version of these beauties.
    http://www.courier-j...
    You have impeccable taste.

    And I don’t know if you got my little joke (I’m sure 1 or 2 people here did) but I was referring to these, DIYed by yours truly.[/quote]
    I remember those but didn’t make the connection to JTH! Great job!

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”374474″]
    …my favorite part from the MSP Uni Gathering was the non-uni female who ventured into the manquarium (her exact term) to see what the deal was. She totally had the hots for LI Phil. Cheers![/quote]

    wait…was that the first hawtie who walked into the room and immediately after i described who “we” were and why we were there, turned around and walked to be with her tweets for haiti friends? what a bunch of geeks

    or…shanna…the one who came in later and with whom i may have ended up snowboarding in the dakotas had not hugh pinched in and decided to discuss the finer points of the target food service industry?

  • LarryB | January 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm |

    Big Ten Network has Ohio State at Iowa.

    Several Buckeyes are wearing white shoes. More white than normal. It does look different.

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm |

    ooooohhhh

    state of the union is on

    be great if everyone could give me a one sentence “take” on it after it’s done

    (i’ll explain later)

    k? thanks ;)

  • aflfan | January 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”374484″]ooooohhhh

    state of the union is on

    be great if everyone could give me a one sentence “take” on it after it’s done

    (i’ll explain later)

    k? thanks ;)[/quote]

    Sorry, I am watching the pajama uniformed Wild beat the Red Wings.

  • Taxman | January 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm |

    Aggies-Cowpokes in color on color action on ESPN2. Think Va Tech intra-squad scrimmage: Maroon vs Orange.

  • Michael | January 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm |

    Pretty sure the player in the Blue Jays ad is Ernie Whitt. Well known for the one knee on the ground home run pose.

  • Traxel | January 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm |

    http://www.hometeams...

    This is the BEST baseball look I’ve seen in YEARS! Didn’t get to talk to the wearer but he deserves an award.

    On the SOU address – Why doesn’t he got off this boring schtuff and talk about uniforms???

  • LI Phil | January 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”374488″]On the SOU address – Why doesn’t he got off this boring schtuff and talk about uniforms???[/quote]

    or biden’s awful tie

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”374485″][quote comment=”374484″]ooooohhhh

    state of the union is on

    be great if everyone could give me a one sentence “take” on it after it’s done

    (i’ll explain later)

    k? thanks ;)[/quote]

    Sorry, I am watching the pajama uniformed Wild beat the Red Wings.[/quote]

    Sorry, I am watching New Mexico/BYU women’s basketball.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”374475″][quote comment=”374473″]croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.[/quote]
    By the way, what’s wrong with the 8 digit?
    At the risk of greatly offending you, I happen to like the 8 digit. It keeps its shape upside down AND in the mirror–it’s symmetric in two ways, it’s 2^3 (I like threes), it looks strong and sturdy to me, and it’s “all the lights on” on most LED clocks and watches. Plus, if it’s good enough for Yogi, it’s good enough for me.[/quote]

    This Willie Stargell fan also wants to know what’s wrong with one of my favorite numbers.

  • aflfan | January 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”374490″][quote comment=”374485″][quote comment=”374484″]ooooohhhh

    state of the union is on

    be great if everyone could give me a one sentence “take” on it after it’s done

    (i’ll explain later)

    k? thanks ;)[/quote]

    Sorry, I am watching the pajama uniformed Wild beat the Red Wings.[/quote]

    Sorry, I am watching New Mexico/BYU women’s basketball.[/quote]

    I have switched over to Capricorn One. Couldn’t watch the Wings struggle against those awful uniforms.

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”374474″]…my favorite part from the MSP Uni Gathering was the non-uni female who ventured into the manquarium (her exact term) to see what the deal was. She totally had the hots for LI Phil. Cheers![/quote]

    Good thing you weren’t wearing this, http://farm3.static.... or she might have gone cold rather quickly…

  • leon | January 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”374492″][quote comment=”374490″][quote comment=”374485″][quote comment=”374484″]ooooohhhh

    state of the union is on

    be great if everyone could give me a one sentence “take” on it after it’s done

    (i’ll explain later)

    k? thanks ;)[/quote]

    Sorry, I am watching the pajama uniformed Wild beat the Red Wings.[/quote]

    Sorry, I am watching New Mexico/BYU women’s basketball.[/quote]

    I have switched over to Capricorn One. Couldn’t watch the Wings struggle against those awful uniforms.[/quote]
    I’m watching Capricorn One also. O.J. at his ironic best. also, barbra streisand’s first and most recent husbands.

  • tremaine | January 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm |

    Hey guys. What kind of cleat brand is Kevin Pucetas wearing in this picture?

    http://www.flickr.co...

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

    Next Uni Watch gathering, I’d like to see these members show up and sit next to Mr. Marshall:
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm4.static....

  • Nick | January 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

    Love following the UW. Can anyone deny that it is wayyyyyyy past time for a UW gathering in New Orleans?

    Here’s to hoping …..

  • JimV19 | January 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”374496″]Next Uni Watch gathering, I’d like to see these members show up and sit next to Mr. Marshall:
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm4.static....

    Not to mention the 32 members who rock the single-digit version. ;)

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”374405″][quote comment=”374341″]I’m surprised Paul didn’t get the story on my Fresno Falcons jersey.

    The Falcons are a defunct ECHL team as of this season. The jersey I was wearing was the Light the Night jersey to support leukemia research. I was lucky enough to get a hold of one through the team’s equipment manager before they closed up shop.

    The baby blue colour is not their normal look for a home game. LOL[/quote]
    i was sad when the falcons folded, great job getting that jersey before the lights went out.

    as a fan of an echl team that seems to flirt with disbanding every year (Johnstown Chiefs) I feel their pain. It was a long eight years between when the red wings of the NAHL/EHL and the Chiefs entered the defunct AAHL. We don’t want to go through that again.

    I think we have an in with the powers-that-be in the league, being the last original ECHL franchise, but still, you never know in this economy.[/quote]
    Kek..

    you need to quickly move onto a Reggie Dunlop before those Chiefs shut down their operation! That jersey could be priceless.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”374412″]Wiffleball? Cornhole? Brisket? In a place where I could drive in one day? Y’all may just have to count me in on that one!

    Unfortunately I can’t squeeze into this http://farm5.static.... anymore, so I’d have to wear something non-Chi-town-ish to the festivities.

    If the rumor proves to be unfounded, then consider Pittsburgh. At least there, every one of Paul’s readers would have a good chance at getting baseball tickets…[/quote]

    JimV… don’t think twice about it…. here’s your Chicago Soiree-wear: http://www.oldfootba...

  • Ski U Mah Gopher | January 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm |

    The story of Manny’s Bar Mitzvah:

    Manny Bier had his Bar Mitzvah on the 4th of July. A summer Bar Mitzvah means that the night time party would start somewhere around 9 PM, and missing great fireworks shows.

    Manny’s parents decided that a Sunday party would be the way to go. Manny is one of those natural athletes that most kids secretly hate, so his parents decided that a sports theme party it would be. They rented the Midtown YWCA fieldhouse and had a fine game day with soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and dodgeball.

    It was a little offbeat, but it was fun.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”374495″]Hey guys. What kind of cleat brand is Kevin Pucetas wearing in this picture?

    http://www.flickr.co...
    Those are Mizunos!

  • rpm | January 28, 2010 at 12:04 am |

    [quote comment=”374475″][quote comment=”374473″]croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.[/quote]
    By the way, what’s wrong with the 8 digit?
    At the risk of greatly offending you, I happen to like the 8 digit. It keeps its shape upside down AND in the mirror–it’s symmetric in two ways, it’s 2^3 (I like threes), it looks strong and sturdy to me, and it’s “all the lights on” on most LED clocks and watches. Plus, if it’s good enough for Yogi, it’s good enough for me.[/quote]

    sorry, working bball tonight, but to answer your question…your first sentence, keeps it’s shape, it has no reflection(in that it is the same), it’s rolly polly, and it never never ends. i didn’t even like ripken all that much, and i’m an ao’s fan.

  • rpm | January 28, 2010 at 12:10 am |

    [quote comment=”374498″][quote comment=”374496″]Next Uni Watch gathering, I’d like to see these members show up and sit next to Mr. Marshall:
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm4.static....

    Not to mention the 32 members who rock the single-digit version. ;)[/quote]

    you mothervilker, i thought we were buds:)

  • rpm | January 28, 2010 at 12:32 am |

    corn, i could go on and on about 8, but i don’t even know how i wake up in the morning knowing that with a birthday on the 26th, my life is ruled by the number 8. it’s like i walk around with an anvil over my head all the time, i don’t know how i keep it together.

  • Mike Engle | January 28, 2010 at 12:32 am |

    [quote comment=”374503″][quote comment=”374475″][quote comment=”374473″]croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.[/quote]
    By the way, what’s wrong with the 8 digit?
    At the risk of greatly offending you, I happen to like the 8 digit. It keeps its shape upside down AND in the mirror–it’s symmetric in two ways, it’s 2^3 (I like threes), it looks strong and sturdy to me, and it’s “all the lights on” on most LED clocks and watches. Plus, if it’s good enough for Yogi, it’s good enough for me.[/quote]

    sorry, working bball tonight, but to answer your question…your first sentence, keeps it’s shape, it has no reflection(in that it is the same), it’s rolly polly, and it never never ends. i didn’t even like ripken all that much, and i’m an ao’s fan.[/quote]
    So then you should REALLY hate 0. Just as “same,” just as roly-poly, just as never-ending, but it doesn’t even cross itself, and stands for nothing or emptiness.
    One man’s trash is another’s treasure. I’ll claim your scorned eights, and I’ll write out eight just for you so you don’t have to see the digit. (And I’ll use some of them to make eighth notes.)

  • LI Phil | January 28, 2010 at 12:51 am |

    [quote comment=”374503″] i didn’t even like ripken all that much.[/quote]

    welcome to the club

  • rpm | January 28, 2010 at 1:01 am |

    [quote comment=”374506″][quote comment=”374503″][quote comment=”374475″][quote comment=”374473″]croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.[/quote]
    By the way, what’s wrong with the 8 digit?
    At the risk of greatly offending you, I happen to like the 8 digit. It keeps its shape upside down AND in the mirror–it’s symmetric in two ways, it’s 2^3 (I like threes), it looks strong and sturdy to me, and it’s “all the lights on” on most LED clocks and watches. Plus, if it’s good enough for Yogi, it’s good enough for me.[/quote]

    sorry, working bball tonight, but to answer your question…your first sentence, keeps it’s shape, it has no reflection(in that it is the same), it’s rolly polly, and it never never ends. i didn’t even like ripken all that much, and i’m an ao’s fan.[/quote]
    So then you should REALLY hate 0. Just as “same,” just as roly-poly, just as never-ending, but it doesn’t even cross itself, and stands for nothing or emptiness.
    One man’s trash is another’s treasure. I’ll claim your scorned eights, and I’ll write out eight just for you so you don’t have to see the digit. (And I’ll use some of them to make eighth notes.)[/quote]

    i’ll say this, eight spells real nice. you know, i don’t have as many problems with 0, and i can’t explain it, maybe it’s because eight is a sneaky jerkface, and is a sideways infinity and taunts me into the round and round for forever. maybe it is just more squishy then 0 like a fat man with a fat head, maybe i don’t mind zero because it is a null. whatever it is, zero does not bother me. i don’t like even numbers that much either, but that is another story. i never make any work that has an even number of subjects like birds, i paint birds a lot for their symbolism, but they are in odd numbers. okay, let’s just leave this at i am a freak, and y’all can love eight, and i can be repulsed by it.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 28, 2010 at 1:53 am |

    [quote comment=”374508″][quote comment=”374506″][quote comment=”374503″][quote comment=”374475″][quote comment=”374473″]croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.[/quote]
    By the way, what’s wrong with the 8 digit?
    At the risk of greatly offending you, I happen to like the 8 digit. It keeps its shape upside down AND in the mirror–it’s symmetric in two ways, it’s 2^3 (I like threes), it looks strong and sturdy to me, and it’s “all the lights on” on most LED clocks and watches. Plus, if it’s good enough for Yogi, it’s good enough for me.[/quote]

    sorry, working bball tonight, but to answer your question…your first sentence, keeps it’s shape, it has no reflection(in that it is the same), it’s rolly polly, and it never never ends. i didn’t even like ripken all that much, and i’m an ao’s fan.[/quote]
    So then you should REALLY hate 0. Just as “same,” just as roly-poly, just as never-ending, but it doesn’t even cross itself, and stands for nothing or emptiness.
    One man’s trash is another’s treasure. I’ll claim your scorned eights, and I’ll write out eight just for you so you don’t have to see the digit. (And I’ll use some of them to make eighth notes.)[/quote]

    i’ll say this, eight spells real nice. you know, i don’t have as many problems with 0, and i can’t explain it, maybe it’s because eight is a sneaky jerkface, and is a sideways infinity and taunts me into the round and round for forever. maybe it is just more squishy then 0 like a fat man with a fat head, maybe i don’t mind zero because it is a null. whatever it is, zero does not bother me. i don’t like even numbers that much either, but that is another story. i never make any work that has an even number of subjects like birds, i paint birds a lot for their symbolism, but they are in odd numbers. okay, let’s just leave this at i am a freak, and y’all can love eight, and i can be repulsed by it.[/quote]

    I think we all know you’re a freak, but we love you in spite of it because of it. I ask you this, Robert Marshall: Is anyone here normal?

  • rpm | January 28, 2010 at 1:58 am |

    [quote comment=”374509″][quote comment=”374508″][quote comment=”374506″][quote comment=”374503″][quote comment=”374475″][quote comment=”374473″]croquet with hibbsy, curling with jth, now gigging with trax, i am really livin’ the life. okay, i’m late for getting yelled at for the next 5 hours.[/quote]
    By the way, what’s wrong with the 8 digit?
    At the risk of greatly offending you, I happen to like the 8 digit. It keeps its shape upside down AND in the mirror–it’s symmetric in two ways, it’s 2^3 (I like threes), it looks strong and sturdy to me, and it’s “all the lights on” on most LED clocks and watches. Plus, if it’s good enough for Yogi, it’s good enough for me.[/quote]

    sorry, working bball tonight, but to answer your question…your first sentence, keeps it’s shape, it has no reflection(in that it is the same), it’s rolly polly, and it never never ends. i didn’t even like ripken all that much, and i’m an ao’s fan.[/quote]
    So then you should REALLY hate 0. Just as “same,” just as roly-poly, just as never-ending, but it doesn’t even cross itself, and stands for nothing or emptiness.
    One man’s trash is another’s treasure. I’ll claim your scorned eights, and I’ll write out eight just for you so you don’t have to see the digit. (And I’ll use some of them to make eighth notes.)[/quote]

    i’ll say this, eight spells real nice. you know, i don’t have as many problems with 0, and i can’t explain it, maybe it’s because eight is a sneaky jerkface, and is a sideways infinity and taunts me into the round and round for forever. maybe it is just more squishy then 0 like a fat man with a fat head, maybe i don’t mind zero because it is a null. whatever it is, zero does not bother me. i don’t like even numbers that much either, but that is another story. i never make any work that has an even number of subjects like birds, i paint birds a lot for their symbolism, but they are in odd numbers. okay, let’s just leave this at i am a freak, and y’all can love eight, and i can be repulsed by it.[/quote]

    I think we all know you’re a freak, but we love you in spite of it because of it. I ask you this, Robert Marshall: Is anyone here normal?[/quote]

    ain’t that the truth. i feel better now.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 28, 2010 at 2:09 am |

    In other news, Robert, I’m so jealous of your soup-strainer. SOOOOO jealous.

  • rpm | January 28, 2010 at 2:29 am |

    [quote comment=”374511″]In other news, Robert, I’m so jealous of your soup-strainer. SOOOOO jealous.[/quote]
    ha! except for the it’s hard to drink liquids because they get sucked up in it tip, it’s been fun growing it out, because i have not done it in a long time. the crazy thing is the pineapple likes it, so i can’t shave it. how many guys have gals that like the motörhead look?

  • The Hemogoblin | January 28, 2010 at 2:45 am |

    [quote comment=”374512″][quote comment=”374511″]In other news, Robert, I’m so jealous of your soup-strainer. SOOOOO jealous.[/quote]
    ha! except for the it’s hard to drink liquids because they get sucked up in it tip, it’s been fun growing it out, because i have not done it in a long time. the crazy thing is the pineapple likes it, so i can’t shave it. how many guys have gals that like the motörhead look?[/quote]

    As an artist, and a man who knows a good niche market when he sees one, you’ve done well…

    I can’t grow facial hair to save my life. It’s quite tragic.

    On another aside (gee, I sure can tell that it’s been forever since I’ve commented here), you need to market the RPM Uni Watch shirt with hand-performed paint speckles. I think it’d be freakin’ cool.

  • rpm | January 28, 2010 at 3:47 am |

    [quote comment=”374513″][quote comment=”374512″][quote comment=”374511″]In other news, Robert, I’m so jealous of your soup-strainer. SOOOOO jealous.[/quote]
    ha! except for the it’s hard to drink liquids because they get sucked up in it tip, it’s been fun growing it out, because i have not done it in a long time. the crazy thing is the pineapple likes it, so i can’t shave it. how many guys have gals that like the motörhead look?[/quote]

    As an artist, and a man who knows a good niche market when he sees one, you’ve done well…

    I can’t grow facial hair to save my life. It’s quite tragic.

    On another aside (gee, I sure can tell that it’s been forever since I’ve commented here), you need to market the RPM Uni Watch shirt with hand-performed paint speckles. I think it’d be freakin’ cool.[/quote]

    i’ll respond to this in an email because “well” is an over statement beyond belief.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 28, 2010 at 4:15 am |

    Shit. Robert? Again? You and me? Doing the whole, me miscommunicating bit? Aww, dammit.

    Problem solved. Check your email.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 28, 2010 at 4:18 am |

    By well, I meant that you’re happy, and you get your daily serving of fruit. The niche market reference was to pineapples that love handlebar mustaches.

    It’s moments like this that befuddle me. I can’t figure out why the hell it is that I can write the English language effectively to convey something in a story, yet in a conversation, I misspeak and give the incorrect perception so frequently.

  • Boiler Guru | January 28, 2010 at 11:45 pm |

    I am pretty sure the ring on that Michigan guys finger is a Big ten Championship ring, not a national championship ring

  • John in Athens | January 29, 2010 at 1:37 am |

    Pardon if this has been posted already. Paul W over at the Baseball Fever board posted a video clip of Johnny Carson pitching to Mickey Mantle and quarterbacking the Jets at the Polo Grounds.

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

    Dig those snaps on the Jets jersey!