Been nearly seven months since we featured some material from screen-grab kingpin Larry Bodnovich (if you missed the previous entries devoted to his work, look here, here, and here. Today we’re going to look at some shots he culled from a DVD with two 1939 college football games: Notre Dame at Iowa and South Dakota at Iowa. Lots of interesting stuff here:
• In the Irish/Hawkeyes game, the two schools began by wearing nearly identical uniforms — navy jerseys over gold pants. But in the second half, Notre Dame came out wearing green jerseys with white shoulder yokes (you can see the green tone more clearly in the sunlight). Did the Irish change jerseys specifically to avoid visual confusion caused by the similar unis?
• Here’s a good shot of Iowa running back Nile Kinnick, who scored the only touchdown of the game and won the Heisman that year.
• Moving on the Iowa/S.Dakota game, look at this shot. There’s a dog on the field, right near the official. “Looks like a terrier,” says Larry.
• “See the big ‘1 10’ on the sidelines,” says Larry. “It seems they marked the 1st-and-ten scrimmage that way.”
Lots of additional shots from this game are showcased in this gallery.
Culinary Corner: Yesterday I mentioned that the folks at Heritage Foods USA were offering a really good deal — 15 pork chops for ninety bucks, with free shipping. This led several of you to get in get in touch with the horrifying revelation that you don’t know how to cook pork chops, at least not without drying them out. If ever there was a metaphor for — and a barometer of — modern civilization’s decline, this must surely be it.
Here, look, it’s easy: Get yourself some nice rib chops or pork porterhouses. They should be medium-thick — an inch and a quarter, say, or an inch and a half. Take them out of the fridge at least half an hour before you’re ready to cook, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper (and, I suppose, a spice rub if you’re so inclined, although good heritage pork like Berkshire or Red Wattle doesn’t need more than s&p).
Put a tablespoon or two of good olive oil in a heavy skillet — preferably cast iron — and heat it over not-quite-high heat so that it shimmers but doesn’t smoke. Add the chops and sear for two minutes. Turn them over and sear for a minute more. Reduce the heat to medium-low, turn the chops again, cover the skillet, and cook for four minutes more. Turn the chops one more time, cook for another three minutes (still covered), and you’re done.
The chops should come out of the skillet with an internal temperature of 140 to 145. Let them sit for a few minutes (you can make a quick pan sauce while you wait) and the temp should rise about five more degrees — that’s the dinner bell.
If they’re pink in the center, that’s good — they’re supposed to look that way. Contrary to what your Mom was taught by the overcautious food authorities of past generations, pork is not supposed to turn out white (or, worse, gray). Trust me. Then invite me over for dinner.
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