I recently got a note from Anil Adyanthaya, who pointed out that Adam Foote’s name is represented twice on his jersey — first on his NOB, and then on the Avs’ shoulder patch, which is a foot.
“Okay,” I thought to myself. “Big deal.” But then Anil started rattling off some additional examples, like Sylvester Byrd, who played for the Falcons; Steve Bird, who played for the football Cardinals; and my favorite, Jose Cardenal, who spent a year and a half with the Redbirds.
And then he suggested some near misses:
• Wilf Starr played hockey for the New York Americans in 1932-33, but they didn’t have NOBs.
• Bill Bridges played for the Golden State Warriors in 1974-75, but the team no longer used the Golden Gate bridge on their uni during that period.
• Jim Storm played for the Hartford Whalers 1994 — too soon for the franchise’s rebirth as the Carolina Hurricanes.
When pondering additional examples, one that immediately came to mind was Johnny Podres. He pitched for the Padres in 1969, but they didn’t wear the Swinging Friar on their uniforms that season — a near miss. Podres also coached for the Padres, although I’m unsure of the specific years (anyone?). If he was coaching there in 1978, then he wore this patch, which would qualify him for full-fledged name/symbol duality status.
Of course, Podres already had his name represented twice on his jersey phonetically, but that’s a whole different list. For now let’s stick to the NOB/symbol convergence — there must be other examples floating around out there, right? Have the Cowboys ever had a player named Star? Have the A’s ever had a player named Pachyderm? Has A-Rod ever played for a team that wore a sleeve patch of a giant dick?
Much like Curtis Pride playing for the Nashua Pride, or Carlos May using his NOB and uni number to form his birthday (May 17), this is one of those utterly meaningless tropes that can somehow become all-consuming once you start thinking about them. So good luck getting anything else done today, and thanks in advance for any additional examples you come up with.
Culinary Corner: The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, which means people all over America will be having their annual rendezvous with the mint julep. But look, any frat boy can suck down juleps, especially the shitty ones that tend to be served at Derby parties (hint: If it’s being poured from a pitcher, it wasn’t made correctly). If you really want to make the Derby scene in style, prepare the dish that’s actually named after the race: a derby pie.
Technically speaking, you’re not supposed to use the term “derby pie,” because that’s a registered trademark of some annoying people in Kentucky who insist that they own the name and love to send their lawyers after anyone who thinks otherwise. (They even sued their own chocolate chip supplier, Nestlé, for putting a “Tollhouse Derby Pie” recipe on the chip packaging.) So you’ll often see wink-wink names like Triple Crown pie, race day pie, winner’s circle pie, and so on. But screw all of that — derby pie belongs to the people. Here’s how to make one:
If you know how to make pie crust, make some dough and position it in a 9-inch pie pan; if you don’t know how or just can’t be bothered, get yourself a frozen 9-inch pie shell.
Set your oven to 350 degrees. While it’s heating up, get a big mixing bowl and beat together four eggs, a cup of light corn syrup, 3/4 cup of light brown sugar and 1/3 cup of melted butter. Then add 3 tablespoons of decent bourbon (or maybe a smidge more than that, if you’re so inclined), a tablespoon of vanilla extract, a tablespoon of flour, 6 ounces of chocolate chips, and a cup of chopped walnuts.
Mix all of that together, pour it into the pie dough or frozen shell, and pop it into the oven for an hour. It’ll puff up high like a soufflé, but it’ll settle back down while it cools, which you should allow it to do for an hour or so.
It’s standard to serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream, although I frankly think that’s unnecessary — the pie is rich enough on its own. Less traditional and even less necessary, but nonetheless delicious: this bourbon sauce, which is pretty much the bomb.
Trust me, there won’t be any leftovers.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Coupla follow-ups from yesterday: I asked about the logos on Barry Zito’s undershirt, and many readers told me that it’s the Canterbury of New Zealand mark. And I also asked about the chest patch on this old official’s jacket, and several readers I.D.’d it as the mark of the Northern Officials Association. … A guy who blogs about the Indians took a slight detour the other day to complain about the uniforms at Target (with thanks Michael Burnett). … The rock band Coldplay is sponsoring a cricket club (with thanks to David Highhill). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New uni number for Nick Johnson. … It’s a little hard to see in this shot, but Tampa Bay Rowdies player Long Tan is going FNOB (as noted by Kenn Tomasch). … Here are some proposed new logos for NASA (with thanks to Ilana Hardesty). … Man U’s new home and road kits have been leaked (with thanks to Timothy O’Malley). … I’m still not totally in love with the Bears’ new throwbacks, but I sure love the logo they’ve created to sell them. … The more I see of those Adidas Power-Web pants, the worse they look. Meaghan Munson took those shots at Notre Dame’s spring scrimmage. … Speaking of Notre Dame football, James Laky checks in with the following: “This past weekend they had a raffle for the new jerseys they will be wearing this season. Nothing major changed, but the main difference is they have ND on the sleeves again instead of TV numbers. And the ND is different from the past — it has a white background and the font looks a little different. They also have an ND on the back now, near the collar.” … The Islanders will officially unveil their new road jersey at their draft party on June 25th (with thanks to John Muir). … Here’s a rundown of new NFL rookies’ uni numbers. … Plans are afoot to create a WHA Hall of Fame. Lots of good photos and video on the project’s web site (big thanks to Scott Kaplan). … Ole Miss baseball has been wearing camo caps, and boy do they look ridiculous (with thanks to Blair Riffel). … Dennys Reyes of the Cardinals had some fun with a Mexican wrestling mask the other day (with thanks to Kenneth Hinrichsen). … Australia’s World Cup kit looks friggin’ gorgeous. And if you’d like to compare it to previous Aussie kits, look here (with thanks to Drew H. Douglas). … Here’s a new one: a Nevada player who appears to have a captain’s “C” — or at least some kind of “C” — on his pants. Never seen that before (big thanks to William Streit). … The new hockey-centric version of Mark Penxa‘s Stealing Signs project is now up and running. More on this soon, but for now just have fun clicking through the super-evocative artwork.