I’m still recovering from yesterday’s foodtivities, which were highlighted by the patriotic dessert you see above (prepared and brought to my back yard by a Canadian, ironically enough). It was one of many fine sweetstuffs we had on hand, including homemade ice cream, cherry pie, peach cobbler, and millionaire’s bars.
I made a few of my stand-bys — herb-crusted rack of lamb and jerk chicken wings (both prepared in my smoker) — along with some basic stuff like pork chops sausages. All in all, an excellent Independence Day, although I have a major food hangover today — oof.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Brandon Phillips has a brother named P.J., which presumably has something to do with the inscription on his cap the other day (with thanks to David Sonny). … Former Cardinals prospect Cory Rauschenberger was right up there with Salty in the race for MLB’s longest NOB, but he never made it to the bigs. In fact, he dropped out of baseball altogether, but now Sara Corman informs me that he’s back in the Cards’ system. Of Salty’s back in the minors himself these days, which means the longest NOB currently in the bigs is, uh, who? … The cricket world is considering the use of pink balls for day-night matches, an idea that’s been tried before (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … The Dayton Gems — that’s a minor league hockey team — are the latest organization to let fans vote on their uniform (with thanks to Sean Molina). … The Dodgers have changed the style of the uni numbers on their batting helmets, and not for the better (as noted by Robert Montenegro). … That’s quite an NOB (screen shot by Paul Cathel). … Speaking of NOBs, here’s an amusing one (from Paul Wiederecht). … Also from Paul: If you go to this page and drag the viewer over to the top-left corner, you’ll see one of the first assessments of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ team name and uniform. … Awesome slideshow of those World Cup fan hardhats here. … The South Bend Silverhawks recently wore some really nice throwbacks (with thanks to Sam McAlear). … Here’s something pretty wild: a video that shows Pantone guides being printed (thanks, Kirsten). … reprinted from Friday’s comments: The batboy in this 1976 Astros team portrait is wearing tequila sunrise stirrups! I don’t think those were ever worn by a player on the field, were they? But they must have been part of the original uni concept, since they were obviously manufactured and available. … You’ve heard of rally caps? The South Carolina baseball team tried rally socks (with thanks to Gerry Dincher). … NHL news from Jeff Barak, who writes: “Several Minnesota Wild players will be changing numbers next year following the departure of former teammates who where wearing coveted numbers. Martin Havlat will change to his career-long number of 24 next season after Derek Boogaard’s departure; Greg Zanon will change to No. 5 (Kim Johnsson); Cam Barker will change from No. 45 to 25 (Eric Belanger); Matt Cullen will likely get No. 11 and Eric Nystrom No. 23. Not sure yet on Brad Staubitz.” … Warren Humphrey sent along a bunch of 1950s and ’60s photos of longtime Tigers equipment manager John Hand. … The Jets apparently will not be wearing their Titans throwbacks this season. … Timothy McGlone notes that Adidas is now making gloves for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup racing. … You’ve heard of game-used items? How about pregame-used? That’s supposedly the story with these Darren Daulton shorts (with thanks to Christopher Leopardi).