As you may recall, back in August I reported that college football officiating crews will be switching to wider zebra stripes next season. Now the other shoe has dropped: According to a thread on an officiating discussion site (brought to my attention by reader Mark Kluczynski), NCAA zebras will be wearing black slacks next season — for all games, not just in cold weather.
This news comes mere days after the NFL experimented with long pants in the Pro Bowl. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. But it speaks to the general scent in the wind — a scent that does not bode well for the future of the knickers ’n’ stockings look.
New ESPN column today — my annual Super Bowl manifesto. Enjoy.
Because nothing says, “I Love You” like
sending me 14 bucks baseball carnivorism: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what would make a really swell gift for your sweetie? I bet you can guess: That’s right — flowers and chocolates! Jewelry is nice, too. And what’s wrong with a candlelit dinner? Oh, and sexy underwear is always a good bet.
Unless, of course, you’re single, in which case you’re probably in the habit of marking Valentine’s Day by buying yourself a bottle of Old Overholt and soaking in a puddle of your own self-loathing. But this year, for roughly the same price, you have a new option: treating yourself to a Meats T-shirt! It’s the perfect gift to — and from — the one person who truly loves you. And it looks so sharp, it’ll definitely increase your chances of attracting someone to spend Valentine’s Day with next year.
Eh, and if you coupled folks wanna get in on the Meats action, that’s cool too. Let’s face it, your sweetie got bored with the flowers-and-chocolates routine a long time ago.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Apparently every other journalist in the Western Hemisphere is raking in extra cash on the lecture circuit. So how come my phone hasn’t been ringing? Can it be that corporate gatherings don’t want to hear about the history of the stirrup? Wouldn’t the folks at Nike like to hear my latest musings on their fine enterprise? I’m available, people, and I’m a lot cheaper than that Gladwell guy. … Two great eBay finds by Mike Hersh: an old program from the King and His Court, and an old CFL program that clearly shows American-style football but says, “Rugby-Football Club” on the cover. … New road jerseys for the New York Red Bulls. … Kirsten has written a really good article about neon signage in NYC, plus she’s started an accompanying neon sign blog. She’s interested in creating a “Field Guide to NYC Neon” iPhone app but knows nothing about app development. If you’re app-savvy, neon-friendly, and interested in helping, contact her here. … New uniforms for USA Team Handball (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Barry Quinn noticed that Western Kentucky appeared to have a new helmet at their Signing Day press conference. … Cover illo on the new issue of Harper’s looks like Uncle Sam crossed with Flying Elvis. “Kinda makes him look like a goat,” says Coachie Ballgames. … Great socks! That’s Hart County High from Georgia (with thanks to Becky Taylor).