Reader Mike Raymer recently spotted this sign in upstate New York, and there’s so much to like about it. The understated flourish at the end of the end of the R, the diagonal lettering at lower left, the scare quotes on “Free.” Even the background color indicates a perfect medium-rare. Why don’t they put signs like this (or hold raffles like this) in my neighborhood?
New ESPN column today, the result of a lengthy investigation I embarked on after seeing this photo back in June. Whatever you’re expecting, forget it, because the story provided lots of surprises and went in some unexpected directions. One of the most interesting cases I’ve ever researched. Here you go.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New super-stretchies for Kansas. “The Jayhawk on the front is larger, as is ‘KANSAS,'” notes Kyle Martin. “Overall, it looks like crap.” … Nick Orban has apprised me of something that was probably inevitable: A junior hockey goalie has an Angry Birds-themed mask. Note, incidentally, that the Angry Birds do not have gritted teeth (or any other kind of teeth), something that today’s logo designers could learn from. … Something else that was probably inevitable: uniform advertising — and QR codes! — in beach volleyball (from Greg Patton). … Multi-culti news from Clint Yarborough, who reports that Inter Milan changed their sponsor logo to be read in Chinese for a recent game in Beijing. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Dodgers wore Brooklyn headwear on Tuesday, in conjunction with a Duke Snider bobblehead giveaway. … Last three grafs of this story have more info on why Tyrod Taylor is wearing No. 2 (from Andrew Cosentino). … Yet another inevitability: a camouflage yarmulke (thanks, Kirsten). … You know how Seahawks fans like to wear “12th man” jerseys? Jim Hare was at a game last season and spotted a fan from north of the border with his own take on that phenomenon. … New women’s soccer uniforms for Arizona State. … The New Yorker’s weekly cartoon caption contest is baseball-oriented again this week. My suggested caption: “These bogus two-in-one faux stirrups toally suck.”. … In a related item, Caleb Yorks informs us that Rafael Furcal went high-cuffed last night, exposing some high-cut two-in-ones. … Lotsa rumors a-flyin’ about this helmet being added to the Cincy wardrobe, although I’m not sure how legit it is (from John Smith). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New football uniforms for Louisiana-Lafayette. … Here’s something I’d (thankfully) forgotten about: Michigan’s two-toned pants (from Stephen King). … US Soccer went with old-school uni numbering and NNOB for last night’s match against Mexico. “I wonder how it will affect Nike’s replica sales if they stick with this for long,” says Austin Taylor. … New football uniforms in the pipeline for Fresno State (courtesy of Jake Moorhead). … New soccer kits for Racing Santander playing in La Liga (with thanks to Chris Timm). … Dodgers wore their er-satins yesterday, but the Phils just wore their regular road grays. … Here’s a weird one: Someone’s selling a Dick Butkus memorial patch. “I didn’t even know he was sick,” says Bill Schaefer. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: I’m not exactly complaining, but it’s a little weird that the new Ron Santo statue has bright blue stirrups. … Not uni-related, but here’s something I didn’t know until last night: No Padre has ever hit for the cycle. Surprising (at least to me). … Best story (really the only good story) to come out of the London riots: a spike in baseball bat sales. … Here’s a site devoted to chronicling defunct minor league franchises (Kirsten again). … Good rant about logo/design theft here (thanks, Phil). … USC in white pants?! According to this story, “USC also is expected to wear white pants with red stripes at practices during training camp. The pants were made by Nike as a possible alternate uniform for actual games” (good work by Kyle Mackie). … New logo set for Central Connecticut State. Detailed analysis here.