Andre Ethier is big. How big? Six hundred and two big, that’s how big. Geoff Poole snapped that shot at last night’s Dodgers/Brewers game in Milwaukee, where they’ve apparently come up with a new unit of measurement. (The ballgame excursion was Geoff’s bachelor party, incidentally. Now that’s devotion: The guy’s probably eating a hot dog and drinking a beer while getting a lap dance in the upper deck, and he still manages to send me a photo. You can all learn from this, people.)
And hey, speaking of Milwaukee, my friend Liz was there yesterday and she reports that there is now Ping-Pong in the Milwaukee airport (!), which just makes me like my favorite city even more than I already did.
New ESPN column today. It has nothing to do with the Confederate flag, which I know will be a huge disappointment, but I think you’ll enjoy it anyway — look here.
Moooo! The next Brooklyn Beefsteak will be taking place on Sept. 25. Two seatings — 1pm and 5pm. And look, there’s Terence Kearns buying his tickets now!
Just in time for back to school, there’s a new post over on the Permanent Record blog. If you or your family come from Michigan, I’d appreciate it if you could check this one out (and even if you don’t hail from the Wolverine State, I think you’ll find this one interesting). Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Most football teams have their QBs wear red “no contact” jerseys in practice. If red is already a team color, then the QB jersey is often yellow. But Wisconsin uses green (from the Rev. Nørb). … Remember Todd Hewitt, the Rams equipment manager who was sacked after decades on the job? Ken Clampett reports that Todd has now hooked on as the equipment manager at Cal. … Tris Wykes has written a very entertaining piece about his days as a Tampa Bay Bucs equipment assistant back in the early ’90s. … Here’s a decent piece on the evolution of NBA logos. Check out the first one shown for the Hornets — Matt Mallonee says he doesn’t remember that one, and frankly neither do I. … Silly me. All this time I’ve been railing about corporate douchebaggery and it turns out it’s actually been personal douchebaggery all along. See how simple it is once someone explains it to you? Just the same, though, I’m calling it Mile High (new logo courtesy of Ryan Hess). … Maybe this was already covered while I was on blogcation, but just in case: The 2011 Manchester City jersey design is based on sound waves created by the team’s anthem (from Daniel Caceres). … Lots of inspirational messages on Pitt helmets, plus they appear to be another team that’s using green QB practice jerseys (as noted by Daniel Weimann). … New football uniforms for Stephen F. Austin (from Chris Mycoskie). … No photo, but Tyler Kepner says Justin Upton has a bat knob decal “with his signature superimposed over the #10.” David Sulecki of Pro Helmet Decals, who makes most of the bat knob stickers, says he didn’t make this one, so Upton must have his own supplier. Sulecki says he’s dabbled with a few personalized designs for specific players, like these for David Wright, but none have been used. … I’m briefly quoted in this article about CFL merchandising. … Is this yet another new ASU helmet design? (As spotted by Mark Surra.) … Brian Ray found the Oklahoma State style guide. Interestingly, every single icon and wordmark has either a circle-R or a TM. … The AFL International Cup — essentially the World Cup of Aussie rules football — is currently taking place in Sydney and Melbourne, and Joel Berry sent along these quick guides to the men’s and women’s jumpers. … Matt Bellner entered a contest by making a putting green lined with a few gazillion 5-Hour Energy Bottles — and he won!