Not bad, right? Those are the new Uni Watch stickers, made by our friends at StickerYou (the same folks who are making our membership card stickers). I’ll be handing them out at the upcoming Uni Watch party at Sheep Station, which will be taking place next Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2pm. After the party, I’ll make them available for sale too.
New ESPN column today, about a topic I’ve brought up a few times in recent weeks. I won’t give away more than that, except to say I’m really happy with the way the column turned out and think you’ll find it pretty interesting. Take a look.
Beefsteak alert: Jon McCue reports that the Stevens Institute of Technology softball team will be throwing a beefsteak fundraiser on Nov. 29 (that’s five full days after Thanksgiving, so you should have run out of leftover turkey by then). It’ll take place on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, and Jon promises that the room has “a spectacular view of Manhattan.”
Tickets are $30 — a total bargain by beefsteak standards. To purchase tix, or for further info, get in touch with Jon.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Next time you’re complaining about the NFL’s pink-out, keep in mind that it could’ve been worse (from Ryan Rodriguez). … The Bills will wear white at home on Sunday — the first time they’ve done that in 25 years. (from Timothy Tryjankowski). … And remember, if you’re interested in NFL teams wearing white at home, we have an entire page devoted to that. … Mildly stunning to see somebody other than the Great One wearing No. 99. That’s Wilf Paiement of the Leafs (from Gerry Muir). … U. of Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson talks briefly about his mask toward the end of this Q&A (from Jon Beckmann). … More corporate-sponsored douchebaggery from the NHL. … An English rugby league club is changing its name from the Harlequins to the London Broncos. “The new logo is, to put it politely, underwhelming,” says Coachie Ballgames. … The Blackhawks will wear camouflage warm-up jerseys on Veterans Day (from Steven R. Goluch). … Very good article about Virginia Tech’s football uniforms, although the headline takes a certain liberty I’m not too thrilled about (from Kevin O’Brien). … “The University of Tennessee library has posted digitized images of Tennessee football programs, going back to 1904″ says Scott Hickman. “The entire program is included, not just the cover (although the covers themselves are the best part). My favorites are the cartoon covers from the 1970s, like this one for a game against Boston College.” … I just won these super-cool 1950s baseball uni swatch folders. More photos when they arrive in the mail. … Soccer note from Michael Kramer, who writes: “It’s not unheard of for a player to hand-inscribe his undershirt with a tribute or shout-out to show the cameras in the event that he scores a goal. Within the past couple of weeks, however, Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli (10/23 at Man Utd.) and Doncaster Rovers’ Billy Sharp (11/1 vs. Middlesbrough) opted to use the NOB lettering from their respective leagues — Premier League lettering for Balotelli and Championship lettering for Sharp. One would think they had some assistance from the team seamstress.” … No photo, but Robert Baker says he spotted one of the Purdue volleyball players — possibly Amanda Miller — wearing boxing headgear. … Update: Here’s a video clip about Amanda Miller’s headgear. … While looking for something else, I discovered that Orvis, of all places, sells a pretty cool-looking retro-style football jersey. … Hey all you St. Looie fans: One of you should snap up this 1988 Cardinals cookbook. … Do decals have a harder time sticking to matte-finish helmets? Maybe. “Looks like Lake Erie claimed the northern part of the state,” quips Matt Eggen. … Disturbing note from Jordan Pope, who writes: “I work for a Nike team dealer in Washington and we received our sideline exclusives for Fall 2012 with what appears to be a notable change to the Green Bay Packers pants for next year. The green-white-green striping down the pant leg does not start at the top of the pant but rather farther down, at roughly the same spot as the scarlet stripe in Ohio State’s Pro Combat uniforms.” Ugh — I reeeealllly hope that’s not a sign of things to come. … Update: For more about the pants striping, check out this comment. … Good spot by Douglas King, who writes: “In the game against Clemson this past weekend, one of Georgia Tech’s players had a non-traditional nose bumper (no screws), and you could see the manufacturer’s name poking out from behind the ACC sticker.”
This just in: I’ll be discussing Permanent Record in a fairly lengthy segment on today’s edition of the NPR program Here and Now.
You can use this page to see when (or if) the program is available on your NPR affiliate.
I’ll post the archived audio tomorrow.
I’m not gonna make a habit of this, but I’ll do it just this once, to help get the ball rolling: There’s a new link at Catch of the Day.