As you may have noticed from the ad in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have a bunch of new items up for bid. Here are the ones that particularly caught my eye:
• Lots to like about this Miami Floridians uni set. The unique color scheme, the mix of upper- and lowercase letters on the NOB, and of course the stirrups. Tasty!
• As much as I love Golden State’s “The City” design, I never knew until now that it was the basis for an all-star jersey. Wow — that’s one amazing garment, even if they did omit the hyphen from “All-Star” (full listing).
Want more? You can browse the entire catalog listing here.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, my latest ESPN column — the annual college basketball season preview — is available here. I’ve already compiled a bunch of updates (thanks to all of you who submitted them), so we’ll publish an update over on ESPN shortly.
’Tis the season, more or less: I’m about to start working on the annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, which will be running on ESPN in early December. If you have suggestions for gifts or services to include, I’m all ears.
Speaking of which, reader Steve Krah just tipped me wise to a site called Yesteryear Miniatures, where you can order little custom-painted figurines. Looks promising.
Culinary Corner: It was 67 degrees here yesterday — downright balmy by November standards — so I decided to fire up the smoker one last time. I set up a mixed grill of (clockwise from top) tomatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme; assorted blanched nuts; a small pork loin roast with a spicy dry rub; some short ribs of beef with this dry rub; and a duck breast with just salt and pepper.
The nuts got totally scorched (chalk it up to a failed experiment), but everything else came out beautifully. Look at that duck! And the pork was perfect — I sliced some of it up, piled the slices on a Kaiser roll, and spooned on a bit of a sauce I had made (cider vinegar, butter, red pepper flakes) to create a totally kick-ass sandwich. Mmmmmmm!
So what did you do yesterday afternoon?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Just what the NFL needs: digital camouflage ribbon logos. Enough! … Those of you who get a blood rush from torn jerseys (you know who you are) will be sneaking off to the bathroom with a printout of Ryan Fitzpatrick getting shredded a few weeks ago (screen shots by Mike Macksood). … New jerseys for Munster Rugby (from Josh Jacobs). … Adidas has created a logo for the soccer star Leo Messi. … Ben Dion spotted a William & Mary hoops player going NNOB on Tuesday night. There’s no No. 25 on the W&M roster, so maybe this was a blood jersey. … Who knew NFL-branded snack foods used to be available in the UK? “I’d forgotten these things existed until seeing that image on a site about British food and drink packaging,” says Matt Beahan. “I remember them from middle school, which would be around 1989-91. They were a puffy corn and potato snack, and I’m fairly sure they were football-shaped. The packaging featured different teams, and I think there were a few different flavours, but I generally stayed clear of ’em, as they tasted foul. Always very popular around my way, though, with empty packs being traded like cards.” … FIFA is barring England and Wales from wearing poppies. … Weird Loki/Bele jersey was on display during Monday night’s Bears/Eagles game (from Ryan Perkins). … Here’s the logo for next season’s Final Four (from Glynn McGehee). … I’ll eventually have lots of updates to yesterday’s ESPN column, but this one is too good to keep under wraps: I originally wrote that South Alabama was going NNOB, but that’s not the case — like really not the case. Biggest NOB lettering ever for a college hoops jersey? … If you’re looking for a payphone from Cleveland Browns Stadium, today’s your lucky day (thanks, Vince). … Islanders wore camo warm-up jerseys the other day (from Chris Hernandez). … This is pretty great: Manchester United put up a sign with an upside-down S, which is a fairly subtle error. And not only did people notice, but it’s going to be fixed! … There’s a new documentary about how outdoor corporate advertising is essentially visual pollution (big thanks to Ryan Burns). … The Blues wore white at home last night and added a patch for Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev (from Tim E. O’Brien). … New soccer kits fpr Poland and Ukraine (from Kenny Loo). … Looks like North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname is about to be scrapped.