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Tyler Kepner is at the MLB winter meetings, where he spotted something very interesting: a Marlins batting helmet with a raised/embroidered logo, just like the one used by the Cubs. I’m trying to confirm whether this was just for display purposes or if the Marlins will be going with this logo format on the field, but I’m pretty sure it’s the latter.
And speaking of MLB headwear, Tyler also spotted a pair of black A’s caps. But I double-checked with Oakland equipment manager Steve Vucinich, who confirmed that they’re not going back to black (actual quote: “No, no, and NO!”), so those caps must’ve just been old stock. Phew.
New ESPN column today — the annual holiday gift guide. Enjoy.
Culinary Corner: On Saturday I went to Fleisher’s to pick up a coupla pork chops. While I was there, I noticed they had these little lamb sirloin roasts in the display case. They looked vaguely like these, but a bit smaller. I’d never seen such petite lamb roasts before, and I was intrigued, so I bought one. It was 1.66 pounds, or about the same as two decent-sized steaks.
The roast sat in my fridge for a few days until last night, when I decided to make it for dinner. First I put a little bit of olive oil in a heavy skillet and seared the roast on its top, bottom, and both ends — about a minute per side. Then I removed it from the heat. While it cooled off, I made a paste, a simple paste by mixing together the following ingredients (the measurements are approximate, as I was just improvising):
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 or 4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
Yes, fresh herbs would’ve been better, but I hadn’t thought ahead to buy any, so I used dried. Anyway, I mixed everything together to make a paste, which I then slathered all over the seared lamb. Then I put the lamb on a small rack and popped it into a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.
Holy fuck — it was so good! If I’d known it was going to turn out so perfectly, I would’ve taken photographs during the entire process. Instead, I didn’t think to reach for my camera until I’d already eaten about half of the thing. Looking forward to leftovers tonight. Baa-aaaa-aaa!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Anyone know what was up with the patch Junior Hemingway was wearing last weekend? The other Michigan players weren’t wearing it (as noted by Juan Martinez). … Here’s another high school team using the Phil Simms-era Giants as a model for their helmets: the Tri-Valley Bears from Grahamsville, New York (from Tom Faggione). … I’m not a sneakerhead, but Aaron Klett says this photo of Mark Ingram shows him wearing Warrior custom Burn 5 lacrosse cleats. “Generally, lacrosse cleats are pretty much football cleats, so it’s not too much of a surprise, but interesting to see nonetheless,” he says. “Guess it’s a matter of time before the NFL gets wind of this and puts an end to it.” … Yet another college hoops team going gray: East Carolina (from Matt Holt). … Here’s more about those white shoes Tiger Woods was wearing the other day (from Charles Neiswender). … New third kit for the Portland Timbers, plus here’s an article on their uniform history (from Michael Orr). … Buried deep within this story is the news that the Twins and Royals will play a throwback game next season “with the Twins donning 1954 Minneapolis Millers uniforms and the Royals wearing Kansas City Blues uniforms.” Both of those teams played in old American Association. … Two college wrestling teams will compete for a WWE-style belt. All of which makes me wonder: When was the first championship belt awarded? Was it for boxing, wrestling, weight lifting, bodybuilding, something else? … Here’s something you don’t often see: a vintage set of women’s zebra-wear. … New soccer ball for MLS (from Patrick Runge). … Yesterday I mentioned how great the three-part New York Times series on Derek Boogaard has been. Here’s an excellent article about the guy who wrote it. … Did you know there was such a thing as the Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship Game? There is! And here are the helmets that the kids will be wearing while their parents act like jackasses in the stands (from Ronnie Poore). … Interesting article on how the co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party quit the organization, and then her husband demanded that the group stop using the logo that he designed (from Robert Silverman). … Speaking of non-sports logos, look at these great submissions for the recent competition to design a human rights logo. Click on the “We have a winner!” link at top right to see which one they chose (big thanks to R. Scott Rogers). … BYU — okay, BYU-Idaho, but it’s kinda the same thing, only the lake isn’t salty — has banned skinny jeans. … Here are some gift ideas that didn’t make it to my ESPN gift guide (blame Kirsten). … Marseille and Dortmund provided some color-vs.-color Champions League action the other day. “Looks like a Crayola box exploded,” says Kevin Hastings. … The mighty Fleer Sticker Project recently ran an excellent piece on the intersection between the NFL and IHOP (thanks, Brinke). … The Mets have signed Jon Rauch, who’s 6’10”. Former Met Eric Hillman was also 6’10”, which I believe makes the Mets the only team ever to have had two players of such stature. … As an aside, Rauch used to be listed as 6’11”, but all the major roster listings — MLB, ESPN, Baseball-reference.com, etc. — now have him at 6’10”. At this rate, he’ll be my height by the end of the century or so.