As you probably noticed, Weddle is wearing black tape on his fingers. This is unusual on two levels: (1) Historically, players who tape their fingers have usually done so with white tape. And (2) Weddle is that rarest of creatures in today’s NFL — a skill position player who doesn’t wear gloves.
Or at least he didn’t wear them yesterday. Is that a regular thing with him? Some quick photo research reveals that he never wears gloves, and his finger tape is usually white, not black. But those photos are all from this season. Has Weddle always played bare-handed? As it turns out, he routinely wore gloves in 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. So his gloveless move is new for this season. Interesting! I’m gonna try to get an interview with him to learn more about this.
In other NFL notes from yesterday:
• Speaking of taped fingers, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey is another player who appears to be taping over his wedding band. (My thanks to Chris Zagorski for spotting that one.)
• For the second straight week, the Cardinals went full blood clot and won.
• The end zones for the Pats/’Skins game were still painted with “Army” and “Navy.”
And that’s it — a very uni-quiet day in the NFL.
Just a coupla guys whipping out their sausages: Last Thursday night I went to the Brooklyn Kitchen, where two of America’s best young butchers — Tom Mylan of the Meat Hook (Brooklyn) and Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats (San Francisco) — were co-hosting an event. The point of the evening was ostensibly to promote Farr’s superb new book, Whole Beast Butchery (highly recommended if you’re buying, say, a half-hog from your local CSA, or if you just like meat/butchery porn), but it was really a chance for Mylan and Farr to show off their tremendous sausage-making skills. Here they are describing the links they prepared for the occasion (Farr speaks first, followed by Mylan):
The resulting sausagefest was overwhelming — a seemingly endless parade of spectacular cased meats. As if to gild the lily, there were also several bowls of Farr’s addictive chiccarones, which were easily the best ones I’ve ever tasted — lighty, airy, porky, and just spicy enough. Fortunately, he doesn’t sell them outside of San Francisco, or else I’d be in a heap of dietary trouble.
War on Xmas reminders: After today there will only be nine weekdays left until Xmas, which means I’ll only have nine more opportunities to keep copying/pasting the same old holiday-related crapola:
• If you want to buy someone a Uni Watch membership as a gift, full details on how to do that are available here.
• From now through the end of the year, if you order two sheets of stickers based on your membership card design (that costs $26), you’ll also get a free sheet of Uni Watch logo stickers (a mix of all three colors). Instrux for ordering stickers can be found here.
• Speaking of the circular Uni Watch logo stickers, my recent offer still stands: If you want three of these stickers (one of each color), send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Paul Lukas, 671 DeGraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. If you want to enclose a coupla bucks or a barter offering, that’d be nice, although it isn’t required.
• T-shirts, beverage coasters, coffee mugs, and the like are available at the Uni Watch shop on Zazzle.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In case you missed it, I pinch-hit for Phil yesterday, complete with a rare weekend Ticker, so you might want to start there if you didn’t already read that material yesterday. … Boxing refs routinely wear rubber gloves, because of all the bodily fluids they come into contact with. But until Saturday night’s junior welterweight title bout between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan, I’d never seen a ref wearing purple rubber gloves. … New holiday kit for Werder Bremen (from Kenny Loo). … Here’s something you probably never expected to see: a slideshow on the Bengals cheerleaders (thanks, Brinke). … New logo for the Yokohama BayStars, to go with their new owner (from Jeremy Brahm). … Alex Lawler scored himself this original, pre-makeover Jags T-shirt. … It’s a little hard to see here, but this NNOB No. 10 is USF walk-on Mike McCloskey wearing an old Anthony Crater jersey with tape covering up the NOB (screen shot by Tim Burke). … Coppin State basketball’s warm-ups are completely ridiculous. “I was able to withstand it just long enough to snap that pic,” says Will Wyss. … Here’s a great video clip of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist getting some emergency surgery on his leg pad (big thanks to Ryan Connelly).