If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with Robert Marshall, who shows up here in various capacities. You may have noticed that Robert loves vintage things, DIY things, Baltimore-related things, and Natty Boh-related things. So the DIY Natty Boh bobble lamp you see above pretty much has his name written all over it.
Robert told me about that lamp about a month ago, when he saw it listed on eBay. His tone was more “This is so fucking cool!” than “I really want this!,” but I figured he deserved to have it anyway. So I sent the link to a bunch of Uni Watchers who know and love Robert — Phil, Ricko, James Huening, Jim Vilk, Ben Traxel, Teebz, Jason Bernard, and Kenny Ocker — and suggested that we chip in to buy the lamp for Robert’s birthday, which happens to be today.
Everyone agreed almost immediately. Seriously, very few things in my life have come together as quickly or easily as this did, which is a measure of how special Robert is and how he brings out the best in people. That’s one of my very favorite things about him.
So we purchased the lamp (Ricko handled the transaction — thanks, buddy!), asked the seller to include a note with all our names on it, and also asked the seller not to ship the item until we got closer to Robert’s birthday. It arrived at his house a few days ago and was apparently a big hit with the birthday boy.
Happy 42nd, Moose — we all love ya.
ESPN contest reminder: I’m currently running an ESPN contest to rename and redesign the Hornets. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Is this the new Nets logo? We’ll know for sure on Monday. For the record, I’ve seen prototypes of the uniforms but honestly don’t remember what the logo looked like, so I can’t confirm or deny. I’ll say this, though: The black/white color scheme is consistent with what I was shown. … New research shows that hockey teams wearing black tend to be whistled for more penalties (from Joe Makowiec). … Excellent story on the controversy surrounding Chief Wahoo. Lots of nuanced discussion on both sides of the issue and some great reporting — highly recommended reading. … The players with the top-selling NBA jerseys over the past year were Derrick Rose and Jeremy Lin. … Three helmet-related notes from last night’s Mets/Marlins game: (1) We’ve all seen players with pine tar on their batting helmets, but Emilio Bonifacio appears to be wearing rosin on his. That’s new to me. (2) You know how a football player will sometimes get a divot of sod wedged in his facemask? That’s sort of what the pine tar on Hanley Ramirez’s helmet looks like. (3) New Mets call-up Zach Lutz is wearing a double-flapped Gazoo. … The torch design for the London Olympics has won a major design award (from Tom Mulgrew). … NC State has struck a new four-year deal with Adidas. … Yesterday was Anzac Day (the Australian version of Memorial Day), so Aussie rules teams Collingwood and Essendon wore Anzac Day patches on their guernseys (from Rocky Lum). … David Brunson reports that players on the Birmingham Barons — a White Sox farm team — are wearing White Sox batting helmets. Does any other minor league team wear its parent team’s helmet design? … Bordeaux has renewed its sponsorship deal with Puma and is marking the occasion with this new design (from Brett Stone). … Fun piece about the Zubaz era of arena football. … If you buy the naming rights to the Columbus Crew’s stadium, you won’t just get your name on the facility — you’ll also get a big-ass sign (from Jason Hillyer). … A soccer ball and volleyball that were washed away in the Japanese tsunami last year have shown up in Alaska (thanks, Kirsten). … HHH has found another site featuring someone’s massive hockey jersey collection. … John Majka notes that the White Sox’s 1972 thowback caps have an inaccurate logo and the wrong squatchee color. “I contacted the Sox VP of Marketing to let him know the error, and his response was it was in the hands of MLB and the Sox have no control,” he says, which sounds like bullshit to me. … Tons of absolutely amazing old photos from the NYC municipal archives are now available online. … AC Milan’s new kits have leaked. “Glad to see the thick stripes back, though more white than Milan fans would like,” writes Jeremy Schneider. “The road kit is classy. Both seem to pay homage to uniforms of yesteryear.” … “The Edmonton Oilers are out of the playoffs once again, but the junior Edmonton Oil Kings are streaking through the playoffs on a 22-game winning streak, so the Rexall Place center-ice logo has been changed from the Oilers to the Oil Kings,” says Stephen Coulter. “Here’s a video of the changeover.” … Anyone know why Zdeno Chára has “ET” above his rear helmet uni number? (Screen shot by Chris Wautel.) … Here’s a pretty amazing video of a girl painting a portrait of Yao Ming using a basketball as her paintbrush (from HHH). … Lots of good football illustrations on this guy’s site (nice find by Brady Phelps). … The movement for a bevel-free Texas A&M logo has its own web site (from Chris Mulanax). … My thanks to the many of you who sent positive feedback regarding yesterday’s oyster story — glad you liked! For those of you who missed yesterday’s entry and don’t know what I’m talking about, look here.