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Uni Watch reader Douglas Ford is a home brewer. This means, among other things, that he gets to design his own bottle caps — including the caps you see above, which he mailed to me. I don’t think he did this just to make my broken arm feel better, but it sure had that effect. Thanks, Douglas.
Speaking of my arm, since some of you have asked, it’s getting there. The first few days after the surgery were pretty rough, but now I’m sleeping okay, I’ve been able to cut back on the painkillers, and I can type for a pretty long stretch before my hand gets tired. Still can’t lift anything heavier than a carrot, and having only one fully functional arm is still really awkward and frustrating, but I’m adapting. Last night I even did the dishes (not so easy with one arm!). Little victories.
Meanwhile, I had been assured by various authorities, including a few of you readers, that chicks dig broken arms. Great, I thought — all those cast/sling fetishists out there, bring ’em on. Hasn’t really worked out that way, though. The one mild exception was this gal at the gym who nodded approvingly at my cast and said, “Wow, that takes dedication.” Unfortunately — and I’m not making this up — she was wearing a bright purple top. Sigh.
“I purchased this ugly Packers Christmas sweater for a party coming up in a few weeks,” says reader Adam Heili. “Maybe you should put out the call for other ugly holiday/sports sweaters.” I have a feeling Adam suggested this because he knows his sweater will be hard to beat, but what the hell: If you have examples of similarly horrific sweaters, let’s see ’em.
Speaking of the holidays, I’ll soon start working on my annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide column, which should run on ESPN during the week after Thanksgiving. If you know of some good uni-related stocking stuffers that you’d like me to consider, do tell.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Bills will be wearing blue pants tomorrow night. … No photo, but Steve Cramer checks in with this: “I was at the University of Memphis vs. North Florida basketball game on Monday night, and both teams repeatedly put out squads consisting of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (although I don’t think they ever played directly against each other). I can’t recall ever seeing this before.” … Eric Reyes spotted a fan in full Browns attire last Sunday. “The jersey looks like an authentic 1980s model, because of the NOB font,” he says. … “Was watching the DC United vs. the New York Red Bulls eastern semifinal, and my wife noticed NBC had punctuated ‘DC’ but not ‘NY,’” says John Muir. “What’s the protocol here? Does ‘New York’ get different treatment than ‘District of Columbia’?” Speaking only from a copyediting standpoint, two-letter abbreviations with no periods should only be used for postal addresses. I suspect NBC has its own style guide for this kind of thing, but I agree that the “NY” and “D.C.” look inconsistent. … The team formerly known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will officially get its new name today. … I’m still calling it Mercer County Waterfront Park. “This one really bothers me,” says Dan Cichalski, “because Trenton has been a supremely successful minor league franchise since its inception in 1994, all without stadium naming rights. And it’s a lame name to boot.” … UNC football will once again wear the chrome helmets tomorrow night (from Chris Taylor). … Two on-field changes for Mississippi State’s next game: They’re using an alternate midfield logo, and they’re memorializing former player Nick Bell, who died of cancer two years ago, in the end zone. “First person to be recognized via their own end zone?” asks Dustin Semore. Good question. Anyone..? … Johnny Bruno has been tracking the uniforms for the Ohio football team. … Virginia Tech is retiring two of its logos (from Kyle Lamers). … New alternate rugby jerseys for Scotland. Caleb Borchers says the flag-based design “is sort of like ‘Scotland, fuck yeah!’” … Also from Caleb: New rugby design for France. Interestingly, they put the flag of the opposing team — Australia — at the base of the collar. … Andrew Yudis recently received this jersey as a gift. As you can see, it has NFL tagging but doesn’t fit with any NFL team. Chinese bootleg? Mis-tagged jersey? Something else? … Speaking of odd jersey tagging, Clint Richardson recently found a Titans jersey with a Reebok label and sleeve logo but a Nike hang tag. … Also from Clint: “Auburn WR Trovon Reed now wears ‘T. Reed,’ even though he is the only Reed on the team. It apparently refers to his nickname, ‘T-Reed Uno.’” … The NBA, not wanting to be left behind in the flag-desecration/pandering sweepstakes, has come out with stars and stripes headbands (from Robert Silverman). … Color-on-color alert! That’s Franklin College and Hanover College from last weekend. “Hanover was the visiting team, so I asked their sports information director what he know about the uni choice,” says Derek Linn. “He told me that Franklin’s head coach contacted Hanover and told them they could wear their home reds if they would like. No reason was given, but it’s plausible to think he knew how good a color-on-color game looks.” … I’ll be off the grid starting at about noon today. Hope to see some of you tonight at Show & Tell, and I’ll see the rest of you tomorrow.