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“I saw this Bengals-branded wedding garter lying in the street here in Pittsburgh the other day,” says reader Jason Bernard. “It is simultaneously the funniest and saddest thing I have ever seen.” Wow. You can just imagine the scenario: Groom removes garter from bride’s leg, groom tosses garter to crowd, Steelers fan happily catches garter, takes one look at the Bengals logo, and disgustedly tosses it to the curb. (Storyline notwithstanding, has anyone ever seen a team-branded garter before? I haven’t.)
New ESPN column today — the full story of my trip to the Daytona 500. Enjoy.
Show & Tell update: The next installment of my monthly Show & Tell storytelling series will be on March 13 at Freddy’s. As always, you can see past Show & Tell participants, along with their objects and stories, here.
Question Time: It’s been a while since we’ve done a round of Question Time, in which you folks can ask me anything — uni-related or otherwise. No question is out of bounds, although I may decline to answer queries that I feel are too personal. To participate, send one question — and only one — here. (To make sure you’re not duplicating questions that have already been addressed, you can see the three previous installments of Question Time here, here, and here.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: The latest MLS unveilings are for Sporting KC and the Montreal Impact. … The new Ottawa basketball team won’t be called the Tomahawks after all. … New uniforms for the Iowa Barnstormers, including matte helmets (from James Comfort). … Louisiana-Lafayette baseball wore G.I. Joe jerseys the other night. There’s a slideshow at the top of this page (from Joel Manuel). … Tommy Lasorda apparently has his own baseball cap buggy (from Brendan Slattery). … Two college lacrosse items from Jay Sullivan: Plattsburgh State lacrosse is going stripe-o-rama and Johns Hopkins has a new helmet design. … Here’s a photo of, according to its caption, Marino Pieretti in a 1943 shot at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. Pieretti was with the Portland Beavers in 1943. What’s with the lettering on the back of the jersey? (Interesting find by Joaquin Jang.) … Joel Frank sent along some photos of a vintage Orioles usher’s uniform from his extensive memorabilia collection. … Back in March of 1960, the Chicago Cardinals announced their move to St. Louis. “That video clip likely shows the first anyone saw of the iconic Cardinals helmet logo, since the team did not have one until then,” notes Bob Gassel. … Spectacular chain-stitched GE logo on the back of this vintage softball uniform. … Marquette and Syracuse went color-on-color Monday night. “The funny thing is that Marquette wore their powder blues at home,” says Tom Juettner. “Normally when they want to wear color at home, they break out the gold.” … “I’m part of a community who updates the NES classic Tecmo Super Bowl for each NFL season,” says Keith Good. “Going through the game, I found most of the teams’ logos either horribly outdated or poorly drawn, so I updated the logos where needed. All 32 teams in all their blocky, eight-bit glory can be viewed here. Reducing a logo to 24-by-24 pixels an interesting exercise. You have to ask yourself, ‘What really makes Flying Elvis Flying Elvis?'” … Lots and lots of helmets possibly on tap — or possibly not — for Texas Tech football (from Britton Thomas). … UNC football will be going BFBS on Oct. 17 (from Chris Taylor). … As previously noted here in the Ticker, the Mets are taking inconsistent NOB approaches to the lowercase lettering in Travis d’Arnaud’s and Matt den Dekker’s surnames (from Dan Cichalski). … Lance Armstrong’s recent troubles haven’t kept the Team Canada women’s hockey team from wearing a Livestrong-themed uniform (from Lucas Ehrbar). … New retro-style pullover jersey for UT Tyler baseball (from Jameson Adams). … The Orlando Solar Bears will wear Star Wars jerseys tonight (from Bob Nolte).
Emancipation Day: Seventeen years ago today (well, it was actually Feb. 29, but that date only appears on the calendar every four years), I walked out of my office at Billboard Books for the final time and began life as a full-time freelance writer. Haven’t had a regular job or a boss since then. (Also haven’t had employer-subsidized health benefits, paid vacation, sick days, or any other job-related perk, but of course I knew what I was getting into in that regard.) At the time, I thought of going freelance as an experiment. I guess we could now say the experiment has been a success. Good thing, too — after 17 years of working at home, I’m now pretty unemployable in any conventional sense of the term. The mere thought of going to an office gives me a rash.
Anyway, the moral of the story is this: If you want to change your life or reinvent yourself, don’t just sit around fantasizing about it — go ahead and do it. Even if the experiment doesn’t work out, at least you won’t be wondering what might have been.
Of course, maybe you already like your life just fine the way it is. If so, more power to ya.