I received a note the other day from longtime reader/contributor Charles Noerenberg, who wanted to catch me up on a bunch of hockey news:
Since you’ve changed the Ticker format to a sport-by-sport breakdown (which I love), I’ve realized that my favorite sport, hockey, has a glaring lack of content each day. I’ve decided to take it upon myself to try and beef up Peter Puck’s section by submitting as much hockey material as I can. Here’s some uni-notable stuff from the past week or two that wasn’t in the Ticker:
1) The Canucks and Avalanche recently held number-retirement ceremonies, for Pavel Bure and Adam Foote, respectively. Both teams did the “Everyone wear his jersey for warm-ups” thing, which I’ve grown more fond of over the years, but the Avalanche gave the concept an even cooler tweak by having the players wear their own names as well as Foote’s name.
Both teams also posted the newly retired numbers around their respective rinks. The Canucks used a little restraint, putting up four No. 10s in the corners of the rink, while Colorado went bonkers with the 52s, plastering them every few feet around the boards, as well as on the ice behind each goal, and on the podium during the pregame ceremony (which looked a little bit like a funeral). Yeesh. The Avalanche also wore a “52” patch during the game, so no jersey was ever without the hallowed number.
Two other notes regarding the ceremonies:
• During the Canucks’ prolonged program, the starters were sitting in chairs on the ice. I’ve never seen that before.
• For all the attention Avs paid to Adam Foote’s number, they used the wrong NOB font on his banner.
2) Some teams’ local Comcast Sportsnet broadcasts have included virtual ads on the glass behind either goal for a few years now — nothing new about that. But in a nauseating new development, CSN Chicago has added two more ads on the glass to the side of either bench. There’s still, like, 40% more glass left to paste virtual shit on, Comcast — chop-chop!
3) WGN uses a blurred image of the United Center in the background of certain graphics, but it’s an outdated image that doesn’t feature the fifth Stanley Cup banner, raised this year.
4) We’ve all seen coaches adorned with Remembrance poppies. Before this year, however, I’d never seen team trainers wearing them, but if you look closely you can spot guys on the Leafs and Blackhawks getting into the spirit.
Thanks a heap, Charles. The funny thing is, I used to be a big NHL fan and still think of myself that way, even though the reality is that I no longer follow hockey like I used to. So keep those NHL observations coming.
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By Brinke “Birthday Boy” Guthrie
The calendar says November 19, but we’re officially into the Christmas season. How do I know this? Went for a walk Sunday afternoon and already saw an inflatable Santa and a Christmas tree in someone’s window, so there you go. Got me thinking about how sports shopping back in the day began and ended with the Sears Wish Book — just shop, baby. Here’s an outstanding site called Wish Book Web, and you can find a ton of stuff in there, believe you me. You can see some great examples above.
Ah, but now there’s no more Wish Book, so we have to shop on eBay to find the good stuff. Here’s what I found for this week:
• What a terrifically cool Boston Red Sox/Fenway Park Clock!
• Great star design on this mid-1990s Cowboys Apex parka. I had this very jacket thanks to a generous contact at Apex. The problem with it? It attracted every type of hair and lint you could find. I mean, I couldn’t walk ten yards without pulling out a lint roller.
• Cheer for your Fighting Chicago White Sox with this popcorn megaphone.
• Interesting 1970s Astros T-shirt. Navy “Astros” on an orange background, and the maker is CCM, the hockey folks.
• From 1969, here are the Players of the New York Jets — on a trash can!
• Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet, all right here in this 1970s iron-on transfer.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Tick-tock: Today’s ticker was compiled by Garrett McGrath (who, incidentally, you can follow on Twitter here), except for ’Skins Watch, which was compiled by Paul.
’Skins Watch: While the ’Skins team name is problematic, it’s hardly unique in that regard, as you can see in this list of unfortunate team/mascot names (thanks, Phil). … The high school that had a banner directed at an opposing school’s team called the Indians, telling them they’d be heading out “in a Trail of Tears,” has apologized, and its cheerleading squad will be disciplined (from Erik Porth).
Baseball News: The Orioles will wear a 60th-anniversary patch next season. … The Dodgers are honoring their 1938 first base coach George Herman Ruth with a bobblehead day! … Terry Proctor sent in this photo of Toronto Maple Leafs baseball owner Jack Kent Cooke from 1954 as he modeled the Leafs’ new royal blue pinstriped uniforms at spring training. … A local Toronto artist redesigned the Blue Jays logo. Of course, the artist has to be this cool guy wearing a A-shirt who caught a flying Edwin Encarnacion bat in June of 2012.
NFL News: Cam Newton and his camo cleats beat the Patriots on MNF last night. The Panthers wore Military Order of the Purple Heart helmet decals for the occasion. … The Texans will wear mono-blue unis against the Jaguars. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The good news is that Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin Jr. carried a Philippine flag prior to Sunday’s game, to support victims of the recent typhoon. The bad news is that he carried the flag upside-down, which in the Philippines is a symbol of war. … No photo, but Jimmy Hoover says, “Bruce Carter and Devonte Holloman said tonight on 105.3 the Fan Cowboys Hour (I believe with Brad Sham) that Dallas will wear the dark blue on Thanksgiving.” … Matt Barnett found this Life issue from December 13th, 1968 featuring poet Ogden Nash and his love of the Baltimore Colts on the cover.
College Football News: Texas Tech will wear another new “Lone Star” uni against Texas. … Ohio State will wear all-white against Michigan. … The Ohio Bobcats are going all black tonight against Kent State. … Louisville coach Charlie Strong is never gonna make it in this biz, because he thinks his team doesn’t need BFBS unis (from Matt Dowell). … The Wyoming Cowboys will go white/brown/gold this Saturday. … Posted in the comments yesterday, here is a closer look at the Oregon shoulder patch (from Scott Stoddard). …
Hockey News: Here is a fantastic link about the Showdown Hockey exhibition in 1978 complete with a poster from Chris Mizzoni. It was a contest taped to be shown during intermissions on Hockey Night in Canada. Check out this old-timers line-up and 47-year-old Dickie Moore driving the net. … Here is a picture of a Stadium Series t-shirt for the game between the Rangers and the Devils. … The NHL created snuggies, without including any Canadian teams (or the Islanders). … The Utah National Guard gave USU special jerseys to honor veterans (thanks, Phil).
Basketball News: As you know, the Charlotte Bobcats are set to become the Hornets next year, and a certain German automaker is sponsoring the renaming. Key quote: “The branding of branding is now officially a thing.”
Grab Bag: Double vision: A photographer has taken some amazing portraits of people who look alike but aren’t related (from Paul). … Toronto Mayor Ford went to a CFL game on Sunday, against the Commissioner’s orders. … The Fantastic Four are going BFBS. … Here is an article on the evolution of the Twitter logo (from Brinke Guthrie). … These Nike snowboard boots have 30 LED lights that make up the swoosh (from Chris Flinn). … The University of Illinois Springfield is replacing their Prairie Stars nickname (from Nick Yelverton).