As we all know, one of the first rules of cartooning is that cartoon characters can only have four fingers. It’s the law. But that can cause problems if you want to show the character extending his index finger, as I learned in Pittsburgh the other day when I was stopping for gas and noticed this propane shack. All three signs on the shack show the same anthropomorphized propane tank, apparently named Mighty Flame. As you can see, if you just focus on the thumb side of his hand, it looks like he’s holding up his index finger. But when viewed from pinkie side, it looks more like he’s flipping the bird. I have no idea how widespread Mr. Mighty Flame is, but this might be one case where they’d be better off going with a five-fingered spokescharacter.
In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN caught me off-guard by posting my annual MLB season-preview column yesterday afternoon (it was originally slated to run today). Since we also had a full blog entry yesterday, we’ll just have a Ticker today. OK? OK. — Paul
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yes, yesterday’s post was an April Fool. However, I have it on good authority, seriously, that the ’Hawks were seriously considering a neon green alternate two years ago. Didn’t happen, thankfully. ”¦ Lookie what I just won. ”¦ Viral marketing? For details, look here (amazing find by Dave Ribar). ”¦ According to a small item buried deep in this story, the Buffalo Bisons’ foul poles have been painted orange. The Bisons, of course, are now the triple-A affiliate of the Mets, whose foul poles are also orange. ”¦ Could this guy possibly be a bigger douchebag? ”¦ Lots of torn jerseys, torn undershirts, and exposed pads in this hockey fight. ”¦ Last summer I added Montreal’s Mike Fitzgerald to our list of brimless-helmeted catchers. Now Andy Chalifour has made two related discoveries: (1) Fitzgerald also went brimless while with the Mets, and (2) his brimless helmet in Montreal included the little white dot on top. “I looked back at can’t find other brimless helmets with the dot,” says Andy. ”¦ Kevin Zdancewicz has been writing a “Jersey of the Week” column for his student newspaper at UVA. Check out his archive here. ”¦ Randy Williams lives near the Twin City Knitting outlet store in Conover, North Carolina, and sent me a buncha pics of the shop (plus he sent me an amazing pair of green/gold hoop socks, like the ones at lower-right in this shot). Check them out here. ”¦ Speaking of Randy and socks, he adds this: “I got married last November. My wonderful wife chose wedding colors of brown and orange. I happen to be a Browns fan, so it seemed only right that I sported my Browns socks under my tux.” ”¦ Check out this shot from the original Bad News Bears. Note the striping on the thin portion of the stirrup — hadn’t noticed that before (good spot by Jeff Rinker). ”¦ Steve Breaston plays for the Cardinals but grew up in Pittsburgh, which apparently explains why he was playing with the Steelers basketball team the other day (with thanks to Anthony LaBugenz). ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: UNC will be wearing special Air Jordans for the Final Four. Here’s another view. ”¦ The Titans’ 50th-anniversary logo/patch design has been unveiled. ”¦ This looks like the start of a fun year. ”¦ Here’s the College Kickoff logo for this fall. And hey, aside from the number being too small on the ’Bama helmet, and the color of the VT facemask being wrong, and corporate logo, and the stupid-ass “distressed” typography at the bottom, it looks great! ”¦ Reprinted from last night’s comments: Killer monogrammed stirrups worn by Kentlake High School in Kent, Washington. ”¦ Looks like the Canada/IOC conflict has finally been resolved. ”¦ If you go to this page and click on “Blackhawks fans talk about their jerseys,” you’ll get a pretty good video clip (with thanks to James Huening). ”¦ Excellent article on Formula 1 liveries here (with thanks to Keith Baltzer). ”¦ Joe Scott of Cal State Fullerton is my kinda player (with thanks to Andy Luttrell). ”¦ Here’s a weird one: The NOB typeface on this Matt Cassel jersey is the Patriots’ font! (Great spot by Dave Singleton.) ”¦ Looks like there was some uni number confusion in yesterday’s Nats/Jays game (with thanks to Matthew Windsor).