The last week or so was one of the craziest roller coaster rides of my life. My five days at the House of Hearts bonspiel in Duluth were a total blast, and I think it would be fair to say that I’m now a confirmed curling geek. Definitely plan to keep playing this excellent sport, although I don’t think I can keep up with most curlers when it comes to the drinking.
The HoH raised over $32,000 for the St. Luke’s Medical Foundation in Duluth, and I’m proud to say that $200 of that amount came from Uni Watch reader contributions. Big thanks to all who kicked in.
I got only a few hours of sleep on Saturday night and then had to catch a 7am flight back home. While changing plans in Minneapolis, I spotted a guy wearing this shirt. I really liked the rough-hewn logo. Have we discussed this product style before? Is it part of a series that also features other teams’ logos?
I got home around 2:30pm, unpacked, went for a quick bike ride, and then went to my birthday party at the Bell House’s Brooklyn Beefsteak event. By this time, I was pretty punchy, so a lot of the evening is sort of a blur, but here are a few highlights:
• I had a brief onstage moment handling the beefsteak megaphone.
• It was also my friend Matt’s birthday, so we had a dual party. We’re both music/record fiends (Matt’s actually a DJ), so our friend Karen McBurnie made us this completely awesome 45-rpm cake, complete with a real spindle. Best birthday cake ever!
• I got several really nice sports-themed cards. My pal Victoria Rich made this one, featuring a vintage bowling photo. And longtime Uni Watch reader Terence Kearns gave me this (with a nicely doctored interior message). Terence and I also engaged in an impromptu hosiery face-off. At first I thought my Colt .45s stirrups had beaten his Tottenham Hotspur alternate sock, but then he hiked up his other pant leg and revealed the team’s road sock. That’s a tough one-two punch, Terence! (Terence also took a bunch of photos during the event.)
• Everything’s better when it’s green and striped. Thanks, Kirsten!
• My friend Amy made me a batch of her incredibly delicious shortbread, which is basically a butter-delivery device (and which, despite some odd looks I got, was great when dunked in beer). But the real prize was the tray that the shortbread was sitting on — check it out. Is that awesome or what? Here’s a larger version, and a close-up of the inscription. “T.D.C.C” stands for Something-Something Curling Club — haven’t figured out where T.D. is yet. Anyway, this tray was the perfect capper to my curling week that culminated in my birthday. Thanks, Amy!
And thanks to everyone else who made this a birthday to remember (even if I can’t actually, y’know, remember all of it).
Teeny Tiny Ticker: I’m not the only one who’s been combing through all wire service photo archives. Helmet Hut honcho Curtis Worrell recently discovered a 1940 photo that appears to show the first Tenite plastic football helmet. ”¦ Here are the uniforms from the Chinese Basketball Assocation All-Star Game. And look who was named the game’s MVP: Stephon Marbury! (With thanks to Jeremy Brahm.) ”¦ Is this the Blue Man Group? Nope — it’s a group of Halifax Rainmen fans. “They’re known as the toughest hecklers in the entire Premier Basketball League,” says Chuck Miller. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Squiddie came up with a bunch of old photos of 1939 World’s Fair uniforms. ”¦ Also from yesterday: Chance Michaels recently scored an amazing 1940 color newspaper supplement with some priceless NFL photos. ”¦ Still more from yesterday: Cubs reliever Jeff Muyco got stuck wearing an adjusta-strap cap with the New Era logo on the side in yesterday’s spring training game. … New cleats for Ichiro — home on top, road on bottom (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm).