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As you may have noticed from the ad in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have a bunch of new items up for bid. Here are the ones that particularly caught my eye:

• I love this Topps check and letterhead. Also, I didn’t realize the Topps offices had been only about two miles from my house! (Here’s the full listing.)

• Manny Ramirez and futuristic uniforms: two great tastes that taste great together (full listing). They also have one from Omar Vizquel.

• Look at the little orange highlights in the lettering on this 1924 Giants cap. Never seen that before (full listing).

• Here’s one of the most beautiful World Series press pins I’ve ever seen (full listing). They also have this one, which is a bit more pedestrian but still very nice.

• It’s not often that you get such a good look at the Rams’ 40th-anniversary patch from 1985. I like that design a lot (full listing).

• Surprising to see that the Islanders once had a jacket with vertical lettering — nothing else like that, at least that I’m aware of, in the team’s history (full listing).

• Also surprising, at least to me: The Nets once had striped warm-up pants (full listing).

• Lots to like about this Miami Floridians uni set. The unique color scheme, the mix of upper- and lowercase letters on the NOB, and of course the stirrups. Tasty!

• Okay, so it was only from a Globetrotters-esque show team, but it’s still pretty cool to see a jersey with No. 2 ½ (full listing).

• Here’s a rarity: a Lakers prototype with a script insignia (full listing).

• As much as I love Golden State’s “The City” design, I never knew until now that it was the basis for an all-star jersey. Wow — that’s one amazing garment, even if they did omit the hyphen from “All-Star” (full listing).

Want more? You can browse the entire catalog listing here.

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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, my latest ESPN column — the annual college basketball season preview — is available here. I’ve already compiled a bunch of updates (thanks to all of you who submitted them), so we’ll publish an update over on ESPN shortly.

’Tis the season, more or less: I’m about to start working on the annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, which will be running on ESPN in early December. If you have suggestions for gifts or services to include, I’m all ears.

Speaking of which, reader Steve Krah just tipped me wise to a site called Yesteryear Miniatures, where you can order little custom-painted figurines. Looks promising.

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Culinary Corner: It was 67 degrees here yesterday — downright balmy by November standards — so I decided to fire up the smoker one last time. I set up a mixed grill of (clockwise from top) tomatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme; assorted blanched nuts; a small pork loin roast with a spicy dry rub; some short ribs of beef with this dry rub; and a duck breast with just salt and pepper.

The nuts got totally scorched (chalk it up to a failed experiment), but everything else came out beautifully. Look at that duck! And the pork was perfect — I sliced some of it up, piled the slices on a Kaiser roll, and spooned on a bit of a sauce I had made (cider vinegar, butter, red pepper flakes) to create a totally kick-ass sandwich. Mmmmmmm!

So what did you do yesterday afternoon?

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Just what the NFL needs: digital camouflage ribbon logos. Enough! ”¦ Those of you who get a blood rush from torn jerseys (you know who you are) will be sneaking off to the bathroom with a printout of Ryan Fitzpatrick getting shredded a few weeks ago (screen shots by Mike Macksood). … New jerseys for Munster Rugby (from Josh Jacobs). … Adidas has created a logo for the soccer star Leo Messi. … Ben Dion spotted a William & Mary hoops player going NNOB on Tuesday night. There’s no No. 25 on the W&M roster, so maybe this was a blood jersey. ”¦ Who knew NFL-branded snack foods used to be available in the UK? “I’d forgotten these things existed until seeing that image on a site about British food and drink packaging,” says Matt Beahan. “I remember them from middle school, which would be around 1989-91. They were a puffy corn and potato snack, and I’m fairly sure they were football-shaped. The packaging featured different teams, and I think there were a few different flavours, but I generally stayed clear of ’em, as they tasted foul. Always very popular around my way, though, with empty packs being traded like cards.” … FIFA is barring England and Wales from wearing poppies. … Weird Loki/Bele jersey was on display during Monday night’s Bears/Eagles game (from Ryan Perkins). … Here’s the logo for next season’s Final Four (from Glynn McGehee). … I’ll eventually have lots of updates to yesterday’s ESPN column, but this one is too good to keep under wraps: I originally wrote that South Alabama was going NNOB, but that’s not the case — like really not the case. Biggest NOB lettering ever for a college hoops jersey? … If you’re looking for a payphone from Cleveland Browns Stadium, today’s your lucky day (thanks, Vince). … Islanders wore camo warm-up jerseys the other day (from Chris Hernandez). ”¦ This is pretty great: Manchester United put up a sign with an upside-down S, which is a fairly subtle error. And not only did people notice, but it’s going to be fixed! ”¦ There’s a new documentary about how outdoor corporate advertising is essentially visual pollution (big thanks to Ryan Burns). ”¦ The Blues wore white at home last night and added a patch for Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev (from Tim E. O’Brien). ”¦ New soccer kits fpr Poland and Ukraine (from Kenny Loo). … Looks like North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname is about to be scrapped.

137 comments to Auction Action

  • Pierre | November 9, 2011 at 7:37 am |

    Last week I posted comments about a Saints helmet I saw which was actually a white helmet painted old gold on the outside with sloppy overspray on the white inside. I took another look at the Saints helmet yesterday.

    If you look at the second picture of the gold Notre Dame helmet with the fancy special finish posted by Paul yesterday you’ll see that the inside is plain gold..probably the color of the plastic. This is consistent with what I was saying…that painted or other specialty helmet finishes by Riddell are usually applied to a helmet of the same or similar base (molded) color. However, the Saints helmet I saw started out as a white molded plastic model…thus making the overspray on the inside even more noticeable.

    Because of the overspray I first speculated that the Saints helmet must have been reconditioned by a third party…not Riddell. However, when I looked at the helmet again yesterday I discovered a tiny sticker inside indicating that the helmet had indeed been reconditioned and recertified by Riddell this year.

    My point is that I guess I was a little surprised to learn that NFL helmets don’t arrive from the factory after reconditioning with a more pristine appearance…not a great deal of attention to that part of the helmet that TV doesn’t see. But, then, look at what some NFL team uniforms have turned into and it may not be that surprising.

    • Pierre | November 9, 2011 at 7:59 am |


      I am really curious to know why Saints helmets are painted old gold over a white shell instead of a gold shell. Does a white base provide a better finish for some reason? Or is it cheaper for the Saints to order their helmets with a white base color? Anybody have a clue…?

      • Kyle Allebach #school | November 9, 2011 at 8:04 am |

        Probably because helmets only come in a white shell.

        • The Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 8:11 am |
        • Pierre | November 9, 2011 at 8:13 am |

          No…that’s incorrect, Kyle. Modern (unpainted) helmets are molded in colored plastic. Alabama helmets are red inside and out; LSU helmets are gold inside and out…

          Riddell does provide painted finishes, usually metallic or sparkle finishes. Look at Arkansas’ painted sparkle red helmets, or the Giants sparkle blue, and you’ll see the inside is the same base color plastic. Look at Notre Dame’s normal helmets…the inside is probably gold plastic although the exterior is painted metallic gold.

        • Pierre | November 9, 2011 at 8:17 am |

          Jeff, my computer is boycotting You Tube for some reason. Tell me briefly what the video shows. Are helmets molded in colored plastic?

        • The Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 8:21 am |

          Discovery Channel: How it’s Made. It tracks the production of a helmet which happens to be molded yellow plastic and also mentions that some helmets are painted and others are colored plastic, depending on team preferences.

          In short, you’re basically right.

        • The Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 8:24 am |

          Although… the helmets they show being prepped for paint are all white shells. They don’t go into enough detail to know if the white ones are the only ones they paint – it does say it takes 3 coats though, and shows a gray primer color.

        • Pierre | November 9, 2011 at 8:29 am |

          I used the term “modern” unpainted helmets because, originally (before molded colored plastic), Riddell helmets were usually all painted. The base plastic was a cream color. The exterior was painted in the team’s colors and the interior was neatly (no overspray)painted grey.

        • Andy | November 9, 2011 at 9:33 am |

          And then there was the old clear shells, which were, well, clear shells that were painted on the inside sot he color would show through. Eliminated the need for constant touch ups from all the scuffing on the outside.

  • Mike | November 9, 2011 at 7:37 am |

    Look at that duck? Hell, look at that Wisconsin cutting board.

    • Simply Moono | November 9, 2011 at 7:57 am |

      GAH! You beat me to it!

    • teenchy | November 9, 2011 at 9:07 am |

      Nice, although I can’t imagine you’re doing much cutting on the Door Peninsula.

      Your pork sauce sounds very much like an eastern North Carolina barbecue sauce or “mop” sauce. good stuff.

    • Johnny O | November 9, 2011 at 9:23 am |

      Yup! That is the first thing I noticed! Amazing! Even more amazing is that I don’t have one.

    • Chance Michaels | November 9, 2011 at 10:20 am |

      Very nice – I have a cheese board just like that.

    • SWC Susan | November 9, 2011 at 11:25 am |

      Hmmmph, I was going to ask if the cutting board was a buffalo…

  • StLMarty | November 9, 2011 at 7:56 am |

    It was 70 degrees in my classroom yesterday, so I just taught kids.
    After school, it was cloudy and 62 degrees. At this time, I walked Adam and Gordon. Adam had not dropped a deuce in the AM, so I was expecting one on the floor. He did not. Good boy.

    • Charles N. | November 9, 2011 at 11:19 am |

      No AM Deuce?! Awesome comment. tip of the cap to you!

  • Simply Moono | November 9, 2011 at 7:59 am |

    Anyone else laughed at the meat and nuts being in the same place right next to each other?

  • Kyle Allebach #school | November 9, 2011 at 8:03 am |

    I want some of that pork on a sandwich too!

    I think I’m gonna have to try that dry rub.

  • Mike Easter | November 9, 2011 at 8:03 am |


    • Kyle Allebach #school | November 9, 2011 at 8:06 am |

      Sorry; that’s my idiot of a friend who was interested in your pork and decided to be stupid.

      • Mike Easter | November 9, 2011 at 8:11 am |

        your recipe is amazing….. open your own restaurant.. now!

  • Phil Hecken | November 9, 2011 at 8:13 am |

    if i had a nickel for every time someone told me they had a late season BBQ and burned their nuts…

    • Kyle Allebach #school | November 9, 2011 at 8:23 am |

      Would you have five cents?

      • Chris Holder | November 9, 2011 at 9:14 am |

        Sounds like the person that would do that doesn’t have any cents.

        Sorry… I’ll slink back to my dark corner now.

      • Teebz | November 9, 2011 at 9:14 am |

        He’d be no further ahead since the BBQ was his, and the nuts he burnt were… well, he’s paying himself. ;o)

        • The Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 9:21 am |

          I’m pretty sure Phil and Paul are actually 2 separate people.

        • Teebz | November 9, 2011 at 11:58 am |

          If I have to explain the joke, THE, it’s just not funny.

  • George Chilvers | November 9, 2011 at 8:27 am |

    In the Old Trafford article you may wish to try to spot my comment at the end? :)

    I like d the one that says the “19” banner is upside down too.

    [Translation – they have banners proclaiming 19 League title wins; the other week they lost 6-1 to city rivals Manchester City]

  • Bernard | November 9, 2011 at 8:33 am |

    That Messi logo certainly is 3-stripey, isn’t it?

    • Andy | November 9, 2011 at 9:34 am |

      That’s the idea behind it. The proportions of it match the three stripes. Or at least they did on the first iteration of it.

      • Bernard | November 9, 2011 at 9:44 am |

        Yes, I get that it’s intentional. And not-too-subtle.

        • Andy | November 9, 2011 at 9:50 am |

          I’m guessing that, in case another brand ever signs him, that other brand wouldn’t be able to piggyback off the equity adidas will have created with this mark, unless they want to put the three stripes on their product.

          I think the three stripe E in the wordmark is a little much, though. I think the whole wordmark is a little much for that matter.

  • JimWa | November 9, 2011 at 8:38 am |

    Pure speculation on the Blue’s mid-season memorial patch (and memorial ceremony) for an off-season event – The Blues just fired Davis Payne and brought in Ken Hitchcock. Would a head coach have any say into whether or not former team members’ tragic deaths are recognized?

    • Tim E. O'B | November 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm |

      This was in the works for a while.

  • The Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 8:38 am |

    Speaking of football helmets… I kinda got bored and started playing around in paintshop again last night:

    Phil, you’re probably gonna have a huge mess of files sent at you in a few days… I’ve got 47 different ones so far and about 1/3rd of the league is still untouched. (Insert evil diabolical laughter here)

    • JimWa | November 9, 2011 at 9:04 am |

      Cardinals “eye” helmet – perfect.

      • Arr Scott | November 9, 2011 at 9:27 am |

        Seconded. That’d be one of the best-looking helmets in football history. Maybe even better than the Redskins briefly used mohawk-feather helmet, which is my personal all-time favorite.

        • Phil Hecken | November 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm |

          hey who are the washingtons playing? i can’t tell what that team is without a sticker on the side

      • Chris Holder | November 9, 2011 at 9:40 am |

        Thirded(?). I love how the yellow facemask forms the “beak”. Good stuff. That would definitely be a unique look.

      • Bernard | November 9, 2011 at 9:46 am |

        Have to agree as well. That would be an instant classic. Love it.

    • Connie | November 9, 2011 at 9:08 am |

      Hey, TJ, I really like that Jets NY helmet.

      • Ben Fortney | November 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

        2nd, their current insignia is way too detailed to be on a helmet, looks like a mess from more than 20 feet away.

    • Andy | November 9, 2011 at 9:37 am |

      I’ve always been a proponent of the Giants changing their numerals and helmet insignia to gray.

    • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 10:31 am |

      I like the green Jets helmet, but I think it would look better if the football was white and the wordmark inside was green.

      • The Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 10:49 am |

        Well I’m not entirely finished yet, so I may just do that too. The one I’ve got is pretty much just the ’94 “throwback” with a white mask and the current darker green.

        I’ve been kinda all over the place with these… got some that I think are better, some that are more like hypothetical what-ifs, and a couple that are just out in left field.

    • Matthew Radican | November 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

      Great work on the 2 Colts helmets! I love both of them – especially the old bucking horse logo.

  • Connie | November 9, 2011 at 9:04 am |

    Very grateful that Kenny Loo is providing daily fix for craving to examine all new national soccer kits. I’m trying to figure out if I like that red bar on the white Polish shirt, but those new Ukranian all-yellow duds are pretty cool. There might be some Swedes who might grouse about losing their monopoly, but hey.

    The Ukraine article Kenny forwarded used the phrase “Zhovto-Blakytni (Yellow Blues),” though I think a better translation would be “Athletic Gold-Blues.”

    • Andy | November 9, 2011 at 9:44 am |

      I like them too. I could do without the slashes where the three stripes terminate, and I’m hoping the blue on the front graphic is the same color as the rest of the blue.

      I like Poland’s as well. Maybe a full wraparound stripe would have been better, but I don’t mind the box. Is feels like it has a purpose when it houses the number, unlike Brazil’s design. Reading the comments is funny, though. Europeans look to be more receptive to the cluttered look of adidas kits, while they seem to dislike the clean minimalism of Nike kits. Seems to be the opposite of most American soccer fans’ opinions. I’ve been thinking that adidas needs a more independent design voice for their North American products, because we don’t respond the same way to the European design principles that adidas has made its global foundation.

      • DK1247 | November 9, 2011 at 10:54 am |

        Could also be in small part that Adidas is a European company where as Nike is not, and also was not always big in the soccer/football market. It is interesting that Nike seems to take a conservative approach when it comes to soccer uniforms, but goes for futuristic type designs for other sports *cough*oregon*cough*. I think the biggest part of that is most teams that Nike supplies have kits that are pretty much unchangeable due to the fan base; like Arsenal, Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Juventus. Now the change kits they put out are much less conservative.

    • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 10:32 am |

      I like the Poland box. The only problem I had was the guy wearing odd shoes in the second picture. Green and orange shoes with a red and white kit? Wrong.

    • S.M.G.Olechowski | November 9, 2011 at 11:38 am |

      The Polish jersey isn’t bad certainly the best one I can remember in a long while other then the Polish Hussar jersey ( I really wish the Polish eagle was on there and the number was centered but certainly not bad, I will certainly think about buying one.

    • JamesBN3 | November 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm |

      Interesting design for Poland. What you calling the red bar is actually the lower half of the Polish flag.

      If you look at their red change strip, you’ll note that the white bar is higher on the chest, forming the upper half of the flag.

      • Andy | November 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

        Nice. That’s a winner.

  • BirdsForBrains | November 9, 2011 at 9:17 am |

    What is Loki/Bele? Am I missing something?

    Also, note that the white jersey is from the mid 90’s/Randall Cunningham/Reggie White era with the flying eagle on the sleeve.

    • BirdsForBrains | November 9, 2011 at 9:21 am |

      Please don’t tell me that the John Pinette look alike is doing a chest pounding gesture for his boy, Mike Vick.

      • Ryan | November 9, 2011 at 11:44 am |

        Enjoy the full clip of the Eagles fan guy pounding his chest during the MNF game vs. da Bears. It was priceless…I must have backed up the DVR ten times to watch Andy Reid’s kid choke on a chickenbone like that!

    • Rob S | November 9, 2011 at 9:33 am |

      It’s a slight typo, as the character was Lokai… but it’s a Star Trek thing. In the episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”, there were two aliens (Lokai and Bele) who were from a planet, Cheron, whose people were literally half-black, half-white. Of course, note the differences between the two – too subtle for Kirk to figure out until Bele (played by Frank Gorshin) pointed it out:

      “You’re black on one side and white on the other.”
      “I am black on the right side.”
      “I fail to see the significant difference.”
      “Lokai is white on the right side. All of his people are white on the right side.”

      It was also a notable episode in that it introduced the Enterprise‘s self-destruct sequence, which would be canceled out here, but carried out to completion in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.

      (Yes, I am a nerd.)

      • The Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 10:00 am |

        I’m glad you out-nerded me on that. I was trying to figure out what the heck Norse mythology or Stargate SG-1 aliens had to do with it.

      • BirdsForBrains | November 9, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • Charles N. | November 9, 2011 at 11:32 am |

        Excellent work bringing us up to speed. Really though, I fear for that fat kid. He looks like he may be on his way to a baker’s dozen ‘eart attacks by the time he’s 40.

    • ClubMedSux | November 9, 2011 at 11:54 am |

      Also note that the kid wearing the whatever-whatever home-and-away jersey is a dead ringer for Bobby Hill.

  • Arr Scott | November 9, 2011 at 9:23 am |

    Re the NFL’s camo-ribbon pins. Isn’t that what this or this is for? When I see digital camo, I don’t think of veterans, I think of active-duty servicemembers. Veterans Day is for veterans, just as Memorial Day is for war dead. It’s a shame that folks increasingly can’t see past all the flag-waving, camo-wearing hoopla to the actual purpose of the observance.

    Instead of a camo ribbon, perhaps the NFL should designate a special uniform patch, like the Captain’s C but maybe a V or a somehow-non-Cowboys-esque blue star, to be worn by all players who are military veterans. Since honoring actual veterans is the whole point of the holiday and all.

  • KT | November 9, 2011 at 9:39 am |

    Actually, UND won’t be retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname…they’ll just gradually push it farther and farther west.

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  • interlockingtc | November 9, 2011 at 9:41 am |

    One of the all-time great uniforms….

    Something about that font and the mix of upper and lower case letters is just so appealing to me. And that color scheme….wow. It’s like candy!

  • Matt Beahan | November 9, 2011 at 9:49 am |

    Re. that Lakers prototype – it’s been floating around various auction sites for a while now. It was designed in 1972 by longtime uniform supplier Bernie Tiernan, modelled by Jerry West, but ultimately rejected in favour of a simplification of the previous year’s uniforms.

  • Patrick_in_MI | November 9, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    Wow, good blog today Paul. A few comments, if I may:

    1. Catch of the Day: WOW! Good thing it’s overcast and rainy here in the D because that’s a time-wastin’ page right there! I was recently wondering whose field goal record Dempsey broke, now I know. However, the author needs to add Sebastian Janikowski to the 63-yard club, he did it this year in Denver.

    2. Striped warm-up pants? Sadly, this is all I can think of when I see those

    3. The Yesteryear Minis are well done but probably out of my price range. And if I wanted a black player, I guess I’d have to settle for a Negro Leaguer.

    4. Did you use your BGE for that food Paul? That pork sandwich sounds awesome, FedEx me one right away! The tomatoes are a good idea too.

    5. I can’t believe they let Ryan Fitzpatrick play with that torn jersey. Did they have to use a timeout and get him a new one?

    6. Loved that Lokai/Bele jersey, looks professionally done.

    7. Those South Bama NOBS look like temporaries. I notice a hint of black at the top corners, velcro maybe? Electrical tape?

    8. The Fighting Sioux should change their name to the Banshees.

  • Chance Michaels | November 9, 2011 at 10:20 am |

    Are we sure the highlights on that 1924 Giants cap are orange?

    Looks to me as though it could be a faded red, which was a Giants color at the time.

    Of course, I’d love it to be lavender or pink, but it looks like they dropped that sometime around 1918.

    Best part? They used that same two-tone “NY” on the jerseys as well. Shame it was short-lived.

    • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm |

      What? They stopped wearing pink in 1918? Don’t the Giants care about breast cancer?! /sarcasm

  • Terry Proctor | November 9, 2011 at 10:40 am |

    REgarding the Lakers script prototype Jerry West jersey. The auction listing says “Tiernan manufactured but no manufacturer’s tag.” Well, Tiernan WAS the manufacturer. The auction house or the seller probably “assumed” that Tiernan was merely a retailer who had his garments “private labeled” but pmanufactured by someone else. It could be an honest mistake.

    But then there are some of these “know-it-all” auction houses with their sainted “LOAs” that really don’t know shit from Shinola when it comes to authenticating garments. I probably shouldn’t blame them entirely but given the prices charged for some of these garments I’d try to be a little more careful about the facts that are presented with an item.
    Barney Tiernan ran a small cut-and-sew house in the LA area and later the company became Galbraith and Tiernan. Barney Tiernan actually made the Lakers’ uniforms from the day the team moved to Lala Land until the NBA went with Sand-Knit as their exclusive uniform maker in the early 1980s.

    Barney also made the uniforms for the 1960 AFL Los Angeles Chargers. He used the same basic number font on both the ‘Bolts and Lakers unis. No other manufacturer has ever reproduced that font in the same way as Barney Tiernan.

    The script “Lakers” was nice but kind of “blah.” The upswept full-block style they finally went with shows motion and has now become iconic as the Lakers’ primary wordmark.

  • =bg= | November 9, 2011 at 10:42 am |

    ”The nuts got totally scorched”


  • Mister Ouch | November 9, 2011 at 11:28 am |

    What, no feature on the Penn State birthday-suit unis??!!


    • BirdsForBrains | November 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm |

      Actually, there’s a rumor floating around that JoePa was going to wear a special t-shirt with his unhemmed khakis for this Saturday’s game. You know, the “Don’t Snitch” one that is popular with urban youth these days.

  • nate | November 9, 2011 at 11:59 am |

    The Demitra/Korolev patch was designed by a uni-watch reader. Just sayin’

  • Mike V. | November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm |

    The deal with the William and Mary jersey with no name: the player got blood on his jersey and was forced to change it to an “extra jersey” which had no name.

  • Kyle Allebach #school | November 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

    “New soccer kits fpr Poland and Ukraine”

  • Pete | November 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm |


    Long time, first time…what kind of smoker do you use. Looks like a Green Egg but not sure on it.

    • Mike Engle | November 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm |

      (Meant to post it here in the first place, so here it is again. Thanks, copy-paste!)
      Not that I could tell by the picture, but Paul is a confirmed Big Green Egg owner and devotee. (Apparently it’s an ok open-flame bbq but an awesome smoker.) In his words, “It gets my highest praise. If mine got struck by lightning and stopped working today, I’d buy another one tomorrow.”

      • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

        It sounds like a great product. How does it function as a smoker? Do you do it directly over green wood or can you get an offset smoke box for low heat?

        • Paul Lukas | November 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm |

          Yes, it’s an Egg.

          I lay a small bed of charcoal and then add water-soaked wood chips (usually hickory). The upper and lower vents make it relatively easy to regulate the temperature.

  • Mike Engle | November 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

    Not that I could tell by the picture, but Paul is a confirmed Big Green Egg owner and devotee. (Apparently it’s an ok open-flame bbq but an awesome smoker.) In his words, “It gets my highest praise. If mine got struck by lightning and stopped working today, I’d buy another one tomorrow.”

  • KT | November 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  • KT | November 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm |

    Oops. Sorry. Missed it by 5 minutes.

  • Flip | November 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm |

    After a headline error at the NYT, a variation on the “I’m not calling it Penn State” T-shirt.

    • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm |

      My dad has that same problem with people who call Ohio State “Ohio.” He’s an Ohio University alum, so he likes to go into a lecture about how Ohio won a lawsuit that said Ohio State couldn’t use “Ohio” as a trademark and thus had to change its name to The Ohio State University.

  • PuckBoy | November 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

    This might put that Frame-A-Jersey fellow that Paul profiled a few years ago out of business:

  • jesse | November 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm |

    Paul and Co.

    did a little write-up inspired by today’s “catch of the day” on the right sidebar. thought you might be interested (it’s a dolphins-centric look at the cartoons):

    great find!

    • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm |

      Did Rice Stadium already have that awful carpet by 1974? I remember it was almost threadbare when they replaced it in 2006 and it never had a pad underneath. Pretty much our only home field advantage was our opponents injuring themselves on it.

      • pflava | November 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm |

        I grew up in Houston and on a few occasions in the early 90’s we went down to Rice Stadium to throw the ball around (you could just walk right in). I still remember how horrendous that turf was – hard as a rock, and the fibers were completely flattened from years of use leaving it feeling like green concrete.

        • interlockingtc | November 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm |

          I remember Rice Stadium from SB XI….it seemed rock hard back then.

          But…what a cool locale for a SB.

          Trees! And, it really does look like one could just walk in. Sweet.

        • Gusto44 | November 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm |

          Rice Stadium was used for Super Bowl 8, Tulane Stadium was Super Bowl 9. The Superdome was supposed to be used for SB 9, but it was unfinished. That would never happen today, those guys would have been working 24/7.

        • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm |

          It basically was green concrete. I always thought with that dense, matted pile it felt like the kind of carpet most people have in their basement, except without the cushion underneath.

        • Jim Vilk | November 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
        • Rob H. | November 10, 2011 at 12:28 am |

          uh.. like Gusto said it was Super Bowl VIII, not IX — Dolphins & Vikings played in SB VIII.

        • Jim Vilk | November 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm |

          Yeah…that’s what I meant.
          Was tired when I posted that…

  • nobody | November 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm |

    Fifa has backtracked and will now allow England to wear poppies on their armbands for saturday’s match.

    • Arr Scott | November 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm |

      What would the penalty have been if England had just worn the poppies anyway? Are we talking a fine to the association, or forfeit of the game, or what?

      • George Chilvers | November 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

        Hard to say. As it is a non-competitive game there is no penalty of losing the game. It is believed though that the referee would not permit them to play in them as contravening kit regulations. Not sure what would have happened had the FA pushed to an impasse. A fine for being in breach of rules at least, but it would actually be theoretically possible of expulsion from FIFA (which many England fans think would be fine anyway!).

        There were (and presumably still are) plans to have a great deal of “poppy related” advertising and events around the game.

        • Cort McMurray | November 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm |

          Nothing ensured the politicization of the poppy emblem quite like FIFA deciding to ban it. A really, really strange and offensive decision.

  • Jeff | November 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm |

    What did I do yesterday afternoon? I scanned in more old Packers photos for you to gaze at some day. No nuts were scorched in so doing. Sorry to hear about yours.

  • Kyle M | November 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm |

    hey paul, did you forget to categorize this post with the “culinary corner” tag for the archives or are you only doing that for culinary corners with recipes so people can get to them easily?

    • Paul Lukas | November 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |

      Forgot. Thanks for the reminder! Will add that now.

  • unionjack | November 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |

    Paulie, Paulie, Paulie… you’re old enough to know better than to put your nuts so close to the fire.

    But seriously, directly over the heat was the worst place to smoke the nuts; even in a good oven, there’s a fine line between toasted and burnt.

    Next time you experiment, try getting them as high-and-outside as possible.

  • Logan | November 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm |

    Article from discussing MLB managers wearing suits instead of uniforms:

  • LarryB | November 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |

    Those cool Yesteryear figurines are the ones I would share pictures with every so often.

    The guy would sell them on ebay. Last time I checked ebay I did not see them for sale. So he is going through a website again.

    I bought 7 football figures. They are sweet but over priced in my opinion. The actual figure is only 2 inches tall.

    But it is a lot of fun to look at them.

  • Pepe Silvia | November 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |

    Hey THE Jeff (and anyone else), perfect time for a Penn State uni tweak? They could definitely use a new look to usher in the post-Paterno era. Making a major change to the unis would show that Paterno is NOT bigger than the university (and/or makes for fun photoshop time)

  • Kyle Allebach | November 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |

    Is there a specific recipe for the sauce you made for the pork sandwich or is it just an eyeball-it-out thing?

    • Paul Lukas | November 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm |

      Eyeball. If I had to guess, I’d say it was probably 3/4-cup of cider vinegar, a 1/2-stick of butter, and 2 or 3 tbsp of red pepper flakes.

    • Frankie | November 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm |

      In my lifetime, it seems like every time the Padres update their uniform, they get more and more bland.

    • JimWa | November 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm |

      Nice to see the friar return, but otherwise … zzzzz …

      Bummer to see the number font genericalized (it said several other teams, I can see Tigers, but who else uses that font?). While I’m usually a traditionalist, I like to be able to ID a team from the back of the jersey as much as the front.

    • jdreyfuss | November 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm |

      I can’t put my finger on why, but the friar in blue seems less fun and soulful than he did in brown. Maybe it’s because it’s monotone now instead of the circle being a different color.

    • Winter | November 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm |

      They’re also starting a program to provide Padres uniforms to local area teams, using 26 different versions of the Padres uniforms.

    • Rob H. | November 10, 2011 at 12:37 am |

      The quote they use to state why they aren’t going back to brown is because it is a ‘polarizing’ issue: ““Some fans loved brown, others hated the idea of going back to brown,”

      …so how is it that some “loved it” and “others hated it” is a reason to not choose it? I could see if a lot hated and they didn’t choose it, or if a lot loved it so they did, but to use that quote to explain why they chose it?

      Heck, I would’ve been happy if they kept all the rest of the navy-blah and just made the friar’s little outfit in the new sleeve logo the only brown.

      I think the real reason they’re not bringing the brown back is because it’s so popular as a “throwback” and they want to keep that popularity by now wearing it regularly.

      Either that or they read all of our comments about Wyoming’s all-turd unis the other day. (Just joking.)

  • Cort McMurray | November 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm |

    This is the first time I’ve been online all day — a delivery truck’s antenna went through our DSL line like a Kenyan breaking the tape at the NYC Marathon — but I’m pretty sure those flecks of orange on that Giants cap are actually flecks of lavender. I don’t think the Giants started using orange until after the McGraw era, but they did use lavender.

  • rich in new orleans | November 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm |

    Watching Paternogate on ESPN. Looks like Stuart Scott is wearing a Rocawear pin on his lapel. We have all seen various pins and ribbons for different organizations, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a sportscaster with company logo on board.

    • jdreyfuss | November 10, 2011 at 12:03 am |

      1. Can we stop appending “gate” to the end of scandals? It almost never makes sense.

      2. Paterno isn’t the main story, Sandusky is. Paterno is half of the major story tonight.

      3. Unless ESPN has a deal with Rocawear, that’s almost certainly something else. With as much trouble as Erin Andrews got into for endorsing Reebok while slamming Nike, the network came down hard against its anchors endorsing apparel or equipment.

      • Phil Hecken | November 10, 2011 at 12:08 am |

        i may be wrong, but i don’t think we started adding -gate to stuff from watergate to whitewater

        then some *genius* started calling it “whitewater-gate” (TFPIC) and it just took off…travelgate, chinagate, fostergate, etc…

        and this was before the state of journalism was in the terlet

        • Simply Moono | November 10, 2011 at 1:43 am |

          “travelgate, chinagate, fostergate, etc…”

          Don’t forget Bananagate.

    • Rob H. | November 10, 2011 at 12:40 am |

      Yeah, just because the name of the Watergate Hotel ended in -gate, all scndals should append “-gate” to the name?

      It’s a good thing the name of the Watergate Hotel wasn’t instead…… uh…. -insert funny comment here-.

      (Sorry, it’s late.)

      • StLMarty | November 10, 2011 at 12:48 am |

        It’s tantamount to “-aholic”.
        I loved it when Homer found out that he was a rageaholic. I believe he responded by saying, “It’s true. I’m addicted to rageahol!”

        • Phil Hecken | November 10, 2011 at 1:00 am |

          you’re just a gateaholic, aren’t ya hick?

        • StLMarty | November 10, 2011 at 1:24 am |

          I did once own the same pair of Nike’s worn by the unfortunate saps that belonged to Heaven’s Gate.

          I’m sure many people around here would like to point out that this looks like an image of Paul taking his worst nap ever.