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Putting the Buckle on the Rust Belt

During my recent trip to Cleveland, I stopped in to see my friend Steven Tatar, the man behind the very wonderful Ohio Knitting Mills brand. He always has lots of new projects and schemes percolating, and this time around he was eager to show me a big cache of vintage 1970s belt buckles he’d recently procured. “A lot of them are sports-themed,” he said, “Look, there’s even a Mets logo buckle — that’s got you written all over it!”

Unfortunately, as I explained to Steven, I’m not really the gaudy 1970s belt buckle type, not even when a Mets logo buckle is involved. (Like, it’s not as though I’ve never seen one before. Just not my bag.) “Okay,” he said, reaching into the box of buckles, “but I think you’ll be interested in taking a look at these, even if you don’t want to wear them.”

He began handing over a bunch of buckles. They were interesting. Some were cheesy, some were classy (or at least as classy as a gaudy 1970s belt buckle can be), but almost all were rendered a style I hadn’t seen before. So I started photographing them, figuring they’d make for a good blog post:

Then Steven handed me a buckle that was head and shoulders above the rest. It was a bit smaller than the others, and it depicted — well, here, see for yourself:


Is that magnificent or what? Look at those stirrups! “Okay,” I said, “this I would wear.”

“Well then,” said Steven, “let’s make you a belt.” And just like that, he began making it. First he had me select a leather color (black). Then he began hammering snaps into one end of the belt, where the buckle would eventually be secured (for all of these belt-making pics, you can click to get a larger version)



Then he had me put the belt on, so he could judge how long it should be and where the holes should be located. After I took it off, he began marking the hole positions with a Sharpie and cutting them with a leather punch:



The next step entailed using a cutter to create a tapered point at the end of the belt:



And the final touch — snapping the buckle into place:


And how does it look when being worn with a pair of Levi’s? Not too shabby (with thanks to my pal Liz Clayton for taking this shot):


Interested in having Steven make a belt for you, or maybe you just want one of those buckles? Contact him here.

One final thought: Steven’s studio was full of cool stuff, including this excellent print that nicely summed up my Buckeye State experience”¦


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Culinary Corner: Roasted marrowbones have been showing up on menus all over the place in recent years. I can understand why, since they’re easy to prepare, wholesale purveyors charge next to nothing for them, and a restaurant can sell them as an appetizer for, say, $10, which is almost pure profit. But now I’ve learned there may be another reason for the recent spike in marrowbone popularity.

First, some background: Marrowbones are the shanks (read: shinbones) of beef steers or veal calves. For centuries they’ve been cut cross-wise and served standing upright. There’s even a specialized implement to extract the marrow, called a marrow spoon, which you’ll still see in a few old-school restaurants, although most places now just provide a conventional small spoon or even a long-handled sundae spoon. (Antique marrow spoons can command substantial sums, if you’re into that kinda thing.)

About five years ago, however, I noticed a few NYC restaurants serving marrowbones that had were cut lengthwise and presented horizontally. This quickly caught on, and it’s now by far the dominant marrowbone style in New York (and will soon be in other places too, if it isn’t already, for reasons I’ll get to in a sec). I actually pitched this to several food editors at the time, as a trend story, but they all said it was too esoteric.

When I took that butchery course with Fleisher’s last summer, I learned that this horizontal format is known in the biz as “canoed,” because the lengthwise-cut bone is curved on the bottom, like a canoe.

Canoed marrowbones have their pluses and minuses:

• On the plus side, the lengthy strip of exposed marrow makes it easy to apply a topping prior to cooking — breadcrumbs, herbs, capers, whatever. This, to me, is the single best thing about the canoed format.

• On the minus side, there’s the issue of size. Upright marrowbones can’t be too lengthy, because there’s only so far you can dig with a marrow spoon to extract the goo. But since the marrow in a canoed bone is exposed, there’s no limit to how long the bones can be cut (well, except for the length of the shin itself), which has led some restaurants to serve freakishly long marrowbones. This trend, which I called the Flintstone factor, is usually a bad thing for any kind of food. I mean, I’m all for giant steaks, humungous beef ribs, and so on, but plus-sized food too often turns into a novelty act at best, a frat-boy carnival at worst. I worry that that’s where canoed marrowbones are headed.

• And then there’s this: The canoed style makes it much, much easier to extract the marrow. I realize most people would count this as a plus, and there have certainly been times when I’ve enjoyed the convenience of canoed marrowbones. But marrow is rich, heady stuff — you should have to work for it, and you don’t want to consume too much of it too quickly. And there’s something really nice about the ritual of scooping out the gelatinous goop with a marrow spoon. Personally, I think the canoed style is actually too convenient.

That was pretty much the sum total of my thoughts about marrowbones until a few days ago, when former Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek blew my mind by alerting me to this.

As you can see, some enterprising folks have figured out how to turn marrowbones into a booze ritual. According to this article, this party trick was born in L.A. and popularized in Portland. Somewhat predictably, there’s a Tebow version in Denver.

Naturally, restaurants love this stunt (sorry, but I just can’t refer to it by its given name), because now their profitable $10 appetizer can generate bar sales, which are even more profitable. So I think we’re gonna see more of it — a lot more. And I think it probably spells a death knell for the old, upright marrowbone style.

Now, I can see that drinking booze via a marrowbone probably seems kinda fun, in a bachelor party sort of way. I can even see that it might taste good — after all, I like booze and I like marrow.

HOWEVER ”¦ come on. This is like Jackass reconfigured for the foodie crowd. It’s like doing Jello-O shots off the back of a cow. It’s like sticking a bottle of Jägermeister inside a turducken. Plus it’s a sure thing that Guy Fieri wishes he’d thought of it first, which tells you everything you need to know. Or in the words of my friend Shane: “Boring. Nero probably did this already, with the marrow of Christians.”

So if you’re presented with the opportunity to engage in this new fad, try to have some fucking dignity and politely decline, won’t you please? Thanks.

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On a serious note: As most of you are probably aware, a certain activity is taking place in many corners of the internet today, and you may have been wondering if I would be participating. As you can see, I am not. That decision has less to do with my personal feelings on the issue than with certain professional strictures that I face. (Think hard enough and you can probably figure it out.) Suffice it to say that nobody should interpret my non-participation in today’s activities as an endorsement of the initiative that those activities are protesting, or as a negative commentary on those protests.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Did a really good phone interview yesterday with illustrator Sean Kane, who creates these amazing painted baseball gloves. Big feature to follow soon-ish. … This is interesting: LeBron James was wearing a two-stripe Adidas logo last night. Hmmmm (as noted by Jamin Svendsen). ”¦ Robert Golden and Derek Earls, both from Arizona, played together on the same team in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game (that’s a college football game) in Tucson on Monday night. But Golden wore Arizona’s blue helmet and Earls wore white. … First my top two football teams make it to the conference title game, and now this (from Gordon Blau). What a week! … Kansas football is bringing back NOBs (from Matt Straus). … Ohio State played Michigan in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff at Jacobs Field in Cleveland last Sunday, and Andrew McCarthy has several observations: “(1) It was a color-on-color matchup. (2) Ohio State wore new commemorative uniforms for the game. (3) OSU is becoming the Oregon of NCAA hockey, as this was the fifth different uni they have worn this year, with No. 6 to be broken out Saturday night vs. Ferris State.” … Here’s something I’ve never seen before: purses made out of soccer balls (thanks, Kirsten). … Towson lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen isn’t letting players wear Towson-branded gear until they “earn” it. Details in the second item on this page (from Charlie Edwards). … What the hell was going on here? Anyone..? (From Jonathan Leib.) … “About a month or so ago I I noticed Rob Ninkovich’s helmet decal was missing in the Pats/Redskins game, but I couldn’t find a picture,” says Chris Batzinger. “Now I’ve stumbled upon a screen shot.” ”¦ New logo for Loyola of Chicago. … Here’s a fairly rare sight: Johnny U wearing low-tops. Why? “Super Bowl V was on artificial turf,” explains Ronnie Poore. … What’s with the crazy shoes and socks? “That’s Colonial High School in Florida,” says David Eversten. “I spoke to a game official and he said the coach let them do it as a reward for all their hard work and having a great season.” ”¦ “I recently got around to initiating a project called the Bobblehead All-Americans,” says Brock Towler. “It involves me assembling a full team, position by position, of the best, most creative, and most bizarre bobbleheads given away at baseball stadia in a given season. The first annual team is here, and further information is available here.”

124 comments to Putting the Buckle on the Rust Belt

  • Nick Ruggeri | January 18, 2012 at 7:44 am |

    Maybe it’s because I’m Cleveland-born and bred but, when I first saw your new belt buckle I immediately thought, “Bob Feller”.

    • Connie | January 18, 2012 at 7:51 am |

      Wonderful report, super-cool belt. Steven Tatar, you rock.

      • Coleman | January 18, 2012 at 7:57 am |

        Agreed. I’m going to have to look through those buckles and see if there’s one I can’t live without.

      • Steven Tatar | January 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm |

        Thanks Connie! I’m sure you rock too! And sorry WI (Chance Michaels below), but we’re just straight up proud here in the O-f’n-HIO, and like too much of a good thing. Big props to Joseph Hughes at for the print, which we carried at the Ohio Knitting Mills pop up shop last winter.

    • WFY | January 18, 2012 at 9:32 am |

      I’m not Cleveland born and bred and I thought the same thing.

    • Chance Michaels | January 18, 2012 at 10:01 am |

      I always picture Bob with a slightly higher kick.

      I’m not a buckle guy either, but I’d consider that one.

  • Coleman | January 18, 2012 at 7:54 am |

    I’m not sure if your comment about the 2 stripe Adidas logo that Lebron was wearing was sarcasm or not, but I’d be willing to bet that the smallest stripe simply fell off. I’m sure I’m not the only one who will think this, I’m just up early enough to comment on it first!

  • Craig D | January 18, 2012 at 7:55 am |

    I’d love a copy of that O-fucking-HIO sign. Hell yeah!

    • Chance Michaels | January 18, 2012 at 10:02 am |

      That’s the difference between Wisconsin and Ohio, I guess – the WI version wouldn’t have all three assertions, which just seems a bit overkill. ;)

    • Joseph Hughes | January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am |

      You can buy them at Native in Cleveland (they may ship):

      They sell them as shirts, too, in two colors. I designed that graphic.

    • Jason Shane | January 18, 2012 at 10:50 am |

      Sounds like you had a great trip, Paul. But if I was going to buy anything with the outline of Ohio on it, it would be this:

  • Dumb Guy | January 18, 2012 at 8:22 am |

    Reasons you have never seen a purse made from a soccer ball:

    1) You’re a guy.

    2) You live in America.

    3) No American woman would seen dead with one of those godawful things.

    • Chris from Carver | January 18, 2012 at 8:44 am |

      It’s not a purse. It’s European.

      • Chance Michaels | January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am |

        A utility bag?

        • Patrick_in_MI | January 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm |

          I prefer to call it a ball sack.

  • Simply Moono | January 18, 2012 at 8:31 am |

    Putting a long bone in your mouth and drinking fluid from it? Seems legit. Oh, and I bet that Movi would wear this and this. The Pisces in me likes this one.

    • Jim Vilk | January 18, 2012 at 11:41 am |

      You’re right. You forgot the basketball one, though.

      And although I don’t participate in these sports, the cross country and paragliding buckles are high on my I’d Wear That list.

  • Bernard | January 18, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    You had me at “sticking a bottle of Jagermeister inside”.

    • Arr Scott | January 18, 2012 at 9:17 am |

      The marrow-straw thing might – might – work with Jim Beam Black, neat. Beam Black has a delightfully meaty mouthfeel to begin with, and on the nose it’s pure barbecue smoke. Heck, maybe this would be the way to make Beam’s new Devil’s Cut palatable. But otherwise? An insult to both meat and booze. Might as well serve chardonnay with a crab-leg straw.

      Paul misses an important “pro” for canoeing marrow bones: greater precision, evenness, and safety in cooking. Because of the surface area and depth of volume, the average canoed marrow bone will be better cooked than all but the best standing marrow bones. Which is chiefly responsible for the rising popularity of canoed marrow bones: A yeoman chef can consistently prepare a quality canoed marrow bone, whereas it takes something closer to a master chef to consistently prepare a standing marrow bone that’s worth the effort.

      The trick with the overly long stunt canoes is for restaurants to present them as shared food, like the 2000’s fad for plates of mini burgers. Make it a trencher for the whole table to spoon from, and it’d be a great appetizer, or even a savory after-dinner option. It could be its own course with drinks before dessert.

      • Paul Lukas | January 18, 2012 at 9:24 am |

        it takes something closer to a master chef to consistently prepare a standing marrow bone that’s worth the effort.

        Please tell me you’re joking. There are few simpler things to cook: You sprinkle some salt and pepper on them and toss them in a 400ish-degree oven for 20 or 25 minutes. A second-grader could do it.

        • Chance Michaels | January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am |

          My son’s not quite second-grade, but I’ve been looking for something I can teach him to cook…

  • Dane | January 18, 2012 at 8:51 am |

    This is the first time I’ve seen a #1000 jersey used to honor a milestone game, instead of a prop like a silver stick or a rocking chair.

    • Mike 2 | January 18, 2012 at 11:40 am |

      This is from a couple of years ago when Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow hit 1000 in the same game. The silver stick is the ‘traditional’ gift, they did jerseys as well.

    • Jim Vilk | January 18, 2012 at 11:50 am |

      Back in the ’91-’92 season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers gave a #1000 jersey to their basketball announcer Ray Christensen for his 1000th game. If the Star Tribune archives go back that far, there should be a photo.

  • Greg | January 18, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    LeBron’s Adidas 2 stripes a little homage to Johan Cryuff’s 2 stripes Adidas when he was contracted to rival Puma?

  • Mark K | January 18, 2012 at 9:06 am |

    Why the hate for Guy Fieri- it seems like the places he features on DDD would usually be right up your alley? Sure, he’s a west-coaster but I must be missing something.

    • concealed78 | January 18, 2012 at 9:34 am |

      Guy Fieri is kind of an ass-clown. Speaking on my behalf, some of us (more serious culinary types) view the Food Network & their cronies as some ghastly fringe novelty.

      • Mike Edgerly | January 18, 2012 at 9:48 am |

        If Guy Fieri were a uniform, this site would be all over him for being the equivalent of a BFBS Amateur Pacifist uni with un-necessary Flames and gratuitous use of bad hair products that cause his hair to stick through his ill-fitting helmet.

        • concealed78 | January 18, 2012 at 10:02 am |

          … while wearing full black-monochrome in a color vs. color match-up with his pants hanging over his heels, wearing a uniform 3 sizes too big, cap crooked & flat-brimmed, full body armor, specially-made pink Nike shoes & gloves all while BFFing Rachael Ray. When he’s not busy selling out for Chili’s.

      • Dane | January 18, 2012 at 10:00 am |

        If you are taking Guy Fieri seriously, you are missing the point. Relax, have fun, and go deep fry something.

        • concealed78 | January 18, 2012 at 10:06 am |

          You know who deep fried something with a little bit heavy on the butter? Paula “Type 2 Diabetes” Deen.

          I know what Guy Fieri is about. Just doesn’t make him any less irritating or contemptible.

        • Christopher F. | January 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

          Well, its not the end of the world… but I like food shows, which means that douchebag is taking up a spot for someone better.

  • Dumb Guy | January 18, 2012 at 9:27 am |

    We did leathercrafts in 7th grade shop class (c. 1976). Lots of belts with American flag buckles and Redskins buckles (I lived in VA).

  • WFY | January 18, 2012 at 9:36 am |

    Didn’t Johnny U also showed up at Super Bowl V “long hair?”

  • Kek | January 18, 2012 at 9:40 am |

    Sorry for the intrusion, for the person that posted under the name “ryanat” yesterday (covers the Pitt St. Gorillas) I responded to your comment just now, sorry, didn’t get a chance to respond last night, headed to the Penguins game right after work.

    You can find my email address through my website link in my name, get in touch if you get the chance.

  • Teebz | January 18, 2012 at 9:43 am |

    I hate to say it, but that Harry Lumley photo looks fake. There’s no way Lumley’s face would be in a perfect smile with metal pressed against his skin. The “D” on the hat looks like it was drawn in, and, judging by the neck opening, I’d say that Lumley would have a hard time getting it on and off.

    • Rob S | January 18, 2012 at 9:54 am |

      Yeah, that definitely looks like an artistic rendering airbrushed over ol’ Apple Cheeks. Makes him look like he’s undergoing a Cyberman conversion… and enjoying it?

    • Chance Michaels | January 18, 2012 at 9:55 am |

      Agreed – it’s airbrushed.

      But the real question is: Why?

    • Jet | January 18, 2012 at 10:15 am |

      I saw fake, too. But yeah… WHY?


      • Teebz | January 18, 2012 at 10:42 am |

        I’m guessing that someone wants to drive up the price with a “unique” photo of Lumley wearing a “prototype mask”. Caveat emptor, citizens!

        • Jim | January 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm |

          It’s not a fake, it is an “illustrated photo.” The photo has to be an example of a newspaper photo retoucher’s handiwork. Probably an article on Lumley’s refusal to wear a mask. Perhaps Lumley said that a mask would make him look like he was from outer space… and the retoucher was called in.

        • Teebz | January 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm |

          Jim, Lumley was adamant about not using a mask. What possible reason would a retoucher be called for? Especially when Lumley played for the Red Wings from 1944-1950?

          Photo retouching of that magnitude in 1950 is like hiring an art student to paint a replica of a Picasso. The guy has nine photos – not one original “retouched” photo – available meaning he has nine photos of something that never happened. Not once does the seller indicate that the photo has been retouched. Therefore, the photo is fake.

  • Frank | January 18, 2012 at 9:44 am |

    I agree with the your assessment of ‘Bone Luging’. Besides sounding pornographic (“Honey, I’m going out with the guys to do some bone luging! Don’t wait up!”), I’m well past my 20’s where the sole purpose of drinking was getting drunk. Better to spend $10 for a glass of good scotch or good craft brew, sip it slowly and savor the flavor notes, then blow $100 on cheap vodka shots or cheap beer and waking up with a hangover.

    • Bernard | January 18, 2012 at 11:34 am |

      An excellent illustration of the confusion that can arise when you use “then”, but probably mean “than”…

  • Winter | January 18, 2012 at 9:46 am |

    I think what amuses me most about the Catch of the Day is that the nickname for Utah is “Utah”.

    • Nestor Chylak | January 18, 2012 at 10:00 am |

      Missouri is interesting.

      • Winter | January 18, 2012 at 11:04 am |

        It was made in Illinois, so there you go.

      • Bob A. | January 18, 2012 at 11:06 am |

        Just noticed the Missouri one. WTH? Thought I’d find a reference on Wikipedia but…well, you know.

      • Jeremiah | January 18, 2012 at 11:08 am |

        Yeah, until I saw that one, I thought Illinois’s “sucker” was the most unfortunate. Being known as “The Puke State” is much worse, however.

  • Mike Edgerly | January 18, 2012 at 9:50 am |

    Paul will I be banned from the site for mentioning the acronyms SOPA and PIPA today?

    • Paul Lukas | January 18, 2012 at 9:59 am |

      Not in the least. Discuss away!

      • Mike Edgerly | January 18, 2012 at 10:12 am |

        You probably have seen this on the Google page, but here is how to “Stop Piracy, not Liberty”

        The list of companies that support SOPA and PIPA and are being boycotted today include a certain World Wide Leader…

        • The Jeff | January 18, 2012 at 11:40 am |

          Oh the ranting I could do…

          SOPA/PIPA would pretty much destroy the internet as we know it.

          …and they wouldn’t even succeed in actually stopping piracy.

        • jdreyfuss | January 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

          I’m not even gonna comment on the censorship stuff. What the bills would do is essentially the same as putting up permanent roadblocks on the intersections surrounding a building suspected of housing illegal activity.

        • The Jeff | January 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm |

          Ineffective roadblocks at that. De-listing a site from DNS means that the site no longer resolves if you type in it’s name, but you can still access it if you know what the IP address is. There’s already a Firefox plugin that’ll bypass that type of blocking.

        • Arr Scott | January 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm |

          I’d just ask any SOPA or PIPA advocate to show me the text in the Constitution that permits the federal government to abet in the prior restraint of private or commercial speech.

          That’s kind of a loaded question; when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January 2011, they promised that every bill introduced to the House would include a clear explanation of the constitutional clauses granting Congress the power to do what the bill does. Yet a glance at the text of SOPA, the House version, shows no such statement of constitutional authority:

          It’s a silence that speaks volumes about those in Congress who are pushing this law. They know full well that what they are proposing violates their own stated principles of constitutional jurisprudence.

          If any given BitTorrent pirate went out and shot people at a Safeway instead of streaming movies, these very same politicians would argue that we don’t need to pass new laws restricting people’s rights, we just need to enforce the laws we already have. In this case, that would be the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which already radically transformed vast swaths of civil IP torts into federal criminal felonies. And so either the problem persists, in which case the 1998 act proves that further expansion of government control of the free market cannot work; or the 1998 act works, and there is no problem to be solved by new laws like SOPA or PIPA.

  • TheSmokingPun | January 18, 2012 at 9:51 am |

    The Harry Lumley is easy to explain. He’s just undergone cyber-conversion.

    • Rob S | January 18, 2012 at 9:57 am |

      Great minds think alike? (see my response to Teebz above)

  • Matthew Radican | January 18, 2012 at 9:51 am |

    I think the picture of Harry Lumley has been PhotoShopped. Here is a site that claims he never once wore a mask.

    Maybe he wore a mask for practices but not in games?

  • Sean M | January 18, 2012 at 10:23 am |

    I always enjoy your original content on sports which is not easy to find on the web. I just don’t understand why you get so pretentious over what other people enjoy. If someone wants to canoe a marrow bone, cool. If they want to make it the size of a schoolbus or do shots with it, why do you condemn them like savages? It just seems uncalled for to me.

    • Paul Lukas | January 18, 2012 at 10:31 am |

      If someone wants to wear a solid-black uniform with reflective numbers and neon-green stripes, I guess I should just shut up about that too, right? After all, some people like it — why condemn it?

      There is nothing “pretentious” about saying what I think. (If I said something *other* than what I think, *that* would be pretentious.) If you don’t agree with what I think, that’s fine. Diff’rent strokes and all that.

      I’m a cultural critic. The job of a cultural critic is, loosely speaking, to encourage the good and discourage the bad, with the goal of helping to shape the best and most tasteful possible result (and discussion about same). Those are all subjective terms with shifting standards, of course, but this is my web site, so I go by my own standards. Not your cuppa? Nobody said it had to be.

      If you dislike the entire concept of cultural criticism, that’s fine too. But it means you’re reading the wrong web site. (And it also means there’s a whole lot of other media content you shouldn’t be reading.)

      • Sean M | January 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm |

        I think you’re taking my comment as an attack, that I’m condemning criticism and person opinions. I’m simply doing what you were doing in the Culinary Corner. I don’t think anyone should shut up about having unique ideas, I just believe attacking Guy Fieri and telling people to try and have dignity when it comes to trying a this craze was a little strong.

        However, without your column I would not have known what canoeing a marrow bone was, or that it’s a national thing. I was never shutting out the idea of criticism, but the strength of your assumptions isn’t my cuppa. Keep doing what you’re doing Paul, I do enjoy it, I just wouldn’t be as quick to condemn harmless trends.

        • Paul Lukas | January 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm |

          I think you’re taking my comment as an attack…

          Well, I’m not sure I’d use the word “attack.” But when someone says that I “get so pretentious over what other people enjoy,” I tend not to think of it as a Valentine. Or even as constructive criticism. It’s just someone whose opinion differs from mine and who seems to think there’s something inherently objectionable about that.

          One person’s “harmless” is another’s “Oh fuck, this is the latest sign of our civilization’s descent down the toilet.” There may be times where you think something represents the latter and I think the former; in this case, it’s the other way around. I can live with that gap in our opinions. I’m afraid you’re going to have to live with it too.

    • Coleman | January 18, 2012 at 10:33 am |

      This type of question gets asked quite a bit around here when Paul goes “off-topic” and voices opinions on anything NOT uni-related. I don’t think I’m out of line, and I certainly mean no disrespect to you Sean, but to put it simply he does it because he can. Its hard to convey a non-attacking tone in text so that’s why I’m writing it, but he has opinions just like the rest of us. He just happens to have a wonderful platform from which to speak. Most of us come here for uniform conversation every morning, but the “off-topic” stuff really can be a nice change of pace and a look into personal likes and dislikes of the author himself.

      *steps off soapbox*

  • rpm | January 18, 2012 at 10:32 am |

    you call that buckle? it needs a hornet or bumble carcass.

    that should cover it, off to work now.

    • Paul Lukas | January 18, 2012 at 10:35 am |

      I knew you were gonna say that!

    • Phil Hecken | January 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm |

      work? at 9:32 (CST)?

      shit man, im impressed

  • =bg= | January 18, 2012 at 10:35 am |

    I remember the Colts/Cowboys SB—first time I saw EVERYone in Adidas or Puma.

    JOHNNY U in lo-cut Puma, tho—hadn’t seen that.

  • SoCalDrew | January 18, 2012 at 10:37 am |

    ““About a month or so ago I I noticed Rob Ninkovich’s helmet decal was missing …”

  • KT | January 18, 2012 at 10:44 am |

    Non-uni-related, but poor Paul…finally gets rid of Wayne Hagin and now might end up with Josh Lewin.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    • David in Texas | January 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |

      I actually enjoyed Josh on the Texas Rangers broadcast. Poor guy had to find enough content to fill the air as the Rangers were being blown out in the aughts, and then got canned when the team started doing well. Josh may not have been the most popular guy when he was around, but the Rangers faithful were clamoring for him to come back after John Rhadigan was hired.

  • Joe D | January 18, 2012 at 10:52 am |

    Rays pitcher David Price was spotted at the Lightning game last night. He was wearing an MLB hat turned backwards but the black hat with the black and red MLB logo means it clearly wasn’t a Rays hat. What team was he wearing? Here’s the pick from the Lightning facebook page:

  • Ricko | January 18, 2012 at 10:58 am |

    A big sloppy wet one comin’ up?
    Or even better, a fog bank rolling in off the bay?
    San Francisco weather forecast…

    Foxboro’s ain’t exactly peachy, either…

    • Paul Lukas | January 18, 2012 at 11:17 am |

      A big sloppy wet one comin’ up?

      For sec there I thought you were referring to a smooch.

      Anyway, yeah: Bad weather + notoriously bad Candlestick turf = a potentially very messy game in SF.

      • Ricko | January 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

        And SF’s the late game, too.

        Imagine a “fog bowl” at night (sun still sets pretty early).
        Under the lights, much of that light being reflected off the fog back toward its source, and toward the high-level cameras.

        Now THAT would be a game no one would ever forget.
        Of course, they wouldn’t SEE much of it, either.

        In the NFL of today, though, it probably would be suspended and finished Monday night. Or postponed ’til Monday right from the get-go.

        • =bg= | January 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm |

          imagine the lights go out again.

          Hurry up and get digging in SC, please.

    • pflava | January 18, 2012 at 11:58 am |

      At least the game in the Bay Area will look great uni wise.

      Not even a blizzard could make the clash of clown suits in Foxboro aesthetically pleasing.

  • Tom V. | January 18, 2012 at 11:24 am |

    It’s too late…found on the internets…

    “…Restaurants are jumping on board the trend by offering suggested pairings with the bones such as tequila, Madeira, or sherry…”

    Although I couldn’t see this becoming “wildly popular” throughout society, seems like something reserved for the college party crowd.

  • Christopher F. | January 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm |

    I’m curious Paul… you talk about your political opinions on here all the time. Yet, you can’t talk about SOPA?

    This is serious curiousity… not trying to start another lame-ass flame war about what should/shouldn’t be on “my Uni-Watch” :)

    • Ricko | January 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm |

      Read again what Paul wrote.
      Then think about it.
      Really think about it.

      Pretty sure you’ll have an, “Oh, I get it; of course” moment.

      And he DID say those here are more than welcome to discuss SOPA. Scroll up aways.

    • Casey | January 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm |

      I think the fact that he is an employee of ESPN plays a huge role in his inability to comment on this particular issue.

      • Phil Hecken | January 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

        dick fuckin tracy

  • jdreyfuss | January 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

    You should have stopped at Lolita while you were in town, Paul. Chef Symon does a really good roasted marrowbone. Theirs is canoed, but it’s only about eight inches long, so it doesn’t fall victim to the Flintstone effect.

    • Andy | January 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

      I had this item at Bar Symon before it closed. Was excellent, as is the norm for many of Symon’s creations (so long as you like a heaping dose of meaty, salty, rustic, midwestern flavor).

  • Ry Co 40 | January 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    was running a little mini contest yesterday here on UW… first person to mention the “pedro porthole” from my cleveland pic was gonna get a 4″ Invaders patch. now i’ll either think of something else, or contribute to the UW Appreciation Raffle


    • Phil Hecken | January 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

      “first person to mention the “pedro porthole” from my cleveland pic was gonna get a 4″ Invaders patch”


      threat or promise?

  • Matt Kuhn | January 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm |

    About the post on the bobble heads, ironically, Hunter Pence tweeted this picture today:!/PhilliesMCS/status/159674759116898305/photo/1

    • KT | January 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm |

      Coincidence, not irony.

  • Ricko | January 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm |


    Sunday the Giants are playing at a venue used by a hometown team in a different sport that has the same nickname.

    Where else in the “Big Four” can this happen?

    Sacramento Kings at Staples Center, for one.

    Anywhere else?

    • Ricko | January 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm |

      Okay, it USED to be used by the hometown team. Sorry about that.

      • Valjean | January 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

        Well, heck, if you open it up to “used to be’s” (including the parks):

        (SF) Giants playing the Yankees in old Yankee Stadium
        (STL) Browns playing the Indians at old Municipal
        (STL/Baseball) Cardinals playing in every multi-purpose stadium in the NL (Atlanta, Cincy, Houston, Pittsburgh, NY, Philly)

        … or I suppose if Winnipeg ever gets into a Winter Classic at the Meadowlands …

        Good brain teaser — thanks.

        • Valjean | January 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm |

          Ack. (STL/Football), of course.

    • Tom V. | January 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm |

      Rangers, when they have the 2046 Winter Classic in Dallas.

      • Ricko | January 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm |

        Did Thrashers and Hawks play in same venue?

        If so, could stretch and say the Blackhawks when in Atlanta.

        Or vice versa.

        Kenny Ocker (Hemogoblin) pointed out the late 40s-early 50s St. Louis Browns playing at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

        • Ricko | January 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm |

          Or vice versa.
          should be a question..
          Or vice versa?

    • Oakville Endive | January 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm |

      Well it’s not the Big 4, (Hockey is considered Big?), and there is spelling difference, and off course one team is now defunct – nonetheless it has to be mentioned

      Rough Riders at the Roughriders or Roughriders at the Rough Riders.

  • Tim E. O'B | January 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm |

    Yo Teebz,

    You ever use those Andrew Shaw pictures I sent Paul a few days/weeks back?

    • Teebz | January 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm |

      Coming up, Tim.

      I wanted to find as many cases as I could where jerseys have been torn, shredded, and repaired through various means (mostly fights). It will be in an upcoming HBIC article. :o)

  • Joe D | January 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

    Just found the Rays “Tampa Tarpons” throwback hat had a black/red MLB logo. Could this be it?

    I’m still curious if anyone has any better possibilities or (better yet) another pic showing the front of his hat.

    Also, how often are MLBers wearing MLB hats casually in their personal lives?

    • Joe D | January 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm |

      My bad, my browser went screwwy on me. This was ment as a reply to the earlier post about David Price wearing an unidentified MLB hat at the Lightning game last night

    • Dumb Guy | January 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm |

      Time to clean my glasses. I read that as “Tampa Tampons”

      • Patrick_in_MI | January 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

        That would explain the red.

    • Arr Scott | January 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

      Was the Tarpons throwback cap black? I had thought it was dark navy. Huh. Props to him if that’s what he was wearing.

    • Shane | January 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm |

      My friend once saw Kyle Farnsworth at a blackjack table in Vegas, wearing a Yankees cap.

  • Kyle M | January 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm |

    culinary corner tag missing

    • Paul Lukas | January 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

      Thanks for the reminder. Now fixed.

  • Kyle Allebach | January 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

    Hey, you don’t have to strike to show your disdain for SOPA/PIPA. I mean, at least one website that I use daily has to be up and running, right?

    I try to keep politics out of when I comment here, and I’m sure Paul does too. It’s good that he actually mentioned the blackout as opposed to just putting blinders on, so to speak.

  • Zach Rieger | January 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm |


    I paid something about this yesterday but don’t know if you saw it about the Michigan Ohio State game in Cleveland I know that reebok is an Adidas company but I never realized that Michigan made a switch from adidas to reebok in hockey. What’s the deal with that?

    • Teebz | January 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm |

      Adidas owns Reebok, and Reebok makes all of the hockey gear for that company.

  • DenverGregg | January 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm |

    Athlete using skin as a billboard notice: here. Sure it’s “just” Olympic track and field, but it will inspire copycats.

  • Casey | January 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm |

    Anyone else find it the least bit amusing that Nike is advertising some Kobe Bryant shoe on this web page?

    • Phil Hecken | January 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm |


  • Patrick_in_MI | January 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm |

    I’m pretty sure that bone luging will only be popular (and by popular I mean fade out within 5 months) in such pretentious douchewad places like Portland. Here in flyover country it would be an amusement at first but then scoffed at and ran out of town. I have luged before but it involved a large block of ice with a canal carved into it. Block of ice is set up at an angle with drinker at the bottom and pourer at the top. Amusing at first but then I went back to actually having a shot with my beer.

  • DenverGregg | January 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm |

    You want something tasty with a serious Flintstone factor, try some BBQ bison ribs. They’re done very nicely at: