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Good morning! The latest installment of “Ask Me Anything,” featuring my responses to lots of fascinating questions posed by Uni Watch readers, is now available over on Substack. And unlike most of my recent AMAs, this one isn’t paywalled — it’s freely available to all. You can check it out here — enjoy!
ITEM! Important Bacon Update
Remember yesterday’s post about the Hormel bacon that’s being smoked over wood remnants salvaged from the production of this year’s Final Four courts? I finally heard back from Hormel’s PR agency rep yesterday afternoon. She didn’t respond to most of my questions, but she did clarify a few things:
Connor Sports, which produces the courts, sent 100 pounds of wood to Hormel.
The remnants were 100% pure wood — no shellac, varnish, paint, or other contaminants that get added during the court production process.
As for the bacon’s flavor profile, especially when compared to Hormel’s regular bacon, she simply said the bacon is infused with “the rarefied smoke of real March hoops hardwood. We’ll leave it up to our fans to reveal if they can taste the glory.”
HOWEVER … I may soon be able to address that last question myself, because the PR rep offered to send me a pack of the bacon — an offer that I happily accepted.
So if all goes well, we may soon be conducting a little taste test here at Uni Watch HQ. I hereby pledge to approach it with my customary critical rigor. That will no doubt be an arduous undertaking, but such is my commitment to you, dear readers — and, verily, to the pursuit of truth itself — that clearly nothing less will suffice.
Speaking of the Hardcourt...
Oh man, I lovelovelove the cover of this week’s issue of The New Yorker, which features a stylized illustration of a Knicks/Bulls game. There’s a short Q&A with the illustrator, Sergio García Sánchez, here.
Too Good for the Ticker
Wow, there’s a lot going on with these uniforms! The photo is from a series of 1959 slides that Dell Michaels bought on eBay. The listing from the seller said, “US Army Football Game, OAC Orleans Area Command France.” I don’t really understand what that means, but the helmets do have “OAC” on the forehead area.
Here’s another shot:
Can of the Day
Hey look, the daily non-sports feature is actually sports-themed today! And what was inside the can? Something very un-baseball-related:
Note that the laces on the two sides of the baseball are oriented the same way, which is wrong — they should be going in opposite directions — but it’s still a really nice can design.
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I’m going out to see my mom today. Play nice while I’m away, okay? Thanks. — Paul