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The Brooklyn Historical Society currently has an exhibit devoted to the Brooklyn Americans, the NHL team that was known for most of its existence as the New York Americans and was then rechristened as a Brooklyn team (even though it continued to play at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan) for what turned out to be the franchise’s final season, 1941-42.
I’d been meaning to check out the exhibit since reader Marc Rivlin told me about it back in September, and I finally got around to it last week. It’s full of interesting photos, videos, and artifacts (many of which are from the team’s pre-Brooklyn years but are still great to see). Here are some of the highlights, beginning with a team portrait:
From a uniform perspective, the low-hanging fruit is this spectacular Amerks jersey:
There’s also a really nice Amerks jacket:
I was amused by a photo of goalie Roy Worters that shows him wearing a blocker that appears to have been little more than an oven mitt:
There are several old game programs, a few of which are real beauties:
There are also several cartoons and caricatures, including one by the great Willard Mullin:
I was particularly intrigued, and also frustrated, by these two scrapbooks. Naturally, they were under glass, so there was no way to flip through them, grrrrr:
If you’re a serious fan of hockey history, you might recognize some of these players. Even if you don’t, the photos are really nice:
There’s a nice little puck display, and also a large puck-shaped chair/bench thingie, which felt like it was actually made of (or at least covered with) rubber:
Finally, there’s a long timeline Brooklyn hockey history. I tried to capture most of it in a panoramic shot, although it’s a little choppy:
“The Brooklyn Americans: Hockey’s Forgotten Promise” remains on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights through March 27, 2016.
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My new favorite piece of hardware: Had to do a little home-improvement project yesterday that involved buying a grommet kit at my local hardware store and then installing a few grommets onto something. It made me realize — and not for the first time — that grommets are totally cool. They make everything seem nicely light-industrial, and I like the way their edges form a tight seal.
That got me thinking: What else can I install a grommet into? What would make the most interesting juxtaposition of grommet and object? It was tempting to hammer one into my palm, but I resisted that urge and instead raided the pantry to come up with the results you see above. Of course, a true grommet goes through something, not just into something, but it’s a decent start — kinda gives new resonance to the terms “factory farming” and “processed foods,” no? (I had baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies the day before, so I tried putting a grommet through one of those, but the cookies kept shattering. Might have to put do it right when they come out of the oven next time.)
As some of you are probably aware, the food writer Daniel Shumski has created a bit of a cottage industry around the notion of reheating things in a waffle iron, a project he calls Will It Waffle? With that in mind, maybe I’ll call this new project Will It Grommet?
More to come, I’m sure.
By Mike Chamernik
Baseball News: An empanadas shop a few blocks from Wrigley Field has a mural of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in a Cubs road jersey. … What if the Montreal Expos came back and became a basketball team? A gamer created an Expos court and uniforms in NBA 2K16. … Mookie Wilson wore big reflective cop sunglasses at the plate (from @MM4039). … People who signed up for the Wayne Gretzky fan club in the late 1980s received a photo of the Great One in a Dodgers jersey. Scroll down on that link for a few more classic Gretzky pics. … The Reading Fightin Phils released a gold emblem celebrating 50 years in Reading.
NFL News: The Pro Bowl uniforms were officially unveiled, although it’s not much of a surprise because the designs had first surfaced nearly nine months ago. … Here’s a good history of the Bears’ uniforms (from Phil). … WRs DeSean Jackson and Dez Bryant exchanged signed jerseys after Monday night’s Washington/Dallas game. … My buddy Jeff Bertheau took a trip to Arizona last week and found an Obama ’Skins jersey at a resale shop, which is odd on multiple levels. He also attended an Arizona Coyotes game and got a kick out of a P.F. Chang’s junior hockey jersey. The program is affiliated with the Coyotes.
College Football News: Looks like Michigan State will wear this against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. “Not sure they’ll be in dark, as Alabama is higher seed, but with swooshie, who knows,” says Phil. … Oregon revealed what the Ducks will wear in the Alamo Bowl. … Washington State has new laundry facilities (from Phil).
Hockey News: John Lennon received a Canadiens jersey in 1969. Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of his murder. … A few people sent this in: The Spokane Chiefs will wear very nice Spokane Canaries throwbacks on Dec. 19 (more photos can be seen here). The Canaries were a Pacific Coast Hockey Association team during the 1916-17 season. … Two items from Nicholas Maibroda: PK Subban and Ray Bourque are each wearing altered jerseys in this photo, as Subban has his Reebok logo blocked out and Bourque has his Bruins logo taped over. Second, “this one is from Patrick Roy’s last game in Montreal back in 1995, big old cheater pad showing on his hip.”
Basketball News: The Cavs wore sleeves and went color-vs.-color against the Blazers last night. … The Warriors wore their cable car throwbacks in Indiana yesterday evening (from @RNs_Funhouse). … An artist has combined all the teams’ logos into one comprehensive artistic logo for each NBA conference. Very neat! … Also, an artist created NBA-themed state flags for every team. … Kobe Bryant broke Jonas Valanciunas’s hand when trying to block a shot a few weeks ago, so Kobe signed Jonas’s cast when the Lakers played the Raptors again on Monday. … Speaking of Kobe, someone made a large snow portrait of him on a basketball court at a university in China. … On Instagram yesterday, Mitchell & Ness posted a photo of a Bobcats hat in its new cap line. Must have been a mistake, because the hat isn’t included in the online shop. … The Bucks will play on their alternate court tonight. … A young Bucks fan got the team’s logo shaved into his head. I’m surprised by how good it looks. … Last Bucks item: Bango, the team’s mascot, got a yearbook portrait in the Bucks’ media guide. … This month’s issue of Slam had a whopping 16 pages dedicated to Stance NBA socks. Jeez, Stance, we get it, you make NBA socks now. … Watertown (Wis.) High has illegible jersey type (from J Goede).
Soccer News: DC United finally unveiled its new crest (from @alcamp15). … The USA women’s team has been fighting against having to play on artificial turf, most of which is dangerous and ill-suited for soccer. The players even called off this weekend’s game against Trinidad and Tobago because of the shoddy turf at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. … Two items from Patrick Thomas: The Chilean club Colo Colo unveiled these jerseys and AC Milan showed its 2016 home shirt. … An official in the Wolfsburg-Manchester United match wore teal socks.
Grab Bag: Boxer Rafael Rivera wears the Green Lantern’s logo on his trunks. Why? Because Rivera’s nickname is “The Big Bang,” and the Green Lantern’s logo is also worn by Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory (from Gabe Oppenheim). … North Carolina is creating a new state logo. … Wegmans, an East Coast grocery store chain, has unveiled a 100th-anniversary logo. ”¦ Krispy Kreme rigged up a scannable stream of glaze in the shape of a bar code, which is redeemable for a free donut. Now they just have to figure out how to glaze a bar code onto a donut (from Scott Davis). ”¦ Here’s an article on rugby numbers from an announcer’s perspective. “It makes more sense if you know going in that rugby numbers denote specific positions, and can change for a player from game to game,” explains Kevin Mueller.