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’Tis the day before Christmas, and Uni Watch HQ has been abuzz with activity. Mascots Tucker and Caitlin have sleigh bells tied to their tails, the Christmas cookies have all been grommeted, and the stirrups have been hung by the chimney with care. (For some reason the presents always end up on the floor, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for better results this year.)
We’ve been experiencing stupid-warm weather here in NYC, with today’s high temps expected to top out in the low 70s (shattering the old record of 56 º), so the Tugboat Captain and I are going to fire up the smoker and make ourselves a duck for dinner. Last time I smoked a duck, back in 2009, it came out spectacularly bronzed, so I’m hoping for similar results today.
If you’re traveling today, travel safe. If you’re working, try not to work too hard. If you’re shopping, well, you really brought that on yourself by waiting until the last minute, didn’t you?
Tomorrow we’ll have the results of the year-end raffle. Until then, enjoy your Christmas Eve and keep an eye out for the Grinch. ”” Paul
PermaRec update: The letter to Santa shown above was written in 1907 and was found, along with another letter, nearly a century later by workers who were renovating a sealed-up chimney. Full details on that story, along with a similar story about another Santa letter recently found in an old chimney, can be found over on Permanent Record.
Gromm-It update: People keep asking me what this project is about. The real answer, of course, is that you can interpret it however you like. But if you want a crib sheet, here it is: I’m fascinated by the way grommets lend an air of factory production to everything they touch. An object with a grommet instantly looks manufactured, industrial, professional, official — that’s a lot of power for such a simple little item. I’m interested in exploring how those impressions collide with things that aren’t industrial. Foodstuffs work particularly well, plus the resulting images evoke the current cultural and policy dialogues about terms like “factory farming,” “Frankenfoods,” and so on. (Also: Grommetized food just looks interesting.)
Anyway: As you can see above, grommets work extremely well in citrus — and not just on the inside. Additional photos and background over on Gromm-It.
By Mike Chamernik
Baseball News: New Orioles OF Hyun-Soo Kim will wear No. 25 (from Andrew Cosentino). … The Duluth Huskies will have a logo for the upcoming 75th anniversary of Wade Stadium (from Topher Davis). … Is Ozzie Smith wearing an old 1999 futuristic jersey in this photo? (From @HighSockSundays).
NFL News: Paul was asked to rank the Ravens’ uniform combinations. … The Browns will wear white jerseys, brown pants, and orange socks on Sunday against the Chiefs (from Phil). … This pack of playing cards has an intriguing Browns logo on it. … Timmy Steffes was at a thrift store in Clinton, Md., and spotted a bunch of NFL photos, including shots of a Broncos player with some paint chipping from his helmet, a 49ers player with a silver helmet (must’ve been from 1962 or 1963), and a player with two single-bar facemasks! … Chiefs QBs visited the University of Kansas Hospital. They wore replica jerseys (note the longer sleeves) with the yellow hospital visitor stickers on them (from Ron Baker). … A lawyer explained how the new film Concussion was able to use NFL logos and uniforms without permission. Key quote: “As long as the use of the NFL trademark and team logos does not in and of itself disparage or misrepresent the brands, there is no need to ask for permission” (from @PtheGiant).
College Football News: A very uni-relevant college football cartoon was published yesterday (from Paul Dillon). … Bob Wilmot works in the Stanford ticket office and one of his coworkers, Gary Ekman, recently died. Gary loved the San Francisco Giants, and he loved to bowl (he rolled more than 90 perfect games). To honor him, the ticket office will wear this patch on their polo shirts for the Cardinal’s game at the Rose Bowl. Designed by another coworker, Cheryl Hammitt, the patch has Gary’s first name in Giants font and an “E” in the Stanford block “S” style. The patch itself is a black circle, like a bowling ball. Nice job. … Chris Weber visited the Reagan Presidential Library recently and found a few college football-related items of interest, including display of old-fashioned nose guards, a doodle that Reagan drew, and a mysterious (and kinda creepy) trophy ”” anyone know more about that?
Hockey News: Minnesota’s governor wore a Coyotes jersey during a press briefing yesterday. He lost a bet to Arizona’s governor after Arizona teams (Cardinals, Coyotes, and Suns) swept Minnesota teams (Vikings, Wild, and Wolves) two weekends ago (from Barry Brite). … Check out this vintage hockey jacket. Very nice! … Some North Stars prototype jerseys were on display when Mike Modano signed with the team in 1989. … Earlier this week at an AHL game, a photographer’s lens hood fell onto the ice, and the players mistook it for the puck.
Basketball News: The Pacers wore their maroon-and-yellow Hickory High throwbacks last night against the Kings, who countered with their regular purple away set, creating a doozy of a color vs. color game (from @toddmu03). … Saint Mary’s has a new grey alternate uniform (from @morrisoncrying). … The NBA is partnering with a gun control group to produce a series of commercials that will air during the games on Christmas Day.
Soccer News: Manchester City’s new crest has leaked (from @mrdcm). … David Brand completed a cool project: The Brooklyn/Queens resident tracked every piece of soccer apparel he saw New Yorkers wearing over a 30-day span. On the 31st day he spotted Alecko Eskandarian, one of the best New Jersey soccer players ever, who was dressed in Cosmos apparel. … New jerseys for Belgium (from @Sarx Tweets). ”¦ Barcelona has new patches for winning the UEFA champions league for 2014-2015.
Grab Bag: Wired examined modern political logos (from Brinke). … Here’s a look at all the new pro cycling world tour new jerseys for 2016 (from Craig Ackers). … Rapper Nicki Minaj posted a group photo on Instagram the other day, and the shoes of her boyfriend, rapper Meek Mill, are blurred out. Is the blur a cover-up of something deeper? ”¦ Check it out: string art of the UNC logo.