January 24, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 12 comments

The Patriots have wisely chosen to wear their road white uniforms in the Super Bowl. Acknowledging their own record as well as taking a cue from past color choices by the Steelers and Broncos.

The Pats did lose in white to the Packers when they were sporting their shiny Japanese NASCAR first edition silver & blue scheme. But they later got beaten by the Giants twice in blue and blasted by the Bears in the old red sets. Lots of bad memories in dark colors.

Why a Boston Patriot football franchise would ever choose to wear General Gage red instead of Continental Army blue to begin with is one of life's enduring mysteries. What were they thinking?

My favorite choice of white was Pittsburgh's. The Steelers reasoned that they had been an underdog wild card team right from the get go, playing every post-season game on the road, and had risen to every challenge they faced to get to the SB, so they wanted to continue that us-against-the-world mentality and keep on fighting in white.

Two years ago, it seemed to take forever for the Broncos to choose white instead of their just-shoot-me-now orange, which probably has the most negative color association in Super Bowl history. If you're in the Super Bowl, you wear Bronco orange so the Coast Guard will know there's been a disaster and can locate the survivors. Reasonable people in all parts of the country were begging Denver to come to their senses and make the right decision, and when they finally did, there was no doubt that they would own the moment in Mile High white while Cam Newton sulked in Slurpee blue.

posted by beaverboard at 02:41 PM on January 24

The Patriots have wisely chosen to wear their road white uniforms

The whites have been referred to as the"Bird Killers". In them the Patriots have won the Lombardi Trophy over the Falcons, Eagles, and Seahawks. Now they get another chance at the Eagles. Philadelphia looks terrible in green, but at least in SB XXXIX the green helped to partly hide Donovan McNabb puking on the field.

posted by Howard_T at 04:12 PM on January 24

I loved the old Eagles unis with the lighter shade of green and the more understated and refined silver wings.

Their current dark green jerseys look like the color of the water over by the Navy Yard.

The old helmets looked like freshly minted currency. The helmets they have now make all the players look like Anthony Davis.

And the angry bird Eagle logo looks like they electroplated Callista Gingrich and turned her into a bottle opener.

posted by beaverboard at 09:44 PM on January 24

Then again who will be disappointed when the white jerseys have the most Super Bowel Wins. Fence Companies Baton Rouge

I'm not sure just where to start...

posted by tommytrump at 09:08 PM on January 25

Well tommy, there are no better fences than the ones in Baton Rouge, Cindy, BATON ROUGE...you know this!

posted by NoMich at 06:53 AM on January 26

And we all know that super bowels are the healthiest of all of the bowels. Next come good bowels. Then mediocre bowels. Finally, there are obstructed bowels--those are no good at all.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:42 PM on January 26

Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

Robert Frost, "Mending Walls"

posted by Howard_T at 02:00 PM on January 26

Belichick doesn't have a fence problem.

Kraft just bought the Patriots a new secure practice facility.

posted by beaverboard at 02:42 PM on January 26

Howard, good fences make good neighbors

posted by tahoemoj at 02:53 PM on January 26

Slow down you guys, I'm taking notes here. Could there be an essay in my future?

posted by tommytrump at 04:33 PM on January 26

Really, though, there's only *one* good fence: the picket fence!

posted by NoMich at 06:09 PM on January 26

good fences make good neighbors

That was the retort from the narrator's neighbor as they did the annual walking of their property line and mended the stone wall. Frost wasn't buying that idea.

My fence problem is that the guy who disposes of my questionably obtained merchandise has increased the percentage he wants for the service. Definitely not a good fence, but useful nonetheless.

posted by Howard_T at 06:54 PM on January 26

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