Monday, October 28, 2013

Nachos Grande Blogger Bracket Challenge: Round 1

And so it begins... ROUND 1 of the Nachos Grande Blogger Bracket Challenge in 3-D. Now the chips (Nacho of course) are for real, the tough get tougher and the rest fall by the wayside. Eliminations are now real and I am in one of those three person brackets which means the one with the highest score moves on and the other two fall to their doom. To my left is Backstop Cards to my right is gcrl OH Great that's it I'm doomed these guys are pros (like about 90% of the competition). Oh well Its been fun. Vote for me just in case UMK?

OK now on to the C prompt:
NO NO not the "C" Prompt, the "Card" Prompt (this one):
Subject: Craig Paquette (pronounced Paw-Ket) MLB Outfielder, 1st and 3rd baseman - 10 year career 5 different teams. Seen here with his second team the Kansas City Royals. But wait this is no ordinary action shot. It appears to be some sort of pregame shirt test during batting practice shot. A jersey resilience test? A screen test for a new deodorant?

Craig's jersey/shirt looks to be some kind of mesh jersey not your ordinary polyester or cotton blend. Kevlar maybe? Is that dirt? Or is it a new fingerprint type pattern? No we'll go with the mesh theory. Look there is one hand tugging at his left sleeve. Is it his own or some awestruck fan wanting to get a piece of their favorite player? I hope it isn't a zombie, but since we know Craig played some six years and three teams after this photo session it isn't a zombie hand. Then there is the right hand coming in for a firm handshake, or maybe it is the second shirt inspector from Nike, or Under Armour? Or ANOTHER ZOMBIE? NO we ruled out the zombie theory since Craig survived this encounter. Besides zombies don't often wear watches and if they do it wouldn't be shiny anymore, unless it was recently turned. That is a debate for another post some other time some other blog. What is with all this zombie stuff?

Geez for cryin' out loud would somebody get rid of that zombie conspiracy theorist? There are NO ZOMBIES IN BASEBALL!
UM OK maybe there are a few, or were.

Ah found the back of the secret shirt test card:
On the back of the card Craig is seen at bat in his road grays so I guess we can safely say that the whole invincible mesh jersey test was a wash. Oh well I guess it was just the final game of the season and the  "Take the jersey off the players back" day. Craig you are supposed to wait till the game is over to give it away and then sign it, maybe.

Now about this Zombie thing...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

GOING GOing Gone!

The following post is a presentation of the Nachos Grande: 2013 Blogger Bracket Challenge Launch. Please do not panic but keep your arms and legs in the blog tram at all times.

GOING Going and Gone!
Going, going, GONE! That is what happens when you play this card as it is intended for your 2011 Topps Attax game campaign. You hit a Home Run. If you're lucky and your HR is a GRAND SLAM! All the Mascot cards will do a celebration dance for you (OK maybe not all Bernie Brewer rarely does anything but drink and slide). If you played your cards right, at the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, you win the game and the satisfaction of seeing your opponent's face go from a big wide grin to a droopy gloomy sour puss pout.

Featured on this card is Carlos Lee when he was playing for the Astros. When this image of Carlos was first captured he was only thinking of knocking the ball out of the park, or pretending to if it was a staged photo op. Little did Mr. Lee know that he would have only one more year wearing Astros Orange and that the Astros would only have one more year at the bottom of the National League, OK he might have know of the impending League move for his then current team.

So Carlos bid farewell to that baseball in 2011, then in 2012 farewell to Astros' Orange in exchange for Marlin's Neon Orange. The Astros bid farewell to the National League in 2012 and Hello to the American League in 2013. Out of the league's cellar and into the other league's... well cellar.  Oh and Carlos has since bid baseball farewell and said hello retirement. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

1970s Football Magazines Question

Valerie Bertinelli from "One Day A Time" in a John Riggins Redskins jersey.
I had a Sonny Jurgensen Jersey that style when I was a kid.
I no longer have the shirt but I do have a few pictures of me in the jersey.

I seem to recall that back in the late 1960s early 1970s there was a Football magazine that had some pinup or centerfold like photos of models wearing just football jerseys. It might have just come out at the beginning of the football season, maybe it was Playboy's football preview for the preseason or one of the regular Football magazines preseason issue, but I am about 90% certain it was a football oriented magazine not a men's magazine. My Brother had them and I am not sure if he remembers the magazine he might remember the photos/posters, but I'm not sure if he would recall the exact magazine. The reason I think it might have been just a special preseason issue is there didn't seem to be very many of these. I think it was also one of these one model/picture per issue thing. I think maybe they had four at the most, although I think my brother only had two.  Maybe it was because the magazine folded? I don't think it was a one-shot parody. This has been driving me nuts for years trying to figure this out.

Now-a-days with all the various porn magazines and online websites the sexy image of a girl in nothing but a sports jersey is about as common as a sports card from the late 1980s, or pictures of cats on the internet. Back in the sixties (or seventies) however it wasn't too overdone. These particular magazine images I'm looking for were tastefully done no nudity (at least I think there was no nudity). Color photo not drawing.
Kind of like this except not as provocative.
The pinups were of beautiful girls in a football jersey that is big enough for them to use as a nightgown, the way this image used to be done, now they tend to wear cut-off Jerseys to show more skin. I don't recall all the details, they might have had on white shorts or panties under the jersey, but I think they had nothing, or gave that illusion of nothing. The pinups I am looking for also might have had them holding a football, or with a football helmet, holding the helmet or lying near one or perhaps wearing it.
Something more along these lines, except shot in a photography studio.
Or like this. She sure is cute.
I seem to recall one of them was a blond with long hair in a straight style of the time wearing a white jersey of the Dolphins, Bills, Chargers or some other team's white jersey, either holding a ball or a helmet of that team.

Like many older pinups pre 1980s the effect was sexy without lingerie or showing too much skin. Yeah it was more like Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees (and the promos) than anything from today.
UPDATE: If I recall correctly the main part of the magazine was black and white on newspaper type stock paper. The "centerfold" or "pinup" whatever you want to call it was the only thing in color. Of course since my memories are 40 some years from the mind of a 5 or 6 year old reality might be very different from the stored memory. Apparently six years ago I had asked about these things on the Ebay sports forums and a trading card forum with no replies or results.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Not Chyour Contest Or Mine Either

Christopher of Nachos Grande El Bloggo is hosting a contest that sounds like real fun. I entered and due to the nature of the contest slots could fill up real fast so check it out and sign up now. It is one of those participation ones, not a trivia answering or random card choosing. One requirement is you need to have a blog, or start one for the contest.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

4th Blogiversary: Yay Me!

Today 16 October 2013 marks the Fourth Anniversary of this blog. Notice the original banner I didn't quite get it all filled in yet, I was still trying to figure out what cards to put on it. Wanna see my First Post? Card Blogging What A Concept. Yep the title is a play on the title of the 1979 debut comedy album from Robin Williams "Reality... What A Concept."

Another concept is posting more often. That will at least keep my two or three semi-regular blog followers awake.