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HOT CORNER: Ripping Bears’ Glovie

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Updated: November 23, 2012 6:20AM



Just in time for the holiday season, those odd- looking receiver gloves that form NFL team logos when your hands are in proper pass-catching form are available. They can be yours for the low, low price of $99.99 (or $104.98 with shipping and handling).

This was a cool look when Nike introduced them for Oregon and other college teams. In the NFL, not as cool. Putting up one hand makes it look like you’re wearing half of a “BEST FRIENDS FOREVER” necklace.

It doesn’t appear the gloves are for kids, as they’re advertised as “men’s gloves.” (Sorry, ladies.) This makes the whole thing especially strange. Give a pair to a kid in Morton Grove, and he’d be outside for hours dropping passes like all his favorite Bears receivers.

What adult is buying these? One of the selling points on the NFL’s website says the gloves are “ideal for wide receivers, defensive backs and running backs.’’ Perfect for all those pickup football games you’re playing with your buddies.

USA Today

Truly “Giant” fan

The only thing missing is a miniature Jimmy Hoffa in the end zone.

It took New York Giants fan Don Martini two years to build a stadium in his Blairstown, N.J., garage. Not just any stadium, but an incredibly detailed replica of Giants Stadium, which was demolished in 2010.

As the Star-Ledger detailed, the 75-year-old grandfather spent nearly $20,000 and an average of eight hours per day to create a massive model of the former Meadowlands landmark, complete with scale seats, fighter jets and even tiny Gatorade jugs.

The original stadium had just over 80,000 seats. Martini’s has 65,000 individual red and blue seats. ‘‘I know, there should be 80,000,” he told the paper. “But there’s only so much room inside.” USA Today

D.C. united on rookie RGIII

Politicians always lie about their intention of uniting Republicans and Democrats. Robert Griffin III has achieved this impossible dream in the first seven weeks of the NFL season.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appeared on a taped segment on ‘‘Fox NFL Sunday’’ extolling the virtues of the Washington Redskins rookie. It’s funny because they don’t agree on anything else.

Romney: “RGIII hasn’t been in Washington very long, but he’s already created change. RGIII has really struck a chord with sports fans — uniting Democrats and Republicans.”

Obama: “He’s a great young man, and a heck of a lot of fun to watch. And I wish him all the luck in the world, except when he plays the Bears. ... Robert, you’re welcome at my house for a pickup game any time.”

USA Today



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