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Where part of our Look Comes From
KPFFL Article - Where part of our Look Comes From
Ben Day Dots
You know those little dot backgrounds that have been an integral part of The League's look for almost a decade now? They were from a theme called "comic book" that I adapted back in the late 90's and I've always liked the look. Anyway, they're called Ben Day Dots. I learned this from the Uni-Watch site that I live on. Paul Lukas, the proprietor, often attends a Tuesday-night lecture series about comics and graphics at the Parsons School of Design. Last week’s edition was a presentation by a British guy named Guy Lawley about the little screened dots used to create most of the colors in comics. Paul reported: "Like a lot of kids who grew up reading comics, at some point I got out a magnifying glass so I could get a closer look at those dots, and I’ve been fascinated by the dot process ever since. The same was presumably true of the great pop artist Roy Lichenstein, who pretty much based his whole career on Ben Day dots."
 
Retiring Hedgehog Rob Gronkowski Admits He’ll Miss Teammates’ Blurry Faces, Fans Spinning Perpetually In The Stands
KPFFL Article - Retiring Hedgehog Rob Gronkowski Admits He’ll Miss Teammates’ Blurry Faces, Fans Spinning Perpetually In The Stands
FOXBORO, MA—In an emotional speech announcing his retirement after a nine-year NFL career with the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski reportedly admitted Monday that he’ll miss his teammates’ blurry faces and the fans spinning perpetually in the stands. “It’s really hard to know that I’ll never again stumble off the field, trying to regain my balance while the stadium crowd whirls around me and bright lights hurt my eyes,” said the 29-year-old tight end, adding that he’ll never forget the smell of grass as his head was slammed into the turf by several tacklers or looking up at the dozens of fuzzy, indistinct teammates standing above him waiting for the injury cart to arrive. “I’ll miss the rush of trying to guess which of the 10 balls flying toward me was the one I was supposed to catch, and I’ll definitely pine for the days when I’d arrive at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday in June thinking it was gameday. Mostly, I’ll miss both Tom Bradys, both Bill Belichicks, and both Robert Krafts, who were always there for me, fading in and out of my vision, asking me if I was really in that much pain and if I could suck it up and get back on the field. I’m just thankful I’ll have this constant ringing in my ears to remember my time in the NFL by.” Gronkowski added that he was retiring early in order to enjoy the few years of remembering his career he has left. ONION
 
Giants Consider Drafting Quarterback To Mentor Eli Manning
KPFFL Article - Giants Consider Drafting Quarterback To Mentor Eli Manning
NEW YORK—Insisting that they didn’t want to push the 38-year-old signal caller onto the field before he’s ready, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman told reporters Tuesday that the team was considering drafting a quarterback to mentor Eli Manning. “I think it will be good to keep Eli on the bench for a year or two so he can learn the ropes of being an NFL quarterback,” said Gettleman, noting that Manning could really benefit from watching and working with someone who had experience leading a Division I football team. “He’s definitely got the talent, he’s just raw. This will give him time to work on his mechanics and learn the playbook. Sometimes, you just need to be patient with someone like Eli, but it would be a shame if he was never given a chance to reach his true potential.” Gettleman added that, barring injury, Eli probably wouldn’t be ready for the starter role until the 2021 NFL season.