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Frieze, turkey!
2007-07-31 21:59
by Bob Timmermann

The press release on the logo for the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, an event everyone was waiting for with great longing, states:

The official logo of the 2008 All-Star Game is traditional and simple in nature, symbolic of the Yankee franchise, and incorporates the club's signature pinstripes and the architectural element of the famed Yankee Stadium façade.

However, when you go to the story, written by Bryan Hoch, accuracy triumphs:

The All-Star Game logo, which was unveiled from a select spot atop the Yankee Stadium scoreboard along its storied and trademark frieze, prominently features aspects paying homage to the stage upon which the game will be played. Yankee Stadium's historic facade plays a headlining role, in addition to the team's classic pinstripes.

What's worse? Calling a frieze a facade or insisting on making sure the cedilla is added to the "c" in "façade?"

2007-07-31 22:25:07
1.   xaphor
Why not a Cornice?
2007-08-01 02:30:48
2.   Murray
Yankee fans have called the frieze the "facade" for as long as I can remember. It's wrong, but I can't even get people to understand that striking out three batters in an inning isn't striking out the side. So I gave up on the argument about the facade a long time ago.
2007-08-01 06:01:13
3.   vockins
It's a fascia.
2007-08-01 06:41:42
4.   dianagramr
As a loyal member of the "Association for the Preservation of Diacritical Marks", I'm heartened by the inclusion of the cedilla.
2007-08-01 07:46:49
5.   Bob Timmermann
In my book, it's a frieze. And not even John Sterling can get me to change.
2007-08-01 08:32:57
6.   invisibleman
2- To strike out the side, do the K's need to be consecutive?
2007-08-01 08:53:00
7.   Woden325
The Yankees have it both ways in their article about the new stadium:
The design will even go further back to recreate some of the original park's features. It will have the tall cathedral windows, auxiliary outfield scoreboards, a right-field Yankees bullpen and a frieze on the roof, which is commonly known as the façade and was a feature of the original stadium. "
2007-08-01 09:42:57
8.   Mr Customer
I'm not sure that a façade can face the interior of a building. It definitely would be both a frieze and a façade if it ran around the outside.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure what the "front" of a baseball stadium really is. It makes it harder for me to be punctilious about this sort of thing.

I completely support the inclusion of the cedilla, though.

2007-08-01 10:54:15
9.   Murray
6 I'm not going to get into this one because the last time I tried, people insisted that my answer was: A is A because it is A. So I'm not getting into a protracted explanation, but the point is: the batters that bat in a team's half-inning are "the side." If a batter reaches in an inning by hit or walk, he didn't strike out. Yet he was part of "the side" that batted. Therefore, the side couldn't have been struck out. The expression is now used to mean three strikeouts are recorded in an inning so often, however, that most people consider that feat to be striking out the side. To me, the usage is logically incorrect. But it is widely accepted.
2007-08-01 11:50:03
10.   xaphor
The Computer & Communications Industry Association want to make baseball telecasts less frightening. Here's to free, non-consenting dissemination.

FTC complaint flags NFL, MLB, studios for overstating copyright claims

2007-08-01 20:36:21
11.   Daniel Zappala
10 Yay for fair use!

This makes me want to setup a web site dedicated to the use of clips from baseball and football telecasts as a means of promoting proper interpretation of copyright law. Oh if I had the time ...

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