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Norv Turner Denies Stick-Um. Admits To Using Some Sort of Towel

“I might as well get to it right off the bat so you don’t have to bother with the questions.  Nobody from the San Diego Chargers used stickum in the game on Monday night against the Denver Broncos.  Nobody in this organization has used stickum in any game.  The question that has been asked by the league involves a towel that has been used by this organization for over 10 years.  It’s been used by a lot of teams in this league.  The towel is used to dry the balls, dry the gloves the players wear and their arms. The league is looking into the towel.  That’s about where we’re at.”

  - Norv Turner (via

Welp. It is not “Stick-Um”!

But what is this towel that he is admitting that the team is using? That he is admitting that the rest of the league is using?

I don’t play golf, but some quick research brought me to “Gorilla gold golf grip enhancer.” Here is the description off of the site:

Gorilla Gold Golf Grip Enhancer…The End Of Grip Gripe! Gorilla Gold is a towel that’s impregnated with a solution that allows you to tack up your grip to meet the conditions of the day you play.

Wait, here is one of the reviews on the towel:

I believe this product is meant for golfers, but it’s also great for pole dancers doing aerial work. When you first put it on the pole, it’s so sticky that you feel as if you could climb up the wall, Spiderman style. As your body and the pole heat up, the Gorilla Grip towel will lose it’s magic but that’s to be expected. You can gunk up your pole or you can press the towel to your body. I know a few dancers that do both. This is not an appropriate product for beginning dancers battling sweaty hands, though. For me, this is a grip aid enhancer not an antiperspirant. I love this product!

So…. If it is good for pole dancing, then is it good for catching…?

I looked up the official NFL rules on the Lester Hayes rule. This is what it states under PROHIBITED EQUIPMENT, APPAREL:

Adhesive, Slippery Substances — (i) Adhesive or slippery substances on the body, equipment, or uniform of any player; provided, however, that players may wear gloves with a tackified surface if such tacky substance does not adhere to the football or otherwise cause handling problems for players.

While , looking through the rule book, found out that kickers are prohibited in having a Detachable Kicking Toe (Page 28 in the official rulebook)! Maybe that is why we cut Kaeding!

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  • Lee Cuchine

    Way to go Norv, deny, deny, deny, I feel better already.

  • Pels04

    To me that sounds like it might fall under the “no stick-um or any sticky substance” rule. If it was as widespread like he says it is then why hasn’t anyone else been seen doing it? or why would that line judge and head official conviscate it? I hope Norv is right tho because i don’t want the team ive supported my whole life to be seen as cheaters

    • Pete Spinning

      I agree. The one thing that I can hold onto as a Bolts fan, is that we may not be The Patriots these days, but we certainly aren’t like the Cheatriots either. Or are we? Guess we’ll have to wait and see on this one. Hope we come away unscathed… but, why would they go to all of this trouble to bring it to light, if there wasn’t any substance to the accusations? Could they just hate the Chargers THAT bad? (On second thought…don’t answer that).

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  • Craig Hammond

    “Dissipates quickly,
    so it doesn’t leave a lingering sticky feel”… If it doesn’t leave any residue on the ball it shouldn’t fall under the Lester Hayes rule.