Magazine article ASEE Prism

The Magic Mitt

Magazine article ASEE Prism

The Magic Mitt

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In 1995, Jeff Beraznik, a football receiver for the University of Ottawa, noticed how Donnavan Blair, that year's outstanding Canadian university player, could catch practice punts with one hand. It turned out that Blair was wearing glass-cutter's gloves, which had a protective rubbery surface. Beraznik took to wearing the gloves himself and, after graduating, set about making them stickier. He located a chemist in Karachi, Pakistan, to help with the formula and went on to found Cutters Sports Gloves, "the pioneers of performance grip material." Now manufactured by several companies, these supergloves "are probably the most significant performance-related football equipment innovation since the advent of the cleat," enabling players to grip passes they never would have caught in the past, writes the New York Times. At work, the Times reports, is "the scientific principle of polymer adhesion and the miracle of a molecular chain of silicon and oxygen that creates polysiloxanes-viscoelastic substances commonly known as silicone rubber. …

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