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On Authentic Historic Jersey Reproductions

1986 Carman 42

By Morris Levin

The Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. in 2014 is the official licensee of NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB authentic reproduction jerseys. Mitchell & Ness was solely an MLB licensee from 1985 to 1998. Last Friday I wrote on this page, “The 1990 Mitchell & Ness catalog” about the company’s beautifully designed and printed first catalog.

In the comments section of last Friday’s post, a few folks lamented a decline in the company’s attention to historic detail and asked that I speak to the company’s evolution.

Steve D wrote in praise of his 1969 Mets home jersey purchased approximately ten years ago but added, “That said, I would hate myself for not bringing to light what many of you know…the current M&N line is so inauthentic, … Many Yankee jerseys have inaccuracies from poor number fonts to inaccurate NY logo.” A few minutes later, HextallRules wrote of his disappointment with a Mitchell & Ness line of Flyers jerseys. Mike Wissman wrote,

Morris, to Steve D’s point, could you provide an overview of what has gone wrong at M&N since the early days? The quality control around what’s touted as authentic is appalling, especially given the roots of the company focused on a level of accuracy and detail that was unparalleled. … I think many of us would value and appreciate your inside perspective.

Much has gone right at Mitchell & Ness since the early days. The company does continue to make many outstanding historically loyal reproductions. (I like this Mitchell & Ness 1983 Phillies road Gary Mathews jersey. It has the proper metal [not plastic] zipper. It has vertical arch name on back on nameplate. It is a solid reproduction.)

What has gone right at Mitchell & Ness is that we now in 2014 have a professional sports world rich with historic uniform consciousness. Throwbacks are sports world mainstream. We now have so many resources that we can identify with even greater precision and certainty what is and is not historically accurate.

What has significantly changed in the company’s growth in the past fifteen years is the loss in the company’s the capacity to make as many adjustments incrementally over a long period of time to improve its accuracy.

I have long been fascinated with Mitchell & Ness as a company in that it was at one and the same time an organization with a social history research mission, the accurate reproduction of historic game jerseys, and a business goal, the generation of revenues in excess of expenditures to enable the ongoing research, production, and distribution of historic jerseys.

In service of the former, Mitchell & Ness in the 1980s and 1990s invested an inordinate number of work-hours researching nearly every baseball uniform in Major League Baseball between 1890 and 1973.

Some of the best research came from the customers who wrote long letters to Mitchell & Ness with copies of newspaper articles and photographs documenting their research and conclusions. There were pictures of game worn uniforms with rulers and yardsticks laid across the torso or sleeve, across patches, and down numbers.

Many of these came in response to Mitchell & Ness selling jerseys with inaccuracies. As Mitchell & Ness received these letters, and pictures, the company tweaked patterns and logos with its suppliers. This was the feedback and correction loop, enabled by the economics of producing jerseys and jackets one and six at a time. These small orders enabled Mitchell & Ness capacity to adjust and alter patterns.

At its current size, Mitchell & Ness is not organized to manage multiple single piece orders for the general public. Mitchell & Ness manufacturers many of its poly-knit reproductions overseas. Orders are of dozens or hundreds rather one or six. Mitchell & Ness does strive for accuracy, and there are fewer opportunities to adjust and correct when details may be off.

One of the first national articles about Mitchell & Ness in the baseball flannel business was in Sports Illustrated in the 1987 issue with the Wrigley scoreboard on the cover. 1987 was the third year Mitchell & Ness was making jerseys.

This is the picture.

Peter is wearing the 1942 Cardinals home jersey. Fran is wearing the 1957 Milwaukee Braves road jersey.

Look at the space between the Braves word mark and the tomahawk. That is a lot of space! That is a lot of historically inaccurate space.

This is the home version of #21’s 1957 Braves jersey. This is #21 on the road at the Polo Grounds. The tomahawk cradles the word mark. And in time, Mitchell & Ness corrected it and the word mark and tomahawk have drawn closer.

This is a game worn 1945 Cardinals home jersey and this is a game worn 1946 Cardinals home jersey. Mitchell & Ness’ 1987 version of the 1942 jersey is beautiful with its embroidered Cardinals, black bat, and birds. But the proportions of the word mark and logo are not quite right.

In time, Mitchell & Ness adjusted and the current versions are very good.

There is another comment from later in the day from Rad asking about improving the economics of producing and retailing authentic jerseys. Most current authentic and authentic historical reproductions sell at retail today for between $250 and $300.

What we do have today which we did not have in the 1980s and most of the 1990s was the internet and widespread access to powerful graphic design software.

On March 29, 2013, Bill Henderson posted on this page “Uni Watch DIY Project: A Phillies Fanatic” about his precise recreations of 1930s and 1940s Phillies jerseys. By returning to images of original images, Bill could by his own direct research obtain the precise lettering and number patterns.

It happens that one of my own personal points of divergence from Mitchell & Ness’ current production of baseball double-knits is the cut of the jersey. I am taller and leaner, and I find the narrower cuts of original 1980s jerseys fit me better than the wider patterns which Mitchell & Ness uses today.

I had in mind that the jersey I wanted was a 1980s Phillies batting practice double-knit jersey. This would be before the team switched to mesh in the late 1980s. I keep an eye on eBay for interesting vintage Phillies items. In 2012 found a 1986 Phillies batting practice jersey. The lettering and sleeve trim were perfect. It had a Phillies Dream Week patch on the sleeve and a MacGregor label.

I bought it for twenty dollars.

I found pictures of representative numbers and letters. A friend from this Uni Wtach community helped me with cutting and application. We distinguished the difference between the back number two and sleeve number two. It is the lead photo on this post; I love how it came out. For about $60 in materials I had my 1986 Phillies #42 Don Carman batting practice jersey.

Not all DIY jersey projects cost so little, and many can be completed for the cost or less than the cost of an authentic. Actual game worn jerseys can be purchased for less than $200 and letters and numbers changed up for your favorite player.

This web site has many stories and models and examples and links to Do It Yourself jersey and uniform projects. Being part of this wider community inspired me to find and put together the jersey that I wanted.

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Navy Introduces New “Summer Whites” for Saturday’s Kick-Off Game vs THE OSU

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UnderArmour, who now outfits the Middies, has introduced a special “Summer White” uniform for the Navy as they open their 2014 season against the Ohio State University Buckeyes this Saturday. I gotta admit, it’s a beaut.

But here’s the UA corporate speak describing the uni:

This special Under Armour-designed uniform the Navy Midshipmen will take the field in, on August 30, was directly inspired by the iconic Navy Summer Whites. From a helmet directly inspired by the Mid’s cover to a gold belt buckle and solid white cleats, no detail was left out. For the first time, uniforms will slightly vary from player to player, with each athlete wearing their specific rank on the field, depicted in the shoulder and pant leg design of each uniform.

Navy itself had a different description:

From a helmet directly inspired by the covers that the Mids wear to a gold belt buckle, no detail was left out. Additionally, the Mids will be wearing solid white cleats that represent the all-white dress shoes of the Summer Whites military uniform, as well as all-white gloves.

They provided an image showing the similarities:

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I love the “different rank” for different players, although the OCDist in me recoils that each player’s uniform won’t be well, uniform. Still it’s a pretty cool feature. Much like when Nike created special uniforms for Navy over the years, these too are being designed to emulate the officers’ uniforms. Below are some hi-res pics of the new unis. Click on any to enlarge.

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Pretty nice, eh? Putting aside the wisdom of needing a “special” uniform for opening day, I think this one is rather well done — after seeing what Nike did with Navy for the past half-dozen years, I’m sure we can expect UA to introduce more of these special edition uniforms going forward. May they all be as tastefully done as this one.

UA also released some hi-res photos of Navy’s “Standard” uniforms (which we’d seen before, but not in such brilliant detail). Those are below. Click to enlarge:

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Not as big a fan of these, as they contain the stripes across the chest, the tramp-stamp of “Don’t Give Up The Ship” on the back of the pants, and a crazy belt buckle that almost looks like it belongs in a 1975 Dart. Still, they’re neat and clean for the most part, and pretty much stick with what Navy had traditionally been wearing. A gold helmet with navy blue top over gold pants for the home games, and gold/white/navy for the road games.

Here’s what UA had to say about them:

Under Armour’s unique design ethos celebrates and pays homage to the rich history of the Naval Academy Athletic Association. Each aspect of the team’s new football uniform was designed with a purpose and was inspired by aspects of Navy’s deep-rooted tradition. The uniform not only represents the over 4,400 Midshipmen but the more than 300,000 active duty Navy personnel.

The 6 Stripes: The six stripes across the front of the represent the original six frigates, which signified the formation of the US Navy. Currently, there are six naval fleets in operation around the world. And finally, to tie the design directly back to Navy, six stripes represent the highest rank a Midshipman can achieve, Brigade Commander. This stripe detail will be present across all Navy athletic uniforms as a theme that unites the entire athletic department.

“Don’t Give Up the Ship:” The naval battle cry “don’t give up the ship” is embroidered on the hem of each jersey and back of each pant as a reminder to the athletes that when they take the field, they are representing and playing for the pride, honor and tradition of Navy.

Readers? What say you?

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UWFFL Developmental League – Weekday Edition
By Rob Holecko

It’s our final Friday appearance here in Uni Watch, next week we’ll be back on the weekends as the UWFFL fall season gets into full swing.

UWFFL 8-29 1 First we’d like to congratulate the Charleston Navigators who won the first UWFFL Spring Developmental League Championship last week. The 11-1 Navigators got into the playoffs as a Wild Card team after winning a tiebreaker game, and then ran off three consecutive upset victories against undefeated oppponents Yellowknife, Little Rock and Greenville in the playoffs to take the title. They will begin their Division II fall schedule this week in the Metro South Conference.

But the big game this week is the “Kickoff Classic” as the UWFFL Premier League begins their second season with the San Francisco Reign Fire, sporting a new look for 2014 which harkens back to their classic look, taking on the Vancouver Seawolves, who were promoted from the minors after winning the Pacific Coast Conference last year. San Francisco is apparently kicking off the season in a new stadium, although we’re not sure since this is all fictional anyway.

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Next week the other ten teams in UWFFL Premier league will kick off their seasons, but the minor leagues are already in full swing, so head on over to www.uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on more of this week’s games.

If you’d like to design a team for future inclusion in the UWFFL, go to our Prospective 2015 Expansion Teams G+ Community and post your ideas and concepts today!

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In case you missed it, I’m hosting a WFL Design Contest. All the rules and instrux are in the link…

…but if you don’t want to click there it’s pretty basic: If the World Football League hadn’t folded in 1975, and the League were still active today, what would the teams’ uniforms look like in 2014? Click the link for more details.

So far I’ve received a good number of submissions, but only from a few people, and we’d like to get some more people involved. Hopefully you design/concepters will participate.

The deadline is going to be extended to September 8, and you can send all your submissions to me: Phil.Hecken@gmail.com.

Should be a fun contest, so if you are a concepter or designer, give it a whirl!

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‘skins Watch: Not especially new news, but on August 24, ESPN released the following statement: “Our consistent company policy will continue: using official names and marks as presented by the teams, leagues and conferences we cover. We do, however, recognize the debate over the use of ‘Washington Redskins’ and have afforded individuals the opportunity to decide how they will use those words when reporting on the team.” (thanks Paul). … Michael Paul Williams, who writes for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, feels the city of Richmond, where the Washington Football team has training came, should drop ‘Redskins’ from name (from TommytheCPA). … An organization of former Washington Redskins players and fans, Redskins Facts, has compiled this video of Native American Redskins fans, including descendants of the Native American who designed the logo, explaining why they are in fact honored by the title, “Redskins.” (h/t Michael Bochum). … The Washington Football Team was number 1 on “The Punch List” in GQ this month. Here are some suggestions from the writer as well (from Coleman Mullins).

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Jorge Soler is the most recent Cuban-born Major League player to wear an atypical number (thanks to Randall Sanders and @NumbersMLB). … Here’s our first look at the 2014 World Series patch (via The Emblem Source). … “Was never much of a baseball card collector but I would have liked to think that I would have remembered this very strange 1974 Topps card of Tito Fuentes,” writes Patrick O’Neill.

NFL News: A current cover of Sports Illustrated features Tony Romo and Nick Foles, with Foles in a midnight green jersey, which of course is in the 2013 style (good spot by Kyle Caffrey). ICYMI, the Eagles have switched to the Nike Elite 51 uniform, and won’t be wearing midnight green for the foreseeable future. … NFL Superstar Dez Bryant Launches Apparel And Lifestyle Brand, ‘ThrowUpTheX’ (via TommytheCPA). Also from Tommy, Hublot Enters Swiss Luxury Watch Industry Into The NFL. … The Buffalo Bills will be wearing their “standing buffalo” throwbacks on 9/14 versus the Miami Dolphins (thanks to Tony Zarak). … Have you guys seen the new Johnny Football Snicker ad? Check out the old school/nu skool uni discrepancies (h/t Tim Cross). … The Bears had two #72′s on the field last night (nice spot by Max Florestano). … On last night’s Chargers/Cardinals broadcast, the Chargers were using the old Cardinals logo (h/t S Jacobs). … “Oh, good lord…please no” says Susan Freeman.

College Football News: Here’s a look at the 2014 Pitt Panther helmets being prepped for their Week 1 game (h/t Rich Maniskas). … Kennesaw State just got their first ever football unis. Here’s what they look like (h/t C.B. Schmelter). … The new Akron Zips’ helmets were all shiny and ready to go (via Clint Richardson). And here they are. … The UGa Bulldogs will wear a helmet decal to honor Dan Magill, who recently passed away. … The Utah Utes have new visor stickers (via Dom Lewis). … “An item I saw in the Marshall bookstore caught my eye,” says Coleman Mullins. “It’s a program called Operation Hat Trick, and there’s a pic of the details that are on the hat bill. Not sure what percentage goes to the foundation, but there you have it.” Oh, and because it’s West Virginia, the cap also comes in camo. … There is a uniform-related tidbit towards the end of this UCLA team travel/equipment truck article: “To be safe, Burger decided to bring helmets and uniforms on the plane. That still left a long packing list for the truck.” (via Chris Cruz). … Sources indicate that FSU will wear white on white on Saturday (h/t Ben Waivol). … USC will honor Louis Zamperini by putting a Z decal on the back of their helmet (h/t Andrew Lind). … Ugh. The ULM Warhawks gave ‘sneak peak’ at their camo unis (thanks, I think, to Clint Richardson), which they wore last night against Wake Forest. … The Illinois Fighting Illini will debut their white helmets this Saturday vs. Youngstown State. … Meanwhile, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will wear gold jerseys with “MINNESOTA” for their season opener (thanks to Tyler Mason). … Iowa is honoring former defensive coordinator Norm Parker with helmet decal (h/t Andrew Lind). … Vanderbilt broke out new uniforms last evening (thanks to Will Edge). Here’s another view (via Max Herz). Apparently that “ANCHOR DOWN” SlOB is a no-no, because the team was given a penalty (team time out loss) for having it. And then that was overturned — since Vandy produced an e-mail stating the jerseys were approved by the SEC. What in the wide, wide world of sports is a-goin’ on here? … Maryland will wear red tops and white pants for their game against James Madison. … NIU wore their “cornfest” jerseys last night. Here is pregame and in action. … Dan Bly thinks the “3″ on SC’s “30″ yard line was upside down. … New helmets for the LaSalle Falcons (from Aaron Hazel). … Boise State wore their new orange helmets last night vs. Ole Miss. … McNeese State will wear these camo uniforms on Sept. 13 vs. Prairie View A&M (h/t Chris Mycoskie). … Here’s the helmet Louisville will wear on Monday vs. The U. …Temple will honor the memory of Lewis Katz this season with “Lew” patches on their helmets (via Kami Mattioli). … Major uni issues for Eastern Illinois last night: this torn jersey, and another one and then this this armpit tear too (screen grabs by Alex Bending). Also, in that first shot, what’s blacked out on Manley’s helmet? … Whoops! The SEC network used a picture of Vandy backup QB Stephen Rivers (Philip Rivers’ brother) for running back Dallas Rivers (who is African American).

NBA & College Hoops News: Check out this 1971 Baltimore Bullets pin, that Bruce Menard is pretty sure “wouldn’t pass muster these days.” … According to NBA Live 15, the Hawks will put the pac-man logo at center court (h/t Conrad Burry). … A user on reddit (/u/cowmastermind) started a petition to get the retro-blue jerseys back, writes Alex Bending. “Interesting-not much response yet.”

Hockey News: Reader Alan Kreit spotted this error at the the NHL store on 6th ave in NYC. John Moore of the Rangers has his first initial on back “J. Moore”. For $200 I would think they would get it right. (Note: That’s because Dominic Moore, number 28, just has “MOORE,” but John Moore, #17, has J MOORE). … Here’s a great photo of Wayne Gretzky with the Indianapolis Racers (h/t Sully).

Soccer News: Big Brother adidas? The company has equipped its bestselling German national team soccer jersey with RFID tags. adidas says it can’t track customers via the tag, but potential privacy and transparency issues remain. … New soccer unis for the University of Dayton. Submitter Patrick O’Neill loves them. How ’bout dem stripes!

Grab Bag: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Melbourne University’s last season in the Victorian Football League. Here is a contemporary news picture showing Albert Hartkopf wearing the black and navy blue uniform (from Graham Clayton). … Corporate Douchebaggery, Vol. 238, from a reader (anonymous): “I am at a major Nike university and just got an internship with the equipment managing team that came with two interesting tidbits for uni watch. One, they give all equipment managers Under Armour compression shorts for under the shorts, even though they are a Nike school. Two, the head equipment manager made me change socks today because I did not have the correct plain white Nike socks on.” … This is pretty interesting: Leftover Boeing 787 parts are becoming football shoulder pads (from Kevin Mueller).

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Aaaaaaaaannnnnnnnddddddd…

that, folks, is a wrap. I am now gladly returning the keys to the UW vehicle to Paul — thanks for letting me drive! It’s all filled up with a full tank of hi-test, I put in new wiper blades, and topped off the fluids.

I again want to thank everyone for making my monthly run of weekdays go so smoothly — and a big thanks to Morris for today’s (and the past three Fridays’) lede. Great stuff.

Everyone have a great Laborious Day weekend — Johnny Ek will take you thru till Monday, and then Paul will be back in the saddle. I’ll catch you all next weekend with lots and lots of college football.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

PEACE!

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“The Wampus Cat is a half-woman, half-mountain lion beast, who eats truculent children. Three high schools — one in Arkansas, one in Louisiana, and one in Texas — use the Wampus Cat as their mascot.”

– Cort McMurray

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And So It Goes...A Thank You To All

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By Phil Hecken

Well, dear readers — we’ve arrived at the last Thursday in August — which means this is my last weekday lede (at least until Paul’s next vacation or next Summer, whichever comes first), and I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for your support and for bearing with me these past four weeks. It’s been a fun ride, but I for one (and I’m sure many of you) am glad it’s over.* I am still amazed that for eleven months out of the year, day-in and day-out, Paul is able to provide amazing content for all of us to enjoy. It ain’t easy.

* (I’ll still be back tomorrow, but the lede will come from Morris Levin, who has been gracious enough to provide a segment for us every Friday during Paul’s sabbatical — Thanks, Morris!).

I’d like to thank all those who submitted columns during the month (and there are actually a few I didn’t get to — those will probably come on the weekends), and one I’d actually hoped to run today (a really GREAT column), but unfortunately the timing just didn’t happen.

I also want to offer my thanks to Johnny Ek, for taking a couple of my weekends while I tended to the weekday store, Brinke, for his “Collector’s Corner” every Tuesday, and especially Garrett McGrath and Mike Chamernik — the Uni Watch “interns.” Their invaluable assistance with the tickers during the month has been a tremendous help. Great work, all of you.

And I’d especially like to thank our leader, Paul, for having the faith in me to handle the month (not just for 2014, but for the past four or five years) while he takes a much-deserved break. The time off allows him to pump out some killer ESPN columns and recharge his batteries as we gear up for a great fall…

Speaking of the autumn…

I have once again assembled a great lineup of special segments and experts who’ll bring you many features in the coming months. First and foremost, I’m pleased to announce that Terry “TJ” Duroncelet will be back with his awesome “Sunday Morning Uni Watch” segment. That’s always a huge hit. Joining TJ will be Catherine Ryan, who’ll be returning for the “5 & 1″ segment (and she’ll likely be joined by a couple of guests also providing a 5 & 1 over the coming weeks), and Tim E. O’Brien, who’ll be back with the “Duck Tracker” (and also a few other teams).

I also be back with Rob Holecko, who has firmly established the “UWFFL” will be back for another run, and Alex Rocklein will return with his “MLB Playoff Uni Tracker.” Of course, there will still be the colorizations and concepts, plus some new contests and other special sections.

I’m also pleased to introduce a new collaborator, Alex Gerwitz, who will be bringing us the “EPL Tracker.” What’s that, you ask? Well, let me introduce Alex and let him tell you all about it:

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Hello fellow Uni Watchers,

There have been many great uni tracking projects over the years, but, surprisingly, I’ve never seen one for the English Premier League. This is meant to be a simple 3-color graphic showing shirt, shorts, and sock combinations for each match. If you want to see the actual uniforms…er, “kits”, you can find them all in the official Premier League handbook.

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Thanks, Alex. And since the Premier League is already in full play, here is how the EPL tracker will work (click either image to enlarge):

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But mostly, I want to thank all the Uni Watch readers and contributors for their support — that’s why we’re all here and what makes this blog so great. I can’t speak for Paul, but I know I couldn’t do it without you. You’re all aces.

And finally, this fall I will be (finally) completing my “Capstone” (basically a Masters’ Thesis), and it’s on a subject that has been a touchy one on Uni Watch for the past several years — the possible (probable?) renaming of the Washington Football team. If you would like to be considered for an interview on this topic (only serious queries) — I would love to talk to you. You can be for or against the renaming (I’m looking to hear both sides of the issue). If you have an interest (especially if you are a Native or a member of the media), please drop me a line.

OK, I’ve babbled on enough — I’ll be “back” tomorrow with one last post, then I kick off the weekends starting September 6th — and I can promise you you will NOT want to miss that one.

So, now I will turn the blog over to Paul, who has a few words himself.

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And now a few words from Paul: The New Yorker runs a weekly contest in which readers are invited to supply the caption to a blank cartoon. This week’s cartoon, shown above, is uni-related, so it would be great if a Uni Watch reader ended up as the winner. Submit your entries here.

And as long as I have you here:

• I’ve written a new ESPN piece about the Blues’ new uniforms — check it out here.

• In case you missed it yesterday, my annual NFL season preview is now available over at ESPN.

• While we’re at it, my college football season preview, which was posted on Monday, is available here.

• You can still order a Uni Watch 15th-anniversary patch here.

• Uni Watch memberships are, as always, available here.

• I was in Chicago last weekend for a wedding, and while I was there I finally had the pleasure of meeting intern Mike Chamernik (and his lovely girlfriend, Stephanie) in person:

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Great to finally shake your hand, Mike — thanks for all your hard work and contributions to the site.

I also met up with Uni Watch reader Jordan Cutler, who’s part of the family that owns the landmark Chicago hot dog emporium Superdawg. He treated me and my friends Tim and Karen to free food and great stories (that’s Jordan in the center and Tim on the left, all three of us wearing the same sneakers; click to enlarge):

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Thanks so much for your hospitality, Jordan — and don’t forget to follow up on those illustrations we discussed!

My Chicago trip also included a trip to my friend Bob’s audio master studio, where I saw something very, very cool:

• Speaking of cool, a few days ago I was at a bar that had a little ritual I’d never seen before:

Okay, that’s enough for today. Tomorrow is the last day of my annual August sabbatical from the blog — I’ll be taking the site back on Saturday. check that, Johnny Ek will handle this weekend, and I’ll take the site back on Monday. Mega-thanks to Phil, Garrett, Mike, Ek, Morris, and all the other contributors who’ve kept things humming this month — you’re the best.

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Garrett McGrath - CroppedAnd now…a few words from Garrett McGrath

In 1989, three events would come to define NYC: the Central Park Jogger attack, the murder of Yusef Hawkins, and the election of the city’s first and only black mayor.

I discuss how these events unfolded and what they mean to us today in my article for The Wilson Quarterly.

Please check it out and share.

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Question of the Week

Every Thursday Intern Mike Chamernik poses a uniform-related question to the readership. Here’s today’s:

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The other night I was looking into the team nicknames for some of the Chicago-area high school teams I cover. Normally, I run across a lot of standards, like the “Warriors,” “Wolves,” “Bulldogs” and “Wildcats,” but Genoa-Kingston had a gem. Their teams are known as the “Cogs.” The Cogs! I love it.

The nickname is unique without being gimmicky, and I enjoy the technical, automotive theme. I like that each player is known as a Cog – a part that makes the team as a whole run smoothly.

What are some of your favorite high school, college or minor league team nicknames, and why?

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Interesting detective story today from Jason Loomis:

Hey there,

I’ve been a long time reader of your site and big time Brewers fan. I have about 20 or so Brewers authentics in my collection. A few years ago, i sent in a pic of me in full throwback pinstripe uniform and you ran it on your site. Got a pretty cool response from other readers.

Anyways, on to my point here. I’ve long wondered what Prince Fielder has stitched on the inside of his jersey up near the top button. I’ve included pics from all 3 of his teams. I mostly noticed it of course watching him here in Milwaukee. Either way, at Miller Park this past weekend i found a game issued jersey from 2011 of his in a sale the team store was doing. Of course it had the patch, so i looked at it and found it says “Success”. I think thats amazing that he has that in there, and wonder if he changes it up or not. Either way it’s a cool uni detail that im not sure was ever covered on your site. If it was, my mistake.

Thanks for the time and keep up the great work!

Jason Loomis

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And BOOM. Thanks for sharing, Jason!

OK, now onto the ticker…

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Baseball News: Here’s a color shot of the Phillies’ usher unis in this 1970 brochure (from Jonathan Daniel). … “Check out this screenshot of Kirk Gibson playing for the Michigan State Spartans,” says Ross Yoshida. “It shows him wearing 2-in-1 stirrup socks! I had no idea those things existed way back then as they didn’t really gain traction in MLB until the late 80s/early 90s.” … The Cubs called up Jorge Soler the other day, and he will be the first player in team history to wear No. 68. … Paul was at last night’s Mets game and spotted three fans wearing three different David Wright jerseys, all with incorrect NOB styles.

NFL News: A Seahawks fan has the team’s logo on his glass eye (from Brinke). … Here’s a look at how NFL teams found their brand footing (from Brinke). … Someone at the website Fiverr.com will design unis for your fantasy team for $5. Several members of Justin Cliburn’s league got their teams mocked up, and here are some of the best results. …The Packers quarterbacks wore all-denim outfits to their Welcome Back luncheon. Aaron Rodgers looks stunning in a denim fedora and bolo tie! (from Dennis McMillan).

College & High School Football News: New field design for UConn (from Phil). … West Virginia will go all-white versus Alabama in its season-opener. … Looks like this Nike graffiti slogan will be all over Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium this season (from Thomas Hack). … USF is an Under Armour school, but that didn’t stop coach Willie Taggart from posting a photo with a Nike-clad Bulls fan to Facebook back in May (from Josh Claywell). … Lost Lettermen graded the new college football unis (from Phil). … Looks like Oregon State will wear white helmets for the Beavers’ home opener this weekend (from Andrew Edwards). … Texas A&M might wear all-white tonight, too (from Phil). … Boston College’s football equipment staff has its own Twitter account and they posted a shot of the crew getting the helmets ready. Can’t miss the Under Armour logo in the foreground, though (from Andrew Muccigrosso). … Florida State will wear helmet stickers for the Kidz1stFund. … New helmets for Abilene Christian (from Phil). … “Vanderbilt marketing put out a pic to show what they are wearing [today],” says William Edge. “However on the actual new black helmets, the back bumper is black, not white. Also the star “V” on the pants is on the side, not on the front of the hip as shown in the photo. Sloppy work.” … Murray State has a new helmet, complete with a cool racing stripe, and new home jerseys. The team switched logos and is wearing the alternate logo on the sleeve. This news comes from Zach Bogard, a punter for the Racers. How about that for a first-hand source? … “Here’s a pic tweeted out by a player for Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman of its helmet to be worn this weekend against Anaheim, Calif.’s Servite,” says Jeff Seals. “This is what they wore last week against Arizona’s Brophy Prep. They’re the Oregon of high school football.”

Hockey News: Darin Wernig wrote a book on the history of St. Louis hockey, titled “Gateway City Puckchasers.” Cool stuff! The book will be on sale in late November but you can preorder here. … “The Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League posted on its Facebook page today the players’ head-and-shoulders photos for the upcoming season,” says Mike McLaughlin. “Some of the new, official photos show CCM branding on the sweaters while some don’t have any front branding. Interestingly enough, in pictures from training camp earlier this month the sweaters have Reebok wordmark branding (some on the front, some on the back).”

NBA News: A shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, specializes in selling outdated Knicks and Rangers apparel (from Phil). Very interesting. Related: I just bought a LeBron Noche Latina “El Heat” shirt-jersey on clearance. … Lammert Wijnsma made some awesome personal logos for Nerlens Noel and Andrew Wiggins. … Wiggins took some photos in his new T-Wolves uni the other day (from Phil). … Brinke reports that Chris Paul’s new Jordan shoes have a Chevron logo on the bottoms, in honor of Paul’s grandfather. This reminds me of my favorite SportsCenter piece ever, and the reason I’ve been a CP3 fan since 2002. Yes, it’s dusty in here.

Soccer News: Watford’s new away kit is a throwback to what the club wore in 1914 (from Graham Clayton). … During the Steaua-Ludogorets UEFA Champions League match today, Ludogorets goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was redcarded in the last minute of extra time. As Ludogorets had no substitutes left, they were forced to use defender Cosmin Moti for the last minute and then the shootout. As goalkeepers have to wear a separate-colored jersey, but Moti did not have his own, he had to borrow one from substitute goalkeeper Ivan Cvorovic, which of course had Cvorovic’s NOB (thanks to Gregory Koch).

Grab Bag: A study found that tennis outfits impact on-court results (from Phil). … Fashion retailing company Zara scrapped selling kids shirts that looked like concentration camp uniforms (from Brinke). … The captains from teams in the 2014-15 Aviva Premiership — England’s top pro rugby union league — have great socks (from Scott Sidor). … Here’s an NFL Films video of the original National Lacrosse League from 1975. “Wood sticks, short shorts, modified helmets,” says Chase Martin. … Jeremy Brahm found a bunch of Korean cartoons for different sports. “I think that it is from the Korean Olympic Committee and it has all of the sports with a graphic,” he says. … The Carlton Blues wore their throwback jumper a few AFL matches this season to celebrate 140 years of Aussie Rules football. The fans liked the look so much that the club is considering reviving the historic guernsey and logo (from Leo Strawn, Jr.). … I was on Reddit last night and I came across this great short tale about a Samburu tribesman in a Nike commercial.

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Everyone have a great Thursday. Catch you tomorrow.

Are you ready for some football?

Peace.

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“Boise State claims its trademark covers all non-green football fields… I would love to see someone install a red or yellow field without seeking Boise State’s permission. Something tells me Boise’s trademark doesn’t extend quite as far as they want people to think it does.”

–BvK1126

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Ti-Cats New Third is Stealthy

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By Phil Hecken

First up: Paul has a new ESPN Column coming today — it’s the highly-anticipated NFL Uniform Preview Edition. Here’s the column.

Now then — We’re about 3/4ths of the way through with the Canadian Football League unveiling their alternate (or third) or “Signature” uniforms, and yesterday the Hamilton Tiger Cats unveiled theirs.

As threatened promised, our Canadian Football expert, Mike Styczen, reviewed the first set of thirds here, and the Montreal Alouettes here. He’s back today to give us the rundown on the next team to unveil, the Ti-Cats.

Here’s Mike:

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Hamilton Tiger Cats New Third Uniform
By Mike Styczen

The Hamilton Tiger Cats released their Signature Series uniforms on Tuesday. They’ll wear what they’re calling their “stealth” look on Monday in the Labour Day classic against Toronto – though the bigger question in Hamilton right now is “where is the game going to be played”.

Let’s take a look at the uniforms (click on any photo to enlarge):

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The new set looks an awful lot like B.C.’s set. The body of the jersey is a gray so dark it might as well be black, the shoulders and pants are black. The trim, including the names, numbers, and striping on the jerseys and pants, is yellow.

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The team’s leaping tiger logo is rendered almost invisibly in grey on the shoulders of the jersey, and on the right side of the helmet. The left side of the helmet has the uniform number in yellow.

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The motto “Tigertown” is stitched inside the collar (though I didn’t see any pictures of this). The use of that motto seems a little weird to me – I would have thought they’d use Hamilton’s pretty well-established motto which dates back to the 1920s.

While the Tiger Cats usual home look is black over yellow, they have worn monochrome black in the past.

So of all the CFL Signature Series releases so far, this set is the closest to a team’s usual look. There’s nothing too offensive about this set, but nothing too memorable either.

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Thanks, Mike. He and I will be back with the last of the unveilings after they occur.

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You fine readers may recall a little over a week ago I included an item in the “Too Good For The Ticker” section which detailed some amazing cornhole boards by Andrew Nash. I was fascinated by them, and I followed up with Andrew to find if he had any more, what was his impetus for making them, etc. A few readers even asked me if they were for sale.

Andrew was very obliging and yes, he does have more — plenty more (which I will show you below) and a nice story to go with them. First, here’s a few of his other boards (click on any photo to enlarge):

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Amazing right?

Here’s a quick “Q&A” with the artist I did:

Uni Watch: These cornhole boards are incredible. As you know from my “TGFTT” section, I never played cornhole, not even once. Did you grow up with the game?

Andrew Nash: Actually, no. I didn’t have any exposure to “cornhole” growing in upstate NY. It was a foreign concept to me until I moved to Virginia where I quickly gained an interest in it. After a while I started looking to buy my own set but then realized it’d be cheaper for me to make my own.

UW: Ugh. Upstate — I went to school upstate. And no, even in the dark ages when I went, there was no cornhole then. But I digress. Have you always had this artistic bent?

AN: I’ve always been artistic, so once I assembled the boards I had to find a way to paint them so I could personalize them. I couldn’t decide on what design I should have for my first boards, my hometown of Poughkeepsie, NY is not a hot-bed of your typical design inspiration (college sports), and I wanted them to be unique so I chose my favorite TV show, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as my first set. I’m not especially proud of that first set, but enough people had interest that I made a few more sets for some friends.

UW: I consider Poughkeepsie to be upstate, but I didn’t think the people who lived there did. Nice you recognize that (I kid, I kid). Did you get “better” with each new set of boards?

AN: I’ve learned something new from every set I’ve made (from design to planning to execution) and part of my enjoyment comes from finding the best way to do it.

UW: Just a hobby, or do you do these things “professionally”?

AN: Right now, it’s something I enjoy doing in my free time for people just to blow off some steam and do something different than my regular job. Having the opportunity to make something cool and be artistic is really just a bonus.

UW: So, they’re not for sale?

AN: As for being for sale, these are all ones I made for friends and family. I can (and am currently for the Notre Dame boards) get in touch with the people who have them to see if they’re interested in selling. I’m not really in this for “business” but I’m not opposed to helping people start their own projects or even doing one for them. The problem is that I’m not a carpenter in any sense of the word so I have little confidence in providing these as commercial products and I’d charge more than most are willing to pay.

UW: Heh. That’s good common sense. And if people are willing to pay for your services, then you need to be properly compensated! OK, anything else before we close?

AN: I really wanted to thank Uni Watch, especially you, Phil, for providing me the opportunity to share something I’m passionate about with the world. Thanks!

UW: No, thank you for sharing them with us!

If you’d like to get in touch with Andrew about his cornhole boards, you can send him an e-mail here. And be sure to wish him a happy belated birthday — it was yesterday!

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Texans Mock - Contest ReminderDesign Contest Reminder

In case you missed it, I’m hosting a WFL Design Contest. All the rules and instrux are in the link…

…but if you don’t want to click there it’s pretty basic: If the World Football League hadn’t folded in 1975, and the League were still active today, what would the teams’ uniforms look like in 2014? Click the link for more details. Deadline is September 1, and you can send all your submissions to me: Phil.Hecken@gmail.com.

Should be a fun contest, so if you are a concepter or designer, give it a whirl!

OK? OK!

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Neat little DIY project from David Westfall today:

Phil,

I started a little DIY project for myself last week and thought I’d share. As one of my hobbies I collect mini football helmets. My two favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Houston Texans. Someone asked me if there was a ‘half-and-half’ helmet. After searching the internet I saw that there wasn’t, so I decided to make it myself. As you can see, I took a Husker helmet and sprayed it blue for the Texans (only needed one can of paint, you see). I painted the right side because on the back of the helmet (Nebraska side) was the little WARNING sticker that they put on helmets saying, “This is not to be used as a weapon,” etc. I wanted it to look as authentic as possible. After ordering the Texans sticker (which I did AFTER I had painted) I realized the bull head was facing the wrong direction. So, technically the helmet is wrong, but again, I thought I’d share.

Dave

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Thanks for sharing, Dave! That came out really well.

OK, now onto the ticker…

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Slump buster? “Since coming off the DL a couple of weeks ago, Edwin Encarnacion has has little success at the plate,” writes Marc Bauche. “In (Mon)day’s game vs. the Red Sox, he switched to the extremely neon day-glo Nike Vapor cleats and hit a clutch 2-out, 2-run, game-tying double in the 9th. Coincidence? … Reader Jeremy (last name withheld by request) recently visited the Ashland Highlands Museum and found some interesting unis there. “One is from a little league team, which I really enjoyed because my little league team just had shirtzees,” he says. “Anyway, they had several baseball jerseys from locals who made it big including an umpire but the picture didn’t take very well due to poor lighting.” … Orioles fans apparently don’t think the Opening Day tribute to Paul Blair was enough, so they have taken matters into their own hands with a grassroots movement to honor the eight-time Gold Glove outfielder with plans for a simple display of tribute on Sept. 12, when the Orioles face the New York Yankees. … Yesterday was National Dog Day, so Bruce Menard posted this gorgeous photo of the 1916 Cleveland Indians on the Twitter. Also from Bruce: 1909 Hall of Fame Pitcher Rube Waddell with the St. Louis Browns Mascot … Speaking of gorgeous photos, check out this 1909 Pittsburg Pirates poster, Champions of the National League (submitted by Jonathan Daniel). And one more “dog” day photo, from Todd Radom: Satchel Paige & friend, teaming up for the St. Louis Browns. … The Brewers latest giveaway is a Team Selfie t-shirt designed with “input from Carlos Gomez.” … The Pirates’ Gerrit Cole went high cuffed last night. Says submitter Coleman Mullins “Not a great blousing job, but still better than pajamas!” Also, there seemed to be some kind of foreign substance on his pants (via Luke Gillespie). … Pitch a perfecto, get a “Perfect Game Ring.” Check out Dallas Braden’s bling (h/t Sean Sheep Cheng).

NFL News: Mmmmm…nice: Check out this vintage Sports Illustrated cover art showing Fran Tarkenton, by Bob Peak (h/t to Sully). … Wow: Check this pic of Bob Griese wearing a Dolphin helmet with no logo on it (from Kenn Tomasch). Kenn adds, “This is from a slideshow of Griese on the ‘Fins’ site right now.” And from that same batch, Jake Scott also wearing a logo-less Dolphin helmet. … Apparently these are the toys in Happy Meals (via Gerardo Garcia). … Remember those really bad ugly x-mas sweaters that came out a while ago? Well, here’s a good one. Samuel Lam discusses that, here. … The Baltimore Ravens have switched their Quarterback “No contact” practice jersey from red to black (via murph1019).

College & High School Football News: Angelo State is changing its home uniforms from this to this, at least for one game (thanks to Dennis Jones). … Check out this gorgeous Ohio State program cover, paying tribute to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics! (via Chris Holmes). … Looks like Penn State will be keeping their NOBs for the 2014 season. … The “Quick Lane Bowl” will feature a matchup between teams from the B1G & the ACC (via @so_it_gohs). What the hell is the “Quick Lane Bowl” you ask? Now you know. … Here is a link to an interesting site produced by Oregonian Newspaper/OregonLive that has a comprehensive list of Oregon uniforms since 1997. Says submitter Todd Hawes, “A Duck fan could spend hours on the site…like me. ;) Anyway they are missing the best uniforms in Oregon’s history, the 1994-95 Rose Bowl year classics.” … There’s a new turf field at Tupelo HS (home of the Golden Wave). According to submitter Michael Martin, “They had to request permission from Boise State.” … Vanderbilt Head Coach, Derek Mason, had his first game-week press conference. They had the new matte black helmet on display along the white helmet. Says Trés Lawless, “It appears that they have taken (off) the black and gold stripes. It’s unclear what the texture of it is. IMO I liked the stripes, but we’ll see.” … Check out this “BigGameUSA” football that will be used in the Navy vs. THE OSU game. … SMU has added kevlar fortified liners to their helmets. More here. … Gradient numbers seem to be catching on in Kentucky. This is the Lincoln County High School football team (from Josh Claywell). … Have the Ole Miss Rebels officially changed their nickname to Mole Miss? (h/t Josh Mazur). … Holy Moly! Check out these crazy Orange Bowl goalposts from the 1940s (nice find by Bob Gassel). … Northwestern State football will wear white at home for the first time since 1968.

NBA & College Hoops News: And now it’s official. Kevin Love officially takes number “0″ (h/t Will Lombard). … Sports Illustrated’s “FanSided” has an interesting write up of who has college basketball’s best home court. Interestingly, the rankings seem to be by best win percentage, not best court (or place to see a game, aesthetics, atmosphere, etc.). … Interesting uniforms that Slovenia was wearing yesterday against USA hoops. Here’s some video if you’re interested. … Texas A&M has new basketball uniforms.

Hockey News: The Courrier-Post asks, “Will the Flyers’ new uniforms mirror the Winter Classic jerseys?” According to the article, the buzz is that the unis will have orange pant stripes similar to those worn in the 2012 Winter Classic game.

Soccer News: adidas has launched a Yamamoto-designed Real Madrid third kit (h/t Michael Ehrlich). According to adidas, “The striking new all-black kit aims to unify the values of Madridismo focused on its two main elements, greatness and determination. Both elements are represented by two mythical beasts which originate from the Eastern culture and are interlaced on the front of the shirt. Dragon king symbolizes the greatness, glory and power of the club and Dragon bird, an animal that is able to relive in the most hostile situations, represents the clubs resistance, determination and agility on its way to the victory.” Here’s some more on that (via Yusuke Toyoda). … Michael Richardson sends in this article which looks at the goalkeeper gloves worn by English soccer players. … From last weekend’s game, but apparently, Liverpool has introduced skinny ties to its game day apparel (thanks to Yusuke Toyoda).

Grab Bag: This is kinda cool: A book about the blazers worn by rowing clubs at the Henley Royal Regatta (sent in by Kevin Mueller). “The Henley has its roots in the London social season and used to prohibit “laborers” from entering. Teams are expected to turn out in blazers and colors specific to their clubs when not actually racing,” he adds. … New Rugby kits for the Guinness Pro 12 2014/15 season (via Adam Ingle). … Metro, the DC area transit agency, has a tradition of giving out pennants at the groundbreakings and openings of new stations, notes Scott Szymendera. He adds, “This tradition which began with the system’s groundbreaking in 1969 continues to this day as pennants were handed out on the opening day of the new Silver Line last month. The Washington Post has all the details and great pictures of the old pennants. Metro’s pennants way predate the Silver Line (which is a month old already!) Sadly, the most recent pennant is also the most boring of the lot.” … Reader Bernd Williams read a press release in which a company has “managed to take the scourge the of all-caps COMPANY NAME that to the next level.” What level is that? The bolding level: “Deltatre produce data and graphics solutions for various sports rights holders. Actually, that’s “deltatre” to you and me. Bolding intentional.” He asks, somewhat incredulously, “How could anyone possibly think this was a good idea?” … Retailers like Abercrombie and Aeropostale are struggling because “Teens no longer want to be bedecked in the logo-emblazoned T-shirts and sweatshirts that rocketed these companies to success in the early 2000s.” (from Yusuke Toyoda). … I’m not a big sneaker guy, but this article on Nike’s Tinker Hatfield and his ‘tennis legacy’ is pretty interesting. And here’s a photo of Roger Federer’s Air Jordan III-Inspired tennis sneakers at the U.S. Open. And Fed’s opponent last evening, Marinko Matosevic, was wearing a sideways Red Sox hat embroidered with “MARINKO.” (h/t Victoria Chiesa). … “Interesting article I came across,” says Logan Irons. “As you can gather from the name of the link, a couple is trying to pay for their wedding via corporate sponsorships.” … New uniforms for the Japanese national Rugby 7s teams (from Pacific Rim correspondent Jeremy Brahm). Men are the top two and women are the bottom two.

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And that’s going to do it for the last Hump Day in August. Where did the time go?

Don’t forget to check back here as I’ll have a link for Paul’s NFL preview column when it goes live. Big thanks to Andrew for the insight into his cornhole boards, and to Dave for sharing his DIY skills on the mini-helmet. You guys have a great day and I’ll be back with more tomorrow!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Kids will always like shiny stuff. Though I wept a little tear for the English language here:

‘The team’s Shamrock Series jerseys are more unique’.”

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Mo' Better Blues...A Very Positive Note

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By Phil Hecken

Last evening, to much fanfare, the St. Louis Blues unveiled new jerseys, and boy — did they score the proverbial hat trick with these beauties.

Let’s take a look, shall we? (Click on most photos to enlarge).

First the homes:

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And now the roads:

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And if you want, a short video.

Definitely a winner there. For those of you who don’t follow hockey (or have short memories), this is what the homes and roads looked like up until last night. Not only did they have the piping and cut known as the “Bettman Bib,” the rear of the blue jerseys had this annoying white stripe, which seemed to serve no purpose other than to highlight the “Reebok” logo. Likewise, the white jerseys had the same design, only using a dark blue stripe. The new sweaters eliminate this noxious element.

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In fact, these new jerseys look like more of a harkback to what the Blues wore from 1998 through 2007 (before Reebok introduced the “Edge” template):

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In fact, the main difference between the new sweaters and the 1998-2006 versions appears to be a new break (white stripe on the blue jersey, blue stripe on the white jersey) on the sleeve and hem, and a slightly tweaked collar. The diagonal striping on the sleeve has also been straightened out slightly.

While not “throwbacks,” these certainly harkback nicely. Gone are all the bumpersticker of the Bettman bib-era, and these return to a simplicity of the past. A very nice return. Well done, St. Louis. Well done.

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Alouettes Unveil New Third Unis

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By Mike Styczen

The Montreal Alouettes released their “signature” sets this week.

The unveiling took place at CFB Bagotville, near Montreal, as the uniforms are designed to honour the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, the Alouettes.

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The 425 Squadron has an official squadron patch and two unofficial patches. The unofficial patches form the basis for the signature helmet: three quarters of the helmet is red, and the top front quarter is blue. Very interesting looking, and very unique (and in my opinion a better look than the Calgary and Jacksonville multicolour helmets). The helmet also uses the stylized bird from the squadron patch, and in place of the ’425′ of the patch substitutes ‘MTL’.

If the rest of the uniform were as interesting, it would be a winner. Unfortunately the uniform is a drab monotone gray. The most notable features are feathers (very similar to Oregon) on the shoulders and on the legs, and some pointless sock striping.

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Honestly – I could see the Alouettes staying with this helmet permanently. A blue and red helmet is (in my mind) an iconic look for them. Paired with their distinctive red, white and blue uniforms it would be a much better look than their current silver helmets with the cartoon bird.

Unlike the other teams that have revealed so far, there’s no mention of a team motto hidden anywhere in these jerseys. If they don’t find a way to use ‘je te plumerai,’ I’m going to be very disappointed.

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I'm on the teamCollector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Back in the day, I always dug seeing that “Official Licensed Product” logo. This was before EVERYTHING had a logo. It usually meant I was standing in front of an NFL Shop display at Sears, feverishly calculating what Cowboys (and later, Bengals) stuff I could scam out of my mom.

• Check the packaging on this Rawlings-made Oilers jersey — it’s got the that official Seal Of Approval. And did anyone besides me (Bengals) have one of these zip-front sweaters with the pull-ring thing, like this Falcons model? Oh, let’s toss this 1970s Falcons thermal mug in there, too.

Two KC Chiefs helmet logo thermal mugs here, too — one with the classic double-bar and the other with a lineman facemask.

• This McDonalds promo Red Sox fanny pack is also referred to as a “Butt Bag.”

• Here’s a nice Green Bay Packers poly-shell pullover from Starter — these were well made.

• Speaking of The Pack, here’s a pretty cool “NFL Heritage Series” poster for the Acme Packers.

• Are you a Cowboys fan? I had this Nike pullover that was released during their first tenure as team supplier- this is reversible and a very nice item.

• Now, do these look comfortable or what? A pair of 1980s Cubs shorts from Logo 7, the predecessor to Logo Athletic.

Pat Patriot graces this 1970s NE Patriots belt, little chipping though — with one of those enameled helmet logo plaques used as the buckle.

• Yes boys & girls, there WAS a time when Nike didn’t own the NFL. In the late 90s, Puma was allowed to put their brand on NFL merch, like this Vikes crewneck sweatshirt.

• Look at the cover on this 1960 Colts @ Niners program- does this guy look like a scary clown or what?

The seller of this auction has a few more different NFL carboard helmet displays for sale — this one is for the late 1960s Eagles look.

• This is a pretty nice looking NFL logo wall poster — the creator had to use two each for the Pats, Broncos and Bucs to make it 35 total- five rows of 7. (Wrong Jags logo, though. And the seller has a UK Yahoo address which means it’s most likely being printed in someone’s London basement, and no chance it’s an authentic item. Like so many things on The Bay.)

• A new style BP cap for the Detroit Tigers signed by Andre Dawson? Nope, a 1976 Denver Bears cap signed by Andre Dawson who played for them in ’76 (thanks to Gary Olson).

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Garrett McGrath - CroppedAnd now…a few words from Garrett McGrath

In 1989, three events would come to define NYC: the Central Park Jogger attack, the murder of Yusef Hawkins, and the election of the city’s first and only black mayor.

I discuss how these events unfolded and what they mean to us today in my article for The Wilson Quarterly.

Please check it out and share.

–Garrett

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Uni Watch News Ticker

Today’s Ticker was mostly written & compiled by Garrett McGrath

Baseball News: In case you missed this, the Toronto Blue Jays are suing the Creighton Bluejays in order to have them change their similar looking logo (from Andrew Rader). … Is this the end of humanity? To help fans deal with their 4th straight losing season, the Minnesota Twins are giving away limited edition Zubaz pants at their Friday, September 19th game against the Cleveland Indians (from Graden Claassen). … “I went to the Cubs game on Friday for Kerry Wood bobblehead day and was struck immediately by what I thought was a stunning lack of detail: Wood didn’t appear to have a belt on,” says Jordan Mayblum. “Upon further investigation (the bobble was from his 20 K game), I found that every picture shows his jersey overlapping and obscuring his belt. So it’s really more stunning attention to detail. Thought I’d share.” … Curtis Granderson wore a Great Lakes Little League jersey in tribute to the Jackie Robinson West team (thanks, Paul). … Here’s a fantastic look at the evolution of the A’s logo (from Todd Radom). Also from Todd, this tidbit: The Philadelphia A’s played more than 8,000 games from 1901-54, but only wore “Athletics” on their unis for one season — their last.

NFL News: Are decorated thigh pads a thing? Has anyone else seen other players wearing them? … At least three people wore hybrid Redskins/Ravens jerseys to the preseason game on Saturday (from Tommy Turner). … After losing the rights for several years, Tudor Games is back to selling NFL uniforms for their electric football games (from Jim Vilk). … Part 1 in a series of in-depth looks at the history of the Carolina Panthers uniforms during their 20 year existence (from Jeremy Baker).

College Football News: Article explaining why Under Armour went conservative in their design of Notre Dame’s football jerseys (thanks, Paul). … Vanderbilt will wear black matte helmets at their opening game of the season (thanks, Phil). … The University of Pennsylvania added a fourth uniform for the upcoming season, a gun metal gray jersey with matching pants and red and blue down the sleeves (thanks, Phil). Here’s another shot, and one more. … The Idaho State new uniform has leaked online (thanks, Phil). … The Oklahoma Sooners are going to wear “traditional” uniforms for their home opener on Saturday (thanks, Phil). … “While there has been no official showing of Louisiana’s new uniforms, they do have this design on the posters, as well as they wore these uniforms to fan day Sunday,” writes Devin Porche “I just wanted to help you update the Ragin Cajun’s uniform situation.” … Is Iowa State going camo? The twittersphere is pretty sure those are ‘shopped (notice the player on the right in his regular red jersey, with media mulling about). Big thanks to Clint Richardson for finding that shot.

Hockey News: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will be honored in this memorial patch that the New York Islanders will wear this season before the teams move to Brooklyn (thanks, Phil). It’ll be sad to see the team leave the old barn.

Soccer News: ESPN FC has posted a series of infographics on the kits of the Premier League. Pretty cool stuff (from Nathan Haas). … Last three from Yusuke Toyoda: Sporting Kansas City’s midfielder Benny Feilhaber wore (unofficially) the shortest shorts in MLS history. They are a new adidas prototype. … The Raith Rovers will pay tribute to WWI era teammates who fought and died in the war together with special kits. … Warrior Football, the kit manufacturer for Liverpool and Stoke City, will be re-branded as New Balance in 2015-2016.

NBA News: Great and well researched online video and article about the evolution of the Team USA Basketball jersey (thanks, Phil). Definitely worth a read and highly recommended.

Grab Bag: A New York Times article about the overuse of towels by competitors in tennis (thanks, Paul). … Yesterday, we shared information about how a hang bag manufacturer is making bags out of the Baggie wall from the old Metrodome. Turns out the company is already selling bags made from the Metrodome roof (from Patrick O’Neill). … Trek Bicycles honored retiring cyclist Jens Voight with a custom bike with unique details (from Sean Clancy). … SANFL team Glenelg has their sponsor’s name running diagonally across the yellow slash on the front of their jersey (thanks to Graham Clayton). … “The picture on Uni Watch less than a week ago about someone getting shot and killed in the stands at Polo Park triggered something else I remembered seeing,” says Will Scheibler. “From the ‘Looking Back’ article in my local paper (May 31, 2009). While it’s not completely clear in the reference that it was a ball player that got grazed by a bullet, the title of the article in one of the papers the next day (Aug 31, 1955) was “Bullet Grazes Ball Player’s Head During Game at Stadium”. I’d get the original 1955 news articles but the branch of the public library that has the local papers on microfilm is closed this week for renovations.” … Baylor Athletics’s Ferrell Center gets new hardwood floor (via @BaylorPride). So did Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum (via Wes Peters). … adidas and Nike are promoting similar colors at the U.S. Open (h/t Cork Gaines).

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And that’s it for today. In case you somehow missed it, yesterday Paul’s 2014 College Football Preview dropped over on the Mothership. Definitely worth a read. Thanks to Mike for the CFL roundup — should have another tomorrow as the Hamilton Ti-Cats will be releasing their third uni sometime today — also Brinke for the CC, and Garrett for the ticker. Make sure you give Garrett’s article a read too. OK? OK!

I’ll be back tomorrow — and so will Paul over on ESPN as his 2014 NFL Uniform Preview column will run. So be sure to check back then. You guys and gals have a lovely Tuesday.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“Perhaps (the Cubs) decided to throw back to ’94 because that was the first time since 1908 they could say no other team won more World Series titles than them for that season.”

– Ryan M.

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