I’ve written on ESPN about players who wear glasses and goggles in the major team sports (and in the movies). But longtime reader Todd Krevanchi has discovered some seriously weird eyewear in the world of women’s lacrosse. They’re essentially goggle-masks, and they look pretty damn cool, in a Road Warrior-ish sort of way.
The strange thing is that male lacrosse players wear fully masked helmets, which makes this a rare case of a sport where women wear less protection than men. According to this Wikipedia entry, that’s because “most contact is forbidden [in women's lacrosse], whereas in men’s lacrosse, full-body contact is an essential part of the game. As a result, women players wear much less protective gear — for example, only the goalkeeper wears a helmet.” The same entry indicates that the goggles (which are available in a surprisingly wide range of styles and brands) became mandatory in 2003; prior to that, many teams didn’t wear them.
Uni Watch Book Club: Anybody who likes Uni Watch should check out Julian Montague’s current book, Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, an eccentric little volume that has nothing to do with sports but everything to do with programmatic classification systems (which is what uniforms are) and minutiae obsession as its own reward. Seriously, it’s completely brilliant, and should appeal to precisely the same part of your brain that appreciates Uni Watch. Once you read it, you’ll never be able to look at a shopping cart the same way again. (And yes, if you buy a copy via the Amazon link shown at left, then I get, like, a nickel or something. But that’s not why I’m touting the book. Really.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Lastings Milledge’s huge necklace pendant, which he wore in his MLB debut on Tuesday (and became talk radio fodder on Wednesday afternoon), was conspicuously absent last night. … Good catch by Tom Safford, who writes: “Here’s a photo of the Marietta College Pioneers celebrating their win of the NCAA Division III World Series. Musta been the socks!” Indeed. … The flap over Ambiorix Burgos’s upside-down flag is, uh, raging out in Kansas City (and you thought the only thing that raged in KC was the crowd at Arthur Bryant’s when they run out of brisket). This page even includes video of a TV news report on the situation. Can it be mere coincidence that Royals GM Allard Baird was fired yesterday? … Anyone know the story behind the “ND” logo on Johnny Estrada’s backplate? … Anyone else think it’s sorta lame-o that Willie Randolph wears a Mets wristwatch during games? I’ve never understood why managers need to wear any watch, but wearing your own team’s timepiece scores particularly high on the dork-o-meter, like wearing a band’s T-shirt to their concert. Does he have a little Mets pen-and-pencil set on his office desk, too? Memo to Willie: When the big hand gets to the 12, that means it’s time to release Matsui already.