New ESPN column today. Here‘s the link.
Meanwhile: Minor league baseball and hockey teams revise their unis all the time, and for the most part nobody cares. But I received several dozen e-mails yesterday about the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, who just unveiled their new logo and jersey, much to the apparent displeasure of many Cream City residents. A poll on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s web site finds anti-logo sentiment running at over 70%.
Now, the Admirals’ previous logo and jersey were nothing special. But the new design isn’t exactly an improvement. Has there ever been a weaker, more characterless skull rendition than this one? And there are so many creative ways you can depict a skull — check out, for example, the composite skull being used to promote the current horror flick The Descent. Couldn’t the Admirals have done something like that, only with toothless, steroid-pumped hockey players instead of nubile young actresses with heart-shaped asses? Would’ve worked perfectly!
Yesterday there was a hilarious video on the Admirals’ web site, trying to explain the “story” behind the new logo. Unfortunately, they seem to have taken it down today, but as Nicole Haase points out, “It’s not good when you need an explanation to understand a logo.”
Best comment, from Gordon Reid: “I’m not quite sure if I like it or not, but I do have the sudden urge to go to Long John Silver’s.”
Internal Affairs Dept.: Over the past few days, the comments section has gotten bogged down with personal invective. I won’t go into specifics; the people who’ve engaged in this know who they are. I don’t care who started it and I don’t care who’s more at fault than whom — I just want it to stop. If you have a problem with someone else, either e-mail them privately or, better yet, take the high road and ignore them; if you have a problem with me or with the site, e-mail me privately. Good rule of thumb: If you have to ask yourself whether the comment you’re about to post is appropriate, it probably isn’t. Let’s please keep things uni-related, and save any personal attacks for some other forum. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Reebok has created a special “VY” logo for Vince Young, which he’s been wearing on his wristband. According to this article, “soon fans will be able to buy shirts, hats and just about everything else imaginable with the VY logo on it.” Oh boy. (Thanks to Thomas Courtman for the link.) … Good catch by Victor Vilaplana: “On July 23rd, the Padres wore AIDS awareness ribbons during their game against the Giants. When they wore those same blue alternate jerseys on August 1st, the ribbons had been removed but there was some glue residue, which made most of the Padres look like they spit up on their shoulders.” … Remember Ted Lilly’s “DJM” cap inscription, which he refused to explain? It had disappeared for a few games, but it was back last night, at least for the game’s first few innings. Lilly must have changed caps at some point, because later in the game his headwear was inscription-free. … Several readers have checked in with reports of a segment that aired last night on the NFL Network’s NFL Total Access show. Apparently the on-field officials will have new unis this season, including an increased amount of black on the jerseys (especially on the sleeves), a different uni number/position design on the rear jersey, and — get this — black slacks (not knickers) with a white stripe for cold-weather games. I don’t get the NFL Network, so if anyone recorded this show — or can manage to record a rebroadcast of it — please try to come up with some screen-grabs for us. … As many of you are aware, the Padres routinely write the starting pitcher’s uni number in the dirt at the back of the mound. This led to an odd situation last night, as described here by Jean Lefebvre: “When Brandon Backe came out for the bottom of the 1st, he inscribed his No. 41 to the right of Woody Williams’ No. 17. Top of the second, Backe’s number was rubbed out by Williams. At this point Backe gave up.” … Ethan Rowley and Brian Kerr both wrote in last night to say that Albert Pujols appeared to have something written on the back of his jersey, to the left of his uni number. I looked, but I don’t see it. Anyone..?