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Nike Now Consulting on French Art-House Flicks

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Last night I saw the film 13 Tzameti, a French thriller, or psychodrama, or something along those lines. The movie’s key sequence involves an unusual sporting event with 13 participants, each of whom wears a gray T-shirt with makeshift uniform numbers applied to the front and back with black electrical tape.

It’s a pretty intense movie — bit of a nail-biter, lots of moments where you hold your breath, and so on. So I’m sitting there like everyone else, trying to concentrate on the drama unfolding on the screen, and all I can think is, “Dang, those blocky numerals look a lot like the ones Oregon wore in last year’s Civil War game!”

And while we’re at it: The popcorn wasn’t salty enough.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s latest stunt: polka-dot wristbands (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm, who also sent along this great Japanese high school shot of striped white-on-white stirrups). … As previously reported here, Florida will be wearing throwback unis against Alabama on September 30th. But J.D. Hutchinson notes that the Gators are already practicing in the white throwback helmets. According Urban Meyer (quoted in the last paragraph of this article), “Instead of just busting them out the week before the game, we’re going to let them practice in them every once in a while just to get used to wearing them.” … Expect to see a new logo creeping all over the gridiron this season, because Under Armour has joined Reebok and Nike as an official NFL footwear licensee (with thanks to Jose Frontanes). … The Saints have been practicing without helmet decals, but decals were issued to quarterbacks and kickers yesterday. According to a small item near the bottom of this page, this year’s decal is slightly small than last year’s. … I’m traveling today and will be out of town the rest of the week. There’ll still be new content tomorrow and Friday (tomorrow, in fact, is gonna be a doozy), but I won’t be very responsive to e-mails until next week — talk to you then.

 

74 comments to Nike Now Consulting on French Art-House Flicks

  • Paul P | August 9, 2006 at 8:26 am |

    So last night my girlfriend wanted to watch some of her “Sex in the City” dvd’s… so I hunkered down on the couch with her and started to watch in. In one episode, I think in the second season it was, they go to Yankee Stadium, and then into the clubhouse after the game. Apparently they didn’t have any kind of permission from the Yankees, or MLB because there were some pretty piss-poor attempts at making the uniforms look authentic! They Yankee logo on the front of the jersey looked like an M and X inter-woven instead of the N and Y, and then when the player was walking away from the camera, He had an adjustable strap on this ball cap, and I believe it was velcro at that. Sorry about the lace of photos… needless to my say my girlfriend was a little annoyed that I kept pausing and rewinding that part. What a shame, thought HBO might have made more of an effort on that one.

  • Chris | August 9, 2006 at 8:29 am |

    looks like shinjo is also sporting a porn-star moustache….

  • Jeff | August 9, 2006 at 8:44 am |

    Those jersey numbers from the French film also look very similar to the numbers on the jerseys of many of the teams in the recent World Cup

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 9, 2006 at 8:48 am |

    have you guys seen the attention to detail in the movie “invinceable”? historically in football perioid films, they really muck it up when it comes to facemasks and equipment. all early indications of pictures and trailers ive seen lend this to be one of the best when it comes to uniform detail.

  • Jeff | August 9, 2006 at 8:51 am |

    Totally off topic, but I don’t know how many people have seen Dick’s Sporting Goods commmericals lately, but there’s one that’s advertising Under Armour and Nike. It show’s a high school football training camp and every player is either wearing UA or Nike clothes and gear (one side wearing one brand and the other side wearing the other). Of course, every item has a logo, so you see it literally several dozen times in a 30 sec commercial. It’s way too much and now I pretty much change the channel as soon as I see it.

  • Jim | August 9, 2006 at 8:55 am |

    First thing I thought when I saw those number pictures from the movie…Netherlands numbers from the World Cup.

    Todd, I agree with you about the authenticity of “Invinceable”. Everything looks pretty accurate, except for the Field Turf at the Vet (unless it was just the camera angles, but I’m pretty sure the games weren’t filmed on the old concrete rug).

  • N. | August 9, 2006 at 9:13 am |

    [quote comment=”4808″]First thing I thought when I saw those number pictures from the movie…Netherlands numbers from the World Cup.

    [/quote]

    exactly what i thought. but we’re still dealing with Nike either way.

  • Andrew | August 9, 2006 at 9:14 am |

    I agree on the Netherlands reference, their orange jerseys literally looked like the numbers were made out of duct tape. They did a great job of ruining what could have been two pretty cool jerseys.

  • Vic | August 9, 2006 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”4802″]So last night my girlfriend wanted to watch some of her “Sex in the City” dvd’s… so I hunkered down on the couch with her and started to watch in. In one episode, I think in the second season it was, they go to Yankee Stadium, and then into the clubhouse after the game. Apparently they didn’t have any kind of permission from the Yankees, or MLB because there were some pretty piss-poor attempts at making the uniforms look authentic! They Yankee logo on the front of the jersey looked like an M and X inter-woven instead of the N and Y, and then when the player was walking away from the camera, He had an adjustable strap on this ball cap, and I believe it was velcro at that. Sorry about the lace of photos… needless to my say my girlfriend was a little annoyed that I kept pausing and rewinding that part. What a shame, thought HBO might have made more of an effort on that one.[/quote]

    HBO never gets permission from leagues Arliss never had real sports teams logos in it although they were mentioned all the time.

  • Alex | August 9, 2006 at 9:34 am |

    The Saints logo looks like the Saints Logo of the late eighties.

    Late eighties:

    1987

    2005

    2005 in action

  • SmellyCat | August 9, 2006 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment=”4811″][quote comment=”4802″]So last night my girlfriend wanted to watch some of her “Sex in the City” dvd’s… so I hunkered down on the couch with her and started to watch in. In one episode, I think in the second season it was, they go to Yankee Stadium, and then into the clubhouse after the game. Apparently they didn’t have any kind of permission from the Yankees, or MLB because there were some pretty piss-poor attempts at making the uniforms look authentic! They Yankee logo on the front of the jersey looked like an M and X inter-woven instead of the N and Y, and then when the player was walking away from the camera, He had an adjustable strap on this ball cap, and I believe it was velcro at that. Sorry about the lace of photos… needless to my say my girlfriend was a little annoyed that I kept pausing and rewinding that part. What a shame, thought HBO might have made more of an effort on that one.[/quote]

    HBO never gets permission from leagues Arliss never had real sports teams logos in it although they were mentioned all the time.[/quote]

    Precisely. The interlocking “NY” legally can’t exactly resemble the Yankees’ actual logo unless permission is granted from MLB and the team, although nothing prevents someone from putting an N and a Y together. This was quite evident in the movie “Bang The Drum Slowly”, a great flick from the early ’70s starring Robert DiNiro, who is a backup catcher with a terminally ill disease playing for a New York team (whose uniforms are remarkably similar to the Yankees). The “Yankee” players are all wearing caps with large cheesy “NY” logos, and anyone watching the movie realizes it’s supposed to be the Yankees. It’s also amusing that most of the ballpark scenes were shot at Shea Stadium. Just some useless trivia for slow summer morning.

  • Matt | August 9, 2006 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”4808″]First thing I thought when I saw those number pictures from the movie…Netherlands numbers from the World Cup.

    Todd, I agree with you about the authenticity of “Invinceable”. Everything looks pretty accurate, except for the Field Turf at the Vet (unless it was just the camera angles, but I’m pretty sure the games weren’t filmed on the old concrete rug).[/quote]
    They filmed most of it at Franklin Field in Philly. This is where Penn Plays. The Birds played there for a while.

    My friends were in the movie as extras. They even grew the 70’s esque hair (lambchops) and when they were used in the stands as fans they sported thir vintage kelly green Eagles gear. My friends were so dead set on wearing the vintage gear that they sat in 90+ degree heat in thier classic sweatshirts and knit hats.

    I thanked them.

  • Miguel | August 9, 2006 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment=”4807″]Totally off topic, but I don’t know how many people have seen Dick’s Sporting Goods commmericals lately, but there’s one that’s advertising Under Armour and Nike. It show’s a high school football training camp and every player is either wearing UA or Nike clothes and gear (one side wearing one brand and the other side wearing the other). Of course, every item has a logo, so you see it literally several dozen times in a 30 sec commercial. It’s way too much and now I pretty much change the channel as soon as I see it.[/quote]

    Are we seriously going to start complaining about logo creep in commericials? Hello! They’re trying to sell stuff! Sometimes you logophobes go a little too far…

  • Jeff | August 9, 2006 at 10:38 am |

    The Royals catcher John Buck sporting great footwear“.

    (click on the photo slideshow)

  • Jeff | August 9, 2006 at 10:40 am |

    Oops… should be great sock/stirrup combo in #14.

  • Smail | August 9, 2006 at 11:09 am |

    Has everybody seen the new Maurice Clarett alternate jersey?

  • a arauz | August 9, 2006 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”4822″]Has everybody seen the new Maurice Clarett alternate jersey?[/quote]
    Quality joke there son!!

    LOL

  • Pat | August 9, 2006 at 11:51 am |

    That was phenominal. I will now use that as my own at work. Thanks!

  • Vic | August 9, 2006 at 11:56 am |

    All this talk of movies and sex and the city, leads me to the question. What do you think are the best/worst sports uniforms in show business?

  • Holla At your Boy | August 9, 2006 at 12:03 pm |

    Top:
    New York Knights – “The Natural”

    Bottom:
    District 5, prior sponsorship from Mr. Ducksworth – “The Mighty Ducks”

  • JTH | August 9, 2006 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”4811″]HBO never gets permission from leagues Arliss never had real sports teams logos in it although they were mentioned all the time.[/quote]
    Not true. Two examples are the Shaq and (this one’s harder to see, but that is an authentic Dodgers cap) the Car Pool Lane episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • John Ekdahl | August 9, 2006 at 12:10 pm |

    Perhaps the Yankees didn’t want to be associated with Sex and the City.

    Just a thought. I avoid the show like the plague. Maybe a billion-dollar franchise feels the same way.

  • Paul P | August 9, 2006 at 12:11 pm |

    Hey Vic, I’m pretty sure that Paul has covered the movie/tv angle before, but you can never get enough. Two new things in that category that hasn’t been touched upon too much is MTV is doing a reality show following a High School football team, who I guess got all decked out by either Nike or Under Armour, can’t remember which. Another thing is the new Mark Walbergh film about the Philly Eagles. Have only seen comercials, but the uniforms look pretty authentic for that one.

  • Jim | August 9, 2006 at 12:16 pm |

    I’m not surprised that Larry David was allowed to use the real Lakers name & uniforms in his show. Remember Seinfeld? George worked for the Yankees, the Keith Hernandez/second spitter incident with the Mets, Elaine wearing her Orioles cap in the team box? Even other references with the Devils, Rangers, Knicks and Pacers at other times. At least they were able to keep true to the New York theme and not go with generic team names and uniforms there.

  • Tom B | August 9, 2006 at 12:37 pm |

    Did everyone see the snippet on Sports Center about the old White Sox uniforms with the shorts on the first game of a double-header? ESPN is often way off on uni-commentary (see reaction to Oregon’s new unis) but at least they were able to see the light when it came to critcizing the old White Sox uniforms.

  • Patrick | August 9, 2006 at 12:50 pm |

    Also totally unrelated, but of interesting uni-note: The new “Friday Night Lights” series (which has mid-season cancellation written all over it) will be using real footage of Pflugerville Panthers games, and the uniforms will match even though the fictional school in the series is the Dillon Panthers. Pflugerville is a suburb of Austin, where the series is being filmed.

  • a arauz | August 9, 2006 at 1:13 pm |

    The movie angle has definitely been covered by Paul… fun stuff. My vote is for the original Bad News Bears….. Can’t get enough of Chico’s BailBonds.

    Priceless.

  • Steve | August 9, 2006 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”4819″]The Royals catcher John Buck sporting great footwear“.

    (click on the photo slideshow)[/quote]

    That’s hosiery, which by the way, does look nice. However, those shoes are awful.

  • Steve | August 9, 2006 at 1:21 pm |

    My apologies, I didn’t read the following comment

    But on another note, has anybody else been experiencing problems with posting comments on here? Sometimes I recieve error messages saying “Invalid security code. Please use your browser’s back button and try again.” when I have clearly entered the correct code. Usually I have to try to post 5 or 6 times for it to get through.

  • Matthew | August 9, 2006 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”4806″]have you guys seen the attention to detail in the movie “invinceable”? historically in football perioid films, they really muck it up when it comes to facemasks and equipment. all early indications of pictures and trailers ive seen lend this to be one of the best when it comes to uniform detail.[/quote]

    Not to be the grammar police, but unless you’re talking about Vince Young, it’s spelled ‘invincible’.

  • Joe Hilseberg | August 9, 2006 at 1:28 pm |

    Best: Milmaukee Beers! from Baseketball…I don’t know why, I just love them!

    Worst:London Kings form Star Trek. I figured I would try to find one nobody else would know.

    Very interesting page here.

  • Joe Hilseberg | August 9, 2006 at 1:29 pm |

    Milwaukee…typing too fast

  • Kevin W. | August 9, 2006 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”4802″]So last night my girlfriend wanted to watch some of her “Sex in the City” dvd’s… so I hunkered down on the couch with her and started to watch in. In one episode, I think in the second season it was, they go to Yankee Stadium, and then into the clubhouse after the game. Apparently they didn’t have any kind of permission from the Yankees, or MLB because there were some pretty piss-poor attempts at making the uniforms look authentic! They Yankee logo on the front of the jersey looked like an M and X inter-woven instead of the N and Y, and then when the player was walking away from the camera, He had an adjustable strap on this ball cap, and I believe it was velcro at that. Sorry about the lace of photos… needless to my say my girlfriend was a little annoyed that I kept pausing and rewinding that part. What a shame, thought HBO might have made more of an effort on that one.[/quote]
    I guess HBO did get permission to do that for Arli$$ either. In the past few episodes on ESPN Classic they have had jerseys in them nad they looked horrible. The Broncos jersey in one episode didnt look any where near the real one.

  • SmellyCat | August 9, 2006 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”4842″][quote comment=”4806″]have you guys seen the attention to detail in the movie “invinceable”? historically in football perioid films, they really muck it up when it comes to facemasks and equipment. all early indications of pictures and trailers ive seen lend this to be one of the best when it comes to uniform detail.[/quote]

    Not to be the grammar police, but unless you’re talking about Vince Young, it’s spelled ‘invincible’.[/quote]

    Well, actually, the story is about Vince Papale, so conceivably (sp?) it could be “Invinceable”, even though it isn’t. Hey I just saw that Greg Kinnear plays Dick Vermeil in the movie. I guess Greg must be good at crying.

  • Matthew | August 9, 2006 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”4848″][quote comment=”4842″][quote comment=”4806″]have you guys seen the attention to detail in the movie “invinceable”? historically in football perioid films, they really muck it up when it comes to facemasks and equipment. all early indications of pictures and trailers ive seen lend this to be one of the best when it comes to uniform detail.[/quote]

    Not to be the grammar police, but unless you’re talking about Vince Young, it’s spelled ‘invincible’.[/quote]

    Well, actually, the story is about Vince Papale, so conceivably (sp?) it could be “Invinceable”, even though it isn’t. Hey I just saw that Greg Kinnear plays Dick Vermeil in the movie. I guess Greg must be good at crying.[/quote]

    Good point. I take back my spelling correction.

    On another issue, the wikipedia page for fictional sports teams from books and movies is awesome. My vote for worst uniforms ever though would be any team from “Any Given Sunday”…those are just terrible.

  • Ian K | August 9, 2006 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”4843″]Best: Milmaukee Beers! from Baseketball…I don’t know why, I just love them!

    Worst:London Kings form Star Trek.

    [/quote]

    I like how Star Trek’s idea of “future” uniforms involve the very outdate pullover jerseys, much like this, from the 80s.

  • Ian K | August 9, 2006 at 1:46 pm |

    Whoops, here’s the link again:
    Ozzie Smith

  • Charlie | August 9, 2006 at 1:50 pm |

    I just bought one of the new Oregon Ducks jerseys yesterday, and as a Duck fan, I love it! I got #28 (Jonathan Stewart) and it is green with black shoulders. For everyones information the numbers are different this year.

  • John Ekdahl | August 9, 2006 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”4852″]I just bought one of the new Oregon Ducks jerseys yesterday, and as a Duck fan, I love it! I got #28 (Jonathan Stewart) and it is green with black shoulders. For everyones information the numbers are different this year.[/quote]

    Did you get Alternate #7 or Alternate #13?

  • Brandon Davis | August 9, 2006 at 2:03 pm |

    Check out some of the stills from Invincible here.

  • Mackay Smith | August 9, 2006 at 2:31 pm |

    The Boston Red Sox’ single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive, who normally dress like this are celebrating the 175th anniversary of their hometown by wearing these nifty green ensembles. The “G” patch on the sleeve is Greenville, SC’s logo.

  • Lars | August 9, 2006 at 3:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”4852″]I just bought one of the new Oregon Ducks jerseys yesterday, and as a Duck fan, I love it! I got #28 (Jonathan Stewart) and it is green with black shoulders. For everyones information the numbers are different this year.[/quote]

    Important words “as a duck fan”. If you aren’t blinded by team loyalty you are blinded by its hideousness. Good for you, sporting your team’s uni. Sorry for you, it’s the Ducks uni.

  • J-Rob | August 9, 2006 at 4:05 pm |

    Charlie,
    I’m a big fan of Oregon’s uni’s. Not a big fan of the fence looking shoulder and knee pads, but love the Yellow and Green. The stadium turf is nice looking too.

  • Ian K | August 9, 2006 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”4858″][quote comment=”4852″]I just bought one of the new Oregon Ducks jerseys yesterday, and as a Duck fan, I love it! I got #28 (Jonathan Stewart) and it is green with black shoulders. For everyones information the numbers are different this year.[/quote]

    Important words “as a duck fan”. If you aren’t blinded by team loyalty you are blinded by its hideousness. Good for you, sporting your team’s uni. Sorry for you, it’s the Ducks uni.[/quote]

    Wise words, Lars. Much to Paul’s chagrin, I’m sure, I blindly follow my alma mater, the TCU Horned Frogs, as they wear their purple jerseys. I even wear a purple polo to work on game days. Lucky for me, my favorite pro team is the classy, blue & white Dodgers.

  • Greg | August 9, 2006 at 4:34 pm |

    Steve, try putting in the security code right before you want to post, I think it “expires” or something if you take too much time typing. I’ve had it happen to me dozens of times.

    Check out some of those linemen in the background of the pic with Greg Kinnear. It’s on the last page of the link Brandon provided in comment #40. They don’t look like they’re quite in NFL shape. ;)

    Also, did anyone else notice that Greg Maddux’s pant cuffs were at different lengths last night? No good photographic evidence, but it was obvious when watching on TV that one leg was right above his ankle and the other a few inches higher. I’ll see if I can hunt something down…

  • Greg | August 9, 2006 at 4:44 pm |

    These give an idea of what Maddux’s stirrups looked like, but trust me, it was much more noticable on TV.

  • Greg | August 9, 2006 at 4:46 pm |

    Also, it’s good to see Maurice Clarett get what he deserves.

  • Nolan | August 9, 2006 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”4865″]
    Also, did anyone else notice that Greg Maddux’s pant cuffs were at different lengths last night? No good photographic evidence, but it was obvious when watching on TV that one leg was right above his ankle and the other a few inches higher. I’ll see if I can hunt something down…[/quote]

    I’ve seen this with Maddox several times. It’s from his delivery.

  • Greg | August 9, 2006 at 4:59 pm |

    I thought that might be the reason. It’s just the first time I noticed it and it’s initially very wierd.

    Anyhoot, check out this gallery about players who get down and dirty. It’s more about the players’ guts and attributes rather than the mud on the helmet and jersey type thing (Biggio, Guerrero) I was expecting. Still good though.

  • that guy | August 9, 2006 at 5:41 pm |

    Link Name

    pic number 4 in the SI gallery link from greg. ahhh

  • Chuck | August 9, 2006 at 6:00 pm |

    Under Armour cleats in the pros. God help us. Those things are awful.

  • Josh W | August 9, 2006 at 6:12 pm |

    So today the braves wore their red jerseys. They never have worn them any other day than sunday. except for game 1 of the NLDS last year that i went to.

  • Nick | August 9, 2006 at 6:17 pm |

    And while we’re at it: The popcorn wasn’t salty enough.

    This old theatre hand tells you that people like popcorn salt just like anything else-everyone to their own taste. That’s why most theatres salt lightly and provide handy salt shakers for you salt-lovers. Ever see a salt remover? Neither have we. Be thankful you saw that film here in the good ol’ USA, the French don’t sell popcorn at all in their cinemas.

  • N. | August 9, 2006 at 6:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”4864″] Much to Paul’s chagrin, I’m sure, I blindly follow my alma mater, the TCU Horned Frogs, as they wear their purple jerseys. I even wear a purple polo to work on game days. Lucky for me, my favorite pro team is the classy, blue & white Dodgers.[/quote]

    We got the Iron Skillet, tho. Good to see a TCU fan on here, esp. considering the uniform I used to regularly wear.

  • Brinke | August 9, 2006 at 6:26 pm |

    UA in footwear now? what about adidas and puma?

  • Kevin W. | August 9, 2006 at 7:38 pm |

    Any1 see the Riffs of Reilly this week in SI? If u didnt here it is. Its a pretty unfair story about a 10 year old cancer survivior.

    http://sportsillustr...

    whats u opinion on it?

  • L. Vasquez | August 9, 2006 at 8:07 pm |

    Kevin W:

    What a jackass move by coach Bob Farley. He had to be coaching the “Yankees” too!

  • BCrisp | August 9, 2006 at 8:21 pm |

    How come such a big deal was made a few years ago when Michael Jordan retired, then came back and played with his #23 jersey that had been retired? This happens nightly in baseball if you look at managers and base coaches, etc. For example, Jose Cruz is coaching first base tonight, and every night, for the Astros.

  • Kevin A. | August 9, 2006 at 8:21 pm |

    would someone explaing why Jamie Martin has his full name on the back of his jersey and not just J martin or ja martin
    http://us.news2.yimg...
    i havent looked at the Saints roster but i figure there at least isnt another ja martin

  • Kevin A. | August 9, 2006 at 8:22 pm |

    explain (not explaing)

  • Yinzer | August 9, 2006 at 8:38 pm |

    Walk the kid. What do you tell your kids when you lose because you didnt put the kid on.

    Treat him like others. You walk the slugger

  • Lee | August 9, 2006 at 8:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”4887″]would someone explaing why Jamie Martin has his full name on the back of his jersey and not just J martin or ja martin
    http://us.news2.yimg...
    i havent looked at the Saints roster but i figure there at least isnt another ja martin[/quote]

    if two teamates have the same last name and the same first initial they get the entire first name on their jerseys, per nfl rules.

  • Old School | August 9, 2006 at 10:11 pm |

    The Braves need to wear red more often…anything to break up their inconsistent ways. They could start with all day games and road Sundays.

    Thanks for the Maddux info…did I hear he actually wore blue hose when his Cubs went up against Clemens? I couldn’t find any photos.

  • Mark Mihalik | August 9, 2006 at 10:37 pm |

    So, adidas signs Reggie Bush. They design a signature cleat for him, show him in ads, give him millions of dollars. But he’ll have to cover up adidas logos on his shoes on the field, according to that article (since its not Nike, UA, or Reebok–even though adidas owns Reebok)?

    While strange, this could be great news, actually. One of the greatest future stars of the NFL could also be one of the most logo-free (and Reggie was often one to spat up the shoes with black tape at USC, too, a great look).

  • Jamie from Columbus | August 9, 2006 at 10:38 pm |

    Oregon’s 2006 unis
    http://static.flickr...

  • Brian | August 9, 2006 at 10:44 pm |

    The Wikipedia page with fake sports teams lists the Long Island Ducks as fake, but they were a real hockey team, which were the inspiration for Slap Shot. They also had really cool jerseys, which I wish the Islanders would use to inspire a non-hideous third jersey (I’m talking to you, Pumpkin Orange jersey) home. third. away.

  • Joe | August 10, 2006 at 12:03 am |

    [quote comment=”4898″]The Wikipedia page with fake sports teams lists the Long Island Ducks as fake, but they were a real hockey team, which were the inspiration for Slap Shot. They also had really cool jerseys, which I wish the Islanders would use to inspire a non-hideous third jersey (I’m talking to you, Pumpkin Orange jersey) home. third. away.[/quote]
    isnt there a minor league baseball team called the LI Ducks?

  • Paul Lukas | August 10, 2006 at 12:28 am |

    [quote comment=”4898″]The Wikipedia page with fake sports teams lists the Long Island Ducks as fake, but they were a real hockey team[/quote]

    They sure were. I actually attended a L.I. Ducks game at Commack Arena when I was maybe seven yrs old. Can’t say I remember much about it, though….

    It is v-e-r-y hot here in Memphis.

  • Zach | August 10, 2006 at 1:36 am |

    [quote comment=”4882″]Any1 see the Riffs of Reilly this week in SI? If u didnt here it is. Its a pretty unfair story about a 10 year old cancer survivior.

    http://sportsillustr...

    whats u opinion on it?[/quote]

    I agree that it’s just good baseball strategy to walk the kid. Why was the team’s weakest hitter batting right after their best hitter? Sounds like bad managing to me.

    Seems like yet another example of the parents and townspeople being more upset than the kid… it was nice to read his last quote, where he basically it has inspired him to get better.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 10, 2006 at 4:57 am |

    [quote comment=”4886″]How come such a big deal was made a few years ago when Michael Jordan retired, then came back and played with his #23 jersey that had been retired? This happens nightly in baseball if you look at managers and base coaches, etc. For example, Jose Cruz is coaching first base tonight, and every night, for the Astros.[/quote]

    BCrisp, trivia time: in Japan they wouldn’t let players whose numbers had been retired wear them again when they came back to coach or manage until very recently. Combine this with the unoffical rule that coaches, managers, and staff should have numbers higher than any player, and you get some oddities.

    Sadaharu Oh, similarly, found himself wearing 89 when his playing career came to a close. Katsuya Nomura shuffled through 75, 73, and 83 before the expansion Rakuten Eagles, who have no retired numbers (and no winning seasons in their history, as things now stand) let him bring back his old No. 19.

    The most famous example is the Yomiuri Giants’ Shigeo Nagashima, who wore No. 3 as a player but had to go with No. 90 when he took over the Giants as a manager. His rationalization for 90 (his old number 3, times 3 for the important people in his life, then a zero on the end because he wanted the team to be together in one circle) was extremely contrived.

    Later the team relaxed the high-number rule but wouldn’t let him have his 3, so he was No. 33. Finally a giant exception was made and he got his old 3 back, to the delight of newspapers, TV stations, and fans everywhere.

    One wag on the internet said, “Every news program featured stories about Nagashima changing his number. Any other player wouldn’t get that much attention if he changed his sex.”

    Hopefully these silly rules about uni numbers will continue to be relaxed

    Mark

  • Chris | August 10, 2006 at 7:40 am |

    This is a YouTube clip of Edmonton Oilers part owner Todd McFarlane talking about his design of the Oilers’ third jersey. Not sure if anyone has posted it before, I don’t remember seeing it, sorry if it was.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Here is the actual jersey:

    http://shop.nhl.com/...

  • Natron | August 10, 2006 at 8:32 am |

    [quote comment=”4907″]This is a YouTube clip of Edmonton Oilers part owner Todd McFarlane talking about his design of the Oilers’ third jersey. Not sure if anyone has posted it before, I don’t remember seeing it, sorry if it was.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Here is the actual jersey:

    http://shop.nhl.com/...

    Am I the only person who thought this was a sperm the first time I saw it?

  • a arauz | August 10, 2006 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”4900″][quote comment=”4898″]The Wikipedia page with fake sports teams lists the Long Island Ducks as fake, but they were a real hockey team, which were the inspiration for Slap Shot. They also had really cool jerseys, which I wish the Islanders would use to inspire a non-hideous third jersey (I’m talking to you, Pumpkin Orange jersey) home. third. away.[/quote]
    isnt there a minor league baseball team called the LI Ducks?[/quote]
    Saw the ducks play this past Friday nite… the punters were riding Juan Gonzalez something awful.

  • Mr. Met | August 11, 2006 at 12:01 am |

    [quote comment=”4882″]Any1 see the Riffs of Reilly this week in SI? If u didnt here it is. Its a pretty unfair story about a 10 year old cancer survivior.

    http://sportsillustr...

    whats u opinion on it?[/quote]
    This coach was in a no-win situation. If he pitches to the slugger, his teams’ parents and local sportswriters would probably be all over him for bad strategy. Because let’s be real: The media is nothing if not Monday morning quarterbacks. If he walks the slugger and pitches to the scrub, he’ll catch hell because the kid is a cancer survivor. And that opposing coach is full of crap; he would have done the exact same thing.

    What I find disconcerting is the lesson that this kid is learning from all this. I understand his mom letting everyone in the league know that he has a shunt in his head, and that they have to be careful with him, but by that same token, this is one of life’s lessons. What kid doesn’t cherish the idea of being up there with the winning runs on base, with a chance to be a hero? He wants to be part of the team. And being part of the team means you take your lumps. Instead, I get the feeling that his parents love all the adulation that he gets being a cancer survivor and playing for a ballclub, but when the going gets tough they want to isolate him. It’s OK if his team wins, and he gets counted as one of the boys, but when it’s his turn to get up there and bat like everyone else on his team, there’s this huge uproar because, well, he’s a cancer survivor.

    What lesson does this teach him? Well, it’s fine to be a cancer survivor and bask in what his team does, even though he’s the weakest hitter on his team and the rest of the team has to pick him up, but when he has to get up there and perform just like his teammates, it’s unfair because he’s a cancer survivor. It’s this attitude of having his cake and eating it too that bothers me. And unfortunately, it comes from the adults in his life. He wants to play, and his parents put him out there to play, but they want him to reap the rewards, mainly a championship, without getting him involved. It’s hypocritical.

    The ones breath of fresh air in this whole thing is that while the adults all piss amd moan and complain about what happened, the kdi took it in stride and nuderstood what the problem was: Not that he was a cancer survivor who got picked on, but that he was a poor hitter who needs to improve.