Two significant Uni Watch developments today, starting with the annual college football roundup over on ESPN — here’s the link. Thanks to everyone who let me know about this year’s uniform changes.
The other big news is that we’ve finally got Uni Watch merchandise for sale. Just coffee mugs and T-shirts for now (although we may expand the offerings later on) — scroll down a bit and look in the left sidebar and take a look. The merch is being handled by Zazzle, an on-demand fulfillment company that produces really high-quality stuff. I can say with some confidence that you will not be disappointed.
Two people deserve big shout-outs here: The first is Scott M.X. Turner, who designed a logo for the Uni Watch Athletics Aesthetics Party six months ago (without even being asked — he just e-mailed it to me out of the blue) and has been extremely gracious about letting me plaster it wherever I like. Thanks, bud.
The other all-star here is Uni Watch webmaster John Ekdahl, who set up our Zazzle store (along with the site’s RSS feed, the Google ads, the new mailing list system, and about a jillion other technical things I wouldn’t know how to do by myself). He also puts up with a bunch of pesky requests from me on an all too frequent basis, with nary a complaint. Like most behind-the-scenes types, he deserves a lot more credit than he gets. Thanks, John — next round’s on me.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Shaun Marcum was smote by the cross — literally — last night. … A soccer player in the English Premier League has been reprimanded for adding his dead son’s first initial to the back of his jersey. Full details here (with thanks to Matthew Bonnett). … Is this the second coming of Eddie Gaedel or what? … Underbill Update: Mark Mulder’s got something (like maybe “Thank god my contract is guaranteed”) written under there. … Joe Mauer’s been wearing that 1970s-style helmet for a while now, but it looks particularly odd when he wears it with the Twins’ blue alternate jersey. … Although my TV sound was muted because I was on the phone, it looked like the Mets TV broadcast team was paying some serious attention to the wristband on Colorado pitcher Ramon Ramirez’s glove (very similar to this) during the top of the 2nd last night. Unfortunately, the MLB.TV game video is taken from the Rockies’ broadcast feed, not the Mets’, so I can’t go back and hear the discussion. Did anyone catch it? … I’m heading upstate today to see these guys and eat this stuff (I’ll be at Sharkey’s from about 4:30pm to 6pm, if any Binghamtonians want to say hi), so talk amongst yourselves and all that. I’ll be back tomorrow.