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Wrestlemania

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I’ve never given much thought to sumo “uniforms,” because the combatants basically just wear diapers. Okay, so there are different colors (including you know what), along with the occasional bit of flag-based imagery, but still — come on.

Or at least that’s what I thought. But as with virtually all things Far Eastern, this one has come under the gaze of reader Jeremy Brahm, who recently sent along the following primer about the special ceremonial belts — which look more like skirts or aprons — that some sumo wrestlers wear:

I bet you didn’t know that wrestlers actually have two belts that they wear each day for the highest level (or “Makunouchi” in Japanese). These wrestlers wear these belts in addition to their regular wrestling belts at ceremonies and before starting the day’s bouts. Take these guys, for example — actually, the guy in the middle is the yokozuna, which you can tell because of the big white belt with “lightning bolts” that he’s wearing (here’s another example).

Some of these ceremonial belts have very bad sponsor creep. Here’s Japanese wrestler Chiyotaikai wearing the Coca-Cola logo, and here’s the Bulgarian wrestler Kotoohshu — that’s basic basically an advertisement for a Bulgarian yogurt. (He’s also worn the Japan-Bulgaria Friendship Association logo and the Bulgarian flag with a horse.) Somewhere there’s a picture of Japanese wrestler Takatoriki with a Pepsi ad on it, but that was about 10 years ago, so it’s hard finding something like that on the web.

Here are some other interesting belts, as worn by the Georgian wrestler Kokkai; the Estonian wrestler Baruto; the Russian wrestlers Roho and Hakurozan; the Mongolian wrestler Kyokushuuan; the naturalized Japanized citizen Konishiki (who can be seen wearing a Yomiuri Giants jersey and throwing out the first pitch here); the Japanese wrestlers Kasugaoh and Shunketsu [who appears to be wearing an anime design]; and the American wrestler Sentoryu.

I would almost say this next picture, of the Japanese wrestler Tamarikido, is like wearing a college sweatshirt.

Then there’s this kind of sumo outfit, but that’s a separate category.

Wart(burg)s and All: Got an interesting note yesterday from reader Jesse Gavin, as follows:

I’m a recent graduate of Wartburg College, a Division III school in Iowa. While in school, I spent a lot of time working for the student TV and radio stations, usually covering Wartburg’s athletic teams. Therefore, I cringed a little bit when I found out that the football team would be wearing new Nike home uniforms this season.

However, it didn’t occur to me until later that the new home unis might cause a conflict with the road uniforms, made by Adidas, that had been unveiled last season. So what happened when Wartburg went on the road for the first time this season last Saturday? The road uniforms were now adorned with an IIAC [Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference] patch on the exact same spot where the Adidas logo had been visible last season. A source within the program tells me that sewing the patch onto all the away jerseys was less expensive than buying new ones.

Hmmm, Nike takes over home jerseys, Adidas logo mysteriously disappears from old jerseys. Coincidence, I’m sure.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Marhsall will mark the 35th anniversary of the school’s landmark victory over Xavier with “1971 Young Thundering Herd” helmet decals this Saturday (with thanks to Craig Bates). … Georgia Tech’s 1970 throwbacks looked my-t-fine last night. Too bad they didn’t wear period-appropriate socks, though. … Latest high school team to go with the Nikefied sleeve treatment: Ontario High, in Mansfield, Ohio. “The’ve also got some pant stripes thrown in there,” says Mansfield alum Clint Whittington, who provided the pics. “I’m not sure they look so good together, not that many things would look good with that yellow sleeve.”

 

103 comments to Wrestlemania

  • Kevin | September 22, 2006 at 8:59 am |

    Wow, slow uni day today huh Paul?

  • Tom | September 22, 2006 at 9:03 am |

    I saw the headline and thought Paul was going to dissect various WWF wrestlers and their “uniforms” (OK, costumes is a better word for it).

  • Parker | September 22, 2006 at 9:06 am |

    Paul, how’d the interview about throwbacks go?

  • Paul Lukas | September 22, 2006 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment=”10099″]Wow, slow uni day today huh Paul?[/quote]

    Hey, Brian Tallet can’t unveil his stirrups every day…. Jeremy comes up with some very interesting stuff about corners of the sports world that most of us know little or nothing about, and I like to share that info. C’mon, that yogurt ad connection is pure gold!

  • Ryan B. | September 22, 2006 at 9:08 am |

    OK, myabe this is a silly question, but here goes. What happens when these high school teams that now have the ridiculous “different colored sleeves” look go to play on the road? Are they getting road whites with the different-colored left sleeve? Like the Mansfeild example above. Do they have like a white jersey with a yellow sleeve? My brain would invaribly shut down at the sight of such a monstrosity.

    Anyone know about this?

  • Paul Lukas | September 22, 2006 at 9:10 am |

    [quote comment=”10102″]Paul, how’d the interview about throwbacks go?[/quote]

    It was short (maybe 4 mins.) but quite good — the interviewer/host guy was really into it and well prepared. One of the better radio experiences I’ve had. I didn’t really say anything that most of you people don’t already know, but John is gonna see if we can embed the audio file (from the radio station’s web site) here on the site.

  • Ryan B. | September 22, 2006 at 9:15 am |

    [quote comment=”10104″]OK, myabe this is a silly question, but here goes. What happens when these high school teams that now have the ridiculous “different colored sleeves” look go to play on the road? Are they getting road whites with the different-colored left sleeve? Like the Mansfeild example above. Do they have like a white jersey with a yellow sleeve? My brain would invaribly shut down at the sight of such a monstrosity.

    Anyone know about this?[/quote]

    This might be a Uni Watch first. I’m quoting my own comment! :)

    The only variations of the Nike different colored sleeves look I personally have seen (be it at the college level like Florida, Virginia Tech, and Miami last year or even the high school examples from this season) have been the home or dark-colored jerseys. Anyone seen the away or white jersey with the different colored sleeves anywhere?

  • Rich | September 22, 2006 at 9:21 am |

    I like Hakurozan’s the best…

  • Ryan B. | September 22, 2006 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment=”10107″]I like Hakurozan’s the best…[/quote]

    His was my favorite, too, but man if he doesn’t look ridiculous with his hair up in a bun as is the style for those competitors.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 22, 2006 at 9:29 am |

    i knew he would use the brannock device!

    i’m pretty predictable. once this gravatar site starts working for me, it will be no surprise what mine is…

  • Richard | September 22, 2006 at 9:31 am |

    This morning’s Ryder Cup outfits are not that bad. And the American Flag on the back of the US vests is a nice touch.

    And like Tom, I thought we’d get a little dap for the WWE, but they don’t really have set uniforms…just personalized tights.

  • MAO | September 22, 2006 at 9:46 am |

    Despite getting demolished by Tech last night, you’ve gotta love UVA’s socks

  • John Ekdahl | September 22, 2006 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”10112″]This morning’s Ryder Cup outfits are not that bad. And the American Flag on the back of the US vests is a nice touch.

    And like Tom, I thought we’d get a little dap for the WWE, but they don’t really have set uniforms…just personalized tights.[/quote]
    The Ryder Cup is on tape delay, so ABSOLUTELY NO talk of matches. Uni talk is fine, of course. But, if you link to an image, call it a spoiler if it goes to a page with results from matches.

  • Dan | September 22, 2006 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”10112″]This morning’s Ryder Cup outfits are not that bad. And the American Flag on the back of the US vests is a nice touch.[/quote]

    The European squad sweaters are bright to say the least. I can’t find any pics yet, but theyre between a bright kelly green and a neon green

  • Nik | September 22, 2006 at 9:59 am |

    I can’t believe that there is something about Wartburg in this. That place is tiny. My girlfriend goes to school there. Now more than just the students and their family know about it.

    Nice football field for that uni-confused team to play on though.

  • Ron | September 22, 2006 at 10:07 am |

    That was the most interesting article on diapers I’ve ever seen.

  • Richard | September 22, 2006 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”10115″][quote comment=”10112″]This morning’s Ryder Cup outfits are not that bad. And the American Flag on the back of the US vests is a nice touch.

    And like Tom, I thought we’d get a little dap for the WWE, but they don’t really have set uniforms…just personalized tights.[/quote]
    The Ryder Cup is on tape delay, so ABSOLUTELY NO talk of matches. Uni talk is fine, of course. But, if you link to an image, call it a spoiler if it goes to a page with results from matches.[/quote]

    I promise no comments about the score. Just Uni talk here.

  • The Original Lee | September 22, 2006 at 10:14 am |

    the GaTech unis look nice, nicer than their normal unis.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 22, 2006 at 10:14 am |

    based on yesterdays opening ceremonies
    http://us.i1.yimg.co...
    and todays four ball competition
    http://images.sports...
    you would think that they are being sponsored and outfitted by
    http://upload.wikime...

    oh, and if you are wondering, yes the wives/girlfriends are also outfitted as well.
    http://images.sports...

    again…elin woods
    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

  • Kenny | September 22, 2006 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”10114″]Despite getting demolished by Tech last night, you’ve gotta love UVA’s socks[/quote]

    Speaking of logo creep, check out Calvin Johnson (GT)….Oakley visor…a number of “the company’s logo” (shoes, gloves, armbands, & i’m pretty sure their jerseys are Russell)

    Wish this was somewhere though GT Yellow Jackets

  • jamie kilgore | September 22, 2006 at 10:19 am |

    EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!

    on atlantafalcons.com they have a show called the freddie mac show, and todays guest was none other than morton anderson, and freddie mac came out wearing a new falcons helmet liek the one morton used to wear! they still make then, and hopefuly morton can wear it!

  • jamie kilgore | September 22, 2006 at 10:22 am |

    and the back of the helmet says 5, so maybe hes wearing that number

  • redhotfro | September 22, 2006 at 10:31 am |

    Paul,

    No mention today about Pedro? It looks like he went pajama style last night and ditched the high socks.

  • Anthony | September 22, 2006 at 10:35 am |

    That ontario high school football team looks like it has the Oregon Ducks Helmet logo.

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 11:02 am |

    Damn security code!

    I wasn’t going to comment until my gravatar was approved—that was a frustrating experience, but I’m willing to wager that no one else will have my gravatar on this site–but I had to when I saw the topic of today’s entry.

    I cringed when I saw the picture—I hate the sumo suits—and was happy to see that Paul was writing about the real deal. I think the ceremonial belts are beautiful despite the logo creep. I also think the Japanese wrestlers look the best, though the American looks almost buff in his. Makes sense that the Japanese look the best as they invented sumo wrestling.

    The interview: Paul was great with his smooth-jazz voice; he sounded like a real expert.

    Ryder Cup: It is a team sport, but there is no need to wear uniforms, especially not for the WaGs.

    Gravatars: Aggravating site, but I cannot wait to see everyone’s gravatar.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 22, 2006 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”10124″]
    Speaking of logo creep, check out Calvin Johnson (GT)….Oakley visor…a number of “the company’s logo” (shoes, gloves, armbands, & i’m pretty sure their jerseys are Russell)

    if i remember correctly, the man who started russell athletic is a GT alum, so the school has been faithful to his business for
    basketball (m/w)
    http://graphics.fans...
    http://graphics.fans...
    football
    http://graphics.fans...
    baseball
    http://graphics.fans...
    softball (lower left sleeve)
    http://graphics.fans...
    tennis
    http://graphics.fans...

    just as the man who started UA is a maryland alum, dont be surprised if the trend continues there…

  • ALK | September 22, 2006 at 11:22 am |

    Nike’s influence spreads:

    link

  • MetsfanAZ | September 22, 2006 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”10123″]based on yesterdays opening ceremonies
    http://us.i1.yimg.co...
    and todays four ball competition
    http://images.sports...
    you would think that they are being sponsored and outfitted by
    http://upload.wikime...

    Part of the Captain’s duties is to pick out all of the “uni’s” (using the term lightly). Ian Woosnam is the European capt. He is Welsh and being an ignorant American I have no idea what their flag colors are, maybe that explains it. Or maybe he’s a Jets fan.

  • Kelli | September 22, 2006 at 11:34 am |

    Flag of Wales

    You can sort of see where he got the green, but wouldn’t red have been a better choice?

  • Forrest | September 22, 2006 at 11:36 am |

    This was the most unique article I have ever seen on this site. I love it.

    Is spaceflight a sport? Cause you could really branch out and cover the evolution of the space uniforms. That would be cool.

  • Mayer | September 22, 2006 at 11:39 am |

    *gravatar test*

  • WirelessBuzz | September 22, 2006 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”10131″][quote comment=”10124″]
    if i remember correctly, the man who started russell athletic is a GT alum, so the school has been faithful to his business for
    basketball [/quote]

    My understanding is that Tech and Auburn people were influential in the early years of Russell Corp. However, Auburn left Russell this season and Tech is reportedly leaving after this season. Nothing has come out as to who we will go with, but I have seen a lot of stuff around the stadium on gameday with the UnderArmor logo. Don’t know if that means anything or not.

    As for the throwbacks, I really liked them. The white hat was a sharp look. I would like to see us keep the black shoes going forward. Gives you a tougher look IMO.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 22, 2006 at 11:44 am |

    i think you should add a gravatar tried and failed counter…
    i think im up to about 3 dozen times…

  • Kenny | September 22, 2006 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”10140″][quote comment=”10131″][quote comment=”10124″]
    if i remember correctly, the man who started russell athletic is a GT alum, so the school has been faithful to his business for
    basketball [/quote]

    My understanding is that Tech and Auburn people were influential in the early years of Russell Corp. However, Auburn left Russell this season and Tech is reportedly leaving after this season. Nothing has come out as to who we will go with, but I have seen a lot of stuff around the stadium on gameday with the UnderArmor logo. Don’t know if that means anything or not.

    As for the throwbacks, I really liked them. The white hat was a sharp look. I would like to see us keep the black shoes going forward. Gives you a tougher look IMO.[/quote]

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the Russell jerseys, especially since they are throwbacks.

    What I was trying to point out what the multiple logos present.

    Love the helmets and if I ever get my gravatar approved/confirmation e-mail you’ll see why!!

  • Mark in Shiga | September 22, 2006 at 11:54 am |

    Paul, you need to mention the garish get-ups worn by sumo referees! (They’re almost as hideous as the new NFL referee jerseys!)

    Not really uni-related, but folks who read this article might be interested in how sumo wrestlers get their distinctive single-word nicknames.

    In general, names with “yama” (mountain) or other things implying strength have been popular, but a lot of these foreign wrestlers have been creatively advertising their homelands while still having names with a traditional Japanese sound.

    Kokkai means “Black Sea”; Baruto is a phonetic approximation of “Balt”; Roho and Hakurozan mean “Russian Phoenix” and “White Russian Mountain” respectively; and American Sentoryu‘s name, while meaning “fighting dragon”, also serves as a phonetic approximation of “St. Lou”, his Missouri hometown.

    The first wave of foreign wrestlers (Konishiki, Akebono, Musashimaru) didn’t attempt this; maybe the Sumo Association was stuffier about it than they now are. I think this is a great development that helps sumo stay traditional without shutting foreign newcomers out.

  • 13monkeys | September 22, 2006 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”10138″]
    Is spaceflight a sport? Cause you could really branch out and cover the evolution of the space uniforms. That would be cool.[/quote]

    The original spaceboot was based in part on the Converse basketball sneaker so there is a bit of a sports corrolation.

  • MetsfanAZ | September 22, 2006 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”10137″]Flag of Wales

    You can sort of see where he got the green, but wouldn’t red have been a better choice?[/quote]
    After seeing that I can’t wait for Sunday, I’m thinking they’re waiting to bust out some Dragon inspired/adorned duds.

  • redemske | September 22, 2006 at 12:02 pm |

    On those Wartbug unis … the Nike set looks a TON better than the Adidas set, anyway. Stupid screened-on shadowed numbers … very small Iowa high school.

    And yes, I’m from Iowa. I know all about Wartburg. Don’t get worked up. Isn’t it Outfly today or something?

  • John Ekdahl | September 22, 2006 at 12:03 pm |

    Just a gravatar note:

    Obviously they have major issues with their server. Because of this, I’ve decided to cache the gravatars on this site. Otherwise, it would take two or three minutes to load each page. No joke. So, because of that, my server will update gravatars once per day.

  • Kyle | September 22, 2006 at 12:11 pm |

    That GT-UVA game was a classic as far as unis are concerned. Unfortunately, my roommate wouldn’t shut up about how ugly he thought Tech’s jerseys were because of the darker shade of gold and the white helmets (the two best parts…). Oh well…he also thinks that all-black Atlanta Falcons look from sunday was amazing.

    Side note: I’m glad I turned off GT-UVA before the handshakes began. I would not have liked to see Al Groh’s nasty orange sweatshirt next to those gold Tech unis.

  • Mark | September 22, 2006 at 12:13 pm |

    love the georgia tech jerseys…maybe they should go to a permanent switch.

    how about a review of the best and worse of WWF costumes…that’d be hilarious

  • Richard | September 22, 2006 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”10130″]Damn security code!

    I wasn’t going to comment until my gravatar was approved—that was a frustrating experience, but I’m willing to wager that no one else will have my gravatar on this site–but I had to when I saw the topic of today’s entry.

    I cringed when I saw the picture—I hate the sumo suits—and was happy to see that Paul was writing about the real deal. I think the ceremonial belts are beautiful despite the logo creep. I also think the Japanese wrestlers look the best, though the American looks almost buff in his. Makes sense that the Japanese look the best as they invented sumo wrestling.

    The interview: Paul was great with his smooth-jazz voice; he sounded like a real expert.

    Ryder Cup: It is a team sport, but there is no need to wear uniforms, especially not for the WaGs.

    Gravatars: Aggravating site, but I cannot wait to see everyone’s gravatar.[/quote]

    Of course there’s a need for the Ryder Cup to have matching outfits – they’re representing the USA in an International competition. Should the USA Basketball not have uniforms when they play in the World Championships? Ok, so maybe not the uniforms they had this past tournament…

    Good luck everyone getting on the gravatar site and coming up with good ones.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 22, 2006 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”10146″][quote comment=”10138″]
    Is spaceflight a sport? Cause you could really branch out and cover the evolution of the space uniforms. That would be cool.[/quote]

    The original spaceboot was based in part on the Converse basketball sneaker so there is a bit of a sports corrolation.[/quote]

    nike took care of that 20 years ago…
    http://www.yourprops...

  • Kevin A. | September 22, 2006 at 12:20 pm |
  • Matt | September 22, 2006 at 12:23 pm |

    in Keith Hernandez’s column on SNY.tv he should have referred to this site. 2 of the questions people asked him, have been answered on this site in the past few months.

  • Ryan B. | September 22, 2006 at 12:26 pm |

    Looks like the Milwaukee Bucks have unveiled their new court design. Dave Mann had a diatribe (and deservedly so) for Paul to president to the Bucks’ president last month on fixing problems with the workmarks on the court. Paul got cancelled on. Can’t tell if these errors/problems have been addressed.

    Anyone know when the Bucks are unveiling their new purple-free jerseys?

  • Ryan B. | September 22, 2006 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”10156″]Looks like the Milwaukee Bucks have unveiled their new court design. Dave Mann had a diatribe (and deservedly so) for Paul to president to the Bucks’ president last month on fixing problems with the workmarks on the court. Paul got cancelled on. Can’t tell if these errors/problems have been addressed.

    Anyone know when the Bucks are unveiling their new purple-free jerseys?[/quote]

    I’m a total dumbass. I just realized that the article I linked to is over a month old. Duh.

    Still–any news about the unveiling of the new uniforms?

  • Mark | September 22, 2006 at 12:29 pm |

    still gotta love the gobbly gooker. btw, i love the white stripe on the Tech sleeves…good touch.

  • OJ | September 22, 2006 at 12:32 pm |

    How about this? Same guy goes from this to this. Complete with ho’s!

    1st time poster, lurker since day 1!

  • Forrest | September 22, 2006 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”10153″][quote comment=”10146″][quote comment=”10138″]
    Is spaceflight a sport? Cause you could really branch out and cover the evolution of the space uniforms. That would be cool.[/quote]

    The original spaceboot was based in part on the Converse basketball sneaker so there is a bit of a sports corrolation.[/quote]

    nike took care of that 20 years ago…
    http://www.yourprops...

    I doubt it leaves prints as cool as this.

  • Chris | September 22, 2006 at 1:30 pm |

    Any body think Mort. Would be a fantastFantasy Option?

  • Miguel | September 22, 2006 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”10131″][quote comment=”10124″]
    Speaking of logo creep, check out Calvin Johnson (GT)….Oakley visor…a number of “the company’s logo” (shoes, gloves, armbands, & i’m pretty sure their jerseys are Russell)

    if i remember correctly, the man who started russell athletic is a GT alum, so the school has been faithful to his business[/quote][/quote]

    Isn’t this the same reason all of the Boston College gear is Reebok?

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”10152″]
    Of course there’s a need for the Ryder Cup to have matching outfits – they’re representing the USA in an International competition. Should the USA Basketball not have uniforms when they play in the World Championships? Ok, so maybe not the uniforms they had this past tournament…
    [/quote]

    I meant need as in needing to quickly identify your teammates, per yesterday’s discussion. Wearing them for patriotic reasons? Yeah, sure, but do they need to be so damn pedestrian? I maintain that the WaGs do not need to dress alike as that just looks stupid.

    Hey, Ek! When are the first batch of new gravatars going up? I’m all a-flutter.

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 1:56 pm |

    Damn. I messed up that quote—or the site did as I see several others like it. You all know what I mean, anyway. In case not, the first paragraph is a quote, the rest is me.

  • John Ekdahl | September 22, 2006 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”10168″]Hey, Ek! When are the first batch of new gravatars going up? I’m all a-flutter.[/quote]
    I’m going to try to do it very late tonight/early morning. Their server’s been timing out on me everytime I try it. I’m hoping there will be less demand then.

    They do host over 4 billion gravatars, which I guess is an excuse, but I’m still not that impressed.

  • Brian A | September 22, 2006 at 2:15 pm |

    I hope you all realize that it is not Nike forcing these HS teams to go with the mismatched sleeve. It is actually whoever picks out the uniform design from the HS. You can ‘test drive’ making a uniform on niketeam.com, and one of the options is to have a mismatched sleeve. So blame Nike for giving the sleeve opportunity, but blame whoever picked the jerseys from the HS for taking advantage of the opportunity.

  • Richard | September 22, 2006 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”10170″]
    They do host over 4 billion gravatars, which I guess is an excuse, but I’m still not that impressed.[/quote]

    4 billion…that’s it? C’mon, they should be able to turn that around in no time to give Minna her unique gravatar…

  • Nastykjn | September 22, 2006 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”10171″]I hope you all realize that it is not Nike forcing these HS teams to go with the mismatched sleeve. It is actually whoever picks out the uniform design from the HS. You can ‘test drive’ making a uniform on niketeam.com, and one of the options is to have a mismatched sleeve. So blame Nike for giving the sleeve opportunity, but blame whoever picked the jerseys from the HS for taking advantage of the opportunity.[/quote]

    As with the movie “Payback” there are no good guys here Brian A. Only lesser degrees of bad.

  • Richard | September 22, 2006 at 2:27 pm |

    boy i cut that one wrong…my bad

  • Kevin A. | September 22, 2006 at 2:32 pm |

    OJ
    Papa Shango
    http://www.geocities...
    who was also the godfather
    http://my.cybersoup....
    was also Kama Mustafa
    http://www.wrestling...

  • ESS | September 22, 2006 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”10171″]I hope you all realize that it is not Nike forcing these HS teams to go with the mismatched sleeve. It is actually whoever picks out the uniform design from the HS. You can ‘test drive’ making a uniform on niketeam.com, and one of the options is to have a mismatched sleeve. So blame Nike for giving the sleeve opportunity, but blame whoever picked the jerseys from the HS for taking advantage of the opportunity.[/quote]

    Hmm…one of the 14 visits from Nike today???

    Just kidding Brian A. Whoever is responsible for the mismatched sleeve look, it is pretty bad.

  • Matthew | September 22, 2006 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”10176″]OJ
    Papa Shango
    http://www.geocities...
    who was also the godfather
    http://my.cybersoup....
    was also Kama Mustafa
    http://www.wrestling...

    Now that is acting range.

  • Matt | September 22, 2006 at 2:53 pm |

    “Wartburg College, U Rah, rah, rah”…I’m an alum, I’m still not sure I understand that little chant.

  • Anthony Memme | September 22, 2006 at 2:54 pm |

    John,

    You look thirsty for a pint of Bohemian

  • Vegas4BOC | September 22, 2006 at 3:10 pm |

    Bills will be wearing their 60’s throwbacks this Sunday for the home opener vs. NY Jets.

  • chip howard | September 22, 2006 at 3:39 pm |

    The Ga. Tech throwback’s looked great. The black shoes should have had white shoe strings to be completely accurate. Wouldn’t it be great if teams wearing throwback uni’s wore the throwback facemasks? 2 teams with double bar and single masks only. So much for head tackling.

  • Scott | September 22, 2006 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”10183″]Bills will be wearing their 60’s throwbacks this Sunday for the home opener vs. NY Jets.[/quote]
    Good. I’m going to that game, and I won’t be subjected to their usual ugly-ass unis. But at least I’m not a Sabre’s fan!!

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”10170″][quote comment=”10168″]Hey, Ek! When are the first batch of new gravatars going up? I’m all a-flutter.[/quote]
    I’m going to try to do it very late tonight/early morning. Their server’s been timing out on me everytime I try it. I’m hoping there will be less demand then.

    They do host over 4 billion gravatars, which I guess is an excuse, but I’m still not that impressed.[/quote]

    Me, neither. I nearly pulled my hair out just trying to open an account. Oh, well. I guess I can wait until late tonight/early tomorrow if I have to, but they better be worth the wait, y’all!

    If someone has the same gravatar as me (when mine comes up, and not after), I will buy a pink replica jersey, take a picture of me in it, and send it to Paul to post.

  • Nastykjn | September 22, 2006 at 3:59 pm |

    If the unigods have an ounce of decency then this will be the look of the next Buffalo vs. San Diego game.

  • The Original Lee | September 22, 2006 at 4:08 pm |

    the gravatar website works very well late at night. i got through really easily at about 2 in the morning.

  • Kramer | September 22, 2006 at 4:08 pm |

    totally random question, but why are the uniwatch colors red, green, and yellow?

  • Anthony Memme | September 22, 2006 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”10188″]If the unigods have an ounce of decency then this will be the look of the next Buffalo vs. San Diego game.[/quote]

    Buffalo doesn’t have a white throwback alt.

  • Alex | September 22, 2006 at 4:16 pm |

    How abou the hoos’ hose last night vs. GT

  • Paul Lukas | September 22, 2006 at 4:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”10190″]totally random question, but why are the uniwatch colors red, green, and yellow?[/quote]

    Green and gold because those are the Packers’ colors, that’s my favorite uniform.

    The maroon came about when Scott Turner came up with the design for the Uni Watch Party t-shirt back in March. He knew I liked green and gold, and he added maroon just for the hell of it, and it looked good. That t-shirt design is what we adapted into the logo for this site.

  • Nik | September 22, 2006 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”10148″]On those Wartbug unis … the Nike set looks a TON better than the Adidas set, anyway. Stupid screened-on shadowed numbers … very small Iowa high school.

    And yes, I’m from Iowa. I know all about Wartburg. Don’t get worked up. Isn’t it Outfly today or something?[/quote]

    Wartburg is a college.

    Outfly isn’t today, I don’t think.

    I’ve gone down there a couple times, I think the best they could come up with was the Wartburg College, U Rah, Rah, Rah.

  • Kramer | September 22, 2006 at 4:36 pm |

    thanks ive been curious for the few months that ive read. now i have a question for the webmaster, why are there these f&*%!^g security codes to post

  • Brian A | September 22, 2006 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”10179″]

    Hmm…one of the 14 visits from Nike today???

    Just kidding Brian A. Whoever is responsible for the mismatched sleeve look, it is pretty bad.[/quote]

    Ha, not even close. I’m about 3k miles away in Eastern PA.

  • John Ekdahl | September 22, 2006 at 4:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”10197″]thanks ive been curious for the few months that ive read. now i have a question for the webmaster, why are there these f&*%!^g security codes to post[/quote]
    Blogs get so much spam, especially blogs that a lot of people link to. If I took it off, spam would be out of control.

    I understand it’s a pain, but it really has to be done. If you have problems with trying to post and losing you comment, try copying and pasting it before you hit the “say it” button. That way if it doesn’t get through, you won’t have to retype.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | September 22, 2006 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”10200″]

    Ha, not even close. I’m about 3k miles away in Eastern PA.[/quote]

    im repping the lehigh valley…catty pride…

  • Nastykjn | September 22, 2006 at 5:25 pm |

    By the way, big props to all 1,000 O’s fans who walked out yesterday….well done.

  • Ryan | September 22, 2006 at 6:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”10187″][quote comment=”10170″][quote comment=”10168″]Hey, Ek! When are the first batch of new gravatars going up? I’m all a-flutter.[/quote]
    I’m going to try to do it very late tonight/early morning. Their server’s been timing out on me everytime I try it. I’m hoping there will be less demand then.

    They do host over 4 billion gravatars, which I guess is an excuse, but I’m still not that impressed.[/quote]

    Me, neither. I nearly pulled my hair out just trying to open an account. Oh, well. I guess I can wait until late tonight/early tomorrow if I have to, but they better be worth the wait, y’all!

    If someone has the same gravatar as me (when mine comes up, and not after), I will buy a pink replica jersey, take a picture of me in it, and send it to Paul to post.[/quote]

    Anyone else hoping someone has the same gravatar as Minna? :)

  • girard31 | September 22, 2006 at 6:53 pm |

    A local high school team here in Columbia, MD has gone with the single sleeve look. I’ve seen a couple more in Balimore with them, but I have no photos. Also St. Joe prep in Philly has them.

  • redemske | September 22, 2006 at 6:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”10196″][quote comment=”10148″]

    Wartburg is a college.
    [/quote]

    Dude, I know Wartburg is a college. Their road uniforms make them look like a small Iowa high school. I think it might be a requirement that all Class 2A or lower schools have a shadowed number.

  • redemske | September 22, 2006 at 6:56 pm |

    Correction: Nike said Wartburg was a college.

    I said, I know.

  • girard31 | September 22, 2006 at 6:56 pm |

    Link to above didn’t work, try this link. Click on 2006 and then click on Centennial folder.

  • redemske | September 22, 2006 at 6:56 pm |

    Or Nik. Whatever. I quit.

  • Kenny | September 22, 2006 at 6:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”10205″][quote comment=”10187″][quote comment=”10170″][quote comment=”10168″]Hey, Ek! When are the first batch of new gravatars going up? I’m all a-flutter.[/quote]
    I’m going to try to do it very late tonight/early morning. Their server’s been timing out on me everytime I try it. I’m hoping there will be less demand then.

    They do host over 4 billion gravatars, which I guess is an excuse, but I’m still not that impressed.[/quote]

    Me, neither. I nearly pulled my hair out just trying to open an account. Oh, well. I guess I can wait until late tonight/early tomorrow if I have to, but they better be worth the wait, y’all!

    If someone has the same gravatar as me (when mine comes up, and not after), I will buy a pink replica jersey, take a picture of me in it, and send it to Paul to post.[/quote]

    Anyone else hoping someone has the same gravatar as Minna? :)[/quote]

    I would like to see that

  • Josh W. | September 22, 2006 at 7:16 pm |

    This Saturday, the Tennessee football team will honor two players, Inky Johnson and Justin Harrell, both of which suffered season ending injuries in the Air Force game. Every player will wear a decal on the back of their helmet with three connected rings. One with #92 (Harrell), one with #29 (Johnson), and the middle one will say “Team” in the middle. There were a few banners around Neyland with the logo on them last week vs. Florida.

    Full story here, even though I pretty much mentioned everything. You have to scroll down about half way.

  • Paul Lukas | September 22, 2006 at 7:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”10215″]Every player will wear a decal on the back of their helmet with three connected rings. One with #92 (Harrell), one with #29 (Johnson), and the middle one will say “Team” in the middle.[/quote]

    That idea’s been done before.

  • Josh W. | September 22, 2006 at 7:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”10217″][quote comment=”10215″]Every player will wear a decal on the back of their helmet with three connected rings. One with #92 (Harrell), one with #29 (Johnson), and the middle one will say “Team” in the middle.[/quote]

    That idea’s been done before.[/quote]

    Haha, not exactly like that. I actually found a pic of one of the banners hung up in the Tennessee vs Florida photo gallery.

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 8:48 pm |

    The Mets’ winning look: Beer Goggles!

    Do you agree with number four on the not OK list? I’m not so sure I do. Rooting Against

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 8:54 pm |

    For those of you who want to see me prettynauseating in pink, don’t hold your breath. It’s not going to happen!

    Sorry for posting twice, but I was having problems with the first post and wanted to make sure it made it unscathed.

    PS. Webmaster John, when I link something, sometimes the preview stops working. Is that something you could fix?

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 8:55 pm |

    On that last post, it was supposed to be pretty nauseating in pink, but it reads ok as is, too, I guess. I’ll stop for now.

  • Minna H | September 22, 2006 at 9:10 pm |

    Ok, the strikethrough option isn’t working. Ek, please delete the last post (and this one) if you want. I’m going to go put on some beer goggles of my own.

  • Mario | September 22, 2006 at 9:53 pm |

    hey paul, my principal will be doing the colts-jags game if you wanna see if him for yourself.

  • C.N. | September 22, 2006 at 10:22 pm |

    Gosh, it’s good to see Looper scratching his head after blowing a save in a different uniform other than the Mets’…

  • Howard | September 22, 2006 at 10:24 pm |

    Brian Tallet was back to the pajama bottom look in tonight’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game.

  • Andrew F. | September 22, 2006 at 11:41 pm |

    NY Rangers apparantly will wear Puerto Rican flags on their sweaters for the game Saturday night when they play in San Juan as seen here on the front page

  • Kevin W. | September 23, 2006 at 12:08 am |

    Those different colored shoulder unis still can’t beat the classic football uniforms likes the ones my hometown wears.

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  • Ed | September 23, 2006 at 12:44 am |

    Anyone notice the pin Willie Randolph had on his jacket during tonight’s game? Everytime they showed him it was driving me crazy because I wanted to know what it was!

  • Terry Mark | September 23, 2006 at 2:11 am |

    [quote comment=”10168″][quote comment=”10152″]
    Of course there’s a need for the Ryder Cup to have matching outfits – they’re representing the USA in an International competition. Should the USA Basketball not have uniforms when they play in the World Championships? Ok, so maybe not the uniforms they had this past tournament…
    [/quote]

    I meant need as in needing to quickly identify your teammates, per yesterday’s discussion. Wearing them for patriotic reasons? Yeah, sure, but do they need to be so damn pedestrian? I maintain that the WaGs do not need to dress alike as that just looks stupid.

    Hey, Ek! When are the first batch of new gravatars going up? I’m all a-flutter.[/quote]

    Maybe the players don’t necessarily need the uniforms, but the fans do. If you’re on the course looking back at the tee from around the green, it helps you know who’s hitting. Same thing on TV — who’s about to play the shot.

    I was disappointed overall, more by the colors than the designs. The U.S. introduced a nice argyle design, but in gray and white: Look here

    The overall color scheme was taupe for the Euros and gray for the Americans. The accessories helped a little, nice brown patterned sweaters and vests for the Americans.

    Oh well. On to Day 2!

  • Minna H | September 23, 2006 at 2:51 am |

    Just got back from a bar, and I had to tell you that I was having a nice time with a friend when she said, “Oh, it’s the Nike High School game of the week.” I didn’t know there was such a thing, and I was horrified. I tried to explain why, throwing in this site for good measure, but I don’t think she got it.

  • ESS | September 25, 2006 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”10202″][quote comment=”10200″]

    Ha, not even close. I’m about 3k miles away in Eastern PA.[/quote]

    im repping the lehigh valley…catty pride…[/quote]

    Nice to see fellow Pennsylvanians representing. Especially from Catasaqua.