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What’s Printed on a Fancy-Shmancy Four-Color Press and Read All Over?

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New ESPN column today (a day earlier than usual, to coincide with the start of the NHL season) — here’s the link.

Meanwhile: I have only two phobias. One of them involves mushrooms, but we’ll save that for another time. The other one is a morbid fear of being stuck on a train with nothing to read. And yesterday, for reasons not worth getting into here, I was riding the New York City subways a lot. So, faced with lots of train time and deathly afraid of ending up without enough printed matter, I did something I rarely do: I bought copies of all four New York newspapers, instead of my usual one or two.

And if yesterday is any indication, I may have to start doing this more often, because all four papers had noteworthy uni-related content. Here’s the rundown:

New York Post: The sports section featured this photo of Alex Rodriguez, taken during Monday’s workout at Yankee Stadium. An intriguing shot, this — was A-Rod, a lifelong pajama-clad player, planning to break his playoff jinx by hiking up the cuffs and showing some sock? Alas, as we all saw last night, that turned out not to be the case.

Daily News: Weirdest uni-related item of the day. The front and back pages were occupied by a huge wraparound illustration filled with caricatures of prominent Mets and Yankees. The illustrator chose to dress the Mets in their black caps with blue brims — regrettable but unsurprising. Here’s the kicker: The Yankees were depicted with blue brims as well (here’s a close-up of the two skippers) — what the fuck? Perhaps the illustrator is a long-suffering Mets fan who wants Yankee partisans to know how it feels when a team’s classic design is sullied by unnecessary contrast-colored brims. Or maybe the illustrator (and the art director, and the editor…) just has his head up his ass. Either way, I practically jumped out of my subway seat when I saw this one.

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New York Times: Not sports-related, but the Business section had a really good story about the new uniforms at Wal-Mart. Highly recommended.

Newsday: Some guy named John Valenti, who apparently spends most of his time writing about bank robberies and Long Island politics, came up with a brilliant idea yesterday: “I know,” he said to himself, no doubt feeling all clever and innovative, “I’ll write an article about sports uniforms.” This is such a revolutionary concept, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. Seven years ago. Uni Watch Long Island bureau chief Alleen Barber, who’s an editor at Newsday, assures me that Valenti’s “a good guy.” So in the immortal words of H.I. McDunnough, maybe it’s just that his advisors are confused.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Justin Morneau’s a big hockey fan, as evidenced by the NHL logo that’s occasionally visible on his undershirt. The logo was much more plainly apparent on Sunday, during the Twins’ division title celebration. (Good catch by Matthew Strauss.) … Ryan Armbrust has noticed something odd: Many Nike-outfitted college football teams wear pants with no fly. Check it out: Missouri, Ohio State, Penn State, Nike catalog. Standard lace-up fly at
Iowa, though. Miami, too. “I mean seriously, how far away are we from solid neck to ankle unis?” says Armbrust. “I give it like four more years. Oregon is going to be playing a late- season game somewhere cold and they’re going to walk out looking like a bobsled team. This really bothers me, although I am not sure if it’s from the pants or from looking at numerous photos of men’s crotches all morning.” … Jim Leyland’s kid wears bogus stirrups (good catch by Shawn Knowles). … Sharp-eyed Tom Kot writes in with the following nameplate item: “I just caught the replay of Saturday’s Indiana/Wisconsin game, and at the beginning you can see the backs of freshmen Adrian Burks and Aaron Burks. Their nameplates are ‘Ad. BURKS’ and ‘Aa. BURKS’ — all uppercase accept for the second letters of their first names. Couldn’t find any pictures but I’ve never seen lowercase lettering on a nameplate except in a case like McDonald [lots of similar examples here], and I’ve never seen ‘Aa.’ on a nameplate either.” … Several sources are reporting that Florida State’s special Seminole tribe tribute unis, due to be worn on October 21st, will look like this this, but then those same sources say the uni will be solid-black, even though the photo looks more like solid-green (full details here and here). … I’ve noted before that Tigers “closer” Todd Jones wears one jersey sleeve shorter than the other. But Steven Malcolm notes that Jones also had some serious XYZ issues earlier in his career. … A trademark attorney named Anthony Verna interviewed me last week because he wanted to discuss sports branding on his blog. The resulting post on his site is available here.

 

149 comments to What’s Printed on a Fancy-Shmancy Four-Color Press and Read All Over?

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 8:41 am |

    It wasn’t just an NHL logo that Morneau has on his shirt… it’s far worse. I was whining about it in last week’s comments.

  • Hugh | October 4, 2006 at 8:42 am |

    Justin Morneau got alot of good natured ribbing online for wearing a Vancouver Canucks shirt during the Division Championship celebration. The Canucks are the hated rival of the local NHL team, the Wild.

  • Burrill | October 4, 2006 at 8:48 am |

    Unrelated, but last Friday my local high school football team played a school with severe monochrome issues. All blue — no stripes or piping or anything. Before the game, a friend of mine glanced at the unis and immediately declared them “cheap-looking” because of the completeness of the monochromatic scheme.

  • amr | October 4, 2006 at 8:53 am |

    It’s not just with the Canucks logo on front, but with Todd Bertuzzi’s Name and number on the back.
    (Is Bertuzzi also 33? Is that where Morneau gets his number?)

  • Jeff | October 4, 2006 at 8:54 am |

    Article today on sabres.com about Ryan Miller’s new mask

    Link

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 8:56 am |

    [quote comment=”11789″]Unrelated, but last Friday my local high school football team played a school with severe monochrome issues. All blue — no stripes or piping or anything. Before the game, a friend of mine glanced at the unis and immediately declared them “cheap-looking” because of the completeness of the monochromatic scheme.[/quote]

    The quote that immediately came to mind was from Anchorman: Legend of Ron Burgundy:

    Ron Burgundy: You are a smelly pirate hooker.
    Veronica Corningstone: You look like a blueberry.

    Nice Summerslam logo on the helmets and pants though.

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 9:03 am |

    [quote comment=”11791″]It’s not just with the Canucks logo on front, but with Todd Bertuzzi’s Name and number on the back.
    (Is Bertuzzi also 33? Is that where Morneau gets his number?)[/quote]

    Morneau actually switched to 33 because of Patrick Roy.

  • a arauz | October 4, 2006 at 9:09 am |

    [quote comment=”11789″]Unrelated, but last Friday my local high school football team played a school with severe monochrome issues. All blue — no stripes or piping or anything. Before the game, a friend of mine glanced at the unis and immediately declared them “cheap-looking” because of the completeness of the monochromatic scheme.[/quote]
    I’d say that Quarterback has more serious issues than a bad looking uniform. Does Burrill employ an offensive line?

  • Dan Julien | October 4, 2006 at 9:18 am |

    Morneau wearing the Van t-shirt is HILARIOUS, the fact it’s Bertuzzi(number 44) btw is kinda sad. I’m thinking it must be a lucky shirt since Bertuzzi’s been traded to another team so maybe Morneau just found himself a lucky shirt and doesn’t want to change it.
    Baseball Views from the North

  • Kevin | October 4, 2006 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment=”11792″]Article today on sabres.com about Ryan Miller’s new mask

    Link[/quote]

    Thanks for the story on Miller’s mask, it is pretty sweet looking. One of my favorite things about the new NHL season is seeing all the new goalie masks on guys that have switched teams, or in this case, the team changes the unis.

  • Acheron | October 4, 2006 at 9:35 am |

    I never understood the venom for the Mets’ use of black – I don’t think it’s that bad. But then again, I’m so against the uni-enthusiast grain that I have a closet full of classic D-Rays unis.

  • Matt Konrad | October 4, 2006 at 9:41 am |

    yeah, i gotta think that’s Morneau’s lucky shirt; pretty sure he was sporting it at the wild-card clinching celebration a few days earlier, too.

  • Art Mah | October 4, 2006 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”11798″][quote comment=”11791″]It’s not just with the Canucks logo on front, but with Todd Bertuzzi’s Name and number on the back.
    (Is Bertuzzi also 33? Is that where Morneau gets his number?)[/quote]

    Morneau actually switched to 33 because of Patrick Roy.[/quote]

    Actually, Morneau wears 33 because of Larry Walker, who is also from BC.

    To note, as well about the lower case letters, Greg de Vries, when he played for the Edmonton Oilers, had “de” completely in lower case letters. I’ll try to find a pic to illustrate

  • Ian K | October 4, 2006 at 9:42 am |

    Cook’s champagne – very classy, Minnesota. What is that, $5 a bottle? I guess if they’re just going to douse each other in it, it doesn’t matter. I wonder if the Yankees use Dom Perignon.

    Jim Leyland looks pretty old (or maybe it’s the Marlboro Reds) to have a young son. But then I remembered the ’97 Series and Fox showing his very HOT, very YOUNG wife in the stands. I really thought it was his daughter at first. Way to go Jimmy! But at least outfit your son in some real stirrups.

  • Kenny | October 4, 2006 at 9:42 am |

    FROM YESTERDAY

    [quote comment=”11794″][quote comment=”11731″][quote comment=”11658″][quote comment=”11652″]Here’s what bugs me…
    I’ve seen college football players wearing eye black stickers with their school’s logo printed on them with white ink.

    If the purpose of eye black is to keep glare out of the player’s eyes, they’re defeating the purpose by putting the white logo on them. Actually, according to this Wikipedia entry, the stickers are ineffective even if they don’t have the logo.
    So…since they don’t reduce glare, are they wearing them for a war-paint effect?[/quote]

    This drives me nuts. I wore eye black, but only when we played out doors and when it was sunny. I never wore it indoors or when it was overcast/a night game

    Overcast

    Sunny…kinda(it was coming in and out)

    Sunnier[/quote]

    Some people may disagree, but I like brown in a uniform, especially since it’s not over-used. And speaking of Valpo, what years were you there, Kenny?[/quote]

    2001-2005

  • Jonathan | October 4, 2006 at 9:46 am |

    To Paul’s point about never having seen lowercase letters on a nameplate: I recall that when Reggie and Ron Jackson both played for the then-California Angels I think Reggie’s nameplate read “Re. Jackson” and Ron’s read “Ro. Jackson” with the lowercase letters.

    Naturally, I can’t find visual proof, but can someone back me up??

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”11805″]Cook’s champagne – very classy, Minnesota. What is that, $5 a bottle? I guess if they’re just going to douse each other in it, it doesn’t matter.[/quote]

    Carl Pohlad isn’t exactly the most free spending owner on earth – as evidenced here.

    Everything tastes better in styrofoam.

  • Kyle | October 4, 2006 at 10:06 am |

    I can’t find a pic, but did anyone else notice the shot of Belliard after he was replaced in a double switch? He was watching from the dugout, and not wearing a hat or helmet. This left his urban turban in full view, which was adorned with the StL logo.

    Is the MLB providing rags for the boys now? Seems a little non-traditional to be standard-issue team apparel, but what do I know…

  • David | October 4, 2006 at 10:06 am |

    The note at the end of the ESPN article today make me realize that the last time I wrote about Uni Watch, I called it UniWatch a couple of times.

    Sigh…

    I hope I haven’t angered the Uni Watch gods too much (esspecially since I still like it better as UniWatch anyway).

  • DJL | October 4, 2006 at 10:09 am |

    I’ve that read a number of different people claim that the all-black FSU uniform “looks green.” I think this is a monitor issue as they look black as night to me. Not sure if that means my monitor is good or bad…

  • Chris Sk | October 4, 2006 at 10:11 am |

    I posted this at the end of the comments section yesterday but I don’t know how many people look at the the last comments:

    Does anybody know what brand/symbol is on Hideki Matsui’s arm band? John mentioned that he is under contract with Mizuno but it doesn’t look like either of there logos.

    Look at the 6th picture in this gallery

    Mizuno logos

  • Burrill | October 4, 2006 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment=”11799″][quote comment=”11789″]Unrelated, but last Friday my local high school football team played a school with severe monochrome issues. All blue — no stripes or piping or anything. Before the game, a friend of mine glanced at the unis and immediately declared them “cheap-looking” because of the completeness of the monochromatic scheme.[/quote]
    I’d say that Quarterback has more serious issues than a bad looking uniform. Does Burrill employ an offensive line?[/quote]

    Fortunately, it was my team sacking the qb in that picture; unfortunately, my team lost not just the game, but the starting qb, too (knee injury).

    Oh well. At least the unis looks better.

  • John Ekdahl | October 4, 2006 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”11814″]Does anybody know what brand/symbol is on Hideki Matsui’s arm band? John mentioned that he is under contract with Mizuno but it doesn’t look like either of there logos.[/quote]

    I know Mizuno made a unique logo for Matsui’s stuff. That might be it, it’s hard to tell in those pics.

  • DenverGregg | October 4, 2006 at 10:24 am |

    Good column on ESPN today.

    Major botch in the first article linked about the designer of the Canuck’s 1970 logo: “He drew inspiration from the design and colours of the then-minimalist uniforms of both the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys.” Good trick to be inspired by something that wouldn’t exist for another five years!

  • John Ekdahl | October 4, 2006 at 10:26 am |

    Chris,

    Here’s a good shot.

  • Mark in Shiga | October 4, 2006 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”11807″]To Paul’s point about never having seen lowercase letters on a nameplate: I recall that when Reggie and Ron Jackson both played for the then-California Angels I think Reggie’s nameplate read “Re. Jackson” and Ron’s read “Ro. Jackson” with the lowercase letters.

    Naturally, I can’t find visual proof, but can someone back me up??[/quote]

    I seem to recall Ron Jackson having his entire name on the jersey at one point. I think his first name had the “ON” part in small capitals, though.

    If anyone’s got his 1983 Topps baseball card floating around, have a look. I think that’s where I saw this.

  • Rich | October 4, 2006 at 10:29 am |

    Maybe because I was so used to it, but I wish the NHL would go back to white at home.
    I know, dark jerseys used to be worn at home originally, but that was what, the 40’s?

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”11800″]Morneau wearing the Van t-shirt is HILARIOUS, the fact it’s Bertuzzi(number 44) btw is kinda sad. I’m thinking it must be a lucky shirt since Bertuzzi’s been traded to another team so maybe Morneau just found himself a lucky shirt and doesn’t want to change it.
    Baseball Views from the North[/quote]

    The reason he wears the Canucks shirt is that it’s nearly the same color of navy as the Twins’ undershirts. As for his choice of team, he is a BC kid, growing up in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster. Larry Walker, also from BC, was/is his baseball idol of choice, hence his #33 (as another astute Uni Watch reader pointed out).

    Personally, I wear a red Troy Glaus jersey T-shirt from his time with the Angels as my undershirt when I play baseball. I get the normal ribbing from guys on my team because I’m a third baseman, but our jerseys are red, and it matches perfectly. I am an Angels fan, much the same way that I’d suspect Morneau is a Canucks fan.

    But I’ll say it again… isn’t the jersey he wears over top of the Canucks shirt a little more important than what he wears under it? :o)

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”11821″]Maybe because I was so used to it, but I wish the NHL would go back to white at home.
    I know, dark jerseys used to be worn at home originally, but that was what, the 40’s?[/quote]

    This is a marketing ploy used by the NHL to get more teams playing at home in their alternate jerseys in order to increase jersey sales and exposure. The NHL won’t admit this, but that’s what we were told by a CCM rep when they switched to dark at home. I’ll take CCM’s word over the NHL’s politics any day of the week.

    If you went to any games before they switched, the majority of people in the hometown crowd wore the white home jerseys. Now? If you travel to Edmonton, there are more dark jerseys in the crowd than there are white. I suspect other NHL cities have the same trend.

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”11822″] I am an Angels fan, much the same way that I’d suspect Morneau is a Canucks fan.

    But I’ll say it again… isn’t the jersey he wears over top of the Canucks shirt a little more important than what he wears under it? :o)[/quote]

    Morneau can wear whatever he damn well pleases as long as he keeps producing. He could go naked for all I care—though that might be a bit impractical. He’s Canadian. Enough said.

    Paul, you could bring a book with you, you know. Then again, today’s post was pretty interesting, so keep reading the papers.

  • Kenny | October 4, 2006 at 10:52 am |

    Can’t say the same for the logo/jersey, but absolutely love the goalie mask for the Buffalo Sabres Link

  • Ian K | October 4, 2006 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”11810″]I can’t find a pic, but did anyone else notice the shot of Belliard after he was replaced in a double switch? He was watching from the dugout, and not wearing a hat or helmet. This left his urban turban in full view, which was adorned with the StL logo.

    Is the MLB providing rags for the boys now? Seems a little non-traditional to be standard-issue team apparel, but what do I know…[/quote]

    Are you referring to the logo skullcap, like what Manny wears? He wears it under his hat and helmet from what I’ve seen. Maybe it’s a dreadlock thing.

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment=”11824″]
    Morneau can wear whatever he damn well pleases as long as he keeps producing. He could go naked for all I care—though that might be a bit impractical. He’s Canadian. Enough said.

    Paul, you could bring a book with you, you know. Then again, today’s post was pretty interesting, so keep reading the papers.[/quote]

    “He’s Canadian. Enough said”??? What are you implying by that, Minna? :o)

  • Jeff | October 4, 2006 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”11823″][quote comment=”11821″]Maybe because I was so used to it, but I wish the NHL would go back to white at home.
    I know, dark jerseys used to be worn at home originally, but that was what, the 40’s?[/quote]

    This is a marketing ploy used by the NHL to get more teams playing at home in their alternate jerseys in order to increase jersey sales and exposure. The NHL won’t admit this, but that’s what we were told by a CCM rep when they switched to dark at home. I’ll take CCM’s word over the NHL’s politics any day of the week.

    If you went to any games before they switched, the majority of people in the hometown crowd wore the white home jerseys. Now? If you travel to Edmonton, there are more dark jerseys in the crowd than there are white. I suspect other NHL cities have the same trend.[/quote]

    In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, teams wear white at home until New Year’s, then darks at home until playoffs, then back to whites. A lot of people buy both jerseys (with the darks featured prominently as Christmas gifts), and get to see both the light/dark jerseys of the visiting teams, depending on the time of year

  • Dan | October 4, 2006 at 11:05 am |

    Changing the subject, if I may…

    Does anybody recall an NFL preseason game between the Browns and Patriots — I believe it was in the late 70s at New England — in which Cleveland wore white honeycomb mesh jerseys on a hot afternoon? I don’t remember ever seeing an NFL club wearing such college-style jerseys before or since, aside from Tampa Bay.

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”11822″]

    The reason he wears the Canucks shirt is that it’s nearly the same color of navy as the Twins’ undershirts. As for his choice of team, he is a BC kid, growing up in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster. Larry Walker, also from BC, was/is his baseball idol of choice, hence his #33 (as another astute Uni Watch reader pointed out).
    [/quote]

    I’ve been hearing Morneau wears 33 because of Larry Walker for a while now, and as far as I know, he has said nothing to indicate he wears it because of Walker – it was based on the fact he got a tattoo when he was a hockey goalie that has “33” on a maple leaf (scroll down here), and in this article, he says that he wears 33 because of Patrick Roy.

    Can somebody point me toward a quote or anything that states he switched numbers because of Larry Walker?

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”11831″]
    In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, teams wear white at home until New Year’s, then darks at home until playoffs, then back to whites. A lot of people buy both jerseys (with the darks featured prominently as Christmas gifts), and get to see both the light/dark jerseys of the visiting teams, depending on the time of year[/quote]

    This is actually one trend in hockey that I like. The “Q”, along with the other CHL leagues, has adopted that policy from what I understand.

    With junior hockey, every cent counts when building a team. Selling jerseys and putting people in the crowd is the difference between folding and staying alive in some cases.

    With an NHL team, this is a money grab. Gone are the days where the Winnipeg Jets played in front of the “White Out”. The entire arena in the playoffs would be white. It’s these traditions that made hockey fun, especially in the playoffs.

    And besides that, we all know that good guys wear white, right? :o)

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”11833″]
    I’ve been hearing Morneau wears 33 because of Larry Walker for a while now, and as far as I know, he has said nothing to indicate he wears it because of Walker – it was based on the fact he got a tattoo when he was a hockey goalie that has “33” on a maple leaf (scroll down here), and in this article, he says that he wears 33 because of Patrick Roy.

    Can somebody point me toward a quote or anything that states he switched numbers because of Larry Walker?[/quote]

    I had actually heard that on a telecast of a Twins’ game. However, after a little research, it appears that the switch to #33 was because of the tattoo on his biceps that he got when he was playing hockey.

    J.C. Romero wore #33 for Morneau’s first two seasons. Morneau wore #27. He asked for the number when Romero left due to him wearing it throughout his hockey career.

    Good call, Natron. It appears whoever was calling the game (I didn’t catch the name of the announcer) might have jumped the gun.

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”11830″]

    “He’s Canadian. Enough said”??? What are you implying by that, Minna? :o)[/quote]

    Canadians do not always know the ways of us mysterious and foreign Minnehoovians. We are an esoteric lot, yah, you betcha.

    Actually. Teebz, I was just tweaking you. I love my neighbors to the north. In fact, I was considering moving up there back in 2000. Now, I just watch them play for the Twins instead.

  • Banker Bill | October 4, 2006 at 11:21 am |

    There’s a poll on msgnetwork.com under the Sabres tab about the new unis. LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD UNI WATCHERS! I voted vintage by the way….

  • Banker Bill | October 4, 2006 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”11839″]There’s a poll on msgnetwork.com under the Sabres tab about the new unis. LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD UNI WATCHERS! I voted vintage by the way….
    [/quote]

  • Banker Bill | October 4, 2006 at 11:23 am |

    You know for a relatively intelligent individual, I can’t get this link thing right – just go to the website at http://www.msgnetwor... and click on the Sabres tag on the left – the poll is on the right.

  • SpartyCuse | October 4, 2006 at 11:25 am |

    Heres an example of lower case letters on hockey nameplates

    93/4 IHL Phoenix Roadrunners

  • Brian from Short Island | October 4, 2006 at 11:26 am |

    Hey hey hey! I think I pointed out the Newsday article… Just because I’m not an editor of Newsday….

    Whatever, I’m more of an Ed Lowe (awarder of the Lowe Life Award) fan.

    The NHL switched to white at home in the early 70’s, right around the time when the Islanders came to Short Island.

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment=”11838″][quote comment=”11830″]

    “He’s Canadian. Enough said”??? What are you implying by that, Minna? :o)[/quote]

    Canadians do not always know the ways of us mysterious and foreign Minnehoovians. We are an esoteric lot, yah, you betcha.

    Actually. Teebz, I was just tweaking you. I love my neighbors to the north. In fact, I was considering moving up there back in 2000. Now, I just watch them play for the Twins instead.[/quote]

    I got the tweak. In fact, it made me laugh out loud when you wrote that. It’s all aboot our chesterfields and toques, eh?

    Speaking of which, Minna, we need to get Paul out to the hockey-mad city of Minneapolis. It seems to be the closest place where I’ll get to meet the Buddha of Uniforms. Whaddya say, Paul?

    And no, that wasn’t a fat joke, Paul. ;o)

  • Richard | October 4, 2006 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”11811″]The note at the end of the ESPN article today make me realize that the last time I wrote about Uni Watch, I called it UniWatch a couple of times.

    Sigh…

    I hope I haven’t angered the Uni Watch gods too much (esspecially since I still like it better as UniWatch anyway).[/quote]

    I think we’ve all called it UniWatch once or twice…but now that we’ve been singled out (or called out since we’re a group), we’ll call it properly, Paul. We love the Uni Watch blog!

  • Mike | October 4, 2006 at 11:33 am |

    What, now we are going to be talking about retail uniforms? if that is the case, let’s have a poll on best fast food unis, past and present. Personally I liked the old Burger Chef ones, but the original Burger King Brown and Orange ones have to be way up there….

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”11844]
    I got the tweak. In fact, it made me laugh out loud when you wrote that. It’s all aboot our chesterfields and toques, eh?

    Speaking of which, Minna, we need to get Paul out to the hockey-mad city of Minneapolis. It seems to be the closest place where I’ll get to meet the Buddha of Uniforms. Whaddya say, Paul?

    And no, that wasn’t a fat joke, Paul. ;o)[/quote]

    No, Teebz, it’s aboot the Mounties and the bilingual thing. Tres sexie!

    I have tried to get Paul to come to Minnesota, even offering to buy him a pint at the best bar in the States, Nye’s, according to Esquire. He claims to love the Midwest, so he should be all over it.

    Better idea, oh, Icon of Uni Perfection—let’s go to Canada! I’ll dig out my passport and drive on up. Teebz, where you at?

  • Av | October 4, 2006 at 11:40 am |

    Paul, a heads up on the A-Rod picture. Having no life, I found myself watching yankees the yankees batting practice show (on right before pregame) and the one thing I noticed along with A-Rod, Bernie, Cano, Melky, and Rivera all sported the high socks during BP every day even though none of them do during the game (melky high socked it last season during his brief stay). Not really sure why they do it, just know that they’ve been doing it all season. anyone ever hear a reason why?

  • a arauz | October 4, 2006 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”11830″][quote comment=”11824″]
    Morneau can wear whatever he damn well pleases as long as he keeps producing. He could go naked for all I care—though that might be a bit impractical. He’s Canadian. Enough said.

    Paul, you could bring a book with you, you know. Then again, today’s post was pretty interesting, so keep reading the papers.[/quote]

    “He’s Canadian. Enough said”??? What are you implying by that, Minna? :o)[/quote]
    Might Minna be inferring some type of ‘shrinkage’ occurs to our Northern Brethren???

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”11842″]Heres an example of lower case letters on hockey nameplates

    93/4 IHL Phoenix Roadrunners[/quote]

    Lordy. Those are the ugliest hockey unis I’ve seen since these or these.

  • Chris Sk | October 4, 2006 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”11819″]Chris,

    Here’s a good shot.[/quote]
    Thanks for the picture, I didn’t notice that the line actually said MIZUNO when I saw it on TV.

  • Phil | October 4, 2006 at 11:47 am |

    Small letters on nameplates? I recall way back when they were the Los Angeles Rams, they had Jack and Jim Youngblood playing, and they spelled out their entire first name on their jerseys. No pictures to prove it, though.

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”11847″][quote comment=”11844]
    I got the tweak. In fact, it made me laugh out loud when you wrote that. It’s all aboot our chesterfields and toques, eh?

    Speaking of which, Minna, we need to get Paul out to the hockey-mad city of Minneapolis. It seems to be the closest place where I’ll get to meet the Buddha of Uniforms. Whaddya say, Paul?

    And no, that wasn’t a fat joke, Paul. ;o)[/quote]

    No, Teebz, it’s aboot the Mounties and the bilingual thing. Tres sexie!

    I have tried to get Paul to come to Minnesota, even offering to buy him a pint at the best bar in the States, Nye’s, according to Esquire. He claims to love the Midwest, so he should be all over it.

    Better idea, oh, Icon of Uni Perfection—let’s go to Canada! I’ll dig out my passport and drive on up. Teebz, where you at?[/quote]

    Nye’s is too far from the best arena in the NHL – The X – and too close to the dreaded purple unis. Drag Paul to Vine Park then drag him across the street to The Liffey.

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment=”11847″]
    No, Teebz, it’s aboot the Mounties and the bilingual thing. Tres sexie!

    I have tried to get Paul to come to Minnesota, even offering to buy him a pint at the best bar in the States, Nye’s, according to Esquire. He claims to love the Midwest, so he should be all over it.

    Better idea, oh, Icon of Uni Perfection—let’s go to Canada! I’ll dig out my passport and drive on up. Teebz, where you at?[/quote]

    Bilingual, eh? Je peux parler francais. ;o)

    I’m actually 6 hours north of Minneapolis, in Winnipeg. As for good places to crash here, there aren’t many that I’ve found that I would crash at regularly. Of all the restaurants we have here, there are no good sports bars anywhere in this city that aren’t a major franchise.

    I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have a major league sports franchise.

  • Joe | October 4, 2006 at 12:02 pm |

    When the Orlando Solar Bears played in the IHL, they used lower case letters on their name plates.

  • Joe | October 4, 2006 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”11856″]When the Orlando Solar Bears played in the IHL, they used lower case letters on their name plates.

    [/quote]

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”11853″]
    Nye’s is too far from the best arena in the NHL – The X – and too close to the dreaded purple unis. Drag Paul to Vine Park then drag him across the street to The Liffey.[/quote]

    Natron, my man, I love St. Paul, but there’s not much going on when the Wild aren’t playing, though I do love the Irish as well. Do you live in the Twin Cities? We should plan a gathering and force Paul to come. Maybe he can find out why Morneau wears #33.

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”11854″]
    Bilingual, eh? Je peux parler francais. ;o)

    I’m actually 6 hours north of Minneapolis, in Winnipeg. As for good places to crash here, there aren’t many that I’ve found that I would crash at regularly. Of all the restaurants we have here, there are no good sports bars anywhere in this city that aren’t a major franchise.

    I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have a major league sports franchise.[/quote]

    You can speak French? C’est magnifique! Are you a Mountie as well? That would be most excellent. Winnipeg, huh? I think you best come down here to the Twin Cities. We have plenty of places to go, and we have Canadians as well.

    Ok, Paul, I’m calling for a Uni Watch Party in the Twin Cities. What do you say? If the Twins and the Mets meet up, it’s on!

  • ESS | October 4, 2006 at 12:12 pm |

    After reading the ESPN article toady, I couldn’t agree more that the Bruins Bear-head logo was rather shabbily treated. It remids me of other classic, realistically rendered animal logos like this, this or this which are all better than cartoon-y renderings of animal logos like this or this or this.

  • Thresher8 | October 4, 2006 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”11850″][quote comment=”11842″]
    …the ugliest hockey unis I’ve seen since these or these.[/quote]

    I’m not sure if roller hockey counts. I left my UniWatch Stylebook in my other handwarmer thingie; can we get a ruling?

  • Paul Lukas | October 4, 2006 at 12:18 pm |

    Coupla things:

    1) Jack Youngblood nameplate.

    2) I’m a big Minneapolis fan and would love to have a Uni Watch party there. Actually, I’d like to do an entire Uni Watch tour. Just a matter of finding the time to do it. Busy, busy, busy, etc….

    3) In a welcome development that’s nicely in keeping with the newspaper theme in the blog today, the New York Times is planning to write a small article about the Ditch the Black campaign, and they want me to attend today’s Mets/Dodgers game with the reporter who’s writing the story, so I’m heading off to Shea shortly. And since I don’t have (a) a torn calf muscle or (b) “family matters” to attend to in California, I’m also available to pitch.

  • Thresher8 | October 4, 2006 at 12:18 pm |

    Ugh. I messed up the italics. The last paragraf is mine, not the other guys.

  • Dan Merker | October 4, 2006 at 12:27 pm |

    Found a good shot of an Orlando Solar Bears jersey with lower-case letters. This immediately came to mind when I saw the request.

  • DenverGregg | October 4, 2006 at 12:27 pm |

    Have to disagree on disliking the Winston Salem Polar Twins. This is the first time I’ve seen that many fonts work together so well.

  • Dan Merker | October 4, 2006 at 12:28 pm |

  • Dan Merker | October 4, 2006 at 12:30 pm |

    Can I get this damn link to work? Anyway, a shot of an Orlando Solar Bears jersey is at http://www.bascollec...

  • dw438 | October 4, 2006 at 12:30 pm |

    1) NHL dark home jerseys are old-time hockey, e.g.the Rangers (Broadway Blueshirts) ..
    2) Get today’s Sports Illustrated with the magazine’s all-time MLB team. Great painting of the winners, all in vintage unis.
    And yes, A-Rod. In his Seattle Mariners garb.
    The Babe, who never wore the interlocking NY on his chest as a player.
    Two Dodgers, Jack Roosevelt Robinson (Brooklyn) and Sanford Koufax (LA)
    And great-really old-school unis on Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Cy Young.

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Chad | October 4, 2006 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”11864″]Coupla things:

    1) Jack Youngblood nameplate.

    2) I’m a big Minneapolis fan and would love to have a Uni Watch party there. Actually, I’d like to do an entire Uni Watch tour. Just a matter of finding the time to do it. Busy, busy, busy, etc….

    3) In a welcome development that’s nicely in keeping with the newspaper theme in the blog today, the New York Times is planning to write a small article about the Ditch the Black campaign, and they want me to attend today’s Mets/Dodgers game with the reporter who’s writing the story, so I’m heading off to Shea shortly. And since I don’t have (a) a torn calf muscle or (b) “family matters” to attend to in California, I’m also available to pitch.[/quote]

    Well they wouldn’t be the Mets without a little bit of “Miracle” would they…

  • scott | October 4, 2006 at 12:40 pm |

    If and by what I have read it seems every GM and fan hates the new slim fit hockey uniforms why is the NHL pushing it on us all? This is just another example of Bettman killing the league. All of this marketing is pushing me to hate the game.

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 12:48 pm |

    Just read the column, and I have to say that I liked the previous Buffalo unis. I like red and black, and I like the white buffalo. While I do like the blue of the new unis, the Buffaslug is just not right.

    Ok. Done posting for now. Gotta get ready to watch Morneau hit a homer in his Canucks undershirt…

  • Chris Doran | October 4, 2006 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”11871″]1) NHL dark home jerseys are old-time hockey, e.g.the Rangers (Broadway Blueshirts) ..
    2) Get today’s Sports Illustrated with the magazine’s all-time MLB team. Great painting of the winners, all in vintage unis.
    And yes, A-Rod. In his Seattle Mariners garb.
    The Babe, who never wore the interlocking NY on his chest as a player.
    Two Dodgers, Jack Roosevelt Robinson (Brooklyn) and Sanford Koufax (LA)
    And great-really old-school unis on Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Cy Young.

    http://sportsillustr...
    Fabulous stirrups on Schmitty, but how come his batting helmet looks logoless??

  • Kevin Z | October 4, 2006 at 12:51 pm |

    havent read all the comments today, so this may have already been said, but dude did valenti forget to cite you as a source Paul since its pretty clear you have made just about all of those points before? Or is that just your pen name?

  • Tom | October 4, 2006 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”11876″][quote comment=”11871″]1) NHL dark home jerseys are old-time hockey, e.g.the Rangers (Broadway Blueshirts) ..
    2) Get today’s Sports Illustrated with the magazine’s all-time MLB team. Great painting of the winners, all in vintage unis.
    And yes, A-Rod. In his Seattle Mariners garb.
    The Babe, who never wore the interlocking NY on his chest as a player.
    Two Dodgers, Jack Roosevelt Robinson (Brooklyn) and Sanford Koufax (LA)
    And great-really old-school unis on Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Cy Young.

    http://sportsillustr...
    Fabulous stirrups on Schmitty, but how come his batting helmet looks logoless??[/quote]

    I was wondering the same thing, and that helmet also looks like a double-flapper. Did Schmidt wear a double flapped helmet? I wasnt around during his playing days…

  • Elizabeth | October 4, 2006 at 1:05 pm |

    Paul,
    Do you know what the Mets are wearing tonight? Are they avoiding the black??

    No offense, but I’m a Dodger fan. (I love the classic Dodger uniforms and agree with Mr. Scully that the red number is the icing that makes them.) Even so, I’m 100% supportive of your campaign against the Mets’ black. Good luck.

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”11873″]If and by what I have read it seems every GM and fan hates the new slim fit hockey uniforms why is the NHL pushing it on us all? This is just another example of Bettman killing the league. All of this marketing is pushing me to hate the game.[/quote]

    It’s not Bettman this time. CCM and the NHL had an exclusive contract for CCM to produce all the jerseys for all NHL teams. CCM was bought by Reebok. Reebok thought it could “improve” on the jersey design by pulling a “Nike template scheme”. The NHL GMs resisted Reebok’s first attempt at changing the look of the game. However, they did give up ground by allowing Reebok to “test” it with practice jerseys. Now that the door has been opened, Reebok is trying to blow the hinges off by changing the tradtional style of jersey.

    I will never buy anything Reebok ever again because of their wanting to be like Nike: all things wearing an NHL jersey will be Reebok-isized.

  • Holla At your Boy | October 4, 2006 at 1:31 pm |

    Some great socks in this picture. The Ohio State University had it right:

    http://sportsillustr...

  • andrew | October 4, 2006 at 1:43 pm |

    if espn.com’s main page is any sign, the mets will break out the white and blue.

  • specs | October 4, 2006 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”11821″]Maybe because I was so used to it, but I wish the NHL would go back to white at home.
    I know, dark jerseys used to be worn at home originally, but that was what, the 40’s?[/quote]

    I totally agree. I just got NHL 07 for XBOX 360, and I switch the jerseys for every game so that the home team is wearing white and the road team is wearing dark. I think it looks so much better.

    Kenny, I graduated from VU in ’03.

  • Pedro | October 4, 2006 at 1:52 pm |

    Hey Paul just make sure you get some BASEBALL cleats if you get in there man…just kidding. Anyway congrats on behalf of all Uniwatchers on you BLOWIN UP, your in demand everywhere right now. Its real cool to see, PROPS.

  • Chris Sk | October 4, 2006 at 1:56 pm |

    I was wondering the same thing, and that helmet also looks like a double-flapper. Did Schmidt wear a double flapped helmet? I wasnt around during his playing days…[/quote]

    No double ear flap for Schmidt.

    Mike Schmidt 1980 SI cover

  • John | October 4, 2006 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”11832″]Changing the subject, if I may…

    Does anybody recall an NFL preseason game between the Browns and Patriots — I believe it was in the late 70s at New England — in which Cleveland wore white honeycomb mesh jerseys on a hot afternoon? I don’t remember ever seeing an NFL club wearing such college-style jerseys before or since, aside from Tampa Bay.[/quote]

    The Eagles wore fishnet versions of their jerseys during the Vermiel era, from 1976 or 1977 until they changed to the unstriped jerseys. This includes their Super Bowl loss to the Raiders. Some photos are on the Sports ecyclopedia – see the photos starting with Bill Bergey on Row 4 through the Ron Jaworski photo on Row 6:

    Eagles Photos

  • Richard | October 4, 2006 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”11882″]if espn.com’s main page is any sign, the mets will break out the white and blue.[/quote]

    i think they just took a file photo of maine so they could show him on the front page.
    Paul should make sure the equipment manager has his last name spelled correctly, so we don’t have more to discuss…

  • Jim | October 4, 2006 at 2:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”11870″]Can I get this damn link to work? Anyway, a shot of an Orlando Solar Bears jersey is at http://www.bascollec...

    Northeastern University wore the same font (upper & lower case) on its uniforms a few years ago, during the era when they would have new uniforms every few seasons.

  • Kenny | October 4, 2006 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”11888″][quote comment=”11821″]

    Kenny, I graduated from VU in ’03.[/quote]

    Nice…did you play?

  • Shane | October 4, 2006 at 2:28 pm |

    “I mean seriously, how far away are we from solid neck to ankle unis?”

    Cameroon’s national soccer team tried this and got penalized up the ass by FIFA.

  • Clevo | October 4, 2006 at 2:34 pm |

    Can Loiaza possibly have any more necklaces on?

    It looks like he went to Mardi Gras and exposed himself for some beads before heading to the ballpark.

  • Matt | October 4, 2006 at 2:37 pm |

    Regarding logos vs wordmarks on hockey unis. UW hockey with wordmark, and UW hockey with logo. I’ll take the former, thank you very much. The latter unis (known mockingly as jammies), in addition to being hideous, also seemed to be total bad-luck charms. Thank goodness they’ve been abolished. The primary jerseys aren’t without flaws though. Notice the red outline that goes all the way around the letters, enclosing the white space within ‘W’ ‘S’ and ‘N.’ Ick.

    As for the Winston-Salem bears…aren’t the fonts on the sweaters the same as the ones in the cig wordmarks? Hmmmm. That’s some clever marketing there.

    Last, have photos of any of the Reebok hockey prototypes been leaked? I’d like to see just how bad they are.

  • Jonathon | October 4, 2006 at 2:42 pm |

    here’s the Cameroon bodysuit:

    http://news.bbc.co.u...

  • Clevo | October 4, 2006 at 2:44 pm |
  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 3:10 pm |

    I have yet to see a leaked picture of any of the new Reebok designs. The practice jerseys are available on the Reebok hockey website. Since I hate “Nike-bok” for their NHL jersey travesty, I’m not linking their site.

  • Scott W | October 4, 2006 at 3:22 pm |

    Mark Kotsay’s jersey just came untucked from the rear on his inside-the-park-homerun trot. It, literally, just happened about a minute ago, so no pictures yet.

  • Scott W | October 4, 2006 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”11798″][quote comment=”11791″]It’s not just with the Canucks logo on front, but with Todd Bertuzzi’s Name and number on the back.
    (Is Bertuzzi also 33? Is that where Morneau gets his number?)[/quote]

    Morneau actually switched to 33 because of Patrick Roy.[/quote]

    Good call on Roy. My best guess woulda been Larry Walker (he’s also from Canada). ESPN said earlier in today’s game that his 130 RBIs tied the single-season RBI record for a player born in Canada (tying none other than Walker, of course)

  • Banker Bill | October 4, 2006 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”11875″]Just read the column, and I have to say that I liked the previous Buffalo unis. I like red and black, and I like the white buffalo. While I do like the blue of the new unis, the Buffaslug is just not right.

    Ok. Done posting for now. Gotta get ready to watch Morneau hit a homer in his Canucks undershirt…[/quote]

    Minna – you are PROPHETIC – can I have the powerball numbers?

  • SpartyCuse | October 4, 2006 at 3:42 pm |

    Has anybody ordered from, or seen this site before? Section 219

    They have a huge variety of tees, hats, etc from defunct teams. I guess they use the logos, and make the product themselves. Theres a few oldies I like to order, but would love some references, since Ive never heard of this place before.

  • Jeff E. | October 4, 2006 at 3:44 pm |

    After reading here about the possibility of the NHL going to form fitting uniforms, I went to the Reebok hockey website to see their different jerseys, and I hope the marks on the Predators’ third jersey are just a way of showing the fabric weave rather than an actual design. I went to the NHL.com shop to look at an acutal picture of the jersey, and they look different to me. Does anyone know if the Predators change their 3rd jersey this year?

  • Jeff E. | October 4, 2006 at 3:46 pm |

    Sorry, I thought the link would take you directly to the Predators jerseys. You just have to select Nashville next to the “choose a team” box.

  • Scott W | October 4, 2006 at 3:48 pm |

    Sorry, I posted that previous comment before reading the rest of the comments. It appears we’ve got a debate going as to why he wears #33. I vote for the Walker theory, but there’s strong evidence towards Roy with his tattoo. We’ll see when somebody can finally fill us in.

  • JohnnyG83 | October 4, 2006 at 3:49 pm |

    The Daily News has Pooch Cafe in its comics section which is in itself reason to make it the best of the NYC papers.

  • Scott W | October 4, 2006 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”11912″]After reading here about the possibility of the NHL going to form fitting uniforms, I went to the Reebok hockey website to see their different jerseys, and I hope the marks on the Predators’ third jersey are just a way of showing the fabric weave rather than an actual design. I went to the NHL.com shop to look at an acutal picture of the jersey, and they look different to me. Does anyone know if the Predators change their 3rd jersey this year?[/quote]

    sorry for the multiple posts in the past 20 minutes or so, but i don’t think they’ve changed the design. i looked at the sharks alternate jersey, and they have those weird eclipse-shaped things under the sleeves. probably just showing the fabric weave.

    ESPN just cut to the Mets game player-intros. No dice on the blue-and-orange digs. We’ve got a black siting. with the blue brims.

  • Kevin | October 4, 2006 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”11789″]Unrelated, but last Friday my local high school football team played a school with severe monochrome issues. All blue — no stripes or piping or anything. Before the game, a friend of mine glanced at the unis and immediately declared them “cheap-looking” because of the completeness of the monochromatic scheme.[/quote]

    yeah…Vince Helmuth really put a hurting on you guys. I watched him and Saline woop on my Ann Arbor Pioneer Pioneers…Lets just say our athletic motto is “Purple Pride”

    http://www.mlive.com...

  • Kevin | October 4, 2006 at 4:02 pm |

    sorry the link didn’t work…here ya go

    http://pg.photos.yah...?.dir=4ede&.dnm=30bc.jpg&.src=ph

  • Chad | October 4, 2006 at 4:13 pm |

    I’ve only got radio at work…anyone know what Uni’s the Mets are wearing? I know the guy above said black and blue caps, what about the jerseys?

  • specs | October 4, 2006 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”11897″][quote comment=”11888″][quote comment=”11821″]

    Kenny, I graduated from VU in ’03.[/quote]

    Nice…did you play?[/quote]

    Just intramurals. And beirut, of course.

  • Andrew | October 4, 2006 at 4:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”11789″]Unrelated, but last Friday my local high school football team played a school with severe monochrome issues. All blue — no stripes or piping or anything. Before the game, a friend of mine glanced at the unis and immediately declared them “cheap-looking” because of the completeness of the monochromatic scheme.[/quote]

    Can’t wait for our HS team to get crushed by the team in white this week, the “monochromatic” Saline Hornets next week.
    Wow never would have imagined that someone from Chelsea, Michigan would be posting. I’m right down the road in Dexter. And someone from Ann Arbor as well. We got quite the local theme going. Our team copies Michigan’s helmet. Poorly, and was added just a few years back
    God I hate our Ship With Arms Logo:

    Go Dreadnaughts!!

  • Kevin | October 4, 2006 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”11912″]After reading here about the possibility of the NHL going to form fitting uniforms, I went to the Reebok hockey website to see their different jerseys, and I hope the marks on the Predators’ third jersey are just a way of showing the fabric weave rather than an actual design. I went to the NHL.com shop to look at an acutal picture of the jersey, and they look different to me. Does anyone know if the Predators change their 3rd jersey this year?[/quote]

    That Reebok hockey site is a mess, I found a few errors:

    1. Pittsburg Penguins?
    2. Atlanta Trashers?
    3. No “Bay” in Tampa Bay
    4. Still show the “Mighty” in Anaheim Ducks

    As for the Nashville jersey, as far as I know they are still using the mustard alternate.

  • Ian K | October 4, 2006 at 4:48 pm |

    Regarding the NY Times article about Wal-Mart uniforms, I noticed a few things:

    Some workers are not eager to dig into their own pockets to pay for the khaki pants. Aubretia Edick, who works at a Wal-Mart in Hudson, N.Y., said in an interview that the dress code was “very crisp” but questioned why she should have to buy her own pants if she does not normally wear khakis. “I am buying these pants for work, and that is it,” Ms. Edick said.

    Is this really a complaint? I’m sure I’m not the only one who wears certain clothes to work that I normally wouldn’t if I were given the choice (ties, creased pants, leather-soled shoes). Of course I don’t regard Wal-Mart as a fashion standard. Case in point, the last lines of the article:

    Mr. Simley of Wal-Mart said the company wanted workers “to feel comfortable and confident in what they are wearing.”
    “If they want to tuck it in they can,” he said. “If not, they can leave it out.”

    I wish my manager said, “Ian, we want you to be comfortable, so go ahead and untuck that button-down shirt you’re wearing. Why don’t you wear flip flops too.” If only.

  • mg12 | October 4, 2006 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”11814″]I posted this at the end of the comments section yesterday but I don’t know how many people look at the the last comments:

    Does anybody know what brand/symbol is on Hideki Matsui’s arm band? John mentioned that he is under contract with Mizuno but it doesn’t look like either of there logos.

    Look at the 6th picture in this gallery

    Mizuno logos[/quote]

    It looks like a mizuno logo. It is hard to see in the image you linked, but here is another one that makes it slightly easier to see.

    http://images.tsn.ca...

  • Barney | October 4, 2006 at 5:07 pm |

    After seeing this, my vote goes to the Coyotes for the best NHL uniform:


    Phoenix

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 5:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”11915″]Sorry, I posted that previous comment before reading the rest of the comments. It appears we’ve got a debate going as to why he wears #33. I vote for the Walker theory, but there’s strong evidence towards Roy with his tattoo. We’ll see when somebody can finally fill us in.[/quote]

    It’s not because of Patrick Roy. Morneau wore #33 as a goalie when he played in BC. He has it tattooed on his arm.

  • Matthew | October 4, 2006 at 6:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”11928″]Regarding the NY Times article about Wal-Mart uniforms, I noticed a few things:

    Some workers are not eager to dig into their own pockets to pay for the khaki pants. Aubretia Edick, who works at a Wal-Mart in Hudson, N.Y., said in an interview that the dress code was “very crisp” but questioned why she should have to buy her own pants if she does not normally wear khakis. “I am buying these pants for work, and that is it,” Ms. Edick said.

    Is this really a complaint? I’m sure I’m not the only one who wears certain clothes to work that I normally wouldn’t if I were given the choice (ties, creased pants, leather-soled shoes). Of course I don’t regard Wal-Mart as a fashion standard. Case in point, the last lines of the article:

    Mr. Simley of Wal-Mart said the company wanted workers “to feel comfortable and confident in what they are wearing.”
    “If they want to tuck it in they can,” he said. “If not, they can leave it out.”

    I wish my manager said, “Ian, we want you to be comfortable, so go ahead and untuck that button-down shirt you’re wearing. Why don’t you wear flip flops too.” If only.[/quote]

    Not to brag, but I get to wear flip flops to the office I work in….

  • MetsFanAZ | October 4, 2006 at 6:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”11921″]I’ve only got radio at work…anyone know what Uni’s the Mets are wearing? I know the guy above said black and blue caps, what about the jerseys?[/quote]
    took a long lunch. whites with black sleeves and the black and blue caps. no socks visible that i could see. dodgers look good too in their road greys (trying to avoid using the word “classy” there). didn’t like the A’s and Twins both sporting the colored tops, green and navy.

  • C.N. | October 4, 2006 at 6:33 pm |

    Gary Thorne just called Jose Reyes the “baggy-panted one” on the ESPN playoff broadcast. Looks like the big broadcasters are finally sitting up and taking notice.

  • scott | October 4, 2006 at 6:34 pm |

    http://www.petitiono...

    Here is a link to petition against the NHL and the form fitting jerseys.

  • Craig | October 4, 2006 at 6:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”11911″]Has anybody ordered from, or seen this site before? Section 219

    They have a huge variety of tees, hats, etc from defunct teams. I guess they use the logos, and make the product themselves. Theres a few oldies I like to order, but would love some references, since Ive never heard of this place before.[/quote]

    I didn’t look through the whole thing, but I have to say that the Brooklyn Dodgers basketball logo is tremendous – I’ve never seen it before. Maybe the Nets can revive it when they move to Brooklyn in the form of a throwback (yeah, not likely, I know).

  • Riff | October 4, 2006 at 6:48 pm |

    Uni Watchers as detectives:

    I just opened up this week’s SI, not 5 minutes ago and saw this photo. Crazy zoom! Then I read the caption SI (not the photographer) put on it:

    “Cardinals defensive back David Macklin hangs on to the elusive Michael Vick during the Falcons’ 32-10 victory at the Georgia Dome yesterday. Vick (inset) completed…”

    The photo of Vick in the inset CLEARLY shows Vick wearing different shoes (the cleated version of his signature Air Zoom Vick IV) than those pictured (Air Zoom Apocalypse III). You’d think sports editors who stare at photographs of uniformed athletes every day would be able to catch something like that! I think the Falcon in the photo might be FB Justin Griffith as evidenced here, here and here.

    Shoot, I should be a detective…

  • Natron | October 4, 2006 at 6:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”11933″][quote comment=”11915″]Sorry, I posted that previous comment before reading the rest of the comments. It appears we’ve got a debate going as to why he wears #33. I vote for the Walker theory, but there’s strong evidence towards Roy with his tattoo. We’ll see when somebody can finally fill us in.[/quote]

    It’s not because of Patrick Roy. Morneau wore #33 as a goalie when he played in BC. He has it tattooed on his arm.[/quote]

    And as a kid goalie growing up in Canada, why might one tattoo “33” on one’s arm? It may not be Roy (it is, but we can express doubt for argument’s sake), but I doubt it’s Walker.

    BTW – here’s a goofy article about Mauer and Morneau – which features a picture of Justin sporting yet another (former) Canadian team’s garb.

    That guy bleeds Labatt’s, maple syrup, and back bacon… a true Canadian through and through.

  • Riff | October 4, 2006 at 6:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”11939″]Uni Watchers as detectives:

    I just opened up this week’s SI, not 5 minutes ago and saw this photo. Crazy zoom! Then I read the caption SI (not the photographer) put on it:

    “Cardinals defensive back David Macklin hangs on to the elusive Michael Vick during the Falcons’ 32-10 victory at the Georgia Dome yesterday. Vick (inset) completed…”

    The photo of Vick in the inset CLEARLY shows Vick wearing different shoes (the cleated version of his signature Air Zoom Vick IV) than those pictured (Air Zoom Apocalypse III). You’d think sports editors who stare at photographs of uniformed athletes every day would be able to catch something like that! I think the Falcon in the photo might be FB Justin Griffith as evidenced here, here and here.

    Shoot, I should be a detective…[/quote]

    Sure enough, as you can see on Griffith’s profile, Griffith had one reception for -2 yards Sunday against the Cardinals. That helps explain why a DB is tackling (read: desperately clinging) to the leg of a big RB.

  • Kenny | October 4, 2006 at 6:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”11922″][quote comment=”11897″][quote comment=”11888″][quote comment=”11821″]

    Kenny, I graduated from VU in ’03.[/quote]

    Nice…did you play?[/quote]

    Just intramurals. And beirut, of course.[/quote]

    But of course who didn’t….that’s probab;y a big reason why my frat got shut down as well…by the way we had some good intramural unis as well

  • Kenny | October 4, 2006 at 6:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”11930″]After seeing this, my vote goes to the Coyotes for the best NHL uniform:


    Phoenix[/quote]

    I agree and purple looks very good here

  • Kenny | October 4, 2006 at 7:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”11943″][quote comment=”11930″]After seeing this, my vote goes to the Coyotes for the best NHL uniform:


    Phoenix[/quote]

    I agree and purple looks very good here[/quote]

    That was supposed to be a link to the girl in the Sacramento Kings “jersey” under more body paintings

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 7:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”11940″][quote comment=”11933″][quote comment=”11915″]Sorry, I posted that previous comment before reading the rest of the comments. It appears we’ve got a debate going as to why he wears #33. I vote for the Walker theory, but there’s strong evidence towards Roy with his tattoo. We’ll see when somebody can finally fill us in.[/quote]

    It’s not because of Patrick Roy. Morneau wore #33 as a goalie when he played in BC. He has it tattooed on his arm.[/quote]

    And as a kid goalie growing up in Canada, why might one tattoo “33” on one’s arm? It may not be Roy (it is, but we can express doubt for argument’s sake), but I doubt it’s Walker.

    BTW – here’s a goofy article about Mauer and Morneau – which features a picture of Justin sporting yet another (former) Canadian team’s garb.

    That guy bleeds Labatt’s, maple syrup, and back bacon… a true Canadian through and through.[/quote]

    I offer this forum posting, which quotes the Twins’ mailbag.

    Morneau’s tattoo

  • Barney | October 4, 2006 at 7:21 pm |

    Kenny,

    How’s this?

    Kings

  • Kyle | October 4, 2006 at 7:31 pm |

    got a screen grab of Aaron Burks in the Indiana/Wisconsin game. I think it’s interesting how the small A is still capitalized.

  • Teebz | October 4, 2006 at 7:32 pm |

    And this article from Slam Sports. Unless Partick Roy, who was known for NOT representing his country in international events, was a Canadian hero for Mr. Morneau, I’d say it was his number.

    Slam’s Morneau info

  • Kyle | October 4, 2006 at 7:32 pm |

    whoops, link didn’t work.

    Aa

  • Kevin | October 4, 2006 at 8:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”11950″]whoops, link didn’t work.

    Aa[/quote]

    why can’t Indiana just stick with the white pants? they look so much better that way.

  • C.N. | October 4, 2006 at 9:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”11935″][quote comment=”11921″]I’ve only got radio at work…anyone know what Uni’s the Mets are wearing? I know the guy above said black and blue caps, what about the jerseys?[/quote]
    took a long lunch. whites with black sleeves and the black and blue caps. no socks visible that i could see. dodgers look good too in their road greys (trying to avoid using the word “classy” there). didn’t like the A’s and Twins both sporting the colored tops, green and navy.[/quote]

    You can’t argue with either team’s strategy. Obviously Oakland stayed with the green tops because they won in them yesterday, and Minnesota switched jerseys because they lost in the white yesterday. It’s all in the psychology.

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 10:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”11910″]

    Ok. Done posting for now. Gotta get ready to watch Morneau hit a homer in his Canucks undershirt…[/quote]

    Minna – you are PROPHETIC – can I have the powerball numbers?[/quote]

    Bill, maybe I should have predicted the Twins would win the game instead. Argh! They always do things the hard way. This is not good for my blood pressure.

    Friday, I don’t care what they’re wearing as long as they win the damn game!

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 10:31 pm |

    Oh, and congrats to Mets’ fans. Your team won, and look good doing it.

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 10:35 pm |

    Damn. Sorry I messed up quoting Banker Bill who was quoting me. I’m still upset over the loss, obviously.

    Hey, Ek. Anything on the gravatars? I was looking forward to seeing what everybody chose.

  • Dane | October 4, 2006 at 10:58 pm |

    The Toronto Maple Leafs retired numbers 4 and 21 in pre-game ceremonies this evening.

    If you want to see the black and white Sabres jersey on your wall, the team is auctioning off game worn items from the 2006 playoffs:
    http://auction.nhl.c...

  • John Ekdahl | October 4, 2006 at 11:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”11958″]Hey, Ek. Anything on the gravatars? I was looking forward to seeing what everybody chose.[/quote]

    They have serious issues with that project. The server is totally overloaded, and I’m not going to use them until it’s fixed. The good news is that this site is coded and ready to go, so it will take me all of 30 seconds to put back up.

  • Andy from KC | October 4, 2006 at 11:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”11907″]Mark Kotsay’s jersey just came untucked from the rear on his inside-the-park-homerun trot. It, literally, just happened about a minute ago, so no pictures yet.[/quote]

    I noticed that too. What was the deal with that? It looked to me like his uniform was in as bad or worse shape than Cliff Floyd’s, and there wasn’t even a slide involved!

    (I think this is where I’m supposed to make some tired joke about Oakland being a small market team that can’t afford to give its players uniforms that fit, etc., etc.).

  • Minna H | October 4, 2006 at 11:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”11960″][quote comment=”11958″]Hey, Ek. Anything on the gravatars? I was looking forward to seeing what everybody chose.[/quote]

    They have serious issues with that project. The server is totally overloaded, and I’m not going to use them until it’s fixed. The good news is that this site is coded and ready to go, so it will take me all of 30 seconds to put back up.[/quote]

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, Ek. You are the cream of the webmaster crop. I knew you’d be all over it. It seems like they bit off more than they could chew. They need someone like you to straighten them out!

  • Donny | October 4, 2006 at 11:29 pm |

    Speaking of NCAA soccer, the goalie for my school’s soccer team wears number 01 (note the extra digit)

    http://www.stcloudst...

    Any idea on how (un)common this is?

  • Sammy | October 5, 2006 at 12:12 am |

    [quote comment=”11925″][quote comment=”11789″]Unrelated, but last Friday my local high school football team played a school with severe monochrome issues. All blue — no stripes or piping or anything. Before the game, a friend of mine glanced at the unis and immediately declared them “cheap-looking” because of the completeness of the monochromatic scheme.[/quote]

    Can’t wait for our HS team to get crushed by the team in white this week, the “monochromatic” Saline Hornets next week.
    Wow never would have imagined that someone from Chelsea, Michigan would be posting. I’m right down the road in Dexter. And someone from Ann Arbor as well. We got quite the local theme going. Our team copies Michigan’s helmet. Poorly, and was added just a few years back
    God I hate our Ship With Arms Logo:

    Go Dreadnaughts!![/quote]

    Hey, I’m just another 45 minutes away, at Grosse Pointe South. When our football team stopped the all-navy look and switched to white pants, I nearly yelled at how happy I was. The team still sucks though.

    There is some great high pants/stirrup action here in the clip from the ’84 World Series. When done in uniform, it’s such a great look. Why did everyone stop doing it?
    “Bless You Boys”

    I hope you’re on late enough to read this, Paul. And I hope you had a great time at the game.

  • smcs | October 5, 2006 at 12:24 am |

    [quote comment=”11959″]The Toronto Maple Leafs retired numbers 4 and 21 in pre-game ceremonies this evening.
    [/quote]

    The Leafs honoured 4 for Red Kelly and Hap Day and 21 for Borje Salming. They did not retire the numbers as evidenced by the fact that Johnny Pohl was wearing 21. The yhave only ever retired two numbers, 5, for Bill Barilko, and 6, for Ace Bailey.

  • smcs | October 5, 2006 at 12:25 am |

    That is quoting Dane in comment 133

  • RossYo | October 5, 2006 at 1:19 am |

    [quote comment=”11807″]To Paul’s point about never having seen lowercase letters on a nameplate: I recall that when Reggie and Ron Jackson both played for the then-California Angels I think Reggie’s nameplate read “Re. Jackson” and Ron’s read “Ro. Jackson” with the lowercase letters.

    Naturally, I can’t find visual proof, but can someone back me up??[/quote]

    Actually, the way I remember it, Reggie wore the standard “JACKSON” without any first initial, and Ron Jackson wore “RON JACKSON” in condensed letters. I don’t remember any lower case letters. On a side note, both Jacksons’ jerseys had beautiful vertically arched lettering, if I recall correctly. Sorry, I have no visual proof, either.

  • Scott W | October 5, 2006 at 1:39 am |

    [quote comment=”11955″][quote comment=”11935″][quote comment=”11921″]I’ve only got radio at work…anyone know what Uni’s the Mets are wearing? I know the guy above said black and blue caps, what about the jerseys?[/quote]
    took a long lunch. whites with black sleeves and the black and blue caps. no socks visible that i could see. dodgers look good too in their road greys (trying to avoid using the word “classy” there). didn’t like the A’s and Twins both sporting the colored tops, green and navy.[/quote]

    You can’t argue with either team’s strategy. Obviously Oakland stayed with the green tops because they won in them yesterday, and Minnesota switched jerseys because they lost in the white yesterday. It’s all in the psychology.[/quote]

    I heard the A’s have been wearing their green alternates on the road this season quite frequently because they say “Athletics,” as opposed to the road grays, which say “Oakland.” There’s talk of a potential move for the A’s to the south bay (San Jose, Fremont area), so they might be trying to remove all “Oakland” references from their jerseys.

    Just a theory…

  • Pat | October 5, 2006 at 1:56 am |

    Happy trails to my favorite NHL jersey of all time: the Boston Bruins “pooh bear” alternate. That bear logo is just way too cool, and the combination of eye-popping yellow with black on white trim is exquisite. This is the major absence from my jersey collection, and now that it’s gone, I fear I may miss it. But it had a wonderful run, and if eBay is good to me somewhere down the road, maybe I will own one. Preferable with the number 8 of Cam Neely, even though he never wore the shirt himself. Adios, my golden friend!

  • Pat | October 5, 2006 at 2:05 am |

    [quote comment=”11875″]Just read the column, and I have to say that I liked the previous Buffalo unis. I like red and black, and I like the white buffalo. While I do like the blue of the new unis, the Buffaslug is just not right.

    Ok. Done posting for now. Gotta get ready to watch Morneau hit a homer in his Canucks undershirt…[/quote]
    Could not agree more! Their red alts were special, too.

  • Pat | October 5, 2006 at 2:41 am |

    Didn’t Adidas buy Reebok, can anyone update me on that? Will we see the triple stripes on NHL jerseys in the near future? I miss the old back hem two-tone CCM logos of the past.

  • Scott W | October 5, 2006 at 3:35 am |

    totally irrelevant, but check out this logo creep! SDSU football truck…

  • The Original Lee | October 5, 2006 at 5:37 am |

    [quote comment=”11902″]here’s the Cameroon bodysuit:

    http://news.bbc.co.u...

    if we’er going to talk about body suits, lets not forget about NC State Men’s Basketball team. i wish i had a picture, but ive searched and searched, and laughed and laughed

  • Mark in Shiga | October 5, 2006 at 8:38 am |

    [quote comment=”11963″]Speaking of NCAA soccer, the goalie for my school’s soccer team wears number 01 (note the extra digit)

    http://www.stcloudst...

    Any idea on how (un)common this is?[/quote]

    Hiromi Matsunaga of the Hanshin Tigers once wore number 02 when he joined the team and found another guy wearing his customary 2. This was around the same time that Benito Santiago was wearing number 09, so it garnered some attention. No one else in Japanese baseball has ever had a leading zero.

    Also, I seem to recall the Dodgers issuing numbers 03 and 04 in spring training a few years ago. It’s only a matter of time before someone in MLB gets three digits!

  • a arauz | October 5, 2006 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment=”11978″][quote comment=”11963″]Speaking of NCAA soccer, the goalie for my school’s soccer team wears number 01 (note the extra digit)

    http://www.stcloudst...

    Any idea on how (un)common this is?[/quote]

    Hiromi Matsunaga of the Hanshin Tigers once wore number 02 when he joined the team and found another guy wearing his customary 2. This was around the same time that Benito Santiago was wearing number 09, so it garnered some attention. No one else in Japanese baseball has ever had a leading zero.

    Also, I seem to recall the Dodgers issuing numbers 03 and 04 in spring training a few years ago. It’s only a matter of time before someone in MLB gets three digits![/quote]
    Having played football for 35 years from primary to university, in international adult tournaments I cannot recall seeing a gk with 01. I give her props for creativity … I also like the small logo on her chest (it appears to be a mockup of the Canadiens’ logo, no?).