By now most of you know that Florida State will be wearing a special solid-black uniform against Boston College on October 21st. The new design, supposedly a tribute to the Seminole Indian tribe, will have “Unconquered” printed on one leg and “Seminoles” on the other (such a manifestly stupid design concept that it seems more like an insult than a tribute, but we’ll deal with that later).
What you may not know is that the game will also feature the opening volley in Nike’s latest mismatched-sleeve assault. I didn’t know this myself until yesterday, when a publicist (who either doesn’t know my feelings about Nike or else subscribes to the “no such thing as bad publicity” theory) sent me a communiquÃ© that included the following passage:
In addition, FSU players will don a new Nike underlayer beneath their uniforms that reflects the school’s relationship with the Seminole tribe, featuring a feather motif on the sleeve and twelve rows of gold feathers representing each of the school’s ACC titles. New Nike underlayers will also debut at Florida, Alabama, USC, and Texas during games later this fall.
The publicist sent along this photo. When I asked if the other sleeve would be red, like the left sleeve, she replied, “One sleeve is like in the photo, and the other sleeve just plain gold. The short-sleeved version is the same, just cuts off at the arrow.”
The Trail of Tears, Manifest Destiny, the Tomahawk Chop — haven’t we heaped enough indignities on Native Americans?
Ditch the Black Update: Big Ditch the Black news yesterday, as the following exchange took place between Mets radio broadcasters Howie Rose (an avowed anti-black partisan) and Tom McCarthy during Julio Lugo’s 7th-inning at-bat in last night’s Mets/Dodgers game:
Rose: Lugo was a big Mets fan growing up in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. He’s a free agent at the end of the year, and a guy the Mets may have interest in. … At the [pregrame] press conference, I asked Lugo why he was such a big Mets fan. And I swear to you I did not put him up to this — his answer was, and I quote, “I loved their blue hats.” End quote.
McCarthy: The real problem, though — and there were a lot of members of the media there, national and local — was when you stood up and started cheering. I don’t think that was appropriate.
Rose: Sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do to make a point.
Obviously, I am very much in the market for Howie Rose’s and Julio Lugo’s e-mail addresses.
(Ãœber-thanks to Bernie Langer for tipping me off to this one.)
Capital Idea: An interview with Washington Captials owner Ted Leonsis appeared on a Metroblogging DC yesterday, and part of the discussion involved the Caps’ uniforms. Here’s the relevant passage (with thanks to Dan Franko for the tip):
MBDC: What’s going on with the uniforms? It seems every year we have people scratching their heads wondering if you’ll be going back to red, white, and blue uniforms.
Leonsis: We will eventually go back to red, white, and blue. For every person who sends me an e-mail that wants the color change or new uniform, I get as many mails, mostly from mothers, saying, “Pease don’t change the uniform. because then I have to buy the new jersey for my children and they are very expensive.” I am very cognizant of that and when we’re changing the uniform I don’t want it to look like we are doing it to generate money. To be honest, that is not even how it works — we’re not the recipient of individual, additional jersey sales. That is a misconception. The NHL overall is looking at changing the style, the weight, and making the uniforms more contemporary. So I think we’ll just wait and see when the NHL goes to a new design and style and new color scheme and logos, and that would be the time to do it.
MBDC: I imagine there will be a lot of effort put into that when the time comes, so there is not a repeat of the Buffaslug disaster.
Leonsis [laughing]: Yes, we will make sure we have total fan buy-in before do anything.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Nice little blurb here about how Mitchell and Ness outfitted the players for this week’s Sports Illustrated cover (with thanks to Nicole DiCiccio). … Underbill Update: Aaron Reynolds notes that Joel Zumeya has something written along the far edge of his brim. … And what’s going on under Billy Wagner’s brim? (Thanks to Mike from Queens for the screen shot.) … Andrew Lupton stumbled upon some photos of great old-school football unis — look here and here. … Odd scene when Julio Franco came up to bat last night, as Fox put up a graphic with a Padres logo. … Interesting observation by Sean Tuffy, who notes that the Atlanta Thrashers logo bears more than a slight resemblance to the USA Rugby logo. … Craig Monroe was switching back and forth between two different pairs of sunglasses during the 9th inning of yesterday’s Yanks/Tigers game. … One more NBA team with European-themed preseason unis: the Sixers, with stripes adapted from the Spanish and Catalonian flags. … Good view here of the Coyotes’ 10th-anniversary patch, which made its first uni-borne appearance last night.