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On the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

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New ESPN column today — here’s the link.

Meanwhile: Tomorrow is November 11th, which is an important day in many countries, because it’s the day World War I ended, as Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies. For decades most of the Allied nations celebrated November 11th as Armistice Day, but after World War II the holiday changed: The United States began observing November 11th as Veteran’s Day, and the British Commonwealth nations — one of which is Canada — began observing it as Remembrance Day (which is closer in spirit to America’s Memorial Day).

So what does this all have to do with Uni Watch? Plenty, as reader Dave Glen explains:

In Canada, as Remembrance Day approaches, we wear poppies to honour our fallen from past wars. This past week, the Toronto Maple Leafs coaches and training staff wore the poppy while on the road in Florida. Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has been wearing it, too. And the the custom isn’t limited to Canadian teams — several hockey coaches of American teams will wear a poppy while on the bench in Canada, and classy American-based coaches of Canadian heritage will wear them as well.

I wasn’t aware of this practice until Glen brought it to my attention. But once I started looking, I found that quite a few NHL coaches have been poppy-clad over the past week or so, including Bryan Murray, Jacques Martin, Glen Hanon, Barry Trotz, Craig MacTavish (whose assistant coach, Craig Simpson, is also poppy-ized), and Bob Hartley.

A nice custom. Do CFL coaches do this too? Does the poppy play any other visible role in Canadian sports? What about in other Commonwealth countries? All you non-U.S. readers, please fill us in.

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This fine product, which holds up for days under the rigors of modern life yet rinses off easily with a bit of rubbing alcohol (and also gets lots of laughs when applied to, say, your baby nephew’s forehead), is now available for sale to discriminating readers like yourself — five bucks for the first tattoo, and a buck for each additional one.

You’re probably thinking, “Whoa, $5 is way too much for a temporary tat!” And you’re right, it is. But here’s the deal: Webmaster Johnny Ek and I work our asses off on this site, and we could use a bit of scratch. I don’t wanna get all NPR on you, but let’s face it: We’ve all got a pretty special thing going on here, what with the fresh content every day and the lively Comments section and let’s not forget all that scintillating info about poppies. Surely that’s worth a few shekels, no?

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Good site devoted to college hockey jerseys here (courtesy of Bryan Long). … In case you missed it in yesterday’s Comments section: Women’s hoops coaches in the Patriot League will wear lapel pins this season in memory of former Army head coach Maggie Dixon, who died in April. … Tom Venutolo says, “I would love to know how ‘game worn’ can be used to justify this.” … Good article here about high school football uniforms (with thanks to Tim Snyder). … And here‘s an article about college football merit decals. … Yesterday I mentioned that Air Force and Notre Dame would be wearing memorial decals this Saturday (details here). Here’s what it will look like. … Highlights from the 1980 Holiday Bowl (BYU’s amazing comeback against SMU) are available on YouTube, which has prompted the following observations from Kurt Crowley: “Jim McMahon and several other BYU players sported blue facemasks, but the rest of the team had white facemasks. The helmet logo in the end zone depicted a blue facemask. According to The Helmet Project, ‘both blue and white faceguards were used by different players on this helmet in games from 1979 to 1983, although blue was always the predominant color.’ McMahon also took the ‘Y’ logo off at least one side of his helmet to accomodate all his merit stickers. I also noticed the SMU players mostly had blue trim on their numbers, but not Eric Dickerson, who appears to have worn a tearaway jersey.” … The subject of this article really ought to be a Uni Watch reader (as pointed out by Dave Miller). … Matt Smith asks: “What gives with Reggie Wayne’s mouthguard? It has added lip protection, sort of like a baby’s pacifier. My friends and I recently became embroiled in a heated debate over its aesthetic appeal and practicality — I argued that the pacifier mouthpiece gives Wayne some added lip protection and is much safer than wearing no guard at all.” Anyone who’s actually played the game care to weigh in on this? … Jose A. Frontanes notes that Under Armour is getting into the visor market (which would be more like outer armour, no?). … I’m going to be out of town for the rest of today and all weekend, so you’ll be in Johnny Ek’s capable hands until then. See you next week.

 

148 comments to On the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

  • Richard | November 10, 2006 at 8:51 am |

    have a great weekend, Paul. travel safely.

    and the temporary tattoos look awesome.

  • Andy from KC | November 10, 2006 at 8:53 am |

    Great column, though the Antonio Bryant part is going to be in my nightmares … *shudder*

    Regarding the pacifier mouthpiece, I’ve seen lots more guys wearing those now. The first one I saw (naturally) was Larry Johnson, and I found it amusing that he’d wear something that looks so much like a pacifier, since he took such umbrage at Dick Vermeil’s “time to take the diapers off” comment. I never played football, but I assume those mouthpieces are in vogue because A) of the added protection, B) they’re trendy, or both.

  • Surly | November 10, 2006 at 8:55 am |

    The poppy is also worn during the Memorial Cup hockey tournament held each May. That’s the only other occurance of the poppy being worn outside of the end of October to Nov 11 time period.

  • Maven | November 10, 2006 at 9:08 am |

    It is “shekels” not “sheckles.”

  • Matt B | November 10, 2006 at 9:12 am |

    This confirms my greatest fears…the Fox Sports World Report crew is Canadian (first tipped off by pronunciations of ‘a-gain-st’). I knew the poppies were a Canadian tradition, but they’re wearing them well before Armistice Day. Didn’t know it was a week-long thing.

    To follow up on the vanishing posts from yesterday. There were definitely several posts missing. When I first went to the site last night there were ~233 comments, with several subsequent posts be me and others. Now this morning I see only 231. Teebz wasn’t the only one disappearing into the ether.

    FWIW, at home last night I was running Firefox one-point-something on OSX. Here at work it’s FF 2.0 on XP.

  • mg12 | November 10, 2006 at 9:15 am |

    Anybody else notice that “Mike from Queens” is wearing a black New York Mets caps. Paul, I thought you would’ve flushed those people from your life by now.

  • Rene | November 10, 2006 at 9:16 am |

    i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??

  • Tim | November 10, 2006 at 9:16 am |

    Great column on ESPN. Quick question though. With all the uproar over the weird asymmetrical unis that are hitting college football, I’m surprised there was no real mention of the asymmetrical basketball unis. Namely, the shoulders. It looks like the new unis for Memphis and Auburn, among possibly others, have different patterns on the front of each shoulder. Yuck.

  • BBFAN | November 10, 2006 at 9:18 am |

    In response to the Reggie Wayne mouthguard, guys have been doing this for years. The most famous of which has to be Eric Dickerson, who also paired it up with a sweet set of goggles.

  • New Orleans | November 10, 2006 at 9:20 am |

    [quote comment=”21688″]Great column, though the Antonio Bryant part is going to be in my nightmares … *shudder*

    Regarding the pacifier mouthpiece, I’ve seen lots more guys wearing those now. The first one I saw (naturally) was Larry Johnson, and I found it amusing that he’d wear something that looks so much like a pacifier, since he took such umbrage at Dick Vermeil’s “time to take the diapers off” comment. I never played football, but I assume those mouthpieces are in vogue because A) of the added protection, B) they’re trendy, or both.[/quote]

    And those mouthpieces come in different flavors, too. Just kidding… they only come in vanilla. ;>)

    Actually, that’s an old style mouthpiece that we used to wear many years ago. I liked them better than the kind that just fits over your top teeth because it gave you something substantial to bite down on. More importantly, though, it protected your lips from the wayward hand or foot that occasionally found its way inside your face mask. Face masks are more protective today and I would assume there are fewer broken noses and facial lacerations so that the extra protection of these old style mouthpieces aren’t as necessary as they might once have been.

  • BBFAN | November 10, 2006 at 9:20 am |

    oops…heres the photo of dickerson

  • dchis | November 10, 2006 at 9:20 am |

    Paul,
    Do you think the reason why the Syracuse jersey number and name are bigger because they switched fonts? Last year, this year (from your article). The new font is more of a standard block format and the old font had sarifs. The numbers and letters looked like the same font that the Red Sox use for their numbers.

  • Tim | November 10, 2006 at 9:22 am |

    Mouthpieces – One of the first I remember wearing those lip-guard mouthpieces was Gary Clark of the Redskins.

  • Mike Miller | November 10, 2006 at 9:24 am |

    The poppies are quite in vogue in English soccer as well. I’ve seen numerous coaches wear them. Also, Southampton of the Coca-Cola Championship (league below the EPL) are wearing special jerseys with poppies on them this weekend.

    Article about Southampton kits

  • JohnnyBoy | November 10, 2006 at 9:26 am |

    I think the bigger mouthpieces are supposed to guard against concussions. I don’t know how, but I remeber reading an article about them.

  • dchis | November 10, 2006 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment=”21693″]i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??[/quote]

    Well here is a pic of Faulk, but he was definitely not the first. It’s an old practice in the NFL.

  • Joe Hilseberg | November 10, 2006 at 9:34 am |

    Paul,

    Great article today, but you forgot my Terps!!

    Normal worldNike world

  • V8Cougar | November 10, 2006 at 9:35 am |

    [quote comment=”21703″]I think the bigger mouthpieces are supposed to guard against concussions. I don’t know how, but I remeber reading an article about them.[/quote]

    All mouthpieces protect against concussions resulting from uppercut style injuries by cushioning the skull when the bottom teeth impact the upper teeth. The pacifier style might do a better job of it though.

    As for people who have worn the bigger guard, I remeber Tim Brown using it.

  • Jeff F. | November 10, 2006 at 9:37 am |

    Walter Payton also wore the extra mouthguard in this playing days.

    Here’s a pic.

    He was the most prominent player wearing it at the time, but I remember several players in the league wearing them. However, they were hard to get because I tried to get one as a Pop Warner football player, but I could never find one.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | November 10, 2006 at 9:37 am |

    see, and i remember dorsett
    unknown dates
    http://www.autograph...
    http://www.scottsdal...
    from 81
    http://i.cnn.net/si/...
    from 85, a better physical pic
    http://i.cnn.net/si/...
    this is my favorite all time dorsett SI cover…
    notice the planet of the apes
    http://i.cnn.net/si/...

  • Andy | November 10, 2006 at 9:42 am |

    Dave Tippett, the Dallas Stars head coach, also wears the poppy. Cannot find a pic of it though.

  • Banker Bill | November 10, 2006 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”21693″]i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??[/quote]

    I remember Eric Dickerson wearing a big ugly pacifier looking Mouthguard when he first came into the NFL – I wore one in Pop Warner and when I played hockey with the extra lip protection because I had really bad teeth issues as a child.

  • Banker Bill | November 10, 2006 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”21711″][quote comment=”21693″]i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??[/quote]

    I remember Eric Dickerson wearing a big ugly pacifier looking Mouthguard when he first came into the NFL – I wore one in Pop Warner and when I played hockey with the extra lip protection because I had really bad teeth issues as a child.[/quote]

    As far as being hard to find, I think I got mine at a little Sports Shop where we used to go to get the nameplates done for our hockey jerseys – it was a long time ago though – but I actually bought 3 of them – one for my hockey helmet, one for my football helmet and an extra because I chewed it so bad (nervous habit) that I had to replace one.

  • V8Cougar | November 10, 2006 at 9:52 am |
  • MetsFan AZ | November 10, 2006 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”21704″][quote comment=”21693″]i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??[/quote]

    Well here is a pic of Faulk, but he was definitely not the first. It’s an old practice in the NFL.[/quote]
    Todd and all the other sneaker-heads, dontcha just LOVE the ‘Roos!

  • Ed R. | November 10, 2006 at 9:56 am |

    I don’t know if anyone else did this but alot of people on my youth football team, myself included, used to wear those mouthguards because we had braces and they supposedly were better protection. Anyone who ever had braces knows how easily they will cut up your mouth.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | November 10, 2006 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment=”21714″][quote comment=”21704″][quote comment=”21693″]i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??[/quote]

    Well here is a pic of Faulk, but he was definitely not the first. It’s an old practice in the NFL.[/quote]
    Todd and all the other sneaker-heads, dontcha just LOVE the ‘Roos![/quote]

    im quite certain the pair that sweetness was issued did not come with zip closure pockets like the blue and yellow pair i got for 2nd grade school pictures…

  • Riley | November 10, 2006 at 10:01 am |

    About the poppy… remember to note the difference between the Canadian lapel poppy and the UK lapel poppy. In addition (in true Uni Watch style), it is important to note the difference that has occurred in the Canadian poppy in the last five years or so. While they used to have a green centre, the centre of the poppy is now black.

    That Yankees game-worn hat reminds me of the merch in Seattle’s team store that they are very careful to call game-issued, mostly because it almost always looks brand new other than the number on the brim of the hat (and the $20 that they add on to the price tag).

  • Tim | November 10, 2006 at 10:03 am |

    Looking at the Oregon Basketball uniform, has anyone else noticed that the stripes down the side of the jersey looks like another companies that has 3 Stripes?

  • Tim | November 10, 2006 at 10:05 am |

    I cant believe that Nike would not notice this

  • Josh Peterson | November 10, 2006 at 10:06 am |

    The Toronto Marlies wore patches with poppies on them last night vs Omaha in the AHL. I can’t find any pics but it was on TV up here in Canada on Sportsnet.

  • MetsFan AZ | November 10, 2006 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”21716″][quote comment=”21714″][quote comment=”21704″][quote comment=”21693″]i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??[/quote]

    Well here is a pic of Faulk, but he was definitely not the first. It’s an old practice in the NFL.[/quote]
    Todd and all the other sneaker-heads, dontcha just LOVE the ‘Roos![/quote]

    im quite certain the pair that sweetness was issued did not come with zip closure pockets like the blue and yellow pair i got for 2nd grade school pictures…[/quote]
    But if they did you can bet that Sweetness didn’t keep a Sharpie in there. Maybe a sugar pack…

  • DJL | November 10, 2006 at 10:27 am |
  • Tom | November 10, 2006 at 10:50 am |

    The first player I remember seeing with the pacifier-mouthpiece was Michael Irvin. Of course, I figured he just had a regular pacifier in there because of all the whining about pass interference he did…

  • JSwerdy | November 10, 2006 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”21716″][quote comment=”21714″][quote comment=”21704″][quote comment=”21693″]i wanna say marshall faulk wore the “extra guarded” mouthpiece in his hey day with the Rams…any pics??[/quote]

    Well here is a pic of Faulk, but he was definitely not the first. It’s an old practice in the NFL.[/quote]
    Todd and all the other sneaker-heads, dontcha just LOVE the ‘Roos![/quote]

    im quite certain the pair that sweetness was issued did not come with zip closure pockets like the blue and yellow pair i got for 2nd grade school pictures…[/quote]

    gotta love the ‘roos! dunno if anyone here watches Futurama, but there is an episode (“The Luck of the Fryish”) where fry is remembering his a dance off with his brother (yantzee) and fry places his good luck clover in the zip pocket of some excellent orange/brown ‘roos.

    im looking for a screenshot but cant seem to come up with one

  • dgc | November 10, 2006 at 11:02 am |

    It’s Glen Hanlon, not Hanon.

  • Robert | November 10, 2006 at 11:02 am |

    This is not uni-related, but I remember people wearing a poppy on their lapel (women attached them to their purses) when I was growing up in Nebraska in the 1970s. While poppy usage is more prevalent elsewhere, it did have a presence in the U.S.

  • Nuk | November 10, 2006 at 11:04 am |

    Minor name quibble – Glen Hanlon – not Hanon. Gotta give the love to Carrot – was one of the few reasons to watch the Canucks in the Halloween outfits from 78-81….

  • Kirk | November 10, 2006 at 11:05 am |

    Paul was discussing NBA logos that had the old ball design on them. I was watching ESPN last night and noticed that the “NBA on ESPN” logo alos has the old ball design.

  • Tom | November 10, 2006 at 11:06 am |

    The Arizona State basketball uniform looks damn sharp. I know I’m in the minority, but I’ve always liked their colors and their football helmet is definitely one of my favorites. I can only hope they have either a road or alternate basketball jersey thats yellow with the same lettering as the home…

  • JFront10 | November 10, 2006 at 11:06 am |

    At least Maryland has only worn those jerseys once.

    Does anyone know why all the guys on the team have been wearing white undershirts under their jerseys in the first two games?

    It’s not something they did last year.

  • Kirk | November 10, 2006 at 11:08 am |

    Here is the link:

    http://adsatt.espn.g...

  • Proud Canuck | November 10, 2006 at 11:34 am |

    A brief history lesson from north of the border:

    As noted, November 11 is celebrated as Remembrance Day, a time to remember those who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms. Although we Canucks tend to be less combative than our American cousins (outside the hockey rink, at least), we do hold a special place of honor for our war vets.

    Every year, people purchase their poppies as a sign of respect and remembrance for war vets. It’s generally a self-serve/donate what you want coin jar that you’ll find in most stores. People will drop in a quarter or a dollar and put the poppy on their lapel. I heard yesterday that this raises about $15 million every year for the Royal Canadian Legion (a vets’ organization).

    To better understand the significance of the poppy, you can read the poem “In Flanders Field”, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae during WWI. It’s required reading for all Canadian students as the grow up.

    IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    It’s an important holiday in Canada, which is why you’ll see hockey coaches, even if they’re south of the border, wearing the poppy.

  • Andrew F | November 10, 2006 at 11:35 am |

    My only guess on the McNair number thing (and I really have no idea, nor am I trying to legitimize or defend this guy) is that at the Pro Bowl, he got a stack full of 9s to sign (rather then whole jerseys). So he sits there and signs them all, and I’m sure gets some money. Later on, these dealers get a 9, and rather than just selling the number by itself, they attach it to a jersey, and sell the thing as a whole.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | November 10, 2006 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”21717″]That Yankees game-worn hat reminds me of the merch in Seattle’s team store that they are very careful to call game-issued, mostly because it almost always looks brand new other than the number on the brim of the hat (and the $20 that they add on to the price tag).[/quote]

    im going out on a limb here and saying the joke that tom venutolo was making is that the game worn hat was “game worn” by carl pavano…
    pavano is now half way through his 4 yr 40 mill contract and has pitched only 100 innings in 17 starts (5.88 innings per start) id love to know how many total pitches he has thrown…

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | November 10, 2006 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”21738″]A brief history lesson from north of the border:

    As noted, November 11 is celebrated as Remembrance Day, a time to remember those who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms. Although we Canucks tend to be less combative than our American cousins (outside the hockey rink, at least), we do hold a special place of honor for our war vets.

    Every year, people purchase their poppies as a sign of respect and remembrance for war vets. It’s generally a self-serve/donate what you want coin jar that you’ll find in most stores. People will drop in a quarter or a dollar and put the poppy on their lapel. I heard yesterday that this raises about $15 million every year for the Royal Canadian Legion (a vets’ organization).

    To better understand the significance of the poppy, you can read the poem “In Flanders Field”, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae during WWI. It’s required reading for all Canadian students as the grow up.

    IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    It’s an important holiday in Canada, which is why you’ll see hockey coaches, even if they’re south of the border, wearing the poppy.[/quote]

    always nice to learn something relevant on uni watch, but did any one else have the song, “the green berets” going through their head while reading that like i did?

  • graham | November 10, 2006 at 12:03 pm |

    michael irvin had one of those mouthgaurds too

  • Ryan D | November 10, 2006 at 12:03 pm |

    The pacifier mouth pieces also have breathing holes that allow you wo keep your mouth shut and breath at the same time (much like a snorkle).

  • Double J | November 10, 2006 at 12:03 pm |

    As someone who has played football for over 7 years I will shed some light on the Pacifier-mouthpiece. Personally, I tried out that style but wasnt a fan of it. One person commented that it was good for protecting braces, which is true, because the part that you bite down on is flat ( = ) so therefore doesnt cover your actual teeth. As compared to the regular style in which the mouth piece wraps around your upper teeth. ( |_ ) Sorry about the crude drawings.

    Personally I have noticed that most people that do where those mouthpieces are doing it for the style and to emulate the great players that have worn them in the past. And just making an observation ,but they are almost exclusively worn by the “faster” players if you know what I mean. Meaning no disrespect.

  • Dave | November 10, 2006 at 12:22 pm |

    The Charlotte Checkers will be wearing special Veterans Day uniforms tomorrow.

  • Chad G | November 10, 2006 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”21688″]Great column, though the Antonio Bryant part is going to be in my nightmares … *shudder*

    Regarding the pacifier mouthpiece, I’ve seen lots more guys wearing those now. The first one I saw (naturally) was Larry Johnson, and I found it amusing that he’d wear something that looks so much like a pacifier, since he took such umbrage at Dick Vermeil’s “time to take the diapers off” comment. I never played football, but I assume those mouthpieces are in vogue because A) of the added protection, B) they’re trendy, or both.[/quote]

    Yeah, LJ also wore the pacifier mouthguard at Penn State

  • Taylor | November 10, 2006 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”21706″]Paul,

    Great article today, but you forgot my Terps!!

    Normal worldNike world[/quote]

    Aren’t all Nike schools that have made the Final Four (since 93, I think) supposed to have a grey/silver patch around their neck, ala Md, UNC, MSU, etc.? George Mason doesn’t have it on their jerseys. What gives?

  • Chief | November 10, 2006 at 12:36 pm |

    “To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.”
    That line from the poem also adorns the walls of the Montreal Canadiens’ dressing room.
    I couldn’t find a pic, but CFL coaches did wear poppies on the sidelines last week.

  • Dave S | November 10, 2006 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”21690″]It is “shekels” not “sheckles.”[/quote]

    He said shekels.

  • ryan | November 10, 2006 at 12:59 pm |

    Paul, great ESPN article today. For the record, though, your Normal world v. NikeWorld examples for Ohio State are flip-flopped.

    Unless, of course, you’re writing us from an alternate universe.

  • Gabe | November 10, 2006 at 1:00 pm |

    Guys I am pretty sure that Under Armour has been in the visor game for some time now….trying to find some pics. I will keep you updated.

  • Joe Hilseberg | November 10, 2006 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”21727″]Someone posted a link to this “game worn” jersey
    with the mismatched numbers. I thought it looked like crap and decided to see if the seller would answer me on why it is this way.

    Hi
    Good Question. The awnser to this is that there were some leftover Game Issued jerseys and they were customized for this McNair signing. The front number nine is the standard number on the game jerseys, and the back 9 is the same style as Steve wore on his Pro Bowl jersey. There were only a handful of jerseys done like that for the signing and this is one of them
    Thanks

    Why would a game issued jersey only come with a number on the front?[/quote]

    I think it is just like Andrew said…but whoever attached the number to the jersey should not be allowed to watch sports for 2 years as a fair and swift punishment!

    I was at the MD bball game on Tuesday and noticed the new undershirts as well. The only player I remember going with just the jersey was Bambale Osby, but I can’t find a pic.

  • dsteinberg | November 10, 2006 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”21741″]im going out on a limb here and saying the joke that tom venutolo was making is that the game worn hat was “game worn” by carl pavano…
    pavano is now half way through his 4 yr 40 mill contract and has pitched only 100 innings in 17 starts (5.88 innings per start) id love to know how many total pitches he has thrown…[/quote]

    It’s a little better than that. Pavano did not pitch in a single major league game in 2006.

  • Teebz | November 10, 2006 at 1:14 pm |

    Ek,

    Any word on why my post went AWOL yesterday? I was the only person who could see it for nearly the entire day.

  • dgc | November 10, 2006 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”21749″]

    Aren’t all Nike schools that have made the Final Four (since 93, I think) supposed to have a grey/silver patch around their neck, ala Md, UNC, MSU, etc.? George Mason doesn’t have it on their jerseys. What gives?[/quote]

    I thought the silver shoulder things were “special” uniforms for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

  • Andy from KC | November 10, 2006 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”21751″][quote comment=”21690″]It is “shekels” not “sheckles.”[/quote]

    He said shekels.[/quote]

    Originally it read “sheckles.” It’s been corrected.

  • Andy from KC | November 10, 2006 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”21725″]Bo knows pacifier mouth guards.[/quote]

    *slaps forehead*

    HOW could I forget Bo??? LJ’s mouthpiece was the first one I think I really took notice of, but I knew I was forgetting someone really obvious. When Bo played, though, there was no Uni Watch around to make me look for these things so obsessively.

  • Andy from KC | November 10, 2006 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”21742″][quote comment=”21738″]A brief history lesson from north of the border:

    As noted, November 11 is celebrated as Remembrance Day, a time to remember those who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms. Although we Canucks tend to be less combative than our American cousins (outside the hockey rink, at least), we do hold a special place of honor for our war vets.

    Every year, people purchase their poppies as a sign of respect and remembrance for war vets. It’s generally a self-serve/donate what you want coin jar that you’ll find in most stores. People will drop in a quarter or a dollar and put the poppy on their lapel. I heard yesterday that this raises about $15 million every year for the Royal Canadian Legion (a vets’ organization).

    To better understand the significance of the poppy, you can read the poem “In Flanders Field”, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae during WWI. It’s required reading for all Canadian students as the grow up.

    IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    It’s an important holiday in Canada, which is why you’ll see hockey coaches, even if they’re south of the border, wearing the poppy.[/quote]

    always nice to learn something relevant on uni watch, but did any one else have the song, “the green berets” going through their head while reading that like i did?[/quote]

    I found this enlightening too, but what was going through my head was not the Green Beret song, but “Shut up, Flanders!”

    :)

  • Chad G | November 10, 2006 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”21761″][quote comment=”21749″]

    Aren’t all Nike schools that have made the Final Four (since 93, I think) supposed to have a grey/silver patch around their neck, ala Md, UNC, MSU, etc.? George Mason doesn’t have it on their jerseys. What gives?[/quote]

    I thought the silver shoulder things were “special” uniforms for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.[/quote]

    See the silver around the Interlocking NC. Thats what he’s talking about.

  • Zach | November 10, 2006 at 2:00 pm |

    Here in Canada the poppies are everywhere in the week or so leading up to Remembrance Day. Not just hockey coaches etc… wear them but most normal Canadians and literally every Canadian television personality, whether it be news, sports etc…

    Here’s a good shot of a member of the Leafs bench staff sporting one last night in Boston, and the Canucks ownership group. Don Cherry, perhaps Canada’s best dressed hockey commentator, normally wears a rose in memory of his wife Rose, wore a poppy with a special pin holding it in instead of the normal black last week. I don’t know what the pin was for, but here’s a video of the Coach’s Corner segment where Don and Ron MacLean discuss poppies (and the green insert) and Remembrance.

    Normal people often forget to put on their poppies, but anyone like a coach or a broadcaster would most likely get some flack if they forgot their poppy, which is why all the Canadian coaches are wearing them, and apparently only one Canadian fan is. But since Saturday is Remembrance Day, I would imagine most fans in the seats in Canadian arenas will have poppies on.

  • Heath | November 10, 2006 at 2:05 pm |

    When I was a student at the University of Tulsa, I remember the men’s basketball team having a different uniform style every year. They went from Adidas, to generic Nike, to Reebok, to a different Reebok design. Since, I have graduated they have had at least two different uniforms. I was wondering if TU was alone in this or if other colleges changed uniforms as much as well?

  • Kenny | November 10, 2006 at 2:07 pm |
  • GoTerriers | November 10, 2006 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”21772″]

    Don Cherry, perhaps Canada’s best dressed hockey commentator

    Now THAT’S a houndstooth jacket!! (sorry I can’t resist stirring up old Bear Bryant discussions . . .)

  • Eric | November 10, 2006 at 2:10 pm |

    So, why is the sock on the tat upside down from the sock on the web logo? It appears the stirrip is hanigng from the I in uni-watch on the logos, but just sort of floating in profile in the tat.

    Is this like that thing where the baker never has any bread and the cobbler has worn out shoes?

  • GoTerriers | November 10, 2006 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”21775″]Hounds tooth?[/quote]

    Aww shucks. Kenny, you beat me to it.
    Clay, buddy, you out there???

  • Zach | November 10, 2006 at 2:13 pm |

    Also, here’s a shot of the Habs’ dressing room poem. It’s on the other side of the wall in French. There’s a virtual tour available on the Canadiens’ website.

  • Zach | November 10, 2006 at 2:15 pm |

    I meant on the opposite wall, not the other side of the same wall.

  • Taylor | November 10, 2006 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”21761″][quote comment=”21749″]

    Aren’t all Nike schools that have made the Final Four (since 93, I think) supposed to have a grey/silver patch around their neck, ala Md, UNC, MSU, etc.? George Mason doesn’t have it on their jerseys. What gives?[/quote]

    I thought the silver shoulder things were “special” uniforms for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.[/quote]

    No, I’m talking about the school logo that is that the bottom of the v-neck on the jersey. Like how Duke has and Michigan State.

  • DJL | November 10, 2006 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”21763″][quote comment=”21725″]Bo knows pacifier mouth guards.[/quote]

    *slaps forehead*

    HOW could I forget Bo???

    LJ’s mouthpiece was the first one I think I really took notice of, but I knew I was forgetting someone really obvious. When Bo played, though, there was no Uni Watch around to make me look for these things so obsessively.[/quote]

    Agreed. Bo is the first person I thought of. I assumed that 15 people already mentioned him in the comments by the time I read the blog this morning.

    For anyone that actually had one of these mouthguards, they took some serious getting used to.

  • Chad G | November 10, 2006 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”21782″][quote comment=”21761″][quote comment=”21749″]

    Aren’t all Nike schools that have made the Final Four (since 93, I think) supposed to have a grey/silver patch around their neck, ala Md, UNC, MSU, etc.? George Mason doesn’t have it on their jerseys. What gives?[/quote]

    I thought the silver shoulder things were “special” uniforms for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.[/quote]

    No, I’m talking about the school logo that is that the bottom of the v-neck on the jersey. Like how Duke has and Michigan State.[/quote]

    I have a good pic of the silver circle in post #67

  • Gabe | November 10, 2006 at 2:32 pm |
  • Gabe | November 10, 2006 at 2:34 pm |

    And by “these” I meant the Under Armour one.

  • Teebz | November 10, 2006 at 2:37 pm |

    After a little research, here’s the explanation for the green centres in the poppies changing to black:

    “According to the Royal Canadian Legion, “The centre of the Lapel Poppy was originally black but was changed to green more than twenty years ago to represent the green fields of France. In 2002, the centre was changed back to black to reflect the actual colours of the Poppies in Flanders a red flower with a black centre. It is intended that the black centre will remain as the standard for the production of all future Poppy material.”

  • Glenn | November 10, 2006 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”21738″]A brief history lesson from north of the border:

    As noted, November 11 is celebrated as Remembrance Day, a time to remember those who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms. Although we Canucks tend to be less combative than our American cousins (outside the hockey rink, at least), we do hold a special place of honor for our war vets.

    Every year, people purchase their poppies as a sign of respect and remembrance for war vets. It’s generally a self-serve/donate what you want coin jar that you’ll find in most stores. People will drop in a quarter or a dollar and put the poppy on their lapel. I heard yesterday that this raises about $15 million every year for the Royal Canadian Legion (a vets’ organization).

    To better understand the significance of the poppy, you can read the poem “In Flanders Field”, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae during WWI. It’s required reading for all Canadian students as the grow up.[/quote]

    Don’t know about where you are, Proud Canuck, but here in Edmonton, we’ve had some white ‘Peace’ poppies showing up in stores as well. There’s been kind of an uproar about them as well, given the shops are selling them for profit and thereby taking money out of the Legion’s (and, by extension, veterans’) pockets. Also, some people are a little tweaked that this suggests they can’t honour our war dead and wish for peace at the same time.

  • a arauz | November 10, 2006 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”21709″]see, and i remember dorsett
    unknown dates
    http://www.autograph...
    http://www.scottsdal...
    from 81
    http://i.cnn.net/si/...
    from 85, a better physical pic
    http://i.cnn.net/si/...
    this is my favorite all time dorsett SI cover…
    notice the planet of the apes
    http://i.cnn.net/si/...
    Oh wow… i did notice the ape mask. but what really stuck out was the cheerleader with the very man-ish legs!

  • kevin meier | November 10, 2006 at 2:58 pm |

    This has been driving me batty… There has been much talk of the abominable two-tone nike undershirt that WVU (and others) have been sporting this season (both of the long and short sleeved variety). What about the fact that THE YELLOW DON’T MATCH. The unform yellow is more mustardly, like the penalty flag, where as the undershirt yellow is neon, like the simulated first-down indictor line. Is this killing anybody else?

  • a arauz | November 10, 2006 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”21732″]Minor name quibble – Glen Hanlon – not Hanon. Gotta give the love to Carrot – was one of the few reasons to watch the Canucks in the Halloween outfits from 78-81….[/quote]

    then we swooped in for him. He was tremendous for the Rangers in the mid 80’s, stood on his head many a spring for us, especially vs. the Langway Capitals if my memory serves.

  • Jim | November 10, 2006 at 3:07 pm |

    I’ll be sending my $5 off … as soon as that tattoo gets vertically arched lettering (and not until then)!!!

  • Matthew S. | November 10, 2006 at 3:08 pm |

    The Canadian poppy seems somewhat analogous to Americans wearing yellow ribbons in commemoration of/remembrance of members of the military/veterans/hostages as the case may be. I’m not sure it’s exactly the same thing, but the general idea is similar. That being said, it makes sense why Canadians, etc. where the poppy, but does anyone have any idea why Americans wear a yellow ribbon? Is there a specific origin or did someone just decide that would be a great color to wear for remembrance?

  • a arauz | November 10, 2006 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”21738″]A brief history lesson from north of the border:

    As noted, November 11 is celebrated as Remembrance Day, a time to remember those who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms. Although we Canucks tend to be less combative than our American cousins (outside the hockey rink, at least), we do hold a special place of honor for our war vets.

    Every year, people purchase their poppies as a sign of respect and remembrance for war vets. It’s generally a self-serve/donate what you want coin jar that you’ll find in most stores. People will drop in a quarter or a dollar and put the poppy on their lapel. I heard yesterday that this raises about $15 million every year for the Royal Canadian Legion (a vets’ organization).

    To better understand the significance of the poppy, you can read the poem “In Flanders Field”, written by Lt. Col. John McCrae during WWI. It’s required reading for all Canadian students as the grow up.

    IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    It’s an important holiday in Canada, which is why you’ll see hockey coaches, even if they’re south of the border, wearing the poppy.[/quote]
    That’s a great contribution. We too have a similiar practice for our holiday in late May. Of course, most people think it’s just an excuse to hit the beaches for the official opening of summer, but the holiday’s original purpose was to remember our war dead. I always wear a poppy as vets will sell them in supermarkets, stoplights, et al… maybe i’ll haul mine out (its in the car) for the day.

  • UMD_Chris | November 10, 2006 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”21706″]Paul,

    Great article today, but you forgot my Terps!!

    Normal worldNike world[/quote]

    They wore that last year for the Big Ten/ACC Challenege against Minnesota.

    Oh the horror. Thank GOD that is the only time they wore it. Gray isn’t even in our school colors!

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 3:28 pm |

    Hey, guys. Since Teebz is too modest to toot his own horn, I’m going to do it for him. He wrote an excellent post yesterday morning about how to tell a pro jersey in the NHL, replete with pics from his personal collection.

    By some weird tweak of fate, it only showed up on his screen (and maybe a few others) until it got fixed, presumably by the Greatest Webmaster of All Times, Ek (thanks, Ek), late last night. Which means most people didn’t read it—which is a damn shame. It is a superb post for anybody who has the slightest interest in hockey, or for those (like me) who need to brush up on the details.

    It is a must-read, so check it out here:

    Teebz’s Most Excellent Post

    It’s post #74.

    Thanks again, Teebz, for putting so much effort into this post. I really appreciate it. Oh, and remember, guys, if it has no strap, it’s crap.

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 3:45 pm |

    I love the temporary tats. I’m going to order a bazillion of them and slap them on my baby nephew’s forehead as well. I am also going to give a dozen of them to my niece in a vain attempt to steer her to colors other than purple and pink—her two favorites.

    As a arauz pointed out, the vets hand out red poppies here, too.

    Matthew S., the yellow ribbon started with a song called “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, a woman with a cause, and a lot of other stuff found here.

    The Vikes play the Packers this weekend. Talk about your mismatch in unis!

  • Kenny | November 10, 2006 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”21778″][quote comment=”21775″]Hounds tooth?[/quote]

    Aww shucks. Kenny, you beat me to it.
    Clay, buddy, you out there???[/quote]

    Sorry but as soon as I saw it I couldn’t resist

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”21806″][quote comment=”21778″][quote comment=”21775″]Hounds tooth?[/quote]

    Aww shucks. Kenny, you beat me to it.
    Clay, buddy, you out there???[/quote]

    Sorry but as soon as I saw it I couldn’t resist[/quote]

    Kenny, you and GoTerriers crack me up. Third comedy duo on the board. Now all we can do is hunch down and wait….

    Riley! Good to see you.

  • Matthew S. | November 10, 2006 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”21805″]I love the temporary tats. I’m going to order a bazillion of them and slap them on my baby nephew’s forehead as well. I am also going to give a dozen of them to my niece in a vain attempt to steer her to colors other than purple and pink—her two favorites.

    As a arauz pointed out, the vets hand out red poppies here, too.

    Matthew S., the yellow ribbon started with a song called “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, a woman with a cause, and a lot of other stuff found here.

    The Vikes play the Packers this weekend. Talk about your mismatch in unis![/quote]

    Thanks Minna. That’s not quite as cool as the Canadian poppy origin, but interesting nonetheless.

  • Warren Thompson | November 10, 2006 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”21776″][quote comment=”21772″]
    Now THAT’S a houndstooth jacket!! [/quote]

    And clearly from a very large hound ….

  • Mike Miller | November 10, 2006 at 4:10 pm |

    Warning: The horror that is the Rowan Profs football jerseys…in white, gold or brown…your choice!

    Shades recommended

  • Jim | November 10, 2006 at 4:25 pm |

    Hey, Paul … I know NOTHING of this stuff, but would it be possible to get all bloggers’ links to open up in the same window as they do when you make your daily entries here? That’d save alot of “X”-clicking effort!

  • Kenny | November 10, 2006 at 4:25 pm |
  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”21813″]Keeping an eye out, Minna

    Waiting to get him all riled up
    [/quote]

    That’s what I love about this board—the way we all look out for each other. Man, I can’t wait for round three of houndstooth gate. I still don’t understand the finer details of what does and doesn’t constitute houndstooth, so maybe someone can do a pictorial of that for me as well!

    is this houndstooth?

    Oh, hey, Paul. I hope you have a good vacation—you deserve it.

  • Chad G | November 10, 2006 at 4:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”21812″]Hey, Paul … I know NOTHING of this stuff, but would it be possible to get all bloggers’ links to open up in the same window as they do when you make your daily entries here? That’d save alot of “X”-clicking effort![/quote]

    I actually prefer the multiple windows (all the links open in separate windows) cause some of them don’t load that quickly and this way I can keep reading and click on new ones while I wait. To me the single window in the daily posts actually makes reading the whole thing take a lot longer for me.

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 4:39 pm |

    Grr. Links again.

    Is
    this
    houndstooth?

    In case the middle link doesn’t work (damn preview area):

    For the last time!

  • John Ekdahl | November 10, 2006 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”21756″]Ek,

    Any word on why my post went AWOL yesterday? I was the only person who could see it for nearly the entire day.[/quote]
    Yeah, it was held for moderation and I only approved it late that day (I was out all day). It was held because of all the links in it. A common spam tactic is to blast a bunch of links into a blog comment, so I have them held until I approve.

    Sorry I didn’t get to it sooner.

  • Chad G | November 10, 2006 at 4:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”21816″]Grr. Links again.

    Is
    this
    houndstooth?

    In case the middle link doesn’t work (damn preview area):

    For the last time![/quote]

    The second 2 definitely are, I can’t tell on the dog though, the picture isn’t close enough

  • Banker Bill | November 10, 2006 at 4:48 pm |

    Well everyone, have a good weekend – I shall find a poppy somewhere and wear it tomorrow – I think that may be the coolest rememberance thing in the world. What I’d like to see is the Canadian NHL teams have a poppy patch sewn onto the sweaters for the weekend – maybe next year, but if we can plaster flags all over everything, the poppy on a patch couldn’t hurt.

  • Chad G | November 10, 2006 at 4:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”21818″][quote comment=”21816″]Grr. Links again.

    Is
    this
    houndstooth?

    In case the middle link doesn’t work (damn preview area):

    For the last time![/quote]

    The second 2 definitely are, I can’t tell on the dog though, the picture isn’t close enough[/quote]

    The sad thing about this debate is that a couple of weeks ago after the original houndstooth debate I was out shopping with my girlfriend and all the houndstooth clothes popped out at me. She even mentioned this skirt or something that had a sort of diagonal checkered pattern and she called it houndstooth and then I had to show/explain to her the difference…I feel like less of a man now

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 4:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”21819″]Well everyone, have a good weekend – I shall find a poppy somewhere and wear it tomorrow – I think that may be the coolest rememberance thing in the world. What I’d like to see is the Canadian NHL teams have a poppy patch sewn onto the sweaters for the weekend – maybe next year, but if we can plaster flags all over everything, the poppy on a patch couldn’t hurt.[/quote]

    Agreed, Banker Bill. I think the red poppy is a nice touch, and it’s such a vibrant red.

    I must say, despite my reservations about suits in sports, the hockey coaches look sharp. Still think it looks weird in a sport’s venue, though.

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 4:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”21820″][quote comment=”21818″][quote comment=”21816″]Grr. Links again.

    Is
    this
    houndstooth?

    In case the middle link doesn’t work (damn preview area):

    For the last time![/quote]

    The second 2 definitely are, I can’t tell on the dog though, the picture isn’t close enough[/quote]

    The sad thing about this debate is that a couple of weeks ago after the original houndstooth debate I was out shopping with my girlfriend and all the houndstooth clothes popped out at me. She even mentioned this skirt or something that had a sort of diagonal checkered pattern and she called it houndstooth and then I had to show/explain to her the difference…I feel like less of a man now[/quote]

    Chad G., real men know their fabrics and patterns (especially as they relate to sports), so hold that head high!

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”21817″][quote comment=”21756″]Ek,

    Any word on why my post went AWOL yesterday? I was the only person who could see it for nearly the entire day.[/quote]
    Yeah, it was held for moderation and I only approved it late that day (I was out all day). It was held because of all the links in it. A common spam tactic is to blast a bunch of links into a blog comment, so I have them held until I approve.

    Sorry I didn’t get to it sooner.[/quote]

    An Ek sighting. Hope to see you a bit over the weekend with Paul gone. I’ve missed the green box of authority. Thanks for the explanation, Ek. Glad to know it wasn’t techno-goblins at work.

  • Brian from Short Island | November 10, 2006 at 5:03 pm |

    Ted Nolan has been wearing a poppy all week.

  • John Ekdahl | November 10, 2006 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”21824″]An Ek sighting. Hope to see you a bit over the weekend with Paul gone. I’ve missed the green box of authority. Thanks for the explanation, Ek. Glad to know it wasn’t techno-goblins at work.[/quote]
    Yeah, sorry I haven’t been around more. I’ve been totally swamped with work. I’d much rather be hanging out here, believe me.

  • Minna H | November 10, 2006 at 5:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”21826″][quote comment=”21824″]An Ek sighting. Hope to see you a bit over the weekend with Paul gone. I’ve missed the green box of authority. Thanks for the explanation, Ek. Glad to know it wasn’t techno-goblins at work.[/quote]
    Yeah, sorry I haven’t been around more. I’ve been totally swamped with work. I’d much rather be hanging out here, believe me.[/quote]

    Well, we’re like the bar at Cheers where everybody knows your name—we’ll be here drinking when you need us. Hopefully, you’ll have some downtime soon so you can jump back in. Besides, we’ve made a hash of things lately, so we need you to keep us in line.

  • Aaron | November 10, 2006 at 5:09 pm |

    This is from another board:
    “In the second period intermission. Dan Murphy brought up an interesting point. With the new ownership and no need for an Orca Symbol anymore ( Orca Bay were the previous owners) He asked Francesco Aquilini (new owner) if they would change the jersey, and he said they are considering it.”

  • Andy from KC | November 10, 2006 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”21815″][quote comment=”21812″]Hey, Paul … I know NOTHING of this stuff, but would it be possible to get all bloggers’ links to open up in the same window as they do when you make your daily entries here? That’d save alot of “X”-clicking effort![/quote]

    I actually prefer the multiple windows (all the links open in separate windows) cause some of them don’t load that quickly and this way I can keep reading and click on new ones while I wait. To me the single window in the daily posts actually makes reading the whole thing take a lot longer for me.[/quote]

    I agree; I like new windows. I mean, you can either click the X or click the back button … six of one, half a dozen of the other.

  • Aaron | November 10, 2006 at 5:24 pm |

    ^^^^^^^^
    This last post is about the Vancouver Canucks by the way. Sorry about that.

  • bluenoser | November 10, 2006 at 5:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”21819″]Well everyone, have a good weekend – I shall find a poppy somewhere and wear it tomorrow – I think that may be the coolest rememberance thing in the world. What I’d like to see is the Canadian NHL teams have a poppy patch sewn onto the sweaters for the weekend – maybe next year, but if we can plaster flags all over everything, the poppy on a patch couldn’t hurt.[/quote]
    According to their web-site the Toronto Maple Leafs will be wearing “special poppies on their helmets” tomorrow night when they get destroyed by le bleu blanc et rouge! Not sure if the Habs will be doing the same, I sure hope so!!

  • BLT | November 10, 2006 at 6:30 pm |

    Guys,
    The reason for the pacifier mouthguard is to keep dirt off the bite plate. It has gone the way of the do-do because no more grass fields.

    BLT

  • Tony | November 10, 2006 at 6:43 pm |

    Have a listen to the Remembrance podcast on iTunes or on the Royal British Legion blog. It’s a good way to remember.

  • Ian K | November 10, 2006 at 6:54 pm |

    Just got home to find my ESPN: The Magazine waiting for me with Kevin Durant of the Texas Longhorns basketball team on the cover…with no swoosh in sight. The other covers (with Ohio State and Carolina) also swoosh-free. Did ESPN do a little airbrushing?
    The Mag

  • Teebz | November 10, 2006 at 7:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”21817″][quote comment=”21756″]Ek,

    Any word on why my post went AWOL yesterday? I was the only person who could see it for nearly the entire day.[/quote]
    Yeah, it was held for moderation and I only approved it late that day (I was out all day). It was held because of all the links in it. A common spam tactic is to blast a bunch of links into a blog comment, so I have them held until I approve.

    Sorry I didn’t get to it sooner.[/quote]

    No worries, Ek. I was worried I became lost in cyberspace. I have noted that for the future. :o)

    Thanks for the info.

  • Matt B | November 10, 2006 at 7:13 pm |

    Just got home to find my ESPN: The Magazine waiting for me with Kevin Durant of the Texas Longhorns basketball team on the cover…with no swoosh in sight. The other covers (with Ohio State and Carolina) also swoosh-free. Did ESPN do a little airbrushing?

    They missed the swoosh on the ball.

  • Mike | November 10, 2006 at 7:36 pm |

    not really related to the uni-watch discussion, but has anyone else noticed that the quality of the poppies has gone down recently. Mine fell off about every two minutes when I was walking.. eventually I bent the pin over so it couldn’t, but now I can’t take it off my sweater without cutting the pin. I wasn’t just that shirt either, they’ve fell out of my jacket numerous times, and every shirt I wear. I’ve had a few different ones, and its the same thing with every one. I can never remember having this problem before, even when I was a little kid running around on the playground they always seemed to stay in place.

  • bengal boy | November 10, 2006 at 7:41 pm |

    Keiwan Ratliff of the Bengals also wears the pacifier

  • Joe | November 10, 2006 at 7:45 pm |

    So I’m a little confused…A website that abhrs logo creep is selling temporary logo tattoos? What would the Uni-watch reaction be to temporary Nike tattoos? Love the site, just think it is a little hypocritical.

  • PMAN | November 10, 2006 at 8:25 pm |

    I don’t have a picture of it, but #30 from UAB just scored and he is wearing the wrong helmet. The showed him diving into the end zone and he is wearing a helmet with #68 on it, odd.

  • Kenny | November 10, 2006 at 8:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”21851″]I don’t have a picture of it, but #30 from UAB just scored and he is wearing the wrong helmet. The showed him diving into the end zone and he is wearing a helmet with #68 on it, odd.[/quote]

    All the players have it. I commented on this a couple of weeks ago. It is a tribute to a former player who passed away, he wore #68.

  • Kenny | November 10, 2006 at 8:59 pm |

    Minna-

    I guess houndstooth gate is on hold for a little bit huh?

    For all the houndstooth/shoe lovers out there

  • Head | November 10, 2006 at 9:19 pm |

    Don’t know much about the poppy tradition, so it was interesting to hear about here. I’ll be the first to avow myself an ignorant American, but I am a huge hockey fan and therefore do watch Hockey Night in Canada every week because I get CBC (living in the Seattle area) and have to rely only on The Artist Formerly Known As OLN for all my other hockey action. Maybe it’s just because HNC is only on once per week, but I’m sure Don Cherry and crew were wearing poppies at least as early as the Saturday before Halloween, 10/28.

  • TD | November 10, 2006 at 9:25 pm |

    Walter Payton wore a similar mouthpiece.
    http://www.opengroup...(SC)Walter_Payton_Photo.jpg

  • bg | November 10, 2006 at 10:08 pm |

    Stadium Logo Creep: Mets

    http://www.bloomberg...

  • Kenny | November 10, 2006 at 10:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”21860″]Stadium Logo Creep: Mets

    http://www.bloomberg...

    Not sure that really qualifies as logo creep

  • Mark | November 10, 2006 at 10:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”21852″][quote comment=”21851″]I don’t have a picture of it, but #30 from UAB just scored and he is wearing the wrong helmet. The showed him diving into the end zone and he is wearing a helmet with #68 on it, odd.[/quote]

    All the players have it. I commented on this a couple of weeks ago. It is a tribute to a former player who passed away, he wore #68.[/quote]

    PMAN, the players name was Kirk Tuck, he died of leukemia. I think it is a rather cool tribute, better than just a little sticker. I saw it on the back of a receiver’s helmet and immediately remembered the story on this blog.

  • Terry | November 10, 2006 at 10:48 pm |

    Mike Woodson, the Atlanta Hawks head coach wore a poppy during the game versus the Raptors in Toronto tonight. In fact, the entire staff of the Hawks wore poppies on their lapels. Unfortunately – I was at the game and didn’t think about photographing him. Maybe someone who taped the game tonight might have captured a picture of it.

  • Jim | November 10, 2006 at 11:14 pm |

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the fact that plaxico buress wears a padded mouthpiece that is attached to his chinstrap . (Another view . Usually players will have them attached to the facemask or not attached at all. Anybody know of any other players that do this??

  • bg | November 10, 2006 at 11:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”21861″][quote comment=”21860″]Stadium Logo Creep: Mets

    http://www.bloomberg...

    Not sure that really qualifies as logo creep[/quote]

    When there will be ten zillion CitiBank logos all over the park —it does.

  • Minna H | November 11, 2006 at 12:33 am |

    [quote comment=”21849″]So I’m a little confused…A website that abhrs logo creep is selling temporary logo tattoos? What would the Uni-watch reaction be to temporary Nike tattoos? Love the site, just think it is a little hypocritical.[/quote]

    Joe, I don’t think it’s hypocritical because Paul is not trying to sell anything. Well, not really. The site, perhaps, but it’s free. Also, I don’t really see it as a logo per se, but something professing a passion. I would by a Batman temporary tattoo because I like Batman. Or one of the Mole from the South Park movie because he’s the kid I would want to have. Or one of The Scream because it’s my favorite painting. Or one of Troy Polamalu because he’s damn hot. In the same vein, I will buy the UniWatch temporary tats to show my obsession with the detals of sports’ uniforms not because it’s cool or hip or trendy.

    Just my five and a half cents’ worth of opinion.

  • Minna H | November 11, 2006 at 12:38 am |

    [quote comment=”21854″]Minna-

    I guess houndstooth gate is on hold for a little bit huh?

    For all the houndstooth/shoe lovers out there[/quote]

    Kenny, I think Clay is gathering his information and pictures so he can hit us with it all at one time.

    Let the hounds loose

    Back to you, Kenny.

  • Ethan R. | November 11, 2006 at 12:53 am |

    The wife and I were playing Trivial Pursit tonight and I got a chuckle out of this question:

    Q: What color did adoring female fans wear to Donny Osmond concerts, because it was his favorite?

    A: Purple

  • ML | November 11, 2006 at 8:01 am |

    Poppies embroidered on shirts in English football today (only Man Citeh so far):

  • ML | November 11, 2006 at 8:02 am |

    Where the hell’d my link go?

    http://static.flickr...

    PoppyLink

  • Chad | November 11, 2006 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”21844″]Just got home to find my ESPN: The Magazine waiting for me with Kevin Durant of the Texas Longhorns basketball team on the cover…with no swoosh in sight. The other covers (with Ohio State and Carolina) also swoosh-free. Did ESPN do a little airbrushing?
    The Mag[/quote]

    I think the NCAA only allows logos (Nike, Addidas, etc) on the shorts. The jersey you or I can buy has the logo on the upper chest, but the one the players use is logo free. As for the shorts I think the swoosh is merely out of frame on the bottom. You can see some examples here of what OSU wears on the court.

  • Kenny | November 11, 2006 at 10:58 am |
  • matt | November 11, 2006 at 12:04 pm |

    The silver patch on the neck of Nike basketbal jerseys is the Nike ELITE medallion. When a Nike school makes the Final Four, they become a Nike Elite team and have the Nike Elite madallion and wording on their uniforms, warm-ups, practice gear, etc. This is also true for womens’ programs. No idea why George Mason doesn’t have one though.
    Syracuse also looks to have different shorts this year – look similar to the new Illinois.
    [quote comment=”21849″]So I’m a little confused…A website that abhrs logo creep is selling temporary logo tattoos? What would the Uni-watch reaction be to temporary Nike tattoos? Love the site, just think it is a little hypocritical.[/quote]
    Couldn’t agree more. Paul is always bashing Nike, and in the meantime he lets Adidas get away with the worst college BB uniforms year after year.

  • Jonathan | November 12, 2006 at 1:05 am |

    New Zealand played (and destroyed) France in a rugby international earlier today (or yesterday, depending on where in the world you are). Poppies can be seen on the kiwi’s jerseys here and here and here , and on the coach here.

    Apologies if there are issues with the last three links, I had some minor issues.

  • Scott | November 16, 2006 at 1:13 pm |

    Regarding the poppy, Canadian NHL players (in the Tor-Mon Nov 11th game anyways) wore poppy stickers on the bottom left side of the back of their helmets. If you watch the highlights from the Tor-Mon game, you can clearly see the sticker.

  • Mark | November 16, 2006 at 2:41 pm |

    Good picture or Man City and Newcastle United managers with their (British style) poppies from Saturday.
    Also, seems like a discussion of suit versus tracksuit choices by English soccer managers may be worthwhile. I vote suit.

  • Neil Saffer | November 16, 2006 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”23212″]Good picture or Man City and Newcastle United managers with their (British style) poppies from Saturday.
    Also, seems like a discussion of suit versus tracksuit choices by English soccer managers may be worthwhile. I vote suit.[/quote]

    Suit if the job title is manager, tracksuit if the job title is coach.

  • Stove | November 20, 2006 at 12:07 am |

    Both Eric Dickerson and Craig James wore tearaway jerseys in the early ’80’s.

    Pony Express in tearaways