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Dead Presidents (Or, NYC to Ford: Drop Dead Nice Uni!)

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New ESPN column today — here’s the link.

Meanwhile: Recognize that kid with the golf clubs and the letter sweater? It’s 13-year-old Gerald Ford, in front of his childhood home in Grand Rapids (here’s a larger view). Ford wasn’t much of a president, but it turns out he wore a lot of uniforms over the years — more than any other president, near as I can figure.

The most familiar photos of Ford in uniform — or maybe just the most familiar photos of him, period — are two pics of him wearing his football togs at Michigan (where his number was later retired). But those shots are just the tip of his uniform iceberg. He played high school football, as seen here and here (middle row, fourth from left, I think), and he made All-City in 1930. After his undergrad days at Michigan, he went to Yale Law, where he coached football and boxing (top row, third from left).

Ford also wore several non-sports unis, as an Eagle Scout (here’s another shot), park ranger, and Naval officer (additional shot here). While in the Navy, he also played hoops, although his “uniform” was rather abbreviated.

Later, while in Congress, he’d suit up for the annual Republican/Democrat baseball game. In this shot, taken in May of 1949, he and another GOP lawmaker appear to have been wearing the same unis worn that year by the Washington Senators.

Based on my admittedly very quick internet research, no other president offers nearly as rich a uniform history as Ford. But many White House occupants from the past half-century have left at least a few uni-clad photos for the historical record. For example:

Dwight Eisenhower: Ike wanted to play pro baseball (but hey, so did I). Here he is — front row, center — in his 1909 Abilene High School uniform.

Jack Kennedy: JFK was in the Navy, natch, but I couldn’t find any pics of him in a sports uniform — unless you count this shot of a Senate baseball game. At least he looked good in proximity to uniforms. (Update: Scott M.X. Turner and Carrie Klein just came up with this and this, respectively.)

Richard Nixon: Tricky Dick wore a classic football jersey on the Whittier College squad.

Jimmy Carter: I was surprised to learn that Carter was a football and basketball star in his high school days (top row, second from left). Later on, he became a softball enthuiast, although the only photo I could find was this rather uninspiring shot.

Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator played football in high school. He’s in the bottom row, second from the right, in this shot — great socks and sleeves, but how come he didn’t get one of those cool vertically striped jerseys like those guys two rows back? He also played football in college (front row, fourth from right). And of course he portrayed George Gipp in one of history’s most insufferable movies (and as Jonathon Binet pointed out shortly after today’s entry was posted, he also wore a slew of cool baseball uniforms in The Winning Team). But the coolest photo of him that I found was this one — now that’s a uniform!

George H. W. Bush: In between Skull and Bones sessions at Yale, Poppy played a bit of baseball, and even got to meet the Babe.

Bill Clinton: Clinton may have been the first president to wear a team jacket while throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day. (His successor apparently likes team jackets too, dating back at least to his days as a team owner.) Speaking of which, there’s a gallery of Presidents throwing out the first pitch here.

As for Ford, let’s not forget his unique contribution to 1970s sartorial accessorization. If you’re not old enough to know what that button was for, look here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Panicked report from Rick Moreno regarding last night’s Stars/Avalanche game: “The referees have no uniform numbers! The linesman do, and when I was a clip of another game, the refs there appeared to have numbers as usual. Any way to find out what happened here tonight?” I’m gonna call the NHL later today, but if anyone else knows, please speak up. … But hey, no number is a lot better than what the refs were wearing on their backs last night at the World U20 hockey championship in Sweden. … Speaking of hockey refs, yesterday’s post about shoelaces prompted AJ Brandt to report the following: “Did you know that hockey refs have different laces than the players? The refs’ laces are plain white, while players’ laces have little black squares in them.” … More shoelace follow-up: Yesterday I asked if anyone had details about those laces that featured gold aglets. Andy Gladstone responded with a link to this article, which mentions “the gold-tipped shoelaces popularized by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham.” … Yesterday’s post also prompted Steve Zolis to point out that some NHL players have used pink laces and sticks to support breast cancer awareness. … More hockey news: Nike’s Swift Jersey has hit the college hockey scene (with thanks to Brian Kohout). … And speaking of hockey, Paragon Sports in Manhattan had this rather odd window display just prior to Xmas. … In non-hockey news (yes, there is such a thing), I never fully understood what “nude stockings” meant until I saw Florida State’s socks in last night’s Emerald Bowl. … And speaking of socks, check out the amazing hosiery stylings of Hyndman High School in Pennsylvania (as spotted by Jason Schiff).

 

145 comments to Dead Presidents (Or, NYC to Ford: Drop Dead Nice Uni!)

  • Ajax | December 28, 2006 at 9:09 am |

    I always loved those old-timey cardigan-type varsity sweaters. Don’t have the pix, but Mitchell & Ness put out some that the Giants and Yankees used to wear in the early 1900s.

  • DJL | December 28, 2006 at 9:12 am |

    Let us not forget George W. Bush and his days playing rugby at Yale.

    Also, Bill Clinton opened Jacobs Field in Cleveland with the ceremonial first pitch on April 4, 1994. If anyone can find the photo, you’ll notice that he did not wear Chief Wahoo on his cap, but the politically correct “C” cap that hadn’t been used since 1985.

  • Greg | December 28, 2006 at 9:30 am |

    On the picture of Ford and the Yale basketball team, anyone know why some of the players have B and T next to the Y?

  • Dan D. | December 28, 2006 at 9:31 am |

    Don’t forget about George W. Bush in this uniform.

  • Matty L. | December 28, 2006 at 9:34 am |

    The fact that it’s Domi putting the pink laces on amuses me endlessly.

  • Barney Fife | December 28, 2006 at 9:38 am |

    Jimmy Carter. Look at those black socks. What a loser. He wore black socks when he ran, too.

  • NickNH | December 28, 2006 at 9:39 am |

    Picking up on today’s item and yesterday’s discussion, I’m pretty proud to see Jack Parker isn’t letting Nike push that swift bullshit on BU. Considering Jack’s a guy who has steadfastly refused to ever include black in the BU uniform scheme (apart from a couple outlines here and there), I think BU fans can be comfortable knowing that even if the jersey styles change to the swift, our uniforms will still look the same.

    And as far as Minnesota never switching, they’ve used Easton to make their jerseys the last couple years, so hopefully we’re safe from that. The thing with the Gophers is that they’ve changed uni styles a lot. The uni style is something they can change, as long as they keep that awesome ‘M’ on the front of the jersey.

    I’m on board in being horrified at Maine’s jerseys. I’d be okay with a Maine alternate as long as it’s just the same template as the home and away, with the light blue as the main color. I hate the Blue Bears current third jersey.

  • todd krevanchi | December 28, 2006 at 9:42 am |

    to address a statement made yesterday about my opinions, tastes, and character…

    i will paraphrase walter payton.
    To the people that enjoy this blog, and enjoys not just what i post, but what every poster contributes, just continue to do so. And to those who are going to say what they want to say, may God be with you also.

    *out of respect to mr payton and the payton family, the test in bold is where i have taken contextual license.

  • Ditchfarmer | December 28, 2006 at 9:47 am |

    I hate Nike for doing this. I went to North Dakota and they have totally ruined their hockey jerseys, and that isn’t even counting the 10 swooshes on the overall uni.

  • Jason | December 28, 2006 at 9:47 am |

    Here’s Big Bill sans Chief Wahoo.

  • Natron | December 28, 2006 at 9:52 am |

    In regards to the Team USA unis… anybody else glad to see the horizontal sock stripes back, instead of the friggin’ vertical?

    Now all we have to bitch about is that the Swift Jerseys are still in play.

  • Joe Hilseberg | December 28, 2006 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”35844″]to address a statement made yesterday about my opinions, tastes, and character…

    i will paraphrase walter payton.
    To the people that enjoy this blog, and enjoys not just what i post, but what every poster contributes, just continue to do so. And to those who are going to say what they want to say, may God be with you also.

    *out of respect to mr payton and the payton family, the test in bold is where i have taken contextual license.[/quote]

    Preach on Brother Krevanchi!

  • Kerry | December 28, 2006 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”35838″]On the picture of Ford and the Yale basketball team, anyone know why some of the players have B and T next to the Y?[/quote]
    I was wondering the same thing. The only thing I can come up with…and this is purely speculation on my part…is “Boxing Team”.

  • Jeff Wright | December 28, 2006 at 9:54 am |

    The other interesting story re: the Clinton first pitch at Jacobs Field in ’94 was that Indians manager M1ke Hargrove, a Limbaugh listener and decidedly not a fan of Clinton, refused to escort the President to the mound prior to the first pitch. That task fell to longtime Indians PR VP Bob D1Biasio. Great site, BTW.

  • Erc | December 28, 2006 at 9:58 am |

    For the Red Sox fans:

  • Jonathon | December 28, 2006 at 9:58 am |

    Reagan also donned some great baseball unis in “The Winning Team,” where he portrayed pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander.

    Pics here:

    http://www.imdb.com/...

  • Erc | December 28, 2006 at 9:59 am |
  • Jonathon | December 28, 2006 at 10:07 am |

    Don’t the Presidents wear the jackets to hide the fact they’re wearing bulky bullet-proof vests while throwing the ceremonial first pitch all alone in the middle of a giant field surrounded by 50,000 fans who may or may not have gone through metal detectors?

  • Paul Lukas | December 28, 2006 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”35854″]Reagan also donned some great baseball unis in “The Winning Team,” where he portrayed pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander.

    Pics here:

    http://www.imdb.com/...

    Oooh, nice. I just added that to the Reagan pagagraph.

  • Cotton | December 28, 2006 at 10:17 am |

    Our 38th President was pretty ripped in that basketball picture.

  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 10:20 am |

    How about the Central Michigan unis from Tuesday?

    New Balance = fake Nike?

    http://uk.news.yahoo...

    http://news.yahoo.co...

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  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”35858″]Our 38th President was pretty ripped in that basketball picture.[/quote]

    The board’s beefcake quota is met for today. No Ed Hochuli pictures for Minna.

  • Richard | December 28, 2006 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”35860″][quote comment=”35858″]Our 38th President was pretty ripped in that basketball picture.[/quote]

    The board’s beefcake quota is met for today. No Ed Hochuli pictures for Minna.[/quote]

    Good luck getting that one…

  • Shane | December 28, 2006 at 10:31 am |

    That Maine jersey is TERRIBLE. Way to go, Nike.

  • tessa | December 28, 2006 at 10:31 am |

    The White House and Baseball site is a great one, although I would like to know who did the captions.

    This one is not technically wrong, but is pretty funny. It probably should have been written “President Warren G. Harding was a real baseball fan. He once hosted Babe Ruth at the White House and attended this 1922 opener with his wife, Florence, and then Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover.”

    And from a photography standpoint, this is one of the best sports pictures I have ever seen, without regard to Uni (or lack thereof).

  • Johnny O | December 28, 2006 at 10:32 am |

    Remember back on Mother’s Day this year, more than 50 players in the MLB used pink bats to honor their mothers and support breast cancer. The bats would be auctioned off at the end of the day. I don’t know about their laces however, or if they were pink. But Bill Hall of the Milwaukee Brewers used the pink lumber to hit a walk off home run to beat the Mets that day. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio bought the pink bat at auction for over $25,000 and gave it to Hall so he could give it to his mother. It was the 3rd most expensive item ever on the MLB.com auction site.

  • Johnny O | December 28, 2006 at 10:34 am |

    Let’s try that link again

    “pink bat

  • Nolan | December 28, 2006 at 10:35 am |

    Let’s not forget about this memorable George W. Uni Moment

  • Nat gal | December 28, 2006 at 10:39 am |

    The National Archives (yes, I work there) is opening an exhibitoin in March called “School House to White House.” It is about the presidents in school and out from grade school to college. There is a section called “Team Players.” Lots of good uni pics, but none on-line yet. Check back in March!

    Kennedy said: “Politics is an astonishing profession – it has…enabled me to go from being an obscure member of the junior varsity at Harvard to being an honorary member of the Football Hall of Fame.”

  • Chris | December 28, 2006 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”35845″]I hate Nike for doing this. I went to North Dakota and they have totally ruined their hockey jerseys, and that isn’t even counting the 10 swooshes on the overall uni.[/quote]
    I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.

  • DenverGregg | December 28, 2006 at 10:46 am |

    When I watched a bit of Emerald Bowl yesterday, I at first thought there were an awful lot of ace bandages being worn by ‘noles players. Really odd look, especially on the sleeves.

  • Al | December 28, 2006 at 10:53 am |

    Quick comment on the Noles’ socks from last night.
    Could this be a trend-setter for other college teams? Not the “nude” color as Pauls states (actually this is the gold that FSU has been using since they were hyper-swooshed), rather, having college teams go to a pro-style sock. I think the effect would have been better with garnet socks and gold pants. Most teams I can think of in college football use white socks. A good sign, though; no sign of logo creep on the socks that I could see.
    (You can use hyper-swooshed free of charge, Paul)

  • Robert | December 28, 2006 at 10:54 am |

    Are we sure that this photo of George W. Bush was taken when he was still the managing partner of the Rangers? I thought that the team switched to that type of “T” after Bush sold his interest in order to run for governor.

  • Robert | December 28, 2006 at 10:55 am |

    Let me try that link again.

  • Robert | December 28, 2006 at 10:56 am |

    Failed to post the link again. I give up. I was referring to the last photo of Bush in the Rangers jacket.

    Sorry about my technological inadequacies.

  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”35873″]I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.[/quote]

    They’re still allowed to be called Fighting Sioux? I keep forgetting to follow the status of the NCAA forced name changes.

  • Richard | December 28, 2006 at 11:04 am |

    [quote comment=”35879″]Quick comment on the Noles’ socks from last night.
    Could this be a trend-setter for other college teams? Not the “nude” color as Pauls states (actually this is the gold that FSU has been using since they were hyper-swooshed), rather, having college teams go to a pro-style sock. I think the effect would have been better with garnet socks and gold pants. Most teams I can think of in college football use white socks. A good sign, though; no sign of logo creep on the socks that I could see.
    (You can use hyper-swooshed free of charge, Paul)[/quote]

    The socks aren’t so bad, but when Greg Carr wears these bands it’s getting a little crazy with the colors – garnet pants, gold socks, white socks, black knee bands. I think the garnet would have worked better here.

  • Ray | December 28, 2006 at 11:06 am |

    While the WIN button was intended to stand for Whip Inflation Now, the joke at the time was if you turned it upside down, it became NIM or No Immediate Micacles.

  • GoTerriers | December 28, 2006 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”35883″][quote comment=”35873″]I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.[/quote]

    They’re still allowed to be called Fighting Sioux? I keep forgetting to follow the status of the NCAA forced name changes.[/quote]

    They won an injuction against the NCAA and apparently the NCAA doesn’t plan an appeal. Guess it makes it a dead issue, except for the Dartmouth Athletic Director

    I hope a 2-week respite will wake up the BU Offense and they’ll smoke BOTH NoDak and Dartmouth this weekend!!

  • Bouj | December 28, 2006 at 11:22 am |

    The striped socks on that girls’ b-ball team: totally hot on the chicks. Yes, I realize I am saying that about high school girls, but I am young enough for that not to be creepy. I don’t think it would necessarily work on the boys team. Hooped stripes, yes, but the barberpole look, not so much.

  • TimMN | December 28, 2006 at 11:24 am |

    Big breath of relief that the Gophers are not switching to the freaking Nike templates… Those AD’s along with the NHL hierarchy don’t get it… Those new sweaters will not sell… Then again maybe they are taking a page from “new”coke…

  • Woody | December 28, 2006 at 11:25 am |

    Do they still play the Annual Republican/Democrat Baseball Game? I can’t imagine that they do, but it would be interesting to know some history on that matchup.

  • David | December 28, 2006 at 11:33 am |

    The University of Maine’s official nickname is “Black Bears.” They’re not the Blue Bears, and black is an appropriate color in light of their mascot.

  • Jeff | December 28, 2006 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”35852″]The other interesting story re: the Clinton first pitch at Jacobs Field in ’94 was that Indians manager M1ke Hargrove, a Limbaugh listener and decidedly not a fan of Clinton, refused to escort the President to the mound prior to the first pitch. That task fell to longtime Indians PR VP Bob D1Biasio. Great site, BTW.[/quote]

    I’m no fan of Clinton either, and don’t usually vote for Democrats, but Mike Hargrove is an idiot. That’s the President. Show some respect.

  • Scott Turner | December 28, 2006 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”35838″]On the picture of Ford and the Yale basketball team, anyone know why some of the players have B and T next to the Y?[/quote]

    Initials were common on sports jerseys a hundred years ago. There was no massive merchandising onslaught, and more, teams often wore the same jersey for different sports — the same style tank tops were often worn by track, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, wrestling, cycling and cross-country teams. Hence, the initialed designations: bYb would be the Yale basketball team, aYa (“athletic association”) would be gymnastics, etc.

  • Ditchfarmer | December 28, 2006 at 11:39 am |

    I hate Nike for doing this. I went to North Dakota and they have totally ruined their hockey jerseys, and that isn’t even counting the 10 swooshes on the overall uni.

    I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.

    Correction, the Fighting Sioux jerseys Used to be the best in college hockey. Now they look just like all the other Nike schools apparently.

  • Scott Turner | December 28, 2006 at 11:47 am |
  • Brandon | December 28, 2006 at 12:01 pm |

    Paul as a history major and a baseball fan I just wanna say thanks for today’s blog. Very nice.

  • Jordan | December 28, 2006 at 12:04 pm |

    I don’t know about the “nudie” NFL style socks that they broke out, but NFL style socks could actually look good on quite a few teams, if the colours are right.

    Anyone else notice that the girl from Meyersdale or whatever team that is that is facing Hyndman is wearing Michael Vick’s newest turf shoe?

  • Paul Lukas | December 28, 2006 at 12:05 pm |

    Today’s ESPN column is up — look here.

  • Kenny | December 28, 2006 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”35879″]Quick comment on the Noles’ socks from last night.
    Could this be a trend-setter for other college teams? Not the “nude” color as Pauls states (actually this is the gold that FSU has been using since they were hyper-swooshed), rather, having college teams go to a pro-style sock. I think the effect would have been better with garnet socks and gold pants. Most teams I can think of in college football use white socks. A good sign, though; no sign of logo creep on the socks that I could see.
    (You can use hyper-swooshed free of charge, Paul)[/quote]

    I hope not…the thing I like about playing and watching college football is the fact that there are players that wear the short socks, whether it be almost bastketball style (and here too) and here or mid-shin length (the guy in white)

  • Peter Wunsch | December 28, 2006 at 12:18 pm |

    I do not know why the NHL refs had no #’s on their jersey, but would like to know why they do not have names on their jerseys like their players. Why must I buy a program to find out who the refs are? (The pre-game announcement at MSG is so garbled that it is unintelligible.)

  • GoTerriers | December 28, 2006 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”35906″]Today’s ESPN column is up — look here.[/quote]

    WARNING!!!!!! Contains Antonio Bryant related ass exposure . . .

  • Jerry | December 28, 2006 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”35883″][quote comment=”35873″]I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.[/quote]

    They’re still allowed to be called Fighting Sioux? I keep forgetting to follow the status of the NCAA forced name changes.[/quote]

    And of course the Badger fans have a lot of fun with them about it as well. They say things like “Racist nickname” and “Sioux a girls name”

  • Jerry | December 28, 2006 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”35912″][quote comment=”35883″][quote comment=”35873″]I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.[/quote]

    They’re still allowed to be called Fighting Sioux? I keep forgetting to follow the status of the NCAA forced name changes.[/quote]

    And of course the Badger fans have a lot of fun with them about it as well. They say things like “Racist nickname” and “Sioux a girls name”[/quote]

    Although though some could say that Badgers is a racist nickname, because Cornish silver miners were called Badgers, because they would burrow underground looking for silver.

    Just goes to show that the PC crowd can make anything look bad.

  • DenverGregg | December 28, 2006 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=35912][quote comment=35883][quote comment=35873]I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.[/quote]

    They’re still allowed to be called Fighting Sioux? I keep forgetting to follow the status of the NCAA forced name changes.[/quote]

    And of course the Badger fans have a lot of fun with them about it as well. They say things like “Racist nickname” and “Sioux a girls name”[/quote]

    Fitting to see the Badgers fans pointlessly badgering superior opponents.

  • Andy Ciemnicki | December 28, 2006 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”35910″]I do not know why the NHL refs had no #’s on their jersey, but would like to know why they do not have names on their jerseys like their players. Why must I buy a program to find out who the refs are? (The pre-game announcement at MSG is so garbled that it is unintelligible.)[/quote]

    As a hockey ref, myself, I can say there’s no way I’ll ever wear my name on my jersey. We take enough shit as it is without having out names on our backs. It’s much easier to ignore when it’s, “You suck, ref!”, compared to a personal assault.

  • Jerry | December 28, 2006 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”35914″][quote comment=35912][quote comment=35883][quote comment=35873]I dissagree, the Fighting Sioux hockey jersey are the best in Division I hockey. They have great jerseys all around in their athletic program.[/quote]

    They’re still allowed to be called Fighting Sioux? I keep forgetting to follow the status of the NCAA forced name changes.[/quote]

    And of course the Badger fans have a lot of fun with them about it as well. They say things like “Racist nickname” and “Sioux a girls name”[/quote]

    Fitting to see the Badgers fans pointlessly badgering superior opponents.[/quote]

    Of course, the Badgers just came off a sweep of the Sioux two weekends ago.

  • dgc | December 28, 2006 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”35910″]I do not know why the NHL refs had no #’s on their jersey, but would like to know why they do not have names on their jerseys like their players. Why must I buy a program to find out who the refs are? (The pre-game announcement at MSG is so garbled that it is unintelligible.)[/quote]

    I’m sure many hockey fans would claim that it’s because Don Koharski wants people to stop realizing he’s there. Is there a more universally hated ref than Koharski? My college friends and I, a collection of Patrick Division fans, could always watch a game, see Koharski and assume that our team was going to get shafted.

  • J. Deaton | December 28, 2006 at 1:05 pm |


    Here is a pic from the Reds 2006 Opening Day with “W” throwing out the first pitch with a Reds warmup jacket on.

    Do they still play the Annual Republican/Democrat Baseball Game? I can’t imagine that they do, but it would be interesting to know some history on that matchup.

    Would Jim Bunning pitch?

  • Bob Sullivan | December 28, 2006 at 1:09 pm |

    Oops. Try this for the link to the stirrups.

  • Bob Sullivan | December 28, 2006 at 1:13 pm |

    Ok, I’m trying this again. I was Christmas shopping for my daughter in a Build-A-Bear store in the Philadelphia area, and saw this uniform on sale with these stirrups

  • Bob Sullivan | December 28, 2006 at 1:16 pm |

    As it says on the website, you might also like this.

  • tessa | December 28, 2006 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”35882″]Failed to post the link again. I give up. I was referring to the last photo of Bush in the Rangers jacket.

    Sorry about my technological inadequacies.[/quote]

    Sorry for this super-simple explanation – I am not sure how serious your “inadequacies” are in this arena. ;)

    The simplest way of linking is to type your entire message, then highlight the word that you want to represent the link. Then click “link” above. When the box pops up asking you for the address, type or copy the address in the box. Then click “OK.” There are no tags left to open or close – it is all done for you by the power of the highlight.

    Sorry if this is repetitive – folks just seem to be having link-related issues today.

  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”35928″]Ok, I’m trying this again. I was Christmas shopping for my daughter in a Build-A-Bear store in the Philadelphia area, and saw this uniform on sale with these stirrups[/quote]

    Find a picture of Jamie Moyer, and I think you’ll find that those are the stirrups.

  • Banker Bill | December 28, 2006 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”35844″]to address a statement made yesterday about my opinions, tastes, and character…

    i will paraphrase walter payton.
    To the people that enjoy this blog, and enjoys not just what i post, but what every poster contributes, just continue to do so. And to those who are going to say what they want to say, may God be with you also.

    *out of respect to mr payton and the payton family, the test in bold is where i have taken contextual license.[/quote]

    Todd, you sent me Becky Hammon pics…that alone makes you worthy.

    Besides, if that guy didn’t like you…he must HATE me for all my bad punchlines and strong hockey opinions.

  • Bill Campbell | December 28, 2006 at 1:33 pm |

    Did not get to post earlier in the week, sorry, but I recieved an Easton High through back jersey for Christmas. It is totally sweet and I will wear it to the next uniwatch get together.

  • Banker Bill | December 28, 2006 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”35910″]I do not know why the NHL refs had no #’s on their jersey, but would like to know why they do not have names on their jerseys like their players. Why must I buy a program to find out who the refs are? (The pre-game announcement at MSG is so garbled that it is unintelligible.)[/quote]

    Precisely the reason they took the names off – for a little bit of anonymity. Fans couldn’t yell the names of the officials. Even more anonymous now that they all have to wear helmets. Seeing Kerry Fraser in a helmet is like opening the bathroom door and seeing your grandmother half naked – not at all pleasing, and you wonder why it happened in the first place.

  • todd krevanchi | December 28, 2006 at 1:46 pm |

    dubya’s pitching mechanics are amazingly consistent

    [quote comment=”35931″]And speaking of hockey, Paragon Sports in Manhattan had this rather odd window display just prior to Xmas.[/quote]

    odd because the jersey’s arent completely “on” the mannequins, odd because of all the visible vectors, or (my initial interpretation) odd because it is christmas time, and 1 mannequin has a jersey that that is strategically folded to say “ANGER”, while the other mannequin has a jersey representing a team named th “DEVILS”?

  • Rick | December 28, 2006 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”35936″][quote comment=”35910″]I do not know why the NHL refs had no #’s on their jersey, but would like to know why they do not have names on their jerseys like their players. Why must I buy a program to find out who the refs are? (The pre-game announcement at MSG is so garbled that it is unintelligible.)[/quote]

    Precisely the reason they took the names off – for a little bit of anonymity. Fans couldn’t yell the names of the officials. Even more anonymous now that they all have to wear helmets. Seeing Kerry Fraser in a helmet is like opening the bathroom door and seeing your grandmother half naked – not at all pleasing, and you wonder why it happened in the first place.[/quote]

    Amen to that, Bill! I always enjoyed seeing Kerry Fraser and his hair make an appearance at a game, and I loathed a sighting of Paul Devorski and his bald spot.
    As I’m the person that pointed out the incident at the Stars-Avs game last night, I’m very curious as to what happened. Names were taken off the NHL officials’ jerseys in 1995 and replaced by numbers in the 1995-96 season. I only noticed the lack of numbers last night, because I was working the game and trying to determine which ref had made a cruddy call. Imagine my horror when I found that I couldn’t tell one of the zebras from the other. The oddest part was that the linesmen still had numbers on their backs. I wonder if the refs had luggage issues?

  • tommy | December 28, 2006 at 2:27 pm |

    Hmmm… Funny that none of those hockey jerseys have horizontal striping on them… is the rumour true? Is the Swift jeresy not “able” to have horizontal striping? a lot of NHL fans are going to be pissed if this is true.

  • Broker75 | December 28, 2006 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”35910″]I do not know why the NHL refs had no #’s on their jersey, but would like to know why they do not have names on their jerseys like their players. Why must I buy a program to find out who the refs are? (The pre-game announcement at MSG is so garbled that it is unintelligible.)[/quote]
    A few years ago, the zebras were either threatening or maybe did go on strike, making the NHL force them to wear numbers only to make sure that they are not thinking that they’re more important than the players.

  • Banker Bill | December 28, 2006 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”35938″]dubya’s pitching mechanics are amazingly consistent

    [quote comment=”35931″]And speaking of hockey, Paragon Sports in Manhattan had this rather odd window display just prior to Xmas.[/quote]

    odd because the jersey’s arent completely “on” the mannequins, odd because of all the visible vectors, or (my initial interpretation) odd because it is christmas time, and 1 mannequin has a jersey that that is strategically folded to say “ANGER”, while the other mannequin has a jersey representing a team named th “DEVILS”?[/quote]

    I love the ANGERS thing – do the same with the other 2 metro are teams and you get the EVILS and the SLANDERS.

    No wonder the country thinks New Yorkers are obnoxious!

  • Paul Lukas | December 28, 2006 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”35938″][quote comment=”35931″]And speaking of hockey, Paragon Sports in Manhattan had this rather odd window display just prior to Xmas.[/quote]

    odd because the jersey’s arent completely “on” the mannequins, odd because of all the visible vectors, or (my initial interpretation) odd because it is christmas time, and 1 mannequin has a jersey that that is strategically folded to say “ANGER”, while the other mannequin has a jersey representing a team named th “DEVILS”?[/quote]

    I initially meant the first reason. But I like your last reason even better.

  • MattyJ | December 28, 2006 at 3:07 pm |

    NHL 2007 All Star jerseys on sale at NHL on-line shop. They’ve got them hidden somewhere where you have to go crazy findting them. No wonder, imagine laying out $425 for these things?

    http://shop.nhl.com/...

  • Banker Bill | December 28, 2006 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”35950″]NHL 2007 All Star jerseys on sale at NHL on-line shop. They’ve got them hidden somewhere where you have to go crazy findting them. No wonder, imagine laying out $425 for these things?

    http://shop.nhl.com/...

    You could move the decimal point and it wouldn’t matter – I wouldn’t pay $4.25 for them.

  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”35950″]NHL 2007 All Star jerseys on sale at NHL on-line shop. They’ve got them hidden somewhere where you have to go crazy findting them. No wonder, imagine laying out $425 for these things?

    http://shop.nhl.com/...

    I never quite liked buying an all-star jersey, anyway. I’m a fan of a team as well as a player, so I can’t buy an all-star jersey. All-star games are. . . diversions.

  • Luke | December 28, 2006 at 3:18 pm |

    I got some free and ridiculously good tickets to the Bucks/Grizzlies game last night (but who really wants to go see the Grizz play these days?), and I noticed that not only is Michael Redd balding at an alarming rate, he also wore white shoes with red and green accents while the rest of the Bucks wore black.

  • Mark | December 28, 2006 at 3:22 pm |

    $425 for a hockey jersey. Who wore it, the Pope

  • Seth H | December 28, 2006 at 3:27 pm |

    NHL 2007 All Star jerseys on sale at NHL on-line shop. They’ve got them hidden somewhere where you have to go crazy findting them. No wonder, imagine laying out $425 for these things?

    http://shop.nhl.com/

    If you click on the sweater, you get a new page where you can “preview” the back personalized with a name and number. If you do this, you will see just how horrid the number font is. The “1” and the “4” are especially awful. Try “LUKAS” “11.” It does not look like a number. It looks like two vertical lines added to the back below the name.

  • Banker Bill | December 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm |

    Paul, kudos on the ESPN column today – I always hoped I’d be the funniest one on here, but the Don Cherry lines and the Antonio Bryant stuff had me rolling.

  • Junior | December 28, 2006 at 3:34 pm |

    An official San Diego Padres desert camoflage alternate jersey and new green alternate cap with gold lettering along with a revised Padres home wordmark?

    I thought the camoflage uni was for Memorial Day and 4th of July only but this would make this more official?

  • Jon | December 28, 2006 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”35930″]As it says on the website, you might also like this.[/quote]

    And Paul would love this.

  • DenverGregg | December 28, 2006 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”35955″]NHL 2007 All Star jerseys on sale at NHL on-line shop. They’ve got them hidden somewhere where you have to go crazy findting them. No wonder, imagine laying out $425 for these things?

    http://shop.nhl.com/

    If you click on the sweater, you get a new page where you can “preview” the back personalized with a name and number. If you do this, you will see just how horrid the number font is. The “1” and the “4” are especially awful. Try “LUKAS” “11.” It does not look like a number. It looks like two vertical lines added to the back below the name.[/quote]

    Seriously ugly jersey. Chest logo looks like something for a convenience store, cheesy numbers (especially the 4), major attention drawn to the armpits and a ginormous RBK logo above the name. Add to that the tight fit and consequent major pad bulges and people will want to watch on an old 13″ B&W rather than their 42″ HD set.

    Even if they paid me $425 to take it off their hands, I wouldn’t take it.

  • todd krevanchi | December 28, 2006 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”35959″]Even if they paid me $425 to take it off their hands, I wouldn’t take it.[/quote]

    “here. i am giving you $425 dollars to keep for doing nothing but accepting this jersey. it too, has a value of $425. so essentially i am giving you $850 worth of cash and merchandise for doing nothing but taking it out of my posession. if you like, you may re-sell this jersey on ebay for whatever the market will allow.”

    nah, i dont think i would accept those terms either…

  • Banker Bill | December 28, 2006 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”35964″][quote comment=”35959″]Even if they paid me $425 to take it off their hands, I wouldn’t take it.[/quote]

    “here. i am giving you $425 dollars to keep for doing nothing but accepting this jersey. it too, has a value of $425. so essentially i am giving you $850 worth of cash and merchandise for doing nothing but taking it out of my posession. if you like, you may re-sell this jersey on ebay for whatever the market will allow.”

    nah, i dont think i would accept those terms either…[/quote]

    Those terms? Heck – my car needs gas – I’d take THOSE terms!

  • Richard | December 28, 2006 at 4:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”35966″][quote comment=”35964″][quote comment=”35959″]Even if they paid me $425 to take it off their hands, I wouldn’t take it.[/quote]

    “here. i am giving you $425 dollars to keep for doing nothing but accepting this jersey. it too, has a value of $425. so essentially i am giving you $850 worth of cash and merchandise for doing nothing but taking it out of my posession. if you like, you may re-sell this jersey on ebay for whatever the market will allow.”

    nah, i dont think i would accept those terms either…[/quote]

    Those terms? Heck – my car needs gas – I’d take THOSE terms![/quote]

    with those terms, you could get tickets to see your favorite team play WEARING a uniform…and even have money for food (not much, but a hot dog).

  • Jay Palmer | December 28, 2006 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”35966″][quote comment=”35964″][quote comment=”35959″]Even if they paid me $425 to take it off their hands, I wouldn’t take it.[/quote]

    “here. i am giving you $425 dollars to keep for doing nothing but accepting this jersey. it too, has a value of $425. so essentially i am giving you $850 worth of cash and merchandise for doing nothing but taking it out of my posession. if you like, you may re-sell this jersey on ebay for whatever the market will allow.”

    nah, i dont think i would accept those terms either…[/quote]

    Those terms? Heck – my car needs gas – I’d take THOSE terms![/quote]

    When did hockey sweaters become an alternate source of fuel? :)

  • tessa | December 28, 2006 at 4:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”35968″][quote comment=”35966″][quote comment=”35964″][quote comment=”35959″]Even if they paid me $425 to take it off their hands, I wouldn’t take it.[/quote]

    “here. i am giving you $425 dollars to keep for doing nothing but accepting this jersey. it too, has a value of $425. so essentially i am giving you $850 worth of cash and merchandise for doing nothing but taking it out of my posession. if you like, you may re-sell this jersey on ebay for whatever the market will allow.”

    nah, i dont think i would accept those terms either…[/quote]

    Those terms? Heck – my car needs gas – I’d take THOSE terms![/quote]

    When did hockey sweaters become an alternate source of fuel? :)[/quote]

    When they made them so ugly that burning them is be the only appropriate response.

  • Teebz | December 28, 2006 at 4:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”35950″]NHL 2007 All Star jerseys on sale at NHL on-line shop. They’ve got them hidden somewhere where you have to go crazy findting them. No wonder, imagine laying out $425 for these things?

    http://shop.nhl.com/...

    Will they make me look as slim and fast as the NHL players do? Do they come with the player whose name is on the back? If not, $425 is more than ridiculous for a price.

    I appreciate those who pay for pro jerseys, but you need a swift boot to the head if you’re willing to pay that much to the NHL and NHLPA.

    Oh, what’s that? It costs extra to have it customized with a name and number? Yeah, I’ll take two kicks to the head, please. And maybe a kick to the groin for good measure.

  • tessa | December 28, 2006 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”35970″]

    When they made them so ugly that burning them is be the only appropriate response.[/quote]

    Hm. That should be “…so ugly that burning them would be the only…”

    Brain and fingers out of sync.

  • Joe Hilseberg | December 28, 2006 at 4:27 pm |

    Snooping around on ebay I found these 3 that UniWatch faithful will enjoy..

    Check out those anchors!
    Love the socks!
    Double memorial patches!!!

  • todd krevanchi | December 28, 2006 at 4:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”35964″][quote comment=”35959″]Even if they paid me $425 to take it off their hands, I wouldn’t take it.[/quote]

    “here. i am giving you $425 dollars to keep for doing nothing but accepting this jersey. it too, has a value of $425. so essentially i am giving you $850 worth of cash and merchandise for doing nothing but taking it out of my posession. if you like, you may re-sell this jersey on ebay for whatever the market will allow.”

    nah, i dont think i would accept those terms either…[/quote]

    only a hint of sarcasm in that one…

    has anyone else taken notice to the PE air jordan v’s worn by ray allen, rip hamilton, and michael finley and eddie jones? im still looking for the last 2 pics…

  • Matt B | December 28, 2006 at 4:34 pm |

    Although though some could say that Badgers is a racist nickname, because Cornish silver miners were called Badgers, because they would burrow underground looking for silver.

    That’s how the Badger state got its name, actually — from the area’s days as a lead mining hotbed (can’t say if the miners were Cornish or not). I don’t think the creatures are particularly common in WI.

  • todd krevanchi | December 28, 2006 at 4:42 pm |

    got em

    mickael pietrus 5’s
    http://img48.imagesh...

    mike bibby, derek anderson, jared jeffries
    http://img48.imagesh...

    ray allen, toni kukoc, michael finley, fred jones, juwan howard, quentin richardson
    http://img48.imagesh...

    joe johnson
    http://i16.tinypic.c...

  • Sean | December 28, 2006 at 4:45 pm |

    Brady seen sporting a Belichick like sweatshirt at practice.

    http://espn-i.starwa...

  • JJD | December 28, 2006 at 4:48 pm |

    From the T-Mobile High School Invitational:

    No home whites here. – Fairfax (L.A.) vs. O’Dea (Seattle)

    Some sweet socks on the Winterhaven (FL) girls

  • todd krevanchi | December 28, 2006 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”35890″]The striped socks on that girls’ b-ball team: totally hot on the chicks. Yes, I realize I am saying that about high school girls, but I am young enough for that not to be creepy. I don’t think it would necessarily work on the boys team. Hooped stripes, yes, but the barberpole look, not so much.[/quote]

    in the immortal words of wooderson in dazed in confused:
    “i get older, they stay the same age.”

  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”35971″]
    Will they make me look as slim and fast as the NHL players do? Do they come with the player whose name is on the back? If not, $425 is more than ridiculous for a price.
    [/quote]

    Ah, yes. At least the current sweaters do their best to hide my un-Hochuliness (though we’re both lawyers).

    Jan 02. Flyers @ Isles. I’m wearing my white-and-orange jersey. I can’t wait to be the visitor again. (Along with 1/17 in the Meadowlands and 2/21 in MSG.)

  • Broker75 | December 28, 2006 at 4:55 pm |

    this day (at work) feels like it is taking longer than Christmas holidays took to pass.

  • Richard | December 28, 2006 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”35978″]Brady seen sporting a Belichick like sweatshirt at practice.

    http://espn-i.starwa...

    Actually, Tom’s sporting his own sweatshirt. The team personalizes for all the players with their numbers, and for the head coach with his initials.

  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”35984″][quote comment=”35978″]Brady seen sporting a Belichick like sweatshirt at practice.

    http://espn-i.starwa...

    Actually, Tom’s sporting his own sweatshirt. The team personalizes for all the players with their numbers, and for the head coach with his initials.[/quote]

    But it’s NFL Equipment! Don’t you want to have what the pros wear? (Also, I don’t see that Tom’s is a hoodie.)

  • Paul Lukas | December 28, 2006 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”35904″]Paul as a history major and a baseball fan I just wanna say thanks for today’s blog. Very nice.[/quote]

    Hey, thanks for the kind words. As former political science major who once T.A.’d a course in the American Presidency, I had a lot of fun with this one myself.

  • bg | December 28, 2006 at 5:07 pm |

    Look for those SF Giants “ZITO 75” jerseys soon.
    The NL West title now looks a bit closer.

  • Minna H. | December 28, 2006 at 5:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”35985″][quote comment=”35984″][quote comment=”35978″]Brady seen sporting a Belichick like sweatshirt at practice.

    http://espn-i.starwa...

    Actually, Tom’s sporting his own sweatshirt. The team personalizes for all the players with their numbers, and for the head coach with his initials.[/quote]

    But it’s NFL Equipment! Don’t you want to have what the pros wear? (Also, I don’t see that Tom’s is a hoodie.)[/quote]

    Ironically, Bill wasn’t wearing his hoodie during the Patriots’ last game.

    Anthony, there can never be too much Ed Hochuli, especially since the beefcake on the site today are either dead or very, very old. I think you have a wee bit of a crush on him yourself.

    MetsfanAZ, what’s the good word, my friend?

    That All-Star hockey jersey is atrocious.

  • Minna H. | December 28, 2006 at 5:11 pm |

    Oh, and I liked the links to the pics of Bryant’s bare ass in Paul’s column today. Very nice.

  • dchis | December 28, 2006 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”35988″]Look for those SF Giants “ZITO 75” jerseys soon.
    The NL West title now looks a bit closer.[/quote]

    Are you kidding me??? The Dodgers are clearly the frontrunners in the NL West. They have the best pitching and the best hitting. The Giants really don’t have what they need to compete in the NL West. Zito helps but this team will struggle defensively. The Giants will struggle to even finish in second in that division.

  • Metsfan AZ | December 28, 2006 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”35989″][quote comment=”35985″][quote comment=”35984″][quote comment=”35978″]Brady seen sporting a Belichick like sweatshirt at practice.

    http://espn-i.starwa...

    Actually, Tom’s sporting his own sweatshirt. The team personalizes for all the players with their numbers, and for the head coach with his initials.[/quote]

    But it’s NFL Equipment! Don’t you want to have what the pros wear? (Also, I don’t see that Tom’s is a hoodie.)[/quote]

    Ironically, Bill wasn’t wearing his hoodie during the Patriots’ last game.

    Anthony, there can never be too much Ed Hochuli, especially since the beefcake on the site today are either dead or very, very old. I think you have a wee bit of a crush on him yourself.

    MetsfanAZ, what’s the good word, my friend?

    That All-Star hockey jersey is atrocious.[/quote]
    Minna! you caught me just before i was about to leave. No luck with the one i had. off to the bookstore this weekend, your quest has now become my own. Especailly since I brought it up

  • Brian from Short Island | December 28, 2006 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”35915″][quote comment=”35910″]I do not know why the NHL refs had no #’s on their jersey, but would like to know why they do not have names on their jerseys like their players. Why must I buy a program to find out who the refs are? (The pre-game announcement at MSG is so garbled that it is unintelligible.)[/quote]

    As a hockey ref, myself, I can say there’s no way I’ll ever wear my name on my jersey. We take enough shit as it is without having out names on our backs. It’s much easier to ignore when it’s, “You suck, ref!”, compared to a personal assault.[/quote]
    Regular hockey viewers know who the more prominent refs are (Koharski, van Massenhoven, Stewart back in the day, and my least favorite, Kerry Fraser). They all had their chants too (Have another donut Khoarski, Fraser lives in Wantagh (NY Rangers hotbed on Long Island), etc.)

    About that Paragon display, I’ll quote Mad Mike Milbury and say, “Screw the Rangers and Screw the Devils, I’m an Islander…”

    :) I love hockey.

    BTW, where did all the Don Cherry references come from? He also despises the French and Euros, if you need any more non-visor-related Don Cherry references.

  • Minna H. | December 28, 2006 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”35993″][quote comment=”35989″][quote comment=”35985″][quote comment=”35984″][quote comment=”35978″]Brady seen sporting a Belichick like sweatshirt at practice.

    http://espn-i.starwa...

    Actually, Tom’s sporting his own sweatshirt. The team personalizes for all the players with their numbers, and for the head coach with his initials.[/quote]

    But it’s NFL Equipment! Don’t you want to have what the pros wear? (Also, I don’t see that Tom’s is a hoodie.)[/quote]

    Ironically, Bill wasn’t wearing his hoodie during the Patriots’ last game.

    Anthony, there can never be too much Ed Hochuli, especially since the beefcake on the site today are either dead or very, very old. I think you have a wee bit of a crush on him yourself.

    MetsfanAZ, what’s the good word, my friend?

    That All-Star hockey jersey is atrocious.[/quote]
    Minna! you caught me just before i was about to leave. No luck with the one i had. off to the bookstore this weekend, your quest has now become my own. Especailly since I brought it up[/quote]

    Thanks, buddy. I owe you a beer if you’re ever in the area. Don’t go to hard at it–I can always go to the evil place and buy it there.

  • Anthony Verna | December 28, 2006 at 6:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”35989″]
    Anthony, there can never be too much Ed Hochuli, especially since the beefcake on the site today are either dead or very, very old. I think you have a wee bit of a crush on him yourself.[/quote]

    I wish I had enough time to do that workout of his so I could be in better shape, frankly.

  • Smail | December 28, 2006 at 6:21 pm |

    Alright hocky uni nuts, here’s a question for you.
    I know earlier discussions have come up with teams (like the Senators) that use different fonts/typefaces for different jerseys (home/road/3rd), but while looking around the NHL shop, I noticed that the Blue Jackets and the Wild use a different number font/typeface on the authentic and replica jerseys. The authentic comes with the on-ice version, but the replicas are stamped with a generic, block font. When you compare the two, the replica’s really look cheesy!

    I also noticed that certain authentic uniforms are unavailable, Canadiens home and 3rd, Wild 3rd, etc. Think this could be because of the pending uniform changes?

    Also, a quick techincal question. I’ve noticed that I often can’t post multiple links in the same sentence, hence the lack of a Wild uni link. Even though I’m opening and closing tags properly, when I close the second link, the first disappears from the preview, even though the proper code exists to display it. Any ideas?

  • bg | December 28, 2006 at 6:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”35991″][quote comment=”35988″]Look for those SF Giants “ZITO 75” jerseys soon.
    The NL West title now looks a bit closer.[/quote]

    Are you kidding me??? The Dodgers are clearly the frontrunners in the NL West. They have the best pitching and the best hitting. The Giants really don’t have what they need to compete in the NL West. Zito helps but this team will struggle defensively. The Giants will struggle to even finish in second in that division.[/quote]

    I’ll judge how good the trade is by how upset LA fans are on http://www.latimes.c....

  • Robert | December 28, 2006 at 6:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”35987″][quote comment=”35904″]Paul as a history major and a baseball fan I just wanna say thanks for today’s blog. Very nice.[/quote]

    Hey, thanks for the kind words. As former political science major who once T.A.’d a course in the American Presidency, I had a lot of fun with this one myself.[/quote]

    Hmm, another poli sci dork, eh? I wonder if there is a genetic defect in some of us that causes both Uni Fandom and Poli Sci Geekdom.

  • E.T. | December 28, 2006 at 6:53 pm |

    Surpised noone has poseted on Alabama’s “Nascar” style patches on its jerseys for the Independence Bowl

    Right Shoulder = Bowl patch, ncaa patch
    center= Alabama ‘A’
    Left Shoulder= Swoosh, Alabama anniversary patch

  • Paul Lukas | December 28, 2006 at 6:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”36003″][quote comment=”35987″][quote comment=”35904″]Paul as a history major and a baseball fan I just wanna say thanks for today’s blog. Very nice.[/quote]

    Hey, thanks for the kind words. As former political science major who once T.A.’d a course in the American Presidency, I had a lot of fun with this one myself.[/quote]

    Hmm, another poli sci dork, eh? I wonder if there is a genetic defect in some of us that causes both Uni Fandom and Poli Sci Geekdom.[/quote]

    “Defect”? Speak for yourself. Never apologize for your passions, uni-related or otherwise.

  • Sean | December 28, 2006 at 7:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”35984″][quote comment=”35978″]Brady seen sporting a Belichick like sweatshirt at practice.

    http://espn-i.starwa...

    Actually, Tom’s sporting his own sweatshirt. The team personalizes for all the players with their numbers, and for the head coach with his initials.[/quote]

    I was talking about the chop-shop style.

  • ML | December 28, 2006 at 8:15 pm |

    OMFG. University of California owes me retina surgery.

  • brett | December 28, 2006 at 8:29 pm |

    I am currently watching Cal and Texas AM. I have noticed that Marshaun Lynch does not have a nameplate, while the rest of the team does. No photo evidence yet

  • Minna H. | December 28, 2006 at 8:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”35999″]

    Also, a quick techincal question. I’ve noticed that I often can’t post multiple links in the same sentence, hence the lack of a Wild uni link. Even though I’m opening and closing tags properly, when I close the second link, the first disappears from the preview, even though the proper code exists to display it. Any ideas?[/quote]

    Smail, that happens to me, too. In actuality, the link is still there; you just can’t see it. Sucks, I know. Maybe Paul or Ek can fix it.

  • Barney Fife | December 28, 2006 at 8:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”35893″]Do they still play the Annual Republican/Democrat Baseball Game? I can’t imagine that they do, but it would be interesting to know some history on that matchup.[/quote]

    Yes, they still have the annual game, sponsored by Roll Call. It’s played in a minor league ballpark in Maryland. When Steve Largent was still in Congress, he pitched for the Repubs every year, and pretty much shut the donkeys out. Uniwatchers would love this game, as each member of Congress playing wears his/her local team uniform, whether it’s a major league, minor league, or college team. The physical condition of many members of Congress would lead one to believe that David Wells or Mickey Lolich would fit right in that group…

  • TD | December 28, 2006 at 9:06 pm |

    re: Ronnie as SuperGrover
    http://www.imdb.com/...

    Pointy collars! Hatbox hats! Striped socks!

  • Jon in SLC | December 28, 2006 at 9:43 pm |

    Another Poli Sci major here as well. Explains a lot…

  • Jeff I | December 28, 2006 at 10:17 pm |

    Ah, I always wondered what the cause of my uni-obsession and fringe-sport enthusiasm was.

    Must be the poly sci minor.

  • Scott in Buffalo | December 28, 2006 at 10:52 pm |

    President Clinton supporting his hogs in an Arkansas basketball jacket on the cover of SI during the razorbacks Final Four championship in 1994…perhaps the only President to be and SI cover boy?

  • Scott in Buffalo | December 28, 2006 at 10:54 pm |

  • Teebz | December 28, 2006 at 11:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”35999″]I know earlier discussions have come up with teams (like the Senators) that use different fonts/typefaces for different jerseys (home/road/3rd), but while looking around the NHL shop, I noticed that the Blue Jackets and the Wild use a different number font/typeface on the authentic and replica jerseys. The authentic comes with the on-ice version, but the replicas are stamped with a generic, block font. When you compare the two, the replica’s really look cheesy![/quote]

    It depends on where the NHL gets its jersey work done. At the place I used to work at, we sent our jersey work to the actual local NHL authorized tailor. They did the same font for both, regardless of whether the jersey was a replica or a pro. However, Jersey City, another Canadian authorized NHL jersey custom tailor, often cheaps out with crappy fonts for replicas. We noticed it when people would bring in their Penguins jerseys and they had plain block lettering and numbering. Often, it was very poorly done as well with a lot of loose threads. It sounds to me like the NHL is taking the cheap way out to maximize profits. It costs the tailors extra time and money to cut the lettering and numbering in the correct fonts. This is why the Islanders’ Fisherman jersey was so expensive to get customized.

    [quote comment=”35999″]I also noticed that certain authentic uniforms are unavailable, Canadiens home and 3rd, Wild 3rd, etc. Think this could be because of the pending uniform changes?[/quote]

    Not at all. Authentic third jerseys may be on back-order. To give you an idea, Reebok has 13,000 Barney Rubble Hairpieces jerseys on order from the city of Buffalo alone. They informed my jersey supplier that if he were to order in December, he probably wouldn’t see a Hairpieces jersey until sometime in February at the earliest. He said it was more likely to expect them for the playoffs if ordered at Christmas. Since the Reebok factory in Quebec makes most of the jerseys for the NHL, he also added that they are currently only making Hairpieces jerseys at the factory right now until they moved enough to cover off what the city of Buffalo needed.

    I suspect that the others you mentioned are unavailable because they aren’t being produced right now, and NHL.com simply doesn’t have any in stock.

  • Bryan | December 28, 2006 at 11:01 pm |

    Just some info on the new UNH hockey jersey. The jersey pictured looks like it will be our Alternate jersey, replacing the current one. The only thing I’m wishing were still there were the horizontal stripes on the bottom/waist. I hope we still have those on the Home and Away jerseys, once they get switched to this Nike Swift.

    That’s a good question, should we assume all the jerseys (Home, Away, Alt) will be Nike Swift now, or just the ones pictured? I’d assume it would be all three, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Scott in Buffalo | December 28, 2006 at 11:03 pm |

    well obviously i dont know how to link on here but if anyone that knows how to and wants to link the results from a google search of bill clinton and sports illustrated the image im speaking of will come up

  • Bill | December 28, 2006 at 11:17 pm |
  • Jon in SLC | December 28, 2006 at 11:23 pm |

    Watching the Holiday Bowl tonight reminds me of seeing them play the Utes in 2004. That day the maroon was so dark it almost seemed black in person. Several people commented on it in our section. In photos after the game, they seemed to be in a standard maroon (if a touch dark). The best image I could find to illustrate how it looked was this. But tonight they look to be in a normal maroon.

  • Jon in SLC | December 28, 2006 at 11:40 pm |

    I guess I should have stated that I was talking about aTm above. I’m an idiot.

  • Scott in Buffalo | December 29, 2006 at 12:37 am |

    nice work Bill thanks for the help with linking the pic

  • Minna H. | December 29, 2006 at 1:06 am |

    Marty Burns lists resolutions for every team in the NBA.

    Read the entry for the Hawks about two-thirds of the way down the page.

    Or, read it here.

    HAWKS: Update the wardrobe. Their uniforms have been rather plain for a long time, but they took a turn for the worst last season with those ugly yellow road togs. Isn’t it time for a completely new look and color scheme for this franchise?

  • Minna H. | December 29, 2006 at 1:10 am |

    For anyone who watched the Holiday Bowl, are these as ugly as they look in the picture? The Cal unis, I mean.

  • NCAAog | December 29, 2006 at 1:10 am |

    [quote comment=”36017″]I am currently watching Cal and Texas AM. I have noticed that Marshaun Lynch does not have a nameplate, while the rest of the team does. No photo

    evidence yet[/quote]

    I noticed this too… Two thoughts as to a possible explanation…
    1)Questionable integrity of an alternate jersey… when lynch gets that many carries/touches a game, it would be easy for a name patch to tear off.
    2)I noticed that there was another #10 for Cal on defense… Don’t know if thats an explanation as much as something i noticed, oddly enough, A&M had a #11 on defense as well as big pun #11 running the ball.

  • tim | December 29, 2006 at 2:14 am |

    Ford wasn’t much of a president. TALK ABOUT A CHEAP SHOT GIVEN TO A MAN WHO JUST DIED. I lost some respect for uniwatch today.

  • Scott Turner | December 29, 2006 at 2:20 am |

    Well, he wasn’t, honestly. The economy was in shambles, he gave Suharto the go-ahead to kill 200,000 East Timorese (one-third the population), he pardoned Nixon, presided over the fall of Saigon, gave Chevy Chase a platform to build a career on, and lost to Jimmy Carter just two years later. If he looked any better than mediocre, it was in comparison to his predecessor.

    He did look good in a Michigan football uni, though.

  • ML | December 29, 2006 at 8:49 am |

    I don’t think that anyone disputes your facts about Ford, but it DID feel like an absolutely unnecessary shot at him considering the subject and the timing.

  • The Mole Man | December 29, 2006 at 9:09 am |

    [quote comment=”35981″][quote comment=”35890″]The striped socks on that girls’ b-ball team: totally hot on the chicks. Yes, I realize I am saying that about high school girls, but I am young enough for that not to be creepy. I don’t think it would necessarily work on the boys team. Hooped stripes, yes, but the barberpole look, not so much.[/quote]

    in the immortal words of wooderson in dazed in confused:
    “i get older, they stay the same age.”[/quote]
    Always nice to see a posting from former President Klinton…!!!???!!!

  • Peter | December 29, 2006 at 10:01 am |

    The socks that the female athletes are all wearing are made by a company called Red Lion. Anyone who plays soccer has seen a lot of the crazy styles they offer. Not sure if they have a website, but Amazon does offer most of the styles I’ve seen:

  • Peter | December 29, 2006 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”36170″]The socks that the female athletes are all wearing are made by a company called Red Lion. Anyone who plays soccer has seen a lot of the crazy styles they offer. Not sure if they have a website, but Amazon does offer most of the styles I’ve seen:

    Sorry, I forgot the link:

    Cyclone Socks:

    http://www.soccer-ma...

    Basketball socks (evidently they’re all out, muts be popular):

    http://www.amazon.co...

  • Smail | December 29, 2006 at 3:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”36041″][quote comment=”35999″]I know earlier discussions have come up with teams (like the Senators) that use different fonts/typefaces for different jerseys (home/road/3rd), but while looking around the NHL shop, I noticed that the Blue Jackets and the Wild use a different number font/typeface on the authentic and replica jerseys. The authentic comes with the on-ice version, but the replicas are stamped with a generic, block font. When you compare the two, the replica’s really look cheesy![/quote]

    It depends on where the NHL gets its jersey work done. At the place I used to work at, we sent our jersey work to the actual local NHL authorized tailor. They did the same font for both, regardless of whether the jersey was a replica or a pro. However, Jersey City, another Canadian authorized NHL jersey custom tailor, often cheaps out with crappy fonts for replicas. We noticed it when people would bring in their Penguins jerseys and they had plain block lettering and numbering. Often, it was very poorly done as well with a lot of loose threads. It sounds to me like the NHL is taking the cheap way out to maximize profits. It costs the tailors extra time and money to cut the lettering and numbering in the correct fonts. This is why the Islanders’ Fisherman jersey was so expensive to get customized.

    [quote comment=”35999″]I also noticed that certain authentic uniforms are unavailable, Canadiens home and 3rd, Wild 3rd, etc. Think this could be because of the pending uniform changes?[/quote]

    Not at all. Authentic third jerseys may be on back-order. To give you an idea, Reebok has 13,000 Barney Rubble Hairpieces jerseys on order from the city of Buffalo alone. They informed my jersey supplier that if he were to order in December, he probably wouldn’t see a Hairpieces jersey until sometime in February at the earliest. He said it was more likely to expect them for the playoffs if ordered at Christmas. Since the Reebok factory in Quebec makes most of the jerseys for the NHL, he also added that they are currently only making Hairpieces jerseys at the factory right now until they moved enough to cover off what the city of Buffalo needed.

    I suspect that the others you mentioned are unavailable because they aren’t being produced right now, and NHL.com simply doesn’t have any in stock.[/quote]

    Thanks for all the info, Teebz. You’re a gentleman and a scholar.

  • JP | January 2, 2007 at 1:59 am |

    The “Annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity”, as it is now billed, remains a vibrant tradition, if incredibly insider and wonky (or is it wonkish?), and the 2006 game, won by the Republican team 12-1, was the 45th installment.

    In fact, recently the game has taken place neither in a minor league park nor outside of the District – the game has moved to RFK Stadium, current home of the Nationals.

    And now for the important things to note – the uni-related stuff. The uniforms the legislators sport do usually represent the major team, or one of the important teams, in their home district or state, as earlier mentioned, but can get creative. A number of participants wear uniforms from their college or high school playing days or just to repesent their alma maters, having been players or not, regardless of where the school is; sometimes this means wearing an authentic uniform last worn decades ago. There have even been circumstances of players wearing Little League uniforms. In this year – er, now last year’s game, that is – Linda Sanchez (D-CA) wore a UCLA uniform in honor of her alma mater, but as one of the few Congresswomen, she chose the jersey number IX – to honor the legacy of Title IX. Historically, however, the participants had used custom uniforms for the game; they were basic, but at least classy. For a while they had jersey numbers and only wither the name “Republicans” or “Democrats”, but before that, the teams adopted nicknames for the event, such as the “Diplomats”, etc.

    Now, my apologies: I wrote this whole thing before noticing your coverage of the game in this post.

  • diz | January 4, 2007 at 5:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”38061″][quote comment=”38051″][quote comment=”38036″]Also, I seem to remember that the German National team wore, for at least one match in 1990 World Cup, green uniforms. I can’t find a picture though for the life of me.

    Am I being delusional, or did these uniforms actually exist? Someone help.[/quote]

    Here you go. Scroll down to the middle of the page. HORRIBLE! (and adidas, for you anything-but-nike lovers.)[/quote]

    Aha, I knew they existed. Thanks Jonas and Patrick. I think they’re actually so bad that they’re actually good (not unlike the Astros uniforms from the early 1980s. Ex: http://www.upperdeck...)

    Those green kits do beg a question: how is green associated with Germany? It just seems like a random choice for a country who’s flag is black, gold, and red.[/quote]

    The green aways they used to wear was due to the Republic of Ireland (iirc – might have been the North, the national football teams of Ireland were a minefield until the fifties) being the first side to play the new West Germany after World War 2. The finally dropped it for a Red, White and Black effort, reminiscent of the pre-Weimar Republic flag.

    Still quite nice of them to stick wtih tradition, but the Italia ’90 kits were the best that any of the three German national sides (well, techincally there have been four, but I’ve never seen the Saarland kit) ever did.