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It’s an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World

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I love trade magazines. American Funeral Director, Hay and Forage Grower, Elevator World, Demolition, American Jails — each of these very real magazines provides a peek into a previously unseen and largely unimagined world. The best part is the ads, which provide solutions for problems you never thought of before (prison furniture, for example, needs to be very sturdy, in case some violent felon starts tossing it against a wall).

I have copies of all the above-mentioned mags, and many more (including several copies of Referee, “The Magazine for Sports Officials,” which has lots of ads for whistles). Until recently, however, I hadn’t been aware of the trade mag I most needed to know about. That would be Coach and Athletic Director (or, as it used to be known, Scholastic Coach), where a lot of the ads are for uniforms and related equipment.

Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner collects old issues of Scholastic Coach and recently stopped by Uni Watch HQ with a bunch of copies from the 1950s-’70s. The ads provide some interesting windows into the state of uniform and equipment design during that period. First, here are some comments from Scott:

• Although the baseball world was “surprised” when the Pirates switched from flannels to polyester doubleknits in the middle of the 1970 season, this Sand-Knit ad appeared in the fall of 1969. Any high-school/amateur coach would’ve known about doubleknits from this ad. [As an aside, Sand-Knit appears to have had consistently high production values in its Scholastic Coach advertising. Great stuff, as you can see here, here, here, here, here. — PL]

• Here’s an amazing 1957 advert from Spanjian. They were revolutionizing baseball fabric more than a decade before the doubleknit revolution (or so they hoped) — cotton/nylon blend, with hopes of phasing out wool flannel.

• There are all sorts of titillating possibilities here and here.

• Not an ad, but there are some great grouch-old-coach tips from a guy who’d probably slit his wrists if he saw what was going on today. Start reading halfway down the right-hand column on this page.

And now some thoughts from me:

• When you see three stripes today, you instantly think, “Adidas.” So it’s surprising to see how many non-Adidas brands used to put three stripes on their sneakers and cleats, as seen here, here, and here.

• How many kids do you think learned to dribble a basketball using this?

• I’ve written in the past about how old basketball cards often depicted players wearing their jerseys backwards, because the card companies weren’t allowed to reproduce the NBA’s trademarks. Turns out the same protocol was used for ads.

• Today we generally think of Rawlings as a company that makes equipment, not apparel. And judging from this 1970 ad, it’s easy to see why.

• Never seen a pad setup quite like the one shown on the left side of this ad.

• If I’d been a coach in the late 1960s, I’d have bought my undershirts from these guys just because of their vertically and negatively arched lettering.

• I love how this company was trying to double-dip into the uniform and varsity blazer markets.

• How come this never caught on?

• Did they draw these templates on a napkin during lunch or what?

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to catch up on the lastest issue of National Hog Farmer.

In Case You Missed It: If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, scroll down to the “NHL All-Star Raffle” section for news on the latest Uni Watch giveaway.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Spot-on analysis by Mark Yacovetta, who writes: “With the Patriots’ loss on Sunday, Belichick will be the coach of the AFC team in the Pro Bowl. You know what this means: the Hood wearing a Hawaiian shirt. I never watch the Pro Bowl, but this may make me tune in.” … Interesting logo-litigation article here. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out Dave Meggett’s unusual chinstrap style. … Rugby note from Daniel Brown, who’s intrigued by this practice session photo of the England International Rugby Team. “I’ve seen the NFL practices where the QBs wear red jerseys, so the defense knows not to hit them,” he writes. “But I don’t think I ever seen a jersey with that message actually written on it.” … Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek reports that Antonio Pittman was wearing LaCoste clothing when he declared for the NFL draft last week. “One columnist from the Cleveland Plain Dealer actually wondered why Pittman couldn’t just get dressed up in a bunch of Nike stuff like everybody else,” says Vince. “And especially after OSU got trounced by the Florida Gators the week before, was a crocodile logo really the best fashion choice?”

 

201 comments to It’s an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 9:07 am |

    After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.

  • Griff | January 24, 2007 at 9:07 am |

    Hey check out this news story I glanced upon from my student email this morning…. it talks about the research that went into the new NHL jerseys, and then says that the NBA plans to get jerseys like the NHL as well!!!

    FIRE UP CHIPS

  • SpartyCuse | January 24, 2007 at 9:08 am |

    Paul:

    Whats the best way to contact you, to send uni info, pics, etc? Email? If so, email addy?

  • mg12 | January 24, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    This ad.

    http://farm1.static....

    uses the same font that is used on Real Madrid’s jersey nameplates.

    http://articulo.merc...

  • Monte | January 24, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    Regarding the shoulder pad liners… there are companies that still make a similar design, albeit made from different materials.
    I’m not sure if football players still wear those under their pads (since present day shoulder pads are padded enough on their own), but these are the most popular shoulder pad for lacrosse on the highschool/college level.

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2007 at 9:14 am |

    [quote comment=”45417″]Paul:

    Whats the best way to contact you, to send uni info, pics, etc? Email? If so, email addy?[/quote]

    uniwatch@earthlink.net

  • Robert | January 24, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    In the advertisement featuring the basketball player with his name on the front in place of the team name/logo, it appears that he is not wearing jersey backward. It looks like someone made a special jersey with his name on the front.

    The basketball card, on the other hand, looks as if he put his regular jersey on backward.

  • Robert | January 24, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    [quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]
    hmm.. sounded normal to me. Then again, I would probably have the same accent so it wouldn’t sound different to me.

    click the Listen button

  • Chris | January 24, 2007 at 9:29 am |

    I still can’t believe that Bruce Pearl painted his chest. No wonder the kids at Tennesse love this guy. Maybe he should do this for one of his men’s games.

  • Phil | January 24, 2007 at 9:33 am |

    My high school basketball teams always wore Pro-Keds back in the early to mid 70’s. At one time they had three stripes, but by the mid 70’s, they had switched to 2 stripes. We always understood back then that Addidas forced them to change.

  • Matt Parker | January 24, 2007 at 9:34 am |

    Regarding the flavored mouthguards… guys on my high school football team would often boil their mouthguards (which you have to do to fit them to your teeth) in kool-aid. They claimed it gave them flavor. I never tried it though, so I can’t attest to its efficacy.

  • keith | January 24, 2007 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”45420″]Regarding the shoulder pad liners… there are companies that still make a similar design, albeit made from different materials.
    I’m not sure if football players still wear those under their pads (since present day shoulder pads are padded enough on their own), but these are the most popular shoulder pad for lacrosse on the highschool/college level.[/quote]

    Those pads were used by anyone who had a shoulder injury when I was in HS (class of ’00).

    On the flavored mouthguard issue, I remember Tru-fit or one of those companies making mint mouthguards back in the late 80s.

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 9:40 am |

    Ironically, Paul, our high school basketball coach made us use those eye-shield glasses thingies a lot. They actually do improve dribbling techniques because you can’t look down at the ball. Being a

    I will say this, though: the one we had were ridiculously uncomfortable to wear. When pulled tight, they dug into your cheekbones just below the eye sockets.

  • Robert | January 24, 2007 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Very normal. I am almost disappointed. I was hoping for something along the lines of Andrew “Dice” Clay or maybe the Philly Cheese Steak Researcher from the Jack-in-the-Box commercial.

    Good interview, by the way.

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment=”45444″]Ironically, Paul, our high school basketball coach made us use those eye-shield glasses thingies a lot. They actually do improve dribbling techniques because you can’t look down at the ball. Being a forward/post player, it really improved our play inside the key.

    I will say this, though: the one we had were ridiculously uncomfortable to wear. When pulled tight, they dug into your cheekbones just below the eye sockets.[/quote]

    Not sure how, but part of my post got cut off. The added portion has been bolded.

  • Tom C. | January 24, 2007 at 9:49 am |

    [quote comment=”45432″]
    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling). I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”45446″][quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Very normal. I am almost disappointed. I was hoping for something along the lines of Andrew “Dice” Clay or maybe the Philly Cheese Steak Researcher from the Jack-in-the-Box commercial.

    Good interview, by the way.[/quote]

    is this commercial on-line anywhere? Being from Philadelphia, I’d like to see it.
    By the way, before you eat a “Philly cheese-steak” from, remember that any cheesesteak you get outside the 215 area code (and probably the 610) is nowhere near as good as it is here

  • JohnBoy | January 24, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    Does anyone else think the model with the blue wrestling headgear looks like actor-turned-Crestor spokesman Mandy Patinkin?

  • dchis | January 24, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”45447″][quote comment=”45444″]Ironically, Paul, our high school basketball coach made us use those eye-shield glasses thingies a lot. They actually do improve dribbling techniques because you can’t look down at the ball. Being a forward/post player, it really improved our play inside the key.

    I will say this, though: the one we had were ridiculously uncomfortable to wear. When pulled tight, they dug into your cheekbones just below the eye sockets.[/quote]

    Not sure how, but part of my post got cut off. The added portion has been bolded.[/quote]

    Used those in junior high and high school, and have since used those for elementary and junior high basketball camps I’ve run.

  • WVU Tom | January 24, 2007 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment=”45449″][quote comment=”45432″]
    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling).

    I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?[/quote]

    Yeah, Inoticed that too…

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”45449″][quote comment=”45432″]
    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling).

    I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?[/quote]
    I caught that too. I always thought it as Un-E-watch, though it makes sense as un-AH-watch. Not a whole lot of people say un-E-form

  • Burrill | January 24, 2007 at 9:57 am |

    In the first Sand-Knit ad, why is the player still reaching out with his glove even though he has the ball in his right hand?

  • dchis | January 24, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=”45460″][quote comment=”45449″][quote comment=”45432″]
    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling).

    I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?[/quote]
    I caught that too. I always thought it as Un-E-watch, though it makes sense as un-AH-watch. Not a whole lot of people say un-E-form[/quote]

    Right it is pronounced un-AH-watch, but when saying the shorter form “Uni” instead of “Uniform” it is pronounced un-E.

  • Teenage FBI | January 24, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    Although people tend to talk about “you-knees”, not “you-nahs”. I believe we require an official ruling on this.

  • Mike | January 24, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    I had a flavoured mouth guard about 10 or so years ago for hockey. It came with this mint spray, and every once in a while you were supposed to spray it and it would hold in the flavour for a few games or something like that. I don’t really remember because I never really wore it. I don’t think its the same thing as in the ad though.

  • Ian K | January 24, 2007 at 10:10 am |

    Great stuff, as you can see here,…

    This ad from the 1970s uses the same font that Real Madrid uses on their uniforms, Peignot. I guess Original Jim was write when he said in Friday’s post,

    A very ugly 70-ish font, it reminds me of the Mary Tyler Moore show.

  • Ian K | January 24, 2007 at 10:11 am |

    Although it looks like Real Madrid’s typeface is italicized.

    Did I really just use “write” instead of “right”??

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2007 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment=”45449″]Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling).

    I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?[/quote]

    Yeah, that kinda bugged me.

  • Andy | January 24, 2007 at 10:15 am |

    I was one of the people wearing flavored mouthguards in the late 80’s. For about half of one practice. The thing made me gag everytime I put it back in. Not my favorite experience ever.

  • Anthony Verna | January 24, 2007 at 10:15 am |

    I never thought Paul’s voice could be lower than mine!

    Logo litigation. . .
    http://media.www.the...

    UT sues over sawed-off horns
    Vendor claims logo parody protected under First Amendment

    Hmmmm. I can say that the trend is going towards the opposite. Parody for copyrighted stuff? Yes. Parody for trademarks? Not to make money. See http://en.wikipedia.... for more info.

    http://www.cbldf.org...

    (That’s because TMs are used to denote business. Parodying them is ok, but selling the parodys is not.)

  • Tony Edwards | January 24, 2007 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”45442″][quote comment=”45420″]Regarding the shoulder pad liners… there are companies that still make a similar design, albeit made from different materials.
    I’m not sure if football players still wear those under their pads (since present day shoulder pads are padded enough on their own), but these are the most popular shoulder pad for lacrosse on the highschool/college level.[/quote]

    Those pads were used by anyone who had a shoulder injury when I was in HS (class of ’00). [/quote]

    Also if you got neck injuries, like stingers. I had to wear the pad under my shoulder pads for my last two years of football. (class of ’01)

  • Daniel | January 24, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”45462″]In the first Sand-Knit ad, why is the player still reaching out with his glove even though he has the ball in his right hand?[/quote]

    I was thinking about that too. I would like to think they were playing a game with two balls.

  • Ian K | January 24, 2007 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”45473″]Although it looks like Real Madrid’s typeface is italicized.

    Did I really just use “write” instead of “right”??[/quote]

    Next time I’ll also read the comments more closely, since this was brought up earlier…

    In other news, Dick Cheney wore a purple-ish tie last night during the State of the Union, which is in line with Paul’s November theory about political pundits wearing purple on Election Day to show “bi-partisanship” or being “middle of the road”.

  • Pantherfid | January 24, 2007 at 10:20 am |

    Looks like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will have a change in uniform for next season. Local sports talk radio WDAE 620AM is reporting that the Rays will have “more blue” on the uniform for the 2007 season. What “more blue” means, I dunno. I will post a link and/or pic when I find one.

  • WVU Tom | January 24, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”45482″][quote comment=”45462″]In the first Sand-Knit ad, why is the player still reaching out with his glove even though he has the ball in his right hand?[/quote]

    I was thinking about that too. I would like to think they were playing a game with two balls.[/quote]

    …or maybe he has a very short attention span and forgot he already had the ball…?

  • tessa | January 24, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    I am putting my vote in for You-Knee Watch. Only because it is two words. If it were one word, I could see pronouncing it closer to uniform.

    Also, whenever I do something I am proud of, I will now use the term “Tra Da.” Be warned.

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2007 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”45486″]Looks like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will have a change in uniform for next season. Local sports talk radio WDAE 620AM is reporting that the Rays will have “more blue” on the uniform for the 2007 season. What “more blue” means, I dunno. I will post a link and/or pic when I find one.[/quote]

    That’s news to me. Are you sure they said 2007, not 2008? My understanding is that the only Rays change for 2007 is the addition of the 10th-anniversary sleeve patch.

  • TonyE | January 24, 2007 at 10:25 am |

    The Wednesday event was embargoed, meaning attendees had to agree beforehand not to disclose any information until 2pm today. Now that the embargo is over, here’s a peek at what went down:

    I’m disappointed that no one asked probing questions at this rare chance to defend the Uni Watch nation.

    Like:

    Did anybody (media)have the balls to ask Reebok and Bettman what the fans thought about changing the only thing still cool about the NHL at this PR cluster F?

    Did anyone (media) the NHL have research that the fans wanted a change? And how this will affect the photo and video archival history of this once great sport?

    Did anyone (media) see an NHL legend (say a Jean Beliveau ,a Bobby Hull or a John Bucyk) there to support the need to change something so precious to NHL long time fans?

    Too bad because regular NHL fans would welcome the chance to flambeau these knuckleheads…

  • Gary | January 24, 2007 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment=”45442″][quote comment=”45420″]Regarding the shoulder pad liners… there are companies that still make a similar design, albeit made from different materials.
    I’m not sure if football players still wear those under their pads (since present day shoulder pads are padded enough on their own), but these are the most popular shoulder pad for lacrosse on the highschool/college level.[/quote]

    Those pads were used by anyone who had a shoulder injury when I was in HS (class of ’00).

    quote]

    We had a bunch of those in high school. Freshman running backs wore them and they were also used as a extra layer in frigid weather. Also, alot of guys used them the first week of summer practice in August to get used to contact again.

  • Morgan Doninger | January 24, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    Ahh, trade magazines. That brings me back to my first job in New York, where I worked for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. It was a membersheip organization for theatre designers and techies. Our magazine was TD&T (Theatre Design & Technology) which ran adds for stage weights and dimmer boards. It had some good theatre costuming articles as well, he types, desperately trying to get this comment even close to the subject of uniforms…

  • David N | January 24, 2007 at 10:29 am |

    More Senior Bowl helmet stuff. NC State’s AJ Davis was wearing a helmet with no red stripe down the middle and a black facemask. The facemasks are normally red.

    http://media.scout.c...
    http://www.accfootba...

  • Brandon T. | January 24, 2007 at 10:29 am |

    So, I’m still searching for unawatchblog.com…

    [quote comment=”45474″][quote comment=”45449″]Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling).

    I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?[/quote]

    Yeah, that kinda bugged me.[/quote]

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”45496″]More Senior Bowl helmet stuff. NC State’s AJ Davis was wearing a helmet with no red stripe down the middle and a black facemask. The facemasks are normally red.

    http://media.scout.c...
    http://www.accfootba...
    I was watching ESPN or ESPN2 the other day and there were college players wearing more than one logo on their helmet. I counted 4 on one player. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was being played, but I think the teams were North and South. Can anyone help me with what game this was?

  • Robert | January 24, 2007 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”45452″][quote comment=”45446″][quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Very normal. I am almost disappointed. I was hoping for something along the lines of Andrew “Dice” Clay or maybe the Philly Cheese Steak Researcher from the Jack-in-the-Box commercial.

    Good interview, by the way.[/quote]

    is this commercial on-line anywhere? Being from Philadelphia, I’d like to see it.
    By the way, before you eat a “Philly cheese-steak” from, remember that any cheesesteak you get outside the 215 area code (and probably the 610) is nowhere near as good as it is here[/quote]

    Here you go. It’s funny.

    http://www.mypartypo...

  • David N | January 24, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    oops, bad link. let’s try again.

    http://media.scout.c...
    http://s9.imagehosti...

  • wooster, oh | January 24, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment=”45420″]Regarding the shoulder pad liners… there are companies that still make a similar design, albeit made from different materials.
    I’m not sure if football players still wear those under their pads (since present day shoulder pads are padded enough on their own), but these are the most popular shoulder pad for lacrosse on the highschool/college level.[/quote]

    Receivers, backs and kids who thought they looked cooler used to wear those foam pads in HS all the time. We refered to them as butterfly pads or fairy pads. On another note, they were great when they caught on in lacrosse. They were super lightweight and offer full range of motion. As a defensemen, they were perfect because I never really got hit, much less on the shoulder. However, we’d lick our chops if we saw an attackman wearing them. You could just wail away on the upper arm and shoulder socket all day long.

  • TonyE | January 24, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    Tampa Bay 2008. League mandates that the changes are approved in sampling prototypes by May 31 of the preceding year.

  • Kenny | January 24, 2007 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”45491″]The Wednesday event was embargoed, meaning attendees had to agree beforehand not to disclose any information until 2pm today. Now that the embargo is over, here’s a peek at what went down:

    I’m disappointed that no one asked probing questions at this rare chance to defend the Uni Watch nation.

    Like:

    Did anybody (media)have the balls to ask Reebok and Bettman what the fans thought about changing the only thing still cool about the NHL at this PR cluster F?

    Did anyone (media) the NHL have research that the fans wanted a change? And how this will affect the photo and video archival history of this once great sport?

    Did anyone (media) see an NHL legend (say a Jean Beliveau ,a Bobby Hull or a John Bucyk) there to support the need to change something so precious to NHL long time fans?

    Too bad because regular NHL fans would welcome the chance to flambeau these knuckleheads…[/quote]

    Now I understand the preserving tradition for the NHL and the history behind the unis. However, after reading the comments over the past couple of days/weeks, I noticed a heavy dose of animosity towards the new jerseys. Haven’t All-Star jerseys been historically gaudy? Everything about the team’s actual design has been speculation. I will try and watch some of the All-star game tonight, but I am a semi-casual fan of hockey (the lock-out caused me to drop any previous interest in it). As Paul said in the interview, these new jerseys will make the game faster and smoother, with less grabbing, not to mention the benefit to the players (not overheating as much, longer periods on the ice for the best players, etc.). Just my thoughts- feel free to agree/disagree, just felt I had to put my 2 cents in.

  • Richard | January 24, 2007 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”45501″][quote comment=”45496″]More Senior Bowl helmet stuff. NC State’s AJ Davis was wearing a helmet with no red stripe down the middle and a black facemask. The facemasks are normally red.

    http://media.scout.c...
    http://www.accfootba...
    I was watching ESPN or ESPN2 the other day and there were college players wearing more than one logo on their helmet. I counted 4 on one player. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was being played, but I think the teams were North and South. Can anyone help me with what game this was?[/quote]

    It could have been the East-West Shrine Game, or the Hula Bowl. These are the first 2 All-Star games for college football in preparation for the NFL Draft.

  • Jeremy | January 24, 2007 at 10:44 am |

    I also had a flavored mouthguard (mint) in the 80’s for youth hockey in SE Minnesota. They were pretty popular for a very short time. Mine had a green strip along the bottom where the bottom of your teeth would make contact. But like mint gum, after a short time (a couple practices or games) the flavor dissipated and you were then left with a terrible taste.

  • Tony Edwards | January 24, 2007 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”45462″]In the first Sand-Knit ad, why is the player still reaching out with his glove even though he has the ball in his right hand?[/quote]

    It looks to me like he’s getting ready to throw the ball. Back in the day “they” taught you to throw like that. Just watch a “Tom Emanski” video. It’s like rotation or something.

  • Kenny | January 24, 2007 at 10:49 am |

    I forgot to add what everyone’s feelings would be if they kept the current look of your favorite teams uniform but implemented the sleeker look of the new jersey.

    Also I am taking a Graphic Design class and the professor is the Senior Art Director for Wilson Sports. Hopefully, I can snag some examples of his previous works.

    I had an interesting talk with him yesterday about the NFL football and how the NFL logo and the commish’s name have gotten bigger while the Wilson logo has gotten smaller

  • Joe | January 24, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”45452″][quote comment=”45446″][quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Very normal. I am almost disappointed. I was hoping for something along the lines of Andrew “Dice” Clay or maybe the Philly Cheese Steak Researcher from the Jack-in-the-Box commercial.

    Good interview, by the way.[/quote]

    is this commercial on-line anywhere? Being from Philadelphia, I’d like to see it.
    By the way, before you eat a “Philly cheese-steak” from, remember that any cheesesteak you get outside the 215 area code (and probably the 610) is nowhere near as good as it is here[/quote]

    Glad to hear Paul sounded like an adult male, which is more than can be said for his Page 2 colleague Bill Simmons.

    And of course you can’t get a “real” cheesesteak outside of philly just like you can’t get a real bagel or pizza outside new york…or a real “blank” outside of “blank” I call BS on this. People move all around and they don’t lose the ability to cook just cause their zip or area code changes. The ingredients that make up these items are shipped nationwide. Maybe 25 to 50 years ago this was the case, but not anymore.

  • Andrew | January 24, 2007 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment=”45453″]Does anyone else think the model with the blue wrestling headgear looks like actor-turned-Crestor spokesman Mandy Patinkin?[/quote]

    How about the football player in this ad looking like Joe Mauer?

    And did anyone else notice Eric Staal’s helmet in the fastest skater competition last night? He was wearing his number 12 jersey, but his helmet had number 21 on it. I don’t have any photo evidence of this, but I’m sure someone would.

  • Fleishman | January 24, 2007 at 10:56 am |

    [quote comment=”45440″]Regarding the flavored mouthguards… guys on my high school football team would often boil their mouthguards (which you have to do to fit them to your teeth) in kool-aid. They claimed it gave them flavor. I never tried it though, so I can’t attest to its efficacy.[/quote]

    Back when I played lacrosse in college, we would keep our mouthguards (already boiled and molded) in a jar of strawberry or grape jelly overnight. That worked for a couple days, but mouthpieces are generally nasty no matter what.

  • Kenny | January 24, 2007 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”45516″][quote comment=”45452″][quote comment=”45446″][quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Very normal. I am almost disappointed. I was hoping for something along the lines of Andrew “Dice” Clay or maybe the Philly Cheese Steak Researcher from the Jack-in-the-Box commercial.

    Good interview, by the way.[/quote]

    is this commercial on-line anywhere? Being from Philadelphia, I’d like to see it.
    By the way, before you eat a “Philly cheese-steak” from, remember that any cheesesteak you get outside the 215 area code (and probably the 610) is nowhere near as good as it is here[/quote]

    Glad to hear Paul sounded like an adult male, which is more than can be said for his Page 2 colleague Bill Simmons.

    And of course you can’t get a “real” cheesesteak outside of philly just like you can’t get a real bagel or pizza outside new york…or a real “blank” outside of “blank” I call BS on this. People move all around and they don’t lose the ability to cook just cause their zip or area code changes. The ingredients that make up these items are shipped nationwide. Maybe 25 to 50 years ago this was the case, but not anymore.[/quote]

    Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City

  • Andrew | January 24, 2007 at 11:04 am |

    [quote comment=”45522″]Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City[/quote]

    Amen.

  • Greg | January 24, 2007 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”45497″]So, I’m still searching for unawatchblog.com…

    [quote comment=”45474″][quote comment=”45449″]Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling).

    I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?[/quote]

    Yeah, that kinda bugged me.[/quote][/quote]

    I don’t know how many listen to NPR, but they are a somewhat formal bunch (unless you consider yourself part of the “Intelligentsia”). Although on All Things Considered they cover a wide range of topics, I doubt they discuss hockey uniforms very often.

    I’m surprised the questions weren’t far worse than their pronunciation of Uni Watch…good job Paul.

  • Pat | January 24, 2007 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”45525″][quote comment=”45522″]Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City[/quote]

    Amen.[/quote]

    False. REAL pizza resides in Boston across the street from the TD Banknorth Garden.

  • Eric | January 24, 2007 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”45518″][quote comment=”45453″]Does anyone else think the model with the blue wrestling headgear looks like actor-turned-Crestor spokesman Mandy Patinkin?[/quote]

    How about the football player in this ad looking like Joe Mauer?

    And did anyone else notice Eric Staal’s helmet in the fastest skater competition last night? He was wearing his number 12 jersey, but his helmet had number 21 on it. I don’t have any photo evidence of this, but I’m sure someone would.[/quote]

    No evidence, but according to this NHL Blog, it’s due to the fact that Simon Gagne also wears 12, and since he’s got seniority, he gets to wear 12 for the all-star game, and Staal will take 21. Here’s the rest of the relevant number changes:

    * Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester will wear #3, deferring to Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier, who dons his familiar #4. This is Bouwmeester’s ASG debut.

    * Dany Heatley of Ottawa has taken #16, as his usual #15 goes to Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle. Both are playing their second All-Star Game.

    * Carolina’s Eric Staal will wear #21, with #12 going to the more-vested Simon Gagne of Philadelphia. This is Staal’s ASG debut.

    * San Jose’s Joe Thornton is outfitted in #97. Naturally, #19 goes to Colorado’s Joe Sakic, also the captain of the Western Conference.

    * For the second consecutive All-Star Game, Patrick Marleau of San Jose is forced to make a number change, taking #10 this time. In the West, #12 goes to All-Star game rookie Brian Rolston of Minnesota

    * And how rare is this! Two #94’s in the West, and two All-Star rookies to boot. But Yanic Perreault of Phoenix has seniority over Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth, who will wear #93

    * Two Eastern goaltenders, Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller, will each wear their usual #30, as both can’t be on the ice at the same time.

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”45516″]And of course you can’t get a “real” cheesesteak outside of philly just like you can’t get a real bagel or pizza outside new york…or a real “blank” outside of “blank” I call BS on this. People move all around and they don’t lose the ability to cook just cause their zip or area code changes. The ingredients that make up these items are shipped nationwide. Maybe 25 to 50 years ago this was the case, but not anymore.[/quote]
    I get what you’re saying. Still I’ve yet to find one that’s close to it. I’ve tried them in LA, San Fran., St. Louis, NYC, Myrtle Beach and Boston among others. Even places as close as Harrisburg don’t seem to do it right. That’s not to say there are places that can get it right, just the places I went to didn’t do it. Oh, if the meat comes covered in a red sauce that you didn’t ask for, that’s a big read flag that it’s not ‘real’.

    Funny anecdote: my dad went on his honeymoon to Hawaii and ordered a cheesesteak from a restaurant to see how it would compare. The waiter brought out a 8 oz steak covered in Swiss on a Kaiser roll.

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”45509″][quote comment=”45501″][quote comment=”45496″]More Senior Bowl helmet stuff. NC State’s AJ Davis was wearing a helmet with no red stripe down the middle and a black facemask. The facemasks are normally red.

    http://media.scout.c...
    http://www.accfootba...
    I was watching ESPN or ESPN2 the other day and there were college players wearing more than one logo on their helmet. I counted 4 on one player. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was being played, but I think the teams were North and South. Can anyone help me with what game this was?[/quote]

    It could have been the East-West Shrine Game, or the Hula Bowl. These are the first 2 All-Star games for college football in preparation for the NFL Draft.[/quote]
    I searched around a bit, I think it might have been the North South All-Star Classic. This isn’t it, but the helmets were similar with all the school’s different decals

  • Richard | January 24, 2007 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”45530″][quote comment=”45525″][quote comment=”45522″]Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City[/quote]

    Amen.[/quote]

    False. REAL pizza resides in Boston across the street from the TD Banknorth Garden.[/quote]

    a great spot, and with tonight’s game, maybe a necessity

  • Ian K | January 24, 2007 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”45529″][quote comment=”45497″]So, I’m still searching for unawatchblog.com…

    [quote comment=”45474″][quote comment=”45449″]Since no topic seems too detailed for this crew… I noticed the NPR interviewer called the column/site
    Une-ah-watch (I’m not good at phonetic spelling).

    I’ve always thought of it as Une-E-watch.

    Thoughts?[/quote]

    Yeah, that kinda bugged me.[/quote][/quote]

    I don’t know how many listen to NPR, but they are a somewhat formal bunch (unless you consider yourself part of the “Intelligentsia”). Although on All Things Considered they cover a wide range of topics, I doubt they discuss hockey uniforms very often.

    I’m surprised the questions weren’t far worse than their pronunciation of Uni Watch…good job Paul.[/quote]

    In addition to Unawatch, one of the first lines read by the radio host was “new uniforms will make their debut”, but very strong emphasis was placed on the 2nd syllable so it sounded like duh-BUE. Maybe it’s a regional thing, Unawatch, d’BUE…

  • Anthony Verna | January 24, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”45540″]In addition to Unawatch, one of the first lines read by the radio host was “new uniforms will make their debut”, but very strong emphasis was placed on the 2nd syllable so it sounded like duh-BUE. Maybe it’s a regional thing, Unawatch, d’BUE…[/quote]

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but ATC comes out of Philly, right?

  • Richard | January 24, 2007 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”45538″][quote comment=”45530″][quote comment=”45525″][quote comment=”45522″]Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City[/quote]

    Amen.[/quote]

    False. REAL pizza resides in Boston across the street from the TD Banknorth Garden.[/quote]

    a great spot, and with tonight’s game, maybe a necessity[/quote]

    and by tonight’s game, i meant my having to see these beauties…

  • Pat | January 24, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”45531″][quote comment=”45518″][quote comment=”45453″]Does anyone else think the model with the blue wrestling headgear looks like actor-turned-Crestor spokesman Mandy Patinkin?[/quote]

    How about the football player in this ad looking like Joe Mauer?

    And did anyone else notice Eric Staal’s helmet in the fastest skater competition last night? He was wearing his number 12 jersey, but his helmet had number 21 on it. I don’t have any photo evidence of this, but I’m sure someone would.[/quote]

    No evidence, but according to this NHL Blog, it’s due to the fact that Simon Gagne also wears 12, and since he’s got seniority, he gets to wear 12 for the all-star game, and Staal will take 21. Here’s the rest of the relevant number changes:

    * Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester will wear #3, deferring to Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier, who dons his familiar #4. This is Bouwmeester’s ASG debut.

    * Dany Heatley of Ottawa has taken #16, as his usual #15 goes to Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle. Both are playing their second All-Star Game.

    * Carolina’s Eric Staal will wear #21, with #12 going to the more-vested Simon Gagne of Philadelphia. This is Staal’s ASG debut.

    * San Jose’s Joe Thornton is outfitted in #97. Naturally, #19 goes to Colorado’s Joe Sakic, also the captain of the Western Conference.

    * For the second consecutive All-Star Game, Patrick Marleau of San Jose is forced to make a number change, taking #10 this time. In the West, #12 goes to All-Star game rookie Brian Rolston of Minnesota

    * And how rare is this! Two #94’s in the West, and two All-Star rookies to boot. But Yanic Perreault of Phoenix has seniority over Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth, who will wear #93

    * Two Eastern goaltenders, Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller, will each wear their usual #30, as both can’t be on the ice at the same time.[/quote]

    Why can’t they do like the NBA All-Star Game? Have some players wear repeating numbers. Makes more sense since it’s just an exhibition anyway.

  • Pat | January 24, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”45543″][quote comment=”45538″][quote comment=”45530″][quote comment=”45525″][quote comment=”45522″]Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City[/quote]

    Well at least the pizza will look good. Those Hawks unis are gross. At least the Celts will make up for it, in uniform at least.
    Amen.[/quote]

    False. REAL pizza resides in Boston across the street from the TD Banknorth Garden.[/quote]

    a great spot, and with tonight’s game, maybe a necessity[/quote]

    and by tonight’s game, i meant my having to see these beauties…[/quote]

  • Pantherfid | January 24, 2007 at 11:24 am |

    Another Devil Rays update…I just called WDAE and they confirmed that the word that “they recieved” is that the Rays will add more blue to the uniform for the 2007 season. I have heard about the deadline for changing uniforms in the past, and I know about the whole name change deal that was supposed to (and still might) happen. This was news to me to. I have checked all of the Rays message boards, and there is nothing about a change in the uni. I wouls take this with a grain of sale, but as I said, the radio is reporting it, I called and they confirmed it.

    I just called the Devil Rays Front Office and talked to Carmen in Communications. I asked about the possible addition of “more blue” to the uniform and she said “Yes for 2007.” The then back-stepped and said it is a “possibility…we haven’t made it official yet.”

    So more blue…yes, but no, but maybe.

    We’ll see.

  • Pat | January 24, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    I don’t know what happened to my comment, I meant to write this:

    At least the pizza will look good, those Hawks unis are gross. At least the Celts will make up for it, in the uniform department anyway.

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”45542″][quote comment=”45540″]In addition to Unawatch, one of the first lines read by the radio host was “new uniforms will make their debut”, but very strong emphasis was placed on the 2nd syllable so it sounded like duh-BUE. Maybe it’s a regional thing, Unawatch, d’BUE…[/quote]

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but ATC comes out of Philly, right?[/quote]
    I don’t think so, but Fresh Air and Radio Times are. I don’t think Radio Times is nationally syndicated though.

  • Kerry | January 24, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”45509″][quote comment=”45501″]
    I was watching ESPN or ESPN2 the other day and there were college players wearing more than one logo on their helmet. I counted 4 on one player. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was being played, but I think the teams were North and South. Can anyone help me with what game this was?[/quote]

    It could have been the East-West Shrine Game, or the Hula Bowl. These are the first 2 All-Star games for college football in preparation for the NFL Draft.[/quote]
    Not the Hula Bowl…I don’t recall seeing any players in that game with additional helmet stickers (plus the called the teams Aina & Kai, not North & South). The East-West Shrine Game was this past Saturday (January 20) while the Saturday before (January 13) the INTAJUICE ALL-STAR CLASSIC played in Houston.

  • Vernona | January 24, 2007 at 11:37 am |

    Loved the NPR interview! I learned more about hockey unis in this 3 or 4 minutes than I’d known in my whole life.

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2007 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”45452″][quote comment=”45446″][quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Very normal. I am almost disappointed. I was hoping for something along the lines of Andrew “Dice” Clay or maybe the Philly Cheese Steak Researcher from the Jack-in-the-Box commercial.

    Good interview, by the way.[/quote]

    is this commercial on-line anywhere? Being from Philadelphia, I’d like to see it.
    By the way, before you eat a “Philly cheese-steak” from, remember that any cheesesteak you get outside the 215 area code (and probably the 610) is nowhere near as good as it is here[/quote]

    whiz, with, and mushrooms please!!!!!
    and at jims on south street.
    i will accept pats as a substitute but, never the standard…

  • Banker Bill | January 24, 2007 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”45440″]Regarding the flavored mouthguards… guys on my high school football team would often boil their mouthguards (which you have to do to fit them to your teeth) in kool-aid. They claimed it gave them flavor. I never tried it though, so I can’t attest to its efficacy.[/quote]

    I used to soak mine in mouthwash when I wasn’t using it to help it taste better – and maybe help to kill germs. Doubt it worked, but I am a superstitious person….

  • redemske | January 24, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    On the Kant Peek — when I was a high school basketball manager, my friend and I were digging around in the old equipment closets — which were a uni treasure-trove — and we found a whole box of a simliar dribbling aide. I can see that working in the 1970s, but those things were annoying. Tripping over things was very easy.

  • Vincent | January 24, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]
    Paul, in why the change, is receiving 106M$ from Reebok is a good one ? (source: The Score)

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”45567″]whiz, with, and mushrooms please!!!!!
    and at jims on south street.
    i will accept pats as a substitute but, never the standard…[/quote]
    you mean, ‘whiz wit’

  • Anthony Verna | January 24, 2007 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”45575″][quote comment=”45567″]whiz, with, and mushrooms please!!!!!
    and at jims on south street.
    i will accept pats as a substitute but, never the standard…[/quote]
    you mean, ‘whiz wit'[/quote]

    Is it ok if I gag at the thought of cheez whiz?

    *GAG*

  • Rob Hinkle | January 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm |

    The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 12:02 pm |

    If the NHL ever wants to get its All-Star Game correct, they’ll take a look at the AHL. The AHL All-Star game is available to over 100 million households on TV, and available for free over the ‘Net to anyone with broadband.

    Kudos to the “developmental” league, and Commissioner Dave Andrews. At least someone in pro hockey knows what they’re doing.

  • Banker Bill | January 24, 2007 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”45583″]If the NHL ever wants to get its All-Star Game correct, they’ll take a look at the AHL. The AHL All-Star game is available to over 100 million households on TV, and available for free over the ‘Net to anyone with broadband.

    Kudos to the “developmental” league, and Commissioner Dave Andrews. At least someone in pro hockey knows what they’re doing.[/quote]

    They have a skills competition too, don’t they Teebz?

  • Philly Bill | January 24, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    Word up, Teebz!

    [quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...

    That’s just tremendous. I want one of those sweaters.

    I haven’t found a good cheesesteak in Dallas, but I hear there’s a decent place up in Plano run by a Philly ex-pat. I can’t trust a Texan’s opinion on this issue, however. When I’m back in Philly, this is the place to go for a “provie wit’.” (And apparently they have one in New York now? Not sure how I feel about that.)

    I used to live about 8 blocks from Pat’s and Geno’s, and about once a week when I was walking around in the neighborhood, a car would pull over and someone would ask me how to get to one or the other of them. I considered it my duty, if they asked how to get to Geno’s, to tell them Pat’s is better.

    Fantastic post today, Paul. And you sound a bit like John Hein from Howard 100 (like the logo?) on Sirius radio, but your voice is a little bit deeper.

  • JT | January 24, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”45513″][quote comment=”45462″]In the first Sand-Knit ad, why is the player still reaching out with his glove even though he has the ball in his right hand?[/quote]

    It looks to me like he’s getting ready to throw the ball. Back in the day “they” taught you to throw like that. Just watch a “Tom Emanski” video. It’s like rotation or something.[/quote]

    That’s exactly what I thought. I helped coach little league baseball for a few years and we used some set of videos that had broken down batting and throwing into steps. Part of throwing was reach out your glove hand and use it like a gun sight at your target.

  • bj in gainesville | January 24, 2007 at 12:27 pm |

    I’m sure a free broadcast of hockey would do SOOOOO much good for the “fourth sport.” They’ll be lucky if soccer doesn’t pass them in the next 20 years.

  • Anthony Verna | January 24, 2007 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”45592″]I haven’t found a good cheesesteak in Dallas, but I hear there’s a decent place up in Plano run by a Philly ex-pat. I can’t trust a Texan’s opinion on this issue, however. When I’m back in Philly, this is the place to go for a “provie wit’.” (And apparently they have one in New York now? Not sure how I feel about that.)
    [/quote]

    Yes, there is. I haven’t tried it yet, though, as I don’t work within its “delivery zone.” Maybe if I’m at a client’s site one afternoon, I will.

    In NYC, I hear this place is the place to go: http://www.99milesto... but I haven’t tried it yet.

    In Hoboken, NJ, I must say that I was impressed with the cheesesteaks at this place: http://www.hobokeni....

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2007 at 12:29 pm |

    Although the baseball world was “surprised” when the Pirates switched from flannels to polyester doubleknits in the middle of the 1970 season, this Sand-Knit ad appeared in the fall of 1969.

    if im not mistaken, sand knit was a major player in the apparel game, not just for uni’s but for licensed merch…

    When you see three stripes today, you instantly think, “Adidas.” So it’s surprising to see how many non-Adidas brands used to put three stripes on their sneakers and cleats, as seen here, here, and here.

    the cleat on the left was commonly used during that period and featured an innovation in lacing and fit as “heel belt” featured an eyelet which, as the shoe was tied, tightened the heel to form fit to your foot. way ahead of its time…

    or here

    keds did have a variety of logos starting with the above, and including this one… my personal fave…
    http://www.sportiela...
    however the one that has stood the test has been the red and royal stripes on the midsole which have deviated in look, color and location over time especially since rap mogul damon dash took over the line…

    http://www.stitch.jp...

    separated
    http://cdn.efashionn...

    Today we generally think of Rawlings as a company that makes equipment, not apparel. And judging from this 1970 ad, it’s easy to see why.

    wunderbar!!! my favorite tenpole tudor song!!!

    I haven’t found a good cheesesteak in Dallas, but I hear there’s a decent place up in Plano run by a Philly ex-pat. I can’t trust a Texan’s opinion on this issue, however. When I’m back in Philly, this is the place to go for a “provie wit’.” (And apparently they have one in New York now? Not sure how I feel about that.)

    I used to live about 8 blocks from Pat’s and Geno’s, and about once a week when I was walking around in the neighborhood, a car would pull over and someone would ask me how to get to one or the other of them. I considered it my duty, if they asked how to get to Geno’s, to tell them Pat’s is better.

    you should be able to find chip steak everywhere…

    no love for jims on south street?

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...
    One of my favorite Philadelphia old-time hockey jerseys. I have free tickets to a Phantoms game but unfortunately I’m busy that night. I guess I’ll hold out for the night they wear Blazers jerseys

  • Miguel | January 24, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    Anybody know what this big-ass Under Armour logo is doing on this helmet? They don’t make helmets now, do they?

  • mg12 | January 24, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    There is something that has been bothering me for the last month or so.

    Nike released a Ronaldinho signature soccer shoe.

    http://img176.images...

    Ronaldinho is argueably the world’s most recognizable soccer player right now. He was the focus of Nike’s Juego Bonita line of advertisements. When Ronaldinho is on the pitch, all eyes are on him. He is an amazing player, but then why are his shoes so plan and boring? Plain black with red and yellow stiching, yawn.

    The one thing that I find so amusing is that the “R” logo on the shoe is from Ronalinho’s signature, but it looks very simlar to the logo of another large sporting equipment manufacturer.

    http://www.tanners.c...

    Seems funny that this is coming from Nike, a group that is so protective of their own logo.

  • Rob Hinkle | January 24, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”45609″][quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...
    One of my favorite Philadelphia old-time hockey jerseys. I have free tickets to a Phantoms game but unfortunately I’m busy that night. I guess I’ll hold out for the night they wear Blazers jerseys[/quote]

    They wore the Blazers jerseys a couple of years ago – http://images.comcas...

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 24, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    Good voice for radio, Paul. Do we see a Uni Watch podcast down the road?

    Also, anyone know why the ref’s at the NHL skills comp had silver armbands instead of Orange?

  • Smail | January 24, 2007 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”45558″][quote comment=”45509″][quote comment=”45501″]
    I was watching ESPN or ESPN2 the other day and there were college players wearing more than one logo on their helmet. I counted 4 on one player. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was being played, but I think the teams were North and South. Can anyone help me with what game this was?[/quote]

    It could have been the East-West Shrine Game, or the Hula Bowl. These are the first 2 All-Star games for college football in preparation for the NFL Draft.[/quote]
    Not the Hula Bowl…I don’t recall seeing any players in that game with additional helmet stickers (plus the called the teams Aina & Kai, not North & South). The East-West Shrine Game was this past Saturday (January 20) while the Saturday before (January 13) the INTAJUICE ALL-STAR CLASSIC played in Houston.[/quote]

    It also could have been practice shots from the Senior Bowl, which will occur this Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.

  • tedkerwin | January 24, 2007 at 12:49 pm |

    In case anyone cares, the Rugby player is Perry Freshwater, a prop, one of the big guys who is at the head of the scrum. He is not a key ball distributor, he is basically a lineman. Which makes the jersey even more interesting to me.

  • mnhockeyfan | January 24, 2007 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”45620″]Anybody know what this big-ass Under Armour logo is doing on this helmet? They don’t make helmets now, do they?[/quote]

    I know that whenever you buy any under armour apparel included with the tags is a white UA sticker that appears to be the same size as in that picture, possibly he put it on himself?

  • Original Jim | January 24, 2007 at 12:51 pm |

    As a 3-sport official, I am a subscriber to Referee. It’s a very good magazine which covers current rule changes to 4 major sports (baseball, football, basketball and soccer). Not much love in it for hockey…they must have their own magazine.

    I don’t think I’ve seen an ad for a whistle that wasn’t a Fox 40.
    http://www.fox40whis...

    And to answer an earlier question, yes, the AHL also has a skills competition during the All-Star celebration.

  • ACC (the Brain) | January 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”45516″][quote comment=”45452″][quote comment=”45446″][quote comment=”45432″][quote comment=”45427″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    So does Paul have a thick Yankee accent? I am a little nervous about meeting him at the Dallas event and giggling if he talks funny.[/quote]

    See (or, rather, hear) for yourself here.[/quote]

    Very normal. I am almost disappointed. I was hoping for something along the lines of Andrew “Dice” Clay or maybe the Philly Cheese Steak Researcher from the Jack-in-the-Box commercial.

    Good interview, by the way.[/quote]

    is this commercial on-line anywhere? Being from Philadelphia, I’d like to see it.
    By the way, before you eat a “Philly cheese-steak” from, remember that any cheesesteak you get outside the 215 area code (and probably the 610) is nowhere near as good as it is here[/quote]

    Glad to hear Paul sounded like an adult male, which is more than can be said for his Page 2 colleague Bill Simmons.

    And of course you can’t get a “real” cheesesteak outside of philly just like you can’t get a real bagel or pizza outside new york…or a real “blank” outside of “blank” I call BS on this. People move all around and they don’t lose the ability to cook just cause their zip or area code changes. The ingredients that make up these items are shipped nationwide. Maybe 25 to 50 years ago this was the case, but not anymore.[/quote]

    Thank you! I hear this baloney constantly about cheesesteaks. Something that popular can be served with all the right ingredients in any major city. There’s no law against it. If there’s demand for something being authentic – someone will pay a little more to get the right ingredients.

  • tessa | January 24, 2007 at 12:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...

    Well, it should be a nice, peaceful game, then!

    I was raised a “Quakolic” by a Quaker mother and a Catholic father – Penn’s “Fighting Quakers” always amused us.

  • Philly Bill | January 24, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”45605″]no love for jims on south street?[/quote]

    Jim’s is good. Probably the best place to take out-of-town visitors because of the locale and the quality of the random celebrity headshots (a staple of Philly cheesesteak joints). And you can get a can of Yuengling with your steak.

    I collect vintage sneakers and I sorta wish Pro-Keds could be taken seriously — after all, Pistol Pete wore ’em — but they just can’t. Nothing Damon Dash can do about it.

    Today I’m rockin’ some Ponys like my man Chocolate Thunder.

  • Thorold Blair | January 24, 2007 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”45620″]Anybody know what this big-ass Under Armour logo is doing on this helmet? They don’t make helmets now, do they?[/quote]

    Under Armour is the sponsor of the game. I’m assuming that’s why.

  • Burrill | January 24, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”45593″]That’s exactly what I thought. I helped coach little league baseball for a few years and we used some set of videos that had broken down batting and throwing into steps. Part of throwing was reach out your glove hand and use it like a gun sight at your target.[/quote]

    I thought there might be some explanation like that. But I don’t do much of anything with youth baseball, and I didn’t remember seeing our high school players doing that sort of thing. But then again, I am not the most astute observer of baseball. (And my camera kept me distracted.)

    I think what really threw me was that he has it not just out, but open and out, as he would if he were waiting for the ball to arrive.

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2007 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”45624″]There is something that has been bothering me for the last month or so.

    Nike released a Ronaldinho signature soccer shoe.

    http://img176.images...

    Ronaldinho is argueably the world’s most recognizable soccer player right now. He was the focus of Nike’s Juego Bonita line of advertisements. When Ronaldinho is on the pitch, all eyes are on him. He is an amazing player, but then why are his shoes so plan and boring? Plain black with red and yellow stiching, yawn.

    The one thing that I find so amusing is that the “R” logo on the shoe is from Ronalinho’s signature, but it looks very simlar to the logo of another large sporting equipment manufacturer.

    http://www.tanners.c...

    Seems funny that this is coming from Nike, a group that is so protective of their own logo.[/quote]

    i’ll bet its made of kangaroo leather like his last shoe, which in my opinion was much nicer…
    http://www.shoes-up....

  • Eric | January 24, 2007 at 1:16 pm |

    i know the kc chiefs wear the shoulder pad cushion things in practices and training camps when they’re not going full pads but i don’t know if they wear them on sundays.

    as far as mouthpieces go, i had friends from boys club football all the way through high school who would line their mouthpieces with grape hubba bubba or something like that. i thought that sounded good but i couldn’t get past the idea of my teeth rotting out from all the sugar so i never did that. some of the guys actually did have the mint mouthpieces but they said the flavor never lasted any longer than a few days.

  • Mike | January 24, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    I asked that last night too (although I called them white… upon further watching, they definatly were silver). I hope its just an All-Star game thing, and not something they go to in the future because they 1)looked stupid 2)didn’t stand out enough at first glance. You should be able to tell the difference between a linesman and a ref right away, and the silver just didn’t do it.

  • Eric | January 24, 2007 at 1:20 pm |

    i meant to include this in me previous post but i noticed in the hula bowl the other day that terence newman of kansas state was wearing a white facemast on his helmet instead of k-state’ usual gray facemasks.

    did anybody else notice any mismatched hemet/facemask combos?

  • Eric | January 24, 2007 at 1:22 pm |

    did i include enought typos in that post? i hate typing on a laptop.

  • baude | January 24, 2007 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”45531* Two Eastern goaltenders, Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller, will each wear their usual #30, as both can’t be on the ice at the same time.[/quote]

    Belfour wore 00 back in ’93 (i think) due to a conflict. It didn’t serve him to well as he made some major goof-ups. Couldn’t find pics.

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2007 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”45644″][quote comment=”45605″]no love for jims on south street?[/quote]

    Jim’s is good. Probably the best place to take out-of-town visitors because of the locale and the quality of the random celebrity headshots (a staple of Philly cheesesteak joints). And you can get a can of Yuengling with your steak.

    I collect vintage sneakers and I sorta wish Pro-Keds could be taken seriously — after all, Pistol Pete wore ’em — but they just can’t. Nothing Damon Dash can do about it.

    Today I’m rockin’ some Ponys like my man Chocolate Thunder.[/quote]

    im a collector as well, (just outside of allentown) but not of vintage used stuff… although if i had the means for some of what i want, i would by used… im about at 130+ pairs right now… most of which are deadstock… i’ve been a strict nike guy since 7th grade, which was 20 years ago.
    god i cant stand yuengling…
    my first remembrance of keds was when i was like 8 or 9, when ralph sampson’s virginia teams wore them…
    http://starbulletin....

  • Eric | January 24, 2007 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”45660″]i meant to include this in me previous post but i noticed in the hula bowl the other day that terence newman of kansas state was wearing a white facemast on his helmet instead of k-state’ usual gray facemasks.

    did anybody else notice any mismatched hemet/facemask combos?[/quote]

    correction…that was yamon figurs. terence newman is already in the nfl.

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2007 at 1:32 pm |

    how is ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ happening?

  • Eric | January 24, 2007 at 1:32 pm |

    how the hell did i do that?

  • baude | January 24, 2007 at 1:32 pm |

    Haven’t seen this before but I was looking for pictures of Belfour wearing 00 in the 1993 all-star game, and I came across this interesting piece of info:

    Neil Sheehy – wore the shirt number 0 when playing defence for the Hartford Whalers in 1988. Neil told the A to Z that he had two reasons for wearing the number zero – “0 is the furthest number from 99 and talent-wise I was as far away from 99 as possible but remember opposites attract” and “When my grandparents came to the United States from Ireland our family name was O’Sheehy, I wore 0 to get the O back”.

  • Andy from KC | January 24, 2007 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”45543″][quote comment=”45538″][quote comment=”45530″][quote comment=”45525″][quote comment=”45522″]Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City[/quote]

    Amen.[/quote]

    False. REAL pizza resides in Boston across the street from the TD Banknorth Garden.[/quote]

    a great spot, and with tonight’s game, maybe a necessity[/quote]

    and by tonight’s game, i meant my having to see these beauties…[/quote]

    Wow, yet another team that needs to Ditch The Black(TM). If they’d just do that, and maybe pick a different font for the letters, I could actually maybe get behind the Hawks’ unis. I wish teams would realize that Primary + Secondary Team Color + Trim Color = good, Primary + Secondary Color = better. Very, VERY few jerseys with four colors look good, IMHO.

  • John from KY | January 24, 2007 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”45633″][quote comment=”45620″]Anybody know what this big-ass Under Armour logo is doing on this helmet? They don’t make helmets now, do they?[/quote]

    I know that whenever you buy any under armour apparel included with the tags is a white UA sticker that appears to be the same size as in that picture, possibly he put it on himself?[/quote]

    I would agree – that appears to be a standard Schutt helmet; looks like the player just slapped on a sticker.

  • Vince Grzegorek | January 24, 2007 at 1:36 pm |

    test

  • Vince Grzegorek | January 24, 2007 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”45680″]test[/quote]
    [/quote] [/quote] [/quote]

  • Vince Grzegorek | January 24, 2007 at 1:43 pm |

    [/quote] [/quote] [/quote] test

  • Vince Grzegorek | January 24, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    ok, looks like the whole indentation/italics foolishness should be fixed now

    -vince

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”45591″][quote comment=”45583″]If the NHL ever wants to get its All-Star Game correct, they’ll take a look at the AHL. The AHL All-Star game is available to over 100 million households on TV, and available for free over the ‘Net to anyone with broadband.

    Kudos to the “developmental” league, and Commissioner Dave Andrews. At least someone in pro hockey knows what they’re doing.[/quote]

    They have a skills competition too, don’t they Teebz?[/quote]

    They do. It goes Sunday night, and the AHL All-Star game goes Monday night.

  • Matthew S. | January 24, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”45650″][quote comment=”45593″]That’s exactly what I thought. I helped coach little league baseball for a few years and we used some set of videos that had broken down batting and throwing into steps. Part of throwing was reach out your glove hand and use it like a gun sight at your target.[/quote]

    I thought there might be some explanation like that. But I don’t do much of anything with youth baseball, and I didn’t remember seeing our high school players doing that sort of thing. But then again, I am not the most astute observer of baseball. (And my camera kept me distracted.)

    I think what really threw me was that he has it not just out, but open and out, as he would if he were waiting for the ball to arrive.[/quote]

    The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was that he’s a second baseman or a shortstop and he’s throwing to first to complete the double play. In other words, he just took the ball out of his glove and is in the process of throwing it while using his gloved hand to keep his balance, e.g. http://imagecache2.a...

  • Shea McMahon | January 24, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    The eye wear that Paul asks “How many kids learned to dribble using these?” are actually pretty common. I play for a college basketball team and we have used them in the past while doing ball handling drills. Blinders as we call them. They make things much harder.

  • Matthew S. | January 24, 2007 at 1:49 pm |
  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”45626″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    Good voice for radio, Paul. Do we see a Uni Watch podcast down the road?

    Also, anyone know why the ref’s at the NHL skills comp had silver armbands instead of Orange?[/quote]

    I believe those are the first ref uniforms that Reebok has designed. No word on whether that is the case, or whether there will be a switch to them next season, but I’ve asked the NHLOA about it. I’m awaiting a response.

  • Allison | January 24, 2007 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”45454″][quote comment=”45447″][quote comment=”45444″]Ironically, Paul, our high school basketball coach made us use those eye-shield glasses thingies a lot. They actually do improve dribbling techniques because you can’t look down at the ball. Being a forward/post player, it really improved our play inside the key.

    I will say this, though: the one we had were ridiculously uncomfortable to wear. When pulled tight, they dug into your cheekbones just below the eye sockets.[/quote]

    Not sure how, but part of my post got cut off. The added portion has been bolded.[/quote]

    Used those in junior high and high school, and have since used those for elementary and junior high basketball camps I’ve run.[/quote]

    I thought it was awkward enough wearing those in our basketball practices–we had to wear them in KEYBOARDING class to learn how to type at the computer without looking down.

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”45690″][quote comment=”45591″][quote comment=”45583″]If the NHL ever wants to get its All-Star Game correct, they’ll take a look at the AHL. The AHL All-Star game is available to over 100 million households on TV, and available for free over the ‘Net to anyone with broadband.

    Kudos to the “developmental” league, and Commissioner Dave Andrews. At least someone in pro hockey knows what they’re doing.[/quote]

    They have a skills competition too, don’t they Teebz?[/quote]

    They do. It goes Sunday night, and the AHL All-Star game goes Monday night.[/quote]

    As a follow-up to this, Bill, Ralph Intranuovo set the AHL record for fastest lap around an NHL-sized rink in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. He buzzed around the rink in 1996 in 13.683 seconds. Bill Guerin won the 2001 NHL All-Star Faster Skater competition with a time of 13.69 seconds. The fastest NHL skater to my knowledge is Scott Niedermayer who set the record in 1998 with a time of 13.56 seconds.

  • Anthony Verna | January 24, 2007 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”45709″]I thought it was awkward enough wearing those in our basketball practices–we had to wear them in KEYBOARDING class to learn how to type at the computer without looking down.[/quote]

    Hey. It’s easier to type when you can’t look – like I’m doing now. Actually, it’s easier to do most things when you commit them to memory.

    *feeling his brain turn to Jell-o(tm)*

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 24, 2007 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”45711″][quote comment=”45690″][quote comment=”45591″][quote comment=”45583″]If the NHL ever wants to get its All-Star Game correct, they’ll take a look at the AHL. The AHL All-Star game is available to over 100 million households on TV, and available for free over the ‘Net to anyone with broadband.

    Kudos to the “developmental” league, and Commissioner Dave Andrews. At least someone in pro hockey knows what they’re doing.[/quote]

    They have a skills competition too, don’t they Teebz?[/quote]

    They do. It goes Sunday night, and the AHL All-Star game goes Monday night.[/quote]

    As a follow-up to this, Bill, Ralph Intranuovo set the AHL record for fastest lap around an NHL-sized rink in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. He buzzed around the rink in 1996 in 13.683 seconds. Bill Guerin won the 2001 NHL All-Star Faster Skater competition with a time of 13.69 seconds. The fastest NHL skater to my knowledge is Scott Niedermayer who set the record in 1998 with a time of 13.56 seconds.[/quote]

    I thought Mike Gartner held the record for fastest skater, and the second place time too.

    And I hope that Silver Ref armband is just for the AS game, because it doesn’t stand out. Looks like a linesman.

  • Greg | January 24, 2007 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”45711″][quote comment=”45690″][quote comment=”45591″][quote comment=”45583″]If the NHL ever wants to get its All-Star Game correct, they’ll take a look at the AHL. The AHL All-Star game is available to over 100 million households on TV, and available for free over the ‘Net to anyone with broadband.

    Kudos to the “developmental” league, and Commissioner Dave Andrews. At least someone in pro hockey knows what they’re doing.[/quote]

    They have a skills competition too, don’t they Teebz?[/quote]

    They do. It goes Sunday night, and the AHL All-Star game goes Monday night.[/quote]

    As a follow-up to this, Bill, Ralph Intranuovo set the AHL record for fastest lap around an NHL-sized rink in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. He buzzed around the rink in 1996 in 13.683 seconds. Bill Guerin won the 2001 NHL All-Star Faster Skater competition with a time of 13.69 seconds. The fastest NHL skater to my knowledge is Scott Niedermayer who set the record in 1998 with a time of 13.56 seconds.[/quote]

    Wow !!! I guess those new uni’s ARE faster !!!

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”45715″]
    I thought Mike Gartner held the record for fastest skater, and the second place time too.
    [/quote]

    Considering I watched the tape of that Skills Competition a few days ago, 13.386 is a number I should have memorized. That’s inexcusable on my part to forget Mike Gartner’s amazing race. Good job on calling me on that, Jeff. My face is a little red, especially having seen the video.

    Here are the top 10 times of all-time:

    1. Mike Gartner (1996) – 13.386
    2. Mike Gartner (1993) – 13.510
    3. Sergei Fedorov (1994) – 13.525
    4. Scott Niedermayer (1998) – 13.560
    5. Peter Bondra (1997) – 13.610
    6. Sami Kapanen (2000) – 13.649
    7. Bill Guerin (2001) – 13.683
    8. Marian Gaborik (2003) – 13.713
    9. Scott Niedermayer (2004) – 13.783
    10. Andy McDonald (2007) – 14.030

  • Greg | January 24, 2007 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”45733″][quote comment=”45711″][quote comment=”45690″][quote comment=”45591″][quote comment=”45583″]If the NHL ever wants to get its All-Star Game correct, they’ll take a look at the AHL. The AHL All-Star game is available to over 100 million households on TV, and available for free over the ‘Net to anyone with broadband.

    Kudos to the “developmental” league, and Commissioner Dave Andrews. At least someone in pro hockey knows what they’re doing.[/quote]

    They have a skills competition too, don’t they Teebz?[/quote]

    They do. It goes Sunday night, and the AHL All-Star game goes Monday night.[/quote]

    As a follow-up to this, Bill, Ralph Intranuovo set the AHL record for fastest lap around an NHL-sized rink in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. He buzzed around the rink in 1996 in 13.683 seconds. Bill Guerin won the 2001 NHL All-Star Faster Skater competition with a time of 13.69 seconds. The fastest NHL skater to my knowledge is Scott Niedermayer who set the record in 1998 with a time of 13.56 seconds.[/quote]

    Wow !!! I guess those new uni’s ARE faster !!![/quote]

    Before I get stomped that should have read I wonder If the new uni’s really WILL be faster….poor attempt at a joke

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 24, 2007 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”45741″][quote comment=”45715″]
    I thought Mike Gartner held the record for fastest skater, and the second place time too.
    [/quote]

    Considering I watched the tape of that Skills Competition a few days ago, 13.386 is a number I should have memorized. That’s inexcusable on my part to forget Mike Gartner’s amazing race. Good job on calling me on that, Jeff. My face is a little red, especially having seen the video.

    Here are the top 10 times of all-time:

    1. Mike Gartner (1996) – 13.386
    2. Mike Gartner (1993) – 13.510
    3. Sergei Fedorov (1994) – 13.525
    4. Scott Niedermayer (1998) – 13.560
    5. Peter Bondra (1997) – 13.610
    6. Sami Kapanen (2000) – 13.649
    7. Bill Guerin (2001) – 13.683
    8. Marian Gaborik (2003) – 13.713
    9. Scott Niedermayer (2004) – 13.783
    10. Andy McDonald (2007) – 14.030[/quote]

    Wasn’t Gartner 35 or something when he set that record? Some age when you’re supposed to be slowing down.

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”45751″]
    Wasn’t Gartner 35 or something when he set that record? Some age when you’re supposed to be slowing down.[/quote]

    36 years young, so yeah, he should have been slowing down. Bill Guerin was 31 when he moved into 7th place… just to give you an idea of how amazing that time is. :o)

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 24, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”45761″][quote comment=”45751″]
    Wasn’t Gartner 35 or something when he set that record? Some age when you’re supposed to be slowing down.[/quote]

    36 years young, so yeah, he should have been slowing down. Bill Guerin was 31 when he moved into 7th place… just to give you an idea of how amazing that time is. :o)[/quote]

    Does the NHL have the skills competition records posted anywhere on the web? I couldn’t find it on the official site.

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”45763″][quote comment=”45761″][quote comment=”45751″]
    Wasn’t Gartner 35 or something when he set that record? Some age when you’re supposed to be slowing down.[/quote]

    36 years young, so yeah, he should have been slowing down. Bill Guerin was 31 when he moved into 7th place… just to give you an idea of how amazing that time is. :o)[/quote]

    Does the NHL have the skills competition records posted anywhere on the web? I couldn’t find it on the official site.[/quote]

    Nor could I. I believe the NHL doesn’t officially recognize the All-Star Game as being something beneficial for the game of hockey or the NHL since it’s mainly a showcase for the fans. Excuse my biting sarcasm in that last sentence.

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2007 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”45701″][quote comment=”45626″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    Good voice for radio, Paul. Do we see a Uni Watch podcast down the road?

    Also, anyone know why the ref’s at the NHL skills comp had silver armbands instead of Orange?[/quote]

    I believe those are the first ref uniforms that Reebok has designed. No word on whether that is the case, or whether there will be a switch to them next season, but I’ve asked the NHLOA about it. I’m awaiting a response.[/quote]

    I have a query in with the NHL brain trust on this, too.

  • Philly Bill | January 24, 2007 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”45751″]Wasn’t Gartner 35 or something when he set that record? Some age when you’re supposed to be slowing down.[/quote]

    In watching games in the past season and a half (ie, since the rules changes to emphasize speed), I’ve realized that players with truly elite speed don’t lose it all of a sudden. Guys with good-enough speed deteriorate more noticeably, but this guy, for example, is still blazin’ fast.

  • Ryan Dempsey | January 24, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”45513″][quote comment=”45462″]In the first Sand-Knit ad, why is the player still reaching out with his glove even though he has the ball in his right hand?[/quote]

    It looks to me like he’s getting ready to throw the ball. Back in the day “they” taught you to throw like that. Just watch a “Tom Emanski” video. It’s like rotation or something.[/quote]

    In the defensive videos, you are taught to throw using the “Ready, Set Throw” method. This person would be in the “Set” position. It helps keep your shoulder pointed toward the target when throwing.

  • Kel | January 24, 2007 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...

    They look like pumpkins. :) If we’re going to talk Quakers, I’d much prefer my husband’s old High School:


    Quakers!

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 3:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”45786″][quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...

    They look like pumpkins. :) If we’re going to talk Quakers, I’d much prefer my husband’s old High School:


    Quakers!
    [/quote]
    I sent this to Paul a while back. Click through for a gallery of historic Philadelphia area hockey jerseys

  • Scott Held | January 24, 2007 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”45440″]Regarding the flavored mouthguards… guys on my high school football team would often boil their mouthguards (which you have to do to fit them to your teeth) in kool-aid. They claimed it gave them flavor. I never tried it though, so I can’t attest to its efficacy.[/quote]

    I can remember using a mint-flavored mouthguard during pee-wee football in the late 1970’s. The flavor usually wore off about a week later, though.

  • dchis | January 24, 2007 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”45786″][quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...

    They look like pumpkins. :) If we’re going to talk Quakers, I’d much prefer my husband’s old High School:


    Quakers![/quote]

    Their helmet logo is similar to the Tennesse Titans. Much like the Wisconsin W that’s been mentioned here before. Also I know many high schools use pro or college logos for their own (my high school are the lions and at the entrance to the gym have a Detroit Lions logo) but I have never seen one take part of a pro or college logo and add their own stamp on it like this high school has done.

  • Matthew S. | January 24, 2007 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”45806″][quote comment=”45786″][quote comment=”45582″]The Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) wear a throwback jersey each year to honor the teams that either were Flyers farm teams or teams that played in Philadelphia before. This year they will be wearing Philadelphia Quaker (NHL) uniforms – http://www.phantomsh...

    They look like pumpkins. :) If we’re going to talk Quakers, I’d much prefer my husband’s old High School:


    Quakers![/quote]

    Their helmet logo is similar to the Tennesse Titans. Much like the Wisconsin W that’s been mentioned here before. Also I know many high schools use pro or college logos for their own (my high school are the lions and at the entrance to the gym have a Detroit Lions logo) but I have never seen one take part of a pro or college logo and add their own stamp on it like this high school has done.[/quote]

    Happens all the time in Texas: http://www.texashshe...

  • B Wach$ | January 24, 2007 at 4:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”45599″]I’m sure a free broadcast of hockey would do SOOOOO much good for the “fourth sport.” They’ll be lucky if soccer doesn’t pass them in the next 20 years.[/quote]

    4th sport? as much as I hate to say it, NASCAR has passed hockey in popularity, but not with us.

    [quote comment=”45420″]Regarding the shoulder pad liners… there are companies that still make a similar design, albeit made from different materials.
    I’m not sure if football players still wear those under their pads (since present day shoulder pads are padded enough on their own), but these are the most popular shoulder pad for lacrosse on the highschool/college level.[/quote]

    Those are still used in HS football. Our CB this year used it after a collar bone injury. One of our OG’s used for the sake of extra padding. However our TE opted to have Riddell come out and custom fit him shoulder pads after he broke his collar bone last year. He didn’t need those things after he had the custom pads. (HS class of 09)

  • chris | January 24, 2007 at 4:22 pm |

    just a few more hours to go until we get to see the jerseys in action…

  • Matthew P | January 24, 2007 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”45435″]I still can’t believe that Bruce Pearl painted his chest. No wonder the kids at Tennesse love this guy. Maybe he should do this for one of his men’s games.[/quote]

    Or Pat Summitt should root for the men’s team attired (or not) as such!

  • Anthony Verna | January 24, 2007 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”45832″]just a few more hours to go until we get to see the jerseys in action…[/quote]

    And it WILL be on INHD for those of us with a HDTV.

    Just in case you haven’t seen any ads for it, I just looked it up. (I haven’t seen any ads for it anywhere.)

  • Burrill | January 24, 2007 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”45786″]They look like pumpkins. :) If we’re going to talk Quakers, I’d much prefer my husband’s old High School:


    Quakers!
    [/quote]

    Ah, Lansing Eastern! I got to travel to their basketball facility last year to photograph Dexter in the playoffs (vs. Okemos). That’s an awesome old barn (a term I use fondly!) they have up there. I’d love to get to shoot another game there!

    And I love the Quaker Oats logo for the school, too.

  • Mike | January 24, 2007 at 4:38 pm |

    I have a query in with the NHL brain trust on this, too.

    I don’t know if thats intentional humour or not, but the idea of an “NHL brain trust” cracked me up.

  • Tim | January 24, 2007 at 4:39 pm |

    I used those eye shields in high school too. You wouldnt think it would be that hard, but it really is. Although good players don’t look at the ball when they dribble, they still see it through peripheral vision. Take that away and it really can mess you with your mind.

    And I didnt use these things decades ago…I graduated high school last year. Our Coach was half John Wooden, half Bobby Knight. Ok mainly just Bobby Knight, except for the fact that he cared about how we wore our socks to prevent blisters…like the Wizard did.

  • Nicholas Maibroda | January 24, 2007 at 4:41 pm |

    Is anyone else fed-up of with all the changes being done to NHL jerseys. Maybe I am just being to tradionalist or maybe it’s because I am Canadian, but as far as I am concerned the new All-Star Game jerseys are looking more and more like NFL jersey, especially with the size tag on the bottom right front of the jersey itself. (look for the players’ kids who are wearing the replica jerseys) Just throwing that out there…

  • Jim | January 24, 2007 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”45770″][quote comment=”45701″][quote comment=”45626″][quote comment=”45415″]After listening to the NPR thing, it’s great to finally put a voice to those yellow blocks of text.[/quote]

    Good voice for radio, Paul. Do we see a Uni Watch podcast down the road?

    Also, anyone know why the ref’s at the NHL skills comp had silver armbands instead of Orange?[/quote]

    I believe those are the first ref uniforms that Reebok has designed. No word on whether that is the case, or whether there will be a switch to them next season, but I’ve asked the NHLOA about it. I’m awaiting a response.[/quote]

    I have a query in with the NHL brain trust on this, too.[/quote]

    Isn’t “NHL brain trust” an oxymoron?

  • Randy Miller | January 24, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    Piling on with two other points:

    1) As a former Texas resident, I find it not surprising that the same Aggies who wanted to take the Seattle Seahawks to court over the 12th Man trademark have no problem with violating a trademark themselves.

    2)In the Sandknit basketball ad, the #33 uniform was also the template for the San Francisco Bay Area Bomber roller derby uniforms of my youth.

  • John in SF | January 24, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”45530″][quote comment=”45525″][quote comment=”45522″]Sorry but “real” pizza resides in Chicago, not NY City[/quote]

    Amen.[/quote]

    False. REAL pizza resides in Boston across the street from the TD Banknorth Garden.[/quote]

    “Real” or not – the best pizza comes with its own garden. (And yes, we are this hippy out here in Cali).
    -John in SF

  • UwantRadie | January 24, 2007 at 4:59 pm |

    It is so cute when two little “cities” try to compete with the big boy.

    True, Deep Dish Pizza is from Chicago. That is all fine and well and when someone wants the best Deep Dish Pizza, I will point them to Chi-Town. But we all know, that isnt what you are talking about when you say “pizza”.

    Who knows what they got in Boston but I bet it will now be called “Pizzusaka”.

  • hotrodd | January 24, 2007 at 5:00 pm |

    the article states that it was an aggie grad who was violating the trademark.. not the school its self

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 24, 2007 at 5:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”45851″]Is anyone else fed-up of with all the changes being done to NHL jerseys. Maybe I am just being to tradionalist or maybe it’s because I am Canadian, but as far as I am concerned the new All-Star Game jerseys are looking more and more like NFL jersey, especially with the size tag on the bottom right front of the jersey itself. (look for the players’ kids who are wearing the replica jerseys) Just throwing that out there…[/quote]

    To be honest, I like the changes made to the jersey. I consider the change a return to the traditional look. I was really sick of guys wearing ponchos. You can complaing about the design of the All-Star Uni, but it is an all-star game, so you’re rolling the dice design-wise anyway. You’ll get some great ones, and some tacky stuff. I’m more concerned about the fit and any changes to individual team design.

  • Tim | January 24, 2007 at 5:13 pm |

    As for pizza goes though…deep dish = not good
    NY = pretty damn good
    stl style as much as i HATE TO SAY IT (because stl is garbage), is the best.

  • Joseph | January 24, 2007 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”45420″]Regarding the shoulder pad liners… there are companies that still make a similar design, albeit made from different materials.
    I’m not sure if football players still wear those under their pads (since present day shoulder pads are padded enough on their own), but these are the most popular shoulder pad for lacrosse on the highschool/college level.[/quote]
    My High school team J. J. Kelly High, Wise, Va still uses those they are called spiders i believe.

  • John | January 24, 2007 at 5:50 pm |

    the McAulliff (spelling?) undershirt ad really shows positive and negative arcing. Arching would be illustrated with all the letterforms holding shape. Y’know — tomatoe, tomato!

  • Minna H. | January 24, 2007 at 7:08 pm |

    A link on the Granny League: Tough old broads. Near the bottom of the first page are a few paragraphs on what they wear. On the second page, there is a list of a few of the teams. One team wears hot pink socks (sigh). Interesting read.

    As for Cheese Whiz on a Philly Cheese Steak: you have te try it to believe how damn tasty it is. When I was in Philly visiting my (then) boyfriend, he insisted I try it that way. One bite, and I was a convert. I think that was at Pat’s, and Jim’s on Sixth Street was good, too.

    You can get a cheese steak in MN, but it is definitely not Philly-style.

  • Minna H. | January 24, 2007 at 7:12 pm |

    to try it, damn it. I’m better than that!

    Woo! I’m still stoked about the Wild! keeping the Christmas unis next year. How is the All-Star game going, guys? Do the unis look ok, the logos notwithstanding?

    I am thinking of breaking down and getting cable. Is forty dollars a month for the channels I want a good deal?

  • bg | January 24, 2007 at 7:18 pm |

    Paul, great interview! Yea, let’s have a UniPodcast!

  • Allison | January 24, 2007 at 7:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”45714″][quote comment=”45709″]I thought it was awkward enough wearing those in our basketball practices–we had to wear them in KEYBOARDING class to learn how to type at the computer without looking down.[/quote]

    Hey. It’s easier to type when you can’t look – like I’m doing now. Actually, it’s easier to do most things when you commit them to memory.

    *feeling his brain turn to Jell-o(tm)*[/quote]

    I agree, typing is easier without looking. Just like dribbling. When you look you worry and screw up.

  • Brian from Short Island | January 24, 2007 at 7:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”45654″][quote comment=”45624″]There is something that has been bothering me for the last month or so.

    Nike released a Ronaldinho signature soccer shoe.

    http://img176.images...

    Ronaldinho is argueably the world’s most recognizable soccer player right now. He was the focus of Nike’s Juego Bonita line of advertisements. When Ronaldinho is on the pitch, all eyes are on him. He is an amazing player, but then why are his shoes so plan and boring? Plain black with red and yellow stiching, yawn.

    The one thing that I find so amusing is that the “R” logo on the shoe is from Ronalinho’s signature, but it looks very simlar to the logo of another large sporting equipment manufacturer.

    http://www.tanners.c...

    Seems funny that this is coming from Nike, a group that is so protective of their own logo.[/quote]

    i’ll bet its made of kangaroo leather like his last shoe, which in my opinion was much nicer…
    http://www.shoes-up....
    Ronaldinho’s old white/gold boots were very nice. But now, everything’s so flashy, that I’m going to welcome these distinctive yet simple boots. They rule!

    Also, please stop with the “Real Madrid font” stuff, that’s last year’s thing! If anything, we should be upset over their use of purple!

  • Sean Janssen | January 24, 2007 at 8:08 pm |

    Maybe those hoops cards are what got players playing for the names on the back of their jerseys instead of the front.

  • Mike | January 24, 2007 at 8:21 pm |

    Quick, someone ask those little kids how the new jersyes feel.. I bet the NHL didn’t think to to tell them what they are/aren’t allow to say

  • Jeff E. | January 24, 2007 at 8:23 pm |

    They’re introducing the players for the NHL All-Star game now. The new uinforms look different, but nothing radical. As for design, they’re OK. I’ve seen better All-Star uniforms, but there’s deifintely been a lot worse, especially in the 90’s.

  • bg | January 24, 2007 at 8:25 pm |

    PS- amazing what you find when you do a Google Image Search.

    http://images.google...

  • Jeff E. | January 24, 2007 at 8:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”45988″]Quick, someone ask those little kids how the new jersyes feel.. I bet the NHL didn’t think to to tell them what they are/aren’t allow to say[/quote]

    Yeah, I wonder if they can feel the 9% less drag when they’re skating.

  • Mike | January 24, 2007 at 8:36 pm |

    The West looks like a team of NES characters. “I want to be the blue team!”

  • Jay Palmer | January 24, 2007 at 8:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”45989″]They’re introducing the players for the NHL All-Star game now. The new uinforms look different, but nothing radical. As for design, they’re OK. I’ve seen better All-Star uniforms, but there’s deifintely been a lot worse, especially in the 90’s.[/quote]

    The new sweaters look fine to me. I’m not crazy about the design but the fabric, stitching, and “snugness” are not factors to me. That being said, I reserve all rights to bash the crap out of these if some teams decide to use it as an excuse to do something silly and over the top with their designs. Remeber, K.I.S.S.

    Ref’s are still wearing the silver arm-bands. If it aint broke, don’t fix it. Does RBK really have a problem with orange? Yes, it’s not the “coolest” color in the world but this is a matter of function over form. The orange is there too be noticed, not to be hip.

  • Mark Milner | January 24, 2007 at 8:49 pm |

    Is anybody else watching the CBC feed? Right after they introduced the players, they did a short Q/A with Roberto Luongo – while Luongo was on the ice, through a wireless headset that (I assume) was mounted inside his goaltending helmet – has anything like this ever happened before? Has there ever been players who are not only miced, but have a 2-way system to communicate with the play by play guys?

  • Charlie | January 24, 2007 at 9:06 pm |

    By any chance are you the same Paul Lukas who wrote an article about Burgers in todays NY Sun?

  • Brian from Short Island | January 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”46014″]Is anybody else watching the CBC feed? Right after they introduced the players, they did a short Q/A with Roberto Luongo – while Luongo was on the ice, through a wireless headset that (I assume) was mounted inside his goaltending helmet – has anything like this ever happened before? Has there ever been players who are not only miced, but have a 2-way system to communicate with the play by play guys?[/quote]
    Goalies don’t even like to do intermission interviews, so I find this surprising. Turco and Luongo are entertaining, however.

  • Teebz | January 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”46014″]Is anybody else watching the CBC feed? Right after they introduced the players, they did a short Q/A with Roberto Luongo – while Luongo was on the ice, through a wireless headset that (I assume) was mounted inside his goaltending helmet – has anything like this ever happened before? Has there ever been players who are not only miced, but have a 2-way system to communicate with the play by play guys?[/quote]

    CBC has been working on something like this for a while, from what I understand. They had the players miked up in past All-Star games, and it appears that all the West goalies have the little earpiece in. You could see it clearly on Marty Turco as well.

  • Meiz | January 24, 2007 at 9:08 pm |

    We were issued those “shoulder pad thingies” in high school. They weren’t “pneumatic”, but foam and known as “spider pads”. They’re supposed to go under your shoulder pads. Needless to say, NOBODY wore them.

  • Bud | January 24, 2007 at 9:19 pm |

    First…I haven’t been able to read any comments.

    Second…I rescind my previous statements about the NHL All Star jerseys being ok. They are atrocious to watch on television. The socks look better from the profile, however, when you see the back of it you realize it should be burned at the stake.

    That is all.

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2007 at 9:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”46024″]By any chance are you the same Paul Lukas who wrote an article about Burgers in todays NY Sun?[/quote]

    Yes. Unfortunately, there was a huge error in the printed version: 67 Burger in Ft. Greene should have gotten a B+, not a D. My editor says is was due to a “production error” in the newsroom. Ugh….

  • DrBear | January 24, 2007 at 9:35 pm |

    I remember those 70s Sand-Knit unis – very classy stuff for the time. The one with the Northwestern stripes and the number in the circle were Marquette’s home unis in the early 70s Al McGuire era – he eventually became a Sand-Knit VP and Marquette a test team for their unis, much as Oregon is today for Nike. What you need to find is some of the ones with wild pastel colors – extreme electric blue and shocking pink – that S-K sold in the 70s.

    Oh, and I remember those Bradley Washfountain showers, too. Had them in our junior high. Having to take adolescent gang showers around one of those phallic posts has probably scarred me for life.

  • Denis | January 24, 2007 at 9:37 pm |

    Alex Ovechkin wore his personal all black skates including black Tuuks at the start of the game.
    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

    Then he switched to his normal CCM skates with Graf yellow laces and white Tuuks

    He is also wearing his new Blue tinted visor, not the smoke tinted visor

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 24, 2007 at 9:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”46014″]Is anybody else watching the CBC feed? Right after they introduced the players, they did a short Q/A with Roberto Luongo – while Luongo was on the ice, through a wireless headset that (I assume) was mounted inside his goaltending helmet – has anything like this ever happened before? Has there ever been players who are not only miced, but have a 2-way system to communicate with the play by play guys?[/quote]

    They’ve done this before in All-Star games. I remember years ago Jeremy Roenick being mic’d and talking to the Play by Play guys while taking a shift. Pretty entertaining.

    As for the Uni’s, I like the whites better than the Darks, but they look pretty good to me. Maybe not that bizarre stripeing on the socks.

  • Nolan | January 24, 2007 at 10:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”46046″]Alex Ovechkin wore his personal all black skates including black Tuuks at the start of the game.
    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

    Then he switched to his normal CCM skates with Graf yellow laces and white Tuuks

    He is also wearing his new Blue tinted visor, not the smoke tinted visor

    http://sports.yahoo....

    He was messing with his skates after his first shift, I wonder if they were new. Good eye by the way.

  • Mike | January 24, 2007 at 10:23 pm |

    Enjoyed putting a voice with the pictures and text. Nice interview on NPR!

    And the blinders were my downfall on trying to be a guard in jr high basketball.

  • Sebastian | January 24, 2007 at 10:38 pm |

    I’m watching the All Star Game on the Versus channel and they had Martin Brodeur mic’d up in the 2nd period. Pretty interesting until someone scored a goal on him, knocking the microphone off of him and almost into the net.

  • Sebastian | January 24, 2007 at 10:40 pm |

    Also, for the shoulder pad liners, I had to wear one underneath my shoulder pads in high school after I broke my collar bone. Our coaches called it a “waffle” though.

  • Matty L. | January 24, 2007 at 10:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”46081″]I’m watching the All Star Game on the Versus channel and they had Martin Brodeur mic’d up in the 2nd period. Pretty interesting until someone scored a goal on him, knocking the microphone off of him and almost into the net.[/quote]
    Hockey Night In Canada announcers thought the puck broke in half until they got a closer look and realized it was just the mic.

    “Brodeur literally got a piece of it!”

  • Ed Findlay | January 24, 2007 at 11:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”46042″][quote comment=”46024″]By any chance are you the same Paul Lukas who wrote an article about Burgers in todays NY Sun?[/quote]

    Yes. Unfortunately, there was a huge error in the printed version: 67 Burger in Ft. Greene should have gotten a B+, not a D. My editor says is was due to a “production error” in the newsroom. Ugh….[/quote]

    No wonder you have been on a roll this week!

    Seriously though, I am with others here and think you should consider a podcast or some other form of broadcasting. You have a great voice, great speaking style, and great mind- perfect combo for broadcasting.

  • Tom Dixon | January 24, 2007 at 11:35 pm |

    Oh my god! I always wondered what the origin was of the horrible showers in my college dorm, and now I found it in the second image down in the ad you provided here.

  • Tony | January 24, 2007 at 11:59 pm |

    I actually love the new NHL jersey cuts. The baggy sweater look is equivalent to pajama style baseball pants. And I don’t want to hear about tradition. Gordie Howe never wore his sweater as baggy as some of today’s players. I love the way the new jersey is tight around the forearm.

  • Brian Fiala | January 25, 2007 at 12:30 am |

    just by looking at some of the photo’s from the all-star game…i didn’t get a chance to watch it, as i had a game of my own tonight. But it appears to me as if each player is wearing their own team breezers, and they have put some sort of a slip cover over the top of them. I have seen a lot of photos so far where you can see some of the players team colors underneath their pants, most noticably on this one of Brian Rolston, who got hosed for MVP…linky Anyone else think that this is rather suspicious???

  • Original Jim | January 25, 2007 at 12:38 am |

    I think Ovechkin wears a tinted visor to hide his painful affliction, the unibrow.

  • Denis | January 25, 2007 at 12:38 am |

    Bakersfield Condors have new unis coming out:
    http://www.echl.com/...

  • maximumK | January 25, 2007 at 1:34 am |

    I really want to see Versus/NBC/TSN/Anybody put one of those little cameras they used to put on baseball catchers and NFL umpires in a goalkeeper mask. Pair one of those with the little microphone, and you get one of the deepest looks into the life of a goalie without actually becoming one. I know it’ll make me treat a 90 mph slapshot with a little more respect

  • Jeff Wilcox | January 25, 2007 at 1:52 am |

    [quote comment=”46127″]I actually love the new NHL jersey cuts. The baggy sweater look is equivalent to pajama style baseball pants. And I don’t want to hear about tradition. Gordie Howe never wore his sweater as baggy as some of today’s players. I love the way the new jersey is tight around the forearm.[/quote]

    Amen, Brother. Testify!

  • James Craven | January 25, 2007 at 2:34 am |

    As far as cheesesteaks are conserned, Steve’s Prince of Steaks on Bustleton Avenue or Rick’s in the Reading Terminal Market (and Citizens’ Bank Park) as well as Tony Luke’s on Oregon Avenue (and also at The Vault) are great.

  • Andrew | January 25, 2007 at 4:40 am |

    did anyone see Reeboks new hats they unleashed at the post game interivews at the allstar game? I had one of the new ones last year, with the mesh back with the logo printed sideways on the back left panel. But it seems with these news one that Crosby and Ovechkin are wearin, they took that large logo, and put it sideways on the front of the hat, but no colour, just an outline. Then they have the regular logo ont he front, looks pretty snazzy I may have to go buy it

  • baude | January 25, 2007 at 5:01 am |

    [quote comment=”46145″]just by looking at some of the photo’s from the all-star game…i didn’t get a chance to watch it, as i had a game of my own tonight. But it appears to me as if each player is wearing their own team breezers, and they have put some sort of a slip cover over the top of them. I have seen a lot of photos so far where you can see some of the players team colors underneath their pants, most noticably on this one of Brian Rolston, who got hosed for MVP…linky Anyone else think that this is rather suspicious???[/quote]

    Shells are shell. very, common (necessary if you wear a girdle). especially for special competitions (like allstar games), and lower levels.

    (Sorry to any Swedes for showing that pic of Salo…)

  • baude | January 25, 2007 at 5:21 am |

    Correction to #199 above:

    “This is a shell. They are very common…”

    my bad.

  • dgc | January 25, 2007 at 8:00 am |

    [quote comment=”46089″][quote comment=”46081″]I’m watching the All Star Game on the Versus channel and they had Martin Brodeur mic’d up in the 2nd period. Pretty interesting until someone scored a goal on him, knocking the microphone off of him and almost into the net.[/quote]
    Hockey Night In Canada announcers thought the puck broke in half until they got a closer look and realized it was just the mic.

    “Brodeur literally got a piece of it!”[/quote]

    Don’t know if you CBC guys get the same Versus feed, but the entire third period they had Turco’s mike/headphone on so he was talking about things while playing.

    BTW according to the Washington Post, Ovie and Crosby filmed a new NHL commercial where Ovie does the old send pizzas to Crosby’s room bit.