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Lion Attacks Finally Explained

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I’ve got a small piece about Media Day on Page 2 today — here’s the link.

Meanwhile: What is it about the NFL postseason that causes some cities to completely lose their minds? Those purple street lights in Baltimore, for example — that’s just nuts (and believe me, I’d say the same thing if they used red, orange, or even my favorite color, green). And yesterday, a work crew brought a pair of huge, misproportioned Bears helmets to the Art Institute of Chicago and tried to place them onto the stately bronze lions that stand sentry in front of the museum. According to this report, one of the helmets broke; but the wire-service captions to those photos said the helmets “did not fit and were taken away to be resized and installed later in the week.” Either way, serves everyone right for trying to heap such an indignity on the noble statues.

I’m all for civic pride, mind you. I think this, for example, is pretty cool (details on how they did it here). But does a proud, tradition-rich city like Chicago really need one of its two major newspapers to declare that Friday will be “Wear the Bears to Work Day”? I’d like to think that would never happen here in NYC (not that the Jets or Giants show signs of putting that assumption to the test anytime soon). And if anyone ever tried to strap a football helmet on these lions, Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, you can bet some Tank Johnson type would take that sucker out (you didn’t really think you were gonna get through an entire Super Bowl story without a Tank Johnson mention, did you?).

Uni Watch News Ticker: Remember the Baseball Bunch? I’d completely forgotten about it/them until Eric Stangel found this eBay auction. (If this is all new to you, some background info is available here and here.) … Just in time for Barry Bonds’s re-signing, there’s this (with thanks to John Ryan). … “I am from the Dominican Republic and I was digging through some old pictures yesterday,” writes Jean Oliva. “This one, taken in 1934, shows the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. Look at the manager’s pants — ahead of its time, don’t you think?” … Scroll down to the last boldfaced section of this page to see how baseball’s best pitcher and my favorite team’s starting shortstop risked frostbite just so New Era could sell a few extra caps. … Illinois and Michigan State went color vs. color last night. … “During last night’s Capitals/Senators game, the TV announcers picked up on the fact the referees — Eric Furlatt and Brad Watson according to the boxscores — were both wearing No. 27,” writes Jeff Barak. According to this roster, Furlatt is the true 27, while Watson usually wears No. 23. Maybe his luggage got lost..? I’ll check with the NHL. … “That’s right, baby, it’s this big!” … True story: At a press conference a few days before Super Bowl III, Weeb Ewbank told that joke whose punchline goes, “All the way down to my balls, and that’s the next question.” Now that was a Media Day. … Perfection.

 

193 comments to Lion Attacks Finally Explained

  • Richard | January 31, 2007 at 9:16 am |

    So yesterday I mentioned that Brian Urlacher was wearing a Vitamin Water hat during the beginning of his Media Day session, but it was removed once an official told him to remove it. Leave it to Bill Simmons to snag a photo of Urlacher wearing said hat.

  • SpartyCuse | January 31, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    The city of Detroit used to put a Wings jersey on a statue in the city for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Paul Lukas | January 31, 2007 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment=”49427″]So yesterday I mentioned that Brian Urlacher was wearing a Vitamin Water hat during the beginning of his Media Day session, but it was removed once an official told him to remove it. Leave it to Bill Simmons to snag a photo of Urlacher wearing said hat.[/quote]

    Or just leave it to the Associated Press.

  • Adam Hainsfurther | January 31, 2007 at 9:21 am |

    Being a Chicagoan I remember when they dressed the lions in a sox helmet () and cubs hats (http://www.worth1000...) I remember them doing them up in bulls gear, although they may have done that special for an olding starting line up video, but what can i say, we’re just suckers for that cute, cheesey, crap

  • Adam Hainsfurther | January 31, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    here’s the sox link

  • Adam Hainsfurther | January 31, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    im bad at linking

    http://www.pbase.com...

  • Hoss | January 31, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    This article from the Indiana Daily Student is about is about the Nike Twill Jersey. The author equates success to wearing the swoosh – even saying that the jersey is “key to victory”.

  • Bryan | January 31, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    The spirit of Detroit has also worn a Super Bowl XL, Pistons, Tigers and Shock Jerseys. I cant find a picture of the Tigers and Shock though.

  • Hoss | January 31, 2007 at 9:26 am |
  • Dane | January 31, 2007 at 9:27 am |

    From Tuesday’s comments:
    “(Europe, of course, but has any other continent placed a player in a hockey All Star game yet?)”

    Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig was born in South Africa.

  • lockbull | January 31, 2007 at 9:35 am |

    Didn’t see any info on the new Discovery Channel Cycling uniforms until now (yes This Guy is who you think he is). Maybe noted Team Disco jersey collector T.O. (sorry couldn;t find picture) can show up at their training camp and get this guy to grow some “guns”.

  • Richard | January 31, 2007 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”49429″][quote comment=”49427″]So yesterday I mentioned that Brian Urlacher was wearing a Vitamin Water hat during the beginning of his Media Day session, but it was removed once an official told him to remove it. Leave it to Bill Simmons to snag a photo of Urlacher wearing said hat.[/quote]

    Or just leave it to the Associated Press.[/quote]

    ARGH!
    Why does the AP feel they need to one up ESPN…

  • Mike | January 31, 2007 at 9:37 am |

    Seems like a lot of steps to go through for that window art. I’ve seen it done at university libraries, and I highly doubt they went to all that trouble. Then again, a Bears logo is signifigantly harder than spelling “Penis” in giant letters.

  • JoshC | January 31, 2007 at 9:38 am |

    #10: And Rod Langway was born in Taiwan. Now, neither Kolzig nor Langway were citizens of countries on those continents, but they were born there.

  • Ben N | January 31, 2007 at 9:41 am |

    Illinois looks SO junior varsity when they wear orange at home. HOME TEAMS WEAR WHITE. Stupid pumpkinheads. Maybe thats why the NCAA wont allow them to hold postseason tournaments. I still have nightmares from the Illini- Wisconsin game a few years ago.

  • Ryan Dempsey | January 31, 2007 at 9:48 am |

    Thanks for the Basbeall Bunch reminder. It brought back some great memories. My favorite was an episode where the Chicken would not come onto the field because Andre Dawson was visiting. Dawson, of course, was nicknamed The Hawk. We all know that Chickens and Hawks don’t get along…great stuff.

  • Joe Hilseberg | January 31, 2007 at 9:48 am |

    I can’t believe that you’re hating on the purple lights around the city! I don’t see what’s “just nuts” about it????

    It shows a community coming together to support a team. Every time I drove past the city and saw the lights a felt a certain pride. I don’t see how it’s any different than a fan wearing a jersey to support his/her team except for the method of expression. It’s the same message though.

    Even though you say different, I think it’s because it’s purple! haha

  • Joe | January 31, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    Just checked out the Mets pics from Mt. Sinai hospital mentioned in yesterdays comments.

    The jersey’s didn’t look so bad, but why did Omar allow Reyes to wear that hat and undersleeve? How long before we see that abomination on the field?

    Check out the Mets website, since I can’t get a link to work.

  • Mark | January 31, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    The article from IU is not very informed. IU just recently went back to Adidas after having worn Nike for a while under Mike Davis. No tradition was lost when they wore Nike. Same uniforms and wonderful candy striped warmup pants. Plus, they are playing better with Adidas in my opinion and the soccer team does alright witht the three stripes.

  • Natron | January 31, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    Bret Hedican is from North St. Paul, MN – home of the world’s largest stucco snowman (44 feet tall…. the 8th wonder of the world). When Bret won the Stanley Cup with Carolina, he brought the cup home to North St. Paul for a day. To celebrate the occasion, the city decided to pay a little tribute to the hometown boy.

  • Joe | January 31, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”49444″][quote comment=”49429″][quote comment=”49427″]So yesterday I mentioned that Brian Urlacher was wearing a Vitamin Water hat during the beginning of his Media Day session, but it was removed once an official told him to remove it. Leave it to Bill Simmons to snag a photo of Urlacher wearing said hat.[/quote]

    Or just leave it to the Associated Press.[/quote]

    ARGH!
    Why does the AP feel they need to one up ESPN…[/quote]

    Because Bill Simmons is a product that cleans women’s “business” parts.

  • Banker Bill | January 31, 2007 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment=”49452″]Thanks for the Basbeall Bunch reminder. It brought back some great memories. My favorite was an episode where the Chicken would not come onto the field because Andre Dawson was visiting. Dawson, of course, was nicknamed The Hawk. We all know that Chickens and Hawks don’t get along…great stuff.[/quote]

    I remember when Dan Quisenberry was on there, telling the kids to “visualize” what was going to happen, and I remember Gary Matthews (Sarge) teaching them the batting practice game “Get ’em over, get ’em in.” That’s how I learned that it was important as a right handed hitter to hit to right field. Of course, I was small and couldn’t catch up to a lot of fastballs, so I hit to right field a LOT!

    I saw the Illinois-Michigan State game highlights on ESPNEWS this morning – and the first thing I thought was “Paul better mention this, or I will!”

  • Matt B | January 31, 2007 at 9:58 am |

    There was quite the stir in Raleigh last year when the statue outside the capitol of the three NC-born presidents was fitted with three Hurricanes jerseys.

    http://www.newsobser...
    registration might be required.

  • Banker Bill | January 31, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    Minna – if you see this, check out the jersey that Buccigross is wearing in his article this week.

  • Natron | January 31, 2007 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment=”49465″]Minna – if you see this, check out the jersey that Buccigross is wearing in his article this week.[/quote]

    It’s plain to see that John Buccigross is the greatest broadcaster in sports history, and a hockey genius! Go Wild!

  • Kenny | January 31, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    The City of Chicago put helmets on the lions in ’85 as well.

    The reason the helmets broke when putting them on the lions was cuz it was so damn cold here in Chicago. They took them back to the factory, are going to warm them up to stretch the plastic and then put them on.

    From the Chicago Tribune
    :
    Gary Heitz, a project manager for Chicago Scenic Studios, said the plastic seemed flexible enough in the studio to fit around those big leonine ears, but grew brittle in the frigid air. Workers will widen the helmets and try again Wednesday morning.

  • Michael Churchill | January 31, 2007 at 10:20 am |

    Reminds me of the statue of the Duke of Wellington in Glasgow which always wears a traffic cone on it’s head. It used to be that every time the authorities removed the cone, another would re-appear, usually overnight. Now they don’t bother and the image is used to represent the city in some guidebooks.

  • Gil68 | January 31, 2007 at 10:22 am |

    Great stuff about The Baseball Bunch (something I had forgotten about years ago). I can look out my living room window at the CNA building, and the first time I noticed the Go Bears display was during the Seahawks Sunday night game this season. There are other buildings downtown that spell out meesages like “Da Bears”, and “Go Bears” too, but they do not have a graphic like the CNA building. Chicago also puts team related things on the Picasso. Finally, go Bears! from one of the season ticket holders that was not selected for Super Bowl tickets :(

  • Smail | January 31, 2007 at 10:27 am |

    Just getting on the post your jerseys bandwagon… I was waiting on my new favorite that just arrived yesterday.

    Back in high school I was all about the Starter, hence these. They’re all from around 1995, but I’ve never been able to figure out whether the Vikings actually wore a black alternate while Moon was at the helm. And, thanks to the joy of oversized jerseys, they all still fit!

    More recently, I’ve added these. All from the last couple years, and all replicas. The Wild third is the one that just arrived and I love it. The logo is primarily felt, instead of the normal applique/stitching stuff, and that makes for a nice change.

  • Steven Winner | January 31, 2007 at 10:30 am |

    It could have been ‘paint the hall orange’ night in Champaign. The entire place is orange as everyone wears it. It looks great. Illinois likes wearing orange and did so as much as possible on their run to the final four. They’ve worn white a little more at home the last few years.

    ILL

  • chris | January 31, 2007 at 10:34 am |

    Philadelphia likes to dress up statues too. Is logo creep noticeable from 548 feet below?

  • DRob | January 31, 2007 at 10:35 am |

    I agree. With the entire stadium decked out in orange, it was only appropriate for the home team to wear the school’s color…orange.

  • Natron | January 31, 2007 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”49478″]Just getting on the post your jerseys bandwagon… I was waiting on my new favorite that just arrived yesterday.

    Back in high school I was all about the Starter, hence these. They’re all from around 1995, but I’ve never been able to figure out whether the Vikings actually wore a black alternate while Moon was at the helm. And, thanks to the joy of oversized jerseys, they all still fit!

    More recently, I’ve added these. All from the last couple years, and all replicas. The Wild third is the one that just arrived and I love it. The logo is primarily felt, instead of the normal applique/stitching stuff, and that makes for a nice change.[/quote]

    The Vikes have never worn an alternate jersey of any color on the field. It’s always either purple or white.

  • MK | January 31, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    Just watched the live feed of the Yankee Stadium All Star Game announcement. At the end, the mayor and Selig hold up a Yankees road jersey with a “Summer 08” name/number combo on the back. These will be available at Models later this afternoon.

  • Seth H | January 31, 2007 at 10:42 am |

    And if anyone ever tried to strap a football helmet on these lions, . . . .

    Paul,

    We New Yorkers are not so innocent in all of this. Patience and Fortitude wore a Mets and a Yankees cap (respectively) during the Subway Series in 2000. I am not sure if they have been dressed at any other time (other than the annual christmas wreaths).

  • John | January 31, 2007 at 10:42 am |

    Alexander Mogilny was born in Khabarovsk, Russia. This area of Russia is is located in Asia, making MoGo the first Asian player in an ASG.

    On a similar note…

    Petr Nedved has never worn a Czech jersey in a major IIHF-sponsored tournament.

    At 17y.o. he defected from Czechoslovakia, just months before the Velvet Revolution, while playing in a tournament in Calgary. It was here that he applied for (and gained) Canadian citizenship. He played for Team Canada throughout 1993 and 1994, then went to the ’94 Winter Games in Lillehammer wearing a maple leaf (pictures of that may have been confiscated and destroyed by Czech “officials”). The only time in his adult life he has been adorned with the Czech Coat of Arms was the 1996 NHL-sponsored World Cup.

  • Stuby | January 31, 2007 at 10:42 am |

    I’m glad to see that there are other SF Giants fans out there that are fed up with Barry. I don’t know how, though, you can shell out the dough for the jersey and the tickets to games, when that money goes back to the team and that team long ago sold it’s soul to the devil.

    I have tried many times to communicate with the Giants to air my dissatisfaction over the current state of affairs over at 24 Willie Mays Plaza. I usually get an automated response such as ‘thank you for your interest’ or ‘we will look into the matter’.

    The only way to really protest is to stop attending games and stop buying the merchandise.

    Unfortunately, there are plenty of lemmings out there that will follow Barry over the cliff.

  • Steve | January 31, 2007 at 10:43 am |

    Am I the only person who doesn’t know the rest of Weeb’s joke (but is curious)?

  • Seth H | January 31, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    Found a picture of the NY Public Library lions with the caps. http://www.nypl.org/...

  • Natron | January 31, 2007 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”49489″]
    The only way to really protest is to stop attending games
    [/quote]

    As a fan who has to go into the Metrodome to watch ballgames, I say “bite your tongue”!

  • Adam Korengold | January 31, 2007 at 10:50 am |

    Patience and Fortitude (the lions in front of the New York Public Library) also wore Yankees caps during the Yanks’ run in the late 1990s. (I was in grad school in New York then. I don’t have a picture to post because it was in the days before digital cameras…)

  • Ron | January 31, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”49461″]Because Bill Simmons is a product that cleans women’s “business” parts.[/quote]

    Nice one, Joe! Excellent euphemism

  • MK | January 31, 2007 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”49487″]And if anyone ever tried to strap a football helmet on these lions, . . . .

    Paul,

    We New Yorkers are not so innocent in all of this. Patience and Fortitude wore a Mets and a Yankees cap (respectively) during the Subway Series in 2000. I am not sure if they have been dressed at any other time (other than the annual christmas wreaths).[/quote]

    This article has a shot

  • Greg | January 31, 2007 at 10:55 am |

    I had a uni nightmare last night…
    the Pirates new red vests with Nike yellow dot sleeves…ugh.

  • Ryan Dempsey | January 31, 2007 at 11:10 am |

    So now that I have a Rated Rookie shirt, I am on the hunt for a Baseball Bunch shirt. Has any one else seen one on the web?

    I would be glad to make one on Cafe Press, but I am not able to find a clean version of the logo? Has any one else had luck?

  • Paul Lukas | January 31, 2007 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”49487″]And if anyone ever tried to strap a football helmet on these lions, . . . .

    Paul,

    We New Yorkers are not so innocent in all of this. Patience and Fortitude wore a Mets and a Yankees cap (respectively) during the Subway Series in 2000. I am not sure if they have been dressed at any other time (other than the annual christmas wreaths).[/quote]

    So I see. At least a baseball cap isn’t as obtrusive as those crazy, oddly shaped Bears helmets.

  • Banker Bill | January 31, 2007 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”49469″][quote comment=”49465″]Minna – if you see this, check out the jersey that Buccigross is wearing in his article this week.[/quote]

    It’s plain to see that John Buccigross is the greatest broadcaster in sports history, and a hockey genius! Go Wild![/quote]

    Natron, did not know you were a Wild! fanatic as well – I shall direct all Minnesota hockey comments to both of you now!

  • matt | January 31, 2007 at 11:14 am |

    …and thus, the first ever mention of “lions” and “super bowl” in the same item.

    might have to wait XLI more years to hear it again.

  • Natron | January 31, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”49511″][quote comment=”49469″][quote comment=”49465″]Minna – if you see this, check out the jersey that Buccigross is wearing in his article this week.[/quote]

    It’s plain to see that John Buccigross is the greatest broadcaster in sports history, and a hockey genius! Go Wild![/quote]

    Natron, did not know you were a Wild! fanatic as well – I shall direct all Minnesota hockey comments to both of you now![/quote]

    Ah yes… St. Paul boy through-and-through!

    Why, just 5 short days ago, I was at the Xcel Energy Center watching the hometown club win a shootout while downing gallons of St. Paul’s finest brew!

    Good times… good times.

  • Zach | January 31, 2007 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”49502″][quote comment=”49487″]And if anyone ever tried to strap a football helmet on these lions, . . . .

    Paul,

    We New Yorkers are not so innocent in all of this. Patience and Fortitude wore a Mets and a Yankees cap (respectively) during the Subway Series in 2000. I am not sure if they have been dressed at any other time (other than the annual christmas wreaths).[/quote]

    This article has a shot[/quote]

    Ditch The Black

    Just saying

  • Paul Lukas | January 31, 2007 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”49491″]Am I the only person who doesn’t know the rest of Weeb’s joke (but is curious)?[/quote]

    Woman goes to a doctor and says, “I’ve got two questions. The first is, I think I might have a hormone imbalance, because I’ve got some hair on my chest.”

    The doctor takes a look and says, “Wow, you’re right. How far down does that go?”

    She says, “All the way down to my balls, and that’s the next question.”

  • Jeff F. | January 31, 2007 at 11:24 am |

    My office here in Chicago has joined in the “Wear the Bear to Work” thing. We are allowed to wear jeans to work if we sport some kind of Bears gear. I am a Colts fan. I am not allowed to wear my Colts gear to the office. Discrimination, anyone? I’m sure I could ruin it for everyone if I simply took a stroll down to HR.

  • Richard | January 31, 2007 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”49512″]…and thus, the first ever mention of “lions” and “super bowl” in the same item.

    might have to wait XLI more years to hear it again.[/quote]

    Not true – Last season, Super Bowl XL was held at Ford Field, Home of the Detroit Lions…so we can assume that saying was used many times…

  • Dane | January 31, 2007 at 11:26 am |

    And if anyone ever tried to strap a football helmet on these lions, . . . .

    Paul,

    We New Yorkers are not so innocent in all of this. Patience and Fortitude wore a Mets and a Yankees cap (respectively) during the Subway Series in 2000. I am not sure if they have been dressed at any other time (other than the annual christmas wreaths).

    During the NYPL renovations a few years ago, Patience and Fortitude were wearing white construction helmets. My picture is on my home computer – I’ll try to link it later tonight.

  • Dane | January 31, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment=”49518″]My office here in Chicago has joined in the “Wear the Bear to Work” thing. We are allowed to wear jeans to work if we sport some kind of Bears gear. I am a Colts fan. I am not allowed to wear my Colts gear to the office. Discrimination, anyone? I’m sure I could ruin it for everyone if I simply took a stroll down to HR.[/quote]

    Don’t worry, you’ll be in a much happier state of mind then your coworkers on Monday morning.

  • Robert | January 31, 2007 at 11:31 am |

    Although I was too old for a little kids show at the time, I was a frequent watcher of “The Baseball Bunch” because Johnny Bench was (and remains) my favorite player. I may just have to bid on that jacket and add it to the Johnny Bench/Reds room in my house.

  • Nolan | January 31, 2007 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”49443″]Didn’t see any info on the new Discovery Channel Cycling uniforms until now (yes This Guy is who you think he is). Maybe noted Team Disco jersey collector T.O. (sorry couldn;t find picture) can show up at their training camp and get this guy to grow some “guns”.[/quote]

    They didn’t go unnoticed…they are just unbelievably ugly.

    Janez Brajkovic rules though. He’ll be a great one if cycling can weather the storm it’s found itself in.

  • Stuby | January 31, 2007 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment=”49518″]My office here in Chicago has joined in the “Wear the Bear to Work” thing. We are allowed to wear jeans to work if we sport some kind of Bears gear. I am a Colts fan. I am not allowed to wear my Colts gear to the office. Discrimination, anyone? I’m sure I could ruin it for everyone if I simply took a stroll down to HR.[/quote]

    So, would they send you home if you showed up in Colts stuff? Sounds a little Junior-High Spirit Week to me.

  • Rich Bruns | January 31, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    I can’t figure out what font it is that Arsenal uses on their crest. If anyone could take a look at it and maybe knows, it’d be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Matt B | January 31, 2007 at 11:42 am |

    On the “show us your unis” theme: Traveling through the fatherland last summer allowed me to rock my various national team jerseys.

    Argentina (2001 vintage). The popped collar is in homage to the double-popped pastel gentleman in the foreground.

    Germany (2000 vintage). Actually bought this in Berlin on my first visit to Germany. Adidas made a small fortune in 2006 with the entire German population buying a jersey at ~$100 a pop.

    My cousin lent me his Holland (2004) for the ARG-NED game. Here I am trying to blend in with the scenery.

    USA (2006 edition). Got on Sportscenter wearing this one, too!

    Also in the closet at home
    Barcelona (ca 1999)
    Ajax (2003) With John O’Brien’s name and number
    Ajax (2006) Longsleeve
    Washington Redskins, Burgundy, Riggins #44. Puchased in spring of 1994, and I don’t know how well it represented the early 80s. But uni-changes were pretty slow back then, so it’s probably OK. I really wanted white, but the NFL merch machine wasn’t as smoothly run as it is now.

  • Jerry | January 31, 2007 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”49428″]The city of Detroit used to put a Wings jersey on a statue in the city for the Stanley Cup playoffs.[/quote]

    They did the same for the Tigers last season. They do the same with the Pistons as well.

    I don’t even think they have a Lions jersey.

  • Joe Hilseberg | January 31, 2007 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”49509″]So now that I have a Rated Rookie shirt, I am on the hunt for a Baseball Bunch shirt. Has any one else seen one on the web?

    I would be glad to make one on Cafe Press, but I am not able to find a clean version of the logo? Has any one else had luck?[/quote]

    Give me some time…I’ll get it up

  • Art Mah | January 31, 2007 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”49488″]
    Petr Nedved has never worn a Czech jersey in a major IIHF-sponsored tournament.

    At 17y.o. he defected from Czechoslovakia, just months before the Velvet Revolution, while playing in a tournament in Calgary. It was here that he applied for (and gained) Canadian citizenship. He played for Team Canada throughout 1993 and 1994, then went to the ’94 Winter Games in Lillehammer wearing a maple leaf (pictures of that may have been confiscated and destroyed by Czech “officials”). The only time in his adult life he has been adorned with the Czech Coat of Arms was the 1996 NHL-sponsored World Cup.[/quote]

    The IIHF rules are the same as the rules from FIFA – if you represent one country in a IIHF tournament, you are bound to that country forever in a IIHF World Championship or Olympic Tournament. The only way you can get out of that is if you end up in separate country after the original breaks up (ie. USSR or Czechoslovakia)

    The World Cup is an NHL/NHLPA tournament with the co-operation of the IIHF, but nationality rules don’t apply to this or the predecessor Canada Cup (Peter Stastny played for Czechoslovakia in ’76 and ’81 and Canada in ’84 after he defected, Bryan Trottier for Canada in ’81 and ’84, then the US in ’87 and ’91 after he took US citizenship.)

  • Jonathon | January 31, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    So, the girl from the Saints-Eagles playoff game wearing the “Fuck Da Eagles” shirt got a spread in Maxim. She definitely gets props for the striped socks in this photo (but if you’re focusing on the socks for more than a few seconds, then something is wrong with you).

    http://www.maximonli...

  • Art Mah | January 31, 2007 at 11:53 am |

    On another note, there was an interesting story to Kerry Fraser losing his equipment between Cancun and Edmonton before last Friday’s game. It’s too bad he’s required to wear a helmet now, as it would’ve been difficult to track down his industrial strength hairspray for his perfectly coiffed helmet.

    http://slam.canoe.ca...

  • Jonathon | January 31, 2007 at 11:55 am |

    There is definitely such a thing as good-logo-creep:

    http://www.maximonli...

  • Hugh | January 31, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    Almost every Minnesota home basketball game is color on color.

    The Gophers main home uniform is gold, while their alternate (which is not liked on ) is white.

  • Smail | January 31, 2007 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”49484″][quote comment=”49478″]Just getting on the post your jerseys bandwagon… I was waiting on my new favorite that just arrived yesterday.

    Back in high school I was all about the Starter, hence these. They’re all from around 1995, but I’ve never been able to figure out whether the Vikings actually wore a black alternate while Moon was at the helm. And, thanks to the joy of oversized jerseys, they all still fit!

    More recently, I’ve added these. All from the last couple years, and all replicas. The Wild third is the one that just arrived and I love it. The logo is primarily felt, instead of the normal applique/stitching stuff, and that makes for a nice change.[/quote]

    The Vikes have never worn an alternate jersey of any color on the field. It’s always either purple or white.[/quote]

    Thanks for the clarification. I figured it was a “stylized” knock off… probably subconsciously explains why I never wear it anymore.

  • MK | January 31, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”49485″]Just watched the live feed of the Yankee Stadium All Star Game announcement. At the end, the mayor and Selig hold up a Yankees road jersey with a “Summer 08” name/number combo on the back. These will be available at Models later this afternoon.[/quote]

    Here it is.

  • Jill | January 31, 2007 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”49518″]My office here in Chicago has joined in the “Wear the Bear to Work” thing. We are allowed to wear jeans to work if we sport some kind of Bears gear. I am a Colts fan. I am not allowed to wear my Colts gear to the office. Discrimination, anyone? I’m sure I could ruin it for everyone if I simply took a stroll down to HR.[/quote]

    I would wear a shirt with the Bears C on it and draw a big red X through it. In my opinion, this would be funnier than wearing Colts appparel and they can’t argue with you for not wearing Bears gear.

  • MK | January 31, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”49539″][quote comment=”49485″]Just watched the live feed of the Yankee Stadium All Star Game announcement. At the end, the mayor and Selig hold up a Yankees road jersey with a “Summer 08” name/number combo on the back. These will be available at Models later this afternoon.[/quote]

    Here it is.[/quote]

    Sorry about the broken link. This should work.

  • Larry C | January 31, 2007 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”49518″]My office here in Chicago has joined in the “Wear the Bear to Work” thing. We are allowed to wear jeans to work if we sport some kind of Bears gear. I am a Colts fan. I am not allowed to wear my Colts gear to the office. Discrimination, anyone? I’m sure I could ruin it for everyone if I simply took a stroll down to HR.[/quote]Bah, you could probably get away with it. Last year, we had a wear Seahawks gear to work, and there were a couple of folks who came in with Steelers gear. It was all fine and OK. Just steel yourself for some good natured ribbing.

  • Matt | January 31, 2007 at 12:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”49525″]I can’t figure out what font it is that Arsenal uses on their crest. If anyone could take a look at it and maybe knows, it’d be greatly appreciated. Thank you.[/quote]

    It’s a connon

  • Matt | January 31, 2007 at 12:33 pm |

    cannon

  • Ian K | January 31, 2007 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”49526″]
    My cousin lent me his Holland (2004) for the ARG-NED game. Here I am trying to blend in with the scenery.
    [/quote]

    Matt B, Nice jersey collection. You have several Ajax unis – are you representing some Dutch heritage? As a first generation Dutch American, I have to say HUP HOLLAND to the orange.

  • Original Jim | January 31, 2007 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”49525″]I can’t figure out what font it is that Arsenal uses on their crest. If anyone could take a look at it and maybe knows, it’d be greatly appreciated. Thank you.[/quote]

    Clearface Gothic

    http://www.myfonts.c...

  • Matt | January 31, 2007 at 12:37 pm |

    Sorry, if I actually READ the post. Man I suck at this.

  • Larry C | January 31, 2007 at 12:40 pm |

    By the way, being originally from Detroit, I guess I should add something about the Spirit of Detroit jerseys. I think the trend actually started during the Red Wings-Flyers Stanley Cup Championship in the 90’s. Philly first came up with the idea when they dressed their statue (William Penn, I think) in a Flyers jersey. Detroit responded with a Red Wings jersey on the Spirit of Detroit, drawing (not unfounded) accusations that our city was just ripping off the idea.

    Frankly, I thought the big fake Stanley Cup they hoisted atop one of the downtown buildings was a better and more original idea, but I guess it’s one of those things that doesn’t translate to our other Chapionship teams.

    Now that I live in Seattle, I wonder if the city is open to the idea of dressing up our statue of Comrade Lenin in a Seahawks jersey?

  • Ray | January 31, 2007 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”49532″]So, the girl from the Saints-Eagles playoff game wearing the “Fuck Da Eagles” shirt got a spread in Maxim. She definitely gets props for the striped socks in this photo (but if you’re focusing on the socks for more than a few seconds, then something is wrong with you).

    http://www.maximonli...

    Socks? Logo? She sure cleans up nice.

  • Joe | January 31, 2007 at 12:49 pm |

    Interesting factoid on the Baseball Bunch.

    From Wikipedia: Yankees outfielder Lou Piniella’s career was ended in 1984 when he injured his rotator cuff on the show while being pitched to by the San Diego Chicken.

  • Burrill | January 31, 2007 at 12:50 pm |

    Larry, perhaps Detroit could claim some originality by putting championship rings on the giant fist of Joe Louis when a team wins a championship.

    On another note, Dominic Rhodes listed his favorite jerseys:
    “Oohh, I love the Cardinals. I love the Atlanta Falcons unis. Who else … oh, I love Minnesota’s new unis. Them type of unis right there. I dig them. I love when Baltimore goes all black. Nice.”

  • Miguel | January 31, 2007 at 12:53 pm |

    Is leaving the cardboard in your cap the cool thing to do now?

  • baude | January 31, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”49531″][quote comment=”49488″]
    Petr Nedved has never worn a Czech jersey in a major IIHF-sponsored tournament.

    At 17y.o. he defected from Czechoslovakia, just months before the Velvet Revolution, while playing in a tournament in Calgary. It was here that he applied for (and gained) Canadian citizenship. He played for Team Canada throughout 1993 and 1994, then went to the ’94 Winter Games in Lillehammer wearing a maple leaf (pictures of that may have been confiscated and destroyed by Czech “officials”). The only time in his adult life he has been adorned with the Czech Coat of Arms was the 1996 NHL-sponsored World Cup.[/quote]

    The IIHF rules are the same as the rules from FIFA – if you represent one country in a IIHF tournament, you are bound to that country forever in a IIHF World Championship or Olympic Tournament. The only way you can get out of that is if you end up in separate country after the original breaks up (ie. USSR or Czechoslovakia)

    The World Cup is an NHL/NHLPA tournament with the co-operation of the IIHF, but nationality rules don’t apply to this or the predecessor Canada Cup (Peter Stastny played for Czechoslovakia in ’76 and ’81 and Canada in ’84 after he defected, Bryan Trottier for Canada in ’81 and ’84, then the US in ’87 and ’91 after he took US citizenship.)[/quote]

    Owen Nolan was born in the UK. Northern Ireland to be precise.

  • Matt | January 31, 2007 at 1:01 pm |

    hey – quick question for anyone who can help: can anyone point me to a picture of the Yankees’ 1999 hat when they had Darryl Strawberry’s #39 embroidered on the back of the cap? Thanks in advance.

  • drew | January 31, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    Florida and Auburn both wore colors for their game at auburn. it was a visual explosion with florida in their away blues with orange accents and auburn in orange with navy accents. however, i think under armour did pretty good with the orange basketball unis http://auburntigers....

  • Miguel | January 31, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    What I meant was, Is leaving the cardboard in your cap the cool thing to do now?

  • Joe | January 31, 2007 at 1:15 pm |

    Anyone else wondering why Johnny Bench has his arms around the only 2 girls in the picture??

    http://www.famouschi...

  • Philly Bill | January 31, 2007 at 1:23 pm |

    Here’s a historical precedent in the NHL for the Stars’ “collegiate” mockup posted here yesterday.

    [quote comment=”49558″]Owen Nolan was born in the UK. Northern Ireland to be precise.[/quote]

    And Craig Adams was born in Brunei but grew up in Alberta. And Richard Park was born in South Korea but grew up in California. (A fellow poster here has a Park jersey from when he was with Minnesota.) And Robyn Regehr was born in Brazil but grew up in Saskatchewan. And (former Ranger and Thrasher) Rumun Ndur, now playing in England, was born in Nigeria but grew up in Ontario. And then there’s Yutaka Fukufuji

    (That cover all the continents?)

  • Allison | January 31, 2007 at 1:25 pm |

    A little bit less classy than the “Go Bears” on an office building:

    Iowa State Dorm

    That’s my dorm last year, a building that conveniently faces the football stadium and one of the first things to be seen when driving to campus.

  • Matthew S. | January 31, 2007 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”49472″]Reminds me of the statue of the Duke of Wellington in Glasgow which always wears a traffic cone on it’s head. It used to be that every time the authorities removed the cone, another would re-appear, usually overnight. Now they don’t bother and the image is used to represent the city in some guidebooks.[/quote]

    It also looks like the Duke is wearing a Celtic scarf there.

    http://www.popartuk....

  • todd krevanchi | January 31, 2007 at 1:29 pm |

    baseball bunch. reason i can switch hit today. ted simmons was the guest and he said he learned by writing his name in cursive on a chalkboard with the opposite hand. i had a chalkboard in my garage. that whole summer i wrote my name in cursive… lefty. it came in handy for college wiffleball.

    also, i have a soft spot for bench. first game i was ever at… reds at phillies, 1979. i was 6. sitting down the third base line. bench fouls one that bounced right over to me. i have not gotten another foul ball at an mlb game since.

    man, consistently reviewing that maxim link has me totally focussed on the “business” parts of the woman today and mos def not work…

  • John | January 31, 2007 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”49531″][quote comment=”49488″]
    Petr Nedved has never worn a Czech jersey in a major IIHF-sponsored tournament.

    At 17y.o. he defected from Czechoslovakia, just months before the Velvet Revolution, while playing in a tournament in Calgary. It was here that he applied for (and gained) Canadian citizenship. He played for Team Canada throughout 1993 and 1994, then went to the ’94 Winter Games in Lillehammer wearing a maple leaf (pictures of that may have been confiscated and destroyed by Czech “officials”). The only time in his adult life he has been adorned with the Czech Coat of Arms was the 1996 NHL-sponsored World Cup.[/quote]

    The IIHF rules are the same as the rules from FIFA – if you represent one country in a IIHF tournament, you are bound to that country forever in a IIHF World Championship or Olympic Tournament. The only way you can get out of that is if you end up in separate country after the original breaks up (ie. USSR or Czechoslovakia)

    The World Cup is an NHL/NHLPA tournament with the co-operation of the IIHF, but nationality rules don’t apply to this or the predecessor Canada Cup (Peter Stastny played for Czechoslovakia in ’76 and ’81 and Canada in ’84 after he defected, Bryan Trottier for Canada in ’81 and ’84, then the US in ’87 and ’91 after he took US citizenship.)[/quote]

    Kinda. IIHF rules permit players under 19 to represent more than one country. Case in point, Evgeni Nabokov. The Sharks goalie was born in Soviet Kazakhstan making him a Russian citizen. As a junior he was routinely named to Kazakh squads for international tourneys. Because of this he was not allowed to be a part of any Russian team. The IIHF backed off on this when they permitted him to play for Russia in the 2005 World Championships. Nabokov declined, in more of an “I don’t need you, you need me” kind of way to the IIHF, not Mother Russia. He did accept the invite to Turin for the 2006 Winter Games.

  • Minna H. | January 31, 2007 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”49465″]Minna – if you see this, check out the jersey that Buccigross is wearing in his article this week.[/quote]

    Sweet, Banker B.! Thanks for linking to that for me. Although, I have to admit, I thought you meant the little girl in the pink onesie at first, and I was about to, uh, be snarky about it.

    Natron, was it the Blue Jackets game? I saw that on TV. If you ever have an extra ticket, you know who to call (me).

    Jeff I, the links still didn’t work. Maybe it’s my computer? Sorry, man.

    Burrill, if I were Rhodes, I would keep that as an inside thought. The Vikes???? Come on! I am a hometown Minnesotan, and even I cannot support those eyesores.

    Smail, where did you get the Vikes’ black replica? I like it!

  • Jonathon | January 31, 2007 at 1:34 pm |

    the Colts wearing white shoes looks weird

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Matthew S. | January 31, 2007 at 1:35 pm |

    It looks like Lance Berkman has completed his switch from Nike to Underarmor:
    http://sports.espn.g...

    He started last season wearing Nike shades and cleats, but then around the All Star Break, he became one of the first players in MLB to start wearing UA’s new line of cleats. At the time, he was still featured in Nike’s gallery of athletes they sponsor, so this sudden move to UA couldn’t have made them too happy.

  • Ben N | January 31, 2007 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”49483″]I agree. With the entire stadium decked out in orange, it was only appropriate for the home team to wear the school’s color…orange.[/quote]

    you people make me feel I-L-L

  • John | January 31, 2007 at 1:42 pm |

    Alexander Mogilny may have been the first player to come from Asia, Jim Paek was the first Asian to be drafted into the NHL. Paek was taken in the 9th round, 170th overall in 1985, while Mogilny was a 5th round, 89th overall pick in 1989. This explains Mogilny’s jersey number; the year he defected and his place in the draft.

  • Metsfan AZ | January 31, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”49563″]What I meant was, Is leaving the cardboard in your cap the cool thing to do now?[/quote]
    Are FITTED trucker hats cool? Part of the “dorky is cool” is the adjustable strap in the back IMO.

  • Jonathon | January 31, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    Chuck Howley’s pants have a weird “shine” to them:

    http://sportsillustr...

  • todd krevanchi | January 31, 2007 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”49573″]the Colts wearing white shoes looks weird

    http://sportsillustr...

    holy crap!!! those are the two dudes from american idol tryouts last week!!!!!

    of the one in the bears jersey cowell said, “your eyes bug out of your head like one of those bush babies”. its a lemur, simon, a lemur.

  • Metsfan AZ | January 31, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”49576″]I’ve got a small piece about Media Day on the Page 2 front page today — look here.[/quote]
    I now feel the smallest bit like less of an idiot, although I’m sure Paul was doing 7 things at the same time when he posted the link, unlike mois.

  • Jonathon | January 31, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    Boy, that photographer is really doing his job, isn’t he.

    http://sportsillustr...

    BTW, that is totally Refrigerator Perry in the background!

  • jake | January 31, 2007 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”49563″]What I meant was, Is leaving the cardboard in your cap the cool thing to do now?[/quote]

    I noticed that too, but couldn’t quite tell if it was actually the cardboard or something to hold Bob’s dreads back.

  • Minna H. | January 31, 2007 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”49576″]I’ve got a small piece about Media Day on the Page 2 front page today — look here.[/quote]

    Link bad; item good! Paul is human, too.

  • Jonathon | January 31, 2007 at 1:54 pm |

    Ah, here’ shte one with several Colts wearing white shoes. Where’s Jeff Georg?

    http://sportsillustr...

  • John Zajac | January 31, 2007 at 1:56 pm |

    It was 1998 that the Yankees wore #39 on the back of the World Series hats

  • BCrisp | January 31, 2007 at 1:59 pm |

    Paul, are you sure the NY Public Library Lions wouldn’t wear helmets? New Yorkers seemed pretty happy when they used The Statue of Liberty to defeat Vigo.

  • Banker Bill | January 31, 2007 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”49542″][quote comment=”49539″][quote comment=”49485″]Just watched the live feed of the Yankee Stadium All Star Game announcement. At the end, the mayor and Selig hold up a Yankees road jersey with a “Summer 08” name/number combo on the back. These will be available at Models later this afternoon.[/quote]

    Here it is.[/quote]

    Sorry about the broken link. This should work.[/quote]

    THERE ARE NEVER ANY KIND OF NAMES ON A YANKEES JERSEY! And this is coming from a Mets fan! I just can’t stand to see good tradition crapped on like that – but then again ol’ Mayor Bloomberg is really a Red Sox fan!

  • Chad G | January 31, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    Anyone seen These new ball caps from New Era?

    Think they were developed it to prevent the Marco Scutaro Beanie of cap situation last year in the ALCS?

    In my opinion…Ridiculous

  • Teebz | January 31, 2007 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”49581″]
    of the one in the bears jersey cowell said, “your eyes bug out of your head like one of those bush babies”. its a lemur, simon, a lemur.[/quote]

    Todd, Simon was actually correct. This is a bushbaby. This is a lemur. I’d say the first picture more accurate describes the eyes bugging out.

    My days of working at a zoo have come in handy on the Uni Watch site. :o)

  • Chad G | January 31, 2007 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”49597″]Anyone seen These new ball caps from New Era?

    Think they were developed to prevent the Marco Scutaro Beanie over cap situation last year in the ALCS?

    In my opinion…Ridiculous[/quote]

    My retarted grammer corroected

  • bluenoser | January 31, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”49582″][quote comment=”49576″]I’ve got a small piece about Media Day on the Page 2 front page today — look here.[/quote]
    I now feel the smallest bit like less of an idiot, although I’m sure Paul was doing 7 things at the same time when he posted the link, unlike mois.[/quote]
    Sorry to knock you down again but there is no “s” in “moi”! LOL

  • Chad G | January 31, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”49601″][quote comment=”49597″]Anyone seen These new ball caps from New Era?

    Think they were developed to prevent the Marco Scutaro Beanie over cap situation last year in the ALCS?

    In my opinion…Ridiculous[/quote]

    My retarted grammer corroected[/quote]

    I give up, anyone have “hooked on phonics” I could borrow?

  • Teebz | January 31, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    accurately*

    Man, I have the “Big Lunch-Need A Nap” blues. :o|

  • Burrill | January 31, 2007 at 2:19 pm |

    Minna, I thought Rhodes’ uniform choices were somewhat eclectic. But I thought you might appreciate his love for Baltimore’s all-black look … if you didn’t forget that upon reading about his love for the new Vikings’ costumes.

  • Smail | January 31, 2007 at 2:24 pm |

    Minna: Not a clue. I’ve had it for years, but I’d probably guess it came from the super clearance rack at a Foot Locker or Champs Sports.

    Philly Bill: Wow! I can’t believe you were able to pick out Park’s jersey based on the number. After the decision to scuttle thirds, and before the Wild announced they were keeping it, I picked it up off Ebay for a bargain basement $40. As he is the second Korean to ever play in the NHL, it might be worth something some day… but probably not.

  • SpellsGood | January 31, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    For the life of me, I can’t find a photo online, but when the Vikings went to their two most recent NFC Championship Games (and possibly before), there was a (gasp!) purple and yellow Vikings ‘V’ on one side of the IDS Tower. I believe that must have involved much preparation, as the letter was not only purple, but almost perfectly shaped, meaning some windows must have been partially blacked out/partially colored.

  • Judd | January 31, 2007 at 2:30 pm |

    FYI… that TV Azteca reporter from yesterday’s media session looks like Ines Sainz, the text is in Spanish, not that it matters.

  • Matt B | January 31, 2007 at 2:36 pm |

    You have several Ajax unis – are you representing some Dutch heritage?

    Nope — German / Croatian / French-Canadian. I’m actually a big Barcelona fan and during my formative years FCB was poaching all their best players from Ajax, so developed an affinity towards them, too. When I found out they had a Yank (O’Brien) then I just had to get a shirt. The long sleeve was redundant but on sale…couldn’t pass it up.

  • Miguel | January 31, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”49618″]FYI… that TV Azteca reporter from yesterday’s media session looks like Ines Sainz, the text is in Spanish, not that it matters.[/quote]

    A somewhat better picture, if you’re into that sorta thing. (which I am)

  • Pat | January 31, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”49592″]Paul, are you sure the NY Public Library Lions wouldn’t wear helmets? New Yorkers seemed pretty happy when they used The Statue of Liberty to defeat Vigo.[/quote]

    Terrible sequel. Why is that the only one they ever show on TV? You never get the original.

  • Scott Held | January 31, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”49528″][quote comment=”49428″]The city of Detroit used to put a Wings jersey on a statue in the city for the Stanley Cup playoffs.[/quote]

    They did the same for the Tigers last season. They do the same with the Pistons as well.

    I don’t even think they have a Lions jersey.[/quote]

    And they ain’t gonna need one any time soon.

    I’d be interested to hear from those of you in other big cities (I live just outside of Detroit) to hear what landmark or statue would look best in a jersey. I think the fellow atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indy could use a Colts jersey.

  • Joe Hilseberg | January 31, 2007 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”49529″][quote comment=”49509″]So now that I have a Rated Rookie shirt, I am on the hunt for a Baseball Bunch shirt. Has any one else seen one on the web?

    I would be glad to make one on Cafe Press, but I am not able to find a clean version of the logo? Has any one else had luck?[/quote]

    Give me some time…I’ll get it up[/quote]

    The Baseball Bunch Shirt is up…if you want it I’d hurry up before Cafepress pulls it off

  • Jeff I | January 31, 2007 at 2:46 pm |

    While we’re on the topic of jersey/shirt hunting. Does anyone know where I can find a Clint Dempsey Fulham jersey?

    Been a huge fan since his rookie season with the Revs and want to support him across the pond.

  • Miguel | January 31, 2007 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”49626″][quote comment=”49592″]Paul, are you sure the NY Public Library Lions wouldn’t wear helmets? New Yorkers seemed pretty happy when they used The Statue of Liberty to defeat Vigo.[/quote]

    Terrible sequel. Why is that the only one they ever show on TV? You never get the original.[/quote]

    You do not want to watch the original on TV. You’ll get dizzy on the ridiculous amounts of pan-and-scan.

  • Larry C | January 31, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    Chicago should try to turn “The Bean” into a giant, misshapen football.

  • Ryan Dempsey | January 31, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    Here is a nice clip of the Baseball Bunch from teh San Diego Chicken’s web page!

    Starring Johnny Bench (in a Yankees uniform) and Rick Dempsey (no relation)!

  • Judd | January 31, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    I’d be interested to hear from those of you in other big cities (I live just outside of Detroit) to hear what landmark or statue would look best in a jersey. I think the fellow atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indy could use a Colts jersey.

    I suppose Mark Twain would have looked spiffy sportin’ the whale tail, although nobody wears the whale tail these days.

  • Ian K | January 31, 2007 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”49600″][quote comment=”49581″]
    of the one in the bears jersey cowell said, “your eyes bug out of your head like one of those bush babies”. its a lemur, simon, a lemur.[/quote]

    Todd, Simon was actually correct. This is a bushbaby. This is a lemur. I’d say the first picture more accurate describes the eyes bugging out.

    My days of working at a zoo have come in handy on the Uni Watch site. :o)[/quote]

    The American Idol rejects are doing reporting work at the Super Bowl for Jimmy Kimmel Live. First reported here by Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket of Dallas. The Ticket is broadcasting live from Miami and they devoted a segment to the Idol wannabes and their sudden fame/infamy.

  • Richard | January 31, 2007 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”49630″]While we’re on the topic of jersey/shirt hunting. Does anyone know where I can find a Clint Dempsey Fulham jersey?

    Been a huge fan since his rookie season with the Revs and want to support him across the pond.[/quote]

    you can look here — he’ll be #23.

  • todd krevanchi | January 31, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”49625″][quote comment=”49618″]FYI… that TV Azteca reporter from yesterday’s media session looks like Ines Sainz, the text is in Spanish, not that it matters.[/quote]

    A somewhat better picture, if you’re into that sorta thing. (which I am)[/quote]

    my god, the stomach…

  • Metsfan AZ | January 31, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”49603″][quote comment=”49582″][quote comment=”49576″]I’ve got a small piece about Media Day on the Page 2 front page today — look here.[/quote]
    I now feel the smallest bit like less of an idiot, although I’m sure Paul was doing 7 things at the same time when he posted the link, unlike mois.[/quote]
    Sorry to knock you down again but there is no “s” in “moi”! LOL[/quote]
    So does that make me a bilingual idiot or an idiot bilingually?

  • MK | January 31, 2007 at 3:07 pm |

    THERE ARE NEVER ANY KIND OF NAMES ON A YANKEES JERSEY! And this is coming from a Mets fan! I just can’t stand to see good tradition crapped on like that – but then again ol’ Mayor Bloomberg is really a Red Sox fan![/quote]

    Exactly my point. Disgusting. Over the past 5-6 years, I’ve seen an increase in Yankee jerseys with names on the back. Every time I see someone wearing one, I just want to grab them, shake them and ask what they are thinking.

    These jerseys are not cheap, so you would think anyone buying considers themselves a “fan”. This is not a $15 impulse buy. So what is the thinking behind this? Do they just not know the name is not supposed to be there? Do they want to make sure everyone who sees them knows that they are wearing a Jeter shirt? I don’t get it. I know I should have other things in life to worry about, but this kills me every time I see it.

  • Minna H. | January 31, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”49611″]Minna, I thought Rhodes’ uniform choices were somewhat eclectic. But I thought you might appreciate his love for Baltimore’s all-black look … if you didn’t forget that upon reading about his love for the new Vikings’ costumes.[/quote]

    Burrill, yeah true on the Ravens’ all-black, but the Vikes???? Ok, I will give him a wash since I like the Falcons’ unis, but not the Cardinals’. Then again, the Vikings’ new unis are awfully ugly….

  • Pat | January 31, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”49632″][quote comment=”49626″][quote comment=”49592″]Paul, are you sure the NY Public Library Lions wouldn’t wear helmets? New Yorkers seemed pretty happy when they used The Statue of Liberty to defeat Vigo.[/quote]

    Terrible sequel. Why is that the only one they ever show on TV? You never get the original.[/quote]

    You do not want to watch the original on TV. You’ll get dizzy on the ridiculous amounts of pan-and-scan.[/quote]

    Not to turn this too far away from watching unis but… pan-and-scan? I’ve seen it on TV before and it didn’t bother me all that much. They jsut show Ghostbusters 2 way more often.

  • jesse | January 31, 2007 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”49645″]THERE ARE NEVER ANY KIND OF NAMES ON A YANKEES JERSEY! And this is coming from a Mets fan! I just can’t stand to see good tradition crapped on like that – but then again ol’ Mayor Bloomberg is really a Red Sox fan![/quote]

    Exactly my point. Disgusting. Over the past 5-6 years, I’ve seen an increase in Yankee jerseys with names on the back. Every time I see someone wearing one, I just want to grab them, shake them and ask what they are thinking.

    These jerseys are not cheap, so you would think anyone buying considers themselves a “fan”. This is not a $15 impulse buy. So what is the thinking behind this? Do they just not know the name is not supposed to be there? Do they want to make sure everyone who sees them knows that they are wearing a Jeter shirt? I don’t get it. I know I should have other things in life to worry about, but this kills me every time I see it.[/quote]

    It was the road jersey too, the AL will wear white in that game

  • Banker Bill | January 31, 2007 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”49645″]THERE ARE NEVER ANY KIND OF NAMES ON A YANKEES JERSEY! And this is coming from a Mets fan! I just can’t stand to see good tradition crapped on like that – but then again ol’ Mayor Bloomberg is really a Red Sox fan![/quote]

    Exactly my point. Disgusting. Over the past 5-6 years, I’ve seen an increase in Yankee jerseys with names on the back. Every time I see someone wearing one, I just want to grab them, shake them and ask what they are thinking.

    These jerseys are not cheap, so you would think anyone buying considers themselves a “fan”. This is not a $15 impulse buy. So what is the thinking behind this? Do they just not know the name is not supposed to be there? Do they want to make sure everyone who sees them knows that they are wearing a Jeter shirt? I don’t get it. I know I should have other things in life to worry about, but this kills me every time I see it.[/quote]

    That’s the point of this whole Uni Watch nation – there are important things to worry about, but we choose not to – and obsess over why Yankee fans buy #3 jerseys with RUTH on them – like I thought David Wells won his argument to wear #3 when he was there?

  • jesse | January 31, 2007 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”49648″][quote comment=”49632″][quote comment=”49626″][quote comment=”49592″]Paul, are you sure the NY Public Library Lions wouldn’t wear helmets? New Yorkers seemed pretty happy when they used The Statue of Liberty to defeat Vigo.[/quote]

    Terrible sequel. Why is that the only one they ever show on TV? You never get the original.[/quote]

    You do not want to watch the original on TV. You’ll get dizzy on the ridiculous amounts of pan-and-scan.[/quote]

    Not to turn this too far away from watching unis but… pan-and-scan? I’ve seen it on TV before and it didn’t bother me all that much. They jsut show Ghostbusters 2 way more often.[/quote]

    Remember the day we talked about small uni flaws that you never noticed before but will drive you nuts once you see them. Pan & Scan movies have a similar effect.

  • Aram | January 31, 2007 at 3:25 pm |

    The City of Detroit also outfitted the Spirit of Detroit statue with a tuxedo when the Three Tenors performed at Comerica Park about five years ago.

    On a different note, Michigan’s basketball team wore their alternate maize uniforms on the road against Indiana last Saturday. That’s the first I’ve seen the basketball team do it. The hockey team has worn the maize jerseys for several road games, but not the basketball team, to my knowledge.

  • Dave | January 31, 2007 at 3:26 pm |

    Here’s the Spirit of Detroit statue wearing a Detroit Shock jersey from this summer’s WNBA title celebration.

  • Ben in MN | January 31, 2007 at 3:45 pm |

    Fulham FC jersey

    Yanks Abroad sells jerseys (or links to places that do) for clubs teams around the world with American born players. I just noticed that they recently updated to have the Fulham FC 2006/2007 jersey (they also have it in black).
    You have to buy the jersey and then get it numbered and lettered. The site sets it up but it can get expensive. I got a bobby convey reading jersey a while back and it turned out great.

  • Aram | January 31, 2007 at 3:49 pm |

    Here’s a great article about a guy in Ohio who has painted Michigan football helmets for over 50 years:

    http://www.oxfordpre...

    What I would do to intercept that burlap sack of helmets at the state line :)

  • Timmy D | January 31, 2007 at 3:52 pm |

    To combine a couple of the early thread topics, orange illini uniforms and dressing up public statues. When the Illini made it to the Final Four we dressed up our famed Alma Mater statue in an orange uniform. It was sharp. I love the helmets on the lions even if Paul does not. Since we did it in 1985, then I assume we are the innovators of it (whether that is a good thing or not I do not know) but going back to the original is good, cuz im superstitious, keep it the same as superbowl XX.

    Also, I go to U of I and it was not paint the hall orange night, you can tell its that game when Bruce Weber wears his orange blazer. we just paint the hall orange every game because we’re just that cool down here haha. we have not been wearing the orange uni as much as we did in the final four year, we have actually worn the blue unis which is rare. so thats all for now. go bears

  • Micah | January 31, 2007 at 3:58 pm |

    Allison,

    I appreciate the photo you took; I just graduated from ISU and I remember such lighting from the dorms; good stuff!!

  • todd krevanchi | January 31, 2007 at 4:11 pm |

    perhaps the most accurately accessorized statue.
    (from after the wisconsin game)
    http://farm1.static....

  • Joe Hilseberg | January 31, 2007 at 4:16 pm |

    At U of Maryland instead of putting jerseys on our Testudo statue when the Terps were in the NCAA’s, we gave him food, drink and riches for good luck! The same way we did for finals every year.

  • Brian W | January 31, 2007 at 4:21 pm |

    As a Pirate fan, I have purposely given myself a couple of days to digest their new red alts. I have decided that they are not great, but not abominable either. But– there is a strange coincidence that I thought I would metion.

    Paul’s ESPN.com home, Page 2, formerly had utilized gold & black as it’s two prominent colors. But this week, Page 2 was redesigned. It’s new colors are, gold, black, and RED!

    Anyway, it struck me as a strange coincidence. Perhaps, Page 2 is just “reintroducing” red into its color scheme!!

    -Brian W.

  • Robert | January 31, 2007 at 4:27 pm |

    What is pan-and-scan?

  • Richard | January 31, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”49691″]At U of Maryland instead of putting jerseys on our Testudo statue when the Terps were in the NCAA’s, we gave him food, drink and riches for good luck! The same way we did for finals every year.[/quote]

    is that for good luck, or for lack of a trash can?

  • Big L | January 31, 2007 at 4:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”49676″]To combine a couple of the early thread topics, orange illini uniforms and dressing up public statues. When the Illini made it to the Final Four we dressed up our famed Alma Mater statue in an orange uniform. It was sharp. I love the helmets on the lions even if Paul does not. Since we did it in 1985, then I assume we are the innovators of it (whether that is a good thing or not I do not know) but going back to the original is good, cuz im superstitious, keep it the same as superbowl XX.

    Also, I go to U of I and it was not paint the hall orange night, you can tell its that game when Bruce Weber wears his orange blazer. we just paint the hall orange every game because we’re just that cool down here haha. we have not been wearing the orange uni as much as we did in the final four year, we have actually worn the blue unis which is rare. so thats all for now. go bears[/quote]

    THANK YOU for posting this! I graduated in 06 so I’m diehard Illini all the way (I-N-I for the earlier post).

    Orange is a great color. So what if it clashes with other colors, the Big Ten has a variety of color schemes. Unfortunately, wisconsin and OSU slip through the cracks.

    MSU-ILL wasn’t all that bad!

  • Miguel | January 31, 2007 at 4:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”49704″]What is pan-and-scan?[/quote]

    http://www.reelclass...

  • Matt B | January 31, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    What is pan-and-scan?

    The odious technique of removing the sides of widescreen movies to “fit” the 4:3 aspect ratio of a standard television. Too many nasty side-effects to enumerate in this space.
    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Ben N | January 31, 2007 at 5:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”49711″][quote comment=”49676″]To combine a couple of the early thread topics, orange illini uniforms and dressing up public statues. When the Illini made it to the Final Four we dressed up our famed Alma Mater statue in an orange uniform. It was sharp. I love the helmets on the lions even if Paul does not. Since we did it in 1985, then I assume we are the innovators of it (whether that is a good thing or not I do not know) but going back to the original is good, cuz im superstitious, keep it the same as superbowl XX.

    Also, I go to U of I and it was not paint the hall orange night, you can tell its that game when Bruce Weber wears his orange blazer. we just paint the hall orange every game because we’re just that cool down here haha. we have not been wearing the orange uni as much as we did in the final four year, we have actually worn the blue unis which is rare. so thats all for now. go bears[/quote]

    THANK YOU for posting this! I graduated in 06 so I’m diehard Illini all the way (I-N-I for the earlier post).

    Orange is a great color. So what if it clashes with other colors, the Big Ten has a variety of color schemes. Unfortunately, wisconsin and OSU slip through the cracks.

    MSU-ILL wasn’t all that bad![/quote]
    what do you mean unfortunately? who are the top two teams in the Big Ten right now???? GO BUCKY

  • Jon in SLC | January 31, 2007 at 5:22 pm |

    A herpes outbreak in Minnesota? Better stay inside Natron and Minna.

  • Andy from KC | January 31, 2007 at 6:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”49563″]What I meant was, Is leaving the cardboard in your cap the cool thing to do now?[/quote]

    I guess so, if you’re going to wear the hat for 10 minutes and then throw it away.

  • Johnny O | January 31, 2007 at 6:11 pm |

    I love it. Minnesota isn’t in the news for sports other than College and High School hockey (The Wild are good too), but when they are.. it’s for the wrong reasons. And a herpes outbreak nevertheless. But the ‘Sota bashing aside.. I don’t mind my neighbors to the west that much…but I still have to post this pic.

    Go Bucky!

  • Ben in MN | January 31, 2007 at 6:22 pm |

    Not uni related but a clarification.

    It’s not the STD stain of herpes. It is called herpes gladiatorum and is common in athletes like wrestling and mixed martial arts. It has even been known to be a problem in football. It spreads from skin to skin contact and often gets on a wrestling mat or feild turf and then spreads wide scale.

  • Tony | January 31, 2007 at 6:31 pm |

    Remember the day we talked about small uni flaws that you never noticed before but will drive you nuts once you see them. Pan & Scan movies have a similar effect.

    Right on. As a a Uni-Watch junkie, I can honestly say that pan&scan bothers me even more than the leotard look in the NFL, or pajama pants in baseball (which is saying a LOT). I honestly once gave away a free Pirates of the Caribbean DVD and forked over $20 for a new copy just because the free one was full screen.

  • Jeff | January 31, 2007 at 6:38 pm |

    The Baseball Bunch!

    I remember watching this show every Sunday with my Dad and then going outside to practice that week’s fundamentals.

    I always wondered if the show was syndicated outside the Midweast. I grew up in Ohio and I later moved to the South and when I brought it up in conversation no one seemed to know what I was talking about.

    I know somewhere in my Dad’s house there is every single episode archived on Betamax tapes.

    The episodes I remember most:

    Andre Dawson – Another poster mention this part, but I too remember The San Diego Chicken being afraid to meet Andre because of his nickname “the Hawk” (I can still remember the “Haw-Haw!” sound he made to scare the chicken at the end of the episode as a joke). Andre spoke about practicing hand/eye co-ordination by using a stick to his small pebbles (his “stick” was a perfectly cylindrical dowel rod that he “found” on the ground).

    Dan Quisenberry – Made a generation of boy believe that they too could throw “sub-marine” style, to the consternation of Little League coaches everywhere.

    Rick Dempsey – Had a cather’s competiontion with Johnny (throwing ball through various target from the crouch – I believe Johnny won, it was still his show). Then got crazy with the Chicken, chasing him around with a watering hose (they also showed a bunch of clips of his entertaining the crowed during rain delayed games).

    Lou Piniella – Piniella was a player and the hitting coach for the Yankees at the time. They had Lou “split” into two Lous (Coach Lou and Player Lou), and they argued with each other.

    Side story: This same year (in 1984, I think) I went to an Indians-Yankees game at Cleveland Municiple Stadium. My Dad got seats right beside the third base dugout from his boss. I got a ball from someone on the field (not a player) before the game. After a moment or two I mustered up the courage to aske Piniella if he would sign my ball for me. Again, it was before the game and he was just sitting in the dugout staring out onto the field. He heard me ask because he turned and looked right at me, then he nonchalantly turned back and continued to stare out onto the field. I was 7 at the time and I’m pretty sure it was the begining of my hatred for everything Yankees.

  • Buckeye Mike | January 31, 2007 at 6:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”49618″]FYI… that TV Azteca reporter from yesterday’s media session looks like Ines Sainz, the text is in Spanish, not that it matters.[/quote]
    Thank you, Not sure if thats tight, but damn she was fine

  • Timmy D | January 31, 2007 at 6:53 pm |

    THANK YOU for posting this! I graduated in 06 so I’m diehard Illini all the way (I-N-I for the earlier post).

    Orange is a great color. So what if it clashes with other colors, the Big Ten has a variety of color schemes. Unfortunately, wisconsin and OSU slip through the cracks.

    MSU-ILL wasn’t all that bad![/quote]

    And Thank YOU for completing the cheer, I totally forgot to do that, my bad

    I-L-L..

  • Timmy D | January 31, 2007 at 6:54 pm |

    I messed up that quoting…that was from Big L #150

  • Buckeye Mike | January 31, 2007 at 6:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”49636″]I’d be interested to hear from those of you in other big cities (I live just outside of Detroit) to hear what landmark or statue would look best in a jersey. I think the fellow atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indy could use a Colts jersey.

    I suppose Mark Twain would have looked spiffy sportin’ the whale tail, although nobody wears the whale tail these days.[/quote]
    What do you mean that no one wears the whale tail anymore?

    [quote comment=”49762″][quote comment=”49618″]FYI… that TV Azteca reporter from yesterday’s media session looks like Ines Sainz, the text is in Spanish, not that it matters.[/quote]
    Thank you, Not sure if thats tight, but damn she was fine[/quote]

    So I can’t type that was supposed to say Right not tight, that can really be taken bad!

  • Buckeye Mike | January 31, 2007 at 6:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”49767″][quote comment=”49636″]I’d be interested to hear from those of you in other big cities (I live just outside of Detroit) to hear what landmark or statue would look best in a jersey. I think the fellow atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indy could use a Colts jersey.

    I suppose Mark Twain would have looked spiffy sportin’ the whale tail, although nobody wears the whale tail these days.[/quote]
    What do you mean that no one wears the whale tail anymore?

    So nevermind. that was a pic i typed into yahoo real quick, and it had a chick in a thong with an awesome Expos hat on that’s why I threw it up there, but the link no did work. sorry!

  • Buckeye Mike | January 31, 2007 at 7:01 pm |
  • TonyE | January 31, 2007 at 7:01 pm |

    Q. What team has worn the most different uniform designs in Super Bowl history. This does NOT include whether the jersey was white or color, just that the designs were different designs?

    A. New England, because most of the aforementioned teams only made small changes to their uniforms. The Patriots on the other hand had 3 very distinct looks – the red Pat Patriot look in 1985, the Bledsoe/Parcells era bright blues in 1996, and the current navy look in 2001/03/04. The Patriots have in fact worn three distinctly different uniform designs in the Super Bowl… Yes the Flying Elvis logo helmet carried over from Super Bowl 97 to 01.

    1986- http://images.google

    1997-
    http://sportsillustr

    2001-
    http://www1.budgetho

  • Buckeye Mike | January 31, 2007 at 7:02 pm |

    nevermind it’s broke and going bad sorry those are shitty links so much for trying to be funny

  • ToasterPoodle | January 31, 2007 at 7:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”49635″]Here is a nice clip of the Baseball Bunch from teh San Diego Chicken’s web page!

    Starring Johnny Bench (in a Yankees uniform) and Rick Dempsey (no relation)![/quote]
    Is it like totally lame of me to think that the video was actually kind of funny? I mean I am willing to go get the help if I need to, I just need someone to tell me.

  • TonyE | January 31, 2007 at 7:26 pm |

    Here’s an awesome picture of the most beautiful skyline in the world, Chicago, with the BEARS, Bears logo, DA BEARS and the building tops awash in blue and orange…

    http://www.yayhooray...

    In general, New Yorkers are way too jaded (and angry) to have a little fun at their own expense… God forbid desecrating a NY landmark…

    http://sorabji.com/_...

    Yeah too sophisticated to visually pollute its treasures…Hmmmm?

    Chicago is a big city/small town that doesn’t take itself too seriously…The ol’ Life and Work balance thing Chicagoans embrace with a passion…

  • TonyE | January 31, 2007 at 7:37 pm |

    I’d like to think that would never happen here in NYC (not that the Jets or Giants show signs of putting that assumption to the test anytime soon).

    Huh?

    We New Yorkers are not so innocent in all of this. Patience and Fortitude wore a Mets and a Yankees cap (respectively) during the Subway Series in 2000. I am not sure if they have been dressed at any other time (other than the annual christmas wreaths).

    Better. A New Yorker comes clean…

    So I see. At least a baseball cap isn’t as obtrusive as those crazy, oddly shaped Bears helmets.

    Whoops. More confusion from Brooklyn. Yeah… a baseball cap on a lion is so DKNY… and a helmet on a lion is so Old Navy…

    Frightening.

  • Kel | January 31, 2007 at 7:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”49764″]THANK YOU for posting this! I graduated in 06 so I’m diehard Illini all the way (I-N-I for the earlier post).

    Orange is a great color. So what if it clashes with other colors, the Big Ten has a variety of color schemes. Unfortunately, wisconsin and OSU slip through the cracks.

    MSU-ILL wasn’t all that bad![/quote]

    And Thank YOU for completing the cheer, I totally forgot to do that, my bad

    I-L-L..[/quote]

    I-N-I!!!

    I wasn’t a graduate, but my husband and I lived there for a few years in the early-mid 90s. He was a network administrator for their computer systems, and we used to go to football/basketball games all the time. I dressed all 3 of my kids in orange and navy, which worked well as Mets fans too!

    :-)

  • Joe | January 31, 2007 at 7:49 pm |

    On a different note, Michigan’s basketball team wore their alternate maize uniforms on the road against Indiana last Saturday. That’s the first I’ve seen the basketball team do it. The hockey team has worn the maize jerseys for several road games, but not the basketball team, to my knowledge.[/quote]

    Maize is a food.

    That being said, I’ve seen the yellows quite a few times.

  • Da Bears Super Fans | January 31, 2007 at 9:12 pm |

    New York and the East Coast can SUCK IT.

    DA BEARS love the role of Da Underdog and will prove everyone on the East Coast (ESPN) wrong on Sunday.

    You all predicted the Saints and they got blown out.

    Your Lions in NYC are weak and don’t even think of copying us.

    BEARS.

    BEARS.

    DITKA.

    SAUSAGE.

    Super Fan

  • Johnny O | January 31, 2007 at 9:21 pm |

    I read an article about that “Fu** Da Eagles” girl, and she said going to Chicago and watching the Saints lose was the worst sports experience of her life. And it wasn’t because her Saints lost. It was the poor behavior of the Bears fans. She stated,

    “I had a really crappy experience in Chicago. People threw eggs, donuts, beer and snowballs at us. And they were cowards about it. They would throw something at us, and then we’d turn around and nobody would be there. I mean, if you have the balls to throw an egg at me you better have the balls for me to kick your ass. It was the most terrible sports experience I’ve ever been through. And the dick-to-chick ratio sucked. For every 500 guys there was one girl. It was terrible. And in New Orleans, it’s guy-girl, guy-girl, guy-girl. It’s southern hospitality down there. We’ll get you shit-faced on Bourbon Street before we whoop your football team’s ass, and then we all drink together again after. So it was like a real culture shock for me. I was like “Wow, you guys suck!” They were mean.”

    Now I know this is one person’s opinion, but it is pretty harsh. I live in Wisconsin, but my mom is from Chicago, and all of her side of the family still live there. I have never seen a “bad side” at all. Maybe Heather just had an experience with the wrong people. Any other thoughts?

    *On a complete side note, I happen to share my birthday with a certain Coach Ditka.. Oct. 18th

    P.S. Damn Hoosiers

  • Tim | January 31, 2007 at 10:04 pm |

    To Allison,
    Larch sucks,
    Maple is way better

  • KT | January 31, 2007 at 10:27 pm |

    My office is having wear Bears gear to work on Friday and I’m totally wearing my authentic blue Jim Harbaugh Colts jersey.

    They can bite me.

  • Matt B | January 31, 2007 at 10:42 pm |

    Focking Hoosiers indeed.

    As for Ms F-da-Eagles…what’s the proper type of cheese to go with her sour grapes?

  • tessa | January 31, 2007 at 11:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”49495″]Found a picture of the NY Public Library lions with the caps. http://www.nypl.org/...

    Appropriate that the Yankees cap would not be worn by “Patience.” It is not a trait that we fans or our team possesses (although Cash Money is trying his best…)

    Also, about plastic/fiberglass things breaking in Chicago: My parents moved to Chicago from Scranton, PA when I was a baby. They thought they knew cold from Scranton, but were quickly proven wrong when they took my crib out of the moving van and it shattered immediately. I don’t recommend doing much at all in Chicago in the middle of winter. Well, except drinking beer and huddling for warmth…

    Go, Bears!

  • tessa | January 31, 2007 at 11:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”49704″]What is pan-and-scan?[/quote]

    If you would like to see Sydney Pollock explain the evils of pan and scan, I highly recommend this short video (5 minutes)

  • Sammy | January 31, 2007 at 11:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”49532″]So, the girl from the Saints-Eagles playoff game wearing the “Fuck Da Eagles” shirt got a spread in Maxim. She definitely gets props for the striped socks in this photo (but if you’re focusing on the socks for more than a few seconds, then something is wrong with you).

    http://www.maximonli...

    C’mon…none of you clicked around the site a little more after checking her out? Maxim’s got their own list of Worst Sports Uniforms. It looks like they took them from Paul’s list of…um…maxims.

  • Minna H. | January 31, 2007 at 11:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”49756″]Not uni related but a clarification.

    It’s not the STD stain of herpes. It is called herpes gladiatorum and is common in athletes like wrestling and mixed martial arts. It has even been known to be a problem in football. It spreads from skin to skin contact and often gets on a wrestling mat or feild turf and then spreads wide scale.[/quote]

    Ben in MN, thanks for posting this as it saves me the time.

    tessa, did you get your Bears rosary yet?

    I have to say, the Northwestern home whites are D-U-L-L! They make the Gophers’ maroon and gold look downright exciting.

  • Anthony Memme | January 31, 2007 at 11:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”49532″]So, the girl from the Saints-Eagles playoff game wearing the “Fuck Da Eagles” shirt got a spread in Maxim. She definitely gets props for the striped socks in this photo (but if you’re focusing on the socks for more than a few seconds, then something is wrong with you).

    http://www.maximonli...

    Man, I posted that very same comment in yesterdays thread.

  • Kenny | February 1, 2007 at 12:05 am |

    [quote comment=”49627″][quote comment=”49528″][quote comment=”49428″]The city of Detroit used to put a Wings jersey on a statue in the city for the Stanley Cup playoffs.[/quote]

    They did the same for the Tigers last season. They do the same with the Pistons as well.

    I don’t even think they have a Lions jersey.[/quote]

    And they ain’t gonna need one any time soon.

    I’d be interested to hear from those of you in other big cities (I live just outside of Detroit) to hear what landmark or statue would look best in a jersey. I think the fellow atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indy could use a Colts jersey.[/quote]

    Well I live in Chicago, but how bout a giant headdress on the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Monument

  • Andy Lefkowitz | February 1, 2007 at 12:16 am |

    From Tuesday’s comments:
    “(Europe, of course, but has any other continent placed a player in a hockey All Star game yet?)”

    Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig was born in South Africa.

    Former Caps and Canadiens star defenseman Rod Langway was born in Taiwan.

  • DRob | February 1, 2007 at 12:24 am |

    Saint’s fans being mistreated was pretty widespread. I personally know people who went to the game and had beer, food, and verbal attacks hurled at them. I mean, this is shocking for Saints fans, who’d never waste beer or food like that. We may talk shit, but then grab you around the shoulders and give you another hurricane (a drink, for those that don’t know).

    And bears-super-fan: how many fans showed up at the airport for the Bears when the left for Miami? 3
    How many Saints fans stayed out in the freezing rain until 2am when the Saints flew back into NOLA after the loss to the Bears? Thousands. They lined the road too and from the airport.

  • Tom | February 1, 2007 at 12:38 am |

    Got in real late to the discussion, but I really remember “The Baseball Bunch” and have looked for it on DVD. No luck. Didn’t Tommy Lasorda play a Genie or Magician? Really liked the 2 strike pitch out Johnny Bench pulled off that they re-enacted, but can’t remeber the pitcher or batter. Any one?

    Apoligize if any of this was already discussed.

  • Jeff | February 1, 2007 at 12:57 am |

    To #186…

    Yes, Tommy Lasorda was the Dugout Wizard and he wore a Carnac the Magnificent-esque get up.

    I can’t say I remember specifically what episode or drill you are remembering, but if it involved the catcher – maybe it involved another cather from the era like Dempsey or Gary Carter… not sure.

    But I do remember them re-enacting the George Brett pine tar incedent.

  • Kenny | February 1, 2007 at 12:58 am |

    [quote comment=”49892″]Saint’s fans being mistreated was pretty widespread. I personally know people who went to the game and had beer, food, and verbal attacks hurled at them. I mean, this is shocking for Saints fans, who’d never waste beer or food like that. We may talk shit, but then grab you around the shoulders and give you another hurricane (a drink, for those that don’t know).

    And bears-super-fan: how many fans showed up at the airport for the Bears when the left for Miami? 3
    How many Saints fans stayed out in the freezing rain until 2am when the Saints flew back into NOLA after the loss to the Bears? Thousands. They lined the road too and from the airport.[/quote]

    And how many times has it been mentioned how many Bears fans have been in Miami all week to support the team?!?!

  • Allison | February 1, 2007 at 1:05 am |

    To Tim,
    I moved to Maple at semester last year–and you’re right, so much better. But nothin beats Freddy Court

  • maximumK | February 1, 2007 at 1:53 am |

    *On a complete side note, I happen to share my birthday with a certain Coach Ditka.. Oct. 18th

    P.S. Damn Hoosiers[/quote]

    Hot damn! Add me to your list of those representing October 18. I’m not sure if I had known about the Ditka thing…but that’s pretty cool.

    P.P.S sorry, couldn’t resist

  • Billy B. | February 1, 2007 at 7:55 am |

    They got the helmets to fit on the lion’s head yesterday. In ’86 they tured a grill upside down and used that as a helmet.

  • Da Bears Super Fans | February 1, 2007 at 8:12 am |

    Drob, you and your city must really love its losers! Awesome job, maybe next year.

  • DRob | February 1, 2007 at 10:16 am |

    Damn right we love our losers. 40 years of loving them to be precise.