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I Was Rollerblading Before You Punks Were Even Born

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By Vince Grzegorek

Take a guess as to when inline skates were first developed. Go ahead. 1950s? 1920s? 1900s? 1850s?

Any takers on 1823? Because that is the correct answer. These skates were called the “Volito” and were used by ice skaters when there was no ice to be found. The unequal size of the wheels made this one of the more popular models because skaters could easily turn simply by shifting their weight from side to side.

This is just one of the many interesting equipment- and uniform-related tidbits found in the amazing “Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers” exhibit put together by the Smithsonian. Currently on display at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, the collection has toured the country for the past two years and has two stops left in Portland, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington, later this year (dates and locations available here.)

Other highlights include:

  • Abercrombie and Fitch may be known today for trendy clothes and semi-pornographic advertising, but back in the day that wasn’t the case. Check out this badminton set they produced around the turn of the century The wooden frames tightened around the rackets to keep them from warping brings back fond memories of the racket my father gave me when I was younger.
  • Here’s the towel that was literally thrown in by Max Schmeling’s handlers in the first round of his bout against Joe Louis at Yankee Stadium in 1938. It was thrown back out by the referee because it was against the rules for handlers to stop a fight by throwing in the towel.
  • For her swim across the English Channel in 1926, Gertrude Ederle wore these watertight goggles she designed for the journey.
  • For the 1988 Olympics, Brian Boitano wore these skates. Harlick (the manufacturer) added the American flags for good luck.
  • Betsy Jochum wore this uniform for the South Bend Blue Sox in the All-American Girls Professional League. The Smithsonian notes, “According to the players’ manual, A Guide for All American Girls: How to Look Better, Feel Better, Be More Popular: ‘The smart looking teams invariably play smart ball and you can add to your own drawing power and crowd appeal by looking the part of a ball player on the field. Keep your shoes clean and shining. And see if you don’t feel better and play better ball.’ “
  • If prototypes of the in-line skate were available in 1823, surely the roller skate was already perfected, right? Not really. It wasn’t until 1863 that James Plimpton patented a model that most closely resembles what we have come to know.
  • It wasn’t any sort of marine species that inspired Owen Churchill to create his rubber swim fins around 1940, it was Tahitian swimmers he saw attaching woven leaves to their feet. Bet you thought it was a dolphin or something.
  • The accent over the ‘e’ in Pelé in this New York Cosmos jersey looks more like an out of place, dangling apostrophe than anything else. It should be placed like this, or left off completely, like this (although, note Pelé includes the accent in his autograph.)
  • Billie Jean King wore this outfit, which at the time was considered flashy, in her match against Bobby Riggs. Oh, how times have changed.

Loose Ends, Small Change: Some items I came across while searching through the National Archives online: FDR with his high school baseball team… FDR with his high school football team… Jim Thorpe in his Carlisle Indian School uniform… Finally, a wonderful old Louisville Slugger advertisement.

Distant Replays Gift Card and March Madness: The good folks over at Distant Replays have provided some more gift cards to give away, and just in time for the start of the NCAA Tournament. Since I’m the one who’ll be stuck grading these, we’re going to forego full bracket submissions, in the interests of preserving my sanity. Here’s how it’s going to work:

Pick one team from each region, and one additional team from any region as your wild card choice (five teams in all). You will receive points correlating to each team’s seed for each game that team wins. For example, a Number 1 seed will receive 1 point for each game it wins, a Number 5 seed will receive 5 points for each game it wins, a Number 12 seed will receive 12 points for each game it wins, and so on. Highest score wins. Given the number of entries I expect to receive, this seems to be the best way to avoid a tie. However, please provide your guess for total points scored by both teams combined in the championship game, just in case we do need a tiebreaker.

E-mail your list of five teams and guess for total points to uniraffle at earthlink dot net by 12:00 noon EST on Thursday, March 15th to be eligible. Obviously, no late entries will be allowed. One entry per person, please. 1st place: $200, 2nd place: $100, 3rd place: $50 in Distant Replays money. Winners should be announced on or around April 3rd. Good luck.

 

78 comments to I Was Rollerblading Before You Punks Were Even Born

  • john | March 14, 2007 at 8:05 am |

    Yeah, thank God that those tennis outifts have changed

  • Mark in Shiga | March 14, 2007 at 8:11 am |

    The messed-up accent mark on Pele’s jersey reminds me of when Charlie O’Brien was catching for the Mets. When he joined the team, the equipment manager must not have had any apostrophes to sew on his jersey, because they took a tilde (like in Alejandro Peña) and turned it 90 degrees, creating a very bizarre-looking jerry-rigged apostrophe!

  • Johnny O | March 14, 2007 at 8:30 am |

    Sorry this isn’t uni related. This goes off of what I started a few days ago about MLB TV. Wisconsin does have their own version of FSN North, and they broadcast a fair majority of games but A) I am not always around a TV when the game is on, and B) The golf course I work at has dish network, and therefore no FSN Networks. I am, however, always near a computer and would love to watch the Crew on there.. but alas with that stupid blackout stuff, I couldn’t. Aside form the whole putting in a different address things which I see can get you fined and possible legal action to take place…are there any other options?

  • johnmark | March 14, 2007 at 8:38 am |

    abercrombie and fitch is also the brand of rifle hemingway used to do himself in.

  • Wade | March 14, 2007 at 8:45 am |

    Alabama was sporting their throwbacks from last season in last night’s game versus UMass.

  • Justin | March 14, 2007 at 8:47 am |

    Here is an old school fighting mascot logog that I did not know about: University of South Florida Bulls

  • Miguel | March 14, 2007 at 9:03 am |

    Count me among those that appreciate the evolution in women’s tenniswear.

  • Jim | March 14, 2007 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment=”60007″]Sorry this isn’t uni related. This goes off of what I started a few days ago about MLB TV. Wisconsin does have their own version of FSN North, and they broadcast a fair majority of games but A) I am not always around a TV when the game is on, and B) The golf course I work at has dish network, and therefore no FSN Networks. I am, however, always near a computer and would love to watch the Crew on there.. but alas with that stupid blackout stuff, I couldn’t. Aside form the whole putting in a different address things which I see can get you fined and possible legal action to take place…are there any other options?[/quote]

    Johnny O, if you’ve got cable at home, get a Slingbox. You can watch anything you get on cable over the internet or certain mobile devices. You can get one for under $200 on Ebay.

  • Jeff B | March 14, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    “According to the players’ manual, A Guide for All American Girls: How to Look Better, Feel Better, Be More Popular: ‘The smart looking teams invariably play smart ball and you can add to your own drawing power and crowd appeal by looking the part of a ball player on the field. Keep your shoes clean and shining. And see if you don’t feel better and play better ball.’ “

    Reminds me of what my dad told me when I was young and in karate classes: “Messy Hair, Messy Kata.”

  • Jim | March 14, 2007 at 9:38 am |

    One thing I don’t like about the Bulls green jerseys is that the bull is red on the shorts. I made this picture where the bull is green. I like the green bull better. And look at Ben Wallace’s warm-up gear from last night. I have no clue why he decided to tear off only his right sleve.

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 10:30 am |

    The Butterfly effect, long live the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Joey Guns | March 14, 2007 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”60018″][quote comment=”60007″]Sorry this isn’t uni related. This goes off of what I started a few days ago about MLB TV. Wisconsin does have their own version of FSN North, and they broadcast a fair majority of games but A) I am not always around a TV when the game is on, and B) The golf course I work at has dish network, and therefore no FSN Networks. I am, however, always near a computer and would love to watch the Crew on there.. but alas with that stupid blackout stuff, I couldn’t. Aside form the whole putting in a different address things which I see can get you fined and possible legal action to take place…are there any other options?[/quote]

    Johnny O, if you’ve got cable at home, get a Slingbox. You can watch anything you get on cable over the internet or certain mobile devices. You can get one for under $200 on Ebay.[/quote]

    Yeah, a Slingbox would be a good idea. My friend has a Motorola Q phone, and he can watch tv on his phone which also dials in to the Slingbox via satellite, so anything he can watch at home, he can watch on his phone while we’re golfing. It’s pretty cool.

  • Metsfan AZ | March 14, 2007 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”60021″]One thing I don’t like about the Bulls green jerseys is that the bull is red on the shorts. I made this picture where the bull is green. I like the green bull better. And look at Ben Wallace’s warm-up gear from last night. I have no clue why he decided to tear off only his right sleve.[/quote]
    was that in Boston? Maybe Belichick came him some “advice”.

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    I think the reason the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays substituted the green with blue to their uni colors, is to match the Lightning. I wonder if the Bucs will follow the trend, I heard they’re changing their colors and uni’s also. Now (I think) the Rays & Lightning have the same exact color code, Blue, White and Black.

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 10:48 am |

    Are those new pads for DiPietro?

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 10:51 am |

    Here’s a shot of the Penguins’ new arena.

  • Brian from Short Island | March 14, 2007 at 10:53 am |

    Pele’s Cosmos shirt is just like Kaka’s AC Milan shirt today. (Yes, I know that’s last year’s jersey, the lettering hasn’t changed.)

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 10:54 am |

    One of the best logos in sports, right up there with the NY Yankees. Yeah that’s right, I said it..

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 10:57 am |

    Looks like the Blues’ goalie pads are supporting the Chargers’ bolt.

  • stuby | March 14, 2007 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”60032″]One of the best logos in sports, right up there with the NY Yankees. Yeah that’s right, I said it..[/quote]
    How does the penguin get the gloves to fit over the tips of his wings?

  • Anthony Verna | March 14, 2007 at 11:05 am |

    Happy Pi Day, everyone.

    http://www.piday.org...

    (This frightens me.)

  • Mark in Shiga | March 14, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”60026″][quote comment=”60018″][quote comment=”60007″]Sorry this isn’t uni related. This goes off of what I started a few days ago about MLB TV. Wisconsin does have their own version of FSN North, and they broadcast a fair majority of games but A) I am not always around a TV when the game is on, and B) The golf course I work at has dish network, and therefore no FSN Networks. I am, however, always near a computer and would love to watch the Crew on there.. but alas with that stupid blackout stuff, I couldn’t. Aside form the whole putting in a different address things which I see can get you fined and possible legal action to take place…are there any other options?[/quote]

    Johnny O, if you’ve got cable at home, get a Slingbox. You can watch anything you get on cable over the internet or certain mobile devices. You can get one for under $200 on Ebay.[/quote]

    Yeah, a Slingbox would be a good idea.

    My friend has a Motorola Q phone, and he can watch tv on his phone which also dials in to the Slingbox via satellite, so anything he can watch at home, he can watch on his phone while we’re golfing.

    It’s pretty cool.[/quote]

    Joey, you might also be able to remotely access your home PC and then tunnel the stream into your PC at work. IP proxies — just don’t ask mehow to arrange them!

    I myself am desparate for the same solution since I love baseball and my country, Japan, is entirely blacked out! And my team’s games aren’t available in any form (broadcast TV, satellite, etc.) here. The conspiracy theorists have it that powerful Japanese media corporations have arranged the blackout so that people will keep watching NPB.

    Isnt it insanely expensive to download television to your phone?

  • WVU Tom | March 14, 2007 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”60026″][quote comment=”60018″][quote comment=”60007″]Sorry this isn’t uni related. This goes off of what I started a few days ago about MLB TV. Wisconsin does have their own version of FSN North, and they broadcast a fair majority of games but A) I am not always around a TV when the game is on, and B) The golf course I work at has dish network, and therefore no FSN Networks. I am, however, always near a computer and would love to watch the Crew on there.. but alas with that stupid blackout stuff, I couldn’t. Aside form the whole putting in a different address things which I see can get you fined and possible legal action to take place…are there any other options?[/quote]

    Johnny O, if you’ve got cable at home, get a Slingbox. You can watch anything you get on cable over the internet or certain mobile devices. You can get one for under $200 on Ebay.[/quote]

    Yeah, a Slingbox would be a good idea.

    My friend has a Motorola Q phone, and he can watch tv on his phone which also dials in to the Slingbox via satellite, so anything he can watch at home, he can watch on his phone while we’re golfing.

    It’s pretty cool.[/quote]

    I have a slingbox–it’s great. You can even control the remote, so you can access all the features as if you were right in your living room.

    Only one person (read: computer) can view the broadcast from a slingbox (which is how it is legal), but for your situation I think it would be perfect. The streaming video is always fast and high quality, depending of course on the speed of the network you are connecting from.

    I have NFL sunday ticket from DirecTV, and I also travel a lot, so I was worried I would be wasting money if I wasn’t home to actually enjoy the NFL programing–but with the slingbox, I was able to watch any of my games from where ever I was. It’s also great just to catch any regional sports action when your out of town.

    Plus, in the long run, it’s still cheaper than an MLB.TV subscription.

  • Justin | March 14, 2007 at 11:33 am |

    Wow, not only is it Pi Day it’s also Steak and BJ Day! Celebrate good times!

  • =bg= | March 14, 2007 at 11:57 am |

    no images for #1 and #7..

  • Miguel | March 14, 2007 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”60042″]no images for #1 and #7..[/quote]

    Try this link for #7

  • Lobrex | March 14, 2007 at 12:29 pm |

    Don’t know if anyone else has seen this, but this morning the Chargers have a little video teaser for their uniform unveiling this afternoon:

    http://i1.chargers.c...

    Check it out!

  • Anthony Verna | March 14, 2007 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”60044″]Don’t know if anyone else has seen this, but this morning the Chargers have a little video teaser for their uniform unveiling this afternoon:

    http://i1.chargers.c...

    Check it out![/quote]

    It’s a little over the top, but it does give a good flavor of the jerseys. It’s a slight change. I’m not sure if I like them as much as Paul does.

  • Graf Zeppelin | March 14, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    Not totally in love with the Chargers’ new unis; kind of surprised that Paul likes them so much. I can deal with the navy facemask and I like the white helmet, but making the shoulder bolt horizontal and putting the numerals on the shoulder rather than the sleeve just doesn’t do it for me. And obviously, I don’t like the font, but then again I think everyone but the Bears should use block numerals. Why they created a powder blue alternate out of the new design instead of just keeping the retro powder blues as an alternate is beyond me.

    That said, at least it’s not a complete travesty like other recent NFL uni changes have been (ahem, Vikings, Cardinals, Falcons, Bengals…) The last team to actually improve its uniform by changing it was probably the Giants (road whites), though I must confess I like Detroit’s changes even though no one else does.

    Still wish the Cardinals had gone with something like this and this

  • =bg= | March 14, 2007 at 12:53 pm |

    FLAMES down the pant leg?

  • steve | March 14, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”60050″]FLAMES down the pant leg?[/quote]
    They are going up

  • Metsfan AZ | March 14, 2007 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”60052″][quote comment=”60050″]FLAMES down the pant leg?[/quote]
    They are going up[/quote]
    that makes all the difference. wasn’t there a NFL Europe team the Rhein Fire or soemthing??

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    I’m confused, which Cardinal team are y’all talking about, Arizona? and what does a flame have to do with a cardinal? AND what is the logo/

  • Terry Mark | March 14, 2007 at 1:20 pm |

    I like the Chargers’ changes overall, particularly the return of the white helmet and the addition of powder blue as at least an accent color.

    I didn’t see any need to change the lightning bolts on the jerseys and I think I prefer the bolts over the jersey color rather than inside the stripe.

    The one thing I’ll miss is the navy pants. The white jersey/navy pants combination was among the NFL’s best, right there with Chicago’s home outfit.

  • Chad G | March 14, 2007 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”60055″]I like the Chargers’ changes overall, particularly the return of the white helmet and the addition of powder blue as at least an accent color.

    I didn’t see any need to change the lightning bolts on the jerseys and I think I prefer the bolts over the jersey color rather than inside the stripe.

    The one thing I’ll miss is the navy pants. The white jersey/navy pants combination was among the NFL’s best, right there with Chicago’s home outfit.[/quote]

    They will still have navy pants with the white jersey

  • CollinJ | March 14, 2007 at 1:31 pm |

    What’s up with this Chargers Countdown? I thought they already unveiled the new uniforms.

  • Jeff E. | March 14, 2007 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”60053″][quote comment=”60052″][quote comment=”60050″]FLAMES down the pant leg?[/quote]
    They are going up[/quote]
    that makes all the difference. wasn’t there a NFL Europe team the Rhein Fire or soemthing??[/quote]

    There still is. I always liked their helmet design, though not necessarily their colors. Here’s a link, if anyone is interested.

  • dgc | March 14, 2007 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”60057″]What’s up with this Chargers Countdown? I thought they already unveiled the new uniforms.[/quote]

    The new uniforms were a leak/website screwup. This is the official unveiling press conference.

  • Johnny O | March 14, 2007 at 1:52 pm |

    Thanks to all on the advice on the Slingbox. I will for sure be looking into that for this upcoming baseball season. And to Mark in Japan…could this also be a solution to your blackout problems as well??

  • Mark in Shiga | March 14, 2007 at 2:22 pm |

    Johnny, that won’t work for me since my cable back in the US doesn’t carry WGN (and I want to watch the Cubs). I might just go with Gamecast and my favorite forums to stay updated.

    As for those Wranglers uniforms, I’m not too high on the typewriter-like number font, but the colors are OK. Much better than the goofiness that the Cardinals are using. And get that little logo off the back collar of the jersey!

  • Eric | March 14, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”60054″]I’m confused, which Cardinal team are y’all talking about, Arizona? and what does a flame have to do with a cardinal? AND what is the logo/[/quote]

    that’s a uniform from the USFL’s Arizona Wranglers from the mid 80s. there were some cool uniforms in that league (chicago, michigan, orlando, tampa). there were some horrible unis, too (denver, oakland, boston/new orleans/portland).

  • Graf Zeppelin | March 14, 2007 at 2:27 pm |

    Broker75 —

    What I said was that I had hoped the Cardinals (yes, Arizona) would have gone with something like the Arizona Wranglers (USFL) uniform from 1984, instead of the eyesores they currently wear. Of course they could do without the flame stripes on the pants, and of course they’d have the cardinal head in place of the branding iron on the helmet.

    The Wranglers’ logo is a branding iron with a flaming “W” on one end. The helmet is metallic copper in color. This was an excellent uniform with a great color scheme, although the red jerseys were never manufactured so the Wranglers wore white the entire 1984 season (all the way to the championship game, no less). The next year they merged with the Oklahoma Outlaws and became the Arizona Outlaws, who also had a terrific uniform.

  • Graf Zeppelin | March 14, 2007 at 2:30 pm |

    The Wranglers, like every team in the USFL, had standard block numerals; why the USFL uniform site uses that font I don’t know.

  • Graf Zeppelin | March 14, 2007 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”60058″][quote comment=”60053″][quote comment=”60052″][quote comment=”60050″]FLAMES down the pant leg?[/quote]
    They are going up[/quote]
    that makes all the difference. wasn’t there a NFL Europe team the Rhein Fire or soemthing??[/quote]

    There still is. I always liked their helmet design, though not necessarily their colors. Here’s a link, if anyone is interested.[/quote]

    There was also a WLAF team called the Birmingham Fire, which had flames on the helmet.

  • Broker75 | March 14, 2007 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”60064″]Broker75 —

    What I said was that I had hoped the Cardinals (yes, Arizona) would have gone with something like the Arizona Wranglers (USFL) uniform from 1984, instead of the eyesores they currently wear. Of course they could do without the flame stripes on the pants, and of course they’d have the cardinal head in place of the branding iron on the helmet.

    The Wranglers’ logo is a branding iron with a flaming “W” on one end. The helmet is metallic copper in color. This was an excellent uniform with a great color scheme, although the red jerseys were never manufactured so the Wranglers wore white the entire 1984 season (all the way to the championship game, no less). The next year they merged with the Oklahoma Outlaws and became the Arizona Outlaws, who also had a terrific uniform.[/quote]
    ahhhh, gotcha, now I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

  • Lobrex | March 14, 2007 at 2:35 pm |

    If you look closely at the Chargers’ teaser video, the shoulder bolts in a couple of shots are different even from the still photos — they appear to be pointing the opposite direction from the bolt on the helmet.

    Take a look here and here.

    When the team said they were still tinkering with the unis, apparently they weren’t kidding.

  • Judd | March 14, 2007 at 2:41 pm |

    Man-Ram wearing a serious do-rag the other day.

  • Metsfan AZ | March 14, 2007 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”60069″]Man-Ram wearing a serious do-rag the other day.[/quote]
    THAT’S what those side panels are for!!

  • Teebz | March 14, 2007 at 2:45 pm |

    Paul, this may come as a surprise, but the Blackhawks chain-stitching was not used exclusively by them in the hockey world, and there was another NHL team that used it as well. I believe they were the first team to use it, but they certainly are not alone in their choice of thread-weaving.

    In my research for more ugly jerseys, I discovered that there are two hockey teams that employed chain-stitching on their jerseys.

    The WHA Calgary Cowboys actually used chain-stitching for the names on the back of the jerseys, as seen here on Don McLeod’s jersey. This jersey is from the 1975-76 season.

    The NHL Kansas City Scouts used chain-stitching for their logo, much like the Blackhawks do. It can be seen here on Denis Herron’s jersey from the 1974-75 Scouts.

    Needless to say, I was a little surprised.

  • john | March 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    picture for 1st post here

  • Teebz | March 14, 2007 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”60072″]picture for 1st post here[/quote]

    You need to host that file elsewhere. FortuneCity doesn’t allow linking.

  • Elliott | March 14, 2007 at 4:15 pm |

    Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.

  • Anthony Verna | March 14, 2007 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”60075″]Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.[/quote]

    I’m in. Why not?

  • Kerry | March 14, 2007 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”60075″]Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.[/quote]
    Is this just a regular bracket competition? Or are we suppossed to be judging the teams by unis?

  • Anthony Verna | March 14, 2007 at 4:30 pm |

    And, oh crud. I forgot to make my bracket name my name. I made it my fantasy football team name, the Satellites of Love.

  • Joe | March 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”60032″]One of the best logos in sports, right up there with the NY Yankees. Yeah that’s right, I said it..[/quote]

    the logo was better in yellow then the muted ugly gold.

  • Paul Lukas | March 14, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”60075″]Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.[/quote]

    Let’s keep the raffle the way Vince set it up. Lots of people have already entered and/or don’t read the comments section.

  • Dave A | March 14, 2007 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”60076″][quote comment=”60075″]Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.[/quote]

    I’m in. Why not?[/quote]

    I’m in too.

  • mike | March 14, 2007 at 5:16 pm |

    The Penguins logo is not even a top ten logo. Are you trying to say that the Penguin with hockey stick is better than the Red Wings or Tigers D. Or even the Denver Bronco. Let alone the Yankees.

  • nd06irish | March 14, 2007 at 5:52 pm |

    Has anyone heard what NBA team will be changing logos. This is from the a friend who is with a company that makes licensed apparel.

    2007-08 IDENTITY CHANGES: Please contact your licensing manager for a list of teams that will make changes to their logos and/or uniforms next season. There will be one major change and a few minor color tweaks.

  • Elliott | March 14, 2007 at 6:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”60081″][quote comment=”60075″]Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.[/quote]

    Let’s keep the raffle the way Vince set it up. Lots of people have already entered and/or don’t read the comments section.[/quote]

    No problem Paul, I don’t wanna look like I’m taking charge here.

  • Greg | March 14, 2007 at 6:20 pm |

    The ‘Cuse are wearing their nike skorts in the NIT !!! Uni Justice For All !!!!

  • Johnny O | March 14, 2007 at 6:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”60075″]Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.[/quote]

    Count me in too!

  • Chad G | March 14, 2007 at 7:15 pm |

    Found another black shoes and white laces for college football

    That pic was on SI.com in the photo section under top 10 spring storylines.

  • Paul Lukas | March 14, 2007 at 7:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”60095″]Found another black shoes and white laces for college football

    That pic was on SI.com in the photo section under top 10 spring storylines.[/quote]

    For the record: The quote in question did NOT say that there were only two NCAA teams with black shoes and white laces. It said there were only two Nike schools that fit that description.

    Now, that may still be inaccurate. But not because of the photo you’ve just linked to.

  • GoTerriers | March 14, 2007 at 7:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”60091″][quote comment=”60081″][quote comment=”60075″]Hey everyone,

    Vince, if you want to actually do a full bracket competition, I don’t know how many entries you have already for the pick 5 contest but I set up a pool on Yahoo. Go to this link, and type in 160678 for the league ID and Paul for the password. If this works, the computer will do all of the scoring for us. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    Oh, and if this works, make your bracket name your name so the grading process will be easier on Vince.[/quote]

    Let’s keep the raffle the way Vince set it up. Lots of people have already entered and/or don’t read the comments section.[/quote]

    No problem Paul, I don’t wanna look like I’m taking charge here.[/quote]

    What the heck, I’m in too . . .I’ll send a regular raffle entry too, but this might be fun just for bragging rights “Uni Watch Bracket Champ”!!

  • Lobrex | March 14, 2007 at 7:53 pm |

    New Chargers unis are at last officially online:

    http://www.chargers....

  • Vince Grzegorek | March 14, 2007 at 8:19 pm |

    You know, I like the idea of just creating a Uni Watch bracket pool on some website, just hadn’t thought of it.

    Sorry. Seeing as this was kind of put together last minute and the deadline is tomorrow at noon and there are already close to 200 entries, I think I missed the boat on this one and will have to score them all myself.

    Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

  • Billy B. | March 14, 2007 at 8:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”60099″]New Chargers unis are at last officially online:

    http://www.chargers....[/quote]
    I like the new Chargers unis, but seeing them on Phillip Rivers the new placement of the bolts doesn’t look good on a player like Rivers, that is wearing longer sleeves.

  • Elliott | March 14, 2007 at 8:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”60101″]You know, I like the idea of just creating a Uni Watch bracket pool on some website, just hadn’t thought of it.

    Sorry. Seeing as this was kind of put together last minute and the deadline is tomorrow at noon and there are already close to 200 entries, I think I missed the boat on this one and will have to score them all myself.

    Thanks for the suggestion anyway.[/quote]

    No problem. I’d love to have people keep joining it, though, for bragging rights. Winner gets interviewed? Wow, how much of a mess could that turn out to be?

  • Brian from Short Island | March 14, 2007 at 8:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”60036″][quote comment=”60026″][quote comment=”60018″][quote comment=”60007″]Sorry this isn’t uni related. This goes off of what I started a few days ago about MLB TV. Wisconsin does have their own version of FSN North, and they broadcast a fair majority of games but A) I am not always around a TV when the game is on, and B) The golf course I work at has dish network, and therefore no FSN Networks. I am, however, always near a computer and would love to watch the Crew on there.. but alas with that stupid blackout stuff, I couldn’t. Aside form the whole putting in a different address things which I see can get you fined and possible legal action to take place…are there any other options?[/quote]

    Johnny O, if you’ve got cable at home, get a Slingbox. You can watch anything you get on cable over the internet or certain mobile devices. You can get one for under $200 on Ebay.[/quote]

    Yeah, a Slingbox would be a good idea.

    My friend has a Motorola Q phone, and he can watch tv on his phone which also dials in to the Slingbox via satellite, so anything he can watch at home, he can watch on his phone while we’re golfing.

    It’s pretty cool.[/quote]

    Joey, you might also be able to remotely access your home PC and then tunnel the stream into your PC at work. IP proxies — just don’t ask mehow to arrange them!

    I myself am desparate for the same solution since I love baseball and my country, Japan, is entirely blacked out! And my team’s games aren’t available in any form (broadcast TV, satellite, etc.) here. The conspiracy theorists have it that powerful Japanese media corporations have arranged the blackout so that people will keep watching NPB.

    Isnt it insanely expensive to download television to your phone?[/quote]
    http://www.myp2p.eu

  • Wade | March 14, 2007 at 8:55 pm |

    The Predators (blue) and Red Wings (white) are wearing the same jerseys tonight in Detroit as they did when they played last night in Nashville.

  • Minna H. | March 14, 2007 at 10:24 pm |

    Elliot, I’m in, too. This should be fun.

    tessa, I would still like to see the rosaries when you get a chance, but you are NOT allowed to have one for the Yanks. That’s just unfair.

    Funny note: A good friend of mine just returned from a trip to Alaska. She said she was going to call me because she saw a pic of these new uniforms. “The tops were super-tight, and the shorts were like granny shorts! They were so ugly.” I just laughed and thought, “Welcome to my world.”

  • David L | March 15, 2007 at 12:21 am |

    [quote comment=”60102″][quote comment=”60099″]New Chargers unis are at last officially online:

    http://www.chargers....[/quote]
    I like the new Chargers unis, but seeing them on Phillip Rivers the new placement of the bolts doesn’t look good on a player like Rivers, that is wearing longer sleeves.[/quote]

    I couldn’t help but agree. As a San Diegan, and life long fan, I love the new look. As players have said over and over for the past week, it’s a crisp new look for this team, with the huge touches of the past.
    Originally, I didn’t like the numeral font, but it really has grown on me. They’re sleek and new, but they avoid the trend (see Nike, the Vikings etc.) of adding piping, side panels, and everything else. Simple, clean, and beautiful.

    I just can’t wait to see them in action.

  • David L | March 15, 2007 at 12:22 am |

    Also, I think the sleeves do look pretty silly when worn loose like Rivers has his, but I’m pretty sure QB’s are the only ones wearing it like that.

  • Eric | March 15, 2007 at 1:59 am |

    it’ll probably look that way on kickers, too, but they’re going to be goofy looking no matter what they wear.

  • Bob Wilmot | March 15, 2007 at 1:09 pm |

    Regarding the Pele jerseys you showed, I strongly suspect that both shirts you show are knockoffs. The NY Cosmos never used the apostrophe any other way except that shown in the action shot. Certainly, the yellow Brasil short is a replica, and an incorrect one at that. During Pele’s years, neither Brasil nor any other national team that I know of had player names on the shirts. Here is a photo of the 1970 World Cup Final. That was a fairly recent American-influenced innovation that is now required by FIFA at the international level. I believe our World Cup here in 1994 was the introduction of that.

  • UwantRadie | March 15, 2007 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”60064″]Broker75 —

    What I said was that I had hoped the Cardinals (yes, Arizona) would have gone with something like the Arizona Wranglers (USFL) uniform from 1984, instead of the eyesores they currently wear. Of course they could do without the flame stripes on the pants, and of course they’d have the cardinal head in place of the branding iron on the helmet.

    The Wranglers’ logo is a branding iron with a flaming “W” on one end. The helmet is metallic copper in color. This was an excellent uniform with a great color scheme, although the red jerseys were never manufactured so the Wranglers wore white the entire 1984 season (all the way to the championship game, no less). The next year they merged with the Oklahoma Outlaws and became the Arizona Outlaws, who also had a terrific uniform.[/quote]

    If you like video games then buy any Madden game the last few years and you can recreate that uni. They even have that logo in the game. I recall seeing it for several years now. I think i even used it once when i created a team.