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Alas, my love you do me wrong / To cast me off discourteously

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So here’s a little something: In last Friday’s ticker, I mentioned that Arizona State shortstop Andrew Romine had been wearing green sleeves (as shown at right) a few days earlier, while the rest of the team was wearing maroon. Probably a holdover from St. Paddy’s Day, I opined.

But then I got a note from ASU spokesguy and longtime Uni Watch supporter Randy Policar, to wit:

It has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. Since the beginning of the season, one member of the team has been assigned the green undershirt for each game. The player who is assigned it must wear it directly under the jersey, no exceptions. The meaning of the sleeves is known only to the student-athletes.

Hmmm, intriguing. I wrote back: “How is the assignment made each game? Like, does the last guy who wears the green get to pick the next guy, or is it a team vote, or what? Does the shirt get washed each time, or is it some kind of skank-o-rama contest?” That brought this response from Policar:

Before every series, the green undershirt appears in a player’s locker. No one is sure who assigns it, but the players think it is Coach [Pat] Murphy. Anyways, the player must wear the green shirt directly under their jersey for the entire series. The first series we wore our sleeveless road jerseys was in Auburn, and our CF Jarred Bogany was assigned the shirt. When he came out for infield/outfield, he had the green sleeves under his maroon undershirt. The players told him he had to switch it, so he played the entire game with green sleeves under the sleeveless jersey, just like Romine did on Wednesday.

I asked Murph who assigns the shirt, and his response was, “What green shirt?” (with a smile, I might add).

My road roommate, Steve Kirkman, handles the laundry on the road (with assistance from me, since folding game jerseys is actually quite thrilling for me), and we do wash the shirt, so it’s not collecting any flies.

Policar (who recently a very nice ASU St. Paddy’s Day cap to Uni Watch HQ) hinted to me that he knows a bit more about this than he’s letting on, but he’s keeping the details under wraps. So for now we’ve got a team ritual and a mystery, wrapped up in the world’s greatest color.

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Can You Believe Ron Hodges Once Wore That Number?: Yesterday I asked if anyone knew more about exactly when Marc Sagmoen changed his uni number from 42 to 37 — was it immediately after MLB announced that 42 had been retired in honor of Jackie Robinson, or did he wear the number for a day or two before switching? Reader Jeff Backschies, who attended college with Sagmoen at Nebraska, sheds a bit more light on the subject: “Sagmoen and I had common friends in college, and both being Seattle kids in Nebraska, we kinda knew one another, so I followed his post-Husker career. I remember pretty clearly that he had worn 42 at least the day it was retired, after the announcement.” So even if Sagmoen switched numbers the very next day, it sounds like he wore 42 at least once in the number’s post-retirement era.

Meanwhile, the roster of players who’ll be wearing 42 next Sunday is filling up. In addition to the names that were originally reported (Griffey, Bonds, Cameron, Randolph, and the whole Dodgers team), the list now includes Coco Crisp, Dontrelle Willis, Gary Matthews Jr., Jimmy Rollins, Derrek Lee, Gary Sheffield, Josh Barfield (along with C.C. Sabathia on the bench), and Dmitri Young (an interesting choice).

One other Robinson-related note: When news of the whole 42 thing broke on Wednesday night, the AP put a bunch of old Jackie photos out on the wire. The weird thing is, Robbie’s uniform number isn’t visible in any of the photos they chose (one of which is a little undignified to boot).

Uni Watch News Ticker: The long-threatened crackdown on Barry Zito’s glove (first reported here) has finally come to pass. … Next NBA team to do the Noche Latina thing: the Spurs, who’ll be wearing the flags and jersey patch on Monday. Additional pics here (with thanks to Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek, who’s also found another athlete who wears cap pins: LPGAer Paula Creamer, who usually has a pin on the side of her brim). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments; Dice-K took the mound yesterday wearing an orange bracelet. But he was told to remove it, and it ended up in his pocket (great job on the screen grabs by Anthony Memme). Plus he had some odd-looking undersleeves, and that big belt buckle. … Todd Krevanchi notes that the Basketball Hall of Fame’s latest class of inductees were given honorary jerseys the other day. … Umpire Jim Wolf wore a ski cap again yesterday (with thanks to Uni Watch cold-weather umpire headwear specialist Mike Comeau, who has now documented this phenomenon for two days running). … Speaking of cold-weather attire, several of the Devil Rays were doing the convenience store stick-up thing last night (even while batting). … Good article here about Creighton University pitcher Pat Venditte, who wears a special glove because he pitches both left-handed and right-handed. … As some of you are aware, there’s a fun little controversy brewing regarding Frankie Rodriguez, who definitely appears to have something on his underbrim, a spot he happens to reach for quite a bit. To get the full story, start here, then go here, and then here. … The Coyotes retired Dale Hawerchuk’s number last night, and he got to wear that super-cool Jets jersey. … Pink?! Did he lose a bet or what?

 

207 comments to Alas, my love you do me wrong / To cast me off discourteously

  • Amy | April 6, 2007 at 8:28 am |

    This might be a reach for some (most) people but for some reason the first thing I think of when I see the Spurs logo is football uprights. you know with an explosion under it or something. anyone else see this?

  • Peter Wunsch | April 6, 2007 at 8:28 am |

    What’s with the Winnipeg under the Jets? I don’t remember them having that as part of their logo.

  • Richard | April 6, 2007 at 8:33 am |

    The special glove the Creighton pitcher wears reminds me of Greg Harris, a former Red Sox pitcher (among his teams). Harris wore a similar glove when he threw, because he too could pitch with either hand. I’ll do some photo research to find a shot.

  • GR | April 6, 2007 at 8:35 am |

    I believe Paula Creamer is wearing a ball mark on the bill of her cap. It’s a magnetic ball mark stuck on a clip that slides on to the bill.

  • Richard | April 6, 2007 at 8:35 am |

    Daisuke wore last season’s Nike jersey under his uniform, making for the interesting sleeves. You can tell by the “Red Sox” on the collar.

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 8:46 am |

    Jimmy Rollins will wear #42 for the Phillies.

    http://www.philly.co...

  • Kerry | April 6, 2007 at 8:48 am |

    [quote comment=”67095″]This might be a reach for some (most) people but for some reason the first thing I think of when I see the Spurs logo is football uprights. you know with an explosion under it or something. anyone else see this?[/quote]
    Personally, I think of a spur but I can see what you’re saying too.

    Also, GREAT find on the special glove worn by the Creighton pitcher. I’ve never seen anything like that…way cool!

  • gak | April 6, 2007 at 8:49 am |

    [quote comment=”67096″]What’s with the Winnipeg under the Jets? I don’t remember them having that as part of their logo.[/quote]

    That was their first logo when they entered the NHL, and the last one from their days in the WHA. Usually when I look for team merchandise, I go with the city I’m closest to, so when I was growing up, it was Winnipeg.

  • Andrew | April 6, 2007 at 8:52 am |

    D-Lee’s first name is spelled D-E-R-R-E-K, just a minor detail… Go Cubs.

  • StevieW | April 6, 2007 at 8:53 am |

    [quote comment=”67099″]I believe Paula Creamer is wearing a ball mark on the bill of her cap. It’s a magnetic ball mark stuck on a clip that slides on to the bill.[/quote]
    I agree with GR. I believe Paula Cremer and alot of golfers wear the clip thing on their hats. It holds a ball marker in place and is usually contains the logo of a golf course,corportation, or charity.
    They are sold at nearly every golf shop in the country now. We sell them where I work.

  • cliff rancho | April 6, 2007 at 8:57 am |

    Speaking as someone who works in the visitor’s clubhouse of an MLB team, I can say that F-Rod’s hat is definitely one of the most ‘doctored up’ hats out there. We’re constantly handling players hats and his has always been extremely noticeable. He’s not the only one of course, but his was always one of the most predominant ones out there.

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 8:57 am |

    [quote comment=”67106″][quote comment=”67099″]I believe Paula Creamer is wearing a ball mark on the bill of her cap. It’s a magnetic ball mark stuck on a clip that slides on to the bill.[/quote]
    I agree with GR. I believe Paula Cremer and alot of golfers wear the clip thing on their hats. It holds a ball marker in place and is usually contains the logo of a golf course,corportation, or charity.
    They are sold at nearly every golf shop in the country now. We sell them where I work.[/quote]

    I was in the Orioles team store the other day and they have regular B-Ball hats with a ball marker magnetically attached to the brim. Who cares, more pictures of Paula Creamer please.

  • StevieW | April 6, 2007 at 8:58 am |

    Here is a link that gives you a closer look at them.
    http://www.wagglepro...

    They are more popular among amateurs than professionals in tournaments.

    Also usually every tournament will give the players and players badge,clip,or small pin or something that identifies the players and allows then the proper access to locker rooms, dining rooms, inside the ropes sort to speak. It is always interesting to see which players you can spot them on. For instance Tiger and Phil probably would never wear them because everyone at a golf tournament would presumably know who they are.
    I will try to find a picture of someone in the masters sporting one. Maybe Wetterich, the first Cincinnati native to lead the Masters.

  • Jonathon | April 6, 2007 at 9:03 am |

    Did anyone else catch the College of Charleston vs. The Citadel baseball game last night? Both teams wore throwbacks. CofC wore a pinstriped hat with a very short brim, bumblebee socks, and jersey with the lace-up action in the front, with pointed collars. Very old school. The Citadel also wore a jersey with a lace-up front and knee high socks. It was outstanding. I can’t find pictures, however.

  • Jonathon | April 6, 2007 at 9:06 am |

    Bingo. Here it is. It was dubbed “Turn back the century” night.

    http://www.citadelsp...

  • Adam in Chicago | April 6, 2007 at 9:08 am |

    The Hawerchuk item led me, after click a few links, to WinnipegJetsOnline. What’s relevant to this blog is this:

    New jersey design

    I think it’s a pretty snazzy design, all-in-all, but there’s a certain retro cool about the old-school circle.

  • Jonathon | April 6, 2007 at 9:13 am |

    The pic doesn’t show it, but the umps wore throwbacks, too. All but the homeplate ump wore straw hats, off-white shirts, and ties. They looked like this:

    http://www.villageha...

  • Joe Wagner | April 6, 2007 at 9:15 am |

    RE: Cremer’s hat adornment

    It may be a LPGA player’s pin too. I know many PGA players started wearing a similar pin over the last few years to show their support for the PGA.

  • stuby | April 6, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    This is crass, but how long before we start seeing Griffey #42 jerseys for sale?

  • LES | April 6, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    Hi

    I was watching the Reds v Cubs game on MLB.TV yesterday and the Cubs broadcasters where holding a Text poll asking if the fans would miss the blue alternate jersey but I missed the end so did anyone see the outcome how did the fans vote?

    Les

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    I was flicking around last night and stuck with the Pens-Sens game for awhile. The numbers on the Sens jerseys are HUGE, way too comic style for me…

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

  • Mark in Shiga | April 6, 2007 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”67125″]I was flicking around last night and stuck with the Pens-Sens game for awhile. The numbers on the Sens jerseys are HUGE, way too comic style for me…

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

    I think you’re fighting a losing battle as lots of guys have numbers in the 80s and 90s now.

    ^_^;

    Seriously, though, it seems to me that those numbers are just too thick. If they were the regular block style that Ottawa used to wear, they would look fine even at 12″ high.

  • interlockingtc | April 6, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    I think Tiger looks good there. Pink & black works.

  • The Ol Goaler | April 6, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment=”67107″]Speaking as someone who works in the visitor’s clubhouse of an MLB team, I can say that F-Rod’s hat is definitely one of the most ‘doctored up’ hats out there. We’re constantly handling players hats and his has always been extremely noticeable. He’s not the only one of course, but his was always one of the most predominant ones out there.[/quote]
    I suspect that “K-Rod” is using the one “foriegn substance” pitchers are allowed to use on the baseball… rosin! ESPN’s Orel Hershiser pointed out that Rodriguez picks up the rosin bag before every pitch he throws. The white of the rosin would logically show up better against the new black underbills than against the old grays.

    The purpose of the rosin bag is to allow the pitcher a better grip on the baseball; the illegal “spitter” (Vaseline, K-Y jelly, etc,) does the exact opposite… making the ball act in an “unnatural” manner. In cold weather, some pitchers have used pine tar (illegal because it “defaces” the baseball) for the same effect.

    You don’t hear many accusations of “spitter” or “scuffball” anymore (Kenny Rogers notwithstanding), probably because MLB throws balls out of play as soon as they get any kind of mark on them. (Pitches like the split-finger and the “cutter” legally do what the old-fashioned “spitter” used to do… look like a fastball out of the pitcher’s hand, and then break down.)

  • StevieW | April 6, 2007 at 9:26 am |

    On the Masters.org site you can see several players wearing the masters pin/clip thing. I can’t link from there, but you can see Henrik Stenson with it on his hat. Joe Durant as well.
    Look on the picture gallery, more from day one.

  • marc | April 6, 2007 at 9:31 am |

    the two-armed pitcher guy’s father has been ordering 700 dollar gloves with two thumb holes directly from muzuno since his kid was 8 years old.

  • Jeff I | April 6, 2007 at 9:31 am |

    On TV, I thought perhaps Dice-K’s undershirt was like the Nike System of Dress, with Red Sox players/historical stats in blue, then blending into red. But I ended up seeing the undershirt, up close at a store last night. It’s an Under-Armour-esque shirt from Nike, a gray body, with red sleeves and a red mock turtle neck. The sleeves have bits of blue checks blending into the red, not unlike last year’s controversial undershirt (tho far less shiny).

    Oh, and the best part of last night’s shopping voyage AND this year’s new Spring Training jerseys? Picked up the previous Red Sox spring training jersey for a mere $25!

  • Mike Engle | April 6, 2007 at 9:33 am |

    So are the #42 games tonight, on 6 April? Hopefully pictures will be posted.

  • Bouj | April 6, 2007 at 9:35 am |

    Carlos Lee is going to wear 42 for Houston too. He spoke about it briefly in the Houston Chronicle ysterday.

  • stuby | April 6, 2007 at 9:36 am |

    I believe Jackie Robinson Day is April 15th. The anniversary of his ML debut.

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 9:38 am |

    If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

  • Tyler | April 6, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    Does anybody know what makes baseball umpires decide what they are going to wear, as in the black sport coat, the black shirt, and the blue shirt. I know it has nothing to do with the league affiliation, because i have watched Tiger games, and it always varries

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    I just couldn’t buy a jersey with my own name on it. I just couldn’t do it.

    However. . .EA Sports used to have a program that would make a JPEG to use as a wallpaper for Windows out of your name, # and favorite team jersey. I know I’ll never find it, but I’ll look for a link.

  • schuby | April 6, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    If you need me, i’ll be strollin around town ini my new Brewers cap. Looks nice and it fits great. I have American Needle to thank.

  • cliff rancho | April 6, 2007 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment=”67130″][quote comment=”67107″]Speaking as someone who works in the visitor’s clubhouse of an MLB team, I can say that F-Rod’s hat is definitely one of the most ‘doctored up’ hats out there. We’re constantly handling players hats and his has always been extremely noticeable. He’s not the only one of course, but his was always one of the most predominant ones out there.[/quote]
    I suspect that “K-Rod” is using the one “foriegn substance” pitchers are allowed to use on the baseball… rosin! ESPN’s Orel Hershiser pointed out that Rodriguez picks up the rosin bag before every pitch he throws. The white of the rosin would logically show up better against the new black underbills than against the old grays.

    The purpose of the rosin bag is to allow the pitcher a better grip on the baseball; the illegal “spitter” (Vaseline, K-Y jelly, etc,) does the exact opposite… making the ball act in an “unnatural” manner. In cold weather, some pitchers have used pine tar (illegal because it “defaces” the baseball) for the same effect.

    You don’t hear many accusations of “spitter” or “scuffball” anymore (Kenny Rogers notwithstanding), probably because MLB throws balls out of play as soon as they get any kind of mark on them. (Pitches like the split-finger and the “cutter” legally do what the old-fashioned “spitter” used to do… look like a fastball out of the pitcher’s hand, and then break down.)[/quote]

    K-Rod…my bad.
    Yes, he is using rosin, I’m not saying he isn’t. But I know that in the past couple years, his brim has always had huge amounts of pine-tar on it.
    Like I said, he’s not the only one that has a sticky brim, but definitely has one of the ‘stickiest’.

    and for the record, I’m not saying he should be punished, pine-tar is everywhere in the game, but it’s just interesting to hear these people claim that it’s just rosin.

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 9:53 am |

    And I lied. I found it.

    http://www.easports....

  • stuby | April 6, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course..[quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...
    Thats a cool site! I would never buy a jersey with my own name on it, but its cool to at least see what it would like.

  • Joey Guns | April 6, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    Paul, this Mets auction has your perfect stirrups.

    http://auction.mlb.c...

  • todd krevanchi | April 6, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”67147″]Paul, this Mets auction has your perfect stirrups.

    http://auction.mlb.c...

    ahh, the good old days…
    gooden, hernandez, strawberry… the grand cocaine triumverate!

  • T-Bone | April 6, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    This , the Jets road jersey, also ranked high on the sweetness scale…

  • SATCH | April 6, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    If Frankie Rodriguez does get suspended for having an illegal substance under his brim, then he can blame MLB and New Era for making those underbrims black, and thus, making the substance more noticeable than a grey underbrim would!

  • schuby | April 6, 2007 at 10:11 am |

    I’m obsessed with the Townie News Red Sox reviews. Did anyone else catch Part II? I want one of those shirts, I Do It With My Sox On. It’s PFS.

  • Paul Lukas | April 6, 2007 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”67151″]If Frankie Rodriguez does get suspended for having an illegal substance under his brim, then he can blame MLB and New Era for making those underbrims black, and thus, making the substance more noticeable than a grey underbrim would![/quote]

    Actually, the Angels were already wearing black underbrims — they’ve been doing so for the better part of a decade now.

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment=”67108″][quote comment=”67106″][quote comment=”67099″]I believe Paula Creamer is wearing a ball mark on the bill of her cap. It’s a magnetic ball mark stuck on a clip that slides on to the bill.[/quote]
    I agree with GR. I believe Paula Cremer and alot of golfers wear the clip thing on their hats. It holds a ball marker in place and is usually contains the logo of a golf course,corportation, or charity.
    They are sold at nearly every golf shop in the country now. We sell them where I work.[/quote]

    I was in the Orioles team store the other day and they have regular B-Ball hats with a ball marker magnetically attached to the brim. Who cares, more pictures of Paula Creamer please.[/quote]

    There goes Angelos again…making goofy hats available rather than focusing on the team and the community!

    BTW – I love Paula Creamer!

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”67152″]I’m obsessed with the Townie News Red Sox reviews. Did anyone else catch Part II? I want one of those shirts, I Do It With My Sox On. It’s PFS.[/quote]

    http://www.chowdahea...

    Personally I liked the one of Ortiz swining away which kind of looks like the Air Jordan logo.

    And yeh, I’ve watched them all ike 4 times each now.

  • Rich | April 6, 2007 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire) :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway!

  • Rich | April 6, 2007 at 10:20 am |

    Well linking didn’t work, so here it is:

    http://proxy.espn.go...

  • Ben | April 6, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    I’m not sure if this has been mentioned or not before, and it doesn’t necessarily relate to uniforms but Reebok, who recently entered the hockey market has introduced a “revolutionary” stick (no it doesn’t have a Pump). It’s called the OTech or OStick and has seven holes all the way through the shaft near the blade of the stick. Here are a couple shots of the stick.

    I’m not sure how many NHLers are using it but one I am sure of is Pavel Datsyuk (closeup) and another here. And in use here.

    At $250-$300 a pop, a can’t imagine a less than professional hockey player wanting to use this for anything but wrist shots.

  • Alex | April 6, 2007 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”67151″]If Frankie Rodriguez does get suspended for having an illegal substance under his brim, then he can blame MLB and New Era for making those underbrims black, and thus, making the substance more noticeable than a grey underbrim would![/quote]

    I thought we concluded that the Angels were the ONE team that had black underbills previous to this season? Any photos of K-Rod’s hat last year or the year before??

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    The downfall of these types of programs is that they don’t recreate vertical arch!

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……

  • Alex | April 6, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    whoops, Paul beat me to it

  • Joey Guns | April 6, 2007 at 10:40 am |

    I guess Frankie Rodriguez must’ve switched hats last night, after the controversy, because Mike Piazza made him pay the price…..

    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    [quote comment=”67164″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……[/quote]

    You did something contrary to Bill Simmons?

    *high-fives Mike*

  • Ian K | April 6, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    I’m really looking forward to the Dodgers game on April 15 when they all wear 42. LA is my favorite team and this is a very unique way to honor Jackie Robinson. Living in Texas I don’t see them on TV much (and rarely hear the sweet sweet vocals of Mr. Vin Scully).

    But here’s the good news: the Dodgers-Padres game that day is the ESPN Sunday Night Game so everyone will be able to watch! If you have cable, that is.

  • Mark Dancer | April 6, 2007 at 10:47 am |

    Here’s a comment on the Predator’s alternate sweaters.

  • Ben | April 6, 2007 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment=”67155″][quote comment=”67152″]I’m obsessed with the Townie News Red Sox reviews. Did anyone else catch Part II? I want one of those shirts, I Do It With My Sox On. It’s PFS.[/quote]

    http://www.chowdahea...

    Personally I liked the one of Ortiz swining away which kind of looks like the Air Jordan logo.

    And yeh, I’ve watched them all ike 4 times each now.[/quote]

    Mike,

    If you haven’t found that Ortiz tee yet, here it is: Supah Fans Walk Off Tee

    I also love that shirt, I wish Ortiz could get it trademarked like Griffey and his swing logo.

  • todd krevanchi | April 6, 2007 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”67172″]I’m really looking forward to the Dodgers game on April 15 when they all wear 42. LA is my favorite team and this is a very unique way to honor Jackie Robinson. Living in Texas I don’t see them on TV much (and rarely hear the sweet sweet vocals of Mr. Vin Scully).

    But here’s the good news: the Dodgers-Padres game that day is the ESPN Sunday Night Game so everyone will be able to watch! If you have cable, that is.[/quote]

    you are right. there is no better sound than vin scully doing a game. its like he is the official voice of major league baseball…

  • Ken | April 6, 2007 at 10:56 am |

    I don’t know if Paul posted pictures before, but I really like that green St. Patty’s Day ASU hat. I wish my alma mater’s baseball team would do that and make them available to students and alumni.

  • Ditchfarmer | April 6, 2007 at 11:00 am |

    In other hockey news, I was dissapointed to see my favorite team North Dakota in their black alternate Nike jerseys last night in the Frozen Four. I think it was the first time in the history of the program that they weren’t the better dressed team. Unfortunately they lost, but maybe that will be a reason to quit wearing them.

  • Phil Pereira | April 6, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”67100″]Daisuke wore last season’s Nike jersey under his uniform, making for the interesting sleeves. You can tell by the “Red Sox” on the collar.[/quote]

    Here’s a photo I managed to grab of him warming up yesterday, you can sort of see the writing on his collar, but unfortunately it didn’t get a lot of sleeve detail since I was a ways away from him and this photo was cropped. Unfortunately, Royals stadium staff was weird about people taking photos of him, even though it was 45 mins prior to the game and there was hardly a massive crowd there. Anyway, it was too cold for me to want to take any other photos (36 degrees, yikes). As a Boston transplant in KC, I was very pleased with the result.

    Click for pic

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”67144″]And I lied. I found it.

    http://www.easports....

    Anthony, that is great! The only problem is, I can’t do a retro (duh) or the alternate (red) jersey of the Wild! Otherwise, most excellent.

    Hm. I guess I could pain myself and do a retro Dallas jersey…be prepared to hear a loud, agonizing scream.

  • Paul Lukas | April 6, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”67162″][quote comment=”67151″]If Frankie Rodriguez does get suspended for having an illegal substance under his brim, then he can blame MLB and New Era for making those underbrims black, and thus, making the substance more noticeable than a grey underbrim would![/quote]

    I thought we concluded that the Angels were the ONE team that had black underbills previous to this season?[/quote]

    They had been the only black-underbilled team until last year, when the Mariners also went black (this is because Bill Bavasi, who thinks black reduces glare, was originally the GM in Anaheim and then became the GM in Seattle). Some of the Rangers used black last year as well.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:06 am |

    Waaaaaaah! The North Star jersey looks so damn good with my name. The numbers are a bit big, but still….

    *sulking in a corner*

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”67182″][quote comment=”67144″]And I lied. I found it.

    http://www.easports....

    Anthony, that is great! The only problem is, I can’t do a retro (duh) or the alternate (red) jersey of the Wild! Otherwise, most excellent.

    Hm. I guess I could pain myself and do a retro Dallas jersey…be prepared to hear a loud, agonizing scream.[/quote]

    I’m glad you liked it! It is a few years old, but does the trick.

  • Brooks | April 6, 2007 at 11:09 am |

    That Ortiz shirt is a blatant ripoff of the Ken Griffey Jr. Swingman logo.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”67163″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    The downfall of these types of programs is that they don’t recreate vertical arch![/quote]

    Joe, I like! Now if you could do one with my name, number 7, red Wild! alt…you would be my hero for the day.

    I like the Noche Latina idea. The flags are very festive.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment=”67170″][quote comment=”67164″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……[/quote]

    You did something contrary to Bill Simmons?

    *high-fives Mike*[/quote]

    I’m with Anthony on this one. Here’s ten dollars for you Mike. Go buy yourself a beer.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 6, 2007 at 11:15 am |

    I think it’s been brought up before, but what constitutes Latin countries? Just everything south of here? I’m only asking because Brazil is on there and they speak Portuguese, so I’m assuming it’s nothing to do with language…

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”67191″][quote comment=”67170″][quote comment=”67164″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……[/quote]

    You did something contrary to Bill Simmons?

    *high-fives Mike*[/quote]

    I’m with Anthony on this one. Here’s ten dollars for you Mike. Go buy yourself a beer.[/quote]

    I just wanted to clarify that I am with Anthony on the going against Bill Simmons thing, not that I am for personalizing jerseys. I don’t care for that–except in wallpapers.

  • Paul Lukas | April 6, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”67188″]That Ortiz shirt is a blatant ripoff of the Ken Griffey Jr. Swingman logo.[/quote]

    If you want an Ortiz shirt, this is the coolest one.

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”67194″][quote comment=”67191″][quote comment=”67170″][quote comment=”67164″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……[/quote]

    You did something contrary to Bill Simmons?

    *high-fives Mike*[/quote]

    I’m with Anthony on this one. Here’s ten dollars for you Mike. Go buy yourself a beer.[/quote]

    I just wanted to clarify that I am with Anthony on the going against Bill Simmons thing, not that I am for personalizing jerseys. I don’t care for that–except in wallpapers.[/quote]

    ….but I already bought myself the beer…….

  • Phil Pereira | April 6, 2007 at 11:19 am |

    Well, Portuguese, like Spanish, is a Latin derived language (my family is from Portugal), so counting Brazil as a Latin American country makes sense (and I’d imagine Brazilians living in the states can call themselves Latino for census purposes, but I don’t know).

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”67196″][quote comment=”67194″][quote comment=”67191″][quote comment=”67170″][quote comment=”67164″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……[/quote]

    You did something contrary to Bill Simmons?

    *high-fives Mike*[/quote]

    I’m with Anthony on this one. Here’s ten dollars for you Mike. Go buy yourself a beer.[/quote]

    I just wanted to clarify that I am with Anthony on the going against Bill Simmons thing, not that I am for personalizing jerseys. I don’t care for that–except in wallpapers.[/quote]

    ….but I already bought myself the beer…….[/quote]

    Oh, Mike, I’m still giving you the ten dollars. You deserve it! So have another (I think you can still get two beers for ten bucks). It’s Friday! Who needs to work on Fridays?

  • Jonathon | April 6, 2007 at 11:22 am |

    2007 NFL Draft Day caps:

    http://www.eastbay.c...

  • Metsfan AZ | April 6, 2007 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”67197″]Well, Portuguese, like Spanish, is a Latin derived language (my family is from Portugal), so counting Brazil as a Latin American country makes sense (and I’d imagine Brazilians living in the states can call themselves Latino for census purposes, but I don’t know).[/quote]
    (SMACK! – slapping self in forehead) I knew that about the language. I don’t think Latino is an option on a census type form. I think it’s more of a cultural term. anyway, it’s a moot point and I like the gesture from the NBA.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”67199″]2007 NFL Draft Day caps:

    http://www.eastbay.c...

    Wow. Just–wow. The Vikings one is hideous. Purple and GRAY? Just say no!

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”67197″]Well, Portuguese, like Spanish, is a Latin derived language (my family is from Portugal), so counting Brazil as a Latin American country makes sense (and I’d imagine Brazilians living in the states can call themselves Latino for census purposes, but I don’t know).[/quote]

    I met a Brazilian woman once who said, “I’m not Latin, I’m Brazilian.” Latin America is, really, North America from Mexico and all points south. Once the South American continent is reached, it’s South America.

    (Techincally. I believe.)

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    Or, if I’m wrong, do correct me! :)

  • Phil Pereira | April 6, 2007 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”67203″][quote comment=”67197″]Well, Portuguese, like Spanish, is a Latin derived language (my family is from Portugal), so counting Brazil as a Latin American country makes sense (and I’d imagine Brazilians living in the states can call themselves Latino for census purposes, but I don’t know).[/quote]

    I met a Brazilian woman once who said, “I’m not Latin, I’m Brazilian.” Latin America is, really, North America from Mexico and all points south. Once the South American continent is reached, it’s South America.

    (Techincally. I believe.)[/quote]

    Yeah, I definitely can’t speak for Brazilians since I’m not one, just deducing based on language, and I’d imagine they don’t want to be lumped in with other nations, because they have a very unique national identity.

    Actually, I checked the US Census site and they use the term “Hispanic or Latino” as a category and use this explanation:

    “People who identify with the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” are those who classify
    themselves in one of the specific Hispanic or Latino categories listed on the questionnaire—”Mexican,” “Puerto
    Rican,” or “Cuban”—as well as those who indicate that they are “other Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino.” Origin
    can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s
    parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. People who identify their origin as Spanish,
    Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.”

    And this does nothing to clear up whether Brazil is Latin (I’m pretty sure all Central/South American are considered Latin America, but that’s just my opinion).

  • Jason | April 6, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”67144″]And I lied. I found it.

    http://www.easports....

    Meh…The Red Wings sample doesn’t vertically arch the letters:)

  • Matt from the 'Ville | April 6, 2007 at 11:42 am |

    What in the heck are the NFL and Reebok thinking

    hereisthe 49ers draft hat… yuck

  • Paul P | April 6, 2007 at 11:43 am |

    Looks like Hannu Toivonen seems to be back to his Denis Lemieux tribute mask:
    Lemieux

    The Boston Sports tribute was short lived, but personally I really liked the Boston Sports one, very unique:
    Boston

  • Paul P | April 6, 2007 at 11:45 am |

    sorry about the links
    boston mask:
    http://www.eyecandya...
    Lemieux mask:
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • douglas | April 6, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    Technically the word “latin” is for all languages that have latin roots as in italian, spanish, french or portuguese, but also english, german and even romanian.

  • douglas | April 6, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    PS : the NBA flags trimming is ugly

  • Marc D | April 6, 2007 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”67140″]Does anybody know what makes baseball umpires decide what they are going to wear, as in the black sport coat, the black shirt, and the blue shirt. I know it has nothing to do with the league affiliation, because i have watched Tiger games, and it always varries[/quote]

    the weather and the plate umpire decides whats to be worn. In cold weather, the plate coat (sport coat) is preferred as it allows for more warmth and its considered bad form for plate umpires in the bigs to wear their windbreakers behind the plate, even though I have/do when i umpire games all the way up to the college level. usually you get dark shirts in moderate weahter and light shirts in hot weather.

  • Anthony Verna | April 6, 2007 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”67213″]Technically the word “latin” is for all languages that have latin roots as in italian, spanish, french or portuguese, but also english, german and even romanian.[/quote]

    The family of languages called “Germanic” languages includes German and English. (Danish, Norwegian, Afrikaans, Swedish, Icelandic, etc. are all Germanic Languages.) Romance languages are Romanian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan – whose roots are in Latin.

    The question – and it’s not a major question – is what areas constitute Latin America? Does South America count, as many counries and people there speak Spanish and Portuguese?

  • patrick | April 6, 2007 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”67180″]In other hockey news, I was dissapointed to see my favorite team North Dakota in their black alternate Nike jerseys last night in the Frozen Four. I think it was the first time in the history of the program that they weren’t the better dressed team. Unfortunately they lost, but maybe that will be a reason to quit wearing them.[/quote]

    Cory Schneider baby, thats my boyyyyy. Went ot school with his odler brother, great kid, possibly a even better goalie.

  • todd krevanchi | April 6, 2007 at 12:05 pm |

    a. does everyone else have amen corner live on their computer today?
    b. who else is counting the seconds till work is done?

  • Brooks | April 6, 2007 at 12:09 pm |

    Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.

  • Jeremy | April 6, 2007 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”67198″][quote comment=”67196″][quote comment=”67194″][quote comment=”67191″][quote comment=”67170″][quote comment=”67164″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……[/quote]

    You did something contrary to Bill Simmons?

    *high-fives Mike*[/quote]

    I’m with Anthony on this one. Here’s ten dollars for you Mike. Go buy yourself a beer.[/quote]

    I just wanted to clarify that I am with Anthony on the going against Bill Simmons thing, not that I am for personalizing jerseys. I don’t care for that–except in wallpapers.[/quote]

    ….but I already bought myself the beer…….[/quote]

    Oh, Mike, I’m still giving you the ten dollars. You deserve it! So have another (I think you can still get two beers for ten bucks). It’s Friday! Who needs to work on Fridays?[/quote]
    Why all the Bill Simmons hatred?

  • Chad G | April 6, 2007 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”67222″]a. does everyone else have amen corner live on their computer today?
    b. who else is counting the seconds till work is done?[/quote]

    I have it up, but I’m not really watching it right now. I’m waiting till Tiger gets to 11. Hopefully he’ll make a charge then. I can’t remember when the last time was Augusta played this tough. Those scores sound like they should be from a US Open.

  • Jeremy | April 6, 2007 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]
    I am against wearing a personalized jersey. It shows very little knowledge and a whole lot of egotisticality( If that is even a word). As a Yankee fan, I cringe every time I see someone wearing a jersey with a name on the back.

  • todd krevanchi | April 6, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”67225″][quote comment=”67222″]a. does everyone else have amen corner live on their computer today?
    b. who else is counting the seconds till work is done?[/quote]

    I have it up, but I’m not really watching it right now. I’m waiting till Tiger gets to 11. Hopefully he’ll make a charge then. I can’t remember when the last time was Augusta played this tough. Those scores sound like they should be from a US Open.[/quote]

    this week has to be the greatest sports week of the year.
    a. final four saturday.
    b. national championship
    c. opening week of baseball
    d. the masters

    im willing to listen to other submissions, but i dont think there is a better stretch of sports days.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 6, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]
    I am against wearing a personalized jersey. It shows very little knowledge and a whole lot of egotisticality( If that is even a word). As a Yankee fan, I cringe every time I see someone wearing a jersey with a name on the back.[/quote]
    I had a little go around with Mr. Hilseberg about this. I am dead against it but I might give him a pass since he essentially makes them himself.

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”67190″]
    Joe, I like! Now if you could do one with my name, number 7, red Wild! alt…you would be my hero for the day.

    I like the Noche Latina idea. The flags are very festive.[/quote]

    They didn’t have the red! So this will have to do.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]

    I am against it as well (sorry, Mike). I do not play for the team.

    As for my dislike of Bill Simmons–I came by it gradually. I use to read him until I noticed that EVERY article he takes at least one shot at women. He’s very disdainful of women, and I don’t really care to read someone who either a) really believes that women are twits or b) thinks it’s funny to perpetuate the stereotype.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”67232″][quote comment=”67190″]
    Joe, I like! Now if you could do one with my name, number 7, red Wild! alt…you would be my hero for the day.

    I like the Noche Latina idea. The flags are very festive.[/quote]

    They didn’t have the red! So this will have to do.[/quote]

    Cool, but I wanted the vertical arch!

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 12:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”67231″][quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]

    I am against it as well (sorry, Mike). I do not play for the team.

    As for my dislike of Bill Simmons–I came by it gradually. I use to read him until I noticed that EVERY article he takes at least one shot at women. He’s very disdainful of women, and I don’t really care to read someone who either a) really believes that women are twits or b) thinks it’s funny to perpetuate the stereotype.[/quote]

    *sigh*

    To throw people off I signed one of the jerseys. There are so many people who come and go out of the organ-I-zation, most people think it’s a jersey from some guy called up for a week two years ago.

  • Steve | April 6, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    Anybody see this picture of Jay Buhner from opening day?

    http://cache.deadspi...

  • Phil Pereira | April 6, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    Latin America wikipedia article

    I found this re:Latin America and my logic seems to be confirmed.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”67235″][quote comment=”67231″][quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]

    I am against it as well (sorry, Mike). I do not play for the team.

    As for my dislike of Bill Simmons–I came by it gradually. I use to read him until I noticed that EVERY article he takes at least one shot at women. He’s very disdainful of women, and I don’t really care to read someone who either a) really believes that women are twits or b) thinks it’s funny to perpetuate the stereotype.[/quote]

    *sigh*

    To throw people off I signed one of the jerseys. There are so many people who come and go out of the organ-I-zation, most people think it’s a jersey from some guy called up for a week two years ago.[/quote]

    Now THAT is funny and brilliant. I give you a pass on this one!

  • Paul Lukas | April 6, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    I’m outta here for the rest of the day, people. Time for my annual meeting with my accountant (wish me luck), and then I’m meeting up with Todd Radom for dinner (which I hope will lead to lots of uni-related tidbits to share with you next week).

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”67230″][quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]
    I am against wearing a personalized jersey. It shows very little knowledge and a whole lot of egotisticality( If that is even a word). As a Yankee fan, I cringe every time I see someone wearing a jersey with a name on the back.[/quote]
    I had a little go around with Mr. Hilseberg about this. I am dead against it but I might give him a pass since he essentially makes them himself.[/quote]

    Yeah, we can go on and on about this one….but my main reasoning is that with the player movement today it’s not enjoyable for me to spend the big bucks on an authentic jersey and then have the player bolt 2 years later. I do have a vast collection of player jerseys, but I only get a player who is retired, so it is already determined to which team his legacy will hold.

    It has taken me years to learn to accept replica jerseys with the wrong font…I know that not everyone can afford the authentics. However, there is no room in the world for jerseys with names where they shouldn’t be, and for not using the correct font when the numbers are screen printed!!!

  • Kenny | April 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm |

    I am against personalizing jerseys…except if it is for humorous reasons

    I have a Cubs (ugh) jersey I had to wear for work…although it broke my heart and I refused to wear until they told me I had to in order to bartend (blah, blah, blah)…anyways, I’ve been thinking of how I would fill up the blankness on the back…possibly Bartman 03 (little old, but yet still funny)…GOAT 1908…or Gonzalez with an E

    Oh and what do the White Sox and Cardinals have in common? They both won a World Series in their new stadium before the Cubs won one in their’s!! whammie!!!

    I love baseball season for the pure fact that by June Cubs fans are already sulking

  • ryan m | April 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm |

    isn’t any silhouette logo pretty much a ripoff of the air jordan logo?

  • Chad G | April 6, 2007 at 12:50 pm |

    Man Tiger is playing like crap…On 12 his partner put his ball and inch from the cup and Tiger plunked it in the water

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”67248″]Man Tiger is playing like crap…On 12 his partner put his ball and inch from the cup and Tiger plunked it in the water[/quote]

    That’s what happens when you wear pink….

  • todd krevanchi | April 6, 2007 at 12:58 pm |

    actually, the silhouetted jumpman would have to be a rip from danskin
    http://www.goldwin.c...

  • Jack | April 6, 2007 at 12:59 pm |

    Here are some classic picks of Jackie Robinson from his track/football days at UCLA.


  • Jack | April 6, 2007 at 12:59 pm |
  • Brandon Davis | April 6, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    Milton Bradley will be wearing Jackie Robinson’s 42 for the A’s – article here.

    Can’t find a good pic, but Mark Kotsay has been wearing the black underbrim since at least ’04. Can’t tell clearly in these photos – could be shadows – but I remember a game-used Kotsay hat was once on sale for charity and had the black underbrim:

    Kotsay 1

    Kotsay 2

  • StevieW | April 6, 2007 at 1:10 pm |

    I used to read Bill Simmons too until I realized he can’t make a point,analogy,or write even an allegedly funny article without mentioning the Patriots. Even his Red Sox articles, and I like the Red Sox. Isn’t he a national columnist? Shouldn’t he be able to get through one article without referencing the Patriot dynasty? just once?

    Yea yea, he’s writing to what he knows, but I’m tied and have given him up for a while.

  • Joey Guns | April 6, 2007 at 1:13 pm |

    I’m dead against customizing a jersey with your last name, or buying a jersey with a player’s last name (such as the Yankees) even though they don’t have their name on the back of the jersey.

    The one exception that I make for Yankees jerseys is a # 00 Costanza jersey, because I’m a huge Seinfeld fan, so I let that one slide……..

    Vince, nice job on the Paula Creamer pics. Why can’t freaking Natalie Gulbis wear some ball markers on her hat, so we can mention her on here? Oh wait, I just mentioned her.

    http://nataliegulbis...

    Actually, here’s a pic of the US Flag on her hat!

    http://www.fairwaymo...

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 1:30 pm |

    So it looks like the consensus of our group is either to have a blank authentic, or a player named authentic only….I can’t believe I’m the only one championing the customized cause!!!

    I’ll guess for my next Raven’s jersey I’ll have to research their contracts to see who is going to be around the longest so I can get maximum use at the games! Seeing these out there next yearwill drive me crazy!

  • Phil Pereira | April 6, 2007 at 1:37 pm |

    Football (and basketball) is kinda tricky because the number is the dominant feature on the shirts. Having a jersey with no name is kinda goofy, but having a jersey of someone who leaves the team also makes shirts obsolete. And you obviously can’t get a jersey with no number, like with baseball and hockey, because that’s beyond stupid. So if one were to spend money on a nice shirt, I’d suggest getting your own name. One baseball and hockey, I’d leave it blank.

  • c.smith | April 6, 2007 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”67160″]I’m not sure if this has been mentioned or not before, and it doesn’t necessarily relate to uniforms but Reebok, who recently entered the hockey market has introduced a “revolutionary” stick (no it doesn’t have a Pump). It’s called the OTech or OStick and has seven holes all the way through the shaft near the blade of the stick. Here are a couple shots of the stick.

    I’m not sure how many NHLers are using it but one I am sure of is Pavel Datsyuk (closeup) and another here. And in use here.

    At $250-$300 a pop, a can’t imagine a less than professional hockey player wanting to use this for anything but wrist shots.[/quote]

    Colby Armstrong of the Pittsburgh Penguins is using this stick

    Article here about the stick

  • douglas | April 6, 2007 at 1:38 pm |

    thanks for correction Anthony. I could still find a bunch of sentences in spanish that look more latin than in english, being marked by centuries of arab domination but that’s not the real point as you said.
    I mean what do they really intent to celebrate with those stupid jerseys, besides the half billion people potential market, while there’s still so few Latino players in the NBA? Then what about Africa, or Asia??

  • Binky | April 6, 2007 at 1:45 pm |

    I was at the Yankee game last night and BJ Upton looked like a total idiot in his ski mask. The third base ump was wearing one too, but I give him a free pass.

  • Joey Guns | April 6, 2007 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”67267″]I was at the Yankee game last night and BJ Upton looked like a total idiot in his ski mask. The third base ump was wearing one too, but I give him a free pass.[/quote]

    I agree.

  • nico | April 6, 2007 at 1:54 pm |

    The general rule of thumb for Latin America is if they speak Spanish and are in America, South, Central or North, it’s Latin America. Brazil usually falls out if the category, but if its used by people of the United States (America is the name of the continent, not just one country…) it refers to all countries south of the border.

  • Philly Bill | April 6, 2007 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”67264″][quote comment=”67160″]I’m not sure if this has been mentioned or not before, and it doesn’t necessarily relate to uniforms but Reebok, who recently entered the hockey market has introduced a “revolutionary” stick (no it doesn’t have a Pump). It’s called the OTech or OStick and has seven holes all the way through the shaft near the blade of the stick. Here are a couple shots of the stick.

    I’m not sure how many NHLers are using it but one I am sure of is Pavel Datsyuk (closeup) and another here. And in use here.

    At $250-$300 a pop, a can’t imagine a less than professional hockey player wanting to use this for anything but wrist shots.[/quote]

    Colby Armstrong of the Pittsburgh Penguins is using this stick

    Article here about the stick[/quote]

    That Rbk stick reminds me of some of their running shoes. Horizontal synergy in design, or whatever…

    I’m not surprised about Jim Wolf’s cold-sensitivity issues, as he’s from SoCal — he’s the brother of Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf.

  • sully | April 6, 2007 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”67222″]a. does everyone else have amen corner live on their computer today?
    b. who else is counting the seconds till work is done?[/quote]

    Not only do I have it on my computer, I’ve got it loaded into Windows Media Player so that it doesn’t timeout every time I have to switch over to something work-related when the boss walks by.

    Did the same thing with March Madness on Demand.

  • Mark in Shiga | April 6, 2007 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”67241″][quote comment=”67230″][quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]
    I am against wearing a personalized jersey. It shows very little knowledge and a whole lot of egotisticality( If that is even a word). As a Yankee fan, I cringe every time I see someone wearing a jersey with a name on the back.[/quote]
    I had a little go around with Mr. Hilseberg about this. I am dead against it but I might give him a pass since he essentially makes them himself.[/quote]

    Yeah, we can go on and on about this one….but my main reasoning is that with the player movement today it’s not enjoyable for me to spend the big bucks on an authentic jersey and then have the player bolt 2 years later. I do have a vast collection of player jerseys, but I only get a player who is retired, so it is already determined to which team his legacy will hold.
    [/quote]

    This is the prefect philosophy to have. I’m lucky enough to be a fan of a team (the Cubs) that often wears jersey with only numbers on the backs, so my game-used #15 jersey acquired years ago served just as well for Julio Zuleta as it did for the man who actually used it, Chuck Cottier. Last season #15 was Scott Moore so the fortunes of these digits have fallen a bit, but that just gives me a new player to root for!

    I’ve played for amateur teams with jerseys that have surnames on them and find that I can’t go out in public wearing them. It feels weird that any person passing by will know your last name. My last baseball team had great dark blue jerseys with silver lettering, and I’d like to unthread my name from the back, leaving only the #7, but then the shirt would look all unbalanced.

    How do you folks feel about wearing a jersey of someone who’s younger than you are? As a kid I never thought twice about wearing a professional sports jersey, but when Mark Prior joined the Cubs I couldn’t bring myself to buy even a T-shirt with #22 on the back; it just felt somehow… pathetic. I can’t explain it!

  • Mark in Shiga | April 6, 2007 at 2:04 pm |

    BTW, as for Bill Simmons and whether his joking about women is in good taste or not — I think most guys inder the age of about 40 have been told that “all men are pigs” and variations thereof so frequently that I’m willing to give someone on the other side of that fence a pass. Rule of thumb: if you’ve heard it said about your own gender/home country/ethnic group, and you weren’t frothing at the mouth, you can turn a blind eye when it’s said about someone else.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”67281″]BTW, as for Bill Simmons and whether his joking about women is in good taste or not — I think most guys inder the age of about 40 have been told that “all men are pigs” and variations thereof so frequently that I’m willing to give someone on the other side of that fence a pass. Rule of thumb: if you’ve heard it said about your own gender/home country/ethnic group, and you weren’t frothing at the mouth, you can turn a blind eye when it’s said about someone else.[/quote]

    The difference is that he does it all the time in his column. Sports is such an overwhelmingly male-dominated business to begin with, there is no need to reinforce the ‘no-women’ allowed stereotype. It is NOT the same when women say, “All men are pigs” (which I don’t think is true, anyway) because especially in sports, women have very little power.

    He has the right to say whatever he wants; I have the right to loathe him.

  • BA | April 6, 2007 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”67277″][quote comment=”67241″][quote comment=”67230″][quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]How do you folks feel about wearing a jersey of someone who’s younger than you are? As a kid I never thought twice about wearing a professional sports jersey, but when Mark Prior joined the Cubs I couldn’t bring myself to buy even a T-shirt with #22 on the back; it just felt somehow… pathetic. I can’t explain it![/quote]

    I completely agree. I am not in to wearing jerseys myself, but when I see a guy with a jersey of an athlete that is much younger than him it looks pretty pathetic.

    One Jersey that I would wear…Baby-blue Royals pullover #16 Bo Jackson.

  • DRob | April 6, 2007 at 2:25 pm |

    I believe that for the MOST part a fan should wear blank jerseys to root for the team, rather than a player who could potentially leave.
    That being said, I have a few jerseys with names on the back: (Saints #9 Brees, Arsenal #15 Fabregas, and England #8 Rooney) and a few without (Australia soccer blank, USMNT blank, Brown U Hockey blank, and a fake Man U from China that’s blank).

  • Ditchfarmer | April 6, 2007 at 2:35 pm |

    I would only be comfortable with a player who retired from the only team they ever played for. If Smoltz retires a Brave I would consider that as a jersey, with someone like Clemens you look stupid no matter what team it is because it dates the jersey immidiately.

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”67284″][quote comment=”67277″][quote comment=”67241″][quote comment=”67230″][quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]How do you folks feel about wearing a jersey of someone who’s younger than you are? As a kid I never thought twice about wearing a professional sports jersey, but when Mark Prior joined the Cubs I couldn’t bring myself to buy even a T-shirt with #22 on the back; it just felt somehow… pathetic. I can’t explain it![/quote]

    I completely agree. I am not in to wearing jerseys myself, but when I see a guy with a jersey of an athlete that is much younger than him it looks pretty pathetic.

    One Jersey that I would wear…Baby-blue Royals pullover #16 Bo Jackson.[/quote]

    Age is just another one of those things you have to get over…sports figures are always going to be 19 – 40…while you continue to age.

    Plus if you feel pathetic wearing a jersey with a 20 year old’s name on it I’m guessing you get no enjoyment at all and want to kill yourself when you see an 18 year old on the cover of Playboy.

    Just let fans of the game be fans of the game and wear what they want.

  • Kenny | April 6, 2007 at 2:38 pm |

    One Jersey that I would wear…Baby-blue Royals pullover #16 Bo Jackson.

    Yes sir…I am all for throwback jerseys, even if the player played on multiple teams…however, i think it looks the best on baseball jerseys…keeping the traditional alive

  • Ben | April 6, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    it may have already been said but after looking at almost 130 posts I didnt see it. Carl Crawford is wearing 42 for the Rays on the 15th.

  • diz | April 6, 2007 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”67286″]I believe that for the MOST part a fan should wear blank jerseys to root for the team, rather than a player who could potentially leave.
    That being said, I have a few jerseys with names on the back: (Saints #9 Brees, Arsenal #15 Fabregas, and England #8 Rooney) and a few without (Australia soccer blank, USMNT blank, Brown U Hockey blank, and a fake Man U from China that’s blank).[/quote]

    surely 9 would be better for an England Rooney shirt, since that’s his usual number for internationals. When he signed for Man Utd, 9 was taken (by Louis Saha) so he took 8 after being 18 at Everton

  • Jeremy | April 6, 2007 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”67271″][quote comment=”67267″]I was at the Yankee game last night and BJ Upton looked like a total idiot in his ski mask. The third base ump was wearing one too, but I give him a free pass.[/quote]

    I agree.[/quote]
    I was at that game too, and trust me, no matter how stupid he looked, I don’t blame him for wearing the ski mask. It was fucking cold.

  • Jonathon | April 6, 2007 at 2:56 pm |

    another uniwatch poser:

    http://sportsillustr...

  • mg12 | April 6, 2007 at 3:03 pm |

    I was just curious if I missed something. I thought the LA Galaxy were going to enveil a new kit for this season designed with assistance by David Beckham. The season opener is this weekend. Did a new kit ever get announced? What is the latest on this?

  • BA | April 6, 2007 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”67290″][quote comment=”67284″][quote comment=”67277″][quote comment=”67241″][quote comment=”67230″][quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]How do you folks feel about wearing a jersey of someone who’s younger than you are? As a kid I never thought twice about wearing a professional sports jersey, but when Mark Prior joined the Cubs I couldn’t bring myself to buy even a T-shirt with #22 on the back; it just felt somehow… pathetic. I can’t explain it![/quote]

    I completely agree. I am not in to wearing jerseys myself, but when I see a guy with a jersey of an athlete that is much younger than him it looks pretty pathetic.

    One Jersey that I would wear…Baby-blue Royals pullover #16 Bo Jackson.[/quote]

    Age is just another one of those things you have to get over…sports figures are always going to be 19 – 40…while you continue to age.

    Plus if you feel pathetic wearing a jersey with a 20 year old’s name on it I’m guessing you get no enjoyment at all and want to kill yourself when you see an 18 year old on the cover of Playboy.

    Just let fans of the game be fans of the game and wear what they want.[/quote]

    Hey, people can wear whatever they want. I’m not stopping anyone. I just think that they just look a little funny. To me, wearing jersey is something that you do when you idolize an athlete…thats why I would wear one from a childhood hero of mine.

    And about the playboy thing…it is a little weird to see girls born in the mid-eighties. Think about this…girls born in 1990 will be gracing the pages of that classy magazine next year!! Makes me feel old.

  • tony | April 6, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    Dont know if its been mentioned,
    but Jason Terry just released his own clothing line

    meh

  • patrick | April 6, 2007 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”67283″][quote comment=”67281″]BTW, as for Bill Simmons and whether his joking about women is in good taste or not — I think most guys inder the age of about 40 have been told that “all men are pigs” and variations thereof so frequently that I’m willing to give someone on the other side of that fence a pass. Rule of thumb: if you’ve heard it said about your own gender/home country/ethnic group, and you weren’t frothing at the mouth, you can turn a blind eye when it’s said about someone else.[/quote]

    The difference is that he does it all the time in his column. Sports is such an overwhelmingly male-dominated business to begin with, there is no need to reinforce the ‘no-women’ allowed stereotype. It is NOT the same when women say, “All men are pigs” (which I don’t think is true, anyway) because especially in sports, women have very little power.

    He has the right to say whatever he wants; I have the right to loathe him.[/quote]

    Minna,
    Im not sure if you know this or not but bill simmons wife also writes a column for ESPN, albeit its usually about the bachelor or someother nonsense but she writes nonetheless…. and guess who encouraged her to do it? Mr. Simmons himself.. I dont like him for a different reason. Both he and his wife dislike Mike Rappaport (From Boston public, and currently the war at home) who lives in their neighborhood…. I LOVE Mike Rappaport, i think hes the best actor in a sitcom today.

  • matt | April 6, 2007 at 3:25 pm |

    Paul I know that many of you are fans of the Memphis Redbirds and the way they wear their stirrups so I am repringitng this from the Commercial Appeal, the local newspaper here in Memphis.
    “For years the St. Louis Cardinals had imposed a rigid set of rules on their players-no card playing in the clubhouse, no facial hair, socks had to be worn high and with their stripes visible-but that was about to change….The biggest changes at AutoZone park are more subtle than that…It’s the sight of uniform pants being worn low across the shoe tops, per today’s baseball fashion, as opposed to just under the knees.”
    And you know what happened? They lost their home opener. I guess that the move didn’t help the guys feel more comfortable as a team.

  • stuby | April 6, 2007 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]
    I am against wearing a personalized jersey. It shows very little knowledge and a whole lot of egotisticality( If that is even a word). As a Yankee fan, I cringe every time I see someone wearing a jersey with a name on the back.[/quote]
    What gets me is the retro jersey with a current player’s name on it. Will never understand that.

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”67300″]Hey, people can wear whatever they want. I’m not stopping anyone. I just think that they just look a little funny. To me, wearing jersey is something that you do when you idolize an athlete…thats why I would wear one from a childhood hero of mine.[/quote]

    I think I see our differences now…to me wearing a jersey is something you do when you love a team, rather than when you ” idolize an athlete.”

    Therefore my name on the back of my jersey is saying, “I love this team.”

  • Big O | April 6, 2007 at 3:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”67301″]Dont know if its been mentioned,
    but Jason Terry just released his own clothing line

    meh[/quote]

    He must of spent a whole 5 minutes doing the research to find all the links that he needed.

  • ACC (the Brain) | April 6, 2007 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”67284″][quote comment=”67277″][quote comment=”67241″][quote comment=”67230″][quote comment=”67227″][quote comment=”67223″]How do you folks feel about wearing a jersey of someone who’s younger than you are? As a kid I never thought twice about wearing a professional sports jersey, but when Mark Prior joined the Cubs I couldn’t bring myself to buy even a T-shirt with #22 on the back; it just felt somehow… pathetic. I can’t explain it![/quote]

    I completely agree. I am not in to wearing jerseys myself, but when I see a guy with a jersey of an athlete that is much younger than him it looks pretty pathetic.

    One Jersey that I would wear…Baby-blue Royals pullover #16 Bo Jackson.[/quote]

    Good rule – that would be broken 1000 times every Raiders home game. You should see how many middle aged guys would wear jerseys of Woodson (Charles now of Green Bay, not Rod) and Gallery, and of course Moss.

    My exception: I have an Elton Brand jersey because I’ve met the man and I watched him play in college.

  • Dan B-P | April 6, 2007 at 4:09 pm |

    Bill Hall will be donning #42 for the Brewers

  • BrooklynBS | April 6, 2007 at 4:46 pm |

    Dmitri Young is the only African-American position player on the Nationals roster right now, which is perhaps the most obvious reason why he chose or was selected to wear #42.

    As it stands, the Nationals only have four African-American players on their roster: Young, Nook Logan (CF, disabled list), Jerome Williams (SP) and Ray King (RP). They also have one African-American coach, Mitchell Page (hitting).

  • Perry | April 6, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”67286″]I believe that for the MOST part a fan should wear blank jerseys to root for the team, rather than a player who could potentially leave.
    That being said, I have a few jerseys with names on the back: (Saints #9 Brees, Arsenal #15 Fabregas, and England #8 Rooney) and a few without (Australia soccer blank, USMNT blank, Brown U Hockey blank, and a fake Man U from China that’s blank).[/quote]

    Potentially leave, or potentially embarrass you by getting busted for drugs or something. I have blank Arsenal, Barcelona, and Rockies jerseys. The only one I have with a name/number is a Cardinals FLOOD 21. Since he’s dead, he can neither get in trouble nor be traded!

  • Teebz | April 6, 2007 at 4:49 pm |

    Ok, I have returned to Uni Watch World after having driven my new vehicle enough for the last few days.

    First, my softball jerseys. I’ve been playing for a while since I got tired of the politics in local men’s baseball, and I actually like playing with the girls in co-ed… mainly because gals that can swat a deep shot are awesome in my books.

    That being said, I don’t want people freaking out about The Incredibles jerseys. I actually bought the jerseys from the local Disney Store, and have the manager’s consent to create more if necessary. I don’t know how deep that runs through the country or the continent in terms of licensing, but the manager thinks the jerseys are a fabulous idea. Anthony? I don’t want to get sued by Disney. :o)

    Long story short… we won the best league in the city last season wearing the Incredibles logo, including knocking off the two perennial powerhouses on our way to the championship.

    As for names on jerseys, I am against your own name or customization, but appreciate those that have or do not have names. My concern is whether or not you’ve bought the real thing, or bought a replica. If you want to be part of the team, but an authentic. Real fans don’t buy replicas.

  • Teebz | April 6, 2007 at 4:53 pm |

    buy an authentic*

  • Tony | April 6, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    I thought I saw on this board that the Dolphins would be modifying their jerseys very slightly so that the navy drop shadow wasn’t so big, to make the numbers more legible from the press box. However the “new” 2007 Joey Porter jerseys they’re advertising are still the same old style. Any answers???

  • BrooklynBS | April 6, 2007 at 4:59 pm |

    On the personalized jersey/player’s name on the jersey tip, two items…

    1. Last year, people were buying Sammy Sosa Orioles jersey for pennies on the dollar on eBay. They would then remove Sosa’s name and thus be representing the new #21: Nick Markakis.

    2. The only jersey I’ve ever purchased with a player’s name on the back was last year when I finally got around to buying a new Washington Redskins jersey. I bought #53, which is Marcus Washington’s number. So I’ve got a Redskins jersey that says Washington on the back. I thought that was pretty smooth on my part (plus, I’m a big guy, and I couldn’t go strutting around wearing a Santana Moss jersey when it looks like I ate the guy for lunch).

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 5:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”67335″]On the personalized jersey/player’s name on the jersey tip, two items…

    1. Last year, people were buying Sammy Sosa Orioles jersey for pennies on the dollar on eBay. They would then remove Sosa’s name and thus be representing the new #21: Nick Markakis.

    2. The only jersey I’ve ever purchased with a player’s name on the back was last year when I finally got around to buying a new Washington Redskins jersey. I bought #53, which is Marcus Washington’s number. So I’ve got a Redskins jersey that says Washington on the back. I thought that was pretty smooth on my part (plus, I’m a big guy, and I couldn’t go strutting around wearing a Santana Moss jersey when it looks like I ate the guy for lunch).[/quote]

    That’s a smart move. Player gets traded, and the jersey still makes sense (city name on the back).

  • Mike | April 6, 2007 at 5:23 pm |

    Another good thing about jerseys without names on it is if a player leaves the team, the jersey will then represent whoever gets that number next. A Roger Clemens #22 Yankee jersey became a Robinson Cano #22 Yankee jersey (up until this season at least).

  • Jeremy | April 6, 2007 at 5:32 pm |

    Speaking from experience, a lot of people are happy that Cano is 24. A ton of Yankee fans still have the 24 from Tino’s days. My brother is hoping that Clemens signs though, cause he’s stuck with a 22 and no player to represent. I, on the other hand, am the happy owner of a 43 (Scott Proctor)

  • Tim | April 6, 2007 at 6:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”67164″][quote comment=”67157″][quote comment=”67138″]If you have a little free time in your day, this tool lets you put your name and number on just about any pro hockey sweater. Based on my earlier post about the super huge Sens numbers, I tried a single number, just to see how it came out…..it was huge…of course…

    http://www.icejersey...

    Tsk, tsk, don’t you know Bill Simmons’ Rules for Being a Sports Fan? (See first item under attire)

    :)

    But I admit, I went ahead and previewed my name and numbers anyway![/quote]

    Uhoh……I have at least two Capitals jerseys with my name on them……[/quote]
    I’m with you Mike. I’ve got 2 Canucks jerseys with my name on it, 1 San Diego Gulls ECHL jersey with my name, and one Padres jersey with my name.

    Why is there this seeming need for so many fans to measure how better a fan they are than someone else? This drives me crazy about sports fans. Just because Bill Simmons has a column doesn’t mean he gets to make a fan Bible that becomes fan-law, where violators are banned from all sporting venues. Sure it’s fun page 2 article, but so many take it seriously.

    I’m proud to wear my Stoops jerseys when I go out.

  • schuby | April 6, 2007 at 6:30 pm |

    Anyone know where i can get a white Florida Gators basketball jersey. The old style, like they played in, not the system of dress ones.(To brag to an Ohio State fan.)

  • Kyle O | April 6, 2007 at 6:36 pm |

    I tried to post about the Basketball Hall of Fame inductee jerseys a couple of times, but for some reason the post won’t take. So I’m making one last try, html-free:

    You know what’s funny about the basketball HoF individual inductees getting 07 jerseys? NONE OF THEM are getting inducted for playing basketball! Sure, Phil Jackson was once a player for the Knicks, but he’s getting in for standing courtside in a suit, not playing on the court in a jersey. The six individual inductees are 5 coaches and a referee, which means that ref Mendy Rudolph is the only one that is getting into the Hall for what he did on the court while wearing a uniform.

    The seventh Hall of Fame inductee is not an individual, but the Texas Western team featured in the movie ‘Glory Road’. It seems kind of silly for multiple players to be awarded the same jersey, doesn’t it? Besides, they’re awarding a jersey with a team name on the back to a team that didn’t have names on the back. Well I guess they couldn’t have given it to the coach of that team, because Don Haskins is already in the Hall of Fame. This kind of thing is why I find it amusing when they try to give honorary jerseys to people that didn’t play the sport, or to groups.

  • GoTerriers | April 6, 2007 at 6:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”67349″] I, on the other hand, am the happy owner of a 43 (Scott Proctor)[/quote]

    And George Frasier, Jeff Nelson, and a whole host of other relief pitchers past.

  • schuby | April 6, 2007 at 6:41 pm |

    never mind, found one YES!!

  • Kyle O | April 6, 2007 at 6:42 pm |
  • Jeff I. | April 6, 2007 at 6:48 pm |

    Has anyone ever come across a Steve Israel jersey? Man, I’ve been dying for one.

  • Brian E | April 6, 2007 at 6:51 pm |

    Pirate’s catcher, Ronny Paulino, is wearing just a Pirate’s beanie under his mask today when he is catching – no hat or helmet.

    Never really seen that before.

  • Binky | April 6, 2007 at 7:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”67292″]it may have already been said but after looking at almost 130 posts I didnt see it. Carl Crawford is wearing 42 for the Rays on the 15th.[/quote]
    Hopefully he wont wear his stupid ski mask that day.

  • Tom | April 6, 2007 at 7:07 pm |

    The NBA just can’t help themselves from recycling old logo patterns for new designs:

    Before: http://members.aol.c...

    After: http://community.woa...

  • Binky | April 6, 2007 at 7:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”67296″][quote comment=”67271″][quote comment=”67267″]I was at the Yankee game last night and BJ Upton looked like a total idiot in his ski mask. The third base ump was wearing one too, but I give him a free pass.[/quote]

    I agree.[/quote]
    I was at that game too, and trust me, no matter how stupid he looked, I don’t blame him for wearing the ski mask. It was fucking cold.[/quote]
    Yeah it was, and I was sitting field level and I was just wearing a Yankee cap. I am bald as a baby’s ass and I survived just fine.

  • Wes | April 6, 2007 at 7:14 pm |

    I’m watching my Cubs take on the Brew Crew, and Cliff Floyd was just up at bat. the C on his cool-flo helmet is not only crooked, it’s way, way, way up high on it. I can’t get screencaps but if someone else could, he looks ridiculous.

  • Wes | April 6, 2007 at 7:14 pm |

    btw, that’s what i call the new helmets. i can’t think of any other reason for those ridiculous slits.

  • Brandon | April 6, 2007 at 7:22 pm |

    Homeplate ump for the Braves/Mets game tonight Hunter Wendelstedt has a football helmet sticker of some sort on his chest protector.

    Here is a very rough screencap.

  • Jeremy | April 6, 2007 at 7:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”67364″][quote comment=”67349″] I, on the other hand, am the happy owner of a 43 (Scott Proctor)[/quote]

    And George Frasier, Jeff Nelson, and a whole host of other relief pitchers past.[/quote]
    Not to mention Ted Lilly for half a season, and Raul Mondesi for a while.

  • Billy B. | April 6, 2007 at 7:42 pm |

    Johnny Estrada is wearing some great stirrups with the retro Friday uniforms. He’s wearing them the same way that Jose Cruz Jr. did during Spring Training.

  • b- | April 6, 2007 at 7:44 pm |

    How about Johny Estrada’s high stirrups — “the old school like” according to the Cubs’ broadcasting crew — tonight against the Cubs? looking solid out there…

  • Wes | April 6, 2007 at 7:59 pm |

    He does look very sharp–as do the throwback uniforms. But that ’82 patch is just about as unreadable as it gets.

    And what really looks sharp is the Cubs’ 6-run first inning–an inning that can only be described as orgasmic.

  • Jill | April 6, 2007 at 8:32 pm |

    Not only does Floyd’s C on the helmet look way too high, a bunch of other players look like their C’s are way low…almost touching the red.

  • Erich | April 6, 2007 at 8:33 pm |

    The entire St. Louis Cardinals team will wear #42 on April 15th…

  • Allison | April 6, 2007 at 9:20 pm |

    Anyone else thinking the Cardinals batting helmets look black?? Have they always been black and I foolishly missed this?

    Sorry no screengrab…but I thought they were a really dark navy blue until tonight when I see this black thing.

  • Sage Confucius | April 6, 2007 at 9:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”67132″]the two-armed pitcher guy’s father has been ordering 700 dollar gloves with two thumb holes directly from muzuno since his kid was 8 years old.[/quote]

    Damn! My family would have told me to pick a freaking arm and go with it.

  • Kyle O | April 6, 2007 at 9:56 pm |

    From the Good Friday match between Everton and Fulham: anyone know the story behind Lee Carsley’s headband-thing ? I haven’t followed the Premiership very long, and when I do its usually by radio, so I’m a bit in the dark.

  • JA | April 6, 2007 at 9:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”67299″]I was just curious if I missed something. I thought the LA Galaxy were going to enveil a new kit for this season designed with assistance by David Beckham. The season opener is this weekend. Did a new kit ever get announced? What is the latest on this?[/quote]Yes. The kit is the same save for the huge “Herbalife” sponsorship across the front. It looks awful IMO as the diagonal stripe that already existed is there alongside the Herbalife thing. Looks like they just stuck a bumper sticker on their jersey. At least the prelims did. The away whites look fine but the yellow looked bad.

    I can’t seem to find any pics though.

    Toronto FC (expansion team)’s new kits look very sharp. I’ve been told by a close source FC Dallas is looking for a $1 million a year deal so it may take some time.

    Can’t wait for First Kick tomorrow!

  • Kyle O | April 6, 2007 at 10:00 pm |

    By the way, Paul’s obscure title quote for today is the opening verse of “Greensleeves”. Do I win anything?

  • elijah | April 6, 2007 at 10:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”67125″]I was flicking around last night and stuck with the Pens-Sens game for awhile. The numbers on the Sens jerseys are HUGE, way too comic style for me…

    http://news.yahoo.co...
    Ottawa’s third jersey is one of the best in the NHL, I forget what kind of number font they use though, they have a wicked patch on it too, anybody got a pic of the third jersey in action?

  • elijah | April 6, 2007 at 10:13 pm |

    I forgot to post the third jersey [i’ve only read about 40 posts, so if i’m repeating, sorry].

  • TechAlumni2006 | April 6, 2007 at 10:15 pm |

    Andruw Jones is wearing 42 for the Braves

  • Sage Confucius | April 6, 2007 at 10:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]

    When I went to the Preds – Stars game last weekend I didn’t see one authentic jersey. Replicas everywhere! Most were good, but some were not. I wonder how many people thought I was drunk or on drugs because I was examining the backs of the jerseys looking for fight strap stitching. Thanks Teebs! :/

  • Dan | April 6, 2007 at 10:24 pm |

    Why is one ASU player allowed to wear a different undershirt than the rest of the team? Does the NCAA not have the same rules (or definition of “uniform”) as other leagues? In the minors, the t-shirt of a sleeveless jersey is considered part of the jersey, so it must be the same color on every player. In the majors, I believe MLB designates certain shirts that can be worn under sleeveless jerseys.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 10:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”67302″][quote comment=”67283″][quote comment=”67281″]BTW, as for Bill Simmons and whether his joking about women is in good taste or not — I think most guys inder the age of about 40 have been told that “all men are pigs” and variations thereof so frequently that I’m willing to give someone on the other side of that fence a pass. Rule of thumb: if you’ve heard it said about your own gender/home country/ethnic group, and you weren’t frothing at the mouth, you can turn a blind eye when it’s said about someone else.[/quote]

    The difference is that he does it all the time in his column. Sports is such an overwhelmingly male-dominated business to begin with, there is no need to reinforce the ‘no-women’ allowed stereotype. It is NOT the same when women say, “All men are pigs” (which I don’t think is true, anyway) because especially in sports, women have very little power.

    He has the right to say whatever he wants; I have the right to loathe him.[/quote]

    Minna,
    Im not sure if you know this or not but bill simmons wife also writes a column for ESPN, albeit its usually about the bachelor or someother nonsense but she writes nonetheless…. and guess who encouraged her to do it? Mr. Simmons himself.. I dont like him for a different reason. Both he and his wife dislike Mike Rappaport (From Boston public, and currently the war at home) who lives in their neighborhood…. I LOVE Mike Rappaport, i think hes the best actor in a sitcom today.[/quote]

    Patrick, I do know it. I don’t like what she writes, either. Again, it just reinforces the stereotype that all women care about are frigging reality shows, celeb couples and shopping. Bah!

    Twins game was canceled tonight because of inclement weather in Chicago. Double bah!

  • Alan | April 6, 2007 at 10:26 pm |

    I’ve read that Milton Bradley will be representing the Robinson 42 for the A’s next Sunday.

  • Tom | April 6, 2007 at 10:33 pm |

    When news of the whole 42 thing broke on Wednesday night, the AP put a bunch of old Jackie photos out on the wire. The weird thing is, Robbie’s uniform number isn’t visible in any of the photos they chose (one of which is a little undignified to boot).

    Bruce Sutter. The only other 42 number retired by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Why did he choose #42?

  • Teebz | April 6, 2007 at 10:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”67407″]
    When I went to the Preds – Stars game last weekend I didn’t see one authentic jersey. Replicas everywhere! Most were good, but some were not. I wonder how many people thought I was drunk or on drugs because I was examining the backs of the jerseys looking for fight strap stitching. Thanks Teebs! :/[/quote]

    You’re welcome, Sage. ;o)

  • elijah | April 6, 2007 at 10:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”67223″]Bill Simmons aside, what is the official Uni Watch take on personalizing jersey’s. My personal opinion is dead against it, just curious to hear other’s ideas regarding the issue.

    Another item that really “grinds my gears” is when people wear replicas with the incorrect font, or a name on a jersey that should be nameless.[/quote]
    those pics were, by far, the worst pics of jerseys in history of mankind

  • Joe | April 6, 2007 at 10:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”67180″]In other hockey news, I was dissapointed to see my favorite team North Dakota in their black alternate Nike jerseys last night in the Frozen Four. I think it was the first time in the history of the program that they weren’t the better dressed team. Unfortunately they lost, but maybe that will be a reason to quit wearing them.[/quote]

    I would have to disagree. A logo and team name that the Sioux nation doesn’t support and the Notre Dame initials in a different color on the shoulders…I don’t think they ever look like the best dressed team on the ice.

  • Tom | April 6, 2007 at 10:54 pm |

    This might be a reach for some (most) people but for some reason the first thing I think of when I see the Spurs logo is football uprights. you know with an explosion under it or something. anyone else see this?

    Ummm. It’s a Spur…to tie into the name Spurs…if you see football uprights and an explosion…you might want to go LenCrafters and get an examination.

  • Allison | April 6, 2007 at 10:55 pm |

    Paul Byrd was thisclose to a no hitter against the Mariners, and he wore his pants properly. Hope they win both games tomorrow, if only in honor of proper hosiery.

  • Scott W | April 6, 2007 at 11:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”67412″]I’ve read that Milton Bradley will be representing the Robinson 42 for the A’s next Sunday.[/quote]

    The San Jose Mercury News reported that Bradley, AND Shannon Stewart would be wearing the number. Their first base coach, Tye Walker, will also be wearing it. They’re the only “non-Latino blacks” on the roster and coaching staff.

  • Brandon Davis | April 6, 2007 at 11:46 pm |

    During the top of the ninth inning during the A’s telecast Ray Fosse mentioned that “some website or blog” today had info about K-Rod’s possible use of pine tar and that MLB is investigating the claim.

  • Minna H. | April 6, 2007 at 11:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”67420″]Paul Byrd was thisclose to a no hitter against the Mariners, and he wore his pants properly. Hope they win both games tomorrow, if only in honor of proper hosiery.[/quote]

    Hey, Allison, is that snow I see? If so, how the hell did the Twins/White Sox game get canceled and that one didn’t? Sheesh.

    P.S. Nice socks.

  • Allison | April 7, 2007 at 12:13 am |

    Minna, they had something like 173 minutes of snow delay (not all at once, thankfully), and called the game when Byrd was at 5 2/3 innings. That’s right, one out–one STRIKE–away from a legal game and no hitter. But they called it after a Mariner said he couldnt see from first, and the Mariners skipper talked to the umps again. Will be a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1:05, and the almost-no-hitter is out the window.

    But the bases were loaded at the time the game was called, so he had a chance (3, actually) to end the game before the at-bat in question.

  • Zac | April 7, 2007 at 12:24 am |

    I was just looking around on eBay at jerseys and noticed something funny. It’s no secret that there’s a boatload of fakes all over the internet, whether it’s shoes or jerseys, but most of the time they’re subtle enough that you can’t tell from the page. However, someone on eBay is selling a bunch of rip-offs on there and it’s a complete joke. Just look at the thing, nothing on it says legit. The numbers are horribly wrong and the material used isn’t even mesh. How are things like this legal, especially when they use a logo that’s licensed?

    Auction here.

  • redemske | April 7, 2007 at 12:57 am |

    That could be why they’re selling for 15 bucks.

  • Sage Confucius | April 7, 2007 at 1:02 am |

    [quote comment=”67431″]I was just looking around on eBay at jerseys and noticed something funny. It’s no secret that there’s a boatload of fakes all over the internet, whether it’s shoes or jerseys, but most of the time they’re subtle enough that you can’t tell from the page. However, someone on eBay is selling a bunch of rip-offs on there and it’s a complete joke. Just look at the thing, nothing on it says legit. The numbers are horribly wrong and the material used isn’t even mesh. How are things like this legal, especially when they use a logo that’s licensed?

    Auction here.[/quote]

    I checked out his store and every jersey has the same number and letter font. These jerseys are obviously being made for profit only. The reviews are great though, so someone is happy with the results.

    As for the legal issues….the seller is located in South Korea. My guess would be that the NFL either doesn’t know, which isn’t likely, or for some reason doesn’t care that proprietary items are being used.

    Bottom line is that they look like crap. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one. I wouldn’t even let my dog wear one.

  • Mattthew S. | April 7, 2007 at 2:31 am |

    [quote comment=”67411″][quote comment=”67302″][quote comment=”67283″][quote comment=”67281″]BTW, as for Bill Simmons and whether his joking about women is in good taste or not — I think most guys inder the age of about 40 have been told that “all men are pigs” and variations thereof so frequently that I’m willing to give someone on the other side of that fence a pass. Rule of thumb: if you’ve heard it said about your own gender/home country/ethnic group, and you weren’t frothing at the mouth, you can turn a blind eye when it’s said about someone else.[/quote]

    The difference is that he does it all the time in his column. Sports is such an overwhelmingly male-dominated business to begin with, there is no need to reinforce the ‘no-women’ allowed stereotype. It is NOT the same when women say, “All men are pigs” (which I don’t think is true, anyway) because especially in sports, women have very little power.

    He has the right to say whatever he wants; I have the right to loathe him.[/quote]

    Minna,
    Im not sure if you know this or not but bill simmons wife also writes a column for ESPN, albeit its usually about the bachelor or someother nonsense but she writes nonetheless…. and guess who encouraged her to do it? Mr. Simmons himself.. I dont like him for a different reason. Both he and his wife dislike Mike Rappaport (From Boston public, and currently the war at home) who lives in their neighborhood…. I LOVE Mike Rappaport, i think hes the best actor in a sitcom today.[/quote]

    Patrick, I do know it. I don’t like what she writes, either. Again, it just reinforces the stereotype that all women care about are frigging reality shows, celeb couples and shopping. Bah!

    Twins game was canceled tonight because of inclement weather in Chicago. Double bah![/quote]

    I personally never saw this in a Bill Simmons column, but it could be due to his blatant New England/Boston homerism. Still think he’s a decent writer as sports writers go though.

    Minna, this is for you: http://www.nzallblac...

    I know you’re a fan of black unis, so enjoy.

  • Brandon Davis | April 7, 2007 at 3:53 am |

    More on the K-Rod allegations appeared in the Angels notes:

    http://losangeles.an...

  • Steve | April 7, 2007 at 6:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”67380″]Homeplate ump for the Braves/Mets game tonight Hunter Wendelstedt has a football helmet sticker of some sort on his chest protector.

    Here is a very rough screencap.[/quote]

    That just looks like a ball (or two) smacked him in the chest, and the paint is rubbing off. It doesn’t appear that it is NFL related.

  • Steve | April 7, 2007 at 6:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”67436″][quote comment=”67431″]I was just looking around on eBay at jerseys and noticed something funny. It’s no secret that there’s a boatload of fakes all over the internet, whether it’s shoes or jerseys, but most of the time they’re subtle enough that you can’t tell from the page. However, someone on eBay is selling a bunch of rip-offs on there and it’s a complete joke. Just look at the thing, nothing on it says legit. The numbers are horribly wrong and the material used isn’t even mesh. How are things like this legal, especially when they use a logo that’s licensed?

    Auction here.[/quote]

    I checked out his store and every jersey has the same number and letter font. These jerseys are obviously being made for profit only. The reviews are great though, so someone is happy with the results.

    As for the legal issues….the seller is located in South Korea. My guess would be that the NFL either doesn’t know, which isn’t likely, or for some reason doesn’t care that proprietary items are being used.

    Bottom line is that they look like crap. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one. I wouldn’t even let my dog wear one.[/quote]

    I bought a jersey like this a year ago, and the quality was so poor, I have never worn the thing. I ended up going to the store to buy a real one. Here’s how I got burned, the picture the guy used was from the nflshop.com website, so of course it looked good. When I got it, the “5” on the jersey was completely wrong, and the numbers were really skinny compared to the normal jersey. I got taken big time. I knew it was fake, but I thought it was going to look similar to the real thing, but it didn’t.

  • Joey Guns | April 7, 2007 at 6:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”67632″][quote comment=”67436″][quote comment=”67431″]I was just looking around on eBay at jerseys and noticed something funny. It’s no secret that there’s a boatload of fakes all over the internet, whether it’s shoes or jerseys, but most of the time they’re subtle enough that you can’t tell from the page. However, someone on eBay is selling a bunch of rip-offs on there and it’s a complete joke. Just look at the thing, nothing on it says legit. The numbers are horribly wrong and the material used isn’t even mesh. How are things like this legal, especially when they use a logo that’s licensed?

    Auction here.[/quote]

    I checked out his store and every jersey has the same number and letter font. These jerseys are obviously being made for profit only. The reviews are great though, so someone is happy with the results.

    As for the legal issues….the seller is located in South Korea. My guess would be that the NFL either doesn’t know, which isn’t likely, or for some reason doesn’t care that proprietary items are being used.

    Bottom line is that they look like crap. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one. I wouldn’t even let my dog wear one.[/quote]

    I bought a jersey like this a year ago, and the quality was so poor, I have never worn the thing.

    I ended up going to the store to buy a real one.

    Here’s how I got burned, the picture the guy used was from the nflshop.com website, so of course it looked good.

    When I got it, the “5” on the jersey was completely wrong, and the numbers were really skinny compared to the normal jersey.

    I got taken big time.

    I knew it was fake, but I thought it was going to look similar to the real thing, but it didn’t.[/quote]

    My friend bought a fake Terell Owens jersey off ebay and her was burned also. The name “Owens” on the back was upside down!!! He thought about taking out the stitches and fixing it himself, but he said “Screw this, the seller should fix it”, so he sent it back to the guy, but the guy wouldn’t reimburse him for shipping it back to him! Can you believe that?

  • Joey Guns | April 7, 2007 at 6:25 pm |

    Here’s an Emmitt Smith jersey that was sold by that guy in South Korea. AWFUL!!!!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...