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Sweden on the Delaware

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New ESPN column today — here’s the link.

Meanwhile: When NFL teams go the throwback route, the retro uniform usually includes at least some of the colors from the team’s regular color scheme.

That’s why yesterday’s move by the Eagles is so interesting. To mark the team’s upcoming 75th season, the club unveiled a commemorative logo (which will be worn as a patch on the home and road jerseys) and a throwback outfit — complete with its own helmet — that bears exactly zero resemblance to the team’s current look. Green? Silver? White? Fuhgeddaboudit.

The colors, however incongruous they may appear, are rooted in Eagles and Philly history. The team originally wore blue and yellow — the same colors found on the Philly city flag — back in 1933, and the original design has long been featured in historical illustrations like this (here’s a fridge magnet version) and has also been available for purchase as a throwback garment.

Too bad the new throwbacks don’t have long sleeves like the originals did. And why is the yoke so shiny? Like, is it made of recycled Schmidt’s cans or what? Still, I kinda dig the Nordic colors, especially since they’ll only be worn once (Sept. 23rd, against the Lions), and the helmet is sort of endearingly clunky. I like that they went without TV numbers, too. And best of all … wait for it … striped socks! Now let’s hope they don’t screw up the look by Philly tagging it. (You can see a bit more of the throwbacks in this three-minute video, and there’s an extended sequence beginning at the 21-minute mark of this video.)

Incidentally, the Eagles also unveiled a virtual museum yesterday (strong suggestion: click on the “Skip Intro” button), and it’s got some killer stuff, including footage of Steve Van Buren running through the blizzard in the 1948 NFL title game, and Bob Brown playing in some serious mud. Kudos all around.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Ryan Dempster is really setting new standards in cold-weather gear (but hey, good for him for keeping his pants high-cuffed, even if it means his shins are chilly). … Carlos Guillen’s game has apparently gone straight down the crapper ever since the league office told him to tuck his pockets back in. … Speaking of things that need to be tucked in. … The saga of Curt Schilling’s bloody sock is getting weirder all the time.

 

218 comments to Sweden on the Delaware

  • Dane | April 26, 2007 at 8:34 am |

    Oh, I hope this means throwbacks for the Steelers as well!

  • Ryan Real | April 26, 2007 at 8:35 am |

    I’m trying so hard to see the good in those…and it’s just not working out.

  • tony payne | April 26, 2007 at 8:37 am |

    wow i am up so early
    stupid finals…
    anyway, while not studying i noticed last night during the Toronto FC-Kansas City game that 1 Toronto sub was missing the shirt sponsor BMO on his jersey
    I’m pretty sure it was Andrew Boyens, not positive tho

    sry about the crummy screen capture thats the best pic i could grab

  • tony payne | April 26, 2007 at 8:39 am |

    oh, and i know this has been said before, but i read about Petr Cech’s headgear yesterday, and saw TFC player Eskandarian wearing a similar “helmet”

  • EFitch | April 26, 2007 at 8:41 am |

    if the bloody sock was just paint it will ruin everything I’ve ever believed in.

    and those eagles alts are growing on me

  • Ryan B. | April 26, 2007 at 8:44 am |

    Nothing about the Georgia Tech white batting helmets?

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 26, 2007 at 8:49 am |

    I still say the Jets should break out a NY Titans throwback on Thanksgiving.

  • Matt B | April 26, 2007 at 8:50 am |

    I don’t know if PL knows and and alluded to it in the title, or if he was just riffing on the color scheme, but Sweden really did settle the area in the 1600s. It’s discussed in Shorto’s book about Manhattan, and also here.

    A little known side-note lost in the Mayflower->Founding Fathers mythology.

  • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2007 at 8:50 am |

    [quote comment=”76388″]Nothing about the Georgia Tech white batting helmets?[/quote]

    I was planning to make it today’s lead item, but (a) then the Eagles story hit, and (b) I’m waiting to get some more info from Ga.Tech’s sports info director. Tomorrow, for sure!

  • Murphy | April 26, 2007 at 9:00 am |

    I see the photos of the Eagles Throwback in their Team Store and they look pretty good. Then, I see them at the unveiling and I can’t get past that shiny material. Why do they use that material on uniforms? It just makes them look a bit too much like women’s lingerie to me. I guess they would make a nice teddy.

  • warren thompson | April 26, 2007 at 9:01 am |

    I’d not mind if the Eagles reverted permanently to those throwback uniforms. They look light years better than the current atrocities.

  • Ryan B. | April 26, 2007 at 9:02 am |

    [quote comment=”76391″][quote comment=”76388″]Nothing about the Georgia Tech white batting helmets?[/quote]

    I was planning to make it today’s lead item, but (a) then the Eagles story hit, and (b) I’m waiting to get some more info from Ga.Tech’s sports info director. Tomorrow, for sure![/quote]

    Ah, the foreplay. You are quite the teaser, Paul.

  • Cathy | April 26, 2007 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment=”76385″]oh, and i know this has been said before, but i read about Petr Cech’s headgear yesterday, and saw TFC player Eskandarian wearing a similar “helmet”[/quote]

    Yah, Eskandarian has worn that since his days with DC United. He has had several concussion. I hate that he doesn’t play for DC anymore, a consistent player.

  • Kieran K. | April 26, 2007 at 9:10 am |

    I can’t wait to see these uniforms on the field. Maybe I’ll be lucky and get tickets to the game that day. (Either from my dad or trying to buy a ticket before they sell out in 3 minutes like usual)

    I wouldn’t mind if they wore these uniforms at least once a year. Give us a break from their current jerseys. Or at the least, go back to kelly green.

  • Paul P. | April 26, 2007 at 9:11 am |

    Check out this article about a pedometer on some Red Sox players shoes:
    http://www.boston.co...
    Couldn’t find any photographic evidence though… any help?

  • Cathy | April 26, 2007 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”76396″]I’d not mind if the Eagles reverted permanently to those throwback uniforms. They look light years better than the current atrocities.[/quote]

    I agree. When they switched to that new tealish green: http://shop.philadel... …and incorporated black jerseys….ugh: http://www.igglesblo...
    I liked this better: http://www.clothings... or this http://www.sportscar...

  • Mark | April 26, 2007 at 9:26 am |

    They look good, but I wish they’d gone the Kelly Green route, or even from the Jaworski era. I’d give anything to have one of those jerseys bump off the black for good.

  • BJ | April 26, 2007 at 9:26 am |

    For reals, the Eagles throw(up)backs look like leftovers from the wardrobe department of Any Given Sunday.

    Jersey 1

    Jersey 2

  • scott | April 26, 2007 at 9:28 am |

    If you believe there was blood on that sock, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

  • mg12 | April 26, 2007 at 9:32 am |

    [quote comment=”76383″]wow i am up so early
    stupid finals…
    anyway, while not studying i noticed last night during the Toronto FC-Kansas City game that 1 Toronto sub was missing the shirt sponsor BMO on his jersey
    I’m pretty sure it was Andrew Boyens, not positive tho

    sry about the crummy screen capture thats the best pic i could grab[/quote]

    Also, did you happen to notice that the new Argentine midfielder for the Wizards, Carlos Marinelli was either wearing his shorts backwards, or his number 10 was printed on the rear of the shorts by mistake. I couldn’t get a screen grab, but if you look at the replay of Jimmy Conrad’s corner header in this video, you can see what I am talking about.

    http://ww2.mlsnet.co...

  • Adam | April 26, 2007 at 9:37 am |

    Also in the KC-Toronto match, when Eddie Johnson scored the first goal for KC, he lifted up his uniform to reveal a homemade Virginia Tech tribute- he had “In Memory of VTech” written on his undershirt. I couldn’t find any pictures, but if you go to the Wizards website and look at the video highlights from the match, it is about 19 seconds in to the clip.

  • Adam | April 26, 2007 at 9:39 am |

    The link to the video I mentioned is in post #20

  • Tom C. | April 26, 2007 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”76407″]If you believe there was blood on that sock, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.[/quote]

    Where do I place my deposit?

    Curt’s Ankle

  • Jason | April 26, 2007 at 9:46 am |

    Yeah, the Eagles definitely also need to “Ditch The Black”! I’m also a die hard Louisville basketball fan and it feels like every big game they lose they’re wearing the black unis.

  • Leo | April 26, 2007 at 9:55 am |

    Hold on a second! Those Redskins jerseys were throwbacks? I always though that they were used as a way for Steve Spurrier to honor his Florida State heritage…. sans the victories.

  • Kenny | April 26, 2007 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment=”76382″]I’m trying so hard to see the good in those…and it’s just not working out.[/quote]

    I hear that…they just don’t push my buttons…I actually think they’re pretty hideous and I do believe it is the shiny yoke & prolly the helmets…I do enjoy the socks tho

  • Justin | April 26, 2007 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment=”76420″]Hold on a second! Those Redskins jerseys were throwbacks? I always though that they were used as a way for Steve Spurrier to honor his Florida State heritage…. sans the victories.[/quote]

    umm… Spurrier went to Florida, and coached at Florida, not FSU.

  • Jeremy | April 26, 2007 at 10:01 am |

    Anybody else, and they are applauded for playing injured. But Curt Schilling is such a scumbag, that you can’t help but question everything he does. This is a man who never met a controversy he didn’t think he had to chime in on.

  • QuezStyle | April 26, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    Any word about the supposed new throwback jerseys for the Redskins this season?

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    in the pics with all the Eagles jerseys, the one with # 12 is my favorite. #12
    I especially like the number font.
    Their current ones are too much of a marketing ploy.

  • stuby | April 26, 2007 at 10:05 am |

    I’m wondering why the Iggles didn’t go with the Swedish colors in ’94 for the throwback year?

  • Mr. Met | April 26, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”76420″]Hold on a second! Those Redskins jerseys were throwbacks? I always though that they were used as a way for Steve Spurrier to honor his Florida State heritage…. sans the victories.[/quote]

    Florida State? Ouch. Don’t let a Gators fan hear you say that……

  • scott d | April 26, 2007 at 10:11 am |

    I’ll bet Paul just LOVES seeing “D’baacks” on a jersey…

    http://mlb.mlb.com/i...

  • tessa | April 26, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”76386″]if the bloody sock was just paint it will ruin everything I’ve ever believed in.[/quote]

    … and it will reinforce everything that I have believed in. I have never believed it was blood. It stayed the same color, and the spot never grew. It also did not bleed onto the stirrup. Blood turns brown-ish – it does not stay that shade of red. I wonder if this will show up on Schilling’s blog.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Yankees fan.

  • Dan | April 26, 2007 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment=”76385″]oh, and i know this has been said before, but i read about Petr Cech’s headgear yesterday, and saw TFC player Eskandarian wearing a similar “helmet”[/quote]

    this is what Eskandarian is wearing. its supposed to reduce the impact on the brain when a player heads the ball. this is what Cech’s wearing. Its a rugby scrum cap. he wears it because of a skull fracture he got in a game earlier in the season and it offers more protection. and who said soccer isn’t a contact sport?

  • Brendan | April 26, 2007 at 10:27 am |

    The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?

  • Teebz | April 26, 2007 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”76416″][quote comment=”76407″]If you believe there was blood on that sock, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.[/quote]

    Where do I place my deposit?

    Curt’s Ankle[/quote]

    I didn’t realize that Boston hospitals use Gatorade towels.

    Honestly, if you look at that picture, Curt has a red stain on the back of his ankle already. Since hospitals don’t use Gatorade towels, this picture was not taken at a hospital. In fact, doctors and nurses are required to clean the area before and after the surgery is done, meaning this red stain on the back of Curt’s ankle wouldn’t be there.

    I’m not trying to blow holes in Curt’s story, but if his stitches came apart, his sock and shoe would have been a puddle of blood.

  • Jason | April 26, 2007 at 10:33 am |

    As far as teams ditching a color scheme, Green Bay used to be navy and gold instead of green and gold. I can’t remember who made the decision but his excuse was that the Green Bay packers ought to have green in their uniforms. They actually switched to green, then back to blue and then back to green for good.

  • Ed R. | April 26, 2007 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”76389″]I still say the Jets should break out a NY Titans throwback on Thanksgiving.[/quote]
    I read an article a month or two ago (I’m trying to find the link) that said they might be wearing them this season for a home game. That would be pretty cool but would be like these Eagles unis in that they’d be totally out of the Jets color scheme.

  • TX Ken | April 26, 2007 at 10:35 am |

    1) They should’ve just called the team the D’baacks. That is so awesome!

    2) What was the deal in that Carlos Guillen article about Curtis Granderson’s pants being cut off at the knee? What was that all about?

  • Quint | April 26, 2007 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”76416″][quote comment=”76407″]If you believe there was blood on that sock, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.[/quote]

    Where do I place my deposit?

    Curt’s Ankle[/quote]

    I don’t think anyone’s denying the injury was legitimate. There’s only a question of whether or not he was bleeding all over the place during the game. I’ve always thought the photo of the sock looked a little strange, but who knows. Either way, it shouldn’t take anything away from what Schilling and the Red Sox accomplished that post season. Of course, I’m an A’s fan, so I don’t really care either way.

  • Matthew H | April 26, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    Being a Giants fan I normally never have anything good to say about the Eagles. But those throwback unis are sweet! The stuff on their website is awesome too. I wish the Giants would have done stuff like this during their 80th anniversary season. That’s my knock on the Giants. They are such a damn conservative organization they can be downright boring. Too bad the Eagles aren’t using their throwbacks when the play the Giants. The Giants first game was against the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Would have been kind of cool.

  • Matt from the 'Ville | April 26, 2007 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]

    The 49ers ditched the Gray for the Gold.

    The Buc’s have a new scheme. Pewter and Red vs. Orange creamcicle and White

  • Matt | April 26, 2007 at 10:48 am |

    Oooooo, sweet. I like the Eagles throwbacks. The helmet, the colors, the numbers- its all good. Yeah, its a little shiny, but other than that it looks good! I mean, they have striped socks! I think its a good way to honor their past. And the patch is really cool- simple, to the point, nothing crazy.

    Yeah, I would have liked to see some kelly green 1990’s throwbacks, but I like the current uni’s for the most part. The logo is good. The black uni does need to go though, and so does the non symmetrical strips down the pants. But really, other than that, I like them. Don’t forgot how bad it could be (Vikings anybody?)

  • warren thompson | April 26, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”76436″]As far as teams ditching a color scheme, Green Bay used to be navy and gold instead of green and gold. I can’t remember who made the decision but his excuse was that the Green Bay packers ought to have green in their uniforms. They actually switched to green, then back to blue and then back to green for good.[/quote]

    As I recall, at one time the Packer colors were blue, gold, and green (a lighter green than currently).

  • Matthew H | April 26, 2007 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment=”76424″]Anybody else, and they are applauded for playing injured. But Curt Schilling is such a scumbag, that you can’t help but question everything he does. This is a man who never met a controversy he didn’t think he had to chime in on.[/quote]
    I really have to agree. Although I am a Yankees fan, I gave Schilling props at the time because I thought it was one of the most heroic postseason performance I had ever seen in any sport. But he is such an a-hole and a completley unlikable person that he brings it on himself. I remember reading an interview with him where he basically said that the fans who come to games and boo the players have no right to do so because they don’t have the skills to ever play the game themselves. Hey jerk wad, we’re paying your salary and can boo you anytime we want. I hope the blood thing does turn out to be fake.

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 10:58 am |

    do these people have nothing better to do than to investigate whether the blood was fake or not? Like come on, gimme a break. I’m not a Shilling fan, but does it really matter?

  • Joey Guns | April 26, 2007 at 10:59 am |

    Greatest picture. Ever.

    http://cache.deadspi...

  • Jokelahoma | April 26, 2007 at 11:07 am |

    Geez, people will believe anything they hear on TV these days. As someone who’s had stitches pull open (only about 8, and they more like ripped open rather than pulled open, but it leaves a wonderful scar), I can tell you emphatically that they don’t usually leave “puddles” of blood when that happens. Wounds are stitched on multiple levels, starting with the deepest part of the incision first. Only if that part of the wound pulls the stitches will you bleed puddles. If, as is likely the case with Schilling, you pull the epidermal stitches only, you’ll bleed a bit. In fact, you’ll bleed just about enough to make a large spot on a sock. Those of you doubting his injury or the bloody sock are real are of course welcome to test your theory by slicing into your own tendons, suturing your wound, then throwing a few innings while wearing sanitaries and stirrups. Let us know the results, k?

  • Big O | April 26, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”76451″]Geez, people will believe anything they hear on TV these days. As someone who’s had stitches pull open (only about 8, and they more like ripped open rather than pulled open, but it leaves a wonderful scar), I can tell you emphatically that they don’t usually leave “puddles” of blood when that happens. Wounds are stitched on multiple levels, starting with the deepest part of the incision first. Only if that part of the wound pulls the stitches will you bleed puddles. If, as is likely the case with Schilling, you pull the epidermal stitches only, you’ll bleed a bit. In fact, you’ll bleed just about enough to make a large spot on a sock. Those of you doubting his injury or the bloody sock are real are of course welcome to test your theory by slicing into your own tendons, suturing your wound, then throwing a few innings while wearing sanitaries and stirrups. Let us know the results, k?[/quote]

    I had to get stitches in the back of my heel, Back in 1998. I had a concert to go to that night. Well the ER doctor gave me Seven surface stitches when according to my reg doctor a couple of day later said I should of had at least one internal and nine to ten surface. That night at the concert my sock was soaked in blood. I was running or pitching, i mostly sat in my nose bleed section seat to whole time.

  • Andrew | April 26, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”76438″]

    2) What was the deal in that Carlos Guillen article about Curtis Granderson’s pants being cut off at the knee? What was that all about?[/quote]

    I’m guessing a reference to wearing his pants hiked up.

  • Mark in Shiga | April 26, 2007 at 11:34 am |

    At first I thought the blue numbers on the yellow background were hard to read, but those Eagles throwbacks are growing on me now.

    The only change I would make would be to put the player’s name in yellow on the blue shoulder section, like the Cowbos do with their white. The way it is now, the name and number are pushed down and it looks really off-balance.

  • Chris Doran | April 26, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”76405″]They look good, but I wish they’d gone the Kelly Green route, or even from the Jaworski era. I’d give anything to have one of those jerseys bump off the black for good.[/quote]

    Popular urban legend ’round these parts claim that Christina Lurie despised the kelly green jerseys and couldn’t wait to get rid of them.

    Take that with a grain of salt though…

    She did commission Vera Wang to design the cheerleader unis, however…

  • J at The Dundies | April 26, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    Seriously, why don’t they just go down to Cooperstown and check? That’s where the sock is. Won’t be hard to find out.

  • Steve Prudente | April 26, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”76443″]And the patch is really cool- simple, to the point, nothing crazy.[/quote]

    I actually think that patch looks kinda big and obnoxious. The design is good but I really hope they scale it down a bit for the season. If it remains that big, they will look like an arena team.

    The helmet and socks definitely rule though…just wish they would get rid of the names on the backs and lose the shiny stuff.

  • Teebz | April 26, 2007 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”76451″]Geez, people will believe anything they hear on TV these days. As someone who’s had stitches pull open (only about 8, and they more like ripped open rather than pulled open, but it leaves a wonderful scar), I can tell you emphatically that they don’t usually leave “puddles” of blood when that happens. Wounds are stitched on multiple levels, starting with the deepest part of the incision first. Only if that part of the wound pulls the stitches will you bleed puddles. If, as is likely the case with Schilling, you pull the epidermal stitches only, you’ll bleed a bit. In fact, you’ll bleed just about enough to make a large spot on a sock. Those of you doubting his injury or the bloody sock are real are of course welcome to test your theory by slicing into your own tendons, suturing your wound, then throwing a few innings while wearing sanitaries and stirrups. Let us know the results, k?[/quote]

    Joke, if it wasn’t reported in by a member of the media, no one would question it. I have received numerous stitch jobs from my hockey-playing days, and I can certainly tell you that a gaping wound on a joint bleeds for a while when it is being used. Why? The blood doesn’t scab. You keep breaking the scab, it keeps bleeding.

    If there is cloth against a bleeding wound, the scab forms with the cloth stuck to it. If that happens, anytime the cloth pulls the scab off (like when a player moves), the wound would start bleeding again until it scabs over again. I’ve had to pull shinpads off my leg, and literally peel a scab off a cotton cushion in behind my shinpad because the sweat soften the scab to the point where it stuck to the cotton.

    Again, what Schilling did is amazing. If he hyperbolized it, that kind of diminishes the heroicism.

  • Matt D. | April 26, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    [quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]

    This opens up a fun topic. The A’s are probably the most famous (dumping Black/Red for Green/Gold). If you go through the Dressed to the Nines website, there’s a lot of examples early in the century until teams got their iconography set.
    Hockey has three grreat examples of the top of my head:
    -The Toronto St. Patricks dumping Green/White and their name for Blue/White and becoming trhe Maple Leafs
    -Vancouver dumping Blue/Green for Black/Yellow/Red and the World’s Worst Uniform.
    -Pittsburgh trying to join the championship parade in Pittsburgh in 1980 by switching fron Light Blue to Black/Gold (too bad it took 11 years to work).

  • Leo | April 26, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    Hold on a second! Those Redskins jerseys were throwbacks? I always though that they were used as a way for Steve Spurrier to honor his Florida State heritage…. sans the victories.

    Florida State? Ouch. Don’t let a Gators fan hear you say that……

    That’s what made those Redskins uniforms so amazing. These uniforms were such an obvious slap in the face to all the Gators faithful.

    It could have been worse though.

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    I didn’t get a chance to comment on the new BP-NL All Star jerseys. But they look good. I like the way they added the bridge, and the color sheme fits perfect. I just wish they would wear them during the game and not just for BP. Does anybody know why MLB is the only league who doesn’t do this? The NHL, NBA and NFL do.

  • Andy | April 26, 2007 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”76459″]Seriously, why don’t they just go down to Cooperstown and check? That’s where the sock is. Won’t be hard to find out.[/quote]

    Except that it’s Curt’s sock, on loan to Cooperstown, so he’d probably have to give them permission to test it.

  • Adam | April 26, 2007 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”76465″]I didn’t get a chance to comment on the new BP-NL All Star jerseys. But they look good. I like the way they added the bridge, and the color sheme fits perfect. I just wish they would wear them during the game and not just for BP. Does anybody know why MLB is the only league who doesn’t do this? The NHL, NBA and NFL do.[/quote]

    I’m really really glad they don’t. I think my very favorite thing about the all-star game is the players wearing their own uniforms.

  • ToasterPoodle | April 26, 2007 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”76446″][quote comment=”76424″]Anybody else, and they are applauded for playing injured. But Curt Schilling is such a scumbag, that you can’t help but question everything he does. This is a man who never met a controversy he didn’t think he had to chime in on.[/quote]
    I really have to agree. Although I am a Yankees fan, I gave Schilling props at the time because I thought it was one of the most heroic postseason performance I had ever seen in any sport. But he is such an a-hole and a completley unlikable person that he brings it on himself. I remember reading an interview with him where he basically said that the fans who come to games and boo the players have no right to do so because they don’t have the skills to ever play the game themselves. Hey jerk wad, we’re paying your salary and can boo you anytime we want. I hope the blood thing does turn out to be fake.[/quote]

    I think regardless of the blood being fake or not the performance was still heroic in a sports context (true heroism being rarely seen on the sports field). He had his tendon stitched together, risking greater injury, just so he could pitch.
    For context: I personally hate the sawx and yanks equally (I think they are two sides to the same gluttonous coin)

  • Johnny O | April 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”76444″][quote comment=”76436″]As far as teams ditching a color scheme, Green Bay used to be navy and gold instead of green and gold. I can’t remember who made the decision but his excuse was that the Green Bay packers ought to have green in their uniforms. They actually switched to green, then back to blue and then back to green for good.[/quote]

    As I recall, at one time the Packer colors were blue, gold, and green (a lighter green than currently).[/quote]
    Curly Lambeau was the one who decided the Packers to have the colors Gold and Blue. He did this to honor his alma mater… Notre Dame. The Packers didn’t include green into their color scheme until the mid or later ’30’s I believe

  • Matt D. | April 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]
    This has happened a lot lately for a reason put best in the movie “Slap Shot”, when the driver takes a sledgehammer to the side of the team bus – “Making it look mean!!”
    I should have mentioned it in the prevoius post, but the Pens are IMO the lynchpin to a study demonstrating that black-ckad teams get more penalties. The Pens switched uni colors in January and their penalty minutes jumped dramatically.

  • Adam | April 26, 2007 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]

    The White Sox have a few times. Traditionally, they were mostly dark blue and white, then they went red for a while in the 70s, then back to blue, then red, blue and white through most of the 80s before going to the current black, silver and white look in 1991.

  • Paul P. | April 26, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    Alright, I am a Red Sox fan, and can admit Schill can be an asshole, so I can see where people would question it. But as far how much blood coming in to question, and saying there should have been a lot more is inaccurate because he didn’t have a cut, or a gash or any kind of typical wound that would require stitches. The blood came from Dr. Bill Morgan stiching his skin down to whatever he did so the tendon wouldn’t move, so the blood came from the actual stitchs, so there wouldn’t have been a lot. As far as it turning brown, it does, but when it dries. I’m sure he was sweating a bit and that kept the sock wet, as well as the blood. Whether it’s fake or not, I don’t know, and don’t care. Schill can be an ass, but that was a gutsy performance real blood or not, and if it was fake, and it got into everyone’s head, good job on his part by using the injury to his advantage in the playoffs.

  • Jason | April 26, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.

  • SpartyCuse | April 26, 2007 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”76463″][quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]

    This opens up a fun topic. The A’s are probably the most famous (dumping Black/Red for Green/Gold). If you go through the Dressed to the Nines website, there’s a lot of examples early in the century until teams got their iconography set.
    Hockey has three grreat examples of the top of my head:
    -The Toronto St. Patricks dumping Green/White and their name for Blue/White and becoming trhe Maple Leafs
    -Vancouver dumping Blue/Green for Black/Yellow/Red and the World’s Worst Uniform.
    -Pittsburgh trying to join the championship parade in Pittsburgh in 1980 by switching fron Light Blue to Black/Gold (too bad it took 11 years to work).[/quote]

    The Washington Capitals ditched their red/white/blue for black/bronze/blue. On June 22, though, they are unveiling their NEW uniforms, which will again be red/white/blue.

  • Teebz | April 26, 2007 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”76472″]Alright, I am a Red Sox fan, and can admit Schill can be an asshole, so I can see where people would question it. But as far how much blood coming in to question, and saying there should have been a lot more is inaccurate because he didn’t have a cut, or a gash or any kind of typical wound that would require stitches. The blood came from Dr. Bill Morgan stiching his skin down to whatever he did so the tendon wouldn’t move, so the blood came from the actual stitchs, so there wouldn’t have been a lot. As far as it turning brown, it does, but when it dries. I’m sure he was sweating a bit and that kept the sock wet, as well as the blood. Whether it’s fake or not, I don’t know, and don’t care. Schill can be an ass, but that was a gutsy performance real blood or not, and if it was fake, and it got into everyone’s head, good job on his part by using the injury to his advantage in the playoffs.[/quote]

    No one is questioning his act. Pitching on an ankle that is surgically repaired is an amazing feat.

    The thought of trying to play up an injury is kind of insulting, though, especially since the media made such a huge deal about how “phenomenal” his pitching performance was due to the blood.

    Personally, I think Curt did bleed. I hate both the Sox and the Yankees. I’m just playing the Devil’s Advocate (not Keanu Reeves). :o)

  • Quint | April 26, 2007 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”76465″]I didn’t get a chance to comment on the new BP-NL All Star jerseys. But they look good. I like the way they added the bridge, and the color sheme fits perfect. I just wish they would wear them during the game and not just for BP. Does anybody know why MLB is the only league who doesn’t do this? The NHL, NBA and NFL do.[/quote]

    I think that players wearing their own jerseys are one of the few things about the All-Star game that MLB does right. The other is requiring one selection from each team. The whole “this time it counts” aspect is a complete joke. All because a bunch of idiots got upset that, God forbid, an exhibition game ended in a tie. Rather than focusing on the fact that the fans got to see 12 innings of great baseball played by the best in the league, including one of the most amazing catches in baseball history, everyone whined it ended in a tie. And now an exhibition game determines home field advantage in the World Series? Outrageous! (And I know this is the 5th year of the home field advantage thing, but I’ll compalin about it until they change it. My friends and family are thrilled!)

  • bobwool | April 26, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”76460″]I actually think that patch looks kinda big and obnoxious. The design is good but I really hope they scale it down a bit for the season. If it remains that big, they will look like an arena team.

    The helmet and socks definitely rule though…just wish they would get rid of the names on the backs and lose the shiny stuff.[/quote]

    I was about to post the same things comments. Retro = No Names
    Love the hat Paul used for the post, plus notice that the Kearse and Akers hats are the same style with opposite primary/accent colors.

  • Ian | April 26, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    While I absolutely love the Eagles throwbacks to ’33, I’m going to have a hard time with the mismatched yellow on the helmets and jerseys. Nice try…

    PS — I’m back from a week’s vacation in Mexico, and boy did I miss some great installments of UniWatch! Loved the cup of coffee post. It was great seeing some of those oddities like Reggie with the O’s,

  • Teebz | April 26, 2007 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”76463″]Pittsburgh trying to join the championship parade in Pittsburgh in 1980 by switching fron Light Blue to Black/Gold (too bad it took 11 years to work).[/quote]

    Check the history books. They wore dark blue between those colours as their primary road colour in the late 1970s.

    The reason they switched in 1979-80 was to join the other two Pittsburgh pro teams so that the city had one colour scheme. The Boston Bruins fought the Penguins over this colour change because the Bruins said that black and yellow were synonymous with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins lost the fight, and the Penguins switched over. The Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins all wore black and yellow, and those colours became synonymous with Pittsburgh pro sports.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 26, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”76476″][quote comment=”76465″]I didn’t get a chance to comment on the new BP-NL All Star jerseys. But they look good. I like the way they added the bridge, and the color sheme fits perfect. I just wish they would wear them during the game and not just for BP. Does anybody know why MLB is the only league who doesn’t do this? The NHL, NBA and NFL do.[/quote]

    I think that players wearing their own jerseys are one of the few things about the All-Star game that MLB does right. The other is requiring one selection from each team. The whole “this time it counts” aspect is a complete joke. All because a bunch of idiots got upset that, God forbid, an exhibition game ended in a tie. Rather than focusing on the fact that the fans got to see 12 innings of great baseball played by the best in the league, including one of the most amazing catches in baseball history, everyone whined it ended in a tie. And now an exhibition game determines home field advantage in the World Series? Outrageous! (And I know this is the 5th year of the home field advantage thing, but I’ll compalin about it until they change it. My friends and family are thrilled!)[/quote]
    Just to chime in that I hate the homefield advantage thing too. I heard an interesting idea on Dan Patrick? Let the fans vote for the finishers of the game instead of the starters. That way we get to see Santana pitch to Pujols when the game is on the line instead of the Royals lone representative pitch to the one guy from the Pirates.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 26, 2007 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”76481″][quote comment=”76463″]Pittsburgh trying to join the championship parade in Pittsburgh in 1980 by switching fron Light Blue to Black/Gold (too bad it took 11 years to work).[/quote]

    Check the history books. They wore dark blue between those colours as their primary road colour in the late 1970s.

    The reason they switched in 1979-80 was to join the other two Pittsburgh pro teams so that the city had one colour scheme. The Boston Bruins fought the Penguins over this colour change because the Bruins said that black and yellow were synonymous with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins lost the fight, and the Penguins switched over. The Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins all wore black and yellow, and those colours became synonymous with Pittsburgh pro sports.[/quote]
    This was after the “Family” won the WS and T. Bradshaw, L. Swann and co. won Super Bowl X or so wasn’t it?

  • Mark in Shiga | April 26, 2007 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”76478″][quote comment=”76460″]I actually think that patch looks kinda big and obnoxious. The design is good but I really hope they scale it down a bit for the season. If it remains that big, they will look like an arena team.

    The helmet and socks definitely rule though…just wish they would get rid of the names on the backs and lose the shiny stuff.[/quote]

    I was about to post the same things comments. Retro = No Names
    Love the hat Paul used for the post, plus notice that the Kearse and Akers hats are the same style with opposite primary/accent colors.[/quote]

    I’m a devoted number-only advocate, but in football the names don’t really look that bad because the way the jerseys are constructed, there’s a few inches of blank space above the seam separating the shoulder portion from the body, and without a nameplate, that would have to be blank since the number can’t cross over that seam. The problem with the Eagles is that they put both the name and the number below it, making it look a little goofy.

  • Shaftman | April 26, 2007 at 12:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”76481″][quote comment=”76463″]Pittsburgh trying to join the championship parade in Pittsburgh in 1980 by switching fron Light Blue to Black/Gold (too bad it took 11 years to work).[/quote]

    Check the history books. They wore dark blue between those colours as their primary road colour in the late 1970s.

    The reason they switched in 1979-80 was to join the other two Pittsburgh pro teams so that the city had one colour scheme. The Boston Bruins fought the Penguins over this colour change because the Bruins said that black and yellow were synonymous with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins lost the fight, and the Penguins switched over. The Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins all wore black and yellow, and those colours became synonymous with Pittsburgh pro sports.[/quote]

    Too bad the Pirate’s vest has a chance to ruin a whole city’s uni-dentity. DITCH THE RED!!!

  • tape | April 26, 2007 at 12:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”76442″][quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]

    The 49ers ditched the Gray for the Gold.

    The Buc’s have a new scheme. Pewter and Red vs. Orange creamcicle and White[/quote]

    Seattle Mariners (not total since there’s the royal blue-navy blue connection, but it’s still very different)
    San Diego Padres
    Sacramento Kings
    Los Angeles Lakers
    Memphis Grizzlies
    Houston Astros (maybe not total, but pretty close)
    Denver Broncos (their first year, they were brown and yellow)
    Los Angeles Kings
    Oakland Athletics
    Pittsburgh Pirates (red/blue before the 40s or 50s)
    Philadelphia Phillies (at least, I think the maroon and the red are sufficiently different)
    Oakland Raiders (weren’t they black and yellow originally?)
    Detroit Pistons (as much as you tried to forget the 90s)
    Houston Rockets (ditto)
    Cleveland Cavaliers (ditto, also the cool look in the 80s)
    Milwaukee Bucks (ditto; ok, what was it with the NBA and the 90s?)
    Atlanta Hawks (who remembers the electric green?)
    Utah Jazz (not so jazzy anymore)
    Arizona D’baacks

    … all just off the top of my head.

  • Alex | April 26, 2007 at 12:31 pm |

    When is the ESPN column going up??

  • WVU Tom | April 26, 2007 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy crap! How do these things get worse every year? I wouldn’t want to wear either one of these things. Who are the marketing geniuses that approve such designs?!?!? What’s wrong with a simple team logo on a solid colored cap?

  • C.N. | April 26, 2007 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”76467″][quote comment=”76465″]I didn’t get a chance to comment on the new BP-NL All Star jerseys. But they look good. I like the way they added the bridge, and the color sheme fits perfect. I just wish they would wear them during the game and not just for BP. Does anybody know why MLB is the only league who doesn’t do this? The NHL, NBA and NFL do.[/quote]

    I’m really really glad they don’t. I think my very favorite thing about the all-star game is the players wearing their own uniforms.[/quote]

    I’ll second that. Although it would look too crazy for them to do that in the Pro Bowl, it looks good in baseball.

  • tape | April 26, 2007 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”76488″]What’s wrong with a simple team logo on a solid colored cap?[/quote]

    The sheep won’t feel the need to buy a new one every year if it looks the same.

    DUH

  • Philly Bill | April 26, 2007 at 12:39 pm |

    Nice job on the list, Tape.

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy Christ on a Cracker, are those hats horrid.

  • tape | April 26, 2007 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”76490″]
    Although it would look too crazy for them to do that in the Pro Bowl,[/quote]

    like the Pro Bowl doesn’t look crazy enough sometimes.

    I bet the Pro Bowl would look sweet if the players wore their team’s jerseys, but at the same time, they kind of have a cool thing going with the team helmets. As long as they keep the jerseys relatively simple I think it’s fine.

  • tape | April 26, 2007 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”76492″]Nice job on the list, Tape.
    [/quote]

    I don’t even pretend that it’s complete. I forgot the Washington Capitals and someone caught that while I was writing that list. and I didn’t mention the other previously-mentioned hockey teams like the Canucks and Pens.

  • Kwik | April 26, 2007 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”76440″]Being a Giants fan I normally never have anything good to say about the Eagles. But those throwback unis are sweet! The stuff on their website is awesome too. I wish the Giants would have done stuff like this during their 80th anniversary season. That’s my knock on the Giants. They are such a damn conservative organization they can be downright boring. Too bad the Eagles aren’t using their throwbacks when the play the Giants. The Giants first game was against the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Would have been kind of cool.[/quote]

    Same here. My first thought looking at them was that look is pretty cool, albeit too shiny, and if I could find that blue cap that’s at the top of the article here, I’d seriously think about buying it, but then the thought is: but it’s the EAGLES, gah!

  • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2007 at 12:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”76487″]When is the ESPN column going up??[/quote]

    Probably not until 2pm-ish — busy day up at the ESPN offices (or so I’m told).

  • Philly Bill | April 26, 2007 at 12:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”76497″][quote comment=”76440″]Being a Giants fan I normally never have anything good to say about the Eagles. But those throwback unis are sweet! The stuff on their website is awesome too. I wish the Giants would have done stuff like this during their 80th anniversary season. That’s my knock on the Giants. They are such a damn conservative organization they can be downright boring. Too bad the Eagles aren’t using their throwbacks when the play the Giants. The Giants first game was against the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Would have been kind of cool.[/quote]

    Same here. My first thought looking at them was that look is pretty cool, albeit too shiny, and if I could find that blue cap that’s at the top of the article here, I’d seriously think about buying it, but then the thought is: but it’s the EAGLES, gah![/quote]

    Love the hat too. And don’t worry — wearing the cap won’t be anywhere near as painful as actually being a fan. Not something I would recommend, developing an emotional attachment to any Philly sports team.

    BTW, unless you are a Cowboys fan, I would in fact recommend you watch the intro here to hear one of the greatest radio calls in sports history: “They give it Smith and THEY STOP HIM AGAAAAIINN!”

  • ACC (the Brain) | April 26, 2007 at 12:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”76417″]Yeah, the Eagles definitely also need to “Ditch The Black”! I’m also a die hard Louisville basketball fan and it feels like every big game they lose they’re wearing the black unis.[/quote]

    Because aren’t black jerseys in college basketball normally worn for away games? They would be expected to lose more often in blacks wouldn’t they.

  • Big O | April 26, 2007 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”76492″]Nice job on the list, Tape.

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy Christ on a Cracker, are those hats horrid.[/quote]

    I’m failing to see the problem.

  • Todd | April 26, 2007 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”76503″][quote comment=”76492″]Nice job on the list, Tape.

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy Christ on a Cracker, are those hats horrid.[/quote]

    I’m failing to see the problem.[/quote]

    They’re fugly, that’s the problem.

  • WVU Tom | April 26, 2007 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”76503″][quote comment=”76492″]Nice job on the list, Tape.

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy Christ on a Cracker, are those hats horrid.[/quote]

    I’m failing to see the problem.[/quote]

    I think the second half hats are almost worse! What’s the deal with the white stipe? It doesn’t even strecth the entire length of the hat.

  • ACC (the Brain) | April 26, 2007 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”76396″]I’d not mind if the Eagles reverted permanently to those throwback uniforms. They look light years better than the current atrocities.[/quote]

    atrocities? Seems a bit harsh.

    The current Eagles uniforms are fine as is. No need to change them for the time being. The ones they had in late 80s, early 90s weren’t bad but also weren’t that memorable.

  • Sir Jock Strap | April 26, 2007 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”76474″][quote comment=”76463″][quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]

    This opens up a fun topic. The A’s are probably the most famous (dumping Black/Red for Green/Gold). If you go through the Dressed to the Nines website, there’s a lot of examples early in the century until teams got their iconography set.
    Hockey has three grreat examples of the top of my head:
    -The Toronto St. Patricks dumping Green/White and their name for Blue/White and becoming trhe Maple Leafs
    -Vancouver dumping Blue/Green for Black/Yellow/Red and the World’s Worst Uniform.
    -Pittsburgh trying to join the championship parade in Pittsburgh in 1980 by switching fron Light Blue to Black/Gold (too bad it took 11 years to work).[/quote]

    The Washington Capitals ditched their red/white/blue for black/bronze/blue. On June 22, though, they are unveiling their NEW uniforms, which will again be red/white/blue.[/quote]

    The British ditched red for olive drab.

    Why just this morning I ditched black for plaid.

  • Andy | April 26, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”76505″]
    I think the second half hats are almost worse! What’s the deal with the white stipe? It doesn’t even strecth the entire length of the hat.[/quote]

    And what’s the deal with the fabric pattern on the hat where the stripe is cut off? My vote is that it’s stupid. Same with the strange flame thing on the other hats.

  • Kyle O. | April 26, 2007 at 1:28 pm |

    Anyone know what the draft day hats will look like?

  • Andy from KC | April 26, 2007 at 1:29 pm |

    I hate Schilling AND the Red Sox, but this little urban legend about his “fake” injury (and some of the “supporting evidence”) is some of the best unintentional humor I’ve come across in a long time. Thanks, Mirabelli, I needed that.

    Also, I think the Eagles throwbacks are a good idea poorly executed. Love the colors, hate the shininess. (Shininess? Shinyness? Iridescence? Whatever.)

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 1:33 pm |

    I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..

  • Miggie Smalls | April 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”76511″]Anyone know what the draft day hats will look like?[/quote]

    Draft day hats = fugly

  • Matthew S. | April 26, 2007 at 1:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”76514″][quote comment=”76511″]Anyone know what the draft day hats will look like?[/quote]

    Draft day hats = fugly[/quote]

    I don’t know, as Draft Day hats go, they could’ve been a whole lot worse.

  • Adam | April 26, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”76476″]And now an exhibition game determines home field advantage in the World Series? Outrageous! (And I know this is the 5th year of the home field advantage thing, but I’ll compalin about it until they change it. My friends and family are thrilled!)[/quote]

    I’ve never really had a problem with this, because the old way (a rotation every yeat) was just as stupid. They SHOULD have it be the team with the better record, but MLB always claims that’s not possible.

  • Mets Fan in Chicago | April 26, 2007 at 1:45 pm |

    #80 by WVU Tom on 04.26.07 12:36 pm | Quote

    Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.

    Holy crap! How do these things get worse every year? I wouldn’t want to wear either one of these things. Who are the marketing geniuses that approve such designs?!?!? What’s wrong with a simple team logo on a solid colored cap?

    Plus, gang-bangers need new lids every couple years – 5000! ;-)

  • Philly Bill | April 26, 2007 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”76515″][quote comment=”76514″][quote comment=”76511″]Anyone know what the draft day hats will look like?[/quote]

    Draft day hats = fugly[/quote]

    I don’t know, as Draft Day hats go, they could’ve been a whole lot worse.[/quote]

    The bleeding (hahaha) of the cap color onto the contrasting-colored brim wildly flunks the “Is It Good Or Is It Stupid” test.

  • Perry | April 26, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.

    Does the NFL draft really need to be celebrated with a special cap that the players only wear on that day? It seems a bit silly to me. Of course, they have to have an “original” (i.e. tacky) design every year, just like with the sideline caps.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm |

    In general I hate when this forum turns into cap watch. I think we can all agree that New Era, Nike, Reebok, etc. can make some pretty hideous stuff. that being said, I think it would be hard to design these caps. People that wear caps come from all walks, from people like me that only wear what’s on an MLB field to rappers who wear a brand new 5950 every day. (I would love to see LL Cool J’s closet). So to appease everyone they make a ton of crap – I mean caps. It’s almost like “let’s throw it all against the wall and see what sticks”.

  • Minna H. | April 26, 2007 at 2:05 pm |

    I am on the side of the minority that does not like the Iggles’ throwback. Too shiny and too powdery blue.

    I am for the Iggles’ black unis as I love black and would like to see all teams with a black alternate (except for the Mets, of course).

    The bouncers at the club I went to Tuesday night were wearing scrawl caps. They were lucky the hats had 612 on them (Mpls area code) and not a team logo, or I would have had to do something about it.

    Mark in Shiga, thanks for clearing up the Chimay price confusion. Yes, that is a bit pricey.

  • ESS | April 26, 2007 at 2:16 pm |

    The Eagles having a throwback to the Frankford Yellowjackets is a bit misleading. The Eagles did not spring from the Yellowjackets, but were formed 2 years after the Yellowjackets folded. The Eagles’ original owners bought the actual franchise rights to the area and formed the Eagles, quite separately from the remains of the Yellowjackets.

    This website is an unbelievable resource for Philadelphia football history, much of which even this lifelong Eagles fan had been ignorant of.

    And Sweden on the Delaware is a perfect title, seeing as how there is a museum dedicated to the Swedes that settled this area 3 minutes from my office and almost directly across the street from the Eagles’ corporate offices.

  • Paul P. | April 26, 2007 at 2:19 pm |

    Check out the sock:
    http://www.boston.co...

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | April 26, 2007 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”76505″][quote comment=”76503″][quote comment=”76492″]Nice job on the list, Tape.

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy Christ on a Cracker, are those hats horrid.[/quote]

    I’m failing to see the problem.[/quote]

    I think the second half hats are almost worse! What’s the deal with the white stipe? It doesn’t even strecth the entire length of the hat.[/quote]

    I think the people who made the Steelers hats really missed the boat on the second season hats (which in my opinion look like shit compared to the sideline caps). The hats could’ve been black with a yellow stripe, looking like the helmet. Instead, you get a banana-yellow hat with a queer looking white stripe. I think the hats should mimic the helmet in some way. However, the draft day hats look ok.

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.

  • todd krevanchi | April 26, 2007 at 2:32 pm |

    speaking on this whole schilling sock thing…
    i think we need to send this guy and his crew on a road trip…
    http://eur.i1.yimg.c...

  • Brady | April 26, 2007 at 2:37 pm |

    Ya, I think that the Texas Rangers need to “ditch the blue,” like the Mets need to “ditch the black,” and make red their primary color again. The Rangers made the playoffs in 1999 with red, then introduced a blue alternate jersey in 2000, and haven’t been back to the playoffs.

  • Sir Jock Strap | April 26, 2007 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”76504″][quote comment=”76503″][quote comment=”76492″]Nice job on the list, Tape.

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy Christ on a Cracker, are those hats horrid.[/quote]

    I’m failing to see the problem.[/quote]

    They’re fugly, that’s the problem.[/quote]

    Speaking of hats, does anyone here remember the NFL hats from the 80’s that looked like helmets? I’m not talking foam with facemasks. I’m talking about the baseball hats that looked like the helmets … stripe down the middle, logos on the sides.

    I’m looking for a Raider one.

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”76540″]Ya, I think that the Texas Rangers need to “ditch the blue,” like the Mets need to “ditch the black,” and make red their primary color again. The Rangers made the playoffs in 1999 with red, then introduced a blue alternate jersey in 2000, and haven’t been back to the playoffs.[/quote]
    I still have my red cap with “T” from when they were red, it’s one of my favorites. I don’t mind blue, maybe if they cut down the percentage of use would help.

  • Metsfan AZ | April 26, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”76538″]speaking on this whole schilling sock thing…
    i think we need to send this guy and his crew on a road trip…
    http://eur.i1.yimg.c...
    Saw that one coming last week and still laughed. But with the price of gas and jet fuel shouldn’t they send this guy to Cooperstown, NY?

  • Perry | April 26, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.

  • Todd | April 26, 2007 at 2:43 pm |

    This hat looks like a painter was wearing it and he accidentally had some white paint fall on his head. Seriously. It would be a sweet hat without the white!

    http://www.fansedge....||||||1|||3_2:6_2:2_1003,3_2:9_2:10_5:11_115:12_3751|1|1|18||

  • Dan | April 26, 2007 at 2:44 pm |

    anyone else find it funny that all the NFL teams that have orange as a color are in alphabetical order? chicago, cincy, cleveland, and denver

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”76548″][quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.[/quote]
    I say Mariners/Blue-Black Jays, the Blue-Black Jays would kick there butts, but the Mariners would have a slight edge on better looking uni’s.

  • Sir Jock Strap | April 26, 2007 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”76543″][quote comment=”76504″][quote comment=”76503″][quote comment=”76492″]Nice job on the list, Tape.

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]

    Holy Christ on a Cracker, are those hats horrid.[/quote]

    I’m failing to see the problem.[/quote]

    They’re fugly, that’s the problem.[/quote]

    Speaking of hats, does anyone here remember the NFL hats from the 80’s that looked like helmets? I’m not talking foam with facemasks. I’m talking about the baseball hats that looked like the helmets … stripe down the middle, logos on the sides.

    I’m looking for a Raider one.[/quote]

    They kinda looked like this …

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

  • Big O | April 26, 2007 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”76553″]anyone else find it funny that all the NFL teams that have orange as a color are in alphabetical order? chicago, cincy, cleveland, and denver[/quote]

    OR Bears Bengels Broncos Browns

  • Big O | April 26, 2007 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”76557″][quote comment=”76553″]anyone else find it funny that all the NFL teams that have orange as a color are in alphabetical order? chicago, cincy, cleveland, and denver[/quote]

    OR Bears Bengels Broncos Browns[/quote]

    What about the Dolphins

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”76555″][quote comment=”76548″][quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.[/quote]
    I say Mariners/Blue-Black Jays, the Blue-Black Jays would kick there butts, but the Mariners would have a slight edge on better looking uni’s.[/quote]
    wait, void that, it’s 100% impossible, AL vs AL, will never happen, i’m droggy today, forgive me.

  • Billy | April 26, 2007 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”76555″][quote comment=”76548″][quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.[/quote]
    I say Mariners/Blue-Black Jays, the Blue-Black Jays would kick there butts, but the Mariners would have a slight edge on better looking uni’s.[/quote]

    That would be an interesting World Series matchup. Not sure the NL Champ would like it though!

  • Metsfan AZ | April 26, 2007 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”76548″][quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.[/quote]
    How about D’Baacks/Astros vs. Angels? There’s no difference b/w AZ and HOU.
    For best I would vote Cards vs A’s just on the off chance we get to see the green stirrups with the yellow sanis.

  • Jim | April 26, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?

    The “official” colors of the University of Colorado are silver and gold. Most of the time, they use black as the accent color, but for a good part of the 80s they used sky blue.

    It looked fine on their teams, but not so much on the marching band. 200+ kids in sky-blue western-style jackets with yellow fringe….it was like a bizarre Porter Wagoner cult.

  • todd krevanchi | April 26, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”76547″][quote comment=”76538″]speaking on this whole schilling sock thing…
    i think we need to send this guy and his crew on a road trip…
    http://eur.i1.yimg.c...
    Saw that one coming last week and still laughed. But with the price of gas and jet fuel shouldn’t they send this guy to Cooperstown, NY?[/quote]

    grissom is the man…
    and willows? well, she has no idea how good a time we’d have together…

  • Metsfan AZ | April 26, 2007 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”76564″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?

    The “official” colors of the University of Colorado are silver and gold. Most of the time, they use black as the accent color, but for a good part of the 80s they used sky blue.

    It looked fine on their teams, but not so much on the marching band. 200+ kids in sky-blue western-style jackets with yellow fringe….it was like a bizarre Porter Wagoner cult.[/quote]
    I think I saw a game where the band hadn’t gotten their black and gold stuff but the f’ball team had. A “someone didn’t get the memo” moment.

  • Chad G | April 26, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”76563″][quote comment=”76548″][quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.[/quote]
    How about D’Baacks/Astros vs. Angels? There’s no difference b/w AZ and HOU.
    For best I would vote Cards vs A’s just on the off chance we get to see the green stirrups with the yellow sanis.[/quote]

    You know, I’ve always considered the A’s and the Cards the same uniform wise, just in different leagues. They are the only teams that go no piping, pin stripes or sleeve cuffs on both (home/away) unis. It’s either all white or all grey. The dodgers home is all white, but there’s piping on the road. The yanks have no piping or pins on the road, but they still have those ’70’s sleeve cuffs.

  • TX Ken | April 26, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    It doesn’t take a Medical student to tell you (but I will anyway), that blood often dries into a brown color caused by breakdown of the hemoglobin into bilirubin. If you’ve seen pictures of the sock since the game, it is clearly a brown stain.

    This whole thing is so stupid.

    But there is one good thing about the controversy,…. endless shots of Schilling’s STIRRUPS. Yay!

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 3:04 pm |

    ok, so the All Star jerseys are just for BP and not for the game, it would be cool if they designed all star ball caps, base the colors of the home team holding the all star game, and the visiting league could have the previous World Series winners colors.
    Like this year, make the NL ball cap Giants colors, a simple NL backed up by a star, and the AL would have Cardinal colors, a simple AL backed up by a star. Then the all star game would actually have a little more meaning. The winner of the World Series would get recognition even at the all star game.

  • Chad G | April 26, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”76570″]ok, so the All Star jerseys are just for BP and not for the game, it would be cool if they designed all star ball caps, base the colors of the home team holding the all star game, and the visiting league could have the previous World Series winners colors.
    Like this year, make the NL ball cap Giants colors, a simple NL backed up by a star, and the AL would have Cardinal colors, a simple AL backed up by a star. Then the all star game would actually have a little more meaning. The winner of the World Series would get recognition even at the all star game.[/quote]

    If I were a fan of an AL team, I wouldn’t want my guys wearing a hat based on an NL team.

  • Matthew S. | April 26, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”76540″]Ya, I think that the Texas Rangers need to “ditch the blue,” like the Mets need to “ditch the black,” and make red their primary color again. The Rangers made the playoffs in 1999 with red, then introduced a blue alternate jersey in 2000, and haven’t been back to the playoffs.[/quote]

    That’s got more to do with the fact that they haven’t had a credible pitcher since 1999 either…I actually like the blue, I just feel it’s overused (anyone else remember the blue on blue game the Rangers had with the Royals last year? That game was just baffling to watch).

  • Metsfan AZ | April 26, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”76570″]ok, so the All Star jerseys are just for BP and not for the game, it would be cool if they designed all star ball caps, base the colors of the home team holding the all star game, and the visiting league could have the previous World Series winners colors.
    Like this year, make the NL ball cap Giants colors, a simple NL backed up by a star, and the AL would have Cardinal colors, a simple AL backed up by a star. Then the all star game would actually have a little more meaning. The winner of the World Series would get recognition even at the all star game.[/quote]
    I think you’re still droggy.

  • Big O | April 26, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    I think the way they do it now is fine. Having the host teams colors making up both the NL and AL BP jerseys.

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”76572″][quote comment=”76570″]ok, so the All Star jerseys are just for BP and not for the game, it would be cool if they designed all star ball caps, base the colors of the home team holding the all star game, and the visiting league could have the previous World Series winners colors.
    Like this year, make the NL ball cap Giants colors, a simple NL backed up by a star, and the AL would have Cardinal colors, a simple AL backed up by a star. Then the all star game would actually have a little more meaning. The winner of the World Series would get recognition even at the all star game.[/quote]

    If I were a fan of an AL team, I wouldn’t want my guys wearing a hat based on an NL team.[/quote]
    I understand that, but it would be a shot in the face to the losing league, imagine a teams feeling seeing the opposition wearing your colors cause your team took the championship.

  • Jeremy | April 26, 2007 at 3:14 pm |

    It doesn’t matter if it was blood, paint, ketchup, dirt or whatever. The fact is that Schilling is an egotistical, can’t shut his mouth idiot.

  • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2007 at 3:15 pm |

    Today’s ESPN column is finally up.

  • Perry | April 26, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”76570″]ok, so the All Star jerseys are just for BP and not for the game, it would be cool if they designed all star ball caps, base the colors of the home team holding the all star game, and the visiting league could have the previous World Series winners colors.
    Like this year, make the NL ball cap Giants colors, a simple NL backed up by a star, and the AL would have Cardinal colors, a simple AL backed up by a star. Then the all star game would actually have a little more meaning. The winner of the World Series would get recognition even at the all star game.[/quote]

    I would rather not perpetuate the trend of creating a special jersey & cap for every event. It doesn’t help that these are usually tacky designs, either. I may be in the minority, but I’ve had enough of alt/St. Patrick’s day/spring training/BP/All-Star BP/etc. designs. Simplicity is still good. I know these are intended to generate merchandise sales, but do significant numbers of people really buy all-star BP jerseys?

  • Chris | April 26, 2007 at 3:22 pm |

    The Eagles patch isn’t that bad. Remember, the No Fun League offices have to approve EVERY SINGLE THING the team does on the jerseys, including the patch and throwbacks.

  • Christopher | April 26, 2007 at 3:32 pm |

    Excellent article as always, Paul

    I wonder… did Heinze with his 57 get any kickbacks or sponsorship from the company?

    And if so, or just in general anyway, is that against the rules for someone to choose a number for a sponsorship?

    Like, if Baskin Robbins gave a high-profile player money to wear 31, etc.

    Sort-of like the White Sox this year changing the starting times of their games to 7:11 for the company 7/11.

  • Nick Maibroda | April 26, 2007 at 3:34 pm |

    Noticed something last night when the Black Jays game got rained out I was able watch the Red Sox and Orioles play. I noticed Paul Bako was wearing an older style chest protector, Rawlings model if my memory serves. It was just nice to see a catcher sporting something other than a flashy, bulkier, and probably less protective chest protector. Anyone got a pic, I couldn’t find one.

  • Joey Guns | April 26, 2007 at 3:52 pm |

    Paul, great Page 2 article.

    You have a typo on #54 though. It’s Tedy Bruschi, not Tedi.

    http://www.nfl.com/p...

  • Mark in Shiga | April 26, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    Paul, great column as always, but where is Koji Okumura, number 151!? ^_^;

  • DA STUBZ | April 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”76432″][quote comment=”76386″]if the bloody sock was just paint it will ruin everything I’ve ever believed in.[/quote]

    … and it will reinforce everything that I have believed in. I have never believed it was blood. It stayed the same color, and the spot never grew.[/quote]
    The spot never grew, eh? Compare Stage 1, to Stage 2, to Stage 3.

  • Teebz | April 26, 2007 at 4:02 pm |

    The comment about Mario Lemieux wearing #66 in honour of Gretzky’s #99 is wrong.

    Lemieux has never publicly stated it, and he hated the comparisons to Gretzky.

    “Lemieux began wearing No. 66 during his early junior days. Whether he flipped Gretzky’s number on its head as an homage or in defiance is unclear. But it would set in motion a career’s worth of comparisons that Lemieux would spend much of his time discouraging.”

    That portion of the article found here is about 3/4 of the way down.

  • DA STUBZ | April 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”76591″][quote comment=”76432″][quote comment=”76386″]if the bloody sock was just paint it will ruin everything I’ve ever believed in.[/quote]

    … and it will reinforce everything that I have believed in. I have never believed it was blood. It stayed the same color, and the spot never grew.[/quote]
    The spot never grew, eh? Compare Stage 1, to Stage 2, to Stage 3.[/quote]
    Sorry for the doube post, but I realized that the inscription on the side of the cleat isn’t in the second and third pictures. Why is that?
    Also, what does the inscription mean?

  • diz | April 26, 2007 at 4:10 pm |

    Some association football related colour scheme shifts:

    Northern Ireland went from Blue and White to Green and White at some stage before World War II, primarily to avoid a clash of colours with Scotland in the Home Nations Championship. In the late 90s they adopted a Green and Navy quartered home strip (with White and Red away version,) and they currently have Green and White home colours, with a Blue, White and Black away.

    Austria started out with Germanic White shirts and Black shorts, with a Red and White flag-inspired away; they reversed this only in this century, iirc.

    Juventus famously went from Pink and Black to the familiar Notts County stripes in 1903, occasionally using pink as an away colour.

    Leeds United originally wore yellow and blue (town colours)… manager Don Revie changed them to all white in the early sixties to emulate Real Madrid. European Trophies won by Real Madrid: 12, European Trophies won by Leeds: 2

    Dundee United originally played in White and Black, until they ditched the White(!) for Tangerine in the late sixties.

    Aberdeen were formed in 1903 wearing the black and gold (but not being anywhere near Pittsburgh) before taking up an all red effort in 1939, crucially before Liverpool had a similar idea.

    Yeah, that’s all I can remember off the top of my head for now…

  • DA STUBZ | April 26, 2007 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]
    We should really worry when hat designs like this are introduced to MLB teams. Why can’t they keep it professional by sticking with a simple solid color or two-tone hat like those of MLB? The first set reminds me of the hats on the Chiba Lotte Marines. Which, according to the last issue of SI, were designed by Bobby Valentine.

  • BCrisp | April 26, 2007 at 4:17 pm |

    I completely forgot about Paul’s number article, and did not send in two numbers that are worn as tribute: Lance Berkman wears #17 and is a switch hitter because his dad’s favorite player was Mickey Mantle. Unfortunatly, #7 was already taken by another Hall of Famer, Craig Biggio.
    The other number is #12 which holds special meaning for Texas A&M. 12th Man
    A little late I guess.

  • Dan | April 26, 2007 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”76423″][quote comment=”76420″]Hold on a second! Those Redskins jerseys were throwbacks? I always though that they were used as a way for Steve Spurrier to honor his Florida State heritage…. sans the victories.[/quote]

    umm… Spurrier went to Florida, and coached at Florida, not FSU.[/quote]

    I read somewhere that the Skins would wear the white version of that Throwback uniform this year in a couple games, to commemorate their 75th season.

    I liked those throwbacks…despite the Seminole-esque helmet. Some teams…the old-school throwback looks better (Giants, Jets, Skins, Bears, Packers) than a new, modern/sleek redesign.

  • stuby | April 26, 2007 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”76593″][quote comment=”76591″][quote comment=”76432″][quote comment=”76386″]if the bloody sock was just paint it will ruin everything I’ve ever believed in.[/quote]

    … and it will reinforce everything that I have believed in. I have never believed it was blood. It stayed the same color, and the spot never grew.[/quote]
    The spot never grew, eh? Compare Stage 1, to Stage 2, to Stage 3.[/quote]
    Sorry for the doube post, but I realized that the inscription on the side of the cleat isn’t in the second and third pictures. Why is that?
    Also, what does the inscription mean?[/quote]
    Stands for Strike-out or ‘K’ ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease)

  • Perry | April 26, 2007 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”76599″][quote comment=”76473″]Seeing the new hats in the Eagles pictures sent me looking for this season’s sideline hats. Sadly, I found them.

    Although the second half hats aren’t as bad.[/quote]
    We should really worry when hat designs like this are introduced to MLB teams. Why can’t they keep it professional by sticking with a simple solid color or two-tone hat like those of MLB? The first set reminds me of the hats on the Chiba Lotte Marines. Which, according to the last issue of SI, were designed by Bobby Valentine.[/quote]

    If the new BP caps with their ridiculous contrasting color “gussets” and piping are successful, I wonder if we will eventually see such styling features on “game” caps. I hope not, but I suspect some teams would like to have a new design every year to try to increase cap sales.

  • Lockbull | April 26, 2007 at 4:40 pm |

    I liked those throwbacks…despite the Seminole-esque helmet. Some teams…the old-school throwback looks better (Giants, Jets, Skins, Bears, Packers) than a new, modern/sleek redesign.

    Classic “Chicken or the Egg” question. ‘Skins wore the spear from 1965-1969 and the ‘Noles started wearing ’em in 1976. I’ll try to find a quote where Bobby Bowden says he dug the ‘Skins helmets and wanted something like them at FSU.

  • Matt B | April 26, 2007 at 4:45 pm |

    We need a GM to assign
    0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 44
    or
    2, 7, 1, 82, 8, 18, 28, 4, 5
    or
    2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23
    or
    3, 1, 4, 15, 9, 2, 6, 5, 35

    no doubt IM teams at universities have done this already…

  • Michael Emody | April 26, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    As for uniform color changes, we all remember the White Sox ditching navy blue in 71 for red.

  • BurghFan | April 26, 2007 at 4:52 pm |

    I was at last night’s Cavaliers-wizards game and was once again impressed by the way the adidas stripes on the “fluke” on the back of the NBA warmup jackets give it the look of a sports bra.

  • Timmy D | April 26, 2007 at 4:54 pm |

    Rookie of the Year is on (1993) and everyone is wearing impeccable stirrups…even though its a story about the Cubs (Go Sox) I like the window into the recent past and see that it has not been that long since they actually wore stirrups. Plus Janitor from Scrubs plays first base for the Cubs.

  • Kerry | April 26, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”76518″][quote comment=”76515″][quote comment=”76514″][quote comment=”76511″]Anyone know what the draft day hats will look like?[/quote]

    Draft day hats = fugly[/quote]

    I don’t know, as Draft Day hats go, they could’ve been a whole lot worse.[/quote]

    The bleeding (hahaha) of the cap color onto the contrasting-colored brim wildly flunks the “Is It Good Or Is It Stupid” test.[/quote]
    If they would have kept the bill one color…it would look fine!

  • warren thompson | April 26, 2007 at 5:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”76506″][quote comment=”76396″]I’d not mind if the Eagles reverted permanently to those throwback uniforms. They look light years better than the current atrocities.[/quote]

    atrocities? Seems a bit harsh.

    The current Eagles uniforms are fine as is. No need to change them for the time being. The ones they had in late 80s, early 90s weren’t bad but also weren’t that memorable.[/quote]

    Not to worry. One person’s “atrocity” can easily be another’s “thing of beauty.”

    De gustibus non disputandum est. :)

  • Leo | April 26, 2007 at 5:08 pm |

    I liked those throwbacks…despite the Seminole-esque helmet. Some teams…the old-school throwback looks better (Giants, Jets, Skins, Bears, Packers) than a new, modern/sleek redesign.

    Classic “Chicken or the Egg” question. ‘Skins wore the spear from 1965-1969 and the ‘Noles started wearing ‘em in 1976. I’ll try to find a quote where Bobby Bowden says he dug the ‘Skins helmets and wanted something like them at FSU.

    That’s some great historical info. I had no idea that the Redskins were the basis for the ‘Noles design. Go Uni Watch!

  • Leo | April 26, 2007 at 5:10 pm |

    Anyone know what the draft day hats will look like?

    Draft day hats = fugly

    I don’t know, as Draft Day hats go, they could’ve been a whole lot worse.

    The bleeding (hahaha) of the cap color onto the contrasting-colored brim wildly flunks the “Is It Good Or Is It Stupid” test.

    If they would have kept the bill one color…it would look fine!

    My biggest problem with these hats (which is saying something because I can’t stand the colors, the names and that stupid little spill that goes onto the brim) is that the Draft Day hats are mostly mesh. They come off to me as some nasty 1980’s fishing hats, not as something that should be used in the NFL in 2007.

  • Elliott Pollack | April 26, 2007 at 5:14 pm |

    new Uni Watch logo on Page 2?

  • Ian K | April 26, 2007 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”76624″]new Uni Watch logo on Page 2?[/quote]

    Read yesterday’s comments – #36. I like the new logo, but the gray border could be omitted. That’s more a web design tweak than a graphic design tweak.

  • Kerry | April 26, 2007 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”76543″]Speaking of hats, does anyone here remember the NFL hats from the 80’s that looked like helmets? I’m not talking foam with facemasks. I’m talking about the baseball hats that looked like the helmets … stripe down the middle, logos on the sides.

    I’m looking for a Raider one.[/quote]
    I don’t remember ever seeing NFL ones down here in south Louisiana, but I do own THIS ONE.

  • Dwight | April 26, 2007 at 5:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”76606″][quote comment=”76593″][quote comment=”76591″][quote comment=”76432″][quote comment=”76386″]if the bloody sock was just paint it will ruin everything I’ve ever believed in.[/quote]

    … and it will reinforce everything that I have believed in. I have never believed it was blood. It stayed the same color, and the spot never grew.[/quote]
    The spot never grew, eh? Compare Stage 1, to Stage 2, to Stage 3.[/quote]
    Sorry for the doube post, but I realized that the inscription on the side of the cleat isn’t in the second and third pictures. Why is that?
    Also, what does the inscription mean?[/quote]
    Stands for Strike-out or ‘K’ ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease)[/quote]

    Schilling did not have the “KALS” in the ALCS, the first pic is from the WS vs. STL.

  • Kerry | April 26, 2007 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”76604″]I liked those throwbacks…despite the Seminole-esque helmet. Some teams…the old-school throwback looks better (Giants, Jets, Skins, Bears, Packers) than a new, modern/sleek redesign.[/quote]
    I don’t think many of you realize that the helmet Florida State wears now was first worn in 1976….7 FULL SEASONS AFTER the Redskins STOPPED wearing them. So, truly, FSU wears Redskin-esque helmets.

    Before 1976, FSU had at least 5 other designs which are pretty forgetable…take a look at THE HELMET PROJECT.

  • Philly Bill | April 26, 2007 at 5:31 pm |

    First, I thoroughly enjoyed the ESPN column. Big ups, Paul!

    [quote comment=”76627″][quote comment=”76606″][quote comment=”76593″][quote comment=”76591″][quote comment=”76432″][quote comment=”76386″]if the bloody sock was just paint it will ruin everything I’ve ever believed in.[/quote]

    … and it will reinforce everything that I have believed in. I have never believed it was blood. It stayed the same color, and the spot never grew.[/quote]
    The spot never grew, eh? Compare Stage 1, to Stage 2, to Stage 3.[/quote]
    Sorry for the doube post, but I realized that the inscription on the side of the cleat isn’t in the second and third pictures. Why is that?
    Also, what does the inscription mean?[/quote]
    Stands for Strike-out or ‘K’ ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease)[/quote]

    Schilling did not have the “KALS” in the ALCS, the first pic is from the WS vs. STL.[/quote]

    I’m really shocked that, 167 posts into this mess, no one has mentioned the preposterous amount of advertising Reebok has received from this three-year imbroglio. Is there a baseball fan in America who doesn’t know offhand what kind of spikes Schill wears?

  • CollinJ | April 26, 2007 at 5:33 pm |

    Paul, thanks for the love for my former Portsmouth, Ohioan Al Oliver. There is a mural on the floodwall for Al, but I can’t find a picture of it anywhere. Its got a great picture of his old pirates uni as well as a number of older baseball uniforms.

  • BobA | April 26, 2007 at 5:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”76543″]
    Speaking of hats, does anyone here remember the NFL hats from the 80’s that looked like helmets? I’m not talking foam with facemasks. I’m talking about the baseball hats that looked like the helmets … stripe down the middle, logos on the sides.

    I’m looking for a Raider one.[/quote]

    I remember having a Baltimore Colts one. I know it had to be early 80s because a) I tossed every bit of Colts gear the day the Mayflower van pulled out and 2) I got married in ’83 and there is no way my wife would have let me keep anything like that. ;-)

  • Perry | April 26, 2007 at 5:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”76471″][quote comment=”76434″]The Eagles throwback brings up a question: How many other teams have entirely ditched a colour-scheme to go in a new direction?[/quote]

    The White Sox have a few times. Traditionally, they were mostly dark blue and white, then they went red for a while in the 70s, then back to blue, then red, blue and white through most of the 80s before going to the current black, silver and white look in 1991.[/quote]

    The D-backs did it this year. The Astros a few years ago. Going back a few years, the Phillies went from all blue in the mid 40s to a red-blue combo then to all red. I believe the Giants used to wear blue in the 40s as well before moving to the black/orange they’ve worn since. The As changed from red/blue to green/gold in the early 60s.

  • Perry | April 26, 2007 at 5:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”76555″][quote comment=”76548″][quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.[/quote]
    I say Mariners/Blue-Black Jays, the Blue-Black Jays would kick there butts, but the Mariners would have a slight edge on better looking uni’s.[/quote]

    If you’re waiting for that WS matchup, it’s going to be a long wait, considering they’re in the same league! :-)

  • Johnny K | April 26, 2007 at 6:14 pm |

    First off, I’ve always been a fan of the reason people wore their numbers, mainly because I always tried to wear 4 (I’m the John the fourth) or 00 (Baseball players just don’t wear #00), so it a great article. Nice job of bringing all those great anecdotes to one place.
    The Eagles jerseys, in my opinion, need to lose the shininess, otherwise they look sweet. That may be the only Lions game I’ll watch this year.
    Lastly, Schilling has no say in what the media says about his sock. The media as we all know will exploit any angle it can to garner interest. It’s not Schill’s fault the media made such a big story out of it. As for Curt’s personality, I think it’s refreshing to see an athlete get involved in something other than self-promotion. The guy is involved with numerous charities, including K ALS, he’s involved politically, and he seems to take the time to research what he gets involved in, unlike most athletes who look at getting involved in something as “good PR.”
    Once again, phenomnal article over on ESPN, Paul. Keep up the great work.

    Johnny K IV

  • Mike Engle | April 26, 2007 at 6:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”76639″]First off, I’ve always been a fan of the reason people wore their numbers, mainly because I always tried to wear 4 (I’m the John the fourth) or 00 (Baseball players just don’t wear #00), so it a great article. Nice job of bringing all those great anecdotes to one place.
    The Eagles jerseys, in my opinion, need to lose the shininess, otherwise they look sweet. That may be the only Lions game I’ll watch this year.
    Lastly, Schilling has no say in what the media says about his sock. The media as we all know will exploit any angle it can to garner interest. It’s not Schill’s fault the media made such a big story out of it. As for Curt’s personality, I think it’s refreshing to see an athlete get involved in something other than self-promotion. The guy is involved with numerous charities, including K ALS, he’s involved politically, and he seems to take the time to research what he gets involved in, unlike most athletes who look at getting involved in something as “good PR.”
    Once again, phenomnal article over on ESPN, Paul. Keep up the great work.

    Johnny K IV[/quote]
    Random thought about numbers: suppose Acie Law IV (the dude from Texas A&M) were to go to an NBA team. #1) do they let his nameplate read LAW IV? If no, #2) how sweet would it be for him to wear #4 as opposed to his college #1 (or any other number)? There hasn’t been such an obvious player/number fit since that May 17 guy.

  • Andy from KC | April 26, 2007 at 6:32 pm |

    Awesome ESPN column today. That really turned out to be a fascinating list.

    I knew about John Buck’s reason for wearing #14, but not before the Royals had already had John Buck Jersey Night featuring his #2 jersey. At any given Royals game you’ll still see several of those obsolete “BUCK 2” jerseys.

    Also, I couldn’t find any pictures of Junior Ortiz wearing #0, but I distinctly remember him switching to it in 1991 or so. I thought it had something to do with his last initial, but I also recall Ortiz being quoted as saying “anytime you want to do something, what do you do? You dial O.” I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so lonely on Friday night that I’ve called the operator, but whatever. That stuck in my mind for some reason.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | April 26, 2007 at 6:42 pm |

    a pitcher in the local mens baseball league is named (believe it or not) tim buck. his jersey number? you guessed it. 2

  • Andy from KC | April 26, 2007 at 6:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”76651″]a pitcher in the local mens baseball league is named (believe it or not) tim buck. his jersey number? you guessed it. 2[/quote]

    LOL … tell him to check eBay. :)

  • Chris | April 26, 2007 at 6:51 pm |

    Nashville Predator Jordin Tootoo wears 22 for obvious reasons

    http://www.nashville...

  • Bob | April 26, 2007 at 7:09 pm |

    The story on Griffey’s number in today’s column is not entirely accurate. When he joined the Reds, he wanted to wear 24 but it had been retired (for Tony Perez) by the Reds and Tony would not allow it to be un-retired so Griffey could wear it. The number 30 was his second choice.

  • Johnny O | April 26, 2007 at 7:16 pm |

    Rumor out of Green Bay is that the Pack have offered to give up their 1st and 4th round picks to Kansas City for Larry Johnson. That would be weird to see LJ in Green and Gold… but really good at the same time for us Packer fans!

  • chris m | April 26, 2007 at 7:35 pm |

    1) Why does a uni based column have a pennant as a logo? Sorry, I don’t catch most of the coments

    2) Those Redskins throwbacks are SHARP.

  • Leo | April 26, 2007 at 7:37 pm |

    While were on the why people wear a certain number, the Yankees broadcast just said that Phillip Hughes is wearing #65 because he wanted a number that ends in 5 and it was the first one available.

  • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2007 at 7:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”76662″]1) Why does a uni based column have a pennant as a logo?[/quote]

    The design started as a clothing label/tag. After being vetted on its way up the corporate ladder, it underwent an evolution into a pennant.

    I know, I know….

  • Mike Engle | April 26, 2007 at 7:46 pm |

    That is a nice throwback Eagles hat at the top of the page. Is that a real design or is it just wishful thinking? I am skeptical about it because it is too straight-forward, not fussy enough, and the Reebok vector is monochrome, making for logo camouflage, as opposed to logo creep. (Wow, I really am a pessimist, aren’t I?)

  • Mike Engle | April 26, 2007 at 7:51 pm |

    Oh PS re: the numbers article: great to see some of my suggestions get in. I know they’re mine because they sound like what I sent Mr. Lukas in an email. (I submitted Mike Ricci #40, #92, and #98 at the very least.) Thanks, Mr. Lukas! Anyway, I thought Barry Zito picked #75 because he thought it made a “neat shelf” for his last name.
    And by the way, a bonus number could have been 100. I do not recall the link or the player’s name, but had a photo gallery of the best NCAA football players by number. For the centennial, one player got to wear 100.

  • Krycek | April 26, 2007 at 8:04 pm |

    Anyone catch that Troy Glaus was wearing a different Toronto hat then the rest of the team for tonights game?

  • Dean | April 26, 2007 at 8:21 pm |

    Just watching New York Dallas MLS game, and #20 for New York last name does not fit on the back of his jersey, the K (first letter) is on the back of his left sleeve, and the O (last letter) is on the back of his right sleeve.

  • Dean | April 26, 2007 at 8:24 pm |

    He’s #21 not 20 Dema Kovalenko.

  • schuby | April 26, 2007 at 9:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”76610″]We need a GM to assign
    0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 44
    or
    2, 7, 1, 82, 8, 18, 28, 4, 5
    or
    2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23
    or
    3, 1, 4, 15, 9, 2, 6, 5, 35

    no doubt IM teams at universities have done this already…[/quote]

    Wait…. What?

    And I’ve been gone the past few days, so what are these All-Star BP jerseys?

  • Nick | April 26, 2007 at 9:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]
    [quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Did you really think that the Yankees wore black? I can’t believe what I’m reading.

  • Andy from KC | April 26, 2007 at 9:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”76659″]Rumor out of Green Bay is that the Pack have offered to give up their 1st and 4th round picks to Kansas City for Larry Johnson. That would be weird to see LJ in Green and Gold… but really good at the same time for us Packer fans![/quote]

    Don’t go shopping for that LJ Packers jersey just yet.

  • Dustin | April 26, 2007 at 9:52 pm |

    I liked the Eagles throwbacks from the 75th Anniversary in 1994. They wore the ’60 championship unis. Nice and Clean:

    http://www.philadelp...

  • Natron | April 26, 2007 at 10:04 pm |

    Looks like the Twins bench coach, Steve Liddle, was wearing a cap with another poorly placed flag for some reason today. The players had no flags.

  • Kevin Z | April 26, 2007 at 10:47 pm |

    Paul is going to have a field day tomorrow with this Lakers-Suns game.

  • BCrisp | April 26, 2007 at 10:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”76695″]Paul is going to have a field day tomorrow with this Lakers-Suns game.[/quote]
    One time I wish I didn’t have HD.

  • Minna H. | April 26, 2007 at 10:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”76692″]Looks like the Twins bench coach, Steve Liddle, was wearing a cap with another poorly placed flag for some reason today. The players had no flags.[/quote]

    Natron! Good to see ya. Maybe it’s a left over from…uh…maybe it’s a lead-up to Memorial Day?

    Man, that’s sad.

    Philly Bill, I had no clue what cleats the Shillster wore until you mentioned it because I have less than one (can’t have less than zero) interest in cleats, and I’m a baseball fan.

  • Jim | April 26, 2007 at 11:08 pm |

    Also, did you happen to notice that the new Argentine midfielder for the Wizards, Carlos Marinelli was either wearing his shorts backwards, or his number 10 was printed on the rear of the shorts by mistake.

    I went back and looked at the video highlights, and the number must have been put on the back of the shorts by mistake. The Wizards’ crest is on the front of the right thigh of Maranelli’s shorts, which is where it should be. In fact, if you look at the game photos on this page you can see Maranelli with the number in the right place and the wrong place.

    It rained hard during the first half of the game. I wonder if he wanted to change at halftime, the staff couldn’t find another set of #10 shorts, and screwed up the heat transfer while trying to get something together in a hurry.

  • Jim | April 26, 2007 at 11:10 pm |

    Argh, screwed up the link. Copy and paste for the KC Wizards-Toronto FC game photos:

    http://www.ibiblio.o...

  • schuby | April 26, 2007 at 11:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”76696″][quote comment=”76695″]Paul is going to have a field day tomorrow with this Lakers-Suns game.[/quote]
    One time I wish I didn’t have HD.[/quote]

    Wow……

  • Broker75 | April 26, 2007 at 11:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”76637″][quote comment=”76555″][quote comment=”76548″][quote comment=”76535″][quote comment=”76522″][quote comment=”76513″]I’m just gonna throw this out here, but my dream World Series would be Yankees-Giants, these teams have my favorite looking uni’s in MLB to me, maybe because I follow them closely, but they share the same concept when it comes to uniforms, both home jerseys have no names on them, they each only have two [home/road] uni’s, basic colors, and original black colors..these teams just look proper in black. They haven’t switched every 3 years like some teams to keep up with gangsta-playa stuff. Also, after what Bonds said about A-Rod, my guess would be the whole baseball world would love to watch, and make for some sweet uni-watching.
    Yes I’m biased, cause I love these teams..[/quote]

    The Yankees actually wear navy blue, not black.[/quote]
    thanks for the kick in the nuts, but it still would make for an interesting World Series.[/quote]

    Nothing personal…it does often look like black on TV.
    So what would be the worst WS (uni-wise)? I would vote for an unlikely Rockies-Blue/Black Jays matchup.[/quote]
    I say Mariners/Blue-Black Jays, the Blue-Black Jays would kick there butts, but the Mariners would have a slight edge on better looking uni’s.[/quote]

    If you’re waiting for that WS matchup, it’s going to be a long wait, considering they’re in the same league! :-)[/quote]
    check comment # 123-like 5 hours ago.

  • junkland | April 26, 2007 at 11:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”76681″][quote comment=”76610″]We need a GM to assign
    0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 44
    or
    2, 7, 1, 82, 8, 18, 28, 4, 5
    or
    2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23
    or
    3, 1, 4, 15, 9, 2, 6, 5, 35

    no doubt IM teams at universities have done this already…[/quote]

    Wait…. What?

    And I’ve been gone the past few days, so what are these All-Star BP jerseys?[/quote]

    Even though I’m a history teacher, I can figure that the last sequence is pi, the second to last is prime numbers, and the first 2 sequences are for math majors and/or teachers.

  • GoTerriers | April 26, 2007 at 11:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”76721″][quote comment=”76681″][quote comment=”76610″]We need a GM to assign
    0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 44
    or
    2, 7, 1, 82, 8, 18, 28, 4, 5
    or
    2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23
    or
    3, 1, 4, 15, 9, 2, 6, 5, 35

    no doubt IM teams at universities have done this already…[/quote]

    Wait…. What?

    And I’ve been gone the past few days, so what are these All-Star BP jerseys?[/quote]

    Even though I’m a history teacher, I can figure that the last sequence is pi, the second to last is prime numbers, and the first 2 sequences are for math majors and/or teachers.[/quote]

    First sequence is the Fibonacci Sequence where each number is the sum of the previous 2. No clue about the second sequence.

  • Adam | April 26, 2007 at 11:56 pm |

    1+2=3
    2+3=5
    3+5=8
    5+8=13
    8+13=21
    13+21=34 (not 44)
    21+34=55

    I have zero interest in math, but that pattern struck me. Also {2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23} are all prime numbers.

  • RHDII | April 27, 2007 at 12:00 am |

    [quote comment=”76695″]Paul is going to have a field day tomorrow with this Lakers-Suns game.[/quote]

    My wife says it looks like a Skittles package exploded.

  • Nick | April 27, 2007 at 12:16 am |

    [quote comment=”76721″][quote comment=”76681″][quote comment=”76610″]We need a GM to assign
    0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 44
    or
    2, 7, 1, 82, 8, 18, 28, 4, 5
    or
    2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23
    or
    3, 1, 4, 15, 9, 2, 6, 5, 35

    no doubt IM teams at universities have done this already…[/quote]

    Wait…. What?

    And I’ve been gone the past few days, so what are these All-Star BP jerseys?[/quote]

    Even though I’m a history teacher, I can figure that the last sequence is pi, the second to last is prime numbers, and the first 2 sequences are for math majors and/or teachers.[/quote]

    The second sequence is Euler’s number, usually represented as the mathematical constant e. It is approximately equal to 2.7182818284

  • JA | April 27, 2007 at 1:16 am |

    [quote comment=”76674″]Just watching New York Dallas MLS game, and #20 for New York last name does not fit on the back of his jersey, the K (first letter) is on the back of his left sleeve, and the O (last letter) is on the back of his right sleeve.[/quote]
    Several NYRB players have very odd configurations on the back of their jerseys, both home and away as I’ve suffered through 2 defeats of my FC Dallas team.

    Anyway, too late for the column, but #60 Jeff Parke apparently wears 60 because he was the 60th and final pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. I thought that was pretty creative.

    And totally not uni-related but I cannot STAND Eric Wynalda. Tommy Smythis excellent but Wynalda will not shut up and let him talk. Just my opinion.

  • TD | April 27, 2007 at 2:04 am |

    [quote comment=”76709″][quote comment=”76696″][quote comment=”76695″]Paul is going to have a field day tomorrow with this Lakers-Suns game.[/quote]
    One time I wish I didn’t have HD.[/quote]

    Wow……[/quote]

    Looked like a fight in an ice cream truck. Go Creamsicles!

  • tony payne | April 27, 2007 at 3:12 am |

    [quote comment=”76736″][quote comment=”76674″]Just watching New York Dallas MLS game, and #20 for New York last name does not fit on the back of his jersey, the K (first letter) is on the back of his left sleeve, and the O (last letter) is on the back of his right sleeve.[/quote]
    Several NYRB players have very odd configurations on the back of their jerseys, both home and away as I’ve suffered through 2 defeats of my FC Dallas team.

    Anyway, too late for the column, but #60 Jeff Parke apparently wears 60 because he was the 60th and final pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. I thought that was pretty creative.

    And totally not uni-related but I cannot STAND Eric Wynalda. Tommy Smythis excellent but Wynalda will not shut up and let him talk. Just my opinion.[/quote]

    ah that was a sad day for us hoops fans eh?
    dont worry.
    we’ve got the revs comin up on sunday we’ll crush them fools
    cooper needs to stop being such a fkin wussy and SHOOT

  • Brandon | April 27, 2007 at 3:17 am |

    Paul, your Page 2 column has been posted on Fark.com, kinda weird a convergence of my 2 favorite websites

    insomnia sucks

  • Sage Confucius | April 27, 2007 at 4:26 am |

    [quote comment=”76464″]Hold on a second! Those Redskins jerseys were throwbacks? I always though that they were used as a way for Steve Spurrier to honor his Florida State heritage…. sans the victories.

    Florida State? Ouch. Don’t let a Gators fan hear you say that……

    That’s what made those Redskins uniforms so amazing. These uniforms were such an obvious slap in the face to all the Gators faithful.

    It could have been worse though.[/quote]

    Bah! You’re just mad because we got him and you don’t. What college student doesn’t love yelling ‘Go Cocks!’ each weekend?

  • James Craven | April 27, 2007 at 4:48 am |

    Allah on French Toast! The Eagles shoulda used the 1960 uniforms or the 1980 unis instead of those 1933 monstrosities, or worse, the 1948-49 bad unis that they wore for a game back in 1994!

  • Sage Confucius | April 27, 2007 at 4:49 am |

    [quote comment=”76550″]This hat looks like a painter was wearing it and he accidentally had some white paint fall on his head.

    Seriously.

    It would be a sweet hat without the white!

    http://www.fansedge....||||||1|||3_2:6_2:2_1003,3_2:9_2:10_5:11_115:12_3751|1|1|18||[/quote]

    That one reminds me of the cat from thePepe Le Pew cartoons.

    http://www.alexross....

  • blaine clay | April 27, 2007 at 9:01 am |

    Post-gazzett.com says the Steelers will display a uniform to be worn one game this season today. Also a question for you PAC-10 Bball fans…”When did UCLA darken the color of their road jerseys?” Refering to the uniform they wore in the Final Four is that their normal road uni or is it an alternate?

  • Ben Thoma | April 27, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    Funny I thought that the title was referring to Sweden’s colors on Delaware’s football helmet. But perhaps you need to be a Blue Hen like me before you start thinking that way.

  • Elijah | April 29, 2007 at 9:13 am |

    Hey, Paul! How about some love for the Steelers Throwbacks? At least we’re consistent. We’ve had the same colors throught our history… Which, oh by the way, includes more NFL Championships (5) than the UCLA/ Sweden/ Philly Eagels have (3).

  • Win | May 12, 2007 at 7:44 am |

    Someone brought up the Phillies, for having just been baby blue and maroon(I want to see that back, at least the maroon) They were at one point wearing blue, they were also called the blue jays for eventual irony and heartbreak in 1993. The 76s sort of ditched their old style for something I have trouble describing. The Diamondbacks did it really recently if I remember correct. Its just hard to remember because most of the teams involved with color changes aren’t memorable when they do.

  • kevin | September 20, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    If they are going to play in a throw back jersey why dont they just wear the kelly green jerseys not these awful looking jerseys

  • Jose' | October 2, 2007 at 12:56 am |

    The Kansas City midfielder was wearing his shorts backwards.

    Also, nowhere in civilization’s history has a group dressed as bad as the first year MLS set of uniforms for all their teams.

    Real, real tacky.