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Uni Watch Midwestern Road Trip Report

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I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Uni Watch readers are the best. How great is it that I can show up in a city and get to meet a bunch of you? Very great indeed, as this past weekend’s Minneapolis and Chicago parties ably demonstrated.

My Midwestern road swing got underway on Friday night at Nye’s Polonaise Room in Minneapolis. While other people danced to the Ruth Adams polka band, about 15 of us gathered toward the back of the bar. Here’s a rundown of attendees:

• Gotta start with comments section mainstay Teebz, who drove down all the way from Winnipeg (a six-hour haul) just to make the Uni Watch scene. He also wore two New York-centric jerseys, just to make me feel more at home: the Islanders’ fish sticks disaster (complete with seasickness-inducing rear view) and then, underneath that, an Eli Manning special.

• The other comments section royalty in attendance was Minna H., shown here with me. Note my Minnesota 9th District American Legion Band jacket (and my gold/maroon U. of Minnesota color scheme!), which I wore all special-like for the occasion.

• That last photo was taken by Trevor Williams, who made the drive down from Brainerd, where he works for the Brainerd Dispatch. I am very disappointed to report that he barely made a dent in his sumptuous-looking kielbasa platter, but he’s a swell guy (and he may be writing a little something about the event for this Sunday’s Dispatch), so let’s cut him some slack.

• Getting back to Golden Gophers colors for a sec, here’s Jim Snouwaert, looking sharp in a Gophers hockey jersey. He said he had a hard time deciding whether to tie the lace-up jersey or leave it hanging loose (ah, the pressures of attending a Uni Watch gathering).

• My favorite shirt of the night was the tee being worn by frequent contributor Todd Davis, who came all the way from Colorado. (Okay, he was also in town for a wedding, but still…)

• Here’s Jeff Barak, who began by wearing a Russian Red Army hockey jersey, then took that off to reveal a Giants retro design, and then stripped down to a really cool Minneapolis Millers T-shirt that he designed and produced himself. (As an aside, Jeff also very generously provided me with some photos of the 181 high school hockey jerseys that are on display inside the Xcel Energy Center.)

• Mead M. was really trying to butter me up. First he wore a green jersey (that’s the University of North Dakota hockey team — here’s a closer look); then he took that off to reveal a Uni Watch T-shirt underneath. All this brownnosing finally paid off when I posed with him for this shot, taken by Trevor Williams.

• This is Adam Roesch (and no, he doesn’t have mustard on his lip — it’s just the weird lighting), who has an interesting blog project called “Mugshot Purgatory,” devoted to those ubiquitous head shots that appear on web-based MLB roster pages. If you’re curious, he began the project here, some of his best entries are here, here, and here, and his archive is here.

• Here’s Hugh Gitlin, who wore a biking jersey over a basketball coaching polo, and seemed to know a little something about every single imaginable sport.

• This is Peter Kotas, who, in a bit of fortuitous timing, just moved to the Twin Cities about two weeks ago (and who, despite what my camera thinks, doesn’t really have a luminous chin). He’s only 19 and wasn’t sure they’d let him into Nye’s on his own, so he brought along his mom, Mariann Montagne (who, even more fortuitously, lives right across the street from Nye’s; thanks again to Trevor Williams for that last shot). I thought it was really cool that they came together.

• And no visit to Minneapolis is complete without seeing my longtime pals Jack Kirr (who graciously put me up for the night) and Rachel Hutton, who are two of the sweetest, most wonderful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Always great seeing you two — big love to both of you.

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From there I flew to Chicago, where a smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd convened at the Montrose Saloon. Among the attendees:

• I was particularly happy to meet Dave Dixon, who drove over from Rockford. Dave saved my ass last year when I wanted to write an ESPN column about the World Cup (and, more to the point, my editors wanted me to write one) but I was faced with the slight problem of not knowing jackshit about soccer. Dave’s the guy who basically held my hand and led me through all the World Cup uni designs, and it’s no exaggeration to say that this column wouldn’t have existed without him — thanks again, bud. And you don’t have to be forever in his debt to appreciate his Seahawks T-shirt, which garnered a lot of well-deserved compliments.

• Here’s Adam Elkana-Hale, who wore two interesting items: a Russian jacket of uncertain provenance (probably a track warm-up jacket, although he’s not sure, because he scored it at a thrift shop), complete with uni number on the sleeve, and a killer hurlng jersey (dig the rear view).

• Adam broke out laughing when he glanced toward the door and saw John Borovicka arriving in a Devil Rays jersey. I was so amused myself that I didn’t even give him any shit over the purple-brimmed cap.

• This is Eric Bangeman, proudly wearing his Australian rugby shirt, complete with a totally boss crest.

• Jennifer Hayden and her co-worker Sandy Eberhardt had both ends of Chicago’s baseball spectrum covered. Big thanks to both of them for all the French fries, and bonus points to Sandy for her Chisox pendant.

Pat Ratliff wore a really interesting Hanshin Tigers jersey. Look closely at that photo and you’ll see that the button placket ends slightly below the chest insignia, so it’s essentially a henley-style jersey. But there’s a row of non-functional buttons continuing down the length of the jersey, just for ornamentation.

• Finally, here’s my old pal Tim Adams, who I’ve known for nearly 20 years. He put me up for the night (as he almost always does when I visit Chicago) and also picked the venue for the night’s gathering — a fine choice, as it turned out. Thanks again, Tim.

In short: a really swell weekend. Thanks yet again to all who came out — I’m a lucky fella to have such wonderful readers.

Uni Watch News Ticker: In case you missed it in Sunday’s comments, reader Tim Stoops put together a killer slide show from Friday night’s Padres throwback game. … Great find from Jennifer Hayden, who came up with this shot, from the Oberlin College women’s rugby team calendar. … Some serious logo creep on the Oklahoma football truck (with thanks to Timm Decker, who adds, “I checked the tires — they are Goodyear, not Nike”). … Daniel Sherman notes that Blue Jays outfielder Adam Lind has a big “LIND” printed on his batting gloves. You can see part of it on his left glove here, and there’s a clearer (but very isolated) view here. … “Here’s something I’d never seen before,” writes Dave Scocca. “At AAA Durham [which is a Devil Rays affiliate], Tampa’s ‘minor league roving hitting coordinator’ Steve Livesey was in the dugout — in the uniform of the big league club. He was wearing the dark green, while the Bulls were wearing their sleveless whites (with team colors of blue and orange). It was odd to see the contrasting uniform in the dugout.” … Interesting track uniforms worn by Lancaster High School in Texas (as spotted by Tory Humphries). … Rob Thomas reports that Lamar Hunt, who helped created MLS, was memorialized over the weekend by the two teams he owned. The Kansas City Wizards wore a special “LH” jersey (here’s a closer view; their usual design looks like this), and FC Dallas, which is still owned by the Hunt family, went with an “LH” sleeve patch, which they’ll continue to wear all season. … Spectacular photo here of the 1892 Centre College baseball team (as spotted by Peter Stork). … “Sheffield United used kits with the number and name typeface that the Premiership will be using next year,” writes Dan Jacobsen. “But with their loss and relegation, this may be the only game they ever wear this particular font.” … Multi-pronged report from Jen Muller, who writes: “During Sunday’s Red Bulls game, Dane Richards’s name was spelled as “RICHADRS”. I’m guessing that the team had new home whites made after they auctioned off their VT tribute jerseys. While they screwed up Dane’s shirt, at least they made some improvements with a couple of others. In the same photo as the Richards gaffe, you can see that Dema Kovalenko (#21) doesn’t have the subscript “K” and “O” that he had in the first game. Dave van den Bergh also had issues with his name in that game, but unfortunately I don’t have any before pictures. Oh, and Kovalenko got blood on his jersey and had to finish the game in numberless model.” … Latest Japanese observations from Jeremy Brahm: (1) Tsuyoshi Nishioka of the Chiba Lotte Marines (No. 7 in this photo) appears to have his name rendered in boldface. (2) Check out Ryoko Tani — two-time gold and silver Olympic medalist in judo — wearing the Toyota logo. And (3) The Hanshin Tigers are wearing a special uni design (front, back) for the Japanese interleague games. … Late-breaking observation from Robert Eden regarding spring college football intra-squad scrimmages: “For Nebraska’s spring game, the starting offense and defense (the Red Team) don the current home uniform. The backups (the White Team), however, wear the white road jersey and the home white pants, instead of the traditional red road pants. I’ve never seen a reason given for this, but I suspect it’s because it’s possible for players to participate on both the Red and White teams during the game, and changing pants would be difficult and time-consuming.” … In response to my uni cameos column on ESPN.com, reader Neal Smith sent me this shot of O.J. Simpson in a Chargers jersey (but not Chargers pants or socks, apparently because it’s a practice session). He didn’t know the background of this shot, and neither do I. Anyone..? … Interesting article here on how Nike products (among other American brands) find their way to Cuba, despite the trade ban (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Alan Topolski sent along this video clip of an old WHA game between the Cincinnati Stingers and the Houston Aeros. The interesting thing is that all the Stingers’ have their first initials (as well as their surnames) on the backs of their jerseys — apparently a team-wide thing. Anyone know of any other teams who’ve done this? … Speaking of names on the backs of jerseys, yesterday’s comments included a note about Ryan Rowland-Smith, who could become MLB’s first-ever compound-surnamed player. For details, scroll down to the “Waiting for the Word” section of this page. … You don’t have to be a Rams fan to be creeped out by this photo, taken during yesterday’s Fatah/Hamas clashes in Gaza City. … Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio discusses a few uniform details for the upcoming season in this short video clip (with thanks to Moose G.). … Regarding the pink bats on Sunday (and a few other things), an inside source with the Rangers chimes in with this: “Everyone was saying too bad Cruz didn’t hit that walk-off with his pink bat since his broke, because it would’ve been interesting to see if he tried to use it on Monday. As for the ‘T’ on the mound, they started doing that during the season last year when Dennis Klein became the new groundskeeper. Incidentally, MLB Authenticators have been running rampant here with all the pink stuff getting signed and with Sosa’s chase for 600. You’ll notice we’re now using the specially marked balls for Sosa’s ABs.” … Speaking of the pink-ism, when I referred to Kenny Lofton’s pink anklet yesterday, I meant to point out that this was, I think, MLB’s first ankle band since Jason Simontacchi’s ankle-borne memorial to Darryl Kile in 2002. In fact, that’s the only other MLB ankle band I’m aware of, aside from Lofton’s. Anyone know of any others? … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Some blogger is claiming that Ken Griffey gave him (the blogger) his (Griffey’s) jockstrap on Friday night. Sounds like a hoax to me, but decide for yourself here. … Rugby news from Caleb Borchers, who writes: “A couple of weeks ago I told you about Nike and France teaming up to change the traditional French colors because of the All Blacks. Now Nike is at it again: They introduced a new red jersey for England on Monday, believed to have been created so that they can deny the Welsh their traditional red shirts in the World Cup Quarterfinals.” … Fascinating quasi-uni-related article here about the controversy surrounding an amputee sprinter.

 

120 comments to Uni Watch Midwestern Road Trip Report

  • Natron | May 15, 2007 at 9:49 am |

    Tying together the Twin Cities & The Padres throwbacks… The local Wiffleball league, HRL Twin Cities, has team named the Padres that wear the old brown and gold – although they’ve updated the logo a bit. If you click the “On Deck” link on their Flash pics on the homepage, you can get a look.

    I’m reaching, but I guess it’s quasi uni related.

  • Duckstyle187 | May 15, 2007 at 9:55 am |

    Anyone else see the new photo gallery on SI.com called ‘Old face in Strange Places’? Hmmmmm, where did I see this idea before?

  • John | May 15, 2007 at 9:58 am |

    Concerning the Grffey story. True and false, he did give him a jock strap but not the one that he was wearing. Here is the story.

  • ditchfarmer | May 15, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    I can’t believe some idiots wear pajama pants on throwback nights, that is the only time that could possibly look worse.

    As far as anklets go, I think Sammy Sosa wore wrist sweatbands around his ankles for a few years in the early 90s.

  • Josh | May 15, 2007 at 10:00 am |

    Here is more on the jock strap story:

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Joe | May 15, 2007 at 10:25 am |

    Great post today Paul…it’s nice to put faces with the names!

  • Robert | May 15, 2007 at 10:27 am |

    The Cincinnati paper is running with the Griffey/jock story too.

    http://news.enquirer...

  • Paul P | May 15, 2007 at 10:33 am |

    Hey all, just back from vacation, hope I didn’t miss too much.

    Scrolling though some Sox photos from the game last night, and found this little number:
    http://www.boston.co...

    Wonder what the TN stands for. Glad to see that the black underbrim isn’t stopping the new guys from keeping with old traditions.

  • Elena E | May 15, 2007 at 10:33 am |

    I have seen Devil Ray coaches in TB uni’s at Bulls games in the past. Durham may be the only place outside of an actual Rays game that any fans wear TB stuff, too.
    Matt Morris also wore a black ankle band his first start after Kile’s death.

  • DG Lewis | May 15, 2007 at 10:34 am |

    “At AAA Durham [which is a Devil Rays affiliate], Tampa’s ‘minor league roving hitting coordinator’ Steve Livesey was in the dugout — in the uniform of the big league club.”

    I’ve seen the same thing at the Lakewood Blueclaws games (Low Class A Phillies affiliates) – although it’s not quite as glaring, as the Blueclaws and Phillies home unis are both white with pinstripes (Blue for the Blueclaws, red for the Phillies). It’s just enough to get you to do a double-take…

  • Sir Jock Strap | May 15, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    That OJ picture looks like it was taken from an All-Pro game practice. Raider and Bills helmets are in the shot.

  • Matthew H | May 15, 2007 at 10:53 am |

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  • Andy Head | May 15, 2007 at 10:57 am |

    I remember a coach in the Everett AquaSox dugout last season wearing Mariners gear, as well. The AquaSox are only short-season single-A, so I thought it was odd at the time. I remember, too, that he wasn’t in full uniform — authentic Mariners dugout jacket and hat, with shorts and sneakers. Guess you can get away with that stuff WAY down here on the farm…

  • Lake | May 15, 2007 at 10:58 am |

    In looking at the naked rugby scrum picture, the first thought was that the left team’s tighthead prop (front row, right side) needs to get her head down under her opponent’s shoulder before she breaks her neck.

    But then I thought about the fact that if she did that, she’d probably get smacked in the face by her opponent’s boob.

    And then I thought about how much I love rugby girls.

  • Kenny | May 15, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    You can see the Angels in this picture

  • Kenny | May 15, 2007 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”86442″]You can see the Angels in this picture[/quote]

    oops, i accidently deleted the part that’s supposed to say sock tag thingy

  • Clevo | May 15, 2007 at 11:31 am |

    the Sheffield UTD pic above shows the old EPL numbers. The new SU kits have black bands down the sides, and had black numbers. You can see the difference between the SU (in red) and Wigan (Blue) numbers here:

    http://www.sportbox....

  • B.G. | May 15, 2007 at 11:38 am |

    I liked the socks on the rugby scrumb picture–although they don’t all match. I know some of youse are saying, “Socks, they’re wearing socks?” ;)

  • tedkerwin | May 15, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    One of my favorite things about the Six Nations Rugby Tourney is that England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland can all wear the traditional White, Red, Blue and Green unis at all of the matches. It is only against the French and Italians that Scotland has to change to a road white. Besides, if England wears Red it is a concession that Wales has the better home kit, stick with the Whites.

    I am supporitng Brian O’Driscoll and the lads from Ireland to break through this year.

    All other rational money will be on the All-Blacks.

  • Teebz | May 15, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    Once again, major kudos to Paul and the group in Minny for making me feel at home. It was a great night, and the food, while expensive, was tasty.

    Jeff, I’m still scouring my sources for a Molson Canadian patch. I’ll keep you posted.

  • Mr. Met | May 15, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    Is it me, or is the dude holding up Griffey’s jockstrap looking a tad bit too excited?

  • Colin S. | May 15, 2007 at 11:51 am |

    On the Austrailian Rugby jersey it’s not a crest that’s on the front it’s the arms. Many people get this confused.

    The crest is the charge (animal, person, whatever) that goes on the helmet of an achievement (i.e. full coat of arms.

    Here’s a good link
    to see the difference. The Arms is the shield

    This is a common mistake, and even the American military calls the shield a “crest” but it’s not.

    Some teams that use heraldry, and arms/crests in thier logos/sports uniforms are:

    LA Kings
    NY Rangers (even if they break from heraldic tradition by putting writing on the arms)
    Baltimore Ravens (they use the Maryland coat of arms/flag in places)
    The NHL’s Main logo is a form of heraldry (even with writing on it)
    Oakland Raiders
    and a whole slew of English Premier Teams

    A whole bunch of national teams use their arms on their uniforms too.
    Czech Repuclic Hockey
    Austailia (as noted above)
    Spain Soccer
    Sweeden hockey’s 3 crown design is based on their royal Coat of Arms (I think)
    and a boatload of others as well.

  • Andrew | May 15, 2007 at 12:05 pm |

    Paul any Uniwatch trips to Boston planned?

  • Paul Lukas | May 15, 2007 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”86462″]Paul any Uniwatch trips to Boston planned?[/quote]

    Not at the moment. But I tend to get up to Boston roughly every 18 mos. or so, so it’ll probably happen eventually.

  • Joe B. | May 15, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    Regarding the first initial and full last name . . . I am pretty sure that the Pitt football team did it as a team-wide thing, maybe in the early to mid-90s in the Paul Hackett era.

  • Gazzoo | May 15, 2007 at 12:27 pm |

    Regarding the OJ pic:

    I agree with the post above, I think it’s a Pro Bowl practice, but the helmet OJ is sitting on is not a Bills helmet (they didn’t wear red helmets while he was with the team), but an AFC Pro Bowl helmet…

  • patrick | May 15, 2007 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”86436″]In looking at the naked rugby scrum picture, the first thought was that the left team’s tighthead prop (front row, right side) needs to get her head down under her opponent’s shoulder before she breaks her neck.

    But then I thought about the fact that if she did that, she’d probably get smacked in the face by her opponent’s boob.

    And then I thought about how much I love rugby girls.[/quote]

    My first rugby practice ever in college my coach went over the main rules. Dont pass the ball forward, dont break the take out the scrumhalf until hes touched the ball and dont EVER, EVER EVER touch a rugby girl. Off limits since theyre usually monsters.

  • JeffB | May 15, 2007 at 12:27 pm |

    Let me state for the record, I was not drunk and doing a strip tease at the Minneapolis UniWatch gathering despite the fact I did peel off a couple of layers over the course of the evening.

    Like Teebz, my New York Giants retro shirt was in honor of our guest from New York City, the esteemed Mr. Lukas. As for “stripping down” to the Minneapolis Millers shirt, I just wanted to display the shirt, not my body!

  • Joe Drennan | May 15, 2007 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”86471″]Let me state for the record, I was not drunk and doing a strip tease at the Minneapolis UniWatch gathering despite the fact I did peel off a couple of layers over the course of the evening.

    Like Teebz, my New York Giants retro shirt was in honor of our guest from New York City, the esteemed Mr. Lukas. As for “stripping down” to the Minneapolis Millers shirt, I just wanted to display the shirt, not my body![/quote]

    Sure…We’re supposed to believe that?

  • Joe | May 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm |

    Have you all seen this, or am I late on this one?!?!

  • Pittsburgh Gunny | May 15, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    Fantastic photos of the Minneapolis and Chicago get togethers, thanks for sharing them. If I am ever lucky enough to attend one of these Uniwatch gatherings I shall have a very hard time deciding which shirt/jersey/sweater I would wear.

    Anyways, a friend of mine sent a uni-related bit of info regarding our favorite team Arsenal. He says;

    “The team has a superstition that the captain decides before kickoff if the team will wear short or long sleeves that day, and everyone has to comply. So Arsenal never has the ugly situation where the players have sleeves that differ from each other. I can’t believe I never noticed that before.”

    I can’t believe I never noticed it either! But a quick search of images seems to validate this item. Short sleeves here and here Long sleeves here and here and even an Arsenal XI getting following the pattern in a charity event.

  • Pittsburgh Gunny | May 15, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    Thanks for sharing the photos from all the get togethers looked like a fantastic time!

  • Michael | May 15, 2007 at 1:03 pm |

    I’m at work & can’t get the clip about details on Michigan State’s new football uniforms to play, so could someone please recap what the changes are.

  • Mario | May 15, 2007 at 1:04 pm |

    http://farm1.static....

    are you wearing a GASP ! purple t shirt? Or is that bad digital color? Some black fabrics look purple under tungsten lights in digital photos….its an infra red blocking thingy.

  • Lake | May 15, 2007 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”86470″][quote comment=”86436″]In looking at the naked rugby scrum picture, the first thought was that the left team’s tighthead prop (front row, right side) needs to get her head down under her opponent’s shoulder before she breaks her neck.

    But then I thought about the fact that if she did that, she’d probably get smacked in the face by her opponent’s boob.

    And then I thought about how much I love rugby girls.[/quote]

    My first rugby practice ever in college my coach went over the main rules. Dont pass the ball forward, dont break the take out the scrumhalf until hes touched the ball and dont EVER, EVER EVER touch a rugby girl. Off limits since theyre usually monsters.[/quote]
    I agree- that’s why I didn’t marry one. :)

    And in my first practice, I had to play in nothing but my underwear. Got a great nickname out of it, though.

  • Paul Lukas | May 15, 2007 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”86490″]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/495701186_29d670c157_b.jpg

    are you wearing a GASP ! purple t shirt?[/quote]

    No. It’s maroon.

  • Tom | May 15, 2007 at 1:14 pm |

    The World Indoor Lacrosse Championships are currently being played in Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to this pdf, Ireland has traditional Gaelic/Irish surnames on their jerseys.

  • Mr. Met | May 15, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”86490″]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/495701186_29d670c157_b.jpg

    are you wearing a GASP ! purple t shirt? Or is that bad digital color? Some black fabrics look purple under tungsten lights in digital photos….its an infra red blocking thingy.[/quote]

    I would guess it’s a brown shirt; look at the color of the Papermate pen on the table in front of him. That’s not the correct shade of blue for that pen.

  • Brandon Davis | May 15, 2007 at 1:22 pm |

    Did anybody else notice that Livesey’s nameplate is way longer than his name? Also, he’s wearing number 30, which is assigned to catcher Dioner Navarro.

  • Talon Lardner | May 15, 2007 at 1:24 pm |

    It looks like you guys had a blast! It’s a shame that I only just got my license last week, and I still don’t like driving long distances… ((Long Story)).

    I wonder if Uni Watch has ever done something or commented briefly on Marching Band uniforms… Us band geeks have to attend the football games, we’re bound to get accidentally on camera once or twice!

  • Joe Drennan | May 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”86490″]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/495701186_29d670c157_b.jpg

    are you wearing a GASP ! purple t shirt? Or is that bad digital color? Some black fabrics look purple under tungsten lights in digital photos….its an infra red blocking thingy.[/quote]

    That’s not purple, its Maroon, one of the state staples in Minnesota as the University of MN, or “U” colors are Maroon and Gold.

    I can understand how Maroon might look purple in poor light though.

  • Amy | May 15, 2007 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”86491″][quote comment=”86470″]
    My first rugby practice ever in college my coach went over the main rules. Dont pass the ball forward, dont break the take out the scrumhalf until hes touched the ball and dont EVER, EVER EVER touch a rugby girl. Off limits since theyre usually monsters.[/quote]
    I agree- that’s why I didn’t marry one. :)
    [/quote]

    And we were told to stay away from the rugby guys…

  • Kenny | May 15, 2007 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”86491″][quote comment=”86470″][quote comment=”86436″]In looking at the naked rugby scrum picture, the first thought was that the left team’s tighthead prop (front row, right side) needs to get her head down under her opponent’s shoulder before she breaks her neck.

    But then I thought about the fact that if she did that, she’d probably get smacked in the face by her opponent’s boob.

    And then I thought about how much I love rugby girls.[/quote]

    My first rugby practice ever in college my coach went over the main rules. Dont pass the ball forward, dont break the take out the scrumhalf until hes touched the ball and dont EVER, EVER EVER touch a rugby girl. Off limits since theyre usually monsters.[/quote]
    I agree- that’s why I didn’t marry one. :)

    And in my first practice, I had to play in nothing but my underwear. Got a great nickname out of it, though.[/quote]

    And that nickname would be?!?!

  • Mark | May 15, 2007 at 1:42 pm |

    ESPN just ran a story that the Griffey’s supporter wasn’t real

  • Eric Bangeman | May 15, 2007 at 1:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”86448″]One of my favorite things about the Six Nations Rugby Tourney is that England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland can all wear the traditional White, Red, Blue and Green unis at all of the matches. It is only against the French and Italians that Scotland has to change to a road white. Besides, if England wears Red it is a concession that Wales has the better home kit, stick with the Whites.[/quote]

    I’ve never seen the French wear their white jersey in the Six Nations, even when playing away games against Italy or Scotland. Did you see the alternate kit Wales wore against Canada last fall? Very cool, I thought.

    [quote]I am supporitng Brian O’Driscoll and the lads from Ireland to break through this year.

    All other rational money will be on the All-Blacks.[/quote]

    I’d love to see Ireland take it, but I actually think that South Africa has a realistic shot given how well their teams have done in the Super 14. Ireland definitely has one of the strongest sets of backs in world rugby, however.

  • patrick | May 15, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”86505″][quote comment=”86491″][quote comment=”86470″]
    My first rugby practice ever in college my coach went over the main rules. Dont pass the ball forward, dont break the take out the scrumhalf until hes touched the ball and dont EVER, EVER EVER touch a rugby girl. Off limits since theyre usually monsters.[/quote]
    I agree- that’s why I didn’t marry one. :)
    [/quote]

    And we were told to stay away from the rugby guys…[/quote]

    And certainly no one could blame you. Loved my team, but not the most eligible bachelors on campus.

  • Nate | May 15, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    The Minnesota Gophers football team all has their first initials on their jerseys a few years ago. I believe it was in 2003. Asad Abdul-Khaliq was their QB and even his jeresey read A. Abdul-Khaliq.

  • Richard | May 15, 2007 at 1:50 pm |

    I’ll weigh in on O.J. Simpson in the Chargers uniform. For years the Pro Bowl was played in Los Angeles every year — it didn’t move to Hawaii until 1980 or so. For a while the workouts the week before the game were held in San Diego. I remember this when I was a kid in the 1970s. My guess is that O.J. showed up for the workouts and didn’t have a uniform with him, so the Chargers gave him one of theirs with #32 on it.

    The photo was definitely taken at what was then called San Diego Stadium (now Qualcomm) before it was expanded. You can see the open end of the stadium in the background of the picture — it’s enclosed now, but that’s what the east end zone area (right field for baseball) used to look like.

    I’m just guessing this was at the Pro Bowl workouts, but I think that’s a pretty likely scenario.

  • Alan | May 15, 2007 at 1:59 pm |

    Isn’t Jack Shit two words?

  • Matthew S. | May 15, 2007 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”86516″]I’ll weigh in on O.J. Simpson in the Chargers uniform. For years the Pro Bowl was played in Los Angeles every year — it didn’t move to Hawaii until 1980 or so. For a while the workouts the week before the game were held in San Diego. I remember this when I was a kid in the 1970s. My guess is that O.J. showed up for the workouts and didn’t have a uniform with him, so the Chargers gave him one of theirs with #32 on it.

    The photo was definitely taken at what was then called San Diego Stadium (now Qualcomm) before it was expanded. You can see the open end of the stadium in the background of the picture — it’s enclosed now, but that’s what the east end zone area (right field for baseball) used to look like.

    I’m just guessing this was at the Pro Bowl workouts, but I think that’s a pretty likely scenario.[/quote]

    Yeah could be.

    Jack Murphy Stadium before enclosed: http://www.ballparks...

    http://www.ballparks...

    Jack Murphy/Qualcomm after enclosed: http://www.ballparks...

    http://www.ballparks...

  • JJD | May 15, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    When your Spurs uni is misplaced, naturally an inside-out Bullets uni will do.

    Note the guy on the bottom right. He’s got road Bullets shorts and Spurs socks.

  • Broker75 | May 15, 2007 at 2:20 pm |

    I attended the Blue Jays-Orioles game last night and I tried on some ball caps, this might’ve been said a long time ago but, do the new hats fit bigger than the wool? Cause I’m a 7&1/8, and it was huge! so I tried a 7, and it was tight. Any recommendations on sizes?

  • Shane | May 15, 2007 at 2:33 pm |

    Jeff, loving the Red Army sweater. I’ve been wanting to snag one for a while.

  • Richard | May 15, 2007 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”86521″]
    Yeah could be.

    Jack Murphy Stadium before enclosed: http://www.ballparks...

    http://www.ballparks...

    Jack Murphy/Qualcomm after enclosed: http://www.ballparks...

    http://www.ballparks...

    Actually, the first shot there isn’t the original configuration. It’s after the first phase of the east end was enclosed in 1983-ish. The original configuration didn’t have the higher seats in right field on either side of the scoreboard, and just had temporary bleacher seats and landscaping below the scoreboard. You can see the landscaping in the background of the O.J. photo above his right shoulder.

    I’ll see if I can find a photo to illustrate this.

  • Tony | May 15, 2007 at 2:39 pm |

    When do we get to see the team versions of the NHL’s new Rbk Edge system?? Only 4 months until pre-season games start!!! And any OFFICIAL word that home teams will wear white again?

  • Jason in Lexington | May 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”86527″]I attended the Blue Jays-Orioles game last night and I tried on some ball caps, this might’ve been said a long time ago but, do the new hats fit bigger than the wool? Cause I’m a 7&1/8, and it was huge! so I tried a 7, and it was tight. Any recommendations on sizes?[/quote]

    I had to go up a size from my usual. One thing I have noticed is that they don’t shrink anymore. So buying a bigger one and letting it shrink probably won’t work. I know that the hats have some two bands on the inside of them that maintain their size. If you have an old hat that has shrunk you can put the cap over your knee and pull on the bill to pop those bands (you’ll hear two pops) to make it fit (This is actually recommended by New Era if I’m not mistaken). I guess you could probably do that with a new one. However, I’m not sure I would want to do that with my brand new $35.00 59/50. I would try on different hats of the same sizes because I’m sure each hat will vary somewhat. I love mine so far, no shrinking, no stains. I hope you find one that will fit.

  • Johnny O | May 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”86478″]Have you all seen this, or am I late on this one?!?![/quote]
    You are not too late… but I have been a member for a few weeks now.

  • Steve | May 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    Also, OJ is sitting on an old “AFC” Pro Bowl helmet. This was done prior to players wearing thier own helmets to the Pro Bowl. There is a stray Raiders helmet in the shot that I’m guessing was used practice.

  • Anthony Verna | May 15, 2007 at 2:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”86534″]I had to go up a size from my usual. One thing I have noticed is that they don’t shrink anymore. So buying a bigger one and letting it shrink probably won’t work. I know that the hats have some two bands on the inside of them that maintain their size. If you have an old hat that has shrunk you can put the cap over your knee and pull on the bill to pop those bands (you’ll hear two pops) to make it fit (This is actually recommended by New Era if I’m not mistaken). I guess you could probably do that with a new one. However, I’m not sure I would want to do that with my brand new $35.00 59/50. I would try on different hats of the same sizes because I’m sure each hat will vary somewhat. I love mine so far, no shrinking, no stains. I hope you find one that will fit.[/quote]

    That sounds messy and dangerous.

  • Matthew S. | May 15, 2007 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”86532″][quote comment=”86521″]
    Yeah could be.

    Jack Murphy Stadium before enclosed: http://www.ballparks...

    http://www.ballparks...

    Jack Murphy/Qualcomm after enclosed: http://www.ballparks...

    http://www.ballparks...

    Actually, the first shot there isn’t the original configuration. It’s after the first phase of the east end was enclosed in 1983-ish. The original configuration didn’t have the higher seats in right field on either side of the scoreboard, and just had temporary bleacher seats and landscaping below the scoreboard. You can see the landscaping in the background of the O.J. photo above his right shoulder.

    I’ll see if I can find a photo to illustrate this.[/quote]

    Mea culpa. Still, you get an impression of how open that stadium used to be before the ‘extra seats’ monster attacked it.

  • Rick | May 15, 2007 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”86522″]When your Spurs uni is misplaced, naturally an inside-out Bullets uni will do.

    Note the guy on the bottom right. He’s got road Bullets shorts and Spurs socks.[/quote]

    Paul has discussed this a few times. I believe his jersey got stolen and he borrowed a road jersey from the other team.

  • Jonathon | May 15, 2007 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”86527″]I attended the Blue Jays-Orioles game last night and I tried on some ball caps, this might’ve been said a long time ago but, do the new hats fit bigger than the wool? Cause I’m a 7&1/8, and it was huge! so I tried a 7, and it was tight. Any recommendations on sizes?[/quote]

    I’d agree with that. I wear a 7 1/4 in the wool, but a 7 1/8 for the new 5950s.

  • Jason in Lexington | May 15, 2007 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”86539″][quote comment=”86534″]I had to go up a size from my usual. One thing I have noticed is that they don’t shrink anymore. So buying a bigger one and letting it shrink probably won’t work. I know that the hats have some two bands on the inside of them that maintain their size. If you have an old hat that has shrunk you can put the cap over your knee and pull on the bill to pop those bands (you’ll hear two pops) to make it fit (This is actually recommended by New Era if I’m not mistaken). I guess you could probably do that with a new one. However, I’m not sure I would want to do that with my brand new $35.00 59/50. I would try on different hats of the same sizes because I’m sure each hat will vary somewhat. I love mine so far, no shrinking, no stains. I hope you find one that will fit.[/quote]

    That sounds messy and dangerous.[/quote]

    I thought so, too. I did it to an old hat a few weeks ago on accident (you don’t have to pull very hard), then heard that New Era actually recommends it. It did work but i’m not sure of the long term effects and you don’t gain a whole lot, maybe half a size. I don’t think I would do it to a hat I just spent 35 bucks on, but this is the only thing I’ve ever heard for stretching a hat.

  • Joey Guns | May 15, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”86541″][quote comment=”86522″]When your Spurs uni is misplaced, naturally an inside-out Bullets uni will do.

    Note the guy on the bottom right. He’s got road Bullets shorts and Spurs socks.[/quote]

    Paul has discussed this a few times.

    I believe his jersey got stolen and he borrowed a road jersey from the other team.[/quote]

    Michael Jordan had his jersey stolen once, so he had to wear a Bulls #12 jersey.

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Joey Guns | May 15, 2007 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”86541″][quote comment=”86522″]When your Spurs uni is misplaced, naturally an inside-out Bullets uni will do.

    Note the guy on the bottom right. He’s got road Bullets shorts and Spurs socks.[/quote]

    Paul has discussed this a few times.

    I believe his jersey got stolen and he borrowed a road jersey from the other team.[/quote]

    Michael Jordan had his jersey stolen and had to wear a Bulls #12 jersey for a game:

    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

  • Philly Bill | May 15, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    Adam Roesch is a genius! I’ve been fascinated by the mugshots for years and how they’re often manipulated. For example, here is Brett Myers, relatively anonymous young Phillies starting pitcher. Here is Brett Myers, wife-beater.

    News stories always used this head shot of Allen Iverson unless he did something untoward, in which case they’d go with something more sinister looking — can’t find the shot I’m looking for, though.

  • Marc | May 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”86487″]I’m at work & can’t get the clip about details on Michigan State’s new football uniforms to play, so could someone please recap what the changes are.[/quote]

    Michael,

    It’s pretty brief, saying names will be back on the uniforms, and that they will sport green jerseys/white pants at home and white pants/white jerseys on the road. They may add a stripe. Basically, the green pants and all green combo is gone, which is a great thing.

  • todd krevanchi | May 15, 2007 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”86548″]
    Michael Jordan had his jersey stolen and had to wear a Bulls #12 jersey for a game:

    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

    few remember when jordan wore #4 (a retired number for jerry sloan no less) during the 93-94 season, when he masqueraded as johnny kilroy
    http://i20.ebayimg.c...

    also, i posted this the other day in response to the “players in other unis” topic when the nike commercial was brought up…

    note virginia’s finest breeder of fighting dogs with the goal
    http://youtube.com/w...

  • Joey Guns | May 15, 2007 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”86549″]Adam Roesch is a genius! I’ve been fascinated by the mugshots for years and how they’re often manipulated. For example, here is Brett Myers, relatively anonymous young Phillies starting pitcher. Here is Brett Myers, wife-beater.

    News stories always used this head shot of Allen Iverson unless he did something untoward, in which case they’d go with something more sinister looking — can’t find the shot I’m looking for, though.[/quote]

    How stoned does AI look in this pic? WOW

  • Matthew S. | May 15, 2007 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”86552″][quote comment=”86548″]
    Michael Jordan had his jersey stolen and had to wear a Bulls #12 jersey for a game:

    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

    few remember when jordan wore #4 (a retired number for jerry sloan no less) during the 93-94 season, when he masqueraded as johnny kilroy
    http://i20.ebayimg.c...

    also, i posted this the other day in response to the “players in other unis” topic when the nike commercial was brought up…

    note virginia’s finest breeder of fighting dogs with the goal
    http://youtube.com/w...

    The thing about that commercial that always made me laugh is how all of the other athletes look slightly out of place in their new sports (part of the idea behind, I know), but Randy Johnson looks exactly like he should be a bowler.

  • Michael | May 15, 2007 at 3:34 pm |

    Thanks Matt. It does sound like an improvement especially if they add stripes to the pants. The all green didn’t look right because all the greens didn’t match.

  • todd krevanchi | May 15, 2007 at 3:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”86556″][quote comment=”86552″][quote comment=”86548″]
    Michael Jordan had his jersey stolen and had to wear a Bulls #12 jersey for a game:

    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

    few remember when jordan wore #4 (a retired number for jerry sloan no less) during the 93-94 season, when he masqueraded as johnny kilroy
    http://i20.ebayimg.c...

    also, i posted this the other day in response to the “players in other unis” topic when the nike commercial was brought up…

    note virginia’s finest breeder of fighting dogs with the goal
    http://youtube.com/w...

    The thing about that commercial that always made me laugh is how all of the other athletes look slightly out of place in their new sports (part of the idea behind, I know), but Randy Johnson looks exactly like he should be a bowler.[/quote]

    i think agassi’s ab was done with a rafael palmeiro ab.

  • dgc | May 15, 2007 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”86533″]When do we get to see the team versions of the NHL’s new Rbk Edge system?? Only 4 months until pre-season games start!!! And any OFFICIAL word that home teams will wear white again?[/quote]

    Caps will unveil their new uniforms at their Draft Party June 22. All we know right now is that the Caps went back to RWB. The new logo has not been leaked so far.

  • jesse | May 15, 2007 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”86546″][quote comment=”86539″][quote comment=”86534″]I had to go up a size from my usual. One thing I have noticed is that they don’t shrink anymore. So buying a bigger one and letting it shrink probably won’t work. I know that the hats have some two bands on the inside of them that maintain their size. If you have an old hat that has shrunk you can put the cap over your knee and pull on the bill to pop those bands (you’ll hear two pops) to make it fit (This is actually recommended by New Era if I’m not mistaken). I guess you could probably do that with a new one. However, I’m not sure I would want to do that with my brand new $35.00 59/50. I would try on different hats of the same sizes because I’m sure each hat will vary somewhat. I love mine so far, no shrinking, no stains. I hope you find one that will fit.[/quote]

    That sounds messy and dangerous.[/quote]

    I thought so, too. I did it to an old hat a few weeks ago on accident (you don’t have to pull very hard), then heard that New Era actually recommends it. It did work but i’m not sure of the long term effects and you don’t gain a whole lot, maybe half a size. I don’t think I would do it to a hat I just spent 35 bucks on, but this is the only thing I’ve ever heard for stretching a hat.[/quote]

    This is a hold out feature of the wool hats that would shrink. The process was, you buy the hat a little large. Get it wet, then shrink it until so it is a little small. Then you break the interior bands to get about a half a size back so it fits around your head, but the crown of the hat sits lower on your head. I figure this is probably what bat boys did during rain delays and off days.

    It was ingenious, because it allowed you to basically create a hat that fit only you. But with a polyester hat it’s kind of pointless because they don’t shrink. If you don’t like the way the new ones fit (just like the old ones when they are brand new) you can’t break the hat in to your personal preference. I was really disappointed.

  • jesse | May 15, 2007 at 3:50 pm |

    I think the moral of the story is, your screwed with the second generation 59/50 if you can’t find one that fits you exactly right off the shelf.

  • tedkerwin | May 15, 2007 at 3:52 pm |

    I’ve never seen the French wear their white jersey in the Six Nations, even when playing away games against Italy or Scotland. Did you see the alternate kit Wales wore against Canada last fall? Very cool, I thought.

    They wore the white this year.

  • Eric | May 15, 2007 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”86467″][quote comment=”86462″]Paul any Uniwatch trips to Boston planned?[/quote]

    Not at the moment. But I tend to get up to Boston roughly every 18 mos. or so, so it’ll probably happen eventually.[/quote]

    Ok then. When it happens, I will be wearing this shirt:

    and


    this hat.

  • tedkerwin | May 15, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    Regarding South Africa, you have to keep in mind the All-Black squad was held out of the competition for much of the year for an intense training camp. The NZ teams never really got back in synch after that and both had to go to SA to play the semis. I think it will be the usual suspects in the final 8, with the All-Blacks taking back the Webb Ellis trophy.

  • Adam in Chicago | May 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm |

    • Here’s Adam Alkana-Hale

    Just for clarity’s sake, it’s Elkana-Hale. :)

    It was great to meet everyone Saturday and to spend an evening talking about one of my lifelong passions with a group of the equally deluded.

  • Perry | May 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”86527″]I attended the Blue Jays-Orioles game last night and I tried on some ball caps, this might’ve been said a long time ago but, do the new hats fit bigger than the wool? Cause I’m a 7&1/8, and it was huge! so I tried a 7, and it was tight. Any recommendations on sizes?[/quote]

    I have a few of the old ones and one of the new ones. A traditional problem with the wool 5950s was that they were not uniformly sized, so 2 different caps with the same marked size would actually be slightly different. I’m not sure if the tolerances have been tightened on the new caps. As has been commented already, though, you could adjust the size of the wool caps by selective shrinking or stretching. The new model I have seems slightly looser than the old ones, but still fits me OK.

    One other factor is the type of sweatband on the new vs. old caps. The old wool caps had a cotton band that covered a thin layer of some sort of foam-like material, while the new ones just have a fabric band with no foam inside. The new cap seems a little less comfortable due to this difference, but it probably allows better “wicking.”

  • John E | May 15, 2007 at 4:17 pm |

    Paul, a guy’s not getting noticed for his contributions to our cause.

    A’s shortstop Bobby Crosby, while often injured, has been doing the right thing for years now.

  • Paul Lukas | May 15, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”86567″]• Here’s Adam Alkana-Hale

    Just for clarity’s sake, it’s Elkana-Hale. :)[/quote]

    Ooops — really sorry about that, Adam. I’ve fixed it in the text.

  • justin | May 15, 2007 at 5:11 pm |

    Not sure how on top of things everyone else has been regarding the new EPL jerseys, but when I was looking up details on the new lettering I noticed that Man City has unveiled theirs.

  • Teebz | May 15, 2007 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”86533″]When do we get to see the team versions of the NHL’s new Rbk Edge system?? Only 4 months until pre-season games start!!! And any OFFICIAL word that home teams will wear white again?[/quote]

    Washington is going back to red, white, and blue. Minnesota is sticking with their red alternate as their home jersey. According to rumours, Edmonton will keep their dark blue and silver alternates as their home jerseys. The Columbus Blue Jackets are doing a logo change. Vancouver’s jerseys are going to change completely as new ownership there has ushered out the Orca C.

    I believe those are all the reported changes thus far, but there won’t be any jerseys or logos shown before the June 22nd Washington unveiling.

    And the darks will be worn at home still.

  • beaver | May 15, 2007 at 5:18 pm |

    Here are pictures of the new England Rugby uni’s. http://www.rfu.com/
    I threw up in my mouth a little over it.

  • Josh | May 15, 2007 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”86430″]”At AAA Durham [which is a Devil Rays affiliate], Tampa’s ‘minor league roving hitting coordinator’ Steve Livesey was in the dugout — in the uniform of the big league club.”

    I’ve seen the same thing at the Lakewood Blueclaws games (Low Class A Phillies affiliates) – although it’s not quite as glaring, as the Blueclaws and Phillies home unis are both white with pinstripes (Blue for the Blueclaws, red for the Phillies). It’s just enough to get you to do a double-take…[/quote]

    This happens all over the minors. I used to attend the Phoenix Firebirds games (Giants AAA) before the Diamondbacks existed in Phx…the Giants roving instructors always were in the dugouts wearing Giants uniforms. This isn’t a new development.

  • Chad G | May 15, 2007 at 5:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”86586″]Here are pictures of the new England Rugby uni’s. http://www.rfu.com/
    I threw up in my mouth a little over it.[/quote]

    I was gonna say I thought we all mutually agreed to stop saying “threw up in my mouth”…but then I saw those uniforms

  • tedkerwin | May 15, 2007 at 5:47 pm |

    Here are pictures of the new England Rugby uni’s. http://www.rfu.com/
    I threw up in my mouth a little over it.

    Wow, that is truly awful. The folks at Nike really know how to screw up a uniform.

  • Scott W | May 15, 2007 at 6:03 pm |

    Speaking of logo creep on NCAA football trucks, here’s San Diego State’s.

    I’ll give you one guess as to which logo it is. Go ahead. Just do it.

  • Colin | May 15, 2007 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”86593″]Speaking of logo creep on NCAA football trucks, here’s San Diego State’s.

    I’ll give you one guess as to which logo it is. Go ahead. Just do it.[/quote]

    Does anyone know if these trucks were paid for by Nike? I really don’t see a problem putting a logo on a product you helped create, especially when your business is selling a product to the public.

  • rustycruiser | May 15, 2007 at 6:19 pm |

    The new England kit is identical to the French kit. God bless team Nike.

    http://www.boutique-...
    http://www.boutique-...

    I really liked the white 1904 throwbacks the French wore verses the Kiwis in November of 06. Much more classy than the crap jerseys they have been wearing since Nike introduced the colorless jerseys prior to the 03 World Cup. Thankfully the Boks switched to Canterbury from Nike, or we would be in the same abomination of a jersey as England and France.

    BTW, Boks to win the Tri-Nations and WC. And Bulls to beat the Sharks in Durbs this weekend to win the S14.

  • Chuck Ryals | May 15, 2007 at 6:19 pm |

    great pics! esp Pats, Hanshin Tigers jersey. I have a Tokyo Giants jersey, also with non functional buttons, which I hate! I bought it in Japan, in which their XLG size is actually a medium! :-(

  • rustycruiser | May 15, 2007 at 6:20 pm |

    Make that collarless. Sheesh

  • Jeff B | May 15, 2007 at 6:38 pm |

    Mid-Continent Conference to change name to Summit League. In this article, it says there will be a new logo for the conference unveiled next Tuesday at a news conference.

  • Rob | May 15, 2007 at 7:12 pm |

    I know this isnt uni-related but the Mid-Con Conference changed its name and there is a new logo. The Mid-Con Conference is home to the Washington Wizard wannabe’s, The Oakland Golden Grizzlies, the unviersity that I attend and report for.

    The Summit League

  • Johnny O | May 15, 2007 at 7:13 pm |

    I’m watching the Brewers/Phils game and is it just me… or do the Brewers Batting helmets match their alternate jerseys a lot better than they usually do? I know the hats in general don’t match too well, but I always thought the batting helmets didn’t match that great either… but it seems they do today. Kind of like the jerseys a re a little darker.

  • ben | May 15, 2007 at 7:17 pm |

    Its Brainerd. Not Brainard. Thats in Nebraska, and lacks the beautiful lakes of the Brainerd Lakes area. Also, Trip Shakespeare never wrote a song about a cow-milking guitar genius from Brainard. He was, in fact, the Toolmaster of Brainerd.

  • gak | May 15, 2007 at 7:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”86583″]Edmonton will keep their dark blue and silver alternates as their home jerseys.[/quote]

    Dear god, I hope not. My Oil can’t be ditching the copper and the circular logo.

  • Joe | May 15, 2007 at 7:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”86470″]
    My first rugby practice ever in college my coach went over the main rules. Dont pass the ball forward, dont break the take out the scrumhalf until hes touched the ball and dont EVER, EVER EVER touch a rugby girl. Off limits since theyre usually monsters.[/quote]
    only the forwards are monsters, usually just the props. ever see a rugby girl who plays wing, 8man or scrum half. the wingers are usually fast, skinny and tight. Im dating our girls teams Scrumhalf right now, thats why i love rugby, get to meet girls who can drink with you

  • Chad G | May 15, 2007 at 8:20 pm |

    In the NY Mets photo gallery on Yahoo there are a bunch of pictures of the Mets from batting practice. Every single player shown, including Willie (the manager), is wearing the blue home hat instead of the BP hat. So now I think we can officially say as was reported here a few weeks ago that they have ditched the BP cap for good. Now if they only switched the black and orange on the bp jersey Mets script…

  • Jordan | May 15, 2007 at 8:22 pm |

    i wish there were a soccer only version of uni-watch, only so much baseball i can deal with… however, these posts are always great b/c of the diversity in the uni’s

  • Mike Engle | May 15, 2007 at 9:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”86635″]i wish there were a soccer only version of uni-watch, only so much baseball i can deal with… however, these posts are always great b/c of the diversity in the uni’s[/quote]
    Even though we don’t mean to repeatedly feature one sport, Mr. Lukas is a baseball fan (of the wrong NY team, in my opinion); he repeatedly marks about how little he knows about soccer. So even though his articles will probably not be soccer related (but there is a chance it could be), feel free to chime in with a soccer comment when appropriate, especially with a Saturday or Sunday Open Thread.

  • Smail | May 15, 2007 at 9:51 pm |

    After seeing those truck pictures, I can proudly link to Ohio State’s equipment truck. No swoosh anywhere! Click on the photo gallery link for numerous close-up images.

  • Jeff B | May 15, 2007 at 9:53 pm |

    Cubs now officially have two players with a silent “T” ending their names. Ryan Theriot (TEAR-e-o) and Mike Fontenot (FONT-uh-no)

  • Jeff B | May 15, 2007 at 9:55 pm |

    Forgot to mention, in calling up Fontenot, the Cubs sent down fellow unique namer Rocky Cherry.

  • MikeyB | May 15, 2007 at 10:13 pm |

    More regarding Nebraska’s spring game: the red team wore the same exact unis in the Cotton Bowl since the Cotton Bowl patch was still on there. And then a few days later, I saw a picture of the Huskers at some children’s hospital in the paper and they wore the same unis.

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | May 15, 2007 at 11:11 pm |

    When did the Mets get all-black hats?

  • Mike Engle | May 15, 2007 at 11:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”86666″]When did the Mets get all-black hats?[/quote]
    The real question is, why did they ever?

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | May 15, 2007 at 11:26 pm |

    Unfortunately, that’s all too obvious. In a time of change moving into the new millennium with futuristic ideals, many teams bastardized all that is holy to devoted fans and supporters just to conform to an idea that black is intimidating while adding contemporary drop shadows in an attempt to look more modern. Sad, really.

  • Mr. Met | May 15, 2007 at 11:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”86633″]In the NY Mets photo gallery on Yahoo there are a bunch of pictures of the Mets from batting practice. Every single player shown, including Willie (the manager), is wearing the blue home hat instead of the BP hat. So now I think we can officially say as was reported here a few weeks ago that they have ditched the BP cap for good. Now if they only switched the black and orange on the bp jersey Mets script…[/quote]

    Agreed. You know they’re going to keep a drop shadow on that, so I would go with the blue batting practice jerseys with orange “Mets” outlined in white with a black drop shadow, sort of like this.

    Together with the blue caps, that would be a pretty sharp look and a throwback of sorts to their batting practice jerseys in the early to mid-80’s.

  • Teebz | May 15, 2007 at 11:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”86616″][quote comment=”86583″]Edmonton will keep their dark blue and silver alternates as their home jerseys.[/quote]

    Dear god, I hope not. My Oil can’t be ditching the copper and the circular logo.[/quote]

    The Oilers’ alternate jersey is routinely in the top 10 in terms of merchandise sales. If you want to make money, you keep what sells.

  • Mr. Met | May 15, 2007 at 11:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”86666″]When did the Mets get all-black hats?[/quote]

    1999.

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | May 15, 2007 at 11:35 pm |

    Looks like Jarod Saltalamacchia borrowed Brian McCann’s back-of-the-leg puffy things on Sunday.

  • J Exby | May 16, 2007 at 12:25 am |

    [quote]
    I have a few of the old ones and one of the new ones. A traditional problem with the wool 5950s was that they were not uniformly sized, so 2 different caps with the same marked size would actually be slightly different. I’m not sure if the tolerances have been tightened on the new caps. [/quote]

    the “tolerances” / variances in 5950 caps remains a crap shoot, even in these new models.

    Despite owning at least twelve wool 5950 New Era White Sox caps from various historic eras, I went in search of the new polyester one.
    After trying on no less than 10 new 5950s caps all of size 7 3/8, I finally found ONE that fit tighter and was a perfect fit.
    I did go ahead and cut out the front “crown” stiffener, but the material does NOT shrink one bit after soaking it. Sad to say the least.

    I also noticed by trying on some non-Sox caps, that various other teams (production runs) did fit MUCH different. some 7 3/8 were huge, others smaller and tight. similar variances for random 7 1/4s I tried on.

    keep shopping folks, there is a perfect fit 5950 for your melon!

  • furrymunsters | May 16, 2007 at 2:15 am |

    [quote comment=”86633″]In the NY Mets photo gallery on Yahoo there are a bunch of pictures of the Mets from batting practice. Every single player shown, including Willie (the manager), is wearing the blue home hat instead of the BP hat. So now I think we can officially say as was reported here a few weeks ago that they have ditched the BP cap for good. Now if they only switched the black and orange on the bp jersey Mets script…[/quote]

    In BP before Tuesday nights game, the Mets did wear the blue hame cap, but the caps were from last season with the grey bill and not the new black bill.

  • Liam | May 16, 2007 at 6:57 am |

    [quote comment=”86454″]On the Austrailian Rugby jersey it’s not a crest that’s on the front it’s the arms. Many people get this confused.

    The crest is the charge (animal, person, whatever) that goes on the helmet of an achievement (i.e. full coat of arms.

    Here’s a good link
    to see the difference. The Arms is the shield

    This is a common mistake, and even the American military calls the shield a “crest” but it’s not.

    Some teams that use heraldry, and arms/crests in thier logos/sports uniforms are:

    LA Kings
    NY Rangers (even if they break from heraldic tradition by putting writing on the arms)
    Baltimore Ravens (they use the Maryland coat of arms/flag in places)
    The NHL’s Main logo is a form of heraldry (even with writing on it)
    Oakland Raiders
    and a whole slew of English Premier Teams

    A whole bunch of national teams use their arms on their uniforms too.
    Czech Repuclic Hockey
    Austailia (as noted above)
    Spain Soccer
    Sweeden hockey’s 3 crown design is based on their royal Coat of Arms (I think)
    and a boatload of others as well.[/quote]

    The “Arms” on the Australian Rugby jersey is a replica with a football over the top saying Wallaby, the game worn jerseys are the only jerseys to feature the offical Arms, which is embroided straight on to the jersey, this is instead of a shield patch sewn on as shown in the photos.

  • Lake | May 16, 2007 at 8:22 am |

    [quote comment=”86507″][quote comment=”86491″][quote comment=”86470″][quote comment=”86436″]In looking at the naked rugby scrum picture, the first thought was that the left team’s tighthead prop (front row, right side) needs to get her head down under her opponent’s shoulder before she breaks her neck.

    But then I thought about the fact that if she did that, she’d probably get smacked in the face by her opponent’s boob.

    And then I thought about how much I love rugby girls.[/quote]

    My first rugby practice ever in college my coach went over the main rules. Dont pass the ball forward, dont break the take out the scrumhalf until hes touched the ball and dont EVER, EVER EVER touch a rugby girl. Off limits since theyre usually monsters.[/quote]
    I agree- that’s why I didn’t marry one. :)

    And in my first practice, I had to play in nothing but my underwear. Got a great nickname out of it, though.[/quote]

    And that nickname would be?!?![/quote]
    Moosewong.

  • Stuby | May 22, 2007 at 10:12 am |

    When I was in High School, there were 2 guys on the football team with the same last name, let’s say it was Smith, and their first names were Jim and Jon. The names on their jerseys read ‘SMITH, JIM’ and ‘SMITH, JON’.

    Now that’s about as stupid as it gets.