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Hero Worship

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New ESPN column today — here’s the link.

Meanwhile: I love ripple effects. Case in point: Two or three weeks ago I got an e-mail from Ronnie Poore, telling me that he’d spotted something interesting in a photo that had run in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated. He no longer had his copy of the magazine, and neither did I, but he offered to ask around his office to see if anyone else had one. Eventually he wrote back to say he’d come up with a copy — did I want it? Sure, I said. So he mailed it to me, along with a letter explaining what had caught his eye in the photo he’d previously mentioned. I ended up linking to the photo — a shot of the 1965 NFL draft — in this past Monday’s Ticker, where I noted, as Poore had in his letter to me, the stirrups on the little figurines.

And that could have been the end of it — a typically wonderful example of a Uni Watch reader going the extra mile to bring a small detail to the attention of the larger readership. Nice.

But then the ripple effect kicked in. The day after I ran that Ticker item, I got a truly magnificent response from Vinnie Dinolfo, as follows:

The figurine was a bendable toy named Johnny Hero, which came out shortly after GI Joe. All 14 NFL teams were available as a Johnny Hero doll, which came complete with a miniature football uniform, plastic helmet, plastic shoes, and plastic football. I received the Cleveland Browns Johnny Hero for Christmas around 1966. The doll had socks, shoes, pants, a jersey, and shoulder pads to go along with the helmet and football. All the parts were removable. The white Browns pants were shiny satin and the jersey and socks were a T-shirt-like material. My Mom ironed the front and back numerals onto the brown football jersey (the Browns always wore white jerseys at the time, so that caused me slight disappointment). I chose No. 86, for Gary Collins. The brown sock was supposed to be worn under the smaller white sock, as my father pointed out. Apparently, whoever dressed the dolls shown in the 1965 draft photo put the socks on in the wrong order.

The best part of the uniform was that all of the stripes on the jersey, pants, socks, and helmet were perfect (which can’t be said about the current Browns socks). Johnny Hero was slightly larger than GI Joe and would lead the Browns to victory over GI Joe (wearing those helmets from the bubble gum machine) in my imaginary NFL title games. Unfortunately, the Johnny Hero doll was made of foam rubber and wire. The foam rubber eventually dried up and disintegrated, so the wires became exposed. I eventually lost all the uniform pieces that outlasted my doll. And sadly, the Browns have yet to win the NFL title since my Johnny Hero-worshipping days.

Wow. I’d never heard of Johnny Hero dolls before, so I went to eBay and typed “Johnny Hero” into the search engine. And that’s when the ripple became a tidal wave. Johnny Hero’s default outfit was a boring track suit, but you could customize him to be a member of just about any NFL or AFL team, and many of the little uniform sets available for sale were completely amazing. A quick search turned up kits for the Giants, Steelers, Vikings, Niners, Chargers, Lions, Colts, Cowboys, Packers (that sound you just heard was my pulse thumping a bit faster), Jets, Rams, Redskins, Pats, Eagles, Bears, Bills, Raiders, Oilers, and, yes, the Browns (with the never-used logo helmet!). Yeah, they got a few of the details wrong, but whatever — I think the uni sets still look wicked cool. You can get a closer look at the level of craftsmanship by checking out the close-up photos here and here.

You say you’re more of a baseball fan? No problem — you could also dress up Johnny Hero as a member of the Pirates, Phillies, Red Sox (looks like they cut corners by using those same stirrups for the Cardinals), Yankees, Indians, Senators, Angels (note the franchise’s old “LA” helmet logo), Orioles, Mets, Tigers, Twins, Giants, Dodgers, or Cubs.

I don’t know why, but many things are really appealing when rendered in miniature, and that definitely applies to these little uniform sets. Does anyone out there collect these?

(Update from this morning’s comments: Lots of great Johnny Hero info, including an FAQ section, care instrux for the uniform sets, “anatomical” details, lots of pics of the dolls dressed up in the uniforms, and a whole lot more, here. Wish I’d found this before writing today’s entry.)

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Speaking of Heroes…: A tip of the Uni Watch cap to New York Times writer David Picker, who’s just written one of the most complete and informative uni-related articles I’ve ever seen. It’s about those five-toed Japanese socks, which several of the Red Sox are wearing (and not just the team’s two Japanese pitchers). The article covers just about every conceivable base and provides a wealth of invaluable info — essential reading. Check it out here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: The Yankees held a pregame memorial ceremony for Virginia Tech last night, plus they put the VT logo on the field, on their caps, and, although it’s hard to make out, on Jorge Posada’s shoulder pad (with thanks to Vincent Barone for that screen grab). … According to this item about the NFL’s new anti-concussion measures, “The NFL rule requiring every player to wear a chin strap that is completely and properly buckled to the helmet will be strictly enforced.” Does that mean that the many players favoring this style will have to buckle up? Or does “completely and properly buckled” simpy mean at least one connection on each side? Stay tuned. … While researching something else, I came across this photo of Alex Delvecchio. Note that his captain’s C is outlined, rather than solid. (It’s also on the “wrong” side, but that was pretty typical for him — well, usually). … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Still more great photos from the Ernie Davis biopic shoot here.

 

179 comments to Hero Worship

  • Justin | May 24, 2007 at 8:57 am |

    Maybe its just because I hate the Yankees so much, but aren’t they a little behind on the Virginia Tech Tribute. I am thrilled that they would donate such a large amount of money. It just seemed weird to me when I was watching the game last night and saw the VT logo on Pettite’s hat.

  • Kieran K. | May 24, 2007 at 9:00 am |

    Ryan Howard was rocking the high socks look last night for his rehab assignment with the Lakewood Blue Claws

    Ryan Howard with Lakewood

    However, this was due to an organization wide requirement for minor leaguers, so I don’t think he’ll be wearing them when he returns to the Phillies on Friday

  • James P. | May 24, 2007 at 9:15 am |

    If there was a Colt .45’s or Astros uni set for Johnny Hero, I think I might have to have it.

  • Brady | May 24, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    Well the Oklahoma baseball team is the next to go to the dark side using NEW BLACK JERSEYS (from NIKE)

    Another view:

  • Brady | May 24, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    [quote comment=”91543″]Well the Oklahoma baseball team is the next to go to the dark side using NEW BLACK JERSEYS (from NIKE)
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    Another view:
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    Idon’t know how to set up the link correctly (without just putting forth the full link types out) – HELP….

  • phila fan in dc | May 24, 2007 at 9:26 am |

    Long time lurker, first time poster. That was a good shot of Ryan in his uniform. There were some other good bits on philly.com:

    “The BlueClaws made some arrangements of their own. Howard normally wears a size-54 jersey. The largest Lakewood had was a size-52. So the No. 45 was removed and Howard’s No. 6 was affixed to four of the shirts. Two were worn yesterday and will be auctioned off for charity. Two more will be worn today. One of those will also go to charity and Howard will keep the other as a souvenir.

    They also made sure to put “R Howard” on the back of his uniform, just so there would be no confusion between him and infielder Kevin Howard.

    “I don’t think that’s a problem,” K Howard said with a laugh. “We’re a little different size.”

    With the Phillies, Howard wears his uniform pants to the bottom of his spikes. With Lakewood, he adhered to the organizationwide rule and wore his pants high.”

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 9:28 am |

    That’s just a weird spot for the VT logo on the Yankee cap. Why behind the left ear?

  • tony payne | May 24, 2007 at 9:33 am |

    i just got done listening to my favorite morning show (dunham and miller on 1310 THE TICKET) discuss these socks
    as always, hilarity ensued

  • James P. | May 24, 2007 at 9:34 am |

    Here is a badly done web page with good pictures of the baseball unis being worn. Apparently there is an Astros set…no picture though. 0_0

    Oh, did anyone else notice the VT pulling away from some of the Yankee caps last night?

  • Kim | May 24, 2007 at 9:36 am |

    I think the Captain’s C on Delvecchio works on his right shoulder. It balaces out with the flying wheel logo which goes up and to his left. The C balances the look a bit.

    When the C is on his left, it visually bunches everything on his left shoulder.

    I find the large 10 on his gloves in this picture interesting, though.

  • Keith T. | May 24, 2007 at 9:38 am |

    Looking at the Johnny Hero uniform of the Red Sox, I was interested to see that the batting helmut had “SOX” down the front rather than the “B”. I have never seen this before.

    Did such a helmut ever really exist? If so, I would love to see some photos of it!

  • Joe Drennan | May 24, 2007 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment=”91551″]I think the Captain’s C on Delvecchio works on his right shoulder. It balaces out with the flying wheel logo which goes up and to his left. The C balances the look a bit.

    When the C is on his left, it visually bunches everything on his left shoulder.

    I find the large 10 on his gloves in this picture interesting, though.[/quote]

    In those days it was very common for players to have their number fairly large on their gloves for the same reason people pointed out yesterday that it makes sense for Little Leaguers to have their numbers on their hat.

    Today with so many different brands of hockey gloves and color combination possibilities it’s easy to find your gloves in a pile, that and the companies sew the players name, number, or nickname into the cuff of the glove. Some may remember Sid the Kid has Daryle on his gloves as it’s his nickname.

  • Scott | May 24, 2007 at 9:49 am |

    Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.

  • Jason | May 24, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?

  • Shaftman | May 24, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?

  • Brian | May 24, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    Unrelated to today’s topic, but what a fun “Uni Series” between the Red Sox and Yanks these past three days. What a pleasure to not have to worry about whether or not one or both teams are going to trot out in some hideously colored softball jerseys (like the Mets in black). But for the names on the Sox road jerseys, it could have been 1950. It makes the game a pleasure to watch.

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 9:56 am |

    [quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]
    I’m pretty sure William Van Landingham pitched to Todd Hollandsworth at some point. That would be 37 total and 26 in the surnames alone.

  • Joey Guns | May 24, 2007 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]

    The Mets announcers were discussing that as well. Mr. Met will probably chime in shortly and remember who they said may be the longest battery name in history. It’s already slipped my mind.

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 9:58 am |

    Sorry, I misunderstood the premise you were going for; battery-mates with long names.

  • jsdryden | May 24, 2007 at 10:02 am |

    I too noticed the “SOX” on the Boston helmet, and a quick check of Dressed to the Nines did not show this helmet in use… strange

  • Joey Guns | May 24, 2007 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”91563″][quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]
    I’m pretty sure William Van Landingham pitched to Todd Hollandsworth at some point. That would be 37 total and 26 in the surnames alone.[/quote]

    They were never teammates:

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    http://www.baseball-...

  • Shaftman | May 24, 2007 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”91564″][quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]

    The Mets announcers were discussing that as well.

    Mr. Met will probably chime in shortly and remember who they said may be the longest battery name in history.

    It’s already slipped my mind.[/quote]

    Didn’t even hear them say it…I was flipping channels because my wife HAD to watch American Idol live. She told me that I could record the game if I wanted to watch it that badly. Sometimes she gets it and sometimes she doesn’t.

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”91569″][quote comment=”91563″][quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]
    I’m pretty sure William Van Landingham pitched to Todd Hollandsworth at some point. That would be 37 total and 26 in the surnames alone.[/quote]

    They were never teammates:

    http://www.baseball-...

    http://www.baseball-...
    My bad. I apologized in post #19. Looks like the longest-named catcher Van Landingham ever pitched to was Kirt Manwaring.

  • Mike V | May 24, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]
    I have to defend Justin, I thought the same thing. It’s really not his or my fault. With today’s radio and television media only focusing mainly on what is happening now, or what the new bloodbath of the week is, stories like the VT shootings may seem further away in time than they are. If you are not directly connected to those terrible events, then they may be quickly put aside in your daily routine and thoughts. Last week you may be mainly concerned with the shootings, but this week you may be mainly concerned with the droughts in Australia because that is what the radio and television media is mainly pushing this week. It’s a great thing what the Yanks did, it just seems odd because they didn’t do it when every other team paid their respects and it’s not in the headlines anymore.

  • Barney | May 24, 2007 at 10:09 am |

    As Vinnie Dinolfo (above) commented on Johnny Hero: “The brown sock was supposed to be worn under the smaller white sock, as my father pointed out.”
    When we played sports in the ’70s, the stirrup was on the outside only in baseball. In basketball and football, the stirrup was sandwiched between two pairs of sanitaries. This gave the look of a white sock with 3-4″ of color or stripes on top.

  • Kings33 | May 24, 2007 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    Jeter can’t even get an up-to-date hairstyle.

  • P.C. | May 24, 2007 at 10:22 am |

    I’m pretty sure that “SOX” helmet for the Boston set is actually a White Sox helmet. I know Chicago wore a similar design at one point- either it’s a mistake or an intentional way to save money (like the stirrups).

  • Chris Hilf | May 24, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    Saw this in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today. I have never seen the steelers use these helmets before, must be a first-look at their new alt uniforms?

  • Chris Hilf | May 24, 2007 at 10:30 am |

    sorry – first look besides the Hines Ward introduction.

  • Joey Guns | May 24, 2007 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment=”91581″][quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    Jeter can’t even get an up-to-date hairstyle.[/quote]

    hahaha

  • Jen | May 24, 2007 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]

    Cano had his pajama style, like always.

  • Joey Guns | May 24, 2007 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”91586″]Saw this in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today. I have never seen the steelers use these helmets before, must be a first-look at their new alt uniforms?[/quote]

    That’s odd that they would be wearing them now. I mean, they’re only going to be used for 1-2 games. It’s not like it’s their helmet and jersey for every game……..

  • B93 | May 24, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    The SOX helmet is a 1951-1963 White Sox helmet. The Go-Go White Sox of that era were not just an great team, but their uniforms where also best the Sox have ever worn.

  • Chris Hilf | May 24, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    Wow, i should have kept reading. It’s explained here.

  • Tim B. | May 24, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    I thought that was a White Sox helmet. I went lookng for an example and couldn’t find, but I did come across this cool White Sox logo that I’ve never seen before.

  • Joey Guns | May 24, 2007 at 10:43 am |

    I’ll be the first one to admit that I know almost nothing about soccer, but I just saw this interesting pic of a shirt under the player’s soccer jersey from yesterday’s “super bowl of soccer” as my friend put it.

    http://img.dailymail...

    Moment of redemption: Kaka’s show of faith at the final whistle

    http://www.dailymail...

  • RHDII | May 24, 2007 at 10:44 am |

    [quote comment=”91592″][quote comment=”91586″]Saw this in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today. I have never seen the steelers use these helmets before, must be a first-look at their new alt uniforms?[/quote]

    That’s odd that they would be wearing them now.

    I mean, they’re only going to be used for 1-2 games.

    It’s not like it’s their helmet and jersey for every game……..[/quote]

    The Cowboys have done this during the Parcells era. Their throwback helmets (white with a solid blue star) are also their practice helmets. Don’t know if that’s coach’s preference or if it’s a marketing thing to put them out there more often than just 1-2 games.

    Anybody know?

  • jesse | May 24, 2007 at 10:45 am |

    Hey Paul, I have one of those pins that Nomar is wearing in the picture. It was given to me after I completed dancing in Penn State Dance Marathon, I think they give them out every year. While I know it is the same pin, I can’t say whether or not there is any connection with the Dance Marathon and Nomar (I would guess not).

  • Dane | May 24, 2007 at 10:53 am |

    Saw some roller derby on HDNet (“Geek to Freak with Dennis Rodman”) last night. Some of the girls were wearing FOUR-digit uniform numbers, including the new player, “Dee Calculator”, wearing 9001.

  • Joey Guns | May 24, 2007 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”91600″]I’ll be the first one to admit that I know almost nothing about soccer, but I just saw this interesting pic of a shirt under the player’s soccer jersey from yesterday’s “super bowl of soccer” as my friend put it.

    http://img.dailymail...

    Moment of redemption: Kaka’s show of faith at the final whistle

    http://www.dailymail...

    The first link isn’t working, but it’s the 3rd pic on the second link. The shirt says “I BELONG TO JESUS”.

  • Kim | May 24, 2007 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”91556″][quote comment=”91551″]I think the Captain’s C on Delvecchio works on his right shoulder. It balaces out with the flying wheel logo which goes up and to his left. The C balances the look a bit.

    When the C is on his left, it visually bunches everything on his left shoulder.

    I find the large 10 on his gloves in this picture interesting, though.[/quote]

    In those days it was very common for players to have their number fairly large on their gloves for the same reason people pointed out yesterday that it makes sense for Little Leaguers to have their numbers on their hat.

    Today with so many different brands of hockey gloves and color combination possibilities it’s easy to find your gloves in a pile, that and the companies sew the players name, number, or nickname into the cuff of the glove. Some may remember Sid the Kid has Daryle on his gloves as it’s his nickname.[/quote]

    I think it’s more the case that now they have a couple of guys to handle the equipment, as opposed to guys lugging their own stuff around. But I would have thought that more telling indications would be on the older brown leather gloves, too.

    While looking for other large numbered gloves, I saw this and this with Pierre Pilote of the Black Hawks with a C left and right.

  • WVU Tom | May 24, 2007 at 10:59 am |

    Wow, a Yankees hat with the VT logo! As an Orioles fan and WVU alum, I can’t begin to describe how that makes me feel. (shudders). Two arch-rivals from two different sports genres on the same cap!

    Note: I mean absolutely no disrespect to the victims or anyone involved with the horrible tragedy that occured on the Virginia Tech campus–my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone and everyone affected. Having said that, it certainly doesn’t mean I feel any differently about the VT athletic teams. (It’s too bad that VT is too scared to play the Mountaineers any more–I miss the old rivalry).

  • Mr. Met | May 24, 2007 at 11:04 am |

    [quote comment=”91581″][quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    Jeter can’t even get an up-to-date hairstyle.[/quote]

    We all know ballplayers are a superstitious lot; maybe he’s rocking a 90’s hairdo because he feels if he doesn’t, they won’t win another title.

  • Mike | May 24, 2007 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”91610″]Wow, a Yankees hat with the VT logo! As an Orioles fan and WVU alum, I can’t begin to describe how that makes me feel. (shudders). Two arch-rivals from two different sports genres on the same cap!

    Note: I mean absolutely no disrespect to the victims or anyone involved with the horrible tragedy that occured on the Virginia Tech campus–my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone and everyone affected. Having said that, it certainly doesn’t mean I feel any differently about the VT athletic teams. (It’s too bad that VT is too scared to play the Mountaineers any more–I miss the old rivalry).[/quote]

    Here here. As a WVU alum I could not agree more. Too bad we don’t play Penn State anymore either….

    I wish the Mountaineers would stop messing with the uniform though. I can think of at least six of seven versions of the football uni over the last, well, 15 years….that seems like a lot to me.

  • todd krevanchi | May 24, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    re: nomars pin
    it looks an awful lot like the statue of premetheus at rockefeller center
    http://www.artlex.co...

  • WVU Tom | May 24, 2007 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”91601″][quote comment=”91592″][quote comment=”91586″]Saw this in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today. I have never seen the steelers use these helmets before, must be a first-look at their new alt uniforms?[/quote]

    That’s odd that they would be wearing them now.

    I mean, they’re only going to be used for 1-2 games.

    It’s not like it’s their helmet and jersey for every game……..[/quote]

    The Cowboys have done this during the Parcells era. Their throwback helmets (white with a solid blue star) are also their practice helmets. Don’t know if that’s coach’s preference or if it’s a marketing thing to put them out there more often than just 1-2 games.

    Anybody know?[/quote]

    My guess would be a little bit of both (although a seasoned coach like Parcells may have more influence on things like this than say a rookie coach like Tomlin). Wearing them during practice increases the visibility pre-season, which, in the mind of marketing, may help to sell the alternate uni items to fans.

  • Paul Lukas | May 24, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”91618″]re: nomars pin
    it looks an awful lot like the statue of premetheus at rockefeller center
    http://www.artlex.co...

    Brilliant! I’m gonna see if my editor will add that to the text right now!

  • Jen | May 24, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    I’m pretty sure Nomar is wearing a guardian angel pin.

  • Jen | May 24, 2007 at 11:26 am |

    Here’s the link.

  • James P. | May 24, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”91623″]I’m pretty sure Nomar is wearing a guardian angel pin.[/quote]

    I’m fairly sure Jen is correct on this.

  • MH | May 24, 2007 at 11:46 am |

    I’m pretty sure Nomar is wearing a guardian angel pin.

    Folks, I’m pretty sure Jen’s correct. Nice job.

  • todd krevanchi | May 24, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”91625″]I’m pretty sure Nomar is wearing a guardian angel pin. Here’s the link.[/quote]

    now THATS brilliant… have him add this!

  • Paul Lukas | May 24, 2007 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”91632″]I’m pretty sure Nomar is wearing a guardian angel pin.

    Folks, I’m pretty sure Jen’s correct. Nice job.[/quote]

    It gets better. Two readers just directed me here and here.

    I’ve run the Manny photo many times — not sure why nobody mentioned this guardian angel thing before. Anyway, I’ll have a good follow-up item to run in my next ESPN column.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    ahh.., Jeter’s got it thank you very much.. !!

  • Justin | May 24, 2007 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]

    If you read my post again, you sill see that I said that I was thrilled that they did donate $1M. That was not the point. The point is that when I tuned in and saw the logo on Petitte’s hat I just thought it was kind of weird timing. I fully applaud them for making the donation. But it almost seems to me that the Yankees don’t want to do something when everyone else is, they want to stand out.

  • Josh from Pittsburgh in Boston | May 24, 2007 at 12:05 pm |

    The ECHL’s Florida Everblades unveiled their 10th anniversary logo (pic) and jerseys (no pic).

  • Paul Lukas | May 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”91633″][quote comment=”91625″]I’m pretty sure Nomar is wearing a guardian angel pin. Here’s the link.[/quote]

    now THATS brilliant… have him add this![/quote]

    I just did — should be added to the text in a few mins.

  • Justin | May 24, 2007 at 12:08 pm |

    I teach at a high school, and each year before Prom season we stage a mock accident so that the seniors see what can happen if they drink and drive. Anyway, one of my students came into class with one of the guardian angel pins many of you have been talking about. My guess is that this is Nomar’s way of honoring someone, much like David Ortiz points to the sky to honor his mother when he hits a home run.

  • DCM | May 24, 2007 at 12:13 pm |

    I started getting interested in the NFL when the Falcons and Braves came along in the mid-60’s. Never saw the doll, so I also had to make do with GI Joe in a bubble-gum helmet (or his astronaut helmet). Would’ve loved those uniforms sets!

  • concealed78 | May 24, 2007 at 12:32 pm |

    eeek… not ‘dolls’. “Action Figures” ;)

  • Joe Drennan | May 24, 2007 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”91653″]eeek… not ‘dolls’. “Action Figures” ;)[/quote]
    Exactly. I have quite the collection of McFarlane figures and my wife always calls them dolls, but I insits that they’re action figures.

    Intersting note, the Torii Hunter McFarlane figure has an underbill inscription with his 48 on it. I’d take a picture, but I have it at my desk at work.

  • Kenny | May 24, 2007 at 12:38 pm |

    You can add Kevin Durant to the list of why athletes wear a certain number by looking here

  • Nick Maibroda | May 24, 2007 at 12:40 pm |

    Check out this jersey. As far as I can tell the uni tagging is done on the inside of this jersey as opposed to the outside as is the norm. I guess it is one way to prevent guys like Rent-a-rocket Clemens from simply romving the tagging altogether. First time I have ever seen anything like that.

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    I found the Everblades 10th anniversary jerseys, and it angers me.

    First, a patch would suffice. Anniversary jerseys are the epitome of stupid in hockey. They can only be worn for one season ever. Just slap a patch on the sleeve or chest, and be done with it.

    Second, they are clearly using the Nike Swift template which, in my opinion, sucks. The vertical stripes look horrid, considering that the side panels have what appears to be a scale image on them.

    Third, why are they copying the Barney Rubble Hairpieces in putting the numbers on the front of the jerseys? What purpose does it serve?

    Honestly, I am thoroughly disappointed with these jerseys.

  • Russ | May 24, 2007 at 12:42 pm |

    Does anyone remember a similar nameless action figure from the early 1980’s? The figure would mount on a stand like Johnny Hero but only the stick-on numbers were .

  • susan | May 24, 2007 at 12:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”91639″][quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]

    If you read my post again, you sill see that I said that I was thrilled that they did donate $1M. That was not the point. The point is that when I tuned in and saw the logo on Petitte’s hat I just thought it was kind of weird timing. I fully applaud them for making the donation. But it almost seems to me that the Yankees don’t want to do something when everyone else is, they want to stand out.[/quote]

    Or quite possibly the only night not “declared” as some other night – or just the first night the two schedules of the Yanks and the VT pres connected.

  • Nick Maibroda | May 24, 2007 at 12:44 pm |

    If you look at the other jerseys the guy has on ebay, it seems that all the Pittsburg jersey are tagged like that. Even the Cool-base jersey is tagged on the inside.

  • Mike | May 24, 2007 at 12:57 pm |

    I do remember back in the day Big Jim had a set of sports uniforms (hockey, basketball, football).

    one example here (apologies for the color)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • Andy from KC | May 24, 2007 at 12:59 pm |

    Great column today. As someone who has never been to Dodger Stadium, what I liked best was this panoramic shot of the ballpark. Gorgeous.

  • Christopher | May 24, 2007 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”91599″]I thought that was a White Sox helmet. I went lookng for an example and couldn’t find, but I did come across this cool White Sox logo that I’ve never seen before.[/quote]

    That’s not really a uniform logo, more of a “corporate” logo. Most teams have them in addition to their “logo(s)” on their uniforms.

    Look here:
    http://www.chriscrea...

    Most of these logos are never on a uniform.

  • GoTerriers | May 24, 2007 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”91670″]Great column today. As someone who has never been to Dodger Stadium, what I liked best was this panoramic shot of the ballpark. Gorgeous.[/quote]

    It’s a beautiful park, but if you ever do get there what will really strike you is how CLEAN the concourses are. If I had dropped my Dodger Dog, I wouldn’t have thought twice about picking it up and still eating it (5-second rule applies) . . .

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”91670″]Great column today. As someone who has never been to Dodger Stadium, what I liked best was this panoramic shot of the ballpark. Gorgeous.[/quote]
    I don’t get why teams continue to go the Camden Yards route with new ballparks. Symmetry is OK and there is no need to be quirky just for the hell of it (see: Houston). Dodger Stadium is gorgeous; hard to believe its about 45 years old.

  • Mr. Met | May 24, 2007 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”91669″]I do remember back in the day Big Jim had a set of sports uniforms (hockey, basketball, football).

    one example here (apologies for the color)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    That thing is so old & yellowed I don’t think anyone would have guessed it was purple unless you pointed it out.

  • Joe | May 24, 2007 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”91669″]I do remember back in the day Big Jim had a set of sports uniforms (hockey, basketball, football).

    one example here (apologies for the color)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Man are the 7’s on the Pirates’ jerseys ugly or what? The bottom serif should be centered. It looks like a 2 that didn’t quite make it!

  • Eric | May 24, 2007 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]

    Sorry if this gets mentioned, I haven’t read all the comments, but being a Giants fan, the longest combo I can think of is Van Landingham to Manwaring, which comes up short at 33 total or 22 last name only . . . I saw this combo on several occasions at Candlestick.

  • Cathy | May 24, 2007 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”91659″]Does anyone remember a similar nameless action figure from the early 1980’s? The figure would mount on a stand like Johnny Hero but only the stick-on numbers were .[/quote]

    No, but there is this. Comes in every MLB team I believe.

  • Justin | May 24, 2007 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”91661″][quote comment=”91639″][quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]

    If you read my post again, you sill see that I said that I was thrilled that they did donate $1M. That was not the point. The point is that when I tuned in and saw the logo on Petitte’s hat I just thought it was kind of weird timing. I fully applaud them for making the donation. But it almost seems to me that the Yankees don’t want to do something when everyone else is, they want to stand out.[/quote]

    Or quite possibly the only night not “declared” as some other night – or just the first night the two schedules of the Yanks and the VT pres connected.[/quote]

    You’re right, that’s possibly the case. It’s a wonderful opinion. You’re welcome to yours, and I am to mine. I just saw the timing as quite odd.

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”91684″][quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]

    Sorry if this gets mentioned, I haven’t read all the comments, but being a Giants fan, the longest combo I can think of is Van Landingham to Manwaring, which comes up short at 33 total or 22 last name only . . . I saw this combo on several occasions at Candlestick.[/quote]
    Yup. Post #23. I love that Van Landingham’s teammates nicknamed him ‘Shemp’ because of his hair. After a while, my buddy Ray started calling him ‘Van Launching Pad’.

  • Jeremy | May 24, 2007 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”91573″][quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]
    I have to defend Justin, I thought the same thing. It’s really not his or my fault. With today’s radio and television media only focusing mainly on what is happening now, or what the new bloodbath of the week is, stories like the VT shootings may seem further away in time than they are. If you are not directly connected to those terrible events, then they may be quickly put aside in your daily routine and thoughts. Last week you may be mainly concerned with the shootings, but this week you may be mainly concerned with the droughts in Australia because that is what the radio and television media is mainly pushing this week. It’s a great thing what the Yanks did, it just seems odd because they didn’t do it when every other team paid their respects and it’s not in the headlines anymore.[/quote]
    Do you really think that the President of Virginia Tech could have made it to NY much sooner than he did? With all the things that he had to do since the tragedy that happened at his school, not to mention the damage control that he had to take care of, im sure being at Yankee Stadium wasn’t first on his list. The Yankees worked it around his schedule, and let’s face it, they also gave 1 Million dollars, and will bring a lot of positive press,not to mention a lot of money to Virginia Tech when they play a game on or around the VT Campus. For once, can people stop looking at all the negatives and just focus on the positives?

  • Steve | May 24, 2007 at 2:04 pm |

    Anyone notice the “PISTONS” written on Tayshaun’s Prince’s socks? YOu can check out the picture in last week’s Sports Illustrated (pg 45)

  • WVU Tom | May 24, 2007 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”91677″][quote comment=”91670″]Great column today. As someone who has never been to Dodger Stadium, what I liked best was this panoramic shot of the ballpark. Gorgeous.[/quote]
    I don’t get why teams continue to go the Camden Yards route with new ballparks. Symmetry is OK and there is no need to be quirky just for the hell of it (see: Houston). Dodger Stadium is gorgeous; hard to believe its about 45 years old.[/quote]

    Camden Yards was and is a great place to watch a game, but I have never liked how so many teams “copied” the design. I was really glad to find out that DC’s new ballpark, slated to open next year, went with a different approach. The designs not only look fantastic (IMO), but have look and feel completely different from that of The Yard.

  • Ron | May 24, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    We know the Washington Capitals will debut their new uniforms on draft day, but what about the other teams? Has this been discussed regarding other teams?

    The NHL draft will be televised and in the past when teams make their player selections, the player heads up to the stage and puts on his jersey over his shirt and tie, puts on the cap and smiles for photo-ops with the front office staff.

    Will the draft be the first sightings of the newly designed jerseys everyone’s been talking about?

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”91708″]We know the Washington Capitals will debut their new uniforms on draft day, but what about the other teams? Has this been discussed regarding other teams?

    The NHL draft will be televised and in the past when teams make their player selections, the player heads up to the stage and puts on his jersey over his shirt and tie, puts on the cap and smiles for photo-ops with the front office staff.

    Will the draft be the first sightings of the newly designed jerseys everyone’s been talking about?[/quote]
    I’m just excited to see Vancouver’s new uni’s. Their current ones are putrid..but not the hockey stick.

  • =bg= | May 24, 2007 at 2:36 pm |

    Little Swoosh/O logo creep here…

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”91708″]We know the Washington Capitals will debut their new uniforms on draft day, but what about the other teams? Has this been discussed regarding other teams?

    The NHL draft will be televised and in the past when teams make their player selections, the player heads up to the stage and puts on his jersey over his shirt and tie, puts on the cap and smiles for photo-ops with the front office staff.

    Will the draft be the first sightings of the newly designed jerseys everyone’s been talking about?[/quote]

    Nope. As it stands, Washington is the only team slated to debut their new threads on the 22nd. Vancouver is later – the guy who runs the team shop out of GM Place was told he had to order the jerseys sight unseen.

    From what I understand, there will be further unveilings in August and September. No other teams, from all I have read, have even set a date.

  • Joe | May 24, 2007 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”91707″][quote comment=”91677″][quote comment=”91670″]Great column today. As someone who has never been to Dodger Stadium, what I liked best was this panoramic shot of the ballpark. Gorgeous.[/quote]
    I don’t get why teams continue to go the Camden Yards route with new ballparks. Symmetry is OK and there is no need to be quirky just for the hell of it (see: Houston). Dodger Stadium is gorgeous; hard to believe its about 45 years old.[/quote]

    Camden Yards was and is a great place to watch a game, but I have never liked how so many teams “copied” the design. I was really glad to find out that DC’s new ballpark, slated to open next year, went with a different approach. The designs not only look fantastic (IMO), but have look and feel completely different from that of The Yard.[/quote]

    I was at the yard (free club level seats!) last night and was thinking about how great it still looks after 15 years…no special patch for that, huh Pete? Although they are building a hotel just beyond center field that may block some of the view of the Bromo Seltzer tower…not a fan of that.

    The DC stadium renderings do look sweet!

  • Rick | May 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”91716″]Little Swoosh/O logo creep here…

    http://sportsillustr...

    It took me 10 mins to find the swoosh!

  • Lockbull | May 24, 2007 at 2:52 pm |

    Little Swoosh/O logo creep here…

    http://sportsillustr

    It took me 10 mins to find the swoosh!

    They had to ruin it by putting the cheerleaders in Oregon Football unis in one of the pics, did’nt they?

  • Anthony Verna | May 24, 2007 at 2:53 pm |

    That’s an expensive sandwich in the picture. $299? I hope there’s Kobe beef and caviar in it!

  • Ron | May 24, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”91717″][quote comment=”91708″]We know the Washington Capitals will debut their new uniforms on draft day, but what about the other teams? Has this been discussed regarding other teams?

    The NHL draft will be televised and in the past when teams make their player selections, the player heads up to the stage and puts on his jersey over his shirt and tie, puts on the cap and smiles for photo-ops with the front office staff.

    Will the draft be the first sightings of the newly designed jerseys everyone’s been talking about?[/quote]

    Nope. As it stands, Washington is the only team slated to debut their new threads on the 22nd. Vancouver is later – the guy who runs the team shop out of GM Place was told he had to order the jerseys sight unseen.

    From what I understand, there will be further unveilings in August and September. No other teams, from all I have read, have even set a date.[/quote]

    Thanks for the follow-up looks like the players that get drafted will have to put on last season’s version.

    Hoping for the Canucks stay with the throwback look. But I have a feeling it may be an updated version.

  • Matt from LA | May 24, 2007 at 3:00 pm |

    Paul- A while back I seem to remember chatter about a hockey goalie who used a blocker on both hands. Am I crazy? Do you or anybody have a pic you can link to? Thanks

  • Justin | May 24, 2007 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”91698″][quote comment=”91573″][quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]
    I have to defend Justin, I thought the same thing. It’s really not his or my fault. With today’s radio and television media only focusing mainly on what is happening now, or what the new bloodbath of the week is, stories like the VT shootings may seem further away in time than they are. If you are not directly connected to those terrible events, then they may be quickly put aside in your daily routine and thoughts. Last week you may be mainly concerned with the shootings, but this week you may be mainly concerned with the droughts in Australia because that is what the radio and television media is mainly pushing this week. It’s a great thing what the Yanks did, it just seems odd because they didn’t do it when every other team paid their respects and it’s not in the headlines anymore.[/quote]
    Do you really think that the President of Virginia Tech could have made it to NY much sooner than he did? With all the things that he had to do since the tragedy that happened at his school, not to mention the damage control that he had to take care of, im sure being at Yankee Stadium wasn’t first on his list. The Yankees worked it around his schedule, and let’s face it, they also gave 1 Million dollars, and will bring a lot of positive press,not to mention a lot of money to Virginia Tech when they play a game on or around the VT Campus. For once, can people stop looking at all the negatives and just focus on the positives?[/quote]

    Why did the Yankees have to wait until the President of Virginia Tech could come to a game to honor the school. It just seemed like odd timing.

  • WVU Tom | May 24, 2007 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”91718″][quote comment=”91707″][quote comment=”91677″][quote comment=”91670″]Great column today. As someone who has never been to Dodger Stadium, what I liked best was this panoramic shot of the ballpark. Gorgeous.[/quote]
    I don’t get why teams continue to go the Camden Yards route with new ballparks. Symmetry is OK and there is no need to be quirky just for the hell of it (see: Houston). Dodger Stadium is gorgeous; hard to believe its about 45 years old.[/quote]

    Camden Yards was and is a great place to watch a game, but I have never liked how so many teams “copied” the design. I was really glad to find out that DC’s new ballpark, slated to open next year, went with a different approach. The designs not only look fantastic (IMO), but have look and feel completely different from that of The Yard.[/quote]

    I was at the yard (free club level seats!) last night and was thinking about how great it still looks after 15 years…no special patch for that, huh Pete? Although they are building a hotel just beyond center field that may block some of the view of the Bromo Seltzer tower…not a fan of that.

    The DC stadium renderings do look sweet![/quote]

    Yes, I know! I can’t believe they are buiding that Hotel–I’ve been pissed ever since they broke ground. The skyline view of the city from the yard is one of it’s great aesthic elements. I fear that in the future the only view will be of the new hotel.

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”91731″][quote comment=”91698″][quote comment=”91573″][quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]
    I have to defend Justin, I thought the same thing. It’s really not his or my fault. With today’s radio and television media only focusing mainly on what is happening now, or what the new bloodbath of the week is, stories like the VT shootings may seem further away in time than they are. If you are not directly connected to those terrible events, then they may be quickly put aside in your daily routine and thoughts. Last week you may be mainly concerned with the shootings, but this week you may be mainly concerned with the droughts in Australia because that is what the radio and television media is mainly pushing this week. It’s a great thing what the Yanks did, it just seems odd because they didn’t do it when every other team paid their respects and it’s not in the headlines anymore.[/quote]
    Do you really think that the President of Virginia Tech could have made it to NY much sooner than he did? With all the things that he had to do since the tragedy that happened at his school, not to mention the damage control that he had to take care of, im sure being at Yankee Stadium wasn’t first on his list. The Yankees worked it around his schedule, and let’s face it, they also gave 1 Million dollars, and will bring a lot of positive press,not to mention a lot of money to Virginia Tech when they play a game on or around the VT Campus. For once, can people stop looking at all the negatives and just focus on the positives?[/quote]

    Why did the Yankees have to wait until the President of Virginia Tech could come to a game to honor the school. It just seemed like odd timing.[/quote]
    Look, its better late than never. I just don’t like where they put the damn patch.

  • WVU Tom | May 24, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”91731″][quote comment=”91698″][quote comment=”91573″][quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]
    I have to defend Justin, I thought the same thing. It’s really not his or my fault. With today’s radio and television media only focusing mainly on what is happening now, or what the new bloodbath of the week is, stories like the VT shootings may seem further away in time than they are. If you are not directly connected to those terrible events, then they may be quickly put aside in your daily routine and thoughts. Last week you may be mainly concerned with the shootings, but this week you may be mainly concerned with the droughts in Australia because that is what the radio and television media is mainly pushing this week. It’s a great thing what the Yanks did, it just seems odd because they didn’t do it when every other team paid their respects and it’s not in the headlines anymore.[/quote]
    Do you really think that the President of Virginia Tech could have made it to NY much sooner than he did? With all the things that he had to do since the tragedy that happened at his school, not to mention the damage control that he had to take care of, im sure being at Yankee Stadium wasn’t first on his list. The Yankees worked it around his schedule, and let’s face it, they also gave 1 Million dollars, and will bring a lot of positive press,not to mention a lot of money to Virginia Tech when they play a game on or around the VT Campus. For once, can people stop looking at all the negatives and just focus on the positives?[/quote]

    Why did the Yankees have to wait until the President of Virginia Tech could come to a game to honor the school. It just seemed like odd timing.[/quote]

    Maybe they are a little late, but it is a nice gesture, and if nothing else, at least is doesn’t look as “bandwagon” as all the tributes done just days after the event.

    (I’m not a Yankees fan, nor do I know why they choose last night to honor the VT victims, just thought I’d play devil’s advocate).

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”91730″]Paul- A while back I seem to remember chatter about a hockey goalie who used a blocker on both hands. Am I crazy? Do you or anybody have a pic you can link to? Thanks[/quote]

    Dan Blackburn.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.

  • MH | May 24, 2007 at 3:18 pm |

    Little Swoosh/O logo creep here…
    It took me 10 mins to find the swoosh!

    Heck, I’m still looking for it ;-)

  • Dan | May 24, 2007 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”91601″][quote comment=”91592″][quote comment=”91586″]Saw this in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today. I have never seen the steelers use these helmets before, must be a first-look at their new alt uniforms?[/quote]

    That’s odd that they would be wearing them now.

    I mean, they’re only going to be used for 1-2 games.

    It’s not like it’s their helmet and jersey for every game……..[/quote]

    The Cowboys have done this during the Parcells era. Their throwback helmets (white with a solid blue star) are also their practice helmets. Don’t know if that’s coach’s preference or if it’s a marketing thing to put them out there more often than just 1-2 games.

    Anybody know?[/quote]

    My guess is that they’ll alternate wearing both sets of helmets. Helmets have to be broken in..the padding inside..to get the right fit. So I’d imagine they’ll be wearing both the black and the gold helmets on and off through mini-camps and the pre-season.

    I know the Redskins did the same the last time they wore the throwback helmets.

  • Matthew S. | May 24, 2007 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”91724″]That’s an expensive sandwich in the picture. $299? I hope there’s Kobe beef and caviar in it![/quote]

    I can’t recall the current pounds-dollars exchange rate, but I think this one would give it a run for it’s money: http://news.bbc.co.u...

    And perhaps it could be washed down with this: http://www.msnbc.msn...

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.

  • Mr. Met | May 24, 2007 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”91564″][quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]

    The Mets announcers were discussing that as well.

    Mr. Met will probably chime in shortly and remember who they said may be the longest battery name in history.

    It’s already slipped my mind.[/quote]

    Unless it was later in the game, at which point I was flipping back and forth and missed some of it, I only recall them talking about who had the shortest names for roommates (it was a slow day), but I don’t recall them talking about the longest battery name in history.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 3:28 pm |

    Also on the Blue Jackets website: To date, six other teams have launched new sites through the NHL – Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues.

    The NHL will be launching new sites for the rest of the teams throughout the summer. All teams are scheduled to have their new sites up and running prior to the start of the 2007-08 NHL season.

    You can read more about it here
    This might [does] have something to do with the complete overhaul in uniforms. RBK is gonna be slapped all over these new sites.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 3:39 pm |

    Top left hand corner, new Oilers logo?

  • Alan | May 24, 2007 at 3:42 pm |

    This is cool. All the Pro Football Hall of Famers and their uni numbers. http://www.profootba...

    Its funny how the guys with the most numbers are old time players that most of us have probably never heard of.

  • Jason | May 24, 2007 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Maybe I missed something, but the reason the logo is in Columbus Blue Jacket’s colors is probably because the draft is in Columbus. That’s the Ohio State flag swooping to the left of the logo.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”91750″]This is cool. All the Pro Football Hall of Famers and their uni numbers. http://www.profootba...

    Its funny how the guys with the most numbers are old time players that most of us have probably never heard of.[/quote]
    ..what a wicked name

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”91751″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Maybe I missed something, but the reason the logo is in Columbus Blue Jacket’s colors is probably because the draft is in Columbus. That’s the Ohio State flag swooping to the left of the logo.[/quote]
    You’re missing something alright.. ;-)

  • Shaftman | May 24, 2007 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”91745″][quote comment=”91564″][quote comment=”91560″]So I’m watching the Mets/Braves game last night and I see Oscar Villarreal pitching to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and wondered what the longest combination of names for a battery was.
    In this case, with given and surnames we get 35 letters; and with just surnames we get 23 letters. Can you think of any longer combos?[/quote]

    The Mets announcers were discussing that as well.

    Mr. Met will probably chime in shortly and remember who they said may be the longest battery name in history.

    It’s already slipped my mind.[/quote]

    Unless it was later in the game, at which point I was flipping back and forth and missed some of it, I only recall them talking about who had the shortest names for roommates (it was a slow day), but I don’t recall them talking about the longest battery name in history.[/quote]

    I know that Gary, Ron, and Mex were talking about Saltalamacchia having the longest name and Ott being tied for having the shortest name.

  • Mike V | May 24, 2007 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”91744″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.[/quote]

    Lets also not forget the whole episode that happened with the Pens possible moving (I am from Pittsburgh and Pens season ticket holder). If any city is next in line for a team, it’s Kansas City

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 3:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”91749″]Top left hand corner, new Oilers logo?[/quote]

    No, that’s their Community Foundation logo. It’s technically a separate business.

  • Kevin from Ohio in Virginia | May 24, 2007 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”91636″][quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    ahh.., Jeter’s got it thank you very much..

    No, he doesn’t get it. If he did, he would look more like this.

    !![/quote]

    Please note the fantastic stirrup/white sanitary hose combo.

  • Mike V | May 24, 2007 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”91735″][quote comment=”91730″]Paul- A while back I seem to remember chatter about a hockey goalie who used a blocker on both hands. Am I crazy? Do you or anybody have a pic you can link to? Thanks[/quote]

    Dan Blackburn.[/quote]

    It looks as if he has a glove under the blocker (look at the right side), as if he just attached the blocker part to the top of a glove.

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”91758″][quote comment=”91735″][quote comment=”91730″]Paul- A while back I seem to remember chatter about a hockey goalie who used a blocker on both hands. Am I crazy? Do you or anybody have a pic you can link to? Thanks[/quote]

    Dan Blackburn.[/quote]

    It looks as if he has a glove under the blocker (look at the right side), as if he just attached the blocker part to the top of a glove.[/quote]

    That’s correct. He modified a glove to include the blocker on top due to nerve damage in his hand. However, the glove is a lot smaller than a normal trapper. It’s is basically only good for smothering pucks.

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”91759″][quote comment=”91758″][quote comment=”91735″][quote comment=”91730″]Paul- A while back I seem to remember chatter about a hockey goalie who used a blocker on both hands. Am I crazy? Do you or anybody have a pic you can link to? Thanks[/quote]

    Dan Blackburn.[/quote]

    It looks as if he has a glove under the blocker (look at the right side), as if he just attached the blocker part to the top of a glove.[/quote]

    That’s correct. He modified a glove to include the blocker on top due to nerve damage in his hand. However, the glove is a lot smaller than a normal trapper. It is basically only good for smothering pucks.[/quote]

    Damned mistakes. :o)

  • Mark in Cincy | May 24, 2007 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”91744″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.[/quote]
    The reason the IHL, AHL, and ECHL have not (and will not) succeed here (here being Cincy) is the heap of crap they are playing in and the high prices they are charging for minor league hockey. While I would kill for a pro team in Cincinnati, I agree that Ohio is a one hockey team state. I will gladly drive to Columbus to watch the Jackets play a couple of times a year, the tickets are reasonable and the arena is great.

  • Mike V | May 24, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”91759″][quote comment=”91758″][quote comment=”91735″][quote comment=”91730″]Paul- A while back I seem to remember chatter about a hockey goalie who used a blocker on both hands. Am I crazy? Do you or anybody have a pic you can link to? Thanks[/quote]

    Dan Blackburn.[/quote]

    It looks as if he has a glove under the blocker (look at the right side), as if he just attached the blocker part to the top of a glove.[/quote]

    That’s correct. He modified a glove to include the blocker on top due to nerve damage in his hand. However, the glove is a lot smaller than a normal trapper. It’s is basically only good for smothering pucks.[/quote]

    Makes sense, I was thinking if it was a regular glove, all adding a blocker would do is slow down his glove hand speed.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 4:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”91757″][quote comment=”91636″][quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    ahh.., Jeter’s got it thank you very much..

    No, he doesn’t get it. If he did, he would look more like this.

    !![/quote]

    Please note the fantastic stirrup/white sanitary hose combo.[/quote]
    It’s not mandatory to have high socks. Jeter gets it.

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 4:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”91766″][quote comment=”91757″][quote comment=”91636″][quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    ahh.., Jeter’s got it thank you very much..

    No, he doesn’t get it. If he did, he would look more like this.

    !![/quote]

    Please note the fantastic stirrup/white sanitary hose combo.[/quote]
    It’s not mandatory to have high socks. Jeter gets it.[/quote]

    He doesn’t show any sock…
    Nope. Doesn’t get it.

  • Brendan | May 24, 2007 at 4:19 pm |

    While taking a look for the longest battery name combo for the A’s, I found three that are 31 letters long: Jason Isringhausen and Mike MacFarlane, Isringhausen and Ramon Hernandez, and Justin Duchscherer and Ramon Hernandez. While none of those combos are longer than Saltalamacchia and Villareal in either full names or just last names, it turns out that both pitchers have the same number of letters in their names, and both catchers have the same number of letters in their names (as does Brandon Buckley, the A’s bullpen catcher).

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 4:20 pm |

    Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.

  • Brendan | May 24, 2007 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”91755″][quote comment=”91744″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.[/quote]

    Lets also not forget the whole episode that happened with the Pens possible moving (I am from Pittsburgh and Pens season ticket holder). If any city is next in line for a team, it’s Kansas City[/quote]

    I think you mean Winnepeg.

  • UW justin | May 24, 2007 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude

  • UW justin | May 24, 2007 at 4:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 4:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”91776″][quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.[/quote]
    got it ;-)

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”91777″][quote comment=”91776″][quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.[/quote]

    got it ;-)[/quote]
    ..but there’s gotta be a pic with him showing some sock,

  • todd krevanchi | May 24, 2007 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”91716″]Little Swoosh/O logo creep here…

    http://sportsillustr...

    took some license but…

    “I’m thinking I might take that new chick from Oregon. If things go well I might be showing her my O-face. “O… O… O!” You know what I’m talkin’ about. “O!”

  • Jonathan | May 24, 2007 at 4:41 pm |

    Regarding the Yankees VT ribbon logo – has anyone else been kind of overloaded on Awareness Ribbons? I hate to be a pill, but with so many out there the individual meanings are getting kind of watered down.

    And just think… we have Tony Orlando to thank for it!

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 4:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”91773″][quote comment=”91755″][quote comment=”91744″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.[/quote]

    Lets also not forget the whole episode that happened with the Pens possible moving (I am from Pittsburgh and Pens season ticket holder). If any city is next in line for a team, it’s Kansas City[/quote]

    I think you mean Winnepeg.[/quote]

    Winnipeg will never be an NHL city unless there is some way of having 300,000 people move to the city quick. Even then, Winnipeg is still sketchy in terms of its viability as an NHL city.

    KC or LV are the next most logical cities.

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”91779″][quote comment=”91716″]Little Swoosh/O logo creep here…

    http://sportsillustr...

    took some license but…

    “I’m thinking I might take that new chick from Oregon. If things go well I might be showing her my O-face. “O… O… O!” You know what I’m talkin’ about. “O!”[/quote]

    Nice work, Drew K. ;o)

  • Mike | May 24, 2007 at 4:47 pm |
  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 4:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”91778″][quote comment=”91777″][quote comment=”91776″][quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.[/quote]

    got it

    ;-)[/quote]
    ..but there’s gotta be a pic with him showing some sock,[/quote]
    Exhibit A: #18-Good socks; #2-no socks.

  • Broker75 | May 24, 2007 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”91788″][quote comment=”91778″][quote comment=”91777″][quote comment=”91776″][quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.[/quote]

    got it

    ;-)[/quote]
    ..but there’s gotta be a pic with him showing some sock,[/quote]
    Exhibit A: #18-Good socks; #2-no socks.[/quote]
    that’s been established already..

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”91789″][quote comment=”91788″][quote comment=”91778″][quote comment=”91777″][quote comment=”91776″][quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.[/quote]

    got it

    ;-)[/quote]
    ..but there’s gotta be a pic with him showing some sock,[/quote]
    Exhibit A: #18-Good socks; #2-no socks.[/quote]
    that’s been established already..[/quote]
    Yeah, I know. Its still fun.

  • Jon in SLC | May 24, 2007 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”91773″][quote comment=”91755″][quote comment=”91744″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.[/quote]

    Lets also not forget the whole episode that happened with the Pens possible moving (I am from Pittsburgh and Pens season ticket holder). If any city is next in line for a team, it’s Kansas City[/quote]

    I think you mean Winnepeg.[/quote]

    I was actually going to ask this today as well. Teebz, since your the resident Uni Watch Hockey Wing Curator, what do you think the potential sale of the Predators means and where do you think that could end up? Potential because of his Penguins moves.

  • Jordan | May 24, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”91751″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Maybe I missed something, but the reason the logo is in Columbus Blue Jacket’s colors is probably because the draft is in Columbus. That’s the Ohio State flag swooping to the left of the logo.[/quote]

    Is that a new blue jackets logo? on all of their news items that seems to be present minus the nhl shield and other draft related stuff, plus in the background of the banner it looks like its put on some sort of apparel

  • Jordan | May 24, 2007 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”91792″][quote comment=”91751″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Maybe I missed something, but the reason the logo is in Columbus Blue Jacket’s colors is probably because the draft is in Columbus. That’s the Ohio State flag swooping to the left of the logo.[/quote]

    Is that a new blue jackets logo? on all of their news items that seems to be present minus the nhl shield and other draft related stuff, plus in the background of the banner it looks like its put on some sort of apparel[/quote]

    now that i think of it, that has to be old news, cause its shown on a jersey and is the little logo firefox displays to id the website…so i guess i was just late on finding out about the logo

  • Frank Mercogliano | May 24, 2007 at 5:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”91752″][quote comment=”91750″]This is cool. All the Pro Football Hall of Famers and their uni numbers. http://www.profootba...

    Its funny how the guys with the most numbers are old time players that most of us have probably never heard of.[/quote]
    ..what a wicked name[/quote]

    ….But not as crazy as the oxymoron-type name of this guy.

  • Andrew | May 24, 2007 at 5:08 pm |

    Regarding the Yankees VT ribbon logo – has anyone else been kind of overloaded on Awareness Ribbons? I hate to be a pill, but with so many out there the individual meanings are getting kind of watered down.

    And just think… we have Tony Orlando to thank for it!

    I never knew blue ribbons were used for Hippo Attack Awareness, I guess they ran out of colors

  • Teebz | May 24, 2007 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”91791″]
    I was actually going to ask this today as well. Teebz, since your the resident Uni Watch Hockey Wing Curator, what do you think the potential sale of the Predators means and where do you think that could end up? Potential because of his Penguins moves.[/quote]

    Kitchener-Waterloo in Southern Ontario seems to make the most sense. Maple Leafs tickets come at a premium, and they are routinely sold out. With Buffalo, Detroit and Toronto there (and having an established, winning team in the Predators moving in), rivalries should form quickly.

    Kansas City would be the next most logical choice, followed by Las Vegas. KC and LV would both be in the Western Conference without doubt.

  • Cathy | May 24, 2007 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”91750″]This is cool. All the Pro Football Hall of Famers and their uni numbers. http://www.profootba...

    Its funny how the guys with the most numbers are old time players that most of us have probably never heard of.[/quote]

    OK, in true geekdom, I pasted the numbers into an EXCEL spreadsheet and got the following data (I used all the numbers including the multiple numbers worn by numerous players, i.e. Joe Montana gets credit for 16 and 19).

    Most Represented number is: “44” worn by 9 players.

    Second with 8 Players are: “1” “14” “16” “20” and “22”. The number “1” surprised me, it was used by mostly older players with the exception of Warren Moon. Today I consider “1” a kickers number. “22” surprised me too. It doesn’t seem like a particularly popular number.

    The numbers not represented at all are: “23” “43” “48” “67” “69” “90” “93” “94” “95” “96” and “97”.

    There were two players who wore “0”, Jim Otto being the more famous of the two. “00” was not represented.

    I was surprised that numbers “13” and “19” were each worn by 6 players…I don’t know why it struck me as odd, it just did.

    It is interesting to see some of the number changes. One player, Steve Owen, started with “55”, but also wore “9” “36” “44” “50”. I assume this was way before the NFL put restrictions on numbers per position.

    Anyway, thought I would share that with you…I must get hobby.

  • todd krevanchi | May 24, 2007 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”91790″][quote comment=”91789″][quote comment=”91788″][quote comment=”91778″][quote comment=”91777″][quote comment=”91776″][quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.[/quote]

    got it

    ;-)[/quote]
    ..but there’s gotta be a pic with him showing some sock,[/quote]
    Exhibit A: #18-Good socks; #2-no socks.[/quote]
    that’s been established already..[/quote]
    Yeah, I know. Its still fun.[/quote]

    im a fan of the longer pant look. and i think jeter looks like a player in his uni. so i say he “gets it”.

    by the way, since when did “get it” refer to wearing stirrup hose anyway? i was under the impression that the term “get it” simply meant that people were aware of this type of minutae.

  • Stuby | May 24, 2007 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”91803″][quote comment=”91750″]This is cool. All the Pro Football Hall of Famers and their uni numbers. http://www.profootba...

    Its funny how the guys with the most numbers are old time players that most of us have probably never heard of.[/quote]

    OK, in true geekdom, I pasted the numbers into an EXCEL spreadsheet and got the following data (I used all the numbers including the multiple numbers worn by numerous players, i.e. Joe Montana gets credit for 16 and 19).

    Most Represented number is: “44” worn by 9 players.

    Second with 8 Players are: “1” “14” “16” “20” and “22”. The number “1” surprised me, it was used by mostly older players with the exception of Warren Moon. Today I consider “1” a kickers number. “22” surprised me too. It doesn’t seem like a particularly popular number.

    The numbers not represented at all are: “23” “43” “48” “67” “69” “90” “93” “94” “95” “96” and “97”.

    There were two players who wore “0”, Jim Otto being the more famous of the two. “00” was not represented.

    I was surprised that numbers “13” and “19” were each worn by 6 players…I don’t know why it struck me as odd, it just did.

    It is interesting to see some of the number changes. One player, Steve Owen, started with “55”, but also wore “9” “36” “44” “50”. I assume this was way before the NFL put restrictions on numbers per position.

    Anyway, thought I would share that with you…I must get hobby.[/quote]
    Wow, that’s awesome. Although Jim Otto wore 00 and not 0. Maybe its an Excel thang.

  • Jordan | May 24, 2007 at 5:49 pm |

    ok…i know i’m stupid, apparently thats the blue jackets alternate logo and its very clear i don’t follow hockey. i also feel stupid for just realizing the minnesota wild was a bear head. http://www.sportslog...

  • schuby | May 24, 2007 at 5:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”91786″][quote comment=”91779″][quote comment=”91716″]Little Swoosh/O logo creep here…

    http://sportsillustr...

    took some license but…

    “I’m thinking I might take that new chick from Oregon. If things go well I might be showing her my O-face. “O… O… O!” You know what I’m talkin’ about. “O!”[/quote]

    Nice work, Drew K. ;o)[/quote]

    Lumbergh fucked her. haha

  • mike d | May 24, 2007 at 6:01 pm |

    I thought this was perfect for Uni Watch…

    Apparently, Boston’s two new Japanese pitchers have introduced a new sock trend to the team, five toed socks! Here’s the article.

    Fitting that this comes from a team called the Red Sox.

  • susan | May 24, 2007 at 6:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”91809″]ok…i know i’m stupid, apparently thats the blue jackets alternate logo and its very clear i don’t follow hockey. i also feel stupid for just realizing the minnesota wild was a bear head. http://www.sportslog...

    Not a problem! I practically live on logos and NEVER noticed the arrow in FedEx. A logo either appeals to you or not… when it does, you pay more attention.

  • cathy | May 24, 2007 at 6:08 pm |

    Wow, that’s awesome. Although Jim Otto wore 00 and not 0. Maybe its an Excel thang.

    Oops, I thought he wore double zero thanks. Excel defaulted it to zero…damn smart computers. Sometimes they are too smart and undo what you MEANT to do.

  • LES | May 24, 2007 at 6:19 pm |

    Hi

    Just a point about the European Cup Final, Liverpool have played in 7 finals in 77,78,91 and 84 they wore umbro kits and won all 4 ,in 85 they wore umbro all season then for the European Cup Final they started a new deal with Adidas, and lost, in 2005 they wore a reebok kit and won then in 07 its adidas again and lost. Ummm

    Les

  • Piney | May 24, 2007 at 6:36 pm |

    First time commentator, long time reader. I’m a huge fan of finding unique uniform details and being a Red Sox fan, I find more than my fair share these days. One of the more recent ones I found was a picture of Wily Mo Pena who is still wearing the old wristbands he had from Cincinnati.

  • mooka | May 24, 2007 at 7:49 pm |
  • mooka | May 24, 2007 at 7:51 pm |

    that would be “see that Lawn Mower Man knows how…” Sheesh. HTML is a harsh bitch.

  • =bg= | May 24, 2007 at 8:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”91761″][quote comment=”91744″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.[/quote]
    The reason the IHL, AHL, and ECHL have not (and will not) succeed here (here being Cincy) is the heap of crap they are playing in and the high prices they are charging for minor league hockey. While I would kill for a pro team in Cincinnati, I agree that Ohio is a one hockey team state. I will gladly drive to Columbus to watch the Jackets play a couple of times a year, the tickets are reasonable and the arena is great.[/quote]

    Just got a STINGERS jersey on eBay, and I loved the AHOL Swords. Do you mean the Gardens? It’s STILL OPEN??

  • =bg= | May 24, 2007 at 8:23 pm |

    uh, that’s AHL as in American Hockey League, sorry.

  • JJ | May 24, 2007 at 8:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”91813″]I thought this was perfect for Uni Watch…

    Apparently, Boston’s two new Japanese pitchers have introduced a new sock trend to the team, five toed socks! Here’s the article.

    Fitting that this comes from a team called the Red Sox.[/quote]

    Um, Mike – I hate to call you a poor viewer/reader but Paul mentioned this today under Speaking of Heroes….. D.A…..

  • Jim | May 24, 2007 at 8:51 pm |

    Wish I’d read this earlier today! I collect action figures from the 60s and 70s, and I have some Johnny Hero stuff. (And some Big Jim, too, the hockey outfit is really sweet.) Here’s a Johnny Hero info dump…..

    Johnny Hero appeared in exactly one Sears Christmas catalog (1965), and that’s the main reason we know what was available. Johnny came in a long box, and the uniforms came in “tray” packaging, like GIJoe stuff did back in the day. (Uniforms in tray packaging are expensive these days.) But sales were bad, and all the existing stock was put in baggies and sold as “Olympic Hero” for 97 cents. Olympic Hero baggies are very, very common.

    The linked pictures in the article are of Olympic Hero sets that have been removed from the baggie. I presume they did that to match the helmets/hats up with the uniforms, because if you find an Olympic Hero set in a sealed baggie, it will have the wrong headgear 99.9% of the time. My theory is that they had the uniforms sewn to the cards in one location, and the headgear was made in another. When they cleared out the inventory, they just grabbed a hat/helmet out of a box, tossed it in a bag, and sealed it. I have seen baggies with mismatched jersey/pants/stirrups, so it helps to have an idea of what the teams were wearing back in the 60s when trying to buy.

    Johnny Hero figures are very fragile, the foam will dry out, so I keep mine in a box, out of the light. I display a Dodgers uniform on a beefy GIJoe figure from the mid-90s, but it still looks like he’s wearing his big brother’s clothes.

    There was an article about Johnny Hero in Sports Illustrated 15 or so years ago, and there’s a whole chapter about him in “Action Figures of the 1960s” by John Marshall.

    And I’m still annoyed that they didn’t make any KC A’s uniforms. They probably didn’t want to deal with all that yellow and green.

  • girad31 | May 24, 2007 at 8:55 pm |

    I had one of those Johnny hero dolls when I was 6. The thing I remember most about them is the difficulty in putting on the jerseys because jerseys do not easily go on to a rough rubber skin. Being drom Detroit, I was also let down that they did not have the silver helmet. The unis look cool now, but Johnny Hero was no Stretch Armstrong…

  • WVU Tom | May 24, 2007 at 9:25 pm |

    Mike Bacsik of the National sporting some stirups tonight.

  • WVU Tom | May 24, 2007 at 9:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”91843″]Mike Bacsik of the National sporting some stirups tonight.[/quote]

    Sorry folks–ImageShack appears to be having problems. I definately did upload some screen-shots, but they don’t seem to be coming up. Hopefully they’ll show up in a bit.

  • Adam | May 24, 2007 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”91832″][quote comment=”91761″][quote comment=”91744″][quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Cleveland won’t get one as they just received an AHL franchise, and Toledo isn’t big enough. Cincinnati already failed in the IHL and AHL, and now they have a team playing in the ECHL.

    The reason Columbus works well is because they are the only NHL team in town… and the state.[/quote]
    The reason the IHL, AHL, and ECHL have not (and will not) succeed here (here being Cincy) is the heap of crap they are playing in and the high prices they are charging for minor league hockey. While I would kill for a pro team in Cincinnati, I agree that Ohio is a one hockey team state. I will gladly drive to Columbus to watch the Jackets play a couple of times a year, the tickets are reasonable and the arena is great.[/quote]

    Just got a STINGERS jersey on eBay, and I loved the AHOL Swords. Do you mean the Gardens? It’s STILL OPEN??[/quote]

    The gardens is still open, but not for hockey. All hockey is played downtown at “US Bank Arena”. Should be at the gardens though, much better place for hockey.

  • Jonee | May 24, 2007 at 10:18 pm |

    Random, but Shorpy posted this nice Cubs photo last week.

  • Jonee | May 24, 2007 at 10:19 pm |

  • Jonee | May 24, 2007 at 10:22 pm |

  • Jonee | May 24, 2007 at 10:23 pm |

    http://www.shorpy.co...

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong? Are there instructions for using links anywhere?

  • Valjean | May 24, 2007 at 10:44 pm |

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong? Are there instructions for using links anywhere?

    As a public service:

    1) Highlight the letters/words where you want the link.
    2) Click the “Link” button above the comment box
    3) Paste or type in your URL (note it pre-fills “http://”)
    4) Press OK
    5) You’re done

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | May 24, 2007 at 10:49 pm |

    I was looking back through some old sports cartoons and I found one referring to Tyrus Thomas saying he was in the Dunk Contest only for the money and was given a $10,000 fine. What strikes me as odd is that Thomas’ number is 24, not 9.

  • Minna H. | May 24, 2007 at 11:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”91598″]Wow, i should have kept reading. It’s explained here.[/quote]

    Thank you for posting this. Always great to hear from Troy P. I don’t like the yellow lid with the yellow jersey, though. Too much yellow hurts my eyes. That is one monochromatic look I would pass on.

  • Jonee | May 25, 2007 at 12:06 am |

    [quote comment=”91854″]I don’t know what I’m doing wrong? Are there instructions for using links anywhere?

    As a public service:

    1) Highlight the letters/words where you want the link.
    2) Click the “Link” button above the comment box
    3) Paste or type in your URL (note it pre-fills “http://”)
    4) Press OK
    5) You’re done[/quote]

    Ah. I get it. Thanks.

  • Tim | May 25, 2007 at 12:58 am |

    I bet you Nomar’s pin is a female soccer player. Little shout out to Mia.

  • C.N. | May 25, 2007 at 1:17 am |

    [quote comment=”91731″][quote comment=”91698″][quote comment=”91573″][quote comment=”91559″]In reference to Justin’s comment….
    The Yankees just made a $1M donation….who cares when they did it… how much did your favorite team donate to VT?[/quote]
    I have to defend Justin, I thought the same thing. It’s really not his or my fault. With today’s radio and television media only focusing mainly on what is happening now, or what the new bloodbath of the week is, stories like the VT shootings may seem further away in time than they are. If you are not directly connected to those terrible events, then they may be quickly put aside in your daily routine and thoughts. Last week you may be mainly concerned with the shootings, but this week you may be mainly concerned with the droughts in Australia because that is what the radio and television media is mainly pushing this week. It’s a great thing what the Yanks did, it just seems odd because they didn’t do it when every other team paid their respects and it’s not in the headlines anymore.[/quote]
    Do you really think that the President of Virginia Tech could have made it to NY much sooner than he did? With all the things that he had to do since the tragedy that happened at his school, not to mention the damage control that he had to take care of, im sure being at Yankee Stadium wasn’t first on his list. The Yankees worked it around his schedule, and let’s face it, they also gave 1 Million dollars, and will bring a lot of positive press,not to mention a lot of money to Virginia Tech when they play a game on or around the VT Campus. For once, can people stop looking at all the negatives and just focus on the positives?[/quote]

    Why did the Yankees have to wait until the President of Virginia Tech could come to a game to honor the school. It just seemed like odd timing.[/quote]

    I would guess they did it for the same reason the Red Sox waited until their nationally-televised game against the Yanks at Fenway in April to wear their green unis, to honor Auerbach- the fact that they were doing it on the biggest stage in the game, except the WS.

  • j seder | May 25, 2007 at 2:03 am |

    re five toed socks: I predict a sox fan craze. Someone smarter than me is going to market these in boston & make a fortune. Prediction #2: official mlb sposored red sox version to come out in next six weeks. you heard it here first. 2am, 5/25/07.

  • Sage Confucius | May 25, 2007 at 4:26 am |

    [quote comment=”91736″]I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but I just noticed the NHL’s draft logo. Resembles Blue Jacket colors. Ohio’s a good sport State. Maybe the new owner of the Predators can move them there and create a rivalry with another city in Ohio, I think the state could handle another NHL team. Then you can have one team in the West Conf. and one in the East.[/quote]

    Blasphemy! I will gather up all of the company Blackberries and pelt Bald-silly with them if he attempts to move my Preds!

    On a less hostile note….the bank I work for just bought Mellon who is a big sponsor of the Penguins. Several of us hockey fans here are going to see if the bank will sponsor the Predators. We will NOT allow the to purchase anything in this color though.

  • Sage Confucius | May 25, 2007 at 5:05 am |

    [quote comment=”91756″][quote comment=”91749″]Top left hand corner, new Oilers logo?[/quote]

    No, that’s their Community Foundation logo. It’s technically a separate business.[/quote]

    Good thing. It looks like someone slipped in some oil.

  • Kevin from Ohio in Virginia | May 25, 2007 at 8:02 am |

    [quote comment=”91766″][quote comment=”91757″][quote comment=”91636″][quote comment=”91576″][quote comment=”91558″]Andy Pettitte was showing some sock last night.[/quote]

    I noticed that Pettite had ’em high, as did A-Rod, Cano and Mientkiewicz (sp?)

    Come on, Jeter… Get It[/quote]
    ahh.., Jeter’s got it thank you very much..

    No, he doesn’t get it. If he did, he would look more like this.

    !![/quote]

    Please note the fantastic stirrup/white sanitary hose combo.[/quote]
    It’s not mandatory to have high socks. Jeter gets it.[/quote]

    Please remember that you are, obviously, the new guy here. That being said, there is certain terminology that you need to learn before you pop off about Jeter “getting it” when he clearly does not.

    To “get it” means to understand and relish in the beauties and intricacies of the details of a sports uniform. In the sport of baseball, the properly worn stirrup and exposed white sanitary hose aren’t even details. They are a major part of what every major leaguer should put on every day. Until Jeter starts doing that, he doesn’t have a prayer of “getting it.”

  • Kevin from Ohio in Virginia | May 25, 2007 at 8:13 am |

    [quote comment=”91804″][quote comment=”91790″][quote comment=”91789″][quote comment=”91788″][quote comment=”91778″][quote comment=”91777″][quote comment=”91776″][quote comment=”91775″][quote comment=”91774″][quote comment=”91771″]Read the headline of the article..Jeter’s got it..and gets it.[/quote]

    Give it up, dude. He doesn’t GET IT TM[/quote]
    This guy has does nothing but good to Major League Baseball, what’s there to give up…dude[/quote]

    Last time I checked, this was UNIWatch and everyone’s reference to him not “getting it” is in regard to his uniform. Calm down and stop taking it so personally.[/quote]

    got it

    ;-)[/quote]
    ..but there’s gotta be a pic with him showing some sock,[/quote]
    Exhibit A: #18-Good socks; #2-no socks.[/quote]
    that’s been established already..[/quote]
    Yeah, I know. Its still fun.[/quote]

    im a fan of the longer pant look. and i think jeter looks like a player in his uni. so i say he “gets it”.

    by the way, since when did “get it” refer to wearing stirrup hose anyway? i was under the impression that the term “get it” simply meant that people were aware of this type of minutae.[/quote]

    Todd, longer pants? I’ve seen your name around here often enough to think that you should know better…

    The long pants look is just that… a look. It’s like a fireman deciding to wear his helmet backwards. He might think it looks cool, he might even be right, but it’s not how you’re supposed to wear the uniform. I think that showing the uniform respect by wearing it properly comes before looking cool.

  • Kevin from Ohio in Virginia | May 25, 2007 at 8:20 am |

    [quote comment=”91824″]First time commentator, long time reader. I’m a huge fan of finding unique uniform details and being a Red Sox fan, I find more than my fair share these days. One of the more recent ones I found was a picture of Wily Mo Pena who is still wearing the old wristbands he had from Cincinnati.[/quote]

    Nice catch, Piney. I love to check out the wristbands as well, ever since Barry Bonds started a mini-trend of having his face embroidered (complete with ironic caption depending on your take on Barry) on them a few years back which he has graciously discontinued in recent years.

  • Brian Estep | May 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm |

    The mini-Steeler uniform is the same as the 75th anniversary uni. Except the helmet. Plus the helmet has a logo on the wrong side.