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By Vince Grzegorek

Most of you know that I live in Cleveland, and that I tend to mention Cleveland sports every once in a great while. And at the risk of sounding like a complete homer, and even though the Spurs closed out the series last night, I wanted to dedicate an entry to one of the cooler uni-centric stories that came out of the NBA playoffs and finals — and it just happens to concern the Cavs.

A few weeks ago I sent a note to Paul mentioning that the Cavs had hung some huge jerseys from the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. According to the story, they were 35′ x 25′, weighed 102 pounds each, and had “Rise Up” on the nameplates. Decent enough Ticker fodder, but nothing earthshaking, right?

But then I started to think more about the background of the jerseys. Who had the idea? How long did they take to make? How do you go about making absurdly huge jerseys? Are they exact replicas? So I got in touch with Michael Thom, Director of Merchandising for the Cavs, and he was gracious enough to explain exactly how these huge jerseys came to be.

Apparently, the display was the result of a marketing brainstorm on how to take the “Rise Up” campaign (which has been this postseason’s marketing slogan) to the public. The first thought was to drape various statues around the city with oversized jerseys, an idea Thom said came from a similar marketing campaign done by Adidas for the NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas. But they decided that Cleveland’s statues were too widely dispersed across the city in nooks and crannies — they wanted a more prominent location.

The Terminal Tower, situated directly across from the arena, was an obvious choice for its size and prominence in the city’s history. After the location was set, the four huge jerseys went from concept to production to installation (the latter of which, incidentally, was the most costly step in the process) in just under two weeks, and were launched with a celebration on April 20. (In addition, they made a inflatable 15-foot version, which was featured at a fanfest and then was placed next to the arena for fans to sign.) They hang from the 37th to the 34th floors, so unless you work on a high floor of an adjacent building or have a good set of binoculars handy, this is what they look like.

But Thom was kind enough to pass on some great photos of the huge jerseys lying on the ground at Action Sports America (a company that apparently specializes in making big jerseys) just after they were finished being put together. Additional views here and here.

These photos helped answer my big question: Are they exact replicas? The answer, of course, is no. The navy alternates don’t have the same side paneling and detail as the real jerseys. Even the Adidas guide for retailing the replica jerseys has the same mistake. Thom lamented that since everything had to be done in under two weeks, and materials and sewing time were at a premium, some things couldn’t be reproduced exactly. Unsurprisingly, however, the Adidas logo is nice and noticeable.

One of the few questions that Thom couldn’t answer (in addition to: What size do you think the jerseys are?) was where the jerseys would end up once they’re taken down. Because of their size, no real good suggestions have emerged for preserving them for posterity, although he did say they will obviously need to be dried out and cleaned. Any Cavs fans have a 35-foot-high room in their house that needs some unique décor?

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Membership Update: Paul here (thanks for handling the lead entry today, Vince), with the latest membership news. If your uniform number is clickable on the membership roster, your card has been mailed out — I’d think many if not most of you should be receiving them by now. For those whose numbers aren’t yet clickable, Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner is now back from vacation and working on the next batch of cards as we speak. I figured he’d have a lot to do upon his return — you know how stuff piles up when you’re out of town — so I told him, “No rush.” To which he responded, “To me, there is a rush — people are waitin’ for them!” Is this guy the sweetest, most inspirational lug you’ve ever seen or what?

Meanwhile, I’ll announce a new raffle on Monday, which means a membership benefit will come into play: All enrollees will get three bonus raffle entries.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Not to knock Vince’s fine lead entry, but the best uni-related thing you’ll read today will almost certainly be this absolutely essential article about North Carolina’s myriad baseball uni combos. Crammed with interesting details and info, it’s earns Uni Watch’s highest rating. Got a note yesterday evening from Jen Muller (who publishes a pretty sharp Yankees-centric blog), with a subject line that read, “Bobby Abreu’s belt (or why I spent the afternoon taking pictures of Bobby’s ass).” Her note was as follows: “Going through some pictures I took at last Saturday’s Yankees/Pirates game, I noticed that Bobby Abreu had some sort of gold circle on his belt. I took my camera again to this afternoon’s game, and sure enough, there it was again. Here’s a different angle. Do you have any clue as to what this is?” Nope. Anyone else? Latest ridiculous example of the Nike branding juggernaut: If UCI wants to have its merch (which is made by New Balance) sold during the College World Series, all the gear will have to carry a swoosh, because Nike is the CWS’s official merchandiser. Completely offensive details here. McFarlane has come out with three new Cubs figurines, but Brian Newport has spotted problems in two of them: Greg Maddux doesn’t wear his stirrups like this, and they somehow dressed Derek Lee in home pinstripes with a road cap. “I suppose if the Cubs aren’t cursed on the field, they’re cursed on toy store shelves,” says Newport. Excellent interview from last year with the Indians’ equipment manager here (courtesy of Clevo’s own Vince Grzegorek). Best quote: “I had a player once who complained that the Chief Wahoo on his cap was not straight. He went through a whole box of a dozen caps, looking for one that he thought the Chief Wahoo was straight. But they all looked straight to me.” Please — everyone knows Chief Wahoo is gay. Great eBay find by Robert Eden: a 1940s football official’s uni — with a button-front jersey! Lots of other great stuff on eBay right now, including a bizarre solid-orange 1930s baseball uni (sponsored by Gulf Oil) and 22 yards of pinstriped wool flannel fabric (make your own unis!). Plus lots of nice vintage uniforms here, here, here, here, and here, some amazing varsity-style jackets here and here, and an absolutely killer Blackhawks sweater here. Colorado State’s football team will wear 1957 throwbacks for their first home game this fall (with thanks to Rob Montoya). Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: MLB won’t allow the Royals to wear powder blues at home (scroll down a bit to find the appropriate item on the page). Speaking of KC, a source who prefers to remain anonymous claims to “have it on very good authority that the Royals will be returning to blue shoes/belts for next season.” Great tidbit from yesterday’s comments: This week’s Sports Illustrated cover photo originally included reliever “Bazooka” Joe Smith, but he was cropped out of the final shot. Chelsea FC’s new away kits will look like this. Matt Lyon passed along this item about how the Astros’ recent draft signees were brought in for a round of BP and given uni numbers corresponding to the round in which they were taken, which led to some odd situations (number-centric part of the article begins in the fourth graf). … Great little tidbit in last night’s comments, courtesy of Matthew Self: “Adam Melhuse was traded from the As to the Rangers a few days ago. He was interviewed by Rangers play-by-play man Josh Lewin before tonights game. When Lewin asked him what the biggest uniform thing for him to get used to was, Melhuse replied that it was weird for him to look down and not be wearing white cleats anymore.” … Manny went high-cuffed last night. … David Chisholm notes that the Adidas striping on the NBA refs’ sleeves forced their O’Brien Trophy patches to be awkwardly off-center. … The Marlins wore 1997 throwbacks last night, and several readers noted that they didn’t include the Jackie Robinson patch that all MLB teams wore that season. Near as I can figure, however, the Marlins never wore the Robinson patch with their vest jerseys in ‘97. The patch was on their home pinstripes and road grays, but the right sleeves of their vest undershirts appear to have been blank all season long (additional pics here and here), and they weren’t smart enough to put the patch on the front of the vest, like the Reds did. … Note, incidentally, that the Marlins’ version of the Robinson patch was teal, instead of blue like everyone else’s, which always struck me as a very inappropriate liberty to be taking. … Also: While looking for Marlins pics, I found this shot, which shows Kevin Brown saluting injured teammate Alex Fernandez with a cap-inscribed “32” (not so unusual) and Charles Johnson doing the same with a notation on his catcher’s helmet (very unusual). … “Check out the outfield the Cubs had on Thursday when the last out was recorded,” writes Chad Peiken. “Are Pagan, Pie, and Soriano celebrating the victory, or their hosiery choice?”

 

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  • Barry | June 15, 2007 at 9:06 am |

    I read that Joe Smith was never meant to be part of the photo. It was a rookie practical joke.

  • Pittsburgh Gunny | June 15, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    Hey Paul,
    Just a quick note to let you know that I received all my membership items in fine order and the card looks TREMENDOUS.

    Thanks a bunch.

    PS
    Those chelski shirts need to be unplugged, blech.

  • Pat | June 15, 2007 at 9:13 am |

    Marlin’s throwbacks??? How different are they from the current uniform?

  • Mike Pratt | June 15, 2007 at 9:15 am |

    There is a problem with the McFalane Zambrano figure…Zambrano never wears lows, only mids, the figure obviously has a tongue flap.

  • Jason | June 15, 2007 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”102735″]Marlin’s throwbacks??? How different are they from the current uniform?[/quote]

    I wondered the same thing when I heard the announcement that they would be wearing these. How can a team that is only about ten years old have “throwback” jerseys?

  • Joe H | June 15, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    [quote comment=”102731″]I read that Joe Smith was never meant to be part of the photo. It was a rookie practical joke.[/quote]

    He wasn’t cropped out…you can tell they are different pictures. I’m sure SI took some without him and just used one of those.

  • Anthony | June 15, 2007 at 9:19 am |

    Their hosiery choice. It doesn’t matter that they win any games, as long as they look good while they are losing. I think a piece on the correlation between Alex Roderiguez’s monster season and his choice to go high cuffed is in order.

  • James P. | June 15, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    Not surprised that the McFarlane Cubs figures would not be uni correct. It’s happened before, and it is mostly due to the fact that the person painting the figure might (a) not know the uniform details such as correct type of socks, (b) using a different head shot for the player than what was used for the body resulting in the wrong hat/uni combo, or (c)the painter went with what looked better than what was correct. An example of them going with what looks better, apparently the Astros look better in their Red/Grays, or Red/Whites and not their home pinstripes as the only Astro they have made in home pinstripes was a Roger Clemens exclusive figure which they also used as a Yankees Clemens.

    That sucks about the Royals not being alowed to wear the baby blues at home! If they were to get the approval of the opposing team to wear the road blues at home, then couldn’t the MLB make an exception?

  • Jason | June 15, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    Maybe it’s just the picture quality, but the Robinson patches on the Marlin’s unis look WAY different from the one on the Reds uni. The general shape looks the same but the colors look off to me. I have a game-worn 1997 Brewers jersey and the patch on it looks exactly like the patch on the Reds uni. Were they team specific or am I just seeing things?

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    Look at this pic.

    The kid with the “2” jersey gets it (except for the Haagen Daas hat), but the guy the with the Rivera jersey with “RIVERA” on it, doesn’t……..

    http://www.nosensewo...

  • Jason | June 15, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    OK, they must be different. If you look at the Marlins/Braves pic, the Marlins patch is definitely different than the one on Klesko’s jersey.

  • Jason | June 15, 2007 at 9:27 am |

    Dang it. It didn’t read the next entry. At least I noticed it, right? :) Sorry!!!

  • James P. | June 15, 2007 at 9:28 am |

    Also, McFarlane made an Oswalt figuer using a new head on a Pedro Martinez figure and never corrected the cut sleeves that Pedro has, and roy does not. They also put Berkman’s head on a Piazza body that was way undersized for the Big Puma/Fat Elvis…

  • Mike | June 15, 2007 at 9:30 am |

    As for the Maddux McFarlane, I think it might be refering back ot his days as a Cub before heading to the Braves….maybe?

  • Mike | June 15, 2007 at 9:32 am |

    I found this picture this morning regarding the WVU baseball team…real stirrups, or fake….

    http://www.da.wvu.ed...

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 9:33 am |

    A few weeks ago we were talking about bat day at Yankee Stadium. Some people said bats were given out on the way out, while others disagreed.

    Here’s a pic to prove they were given out when kids entered:

    http://www.nosensewo...

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”102731″]Most of you know that I live in Cleveland, and that I tend to mention Cleveland sports every once in a great while.[/quote]

    [sarcasm]almost like i mention sue bird once in a great while.[/sarcasm]

    [quote comment=”102746″]Are they exact replicas? The answer, of course, is no. The navy alternates don’t have the same side paneling and detail as the real jerseys.[/quote]

    although they should mimic the road uni, it would look a lot better. those alternating patches of color drive me crazy.

    [quote comment=”102739″]The best uni-related thing you’ll read today will almost certainly be this absolutely essential article about North Carolina’s myriad baseball uni combos.[/quote]

    awesome article. i hope i doesnt jinx them, somehow out of pure luck, i drew them in the CWS pool. $320 on the line.

    [quote comment=”102746″]Lots of other great stuff on eBay right now, [/quote]

    hmm, i wonder if an uniwatch ebay email addy could be set up. perhaps then once a week, or more often, the listings emailed in could be compiled into a complete uniwatch auctions “what were watching” list. thoughts?

    [quote comment=”102746″]MLB won’t allow the Royals to wear powder blues at home [/quote]

    hmm, why not take baby steps and start with the powder blue jersey. use that as the home alternate in place of the royal blue alternate. switch the royal blue alternate to away. that way, at least they can satisfy part of their desire (the jersey being the most important anyway), plus sell some more merch.

    [quote comment=”102746″]the Astros’ recent draft signees were brought in for a round of BP and given uni numbers corresponding to the round in which they were taken, which led to some odd situations [/quote]

    perhaps the nameplate “ROUND” should have been used above the numbers of the draftees.

    [quote comment=”102737″] How can a team that is only about ten years old have “throwback” jerseys?[/quote]

    A throwback marlins jersey would take us back to the days of chuck carr, bryan harvey, and trevor hoffman.

  • Matt B | June 15, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    PL-

    Can you or an assistant make a page with all the available membership card templates / color schemes? I think now, we’ve got to click blindly on the on roster names one by one. Thanks!

  • Adam | June 15, 2007 at 9:55 am |

    This was probably generally assumed by people, but I’m not sure I’d seen anything official – “(White) Sox players will wear blue wristbands and a blue ribbon on their uniforms Sunday to raise awareness of prostate cancer.”

    I presume all other teams will be doing the same

  • scott | June 15, 2007 at 9:57 am |

    Have you guys seend the traveshamockery at http://www.cnnsi.com. They rank their top 10 best college football unis. #1 is so bad! Oh the horror!

    http://sportsillustr...

  • tBone | June 15, 2007 at 9:58 am |

    That article on UNC baseball is fascinating. Why am I not surprised that Nike is trying to get more black into the uniforms of its top baseball programs, even those that have no need for it? DITCH THE BLACK, NIKE!

  • Clevo | June 15, 2007 at 9:58 am |

    they should put one of the jerseys at the western Reserve Historical Society, next to the Chief Wahoo that hung on Municipal Stadium

    http://img297.images...

  • Jared Wheeler | June 15, 2007 at 10:01 am |

    The Marlins, Dodgers and Expos all wore different versions of the 1997 Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary patch. The Expos was unique because it had “Breaking Barriers” written in French.

  • Jared Wheeler | June 15, 2007 at 10:04 am |

    If I remeber correctly — I don’t beleive that the Indians wore the 1997 50th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson patch at all and that the Giants and White Sox only wore it on their home jersey.

  • Stuby | June 15, 2007 at 10:06 am |

    Thank you, Paul, for using the word ‘Myriad’ correctly. My biggest pet peeve is when people say ‘a myriad of…’.

  • Kenny | June 15, 2007 at 10:13 am |

    Paul or Paul?? hmmmmm

  • Mark in Shiga | June 15, 2007 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment=”102775″]The Marlins, Dodgers and Expos all wore different versions of the 1997 Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary patch. The Expos was unique because it had “Breaking Barriers” written in French.[/quote]

    The Dodgers were Robinson’s team so they should get to have a different one. Montreal is a bilingual city so the French is cool (and Robinson played there; they should have worn Montreal Royals jerseys on Robinson Day). But what makes the Marlins so special?

  • Paul Lukas | June 15, 2007 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”102765″]PL-

    Can you or an assistant make a page with all the available membership card templates / color schemes? I think now, we’ve got to click blindly on the on roster names one by one. Thanks![/quote]

    I can’t set up all the available ones, because there’s a bunch that nobody has yet asked for, and I’m not going to ask Scott to make up dummy versions of designs that nobody has requested (he has enough work to do). I can, however, take all the ones that have been done so far and group them into one gallery — I’ll work on that later today.

  • Mark in Shiga | June 15, 2007 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”102778″]Thank you, Paul, for using the word ‘Myriad’ correctly. My biggest pet peeve is when people say ‘a myriad of…’.[/quote]

    If the number were exactly 10,000, “a myriad of” would be inarguable. I don’t like seeing this grand old Greek number word used as a generic adjective.

  • baude | June 15, 2007 at 10:22 am |

    yesterday some special edition footwear was released by undrcrwn a niche manufacturer. I like the philadelphaiweekly write up:

    duncan
    arenas
    billups
    garnet
    mcgrady

    don’t expect to see these on the floor during an nba game anytime soon

  • B Wach$63 | June 15, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    I was watching the Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas match lastnight on ESPN2 last night and I saw a “F*** Da Eagles” moment. After a red card to the home manager, a fan flipped the bird. If anyone tevoed it, it was around the 89:35 mark in the lower right hand corner of the screen.

  • Stuby | June 15, 2007 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”102791″][quote comment=”102778″]Thank you, Paul, for using the word ‘Myriad’ correctly. My biggest pet peeve is when people say ‘a myriad of…’.[/quote]

    If the number were exactly 10,000, “a myriad of” would be inarguable. I don’t like seeing this grand old Greek number word used as a generic adjective.[/quote]
    I don’t know what to think now

  • QuezStyle | June 15, 2007 at 10:26 am |

    nice to see tarheelblue makin an appearance at UniWatch. Go Heels in Omaha!!

  • Terri | June 15, 2007 at 10:27 am |

    [quote comment=”102795″][quote comment=”102791″][quote comment=”102778″]Thank you, Paul, for using the word ‘Myriad’ correctly. My biggest pet peeve is when people say ‘a myriad of…’.[/quote]

    If the number were exactly 10,000, “a myriad of” would be inarguable. I don’t like seeing this grand old Greek number word used as a generic adjective.[/quote]
    I don’t know what to think now[/quote]

    Haha, I did the same thing…dictionary.com is apparently the new authority on proper English

  • ScottyJ in WV | June 15, 2007 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment=”102755″]I found this picture this morning regarding the WVU baseball team…real stirrups, or fake….

    http://www.da.wvu.ed...

    Old Gold stirrups!!! Lookin’ good, ‘Eers!!

  • ScottyJ in WV | June 15, 2007 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”102735″]“Are Pagan, Pie, and Soriano celebrating the victory, or their hosiery choice?”[/quote]

    Absolutely the hosiery choice. Now, if they truly wanted to “get it”, then they’d blouse their pant legs to the proper length instead of bunching them near their knees.

  • ScottyJ in WV | June 15, 2007 at 10:35 am |

    “Are Pagan, Pie, and Soriano celebrating the victory, or their hosiery choice?”

    Absolutely the hosiery choice. Now, if they truly wanted to “get it”, then they’d blouse their pant legs to the proper length instead of bunching them near their knees.

  • Mike | June 15, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment=”102803″][quote comment=”102755″]I found this picture this morning regarding the WVU baseball team…real stirrups, or fake….

    http://www.da.wvu.ed...

    Old Gold stirrups!!! Lookin’ good, ‘Eers!![/quote]

    Let’s Go!………………….

  • Brendan | June 15, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    Thank you, Paul, for using the word ‘Myriad’ correctly. My biggest pet peeve is when people say ‘a myriad of…’.

    Stuby, as an adjective you are correct but as a noun, “a myriad of…” would be correct:
    http://www.askoxford...

  • jared | June 15, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    First thing I noticed when I pulled that SI out of the mailbox was that only two of the fellas in that photo are wearing the new blick unbrimmed caps…

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”102778″]Thank you, Paul, for using the word ‘Myriad’ correctly. My biggest pet peeve is when people say ‘a myriad of…’.[/quote]

    i cant stand when people say “verbage”.
    i used to work with a guy that said to his customers, “you will recieve your declarations page and policy which will outline your coverage and a pamphlet explaining it with understandable verbage.”

    ive even heard radio and tv people use this fictional word. the word is “verbiage”!

  • jesse | June 15, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?

  • JJD | June 15, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    Here is a pretty interesting article on the history of uniforms in NASCAR

  • Brendan | June 15, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    Why must players and personnel from sports other than base ball wear baseball caps? While in their normal sports regalia they look like complete goofs when also sporting the caps:
    http://espn.go.com/

  • Anthony Verna | June 15, 2007 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”102805″]“Are Pagan, Pie, and Soriano celebrating the victory, or their hosiery choice?”

    Absolutely the hosiery choice. Now, if they truly wanted to “get it”, then they’d blouse their pant legs to the proper length instead of bunching them near their knees.[/quote]

    I’d celebrate having outfielders name Pagan and Pie (pea-YAY).

  • Joe H | June 15, 2007 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”102813″]Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?[/quote]

    First off, “My Wife recently gave me permission…” You’re going to have to work on that one! hahaha

    Secondly all of the “jerseys they sell” are not the same as the on field jerseys anyway. You’ll have to go through a lot of trouble to get you hands on an actual game jersey. The jerseys sold in stores or on the NFLShop should be considered the closest thing a fan can get without going through the team and getting a team issued jersey. The real lineman jerseys are always custom fit to the particular lineman’s tastes and needs, so there is no generic difference.

    With that being said I would just go ahead and put then name you want on the highest quality jersey you have access to.

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”102814″]Here is a pretty interesting article on the history of uniforms in NASCAR[/quote]

    shoe manufacturers also follow that lead. here is nike’s most recent contribution.

    i believe they got into the auto racing shoe game early in michael shumacher’s career. i remember his race day race shoe being one of the most expensive shoes on the nike list to buy, along with tiger’s golf shoes. these of course were made from each mans individual last, and were not for resale. i think i remember a schumacher issue shoe being 499 and a tiger isue shoe being 399.

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 11:02 am |

    the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie

  • Brendan | June 15, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    While looking for some more pictures of athletes looking goofy in base ball caps I came across this Singaporese sports club:

    http://www.bedokking...

    Does anyone know what netball is?

  • Paul Lukas | June 15, 2007 at 11:06 am |

    As requested above, for those who want to see the backs of all of the membership cards that have been designed so far, look here. As subsequent cards are designed, I’ll add them to this grouping.

  • Brendan | June 15, 2007 at 11:07 am |

    I should have looked into the photo galleries some more. For those of you who have heard of it, netball appears to be an amalgam of Korfball and basketball. Korfball is an awkward Dutch game resembling Dr. Naismith’s game.

    http://www.korfball....

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”102818″][quote comment=”102813″]Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?[/quote]

    First off, “My Wife recently gave me permission…” You’re going to have to work on that one! hahaha

    Secondly all of the “jerseys they sell” are not the same as the on field jerseys anyway. You’ll have to go through a lot of trouble to get you hands on an actual game jersey. The jerseys sold in stores or on the NFLShop should be considered the closest thing a fan can get without going through the team and getting a team issued jersey. The real lineman jerseys are always custom fit to the particular lineman’s tastes and needs, so there is no generic difference.

    With that being said I would just go ahead and put then name you want on the highest quality jersey you have access to.[/quote]

    Offensive lineman’s jersey, very nice. What player, if you don’t mind? I was a big Jeff Hartings (fellow PSU alumni) fan, but he just retired.

    I concur with Joe H, try to work on the “gave me permission” stuff. haha My friend finally finally finally “got permission” to go to Las Vegas with a bunch of us guys from his wife. That shouldn’t be.

  • jere | June 15, 2007 at 11:09 am |

    About the Yankee fans “getting” or “not getting” it–there’s also a woman at left who doesn’t get it (Jeter 2) and a guy way further up who also doesn’t get it (Williams 51, get really close to your screen.)

    When Paul mentioned Marlins throwbacks without a hint of irony, I just figured there was a joke I was missing.

  • ab | June 15, 2007 at 11:13 am |

    You can now thank the SI Cover Jinx for the Melting Pot-MESS of Queens…Swept from the Bronx is the Next SI Cover for the 1-9 in there last 10 NY MESS

  • Mike | June 15, 2007 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”102829″]the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie[/quote]

    Don’t forget Joe Washington

  • jesse | June 15, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”102833″][quote comment=”102818″][quote comment=”102813″]Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?[/quote]

    First off, “My Wife recently gave me permission…” You’re going to have to work on that one! hahaha

    Secondly all of the “jerseys they sell” are not the same as the on field jerseys anyway. You’ll have to go through a lot of trouble to get you hands on an actual game jersey. The jerseys sold in stores or on the NFLShop should be considered the closest thing a fan can get without going through the team and getting a team issued jersey. The real lineman jerseys are always custom fit to the particular lineman’s tastes and needs, so there is no generic difference.

    With that being said I would just go ahead and put then name you want on the highest quality jersey you have access to.[/quote]

    Offensive lineman’s jersey, very nice.

    What player, if you don’t mind? I was a big Jeff Hartings (fellow PSU alumni) fan, but he just retired.

    I concur with Joe H, try to work on the “gave me permission” stuff.

    haha

    My friend finally finally finally “got permission” to go to Las Vegas with a bunch of us guys from his wife.

    That shouldn’t be.[/quote]

    Yea it’s Hartings.

    As for “Gave me permission” $300 is a lot of money to spend on a jersey, once your married with a kid you’ll find “permission” or even tacit approval, will make your life a lot easier.

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”102731″]I read that Joe Smith was never meant to be part of the photo. It was a rookie practical joke.[/quote]

    http://www.nj.com/sp...

    I’m not sure if it was a joke. Joe said they moved him around 3 times for different shots. He also even told his friends about it! A Mets spokesman said the photographer apologized to Smith.

  • Brendan | June 15, 2007 at 11:18 am |

    Sorry about the Korfball links but I had to play it in high school as part of the International High School and stumbling across it brought up fun memories- here are some pictures of international korfers? in action:
    http://uskorfball.or...

  • andrew | June 15, 2007 at 11:20 am |

    anyone catch the top ten college football uniforms on SI.com? I think the the #1 selection is quite fitting, no pun intended. see you in the national championship boys.

  • Stuby | June 15, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”102816″]Why must players and personnel from sports other than base ball wear baseball caps? While in their normal sports regalia they look like complete goofs when also sporting the caps:
    http://espn.go.com/%...
    Its about moving merchandise, naturally.

  • Joe H | June 15, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”102840″]As for “Gave me permission” $300 is a lot of money to spend on a jersey, once your married with a kid you’ll find “permission” or even tacit approval, will make your life a lot easier.[/quote]

    With a little research and patience you can do it for way less than $300.

    Jersey – $88
    Letters – $30

    Then have your local seamstress at a dry cleaners sew them on with a zig zag stitch, should cost about $30. Done for $148.

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”102834″]About the Yankee fans “getting” or “not getting” it–there’s also a woman at left who doesn’t get it (Jeter 2) and a guy way further up who also doesn’t get it (Williams 51, get really close to your screen.)

    When Paul mentioned Marlins throwbacks without a hint of irony, I just figured there was a joke I was missing.[/quote]

    I actually don’t have a problem with the woman’s Jeter shirt, because that’s the typical blue t-shirt that they sell. Those t-shirts (with current and former player’s names, are HUGE sellers in the Bronx). I don’t believe they even sell those t-shirts without the names on the back. It’s the pinstripe jerseys with names (or even the grey away jerseys) that really bug me.

  • jesse | June 15, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”102818″][quote comment=”102813″]Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?[/quote]

    First off, “My Wife recently gave me permission…” You’re going to have to work on that one! hahaha

    Secondly all of the “jerseys they sell” are not the same as the on field jerseys anyway. You’ll have to go through a lot of trouble to get you hands on an actual game jersey. The jerseys sold in stores or on the NFLShop should be considered the closest thing a fan can get without going through the team and getting a team issued jersey. The real lineman jerseys are always custom fit to the particular lineman’s tastes and needs, so there is no generic difference.

    With that being said I would just go ahead and put then name you want on the highest quality jersey you have access to.[/quote]

    I get that the authentic jersey would not technically be an on field jersey. But wouldn’t the difference be that a korean kid instead of the equipment manager sews the name on my jersey and that it is not custom fit just for me. I would think at that price the matierials and the “look” would be the exact same. I would assume that the player wear custom made jerseys.

  • WVU Tom | June 15, 2007 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”102772″]Have you guys seend the traveshamockery at http://www.cnnsi.com. They rank their top 10 best college football unis. #1 is so bad! Oh the horror!

    http://sportsillustr...

    Wow, somebody else actually remembers “traveshamockery”!

  • Brendan | June 15, 2007 at 11:29 am |

    Why must players and personnel from sports other than base ball wear baseball caps? While in their normal sports regalia they look like complete goofs when also sporting the caps:
    http://espn.go.com/

    Its about moving merchandise, naturally.

    Occasionally the buying public needs someone to step in and not allow certain things to be made available to them:
    http://www.stateside...

    http://www.lids.com/...
    Where is Ralph Nader when we need him?

  • WVU Tom | June 15, 2007 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”102834″]

    When Paul mentioned Marlins throwbacks without a hint of irony, I just figured there was a joke I was missing.[/quote]

    Well their uniforms have changed, if I’m correct than the lettering on the jersey used to be teal with a black ground and now they are reversed–not really enough of a change to consider a “throwback” promotion, IMO.

  • tim b | June 15, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”102735″]Marlin’s throwbacks??? How different are they from the current uniform?[/quote]

    fortunately less teal. unfortunately more black. the lesser of two evils?

  • TX Ken | June 15, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    Can you really be wearing “THROWBACKS” from 1997? That terminology just doesn’t seem to fit. I like throwbacks from the 70s or even 80s, but i dunno… Maybe 10 years IS the statute of limitations for the use of the term “throwbacks”, but it still seems weird.

  • Kyle O from VA | June 15, 2007 at 11:37 am |

    I think Director of Merchandising Michael Thom isn’t telling the whole truth about where the Cavs got the idea of draping city landmarks with jerseys. The “Spirit of Detroit” statue has been wearing jerseys whenever Detroit is associated with a sports championship , dating back to at least ’97. I’m not saying that Detroit invented the idea. Just saying that there’s another Rust Belt city that has been doing it for a while now, and I doubt Thom was first exposed to the idea at the Vegas All Star Game.

  • tim b | June 15, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”102858″][quote comment=”102834″]

    When Paul mentioned Marlins throwbacks without a hint of irony, I just figured there was a joke I was missing.[/quote]

    Well their uniforms have changed, if I’m correct than the lettering on the jersey used to be teal with a black ground and now they are reversed–not really enough of a change to consider a “throwback” promotion, IMO.[/quote]

    ha, i get a phone call and WVU Tom beats me to the punch. i dont see much of the Marlins, but per mlbshop online they dont have any vests for sale, so maybe those are out of commission, thus they are now “throwbacks.”

  • Caitlin | June 15, 2007 at 11:40 am |

    “Are Pagan, Pie, and Soriano celebrating the victory, or their hosiery choice?”

    Interesting to see that they all wear different brands of spikes. Under Armour, Nike and Reebok.

  • Shaftman | June 15, 2007 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”102862″]Can you really be wearing “THROWBACKS” from 1997? That terminology just doesn’t seem to fit. I like throwbacks from the 70s or even 80s, but i dunno… Maybe 10 years IS the statute of limitations for the use of the term “throwbacks”, but it still seems weird.[/quote]

    I agree….I wonder if they were even throwbacks in the truest sense. Do you think that they were leftovers that were in storage and just wanted to get rid of or were they “new” uniforms made specifically for this day?

  • TBDRO | June 15, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    [quote comment=”102844″][quote comment=”102816″]Why must players and personnel from sports other than base ball wear baseball caps? While in their normal sports regalia they look like complete goofs when also sporting the caps:
    http://espn.go.com/%...
    Its about moving merchandise, naturally.[/quote]
    Perhaps he is suggesting a celebratory sombrero?

    OLE!

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    There are some NFL teams that never put on decals on their helmets during training camp (such as the Jets), but I thought this picture was weird. There’s no “Riddell” logo on the 49ers helmet. Looking at 2006 regular season pics, they also don’t have any logo on the helmets either.

    http://sportsillustr...

    I know some teams like the Browns and Giants have their team logo (Giants have NY) on that white spot on the helmet, but is there rhyme or reason behind this? Knowing the NFL, I’m shocked they don’t require “Riddell” to appear on every helmet.

  • Joe H | June 15, 2007 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”102849″]I get that the authentic jersey would not technically be an on field jersey. But wouldn’t the difference be that a korean kid instead of the equipment manager sews the name on my jersey and that it is not custom fit just for me. I would think at that price the matierials and the “look” would be the exact same. I would assume that the player wear custom made jerseys.[/quote]

    Very rarely does that actual equipment manager sew on the letters. That is done only in emergency situations.

    If you want the same person to sew your jersey that does the Steelers I would start poking around all of the local sports shops and find out who their official shop is that does their jerseys. Check with the Pirates and the Penguins too because most of the time it’s the same shop that does them all. It’s going to cost you a lot more for them to do it though, and honestly, it’s not that much different than getting your local dry cleaner to do it. The key is having the correct number and letters, which are available on that website that I linked to earlier.

  • Marty Met | June 15, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    Why are the Marlins allowed to wear throwbacks, but the Kansas City Royals can not wear powder blue throwbacks?

  • jsdryden | June 15, 2007 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”102840″][quote comment=”102833″][quote comment=”102818″][quote comment=”102813″]Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?[/quote]

    First off, “My Wife recently gave me permission…” You’re going to have to work on that one! hahaha

    Secondly all of the “jerseys they sell” are not the same as the on field jerseys anyway. You’ll have to go through a lot of trouble to get you hands on an actual game jersey. The jerseys sold in stores or on the NFLShop should be considered the closest thing a fan can get without going through the team and getting a team issued jersey. The real lineman jerseys are always custom fit to the particular lineman’s tastes and needs, so there is no generic difference.

    With that being said I would just go ahead and put then name you want on the highest quality jersey you have access to.[/quote]

    Offensive lineman’s jersey, very nice.

    What player, if you don’t mind? I was a big Jeff Hartings (fellow PSU alumni) fan, but he just retired.

    I concur with Joe H, try to work on the “gave me permission” stuff.

    haha

    My friend finally finally finally “got permission” to go to Las Vegas with a bunch of us guys from his wife.

    That shouldn’t be.[/quote]

    Yea it’s Hartings.

    As for “Gave me permission” $300 is a lot of money to spend on a jersey, once your married with a kid you’ll find “permission” or even tacit approval, will make your life a lot easier.[/quote]

    I will second that, especially when you have TWO little boys running around. Permission is a necessity when spending that kind of dough!!

  • Stuby | June 15, 2007 at 12:08 pm |

    Hey Paul/Scott,

    The 5s used for the Uni Watch membership card font look kind of weird. It looks the rest of the numbers in that set are in the same font used by the Dodgers unis, where the 5s look like this instead of just an upside down and flipped 2.

    Just a nit-picky observation, but isn’t that why we all come here?

  • Eric B | June 15, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”102846″][quote comment=”102840″]As for “Gave me permission” $300 is a lot of money to spend on a jersey, once your married with a kid you’ll find “permission” or even tacit approval, will make your life a lot easier.[/quote]

    With a little research and patience you can do it for way less than $300.

    Jersey – $88
    Letters – $30

    Then have your local seamstress at a dry cleaners sew them on with a zig zag stitch, should cost about $30. Done for $148.[/quote]

    i’m having a hard time seeing that as being authentic since it actually has sleeves. nearly all NFL jerseys now merely have armholes and the sleeve stripes don’t go all the around. even the kickers sleeves are like that….after all kickers gotta flash the guns, too.

  • dgc | June 15, 2007 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”102848″]Those t-shirts (with current and former player’s names, are HUGE sellers in the Bronx). I don’t believe they even sell those t-shirts without the names on the back. It’s the pinstripe jerseys with names (or even the grey away jerseys) that really bug me.[/quote]

    Except that you apparently can’t buy a replica jersey without a name on the back. On the MLB shop webpage it actually warns you that authentics come with no name, but if you select a player for a replica jersey, you’ll get a name.

  • David | June 15, 2007 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”102813″]Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?[/quote]

    If you are buying a “authentic jersey” they are all cut the same way. NFLSHOP.com sells them blank and you can put any name number you want. If you are buying a “game worn/game issued” jersey, then a lineman’s jersey is cut differently than a QB or WR.

  • Jen | June 15, 2007 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”102848″][quote comment=”102834″]About the Yankee fans “getting” or “not getting” it–there’s also a woman at left who doesn’t get it (Jeter 2) and a guy way further up who also doesn’t get it (Williams 51, get really close to your screen.)

    When Paul mentioned Marlins throwbacks without a hint of irony, I just figured there was a joke I was missing.[/quote]

    I actually don’t have a problem with the woman’s Jeter shirt, because that’s the typical blue t-shirt that they sell.

    Those t-shirts (with current and former player’s names, are HUGE sellers in the Bronx). I don’t believe they even sell those t-shirts without the names on the back. It’s the pinstripe jerseys with names (or even the grey away jerseys) that really bug me.[/quote]

    I agree regarding the t-shirt (I have several of them myself). I’ll even give a pass on some of the dark blue batting practice jerseys. But not on the pinstripes or greys.

    Oh, and thanks for the blog link Paul.

  • Matthew S. | June 15, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”102876″]There are some NFL teams that never put on decals on their helmets during training camp (such as the Jets), but I thought this picture was weird.

    There’s no “Riddell” logo on the 49ers helmet.

    Looking at 2006 regular season pics, they also don’t have any logo on the helmets either.

    http://sportsillustr...

    I know some teams like the Browns and Giants have their team logo (Giants have NY) on that white spot on the helmet, but is there rhyme or reason behind this?

    Knowing the NFL, I’m shocked they don’t require “Riddell” to appear on every helmet.[/quote]

    Because not all of the helmets are Riddell. Those that are blank or have the team logo on the bumper, are usually either Adams or Schutt helmets. Paul, I seem to recall, has talked about this in some length in a past blog post. Might want to see what you can find in the archives.

  • jesse | June 15, 2007 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”102901″][quote comment=”102846″][quote comment=”102840″]As for “Gave me permission” $300 is a lot of money to spend on a jersey, once your married with a kid you’ll find “permission” or even tacit approval, will make your life a lot easier.[/quote]

    With a little research and patience you can do it for way less than $300.

    Jersey – $88
    Letters – $30

    Then have your local seamstress at a dry cleaners sew them on with a zig zag stitch, should cost about $30. Done for $148.[/quote]

    i’m having a hard time seeing that as being authentic since it actually has sleeves. nearly all NFL jerseys now merely have armholes and the sleeve stripes don’t go all the around. even the kickers sleeves are like that….after all kickers gotta flash the guns, too.[/quote]

    I thought that too at first, but it looked legit enough in the close up pictures. Even authentic jerseys have sleeves; they are just usually custom cut by the team so they just barely fit over the shoulder pads. Having elastic on the end of the sleeves is the tell-tale real versus fake sign, and that one had elastic. But where did he get it? They don’t sell blank jerseys, especially the authentic ones, and that’s what concerns me more than the appearance.

    My problem with the suggestion (and thanks for it) is [1] I am really picky about real versus fake, pickier that almost anybody and I would not be able to put it on if I there was even a one percent chance that it was a knock off. [2] I got a black throwback a few months ago for my birthday, I want to get a white one in the current style, and then have get a Super Bowl XL patch and have it sewn on. [3] It is really a lot of time and effort to do it that way, a project like that might never get completed.

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 12:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”102892″]Why are the Marlins allowed to wear throwbacks, but the Kansas City Royals can not wear powder blue throwbacks?[/quote]
    You’re missing half of the story. The KC Royals may not wear powder blue throwbacks at home because powder blues are “away” jerseys. MLB wants to maintain a certain “white at home” standard. I argued yesterday that the Padres once wore their sand pants (usually away) at home to go with their desert-inspired camouflage design. It looked great, but it wasn’t white at home. I feel this is a double standard. Come on, bring back the powder blues!

  • Mr. Met | June 15, 2007 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”102836″]You can now thank the SI Cover Jinx for the Melting Pot-MESS of Queens…Swept from the Bronx is the Next SI Cover for the 1-9 in there last 10 NY MESS[/quote]

    Amazing what passes for “witty” in the mind of a Yankees fan. And then you capitalize the word MESS as if no one else would be able to keep up with you.

    If you happen to be more than 10 years old, then you REALLY need to work on your material.

  • TBDRO | June 15, 2007 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”102925″][quote comment=”102836″]You can now thank the SI Cover Jinx for the Melting Pot-MESS of Queens…Swept from the Bronx is the Next SI Cover for the 1-9 in there last 10 NY MESS[/quote]

    Amazing what passes for “witty” in the mind of a Yankees fan. And then you capitalize the word MESS as if no one else would be able to keep up with you.

    If you happen to be more than 10 years old, then you REALLY need to work on your material.[/quote]
    I also enjoyed the use of “there” instead of “their.” Well done.

  • Andy | June 15, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    For the Marlins’ throwback uniform day, they should have worn these

    Anyone know if they wore the teal jersey for regular-season games? Looks like something you’d wear for BP or spring-training.

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”102921″][quote comment=”102892″]Why are the Marlins allowed to wear throwbacks, but the Kansas City Royals can not wear powder blue throwbacks?[/quote]
    You’re missing half of the story. The KC Royals may not wear powder blue throwbacks at home because powder blues are “away” jerseys. MLB wants to maintain a certain “white at home” standard. I argued yesterday that the Padres once wore their sand pants (usually away) at home to go with their desert-inspired camouflage design. It looked great, but it wasn’t white at home. I feel this is a double standard. Come on, bring back the powder blues![/quote]
    To add on to my comment, I found a picture that backs me up. Click here. According to the caption, it is from 22 April 2006, a home game against the Mets.

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”102921″][quote comment=”102892″]Why are the Marlins allowed to wear throwbacks, but the Kansas City Royals can not wear powder blue throwbacks?[/quote]
    You’re missing half of the story. The KC Royals may not wear powder blue throwbacks at home because powder blues are “away” jerseys. MLB wants to maintain a certain “white at home” standard. I argued yesterday that the Padres once wore their sand pants (usually away) at home to go with their desert-inspired camouflage design. It looked great, but it wasn’t white at home. I feel this is a double standard. Come on, bring back the powder blues![/quote]

    any feedback on that potential solution listed in #17?

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 1:23 pm |

    Todd Krevanchi: I’ll go on record here: even though I generally do not care for alternate jerseys, I absolutely LOVE the Royals’ ROYAL jerseys. Kudos for wearing a jersey that reflects the team name. Not that silly black garbage. Why shouldn’t the Royals wear royal? I mean, the Inter Milan Nerazzurri (sp?) wear black and blue, the Liverpool Reds wear as much red as possible, so let the Royals wear royal.
    Now, powder blue tops with white pants? I personally don’t like the sound of that. They should go all out and break out the powder blue pants as well, even if that relegates the outfit to away status.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | June 15, 2007 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”102940″]Now, powder blue tops with white pants? I personally don’t like the sound of that. [/quote]

    beautiful
    http://delivery.view...

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | June 15, 2007 at 1:42 pm |

    even back then they had trouble…
    http://www.columbia....

  • Mr. Met | June 15, 2007 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”102945″][quote comment=”102940″]Now, powder blue tops with white pants? I personally don’t like the sound of that. [/quote]

    beautiful
    http://delivery.view...

    While it may look great on the Tar Heels, I don’t think the Royals have ever gone with that, so it would look kind of jarring to see them in that combo.

  • Joe H | June 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”102920″]My problem with the suggestion (and thanks for it) is [1] I am really picky about real versus fake, pickier that almost anybody and I would not be able to put it on if I there was even a one percent chance that it was a knock off. [2] I got a black throwback a few months ago for my birthday, I want to get a white one in the current style, and then have get a Super Bowl XL patch and have it sewn on. [3] It is really a lot of time and effort to do it that way, a project like that might never get completed.[/quote]

    You are never going to see a game ready or team issued quality jersey in a store, and that seems to be what you want. Looks like you’re stuck buying game used or team issued jerseys at auction.

    The one from the ebay link is the same jersey as sold on NFL Shop. You can find blanks…you just have to look hard. And actually, if you do find them, chances are they are legit, especially if that have the nameplate hanging from the neck in a little plastic baggie. Trust me on this – NFL teams have a supply of blanks that they use for things like the draft, commercials, players families..etc. The one you find could be one of those that got out since the NFL itself doesn’t sell them.

    You used to see them all of the time when teams switched manufacturers.

  • Flip | June 15, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    My dream home Royals uniform: Just the whites as they are. I’m not exactly a fan of alternate uniforms, but the Royal blue with Royals script is, as I said yesterday, as good as it gets.

    My dream road Royals uniform: Replace the current gray with powder blue and they’re perfect.

    Caps? Royal blue with white button. No black, no gray, no BP’s.

  • Eric | June 15, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”102772″]Have you guys seend the traveshamockery at http://www.cnnsi.com. They rank their top 10 best college football unis. #1 is so bad! Oh the horror!

    Anyone else notice the picture of the Georgia O-lineman, and the fact that he has a seperate, apparently more strechy material for his abundant girth? If you look behind him you will see the QB does not have this strech panel. This cracks me up, I’ve never noticed this on any other uni’s, has anyone else?

  • Flip | June 15, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    Now, let’s win some games.

  • Mike | June 15, 2007 at 1:48 pm |

    I have been trying to upload a link to the new WVU football jerseys which have gone on sale, but it keeps getting eaten. I placed it in an old photoalbum of mine instead:

    http://public.fotki....

  • Philly Bill | June 15, 2007 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”102829″]the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie[/quote]

    I am STUNNED that no one has said “I don’t get it” or “Pie isn’t a state” yet.

    No one walked into Krevanchi’s trap.

    Add to the list: Ron (New) Mexico. Coach Killa!

    I’m gonna get this on the back of my membership card.

  • Mr. Met | June 15, 2007 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”102956″]I’m gonna get this on the back of my membership card.[/quote]

    Hilarious!

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | June 15, 2007 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”102956″][quote comment=”102829″]the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie[/quote]

    I am STUNNED that no one has said “I don’t get it” or “Pie isn’t a state” yet.

    No one walked into Krevanchi’s trap.

    Add to the list: Ron (New) Mexico. Coach Killa!
    [/quote]

    very clever philly bill…
    if michael was ron mexico, i wonder if marcus was don morrocco…. or actually don muraco

  • ALK | June 15, 2007 at 2:01 pm |

    Has anyone seen this e-bay posting? Item #200117249605.

  • JT_Dutch | June 15, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    A throwback marlins jersey would take us back to the days of chuck carr, bryan harvey, and trevor hoffman.

    … Don’t forget other immortals, like Orestes Destrade, or the former Mr. Jillian Barberie, or Scott Pose.

  • Marty Met | June 15, 2007 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”102961″][quote comment=”102956″][quote comment=”102829″]the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie[/quote]

    I am STUNNED that no one has said “I don’t get it” or “Pie isn’t a state” yet.

    No one walked into Krevanchi’s trap.

    Add to the list: Ron (New) Mexico. Coach Killa!
    [/quote]

    very clever philly bill…
    if michael was ron mexico, i wonder if marcus was don morrocco…. or actually don muraco[/quote]
    Add to the list, THE GREAT John Maine, future Cy Young Award winner.

  • Kenny | June 15, 2007 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”102956″][quote comment=”102829″]the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie[/quote]

    I am STUNNED that no one has said “I don’t get it” or “Pie isn’t a state” yet.

    No one walked into Krevanchi’s trap.[/quote]

    OH don’t worry he almost got me until I thought about it for a second longer – surprising none the less

  • Dan | June 15, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”102961″][quote comment=”102956″][quote comment=”102829″]the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie[/quote]

    I am STUNNED that no one has said “I don’t get it” or “Pie isn’t a state” yet.

    No one walked into Krevanchi’s trap.

    Add to the list: Ron (New) Mexico. Coach Killa!
    [/quote]

    very clever philly bill…
    if michael was ron mexico, i wonder if marcus was don morrocco…. or actually don muraco[/quote]

    I think Marcus was Baja Mexico.

  • Andy | June 15, 2007 at 2:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”102739″]…It doesn’t matter that they win any games, as long as they look good while they are losing…[/quote]

    Please tell me this is a joke.

  • GoTerriers | June 15, 2007 at 2:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”102963″]A throwback marlins jersey would take us back to the days of chuck carr, bryan harvey, and trevor hoffman.

    … Don’t forget other immortals, like Orestes Destrade, or the former Mr. Jillian Barberie, or Scott Pose.[/quote]

    Good grief, those teal batting helmets are ATROCIOUS!

  • Stuby | June 15, 2007 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”102971″][quote comment=”102956″][quote comment=”102829″]the great men with states for last names.
    Johnny Utah
    Joe Montana
    Felix Pie[/quote]

    I am STUNNED that no one has said “I don’t get it” or “Pie isn’t a state” yet.

    No one walked into Krevanchi’s trap.[/quote]

    OH don’t worry he almost got me until I thought about it for a second longer – surprising none the less[/quote]
    I don’t think anyone wanted to admit they didn’t get it. I’ll admit I didn’t get it right away, either. Veddy clever, though.

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 2:25 pm |

    Call me a heretic, but of all the “new” to have teal as a color, I think it works for the Marlins the best. Teal is sort of reminiscent of the waters and the high seas, which would work for the Marlins. Or maybe it’s the subliminal association with the Miami Dolphins. Those teal hats could work as alternates to off-set the black jerseys.

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 2:28 pm |

    Edit: Call me a heretic, but of all the “new” teams to have teal as a color, I think it works for the Marlins the best. Teal is sort of reminiscent of the waters and the high seas, which would work for the Marlins. Or maybe it’s the subliminal association with the Miami Dolphins. Those teal hats could work as alternates to off-set the black jerseys.

  • Dan | June 15, 2007 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”102977″]Call me a heretic, but of all the “new” to have teal as a color, I think it works for the Marlins the best. Teal is sort of reminiscent of the waters and the high seas, which would work for the Marlins. Or maybe it’s the subliminal association with the Miami Dolphins. Those teal hats could work as alternates to off-set the black jerseys.[/quote]

    I always thought that the teal worked pretty well for the Fins…before they re-tooled the jerseys in the Jimmy Johnson era.

    http://rds.yahoo.com...

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    I’m a Mets fan, but I just got this email from the Yankees……

    Dear Yankees Fan,

    Due to the huge attendance at all the games
    against the Mets this weekend, The New York
    ankees strongly urge all fans that are coming
    to games this weekend to use public transportation
    as it is the easiest way to get to Yankee Stadium.

    How about they spell their own team’s name correctly! Geeze!

  • Kyle at IU | June 15, 2007 at 2:44 pm |

    Here’s a question for the UniWatch community. I know that everyone looks on the old powder blue uniforms from Philly, Montreal, KC, etc. with much fondness, and I like them as well. But when and why did powder blue replace grey as the en vogue color for away uniforms?

    I’m surprised that no one has pointed out that the Marlins are probably wearing the ’97 unis to commemorate their big World Series win.

  • schuby | June 15, 2007 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”102805″]“Are Pagan, Pie, and Soriano celebrating the victory, or their hosiery choice?”

    Absolutely the hosiery choice. Now, if they truly wanted to “get it”, then they’d blouse their pant legs to the proper length instead of bunching them near their knees.[/quote]

    To be honest, I’m not a fan of blousing the pants. To me it looks kind of strange how they’re just hanging there. I like the bunching look and actually bunch up my pants when I’m playing. It feels great and actually looks pretty good.

    Not be try and take down anyone else’s opinion. That’ just how i like them.

  • Paul Lukas | June 15, 2007 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”102894″]Hey Paul/Scott,

    The 5s used for the Uni Watch membership card font look kind of weird. It looks the rest of the numbers in that set are in the same font used by the Dodgers unis, where the 5s look like this instead of just an upside down and flipped 2.

    Just a nit-picky observation, but isn’t that why we all come here?[/quote]

    By fairly amazing coincidence, Scott and I were discussing this very topic earlier today. Here’s Scott’s explanation:

    The “5” that looks like an upside-down “2” is an actual “5” that’s been in use for decades. Possibly because it looks so much like an upside-down “2,” manufacturers over the years created a version where the 45-degree angle on the left side was leveled into a more standard 90-degree corner.

    Paul and I, in a fit of obessive study, are considering switching from the 45-degree “5” to the 90-degree “5.”

    The numbers the Dodgers wear are a fairly standard style worn by many MLB teams these days. Our reasons for choosing this style remain a closely-guarded secret.

    If we switch the styles, those with the 45-degree “5” will have the Uni Watch equivalent of the Inverted Jenny upside-down plane stamp.

    If we don’t make the switch, then it keeps you out of the depressing, skeevy world of sports collectibles.

    your intrepid Uni Watch design poobah,

    Scott

  • Joey Guns | June 15, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”102962″]Has anyone seen this e-bay posting? Item #200117249605.[/quote]

    Not such a great selling feature with this paragraph: Yes, there is some staining on them, but despite the unfortunate location of some of those stains on the butt, we think they come from something that happened in storage rather than something that happened while they were being worn.

    Looks to me like he sh*t himself!

  • Jen | June 15, 2007 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”102980″]I’m a Mets fan, but I just got this email from the Yankees……

    Dear Yankees Fan,

    Due to the huge attendance at all the games
    against the Mets this weekend, The New York
    ankees strongly urge all fans that are coming
    to games this weekend to use public transportation
    as it is the easiest way to get to Yankee Stadium.

    How about they spell their own team’s name correctly!

    Geeze![/quote]

    Weird, I got the same email and everything is spelled correctly.

  • Josh W. | June 15, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    Some interesting notes from the Rice vs Louisville CWS game. First off, Rice’s front jersey numbers seem to be rather large. Second, The CWS sleeve patch is on the same sleeve as the American flag patch on Rice’s jerseys, making an awkward situation. And third, Rice’s pitcher is wearing glasses. Rather large glasses too. Here’s something I’ve never seen before though from the Louisville side. One hitter (not sure of his name, he bats before Dominguez), got a bloop hit to right wearing his pants down in the “pajama pant” look. When he got to first, it showed him taking off his shin guard and what not, and handing it to the coach. However, after that he reached down, and pulled his pants up, and kept the high cuffed look as he ran the bases. Oh yea, his socks has an adidas logo right in the middle of the shin. This makes sense to me, as I always found it easier to run while wearing my socks high.

  • Anthony Verna | June 15, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    Hey Jerry, go get an authentic 5950 cap (last year’s model, of course):

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 3:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”102983″][quote comment=”102894″]Hey Paul/Scott,

    The 5s used for the Uni Watch membership card font look kind of weird. It looks the rest of the numbers in that set are in the same font used by the Dodgers unis, where the 5s look like this instead of just an upside down and flipped 2.

    Just a nit-picky observation, but isn’t that why we all come here?[/quote]

    By fairly amazing coincidence, Scott and I were discussing this very topic earlier today. Here’s Scott’s explanation:

    The “5” that looks like an upside-down “2” is an actual “5” that’s been in use for decades. Possibly because it looks so much like an upside-down “2,” manufacturers over the years created a version where the 45-degree angle on the left side was leveled into a more standard 90-degree corner.

    Paul and I, in a fit of obessive study, are considering switching from the 45-degree “5” to the 90-degree “5.”

    The numbers the Dodgers wear are a fairly standard style worn by many MLB teams these days. Our reasons for choosing this style remain a closely-guarded secret.

    If we switch the styles, those with the 45-degree “5” will have the Uni Watch equivalent of the Inverted Jenny upside-down plane stamp.

    If we don’t make the switch, then it keeps you out of the depressing, skeevy world of sports collectibles.

    your intrepid Uni Watch design poobah,

    Scott

    [/quote]
    Ever notice that 6 looks like an upside down 9, and vice versa? ;-)

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”102988″]Hey Jerry, go get an authentic 5950 cap (last year’s model, of course):

    http://sportsillustr...
    Thank G-d he chooses to ditch the black. Give him that much.

  • Mike | June 15, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    That Cool Base doesn’t look so cool on a striped jersey…..

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Al Gruwell | June 15, 2007 at 3:13 pm |

    Thanks for the membership card link, Paul. Again, you go above and beyond for us, your faithful fans. Going through them, I am pleasantly amazed at all the arched lettering. It’s classy and should be the standard for all baseball jerseys (with the exception of the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers).
    I’ll be sending in my membership as soon as I get permission.:-)

  • Anthony Verna | June 15, 2007 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”102992″]That Cool Base doesn’t look so cool on a striped jersey…..

    http://sportsillustr...

    But she’s not sweating!

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm |

    ive never understood that…
    florida football drives me nuts with their use of 2’s and 5’s from jersey numbers to shoulder numbers

    2 jersey
    2 shoulder

    5 jersey and shoulder

    although somebody finally cought on…
    5 jersey
    and made the change this season

    now if only they’d figure out the 2’s…

  • Chase | June 15, 2007 at 3:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”102986″]Some interesting notes from the Rice vs Louisville CWS game. First off, Rice’s front jersey numbers seem to be rather large. Second, The CWS sleeve patch is on the same sleeve as the American flag patch on Rice’s jerseys, making an awkward situation. And third, Rice’s pitcher is wearing glasses. Rather large glasses too. Here’s something I’ve never seen before though from the Louisville side. One hitter (not sure of his name, he bats before Dominguez), got a bloop hit to right wearing his pants down in the “pajama pant” look. When he got to first, it showed him taking off his shin guard and what not, and handing it to the coach. However, after that he reached down, and pulled his pants up, and kept the high cuffed look as he ran the bases. Oh yea, his socks has an adidas logo right in the middle of the shin. This makes sense to me, as I always found it easier to run while wearing my socks high.[/quote]

    Could it be because of the theory surrounding the ump having a harder time calling low strikes without the color contrast. It does seem weird, but most ballplayers have superstitious beliefs. Maybe he’s been called out looking too many times with a low strike?

  • Matt B | June 15, 2007 at 3:26 pm |

    Paul-

    Thanks for the flikr page. Great handiwork by you and Scott.

  • Joe H | June 15, 2007 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”102983″][quote comment=”102894″]Hey Paul/Scott,

    The 5s used for the Uni Watch membership card font look kind of weird. It looks the rest of the numbers in that set are in the same font used by the Dodgers unis, where the 5s look like this instead of just an upside down and flipped 2.

    Just a nit-picky observation, but isn’t that why we all come here?[/quote]

    By fairly amazing coincidence, Scott and I were discussing this very topic earlier today. Here’s Scott’s explanation:

    The “5” that looks like an upside-down “2” is an actual “5” that’s been in use for decades. Possibly because it looks so much like an upside-down “2,” manufacturers over the years created a version where the 45-degree angle on the left side was leveled into a more standard 90-degree corner.

    Paul and I, in a fit of obessive study, are considering switching from the 45-degree “5” to the 90-degree “5.”

    The numbers the Dodgers wear are a fairly standard style worn by many MLB teams these days. Our reasons for choosing this style remain a closely-guarded secret.

    If we switch the styles, those with the 45-degree “5” will have the Uni Watch equivalent of the Inverted Jenny upside-down plane stamp.

    If we don’t make the switch, then it keeps you out of the depressing, skeevy world of sports collectibles.

    your intrepid Uni Watch design poobah,

    Scott

    [/quote]

    I think it was back in 1998 Russell screwed actually screwed up the O’s and used upside down 2’s for the 5’s for the front of the jerseys…drove me crazy!!!!!!!

  • WVU Tom | June 15, 2007 at 3:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”102991″][quote comment=”102988″]Hey Jerry, go get an authentic 5950 cap (last year’s model, of course):

    http://sportsillustr...
    Thank G-d he chooses to ditch the black. Give him that much.[/quote]

    I have never been a fan of the 5950 cap (although I haven’t really experienced the new ones yet), for someone with a large head — 7 3/4 — it can be very hard to find one that fits well, and I always found them to be too hot (as in the amount of heat that would get trapped in my head).

    Jerry’s appears to be quite faded, but I actually like the kind of adjustable hat he is wearing there (if it is the same one I’m thinking of). I was a little pissed a year ago though with Nike added the logo-creep to that model though, but I have a few that are older, minus the swoosh.

  • Jordan | June 15, 2007 at 3:30 pm |

    just a note re: blousing pants and high socks…while baseball seems to be moving away from it, some soccer keepers have seemed to start sporting it. I don’t have any pics b/c I’ve noticed from the keeper on my team (Super-20 League) and an opposing keeper. Both guys wore their socks up on top of their knees with warm-up pant that had been cut to look like capri’s almost (similar to Paul’s sweats in his softball pic).

  • Mr. Met | June 15, 2007 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”102992″]That Cool Base doesn’t look so cool on a striped jersey…..

    http://sportsillustr...

    At least the Cubs (and a few other teams) choose to make their home jersey the Cool Base. The Mets have chosen, of all things, their black alternate road jersey as the Cool Base model. That makes absolutely no sense at all. I mean, as if black on a hot day is not dumb enough, you make the one jersey you wear the least the Cool Base model ……?

  • Ian | June 15, 2007 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”102832″]I should have looked into the photo galleries some more. For those of you who have heard of it, netball appears to be an amalgam of Korfball and basketball. Korfball is an awkward Dutch game resembling Dr. Naismith’s game.

    http://www.korfball....

    Korfball is generally referred to as a cross between basketball and netball.

    Netball has restrictions in that no dribbling is allowed and only certain players can shoot and only in certain areas.

    Korfball doesn’t allow dribbling but allows any player to shoot as long as they are in their attacking half of the court.

    Korfball is also – as far as I know – the only sport that requires both males and females to participate professionally.

  • Paul Lukas | June 15, 2007 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”102999″]Paul-

    Thanks for the flikr page. Great handiwork by you and Scott.[/quote]

    My pleasure. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the special card we whipped up for Jeremy Brahm (at the very end of the Flickr set)!

  • Carl G | June 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm |

    Maybe I am in the minority, but I dont get the “pie” “state” thing. A description would be helpful

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”103008″]Maybe I am in the minority, but I dont get the “pie” “state” thing. A description would be helpful[/quote]

    pie is pronounced P.A.
    thus the state pun.

  • todd krevanchi | June 15, 2007 at 3:54 pm |

    adding to the players with states in their names, i guess using the felix pie logic, we could say endy chavez.

  • Mr. Met | June 15, 2007 at 3:56 pm |

    I have a question regarding the “59FIFTY surgery”: Has anyone done it on a wool cap and the process doesn’t work? I did it to all my 59FIFTY models, but there is one that absolutely refuses to do the whole “fitting around your skull” bit. Despite wetting it and whatnot, the cap (a) refuses to shrink, and (b) retained that “train conductor/trucker cap” look to it.

    And before some genius chimes in with “are you sure it’s not a 2007 model”, I bought it a few years ago, the underbill is gray, and the tag says “100% Wool”. The material, though, when compared with my other 59FIFTY’s, feels more like polyester than wool. Anyone have a similar thing happen to them?

    BTW anyone who has never done it to the their 59FIFTY should absolutely try it; it makes your cap look and feel like a Franchise cap, but in an actual on-field model.

  • Carl G | June 15, 2007 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”103009″][quote comment=”103008″]Maybe I am in the minority, but I dont get the “pie” “state” thing. A description would be helpful[/quote]

    pie is pronounced P.A.
    thus the state pun.[/quote]

    got ya

  • GoTerriers | June 15, 2007 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”103008″]Maybe I am in the minority, but I dont get the “pie” “state” thing. A description would be helpful[/quote]

    It’s pronounced “Pee-ay”, like the postal abbreviation for Pennsylvania (PA). . .(took me a minute to get it too, BTW).

  • D Schmitt | June 15, 2007 at 3:58 pm |

    A most unfortunte occurrence at the college world series – pants torn at the crotch.

    Torn Pants

  • Mike Engle | June 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”103007″][quote comment=”102999″]Paul-

    Thanks for the flikr page. Great handiwork by you and Scott.[/quote]

    My pleasure. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the special card we whipped up for Jeremy Brahm (at the very end of the Flickr set)![/quote]
    What number is that? Is that a team?
    Possible to link to that flickr page from the membership page?

  • alex | June 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”103007″][quote comment=”102999″]Paul-

    Thanks for the flikr page. Great handiwork by you and Scott.[/quote]

    My pleasure. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the special card we whipped up for Jeremy Brahm (at the very end of the Flickr set)![/quote]

    that’s very cool.

  • Mark in Shiga | June 15, 2007 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”103007″][quote comment=”102999″]Paul-

    Thanks for the flikr page. Great handiwork by you and Scott.[/quote]

    My pleasure. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the special card we whipped up for Jeremy Brahm (at the very end of the Flickr set)![/quote]

    Awesome!

    (But, as beautiful as that is, the pedant in me insists that they actually used
    bolder, sans-serif font. ^_^; )

  • Mark in Shiga | June 15, 2007 at 4:08 pm |

    Mike, it is number 19 and looks like the Mariners’ style.

  • Joe H | June 15, 2007 at 4:10 pm |

    My vote for the new Uni Watch “5”

  • Paul Lukas | June 15, 2007 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”103017″][quote comment=”103007″][quote comment=”102999″]Paul-

    Thanks for the flikr page. Great handiwork by you and Scott.[/quote]

    My pleasure. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the special card we whipped up for Jeremy Brahm (at the very end of the Flickr set)![/quote]

    What number is that? Is that a team?[/quote]

    That’s number 19 in kanji (Japanese characters), Seattle Mariners colors. As you all know, Jeremy is obsessed with Japanese baseball, so this was a special design that we were happy to make for him.

    [quote comment=”102999″]Possible to link to that flickr page from the membership page?[/quote]

    Excellent idea. I’ll set that up shortly.

  • Smail | June 15, 2007 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”102831″]As requested above, for those who want to see the backs of all of the membership cards that have been designed so far, look here. As subsequent cards are designed, I’ll add them to this grouping.[/quote]

    Awesome collection, thanks. And double thanks for catching my name spelling before sending out the card!

  • Mark in Cincy | June 15, 2007 at 4:39 pm |

    The first thing I noticed reading this article is the godawful smock that Sabin is wearing. It reminded me of this guy . . .

  • Terri | June 15, 2007 at 5:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”103003″]just a note re: blousing pants and high socks…while baseball seems to be moving away from it, some soccer keepers have seemed to start sporting it. I don’t have any pics b/c I’ve noticed from the keeper on my team (Super-20 League) and an opposing keeper. Both guys wore their socks up on top of their knees with warm-up pant that had been cut to look like capri’s almost (similar to Paul’s sweats in his softball pic).[/quote]

    I don’t know about soccer keepers, but I play field hockey, and when we practice in the cold, i wear my pant high and bloused. Aside from liking the way it looks, they feel too tight over the shinguards. Maybe it’s the same for the soccer keepers.

  • Graf Zeppelin | June 15, 2007 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”102981″]Here’s a question for the UniWatch community. I know that everyone looks on the old powder blue uniforms from Philly, Montreal, KC, etc. with much fondness, and I like them as well. But when and why did powder blue replace grey as the en vogue color for away uniforms?
    [/quote]

    Color TV.

    A few teams had them in the late ’60s, starting with the ’64 White Sox. By 1973 there were 7, 10 in 1977, 11 in 1980. Around 1985 they started to go away. In 1992 they were all gone; the ’91 Royals and Expos were the last.

    Not to start a whole “thing” or piss anybody off or anything, but may I be the first to ask the obvious question…

    …if MLB will not allow the Royals to wear a “road” uniform at home, why the f*** do they allow a certain club which plays its home games near the site of the 1964 World’s Fair to wear its road cap at home all the time?

    I’m just saying……

    (Yes, I’m sure it’s because the rule doesn’t apply to caps, but still……)

  • Dave A | June 15, 2007 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”103005″][quote comment=”102992″]That Cool Base doesn’t look so cool on a striped jersey…..

    http://sportsillustr...

    At least the Cubs (and a few other teams) choose to make their home jersey the Cool Base. The Mets have chosen, of all things, their black alternate road jersey as the Cool Base model. That makes absolutely no sense at all. I mean, as if black on a hot day is not dumb enough, you make the one jersey you wear the least the Cool Base model ……?[/quote]

    I think the Jays cool base jersey is the black as well. Unfortunately, they wear it all the time. I can’t remember the last game I attended in person when they wore the white home jerseys.

  • Dave A | June 15, 2007 at 5:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”103007″][quote comment=”102999″]Paul-

    Thanks for the flikr page. Great handiwork by you and Scott.[/quote]

    My pleasure. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the special card we whipped up for Jeremy Brahm (at the very end of the Flickr set)![/quote]

    Love it!

  • Jake | June 15, 2007 at 7:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”102753″]As for the Maddux McFarlane, I think it might be refering back ot his days as a Cub before heading to the Braves….maybe?[/quote]
    No the jersey would be completely wrong then – there would be a cubbie head sleve patch not the walking cub, and those jerseys would have blue “taping?” around the collar and arm holes, an dno mlb logo on th eback collar. Not to mention Mad-dog used to sport a very nice ‘stache in those days as well.

  • redemske | June 15, 2007 at 7:54 pm |

    On the McFarlanes …
    The most glaring problems were fixed on the actual run. The photos in the ticker are just prototypes. A similar example was the first Derrek Lee prototype. He’s in the blue alternate with gray pants, but had no name on his back. It was fixed in the actual run.

    Check the top picture here.

  • redemske | June 15, 2007 at 7:54 pm |

    or here

  • redemske | June 15, 2007 at 7:55 pm |
  • My Name is Not Earl | June 15, 2007 at 7:59 pm |

    What are those things that Mississippi State is wearing? Everything from the underam gussets to the stupid-looking font in which “State” is written just looks wrong. That’s surprising, considering that the coach is such an old-school guy.

  • Terri | June 15, 2007 at 8:45 pm |

    Just heard on the Mississippi/UNC game something that kind of has to do with unis…the announcer was talking about one the UNC (I think) player- apparently the kid’s a Yankees fan and has a bag of dirt from the warning track of Yankee stadium and he keeps it in is pocket when he plays.

  • Noah | June 15, 2007 at 9:46 pm |

    I’m watching the Nats-Jays game. MASN just showed Gregg Zaun running off the field and he was definately wearing his regular cap backwards under his catchers mask… I’ll check for photos later…

  • subway | June 15, 2007 at 10:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”102836″]You can now thank the SI Cover Jinx for the Melting Pot-MESS of Queens…Swept from the Bronx is the Next SI Cover for the 1-9 in there last 10 NY MESS[/quote]

    Don’t you mean Sweep in the Bronx?

  • ScottyJ in WV | June 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”102808″][quote comment=”102803″][quote comment=”102755″]I found this picture this morning regarding the WVU baseball team…real stirrups, or fake….

    http://www.da.wvu.ed...

    Old Gold stirrups!!! Lookin’ good, ‘Eers!![/quote]

    Let’s Go!………………….[/quote]

    MOUNTAINEERS!!!!!!!!

  • subway | June 15, 2007 at 10:30 pm |

    closed?

  • ScottyJ in WV | June 15, 2007 at 10:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”102955″]I have been trying to upload a link to the new WVU football jerseys which have gone on sale, but it keeps getting eaten. I placed it in an old photoalbum of mine instead:

    http://public.fotki....

    Looks much better than the previous version. Not nearly as busy. I’m still not crazy about the batwings, but I do like the fact that it’s back to just gold & blue and the “Mountaineers” over the number is gone. Big improvement.

    By the way, does the gold actually look more ‘gold’ and less yellow than years past?

  • subway | June 15, 2007 at 10:55 pm |

    can anyone fix this?

  • Mike Engle | June 16, 2007 at 12:25 am |

    To the rescue?

  • Sammy | June 16, 2007 at 12:43 am |

    This should work.

  • Mike Engle | June 16, 2007 at 12:47 am |

    It did. How did you do that?

  • allen | June 16, 2007 at 2:36 am |

    wow, this is an expensive uni

    speaking of the dodgers, has any one seen the dodgers wear their apparent alternate cap?

  • Mr. J | June 16, 2007 at 3:21 pm |

    Chief Wahoo is one of the best logos of all-time. It is in no way “Please — everyone knows Chief Wahoo is gay.” as you said.

  • ben | June 16, 2007 at 3:35 pm |

    Re Manny’s high cuffs: Do most players wear different pants when they go socks-up? It looked like Manny just tucked his super-baggy pants into his socks.

  • Kelly O'Connor | June 16, 2007 at 11:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”103366″]It looked like Manny just tucked his super-baggy pants into his socks.[/quote]

    Can’t imagine what would make you think that…!
    http://www.sittingst...

    Also, re: #89 above–the Padres definitely wore sand pants at home with the camo jerseys. The whole page that thumbnail is from is here.

    Note that the sand pants are a pain to keep true to color if the photo needs color correcting–but they’re definitely sand.

  • Nick | June 18, 2007 at 12:29 am |

    [quote comment=”102813″]Here’s one.

    My Wife recently gave me permission to but an authentic Steelers Jersey for Father’s Day. The player I want to buy, however, is an offensive lineman. The jerseys they sell are only skill player jerseys, thus, if you bought a the jersey and put a lineman’s name on it, it would not be an actual on field jersey, which by itself has alomost completely discouraged me from the purchase.

    Anyway, I know the line jerseys are cut a lot longer than the skill jerseys (so a skill jersey would look better) but are there any other differences between the two?

    Does anybody know?[/quote]

    You should be able to buy an authentic jersey with double shoulders, sewn numbers, knit cuss sleeves, etc. from the Steelers web site or other authentic NFL jersey web sites. These authentics are pretty close to the on-field jerseys, but are usuaklly made outsise of the USA.

    The on-field jerseys are all made in the USA as per NFL rules. Also, for NFL linemen most of their on-field jerseys are sleeveless, imagine a jersey with no sleeves and a tight, heavy knit cuff where the sleeve should start. Some skill players also wear these. They are generally MISERABLE to wear.

    You can find a good variety on EBAY. Sometimes you can purchase an on-field jersey with skill sleeves. If you can get a blank one, there are many places to get official team letters and numbers sewn on professionally.

    Check out EBAY rfrequently and you may get something that you’ll like. Good Luck !!!

  • William Harrison | June 22, 2007 at 4:54 pm |

    Agreed on the new Bruins unis, except for one thing; they should have kept the gold shoulders for the white jerseys, a la the Bobby Orr era.

    As for the shoulder patches, love them; the way I understand it, the “Boston” version is for the road unis, the “Bruins” version for the home.

    Have also heard they have a gold third-jersey, with the logos reversed (bear on chest, B on shoulder) ready for when the NHL allows them again.