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55 Sullivan Place

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HBO’s Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts Of Flatbush debuted last Wednesday, but I was in St. Louis at the time and didn’t get around to seeing it until Saturday. Aside from all the relatively familiar sentimental musings about my home borough (I teared up, right on cue, during the sequence where Dem Bums finally won the Series in ’55), there was a wealth of interesting uni-related material. Check it out:

  • I wrote about pinned-on uniform numbers in my last ESPN column. But check out this shot, which shows prospects being evaluated either at a tryout session or during spring training. As you can see, some of them have numbers pinned over the pre-existing uni numbers. Kinda feels like the baseball version of this.
  • Here’s a spring training shot. Note the two guys with the big “VB” on their jerseys, which I assume stood for Vero Beach.
  • There was a roughly 20-second sequence that showed the Hollywood Star wearing their pinstriped shorts (here’s another view). Oddly, the voiceover narration made no mention of the shorts — the script simply noted that L.A. was a minor league town until the Dodgers arrived. Very strange.
  • Interesting shot here. Note that Jackie Robinson and Junior Gilliam are wearing sanitaries but no stirrups.

My only gripe: There wasn’t any footage of Burt Shotton managing in street clothes.

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Travel Advisory: In the 14 months since this site launched, I’ve gotten out of town for a long weekend here or a work-related trip there, but I haven’t taken a proper vacation. That will change this Thursday, when I head off for — well, never mind where I’m heading. The point is that I’ll be visiting friends, road-tripping hither and thither, and not thinking too much about uniforms. My goal is to not log on to the site even once during the eight days I’ll be gone. We’ll see how realistic that turns out to be, but you get the gist — I need a little break.

But fear not — things will continue apace. While I’m gone, several teams of bio-engineered chinchillas, fortified on Balco-quality “nutritional supplements,” will be running on treadmills to keep all the wheels and gears turning. A crew of illegal immigrants, working under the dual threat of deportation and being forced to watch Lou Dobbs broadcasts, is at this very moment learning to mimic my writing style, so fresh content will continue to appear each day. And the major sports leagues have all agreed to hold off on any major uni-related announcements until my return.

The one major change is that Vince will be in charge of things while I’m gone, and will also be assembling Ticker material. So from the 19th through the 26th, if you’ve got a question, an observation, or a contribution, don’t send it to me — send it to Vince at uniwatchintern at gmail dot com. Vince will also be equipped with a Bat Signal-like communication device to get in touch with me, so in the unlikely event of an emergency (Jose Cruz Jr. going on the DL, for example, or Bruce Froemming splitting his pants), I’ll be brought up to speed.

I will engage in one major bit of Uni Watch business while I’m away, however: Next Tuesday, July 24th, I’ll be passing through Toronto and will convene a party upstairs at the Imperial Pub and Library. Festivities will commence at 8 p.m. — hope to see all you Ontarians there.

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Membership Update: I want to take a minute to point out some of the really great details that Uni Watch art director Scott M.X. Turner has been working into the membership cards lately. When recently asked to do an old-school Patriots treatment, for example, Scott did some photo research and noticed that the Pats routinely featured wide-spaced lettering on their nameplates back in the day, so he matched that style. And dig this EPL design, complete with the logos on the numerals! It’s little details like these that have made this project so much fun for us — and, we hope, for you.

One thing I’ve noticed is that designs that looked horrible as actual uniforms look really great on the back of a membership card. In addition to the Blues treatment shown above, check out this and this (plus comments section stalwart Teebz wanted us to do the Islanders’ seasick typography for his card, which I’m sure would’ve looked totally boss, but the type was too tricky to render, so Teebz settled for an all-star design [based on this]).

As always, you can see the growing gallery of card designs here. The active roster is here, and details on how you can join are here.

Lone Star Shout-Out: Member Jon Smith is interested in meeting other Uni Watch devotees in the Austin area. Feel free to contact him here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Uni-related quote of the day, from Barry Bonds after yesterday’s Giants loss: “It’s an embarrassment for me to be wearing this [expletive deleted] uniform ’cause of the way I’m playing.” Not sure, but I think the expletive was “polyester.” … Big non-sports uni news out of the UK, where it’s recently been announced that trial judges will no longer wear wigs. Additional info here (with thanks to Bernie Langer). … Big article here about the jeweler who made Barry Bonds’s earring. … Latest minor league theme-night brainstorm: Star Wars Night, courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps (further details here). … The new Lightning logos will apparently look like this (a minor improvement, I’d say, but I’d rather have seen an overhaul). And the Sharks’ name/number treatment will now look like this (thanks in both cases to JR Boucicaut). … On Friday I ran a photo of this 1971 serving tray, which Vince was nice enough to pick up for me at a yard sale. That prompted the following note from Richard Stover: “That tray was a Shell gas station promotion. For a fill-up, they gave you a glass [additional examples here and here). I remember getting a Broncos glass from my sister, who had moved to Colorado, so it must have been a nationwide promotion. A few extra bucks and you could buy a tray. I’m 50 years old, and like almost everything else I had as a kid, I replaced my cracked, broken tray with one purchased on eBay. But my New England Patriots glasses somehow survived.” … Garrett Malcolm was attending a Padres/Orioles game in San Diego and happened upon a gent wearing this jersey. “He told me that it was game-worn, and was from the early ’40s, when the Orioles were a minor league team. The number on the back was 7, and I think you’ll agree that it is just a beautiful piece of work.” Indeed. (Quick, someone put a drool cup under Joe Hilseberg!) … Anthony Pellegrino attended a Phillies game on Friday night and snapped a pic of a combo you don’t see very often (thankfully): stirrups and mandals. … Vince notes that someone did a really bad radial arching job on Curtis Thigpen’s jersey (compare to this). … Good catch by Andrew Stebbins, who notes that the MLB.com shop lists this as a Chad Cordero jersey, when it was actually Francisco Cordero who made the All-Star team. … Several sources are reporting that Kansas’s new football jersey will look like this. … The Brewers did their annual Cerveceros promotion yesterday (with thanks to Jared Simon for the screen grab). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Short TV news clip here regarding Wisconsin’s attempts to police its motion-W logo. … Also from yesterday: Jose Reyes has been wearing orange shoelaces. … Still more from yesterday: Adam LaRoche’s pirate sleeve patch was partially torn off on Saturday night.

 

130 comments to 55 Sullivan Place

  • John O'Hare | July 16, 2007 at 8:34 am |

    Take a close look at the picture of Robinson amd Gilliam without stirrups. On the right, Sal Maglie’s 35 on the front of his jersey is a different font than the other Dodgers. It almost looks like Red Sox number font. I have noticed this in several pix, but this is the first opportunity I had to point it out.

  • warren thompson | July 16, 2007 at 8:43 am |

    Hmmm … it seems that UCLA sported dark blue jerseys when Robinson played. Nice arm and torso stripes (in gold, I assume).

  • Joe Young | July 16, 2007 at 8:48 am |

    This is the road jersey of This, which is a Roger Hornsby’s minor league Orioles jersey from 1938

  • Tim B. | July 16, 2007 at 8:55 am |

    Hey Paul…at some point point it might be fun to see a list of team designs that members have chosen for their cards – from the most popular to the least. There is some great stuff to see on that flickr page and it’s really neat to see what some folks choose for their cards.

  • Mike | July 16, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    Everyone wore 42 at the latest White House Tee-Ball Game.

    http://www.whitehous...

    Even POTUS:

    http://www.whitehous...

  • Stuby | July 16, 2007 at 9:10 am |

    Paul – 8 days without thinking about uniforms? Yeah, good luck with that.

    I brought this to the attention of the weekend crew, but thought I would share with the Uni Watch Varsity squad:

    On the Phillies jersey, the ‘P’ overlaps with the the top of the ‘h’ for some reason. Check it out here. Wherever else I could find an example of the logo, the letters don’t overlap. Whats up with that? Did they run out of room all of a sudden?

  • DenverGregg | July 16, 2007 at 9:10 am |

    Have a great vacation, Paul. You’ve earned it and then some.

  • Ben | July 16, 2007 at 9:10 am |

    Jackie’s football uniform looks like the basis for “Tron.”

  • Chi-town Joe | July 16, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    Cub’s recently called up catcher Geovany Soto. Soto’s chest protector reads “GEO” near the top. Are personalized chest protectors a common thing? This is the first I’ve noticed. Sorry I couldn’t find an pics.

  • Ryan | July 16, 2007 at 9:18 am |

    Paul – It might also be a cool idea to have a link to the actual uniform that inspired each card on the members page.

  • Paul Lukas | July 16, 2007 at 9:31 am |

    [quote comment=”120040″]Cub’s recently called up catcher Geovany Soto. Soto’s chest protector reads “GEO” near the top. Are personalized chest protectors a common thing? This is the first I’ve noticed. Sorry I couldn’t find an pics.[/quote]

    I did a whole column on this topic last year. Look here.

  • susan | July 16, 2007 at 9:31 am |

    [quote comment=”119086″][quote comment=”119049″]I just watched the documentary “Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush” on HBO, and the Uni Moments overwhelmed me. Someone could spend days pulling screen grabs from this excellent show.[/quote]

    Incredibly enough, I just watched it this afternoon too, and I paused it several times to take screen photos (I don’t have a DVR). Pics coming soon to a blog near you.[/quote]

    How does one make a screen grab from a DVR?

  • anthony | July 16, 2007 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment=”120023″]Hey Paul…at some point point it might be fun to see a list of team designs that members have chosen for their cards – from the most popular to the least. There is some great stuff to see on that flickr page and it’s really neat to see what some folks choose for their cards.[/quote]

    Great idea! But I bet that if you asked some of the original members – from the first week of sign-ups that chose the UniWatch generic background – they’d jump at the chance today to have a different membership card designed. Don’t get me wrong…
    I’m a creative director myself, and love seeing the new designs, but I still think members are going out of their way (creatively) to have cards designed that are “wacky” just for the sake of being different. A boating number, or tour de france jersey are not what I would consider “traditional” jersey selections.
    And before the entire UniWatch nation goes ballistic on me, I’m stating for the record that I’m not against it. I believe that everyone has a story to tell about what UniWatch means to them. To help, maybe they could (on the flikr site) give a little insight as to why they choose the black and white bars of a ref’s jersey or why Roger Bannister’s track top has meaning.

    But if we’re gonna make this a popularity contest about what membership card jersey is cool and what’s not, I think were missing the point of joining UniWatch in the first place.

  • Anthony M | July 16, 2007 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment=”120048″]Great idea! But I bet that if you asked some of the original members – from the first week of sign-ups that chose the UniWatch generic background – they’d jump at the chance today to have a different membership card designed.[quote]

    Right when this was launched, you had a choice of NHL, MLB and NFL membership card designs.

  • JJD | July 16, 2007 at 9:42 am |

    What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.

    Those Kansas jerseys…ick. I REALLY loathe Times New Roman-ish typography for nameplates and numerals. Block lettering (even with serifs) is ALWAYS better. That’s why I don’t like the Brewers’ jerseys.

  • My name is not Earl | July 16, 2007 at 9:42 am |

    What’s up with those KU football jerseys? The stylized font doesn’t bother me, but the “Kansas” wordmark does. Lots of teams have small versions of the school or mascot names above the numbers, and some schools (Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma) have full-sized names above the numbers on the front. But the size of “Kansas” on the KU jerseys seems somewhere in the middle. With the adidas logo, the Jayhawk, AND the odd-sized wordmark, the jersey seems too “busy”

  • My name is not Earl | July 16, 2007 at 9:45 am |

    Looks like the University of Tennessee baseball team is going to “ditch the black” in its uniforms. I’ve never understood how a team whose school colors are orange and white wound up having black as its primary color. Now if only the Mets would follow the lead . . .

  • anthony | July 16, 2007 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment=”120051″][quote comment=”120048″]Great idea! But I bet that if you asked some of the original members – from the first week of sign-ups that chose the UniWatch generic background – they’d jump at the chance today to have a different membership card designed.[quote]

    Right when this was launched, you had a choice of NHL, MLB and NFL membership card designs.[/quote]

    What’s next? A Chico’s Bail Bond jersey from the Bad News Bears? Jonathan E’s Houston Rollerball jersey? A Quiksilver surfing competition jersey?

  • Chi-town Joe | July 16, 2007 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”120046″][quote comment=”120040″]Cub’s recently called up catcher Geovany Soto. Soto’s chest protector reads “GEO” near the top. Are personalized chest protectors a common thing? This is the first I’ve noticed. Sorry I couldn’t find an pics.[/quote]

    I did a whole column on this topic last year. Look here.[/quote]

    Can’t believe I never saw Michael Barrett did the same thing. Didn’t realize it was so common. That column was great and the disappearance of the crotch protector extension is hilarious.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.
    [/quote]

    Burnt orange. Not gold, but burnt orange.

  • Jason G. | July 16, 2007 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”120062″][quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.
    [/quote]

    Burnt orange. Not gold, but burnt orange.[/quote]

    I thought the University of Texas used burnt orange. They don’t appear to be the same color to me. I also think that treatment looks an awful lot like this just with a different number font.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment=”120068″][quote comment=”120062″][quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.
    [/quote]

    Burnt orange. Not gold, but burnt orange.[/quote]

    I thought the University of Texas used burnt orange. They don’t appear to be the same color to me. I also think that treatment looks an awful lot like this just with a different number font.[/quote]

    They apparently are trying to work the colour into their colour scheme. Honestly, I agree with you, but apparently “burnt orange” is the Sharks’ colour of choice.

  • Wade | July 16, 2007 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment=”120055″]What’s up with those KU football jerseys? The stylized font doesn’t bother me, but the “Kansas” wordmark does. Lots of teams have small versions of the school or mascot names above the numbers, and some schools (Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma) have full-sized names above the numbers on the front. But the size of “Kansas” on the KU jerseys seems somewhere in the middle. With the adidas logo, the Jayhawk, AND the odd-sized wordmark, the jersey seems too “busy”[/quote]

    I agree. The uniforms the Jayhawks have worn the past 2 or 3 seasons have been great. I don’t see why they need to change. Narrow the pant stripes a little bit, and they look like the Giants.

  • Mark | July 16, 2007 at 10:12 am |

    Hey Garrett. That dude was snowing you about the game worn bit. What he had there was an Ebbets Field Flannels replica, made right here in Seattle. Nice jersey, but certainly not game worn.

  • Rich Bruns | July 16, 2007 at 10:14 am |

    Maybe it’s been mentioned on here before but I’ll give it a go. I’m sure many of you have seen Arsenal’s new white away kit. The tag has some writing on it about Herbert Chapman winning Arsenal’s first title and some other things. However, all of the pictures of the kit that I’ve seen online make it just look plain white with Arsenal’s crest, Fly Emirates, and the Nike swoosh on the front. I stopped at a local soccer shop this weekend to pick one up for myself and the same writing from the tag is on the kit itself at a few places. And many times at these places. It’s in print that’s kind’ve small and it’s gray so in the pictures I’ve seen, it just hasn’t been visible but when viewing the kit from up close it looks very cool. I’ll post a picture soon or try finding one somewhere.

  • Ryan B. | July 16, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”120074″]Maybe it’s been mentioned on here before but I’ll give it a go. I’m sure many of you have seen Arsenal’s new white away kit. The tag has some writing on it about Herbert Chapman winning Arsenal’s first title and some other things. However, all of the pictures of the kit that I’ve seen online make it just look plain white with Arsenal’s crest, Fly Emirates, and the Nike swoosh on the front. I stopped at a local soccer shop this weekend to pick one up for myself and the same writing from the tag is on the kit itself at a few places. And many times at these places. It’s in print that’s kind’ve small and it’s gray so in the pictures I’ve seen, it just hasn’t been visible but when viewing the kit from up close it looks very cool. I’ll post a picture soon or try finding one somewhere.[/quote]

    I believe that’s pretty common on soccer kits, especially ones unleashed to commemerate special occasions.

    For example, north London’s best team, Tottenham, has a faint gray or silver inscription about their 125th anniversary on their new shirts.

  • Chance | July 16, 2007 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”120072″]Hey Garrett. That dude was snowing you about the game worn bit. What he had there was an Ebbets Field Flannels replica, made right here in Seattle. Nice jersey, but certainly not game worn.[/quote]
    That was my thought as well.

    Orioles stuff must sell well – Ebbets Field flannels currently has four jerseys available on their site (not to mention the custom ones they’ll make to request).

  • Lockbull | July 16, 2007 at 10:36 am |

    A boating number, or tour de france jersey are not what I would consider “traditional” jersey selections.
    I beg to differ, I seriously considered the “181” from Lance Armstrong’s 1999 Tour win before settling on the “Edge 14” card. To me it was about inspiration, and number 14 has always inspired me since childhood, even though I’m by no means a world class athlete. See if you can not be inspired by that video clip and figure out why some of my cycling friends have knock offs featuring that “181” bib.

  • Nate | July 16, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    glad to see those “crotch protectors” disappeared. as a former Little League catcher and current utility man in an adult baseball league, those crotch extensions just flip up when you get in your crouch anyway…they don’t protect anything!

    that’s what the cup is for.

  • Terry Mark | July 16, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    Good catch by Andrew Stebbins, who notes that the MLB.com shop lists this as a Chad Cordero jersey, when it was actually Francisco Cordero who made the All-Star team.

    Not only that, but Washington is mispelled.

  • todd krevanchi | July 16, 2007 at 10:49 am |

    Member Jon Smith is interested in meeting other Uni Watch devotees in the Austin area. Feel free to contact him here.

    not a bad idea. on my niketalk board, popularity of the site over time developed the need for special “regional” forums when members wanted to talk about local places to buy, etc. these forums then developed into regional “summitt meetings” organized and run by the members with no real moderator. just members who got together and talked shop. someone would then take photos and write a review and post on the message board.

  • Stuby | July 16, 2007 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”120082″]A boating number, or tour de france jersey are not what I would consider “traditional” jersey selections.
    I beg to differ, I seriously considered the “181” from Lance Armstrong’s 1999 Tour win before settling on the “Edge 14” card. To me it was about inspiration, and number 14 has always inspired me since childhood, even though I’m by no means a world class athlete. See if you can not be inspired by that video clip and figure out why some of my cycling friends have knock offs featuring that “181” bib.[/quote]
    Yeah, who cares if its a ‘traditional’ jersey design or not. I agree that people find inspiration outside the realm of the major sports so why shouldn’t they be able to choose a non-traditional card design?

    Besides, it sounds like Paul and Scott are really getting into this and take ideas like the Roger Bannister jersey as a challenge.

  • mlmintampa | July 16, 2007 at 11:00 am |

    The new Lightning look is horrible. Oh my God. Why change something that was already good?

  • Ryan | July 16, 2007 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment=”120101″]The new Lightning look is horrible. Oh my God. Why change something that was already good?[/quote]

    What exactly was good about it? The new one isn’t good either… they need a complete overhaul.

  • Stuby | July 16, 2007 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”120101″]The new Lightning look is horrible. Oh my God. Why change something that was already good?[/quote]
    Already good? Are you serious?

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”120104″][quote comment=”120101″]The new Lightning look is horrible. Oh my God. Why change something that was already good?[/quote]

    What exactly was good about it? The new one isn’t good either… they need a complete overhaul.[/quote]

    It could be worse.

  • Denis | July 16, 2007 at 11:10 am |

    http://sportsillustr...

    Great photos of the current NHL netminder’s masks.

    Some great ones. A lot of masks have pictures of great / HOF former players from their current team. Its pretty cool.

  • Terri | July 16, 2007 at 11:20 am |

    On one of Harrisburg PA’s news stations (WHPTV- CBS) last night, there was a story about why some baseball players wear their pants high and others don’t- the promo said they’d be asking local players if it was fashion or function. Unfortunately, I fell asleep before it came on. Anyone else in the Harrisburg area who caught it?

  • Anthony Verna | July 16, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”120107″][quote comment=”120104″][quote comment=”120101″]The new Lightning look is horrible. Oh my God. Why change something that was already good?[/quote]

    What exactly was good about it? The new one isn’t good either… they need a complete overhaul.[/quote]

    It could be worse.[/quote]

    Ouch.

    I find the Tampa Bay word mark to be bland and boring. I know the old mark just didn’t seem to fit, but this one doesn’t do anything for me.

  • Joe Drennan | July 16, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    This whole idea about the membership card creativity has me pondering. I think it’s awsome that Paul and co. are willing to take the extra time to oblidge those who want something out ot the ordinary, but I wonder where they’ll eventualy draw the line.

    The rules are there, but they’ve made exceptions because they’re nice guys, but also because they know the cards will look wicked sweet (that’s a tip of the hat to any Boston readers), but my high school hockey jersey looked awsome as it was maroon and burnt orange, with very small and condensed lettering.

    If I asked nice enough would they oblidge? Possibly because it’s a simple design and all that’s needed is to find the right color sawatch, but if they do that, where do they draw the line.

    It makes me wonder if it’s time Paul add a caveot to the membership pricing, customjersey formats not listed an extra charge? I won’t offer a dollar amount as I do not want to dvalue the incredible work that Scott is turning out. I know I’d shell out a few extra bucks.

    OK, I’m done thinking out loud now – back to work.

  • Joe Drennan | July 16, 2007 at 11:31 am |

    After seeing the Sharks and Lightening logos, I am not impressed with the updates. To me they look like minor league logos. Their old logos weren’t the best in the league, but to me, they had a sort of classic look to them despite being 90s expansion teams. I felt the only updating the Sharks needed was to finish taping the hockey stick. I think some of the teams have too many hands in the cookie jar during the revamp and are trying too hard. Less is more. Look at the Habs or B’s or Blackhawks or Red Wings. No need to major overhauls because they got it darn near perfect the first time around.

  • Ryan | July 16, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”120121″]After seeing the Sharks and Lightening logos, I am not impressed with the updates. To me they look like minor league logos. Their old logos weren’t the best in the league, but to me, they had a sort of classic look to them despite being 90s expansion teams. I felt the only updating the Sharks needed was to finish taping the hockey stick. I think some of the teams have too many hands in the cookie jar during the revamp and are trying too hard. Less is more. Look at the Habs or B’s or Blackhawks or Red Wings. No need to major overhauls because they got it darn near perfect the first time around.[/quote]

    I thought both teams needed complete overhauls (like Anaheim did last year). That being said, I think the Sharks’ new logo is a slight improvement over the old one after comparing them side-by-side. Tampa Bay’s logo is just as bad as the old one. A lot of these teams would benefit from following Boston’s lead when unveiling their new uniforms and stick to something simplistic and classy.

  • todd krevanchi | July 16, 2007 at 11:44 am |

    although i might have missed a post here or there over since friday when i left work, i dont think i saw anyone mention this.

    has the lightning used the donruss font for their new logo?

    new tampa typeface

    donruss typeface

  • DJ | July 16, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    The new Lightning look is horrible. Oh my God. Why change something that was already good?

    What exactly was good about it? The new one isn’t good either… they need a complete overhaul.

    This logo is a bit more “compact” (as opposed to the current logo, which has the word “Lightning” in all-caps in the lower-right part). It might have been compacted in order to fit in the new Reebok jerseys, which are tighter, and have panels made of different materials for ‘flexibility” and moisture wicking.

  • Kyle at IU | July 16, 2007 at 11:51 am |

    First off, those MILB Star Wars unis are absolutely awesome. Sure, the placement of the stormtrooper and the Imperial crest are awkward, but who cares? It’s a freakin’ Star Wars gimmick jersey, so it’s awesome no matter how they draw it!

    [quote comment=”120109″]http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0707/gallery.nhl.goalie.masks/content.1.html

    Great photos of the current NHL netminder’s masks.

    Some great ones. A lot of masks have pictures of great / HOF former players from their current team.

    Its pretty cool.[/quote]

    Hm…I hadn’t realized Olie Kolzig had gone to Mecha-Godzilla for his mask design. Still looks excellent after all these years. My favorite of the bunch has got to be Andrew Raycroft, with the Leafs of yore and the old Gardens painted on there.

  • Kyle at IU | July 16, 2007 at 11:54 am |

    cool sleeve patch here on this 1970 Indianapolis Indians jersey. They used to be owned by a group of 6,672 Indy-area shareholders, much like a publicly traded company, so they put that patch on there to recognize those folks.

  • Paul Lukas | July 16, 2007 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”120116″]This whole idea about the membership card creativity has me pondering. I think it’s awsome that Paul and co. are willing to take the extra time to oblidge those who want something out ot the ordinary, but I wonder where they’ll eventualy draw the line.

    The rules are there, but they’ve made exceptions because they’re nice guys, but also because they know the cards will look wicked sweet (that’s a tip of the hat to any Boston readers), but my high school hockey jersey looked awsome as it was maroon and burnt orange, with very small and condensed lettering.

    If I asked nice enough would they oblidge? Possibly because it’s a simple design and all that’s needed is to find the right color sawatch, but if they do that, where do they draw the line.

    It makes me wonder if it’s time Paul add a caveot to the membership pricing, customjersey formats not listed an extra charge? I won’t offer a dollar amount as I do not want to dvalue the incredible work that Scott is turning out. I know I’d shell out a few extra bucks.[/quote]

    If you have a special request, just ask — we take every request seriously (although there are some we turn down). No extra charge. In general, your odds are better if you (a) can provide a good rear-jersey photo, and (b) explain why this design is important to you.

    And ALWAYS provide a “Plan B” backup design, in case we can’t execute your first choice.

  • Wall of Beef | July 16, 2007 at 11:59 am |

    I was really hoping the Lightning were going to ditch any word marks on the front the jersey. Just have the Lightning Bolt, like a superhero (Shazam). I’ve also thought the Bolt crossing Florida was pretty cheesy, im assuming they think its forming some sort of “X”, all dangerour like.

    The new Sharks Logo is very cartooney and minor league, but its ok. I was really used to the old one now and was starting to like it. It just was starting to get that dated old look to it. I guess it will make a neat throw back in the future.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”120131″]
    Hm…I hadn’t realized Olie Kolzig had gone to Mecha-Godzilla for his mask design. Still looks excellent after all these years. My favorite of the bunch has got to be Andrew Raycroft, with the Leafs of yore and the old Gardens painted on there.[/quote]

    That may change this season with the new jersey and colour scheme. I’m sure Godzilla will remain as part of his mask design, but I’m sure we’ll see a new rendering of ‘Zilla.

  • Stuby | July 16, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”120116″]This whole idea about the membership card creativity has me pondering. I think it’s awsome that Paul and co. are willing to take the extra time to oblidge those who want something out ot the ordinary, but I wonder where they’ll eventualy draw the line.

    The rules are there, but they’ve made exceptions because they’re nice guys, but also because they know the cards will look wicked sweet (that’s a tip of the hat to any Boston readers), but my high school hockey jersey looked awsome as it was maroon and burnt orange, with very small and condensed lettering.

    If I asked nice enough would they oblidge? Possibly because it’s a simple design and all that’s needed is to find the right color sawatch, but if they do that, where do they draw the line.

    It makes me wonder if it’s time Paul add a caveot to the membership pricing, customjersey formats not listed an extra charge? I won’t offer a dollar amount as I do not want to dvalue the incredible work that Scott is turning out. I know I’d shell out a few extra bucks.

    OK, I’m done thinking out loud now – back to work.[/quote]
    I think the point is that Paul and Scott take it on a case by case basis. This isn’t something with hard and fast rules where a line should be drawn.

    Ask them to do your high school jersey. The worst that can happen is they say ‘no’.

  • Eric B. | July 16, 2007 at 12:04 pm |

    Daaaamn, those shots of the Shell football glasses bring back memories. My grandfather was a huge L.A. Rams fan (and season ticket holder for a few years) who had a whole bunch of the Rams glasses. I drank out of them all the time when visiting my grandparents’ house as a kid. Sadly, he died not long after the team moved to St. Louis, and the glasses eventually disappeared too (sold in a garage sale, probably).

    They didn’t have the serving tray, though.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”120139″]
    Ask them to do your high school jersey. The worst that can happen is they say ‘no’.[/quote]

    Scott did have a rather funny response to the request for the Islanders’ Fisherman design, though.

    “It would be one of the great challenges of all time. But I wouldn’t stand a chance. I have no working fonts for either the number or the nameplate letters, the nameplate itself curves, there’s extra trim that needs applying manually. If I had the font and had to curve it myself and add the trim, I’d take the challenge. But creating it from absolute scratch is just [f-bombing] crazy.”

    As long as Scott can reproduce the font and it isn’t insanely crazy, I don’t think it would that difficult to make up a design from scratch. It appears that Scott enjoys the challenge. Just ask nicely. ;o)

  • possum | July 16, 2007 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”120137″][quote comment=”120131″]
    Hm…I hadn’t realized Olie Kolzig had gone to Mecha-Godzilla for his mask design. Still looks excellent after all these years. My favorite of the bunch has got to be Andrew Raycroft, with the Leafs of yore and the old Gardens painted on there.[/quote]

    That may change this season with the new jersey and colour scheme. I’m sure Godzilla will remain as part of his mask design, but I’m sure we’ll see a new rendering of ‘Zilla.[/quote]
    BAM! No more copper mask

  • Jon | July 16, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    I don’t know if this has been covered or not, since I haven’t had time to read all the comments lately, but it looks like the LA Galaxy are adding the MLS logo to the bottom of the jersey numbers a la the EPL. I thought I saw this in the Beckham press conference pics, but it was small. Here’s a link from the team store.

  • Jason | July 16, 2007 at 12:28 pm |

    I’ve been waiting for a better picture, but it’s never happened, so here goes… some of the Columbus Clippers have been wearing Jackie Robinson Day decals on their batting helemts. You can sort of see it on Brandon Watson.

  • KD | July 16, 2007 at 12:29 pm |

    why is it a big deal what people want on the back of their cards? I don’t even understand why that is an issue. If people want something different to get attention, who cares, I think they’re cool, and I’m sure a lot of other people do too.

  • Kyle at IU | July 16, 2007 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”120151″]I’ve been waiting for a better picture, but it’s never happened, so here goes… some of the Columbus Clippers have been wearing Jackie Robinson Day decals on their batting helemts. You can sort of see it on Brandon Watson.[/quote]

    Wait…do the Clippers seriously still wear pinstriped pants? That just seems really weird next to the new, Nats-inspired shirts. Is it that hard to get white pants with a blue and red stripe down the side?

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”120152″]why is it a big deal what people want on the back of their cards? I don’t even understand why that is an issue. If people want something different to get attention, who cares, I think they’re cool, and I’m sure a lot of other people do too.[/quote]

    I don’t there ever has been an issue. As long as there’s no purple, Paul and Scott have gone out of their way to accomodate requests.

  • Joe Drennan | July 16, 2007 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”120151″]I’ve been waiting for a better picture, but it’s never happened, so here goes… some of the Columbus Clippers have been wearing Jackie Robinson Day decals on their batting helemts. You can sort of see it on Brandon Watson.[/quote]
    The Cubs cathcer Coiy Hill who is a mid season call up has the same logo on his hockey inspired catchers mask. There is a descent shot of it on the Chicago Tribunes pictures from the Cubs win over the Stros on their site. I’d post a link, but their photo gallery is hard to link to specific pictures.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”120157″][quote comment=”120152″]why is it a big deal what people want on the back of their cards? I don’t even understand why that is an issue. If people want something different to get attention, who cares, I think they’re cool, and I’m sure a lot of other people do too.[/quote]

    I don’t think there ever has been an issue. As long as there’s no purple, Paul and Scott have gone out of their way to accomodate requests.[/quote]

    Note to self: proof-read.

  • Kerry | July 16, 2007 at 12:51 pm |

    Can someone post the Tampa Bay Lightning pics on a different site? My work computer is blocking the pics so I can see them.

  • Joe Drennan | July 16, 2007 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”120160″][quote comment=”120157″][quote comment=”120152″]why is it a big deal what people want on the back of their cards? I don’t even understand why that is an issue. If people want something different to get attention, who cares, I think they’re cool, and I’m sure a lot of other people do too.[/quote]

    I don’t think there ever has been an issue. As long as there’s no purple, Paul and Scott have gone out of their way to accomodate requests.[/quote]

    Note to self: proof-read.[/quote]
    Proof reading is over rated.

    I should note, I don’t think there is a problem with the totaly awsome designs people are requesting and getting.

    My thoughts came from having dabbled in graphic design, I simply know it take a minute or two to design each card if there is a standard template for the “typical” teams, but I know it takes a lil bit longer for the custom templates. I guess the designer in me doesn’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of Scott’s great skills as I know some like the cable car number would have taken me a good 45 minutes to recreate. As I think about it, a talented designer like Scott it probably took minutes. I assume that after some time we’ll have requested almost every possible template possibility and Scott will have a standard template for all these teams, making it a breeze to enter in any name/number combo.

    Keep up the awsome work Scott. As soon as I can convienve my wife I need to spend a few bucks to have a card with my name and number on it, you’ll be getting a nice photo of my maroon and orange high school hockey jersey.

  • Eriq Jaffe | July 16, 2007 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”120147″]I don’t know if this has been covered or not, since I haven’t had time to read all the comments lately, but it looks like the LA Galaxy are adding the MLS logo to the bottom of the jersey numbers a la the EPL. I thought I saw this in the Beckham press conference pics, but it was small. Here’s a link from the team store.[/quote]

    MLS has been doing that for a few seasons now – you can see the logo in the numbers in the Galaxy’s old kit – here’s a shot from 2005, for example)

  • Joe H | July 16, 2007 at 12:57 pm |

    “Garrett Malcolm was attending a Padres/Orioles game in San Diego and happened upon a gent wearing this jersey. “He told me that it was game-worn, and was from the early ’40s, when the Orioles were a minor league team. The number on the back was 7, and I think you’ll agree that it is just a beautiful piece of work.” Indeed. (Quick, someone put a drool cup under Joe Hilseberg!)”

    I’ve been in a video shoot all day, so I’m sorry I’m just getting to this. While that is a bad-ass jersey that I one day hope to own…it’s not a gamer. It is readily available to everyone. And the home version. The O’s have worn it a couple of times in the past 15 years on TBTC games…it’s from their international league days.

    Plus if the jersey in that photo was a game, there is no way it would be in that pristine of shape! Good try though.

  • Minna H. | July 16, 2007 at 1:10 pm |

    Great. The day I decide to comment again, I learn that Paul is going away for a very long time. That’s ok. Vince is more than up for the challenge of filling some rather large shoes.

    I have to say, maybe I should have put a bit more thought into my membership card. After seeing some of the really creative ones–including Jeremy B.’s with Japanese characters–I am a bit envious. I could have–nah. I still would have chosen no-name and the Uni-Watch colors because I’m old-school, but it’s fun to dream.

    Teebz, the Fisherman logo would have been so cool, but I like your current card as well.

    How y’all doing?

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”120176″]Great. The day I decide to comment again, I learn that Paul is going away for a very long time. That’s ok. Vince is more than up for the challenge of filling some rather large shoes.

    I have to say, maybe I should have put a bit more thought into my membership card. After seeing some of the really creative ones–including Jeremy B.’s with Japanese characters–I am a bit envious. I could have–nah. I still would have chosen no-name and the Uni-Watch colors because I’m old-school, but it’s fun to dream.

    Teebz, the Fisherman logo would have been so cool, but I like your current card as well.

    How y’all doing?[/quote]

    Minna! :o)

    Things are good here! Why don’cha throw a Polamalu card in there? ;o)

  • Kenny | July 16, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”120068″][quote comment=”120062″][quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.
    [/quote]

    Burnt orange. Not gold, but burnt orange.[/quote]

    I thought the University of Texas used burnt orange. They don’t appear to be the same color to me. I also think that treatment looks an awful lot like this just with a different number font.[/quote]

    I think they look more like this

  • Minna H. | July 16, 2007 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”120178″][quote comment=”120176″]Great. The day I decide to comment again, I learn that Paul is going away for a very long time. That’s ok. Vince is more than up for the challenge of filling some rather large shoes.

    I have to say, maybe I should have put a bit more thought into my membership card. After seeing some of the really creative ones–including Jeremy B.’s with Japanese characters–I am a bit envious. I could have–nah. I still would have chosen no-name and the Uni-Watch colors because I’m old-school, but it’s fun to dream.

    Teebz, the Fisherman logo would have been so cool, but I like your current card as well.

    How y’all doing?[/quote]

    Minna! :o)

    Things are good here! Why don’cha throw a Polamalu card in there? ;o)[/quote]

    Well, Teebz, I did take his number. However, I like the Uni-Watch theme, blah, blah, blah, so I stuck with that. Maybe next year, if we can update our cards, I might get something different.

    Probably not, though.

    By the way, the Sharks’ numerals are definitely not burnt orange.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”120184″]
    Well, Teebz, I did take his number. However, I like the Uni-Watch theme, blah, blah, blah, so I stuck with that. Maybe next year, if we can update our cards, I might get something different.

    Probably not, though.

    By the way, the Sharks’ numerals are definitely not burnt orange.[/quote]

    Again, I agree, but that was the colour that they originally were promoting as their “third colour”. I’ve never seen an orange shark, but that’s their problem, I suppose. :o)

    I was thinking a general Uni Watch theme, but since there was so many 66es that occurred when I was getting my card, I went with the best #66 I could think of.

  • Jason | July 16, 2007 at 1:34 pm |

    Wait…do the Clippers seriously still wear pinstriped pants? That just seems really weird next to the new, Nats-inspired shirts. Is it that hard to get white pants with a blue and red stripe down the side?[/quote]

    The Clippers still wear the Yankee pintripes. They just added that alternate blue top with an alternate cap and changed the road grays to a Nationals font.

  • odessasteps | July 16, 2007 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”120188″][quote comment=”120184″]
    Well, Teebz, I did take his number. However, I like the Uni-Watch theme, blah, blah, blah, so I stuck with that. Maybe next year, if we can update our cards, I might get something different.

    Probably not, though.

    By the way, the Sharks’ numerals are definitely not burnt orange.[/quote]

    Again, I agree, but that was the colour that they originally were promoting as their “third colour”. I’ve never seen an orange shark, but that’s their problem, I suppose. :o)[/quote]

    not even a ‘tiger’ shark? :>

  • anthony | July 16, 2007 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”120048″][quote comment=”120023″]Hey Paul…at some point point it might be fun to see a list of team designs that members have chosen for their cards – from the most popular to the least. There is some great stuff to see on that flickr page and it’s really neat to see what some folks choose for their cards.[/quote]

    Great idea! But I bet that if you asked some of the original members – from the first week of sign-ups that chose the UniWatch generic background – they’d jump at the chance today to have a different membership card designed. Don’t get me wrong…
    I’m a creative director myself, and love seeing the new designs, but I still think members are going out of their way (creatively) to have cards designed that are “wacky” just for the sake of being different. A boating number, or tour de france jersey are not what I would consider “traditional” jersey selections.
    And before the entire UniWatch nation goes ballistic on me, I’m stating for the record that I’m not against it. I believe that everyone has a story to tell about what UniWatch means to them. To help, maybe they could (on the flikr site) give a little insight as to why they choose the black and white bars of a ref’s jersey or why Roger Bannister’s track top has meaning.

    But if we’re gonna make this a popularity contest about what membership card jersey is cool and what’s not, I think were missing the point of joining UniWatch in the first place.[/quote]

    I wrote this response based on the #4 comment today which stated, “…to see a list of team designs that members have chosen for their cards – from the most popular to the least.”

    I find fault in this because – as stated – choosing a jersey design was originally meant to convey a particular like of a MLB, NHL, or NFL jersey of your choice. If “popularity” was a criteria, I’m sure we would all choose some left-of-center, wacky design (see tour de france, referee, boating number cards).
    I am all for creativity (I’m a creative director with a BFA from the School Of Visual Arts and totally love what Scott has put into the design of these wacky choices) but that is not the point. The point was not turning the membership cards into a popularity contest to be ranked from best to worst.

  • Jason G. | July 16, 2007 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”120181″][quote comment=”120068″][quote comment=”120062″][quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.
    [/quote]

    Burnt orange. Not gold, but burnt orange.[/quote]

    I thought the University of Texas used burnt orange. They don’t appear to be the same color to me. I also think that treatment looks an awful lot like this just with a different number font.[/quote]

    I think they look more like this[/quote]

    That number font is definitely closer to the Sharks font. However, I think the Jaguars colors are an exact match. White letter, gold (“burnt orange”)outline, black outline, on a teal (or whatever that color is) jersey/sweater.

  • Evan | July 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm |

    I havent seen this anywhere but does anyone know if the University of Florida is going back to the 2005 football jerseys with the Gator head patch on the top right or doing something different since last year they wore the 100th anniversary patches?

  • UW justin | July 16, 2007 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”120200″][quote comment=”120048″][quote comment=”120023″]Hey Paul…at some point point it might be fun to see a list of team designs that members have chosen for their cards – from the most popular to the least. There is some great stuff to see on that flickr page and it’s really neat to see what some folks choose for their cards.[/quote]

    Great idea! But I bet that if you asked some of the original members – from the first week of sign-ups that chose the UniWatch generic background – they’d jump at the chance today to have a different membership card designed. Don’t get me wrong…
    I’m a creative director myself, and love seeing the new designs, but I still think members are going out of their way (creatively) to have cards designed that are “wacky” just for the sake of being different. A boating number, or tour de france jersey are not what I would consider “traditional” jersey selections.
    And before the entire UniWatch nation goes ballistic on me, I’m stating for the record that I’m not against it. I believe that everyone has a story to tell about what UniWatch means to them. To help, maybe they could (on the flikr site) give a little insight as to why they choose the black and white bars of a ref’s jersey or why Roger Bannister’s track top has meaning.

    But if we’re gonna make this a popularity contest about what membership card jersey is cool and what’s not, I think were missing the point of joining UniWatch in the first place.[/quote]

    I wrote this response based on the #4 comment today which stated, “…to see a list of team designs that members have chosen for their cards – from the most popular to the least.”

    I find fault in this because – as stated – choosing a jersey design was originally meant to convey a particular like of a MLB, NHL, or NFL jersey of your choice. If “popularity” was a criteria, I’m sure we would all choose some left-of-center, wacky design (see tour de france, referee, boating number cards).
    I am all for creativity (I’m a creative director with a BFA from the School Of Visual Arts and totally love what Scott has put into the design of these wacky choices) but that is not the point. The point was not turning the membership cards into a popularity contest to be ranked from best to worst.[/quote]

    I believe “from the most popular to the least” was meant in relationship to the teams being chosen. Teams that have been picked the most for membership cards would be most popular, therefore leaving unique designs as least popular. Which would be in contrast to your comment of people picking unique designs to be more popular.

  • Kim | July 16, 2007 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”120171″][quote comment=”120147″]I don’t know if this has been covered or not, since I haven’t had time to read all the comments lately, but it looks like the LA Galaxy are adding the MLS logo to the bottom of the jersey numbers a la the EPL. I thought I saw this in the Beckham press conference pics, but it was small. Here’s a link from the team store.[/quote]

    MLS has been doing that for a few seasons now – you can see the logo in the numbers in the Galaxy’s old kit – here’s a shot from 2005, for example)[/quote]

    Yeah, the league went to specific numbers and font either in 2002 or 2003. I know I have some game-worn jerseys from 2003 with the MLS logo in the numbers, I’d have to look and find any 2002’s, though.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    From the Florida Panthers site:

    “The Panthers will look toward the future while acknowledging its past July 28 at BankAtlantic Center when they unveil their new jersey while celebrating its 1996 Stanley Cup team.

    Fans attending the ‘Year of the Rat’ alumni game beginning at 2 p.m., will be the first to not only witness the unveiling of the Panthers new jersey but season seat holders will be the first to order the new item.”

    Is there anyone in Miami who can attend the unveiling?

  • anthony | July 16, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    Reply to comment #76:
    I stand corrected.

  • Stuby | July 16, 2007 at 2:52 pm |

    Minna, good to hear from you again. If you go with a Polamalu design next year, you’ll have to get Scott to design some hair hanging down over the nameplate. Of course, a Hochuli Ref jersey design would be cool too.

  • todd krevanchi | July 16, 2007 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”120224″]From the Florida Panthers site:

    “The Panthers will look toward the future while acknowledging its past July 28 at BankAtlantic Center when they unveil their new jersey while celebrating its 1996 Stanley Cup team.

    Fans attending the ‘Year of the Rat’ alumni game beginning at 2 p.m., will be the first to not only witness the unveiling of the Panthers new jersey but season seat holders will be the first to order the new item.”

    Is there anyone in Miami who can attend the unveiling?[/quote]

    good idea and it would be neat to see more of that. it was done with the capitals unveiling where a member covered the event, took photos and reported on the event.

    although PL does put together the daily entry, it still heavily relies on our contributions.

    it would be neat to see regional contributors to events like this that PL cant attend.

  • LunchBox | July 16, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    Some hilarious uni-related antics by Adam LaRoche…

    http://deadspin.com/...

  • Joe | July 16, 2007 at 3:11 pm |

    Don’t know if this was mentioned before, but during last night’s Phillies’ game, Harry Kalas went out of his way (on the radio broadcast) to comment on Jimmy Rollins wearing the high-cuffed look with new “spat”-style spikes. He said it must be his new Sunday-look, as Jimmy had worn the same last Sunday. Sorry, no links to what it looked like.

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”120233″]
    good idea and it would be neat to see more of that. it was done with the capitals unveiling where a member covered the event, took photos and reported on the event.

    although PL does put together the daily entry, it still heavily relies on our contributions.

    it would be neat to see regional contributors to events like this that PL cant attend.[/quote]

    Not only for Paul, but for my hockey blog as well. I’ve been in touch with several “regional correspondants” about doing this. :o)

    And that leads me back to the question: anyone wanna take some time away from Miami Beach? Please?

  • 9/9 | July 16, 2007 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”120184″]
    However, I like the Uni-Watch theme, blah, blah, blah, so I stuck with that. Maybe next year, if we can update our cards, I might get something different.

    Probably not, though.
    [/quote]

    I feel the same way. I really like my Uni Watch themed card and don’t regret it, though I am impressed by some of the other ones chosen. I don’t know if we will have the chance to re-do our cards next year, but if so I guess I would consider it for the sake of variation. However, I would say the odds are pretty high that I would just stick with what I have now.

  • john | July 16, 2007 at 3:20 pm |

    Page A59 of today’s New York Newsday has an article about Mets call-up Lastings Milledge. Part of his motivational speech to some youngsters is that “Adidas wasn’t treating me right (as far as my shoes go), so I burned that bridge. I’m with Nike now.” Unfortunate. What’s worse is that the photo used for the article shows him wearing UA spikes.

  • Anthony Verna | July 16, 2007 at 3:37 pm |

    Minna!

    *faints*

  • Teebz | July 16, 2007 at 3:42 pm |

    More on the Vancouver Canucks:

    “Word about the Canucks is either in August or pre training camp, with most likely it being in training camp. The Team 1040 had a poll last week with the marketing guy (Zimmerman I think) [Teebz: Zimmerman is actually their president and CEO] and the poll had almost 60% wanting the stick and rink logo followed by either Johnny Canuck or the Skate logo.”

    The retailers I have spoken to have confirmed that they have been told that the new Canucks uniforms will be delivered by August 1. I assume the unveiling is shortly before that.

  • ThresherK | July 16, 2007 at 3:47 pm |

    IMHO, the graphical futulity of combining ice hockey and lightning bolts is best summed up by Wikipedia:

    “The previous Toledo Storm logo, used from 1991-2005, was often voted as the worst in professional American athletics.” (I know I did my share to make that so in the voting on the old In The Crease site.)

    My gut tells me that’s a much bigger tradition than anything the Tampa Bay Lightning can do to correct it, even if their newest is an improvement.

    Oh, and I think this place has a lot of people who have no problem going against the grain nap with their team-related card choices. I don’t read any of this as some popularity contest (with any attendant negative connotations).

  • Mike D. | July 16, 2007 at 3:53 pm |

    For any soccer fans, here’s my Benfica jersey collection.

    Front

    Back

  • mooka | July 16, 2007 at 3:54 pm |

    I was listening to ESPN radio on the way into work today. After talking with Steve Phillips about the possibility of A-Rod playing for the Red Sox, Colin “Blowhard” Cowherd was going on about the how he just didn’t think “A-Rod would look good in a Red Sox uniform. Yankee uniform, pinstripes, sleek, refinded, dignified, successful…and the Red Sox look like they’re playing in sleeping bags. Not a good look. The Red Sox uniforms are just frumpy.”

    He went on to say that the Giants and Red Sox unis were the worst in baseball, and then complimented the 1980 Astros uniform, calling them “sleek.”

    Wow. Wow.

  • Jon in SLC | July 16, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”120176″]Great. The day I decide to comment again, I learn that Paul is going away for a very long time. That’s ok. Vince is more than up for the challenge of filling some rather large shoes.

    I have to say, maybe I should have put a bit more thought into my membership card. After seeing some of the really creative ones–including Jeremy B.’s with Japanese characters–I am a bit envious. I could have–nah. I still would have chosen no-name and the Uni-Watch colors because I’m old-school, but it’s fun to dream.

    Teebz, the Fisherman logo would have been so cool, but I like your current card as well.

    How y’all doing?[/quote]

    Minna! Welcome back! People were asking about you.

  • Amy | July 16, 2007 at 4:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”120259″]For any soccer fans, here’s my Benfica jersey collection.

    Front

    Back[/quote]

    Cool collection – thanks for sharing.

  • BigMatt | July 16, 2007 at 4:24 pm |

    So….., the guy with the Orioles jersey was lying about it being game worn? I doubt he was wearing a game worn Hornsby jersey.

  • Mike D. | July 16, 2007 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”120269″][quote comment=”120259″]For any soccer fans, here’s my Benfica jersey collection.

    Front

    Back[/quote]

    Cool collection – thanks for sharing.[/quote]

    Thanks!

  • PJ | July 16, 2007 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”120109″]http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0707/gallery.nhl.goalie.masks/content.1.html

    Great photos of the current NHL netminder’s masks.

    Some great ones. A lot of masks have pictures of great / HOF former players from their current team.

    Its pretty cool.[/quote]

    Unbelievable stuff! Great find!

  • PJ | July 16, 2007 at 4:43 pm |

    Looking at the new Lightning logo, perhaps the secondary logo would make a nice primary one, with the state of Florida in the background and all. I agree with the many before me who are not at all satisfied with the “new” primary look (as wall as the new wordmark). They needed an overhaul.

  • Tim | July 16, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    Steve Hutchinson today on Jim Rome Is Burning wearing something really hideous while he was interviewed. Mr. Rome even said that they had pulled him away from a Nike commercial shoot to do the interview. Gee, can’t wait to see that ad…

  • al | July 16, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    Good grab here

    http://sportsillustr...

    catcher wearing eyeglasses, forwards facing helmet and knee savers

  • Mike from Queens | July 16, 2007 at 5:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”120121″]After seeing the Sharks and Lightening logos, I am not impressed with the updates. To me they look like minor league logos. Their old logos weren’t the best in the league, but to me, they had a sort of classic look to them despite being 90s expansion teams. I felt the only updating the Sharks needed was to finish taping the hockey stick. I think some of the teams have too many hands in the cookie jar during the revamp and are trying too hard. Less is more. Look at the Habs or B’s or Blackhawks or Red Wings. No need to major overhauls because they got it darn near perfect the first time around.[/quote]

    You’re talking about some classic unis (although I hate the Blackhawks sweaters), when the Sharks and Lightning are undoubtedly new school teams. The Sharks in ’91 and the Lightning in ’92 are still relatively new, and considering that they’re original logos were average at best, they both needed makeovers.

    I like the new Sharks logo. It’s a bit cartoony, but definitely sleeker. It’s a sharp re-imagining without changing the look of the team drastically –this is a good thing considering their recent success. The Lightning did the same thing. Both clubs are now much more successful than they were at their inception (obviously), and re=working the logo to fit a newer era of success is a good idea as long as the core of the design stays the same. The Lightning, however, dropped the ball. It’s just weak all around–the new typeface, the actual bit of lightning–its change for change’s sake whereas the Sharks logo is an actual improvement over its predecessor.

  • Mike from Queens | July 16, 2007 at 5:09 pm |

    I screwed up a their/they’re. That’s embarrassing.

  • Garrett | July 16, 2007 at 5:13 pm |

    Hi everyone!

    I am by no means near to having the level of knowledge that most of you have about uniforms and fabric and everything, but I am most interested (i.e. I trust you). I do read every days uniwatch blog entry but never hit comments until I saw my name in today’s ticker. After reading through all the comments I wanted to expand a little on this Orioles jersey story.

    I don’t think that the man was lying to me. He was very much an older gentleman, and he said that he was from Baltimore. He was certainly not just some hot shot dude walking around in a sweet looking jersey. I took him for his word (because I believed he had been around as a baseball fan in the early 40’s). And he was a very nice fellow.

    But I cannot deny what all of you much more versed people are saying. So here’s what I think happened. I think that someone bought this gentleman a very nice present and added a little story to it. Or he or whomever bought it for him got taken. I don’t think he knew what he was telling me was false. I think both he and I got duped, and I apologize for taking up everyone’s time today!

    But man was that thing gorgeous in person.

  • Garrett | July 16, 2007 at 5:15 pm |

    Oh, and the color scheme on the Sharks digs reminds me of the New Orleans Hornets.

  • Kerry | July 16, 2007 at 5:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”120287″]Good grab here

    http://sportsillustr...

    catcher wearing eyeglasses, forwards facing helmet and knee savers[/quote]
    Yeah, but someone needs to let the guy behind him know that he’s apparently at the wrong game.

  • Chance | July 16, 2007 at 5:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”120201″][quote comment=”120181″][quote comment=”120068″][quote comment=”120062″][quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.
    [/quote]

    Burnt orange. Not gold, but burnt orange.[/quote]

    I thought the University of Texas used burnt orange. They don’t appear to be the same color to me. I also think that treatment looks an awful lot like this just with a different number font.[/quote]

    I think they look more like this[/quote]

    That number font is definitely closer to the Sharks font. However, I think the Jaguars colors are an exact match. White letter, gold (“burnt orange”)outline, black outline, on a teal (or whatever that color is) jersey/sweater.[/quote]
    Not quite the same colors.

    Jacksonville Jaguars colors

    New SJ Sharks colors

    Different teals, and the burnt orange is nothing like Jacksonville’s gold. Similar schemes, but not “an exact match”.

  • Kerry | July 16, 2007 at 5:25 pm |

    Again, can someone please post the Tampa Bay Lightning logo on tinypic.com or some other photo-hosting site. My work computer is blocking the site that’s linked to on here.

  • possum | July 16, 2007 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”120295″]I think that someone bought this gentleman a very nice present and added a little story to it. Or he or whomever bought it for him got taken. I don’t think he knew what he was telling me was false. I think both he and I got duped, and I apologize for taking up everyone’s time today![/quote]
    You’ll find this is often the case with people claiming replicas/authentics as gamers. I don’t think you wasted our time, most all of us enjoy stories like that even if they’re not off the players back.

  • DJ | July 16, 2007 at 5:39 pm |

    those kansas football unis are awful!

  • Jim | July 16, 2007 at 5:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”120054″]

    Those Kansas jerseys…ick. I REALLY loathe Times New Roman-ish typography for nameplates and numerals. Block lettering (even with serifs) is ALWAYS better. That’s why I don’t like the Brewers’ jerseys.[/quote]

    FWIW, the font is called “Trajan”.

    If true, this new look for KU is the outcome of a misguided University-wide attempt to standardize the look of all things Kansas. It started out as an attempt to find something more formal than the Jayhawk but more recognizable than the “Moses and the Burning Bush” University Seal to put on letterhead , business cards, etc. All fine and dandy, but why force it on the sports programs? The best answer I can come up with is University administrators = pinheads.

    (This is also why the football team switched from a dark navy blue back to royal blue a couple of years ago.)

    KU football hasn’t ever been able to make up its mind about how it should look, so this will just be one more in a long list of changes. But KU basketball has had a relatively consistent look since about 1985, so I’m not excited about this change at all.

  • Jason G. | July 16, 2007 at 6:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”120302″][quote comment=”120201″][quote comment=”120181″][quote comment=”120068″][quote comment=”120062″][quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not.
    [/quote]

    Burnt orange. Not gold, but burnt orange.[/quote]

    I thought the University of Texas used burnt orange. They don’t appear to be the same color to me. I also think that treatment looks an awful lot like this just with a different number font.[/quote]

    I think they look more like this[/quote]

    That number font is definitely closer to the Sharks font. However, I think the Jaguars colors are an exact match. White letter, gold (“burnt orange”)outline, black outline, on a teal (or whatever that color is) jersey/sweater.[/quote]
    Not quite the same colors.

    Jacksonville Jaguars colors

    New SJ Sharks colors

    Different teals, and the burnt orange is nothing like Jacksonville’s gold. Similar schemes, but not “an exact match”.[/quote]

    That burnt orange color swatch looks more like the burnt orange I’m used to. The burnt orange on the number treatment looks a little off especially the one on the white jersey. Could just be my eyes playing tricks on me. I would agree that it is not an “exact” match, maybe I was a little over zealous with my word choice. However, when I see that number treatment I immediately think Jacksonville.

  • Jon in SLC | July 16, 2007 at 6:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”120303″]Again, can someone please post the Tampa Bay Lightning logo on tinypic.com or some other photo-hosting site. My work computer is blocking the site that’s linked to on here.[/quote]

    Kerry can you get into imageshack.us?
    I’ll do it there if you can.

  • Mike Engle | July 16, 2007 at 6:13 pm |

    Hi folks.
    I need some help for a research paper. I am investigating the evolution and development of football uniforms from a technical aspect, not from a design aspect. I am aware of all of the blog links on the right hand side of the page; I am finding a little difficulty in finding books. Any and all assistance from Uni Watch nation would be greatly appreciated.
    Send book titles (with authors’ names, if possible) to mbe0027 at gmail dot com.

  • dw438 | July 16, 2007 at 6:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”120059″][quote comment=”120051″][quote comment=”120048″]Great idea! But I bet that if you asked some of the original members – from the first week of sign-ups that chose the UniWatch generic background – they’d jump at the chance today to have a different membership card designed.[quote]

    Right when this was launched, you had a choice of NHL, MLB and NFL membership card designs.[/quote]

    What’s next? A Chico’s Bail Bond jersey from the Bad News Bears? Jonathan E’s Houston Rollerball jersey? A Quiksilver surfing competition jersey?[/quote]
    I’ll take a Charlestown Chiefs card. #7 of course.

  • Jerico | July 16, 2007 at 7:06 pm |

    From the “Win some, lose some” department: Some logo creepage that Nike might not want for its next ad campaign (see second comment down). On the bright side, seems like Nike scored a double knockout of the top two picks in the NBA Draft.

  • Stuby | July 16, 2007 at 8:58 pm |

    What the heck is up with that lettered Mattingly jersey in the Distant Replay banner at the top of this page? Dude, that’s an embarrassment.

  • chris | July 16, 2007 at 8:59 pm |

    linsecum of the giants had his tag hanging out. It also looks like he doctored his hat.

  • Minna H. | July 16, 2007 at 9:17 pm |

    Aw, thanks, guys. I heard from several people–well, ok, two, that I have been missed.

    Stuby, Polamalu’s hair and Hochuli’s pecs…that would make some combination. Not sure if even the very-talented Mr. T. could simulate those two visions of pulchritude.

    Anthony V.! Wake up, or I will throw water on you.

    Jon in SLC (Sexy Ladies’ Church?), good to ‘see’ you, too.

    Teebz, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gold shark, either.

    9/9, I really like all the other cards, but it was pretty easy for me to decide I wanted simple and the ‘classic’ Uni-Watch design. I had a much harder time trying to decide what number I wanted. Love yours, by the way.

    Mike D., excellent collection of soccer jerseys. Thanks for posting them. It’s always cool to see what jerseys people have.

  • Minna H. | July 16, 2007 at 9:18 pm |

    Ah, crap. My first day back, and I mess up the bold. Anyone?

  • Mike Engle | July 16, 2007 at 9:37 pm |

    No more bold?

  • Mike from Queens | July 16, 2007 at 9:38 pm |

    Trying to fix the bold for Minna.

  • Minna H. | July 16, 2007 at 9:47 pm |

    Thanks, Mikes, for giving it the old college try. I went straight to the source to get it fixed. I promise I will do my very best not to do that again…today.

  • Eddie Jay | July 16, 2007 at 9:53 pm |

    I would say the sharks new teal color is very close to the eagles midnight green.

  • Kyle at IU | July 16, 2007 at 9:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”120301″][quote comment=”120287″]Good grab here

    http://sportsillustr...

    catcher wearing eyeglasses, forwards facing helmet and knee savers[/quote]
    Yeah, but someone needs to let the guy behind him know that he’s apparently at the wrong game.[/quote]

    Looks like someone’s on a ballpark tour. That looks exactly like the free shirt I got when I saw my Nats play the Cubs back in May. Why you’d wear the shirt at Fenway is beyond me…

  • Kris McInnis | July 16, 2007 at 9:58 pm |

    Due to the buzz created by the Sharks and Ducks’s fad of adding orange to the teams color schemes, perhaps the NHL will do the same for all it’s remaining teams that don’t already incorporate orange. I took the liberty, of course.

  • Nick | July 16, 2007 at 10:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”120426″]Due to the buzz created by the Sharks and Ducks’s fad of adding orange to the teams color schemes, perhaps the NHL will do the same for all it’s remaining teams that don’t already incorporate orange. I took the liberty, of course.[/quote]

    that Devils logo with the orange doesnt look all that bad

  • diz | July 16, 2007 at 10:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”120222″][quote comment=”120171″][quote comment=”120147″]I don’t know if this has been covered or not, since I haven’t had time to read all the comments lately, but it looks like the LA Galaxy are adding the MLS logo to the bottom of the jersey numbers a la the EPL. I thought I saw this in the Beckham press conference pics, but it was small. Here’s a link from the team store.[/quote]

    MLS has been doing that for a few seasons now – you can see the logo in the numbers in the Galaxy’s old kit – here’s a shot from 2005, for example)[/quote]

    Yeah, the league went to specific numbers and font either in 2002 or 2003. I know I have some game-worn jerseys from 2003 with the MLS logo in the numbers, I’d have to look and find any 2002’s, though.[/quote]

    It looks as though MLS is using the same font as the SPL

  • Matt B | July 16, 2007 at 10:44 pm |

    What’s next? A Chico’s Bail Bond jersey from the Bad News Bears? Jonathan E’s Houston Rollerball jersey? A Quiksilver surfing competition jersey?
    I’ll take a Charlestown Chiefs card. #7 of course.

    There’s only one movie number I’d want — 33.

  • chance | July 16, 2007 at 10:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”120423″]I would say the sharks new teal color is very close to the eagles midnight green.[/quote]

    I would agree with you.

    Sharks
    Eagles

  • Scott W | July 16, 2007 at 11:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”120054″]What’s the deal with the gold in the Sharks numerals? The font is an improvement but the outline is not…[/quote]

    As a HUGE sharks fan, i like the addition of orange. I actually prefer the old number font better though…it was very original, and not hideously weird or different. i HATE the new logo… i agree with Joe Drennan when he says it looks very “minor league”

  • Jeff B | July 17, 2007 at 1:04 am |

    I know how late this is to comment, but the Cubs now have Rich Hill and Koyie Hill both on the active roster, and both are wearing ‘Hill’ on their jerseys. No first initial.

  • Bruce | July 25, 2007 at 5:18 pm |

    My favorite shot in the entire show: Jackie Robinson in an absolutely killer UCLA football uniform

    I think the stripes are actually reflective tape added to make the uniforms/players more visable during night games..