Preseason Ponderings

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Now that the first slate of NFL preseason games has been played, a few new developments have come to light (aside from those green dots on QBs’ helmets, which we’ve already discussed at length). Let’s take a look:

• At first glance, it appears that the Chiefs are wearing an AFL logo patch. But upon closer inspection, it turns out that the patch includes little “LH” initials at the bottom, in memory of Lamar Hunt. Personally, I’ve always loved the AFL logo and am happy to see it in just about any context, and I realize Hunt was a prime mover behind the AFL’s inception, but this still seems like an odd memorial choice, especially since it’s so hard to see the “L.H.” initials. Maybe if all the original AFL teams were wearing the patch..? Visually pleasing conceptually puzzling.

• Great to see the Browns wearing their old striped socks again, instead of what they were wearing last season. Additional views here and here, just cuz it looks so damn good.

• Nice catch by Chad Wilcox, who notes that many of the Redskins with non-Riddell helmets are wearing the team’s stylized “R” secondary logo (the one usually seen on Joe Gibbs’s cap) on their nose bumpers Here’s another view. I like. Meanwhile, we’d all seen the team’s 75th-anniversary patch before, but it’s worth noting that it looks plenty sharp on the field.

• Speaking of anniversary patches, the one being worn by the Steelers doesn’t look as good. And although this is still appearing on the Bengals’ home page, it’s not on their jerseys, at least for now.

• There’s something weird about opening your season — even your exhibition season — in your alternate jersey.

• I wish the Chargers’ pants bolts had a few more jags in them. Otherwise, I think their new design looks sharp.

• Subtlest change of the year: Motorola has outfitted the coaches with new headsets this year. The microphone bar is much thicker and clunkier-looking than last season — apparently so the Motorola wordmark can be printed on it as much as possible. Just in case anyone’s missing the point, the wordmark is also now appearing on both sides of the upper strap. (Note, incidentally, that while Joe Gibbs wears earphones on both ears, most other coaches only have an earpiece on the mic side.

That’s enough for now. Look for further developments in the Ticker as more games are played (like tonight’s Eagles/Ravens and Niners/Broncos tilts).

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Charge It: The story behind this commercial and its inconsistent lightning bolt designs (compare this view of LaDanian Tomlinson, in which the upper-front point of his shoulder bolt is pointing forward, to this one, in which it’s pointing backward) continues to evolve. Last week I posted a note from Steve Due of AIS Uniforms — the company that made the unis — which didn’t fully explain the inconsistencies. Now I’ve received a dispatch from Due’s AIS colleague Bob Halfacre (who, as elephant-memoried readers may recall, had some very strong opinions a while back on the subject of nameplate initials), which I think finally closes the book on this story:

We made the bulk of the uniforms in a week with no help with patterns from the NFL. All we had was a replica-style jersey from Reebok. So the jersey itself isn’t perfect. … When the commercial was filmed, the Chargers sent Antonio Gates, Philip Rivers, and LaDanian Tomlinson with their actual tailored game jerseys. The shots of those three players are a mix of footage of those players in their actual uniforms along with footage of actors in the jerseys made by AIS, edited into what looks like continuous football action. I noticed the problem when I saw the commercial the first time also.

This shot is actually LT in his real jersey. Now that I have studied it a little more, I can see the problem. We put the bolts on backwards. If you look, the actual pictures of Gates and Tomlinson have the bolt with the first jag inside low and outside high. The AIS jerseys have the bolts the other way.

This explanation matches up with yesterday’s Chargers/Seahawks preseason game, where all of the Chargers’ shoulder bolts had the upper-front point facing forward (additional views here, here, and here). So there you have it: an all-too-rare case of someone taking responsibility and admitting his mistake. Thanks, Bob.

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Membership News: We’re almost caught up on membership designs. Lots of good new stuff in the design gallery, including, as you can see at right, our first Bad News Bears treatment. Also newly added: a San Diego Chicken design. (I confess that I had never noticed the Chicken’s jersey logo until member Michael Rawson asked for it on his card.)

The next batch of designs, which Scott should have ready in a day or two, includes a really brilliant request that’s gonna look sooooooo cool — stay tuned. Meanwhile, new members are still welcome, so keep those orders coming.

Uni Watch News Ticker: No photo yet, but David Conley reports that Tiger Woods’s baby girl, Sam, “was actually wearing a red jumper with a large Nike swoosh on it when they showed her on TV yesterday after Tiger won the PGA.” And if you’ll excuse me for a second, I need to go throw up. … Okay, I’m back: The Celtics have announced that Scot Pollard and Eddie House will be wearing Nos. 66 and 50, respectively. Why? According to Friday’s Boston Herald: “‘Because all the other (expletive) numbers were taken here,’ Pollard said, looking around a conference room that had the numbers of Bill Russell (6), Tom Heinsohn (15), John Havlicek (17), Robert Parish (00), Larry Bird (33) and Kevin McHale (32) hanging on the wall.” (With thanks to Matt Englander.) … If you’re into modifying the uniforms on your video games (as discussed in detail here), you’ll want to check out the customization videos on this page (with thanks to Trev Ulmer). … Shorpy continues to be a great source of old uni photos, including this shot, captioned as follows: “Opening Day at Hilltop Park, April 4, 1908. New York Highlanders and Philadelphia Athletics” (as forwarded by Bob Andrews). … Brilliant catch by Peter Fahey who notes that Red Sox uniforms often have an upside-down 8 (the bigger opening should be on the bottom). … Elena Elms reports that the Durham Bulls will be wearing Livestrong jerseys, to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation, on August 19th. … While doing a bit of membership-related research, Scott Turner came across this photo, taken in 1984. “How come Dorsett’s got a big star on his chest?” he asks. Good question. Anyone..? … If you haven’t read Game of Shadows, some of its most damning evidence about Bonds concerns his uniform: “[Giants equipment mananager Mike] Murphy could document Bonds’s physical changes via the changes in his uniform size. Since joining the Giants, Bonds has gone from a size 42 to a size 52 jersey; from size 10 1/2 to size 13 cleats; and from a size 7 1/8 to size 7 1/4 cap, even though he had taken to shaving his head” (with thanks to Matt Schudel for forwarding that quote). … Bryan Redemske notes that Chris Duncan, like all the other Cardinals, wore red shoes on Friday but switched to black on Saturday. … Matt Algeo reports that the Russian national baseball team wore throwbacks the other day. “Who knew there was a Russian national baseball team, or that they were around long enough to wear throwbacks?” he writes. Details and additional pics here. … Not often that you see “Sr.” on a nameplate. The player in question is Nebraska wide receiver Chris Brooks, whose young son is Chris Brooks Jr. (nice find by Brian Hansen). … Small item about Rick Ankiel’s uni number history about halfway down this page (with thanks to Tom Chalifour). … Dave Gardner sent along a few hockey-related links I hadn’t seen before, including a discussion forum for vintage goalie masks and a gallery of Russian jerseys. … “Found a cool gallery of lacrosse photos from the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association, a semi-pro summer box lacrosse league in Canada,” writes Thomas Langan. “Looks like some of the jerseys get recycled, as evidenced by the tape over the name. Some nice retro-looking jerseys too.” … “This blog entry has two uni-related tidbits,” writes Kim Kolb. “One is about a United midfielder trading jerseys with Beckham, the other is about some guys trying to steal the Galaxy’s laundry, leading to a chase through the bowels of RFK Stadium.” … The Twins’ recent I-35W memorial decal provides a uni-related connection for this excellent story about how a new signage typeface is being used on American highways. … Soccer note from Jeremy Brahm, who reports that Montreal Impact goalie Matt Jordan was injured with a broken jaw a month ago but is now playing with a mask. … My worst nightmare recently came true down in Virginia, where the Richmond Braves had a purple jersey promotion (with “thanks” to David Rosenthal). … Latest MLB team to pull the totally bush move of wearing their BP jerseys for a regular-season game: the Mariners, who did it yesterday, apparently because it was so hot and muggy and they don’t have a Cool Base road jersey option. … Speaking of the M’s, many of them are wearing a custom-designed undershirt. Details here (with thanks to Jerry Gardner). … Amusing column here about the PGA’s no-shorts rule (good spot by Alan Kreit). … Eyebrow-raising note buried in Phil Mushnick’s Sunday New York Post column (as spotted by Seth Horowitz): “The University of Utah’s new basketball coach, Jim Boylen, could be the guy we’ve been looking for. At Boylen’s urging, black has been eliminated from the team’s uniforms. ‘Our [school] colors are red and white,’ he explained. ‘Black is not one of our colors.'” … The Texans are the latest team to publish their jersey schedule for the upcoming season (good find by Seth Harris). … No photo, but Morris Levin reports that Bruce Froemming is still wearing his All-Star Game cap. … “Adam Gaylord plays his college baseball at Stanford, but this summer he’s been playing for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League,” writes Matt Nelson. Sunday he sported these nice stirrups.”

 

229 comments to Preseason Ponderings

  • JM Rempt | August 13, 2007 at 8:38 am |

    No excuse for wearing BP jerseys in a game, especially with those ugly-ass armpits, I don’t care how hot it is.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 8:47 am |

    According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?

  • CJ | August 13, 2007 at 8:51 am |

    Honestly, I don’t think the Bolts new unis look that nice. Too much of a mishmash between new and old. The numbers are turning me off too.

    Still working on getting stirrups for the team. I may just pay for them for myself.

  • My name is not Earl | August 13, 2007 at 8:55 am |

    That new font for highway signs has been used in Georgia ever since the state changed its Interstate exits from sequential numbering to mile-marker numbering (about four or five years ago, I think)

  • Wes | August 13, 2007 at 8:58 am |

    The Tony Dorsett star in ’84 is the Cowboys’ 25th anniversary patch (shown here: http://cgi.ebay.com/...).

  • Paul Lukas | August 13, 2007 at 9:02 am |

    [quote comment="131778"]The Tony Dorsett star in ’84 is the Cowboys’ 25th anniversary patch (shown here: http://cgi.ebay.com/...).[/quote]

    Man, I had completely forgotten about that. And it’s not shown on “Football Uniforms Past and Present”‘s 1984 page — a good reminder that we shouldn’t take such sites as gospel.

  • Tom R | August 13, 2007 at 9:03 am |

    [quote comment="131775"]Honestly, I don’t think the Bolts new unis look that nice. Too much of a mishmash between new and old. The numbers are turning me off too.

    Still working on getting stirrups for the team. I may just pay for them for myself.[/quote]

    I am really not a big fan of the numbers either, something about them doesn’t look right.

  • Jason G. | August 13, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    [quote comment="131769"]No excuse for wearing BP jerseys in a game, especially with those ugly-ass armpits, I don’t care how hot it is.[/quote]

    I’m wondering if those jerseys are any cooler at all. While they may have certain features that make them feel cooler, they are much darker than their usual road jerseys. I would guess that them being that much darker would offset any cooling effect they have. They’re definitely not enough cooler to warrant wearing them in a game.

  • djl | August 13, 2007 at 9:20 am |

    Lamar Hunt’s two MLS teams are also wearing Hunt memorial patches this season.

    Columbus Crew

    FC Dallas

    Columbus also has an ‘LH’ flag flying at Crew stadium and ‘LH’ mowed into the field.

  • stan aka the took | August 13, 2007 at 9:21 am |

    Paul are you doing a uniwatch party anytime soon in New York?! Now that I am 21 I can actually go.

  • Chris Sk | August 13, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    I hate to go back to this discussion from last Friday but regarding the FedEx logo while seeing it about 50 times on my way home that night and staring at the “arrow” I noticed that the F, e and the first part of the d in Fed are also lower than the line of the d and the Ex. Any design reason for this that anyone knows of? Sorry if someone else mentioned this.FedEx Logo

  • Ed | August 13, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    FWIW, Donald Norman did a short history of the design characteristics of the original Motorola headset. Logo visibility was, unsurprisingly, a consideration.

    It’s in his book “Emotional Design”. Here it is at Amazon.

    Anyway, he’s a good author on the general subject of design for usability – not uniform related, but an interesting read for anyone interested in design.

    ed

  • AJ | August 13, 2007 at 9:27 am |

    Those aren’t black shoes on Chris Duncan, they are just a darker shade of red.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 13, 2007 at 9:29 am |

    If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.

  • The Modernish Father | August 13, 2007 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.

  • Rene Moll | August 13, 2007 at 9:48 am |

    How the HELL do you go up 2 1/2 CLEAT sizes???!!! thats ridiculous!!!

  • Mike | August 13, 2007 at 9:49 am |

    I forgot to mention that when I was at the Pirates-Reds game last weekend the Reds wore their regular hats, NOT their BP hats…….

  • Andrew | August 13, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    Maybe this is just the Midwest in me talking, but I feel like having random meter measurements would cause more accidents than fractions of miles. I have a pretty good idea where I am if something is 3/8 of a mile away. Admittedly, I’ve probably missed my exit at that point, but I know where it is.

  • hot rodd | August 13, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    i know that when i am watching the odometer.. it doesnt roll in meters, but it does roll in tenths of a mile. so I do not know how metric measurements would help a country that does not use them?

  • Shaftman | August 13, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment="131789"]I hate to go back to this discussion from last Friday but regarding the FedEx logo while seeing it about 50 times on my way home that night and staring at the “arrow” I noticed that the F, e and the first part of the d in Fed are also lower than the line of the d and the Ex. Any design reason for this that anyone knows of? Sorry if someone else mentioned this.FedEx Logo[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure it’s an illusion. Oddly enough, I think I’ve seen twice as many FedEx trucks as normal since Friday and I was looking at the same thing. I came to conclusion, based on the panel lines on the back door, that the letters were at the same height.

  • Paul P | August 13, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    I was watching the stick handling video on that link Paul put up today of uni mod’s in NHL 08… if that is a new feature for NHL 08, why are the teams still wearing the old jerseys? Notably the Bruins, Canucks and Hurricanes? Is NHL 08 not going to update the uniforms? I thought I had seen screen grabs of both the Hurricanes and Bruins in their new uniforms.

  • Jason G. | August 13, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    While I agree with you that the U.S. should be more metric friendly, I don’t think we should rush into using all metric numbers for road signs. A large group of people in this country have too little understanding of the metric system. I’d love for us to start using the metric system (it’s so much easier to learn and use), but there would have to be a certain amount of education before that could happen.

  • Big O | August 13, 2007 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment="131785"][quote comment="131769"]No excuse for wearing BP jerseys in a game, especially with those ugly-ass armpits, I don’t care how hot it is.[/quote]

    I’m wondering if those jerseys are any cooler at all. While they may have certain features that make them feel cooler, they are much darker than their usual road jerseys. I would guess that them being that much darker would offset any cooling effect they have. They’re definitely not enough cooler to warrant wearing them in a game.[/quote]

    Those BP Jersey are light weight and don’t trap the heat in like the regular jerseys.

  • Chris Sk | August 13, 2007 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment="131803"][quote comment="131789"]I hate to go back to this discussion from last Friday but regarding the FedEx logo while seeing it about 50 times on my way home that night and staring at the “arrow” I noticed that the F, e and the first part of the d in Fed are also lower than the line of the d and the Ex. Any design reason for this that anyone knows of? Sorry if someone else mentioned this.FedEx Logo[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure it’s an illusion. Oddly enough, I think I’ve seen twice as many FedEx trucks as normal since Friday and I was looking at the same thing. I came to conclusion, based on the panel lines on the back door, that the letters were at the same height.[/quote]

    Its definetly not an illusion, the tops of the letters are the same height but the bottom drops lower.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 13, 2007 at 10:19 am |

    Also in the FedEx logo, the final x seems to be stretched out horizontally a little. That might be what makes people think the heights are different.

  • Anthony Verna | August 13, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    Does anyone use Halliburton because of the sponsorship? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  • Marty Met | August 13, 2007 at 10:26 am |

    Paul,
    Nothing on Lastings and his most excellent stirrups from Saturday?

  • johnt | August 13, 2007 at 10:27 am |

    Ireland debuted new uniforms for rugby World Cup

    http://www.irishrugb...

    as bad as this is, can’t figure out where they got the font for the numbers

    http://newsimg.bbc.c...

    http://images.teamta...

    very bad indeed….

  • Robert | August 13, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    The Chico’s Bail Bonds card cannot be topped. As an owner of a Tanner Boyle replica jersey, I offer kudos.

  • Anthony Verna | August 13, 2007 at 10:30 am |

    http://en.wikipedia....

    Some info on Hilltop Park.

  • interlockingtc | August 13, 2007 at 10:31 am |

    That Chargers uniform just has too much going on.

    One looks at the Raiders and Browns uniforms in those photos and sees just how pleasing and sharp looking a simple, restrained design is. The Chargers have had that, too.

  • Andy Head | August 13, 2007 at 10:31 am |

    This was the second time the M’s wore their BP jerseys this season. They did it on July 24 on a road trip to Texas, for the second game of a doubleheader. But, if they’re so much cooler, why the standard road jerseys last week in Baltimore, where the gametime temp. was over 100 deg. each night?

    As an M’s fan, here’s to hoping this doesn’t catch on and become a regular thing with them…

  • Anthony Verna | August 13, 2007 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment="131804"]I was watching the stick handling video on that link Paul put up today of uni mod’s in NHL 08… if that is a new feature for NHL 08, why are the teams still wearing the old jerseys? Notably the Bruins, Canucks and Hurricanes? Is NHL 08 not going to update the uniforms? I thought I had seen screen grabs of both the Hurricanes and Bruins in their new uniforms.[/quote]

    Yes, some have been leaked. However, the game will come with the old uniforms. Once all the new uniforms are released, there will be a code EA Sports gives out so that everyone can unlock the new ones.

  • Bulldog1107 | August 13, 2007 at 10:35 am |

    Louisiana Tech unveiled new Nike jerseys yesterday (Front, Back). Good job by Nike, only minor changes from last season - the number is a slightly different font, red outline is no longer drop shadow, and the shoulder stripes no longer go completely around the shoulder.

  • Shaftman | August 13, 2007 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment="131813"][quote comment="131803"][quote comment="131789"]I hate to go back to this discussion from last Friday but regarding the FedEx logo while seeing it about 50 times on my way home that night and staring at the “arrow” I noticed that the F, e and the first part of the d in Fed are also lower than the line of the d and the Ex. Any design reason for this that anyone knows of? Sorry if someone else mentioned this.FedEx Logo[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure it’s an illusion. Oddly enough, I think I’ve seen twice as many FedEx trucks as normal since Friday and I was looking at the same thing. I came to conclusion, based on the panel lines on the back door, that the letters were at the same height.[/quote]

    Its definetly not an illusion, the tops of the letters are the same height but the bottom drops lower.[/quote]

    Sorry, I misread the post and thought you were talking about the tops of the “ed” and “ex”…my bad.

  • Chance | August 13, 2007 at 10:40 am |

    More great Hilltop Park photos here.

    Man, what I would give to see the Yankees do a throwback game with this 1912 uniform – the first year they wore pinstripes, and the year the interlocking “NY” logo was added to the chest.

    I know the Yankees don’t do “event” uniforms, but perhaps when they move into the new ballpark they will consider honoring some of their early uniform history, looking backwards as they move forwards and all that….

  • possum | August 13, 2007 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment="131817"][quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    Does anyone use Halliburton because of the sponsorship? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?[/quote]
    Additionally, does anyone thing “Battle Red” sounds like they are fighting Red, not trying to get everyone to wear it?

  • Taha | August 13, 2007 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment="131799"]How the HELL do you go up 2 1/2 CLEAT sizes???!!! thats ridiculous!!![/quote]

    The answer to your question is (the) CLEAR!

  • 9/9 | August 13, 2007 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment="131817"][quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    Does anyone use Halliburton because of the sponsorship? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?[/quote]

    I am far from a Halliburton fan, but there are other reasons for a company to sponsor an event like this than to get people to use their business.

  • Andrew | August 13, 2007 at 10:56 am |

    I’m not close to defending Bonds, but my hat size has gone up over time as well. Nice fitted 7-1/8 hats I bought in the 90’s no longer fit, and I’ve LOST hair. I’m now in a 7-3/8, and I’m pretty far from being an athlete. It’s not “the clear”, it’s “the beer.”

  • LT | August 13, 2007 at 10:56 am |

    That 75th Anniversary Steelers patch reminds me of the 75th anniversary logo the SEC is using this year.

    http://www.secsports...

  • BS | August 13, 2007 at 10:59 am |

    I posted this yesterday, but it was late in the night.
    Something from my little sister’s restraunt menu.

  • Josh the Kid | August 13, 2007 at 11:04 am |

    Kevin Millar had the warpaint eyeblack and glasses last night when he hit his walkoff shot.

  • Robert | August 13, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment="131801"][quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    Maybe this is just the Midwest in me talking, but I feel like having random meter measurements would cause more accidents than fractions of miles. I have a pretty good idea where I am if something is 3/8 of a mile away. Admittedly, I’ve probably missed my exit at that point, but I know where it is.[/quote]

    I agree with that big time. 600 meters? By the time I figured out approximately how far away that was (Six miles? Six hundred miles? Six yards?), I would be in the next state.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 11:09 am |

    Someone mentioned this over the weekend, and I heard it happen on the radio. I guess Varitek came up to bat on Saturday wearing his no-flap catcher’s helmet. The ump sent him back to get the correct one.

  • Gabe | August 13, 2007 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment="131775"]Honestly, I don’t think the Bolts new unis look that nice. Too much of a mishmash between new and old. The numbers are turning me off too.

    Still working on getting stirrups for the team. I may just pay for them for myself.[/quote]

    Agree. It sort of reminds me of the MLB futuristic jerseys that were discussed here last week.

  • BS | August 13, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    Am I the only person to notice that the 7 on Joe Mauer’s helmet looks a lot like J.D. Drew’s number 7.

  • Ken | August 13, 2007 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment="131844"]Am I the only person to notice that the 7 on Joe Mauer’s helmet looks a lot like J.D. Drew’s number 7.[/quote]

    Nope

  • BS | August 13, 2007 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment="131842"]Someone mentioned this over the weekend, and I heard it happen on the radio. I guess Varitek came up to bat on Saturday wearing his no-flap catcher’s helmet. The ump sent him back to get the correct one.[/quote]
    V-tek bats switch and was wearing his lefty helmet while batting righty.

  • DJ | August 13, 2007 at 11:14 am |

    don’t know how many games he’s been doing this, or if it’s been posted, but Bruce Froemming was wearing his umpire hat from the All Star game

    and about the Motorola headsets – you hit the nail on the head Paul – i heard about this last year from a bigwig at Motorola (a friend’s mom at school) – anyway, we were watching a game when she was down to visit and she very proudly said something like “Oh look, there’s our headsets! They’re so clunky aren’t they? Of course we could make them so much smaller but then you couldn’t see the logo as well!” …logo creeeeeeeeep

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment="131847"][quote comment="131842"]Someone mentioned this over the weekend, and I heard it happen on the radio. I guess Varitek came up to bat on Saturday wearing his no-flap catcher’s helmet. The ump sent him back to get the correct one.[/quote]
    V-tek bats switch and was wearing his lefty helmet while batting righty.[/quote]
    Ah. Thanks for the clarification.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    Some interesting info about upcoming Astros tributes to Craig Biggio. I got this from a ticket rep in an email:

    September 28th, the Houston Astros will honor Biggio by wearing the first uniform of his career, the rainbow jersey from the late 1980’s. Also on that day, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Biggio Rainbow jersey t-shirt. Lucky fans will be randomly selected to win these jerseys right off the back of the players. September 29th, the Astros will wear the second jersey worn by Biggio in the 1990’s, featuring the Gold Star logo.

  • PDXclark | August 13, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    Most might have noticed this, but its in keeping with the “hidden logos” discussion of the weekend, so I thought I’d bring it up- the Redskins’ ‘stylized R’ mentioned in today’s post also actually contains an ‘S’ for RedSkins

  • Taha | August 13, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment="131817"][quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    Does anyone use Halliburton because of the sponsorship? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?[/quote]

    This was big news last spring, but Halliburton is moving from Houston to Dubai. Is this a ploy to show they still have a “rooting interest” in Houston?

  • BS | August 13, 2007 at 11:27 am |

    One of my my Heisman favorites, Percy Harvin, has switched his uni number from 8 to 1, meaning the only two jersey numbers UF is allowing to be sold (1+15) are two of the best players in the country.

  • Eric | August 13, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    The Chargers went from too many “jags” on the pant’s lightning http://i.a.cnn.net/s...
    to too few.

  • Chance | August 13, 2007 at 11:34 am |

    Another great source for old photos is thefotoarchive.com.

    I just got an email with their current auction, and there are a couple pics in which you guys might be interested, such as this photo of the US and Canadian Olympic hockey captains. Check out that “Winnipeg’s” sweater!

  • Kim | August 13, 2007 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment="131854"]Most might have noticed this, but its in keeping with the “hidden logos” discussion of the weekend, so I thought I’d bring it up- the Redskins’ ‘stylized R’ mentioned in today’s post also actually contains an ‘S’ for RedSkins[/quote]

    Nah, that ‘S’ stands for Snyder.

  • AJ | August 13, 2007 at 11:47 am |

    Man, you’ve got to be kidding? The Charger’s new Uni’s are sharp? They look like a a bad Highschool or Division III College team’s. Replace the bolts with eagles and I think they’d be perfect for the first season of UMW’s football program. UGH!

    Not only did they take a normal, nice uniform and change it, but when they did change it they didn’t pay any attention to what people wanted them to change to (the old powdered blues all the time) and instead unleashed this monstrosity.

  • todd krevanchi | August 13, 2007 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment="131854"]Most might have noticed this, but its in keeping with the “hidden logos” discussion of the weekend, so I thought I’d bring it up- the Redskins’ ‘stylized R’ mentioned in today’s post also actually contains an ‘S’ for RedSkins[/quote]

    not sure i see that,
    but you can see in the san diego logo the p for padres…
    similar to diddy’s logo

  • Jason | August 13, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    Is Indians rookie Asdrubal Cabrera wearing pearls?

  • Kenny | August 13, 2007 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    How is it an annual tradition if they do it more than once a year?

  • Luke | August 13, 2007 at 11:57 am |

    Anyone else notice that the Chargers’ bolts on their helmets zig-zag the opposite way from the bolts on their shoulders? Maybe that is why AIS got it wrong in the commercial – they probably assumed that the bolts should match. I wonder if that was the case on previous versions of Chargers uniforms?

  • Alan #44 | August 13, 2007 at 11:58 am |

    Chico’s Bail Bonds is awesome! That was the name of my fantasy football team last year and I used the logo too. Wish I had thought of that for my membership card :(

  • Timmer | August 13, 2007 at 11:58 am |

    Yesterday’s Mets game featured a pregame ceremony for Tom Glavine’s 300th win. He was presented with a Rangers jersey with his number 47 and a Kings jersey with the number 300 on it. (If you don’t know, Glavine was drafted by the LA Kings in 1984 but chose to play baseball) Pretty cool stuff.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment="131868"][quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    How is it an annual tradition if they do it more than once a year?[/quote]
    And they’ve had ‘Great Success’ wearing the red jerseys, with an overwhelming 4-2 record.

  • friarbolt | August 13, 2007 at 12:02 pm |

    We might want to hold off on making Jim Boylen “our man.” He may have ditched the black from the uniform with Utah, but he also put the stupid wording down the side of the shorts.
    U
    US
    MUSS
    It is supposed to pay tribute to the student section, but that is what signs in the stadium are for, not your shorts.
    {Full disclosure, I am a BYU fan and think most everything that happens at Utah is a joke.}

  • Taha | August 13, 2007 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment="131874"][quote comment="131868"][quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    How is it an annual tradition if they do it more than once a year?[/quote]
    And they’ve had ‘Great Success’ wearing the red jerseys, with an overwhelming 4-2 record.[/quote]

    Hey, a .667 winning percentage is good for an NFL team, and PHENOMENAL for the Texans

  • Dwight | August 13, 2007 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment="131868"][quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    How is it an annual tradition if they do it more than once a year?[/quote]

    1. The Battle Reds are better than the Deep Steel Blue for the Texans
    2. You expect a team as bad as Houston, who bothced the VY/Reggie Bush draft to get “annual” and “yearly” correct?

  • Ray | August 13, 2007 at 12:19 pm |

    Looks like the Padres are going to be holding a 90’s retro night (Sept 14th) with their 1997 jerseys – In honor of Tont Gwynn’s 8th and final batting title.
    90’s logo here

  • Joe H | August 13, 2007 at 12:22 pm |

    …as you can see at right, our first Bad News Bears treatment. Also newly added: a San Diego Chicken design.

    I’m probably going to upset some people with this comment, but I think a lot of members are losing focus on what the purpose of having your name and number on the back of your card was for. As I understood it was to either show support for your local or favorite team, or to show support of a type or number style that exhibits excellence in uni design. Let me know if I was off base with that assumption.

    Now it seems that people are just trying to out-do each other with who can come up with the strangest or coolest thing. I mean the San Diego Chicken logo on your membership card…seriously? Now that’s logo creep…and I’m concerned if that member “gets it.”

  • Bouj | August 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment="131853"]Some interesting info about upcoming Astros tributes to Craig Biggio. I got this from a ticket rep in an email:

    September 28th, the Houston Astros will honor Biggio by wearing the first uniform of his career, the rainbow jersey from the late 1980’s. Also on that day, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Biggio Rainbow jersey t-shirt. Lucky fans will be randomly selected to win these jerseys right off the back of the players. September 29th, the Astros will wear the second jersey worn by Biggio in the 1990’s, featuring the Gold Star logo.[/quote]

    I hope they mean the rainbow-sleeved jerseys. The Astros stopped wearing the rainbow-torsoed jerseys in 1986, before Biggio got there. And I hope Roy Oswalt pitches that game: Biggio agreed to catch a couple of innings for Roy if the game had no bearing on the playoff chase (they play ATL).

    [quote comment="131881"][quote comment="131874"][quote comment="131868"][quote comment="131797"][quote comment="131772"]According to that schedule, the Texans will wear the alternate red jerseys on Dec. 13th because it is ‘Battle Red Day presented by Haliburton’. Huh?[/quote]

    Ah, Battle Red Day – the sad stab by Texans ownership to generate jersey sales. There’s a wikipedia page about, which is more than it deserves, here.[/quote]

    How is it an annual tradition if they do it more than once a year?[/quote]
    And they’ve had ‘Great Success’ wearing the red jerseys, with an overwhelming 4-2 record.[/quote]

    Hey, a .667 winning percentage is good for an NFL team, and PHENOMENAL for the Texans[/quote]

    It’s actually 4-0 if you ignore the season they went 2-14. Just pointing that they jerseys are indeed lucky in seasons the team is mildly competitive.

  • Charlie | August 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment="131826"][quote comment="131804"]I was watching the stick handling video on that link Paul put up today of uni mod’s in NHL 08… if that is a new feature for NHL 08, why are the teams still wearing the old jerseys? Notably the Bruins, Canucks and Hurricanes? Is NHL 08 not going to update the uniforms? I thought I had seen screen grabs of both the Hurricanes and Bruins in their new uniforms.[/quote]

    Yes, some have been leaked. However, the game will come with the old uniforms. Once all the new uniforms are released, there will be a code EA Sports gives out so that everyone can unlock the new ones.[/quote]

    im pretty sure its a downloadable patch that you can get if you have xbox live or ps3 online….thats how it works with rosters. If it were a code that would mean it would already be programmed into the game which is impossible if the jerseys arent out.

  • Joe O. | August 13, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment="131886"]…as you can see at right, our first Bad News Bears treatment. Also newly added: a San Diego Chicken design.

    I’m probably going to upset some people with this comment, but I think a lot of members are losing focus on what the purpose of having your name and number on the back of your card was for. As I understood it was to either show support for your local or favorite team, or to show support of a type or number style that exhibits excellence in uni design. Let me know if I was off base with that assumption.

    Now it seems that people are just trying to out-do each other with who can come up with the strangest or coolest thing. I mean the San Diego Chicken logo on your membership card…seriously? Now that’s logo creep…and I’m concerned if that member “gets it.”[/quote]
    Just like in everything else in life…everyone likes different things. I believe the wide variety of selections shows the wide variety of the UniWatch members.

    I chose the Orlando Thunder for my card because that team was the team that got me into football. And now I’m a HUGE Miami Dolphins Junky. I think my card shows off a bit of me, and I like that.

    Also, I like the Bolts new digs…I think they could have done better, but they did good. It is modern with a “shout out” to the past. Well done!

  • Ed | August 13, 2007 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment="131867"]Is Indians rookie Asdrubal Cabrera wearing pearls?[/quote]

    Well, according to my wife, pearls *are* supposed to go with everything.

    ed

  • John from Virginia Beach | August 13, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment="131791"]Those aren’t black shoes on Chris Duncan, they are just a darker shade of red.[/quote]

    Agreed. I think they are the scarlet Air Hurrache 2K4’s, just bad lighting for them on the picture. I have them in “sport blue” and they don’t match my royal blue socks like my Monster Metals in sport blue did, so maybe it’s a little bit of that, too.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 12:48 pm |

    So, maybe the Texans need to go ‘Battle Red’ all the time.

    Wouldn’t change the fact that ‘Texans’ is one of the worst nicknames in sports. Is it a nod to the old AFL team in Dallas (now the Chiefs)? There had to be a better option than that.
    Reminds me of the Shelbyville Shelbyvillians on the Simpsons.

  • Paul Lukas | August 13, 2007 at 12:54 pm |

    [quote comment="131886"]…as you can see at right, our first Bad News Bears treatment. Also newly added: a San Diego Chicken design.

    I’m probably going to upset some people with this comment, but I think a lot of members are losing focus on what the purpose of having your name and number on the back of your card was for. As I understood it was to either show support for your local or favorite team, or to show support of a type or number style that exhibits excellence in uni design. Let me know if I was off base with that assumption.[/quote]

    Joe, you know how much I respect you, but I think you’re being too harsh and trying to impose your own sensibilities onto the membership program. There was never any stated “purpose” for the cards, other than to provide a fun creative vehicle for people (and for Scott and myself, since we enjoy creating the cards). I agree that some people may be trying to “outdo” each other with “obscure” designs, but so what? The guy with the Chicken card is from San Diego — his membership card is a legitimate expression of a uniform that’s important to him. And even if it wasn’t — i.e., even if he was only trying to “outdo” other members — who cares? It’s his card and it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but him.

    That’s not to say we’ll simply rubber-stamp any design request — as some of you know, I’ve rejected quite a few ideas. And we thought long and hard about the Chicken. But we ultimately decided to do it. And here’s something to consider: Until we got this requet, I didn’t even realize that the Chicken had a logo. Now I do. So I learned something. And that’s a good thing.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment="131884"]Looks like the Padres are going to be holding a 90’s retro night (Sept 14th) with their 1997 jerseys – In honor of Tont Gwynn’s 8th and final batting title.
    90’s logo here[/quote]

    Oh my gosh, I am getting old if retro night now includes the 90s!

    [quote]Wouldn’t change the fact that ‘Texans’ is one of the worst nicknames in sports. Is it a nod to the old AFL team in Dallas (now the Chiefs)? There had to be a better option than that.
    Reminds me of the Shelbyville Shelbyvillians on the Simpsons.[/quote]

    As for the Texans nickname, I think it is one of the dumbest and laziest names in all of sports. What next, the Miami, FLoridians? Come on, how lame is that? I wish the old Oilers ownership had given up its rights to the names and logos so they could use that. That was a very simple and cool logo. I just think the team name represents a lot of the mindset in Texas that they are the most egotistical state in the union.

  • nif | August 13, 2007 at 1:08 pm |

    is anyone else bothered by the fact that the the bolts on the chargers sleeves dont go the same direction as the bolts on their helmets, tho i guess this only happens at home. still it was bothering me the whole game

  • Korch | August 13, 2007 at 1:09 pm |

    David Carr with gloves on both hands during preseason vs. Giants:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Valjean | August 13, 2007 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment="131835"]I’m not close to defending Bonds, but my hat size has gone up over time as well. Nice fitted 7-1/8 hats I bought in the 90’s no longer fit, and I’ve LOST hair. I’m now in a 7-3/8, and I’m pretty far from being an athlete. It’s not “the clear”, it’s “the beer.”[/quote]

    OK, hat sizes can go up (mine has too) and I can even hang (barely) with the jersey but 2 1/2 sizes in cleats?!? In your forties?!? I don’t care how much Bud you’re chugging, that just don’t happen.

  • possum | August 13, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    “Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]

    Haha, I live in Houston, but I am originally from Oklahoma.

  • Shaftman | August 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment="131906"][quote comment="131884"]Looks like the Padres are going to be holding a 90’s retro night (Sept 14th) with their 1997 jerseys – In honor of Tont Gwynn’s 8th and final batting title.
    90’s logo here[/quote]

    Oh my gosh, I am getting old if retro night now includes the 90s!

    [quote]Wouldn’t change the fact that ‘Texans’ is one of the worst nicknames in sports. Is it a nod to the old AFL team in Dallas (now the Chiefs)? There had to be a better option than that.
    Reminds me of the Shelbyville Shelbyvillians on the Simpsons.[/quote]

    As for the Texans nickname, I think it is one of the dumbest and laziest names in all of sports. What next, the Miami, FLoridians? Come on, how lame is that? I wish the old Oilers ownership had given up its rights to the names and logos so they could use that. That was a very simple and cool logo. I just think the team name represents a lot of the mindset in Texas that they are the most egotistical state in the union.[/quote]

    What about the Islanders. As a fan and as someone who resides on Long Island it’s a perfect name. (Course if it was the Long Island Islanders, that would just be silly)

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?

  • S Bennett | August 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm |

    I’m probably going to upset some people with this comment, but I think a lot of members are losing focus on what the purpose of having your name and number on the back of your card was for. As I understood it was to either show support for your local or favorite team, or to show support of a type or number style that exhibits excellence in uni design. Let me know if I was off base with that assumption.

    I think Chicos bil bonds is iconic. Instantly recognisable and draws people together who are in on the relevance. Is’t that what Unis and do?

    If anyone knows where to get a “Chico’s” baseball uni let me know!

  • Joe H | August 13, 2007 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment="131900"]That’s not to say we’ll simply rubber-stamp any design request — as some of you know, I’ve rejected quite a few ideas. And we thought long and hard about the Chicken. But we ultimately decided to do it. And here’s something to consider: Until we got this requet, I didn’t even realize that the Chicken had a logo. Now I do. So I learned something. And that’s a good thing.[/quote]

    Fair enough…that’s what I was looking for really…that there is some sort of “quality control” (for lack of a better term) going on rather than just throwing every submission on there. I apologize if it came of as anything more than just confusion on what people were trying to accomplish with the strange requests…using a logo rather than a name a number just really seemed weird to me.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment="131915"][quote comment="131906"][quote comment="131884"]Looks like the Padres are going to be holding a 90’s retro night (Sept 14th) with their 1997 jerseys – In honor of Tont Gwynn’s 8th and final batting title.
    90’s logo here[/quote]

    Oh my gosh, I am getting old if retro night now includes the 90s!

    [quote]Wouldn’t change the fact that ‘Texans’ is one of the worst nicknames in sports. Is it a nod to the old AFL team in Dallas (now the Chiefs)? There had to be a better option than that.
    Reminds me of the Shelbyville Shelbyvillians on the Simpsons.[/quote]

    As for the Texans nickname, I think it is one of the dumbest and laziest names in all of sports. What next, the Miami, FLoridians? Come on, how lame is that? I wish the old Oilers ownership had given up its rights to the names and logos so they could use that. That was a very simple and cool logo. I just think the team name represents a lot of the mindset in Texas that they are the most egotistical state in the union.[/quote]

    What about the Islanders. As a fan and as someone who resides on Long Island it’s a perfect name. (Course if it was the Long Island Islanders, that would just be silly)[/quote]

    Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

  • S Bennett | August 13, 2007 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment="131920"]

    Is’t that what Unis and do?
    [/quote]

    Yikes! That should read, “Isn’t that what unis and logos do?”

    SB

  • Chad G | August 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment="131920"]I’m probably going to upset some people with this comment, but I think a lot of members are losing focus on what the purpose of having your name and number on the back of your card was for. As I understood it was to either show support for your local or favorite team, or to show support of a type or number style that exhibits excellence in uni design. Let me know if I was off base with that assumption.

    I think Chicos bil bonds is iconic. Instantly recognisable and draws people together who are in on the relevance. Is’t that what Unis and do?

    If anyone knows where to get a “Chico’s” baseball uni let me know![/quote]

    you’re welcome

  • Cathy | August 13, 2007 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment="131910"][quote comment="131835"]I’m not close to defending Bonds, but my hat size has gone up over time as well. Nice fitted 7-1/8 hats I bought in the 90’s no longer fit, and I’ve LOST hair. I’m now in a 7-3/8, and I’m pretty far from being an athlete. It’s not “the clear”, it’s “the beer.”[/quote]

    OK, hat sizes can go up (mine has too) and I can even hang (barely) with the jersey but 2 1/2 sizes in cleats?!? In your forties?!? I don’t care how much Bud you’re chugging, that just don’t happen.[/quote]

    I went up a size and a half or two in shoes in my late twenties to early thirties. I was running a lot, training for marathons, and my arches flattened out…so it is feasible, in my mind, that Bonds could have gone up a couple sizes, especially if he now wears thicker socks or something like that….

  • Alex B | August 13, 2007 at 1:33 pm |

    Speaking of Yikes!, check out the mascot for the FIBA Americas Championship Basketball Tournament. I’m not sure if I’m more disturbed by the backwards cap or the fact that he isn’t wearing socks. Eeew!

  • Seth H | August 13, 2007 at 1:34 pm |

    As for the Texans nickname, I think it is one of the dumbest and laziest names in all of sports. What next, the Miami, FLoridians? Come on, how lame is that? I wish the old Oilers ownership had given up its rights to the names and logos so they could use that. That was a very simple and cool logo. I just think the team name represents a lot of the mindset in Texas that they are the most egotistical state in the union.

    Not clear to me if you were being sarcastic, but there was a Miami Floridians franchise in the ABA. The Heat have worn their unis on throwback nights.

  • Broker75 | August 13, 2007 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment="131871"]Yesterday’s Mets game featured a pregame ceremony for Tom Glavine’s 300th win. He was presented with a Rangers jersey with his number 47 and a Kings jersey with the number 300 on it. (If you don’t know, Glavine was drafted by the LA Kings in 1984 but chose to play baseball) Pretty cool stuff.[/quote]
    I never knew that. This is the reason I come in here daily. thanks.

  • dilbert719 | August 13, 2007 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment="131906"][quote comment="131884"]Looks like the Padres are going to be holding a 90’s retro night (Sept 14th) with their 1997 jerseys – In honor of Tont Gwynn’s 8th and final batting title.
    90’s logo here[/quote]

    Oh my gosh, I am getting old if retro night now includes the 90s!

    [quote]Wouldn’t change the fact that ‘Texans’ is one of the worst nicknames in sports. Is it a nod to the old AFL team in Dallas (now the Chiefs)? There had to be a better option than that.
    Reminds me of the Shelbyville Shelbyvillians on the Simpsons.[/quote]

    As for the Texans nickname, I think it is one of the dumbest and laziest names in all of sports. What next, the Miami, FLoridians? Come on, how lame is that? I wish the old Oilers ownership had given up its rights to the names and logos so they could use that. That was a very simple and cool logo. I just think the team name represents a lot of the mindset in Texas that they are the most egotistical state in the union.[/quote]

    Given that the Miami Floridians have already existed, I don’t know how bad it really is.

    You’re absolutely right that the Titans should have let Bob McNair have the Oilers name, logo, and colors, though. Course, this is coming from someone who wanted the Colts to sell their name/logo/colors to Art Modell when he moved the Browns to Baltimore, so as to rectify another royal team placement screwup. (Disclaimer: the Colts are my AFC team, and I live on the East Coast.)

  • Joe H | August 13, 2007 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment="131924"][quote comment="131920"]I’m probably going to upset some people with this comment, but I think a lot of members are losing focus on what the purpose of having your name and number on the back of your card was for. As I understood it was to either show support for your local or favorite team, or to show support of a type or number style that exhibits excellence in uni design. Let me know if I was off base with that assumption.

    I think Chicos bil bonds is iconic. Instantly recognisable and draws people together who are in on the relevance. Is’t that what Unis and do?

    If anyone knows where to get a “Chico’s” baseball uni let me know![/quote]

    you’re welcome[/quote]

    That is an awesome site!!!

  • Valjean | August 13, 2007 at 1:42 pm |

    Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …

  • Robert | August 13, 2007 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]

    I live here and I think it’s dumb.

  • Taha | August 13, 2007 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment="131927"]Speaking of Yikes!, check out the mascot for the FIBA Americas Championship Basketball Tournament. I’m not sure if I’m more disturbed by the backwards cap or the fact that he isn’t wearing socks. Eeew![/quote]

    It looks like Cookie Monster joined the Backstreet Boys!

  • possum | August 13, 2007 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]
    Well first, as an ECHL season ticket holder here in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Wildcatters is one of the dumbest names in pro sports. That’d be like calling a team from this region the Tobacco Pickers…and this isn’t the 1920s anymore. Don’t even get me started on the fans in Beaumont who made fun of me for my Checkers jersey when I was down there for some games last year. :) Seriously, do they know their team is called the Wildcatters???

    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.

  • Marty Met | August 13, 2007 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment="131906"][quote comment="131884"]Looks like the Padres are going to be holding a 90’s retro night (Sept 14th) with their 1997 jerseys – In honor of Tont Gwynn’s 8th and final batting title.
    90’s logo here[/quote]

    Oh my gosh, I am getting old if retro night now includes the 90s!

    [quote]Wouldn’t change the fact that ‘Texans’ is one of the worst nicknames in sports. Is it a nod to the old AFL team in Dallas (now the Chiefs)? There had to be a better option than that.
    Reminds me of the Shelbyville Shelbyvillians on the Simpsons.[/quote]

    As for the Texans nickname, I think it is one of the dumbest and laziest names in all of sports. What next, the Miami, FLoridians? Come on, how lame is that? I wish the old Oilers ownership had given up its rights to the names and logos so they could use that. That was a very simple and cool logo. I just think the team name represents a lot of the mindset in Texas that they are the most egotistical state in the union.[/quote]
    It’s better than Phillies

  • Purple Brigade | August 13, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    The Raider Uni is awesome. I so wish they would get rid of the Reebok and NFL logos on it. It totally destroys the simplicity of it.

    Damn you logo creepers!

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.

  • Ron | August 13, 2007 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment="131933"]Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …[/quote]
    An Islander is in reference to the team that plays on Long Island. Hence New York Islanders.

    Since we are on the topic of team names, how come the Utah Jazz didn’t change their name when they moved from New Orleans? I don’t remember a big Jazz presence in Utah.

  • Tanner | August 13, 2007 at 2:13 pm |

    The chico’s bail bonds card is wonderful. I guess considering my name is actually Tanner Boyle I should’ve asked for that design. Maybe next year.

  • Terry Mark | August 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm |

    That highway typeface story was a fascinating read. I like Clearview very much and, as you’ll notice in the photos accompanying the story, not only is the font more readable, it shortens the distance to your exit!

  • Dan | August 13, 2007 at 2:17 pm |

    [/quote]It’s better than Phillies[/quote]

    Anything is better than Phillies. One of the worst names in sports history. I wish the Texans were still called the Oilers, who, in my opinion, had the best helmet logo and uniforms in NFL history, but the name “Texans” isn’t bad. Great uniforms and nice helmet logo.

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | August 13, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment="131914"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]

    Haha, I live in Houston, but I am originally from Oklahoma.[/quote]

    Well now, that explains everything!

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment="131948"][/quote]It’s better than Phillies[/quote]

    Anything is better than Phillies. One of the worst names in sports history. I wish the Texans were still called the Oilers, who, in my opinion, had the best helmet logo and uniforms in NFL history, but the name “Texans” isn’t bad. Great uniforms and nice helmet logo.[/quote]

    I do think the helmet logo is pretty cool, I will agree with that.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 2:20 pm |

    [quote comment="131949"][quote comment="131914"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]

    Haha, I live in Houston, but I am originally from Oklahoma.[/quote]

    Well now, that explains everything![/quote]

    HAHA. Thanks!! A translpanted Okie from OU. Gotta love it down here! HAHA! Actually, I love it in Houston. I am a huge Astros fan, so that works for me good here.

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | August 13, 2007 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]

    Agreed! I was immensely dissapointed in the name and logo (a bull?)… and I am born and bred in Texas! Even being from west texas, I shun the oil connection (except the Oilers – which was just plain cool and original since there really is no oiler) in favor of the space theme. But go figure…

  • joe | August 13, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment="131926"][quote comment="131910"][quote comment="131835"]I’m not close to defending Bonds, but my hat size has gone up over time as well. Nice fitted 7-1/8 hats I bought in the 90’s no longer fit, and I’ve LOST hair. I’m now in a 7-3/8, and I’m pretty far from being an athlete. It’s not “the clear”, it’s “the beer.”[/quote]

    OK, hat sizes can go up (mine has too) and I can even hang (barely) with the jersey but 2 1/2 sizes in cleats?!? In your forties?!? I don’t care how much Bud you’re chugging, that just don’t happen.[/quote]

    I went up a size and a half or two in shoes in my late twenties to early thirties. I was running a lot, training for marathons, and my arches flattened out…so it is feasible, in my mind, that Bonds could have gone up a couple sizes, especially if he now wears thicker socks or something like that….[/quote]

    Oh come on, look at the HGH freak.

  • orlandor | August 13, 2007 at 2:28 pm |

    Looking for help from my uni folks out there.

    Last year we designed a new crest for the HS soccer team that I coach, and it needs a little bit of tweaking (minor changes). Here is a pic, it is fuzzy because I moved it from adobe to paint.

    If you can help, please e-mail me at oj@moniandoj.com and I will let you know what I am looking for. There is a shirt in it for you if you can help.

    Thanks,
    Orlando

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | August 13, 2007 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment="131951"][quote comment="131949"][quote comment="131914"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]

    Haha, I live in Houston, but I am originally from Oklahoma.[/quote]

    Well now, that explains everything![/quote]

    HAHA. Thanks!! A translpanted Okie from OU. Gotta love it down here! HAHA! Actually, I love it in Houston. I am a huge Astros fan, so that works for me good here.[/quote]

    As an Astros fan, I will let you slide and not give you grief over this. Oops, I guess I just did… football is just around the corner, isn’t it!?!

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 2:31 pm |

    I didn’t even know this team existed when I made the suggestion. It just came off the top of my head. Then I found this team. I guess my suggestions weren’t too original.

  • Drew McKay | August 13, 2007 at 2:31 pm |

    The Texans’ Battle Red started out as a simple promotion by the team a few years ago, and the jerseys ended up being a huge success and they one that game (a real suprise). So the Texans have worn them once or twice every year since. Their red jerseys in my opinion are the best jerseys in the league.

  • Dave | August 13, 2007 at 2:34 pm |

    “Phillies” isn’t any dumber than “Los Angeles Angels” or being named for a pair of socks. They’re just stuck with an antiquated name that they tried changing to “Blue Jays” back in the 1950s, but it didn’t stick. Most franchise names from older teams are stupid in an obsolete way; it’s newer teams that go out of their way to be stupid – “Blue Jackets”, and “Devil Rays”. And of course, there are the “Redskins”, a team named for both a pair of socks and a team that moved away. And then they moved. One of not only the most moronicly named teams in all of sports, not even including the political incorrectness.

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | August 13, 2007 at 2:41 pm |

    Sorry the Brian… the temptation was far too much to resist! Glad you found your way here!

  • Paul Lukas | August 13, 2007 at 2:43 pm |

    I’ve got a short NFL-related piece (it starts out being about the green helmet dots but then moves on to other things, mostly non-uni-related) on today’s Page 2 index page.

  • Broker75 | August 13, 2007 at 2:43 pm |

    I think the most boring team name in sports are the Panthers. Whether it’s in the NFL or NHL. Just a yawner.

  • Shadeymonk | August 13, 2007 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment="131963"]I think the most boring team name in sports are the Panthers. Whether it’s in the NFL or NHL. Just a yawner.[/quote]

    Volunteers…. or Quakers

  • Jason G. | August 13, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment="131963"]I think the most boring team name in sports are the Panthers. Whether it’s in the NFL or NHL. Just a yawner.[/quote]

    I think Wildcats is probably one of the most overused names, and I am a University of Kentucky fan.

  • Teebz | August 13, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment="131891"][quote comment="131826"][quote comment="131804"]I was watching the stick handling video on that link Paul put up today of uni mod’s in NHL 08… if that is a new feature for NHL 08, why are the teams still wearing the old jerseys? Notably the Bruins, Canucks and Hurricanes? Is NHL 08 not going to update the uniforms? I thought I had seen screen grabs of both the Hurricanes and Bruins in their new uniforms.[/quote]

    Yes, some have been leaked. However, the game will come with the old uniforms. Once all the new uniforms are released, there will be a code EA Sports gives out so that everyone can unlock the new ones.[/quote]

    im pretty sure its a downloadable patch that you can get if you have xbox live or ps3 online….thats how it works with rosters. If it were a code that would mean it would already be programmed into the game which is impossible if the jerseys arent out.[/quote]

    All the NHL games since the turn of the millenium have featured multiple jerseys for each team. This year is no different. All the screenshots feature the teams who haven’t unveiled their new uniforms in their “alternate” look on the game.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment="131960"]Sorry the Brian… the temptation was far too much to resist! Glad you found your way here![/quote]

    Haha, that is no problem I get it all the time. My wife is a Texas Tech grad and her twin sister is a Texas grad, so I catch it all the time. This place is great though, just wish the Astros wouldn’t rip my heart out night after night! HAHA!

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment="131967"][quote comment="131963"]I think the most boring team name in sports are the Panthers. Whether it’s in the NFL or NHL. Just a yawner.[/quote]

    I think Wildcats is probably one of the most overused names, and I am a University of Kentucky fan.[/quote]
    Here in the Deeper South, seems like every team is either the Tigers or the Bulldogs. Hell, the SEC has two of each!

  • DenverGregg | August 13, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment="131933"]Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …[/quote]
    Well, these folks make out a Laker to be someone who operates a ship on a large lake.

    Some, though, would say a laker is like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the lake-going ship itself.

    Others say it’s a fish.

    And then again, there’s this eccentric fellow.

    Bwahaha.

  • Jim | August 13, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    So, it’s probably a good thing I haven’t sprung for the membership card yet (3 kids, 5, 3, and 2 … now you know where all my money goes), because if I did, I think it would be revoked in just a minute here … Has anyone else here seen the “new” (until yesterday, it was still new to me) Harry Potter movie, and the disturbing logo creep in the first 10 minutes of the show?

  • Broker75 | August 13, 2007 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment="131972"][quote comment="131933"]Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …[/quote]
    Well, these folks make out a Laker to be someone who operates a ship on a large lake.

    Some, though, would say a laker is like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the lake-going ship itself.

    Others say it’s a fish.

    And then again, there’s this eccentric fellow.

    Bwahaha.[/quote]
    Canadians refer to this as being a Laker.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment="131972"][quote comment="131933"]Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …[/quote]
    Well, these folks make out a Laker to be someone who operates a ship on a large lake.

    Some, though, would say a laker is like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the lake-going ship itself.

    Others say it’s a fish.

    And then again, there’s this eccentric fellow.

    Bwahaha.[/quote]

    Tangent: The “Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is one of the greatest songs of all time. That is all.

  • Matthew S. | August 13, 2007 at 3:15 pm |

    [quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    I’ll stick with miles personally.

    That being said, I agree with you on some of the weird fractions I see on some road signs. I live in Dallas, but have family in Houston and so I’ve spent many many hours on I-45 before between the two. There’s a rest stop sign on the northbound side of the highway which advertises an upcoming Rest Stop that is 8/10 of a mile away. It makes me laugh every time I see it.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 3:15 pm |

    [quote comment="131977"]So, it’s probably a good thing I haven’t sprung for the membership card yet (3 kids, 5, 3, and 2 … now you know where all my money goes), because if I did, I think it would be revoked in just a minute here … Has anyone else here seen the “new” (until yesterday, it was still new to me) Harry Potter movie, and the disturbing logo creep in the first 10 minutes of the show?[/quote]
    Good to hear I’m not the only one who can’t ‘free up’ any funds because of the kids.

    I was in church yesterday, listening to the sermon and the pastor started coughing like he had something caught in his throat. He said ‘excuse me’, and then took a long sip of water from a paper PEPSI cup. I turned to my wife and said ‘Nice product placement’.

  • Jamikel | August 13, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment="131952"][quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]

    Agreed! I was immensely dissapointed in the name and logo (a bull?)… and I am born and bred in Texas! Even being from west texas, I shun the oil connection (except the Oilers – which was just plain cool and original since there really is no oiler) in favor of the space theme. But go figure…[/quote]

    There’s an overall lack of creativity in the logos of all Texas teams. They all much recycle the same 3 elements: star, bull, and outline of Texas. The Cowboys and Texans could swap uniforms and they would make just as much sense. I wasn’t fond of the Oilers unis (always thought the vertical logo fit awkwardly onto a helmet) but at least they were original.

  • DWiz9 | August 13, 2007 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment="131785"][quote comment="131769"]No excuse for wearing BP jerseys in a game, especially with those ugly-ass armpits, I don’t care how hot it is.[/quote]

    I’m wondering if those jerseys are any cooler at all. While they may have certain features that make them feel cooler, they are much darker than their usual road jerseys. I would guess that them being that much darker would offset any cooling effect they have. They’re definitely not enough cooler to warrant wearing them in a game.[/quote]

    The BP jerseys are actually cooler. The weight of the jersey is much lighter. Doesn’t mean they look better or should be used for a game, but they are more comfortable to wear.

  • Matthew S. | August 13, 2007 at 3:19 pm |

    [quote comment="131867"]Is Indians rookie Asdrubal Cabrera wearing pearls?[/quote]

    Could be a rosary: http://www.how-to-pr...

    I’ve seen players in different sports wear them before.

  • Trump1010 | August 13, 2007 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment="131977"]So, it’s probably a good thing I haven’t sprung for the membership card yet (3 kids, 5, 3, and 2 … now you know where all my money goes), because if I did, I think it would be revoked in just a minute here … Has anyone else here seen the “new” (until yesterday, it was still new to me) Harry Potter movie, and the disturbing logo creep in the first 10 minutes of the show?[/quote]

    I actually saw it yesterday for the first time too… and believe it or not I said to my roommate after the movie that I think that’s the first time in a HP movie where they’ve had a logo thown in like that. And he said, what the Nike logo early on? lol

  • Matthew S. | August 13, 2007 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]

    There used to be an Independent league team in Tyler in east Texas called the Wildcatters. But they didn’t incorporate oil derricks or anything along those lines.

    It could’ve been much worse considering that the other two name finalists were ‘Stallions’ and ‘Apollos’. While Texans is not exactly an inspired name, I’ll take it over the other two finalists any day. Also, it’s nice reference to the former Dallas Texans.

  • howie | August 13, 2007 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment="131938"][quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]
    Well first, as an ECHL season ticket holder here in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Wildcatters is one of the dumbest names in pro sports. That’d be like calling a team from this region the Tobacco Pickers…and this isn’t the 1920s anymore. Don’t even get me started on the fans in Beaumont who made fun of me for my Checkers jersey when I was down there for some games last year. :) Seriously, do they know their team is called the Wildcatters???

    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.[/quote]
    Why, pray tell, doesn’t Vermont count?
    The Republic of Vermont is just as much a part of this country’s history as Texas’ independence
    Sorry, way off the uniform theme of this site but I gotta defend my native state!

  • Zach | August 13, 2007 at 3:31 pm |

    The Texans name also goes back to the old Dallas Texans which became the Kansas City Chiefs. Being born in raised in Texas, I will tell you that there is no where else like it in the US. Almost every brand you see has special ad campaigns for texas (especially beer and cars.) I don’t remember exactly what the final choices were for the team name but I remember it included the Mercury, something with oil and I think one more. I personally like the name, it goes with history as well as the culture of the state. And as for the red unis, the Texans mascot is a bull, and we all know about bulls and the color red.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment="131982"][quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    I’ll stick with miles personally.

    That being said, I agree with you on some of the weird fractions I see on some road signs. I live in Dallas, but have family in Houston and so I’ve spent many many hours on I-45 before between the two. There’s a rest stop sign on the northbound side of the highway which advertises an upcoming Rest Stop that is 8/10 of a mile away. It makes me laugh every time I see it.[/quote]

    Wow, nice to see math class paid off. Must have been out of class the day the taught that 8/10=4/5.

  • Dwight | August 13, 2007 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment="131943"]Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.[/quote]

    Like what, the Houston Hotterthanhells? Humidities?

  • Matthew S. | August 13, 2007 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment="131991"][quote comment="131982"][quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    I’ll stick with miles personally.

    That being said, I agree with you on some of the weird fractions I see on some road signs. I live in Dallas, but have family in Houston and so I’ve spent many many hours on I-45 before between the two. There’s a rest stop sign on the northbound side of the highway which advertises an upcoming Rest Stop that is 8/10 of a mile away. It makes me laugh every time I see it.[/quote]

    Wow, nice to see math class paid off. Must have been out of class the day the taught that 8/10=4/5.[/quote]

    I have to fight the urge at times to stop my car and change it to 4/5 with spray paint. I think Texas state troopers might look down on that however.

  • Anthony Verna | August 13, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment="131982"][quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    I’ll stick with miles personally.

    That being said, I agree with you on some of the weird fractions I see on some road signs. I live in Dallas, but have family in Houston and so I’ve spent many many hours on I-45 before between the two. There’s a rest stop sign on the northbound side of the highway which advertises an upcoming Rest Stop that is 8/10 of a mile away. It makes me laugh every time I see it.[/quote]

    But that does make sense, as your odometer is in tenths of miles.

  • Adam | August 13, 2007 at 4:03 pm |

    Is it just me or does the number 7 on Joe Mauer’s helmet look like it is in Red Sox font rather than Twins font?

    I-35 patch

  • Jason G. | August 13, 2007 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment="131993"][quote comment="131943"]Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.[/quote]

    Like what, the Houston Hotterthanhells? Humidities?[/quote]

    I don’t think the Humidities would work. I’ve been to Texas and as far as humidity goes it wasn’t bad at all. I live in KY and the humidity here is much worse than when I was in Dallas and the humidity here is probably not bad compared to other places. Maybe some of the southeastern states (Louisiana, Georgia, etc.) could get by with the Humidities nickname.

  • Purple Brigade | August 13, 2007 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment="131966"][quote comment="131963"]I think the most boring team name in sports are the Panthers. Whether it’s in the NFL or NHL. Just a yawner.[/quote]

    Volunteers…. or Quakers[/quote]

    I kinda like the Quakers. It’s hokey, but fun. I always thought the Mariners is boring. Same thing with Flyers. It essentially describes how you get around. It’s like being called the Drivers. Yay Drivers.

    The most boring name of all time has to be the name of my most favorite team of all time. The Oakland Athletics. Even the shortened version, A’s, is boring.

    Athletics. Might as well be Mathmatics or Dramatics or Linguistics. When I think of people who can be described as athletics, I think of a bunch of yokels jumping and running.

    When it comes to exciting monikers, in an area that has Bears, giants, 49ers (an ornery bunch,) Raiders, Warriors and Sharks; the Athletics takes their place right next to the Cardinal . We might as well have a Tree as a mascot. Wait a minute, we have an Elephant … elephants are athletic … right?

  • Adam | August 13, 2007 at 4:08 pm |

    [quote comment="131999"]Is it just me or does the number 7 on Joe Mauer’s helmet look like it is in Red Sox font rather than Twins font?

    I-35 patch[/quote]

    Upon comparison I think that is a Red Sox sticker.

    Red Sox 7

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 4:13 pm |

    [quote comment="132002"][quote comment="131999"]Is it just me or does the number 7 on Joe Mauer’s helmet look like it is in Red Sox font rather than Twins font?

    I-35 patch[/quote]

    Upon comparison I think that is a Red Sox sticker.

    Red Sox 7 [/quote]
    The Twins could’ve used this number 7 instead. Sorry. Just shoot me.

  • possum | August 13, 2007 at 4:13 pm |

    [quote comment="131989"][quote comment="131938"][quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]
    Well first, as an ECHL season ticket holder here in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Wildcatters is one of the dumbest names in pro sports. That’d be like calling a team from this region the Tobacco Pickers…and this isn’t the 1920s anymore. Don’t even get me started on the fans in Beaumont who made fun of me for my Checkers jersey when I was down there for some games last year. :) Seriously, do they know their team is called the Wildcatters???

    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.[/quote]
    Why, pray tell, doesn’t Vermont count?
    The Republic of Vermont is just as much a part of this country’s history as Texas’ independence
    Sorry, way off the uniform theme of this site but I gotta defend my native state![/quote]
    In the sense that they were an independent nation. Like I said, I lived in TX for a while and it will always have a special place in my heart. But the three times I’ve visited Vermont were enough to make me absolutely fall in love with it. Great place, great people.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 4:21 pm |

    [quote comment="132000"][quote comment="131993"][quote comment="131943"]Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.[/quote]

    Like what, the Houston Hotterthanhells? Humidities?[/quote]

    I don’t think the Humidities would work. I’ve been to Texas and as far as humidity goes it wasn’t bad at all. I live in KY and the humidity here is much worse than when I was in Dallas and the humidity here is probably not bad compared to other places. Maybe some of the southeastern states (Louisiana, Georgia, etc.) could get by with the Humidities nickname.[/quote]

    The humidity in Dallas is very different than the humidity in Houston. It has been miserable this week with highs near, at, or above 100 degrees and high humidities. Dallas is about 250 miles inland, Houston is only 30 to 50 miles inland, so the humidity is very bad down here.

  • warren thompson | August 13, 2007 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment="131865"]Man, you’ve got to be kidding? The Charger’s new Uni’s are sharp? They look like a a bad Highschool or Division III College team’s. Replace the bolts with eagles and I think they’d be perfect for the first season of UMW’s football program. UGH!
    [/quote]

    Hey, friend, why the gratuitous slam on D3 football uniforms? Or do you speak out of mere ignorance?

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | August 13, 2007 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment="132007"][quote comment="132000"][quote comment="131993"][quote comment="131943"]Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.[/quote]

    Like what, the Houston Hotterthanhells? Humidities?[/quote]

    I don’t think the Humidities would work. I’ve been to Texas and as far as humidity goes it wasn’t bad at all. I live in KY and the humidity here is much worse than when I was in Dallas and the humidity here is probably not bad compared to other places. Maybe some of the southeastern states (Louisiana, Georgia, etc.) could get by with the Humidities nickname.[/quote]

    The humidity in Dallas is very different than the humidity in Houston. It has been miserable this week with highs near, at, or above 100 degrees and high humidities. Dallas is about 250 miles inland, Houston is only 30 to 50 miles inland, so the humidity is very bad down here.[/quote]

    There are indeed plenty of places in Texas not humid at all. In fact, growing up I remember many a day that it was WELL over a hundred and did not even seem hot because of th edry heat. Now. oddly enough I was in Tulsa on Thursday and Friday for the PGA (which is obviously far more inland) and it was about the hottest, most humid weqather I have EVER experienced! They even interviewed me on tv because I said it was hotter than in Houston!

  • Seth H | August 13, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    I kinda like the Quakers. It’s hokey, but fun. I always thought the Mariners is boring. Same thing with Flyers. It essentially describes how you get around. It’s like being called the Drivers. Yay Drivers.

    I guess it is just my day for pointing out historical team names: There already was a “Philadelphia Quakers.” In 1930, the Pittsburgh Pirates hockey team (NHL) moved to Philadelphia and became the Quakers. They folded during the year.

    In addition, a Philadelphia team is unlikely to call themselves the Quakers because that is the nickname of the teams from the University of Pennsylvania, which is located in Philadelphia.

  • Ben | August 13, 2007 at 4:36 pm |

    Look at the collar on the Packers jersey. Is this a fake because their striping does not look like this!!!

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

  • Matthew S. | August 13, 2007 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment="132007"][quote comment="132000"][quote comment="131993"][quote comment="131943"]Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.[/quote]

    Like what, the Houston Hotterthanhells? Humidities?[/quote]

    I don’t think the Humidities would work. I’ve been to Texas and as far as humidity goes it wasn’t bad at all. I live in KY and the humidity here is much worse than when I was in Dallas and the humidity here is probably not bad compared to other places. Maybe some of the southeastern states (Louisiana, Georgia, etc.) could get by with the Humidities nickname.[/quote]

    The humidity in Dallas is very different than the humidity in Houston. It has been miserable this week with highs near, at, or above 100 degrees and high humidities. Dallas is about 250 miles inland, Houston is only 30 to 50 miles inland, so the humidity is very bad down here.[/quote]

    I agree. Houston and Dallas are like night and day in their humidity differences. I grew up in Houston and now live in Dallas and north Texas is like a paradise by comparison. I can’t remember where I heard it, but when I was growing up someone said to me that Houston was basically laid out close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to get all the moisture, but too far to enjoy any of the breezes that Galveston does.

  • Ben | August 13, 2007 at 4:36 pm |
  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment="132001"][quote comment="131966"][quote comment="131963"]I think the most boring team name in sports are the Panthers. Whether it’s in the NFL or NHL. Just a yawner.[/quote]

    Volunteers…. or Quakers[/quote]

    I kinda like the Quakers. It’s hokey, but fun. I always thought the Mariners is boring. Same thing with Flyers. It essentially describes how you get around. It’s like being called the Drivers. Yay Drivers.

    The most boring name of all time has to be the name of my most favorite team of all time. The Oakland Athletics. Even the shortened version, A’s, is boring.

    Athletics. Might as well be Mathmatics or Dramatics or Linguistics. When I think of people who can be described as athletics, I think of a bunch of yokels jumping and running.

    When it comes to exciting monikers, in an area that has Bears, giants, 49ers (an ornery bunch,) Raiders, Warriors and Sharks; the Athletics takes their place right next to the Cardinal . We might as well have a Tree as a mascot. Wait a minute, we have an Elephant … elephants are athletic … right?[/quote]
    Boring, maybe, but the name ‘Athletics’ has a pretty long history going back to Philadelphia.

  • Brian | August 13, 2007 at 4:41 pm |

    [quote comment="132015"][quote comment="132007"][quote comment="132000"][quote comment="131993"][quote comment="131943"]Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.[/quote]

    Like what, the Houston Hotterthanhells? Humidities?[/quote]

    I don’t think the Humidities would work. I’ve been to Texas and as far as humidity goes it wasn’t bad at all. I live in KY and the humidity here is much worse than when I was in Dallas and the humidity here is probably not bad compared to other places. Maybe some of the southeastern states (Louisiana, Georgia, etc.) could get by with the Humidities nickname.[/quote]

    The humidity in Dallas is very different than the humidity in Houston. It has been miserable this week with highs near, at, or above 100 degrees and high humidities. Dallas is about 250 miles inland, Houston is only 30 to 50 miles inland, so the humidity is very bad down here.[/quote]

    I agree. Houston and Dallas are like night and day in their humidity differences. I grew up in Houston and now live in Dallas and north Texas is like a paradise by comparison. I can’t remember where I heard it, but when I was growing up someone said to me that [B]Houston was basically laid out close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to get all the moisture, but too far to enjoy any of the breezes that Galveston does.[/B][/quote]

    You are exactly right. Right on the island, it is very nice, but inland where the sea breezes die off, it is nasty. You are basically far enough inland to get teh sea breeze storms every afternoon. We could be the Houston Sea Breeze Storms! Anyways, being from Oklahoma, I thought I new what humidity was, but nope, this is the winner. The difference is Houston usually doesn’t reach 100 degrees like has been this week.

  • Chance | August 13, 2007 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    If there wasn’t another team in Texas, or if Houston was the capital of Texas (as Washington is to the US), then you might have a point.

    In the absence of those factors, yes. It’s a dumb name. And I’ve lived in Texas.

  • Jason G. | August 13, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment="132007"][quote comment="132000"][quote comment="131993"][quote comment="131943"]Wow, I learned something today. I actually had no idea about the Miami Floridians thing. I just pulled a city out of the air and that is the first one that came to mind for some reason. Anyways, I do realize there are a couple of examples, but IMO, it is not one of the better ideas for a nickname. There is a lot of stuff in Houston that they could associate with the city and not have to call the team the Texans.[/quote]

    Like what, the Houston Hotterthanhells? Humidities?[/quote]

    I don’t think the Humidities would work. I’ve been to Texas and as far as humidity goes it wasn’t bad at all. I live in KY and the humidity here is much worse than when I was in Dallas and the humidity here is probably not bad compared to other places. Maybe some of the southeastern states (Louisiana, Georgia, etc.) could get by with the Humidities nickname.[/quote]

    The humidity in Dallas is very different than the humidity in Houston. It has been miserable this week with highs near, at, or above 100 degrees and high humidities. Dallas is about 250 miles inland, Houston is only 30 to 50 miles inland, so the humidity is very bad down here.[/quote]

    I stand corrected.

    [quote comment="132014"]Look at the collar on the Packers jersey. Is this a fake because their striping does not look like this!!!

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

    I would say that is a fake simply based on the price. All of those jerseys on eBay where the prices seem to good to be true almost always are.

  • Robert | August 13, 2007 at 4:49 pm |

    The Houston Humidities. I love it. Just think of the fun logos and mascots . . . .

  • Chance | August 13, 2007 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment="131989"][quote comment="131938"]
    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.[/quote]
    Why, pray tell, doesn’t Vermont count?
    The Republic of Vermont is just as much a part of this country’s history as Texas’ independence
    Sorry, way off the uniform theme of this site but I gotta defend my native state![/quote]
    Not to mention Hawaii. Texas is one of three current states which were once independent nations.

  • Philly Bill | August 13, 2007 at 4:54 pm |

    The mentality that has produced three pro football teams in Texas called the Texans is best exemplified by the scene in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” when Pee-Wee calls Dottie and tells her he’s in Texas. She doesn’t believe him, and he says, “Wait, I can prove it!” He steps out of the phone booth and sings, “The stars at night / are big and bright…” and everyone within earshot claps four times and sings, “Deep in the heart of Texas!”

    That’s really the way things are here.

    And regarding Halliburton and Houston sports, there is a little park outside the former Enron Field dedicated to Astros history, and it is called Halliburton Plaza. There is a large advertisement in the outfield concourse (not visible on game broadcasts) that says something like, “Minute Maid Park — Built Proudly by Halliburton.”

    Most galling of all, though, at one of the park entrances there is a series of small monuments to Halliburton itself and to the string of rogues who have made it the anticompetitive leviathan it is today. There is even one dedicated to Dick Cheney, who is apparently viewed as some sort of hero in this state.

  • Dwight | August 13, 2007 at 4:57 pm |

    Houston Humidity Logo

    http://digikam3rdpar...

  • Mets Fan in Chicago | August 13, 2007 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment="132004"][quote comment="131989"][quote comment="131938"][quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]
    Well first, as an ECHL season ticket holder here in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Wildcatters is one of the dumbest names in pro sports. That’d be like calling a team from this region the Tobacco Pickers…and this isn’t the 1920s anymore. Don’t even get me started on the fans in Beaumont who made fun of me for my Checkers jersey when I was down there for some games last year. :) Seriously, do they know their team is called the Wildcatters???

    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.[/quote]
    Why, pray tell, doesn’t Vermont count?
    The Republic of Vermont is just as much a part of this country’s history as Texas’ independence
    Sorry, way off the uniform theme of this site but I gotta defend my native state![/quote]
    In the sense that they were an independent nation. Like I said, I lived in TX for a while and it will always have a special place in my heart. But the three times I’ve visited Vermont were enough to make me absolutely fall in love with it. Great place, great people.[/quote]

    Damn skippy! We had a vacation home in Ludlow, and I’ve visited other parts of the state (Burlington, Stowe, Montpelie, etc.) on many occasions and absolutely love it. Only problem is that some vacationers rub the locals the wrong way with their attitudes, which explains the famous Vermont phrase “summer people, summer not”.
    thank you, thank you, you’re a wonderful crowd

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment="132022"][quote comment="131989"][quote comment="131938"]
    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.[/quote]
    Why, pray tell, doesn’t Vermont count?
    The Republic of Vermont is just as much a part of this country’s history as Texas’ independence
    Sorry, way off the uniform theme of this site but I gotta defend my native state![/quote]
    Not to mention Hawaii. Texas is one of three current states which were once independent nations.[/quote]
    California was an independent republic, for about a month in 1846.

  • Mike Engle | August 13, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment="132016"]http://cgi.ebay.com/PACKERS-BRETT-FAVRE-GREEN-AUTHENTIC-JERSEY-48-M_W0QQitemZ110158708392QQihZ001QQcategoryZ24957QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/quote]
    I’m thinking it’s a phony. Check out this action shot of Brett Favre in a modern Packers NFL Equipment uniform. Notice how the sleeve pattern matches the collar, unlike the eBay listing.
    Now, if I may go off on a tangent, that is going to be a very expensive fake when one considers expensive shipping from China. This is exactly why I always prefer to eBay from American auctioneers.

  • Matthew S. | August 13, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment="132021"]The Houston Humidities. I love it. Just think of the fun logos and mascots . . . .[/quote]

    It’s doable. Teams have been named after weather patterns and the such before.

    New Orleans Zephyrs for example: http://www.neworlean...

    For those not in the know on what a zephyr is: http://dictionary.re...

    Is that a nutria in their logo? http://dictionary.re...

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment="132025"]Houston Humidity Logo

    http://digikam3rdpar...
    So, should the mascot be named Drippy, Sweaty or Sticky? Also great names if there were 10 Dwarfs instead of 7.

  • Jason G. | August 13, 2007 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment="132028"][quote comment="132016"]http://cgi.ebay.com/PACKERS-BRETT-FAVRE-GREEN-AUTHENTIC-JERSEY-48-M_W0QQitemZ110158708392QQihZ001QQcategoryZ24957QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/quote]
    I’m thinking it’s a phony. Check out this action shot of Brett Favre in a modern Packers NFL Equipment uniform. Notice how the sleeve pattern matches the collar, unlike the eBay listing.
    Now, if I may go off on a tangent, that is going to be a very expensive fake when one considers expensive shipping from China. This is exactly why I always prefer to eBay from American auctioneers.[/quote]

    If the jersey is made in China it is definitely fake. Real NFL jersey are made in South Korea (I think).

    [quote comment="132025"]Houston Humidity Logo

    http://digikam3rdpar...

    The condensation should spell out the team name. Although it would probably be difficult to read.

  • Mike Engle | August 13, 2007 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment="132029"][quote comment="132021"]The Houston Humidities. I love it. Just think of the fun logos and mascots . . . .[/quote]

    It’s doable. Teams have been named after weather patterns and the such before.

    New Orleans Zephyrs for example: http://www.neworlean...

    For those not in the know on what a zephyr is: http://dictionary.re...

    Is that a nutria in their logo? http://dictionary.re...
    The Zephyrs used to play in Denver before they made room for the Rockies. (Oh, now the name makes sense, doesn’t it?)
    Yes, that’s Boudreaux the Nutria. Fairly ironic how a hated, non-native, and pesky wildlife killer becomes the mascot of the local baseball team. Don’t like the new Boudreaux-Z hats. It’s too minor league-ish. (Wait…the Z’s are minor leagues.)

  • Philly Bill | August 13, 2007 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment="132026"]Only problem is that some vacationers rub the locals the wrong way with their attitudes, which explains the famous Vermont phrase “summer people, summer not”.
    thank you, thank you, you’re a wonderful crowd[/quote]

    The locals aren’t just rough on vacationers. They also divide the population neatly into “From-Heres” and “Come-Heres.”

  • AB | August 13, 2007 at 5:04 pm |

    wasnt a finalist for the TEXANS name…the APOLLOS?

  • AB | August 13, 2007 at 5:04 pm |

    Actually how about we call the Texans the SAM Houstons?

  • Trump1010 | August 13, 2007 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment="132029"][quote comment="132021"]The Houston Humidities. I love it. Just think of the fun logos and mascots . . . .[/quote]

    It’s doable. Teams have been named after weather patterns and the such before.

    New Orleans Zephyrs for example: http://www.neworlean...

    For those not in the know on what a zephyr is: http://dictionary.re...

    Is that a nutria in their logo? http://dictionary.re...

    Zephyr is a horrible nickname… just look at the one definition… “Something that is airy, insubstantial, or passing.” If you’re going to talk about teams named after weather patterns, I’d think of Hurricanes, Cyclones, Green Wave, Lightning, etc.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 5:06 pm |

    They could’ve just hired the Arkansas Coach and been the Houston Nutts.

  • possum | August 13, 2007 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment="132024"]The mentality that has produced three pro football teams in Texas called the Texans is best exemplified by the scene in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” when Pee-Wee calls Dottie and tells her he’s in Texas. She doesn’t believe him, and he says, “Wait, I can prove it!” He steps out of the phone booth and sings, “The stars at night / are big and bright…” and everyone within earshot claps four times and sings, “Deep in the heart of Texas!”

    That’s really the way things are here.[/quote]
    Exactly my point. Not only is everything bigger in Texas, everything is better in Texas. I went to Elementary school in TX and my friends here in NC can’t believe they teach you that song in school. Every year. The sense of pride is so overpowering, it is everywhere. Hence the Lone Star and state outline incorporated into the logos of every team. Until you’ve been immersed in that culture and way of thinking you almost can’t get it.

    Unirelated note….the Wildcatters’ first year in the ECHL they used state outlines behind the A and C on the captains’ jerseys. Looked really cool.

  • dpnation | August 13, 2007 at 5:13 pm |

    okay, who screwed up the table size?

  • =bg= | August 13, 2007 at 5:14 pm |

    dont think youll see the patch on the bengals jerseys- the last time they couldve worn one they didnt- i think its mike brown, he doesn’t like em.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment="132041"]dont think youll see the patch on the bengals jerseys- the last time they couldve worn one they didnt- i think its mike brown, he doesn’t like em.[/quote]
    Yeah, you wouldn’t want a patch screwing up such a sublime balance of colors and patterns.

  • Dave | August 13, 2007 at 5:39 pm |

    There was a Dallas Texans team in the NFL in the early 50s that preceded the AFL team by that name. And the North Dallas Bulls, of course.

  • Teebz | August 13, 2007 at 5:48 pm |

    In regards to the Vinatieri jerseys that was spoken about the other day in the comments, my Reebok source has confirmed they do make Colts’ Vinatieri jerseys.

  • DenverGregg | August 13, 2007 at 5:56 pm |

    [quote comment="132036"][quote comment="132029"][quote comment="132021"]The Houston Humidities. I love it. Just think of the fun logos and mascots . . . .[/quote]

    It’s doable. Teams have been named after weather patterns and the such before.

    New Orleans Zephyrs for example: http://www.neworlean...

    For those not in the know on what a zephyr is: http://dictionary.re...

    Is that a nutria in their logo? http://dictionary.re...

    Zephyr is a horrible nickname… just look at the one definition… “Something that is airy, insubstantial, or passing.” If you’re going to talk about teams named after weather patterns, I’d think of Hurricanes, Cyclones, Green Wave, Lightning, etc.[/quote]
    In the 1980s when George Dikeou changed Denver’s AAA team name from the Bears to the Zephyrs, the story was that they were commemorating the Denver Zephyr train. I always thought it was a lame name because of the rhyme with heifer, as well as the non-intimidating nature of a gentle breeze. The Chinooks would have been a much better name.

  • David | August 13, 2007 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment="131979"][quote comment="131972"][quote comment="131933"]Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …[/quote]
    Well, these folks make out a Laker to be someone who operates a ship on a large lake.

    Some, though, would say a laker is like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the lake-going ship itself.

    Others say it’s a fish.

    And then again, there’s this eccentric fellow.

    Bwahaha.[/quote]

    Tangent: The “Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is one of the greatest songs of all time. That is all.[/quote]
    [quote comment="131989"][quote comment="131938"][quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]
    Well first, as an ECHL season ticket holder here in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Wildcatters is one of the dumbest names in pro sports. That’d be like calling a team from this region the Tobacco Pickers…and this isn’t the 1920s anymore. Don’t even get me started on the fans in Beaumont who made fun of me for my Checkers jersey when I was down there for some games last year. :) Seriously, do they know their team is called the Wildcatters???

    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.[/quote]
    Why, pray tell, doesn’t Vermont count?
    The Republic of Vermont is just as much a part of this country’s history as Texas’ independence
    Sorry, way off the uniform theme of this site but I gotta defend my native state![/quote]

    Guys, the book 23 Ways to First Base has a bunch of sports tidbits you probably didnt know, like all the opponents Rocky faced, all the athletes on the Wheaties box, the original teams of the ABA, etc…It also includes a section on why all NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB teams have their nicknames that way. The Lakers are named so because Minnesota (or Milwaukee or whatever…) is called the land of 10,000 lakes; the Texans, well, they play in Texas; and just so you know, the Packers because their original team sponsor was the Indian Packing Co. If you need anymore, just ask!

  • John Baranowski | August 13, 2007 at 6:55 pm |

    [quote comment="132051"][quote comment="131979"][quote comment="131972"][quote comment="131933"]Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …[/quote]
    Well, these folks make out a Laker to be someone who operates a ship on a large lake.

    Some, though, would say a laker is like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the lake-going ship itself.

    Others say it’s a fish.

    And then again, there’s this eccentric fellow.

    Bwahaha.[/quote]

    Tangent: The “Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is one of the greatest songs of all time. That is all.[/quote]
    [quote comment="131989"][quote comment="131938"][quote comment="131918"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]
    I’ve been to Texas quite a bit and I think the name is very lame. Are you saying there wasn’t anything better to pick for a team in Houston? How about the ‘Roughnecks’ or ‘Wildcatters’ to keep with the oil theme? How about the ‘Challengers’ to honor the Space Shuttle crew?[/quote]
    Well first, as an ECHL season ticket holder here in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Wildcatters is one of the dumbest names in pro sports. That’d be like calling a team from this region the Tobacco Pickers…and this isn’t the 1920s anymore. Don’t even get me started on the fans in Beaumont who made fun of me for my Checkers jersey when I was down there for some games last year. :) Seriously, do they know their team is called the Wildcatters???

    My point about Texans is that Texas is the only state that was an independent nation (Vermont doesn’t count). I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and the way Texans view their state is like no place else. Such pride is associated with Texas, it is indeed like the Canadiens or the Americans.[/quote]
    Why, pray tell, doesn’t Vermont count?
    The Republic of Vermont is just as much a part of this country’s history as Texas’ independence
    Sorry, way off the uniform theme of this site but I gotta defend my native state![/quote]

    Guys, the book 23 Ways to First Base has a bunch of sports tidbits you probably didnt know, like all the opponents Rocky faced, all the athletes on the Wheaties box, the original teams of the ABA, etc…It also includes a section on why all NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB teams have their nicknames that way. The Lakers are named so because Minnesota (or Milwaukee or whatever…) is called the land of 10,000 lakes; the Texans, well, they play in Texas; and just so you know, the Packers because their original team sponsor was the Indian Packing Co. If you need anymore, just ask![/quote]

    ok, i know it’s changing the subject, but that’s pretty cool, who are the athletes that rocky faced? it has more than just the main one from each movie???

  • John E | August 13, 2007 at 6:58 pm |

    The A’s have sent Dallas Braden down to AAA. I’m not sure if it’s for his 6+ ERA or his inability to wear a baseball uniform properly.

    Baggiest uni and flattest cap bill (despite his press photo – that’s the only time I’ve veer seen it bent at all) in all of MLB. The guy looks like crap.

  • S Bennett | August 13, 2007 at 7:11 pm |

    [quote comment="131927"]Speaking of Yikes!, check out the mascot for the FIBA Americas Championship Basketball Tournament. I’m not sure if I’m more disturbed by the backwards cap or the fact that he isn’t wearing socks. Eeew![/quote]

    Looks like Youppi’s unwanted stepchild

  • John Baranowski | August 13, 2007 at 7:31 pm |

    [quote comment="132034"]wasnt a finalist for the TEXANS name…the APOLLOS?[/quote]

    yeah, and i recall seeing something in an SI for Kids preview issue that was a design contest for the Tennessee Oilers new nickname, and one of the choices was the Apollos.

    i wonder how long it’ll be until some team finally uses that name…houston would’ve been perfect with the johnson space center right there….

  • BigCatDaddy | August 13, 2007 at 7:37 pm |

    I think the belt loop pants the Chargers wear look like a bunch of poor men and the Browns white stripe socks look like a bunch of girls.

  • Adam | August 13, 2007 at 7:38 pm |

    Someone earlier mentioned the “S” In the Redskins “R”. I don’t see it. Any help?

  • SausMaf | August 13, 2007 at 8:23 pm |

    49ers wearing black cleats in pre-season opener against Broncos. Lifelong Niner fan and I don’t like it.

  • Bill T. | August 13, 2007 at 8:37 pm |

    [quote comment="131967"][quote comment="131963"]I think the most boring team name in sports are the Panthers. Whether it’s in the NFL or NHL. Just a yawner.[/quote]

    I think Wildcats is probably one of the most overused names, and I am a University of Kentucky fan.[/quote]

    I agree. And I’m a SUNY Institute of Technology alum. Props!

  • possum | August 13, 2007 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment="132068"]i wonder how long it’ll be until some team finally uses that name…houston would’ve been perfect with the johnson space center right there….[/quote]
    Showtime at the Apollo!!

  • Craig | August 13, 2007 at 8:41 pm |

    [quote comment="131979"][quote comment="131972"][quote comment="131933"]Islanders are a little different. I may be wrong, but from my understanding of an islander, it is someone who goes out and fishes and does work on boats, right? Texans are just people who live in Texas.

    Well, yes — but would we say the same about Canadiens or Canucks, as in “people who just live in Canada?” Oh, wait …

    And while we’re on the subject, what the heck is a “Laker”? (supposing more of them in Minnesota than LA …) I hope the answer is as creative as the “Met” definitions from a few days ago …[/quote]
    Well, these folks make out a Laker to be someone who operates a ship on a large lake.

    Some, though, would say a laker is like the Edmund Fitzgerald, the lake-going ship itself.

    Others say it’s a fish.

    And then again, there’s this eccentric fellow.

    Bwahaha.[/quote]

    Tangent: The “Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is one of the greatest songs of all time. That is all.[/quote]

    Agreed. As a life-long Michigander the “Fitz” is an icon of how powerful the lakes are. I actually saw the the “Fitz” when I was a boy…longest vessel I can remember until I saw an aircraft carrier in Virginia Beach. Sorry for the tangent.

  • TD | August 13, 2007 at 8:48 pm |

    Broncos RB Mike Bell gave up #20 for Travis Henry, and is instead wearing… Terrell Davis’ #30.

  • Bill T. | August 13, 2007 at 8:52 pm |

    [quote comment="132070"]Someone earlier mentioned the “S” In the Redskins “R”. I don’t see it. Any help?[/quote]

    Focus on the left part (what would be vertical if upright) of the letter “R”. It’s curved to form what some would see as an “S”.

    It’s a reach, I know.

  • My Name is Not Earl | August 13, 2007 at 8:57 pm |

    When did the 49ers stop wearing white at home during the preseason?

  • JM Rempt | August 13, 2007 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment="132061"]
    ok, i know it’s changing the subject, but that’s pretty cool, who are the athletes that rocky faced? it has more than just the main one from each movie???[/quote]

    well you have to count Hulk Hogan(as Thunderlips) and Tommy Gun. So, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Thunderlips, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn and Mason Dixon.

  • schuby | August 13, 2007 at 9:13 pm |

    [quote comment="131956"][quote comment="131951"][quote comment="131949"][quote comment="131914"][quote comment="131912"]“Texans” is no different than Americans or Nationals. Those of you who think its dumb have obviously never been to Texas.[/quote]

    Haha, I live in Houston, but I am originally from Oklahoma.[/quote]

    Well now, that explains everything![/quote]

    HAHA. Thanks!! A translpanted Okie from OU. Gotta love it down here! HAHA! Actually, I love it in Houston. I am a huge Astros fan, so that works for me good here.[/quote]

    As an Astros fan, I will let you slide and not give you grief over this. Oops, I guess I just did… football is just around the corner, isn’t it!?![/quote]

    O crap, i tried to put that as my desktop background but unfortunately it will forever be 8:06 Monday August 13. and it was such a good plan, too.

  • Joemanji | August 13, 2007 at 9:20 pm |

    “The Lakers are named so because Minnesota (or Milwaukee or whatever…) is called the land of 10,000 lakes;”

    I just moved to Florida from Minnesota in March… and it is appalling how many people mix up Wisconsin(or Milwaukee) with Minnesota (or Minneapolis)… Makes me wanna SNAP. Don’t people know we’re natural enemies?!?

  • TD | August 13, 2007 at 9:43 pm |

    [quote comment="132094"]“The Lakers are named so because Minnesota (or Milwaukee or whatever…) is called the land of 10,000 lakes;”

    I just moved to Florida from Minnesota in March… and it is appalling how many people mix up Wisconsin(or Milwaukee) with Minnesota (or Minneapolis)… Makes me wanna SNAP. Don’t people know we’re natural enemies?!?[/quote]

    Depends on the side. Minnesotans seem to have a complex when it comes to football. When i lived there and the Packers went to consecutive super bowls the Mall Of America hung a gigantic banner in the three-story atrium to the effect of ‘Go Packers’. As a lifelong east-coaster I found this unconscionable on several levels.

    You can be a Packers or Badgers fan in MN and survive, albeit with passive aggressive snark aimed at you daily under breath and behind closed doors. Conversely, cross the St. Croix and you won’t see Vikings or Gophers -anything-..

  • =bg= | August 13, 2007 at 9:58 pm |

    Niners now wearing black shoes.

  • Brett S | August 13, 2007 at 10:01 pm |

    [quote comment="131968"][quote comment="131891"][quote comment="131826"][quote comment="131804"]I was watching the stick handling video on that link Paul put up today of uni mod’s in NHL 08… if that is a new feature for NHL 08, why are the teams still wearing the old jerseys? Notably the Bruins, Canucks and Hurricanes? Is NHL 08 not going to update the uniforms? I thought I had seen screen grabs of both the Hurricanes and Bruins in their new uniforms.[/quote]

    Yes, some have been leaked. However, the game will come with the old uniforms. Once all the new uniforms are released, there will be a code EA Sports gives out so that everyone can unlock the new ones.[/quote]

    im pretty sure its a downloadable patch that you can get if you have xbox live or ps3 online….thats how it works with rosters. If it were a code that would mean it would already be programmed into the game which is impossible if the jerseys arent out.[/quote]

    All the NHL games since the turn of the millenium have featured multiple jerseys for each team. This year is no different. All the screenshots feature the teams who haven’t unveiled their new uniforms in their “alternate” look on the game.[/quote]

    Also, on IGN.com, there has been a video released showing some of the new NHL jerseys in action. It features Carolina, 2007 All-Star Game Unis, Washington, Boston, and Columbus.

    So, long post short, I agree with Teebz that they are probably just not showing them until they have been unveiled.

  • Luke Larson | August 13, 2007 at 10:15 pm |
  • =bg= | August 13, 2007 at 10:17 pm |

    Uh, looks like Niners also wearing white shoes. huh?

  • JP | August 13, 2007 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote comment="132037"]They could’ve just hired the Arkansas Coach and been the Houston Nutts.[/quote]

    The New Orleans Zephyrs have the “Houston’s Nuts Home Run Inning” where if a dude homers, every one in a whole section gets a free bag of Houston’s Nuts.

    The drunk twits running the scoreboard put up a graphic with the words “Houston Nuts Home Run Inning” over a picture of a bag of the Houston’s Nuts on one side and a pic of Houston Nutt on the other.

  • Andrew | August 13, 2007 at 10:32 pm |

    As lame as the name Phillies is, it is the longest continuously used name in American professional sports history. That is one hundred plus years of commitment to a mediocre nickname. You have to respect that.

    And now to call the Kettle black: Can we please get the owners down in tampa bay to try a little harder than devil rays/ d-rays?

  • Daron | August 13, 2007 at 10:35 pm |

    Check out ESPN/MNF in Preseason Mode.

    The Production truck must have the 4th string running the show tonight.

  • Daron | August 13, 2007 at 10:37 pm |

    Screwed myself on the link.

    http://i12.tinypic.c...

    Copy & Paste.

    Sry

  • TD | August 13, 2007 at 10:41 pm |

    Anyone else subconsciously expecting to see green dots on the backs of QB sideline caps?

    Time for stronger uni medication, TD.

  • martycone | August 13, 2007 at 10:44 pm |

    Did anyone else notice that in the new LT/Nike commercial you can see Reebok’s pillbox vector logos than swooshes?

  • Bill T. | August 13, 2007 at 10:51 pm |

    Windsor Locks?!

    Good to see something else come from that town than lost luggage.

  • Alan #44 | August 13, 2007 at 11:01 pm |

    [quote comment="132091"][quote comment="132061"]
    ok, i know it’s changing the subject, but that’s pretty cool, who are the athletes that rocky faced? it has more than just the main one from each movie???[/quote]

    well you have to count Hulk Hogan(as Thunderlips) and Tommy Gun. So, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Thunderlips, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn and Mason Dixon.[/quote]
    Dont forget about Spider Rico.

  • Chris F. | August 13, 2007 at 11:03 pm |

    Hmm surprised that the sharp eyed folks here haven’t brought up the fact that Mike Nolan was wearing the old Motorola headset.

    No pic tho, sorry.

  • Stuby | August 13, 2007 at 11:21 pm |

    Niners have a new (I think) secondary ’49ERS’ logo on that white piece on the back of the helmet. Its the same logo used in the endzones.

    I don’t remember seeing that logo before, but I’m not in an area that gets alot of Niner games.

  • Scott Jenkins | August 13, 2007 at 11:34 pm |

    Regarding the Football Uniforms Past and Present website (and the Cowboy’s 25th Anniversary Patch), many of the original AFL teams wore AFL Logos in 1984. None are reflected on this page.

    I also remember the Raiders wearing their patch on their hip, while all others (Chiefs, Patriots, etc) wore theirs on their breast.

  • Frank from B-more | August 13, 2007 at 11:37 pm |

    Ravens finally gave into the obvious shoe choice and went to a black cleat.

  • TD | August 14, 2007 at 12:09 am |

    [quote comment="132119"]Hmm surprised that the sharp eyed folks here haven’t brought up the fact that Mike Nolan was wearing the old Motorola headset.

    No pic tho, sorry.[/quote]

    Andy Reid also using the old headset tonight.

  • John Baranowski | August 14, 2007 at 12:29 am |

    [quote comment="132108"]Screwed myself on the link.

    http://i12.tinypic.c...

    Copy & Paste.

    Sry[/quote]

    LMFAO! saved that pic, that’s great! did the commentators say anything? as a commentator, idk if i would or not

  • adr | August 14, 2007 at 12:43 am |

    [quote comment="132108"]Screwed myself on the link.

    http://i12.tinypic.c...

    Copy & Paste.

    Sry[/quote]

    I know it’s just placeholder copy but I can’t help but think, “So what happens if the guy’s first name is longer than four characters and the guy’s last name is longer than eight characters?”

    I suppose I’d know the answer if I ever watched an ESPN football broadcast. Which is difficult given that I live in Canada.

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit.

  • Nick | August 14, 2007 at 1:15 am |

    [quote comment="132029"][quote comment="132021"]The Houston Humidities. I love it. Just think of the fun logos and mascots . . . .[/quote]

    It’s doable. Teams have been named after weather patterns and the such before.

    New Orleans Zephyrs for example: http://www.neworlean...

    For those not in the know on what a zephyr is: http://dictionary.re...

    Is that a nutria in their logo? http://dictionary.re...

    Sorry, The New Orleans Zephyrs are the successors to the Denver Zephyrs, who moved to the New Orleans’ suburb of Jefferson after the AAA Zephyrs were pushed out of Denver by the creation /awarding of the Rockies’ franchise to Denver/Colorado.

    The Denver Zephyrs were named for a train, called the “Zephyr” that went through Denver and was somewhat famous there. When the Zephyrs moved to New Orleans, the name was retained (Cheapness?) and the locals really did not complain because “The Zephyr” was the name of a very popular ROLLER COASTER at a then – recently defunct local amusement park.

  • Portland Web Designer | August 14, 2007 at 1:39 am |

    The Chargers’ new uniforms look ridiculous. It’s like they tried to split the difference between new and old but they wound up ruining both. Yuck.

    Yeah, I’m a burnt out web designer w/ nothing else to do than complain about helmets and jersies.

  • Rickey24 | August 14, 2007 at 2:25 am |

    [quote comment="131807"][quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    While I agree with you that the U.S. should be more metric friendly, I don’t think we should rush into using all metric numbers for road signs. A large group of people in this country have too little understanding of the metric system. I’d love for us to start using the metric system (it’s so much easier to learn and use), but there would have to be a certain amount of education before that could happen.[/quote]

    Easier to learn and use, maybe. But not nearly as charming.

    Here’s the way I feel about it:

    English System is to Metric System as Baseball is to Soccer

  • ADD | August 14, 2007 at 2:53 am |

    [quote comment="131785"][quote comment="131769"]No excuse for wearing BP jerseys in a game, especially with those ugly-ass armpits, I don’t care how hot it is.[/quote]

    I’m wondering if those jerseys are any cooler at all. While they may have certain features that make them feel cooler, they are much darker than their usual road jerseys. I would guess that them being that much darker would offset any cooling effect they have. They’re definitely not enough cooler to warrant wearing them in a game.[/quote]

    The BP jersey is much cooler than the normal Authentic MLB jersey (I own both of the Cubs). It does make a difference

  • John Baranowski | August 14, 2007 at 3:54 am |

    [quote comment="132139"][quote comment="131807"][quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    While I agree with you that the U.S. should be more metric friendly, I don’t think we should rush into using all metric numbers for road signs. A large group of people in this country have too little understanding of the metric system. I’d love for us to start using the metric system (it’s so much easier to learn and use), but there would have to be a certain amount of education before that could happen.[/quote]

    Easier to learn and use, maybe. But not nearly as charming.

    Here’s the way I feel about it:

    English System is to Metric System as Baseball is to Soccer[/quote]

    *in best stereotypical overbearing american voice* pfft, screw that, i want my 63 gallons to the hogshead and 6 feet to the furlong, darnit! to have it any other way is blaphemy and bordering on terrorism!

  • JM Rempt | August 14, 2007 at 5:03 am |

    [quote comment="132118"][quote comment="132091"][quote comment="132061"]
    ok, i know it’s changing the subject, but that’s pretty cool, who are the athletes that rocky faced? it has more than just the main one from each movie???[/quote]

    well you have to count Hulk Hogan(as Thunderlips) and Tommy Gun. So, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Thunderlips, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn and Mason Dixon.[/quote]
    Dont forget about Spider Rico.[/quote]

    Spider Rico! Thank you, I just could NOT remember his name…

  • Jason G. | August 14, 2007 at 8:23 am |

    [quote comment="132139"][quote comment="131807"][quote comment="131792"]If they’re going to redo all the highway signs with that nice-looking font, this would be a great opportunity to get measurements in kilometers added to (or better yet, instead of) the ones in miles, like the US had planned to do about 30 years ago.

    At the very least, dump the fractional mile measurements. Trying to figure out how far 3/8 of a mile is (when you could call it 600 meters) while driving must surely be the cause of a few accidents.[/quote]

    While I agree with you that the U.S. should be more metric friendly, I don’t think we should rush into using all metric numbers for road signs. A large group of people in this country have too little understanding of the metric system. I’d love for us to start using the metric system (it’s so much easier to learn and use), but there would have to be a certain amount of education before that could happen.[/quote]

    Easier to learn and use, maybe. But not nearly as charming.

    Here’s the way I feel about it:

    English System is to Metric System as Baseball is to Soccer[/quote]

    The only difference is that we are one of the only countries still holding on to the standard system. (They play baseball eveywhere.) If we got rid of the standard system the entire world would then probably be on the same system. That could only make things easier in a million different professions. NASA has crashed satellites into planets because they didn’t do a conversion from standard to metric properly.

  • Robert | August 14, 2007 at 8:30 am |

    [quote comment="132134"][quote comment="132029"][quote comment="132021"]The Houston Humidities. I love it. Just think of the fun logos and mascots . . . .[/quote]

    It’s doable. Teams have been named after weather patterns and the such before.

    New Orleans Zephyrs for example: http://www.neworlean...

    For those not in the know on what a zephyr is: http://dictionary.re...

    Is that a nutria in their logo? http://dictionary.re...

    Sorry, The New Orleans Zephyrs are the successors to the Denver Zephyrs, who moved to the New Orleans’ suburb of Jefferson after the AAA Zephyrs were pushed out of Denver by the creation /awarding of the Rockies’ franchise to Denver/Colorado.

    The Denver Zephyrs were named for a train, called the “Zephyr” that went through Denver and was somewhat famous there. When the Zephyrs moved to New Orleans, the name was retained (Cheapness?) and the locals really did not complain because “The Zephyr” was the name of a very popular ROLLER COASTER at a then – recently defunct local amusement park.[/quote]

    Excellent summary. The famous train was the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (“CB&Q”) Zephyr passenger train system. CB&Q’s various routes were given the Zephyr name (e.g., Nebraska Zephyr, Denver Zephyr, Texas Zephyr).

    I long thought that it was a cool name, and was disappointed when the new MLB team named themselves the Colorado Rockies instead of keeping the Denver Zephyrs name utilized by the minor league team.

  • Pro Cynic | August 15, 2007 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment="131869"]Anyone else notice that the Chargers’ bolts on their helmets zig-zag the opposite way from the bolts on their shoulders? Maybe that is why AIS got it wrong in the commercial – they probably assumed that the bolts should match. I wonder if that was the case on previous versions of Chargers uniforms?[/quote]

    On the previous versions of the Chargers uniform, the curved bolts on the helmet would match the lightning bolts over the shoulders in terms of color and outline, but not in shape, since the bolts over the shoulder were designed to, you know, go over the shoulder. At times the colors matched the bolts on the pants (if the pants had a bolt, which was not always the case) and at times they didn’t, but the pants bolts were always shapend differently than those on the shoulders and helmet, becaue, you know, they were designed to go on the pants.

    I’m being a bit snarky because the Chargers messed up their new uniform by really messing up the lightning bolts. The bolts over the shoulders were moved “around” the shoulders, and now look more like an armband. They were redesigned to be shaped more like the helmet bolt (2 zig zags), but as a result they look smaller and not as impressive, and in my opinion actually make the players look smaller.

    What they did to the bolts on the pants was even worse. Insisting on the 2-zig zag pattern, they made the bolts look more like a jaundiced version of Mr. Twig.

    They would have been fine if they had just kept the uniform patterns the same and just changed the colors, but nooooooooooooo …

    But I’m not bitter.