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Sunday Open Thread

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There’ll be plenty of college football stuff to go over tomorrow, but for the moment I wanted to let it be known that Manny’s habit of flipping off his batting helmet when he runs is getting to be beyond annoying. MLB should start fining him every time he does it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up making a “suggestion” to him since the helmet is there for his safety.

It is hilarious, however, to watch it hit his feet as he flips it off and continues running. It’s also fun to see how far it goes and where it lands. Usually, the umps go pick it up because it ends up in the basepaths and what might be comfortable to Manny might also be a little dangerous for runners following in his path. —Vince

 

139 comments to Sunday Open Thread

  • Ben | October 28, 2007 at 11:34 am |

    Vince,

    What’s written on Manny’s left armband, looks like an inscription in between the “TPX” and the “24”?

  • Nick | October 28, 2007 at 11:37 am |

    I watched one game where he made sure to keep the helmet on his head between 2nd and 3rd…. Only to throw the helmet off once he rounded 3rd and was on his way home.

    But that’s just Manny being Manny.

  • DJ | October 28, 2007 at 11:40 am |

    I thought it was hilarious – gotta love manny sometimes, he’s a really out there but it’s entertaining – don’t want to see him get hurt because of throwing off the helmet, but he’d have no one else to blame except himself. Doubt he’ll ever be fined for it though.

  • LI Phil | October 28, 2007 at 11:40 am |

    there’s so manny annoyning things about him, it’s hard to know where to begin…that being said, it appears he was wearing his own sweatbands for last night’s game (as opposed to that annoying habit of him ‘borrowing’ a teammate’s piece of equipment ‘for luck’ or whatever)…perhaps he was wearing poukilis’ sweatshirt…or jock?

  • Ben | October 28, 2007 at 11:42 am |

    RE: MANNYS WRISTBAND

    Answered it myself and a pretty cool uni-related note as well. Manny Ramirez was born as Manuel Aristides (Onelcida) and later changed his name. Which I had not known before, this is like if Ali had of worn Cassius Clay on his trunks after he changed his name.

  • Kent | October 28, 2007 at 11:48 am |

    How come nobody flips their helmet off when they are running in the NFL????

  • Zack | October 28, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    Manny started flipping his helmet off after he hit a game winning home run much like Ortiz did… because all of the pounding the rest of the team was doing on the top of the head was hurting Ortiz apparently… So Manny following Ortiz’s lead thew his helmet off this season after he hit some walk off hits. Now I guess it’s just following him whenever he’s on the basepath.

  • josh's twin | October 28, 2007 at 11:56 am |

    Gary Matthews, Sr. would flip off his helmet any time he was running the bases. His swing finish included the helmet flip.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | October 28, 2007 at 12:11 pm |

    Forget fining Manny for the helmet flip, how bout for looking like a total DIRTBAG out there. He wouldn’t need to flip his helmet for speed purposes if his uniform ACTUALLY fit him! If Manny didn’t wear a XXXXL Jersey & 46W x 38L pants he would round the bases quite efficiently.

  • M. Mihalik | October 28, 2007 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”162138″]Manny started flipping his helmet off after he hit a game winning home run much like Ortiz did… because all of the pounding the rest of the team was doing on the top of the head was hurting Ortiz apparently… So Manny following Ortiz’s lead thew his helmet off this season after he hit some walk off hits. Now I guess it’s just following him whenever he’s on the basepath.[/quote]

    No. I really don’t think this is part of Manny’s flair… he has a reason for doing this, and as ridiculous as that reason is, it has nothing to do with walk-off hits.

    With his braids/dreads and do-rags and everything else he’s got going on on his head, his helmet doesn’t really stay firmly on his head. If you watch the telecasts of the games, whenever they follow Manny with the camera when he’s picking up speed, you can see the helmet start to bounce around on his head, often tilting downwards. So he gets rid of it.

  • M. Mihalik | October 28, 2007 at 12:16 pm |

    Jesus. Close your tags, “Pretty Boy”!

  • E Ro | October 28, 2007 at 12:18 pm |

    College Hockey:
    In Ann Arbor this weekend, I watched Boston University play Michigan. I have to say the BU unis are a thing of beauty (outside of the nike logo creep ofcourse). One thing really surprised me though. Matt Gilroy is wearing #97. [link] I’m surprised a traditional school like BU with a coach who has had his job for over 30 seasons would allow that. Even more surprising, Gilroy is a defenseman.

  • IrishJoe | October 28, 2007 at 12:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”162145″]College Hockey:
    In Ann Arbor this weekend, I watched Boston University play Michigan. I have to say the BU unis are a thing of beauty (outside of the nike logo creep ofcourse). One thing really surprised me though. Matt Gilroy is wearing #97. [link] I’m surprised a traditional school like BU with a coach who has had his job for over 30 seasons would allow that. Even more surprising, Gilroy is a defenseman.[/quote]

    Your picture reminded me of just how hideous Michigan’s “satiny” jerseys are. I saw them play my Fightin’ Irish in hockey several times when I was in school, and I always thought those jerseys were terribly ugly.

  • Josh | October 28, 2007 at 12:45 pm |

    I don’t know about the Major League Baseball rules, but in Little League and high school baseball, after the play is over, runners are called automatically out for flipping off their helmets while running. The only way the helmet is supposed to come off is if it flies off itself while the player is running. Is there any way to find a MLB rulebook online, I’d be interesting to see if that’s the case there too and that the umpires have just missed it.

  • Talon Lardner | October 28, 2007 at 12:57 pm |

    Personally, I’m quite fond of the baggy uniform look on baseball players. To me, they seem more representitive of older players’ Uniform Fittings(warning, Stirrups ahoy) than Almost paint-on uniforms.

  • Mike Engle | October 28, 2007 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”162152″]Personally, I’m quite fond of the baggy uniform look on baseball players. To me, they seem more representitive of older players’ Uniform Fittings(warning, Stirrups ahoy) than Almost paint-on uniforms. [/quote]
    Quite the difference between parachute pants and pajama pants, sir.
    I, personally, favor tighter tops, and I would think everybody would because the shirt wouldn’t interfere with throwing.

  • My Name is Not Earl | October 28, 2007 at 1:02 pm |

    Dolphins wearing aqua in London, as expected (it is their home game, and it is a night game, after all).

  • Ken | October 28, 2007 at 1:04 pm |

    I’m pretty sure the patch on the Giants and Dolphins does include the bridgestone logo which was mentioned earlier this week.

  • My Name is Not Earl | October 28, 2007 at 1:05 pm |

    Surprising in London . . . the Wembley pitch has two Dolphins end zones. Yes, it’s a Dolphins home game, but I expected to see a Giants end zone as well.

  • Adam | October 28, 2007 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”162156″]I’m pretty sure the patch on the Giants and Dolphins does include the bridgestone logo which was mentioned earlier this week.[/quote]

    Yep, I noticed that too in the pregame. Won’t get to see the actual game, as I’m getting the Bears in their horrible Orange uniforms. Alas.

  • Tim | October 28, 2007 at 1:11 pm |

    Manny started flipping his helmet off after he hit a game winning home run much like Ortiz did… because all of the pounding the rest of the team was doing on the top of the head was hurting Ortiz apparently… So Manny following Ortiz’s lead thew his helmet off this season after he hit some walk off hits. Now I guess it’s just following him whenever he’s on the basepath.

    No- this isn’t true. He’s been doing this all season, and it’s a result of his hair. His helmet doesn’t sit particularly secure on his head, and when he runs hard, it bounces around and is probably fairly distracting. So he throws it off.

    Got a huge kick out of the person suggesting his borrowing sweatbands was “annoying,” too. The little things that rub idiots the wrong way are fun to observe.

  • Michael Fagan | October 28, 2007 at 1:16 pm |

    I don’t have any pictures yet, but it looks like Minnesota’s defensive line has black shoe laces tieing down their jerseys similar to how the cowboys do. Any pictures or screenshots?

  • Sock | October 28, 2007 at 1:21 pm |

    Manny-haters are the most insidious of scumbags.

  • John | October 28, 2007 at 1:25 pm |

    Long live MAN-RAM!

  • denverjason | October 28, 2007 at 1:31 pm |

    It might have be because of his dreadlocks, but I bet it has more to do with his look-at-me. Much like his Jazz Hands (Spirit Fingers!).

    Wow, I’m slow. I was looking for a pic of his jazz hands, and I always thought I was the only one irritated by this, because I thought it was to petty, but it’s a huge internet meme! But, what’s really been bugging me is that he has recently started with a omne hand jazz hand with his right hand after every swing-and-miss.

  • dm00n | October 28, 2007 at 1:33 pm |

    Man, I don’t care for the Bears in orange.

  • Steven | October 28, 2007 at 1:33 pm |

    I believe in last night’s WS game, Todd Helton was up to bat in the bottom of the 6th with one of his back pocket flaps out… Sorry about no photo, because I’m a college kid that can’t afford Tivo. Another note: Rutgers wore all black, but since their school name and front number were red with white outline, the all-white Nike logo on the chest seemed to burn an image into my tv and retinas…

  • austin | October 28, 2007 at 1:36 pm |

    the dolphins/giants patch does not contain the bridgestone logo. it has “london” where the logo was on the giant robot patch

  • denverjason | October 28, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    Here are photos of Rutgers, Steven. You can always find photos in the box scores on si or espn. Or check the team’s local newspaper, they always have photo galleries online. Just fyi.

  • jp1979 | October 28, 2007 at 1:44 pm |

    Manny is a scumbag idiot and a disgrace to baseball

  • dennisg | October 28, 2007 at 1:49 pm |
  • DannyB | October 28, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    Dude, regardless of his garment and hair choices, Manny has fun playing the game and does it better than just about anyone ever has.

    Sure he looks like my six month old daughter when my mother brings new sleepers with room for her to grow into, topped off with a Bob Marley halloween wig, but the guy plays well, hits like an animal, trains hard, and looks like he has fun doing it. If you call a man with a solid work ethic and fun approach a disgrace to baseball, then may I suggest, sir, that you start watching the NBA. Sure you’ll find some nice guys there who really work hard (practice?, we’re talking about practice?) mixed in with some nice ankle-length shorts and oversized duds.

    I mean, sure, sorry we can’t see every ass hair like we could in the 90’s, but in the age of apathetic players being paid for services they don’t perform, what is so wrong with a guy that has fun and helps his team win night and night out?

    Sox on the verge of winning two World Series since Manny came on.. how long was it before that, again???

    By the way.. I am an Angels and Indians fans, so it hurt to write all this, but it is what it is.. Talk about the guy’s threads, but to attack his character is just.. well.. stupid.

    Thanks.

  • Stevo | October 28, 2007 at 2:05 pm |

    During the game last night the ESPN radio guys were discussing Manny’s helmet flip after he was thrown out at home. They were discussing whether his taking the time to flip the lid slowed him down just enough that he was gunned down.

  • Kyle Dillinger | October 28, 2007 at 2:13 pm |

    Why oh why do the bears wear that ugly orange jersey when they have the classy dark navy one? I know it is to sell more jerseys but why mess with class.

  • Slick Rick | October 28, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    Is MARYLAND serious with these yellow duds??

    http://www.eastbay.c...

  • sebastian | October 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm |

    Hey Irish Joe, when did you graduate from Notre Dame? I’m class of 2007.

    And speaking of hockey jerseys, although I think Notre Dame could use a simplified do-over, and I’m not a fan of the gold games, I’m glad they haven’t sported this look from the Bookstore.

  • Ken | October 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm |

    It looks like Manny’s helmet doesn’t have padding on the right side. Is Manny’s helmet missing all the padding because of his hair? It looks like it has some padding for the back of the head but I can’t tell.

  • LI Phil | October 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”162179″]Why oh why do the bears wear that ugly orange jersey when they have the classy dark navy one?[/quote]

    it’s not really a throwback per se, but da bears did wear teh orange in the 1930’s…

    http://www.chicagobe...

  • dm00n | October 28, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    On some of the Bears players the orange jerseys look like the bottom sleeve stripe isn’t evenly spaced with the rest. It is futher from the middle stripe than the top stripe.

  • sebastian | October 28, 2007 at 2:40 pm |

    I wish they would have shown the crazed London fan who ran onto the field at the start of the 3rd quarter.. I mean, to see his uniform, of course.

    And to assume he was even wearing the elements of a uniform is taking a huge leap of faith.

  • Steve | October 28, 2007 at 2:41 pm |

    Check out the neckline on the Democratic Party symbol. Notice any odd white space formations?

  • josh's twin | October 28, 2007 at 2:42 pm |

    Manny reminds me of Hawkeye Pierce. He’s a quirky, fun-loving guy who is supremely talented. And because his talent is indispensible to his team, he is given room to flout conventions.

  • Paulio | October 28, 2007 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”162192″] Check out the neckline on the Democratic Party symbol. Notice any odd white space formations?[/quote]

    No. What are you getting at?

  • DannyB | October 28, 2007 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”162195″][quote comment=”162192″] Check out the neckline on the Democratic Party symbol. Notice any odd white space formations?[/quote]

    No. What are you getting at?[/quote]

    I think he’s getting at some logo creep.. I see what he’s talking about, but looks more like a boomerang to me. The Aussies are infiltrating!

  • Ken | October 28, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    It looks like some of the padding in Manny’s helmet has been removed. This is why his helmet isn’t steady on his head:
    Picture 1
    Picture 2
    Picture 3

  • Ben | October 28, 2007 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”162200″]It looks like some of the padding in Manny’s helmet has been removed. This is why his helmet isn’t steady on his head:
    Picture 1
    Picture 2
    Picture 3[/quote]

    Manny’s helmet does have padding, MLB helmets are much different in that regard than others. The padding is essentially just a ring of leather padding and a small amount of interior padding.

  • Jeff | October 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”162136″]How come nobody flips their helmet off when they are running in the NFL????[/quote]

    If you were a Browns fan you would know the answer to this question.

    (The answer is Dwayne Rudd)

  • Eric B | October 28, 2007 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”162190″]On some of the Bears players the orange jerseys look like the bottom sleeve stripe isn’t evenly spaced with the rest. It is futher from the middle stripe than the top stripe.[/quote]

    i noticed the same thing. were you looking at cedric benson’s jersey? the unevenly spaced stripes are only on the cuffed sleeves. the bottom stripe is actually on the cuff and not the sleeve. the loose sleeves have evenly spaced stripes.

  • John in Athens | October 28, 2007 at 3:19 pm |

    The reason why Manny can be as Manny as he wants.

    Oh, to have had him as a Met. Ugly black uni and all.

  • Taylor | October 28, 2007 at 3:26 pm |

    I don’t see what the big deal about baggy jerseys is. We talk about various throwback jerseys looking good, but in a baseball throwback (if it goes back to the 20s or 30s) the pants are HUGE. Baseball jerseys for the most part were pretty ugly in the 80s and 90s. Do you remember how ugly the Astros rainbow jersey was when it was their main jersey? Or the Padres brown/yellow UPS jerseys? Let’s get with the times. That’s not to say all new jerseys are good (Vikings, Cardinals, Lions, etc.)

  • DannyB | October 28, 2007 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”162212″]I don’t see what the big deal about baggy jerseys is. We talk about various throwback jerseys looking good, but in a baseball throwback (if it goes back to the 20s or 30s) the pants are HUGE. Baseball jerseys for the most part were pretty ugly in the 80s and 90s. Do you remember how ugly the Astros rainbow jersey was when it was their main jersey? Or the Padres brown/yellow UPS jerseys? Let’s get with the times. That’s not to say all new jerseys are good (Vikings, Cardinals, Lions, etc.)[/quote]

    I’d rather have baggy baseball uni’s that are much less RBK/Nike-fied than today’s football counterparts. At least the design of baseball uni’s (save for the alternates) has gotten better over and dare I say a bit more traditional in the last 10 to 20 years. Can’t say the same for the NFL or NCAA football.

    The Vikings look like what would happen if Barney drank a couple of Purple Hooters and got sick.

  • Taylor | October 28, 2007 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”162184″]Is MARYLAND serious with these yellow duds??

    http://www.eastbay.c...

    Remember in the Adrian Branch days they had seperate white, red, yellow and black jerseys? I actually thought that was kinda cool at the time, but I’m a UNC fan so I don’t have much vested in UMD. Maryland’s new yellow jerseys aren’t a thing of beauty, but by current Nike standards they could be a lot worse.

  • DannyB | October 28, 2007 at 3:34 pm |

    You know, all of this muddiness at Wembley is making me believe that grass should be the only approved NFL surface. Nothing better than a muddy football uni.

  • Taylor | October 28, 2007 at 3:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”162213″][quote comment=”162212″]I don’t see what the big deal about baggy jerseys is. We talk about various throwback jerseys looking good, but in a baseball throwback (if it goes back to the 20s or 30s) the pants are HUGE. Baseball jerseys for the most part were pretty ugly in the 80s and 90s. Do you remember how ugly the Astros rainbow jersey was when it was their main jersey? Or the Padres brown/yellow UPS jerseys? Let’s get with the times. That’s not to say all new jerseys are good (Vikings, Cardinals, Lions, etc.)[/quote]

    I’d rather have baggy baseball uni’s that are much less RBK/Nike-fied than today’s football counterparts. At least the design of baseball uni’s (save for the alternates) has gotten better over and dare I say a bit more traditional in the last 10 to 20 years. Can’t say the same for the NFL or NCAA football.

    The Vikings look like what would happen if Barney drank a couple of Purple Hooters and got sick.[/quote]

    Yeah, you look at the new Rays jerseys vs. the Rockies/Marlins that came out 10 years ago and you are correct. Unfortunately, college football has just gotten ridiculous, and the NFL isn’t much better.

  • LI Phil | October 28, 2007 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”162216″]You know, all of this muddiness at Wembley is making me believe that grass should be the only approved NFL surface. Nothing better than a muddy football uni.[/quote]

    indeed…g-men’s jerseys are startin to look like this:
    http://www.nflshop.c...

    which is a prolly a better alt uni than their gaddawful red

  • Taylor | October 28, 2007 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”162216″]You know, all of this muddiness at Wembley is making me believe that grass should be the only approved NFL surface. Nothing better than a muddy football uni.[/quote]

    The mud is great. That’s the way football is supposed to look! Also, it helps cover up those nasty Dolphin unis.

  • Bill T. | October 28, 2007 at 3:44 pm |

    Giants’ PK Lawrence Tynes is wearing Umbro cleats today at Wembley.

    Aren’t NFL players restricted to wearing either Reeboks or Nikes or is this ok since Nike’s recent purchase of Umbro?

  • Mike Engle | October 28, 2007 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”162199″][quote comment=”162195″][quote comment=”162192″] Check out the neckline on the Democratic Party symbol. Notice any odd white space formations?[/quote]

    No. What are you getting at?[/quote]

    I think he’s getting at some logo creep.. I see what he’s talking about, but looks more like a boomerang to me. The Aussies are infiltrating![/quote]
    I see a check mark, as in a vote for the Donkeys.

  • Eric | October 28, 2007 at 3:51 pm |

    Watching Manny flip his helmet off reminds me of something I read in Willie Mays’ autobiography. He said he used to purposely wear his cap a few sizes too big so it would blow off when he ran, either when running on the bases or playing the outfield. This was to give the illusion that he was running harder than he already was.

  • dm00n | October 28, 2007 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”162208″][quote comment=”162190″]On some of the Bears players the orange jerseys look like the bottom sleeve stripe isn’t evenly spaced with the rest. It is futher from the middle stripe than the top stripe.[/quote]

    i noticed the same thing. were you looking at cedric benson’s jersey? the unevenly spaced stripes are only on the cuffed sleeves. the bottom stripe is actually on the cuff and not the sleeve. the loose sleeves have evenly spaced stripes.[/quote]

    I have noticed it all over the place. THere aren’t a lot of good game shots yet, but you can sort of see it here on #20.

  • dm00n | October 28, 2007 at 3:56 pm |

    Also, in that Bears shot, check how the Reebok logo is hardly visible, you can see it when the light catches it right.

  • Mario | October 28, 2007 at 3:58 pm |

    Is Manny ……. .Minny or Vanilly?

  • dm00n | October 28, 2007 at 4:00 pm |

    Just noticed the Lions have a C. Smith and the Bears have an R. Brown on the field at the moment.

  • Failos2002 | October 28, 2007 at 4:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”162224″][quote comment=”162199″][quote comment=”162195″][quote comment=”162192″] Check out the neckline on the Democratic Party symbol. Notice any odd white space formations?[/quote]

    No. What are you getting at?[/quote]

    I think he’s getting at some logo creep.. I see what he’s talking about, but looks more like a boomerang to me. The Aussies are infiltrating![/quote]
    I see a check mark, as in a vote for the Donkeys.[/quote]

    I see an eagle’s beak up the donkey’s ass. Not sure this is the symbolism they’re going for, though…

  • josh's twin | October 28, 2007 at 4:24 pm |

    What is that Bridge/Radio Tower-looking thing on the Patriots field?

  • Vince Moore | October 28, 2007 at 4:24 pm |

    I used to flip my helmet off when I would run bases when I was a little kid. I had a plastic St. Louis Cardinals helmet and it would “miraculously” fly off when I would go around the diamond…just like my then-idol, Vince Coleman.

    -Vince Moore
    Texas

    Oh, and by the way, I was (and still am) the slowest runner on Earth, so when I was “blazing” around the basepath there was no actual chance my helmet would have flipped off without my assistance.

  • Bill T. | October 28, 2007 at 4:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”162238″]What is that Bridge/Radio Tower-looking thing on the Patriots field?[/quote]

    The tower represents a lighthouse.

  • Jerico | October 28, 2007 at 4:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”162233″][quote comment=”162224″][quote comment=”162199″][quote comment=”162195″][quote comment=”162192″] Check out the neckline on the Democratic Party symbol. Notice any odd white space formations?[/quote]

    No. What are you getting at?[/quote]

    I think he’s getting at some logo creep.. I see what he’s talking about, but looks more like a boomerang to me. The Aussies are infiltrating![/quote]
    I see a check mark, as in a vote for the Donkeys.[/quote]

    I see an eagle’s beak up the donkey’s ass. Not sure this is the symbolism they’re going for, though…[/quote]

    I think the point is, you can see a “W” (Dubya?)in there…

    Back to unis…from a Bears fan, those pumpkin unis are hideous with the white pants. Either that, or pair them with the navy pants.

    Also, did you see the proliferation of Nike swooshes on the gloves of the players today? Nike can now have their swooshes emblazoned on NFL gloves.

    Re: Boston U hockey jerseys–it was interesting, b/c earlier in the decade, their jerseys were Reebok, I believe (I’m too lazy to look up a photo–help, please?). Boston College’s hockey team was dressed in Nike–odd, since the rest of the athletic department was decked out in Reebok. When Reebok increased their visibility in hockey, BC went to Rbk and BU switched to Nike at around the same time.

  • My Name is Not Earl | October 28, 2007 at 4:34 pm |

    When did London Fletcher Baker go back to just being London Fletcher?

  • Eric B | October 28, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    what’s with the ribbing on some of the linemen jerseys? i’ve noticed that for years but never heard an explanation for it. does it help the jerseys fit tighter over the shoulder pads? i really only remember seeing it on linemen.

  • Jon | October 28, 2007 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”162238″]What is that Bridge/Radio Tower-looking thing on the Patriots field?[/quote]

    I can’t see the game right now, but if memory serves, you’re looking at the logo for Gillette Stadium. As you can see, the logo (top left on the link) looks like the actual stadium (top right).

  • Erik | October 28, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”162245″]what’s with the ribbing on some of the linemen jerseys? i’ve noticed that for years but never heard an explanation for it. does it help the jerseys fit tighter over the shoulder pads? i really only remember seeing it on linemen.[/quote]
    If you mean on the Bears’ players, it’s been previously discussed. I think it was an ESPN column. Someone will probably be able to dig it up.

  • Stevo | October 28, 2007 at 4:48 pm |

    And, to be more specific, it’s an abstract representation of a New England lighthouse, with the bridge representing the walkways you often see leading up to them.

  • Sarah | October 28, 2007 at 4:49 pm |

    A few weeks ago there was a post about use of negative space. On the Capitals bird logo the space at the bottom of the bird forms the Capital dome. You can see it here. Here.

  • Cheez | October 28, 2007 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”162179″]Why oh why do the bears wear that ugly orange jersey when they have the classy dark navy one? I know it is to sell more jerseys but why mess with class.[/quote]

    Why not beat the word class into the ground just a little more? Everyone else on the internet does.

  • Smail | October 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”162223″]Giants’ PK Lawrence Tynes is wearing Umbro cleats today at Wembley.

    Aren’t NFL players restricted to wearing either Reeboks or Nikes or is this ok since Nike’s recent purchase of Umbro?[/quote]

    Was wondering this myself. That super closeup camera shot made it really hard not to notice.

  • Micah | October 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    Jerico,

    Good point man. I was just about to ask if anyone else had noticed that a lot of the players are wearing the Nike Magnigrip Elite Remix glove, such as Carlos Rogers, Shawn Springs, and Kevin Faulk, to name a few. I was just as surprised to see the Swoosh on there too; as well as the two-toned colors, such as black and white; usually you can see just the Magnigrip glove in one color being used in the NFL, such as Adalius Thomas using a red and blue-colored ones on each hand. Here is the one it looks like the players are wearing now:

    http://www.nike.com/...

  • ThresherK | October 28, 2007 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”162239″]I used to flip my helmet off when I would run bases when I was a little kid. (snip)

    …(W)hen I was “blazing” around the basepath there was no actual chance my helmet would have flipped off without my assistance.[/quote]

    At least you can say it’s honestly just like the pros did. Of course, the pro who said he did it is Bob Uecker, but still.

  • Graham | October 28, 2007 at 5:06 pm |

    Has anyone else noticed that Tom Brady and Kyle Brady from the Patriots do not have their first initials on their jerseys? They both just have Brady on the back. I don’t remember ever seeing that before. I thought they always added an initial.

  • Evan | October 28, 2007 at 5:21 pm |

    Regarding the spacing on the Bears jersey stripes, The top two stripes are screen printed onto the jersey and for some players all three, but for players with a ribbed cuff, the third stripe is woven into the cuff and sewn onto the bottom of the sleeve. Most of the time this third stripe is evenly spaced and no one notices the difference but occasionally they are further down disrupting the spacing.

    [quote comment=”162228″]Also, in that Bears shot, check how the Reebok logo is hardly visible, you can see it when the light catches it right.[/quote]
    The reebok logo is fully embroidered with both the orange interior and blue sewn onto the jersey. That is why the orange appears different.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | October 28, 2007 at 5:48 pm |

    I don’t mind a little bagginess to baseball uni’s but I think some guys take it a bit too far and it looks nasty. Now I DON’T HATE Manny I just hate his look. I enjoy his wacky antics ie. staring at Home runs, love it.

    Sorry Gentlemen but…Bears Orange Alt’s are sooooo fresh!

    Anybody notice the back of Devin Hester’s helmet? Some guys have the flap that covers the bottom edge of the helmet (it’s either blank or has the team name on it) and some guys don’t.
    Devin seems to have the best of both worlds.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | October 28, 2007 at 5:52 pm |

    oops sorry about missing the tags…

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | October 28, 2007 at 5:52 pm |

    oops sorry about not closing the tags…

  • Mike | October 28, 2007 at 5:54 pm |

    Just to go back to the FNOB from Friday Dani ALves from Sevilla.

  • schuby | October 28, 2007 at 5:58 pm |

    this should fix the bold.

  • scott | October 28, 2007 at 6:01 pm |

    Nick Cafardo in today’s Boston Globe calls the Red Sox 1918 road jerseys their best uniform ever. Seems to have been a comment that came out of the blue…

  • Raul | October 28, 2007 at 6:02 pm |

    That pic of Manny makes him look like a constipated old woman.

  • matthew | October 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm |

    UNC’s 2007/08 jerseys:

    home: http://www.eastbay.c...

    away: http://www.eastbay.c...

    system of dress in chapel hill.

  • Kris McInnis | October 28, 2007 at 6:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”162240″][quote comment=”162238″]What is that Bridge/Radio Tower-looking thing on the Patriots field?[/quote]

    The tower represents a lighthouse.[/quote]

    I think they need to try again. It looks like a dying robot. Or maybe a three-year-old’s rendition of this.

  • E Ro | October 28, 2007 at 6:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”162148″][quote comment=”162145″]College Hockey:
    In Ann Arbor this weekend, I watched Boston University play Michigan. I have to say the BU unis are a thing of beauty (outside of the nike logo creep ofcourse). One thing really surprised me though. Matt Gilroy is wearing #97. [link] I’m surprised a traditional school like BU with a coach who has had his job for over 30 seasons would allow that. Even more surprising, Gilroy is a defenseman.[/quote]

    Your picture reminded me of just how hideous Michigan’s “satiny” jerseys are. I saw them play my Fightin’ Irish in hockey several times when I was in school, and I always thought those jerseys were terribly ugly.[/quote]

    hmm outside of the helmet maize not matching the sweater’s maize, i actually liked the “satiny” sweaters even i had the bias of being a student/alum. Even if you don’t like that part, everything else about the design is tasteful… certainly compared to the likes of Ferris State’s maroon gold, & black diagonal mess. [link]

    by the way, i’m a huge fan of the notre dame switching to gold dome helmets 2 seasons ago, it looks really good [link] compared to what they wore before [link]

  • Stevo | October 28, 2007 at 7:05 pm |

    Looks like a lighthouse to me, but art is what you think of it.

  • Justin | October 28, 2007 at 7:12 pm |

    N.C. State honored former center Todd Fuller’s jersey Saturday afternoon at its annual Red/White Game and he then made an appearance at the football game versus Virginia.

    Now this may not seem very important uniform-wise, but, he was presented with a jersey that was neither a jersey he wore while playing or the jersey of the current team.

    (or try this if that doesnt work)

    This version of the uniform has not been worn for the last three seasons. It makes me wonder why they wouldn’t use the current template, unless they have been planning this for that long and perhaps he hasn’t been able to make it back to participate in the ceremonies.

    While researching this, I also saw that some of the framed jerseys they gave the seniors on last years team don’t match a jersey that was ever worn. All were in the style of the jerseys worn the year before, but some had block numbers like that/this years, while others had the (correct) stylized number font.

    Those can be seen in this gallery:

  • Justin | October 28, 2007 at 7:15 pm |
  • EFitch | October 28, 2007 at 7:25 pm |

    the pats tower is a lighthouse, its also the identity for the stadium as seen in the logo

  • Alan | October 28, 2007 at 8:00 pm |

    What’s up with the belt buckle Mike Lowell was wearing last night? Anybody?

  • M. Mihalik | October 28, 2007 at 8:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”162243″]Also, did you see the proliferation of Nike swooshes on the gloves of the players today? Nike can now have their swooshes emblazoned on NFL gloves.[/quote]

    Indeed. Here’s the story… and the evidence is here, here, and here.

  • M. Mihalik | October 28, 2007 at 8:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”162325″]What’s up with the belt buckle Mike Lowell was wearing last night? Anybody?[/quote]

    What about it? Are you just talking about how the leather‘s a little worn/dirty?

  • LI Phil | October 28, 2007 at 8:16 pm |

    new helmet for manny tonight?

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • odessasteps | October 28, 2007 at 8:29 pm |

    Hershey again wore special jerseys tonight in their AHL game vs Albany.

    They wore Breast Cancer Awareness jerseys during warm-ups that were auctioned off during the game.

  • TD | October 28, 2007 at 8:32 pm |

    The Rockies are in the straight-up home whites for the first time in.. good question. Maybe all year. Honestly can’t remember the last time I saw them.

  • GoTerriers | October 28, 2007 at 8:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”162145″]College Hockey:
    In Ann Arbor this weekend, I watched Boston University play Michigan. I have to say the BU unis are a thing of beauty (outside of the nike logo creep ofcourse). One thing really surprised me though. Matt Gilroy is wearing #97. [link] I’m surprised a traditional school like BU with a coach who has had his job for over 30 seasons would allow that. Even more surprising, Gilroy is a defenseman.[/quote]

    BU Alum/Hockey Season ticket holder here . . .
    Coach Parker is very much against his players wearing “non-traditional” (read: higher than the 30’s) numbers on there jerseys and in 35 years has made only 2 exceptions:
    1) Goaltender Jason Tapp wore #83 to honor his younger sister who suffers from a crippling spinal condition. Jason has often mentioned his sister as his persona1 hero and inspiration. Jason has continued his practice of honoring his sister during his professional hockey career (seen here with the Quad City Mallards)

    2) The aforementioned defenseman, Matt Gilroy who wears #97 to honor his younger brother who was killed in a bicycling accident in 1997.

    So, as you can see, the two exceptions that Coach Parker has made are for very specific, and personal reasons

  • TD | October 28, 2007 at 8:58 pm |

    Answering my own question, the Rockies have worn the proper sleeved pinstriped home whites on 5 1/2 occasions this year – Opening day April 2nd (Aaron Cook), April 16th (Jeff Francis), April 21st (Francis), May 11th (Josh Fogg), and June 1st (Taylor Buchholz).

    The ‘half’? Brian Fuentes and Matt Holliday wore them in the All Star Game on July 10.

  • Stuby | October 28, 2007 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”162167″]

    Man, I don’t care for the Bears in orange.[/quote]
    I always thought their accent color was a much darker shade of orange. The orange they use for their alt. jersey is way too “Clemson” for me.

  • TD | October 28, 2007 at 9:21 pm |

    Also, Kaz Matsui showing high socks for the first time.

  • LI Phil | October 28, 2007 at 9:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”162342″]Answering my own question, the Rockies have worn the proper sleeved pinstriped home whites on 5 1/2 occasions this year – Opening day April 2nd (Aaron Cook), April 16th (Jeff Francis), April 21st (Francis), May 11th (Josh Fogg), and June 1st (Taylor Buchholz).

    The ‘half’?

    Brian Fuentes and Matt Holliday wore them in the All Star Game on July 10.[/quote]

    maybe they’re more breathable than the vests

  • Stuby | October 28, 2007 at 9:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”162350″][quote comment=”162342″]Answering my own question, the Rockies have worn the proper sleeved pinstriped home whites on 5 1/2 occasions this year – Opening day April 2nd (Aaron Cook), April 16th (Jeff Francis), April 21st (Francis), May 11th (Josh Fogg), and June 1st (Taylor Buchholz).

    The ‘half’?

    Brian Fuentes and Matt Holliday wore them in the All Star Game on July 10.[/quote]

    maybe they’re more breathable than the vests[/quote]
    They showed a clip a few days ago of the ’93 Rockies team and I had completely forgotten that they started out wearing nameless home jerseys.

  • sarah | October 28, 2007 at 10:23 pm |

    Wow, that was attempted Manny helmet flip was ridiculous. Too bad there won’t be any more baseball games, but he needs to be stopped.

  • sarah | October 28, 2007 at 10:25 pm |

    They’re weating the jerseys tonight b/c the black vests have become very unlucky :(

  • Denis | October 28, 2007 at 10:46 pm |

    Checkout how Bill Belichick has his initials screened onto his sweater.
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • dennisg | October 28, 2007 at 10:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”162233″][quote comment=”162224″][quote comment=”162199″][quote comment=”162195″][quote comment=”162192″] Check out the neckline on the Democratic Party symbol. Notice any odd white space formations?[/quote]

    No. What are you getting at?[/quote]

    I think he’s getting at some logo creep.. I see what he’s talking about, but looks more like a boomerang to me. The Aussies are infiltrating![/quote]
    I see a check mark, as in a vote for the Donkeys.[/quote]

    I see an eagle’s beak up the donkey’s ass. Not sure this is the symbolism they’re going for, though…[/quote]

    Jeepers, folks. He’s saying the neck looks like a swoosh.

  • Greg | October 28, 2007 at 10:49 pm |

    At the Michigan-Minnesota game yesterday, I observed that Marcus Sherels has “MA. SHERELS” on the back of his jersey, while his brother Mike Sherels has his FNOB “MIKE SHERELS”, which I found interesting.

    In this image taken last year, Mike Sherels only had “MI. SHERELS”.

  • Stuby | October 28, 2007 at 10:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”162363″]Checkout how Bill Belichick has his initials screened onto his sweater.
    http://sports.yahoo....
    Like someone on the Patriot’s staff is going to pick up that gnarly half-sleeve sweatshirt and say ‘I wonder who this belongs to?’.

  • Jim | October 28, 2007 at 11:07 pm |

    OK – so I realize it’s Sunday AND the WS is on, but… I noticed that, similar to the Rangers, the Wild’s hemline on their jerseys is considerably reduced – hopefully this is a trend to get rid of the hideous “bib” effect. Now if we can just work on reducing the enormous RBK logo creep…

    http://scores.espn.g...

  • LI Phil | October 28, 2007 at 11:11 pm |

    rosenthal just reported a-god is opting out of his contract w/the yankees…word on the street is that they refused to put his name on the uni as part of an extension

  • NEO | October 28, 2007 at 11:27 pm |

    My Personal favorite high school football uniform- Germantown (WI) High School. http://www.germantow...
    The helmet decals are handed out at the beginning of the year, and players can make thier own designs on their helmets.

  • GW | October 28, 2007 at 11:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”162223″]Giants’ PK Lawrence Tynes is wearing Umbro cleats today at Wembley.

    Aren’t NFL players restricted to wearing either Reeboks or Nikes or is this ok since Nike’s recent purchase of Umbro?[/quote]

    Hey it’s a “fuutball” stadium after all, and Umbro is a big sponsor of soccer! I remember seeing mis-matched kicker shoes on Astroturf in the 80s. Often a white turf shoe on the plant foot and a black soccer cleat on the kicking foot. I assumed this was a thing of the past but apparently not. And here’s an interesting shot… looks like Butler was taping phony Addias stripes on a Nike soccer shoe. Guess Addias had the Bears contract that year. (What looks like a fourth diagonal stripe is actually the extra long laces tied under the shoe, typical of soccer cleats.)

  • DJ | October 28, 2007 at 11:41 pm |

    Don’t know if this has been mentioned yet but it’s kinda interesting, in a disturbing way… http://ad.doubleclic...;;~sscs=%3fhttp://www.easports.com/nbalive08/jerseycreatorcontest.jsp”>

  • Tony | October 28, 2007 at 11:44 pm |

    did anyone notice Papelbon’s bill underlining is gray and not black like the official New Era hat?

  • LI Phil | October 28, 2007 at 11:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”162381″]did anyone notice Papelbon’s bill underlining is gray and not black like the official New Era hat?[/quote]

    benjamin did yesterday:

    Dice-K’s B is a little low too, but more-centered than Lowell’s. I have been away for a while. Did anyone notice that Terry Francona was wearing the road jersey under his smock for the games at Boston and that Jonny Papplebum is wearing last year’s hat with the gray underbill?

  • DJ | October 28, 2007 at 11:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”162380″]Don’t know if this has been mentioned yet but it’s kinda interesting, in a disturbing way… http://ad.doubleclic...;;~sscs=%3fhttp://www.easports.com/nbalive08/jerseycreatorcontest.jsp”>[/quote]

    well, I can’t make the link work, but it is for a NBA jersey creator from NBA live 08. it’s the ad-bar at the top of nba.com if anyone is interested.

  • Stuby | October 28, 2007 at 11:57 pm |

    Besides Shaq, I’ve never seen anyone sweat as much as Youkilis. It was like 40 degrees the other night and the guy had a river running off the brim of his batting helmet. Can’t imagine he’s very pleasant to be around.

  • Stuby | October 29, 2007 at 12:11 am |

    Everyone has the WS Championship cap on except Manny. Dude can’t fit the hat over that shrub on his head.

  • dm00n | October 29, 2007 at 12:12 am |

    [quote comment=”162363″]Checkout how Bill Belichick has his initials screened onto his sweater.
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Today they showed him with one of his coaches standing next to him and they had the same sweatshirts except:

    – Different initials
    – BB was sans sleeves
    – Different colored Reebok logo on the arm

    The last part is what stood out to me.

  • Mike Engle | October 29, 2007 at 12:31 am |

    [quote comment=”162381″]did anyone notice Papelbon’s bill underlining is gray and not black like the official New Era hat?[/quote]
    Looks like he has a sticker too.

  • Joel | October 29, 2007 at 1:13 am |

    at Texas Tech @ Texas A&M today, Tech’s women’s soccer team looks like they picked up their jerseys from sports authority… not even the school name on the jersey…

  • Joel | October 29, 2007 at 1:17 am |

    sorry, link to tech uni pics here
    http://texags.com/ma...

  • Max | October 29, 2007 at 1:27 am |

    [quote comment=”162173″]Manny is a scumbag idiot and a disgrace to baseball[/quote]

    Ditto on that comment.

    And the Red Sox have become the new Yankees.

  • TD | October 29, 2007 at 1:40 am |

    The upside: the only Rockies uni not used in the postseason: the grimace purples.

    I was sure Cookie would pick the white vests – he’s worn them more than anyone the last couple years.

    That said, wearing your official home jerseys five times in an 82-game home season (remember the one-game ‘playoff’) has to be some sort of anti-record.

  • Brandon | October 29, 2007 at 2:24 am |

    Did anyone else happen to notice the “tiger stripes” on the sleeve of Bengals DL Justin Smith (#90) today? They looked even more ridiculous than those worn by the rest of the Bengals — a very odd black triangle shape. Are they always like that?

    You can get a decent look at the sleeves if you click on the photo gallery in the following link and click through to pics 44 and 45.

  • Brandon | October 29, 2007 at 2:26 am |

    Oops. Here’s the link

  • Brandon | October 29, 2007 at 2:28 am |

    [quote comment=”162411″]Oops. Here’s the link [/quote] Well I am having no luck posting the link. Anyway, the gallery is posted on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website.

  • Taylor | October 29, 2007 at 7:06 am |

    Looks like Duke might be getting new shorts. Their ones from last year are now “throwback” shorts. See the link: http://www.eastbay.c... I’m a UNC fan, but I’ve always like the style of the Dook shorts.

  • billy | October 29, 2007 at 7:07 am |

    [quote comment=”162385″]Besides Shaq, I’ve never seen anyone sweat as much as Youkilis. [/quote]

    Did you ever see this guy play ????

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

  • Coffee With Ian | October 29, 2007 at 7:23 am |

    Yes, it was a Dolphins home game, but the Giants should have worn their trademark blue. They are trying to sell their game overseas, and the fans should see the teams as they generally look.

    I bet Miami would have worn white if the game was against Dallas…

  • LI Phil | October 29, 2007 at 8:10 am |

    miama SHOULD have worn their orange alts, it being almost hallowe’en and all (are the orange even a part of their scheme anymore?)

    however, since the fins were the home team, it was their prerogative to wear their home teal…that bein said, since teh fish wear white in about half their home games, they COULD have pulled a TB D-Rays (when they played the yanks in japan)and worn their away (white) letting the brits see “big blue”

    /horrible game, worse conditions
    //this should end all talk of a super bowl played outside the usa

  • diz | October 29, 2007 at 9:13 am |

    [quote comment=”162478″]Yes, it was a Dolphins home game, but the Giants should have worn their trademark blue. They are trying to sell their game overseas, and the fans should see the teams as they generally look.[/quote]

    But teams generally wear one out of two uniforms, not just the homes. That’s how the game works, I thought…

  • Matt | October 30, 2007 at 6:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”162399″]sorry, link to tech uni pics here
    http://texags.com/ma...

    The TT logo is on those unis on the front, top center. Subtle but then many soccer unis don’t have much in the way of lettering.

  • Greg | November 2, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”162184″]Is MARYLAND serious with these yellow duds??

    http://www.eastbay.c...

    I think it will make for a nice throwback once or twice a season. It looks better than the uniforms they had in the 80s.