New ESPN column today — here’s the link.
Meanwhile: By the time you read this, I’ll be in the midst of a three-hour periodontal procedure that’s likely to leave me in a Very Bad Mood. So let’s turn our thoughts to happier times — specifically, to last Thursday, when a gaggle of intrepid Uni Watch readers came out on a cold Boston night, leading to one of the best Uni Watch gatherings yet. Here’s a rundown of who was there:
• Here’s Ed Cooney, wearing his jersey from the Irish national baseball team, for which he served as the third base coach during the 2006 European Qualifier. Ed was, I believe, the only person in attendance who wore his jersey tucked in.
• My heartfelt thanks to the two Boston journalists who stopped by, beginning with Michael Marotta, who wrote a preview of the event for the Boston Herald (and who augmented his Nordiques jersey with a Devils tattoo). The other scribe in attendance was Danielle Dreilinger, who was covering the party for the Globe (I think her story will be running either this weekend or the weekend after that). Her gorgeous Milwaukee Braves jersey is a game-used original, and was on loan from her uncle.
• At first glance, Brandon Vogel didn’t appear to be wearing anything uni-related. But he was proud of his belt buckle, which he wore as a shout-out to bench coach Bryan Redemske (who lives in Omaha, natch).
• Patrick Padden wore a super-cool early-’60s Holy Cross hoops jacket, which his father stole from the fieldhouse back in the day. Underneath, he had an Irish rugby jersey, complete with the team’s URL on the rear collar.
• Prettiest jersey of the night, as modeled by Tim Haley.
• There were several good shoulder patches, including this one, worn by Jim Pericotti (better known in the comments section as Original Jim; note the unusual “R” on the NOB), and this one, worn by Duffy Moran.
• Andrew Ferguson didn’t have to get a personalized jersey — he simply got himself a D’Brickashaw Ferguson jersey. (As an aside: Andrew’s buddy Daryl Conlin, who isn’t a Uni Watch reader, happened to be wearing argyle, which was the primary topic of discussion on the blog that day.)
• I don’t mean to give short shrift to Scott Imus (wearing an English national soccer jersey), Rob Caridad (New Jersey Jackals, from the Can-Am League), Andy Chalifour (Bridgeport Bluefish), or Kevin Gilbert (I’d forgotten that Herschel Walker played for the Eagles) — I just don’t remember enough of what we talked about, because the beers were kicking in pretty nicely at that point, so I don’t have any anecdotes to share. Sorry, guys. Even worse, I apparently neglected to write down this person‘s name — little help..?
Big thanks to all who came out — I had a blast. Hope you did too.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday’s lead item about Tennessee-Martin led Alex Warner to look at the school’s logo which incorporates the shape of Tennessee — I like. … Is that just a shadow, or a grass stain, or did this official not make it to the loo on time? You can decide for yourself, but somebody else already has (with thanks to Mike Murray). … Bob Stokas reports that the Loyola Chicago hoops team will wear 1960s uniforms this Saturday. … I’m having a hard time believing this, but Gaurav Rajput reports that MLB 08 for Playstation 3 has just a slight design error for the Yankees’ uniforms. Can that be for real, or is it just a Photoshop job? … Ever hear of the North American Football League? Me neither, but apparently it’s a minor league with some seriously weird unis, as you can see in these pics of the Virginia Kings and the Maryland Marauders (with thanks to Stefan Schubert). … Ron Paul is gonna get about 14 votes in all the GOP primaries combined, but maybe that total would go up if voters knew about his fine taste in diamond attire (nice find by Greg McMillin). … Between Liverpool’s sponsor-free jerseys and Marseille’s peach melba color scheme, that was some match yesterday (with thanks to Nicole Haase and Keith Lumpp).
But don’t get any ideas about a coup d’etat: Since I’ll be under general anesthesia during this morning’s torture session, we’ve invoked the Uni Watch equivalent of the 25th Amendment, Section 3, which means
Al Haig Bryan is temporarily in charge. So if you’ve got any site-related issues that need addressing, contact him. Ticker material can still come to me.