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Hey, MJ, How Much Do You Care That Corporate Branding Is Ruining Sports? ‘Oh, About This Much’

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The nice thing about co-owning an NBA team is that you can work out with the players whenever you want. And of course you’ll get an official team practice jersey to wear — hey, you’re a part owner, you can raid the pro shop for whatever gear you want. High-five! But wait, the practice jersey features the logo of the company that manufactured it, and you have a longstanding promotional arrangement with a rival company. That’s a slight dilemma, but everyone knows what a savvy businessman you are, so you’ll come up with a smart and elegant solution.

That was the situation facing Michael Jordan yesterday. And here was his smart and elegant solution: He slapped a piece of white tape over the Adidas logo on his chest, although I think it’s fair to say that this maneuver went straight into the “Not fooling anybody” file, especially since he didn’t bother covering up the Adidas stripe treatment (presumably because they ran out of white tape).

I don’t know if Jordan’s still contractually forbidden to wear non-Nike gear, or if the very idea of flashing a non-swoosh logo simply gives him a rash, but this little episode really highlights the continuing absurdity of how sportswear companies have become entangled with leagues and athletes. Did Jordan really think nobody would notice the piece of tape, or understand why it was there? Didn’t this actually draw more attention to the fact that he was wearing Adidas gear than if he hadn’t worn the tape to begin with? Couldn’t he have avoided this problem altogether if he’d just turned the shirt inside-out or worn a some other shirt? Oh, but then the Bobcats logo wouldn’t have been visible, so he wouldn’t have been promoting his team and its merch. What a mess — the whole situation reeks.

I’ll have more to say about logo creep tomorrow. Meanwhile, how much you wanna bet that some kid out there is gonna start wearing a piece of tape over the Adidas logo on his Bobcats jersey, just like his idol, MJ?

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Uni Watch News Ticker: The Vikings’ solid-purple look will not be repeated (that good news brought our way by Chad Burma). … Weird sequence of events yesterday, beginning when Kenn Tomasch sent me a note reporting that Steve Young’s orange jersey didn’t have stripes in 1985 like the rest of the Bucs had. Upon further investigation I discovered several other anomalies, to wit: Young appears to have ghosted sleeve stripes here and here; some of Tampa’s linemen didn’t have sleeve stripes either; kicker Donald Igwebuike (one of my all-time favorite sports names) had stripes, but his sleeve connected to his jersey down around his belly; if you factor in the sleeves, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen another NFL jersey look as mesh-y as this. … Michael Vick may not be in the NFL anymore, but he’s leaving quite a trail in his wake. … Looks like a Georgia Southern player was wearing a one-sleeved undershirt the other day (with thanks to Bob Jaye). … The Rutgers football team’s equipment manager is retiring (with thanks to Bruce Soltys). … Greg Riffenburgh notes that Minnesota’s Anthony Herrera appeared to be violating the NFL’s “only one footwear trim color allowed” rule the other night. … If you can’t prevent a concussion, at least you can know if you’ve gotten one. … Todd Krevanchi notes that Houston is using different font sets for its front and back uni numbers, and you can see in the 2s here. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Awesome old newsreel footage shot in the Red Wings and Rangers locker rooms here.

 

209 comments to Hey, MJ, How Much Do You Care That Corporate Branding Is Ruining Sports? ‘Oh, About This Much’

  • Skippy | December 19, 2007 at 8:43 am |

    To me it looks like Steve Young is wearing a practice jersey. The second shot seems pretty up close for a game shot, and there is no other players around to compare. The lineman probably has his sleeves tucked inside his pads to get the shirt as tight as possible.

  • Tony Miller | December 19, 2007 at 8:46 am |

    MJ’s tape-over-the-Adidas-logo maneuver got on SportsCenter, even before the actual footage.

  • Phil | December 19, 2007 at 8:48 am |

    I don’t want to defend Jordan, but basketball practice jerseys are reversible. Dark on one side, light on the other. And I would think that all the logos and stripes are on both sides. But the tape is still pretty silly.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 8:49 am |

    There would be a problem, because he is a major player, if not major shareholder of a shoe and apparel company bearing his own name and image. Street Cred and loyalty go farther than you would imagine. As observant as we are, imagine middle and high school kids who line up for hours before a foot locker opens to pick up the freshest pair of retro kicks. Believe me, MJ wearing the three stripes logo on his chest would be akin ro a Red Sock wearing Yankee pinstripes!(Johnny Damon, Big Papi in this year’s ESPN commercial.)

    However, I was and still am one of those kids who lines up for the kicks of my youth albeit, I am thirty years old with a mortgage, a family, and a teaching career. The swoosh, through ingenious advertising and player endorsing has created in me, a loyal follower.

    Those of you sneakerheads,(NIKETALKERS UNITE, Todd Krevanchi I thank you for all of us!) can remember anticipating the NBA All Star Game just to get a glimpse of the black Playoff edition Jordans that wouldn”t be out for four months. There weren”t screen shots, Niketalk, or Uni-Watch to satisfy our curiosities. I would wait for Sports Illustrated to arrive on Friday afternnons, and I would scan every page for a mere hint of a view. The toiling of my first job in eighth grade cleaning up a gas station served the purpose of purchasing a pair of of the Air Jordan VI in the black/infra red colorway:

    http://instyleshoes....

    because my father had gotten laid off as an electrician and couldn’t split the cost as he had done in previous years alongwith my chore money! Needless to say, I treated those shoes like my first born child, while learning a valuable lesson at the same time. Interesting how education works!

  • Joshua Eisenberg | December 19, 2007 at 8:54 am |

    Just cause we like logos…here is the new Iowa Caucus logo that is a COMBINED effort for the Dems and Reps.

    Look here:

    http://cycloneconser...

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 8:56 am |

    As for Steve Young, I believe that he is doing something that I did in High school to eliminate the extra long sleeves, sorry Paul! He folded the extra length up and back into the sleeve and then as secured the extra folded length somehow. Lacking ingenuity and materials, I used similar colr shoe lace to my jersey. Sadly enough, I do have pictures, as well as the actual jersey, 12 years later.

  • Nolan | December 19, 2007 at 8:58 am |

    It looks like Jordan has on Jumpman Shorts with the Bobcat logo.

    Why couldn’t he get a jersey printed up too?

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 8:59 am |

    Oh and as far as the lining up for shoes goes, no more of that for me either! I;m thirty with that career and a mortgage. I also, unfortunately and fortunately have a credit card and the Internet. I’ll leave the line waiting to the young buck newbies just entering the shoe game!

  • Justin B | December 19, 2007 at 9:00 am |

    If he is co-owner why doesn’t he just change their gear to Nike. Wouldn’t it make life easier, more profitable for him, and he wouldn’t look stupid with tape on his shirt.

  • Kyle K. | December 19, 2007 at 9:05 am |

    [quote comment=”188268″]I don’t want to defend Jordan, but basketball practice jerseys are reversible. Dark on one side, light on the other. And I would think that all the logos and stripes are on both sides. But the tape is still pretty silly.[/quote]

    Gotta agree with Phil here. Turn the jersey inside out, and suddenly you’re on the wrong team. Also gotta agree with Paul though, MJ may have made a ton of money from the swoosh, but he also made a ton of money in this league, and guess what MJ, the league has a deal with adidas, so deal with it. Are you telling me that if he were still playing that he’d put tape over the logo on his shooting shirt and his warm-up? Come on.

    Also worth noting, my two year old daughter referred to the swoosh on her shoe this morning as a “squoosh.” (I was trying to teach her how adidas is superior to nike at the time.) I got a good laugh out of the whole thing.

  • Kyle K. | December 19, 2007 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment=”188277″]If he is co-owner why doesn’t he just change their gear to Nike. Wouldn’t it make life easier, more profitable for him, and he wouldn’t look stupid with tape on his shirt.[/quote]

    Not his call, adidas has a deal with the NBA to make all of the gear. Practice jerseys, uniforms, warm-ups, etc.

  • scott | December 19, 2007 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment=”188265″]To me it looks like Steve Young is wearing a practice jersey. The second shot seems pretty up close for a game shot, and there is no other players around to compare. The lineman probably has his sleeves tucked inside his pads to get the shirt as tight as possible.[/quote]

    I second that.

  • Chip | December 19, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    Great soccer kit site here: http://www.truecolou...

  • Ed | December 19, 2007 at 9:14 am |

    Agree with previous posters – I always guessed that the players without sleeve stripes were that way because they shortened the sleeves due to personal preference. It wasn’t just the Bucs, either…

    ed

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 9:16 am |

    sean taylor was post-humously elected to the pro bowl, becoming only the second athlete in a major sport to be so honored (pelle lindburg [sp?] being the other)…along with redskins teammates chris cooley & chris samuels (plus a bunch of alternates)

    question…will either or both cooley or samuels be wearing a “21” memorial patch on their NFC jersey’s and do you think the NFL will have any official “policy” on the 21 pride sticker on the helmets (ie…everyone has one, just the skins, or player option)?

  • todd krevanchi | December 19, 2007 at 9:19 am |

    wow! i havent seen him wear the sky highs since the advert he did his rookie year.

  • Chip | December 19, 2007 at 9:19 am |

    Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution

  • Daniel | December 19, 2007 at 9:22 am |

    Not to veer off topic from any of today’s insights, but going through some of my vinyl this morning, I came across The Who’s “Odds and Sods”, and had completely forgotten about the album cover with the band wearing American football helmets.

    Anyone else know of other album covers with any uni-related stuff on them?

  • TF | December 19, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    I like to think that MJ is well aware of obvoiuosness of the tape use and is kind of mocking the silliness of legal/contractual issues.

    He’s been in the logo creep business long enough to realize how absurd it can get.

  • Breezy | December 19, 2007 at 9:23 am |

    I could not find another mention of it, but I am sure someone had to have mentioned the Capitals canning their new sweaters and demanding sweaters made of the old material…….not sure when they will start wearing it.

  • DJ | December 19, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    good post by matt powers on MJ

    my $.02: i can’t really blame MJ on this one and here’s why – it probably didn’t cross his mind how different the jersey would look with the white piece of tape on it, if the practice jerseys had 50 adidas logos i’m sure he would have done the exact same thing – but, as was previously mentioned, he very well could be contractually obligated to do such a thing to a rival company’s logo, and to be honest, even if he wasn’t, he might do it anyway – we know where his loyalty lies, and for anyone that has read MJ talking about Nike taking a chance on him back in the day, you know how appreciative he was, and certainly is today – but hey, at least he didn’t pull a VT and draw the swoosh on right ;)

  • The Hemogoblin | December 19, 2007 at 9:24 am |

    MJ is Nike, still. People have got to remember, they still make Air Jordans, and probably will until the end of time. By they, I mean 6 to 10 year old Asian children.

  • Kevin G. | December 19, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    What about the Eagles of the late 70’s and early 80’s? They were the kings of mesh jerseys.

  • AssGrabber | December 19, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    As for the Caps sweater issue, here is the link:
    http://www.onfrozenb...

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    Gladiator helmet link:

    http://machinedesign...

  • Rich | December 19, 2007 at 9:25 am |

    I’d love to win the Pro Bowl contest, uh, I don’t have to go to the game do I?

  • rob | December 19, 2007 at 9:27 am |

    agreed – definitely looks like the stripe portion of the bucs jersey was just folded up (not cut off). the ghosting is because the jerseys were so meshy the stripes still showed.

  • dilbert719 | December 19, 2007 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment=”188284″]sean taylor was post-humously elected to the pro bowl, becoming only the second athlete in a major sport to be so honored (pelle lindburg [sp?] being the other)…along with redskins teammates chris cooley & chris samuels (plus a bunch of alternates)

    question…will either or both cooley or samuels be wearing a “21” memorial patch on their NFC jersey’s and do you think the NFL will have any official “policy” on the 21 pride sticker on the helmets (ie…everyone has one, just the skins, or player option)?[/quote]

    First off, I’m really glad that he was able to win that vote. He’d have probably done so if not for what happened, and it’s nice to know he’ll be memorialized in that way.

    Anyway, I’d like to see the memorial patch on everyone, but more important to me would be seeing the NFC defense lining up 10 on the first play (and the AFC either running up the gut or taking a knee on that play, so as to not take too much advantage of the missing man.)

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 9:29 am |

    Good call Rob, that always happened to mine. We had princeton style jerseys and the stripes were always “ghosted”.

  • Nicole | December 19, 2007 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”188288″][quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution[/quote]

    I work in a big manufacturing plant, so I actually have the trade mag that featured this helmet. It was sent to one of our shop foreman and I snatched it up. Weird looking stuff.

  • odessasteps magazine | December 19, 2007 at 9:30 am |

    Why didn’t Jordan just drape himself in the flag? It worked for him once.

  • Ed | December 19, 2007 at 9:31 am |

    Followup: Here’s some 1985 Bears, showing several sleeve stripe variations due to sleeve length.

    http://i2.photobucke...

    ed

  • Marty Met | December 19, 2007 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment=”188269″]There would be a problem, because he is a major player, if not major shareholder of a shoe and apparel company bearing his own name and image. Street Cred and loyalty go farther than you would imagine. As observant as we are, imagine middle and high school kids who line up for hours before a foot locker opens to pick up the freshest pair of retro kicks. Believe me, MJ wearing the three stripes logo on his chest would be akin ro a Red Sock wearing Yankee pinstripes!(Johnny Damon, Big Papi in this year’s ESPN commercial.)

    However, I was and still am one of those kids who lines up for the kicks of my youth albeit, I am thirty years old with a mortgage, a family, and a teaching career. The swoosh, through ingenious advertising and player endorsing has created in me, a loyal follower.

    Those of you sneakerheads,(NIKETALKERS UNITE, Todd Krevanchi I thank you for all of us!) can remember anticipating the NBA All Star Game just to get a glimpse of the black Playoff edition Jordans that wouldn”t be out for four months. There weren”t screen shots, Niketalk, or Uni-Watch to satisfy our curiosities. I would wait for Sports Illustrated to arrive on Friday afternnons, and I would scan every page for a mere hint of a view. The toiling of my first job in eighth grade cleaning up a gas station served the purpose of purchasing a pair of of the Air Jordan VI in the black/infra red colorway:

    http://instyleshoes....

    because my father had gotten laid off as an electrician and couldn’t split the cost as he had done in previous years alongwith my chore money! Needless to say, I treated those shoes like my first born child, while learning a valuable lesson at the same time. Interesting how education works![/quote]

    What are those cool sneakers. Are they the new Air Jordan’s?

  • Scott | December 19, 2007 at 9:39 am |

    I don’t care what you say, I still like the old Bucs uniforms. Yes, winking pirate and all.

    And for anyone who says they were nothing but bad luck, lest ye forget they were on the cusp of a super bowl in 1979 and I believe knocked out the Cowboys in the divisional round in 1983. They have some good history associated with them.

  • todd krevanchi | December 19, 2007 at 9:41 am |

    whether or not it is written in a contract or not, that tape was placed there out of design and was a strategic move.

    we all remember this right?
    http://news.bbc.co.u...

  • ryan c #40 | December 19, 2007 at 9:45 am |

    The toiling of my first job in eighth grade cleaning up a gas station served the purpose of purchasing a pair of of the Air Jordan VI in the black/infra red colorway:

    http://instyleshoes….

    WOW! $600?!?! more power to you! nice shoes though!!!

    and:

    (I was trying to teach her how adidas is superior to nike at the time)

    …don’t teach your kids lies! lol. kidding. seriously, i LOVE nike products! i think adidas makes a much lower quality jersey (look at the old nike us soccer jerseys as opposed to the new adidas mls junk jerseys… HUGE difference in quality!!! nike, FAR better (i have one of each)). even with shoes, you just can’t go wrong with nike… and don’t even get me started on rbk…

  • Mark Mayall | December 19, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”188269″]
    The toiling of my first job in eighth grade cleaning up a gas station served the purpose of purchasing a pair of of the Air Jordan VI in the black/infra red colorway:

    http://instyleshoes....

    because my father had gotten laid off as an electrician and couldn’t split the cost as he had done in previous years alongwith my chore money! Needless to say, I treated those shoes like my first born child, while learning a valuable lesson at the same time. Interesting how education works![/quote]

    When I was in college in the early ’90s I played a lot of pickup hoops with a close group of friends and the best player among us (eventual Rhodes Scholar in math/astrophysics and today a college prof) couldn’t afford new shoes. I was the moneybags of our group and as a gift I bought him a pair of the same Air Jordan VI you scrounged for. He was so happy he kissed me on the cheek at the checkout counter (and no, neither of us is gay). He loved those shoes dearly and was the toast of the court at Oxford in the pickup games he played there. Despite the totally disgusting feeling of his beard stubble rubbing against mine during that peck on the cheek, it’s a fond memory, and worth every penny of the $100 I paid.

  • CV | December 19, 2007 at 9:51 am |

    Nice to see the Vikes all purple look was a one time deal.

    Now, someone please get Pat to tell them to wear the purple pants with the white jersey, where the stripes actually match up, and they look awesome.

  • Marty Met | December 19, 2007 at 9:52 am |

    Jordan probably only put the tape on his shirt because a photographer was there.

    And to his credit atleast he didn’t draw a little “jumpman” on the tape.

  • teamcinnamon | December 19, 2007 at 9:54 am |

    Nike should just buy Adidas/Reebok and be done with it!

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 9:59 am |

    Ryan C.

    In 1992, they were either 100 or 125 dollars, which at the time, might as well have been 600!

  • todd krevanchi | December 19, 2007 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”188317″][quote comment=”188269″]
    The toiling of my first job in eighth grade cleaning up a gas station served the purpose of purchasing a pair of of the Air Jordan VI in the black/infra red colorway:

    http://instyleshoes....

    because my father had gotten laid off as an electrician and couldn’t split the cost as he had done in previous years alongwith my chore money! Needless to say, I treated those shoes like my first born child, while learning a valuable lesson at the same time. Interesting how education works![/quote]

    When I was in college in the early ’90s I played a lot of pickup hoops with a close group of friends and the best player among us (eventual Rhodes Scholar in math/astrophysics and today a college prof) couldn’t afford new shoes. I was the moneybags of our group and as a gift I bought him a pair of the same Air Jordan VI you scrounged for. He was so happy he kissed me on the cheek at the checkout counter (and no, neither of us is gay). He loved those shoes dearly and was the toast of the court at Oxford in the pickup games he played there. Despite the totally disgusting feeling of his beard stubble rubbing against mine during that peck on the cheek, it’s a fond memory, and worth every penny of the $100 I paid.[/quote]

    i remember aj vi’s costing $125!
    working at footlocker had its priveleges though.
    the vi’s were my senior year and i always got 40% off new stuff. my manager allowed me to wear the vi’s for hoops the day we got them in, a full 2 weeks prior to release.

    man, the looks i got for those first 2 games before anyone had any idea what i was wearing.

  • DZ | December 19, 2007 at 10:03 am |

    My apologies if this was covered already but I was watching NFL’s Greatest Games on ESPN2 last night which featured the 1986 AFC Divisional playoff game between the Browns and Jets. They had a shot of Clarence Weathers featuring a small FNOB on top of his last name. Couldn’t get a screen grab but I did find a picture online.

    Clarence Weathers

    The other C. Weathers on the 1985 Browns was Curtis Weathers. Can’t find a picture.

  • AuburnMan | December 19, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    There apparently is alot of Bobcats gear with the Jumpman on it. I’m not sure how they get by with it though.

  • todd krevanchi | December 19, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”188328″]My apologies if this was covered already but I was watching NFL’s Greatest Games on ESPN2 last night which featured the 1986 AFC Divisional playoff game between the Browns and Jets. They had a shot of Clarence Weathers featuring a small FNOB on top of his last name. Couldn’t get a screen grab but I did find a picture online.

    Clarence Weathers

    The other C. Weathers on the 1985 Browns was Curtis Weathers. Can’t find a picture.[/quote]

    not only that, it was a great example of the two different jet uni’s worn that year (mainly the typography). mickey shuler had the stadard block varsity “2” whereas the rest of the team hand the angled “2”.

  • James | December 19, 2007 at 10:07 am |

    I used to work with the TB Bucs a while back. One year, during training camp, Keyshawn had just left Adidas and signed with Nike to wear their gloves and cleats, etc. Between two-a-days, Key didnt have a shirt so they had to give him a team issue Adidas shirt.(this was back in 2000, pre-NFL equipment/Reebok). Key cut the silver dollar sized Adidas logo out of the middle of the shirt and walked around with a shirt with a big hole in it for the rest of the day.

  • AuburnMan | December 19, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    Try this again.

  • Justin B | December 19, 2007 at 10:08 am |

    So MJ has a dilemma with wearing addidas because he is owned by nike. Are there any other situations like this in sports?

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 10:10 am |

    Another major milestone in my Nike servitude occurred when Five young men decided to play basketball in Ann Arbor. Not onluy did they introduce these incredible and long lasting lines of shoes to the world:

    http://instyleshoes....

    http://www.kicksguid...

    http://www.pickyours...

    They brought these to my attention, which have become my Holy Grail:

    http://cache.viewima...

    The Maize Dazzle Michigan shorts!
    They were extra long and ultra cool!

    These don’t hold a candle to the Fab Five version:

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

    Unfortunately, the Nike era at Michigan is coming to a close. My hope is that the people in Beaverton will realize what a cash cow they are losing and put out one last wave of retro Fab Five gear like the shorts, or maybe a Desmond Howard or Charles Woodson( a Uni-Watch favorite)jersey!

  • AuburnMan | December 19, 2007 at 10:10 am |

    OK, I can’t figure out the “link insert” but here is the link to the some more Bobcats logo creep.

    Sorry for doing it this way.

    http://www.gettyimag...|1&axs=0|78542030%2c78542029%2c78542028%2c78542027%2c78541985%2c78541983%2c78541699%2c78541697%2c78541694%2c78541692%2c78541690%2c78541688%2c78541508%2c78541502%2c78541499%2c78057662%2c77431641%2c78244239%2c78244237%2c78244235%2c77206098%2c77206095%2c77206088%2c77206084%2c77206080%2c77206074%2c74326839%2c74326832%2c74326829%2c74326828%2c74326824%2c74326821%2c74196218%2c74196183%2c74195902%2c74195870%2c73945450%2c73945448%2c73945444%2c73945443%2c73945439%2c73945435%2c73945356%2c73956062%2c73956058%2c73627217%2c73563797%2c73563701%2c73563604%2c73563567%2c73563563%2c73563562%2c73563558%2c73563556%2c73563555%2c73563549%2c73004110%2c72863892%2c72698060%2c57101191|0&id=77206095

  • S.W.P. | December 19, 2007 at 10:13 am |

    Hockey icon Peter Puck is returning to intermissions this season on Leafs TV only. The joke up in Canada is that he’s coming out of retirement to explain the game to Ottawa fans.

  • Rick | December 19, 2007 at 10:14 am |

    I am truly sorry that Sean Taylor was murdered. Really I am. Now tell me what makes his death so much more important than, say, Korey Stringer’s or anyone that works outside of the NFL. I get really tired of putting athletes on pedastals just because they are athletes. There are many more important people in the world that work just as hard and contribute to society in more meaningful ways but toil for far less in a career than some pro athletes make in one season.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 10:14 am |

    Sorry, these don’t compare:

    http://www.mgoblue.c...

  • John | December 19, 2007 at 10:15 am |

    Rudy Carpenter, QB at Arizona State also wears only one sleeve during games. I believe that it is only on his left arm but I am not sure.

  • DJ | December 19, 2007 at 10:17 am |

    Followup: Here’s some 1985 Bears, showing several sleeve stripe variations due to sleeve length.

    Many of the Bears would simply roll their sleeves up to hide the stripes. This would piss off then-Bears President Mike McCaskey, as it would also hide the “GSH” monogram honoring his grandfather, George S. Halas. As McCaskey was almost universally despised by the players, this just encouraged them to keep doing it.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 10:21 am |

    remember aj vi’s costing $125!
    working at footlocker had its priveleges though.
    the vi’s were my senior year and i always got 40% off new stuff. my manager allowed me to wear the vi’s for hoops the day we got them in, a full 2 weeks prior to release.

    man, the looks i got for those first 2 games before anyone had any idea what i was wearing.

    Todd, aimilar thing happened to me with the Bordeaux VII’s. They came out the day of the Super Bowl in the Winter of 1992. My father agreed to dribe me to Secaucus to the Harmon Cove Outler Center to get my new pair. The next day, I had a freshman basketball game at Mount Vernon High school, which is now sponsored by Nike, not a high school who chooses from a template, but a real bona fide sponsorship. The looks and dap i got from their players and fans were well worth it. It helps that I scored 20 plus points. Had I not, I would have been the equivalent of the sude who goes down to the park to play pick up in full Celtics uni!

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 10:23 am |

    By the way, these are the Bordeaux VII”s which are similar to a sharpei, in that they are so ugly that they are beautiful!

    http://jordanretro.e...

    http://artfiles.art....

  • Rick | December 19, 2007 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”188303″][quote comment=”188288″][quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution[/quote]

    I work in a big manufacturing plant, so I actually have the trade mag that featured this helmet. It was sent to one of our shop foreman and I snatched it up. Weird looking stuff.[/quote]

    That thing looks like a mix between an NFL helmet and Pac-Man.

  • Andy | December 19, 2007 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”188311″]I don’t care what you say, I still like the old Bucs uniforms. Yes, winking pirate and all.

    Here, here!
    I love them. I just can’t help myself.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 10:30 am |

    Sorry, here are the VII’s:

    http://www.sneakerfi...
    http://www.geocities...

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    Back in the day, without the Internet, Uni-Watch, and Niketalk, the anticipation for new things was incredible. Seeing a new Major League fitted or anything team specific, like a Notre Dame sideline jacket meant something special! Either that person played at ND or knew someone who did, there was mystery. New Jordans or any Nikes during that era caused such a commotion!

    I love the Internet and accessibility but it has diminished that anticipation greatly. I love the ability to see shoes a year befor they release, Huarache 08, but I loved being surprised.

    It’s like Sports Center and YouTube. Being at the Browns/Bills snowbowl is incredible. even watching it on TV. Now everyone can lay claim by seeing highlights 12 times on SC or online. I couldn’t wait for Warner Wolf at 6:25 of the evening news to give me a quick snapshot into the world of sports. It meant so much more.

    Would you rather see the monster in the movie or it’s shadow for two hours? The implied, the imagination is so much better!

  • Cosmo | December 19, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”188341″]I am truly sorry that Sean Taylor was murdered. Really I am. Now tell me what makes his death so much more important than, say, Korey Stringer’s or anyone that works outside of the NFL. I get really tired of putting athletes on pedastals just because they are athletes. There are many more important people in the world that work just as hard and contribute to society in more meaningful ways but toil for far less in a career than some pro athletes make in one season.[/quote]

    I’ve actually been wondering why his death is more important leaguewide than those that occured in the offseason (Darrent Williams, Damien Nash, Marquise Hill). Sure it occured midseason, but shouldn’t leaguewide tributes be standard across the board? The Redskins should have a memorial patch and/or helmet sticker, but I’m not sure it should be leaguewide.

    I thought that the ‘Skins leaving Taylor’s spot open (ie playing only 10 men) was a great tribute, and think the same should be done in the Pro Bowl (since he was elected a starter), but the leaguewide “21’s” make his death seem more important to the NFL than those of the other players we’ve lost this year, which I think is wrong.

  • FC | December 19, 2007 at 10:39 am |

    Sigh @ the ‘corporate branding’… again?!? What’s the point?

  • Mark Mayall | December 19, 2007 at 10:41 am |

    [quote comment=”188327″]
    When I was in college in the early ’90s I played a lot of pickup hoops with a close group of friends and the best player among us (eventual Rhodes Scholar in math/astrophysics and today a college prof) couldn’t afford new shoes. I was the moneybags of our group and as a gift I bought him a pair of the same Air Jordan VI you scrounged for. He was so happy he kissed me on the cheek at the checkout counter (and no, neither of us is gay). He loved those shoes dearly and was the toast of the court at Oxford in the pickup games he played there. Despite the totally disgusting feeling of his beard stubble rubbing against mine during that peck on the cheek, it’s a fond memory, and worth every penny of the $100 I paid.[/quote]

    i remember aj vi’s costing $125!
    working at footlocker had its priveleges though.
    the vi’s were my senior year and i always got 40% off new stuff. my manager allowed me to wear the vi’s for hoops the day we got them in, a full 2 weeks prior to release.

    man, the looks i got for those first 2 games before anyone had any idea what i was wearing.[/quote]

    Upon further reflection, I did pay $120 for my friend’s AJ VIs. At the time it was the most money I’d ever spent on a single item (I was the moneybags of our group in part because I was/am a huge cheapskate).

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment=”188350″][quote comment=”188303″][quote comment=”188288″][quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution[/quote]

    I work in a big manufacturing plant, so I actually have the trade mag that featured this helmet. It was sent to one of our shop foreman and I snatched it up. Weird looking stuff.[/quote]

    That thing looks like a mix between an NFL helmet and Pac-Man.[/quote]

    I still think that Mark Kelso should have modeled the Gladiator.

  • Moose | December 19, 2007 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”188278″][quote comment=”188268″]I don’t want to defend Jordan, but basketball practice jerseys are reversible. Dark on one side, light on the other. And I would think that all the logos and stripes are on both sides. But the tape is still pretty silly.[/quote]

    Gotta agree with Phil here. Turn the jersey inside out, and suddenly you’re on the wrong team. Also gotta agree with Paul though, MJ may have made a ton of money from the swoosh, but he also made a ton of money in this league, and guess what MJ, the league has a deal with adidas, so deal with it. Are you telling me that if he were still playing that he’d put tape over the logo on his shooting shirt and his warm-up? Come on.

    Also worth noting, my two year old daughter referred to the swoosh on her shoe this morning as a “squoosh.” (I was trying to teach her how adidas is superior to nike at the time.) I got a good laugh out of the whole thing.[/quote]

    Didn’t he do exactly that during the 1992 “Dream Team” Olympics?

  • Marty Met | December 19, 2007 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”188348″]By the way, these are the Bordeaux VII”s which are similar to a sharpei, in that they are so ugly that they are beautiful!

    http://jordanretro.e...

    http://artfiles.art....

    But what are the sneakers that MJ is wearing in todays pictures?

  • LM | December 19, 2007 at 10:54 am |

    Another note on the 1986 AFC Divisional game shown on ESPN2 between the Jet and Browns last night made me think about Paul’s Monday Morning Uni-Watch talking about the biggest changes in football uniforms in the past 30 years.

    While watching the game, even though it doesn’t seem like so long ago, the thing that struck me the most was the much larger size of the shoulder pads used in 1986 as opposed to todays slimed down versions, and adding to that, the fact that most players wore much larger thigh pads then too.
    Watching the game it just seemed like a world of difference between 1986 and today, pad wise.

    Many of todays players wear basically no pads at all.

  • ryan c #40 | December 19, 2007 at 10:57 am |

    “Had I not, I would have been the equivalent of the sude who goes down to the park to play pick up in full Celtics uni!”

    played pick-up basketball with a kid that was A HUGE iverson fan… and… yes… he made/wore his own arm sleeve just like a.i.! ha-ha. lucky, the kid was/is really good!

  • Hank | December 19, 2007 at 11:01 am |

    What strikes me more about the Steve Young photo is the huge facemask on the helmet. You can fit a whole ‘nother face in there and still have room.

  • Pat | December 19, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    I really don’t see the problem with Jordan hiding the Adidas logo. Nike has payed him a very large chunk of his fortune. For him to be seen wearing a competitors logo just isn’t right. I don’t think Paul would walk around in CBS Sportsline gear or tout how great CNNsi is would he?

  • Cullan | December 19, 2007 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”188290″]Not to veer off topic from any of today’s insights, but going through some of my vinyl this morning, I came across The Who’s “Odds and Sods”, and had completely forgotten about the album cover with the band wearing American football helmets.

    Anyone else know of other album covers with any uni-related stuff on them?[/quote]

    Not only a uni related album cover but an odds and sods related album cover.

  • Cullan | December 19, 2007 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”188375″][quote comment=”188290″]Not to veer off topic from any of today’s insights, but going through some of my vinyl this morning, I came across The Who’s “Odds and Sods”, and had completely forgotten about the album cover with the band wearing American football helmets. Anyone else know of other album covers with any uni-related stuff on them?[/quote]

    Not only a uni related album cover but an odds and sods related
    Umm let’s try this againg

  • Chance | December 19, 2007 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”188290″]Not to veer off topic from any of today’s insights, but going through some of my vinyl this morning, I came across The Who’s “Odds and Sods”, and had completely forgotten about the album cover with the band wearing American football helmets.

    Anyone else know of other album covers with any uni-related stuff on them?[/quote]

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a promo photo which I presumed was an homage to Odds and Sods:

    http://www.bmi.com/i...

  • Cullan | December 19, 2007 at 11:05 am |

    Damn.. i’m bad

    http://ecx.images-am...

  • Hank | December 19, 2007 at 11:06 am |

    Rangers/Red Wings clip: nice find. Interesting that the Rangers played two ‘home’ games in the 1950 Finals at Maple Leaf Gardens. I wasn’t aware that they did so because the old Madison Square Garden had been booked for the Ringling Bros. Circus. Crazy.

  • Joseph | December 19, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    Why are people getting fined for the Mike Vick stuff, but nobody got fined for the Sean Taylor memorials. Not to be mean-spirited, but wouldn’t they fall under the same NFL rule

  • Adios el-Kabong | December 19, 2007 at 11:10 am |

    NYR v DET. Stanley Cup finals. The game “played in Maple Leaf Gardens”?????

  • Hank | December 19, 2007 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”188382″]Why are people getting fined for the Mike Vick stuff, but nobody got fined for the Sean Taylor memorials. Not to be mean-spirited, but wouldn’t they fall under the same NFL rule[/quote]
    One was sanctioned by the NFL, the other wasn’t.

  • Hank | December 19, 2007 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment=”188383″]NYR v DET. Stanley Cup finals. The game “played in Maple Leaf Gardens”?????[/quote]
    See Post #77 for explanation/link.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 11:14 am |

    Not to veer off topic from any of today’s insights, but going through some of my vinyl this morning, I came across The Who’s “Odds and Sods”, and had completely forgotten about the album cover with the band wearing American football helmets.

    Anyone else know of other album covers with any uni-related stuff on them?

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a promo photo which I presumed was an homage to Odds and Sods:

    http://www.bmi.com/i

    When the Dave Matthews band plays live, the drummer, Carter Beauford, always dons a jesey or cap from one of the cities sports teams.

    http://www.weeklydav...(Dunnett).jpg

  • Kerry P | December 19, 2007 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”188272″]Just cause we like logos…here is the new Iowa Caucus logo that is a COMBINED effort for the Dems and Reps.

    Look here:

    http://cycloneconser...
    Interesting that they took what looked to be a symetrical logo and added the stripes and star to make it asymetric.

    …but do they REALLY need a logo for the caucus?!

  • Skippy | December 19, 2007 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”188340″]Hockey icon Peter Puck is returning to intermissions this season on Leafs TV only. The joke up in Canada is that he’s coming out of retirement to explain the game to Ottawa fans.[/quote]

    Maybe he should explain some things to the Laughs, I mean Leafs. Nice job last night, way to finish the game off. Sens own.

  • SS | December 19, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”188371″]What strikes me more about the Steve Young photo is the huge facemask on the helmet. You can fit a whole ‘nother face in there and still have room.[/quote]

    you beat me to it! that facemask is HUGE. on a side note, when did Michael Jordan’s nickname get reduced to his initials? Isn’t/wasn’t he called “Air” Jordan, or “his Airness” or some variation of that? this is a serious question, by the way, I’m not trying to criticize its use. It just seems like it’s industry-standard to call him “MJ” now and I’m just wondering if there is a reason people started doing that…

  • Pat | December 19, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”188366″][quote comment=”188348″]By the way, these are the Bordeaux VII”s which are similar to a sharpei, in that they are so ugly that they are beautiful!

    http://jordanretro.e...

    http://artfiles.art....

    But what are the sneakers that MJ is wearing in todays pictures?[/quote]

    I’m no sneakerhead. The first pair of signature kicks I ever owned were the Shawn Kemp Kamikaze I. The only reason I got those was because it was the only thing I asked for for Christmas that year. I wore those shits everywhere.

    My question is, could those be the new AJ 23s that are coming out this year? I know they have been shown to a select few. Scoop Jackson (the biggest joke of a journalist) wrote a cheesy, mail-it-in piece about the day he got to see those for the first time.

    Seems to me that if Jordan wanted to get a pair to wear at practice he could.

    Of course, everyone knows that a pair of new Air Jordans haven’t been great kicks to ACTUALLY play in since these or maybe these.

  • Jet | December 19, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”188290″]Not to veer off topic from any of today’s insights, but going through some of my vinyl this morning, I came across The Who’s “Odds and Sods”, and had completely forgotten about the album cover with the band wearing American football helmets.

    Anyone else know of other album covers with any uni-related stuff on them?[/quote]

    Well, 80’s British metal band Raven often wore hockey shin guards and shoulder pads on stage and their drummer “Wacko” also wore a hockey cage helmet and used to smash his head against the cymbals. They’re pictured on this album smashing out of gym lockers with some of their gear: http://www.woundedbi...

    Also, I saw Rush at the Nassau Coliseum on the 1978 Hemispheres tour and when they came out for the encore they were wearing Islanders home white sweaters

    -Jet

  • Xmas Cheer | December 19, 2007 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”188311″]I don’t care what you say, I still like the old Bucs uniforms. Yes, winking pirate and all.

    And for anyone who says they were nothing but bad luck, lest ye forget they were on the cusp of a super bowl in 1979 and I believe knocked out the Cowboys in the divisional round in 1983. They have some good history associated with them.[/quote]

    That was the Rams, actually. The ’83 Bucs were 2-14.

  • Graf Zeppelin | December 19, 2007 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”188296″]What about the Eagles of the late 70’s and early 80’s? They were the kings of mesh jerseys.[/quote]

    Look at the Seahawks of the ’80s. I think they actually started the mesh jersey trend.

    My high school jersey (worn from 1985-87) is mesh, although the shoulders and sleeves are of the more standard jersey fabric pattern. It’s a nice jersey, too; I’ll post a pic if I get a chance.

  • Jet | December 19, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    ….and speaking of Rush, drummer Neal Peart is wearing a Montreal Expos cap in the photos on the inside of the Permanent Waves album

    -Jet

  • Shane | December 19, 2007 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”188390″]
    When the Dave Matthews band plays live, the drummer, Carter Beauford, always dons a jesey or cap from one of the cities sports teams.

    http://www.weeklydav...(Dunnett).jpg[/quote]

    When I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra last winter in Albany, the rhythm guitarist was sporting a year-old (pre-Carolina) River Rats jersey. Wouldn’t expect anyone to wear the jersey of a local minor league team.

  • Hank | December 19, 2007 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”188384″][quote comment=”188382″]Why are people getting fined for the Mike Vick stuff, but nobody got fined for the Sean Taylor memorials. Not to be mean-spirited, but wouldn’t they fall under the same NFL rule[/quote]
    One was sanctioned by the NFL, the other wasn’t.[/quote]
    Oops. I was thinking more along the lines of the number decal. Guess the NFL decided that a tribute to a death gets more leeway than one for a prison sentence.

  • dm00n [Doug] | December 19, 2007 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”188384″][quote comment=”188382″]Why are people getting fined for the Mike Vick stuff, but nobody got fined for the Sean Taylor memorials. Not to be mean-spirited, but wouldn’t they fall under the same NFL rule[/quote]
    One was sanctioned by the NFL, the other wasn’t.[/quote]

    He was probably comparing this to this.

  • Chance | December 19, 2007 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”188384″][quote comment=”188382″]Why are people getting fined for the Mike Vick stuff, but nobody got fined for the Sean Taylor memorials. Not to be mean-spirited, but wouldn’t they fall under the same NFL rule[/quote]
    One was sanctioned by the NFL, the other wasn’t.[/quote]
    Agreed.

    As inappropriate as I think the Taylor tribute is, it is sanctioned by the League. There’s no comparison with a handwritten “Free Mike Vick” tshirt playing to the cameras.

  • Chance | December 19, 2007 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”188415″][quote comment=”188384″][quote comment=”188382″]Why are people getting fined for the Mike Vick stuff, but nobody got fined for the Sean Taylor memorials. Not to be mean-spirited, but wouldn’t they fall under the same NFL rule[/quote]
    One was sanctioned by the NFL, the other wasn’t.[/quote]
    Oops. I was thinking more along the lines of the number decal. Guess the NFL decided that a tribute to a death gets more leeway than one for a prison sentence.[/quote]
    Not at all.

    The distinction between the two is that one was pre-approved by the NFL and one wasn’t. Players can’t just write whatever they want on their uniforms, but teams may be given permission to add tributes to theirs.

  • Jim | December 19, 2007 at 11:41 am |

    And as of last night, he decided it was a one-and-done affair. “It was a lot of purple,” Williams said. “Maybe too much purple.

    … and then Williams added “And now, Mr. Lukas, can you please untie me?”

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 11:42 am |

    [quote]Also, I saw Rush at the Nassau Coliseum on the 1978 Hemispheres tour and when they came out for the encore they were wearing Islanders home white sweaters[/quote]

    ya think they broke into the lockers, or were the sweaters ‘available’ backstage ;)

  • Brad | December 19, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    I think that college player with the one undersleeve must actually be wearing some kind of shoulder brace. The NCAA rules state in Rule 3, Artilecle 13, “An undershirt is considered to be part of the game jersey and must be a color similar to that of the game jersey. In addition, the sleeves and neckline of undershirts shall be unaltered. (e.g., no cut-off sleeves or cut necklines) Both sleeves shall be of the same length and not extend beyond the elbows.”

    PDF link to rule book

  • Chance | December 19, 2007 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”188395″][quote comment=”188371″]What strikes me more about the Steve Young photo is the huge facemask on the helmet. You can fit a whole ‘nother face in there and still have room.[/quote]

    you beat me to it! that facemask is HUGE. on a side note, when did Michael Jordan’s nickname get reduced to his initials? Isn’t/wasn’t he called “Air” Jordan, or “his Airness” or some variation of that? this is a serious question, by the way, I’m not trying to criticize its use. It just seems like it’s industry-standard to call him “MJ” now and I’m just wondering if there is a reason people started doing that…[/quote]

    I seem to recall that he was called “MJ” on occassion during his playing days in Chicago.

  • Jet | December 19, 2007 at 11:55 am |

    Wow, that Redwings-Rangers locker room news clip is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -Jet

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 11:58 am |

    Pat,

    Here are the XXXIII pics:

    http://niketalk.yuku...

    I have to disagree with you though:

    The XX and the XXII are great basketball shoes:

    XX:
    http://www.nicekicks...

    XXIII:
    http://www.airjordan...

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”188423″][quote comment=”188395″][quote comment=”188371″]What strikes me more about the Steve Young photo is the huge facemask on the helmet. You can fit a whole ‘nother face in there and still have room.[/quote]

    you beat me to it! that facemask is HUGE. on a side note, when did Michael Jordan’s nickname get reduced to his initials? Isn’t/wasn’t he called “Air” Jordan, or “his Airness” or some variation of that? this is a serious question, by the way, I’m not trying to criticize its use. It just seems like it’s industry-standard to call him “MJ” now and I’m just wondering if there is a reason people started doing that…[/quote]

    I seem to recall that he was called “MJ” on occassion during his playing days in Chicago.[/quote]

    When I hear/see “MJ” it makes me think of Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. Not good times.

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”188394″][quote comment=”188340″]Hockey icon Peter Puck is returning to intermissions this season on Leafs TV only. The joke up in Canada is that he’s coming out of retirement to explain the game to Ottawa fans.[/quote]

    Maybe he should explain some things to the Laughs, I mean Leafs. Nice job last night, way to finish the game off. Sens own.[/quote]

    For me, the grief is still too near… But I’m not here to talk about the past, so, go Leafs go!

  • Justin B | December 19, 2007 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote] Looks like a Georgia Southern player was wearing a one-sleeved undershirt the other day (with thanks to Bob Jaye). [/quote]

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”188428″]so, go Leafs go![/quote]

    FTH GLG?

  • Justin PGH | December 19, 2007 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”188429″][quote] Looks like a Georgia Southern player was wearing a one-sleeved undershirt the other day (with thanks to Bob Jaye). [/quote][/quote]

    My favorite “One Sleever”. Julius Page.

  • Boston Nick | December 19, 2007 at 12:08 pm |

    Oh man…ninth grade, before there was a Boston Nike town, I took a class trip to NYC. I had saved for a while to be able to afford the authentic Michigan shorts…one of my favorite purchases ever. The embroidered Ms on the sides, the beautiful cloth. And I had em extra long in honor of my favorite basketball player of all-time, Jalen Rose.

    It’s amazing to think about how I felt about the Fab Five as a kid, and how long ago that actually was.

    Earlier than the shorts, I actually bought the Air Jordan IXs as a sixth grader (and by I, I mean my dad) because Jalen was wearing em to start that season with the signature black socks.

  • Bryan | December 19, 2007 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”188414″][quote comment=”188390″]
    When the Dave Matthews band plays live, the drummer, Carter Beauford, always dons a jesey or cap from one of the cities sports teams.

    http://www.weeklydav...(Dunnett).jpg[/quote]

    When I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra last winter in Albany, the rhythm guitarist was sporting a year-old (pre-Carolina) River Rats jersey. Wouldn’t expect anyone to wear the jersey of a local minor league team.[/quote]

    I remember going to a River Rats game a few years ago, and there was a band that played during the intermissions that would wear old-style hockey jerseys….looking for pics now.

  • Miguel | December 19, 2007 at 12:14 pm |

    Anyone know why Nike doesn’t sell the authentic basketball shorts anymore? My brother bought a pair of UNC authentics probably 8-10 years ago and they still hold up to this day.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 12:14 pm |

    Boston Nick,

    In 1995, I found the Navy authentic Fab Five shorts in Staten Island. To this day, they are one of my favorite posessions. I can’t rock them playing ball though, because as they were long back then, the only people who would like their length now might be John Stockton, Brian Scalabrine, or David Stern! Still looking for your maize pair. A buddy whom I tought with had a pair and we would play after school. I basically offered to grade all of his papers for a month to pry them away from him!

    I can only remember the Five wearing Huaraches as Freshman along with the Navy shorts against Duke in the Final. And in their final as sophomores against Carolina, they wore the Air Force Max B with their signature Black socks.

  • Al Gruwell | December 19, 2007 at 12:15 pm |

    In post #33 (the Bears Super Bowl Shuffle), I spotted Converse, adidas, and my personal favorite, Puma, shoes being worn by the Bears. Also, Walter Payton was a ROOS shoe (the one with the pocket!) endorser, though I don’t think it shows in the photo. Didn’t peruse that closely, but saw no Nike! As I recall, their quality wasn’t that great on football shoes back then. Lots of nylon, which would soak the feet when wet.

  • TJ Leja | December 19, 2007 at 12:16 pm |

    I know there is a lot of Ron Paul attention on the net lately, but I think this is one Ron Paul tidbit that can appeal to many readers on this site. Home Run Derby just posted an article linking each presidential candidate to their favorite baseball team and at the bottom of the article there is a picture of Ron wearing an old school style Astros uniform with his full name on the back.

  • Mike V. | December 19, 2007 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”188288″][quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution[/quote]
    That thing is just terrible to look at. Even worse if your a Bills fan.

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”188440″][quote comment=”188288″][quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution[/quote]
    That thing is just terrible to look at. Even worse if your a Bills fan.[/quote]

    Yes, being a Bills fan is bad enough, thanks. “Wide Right”; “The Music City Miracle Debacle”; J.P. Loss-man… will the pain never cease??

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”188430″][quote comment=”188428″]so, go Leafs go![/quote]

    FTH GLG?[/quote]

    Exactly. Now if only they’d go back to these.

  • Husker E10 | December 19, 2007 at 12:27 pm |

    No suprise here…but a uni-preview of the BCS Championship game at the bottom of this article.

    WEARING WHITE: LSU will wear its traditional white jerseys when the Tigers play Ohio State, LSU equipment manager Greg Stringfellow confirmed Tuesday.

    As the higher-ranked team, Ohio State got first choice in selecting its jersey color, and the Buckeyes opted for their home color of scarlet, Stringfellow said. The Buckeyes will wear gray pants.

  • Ian K | December 19, 2007 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”188390″]

    When the Dave Matthews band plays live, the drummer, Carter Beauford, always dons a jesey or cap from one of the cities sports teams.

    http://www.weeklydav...(Dunnett).jpg[/quote]

    I wouldn’t say always, I’ve seen Carter wear branded shirts like Fox Racing.

    Robert Randolph is another guy that wears jerseys all the time. It’s usually a Beltran Mets uni, but I’ve seen him in a Phillies uni, a Wyoming basketball jersey, NHL All-Star sweater, and this UT jacket thing.

  • Dan | December 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm |

    Sharks are auctioning special edition holiday jerseys with a santa hat!

    http://sharks.nhl.co...

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”188449″]Sharks are auctioning special edition holiday jerseys with a santa hat!

    http://sharks.nhl.co...

    Is there a Pat Falloon one?

  • Mike | December 19, 2007 at 12:51 pm |

    great topic! what i find similarly frustrating are all those screens, banners, and other treatments that teams put behind microphones in their media rooms. its gotten so bad that some teams like the patriots and redskins have installed electronic boards that scoll different team logos and corporate logos. anyone else find it this logo creep thoroughly frustrating?

  • Cowboy7130 | December 19, 2007 at 1:01 pm |

    Re: Gladiator Football Helmet

    It wasn’t that long ago that old-school football fans complained about how ugly those new-fangled helmets had become, especially with those sissy facemasks. Then, they were proven to reduce head and face injuries by an almost exponential factor over previous designs. Quickly, helmets and facemasks evolved into the technologically advanced and subsequently expensive articles that they are today.

    I have a son playing high school football. One of his good friends just suffered a major concussion (his second in two years) wearing a Schutt DNA, supposedly one of the most advanced models of helmet on the market. Which, by the way, was initially roundly denounced as “ugly.”

    Now, a new and improved football helmet system is available, and one of the biggest arguments against it is that it is ugly.

    As ugly as the last years of Mike Webster’s life?

    I think not.

    When available to my son, I will encourage him to wear any ugly helmet that helps keep his brain safe.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 1:03 pm |

    LSU could always go the route of the Vikings and introduce purple pants to complete the “Barney” look.

    On another note, they could go the route of WVU and Cal ann introduce a yellow jersey. That would be an interesting photoshop project.

  • Kek | December 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm |

    Props to Justin PGH for posting that Julius Page pic, forgot his one sleeve action (to the fellow burghers in here, is JP still playing professionally in Russia?)

    There is absolutely no comparison to the Taylor tribute vs. the Vick thing. Vick isn’t dead, he’s in jail for committing a crime and I don’t think the league would approve anything “celebrating” that or wanting to “free” him.

    Love the sneaker talk. My favorites were my freshmen year in HS I had the grape Air Jordan Vs. To this day, I can’t believe I threw them out! I learned my lesson as I’ve never parted with my red and black XIIIs.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    Cowboy 7130

    A very valid and noble point! However, you’d be hard presses to make High school kids wear those helmets unless, of course, the entire team was outfitted with them!

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 1:06 pm |

    Cowboy 7130

    A very valid and noble point! However, you’d be hard pressed to make High school kids wear those helmets unless, of course, the entire team was outfitted with them!

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”188464″]Cowboy 7130

    A very valid and noble point! However, you’d be hard pressed to make High school kids wear those helmets unless, of course, the entire team was outfitted with them![/quote]

    Easy.. get Disney to license/sponsor and rename the team something like Buzz (Lightyear) or maybe Star Command.

  • Fez Whatley | December 19, 2007 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”188451″][quote comment=”188449″]Sharks are auctioning special edition holiday jerseys with a santa hat!

    http://sharks.nhl.co...

    Is there a Pat Falloon one?[/quote]
    Good one. ha ha

  • Kevin | December 19, 2007 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”188454″]great topic! what i find similarly frustrating are all those screens, banners, and other treatments that teams put behind microphones in their media rooms. its gotten so bad that some teams like the patriots and redskins have installed electronic boards that scoll different team logos and corporate logos. anyone else find it this logo creep thoroughly frustrating?[/quote]

    There was an article some time ago (I think in the Washington Post) about those electronic screens the Redskins use. They even ship them to away games and set them up in/outside the visitors locker room for the post-game news conferences. They stated in the article that the printed banners would take so much abuse when shipping and setup/removal that the electronic boards were more cost effective. Plus, the time to produce a banner was like weeks, versus seconds with a laptop and USB port. If they added a new corporate sponser, they could be displaying that logo within minutes.

  • jibblescribbits | December 19, 2007 at 1:18 pm |

    What should scare Jordan is that It’s actually more jarring, to me at least, to see him with the 3 stripes under his arm than in a Bobcats (or Wizards for that matter) uniform. He has attached himself so much to that brand that it shocks em when he wears something else.

  • Kek | December 19, 2007 at 1:19 pm |

    regarding rush, when I saw them in pittsburgh this summer, geddy lee came out in a pirates t-shirt

    i don’t know what the style of hat that neil peart wears is called, but i thought it would be cool if he got logos on there and sported whatever team of the city they were in. Similar to the late Payne Stewart’s NFL gear.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 1:19 pm |

    Anyone know why Nike doesn’t sell the authentic basketball shorts anymore? My brother bought a pair of UNC authentics probably 8-10 years ago and they still hold up to this day.

    The Elite line by Nike are extremely close to authentic quality and at 60 dollars a price point half as expensive.

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

    The quality greatly decrease when you drop down to the 40 dollar screen printed replica shorts that Nike makes.

    http://www.shopterps...

  • Kevin | December 19, 2007 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”188472″][quote comment=”188454″]great topic! what i find similarly frustrating are all those screens, banners, and other treatments that teams put behind microphones in their media rooms. its gotten so bad that some teams like the patriots and redskins have installed electronic boards that scoll different team logos and corporate logos. anyone else find it this logo creep thoroughly frustrating?[/quote]

    There was an article some time ago (I think in the Washington Post) about those electronic screens the Redskins use. They even ship them to away games and set them up in/outside the visitors locker room for the post-game news conferences. They stated in the article that the printed banners would take so much abuse when shipping and setup/removal that the electronic boards were more cost effective. Plus, the time to produce a banner was like weeks, versus seconds with a laptop and USB port. If they added a new corporate sponser, they could be displaying that logo within minutes.[/quote]

    OK, so it was the Sporting News.

  • CV | December 19, 2007 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”188445″]No suprise here…but a uni-preview of the BCS Championship game at the bottom of this article.

    WEARING WHITE: LSU will wear its traditional white jerseys when the Tigers play Ohio State, LSU equipment manager Greg Stringfellow confirmed Tuesday.

    As the higher-ranked team, Ohio State got first choice in selecting its jersey color, and the Buckeyes opted for their home color of scarlet, Stringfellow said. The Buckeyes will wear gray pants. [/quote]

    The BUckeyes for years wore silver helmets and silver pants, then for some reason a few years back went to grey pants and oddly kept the silver helmets. Did anyone hear any reason for intentionally making the pants and helmet NOT match? Stupid IMO.

  • Jim | December 19, 2007 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”188471″][quote comment=”188451″][quote comment=”188449″]Sharks are auctioning special edition holiday jerseys with a santa hat!

    http://sharks.nhl.co...

    Is there a Pat Falloon one?[/quote]
    Good one. ha ha[/quote]

    Ah, no, it’s not. Let’s not dump on a good guy. Yes, he was a flop, but give the guy a break.

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”188481″][quote comment=”188471″][quote comment=”188451″][quote comment=”188449″]Sharks are auctioning special edition holiday jerseys with a santa hat!

    http://sharks.nhl.co...

    Is there a Pat Falloon one?[/quote]
    Good one. ha ha[/quote]

    Ah, no, it’s not. Let’s not dump on a good guy. Yes, he was a flop, but give the guy a break.[/quote]

    Arturs Irbe then?

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”188482″][quote comment=”188481″][quote comment=”188471″][quote comment=”188451″][quote comment=”188449″]Sharks are auctioning special edition holiday jerseys with a santa hat!

    http://sharks.nhl.co...

    Is there a Pat Falloon one?[/quote]
    Good one. ha ha[/quote]

    Ah, no, it’s not. Let’s not dump on a good guy. Yes, he was a flop, but give the guy a break.[/quote]

    Arturs Irbe then?[/quote]

    I mean, come on, he looks like Kelly Hrudey in this thing.

  • Greg Riffenburgh | December 19, 2007 at 1:48 pm |

    Paul, I’m glad you finally said something about jerseys like that of Donald Igwebuike. This picture of Tom Brady has been bugging me for the same reason since the second I first saw it. It kinda makes some of those tank tops justified when you see some players wearing nightgowns. Football jerseys should be tight.

  • Reveille | December 19, 2007 at 1:55 pm |

    if you listen carefully to the video of the hockey game, you will notice that it is being played in Toronto, so it is neither footage of the Red Wings or Rangers locker rooms per se, but them getting ready in maple leaf gardens

  • Jay | December 19, 2007 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”188480″][quote comment=”188445″]No suprise here…but a uni-preview of the BCS Championship game at the bottom of this article.

    WEARING WHITE: LSU will wear its traditional white jerseys when the Tigers play Ohio State, LSU equipment manager Greg Stringfellow confirmed Tuesday.

    As the higher-ranked team, Ohio State got first choice in selecting its jersey color, and the Buckeyes opted for their home color of scarlet, Stringfellow said. The Buckeyes will wear gray pants. [/quote]

    The BUckeyes for years wore silver helmets and silver pants, then for some reason a few years back went to grey pants and oddly kept the silver helmets. Did anyone hear any reason for intentionally making the pants and helmet NOT match? Stupid IMO.[/quote]

    Blame it on Nike. The moisture-wicking material used to make the pants can’t be made metallic, for whatever reason. This was in Paul’s column when OSU changed jerseys a couple years ago.

  • KT | December 19, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”188311″]I don’t care what you say, I still like the old Bucs uniforms. Yes, winking pirate and all.

    And for anyone who says they were nothing but bad luck, lest ye forget they were on the cusp of a super bowl in 1979 and I believe knocked out the Cowboys in the divisional round in 1983. They have some good history associated with them.[/quote]

    No, 1983 was the start of the long dark period in the Bucs’ history. They didn’t knock out the Cowboys in the playoffs. They’ve never beaten the Cowboys in the playoffs. They’re 0-2 against Dallas in the playoffs and 3-9 against them overall.

    As for Steve Young, yes, he wore his sleeves like that in games. It’s not a practice jersey.

    http://bucpower.com/...

    http://bucpower.com/...

    http://bucpower.com/...

    [quote comment=”188382″]Why are people getting fined for the Mike Vick stuff, but nobody got fined for the Sean Taylor memorials. Not to be mean-spirited, but wouldn’t they fall under the same NFL rule[/quote]

    Are you talking about the league-approved ones? There’s your answer.

    The NFL did, if memory serves, fine Chris Redman $50k for wearing black high tops in memory of Johnny Unitas in 2002, though.

  • DenverGregg | December 19, 2007 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”188328″]My apologies if this was covered already but I was watching NFL’s Greatest Games on ESPN2 last night which featured the 1986 AFC Divisional playoff game between the Browns and Jets. They had a shot of Clarence Weathers featuring a small FNOB on top of his last name. Couldn’t get a screen grab but I did find a picture online.

    Clarence Weathers

    The other C. Weathers on the 1985 Browns was Curtis Weathers. Can’t find a picture.[/quote]
    I watched part of this. I noticed huge variations in the Jets’ sleeve stripes. Ken O’Brien’s sleeve stripes were much wider and more widely spaced than everyone else’s. Of course his sleeves were longer too, leading me to wonder if his teammates were at an early stage in the abandonment of sleeves. Even so, those Jets jerseys looked great.

  • Bob Nolte | December 19, 2007 at 2:14 pm |

    Speaking of “Snow Bowls” from yesterdays article, Here is a gallery from my co-ed football leagues championship game 2 weeks ago. there was a good 6 inches of snow that came in like 3 hours. talk about bring a man, I wore shorts and 2 pairs of socks during the game (first play on D, I slipped and got snow up my shorts).

    enjoy

    p.s. we won

  • KT | December 19, 2007 at 2:17 pm |

    Sorry, it was $5k on the Redman fine, not $50k.

    Well worth it, though.

    Peyton Manning made the mistake of asking for permission. Redman just did it. If Manning had known it would only have been $5k, I reckon he’d have done it.

    Did the Lions or the NFL do anything in late 1971 after Chuck Hughes died on the field? I know the Lions retired his number, but did they do patches or stuff back then?

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 2:21 pm |

    And, in non-uni news, “Stompin'” Chris Simon has received the longest suspension in NHL history (again). 30 games for his latest brain-cramp.

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 2:24 pm |

    Bob Nolte,

    Was that co-ed snow bowl an intramural league at Binghampton? There was a girl on your team with Greeley sweatpants, which is very close to me! By the way, the Browns and Bills have got nothing on you guys!

  • Kevin M. | December 19, 2007 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”188507″]Sorry, it was $5k on the Redman fine, not $50k.

    Well worth it, though.

    Peyton Manning made the mistake of asking for permission. Redman just did it. If Manning had known it would only have been $5k, I reckon he’d have done it.

    Did the Lions or the NFL do anything in late 1971 after Chuck Hughes died on the field? I know the Lions retired his number, but did they do patches or stuff back then?[/quote]

    I think the whole question of the Vick/Taylor thing is players like Ray Lewis and others from the “U” putting 21 on their eye balck and the Falcons players were fined for putting MV7 or 7 on their eye balck.

  • Chance | December 19, 2007 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”188358″][quote comment=”188341″]I am truly sorry that Sean Taylor was murdered. Really I am. Now tell me what makes his death so much more important than, say, Korey Stringer’s or anyone that works outside of the NFL. I get really tired of putting athletes on pedastals just because they are athletes. There are many more important people in the world that work just as hard and contribute to society in more meaningful ways but toil for far less in a career than some pro athletes make in one season.[/quote]

    I’ve actually been wondering why his death is more important leaguewide than those that occured in the offseason (Darrent Williams, Damien Nash, Marquise Hill). Sure it occured midseason, but shouldn’t leaguewide tributes be standard across the board? The Redskins should have a memorial patch and/or helmet sticker, but I’m not sure it should be leaguewide.

    I thought that the ‘Skins leaving Taylor’s spot open (ie playing only 10 men) was a great tribute, and think the same should be done in the Pro Bowl (since he was elected a starter), but the leaguewide “21’s” make his death seem more important to the NFL than those of the other players we’ve lost this year, which I think is wrong.[/quote]

    That’s exactly why I have a problem with it – it’s disrespectful to the other players who have died, and sets a terrible precedent for the future.

    The Redskins? Of course. But league-wide? Bad, bad idea.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | December 19, 2007 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”188357″]Back in the day, without the Internet, Uni-Watch, and Niketalk, the anticipation for new things was incredible. Seeing a new Major League fitted or anything team specific, like a Notre Dame sideline jacket meant something special! Either that person played at ND or knew someone who did, there was mystery. New Jordans or any Nikes during that era caused such a commotion!

    I love the Internet and accessibility but it has diminished that anticipation greatly. I love the ability to see shoes a year befor they release, Huarache 08, but I loved being surprised.

    It’s like Sports Center and YouTube. Being at the Browns/Bills snowbowl is incredible. even watching it on TV. Now everyone can lay claim by seeing highlights 12 times on SC or online. I couldn’t wait for Warner Wolf at 6:25 of the evening news to give me a quick snapshot into the world of sports. It meant so much more.

    Would you rather see the monster in the movie or it’s shadow for two hours? The implied, the imagination is so much better![/quote]

    Warner Wolf? “Carmine, let’s go to the videotape!”

  • DSL | December 19, 2007 at 2:32 pm |

    Money rules the world. And there is nothing we can do about ii?!

  • Matt Powers | December 19, 2007 at 2:35 pm |

    One of my favorite quotes of all time came out of Kevin Garnett’s mouth after he signed his 7 year 126 million dollar contract with the Timberwolves, ” It’s not about the money. It’s all about what I can buy WITH the money!”

  • Jeff | December 19, 2007 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”188362″][quote comment=”188350″][quote comment=”188303″][quote comment=”188288″][quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution[/quote]

    I work in a big manufacturing plant, so I actually have the trade mag that featured this helmet. It was sent to one of our shop foreman and I snatched it up. Weird looking stuff.[/quote]

    That thing looks like a mix between an NFL helmet and Pac-Man.[/quote]

    I still think that Mark Kelso should have modeled the Gladiator.[/quote]

    Actually that is Mark Kelso modeling the Gladiator helmet

  • Kek | December 19, 2007 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”188508″]And, in non-uni news, “Stompin'” Chris Simon has received the longest suspension in NHL history (again). 30 games for his latest brain-cramp.[/quote]
    Good. Punk ass.

    The suspension will be over in time for the Isles’ 2/26 game with the pens.

    Maybe Laraque will kick his ass in payback.

  • Marty Met | December 19, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”188508″]And, in non-uni news, “Stompin'” Chris Simon has received the longest suspension in NHL history (again). 30 games for his latest brain-cramp.[/quote]

    He should be out of the league FOREVER. He dosen’t deserve to wear an NHL sweater.

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”188519″]One of my favorite quotes of all time came out of Kevin Garnett’s mouth after he signed his 7 year 126 million dollar contract with the Timberwolves, ” It’s not about the money. It’s all about what I can buy WITH the money!”[/quote]

    i always thought this was some of KG’s best work

  • Philly Bill | December 19, 2007 at 2:56 pm |

    Someone please tell me which model of Jordans MJ is wearing in today’s photos. It’s a very clean, retro design I don’t recognize offhand.

    I had a pair of low-top ACGs modified off these Huaraches when I was in high school. (Black and brown — no purple.) Terrific shoes — I wore ’em daily ’til one of the soles split. Nike’s kind of a cultural villain to me, but they do make outstanding shoes.

  • Jerico | December 19, 2007 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”188381″]Rangers/Red Wings clip: nice find. Interesting that the Rangers played two ‘home’ games in the 1950 Finals at Maple Leaf Gardens. I wasn’t aware that they did so because the old Madison Square Garden had been booked for the Ringling Bros. Circus. Crazy.[/quote]
    An NHL rule back then stated that, while Stanley Cup Final games can be played on neutral ice, no deciding game of the Cup Finals could be played on neutral ice. Therefore, games 1 and 2, scheduled to be played in New York, were scheduled in Toronto (Maple Leaf Gardens). With the Rangers holding a 3-2 series lead against Detroit, the series was supposed to go back to New York, but the circus hadn’t finished (it’s not as if they could just cover the ice back then), so the series stayed at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium for games 6 and 7. The Rangers lost both games by a goal; game 7 went double overtime. Many looked to this series as a major part of the legend of the Rangers’ 54-year Cup drought.

  • Jerico | December 19, 2007 at 3:02 pm |

    Re: post 157–God bless Wikipedia and SI.

  • B. Hill | December 19, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    Nice piece on who some of the Republican candidates favorite baseball teams are here:
    http://homerderby.co...

    How about this picture of Ron Paul with the FNOB:
    http://homerderby.co...

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”188526″][quote comment=”188362″][quote comment=”188350″][quote comment=”188303″][quote comment=”188288″][quote comment=”188287″]Does anyone remember the link to that really weird anti-concussion helmet that was talked about on here not too long ago?[/quote]

    vive la revolution[/quote]

    I work in a big manufacturing plant, so I actually have the trade mag that featured this helmet. It was sent to one of our shop foreman and I snatched it up. Weird looking stuff.[/quote]

    That thing looks like a mix between an NFL helmet and Pac-Man.[/quote]

    I still think that Mark Kelso should have modeled the Gladiator.[/quote]

    Actually that is Mark Kelso modeling the Gladiator helmet[/quote]

    You know, I was actually someone to say that. See, kids? Sometimes attempting to be witty blows up in your face.

  • Robin | December 19, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”188458″]LSU could always go the route of the Vikings and introduce purple pants to complete the “Barney” look.

    On another note, they could go the route of WVU and Cal ann introduce a yellow jersey. That would be an interesting photoshop project.[/quote]

    Actually, LSU HAS worn gold jerseys in the past. They donned the gold, with white pants and white helmet for the 1997 Independence Bowl against Notre Dame, a game LSU won 27-9

    another look

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”188529″][quote comment=”188508″]And, in non-uni news, “Stompin'” Chris Simon has received the longest suspension in NHL history (again). 30 games for his latest brain-cramp.[/quote]

    He should be out of the league FOREVER. He dosen’t deserve to wear an NHL sweater.[/quote]

    I can’t say I disagree.. maybe Lil’ Gary is hoping he’ll just fade away too, a la Marty McSore McSorry McSorley.

  • Marty Met | December 19, 2007 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”188541″][quote comment=”188529″][quote comment=”188508″]And, in non-uni news, “Stompin'” Chris Simon has received the longest suspension in NHL history (again). 30 games for his latest brain-cramp.[/quote]

    He should be out of the league FOREVER. He dosen’t deserve to wear an NHL sweater.[/quote]

    I can’t say I disagree.. maybe Lil’ Gary is hoping he’ll just fade away too, a la Marty McSore McSorry McSorley.[/quote]

    He should just ban him for life. Let Simon sue his way back in. By the time the lawsuit is settled no team will want him.

  • KT | December 19, 2007 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”188510″]I think the whole question of the Vick/Taylor thing is players like Ray Lewis and others from the “U” putting 21 on their eye balck and the Falcons players were fined for putting MV7 or 7 on their eye balck.[/quote]

    The “unauthorized personal message” rule has been around since McMahon’s headband.

    I think we can all get behind the notion of the difference between remembering a fallen comrade and remembering a convicted felon.

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 3:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”188527″][quote comment=”188508″]And, in non-uni news, “Stompin'” Chris Simon has received the longest suspension in NHL history (again). 30 games for his latest brain-cramp.[/quote]
    Good. Punk ass.

    The suspension will be over in time for the Isles’ 2/26 game with the pens.

    Maybe Laraque will kick his ass in payback.[/quote]

    wouldn’t be the first time

  • ryan c #40 | December 19, 2007 at 3:47 pm |

    ahhh… the nhl “sweater”… i miss it so much!

    *tear*

    now, i’m going to throw on my winnipeg authentic and cry myself to sleep tonight.

    hey, that should be an interesting question…

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JERSEY IN YOUR COLLECTION???

    personally… i can’t choose just one… maybe that’s the beauty of the whole thing! but, if i had to choose a 2 way tie: winnipeg authentic & pirates away sleeveless (sp?) authentic (those jersey’s have been through SO many games…)

  • Miguel | December 19, 2007 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”188532″]Someone please tell me which model of Jordans MJ is wearing in today’s photos. It’s a very clean, retro design I don’t recognize offhand.
    [/quote]

    I believe they are shown on this page – fifth pic down.

  • felix | December 19, 2007 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”188550″]ahhh… the nhl “sweater”… i miss it so much!

    *tear*

    now, i’m going to throw on my winnipeg authentic and cry myself to sleep tonight.

    hey, that should be an interesting question…

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JERSEY IN YOUR COLLECTION???

    personally… i can’t choose just one… maybe that’s the beauty of the whole thing! but, if i had to choose a 2 way tie: winnipeg authentic & pirates away sleeveless (sp?) authentic (those jersey’s have been through SO many games…)[/quote]

    Which Jets version do you have?

  • Hank | December 19, 2007 at 4:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”188534″][quote comment=”188381″]Rangers/Red Wings clip: nice find. Interesting that the Rangers played two ‘home’ games in the 1950 Finals at Maple Leaf Gardens. I wasn’t aware that they did so because the old Madison Square Garden had been booked for the Ringling Bros. Circus. Crazy.[/quote]
    An NHL rule back then stated that, while Stanley Cup Final games can be played on neutral ice, no deciding game of the Cup Finals could be played on neutral ice. Therefore, games 1 and 2, scheduled to be played in New York, were scheduled in Toronto (Maple Leaf Gardens). With the Rangers holding a 3-2 series lead against Detroit, the series was supposed to go back to New York, but the circus hadn’t finished (it’s not as if they could just cover the ice back then), so the series stayed at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium for games 6 and 7. The Rangers lost both games by a goal; game 7 went double overtime. Many looked to this series as a major part of the legend of the Rangers’ 54-year Cup drought.[/quote]

    Thanks for the rest of the details.

    Geez, how’d you like to have been on the Rangers squad and learn your home-ice advantage was usurped by elephants and clowns.

  • Gorgonzola | December 19, 2007 at 4:16 pm |

    You can only expect so much from a former Tar Heel. Reasoning is not one of their strong points. Actually, they’re not smart in any sense of the word.

  • patrick | December 19, 2007 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”188358″][quote comment=”188341″]I am truly sorry that Sean Taylor was murdered. Really I am. Now tell me what makes his death so much more important than, say, Korey Stringer’s or anyone that works outside of the NFL. I get really tired of putting athletes on pedastals just because they are athletes. There are many more important people in the world that work just as hard and contribute to society in more meaningful ways but toil for far less in a career than some pro athletes make in one season.[/quote]

    I’ve actually been wondering why his death is more important leaguewide than those that occured in the offseason (Darrent Williams, Damien Nash, Marquise Hill). Sure it occured midseason, but shouldn’t leaguewide tributes be standard across the board? The Redskins should have a memorial patch and/or helmet sticker, but I’m not sure it should be leaguewide.

    I thought that the ‘Skins leaving Taylor’s spot open (ie playing only 10 men) was a great tribute, and think the same should be done in the Pro Bowl (since he was elected a starter), but the leaguewide “21’s” make his death seem more important to the NFL than those of the other players we’ve lost this year, which I think is wrong.[/quote]

    becasue, unfortunately for the others, sean taylor was a star. people knew who he was. I had never heard of Stringer or Williams, or Hill prior to their passings

  • Beantown | December 19, 2007 at 4:31 pm |

    Having had chronic dislocations, the first thing I thought about when seeing this kid was that it was not a T-Shirt. I think it might some version of one of these. Just a thought.

  • Seth H | December 19, 2007 at 4:40 pm |

    Rangers/Red Wings clip: nice find. Interesting that the Rangers played two ‘home’ games in the 1950 Finals at Maple Leaf Gardens. I wasn’t aware that they did so because the old Madison Square Garden had been booked for the Ringling Bros. Circus. Crazy.

    An NHL rule back then stated that, while Stanley Cup Final games can be played on neutral ice, no deciding game of the Cup Finals could be played on neutral ice. Therefore, games 1 and 2, scheduled to be played in New York, were scheduled in Toronto (Maple Leaf Gardens). With the Rangers holding a 3-2 series lead against Detroit, the series was supposed to go back to New York, but the circus hadn’t finished (it’s not as if they could just cover the ice back then), so the series stayed at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium for games 6 and 7. The Rangers lost both games by a goal; game 7 went double overtime. Many looked to this series as a major part of the legend of the Rangers’ 54-year Cup drought.

    Thanks for the rest of the details.

    Geez, how’d you like to have been on the Rangers squad and learn your home-ice advantage was usurped by elephants and clowns. ♠

    Of course, the whole reason this was an issue was that the Garden booked the circus for that time figuring that there was no way the Rangers would make the Cup finals.

    With the move to the new Garden in 1968, and a modern ice making/HVAC system, this is no longer an issue. They can now flip from circus to hockey with no problem. I remember going to a Rangers playoff game when I was a kid (circa early 70s). While my dad parked the car, my mom took my sister and me into the game. When we got to the turnstiles, the ticket taker took one look, held up his hand, and said: “Sorry. The circus is canceled today because of a hockey game.”

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    angry homeless man has a nice puffy parka

  • Jeff B | December 19, 2007 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”188572″]angry homeless man has a nice puffy parka[/quote]

    You know what TMQ says about coaches wearing giant coats.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | December 19, 2007 at 5:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”188551″][quote comment=”188532″]Someone please tell me which model of Jordans MJ is wearing in today’s photos. It’s a very clean, retro design I don’t recognize offhand.
    [/quote]

    I believe they are shown on this page – fifth pic down.[/quote]

    correct. they are the sky highs as i mentioned in post 16.

    however it is not a new shoe, it is a re release of a shoe from 1985. i believe it is made of basketball style leather.

    here is jordan his rookie year doing an ad in chapel hill.
    http://farm3.static....

  • kevin c | December 19, 2007 at 5:45 pm |

    Maybe rbk should watch that red wings rangers footage. tight fitting jerseys that looked good with no wierd hem lines or piping and rangers was centered on the jersey. also the narrator noted that the goalie pads were 40lbs.! lets see how good goalies would be today with 40lbs tied to their legs.

  • Bryan Redemske | December 19, 2007 at 6:46 pm |

    Re: Jordans

    I have an original pair of these. They are most excellent.

  • Bendert | December 19, 2007 at 7:18 pm |

    Beautiful game in Boston. Two great teams, throwback uniforms, all on that parque floor. Beautiful.

  • BluesFan44 | December 19, 2007 at 7:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”188579″]Maybe rbk should watch that red wings rangers footage. tight fitting jerseys that looked good with no wierd hem lines or piping and rangers was centered on the jersey. also the narrator noted that the goalie pads were 40lbs.! lets see how good goalies would be today with 40lbs tied to their legs.[/quote]
    Amen, brother. The RBK era is the darkest era in the history of Sports Unis…..

  • Bob Nolte | December 19, 2007 at 7:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”188509″]Bob Nolte,

    Was that co-ed snow bowl an intramural league at Binghampton? There was a girl on your team with Greeley sweatpants, which is very close to me! By the way, the Browns and Bills have got nothing on you guys![/quote]

    Yes sir.

  • Frankie | December 19, 2007 at 7:36 pm |

    Fukudome introduced in Chicago and has his last name on the back, and is #1. Check MLBs website for the picture.

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 7:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”188596″]Fukudome introduced in Chicago and has his last name on the back, and is #1. Check MLBs website for the picture.[/quote]

    fukudome

  • Graham | December 19, 2007 at 7:51 pm |
  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 7:52 pm |

    is fukudome a bit of a poseur?

    or is this just a bad still-shot

  • Brendan | December 19, 2007 at 7:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”188314″]The toiling of my first job in eighth grade cleaning up a gas station served the purpose of purchasing a pair of of the Air Jordan VI in the black/infra red colorway:

    http://instyleshoes….

    WOW! $600?!?! more power to you! nice shoes though!!!

    and:

    (I was trying to teach her how adidas is superior to nike at the time)

    …don’t teach your kids lies! lol. kidding. seriously, i LOVE nike products! i think adidas makes a much lower quality jersey (look at the old nike us soccer jerseys as opposed to the new adidas mls junk jerseys… HUGE difference in quality!!! nike, FAR better (i have one of each)). even with shoes, you just can’t go wrong with nike… and don’t even get me started on rbk…[/quote]

    I completely agree with you. Nike is way better when it somes to soccer jerseys than adidas. No stupid piping, no stupid templates, and the material just feels better (at least for the authentic/replica jerseys). Occasionally they come out with some silly stuff (i.e. this year’s Club America jerseys), but overall they’re classy, clean, and simple.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | December 19, 2007 at 8:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”188587″]Re: Jordans

    I have an original pair of these. They are most excellent.[/quote]

    ive got every pair. i guess that goes hand in hand when you own over 150 pairs of sneakers…

    [quote comment=”188600″]best hat ever

    http://www.lids.com/...

    logo yes, hat no. if that was on a plain brown slouch franchise hat, without the dumb multi colored brim front then i’d have the hat.
    if the lombardi-esque intertwined GB and the bears script B was in plain franchise hats, id have those too.

  • Marty Met | December 19, 2007 at 8:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”188600″]best hat ever

    http://www.lids.com/...

    Come on now, Isn’t that Elf a little wimpy? I mean Mr. Met could crush him like a walnut

  • LI Phil | December 19, 2007 at 8:35 pm |

    coach of what team?

    (see caption…before they correct it)

  • Brendan | December 19, 2007 at 8:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”188609″]coach of what team?

    (see caption…before they correct it)[/quote]

    Screenshot

  • AHunt | December 19, 2007 at 9:02 pm |

    I’m a little late to the party (and didn’t want to read each post – I’m lazy, sorry), but does anyone remember the Dream Team in ’92, with the Reekbok warmups, and MJ, Magic, Larry Legend all wrapped the American flag around their neck and purposely covered the name Reebok because it infringed on their contracts with Nike and Converse?

    and when you’re worth whatever Jordan is, you do whatever the hell you want.

  • David | December 19, 2007 at 9:17 pm |

    Make sure you bet the farm on LSU. Since they’ll be wearing white, there’s no way they can lose. Those purple jerseys are pure evil, evil I tell you! LIKE ANYONE GIVES A S*** ABOUT WHAT JERSEY CLOLOR YOU’RE WEARING! LIKE IT NEEDS A PRESS RELEASE!

  • PaddyWaggn | December 19, 2007 at 9:31 pm |

    Watching the Celtics – Pistons game on ESPN and they keep showing Big Papi sitting courtside in a Ray Allen jersey. He’s wearing a black Red Sox hat with a small B inside an outline of Massachusetts on the front except for the entirety of Cape Cod. The sewing looks thin enough that they could have added Cape Cod without doubling the stitching over, so this may be on purpose.

  • brian | December 19, 2007 at 9:38 pm |

    great article on proposed NFL helmets that never went through here

  • Jordan | December 19, 2007 at 9:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”188598″][quote comment=”188596″]Fukudome introduced in Chicago and has his last name on the back, and is #1. Check MLBs website for the picture.[/quote]

    fukudome[/quote]

    I think I called that one. Self-dap.

  • ryan c #40 | December 19, 2007 at 9:51 pm |

    personally… i can’t choose just one… maybe that’s the beauty of the whole thing! but, if i had to choose a 2 way tie: winnipeg authentic & pirates away sleeveless (sp?) authentic (those jersey’s have been through SO many games…)

    Which Jets version do you have?

    the newest version they had… blue. AWESOME!

  • Nick | December 19, 2007 at 10:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”188600″]best hat ever

    http://www.lids.com/...

    While I like that logo, I disagree. The Reebok logo ruins it.

  • Ryan | December 19, 2007 at 11:48 pm |

    There apparently is alot of Bobcats gear with the Jumpman on it. I’m not sure how they get by with it though.

    Nike can make all the Bobcats gear they want to, it just won’t be “official” NBA product, since Adidas is inked as the sole “official” manufacturer of NBA goods… My question: why doesn’t Jordan just wear one of the hundreds of Nike practice jerseys that have to be swarming the market? It’s obvious that he just wore the jerseys because they were on-hand, then when the camera men came he covered up the logo to avoid any Nike spurn

  • felix | December 20, 2007 at 12:01 am |

    [quote comment=”188625″]personally… i can’t choose just one… maybe that’s the beauty of the whole thing! but, if i had to choose a 2 way tie: winnipeg authentic & pirates away sleeveless (sp?) authentic (those jersey’s have been through SO many games…)

    Which Jets version do you have?

    the newest version they had… blue. AWESOME![/quote]

    Very nice, I liked that look too. And since you asked, this is my favourite from my collection. It’s not game-worn though, but it works.

  • Bryan Redemske | December 20, 2007 at 1:23 am |

    [quote comment=”188645″]There apparently is alot of Bobcats gear with the Jumpman on it. I’m not sure how they get by with it though.

    Nike can make all the Bobcats gear they want to, it just won’t be “official” NBA product, since Adidas is inked as the sole “official” manufacturer of NBA goods… My question: why doesn’t Jordan just wear one of the hundreds of Nike practice jerseys that have to be swarming the market? It’s obvious that he just wore the jerseys because they were on-hand, then when the camera men came he covered up the logo to avoid any Nike spurn[/quote]

    It’s kind of funny, though. The dude’s in his mid-40s, has made a shit ton of money for Nike and himself, literally has to answer to nobody on the basketball court … and he’s worried about the little Adidas logo? I mean, I see why he did it — the Nike affiliation — but come on. I think Mike gets a free pass on that one. Unless, of course, his red blood cells are shaped like Swooshes. Then it makes perfect sense.

  • Colten | December 20, 2007 at 5:47 am |

    I have one of those Miami jerseys with left sleeve all orange. I know most people on this site disapprove, but I thought they were unique, even though I got it off the clearance rack for 40 buck. I almost got the Marcus Vick VT with the orange sleeve, but they didn’t have my size. They also had a Gators jersey with the sleeve.

  • Dave in VA | December 20, 2007 at 8:11 am |

    Beautiful game in Boston. Two great teams, throwback uniforms, all on that parque floor. Beautiful
    The only inconsistency in that game is that (I believe) the Celtics wore green shoes back in the day, not white. Other than that, very nice.

  • Paul Lukas | December 20, 2007 at 8:17 am |

    [quote comment=”188745″]I have one of those Miami jerseys with left sleeve all orange. I know most people on this site disapprove, but I thought they were unique, even though I got it off the clearance rack for 40 buck. I almost got the Marcus Vick VT with the orange sleeve, but they didn’t have my size. They also had a Gators jersey with the sleeve.[/quote]

    How could the Miami one be “unique” when, as your own comment points out, several other schools wore the same concept? That was the biggest problem with the orange-sleeve jerseys: The four schools that wore them effectively become a new team — Team Nike.

  • derek | December 20, 2007 at 8:54 am |

    Paul- not to sound like an ass but you rant on about how corporate advertising is getting out of hand in sports and life yet you have have adds all over your site. dont you think thats a little hypocritical?

  • Colten | December 20, 2007 at 9:28 am |

    I didn’t mean that they were unique to Miami only, but that is was a new concept that no one had tried before. While it failed miserably, I can look back years down the road and know that I have a jersey that people don’t run across every day. By the way, you said four teams wore the design. I saw Miami, Florida, and VT. Who was the fourth?

  • Paul Lukas | December 20, 2007 at 9:34 am |

    [quote comment=”188804″]Paul- not to sound like an ass but you rant on about how corporate advertising is getting out of hand in sports and life yet you have have adds all over your site. dont you think thats a little hypocritical?[/quote]

    No, that’a an apples/oranges comparison. Advertising on a web site is perfectly legitimate and appropriate — that’s how publications stay in business (esp. ones that give away their content for free, like this one). Advertising on a uniform is, in my opinion, INappropriate, because the uniform should stand for the brand of the team, not for any other brand.

    See today’s post for more thoughts on this topic.

  • Peter | December 20, 2007 at 11:10 pm |

    It’s amazing how corporate sponsorship slowly gets into everything to do with sports. Even in the CFL we have stadiums named after companies . Thank goodness Ivor Wynne has retained it’s historical designation, although when the new stadium is built I imagine we will end up with Ivor Wynne Field at Tim Horton’s Park or something like that. I noticed that NBA Replicas carry the Adidas logo when I was out shopping today. Like I really need to know that my CB4 jersey comes from the three stripes. One other thing, on my old CCM Vancouver replica the logo is on the back of the neck, so if I was a true Canadian hockey player complete with the hair no one would ever see it!

  • The Anti-Advertising Agency » Our Brands, Ourselves | December 23, 2007 at 10:52 am |

    […] Two Sundays ago, Bryan posted this photo and complained about all the ACC logos visible therein. This led to a lengthy back-and-forth in the comments section about logo creep — mostly about swooshes and other maker’s marks, not about conference logos. The discussion, which I did not take part in (I was at a bar watching football and caught up on the comments later), featured several arguments and analogies that I hear again and again regarding logo creep — arguments that are, frankly, way off-base. Some similar arguments came up yesterday regarding Michael Jordan’s taped-over Adidas logo. […]

  • Mike | January 4, 2008 at 1:18 am |

    [quote comment=”188666″][quote comment=”188645″]There apparently is alot of Bobcats gear with the Jumpman on it. I’m not sure how they get by with it though.

    Nike can make all the Bobcats gear they want to, it just won’t be “official” NBA product, since Adidas is inked as the sole “official” manufacturer of NBA goods… My question: why doesn’t Jordan just wear one of the hundreds of Nike practice jerseys that have to be swarming the market? It’s obvious that he just wore the jerseys because they were on-hand, then when the camera men came he covered up the logo to avoid any Nike spurn[/quote]

    It’s kind of funny, though. The dude’s in his mid-40s, has made a shit ton of money for Nike and himself, literally has to answer to nobody on the basketball court … and he’s worried about the little Adidas logo? I mean, I see why he did it — the Nike affiliation — but come on. I think Mike gets a free pass on that one. Unless, of course, his red blood cells are shaped like Swooshes. Then it makes perfect sense.[/quote]

    Okay, can someone tell me where I can actually buy some Jordan Brand Bobcats gear which there is apparently alot of?