It’s not often that I run a lead item with no photo links. But reader Mark Snider sent me a really interesting communiqué the other day, and it deserves showcase treatment, even without pics. Check it out:
The Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League recently hosted the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. It was the Stampede’s NBA Affiliate Night [a promotion designed to highlight the relationship between NBA clubs and their D-League affiliates], so Idaho was wearing the black road uniforms of their NBA Affiliate, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Mad Ants wore the red uniforms of the Detroit Pistons.
But Mouhamed Sene, assigned to the Stampede by their other NBA affiliate, the Seattle Super Sonics, wore his green road Sonics uniform. Turns out that the Sonics didn’t want their contracted player wearing the colors of their division (and Pacific Northwest) rivals from Portland. So at times, you had Idaho players wearing black and green uniforms, with Fort Wayne’s team in red. Unfortunately, no photos of the game yet.
There was a similar situation earlier in the season, when Idaho was on the road and was supposed to wear their Sonics uniforms in a game at Rio Grande Valley, where the Vipers were wearing yellow New Orleans Hornets uniforms. But Idaho had an assigned player from Portland, and the Blazers didn’t want him wearing Seattle’s colors. So Idaho wore their regular road red uniforms instead. Apparently the D-League and NBA didn’t take into account assigned NBA players from different teams when they established the NBA Affiliate Nights.
Interestingly, Brian Thompson reports that a similar case of bad planning unfolded at a recent Ontario Hockey League game:
In conjunction with the Windsor Spitfires’ final year at historic Windsor Arena, they’ve brought back their 1950s jerseys for Sunday games. But the Plymouth Whalers only brought their white jerseys to last Sunday’s game, so after the first period the officials made the Spitfires switch to their red jerseys, which happened to clash with their retro socks.
I’m sure there’s a lesson here of some sort, but I’m too busy obsessing over the fact that there’s simply no excuse for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ uniforms not to use this fabric for their uniforms. I happen to have several yards of the stuff (that photo is actually a scan of the material) — anyone want to make a jersey out of it?
Annals of Human Folly, Vol. 879,351: Remember that chunk of plastic that came off of Ahmad Bradshaw’s helmet on Sunday? Giants equipment director Joe Skiba tells me he actually picked up the wayward fragment from the Lambeau Field turf — and then threw it away.
Are you fucking kidding me?! Here’s an artifact with “Hall of Fame Exhibit” written all over it, and Skiba treats it like a cigarette butt. As Scott Turner remarked when I told him about this tragicomic turn of events, “Why didn’t he just chuck the Mona Lisa in the trash while he was at it?”
I fully expect the next edition of Skiba’s online video series to address this woeful error in judgment. But I won’t be around to see it, because I’m so distraught over this episode that I’m about to go put my head in the oven.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I love The Power Puff Girls, and apparently so does R.W. McQuarters. I was pretty sure he rotated his cartoon Band-Aids from game to game, but this is the first time I’ve seen a clear shot of him wearing a non-SpongeBob strip. Also, I didn’t know this, but McQuarters’s Band-Aid ritual dates all the way back to his college days at Oklahoma State, as you can see in this 1996 shot (which was kindly provided by Clint Spaulding). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: At the 58-second point of this video clip, you can see one of those chemical hand-warmer thingies fall out of Brett Favre’s pocket. … Just when you thought you’d seen everything (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … Interesting mystery uncovered by John English, who sent along this photo gallery from the 1979 American League Red Book. As you can see, two of the Chisox players have red-brimmed batting helmets — never seen that before. Anyone know more about this? … Ewww. … Double-ewww. … All those Packers wearing sewn-in pockets on their jerseys prompted Noel Blaha to send in this shot of Benie Kosar — note the high pocket placement. “During the cold-weather games, one of his hands would seemingly be on top of the other in two different pockets, rather than one pouch,” writes Noel. … “You recently mentioned that the New York Rangers wore three different colored jerseys during a practice,” writes Danny Kroll. “But yesterday here in Pittsburgh, the Capitals wore six different colors during their morning skate.” … Remember, I’ll be deconstructing the finer points of trade magazines tonight at Union Hall in Park Slope, 8 p.m.