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Kicking It Around

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By Vince Grzegorek

About a week ago, I wrote a blog for my humble little alternative weekly in Cleveland about why no reasonable fan should care that LeBron’s new Nike kicks are inspired by the Bronx Bombers. Even after the flak Bron Bron caught for wearing a Yankees cap at Jacobs Progressive Field during the Indians’ divisional series against the Yankees, I didn’t think the new shoes, replete with pinstripes, would be such a big deal. At least, I didn’t think they should be.

Of course, as the days went by and news from the blogs reached those who write for our daily newspapers, and those who produce our local daily news shows, James’s new shoes became quite the story yesterday. Locally, the Plain Dealer dedicated almost a full page of the sports section to comments received about the footwear (check out the full list of the “eloquent” comments here). Nationally, the story got play on SportsCenter, and the boys at PTI debated whether LeBron has taken his love of all things pinstriped too far, ultimately declaring that the King should have reigned in that love a little bit. [Sounds like a slow news day to me. — PL]

My take: Ideally, we’d all like our hometown athletes to be beacons of our city in all regards. So it would be great if LeBron was a rep for the Indians, Browns, Lake Erie Monsters, and even the new Cleveland Gladiators. Hell, he should be out pimping the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art too! Instead, LeBron parties with Jay-Z in Vegas, Tom Brady wears a Yankees hat, and Paul Pierce shows his support for the New York Giants.

Still, I think LeBron’s new shoe is nothing to get upset about. In fact, LeBron and Nike have made many shoes together. There’s an entire site dedicated to his shoes. And that’s where I found that Nike and LeBron have also made an OSU style shoe. As you can read here, that doesn’t mean James is heading off to OSU after this year to play for Thad Matta. It doesn’t mean he’s slighting his hometown Akron Zips in any way. In fact, Nike and LeBron made another shoe that has a map of Akron on the sole!

LeBron is at the point of his career where his role as a Nike-sponsored businessman is fast approaching or surpassing his role as basketball player. He’s made no secret of his desire to be a billionaire, and if he’s going to get there, Nike will play a big role in that, which means this is hardly the last set of sneakers they’ll collaborate on. Would I prefer that LeBron didn’t love the Yankees and instead made a shoe based on the Tribe? Sure. But the sad truth is that our athletes owe us nothing outside of the sports they play. I’m in no mood to watch the Cavs cross their fingers over some ping pong balls in the lottery, so I want LeBron here, no matter whose baseball cap or shoes he’s wearing.

Research Request: Paul here. Many, many people over the years have told me about the time the Patriots held a logo “election” during halftime of a game back around the late ’80s, when Pat Patriot was still the man. They supposedly had one guy dressed up as Pat, someone else dressed up as a proposed newfangled spokescharacter (not Flying Elvis), paraded them both around the field, and had the fans vote by applauding. Or maybe they had giant cardboard cutouts of the two logos, instead of live actors (I’ve heard the story told both ways). Either way, the new logo was booed off the field.

I’ve heard this story enough times to believe that it’s true. Only problem is that nobody has ever provided a photo of the losing logo. If anyone can provide any visuals on this, please get in touch. Thanks.

While we’re at it: Another prototype that I’ve often heard about but never seen is the new Chiefs helmet that a play-by-play man supposedly held up in front the camera during a game about 20 years ago. If you’ve got it, let’s see it!

Uni Watch News Ticker: Good article here about how the Chargers’ equipment manager tried to prepare for the cold weather in Foxboro (with thanks to Eric Stangel). … The Sean Taylor mourn-athon continues. … Check out the third “news” item at Thebrushback.com (good find by Mike Nachreiner). … A set of 1936 White Sox pants — plus the accompanying belt! — were just up for sale on eBay (with thanks to Jason Libes). … Check out the collar on the guy on the right in this shot. “Looks like Count Chocula,” opines Greg Riffenburgh. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Dallas Stars are wearing an “MM” decal on their helmets and backplates in memory of front office employee Matt McKee, who died of cancer last week. … Marc Rabinowitz was watching a replay of the 1996 NHL All-Star Game and noticed that John Vanbiesbrouck’s mask-mounted camera was actually painted to match his mask. … As many of you are already aware, the NBA All-Star Game uniforms will look like this and this. Definitely looks like one of those designs that can’t be properly assessed via an illustration — I’ll reserve judgment until I see some photographs Ah, screw it, let’s just beat the rush and start hating them now. … Meanwhile, the Chinese Basketball Association recently had its own all-star game (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … This just in: All players in the Pro Bowl will wear Sean Taylor’s No. 21, plus the competition committee will consider a proposal to have the entire league wear No. 21 next season, and the American flag will be redesigned to have 21 stars and 21 stripes. … Speaking of memorial gestures, I know everyone’s upset about Heath Ledger, but these brokeback moments are getting out of hand. … Awesome audio slideshow here about a 1952 game in which the Harlem Globetrotters suffered a rare loss — at the hands of a sleeve-clad Seattle Chieftains team (spectacular find by Sam Wasson). … Speaking of the Chieftains, we’ve all seen football jerseys with crotch extensions, but I’d never seen one on a basketball jersey until Warren Humphrey showed me this page — scroll down to the bottom for the horrible truth, then check out the rest of the pics for lots of sleeve-o-rama action. … Really interesting high schhool football helmet discovered by Jimmy Neilly. “The team is the Mount Diablo Red Devils,” he writes. “Two of the three prongs of a pitchfork are wrapped around the sides of the helmet, and then the middle prong is used as their helmet stripe.”

 

163 comments to Kicking It Around

  • CraigD | January 24, 2008 at 8:37 am |

    Im changing both my daughters’ names to Sean 21. I have asked the my employer now pay me in increments of 21 dollars. Also I am working on a crossword….whats a 21 letter word for overblown??

  • Chris Doran | January 24, 2008 at 8:45 am |

    Paul,you owe my office a new computer after the spit take that just occured! Totally unexpected, but humorous nonetheless!

  • Al | January 24, 2008 at 8:45 am |

    Paul, from what I remember from the account I read in the Globe (the Will McDonough Sunday notes column that takes about an entire page), the logos were painted in the end zone.

  • redsand13 | January 24, 2008 at 8:46 am |

    I attended the Patriots/Bills game where the vote at halftime for a new logo took place. I don’t have any photos but I remember the logo that lost looked very similar to the “Flying Elvis” that they have now.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 8:50 am |

    couple things…one…so glad the nba ASG uni’s appear to be two-tone AND 3 striped…that’s just great…does this mean next years uni’s will also be affixed with adidas piping?

    two…the auzzie open women’s finals are set, with sharapova taking on ivanovic…not much on the uni front (unfortunately), but a visual treat to be sure…advantage maria

  • Rick 21 From Cedar Park 21, TX | January 24, 2008 at 8:51 am |

    I will now be known as 21.

  • who cares | January 24, 2008 at 8:53 am |

    I wasn’t at the Bills/Pats game in question but I’ve heard a rumor that one of the logos looked something like this.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 9:03 am |

    thanks for posting the sleeved b-ball jersey with the pouch pouch…i never knew they had built-in huggies back then

    im a big kid now

  • Wade | January 24, 2008 at 9:18 am |

    Check this out, it is for a good cause.

  • Wade | January 24, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    this

  • Wade | January 24, 2008 at 9:19 am |

  • Mike Engle | January 24, 2008 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”209242″]Im changing both my daughters’ names to Sean 21. I have asked the my employer now pay me in increments of 21 dollars. Also I am working on a crossword….whats a 21 letter word for overblown??[/quote]
    [quote comment=”209247″]I will now be known as 21.[/quote]
    New Uni Watch policy: New comments may only be posted at the 21-minute mark of every hour.
    While we’re at it, membership cards may now only have #21. No more alternative number choices. (Miami Hurricanes themed #26 acceptable.) And still no purple.

  • Wade | January 24, 2008 at 9:21 am |

    Majors Plan to “Paint the Rink Pink”

    Mississauga, ON – It will be a special night on Wednesday, February 13 when the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors host the Guelph Storm at the Hershey Centre at 7 p.m. It will be on that occasion that the Majors will be holding their inaugural “Paint the Rink Pink” event.

    The theme that evening will be breast cancer awareness and the colour pink will be resonating throughout the building. For that night only, the ice will be painted pink, which is a first in the history of the OHL. Also, the Majors will be wearing special, pink jerseys, which will be auctioned off on their web site (www.stmichaelsmajors.com) during the week following the event. And, the referees will be decked out in pink jerseys as well.

    The Majors are pleased to announce that Don Cherry, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch have already confirmed their attendance and will be performing the ceremonial puck drop that evening.

    The best part is that this event will benefit a good cause as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (www.cbcf.org). This includes $1 from each group ticket that night and $2 from each single ticket as well as in-arena donations.

    Tickets for this game can be purchased through the following link. Stay tuned for further updates as “Paint the Rink Pink” draws closer.

  • Josh | January 24, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    Man…you all are HILARIOUS…not.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    [quote]Majors are pleased to announce that Don Cherry, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch have already confirmed their attendance[/quote]

    if grapes wears a pink blazer…we will need visual evidence for sure

  • Brian Isemann | January 24, 2008 at 9:27 am |

    Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….

  • Kim | January 24, 2008 at 9:31 am |

    The NFL will change it’s name to ’21’ for a 21 year mourning period. All players will be numbered 21, NNOB (our of respect for Mr. Taylor, of course), all yardage markers will read ’21’ instead of useful things like actual yardage.

    I also think that Mr. Taylor should posthumously be named President and Inauguration Day should be moved to January 21.

  • dave | January 24, 2008 at 9:31 am |

    great stuff vince.

    when are we having the Uni-watch party in Cleveland! ill make the drive up from akron if i have to!

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    Remember the hype machine which turned Lebron James into a phenomenon. I do, because I watched his every move with great anticipation. Would be go to Ohio State, would he jump to the NBA, would he try and play football, a game that he also excelled at as a wode receiver? All very interesting, but what had me on the edge of my seat was the earth shattering decision of which shoe giant he would sign with.

    When he played at St. Vincent St. Mary’s High school both Adidas as well as Nike made special edition Player Exclusive shoes for he and his teammates, who were no slouches by any means.

    As we all know, he decided upon the swoosh and became not only a soldier in Phil Knight’s army but the general who would lead them into this millenium.

    As for the tribute to the Yankees with his current shoe, this is not a new occurrence. Check out last year’s New York edition of the Lebron IV

    Nike has also made versions of each of his signature shoes for various high profile high schools and colleges around the country, such as Westchester and Fairfax in Cali, St. Raymonds, Christ the King, and Rice here in New York as well as the initial S.O.D. uniforms which THE Ohio State University team wore in the final four last year. Out of the goodness of their swooshed hearts, I think not. High profile amateur athletes become high profile professional endorsers in the public eyes of millions of fans and consumers, myself included.

  • 21 | January 24, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    On the Washington Caps website they have an interesting video on stick preperation:

    http://capitals.nhl....

    Item # 3

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    Vince (welcome back, by the way), I agree with you that it doesn’t matter that Tom Brady wears a Yankees cap, or that LeBron James allows his name to be used on shoes for all sorts of sports teams (I wonder if any Yankee with have spikes mounted to a pair).

    But it was a little much for him to show up during the playoffs and root against the home team, which shares it’s fan base with him and his team. Especially because he is basically a hometown guy (unlike Brady). I can understand why that grates on people. Sure he has a right to root for whoever he wants, but I can also understand why that was annoying.

  • 21 | January 24, 2008 at 9:40 am |

    I am disappointed the 21st post was not dedicated to #21.

  • Mark Mihalik | January 24, 2008 at 9:40 am |

    While this particular colorway is indeed inspired by the Yankees, it’s never really mentioned that these are really only a limited edition release–one of dozens of colorways of the Lebron V that will come out this year. The shoes themselves are not Yankees-inspired at all (again, it’s just this colorway), so I really don’t see the big deal.

    If his everyday shoes that he wore on the court for the Cavs had pinstripes on them, then I could see why people would get all wound up, but they’re also releasing Lebron V’s in his SVSM high school colors, a “China Edition”, and countless other special editions. People aren’t going to get all hyped up that he’s going to return to high school or move to China… it’s just a couple of colorways, nothing more.

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2008 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”209261″]New Uni Watch policy: New comments may only be posted at the 21-minute mark of every hour.[/quote]

    Actually, the new policy is that this joke is now officially played out. Point made. Let’s move on.

  • Jason | January 24, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    I had never seen that brushback page before. John Lynch Under Fire For Offensive Last Name. Brilliant!

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    [quote]As for the tribute to the Yankees with his current shoe, this is not a new occurrence. Check out last year’s New York edition of the Lebron IV[/quote]

    God that is an ugly shoe.

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    Not sure why, but I simply cannot bring myself to type or utter the term “colorway.” Something about it just makes a little man inside my head say, “Nope, not gonna speak your language. Nuh-uh.” Anyone know how far back this term dates, and/or if it was introduced by any particular company? Why isn’t it used in non-footwear applications?

  • Rick 21 From Cedar Park 21, TX | January 24, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]

    Brian, speaking for myself, I have a great deal of sympathy for Sean Taylor’s family. No one should even be gunned down in their own home, or anywhere else, by a bunch of thugs that want to take things rather than work for them.

    The ‘disrespect’ that is being shown is more for the incessent 21 tributes and the general opinion by some of us that Sean Taylor is getting more notice than others have gotten. For example, there are now 3 Pro Bowl players that will be wearing the number 21 in Hawaii.

  • Dave in VA | January 24, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]

    Nobody seems to be disrespecting Sean Taylor or his family; just the ridiculousness (?) of the NFL’s continuing memorials of his death, when they did nothing of this magnitude for the Pats player and the 2 Broncos who died in the off-season. What they did the week following his death was appropriate; the rest is simply unnecessary.

  • Matt | January 24, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    As weird as it sounds, I like the LeBron shoes and the NBA all-star uni’s, minus the 3stripes.

  • David W | January 24, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    No one is disrespecting Sean Taylor or his grieving family and friends. What we’re ridiculing is how overblown the “mourning” gestures have been, especially in comparison to other active NFL players who have tragically died recently. Darrent Williams was also murdered, but it is only his team that honors his memory. It is the same thing with a New England offensive lineman (I can’t remember his name right now), who died and is memorialized by his team. When Pat Tillman died in Afghanistan, the NFL actively stopped people who wanted to continue uniform-based gestures in his memory. There needs to be a dignified policy when it comes to these tragic situations, and that policy needs to be applied consistently, so that it does not appear that any deceased player is worth more or less than Sean Taylor.

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]

    There is a difference between making a joke about someone being murdered and making a joke about a ridiculous grief-a-thon.

  • JB | January 24, 2008 at 9:46 am |

    I think the 2 Redskins wearing # 21 in the Pro Bowl is a nice tribute, especially in this me-first era. Your snideness, echoed uncreatively in the comments, seems out of place. Save it for purple unis and nonexistant football sleeves.

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    Each year Nike and Lebron have paid tribute to his high school SVSM of Akron, Ohio with an ultra-rare PE edition of his signature shoe:

    1. Air Zoom Generation
    2. Lebron II
    3. Lebron III
    4. Lebron IV
    5. Nike Air Zoom Soldier
    6. Closeup of SVSM Logo
    7. Rare Lebron Collection

  • Paul Lukas | January 24, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment=”209285″]I think the 2 Redskins wearing # 21 in the Pro Bowl is a nice tribute, especially in this me-first era.[/quote]

    Hate to break it to you, but making a big show of tributing someone else IS a me-first move.

  • Adam | January 24, 2008 at 9:49 am |

    [quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]

    Would these jokes be appropriate to make to Sean Taylor’s family? No, probably not. But since odds are pretty good they aren’t reading this, what’s the harm?

    That said, I think the whole complaining thing is annoying. So people like to remember him, so what? And, yes, I know the NFL has changed it’s policy, it’s not uniform, etc. etc. I’m sure after this pro bowl it’ll be over, so people can just deal.

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”209279″]Not sure why, but I simply cannot bring myself to type or utter the term “colorway.” Something about it just makes a little man inside my head say, “Nope, not gonna speak your language. Nuh-uh.” Anyone know how far back this term dates, and/or if it was introduced by any particular company? Why isn’t it used in non-footwear applications?[/quote]
    I feel the same way about terms like “Growing the Brand” when used in relation to sports teams. Makes my skin crawl.

  • Duckstyle | January 24, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    I’m sure somone posted this before, but just came accross it, and I find it funny.

  • JJD | January 24, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    these brokeback moments are getting out of hand

    Those side panels are NOT flattering.

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”209282″]As weird as it sounds, I like the LeBron shoes and the NBA all-star uni’s, minus the 3stripes.[/quote]

    As for the uniforms, I really like them too. Another reader from New Orleans posted last night that the clincher was the font on the jerseys which reminded them of the ornate ironwork found in the architectural signatures found within the city. Besides the obvious Adidas creep, I think theyre MUCH better than the last couple of years.

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    Ha, looking for Patriots info, came across this:

    [quote]Boston Globe – Jul 10, 1994
    Dale Jarrett, who donned a racing helmet with the old Patriots logo last year, will unveil a helmet adorned with the new logo in today’s race.[/quote]

  • Mike Engle | January 24, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]
    We’re not making fun of Sean Taylor‘s death, we’re just satirizing the apparent over-memorializing.
    Once upon a time, Peyton Manning was denied a request to wear black high tops for Johnny Unitas because his Colts were a white shoe team. Baltimore Ravens quarterback and University of Louisville alumnus Chris Redman wore the black high tops anyway, even though he too was on a white shoe team. He was fined. Pat Tillman‘s former Arizona State roommate Jake Plummer would have been fined had his 40 sticker remained on his helmet beyond Week 1, while the players “lucky enough” to play for the Arizona Cardinals at the time kept it the whole year, without the threat of a financial penalty. As recently as last year, Denver Broncos Pro Bowlers Champ Bailey and John Lynch were not allowed to wear #27 in a meaningless post-season exhibition game, which would have been a tribute to their teammate and defensive backfield colleague Darrent Williams.
    Sorry folks, but I think it’s a bit too much for Sean, relatively speaking.

  • sleepyfloyd | January 24, 2008 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment=”209284″][quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]

    There is a difference between making a joke about someone being murdered and making a joke about a ridiculous grief-a-thon.[/quote]

    You’re right. The point still stands, however. If you lost a family member, friend or teammate, someone may perceive how long you grieve as a “grieve-a-thon,” and it will probably hurt your feelings.

    Point is, everyone deals with loss differently, and it smacks of hubris that this blog (or the people who read it) would consider themselves the arbiters of how (or how long) that process should be.

    And yes, I’m a Skins fan, and Sean Taylor was my daughter’s favorite player. So everything I’ve said here is extremely biased.

    Let’s talk about green dots on helmets now…

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2008 at 9:57 am |

    re: the lebron shoe…
    just remember lebron is FROM akron, he only works in cleveland.

    i guess all media outlets, print, tv, radio and internet failed to completely research his collection as well.

    nobody has reported that every year he puts out a SVSM (st. vincents/st. mary’s) shoe which is his alma mater IN akron. in most cases, its more than one shoe a year.

    zoom generation
    zoom lebron ii a
    zoom lebron ii b
    zoom lebron iii a
    zoom lebron iii b
    zoom lebron iv a
    zoom lebron iv b
    zoom lebron v
    zoom lebron soldier a
    zoom lebron soldier b
    air force 1

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment=”209279″]Not sure why, but I simply cannot bring myself to type or utter the term “colorway.” Something about it just makes a little man inside my head say, “Nope, not gonna speak your language. Nuh-uh.” Anyone know how far back this term dates, and/or if it was introduced by any particular company? Why isn’t it used in non-footwear applications?[/quote]

    We Niketalk refugees must have a lingo all our own!

  • hubster | January 24, 2008 at 10:06 am |

    Another view of the All-Star Unis

  • Matt D. | January 24, 2008 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”209294″][quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]
    We’re not making fun of Sean Taylor‘s death, we’re just satirizing the apparent over-memorializing.
    Once upon a time, Peyton Manning was denied a request to wear black high tops for Johnny Unitas because his Colts were a white shoe team. Baltimore Ravens quarterback and University of Louisville alumnus Chris Redman wore the black high tops anyway, even though he too was on a white shoe team. He was fined. Pat Tillman‘s former Arizona State roommate Jake Plummer would have been fined had his 40 sticker remained on his helmet beyond Week 1, while the players “lucky enough” to play for the Arizona Cardinals at the time kept it the whole year, without the threat of a financial penalty. As recently as last year, Denver Broncos Pro Bowlers Champ Bailey and John Lynch were not allowed to wear #27 in a meaningless post-season exhibition game, which would have been a tribute to their teammate and defensive backfield colleague Darrent Williams.
    Sorry folks, but I think it’s a bit too much for Sean, relatively speaking.[/quote]
    Excellent Points. I believe that theonly reason the NFL is allowing this to keep going on is for atonement for their previous errors with Tillman and Williams.

  • Rick | January 24, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”209290″]I’m sure somone posted this before, but just came accross it, and I find it funny.[/quote]

    It was mentioned twice on here yesterday, actually. Very funny though.

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 10:13 am |

    Hey LI Phil, this Pistorius related article made me think of you.

  • Al | January 24, 2008 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment=”209263″]Majors Plan to “Paint the Rink Pink”

    Mississauga, ON – It will be a special night on Wednesday, February 21 when the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors host the Guelph Storm at the Hershey Centre at 21 p.m. It will be on that occasion that the Majors will be holding their inaugural “Paint the Rink 21” event.

    The theme that evening will be Sean Taylor awareness and the number 21 will be resonating throughout the building. For that night only, the ice will be painted with the number 21, which is a first in the history of the OHL. Also, all of the Majors will be wearing special No. 21 jerseys, which will be auctioned off on their web site during the week following the event.

    The best part is that this event will benefit a good cause as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Sean Taylor Awareness Foundation. This includes $21 from each group ticket that night and $21 from each single ticket as well as in-arena donations.[/quote]

    And the U.S. treasury will replace the Andrew Jackson $20 bill with a Sean Taylor $21 bill.

  • Smail | January 24, 2008 at 10:16 am |

    Love the quote on the “OSU style shoe” link: “This version features Buckeyes’ true team colors of Red, White and Grey”

    Uhh… it’s scarlet and grey, ya idjit!

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2008 at 10:19 am |

    i think im still laughing at the headline on thebrushback website…
    john lynch under fire for offensive last name.

    genius.

    now, all we need is an athlete whose last name is
    “f*** touchdown jesus, f*** notre dame, and f*** jesus”
    and
    one whose last name is
    “i am catholic and pro choice”
    then we’ll have appropriate headlines for things that sports reporters or sports figures said.

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    Well, it ain’t Ricoh:

    [quote]When the Boston Red Sox take the field in Tokyo in late March for their first two games of the season, they’ll be wearing the corporate logo of EMC Corp., the giant data storage firm in Hopkinton. It’s the first time Red Sox players have ever worn a corporate brand on their uniforms, other than those of sporting goods companies. The logo is intended to highlight EMC’s new role as an official sponsor of Major League Baseball Japan, and an expanded business relationship with the Red Sox. An official of Major League Baseball said there are no plans to permit the practice in the United States.[/quote]

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    [quote]what had me on the edge of my seat was the earth shattering decision of which shoe giant he would sign with.[/quote]

    dude, you need a new hobby

    [quote comment=”209305″]Hey LI Phil, this Pistorius related article made me think of you.[/quote]

    thanks stoob…i actually made a similar “joke” to a co-worker that ‘now all the sprinters will be wanting bionic legs’ before the ultimate rejection came down…i should write for l’onion

    [quote]i think im still laughing at the headline on thebrushback website…
    john lynch under fire for offensive last name.[/quote]

    kelly tilghman unavailable for comment

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”209308″]now, all we need is an athlete whose last name is
    “f*** touchdown jesus, f*** notre dame, and f*** jesus”
    and
    one whose last name is
    “i am catholic and pro choice”[/quote]

    dana belvedere?

  • Taha | January 24, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    LeBron has a Yankees-inspired Nike shoe, but the Yankees are partnered with Adidas (through 2013). Could there be a potential lawsuit?

  • emd2k3 | January 24, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    I write for the fake news/satire blog The Heath Ledger. (Similar to The Brushback but not sports-only) Imagine my surprise when we got a ton of hits Tuesday after Mr. Ledger’s unfortunate passing.

    Maybe we should write a bunch of stories about Sean Taylor.

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 10:43 am |

    Here is the Boston Red Sox Japan logo. “It’s the first time Red Sox players have ever worn a corporate brand on their uniforms…” Well no reason not to spoil it!

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 10:48 am |

    Northern Michigan high school basketball throwbacks. (I don’t know if it is really a throwback if you just find a bunch of old uniforms and wear them.

  • matt | January 24, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    http://en.wikipedia....
    the discussion between udel and michigans helmet got my thinking, alot of teams wear these helmets. i even wore one in my youth years that looked like udels. this link is wikipedias history of winged helmets

  • John Zajac | January 24, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”209275″]While this particular colorway is indeed inspired by the Yankees, it’s never really mentioned that these are really only a limited edition release–one of dozens of colorways of the Lebron V that will come out this year. The shoes themselves are not Yankees-inspired at all [/quote]

    Not Yankees inspired at all? Really? They’re “fresh for ’08, Suckers!”

  • Justin B | January 24, 2008 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”209315″]Northern Michigan high school basketball throwbacks. (I don’t know if it is really a throwback if you just find a bunch of old uniforms and wear them.[/quote]

    The article states the uniform was worn by his father.

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”209317″]http://en.wikipedia....
    the discussion between udel and michigans helmet got my thinking, alot of teams wear these helmets. i even wore one in my youth years that looked like udels. this link is wikipedias history of winged helmets[/quote]
    Yet another…the San Ramon Valley HS Wolves in the Bay Area playing in this gallery against my alma mater, the Livermore HS Cowboys (with the Wyoming helmet logo).

    I think every league has a team with some variation of the Princetown/Michigan/Delaware helmet.

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”209310″][quote]what had me on the edge of my seat was the earth shattering decision of which shoe giant he would sign with.[/quote]

    dude, you need a new hobby
    [/quote]

    a. that was a HUGE decision in the shoe and apparell world..
    b. i dont think anyone who reads this website with any regularity has any leverage to tell someone else to get a hobby. thats one of the last things id expect to hear out of someone on this blog. i’ll just take the chance and assume it was sarcasm…

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”209322″][quote comment=”209310″][quote]what had me on the edge of my seat was the earth shattering decision of which shoe giant he would sign with.[/quote]

    dude, you need a new hobby
    [/quote]

    a. that was a HUGE decision in the shoe and apparell world..
    b. i dont think anyone who reads this website with any regularity has any leverage to tell someone else to get a hobby. thats one of the last things id expect to hear out of someone on this blog. i’ll just take the chance and assume it was sarcasm…[/quote]

    todd…did ya see who posted it?

    i know you and MANY other are passionate about yer kicks…and i surely have nothing to say about others’ hobbies

    i simply forgot the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags

    cheers!

  • Amanda Hugginkiz | January 24, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…

  • ryan c #40 | January 24, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    We’re not making fun of Sean Taylor’s death, we’re just satirizing the apparent over-memorializing.
    Once upon a time, Peyton Manning was denied a request to wear black high tops for Johnny Unitas because his Colts were a white shoe team. Baltimore Ravens quarterback and University of Louisville alumnus Chris Redman wore the black high tops anyway, even though he too was on a white shoe team. He was fined. Pat Tillman’s former Arizona State roommate Jake Plummer would have been fined had his 40 sticker remained on his helmet beyond Week 1, while the players “lucky enough” to play for the Arizona Cardinals at the time kept it the whole year, without the threat of a financial penalty. As recently as last year, Denver Broncos Pro Bowlers Champ Bailey and John Lynch were not allowed to wear #27 in a meaningless post-season exhibition game, which would have been a tribute to their teammate and defensive backfield colleague Darrent Williams.
    Sorry folks, but I think it’s a bit too much for Sean, relatively speaking

    preach on brotha mike! haha!

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?

  • Moe | January 24, 2008 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]

    Amanda Hugginkiz? I’ve been looking for Amanda Hugginkiz. You got a phone call.

  • Rick | January 24, 2008 at 11:24 am |

    Darren Rovell just posted an article that discusses NBA jerseys and that YouTube clip that was posted on here yesterday, where the guy went on a rant over the pro-cut jerseys and authentic jerseys.

    http://www.cnbc.com/...

  • Jeff B | January 24, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    Why do the West and East have 2 sets of unis? They play one game. Other events they either wear the same ASG gear or thier team uniform. Makes no sense to me.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]

    if anything, it’s a “U” thang

  • Oliver Clothesoff | January 24, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”209331″]Why do the West and East have 2 sets of unis? They play one game. Other events they either wear the same ASG gear or thier team uniform. Makes no sense to me.[/quote]

    it’s ONE set of unis…they just happen to have different COLORS on the fronts and backs

    west will be sporting the white & gold
    east the blue & silver

  • Mike from Queens | January 24, 2008 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]

    I think the issue here is that people are wondering why we are mourning the death of a man who was a scumbag on the field (see especially this line: “Taylor has a history of personal foul penalties and fines from the NFL, which takes a player’s history into account when assessing the size of penalties.”) and was once charged with felony assault with a firearm, a charge he pleaded not guilty to, but later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 18 months probation (proof in this article).

    So, tell me again, why are we mourning this guy and honoring him with helmet decals? How many people are gunned down and no one even knows about them? And why should we feel bad for his kid for growing up without a father when millions of kids grow up without fathers? Especially when there are so many kids that had fathers who aren’t leaving millions of dollars behind.

    So, yeah. I think Paul’s and other people’s responses were mild compared to the total glee that I took from his death.

    Even if a guy like Donovan McNabb, by all accounts great on and off the field, were to have died in this way, the constant memorialization of his number would have been over-blown. But, for a guy who was a bad example of humanity, I think it’s ridiculous.

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”209334″][quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?[/quote]
    So are any of the Pats (or any players from other teams) wearing #91 in the Pro Bowl in honor of him? Right.

  • Oliver Clothesoff | January 24, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”209329″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]

    Amanda Hugginkiz? I’ve been looking for Amanda Hugginkiz. You got a phone call.[/quote]

    Yes it is 516-872-3673
    or 516-URA-DOPE

  • Rick | January 24, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    Everyone is trying to make a buck. Check this out…… Somebody tell this guy that the number “2” looks totally different on his stickers than the real ones…..

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

    http://cache.viewima...

    This guy’s look closer to the actual sticker, but the end of the number 2 doesn’t go up:

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

  • Skooter | January 24, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”209331″]Why do the West and East have 2 sets of unis? They play one game. Other events they either wear the same ASG gear or thier team uniform. Makes no sense to me.[/quote]

    It’s only one jersey, they’re just two-toned for added eye pain.

  • Oliver Clothesoff | January 24, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”209338″][quote comment=”209334″][quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?[/quote]
    So are any of the Pats (or any players from other teams) wearing #91 in the Pro Bowl in honor of him? Right.[/quote]

    You know OLD BOOT LEG TAWM BRAGGY will have it on his helmut…end of story

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”209318″][quote comment=”209275″]While this particular colorway is indeed inspired by the Yankees, it’s never really mentioned that these are really only a limited edition release–one of dozens of colorways of the Lebron V that will come out this year. The shoes themselves are not Yankees-inspired at all [/quote]

    Not Yankees inspired at all? Really? They’re “fresh for ’08, Suckers!”[/quote]

    The “23” although conveniently Donnie Baseball’s old number is coincidentally the number of the person who the shoe is named after!

    And to those who don’t understand the sneakerhead mentality, check out this link.

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”209343″][quote comment=”209338″][quote comment=”209334″][quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?[/quote]
    So are any of the Pats (or any players from other teams) wearing #91 in the Pro Bowl in honor of him? Right.[/quote]

    You know OLD BOOT LEG TAWM BRAGGY will have it on his helmut…end of story[/quote]
    Dude, no s*** it’s gonna be on Brady’s helmet. The point is that 3 guys on the NFC squad will be wearing #21 as their JERSEYS NUMBERS.

  • KT | January 24, 2008 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”209334″][quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?[/quote]

    Darrent Williams, known white guy.

  • Oliver Clothesoff | January 24, 2008 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”209345″][quote comment=”209343″][quote comment=”209338″][quote comment=”209334″][quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?[/quote]
    So are any of the Pats (or any players from other teams) wearing #91 in the Pro Bowl in honor of him? Right.[/quote]

    You know OLD BOOT LEG TAWM BRAGGY will have it on his helmut…end of story[/quote]
    Dude, no s*** it’s gonna be on Brady’s helmet. The point is that 3 guys on the NFC squad will be wearing #21 as their JERSEYS NUMBERS.[/quote]

    The point of this whole thing is it is STILL A COLOR issue

  • Alex | January 24, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    Mike from Queens,

    Did Shaun Taylor not get 4 int’s his rookie year – at safety? Did Shaun Taylor not get 5 int’s in his last season even though he only played 9 games? Everybody knows he was a douschbag! But what’s sad is not that he was a great person, but that he was a great player!

    Get the facts straight next time or else you’re the doushbag.

    Alex

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    [quote comment=”209324″][quote comment=”209322″][quote comment=”209310″][quote]what had me on the edge of my seat was the earth shattering decision of which shoe giant he would sign with.[/quote]

    dude, you need a new hobby
    [/quote]

    a. that was a HUGE decision in the shoe and apparell world..
    b. i dont think anyone who reads this website with any regularity has any leverage to tell someone else to get a hobby. thats one of the last things id expect to hear out of someone on this blog. i’ll just take the chance and assume it was sarcasm…[/quote]

    todd…did ya see who posted it?

    i know you and MANY other are passionate about yer kicks…and i surely have nothing to say about others’ hobbies

    i simply forgot the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags

    cheers![/quote]

    Todd, Phil: No Worries Whatsoever! With all of the drama over the #21 issue, the last thing we need is more over Sneakers!
    I don’t think anybody wants me to post another man thong pic to cut the tension!

  • Stan aka the took | January 24, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    If I lived in the cesspool that is Cleveland, I would be asking for a trade the first chance I got. Those guys on that blog or whatever are complete morons, without Lebron the Cavs absolute shit.

    As for the kicks… they’re very nice even thought they’re in the colors of scum (I am a Mets fan).

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”209347″][quote comment=”209345″][quote comment=”209343″][quote comment=”209338″][quote comment=”209334″][quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?[/quote]
    So are any of the Pats (or any players from other teams) wearing #91 in the Pro Bowl in honor of him? Right.[/quote]

    You know OLD BOOT LEG TAWM BRAGGY will have it on his helmut…end of story[/quote]
    Dude, no s*** it’s gonna be on Brady’s helmet. The point is that 3 guys on the NFC squad will be wearing #21 as their JERSEYS NUMBERS.[/quote]

    The point of this whole thing is it is STILL A COLOR issue[/quote]
    I give up.

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2008 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”209324″][quote comment=”209322″][quote comment=”209310″][quote]what had me on the edge of my seat was the earth shattering decision of which shoe giant he would sign with.[/quote]

    dude, you need a new hobby
    [/quote]

    a. that was a HUGE decision in the shoe and apparell world..
    b. i dont think anyone who reads this website with any regularity has any leverage to tell someone else to get a hobby. thats one of the last things id expect to hear out of someone on this blog. i’ll just take the chance and assume it was sarcasm…[/quote]

    todd…did ya see who posted it?

    i know you and MANY other are passionate about yer kicks…and i surely have nothing to say about others’ hobbies

    i simply forgot the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] tags

    cheers![/quote]

    im still laughing at the “todd…did ya see who posted it?” part of the reply…

    and yes… right on with dana…
    she had to be pulled off the stage thats how drunk she was!!! i dont know if you saw the one video thats online during jeff ross’ portion, but you can see dana in the back, next to nike bakay, at the bar, with 2 bottles of belvedere…

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”209351″]I give up.[/quote]

    i’d just like to welcome new UW members amanda, oliver and moe

    thanks for playin

  • Dwight | January 24, 2008 at 11:48 am |

    Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”209350″]If I lived in the cesspool that is Cleveland, I would be asking for a trade the first chance I got. Those guys on that blog or whatever are complete morons, without Lebron the Cavs absolute shit.

    As for the kicks… they’re very nice even thought they’re in the colors of scum (I am a Mets fan).[/quote]

    Here you go Stan. These will match your vintage Mackey Sasser jersey.

    By the way, did anybody ever steal a base on Sasser’s return throws to the pitcher!

  • Mike | January 24, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    With Fleury out as goalie, you can now look at the Penguins goalie without burning your retinas on those bright yellow pads:

    http://news.yahoo.co...

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”209355″]Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

    He doesn’t get it! And according to some of you wiseasses from last night, he probably doesn’t get IT either, unlike us Uni-tards!

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”209353″]im still laughing at the “todd…did ya see who posted it?” part of the reply…

    and yes… right on with dana…
    she had to be pulled off the stage thats how drunk she was!!! i dont know if you saw the one video thats online during jeff ross’ portion, but you can see dana in the back, next to nike bakay, at the bar, with 2 bottles of belvedere…[/quote]

    the other chap pictured, actually holding the belvedere, is ed “can’t” reed

    further details here and here

    “hey greenie…why does everyone start drinking heavily whenever we talk about ourselves?” – mike golic

  • Dwight | January 24, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment=”209355″]Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

    Sorry! Here’s the correct link.

  • KT | January 24, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment=”209355″]Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

    Just like he was yesterday, when this was posted like two or three times.

  • joe | January 24, 2008 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”209295″][quote comment=”209284″][quote comment=”209266″]Wow. I’m stunned by the disrespect on this board. Next time one of YOUR family members are gunned down in the privacy of their own home, let me know. We’ll see how you feel about joking about that….[/quote]

    There is a difference between making a joke about someone being murdered and making a joke about a ridiculous grief-a-thon.[/quote]

    You’re right. The point still stands, however. If you lost a family member, friend or teammate, someone may perceive how long you grieve as a “grieve-a-thon,” and it will probably hurt your feelings.

    Point is, everyone deals with loss differently, and it smacks of hubris that this blog (or the people who read it) would consider themselves the arbiters of how (or how long) that process should be.

    And yes, I’m a Skins fan, and Sean Taylor was my daughter’s favorite player. So everything I’ve said here is extremely biased.

    Let’s talk about green dots on helmets now…[/quote]

    they can grieve as long as they want, just do it like everyone else, in private.

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 11:59 am |

    you can see dana in the back, next to nike bakay, at the bar, with 2 bottles of belvedere…

    Freudian slip from another Niketalker?

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”209361″][quote comment=”209355″]Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

    Sorry! Here’s the correct link.[/quote]

    hey dwight…take it off the boards

  • Steve | January 24, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    I love Sharapova as much as the next guy, but here’s my choice to win the Aussie Open: Ana Ivanovic

    http://us.i1.yimg.co...

  • Evan | January 24, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”209282″]As weird as it sounds, I like the LeBron shoes and the NBA all-star uni’s, minus the 3stripes.[/quote]
    So do I
    And I defintley posted an article about these shoes like 2 weeks ago in the comments and noone responded
    But yeah as a diehard Yankees fan, I love the shoes and will probably end up picking up a pair

    And the all star unis look ok to me

  • Dwight | January 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”209366″][quote comment=”209361″][quote comment=”209355″]Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

    Sorry! Here’s the correct link.[/quote]

    hey dwight…take it off the boards[/quote]

    I only posted the link, not the pic – don’t even know who that is.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | January 24, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”209305″]Hey LI Phil, this Pistorius related article made me think of you.[/quote]

    …and this is just perfect for the many Jets fans (like myself) who can’t bringthemselves to root for either team in the Super Bowl

  • Jeff B | January 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”209335″][quote comment=”209331″]Why do the West and East have 2 sets of unis? They play one game. Other events they either wear the same ASG gear or thier team uniform. Makes no sense to me.[/quote]

    it’s ONE set of unis…they just happen to have different COLORS on the fronts and backs

    west will be sporting the white & gold
    east the blue & silver[/quote]
    Oh wow, that’s terrible. If they were 4 diff unis that’d be ok, but this?

  • Justin B | January 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”209372″][quote comment=”209335″][quote comment=”209331″]Why do the West and East have 2 sets of unis? They play one game. Other events they either wear the same ASG gear or thier team uniform. Makes no sense to me.[/quote]

    it’s ONE set of unis…they just happen to have different COLORS on the fronts and backs

    west will be sporting the white & gold
    east the blue & silver[/quote]
    Oh wow, that’s terrible. If they were 4 diff unis that’d be ok, but this?[/quote]

    Just think of all the uniform combinations if they were their jersey or shorts backwards.

  • Trevor Kruger | January 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”209347″][quote comment=”209345″][quote comment=”209343″][quote comment=”209338″][quote comment=”209334″][quote comment=”209328″][quote comment=”209325″]The 21 thing folks, is a COLOR issue…that is why the NFL is allowing it…[/quote]
    Huh? Not sure I buy that one. Where’s all the love for Marquise Hill then?[/quote]

    Where is the love and such? Well, The last time i looked the PAHTs still wear his 91 on their helmuts… and 2, it is a color issue, why was there none of this constant stuff for Pat Tillman or Johnny U?[/quote]
    So are any of the Pats (or any players from other teams) wearing #91 in the Pro Bowl in honor of him? Right.[/quote]

    You know OLD BOOT LEG TAWM BRAGGY will have it on his helmut…end of story[/quote]
    Dude, no s*** it’s gonna be on Brady’s helmet. The point is that 3 guys on the NFC squad will be wearing #21 as their JERSEYS NUMBERS.[/quote]

    The point of this whole thing is it is STILL A COLOR issue[/quote]
    no, It’s a Miami issue.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 12:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”209375″][quote comment=”209372″][quote comment=”209335″][quote comment=”209331″]Why do the West and East have 2 sets of unis? They play one game. Other events they either wear the same ASG gear or thier team uniform. Makes no sense to me.[/quote]

    it’s ONE set of unis…they just happen to have different COLORS on the fronts and backs

    west will be sporting the white & gold
    east the blue & silver[/quote]
    Oh wow, that’s terrible. If they were 4 diff unis that’d be ok, but this?[/quote]

    Just think of all the uniform combinations if they were their jersey or shorts backwards.[/quote]

    i posted this above, but, being inarticulate, was prolly not clear…it appears as though the 3 stripes are making their heretofore not-present presence on an actual UNI…this is very disconcerting…and im wondering if next year’s jerseys & shorts will feature this for some teams…

    is anyone aware of any contract language forbidding adidas from placing their 3 stripes ON the unis (i think they can’t this year…i guess ASG unis don’t count)

    anyone?

  • Trevor Kruger | January 24, 2008 at 12:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”209360″]

    the other chap pictured, actually holding the belvedere, is ed “can’t” reed[/quote]
    no, thats actually rapper ‘Ludacris.’

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”209380″][quote comment=”209360″]

    the other chap pictured, actually holding the belvedere, is ed “can’t” reed[/quote]
    no, thats actually rapper ‘Ludacris.'[/quote]

    my bad…how could i confuse him with him

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | January 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”209360″][quote comment=”209353″]im still laughing at the “todd…did ya see who posted it?” part of the reply…

    and yes… right on with dana…
    she had to be pulled off the stage thats how drunk she was!!! i dont know if you saw the one video thats online during jeff ross’ portion, but you can see dana in the back, next to nike bakay, at the bar, with 2 bottles of belvedere…[/quote]

    the other chap pictured, actually holding the belvedere, is ed “can’t” reed

    further details here and here

    “hey greenie…why does everyone start drinking heavily whenever we talk about ourselves?” – mike golic[/quote]

    …and speaking of beavers….

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2008 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”209360″][quote comment=”209353″]im still laughing at the “todd…did ya see who posted it?” part of the reply…

    and yes… right on with dana…
    she had to be pulled off the stage thats how drunk she was!!! i dont know if you saw the one video thats online during jeff ross’ portion, but you can see dana in the back, next to nike bakay, at the bar, with 2 bottles of belvedere…[/quote]

    the other chap pictured, actually holding the belvedere, is ed “can’t” reed
    [/quote]

    that would be great if it actually was ed reed…

  • Kenny | January 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”209355″]Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

    Just read his comments…he’s terrible

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”209359″][quote comment=”209355″]Back on topic: This guy is a moron:

    http://www.collegefa...

    He doesn’t get it! And according to some of you wiseasses from last night, he probably doesn’t get IT either, unlike us Uni-tards![/quote]

    I’m going to apologize for quoting myself but I want to avoid any confusion from occurring.

    The “He” in the reply post is referring to the author of the SI list. Again sorry for the confusion!

  • James Craven | January 24, 2008 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”209329″]“Amanda Hugginkiz? I’ve been looking for Amanda Hugginkiz. You got a phone call.”[/quote]

    Ah, Barthol,omew Jojo Simpson at work today. Hey, is there a Jacques Strappe in the building?

  • John Zajac | January 24, 2008 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”209344″][quote comment=”209318″][quote comment=”209275″]While this particular colorway is indeed inspired by the Yankees, it’s never really mentioned that these are really only a limited edition release–one of dozens of colorways of the Lebron V that will come out this year. The shoes themselves are not Yankees-inspired at all [/quote]

    Not Yankees inspired at all? Really? They’re “fresh for ’08, Suckers!”[/quote]

    The “23” although conveniently Donnie Baseball’s old number is coincidentally the number of the person who the shoe is named after!

    And to those who don’t understand the sneakerhead mentality, check out this link.[/quote]

    Yeah, I’m aware of his number, which is why I loved seeing this the first time I saw the pictures of the shoes… I’m sure many people don’t like them, but I’m a fan. Clap Clap

    Fresh…

    I apologize for linking every single picture from the previous days news ticker… I had come so far, thought I might as well complete it. Moving on…

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”209278″][quote]As for the tribute to the Yankees with his current shoe, this is not a new occurrence. Check out last year’s New York edition of the Lebron IV[/quote]

    God that is an ugly shoe.[/quote]

    Don’t blame the progeny, blame it’s geneology:

    Nike Foamposite One Penny and Mike Bibby wore these as well as Andre Iguodala
    Nike Flightposite 1 Ricky Moore wore them in the 99 National Championship
    Nike Flightposite 2
    Nike Flightposite 3 known as the platinumposite which had only 2800 produced
    Ultraposite
    Signature Player
    Courtposite: For LI Phil

  • Joe from WV | January 24, 2008 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”209336″]I think the issue here is that people are wondering why we are mourning the death of a man who was a scumbag on the field (see especially this line: “Taylor has a history of personal foul penalties and fines from the NFL, which takes a player’s history into account when assessing the size of penalties.”) and was once charged with felony assault with a firearm, a charge he pleaded not guilty to, but later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 18 months probation (proof in this article).

    So, tell me again, why are we mourning this guy and honoring him with helmet decals? How many people are gunned down and no one even knows about them? And why should we feel bad for his kid for growing up without a father when millions of kids grow up without fathers? Especially when there are so many kids that had fathers who aren’t leaving millions of dollars behind.

    So, yeah. I think Paul’s and other people’s responses were mild compared to the total glee that I took from his death.

    Even if a guy like Donovan McNabb, by all accounts great on and off the field, were to have died in this way, the constant memorialization of his number would have been over-blown. But, for a guy who was a bad example of humanity, I think it’s ridiculous.[/quote]

    Personally, I refuse to believe that getting murdered while minding your own business is appropriate karma for playing dirty football. I thought that’s what the penalty yards and fines were for.

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”209390″][quote comment=”209329″]“Amanda Hugginkiz? I’ve been looking for Amanda Hugginkiz. You got a phone call.”[/quote]

    Ah, Barthol,omew Jojo Simpson at work today. Hey, is there a Jacques Strappe in the building?[/quote]

    How about the Russian butcher; Al Kuchakockhoff?

  • Joey Guns | January 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm |

    Jenn Sterger FSU hockey calendar. She’s no Ashley Judd…..

    http://img178.images...

  • TOG | January 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm |

    The Dallas Stars are wearing an “MM” decal on their helmets and backplates in memory of front office employee Matt McKee, who died of cancer last week. …

    Classy move all the way by the Stars. Major props…

    As many of you are already aware, the NBA All-Star Game uniforms will look like this and this. Definitely looks like one of those designs that can’t be properly assessed via an illustration — I’ll reserve judgment until I see some photographs Ah, screw it, let’s just beat the rush and start hating them now. …

    Count me a Hater…nothing says “Design by Committee” more than an NBA All-Star Game uniform design…I think I’m gonna hurl…

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | January 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”209407″]Jenn Sterger FSU hockey calendar.

    She’s no Ashley Judd…..

    http://img178.images...

    Maybe, but she’s no Cledus Judd, either :-)

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | January 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”209407″]Jenn Sterger FSU hockey calendar.

    She’s no Ashley Judd…..

    http://img178.images...

    …and the only reason to kick her out of bed?

    There’s more room on the floor [rimshot]

    You’re a wonderful audience, I’ll be here all week….try the veal….don’t forget to tip your servers

  • Thomps | January 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”209279″]Not sure why, but I simply cannot bring myself to type or utter the term “colorway.” Something about it just makes a little man inside my head say, “Nope, not gonna speak your language. Nuh-uh.” Anyone know how far back this term dates, and/or if it was introduced by any particular company? Why isn’t it used in non-footwear applications?[/quote]

    I work for an apparel company and we use the term colorway when prints are involved. For example, if a shirt is made in a print called “Motion”, it might be offered in the colorways, blue, red, and green.

  • Sean | January 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    Speaking of memorial gestures, I know everyone’s upset about Heath Ledger, but these brokeback moments are getting out of hand.

    Wow, you’ve managed to ridicule the death of a 28-year-old with a young child two days ago, while also gay-bashing. And none of it was uni-related. Your blog, I guess, but that just seemed classless.

  • Robb | January 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |

    I like the winged design on Michigan’s helmet, but I usually dont think it works in any other colors or for any other sports, but this looks awesome for some reason.

    On the Sean Taylor note, I liked him as a player, I felt bad when he did die and how it happened. Those towels were probably the best memorial in sports history, but helmet stickers should’ve been limited to one week – or one game for those teams that had a bye week.
    As for changing the jersey numbers in the pro-bowl, I think its taking it too far. There’s memorializing and then there’s just over-doing it. If anything, the memorial should be something smaller like maybe allowing the players to change one of their TV numbers to memorialize Sean Taylor one last time or wearing the “21” patch from the Skins jerseys, but thats it.

  • Pat | January 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”209392″][quote comment=”209344″][quote comment=”209318″][quote comment=”209275″]While this particular colorway is indeed inspired by the Yankees, it’s never really mentioned that these are really only a limited edition release–one of dozens of colorways of the Lebron V that will come out this year. The shoes themselves are not Yankees-inspired at all [/quote]

    Not Yankees inspired at all? Really? They’re “fresh for ’08, Suckers!”[/quote]

    The “23” although conveniently Donnie Baseball’s old number is coincidentally the number of the person who the shoe is named after!

    And to those who don’t understand the sneakerhead mentality, check out this link.[/quote]

    Yeah, I’m aware of his number, which is why I loved seeing this the first time I saw the pictures of the shoes… I’m sure many people don’t like them, but I’m a fan. Clap Clap

    Fresh…

    I apologize for linking every single picture from the previous days news ticker… I had come so far, thought I might as well complete it. Moving on…[/quote]

    If I ever see the sneaker in a store that says “Fresh for ’08 Suckers!’ I will have no choice but to buy it. I think any sneaker that says Suckers on it should be mandatory purchase.

  • Mike Honer | January 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    Speaking of memorial gestures, I know everyone’s upset about Heath Ledger, but these brokeback moments are getting out of hand.

    Yeah I agree. Out of line, Mr. Lukas.

    Aside from that, I loved today’s article about the LeBron sneaker snafu. I disagree with Vince’s take, however. It sounds like Vince has adopted a “f*ck it” approach. While I can see the merit in accepting that fact that athletes won’t always rep their own city’s teams, I think there is another issue.
    LeBron is a ridiculous Fairweather Johnson. He was quoted at that Indians game in which he wore the Yanks hat saying that he grew up liking the Yankees, Cowboys, and Bulls? Obviously everyone has the right to root for whoever they choose, but those three teams? In the 90s? There’s no fandom in that, that’s just rooting for who’s awesome. If I was from Cleveland, I’d be disgusted with LeBron after that.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”209418″]Speaking of memorial gestures, I know everyone’s upset about Heath Ledger, but these brokeback moments are getting out of hand.

    Wow, you’ve managed to ridicule the death of a 28-year-old with a young child two days ago, while also gay-bashing. And none of it was uni-related. Your blog, I guess, but that just seemed classless.[/quote]

    how the FUCK is this gay-bashing? it’s a friggen joke and a pretty funny (albeit perhaps off color) one at that

    paul and most of the posters here are all about the aesthetic of the athletic…with some rapier wit thrown in (myself excluded, of course)

    if you don’t like what paul (or anyone else) posts, don’t read

    i guess every comment now requires [joke] [/joke] or [sarcasm] [/sarcasm] tags, lest someones delicate sensitivities become offended

    it’s uniwatch, not PC watch

  • jaye | January 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm |

    Since when is it required to like everything you read? And if you don’t like it, don’t read it?? Are we supposed to turn a blind eye to everything we don’t like? That’s a real conversation killer.

  • Dane | January 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”209407″]Jenn Sterger FSU hockey calendar.

    She’s no Ashley Judd…..

    http://img178.images...

    Before I click on this… is it SFW or NSFW?

  • Hed-Bone11 | January 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm |

    Wow, Remember when we would actually talk about uniforms? Kinda like when MTV used to play music videos.

  • Cowboy7130 | January 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”209321″][quote comment=”209317″]http://en.wikipedia....
    the discussion between udel and michigans helmet got my thinking, alot of teams wear these helmets. i even wore one in my youth years that looked like udels. this link is wikipedias history of winged helmets[/quote]
    Yet another…the San Ramon Valley HS Wolves in the Bay Area playing in this gallery against my alma mater, the Livermore HS Cowboys (with the Wyoming helmet logo).

    quote]

    Green and gold, NOB, high schools with easily-identifiable collegiate logo-styled helmets … what a cornucopia for Paul! A virtual corn-uni-copia ….

  • dm00n [Doug] | January 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”209420″]I like the winged design on Michigan’s helmet, but I usually dont think it works in any other colors or for any other sports, but this looks awesome for some reason.[/quote]

    Wing creep:

    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Example 4
    Example 5

  • Talon Lardner | January 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”209425″][quote comment=”209418″]Speaking of memorial gestures, I know everyone’s upset about Heath Ledger, but these brokeback moments are getting out of hand.

    Wow, you’ve managed to ridicule the death of a 28-year-old with a young child two days ago, while also gay-bashing. And none of it was uni-related. Your blog, I guess, but that just seemed classless.[/quote]

    how the FUCK is this gay-bashing? it’s a friggen joke and a pretty funny (albeit perhaps off color) one at that

    paul and most of the posters here are all about the aesthetic of the athletic…with some rapier wit thrown in (myself excluded, of course)

    if you don’t like what paul (or anyone else) posts, don’t read

    i guess every comment now requires [joke] [/joke] or [sarcasm] [/sarcasm] tags, lest someones delicate sensitivities become offended

    it’s uniwatch, not PC watch[/quote]

    Paul never seemed to be homophobic to me, though he does go out of his way to state his straightness (OMG, a strait man interested in clothing, alert the press! [/sarcasm])Combine that with the sports culture, and you have an environment that is very self-consious of one’s sexual orientation. While it is not ideal, of course, Paul’s comments are a far cry from the REAL injustices that gay men and women have to endure in the sports environment.

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |

    this looks awesome for some reason.

    On the Sean Taylor note, I liked him as a player, I felt bad when he did die and how it happened. Those towels were probably the best memorial in sports history, but helmet stickers should’ve been limited to one week – or one game for those teams that had a bye week.
    As for changing the jersey numbers in the pro-bowl, I think its taking it too far. There’s memorializing and then there’s just over-doing it. If anything, the memorial should be something smaller like maybe allowing the players to change one of their TV numbers to memorialize Sean Taylor one last time or wearing the “21” patch from the Skins jerseys, but thats it.[/quote]

    Quite the opposite, at least I think. It’s flattering to UM football that most of the sports teams pay homage to their iconic design that instantly shouts to all “Hail to the Victors”!


    Swimming

    Baseball
    Hockey
    Softball

    Scroll to the bottom of this page for some great UM helmet info and pics

    And I’ve posted this pic of the Horace Greeley High School Quakers but I think the navy and orange works. Combining the Broncos with Michigan does not!

    http://www.greeleysp...

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote]Paul never seemed to be homophobic to me[/quote]

    i think it’s this actually

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2008 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”209442″][quote comment=”209420″]I like the winged design on Michigan’s helmet, but I usually dont think it works in any other colors or for any other sports, but this looks awesome for some reason.[/quote]

    Wing creep:

    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Example 4
    Example 5[/quote]

    You beat me to it! Nice pics though.

  • Babbs23 | January 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm |

    Not to change the subject of the intelligent conversations today, but I thought this was a pretty cool site:

  • Babbs23 | January 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”209451″]Not to change the subject of the intelligent conversations today, but I thought this was a pretty cool site: [/quote]
    http://www.logoserve...

  • Moe | January 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote]

    if you don’t like what paul (or anyone else) posts, don’t read

    i guess every comment now requires [joke] [/joke] or [sarcasm] [/sarcasm] tags, lest someones delicate sensitivities become offended

    it’s uniwatch, not PC watch[/quote]

    Exactly Phil!

    By the way, not uni-related, but did you hear that a plane of the Poland Air Force crashed and killed 20 Polish soldiers on the way home from a flight safety conference?

    If we weren’t living in a PC world the jokes would be flying (no pun intended).

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | January 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm |

    phobia – An intense, abnormal, or illogical fear of a specified thing

    homo – A member of the genus Homo, which includes the extinct and extant species of humans.

    homophobia – An intense, abnormal, or illogical fear of extinct and extant species of humans.

    Paul, do humans scare you?

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”209454″]Exactly Phil!

    By the way, not uni-related, but did you hear that a plane of the Poland Air Force crashed and killed 20 Polish soldiers on the way home from a flight safety conference?

    If we weren’t living in a PC world the jokes would be flying (no pun intended).[/quote]

    well, that wouldn’t be so much funny as it would be ironic

  • todd krevanchi | January 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”209421″]

    If I ever see the sneaker in a store that says “Fresh for ’08 Suckers!’ I will have no choice but to buy it. I think any sneaker that says Suckers on it should be mandatory purchase.[/quote]

    agreed. any shoe that references BDP on it is A+ in my book.

  • orlandor | January 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    NEW WNBA TEAM and LOGO

    The Atlanta franchise has been revealed as the Dream.

    http://www.wnba.com/...

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the logo is Bomb Pops from the Ice Cream Man!

    mmmm…bombpops.

  • KT | January 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”209436″][quote comment=”209407″]Jenn Sterger FSU hockey calendar.

    She’s no Ashley Judd…..

    http://img178.images...

    Before I click on this… is it SFW or NSFW?[/quote]

    It’s Not Safe for Original Ideas.

  • Justin | January 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”209442″][quote comment=”209420″]I like the winged design on Michigan’s helmet, but I usually dont think it works in any other colors or for any other sports, but this looks awesome for some reason.[/quote]

    Wing creep:

    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Example 4
    Example 5[/quote]

    How is that “Wing Creep”? They are all Michigan. are the “wings” supposed to just be a football logo or should it represent the whole school?

  • KT | January 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm |

    The PBL’s Rochester Razorsharks will retire the number of a guy who played for them for two seasons.

    My first question was, “Did he die?”

    Turns out, no, he didn’t.

  • Marc | January 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |

    I just saw this picture of a Raptors jersey with yellow down the sides? anyone know when the Raps wore it? Or for that matter.. anything about it.?

    http://www.rotoworld...

  • Stuby | January 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”209489″]I just saw this picture of a Raptors jersey with yellow down the sides? anyone know when the Raps wore it? Or for that matter.. anything about it.?

    http://www.rotoworld...
    Pretty sure that was a preseason game in Spain, red and yellow being the colors of the Spanish flag.

  • Marc | January 24, 2008 at 4:01 pm |

    yea, so, nevermind…. it was from the Preseason game in Spain.

    Brian Leetch Tonight!!

  • Paul | January 24, 2008 at 4:01 pm |

    First, I want to state that I have been a loyal reader of this blog since its creation and a loyal reader of uniwatch on espn.com for many years. That being said, this is the 3rd post I have ever written on this blog. The reason I state that is I just want to get across that I am not one of those who spend their day posting on this blog with irrelevant garbage just to kill time in their day. The only times that I have posted is when I felt I had something substantial to contribute. The reason I am posting today is because, quite frankly, I think the words by the author this blog and many of its readers is reprehensible. I find it both callous and demeaning how people have trivialized the death of two extremely young men just because they are celebrity. I think to say that “there needs to be a dignified policy when it comes to these tragic situations, and that policy needs to be applied consistently” is very incompassionate. What gives an individual or an association the right to tell others the proper way to cope with a tragic situation? Are their policies at schools and businesses regarding how long their members are allowed to remember a lost colleague. I think something that many people are forgetting is that it is not the NFL pushing these players to continue to mourn Sean Taylor. It is the players choosing to do so. Saying they should stop memorialize him is telling them they should stop mourning a lost colleague and friend. Maybe the fact that his mourning by fellow players has carried on this long speaks to the love they had for this man. Maybe he was not the gangster thug that many readers on this blog portray him to be. At times, I think the uniwatch community and its author act too righteously. Uniforms become such an obsession that it is forgotten that there are people underneath them and its only a game that they’re playing. Just because Manny Ramirez wears his pants the way he does, it does not make him less of man. Stripes on socks are not a reason to admire a player. The reason I say this is because I believe a lot of readers have decided what kind of man Sean Taylor was and what is the approriate way to remember him. To those people, I ask what gives you the right? I am also astounded that people could honestly state this is a “color issue”. I believe that is just flat out racism. Saying its a “color issue” is the equivalent of saying a black player does not deserve more attention and love than a white player who has passed. I think its sad that even in his death, Sean Taylor has to pay the price in the public forum for being black. Would people be complaining as much about him being remembered if he was white? I also take issue with the statement regarding Heath Ledger. This is a man who just tragically died, leaving behind a 2 year-old daughter and the only reason this blog feels its necessary to mention his name is to make a cheap joke at the fact he played a homosexual character. The fact that the author of this blog finds two men hugging to be funny is sad. I realize that as soon as this gets posted, the community on this board will immediately villify me. I did not expect to change those minds who have clearly been set. However, I found this whole thing very disturbing the first time it was discussed at the time of Sean Taylor’s death and again today. Stop judging people for what they do and what they wear on an athletic field and start viewing them as human beings. Sean Taylor doesn’t deserve to be trivilazed as a “douchebag”, a thug, or “a guy who loved stripes”. Whether he was black or white, a good player or not, he was still as much a human being as anyone writing on thi board and the same goes for Heath Ledger. Like I stated at the top, I have read every single entry that has ever been written on this blog or on ESPN. Sports and uniforms has played an important role in my life so I find uniwatch especially interesting but I will not visit the blog ever again because I can not tolerate the inability to think outside the bo x that many members of this community exhibit. I apologize for making this so long.

  • Kenny | January 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”209489″]I just saw this picture of a Raptors jersey with yellow down the sides? anyone know when the Raps wore it? Or for that matter.. anything about it.?

    http://www.rotoworld...

    Wore it in the preseason when the played in Spain, I believe

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm |

    we have liftoff

  • Broker75 | January 24, 2008 at 10:30 pm |

    good points.,,liftoff??

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 10:34 pm |

    what would the called shot look like today, if the babe played cricket?

    we now have the answer

    =================

    #2 patch & ice paint on display at the garden for brian leetch night

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”209639″]good points.,,liftoff??[/quote]

    there was a “test” post right above that…tis gone now…so i look dumb (yet again)

  • Joseph | January 24, 2008 at 10:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”209287″][quote comment=”209285″]I think the 2 Redskins wearing # 21 in the Pro Bowl is a nice tribute, especially in this me-first era.[/quote]

    Hate to break it to you, but making a big show of tributing someone else IS a me-first move.[/quote]

    So honoring a fallen teammate and friend is all about Cooley and Samuels?
    I guess they are worthless assholes for thinking of themselves first.

  • =bg= | January 24, 2008 at 10:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”209273″]Vince (welcome back, by the way), I agree with you that it doesn’t matter that Tom Brady wears a Yankees cap, or that LeBron James allows his name to be used on shoes for all sorts of sports teams (I wonder if any Yankee with have spikes mounted to a pair).

    But it was a little much for him to show up during the playoffs and root against the home team, which shares it’s fan base with him and his team. Especially because he is basically a hometown guy (unlike Brady). I can understand why that grates on people. Sure he has a right to root for whoever he wants, but I can also understand why that was annoying.[/quote]

    Kudos to you for being post 21. Paul, please acknowledge this STAT.

  • Steve | January 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”209641″]what would the called shot look like today, if the babe played cricket?

    we now have the answer

    =================

    #2 patch & ice paint on display at the garden for brian leetch night[/quote]

    The “2” on the ice behind the goals has been there for about 2 weeks now……the patch is new for tonight.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 11:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”209658″]The “2” on the ice behind the goals has been there for about 2 weeks now……the patch is new for tonight.[/quote]

    you are correct sir…however, there haven’t (to my knowledge) been any photos (posted here) of the deuce on the glass, and certainly none with players wearing the patch…all in one pic

  • John | January 24, 2008 at 11:36 pm |

    Just finished watching the Avalanche/Wild game and about halfway through the 2nd period Ian Laperriere of the Avs hit Martin Skoula of the Wild and knocked one of the decals off of Skoula’s helmet. No pics as of yet.

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2008 at 11:44 pm |

    are the x-games immune to retinal searing unis?

    of course not

    and, if you’re going to go barefoot for a good cause…should your feets apprently have some kind of this?