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Doesn’t It Seem Odd That ‘Punt’ Is Listed First?

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Ah, Punt, Pass & Kick. Like many of you, I grew up watching many a PP&K competition televised during halftime of various NFL games. I was always struck by how the participants got to wear the uniform of their hometown NFL teams. But as a Long Island kid who liked the Giants but liked the 49ers even more (a preference rooted in a Ken Willard card that I got in a box of Corn Flakes when I was seven), I always wondered if the kids had any choice regarding the uniforms they wore. Like, what if you lived in Miami but hated the Dolphins? Could you choose, say, a Steelers uniform instead? If I entered (which I never did), would I be allowed to wear a 49ers uniform?

With that question and other uni-related issues in mind, I recently asked readers to contribute any uni-related PP&K experiences they’d had while growing up. More than 30 people responded, most of whom said they never got out of the first round and therefore only got to wear T-shirts and sweatpants. But some others advanced several rounds into the competition, and a few additional folks had other visual details to share.

Most of the participants mentioned that they had fond memories of the colorfully illustrated tips booklet that was distributed to participants each year at local Ford dealerships. Jeff Ash was kind enough to scan the 1969 edition (which features some amazing visuals) and arrange it into a slideshow, which you can see here. (Jeff also found this photo of a PP&K pin on the web, although he says, perhaps semi-bitterly, “I remember nothing about a pin.”)

Here’s a good selection of additional contributions (with big thanks to all who responded):

• From Brian Flynn: “I made it to Giants Stadium as the Long Island champion representing the Jets in 2003 and 2005. Each team in the NFL has representatives who won the local contests, so yes, you must wear the jersey of the team you are representing. Once you arrive at the stadium, you check in at the practice bubble outside. They give you a uniform, which consists of a replica team jersey and gray sweatpants with the PP&K logo. The jerseys are the same kind you would buy at the store, but instead of numbers they have the PP&K logo heat-pressed on the front and the team’s logo on the back. The second time I appeared, they also gave us a tan hat with the PPK logo. The organizers of the event were very picky about having us wear it when we went out onto the field during halftime. Some of the other participants didn’t want to wear the cap but were forced to. Another interesting note: The second time I was there, they added the Pepsi logo to the sweatpants. I still have the uniform somewhere in my house.”

• From Chris Janke: “After I won the Western Massachusetts portion of the PP&K, I received a jersey in the mail, along with the rules and tickets to the Patriots game I would be competing at. The jersey had the PP&K logo on the front with two Patriots logos on the sleeves and FNOB in an unusually small font size. The jersey was the mesh kind that high schools use for practice. If I remember correctly, the number given was either the year, or 00, or something I wasn’t happy with. I’d wanted to wear No. 4 for my favorite player, Brett Favre. I think I even wore a Packers hat with the PP&K jersey during the competition. I brought cleats with me for the competition but was told by a ‘higher up’ that I couldn’t wear them because of the ‘unfair advantage over the others’ that they would provide. I finished third in the group of about 12 but didn’t advance any further (because I couldn’t wear cleats, obviously).”

• From Doc Ginn: “My older brother won the sixth grade competition one year, I believe, and received a Cleveland Browns jacket (our ‘home’ team at the time, pre-Bengals). It included a Browns patch that was the shape of the NFL shield but had the ‘Brownie’ logo within. When I won my competition, my prize was a Green Bay “autographed” football. When I got home and opened the box, I found, to my dismay, that all the ‘autographs’ were mass-printed on the ball, and a couple of them smeared as I pulled the ball from the box the first time. In fact, I remember leaving the ball in the box, because whenever I tried to remove it, I would invariably smear one of the autographs. It wasn’t that the ink was wet — it just wouldn’t stick to the leather ball very well.”

• From Robert Eden: “I recall wearing simply jeans and a T-shirt to the local PP&K competitions. I wasn’t good enough to advance to the regionals (or whatever they called it), but one year I did finish in third place locally — here’s the trophy.

• From Tommy Turner: “I participated in 1967 in Danville, Virginia. We received a Redskins gumball helmet keychain.” Tommy also provided photos of some MacGregor PP&K helmets (the kind used in PP&K nationals from 1960 through 1968) and also some Rawlings PP&K models (used from 1969 through ’73).

• From Steve Mandich: “I just wore my regular clothes for the PP&K and didn’t advance beyond the first round. I don’t remember seeing any related memorabilia, but I do remember the Punt, Pass & Kick Library book series.”

• From Bob Tusso: “My friend Paul Umhoefer won this helmet in a PP&K contest for the area around Stoughton, Wisconsin, in about 1965, when he was about 10 years old. He got second place, and seems to think that first place got a helmet and the chance to compete in a statewide contest. He doesn’t have the facemask for it anymore.”

• From Lee Whitaker: “I participated in my local competition (Paoli, Pennsylvania) in the mid-’70s. I won my age group at the local competition and advanced to the district final, where I finished fourth. For the local event, I competed in my Pop Warner uniform (think classic Patriots with red jersey and red pants), because the PP&K was held following our game. The local ‘awards’ ceremony was held in the showroom of the local Ford dealership, where I got to shake the sales manager’s hand and get my picture taken with Bill Bergey (#66) of the Eagles.”

• And from David Murphy: “My dad entered me in PP&K back around 1970. I was no athlete, but it made my day when my placekick sailed low but good enough for third place in my age group. … The kids who made the regional competitions wore those replica unis, complete with colored socks. They even wore replica helmets! To this day, I’m a sucker for those helmets whenever I see one selling for a dollar at a thrift store. Got dozens in my attic.”

Great stuff, people. Thanks for sharing.

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Victory Lap: Got a note early this morning from Giants equipment director Joe Skiba that I thought you’d all like to see:

I just wanted to thank the Uni Watch fans out there for an incredible season. It means the world to me that fans out there pay attention to all the little details — and also important ones — that go into the equipment side of sports. Every day I read the web site and the blogs to learn what is being used and worn by athletes across the leagues. Hopefully I have made Giants fans out of you, and fans of mine as well (haha)! I hope you’ll share in the celebration of this tremendous win — you guys deserve it as well.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Remember those great old curling sweaters that I recently wrote about? Reader Graham Bakay reports that the vintage threads have been banned by the geniuses at the Alberta Curling Federation, who really need to get a ticket for the clue train. … Did you know that the Rams wore a jersey patch during home games in 1988? According to this page, the patch reads, “Drug use is life abuse” (nice find by Erik Little). … Good analysis here of how Nike botched its entry into the hockey market.

 

203 comments to Doesn’t It Seem Odd That ‘Punt’ Is Listed First?

  • JBees | February 6, 2008 at 8:41 am |

    Good news… the Taylor tribute was approved! Its interesting to see the difference in just one year.

    Or maybe its just an East coast bias in the media.

    If thats the case, that explains the lack of representation of some teams (Denver Broncos) in the Hall of Fame.

  • James Craven | February 6, 2008 at 8:44 am |

    I guess that THE ALBERTA CURLING FEDERATION JUST DOESN’T GET IT!(TM)

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 8:48 am |

    great stuff on the PP&K from UW readers…enjoyed the anecdotes and memories…perhaps the progeny of a reader will someday win the whole thing

    and on an unrelated non-uni note, it was 50 years ago today

  • CubsFanBudMan | February 6, 2008 at 8:48 am |

    Can’t say I’ve become a Giants fan (although I was rooting for them), but I can say for sure that the name “Joe Skiba” crossed my mind more than once while watching the Super Bowl and noticing various equipment-related. So Joe, if you’re reading, thanks for sharing your insights and please continue to do so. And Paul, thanks for bringing it to us.

  • Joe | February 6, 2008 at 8:52 am |

    The Chicago White Sox are going to wear CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS.

    I think I’m going to hurl in camouflage.

  • Richie Rich | February 6, 2008 at 8:54 am |

    Isn’t it called Punt, Pass, and Kick because of the order it’s done?

  • Brian W | February 6, 2008 at 8:57 am |

    I seem to remember that one of the finalists of this year’s PP&K competition was the son of Bills’ HOF QB Jim Kelly. I seem to remember his son was wearing a Ravens jersey at the ceremony. I can’t imagine Jim Kelly’s son being a fan of any team other than the Bills, so I am guessing that the jersey may be of the team/area you are “representing.”

    Just a guess on my part.

  • Southend James | February 6, 2008 at 9:01 am |

    [quote comment=”219862″]The Chicago White Sox are going to wear CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS.

    I think I’m going to hurl in camouflage.[/quote]

    German football team St Pauli had a camouflage kit a while back. Tasty.

  • James Craven | February 6, 2008 at 9:03 am |

    http://www.nflrush.c...

    Yes, PP&K is alive and well.

  • James Craven | February 6, 2008 at 9:06 am |

    http://www.nflrush.c...

    Linkage fixed.

  • Mike V. | February 6, 2008 at 9:10 am |

    Is Joe going to get a ring? I hope so.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  • DrBear | February 6, 2008 at 9:13 am |

    I remember the patch – very red, white and blue. The NFL made the Rams stop wearing it because it had not been approved by the league.

  • John Lemme | February 6, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    It included a Browns patch that was the shape of the NFL shield but had the “Brownie” logo within.

    Any pictures?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | February 6, 2008 at 9:20 am |

    [quote comment=”219862″]The Chicago White Sox are going to wear CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS.

    I think I’m going to hurl in camouflage.[/quote]

    Wow! That’s new news. [/sarcasm]

    Please, let’s not start the whole conversation about this again. Please?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | February 6, 2008 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”219851″]Good news… the Taylor tribute was approved! Its interesting to see the difference in just one year.

    Or maybe its just an East coast bias in the media.

    If thats the case, that explains the lack of representation of some teams (Denver Broncos) in the Hall of Fame.[/quote]

    oh … good … [/extreme sarcasm]

  • James S | February 6, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    So in an attempt to try and confuse people into buying two sweatshirts, the sweatshirt the giant players wore at the parade yesterday is slightly different than the giants official “locker room” sweatshirt

    but don’t worry, they are both available at nfl.com

  • Kent Skor | February 6, 2008 at 9:27 am |

    For everyone who is as upset at the actions of the Alberta Curling Federation as I am, here is a link to thier website and the contact information for their officers. Remember, constructive comments only.

    http://www.albertacu...

    http://www.albertacu...

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | February 6, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”219887″]So in an attempt to try and confuse people into buying two sweatshirts, the sweatshirt the giant players wore at the parade yesterday is slightly different than the giants official “locker room” sweatshirt

    but don’t worry, they are both available at nfl.com[/quote]

    OH! I HAVE to get a Giants Super Bowl hoodie! I might even get my initials embroidered on it. Or … better yet … get one, have Belichick’s initials embroidered and send it to him. :)

  • ryan c #40 | February 6, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    Giants fan… no! well, only for one night this week…

    Joe Skiba fan… yes!

    Congrats Joe!!! Great work!

  • Mike | February 6, 2008 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”219873″]Is Joe going to get a ring? I hope so.[/quote]

    When the Pats won their first SB a few years back, everyone got a ring. Then when they one the second, not so many people did and so on. I had met the groundskeeper at a game and he let me wear that 1st SB ring, which fit perfectly. I hope Joe gets a ring as he is ceratinly a key person in the organization.

  • Saru | February 6, 2008 at 9:46 am |

    German football team St Pauli had a camouflage kit a while back. Tasty.

    It is worth noting that it is in the team colors, unlike American examples.

  • Duckstyle | February 6, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    Wonder if Joe Skiba happen to catch Paul’s last Page 2 column, and what he thought about the blue uni….

  • emd2k3 | February 6, 2008 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”219889″]For everyone who is as upset at the actions of the Alberta Curling Federation as I am, here is a link to thier website and the contact information for their officers. Remember, constructive comments only.

    http://www.albertacu...

    http://www.albertacu...

    I emailed J.W. Pringle (couldn’t get the Colin Griffith mailto link to work) a congenial note imploring him to reconsider their decision.

    Thanks for the contact links.

  • Mark in Shiga | February 6, 2008 at 10:02 am |

    I’m very happy to see that Phil Hughes will be taking #34 instead of that ugly #65 he was saddled with last season. I know he likes the digit 5 (and I was going to suggest taking Clemens’ old #22 and just making sure to look only in the mirror when dressing), but let’s face it: those big ugly numbers that the Yankees have to give out really don’t sit well on their time-honored, traditional, always-awesome-looking uniforms.

    It’s too bad so many great numbers are unavailable. I know it sounds like blasphemy but there are other ways to honor your past greats than banning future players from wearing their numbers.

  • Kenny | February 6, 2008 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”219887″]So in an attempt to try and confuse people into buying two sweatshirts, the sweatshirt the giant players wore at the parade yesterday is slightly different than the giants official “locker room” sweatshirt

    but don’t worry, they are both available at nfl.com[/quote]

    The first one is weak…not to mention there is no balance…it’s like they made the design and were like “OH CRAP! We forgot the Super Bowl logo!” and just stuck it on the bottom right corner

    At least the second one is balanced in the design.

  • emd2k3 | February 6, 2008 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”219851″]Good news… the Taylor tribute was approved! Its interesting to see the difference in just one year.

    Or maybe its just an East coast bias in the media.

    If thats the case, that explains the lack of representation of some teams (Denver Broncos) in the Hall of Fame.[/quote]

    Amen. Check Charlie Sanders (Detroit Lions TE, HOF) against Riley Odoms (Denver Broncos TE, not HOF)

    Frankly, I’m not sure either truly belongs, but if Sanders can get in, then Odoms surely deserves it.

    Oh, and there’s that Gradishar guy, too.

  • Joey Guns | February 6, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”219895″][quote comment=”219873″]Is Joe going to get a ring? I hope so.[/quote]

    When the Pats won their first SB a few years back, everyone got a ring. Then when they one the second, not so many people did and so on. I had met the groundskeeper at a game and he let me wear that 1st SB ring, which fit perfectly. I hope Joe gets a ring as he is ceratinly a key person in the organization.[/quote]

    He definitely will. I saw a story on some guy that is the team barber for the Patriots, and he even has a ring!!!! I bet Manny’s barber has a ring too. haha

  • Johnny O | February 6, 2008 at 10:09 am |

    – It’s awesome that a fellow Uni-Watcher is going to get a Super Bowl ring! Congratulations again Joe!

    – Second of all, I must have been sick on the PP&K day, because I actually know someone here is Wisconsin who won the national championship in his age group probably about seven or so years ago. I remember he was a few years older than me in High School and was the QB, punter, and kicker for the football team.

    – And don’t know if it was mentioned before, so forgive me please if it was, but the girl who got “booed” for wearing a Pats jersey at a Colts game while representing the PP&K is getting honored by the Pats

  • PM | February 6, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    The Falcons’ helmet on the cover of the PP&K booklet has two gold stripes running alongside of the white-black-white helmet stripe down the middle. I heard somewhere that they did this early on in the Falcons history in order to appeal to Georgia Tech fans (since the Falcons’ colors are identical to UGA’s). I’ve never seen it represented anywhere before, though. Very cool.

  • John T | February 6, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”219856″]great stuff on the PP&K from UW readers…enjoyed the anecdotes and memories…perhaps the progeny of a reader will someday win the whole thing

    and on an unrelated non-uni note, it was 50 years ago today[/quote]

    and for the masses rising up against logo creep see below, not sure if I would reccomend the vandalism though
    http://news.bbc.co.u...

  • Dan King | February 6, 2008 at 10:15 am |

    Ll Phil– thanks for the link about the mlstv last night. unfortunately the $20 a month is kind of steep for me, guess i’ll just have to wait for the season to start and see if its on tvu or tvants.

    also, interesting note that manchester uniteds website is almost completely black and white today.

  • dm00n [Doug] | February 6, 2008 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”219873″]Is Joe going to get a ring? I hope so.[/quote]

    They’ve already been fitted, hopefully he is getting one, and hopefully we’re amongst the first to see his new bling.

  • Ron | February 6, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    From
    A little racing info with the seasons about to ramp up:
    Dale Jr and adidas Unveil Three Stripe Race Suit at Daytona: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will debut his new three stripes on February 17 at Daytona 500. Working closely with the adidas Innovation Team, they have created a race suit featuring advanced ClimaCool technology. With extreme temperatures in the car, ClimaCool will lower Dale Jr.’s body temperature and combat fatigue, allowing him to be more alert and responsive in those final laps. Two days prior to the debut of the three stripes on the track, Dale Jr.’s exclusive adidas fan gear will go on sale at The Sports Authority available first in Daytona. Dale Jr.’s official adidas fan apparel line, which includes a variety of men and women’s clothing such as t-shirts, jackets, hats and jerseys, will be available at The Sports Authority in Daytona on February 15 in conjunction with Speed Week. The fan collection features the same adidas ClimaCool technology that allows Dale Jr. to stay cool on the track.(adidas / Hill & Knowlton PR)(2-6-2008)

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”219934″]Ll Phil– thanks for the link about the mlstv last night. unfortunately the $20 a month is kind of steep for me, guess i’ll just have to wait for the season to start and see if its on tvu or tvants.

    also, interesting note that manchester uniteds website is almost completely black and white today.[/quote]

    dan

    you’re welcome…i noticed AFTER i posted the link that the info was one year old, although i thought it would still be applicable…well, at least you know you can get the MLS on computer, albeit at a steep price

  • Ron | February 6, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    OK, I can’t do the links, #34 was from http://www.jayski.co..., think of it as uniwatch for NASCAR.

  • Kevin | February 6, 2008 at 10:31 am |

    I thought about Joe watching the Super Bowl and the 3 dimensional front helmet bumpers. We’re going to get a photo of Joe with his Super Bowl ring eventually aren’t we?

  • DonD | February 6, 2008 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”219866″]I seem to remember that one of the finalists of this year’s PP&K competition was the son of Bills’ HOF QB Jim Kelly. I seem to remember his son was wearing a Ravens jersey at the ceremony. I can’t imagine Jim Kelly’s son being a fan of any team other than the Bills, so I am guessing that the jersey may be of the team/area you are “representing.”

    Just a guess on my part.[/quote]
    Actually it was his nephew.

  • Low Impact Development | February 6, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.

  • KT | February 6, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”219927″] I heard somewhere that they did this early on in the Falcons history in order to appeal to Georgia Tech fans (since the Falcons’ colors are identical to UGA’s). [/quote]

    They obviously weren’t as marketing-savvy as the AAFL. :)

  • Joe H | February 6, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    “The report indicates it will cost the rink $1,500 to embroider new uniforms in time for the playdowns, which get under way on February 12 in Spruce Grove.”

    Who the heck is embroidering these? The Pope? I’d love to have that contract!

  • KT | February 6, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    Because, God knows, Red Sox fans would never do that to anyone wearing Yankee gear.

    I have no great love for Indiana, but it’s ridiculous to act like that’s the only fanbase ever that would do that.

  • KT | February 6, 2008 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”219947″]well, at least you know you can get the MLS on computer, albeit at a steep price[/quote]

    What is it, again? $20 for the year? Do college kids not drink beer anymore?

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    Because, God knows, Red Sox fans would never do that to anyone wearing Yankee gear.

    I have no great love for Indiana, but it’s ridiculous to act like that’s the only fanbase ever that would do that.[/quote]

    didn’t the colt fans boo the charger representative too? i’d say the fans are more savvy than we give them credit for…they boo the UNIFORM and not the player!

    at least they don’t boo SANTA like fans of a certain city which shall remain nameless

  • Anthony Verna | February 6, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”219972″][quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    Because, God knows, Red Sox fans would never do that to anyone wearing Yankee gear.

    I have no great love for Indiana, but it’s ridiculous to act like that’s the only fanbase ever that would do that.[/quote]

    didn’t the colt fans boo the charger representative too? i’d say the fans are more savvy than we give them credit for…they boo the UNIFORM and not the player!

    at least they don’t boo SANTA like fans of a certain city which shall remain nameless[/quote]

    That was ONE time FORTY years ago. Will you let it go?

  • Kerry P | February 6, 2008 at 10:57 am |

    What I find extremely interesting is the wide-spread use of the black Saints helmet that was only worn in the 1969 preseason. HERE IT IS in the booklet Paul linked to. That’s not the only instance. I have seen several things on here that used the black helmet.

  • Buzz | February 6, 2008 at 10:58 am |

    at least they don’t boo SANTA like fans of a certain city which shall remain nameless

    Hey, lay off the Santa booers…that’s the ticket to becoming Governor of PA, you know….

  • The Ol Goaler | February 6, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”219911″][quote comment=”219889″]For everyone who is as upset at the actions of the Alberta Curling Federation as I am, here is a link to thier website and the contact information for their officers. Remember, constructive comments only.

    http://www.albertacu...

    http://www.albertacu...

    I emailed J.W. Pringle (couldn’t get the Colin Griffith mailto link to work) a congenial note imploring him to reconsider their decision.

    Thanks for the contact links.[/quote]
    After reading the ACF clothing rules, I confess to being confuzzled… for the life of me, I can’t figure out why these beauties break the rules!

    Anybody know just what’s wrong with ’em?

  • Robb | February 6, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    Jim Mora taking over for Mike Holmgreen in Seattle in 2009, maybe he’ll bring back the white pants at home.

  • MPowers1634 | February 6, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”219971″][quote comment=”219947″]well, at least you know you can get the MLS on computer, albeit at a steep price[/quote]

    What is it, again? $20 for the year? Do college kids not drink beer anymore?[/quote]

    Everything is relative, friend.

  • Kerry P | February 6, 2008 at 11:13 am |

    Can someone please restore my post. The spam filter caught it.

  • Marty | February 6, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    I sent this message to the ACF:

    Jim:

    Did y’all really ban those old curling sweaters?

    Shame on you. As a protest – I will boycott your events.

    But on the other hand, since I live in Atlanta,
    Georgia, my boycott will not cause you too much
    trouble.

    I have enjoyed watching curling — only during the
    Olympics. Don’t get to play it much though (actually
    never). We sometimes play Bocce Ball in the backyard
    during the summer (does that count).

    It was just nice to see a curling story — but then
    you had to crush the excitement. (just like you did
    when you stole the Flames.)

    Marty

    And got this reply:

    Good morning Marty!

    I am assuming that is much warmer in Atlanta than Edmonton this
    morning!

    To clarify the retro uniforms of Mr. Koe’s Team were NOT banned by the
    ACF –
    in fact we have encouraged the team to wear them at our Provincial
    Boston
    Pizza Cup.

    The team WOULD have to abide by the cresting policy that is applicable
    to
    everyone – they have chosen to go a different route rather than
    removing
    some of their cresting from the retro sweaters.

    Hope you have the opportunity of trying the “roaring game” – I am sure
    you
    will be hooked!

    Jim

    So it looks like the issue was about patches, not the sweaters. Can logo creep be invading the world of curling !!!!!!

  • Kerry P | February 6, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”219927″]The Falcons’ helmet on the cover of the PP&K booklet has two gold stripes running alongside of the white-black-white helmet stripe down the middle. I heard somewhere that they did this early on in the Falcons history in order to appeal to Georgia Tech fans (since the Falcons’ colors are identical to UGA’s). I’ve never seen it represented anywhere before, though. Very cool.[/quote]
    Look HERE and you’ll see the illustrated representation of what you were talking about for the Falcons. Then scroll down a little and you’ll see a photo of the back of a helmet clearly showing the helmet stripes. Very interesting.

  • MPowers1634 | February 6, 2008 at 11:19 am |

    On a different note, check out the full page ads from the First Chicago Bank that my father cut out of The Wall Street Journal for me more than twenty years ago.

    Walter Payton
    Dick Butkus
    Michael Jordan

    I had kept them in a scrapbook until recently, when I laminated them and put them up in my classroom.

  • MPowers1634 | February 6, 2008 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”219998″]On a different note, check out the full page ads from the First Chicago Bank that my father cut out of The Wall Street Journal for me more than twenty years ago.

    Walter Payton
    Dick Butkus
    Michael Jordan

    I had kept them in a scrapbook until recently, when I laminated them and put them up in my classroom.[/quote]

    Sorry for quoting myself, but if anyone was wondering, the caption under the Michael Jordan ad once read, “We put our reputation on the line every day and night!”

  • ScottyJ in WV | February 6, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”219982″][quote comment=”219911″][quote comment=”219889″]For everyone who is as upset at the actions of the Alberta Curling Federation as I am, here is a link to thier website and the contact information for their officers. Remember, constructive comments only.

    http://www.albertacu...

    http://www.albertacu...

    I emailed J.W. Pringle (couldn’t get the Colin Griffith mailto link to work) a congenial note imploring him to reconsider their decision.

    Thanks for the contact links.[/quote]
    After reading the ACF clothing rules, I confess to being confuzzled… for the life of me, I can’t figure out why these beauties break the rules!

    Anybody know just what’s wrong with ’em?[/quote]

    I’m kinda curious about that, too. Those guys look double-sharp! Any curling association should be proud to have a team that wears uniforms that look that good.

  • Perry | February 6, 2008 at 11:26 am |

    I think the only time I entered PPK was around 1966 or so. I don’t remember getting a tips booklet, although I may have. What I do remember getting is an official Cleveland Browns media guide, a pretty thick number with, IIRC, a page devoted to each member of the team, all the coaches and draft picks, you name it. With lots of photos and stats. At age 11, in an era where that kind of thing was not routinely available, it was about the coolest thing I’d ever seen.

  • Juan Grande | February 6, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    If I was a player for the White Sox I’d want to wear camouflage too to hide the fact that I played for the White Sox.

    [quote comment=”219862″]The Chicago White Sox are going to wear CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS.

    I think I’m going to hurl in camouflage.[/quote]

  • emd2k3 | February 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm |

    My email response from Jim Pringle of the ACF:

    “Good morning Eric – thank you for taking the time to e-mail us with your input.

    To clarify – the ACF has not banned the “retro” outfits of the Koe Team – in fact we have encouraged the Koe Team to wear these at the upcoming Boston Pizza Cup.

    The issue has to do with cresting – not clothing and the Koe Team has decided that they do not wish to change the crests on their retro outfits to meet the policy. This policy is consistent for any type of clothing and has nothing to do with the age or vintage.”

    Jim”

    Crests? Seriously? Are they missing their corporate sponsor logo or something?

  • teamcinnamon | February 6, 2008 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”219972″][quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    Because, God knows, Red Sox fans would never do that to anyone wearing Yankee gear.

    I have no great love for Indiana, but it’s ridiculous to act like that’s the only fanbase ever that would do that.[/quote]

    didn’t the colt fans boo the charger representative too? i’d say the fans are more savvy than we give them credit for…they boo the UNIFORM and not the player!

    at least they don’t boo SANTA like fans of a certain city which shall remain nameless[/quote]

    Oh, c’mon now.. he was a drunken Santa that was a last minute replacement!

  • hugh | February 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm |

    Only tangentially uni-related, but Deadspin posted a time-lapse video today of a guy in Hawaii who created a replica of the Super Bowl stadium in his backyard. Turns out he & his wife have been doing this for the past six years. Here’s a link to the KGMB Channel 9 site , with a story, two TV news pieces & a link to the time-lapse creation video on YouTube.

  • Hama | February 6, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”219995″]I sent this message to the ACF:

    Jim:

    Did y’all really ban those old curling sweaters?

    Shame on you. As a protest – I will boycott your events.

    But on the other hand, since I live in Atlanta,
    Georgia, my boycott will not cause you too much
    trouble.

    I have enjoyed watching curling — only during the
    Olympics. Don’t get to play it much though (actually
    never). We sometimes play Bocce Ball in the backyard
    during the summer (does that count).

    It was just nice to see a curling story — but then
    you had to crush the excitement. (just like you did
    when you stole the Flames.)

    Marty

    And got this reply:

    Good morning Marty!

    I am assuming that is much warmer in Atlanta than Edmonton this
    morning!

    To clarify the retro uniforms of Mr. Koe’s Team were NOT banned by the
    ACF –
    in fact we have encouraged the team to wear them at our Provincial
    Boston
    Pizza Cup.

    The team WOULD have to abide by the cresting policy that is applicable
    to
    everyone – they have chosen to go a different route rather than
    removing
    some of their cresting from the retro sweaters.

    Hope you have the opportunity of trying the “roaring game” – I am sure
    you
    will be hooked!

    Jim

    So it looks like the issue was about patches, not the sweaters. Can logo creep be invading the world of curling !!!!!![/quote]

    Considering that pretty much every curling team pays out of pocket to compete, sponsorship is very key to the teams. Pretty much everyone that plays competitively works a 9-to-5 job on top of that, and for the better teams, end up having to take leaves of absence from their jobs in order to compete, so that means less money to maintain their own lives to start with. Most of the money earned from sponsors, bonspiel winnings usually end up paying for travel, lodging and supplementing any income that is lost from taking time off at work.

    You can get all high and mighty about logo creep in curling, but without it, you might never see a lot of top teams because they wouldn’t be able to compete. Most of these folks are paying out of their own pockets to play at the highest levels.

  • Mike W. | February 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm |

    http://www.metsblog....

    This is a poll from the excellent (my opinion) Metsblog.com.

  • Mike W. | February 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    The subject is your favorite Mets uniform.

  • Cowboy7130 | February 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    National Signing Day has a logo on ESPN! I want the official jersey! The official home cap, BP cap and alternate road cap!

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”220058″]http://www.metsblog.com/2008/02/06/emailbag-the-black-uniforms/

    This is a poll from the excellent (my opinion) Metsblog.com.[/quote]

    PL gettin some love on the poll comments:

    Comment by dykstraw
    2008-02-06 11:37:04
    I think there is a lot of hate for the black unis…spearheaded by Paul Lukas, the guy who writes Uni Watch for ESPN Page 2. I don’t mind them, for the reasons Matt brought up, but they’re probably my least favorite uniform. I’d be happy if they reserved them for one night a week (don’t want them wearing black on hot summer days) and featured the solid white and the pinstripes more.

  • Marty Met | February 6, 2008 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    Because, God knows, Red Sox fans would never do that to anyone wearing Yankee gear.

    I have no great love for Indiana, but it’s ridiculous to act like that’s the only fanbase ever that would do that.[/quote]

    If she wore a Rangers sweater to a Devils game I’d boo.

  • Graf Zeppelin | February 6, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    Speaking of the Mets…

    As the demise of Shea Stadium looms, and we all hold out hope that the black uniforms and trim will be erased from the landscape along with it, it occurs to me that the club (and/or WFAN) will also need to revise its well-known “Meet the Mets” theme song.

    The line: “Hot dogs, green grass, all out at Shea/Guaranteed to have a heck of a day” will obviously become inapplicable. The original line, “Bring the kiddies, bring your wife/Guaranteed to have the time of your life” is sexist and dated (which is probably why it changed when the song was updated in the ’80s), so that won’t do either.

    Any suggestions for a new lyric?

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”220074″]Speaking of the Mets…

    As the demise of Shea Stadium looms, and we all hold out hope that the black uniforms and trim will be erased from the landscape along with it, it occurs to me that the club (and/or WFAN) will also need to revise its well-known “Meet the Mets” theme song.

    The line: “Hot dogs, green grass, all out at Shea/Guaranteed to have a heck of a day” will obviously become inapplicable. The original line, “Bring the kiddies, bring your wife/Guaranteed to have the time of your life” is sexist and dated (which is probably why it changed when the song was updated in the ’80s), so that won’t do either.

    Any suggestions for a new lyric?[/quote]

    hey graf (nice meetin ya sattiday @ sheep stn, btw)

    how about this:

    $10 dogs & less seats than shea
    we got johan so you gotta pay

    /no?

  • John Zajac | February 6, 2008 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”219924″][quote comment=”219895″][quote comment=”219873″]Is Joe going to get a ring? I hope so.[/quote]

    When the Pats won their first SB a few years back, everyone got a ring. Then when they one the second, not so many people did and so on. I had met the groundskeeper at a game and he let me wear that 1st SB ring, which fit perfectly. I hope Joe gets a ring as he is ceratinly a key person in the organization.[/quote]

    He definitely will.

    I saw a story on some guy that is the team barber for the Patriots, and he even has a ring!!!!

    I bet Manny’s barber has a ring too.

    haha[/quote]

    Yeah, all team staff will get a ring, including PR reps and such. The rarities are the groundskeepers, janitors and vendors that the Pats gave rings too, as they work for the stadium and not the franchise itself.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote]I bet Manny’s barber has a ring too.[/quote]

    manny has a barber?

  • Randy Williams | February 6, 2008 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”220085″][quote]I bet Manny’s barber has a ring too.[/quote]

    manny has a barber?[/quote]
    Hair stylist. He trims Papi’s beard too.

  • Dom | February 6, 2008 at 12:58 pm |

    Dale Jr. will be wearing an Adidas Racing Suit this year with, you guessed it, 3 Stripes.

    Dale Jr and adidas Unveil Three Stripe Race Suit at Daytona: Dale Jr. will debut his new three stripes on February 17 at Daytona 500. Working closely with the adidas Innovation Team, they have created a race suit featuring advanced ClimaCool technology. With extreme temperatures in the car, ClimaCool will lower Dale Jr.’s body temperature and combat fatigue, allowing him to be more alert and responsive in those final laps. Two days prior to the debut of the three stripes on the track, Dale Jr.’s exclusive adidas fan gear will go on sale at The Sports Authority available first in Daytona. Dale Jr.’s official adidas fan apparel line, which includes a variety of men and women’s clothing such as t-shirts, jackets, hats and jerseys, will be available at The Sports Authority in Daytona on February 15 in conjunction with Speed Week. The fan collection features the same adidas ClimaCool technology that allows Dale Jr. to stay cool on the track.(adidas / Hill & Knowlton PR)(2-5-2008)

  • AK | February 6, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]
    I was there and I booed her. It was AWESOME, and I would do it AGAIN!!! I’d boo the pope if he showed up in Indy with a Cheatriots jersey.

  • AK | February 6, 2008 at 1:11 pm |

    Apparently toe-bashing was the preferred kicking method in 1969.

  • EWU | February 6, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  • Robb | February 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”219866″]I seem to remember that one of the finalists of this year’s PP&K competition was the son of Bills’ HOF QB Jim Kelly. I seem to remember his son was wearing a Ravens jersey at the ceremony. I can’t imagine Jim Kelly’s son being a fan of any team other than the Bills, so I am guessing that the jersey may be of the team/area you are “representing.”

    Just a guess on my part.[/quote]

    FWIW, I doubt it was Kelly’s boy you watched. Of course, his son Hunter died at the age of eight from Krabbe’s Disease, and Kelly and his family still reside in Orchard Park, NY.

    Perhaps is was his nephew:
    http://www.realfootb...

  • al | February 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm |

    watching the santana press conference, nice to see that they have Santana’s #57 on the podium in Blue … here’s hoping the jersey he dons is not black. i will provide update when i see it.

  • frankenslade | February 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm |

    Excellent, as always. The Punt, Pass & Kick contest was so cool when I was a kid. I love how that booklet gives tips from the Lions’ old toe-kicking kicker. Kids these days are sorely lacking in tips on toe kicking. I was just telling my 10-year-old son about the now-dead practice the other day. He’s diligent about keeping his toe out of the way of the soccer ball. He couldn’t believe that toe-kicking was once considered a standard operating practice.

  • al | February 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm |

    santana update: the mets are using the pinstrip jersey for today.

  • Juan Grande | February 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”220067″][quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    [quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    Because, God knows, Red Sox fans would never do that to anyone wearing Yankee gear.

    I have no great love for Indiana, but it’s ridiculous to act like that’s the only fanbase ever that would do that.[/quote]

    Yankee fans deserve to be booed. Sell out your stadium for six years running and maybe we’ll talk. I really want to know how many Yankee fans could actually care less about the squad if A-Rod and Jeter played for someone else. Before I hear greif about it, I hate the bandwagon Red Sox fans as much as anyone else. I’ve been a BoSox fan from birth and the post-2004 Red Sox Nation has gotten on my nerves.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 6, 2008 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”220114″]watching the santana press conference, nice to see that they have Santana’s #57 on the podium in Blue … here’s hoping the jersey he dons is not black. i will provide update when i see it.[/quote]
    Sweet sleeve patch for Shea’s final season!
    Somebody get a screen grab – please!

  • TOG | February 6, 2008 at 1:30 pm |

    With Hockey Market Stagnant, Nike Seeks to Sell Equipment Unit

    OTTAWA — It was just a little swoosh. But when Nike added its logo to gear by Bauer, a longtime Canadian maker of hockey equipment, “there was resistance,” said Terry Bovair, owner of the Fontaine Source for Sports in Peterborough, Ontario. “Some people did not buy the product.”

    Here is another Blame It on Bettman…
    Hockey needs an infusion of creativity and EDG jerseys and shootouts, etc. has not turned the game around…to say the least.

    Building the game back up with grass roots ideas like:
    http://uspondhockey....
    http://www.tablehock...
    http://www.icehockey...
    http://www.nhl.com/w...
    http://originalsix.n...

    Rebuild the natural rivalries…Guess how many times the Chicago Blakhawks play the New York Rangers this year????

    Okay. None is the right answer…yet, the Hawks wil play the Red Wings 8 fuckin times…ridiculous schedule. Time to create an O6 division where the Original Six teams play each other at least 4 times each…big markets in NY, Chi, Bos, Det and Tor…drive ratings and attendance way up… So simple, really.

    Why is Nike selling their hockey equipment division? Because the NHL is broken.

    Game Off.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 6, 2008 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”220078″][quote comment=”220074″]Speaking of the Mets…

    As the demise of Shea Stadium looms, and we all hold out hope that the black uniforms and trim will be erased from the landscape along with it, it occurs to me that the club (and/or WFAN) will also need to revise its well-known “Meet the Mets” theme song.

    The line: “Hot dogs, green grass, all out at Shea/Guaranteed to have a heck of a day” will obviously become inapplicable. The original line, “Bring the kiddies, bring your wife/Guaranteed to have the time of your life” is sexist and dated (which is probably why it changed when the song was updated in the ’80s), so that won’t do either.

    Any suggestions for a new lyric?[/quote]

    hey graf (nice meetin ya sattiday @ sheep stn, btw)

    how about this:

    $10 dogs & less seats than shea
    we got johan so you gotta pay

    /no?[/quote]

    Back in the “dark days” (1974-1984), we would sing: “bring the kiddies, bring the wife; guaranteed to laugh the rest of your life”

  • DaytonRedAndBlue | February 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm |

    We use someone’s old PP&K trophy as our Fantasy Football League trophy.

    Yeah, it’s cool

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote]I really want to know how many Yankee fans could actually care less about the squad if A-Rod and Jeter played for someone else.[/quote]

    TRUE yankee fans would cheer for the squad no matter WHO was in the pinstripes

    /all teams have bandwaggoneers
    //REAL fans (of ANY team) root for the laundry, show up in sub-freezing temps, and are there on fan appreciation day, when the team is 20 games out of first

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 6, 2008 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”220128″][quote]I really want to know how many Yankee fans could actually care less about the squad if A-Rod and Jeter played for someone else.[/quote]

    TRUE yankee fans would cheer for the squad no matter WHO was in the pinstripes

    [/quote]

    save for Ed Whitson, for starters

  • Anthony Verna | February 6, 2008 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”220074″]Speaking of the Mets…

    As the demise of Shea Stadium looms, and we all hold out hope that the black uniforms and trim will be erased from the landscape along with it, it occurs to me that the club (and/or WFAN) will also need to revise its well-known “Meet the Mets” theme song.

    The line: “Hot dogs, green grass, all out at Shea/Guaranteed to have a heck of a day” will obviously become inapplicable. The original line, “Bring the kiddies, bring your wife/Guaranteed to have the time of your life” is sexist and dated (which is probably why it changed when the song was updated in the ’80s), so that won’t do either.

    Any suggestions for a new lyric?[/quote]

    How about scrapping a song that sounds like it was retread from 1954?

  • Brian from Short Island | February 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm |

    Johan is wearing a blue hat and pinstripes at his press conference…

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote]Back in the “dark days” (1974-1984), we would sing: “bring the kiddies, bring the wife; guaranteed to laugh the rest of your life”[/quote]

    i was prolly sitting next to you, singing right along

    we had the whole song with screwed up lyrics

    beat the mess…beat the mess…step right up and beat the mess…
    beat your kiddies, beat your wife…guananteed to have the laugh of your life…
    the fans out here are sick of it all…jumpin’ off the stadium wall…
    north side, south side…not a soul is comin’ down…
    to beat the M-E-S-S MESS of new yawk town…

  • Luke | February 6, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.

  • Tim | February 6, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”220121″][quote comment=”220067″][quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    [quote comment=”219967″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]

    Because, God knows, Red Sox fans would never do that to anyone wearing Yankee gear.

    I have no great love for Indiana, but it’s ridiculous to act like that’s the only fanbase ever that would do that.[/quote]

    Yankee fans deserve to be booed. Sell out your stadium for six years running and maybe we’ll talk. I really want to know how many Yankee fans could actually care less about the squad if A-Rod and Jeter played for someone else. Before I hear greif about it, I hate the bandwagon Red Sox fans as much as anyone else. I’ve been a BoSox fan from birth and the post-2004 Red Sox Nation has gotten on my nerves.[/quote]

    Less we forget the extra 20,000 seats in Yankee Stadium compared to Fenway. Its easy to sell out a stadium for a team that is really good year in and year out when you have less than 40,000 seats to fill.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”220139″][quote]Back in the “dark days” (1974-1984), we would sing: “bring the kiddies, bring the wife; guaranteed to laugh the rest of your life”[/quote]

    i was prolly sitting next to you, singing right along

    we had the whole song with screwed up lyrics

    beat the mess…beat the mess…step right up and beat the mess…
    beat your kiddies, beat your wife…guananteed to have the laugh of your life…
    the fans out here are sick of it all…jumpin’ off the stadium wall…
    north side, south side…not a soul is comin’ down…
    to beat the M-E-S-S MESS of new yawk town…
    [/quote]
    instead of “jumpin off the stadium wall”, we sang “watching visitor’s homers go over the wall”

    Good times

  • Beef | February 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm |

    Has anyone been on espn.com today? It’s National Signing Day and is the cover story on the website. Forget the story, check out the helmet in the picture. Looks like it’s the Uni from the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. To use the word logo creep is an under statement. Here is the link to the gallary of the game. Be warned, it gets pretty ugly.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  • Brian Erni | February 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm |

    yay mets talk…albeit about the dark days.

    listen, anyway. metsblog has a poll about the black uniforms. i strongly encourage anyone who objects to the black to head over there and vote in the poll, because mets management DOES pay attention to fan polls on metsblog! maybe this will be our chance to get the black out of the color scheme!

  • Ryan Cousineau | February 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    For those interested, yes, the curling sweaters appear to contravene the strict anti-logo-creep regs of the Alberta Curling Federation.

    It’s not easy to summarize, but the ACF has a Word Doc that defines the legal sponsor logo and cresting rules (pp. 6-7, plus p. 31, which shows a diagram of the legal sponsor crest sizes and locations).

    Digging from the archives, the best views of their crests are here and here.

    So, how ironic! Spiffy retro unis laid low by logo creep. It’s uni-watch moment if there ever was one.

  • teamcinnamon | February 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”220141″]Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.[/quote]

    I have a pair of Nike blades that are fantastic, thanks.

  • teamcinnamon | February 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”220155″]new stadia to be constructed for eur2012 footy matches[/quote]

    Sweet. The first one almost looks like UOP Stadium.

  • Beef | February 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”220154″]Has anyone been on espn.com today? It’s National Signing Day and is the cover story on the website. Forget the story, check out the helmet in the picture. Looks like it’s the Uni from the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. To use the word logo creep is an under statement. Here is the link to the gallary of the game. Be warned, it gets pretty ugly.

    Screwed up the link. Here it is.

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • ryan c #40 | February 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm |

    I really want to know how many Yankee fans could actually care less about the squad if A-Rod and Jeter played for someone else.
    TRUE yankee fans would cheer for the squad no matter WHO was in the pinstripes
    /all teams have bandwaggoneers
    //REAL fans (of ANY team) root for the laundry, show up in sub-freezing temps, and are there on fan appreciation day, when the team is 20 games out of first

    hey, tell me about it… pirate fan over here with tickets to 23 games, in the mail, on the way to my house as we speak… or type! lol

    ugh, don’t ask me why i love those buccos…

  • Duckstyle | February 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”220167″][quote comment=”220107″]Nice stripes on EWU hockey team (scroll down to see)[/quote]

    That logo looks like a weak try to relpicate my High School’s beauty of a logo.[/quote]

    Screwed up the link, figures.

  • Trevor K | February 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”220096″][quote comment=”219962″]That was pretty poor form when the Colts fans booed that girl in the Patriots jersey. But that’s Indiana, I guess.[/quote]
    I was there and I booed her. It was AWESOME, and I would do it AGAIN!!! I’d boo the pope if he showed up in Indy with a Cheatriots jersey.[/quote]
    anybody wearing silver and black into Arrowhead Stadium is gettin booed…even Bo Jackson.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”220122″][quote comment=”220114″]watching the santana press conference, nice to see that they have Santana’s #57 on the podium in Blue … here’s hoping the jersey he dons is not black. i will provide update when i see it.[/quote]
    Sweet sleeve patch for Shea’s final season!
    Somebody get a screen grab – please![/quote]

    first photos from the santana press conference

    first one shows a partial FYOS patch

  • jesse | February 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”220173″]I really want to know how many Yankee fans could actually care less about the squad if A-Rod and Jeter played for someone else.
    TRUE yankee fans would cheer for the squad no matter WHO was in the pinstripes
    /all teams have bandwaggoneers
    //REAL fans (of ANY team) root for the laundry, show up in sub-freezing temps, and are there on fan appreciation day, when the team is 20 games out of first

    hey, tell me about it… pirate fan over here with tickets to 23 games, in the mail, on the way to my house as we speak… or type! lol

    ugh, don’t ask me why i love those buccos…[/quote]

    I renewed my tickets in October. I love teh buccos because I can get seats in the front row on the first base line for $25 each. Try that at Yankee Stadium. Further, all the Yankees millions bought them what, five more games?

  • ryan c #40 | February 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.

    i play… live, eat, and breathe ice hockey. and i LOVE nike! but, i tried on a pair back a few years ago and they just didn’t seem to get the ankle support right. i was just dissapointed. and the skates over the years just seemed like they weren’t really into making them better, just worried about having the swoosh in ice hockey. only my opinion though! still love all other nike products!

    p.s.
    been playing ice hockey now for 16 years (give or take), and i’m shopping around for my third pair of ice skates EVER. haha! yes, for all of you non-ice hockey players, skates ARE that important!

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    santana pic from reuters

  • MPowers1634 | February 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”220170″][quote comment=”220154″]Has anyone been on espn.com today? It’s National Signing Day and is the cover story on the website. Forget the story, check out the helmet in the picture. Looks like it’s the Uni from the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. To use the word logo creep is an under statement. Here is the link to the gallary of the game. Be warned, it gets pretty ugly.

    Screwed up the link. Here it is.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    I am a huge fan of Schutt helmets, to the point that I dislike college teams like TOSU and VaTech because of their use of only Riddell helmets. I love the DNA but severely dislike the Ion. TMany players on the Red team that looks like Texas Tech in the UA game is wearing alot of them. Too modern!

  • S Dot | February 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”220141″]Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.[/quote]

    Or you grew up in Detroit in the mid 90’s and were a Federov fan. Scored a pair of the white Federov skates for squirts when i was 11 and have had Nike skates ever since and have no complaints.

  • Duckstyle | February 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”220173″]I really want to know how many Yankee fans could actually care less about the squad if A-Rod and Jeter played for someone else.
    TRUE yankee fans would cheer for the squad no matter WHO was in the pinstripes
    /all teams have bandwaggoneers
    //REAL fans (of ANY team) root for the laundry, show up in sub-freezing temps, and are there on fan appreciation day, when the team is 20 games out of first

    hey, tell me about it… pirate fan over here with tickets to 23 games, in the mail, on the way to my house as we speak… or type! lol

    ugh, don’t ask me why i love those buccos…[/quote]

    Yeah, it was definitly a rough year to be a White Sox fan, I feel your pain. I went to 10 games in ’07, with a total of 2 wins. Makes the $8 beers tougher to swallow.

  • Joe Drennan | February 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”220184″][quote comment=”220141″]Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.[/quote]

    Or you grew up in Detroit in the mid 90’s and were a Federov fan. Scored a pair of the white Federov skates for squirts when i was 11 and have had Nike skates ever since and have no complaints.[/quote]
    As a goalie, it didn’t really matter with Nike in the sport since they didn’t make goalie equipment. I did however get a pair of the white Federov skates as rollerblades and loved them.

    I’m glad to see Nike leave hockey as in my mind, the only brands that should be allowed in hockey are CCM – Bauer – Vaughn – Brian’s – Sher Wood – Christian – Eagle – Easton. Mission and TPS are bubble brands simply becasue they’ve produced quality products thus far. Give them time and they might make it. RBK is nothing more than CCM with the RBK logo. I miss Koho and Heaton too. Oh yea, bring back Northland sticks too.

  • Duckstyle | February 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    Seems the Giants had a little help from the Dark Side.

  • Joe Drennan | February 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”220181″]Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.

    i play… live, eat, and breathe ice hockey. and i LOVE nike! but, i tried on a pair back a few years ago and they just didn’t seem to get the ankle support right. i was just dissapointed. and the skates over the years just seemed like they weren’t really into making them better, just worried about having the swoosh in ice hockey. only my opinion though! still love all other nike products!

    p.s.
    been playing ice hockey now for 16 years (give or take), and i’m shopping around for my third pair of ice skates EVER. haha! yes, for all of you non-ice hockey players, skates ARE that important![/quote]
    I hear you. Been a goalie for about the same time and have only had three pairs of goalie skate. I did learn to skate with forward skates, but bought my first pair of goalie skates at Play It Again for $20. I got $25 for them 3 years later from the pro shop I bought my next pair from. I think I was in 7th grade at the time. That second pair lasted me until my sophomore year of college. I was so reluctant to get new skates that I had my ankel taped before every practice and game not because of a physical problem, but because my skates were falling apart at the seams and digging into my ankels. Now that I’m coaching and hardly ever get a chance to put the pads on, I have a feeling this third pair will last me many more years – they’re on they 6th right now.

  • patrick | February 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”220118″]Excellent, as always. The Punt, Pass & Kick contest was so cool when I was a kid. I love how that booklet gives tips from the Lions’ old toe-kicking kicker. Kids these days are sorely lacking in tips on toe kicking. I was just telling my 10-year-old son about the now-dead practice the other day. He’s diligent about keeping his toe out of the way of the soccer ball. He couldn’t believe that toe-kicking was once considered a standard operating practice.[/quote]
    [quote comment=”220118″]Excellent, as always. The Punt, Pass & Kick contest was so cool when I was a kid. I love how that booklet gives tips from the Lions’ old toe-kicking kicker. Kids these days are sorely lacking in tips on toe kicking. I was just telling my 10-year-old son about the now-dead practice the other day. He’s diligent about keeping his toe out of the way of the soccer ball. He couldn’t believe that toe-kicking was once considered a standard operating practice.[/quote]

    Ten year old and hes diligently getting his toe out of the way? Looks like you have a future pele on your hands. WHen i was about that age (24 now) I had a coach who, after seeing a few too many toeballs literally, made us take off our cleats and play with just socks for 30 min, in October. DIdnt say many toeballs after that. When I was younger than that, I remember going to a sports store in Hicksville, I believe it was called Gold’s. Downstairs in the shoe department I came across the first, and only pair of toe Kicking shoes I’ve ever seen for sale. I remember putting it on and being amazed that there was a steel toe in them!!!!

  • JJD | February 6, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    If this TRULY were “Perfectville“, Garo, Kuchenburg, and Morrall wouldn’t be wearing circa 2007 Dolphins’ jerseys. Are you KIDDING me?

    It’s a pretty clever commercial, otherwise.

  • Brad | February 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |

    The Rams wore the anti-drug patch for most of their home games (blue jerseys only) in the 1988 season at Anaheim Stadium, but not all, including no patch vs. the 49ers, Cardinals and Patriots in Sept-Oct ’88. As an earlier poster mentioned, the league did not approve the patch beforehand, and asked the team to stop wearing it.

  • Mark | February 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    Any News on a new MInnesota Gopher Jersey…I heard its coming out today, but have seen nothing…

  • Dom | February 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.
    Actually I have some Nike shinguards and they are some of the best guards I’ve ever had.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote]When I was younger than that, I remember going to a sports store in Hicksville, I believe it was called Gold’s.[/quote]

    you thinkin’ of goldman’s? (on bay avenue)

    they got everything

  • Bo in Boulder | February 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    So I was watching The Flintstones with my kids last night. Fred goes to night school (Princestone) and ends up being their quarterback on the football team. They play against Shale University and everyone except Fred is wearing a uniform. He’s still wearing his orange toga thing. Even my 5 year old noticed something was wrong with that scenario.

  • Graf Zeppelin | February 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”220078″][quote comment=”220074″]Speaking of the Mets…

    As the demise of Shea Stadium looms, and we all hold out hope that the black uniforms and trim will be erased from the landscape along with it, it occurs to me that the club (and/or WFAN) will also need to revise its well-known “Meet the Mets” theme song.

    The line: “Hot dogs, green grass, all out at Shea/Guaranteed to have a heck of a day” will obviously become inapplicable. The original line, “Bring the kiddies, bring your wife/Guaranteed to have the time of your life” is sexist and dated (which is probably why it changed when the song was updated in the ’80s), so that won’t do either.

    Any suggestions for a new lyric?[/quote]

    hey graf (nice meetin ya sattiday @ sheep stn, btw)

    how about this:

    $10 dogs & less seats than shea
    we got johan so you gotta pay

    /no?[/quote]

    Nice. It’s catchy.

    Good meeting you as well, LI Phil.

  • Johnny O | February 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”220182″]santana pic from reuters[/quote]

    Wow. Having not seen that uni for a while, I forgot how awesome it is. Sleeve patch looks sweet too.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  • Robert | February 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”220058″]http://www.metsblog.com/2008/02/06/emailbag-the-black-uniforms/

    This is a poll from the excellent (my opinion) Metsblog.com.[/quote]

    I am shocked that the leading vote-getter is the 1986 racing-stripe uniform. Back when the Expos, Indians, Mets and others cultivated that look, I was violently opposed to it. There were days of celebration as the violators of good taste eventually did away with the racing stripes.

  • Shaftman | February 6, 2008 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”220210″][quote]When I was younger than that, I remember going to a sports store in Hicksville, I believe it was called Gold’s.[/quote]

    you thinkin’ of goldman’s? (on bay avenue)

    they got everything[/quote]

    It’s actually Goldman Brothers. Used to pass it everyday on my way to work.

  • Joey Guns | February 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm |

    Topps issues joke Guiliani card:

    http://sportsillustr...

  • jere | February 6, 2008 at 3:27 pm |

    This page shows the “Drug Use Is Life Abuse” logo–which appears to be on that Rams patch if you look closely.

  • Jerico | February 6, 2008 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”220164″][quote comment=”220141″]Glad Nike is leaving hockey, they sucked. The kids who wore Nike stuff were always the kids who had just started and thought they were cool buying something Nike, they weren’t, and usually weren’t good.[/quote]

    I have a pair of Nike blades that are fantastic, thanks.[/quote]
    Yeah, I too have a pair of Nike skates that are almost 10 years old and still do fantastic.

    Nike’s desire to leave hockey might serve as a cautionary tale to adidas’ decision to outfit Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nike is leaving hockey because it was capitalizing on a fad that eventually waned. (Oddly enough, apparently they’re making $$$ hand over fist with their Nike SB line of skateboarding shoes.) This may be why, though Nike cobbles drivers and pit crew members in NASCAR, they’ve stopped short of endorsing drivers or race teams, probably because growth in NASCAR’s popularity nationally is stagnating a bit, and they don’t want a repeat of their hockey problem. Like the NHL, NASCAR’s appeal is provincial in nature.

  • todd krevanchi | February 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |

    anyone know if the “other” version filmed for the perfectville reebok spot has leaked?
    id love to see that.

  • Shawn Knowles | February 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm |

    I’m really interested in knowing how some of you used skates for that many years. I played hockey all my life and HAD to get a new pair every year because they were completely ruined. It’s only now that I’ve been coaching for 4 years that I have had a pair of skates that long.
    Also I always work CCM’s until Bauer came out with the Vapors, (the older Bauers we never wide enough) so I was using quality skates.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”220229″]anyone know if the “other” version filmed for the perfectville reebok spot has leaked?
    id love to see that.[/quote]

    i think someone posted it on yesterday’s blog

    i recall seeing it, and i think it was in a link on here

  • Joe Drennan | February 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”220231″]I’m really interested in knowing how some of you used skates for that many years. I played hockey all my life and HAD to get a new pair every year because they were completely ruined. It’s only now that I’ve been coaching for 4 years that I have had a pair of skates that long.
    Also I always work CCM’s until Bauer came out with the Vapors, (the older Bauers we never wide enough) so I was using quality skates.[/quote]
    Being a goalie I didn’t have to worry about running out of steel from sharpening as I had them sharpened on average 3-4 times a year, now twice. Most forwards I knew simply got new steel and chassies for their skates if the boot still fit though. There was also the occasional trip to shoe repair if something waas seriously wrong with the boot and they weren’t ready to break in a new pair.

  • Jerico | February 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”220231″]I’m really interested in knowing how some of you used skates for that many years. I played hockey all my life and HAD to get a new pair every year because they were completely ruined. It’s only now that I’ve been coaching for 4 years that I have had a pair of skates that long.
    Also I always work CCM’s until Bauer came out with the Vapors, (the older Bauers we never wide enough) so I was using quality skates.[/quote]
    My hockey “career” ended before it ever began, so I ended up having a pair of skates to keep my skating legs fresh, I guess. I was never that good to begin with (still not), so I’m sure better players/skaters needed new blades a lot more often than I did. You know, it’s slightly amazing going to the rink on occasion and seeing older folks sporting the old-school, tubular hockey skates on the ice.

  • Joey Guns | February 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”220137″]Johan is wearing a blue hat and pinstripes at his press conference…[/quote]

    Here’s a pic:

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

  • Johnny O | February 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”220232″][quote comment=”220229″]anyone know if the “other” version filmed for the perfectville reebok spot has leaked?
    id love to see that.[/quote]

    i think someone posted it on yesterday’s blog

    i recall seeing it, and i think it was in a link on here[/quote]

    Pats Perfectville

  • Frankie | February 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”220238″][quote comment=”220137″]Johan is wearing a blue hat and pinstripes at his press conference…[/quote]

    Here’s a pic:

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

    Just the way it should be every time he pitches at home.

  • Mike | February 6, 2008 at 4:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”220214″]santana jersey w/shea patch[/quote]

    Again, what is the deal with wearing the shirt and tie under the jersey……..

  • Colin Morton | February 6, 2008 at 4:48 pm |

    On the subject of curling and logo creep, check out the Canadian Curling Association’s “Special Rules” for major championships:

    http://media.curling...

    Rule 7(2)? “No advertising shall appear on the competitors’ clothing other than that required by the CCA.”

    Required. Nice. It just goes downhill from there.

  • James Craven | February 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    Remember, Mets fans pay the highest ticket, concession and parking fees in the majors…and refer to CitiField as “Shitty Field.”

    That is all.

  • todd krevanchi | February 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”220250″]Remember, Mets fans pay the highest ticket, concession and parking fees in the majors…and refer to CitiField as “Shitty Field.”

    That is all.[/quote]

    don’t speak for mets fans james

    thank you

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”220250″]Remember, Mets fans pay the highest ticket, concession and parking fees in the majors…and refer to CitiField as “Shitty Field.”

    That is all.[/quote]

    don’t speak for mets fans james

    thank you

  • Marty Met | February 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”220250″]Remember, Mets fans pay the highest ticket, concession and parking fees in the majors…and refer to CitiField as “Shitty Field.”

    That is all.[/quote]

    Let me guess you’re a Yankees fan?

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”220255″][quote comment=”220250″]Remember, Mets fans pay the highest ticket, concession and parking fees in the majors…and refer to CitiField as “Shitty Field.”

    That is all.[/quote]

    Let me guess you’re a Yankees fan?[/quote]

    worse…phillies

  • EWU | February 6, 2008 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”220175″][quote comment=”220167″][quote comment=”220107″]Nice stripes on EWU hockey team (scroll down to see)[/quote]

    That logo looks like a weak try to relpicate my High School’s beauty of a logo.[/quote]

    Screwed up the link, figures.[/quote]

    it’s not weak http://websrv.ewu.ed... but they are going pink

  • EWU | February 6, 2008 at 5:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”220167″][quote comment=”220107″]Nice stripes on EWU hockey team (scroll down to see)[/quote]

    That logo looks like a weak try to relpicate my High School’s beauty of a logo.[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure your hs copied the college, which is now going pink

  • Kerry P | February 6, 2008 at 5:36 pm |

    I know that there are a few Louisiana Tech followers that read Uni Watch…any word on the new logo that was being mentioned on the homepage of the athletics website?

  • Kerry P | February 6, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    Staying with the pink-theme that seems to be prevalent right now…the #8 Lady Tigers of LSU unveiled “THINK PINK” UNIFORMS for its game this Sunday, February 10 against the Lady Bulldogs of #24 Georgia.

    To quote the press release:
    The Lady Tigers will wear specially made Nike uniforms and shoes that are trimmed in pink and have the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon on them. Georgia will also sport pink uniforms designed by Nike.

  • Seth H | February 6, 2008 at 6:02 pm |

    Nice stripes on EWU hockey team (scroll down to see)

    That logo looks like a weak try to relpicate my High School’s beauty of a logo.

    I’m pretty sure your hs copied the college, which is now going pink

    They all copied the original Ottawa Senators.

  • who cares | February 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm |

    The title at the top of the screen on this link says NFL Pepsi Punk, Pass & Kick – NFLRUSH – Mozilla Firefox. Is Pepsi anti-children?

  • Cathy | February 6, 2008 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”220211″]So I was watching The Flintstones with my kids last night. Fred goes to night school (Princestone) and ends up being their quarterback on the football team. They play against Shale University and everyone except Fred is wearing a uniform. He’s still wearing his orange toga thing. Even my 5 year old noticed something was wrong with that scenario.[/quote]

    One of my all-time favorites, I have it on DVD. I like the cheer “Go P-U!!” classic…they also wear ‘helmets’ made of rock!

  • Dom | February 6, 2008 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”220251″]found it
    http://www.youtube.c...

    This one is better
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • lwiedy | February 6, 2008 at 6:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”220219″]Topps issues joke Guiliani card:

    http://sportsillustr...

    I hope that’s the work of someone at SI.com and not the actual card. Could it(the design) be that lame?

  • patrick | February 6, 2008 at 6:45 pm |

    Soccerheads and photoshoppers:
    i was just on soccer ives’ blog which is by far the best US soccer blog out there btw, and saw a banner ad featuring clint dempsey wearing the new jersey. I didnt get a screen shot (damn mac’s) but I was hoping someone could go and help me solve this. The question is, since dempseys been in europe virtually the entire season, with only a few trips back for national team duty, is it a photoshopped jersey? Its conceivable that they had a dressingsince its the US socer fed’s site. I looked at it for a while and couldnt tell. His shorts, to me, look black which he happens to wear for his club team. The link is below, its ont he right hand side. theres also a link to the kit h wears now at fulham.
    http://www.soccerbyi...
    http://www.football....

  • BS | February 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm |

    While goofing around with Google Maps, I noticed that a Street View pic of Fenway Park shows the absence of a particular number on one of the walls. If you missed it the blog post mentioning it is http://www.uniwatchb.... Interesting that they do not update their pics more.

  • Kevin | February 6, 2008 at 7:09 pm |

    this is getting ridiclous. im watching the OHL all star game (ontario hockey league) and they have the stupid apren hemline like florida and colorado etc…which has moved the reebok logo almost to the middle of the jersey. looks retarted

  • Jordan | February 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm |

    Does anyone know a way to contact Mr. Skiba? I’ve been following the equipped videos all year and had a couple of questions.

    Thanks!

  • Stevo | February 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm |

    I was watching last year’s USA-Mexico soccer match on ESPN Classic, and I noticed something that was kinda odd. The US was in their home whites, with Tres Colores in their green alts. The Mexican goalie was wearing a red jersey, and the US keeper was in yellow. What caught me off guard was that the officials were also in yellow. Don’t the officials have to choose their gear to not clash with any of the players on the field, including the goalies?

  • interlockingtc | February 6, 2008 at 7:43 pm |

    I was nine in 1969 and won the local P,P & K competition…and man was setting foot on the moon that summer. It was a great time to be a kid. Seeing that booklet made me happy. Lovingly detailed illustrations. Which, at the time, is what I aspired to achieve. Thanks for this post.

  • Mike Engle | February 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm |

    Check it out…
    Yepremian has a modern NFL Equipment jersey in the commercial and in most of this enclosed “Behind the Scenes” snippet, but for at least one moment (25 seconds), he has a more time-correct jersey with the one-color writing and shadow-less number. Really bizarre. I guarantee you the NFL wanted a couple of Reebok logos thrown in to appease the big sponsor.

  • Stevo | February 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”220289″]Check it out…
    Yepremian has a modern NFL Equipment jersey in the commercial and in most of this enclosed “Behind the Scenes” snippet, but for at least one moment (25 seconds), he has a more time-correct jersey with the one-color writing and shadow-less number. Really bizarre. I guarantee you the NFL wanted a couple of Reebok logos thrown in to appease the big sponsor.[/quote]

    Or it could be that REEBOK wanted a few REEBOK logos in the commercial that first appeared on REEBOK’s website and that was produced by and paid for by REEBOK.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 8:17 pm |

    particularly noxious logo/sponsor creep can be seen on the mexican yaquis here in the caribbean series, while the DR tigres’ ronnie belliard‘s uni appears too large

    /i miss baseball…how many days till ST?

  • Stevo | February 6, 2008 at 8:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”220291″]particularly noxious logo/sponsor creep can be seen on the mexican yaquis here in the caribbean series, while the DR tigres’ ronnie belliard‘s uni appears too large

    /i miss baseball…how many days till ST?[/quote]

    Saturday is Truck Day in Boston.

  • Ken S. | February 6, 2008 at 8:33 pm |

    Not only was Johan wearing pinstripes and blue hat at the press conference, but the Mets’ ticket ad in today’s NY Times also depicts Santana wearing pinstripes and blue (obvious even in B&W). Could it be that the Mets are going to pleasantly surprise us by going with the “classic” look as a nostalgic nod for the final season at Shea?

  • Kerry P | February 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm |

    Not sure if this was mentioned already, I didn’t see it, but Arkansas State has decided on a new mascot after being forced to retire “Indians” – WOLVES. There are still talks going on about adding a color, such as “Red” in front of Wolves.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 9:12 pm |

    if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it must be bush

  • S. Bennett | February 6, 2008 at 9:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”220272″]Soccerheads and photoshoppers:
    i was just on soccer ives’ blog which is by far the best US soccer blog out there btw, and saw a banner ad featuring clint dempsey wearing the new jersey. I didnt get a screen shot (damn mac’s) but I was hoping someone could go and help me solve this. The question is, since dempseys been in europe virtually the entire season, with only a few trips back for national team duty, is it a photoshopped jersey? Its conceivable that they had a dressingsince its the US socer fed’s site. I looked at it for a while and couldnt tell. His shorts, to me, look black which he happens to wear for his club team.

    The link is below, its ont he right hand side. theres also a link to the kit h wears now at fulham.
    http://www.soccerbyi...
    http://www.football....

    First of all, no screen shot on a mac? Try apple key -shift – 3 for full screen, apple key – shift – 4 for a target to choose the part you want.

    As for the pic, it’s just as easy to send one to him in London and have the pics taken there. Prototypes and actuals exist well before release dates.

    EWU and copycats – as was mentioned, a shameless Ottawa Senators ripoff.

    The junior hockey Ottawa 67s have embraced this design since get this – 1967. The rocked your home sweaters for a while too

    SB

  • Will S | February 6, 2008 at 9:20 pm |

    I like Duke’s black jerseys a lot better than the blue one’s.

  • Bob H | February 6, 2008 at 9:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”220285″]I was watching last year’s USA-Mexico soccer match on ESPN Classic, and I noticed something that was kinda odd. The US was in their home whites, with Tres Colores in their green alts. The Mexican goalie was wearing a red jersey, and the US keeper was in yellow. What caught me off guard was that the officials were also in yellow. Don’t the officials have to choose their gear to not clash with any of the players on the field, including the goalies?[/quote]
    That’s a good catch, I don’t know how I missed it. Maybe it’s becuase the ref jersey was a very bright yellow and it differed from Timmy’s paler yellow? The same is the case right now though with the present game.

  • Bob H | February 6, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    US v Mexico update: (1) Nike dropped the ball by not wrapping the pinstripes all the way around under the arms and the stripes cross through the NOB which makes it look like a typo (2)Adidas dropped the ball with the 3/4 length sleeves on Mexico with no obvious cuff (3) Landon still wearing those stupid mustard colored boots.

    (Sorry, no grabs.)

  • TD | February 6, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    USA Mens Soccer kits: ugly. Two-tone white (if that’s possible – it’s like an alternating shade of gray) horizonally striped at rounghly 5 inches wide with red piping separating each. Blue shorts.

    Mexico in the basic green Adidas kit, with no NOB. White shorts, red socks.

  • Tony Miller | February 6, 2008 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”220294″][quote comment=”220291″]particularly noxious logo/sponsor creep can be seen on the mexican yaquis here in the caribbean series, while the DR tigres’ ronnie belliard‘s uni appears too large

    /i miss baseball…how many days till ST?[/quote]

    Pitchers & catchers report next Thursday. So 7 1/2 days, more or less.

  • Stevo | February 6, 2008 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”220311″][quote comment=”220285″]I was watching last year’s USA-Mexico soccer match on ESPN Classic, and I noticed something that was kinda odd. The US was in their home whites, with Tres Colores in their green alts. The Mexican goalie was wearing a red jersey, and the US keeper was in yellow. What caught me off guard was that the officials were also in yellow. Don’t the officials have to choose their gear to not clash with any of the players on the field, including the goalies?[/quote]
    That’s a good catch, I don’t know how I missed it. Maybe it’s becuase the ref jersey was a very bright yellow and it differed from Timmy’s paler yellow? The same is the case right now though with the present game.[/quote]

    Maybe the referee doesn’t worry about it cause he knows he won’t be spending that much time near the US goal ;)

  • TD | February 6, 2008 at 9:36 pm |

    “USA” in small letters on the rear of the collar, “USA” on the back of one sock, the swoosh on the back of the other.

  • Bob H | February 6, 2008 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”220316″]”USA” in small letters on the rear of the collar, “USA” on the back of one sock, the swoosh on the back of the other.[/quote]
    How would all you hockey guys feel if you had to have a left and a right sock? Stupid Nike.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | February 6, 2008 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”220291″]particularly noxious logo/sponsor creep can be seen on the mexican yaquis here in the caribbean series, while the DR tigres’ ronnie belliard‘s uni appears too large

    /i miss baseball…how many days till ST?[/quote]

    *Gags at Mexico’s uniform* C’mon! Mexico never had good looking baseball uni’s….as a Mexican American (or Chicano) this upsets me. haha!

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 9:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”220313″]USA Mens Soccer kits: ugly. Two-tone white (if that’s possible – it’s like an alternating shade of gray) horizonally striped at rounghly 5 inches wide with red piping separating each. Blue shorts.

    Mexico in the basic green Adidas kit, with no NOB. White shorts, red socks.[/quote]

    us kit

    watch it on the deuce or go to http://www.ussoccer....

  • Jeff P | February 6, 2008 at 9:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”220306″]if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it must be bush[/quote]
    President gets an authentic…

    I wonder what they do with all those jerseys. Every championship team visits, and it seems every one gives a jersey…

  • Stevo | February 6, 2008 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”220326″][quote comment=”220306″]if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it must be bush[/quote]
    President gets an authentic…

    I wonder what they do with all those jerseys. Every championship team visits, and it seems every one gives a jersey…[/quote]

    They probably have a room somewhere in the basement of the West Wing where they keep them all. I think it’s the Steam Pipe Distribution Room.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | February 6, 2008 at 9:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”220320″][quote comment=”220291″]particularly noxious logo/sponsor creep can be seen on the mexican yaquis here in the caribbean series, while the DR tigres’ ronnie belliard‘s uni appears too large

    /i miss baseball…how many days till ST?[/quote]

    *Gags at Mexico’s uniform* C’mon! Mexico never had good looking baseball uni’s….as a Mexican American (or Chicano) this upsets me. haha![/quote]

    Sorry double post up there….

    I take my comment back about Mexico’s baseball uni’s.
    But whats up with the black helmet?!

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 9:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”220328″]I may be one of the few who actually like USA’s kit tonight.[/quote]

    i actually like it too…i also like the us’ boots

    will post match pics when they become available

  • Mike Engle | February 6, 2008 at 9:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”220329″][quote comment=”220326″][quote comment=”220306″]if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it must be bush[/quote]
    President gets an authentic…

    I wonder what they do with all those jerseys. Every championship team visits, and it seems every one gives a jersey…[/quote]

    They probably have a room somewhere in the basement of the West Wing where they keep them all. I think it’s the Steam Pipe Distribution Room.[/quote]
    Actually, I’m pretty sure W sends his jersey to his Presidential Library at DeVry University.

  • Stevo | February 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”220334″][quote comment=”220329″][quote comment=”220326″][quote comment=”220306″]if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it must be bush[/quote]
    President gets an authentic…

    I wonder what they do with all those jerseys. Every championship team visits, and it seems every one gives a jersey…[/quote]

    They probably have a room somewhere in the basement of the West Wing where they keep them all. I think it’s the Steam Pipe Distribution Room.[/quote]
    Actually, I’m pretty sure W sends his jersey to his Presidential Library at DeVry University.[/quote]

    Only 11 more months until the end of the W jokes, and I for one can’t wait.

  • eric | February 6, 2008 at 10:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”220190″]Seems the Giants had a little help from the Dark Side.[/quote]

    Isn’t that more of a HALO look? I don’t recall the stormtroopers having a LT-style anti-glare shield.

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”220310″]I like Duke’s black jerseys a lot better than the blue one’s.[/quote]

    meh

    should always wear BLUE when playing carolina

  • Mike Engle | February 6, 2008 at 10:37 pm |

    Mr. Lukas or Mr. Ekdahl:
    Is there a way to search through all of the archived blog entries at once? For example, I know the Giants have one player who eschewed the Sean Taylor sticker because he feels that nobody should be honored more than Pat Tillman. This was mentioned in a blog entry, but I don’t know what day it was. I’d like to find that bit in the UW archives as opposed to searching through many fruitless Google results. Suggestions?

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 10:39 pm |

    some us vs. mexico pics:

    onetwothree

  • Rob | February 6, 2008 at 10:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”220329″][quote comment=”220326″][quote comment=”220306″]if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it must be bush[/quote]
    President gets an authentic…

    I wonder what they do with all those jerseys. Every championship team visits, and it seems every one gives a jersey…[/quote]

    They probably have a room somewhere in the basement of the West Wing where they keep them all. I think it’s the Steam Pipe Distribution Room.[/quote]

    Love the West Wing reference… god, I miss that show. (At least, I think that was a West Wing reference…)

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 10:51 pm |

    check out the caption

    nice job reuters

  • Mike Engle | February 6, 2008 at 10:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”220343″]some us vs. mexico pics:

    onetwothree[/quote]
    And the next one would apparently be #14

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 11:35 pm |

    why does it look like all the teams in the carribean series are wearing pajama bottoms?

  • LI Phil | February 6, 2008 at 11:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”220353″][quote comment=”220343″]some us vs. mexico pics:

    onetwothree[/quote]
    And the next one would apparently be #14…[/quote]

    is that a fact?

  • Eric B | February 7, 2008 at 12:17 am |

    [quote comment=”220347″]check out the caption

    nice job reuters[/quote]

    i hear ya. obviously the goalkeeper was dropping down from the crossbar and driving the ball into the head of the other player WWE-style.

  • Eric B | February 7, 2008 at 12:21 am |

    [quote comment=”220298″]Not sure if this was mentioned already, I didn’t see it, but Arkansas State has decided on a new mascot after being forced to retire “Indians” – WOLVES. There are still talks going on about adding a color, such as “Red” in front of Wolves.[/quote]

    Southeast Missouri State did that a few years ago. they changed from the Indians to the Redhawks. if they absolutely had to change, “Hawks” would have been fine but “Redhawks” sucks.

  • LI Phil | February 7, 2008 at 12:27 am |

    [quote comment=”220372″][quote comment=”220347″]check out the caption

    nice job reuters[/quote]

    i hear ya. obviously the goalkeeper was dropping down from the crossbar and driving the ball into the head of the other player WWE-style.[/quote]

    well no…actually that’s the US GOALIE Tim Howard…

    note how the AP got their facts straight

  • mykee | February 7, 2008 at 2:21 am |

    Anyone notice that the mets hat used during the press conf. Had a white button on top as opposed to the usual orange.

  • Patrick | February 7, 2008 at 3:55 am |

    [quote comment=”220245″][quote comment=”220214″]santana jersey w/shea patch[/quote]

    Again, what is the deal with wearing the shirt and tie under the jersey……..[/quote]

    I don’t know – what is the deal with the shirt and tie under the jersey? My guess is that these guys want to look good for their press conference so they wear a suit and tie, then there’s the horribly repeated because of lack of imagination time honored tradition of being presented with the jersey by the GM, putting it on and taking photos in the media room and then throughout the stadium.

    What would you rather see them in? The full jersey? A white undershirt under the jersey and a pair of jeans?

    Sure it looks kind silly to wear a shirt and tie under a jersey, but given that the point of the event is to make an announcement and snap some photos, I don’t think it’s a big deal.

  • Joey Guns | February 7, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment=”220271″][quote comment=”220219″]Topps issues joke Guiliani card:

    http://sportsillustr...

    I hope that’s the work of someone at SI.com and not the actual card. Could it(the design) be that lame?[/quote]

    It’s the actual one. Pathetic. It’s on Ebay already…..for like $50.00

  • John | February 7, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    Reading Skiba’s prolouge I am wondering why he switched Mannings side clips on his helmet from Shockblockers to Stabilizers for the SB. Also was that black tape on his rear neck pad???

  • Casey (Davis, CA) | February 7, 2008 at 9:09 pm |

    Montreal Canadiens’ rookie goalie Carey Price has a new paint job on his mask. Early in the year (before he struggled and was sent down to the minors), he had some rodeo depictions on his mask. Now that he has been called up, it looks like he has some pictures of country music singers or something like that. No pics yet.