Which Is the Greater Exercise in Futility: the Pro Bowl, or the Pro Bowlers Tour?

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It remains one of the sports world’s enduring mysteries: Every year the NFL selects the best players at each position, gathers them together for an all-star game in Honolulu, and then humiliates them by dressing them in the most god-awful uniforms imaginable. I’m not gonna bother going over every unsightly detail of this year’s design, because it’s pointless — every new Pro Bowl uniform is the worst ever, until the next one is unveiled. It’s almost like the league is saying, “Yeah, okay, so you get your free trip to Hawaii, you get to party with hula girls, you get to drink piña coladas out of a coconut shell, but don’t think you’re gonna get out of this without paying a certain price.”

As you know, medical research has concluded that only 17 people on the planet have the gene required to watch the entire Pro Bowl without falling asleep (and five of them, perversely, are African tribesmen who don’t own television sets), so there’s a good chance you missed at least a few of Sunday’s more noteworthy details. Here’s a quick guide:

• By far the most significant development — and I haven’t seen anyone else mention this, boys and girls, either in the comments section or in e-mails to me — is that all the players were wearing a new pants design, with added seams and panels on the rear thigh (here’s the AFC version), kind of like a football version of MLB’s Cool Base jersey gussets. I’m not sure if this was for added flexibility, ventilation, or both, but man did it look like shit. Let’s hope this wasn’t a test drive for league-wide implementation next season.

• As many of you are already aware, Derek Anderson had quite a little adventure with his jersey patches. A few days prior to the game, he was photographed with his left shoulder patch upside-down. On game day it was fixed (or, more likely, he’d just switched to a different jersey) but now the patch on his right shoulder was askew. Not only that, but compare that last photo, which shows the facemask pointing down roughly to five o’clock, to this shot, which appears to show the facemask oriented more toward four o’clock. Just how many defective jerseys did Anderson wear in one week? (Big thanks to Dominic Atencio and John Boris for the screen grabs.)

• The Chargers’ official lightning bolt logo use to be white outlined in gold, but this season it was changed gold outlined in light blue and navy. So why were all the San Diego players in the game wearing the now-defunct white logo on their shoulders? Interestingly, the jerseys for sale at NFL.com got it right.

• Terrell Owens wore at least two different pairs of cleats: white trimmed with blue and silver (plus, as Nick Hanson notes, he also wore a cross necklace).

• Speaking of cleats, look what Tony Romo was wearing.

• That’s quite a pustule Peyton Manning had on his knee.

• No photo, but Osi Umenyiora still had the Super Bowl XLII decal on the back of his helmet. Anyone notice if the Patriots players had it too?

• The new NFL logo finally made its on-field debut, on the MVP trophy (although it looks like they used the old logo here). And it’s good to see that Adrian Peterson’s uni number gets gunked up in the Pro Bowl, just like in a regular game.

• And that‘s finally that.

Next year, let’s have some throwbacks, shall we?

Uni Watch News Ticker: Check out who’s wearing striped socks — the astronauts who are currently up in space (with thanks to Rob B). … A nice selection of Karl Ehrhardt’s sign work is shown in this video clip (a forwarded by Matt Edwards). … Got an on-site query yesterday morning from Ryan Perkins, as follows: “I’m in a restaurant in Jackson, Mississipi, sitting by a huge picture of Kent Hull (who was from Greenwood, Mississippi). I can clearly read ‘Wet Rat’ printed on the tongue of each side of his Reebok Pumps. Did some Googling and found nothing. Any idea if this was on all the pumps or if this was custom-done for Hull? And either way, what did it mean?” Anyone..? … Wake Forest was wearing new kicks on Saturday. Lots of interesting details on these sneakers, including a very subtle Skip Prosser memorial — for the full scoop, check out this page, written by Uni Watch charter member Zach Smith. … Northern Kentucky’s women’s hoops team will be wearing 1970s throwbacks this Saturday. Full details here (with thanks to Steve Hensley). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Lots of coverage here about Rick Pitino changing suits in the middle of a game the other day. … The Aussie rugby team sure looks sharp — yes, even with that little purple ribbon on the guy’s leg. Anyone know what that’s for? … Good interview here with the principals of Plan B Branding, the San Diego-based design firm that’s responsible for a lot of current minor league uni designs (with thanks to Greg Victor). … The Staten Island Yankees have unveiled a new logo for every day of the week. Okay, not quite, but almost. “Looks like a cartoon version of the classic Yankee stuff,” says Tyler Kepner. “I’d actually like the block SINY thing, if it were for a sleeve patch and not a cap logo. Also: A short-season class A team with FIVE cap styles? That’s a little much, no?” Indeed. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Fascinating college hoops game recently, featuring Grand Valley wearing throwbacks against Northern Michigan, whose jerseys have no lettering — just huge uni numbers fore and aft (and those aren’t throwbacks — those are their regular unis!). … Seth Horowitz spotted this at a Yankees game last year. … Doug Keklak reports that Penguins fantasy camper get to wear the team’s original scarf-clad penguin (although the color scheme is an odd choice).

 

208 comments to Which Is the Greater Exercise in Futility: the Pro Bowl, or the Pro Bowlers Tour?

  • Kevin | February 12, 2008 at 8:09 am |

    Is that the Seth Horowitz from Mike and Mike? If so, any update with the lady bowler?

  • Chris | February 12, 2008 at 8:21 am |

    Not sure about the purple ribbon, but the Aussie rugby photo is an old one. They haven’t worn the striped sleeves like that for a couple of years (here’s the current design). On top of that, the pic is from Australia’s IRB Sevens team, and they haven’t competed in that since 2005.

  • Eric | February 12, 2008 at 8:23 am |

    Paul, that SINY pentagonal design is actually a sleeve patch. And I agree, it does look nice.

  • stateofmain | February 12, 2008 at 8:32 am |

    Holy Cow, my alma mater (NKU) makes a UniWatch appearance!

    I like the throwbacks, even though I’m not sure what they wear now… Who knew we were old enough to even HAVE throwbacks? (Or sports teams for that matter.)

  • Mike | February 12, 2008 at 8:33 am |

    MLB has the new coolbase BP jerseys for sale. Of note, the new Rays jersey.

    Also, the Nats do not have a red BP jersey this year, though some teams do have more than one color.

    Rays

  • who cares | February 12, 2008 at 8:35 am |

    Not here to define the lines of acceptable blog conversation, just to draw some attention to the negative impact of the African tribesmen stereotype.

  • who cares | February 12, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 8:37 am |

    The best Oregon Uniform Combinations ever!
    1.
    2.
    3.

    And the true definition of a Logo Creep, Check out who one of the five people she would like to have dinner with is, Take a guess, it’s not LI Phil, Stuby, Rick from Cedar Park, Dane, Teebz, or Krevanchi

    Easily one of the more amazing parts of being a part of the Oregon Athletic Bands program is getting to travel/stare at/hold doors for and try to act suave in a marching band uniform with our cheerleaders. Nicest group of people ever, and the hottest cheer squad in the Pac-10, yes hotter then the Song Girls. I stand by my decision.

    This is from late last night…..ABSOLUTE BLASPHEMY…However, it is too early to post evidence suggesting otherwise…I will spare you all

  • lwiedy | February 12, 2008 at 8:38 am |

    I’m not saying I like the Pro Bowl, but I watch. I’m sorry, but I watch. It’s the last sniff of football until late July and that’s too long.

    For decades, all-star games were taken at face value and to whatever extent enjoyed. What has happened in the last 10 to 15 years that they have to be more? The games really haven’t changed, but the participants certainly have and the fans expectations unquestionably have. Why, I’m really not sure but it would be hard to refute the notion that we have become increasingly demanding, wanting more, more and more out of our entertainment. That may or may not be an indictment of our culture but a pretty apparent fact.

    Let’s pretend (for just a second!) there was a law that mandated the Pro Bowl and abolishing it would not be an option. What would make it more palatable to the player and the fans that hate it so much? Well here goes:

    Make it a “players game”. Eliminate pretty much all the “unnecessary” rules applied the other 99% of the time. Other than making them wear the basic Pro Bowl unis, let them tailor them how they want, a message sticker or two, special shoes, excessive celebrations. Anything not safety related or in poor taste goes.

    This could be an answer to all the “No Fun League” stuff. People would watch because they might see something they’ve never seen.

  • Juan Grande | February 12, 2008 at 8:44 am |

    We have all driven the “21″ tribute by the Redskins to Sean Taylor into the ground. The sight of seeing a lineman like Ethan Albright wearing #21 is just way too weird.

  • Pat | February 12, 2008 at 8:44 am |

    Those Grand Rapids jerseys are incredible. I’m going to look for one to buy today. I can’t believe I’ve never seen them until today. I’m truly blown away that they wouldn’t use those on a regular basis.

  • Pat | February 12, 2008 at 8:45 am |

    [quote comment="223163"]Those Grand Rapids jerseys are incredible. I’m going to look for one to buy today. I can’t believe I’ve never seen them until today. I’m truly blown away that they wouldn’t use those on a regular basis.[/quote]

    Sorry, I guess when I think “Grand” I think Rapids. Not Valley.

    Those Grand Valley jerseys are incredible.

  • rustycruiser | February 12, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    [quote comment="223139"]Not sure about the purple ribbon, but the Aussie rugby photo is an old one. They haven’t worn the striped sleeves like that for a couple of years (here’s the current design). On top of that, the pic is from Australia’s IRB Sevens team, and they haven’t competed in that since 2005.[/quote]

    Not quite. The XV and 7s team jerseys have been different for a number of teams, for a number of years. The pic Paul posted is from 2007. The current 7s jersey is similar to the one you posted. And yes, the Aussies still compete in 7s. Just not very successfully.

    http://www.abc.net.a...

  • Rich | February 12, 2008 at 8:58 am |

    I see the “SI” in the “SINY” logo, and think “Sports Illustrated”

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 8:59 am |

    [quote]By far the most significant development — and I haven’t seen anyone else mention this, boys and girls, either in the comments section or in e-mails to me — is that all the players were wearing a new pants design[/quote]

    believe me, this was the LAST thing i would be noticing…nice catch tho, paul

  • derek | February 12, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    Here is the 2008 stanley cup playoffs logo
    http://bp1.blogger.c...
    sorry if it has been mentioned before, i havnt been on a few days

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:02 am |

    [quote comment="223157"]I’m not saying I like the Pro Bowl, but I watch. I’m sorry, but I watch. It’s the last sniff of football until late July and that’s too long.

    For decades, all-star games were taken at face value and to whatever extent enjoyed. What has happened in the last 10 to 15 years that they have to be more? The games really haven’t changed, but the participants certainly have and the fans expectations unquestionably have. Why, I’m really not sure but it would be hard to refute the notion that we have become increasingly demanding, wanting more, more and more out of our entertainment. That may or may not be an indictment of our culture but a pretty apparent fact.

    Let’s pretend (for just a second!) there was a law that mandated the Pro Bowl and abolishing it would not be an option. What would make it more palatable to the player and the fans that hate it so much? Well here goes:

    Make it a “players game”. Eliminate pretty much all the “unnecessary” rules applied the other 99% of the time. Other than making them wear the basic Pro Bowl unis, let them tailor them how they want, a message sticker or two, special shoes, excessive celebrations. Anything not safety related or in poor taste goes.

    This could be an answer to all the “No Fun League” stuff. People would watch because they might see something they’ve never seen.[/quote]

    I spoke to some friends Sunday afternoon and had absolutely no plan to watch the Pro Bowl. However, much like Twiedy said, it is the last football for awhile, and you know what, I actually liked seeing all of the players getting along and having FUN! At face value, I appreciated the “21″ gesture. To the casula fan channelsurfing seeing that they probably would have thought it was a noble gesture, as did I.

    As for T.O.’s two sets of cleats, they were both cleated versions of the Air Jordan VI. For more such Jordan to cleat shenanigans, check this link.
    As for Wake, they were in fact wearing the CP3′s, Chris Paul’s signature shoe made by Jordan Brand. Any yes, on the inside of the tongue, it is in fact a cursive SP, for Paul’s late coach Skip Prosser at Wake.
    And Kent Hull wearing the Wet Rat pumps, they were not Player Exclusives, that was the name of the model, a turf shoe designed for inclement weather. They were a sort of hybrid between a turf and a molded cleat similar to the destroyer versions of Nike’s turf shoes, the first of which were used at the Vet by many of the Eagles including D. McNabb, who at one time was a Jordan Brand athlete.

  • Shaftman | February 12, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    The Jews for Jeter t-shirt is 32 freakin’ dollars. WTF?

    It’s still just a cotton t-shirt with a little silk screening, right?

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:09 am |

    [quote comment="223175"][quote]By far the most significant development — and I haven’t seen anyone else mention this, boys and girls, either in the comments section or in e-mails to me — is that all the players were wearing a new pants design[/quote]

    believe me, this was the LAST thing i would be noticing…nice catch tho, paul[/quote]

    I did notice the “Satin” finish on the hamstring. It was placed where the compression shorts would usually end thus eliminating unsightly seams or “panty lines”. Next they’ll be wearing thongs. Hopefully not Ralph Lauren.

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 9:10 am |

    don’t forget to watch the NIKE KNOB JOB tonight

    10:00pm (eastern time) on CNBC

  • ryan c #40 | February 12, 2008 at 9:10 am |

    Penguins fantasy camper get to wear the team’s original scarf-clad penguin (although the color scheme is an odd choice).

    true, weird color scheme. the fantasy camp has like 3 or 4 teams all with different uniforms. i know one of the uniforms in powder (columbia) blue. the teams practice then play a 2 day tourny. nice deal…

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:15 am |

    The Northern Michigan font remind me of the secondary Type used for the Indiana Jones films, Temple of Doom being my favorite cuz my wife’s name is Willy!

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment="223186"]don’t forget to watch the NIKE KNOB JOB tonight

    10:00pm (eastern time) on CNBC[/quote]

    i’ll be in front of the tv watching, and recording as well.

  • DrBear | February 12, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    Oh, I thought the gold star on the SINY logo was because it was a captain for one year.

  • Joey Guns | February 12, 2008 at 9:18 am |

    [quote comment="223186"]don’t forget to watch the NIKE KNOB JOB tonight

    10:00pm (eastern time) on CNBC[/quote]

    LI Phil, you just read my mind. I just finished reading an interview with Darren and MJ…..

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

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment="223193"][quote comment="223186"]don’t forget to watch the NIKE KNOB JOB tonight

    10:00pm (eastern time) on CNBC[/quote]

    i’ll be in front of the tv watching, and recording as well.[/quote]

    and im sure many of the haters will as well…

  • Duckstyle | February 12, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment="223184"][quote comment="223175"][quote]By far the most significant development — and I haven’t seen anyone else mention this, boys and girls, either in the comments section or in e-mails to me — is that all the players were wearing a new pants design[/quote]

    believe me, this was the LAST thing i would be noticing…nice catch tho, paul[/quote]

    I did notice the “Satin” finish on the hamstring. It was placed where the compression shorts would usually end thus eliminating unsightly seams or “panty lines”. Next they’ll be wearing thongs. Hopefully not Ralph Lauren.[/quote]

    During the 15 minutes or so I caught of the game, I couldn’t stop looking at those weird patches. My buddy suggested they were vents like Paul suggested. Kind of upset me that he’d think of that before me, and I obsess about uni’s and he could care less.

  • Chris Sk | February 12, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    Has anybody out there seen the State Farm Insurance commercial with the offensive linemen from what looks like the 80s? In one of the shots they show a Bengals player with a hand written “69″ on the side of his helmet. Does anyone know who this was for? The only thing I could think of was when Tim Krumrie (#69) broke his leg in the Super Bowl but he never missed a game so I doubt anybody what have put a memorial on their helmet for him.

    Any help would be great.

  • Jason Axel | February 12, 2008 at 9:25 am |

    To go along with my comment about the GV/Northern Mich. game….if you check out the NMU media guide and go to the very last page…you’ll see a team photo where they’re wearing very normal uniforms…odd

  • david | February 12, 2008 at 9:25 am |

    ..the wet rat..was a longer version of a regular astro turf show and not as long as a shark/molded style. sort of a cross bred version of the two shoes to allow for some variety on a wetter surface-hence the name-the wet rat.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment="223197"][quote comment="223193"][quote comment="223186"]don’t forget to watch the NIKE KNOB JOB tonight

    10:00pm (eastern time) on CNBC[/quote]

    i’ll be in front of the tv watching, and recording as well.[/quote]

    and im sure many of the haters will as well…[/quote]

    I have a Hoops game so I’m gonna miss it, but I assigned the watching of it as well as a critique as an Extra Credit assignment!

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment="223193"][quote comment="223186"]don’t forget to watch the NIKE KNOB JOB tonight

    10:00pm (eastern time) on CNBC[/quote]

    i’ll be in front of the tv watching, and recording as well.[/quote]

    i can’t wait…in fact, i will need to pick up one of these

  • Seth H | February 12, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    Is that the Seth Horowitz from Mike and Mike? If so, any update with the lady bowler?

    No. Just a humble lawyer.

  • Stuby | February 12, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    God, I can’t remember the last time I watched the Pro Bowl. Mostly because of the ghastly uniforms and because Football season should end with the Super Bowl. Just give the players a free trip or have it the weekend before the Super Bowl (since none of the SB players go anyway).

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment="223204"]..the wet rat..was a longer version of a regular astro turf show and not as long as a shark/molded style. sort of a cross bred version of the two shoes to allow for some variety on a wetter surface-hence the name-the wet rat.[/quote]

    Here is the Nike Air Zoom Turf with traditional length nubs.

    Here is the Air “Ass”tro Grabber Destroyer, with the longer “nubs”.

  • Jim | February 12, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment="223176"]Here is the 2008 stanley cup playoffs logo
    http://bp1.blogger.c...
    sorry if it has been mentioned before, i havnt been on a few days[/quote]

    I know its not exact, but the Stanley Cup logo’s font reminds me of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s font. Almost as if the Lightning were HOSTING the Stanley Cup Finals.

    http://www.weekendho...

    Why are they changing the Stanley Cup Finals Patch again. I LOVE the NHL, but God Damn it, can’t they leave anything alone?

  • kj | February 12, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    The Pro Bowl, by far, because the PBA Tour is awesome. Nyah.

  • david | February 12, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    thanks for the nike pics…they came out with those shoes right before temas started using the new surface..known as “sprint turf” or “field turf” which helped on that surface as well.

  • al | February 12, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    That Jews for Jeter shirt is rediculous … don’t they know that the yanks do not put names on their jersey’s.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment="223217"][quote comment="223204"]..the wet rat..was a longer version of a regular astro turf show and not as long as a shark/molded style. sort of a cross bred version of the two shoes to allow for some variety on a wetter surface-hence the name-the wet rat.[/quote]

    Here is the Nike Air Zoom Turf with traditional length nubs.

    Here is the Air “Ass”tro Grabber Destroyer, with the longer “nubs”.[/quote]

    Just so I properly inform all of you, Nike also has a basketball styled outsole for their turf line. Here is the older version of their “Ass”tro Grabber in the BBX sole.

  • Stuby | February 12, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment="223221"]That Jews for Jeter shirt is rediculous … don’t they know that the yanks do not put names on their jersey’s.[/quote]
    What are the ‘Muslims for Mattingly’ folks going to do know that he’s gone?

  • Joey Guns | February 12, 2008 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment="223207"][quote comment="223197"][quote comment="223193"][quote comment="223186"]don’t forget to watch the NIKE KNOB JOB tonight

    10:00pm (eastern time) on CNBC[/quote]

    i’ll be in front of the tv watching, and recording as well.[/quote]

    and im sure many of the haters will as well…[/quote]

    I have a Hoops game so I’m gonna miss it, but I assigned the watching of it as well as a critique as an Extra Credit assignment![/quote]

    It’s on again late night tonight at 1 AM (EST), 3 hours after the original air time.

  • Stuby | February 12, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    *now that he’s gone.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:58 am |
  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment="223220"]thanks for the nike pics…they came out with those shoes right before temas started using the new surface..known as “sprint turf” or “field turf” which helped on that surface as well.[/quote]

    Alot of players like McNabb, Faulk and McNair wore Molded Softball cleats on the Sprint turf before Nike began making Field Turf specific cleats.

  • Jon | February 12, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    Met fans: Kelvin Torve discusses the 24 Incident.

  • Tim B | February 12, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    As mentioned late in comments yesterday, here’s Pitino coming clean on PTI yesterday about the real reason he switched suits (blue boxers!)

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

  • PhillyDude | February 12, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    NEW NFL LOGO SIGHTED IN PRE-GAME PRO BOWL SEGMENT!!!!!

    When the announcers were doing their from-the-booth introduction before the game the new NFL logo was clearly in sight on the backdrop behind them.

    Does anyone have a screen capture?

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 12, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment="223226"][quote comment="223221"]That Jews for Jeter shirt is rediculous … don’t they know that the yanks do not put names on their jersey’s.[/quote]
    What are the ‘Muslims for Mattingly’ folks going to do know that he’s gone?[/quote]
    They’ll have to get new shirts that say “Muslims for Matsui”
    Or Mussina ;-)
    How about the “Taoists for Torre” – don’t forget their suffering as well

  • Ryan | February 12, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment="223204"]..the wet rat..was a longer version of a regular astro turf show and not as long as a shark/molded style. sort of a cross bred version of the two shoes to allow for some variety on a wetter surface-hence the name-the wet rat.[/quote]

    David- thanks bro! I took that picture and my wife (who just puts up w/ me now and realizes some people “get it” and have the need for random screen grabs, candids, etc.) sitting w/ me at the table by Hull’s picture told me there’s no way I’d ever get an answer. I was skeptical, especially after Google turned up nothing. I was wondering if my eyes were deceiving me. But you came through big time. What a cool site this is…

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment="223252"][quote comment="223204"]..the wet rat..was a longer version of a regular astro turf show and not as long as a shark/molded style. sort of a cross bred version of the two shoes to allow for some variety on a wetter surface-hence the name-the wet rat.[/quote]

    David- thanks bro! I took that picture and my wife (who just puts up w/ me now and realizes some people “get it” and have the need for random screen grabs, candids, etc.) sitting w/ me at the table by Hull’s picture told me there’s no way I’d ever get an answer. I was skeptical, especially after Google turned up nothing. I was wondering if my eyes were deceiving me. But you came through big time. What a cool site this is…[/quote]
    Yeah, You’re Welcome from ME TOO!!!!!

    (Sarcasm)

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment="223250"][quote comment="223226"][quote comment="223221"]That Jews for Jeter shirt is rediculous … don’t they know that the yanks do not put names on their jersey’s.[/quote]
    What are the ‘Muslims for Mattingly’ folks going to do know that he’s gone?[/quote]
    They’ll have to get new shirts that say “Muslims for Matsui”
    Or Mussina ;-)
    How about the “Taoists for Torre” – don’t forget their suffering as well[/quote]

    They won’t suffer…They will just view Girardi as the “uncarved block”!

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 10:46 am |

    no love for the westminster???

    i hope this bitch wins best in show

  • Matt | February 12, 2008 at 10:50 am |

    http://www.miamidolp...

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    it was even before they cut him

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | February 12, 2008 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="223261"]no love for the westminster???

    i hope this bitch wins best in show[/quote]

    Ummm … that’s a little ambiguous isn’t it Phil? Although, I do like the form and she seems to enjoy running with her companion.

  • Bill | February 12, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    As noted in yesterday’s comments, Rutgers’ women’s basketball team wore pink uniforms last night to raise breast cancer awareness. Putting aside for a moment how bad pink uniforms look… the game was played in Tennessee, and alot of the crowd was also wearing pink, which led to the strange sight of the home crowd wearing the same colors as the visiting team.

  • Chris ATL | February 12, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    so does the release of green
    a. begin the john beck era in miami
    b. begin the countdown to the release of john beck
    c. continue the john beck clipboard holder era in miami.
    d. continue the cleo lemon era in miami.
    e. begin the countdown to the release of cleo lemon.
    f. continue the cleo lemon clipboard holder era in miami.
    g. begin the matt ryan era in miami.
    h. begin the matt ryan clipboard holder era in miami.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | February 12, 2008 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment="223275"][quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    so does the release of green
    a. begin the john beck era in miami
    b. begin the countdown to the release of john beck
    c. continue the john beck clipboard holder era in miami.
    d. continue the cleo lemon era in miami.
    e. begin the countdown to the release of cleo lemon.
    f. continue the cleo lemon clipboard holder era in miami.
    g. begin the matt ryan era in miami.
    h. begin the matt ryan clipboard holder era in miami.[/quote]

    Given Bill Parcells penchant for his own people it could be
    i. Begin the Vinnie Testaverte era in Miami
    j. Begin the Drew Bledsoe era in Miami
    or
    k. Begin the Tony Romo era in Miami

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 12, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment="223275"][quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    so does the release of green
    a. begin the john beck era in miami
    b. begin the countdown to the release of john beck
    c. continue the john beck clipboard holder era in miami.
    d. continue the cleo lemon era in miami.
    e. begin the countdown to the release of cleo lemon.
    f. continue the cleo lemon clipboard holder era in miami.
    g. begin the matt ryan era in miami.
    h. begin the matt ryan clipboard holder era in miami.[/quote]

    Much like the Bears with the Cade McNown and Rex Grossman eras – no coincidence at all that they both wore/wear #8 ?

  • Kek | February 12, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    Regarding the Pro Bowl, the only person I know that really watches that game with interest is my wife. I’ve never been into, it’s my least favorite of the four major all-star games. However, I’m not all about cancelling it like a lot in the media are suggesting. The wife scares me though, I wake up Saturday morning and she’s watching NFL Network and tells me, “I’ve been up since 8 watching this stuff”. I do feel lucky and that’s she’s a keeper because of this, but I think that’s a bit much!!!!!

    I do like those very plain throwbacks (although I don’t think the coaches should be wearing shorts THAT short!). However, I wouldn’t mind seeing a few things. As we were watching i said to my wife “they should have the refs dress in hawaiian shirts or at least wearing a lei”. Another thing could be to incorporate elements of the native culture to the uni like the University has done so nicely.

    Two other ideas would be with the helmet. Upon my trip to Canton a few years ago to the HoF, I really liked the look of the old AFC and NFC helmets. Maybe they could go back to that look, and you know what, the league could market it and sell mini-helmets. They sell the jerseys already. It would be good item for autograph seekers to get because you could get mulitple players on one helmet even if they aren’t on the same team.

    The other would be to take a page out of the college book and do a decal swap. There’s probably some unique stuff you could do on some helmets.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 12, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment="223276"][quote comment="223275"][quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    so does the release of green
    a. begin the john beck era in miami
    b. begin the countdown to the release of john beck
    c. continue the john beck clipboard holder era in miami.
    d. continue the cleo lemon era in miami.
    e. begin the countdown to the release of cleo lemon.
    f. continue the cleo lemon clipboard holder era in miami.
    g. begin the matt ryan era in miami.
    h. begin the matt ryan clipboard holder era in miami.[/quote]

    Given Bill Parcells penchant for his own people it could be
    i. Begin the Vinnie Testaverte era in Miami
    j. Begin the Drew Bledsoe era in Miami
    or
    k. Begin the Tony Romo era in Miami[/quote]

    Amen – how long before we see Pepper Johnson suit back up in Dolphin’s aqua?

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment="223276"][quote comment="223275"][quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    so does the release of green
    a. begin the john beck era in miami
    b. begin the countdown to the release of john beck
    c. continue the john beck clipboard holder era in miami.
    d. continue the cleo lemon era in miami.
    e. begin the countdown to the release of cleo lemon.
    f. continue the cleo lemon clipboard holder era in miami.
    g. begin the matt ryan era in miami.
    h. begin the matt ryan clipboard holder era in miami.[/quote]

    Given Bill Parcells penchant for his own people it could be
    i. Begin the Vinnie Testaverte era in Miami
    j. Begin the Drew Bledsoe era in Miami
    or
    k. Begin the Tony Romo era in Miami[/quote]

    l. begin the phil simms era in miami

  • Chip | February 12, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:

  • Greg V. | February 12, 2008 at 11:15 am |

    I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

  • Kek | February 12, 2008 at 11:16 am |

    I know the topic of pink has been harped on in here a lot. I’m of the camp that thinks it’s no big deal and that the cause trumps the fact that your favorite team/school doesn’t look right in them (the Pitt women’s team didn’t look that bad in my opinion though).

    We all know the pink is a breast cancer thing. However, one thing I’ve been wondering is green for St. Patrick’s Day. Both the Steelers and Pitt’s online store feature items that are green but the team’s colors have no green. I find this much worse than the pink because at least the pink is helping raise money for a worthy cause. Does this green stuff go to some Irish charity or is it just fashionable?

    Sorry if this has been addressed before, I’ve been out of the loop of the comments for a long time.

  • Jason | February 12, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    The NKU women’s team sporting the five pack of striped tube socks they sell at Journeys. I know, because I bought the girls I coach the same socks.

  • Chip | February 12, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment="223282"]Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:
    [/quote]
    Maybe the USA can win the world cup finally?

  • Matt | February 12, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    I’m thinking the Dolphins are going to stockpile first round running backs the way the Lions stockpiled wideouts in the early part of this decade.

    And my Trent Green jersey will be arriving in the mail shortly…it’ll go well with my Seau ‘Fins shirt.

  • Kerry P | February 12, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    I LOVED the interview with Plan B Branding that you linked to Paul. But what caught my attention the most was this statement at the end of the interview:

    [quote]We’re also looking at producing our own limited edition caps. One line we’re considering is a “didn’t make the cut” line: team logos that almost became official, but didn’t make the cut.
    [/quote]

    That would be a GREAT idea! Personally, I would LOVE to see some of the designs that didn’t quite make the cut.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment="223278"][quote comment="223275"][quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    so does the release of green
    a. begin the john beck era in miami
    b. begin the countdown to the release of john beck
    c. continue the john beck clipboard holder era in miami.
    d. continue the cleo lemon era in miami.
    e. begin the countdown to the release of cleo lemon.
    f. continue the cleo lemon clipboard holder era in miami.
    g. begin the matt ryan era in miami.
    h. begin the matt ryan clipboard holder era in miami.[/quote]

    Much like the Bears with the Cade McNown and Rex Grossman eras – no coincidence at all that they both wore/wear #8 ?[/quote]

    Cade McNown’s response to the wearing of his jersey number by Rex Grossman as well as the Fins QB situation.

    P.S. I stated it last night but I think the IMUS girls unis looked great especially with the matching exclusive Huaraches, not Ho-raches, as a friend of mine crassly suggested, that Nike made specifically for all of the womens’ teams wearing pink.

  • Leo | February 12, 2008 at 11:19 am |

    MLB has the new coolbase BP jerseys for sale. Of note, the new Rays jersey.

    Also, the Nats do not have a red BP jersey this year, though some teams do have more than one color.

    Rays

    I’m more surprised to see the “racing-stripe” (Jeff Kent’s immortal words) hats back than anything else.

  • shadoquad | February 12, 2008 at 11:22 am |

    Check out the new USA Olympic Swim Suits.

    http://www.usatoday....

  • Stuby | February 12, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    I found this ESPN article regarding Ms. Franchitti and her risque pit road ensembles. Sounds like NASCAR may just let Ashley be Ashley.

  • Ronnie Poore | February 12, 2008 at 11:25 am |

    i see from the photo of Peterson with the Pro Bowl MVP trophy that he’s still getting his numbers dirty:
    http://static.nfl.co...

  • Brian from Short Island | February 12, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment="223289"][quote comment="223282"]Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:
    [/quote]
    Maybe the USA can win the world cup finally?[/quote]
    It’s official, Blatter is an idiot.

  • Nate | February 12, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    just in case anybody missed it last night, here’s a nice football uniform builder, just like the baseball one that was mentioned in the ticker yesterday.

  • Brian | February 12, 2008 at 11:35 am |

    From Washington Post:

    Tate’s Tribute at DeMatha

    DeMatha Coach Mike Jones calls senior forward Kenny Tate — a football All-Met — his team’s most valuable player. Tate’s return to the lineup in mid-January sparked the Stags toward the top of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

    Tate’s latest move, though, had little to do with basketball for the No. 8 Stags (17-8, 11-5), who take a five-game winning streak into tonight’s game against No. 18 Bishop McNamara. Before Sunday’s 62-49 victory over St. John’s, Tate approached Jones with an unusual request: The Maryland football recruit wanted to switch jersey numbers to honor a friend, football teammate Jonathan Mason, a senior who will play for Harvard in the fall.

    Mason’s father, Ted, died Saturday night, one day after suffering a stroke, according to school officials. For the rest of the season, Jones said, Tate wanted to switch from his customary No. 4 to the No. 5 that Mason wore on the football field. The plan also required junior forward Naji Hibbert to give up No. 5 on the court; he now wears No. 34.

    “I don’t want to come across like we’re looking for people to say, ‘That’s a great thing,’ that’s not the reason Kenny is doing this,” Jones said. “He’s very close with Mason and Mason’s family. He just thought it would be the proper thing to do.”

    http://www.washingto...

  • Leo | February 12, 2008 at 11:37 am |

    Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:

    Maybe the USA can win the world cup finally?

    It’s official, Blatter is an idiot.

    I don’t know. Maybe if Brazil, Argentina, England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Nigeria and Mexico all opt out of the World Cup in protest, then, the US could lose 3-1 to South Korea in the WC finals.

    Seriously though, can you imagine the speed of a team like Brazil on an artificial surface? It’ll bring a whole new meaning to the Beautiful Game.

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment="223276"]
    Given Bill Parcells penchant for his own people it could be
    i. Begin the Vinnie Testaverte era in Miami
    j. Begin the Drew Bledsoe era in Miami
    or
    k. Begin the Tony Romo era in Miami[/quote]

    which means bryan cox is not too far behind for another go ’round in miami.

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 11:41 am |

    [quote comment="223302"][quote comment="223289"][quote comment="223282"]Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:
    [/quote]
    Maybe the USA can win the world cup finally?[/quote]
    It’s official, Blatter is an idiot.[/quote]

    you say that like it’s a bad thing

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    [quote comment="223299"]i see from the photo of Peterson with the Pro Bowl MVP trophy that he’s still getting his numbers dirty:
    http://static.nfl.co...

    I’m surprised that he’s still wearing his Purple Nike MagniGrip Elite gloves that he wears during the regular season. He coordinated his cleats with his PB uni, but not his gloves. Bad Form AP, bad form.

  • Mike | February 12, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment="223303"]just in case anybody missed it last night, here’s a nice football uniform builder, just like the baseball one that was mentioned in the ticker yesterday.[/quote]

    And there goes the afternoon. First I will be redesigning the WVU uniform.

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    ok…i understand the concept of the biathlon (ski really hard, nordic style, then get your heart rate all low and shoot at shit)…

    but, seriously, is there a more fucked up sport?

  • Nate | February 12, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment="223317"][quote comment="223303"]just in case anybody missed it last night, here’s a nice football uniform builder, just like the baseball one that was mentioned in the ticker yesterday.[/quote]

    And there goes the afternoon. First I will be redesigning the WVU uniform.[/quote]

    good.

  • Paul Lukas | February 12, 2008 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right!

  • KT | February 12, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment="223267"]http://www.miamidolphinsproshop.com/main_detail.cfm?nProductID=17164&sAuxTitle=Reebok%20Trent%20Green%20%2310%20Home%20Replica%20Jersey

    I’d say buying this jersey would be a pretty good exercise in futility.[/quote]

    Hey, $10 is $10.

    I got a nice Kurt Warner Rams’ jersey from NFLshop.com after he left STL for $9.99, too. I like #13, I like Kurt Warner. Problem was, the NFL then figured I was a Rams fan and started sending me personalized catalogs full of Rams stuff.

    If you liked the Dolphins, liked irony and didn’t care what people thought, you could do a lot worse than to pay $10 for a replica jersey.

    Shows what the things are really worth versus what we pay for them normally.

  • Ronnie Poore | February 12, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    what? no love for Rutgers in PINK?:

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

  • Mike Engle | February 12, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment="223318"]ok…i understand the concept of the biathlon (ski really hard, nordic style, then get your heart rate all low and shoot at shit)…

    but, seriously, is there a more fucked up sport?[/quote]
    The winter biathlon=a Norwegian drive-by shooting.

  • Nate | February 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment="223332"][quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?[/quote]

    try EVERY year in a row

  • Mike | February 12, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment="223324"]what? no love for Rutgers in PINK?:

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

    Even the refs got into it-nice pink whistle.

  • KT | February 12, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment="223289"][quote comment="223282"]Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:
    [/quote]
    Maybe the USA can win the world cup finally?[/quote]

    Because…we play well on turf?

    Not sure I follow you, squadron leader.

    Win the World Cup “finally?” Only seven countries have ever won the thing. We’ve only been halfway decent for the last 19 years, it’s not like we’ve been sitting here waiting and waiting and waiting.

    We’ll get one in my lifetime, I feel.

  • Paul Lukas | February 12, 2008 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment="223324"]what? no love for Rutgers in PINK?:

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

    Actually, I’ve decided to stop listing pink-uni items in the Ticker, except in special circumstances. It’s so common now, there’s really nothing remarkable about it anymore. Dog bites man.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment="223324"]what? no love for Rutgers in PINK?:

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

    See Post #72
    Post #90=Best of the Day

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment="223340"]Those Silver Air Jordan VI cleats T.O. was wearing were freakin’ awesome!

    I’m so glad they decided to keep the original font on the new NFL logo.

    I noticed on MLB shop that the Athletics still have the Green Alternate jersey…sorry if I missed a confirmation on if the A’s were still gonna were those.[/quote]

    if memory (which is now a sieve, btw) serves, the BLACK will be the home alt and the GREEN will be the away alt

    or is it the other way around

  • KT | February 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment="223298"]I found this ESPN article regarding Ms. Franchitti and her risque pit road ensembles. Sounds like NASCAR may just let Ashley be Ashley.[/quote]

    I am firmly of the opinion that she should remove that dress. For safety reasons, of course.

    Who’s with me?

  • Breezy | February 12, 2008 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment="223149"]MLB has the new coolbase BP jerseys for sale. Of note, the new Rays jersey.

    Also, the Nats do not have a red BP jersey this year, though some teams do have more than one color.

    Rays[/quote]

    What about the new BP hat? Didn’t see it on there. It is interesting to see MLB.com with so much stuff with the new Rays logo and colors.

  • Nate | February 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm |

    Here’s another couple of uni builders.
    Football and basketball

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment="223335"][quote comment="223324"]what? no love for Rutgers in PINK?:

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

    Even the refs got into it-nice pink whistle.[/quote]

    the refs sure did get into it. they did absolutely nothing to overcome a significant clock error by the home timekeeper. the officials and the tennessee lady vols support staff are responsible for messing up that game for rutgers.

    but all is not lost, over in washington, the officials single handedly won the game for georgetown by calling a questionable ticky tack foul with less than a second left on nova.
    you dont make that call. the kids worked too hard for 40 minutes to have it come down to a refs whistle…

    i would assume there will be some serious consequences and some letters of apology from both hank nichols and mary struckhoff to the athletic departments at villanova and rutgers for these crucial errors.

  • Paul Lukas | February 12, 2008 at 12:30 pm |

    [quote comment="223341"][quote comment="223340"] I noticed on MLB shop that the Athletics still have the Green Alternate jersey…sorry if I missed a confirmation on if the A’s were still gonna were those.[/quote]

    if memory (which is now a sieve, btw) serves, the BLACK will be the home alt and the GREEN will be the away alt

    or is it the other way around[/quote]

    They’re simply listed in the team’s official uni specs as “Alternate 1″ (the black one) and “Alternate 2″ (the green one). Neither is designated as home or away. Of course, the team may establish its own home/road protocol for them…

  • KT | February 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment="223356"]over in washington, the officials single handedly won the game for georgetown by calling a questionable ticky tack foul with less than a second left on nova.
    you dont make that call. the kids worked too hard for 40 minutes to have it come down to a refs whistle…[/quote]

    Ever reffed?

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment="223326"][quote comment="223318"]ok…i understand the concept of the biathlon (ski really hard, nordic style, then get your heart rate all low and shoot at shit)…

    but, seriously, is there a more fucked up sport?[/quote]
    The winter biathlon=a Norwegian drive-by shooting.[/quote]

    Q: What goes clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop, BANG!, clip-clop, clip-clop,….
    A. An Amish drive-by shooting

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment="223362"][quote comment="223356"]over in washington, the officials single handedly won the game for georgetown by calling a questionable ticky tack foul with less than a second left on nova.
    you dont make that call. the kids worked too hard for 40 minutes to have it come down to a refs whistle…[/quote]

    Ever reffed?[/quote]

    i saw the calls on SC (especially the pink knights-who knew scott van pelt was so passionate???)…and while the hoya foul was indeed a questionable call, rutgers got jobbed by the timekeepers (if not the refs)

    i know i’ll catch shit, but in the nova-hoya game, the refs should have swallowed the whistles, imho

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

    [quote comment="223194"]Oh, I thought the gold star on the SINY logo was because it was a captain for one year.[/quote]

    I needed a laugh like that at lunchtime. Thanks.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | February 12, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment="223342"][quote comment="223298"]I found this ESPN article regarding Ms. Franchitti and her risque pit road ensembles. Sounds like NASCAR may just let Ashley be Ashley.[/quote]

    I am firmly of the opinion that she should remove that dress. For safety reasons, of course.

    Who’s with me?[/quote]

    As a University of Kentucky fan, I volunteer to supervise the operation.

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment="223362"][quote comment="223356"]over in washington, the officials single handedly won the game for georgetown by calling a questionable ticky tack foul with less than a second left on nova.
    you dont make that call. the kids worked too hard for 40 minutes to have it come down to a refs whistle…[/quote]

    Ever reffed?[/quote]

    i have officiated, and ive also played. and in that situation, with that time on the clock, what happened up the sideline to jonathan wallace does not get called.

  • Ian K | February 12, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment="223294"]Check out the new USA Olympic Swim Suits.

    http://www.usatoday....

    Is Michael Phelps the model in the photo? Doesn’t look like him. Anyhow, it looks like the dude has been castrated.

    Also, Kek, good commentary on the Pro Bowl! I never watch it myself, but I do like the Hawaiian imagery that goes into the game.

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment="223368"]…and while the hoya foul was indeed a questionable call, rutgers got jobbed by the timekeepers (if not the refs)
    [/quote]

    the officials should have been able to determine that the amount of time the clock was stopped was greater than .2 seconds when they were reviewing that last series.

  • Rich | February 12, 2008 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment="223376"][quote comment="223362"][quote comment="223356"]over in washington, the officials single handedly won the game for georgetown by calling a questionable ticky tack foul with less than a second left on nova.
    you dont make that call. the kids worked too hard for 40 minutes to have it come down to a refs whistle…[/quote]

    Ever reffed?[/quote]

    i have officiated, and ive also played. and in that situation, with that time on the clock, what happened up the sideline to jonathan wallace does not get called.[/quote]

    I’ve never reffed basketball and didn’t see highlights of the games you guys are talking about but I am a baseball umpire and as much as I hate to admit it, we miss calls. It happens. Sometimes we’ll see that pitch on the black as being just off the corner and that fan sitting directly behind us will give us hell for the rest of the game for it. Mistakes happen. We try to make the right calls every time but human error is a part of every sport, whether that human error is made by an athlete or an official/umpire/referee. Deal with it.

  • Fez Whatley | February 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm |

    Reebok also sold a Dry Rat that was less spikey and more turfey.

  • FC | February 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm |

    I love the pro bowl jerseys.

  • Original Jim | February 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm |

    As another referee, I will say this…

    It doesn’t matter how much time is on the clock. A foul is a foul, ticky-tack or otherwise. A foul at the beginning of the game should be called the same at the end of the game.

    A referee’s job to to officiate what happens on the court, not to look at the clock to determine if the whistle should be “swallowed”.

    If a coach complains that “the referee took the game away from us with a call at the end”, then the coach should be blaming the player who committed the foul, not the official who saw it.

  • BobA | February 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment="223261"]no love for the westminster???

    i hope this bitch wins best in show[/quote]
    I love Westminster. Despite the laughably nerdy suits and clunky shoes worn by the handlers I watch every year. But I swear if the g*ddamn poodle wins this year I’m done.

  • MLB2PDX | February 12, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment="223382"][quote comment="223376"][quote comment="223362"][quote comment="223356"]over in washington, the officials single handedly won the game for georgetown by calling a questionable ticky tack foul with less than a second left on nova.
    you dont make that call. the kids worked too hard for 40 minutes to have it come down to a refs whistle…[/quote]

    Ever reffed?[/quote]

    i have officiated, and ive also played. and in that situation, with that time on the clock, what happened up the sideline to jonathan wallace does not get called.[/quote]

    I’ve never reffed basketball and didn’t see highlights of the games you guys are talking about but I am a baseball umpire and as much as I hate to admit it, we miss calls. It happens. Sometimes we’ll see that pitch on the black as being just off the corner and that fan sitting directly behind us will give us hell for the rest of the game for it. Mistakes happen. We try to make the right calls every time but human error is a part of every sport, whether that human error is made by an athlete or an official/umpire/referee. Deal with it.[/quote]

    Rich, while normally I would agree with you 100%, this time I have to say that the foul called was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen in a basketball game. In that situation of a basketball game, when it’s ‘known’ to keep the whistle a little quieter than normal, there’s a big difference between calling a foul that shouldn’t be called, and not calling a foul that should be called. On top of that, not 2 seconds earlier, on an understandable no call, the Nova player drove to the hoop and got hit 20x harder than the foul that was called.

    I used to ref basketball and soccer (not anything higher than HS level though), and also played college baseball. Calls go both ways, and that’s one of the beauty of sports…the close calls. But this case was something that should have never happened. It’s almost like he lost track of the situation, maybe thought Nova was down by a point, thought they were trying to foul, and called it to help them out. Which, in a tie game does nothing (obviously).

    Anyway, back to unis…

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment="223391"]As another referee, I will say this…

    It doesn’t matter how much time is on the clock. A foul is a foul, ticky-tack or otherwise. A foul at the beginning of the game should be called the same at the end of the game.

    A referee’s job to to officiate what happens on the court, not to look at the clock to determine if the whistle should be “swallowed”.

    If a coach complains that “the referee took the game away from us with a call at the end”, then the coach should be blaming the player who committed the foul, not the official who saw it.[/quote]

    i’ll just ask you this, jim…did you see the play todd referenced? or the rutgers play?

    im NOT saying fouls shouldn’t be called (ie swallow the whistle) at ANY time during the game, but there are fouls which are NOT called during the course of the game which should…in the hoya game, the ‘ticky-tack’ foul to which todd alluded was BARELY a foul, if a foul at all

    im NOT a rutgers or nova fan either, so this isn’t about sour grapes…i just agree with todd that two games were essentially decided by refs after four squads of kids played their hearts out for 40 minutes

  • Valjean | February 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm |

    I hope I’m not rehashing old ground, but could some MinnViking fans on the site give me a rundown of how the back of the helmet horns have gotten so curve-y over the years? Compare and contrast:

    Paul’s photo of Williams from the Pro Bowl …

    … to Super Bowls in ’74 and ’75.

    I assume they’ve just gotten more circular with every new uni design, but never seen a good explanation …

  • plunke673 | February 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm |

    I’m one of the weird ones who watches the Pro Bowl in it’s entirety. I love football and it’s just a fun game to watch. My favorite part since I was a kid was all the players wearing their own helmets. Just always thought that was cool. It’s fun to laugh at the ugly uniforms and just enjoy the game. In the back of my mind I know a huge football drought is coming so I enjoy every minute.

  • TOG | February 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm |

    Good interview here with the principals of Plan B Branding, the San Diego-based design firm that’s responsible for a lot of current minor league uni designs (with thanks to Greg Victor). …

    Teeth, claws, critters and costumes…Minor League Baseball design is so 1995…Shame a design firm does not come in and stop the insanity by providing a clean, classy, timeless look to a Minor League identity. Even Sandstrom Design who is very capable of very sophisticated Brand ID work took the brainless route. See Portland Beavers.

    Too bad.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment="223402"]I’m one of the weird ones who watches the Pro Bowl in it’s entirety. I love football and it’s just a fun game to watch. My favorite part since I was a kid was all the players wearing their own helmets. Just always thought that was cool. It’s fun to laugh at the ugly uniforms and just enjoy the game. In the back of my mind I know a huge football drought is coming so I enjoy every minute.[/quote]

    I used to love the Pro Bowl and the assorted All Star games because of the lesser known stars. Before SportsCenter, before the Internet, I would rarely see or even hear of those smaller market players. It was a treat. I guess it’s a catch-22 because back then I sihed more coverage and now that I have it, I pine for the way it used to be. I must be getting older!

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 1:40 pm |

    I sihed more coverage >
    I wished for more coverage.

  • Pete | February 12, 2008 at 1:43 pm |

    Interesting photo gallery of Grand Valley-Northern Michigan HERE.

    If you check photo #7, you’ll see that number 11′s rear numbers are spaced WAY apart from each other.

  • Pete | February 12, 2008 at 1:43 pm |

    Interesting photo gallery of Grand Valley-Northern Michigan HERE.

    If you check photo #7, you’ll see that number 11′s rear numbers are spaced WAY apart from each other.

  • Joe Drennan | February 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment="223400"]I hope I’m not rehashing old ground, but could some MinnViking fans on the site give me a rundown of how the back of the helmet horns have gotten so curve-y over the years? Compare and contrast:

    Paul’s photo of Williams from the Pro Bowl …

    … to Super Bowls in ’74 and ’75.

    I assume they’ve just gotten more circular with every new uni design, but never seen a good explanation …[/quote]
    I will start by saying I am in no way a Vikings fan. I love my Bears. I do however have some insight. When the Vikings updated their uniforms, they tinkered with the helmets, adding some lines to give the horns a more 3-D look. This might be the answer.

    [sarcasim] If they simply had a classic uniform like say, oh, I don’t know, the Bears, they wouldn’t have had to change. [sarcasim]

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | February 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment="223382"]
    I’ve never reffed basketball and didn’t see highlights of the games you guys are talking about but I am a baseball umpire and as much as I hate to admit it, we miss calls. It happens. Sometimes we’ll see that pitch on the black as being just off the corner and that fan sitting directly behind us will give us hell for the rest of the game for it. Mistakes happen. We try to make the right calls every time but human error is a part of every sport, whether that human error is made by an athlete or an official/umpire/referee. Deal with it.[/quote]

    absolutely. i agree and i know calls are missed. hell, ive missed plenty. but we are talking about
    a. when officials review a stopped clock situation and determine that .2 seconds actually lasted over a full second.
    and
    b. when a questionable touch foul call is made with less than 1 second remaining in a tie game.

    in contrast view the carolina/clemson game from sunday night. at the end of regulation and during the overtimes, the officials let the kids play and had their skill determine the outcome.

  • TOG | February 12, 2008 at 1:49 pm |

    http://images.google...

    Vikings helmet horn evolution is a great topic. Nice catch!

  • Josh Petty | February 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    There’s one thing I noticed about the photo showing the Pro Bowl throwbacks in today’s edition. The ref in the picture, who’s clearly official #36, has a #5 memorial armband on, does anybody know what that’s about?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | February 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment="223394"][quote comment="223261"]no love for the westminster???

    i hope this bitch wins best in show[/quote]
    I love Westminster. Despite the laughably nerdy suits and clunky shoes worn by the handlers I watch every year. But I swear if the g*ddamn poodle wins this year I’m done.[/quote]

    I am with you on that!!

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment="223424"]There’s one thing I noticed about the photo showing the Pro Bowl throwbacks in today’s edition. The ref in the picture, who’s clearly official #36, has a #5 memorial armband on, does anybody know what that’s about?[/quote]

    i believe in saturday’s comments, lwiedy discovered the reason…im the one who actually posted the pic paul reprinted today…kudos to lwiedy on having the resources to get an asnwer so quickly

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment="223428"][quote comment="223394"][quote comment="223261"]no love for the westminster???

    i hope this bitch wins best in show[/quote]
    I love Westminster. Despite the laughably nerdy suits and clunky shoes worn by the handlers I watch every year. But I swear if the g*ddamn poodle wins this year I’m done.[/quote]

    I am with you on that!![/quote]

    Damn skippy! Need to have a real dog win this thing instead of one of them frou-frou poodles or rat terriers

  • patrick | February 12, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment="223289"][quote comment="223282"]Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:
    [/quote]
    Maybe the USA can win the world cup finally?[/quote]

    Its definitely not the same as playing on real grass, but its better than playing on a bad real grass field. The stuff, in my opinion plays much faster. It was bound to happen anyway. It doesnt change the game THAT much. A week of practice on it and your good to go

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment="223429"][quote comment="223424"]There’s one thing I noticed about the photo showing the Pro Bowl throwbacks in today’s edition. The ref in the picture, who’s clearly official #36, has a #5 memorial armband on, does anybody know what that’s about?[/quote]

    i believe in saturday’s comments, lwiedy discovered the reason…im the one who actually posted the pic paul reprinted today…kudos to lwiedy on having the resources to get an asnwer so quickly[/quote]

    here

    the fun starts at post 27

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | February 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment="223430"][quote comment="223428"][quote comment="223394"][quote comment="223261"]no love for the westminster???

    i hope this bitch wins best in show[/quote]
    I love Westminster. Despite the laughably nerdy suits and clunky shoes worn by the handlers I watch every year. But I swear if the g*ddamn poodle wins this year I’m done.[/quote]

    I am with you on that!![/quote]

    Damn skippy! Need to have a real dog win this thing instead of one of them frou-frou poodles or rat terriers[/quote]
    All – tried to do a Google image search for “dog in sports uniform”, but all I got was this.

    Sorry, George Costanza

  • Banker Bill | February 12, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment="223376"][quote comment="223362"][quote comment="223356"]over in washington, the officials single handedly won the game for georgetown by calling a questionable ticky tack foul with less than a second left on nova.
    you dont make that call. the kids worked too hard for 40 minutes to have it come down to a refs whistle…[/quote]

    Ever reffed?[/quote]

    i have officiated, and ive also played. and in that situation, with that time on the clock, what happened up the sideline to jonathan wallace does not get called.[/quote]

    While I’ve never reffed Basketball, I do ref hockey – and it’s my opinion that players count on you “swallowing your whistle” in a close game at the end, and try to get away with a lot more. Some of the WORST penalties I’ve called were at the end of close games where players think they can basically get away with murder.

    A penalty in the first minute is the same as a penalty in the last minute. I agree – blame the player who committed the infraction, not the official who saw it and did his job.

  • Stuby | February 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment="223413"][quote comment="223402"]I’m one of the weird ones who watches the Pro Bowl in it’s entirety. I love football and it’s just a fun game to watch. My favorite part since I was a kid was all the players wearing their own helmets. Just always thought that was cool. It’s fun to laugh at the ugly uniforms and just enjoy the game. In the back of my mind I know a huge football drought is coming so I enjoy every minute.[/quote]

    I used to love the Pro Bowl and the assorted All Star games because of the lesser known stars. Before SportsCenter, before the Internet, I would rarely see or even hear of those smaller market players. It was a treat. I guess it’s a catch-22 because back then I sihed more coverage and now that I have it, I pine for the way it used to be. I must be getting older![/quote]
    I agree. If you are in my age range, the only time you’d see players like Jim Sundberg or Buddy Bell (not to mention all the cool uniforms in one spot) was in the ML All-Star Game, so it was kind of special. The Pro Bowl was gotten passe because most of the stars just don’t show up.

  • Big O | February 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment="223333"][quote comment="223332"][quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?[/quote]

    try EVERY year in a row[/quote]

    Every two years the pro bowl jersey gets a re-design.

    2006 Pro Bowl

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm |

    gotta love youtube

    here’s the HORRIBLE CALL in the g-town/nova game

  • Robb | February 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment="223303"]just in case anybody missed it last night, here’s a nice football uniform builder, just like the baseball one that was mentioned in the ticker yesterday.[/quote]

    well, damn, there goes my social life for the next 6 months

  • Josiah | February 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment="223156"]The best Oregon Uniform Combinations ever!
    1.
    2.
    3.

    And the true definition of a Logo Creep, Check out who one of the five people she would like to have dinner with is, Take a guess, it’s not LI Phil, Stuby, Rick from Cedar Park, Dane, Teebz, or Krevanchi

    Easily one of the more amazing parts of being a part of the Oregon Athletic Bands program is getting to travel/stare at/hold doors for and try to act suave in a marching band uniform with our cheerleaders. Nicest group of people ever, and the hottest cheer squad in the Pac-10, yes hotter then the Song Girls. I stand by my decision.

    This is from late last night…..ABSOLUTE BLASPHEMY…However, it is too early to post evidence suggesting otherwise…I will spare you all[/quote]

    I just read this and laughed. The Oregon band isn’t that bad. I met a few trumpet players in El Paso a few years ago for the sun bowl when they were playing Minnesota. I offered to trade my Gopher marching hat for one of their helmets…best $90 to replace my hat I ever spent.

  • Kek | February 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    I was wondering if anyone had a good photo of the Oak Hill Academy gymnasium that shows the wall with the basketball jerseys of college and pro players that went to the school.

  • Bob H | February 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment="223289"][quote comment="223282"]Not exactly uni related but would love the soccer fans reaction to this:
    [/quote]
    Maybe the USA can win the world cup finally?[/quote]
    It’s going to take more than artificial turf to get the US boys to win outside of the US.

  • Stuby | February 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment="223440"][quote comment="223333"][quote comment="223332"][quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?[/quote]

    try EVERY year in a row[/quote]

    Every two years the pro bowl jersey gets a re-design.

    2006 Pro Bowl[/quote]
    I guess there was a year when there were two home teams in the Pro Bowl. Man, are those hideous.

  • Rich | February 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm |

    A few points and then I’ll it’ll be back to unis and away from the reffing issues in my cmments…. I totally agree with the comment about a foul is a foul, whether the clock reads 19:45 or 00:00.5. The time on the clock is mentioned nowhere in the rule book of sports in regards to fouls. If you are riding a guy with a handcheck down the court, it’s a foul at all times in the game. Like I said in my comment earlier, I haven’t seen highlights of the situation you’re talking about and I wish that I would have so I could know exactly what this foul is that you think should not have been called. Also, if there was an issue with the clock, can’t they look at replays to get that right? I don’t know enough about basketball officiating to get that right on my own. Anyways, that’ll be my final input on thhe reffing issue unlees someone specifically asks me something in a comment after this.

  • Rich | February 12, 2008 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment="223452"][quote comment="223440"][quote comment="223333"][quote comment="223332"][quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?[/quote]

    try EVERY year in a row[/quote]

    Every two years the pro bowl jersey gets a re-design.

    2006 Pro Bowl[/quote]
    I guess there was a year when there were two home teams in the Pro Bowl. Man, are those hideous.[/quote]

    For some disturbing reason I kind’ve like those unis.

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote]I haven’t seen highlights of the situation you’re talking about and I wish that I would have so I could know exactly what this foul is that you think should not have been called.[/quote]

    see post 139

  • JT | February 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    I was watching the Tennessee women’s game last night and saw the officials with their pink whistles. The whistle is just a Fox-40 which can be bought in several colors. I’m wondering about the lanyard, though. It was very thick, more like a shoelace than a typical lanyard. And, it appeared to have a black cord spiraled around it, like a regular lanyard was twisted together with a pink shoelace.

    Does anyone have any info on what the officials were using?

  • BCrisp | February 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    FYI… The astronaut who is wearing striped socks is Peggy Whiston. The first female commander of the ISS. She has been in space since October 10, 2007.

  • Johnny O | February 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment="223454"][quote comment="223452"][quote comment="223440"][quote comment="223333"][quote comment="223332"][quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?[/quote]

    try EVERY year in a row[/quote]

    Every two years the pro bowl jersey gets a re-design.

    2006 Pro Bowl[/quote]
    I guess there was a year when there were two home teams in the Pro Bowl. Man, are those hideous.[/quote]

    For some disturbing reason I kind’ve like those unis.[/quote]

    The one thing that disturbs me about the pro bowl is not the uni’s, but the helmets. It’s the pro bowl, we all understand the uni’s are gonna suck, but with mismatched colors on the helmets it looks rancid. Is it impossible to get iftted for a helmet a few weeks before the game and have a few ready for a player for the pro bowl?

  • DJ | February 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    love the CP3s for wake – couldn’t help but notice them at the game the other night – i think they actually looked better than the various white sneaks that wake usually wears at home – thanks for the link to the blog, great stuff!

  • DenverGregg | February 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment="223215"]God, I can’t remember the last time I watched the Pro Bowl. Mostly because of the ghastly uniforms and because Football season should end with the Super Bowl. Just give the players a free trip or have it the weekend before the Super Bowl (since none of the SB players go anyway).[/quote]
    I like the Pro Bowl somewhat, but I think it could be a good fit for the week before Super Bowl, perhaps even at the Super Bowl location.

  • Valjean | February 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment="223472"][quote comment="223454"][quote comment="223452"][quote comment="223440"][quote comment="223333"][quote comment="223332"][quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?[/quote]

    try EVERY year in a row[/quote]

    Every two years the pro bowl jersey gets a re-design.

    2006 Pro Bowl[/quote]
    I guess there was a year when there were two home teams in the Pro Bowl. Man, are those hideous.[/quote]

    For some disturbing reason I kind’ve like those unis.[/quote]

    The one thing that disturbs me about the pro bowl is not the uni’s, but the helmets. It’s the pro bowl, we all understand the uni’s are gonna suck, but with mismatched colors on the helmets it looks rancid. Is it impossible to get iftted for a helmet a few weeks before the game and have a few ready for a player for the pro bowl?[/quote]

    Apparently so
    — or at least it was back in the day … (now those are some sleeve numbers …)

    Looks like they went to team helmets in the late 70s — anyone have a year?

  • James Craven | February 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment="223156"]“The best Oregon Uniform Combinations ever!”
    1.
    2.
    3.

    [/quote]

    they forgot to add the [sarcasm][/sarcasm] button.

  • Jordan Pope | February 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |

    i was at the pro bowl and those unis dont look any better in person but you know what did look good was the cheerleaders fo sho

  • Perry | February 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment="223456"][quote]I haven’t seen highlights of the situation you’re talking about and I wish that I would have so I could know exactly what this foul is that you think should not have been called.[/quote]

    see post 139[/quote]

    See the replay linked to that post, and note what Raftery and Bilas (who both, obviously, have a lot of experience in top-level college ball said):

    Raftery: Refs will tell you that a foul’s a foul, you call it the same at the end of a game as at the beginning.

    Bilas (rolling eyes): The bad ones do.

    It wasn’t so much that it was tickytack — there was significant contact. But 80 feet from the basket, not shooting, and 0.1 seconds to play? Swallow that whistle.

  • James Craven | February 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment="223261"]“No love for the Westminster???

    “I hope this bitch wins best in show.”[/quote]

    In dog shows, the word “bitch” is a good thing. Cue the Meredith Brooks song.

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |

    [quote comment="223470"]FYI… The astronaut who is wearing striped socks is Peggy Whiston. The first female commander of the ISS. She has been in space since October 10, 2007.[/quote]
    And for the record… they are STARS and stripes socks!

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment="223493"][quote comment="223261"]“No love for the Westminster???

    “I hope this bitch wins best in show.”[/quote]

    In dog shows, the word “bitch” is a good thing. Cue the Meredith Brooks song.[/quote]

    thanks james…what would we do without you?

  • TOG | February 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    Nothing says Rays (as in catching a few) than the new Tampa Bay Rays identity right?

    Maybe the TB team wordmark should be:

    Rayzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm |

    [quote comment="223472"]
    The one thing that disturbs me about the pro bowl is not the uni’s, but the helmets. It’s the pro bowl, we all understand the uni’s are gonna suck, but with mismatched colors on the helmets it looks rancid. Is it impossible to get iftted for a helmet a few weeks before the game and have a few ready for a player for the pro bowl?[/quote]

    interesting. thats actually the one thing that i like about the pro-bowl uni situation.

    i like the fact that there is a yellow packers helmet or a purple vikings helmet on a uniform set that it has no business being on.

    the contrast of non matching helmets appeals to me. but does so in football allstar games only.

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    my major uni pet peeve. when college hoop teams dont have uniform shoe colors.

    choose a base color. black or white.

    syracuse has been historically notorious for this.
    a handful will wear black shoes and another handful with white shoes.

    i dont care if every guys shoe is different, at least use the same base color as a team.

  • Nate | February 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm |

    [quote comment="223440"][quote comment="223333"][quote comment="223332"][quote comment="223321"][quote comment="223284"]I thought I remembered seeing that panel on the Pro Bowl pants last year. This is the best picture I can find.

    http://images.search...

    Good catch — you’re right![/quote]
    Any particular reason that the AFC has worn white two years in a row?[/quote]

    try EVERY year in a row[/quote]

    Every two years the pro bowl jersey gets a re-design.

    2006 Pro Bowl[/quote]
    Ah. Thanks.

  • Husker E10 | February 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm |

    Not directly UniWatch related…but still “symbolism” related…

    Great Seal secrets revealed!

  • Mets Fan AZ | February 12, 2008 at 5:33 pm |

    [quote comment="223526"]my major uni pet peeve. when college hoop teams dont have uniform shoe colors.

    choose a base color. black or white.

    syracuse has been historically notorious for this.
    a handful will wear black shoes and another handful with white shoes.

    i dont care if every guys shoe is different, at least use the same base color as a team.[/quote]
    along the same lines. i don’t like black b’ball shoes with white unis. i think the black needs to go with the colored unis. the bulls used to be the worst about this.

  • Mike | February 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm |

    another uniform builder…..

    http://www.teamworka...

  • Nate | February 12, 2008 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment="223535"]another uniform builder…..

    http://www.teamworka... forgot about that one. I don treally like that one, all the design options are really crappy

  • Straw | February 12, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment="223324"]what? no love for Rutgers in PINK?:

    http://sports.espn.g...
    I never thought I would like a pink uniform, but the Rutgers women looked bad ass last night. I mean thosee uni’s looked great. If I was a woman on that team I would have been pumped to wear it but some of the men in the crowd wearing pink hats looked a little weird.

  • lwiedy | February 12, 2008 at 6:45 pm |

    One thing that has improved on the Pro Bowl uni front is the issuing duplicate numbers for teammates. The photo below shows LT wear 58. A player would have to change his number if another player was selected who wore the same. I don’t know if it was based on years of service or how many Pro Bowls one had been named to.

    http://www.mmbolding...

  • Mike | February 12, 2008 at 6:50 pm |

    [quote comment="223555"]One thing that has improved on the Pro Bowl uni front is the issuing duplicate numbers for teammates. The photo below shows LT wear 58. A player would have to change his number if another player was selected who wore the same. I don’t know if it was based on years of service or how many Pro Bowls one had been named to.

    http://www.mmbolding...

    What a great picture. The helmets and the uniforms actually match….

  • Limo | February 12, 2008 at 7:24 pm |

    Note regarding the Australian Rugby team uni’s … the competition that the current player is playing in is the rugby Seven’s tournament. This is an abbreviated version of the 15-man game which the Australian Wallabies team plays (which is also the Rugby World Cup format of the game). The new uniforms look like this http://www.rucksandr...
    The uniform in the Seven’s picture is an older version of the Wallabies jersey from a couple of seasons back …

  • Azul Army | February 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm |

    [quote comment="223290"]I’m thinking the Dolphins are going to stockpile first round running backs the way the Lions stockpiled wideouts in the early part of this decade.

    And my Trent Green jersey will be arriving in the mail shortly…it’ll go well with my Seau ‘Fins shirt.[/quote]

    See you here

  • Cullan | February 12, 2008 at 7:55 pm |

    [quote comment="223226"][quote comment="223221"]That Jews for Jeter shirt is rediculous … don’t they know that the yanks do not put names on their jersey’s.[/quote]
    What are the ‘Muslims for Mattingly’ folks going to do know that he’s gone?[/quote]

    Muslims for Melky?

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 8:19 pm |

    [quote comment="223533"][quote comment="223526"]my major uni pet peeve. when college hoop teams dont have uniform shoe colors.

    choose a base color. black or white.

    syracuse has been historically notorious for this.
    a handful will wear black shoes and another handful with white shoes.

    i dont care if every guys shoe is different, at least use the same base color as a team.[/quote]
    along the same lines. i don’t like black b’ball shoes with white unis. i think the black needs to go with the colored unis. the bulls used to be the worst about this.[/quote]

    UCONN is REALLY bad with this as well. I can’t stand it. Another pet peeve is black sneakers and white socks, you look like a three year old, don’t do it.

  • Mark K | February 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm |

    [quote comment="223556"][quote comment="223555"]One thing that has improved on the Pro Bowl uni front is the issuing duplicate numbers for teammates. The photo below shows LT wear 58. A player would have to change his number if another player was selected who wore the same. I don’t know if it was based on years of service or how many Pro Bowls one had been named to.

    http://www.mmbolding...

    What a great picture. The helmets and the uniforms actually match….[/quote]
    The 1993 recap refers to “Denver’s Steve Tasker”.

    Wilson logo on the shoulder.

  • GoTerriers | February 12, 2008 at 8:23 pm |

    [quote comment="223572"][quote comment="223226"][quote comment="223221"]That Jews for Jeter shirt is rediculous … don’t they know that the yanks do not put names on their jersey’s.[/quote]
    What are the ‘Muslims for Mattingly’ folks going to do know that he’s gone?[/quote]

    Muslims for Melky?[/quote]

    Druids for Damon?
    Hindus for Jorge?

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 8:26 pm |

    [quote comment="223446"][quote comment="223156"]The best Oregon Uniform Combinations ever!
    1.
    2.
    3.

    And the true definition of a Logo Creep, Check out who one of the five people she would like to have dinner with is, Take a guess, it’s not LI Phil, Stuby, Rick from Cedar Park, Dane, Teebz, or Krevanchi

    Easily one of the more amazing parts of being a part of the Oregon Athletic Bands program is getting to travel/stare at/hold doors for and try to act suave in a marching band uniform with our cheerleaders. Nicest group of people ever, and the hottest cheer squad in the Pac-10, yes hotter then the Song Girls. I stand by my decision.

    This is from late last night…..ABSOLUTE BLASPHEMY…However, it is too early to post evidence suggesting otherwise…I will spare you all[/quote]

    I just read this and laughed. The Oregon band isn’t that bad. I met a few trumpet players in El Paso a few years ago for the sun bowl when they were playing Minnesota. I offered to trade my Gopher marching hat for one of their helmets…best $90 to replace my hat I ever spent.[/quote]

    It wasn’t the band we were debating. The Trojan Song Girls are second to none.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 8:33 pm |

    [quote comment="223317"][quote comment="223303"]just in case anybody missed it last night, here’s a nice football uniform builder, just like the baseball one that was mentioned in the ticker yesterday.[/quote]

    And there goes the afternoon. First I will be redesigning the WVU uniform.[/quote]

    How about redesigning their coach’s uniform!

  • Ben | February 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm |

    Sorry if either of these has been pointed out yet but Chris Cooley seems to have the same shoes that Tony Romo was pointed out for having
    And did anyone notice that the panels on the pants aren’t the same? Look at the stars in them.

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 8:50 pm |

    [quote comment="223592"]Sorry if either of these has been pointed out yet but Chris Cooley seems to have the same shoes that Tony Romo was pointed out for having
    And did anyone notice that the panels on the pants aren’t the same? Look at the stars in them.[/quote]
    Good catch!!!

  • MPowers1634 | February 12, 2008 at 9:06 pm |

    [quote comment="223580"][quote comment="223533"][quote comment="223526"]my major uni pet peeve. when college hoop teams dont have uniform shoe colors.

    choose a base color. black or white.

    syracuse has been historically notorious for this.
    a handful will wear black shoes and another handful with white shoes.

    i dont care if every guys shoe is different, at least use the same base color as a team.[/quote]
    along the same lines. i don’t like black b’ball shoes with white unis. i think the black needs to go with the colored unis. the bulls used to be the worst about this.[/quote]

    UCONN is REALLY bad with this as well. I can’t stand it. Another pet peeve is black sneakers and white socks, you look like a three year old, don’t do it.[/quote]

    I almost forgot the team that has no Shoe Uniformity whatsoever Arizona! The absolute worst besides UCONN.

  • BurghFan | February 12, 2008 at 9:10 pm |

    Re #9:

    For decades, all-star games were taken at face value and to whatever extent enjoyed. What has happened in the last 10 to 15 years that they have to be more? The games really haven’t changed, but the participants certainly have and the fans expectations unquestionably have….

    But they have changed. A few players played all ten innings of the 1994 baseball All-Star game; now managers work hard at getting almost everyone into the game, and the “almost” is only because of the infamous tie. It’s now an upset when an NHL All-Star game doesn’t reach double digits. As the hype around these games increases and the intensity level wanes, they become harder to watch.

  • Azul Army | February 12, 2008 at 9:19 pm |

    I ran into these 18-1 t-shirts tonight. I am sure some on this board would appreciate the clever styling.

  • KDog | February 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm |

    yeah, loved seeing those CP3s on the wake forest team. at first i wondered why they were doing the black socks/shoes with the white home unis, but it all makes sense now. think there’ll be a contract with air jordan at some point?

  • lwiedy | February 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm |

    [quote comment="223613"]Re #9:

    For decades, all-star games were taken at face value and to whatever extent enjoyed. What has happened in the last 10 to 15 years that they have to be more? The games really haven’t changed, but the participants certainly have and the fans expectations unquestionably have….

    But they have changed. A few players played all ten innings of the 1994 baseball All-Star game; now managers work hard at getting almost everyone into the game, and the “almost” is only because of the infamous tie. It’s now an upset when an NHL All-Star game doesn’t reach double digits. As the hype around these games increases and the intensity level wanes, they become harder to watch.[/quote]

    But isn’t that (as stated in the original post) because of the change in the participants and in the spectators? The players don’t play hard (why is that?) so the scores sometime skyrocket. Fans now seem to always want a “great show” and display little tolerance for a boring game, when in fact the beauty of sports is the fact that it isn’t scripted and we can’t always guarantee first-rate entertainment.

  • Rick | February 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm |

    let’s take bets……..so did paul throw up in his mouth after the nike show on CNBC?

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 11:21 pm |

    [quote comment="223580"]
    UCONN is REALLY bad with this as well. I can’t stand it. Another pet peeve is black sneakers and white socks, you look like a three year old, don’t do it.[/quote]

    i actually liked the inverse of that. white shoes with black socks… michigan did it for a few games in the 92-93 season until they went black shoes, black socks.

    but an aside to that…

    during the 88-89 hoop season i played jv and this was prior to the whole black shoe or black sock boom.

    we played away one friday night and one of our starters had forgotten to pack his hoop socks. all he had was his black dress socks… but we all had black dress socks so instead of just 1 guy in black socks and white shoes, we all did it.

    it became our signature as we did it for the rest of our 22-2 season. i guess you could say we were the original trailblazers, not michigan…

  • LI Phil | February 12, 2008 at 11:27 pm |

    [quote comment="223649"]let’s take bets……..so did paul throw up in his mouth after the nike show on CNBC?[/quote]

    i didn’t learn anything i didn’t already know…i was quite disappointed myself

    i thought i’d see todd interviewed…for the sneakerhead segment

  • todd krevanchi | February 12, 2008 at 11:41 pm |

    [quote comment="223649"]let’s take bets……..so did paul throw up in his mouth after the nike show on CNBC?[/quote]

    i dont think so at all. even if he did watch it, it was basically a watered down history and minor focus on where theyre going in the future and im sure anyone who did watch it who wasnt “already in the know” learned some things.

    im not gonna speak on behalf of PL but ive read virtually every reply of every day of this blog since may 17 2006. it is my recollection that PL’s opinions of nike have always been disagreeable to their branding practices in team uniforms and accessories and not towards its advertising, innovation or any of the other items discussed in the program.

  • Lee | February 13, 2008 at 12:04 am |

    [quote comment="223635"]yeah, loved seeing those CP3s on the wake forest team. at first i wondered why they were doing the black socks/shoes with the white home unis, but it all makes sense now. think there’ll be a contract with air jordan at some point?[/quote]
    highly doubt it.

    where’d jordan go to uni?

  • Paul Lukas | February 13, 2008 at 12:10 am |

    [quote comment="223655"][quote comment="223649"]let’s take bets……..so did paul throw up in his mouth after the nike show on CNBC?[/quote]

    i dont think so at all. even if he did watch it, it was basically a watered down history and minor focus on where theyre going in the future and im sure anyone who did watch it who wasnt “already in the know” learned some things.

    im not gonna speak on behalf of PL but ive read virtually every reply of every day of this blog since may 17 2006. it is my recollection that PL’s opinions of nike have always been disagreeable to their branding practices in team uniforms and accessories and not towards its advertising, innovation or any of the other items discussed in the program.[/quote]

    For the record: It was more of a puff piece than journalism, but my biggest issue was actually the fact that Darren was repeatedly shown wearing purple shirts and/or ties.

  • Patrick | February 13, 2008 at 12:10 am |

    This blog devolved tonight into a discussion of dog shows and basketball refs. Thankfully, it was saved by the Pro Bowl links. Loved the old photos and I had always wondered where they held it before Honolulu. Pro Bowl on a Monday night? How odd!

  • =bg= | February 13, 2008 at 12:27 am |

    [quote comment="223201"]Has anybody out there seen the State Farm Insurance commercial with the offensive linemen from what looks like the 80s? In one of the shots they show a Bengals player with a hand written “69″ on the side of his helmet. Does anyone know who this was for? The only thing I could think of was when Tim Krumrie (#69) broke his leg in the Super Bowl but he never missed a game so I doubt anybody what have put a memorial on their helmet for him.

    Any help would be great.[/quote]

    That is what it is for, Krumrie.

  • Peligro | February 13, 2008 at 12:29 am |

    Indeed, but that is human nature, and humans made the call, so deal with it.

    {(sarcasim), SIC

  • Micah | February 13, 2008 at 2:36 am |

    [quote comment="223659"][quote comment="223635"]yeah, loved seeing those CP3s on the wake forest team. at first i wondered why they were doing the black socks/shoes with the white home unis, but it all makes sense now. think there’ll be a contract with air jordan at some point?[/quote]
    highly doubt it.

    where’d jordan go to uni?[/quote]

    North Carolina, University of Cal, Georgetown, and North Carolina A & T have contracts with Jordan Brand for their unis and shoes.

  • MPowers1634 | February 13, 2008 at 4:37 am |

    [quote comment="223650"][quote comment="223580"]
    UCONN is REALLY bad with this as well. I can’t stand it. Another pet peeve is black sneakers and white socks, you look like a three year old, don’t do it.[/quote]

    i actually liked the inverse of that. white shoes with black socks… michigan did it for a few games in the 92-93 season until they went black shoes, black socks.

    but an aside to that…

    during the 88-89 hoop season i played jv and this was prior to the whole black shoe or black sock boom.

    we played away one friday night and one of our starters had forgotten to pack his hoop socks. all he had was his black dress socks… but we all had black dress socks so instead of just 1 guy in black socks and white shoes, we all did it.

    it became our signature as we did it for the rest of our 22-2 season. i guess you could say we were the original trailblazers, not michigan…[/quote]

    The original Air Force Max B. Steve Fisher, Fab Five…Freshman year they wore the original Huaraches…great momories.

  • todd krevanchi | February 13, 2008 at 4:49 am |

    [quote comment="223701"][quote comment="223659"][quote comment="223635"]yeah, loved seeing those CP3s on the wake forest team. at first i wondered why they were doing the black socks/shoes with the white home unis, but it all makes sense now. think there’ll be a contract with air jordan at some point?[/quote]
    highly doubt it.

    where’d jordan go to uni?[/quote]

    North Carolina, University of Cal, Georgetown, and North Carolina A & T have contracts with Jordan Brand for their unis and shoes.[/quote]

    i agree with lee for this reason.
    if syracuse isnt already a JB school especially with carmelo being head of the JB stable, then id be hard pressed to see wake as a JB school first, with paul having his own signature JB shoe.

    however anything is possible.

  • todd krevanchi | February 13, 2008 at 5:10 am |

    [quote comment="223747"][quote comment="223650"][quote comment="223580"]
    UCONN is REALLY bad with this as well. I can’t stand it. Another pet peeve is black sneakers and white socks, you look like a three year old, don’t do it.[/quote]

    i actually liked the inverse of that. white shoes with black socks… michigan did it for a few games in the 92-93 season until they went black shoes, black socks.

    but an aside to that…

    during the 88-89 hoop season i played jv and this was prior to the whole black shoe or black sock boom.

    we played away one friday night and one of our starters had forgotten to pack his hoop socks. all he had was his black dress socks… but we all had black dress socks so instead of just 1 guy in black socks and white shoes, we all did it.

    it became our signature as we did it for the rest of our 22-2 season. i guess you could say we were the original trailblazers, not michigan…[/quote]

    The original Air Force Max B. Steve Fisher, Fab Five…Freshman year they wore the original Huaraches…great momories.[/quote]

    just remember, it wasnt until their sophomore season that they busted out the black socks… be it with white or black shoes.
    http://cache.viewima...

  • Roy Ellingsen | February 13, 2008 at 6:08 am |

    [quote comment="223453"]I totally agree with the comment about a foul is a foul, whether the clock reads 19:45 or 00:00.5. The time on the clock is mentioned nowhere in the rule book of sports in regards to fouls.[/quote]

    Actually, in IIHF hockey it is. Some things that are penalty shots in the first 58 minutes, is a goal in the last two. Rarely applied, of course!

  • Will | February 14, 2008 at 2:39 pm |

    From looking at both shots Derek Anderson’s right shoulder team logo patch, it doesn’t look like it’s change position at all. The two shots are from different angles and in one his sleeve seems to be slightly twisted. Just compare the logo to the red stripe/band below it.

  • Busocker | February 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    Paul Lukas: I only skimmed this article…but i really hope you weren’t poking fun of TO’s cleats…you should be noting the extremly cool color ways of the Jordan Retro 6…he may be wearing cleats, not basketball shoes, but oh boy they r cool cleats, they r nice (the blue one’s that is)… i really doubt your a jordan head, so you ignorantly made fun of a really cool cleat…and anyone else who hates on TO’s cleats…you r ignorant too!!

  • Carl | February 14, 2008 at 7:36 pm |

    Did anyone else notice the use of the word sh*t in the article.

  • Corrupt3d | February 14, 2008 at 7:41 pm |

    still can’t believe Sean Taylor is gone…nice tribue by the Redskins guys…

  • jockwasher | February 14, 2008 at 10:18 pm |

    [quote comment="223299"]i see from the photo of Peterson with the Pro Bowl MVP trophy that he’s still getting his numbers dirty:
    http://static.nfl.co...

    The stains are the leather of the football rubbing of on the twill numbers.

  • hunt72 | February 15, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    RE: Jerseys, I was digging the NFL Combine shirts they had last year. I’m assuming they will be similar this year, with nifty techno-numbers. Any idea of the NFL sells those? Here’s a sample.

  • Dennis | February 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |

    Those shirts only look that good if your arms are that big.

    http://www.twentiesb...

  • Dave | February 19, 2008 at 2:59 am |

    Reebok Wet Rats were what they called a model of their waterproof cross trainers and turf shoes.

  • Brenden | February 24, 2008 at 12:37 am |

    R.I.P. #21