Before There Was a Uni Watch News Ticker …

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Last fall I ran a rundown of old uni-related New York Times articles, which made it clear that uniform coverage was alive and well decades before the advent of Uni Watch. Now Doug Mooney, who did the archival research for that piece, has come up with a bunch of additional old articles from a variety of newspaper sources. There’s some great stuff in this batch — here’s a chronological breakdown:

October 18, 1931, The New York Times, John Kieran’s “Sports of the Times” column: This column is a hodgepodge of disparate items, the first of which is about the Army football team’s uniforms (the practice unis were heavier than the game-day attire, so the team would feel lighter and faster) and footwear. Details here.

January 24, 1937, The New York Times, “First Basketball Game of 1892 to Be Reproduced at the Garden”: Could this have been the first throwback game? The story describes plans to celebrate basketball’s 45th anniversary by staging a re-enactment of the first game ever played. According to the article, “The players will be garbed just as they were first that first game — turtle-neck sweaters, handle-bar mustaches, shin guards and the like, while peach baskets will serve as the targets.” Full text here.

July 30, 1943, The Sheboygan Press, “Sports Uniforms of Nylon Will Be Used After War”: Nylon was hard to come by during World War II, because most of it was reserved for making parachutes, tents, ropes, and other military provisions. In this article, the DuPont company, which developed nylon, forecasts that the material will become common in sports uniforms once the war is over — a prediction that turned out to be correct.

December 14, 1946, The New York Times, “Expanding Demand Seen for Uniforms”: This article describes a speech given at the annual dinner of the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers (could someone please build me a time machine, so I can attend?), where an industry executive predicted that uniforms would gain great prominence in coming years. He was mostly talking about service uniforms, for repairmen and the like, not sports unis, but it’s still pretty interesting. Look here.

August 30, 1959, The New York Times, Letter to the Editor: Hilarious letter from a recent immigrant who “[can't] help wondering why the umpires are forced to carry out their respective duties dressed in black suits that look heavy, uncomfortable and — pardon me — somewhat silly in the grueling heat of a three-hour game.” It would be another decade before umps stopped wearing neckties, and much longer before the letter-writer’s suggestion (“a lightweight, loose-weave shirt and summer slacks”) became the standard that we now see today. Full text of the letter is here.

January 11, 1961, Ironwood Daily Globe, “Tigers Change Uniform Style”: We’ve discussed several times how the Cardinals’ birds-on-the-bat logo took a one-year hiatus in 1956. A similar situation unfolded in Detroit in 1960, when the Tigers replaced their old English “D” with a “Tigers” insignia. That experiment lasted only one year, and this article describes the move back to the “D” logo. Look here.

July 30, 1972, The Odessa American, “Bellard Here to Charge Aggie Batteries”: This article is about Emory Ballard, then the new football coach at Texas A&M. Amidst lots of other Aggie chatter, there are two paragraphs devoted to the team’s new uniforms, including news that the team would be wearing white helmets, because “maroon is a hard color to duplicate.” Full text here.

February 7, 1973, Sheboygan Press, “Football Uniforms Fashion Items”: Fun article about the latest in “modern” football attire. Key quote: “Striped kneesocks are big, and so are terrycloth wrist bands, originally intended to just soak up sweat.” Full amusing details here.

February 5, 1974, Winnipeg Free Press, “Als Will Try Popular Colors”: Really interesting article about how the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes planned to switch their color scheme to red, white, and blue, because that’s what the city’s more popular teams — the Canadiens and Expos — were wearing. Kind of amazing to think that the Expos were more popular than, uh, anything. Also discussed in the article: the Als’ new logo (apparently this one). Full text here.

My continued thanks to Doug for all his great archival research.

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Seattle Update: Next week’s Uni Watch gathering in Seattle will take place on Friday, March 14th, 7:30pm, at the Pyramid Alehouse. Looking forward to meeting lots of you there.

In other administrative news, you may have noticed that we have a new advertiser at the top of the page: Black Fives. In what I consider to be very classy move, Black Fives prexy Claude Johnson has configured the ad to link to the company’s home page, not to its merch page, so he’s looking to spread awareness, not just to sell stuff (although he’s certainly got plenty of stuff to sell). Claude’s Black Fives blog is a consistently good read, and I’ve been very impressed by my interactions with him. He’s documenting an important and overlooked chapter in sports history, and I hope more people will get hip to what he’s doing.

Uni Watch News Ticker: The Brett Favre tribute-a-thon has spun so far out of control that I’m half-expecting the Packers to be wearing a memorial patch for him next season. … Fun rumination on NFL typography here … A Cleveland inventor has come up with a visor designed to keep your eyes focused on the rim, not on the ball. Details here, and the inventor’s site is here (thanks, Vince). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Is a Colts soap dispenser the one thing that’s really been missing from your life? Then the NFL Hardlines VI Trade Show is for you. Details here, and there’s a photo gallery of dubious products here. … Stirrups alert from Yankees camp: Ian Kennedy. … Speaking of the Yankees, they played a navy-vs.-navy game against the Twins yesterday, while the Rockies and Chisox went black vs. black. … If you don’t like mandatory helmets for baseball coaches, you might not like this either (with thanks to Ryan Connelly). … “I received an e-mail today telling me I could order a commemorative jersey for the 20th anniversary of the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA),” writes David Ballenger. “I don’t even know where to start with this horrid design. How long do you have to be riding directly behind someone to have the time to read a paragraph on the back?” … Good video here on the Canadiens’ equipment manager and arena staff. Only catch: It’s in French. Still, there’s some pretty cool visual footage (with thanks to Jean Gagnier). … align=”right” padding-left=”10px” FREE!: this and this. Naturally, I approve of all the green, although I kinda miss the silver. Additional details here and here. … This year’s MLB undershirt template from Nike will apparently look like this. … According to this page, “[Tiger] Woods donned a batting helmet and Braves jersey (tucked into shorts) and stepped into the batter’s box when [John] Smoltz threw three simulated innings at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.” No word on whether Woods insisted on a swoosh-emblazoned helmet. … Nick Waters took some photos of Georgetown’s new SOD uni (additional pics here). “Not sure if they’ll debut them on Saturday or at the Big East Tournament next week,” he writes. … Minna H. reports that the Minnesota high school state hockey tourney is underway, with plenty of interesting uni designs. There’s a full gallery here. … Yee-IKES (horrifying find by David Sonny). … Shorpy continues to delivery the goods. Note the lack of uni numbers and the ump’s backwards cap. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: The Yankees’ official retired numbers page shows Yogi Berra wearing a Mets cap (which of course pleases me no end).

 

116 comments to Before There Was a Uni Watch News Ticker …

  • Brendon | March 6, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    Doesn’t the NFL typography site know that every ‘Skins jersey ever shown HAS to be #21 Sean Taylor. I think that act was passed by Congress or something.

  • CharlieHog | March 6, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    South Dakota State played at Arkansas yesterday and wore some pretty sweet stripped stirrups.

    photo

  • ThresherK | March 6, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    Check out a take on the Mets and luck here . Apparently jinxing isn’t just for sports anymore.

  • Matt Lesser | March 6, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    Georgetown’s SOD jerseys look like somebody took a dump, then made some madras plaid out of what was left…

  • Brendon | March 6, 2008 at 9:10 am |
  • Jim | March 6, 2008 at 9:16 am |

    What does SOD stand for?

  • Original Jim | March 6, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    Those Georgetown SOD uniforms must be replicas. The size on the tag is shown as “XL”, and the Jumpman logo is next to the collar.

    There’s also a ® symbol just to the right of the Georgetown name on the front. This probably wouldn’t be there on the game-ready jersey.

  • ThresherK | March 6, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment="234275"]Check out a take on the Mets and luck here . Apparently jinxing isn’t just for sports anymore.[/quote]

    Oops. Editing error–meant to include the Cubs cap in the cartoon also.

  • Dane | March 6, 2008 at 9:25 am |

    For the second consecutive game, the San Jose Sharks wore white at home, forcing the visiting Ottawa Senators to wear red. Is there a revolution swirling in the Shark Tank?

  • Miguel | March 6, 2008 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment="234284"]What does SOD stand for?[/quote]

    System of Dress

  • Luke | March 6, 2008 at 9:32 am |

    Neck protection? It’s mandated by USA Hockey for all High School and Amateur teams, it was always funny to see everyone try to get away with not wearing a neckguard. Some would make it real loose so it would fall off immediately, some would blatantly go sans-neckguard, one kid wore a headband on his neck. I was a goalie and usually got away without having one (I wore a throat protector off my mask). Eventually I think you got a 2 minute minor penalty if you were caught without a neckguard.
    It will be interesting to see how the OHL enforces their new rule.

  • u2horn | March 6, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    not uni-related, but Volvo is selling special Red Sox edition Volvos

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    Love the historical stuff.

    Love that Als’ logo. Vince Ferragamo lives!

  • Arkbear | March 6, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    I know that most people who read this will already know about the new NFL shield logo that they’ll transition to this offseason. I’ve been curious about when they’ll actually move to the design on NFL.com and, although it hasn’t happened yet, I did notice that in the upper right corner of the page, where you’re encouraged to “Follow the offseason on NFL NETWORK”, the Letters in the NFL Network’s logo are the new version. With my curiosity peaked I went to the main NFL Network page and found that the logo there hasn’t been updated yet.

    If this has been posted already I apologize.

  • Matt | March 6, 2008 at 9:55 am |

    I’m probably the only one who thinks so, but I like the half and half Hawks jersey. It is nice to get both home and away in one package. Of course, it would look better if it was manufactured instead of homeshopped, but c’mon. It isn’t that bad, there are plenty of worse looking things in the NHL this year.

    I’d enjoy it if my Oilers wore that on the ice, at least it wouldnt look like pyjamas.

  • Mike | March 6, 2008 at 10:02 am |

    Any idea what happened with obamaofdreams.com? I was looking forward to ordering a Philadelphia and Cleveland shirt.

  • u2horn | March 6, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    The new NFL logo is supposed to go live at the draft.

  • LI Phil | March 6, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment="234284"]What does SOD stand for?[/quote]

    something oregon designed

  • werthj | March 6, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment="234318"]Any idea what happened with obamaofdreams.com?

    I was looking forward to ordering a Philadelphia and Cleveland shirt.[/quote]

    I’ve been wondering the same since yesterday. I ordered a ChiSox and a Milwaukee shirt. The former to ship on the 15th, the later on the 30th. I’m afraid that they might have run into legal issues and been shut down. Yesterday, before total shutdown, they had a redesign of the STL shirt, sans birds.

  • Teebz | March 6, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment="234314"]I’m probably the only one who thinks so, but I like the half and half Hawks jersey. It is nice to get both home and away in one package. Of course, it would look better if it was manufactured instead of homeshopped, but c’mon. It isn’t that bad, there are plenty of worse looking things in the NHL this year.

    I’d enjoy it if my Oilers wore that on the ice, at least it wouldnt look like pyjamas.[/quote]

    That is a real product, not a photoshop. CCM made them for every team in the early 1990s as replica jerseys only. It was for the “fan who loved his/her team at home and on the road”… or some lame marketing phrase like that.

    They looked horrible because the striping never matched up.

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment="234312"]I know that most people who read this will already know about the new NFL shield logo that they’ll transition to this offseason. I’ve been curious about when they’ll actually move to the design on NFL.com and, although it hasn’t happened yet, I did notice that in the upper right corner of the page, where you’re encouraged to “Follow the offseason on NFL NETWORK”, the Letters in the NFL Network’s logo are the new version. With my curiosity peaked I went to the main NFL Network page and found that the logo there hasn’t been updated yet.

    If this has been posted already I apologize.[/quote]

    When they first revealed it, they said it would officially take effect at the draft in April. However, it has crept into a couple of places. I think the Pro Bowl MVP award had the new logo on it.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | March 6, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment="234324"][quote comment="234284"]What does SOD stand for?[/quote]

    something oregon designed[/quote]

    Silly Overlength Dress

  • Kim | March 6, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment="234304"]not uni-related, but Volvo is selling special Red Sox edition Volvos[/quote]

    Says they’re only making 107 of them. I bet they didn’t want to do 108 because they couldn’t figure out how to make the 8 right-side up.

  • todd krevanchi | March 6, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment="234324"]• February 7, 1973, Sheboygan Press, “Football Uniforms Fashion Items”: Fun article about the latest in “modern” football attire. Key quote: “Striped kneesocks are big, and so are terrycloth wrist bands, originally intended to just soak up sweat.” Full amusing details here.[/quote]

    i’ll take that ’69 buick for $1488…

    [quote comment="234326"]In what I consider to be very classy move, Black Fives prexy Claude Johnson has configured the ad to link to the company’s home page, not to its merch page, so he’s looking to spread awareness, not just to sell stuff[/quote]

    of the few times i remember claude posting, his contributions were quite informative. seems like a great guy. welcome claude!

    [quote comment="234327"]The Brett Favre tribute-a-thon has spun so far out of control that I’m half-expecting the Packers to be wearing a memorial patch for him next season.[/quote]

    on sports radio the other day, someone said, “espn better consult their physician right now because i have a feeling we are going to experience priopism, a favre erection lasting more than 4 hours.”

  • Robert | March 6, 2008 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment="234304"]not uni-related, but Volvo is selling special Red Sox edition Volvos[/quote]

    I like the concept of such a special edition car, but that Volvo sure is an ugly spud. I realize that Volvos are popular in that part of the country, but wouldn’t a Red Sox Mustang or the like have been cooler?

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment="234335"]on sports radio the other day, someone said, “espn better consult their physician right now because i have a feeling we are going to experience priopism, a favre erection lasting more than 4 hours.”[/quote]

    Wish I’d thought of that.

  • Kim | March 6, 2008 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment="234326"][quote comment="234314"]I’m probably the only one who thinks so, but I like the half and half Hawks jersey. It is nice to get both home and away in one package. Of course, it would look better if it was manufactured instead of homeshopped, but c’mon. It isn’t that bad, there are plenty of worse looking things in the NHL this year.

    I’d enjoy it if my Oilers wore that on the ice, at least it wouldnt look like pyjamas.[/quote]

    That is a real product, not a photoshop. CCM made them for every team in the early 1990s as replica jerseys only. It was for the “fan who loved his/her team at home and on the road”… or some lame marketing phrase like that.

    They looked horrible because the striping never matched up.[/quote]

    When Ray Bourque was with the Avalanche, some industrious fans made 50/50 Avalanche/Bruins jerseys complete with name and number on the back. I thought that was cooler than the made up ones.

  • Matty L | March 6, 2008 at 10:52 am |

    Good for the OHL on the neck guards, I’m not terrified of another Zednik incident happening anytime soon but I still think neck guards are a good idea and should be implemented throughout the game. You have to wear them when you’re a kid anyway so why suddenly stop when you get older and into higher levels of the game?

  • LI Phil | March 6, 2008 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="234342"][quote comment="234335"]on sports radio the other day, someone said, “espn better consult their physician right now because i have a feeling we are going to experience priopism, a favre erection lasting more than 4 hours.”[/quote]

    Wish I’d thought of that.[/quote]

    i thought i remembered someone posting those exact sentiments here…good shit kenn…viagra sales in bristol are thru the roof

    /on a related note, vicodin sales in sconie have become virtually nil

  • KW | March 6, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    [quote comment="234340"][quote comment="234304"]not uni-related, but Volvo is selling special Red Sox edition Volvos[/quote]

    I like the concept of such a special edition car, but that Volvo sure is an ugly spud. I realize that Volvos are popular in that part of the country, but wouldn’t a Red Sox Mustang or the like have been cooler?[/quote]

    No a Mustang would be the quintessential “American” car…this is Yankees Country…the ugly Volvo is perfect for the Bean Eater Nation

  • hugh | March 6, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    Posted this request the other day, but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so forgive me for my repetition: I’m doing research for an article, and I’m trying to find a photo of the Miami Hurricanes football squad arriving for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl dressed in combat fatigues. Almost every article about the game mentions this, but I haven’t been able to track down any photos yet. Any & all assistance would be greatly appreciated!

  • Beantown | March 6, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment="234347"]Good for the OHL on the neck guards, I’m not terrified of another Zednik incident happening anytime soon but I still think neck guards are a good idea and should be implemented throughout the game. You have to wear them when you’re a kid anyway so why suddenly stop when you get older and into higher levels of the game?[/quote]

    I heard a rumor (maybe here?) that Zednick is already working with a company, Itech I believe, on designing an undershirt with a neck guard built in. I know that previous versions of these have been made, but those were largely for goalies, so I think the goal is to make them specific to skaters.

  • derek | March 6, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    Why do ncaa teams always get new jerseys around this time instead of in the offseason?

  • sebastian | March 6, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    If there’s one jersey worse than Georgetown’s brown/khaki/silver look, it’s Oregon’s all-black. But seriously. GTown has to have more class than that. Of course, I thought the same about ND before they revealed that black and green jersey.

    And that Redskins typeface looks hideous on the Redskins jersey. Unfortunately, I think a few of these minds are working in the NFL and Reebok. Maybe the Skins can add some side-panel and piping?

  • Chase | March 6, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment="234272"]South Dakota State played at Arkansas yesterday and wore some pretty sweet stripped stirrups.

    photo[/quote]
    Did anyone else notice the two Arkansas players to the far left? lol…

  • Garbonzo Bean | March 6, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment="234304"]not uni-related, but Volvo is selling special Red Sox edition Volvos[/quote]

    Figures the SAWX Nation teams with Volvo, who I might remind all of you is a SUBSIDIARY of FRAUD Motor Cars of America, As they say here in the south about Henry Fraud’s cars…

    Found On Road Dead

  • Chase | March 6, 2008 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment="234325"][quote comment="234318"]Any idea what happened with obamaofdreams.com?

    I was looking forward to ordering a Philadelphia and Cleveland shirt.[/quote]

    I’ve been wondering the same since yesterday. I ordered a ChiSox and a Milwaukee shirt. The former to ship on the 15th, the later on the 30th. I’m afraid that they might have run into legal issues and been shut down. Yesterday, before total shutdown, they had a redesign of the STL shirt, sans birds.[/quote]

    I ordered (and received) a Red Sox version. Now if it would just get warm enough to wear it…

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment="234345"]When Ray Bourque was with the Avalanche, some industrious fans made 50/50 Avalanche/Bruins jerseys complete with name and number on the back. I thought that was cooler than the made up ones.[/quote]

    Last year, a shitload of knockoffs turned up at MLS games in Chicago. People made Cuauhtemoc Blanco jerseys that were half Club America (his Mexican League team) and half Chicago Fire (his new MLS team).

    Because CA and Chicago have their badges on the same side of their shirts, the knockoffs ended up being wrong because they had one badge on each side.

    I swear if I saw one of those things at Toyota Park last summer, I saw 100.

  • LI Phil | March 6, 2008 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment="234361"][quote comment="234272"]South Dakota State played at Arkansas yesterday and wore some pretty sweet stripped stirrups.

    photo[/quote]
    Did anyone else notice the two Arkansas players to the far left? lol…[/quote]

    NTTAWWT

  • DJ | March 6, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    . Kind of amazing to think that the Expos were more popular than, uh, anything.

    They used to draw 2,000,000 a year. They lost out on titles not once, but twice, because of labor strikes/lockouts. Add to it MLBs complete incompetence in selecting owners (Jeff Loria) and you have the ingredients to kill baseball in what was actually a good baseball town.

  • Dave in VA | March 6, 2008 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment="234361"][quote comment="234272"]South Dakota State played at Arkansas yesterday and wore some pretty sweet stripped stirrups.

    photo[/quote]
    Did anyone else notice the two Arkansas players to the far left? lol…[/quote]

    NTTAWWT

  • My Name is not Earl | March 6, 2008 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment="234358"]Why do ncaa teams always get new jerseys around this time instead of in the offseason?[/quote]

    Because unlike the pros, the NCAA apparently doesn’t prohibit teams from making mid-year introductions of new jerseys, alternates, etc. Also, rolling the new duds out at tournament time, when viewership is at its highest, makes it more likely that someone somewhere will see the jersey and go, “ooh, I want that!” Making the switch at the beginning of the year, nobody (except readers of this site) will notice the new jerseys because nobody will remember what they wore six or seven months ago.

  • chance | March 6, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment="234325"][quote comment="234318"]Any idea what happened with obamaofdreams.com?

    I was looking forward to ordering a Philadelphia and Cleveland shirt.[/quote]

    I’ve been wondering the same since yesterday. I ordered a ChiSox and a Milwaukee shirt. The former to ship on the 15th, the later on the 30th. I’m afraid that they might have run into legal issues and been shut down. Yesterday, before total shutdown, they had a redesign of the STL shirt, sans birds.[/quote]

    I too ordered a shirt, and I’m afraid I’ll never see it.

    Before the site was taken down, they also redesigned the Mariners (to remove the compass rose), and eliminated the Yankees (which incorporated the primary logo) altogether.

    Trouble from MLB seems the inescapable conclusion.

  • Teebz | March 6, 2008 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment="234354"][quote comment="234347"]Good for the OHL on the neck guards, I’m not terrified of another Zednik incident happening anytime soon but I still think neck guards are a good idea and should be implemented throughout the game. You have to wear them when you’re a kid anyway so why suddenly stop when you get older and into higher levels of the game?[/quote]

    I heard a rumor (maybe here?) that Zednick is already working with a company, Itech I believe, on designing an undershirt with a neck guard built in. I know that previous versions of these have been made, but those were largely for goalies, so I think the goal is to make them specific to skaters.[/quote]

    My question to the NHL is this: if you made neck guards for goalies mandatory for goalies after the Malarchuk incident, why aren’t visors mandatory for players and officials considering the large number of eye and facial injuries seen in players?

    I understand neck guards for players are important considering Zednik’s injury, but the number of incidents that have occurred over the past 20 years involving eye and facial injuries is exponentially greater.

    If you do neck guards for the players, visors cannot be overlooked.

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment="234370"]. Kind of amazing to think that the Expos were more popular than, uh, anything.

    They used to draw 2,000,000 a year. [/quote]

    Drew 2 million+ in 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1983 and would have in 1981 without the strike. Never cracked 1.8 million after that.

  • MPowers1634 | March 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment="234287"]Those Georgetown SOD uniforms must be replicas. The size on the tag is shown as “XL”, and the Jumpman logo is next to the collar.

    There’s also a ® symbol just to the right of the Georgetown name on the front. This probably wouldn’t be there on the game-ready jersey.[/quote]

    They are. They have been available on Eastbay for the past week or so!

    And I thought SOD stood for:

    Severe Ocular Degeneration

  • MPowers1634 | March 6, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment="234352"]Posted this request the other day, but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so forgive me for my repetition: I’m doing research for an article, and I’m trying to find a photo of the Miami Hurricanes football squad arriving for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl dressed in combat fatigues. Almost every article about the game mentions this, but I haven’t been able to track down any photos yet. Any & all assistance would be greatly appreciated![/quote]

    Maybe Google: Vinny Testaverde:Fiesta Bowl or Camo

  • MPowers1634 | March 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment="234369"][quote comment="234361"][quote comment="234272"]South Dakota State played at Arkansas yesterday and wore some pretty sweet stripped stirrups.

    photo[/quote]
    Did anyone else notice the two Arkansas players to the far left? lol…[/quote]

    NTTAWWT[/quote]

    At one time, #3 was involved in a sordid love triangle, but you can see how that ended up!
    An innocent stranger was injured in the ensuing melee!

  • Billy H | March 6, 2008 at 12:15 pm |

    Nice Paintings of the Negro Leagues

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Philly Bill | March 6, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    Paul, did a spam bot attack your main post today? The telltale “FREE!” crept in there.

    [quote comment="234324"][quote comment="234284"]What does SOD stand for?[/quote]

    something oregon designed[/quote]

    LI Phil is the leader in the clubhouse with this one.

    [quote comment="234329"][quote comment="234304"]not uni-related, but Volvo is selling special Red Sox edition Volvos[/quote]

    Says they’re only making 107 of them. I bet they didn’t want to do 108 because they couldn’t figure out how to make the 8 right-side up.[/quote]

    Methinks they whiffed on a big opportunity to individually number the cars in the Red Sox’ highly recognizable number font. (Not like NASCAR, I mean; just maybe a small number on the dash or the bumper.)

    And as a proud Volvo driver until 15 minutes ago (I hate the *&^%$#!! Red Sox), I think the 8s would probably be right-side-up: Volvo is much more detail-oriented than the Sox’ equipment and facilities people.

  • mike | March 6, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    The Alouettes in the 1970′s were a different thing entirely. They spent most of those years in the Autostade, a goofy little futuristic stadium down by the river that had to be seen to be believed.

    Autostade

    Of course this was when the Expos were in Parc Jarry, which was equally weird.

    Very different times in Montreal – the Expos were new, Expo 67 was just ended, the Olympics were coming, and terrorists were blowing stuff up.

  • Judd | March 6, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    Virginia and Duke men’s basketball went color-on-color last night.

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment="234401"]
    Autostade
    [/quote]

    Holy cow. I think I strained pasta through that the other night.

  • Philly Bill | March 6, 2008 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment="234410"][quote comment="234401"]
    Autostade
    [/quote]

    Holy cow. I think I strained pasta through that the other night.[/quote]

    No joke. I never thought I’d see a facility stranger than Stade Olympique, but that contraption is close. Reminds me of one of those collapsible pot inserts for steaming mussels and the like.

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm |

    THAT’S what I was thinking of, thank you.

  • AK | March 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment="234352"]Posted this request the other day, but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so forgive me for my repetition: I’m doing research for an article, and I’m trying to find a photo of the Miami Hurricanes football squad arriving for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl dressed in combat fatigues. Almost every article about the game mentions this, but I haven’t been able to track down any photos yet. Any & all assistance would be greatly appreciated![/quote]Ask Kellen Winslow II…he’s a F**KIN’ SOLDIER!

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment="234324"][quote comment="234284"]What does SOD stand for?[/quote]

    something oregon designed[/quote]
    Post of the Day!

  • Chad G | March 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment="234419"][quote comment="234352"]Posted this request the other day, but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so forgive me for my repetition: I’m doing research for an article, and I’m trying to find a photo of the Miami Hurricanes football squad arriving for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl dressed in combat fatigues. Almost every article about the game mentions this, but I haven’t been able to track down any photos yet. Any & all assistance would be greatly appreciated![/quote]Ask Kellen Winslow II…he’s a F**KIN’ SOLDIER![/quote]

    Here is a pic of Testaverde in the fatigues. I know there is video somewhere of the team getting off the plane in them, I’m pretty sure I have seen it on ESPN.

  • Zvi Dubin | March 6, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    Going along the lines of NY Times articles about uniforms, there were a bunch of articles written on the choice of teal as the uniform color for the San Jose Sharks, which entered the NHL in 1993.
    http://query.nytimes...

  • Joey Guns | March 6, 2008 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment="234424"][quote comment="234419"][quote comment="234352"]Posted this request the other day, but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so forgive me for my repetition: I’m doing research for an article, and I’m trying to find a photo of the Miami Hurricanes football squad arriving for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl dressed in combat fatigues. Almost every article about the game mentions this, but I haven’t been able to track down any photos yet. Any & all assistance would be greatly appreciated![/quote]Ask Kellen Winslow II…he’s a F**KIN’ SOLDIER![/quote]

    Here is a pic of Testaverde in the fatigues. I know there is video somewhere of the team getting off the plane in them, I’m pretty sure I have seen it on ESPN.[/quote]

    Penn State and JoePa were NOT amused by the camo look!

  • KT | March 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment="234433"]Penn State and JoePa were NOT amused by the camo look![/quote]

    It reminded JoePa of his time in the Spanish-American war.

  • Jerico | March 6, 2008 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment="234401"]The Alouettes in the 1970′s were a different thing entirely. They spent most of those years in the Autostade, a goofy little futuristic stadium down by the river that had to be seen to be believed.

    Autostade

    Of course this was when the Expos were in Parc Jarry, which was equally weird.[/quote]
    Even goofier was that Les Expos were actually going to make the Autostade (the English translation “Automotive Stadium” was thankfully never used) their home when they started in 1969, to be filled in with seats to up capacity over 40,000 and possibly a dome. Problem was, it was too far out of downtown and, being near the river, was murderously cold in April and September. Parc Jarry’s baseball stadium, then a 3,000-seat muni field was chosen as a compromise choice between NL President Warren Giles and the Montreal mayor, and was made into a serviceable 29,000 seat stadium in the span of nine months.

  • Paul Cain | March 6, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    About the half-and-half NHL jersey, I knew a kid in high school who had a Stars version. It was based on the pre-1998 look, before the giant star design, and I thought it looked pretty strange. It probably would have been cool to combine the white and green star jerseys though.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | March 6, 2008 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment="234398"]Nice Paintings of the Negro Leagues

    http://sportsillustr...

    [/quote]

    that is some amazing artwork.
    two guys id have loved to see in action
    josh gibson and cool papa bell.

  • hugh | March 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment="234424"][quote comment="234419"][quote comment="234352"]Posted this request the other day, but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so forgive me for my repetition: I’m doing research for an article, and I’m trying to find a photo of the Miami Hurricanes football squad arriving for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl dressed in combat fatigues. Almost every article about the game mentions this, but I haven’t been able to track down any photos yet. Any & all assistance would be greatly appreciated![/quote]Ask Kellen Winslow II…he’s a F**KIN’ SOLDIER![/quote]

    Here is a pic of Testaverde in the fatigues. I know there is video somewhere of the team getting off the plane in them, I’m pretty sure I have seen it on ESPN.[/quote]

    Thanks, Chad — this is exactly what I was looking for. Been Googlin’ various combinations of Hurricanes/Testaverde/Cammo/Fiesta for a while now, but this somehow evaded my cyber-sleuthing techniques. I really appreciate your pointing me in the direction of this image.

  • Cowboy | March 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    Beautiful spring training game on ESPN right now … Dodgers at Red Sox. Interestingly, the Dodgers are in spring training gear, but the Sox appear to be wearing official home unis. They are certainly not wearing the ST T-jerseys ….

  • DawgFan | March 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    I hate the Yankees more than anything, but there is not a better look in baseball than the Yankee pinstripes with stirrups.

  • Steve | March 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment="234454"][quote comment="234424"][quote comment="234419"][quote comment="234352"]Posted this request the other day, but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so forgive me for my repetition: I’m doing research for an article, and I’m trying to find a photo of the Miami Hurricanes football squad arriving for the 1987 Fiesta Bowl dressed in combat fatigues. Almost every article about the game mentions this, but I haven’t been able to track down any photos yet. Any & all assistance would be greatly appreciated![/quote]Ask Kellen Winslow II…he’s a F**KIN’ SOLDIER![/quote]

    Here is a pic of Testaverde in the fatigues. I know there is video somewhere of the team getting off the plane in them, I’m pretty sure I have seen it on ESPN.[/quote]

    Thanks, Chad — this is exactly what I was looking for. Been Googlin’ various combinations of Hurricanes/Testaverde/Cammo/Fiesta for a while now, but this somehow evaded my cyber-sleuthing techniques. I really appreciate your pointing me in the direction of this image.[/quote]

    It’s spelled Camo, not Cammo. Maybe that’s why the search didn’t work. LOL

  • Boots | March 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm |

    Check out Notre Dame’s Hockey team on senior night in their spiffy
    green
    jerseys. I cant find any really good pics out there but the jersey was much more old school than even the past few years, complete with lace up front. My only complaint was the blue breezers dont match, but considering its a college team, I wouldn’t think they’d have the budget for special breezers for just one game.

    I happen to know an equipment manager and I’m trying to snag one at some point and will post a pic if I get it.

  • straw | March 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment="234398"]Nice Paintings of the Negro Leagues

    http://sportsillustr...

    [/quote]
    Great link. You beat me to the punch. There is a small article accompanying those photos in this week’s SI. The photos are from a new book that has been released by Kadir Nelson (the artist) Here is the link http://www.amazon.co...

    Great Negro League uniform stuff. Nelson really took the time to get it right. He definitely ‘gets it.’

  • Anthony Verna | March 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    The Yogi Berra pic – while still at the address linked to – is off the retired numbers page.

  • Joey Guns | March 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm |

    Randy Moss may be signing with Pony. (Yes, Pony)

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

  • Dennis Abrams | March 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm |

    Yeah, Yogi is now wearing a Yanks cap.

  • AL | March 6, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="234398"]Nice Paintings of the Negro Leagues

    http://sportsillustr...

    [/quote]

    Thanks for picking these up., they’re awesome! Can’t really figure out which is better, for now, i’m using the Jackie one as my desktop! Thanks again!

  • Joey Guns | March 6, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="234494"]The Yogi Berra pic – while still at the address linked to – is off the retired numbers page.[/quote]

    Unreal!

    Now it’s this:

    http://newyork.yanke...

  • Carl G | March 6, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="234494"]The Yogi Berra pic – while still at the address linked to – is off the retired numbers page.[/quote]

    Yeah, they seem to have replaced it with a yankees photo. Thatw as quick

  • AL | March 6, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="234398"]Nice Paintings of the Negro Leagues

    http://sportsillustr...

    [/quote]

    Thanks for picking these up., they’re awesome! Can’t really figure out which is better, for now, i’m using the Jackie one as my desktop! Thanks again! They kinda look like the paintings JJ made in ‘Good Times’. :)

  • tenjay | March 6, 2008 at 3:33 pm |

    Looks like Yogi’s picture has been fixed.

  • Joey Guns | March 6, 2008 at 3:49 pm |

    Looks like that All-American Football League won’t even make it until opening day. At least the XFL lasted a year…

    http://www.faniq.com...

  • Johnny O | March 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |

    I posted this last night but it may have been too late)

    Last night I watched the Badgers claim at least a share of the Big Ten basketball title, but at the awards ceremony I noticed that the championship hats and championship shirts are made by Majestic.

    Is this normal? Why would Majestic be making stuff for the Big Ten? Just kind of weird I thought since I never see their apparel on the basketball court, or anywhere but MLB for that matter.

    hats
    shirts

  • Juan Grande | March 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm |

    I’m sure you all saw the announcement of another long-time NFL stud retiring… Sean Landeta. Is this the end of the single-bar facemask era? Of course Morten Anderson will outlast Goerge Blanda but I can’t think of anyone else with the single bar?

  • GoTerriers | March 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm |

    [quote comment="234531"]I’m sure you all saw the announcement of another long-time NFL stud retiring… Sean Landeta. Is this the end of the single-bar facemask era? Of course Morten Anderson will outlast Goerge Blanda but I can’t think of anyone else with the single bar?[/quote]
    Depends, did Scott Player (and his Hulk Hogan moustache) get picked up by a team after the Browns released him?

  • Tyler | March 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment="234279"]Goodbye leg strap thing[/quote]

    If you’re talking about the band on the left leg of the pants, I would be sad to see it go. I think that is a great idea, and it only works with Hawaii because of the culture of the state. Looks really good in my opinion.

  • Ryan Dempsey | March 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |

    From C. Trent Rosecrans blog on the Cincinnati Red’s Spring Training:

    * Something I saw yesterday and couldn’t exactly find a spot for, but… Was in the Red Sox clubhouse yesterday and saw the cluster of spikes getting cleaned by the clubbies. Well, noticed one funny thing on the flap of one pair of spikes. On his, the Sox’s Jonathan Papelbon has “cinco ocho” written. Very nice.

  • todd krevanchi | March 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment="234501"]Randy Moss may be signing with Pony.

    (Yes, Pony)

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

    wow. this is pretty big news. it will be seriously tough for them to get into the performance game.

  • Jen Hayden | March 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm |

    Glad I came back to check on my comment. Can’t get the links to work!

    My original post was as follows:

    I was at the Blackhawks/Ducks game last night and Corey Crawford, our rookie goalie, had sleeve stripes that were consistent with the striping on the other-non goalies on the team. I wasn’t sitting close enough to get a good pic, but here’s one (or two) poached from the Sun-Times today.

    http://www.suntimes....

    http://www.suntimes....
    Just copy and paste if the link(s) don’t work. You can see the example on the first and second images in the gallery.

    I can’t figure out the links for some reason……(read: not smart)

  • todd krevanchi | March 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment="234505"][quote comment="234494"]The Yogi Berra pic – while still at the address linked to – is off the retired numbers page.[/quote]

    Unreal!

    Now it’s this:

    http://newyork.yanke...

    i’ll almost guarantee that this fix was made exclusively due UWblog. either an exec picked up on it from the blog, or one of the readers contacted them directly.

  • Al | March 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment="234429"]Going along the lines of NY Times articles about uniforms, there were a bunch of articles written on the choice of teal as the uniform color for the San Jose Sharks, which entered the NHL in 1993.
    http://query.nytimes...

    Ah, but the better “rejected” name for the team can be found here.

    A classic name sure to go alongside the Chicago Stinking Onions.

  • Kate | March 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment="234345"][quote comment="234326"]
    When Ray Bourque was with the Avalanche, some industrious fans made 50/50 Avalanche/Bruins jerseys complete with name and number on the back. I thought that was cooler than the made up ones.[/quote]

    That’s better than the people who were wandering around Denver in the half Larry Walker Rockies jersey/half Patrick Roy Avalanche jersey.

  • Kate | March 6, 2008 at 4:50 pm |

    And I’m totally happy that my husband left open the Yankees retired number site so I could get a screen grab of Yogi in his Mets cap there.[/quote]

  • Philly Bill | March 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    [quote comment="234544"][quote comment="234501"]Randy Moss may be signing with Pony.

    (Yes, Pony)

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

    wow. this is pretty big news. it will be seriously tough for them to get into the performance game.[/quote]

    I think they’re merely aiming for a niche at this point. Great news, regardless, as the company has been really directionless for years, and I’ve been a big fan of the brand because of the athletes who wore their shoes in the ’70s and early ’80s. I’ve snapped up several pairs of Ponys in recent years wondering how long the brand would even be around. However, today I’m rockin’ my fur-lined Vans SK8 His ’cause it’s cold outside.

    [quote comment="234546"][quote comment="234505"][quote comment="234494"]The Yogi Berra pic – while still at the address linked to – is off the retired numbers page.[/quote]

    Unreal!

    Now it’s this:

    http://newyork.yanke...

    i’ll almost guarantee that this fix was made exclusively due UWblog. either an exec picked up on it from the blog, or one of the readers contacted them directly.[/quote]

    Yogi’s now wearing a Yankees cap, but the page still hasn’t been updated to reflect the fact that Phil Rizzuto is dead.

  • Barney Fife | March 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    RE: Yogi pic in Mets cap:

    Can you imagine the conversation in the Yankees office when this was brought to someone’s attention? “What the ___…don’t we have a pic of Yogi in a Yankees cap anywhere?”

    Someone’s head rolled on this one, I’m positive of that.

  • Barney Fife | March 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    RE: Yogi pic in Mets cap:

    Can you imagine the conversation in the Yankees office when this was brought to someone’s attention? “What the ___…don’t we have a pic of Yogi in a Yankees cap anywhere?”

    Someone’s head rolled on this one, you can be sure of that.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 6, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment="234553"]RE: Yogi pic in Mets cap:

    Can you imagine the conversation in the Yankees office when this was brought to someone’s attention? “What the ___…don’t we have a pic of Yogi in a Yankees cap anywhere?”

    Someone’s head rolled on this one, I’m positive of that.[/quote]
    “COSTANZA!!!”

  • LI Phil | March 6, 2008 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment="234553"]RE: Yogi pic in Mets cap:

    Can you imagine the conversation in the Yankees office when this was brought to someone’s attention? “What the ___…don’t we have a pic of Yogi in a Yankees cap anywhere?”

    Someone’s head rolled on this one, I’m positive of that.[/quote]

    heh…looks like i may have started something…innocently enough

    ah well…if just one head rolled over at yankmee land, it will all be worth it

    UW rocks!

  • =bg= | March 6, 2008 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment="234501"]Randy Moss may be signing with Pony.

    (Yes, Pony)

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

    Before these guys sign him..they DO know their logo will NOT show on field…….don’t they?

  • James Craven | March 6, 2008 at 5:27 pm |

    “SOB”…also known as “Frox for Jox.”

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 6, 2008 at 5:28 pm |

    [quote comment="234559"][quote comment="234501"]Randy Moss may be signing with Pony.

    (Yes, Pony)

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

    Before these guys sign him..they DO know their logo will NOT show on field…….don’t they?[/quote]
    Maybe he can get a tat on his tuchis of the logo, and then do this for real – now THAT’s exposure!

  • Mike Engle | March 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm |

    [quote comment="234559"][quote comment="234501"]Randy Moss may be signing with Pony.

    (Yes, Pony)

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

    Before these guys sign him..they DO know their logo will NOT show on field…….don’t they?[/quote]
    Reggie Bush had a similar problem with Adidas. Bush would get fined every week for wearing an unapproved logo (the Adidas stripes on the shoes), but the company would pay the fine while attempting to get approval to be on Bush’s feet. I don’t think it’s a problem anymore. So I think Pony will do something similar.

  • =bg= | March 6, 2008 at 5:45 pm |

    They eased up on Bush cause Reebok bought Adidas, and Reebok’s The Man in the NFL. I bet Pony will have no such luck.

  • LI Phil | March 6, 2008 at 5:49 pm |

    im not a tiger fan by any means…but d-train looks sweet in that d-troit uni

  • Mike D | March 6, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment="234573"]They eased up on Bush cause Reebok bought Adidas, and Reebok’s The Man in the NFL. I bet Pony will have no such luck.[/quote]

    Adidas bought Reebok.

  • Stuby | March 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm |

    [quote comment="234532"][quote comment="234531"]I’m sure you all saw the announcement of another long-time NFL stud retiring… Sean Landeta. Is this the end of the single-bar facemask era? Of course Morten Anderson will outlast Goerge Blanda but I can’t think of anyone else with the single bar?[/quote]
    Depends, did Scott Player (and his Hulk Hogan moustache) get picked up by a team after the Browns released him?[/quote]
    Morten Andersen wears one of those Terry Bradshaw style facemasks, which is a 2-bar design.

  • Jeff I. | March 6, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  • Matt | March 6, 2008 at 7:06 pm |

    Hey-

    off topic, but does anyone have the link to the site where the guy shows how to pull the stitching out of a new era hat to make it less boxy? I couldn’t find it digging through the archives…

  • Barney Fife | March 6, 2008 at 7:34 pm |

    [quote comment="234594"]Hey-

    off topic, but does anyone have the link to the site where the guy shows how to pull the stitching out of a new era hat to make it less boxy? I couldn’t find it digging through the archives…[/quote]

    For what it’s worth, I did that to one of my New Era caps, and I wasn’t pleased with how it turned out. Wasted that $25. If you don’t like a the Tom Glavine look, just go to a cap store and buy one that doesn’t have a crown, and it will be money better spent.

  • LI Phil | March 6, 2008 at 8:19 pm |

    [quote comment="234588"]Gotta love The Onion’s take on the MLB logo![/quote]

    now…if they just did that with a first base coach

    i think i’d buy that one

  • =bg= | March 6, 2008 at 8:19 pm |

    [quote comment="234575"][quote comment="234573"]They eased up on Bush cause Reebok bought Adidas, and Reebok’s The Man in the NFL. I bet Pony will have no such luck.[/quote]

    Adidas bought Reebok.[/quote]

    THATS what I meant. heh.

  • chance | March 6, 2008 at 9:19 pm |

    [quote comment="234597"][quote comment="234594"]Hey-

    off topic, but does anyone have the link to the site where the guy shows how to pull the stitching out of a new era hat to make it less boxy? I couldn’t find it digging through the archives…[/quote]

    For what it’s worth, I did that to one of my New Era caps, and I wasn’t pleased with how it turned out. Wasted that $25. If you don’t like a the Tom Glavine look, just go to a cap store and buy one that doesn’t have a crown, and it will be money better spent.[/quote]

    Here it is:
    http://bugsandcranks...

    And from my own experience, I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’ve done it to about a dozen of my favorite caps, and the results are fantastic.

  • LI Phil | March 6, 2008 at 10:14 pm |

    michigan state and illinois are doing the dark vs. dark thingy tonight

  • Steel02001 | March 6, 2008 at 10:30 pm |

    This is the first I have heard about uniwatch coming to Seattle. I am definitely excited and plan to be there!

    Plus, I love Pyramid. Can’t wait for some Curveball Brew.

  • Mike Engle | March 6, 2008 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote comment="234627"][quote comment="234597"][quote comment="234594"]Hey-

    off topic, but does anyone have the link to the site where the guy shows how to pull the stitching out of a new era hat to make it less boxy? I couldn’t find it digging through the archives…[/quote]

    For what it’s worth, I did that to one of my New Era caps, and I wasn’t pleased with how it turned out. Wasted that $25. If you don’t like a the Tom Glavine look, just go to a cap store and buy one that doesn’t have a crown, and it will be money better spent.[/quote]

    Here it is:
    http://bugsandcranks...

    And from my own experience, I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’ve done it to about a dozen of my favorite caps, and the results are fantastic.[/quote]
    [quote comment="234627"][quote comment="234597"][quote comment="234594"]Hey-

    off topic, but does anyone have the link to the site where the guy shows how to pull the stitching out of a new era hat to make it less boxy? I couldn’t find it digging through the archives…[/quote]

    For what it’s worth, I did that to one of my New Era caps, and I wasn’t pleased with how it turned out. Wasted that $25. If you don’t like a the Tom Glavine look, just go to a cap store and buy one that doesn’t have a crown, and it will be money better spent.[/quote]

    Here it is:
    http://bugsandcranks...

    And from my own experience, I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’ve done it to about a dozen of my favorite caps, and the results are fantastic.[/quote]
    It’s not just taking the structure stitching out, it’s about molding it to literally be your custom hat. My Yankees hat turned out so well, it only fits well with the brim forward because that’s how I molded it.
    If you have a polyester 5950, I might not bother because you will have to bake your hat in an oven to achieve the right temperature and maybe successfully mold it. The wool hats need only hot water from the faucet, and the success rate is almost 100%.

  • Matt | March 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm |

    Thanks dudes,
    I was considering the water method but I wanted to revisit the stitching thing. I wish new era would make the “low profile” 5950s that they made a few years ago. i only have one…

  • Bryan Redemske | March 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm |

    [quote comment="234642"]The wool hats need only hot water from the faucet, and the success rate is almost 100%.[/quote]

    But hot water runs the risk of the logo’s colors running. Cold does the same thing without color bleed. Getting it wet is the thing — not the temperature.

  • todd krevanchi | March 6, 2008 at 11:49 pm |

    [quote comment="234548"][quote comment="234429"]Going along the lines of NY Times articles about uniforms, there were a bunch of articles written on the choice of teal as the uniform color for the San Jose Sharks, which entered the NHL in 1993.
    http://query.nytimes...

    Ah, but the better “rejected” name for the team can be found here.

    A classic name sure to go alongside the Chicago Stinking Onions.[/quote]

    that seems like a fantastic book…