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Los Gringos Masivos

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Let’s say a Spanish team called the Barcelona Halcones (that’s Spanish for “Falcons”) decided to hold an “American Night” promotion. And let’s further say that they decided to wear special jerseys for the occasion — jerseys that read, “Like, Halcones, Dude.”

That’s essentially what the NBA did for last night’s Spurs/Suns game, as both teams “honored” the Hispanic community by adding “Los” to their team names. At least the Suns came up with a new jersey for the occasion; the Spurs, by comparison, looked like they just slapped some iron-on patches onto their existing design.

Am I the only one who thinks this approach reeks of American ignorance? It’s like getting drunk on Tequila in Mexico City and then asking, “Where-o is el bathroom-o?” And it’s not like the words Spurs and Suns don’t have Spanish translations — Espuelas and Sols, respectively. Would that have been so hard? Just tossing “Los” on there is a lazy cop-out, especially since NBA jerseys don’t use definite articles to begin with (well, except for this one). And seriously, does the mere addition of “Los” really strike a chord in any Hispanic fan’s heart? If we’ve got any Latinos out there, I’d love to hear your reaction.

The NBA isn’t the only league going this route, of course. The Mets and Rangers have both lo(u)sed up their jerseys in recent years. Only the Giants and Brewers have gone the extra mile to execute the concept properly.

Then, of course, there are also designs like this, this, and this, but we’ll save them for another time. For now, let’s just hope the Angels don’t try a Hispanic Night, or else we’ll have the Los Angeles Los Angels de Anaheim on our hands.

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159 comments to Los Gringos Masivos

  • Shaftman | March 10, 2008 at 8:28 am |

    Paul,
    The New Yorker article is not working. The link is broken. Thanks.

  • Ash | March 10, 2008 at 8:34 am |

    Why is Tug McGraw spelled “Tug Msgraaw” in the photo? That’s weird.

  • orlandor | March 10, 2008 at 8:39 am |

    Paul,

    At first I thought the NBA was being lazy, too. But they really aren’t. The wording Los Suns and Los Spurs is what the Mexican sportscasters and sportswriters use. This is the same for MLB. That is why Los Mets was used but Gigantes and Cerveceros were also used.

    Check these pages.

    Telemundo NBA

    MLB (see poll at bottom for examples)

  • Rene | March 10, 2008 at 8:44 am |

    It looks like the first pair of sox the cuban triple jumper is wearing sport the Real Madrid soccer team logo (spanish division)…could be wrong though…

  • Steve | March 10, 2008 at 8:45 am |

    About 5 of the links aren’t working in the ticker.

  • Justin | March 10, 2008 at 8:47 am |

    When referring to a sports team or any branded identity, it is standard that you do not translate that name. If you were to look at any publication in any language, those names would remain in their english spelling, that is how they are identified and that is how they are preferred to stay.

  • DJ | March 10, 2008 at 8:49 am |

    If you switch the Angels web site to Spanish, they refer to the team as “Los Angelinos.”

  • Steve | March 10, 2008 at 8:50 am |

    Rutgers and Seton Hall went color-vs.-color yesterday

    Interesting occurrence yesterday in the Seton Hall game. With less than a minute left, a player on Seton Hall made a bad pass towards the Seton Hall bench, and the Seton Hall coach ended up catching the pass. The announcers joked that the player mistakenly thought the coach was a player because the coach was wearing a bright blue blazer, just like Seton Hall’s uniforms……

  • Paul Lukas | March 10, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    I believe all the bad links are now fixed.

  • JoeS | March 10, 2008 at 8:57 am |

    Woohoo Paul! I’m glad some people still know that Michigan has an Upper Peninsula!

  • Steve | March 10, 2008 at 9:01 am |

    Tayshaun Prince got blood on his retro Detroit Pistons jersey, and he gave the fans a show by taking off his jersey at center court and switching into another jersey, which was also his #22 and name on the back…….

    http://awfulannounci...

  • steve | March 10, 2008 at 9:02 am |

    [quote comment=”236868″]When referring to a sports team or any branded identity, it is standard that you do not translate that name. If you were to look at any publication in any language, those names would remain in their english spelling, that is how they are identified and that is how they are preferred to stay.[/quote]
    Look at the news in spanish on Dallas Cowboys site. They are referred to as “los Vaqueros”

    http://www.dallascow...

  • Jeremiah | March 10, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    I don’t have a pic, but when I see Spanish-themed MLB merchandise in stores I see Angels shirts emblazoned with “Los Sarafines.” It’s not a literal translation (obviously) but I think it sounds cool. I don’t know what the Angels’ Spanish-language broadcasters use though.

  • Bernie | March 10, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    Does Cuba have an exclusivity deal with Adidas?

  • Anthony Verna | March 10, 2008 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”236877″][quote comment=”236868″]When referring to a sports team or any branded identity, it is standard that you do not translate that name. If you were to look at any publication in any language, those names would remain in their english spelling, that is how they are identified and that is how they are preferred to stay.[/quote]
    Look at the news in spanish on Dallas Cowboys site. They are referred to as “los Vaqueros”

    http://www.dallascow...

    I have a friend from Quebec and it’s always fun to write in French, because there is no translation. So, we’d be talking about “Les Flyers” and “Les Rangers” in our letters and – later – e-mails.

  • CraigD | March 10, 2008 at 9:16 am |

    [quote comment=”236868″]When referring to a sports team or any branded identity, it is standard that you do not translate that name. If you were to look at any publication in any language, those names would remain in their english spelling, that is how they are identified and that is how they are preferred to stay.[/quote]
    I would think that when referring to the teams in a news/sports context, they would naturally leave the names in English. That’s the “brand name”. However, these teams are honoring a segment of the population. If they are going that far, they should just go all the way and use the Spanish version of the team name…not just the article “the”.

  • Paul Lukas | March 10, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment=”236888″][quote comment=”236868″]When referring to a sports team or any branded identity, it is standard that you do not translate that name. If you were to look at any publication in any language, those names would remain in their english spelling, that is how they are identified and that is how they are preferred to stay.[/quote]
    I would think that when referring to the teams in a news/sports context, they would naturally leave the names in English. That’s the “brand name”. However, these teams are honoring a segment of the population. If they are going that far, they should just go all the way and use the Spanish version of the team name…not just the article “the”.[/quote]

    Exactly. A newspaper, of any language, isn’t going to change the name of the team — the team’s name is its name. But if you’re looking to make an outreach to an ethnic community, you’d think you’d wanna do more than just add “the” in the community’s native language.

  • Dane | March 10, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    One of our maintenance workers just walked by my office window wearing his brand new, bright blue… ugh… 3930… Mets cap.

  • Adam | March 10, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    Lots of teams that haven’t worn “hispanic night” uniforms do the “stick los in front of it” thing on their Spanish websites. See, for example, http://www.loswhites.... If you go to the teams list at the top you’ll see that there are 14 MLB teams with “los” websites, of them only the Giants are translated.

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    Article about Jerry Rice saying that Isaac Bruce can wear the #80 jersey in San Fran, if he likes:

    http://www.mercextra...

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”236890″]One of our maintenance workers just walked by my office window wearing his brand new, bright blue… ugh… 3930… Mets cap.[/quote]

    Awful…

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 9:29 am |

    as long as it’s los yanquis and not los jhankees…

  • ART | March 10, 2008 at 9:31 am |

    Does anybody know the rule for college basketball teams going “Color on color”. Does one of the teams have to have a third jersey ( like Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, etc)? How about the NBA where Indiana has a yellow jersey which they use at home and on the road?

  • orlandor | March 10, 2008 at 9:32 am |

    [quote comment=”236889″][quote comment=”236888″][quote comment=”236868″]When referring to a sports team or any branded identity, it is standard that you do not translate that name. If you were to look at any publication in any language, those names would remain in their english spelling, that is how they are identified and that is how they are preferred to stay.[/quote]
    I would think that when referring to the teams in a news/sports context, they would naturally leave the names in English. That’s the “brand name”. However, these teams are honoring a segment of the population. If they are going that far, they should just go all the way and use the Spanish version of the team name…not just the article “the”.[/quote]

    Exactly. A newspaper, of any language, isn’t going to change the name of the team — the team’s name is its name. But if you’re looking to make an outreach to an ethnic community, you’d think you’d wanna do more than just add “the” in the community’s native language.[/quote]

    But for beisbol, many are translated and a few aren’t. How do they make the distinction?

    BTW, I am Mexican-American and a HS teacher. I do believe that my Spanish language speaking students like the NBA and MLB efforts because that is how they identify the teams. They wouldn’t have appreciated “Los Brewers” because they know them as the “Cerveceros,” but they accept Los Suns because that is what they have always been. It could be seen as trying to hard if the jerseys had read “Los Sols.”

  • GoTerriers | March 10, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    [quote comment=”236892″]Article about Jerry Rice saying that Isaac Bruce can wear the #80 jersey in San Fran, if he likes:

    http://www.mercextra...

    I’m not a big fan of unretiring a number for someone, but at least Jerry Rice is consistent and “paying it forward”. IIRC, didn’t Steve Largent do the same thing for Rice during Rice’s Seattle stint?

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    A Rangers outdoor game at Yankee Stadium is looking better and better. It doesn’t look like they’ll play the Devils or Islanders though…..

    http://www.nydailyne...

  • Mike | March 10, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    As a long time Firefighter, I have always been against having my NOB becuase it is easier to get called out while on the fireground…not always for the best.

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment=”236901″][quote comment=”236892″]Article about Jerry Rice saying that Isaac Bruce can wear the #80 jersey in San Fran, if he likes:

    http://www.mercextra...

    I’m not a big fan of unretiring a number for someone, but at least Jerry Rice is consistent and “paying it forward”. IIRC, didn’t Steve Largent do the same thing for Rice during Rice’s Seattle stint?[/quote]

    Yes he did.

  • douglas | March 10, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    Why do they even feel the need to add “los” on the jersey? It’s like writing “the” on every team uniform, which sounds stupid. The only difference I see in spanish is when they use “el”(singular for “los”) in front of every teamname even for those who don’t have a nickname. For example they would say “El Madrid se enfrentarà al Porto mañana” = THE Madrid will face THE Porto tomorrow, even if both Madrid and Porto are citynames, not nicknames. But if you translate “tonight the Spurs lost to the Suns” in spanish there’s no difference. Suns vs Spurs, Suns @ Spurs, maybe…

  • Mike | March 10, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    Apparently manny has found his more “lived in” helmet:

    link it

  • Colin | March 10, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    Not sports, but seeing the superhero refernece I thought this might be of interest.

    Heres a great superhero costume reference site. It chronicles all major and minor costume tweaks of hundreds of characters.
    http://jerome.galica...

  • Saru | March 10, 2008 at 9:58 am |

    You may think that adding a “Los” to a team name “reeks of American ignorance” but one could easily turn that argument around that say that is ignorant to say that Spanish speakers need to have the name changed. In Argentina they do just fine with many English-language (soccer) team names like River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys.

    Latinos have a strong enough voice that if they thought this was ignorant or offensive they could voice it. It might be good to be broaden one’s cultural and global perspectives and not just assert some group’s identity for them.

    Besides, the whole concept of “honoring” things has pretty much lost meaning in the world of sports–when is something not being honored? Or, in the case of the color pink or the number 21 in football, just utterly overdone?

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 10:00 am |

    Not sure if this was mentioned a few months ago when it was a topic, but NHL player Dale McCourt appears on a (photoshopped) hockey card for the L. A. Kings, but he never played a game for them!

    http://www.puckjunk....

    http://www.puckjunk....

    That might be even more rare than players holding up jerseys for teams that they never played for, like Eli Manning and the Chargers:

    http://farm1.static....

  • Kenny | March 10, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    Don’t have a pic, but Sunday on Sportscenter, they had a story on Oil Can Boyd and how he is starting a new baseball league in the south. They did an interview with him and he had his hat on which, if you noticed, had 25 and “CAN” on the underbrim. It barley showed during the interview so I could’nt tell if he had “OIL” to or just “CAN”.

  • BrianJ | March 10, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    Paul,
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s looking like you might never see those AAFL helmets on the field. Apparently the league is having some financial troubles even before camp opens. They’re scrambling to find investors in order to salvage the season. They’re also going to need a TV deal to stay afloat, and few think it will come about.
    linky

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  • jere | March 10, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    Espuelas and Sols, respectively. Would that have been so hard? Just tossing “Los” on there is a lazy cop-out

    Yeah, but isn’t tossing an “s” on “sol” just a lazy cop-out, since it should be soles?

    (Honestly, I don’t know since the plural of sun in English is still sun, unless you’re talking about multiple actual suns, which is rare unless you’re on Tatooine. So when you’re talking about ” getting a lot of sun” in Spanish, it might still be just sol. But I’m pretty sure you can’t just add an “s” to a Spanish word ending in a consonant. As in mes/dos meses, etc. You lazy American:) )

  • Stephen | March 10, 2008 at 10:44 am |

    I’ve been to enough Habs games to know that you never try to translate the visiting team’s name into its french equivalent. Although the NBA’s uniform switch did seem like pandering, that’s probably the best way to do it since if you asked about how Les Feuilles were doing this year I’d have no idea what the heck you were talking about.

    (Bad example, I know, as the original team name isn’t a real one.)

    Sort of how it’s “AC Milan” and not “Milan AC” whenever you say the name in english, even if the latter’s more “correct.” And why “FC Dallas” is pretty dumb, but “Toronto FC” reads right*.

  • Marc M. | March 10, 2008 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”236892″]Article about Jerry Rice saying that Isaac Bruce can wear the #80 jersey in San Fran, if he likes:

    http://www.mercextra...
    I thought numbers were retired by the “team” not the “player”, so how can the player control who wears his number. Another case of the inmates running the asylum.

  • Kevin from Ohio in Virginia | March 10, 2008 at 10:52 am |

    Am I the only one who thinks this approach reeks of American ignorance?

    The answer: probably not.

    A better question: how can you possibly consider this to be an example American ignorance?

    You said that a “team’s name is its name. But if you’re looking to make an outreach to an ethnic community, you’d think you’d wanna do more than just add “the” in the community’s native language.” So an NBA team who doesn’t reach out to an ethnic community in the exact way that YOU would is an example of American ignorance? These teams are reaching out to hispanic communities. Why is that ignorant? It sounds fairly enlightened to me. They held a special night to honor the community! Ignorance would be to treat their hispanic customers worse than their other customers, not better. Have they held any African-American/Asian-American/Caucasian/Pacific Islander nights? Probably not.

    The “American ignorance” card is played way too often. What it really speaks to is that our unique American culture is different from other cultures, and that’s OK. It’s not ignorance, it’s just different, just as French culture is different from Japanese culture. It’s just different.

    I agree that from a uni standpoint I like what the Brewers and Giants did better, but to label it as “American ignorance” is, in my opinion, ignorant – ironically enough.

    Now, where are all the “All you guys just blindly agree with Paul” trolls? I hope they’re reading.

  • Kevin from Ohio in Virginia | March 10, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    Much love though, Paul. I just disagree.

  • DJ | March 10, 2008 at 10:54 am |

    I don’t have a pic, but when I see Spanish-themed MLB merchandise in stores I see Angels shirts emblazoned with “Los Sarafines.” It’s not a literal translation (obviously) but I think it sounds cool.

    It’s the Spanish for “seraphim”. Per the Oxford English Dictionary:

    1. In Biblical use: The living creatures with six wings, hands, and feet, and a (presumably) human voice, seen in Isaiah’s vision as hovering above the throne of God.

    2. By Christian interpreters the seraphim were from an early period supposed to be a class of angels, and the name, associated with that of the cherubim, was introduced in the Eucharistic preface and subsequently in the Te Deum, and thus became extensively known.”

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    [quote comment=”236870″]If you switch the Angels web site to Spanish, they refer to the team as “Los Angelinos.”[/quote]

    All come from somewhere.
    To live in sunshine.
    Their funky exile.

  • Jay | March 10, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”236953″] These teams are reaching out to hispanic communities. Why is that ignorant? It sounds fairly enlightened to me. They held a special night to honor the community! [/quote]

    I think the point is that simply adding “Los” to a team name is an ingrnorant way of reaching out to a ethnic group. The Giants and Brewers did it in a much more “enlightened” way…

  • AL | March 10, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    It appears that Yargelis’ first socks (the white ones) are REal Madrid’s white kit socks.

    Maybe she’s a Robinho fan?

  • chance | March 10, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”236952″][quote comment=”236892″]Article about Jerry Rice saying that Isaac Bruce can wear the #80 jersey in San Fran, if he likes:

    http://www.mercextra...
    I thought numbers were retired by the “team” not the “player”, so how can the player control who wears his number. Another case of the inmates running the asylum.[/quote]

    They are, but teams would be foolish to un-retire the number of a beloved player, especially one who’s still around to take umbrage.

    Rice is just getting ahead of them, giving his blessing before anybody can get upset about it. Far from “the inmates running the asylum”, this is about a former player showing a lot of class, putting his old team first.

    Good on him.

  • Jay | March 10, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    As is mis-spelling ingnorant.

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”236892″]Article about Jerry Rice saying that Isaac Bruce can wear the #80 jersey in San Fran, if he likes:

    http://www.mercextra...

    That would be symmetrical.

    Yes, the teams retire numbers. I would think it would be a nice touch if a player asks for a number that’s retired that you ask the player for whom it was retired if you’re actually going to consider un-retiring it (some teams might not even consider it) if it’s okay with them.

    I fear (fear is probably too strong a word) we’re in danger of a bad precedent here where “retired number” doesn’t mean “retired number” anymore.

    If Jerry Rice had a son who ended up with the 49ers, I think that would be a nice touch to let him wear it if he wanted. Or a Trent Dilfer/John Brodie situation. But, I’m sorry, I think I’d tell Isaac Bruce “I watched Jerry Rice. You’re no Jerry Rice.”

  • El Gigante | March 10, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    Paul,
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s looking like you might never see those AAFL helmets on the field. Apparently the league is having some financial troubles even before camp opens. They’re scrambling to find investors in order to salvage the season. They’re also going to need a TV deal to stay afloat, and few think it will come about.
    linky

    FWIW

    I have a friend who is the player personnel director for the Arkansas team in the AAFL. I talked to him last night about the financial problems of the league and he says that all is well and the season will go on as planned. Some of the teams are in worse shape than others, but the heads of the league have recently received some outside contributions to keep the league afloat for at least this year.

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 11:04 am |

    It’s sad when John Daly in a baseball uniform looks better than Bartolo Colon and David Wells do…..

    http://www.bugsandcr...

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 11:05 am |

    I thought I closed the italics.

  • Justin B | March 10, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”236931″]Paul,
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s looking like you might never see those AAFL helmets on the field. Apparently the league is having some financial troubles even before camp opens. They’re scrambling to find investors in order to salvage the season. They’re also going to need a TV deal to stay afloat, and few think it will come about.
    linky[/quote]

    I hope they made some prototypes at least.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | March 10, 2008 at 11:15 am |

    Attempting to close italicsso … are they closed?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | March 10, 2008 at 11:16 am |

    Another attempt to close italics.

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”236966″]I hope they made some prototypes at least.[/quote]

    Yeah, they had them at the draft. Uniforms, too.

    I hope they can get it to work, but it’s expensive to start up a football league.

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”236953″]These teams are reaching out to hispanic communities. Why is that ignorant? It sounds fairly enlightened to me.[/quote]

    I don’t think anyone’s saying that the outreach attempt is ignorant. I think it’s enlightened, too.

    (Of course, I also happen to think that it’s borderline patronization when you do it once a year and say “Ooooh, look, see, we’re good, now, right?” But that’s another discussion.)

    I think Paul’s objection is to the semi-cheesy way they went about it.

    [quote] They held a special night to honor the community! Ignorance would be to treat their hispanic customers worse than their other customers, not better. [/quote]

    Or, as some might say, making a hamhanded effort at it.

    I mean, easy for me to say as a Caucasian of European descent whose people have basically had the run of the place for the last several hundred years. But I think sometimes it smacks of “Let’s give the minorities their day so they leave us alone.” I am not saying that’s what the Suns’ thought processes were or anything – just that sometimes these things come off more as patronizing than tributes, at least to me.

    In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to put ourselves into these little compartments when it came to sports (it’s still going to take a while when it comes to life in general) – we’d all just be Suns fans or Kings fans or Giants fans or whatever, and that would be good enough.

    [quote]Have they held any African-American/Asian-American/Caucasian/Pacific Islander nights? Probably not.[/quote]

    I want to see those jerseys. Those would rock.

    [quote]The “American ignorance” card is played way too often. What it really speaks to is that our unique American culture is different from other cultures, and that’s OK. It’s not ignorance, it’s just different, just as French culture is different from Japanese culture. It’s just different.[/quote]

    I agree. Differences are good. They’re cool. The thing about America is that we’re not homogeneous. And that’s a very cool thing.

    [quote]Now, where are all the “All you guys just blindly agree with Paul” trolls? I hope they’re reading.[/quote]

    They’re having “Los Trolls” jerseys made up.

  • Brendan | March 10, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    I think it’s interesting that McLean went for the kilt look for their mens lacrosse team, as the kilt is the traditional uniform element for womens lacrosse.

  • Justin B | March 10, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”236972″][quote comment=”236966″]I hope they made some prototypes at least.[/quote]

    Yeah, they had them at the draft. Uniforms, too.

    I hope they can get it to work, but it’s expensive to start up a football league.[/quote]

    Are there photos?

  • Kerry P | March 10, 2008 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”236972″][quote comment=”236966″]I hope they made some prototypes at least.[/quote]

    Yeah, they had them at the draft. Uniforms, too.

    I hope they can get it to work, but it’s expensive to start up a football league.[/quote]
    Definitely. I really hope they find a TV contract with someone. I would love to catch a few games on the tube to see what it’s like. The league has me very intrigued by its structure. Put the teams in big-time college towns or areas where college football is king, stock the team with LOTS of local talent that they potential fanbase can already identify, and play the games during the lull after spring football.

    I think it’s a very good idea. The problem is that many people around the country view anything other than the NFL and NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) football as “inferior”, so they don’t give new leagues a chance.

  • Kerry P | March 10, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”236977″]I think it’s interesting that McLean went for the kilt look for their mens lacrosse team, as the kilt is the traditional uniform element for womens lacrosse.[/quote]
    I LOVE the look they have. It works GREAT with the school name and the athletic nickname.

  • Duckstyle | March 10, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”236953″]Am I the only one who thinks this approach reeks of American ignorance?

    The answer: probably not.

    A better question: how can you possibly consider this to be an example American ignorance?

    You said that a “team’s name is its name. But if you’re looking to make an outreach to an ethnic community, you’d think you’d wanna do more than just add “the” in the community’s native language.” So an NBA team who doesn’t reach out to an ethnic community in the exact way that YOU would is an example of American ignorance? These teams are reaching out to hispanic communities. Why is that ignorant? It sounds fairly enlightened to me. They held a special night to honor the community! Ignorance would be to treat their hispanic customers worse than their other customers, not better. Have they held any African-American/Asian-American/Caucasian/Pacific Islander nights? Probably not.

    The “American ignorance” card is played way too often. What it really speaks to is that our unique American culture is different from other cultures, and that’s OK. It’s not ignorance, it’s just different, just as French culture is different from Japanese culture. It’s just different.

    I agree that from a uni standpoint I like what the Brewers and Giants did better, but to label it as “American ignorance” is, in my opinion, ignorant – ironically enough.

    Now, where are all the “All you guys just blindly agree with Paul” trolls? I hope they’re reading.[/quote]

    I think Paul’s right. Why? Because I asked my Mexican father-in-law and he said it was a little offensive in his opinion. He thought it sounded/lokked like a pretty half-assed attempt to “connect” with their Hispanic fanbase. If you don’t change a brand, which a professional basketball team’s name is, then don’t, just have a night where Hispanic culture is celebrated; serving different consessions, playing different music etc. But if you go to the trouble to change the jersey name, why not go all the way, and translate it to the best of their ability. Just my 2 cents. So yes, to me it seems pretty lazy.

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”236978″][quote comment=”236972″][quote comment=”236966″]I hope they made some prototypes at least.[/quote]

    Yeah, they had them at the draft. Uniforms, too.

    I hope they can get it to work, but it’s expensive to start up a football league.[/quote]

    Are there photos?[/quote]

    Yeah:

    Alabama
    Michigan
    Tennessee
    Texas

    Not great. Captures from the webcast of the draft a while back.

    Here’s a better one of the Team Florida jersey.

  • Kerry P | March 10, 2008 at 11:43 am |

    Please restore my last post, the spam filter got it.

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    [quote comment=”236980″]
    Put the teams in big-time college towns or areas where college football is king, stock the team with LOTS of local talent that they potential fanbase can already identify, and play the games during the lull after spring football.

    I think it’s a very good idea. [/quote]

    And, as much as I love alternative leagues, I don’t think those are particularly good ideas, and have said so for a while.

    Here’s why:
    1 – They’re way overpaying the schools involved for use of their facilities. Millions of dollars, dollars you’d be crazy to think you could recoup.
    2 – That lull after spring football (which, let’s be honest, isn’t a big draw – the spring game is, but they don’t keep score during spring practice) also happens to run into and across two things: final exams and the end of most schools’ spring semesters. I know students are going to be out of school for the final games of at least a couple of those teams, and good luck getting alumni to travel to campus and tailgate like they do in the fall.
    3 – Perhaps the biggest problem: Left Tackle Joe Doaks is a big man on campus while he’s on campus. While he’s protecting Peyton Manning’s blind side, you love him. You go to see the college team he’s on because of your emotional attachment to the school and anyone who’s wearing the colors while they’re at the school and helping the team win. If you put Peyton Manning on a Tennessee team, yeah, people are going to go see him – but they put Jeff George on his hometown team, and how’d that work out? People will go see skill position players – and, I’m sorry, but Eric Crouch ain’t putting butts in seats. Nor is left tackle Joe Doaks, just because he played at Tennessee.

    The connection to players post-college is greatly exaggerated in the AAFL’s mind, I fear.

  • Pollution | March 10, 2008 at 11:48 am |

    Does such obvious, crude pandering actually win people over? I’m pretty sure that Spanish speaking nations and people are aware of the NBA and basketball in general. At least they got the font right on the Spurs jersey, doesn’t look quite right for the Suns.

    Runoff

  • Graham | March 10, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    its nice to see TJ Hensick (#17 Lake Erie Monsters) go from such great unis to those horrible things

  • El Gigante | March 10, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”236931″]Paul,
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s looking like you might never see those AAFL helmets on the field. Apparently the league is having some financial troubles even before camp opens. They’re scrambling to find investors in order to salvage the season. They’re also going to need a TV deal to stay afloat, and few think it will come about.
    linky[/quote]

    For what it’s worth; I have a friend who is the Player Personnel Director for the Arkansas team in teh AAFL. I talked to him last night and asked about the reported financial problems of the league. He assures me that while some of the teams are in worse shape than others, the league founders are very committed to get this first season off the ground. They have apparently received some undisclosed money from outside sources and this is expected to trickle down to the individual teams to keep them afloat for at least this first year. I will share any other information that I can get out of him.

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 11:53 am |

    http://www.youtube.c...

    I just saw a commercial on tv for the video game Major League Baseball 2K8. (This game was mentioned a few days ago on here)

    At 00:30, Denis Leary goes “I wanna have the most fun you can have with those funny baseball socks on” and then a team (older Red Sox?) is shown with stirrups………

  • Rob B | March 10, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    Article on picking names and colors for the new MLS team in Philly.

  • Kerry P | March 10, 2008 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”236991″]The connection to players post-college is greatly exaggerated in the AAFL’s mind, I fear.[/quote]
    I have to disagree with that statement. I know most people down here follow the local college talent once they move up, whether it’s baseball, basketball or football. MOST of the people I know root for teams that have players from their local colleges, and only for that reason. Additionally, I think most people put way too much into the fact that a game may be played during finals week. The people I know that are die-hards aren’t spending those last few weeks studying for exams. I know that’s not what most parents want to hear, but it’s a fact.

    I think that if you’re going to set up a league, the AAFL is going about it the right way. What else is there to do in Arkansas? Birmingham? Knoxville?

    I really don’t know the details about the financial compensation for the use of facilities, so you may be right on. I’m not saying that the league will thrive, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it become a healthy league. Stay away from the big cities and focus more on the college towns.

  • Joe | March 10, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    During yesterdays AFL game between PHI & CHI, the Umpire was wearing a Helemet instead of his cap. It looked horrible and stuck out really bad. It had a High Gloss finish, and they added a white line horizontially around the helmet about 3 inches from the bottom. Looked like shit, but i quess they thought they needed somewhere for the piping on the helmet to terminate. Don’t know how you could make it look good, no matter what you do. Officials do not need helmets! …..oh and I am a football Official, in case your wondering.

  • Mike | March 10, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    in an unrelated question….I need to upgrade my game system. Should I go, Wii, PS3, or XBox 360?

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”237002″]During yesterdays AFL game between PHI & CHI, the Umpire was wearing a Helemet instead of his cap. It looked horrible and stuck out really bad. It had a High Gloss finish, and they added a white line horizontially around the helmet about 3 inches from the bottom. Looked like shit, but i quess they thought they needed somewhere for the piping on the helmet to terminate. Don’t know how you could make it look good, no matter what you do. Officials do not need helmets! …..oh and I am a football Official, in case your wondering.[/quote]

    I agree. The umpire had a hat on last Sunday also……

  • Joe from WV | March 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm |

    I can proudly say that my favorite team has been getting the jersey en espanol right since 1969.

  • Kerry P | March 10, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”237003″]in an unrelated question….I need to upgrade my game system. Should I go, Wii, PS3, or XBox 360?[/quote]
    Tough decision. I just bought a 360 and love it. But I did so because several guys in my office have them and they play online all of the time. So I’ll be using it for that mostly.

    My brother-in-law has a PS3 and it’s a solid system that gives you a blu-ray player. Plus, Sony doesn’t “nickel and dime” you like Microsoft on the hardware.

    The Wii is incredibly fun and the cheapest.

    It’s really a case-by-case decision, depending on what kind of games you like, how much you’re looking to spend initially as well as the over the longer term and what system you may already have.

    I have a PS2, PSP and 360. Now my wife wants to get a Wii, it’s that much fun.

    Hope this helps.

    ….now back to your regularly scheduled uni talk.

  • The Ol Goaler | March 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm |

    Since I don’t live in San Antonio, I don’t really know; but I suspect the Spanish-speaking hoop fans in the area refer to their favorite team as “Los Spurs”, anyway.

    Admittedly, “Gigantes” and “Cerveceros” jerseys are pretty cool (although I dunno how widespread Milwaukee’s Latino population is…)

    And if’n yer gonna honor the largest existing ethnic groups in your city, lemme know when the St. Louis Cardinals break out their “Das Kardinäles” shirts (with the Birds On the Bat, of course!)

    And yes, I know “Das Brauers” and “Das Rottönes” could join in…

  • Wade Harder | March 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”237003″]in an unrelated question….I need to upgrade my game system. Should I go, Wii, PS3, or XBox 360?[/quote]

    It depends on what you’re looking for in a game system. If you want a toy that all your friends can enjoy while they’re over having drinks, get a Wii. If you’re into serious gaming with HD visuals and sound, go with a PS3 or 360.

  • Stephen | March 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    Mike:

    – If you have a lot of friends over, go for a Wii. Wii Sports is the most fun sports game since the NES days and is reason enough to own the system… just be prepared to shell out for four controllers and move some furniture to create room for the inevitable wild swings in Wii Sports Tennis.

    – If you plan to play more by yourself, then it comes down to which of the options on the PS3 or 360 you go for. Since I was getting an HDTV anyway, I went for the PS3 largely for the Blu-Ray player on the assumption they’d eventually fill in the gaps in the game lineup, and I’d be able to play PS2 games while I waited for that to happen.

    The *catch* is that the model of the PS3 that I bought – the one with the 60GB hard drive – isn’t sold in stores anymore and is getting pretty expensive on eBay, and that’s the only one that is perfect with old PS2 games. The 40GB model doesn’t play them at all, while the 80GB model is hit-or-miss with older games. So if you’ve got a Madden franchise lying around that you don’t want to lose when you change systems, that plays into it.

    – The 360 has the all-around best game lineup and the best online experience *now.* The concern is whether the system’s already hit its peak, as it’s going to be very hard to top the year it had in 2007.

    But, as noted, Blu-Ray was too big a temptation for me.

  • KT | March 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”237001″][quote comment=”236991″]The connection to players post-college is greatly exaggerated in the AAFL’s mind, I fear.[/quote]
    I have to disagree with that statement. I know most people down here follow the local college talent once they move up, whether it’s baseball, basketball or football. MOST of the people I know root for teams that have players from their local colleges, and only for that reason. [/quote]

    But will they buy tickets to see them? Consistently?

    That’s the crux, isn’t it? MOST of the people you know pay attention to where the left tackle from State U. plays in the NFL and roots for that team because of it? I’m sure there are Colts fans in Knoxville. I’m sure there are Saints fans in San Diego because of Reggie Bush.

    But if you’re going to tell me that MOST of the people you know give enough of a rat’s ass about the tackles and linebackers to go cheer for them when they have zero emotional attachment to the team that happens to play on their campus, I’d have to say you live in a different world than I do.

    The concept isn’t exactly something that the market has run right out and embraced, if you believe reports like this one:

    http://www.gainesvil...

    (I tried to make it a link, my favorite software didn’t like it.)

    “Player salaries originally were going to be $100,000 per player for the season, but that figure was recently reduced to $50,000 a player.

    And ticket sales across the board have been so disappointing that the league and the franchises have refused to reveal the number of season tickets sold.

    One source told The Sun that ticket sales around the league have been “abysmal.” Another source said last week that Team Florida led the league in sales and that the franchise had sold close to $100,000 worth of tickets, which would be between 2,000 and 3,000 season tickets sold.

    When the league was being established, the concept was to have teams tied in with major college football programs, with the bulk of the players coming from that particular school.

    The league seemed to drift from that standard as rosters were being put together over the past six months. Other than Team Florida, which has 18 former UF players on its roster, the league’s other teams strayed from the tie-in theme.

    The Tennessee team, for example, has only four former UT players on its roster. The Alabama team has only 10 players on the roster from Alabama and Auburn.

    While Florida has scheduled three games in The Swamp, the Michigan and Alabama teams did not have stadium agreements with their respective universities.

    That sound promising? That sound like the concept is working?

    [quote]Additionally, I think most people put way too much into the fact that a game may be played during finals week. The people I know that are die-hards aren’t spending those last few weeks studying for exams. I know that’s not what most parents want to hear, but it’s a fact.[/quote]

    We have AAFL die-hards already?

    I have no doubt that there are college students who don’t study 24/7 during finals. But, unlike games of The Actual School (during the fall) where you draw a significant number of students who go because that’s just what you do (and the alumni travel in on Saturdays as well), these are just some games that happen to be played on (or near) your campus. They’re one of many options for you on a weekend. And it’s been a while since I was a college student, but it’s not necessarily the best option.

    Let’s see…do I want to watch Shane Matthews coach the Fun & Gun Lite when I saw Steve Spurrier coach the actual Fun & Gun? Do I need to see this?

    And if you’re Tennessee, you’ve got four former Vols. Four. That’s it. That’s the list. You want to tell me spring in Knoxville doesn’t offer anything else to do? I would submit to you that while they’re trying to tell us that football is uber-popular in Knoxville, what’s really the case is that University of Tennessee football is uber-popular in Knoxville.

    This ain’t U of T football. You can put them in orange jerseys. You can have a few guys who played at UT on the team (when Tee Martin, who, unlike Mr. Manning, actually did win a national championship, announced he wasn’t going to play for Team Tennessee, did they take a huge hit?), but those aren’t the Volunteers out there.

    There’s no connection. There’s not going to be a connection. You can’t force a connection.

    And you may not study for finals. Your friends may not study for finals. But there are 20,000+ undergrads at UT. Somebody’s studying for finals. And even if all of them go to the game, that’s still going to look like hell in a 100,000-seat stadium and it’s only halfway to the team genius’ hope that they’re going to get 40,000 a game.

    [quote]I think that if you’re going to set up a league, the AAFL is going about it the right way. What else is there to do in Arkansas? Birmingham? Knoxville?[/quote]

    Lots of things, apparently. You think they’re going about it the right way. The market seems to think otherwise. Quod erat demonstrata.

    [quote]I really don’t know the details about the financial compensation for the use of facilities, so you may be right on. I’m not saying that the league will thrive, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it become a healthy league.[/quote]

    I wouldn’t mind it, either. I just don’t see it happening. The numbers don’t add up.

    [quote] Stay away from the big cities and focus more on the college towns.[/quote]

    Could you name for me, please, the professional sports entities with multi-million dollar budgets who have survived and thrived long-term in college towns? There’s a reason you put bigger-budget things in larger population centers.

  • Minna H. | March 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    As someone of Taiwanese descent, I think it is patronizing and lazy just to slap a ‘los’ on a jersey and be done with it. What’s more, it seems like a money-grabbing venture to boot (if they sell the jerseys, which they probably will).

    There are more and more Asians in baseball, but I would not want Japanese or Chines characters to be put on a jersey, especially just the articles of the names as a way to ‘reach out’ to the Asian community (as if there were such a monolith). It’s thoughtless and easy and doesn’t really invite any kind of real change. It’s giving lip service to diversity while merrily continuing down the old path. It would make me less likely to be interested in sports–not more. Sponsor a hundred Hmong kids to go to a game (in MN), and I will be impressed. Or, for the Twins, actively try to put together a good team, maybe including an Asian player, and I will feel ‘reached out to’. Those are things that make a difference–a ‘los’ on a jersey doesn’t.

    Signed, Paul’s bitch and troll.

    P.S. I agree that it’s even worse not to translate the whole name. Do it all, or do nothing at all.

  • steve | March 10, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    If you want Rockband, it’s not made for the Wii yet.

  • Steve | March 10, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    Under Armour just recently (within the past year or so) come out with a “tactical” line of products. UA Tactical Much of it is underwear and t-shirts, but they have an interesting selection of outerwear, polos and pants. Can’t seem to find those specific gloves on their website, but maybe I’m just not looking hard enough.

  • Dave | March 10, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”237014″]Since I don’t live in San Antonio, I don’t really know; but I suspect the Spanish-speaking hoop fans in the area refer to their favorite team as “Los Spurs”, anyway.

    Admittedly, “Gigantes” and “Cerveceros” jerseys are pretty cool (although I dunno how widespread Milwaukee’s Latino population is…)
    [/quote]

    I agree that Spanish-speaking communities and sportcasters refer to the team as “Los Spurs”, just like English-speaking people call them “The Spurs”. But the “The” is not on the uniform, which makes the addition of the “Los” dumb.

    They should have put the translation for the word spurs on the jersey. True, the Spurs are the Spurs no matter what language you speak. But doing the translation is a way to honor Hispanics. Kind of like saying, if the U.S. was a predominantly Spanish-speaking country, this is the name we would have chosen.

  • Dave | March 10, 2008 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”237014″]Since I don’t live in San Antonio, I don’t really know; but I suspect the Spanish-speaking hoop fans in the area refer to their favorite team as “Los Spurs”, anyway.

    Admittedly, “Gigantes” and “Cerveceros” jerseys are pretty cool (although I dunno how widespread Milwaukee’s Latino population is…)
    [/quote]

    I agree that Spanish-speaking communities and sportcasters refer to the team as “Los Spurs”, just like English-speaking people call them “The Spurs”. But the “The” is not on the uniform, which makes the addition of the “Los” dumb.

    They should have put the translation for the word spurs on the jersey. True, the Spurs are the Spurs no matter what language you speak. But doing the translation is a way to honor Hispanics. Kind of like saying, if the U.S. was a predominantly Spanish-speaking country, this is the name we would have chosen.

    I’ve disagreed with Paul’s views many times. But this time, he is right on.

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 12:38 pm |

    other than just ‘style,’ anyone know why the us women are sporting red, white, blue and gold in their kits? im pretty sure we’ve had gold in our kits before, but i thought it was more an accent than a dominate color

    anyone?

  • jere | March 10, 2008 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”236998″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX08mD4QHcg

    I just saw a commercial on tv for the video game Major League Baseball 2K8.

    (This game was mentioned a few days ago on here)

    At 00:30, Denis Leary goes “I wanna have the most fun you can have with those funny baseball socks on” and then a team (older Red Sox?) is shown with stirrups………[/quote]

    Cardinals, not Red Sox. I’d say it’s the Cards clinching the ’67 WS. Game 7 ended on a strikeout, and they appear to be going to the mound. From the third base dugout, which is the road dugout at Fenway. No player wore 35 for them that year, but it could’ve been a coach coming from the dugout, as the bat boy is already out there. I could be wrong.

  • tBone | March 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm |

    When I was watching the game on TV, I was thrown by the fact that the Spurs were wearing their whites on the road. I didn’t even see the “los” additions. But that’s probably why the Spurs’ jerseys look like half an effort and the Suns’ look at least a little new. Why would the visiting team go crazy to make new unis for another team’s promotion?

  • Duckstyle | March 10, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”237032″]other than just ‘style,’ anyone know why the us women are sporting red, white, blue and gold in their kits? im pretty sure we’ve had gold in our kits before, but i thought it was more an accent than a dominate color

    anyone?[/quote]

    I assume the cliché, “going for the gold” or some such nonsense. They look pretty ridiculous, and presumptuous to me.

  • HT | March 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm |

    Anyone post this nugget from Yankee Stadium yet? A little easier to swallow than that vendor outfit from last week.

    Any thoughs what year its from?

  • John T | March 10, 2008 at 1:08 pm |

    Speaking of Variations, see what the Stocai Dearga do for St. Patrick’s day. Now that I would like to see on their jersey on the day

  • derek | March 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm |

    Check out these gorgeous Edmonton Oilers concept jerseys
    http://bp0.blogger.c...

  • Duckstyle | March 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”237032″]other than just ‘style,’ anyone know why the us women are sporting red, white, blue and gold in their kits? im pretty sure we’ve had gold in our kits before, but i thought it was more an accent than a dominate color

    anyone?[/quote]

    The “real” reason. Sounds like a BS reason to me, trying to pretend their celebrating a cause by making a guady new jesey they hope lilttle girls will want to buy.

  • Duckstyle | March 10, 2008 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”237043″]Check out these gorgeous Edmonton Oilers concept jerseys
    http://bp0.blogger.c...

    BTW, I finally saw the Oilers new jersey’s in action this weekend(on TV), I think they looked great. Not sure why everyone hates them so much.

  • derek | March 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”237048″][quote comment=”237043″]Check out these gorgeous Edmonton Oilers concept jerseys
    http://bp0.blogger.c...

    BTW, I finally saw the Oilers new jersey’s in action this weekend(on TV), I think they looked great. Not sure why everyone hates them so much.[/quote]
    I agree, i like them too

  • chance | March 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”237038″][quote comment=”237032″]other than just ‘style,’ anyone know why the us women are sporting red, white, blue and gold in their kits? im pretty sure we’ve had gold in our kits before, but i thought it was more an accent than a dominate color

    anyone?[/quote]

    I assume the cliché, “going for the gold” or some such nonsense. They look pretty ridiculous, and presumptuous to me.[/quote]

    That’s old news – at least a year. They wore those in China for the Women’s World Cup last year.

    It’s the change shirt kit – they still wear white as the primary.

  • Alan #44 | March 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm |

    Watching the Rangers-Bruins yesterday. Are the Bruins unis black/gold or maroon/gold? They looked like maroon to me. Maybe I have to adjust my TV. Either that, or get my eyes checked.

  • Philly Bill | March 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”237048″][quote comment=”237043″]Check out these gorgeous Edmonton Oilers concept jerseys
    http://bp0.blogger.c...

    BTW, I finally saw the Oilers new jersey’s in action this weekend(on TV), I think they looked great. Not sure why everyone hates them so much.[/quote]

    Underdesigned; look too similar to practice jerseys in my opinion.

  • Mike | March 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”237055″][quote comment=”237038″][quote comment=”237032″]other than just ‘style,’ anyone know why the us women are sporting red, white, blue and gold in their kits? im pretty sure we’ve had gold in our kits before, but i thought it was more an accent than a dominate color

    anyone?[/quote]

    I assume the cliché, “going for the gold” or some such nonsense. They look pretty ridiculous, and presumptuous to me.[/quote]

    That’s old news – at least a year.

    They wore those in China for the Women’s World Cup last year.

    It’s the change shirt kit – they still wear white as the primary.[/quote]

    Blue here

  • chance | March 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”237073″][quote comment=”237055″][quote comment=”237038″][quote comment=”237032″]other than just ‘style,’ anyone know why the us women are sporting red, white, blue and gold in their kits? im pretty sure we’ve had gold in our kits before, but i thought it was more an accent than a dominate color

    anyone?[/quote]

    I assume the cliché, “going for the gold” or some such nonsense. They look pretty ridiculous, and presumptuous to me.[/quote]

    That’s old news – at least a year.

    They wore those in China for the Women’s World Cup last year.

    It’s the change shirt kit – they still wear white as the primary.[/quote]

    Blue here[/quote]
    That’s a training top, not a jersey.

  • Wes Covington | March 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    The Spanish language team name for the baseball Angels is the “Serafines” not “Sarafines”. And the name was picked because of the the fact the team already has “Los Angeles” in front of it.

    The Sporting News would often call the team the Seraphs back in the day.

  • My Name is not Earl | March 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm |

    My guess is that the Suns didn’t have “Sols” on their jersey because the NBA doesn’t want to bring up memories of that failed WNBA franchise (the Miami Sol).

  • chance | March 10, 2008 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”237104″]The Spanish language team name for the baseball Angels is the “Serafines” not “Sarafines”. And the name was picked because of the the fact the team already has “Los Angeles” in front of it.

    The Sporting News would often call the team the Seraphs back in the day.[/quote]

    Yes, but I don’t think the Sporting News was exactly trying to reach out to the Hispanic community.

    A seraphs is a type of angel. No different then the paper using “Birds” to refer to the Baltimore Orioles.

  • Brad | March 10, 2008 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”237003″]in an unrelated question….I need to upgrade my game system. Should I go, Wii, PS3, or XBox 360?[/quote]
    PS3, hands down. It’s teh vast superior machine, has much greater upside/potential, plus it’s wi-fi ready and is a Blu-Ray player.

  • Nicole | March 10, 2008 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”237014″]Since I don’t live in San Antonio, I don’t really know; but I suspect the Spanish-speaking hoop fans in the area refer to their favorite team as “Los Spurs”, anyway.

    Admittedly, “Gigantes” and “Cerveceros” jerseys are pretty cool (although I dunno how widespread Milwaukee’s Latino population is…)

    I know everyone thinks Milwaukee is a bunch of white, German beer drinking folks, but we actually have a pretty big Latino community. A quick google search and some simple math put Metro Milwaukee at about 16% hispanic.

    And if’n yer gonna honor the largest existing ethnic groups in your city, lemme know when the St. Louis Cardinals break out their “Das Kardinäles” shirts (with the Birds On the Bat, of course!)

    And yes, I know “Das Brauers” and “Das Rottönes” could join in…[/quote]

  • chance | March 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm |

    Ugh. That should be “A seraph is a type of angel.”

    Subject-verb agreement is your friend.

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”237055″]That’s old news – at least a year.

    They wore those in China for the Women’s World Cup last year.

    It’s the change shirt kit – they still wear white as the primary.[/quote]

    thanks chance…wasn’t paying as much attention as i should…my office is all awhirl with the ‘madam’ spitzer news…

    back to unis now

  • Stan aka the took | March 10, 2008 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”236865″]It looks like the first pair of sox the cuban triple jumper is wearing sport the Real Madrid soccer team logo (spanish division)…could be wrong though…[/quote]

    thats exactly what I thought.

  • john in DC | March 10, 2008 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”236902″]A Rangers outdoor game at Yankee Stadium is looking better and better.

    It doesn’t look like they’ll play the Devils or Islanders though…..

    http://www.nydailyne...

    That’s friggin’ awful. I want to watch Los Islenos de Nueva York stomp the crap out of the Los Guardabosques de Nueva York at Estadio del Yanquis.

  • Nicole | March 10, 2008 at 2:13 pm |

    Don’t know what happened, so I’ll re-post.

    I know everyone thinks Milwaukee is a bunch of white, German beer drinking folks, but we actually have a pretty big Latino community. A quick google search and some simple math put Metro Milwaukee at about 16% hispanic.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | March 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    ‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | March 10, 2008 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]

    Oh … nevermind … I just saw the headline;

    Breaking News >> Sources Tell FOX News N.Y Gov. Eliot Spitzer Will Be Indicted, Resign Over Involvement in Prostitution Ring

  • Mike | March 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”237123″]Don’t know what happened, so I’ll re-post.

    I know everyone thinks Milwaukee is a bunch of white, German beer drinking folks, but we actually have a pretty big Latino community. A quick google search and some simple math put Metro Milwaukee at about 16% hispanic.[/quote]

    Why else would they add Chorizo!

  • john in DC | March 10, 2008 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]
    SENOR Spitzer (governor of NY, Elliot Ness worshipper) has been named as a ‘client’ in a prostitution sting. He’s teflon, he’ll be fine.

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]

    i’ll let matt drudge link you…but in a nutshell…the soon-to-be-former governor of NY is “client #9”

  • John T | March 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”237041″]Speaking of Variations, see what the Stocai Dearga do for St. Patrick’s day. Now that I would like to see on their jersey on the day[/quote]

    Also Poncáin Abu for all of the Irish out there.

  • john in DC | March 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”237125″][quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]

    Oh … nevermind … I just saw the headline;

    Breaking News >> Sources Tell FOX News N.Y Gov. Eliot Spitzer Will Be Indicted, Resign Over Involvement in Prostitution Ring[/quote]

    …..or I can be wrong.

  • John Griebel | March 10, 2008 at 2:26 pm |

    Love the picture of the week…must be all that pesky Global Warming….

  • douglas | March 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”237043″]Check out these gorgeous Edmonton Oilers concept jerseys
    http://bp0.blogger.c...
    Whoever drew this is a genius

    Still waitin’ fo’ dat NBA Afro nite. “Dem Supasonix”???
    Daaame… how insulting can it get?

  • DJ | March 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm |

    is this necessary at all? i think not.

    “Oh. My. Fucking. God.”

  • Chi Wei Hu | March 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm |

    Spanish language names for MLB teams are quite accepted and common. When requiring translation they are:

    Boston Medias Rojas, Chicago Medias Blancas, Cleveland Indios, Detroit Tigers, Ciudad de Kansas Reales, Los Angeles Serafines de Anaheim, Minnesota Mellizos, Nueva York Yanquis, Oakland Atleticos, Seattle Marineros, Tampa Bay Rayos
    Texas Rancheros or Vigilantes, Toronto Azulejos

    Arizona Cascabeles, Atlanta Bravos, Chicago Cachorros, Cincinnati Rojos, Colorado Rocayosos, Milwaukee Cerveceros, Nueva York Metros, Filadelfia Filies, Pittsburgh Piratas, San Luis Cardenales, San Francisco Gigantes, Washington Nacionales

  • AL | March 10, 2008 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”237119″][quote comment=”236902″]A Rangers outdoor game at Yankee Stadium is looking better and better.

    It doesn’t look like they’ll play the Devils or Islanders though…..

    http://www.nydailyne...

    That’s friggin’ awful. I want to watch Los Islenos de Nueva York stomp the crap out of the Los Guardabosques de
    Nueva York at Estadio del Yanquis.[/quote]

    at ‘el estadio que edifico Ruth’. :)

  • Greg G | March 10, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  • chance | March 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”237128″][quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]
    SENOR Spitzer (governor of NY, Elliot Ness worshipper) has been named as a ‘client’ in a prostitution sting. He’s teflon, he’ll be fine.[/quote]

    According to reports, he’s already resigned.

  • Joey Guns | March 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    Anybody have $10k laying around?

    http://www.coltspros...

    The Colts are also selling seats, turnstiles, etc.

    http://www.coltspros...

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”237148″][quote comment=”237128″][quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]
    SENOR Spitzer (governor of NY, Elliot Ness worshipper) has been named as a ‘client’ in a prostitution sting. He’s teflon, he’ll be fine.[/quote]

    According to reports, he’s already resigned.[/quote]

    not quite yet…but my sources tell me he won’t last till sundown

  • todd krevanchi | March 10, 2008 at 3:16 pm |

    last night i wrote this quasi satirical nba press release..

    “NBA Cares”.
    the nba cares about its latino players and latino fan base. it will honor its latino fans and players by having the san antonio and phoenix franchises affix the spanish word for “the” on their uniforms.

    but as i think about it,
    whether youre heritage is american, german, french, asian, latino, canadian, english, african, whatever, and you live in or play for phoenix or san antonio, arent you essentially a fan or player of/for the “san antonio spurs” or the “phoenix suns”?
    i mean, that IS the franchise name, correct?

    if a latino wanted to buy a spurs shirt it would say “san antonio spurs” right? and not “los espuelas del san antonio”

  • J | March 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm |

    Do the Suns shorts always have that disgustingly large cowboy belt buckle style team name placement as seen in the Nash photo?

  • Duckstyle | March 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”237071″][quote comment=”237048″][quote comment=”237043″]Check out these gorgeous Edmonton Oilers concept jerseys
    http://bp0.blogger.c...

    BTW, I finally saw the Oilers new jersey’s in action this weekend(on TV), I think they looked great. Not sure why everyone hates them so much.[/quote]

    Underdesigned; look too similar to practice jerseys in my opinion.[/quote]

    I aggreed with that opinion totally until I watched them in action, and even though the stripes only go have way around, and on the oppisite side from what you’d expect. They grew on me, I like em.

  • Ryan Dooley | March 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm |

    Yargelis Savigne is wearing real madrid socks in that first pic but i don’t think they are socks the team has worn on field before

  • MPowers1634 | March 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”237159″]Do the Suns shorts always have that disgustingly large cowboy belt buckle style team name placement as seen in the Nash photo?[/quote]

    Yes,
    Yes, and
    Yes

  • MPowers1634 | March 10, 2008 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”236977″]I think it’s interesting that McLean went for the kilt look for their mens lacrosse team, as the kilt is the traditional uniform element for womens lacrosse.[/quote]

    Brendan, did you just google the women’s lacrosse or do you have a connection to St. Thomas Aquinas College?

    My wife graduated from STAC and our house is approximately 300 yards away from the school!

  • Juan Grande | March 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”236896″]as long as it’s los yanquis and not los jhankees…[/quote]

    Jhonny Perolta would not find that “jhankees” comment amusing.

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |

    captain of the kansas football team otto schnellbacher, who was captain of both the basketball and football team at Kansas and went on to play for the New York Giants as well as in the NBA, has died, the school announced Monday, March 10, 2008. He was 84.

    another pic

  • Brett | March 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”237057″]Watching the Rangers-Bruins yesterday. Are the Bruins unis black/gold or maroon/gold? They looked like maroon to me. Maybe I have to adjust my TV. Either that, or get my eyes checked.[/quote]

    Very much your TV, the B’s are black/gold.

  • Dan from PC | March 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |

    Does anyone know of any blogs/websites which detail corporate rebranding.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | March 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”237186″]Does anyone know of any blogs/websites which detail corporate rebranding.[/quote]

    Try this

    http://www.undercons...

  • Jet | March 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm |

    That HOCKEY SOCKS site is awesome, has all the vintage old styles!!!

    Except that the California Seals home yellow is wrong, it’s missing the bold green stripe. I’m hoping that its just a printing error on the website

    Jet

  • jon c | March 10, 2008 at 6:24 pm |

    as a proud chicano fan of los gigantes de san francisco, i wasn’t offended by the spanish-language jerseys, but i thought it was done in a dumb way. why is there a plural “los” in front of a singular “sun”? why are they using articles at all (not like they would ordinarily have “the” in front of the team names on their uniforms)? and if they weren’t going to go with “sol” and “espuelas,” couldn’t they have at least gone with “el esun” and “los espurs”?

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 6:38 pm |

    not uni related, but if anyone is interested (and you can get it–msg+ in ny, and tennis channel elsewhere)…pete sampras plays roger federer in about 5 minutes

    should be some good tennis

  • Stuby | March 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”236961″][quote comment=”236892″]Article about Jerry Rice saying that Isaac Bruce can wear the #80 jersey in San Fran, if he likes:

    http://www.mercextra...

    That would be symmetrical.

    Yes, the teams retire numbers. I would think it would be a nice touch if a player asks for a number that’s retired that you ask the player for whom it was retired if you’re actually going to consider un-retiring it (some teams might not even consider it) if it’s okay with them.

    I fear (fear is probably too strong a word) we’re in danger of a bad precedent here where “retired number” doesn’t mean “retired number” anymore.

    If Jerry Rice had a son who ended up with the 49ers, I think that would be a nice touch to let him wear it if he wanted. Or a Trent Dilfer/John Brodie situation. But, I’m sorry, I think I’d tell Isaac Bruce “I watched Jerry Rice. You’re no Jerry Rice.”[/quote]
    What would be classy is if Isaac Bruce said “I have too much respect for Rice and what he meant to the Niners to wear his number. I’ll wear #88 instead.”

  • jimmykim | March 10, 2008 at 8:14 pm |

    Check out this this interview of current UGA football coach Mark Richt and former UGA coach Vince Dooley. At the 4:20 mark, Richt begins to elaborate on the decision to go to black jerseys against Auburn last season. If you listen to the end, he mentions some interesting things about only wearing “Georgia issued” gear.

    http://www.790thezon...

  • Adriano | March 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm |

    Hey guys long time reader 1st timeposting: As a certified 100% Hispanic I appreciate the effort of the NBA/SUNS/SPURS….but like most of you said the “Los” is a bit tacky…in Mexico none of the baseball teams use “los”

  • John S. | March 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm |

    I’m a Chicano fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers (or “The Angels Dodgers”), and I have to say that I could really care less about teams adding Los to their jerseys. At worst, it’s a bit insulting, at best, it’s reaching out to the community, but to me, it’s just something that’s funny to see on Sportscenter at the end of the day. I had a good laugh at the Los Mets jerseys last year (mainly because the Los was tiny and obscured in a lot of profile shots), and every year the Giants wear their Gigantes jerseys, I’ll watch some of the game, and point it out to friends and such.

    Season before last (and last season too, I think), the Giants did a week where they had promotions for segments of the community, the Latino Gigantes night, a night honoring the Irish, another honoring the Jewish San Franciscans, etc. I think that the approach was interesting, commendable that a team would honor their “minority” fans in this way, but the execution was a little flawed. I know they got last press a couple of years ago because the Jewish community was uncomfortable with the fact that you had to buy a seperate, special ticket, with a distinguishing symbol, to get the promotional items given away on the Jewish night. I think they did that with all the minorities, but I could see how people would be ticked off by that.

  • subway | March 10, 2008 at 8:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”237129″][quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]

    i’ll let matt drudge link you…but in a nutshell…the soon-to-be-former governor of NY is “client #9″[/quote]

    I guess this means NFL Shop will be banning “CLIENT” from all personalized #9 jerseys.

  • LI Phil | March 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”237233″]Hey guys long time reader 1st timeposting: As a certified 100% Hispanic I appreciate the effort of the NBA/SUNS/SPURS….but like most of you said the “Los” is a bit tacky…in Mexico none of the baseball teams use “los”[/quote]

    welcome

    [quote comment=”237240″][quote comment=”237129″][quote comment=”237124”]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]

    i’ll let matt drudge link you…but in a nutshell…the soon-to-be-former governor of NY is “client #9″[/quote]

    I guess this means NFL Shop will be banning “CLIENT” from all personalized #9 jerseys.[/quote]

    and soon to star kevin kline in “the emperor’s club part II”

  • Mike Engle | March 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”237240″][quote comment=”237129″][quote comment=”237124″]‘madam’ spitzer? I’m afraid I’m out of touch. What does that mean Phil?[/quote]

    i’ll let matt drudge link you…but in a nutshell…the soon-to-be-former governor of NY is “client #9″[/quote]

    I guess this means NFL Shop will be banning “CLIENT” from all personalized #9 jerseys.[/quote]
    Just tried it with a Jets jersey, the website screener approved it. Hurry up while you can!

  • Mark MihaIik | March 10, 2008 at 8:52 pm |

    It was Donnie Murphy Birthday Appreciation Day in A’s camp today, complete with some very classy jersey patches.

    I wonder what graphic designer produced them…

  • Stuby | March 10, 2008 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”237249″]It was Donnie Murphy Birthday Appreciation Day in A’s camp today, complete with some very classy jersey patches.

    I wonder what graphic designer produced them…[/quote]
    That looks like Trent Dilfer, only upright – and with hair.

  • jay | March 10, 2008 at 11:30 pm |

    http://photos-277.ll...

    is it just me…or does Oakland University have Nikes “System of Dress” style uniforms?

  • Bryan Redemske | March 11, 2008 at 12:12 am |

    [quote comment=”237275″]http://photos-277.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v158/233/75/38512277/n38512277_31934279_683.jpg

    is it just me…or does Oakland University have Nikes “System of Dress” style uniforms?[/quote]

    It’s not just you. Oakland is in the System.

  • Steve | March 11, 2008 at 12:42 am |

    This picture could go along with Bryan’s Saturday post about accessorization:

    http://www.downcrush...

  • Salvamerican | March 11, 2008 at 2:47 am |

    As a Central American who was raised in the states, I think the NBA promotion is a great idea with unfortunately flawed execution. It seems to me that the NBA is doing an Hispanic tribute targeted at their anglo fan base. It’s almost like the uniform equivalent of Taco Bell- it is not remotely close to Mexican Food but American kids seem to love it. Taco Bell would be the first to tell you that their intention is to sell to Anglos not latinos. Likewise, it is almost as if the NBA slaps a Spanish word on the uni and the anglo fans will say, “Well Done!”, while the Hispanics are offended by the gesture.
    I think an elegant alternative to “Los” nameplates would be to outfit the teams in a Mexican colorway (Green, white, and red ala St. Patrick’s Day unis). I realize that Mexicans aren’t the only Hispanics out there but the majority of NBA latino fans are. (Maybe one team can be in the Mexican colors and the other in Puerto Rico’s colors.) I just think this would make a bigger splash among the targeted audience.

  • billy | March 11, 2008 at 5:45 am |

    [quote comment=”237177″][quote comment=”236977″]I think it’s interesting that McLean went for the kilt look for their mens lacrosse team, as the kilt is the traditional uniform element for womens lacrosse.[/quote]

    Brendan, did you just google the women’s lacrosse or do you have a connection to St. Thomas Aquinas College?

    My wife graduated from STAC and our house is

    approximately 300 yards away from the school![/quote]

    That’s pretty funny….I went to STAC as well from 86-91….didn’t graduate. But I am back at STAC to get my degree this May!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, I am good friends with the STAC Womens Lacrosse coach…..and all their equipment is Under Armour!!!

    Billy

  • MPowers1634 | March 11, 2008 at 7:52 am |

    [quote comment=”237377″][quote comment=”237177″][quote comment=”236977″]I think it’s interesting that McLean went for the kilt look for their mens lacrosse team, as the kilt is the traditional uniform element for womens lacrosse.[/quote]

    Brendan, did you just google the women’s lacrosse or do you have a connection to St. Thomas Aquinas College?

    My wife graduated from STAC and our house is

    approximately 300 yards away from the school![/quote]

    That’s pretty funny….I went to STAC as well from 86-91….didn’t graduate. But I am back at STAC to get my degree this May!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, I am good friends with the STAC Womens Lacrosse coach…..and all their equipment is Under Armour!!!

    Billy[/quote][quote comment=”237377″][quote comment=”237177″][quote comment=”236977″]I think it’s interesting that McLean went for the kilt look for their mens lacrosse team, as the kilt is the traditional uniform element for womens lacrosse.[/quote]

    Brendan, did you just google the women’s lacrosse or do you have a connection to St. Thomas Aquinas College?

    My wife graduated from STAC and our house is

    approximately 300 yards away from the school![/quote]

    That’s pretty funny….I went to STAC as well from 86-91….didn’t graduate. But I am back at STAC to get my degree this May!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, I am good friends with the STAC Womens Lacrosse coach…..and all their equipment is Under Armour!!!

    Billy[/quote

    I teach with the assistant Chris Grange up in NR. We’ll have to meet up after class one night, go to the Mountain House or Sidewalk!

  • […] Los Spurs? Los Suns? Uhhh… 11 03 2008 Photos and story thanks to UniWatch. I just heard about this: the Suns and Spurs added “Los” to their names on the front of their jerseys to honor the Latino community. […]

  • Miguel | March 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm |

    I don’t fault the Mets for using “Los Mets.” I don’t think anybody, Latino or not, knows what exactly a “Met” is. So don’t even ask me how to say “Met” in Spanish. However, Spurs and Sun are easily translated. Slapping “Los” in front of “Spurs” just looks lazy. I agree with Paul — only the SF Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers have actually pulled off this concept.

    Here are a few teams with strange Spanish translations that I’d like to see give this concept a try:
    White/Red Sox = Calcetines Blancos/Rojos

    Rangers = Guardabosques
    Mavericks = Inconformistas

    Good luck reaching the Latino market, Calcetines Blancos de Boston!

  • Miguel | March 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm |

    I don’t fault the Mets for using “Los Mets.” I don’t think anybody, Latino or not, knows what exactly a “Met” is. So don’t even ask me how to say “Met” in Spanish. However, Spurs and Sun are easily translated. Slapping “Los” in front of “Spurs” just looks lazy. I agree with Paul — only the SF Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers have actually pulled off this concept.

    Here are a few teams with strange Spanish translations that I’d like to see give this concept a try:
    White/Red Sox = Calcetines Blancos/Rojos

    Rangers = Guardabosques
    Mavericks = Inconformistas

    Good luck reaching the Latino market, Calcetines Rojos de Boston!

  • Michael Poplawski | March 12, 2008 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”237014″]

    And if’n yer gonna honor the largest existing ethnic groups in your city, lemme know when the St. Louis Cardinals break out their “Das Kardinäles” shirts (with the Birds On the Bat, of course!)

    And yes, I know “Das Brauers” and “Das Rottönes” could join in…[/quote]

    Good call! Die Brauer and Die Roten would be more linguistically accurate German opponents for Die Kardinäle.

    (Don’t feel bad–there are 12 different ways that plurals can be formed in German!)

    I’ll note that nothing gets me more riled up than reading anglicizations in today’s German media… and one of the most bizarre things a hockey fan can look at is the standings for the top flight of German ice hockey: there is a mix of English and German team nicknames, including an English nickname that makes no sense whatsoever.

    It made me happy to no end to read “Hamburger Tiefkühlschränke” in the Hamburg newspapers when I was there last year.

  • Michael Poplawski | March 12, 2008 at 5:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”237711″]I don’t fault the Mets for using “Los Mets.” I don’t think anybody, Latino or not, knows what exactly a “Met” is. So don’t even ask me how to say “Met” in Spanish. [/quote]

    It would be a rather mellifluous Los Metropolitanas, if I’m not mistaken, which I think could be shortened to Los Metros, or, sure, Los Mets.

    I love Stephen Colbert, especially when he performs as his alter ego, Esteban Colberto. Love the chicas!