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Uni Watch Road Trip Report: Seattle

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Last Friday’s Uni Watch party in Seattle was a big success, with about 20 people showing up — an impressive turnout for a not-too-big city. Here’s rundown of the evening’s active roster:

• This is Jerry Cohen, founder/owner of Ebbets Field Flannels, the company that pretty much invented the throwback craze. Jerry was the whole reason I came to Seattle — I was doing a video shoot at his shop, for an upcoming ESPN column. It turned out great, and I was really pleased that he accepted my invitation to come to the party.

• My favorite jersey of the night was Jason Abbey‘s game-worn 1972 Seattle Totems sweater, complete with a WHL 25th-anniversary patch. And check out all the sleeve repairs!

Gary Fox showed up wearing a game-worn Huskies jersey (and I didn’t give him any shit about the color because, after all, it’s a local team), which led to an interesting question: As you can see, the jersey fits Gary pretty snugly, even though he’s not wearing pads. How come gamers are tailored this way, but even small-sized retail authentics are still loose and baggy? Why can’t Nike/Reebok/etc. make the retail versions fit like normal shirts, like the one Gary’s wearing? (Incidentally, although it’s not baggy, it’s very long.)

• Here’s Mike Burke wearing a Hollywood Stars reproduction by Ebbets Field Flannels. Dig the chenille stitching on the insignia and uni number.

• Another person wearing Ebbets Field product was Dave Sizer, who wore a 1920 Rock Island Independents reproduction. As for the cap, my initial thought was that it was Oregon, but it’s actually a 1904 Baltimore Orioles minor league design.

Steve Sayre wore a 1968 Norm Cash repro and had many good stories to tell about Detroit, plus he never let my beer glass stay empty (thanks, Steve). His wife, Linda Sayre, thought she’d make me feel welcome by wearing a New York-based design (complete with sleeve patch), not realizing that I despise the Yankees. Fortunately, she made up for it with her awesome All-American Girls Baseball League jacket.

• The most interesting garment of the night was worn by Jim Hamerlinck, who says he got this Connie Hawkins tee way back when he was 13 — more than 30 years ago. Impressive that he’s kept it all that time, and even more so that it still fits him. Jim also turned out to be a peach of a guy and said some of the nicest and most insightful things about Uni Watch that anyone’s ever told me — thanks, man.

Terry Creighton wore this really cool gaelic football jersey — love that sublimated Space Needle. He also became, to my knowledge, the first person ever to attend a Uni Watch party while wearing one of those titanium necklace thingies.

• Here’s a nice full-circle story: A year ago, Eric Smallman won the Uni Watch NCAA tournament raffle and was rewarded with a $200 Distant Replays gift card, which he used to buy an authentic jersey. On Friday, he wore that very jersey (with a personalized NOB) to the party.

Deb Meehan also wore Bosox colors, but hers was a replica with all kinds of problems on the back — wrong number font, should be NNOB, etc. She blamed it on a well-meaning but misguided Mother’s Day gift. We’ll let it slide since she and her husband, Paul Meehan, were so great to talk to.

Mark Campbell wore this really nice 1990 Calgary Flames gamer (here’s a rear view, plus the totally boss anniversary patch). Look closely and you’ll see that although the front crest is only two colors, it was applied in three layers. Mark says that’s because the team’s stitcher was fanatical about putting down a white layer to serve as a base, even on a white jersey.

Brian Terreson didn’t wear a jersey per se, but I really liked his Washington State ferries shirt.

• Here’s Sean Wilson, whose Mexican soccer jersey was the subject of much interest. Lots of interesting details here: the cement company sponsor, the Johnny collar with the embroidered “CA” initials, the raised/puffy lettering, the truly disastrous rear design, and the parade of logos on the tag.

David Frantz simply wore a T-shirt featuring the logo of a certain media company. Maybe he was hoping to impress some ESPN bigwigs who I might be bringing with me..? No such luck.

Brian Bonham wore nothing sports- or logo-related at all but was still a conversational force to be reckoned with, spitting out hilarious opinions at a prodigious rate. Dude, next time I’m in town, we’ve gotta talk some more.

Thanks again to all attendees. And for those who couldn’t make it, I may be back in the northwest in August — stay tuned.

Contest Update: As most of you saw yesterday, Vince and I are running an NCAA Tourney contest (if you missed it, scroll down to the middle of yesterday’s entry; the deadline for entries is noon today). Here’s a rundown of prizes from which the five winners will be able to choose:

1) A pair of 1983 Houston Cougars warm-up pants (Caitlin not included; rear view here, side view here). These were recently contributed by reader Bob Andrews, who writes:

My best friend, now deceased, whom I worked with at the University of Houston, passed along to me items from the UH basketball program, including these game-used Phi Slamma Jamma warm-ups (I guess it would be “pregame-used”), which were worn by guard Alvin
Franklin in 1983. The pants are 34 waist with a 35-inch inseam, so they don’t come close to fitting either me or my sons (who you can see here wearing the matching warm-up top and custom PSJ jacket [sorry, those aren’t included in the contest — PL]. The pants are in near-perfect condition and have Franklin’s initials on the tag.

I have gotten a great deal of enjoyment from your writing, both on the blog and on ESPN. I bought a membership, but not at the level I would have liked (having three college kids makes disposable income hard to come by). If this item prompts a reader to become a member then I’ll be happy.

Wow — what a generous contribution! I’m proud to offer this as part of our March Madness contest.

2) An “I Saw the Short Shorts” T-shirt, size XL (Caitlin still not included). This tee, which refers to the Lakers’ recent throwback game against the Celtics, was contributed by Mike Cooperman, who attended the game. Now you can pretend you did, too.

3) A Reebok Edge press kit, complete with “The History of Hockey Equipment” booklet, promotional DVD, and a lot of hyperbolic propaganda that we now know to be untrue. The perfect document of everything that’s wrong with the Bettman era.

4) A copy of Jon Springer’s newly published Mets by the Numbers book, based on his excellent web site of the same name but beefed up with lots of sidebars, interviews, and stories. Essential reading for Mets fans and addictive uni-numerological arcana for everyone else.

5) Another copy of Mets by the Numbers.

Pretty good for a free contest, right? If you haven’t already sent your picks to Vince, send them in pronto.

Uni Watch News Ticker: When I see something like this, it’s hard not to think that maybe we should just accelerate the rate of global warming and drown the whole damn human race. Best comments I’ve heard so far, both from ESPN.com editor Mike Philbrick: “Is it made out of Kevlar”? and “When are they coming out with the Len Bias model?” My own comment: Punk Rock 4 Life(style). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Good article here about newfangled track suits being worn by a Baltimore-area high school. … Also from yesterday: Last few grafs on the first page of this story address the status of Terry Francona’s pullover. … Still more from the comments section: Looks like the Florida Gators may be adding a blue helmet stripe (additional view here). … Look closely at this photo and you’ll see that both teams (the Mankato West Scarlets and the Willmar Cardinals, both from Minnesota) are both wearing a version of the Wisconsin “motion W” logo on their shorts (with thanks to Sam McCullough). … Chris Falvey is the latest reader to have taken pics at the World War II Museum’s “When Baseball Went to War” exhibit. While there, he saw this program and noticed this pair of mug shots — note the cap on the left. Never seen that one before. Anyone know what’s up with that? A slideshow of Chris’s other photos (including some women’s uniforms and some great wartime propaganda posters, among other cool stuff) is available here). … The NBA has set up a dance team bracket, which allows everyone to see just how embarrassing each cheerleading squad’s uniforms are (with thanks to David Rawson). … We’ve had lots of discussion lately of hearing-impaired athletes, but how about visually impaired? (Thanks, Vince.) … This 1970 video clip begins with Jonathan Winters pantomiming a pitcher on the mound (while wearing some killer striped stirrups) and then proceeds without warning to some really cool factory footage showing how baseball gloves are made (great find by Mark Coale). … Good analysis here of hockey’s color-at-home problem. … Allen Iverson gave a shout-out to Philly last night. … Meanwhile, over in Toronto, Andrea Bargnani was doing the Hannibal Lechter thing.

 

151 comments to Uni Watch Road Trip Report: Seattle

  • Robert | March 20, 2008 at 7:45 am |

    Re the baggy nature of replica football jerseys: Let us be happy that this is the case. Ninety percent of us do not have bodies that need to be attired in form-fitting outfits. Baggy is good on fans.

  • Gazzoo | March 20, 2008 at 7:49 am |

    Link not working for the color-at-home problem

  • who cares | March 20, 2008 at 7:57 am |

    The Independent Alligator has a picture up with their report on Spring practice. If the picture is from the practice, you’ll notice that the Gators have the traditional white stripe surrounded by blue stripes on their helmet.

  • Andrew | March 20, 2008 at 7:59 am |

    Id like to thank Nike for reminding me that “punk rock means freedom”. I’m looking forward to the Nike Big Book of Boiling Down Convictions to a Single Marketable Sentence.

  • derek | March 20, 2008 at 8:04 am |

    [quote comment=”240518″]Link not working for the color-at-home problem[/quote]
    Heres the link
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Eriq Jaffe | March 20, 2008 at 8:10 am |

    [quote comment=”240520″]Id like to thank Nike for reminding me that “punk rock means freedom”.[/quote]While I’m all for a good Nike bashing, those are Converse.

  • Original Jim | March 20, 2008 at 8:13 am |

    But doesn’t Nike own the Converse line now?

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 8:13 am |

    [quote comment=”240524″][quote comment=”240520″]Id like to thank Nike for reminding me that “punk rock means freedom”.[/quote]While I’m all for a good Nike bashing, those are Converse.[/quote]

    yes but who owns converse?

    just do it

  • Jared Wheeler | March 20, 2008 at 8:13 am |

    Nice shot out to Diablo Cody, Paul..”Totally Boss”

  • Al | March 20, 2008 at 8:21 am |

    I seem to remember from the Okkonen book that there was a STL alternate cap for the Cardinals one year. Not 100 percent, though.

  • Tony in Erie | March 20, 2008 at 8:24 am |

    I wonder if “creepy middle management polo shirt guy” will be buying those Kurt Cobain shoes for his kids, thinking he’ll be cool.

    By the way, does anyone realize that kids who are 18 today were only two years old when “Nevermind” was released? Boy that makes me feel REAL old, anyone else?

  • Bill Relish | March 20, 2008 at 8:27 am |

    I think that O’s cap is from the 1901 Baltimore Orioles who went on to become the New York Highlanders and continued downhill from there.

    Many Orioles fan, particularly those who grew up with Earl Weaver and crew don’t wear the current ornithologically correct bird. That’s the loser bird associated with Peter Angelos. The standard replacement is the 1966 black cap, or 1975 white paneled cap, both with the cartoon bird. I wear them both. Well, at least I have damned good memories. The 1901 “O” cap, and the 1963 “B” cap seem to appear very rarely on the street.

  • Matt D. | March 20, 2008 at 8:31 am |

    That Cardinals hat is the road cap from 1940, according to Dressed to the Nines.
    As far as the Cobain sneakers go, it is now official: Courtney Love is the spawn of Satan.

  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2008 at 8:36 am |

    [quote comment=”240518″]Link not working for the color-at-home problem[/quote]

    Now fixed.

  • ScottyJ in WV | March 20, 2008 at 8:37 am |

    The Kurt Cobain sneakers are an abomination. When I look at those I can almost see a roomful of marketing and advertising folks awash in overpriced suits, hair dye, and nose jobs discussing ways to sell a memory and a feeling. Feh.

    And double feh on that waste of skin Courtney Love for letting them do it.

    While I’m on a roll, those NBA dance team outfits look like they were purchased at “Whores-R-Us”. C’mon, does ANYBODY have any dignity left in this country?!?

    Anything for a buck, right? Again, feh.

  • Miguel | March 20, 2008 at 8:44 am |

    Fitted jerseys are available at retail, but they cost twice as much as the regular replicas. Plus, there’s the “most Americans shouldn’t wear fitted clothes” factor.

  • Robert | March 20, 2008 at 8:44 am |

    Kurt Cobain was pretty much a nut, but I appreciated that it bothered him immensely that the cool popular people who hated him in high school were his “biggest fans” once Nirvana hit it big. The Cobain shoe line might be enough to roll him right out of his grave and prompt him to begin haunting Nike headquarters, Converse division.

  • Tony in Erie | March 20, 2008 at 8:47 am |

    Okay, sorry, I apologize. I’m sure the guy is a hub of his community and that he’s an upscale citizen. I sincerely apologize for what I posted and hope that those of you in Uni-Watch land forgive me for my trespasses.

    Although if I have to apologize, mr “i’m too scared to put my name on my post aka anonymous” then I think Paul should apologize too ;-)

    My city’s getting a NBA D-League team…lets pray that there’s no purple in the jersey. Teal either…

  • Nicole | March 20, 2008 at 8:53 am |

    RE: The Minnesota high school teams with Wisconsin’s Motion W

    The weirdest thing about that is that as a general rule Minnesota and Wisconsin really dislike each other, especially when it comes to sports. It’s an ongoing “border battle” and I can’t believe anyone in Minn. would use an immediately identifiable Wisconsin symbol

  • Garbonzo Bean | March 20, 2008 at 8:53 am |

    In regards to this: http://farm4.static....

    See this is what I dont understand about people and there jerseys…You spend how ever much you spend to buy one of these things, whether it be an authentic (aka big money) or a simple knock off, (me) and you get the right looking jersey with sh*tty numbers and names on the back. HOW MANY YANKEES FANS havent bought a replica of the pinstripes b/c the player’s names are stiched on the back of the jersey? IF I WANT A YANKEES JERSEY it sure as hell better NOT have a name on the back!

  • todd krevanchi | March 20, 2008 at 8:59 am |

    a. what ever happened to the nyc party wrap up?

    b. it seems that these parties have gone more from content oriented (the first one) to showing off ones sports jerseys.

  • ML | March 20, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    that golf guy was exectly how i imagined he would be. yikes.

    …also, can we have a contest to win a kitty?? yours is so adorable :D

  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2008 at 9:03 am |

    [quote comment=”240548″]a. what ever happened to the nyc party wrap up?

    b. it seems that these parties have gone more from content oriented (the first one) to showing off ones sports jerseys.[/quote]

    As I mentioned when you asked about this a few days ago, Todd, I was too busy having fun at the NYC party to take any photos.

    And it’s true that the very first party, back in 2006, was a more structured affair (panel discussion, etc.). Now they’re just meet-and-greets. People aren’t just showing off their jerseys — there’s plenty of good chatter. But my wrap-ups tend to just show the jerseys, because it’s fun and interesting.

  • Joe H | March 20, 2008 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment=”240531″]I think that O’s cap is from the 1901 Baltimore Orioles who went on to become the New York Highlanders and continued downhill from there.

    Many Orioles fan, particularly those who grew up with Earl Weaver and crew don’t wear the current ornithologically correct bird. That’s the loser bird associated with Peter Angelos. The standard replacement is the 1966 black cap, or 1975 white paneled cap, both with the cartoon bird. I wear them both. Well, at least I have damned good memories. The 1901 “O” cap, and the 1963 “B” cap seem to appear very rarely on the street.[/quote]

    Great Call! You can find me at Camden Yards sporting this.

  • Paul Westerberg | March 20, 2008 at 9:09 am |

    Willmar, MN is like Wisconsin west. Their football helmets have the Wisconsin “W” on them, and their boys hockey jersey’s are replicas from the early 2000’s with WILLMAR written across the chest instead of WISCONSIN. Sorry I don’t have pics, they are a rival school.

  • Robert | March 20, 2008 at 9:14 am |

    I must say that the Uni Watch get-together in Dallas a while was the most fun that I had in ages. It is rare for a uniform-obsessed social outcast to get to mingle with his own kind.

  • Scott | March 20, 2008 at 9:18 am |

    Where can I get one of those Rock Island Independents sweaters? I don’t see them for sale on the EFF website, unless I just missed them.

  • Adam | March 20, 2008 at 9:20 am |

    Pretty funny comment on ESPN Page 2 (Emphasis in Bold):

    THINGS YOU WON’T HEAR THE NEXT TWO DAYS
    • “Mount St. Mary’s played Tuesday, and you’ve got to wonder if the layoff will hurt Carolina.”

    • “Brilliant move by Rick Barnes!”

    • “Wow, Gus Johnson sounds really subdued today.”

    • “And that’s some clutch free-throw shooting by the Memphis Tigers.”

    • “Let’s face it, this coach isn’t a genius; his team just got lucky.”

    • “Beware of Washington State’s fastbreak.”

    • “We’re really look forward to the potential exciting Sweet 16 game between Wisconsin and Georgetown.”

    • “And the Ducks come out wearing white jerseys with green trim.”

    • “I can’t believe Pitino brought back the white suit.”

    • “The senior leadership on this squad is abysmal.”

    • “That great first half by Arizona State validates the great job by the selection committee in getting them in the tournament.”

  • Colin | March 20, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”240516″]Re the baggy nature of replica football jerseys: Let us be happy that this is the case. Ninety percent of us do not have bodies that need to be attired in form-fitting outfits. Baggy is good on fans.[/quote]

    Double True

  • todd krevanchi | March 20, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”240552″][quote comment=”240548″]a. what ever happened to the nyc party wrap up?

    b. it seems that these parties have gone more from content oriented (the first one) to showing off ones sports jerseys.[/quote]

    As I mentioned when you asked about this a few days ago, Todd, I was too busy having fun at the NYC party to take any photos.

    And it’s true that the very first party, back in 2006, was a more structured affair (panel discussion, etc.). Now they’re just meet-and-greets. People aren’t just showing off their jerseys — there’s plenty of good chatter. But my wrap-ups tend to just show the jerseys, because it’s fun and interesting.[/quote]

    damn! the ol’ mind must be going!

  • Shane | March 20, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”240520″]Id like to thank Nike for reminding me that “punk rock means freedom”. I’m looking forward to the Nike Big Book of Boiling Down Convictions to a Single Marketable Sentence.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the time they ripped off a Minor Threat album cover for an ad.

  • Eriq Jaffe | March 20, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment=”240525″]But doesn’t Nike own the Converse line now?[/quote]They do? I didn’t know that.

  • john in DC | March 20, 2008 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”240552″][quote comment=”240548″]a. what ever happened to the nyc party wrap up?

    b. it seems that these parties have gone more from content oriented (the first one) to showing off ones sports jerseys.[/quote]

    As I mentioned when you asked about this a few days ago, Todd, I was too busy having fun at the NYC party to take any photos.

    And it’s true that the very first party, back in 2006, was a more structured affair (panel discussion, etc.). Now they’re just meet-and-greets. People aren’t just showing off their jerseys — there’s plenty of good chatter. But my wrap-ups tend to just show the jerseys, because it’s fun and interesting.[/quote]

    nothing wrong there.

    any plans for a DC/NoVa gathering?

  • Joe H | March 20, 2008 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”240572″]

    nothing wrong there.

    any plans for a DC/NoVa gathering?[/quote]

    Don’t forget Baltimore! Maybe we can tour the Sports Legends Museum? I may be able to hook up a private tour for UniWatchers? Let me know!

  • Christopher | March 20, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment=”240532″]That Cardinals hat is the road cap from 1940, according to Dressed to the Nines.
    As far as the Cobain sneakers go, it is now official: Courtney Love is the spawn of Satan.[/quote]

    Good find! (Its my Picasa slideshow, BTW). I looked at 1941-1945 on Dressed to the Nines because the program is from 1943. I guess that dude didn’t have a single photograph handy from less than three years from when the program was made?

  • | March 20, 2008 at 10:34 am |

    Florida already had a stripe (white with blue outline). Hopefully that’s just the set up of a throwback, b/c it looks way worse than how the stripe used to look: http://www.sportsboo...

  • Greg | March 20, 2008 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”240571″][quote comment=”240525″]But doesn’t Nike own the Converse line now?[/quote]They do? I didn’t know that.[/quote]

    In addition to Converse, Nike also owns and operates Hurley Intl., Cole Haan, and recently a part of soccer manufacturer Umbro.

    They recently sold Bauer and Starter. That info is here.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 20, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”240571″][quote comment=”240525″]But doesn’t Nike own the Converse line now?[/quote]They do? I didn’t know that.[/quote]
    Yes, with some results better than others

  • War Damn Eagle | March 20, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    Braves’ pitcher Jo Jo Reyes rocked the stirrups in last night’s game vs. Houston.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Walaitis | March 20, 2008 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”240540″]Okay, sorry, I apologize. I’m sure the guy is a hub of his community and that he’s an upscale citizen. I sincerely apologize for what I posted and hope that those of you in Uni-Watch land forgive me for my trespasses.

    Although if I have to apologize, mr “i’m too scared to put my name on my post aka anonymous” then I think Paul should apologize too ;-)

    My city’s getting a NBA D-League team…lets pray that there’s no purple in the jersey. Teal either…[/quote]

    No, what I feel sorry for is the guy, who, after having his picture taken, is showing off the website to the people in his company … who now snicker behind his back after reading Paul’s comments. Oh well. Shoulda been wearing a jersey!

  • War Damn Eagle | March 20, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    I get that Nike owns Converse. But why is it that Marquette, who wears game uniforms with the Converse logo, wears Nike practice gear? Can’t they get some practice gear with the Converse logo?

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • War Damn Eagle | March 20, 2008 at 11:06 am |

    The only time Florida has worn an orange helmet with a single blue stripe was during the 1970 season.

    https://www.gridiron...

  • Scott | March 20, 2008 at 11:13 am |

    Paul, I wish I could have gotten a shout out in bold for posting the info on the UF Football helmets.

  • Mike | March 20, 2008 at 11:21 am |

    Don’t you think it’s a little harsh to rip the golf guy and post his picture? I lost some respect for Paul with this move. Paul’s got his arm around the guy and looked happy. Then he goes and tears him down. That’s a little two faced to me and far more creepy than the guy who was probably genuinely pleased to meet Paul and make conversation. If Paul felt such a strong urge to tell the story, he could have done it without the identifing details and photo.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”240588″]Don’t you think it’s a little harsh to rip the golf guy and post his picture? I lost some respect for Paul with this move. Paul’s got his arm around the guy and looked happy. Then he goes and tears him down. That’s a little two faced to me and far more creepy than the guy who was probably genuinely pleased to meet Paul and make conversation. If Paul felt such a strong urge to tell the story, he could have done it without the identifing details and photo.[/quote]

    hey…for all we know, the golf guy is doing the same thing to paul…or photoshopping his head into some ghey pron or something

  • […] Paul Lukas put an intriguing blog post on Uni Watch Road Trip Report: SeattleHere’s a quick excerptWeirdest moment of the evening came when a bunch people from an adjoining table (who, as it turned out, all work at a nearby golf resort called the Cedars) asked about our group. Someone explained to them about Uni Watch, and apparently … […]

  • Robb | March 20, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”240576″]Florida already had a stripe (white with blue outline). Hopefully that’s just the set up of a throwback, b/c it looks way worse than how the stripe used to look: http://www.sportsboo...

    Maybe its similar to their black stripe for freshmen:
    “Freshmen’s helmets are lined with a black stripe at the onset of fall practice and they are required to wear it until they have made enough impact to prove they are part of the Florida family.”

    from http://www.gatorzone...

    It could be that they’re using the stripes to designate a group of certain players, probably first team defense or something similar.

  • AK | March 20, 2008 at 11:39 am |

    Please tell me that kid only untucked that Huskies jersey for the photo…

    And I wouldn’t say that the Connie Hawkins tee that dude has “still fits him”. A little snug, don’t you think.

  • ScottyJ in WV | March 20, 2008 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”240588″]Don’t you think it’s a little harsh to rip the golf guy and post his picture? I lost some respect for Paul with this move. Paul’s got his arm around the guy and looked happy. Then he goes and tears him down. That’s a little two faced to me and far more creepy than the guy who was probably genuinely pleased to meet Paul and make conversation. If Paul felt such a strong urge to tell the story, he could have done it without the identifing details and photo.[/quote]

    Mike, seemed to me Paul described it perfectly.

    Creepy Golf Guy thought Paul was a big wheel at ESPN and went ass-over-tits to have his picture taken with him (since he was a big shot at the Worldwide Leader) sporting the local golf club’s jacket.

    Seemed to me Creepy Golf Guy cared not one bit about Paul the man, nor the other Uni Watchers. He only cared to rub elbows with a ESPN person.

  • ScottyJ in WV | March 20, 2008 at 11:41 am |

    “a” should’ve been “an”.

  • Joe from WV | March 20, 2008 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”240570″][quote comment=”240520″]Id like to thank Nike for reminding me that “punk rock means freedom”. I’m looking forward to the Nike Big Book of Boiling Down Convictions to a Single Marketable Sentence.[/quote]

    Don’t forget the time they ripped off a Minor Threat album cover for an ad.

    I almost forgot about the Major Threat incident.

  • Walaitis | March 20, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”240590″][…] Paul Lukas put an intriguing blog post on Uni Watch Road Trip Report: SeattleHere’s a quick excerptWeirdest moment of the evening came when a bunch people from an adjoining table (who, as it turned out, all work at a nearby golf resort called the Cedars) asked about our group. Someone explained to them about Uni Watch, and apparently … […][/quote]

    I seem to remember reading on here before that a post like this means Uniwatch is being linked to or viewed through major search engines … based on the info, I think Golf Guy’s friends have found his uniwatch connection!

  • Walaitis | March 20, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    … in other news … looks like the Met’s St. Pat jersey, as well as the Padres’ camo jersey are gone from the Jersey Joe ad – yeah!

  • JJC | March 20, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”240537″]Fitted jerseys are available at retail, but they cost twice as much as the regular replicas. Plus, there’s the “most Americans shouldn’t wear fitted clothes” factor.[/quote]

    Can someone tell me why the game worn Husky jersey, like the guy wore at the party has a different bottom as the one’s sold at retail. It appears to be an inverted “V” at the bottom of the jersey instead of a regular shirt.

  • JJC | March 20, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”240537″]Fitted jerseys are available at retail, but they cost twice as much as the regular replicas. Plus, there’s the “most Americans shouldn’t wear fitted clothes” factor.[/quote]

    Can someone tell me why the game worn Husky jersey, like the guy wore at the party has a different bottom as the one’s sold at retail. It appears to be an inverted “V” at the bottom of the jersey instead of a regular shirt.

    I’ve always wondered about it.

  • Adam | March 20, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    looks like all NCAA tourney teams are wearing an NCAA patch… has this been done in the past? i remember teams wearing final four patches? but ncaa?

  • Scott in Erie | March 20, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    I will say something nice about middle manager golf guy.

    He does have a really nice rack. What?

    I emailed EFF about that Rock Island football jersey – I love those sleeves! Hopefully they still have them laying around.

  • Joe from WV | March 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”240603″][quote comment=”240537″]Fitted jerseys are available at retail, but they cost twice as much as the regular replicas. Plus, there’s the “most Americans shouldn’t wear fitted clothes” factor.[/quote]

    Can someone tell me why the game worn Husky jersey, like the guy wore at the party has a different bottom as the one’s sold at retail. It appears to be an inverted “V” at the bottom of the jersey instead of a regular shirt.

    I’ve always wondered about it.[/quote]

    To fit in the pant legs without getting all bunched up on the player’s goods.

  • Scott in Erie | March 20, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    Notice the color difference on the Hollywood Stars jersey per the site photo and what it actually looks like on the gentleman above…

    http://www.ebbets.co...

    I think I actually might prefer they way it actually is on the guy – a lighter shade of blue.

  • S. Bennett | March 20, 2008 at 12:10 pm |
  • Graham | March 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm |

    Hannibal Lechter should be Hannibal Lecter, no “h” in his name. Great post today otherwise. And to people complaining about Paul’s treatment of the golf pro, you have to admit that getting his underling to give Paul his clothes so that his picture and his course’s name would get on ESPN.com (which I bet is what he thought) comes off as a little bit smarmy, don’t you think?

  • Graham | March 20, 2008 at 12:16 pm |

    And Paul, looking at that picture a second time I can definitely detect either fear or confusion in your eyes…the guy must have been weird

  • JJC | March 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”240612″]Hannibal Lechter should be Hannibal Lecter, no “h” in his name. Great post today otherwise. And to people complaining about Paul’s treatment of the golf pro, you have to admit that getting his underling to give Paul his clothes so that his picture and his course’s name would get on ESPN.com (which I bet is what he thought) comes off as a little bit smarmy, don’t you think?[/quote]

    Agreed. Cheap PR. Might be another thing if the dude actually gave Paul his own clothes. Or…was an actual Uniwatch reader.

    I’m sure this will end up as some “case study” in thinking on your feet for their sales/business practice from now on.

  • War Damn Eagle | March 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    pic of the ncaa patch on the ajc.com sports page

    http://www.ajc.com/s...

  • justin | March 20, 2008 at 12:35 pm |

    I used to work as an intern for the Gators’ Sports Information Department and I can confirm the that Gators are NOT going to wear a blue stripe next year.

    Those stripes you see in the photos are actually BLACK, and the freshmen players wear them.

    Urban Meyer started this tradition when he became head coach. When the players have proved themselves, they then get to have their stripe removed and “become a Gator.”

    Here is an old article about it

  • Abe | March 20, 2008 at 12:41 pm |

    Love those form-fitting football jerseys. I bought myself a game-worn UMass one and it’s skin-tight. Also goes down practically to my knees. The size is a “Men’s Tall,” which is supposedly a large. My question – who the hell fits in this?!

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 20, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”240593″]Please tell me that kid only untucked that Huskies jersey for the photo…

    And I wouldn’t say that the Connie Hawkins tee that dude has “still fits him”. A little snug, don’t you think.[/quote]
    Not to me

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 20, 2008 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”240593″]Please tell me that kid only untucked that Huskies jersey for the photo…

    And I wouldn’t say that the Connie Hawkins tee that dude has “still fits him”. A little snug, don’t you think.[/quote]
    Nope, not me

  • Steve | March 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm |

    The Cedars at Dungeness

    Managed by Bill Shea? Could the creepy guy have a Mets-connection…?

  • Stephen | March 20, 2008 at 1:30 pm |

    Regarding the STL cardinals cap, which is identified in an earlier comment.

    Replicas of the cap are sold here:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • BuckeyeMark | March 20, 2008 at 1:32 pm |

    what is the word on the Xavier basketball shorts – Nike logo on one side but a word on the other… anyone?

  • CS | March 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm |

    Conversation on Manchester City FC messageboard about uniform design, including comment by non-uni nerds about the Adidas template…here

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 20, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”240637″]Regarding the STL cardinals cap, which is identified in an earlier comment.

    Replicas of the cap are sold here:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    Ladies and gentlemen…..
    I believe that I speak for the room when I say “WTF?”

  • Ryan | March 20, 2008 at 1:38 pm |

    The NCAA patches are horrid.

  • BuckeyeMark | March 20, 2008 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”240642″]The NCAA patches are horrid.[/quote]
    the NCAA logo is horrible. it’s a blue ball. wow – so creative.

  • Kerry P | March 20, 2008 at 1:44 pm |

    LSU wore their THROWBACK unis last night in its baseball game against intra-state rival, Tulane. Additional pics HERE.

  • NateL | March 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm |

    I picked Marquette in an office pool because I couldn’t go against those awesome uniforms. Is this gonna come back to haunt me?

  • Walaitis | March 20, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”240641″][quote comment=”240637″]Regarding the STL cardinals cap, which is identified in an earlier comment.

    Replicas of the cap are sold here:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    Ladies and gentlemen…..
    I believe that I speak for the room when I say “WTF?”[/quote]

    No problem. That’s to help the fans who’ve had 30 beers feel like they’re looking at just one logo on each hat.

  • Justin B | March 20, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”240641″][quote comment=”240637″]Regarding the STL cardinals cap, which is identified in an earlier comment.

    Replicas of the cap are sold here:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    Ladies and gentlemen…..
    I believe that I speak for the room when I say “WTF?”[/quote]

    It was one of the concepts that was thought up when they were a little intoxicated, and somehow it got through the design table the next day.

  • Jason | March 20, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    I mean, does he have that corporate middle-manager golf vibe down pat or what?

    Kind of like you have the “self- righteous hipster d-bag” vibe down.

  • Kerry P | March 20, 2008 at 2:02 pm |

    Can someone save my post that was taken by the spam filter to the same place that socks in the dryer go?

  • DUCKstyle | March 20, 2008 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”240648″]I mean, does he have that corporate middle-manager golf vibe down pat or what?

    Kind of like you have the “self- righteous hipster d-bag” vibe down.[/quote]

    Middle-manager I presume…..

  • Philly Bill | March 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm |

    When I first saw this shot, I thought, “Is that guy in the background actually rocking a Jamie Macoun gamer?!” Alas.

    [quote comment=”240648″]I mean, does he have that corporate middle-manager golf vibe down pat or what?

    Kind of like you have the “self- righteous hipster d-bag” vibe down.[/quote]

    I think Paul’s pretty righteous, but that there’s funny, is what that is.

    Still, if Paul was gonna be accosted by a corporate glad-hander at any of these Uni Watch gatherings, I’m surprised it wasn’t in Dallas.

  • Philly Bill | March 20, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    Forgot about this item: http://www.exclaim.c...

    1. Note that the top left model is a One Star, meaning it may be sold at Target.

    2. I didn’t know Nike had sold Starter. Surprising given that the Shaq “Dunkman” line had been such a cash cow.

    3. What’s on those Chucks – Courtney’s forged “suicide note”?

    (There. I said it.)

    [quote comment=”240530″]By the way, does anyone realize that kids who are 18 today were only two years old when “Nevermind” was released?[/quote]

    However, many of them were three by the time “Nevermind” hit #1 on the charts in January ’92, by virtue of thousands of people returning their Christmas gift: a copy of Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous.”

  • scottheld | March 20, 2008 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”240643″][quote comment=”240642″]The NCAA patches are horrid.[/quote]
    the NCAA logo is horrible. it’s a blue ball. wow – so creative.[/quote]

    And they look like they were just stuck on … at least in the Xavier-Georgia game. The NCAA has logos specific to each sport (they appear on the trophy) and the basketball logo would look better than the blue ball.

  • Tom Nawrocki | March 20, 2008 at 2:49 pm |

    Credit where it’s due: The Jonathan Winters glove clip was featured on Mark Evanier’s News From Me blog, newsfromme.com, a couple of days ago.

  • Evan | March 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    Interesting pictures where you can see the evolution of the UF Womens Basketball uniforms begining when they made their first post season appearence at the bottom of this page

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | March 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”240664″][quote comment=”240643″][quote comment=”240642″]The NCAA patches are horrid.[/quote]
    the NCAA logo is horrible. it’s a blue ball. wow – so creative.[/quote]

    And they look like they were just stuck on … at least in the Xavier-Georgia game. The NCAA has logos specific to each sport (they appear on the trophy) and the basketball logo would look better than the blue ball.[/quote]
    Not a ton of activity here – everyone must be glued to this site instead

  • Bendert | March 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    On the blog With Leather they have a post about the Marlins picking this years Marlin Mermaids, basically cheerleaders, and several of them are wearing those fake stirrups you get in little league

  • xyz | March 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    I agree it was very generous of the gentleman to give away the Houston Phi Slamma Jamma warm up pants but how can you break up the set? They have been in tact for almost 25 years and they are going to be separated NOW? Years ago these things often occured but in today’s collectible mad world shouldn’t we know better?

  • Steve | March 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    CHICAGO – MARCH 19: Former goaltender Tony Esposito of the Chicago Blackhawks dones his old face mask and waves to the crowd during a ceremony before a game between the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on March 19, 2008 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

  • MPowers1634 | March 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”240568″][quote comment=”240552″][quote comment=”240548″]a. what ever happened to the nyc party wrap up?

    b. it seems that these parties have gone more from content oriented (the first one) to showing off ones sports jerseys.[/quote]

    As I mentioned when you asked about this a few days ago, Todd, I was too busy having fun at the NYC party to take any photos.

    And it’s true that the very first party, back in 2006, was a more structured affair (panel discussion, etc.). Now they’re just meet-and-greets. People aren’t just showing off their jerseys — there’s plenty of good chatter. But my wrap-ups tend to just show the jerseys, because it’s fun and interesting.[/quote]

    damn! the ol’ mind must be going![/quote]

    I was in attendance for the NYC party and it was very quaint. Cool place, cool uni-friends. Mets by the Numbers was probably the hit of the party as way finally meeting Jersey Joe, at least for me!

    LI Phil, Graf, and handful of other UWers in attendance will probably attest that a good time was had by all.

    And shame on me, I had my damn cybershot in my messenger bag the whole tome, neglecting to snap any pics!

  • Bendert | March 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm |

    Here is a video of the blind soccer league that is starting up in Germany. Its pretty solid and they explain how it works pretty well.

  • MPowers1634 | March 20, 2008 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”240671″][quote comment=”240664″][quote comment=”240643″][quote comment=”240642″]The NCAA patches are horrid.[/quote]
    the NCAA logo is horrible. it’s a blue ball. wow – so creative.[/quote]

    And they look like they were just stuck on … at least in the Xavier-Georgia game. The NCAA has logos specific to each sport (they appear on the trophy) and the basketball logo would look better than the blue ball.[/quote]
    Not a ton of activity here – everyone must be glued to this site instead[/quote]

    Converse/Nike correlation. #32 Lazar Hayward, the 3 on Marquette is wearing a Nike headband backwards and upside down.

  • Erkki C. | March 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm |

    Paul,

    When are you coming to SoCal?

  • MPowers1634 | March 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”240648″]I mean, does he have that corporate middle-manager golf vibe down pat or what?

    Kind of like you have the “self- righteous hipster d-bag” vibe down.[/quote]

    Harsh…ow!

  • Tony Miller | March 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”240664″][quote comment=”240643″][quote comment=”240642″]The NCAA patches are horrid.[/quote]
    the NCAA logo is horrible. it’s a blue ball. wow – so creative.[/quote]

    And they look like they were just stuck on … at least in the Xavier-Georgia game.[/quote]
    And the Purdue-Baylor game.

  • todd krevanchi | March 20, 2008 at 3:44 pm |

    so much for the theory of debuting the “churchill downs” uni’s on kentucky for the tourney…

    also, those marquette uni’s look an awful lot like they are a close sister of the system of dress.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”240675″]I was in attendance for the NYC party and it was very quaint. Cool place, cool uni-friends. Mets by the Numbers was probably the hit of the party as way finally meeting Jersey Joe, at least for me!

    LI Phil, Graf, and handful of other UWers in attendance will probably attest that a good time was had by all.

    And shame on me, I had my damn cybershot in my messenger bag the whole tome, neglecting to snap any pics![/quote]

    glad you didn’t…but here is a group shot from that night

  • todd krevanchi | March 20, 2008 at 3:54 pm |

    these first session, first round games suck…
    how bout a close one!

  • Miguel | March 20, 2008 at 4:03 pm |

    I’m cool with the NCAA patch, but the same center court logo at every site has gotta go.

  • Kevin Farrell | March 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm |

    I look happy enough in the photo, in part because the whole situation was so surreal, but seriously, the guy gave me the creeps. I mean, does he have that corporate middle-manager golf vibe down pat or what? I went and washed my hands as soon as the photo was taken.

    I think it is kinda bush league to accept the windbreaker and then trash the guy in this column.

  • Mike Engle | March 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”240688″]I look happy enough in the photo, in part because the whole situation was so surreal, but seriously, the guy gave me the creeps. I mean, does he have that corporate middle-manager golf vibe down pat or what? I went and washed my hands as soon as the photo was taken.

    I think it is kinda bush league to accept the windbreaker and then trash the guy in this column.[/quote]
    Probably would have been more bush league to tell the guy in the picture to f*ck off.
    I’m sure Mr. Lukas handled it the right way, but maybe that was a story he didn’t need to tell on the Internet.

  • =bg= | March 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”240674″]http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/d9/fullj.cefff36cad41a710837cb45a98d88cf8/cefff36cad41a710837cb45a98d88cf8-getty-76074182jd008_washington_ca.jpg

    CHICAGO – MARCH 19: Former goaltender Tony Esposito of the Chicago Blackhawks dones his old face mask and waves to the crowd during a ceremony before a game between the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on March 19, 2008 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.[/quote]

    “Daddy, why is Jason wearing a Blackhawks jersey?”

  • =bg= | March 20, 2008 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”240641″][quote comment=”240637″]Regarding the STL cardinals cap, which is identified in an earlier comment.

    Replicas of the cap are sold here:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    Ladies and gentlemen…..
    I believe that I speak for the room when I say “WTF?”[/quote]

    Those are so bad, I’m gonna go throw up.

  • Mike Engle | March 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”240690″][quote comment=”240674″]http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/d9/fullj.cefff36cad41a710837cb45a98d88cf8/cefff36cad41a710837cb45a98d88cf8-getty-76074182jd008_washington_ca.jpg

    CHICAGO – MARCH 19: Former goaltender Tony Esposito of the Chicago Blackhawks dones his old face mask and waves to the crowd during a ceremony before a game between the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on March 19, 2008 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.[/quote]

    “Daddy, why is Jason wearing a Blackhawks jersey?”[/quote]
    Goddammit, Bettman, why is this old-time hockey hero wearing a team-colored EDGE jersey in his (not quite) home arena? Back in Tony’s day, white was for the home team and sweaters were worn. Not this water-repelling space-age crap that makes you wet yourself.

  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”240689″][quote comment=”240688″]I look happy enough in the photo, in part because the whole situation was so surreal, but seriously, the guy gave me the creeps. I mean, does he have that corporate middle-manager golf vibe down pat or what? I went and washed my hands as soon as the photo was taken.

    I think it is kinda bush league to accept the windbreaker and then trash the guy in this column.[/quote]
    Probably would have been more bush league to tell the guy in the picture to f*ck off.
    I’m sure Mr. Lukas handled it the right way, but maybe that was a story he didn’t need to tell on the Internet.[/quote]

    Never occurred to me that making fun of a guy who (a) shamelessly tried to “network” his way into an ESPN connection, and (b) looks like Mitt Romney’s brother would be so controversial. But OK — I’ll take down that graf.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”240676″]Here is a video of the blind soccer league that is starting up in Germany. Its pretty solid and they explain how it works pretty well.[/quote]

    im having trouble seeing it

  • Mike Engle | March 20, 2008 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”240694″][quote comment=”240676″]Here is a video of the blind soccer league that is starting up in Germany. Its pretty solid and they explain how it works pretty well.[/quote]

    im having trouble seeing it[/quote]
    I don’t know whether to give that a “Post of the Day” or a “Shame on You.” Given that it’s THE LI Phil, probably a “Post of the Day.”
    In other news, paging Mr. Ekdahl: the time stamps on each comment need to be sprung ahead for Daylight Savings Time. I’m in Montreal, where it is 18h00, but this will probably get stamped an hour “early.”

  • Tom | March 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm |

    I read the article on the NHL, white v. color at home question. Looking at that Tony Esposito shot reminds that frankly, I prefer the color jerseys at home. I think its great that ‘Hawks fans get to see those glorious red jersey in their own arena.

  • James Craven | March 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    The only reason I’m watching Cornell-Stanford is to see the Cornell Bear piss on the Stanford Tree.

  • Mike Engle | March 20, 2008 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”240696″]I read the article on the NHL, white v. color at home question. Looking at that Tony Esposito shot reminds that frankly, I prefer the color jerseys at home. I think its great that ‘Hawks fans get to see those glorious red jersey in their own arena.[/quote]
    I obviously disagree. You see it enough in the Pro Shop and in catalogs. What about the fan? How many red vs. white games can you really tolerate? Home fans generally know their own logo, but sometimes need something else to identify other teams, whether it be Montreal’s torso stripe, NYR’s red breezers/pants/shells with otherwise all blue, or Atlanta’s mismatched arms. Besides, in most westerns, the good guy is in the white hat. Coincidence? Not really.

  • James Craven | March 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”240695″][quote comment=”240694″][quote comment=”240676″]“Here is a video of the blind soccer league that is starting up in Germany. Its pretty solid and they explain how it works pretty well.”

    “I’m having trouble seeing it.”[/quote][/quote]

    C’mon, who didn’t see that one coming?

  • Stan aka the took | March 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    So I open up my brand new GQ (April 08) flip to page 124 and who do I find… Paul Mother Fing Lucas!

    Paul is this a permeant thing? Or just one shot deal?

    For the ones that don’t feel like getting the mag. Paul wrote about powder blue unis. making a come back if you still don’t feel like buying the damn magazine… Adriana Lima is on the cover along with a pretty good interview I think I haven’t read it but the pictures are nice.

  • Bryan Redemske | March 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”240700″][quote comment=”240695″][quote comment=”240694″][quote comment=”240676″]“Here is a video of the blind soccer league that is starting up in Germany. Its pretty solid and they explain how it works pretty well.”

    “I’m having trouble seeing it.”[/quote][/quote]

    C’mon, who didn’t see that one coming?[/quote]

    The soccer players, perhaps?

  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”240703″]So I open up my brand new GQ (April 08) flip to page 124 and who do I find… Paul Mother Fing Lucas!

    Paul is this a permeant thing? Or just one shot deal?[/quote]

    I do this for them every spring (and a similar NBA piece every fall). And someone in the comments section always posts something exactly like the above (which I actually find rather endearing — I’m NOT making fun of anyone here).

  • Ian K | March 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”240705″][quote comment=”240703″]So I open up my brand new GQ (April 08) flip to page 124 and who do I find… Paul Mother Fing Lucas!

    Paul is this a permeant thing? Or just one shot deal?[/quote]

    I do this for them every spring (and a similar NBA piece every fall). And someone in the comments section always posts something exactly like the above (which I actually find rather endearing — I’m NOT making fun of anyone here).[/quote]

    It’s okay Stan, I had the same reaction when reading one of Paul’s GQ pieces – but I’m going to scoreboard you and say I first noticed 2 years ago….

  • Cathy | March 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”240645″]I picked Marquette in an office pool because I couldn’t go against those awesome uniforms. Is this gonna come back to haunt me?[/quote]

    NOPE.

    My school George Mason is going with their ugly gold alternates later tonight against Notre Dame instead of their tournament tested away green ….is that going to come back to haunt them?

  • Johnny O | March 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm |

    I am watching SOD K-State VS. SOD USC and whenever I hear the announcers talk about OJ Mayo, I can’t help think about this guy

    “Can you keep an eye on the aquarium and make sure nobody taps on the glass?”
    -Joe Mayo

    “But I never heard of this Joe Mayo. And frankly, it sounds made up.”
    – Kramer

  • | March 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”240643″][quote comment=”240642″]The NCAA patches are horrid.[/quote]
    the NCAA logo is horrible. it’s a blue ball. wow – so creative.[/quote]
    How ridiculous. There should not be a patch commemorating you’re in the tourney, everyone knows that … one can only hope they don’t have that patch plus one for the final four. Too much clutter.

  • BA | March 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm |

    Kobe has requested that a special pair of his signature shoes be made for Duke. Apparently they will be wearing them during the tourney.

    http://sports.aol.co...

  • Forbesy | March 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm |

    i think the k-state vs. usc game looks incredibly sharp. very dynamic colors. as far as the ncaa patch, i think it’s completely unnecessary and an eyesore. it’s one thing that they put their logo in the middle of every court’s floor. i guess i can live with that, although it takes away from the identity of each host city/school. but to paste it on every player is just too much. i mean, for the longest time i thought this was th NAIA Tournament. thanks NCAA for the clarification!!!! :)

  • Johnny O | March 20, 2008 at 6:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”240714″]i think the k-state vs. usc game looks incredibly sharp. very dynamic colors. as far as the ncaa patch, i think it’s completely unnecessary and an eyesore. it’s one thing that they put their logo in the middle of every court’s floor. i guess i can live with that, although it takes away from the identity of each host city/school. but to paste it on every player is just too much. i mean, for the longest time i thought this was th NAIA Tournament. thanks NCAA for the clarification!!!! :)[/quote]

    I don’t know how to explain it, but it looks like the NCAA patch is incorrectly sewed on. I seems to be very thick, and with the SOD uni’s it is awkwardly sewn on or something. I would love to see the NCAA change their logo ASAP. I like the simplicity of it, but the way the “NCAA” is askew in the blue ball makes me always think they didn’t center it correctly

  • JP | March 20, 2008 at 6:52 pm |

    What’s the point of the NCAA logo on the jerseys? It’s the NCAA Tournament!

    I’m glad the NCAA mandated this, because I was worried I’d accidentally watch 14 hours of the NAIA tournament today.

  • JP | March 20, 2008 at 6:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”240709″]
    My school George Mason is going with their ugly gold alternates later tonight against Notre Dame instead of their tournament tested away green ….is that going to come back to haunt them?[/quote]

    I’d wear the same green’s that Mason is 4-1 in the tourney with!

  • interlockingtc | March 20, 2008 at 7:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”240593″]Please tell me that kid only untucked that Huskies jersey for the photo…

    And I wouldn’t say that the Connie Hawkins tee that dude has “still fits him”. A little snug, don’t you think.[/quote]
    Well…I think that given the “dude” is in his late forties and can somehow manage to get the thing over his head and around his belly without it ripping apart is noteworthy.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 7:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”240713″]Kobe has requested that a special pair of his signature shoes be made for Duke. Apparently they will be wearing them during the tourney.

    http://sports.aol.co...

    well he is a alum aint he?

  • Mike Engle | March 20, 2008 at 7:52 pm |

    Not entirely uni-related, but check out this article from ESPN.com. Who ever thought the mustache would be to NASCAR as stirrups are to baseball?

  • Mike Engle | March 20, 2008 at 7:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”240730″][quote comment=”240713″]Kobe has requested that a special pair of his signature shoes be made for Duke. Apparently they will be wearing them during the tourney.

    http://sports.aol.co...

    well he is a alum aint he?[/quote]
    Just as much of an alum as LeBron James is to tOSU.
    {/sarcasm>

  • Original Jim | March 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm |

    The NCAA has specific rules about advertising during its sanctioned postseason events. There is to be no visible advertising aside from the NCAA logo, conference logo, and logo of the “host” school. Even arena logos are supposed to be nothing more than text, and not the logo of the building’s corporate sponsor.

    Even ads that would be in the upper section or in front of luxury boxes are removed or replaced with generic NCAA-sanctioned logos, just in case they get airtime.

    Yes, it’s very boring and robs the sites of originality, aside from baseline and paint colors. But this is the NCAA’s way of keeping the attention on the players and schools, not participating brands…that’s what commercials are for.

    If you think this is boring, watch the NCAA hockey tournament. Again, no advertising on the boards or ice. All arena logos are set in the same font at each rink, and the only ads on the boards are host schools and the NCAA logos.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 8:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”240695″][quote comment=”240694″][quote comment=”240676″]Here is a video of the blind soccer league that is starting up in Germany. Its pretty solid and they explain how it works pretty well.[/quote]

    im having trouble seeing it[/quote]
    I don’t know whether to give that a “Post of the Day” or a “Shame on You.” Given that it’s THE LI Phil, probably a “Post of the Day.”
    In other news, paging Mr. Ekdahl: the time stamps on each comment need to be sprung ahead for Daylight Savings Time. I’m in Montreal, where it is 18h00, but this will probably get stamped an hour “early.“[/quote]

    it’s been an hour off since DST in the states like 3 weeks ago too…not a big deal o’course, unless you’re extremely anal retentive like i am…and it’s been bugging the shit out of me

    /thanks for the POTD sentiments mike…but even david paterson saw that one coming

  • Brian F. | March 20, 2008 at 8:03 pm |

    Hey guys, I don’t know if this has circulated here yet, but apparently there is a memo going around spring training clubhouses pertaining to uniforms, including the francona thing. Here’s a link to a Twins blog…the info is in the last paragraph…bad news for guys like ManRam and Mientkiewicz…

  • CJ | March 20, 2008 at 8:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”240730″][quote comment=”240713″]Kobe has requested that a special pair of his signature shoes be made for Duke. Apparently they will be wearing them during the tourney.

    http://sports.aol.co...

    well he is a alum aint he?[/quote]
    Not quite.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 8:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”240715″][quote comment=”240714″]i think the k-state vs. usc game looks incredibly sharp. very dynamic colors. as far as the ncaa patch, i think it’s completely unnecessary and an eyesore. it’s one thing that they put their logo in the middle of every court’s floor. i guess i can live with that, although it takes away from the identity of each host city/school. but to paste it on every player is just too much. i mean, for the longest time i thought this was th NAIA Tournament. thanks NCAA for the clarification!!!! :)[/quote]

    I don’t know how to explain it, but it looks like the NCAA patch is incorrectly sewed on. I seems to be very thick, and with the SOD uni’s it is awkwardly sewn on or something. I would love to see the NCAA change their logo ASAP. I like the simplicity of it, but the way the “NCAA” is askew in the blue ball makes me always think they didn’t center it correctly[/quote]

    indeed

    something’s just not quite right

  • Ry | March 20, 2008 at 8:55 pm |

    The black stripe on Florida’s helmets are probably to denote each newcomer. Urban also did this while he was at Utah.

  • lwiedy | March 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”240734″]…But this is the NCAA’s way of keeping the attention on the players and schools, .[/quote]

    So how does the huge NCAA logo keep the attention on the players and schools?

  • Mike B | March 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm |

    Hey guys, this is the proud owner of that Hollywood jersey. Just want to thank Paul again for throwing the shindig at Pyramid and going to try to answer a couple questions on here to the best of my ability.

    First to #59, it depends on the wool lot. The natural fibers in the wool can affect the level of the color depth. Some of the Hollywood jersey’s I have seen are that tone, but many come out the tone of my Stars hat, which is much darker (and you can see in the picture what I mean).

    Secondly to the Gentleman wondering about the Rock Island jersey, unless there has been a very recent change that I’m not aware of, Ebbets is not currently doing football jerseys and has not for the last couple years. It never hurts to ask though, and keep an eye on eBay as I’ve seen one on there before so there’s probably a couple others floating around out there somewhere…

    Hope that helps.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm |
  • =bg= | March 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”240736″]Hey guys, I don’t know if this has circulated here yet, but apparently there is a memo going around spring training clubhouses pertaining to uniforms, including the francona thing. Here’s a link to a Twins blog…the info is in the last paragraph…bad news for guys like ManRam and Mientkiewicz…[/quote]

    Yeah RIGHT.
    The mandate that is getting the most skepticism is an order to clubhouse staff that helmets be wiped off every night, so the logo on the front is always visible. Haven’t heard anyone yet who believes Manny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero will follow that one.

  • Steve | March 20, 2008 at 9:49 pm |

    Why is the letter C yellow on the UCLA jerseys?

    |sarcasm|

  • Karl Anderson | March 20, 2008 at 10:17 pm |

    Just got done watching the first game of the WCHA Final Five with University of Minnesota playing St Cloud State and the U of M has a maroon “21” sticker on their helmets tonight in honor of Gopher teammate Tom Pohl, who is in the hospital with a head injury suffered last weekend in the playoffs. Picture isn’t great, but you can see it in this photo gallery.

    http://www.startribu...

    Karl Anderson

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”240757″]the U of M has a maroon “21” sticker on their helmets[/quote]

    somewhere…paul lukas silently weeps

  • SpartyCuse | March 20, 2008 at 10:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”240747″]hey bud…still think those bp jerseys are a good idea?[/quote]

    Did the Orioles player piss his pants?

  • MPowers1634 | March 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”240738″][quote comment=”240730″][quote comment=”240713″]Kobe has requested that a special pair of his signature shoes be made for Duke. Apparently they will be wearing them during the tourney.

    http://sports.aol.co...

    well he is a alum aint he?[/quote]
    Not quite.[/quote]

    Henderson was wearing them tonight.

  • lwiedy | March 20, 2008 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”240760″][quote comment=”240747″]hey bud…still think those bp jerseys are a good idea?[/quote]

    Did the Orioles player piss his pants?[/quote]

    You should have gone with…”Who drew the duck on Johan’s right shoulder”, less vulgar.

  • BA | March 21, 2008 at 12:11 am |

    [quote comment=”240761″][quote comment=”240738″][quote comment=”240730″][quote comment=”240713″]Kobe has requested that a special pair of his signature shoes be made for Duke. Apparently they will be wearing them during the tourney.

    http://sports.aol.co...

    well he is a alum aint he?[/quote]
    Not quite.[/quote]

    Henderson was wearing them tonight.[/quote]

    Heres the best picture I could find

    Kinda ugly.

  • Johnny O | March 21, 2008 at 12:12 am |

    Just wondering is Bryan or Paul will keep us informed on the Uni Watch Tournament Challenge day by day, or just announce the winners at the end?

  • Nitemare | March 21, 2008 at 4:16 am |

    I guess this really should be on Out Of UniWatch instead of here

  • Nitemare | March 21, 2008 at 4:18 am |
  • Gary Fox | March 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm |

    Ok I’m gary and that is my UW gamer, it’s a size 42. I have several of these in different colors and sizes and from different years.

    This is the smallest one I have. To respond to a couple comments made about it, first of all:

    -of course I don’t wear it untucked. It’s like that so it will not come untucked during game play. It is very durable and stretchy, enough so that a cornerback can put on pads underneath it.

    -no, those “authentics” on eastbay are not authentic. They don’t have the very short sleeves or sewed on letters on both layers. This is clearly meant for game play and not very big. Its an even slimmer cut.

    -Nike, for better or worse has adopted a slightly different design as of 2007, but nowhere except for collegejersey.com or ebay or other websites that sell game worn pieces offer these player cut designs. Why is this?

    I was thinking it might be a good idea for someone to make an offering where you can order a jersey right from the manufacturer, with the number, size and cut you’d like. Can anybody help explain why there isn’t a market for these gamers? The same is true with the NFL by the way, none of those are true gamers that are authentic, and often times even when sewed on its only the base layer, the other is false stitching that is printed on. It would be more expensive yes, but the quality is very high.

    Does anyone else have any gamers from the last 4-5 years, either nfl or college, when the cuts became very tight?

  • Scott in Erie | March 24, 2008 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”240746″]Hey guys, this is the proud owner of that Hollywood jersey. Just want to thank Paul again for throwing the shindig at Pyramid and going to try to answer a couple questions on here to the best of my ability.

    First to #59, it depends on the wool lot. The natural fibers in the wool can affect the level of the color depth. Some of the Hollywood jersey’s I have seen are that tone, but many come out the tone of my Stars hat, which is much darker (and you can see in the picture what I mean).

    Secondly to the Gentleman wondering about the Rock Island jersey, unless there has been a very recent change that I’m not aware of, Ebbets is not currently doing football jerseys and has not for the last couple years. It never hurts to ask though, and keep an eye on eBay as I’ve seen one on there before so there’s probably a couple others floating around out there somewhere…

    Hope that helps.[/quote]

    Thanks Mike! I contacted Ebbets and it’s as you say, they don’t make them anymore. I will keep an eye out on eBay, though.

    And I ordered that Hollywood Stars jersey over at Distant Replays – too good to pass up. :)