I tend not to write about ice dancing outfits, in part because they’re ridiculous, and in larger part because the entire “sport” is even more ridiculous. But it’s worth making an exception for the British sibling team of Sinead and John Kerr, who pulled quite a stunt at the World Figure Skating Championships in Sweden last Thursday.
The Kerrs aren’t just British — they’re Scottish. So they decided to honor their heritage by wearing traditional Scottish plaids — including a kilt for John. Even better, check out his socks and his faux-gaiters skates (not to be confused with his faux-lapel shirt). And what’s he got on underneath the kilt, you ask? Don’t ask.
This wasn’t the fist time the Kerrs had worn these costumes, as you can see in this video clip from the recent European championships. But lest you think they’re one-trick ponies, last Tuesday they dressed like this (have bras made it to Scotland yet?), and by Friday they were going with — brace yourselves — this, which looks like an outtake from Sleeper. Suddently the kilt doesn’t look so bad, right?
Or as the NBA would say, “El Chat-o”: As you may have seen at the end of yesterday’s Page 2 column, I’ll be doing a live web chat on ESPN.com this Friday at 1pm eastern. It should last about an hour. To participate, go to this page at the appointed time.
I figure some casual Page 2 readers will toss out all the usual boilerplate questions (“So what’s your all-time favorite uniform? … Why do you hate purple so much? … Why does the UCLA’s yellow ‘C’ have a green dot?”), but anyone who reads this blog on a daily basis should be able to do a lot better than that, so bring your “A” game. I’m sure you won’t disappoint me, right? Right.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Check out this awesome sign that Alan Kreit saw outside a store in Montauk. … Robin Fishbein notes that several members of the 1992 Oilers wore a red “Oilers” flag. Doesn’t look big enough to have been a towel, so what exactly was the point? … That patch looks ready to fall off (good spot by Tom Konecny). … Birthday wrap-up: I got all kinds of nice presents from all sorts of great people, but two members of the mighty Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. (whose western swing stylings are available for your enjoyment here) really outdid themselves. First, frontman Michael McMahon presented me with a personalized canned ham (note that it’s Grade B; and yes, there’s a real ham in there), along with a recipe booklet of serving suggestions. And guitarist Jon Hammer and his lovely co-conspirator Karen McBurnie (co-founder of the Dames of Beef, don’tcha know). gave me this little box, which got better and better as I delved into it. It turned out to be a deck of cards documenting the history of the American labor movement. The back of each card looks like this, and the fronts feature capsule biographies of labor stalwarts, featuring such descriptors as “Militant organizer; aggressive leader” and — get this — “Missionary in overalls.” And check out the jokers! … And although Paul Wiederecht didn’t realize it was my birthday, he sent me this pair of 1980 Miami Dolphins socks. “My brother Donald told me he thinks that Dwight Stephenson may have used these during the 1980 training camp at Biscayne College,” he writes. … Compare this shot of Manny Ramirez, taken on March 14th, to this one, taken yesterday. Looks like he got a new helmet logo applied over his pine tar gunk. … Donovan Moore recently came across an old NBA logo guide that featured, among other things, an unused Clippers logo prototype. … The Padres will wear first responder caps, honoring those who fought and survived last fall’s wildfires, for this Friday’s exhibition game (with thanks to Brian Hilemon). … Some interesting historical info regarding Wake Forest hoops unis and floor designs here (with thanks to Zach Smith). … Remember that rather revealing swimsuit that I wrote about last month? Turns out it may be too good for its own good. … Are you wearing drunk glasses, or just looking at Italy’s new uni number design? (With thanks to Douglas Mulliken.) … Meanwhile, Portugal has a new national soccer set (courtesy of Jeremy Brahm). … And the new U.S. road jersey will look like this (with thanks to Scott Yager). … Lots of “sneaker art” on display here (thanks, Vince). … Civil Rights Games caps will look like this and this (as spotted by Ed Ra).