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We’re Talkin’ ’Bout Practice

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By Bryan Redemske

It’s springtime in Nebraska, which can mean only one thing: football. Actually, every season — and every situation you could possibly encounter in Nebraska — means football. I’m not kidding.

The big news of the past five months has been Bill Callahan’s firing and Bo Pelini’s return as the head coach of the Huskers. Big changes have come with Pelini, including reviving the tradition of not pissing off everybody in the entire state on a daily basis. But what about uniform changes? I originally called Nebraska equipment manager Jay Terry to see if anything different was planned, starting with the spring game, but ended up with something else entirely. First, though, here’s the deal at the dawn of the Pelini era:

• Up until 2005, Nebraska wore practice jerseys and pants for the spring game. That year, the Huskers went with game jerseys. The change came from Callahan’s practice regimen: offense in white, defense in red. Always. None of the offensive players had red jerseys anymore, so game jerseys had to be used to facilitate the random switching of sides that are a hallmark of spring scrimmages. “There’s no need to order a white jersey for someone who might never use it,” Terry explained. This year, they’ll still wear game jerseys but Pelini will go back to standard clothing procedure in the fall. The offense will wear either home or away practice jerseys each week.

• Pre-2006, helmets and decals for the spring game were pretty random. Some were completely blank, some had stripes but no N (almost all from 2005 were like this), some had it all. Since then, they’ve all been game-ready. This year, the Huskers spent the first week of spring practice breaking in new helmets, decals and all. They were collected at the end of the week and will be used in the spring game. In the fall, those helmets will be the practice set. “We’ll be scrubbing them for the game, and then they’ll be ready to go for the fall,” Terry said.

• Everybody wears white pants for the scrimmage. Again, it’s for easy switches during the game.

• Notice how some jerseys still have the bowl patches? There’s a reason for that. “I keep all of the players’ jerseys, and once they graduate, they get all of them,” Terry said. “So when they’re done they have their Cotton Bowl or Alamo Bowl jerseys. They’d rather have that patch than have us strip them off for a spring game.”

Of course, most schools probably do something similar, but imagine being in a program for four or five years and leaving with all of your jerseys. That’s pretty cool.

But this is where things take a detour. That’s Jammal Lord from 2001, and that’s a lot of numbers. The 201 on the right side is the area code of his hometown, Bayonne, N.J. The 10 above that is his jersey number. The 19 above his eyes actually wraps around to say 1981, which is the year he was born. Sadly, I can’t find any pics of the left side of the helmet. I’m sure there’s something going on there, too.

But what’s stumping both Terry and myself is the blue-and-red sticker above the 2 in 201. We’ve figured out what it isn’t. It’s not an Alamo Bowl sticker — they didn’t have them for the 2000 game. It’s not the NCAA pennant logo — Nebraska wore all-red pennant logos in 2000 and 2001. So what is it? And as a bonus, here are two more Huskers with extra helmet adornment, both from 2001. Wild times in Lincoln. Wild times, indeed.

Other quick spring practice things:

• Iowa State still has the old logo on its helmets. It will change to this theme in the fall.

• Both Auburn and Missisippi State have already had spring games — both wore game uniforms.

• Penn State really, really would like you to not hit some of its players, though I guess it’s possible those are special prayer jerseys.

• Word on the street in Minneapolis is that the Golden Gophers will break out their new uniforms during the April 25 spring game.

• Contrary to what most people seem to think, Michigan is still a Nike school, at least until the end of the current academic year, so don’t let the occasional omnipresent swoosh throw you off.

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Why is this ad different from all other ads?: Paul here. As baseball and Passover approach their annual confluence, my heart is heavy with grief: The fabled Streit’s factory is shutting down, Manischewitz is facing a Tam Tam shortage (which could prompt the Jewish version of the Irish Potato Famine), and MLB’s longtime reigning Hebe, Shawn Green, got no contract offers over the winter and has chosen to hang up his spikes (mainly so he won’t track mud on his mother’s nice clean floor — such a good boy).

But all is not lost, my children. As you can see to the right of today’s headline, our friends at PopJudaica.com are celebrating the holy commingling of the chosen game and the chosen people with their swanky Jews for Jeter T-shirt (available here, and don’t forget their other sports-related products). Now, granted, as all New Yorkers know, the Yankees are actually the Catholic team in this town (think about it: DiMaggio, Rizzuto, Crosetti, Lazzeri, Pepitone, Cerone, Righetti, Torre, Martin, Girardi, Giuliani, Francessa, etc., plus the Pope held mass at Yankee Stadium and even has a plaque in Monument Park), while the Jewish fan base leans more toward the Mets (do a yarmulke count at Shea and compare it to what you’d see in the Bronx — no contest), but hey, I’d happily make a batch of matzo brei for Derek Jeter anytime. Just don’t push it by asking me to make an extra batch for A-Rod.

Anyway: Cool shirt, cool company, really cool that they’re celebrating the season by advertising with Uni Watch. Please give them a look.

NCAA Contest Update: At this very moment, Vince is hard at work, tabulating the results of the college hoops tourney contest. Winners to be announced tomorrow.

Uni Watch News Ticker: “I wanted to send you some pics of the Cup Stacking Championship [which is actually called the World Sport Stacking Championships — PL],” writes David Chisholm. “Teams wear jerseys or T-shirts. Also note the eye black being worn by one of the teams, and while this team had logo creep, an American flag, and the Texas state flag. The referees wear yellow T-shirts with zebra-striped bibs. The cups themselves have the Speed Stacks logo on them.” Looks like these kids all have bright futures as waitresses, busboys, and the like, which works out perfectly, since that’s the only kind of job our service-oriented economy creates anymore. … The mystery of the Rangers’ red-T road cap, which is never worn even though it’s still listed as the team’s official road headwear, deepens: Yesterday I quoted a source saying that the team doesn’t even bother to keep any of the red-T caps on hand. But now Bryan has come up with this shot, taken during the press conference to announce the signing of pitcher Kazuo Fukumori. So apparently they had at least one road cap lying around. But why would they use that design to introduce their latest acquisition? … And then there’s this, from Jeff Brantley (no, not that Jeff Brantley): “The Rangers have had serious ‘T’ issues for years. Back in the ’90s when the Texas Rangers first switched from blue to red, I went to the store to get one of the new caps. The first ones available were red with a blue T shadowed in white. But the team was actually using a white T shadowed in blue, and they never used the blue T. After I realized that, I took it back to Foot Locker and they gave me my money back.” The bigger story here, of course, is that Jeff actually admits to having shopped at Foot Locker. … Bryan also confirms that the Twins’ navy alts did indeed have red outlining around the nameplate lettering on Sunday. … A few people complained that the photo of me at the pig-butchery class was too small, so here’s full-size version. … Really interesting query from Brian Carroll, who writes: “I’m watching highlights of the Houston Cougars teams of the ’80s, which reminds me that the uniform numbers on their red away uniforms were one higher than the ones on their white home uniforms. So Akeem (as it was spelled then) was 34 at home and 35 on the road. Do you know why that was, and whether any other teams have done that?” Actually, I was unaware of this (as many of you know, college hoops isn’t my strong suit). Anyone know more? … The White Sox and Blackhawks have formed a marketing partnership, and check out the photo accompanying the announcement (nice find by Sam McCullough). … Seattle’s new MLS team is up and running: Ladies and gentlemen, your Seattle Sounders. … Comments section stalwart Teebz has an NHL playoff pool running on his blog. Details here. … Word I’m hearing is that the Phillies may wear green BP jerseys for Earth Day. As you may recall, the Astros have already announced that they’ll be wearing green caps that day. … The Pirates waited until yesterday to announce that they’ll be wearing a jersey patch to celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary. … Meanwhile, Pirtes catcher Ronnie Paulino has become a Power Ranger. … Brilliant connect-the-dots work by Steven Brown, who was looking through this book and stumbled upon the apparent inspiration for Oregon’s uniforms. … Interesting custom figurine site here, featuring several rather atypical designs (nice find by Casey Bloom). … Ever wonder about that patch being worn by the San Francisco Seals soccer team? Yeah, me neither, but here’s lot of info about it anyway (with thanks to the self-exiled Kenn Tomasch). … Some more pics of those awesome NC State baseball unis here, here, and here (courtesy of the team’s equipment director, Jodie Cahoon). … Joseph Marchio was inspired by yesterday’s mashup entry to create an all-purpose Cleveland sports logo. “The ‘Cleveland’ wordmark is from the Indians, 1944-1957,” he writes. “The sword in the Dawg’s mouth is a combination of two current alternate Cavs logos. Obviously, the Dawg is a current alternate logo for the Browns, although I did add the teeth to it. And the 10 stars represent the Cleveland championships — eight for the Browns (four AAFC, four NFL) and two for the Indians.” But shouldn’t the Dawg have a black collar or something in memory of the Barons? … I don’t much care about the current league calling itself the ABA, and you probably don’t either. Fortunately, Kris Fulton does: “On March 14th/15th, Halifax had two home games against the Bahama All-Pro Show to close out their inaugural ABA season. The day before the first game, the visiting team cancelled, so the Halifax owner called Atlanta and flew in their team for the two-game set (at his own expense), rescheduling for Saturday/Sunday instead of Friday/Saturday. Naturally, bags get lost on the short-notice trip, and Atlanta ended up taking the floor in black Team Canada hockey T-shirts [and mismatched shorts — PL] with masking tape numbers [my favorite of which is this — PL]. Predictably, the numbers began falling off as the game went on. The team was properly equipped the following night for the second game. Shortly thereafter, Halifax’s owner announced that the team is leaving the ABA and is looking for another league, with his sights set on the D-League.” Lots of additional info and photos here. … Steve Johnston was at yesterday’s White Sox game and snapped this shot. “Obviously homemade,” notes Steve. “He said he’d been to all the places on the jacket.” … Assuming the combined forces of the Secret Service, the bouncers from Irving Plaza, and Superman can protect the Olympic flame from being extinguished, the American team will be outfitted by Ralph Lauren, whose concept sketch looks like this. Note that the shorts are slightly above the knee, which should be a revelation for most of the American basketball players (as forwarded by Nick Waters). … Speaking of the Olympic torch, some French participants in the torch relay may have broken the rules regarding attire. … Cool photo gallery here of the Georgia Dome being repainted (with thanks to Brent Hardman). … OK, that’s it: I am sick of seeing the noble sport of bowling repeatedly besmirched by Presidential politics. Memo to all candidates: You are not worthy of the lanes. Please stick to cup stacking.

 

253 comments to We’re Talkin’ ’Bout Practice

  • Robert | April 8, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    Unexpected seeing my beloved alma mater front and center today made my heart flutter. Thanks, Bryan.

    Perhaps the team could go with this look for the Spring Game.

    http://i62.photobuck...

    Just kidding, of course.

  • Robert | April 8, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    Nice grammar on my part; geez. I told you that I was excited.

  • Derek | April 8, 2008 at 9:07 am |

    Here’s the NHL 2008 draft logo

    http://www.nhl.com/f...

  • Mike Engle | April 8, 2008 at 9:11 am |

    Two comments:
    1) Haha, Mr. Lukas. You actually wore THAT t-shirt? I love my meat, but a smiling cow getting sliced up? I find that mildly disturbing…
    2) I actually thought that “best masking tape number” was a super-old school 20, but I guess it’s just a run of the mill 88. Darn.

  • Derek | April 8, 2008 at 9:11 am |

    how would these look as next years nhl allstar game jerseys?

    http://bp2.blogger.c...

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:12 am |

    As a physical education teacher who teaches a unit on Speed Stacking I was quite dissapointed in the put down of the game. This activity is a great way for students learn to use both sides of their brain and promotes ambidextarity. Anytime an activity crosses the midline of the brain it helps increase brain function. Numerous studies have been done linking speed stacking to increased test scores in math. The world record holder plays basketball for the University of Minnesota, and is a point guard on the womens team. If you see her in action she is awesome at both basketball and speed stacking. So before you go and knock on something please do a little more research. The students LOVE doing this activity!

  • Peter Wunsch | April 8, 2008 at 9:13 am |

    Paul: The story on Pesach Tam tams was great. But then how could you follow it up with pig pictures?

  • Derek | April 8, 2008 at 9:14 am |

    [quote comment=”249182″]As a physical education teacher who teaches a unit on Speed Stacking I was quite dissapointed in the put down of the game. This activity is a great way for students learn to use both sides of their brain and promotes ambidextarity. Anytime an activity crosses the midline of the brain it helps increase brain function. Numerous studies have been done linking speed stacking to increased test scores in math. The world record holder plays basketball for the University of Minnesota, and is a point guard on the womens team. If you see her in action she is awesome at both basketball and speed stacking. So before you go and knock on something please do a little more research. The students LOVE doing this activity![/quote]
    We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that

  • RC | April 8, 2008 at 9:14 am |

    Re: the blue and red sticker on Jamaal Lord’s helmet

    When I first saw the picture, the first thing that came to mind was the NCAA Football generic logo from about 10 years ago. It was a stylized image of a hand grasping a football.

    The only example I can find right now is from the cover of a video game: http://i12.ebayimg.c...

    I might be wrong, though.

  • Paul Lukas | April 8, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”249179″]Two comments:
    1) Haha, Mr. Lukas. You actually wore THAT t-shirt? I love my meat, but a smiling cow getting sliced up? I find that mildly disturbing…[/quote]

    Amazing story behind that T-shirt: Back in the 1990s I published a zine called Beer Frame, in which I occasionally mentioned that I’m a serious carnivore. One of my readers was traveling in Italy and visited a butcher shop where the butcher paper featured that sliced-cow illustration. He thought, “That would be a great T-shirt for Paul” and asked the butcher for an extra sheet of the paper. When he got home, he had the shirt made up and sent it to me. Awesome.

    Flash forward about nine years to the pig-butchery course a few weeks ago. I’m one of 12 “students” and the butcher/instructor asks us each to introduce ourselves. After I say my name, the guy next to me whispers, “Are you the same Paul Lukas who used to do Beer Frame?” I say, “Yes. In fact, this T-shirt I’m wearing was given to me years ago by a Beer Frame reader.”

    And then this voice behind us says, “Uh, that would be me.” The guy who gave me the shirt I was wearing WAS RIGHT THERE TAKING THE CLASS ALONG WITH ME. Even crazier, he had lived in Chicago back when he’d sent me the shirt, but he’d more recently moved to NYC. Unfuckingbelievable.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 8, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”249182″]As a physical education teacher who teaches a unit on Speed Stacking I was quite dissapointed in the put down of the game. This activity is a great way for students learn to use both sides of their brain and promotes ambidextarity. Anytime an activity crosses the midline of the brain it helps increase brain function. Numerous studies have been done linking speed stacking to increased test scores in math. The world record holder plays basketball for the University of Minnesota, and is a point guard on the womens team. If you see her in action she is awesome at both basketball and speed stacking. So before you go and knock on something please do a little more research. The students LOVE doing this activity![/quote]

    At first glance (and I think most of us are getting our first glance at speed stacking) this does indeed look like a rather … well, I don’t like using this word … stupid sport. Help us out though and tell us what we need to know about it and what makes it important (in addition to what you’ve already said). We’re all intelligent, open minded people here.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here

  • Walaitis | April 8, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    Good thing the Cubbie Blue softball jerseys will be used “sparingly” this year, eh?

    Yesterday

    Sunday

  • John | April 8, 2008 at 9:21 am |

    My guess is that the sticker above the 2 on Jammal Lord’s helmet is the old NCAA football shield logo used in the mid 90’s before the pennant logo. Sorry could not find pic.

  • Buccigross Fan Club | April 8, 2008 at 9:22 am |

    Perusing the Moore figurine site took a rather disturbing turn. I know Dominik Hasek stands on his head, but this pose is a bit ridonkulus.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment=”249185″][quote comment=”249182″]As a physical education teacher who teaches a unit on Speed Stacking I was quite dissapointed in the put down of the game. This activity is a great way for students learn to use both sides of their brain and promotes ambidextarity. Anytime an activity crosses the midline of the brain it helps increase brain function. Numerous studies have been done linking speed stacking to increased test scores in math. The world record holder plays basketball for the University of Minnesota, and is a point guard on the womens team. If you see her in action she is awesome at both basketball and speed stacking. So before you go and knock on something please do a little more research. The students LOVE doing this activity![/quote]
    We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]
    First of, its not stupid. Just like most people when you see something new you tend to put it down because you dont understand it. This sport is in millions of schools across the country and is loved my millions of kids. I will get a link to the website with all the information. Just open your eyes to something new.

    http://www.speedstac...

  • Stuby | April 8, 2008 at 9:27 am |

    1) I always thought that Reggie Bush started the area code trend by wearing 619 on his eyeblack.

    3) Maybe the Jammal Lord sticker is a Bowl Game logo from the previous year?

    2) Will the Olympic team be outfitted with Ralph Lauren designed oxygen masks to keep them from breathing the bad Beijing air?

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  • Jim | April 8, 2008 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment=”249190″][quote comment=”249179″]Two comments:
    1) Haha, Mr. Lukas. You actually wore THAT t-shirt? I love my meat, but a smiling cow getting sliced up? I find that mildly disturbing…[/quote]

    Amazing story behind that T-shirt: Back in the 1990s I published a zine called Beer Frame, in which I occasionally mentioned that I’m a serious carnivore. One of my readers was traveling in Italy and visited a butcher shop where the butcher paper featured that sliced-cow illustration. He thought, “That would be a great T-shirt for Paul” and asked the butcher for an extra sheet of the paper. When he got home, he had the shirt made up and sent it to me. Awesome.

    Flash forward about nine years to the pig-butchery course a few weeks ago. I’m one of 12 “students” and the butcher/instructor asks us each to introduce ourselves. After I say my name, the guy next to me whispers, “Are you the same Paul Lukas who used to do Beer Frame?” I say, “Yes. In fact, this T-shirt I’m wearing was given to me years ago by a Beer Frame reader.”

    And then this voice behind us says, “Uh, that would be me.” The guy who gave me the shirt I was wearing WAS RIGHT THERE TAKING THE CLASS ALONG WITH ME. Even crazier, he had lived in Chicago back when he’d sent me the shirt, but he’d more recently moved to NYC. Unfuckingbelievable.[/quote]

    Sound like something out the the twilight zone…….. (insert creepy music here….)

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    Below I attached a list of standards that speed stacks meet according to the National Association of Physical Education (NASPE).
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    ——————————
    About Speed Stacks
    Meeting NASPE Standards
    The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) describes the physically educated person as one who is “fit, is physically active, is skilled, knows the benefits of physical activity, and values physical activity.”

    The following are NASPE standards identified by Speed Stacks, that are met through Sport Stacking and ON THE MOVE activities that incorporate Sport Stacking:

    Standard #1
    Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

    Standard #2
    Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply the learning and performance of physical activities.

    Standard #3
    Participates regularly in physical activity.

    Standard #5
    Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

    Standard #6
    Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

    Positive Physical Education
    Speed Stacks believes that sport stacking fits right in to the NASPE definition of positive PE.

    teach a variety of physical education activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable
    create maximum opportunities for students of all abilities to be successful
    promote student honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship
    guide students into becoming skillful and confident movers
    assist students in setting and achieving personal goals
    provide specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills
    afford opportunities for students to succeed in cooperative and competitive situations
    prepare and encourage students to practice skills and be active for a lifetime
    Excerpted from pledge developed by NASPE, 2004

  • Steve Sarran | April 8, 2008 at 9:31 am |

    210 is the San Antonio area code.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:32 am |

    http://speedstacks.c...

    This is a link to information for parents on Speed Stacking.

  • yukoncornelius | April 8, 2008 at 9:34 am |

    the weird thing about that michigan practice shot is not that they’re still hanging on to nike, but that they are practicing in a jersey that is from the john navarre era. their current in-game looks like this, surprising that they keep in game jerseys around for practicing. with their budget, you’d think they could spring for new duds.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:35 am |

    In todays world it is hard nowadays to get any type of clothing that doesnt have some sort of logo on it. While I hate adidas with a passion and loathe their creep of the damn 3 stripes a logo is every where unless you go to wal mart and by some trailer trash white shirt to get a logo-less top.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”249216″]the weird thing about that michigan practice shot is not that they’re still hanging on to nike, but that they are practicing in a jersey that is from the john navarre era. their current in-game looks like this, surprising that they keep in game jerseys around for practicing. with their budget, you’d think they could spring for new duds.[/quote]

    People are getting confused with Michigan, but Nike still makes nike clothes or fan gear of other schools that are Adidas. I have seen Nike Sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, etc. of Nebraska, Wisconsin and Kansas just to name a few, so hopefully they will continue that for Michigan.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:42 am |

    OK, is it just me or does Memphis’ basketball uniforms look very 90ish? I would put them in a category as one of the worst in the NCAAs.

  • Robert | April 8, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    Please do not start that tiresome debate again. It gets so old and is so pointless.

  • James Craven | April 8, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    The only question in Husker Nation is will Bo bring back the Power-I offense?

    [quote comment=”249180″]“How would these look as next year’s NHL All-Star Game jerseys?”[quote]

    I’d use the vintage 1946-47 white Canadiens sweater/jersey for L’Partie de Etois next year. But the French usage is ideal.

    Nice use of the word “besmirched” there according to William Regal.

    And if NASCAR isn’t a sport, then tennis and golf aren’t sports. As Rosie O’Donnell said back when she was funny, “Golf isn’t a sport, it’s guys walking around in loud shirts and pants.”

  • JJD | April 8, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    Really interesting query from Brian Carroll, who writes: “I’m watching highlights of the Houston Cougars teams of the ’80s, which reminds me that the uniform numbers on their red away uniforms were one higher than the ones on their white home uniforms. So Akeem (as it was spelled then) was 34 at home and 35 on the road. Do you know why that was, and whether any other teams have done that?” Actually, I was unaware of this (as many of you know, college hoops isn’t my strong suit). Anyone know more?

    I wasn’t aware of why they did this, but the high school I attended my freshman and sophomore years did this, so I was #10 at home and #11 on the road. I’d never heard of a college team doing that, though, and I don’t remember a school we played against doing the same thing.

  • JJD | April 8, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”249213″]210 is the San Antonio area code.[/quote]

    The helmet actually says “201”. That’s just a typo in the article.

  • lwiedy | April 8, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”249212″]Below I attached a list of standards that speed stacks meet according to the National Association of Physical Education (NASPE).
    ————————————————–

    ——————————
    About Speed Stacks
    Meeting NASPE Standards
    The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) describes the physically educated person as one who is “fit, is physically active, is skilled, knows the benefits of physical activity, and values physical activity.”

    The following are NASPE standards identified by Speed Stacks, that are met through Sport Stacking and ON THE MOVE activities that incorporate Sport Stacking:

    Standard #1
    Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

    Standard #2
    Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply the learning and performance of physical activities.

    Standard #3
    Participates regularly in physical activity.

    Standard #5
    Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

    Standard #6
    Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

    Positive Physical Education
    Speed Stacks believes that sport stacking fits right in to the NASPE definition of positive PE.

    teach a variety of physical education activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable
    create maximum opportunities for students of all abilities to be successful
    promote student honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship
    guide students into becoming skillful and confident movers
    assist students in setting and achieving personal goals
    provide specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills
    afford opportunities for students to succeed in cooperative and competitive situations
    prepare and encourage students to practice skills and be active for a lifetime
    Excerpted from pledge developed by NASPE, 2004[/quote]

    Positive PE? Everything I read today is about the egghead concept of physical education. Seems like they’re leaving the physical out.

    No wonder kids are so fat.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment=”249231″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    Please do not start that tiresome debate again. It gets so old and is so pointless.[/quote]

    You know as a teacher, I was offended with the closemindedness of some of the readers. I know its not in the category with baseball, football, basketball but to our kids it is a sport or at least close to one. I was merely providing information.

  • JJD | April 8, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    Seattle’s new MLS team is up and running: Ladies and gentlemen, your Seattle Sounders.

    Technically, it’s “Seattle Sounders FC.” The club had chosen three names for fans to vote – Seattle Republic, Seattle Alliance, and Seattle FC (I think), but they allowed write-in votes and since the “Sounders” has been Seattle’s soccer team since the 1970s, like half of the votes they received were write-in with variations of “Sounders”.

    At least it is kind of cool that the team listened to the fans and allowed them to write-in a choice when it became apparent a large segment of their target audience was pro-Sounders.

  • Juan Grande | April 8, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    Looking at the homepage of the Seattle Sounders, I noticed something interesting. Across the top of the page are international flags that you can click to change the language of the page to that country. At the end is a Mexican flag but then the word “Spanish” underneath. I know where they are going with it and I guess it would be “un-PC” to say “Mexican” under the flag. So why not show the flag of Spain for Spanish?

  • Marty Met | April 8, 2008 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”249233″]The only question in Husker Nation is will Bo bring back the Power-I offense?

    [quote comment=”249180″]“How would these look as next year’s NHL All-Star Game jerseys?”[quote]

    I’d use the vintage 1946-47 white Canadiens sweater/jersey for L’Partie de Etois next year. But the French usage is ideal.

    Nice use of the word “besmirched” there according to William Regal.

    And if NASCAR isn’t a sport, then tennis and golf aren’t sports. As Rosie O’Donnell said back when she was funny, “Golf isn’t a sport, it’s guys walking around in loud shirts and pants.”[/quote]

    I agree that NASCAR and Golf are not sports, activities that do take a termendious amount of skill, but not sports. Tennis is indeed a sport, you need a lot more athelticism to play tennis than Prince Feilder has.

  • lwiedy | April 8, 2008 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”249237″][quote comment=”249231″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    Please do not start that tiresome debate again. It gets so old and is so pointless.[/quote]

    You know as a teacher, I was offended with the closemindedness of some of the readers. I know its not in the category with baseball, football, basketball but to our kids it is a sport or at least close to one. I was merely providing information.[/quote]

    Lighten up, Francis

  • Steve | April 8, 2008 at 10:07 am |

    The 210 on the right side is the area code of his hometown, Bayonne, N.J.

    Paul, I think you mean 201. (for Jamaal Lord)

  • Bryan Redemske | April 8, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”249186″]Re: the blue and red sticker on Jamaal Lord’s helmet

    When I first saw the picture, the first thing that came to mind was the NCAA Football generic logo from about 10 years ago. It was a stylized image of a hand grasping a football.

    The only example I can find right now is from the cover of a video game: http://i12.ebayimg.c...

    I might be wrong, though.[/quote]

    I think you’re right. Jay Terry actually suggested that, but I couldn’t find that logo to compare them.

    [quote comment=”249235″][quote comment=”249213″]210 is the San Antonio area code.[/quote]

    The helmet actually says “201”. That’s just a typo in the article.[/quote]

    Fixed. Thanks.

  • Leo | April 8, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”249221″][quote comment=”249216″]the weird thing about that michigan practice shot is not that they’re still hanging on to nike, but that they are practicing in a jersey that is from the john navarre era. their current in-game looks like this, surprising that they keep in game jerseys around for practicing. with their budget, you’d think they could spring for new duds.[/quote]

    People are getting confused with Michigan, but Nike still makes nike clothes or fan gear of other schools that are Adidas. I have seen Nike Sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, etc. of Nebraska, Wisconsin and Kansas just to name a few, so hopefully they will continue that for Michigan.[/quote]

    The thing that people forget is that Michigan is going through a bit of an economic crisis (how bad is it when this is your economic campaign). So, maybe Michigan can’t afford to throw out so much cash on new practice jerseys when it also has to send enough money to keep this sport competitive.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 10:13 am |

    just one question, dear readers, today:

    pinstripes or snow whites?

  • Paul Lukas | April 8, 2008 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”249262″]just one question, dear readers, today:

    pinstripes or snow whites?[/quote]

    I’m sure it’ll be snow whites. The bigger question: Black caps/sleeves/socks or blue? (And with Ollie Perez on the mound, the socks are extra-important!)

  • Like the River | April 8, 2008 at 10:21 am |

    As a life long Cleveland sports fan I would have switched the “dawg” alt logo for the old school “Brownie” the leprechaun holding the cavs sword flag.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”249236″][quote comment=”249212″]Below I attached a list of standards that speed stacks meet according to the National Association of Physical Education (NASPE).
    ————————————————–

    ——————————
    About Speed Stacks
    Meeting NASPE Standards
    The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) describes the physically educated person as one who is “fit, is physically active, is skilled, knows the benefits of physical activity, and values physical activity.”

    The following are NASPE standards identified by Speed Stacks, that are met through Sport Stacking and ON THE MOVE activities that incorporate Sport Stacking:

    Standard #1
    Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

    Standard #2
    Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply the learning and performance of physical activities.

    Standard #3
    Participates regularly in physical activity.

    Standard #5
    Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

    Standard #6
    Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

    Positive Physical Education
    Speed Stacks believes that sport stacking fits right in to the NASPE definition of positive PE.

    teach a variety of physical education activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable
    create maximum opportunities for students of all abilities to be successful
    promote student honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship
    guide students into becoming skillful and confident movers
    assist students in setting and achieving personal goals
    provide specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills
    afford opportunities for students to succeed in cooperative and competitive situations
    prepare and encourage students to practice skills and be active for a lifetime
    Excerpted from pledge developed by NASPE, 2004[/quote]

    Positive PE? Everything I read today is about the egghead concept of physical education. Seems like they’re leaving the physical out.

    No wonder kids are so fat.[/quote]

    What do you do for activity? Sit around and do nothing? Todays PE is changing it not just roll the ball out anymore and watch….everyone participates so quit your whining…by the way whats your weight

  • JD | April 8, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    “actually admits to having shopped at Foot Locker…”

    Sounds like somebody’s gearing up for the Hipster Olympics:
    http://youtube.com/w...

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 8, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”249253″][quote comment=”249237″][quote comment=”249231″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    Please do not start that tiresome debate again. It gets so old and is so pointless.[/quote]

    You know as a teacher, I was offended with the closemindedness of some of the readers. I know its not in the category with baseball, football, basketball but to our kids it is a sport or at least close to one. I was merely providing information.[/quote]

    Lighten up, Francis[/quote]

    Jason … I’m really sorry that I offended you. What I was trying to say, and not doing a very good job, was that I wanted more information so that I wouldn’t just automatically assume that Speed Stacking was stupid.

    After seeing what you provided I agree that it is a very good way to get better eye-hand coordination and quick thought. I mean no disrespect, however, I don’t think it advances physical education that much. There’s not a lot of, what I would consider, physical activity. Mental activity and eye-hand coordination, abosolutely.

  • Dave F. | April 8, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    In high school, our basketball teams used even numbers for our home uniforms and odd numbers for our away uniforms (even though, yes, the home unis were white and the away were dark). Usually the numbers were one digit higher for each player.

  • Harry | April 8, 2008 at 10:25 am |

    Now, granted, as all New Yorkers know, the Yankees are actually the Catholic team in this town (think about it: DiMaggio, Rizzuto, Crosetti, Lazzeri, Pepitone, Cerone, Righetti, Torre, Martin, Girardi, Giuliani, Francessa,

    Fahgetaboutit – Looks like the Yankees are the Italian team. You can add Berra,Balboni,Villone,Pagliarulo,Velarde,
    Funny article, thanks

  • Patrick | April 8, 2008 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment=”249196″]My guess is that the sticker above the 2 on Jammal Lord’s helmet is the old NCAA football shield logo used in the mid 90’s before the pennant logo. Sorry could not find pic.[/quote]

    Here’s the pic:

    College Football USA

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    [quote]quit your whining…by the way whats your weight?[/quote]

    can we please end this shit now

  • derek | April 8, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”249237″][quote comment=”249231″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    Please do not start that tiresome debate again. It gets so old and is so pointless.[/quote]

    You know as a teacher, I was offended with the closemindedness of some of the readers. I know its not in the category with baseball, football, basketball but to our kids it is a sport or at least close to one. I was merely providing information.[/quote]
    speed stacking is a “sport” for nerds, and i use the term sport loosely

  • Perry | April 8, 2008 at 10:32 am |

    When I was in high school in Ohio in the early 70s our BB team had even numbers at home and odd numbers away. I believe it was a state rule. A little Googling uncovered a few mentions of other states having similar rules — apparently Iowa just dropped theirs a couple of years ago. I don’t recall that ever being a college rule, certainly not in the Akeem era at Houston.

  • Matty L | April 8, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    As kickass as the Sounders FC badge is I think Seattle Sounders FC is a crap name. Why do so many MLS teams need lame club names (Galaxy, Wizards, Earthquakes, Sounders, Red Bulls, Crew) instead of going with traditional club names, Seattle FC or something more “soccer-y” would be a million times better. Hopefully Philly gets it right.

  • Tim | April 8, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    Word I’m hearing is that the Phillies may wear green BP jerseys for Earth Day.

    Paul are they just going to wear them in BP or for the game? The phillies have only worn their BP jerseys once in a game in San Fransico in the late 90’s. So it would be interesting to see them do this again for Earth day.

  • Teebz | April 8, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    Mr. Gomez,

    I suggest not engaging with people in the stands. They haven’t been to a physical education class in years/decades/centuries, and would not understand the evolution of the Phys. Ed. teacher.

    No longer are they the “musclehead” football coaches. They are health teachers. They are volunteers who spend hours at the gymnasium providing children a place to play. They are educators. They stress fitness in all aspects of life, not just physical fitness.

    People, grow up. Educators are the last great haven of society. Once they give up, our future, your children’s future, and every generation’s future following are doomed.

    Sports is a small portion of equal physical education, just as quantum theory is a small portion of physics, and just as manners are a small part of common sense.

  • Dave in VA | April 8, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”249293″]Word I’m hearing is that the Phillies may wear green BP jerseys for Earth Day.

    Paul are they just going to wear them in BP or for the game? The phillies have only worn their BP jerseys once in a game in San Fransico in the late 90’s. So it would be interesting to see them do this again for Earth day.[/quote]

    Count this Phillies fan out for thinking that this would be interesting. Sorry – green & red don’t mix unless it’s Christmas. They look like crap on St. Patty’s Day, and they’d look like crap on Earth Day, IMO.

  • Eriq Jaffe | April 8, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    Just to note, the Twins’ base coaches didn’t wear the 70’s helmets yesterday (no pics, but I was there). Maybe it’s just a home game thing?

  • Stuby | April 8, 2008 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”249248″]Looking at the homepage of the Seattle Sounders, I noticed something interesting. Across the top of the page are international flags that you can click to change the language of the page to that country. At the end is a Mexican flag but then the word “Spanish” underneath. I know where they are going with it and I guess it would be “un-PC” to say “Mexican” under the flag. So why not show the flag of Spain for Spanish?[/quote]
    I grew up on the West Coast, and I don’t recall a huge population of Spaniards (OK, so there weren’t a whole lot of people walking around speaking Swedish either). You’ll notice they also have a Brazilian flag for Portugese.

    They probably did it for the same reason they don’t use the Union Jack for English I guess. Most of the people speaking those languages in the Pacific Northwest will be from those countries.

  • A Bronx Jew | April 8, 2008 at 10:44 am |

    The Jewish masses are more MESS fans than Yankees Fans? My Father was from BAYSIDE and he and his father were MORE Yankees Fans than Dodgers fans! And they NEVER Wanted another NL Team in NYC…So i dont think Jews flock to the NY MESS over the Yankees…Players…maybe

  • Paul Lukas | April 8, 2008 at 10:44 am |

    [quote comment=”249303″]Just to note, the Twins’ base coaches didn’t wear the 70’s helmets yesterday (no pics, but I was there). Maybe it’s just a home game thing?[/quote]

    Interesting. The catchers have only worn the ’70s helmets at home as well, so maybe the coaches are on the same schedule/program/etc.

  • derek | April 8, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”249299″]Mr. Gomez,

    I suggest not engaging with people in the stands. They haven’t been to a physical education class in years/decades/centuries, and would not understand the evolution of the Phys. Ed. teacher.

    No longer are they the “musclehead” football coaches. They are health teachers. They are volunteers who spend hours at the gymnasium providing children a place to play. They are educators. They stress fitness in all aspects of life, not just physical fitness.

    People, grow up. Educators are the last great haven of society. Once they give up, our future, your children’s future, and every generation’s future following are doomed.

    Sports is a small portion of equal physical education, just as quantum theory is a small portion of physics, and just as manners are a small part of common sense.[/quote]
    I was actually in a P.E. class, or as my school calls it Phyically Active for Life, less then an hour ago,and i agree with everything you said

  • War Damn Eagle | April 8, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”249308″][quote comment=”249303″]Just to note, the Twins’ base coaches didn’t wear the 70’s helmets yesterday (no pics, but I was there). Maybe it’s just a home game thing?[/quote]

    Interesting. The catchers have only worn the ’70s helmets at home as well, so maybe the coaches are on the same schedule/program/etc.[/quote]

    Makes sense, b/c a white-faced helmet would really clash with the grey uniforms (or even the gray pants when they wear the blue road alts).

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”249309″][quote comment=”249299″]Mr. Gomez,

    I suggest not engaging with people in the stands. They haven’t been to a physical education class in years/decades/centuries, and would not understand the evolution of the Phys. Ed. teacher.

    No longer are they the “musclehead” football coaches. They are health teachers. They are volunteers who spend hours at the gymnasium providing children a place to play. They are educators. They stress fitness in all aspects of life, not just physical fitness.

    People, grow up. Educators are the last great haven of society. Once they give up, our future, your children’s future, and every generation’s future following are doomed.

    Sports is a small portion of equal physical education, just as quantum theory is a small portion of physics, and just as manners are a small part of common sense.[/quote]
    I was actually in a P.E. class, or as my school calls it Phyically Active for Life, less then an hour ago,and i agree with everything you said[/quote]
    Thank you, I just got all defensive, I appreciate your comments. PE has changed so much and we are trying to change the stereotype that is out there.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 8, 2008 at 10:52 am |

    Plus, the Twins use the “M” logo on the road caps. The interlocking “TC” logo is more of a home thing, right?

  • lwiedy | April 8, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    Again, JG & Teebz, lighten up. Many topics here obviously are subject to playful ridicule and there are those who just go nut(z) when the things they hold dear take a shot. Perhaps we can be provided a list of “hands off” topics as not to “offend”.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    well said teebz!

  • JJD | April 8, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”249292″]As kickass as the Sounders FC badge is I think Seattle Sounders FC is a crap name. Why do so many MLS teams need lame club names (Galaxy, Wizards, Earthquakes, Sounders, Red Bulls, Crew) instead of going with traditional club names, Seattle FC or something more “soccer-y” would be a million times better. Hopefully Philly gets it right.[/quote]

    That’s what they were GONNA do, but people freaked out. If we could only get people to care as deeply about the Sonics leaving…

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”249292″]As kickass as the Sounders FC badge is I think Seattle Sounders FC is a crap name. Why do so many MLS teams need lame club names (Galaxy, Wizards, Earthquakes, Sounders, Red Bulls, Crew) instead of going with traditional club names, Seattle FC or something more “soccer-y” would be a million times better. Hopefully Philly gets it right.[/quote]

    Although I agree that the Wizards, Galaxy, Earthquakes, and Red Bulls are pretty lame names. I’d rather they used the American style of naming if the only other choice is to incorrectly call a team a Football Club, when in reality it’s a Socer Club/Team. Call the new teams ______SC(soccer club) if you want to stay true to the roots of the game. So although the Wizards, for instance, sounds like a pretty lame name, Kansas City FC just doesn’t make any fucking sense, IMO.

    As far as the cup stacking goes, I always have respect for people that are great at what they do, especially when I couldn’t do it in 10 times the amount of time they do it, so by all means keep teaching your kids to stack the cups if they like it, and especially if it improves them in other areas. Think about it this way, talking about basketball when it was first invented probably sounded pretty stupid to most folks. “Hey, wanna come over and throw a ball thru a peach basket with us?” That being said, the word sport gets thrown around to loosely, IMO. There are only 5 sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, and Hockey. Everything else is either and athletic activity or a game. I played competitive laser tag)Laser Quest if your curious) for 7 years or so, drove all over the country for tournements, was in the best shape of my life because of it. But damnit, the word sport is sacred, and that wasn’t a sport. it was a game and a hobby. Just my 2 cents.

    Calling cup stacking a sport, is like calling a gym teacher a teacher……j/k a have a great deal of repect of any teacher. That being said, PE at my schools was a joke, and still is from what I keep hearing. It’s so bad that in my city any child can oupt out of it with a signed note from their parent.

  • Teebz | April 8, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”249318″]Again, JG & Teebz, lighten up. Many topics here obviously are subject to playful ridicule and there are those who just go nut(z) when the things they hold dear take a shot. Perhaps we can be provided a list of “hands off” topics as not to “offend”.[/quote]

    I’m quite certain that when someone states “We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that“… it was said with “playful ridicule”. Excuse my sarcasm.

    All I am doing is trying to bring a little sanity to this thread. If I had basically said that the job you chose was nothing more than a joke, you’d take offence too.

    I’m not offended whatsoever at the concept of “speed stacking” not being a sport. But to crap on a guy doing his job as to what his curriculum states he should be teaching?

    Give the guy a break, man.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 8, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    [quote]
    Thank you, I just got all defensive, I appreciate your comments. PE has changed so much and we are trying to change the stereotype that is out there.[/quote]

    I readily admit that I have not been in a PE class in a LOT of years and all of my kids are grown and out of the house. I’m looking to be educated on this.

    Derek, you mentioned the “Physically Active for Life” class. Jason, you mentioned that PE has changed a lot and that there was a stereotype that needs to be changed. I understand and appreciate those things. My question … are the kids getting full physical activity? I agree that PE shouldn’t be rolling a ball out and letting the kids go at it, but, there IS that aspect, right?

  • Jake | April 8, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    Missisippi

    Mississippi.

    Just sayin’.

    /spell check

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    can we please get back to important things…like the major sports…baseball, football and basketball?

  • Jim | April 8, 2008 at 11:08 am |

    I think we just need to take all the Speed Stack Cups, turn them over, fill them with Beer/Pop Whatever, and just relax………..

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”249340″]I think we just need to take all the Speed Stack Cups, turn them over, fill them with Beer/Pop Whatever, and just relax………..[/quote]

    Exactly, I’m sure the of-age cup stackers celebrate in style.

  • LouUmp | April 8, 2008 at 11:12 am |

    The best thing about Passover for us Goyum?

    Kosher Coke

  • Jeff | April 8, 2008 at 11:13 am |

    On the topic of odd and even numbers, it was traditionally done in high schools because the scoring crew (scorebook) talent varied from location to location. Often, it was just a manager or some kid from the school. Thus, to make it easier for the scorer to not mess up the numbers when entering fouls (in particular) in the book, odds were worn on the road and evens at home. Thus, there was less likelihood of entering a foul on the wrong team’s side of the ledger. This disappeared from use around here in the 1990s, and now most schools just use the same number home and away.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 8, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”249340″]I think we just need to take all the Speed Stack Cups, turn them over, fill them with Beer/Pop Whatever, and just relax………..[/quote]

    That is a great idea! Better than anything I’ve said so far.

  • LouUmp | April 8, 2008 at 11:15 am |

    Todays Hi and Lois should strike a chord with folks here…

  • diz | April 8, 2008 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment=”249306″][quote comment=”249248″]Looking at the homepage of the Seattle Sounders, I noticed something interesting. Across the top of the page are international flags that you can click to change the language of the page to that country. At the end is a Mexican flag but then the word “Spanish” underneath. I know where they are going with it and I guess it would be “un-PC” to say “Mexican” under the flag. So why not show the flag of Spain for Spanish?[/quote]
    I grew up on the West Coast, and I don’t recall a huge population of Spaniards (OK, so there weren’t a whole lot of people walking around speaking Swedish either). You’ll notice they also have a Brazilian flag for Portugese.

    They probably did it for the same reason they don’t use the Union Jack for English I guess. Most of the people speaking those languages in the Pacific Northwest will be from those countries.[/quote]

    Also: the Spanish and Portugese used will probably conform more to the Mexican and Brazilian versions of Spanish than the Iberian ones. Same thing happens with the Stars and Stripes being used for [American] English.

    Although the proper flag for English should be this

  • Roger Faso | April 8, 2008 at 11:16 am |

    Nice work, Joseph Marchio.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”249309″][quote comment=”249299″]Mr. Gomez,

    I suggest not engaging with people in the stands. They haven’t been to a physical education class in years/decades/centuries, and would not understand the evolution of the Phys. Ed. teacher.

    No longer are they the “musclehead” football coaches. They are health teachers. They are volunteers who spend hours at the gymnasium providing children a place to play. They are educators. They stress fitness in all aspects of life, not just physical fitness.

    People, grow up. Educators are the last great haven of society. Once they give up, our future, your children’s future, and every generation’s future following are doomed.

    Sports is a small portion of equal physical education, just as quantum theory is a small portion of physics, and just as manners are a small part of common sense.[/quote]
    I was actually in a P.E. class, or as my school calls it Phyically Active for Life, less then an hour ago,and i agree with everything you said[/quote]

    Thank you, I just got all defensive, I appreciate your comments. PE has changed so much and we are trying to change the stereotype that is out there.

  • Jim | April 8, 2008 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”249338″]can we please get back to important things…like the major sports…baseball, football and basketball?[/quote]
    Hockey playoffs start tomorrrow!! WOOOO!!

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”249336″][quote]
    Thank you, I just got all defensive, I appreciate your comments. PE has changed so much and we are trying to change the stereotype that is out there.[/quote]

    I readily admit that I have not been in a PE class in a LOT of years and all of my kids are grown and out of the house. I’m looking to be educated on this.

    Derek, you mentioned the “Physically Active for Life” class. Jason, you mentioned that PE has changed a lot and that there was a stereotype that needs to be changed. I understand and appreciate those things. My question … are the kids getting full physical activity? I agree that PE shouldn’t be rolling a ball out and letting the kids go at it, but, there IS that aspect, right?[/quote]

    Today we stress active participation, limited standing and watching, if they do stand its for only 30 sec to a minute to catch a breath. We want to educate them physically so they can move on in life with skills they can use to keep them active for life. Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.

  • john | April 8, 2008 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”249309″][quote comment=”249299″]Mr. Gomez,

    I suggest not engaging with people in the stands. They haven’t been to a physical education class in years/decades/centuries, and would not understand the evolution of the Phys. Ed. teacher.

    No longer are they the “musclehead” football coaches. They are health teachers. They are volunteers who spend hours at the gymnasium providing children a place to play. They are educators. They stress fitness in all aspects of life, not just physical fitness.

    People, grow up. Educators are the last great haven of society. Once they give up, our future, your children’s future, and every generation’s future following are doomed.

    Sports is a small portion of equal physical education, just as quantum theory is a small portion of physics, and just as manners are a small part of common sense.[/quote]
    I was actually in a P.E. class, or as my school calls it Phyically Active for Life, less then an hour ago,and i agree with everything you said[/quote]
    not really at least at my school all of the pe teachers are sports coaches

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 11:27 am |

    [quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?

  • Joe | April 8, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”249268″]As a life long Cleveland sports fan I would have switched the “dawg” alt logo for the old school “Brownie” the leprechaun holding the cavs sword flag.[/quote]
    I’m working on one with the Brownie Now, I might get one done by tomorrow. Busy at work today.

    [quote comment=”249355″]Nice work, Joseph Marchio.[/quote]

    Thanks, just got bored at work.

  • Kenny | April 8, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”249269″][quote comment=”249236″][quote comment=”249212″]Below I attached a list of standards that speed stacks meet according to the National Association of Physical Education (NASPE).
    ————————————————–

    ——————————
    About Speed Stacks
    Meeting NASPE Standards
    The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) describes the physically educated person as one who is “fit, is physically active, is skilled, knows the benefits of physical activity, and values physical activity.”

    The following are NASPE standards identified by Speed Stacks, that are met through Sport Stacking and ON THE MOVE activities that incorporate Sport Stacking:

    Standard #1
    Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

    Standard #2
    Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply the learning and performance of physical activities.

    Standard #3
    Participates regularly in physical activity.

    Standard #5
    Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

    Standard #6
    Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

    Positive Physical Education
    Speed Stacks believes that sport stacking fits right in to the NASPE definition of positive PE.

    teach a variety of physical education activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable
    create maximum opportunities for students of all abilities to be successful
    promote student honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship
    guide students into becoming skillful and confident movers
    assist students in setting and achieving personal goals
    provide specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills
    afford opportunities for students to succeed in cooperative and competitive situations
    prepare and encourage students to practice skills and be active for a lifetime
    Excerpted from pledge developed by NASPE, 2004[/quote]

    Positive PE? Everything I read today is about the egghead concept of physical education. Seems like they’re leaving the physical out.

    No wonder kids are so fat.[/quote]

    What do you do for activity? Sit around and do nothing? Todays PE is changing it not just roll the ball out anymore and watch….everyone participates so quit your whining…by the way whats your weight[/quote]

    Shouldn’t you be in gym class?

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”249364″][quote comment=”249309″][quote comment=”249299″]Mr. Gomez,

    I suggest not engaging with people in the stands. They haven’t been to a physical education class in years/decades/centuries, and would not understand the evolution of the Phys. Ed. teacher.

    No longer are they the “musclehead” football coaches. They are health teachers. They are volunteers who spend hours at the gymnasium providing children a place to play. They are educators. They stress fitness in all aspects of life, not just physical fitness.

    People, grow up. Educators are the last great haven of society. Once they give up, our future, your children’s future, and every generation’s future following are doomed.

    Sports is a small portion of equal physical education, just as quantum theory is a small portion of physics, and just as manners are a small part of common sense.[/quote]
    I was actually in a P.E. class, or as my school calls it Phyically Active for Life, less then an hour ago,and i agree with everything you said[/quote]
    not really at least at my school all of the pe teachers are sports coaches[/quote]

    Either that, or literally the teachers that couldn’t cut it with their original class load. They just end up holding clipboards and handing kids basketballs. And of course, they make you run laps on Fridays. It was that way from me, and it’s still that way, 7 years after I graduated.

  • Husul | April 8, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”249353″]Todays Hi and Lois should strike a chord with folks here…[/quote]

    Why were you reading Hi and Lois???????????

  • Joey | April 8, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    I’m not sure why the Nebraska player would be wearing this, but the first thing that came to mind when I saw the sticker was this:

    Liberty Bowl sticker

  • Roger Faso | April 8, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    I found a Mets Bowling Ball on Ebay.

  • Bryan Redemske | April 8, 2008 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”249367″][quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?[/quote]

    Ahhh … dodgeball … the game that uses skills like: throwing, catching, running …

    Say what you will about the ‘self-esteem problems’ it creates, but dodgeball is an outstanding activity in terms of use of motor skills. At any development level.

    So sayeth the guy with a physical education degree but couldn’t get a job come money-making time.

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”249212″]Below I attached a list of standards that speed stacks meet according to the National Association of Physical Education (NASPE).
    ————————————————–

    ——————————
    About Speed Stacks
    Meeting NASPE Standards
    The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) describes the physically educated person as one who is “fit, is physically active, is skilled, knows the benefits of physical activity, and values physical activity.”

    The following are NASPE standards identified by Speed Stacks, that are met through Sport Stacking and ON THE MOVE activities that incorporate Sport Stacking:

    Standard #1
    Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

    Standard #2
    Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply the learning and performance of physical activities.

    Standard #3
    Participates regularly in physical activity.

    Standard #5
    Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

    Standard #6
    Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

    Positive Physical Education
    Speed Stacks believes that sport stacking fits right in to the NASPE definition of positive PE.

    teach a variety of physical education activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable
    create maximum opportunities for students of all abilities to be successful
    promote student honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship
    guide students into becoming skillful and confident movers
    assist students in setting and achieving personal goals
    provide specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills
    afford opportunities for students to succeed in cooperative and competitive situations
    prepare and encourage students to practice skills and be active for a lifetime
    Excerpted from pledge developed by NASPE, 2004[/quote]
    you’re a gym teacher for christ sake. who cares.

  • Danny | April 8, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    When I was a senior in high school in 1983, our school was about to order new b-ball uniforms, and the coach asked us about numbers. He had a basketball rule book that laid out specific guidelines for how a basketball uniform should look and gave examples of striping and lettering, etc. The book indicated even numbers for home and odd for the road. We talked him into getting the same number home and road because that’s the way most schools were doing it by then.
    I never knew Houston was still switching the numbers. BTW, many current uniforms would have been considered no-no’s according to the rule book back then.

  • Rick | April 8, 2008 at 11:44 am |

    It looks like those “custom” figurines are just repainted McFarlane figures. I can hear the attorneys calling now.

  • Kenny | April 8, 2008 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”249380″][quote comment=”249367″][quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?[/quote]

    Ahhh … dodgeball … the game that uses skills like: throwing, catching, running …

    Say what you will about the ‘self-esteem problems’ it creates, but dodgeball is an outstanding activity in terms of use of motor skills. At any development level.

    So sayeth the guy with a physical education degree but couldn’t get a job come money-making time.[/quote]

    Not to mention having to be aware of your surroundings, if a kid cries cuz he gets hit with a rubberball, so be it, it’s part of life…it’s not like someone just told him he’s dirt and will never amount to anything (also a PE major here BTW)

    and to make it somewhat uni related…you can wear some asinine unis like these

  • Surface Water Runoff | April 8, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    If it’s a Tuesday night (?), it must be time for the “Rays” to make their home debut in the most non-descript baseball unis since the 1987-1990 White Sox. –Runoff.

  • christopher | April 8, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”249380″][quote comment=”249367″][quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?[/quote]

    Ahhh … dodgeball … the game that uses skills like: throwing, catching, running …

    Say what you will about the ‘self-esteem problems’ it creates, but dodgeball is an outstanding activity in terms of use of motor skills. At any development level.

    So sayeth the guy with a physical education degree but couldn’t get a job come money-making time.[/quote]

    I totally agree with you on the self-esteem BS. But dodge ball is probably a bad gym sport, as the least fit/active kids are the first eliminated… and thus stand around doing nothing most of the period. That was the original posters point, and I do agree with that.

  • Jim | April 8, 2008 at 11:48 am |

    [quote comment=”249380″][quote comment=”249367″][quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?[/quote]

    Ahhh … dodgeball … the game that uses skills like: throwing, catching, running …

    Say what you will about the ‘self-esteem problems’ it creates, but dodgeball is an outstanding activity in terms of use of motor skills. At any development level.

    So sayeth the guy with a physical education degree but couldn’t get a job come money-making time.[/quote]

    Is it just me, or when anyone hears or reads the word ‘dodgeball’ they think of this?

    http://www.imths.com...

    That and a fat kid getting creamed in the face…

  • Dennis | April 8, 2008 at 11:49 am |

    “I keep all of the players’ jerseys, and once they graduate, they get all of them,” Terry said. “So when they’re done they have their Cotton Bowl or Alamo Bowl jerseys. They’d rather have that patch than have us strip them off for a spring game.”
    Of course, most schools probably do something similar, but imagine being in a program for four or five years and leaving with all of your jerseys. That’s pretty cool.

    My son played at Texas A&M (five years) for R. C. Slocum. At the end of each year he received his jerseys (home and away) and we bought his helmet. His senior they gave him the helmet.

    He keep his senior jersey and helmet.
    Each year he gave jerseys to family members. I have his red shift year and junior year home jerseys.

    Dennis

  • Anthony Verna | April 8, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”249264″][quote comment=”249262″]just one question, dear readers, today:

    pinstripes or snow whites?[/quote]

    I’m sure it’ll be snow whites. The bigger question: Black caps/sleeves/socks or blue? (And with Ollie Perez on the mound, the socks are extra-important!)[/quote]

    And then what about tomorrow night? I went to two Mets-Phillies games last year at Shea, one they did pinstripes with blue caps and then black jerseys with black caps. My dad was with me (as he will be tomorrow night for our usual fun trip to be the enemies in the ballpark) for that 2nd game and thought they didn’t look like the Mets.

  • Patrick | April 8, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”249225″]OK, is it just me or does Memphis’ basketball uniforms look very 90ish? I would put them in a category as one of the worst in the NCAAs.[/quote]

    It’s not just you – their uniforms are awful.

    As a lifelong fan, last night’s loss was just agonizing. But the silver lining is that those weak uniforms might be ditched soon instead of being immortalized.

    By the way, the school colors for Memphis are blue and gray (not blue and black), so they might want to consider, you know, using both on their uniforms.

  • Greg | April 8, 2008 at 11:53 am |

    I was thinking about Houston’s odd-even numbers the other day while watching an ESPN Classic bit on the NC State upset of ’83. I think Guy Lewis’s cougars we the last big-time school to keep the old numbering custom.

    I think you’d find that the odd-even system came in in the fifties where basketball numbering at the high school and college level was standardized to use only digits 0 thru 5. The idea, I assume, was that no two players, even on different teams, would ever be wearing the same number in the same game.

    It put pressure on the scorebook process though because a coach could easily forget to change from home numbers to away and buy a slew of technicals to start the game. I remember seeing this happen a couple times in my youth during the 70s.

    I remember watching Kearney State- Hastings College battles in the 70s and both teams followed that system. I recall that Kearney had a player wear number 3. (I’m fairly certain it was Randy Cipriano, the son of teh U of Nebraska coach at the time.) I remember being very interested to go to the game in Kearney because I had never seen anyone wear the number 2 in basketball. I seem to recall though that Cip wore 10 at home. Don’t know what happened to #11. I may have to google around a bit.

    Many smaller colleges and high schools were still wearing the odd-even system into the 90s, though I haven’t noticed one here in Nebraska in quite a while. I think it was in 1994 that my high school bought new uniforms that didn’t follow these rules.

    I bet the system disappeared at Houston when Guy Lewis retired.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”249399″][quote comment=”249380″][quote comment=”249367″][quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?[/quote]

    Ahhh … dodgeball … the game that uses skills like: throwing, catching, running …

    Say what you will about the ‘self-esteem problems’ it creates, but dodgeball is an outstanding activity in terms of use of motor skills. At any development level.

    So sayeth the guy with a physical education degree but couldn’t get a job come money-making time.[/quote]

    Is it just me, or when anyone hears or reads the word ‘dodgeball’ they think of this?

    http://www.imths.com...

    That and a fat kid getting creamed in the face…[/quote]

    Jim, I go to work, get to work with kids, wear my shorts, nikes and a tshirt…plus be a teacher on top of that, I think I make very decent money.

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment=”249248″]Looking at the homepage of the Seattle Sounders, I noticed something interesting. Across the top of the page are international flags that you can click to change the language of the page to that country. At the end is a Mexican flag but then the word “Spanish” underneath. I know where they are going with it and I guess it would be “un-PC” to say “Mexican” under the flag. So why not show the flag of Spain for Spanish?[/quote]
    umm, mexican isn’t a language, so the page is correct.

  • Wollen1 | April 8, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    Ah Uni Watch…where else can one see a solicitation for pojudica.com, a story on matzo shortage, and a photo of a fully filleted hog. As my grandmother used to say ‘what kind of people are these?’

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”249410″]Ah Uni Watch…where else can one see a solicitation for pojudica.com, a story on matzo shortage, and a photo of a fully filleted hog. As my grandmother used to say ‘what kind of people are these?'[/quote]

    It’s funny, in a lot of ways these posts are my exposure to Jewish culture outside of TV. There just aren’t Jews in northen Illinois. I could easily name off people I know from any other religion/ethnic background, but I couldn’t find a Jew to save my life. Bet you’ve never heard that last line before.

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    “Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.”

    and the pussification of America continues. The most important lesson learned in gym class is being left out. Most people lose, there is only 1 winner, practice and get better so you can be that winner.

  • Colin | April 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    In reference to the basketball jersey numbers, I think it goes back to before white at home and dark on the road was a rule. For example, Team A could wear gold on the road, while Team B wears gold at home. The odd numbers would set the visting team apart from the home team for the refs.
    Another little tidbit, when I first started teaching a team in our conference only had one set of uniforms to save money, light blue. That was before the white/home, dark/away rule.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”249406″]I go to work, get to work with kids, wear my shorts, nikes and a tshirt…plus be a teacher on top of that, I think I make very decent money.[/quote]

    awesome

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”249421″]”Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.”

    and the pussification of America continues. The most important lesson learned in gym class is being left out. Most people lose, there is only 1 winner, practice and get better so you can be that winner.[/quote]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.

  • Patrick | April 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm |

    This is what Memphis colors are supposed to look like.

    And it’s hard to tell here, but the Tigers used to have some nice looking uniforms back in the day.

  • Randy Miller | April 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm |

    Re: Houston numbering

    Back in my Texas sportswriting days, city teams never followed the even/odd system, but almost all rural high school teams did. Since Guy V. came out of Texas high schools, I’m sure he brought that system with him.

    And Greg, Kearney would not have had a #2 on the roster. If you wore #3 on the road, you wore #00 at home. I can remember that the Cougars had a player named Linden Rose, who wore that combination.

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    Jason … thanks for the education (slight pun intended) about the current state of P.E. in schools. I do appreciate it.

  • Bryan Redemske | April 8, 2008 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.

  • Kevin | April 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”249194″]Good thing the Cubbie Blue softball jerseys will be used “sparingly” this year, eh?

    Yesterday

    Sunday[/quote]

    I actually like the blue. Although, I think it would be better used for a Sunday home alternate. Part of me also wishes the Cubs would rid themselves of the red-brimed away cap.

  • Bouj | April 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”249248″]Looking at the homepage of the Seattle Sounders, I noticed something interesting. Across the top of the page are international flags that you can click to change the language of the page to that country. At the end is a Mexican flag but then the word “Spanish” underneath. I know where they are going with it and I guess it would be “un-PC” to say “Mexican” under the flag. So why not show the flag of Spain for Spanish?[/quote]

    It wouldn’t be correct to put “Mexican” under the Mexican flag because they don’t speak “Mexican” in Mexico, they speak “Spanish”. You said it yourself: “language of the page to that country”. There is nothing PC about it. Saying they speak “Mexican” in Mexico isn’t un-PC, it’s wrong. They don’t speak “Canadian” in Canada either.

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.

  • Jim | April 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”249406″][quote comment=”249399″][quote comment=”249380″][quote comment=”249367″][quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?[/quote]

    Ahhh … dodgeball … the game that uses skills like: throwing, catching, running …

    Say what you will about the ‘self-esteem problems’ it creates, but dodgeball is an outstanding activity in terms of use of motor skills. At any development level.

    So sayeth the guy with a physical education degree but couldn’t get a job come money-making time.[/quote]

    Is it just me, or when anyone hears or reads the word ‘dodgeball’ they think of this?

    http://www.imths.com...

    That and a fat kid getting creamed in the face…[/quote]

    Jim, I go to work, get to work with kids, wear my shorts, nikes and a tshirt…plus be a teacher on top of that, I think I make very decent money.[/quote]

    Hey Jason, I didn’t say anything about your money making…. Bryan did. Make sure you respond to the correct quote next time.

  • Kevin | April 8, 2008 at 12:47 pm |

    As a Mississippi State Bulldog fan, I also kind of wish that this, would return to this. Maybe sans the swoosh. Any thoughts?

  • AK | April 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm |

    MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden christened the new motorcycle track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday. He did a lap on an authentic 1909 Indian (the last year bikes ran at IMS) and rocked some pretty sweet era-appropriate gear. Check it out:
    http://www2.indystar...

  • derek | April 8, 2008 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”249361″][quote comment=”249338″]can we please get back to important things…like the major sports…baseball, football and basketball?[/quote]
    Hockey playoffs start tomorrrow!! WOOOO!![/quote]
    Go avalanche!!

  • Johnny | April 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    Matty, I couldn’t disagree with your accessment of Sounders more – it’s a terrific name, fuly appropriate for the Puget Sound area. Fire works for Chicago, Revolution for NE; there’s no reason not to give teams cool names with a local connection, like Celtic, instead of just FC-ing everything. How unoriginal is that? Go Sounders!

  • Shaftman | April 8, 2008 at 12:53 pm |
  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”249458″][quote comment=”249406″][quote comment=”249399″][quote comment=”249380″][quote comment=”249367″][quote]Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.[/quote]

    so…everyone gets a medal?[/quote]

    Ahhh … dodgeball … the game that uses skills like: throwing, catching, running …

    Say what you will about the ‘self-esteem problems’ it creates, but dodgeball is an outstanding activity in terms of use of motor skills. At any development level.

    So sayeth the guy with a physical education degree but couldn’t get a job come money-making time.[/quote]

    Is it just me, or when anyone hears or reads the word ‘dodgeball’ they think of this?

    http://www.imths.com...

    That and a fat kid getting creamed in the face…[/quote]

    Jim, I go to work, get to work with kids, wear my shorts, nikes and a tshirt…plus be a teacher on top of that, I think I make very decent money.[/quote]

    Hey Jason, I didn’t say anything about your money making…. Bryan did. Make sure you respond to the correct quote next time.[/quote]

    Sorry about that..just rushed it.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”249463″][quote comment=”249361″][quote comment=”249338″]can we please get back to important things…like the major sports…baseball, football and basketball?[/quote]
    Hockey playoffs start tomorrrow!! WOOOO!![/quote]
    Go avalanche!![/quote]

    GO Red Wings!

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 8, 2008 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”249466″]Mets have on their snow white’s with black/blue caps.[/quote]

    G-dd-m it. So much for hope.

  • Stuby | April 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”249450″][quote comment=”249248″]Looking at the homepage of the Seattle Sounders, I noticed something interesting. Across the top of the page are international flags that you can click to change the language of the page to that country. At the end is a Mexican flag but then the word “Spanish” underneath. I know where they are going with it and I guess it would be “un-PC” to say “Mexican” under the flag. So why not show the flag of Spain for Spanish?[/quote]

    It wouldn’t be correct to put “Mexican” under the Mexican flag because they don’t speak “Mexican” in Mexico, they speak “Spanish”. You said it yourself: “language of the page to that country”. There is nothing PC about it. Saying they speak “Mexican” in Mexico isn’t un-PC, it’s wrong. They don’t speak “Canadian” in Canada either.[/quote]
    Sure they do. They use words like “offence”. Sorry Teebz.

  • Bryan Redemske | April 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.

  • Patrick | April 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    Comments seem to be getting eaten today.

  • Shaftman | April 8, 2008 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”249478″][quote comment=”249466″]Mets have on their snow white’s with black/blue caps.[/quote]

    G-dd-m it. So much for hope.[/quote]

    Best looking people in the park may be Ron, Keith and Gary. All 3 are wearing suits and ties instead of those hideous SNY polo shirts.

    At least they know how dress for a home opener even if the team on the field doesn’t.

  • Jim | April 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”249479″][quote comment=”249450″][quote comment=”249248″]Looking at the homepage of the Seattle Sounders, I noticed something interesting. Across the top of the page are international flags that you can click to change the language of the page to that country. At the end is a Mexican flag but then the word “Spanish” underneath. I know where they are going with it and I guess it would be “un-PC” to say “Mexican” under the flag. So why not show the flag of Spain for Spanish?[/quote]

    It wouldn’t be correct to put “Mexican” under the Mexican flag because they don’t speak “Mexican” in Mexico, they speak “Spanish”. You said it yourself: “language of the page to that country”. There is nothing PC about it. Saying they speak “Mexican” in Mexico isn’t un-PC, it’s wrong. They don’t speak “Canadian” in Canada either.[/quote]
    Sure they do. They use words like “offence”. Sorry Teebz.[/quote]

    Eh?

  • Banker Bill | April 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”249234″]Really interesting query from Brian Carroll, who writes: “I’m watching highlights of the Houston Cougars teams of the ’80s, which reminds me that the uniform numbers on their red away uniforms were one higher than the ones on their white home uniforms. So Akeem (as it was spelled then) was 34 at home and 35 on the road. Do you know why that was, and whether any other teams have done that?” Actually, I was unaware of this (as many of you know, college hoops isn’t my strong suit). Anyone know more?

    I wasn’t aware of why they did this, but the high school I attended my freshman and sophomore years did this, so I was #10 at home and #11 on the road. I’d never heard of a college team doing that, though, and I don’t remember a school we played against doing the same thing.[/quote]

    I asked a co-worker of mine who is a basketball person, and he said that, especially in high school, teams used to have even numbers at home and odd nmbers on the road, so that here were no repeats. If a foul was called on #12, you knew exactly what team it was. I had never heard that before. Anyone else ever hear of such a thing?

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm |

    Teachers should be rewarded with larger pay, it is becoming a reality in most states. Parents are intrusting us to instill values, character and encouragement for them to be whatever they choose to be. Constantly putting down teachers is a disgrace not only to grade school, middle and high school but also to collegs professors as well. We serve a purpose and its a very important one.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”249478″][quote comment=”249466″]Mets have on their snow white’s with black/blue caps.[/quote]

    G-dd-m it. So much for hope.[/quote]

    well…personally i prefer the snow whites (pinstripes belong on the other side of the east river, despite them being part of the original uni)…but fer chrissakes…couldn’t they wear the BLUE caps for OD? is that too much to ask???

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 1:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”249493″][quote comment=”249234″]Really interesting query from Brian Carroll, who writes: “I’m watching highlights of the Houston Cougars teams of the ’80s, which reminds me that the uniform numbers on their red away uniforms were one higher than the ones on their white home uniforms. So Akeem (as it was spelled then) was 34 at home and 35 on the road. Do you know why that was, and whether any other teams have done that?” Actually, I was unaware of this (as many of you know, college hoops isn’t my strong suit). Anyone know more?

    I wasn’t aware of why they did this, but the high school I attended my freshman and sophomore years did this, so I was #10 at home and #11 on the road. I’d never heard of a college team doing that, though, and I don’t remember a school we played against doing the same thing.[/quote]

    I asked a co-worker of mine who is a basketball person, and he said that, especially in high school, teams used to have even numbers at home and odd nmbers on the road, so that here were no repeats. If a foul was called on #12, you knew exactly what team it was. I had never heard that before. Anyone else ever hear of such a thing?[/quote]

    They have odd and even numbers in Iowa for Basketball. In high school I wore #32 at home and #33 on the road. I guess refs get confused.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote] Parents are intrusting us to instill values[/quote]

    what does ‘intrusting’ mean?

  • Kek | April 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm |

    Cup stacking, a sport? Are you the creator of Hi and Lois because you are making me laugh!

    I think the difference between a “game” and a “sport” needs to be properly defined. This is what kills me when things like Scrabble, Poker, Dominoes and Spelling Bees end up on ESPN. Not that some of that stuff can be entertaining but it should be on GSN, Spike, g4TV, etc. You wouldn’t give the kids all newspapers and say “do the NY Times crossword and the Jumble, then hit the showers!”

    If you are trying to lose weight or burn calories you aren’t going to stack cups, you’re going to run, walk, bike, do cardio, etc. So it’s not “physical”. If all PE is to do is work on hand/eye coordination and motor skills, why don’t we just let the kids play video games (except the Wii actually does get kids active)

    When I was growing up, some schools around our area did co-ed units in square dancing. It doesn’t have to be a “sport”. Square Dancing, line dancing, ballroom dancing, low/high impact aerobics, step aerobics, tae-bo, etc, are all examples of things kids could do in PE that are physical, yet not a traditional sport.

    Also, good PE programs don’t just say, from week 1 to 2 we play volleyball, 3 to 4 basketball, 5 to 6 soccer, etc. They teach each sport as a unit, having the kids work on individual drills and developing rather than just choosing up sides and saying “have at it”.

    Unfortunately, in my case, a lot of the time what happened was the teacher would throw a bag of basketballs out on the floor, the ballers would run full court, the muscleheads would lift weights, the geeks would play ping pong or badminton and the goths would just stand around in the corner of the gym, dressed in black lamenting about how life sucked. 45 minutes later, hit the showers and off to your next class. (I loved my public school, it was such a melting pot!)

    Oh, and if you’re talking NHL playoffs, two words: GO PENS!!!!

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 8, 2008 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”249480″][quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.[/quote]

    Anyone interested in the disastrous effects of the self-esteem movement on public education might enjoy this high school teacher’s blog

  • Ben | April 8, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    During the Red Sox World Series Ring Ceremony, the Sox brought out members of all four pro teams who won championships but managed to screw it up royally from a uniform perspective. The Bruins alums, including Bobby Orr (the greatest ever.) wore current home blacks, which obviously they never wore, but worse, 2004 Red Sox alums Dave McCarty, Curtis Leskanic and Brian Daubach wore home replicas, with incorrect number fonts and only red, like the cheap ones you see in dept. stores. Blech.

  • Talon Lardner | April 8, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”249480″][quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.[/quote]

    Sadly, a lot of parents both have afternoon jobs, or don’t “do” the catch thing, so the kids get stuck tossing a ball against the wall. It makes me glad that I am not a PE teacher, I don’t know how I could ever balance getting kids in shape with keeping them interested in keeping in shape, balancing encouraging competition without abandoning the kids who just aren’t talented in that area.

    If stacking cups as fast as a blink of an eye gets an otherwise clumsy kid eager and competitive, then so be it.

  • Shaftman | April 8, 2008 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”249500″][quote comment=”249478″][quote comment=”249466″]Mets have on their snow white’s with black/blue caps.[/quote]

    G-dd-m it. So much for hope.[/quote]

    well…personally i prefer the snow whites (pinstripes belong on the other side of the east river, despite them being part of the original uni)…but fer chrissakes…couldn’t they wear the BLUE caps for OD? is that too much to ask???[/quote]

    It’s not so much as what I prefer at this point (but I do have an affinity for the Snow-Whites as well). They should be wearing their pin stripes.

    This is the is not only your home opener but it’s the LAST one at Shea. They should wear their home uniforms.

    Their home uniform is Pinstripes with Blue caps and undergarments. The Snow White’s are ALTS which we have pretty much agreed on should not be worn for openers.

  • lwiedy | April 8, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”249505″][quote] Parents are intrusting us to instill values[/quote]

    what does ‘intrusting’ mean?[/quote]

    I think it’s when people don’t know when to let something go.

    Thankfully, I won’t suggest that my wife and I are responsible instilling my child’s values, that might cause an uproar!

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 8, 2008 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”249495″]Teachers should be rewarded with larger pay, it is becoming a reality in most states. Parents are intrusting us to instill values, character and encouragement for them to be whatever they choose to be. Constantly putting down teachers is a disgrace not only to grade school, middle and high school but also to collegs professors as well. We serve a purpose and its a very important one.[/quote]

    Amen! Too much of the money earmarked for education is staying at the upper levels of administration and not getting to the teachers and students!

  • ryan c #40 | April 8, 2008 at 1:40 pm |

    Now, granted, as all New Yorkers know, the Yankees are actually the Catholic team in this town (think about it: DiMaggio, Rizzuto, Crosetti, Lazzeri, Pepitone, Cerone, Righetti, Torre, Martin, Girardi, Giuliani, Francessa,

    Fahgetaboutit – Looks like the Yankees are the Italian team. You can add Berra,Balboni,Villone,Pagliarulo,Velarde,
    Funny article, thanks

    …all that really shows me is that yankee stadium has the best landscaping in the MLB! haha

  • ryan c #40 | April 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm |

    As kickass as the Sounders FC badge is I think Seattle Sounders FC is a crap name. Why do so many MLS teams need lame club names (Galaxy, Wizards, Earthquakes, Sounders, Red Bulls, Crew) instead of going with traditional club names, Seattle FC or something more “soccer-y” would be a million times better. Hopefully Philly gets it right.

    …yeah! how dare the MLS do their own thing!!! sheesh! (sarcasim)

  • Kenny | April 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”249487″][quote comment=”249478″][quote comment=”249466″]Mets have on their snow white’s with black/blue caps.[/quote]

    G-dd-m it. So much for hope.[/quote]

    Best looking people in the park may be Ron, Keith and Gary. All 3 are wearing suits and ties instead of those hideous SNY polo shirts.

    At least they know how dress for a home opener even if the team on the field doesn’t.[/quote]

    Speaking of polo’s…why can’t Bobby Knight wear a damn suit while on ESPN? I mean I’m a fan of his and all, but come on

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote]It’s not so much as what I prefer at this point (but I do have an affinity for the Snow-Whites as well). They should be wearing their pin stripes.

    This is the is not only your home opener but it’s the LAST one at Shea. They should wear their home uniforms.[/quote]

    i agree with ya there j…if it is their official home uniform, then that is what they should wear…PERIOD

    however, check THIS shit out:

    Even when the Mets pinstripe home uniform makes a rare appearance, it is often paired with one of the black alternate caps instead of the more traditional all-blue cap. It has been speculated that the reason for the scarcity of appearances of the all-blue cap is that the dugout jacket is black and as such does not go well with the all-blue cap. In order to minimize instances of players wearing the all-blue hat with the black jacket, it is rumored that the Mets try not to wear the all-blue hat in any weather except the hottest of temperatures, since almost no one will be wearing the jacket on an extremely hot day.

    does this mean that, in essence, the black caps are being dictated by rick peterson???

  • JJD | April 8, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”249501″][quote comment=”249493″][quote comment=”249234″]Really interesting query from Brian Carroll, who writes: “I’m watching highlights of the Houston Cougars teams of the ’80s, which reminds me that the uniform numbers on their red away uniforms were one higher than the ones on their white home uniforms. So Akeem (as it was spelled then) was 34 at home and 35 on the road. Do you know why that was, and whether any other teams have done that?” Actually, I was unaware of this (as many of you know, college hoops isn’t my strong suit). Anyone know more?

    I wasn’t aware of why they did this, but the high school I attended my freshman and sophomore years did this, so I was #10 at home and #11 on the road. I’d never heard of a college team doing that, though, and I don’t remember a school we played against doing the same thing.[/quote]

    I asked a co-worker of mine who is a basketball person, and he said that, especially in high school, teams used to have even numbers at home and odd nmbers on the road, so that here were no repeats. If a foul was called on #12, you knew exactly what team it was. I had never heard that before. Anyone else ever hear of such a thing?[/quote]

    They have odd and even numbers in Iowa for Basketball. In high school I wore #32 at home and #33 on the road. I guess refs get confused.[/quote]

    Thinking about it, I’d bet it is for the scorekeepers. Nothing like mistakenly assigning a foul to a player on the wrong team.

    (Not that it *should* be a problem, as it isn’t in college and the NBA except for that one Heat-Suns game.)

  • scott | April 8, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”249194″]Good thing the Cubbie Blue softball jerseys will be used “sparingly” this year, eh?

    Yesterday

    Sunday[/quote]

    Awful. The Cubs looked like winners last year when they ditched the alternate uniforms. And, gee, they played like winners, too.

    Phillies in green on Earth Day? What a bad idea. If they want to celebrate, throw a patch somewhere on the uniform.

  • Shaftman | April 8, 2008 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”249550″][quote]It’s not so much as what I prefer at this point (but I do have an affinity for the Snow-Whites as well). They should be wearing their pin stripes.

    This is the is not only your home opener but it’s the LAST one at Shea. They should wear their home uniforms.[/quote]

    i agree with ya there j…if it is their official home uniform, then that is what they should wear…PERIOD

    however, check THIS shit out:

    Even when the Mets pinstripe home uniform makes a rare appearance, it is often paired with one of the black alternate caps instead of the more traditional all-blue cap. It has been speculated that the reason for the scarcity of appearances of the all-blue cap is that the dugout jacket is black and as such does not go well with the all-blue cap. In order to minimize instances of players wearing the all-blue hat with the black jacket, it is rumored that the Mets try not to wear the all-blue hat in any weather except the hottest of temperatures, since almost no one will be wearing the jacket on an extremely hot day.

    does this mean that, in essence, the black caps are being dictated by rick peterson???[/quote]

    Actually by Charlie Samuels (equipment manager). He’s the one that lays out the uni’s for the games.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”249557″][quote comment=”249550″][quote]It’s not so much as what I prefer at this point (but I do have an affinity for the Snow-Whites as well). They should be wearing their pin stripes.

    This is the is not only your home opener but it’s the LAST one at Shea. They should wear their home uniforms.[/quote]

    i agree with ya there j…if it is their official home uniform, then that is what they should wear…PERIOD

    however, check THIS shit out:

    Even when the Mets pinstripe home uniform makes a rare appearance, it is often paired with one of the black alternate caps instead of the more traditional all-blue cap. It has been speculated that the reason for the scarcity of appearances of the all-blue cap is that the dugout jacket is black and as such does not go well with the all-blue cap. In order to minimize instances of players wearing the all-blue hat with the black jacket, it is rumored that the Mets try not to wear the all-blue hat in any weather except the hottest of temperatures, since almost no one will be wearing the jacket on an extremely hot day.

    does this mean that, in essence, the black caps are being dictated by rick peterson???[/quote]

    Actually by Charlie Samuels (equipment manager). He’s the one that lays out the uni’s for the games.[/quote]

    yeah…but RICK is the one who wears his jacket in 90 degree heat…

  • ScottyJ in WV | April 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”249379″]I found a Mets Bowling Ball on Ebay.[/quote]

    Tons of bowling balls on eBay, and for sure, that one isn’t “vintage”.

  • Shaftman | April 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”249559″][quote comment=”249557″][quote comment=”249550″][quote]It’s not so much as what I prefer at this point (but I do have an affinity for the Snow-Whites as well). They should be wearing their pin stripes.

    This is the is not only your home opener but it’s the LAST one at Shea. They should wear their home uniforms.[/quote]

    i agree with ya there j…if it is their official home uniform, then that is what they should wear…PERIOD

    however, check THIS shit out:

    Even when the Mets pinstripe home uniform makes a rare appearance, it is often paired with one of the black alternate caps instead of the more traditional all-blue cap. It has been speculated that the reason for the scarcity of appearances of the all-blue cap is that the dugout jacket is black and as such does not go well with the all-blue cap. In order to minimize instances of players wearing the all-blue hat with the black jacket, it is rumored that the Mets try not to wear the all-blue hat in any weather except the hottest of temperatures, since almost no one will be wearing the jacket on an extremely hot day.

    does this mean that, in essence, the black caps are being dictated by rick peterson???[/quote]

    Actually by Charlie Samuels (equipment manager). He’s the one that lays out the uni’s for the games.[/quote]

    yeah…but RICK is the one who wears his jacket in 90 degree heat…[/quote]

    DAMMIT PHIL

    If I had seen it was you I would have assumed you had forgotten the tag.

  • matt mitchell | April 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    evens and odds.

    i’ve lived in texas all of my 50 years and, yes, when i played basketball back in high school (shortly after the peach basket was replaced with the net) we wore even numbers at home (white) and odd numbers on the road (green). whenever team picture day came around we always wore the road unis because the green looked so much better. plus, i wore 40/41 and i don’t have to tell you guys that 41 is a much cooler number.

    as for colleges other than cougar high (U of H), texas tech followed the same routine, at least into the late ’70s.

    having officiated, it makes sense that the even/odd system would avoid confusion as to which player was assessed a foul.

  • Shaftman | April 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    Phil,
    that was supposed to say…

    If I had seen it was you I would have assumed you had forgotten the “/sarcasm” tag.

  • Patrick | April 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”249557″][quote comment=”249550″][quote]It’s not so much as what I prefer at this point (but I do have an affinity for the Snow-Whites as well). They should be wearing their pin stripes.

    This is the is not only your home opener but it’s the LAST one at Shea. They should wear their home uniforms.[/quote]

    i agree with ya there j…if it is their official home uniform, then that is what they should wear…PERIOD

    however, check THIS shit out:

    Even when the Mets pinstripe home uniform makes a rare appearance, it is often paired with one of the black alternate caps instead of the more traditional all-blue cap. It has been speculated that the reason for the scarcity of appearances of the all-blue cap is that the dugout jacket is black and as such does not go well with the all-blue cap. In order to minimize instances of players wearing the all-blue hat with the black jacket, it is rumored that the Mets try not to wear the all-blue hat in any weather except the hottest of temperatures, since almost no one will be wearing the jacket on an extremely hot day.

    does this mean that, in essence, the black caps are being dictated by rick peterson???[/quote]

    Actually by Charlie Samuels (equipment manager). He’s the one that lays out the uni’s for the games.[/quote]

    So, essentially Charlie is saying “yep, black doesn’t match blue very well”.

    And the hats need to match the dugout jackets? Seriously?

  • ScottyJ in WV | April 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    noun 1a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. b. A particular form of this activity. 2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively. 3. An active pastime; recreation.

    Bowling and NASCAR meet that definition.

    By the way, Phil, after reading your posts today I gotta ask you, who pissed in your Post Toasties today??

  • Morte | April 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”249437″]
    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Hey, some of us O-line can throw!

    But yeah, let’s not play dodgeball, since people get left out. I’m sure when these kids develop the idea that there will always be some politically correct superhero to come in and say “Hey, little Timmy here didn’t get a big fancy job at a prestigious law firm! Just because he’s not as smart as those who put in the years worth of work to get through law school doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get the exact same job right!”

    Sadly, that’s not what happens. Little Timmy ends up sweeping up the lawyers office instead.

    Kids need to learn that they need to work for some things. Life doesn’t give you everything for free.

    Also, this conversations makes me laugh. :)

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”249353″]Todays Hi and Lois should strike a chord with folks here…[/quote]
    …and there was another fun link on that same page – remember, it’s all about the uniforms

  • Joey Guns | April 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    Check out this Tony LaRussa jersey:

    http://cache.gawker....

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”249567″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    noun 1a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. b. A particular form of this activity. 2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively. 3. An active pastime; recreation.

    Bowling and NASCAR meet that definition.

    By the way, Phil, after reading your posts today I gotta ask you, who pissed in your Post Toasties today??[/quote]

    perhaps you’re unaware of my bible

    cheers scotty…it’s all good

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”249575″]Check out this Tony LaRussa jersey:

    http://cache.gawker....

    is that for his number of DUIs?

  • Jordan Pope | April 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm |

    I am going to the Washington State Spring Game on Saturday and will be sure to take pictures.
    I dont think that anything will change but I might get a tour of their facilities and will be sure to check out the the equipment room.

  • Kevin | April 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  • Terri | April 8, 2008 at 2:21 pm |

    Ok, I promise this post will become uni-related, but first I’m gonna ask for everyone’s help.

    On May 3, I’ll be walking in the Revlon Run/Walk for Women, which raises money for the fight against breast and ovarian cancer. I’ll be walking with my aunt, who was diagnosed breast cancer in Jan. and is currently going through chemo.
    I’m trying to raise as much money a I can, so I’m posting to ask for donations. This is the page where you can go to donate- https://www.revlonru... . It’s my personal fundraising page, but it’s part of the official Revlon Run/Walk for Women site, so you know it’s legit.
    Also, so no one worries that the comments section is going to turn into a solicitation page, I want you all to know that I did get permission from Paul to post this.
    Ok, now for the uni-related part. The main site provides a link for this page- http://www.victoryde... – (you can get to it under the “special offers link on the main page). Anyway, the site allows you to design your own gear for the event. You can move everything on the template around, change the size, color, and font, add your own text, and in some cases, even uploda your own picture. In addition, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the walk. I thought it was cool promotion for the event, and it’s fun to play around with the template.

  • Kevin Hampton | April 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    Holy crap!?! Paul Lukas is Jewish? I must’ve forgotten seeing as I haven’t been reminded by him in about a week. Oy!

  • Teebz | April 8, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”249479″]
    Sure they do. They use words like “offence”. Sorry Teebz.[/quote]

    All good, man. I take no offence. Neighbours will be neighbours, eh? ;o)

  • Hawk3 | April 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    My high school basketball team in suburban Philadelphia had even number home uniform, odd number away uniform through the late ’80s when I played and into the 90s. My freshman year (1987) I wore 50/51 but then after a guy graduated I took the #45 because for some reason it was the only number on both the home and away jersey. I never could understand the numbering system.

  • Kek | April 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”249591″]Holy crap!?! Paul Lukas is Jewish? I must’ve forgotten seeing as I haven’t been reminded by him in about a week. Oy![/quote]
    HA!

    Maybe I could share my Russian Orthodox faith with everyone and tell you that the REAL Easter isn’t until April 27 and that lent is still going on.

    And believe me, every morning that I CANNOT crack open a Diet Pepsi MAX before work, I am reminded of this fact!!!

    Khristos Voskrese

  • Adam | April 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”249416″]It’s funny, in a lot of ways these posts are my exposure to Jewish culture outside of TV. There just aren’t Jews in northen Illinois. I could easily name off people I know from any other religion/ethnic background, but I couldn’t find a Jew to save my life. Bet you’ve never heard that last line before.[/quote]

    Uh, where in “northern Illinois”? Because I’m a Jew in Northeastern Illinois (Lake County), and there are plenty of us. Now, it might be different farther west, but to say all of Northern Illinois has no Jews is a vast over generalization.

  • Andy | April 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”249452″]
    …it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are… [/quote]

    Easy solution to this problem: The PE teacher should have the kids who get knocked out practice throwing balls at targets instead of sitting on a bench.

    I think these might catch on as gym class activities…if they’re not already:
    – competitive juggling
    – block stacking (add a stopwatch to this game to add the element of speed)
    – bean bag toss (aka “cornhole”)
    – give each kid a stopwatch and see who can start it and then get it to stop with 00 in the hundredths-of-a-second place

  • Walaitis | April 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”249567″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    noun 1a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. b. A particular form of this activity. 2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively. 3. An active pastime; recreation.

    Bowling and NASCAR meet that definition.

    By the way, Phil, after reading your posts today I gotta ask you, who pissed in your Post Toasties today??[/quote]

    I’ve bowled. I’ve driven (and fast, too!). I’ve played basketball. Sorry. Only one of those three was a physical activity.

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”249429″][quote comment=”249421″]”Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.”

    and the pussification of America continues. The most important lesson learned in gym class is being left out. Most people lose, there is only 1 winner, practice and get better so you can be that winner.[/quote]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]
    show the the gym class that plays dodgeball every day. While it would be the second best gym class ever (behind floor hockey every day) thats not a realistic gym class. Dodgeball would be played sometimes in class.

  • Pat | April 8, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”249580″][quote comment=”249575″]Check out this Tony LaRussa jersey:

    http://cache.gawker....

    is that for his number of DUIs?[/quote]

    his BAC

  • UW Justin | April 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”249603″][quote comment=”249567″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    noun 1a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. b. A particular form of this activity. 2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively. 3. An active pastime; recreation.

    Bowling and NASCAR meet that definition.

    By the way, Phil, after reading your posts today I gotta ask you, who pissed in your Post Toasties today??[/quote]

    I’ve bowled. I’ve driven (and fast, too!). I’ve played basketball. Sorry. Only one of those three was a physical activity.[/quote]

    …because the other two are mental activities, right?

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    we always played where when you were eliminated you got in line on the side and when someone on your team caught a ball on the fly the first person in the line (been out the longest) came back in. It was simpler than going by who eliminated who.

  • Kek | April 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”249602″][quote comment=”249452″]
    …it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are… [/quote]

    Easy solution to this problem: The PE teacher should have the kids who get knocked out practice throwing balls at targets instead of sitting on a bench.

    I think these might catch on as gym class activities…if they’re not already:
    – competitive juggling
    – block stacking (add a stopwatch to this game to add the element of speed)
    – bean bag toss (aka “cornhole”)
    – give each kid a stopwatch and see who can start it and then get it to stop with 00 in the hundredths-of-a-second place[/quote]
    That’s GOLD!

    It’s especially funny because many homeroom periods in junior high were spent by me and my classmates trying to get 01 on our Timex Ironman watches (which were the shit back then!)

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]
    you were unable to learn to thrown and catch at home?? Thats all you gotta do to get better. As for dodging you never played tag or football, or basketball or any other game where you are dodgeing people? All of those things would make you better at dodgeball.

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”249480″][quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.[/quote]

    I’m sorry, I forgot that every kid keeps dodgeballs at their house? Not to mention that they’d be what? Throwin balls at their garage and chasing after them? OOOO, loads of fun. Or maybe finding the local dodgeball pickup game? Give me a break. I realize that some people, myself included sometimes, get all nastalgic and want oru kids to play what we played, but seriously, there’s no way in hell you can rationalize dodgeball as a good gym activity. I had fun plain it in school, but looking back on it, yeah I definitly weeded out the weaker kids and bullied them when playing. I’d just about gaurentee they weren’t having any fun, and weren’t getting anything out of it at all.

  • Walaitis | April 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”249607″][quote comment=”249429″][quote comment=”249421″]”Gone are elemination games like dodgeball, I refuse to use it due to the self esteem problems and students attacking others. There are so many way we can teach todays youth to move with out getting down on them or them getting down on themselves.”

    and the pussification of America continues. The most important lesson learned in gym class is being left out. Most people lose, there is only 1 winner, practice and get better so you can be that winner.[/quote]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]
    show the the gym class that plays dodgeball every day. While it would be the second best gym class ever (behind floor hockey every day) thats not a realistic gym class. Dodgeball would be played sometimes in class.[/quote]

    Best gym class I ever had was senior year, when my school implemented a program where student athletes could have their “own” gym class. I was only a distance runner (that is, I had no physical dexterity, but plenty of competitive nature), but I absolutely LOVED that each and every kid in that class was out to win in every situation we were given. I think it was the easiest teaching assignment ever for our instructor, as they would start each class by A) tossing us a basketball, or B) Dropping a softball bat and (in true suburban-Chicago fashion) a 16-inch soft softball (no gloves needed). We didn’t need instruction or motivation. We just played, and we played hard until the bell rang.

  • UW Justin | April 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”249292″]As kickass as the Sounders FC badge is I think Seattle Sounders FC is a crap name. Why do so many MLS teams need lame club names (Galaxy, Wizards, Earthquakes, Sounders, Red Bulls, Crew) instead of going with traditional club names, Seattle FC or something more “soccer-y” would be a million times better. Hopefully Philly gets it right.[/quote]

    I understand what you’re saying about the club names not sounding tradional, but how can you argue with a team name that has been around since 1974 as the Sounders name has been. I mean, you want names to be more traditional, but changing the name would go against the local tradition. I think adding FC at the end is the nice compromise that brings in the “soccer” feel to the traditional and seasoned local brand.

    I’m pretty sure that the Earthquake name has a history in San Jose, too.

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”249495″]Teachers should be rewarded with larger pay, it is becoming a reality in most states. Parents are intrusting us to instill values, character and encouragement for them to be whatever they choose to be. Constantly putting down teachers is a disgrace not only to grade school, middle and high school but also to collegs professors as well. We serve a purpose and its a very important one.[/quote]
    you might have a better case if you used the word entrust correctly. Its not the teachers job to give the their values or character, that is a parents jobs.

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”249516″][quote comment=”249480″][quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.[/quote]

    Sadly, a lot of parents both have afternoon jobs, or don’t “do” the catch thing, so the kids get stuck tossing a ball against the wall. It makes me glad that I am not a PE teacher, I don’t know how I could ever balance getting kids in shape with keeping them interested in keeping in shape, balancing encouraging competition without abandoning the kids who just aren’t talented in that area.

    If stacking cups as fast as a blink of an eye gets an otherwise clumsy kid eager and competitive, then so be it.[/quote]
    playing catch off the wall is fine, they can also do this crazy idea of go find a friend to play with in an unstructured manner.

  • Andy | April 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”249614″]
    I’m sorry, I forgot that every kid keeps dodgeballs at their house? Not to mention that they’d be what? Throwin balls at their garage and chasing after them? OOOO, loads of fun. Or maybe finding the local dodgeball pickup game? Give me a break. I realize that some people, myself included sometimes, get all nastalgic and want oru kids to play what we played, but seriously, there’s no way in hell you can rationalize dodgeball as a good gym activity. I had fun plain it in school, but looking back on it, yeah I definitly weeded out the weaker kids and bullied them when playing. I’d just about gaurentee they weren’t having any fun, and weren’t getting anything out of it at all.[/quote]

    Since when was “having fun” a requirement of classes you take in school? Math is fun to some kids, but not to others… PE is fun to some kids, not to others. It’s not about “fun” (although it can be and usually is), it’s about keeping the kids in healthy shape, and giving them skills they can use later in life to stay in shape. Nothing is going to be fun for everyone.

  • joe | April 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”249614″][quote comment=”249480″][quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.[/quote]

    I’m sorry, I forgot that every kid keeps dodgeballs at their house? Not to mention that they’d be what? Throwin balls at their garage and chasing after them? OOOO, loads of fun. Or maybe finding the local dodgeball pickup game? Give me a break. I realize that some people, myself included sometimes, get all nastalgic and want oru kids to play what we played, but seriously, there’s no way in hell you can rationalize dodgeball as a good gym activity. I had fun plain it in school, but looking back on it, yeah I definitly weeded out the weaker kids and bullied them when playing. I’d just about gaurentee they weren’t having any fun, and weren’t getting anything out of it at all.[/quote]
    catching and throwing a baseball will make yo better at throwing and catch a dodgeball, as will playing basketball where you are thrown and catching passes.

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”249601″][quote comment=”249416″]It’s funny, in a lot of ways these posts are my exposure to Jewish culture outside of TV. There just aren’t Jews in northen Illinois. I could easily name off people I know from any other religion/ethnic background, but I couldn’t find a Jew to save my life. Bet you’ve never heard that last line before.[/quote]

    Uh, where in “northern Illinois”? Because I’m a Jew in Northeastern Illinois (Lake County), and there are plenty of us. Now, it might be different farther west, but to say all of Northern Illinois has no Jews is a vast over generalization.[/quote]

    Well since it was a light-hearted comment, I didn’t feel the need to get so specific. I live in Rockford, and seriously, there just aren’t many around. Even at the Jewish community center here in town, where I used to go swiming when I was a kid, I think every kid I met there was some sort of Christian, even a few Hindu’s and Muslim’s, but no Jews. The only Jewish person I ever saw there was the lady at the front desk.

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”249618″][quote comment=”249495″]Teachers should be rewarded with larger pay, it is becoming a reality in most states. Parents are intrusting us to instill values, character and encouragement for them to be whatever they choose to be. Constantly putting down teachers is a disgrace not only to grade school, middle and high school but also to collegs professors as well. We serve a purpose and its a very important one.[/quote]
    you might have a better case if you used the word entrust correctly. Its not the teachers job to give the their values or character, that is a parents jobs.[/quote]

    Thats right its is there job….but why are so many teachers doing so then?

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”249625″][quote comment=”249614″][quote comment=”249480″][quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.[/quote]

    I’m sorry, I forgot that every kid keeps dodgeballs at their house? Not to mention that they’d be what? Throwin balls at their garage and chasing after them? OOOO, loads of fun. Or maybe finding the local dodgeball pickup game? Give me a break. I realize that some people, myself included sometimes, get all nastalgic and want oru kids to play what we played, but seriously, there’s no way in hell you can rationalize dodgeball as a good gym activity. I had fun plain it in school, but looking back on it, yeah I definitly weeded out the weaker kids and bullied them when playing. I’d just about gaurentee they weren’t having any fun, and weren’t getting anything out of it at all.[/quote]
    catching and throwing a baseball will make yo better at throwing and catch a dodgeball, as will playing basketball where you are thrown and catching passes.

    playing catch off the wall is fine, they can also do this crazy idea of go find a friend to play with in an unstructured manner.

    [/quote]

    If all these “sports” translate soo well to every other sport, we’d see a hell of alot of 5 sport athletes out there. Guess what, we don’t, cause they’re different.

    I’m sorry I guess only playing dodgeball is constructive?

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm |

    The whole point is to try to get rid of the stereotypical tight short wearing, long sock wearing, tight shirt wearing PE teacher that so many kids had growing up that soured them on PE go away. When the kids leave my gym smiling sweating and saying they had a good class then that makes my day and helps to know that I made a difference to a student that day.

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”249624″][quote comment=”249614″]
    I’m sorry, I forgot that every kid keeps dodgeballs at their house? Not to mention that they’d be what? Throwin balls at their garage and chasing after them? OOOO, loads of fun. Or maybe finding the local dodgeball pickup game? Give me a break. I realize that some people, myself included sometimes, get all nastalgic and want oru kids to play what we played, but seriously, there’s no way in hell you can rationalize dodgeball as a good gym activity. I had fun plain it in school, but looking back on it, yeah I definitly weeded out the weaker kids and bullied them when playing. I’d just about gaurentee they weren’t having any fun, and weren’t getting anything out of it at all.[/quote]

    Since when was “having fun” a requirement of classes you take in school? Math is fun to some kids, but not to others… PE is fun to some kids, not to others. It’s not about “fun” (although it can be and usually is), it’s about keeping the kids in healthy shape, and giving them skills they can use later in life to stay in shape. Nothing is going to be fun for everyone.[/quote]

    I didn’t say they had to have fun, how bout you actually read what I said before you respond? Not to mention that you point contridicts itself. What I said was they wouldn’t get anything out of it. AKA, the point of gym class to get some exercise, not the get the crap kicked out of you, you agree? It’s one thing to say that not everyone is good at everything when you talk about academics. But usually in that case you aren’t being bullied in front of the entire class, and then made to sit on the bench and wait tp get your ass handed to you again. It’s one thing to set up a game of say, basketball, and some kids just suck, o well, but at least they’re getting some exercise while they suck. But to set up a game that only gives the jocks any exercise is rdiculous. And I jsut can’t, for the life of me, understand why some of you are trying to rationalize it.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 3:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”249630″]The whole point is to try to get rid of the stereotypical tight short wearing, long sock wearing, tight shirt wearing PE teacher that so many kids had growing up that soured them on PE go away. When the kids leave my gym smiling sweating and saying they had a good class then that makes my day and helps to know that I made a difference to a student that day.[/quote]

    no…that wasn’t your point…which is why this whole ridiculous non-uni related thread keeps on going…your point is that everyone deserves a ribbon

    which is fine…some of us just don’t think the same way

    no one is questioning your PE teaching skills nor your dress nor the “stereotypical” dress of the 1960’s gym instructor

    what we are questioning is why YOU feel dodgeball is so inherently unfair and demeaning…

    tiger woods was eliminated in dodgeball

    ONCE

  • Jim | April 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”249629″][quote comment=”249625″][quote comment=”249614″][quote comment=”249480″][quote comment=”249452″][quote comment=”249437″][quote comment=”249429″]

    I’m gonna have to call bullshit on that. It’s one thing to give everyone a ribbon, and it’s another to force kids to play dodgeball every day. Whats the point of watching the huge offensive lineman beat the crap out of the nerds, then have those kids sit and do nothing for the rest of class, in turn, making them more out of shape and therefore less likely to ever win. Elimination games are terrible, it’s one thing if someone chooses to be in a dodgeball league or something, but don;t force kids to get their asses kicked. Even in my terrible gym classes, games like dodgeball got the boot years ago.[/quote]

    And that’s why you don’t play the elimination version of it. Players re-enter when the person who put them out is eliminated themselves. Plus, you just put a 5-minute time limit on the game, instead of playing one game for the whole period. There are ways to get almost any game to work — teachers just have to get out of the rut and think of fresh ideas.

    Oh, and it’s not the offensive linemen you need to worry about — they can’t throw for shit. It’s the baseball players.[/quote]

    Yeah but it’s the same thing, it’s not like you can practice dodgeball at home to get better, and if you’re constantly knocked out and sitting on teh bench, you’re never getting any better while the jocks are. And believe me, I liked dodgeball in school, even though I was pretty average at it. And yes, at my school it was the linemen, aka the shot put and hammer throwing guys I was scared of. The pitchers arms didn’t hold up well throwing the heavy dodgeballs.[/quote]

    You can’t practice throwing and catching at home? Where do these kids live, in a tent?

    And I didn’t say anything about Jason’s pay at any time. I said when it was time for me to get a job, I didn’t get one as a teacher, so I moved on.[/quote]

    I’m sorry, I forgot that every kid keeps dodgeballs at their house? Not to mention that they’d be what? Throwin balls at their garage and chasing after them? OOOO, loads of fun. Or maybe finding the local dodgeball pickup game? Give me a break. I realize that some people, myself included sometimes, get all nastalgic and want oru kids to play what we played, but seriously, there’s no way in hell you can rationalize dodgeball as a good gym activity. I had fun plain it in school, but looking back on it, yeah I definitly weeded out the weaker kids and bullied them when playing. I’d just about gaurentee they weren’t having any fun, and weren’t getting anything out of it at all.[/quote]
    catching and throwing a baseball will make yo better at throwing and catch a dodgeball, as will playing basketball where you are thrown and catching passes.

    playing catch off the wall is fine, they can also do this crazy idea of go find a friend to play with in an unstructured manner.

    [/quote]

    If all these “sports” translate soo well to every other sport, we’d see a hell of alot of 5 sport athletes out there. Guess what, we don’t, cause they’re different.

    I’m sorry I guess only playing dodgeball is constructive?[/quote]

    Does anyone realize all this bullshit started about a stupid comment about SPEED STACKING!!!!

    Good Lord, can we move on to something uni related?

  • jesse | April 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |

    The best gym sport ever is badminton.

    Also, if you want to criticize teachers, you should spell all the words in your critique correctly. Or you just look stupid.

  • Wade Harder | April 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”249459″]As a Mississippi State Bulldog fan, I also kind of wish that this, would return to this. Maybe sans the swoosh. Any thoughts?[/quote]

    I like the current jersey better than the Jackie Sherrill era jersey. I always thought “Miss. State” was very cluttered, and I never liked the black. I wouldn’t mind a return of the sleeve stripes, though.

  • Paul Lukas | April 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm |

    OK, I think that’s more than enough. Please take the PE/dodgeball/teachers chatter outside. No more of it here. Thanks.

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”249636″][quote comment=”249630″]The whole point is to try to get rid of the stereotypical tight short wearing, long sock wearing, tight shirt wearing PE teacher that so many kids had growing up that soured them on PE go away. When the kids leave my gym smiling sweating and saying they had a good class then that makes my day and helps to know that I made a difference to a student that day.[/quote]

    no…that wasn’t your point…which is why this whole ridiculous non-uni related thread keeps on going…your point is that everyone deserves a ribbon

    which is fine…some of us just don’t think the same way

    no one is questioning your PE teaching skills nor your dress nor the “stereotypical” dress of the 1960’s gym instructor

    what we are questioning is why YOU feel dodgeball is so inherently unfair and demeaning…

    tiger woods was eliminated in dodgeball

    ONCE[/quote]

    Hye, I hate the everyone get a ribbon BS too. Some kids win, some don’t. But, since the whole idea is that we should be giving kids exercise, isn’t a game that sends the kids that need that exercise the most to the bench a bad one? I can’t see this any other way.

  • Nicole | April 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”249601″][quote comment=”249416″]It’s funny, in a lot of ways these posts are my exposure to Jewish culture outside of TV. There just aren’t Jews in northen Illinois. I could easily name off people I know from any other religion/ethnic background, but I couldn’t find a Jew to save my life. Bet you’ve never heard that last line before.[/quote]

    Uh, where in “northern Illinois”? Because I’m a Jew in Northeastern Illinois (Lake County), and there are plenty of us. Now, it might be different farther west, but to say all of Northern Illinois has no Jews is a vast over generalization.[/quote]

    Does Chicago not count as Northern Illinois? Because there is, of course, a large Jewish population there. Especially in the northern counties, as the previous commment suggests.

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”249630″]The whole point is to try to get rid of the stereotypical tight short wearing, long sock wearing, tight shirt wearing PE teacher that so many kids had growing up that soured them on PE go away. When the kids leave my gym smiling sweating and saying they had a good class then that makes my day and helps to know that I made a difference to a student that day.[/quote]
    You mean like this guy, Kevin Arnold?

  • Duckstyle | April 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    But wasn’t wearing these a blast? Always wanted a red vest myself, easier to see your teamates.

  • Robert | April 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm |

    Did today unfortunately break the record for the highest number of posts having nothing to do with uniforms?

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”249642″]OK, I think that’s more than enough. Please take the PE/dodgeball/teachers chatter outside. No more of it here. Thanks.[/quote]
    Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part

  • Robert | April 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm |

    And looking back to Bryan’s original topic for the day, how long have team’s worn different color jerseys for players who are not to be hit, as opposed to a colored vest or something along those lines? Or do these ways of doing things overlap?

    I am surprised that the manufacturers have not jumped on the opportunity to sell “no hit” jerseys to fans. It is an untapped market.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect

  • Robert | April 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm |

    (Please, someone get me an edit button so that I can correct my embarrassing, non-proofread posts.)

  • Philly Bill | April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”249506″]Cup stacking, a sport? Are you the creator of Hi and Lois because you are making me laugh![/quote]

    Nice. Way to tie it all together.

    [quote comment=”249651″][quote comment=”249642″]OK, I think that’s more than enough. Please take the PE/dodgeball/teachers chatter outside. No more of it here. Thanks.[/quote]
    Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    I’m sure he’s thrown that souvenir at Aaron Heilman by now. (Northern IL native, BTW – not sure if he’s Jewish.)

    Whatever uniforms the Mets are wearing today, they’re disgracing them. They’ve beaned Chase Utley in THREE separate ABs today, the third time hitting him square in the back with two runners on base. He scored the go-ahead run and then doubled in another one in his next AB.

    Jerks.

  • ScottyJ in WV | April 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”249577″][quote comment=”249567″][quote comment=”249192″][quote comment=”249185″]We are talking about stacking cups for god’s sake, its not a real sport and everyone knows that[/quote]

    well neither are NASCAR nor bowling, and they get mentions here[/quote]

    noun 1a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. b. A particular form of this activity. 2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively. 3. An active pastime; recreation.

    Bowling and NASCAR meet that definition.

    By the way, Phil, after reading your posts today I gotta ask you, who pissed in your Post Toasties today??[/quote]

    perhaps you’re unaware of my bible

    cheers scotty…it’s all good[/quote]

    I’m a reader of that book as well, Phil. Sorry I didn’t pick up on it.

    Your posts are usually a good read, but today they seemed a little……chippy. Just checking. All good fer sure!!

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]
    Yeah, the patch screams “My dad just bought this at the concession stand”. I could do without the drop-shadow, too.
    Let’s hope he fixes his ears along with that flat brim ;-)

  • Jason Gomez | April 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm |

    TO all loyal uni watch readers including myself I want to apologze for carrying on the whole debate. When one questions ones livelyhood you can get defensive. Sorry Paul. How about how good the Royals look in the road greys and blue belts and shoes!

  • Walaitis | April 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”249669″][quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?[/quote]
    A long time before that kid was born ;-)

  • Tony Miller | April 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm |

    MLB.com reporting that players will again be allowed to wear #42 on April 15th. Full story

  • Rick White in Cedar Park, TX | April 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”249667″]TO all loyal uni watch readers including myself I want to apologze for carrying on the whole debate. When one questions ones livelyhood you can get defensive. Sorry Paul. How about how good the Royals look in the road greys and blue belts and shoes![/quote]

    Hey! Let’s beat up on computer programmers. Oh wait … no … nevermind … I don’t want to get beat up today.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”249669″][quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?[/quote]

    1964.

  • Chad G | April 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”249669″][quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?[/quote]

    Just incase you didn’t know that was the hat for last years all-star game in San Fran. So D. Wright, Jose Reyes and Beltran wore it with that patch

  • Teebz | April 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”249630″]The whole point is to try to get rid of the stereotypical tight short wearing, long sock wearing, tight shirt wearing PE teacher that so many kids had growing up that soured them on PE go away. When the kids leave my gym smiling sweating and saying they had a good class then that makes my day and helps to know that I made a difference to a student that day.[/quote]

    You mean like Coach Hines?

  • Mets/Jets Fan in Chicagoland | April 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”249679″][quote comment=”249669″][quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?[/quote]

    1964.[/quote]
    Perhaps the Shea concession stands are selling merch with “milestone” patches from Shea’s history (’64 ASG, ’69 WS, etc) ?
    Just a guess.
    Unless they are going WAY out and advertising the 201? ASG at Citi Field in the not-too-distant future

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”249642″]OK, I think that’s more than enough. Please take the PE/dodgeball/teachers chatter outside. No more of it here. Thanks.[/quote]

    Yeah. Take it over here.

  • Matt from L.A. | April 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm |

    Watching the Boston vs Detroit game the commentators were talking about Manny trying to use a glove with a white center, but the umpire ended that one. I don’t remember seeing anything on here. Any photo proof?

  • Walaitis | April 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”249680″][quote comment=”249669″][quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?[/quote]

    Just incase you didn’t know that was the hat for last years all-star game in San Fran. So D. Wright, Jose Reyes and Beltran wore it with that patch[/quote]

    That creates a whole new set of questions. Is that hat actually the hat worn by one of those mentioned above at the ASG? Was it bought at a stand? If it WAS game worn, and came “flat-brimmed” off the field, would it be right to round the brim, or is it better to leave it the way the player gave it to you?

  • Chad G | April 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”249686″][quote comment=”249680″][quote comment=”249669″][quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?[/quote]

    Just incase you didn’t know that was the hat for last years all-star game in San Fran. So D. Wright, Jose Reyes and Beltran wore it with that patch[/quote]

    That creates a whole new set of questions. Is that hat actually the hat worn by one of those mentioned above at the ASG? Was it bought at a stand? If it WAS game worn, and came “flat-brimmed” off the field, would it be right to round the brim, or is it better to leave it the way the player gave it to you?[/quote]

    Last year at all-star game time you could by any teams hat with the all-star game patch on it, I’m pretty sure it isn’t a game worn cap

  • Moose | April 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |

    “OK, I think that’s more than enough. Please take the PE/dodgeball/teachers chatter outside. No more of it here. Thanks.”

    I got bored with this somewhere around comment 40. Speed stacking is completely ridiculous, no matter what standards it meets. Dodgeball sucks, and so do most teachers. Move on. Take thsi shit to Oprah or something. That is all.

  • James Craven | April 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm |

    First…on this subject:

    [quote comment=”249675″]“MLB.com reporting that players will again be allowed to wear #42 on April 15th.”[/quote]

    I think every player should wear #42 on April 15th.

    Second on the mess that is the Mets uniform:

    I propose that only one home uniform and one primary road uniform be used by each team. I would like to see the Mets (although as a Phillies fan I hate the team) wear black pinstripes with blue, white and orange tram and gray on the road as a primary color with black trim and have the blue and orange lettering trimmed in white, and a blue alt for the road with gray lettering and orange and black trim. Oh, and one hat for each uniform.

  • caknuck | April 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |

    Apparently the Rangers have some of the road caps around, because one of the Ballpark staffers working the turnstiles is wearing one… paired with a home jersey. And the jersey is either a Mark Teixeira (traded to the Braves last season) or Jared Saltalamacchia (started the year in AAA).

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”249680″]Just incase you didn’t know that was the hat for last years all-star game in San Fran. So D. Wright, Jose Reyes and Beltran wore it with that patch[/quote]

    or billy the kid

  • jesse | April 8, 2008 at 5:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”249688″][quote comment=”249686″][quote comment=”249680″][quote comment=”249669″][quote comment=”249654″][quote comment=”249651″]Amen – methinks this kid gets it, for the most part[/quote]

    which part exactly? the patch on the cap?

    cuz everything else (save for the flat brim—he’ll fix that when he gets home, of course) looks perfect[/quote]

    When was the All-Star game at Shea most recently?[/quote]

    Just incase you didn’t know that was the hat for last years all-star game in San Fran. So D. Wright, Jose Reyes and Beltran wore it with that patch[/quote]

    That creates a whole new set of questions. Is that hat actually the hat worn by one of those mentioned above at the ASG? Was it bought at a stand? If it WAS game worn, and came “flat-brimmed” off the field, would it be right to round the brim, or is it better to leave it the way the player gave it to you?[/quote]

    Last year at all-star game time you could by any teams hat with the all-star game patch on it, I’m pretty sure it isn’t a game worn cap[/quote]

    Yea it’s last years ASG hat, it was probably on sale.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 8, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”249690″]First…on this subject:

    [quote comment=”249675″]“MLB.com reporting that players will again be allowed to wear #42 on April 15th.”[/quote]

    I think every player should wear #42 on April 15th.

    Second on the mess that is the Mets uniform:

    I propose that only one home uniform and one primary road uniform be used by each team. I would like to see the Mets (although as a Phillies fan I hate the team) wear black pinstripes with blue, white and orange tram and gray on the road as a primary color with black trim and have the blue and orange lettering trimmed in white, and a blue alt for the road with gray lettering and orange and black trim. Oh, and one hat for each uniform.[/quote]

    There is only one thing I want to see from the Mets: The 1995-97 uniform set. Nothing more, nothing less. Period.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”249690″]First…on this subject:

    [quote comment=”249675″]”MLB.com reporting that players will again be allowed to wear #42 on April 15th.”[/quote]

    I think every player should wear #42 on April 15th.

    Second on the mess that is the Mets uniform:

    I propose that only one home uniform and one primary road uniform be used by each team. I would like to see the Mets (although as a Phillies fan I hate the team) wear black pinstripes with blue, white and orange tram and gray on the road as a primary color with black trim and have the blue and orange lettering trimmed in white, and a blue alt for the road with gray lettering and orange and black trim. Oh, and one hat for each uniform.[/quote]

    why should every player wear 42? its great we’re remembering jackie and 4/15/47 will FOREVER be remembered as the day he broke in with the brooklyn team…rachel still attends games and has even thrown out first pitches…and jackie’s # adorns every park in the bigs and his number is forever retired…

    do we really need EVERY player wearing 42 on this day?

    and so long as you’re choosing the mets uniforms, would you prefer the phillies now shelve that beautiful alt or the pinstripes…(ya know…since all teams only get one home and one road uni in craven league baseball)?

  • Kris Fulton | April 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”249685″]Watching the Boston vs Detroit game the commentators were talking about Manny trying to use a glove with a white center, but the umpire ended that one. I don’t remember seeing anything on here. Any photo proof?[/quote]

    There’s a photo from the Toronto series here which shows a different looking glove than the manufacturer’s website . It looks like his is customized with white stitching and a small white leather patch.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |

    [quote]and so long as you’re choosing the mets uniforms, would you prefer the phillies now shelve that beautiful alt or the pinstripes…(ya know…since all teams only get one home and one road uni in craven league baseball)?[/quote]

    sorry…hate to quote myself…make that only one HOME uni in CLB…you get two roadies

  • James Craven | April 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”249699″]“Do we really need EVERY player wearing 42 on this day?”[/quote]

    I thought it was nice that every player on several teams (including the Phils and the Astros last season, of which I had the pleasure of visiting) wore #42 as a team, and was classy. It’s just a thought that I came up with while watching that game.

    [quote comment=”249699″]“Would you prefer the Phillies now shelve that beautiful alt or the pinstripes?”[/quote]

    I think the cream 1948-inspired uni is just a one-year thing IMHO. They might keep the cap for Sundays and holidays home and away.

  • Eric | April 8, 2008 at 7:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”249617″][quote comment=”249292″]As kickass as the Sounders FC badge is I think Seattle Sounders FC is a crap name. Why do so many MLS teams need lame club names (Galaxy, Wizards, Earthquakes, Sounders, Red Bulls, Crew) instead of going with traditional club names, Seattle FC or something more “soccer-y” would be a million times better. Hopefully Philly gets it right.[/quote]

    I understand what you’re saying about the club names not sounding tradional, but how can you argue with a team name that has been around since 1974 as the Sounders name has been. I mean, you want names to be more traditional, but changing the name would go against the local tradition. I think adding FC at the end is the nice compromise that brings in the “soccer” feel to the traditional and seasoned local brand.

    I’m pretty sure that the Earthquake name has a history in San Jose, too.[/quote]

    The MLS has a huge inferiority complex about itself, and will never get over it so long as there are team names like “FC Dallas” “Toronto FC” and “Real Salt Lake”. What a joke. It screams of desperation “Look at us, we have ‘real’ football names. Sports naming customs in North America are what they are, their not “right” or “wrong”, compared to European club names, that’s just the way it is. So I HIGHLY prefer names like LA Galaxy, SJ Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, etc. Seattle is the WORST name so far because it tries to be all things to all people, the Seattle Sounders with a little “FC” on the end. Jeez, don’t get me started on the whole FC thing . . . we dont call it Football here, so what’s with the F? US, Canada and Australia all call it soccer, so quit with your inferiority complex and try to build a better product on the field.

    /rant

    FYI – I am a pretty big soccer fan, love to watch at the highest levels of Competition, which is generally weekend matches on FOX SOCCER CHANNEL from the EPL and Italy’s Serie A.

  • VandyDelphia Mike | April 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”249303″]Just to note, the Twins’ base coaches didn’t wear the 70’s helmets yesterday (no pics, but I was there). Maybe it’s just a home game thing?[/quote]
    Has to be. The Twins wear the M cap logo on the road, and the interlocking TC at home.

    Nothing’s stopping the Twins from making a super-70s white-paneled cap with the M logo, though.

  • BurghFan | April 8, 2008 at 9:27 pm |

    I asked a co-worker of mine who is a basketball person, and he said that, especially in high school, teams used to have even numbers at home and odd nmbers on the road, so that here were no repeats. If a foul was called on #12, you knew exactly what team it was. I had never heard that before. Anyone else ever hear of such a thing?

    That’s what I always heard – it was to make officials’ calls unambiguous.

  • BurghFan | April 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm |

    …But shouldn’t the Dawg have a black collar or something in memory of the Barons?

    Only if Roger’s commemorates the Seals (who, of course, became the Barons).

  • Russ | April 8, 2008 at 9:41 pm |

    Glad that seattle stuck with the sounders name… just as I said they should when this naming vote came out last week.

  • interlockingtc | April 8, 2008 at 9:53 pm |

    Beautiful old Streit’s factory. What a shame. Any chance the new owners will keep the facade?

    That black Mets cap is death. Just death.

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 10:02 pm |

    [quote]And if NASCAR isn’t a sport, then tennis and golf aren’t sports. As Rosie O’Donnell said back when she was funny, “Golf isn’t a sport, it’s guys walking around in loud shirts and pants.”[/quote]

    holy crap i just noticed this, since it was part of an ‘inverted’ quote waaaaaaaaay at the top

    1. the nascar thing was a joke…most of those drivers are in better shape than pitchers

    2. rosie o’donnell was never funny

    3. two words…tiger woods

  • C-Dublin | April 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm |

    Did anyone mention or notice that 3 of the 4 in the Final Four wear Adidas rather than Nike? Only UNC had those new fancy Nike jerseys. I think its pretty obvious that the key to winning is not in having good players, but in wearing adidas.

  • James P. | April 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm |

    In the bottom of the 7th, Rick Ankil of the Cardinals went diving for a ball hit to center and ended up breaking his belt when he landed. There was a short time-out while he changed belts.

  • Colin | April 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm |

    It’s probably been asked, but why does Tennessee’s women’s basketball team wear blue and the men don’t have it? Are there any other teams that have gender specific colors?

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 8, 2008 at 10:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”249738″]another thing, meat…you don’t know shit, all right? if you wanna make it in the bigs, you’ll listen to me[/quote]

    So relax, let’s have some fun, this game’s fun, allright?!!?! Fun, g-dd-mmit!

  • LI Phil | April 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”249762″][quote comment=”249738″]another thing, meat…you don’t know shit, all right? if you wanna make it in the bigs, you’ll listen to me[/quote]

    So relax, let’s have some fun, this game’s fun, allright?!!?! Fun, g-dd-mmit![/quote]

    and don’t hold the ball so hard, ok? it’s an egg…hold it like an egg…

    /done

  • Lee | April 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”249717″][quote comment=”249617″][quote comment=”249292″]As kickass as the Sounders FC badge is I think Seattle Sounders FC is a crap name. Why do so many MLS teams need lame club names (Galaxy, Wizards, Earthquakes, Sounders, Red Bulls, Crew) instead of going with traditional club names, Seattle FC or something more “soccer-y” would be a million times better. Hopefully Philly gets it right.[/quote]

    I understand what you’re saying about the club names not sounding tradional, but how can you argue with a team name that has been around since 1974 as the Sounders name has been. I mean, you want names to be more traditional, but changing the name would go against the local tradition. I think adding FC at the end is the nice compromise that brings in the “soccer” feel to the traditional and seasoned local brand.

    I’m pretty sure that the Earthquake name has a history in San Jose, too.[/quote]

    The MLS has a huge inferiority complex about itself, and will never get over it so long as there are team names like “FC Dallas” “Toronto FC” and “Real Salt Lake”. What a joke. It screams of desperation “Look at us, we have ‘real’ football names. Sports naming customs in North America are what they are, their not “right” or “wrong”, compared to European club names, that’s just the way it is. So I HIGHLY prefer names like LA Galaxy, SJ Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, etc. Seattle is the WORST name so far because it tries to be all things to all people, the Seattle Sounders with a little “FC” on the end. Jeez, don’t get me started on the whole FC thing . . . we dont call it Football here, so what’s with the F? US, Canada and Australia all call it soccer, so quit with your inferiority complex and try to build a better product on the field.

    /rant

    FYI – I am a pretty big soccer fan, love to watch at the highest levels of Competition, which is generally weekend matches on FOX SOCCER CHANNEL from the EPL and Italy’s Serie A.[/quote]

    dynamo is no different than anything with FC that you hate so much (Dynomo Kiev, Dynamo Moscow, etc). as for everything else, theres nothing wrong with fc, many nations that dont call it football/futbal use fc. fc internazionale milan, for example, and no one will say they have an inferiority complex about it. so really, ehh

  • =bg= | April 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”249699″][quote comment=”249690″]First…on this subject:

    [quote comment=”249675″]”MLB.com reporting that players will again be allowed to wear #42 on April 15th.”[/quote]

    I think every player should wear #42 on April 15th.

    Second on the mess that is the Mets uniform:

    I propose that only one home uniform and one primary road uniform be used by each team. I would like to see the Mets (although as a Phillies fan I hate the team) wear black pinstripes with blue, white and orange tram and gray on the road as a primary color with black trim and have the blue and orange lettering trimmed in white, and a blue alt for the road with gray lettering and orange and black trim. Oh, and one hat for each uniform.[/quote]

    why should every player wear 42? its great we’re remembering jackie and 4/15/47 will FOREVER be remembered as the day he broke in with the brooklyn team…rachel still attends games and has even thrown out first pitches…and jackie’s # adorns every park in the bigs and his number is forever retired…

    do we really need EVERY player wearing 42 on this day?

    and so long as you’re choosing the mets uniforms, would you prefer the phillies now shelve that beautiful alt or the pinstripes…(ya know…since all teams only get one home and one road uni in craven league baseball)?[/quote]

    Maybe they could wear #21 for………………

  • Beats in Buffalo | April 8, 2008 at 11:13 pm |

    I’m probably weighing in on this too late in the day but I am a fan of the Seattle Sounders FC name although I like the European sounding name mixed with a local name I wish the MLS would remember it stands for Major Leage Soccer and stop the FC nonsence. More to the point I wish they would have went with a slightly less simple badge and went with more of a Metrostars post taxi cab pre Red Bulls badge with differant logo elements. A badge with the Space Needle to represnt Seattle and a boat or something to represnt the sound and a guitar reflecting the citys music scene with greats like Jimi and the grunge scene and giving the name a cool duel meaning.

  • bar57988 | April 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”249646″]But wasn’t wearing these a blast? Always wanted a red vest myself, easier to see your teamates.[/quote]

    I’m sure these had different names across regions, in the south they were called “pennies”…

  • Nate | April 8, 2008 at 11:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”249692″]Apparently the Rangers have some of the road caps around, because one of the Ballpark staffers working the turnstiles is wearing one… paired with a home jersey. And the jersey is either a Mark Teixeira (traded to the Braves last season) or Jared Saltalamacchia (started the year in AAA).[/quote]
    They still sell them in the merchandise stores at the ballpark, at least as of the last time i went, which was last year. They also still sell the black brim ones, though they haven’t worn those since around 2004.

  • Johnny O | April 8, 2008 at 11:43 pm |

    The Milwaukee Brewers lost a Clubhouse Assistant today. 22 year old Mike Bonan died today,and the Brewers are trying to think of ways to memorialize him.

    Here is the article

  • Stuby | April 9, 2008 at 7:09 am |

    [quote comment=”249778″][quote comment=”249692″]Apparently the Rangers have some of the road caps around, because one of the Ballpark staffers working the turnstiles is wearing one… paired with a home jersey. And the jersey is either a Mark Teixeira (traded to the Braves last season) or Jared Saltalamacchia (started the year in AAA).[/quote]
    They still sell them in the merchandise stores at the ballpark, at least as of the last time i went, which was last year. They also still sell the black brim ones, though they haven’t worn those since around 2004.[/quote]
    Teixeira wore #23 with the Rangers. Maybe they’re Palmeiro jerseys.

  • Seth | April 9, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    Someone might have said it already, but the sticker on Jammal Lord’s back head is the old NCAA logo from the late 90s. It’s more of a shield than a pennant. I had one on my helmet my freshman year in 99. Hard to find a picutre of it though.

  • Kenny G. | April 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm |

    As a Hawkeye fan almost everything about Iowa State makes me want to throw up. But I can totally get behind this new logo the Cyclones plan on putting on their helmets, especially if those helmets have gray face masks like the sample shown on their athletic department web-site.

  • Rick | April 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm |

    Does ANYONE know if the “official” MLB helmet decals are different from the “official” packs that can be ordered online? Ive read that the “official” ones are raised. I would have thought that someone in the MLB clubhouses would have been snatching them up and putting them on ebay. Im not sure if the ones sold online are just replicas. Any help/info is appareciated. Thanks