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C’mon, Blue! Uh, Black… Uh, Whatever…

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In recent years, home plate umpires’ masks have been soild black — the padding, the bars, the stripes, everything.

Lately, though, I’ve noticed a change: Some umps’ masks have silver bars, and other have tan padding — sometimes just on top (although I think the upper padding is actually being covered by a plastic visor insert there, so it’s hard to be sure), sometimes just the inner padding, sometimes all over). It’s a small thing, but it’s really jumped out at me during some centerfield camera shots — the ump’s head is suddenly much more visually prominent.

If you google “umpire’s mask,” most of these design options show up, as seen here, here, here, here, and here. But none of those have the colored bars. (Of course, several umps prefer the hockey-style mask, but that’s a whole different discussion.)

I know several of you out there are umpires. Care to enlighten us regarding this development? Have colored bars and padding been available on the sub-MLB level for a while now? Did color-accessorized masks actually surface in MLB prior to now and I just hadn’t noticed?

Request for Technical Assistance: I’ve been using iShowU to make video captures (works great!) but have been having trouble transferring the resulting video clips to YouTube. The initial upload goes fine, but then, after the video is processed, I usually get a “Failed” message (except for two instance when the processing was successful, but I’ve been unable to duplicate those results). Same thing happens with Google Video. I think it has to do with the compression, but I’ve tried several different formats (Apple Intermediate Codec, Sorensen Video 3, Jpeg 2000, etc.) — no dice. If anyone knows more about this and wants to give me some free advice, I’m all ears.

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May Raffle: It isn’t football season, but that hasn’t stopped our friends at Helmet Hut from generously offering up an giveaway item from their vast inventory. The lucky raffle winner will get to choose any non-autographed helmet from Gridiron Memories (Helmet Hut’s retail arm) — NFL, NCAA, WFL, whatever.

To enter, send an e-mail to uniraffle [at] earthlink [dot] net (please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch e-mail address) by next Tuesday, May 13th, at 10pm. Nobody will be reading the text of these e-mails, so bother to include anything other than your name. Only one entry per person, and please don’t try double-entering from multiple e-mail addresses or anything like that — there’s nothing lamer than cheating on a free raffle, and we’ll probably figure it out anyway. I’m no longer using raffles as a way to build memberships, so no more bonus entries for membership program enrollees.

I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday.

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Speaking of the membership program, today’s spotlight member is Conor Clougherty, who hopes to become an NFL ref one day. Sharp-memoried readers may recall that I interviewed Conor last year about officiating attire. For those who missed it, that entry is available here.

You can see other new card designs, as always, in the membership card design gallery. Also, as I promised/threatened a week or two ago, I’ve updated the membership roster — no more “Membership Level” column, and charter members now have their names shown in bold (if I missed anyone, please let me know).

Uni Watch News Ticker: Intern emeritus Vince Grzegorek stopped by Uni Watch HQ last night — our first face-to-face meeting after a year and a half of me exploiting him working together. Scott M.X. Turner showed up too, although he pulled the cold shoulder routine when Vince failed to guess the exact fiber content of his jacket. … Great story here about a jersey worn by two future Hall of Famers (with thanks to Joey Morris). … “I saw this the other day on my way to work,” writes Eric Westover. “I didn’t know Nike made trucks.” … Here’s an updated listing of special MLB jersey dates (some of which, as you can see, have already happened), courtesy of our friends at Jersey-Joe.com (who are selling many of the special jerseys here)… You might know that author Tom Wolfe is partial to white suits, but I didn’t know that he also favors vertically striped socks until I got this shot from Craig Freeman. … Awesome gallery of old Federal League hockey logos here (with thanks to Andy Head). … The Blackhawks recently announced a new radio deal, which led — of course — to a jersey photo op. … Greg Riffenburgh notes that there’s an odd sleeve seam (or extension..?) on Willie McGinest’s jersey. … Here’s something I haven’t seen before: Kenji Johjima appears to be wearing a Mariners logo on the brim of his catcher’s helmet (with thanks to Andrew Thomason). … Chris Glover reports that Brian Barton of the Cardinals gave the first baseman a whuppin’ had to change belts while running the bases last night. … “The Nippon Ham Fighters are going to wear special uniforms in July for the ‘We Love Hokkaido Series,'” reports Jeremy Brahm. … According to the “Miscellaneous Items of Interest” listing at the bottom of this page, Randy Johnson wore No. 34 for part of the 1993 season. I’d never seen a photo of that until Doug Kyed sent me this.

 

127 comments to C’mon, Blue! Uh, Black… Uh, Whatever…

  • Peter Wunsch | May 8, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    I know Paul no longer wants sexist comments, But is Randy Johnson attempting to be a pole dancer?

    I will leave the rest to everyone’s imagination.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 9:11 am |

    [quote]Tom Wolfe is partial to white suits, but I didn’t know that he also favors vertically striped socks[/quote]

    i imagine paul similarly attired when he is 64 and being interviewed on his opus, bonfire of the sanitaries

  • Adam | May 8, 2008 at 9:11 am |

    On the White Sox 1983 day, doesn’t look like the visiting Royals are going to wear retro uniforms too (which is pretty par for the course for White Sox TBTC days, I can think of at least a few times they haven’t and can’t for sure think of any times they have). Kind of a shame they didn’t schedule it against the Jays, the road team could have participated without even having new jerseys made.

  • Nolan | May 8, 2008 at 9:13 am |

    I think most of the time you see a silver umpire mask it’s probably the Nike Titanium model.

    As seen

    http://www.davidrich...

  • Priester | May 8, 2008 at 9:14 am |

    Posted this in yesterday thread about half an hour ago, but since no one is likely to see it now…

    During last nights Jays broadcast (top of the 7th or 8th if anyone wants to go back on MLB.TV to watch) they talked about the mouth guard that McGowan and Marcum have both been trying out. Apparently it is one of these , designed to improve jaw alignment, which apparently does a whole bunch of good stuff including increasing your strength and flexibility. Sounds like a bunch of bull to me, but the way these guys have pitched so far this year seems to lend some credibility to it.

  • Jim | May 8, 2008 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment=”267806″]I know Paul no longer wants sexist comments, But is Randy Johnson attempting to be a pole dancer?

    I will leave the rest to everyone’s imagination.[/quote]

    Here’s a challange, can anyone find a picture of a more embarrassing pose for any sports player that beats the Randy Johnson “Ballerina” pose? I doubt it. That’s horrible.

  • =bg= | May 8, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    the most unusual aspect of the Johnson photo is, he’s smiling.

  • MH | May 8, 2008 at 9:29 am |

    “the most unusual aspect of the Johnson photo is, he’s smiling.”

    Obviously time for the ‘Big Unit to retire….

  • Jeff E. | May 8, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    I see that a prerequisite for working for Paul is wearing glasses and having facial hair.

  • Joe | May 8, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”267818″]”the most unusual aspect of the Johnson photo is, he’s smiling.”

    Obviously time for the ‘Big Unit to retire….[/quote]

    That is easily the most disturbing baseball pic I have ever seen. He looks like a hick ballerina with a mullet!!

  • Al Gruwell | May 8, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    Colored bars have been available for some time on umpire’s masks. The silver bars are actually titanium. They are lighter and stronger than tube steel.
    +POS is just one company that provides umpiring equipment, and they have lots of colors (red, blue, black) with different pads from nylon to smooth and suede leather.
    When I umpired, I switched to the hockey mask b/c of concussions. The hockey mask deflected the blow by foul tips, provided better vision, and the force wasn’t absorbed in just two places (forehead and jawline).
    In the mid-90’s, umpires wore navy, light blue, and red shirts, so you can see why they would want the mask to match the shirts. Then they added a kind of silver, which morphed into a light cream (similar to the Giants’ home jerseys). I like the black shirts in MLB, and the light blue is OK.
    In Iowa, the high school athletic association has said that umpires only match for regular season games, but insists on navy blue for district play and above.
    Since this is the only state that plays summer ball, the temps can be brutal in dark blue. Part of the reason I got out of umping at the high school level.

  • Joey Guns | May 8, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    Is facial hair required to work at Uni Watch? Seems like it. Does Bryan have facial hair? I can’t remember……

  • Marty Met | May 8, 2008 at 9:50 am |

    Paul,
    Who did the painting in this photo of Vince?

    http://farm4.static....

  • interlockingtc | May 8, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    The Lancaster Gears logo is probably too detailed to duplicate in the margins of your notebook, but man, that is pretty clever.

  • Shaeff | May 8, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    Question for Paul – or someone else – to research…

    When a guy gets traded, released, whatever… What happens to their uniforms (and other gear). Do they take it with them?? Does the team save it??

    The reason I ask is this…. Brent Barry was included in the Spurs/Sonics trade earlier this year, then subsequently released by the Sonics. He signed with th Spurs (surprise, surprise) a few weeks later. When he got back to the Spurs, Did they reissue his old uniform or did they have to give him a new one???

  • Alan #44 | May 8, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    I dig Scott’s NYAC jacket. Where can I get me one of those?

  • Mike | May 8, 2008 at 9:59 am |

    The DC General’s are a local football team made of public safety officer from throughout the DC, MD, VA region. Here is a story on them and some good shots of their uniforms.

    http://www.thebaynet...

    They harken back to the NJ General’s in the logo, but some players wear the patch of their home agency on their shoulder. The socks will certainly gain some attention here….

  • Josh | May 8, 2008 at 10:03 am |

    In that ballerina picture of Randy Johnson, his cap logo and sleeve patch look like the ones from the current navy/teal Mariners uniforms, but the blue in his uniform is the royal blue from their old blue/yellow uniforms.
    What’s up with that?

  • Kerry P | May 8, 2008 at 10:05 am |

    Tonight, Chris Paul will HONOR AN 8-YEAR OLD FAN who died Monday before he could meet his basketball hero.

  • lwiedy | May 8, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    Does anyone think this is a bit over the top?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    For the record, I love ‘42’ day, but what’s next, signing bonuses (reparations)? I know MLB is desperately trying to make their draft media relevant, but c’mon.

  • Greg V. | May 8, 2008 at 10:14 am |

    I wonder if heat is a factor in umpires choosing their masks. I was a catcher for awhile and the black padding in those masks gets much hotter in the sun than the tan padding.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 10:14 am |

    [quote]Colored bars have been available for some time on umpire’s masks. The silver bars are actually titanium. They are lighter and stronger than tube steel.
    +POS is just one company that provides umpiring equipment…[/quote]

    i always thought “POS” was an acronym for something you wouldn’t want to be associated with

  • Greg V. | May 8, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    as for embarrassing pictures of athletes, this ad doesn’t do any favors for Carson Palmer. Why Carson, why?

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

  • Paul Lukas | May 8, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”267828″]Paul,
    Who did the painting in this photo of Vince?

    http://farm4.static....

    That’s actually a signed Alexander Calder litho. It’s called “Animals.”

  • Matt The Hammer | May 8, 2008 at 10:27 am |

    [quote comment=”267838″]In that ballerina picture of Randy Johnson, his cap logo and sleeve patch look like the ones from the current navy/teal Mariners uniforms, but the blue in his uniform is the royal blue from their old blue/yellow uniforms.
    What’s up with that?[/quote]
    Just the colors from the over exposure used by Upper Deck during that time. See this:

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

  • Tony In Erie | May 8, 2008 at 10:48 am |

    Mr Westover…

    Where do you work, Chernobyl?

    I’d liken that Nike symbol to the same people who put Penn State logos on EVERYTHING in my area. The farther you get from the city though, its the rebel flag that is monogrammed all over.

    *shrug* I don’t know, I’m not up on specifics, for I don’t have facial hair. he he he

  • Juan Grande | May 8, 2008 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”267824″]Colored bars have been available for some time on umpire’s masks. The silver bars are actually titanium. They are lighter and stronger than tube steel.
    +POS is just one company that provides umpiring equipment, and they have lots of colors (red, blue, black) with different pads from nylon to smooth and suede leather.
    When I umpired, I switched to the hockey mask b/c of concussions. The hockey mask deflected the blow by foul tips, provided better vision, and the force wasn’t absorbed in just two places (forehead and jawline).
    In the mid-90’s, umpires wore navy, light blue, and red shirts, so you can see why they would want the mask to match the shirts. Then they added a kind of silver, which morphed into a light cream (similar to the Giants’ home jerseys). I like the black shirts in MLB, and the light blue is OK.
    In Iowa, the high school athletic association has said that umpires only match for regular season games, but insists on navy blue for district play and above.
    Since this is the only state that plays summer ball, the temps can be brutal in dark blue. Part of the reason I got out of umping at the high school level.[/quote]

    Speaking of umpire gear, whatever happened to the big hand-held chest pads the umps used until late 1980s. Did it just become too ackward or what?

  • Jason | May 8, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”267843″][quote]Colored bars have been available for some time on umpire’s masks. The silver bars are actually titanium. They are lighter and stronger than tube steel.
    +POS is just one company that provides umpiring equipment…[/quote]

    i always thought “POS” was an acronym for something you wouldn’t want to be associated with[/quote]

    It fit for +POS too. They went out of business 2 years ago. The different mask pads are just a matter of personal preference. Some are made of different material (doeskin, calfskin, vinyl, etc.)

  • Juan Grande | May 8, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    That Randy Johnson photo is something else. I would have loved to have attended that discussion….

    Upper Deck: “Randy, we have a great idea for your card this year. We want you to stand and pose like a ballerina.”

    Randy Johnson: “That sounds like a great idea, I’m all in. I’ll even smile and look like I’m enjoying myself!”

  • Jason | May 8, 2008 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”267855″][quote comment=”267824″]Colored bars have been available for some time on umpire’s masks. The silver bars are actually titanium. They are lighter and stronger than tube steel.
    +POS is just one company that provides umpiring equipment, and they have lots of colors (red, blue, black) with different pads from nylon to smooth and suede leather.
    When I umpired, I switched to the hockey mask b/c of concussions. The hockey mask deflected the blow by foul tips, provided better vision, and the force wasn’t absorbed in just two places (forehead and jawline).
    In the mid-90’s, umpires wore navy, light blue, and red shirts, so you can see why they would want the mask to match the shirts. Then they added a kind of silver, which morphed into a light cream (similar to the Giants’ home jerseys). I like the black shirts in MLB, and the light blue is OK.
    In Iowa, the high school athletic association has said that umpires only match for regular season games, but insists on navy blue for district play and above.
    Since this is the only state that plays summer ball, the temps can be brutal in dark blue. Part of the reason I got out of umping at the high school level.[/quote]

    Speaking of umpire gear, whatever happened to the big hand-held chest pads the umps used until late 1980s. Did it just become too ackward or what?[/quote]
    The balloon or raft protector started to go away when the American League went to the inside protector in the late 70s. The inside protector provides additional protection, freedom of movement, and a better view of the lower half of the strike zone by moving the umpire out from directly over the catcher’s head.

  • Ricko | May 8, 2008 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”267840″]Does anyone think this is a bit over the top?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    For the record, I love ‘42’ day, but what’s next, signing bonuses (reparations)? I know MLB is desperately trying to make their draft media relevant, but c’mon.[/quote]

    Good idea. Honor and remember a guy, but make sure its based on how good a ballplayer he was. “Yeah, okay, well…I guess we appreciated the utilty infielders and backup catchers, too.”

    Like the old joke about the guy in the hospital whose buddy came to visit and told him, “The guys at the Lodge voted to wish you a speedy recovery.” “That’s nice,” said the patient. “Yeah,” said the buddy, “it was 51-47.”

  • Original Jim | May 8, 2008 at 11:07 am |

    I’ve been umpiring baseball games for the last 16 years, and there have always been colored pads and bars for umpire masks in the catalogs that I’ve seen. I don’t know anyone personally who has a mask with silver bars, though. I’ve only seen the black and blue ones up close. One of my masks has black pads, the other has tan. Darker pads hide the sweat and dirt stains better.

    All the bars on my masks are black, including my goalie helmet mask (which has an All-Star logo above the mask and a stars-and-stripes MLB logo on the front of the chin).

    I don’t know anyone who uses the bubble chest protector anymore. A lot of the Little League fields I work at have one on hand in case there are no umpires and a parent is called into action to arbiter the contest.

    Although they don’t offer as much protection as a bubble, interior chest and leg protectors are much more comfortable and allow a greater range of movement without carrying a bulky piece of padding.

    And as least for the time being, my organization uses a dress coade of navy or light blue shirts with gray pants. We haven’t gone black. Yet. We switched from strictly light blue to navy w/light blue option when the MLB did, so anything’s possible.

  • Matt Lesser | May 8, 2008 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”267845″]as for embarrassing pictures of athletes, this ad doesn’t do any favors for Carson Palmer. Why Carson, why?

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

    If you think Carson Palmer’s acting(?) is bad, wait till you see Bronson Arroyo for two local companies.

    1. JTM (http://www.youtube.c...) and (http://www.youtube.c...)
    2. Champion Ford (http://www.youtube.c...) NSFW!

    If only he could pitch for his life…

  • Matt Lesser | May 8, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    Let’s try that again…

    1. JTM http://www.youtube.c... and http://www.youtube.c...
    2. Champion Ford http://www.youtube.c... NSFW!

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 11:16 am |

    retrospective on umpiring…

    i haven’t umped for centuries (late 70’s-early 80’s–did it for six years), but i used the bubble when i worked the plate (these were “pacific”, “texas”, “central” and “major” leagues…pre-“babe ruth”…so the kids were only 7-12 YO)

    do they even use those designations anymore?

    all the equipment (mask, shin guards & bubble) was provided, but we were responsible for our own b/s/o counters and whisks…and although not “required”, we were encouraged to buy a dark blue shirt and always had to wear long pants (no jeans)

    also…we never had this “T-ball” stuff the kids have now

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”267835″]The DC General’s are a local football team made of public safety officer from throughout the DC, MD, VA region. Here is a story on them and some good shots of their uniforms.

    http://www.thebaynet...

    They harken back to the NJ General’s in the logo, but some players wear the patch of their home agency on their shoulder. The socks will certainly gain some attention here….[/quote]

    The Generals more resemble Ole Miss
    and the Cobras very closely resemble Odessa Permian in the television series “Friday Night Lights” including the Schutt DNA helmets and Under Armour gear!

    And lets hope #62 on the Generals is a “house cat” and has desk duty!

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  • kris | May 8, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”267852″]Mr Westover…

    Where do you work, Chernobyl?

    I’d liken that Nike symbol to the same people who put Penn State logos on EVERYTHING in my area. The farther you get from the city though, its the rebel flag that is monogrammed all over.

    *shrug* I don’t know, I’m not up on specifics, for I don’t have facial hair. he he he[/quote]

    Nah, that’s the Point of Mountain between Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Although, you could argue that Utah County is as much of a desolate wasteland as Chernobyl.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 11:33 am |

    did these guys just spark some hippie lettuce or what?

  • Joey Guns | May 8, 2008 at 11:42 am |

    The Randy Johnson card is definitely priceless, but that’s the back of the card. This card of Mariano Rivera is pretty funny, and it’s the FRONT of the card, no less:

    http://www.homerunca...

    He looks like an intern or something!

  • Maks | May 8, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    Ill never think of Randy Johnson the same again. (shudder)

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”267874″][quote comment=”267852″]Mr Westover…

    Where do you work, Chernobyl?

    I’d liken that Nike symbol to the same people who put Penn State logos on EVERYTHING in my area. The farther you get from the city though, its the rebel flag that is monogrammed all over.

    *shrug* I don’t know, I’m not up on specifics, for I don’t have facial hair. he he he[/quote]

    Nah, that’s the Point of Mountain between Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Although, you could argue that Utah County is as much of a desolate wasteland as Chernobyl.[/quote]

    I know people will take this the wrong way…but the scenery looked like it was out of “Brokeback Mountain”!

    NTTAWWT! Actually, an excellent film!

    Back to unis…One of my students brought in his Yankees ASG 5950 and there was something interesting about it. The patch seemed to be double layered!

    The pics might not convey it though, sorry!

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

  • Steve | May 8, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”267839″]Tonight, Chris Paul will HONOR AN 8-YEAR OLD FAN who died Monday before he could meet his basketball hero.[/quote]
    Hopefully he won’t repeat the tribute he did for his grandfather in HS when he scored 61 points, one for every year his grandfather lived. I think Hornets fans will be hoping he scores over 8…

  • who cares | May 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    Ugandans don’t need no stirrups!

    http://pro.corbis.co...{de84603e-02a1-42d1-828c-711980984c92}

  • Bryan Redemske | May 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”267825″]Is facial hair required to work at Uni Watch?

    Seems like it.

    Does Bryan have facial hair?

    I can’t remember……[/quote]

    Nope, I don’t. And no glasses, either. I’ll start preparing my resume …

  • who cares | May 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm |

    Ugandans don’t need no stinking stirrups!

  • Elena | May 8, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

    BrianBarton was changing belts because his broke when he dove back on a pick-off play. 1B coach Dave McKay handed him his own belt. He’s in very good shape, so it wasn’t TOO big on BB.

  • Ryan B. | May 8, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”267835″]The DC General’s are a local football team made of public safety officer from throughout the DC, MD, VA region. Here is a story on them and some good shots of their uniforms.

    http://www.thebaynet...

    They harken back to the NJ General’s in the logo, but some players wear the patch of their home agency on their shoulder. The socks will certainly gain some attention here….[/quote]

    Wow, those D.C. Generals unis are sharp!

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 12:14 pm |

    I spy with my little eye…hanging in the background what appears to be a 1917 White Sox cap.

    http://farm4.static....

    Could it be the cap of this infamous scoundrel?

    http://static.flickr...

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”267891″]I spy with my little eye…hanging in the background what appears to be a 1917 White Sox cap.[/quote]

    you mean this?

    close…but no stogie

  • Jim | May 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”267888″]Ugandans don’t need no stinking stirrups![/quote]

    Apparently the batter doesn’t need any pants either. Anyone else notice that the child batter is wearing a BEER shirt?

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”267895″][quote comment=”267888″]Ugandans don’t need no stinking stirrups![/quote]

    Apparently the batter doesn’t need any pants either. Anyone else notice that the child batter is wearing a BEER shirt?[/quote]

    the pitcher is wearing a “19-0” pats SB champs shirt

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”267896″][quote comment=”267895″][quote comment=”267888″]Ugandans don’t need no stinking stirrups![/quote]

    Apparently the batter doesn’t need any pants either. Anyone else notice that the child batter is wearing a BEER shirt?[/quote]

    the pitcher is wearing a “19-0” pats SB champs shirt[/quote]

    And the shortstop is wearing a Jim Kelly/Fran Tarkenton Four Time Super Bowl MVP mash-up jersey.

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”267899″][quote comment=”267896″][quote comment=”267895″][quote comment=”267888″]Ugandans don’t need no stinking stirrups![/quote]

    Apparently the batter doesn’t need any pants either. Anyone else notice that the child batter is wearing a BEER shirt?[/quote]

    the pitcher is wearing a “19-0” pats SB champs shirt[/quote]

    And the shortstop is wearing a Jim Kelly/Fran Tarkenton Four Time Super Bowl MVP mash-up jersey.[/quote]

    And what’s up with David Schwimmer sitting in the bleachers?

  • Ed | May 8, 2008 at 12:38 pm |

    Probably won’t be the first to comment on it but that Randy Johnson photo has got to be one of the gayest pics I’ve ever seen. Period.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”267902″]Probably won’t be the first to comment on it but that Randy Johnson photo has got to be one of the gayest pics I’ve ever seen. Period.[/quote]

    no…but you’ll prolly be the last

  • Michael | May 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm |

    Didn’t Randy Johnson switch to 15 during one of his seasons with the Mariners while going through a slump only to switch back to 51?

  • Jeff Rinker | May 8, 2008 at 12:51 pm |

    Very funny video here…

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • mary | May 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”267904″][quote comment=”267902″]Probably won’t be the first to comment on it but that Randy Johnson photo has got to be one of the gayest pics I’ve ever seen. Period.[/quote]

    no…but you’ll prolly be the last[/quote]
    Hitler? Who said anything about Hilter?

  • Jim | May 8, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”267900″][quote comment=”267899″][quote comment=”267896″][quote comment=”267895″][quote comment=”267888″]Ugandans don’t need no stinking stirrups![/quote]

    Apparently the batter doesn’t need any pants either. Anyone else notice that the child batter is wearing a BEER shirt?[/quote]

    the pitcher is wearing a “19-0” pats SB champs shirt[/quote]

    And the shortstop is wearing a Jim Kelly/Fran Tarkenton Four Time Super Bowl MVP mash-up jersey.[/quote]

    And what’s up with David Schwimmer sitting in the bleachers?[/quote]

    How can one kid be totally outfitted in a baseball uni (non matching) AND catcher’s gear, and they can’t find the batter some PANTS!!

  • KC | May 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    What you are seeing with the umpires is the Nike titanuim mask which is only made available as of right now to the profesisonal level guys. It’s supposed to be super light wieght and the padding is lined with some material that is soft, feels really good and is very protective. Rumors are going around the the mask will retail anywear from $600-$1200 while a normal mask runs anywhere from $50-$120

    An interesting note that Paul might like is that if the umpires are using the Nike mask with the stock padding and harness they must black out the swoosh and anything that has NIKE on it. The umpires are contracted to wear only Wilson branded protective items, but if they wear others the logos must be blacked out.

    The difference you see in the Wilson Masks with the Black and Tan padding is that the balck is called Amara padding and is almost a soft suede leather feel. The tan is made of Deer/Doskin.

    Many umpires used to wear a mask that somewhat matched the shrits they wore. Dale Scott a few years ago when the AL was wearing the Dark blue would wear a navy mask.

  • KC | May 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm |

    and yes those are Reebok plate shoes on the umpire in the Tigers/White Sox photo. These are a new addition to the line this year, not available to the public. They are a normal base/turf shoe adapted to be worn behind the dish.

  • Anthony Verna | May 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm |

    How many Popes get their name on the back of a jersey?

    http://sportsillustr...

  • matt mitchell | May 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm |

    johnson wore 34 as a tribute to nolan ryan during his last start against the rangers in 1993 (dunno the exact date). ryan’s arm had fallen off on sept. 22 of that year in his final appearance . . . against the mariners. johnson has always credited a throwing session with ryan late in the 1992 season with turning his career around (apparently it did. as casey once said, ‘you can look it up”). i was under the impression that johnson wore 34 for only the one game, but it could’ve been more.

  • Nathan | May 8, 2008 at 1:24 pm |

    The New York Times Bats blog has a brief history of the stirrup. As I can;t find the buttons to enable links, I paste it.

    http://bats.blogs.ny...

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”267915″]How many Popes get their name on the back of a jersey?

    http://sportsillustr...

    it’s a big mover

    i bet UWer jordan has a “POPE” jersey

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”267891″]I spy with my little eye…hanging in the background what appears to be a 1917 White Sox cap.

    http://farm4.static....

    Could it be the cap of this infamous scoundrel?

    http://static.flickr...

    I stand corrected…It is what I believe to be a 1914 Brooklyn Dodgers cap.

    http://espn.go.com/i...

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”267925″][quote comment=”267891″]I spy with my little eye…hanging in the background what appears to be a 1917 White Sox cap.

    http://farm4.static....

    Could it be the cap of this infamous scoundrel?

    http://static.flickr...

    I stand corrected…It is what I believe to be a 1914 Brooklyn Dodgers cap.

    http://espn.go.com/i...

    this?

    paul’s cap has red & blue stripes

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”267928″][quote comment=”267925″][quote comment=”267891″]I spy with my little eye…hanging in the background what appears to be a 1917 White Sox cap.

    http://farm4.static....

    Could it be the cap of this infamous scoundrel?

    http://static.flickr...

    I stand corrected…It is what I believe to be a 1914 Brooklyn Dodgers cap.

    http://espn.go.com/i...

    this?

    paul’s cap has red & blue stripes[/quote]

    i believe it is this

    a 1917 dodgers cap

    good detective work tho, matt

  • LouUmp | May 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    I switched to the Wilson tan doeskin mask this year….VERY soft! We had one veteran in our softball group who was the last holdout with the old
    mattress, but he retired this year.

  • Jason | May 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm |

    I saw Johjima’s helmet during the Indians series but couldn’t find a good picture of it. Earlier this season he had a plain blue lid…

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

    But then this happened…

    http://d.yimg.com/us...

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”267929″]i believe it is this

    a 1917 dodgers cap

    good detective work tho, matt[/quote]

    just as a slight POI…

    i believe the brooklyn club was called the “robins” in 1917, after william robinson

  • Seattle Zach | May 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm |

    Johjima’s helmet has a rubber attachment where the team logo would normally go, so they put the sticker on the brim instead. It was discussed a few games ago on the radio broadcast, after his regular helmet was shattered by a batter’s backswing in Cleveland.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm |

    *make that WILBERT robinson…the brooklyn manager

    interesting info on the robins

    im a idiot…with a memory like a sieve

  • KW | May 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    Dont have time to read through all of the posts today but the masks with silver bars are either made by Nike or us (Easton).

    Paul – if you want one to compare the drastic weight difference let me know…you have my email address.

    KW

  • KW | May 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm |

    I should ammend that to say…I “believe” the only two companies making these are us and Nike…

  • NYMetsGrrl94 | May 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm |

    did you break into the site or something:
    http://bats.blogs.ny...

  • NYMetsGrrl94 | May 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm |

    whoops! didn’t see the part at the end!

  • Steve | May 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”267915″]How many Popes get their name on the back of a jersey?

    http://sportsillustr...

    This one did: http://cache.daylife...

  • MV | May 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm |

    I think a nice perpetual benefit of being an uni-watch member would be getting an additional raffle entry. Charter members should get two. As a Charter Member I have a vested interest in the later, but the fact is the program did change after we all joined.

  • Mark in Shiga | May 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”267915″]How many Popes get their name on the back of a jersey?

    http://sportsillustr...

    Roman numerals; awesome!

  • Paul Lukas | May 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”267891″]I spy with my little eye…hanging in the background what appears to be a 1917 White Sox cap.

    http://farm4.static....

    Could it be the cap of this infamous scoundrel?

    http://static.flickr...

    Correction: 1917 Dodgers.

  • Max Blackman | May 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm |

    Just wondering if anyone noticed Derek Jeter’s left armband with an Air Jordan logo on it. Did you know Nike made baseball items with the Air Jordan logo?
    Derek Jeter with the logo:

  • Josh Petty | May 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=\”267842\”]I wonder if heat is a factor in umpires choosing their masks. I was a catcher for awhile and the black padding in those masks gets much hotter in the sun than the tan padding.[/quote]

    I\’ve actually been looking for a new umpire mask for that reason right there. The black padding gets quite hot in the summer. I\’ve also been looking for one of those visor inserts for the top part of my mask to block some of the sun, no luck yet.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”267976″]I\’ve actually been looking for a new umpire mask for that reason right there. The black padding gets quite hot in the summer. I\’ve also been looking for one of those visor inserts for the top part of my mask to block some of the sun, no luck yet.[/quote]

    like this josh?

  • Walaitis | May 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”267977″][quote comment=”267976″]I\’ve actually been looking for a new umpire mask for that reason right there. The black padding gets quite hot in the summer. I\’ve also been looking for one of those visor inserts for the top part of my mask to block some of the sun, no luck yet.[/quote]

    like this josh?[/quote]

    So if the black makes it so hot in the summer, why do umps wear the black polos almost every game?

  • SpfldNate | May 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”267973″]Just wondering if anyone noticed Derek Jeter’s left armband with an Air Jordan logo on it. Did you know Nike made baseball items with the Air Jordan logo?
    Derek Jeter with the logo:[/quote]

    The Jordan line gets used in different sports. Nike makes it their “top of the line” line. Jeter and Carmelo Anthony are endorsers of the Jordan line. There must be others…anyone?

  • simon | May 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm |

    Every season, several NPB teams use special uniforms for interleague games. The Tigers used 80s throwbacks in 2005 that were so popular that they became the regular uniform a season or two later. Lions also used the bright blue 80s throwbacks one year, that was cool (that was the team’s golden era).

    This season, Lions have horrendous interleague alternates (last year’s alternates were pretty bad too).
    http://www.seibulion...

    And Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are celebrating their 20th year in Fukuoka by wearing throwbacks from both their Nankai and Daiei eras.
    http://www.nishinipp...
    http://www.softbankh...

  • Mark K | May 8, 2008 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”267980″]
    So if the black makes it so hot in the summer, why do umps wear the black polos almost every game?[/quote]
    Because it matches their ballsack?

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 5:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”267987″]Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are celebrating their 20th year in Fukuoka by wearing throwbacks from both their Nankai and Daiei eras.

    http://www.softbankh...

    so kenji johjima…is he wearing a throwback, or is the ‘throwback’ from just a few years ago?

    i can’t read the page you linked to

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 5:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”267988″][quote comment=”267980″]
    So if the black makes it so hot in the summer, why do umps wear the black polos almost every game?[/quote]
    Because it matches their ballsack?[/quote]

    c’mon now!

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”267981″][quote comment=”267973″]Just wondering if anyone noticed Derek Jeter’s left armband with an Air Jordan logo on it. Did you know Nike made baseball items with the Air Jordan logo?
    Derek Jeter with the logo:[/quote]

    The Jordan line gets used in different sports. Nike makes it their “top of the line” line. Jeter and Carmelo Anthony are endorsers of the Jordan line. There must be others…anyone?[/quote]

    Andruw Jones wears modified Air Jordan III cleats.
    Sheffield used to dabble with Jordan Brand a bit before creating his own company this year called SG3.
    Ryan Zimmerman wore Jordan brand cleats as well.

    Check for pics in this thread, there’s a ton:

    http://niketalk.yuku...

    In Football, there are a handful of JB athletes:
    TO
    Warren Sapp
    Jason Taylor
    Dre Bly wore JB cleats
    At one time Donovan McNabb
    Charles Woodson used to be JB

    Basketball
    There are so many, I’ll name the major players:
    Joe Johnson
    Ray Allen
    Mike Finley
    Chris Paul
    Carmelo
    Rip Hamilton
    Fred Jones
    Q Richardson
    Jared Jeffries
    Eddie Jones

    ANd then theres the Jordan Brand Motocross team.

    Sorry, no pics. If you really want more info, check the threads in this forum:

    http://niketalk.yuku...

  • joe | May 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”267980″]

    So if the black makes it so hot in the summer, why do umps wear the black polos almost every game?[/quote]

    Black is slimming and most umps are fat asses?

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm |

    Silly me, Sheff’s company that a few MLBers like Lastings Milledge wears is called, coincidentally: GS3!

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”267997″]Silly me, Sheff’s company that a few MLBers like Lastings Milledge wears is called, coincidentally: GS3![/quote]

    Craig Monroe as well!

  • MPowers1634 | May 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm |

    Fogot Mike Bibby as a JB guy too!

  • Brendan | May 8, 2008 at 7:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”267981″][quote comment=”267973″]Just wondering if anyone noticed Derek Jeter’s left armband with an Air Jordan logo on it. Did you know Nike made baseball items with the Air Jordan logo?
    Derek Jeter with the logo:[/quote]

    The Jordan line gets used in different sports. Nike makes it their “top of the line” line. Jeter and Carmelo Anthony are endorsers of the Jordan line. There must be others…anyone?[/quote]

    “Nike makes it their ‘top of the line’ line.”

    No, it’s just for the players that would rather be associated with the Jordan brand than the Nike brand. Some Jordan stuff is really crappy, while some of it is nice, same with regular Nike stuff.

  • Mike Engle | May 8, 2008 at 8:07 pm |

    Mr. Lukas has a little side bar on Page 2 today. It is about the replica batting helmet collecting guy. Check it out before it disappears.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 8:20 pm |

    this guy is good

    but i still hate the “baacks” unis

  • Ken S. | May 8, 2008 at 8:44 pm |

    [Wren Wagner noticed something else about that throwback game: Back in the late ’60s, the Oakland’s pants piping was green-gold-green (at least in that photo), but on the throwback pants it was gold-green-gold. …]

    I’m just catching up on the past several days, so I apologize for being woefully late with this comment…I have several small black and white pictures of the 1968 Athletics that clearly show, even in B&W, the green-gold-green sequence on the pants. However, in one photo it appears that “Blue Moon” Odom is pitching while wearing an other-than-green hat. Anyone know if they wore an “alternate”?

  • E_Ro | May 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”267832″]The Lancaster Gears logo is probably too detailed to duplicate in the margins of your notebook, but man, that is pretty clever.[/quote]

    The Lancaster Gears are just a rip off of my hometown Saginaw Gears of the IHL http://www.hockeyhou...

  • simon | May 8, 2008 at 9:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”267991″][quote comment=”267987″]Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are celebrating their 20th year in Fukuoka by wearing throwbacks from both their Nankai and Daiei eras.

    http://www.softbankh...

    so kenji johjima…is he wearing a throwback, or is the ‘throwback’ from just a few years ago?

    i can’t read the page you linked to[/quote]

    Daiei sold the Hawks to Softbank after the 2004 season, so Johjima played on both versions of the Hawks.
    http://www.shuta.net...

    Incidentally, when the Hawks were bought by Daiei and moved to Fukuoka in 1989, they used to wear hawk helmets. And I really mean, hawk.
    http://crayfish-stud...

  • Micah | May 8, 2008 at 9:10 pm |

    Haha, Matt, I knew you would be all over the Jordan Brand question!

    Here is the complete list of Jumpmen.

    Michael Finley-San Antonio Spurs
    Eddie Jones-Dallas Mavericks
    Ray Allen-Boston Celtics
    Derek Anderson-Charlotte Bobcats
    Mike Bibby-Atlanta Hawks
    Quentin Richardson-New York Knicks
    Rip Hamilton-Detroit Pistons
    Carmelo Anthony-Denver Nuggets
    Joe Johnson-Atlanta Hawks
    Chris Paul-New Orleans Hornets
    Josh Howard-Dallas Mavericks
    Mickael Pietrus-Golden State Warriors
    Juwan Howard-Houston Rockets

    Former BBall Players:

    Vin Baker-Seattle Supersonics (one of the original five members)
    Gary Payton-Los Angeles Lakers/Miami Heat/Boston
    Jason Kidd-New Jersey Nets
    Darius Miles-Los Angeles Clippers

    Football Players:

    Marvin Harrison-Indianapolis Colts
    Terrell Owens-Dallas Cowboys
    Ahman Green-Houston Texans
    Jason Taylor-Miami Dolphins
    Dre Bly-Detroit Lions

    Former FTBL players (and the teams that they were currently on during that time)

    Charles Woodson-Oakland Raiders
    Randy Moss-Minnesota Vikings
    Donavan McNabb-Philadelphia Eagles
    Eddie George-Dallas Cowboys
    Daunte Culpepper-Minnesota Vikings
    Warren Sapp-Oakland Raiders

    Baseball:

    Derek Jeter and Andruw Jones

    Boxing:

    Roy Jones Jr. and Andre Ward

  • Mike Engle | May 8, 2008 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”268026″]this guy is good

    but i still hate the “baacks” unis[/quote]
    Yeah that’s irksome, but what about the f*cking word mark? Lame. Pay attention Toronto: the newspapers will shorten your name. Don’t do their job for them. Your owners picked a different name for your team. Show it.

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 9:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”268045″][quote comment=”268026″]this guy is good

    but i still hate the “baacks” unis[/quote]
    Yeah that’s irksome, but what about the f*cking word mark? Lame. Pay attention Toronto: the newspapers will shorten your name. Don’t do their job for them. Your owners picked a different name for your team. Show it.[/quote]

    since the ‘jays’ hardly have any BLUE left on their unis, does it really matter?

    you may begin that debate at your leisure…

  • Will Elliott | May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |

    Thought this would be of UniWatch interest: apparently in the UK, Logo Creep is now a crime fighting tool.

  • Mike Engle | May 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”268048″][quote comment=”268045″][quote comment=”268026″]this guy is good

    but i still hate the “baacks” unis[/quote]
    Yeah that’s irksome, but what about the f*cking word mark? Lame. Pay attention Toronto: the newspapers will shorten your name. Don’t do their job for them. Your owners picked a different name for your team. Show it.[/quote]

    since the ‘jays’ hardly have any BLUE left on their unis, does it really matter?

    you may begin that debate at your leisure…[/quote]
    OK, LI Phil. I’ll assume your birth certificate name is Philip, and that you go by Phil on a colloquial basis just to knock out a syllable, right? Well, the day you’d be allowed to declare ‘Phil’ your legal name without filing special paperwork and without its approval, I’ll accept the Toronto BLUE Jays and the Arizona DIAMOND-Backs’ using their nicknames on their jersey fronts.

  • jmart | May 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm |

    Another alternate in the NBA playoffs…New Orleans in yellow

  • Mike Engle | May 8, 2008 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”268057″]Another alternate in the NBA playoffs…New Orleans in yellow[/quote]
    That’s kind of old news. The real news: Cleveland dispels the myth of the “two jersey rule” in the playoffs. The striped-piped navy jerseys are back tonight after a laid egg with the wines in Game 1.
    (Does anybody else think jerseys should be the centerpiece of a Vegas prop bet? How cool would it have been to bet an over/under on Charles O. Finley’s Oakland A’s uni combos in a playoff series?)

  • LI Phil | May 8, 2008 at 10:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”268055″]OK, LI Phil. I’ll assume your birth certificate name is Philip, and that you go by Phil on a colloquial basis just to knock out a syllable, right? Well, the day you’d be allowed to declare ‘Phil’ your legal name without filing special paperwork and without its approval, I’ll accept the Toronto BLUE Jays and the Arizona DIAMOND-Backs’ using their nicknames on their jersey fronts.[/quote]

    very good michael (if that’s your full name…heh)…one “l” in philip…not like those two L posers…anyhoo…

    my team uses a nickname on their home unis…in fact you’d be hard pressed (other than on THIS board of course) to know anyone who does know the full name of my team

    my point tho, was more that do the “blue” jays, since they lack blue in 99% of their uni, even want to be referred to by that moniker? and, part deux…should they ditch that sweet black jersey and put more blue in their togs?

  • Original Jim | May 8, 2008 at 10:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”267980″][quote comment=”267977″][quote comment=”267976″]I\’ve actually been looking for a new umpire mask for that reason right there. The black padding gets quite hot in the summer. I\’ve also been looking for one of those visor inserts for the top part of my mask to block some of the sun, no luck yet.[/quote]

    like this josh?[/quote]

    So if the black makes it so hot in the summer, why do umps wear the black polos almost every game?[/quote]

    The umpire shirts are all the moisture-wicking ones now, so color makes little difference. Some umpires wear the light blue, some wear black. And if you’re working the dish, the inside chest protectors are almost exclusively black or dark gray, so the shirt color means nothing as far as heat retention.

    Color preference is probably more psychological than anything with the new style of jerseys.

  • DCM | May 8, 2008 at 10:58 pm |

    Memorial patches dept: my son’s 14-year old baseball team had an opponent last night with a black rectangular memoral patch…with the initials of perhaps a deceased teammate.

  • Blake | May 8, 2008 at 11:43 pm |

    that astronaut who “threw” out the pitch at Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks ago is sure making the rounds. he just appeared on the Colbert Report with “Wriststrong” bracelet and all.

  • Mark K | May 9, 2008 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”268077″]that astronaut who “threw” out the pitch at Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks ago is sure making the rounds. he just appeared on the Colbert Report with “Wriststrong” bracelet and all.[/quote]
    It was at the Jake.

    errrr… Progressive Field.

  • MPowers1634 | May 9, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    I’m interested to osee how many of us begin posting here!

    Y’all have to check out this softballer:

    http://jukebox.lohud...

  • jmart | May 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”268184″][quote comment=”268077″]that astronaut who “threw” out the pitch at Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks ago is sure making the rounds. he just appeared on the Colbert Report with “Wriststrong” bracelet and all.[/quote]
    It was at the Jake.

    errrr… Progressive Field.[/quote]

    no it was at the stadium in a game against the bosox

    here is the uni watch entry on the subject
    http://www.uniwatchb...

  • simon | May 9, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    Since Canada got new unis and 15 out of the 16 teams wore throwbacks, I decided to do a quick review on the jerseys worn at the IIHF World Championships going on right now.
    http://jhockey.wordp...

  • JessMan | May 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm |

    I haven’t read all of the comments to see if it’s already been said, but I thought I’d put my 2 cents in on the silver facemask bars. I know that Bauer and other hockey companies make full cage shields with silver bars instead of black to improve vision. It’s called something like TruVision. Supposedly the silver bars make it easier not to focus on them. Maybe umps are in favor of these so they can see the ball better? Also, perhaps it’s ironic that these ump masks are made by Nike while Nike used to be partnered with Bauer before they recently ended the partnership and bowed out of the hockey market.

  • LI Phil | May 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”268195″]I’m interested to osee how many of us begin posting here![/quote]

    to quote our friend spencer…’we out smarted you brian (sic), and by brian i mean paul’

  • derek | May 9, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”268213″][quote comment=”268195″]I’m interested to osee how many of us begin posting here![/quote]

    to quote our friend spencer…’we out smarted you brian (sic), and by brian i mean paul'[/quote]

    You do know its bryan right?

  • LI Phil | May 9, 2008 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”268235″][quote comment=”268213″][quote comment=”268195″]I’m interested to osee how many of us begin posting here![/quote]

    to quote our friend spencer…’we out smarted you brian (sic), and by brian i mean paul'[/quote]

    You do know its bryan right?[/quote]

    uh…you mean spencer knows, yes?

    cuz, that’s why i linked back to spencer’s post, plus i put in the “[sic]” to indicate an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, punctuation, and/or other preceding quoted material has been reproduced verbatim from the quoted original and is not a transcription error

    so…yeah…i know it’s bryan

  • Jets/Mets Fan in Chicagoland | May 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”268238″][quote comment=”268235″][quote comment=”268213″][quote comment=”268195″]I’m interested to osee how many of us begin posting here![/quote]

    to quote our friend spencer…’we out smarted you brian (sic), and by brian i mean paul'[/quote]

    You do know its bryan right?[/quote]

    uh…you mean spencer knows, yes?

    cuz, that’s why i linked back to spencer’s post, plus i put in the “[sic]” to indicate an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, punctuation, and/or other preceding quoted material has been reproduced verbatim from the quoted original and is not a transcription error

    so…yeah…i know it’s bryan[/quote]
    Thank you, Noah Webster ;-)

  • The Hemogoblin | May 9, 2008 at 10:51 pm |

    Why does Carlos Silva’s glove say “Justin Silva”?

    Someone’s gotta know.

  • Puzzled | May 10, 2008 at 2:08 am |

    Why can’t Paul give us a warning a day before, when he’s going to be off and when there won’t be anything on the site?

  • BurghFan | May 10, 2008 at 3:15 am |

    Yeah that’s irksome, but what about the f*cking word mark? Lame. Pay attention Toronto: the newspapers will shorten your name. Don’t do their job for them. Your owners picked a different name for your team. Show it.

    Once Labatt sold the team, ownership had much less incentive to emphasize “Blue”.

  • Zach | May 10, 2008 at 5:46 am |

    I guess the comments are back on. I found this website on NASCAR paintjobs. I know now exacly uniforms but in a sense you see them alot more than you see the uniforms. Ill try to repost tomorrow if I get a chance.

    NASCAR ” Uniforms

  • JP | May 11, 2008 at 7:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”267840″]Does anyone think this is a bit over the top?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    For the record, I love ‘42’ day, but what’s next, signing bonuses (reparations)? I know MLB is desperately trying to make their draft media relevant, but c’mon.[/quote]

    The idea on this one is that since MLB is now giving these guys pensions, each team will draft the players and pay their pensions.

    It’s kind of a cool idea. Instead of just giving them honorary pensions, they are adding being drafted by a MLB club to their resume, then each club pays the pension.

    Back in the day when the NBA had a 10-round draft, teams would draft for a few rounds, then pass when they had their roster filled. In 1982, the Celtics took all the players they intended to select, and with their next pick, instead of passing, selected Landon Turner of Indiana — who was a pretty good player before a car accident left him paralyzed. Nice honorary move by the Celtics.