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And So It Begins

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The NCAA baseball tournament is officially underway, with regional games being played through the weekend. It reminded me of the upcoming hell week at work festival of all things ping. When someone moves to Omaha, as I did four years ago tomorrow, there are maybe four conversation scenarios that invariably follow:

1. Have you been to the zoo? (Omaha has a nice zoo. Whee!)

2. Have you been to the Old Market? (Omaha has a revitalized former warehouse district. Just like every other city in America.)

3. Wanna come watch the Huskers with me? (Unless you’re over 50, quite rich, and desire social exposure. In that case, the invitation is to a Creighton basketball game … as long as they’re winning.)

4. Are you going to the College World Series?

Ah, the College World Series. The 12 days in June where Omaha is always cast in a positive light, SUV-clogged suburban subdivisions are emptied, and that one dive bar near Rosenblatt Stadium is packed. Unfortunately, the CWS also sometimes features teams attired like Wichita State (above). As “performance-enhancing technology” advances, college baseball teams are going the way of Cool Base — lots of light, stretchy material designed to enhance comfort. I think we can all agree that comfort is a nice thing.

But not if it looks like that. Because with comfort comes extra panels sewn into what should be a pretty straightforward design. And then you end up with no room to put a NOB even if you wanted to. Cool.

Other than the black panel, though, the Shockers aren’t too bad, right? Exhibits A through D: A, B, C, D. Other than black and yellow and the word “Shockers,” there’s no consistency there. Feel free to actually match your uniform sets to each other, folks. Or keep your script fonts the same. Or something.

And I don’t even want to start with the helmets. — Bryan

 

76 comments to And So It Begins

  • ChrisN | May 31, 2008 at 8:09 am |

    And I’ll open up the comments with an item from one of the regionals. In their upset of Georgia, the Lipscomb Bisons, making their first NCAA appearance ever, wore white cleats for the first time this season. Their coach said “They wanted to wear them all year long and I said, ‘Nah, I don’t like it,'” But he told the team that if they made a Regional, they could wear white cleats. “I had to follow through. I guess we’re going to keep wearing them.”

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  • Sonny | May 31, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    I’m not sure why new advances in helmet technology means making the lid look so futuristic and ugly. It’s like someone from the 1950’s dreamed this is what the 90’s would look like. Just awful.

  • scott | May 31, 2008 at 9:29 am |

    Went to a Nashua Pride vs. Brockton Rox Can-Am independent league game last night.

    A couple interesting things, I thought. First, the base coaches were not wearing helmets.

    Second, the Pride appear to have new home uniforms, which must be made out of some new material, as the underarms on every jersey had a blue panel that looked like a pit stain from the stands. The bigger problem I had with the uniforms, though, is that the Pride, since their inaugural year in 1998, had always honored the city’s tradition as a Dodgers farm team in the ’40s by wearing uniforms that mimicked Dodger uniforms – blue script on the front reading “Pride” with a red number below the script. Unfortunately, the number this year has been changed to blue.

    Brockton’s dark-colored jerseys had stripes and panels everywhere, making them a bit messy.

  • Mark K | May 31, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    The Shockers???

    I figured their hat logo would be something like this…

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  • Chris | May 31, 2008 at 9:46 am |

    The LSU baseball team had been wearing gold jerseys in the last 14 games of its 20 game winning streak… But for number 21 Friday vs. Texas Southern, they had to wear white jerseys… The NCAA makes home teams wear white in the tournament… But, they lost a coin flip which made them the visitors for Saturday’s game vs. Southern Mississippi, so they will be allowed to wear the lucky golds again…

    Why does the NCAA nitpick like this (silly question, I know… Why is the sky blue?)? What is wrong with wearing gold as the home team? The Lakers do it, why can’t LSU baseball?

  • scott | May 31, 2008 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=”273590″]The LSU baseball team had been wearing gold jerseys in the last 14 games of its 20 game winning streak… But for number 21 Friday vs. Texas Southern, they had to wear white jerseys… The NCAA makes home teams wear white in the tournament… But, they lost a coin flip which made them the visitors for Saturday’s game vs. Southern Mississippi, so they will be allowed to wear the lucky golds again…

    Why does the NCAA nitpick like this (silly question, I know… Why is the sky blue?)? What is wrong with wearing gold as the home team? The Lakers do it, why can’t LSU baseball?[/quote]

    Isn’t the whole concept of lucky uniforms rather silly in itself? Can’t LSU win or lose based on talent and not superstition. Geez…. I think the NCAA rules seem perfectly logical. Home whites, road grays or darks.

  • KT | May 31, 2008 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”273588″]Went to a Nashua Pride vs. Brockton Rox Can-Am independent league game last night.

    A couple interesting things, I thought. First, the base coaches were not wearing helmets.
    [/quote]

    They’re only mandatory in affiliated ball, aren’t they?

  • Mike Engle | May 31, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    Hey folks, got a question for y’all.
    Check out this picture of Jason Kidd. In between the ribbon and Jerry West, there is secondary NJ logo on a patch of red cloth. I don’t remember this at all. Is this just his undershirt, or was there really that random neckline attachment, kind of like these guys?

  • Graham | May 31, 2008 at 10:44 am |

    why are both teams wearing white pants?

    http://www.mgoblue.c...

    i know its college but come on.

  • rob | May 31, 2008 at 10:46 am |

    The Braves wore their navy away alternate hats with their usual grey away uniforms last night, and it did not look nice. There’s not enough blue on the grey jerseys to make the hats match.

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  • Robert | May 31, 2008 at 10:55 am |

    Ah, the CWS. Good times.

    In the lead photo, the odd part is seeing the, uh, “modern” jerseys and helmets, while a throwback-type hat is peeking out in the background. I guess that this supports Bryan’s point about their wholesale inconsistency.

    And Bryan, since you are semi-local, do you have any idea why the Cornhuskers will wear their striped stirrups on occasion, while going with solid stirrups the rest of the time, even though the rest of the uniform is the same?

  • The Ol Goaler | May 31, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    Just to prove it’s possible to have “comfortable” baseball unis that look like, you know, baseball unis, here’s Missouri’s Aaron Crow in the Tigers’ 7-0 win over Ole Miss in last night’s regionals.

    And yes, Missouri alumni and students call the school “Mizzou”, so that jersey front is not a misspelling!

  • Robert | May 31, 2008 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”273595″]The Braves wore their navy away alternate hats with their usual grey away uniforms last night, and it did not look nice. There’s not enough blue on the grey jerseys to make the hats match.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    http://sports.espn.g...

    You make a good point, but those alt hats are just so good looking.

  • Marty Met | May 31, 2008 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”273598″][quote comment=”273595″]The Braves wore their navy away alternate hats with their usual grey away uniforms last night, and it did not look nice. There’s not enough blue on the grey jerseys to make the hats match.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    http://sports.espn.g...

    You make a good point, but those alt hats are just so good looking.[/quote]

    Good Looking? They’re boring. Just like the Yankees cap.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | May 31, 2008 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”273598″][quote comment=”273595″]The Braves wore their navy away alternate hats with their usual grey away uniforms last night, and it did not look nice. There’s not enough blue on the grey jerseys to make the hats match.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    http://sports.espn.g...

    You make a good point, but those alt hats are just so good looking.[/quote]

    I will second that! But I think a red button would be perfect and it should just stay with the Alternate jersey.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | May 31, 2008 at 11:30 am |

    That first “Shockers” picture with the Yellow jersey looks really good. That cap is pretty nice too.

  • Penn Stater01 | May 31, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    There should be a rule, that if any team has an ugly uniform..they should forfeit their game…(ex. Every OREGON colleg football game!!!)

  • Marty Hayes | May 31, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”273602″]There should be a rule, that if any team has an ugly uniform..they should forfeit their game…(ex. Every OREGON colleg football game!!!)[/quote]

    Penn Stater…

    You are soooooooo right…or example, if the Boston Celtics wear those hideous Green & Black jerseys….well, “they are dead to me…”

  • Marty Hayes | May 31, 2008 at 11:49 am |

    …but then again, who cares about the NBA anymore…the game is a “shell” of what it used to be..!!!

  • Smarty Pants | May 31, 2008 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”273604″]…but then again, who cares about the NBA anymore…the game is a “shell” of what it used to be..!!![/quote]

    Marty,

    The NBA is nothing but a “garage league”…with its rapists, wife-beaters, drug-abusers, “gangsta” punks…no wonder interest is down…and if the NFL isn’t careful, they too, could fall into this horrendous grip with some of their “lack-of-character” players…!!!

  • Jonathan | May 31, 2008 at 12:16 pm |

    Except that the NBA’s ratings are higher than they’ve been in recent years and it’s a much better game to watch than in recent memory. If people like you guys put their stereotypes aside and actually watch the games as opposed to labeling people without reason, then you’d see what I was talking about. You can’t name one young star player (other than Kobe) who is any of those things you just said NBA players were.

  • Patrick Runge | May 31, 2008 at 12:20 pm |

    The stripes on the ‘Huskers socks are used by the coaches (why college baseball refuses to call them “managers” is a curiosity I’ve never had explained to me) to reward good play by the team. They don’t get to wear the stripes until the coaches feel they’ve sufficiently advanced to deserve them. And if they aren’t playing well (see:sweep in Columbia the last series of the regular season) they get them taken away.

  • Patrick Runge | May 31, 2008 at 12:30 pm |

    And, by the way, Bryan, I’m sorry if Omaha life is so terribly disappointing to you. We Omahans will try our very best not to bore you with the trifles of our civic pride in the future. Please forgive us for being from Omaha.

    (You are, by the way, dead on about the Creighton fans.)

  • Smarty Pants | May 31, 2008 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”273606″]Except that the NBA’s ratings are higher than they’ve been in recent years and it’s a much better game to watch than in recent memory. If people like you guys put their stereotypes aside and actually watch the games as opposed to labeling people without reason, then you’d see what I was talking about. You can’t name one young star player (other than Kobe) who is any of those things you just said NBA players were.[/quote]

    Two words: Allen Iverson…what a joke…

  • Chip | May 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”273607″]The stripes on the ‘Huskers socks are used by the coaches (why college baseball refuses to call them “managers” is a curiosity I’ve never had explained to me) to reward good play by the team. They don’t get to wear the stripes until the coaches feel they’ve sufficiently advanced to deserve them. And if they aren’t playing well (see:sweep in Columbia the last series of the regular season) they get them taken away.[/quote]
    Technically in baseball any coach other than the head coach is a coach not a manager.

    Helmets on the bases for coaches has made its way down to the American Legion Ranks.

  • Dixie Man 1957 | May 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”273606″]Except that the NBA’s ratings are higher than they’ve been in recent years and it’s a much better game to watch than in recent memory. If people like you guys put their stereotypes aside and actually watch the games as opposed to labeling people without reason, then you’d see what I was talking about. You can’t name one young star player (other than Kobe) who is any of those things you just said NBA players were.[/quote]

    I’m with Smarty Pants on this topic…the NBA is dunks or 3-point shots…give me the Bill Russell’s, the Bob Petit’s, the Oscar Robertson’s or the Larry Bird’s each and everday over this bunch from the past 10-15 years…!!!

    That’s when b-ball was a game…

  • Chad | May 31, 2008 at 1:07 pm |

    look at how ridiculous the patches look for the womens college world series
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  • GoGoSox | May 31, 2008 at 1:12 pm |

    Apparently nobody watches the Spurs and their textbook execution or the Jazz and Hornets with their sublime point guard play. The NBA isn’t quite back to the MJ glory days but it’s on its way.

  • Chad | May 31, 2008 at 1:21 pm |

    florida’s doesn’t pop out as much because it’s on the shoulder. but it’s cluttered with 4 other patches
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  • Ricko | May 31, 2008 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”273605″][quote comment=”273604″]…but then again, who cares about the NBA anymore…the game is a “shell” of what it used to be..!!![/quote]

    Marty,

    The NBA is nothing but a “garage league”…with its rapists, wife-beaters, drug-abusers, “gangsta” punks…no wonder interest is down…and if the NFL isn’t careful, they too, could fall into this horrendous grip with some of their “lack-of-character” players…!!![/quote]

    Wasn’t it Charles Barkley who said something like, “It’s a good thing there’s an NBA otherwise a lot of these guys would be in prison?”

  • MPowers1634 | May 31, 2008 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”273593″]Hey folks, got a question for y’all.
    Check out this picture of Jason Kidd. In between the ribbon and Jerry West, there is secondary NJ logo on a patch of red cloth. I don’t remember this at all. Is this just his undershirt, or was there really that random neckline attachment, kind of like these guys?[/quote]

    It was an interior attachment to the jersey, almost like a webbing. The Giants example is a very good one!

  • Bryan Redemske | May 31, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”273608″]And, by the way, Bryan, I’m sorry if Omaha life is so terribly disappointing to you. We Omahans will try our very best not to bore you with the trifles of our civic pride in the future. Please forgive us for being from Omaha.

    (You are, by the way, dead on about the Creighton fans.)[/quote]

    I think you misunderstood me a little. Or, more likely, I didn’t write it properly. I like living in Omaha. There are things I’d change, of course, but it’s not a bad place to be. Think of my list of things to do at the top as the ‘overrated’ list. They’re the things that get mentioned all the time, but really aren’t the best of what the city offers.

    Now go clean up the bullets and glass at 30th and Ames.

  • Jeff | May 31, 2008 at 1:38 pm |

    I guess I haven’t been much of a Wichita St. fan ever since one of their coaches ordered a pitcher to throw at at hitter who was taking warm up swings away from the plate and wasn’t looking. Messed him up pretty good, if I remember correctly.

  • Johnny | May 31, 2008 at 1:44 pm |

    You guys that are taking shots at the NBA, aren’t describing the current league. Maybe 5 to 7 years ago, but not anymore. Good guys that are great athletes,great people who take roles in their society, who are awesome teammates and unbelievable players are everywhere now..You have players from all over the world, and home-grown skill.. Less players in the police blotter, more doing work with Big Brother/Big Sister….If you want to see good, “classic” basketball, check in on Deron Williams, Chris Paul, 2008 Kobe, The Big 3 in Boston spreading the rock around etc etc… The NBA is in GREAT shape, after a lackluster couple of years.

    On an NBA “uni-note”, the 2008 Finals should be gorgeous, assuming Boston keeps the “black” out if it all. Lakers-Celts has should have a very, very classid look. Unlike the tie Flip Saunders wore last night. Anyone have a pic of that hideous thing?

  • Ricko | May 31, 2008 at 1:46 pm |

    Probably not a great unknown, but “Shockers” is a shortened version of the original nickname, “Wheat Shockers.”

    Kinda like “Trolley Dodgers” (I learned that one–explanation of what a “Dodger” is–from the back of a baseball card; think was a ’55 Topps). Fortunately I suppose “Freeway Traffic Dodgers” was appropriate for L.A., too. Lakers still doesn’t make much sense, though. But then again neither does “Jazz” for Utah. And, when and if the Vikings finally do move to L.A. cuz they don’t get a new stadium, “Los Angeles Vikings” will be totally ridiculous. Then I suppose Minnesota will have to get an Arena Football team called the “Conquistadors.” Sheesh.

  • Ricko | May 31, 2008 at 1:48 pm |

    Yup, was a Wichita State pitcher who drilled a guy in the on deck circle. His justification?

    “He was timing me.”

    Well, duh, no shit. He never saw a guy do that before?

  • Ricko | May 31, 2008 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”273619″]You guys that are taking shots at the NBA, aren’t describing the current league. Maybe 5 to 7 years ago, but not anymore. Good guys that are great athletes,great people who take roles in their society, who are awesome teammates and unbelievable players are everywhere now..You have players from all over the world, and home-grown skill.. Less players in the police blotter, more doing work with Big Brother/Big Sister….If you want to see good, “classic” basketball, check in on Deron Williams, Chris Paul, 2008 Kobe, The Big 3 in Boston spreading the rock around etc etc… The NBA is in GREAT shape, after a lackluster couple of years.

    On an NBA “uni-note”, the 2008 Finals should be gorgeous, assuming Boston keeps the “black” out if it all. Lakers-Celts has should have a very, very classid look. Unlike the tie Flip Saunders wore last night. Anyone have a pic of that hideous thing?[/quote]

    Not anymore? Yeah, that’s why the NBA All-Star gathering is so classy and why, privately, many teams have no interest in hosting it. Nobody gets in trouble the law or anything. And I include the hangers-on; they’re a reflection of the players they worship, use, and “roll with.”

    Let’s face it. The people in someone’s Posse say a lot about the kind of person HE is.

  • Esoteric Eric | May 31, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”273599″][quote comment=”273598″][quote comment=”273595″]The Braves wore their navy away alternate hats with their usual grey away uniforms last night, and it did not look nice. There’s not enough blue on the grey jerseys to make the hats match.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    http://sports.espn.g...

    You make a good point, but those alt hats are just so good looking.[/quote]

    Good Looking? They’re boring. Just like the Yankees cap.[/quote]And the Red Sox cap. And the Mariners cap. And a few others. Growing up back there, I never understood the need for so much blue in the Sox palette, and I really liked both versions of the red cap w/ the blue bill. (When the mid-90’s white-B version debuted vs. the M’s, it took me less than an hour between determining its existence and buying one.) Meanwhile, here in Seattle, the Mariners seem intent on eliminating the teal-ish “Northwest Green” from their unis. The absence of the green bill on the home cap makes the M’s home uni look just like the Tigers’, IMHO.

  • Festus | May 31, 2008 at 2:12 pm |

    Always refreshing to read the ol’ surburban-SUV-Midwest sucks angle. Damn you, Omaha, for your lack of Zabar’s!

  • Flip | May 31, 2008 at 2:26 pm |

    http://juicedsportsb...

    Batting 44th, worth $137K?

  • Robert | May 31, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”273599″][quote comment=”273598″][quote comment=”273595″]The Braves wore their navy away alternate hats with their usual grey away uniforms last night, and it did not look nice. There’s not enough blue on the grey jerseys to make the hats match.

    http://sports.espn.g...

    http://sports.espn.g...

    You make a good point, but those alt hats are just so good looking.[/quote]

    Good Looking? They’re boring. Just like the Yankees cap.[/quote]

    That’s fine. You can enjoy hats with bedazzling and sparklers, and I will appreciate hats that I belive are simple but well executed.

  • JP | May 31, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    The University of New Orleans baseball team is in an elimination game with Texas Southern right now.

    UNO’s jersey’s are off-white with blue lettering and trip, as they are the home team. They are wearing their alternates, which say “N’Awlins” across the front.

    N’Awlins

    They also have a blue “NOLA” jersey

    and a camo jersey (ugh)

    Also, they are inferior to Tulane, who’s jerseys have been historical awesome since ditching the Jaeger Sunrise jerseys in the 80s.

  • El Scotto | May 31, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”273623″][quote comment=”273619″]
    Not anymore? Yeah, that’s why the NBA All-Star gathering is so classy and why, privately, many teams have no interest in hosting it. Nobody gets in trouble the law or anything. And I include the hangers-on; they’re a reflection of the players they worship, use, and “roll with.” [/quote]

    I’ve actually heard that most teams don’t want to host it due to the corporate sponsorship of it. They have so many companies with guests, etc. that they often can’t even fit all the season ticket holders in, and those they can fit in end up in the nosebleed. I know Denver had problems with that a few years back, and its the reason that Mark Cuban won’t bring it to Dallas.

  • Robert | May 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”273607″]The stripes on the ‘Huskers socks are used by the coaches (why college baseball refuses to call them “managers” is a curiosity I’ve never had explained to me) to reward good play by the team. They don’t get to wear the stripes until the coaches feel they’ve sufficiently advanced to deserve them. And if they aren’t playing well (see:sweep in Columbia the last series of the regular season) they get them taken away.[/quote]

    I love it. Are there other examples of uni-related rewards be given by coaches/managers?

  • Ricko | May 31, 2008 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”273629″][quote comment=”273623″][quote comment=”273619″]
    Not anymore? Yeah, that’s why the NBA All-Star gathering is so classy and why, privately, many teams have no interest in hosting it. Nobody gets in trouble the law or anything. And I include the hangers-on; they’re a reflection of the players they worship, use, and “roll with.” [/quote]

    I’ve actually heard that most teams don’t want to host it due to the corporate sponsorship of it. They have so many companies with guests, etc. that they often can’t even fit all the season ticket holders in, and those they can fit in end up in the nosebleed. I know Denver had problems with that a few years back, and its the reason that Mark Cuban won’t bring it to Dallas.[/quote]

    Trust me, allegiance to season ticket holders rarely enters into the thinking of pro sports owners.

  • KT | May 31, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    One of Florida’s softball players had her stirrup pop out of her shoe during a long at-bat. She took off her shoe, fixed the stirrup and then got hit by a pitch. Florida scored in extras to win it and stay alive to play again tonight.

    The patches on VT’s jerseys looked really odd, like really stiff. Almost completely flat.

    I wonder what Florida will wear later today after they went all blue in the first game.

    As for the NBA, Celtics/Lakers is actually interesting and old-school enough to get me to at least tune in. And I haven’t watched the NBA Finals in I don’t know how long. Maybe since 2000.

    I’m not interested in the league that much because I’m not in their demographic anymore, but I will go to a game if I can get tickets. They’re great athletes and they aren’t all thugs. Unfortunately there are enough thugs to make people in my demographic turn away.

  • KT | May 31, 2008 at 3:35 pm |

    Game 6, 1980 World Series is on ESPN Classic right now.

    Royals powder blue pullovers vs. Phillies zippers.

    And everybody is so skinny.

    Except Greg Luzinski, of course.

  • Bob A | May 31, 2008 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”273634″]Game 6, 1980 World Series is on ESPN Classic right now.

    Royals powder blue pullovers vs. Phillies zippers.

    And everybody is so skinny.

    Except Greg Luzinski, of course.[/quote]

    beat me to it. Lots of high stirrups. The “P” on Tug McGraw’s hat looks really small. I guess that was normal for them. I think their unis would have been much more attractive without that wide side stripe. I was never a fan of that on any team, Phils, Mets, and the Dodgers for a short time IIRC.

  • scottheld | May 31, 2008 at 3:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”273612″]look at how ridiculous the patches look for the womens college world series
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    I’m at the Ann Arbor baseball regional and have noticed that the teams are not wearing the NCAA blue circle like teams did during the first four rounds of the men’s and women’s basketball tournament. Could’ve sworn, though, that I’ve seen athletes in other NCAA tournaments (lacrosse and soccer, I think) wearing them.

  • BurghFan | May 31, 2008 at 4:02 pm |

    Trust me, allegiance to season ticket holders rarely enters into the thinking of pro sports owners.

    I guess it depends on the owner; I’ve dealt with organizations that treat their season ticket holders extremely well.

  • Ricko | May 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”273637″]Trust me, allegiance to season ticket holders rarely enters into the thinking of pro sports owners.

    I guess it depends on the owner; I’ve dealt with organizations that treat their season ticket holders extremely well.[/quote]

    No doubt about it, some organizations are far more concerned with season ticket holders than others. Didn’t mean to indict everyone.

    The exceptions, however, prove the rule. It all depends on how much money is, or isn’t, in it for them.

    And truly, plenty of NBA teams ARE ducking hosting All-Star Week til the league cleans up the crap that comes with it. I may not be sportswriting or in pro sports PR for a living anymore, but I still talk regularly with a lot of people deep inside, including a couple owners and former owners.

  • kevin | May 31, 2008 at 4:51 pm |

    mets are wearing their pinstripe home jerseys with black socks and the black and blue hat it looks awfulllll

  • Jeremy | May 31, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    the reds are wearing their home red jerseys today. they have never worn them on any other day other than sunday.

  • random reader | May 31, 2008 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”273639″]mets are wearing their pinstripe home jerseys with black socks and the black and blue hat it looks awfulllll[/quote]

    I was waiting to see who was going to comment about that.

    They should never do that again, imo. Black caps are awful enough and look even worse with the pinstripes. Mets deserve to lose today with that look.

  • Max | May 31, 2008 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”273609″][quote comment=”273606″]Except that the NBA’s ratings are higher than they’ve been in recent years and it’s a much better game to watch than in recent memory. If people like you guys put their stereotypes aside and actually watch the games as opposed to labeling people without reason, then you’d see what I was talking about. You can’t name one young star player (other than Kobe) who is any of those things you just said NBA players were.[/quote]

    Two words: Allen Iverson…what a joke…[/quote]

    Two more words: Jason Kidd

    No, wait didn’t his wife beat HIM up? What a pu$$y.

  • David | May 31, 2008 at 6:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”273612″]look at how ridiculous the patches look for the womens college world series
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    I actually logged on just to make a comment about this. I love sports and I love uniforms. I’ve never been *as* nitpicky about the patches or an upside-down American flag or the perils of Cool Base. But when I saw those patches, I wanted to go get an axe to chop off the wooden patch.

  • Dan | May 31, 2008 at 6:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”273591″]Isn’t the whole concept of lucky uniforms rather silly in itself? Can’t LSU win or lose based on talent and not superstition. Geez…. I think the NCAA rules seem perfectly logical. Home whites, road grays or darks.[/quote]

    Umm…you do know you’re talking about a baseball team, right?

  • David | May 31, 2008 at 8:08 pm |

    Funny story about the Brewers.

    The other day I was watching the game and saw Prince Fielder wearing an earplug. Didn’t know what was going on. Didn’t think he had hearing problems or that the ballpark was too loud or something like that.

    Nope. In fact, Ryan Braun has some sort of contagious ear infection and some of the players have chosen to wear the plugs in case the vicious bug gets ’em in the dugout.

  • Marcus Hall - From Baltimore | May 31, 2008 at 9:48 pm |

    nothing uni-related, but I just came back from a business trip to Omaha – very lovely place (everyone is so polite, holds the door for you, which is so contrary to what i’m used to in b-more). I shoulda visited the Zoo as well. And i shoulda visited the “King Kong” burger place. and no one would believe me if i told them the name of this gas station on Dodge St……

    http://www.flickr.co...

  • DP30 | May 31, 2008 at 10:01 pm |

    I have always filed Wichita State’s “Flying W” cap under the “so bad, it’s awesome” category. The yellow front panels on a brown hat are just so tacky, but it’s of those distinctive uniform nuances where once you see it, you know who’s playing.

    Out of the jersey options Bryan listed, I’d have to say Exhibit D is the least offensive…so that would be my choice.

    By the way, I’m watching the Rider/Virginia NCAA regional ballgame right now, and the “R” on Rider’s hat is obnoxiously big…takes up almost the entire front two panels. UVA, meanwhile, has some simple, yet stylish unis.

  • Greg V. | May 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”273640″]the reds are wearing their home red jerseys today. they have never worn them on any other day other than sunday.[/quote]

    Wow! You’re right. I watched the entire game thinking it was sunday today. I wonder if they just did this for the national FOX TV audience. Those red unis look great in HD.

    In an unrelated note…how about Jay Bruce?!

  • scott | May 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”273648″][quote comment=”273640″]the reds are wearing their home red jerseys today. they have never worn them on any other day other than sunday.[/quote]

    Wow! You’re right. I watched the entire game thinking it was sunday today. I wonder if they just did this for the national FOX TV audience. Those red unis look great in HD.

    In an unrelated note…how about Jay Bruce?![/quote]

    And THAT could be the uniform Griffey hits his 600th homer in? Yuck.

  • scott | May 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”273644″][quote comment=”273591″]Isn’t the whole concept of lucky uniforms rather silly in itself? Can’t LSU win or lose based on talent and not superstition. Geez…. I think the NCAA rules seem perfectly logical. Home whites, road grays or darks.[/quote]

    Umm…you do know you’re talking about a baseball team, right?[/quote]

    I understand the concept of superstition in baseball… it has a long history. But I also understand that teams like the Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox seem to have done just fine without having wear “lucky” uniforms like the Rockies did last year (and no, it wasn’t the uniforms that got them to the World Series).

  • JP | May 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm |

    I like the Reds all-red uniform. Why? Because it’s simple, classy, and they are the FREAKING REDS!

    That should be their road uniform.

    Gray on the Reds road uniform? Makes no sense.

    I’ve always used that concept as a comment towards people who say “black isn’t one of our colors” when disparaging black uniforms (which I DO HATE, by the way). But very few teams if any have WHITE and GRAY as their colors, so the logic doesn’t work.

    I don’t mind solid color as a jersey choice for road uniforms at all. The Reds can wear red on the road, IMO

  • JF in DC | May 31, 2008 at 11:05 pm |

    Looks like the O’s are looking to put “Baltimore” back on the road jerseys…best thing this team has done in quite some time.

    http://www.baltimore...

  • Bob A | May 31, 2008 at 11:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”273652″]Looks like the O’s are looking to put “Baltimore” back on the road jerseys…best thing this team has done in quite some time.

    http://www.baltimore...

    Great news!!!

  • Bryan Redemske | June 1, 2008 at 12:09 am |

    [quote comment=”273646″]nothing uni-related, but I just came back from a business trip to Omaha – very lovely place (everyone is so polite, holds the door for you, which is so contrary to what i’m used to in b-more). I shoulda visited the Zoo as well. And i shoulda visited the “King Kong” burger place. and no one would believe me if i told them the name of this gas station on Dodge St……

    http://www.flickr.co...

    Yeah … that’s a midwestern institution, actually. I thought maybe you were talking about Young Kim’s Auto Shop, which has a pretty bad-ass panther on the sign. You know, because panthers do a lot of engine work.

  • KT | June 1, 2008 at 12:23 am |

    [quote comment=”273651″] But very few teams if any have WHITE and GRAY as their colors, so the logic doesn’t work.[/quote]

    You have to know the history of the game.

    At the turn of the 20th century, home teams wore white and road teams wore gray. There were accents of color or caps and socks of color.

    But there’s probably [i]nothing[/i] in baseball that’s as traditional as white and gray. You don’t have to have it in your team’s color palette to wear it.

  • Jeremy | June 1, 2008 at 12:30 am |

    my jay bruce man-crush has hit a legendary level. i love cincy’s red jersey and really dont get the hate on them.

  • Bob A | June 1, 2008 at 4:04 am |

    This girl pitched tonite for Louisiana-Lafayette and wore the same face mask she’s wearing in this picture. I’ve never seen anything like that before. makes sense to me because the pitcher is so close to the plate in softball. Sorry if this is a repost.

  • Awesome Sauce Malone | June 1, 2008 at 9:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”273647″]I have always filed Wichita State’s “Flying W” cap under the “so bad, it’s awesome” category. The yellow front panels on a brown hat are just so tacky, but it’s of those distinctive uniform nuances where once you see it, you know who’s playing.

    Out of the jersey options Bryan listed, I’d have to say Exhibit D is the least offensive…so that would be my choice.
    [/quote]

    Wichita state has no brown as the school colors. The school colors are yellow and black and the only deviation from those colors are the black and white uni’s posted earlier.

    Im a wichita state fan. Personally I dont like the new Under Armour uni’s I cant stand them. Of our “repotoire” my favorites would have to be

    http://www.nmnathlet...

    http://www.nmnathlet...

    The yellow vests have grown on me.
    http://www.nmnathlet...

    But my favorite jersey has to be the ones from the 80’s/90’s
    http://www.youtube.c... – Notice Doug Mirabelli anyone?

    And heres a picture of my most favorite jersey
    http://img.photobuck...
    Yes that is a Joe Carter Wichita State jersey.

    GO SHOX!!

  • Awesome Sauce Malone | June 1, 2008 at 9:24 pm |

    O h I forgot 2 things.

    1. I hate the helmets also
    2. I brought my daughter home in these.
    http://img.photobuck...

  • Jim | June 1, 2008 at 9:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”273594″]why are both teams wearing white pants?

    http://www.mgoblue.c...

    i know its college but come on.[/quote]

    I haven’t seen the UM baseball uniforms in a long time, and wow, logo creep is downright shameless, even for a UM team. I really hope we’ll look better next year with Adidas.

  • Patrick Runge | June 1, 2008 at 9:59 pm |

    Fair point, Bryan, thanks for clarifying. I kept trying to think of something witty and ironic to say about the bullets, but everything came out crass and heartless.

    And to the other poster’s point about managers/coaches, well taken, but in college even the head coach is called, well, head coach and not manager. Just a curiosity, I guess.

  • ncaaOL | June 2, 2008 at 1:47 am |

    Okay, I know I’m a few days late on this discussion and I hate to make a comment off the topic of uni watching, but I need to give my input.
    Is the NBA game what it used to be… of course not. But I don’t see the Bears running the single wing offense in the NFL anymore either. If you want to see more than dunks and three’s, I have a suggestion: turn off SportsCenter and turn on the game.
    Secondly, referring to the lot of the NBA and NFL as drug users, gangsters, wife beaters, etc… is simply ignorant. Are there bad seeds? of course. But lawyers, politicians, and doctors get DUIs, beat their wives and do drugs as well. These players do a great deal for charitable organizations, but thats not reported as much. Currently, more that 25 NBA players and over 50 NFL athletes have FOUNDED their own charities. To me, thats pretty commendable. Misinformation breeds stereotypes.
    Okay, with that said… Let’s all get back to fighting the good fight against sports abominations like those Wichita State batting helmets.

  • Nootch | June 2, 2008 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”273650″][quote comment=”273644″][quote comment=”273591″]Isn’t the whole concept of lucky uniforms rather silly in itself? Can’t LSU win or lose based on talent and not superstition. Geez…. I think the NCAA rules seem perfectly logical. Home whites, road grays or darks.[/quote]

    Umm…you do know you’re talking about a baseball team, right?[/quote]

    I understand the concept of superstition in baseball… it has a long history. But I also understand that teams like the Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox seem to have done just fine without having wear “lucky” uniforms like the Rockies did last year (and no, it wasn’t the uniforms that got them to the World Series).[/quote]

    That’s not the point. The question is why is the NCAA so worried about the specific color (white vs light)? Really, what difference does it make, as long as the 2 teams aren’t wearing the same color?

    In football, the home team CAN NOT wear white without special permission.
    In baseball, the home team HAS TO wear white.