New ESPN column today. It’s my Cubs treatise, and I can pretty well guarantee that it includes at least one item that will surprise just about everyone reading this. Here’s the link.
I’m not the only one who’s been in a Chicago state of mind lately. As several readers informed me yesterday, our good friends at Nike have taken a keen interest in the Windy City. So keen, in fact, that they’ve slapped 10 large advertising decals, including the one shown above, onto Chicago’s lakefront path. And in an impressive display of efficiency and focus, the swooshkateers didn’t waste time bothering to ask anyone’s permission (because, obviously, it would never have been granted). Further nauseating details here.
You shouldn’t have to hate Nike as much as I do to be completely offended by this latest display of corporate hubris. This is vandalism of a public space, period, and should be treated as such: Local officials should charge Nike with a crime, because that’s exactly what it is.
Meanwhile, I wonder if Nike remembers that Chicago is also the city where marathoner Robert Cheruiyot suffered a concussion after slipping on an advertising decal at the Chicago Marathon finish line. What a wonderful bit of synergy for their jogging-path ad campaign!
Raffle Reminder: I’m currently raffling off two pairs of tickets to a Manhattan screening of Don Larsen’s perfect game, including the original commercials. For details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Someone please sign this guy, quick (with thanks to stirrup-spotter Drew Samuelson). … What does Lance Armstrong do with his Tour de France yellow jerseys? He frames them (with thanks to Eric Stangel). … Rob Gugliotta notes that the “NBA” icon on the Celtics’ championship banners is sometimes solid, sometimes not. Anyone know what that’s about? … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: new logos for Louisiana Tech. … Christmas-in-June Alert: The Red Sox will be wearing green jerseys tomorrow, in honor of the Celtics’ championship. … New blog devoted to vibrating football games here. … “Looks like Tony Gwynn was playing in sneakers-turned-cleats years ago,” writes Greg Riffenburgh. … According to this page, Adidas is about to unveil a bunch of new European soccer kits, along with a cool-sounding photo book (with thanks to Michael Kearney). … Akron’s hoops team will be getting new Lebron-branded uniforms. … In vaguely related item, Jamil Smith says, “I hope LeBron doesn’t sue these guys.” … “Pitcher’s masks have become more and more common in Michigan high school softball,” reports Lisa Lark. “Not mandatory, but several pitchers in the state finals had them on.” … Kate Plimpton was recently in Roswell, where she stopped in at a local historic house and learned that the Roaswell Lions won the 1956 Little League World Series. ” I dig the thickness and texture of the uniform,” she says. … “These pre-draft workouts provide an opportunity to see players wearing logos they may never be paid to wear,” notes Jay Dickson. “A quick search revealed this and this.” … Can’t really argue with this (spotted at yesterday’s Bosox/Phillies game by Paul Kamras). … Jeremy Brahm reports that the Japanese Olympic field hockey team will be wearing this design in Beijing, and the women’s weightlifting team will be wearing this. … Also from Jeremy: Volleyball captains are usually designated by having their front uni number underlined. But Venezuelan captain Andy Rojas wears the underscore on his back. … Carlos Borge passed along this great 1989 article about the company that cleaned, pressed, and mended the Yankees’ uniforms. Never heard of this operation before — anyone know more about them?