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Track And Field Formal Wear

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When I think track and field, I think fancy clothes. The latest fabrics and cuts, joined together in an enviable mix of cutting edge … wait … is that guy wearing a tux? Umm … OK.  That’s Paul Litchfield, by the way. And he’s happy about his jump in the prelims at the US Olympic Trials. Here’s more fanciness from the Trials: Shalane Flanagan’s bling, rivaled only by Kara Goucher’s shininess (you have to look close. It’s there, trust me.). — Bryan

 

62 comments to Track And Field Formal Wear

  • B Johnson | June 28, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    umm…WOW…

  • Juan Grande | June 28, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    looks like those new swimming bodysuits

  • Stuby | June 28, 2008 at 9:09 am |

    Inspired by Sharapova, perhaps?

  • Graf Zeppelin | June 28, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    Good morning, uni watchers. Hate to change the subject, but I had a long day yesterday and didn’t get a chance to chime in. I still can’t get over the Mets wearing blue caps with the road grays yesterday, something that has not happened since 1997 (except for a “throwback” game in Tampa in 1999, where they wore flannel grays with the blue caps). When I finally say the highlights hours later, I was just thrilled, happier about this than the fact that they had won the game.

    As many of you have heard/read me harp on over quite a long time, this is far and away the best uniform combination the Mets have, and have ever had (even the black drop-shadow becomes tolerable). Although the hideous two-tone cap did not become the official road cap until 2001, they wore it with the road grays EVERY time in 1998, 99 and 2000.

    I hope this is not just a one-time thing (i.e., they just didn’t feel like changing socks and undershirts when they got back to Shea), that SOMEONE in the Mets organization saw this and said, “Wow! Look how good this looks! We should wear this all the time!” Or even better: “For next year, when Citi Field opens, let’s DITCH THE BLACK altogether!”

    I guess we’ll find out the next time they go on the road. As last night’s game no doubt reminded us, the Mets have a remarkable way of giving us brief, fleeting hope that things will change for the better, and then crushing that hope with long stretches of misery and incompetence. Time will tell.

  • Roger Faso | June 28, 2008 at 9:54 am |

    Track and Field just lost another viewer. I’m tired of all the marble bag action. It’s distracting with all the bouncing back and forth, especially in HD/Slo-mo.

    Wear some shorts for cryin out loud or just get it over with and run fuggin naked.

  • Art | June 28, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    Is that a bag of marbles? or is Paul happy to see you?

  • Stuby | June 28, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • chad | June 28, 2008 at 11:16 am |

    That guy looks like a figure skater-pole vaulter hybrid.

  • lwiedy | June 28, 2008 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”277652″]Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Kinda looks purple to me, more along the lines the Huskies.

    Your mention did remind me of Payne Stewart who had a deal with NFL licensing and wore the team colors of whatever the nearest NFL city he was playing in, I think on the final day of the particular tourny.

  • Stuby | June 28, 2008 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”277654″][quote comment=”277652″]Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Kinda looks purple to me, more along the lines the Huskies.

    Your mention did remind me of Payne Stewart who had a deal with NFL licensing and wore the team colors of whatever the nearest NFL city he was playing in, I think on the final day of the particular tourny.[/quote]
    It looked more maroon on TV, but I guess it doesn’t really match Minnesota’s color scheme, as they have a much more yellow accent. Kinda looks like Virginia Tech, though. Probably no connection to anything.

  • odessa steps | June 28, 2008 at 11:43 am |

    I thought there was a rule on the internet that all track/field photos had to be of allison stokke.

  • Johnny O | June 28, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    Dany Heatley is playing in a charity golf outing today at my course in Wisconsin, and I am going to try and ask him what he thinks about the new Reebok Edge jerseys/sweaters. The GM of the golf course played hockey with Dany at the University of Wisconsin and roomed together for a year, so I am sure I will be able to talk candidly with him for a minute or two. I will let you all know what he said tonight or tomorrow.

  • JJC | June 28, 2008 at 12:02 pm |

    Did anyone see the M’s/Padres game (insert joke) last night? They went with 1978 retros.

  • James Craven | June 28, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”277652″]“Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Looks more like the colors of the Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State University!

    (Guess my mystery reference and win a cookie!)

  • derek | June 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”277650″]Track and Field just lost another viewer. I’m tired of all the marble bag action. It’s distracting with all the bouncing back and forth, especially in HD/Slo-mo.

    Wear some shorts for cryin out loud or just get it over with and run fuggin naked.[/quote]
    track and field actually has viewers… Wow i did not know that… I wouldnt even consider it a sport

  • =bg= | June 28, 2008 at 12:07 pm |

    Yeah, I needed a photo of Mr Bulge as soon as I scroll thru the page at 907am. Erp.

  • James Craven | June 28, 2008 at 12:07 pm |

    Especially during an Olympic year.

  • Joe | June 28, 2008 at 12:07 pm |

    I’m not sure if this was the first occurrence or not, but last night, the Pirates wore their white uniforms instead of their “Friday” red uniforms. I remember reading a while ago that they want to get rid of them next year. Did they get really smart and decide to ditch them early?

  • Tinger | June 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”277659″][quote comment=”277652″]“Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Looks more like the colors of the Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State University!

    (Guess my mystery reference and win a cookie!)[/quote]

    The team that “Coach” coached on that sitcom way back when…..another useless tidbit stored in the deep recesses of my memory. Where’s my cookie?

  • Ryne | June 28, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”277659″][quote comment=”277652″]“Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Looks more like the colors of the Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State University!

    (Guess my mystery reference and win a cookie!)[/quote]

    It’s a COACH reference.

  • Skycat | June 28, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    The idea of wearing powder blues as a home uniform definitely does not work for me. It just looks so wrong, especially when the road team is wearing the customary gray.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Harvey Lee | June 28, 2008 at 12:30 pm |

    IMO, The best uniform related news from Eugene is that athletes are not wearing bib numbers but their bibs with names. That’s one small positive step. In this day of microseconds, I don’t understand why elite athletes have to wear anything that has to be secured with a safety pin. Why can’t the track and field uniforms be printed with a name and number on the singlet like all other sports?

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”277665″][quote comment=”277659″][quote comment=”277652″]“Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Looks more like the colors of the Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State University!

    (Guess my mystery reference and win a cookie!)[/quote]

    It’s a COACH reference.[/quote]

    It’s Maroon. Just spoke with someone who’s at the tournament (it’s about 8 miles from here).

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”277668″][quote comment=”277665″][quote comment=”277659″][quote comment=”277652″]“Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Looks more like the colors of the Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State University!

    (Guess my mystery reference and win a cookie!)[/quote]

    It’s a COACH reference.[/quote]

    It’s Maroon. Just spoke with someone who’s at the tournament (it’s about 8 miles from here).[/quote]

    Have no idea if was intentional. Seems like it might be. She rarely dresses so…colorfully.

  • Sam | June 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  • KT | June 28, 2008 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”277658″]Did anyone see the M’s/Padres game (insert joke) last night? They went with 1978 retros.[/quote]

    But were they perfect in every detail?

    Looks like the M’s didn’t get retro batting helmets.

    Still, does my heart proud to see a Seattle pitcher wearing #56 (I guess he always wears 56 – too bad they weren’t in Pilots throwbacks).

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”277671″][quote comment=”277658″]Did anyone see the M’s/Padres game (insert joke) last night? They went with 1978 retros.[/quote]

    But were they perfect in every detail?

    Looks like the M’s didn’t get retro batting helmets.

    Still, does my heart proud to see a Seattle pitcher wearing #56 (I guess he always wears 56 – too bad they weren’t in Pilots throwbacks).[/quote]

    Starting to think 70’s thowbacks not such a good idea, not if unis gonna be that baggy and inaccurate. Unoffical UW Rule of Thumb: All TBTC should be to pre-synthetic, i.e., 1961 or so.

    Like it’s up to us (rolls eyes).

    Let’s just hope the Pirates and Rays do a better job.

  • Robert | June 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm |

    Are the Mariners’ throwbacks’ colors even close? They certainly don’t look like my old baseball cards or what I remember seeing during their rare late ’70s television appearances.

  • brian golden | June 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    I dont know if anyone already saw but I was at the Indans vs. Giants game two nights ago and it was Omars first game back in Cleveland since he was traded. It was also probably his last so in order to honor the tribe he wore red spikes with his giants uniforms like the Indians of the late 90s did(cant find a pic tho) I thought that it was a PRETTY COOL tribute.

  • Romeo | June 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm |

    Nothing about the mets wearing blue hats on the road?
    That hasnt happened in a long time

  • James Craven | June 28, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    Tinger gets the cookie because he was first. Sorry, Ryne.

    The reason I said that was the picture in question – shown here – looked more purple than maroon.

  • Stuby | June 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    Many mentions yesterday as it was happening. They looked great and, more importantly, they looked like the Mets.

  • Kek | June 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”277666″]The idea of wearing powder blues as a home uniform definitely does not work for me. It just looks so wrong, especially when the road team is wearing the customary gray.

    http://sports.yahoo....
    I know we talked about this a lot when it first was announced about Toronto but I thought I’d revisit it: while the powder blues at home isn’t accurate, I think it’s more done for the fans. I’m guessing many fans enjoyed the look so the Jays might think it’s neat to let the fans actually see it in person on a Friday.

    I know the Brewers do it, but with a white home look. However, that look is very unique. I don’t think the Jays’ white look from that era, complete with that cap, would really be enough to set it off as something different. The powder blue definitely does.

    I think for one day a week, it’s not that big of a deal. The powder blue is going to clash with every away team in the AL or NL so it’s not as if you’re going to have trouble telling the teams apart.

  • Stuby | June 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”277669″][quote comment=”277668″][quote comment=”277665″][quote comment=”277659″][quote comment=”277652″]“Don’t know if it was intentional, but Annika wore University of Minnesota colors (sort of) at the US Open in Edina, MN.”

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Looks more like the colors of the Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State University!

    (Guess my mystery reference and win a cookie!)[/quote]

    It’s a COACH reference.[/quote]

    It’s Maroon. Just spoke with someone who’s at the tournament (it’s about 8 miles from here).[/quote]

    Have no idea if was intentional. Seems like it might be. She rarely dresses so…colorfully.[/quote]
    I find it odd that someone who went to the University of Arizona would wear colors so close to Arizona State’s. We need to get to the bottom of this dammit!

  • Sports Tsar | June 28, 2008 at 4:29 pm |

    ugh… dont stare at it too long or you’ll turn to stone…

  • u2-horn | June 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm |

    Minna, stop staring at his pole.

  • Walaitis | June 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”277677″]Many mentions yesterday as it was happening. They looked great and, more importantly, they looked like the Mets.[/quote]

    Trying … not … to … make … sarcastic … response …

  • RaoulDuke | June 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm |

    My beloved St. Louis Blues had their fanfest this weekend, Jeremy Rutherford of the post writes about the upcoming 3rd jerseys.

    [quote]The question I get the most is about the Blues’ third jersey. When is it coming and what does it look like?

    Well, there is one on the way but I have not seen it. I asked Dave Checketts about the third jersey Friday night at the scrimmage game and here’s what he said:

    “I’ve always wanted one, ever since I took over the club,” Checketts said. “The experience we had in New York with the third Ranger jersey . . . with the Statue of Liberty on the front . . . became very popular. I wanted to do something that was distinct to St. Louis and I think we’ve done that. I think we’ve accomplished that. I really like it, I’m really proud of it . . . it’s beautiful.”

    Any hints about what it looks like?

    “It’s got a big picture of J.D. on the front in his goaltender uniform,” Checketts said. “No hints, but it’ll be good.” [/quote]

    I hope they dont suck, but after they let reebok destroy one of the best sweaters in the league, I’m not holding out much hope.

  • Brad Northstar | June 28, 2008 at 6:09 pm |

    Could anyone spot Kara Goucher’s shininess?

  • LG | June 28, 2008 at 7:59 pm |

    I love the Padres throwback nights. Brings me back to my childhood. To me, the Padres will always be brown and yellow with that triangular yellow panel on the front of the cap!

  • J Excel | June 28, 2008 at 8:31 pm |

    great Negro League uniforms on display in the Steel City tonight. while the Pittsburgh Crawfords red stripes look amazing, even better is the red, rear pocket flaps on the gray pants of the Jacksonville Red Caps uniforms!

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 8:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”277686″]great Negro League uniforms on display in the Steel City tonight. while the Pittsburgh Crawfords red stripes look amazing, even better is the red, rear pocket flaps on the gray pants of the Jacksonville Red Caps uniforms![/quote]

    Anyone got any vidcaps from this game?

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”277673″]Are the Mariners’ throwbacks’ colors even close? They certainly don’t look like my old baseball cards or what I remember seeing during their rare late ’70s television appearances.[/quote]

    They appear to be right on. Although I think some of the powder blues for these throwback unis aren’t as intense as the originals.

  • =bg= | June 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm |

    A’s wearing the horrible black tonite @ home. Why, Why, Why?

    If they want an alt; how about that outfit from the Swingin’ A’s of the 70s?

  • J Excel | June 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=\\\”277687\\\”][quote comment=\\\”277686\\\”]great Negro League uniforms on display in the Steel City tonight. while the Pittsburgh Crawfords red stripes look amazing, even better is the red, rear pocket flaps on the gray pants of the Jacksonville Red Caps uniforms![/quote]

    Anyone got any vidcaps from this game?[/quote]

    since I’m probably the only human watching this game in HDTV, here ya go:

    Pittsburgh game

    easily the best thing about the Crawford uniforms is the tall sun collar, which the pitcher (shown) #27 appears to roll down a bit.
    At least he was wearing his stirrups correctly !

  • J Excel | June 28, 2008 at 9:43 pm |
  • diz | June 28, 2008 at 9:52 pm |

    what’s with Paul Litchfield’s Mussolini expression there?

  • Eric | June 28, 2008 at 10:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”277684″]Could anyone spot Kara Goucher’s shininess?[/quote]

    Her wedding band?

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”277691″] trying the Pittsburgh link again [/quote]

    Thank you. Doesn’t look like Jacksonville hats are right with black visors, though. Team existed only one year before moving to Cleveland and only images I’ve found show an all-red hat with a white “J”. Still, looks great. Love the Crawfords.

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 10:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”277694″][quote comment=”277691″] trying the Pittsburgh link again [/quote]

    Thank you. Doesn’t look like Jacksonville hats are right with black visors, though. Team existed only one year before moving to Cleveland and only images I’ve found show an all-red hat with a white “J”. Still, looks great. Love the Crawfords.[/quote]

    Ohdarn. Socks are wrong, too. Only actual photo of Red Caps found shows red socks with white Northwestern stripes.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 10:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”277695″][quote comment=”277694″][quote comment=”277691″] trying the Pittsburgh link again [/quote]

    Thank you. Doesn’t look like Jacksonville hats are right with black visors, though. Team existed only one year before moving to Cleveland and only images I’ve found show an all-red hat with a white “J”. Still, looks great. Love the Crawfords.[/quote]

    Ohdarn. Socks are wrong, too. Only actual photo of Red Caps found shows red socks with white Northwestern stripes.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Also…doubt the Crawfords wore black plain socks with those unis.

  • Frank Mercogliano | June 28, 2008 at 10:25 pm |

    Paul Litchfield pole vaulted for Idaho State and serves as a pole vault coach for us, and he actually was one of the first vaulters to wear a helmet. When I get back from my convention, I will get some of those pics up…they were pretty cool. Paul wore the standard uniform when vaulting for Idaho State.

    Frank

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”277696″][quote comment=”277695″][quote comment=”277694″][quote comment=”277691″] trying the Pittsburgh link again [/quote]

    Thank you. Doesn’t look like Jacksonville hats are right with black visors, though. Team existed only one year before moving to Cleveland and only images I’ve found show an all-red hat with a white “J”. Still, looks great. Love the Crawfords.[/quote]

    Ohdarn. Socks are wrong, too. Only actual photo of Red Caps found shows red socks with white Northwestern stripes.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Also…doubt the Crawfords wore black plain socks with those unis.[/quote]

    These look a bit like the unis worn tonight.

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”277698″][quote comment=”277696″][quote comment=”277695″][quote comment=”277694″][quote comment=”277691″] trying the Pittsburgh link again [/quote]

    Thank you. Doesn’t look like Jacksonville hats are right with black visors, though. Team existed only one year before moving to Cleveland and only images I’ve found show an all-red hat with a white “J”. Still, looks great. Love the Crawfords.[/quote]

    Ohdarn. Socks are wrong, too. Only actual photo of Red Caps found shows red socks with white Northwestern stripes.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Also…doubt the Crawfords wore black plain socks with those unis.[/quote]

    These look a bit like the unis worn tonight.[/quote]

    Trying again…
    http://www.clpgh.org...

  • Ricko | June 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm |

    Looks like Edwin Jackson is TBTC starter of choice (oh, I know it was just his turn).

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Mark Maxwell | June 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm |

    Quick question regarding the throwback night in the Steel City. I couldn’t help but notice that the Crawfords jersey just says Crawfordon the front. I can’t tell in the picture above if the historical jerseys said Crawfords or Crawford, anybody know? And also I thought that it was the home teams responsibility to provide the throwbacks for both teams. If that is true, why did the pirates provide the Rays with different batting helmets, but still use their current helmets?

  • mtjaws | June 29, 2008 at 2:54 am |

    I thought the Rays nailed it (again!) with the uniforms tonight. Looked great, especially those red flaps and jersey. The Pirates looked good too.

    I wonder if they didn’t get Crawford helmets because of a color/stripe issue. Anyone know if the real helmets were like the caps?

  • BW6 | June 29, 2008 at 4:05 am |

    [quote comment=”277703″]I thought the Rays nailed it (again!) with the uniforms tonight. Looked great, especially those red flaps and jersey. The Pirates looked good too.

    I wonder if they didn’t get Crawford helmets because of a color/stripe issue. Anyone know if the real helmets were like the caps?[/quote]

    I’m going to go out on limb and venture there weren’t official Crawford helmets. Weren’t the Crawfords playing long before helmets were common, let alone the rule? What year were these supposed to be, out of curiosity?

  • James Craven | June 29, 2008 at 6:54 am |

    Agreed on that point. In addition, “Crawford” was the name of Gus Greenlee’s night club when he owned the team, hence the single name. More publicity for his nightclub, which by modern MLB standards would be verbotten, even with Interim Commissioner for Life “This Bud’s For You” Selig’s watch.

  • Will Musto | June 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |

    What are you talking about, Kara Goucher’s “shininess” ?? Goucher, Flanagan, and Begley are all wearing the same exact Nike Elite kit (although Begley obviously has the bunhuggers on in the stead of a bikini-style bottom).

  • Jordan Pope | June 29, 2008 at 6:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”277737″]What are you talking about, Kara Goucher’s “shininess” ?? Goucher, Flanagan, and Begley are all wearing the same exact Nike Elite kit (although Begley obviously has the bunhuggers on in the stead of a bikini-style bottom).[/quote]

    necklace im guessing

  • Ryan B | June 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”277739″][quote comment=”277737″]What are you talking about, Kara Goucher’s “shininess” ?? Goucher, Flanagan, and Begley are all wearing the same exact Nike Elite kit (although Begley obviously has the bunhuggers on in the stead of a bikini-style bottom).[/quote]

    necklace im guessing[/quote]
    She looks like she’s got a belly ring to me.