Now that, my friends, is a T-shirt. That design (here’s a closer view) is one of three superb Brewers-centric tees being offered by reader David Tuttle via his new site, Tararrel & Sons. For the Wisconsin-illiterate, “tararrel” rhymes with “barrel,” which is why it’s found in the lyrics to “The Beer Barrel Polka.”
New ESPN column today (here’s the link) — see you over there.
Uni Watch Northwest Road Trip: I’ll be in Portland next month and am looking to have a Uni Watch gathering, probably on August 15th. Haven’t settled on a venue yet, but I’m leaning toward this place. Details to follow as the date draws nearer.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of old sports photos from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls here. Steven Brown is particularly fond of this one — note how the second guy from the left in the back row has a different jersey insignia than the other players. … We’ve talked a lot about first initials on NOBs, but here’s a question from Tyler Kepner: “Does anybody in MLB wear an initial on the back anymore? I thought of this the other day when I was watching O’s/Red Sox at a restaurant in Toronto, and a guy named Cabrera was pitching for the Orioles. He didn’t look tall enough to be Daniel, plus his uni number was wrong, and I was just so bothered that he didn’t have a first initial (F., in his case). Two RHPs on the same staff, at least the younger guy should have the initial.” I can’t think of any initials at the moment — anyone..? … Aaron Kamsler sent along his favorite jersey tag, from a 1994 Lions throwback gamer worn by Chris Spielman. … I’ll be doing another full-blown Ricko Files entry next week (and the week after that, and the week after that…), but here’s a quick dispatch from him: Check out this shot of Blue Moon Odom — never seen the 1969 anniversary patch on a windbreaker like that. Also, note the black spikes (“Not uncommon for the A’s during spring training,” says Ricko) and white sanitaries (“Less common”). … Shorpy for President (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … There’s a new book coming out about the old AFL, and the publisher has been nice enough to provide me with a dozen sample pages, which you can see in this slideshow. I’ll have a copy to raffle off next month. … Bill Mauldin reports that Southern Miss will apparently be adding facemask decals to the mix this fall. Details here. Note that both the text and the embedded video (skip ahead to the 3:10 mark) mention that Southern Miss will be “one of only two teams” doing this, but it’s not clear, at least to me, who the other team is. Anyone..? … No photos yet, but Florida International is apparently going to have a Broncos-esque design this season. Details here. … This trend of presenting jerseys to coaches is lame enough to begin with, but as Chris Crater noted in last night’s comments, the two numerals on Terry Murray’s jersey aren’t even the same size — the zero’s way bigger than the eight. Nice job, guys. … Also from last night: Most injured MLBers who go on minor league rehab assignments bring their single-flapped helmets with them, but not Big Papi, who’s currently rehabbing with Pawtucket. And while the Pawsox usually wear that Red Sox font for their rear uni numbers, Keith Thibault notes that Big Papi’s number was rendered in standard block numerals. … Utah unveiled their new football design yesterday. Full coverage here, here, and here. … Mickel Yantz has been working on a new site devoted to Seahawks uni history. … Ryan Ludwick’s All-Star Game helmet snafu is explained toward the bottom of this page (with thanks to Elena Elms).