While other pundits scurry to assess the winners and losers in yesterday’s flurry of deadline deals, I’m more interested in the uni-related implications. So here’s a chart that breaks down some of the game’s recent trades in terms the rest of the media world is likely to overlook:
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Banner Day: Remember our recent discussions about the differing “NBA” icons on the Celtics’ championship banners? As you may recall, a team tour guide had said that the icon was white for championships that were won at home (because the Celtics were wearing white) and green for championships won on the road — but that logic didn’t hold up for all of the banners. Fortunately, Chris Sykes recently talked to the president of the company today that makes the banners and got the scoop:
Today a man named Ned Flynn came into my store. He’s the president of New England Flag and Banner — they do all of the banners for the Celtics rafters and a bunch of colleges — so I asked him about the NBA icon. Ned had clearly heard this question before. He confirmed that it’s supposed to be based on whether the team clinched the title at home or on the road, but he explained why that system is no longer reflected on all of the banners:
“Years ago, when the Celtics were on road trips, the circus would sometimes come into town and use the Boston Garden. Whenever this happened, the banners would have to come down to make room for the trapeze and such. On one of these nights, the office where the banners were being stored had a fire. Certain championship year banners were damaged, so new banners had to be quickly made before the Celtics returned for a home game. The only problem was that in the haste to make the replacement banners, the home and road championship-clinching locations were not taken into account. No one ever seemed to notice. The banners were even redone to make them larger in the ’80s and the mistake was unfortunately repeated.”
Ned said he’s received many e-mails in the past over this miscue but never responded. He said the Celtics organization is aware of this as well, but no further action to change the mistakes has been made — it’s all now part of the Celtics lore.
Big thanks to Chris for getting the story straight from the horse’s mouth.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Fun survey of Philadelphia uniforms here (with thanks to Tom Gabor). … My Very Favorite Object in the World just got another shout-out (with thanks to James Yeh). … Check out the stripes on this kid! Must explain his hitting prowess (with thanks to Louie Gaunch). … Really interesting article here about punters and kickers and their cleats (with thanks to Doug Mooney). … Speaking of kickers, about a year and a half ago I interviewed Stefan Fatsis about his Plimpton-esque stint as a Broncos kicker. His book about that experience is out now. I’ll have more to say about it once I read it (very annoying, however, that there’s no index, so I can’t just look up “Uniforms”). … Look what the St. Paul Saints wore back in 2001! Mike Nachreiner, I know you’re reading this — you’ve got to resurrect that promotion (as discovered by Ross Hazlett). … Way back in March, I wrote this on ESPN. Four months later, can’t say I’ve noticed any players with mismatched shades of gray, but Braves broadcaster Jon Sciambi did during Wednesday night’s Braves/Cardinals game. “We talked about this the other night,” he said during the top of the 9th. “It wasn’t just Braden Looper the other night — almost all [the Cardinals’] uniform tops do not match their pants. They have a darker gray on up top and a lighter gray below. That’s weird.” To which Joe Simpson replied, “I think it’s just perspiration. I’m looking at the coaches, and they don’t appear to be that way.” Wrong again, guys (with thanks to Doug Simpson for the tip). … Maurice Jones-Drew has the Superman logo on his insole (with thanks to Jonathon Binet). … At last week’s KGB reading, I met a guy who said he basically invents new sports and games. His organization (and I use the term loosely), the Institute for Aesthletics, is part art project, part community sports group. With sports like wiffle hurling, straitjacket softball and wiffle hurling, there’s plenty to like here. Check out the Aesthletics web site here. … Fascinating logo here. According to this auction page, it was used by the Rockford Expos, which was a Montreal farm team in the 1990s (nice find by Daniel Ostroff-Moskowitz). … Amazing footage here of the famous “Folly Floater” incident, in which Steve Hamilton of the Yanks threw a pair of eephus pitches to Tony Horton of the Indians, who popped out and was so embarrassed that he crawled back into the dugout on his hands and knees. “This at-bat, which is well-known in Indians lore, was supposedly the beginning of Horton’s spiral into severe clinical depression that eventually ended his playing career that year, at a relatively young age of 26,” says Jeff Lindquist. … Looks like this Colorado lacrosse player got a bit carried away with the eye black (with thanks to Kathryn Plimpton). … Here’s something I’ve never seen before: The Tri-City Dust Devils (short-season A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) wear shorts during BP (thanks to John Boerger). … According to this report, the Redskins will go with white jerseys and burgundy pants for their first four home games this season and then go to dark jerseys and white pants for the remaining home games (with thanks to Geoff Baker). … NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. recently visited Eagles training camp and they presented him with the obligatory jersey, but Drew Glover notes that they didn’t use the right nameplate font. … How great is the Speedo LZR? So great that it’s being used for cycling (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … As noted in today’s chart, Pudge is wearing No. 12 with the Yanks, but he still had his No. 7 spikes last night. … Stan Bush says a source in the Nuggets’ marketing office told him that the team’s upcoming uni changes will consist of the following: “They’re going to take the DN logo off their shorts on both home and road uniforms and replace that with the alternate pick-axe logo. They will also be adding the pick-axe above the players’ names on the back of both jerseys to match the dark blue alternate. No major change in colors though, even though they made the change to their primary logo.”