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Uni Watch Book Club: The Running Backs

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Last month I ran Book Club entries on a pair of football books that came out around 1970 (look here and here). That led several readers to point me toward another title from that same period: Murray Olderman’s The Running Backs, which came out in 1969. It’s a doozy of a book — nearly 600 pages, with lots of visuals of Uni Watch interest. Here’s a sampling:

• Lots of books show diagrams of plays. But this one supplements those diagrams with little player illustrations that are too adorable for words. Next time I see a coach diagramming a play on a chalkboard, I’m gonna be really bummed if he doesn’t include little figures like these.

• Here’s something you rarely see: a color photo of Steve Van Buren.

• I love how the Bears’ white-jersey sleeve striping is instantly recognizable, because it hasn’t really changed much over the decades.

• Less iconic but still surprisingly consistent: Check out this old Chicago Cardinals photo. The white double-striping on the red pants went largely unchanged until the team’s recent disastrous makeover.

• Really interesting facemask here.

• Can anyone tell me more about this sleeve patch?

• Can never have too many pics of Y.A.’s kitchen-sink helmet.

• Here’s a very nice shot of the Rams’ yellow jersey.

• True story: When I was six or seven years old, I reached into a box of Corn Flakes and pulled out a “3-D football card” of this guy — 49ers fullback Ken Willard. He instantly became my favorite player, and the Niners became my favorite team. I remain a Niners fan today, and it’s all because of that football card (which, alas, I no longer have).

• Good view here of the Vikings’ seldom seen purple pants (in b&w, thankfully).

• Speaking of the Vikes, check out these two photos of Tommy Mason — completely different uni number typography.

• And speaking of typography, check out the uni numbers on the Redskins (the dark jerseys) in this photo. Not quite the same as what the Pittsburgh Pirates use, but definitely related. Ditto for this shot.

• Here’s a tremendous view of the Colts’ old helmets, back when the horseshoes were on the back of the shell. I really like this view, because it basically simulates what you see when a horse is galloping away from you.

• Love the sock ribbing in this shot.

• Was Mel Farr wearing a noseguard of some sort, or was he just presaging the key line from “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard”?

• Here’s something I’ve never seen before: Red Grange with his name written on his pants. From now on we’ll refer to this as NOP.

• Still hard to believe the refs used to wear these caps.

• Here’s a rare early shot of O.J. wearing No. 36.

Ouch.

Want your own copy? You can get one for almost nothing.

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Uni Watch Northwest Road Trip: My original thought for this weekend’s Uni Watch party in Portland is that we should just have a picnic on sidewalk outside of Nike HQ, where we could lob spitballs at their security guards or something like that. But then I thought maybe the guards might be able to shoot lasers out of their swoosh-shaped eyes, so we’ll stay in Portland instead. Specifically, we’ll be convening at 2pm this Sunday, the 17th, at Kay’s. As is always the case with these excursions, some of you will salute this choice of venue while others will decry it (the latter group citing an assortment of concerns that inevitably boil down to “It’s about 15 minutes farther away from my house than this other place…”), but this isn’t open to a vote. Kay’s it shall be.

Oh, and for those of you who’d like to meet a higher-profile ESPN.com columnist than me, Portland’s own Rob Neyer will be on hand. He’ll be the one doing Jell-O shots off of his groupies’ stomachs while I sit there listening to the rest of you telling me about your jersey collections. Should be a blast — see you there.

“Try it on, stand in the mirror and dig yourself”: Speaking of Stumptown, our newest advertiser (as seen in the right-hand rail) is the Beaverton-based Pennant Race, whose very cool tees are worth checking out. At least one member of the Pennant Race crew will swing by the party on Sunday, but in the meantime please consider favoring them with your custom (read: buy some shit). Thanks.

Raffle Reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, I’m currently raffling off a unique piece of Olympics memorabilia. For details, look here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: I’ve linked several times over the years to this photo of Carlton Fisk, with his hand-inscribed uni number clearly visible on his stirrup. Hadn’t noticed numbered hosiery being worn by Bosox players from that period, however, until David Fitzgerald sent me this shot. And then, the very next day after David got in touch, I came across this. … Take another look at the photo David sent me and you’ll see evidence of another subject I’ve occasionally brought up: Yaz’s custom-enlarged earhole. In that photo it’s just slightly larger than normal, but he later hollowed it out to near-freakish proportions. Why even bother having an earhole if you’re gonna do that? Anyone know why he did it? … Lots of fun details in this shot of Reggie: The chipped paint on the brim, the “JAX” on his batting glove, and — my favorite — the “JAX 44” i.d. label on his brim. … “The Islanders held a fan open-house last Saturday,” writes John Muir. “The proceedings included the official introductions of Doug Weight and 2008 1st-round pick Josh Bailey, who was presented with a gag jersey. Got a laugh from the crowd, but, there was no real point to it.” … Wanna design a mask for a backup goalie? Look here. … Some good pics among the otherwise predictable content in this gallery of late-career uni cameos. … Coupla uni-related questions in the middle of this Q&A page with Ryan Theriot. … FNOB news (courtesy of Michael Sullivan, who points out, accurately, that the supposed “league rule” cited in the article was actually changed prior to last season). … Why would you compete while wearing your wedding ring? (Thanks, Vince.) … Pedro porthole was in evidence yet again yesterday, but not for the entire game. Sorry, no photo of the porthole. … Is it just me, or does Bill Hohn look like he’s wearing a phony press-on mustache? … Remember when Jarrod Washburn had to go put on a belt? It happened again on Saturday. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Many of you may know the story of the 1964 game when the Vikings and Lions both showed up wearing white jerseys, but most of you have probably never seen photos of it before. The Vikes were the home team, so they had someone run over to their practice facility to get the team’s purple jerseys. After a quick wardrobe switcheroo during the second quarter, they were solid grape. Über-thanks to Larry Wiederecht for these tremendous screen grabs. … Big Ben’s shout-out to Charlie Batch has gotta be the biggest injury tribute ever.

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172 comments to Uni Watch Book Club: The Running Backs

  • Menelaos | August 12, 2008 at 8:14 am |

    Maxim has a “worst of” uni slideshow: http://www.maxim.com...

  • Tommy | August 12, 2008 at 8:20 am |

    watchn the usa v angola game and chris paul has his shorts on backwards.

  • Tommy | August 12, 2008 at 8:30 am |

    he turned them around now, but first quarter they were definitely on wrong.

  • Giancarlo | August 12, 2008 at 8:44 am |

    Wow, what Rollerball team was Steve Van Buren playing for?

  • BS | August 12, 2008 at 8:47 am |

    [quote comment=”284326″]Maxim has a “worst of” uni slideshow: http://www.maxim.com...
    Me thinks the person doing the pictures was a little more interested in surfing the rest of Maxim: recent pic of Biggio for Stros uni, current Bengals jersey for 1980’s, previous Vikes jersey (unless this is from a couple of years ago), etc.

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 8:48 am |

    [quote]• Lots of books show diagrams of plays. But this one supplements those diagrams with little player illustrations that are too adorable for words.[/quote]

    that may be the first time i’ve ever heard ‘adorable’ to describe anything regarding football…even little player illustrations

    [quote comment=”284326″]Maxim has a “worst of” uni slideshow: http://www.maxim.com...

    do maxim’s photo editors ride the short bus? granted, not every picture can match the caption (sports illustrated, are you listening)…but c’mon…they couldn’t find a better picture of the stros rainbow than biggio in a throwback? or the “circa 1980” bengays…looks like the current unibomination to me…cuz…didn’t the 1980 bengals look like this?

  • Paul Lukas | August 12, 2008 at 8:51 am |

    [quote comment=”284331″][quote]• Lots of books show diagrams of plays. But this one supplements those diagrams with little player illustrations that are too adorable for words.[/quote]

    that may be the first time i’ve ever heard ‘adorable’ to describe anything regarding football…even little player illustrations[/quote]

    But c’mon, man, they ARE adorable!

    [quote comment=”284326″]Maxim has a “worst of” uni slideshow: http://www.maxim.com...

    [quote comment=”284331″]do maxim’s photo editors ride the short bus? granted, not every picture can match the caption (sports illustrated, are you listening)…but c’mon…they couldn’t find a better picture of the stros rainbow than biggio in a throwback? or the “circa 1980” bengays…looks like the current unibomination to me…cuz…didn’t the 1980 bengals look like this?[/quote]

    Let’s nip this one in the bud and officially call it a day already on the Maxim slideshow, which is clearly a hack job by amateurs and unworthy of comment. Let’s move on.

  • Jeff | August 12, 2008 at 8:54 am |

    Paul,
    The facemask on Mike Garrett is a a Wilson t-bar, Wilson’s version of the Adams t-bar worn by Earl Campbell when he was at Texas. Garrett’s is a basic grey, two bar mask made by Wilson (similar to Riddell’s BD-9) that has the additional, vertical center bar cliped onto the horizontal, top bar.

  • dre | August 12, 2008 at 9:09 am |

    Ok so after watching some of the Olympic coverage, Nike isn’t really bad a logo creep. Granted they take every opportunity to put their logo on things, but it’s typically done in an acceptable manner. In terms of uniforms, I have a way bigger issue with Adidas’s three stripes. Now back to the Olympics… has anyone else noticed what computer company provides NBC with their laptops? They have huge LENOVO signs across the back of the monitor. Come on now… talk about a bad case of logo creep.

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 9:09 am |

    [quote]Let’s nip this one in the bud and officially call it a day already on the Maxim slideshow, which is clearly a hack job by amateurs and unworthy of comment. Let’s move on.[/quote]

    perhaps bob brenly is the photo editor and len kasper wrote the copy

  • david | August 12, 2008 at 9:14 am |

    the face mask on the Chiefs player is not a face mask. What it really is-a snap on piece to the traditional 2 bar design sort of in the same tradition as the bull horn or the U bar. Which faded away-only Howie Long was the last to wear it as a seperate piece since now schutt make it all one piece.

  • warren thompson | August 12, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”284329″]Wow, what Rollerball team was Steve Van Buren playing for?[/quote]

    Back in the day, Van Buren’s uniform was quite fashionable and up-to-date, from the helmet* [a MacGregor design?] to the long-sleeve jersey with stripes from neck to cuff. The New York Giants also had these striped jerseys, as did the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma A&M.
    ————————-

    * A few days ago, this site featured a photo of Paul Hornung at Notre Dame wearing one.

  • Jeff | August 12, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    Paul,
    Slight correction on the Mike Garrett t-bar mask, it was made by Rawlings not Wilson

  • KC | August 12, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    I was just watching the USA women’s soccer game and noticed that one of the players was wearing a jersey with the crest on it, but it was taped over with athletic tape. I thought it was kinda of funny.

  • mike | August 12, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    Murray Olderman has a companion book called The Quarterbacks and a later book (around 1973) called The Defenders, all with wonderful pictures.

  • Ryan B. | August 12, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”284340″]I was just watching the USA women’s soccer game and noticed that one of the players was wearing a jersey with the crest on it, but it was taped over with athletic tape. I thought it was kinda of funny.[/quote]

    Saw that too. Her name is Angela Hucles, and she wears number 16. I didn’t see any other U.S. shirts with the crest covered. Anyone happen to find a pic?

  • Tyson | August 12, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    Anyone see this at SI.com? http://www.theundraf...

    Anyone able to help them out?

  • Paul Lukas | August 12, 2008 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment=”284341″]Murray Olderman has a companion book called The Quarterbacks and a later book (around 1973) called The Defenders, all with wonderful pictures.[/quote]

    Oooh, thanks for the tip! Just ordered one of them and will order the other shortly.

  • coogrfan | August 12, 2008 at 9:47 am |

    Some pics of Houston’s new uni’s from Sunday’s Fan Day event, courtesy of LoveMyCoogs on the Coogfans boards. The red doesn’t seem as washed out as it did in the Houston Chronicle pics Paul posted the other day, but I really wish the numbers and letters had our traditional blue outline:

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    Honestly, could these uni’s be more “off the rack” Nike? Using Nike’s custom uni creator I was able to make these pics in about two minutes:

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  • Justin | August 12, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?

  • Walaitis | August 12, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    In regards to the Colts picture with the “horseshoe helmets”, I am not a horse expert in any way, but wouldn’t the shoe prints of a horse running away from you be upside down from they way they are depicted on the helmets?

  • Eriq Jaffe | August 12, 2008 at 10:05 am |

    [quote comment=”284347″]In regards to the Colts picture with the “horseshoe helmets”, I am not a horse expert in any way, but wouldn’t the shoe prints of a horse running away from you be upside down from they way they are depicted on the helmets?[/quote]Nope.

  • who cares | August 12, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    Is Under Armor making Hawaii’s helmets?

    http://gximg.ny.publ...

  • KT | August 12, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    I have [i]The Running Backs[/i] as well. Very interesting period piece.

    Not only did I notice Hucles’ taped-over crest, but the officials had black armbands on as well. Was it for the volleyball coach’s family member who got killed or for someone else?

  • Nicole | August 12, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    The story they told about the wedding ring is that she’s married to a volleyball player and she met him when she and her partner played him and his partner on some random beach and it’s inscribed on the inside. So now she’s wearing it covered in nude elastic tape so that it can’t fly off.

  • Scott Jenkins | August 12, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    Did the Bengals remove the side panels and straighten the leg stripes?

    http://scores.espn.g...

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    ok…i know why these ASU ladies are flashing the shocker… but …

    what’s up with this?

  • oilfan | August 12, 2008 at 10:19 am |

    Was watching the USA/Italy volleyball match last night. The Italian libero ended up getting hurt and was replaced by another player. The new libero ended up having to wear a red vest on top of his regular jersey. I didn’t know what had happened, since I joined the game in progress, and then it was explained shortly after.

  • who cares | August 12, 2008 at 10:20 am |

    [quote comment=”284353″]ok…i know why these ASU ladies are flashing the shocker… but …

    what’s up with this?[/quote]

    Number 6 is an Ornithologist.

  • Bryan Redemske | August 12, 2008 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”284353″]ok…i know why these ASU ladies are flashing the shocker… but …

    what’s up with this?[/quote]

    Dude, if you don’t know, I’m not going to tell you.

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”284351″]The story they told about the wedding ring is that she’s married to a volleyball player and she met him when she and her partner played him and his partner on some random beach and it’s inscribed on the inside. So now she’s wearing it covered in nude elastic tape so that it can’t fly off.[/quote]

    it’s a sweet (‘adorable’ even) story…it’s inscribed with “six feet of sunshine”…an obvious reference to her height and hair color…and that volleyball player is kerry walsh…and her hubby is casey jennings

  • timmy b | August 12, 2008 at 10:27 am |

    Paul,

    The one patch you refer to is on Doak Walker and the Lions wore this patch in 1951 for Detroit’s 250th anniversary of the city’s founding. Not sure if the Tigers wore this patch, but I am certain that the Red Wings wore this patch (can’t remember exactly if it was in the 50-51 or the 51-52 season.

    HTH.

  • timmy b | August 12, 2008 at 10:29 am |

    Tigers did wear the logo.

    Link to the patch:

    http://www.sportslog...

  • Brad | August 12, 2008 at 10:33 am |

    HTH beat me to the punch. Yes, the Tigers also wore this patch during the 1951 baseball season.

  • Chris in Nashville | August 12, 2008 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

  • Chris in Nashville | August 12, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    [quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    Here is the breakdown of the new Bama uniforms

    “The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”

    Hmmm…

  • Walaitis | August 12, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”284348″][quote comment=”284347″]In regards to the Colts picture with the “horseshoe helmets”, I am not a horse expert in any way, but wouldn’t the shoe prints of a horse running away from you be upside down from they way they are depicted on the helmets?[/quote]Nope.[/quote]

    Perfect picture. Thanks. I was thinking about the hoofprints in the dirt. The actual hoofs running away makes alot more sense.

  • Robert | August 12, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”284362″][quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    Here is the breakdown of the new Bama uniforms

    “The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”

    Hmmm…[/quote]

    Wow. This is just wrong. Alabama had a near-perfect uniform, but no more. Why are they messing with their previously perfectly-striped pants? I hate it when traditional programs mess with their pants stripes. I have a headache now.

  • who cares | August 12, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”284362″][quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    I think the fit will be similar to the Georgia fit we saw last week. That’s the new material Nike is giving its higher profile school’s this season. As for the gray, if you took arrogance out of Nick Saban he’d only be about a pound and a half of gristle. If Bama wins this season he might get away with it. If not all of the universe’s fickleness will be consumed by the Saban/Bama fans implosion.

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    Here is the breakdown of the new Bama uniforms

    “The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”

    Hmmm…[/quote]

  • who cares | August 12, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”284364″][quote comment=”284362″][quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    Here is the breakdown of the new Bama uniforms

    “The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”

    Hmmm…[/quote]

    Wow. This is just wrong. Alabama had a near-perfect uniform, but no more. Why are they messing with their previously perfectly-striped pants? I hate it when traditional programs mess with their pants stripes. I have a headache now.[/quote]

    I think the fit will be similar to the Georgia fit we saw last week. That’s the new material Nike is giving its higher profile school’s this season. As for the gray, if you took arrogance out of Nick Saban he’d only be about a pound and a half of gristle. If Bama wins this season he might get away with it. If not all of the universe’s fickleness will be consumed by the Saban/Bama fans implosion.

  • roboto | August 12, 2008 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”284334″]Ok so after watching some of the Olympic coverage, Nike isn’t really bad a logo creep. Granted they take every opportunity to put their logo on things, but it’s typically done in an acceptable manner. In terms of uniforms, I have a way bigger issue with Adidas’s three stripes. Now back to the Olympics… has anyone else noticed what computer company provides NBC with their laptops? They have huge LENOVO signs across the back of the monitor. Come on now… talk about a bad case of logo creep.[/quote]

    Funny thing about this is that during the gymnastics coverage they kept showing the scorers tables and they have zoomed in on the laptops at the tables. They were Dell XPS laptops.

  • Ian K | August 12, 2008 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”284353″]ok…i know why these ASU ladies are flashing the shocker… but …

    what’s up with this?[/quote]

    I thought it was supposed to look like a U and an H, but this page goes into detail about a mascot injury.

  • Duff | August 12, 2008 at 10:56 am |

    Take another look at the Babe Ruth pic from the “gallery of late career uni cameos” link in the news ticker above. Am I crazy or does the front of the uniform say “Baves”?
    http://sportsillustr...

  • Paul Lukas | August 12, 2008 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”284365″][quote comment=”284362″][quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    I think the fit will be similar to the Georgia fit we saw last week. That’s the new material Nike is giving its higher profile school’s this season. As for the gray, if you took arrogance out of Nick Saban he’d only be about a pound and a half of gristle. If Bama wins this season he might get away with it. If not all of the universe’s fickleness will be consumed by the Saban/Bama fans implosion.

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    Here is the breakdown of the new Bama uniforms

    “The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”

    Hmmm…[/quote][/quote]

    The Piedmont Gazette is a hoax site. Don’t fall for it.

  • coogrfan | August 12, 2008 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”284355″][quote comment=”284353″]ok…i know why these ASU ladies are flashing the shocker… but …

    what’s up with this?[/quote]

    Number 6 is an Ornithologist.[/quote]

    That’s the Cougar hand sign being done incorrectly (it’s supposed to be hand up and palm outward). *sigh* Kids today…

    Officially, it’s supposed to be a Cougar paw that’s missing a toe. Unofficially, it means “F*ck Texas”. :-)

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”284364″][quote comment=”284362″][quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    Here is the breakdown of the new Bama uniforms

    “The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”

    Hmmm…[/quote]

    Wow. This is just wrong. Alabama had a near-perfect uniform, but no more. Why are they messing with their previously perfectly-striped pants? I hate it when traditional programs mess with their pants stripes. I have a headache now.[/quote]
    I’m not against change, but it’s disheartening to watch companies like Nike or Adidas “tinker” with classic great uniforms. Adidas messed up Notre Dame’s uniforms for a while but now they are back to normal. Thankfully the Yankees’ unis remain unchanged, as do UCLA’s in basketball (though the football one has been messed up lately, especially the road version). There is a place for everyone — classic unis and more wild designs — but the classics should stay classics.

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    That said, I did love Georgia’s black jerseys last year. They used a traditional school color and incorporated into the traditional design for a fresh look.

  • Alan #44 | August 12, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”284369″]Take another look at the Babe Ruth pic from the “gallery of late career uni cameos” link in the news ticker above. Am I crazy or does the front of the uniform say “Baves”?
    http://sportsillustr...
    Sure looks like BAVES

  • Justin | August 12, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    According to that article, the fabrics in the uniform will benefit the players on the field. I think we are back to the issue of the LZR swimsuit, here and the fairness involved.
    This sort of reminds me of the conversation going on here yesterday about how Parcells was going to change the Dolphins colors to make them appear tougher. That resolved down to it’s not about the jersey, it’s how you wear it and how well you play in it.
    That being said, I don’t know how much of a difference these said “fabrics” will help to improve the player’s performance on the field. I think it may just be a marketing gimmick from the fine folks at Nike.
    Not that I think it will really matter much, anyway. I’m not a Bama fan, I live in Arkansas and they were going off on a tangent about how they thought this would be unfair to the opposition. I honestly don’t think a jersey can help you win a game, I was just curious.
    Thanks for the input, you guys!

  • Marty Met | August 12, 2008 at 11:04 am |

    Is that a shout out to Charlie Batch or Terry Bradshaw’s IQ?

  • Duff | August 12, 2008 at 11:08 am |

    Upon further review . . . I think I know what happened in this pic. The ‘B’ from BRAVES can’t be seen as it’s tucked under his right arm. And the jersey is folded over in such a way that the bottoms of the letter ‘R’ have folder together to make it look like a ‘B’.

    Take another look at the Babe Ruth pic from the “gallery of late career uni cameos” link in the news ticker above. Am I crazy or does the front of the uniform say “Baves”?
    http://sportsillustr

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    Losers need a “fresh look.” Teams with a long tradition of excellence such as Alabama, Penn State, USC and others(even if in a down period) normally just show up and play.

    The possibility of Alabama tinkering with their look is disheartening. As is Michigan mucking about with their road jerseys.

    Oh, had a thought on Dolphins changing unis. I guess what Parcells is saying that he isn’t the football man Shula was. He can’t get the Dolpins to play well (read “win”) in the only style unis the team has ever worn.

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 11:16 am |

    [quote]a thought on Dolphins changing unis. I guess what Parcells is saying that he isn’t the football man Shula was. He can’t get the Dolpins to play well (read “win”) in the only style unis the team has ever worn.[/quote]

    just out of curiosity…is the ‘dolphins changing unis’ just a rumor…or is there any truth to this?

    i’d like to see some kind of actual proof, preferably from the tuna’s mouth

    badmouth him all you’d like (im certainly no fan) but lets make sure he actually wants to do this and it isn’t some speculation (despite what appears to be very good ‘word’ that paul posted yesterday)

  • Urban Runoff | August 12, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    It looks like Ken Willard is going to throw that ball in the picture. A fullback option play? –Runoff

  • Wade Harder | August 12, 2008 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”284378″]Losers need a “fresh look.” Teams with a long tradition of excellence such as Alabama, Penn State, USC and others(even if in a down period) normally just show up and play.

    The possibility of Alabama tinkering with their look is disheartening. As is Michigan mucking about with their road jerseys.

    Oh, had a thought on Dolphins changing unis. I guess what Parcells is saying that he isn’t the football man Shula was. He can’t get the Dolpins to play well (read “win”) in the only style unis the team has ever worn.[/quote]

    Don’t worry, Ricko. Like Paul said, that article is a hoax. It’s been floating around the web for over a year. They also have an article stating that Alabama will have a live elephant on the sidelines named Albatross.

  • Casey (Davis, CA) | August 12, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    Just a theory on the Yaz earhole…either he had trouble hearing or he was annoyed by the loud whistling sound the wind makes if it hits that earhole at the correct vector.

  • Scott | August 12, 2008 at 11:39 am |

    I think what you are seeing in the Ruth pic is RAVES, with the B being around the corner out of view. that would make 3 letters on either side of the indian head.

  • James Craven | August 12, 2008 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”284362″]“The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”[/quote]

    Somewhere, Paul “Bear” Bryant is rolling at 3,000 RPMs in his grave.

  • Kevin Z. | August 12, 2008 at 11:46 am |

    RE: “…Josh Bailey, who was presented with a gag jersey. Got a laugh from the crowd, but, there was no real point to it.”

    The laugh was the point.

  • The Rob | August 12, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”284338″][quote comment=”284329″]Wow, what Rollerball team was Steve Van Buren playing for?[/quote]

    Back in the day, Van Buren’s uniform was quite fashionable and up-to-date, from the helmet* [a MacGregor design?] to the long-sleeve jersey with stripes from neck to cuff. The New York Giants also had these striped jerseys, as did the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma A&M.
    ————————-

    * A few days ago, this site featured a photo of Paul Hornung at Notre Dame wearing one.[/quote]

    I am an Iggles fan for life and my folks were huge SVB fans but those unis are horrid, even if they were fashionable for their day.

  • The Rob | August 12, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”284378″]Losers need a “fresh look.” Teams with a long tradition of excellence such as Alabama, Penn State, USC and others(even if in a down period) normally just show up and play.

    The possibility of Alabama tinkering with their look is disheartening. As is Michigan mucking about with their road jerseys.

    Oh, had a thought on Dolphins changing unis. I guess what Parcells is saying that he isn’t the football man Shula was. He can’t get the Dolpins to play well (read “win”) in the only style unis the team has ever worn.[/quote]

    I am a Michigan grad and I cannot stand them messing with the away unis. At least they had the good sense to leave the home pretty much alone, that would have led to mutiny.

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”284385″]RE: “…Josh Bailey, who was presented with a gag jersey. Got a laugh from the crowd, but, there was no real point to it.”

    The laugh was the point.[/quote]

    also…not quite sure where the favre jersey was handed to the qb (guessing the media room of the training facility)…but hofstra (where the jets practice) is located literally across the street from the nassau veterans memorial mausoleum (where the islanders play) so, the “favre jersey presentations” took place within hours of one another a few blocks from one another

    /that’s teh point (well, and the cheap laugh)

  • The Rob | August 12, 2008 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”284373″]That said, I did love Georgia’s black jerseys last year. They used a traditional school color and incorporated into the traditional design for a fresh look.[/quote]

    I agree. I normally do not like teams going to black jerseys but it is a UGA primary color and I thought it was really well done. I hope they do it once or twice again this year.

  • The Brwn Drby Haberdashery Blog » PennantRace Gear | August 12, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    […] Shout out to the homie Ryan and the rest of the PennantRace crew for getting some love from Mr. UniWatch himself, Paul Lukas! They even got a lil’ add space on the UniWatch site (scroll to the middle). Good for them! […]

  • tedkerwin | August 12, 2008 at 11:55 am |

    This is one of those comments that I am sure has been discussed but I missed it so . . . Spain basketball has First names on back which caught my eye and why in China isn’t the Chinese teams names in both English and Chinese?

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment=”284381″][quote comment=”284378″]Losers need a “fresh look.” Teams with a long tradition of excellence such as Alabama, Penn State, USC and others(even if in a down period) normally just show up and play.

    The possibility of Alabama tinkering with their look is disheartening. As is Michigan mucking about with their road jerseys.

    Oh, had a thought on Dolphins changing unis. I guess what Parcells is saying that he isn’t the football man Shula was. He can’t get the Dolpins to play well (read “win”) in the only style unis the team has ever worn.[/quote]

    Don’t worry, Ricko. Like Paul said, that article is a hoax. It’s been floating around the web for over a year. They also have an article stating that Alabama will have a live elephant on the sidelines named Albatross.[/quote]

    These days, given the egomaniacs coaching and manufacturers obsessed with “improving” everything they get their hands on (see Mighigan situation) it is possible to believe almost anything.

    As far as the Dolphins go, I guess my point, really, is that if it IS true, Parcells needs to be careful about the messsages it would send, beyond only those HE thinks it would send. Not good to come in the door and give the impression that you believe you are better, and more important than, 40 years of tradition, especially something like a team’s uniform and logo that have remained essentially unchanged for the team’s entire existence…including the only perfect season in NFL history.

    Then again, when did he ever lead us to believe anyone’s opinion but his mattered?

    That’s why, sadly, I wouldn’t put any of this past him.

  • interlockingtc | August 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    I had that Ken Willard 3-D card, too, among many others. I think I demanded my mom buy Raisin Bran for the cards inside the box. I went through alot of cereal, qucikly, for those cards. :)

    Looking at those old photos only reinforces my distatse for the modern football jersey. Greatness begins and ends with the SLEEVES.

  • Greg V. | August 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”284352″]Did the Bengals remove the side panels and straighten the leg stripes?

    http://scores.espn.g...

    The Bengals’ white jerseys have white side panels. They have been this way since 2004. The black and orange jerseys still have those awful white side panels. We’ll get to see those soon enough. The pants stripes look the same to me.

    I did notice that Carson Palmer switched helmets since last season. He has always worn the traditional Riddell helmet (not the Revolution) but last last looked like a Schutt (Ion maybe?). New facemask style too.

  • aubtiger | August 12, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    Check out Australia’s womens basketball uniforms. Looks like its a leotard.

    http://www.nbcolympi...

  • Marty Met | August 12, 2008 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”284365″][quote comment=”284362″][quote comment=”284361″][quote comment=”284346″]On my drive in to work this morning I was listening to the local sports-talk radio show. They were talking about how Alabama’s new uniforms from Nike are their new light weight model and said that they were designed to give Nike programs a competitive edge.
    Any truth to that, or are they just full of it?[/quote]

    I think the fit will be similar to the Georgia fit we saw last week. That’s the new material Nike is giving its higher profile school’s this season. As for the gray, if you took arrogance out of Nick Saban he’d only be about a pound and a half of gristle. If Bama wins this season he might get away with it. If not all of the universe’s fickleness will be consumed by the Saban/Bama fans implosion.

    Apparently they were not full of it…

    http://www.piedmontg...

    Here is the breakdown of the new Bama uniforms

    “The home jersey will be crimson, but numbers will be added back to the sleeves of the jersey for the first time since 1973. There will also be gray trim around the numerals of the jersey along with the name plate on the back of the jersey. The road jersey will be white, with crimson numbers and gray trim; names will also be in crimson trimmed in gray.

    The pants will continue to be white, but instead of the traditional two crimson stripes, a gray stripe replaces one of the crimson stripes, the stripes will be widened and no white will be shown between the stripes. The shoes worn will be white.”

    Hmmm…[/quote][/quote]

    Maybe for once their uniforms won’t be so God awful boring.

  • lwiedy | August 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”284359″]Tigers did wear the logo.

    Link to the patch:

    http://www.sportslog...

    Another look at the ’51 logo:
    http://www.colling.c...

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    So, then, the elegant simplicity of well-tailored tuxedo is boring?

    I mean, it’s nothing but black and white, right?

    Restraint is a big, big factor in class.

  • Brick | August 12, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”284374″][quote comment=”284369″]Take another look at the Babe Ruth pic from the “gallery of late career uni cameos” link in the news ticker above. Am I crazy or does the front of the uniform say “Baves”?
    http://sportsillustr...
    Sure looks like BAVES[/quote]

    The “B” is under his right arm. That’s the “R” folding to look like a “B”.

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”284395″]Check out Australia’s womens basketball uniforms. Looks like its a leotard.

    http://www.nbcolympi...
    It is, and has been for about eight years.

  • Marty Met | August 12, 2008 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”284398″]So, then, the elegant simplicity of well-tailored tuxedo is boring?

    I mean, it’s nothing but black and white, right?

    Restraint is a big, big factor in class.[/quote]

    It’s the details that make a well-tailored tuxedo “classy” as opposed to a plain black boring $100 Robert Hall polyester suit.

    Isn’t sports more about fun than “class”?

  • timmy b | August 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”284360″]HTH beat me to the punch. Yes, the Tigers also wore this patch during the 1951 baseball season.[/quote]

    Brad,

    Um I must be a texter and not even know it! HTH stands for “hope this helps!” as for me, I’m just good ol’ Timmy B.

  • Paul Lukas | August 12, 2008 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”284380″]It looks like Ken Willard is going to throw that ball in the picture. A fullback option play? –Runoff[/quote]

    Dear “Urban Runoff”: I’ve tried emailing you to ask you to stop linking to your web site within the body of your comments (putting the link in the URI field of the commenting form is fine), but you continue to do so. Not sure if this is because you’re ignoring me, or because you’re using a phony e-mail address. If you’d like to avoid being blocked from further commenting, please e-mail me now. Thanks.

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”284401″][quote comment=”284398″]So, then, the elegant simplicity of well-tailored tuxedo is boring?

    I mean, it’s nothing but black and white, right?

    Restraint is a big, big factor in class.[/quote]

    It’s the details that make a well-tailored tuxedo “classy” as opposed to a plain black boring $100 Robert Hall polyester suit.

    Isn’t sports more about fun than “class”?[/quote]

    What not occasionally both?

  • Ronnie Poore | August 12, 2008 at 12:43 pm |

    my thanks as well to Larry for the screen grabs from the Lions/Vikings game. amazing to see both the white vs white and the 1964 version of the vikes in all purple.

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    There should always be room for uncluttered classic uniforms, otherwise the Yankees deserve to be ridiculed as boring and tired.

    My bitch with so many of the new “modern” football uniforms is that there’s apparetnly is no design theme to them other than “clutter” (look at the Bills, for god’s sake, what the hell is that uni supposed to be?). A patch of color here, a shoulder yoke there, some piping over there, team NOF for colleges, maybe….seem to be from the kind of mind that never stops thinking, “Damn, if my car had just ONE more bumper sticker it would be really cool.”

  • Paul Lukas | August 12, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    I know I’ve asked this before, but I’m having a brain cramp or something… Who’s maker’s mark is shown here?:
    http://farm4.static....

  • Wade Harder | August 12, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”284407″]I know I’ve asked this before, but I’m having a brain cramp or something… Who’s maker’s mark is shown here?:
    http://farm4.static....

    Mizuno

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote]Isn’t sports more about fun than “class”?[/quote]

    the sports we’re discussing are about money, marketing and power

    in an ideal world, sports should always be “fun” but it doesn’t hurt to have a touch of class too…

    and just because YOU find something boring doesn’t mean anyone else does…i like how ricko put it: “simple elegance”

  • KT | August 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”284379″]just out of curiosity…is the ‘dolphins changing unis’ just a rumor…or is there any truth to this?[/quote]

    More credible than the Piedmont Gazette, I believe.

  • Samuel Lam | August 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm |

    If this was posted already, NM

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Major logo creep with Reebok

  • MLB2PDX | August 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm |

    Uni Watch Northwest Road Trip:

    2pm?! Damn, that sucks for those of us that play baseball during the day on Sundays. Oh well, maybe it will rain and I can make it. :-) Have fun though, and enjoy the Rose City…

  • Marty Met | August 12, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”284411″]If this was posted already, NM

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Major logo creep with Reebok[/quote]

    That’s not logo creep. That’s a paid advertisement. Something Yahoo has been doing for years. Just like the ads on Uniwatch.

  • Dane | August 12, 2008 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”284391″]This is one of those comments that I am sure has been discussed but I missed it so . . .

    Spain basketball has First names on back which caught my eye and why in China isn’t the Chinese teams names in both English and Chinese?[/quote]

    I would assume that FIBA has a rule regarding team and player names being in English.

  • ChrisSh | August 12, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”284413″][quote comment=”284411″]If this was posted already, NM

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Major logo creep with Reebok[/quote]

    That’s not logo creep. That’s a paid advertisement. Something Yahoo has been doing for years. Just like the ads on Uniwatch.[/quote]
    I think he’s talking about the HexRide grids on each side of the screen. It’s annoying, that’s for sure…

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm |

    LSU has a great traditional uniform too, but I liked when they took the framework for that uniform and used it with gold jerseys, white pants, and white helmets as an alternate a few years back. Nothing crazy, just a little different. A third jersey is always nice in any sport. Notre Dame’s green comes to mind, though blue will always be primary.

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    I’m watching USA v. GER men’s beach volleyball and the US unis look strangely familiar. Do speedo and Nike have a relationship? Check out the US tops (best view in photo 9 in this slideshow) and compare to this.

  • Timothy B | August 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    Those Hartford Whalers jerseys in that SI gallery are sweet.

    It would be nice to be able to go out and buy an authentic.

    *sigh*

  • Walaitis | August 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”284415″][quote comment=”284413″][quote comment=”284411″]If this was posted already, NM

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Major logo creep with Reebok[/quote]

    That’s not logo creep. That’s a paid advertisement. Something Yahoo has been doing for years. Just like the ads on Uniwatch.[/quote]
    I think he’s talking about the HexRide grids on each side of the screen. It’s annoying, that’s for sure…[/quote]

    And here I was thinking that his eyes both looked like upside down swooshes … Now THAT would be logocreepy!!!!

  • Michael Lewis | August 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |

    I remember seeing the Vikings go monochrome on one of the NFL Film’s “Lost Treasures” programs. Norm Van Brocklin said they looked like “giant easter eggs.”… and so was the end of purple pants in Minnesota until the present edition.

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm |

    Looking at the Astros jersey at the top of this page, I have a question:

    When the Astros introduced their rainbow jerseys in the mid-1970s, did they have a home white and a road gray version, or just one uniform they wore all the time? I seem to remember them have grays but only some years.

  • Patrick | August 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm |

    I’m pretty sure the Astros used the rainblows at home and on the road. It wasn’t until they relegated the rainbow stripes to the sleeves that they had a road version. And even then, I would swear I remember it being more off white or tan than gray.

  • Kerry P | August 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”284417″]LSU has a great traditional uniform too, but I liked when they took the framework for that uniform and used it with gold jerseys, white pants, and white helmets as an alternate a few years back. Nothing crazy, just a little different. A third jersey is always nice in any sport. Notre Dame’s green comes to mind, though blue will always be primary.[/quote]
    Being an LSU fan, I didn’t really care for the gold jerseys because [a] they didn’t match the normal “gold” color used by the Tigers and [b] they were pretty plain with drop shadows on the numbers and lacking the shoulder stripes. I DID, however, like the version they used in the game last year against Tulane (excluding the broken shoulder stripes).

    Take the traditional purple jerseys, with the white helmets and white pants from the game against Tulane and I think that would look pretty good.

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”284423″]I’m pretty sure the Astros used the rainblows at home and on the road. It wasn’t until they relegated the rainbow stripes to the sleeves that they had a road version. And even then, I would swear I remember it being more off white or tan than gray.[/quote]

    Right. White pants always with Rainbow Guts. First rainbow shouler stripes were on a navy spring traing shirt, but first in-season use was on a gray road uniform. Later, they added a home version of it and THAT’s the one that wasn’t pure white. They called it “Alamo cream” or “Adobe cream”…or something. During the time of the gray rainbow-shoulder roads also was when they dropped the orange hat, going with navy only, no matter which uni they wore.

  • MPowers1634 | August 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |

    I loved the Katrina game unis!

    BTW, I never thought that I would find a website more diicting than Uni-Watch…If you feel the same, NEVER, EVER sign on to Facebook…I’m ready to either move into my mothers basement and live on doritos and jolt or go to the gym and lose 25 pounds right now!

  • MPowers1634 | August 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |

    addicting

  • Patrick | August 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”284425″][quote comment=”284423″]I’m pretty sure the Astros used the rainblows at home and on the road. It wasn’t until they relegated the rainbow stripes to the sleeves that they had a road version. And even then, I would swear I remember it being more off white or tan than gray.[/quote]

    Right. White pants always with Rainbow Guts. First rainbow shouler stripes were on a navy spring traing shirt, but first in-season use was on a gray road uniform. Later, they added a home version of it and THAT’s the one that wasn’t pure white. They called it “Alamo cream” or “Adobe cream”…or something. During the time of the gray rainbow-shoulder roads also was when they dropped the orange hat, going with navy only, no matter which uni they wore.[/quote]

    Yep, you’re right. Considering I spend most of my childhood in Houston and regularly went to Astros games, I really should have remembered that.

  • KT | August 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm |

    Angela Hucles’ covered-up badge.

  • James Craven | August 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”284392″]“As far as the Dolphins go, I guess my point, really, is that if it IS true, Parcells needs to be careful about the messages it would send, beyond only those HE thinks it would send. Not good to come in the door and give the impression that you believe you are better, and more important than, 40 years of tradition, especially something like a team’s uniform and logo that have remained essentially unchanged for the team’s entire existence…including the only perfect season in NFL history.”[/quote]

    And piss on Don Shula, who will disavow any link if this fucking fiasco happens, my dear Ricko.

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm |

    As a fan of the ’86 Mets, I remember wondering also if the Astros, once they started wearing the rainbows on the sleeves, had a road uniform, because the ones they wore at Shea seemed the same shade as the ones they wore at the ‘Dome. I guess one was off-white and the other gray, though. What a great damn playoff series that was, and the A.L. series was great too.

  • KT | August 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”284392″]..including the only perfect season in NFL history.”[/quote]

    [quote]And piss on Don Shula, who will disavow any link if this fucking fiasco happens, my dear Ricko.[/quote]

    Now, now. You don’t really think any of the old-time Dolphins would keep dredging up history, do you? ;)

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm |

    If memory serves correctly, when color jerseys were introduced in the 1970s, baseball teams would wear them with white pants whether they were at home or on the road. I don’t think it was until the 1980s that teams started wearing color jerseys with gray pants as a road uniform. See the Indians or A’s, for example. Now it’s common for teams to wear their alternates with whites at home and grays on the road.

  • Jason | August 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”284394″][quote comment=”284352″]Did the Bengals remove the side panels and straighten the leg stripes?

    http://scores.espn.g...

    The Bengals’ white jerseys have white side panels. They have been this way since 2004. The black and orange jerseys still have those awful white side panels. We’ll get to see those soon enough. The pants stripes look the same to me.

    I did notice that Carson Palmer switched helmets since last season. He has always worn the traditional Riddell helmet (not the Revolution) but last last looked like a Schutt (Ion maybe?). New facemask style too.[/quote]

    Carson is his new helmet..

    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    Carson in his old helmet..

    http://www.freewebs....

  • MPowers1634 | August 12, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”284434″][quote comment=”284394″][quote comment=”284352″]Did the Bengals remove the side panels and straighten the leg stripes?

    http://scores.espn.g...

    The Bengals’ white jerseys have white side panels. They have been this way since 2004. The black and orange jerseys still have those awful white side panels. We’ll get to see those soon enough. The pants stripes look the same to me.

    I did notice that Carson Palmer switched helmets since last season. He has always worn the traditional Riddell helmet (not the Revolution) but last last looked like a Schutt (Ion maybe?). New facemask style too.[/quote]

    Carson is his new helmet..

    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    Carson in his old helmet..

    http://www.freewebs....

    His old helmet was a Schutt Air Advantage.
    His new helmet is the Schutt Air XP.

    Big difference in the mechanics, as for the stripes…IDK!

  • BS | August 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”284394″][quote comment=”284352″]Did the Bengals remove the side panels and straighten the leg stripes?

    http://scores.espn.g...

    The Bengals’ white jerseys have white side panels. They have been this way since 2004. The black and orange jerseys still have those awful white side panels. We’ll get to see those soon enough. The pants stripes look the same to me.

    I did notice that Carson Palmer switched helmets since last season. He has always worn the traditional Riddell helmet (not the Revolution) but last last looked like a Schutt (Ion maybe?). New facemask style too.[/quote]
    I saw the game, he was wearing this helmet: http://www.schuttspo...
    Go to photo number 28 for comparison on this page: http://www.nfl.com/p...

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”284433″]If memory serves correctly, when color jerseys were introduced in the 1970s, baseball teams would wear them with white pants whether they were at home or on the road. I don’t think it was until the 1980s that teams started wearing color jerseys with gray pants as a road uniform. See the Indians or A’s, for example. Now it’s common for teams to wear their alternates with whites at home and grays on the road.[/quote]

    Exactly what they did. In fact (dunno if Dressed/Nines notes this) but I remember watching a Saturday after network game from Detroit in ’74 or ’75 when the Rangers wore their white pants with their powder road jerseys. Remember it well cuz was helping a friend move and saw it when we stopped for a burger and a beer. I got up and walked over close to the TV to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

  • BS | August 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm |

    WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.

  • Htown Tim | August 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm |

    Big Ben’s tribute is the stupidest thing I have seen in a while..Batch isnt dead he’s just hurt..moron

  • warren thompson | August 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”284386″][quote comment=”284338″][quote comment=”284329″]Wow, what Rollerball team was Steve Van Buren playing for?[/quote]

    Back in the day, Van Buren’s uniform was quite fashionable and up-to-date, from the helmet* [a MacGregor design?] to the long-sleeve jersey with stripes from neck to cuff. The New York Giants also had these striped jerseys, as did the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma A&M.
    ————————-

    * A few days ago, this site featured a photo of Paul Hornung at Notre Dame wearing one.[/quote]

    I am an Iggles fan for life and my folks were huge SVB fans but those unis are horrid, even if they were fashionable for their day.[/quote]

    It’s a matter of taste and preference, isn’t it?
    SvB might look at today’s Eagles uniform and pronounce it completely “horrid,” from the style to the color.

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”284438″]WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.[/quote]

    Maybe the blue background is an extreme close-up of Sanders’ uniform. :-)

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”284441″][quote comment=”284438″]WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.[/quote]

    Maybe the blue background is an extreme close-up of Sanders’ uniform. :-)[/quote]

    The thought the Air Force later refuted that. Not Sanders at all, just a weather balloon they were testing.

  • Scott | August 12, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    I believe the makers mark is for mizuno

  • werthj | August 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”284438″]WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.[/quote]
    Looks like they wanted this image:
    http://www.media-ass...

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”284444″][quote comment=”284438″]WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.[/quote]
    Looks like they wanted this image:
    http://www.media-ass...

    Well now, that is no WEATHER BALLOON.
    I smell coverup.

  • Brian | August 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”284438″]WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.[/quote]
    I have no idea, as I don’t see him anywhere in the background of that shot.

  • shadoquad | August 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”284444″][quote comment=”284438″]WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.[/quote]
    Looks like they wanted this image:
    http://www.media-ass...

    That image didn’t load. Same image can be seen here…

    http://i111.photobuc...

    The SI image didn’t have Sanders in it.

  • Patrick | August 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm |

    Regarding the NFL FNOB rule — I might be hallucinating this, but didn’t the Bengals have an odd mismatch of “Johnson”s the last few years? Chad was “C.”, Rudi was “R.” or “Rudi”, but I remember at least one other Johnson last year (or maybe a previous year) who was without initial. In my search for proof, I came across Jeremi as “J.” and it’s kinda hard to see, but it could have been Landon without initial but I found a similar bad example with initial.

    Am I totally making this up, or does somebody else remember it too?

  • funbobby | August 12, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  • Brian | August 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”284449″]Man buys Favre Jets jersey – six years ago[/quote]
    What an ironic fluke.
    I wonder how many/if any others there are out there right now.

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”284437″][quote comment=”284433″]If memory serves correctly, when color jerseys were introduced in the 1970s, baseball teams would wear them with white pants whether they were at home or on the road. I don’t think it was until the 1980s that teams started wearing color jerseys with gray pants as a road uniform. See the Indians or A’s, for example. Now it’s common for teams to wear their alternates with whites at home and grays on the road.[/quote]

    Exactly what they did. In fact (dunno if Dressed/Nines notes this) but I remember watching a Saturday after network game from Detroit in ’74 or ’75 when the Rangers wore their white pants with their powder road jerseys. Remember it well cuz was helping a friend move and saw it when we stopped for a burger and a beer. I got up and walked over close to the TV to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.[/quote]
    It’s weird that, at a time when teams were going with multiple uniforms (e.g., Pirates had nine from ’77 to ’79), the ‘Stros had only one, colorful as it was.

  • Geeman | August 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”284428″][quote comment=”284425″][quote comment=”284423″]I’m pretty sure the Astros used the rainblows at home and on the road. It wasn’t until they relegated the rainbow stripes to the sleeves that they had a road version. And even then, I would swear I remember it being more off white or tan than gray.[/quote]

    Right. White pants always with Rainbow Guts. First rainbow shouler stripes were on a navy spring traing shirt, but first in-season use was on a gray road uniform. Later, they added a home version of it and THAT’s the one that wasn’t pure white. They called it “Alamo cream” or “Adobe cream”…or something. During the time of the gray rainbow-shoulder roads also was when they dropped the orange hat, going with navy only, no matter which uni they wore.[/quote]

    Yep, you’re right. Considering I spend most of my childhood in Houston and regularly went to Astros games, I really should have remembered that.[/quote]
    Sorry, pulled the wrong quote. The above quote should have been matched with my last post.

  • James Craven | August 12, 2008 at 5:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”284329″]“Wow, what Rollerball team was Steve Van Buren playing for?”[/quote]

    The same one Randall Cunningham played for in 1994 when they wore those throwbacks throw-ups.

  • Wollen1 | August 12, 2008 at 5:33 pm |

    I was having a horrible day until I saw the photo of Steve Van Buren. The Eagles need to head away from this bad ass black phase and go back to the ultra green gear. Only about 40% of the fanbase would boo and throw batteries at that idea.

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 5:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”284453″][quote comment=”284329″]“Wow, what Rollerball team was Steve Van Buren playing for?”[/quote]

    The same one Randall Cunningham played for in 1994 when they wore those throwbacks throw-ups.[/quote]

    Hmmm…got me to thinking, What was last NFL to wear different helmets at home and on road (no counting thowbacks, of course).

    Eagles? ’68 or ’69? White with kelly wings at home; kelly with silver wings on road.

    Before that would have been one the last Chicago Cardinals teams (’56, perhaps?). Home was white helmets and pants with red jerseys. Road red helmets and pants with white jerseys.

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm |

    I don’t recall if this has been discussed here or not.

    Anyone bought anything from this seller?

    http://www.raresport...

  • BS | August 12, 2008 at 5:50 pm |

    I know these pop up every month it seems, but this one is kind of funny because it mixes in politics and other topics.
    Rays Jersey Buying Guide: http://www.draysbay....
    If it says you are banned, that is my fault. I insulted the admin with a name [cough/”moron”/cough] during a back and forth over Rays fans being bandwagoners and not having to like a team just because you live near them.

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”284449″]Man buys Favre Jets jersey – six years ago[/quote]

    maybe im mentally challenged, and it has been a long goddam day…but…

    how is that jersey ‘misspelled’? doesn’t it say “FAVRE”…is that not correct?

    also…did reebok make those for JCP back six years ago? (prolly did, but seems a odd conikidink)

  • Hurnf | August 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”284408″][quote comment=”284407″]I know I’ve asked this before, but I’m having a brain cramp or something… Who’s maker’s mark is shown here?:
    http://farm4.static....

    Mizuno[/quote]

    God, that’s fugly!

  • Chris in Nashville | August 12, 2008 at 6:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”284458″][quote comment=”284449″]Man buys Favre Jets jersey – six years ago[/quote]

    maybe im mentally challenged, and it has been a long goddam day…but…

    how is that jersey ‘misspelled’? doesn’t it say “FAVRE”…is that not correct?

    also…did reebok make those for JCP back six years ago? (prolly did, but seems a odd conikidink)[/quote]

    The story says that the jersey is “misprinted” not “misspelled”

  • mike | August 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”284332″][quote comment=”284331″][quote]• Lots of books show diagrams of plays. But this one supplements those diagrams with little player illustrations that are too adorable for words.[/quote]

    that may be the first time i’ve ever heard ‘adorable’ to describe anything regarding football…even little player illustrations[/quote]

    But c’mon, man, they ARE adorable!

    [quote comment=”284326″]Maxim has a “worst of” uni slideshow: http://www.maxim.com...

    [quote comment=”284331″]do maxim’s photo editors ride the short bus? granted, not every picture can match the caption (sports illustrated, are you listening)…but c’mon…they couldn’t find a better picture of the stros rainbow than biggio in a throwback? or the “circa 1980” bengays…looks like the current unibomination to me…cuz…didn’t the 1980 bengals look like this?[/quote]

    Let’s nip this one in the bud and officially call it a day already on the Maxim slideshow, which is clearly a hack job by amateurs and unworthy of comment. Let’s move on.[/quote]
    hey paul, suck my dick faggot

  • Beardface | August 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”284458″][quote comment=”284449″]Man buys Favre Jets jersey – six years ago[/quote]

    maybe im mentally challenged, and it has been a long goddam day…but…

    how is that jersey ‘misspelled’? doesn’t it say “FAVRE”…is that not correct?

    also…did reebok make those for JCP back six years ago? (prolly did, but seems a odd conikidink)[/quote]
    He bought a Favre JETS jersey 6 years ago…

    that in itself is a misprint, wouldn’t you think?

  • Steven | August 12, 2008 at 6:54 pm |

    Reading that Favre jersey article leaves open a lot of questions.

    1)They claim to be season ticket holders that go to “about 3 games a year”. Your not season ticket holders, your name may be on a pair of season tickets, but, I believe the rule is that you must attend half the teams games in order to be a season ticket holder.

    2)Neither the man who bought the jersey, nor his wife, noticed it was Jets jersey and not a GB jersey…what kind of fans are they? Their son should get any profit made if they ever sell the jersey.

  • KT | August 12, 2008 at 7:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”284463″]Reading that Favre jersey article leaves open a lot of questions.

    1)They claim to be season ticket holders that go to “about 3 games a year”. Your not season ticket holders, your name may be on a pair of season tickets, but, I believe the rule is that you must attend half the teams games in order to be a season ticket holder.[/quote]

    Says who?

    I thought the “rule” was that you had to buy season tickets to be a season ticket holder.

    They may know how to hold the season tickets and yet not know how to use the season tickets.

    And, really, the using is the most important part.

    You could be a season ticket holder who sells his or her seats five times a year and goes the other three times because season tickets are frigging expensive. I can’t blame you for that.

    I don’t know if any teams have guidelines that say your tickets must be scanned x number of times a year for you to be able to renew them (partially because I’m sure there are people who’d not only buy them, but who would spend even more money if they’re actually IN the seats than if they’re sitting at home).

    But we don’t know if they just go to a few games and let the others go unused, or if they sell the rest. I know I’d sell the rest.

  • who cares | August 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”284461″][quote comment=”284332″][quote comment=”284331″][quote]• Lots of books show diagrams of plays. But this one supplements those diagrams with little player illustrations that are too adorable for words.[/quote]

    that may be the first time i’ve ever heard ‘adorable’ to describe anything regarding football…even little player illustrations[/quote]

    But c’mon, man, they ARE adorable!

    [quote comment=”284326″]Maxim has a “worst of” uni slideshow: http://www.maxim.com...

    [quote comment=”284331″]do maxim’s photo editors ride the short bus? granted, not every picture can match the caption (sports illustrated, are you listening)…but c’mon…they couldn’t find a better picture of the stros rainbow than biggio in a throwback? or the “circa 1980” bengays…looks like the current unibomination to me…cuz…didn’t the 1980 bengals look like this?[/quote]

    Let’s nip this one in the bud and officially call it a day already on the Maxim slideshow, which is clearly a hack job by amateurs and unworthy of comment. Let’s move on.[/quote]
    hey paul, suck my dick faggot[/quote]

    teeheee

  • =bg= | August 12, 2008 at 7:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”284461″][quote comment=”284332″][quote comment=”284331″][quote]• Lots of books show diagrams of plays. But this one supplements those diagrams with little player illustrations that are too adorable for words.[/quote]

    that may be the first time i’ve ever heard ‘adorable’ to describe anything regarding football…even little player illustrations[/quote]

    But c’mon, man, they ARE adorable!

    [quote comment=”284326″]Maxim has a “worst of” uni slideshow: http://www.maxim.com...

    [quote comment=”284331″]do maxim’s photo editors ride the short bus? granted, not every picture can match the caption (sports illustrated, are you listening)…but c’mon…they couldn’t find a better picture of the stros rainbow than biggio in a throwback? or the “circa 1980” bengays…looks like the current unibomination to me…cuz…didn’t the 1980 bengals look like this?[/quote]

    Let’s nip this one in the bud and officially call it a day already on the Maxim slideshow, which is clearly a hack job by amateurs and unworthy of comment. Let’s move on.[/quote]
    hey paul, suck my dick faggot[/quote]

    Why don’t you take that language elsewhere. It’s not needed here.

  • Scott | August 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm |

    hey paul, suck my dick faggot[/quote]

    What are you, like 12? Was that supposed to be funny?

  • Brian | August 12, 2008 at 7:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”284463″]Reading that Favre jersey article leaves open a lot of questions.

    1)They claim to be season ticket holders that go to “about 3 games a year”. Your not season ticket holders, your name may be on a pair of season tickets, but, I believe the rule is that you must attend half the teams games in order to be a season ticket holder.

    [/quote]
    They could either sell the tix to some of the games, or they could split them. Maybe amongst another couple/family or something to that effect.

  • Jordan Pope | August 12, 2008 at 7:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”284446″][quote comment=”284438″]WTF is SI talking about here: http://sportsillustr...
    I don’t see no Barry Sanders, and my eyes aren’t that bad.[/quote]
    I have no idea, as I don’t see him anywhere in the background of that shot.[/quote]

    they dont have the right one

    Here’s the Playstation version

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”284460″][quote comment=”284458″][quote comment=”284449″]Man buys Favre Jets jersey – six years ago[/quote]

    maybe im mentally challenged, and it has been a long goddam day…but…

    how is that jersey ‘misspelled’? doesn’t it say “FAVRE”…is that not correct?

    also…did reebok make those for JCP back six years ago? (prolly did, but seems a odd conikidink)[/quote]

    The story says that the jersey is “misprinted” not “misspelled”[/quote]

    thus proving my point that i am, indeed, mentally challenged

    /twas a very long day

  • Roger Faso | August 12, 2008 at 8:47 pm |

    This is terrible. Shame on Spain.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 8:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”284471″]This is terrible. Shame on Spain.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    See? Class SHOULD be a part of sports.

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 8:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”284471″]This is terrible. Shame on Spain.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    from a linked article:

    Although no offence was intended by either the players or the Spanish federation, the advertisement is unlikely to be viewed kindly at a time when the Spanish Olympic committe is pursuing a bid to stage the Games in 2016.

    that bid just ended

    /HELLO??? the chinese have teh intrawebs now

  • Aaron Scholder | August 12, 2008 at 9:20 pm |

    Looks as if the Canadiens will be wearing two patches on their jerseys this season. Based on this video: http://ps3.ign.com/d...
    and this screenshot: http://4.bp.blogspot...

  • Bob Andrews | August 12, 2008 at 9:34 pm |

    Those little book illustrations look like Bill Gallo’s work. Sort of.

  • Ricko | August 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”284475″]Those little book illustrations look like Bill Gallo’s work. Sort of.[/quote]

    I have Olderman’s THE PRO QUARTERBACK. All the illustrations are his own work. From the dust jacket: “In addition to writing, he is also an artist of the first rank. Many of his pictures and drawings appear in national newspapers and art galleries including the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.”

  • James Craven | August 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    [offtopic]Looks like Mike’s on a one-way ticket to Banishville.

    With comments like that to the owner of the site, , that troll’s going there on a rail.[/offtopic]

  • Bob Andrews | August 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”284476″][quote comment=”284475″]Those little book illustrations look like Bill Gallo’s work. Sort of.[/quote]

    I have Olderman’s THE PRO QUARTERBACK. All the illustrations are his own work. From the dust jacket: “In addition to writing, he is also an artist of the first rank. Many of his pictures and drawings appear in national newspapers and art galleries including the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.”[/quote]

    Thanks for checking and posting that, Ricko. They looked like Gallo’s stuff just enough to get me curious. I checked book review snippets on Amazon but the illustrator isn’t mentioned.

  • Carl | August 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm |

    Hey watching the Olympic swimming events tonight – noticed two things: Leizak (the freestyler that saved Phelps Sunday night) gets his Speedo logo blacked out by NBC while the other USA swimmers don’t. Anyone have an idea?

    The other has is probably been discussed already, but it doesn’t appear that Nike is painting China with their swhoshae too much. Example? Announcers only have one on their official shirts. Although I suppose that track & field really hasn’t started yet…

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”284479″]Hey watching the Olympic swimming events tonight – noticed two things: Leizak (the freestyler that saved Phelps Sunday night) gets his Speedo logo blacked out by NBC while the other USA swimmers don’t. Anyone have an idea?

    The other has is probably been discussed already, but it doesn’t appear that Nike is painting China with their swhoshae too much. Example? Announcers only have one on their official shirts. Although I suppose that track & field really hasn’t started yet…[/quote]

    For those of us in the western half of the US, can we get a “Spoiler Alert” when discussing prime time Olympic coverage (since NBC refuses to allow us to watch “live” coverage as it is actually happening)? I know there were no spoilers in this comment, but it had me worried.

    Thanks, from the Rockies to the Pacific.

  • Carl | August 12, 2008 at 10:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”284480″][quote comment=”284479″]Hey watching the Olympic swimming events tonight – noticed two things: Leizak (the freestyler that saved Phelps Sunday night) gets his Speedo logo blacked out by NBC while the other USA swimmers don’t. Anyone have an idea?

    The other has is probably been discussed already, but it doesn’t appear that Nike is painting China with their swhoshae too much. Example? Announcers only have one on their official shirts. Although I suppose that track & field really hasn’t started yet…[/quote]

    For those of us in the western half of the US, can we get a “Spoiler Alert” when discussing prime time Olympic coverage (since NBC refuses to allow us to watch “live” coverage as it is actually happening)? I know there were no spoilers in this comment, but it had me worried.

    Thanks, from the Rockies to the Pacific.[/quote]

    …really? I didn’t realize that NBC isn’t giving the western US “live” coverage? I wonder if the time zone differential cuts into prime time?

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”284480″][quote comment=”284479″]Hey watching the Olympic swimming events tonight – noticed two things: Leizak (the freestyler that saved Phelps Sunday night) gets his Speedo logo blacked out by NBC while the other USA swimmers don’t. Anyone have an idea?

    The other has is probably been discussed already, but it doesn’t appear that Nike is painting China with their swhoshae too much. Example? Announcers only have one on their official shirts. Although I suppose that track & field really hasn’t started yet…[/quote]

    For those of us in the western half of the US, can we get a “Spoiler Alert” when discussing prime time Olympic coverage (since NBC refuses to allow us to watch “live” coverage as it is actually happening)? I know there were no spoilers in this comment, but it had me worried.

    Thanks, from the Rockies to the Pacific.[/quote]

    you don’t get this live?

    oh man…that SUCKS

    so like…how long till you get to watch the race where phelps tries to break the record?

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”284482″][quote comment=”284480″][quote comment=”284479″]Hey watching the Olympic swimming events tonight – noticed two things: Leizak (the freestyler that saved Phelps Sunday night) gets his Speedo logo blacked out by NBC while the other USA swimmers don’t. Anyone have an idea?

    The other has is probably been discussed already, but it doesn’t appear that Nike is painting China with their swhoshae too much. Example? Announcers only have one on their official shirts. Although I suppose that track & field really hasn’t started yet…[/quote]

    For those of us in the western half of the US, can we get a “Spoiler Alert” when discussing prime time Olympic coverage (since NBC refuses to allow us to watch “live” coverage as it is actually happening)? I know there were no spoilers in this comment, but it had me worried.

    Thanks, from the Rockies to the Pacific.[/quote]

    you don’t get this live?

    oh man…that SUCKS

    so like…how long till you get to watch the race where phelps tries to break the record?[/quote]
    Yeah, it really sucks! We are watchin everything at the “same time” as you are, i.e. coverage starts at 8pm local…so everything is three hours delayed.

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm |

    For example, Costas just came on and told us we’d get a recap of yesterday’s men’s gymnastics, because it ended “after midnight in the east.” I yelled at the tv, “it ended after midnight here, too, since you won’t show it to us live, ass hole!!”

    My two-year old was amused/confused. I’m an SF Giants fan, so you’d think she’d be used to me yelling at the tv this summer…

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 11:14 pm |

    What really makes me mad, is that it’s not like we’re not used to live sports starting early. Sunday Night Baseball, Sunday and Monday Night Football, World Series games, and all the rest start at 5pm and it’s fine. We’re used to it, we can deal! (plus we get to let the kids watch the WS, a common complaint Back East). In fact, I actually prefer it to when I lived in DC.

  • LarenR | August 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm |

    Okay, I’m done venting now. Sleep well right-coasters…

  • Carl | August 12, 2008 at 11:25 pm |

    …bummer about the coastal problems – I’m in CDT watching it live with EDT…another issue just discovered…could Ralph Lauren found a larger pony to put on the official blazer?
    http://sportsillustr...

  • LI Phil | August 12, 2008 at 11:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”284485″]What really makes me mad, is that it’s not like we’re not used to live sports starting early. Sunday Night Baseball, Sunday and Monday Night Football, World Series games, and all the rest start at 5pm and it’s fine. We’re used to it, we can deal! (plus we get to let the kids watch the WS, a common complaint Back East). In fact, I actually prefer it to when I lived in DC.[/quote]

    not to belabor the offtopicness…but…that’s a excellent point

    i spent some time (vaycay’s) on the west coast, cali, vegas…even hawaii…and MAN…i LOVED being able to watch ‘earlier’ baseball (and satellite)…one wedding the ex-wife and i attended in furnace creek (death valley)…which we piggybacked with vegas… was during the ’00 playoffs and it was awesome seeing the mets dispense with the giants and cards (and rick ankiel heh) before the sun set…then off to the spas and pools and shit later on…

    this ‘eric clapton’ baseball playoffs sucks man

    we now return you to uniform view

  • Johnny O | August 13, 2008 at 12:08 am |

    With all of these World Records breaking left and right in the Water Cube at the Olympics, is anyone pointing to the LZR suit by Speedo? I remember back in the early 90’s when the “clamp” or “clap” skates were introduced at the Winter Games for speed skating, records broke all over the place there too. Can these records in swimming be based on the suit? Or is something else coming into play. I mean these people are smashing records by full seconds!

  • Teebz | August 13, 2008 at 12:12 am |

    [quote comment=”284474″]Looks as if the Canadiens will be wearing two patches on their jerseys this season. Based on this video: http://ps3.ign.com/d...
    and this screenshot: http://4.bp.blogspot...

    Great catch. I have an email into the Habs PR dept. right now to see if this is actually the case.

    If I get any word back, I’ll post it here.

  • Teebz | August 13, 2008 at 12:15 am |

    [quote comment=”284489″]With all of these World Records breaking left and right in the Water Cube at the Olympics, is anyone pointing to the LZR suit by Speedo? I remember back in the early 90’s when the “clamp” or “clap” skates were introduced at the Winter Games for speed skating, records broke all over the place there too. Can these records in swimming be based on the suit? Or is something else coming into play. I mean these people are smashing records by full seconds![/quote]

    They actually brought this up on the CBC coverage in Canada tonight. Ron MacLean was talking about how the new suits might be affecting overall times, especially in the relays.

    However, there is also a lot to be said about how swimming has become a much more competitive sport in the last 4-8 years since Athens. That might be the biggest reason, but the suits probably shave tenths of a second off the total times.

  • LI Phil | August 13, 2008 at 12:20 am |

    [quote comment=”284491″][quote comment=”284489″]With all of these World Records breaking left and right in the Water Cube at the Olympics, is anyone pointing to the LZR suit by Speedo? I remember back in the early 90’s when the “clamp” or “clap” skates were introduced at the Winter Games for speed skating, records broke all over the place there too. Can these records in swimming be based on the suit? Or is something else coming into play. I mean these people are smashing records by full seconds![/quote]

    They actually brought this up on the CBC coverage in Canada tonight. Ron MacLean was talking about how the new suits might be affecting overall times, especially in the relays.

    However, there is also a lot to be said about how swimming has become a much more competitive sport in the last 4-8 years since Athens. That might be the biggest reason, but the suits probably shave tenths of a second off the total times.[/quote]

    maybe it’s because there’s no ozone layer left over china

  • Greg V. | August 13, 2008 at 12:40 am |

    [quote comment=”284448″]Regarding the NFL FNOB rule — I might be hallucinating this, but didn’t the Bengals have an odd mismatch of “Johnson”s the last few years? Chad was “C.”, Rudi was “R.” or “Rudi”, but I remember at least one other Johnson last year (or maybe a previous year) who was without initial. In my search for proof, I came across Jeremi as “J.” and it’s kinda hard to see, but it could have been Landon without initial but I found a similar bad example with initial.

    Am I totally making this up, or does somebody else remember it too?[/quote]

    The Bengals used to have LB Riall Johnson who had his full name on the back of the jersey during the same period Rudi had his full name on the back. After Riall was cut Rudi switched to just “R. Johnson.” Pictures of Landon are hard to find.

    During last night’s game Chad had “C. Johnson” but running back James Johnson and linebacker Brandon Johnson just had “Johnson.” Rudi was not at the game because he is still nursing that 14 month long hamstring pull, but I would assume he’ll still have the “R. Johnson” from last year. We’ll see if the other guys get their first initial added if they make the roster.

  • KT | August 13, 2008 at 12:54 am |

    Do not feed trolls.

  • Geoff | August 13, 2008 at 1:10 am |

    [quote comment=”284464″][quote comment=”284463″]Reading that Favre jersey article leaves open a lot of questions.

    1)They claim to be season ticket holders that go to “about 3 games a year”. Your not season ticket holders, your name may be on a pair of season tickets, but, I believe the rule is that you must attend half the teams games in order to be a season ticket holder.[/quote]

    Says who?

    I thought the “rule” was that you had to buy season tickets to be a season ticket holder.

    They may know how to hold the season tickets and yet not know how to use the season tickets.

    And, really, the using is the most important part.

    You could be a season ticket holder who sells his or her seats five times a year and goes the other three times because season tickets are frigging expensive. I can’t blame you for that.

    I don’t know if any teams have guidelines that say your tickets must be scanned x number of times a year for you to be able to renew them (partially because I’m sure there are people who’d not only buy them, but who would spend even more money if they’re actually IN the seats than if they’re sitting at home).

    But we don’t know if they just go to a few games and let the others go unused, or if they sell the rest. I know I’d sell the rest.[/quote]

    My family has a pair of Packers season tickets as well, and actual members of our family only attend between 2-4 home games per year. The others are sold to offset the cost of the tickets.

    Some people who have tickets use most but then sell their tickets to one game: Packers-Bears. The money they make from selling those tickets alone usually pays for the entire rest of the season.

  • Geoff | August 13, 2008 at 1:21 am |

    Also, I’m currently watching US vs. Australia Softball on CNBC (yes, I’m Olympics addicted). First, imagine what Australia’s women’s basketball team’s uniforms look like:
    http://www.abc.net.a...

    Now imagine that with slightly looser shorts and high yellow socks. Ick.
    http://newsimg.bbc.c...

    Now the worst part: the catcher’s gear has a different shade of green. Can’t find any pics at the moment, but rest assured it’s ugly.

  • oilfan | August 13, 2008 at 2:19 am |

    Watching the Canada/China baseball game tonight – it looks like Baseball Canada improvised their logo on their jersey to conform. Usually the C on the logo goes all the way to bottom right of the maple leaf. But I’ve noticed that the C has been cut down to match symmetrically.

    Not only that, they have the Canadian Olympic Association logo on the right arm of the jersey. And on the back of the cap, the COA logo is instead of the Baseball Canada typeface logo. I’ll try to get pics later

  • john in DC | August 13, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”284385″]RE: “…Josh Bailey, who was presented with a gag jersey. Got a laugh from the crowd, but, there was no real point to it.”

    The laugh was the point.[/quote]

    yes, but there are other ways to haze than to rip off the team (literally) next door

  • BJ Lanier | August 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm |

    Not sure if anyone has posted this or seen this before…but product placement done run amok. From a recent field upgrade at Shenandoah University in Winchester VA (D3 athletics).

    http://www.su.edu/at...