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Gridiron Season Already?

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What you see above is Arizona State’s 50th-anniversary logo. In yesterday’s Ticker, I mentioned that it wouldn’t be worn as a jersey patch. That’s accurate, but what I left out (because I didn’t know about it until yesterday afternoon) is that it will be worn as a helmet decal.

And that’s as good a segue as any for my annual college football season-preview column, which is up now on ESPN — enjoy (and thanks to the many of you who contributed info).

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Membership News: We’ve had a nice little bump in membership enrollments this month. There have been some interesting design orders, including Nick Tringale‘s card, shown at right (based on, of course, the UGA football helmet). Other notable requests have come from Matt Powers (based on the Wagner helmet he once wore) James Bates (based on this — our first-ever BP jersey request), and Brian Flynn-Kocourek (our longest NOB so far, although not our first hyphenated NOB [that would be this one]). As always, you can see and comment on all the card designs here, and those who haven’t signed up yet can find all the relevant info here.

For those of you waiting for your finished cards, I mailed all of them out yesterday except for James B.’s (I wasn’t happy with how the colors came out, so we’ll tweak them and print a new version in the next batch) and Brian F.-K.’s (because, of course, we misspelled your name, which I didn’t catch until I was about to put the card in the envelope — sorry about that), so watch your mailboxes.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday’s entry on merchandised jerseys prompted an awesome response from Nick Jurista. Check this out: “I don’t like buying team jerseys either. I prefer to make my own variations. I made a Favre ‘jersey’ last year for the playoffs out of a green long-sleeve shirt. I used sewn-on felt for the numbers, fabric paints for the stripes and NOB. And for the Seahawks’ Super Bowl run, I made a blue hoodie into a Seahawks jersey-plus-helmet. I made that one with fabric paints, gave myself a fake name/number, and added a little extra to the front right pocket. I realize I look completely absurd in these, but I really just do it for fun. I am not a Seahawks or Packers fan, and this was the cheapest, most creative way I could think of to support them during their playoff runs. My guess is that I’m not the only person who does something like this, although I haven’t met anyone else who does.” I don’t know if he’s right about that, but I do know this: Nick, you made my day. … While checking a track-back to Kenn Tomasch‘s blog, I discovered something he’d apparently just discovered as well: There’s a Flickr group called “Women in a Sports Jersey.” Not quite as cool as Rob Ullman‘s illos, but still. … Several Browns observations from Brendon Yarian, including new facemasks for Brady Quinn (going from this to this) and Kellen Winslow (from this to this), and an FNOB alert. … Gallery of U.S. Open outfits here. … Joshua Edney reports that Charlotte’s basketball court design is changing from this to this. … Alex Hill notes that Kevin Cash, who had been wearing No. 36, has given that number to newly acquired Paul Byrd and has switched to No. 30. … Fun piece here about what some of the Titans keep in their lockers (with thanks to Wade Harder). … Oh. My. God. Details here (with thanks to David Cline). … Nice little Nets uni-history timeline here (courtesy of Mike Verna). … Here’s something you don’t often see: an A’s pillbox cap. “My grandpa used to wear one like this daily, and I don’t think I’ve seen one since he passed,” writes Chad Hunt. “My recollection was that we got this hat for him at a Stockton (CA) Ports game sometime in the mid-1980s. The Ports are a Class-A affiliate of the A’s; it may have been a promotional giveaway.” … The Sonics-turned-Thunder will finally make it official next Wednesday. … Here’s an awesome time-lapse video of the Blue Jackets’ ice being prepared with graphics, logos, the red and blue lines, etc. (tremendous find by Matt Lesser). … “This is Latvian cyclist Raivis Belohvosciks in the Eneco Tour time trial,” writes Wim De Dobbeleer. “He’s part of the Saunier Duval team that, after the Tour de France débacle with Ricardo Ricco (who tested positive on third generation EPO), decided to stop its sponsership. Making a new time trial suit with the new sponsor (especially when you’re the national champion, like Belohvosicks), isn’t that obvious. So here goes a pro rider, who’s part of a million-dollar circuit, riding around in a suit where he had to manually obscure the sponsor with black marker.”

 

125 comments to Gridiron Season Already?

  • Plepper | August 28, 2008 at 8:13 am |

    what is illos?

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 8:15 am |

    [quote comment=”286516″]what is illos?[/quote]

    short for “illustrations”

    awesum example

  • scott | August 28, 2008 at 8:16 am |

    I like that Oriole/ Raven logo. Would that be considered a mash-up?

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 8:17 am |

    [quote comment=”286517″][quote comment=”286516″]what is illos?[/quote]

    short for “illustrations”

    awesum example[/quote]

    more here

    might be a lil NSFW tho

  • Mike McGann | August 28, 2008 at 8:19 am |

    Wow. That Nets’ piece, coming as it does from a team publication — isn’t even close to accurate. I particularly love the 1968-72 uniform that says “New Jersey” long before the team moved to the Garden State. Those uniforms were worn in the early 1980s, around the time the Meadowlands opened. Also, where’s the New Jersey Americans uni?

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 8:26 am |

    [quote comment=”286520″]Wow. That Nets’ piece, coming as it does from a team publication — isn’t even close to accurate. I particularly love the 1968-72 uniform that says “New Jersey” long before the team moved to the Garden State. Those uniforms were worn in the early 1980s, around the time the Meadowlands opened. Also, where’s the New Jersey Americans uni?[/quote]

    actually…the nets, nee americans, as you mention…did begin play in jersey, but moved shortly thereafter to Long Island

    wiki history

    they were never known as the new jersey nets until long after they vacated the nassau mausoleum coliseum for the meadowlands (the mausoleum is of course, still home to the islanders)

  • Glen | August 28, 2008 at 8:43 am |

    From the ESPN column, I know the new GT jerseys look like shit, but you should have assumed that they would have an Arena feel to them since they are outfitted by Russell.

  • Jim MI | August 28, 2008 at 8:51 am |

    Went to the Detroit Tigers game last night, they hosted the Cleveland Indians and took my father to the game. Had a Uniwatch moment with him.

    We were standing behind centerfield at the railing overlooking the Indians dugout. We were talking about random stuff when he looks down at one of the pitchers who had ‘longer pants’ on, and my dad says “Good god, looks like that guy is wearing pajama pants?” All I could do was laugh…it was funny to hear that from a guy who had never heard of or read this site, plus this was like his first baseball game in probably 5 years.

    Also, to go off of yesterday’s main comment topic – saw a bengals ‘Esiason’ uni at a DET/CLE baseball game… ugh.

  • adrian | August 28, 2008 at 8:52 am |

    Clemson will wear an anniversary patch for its booster club, IPTAY which originally stood for “I Pay Ten a Year”.

    http://picasaweb.goo...

    Here is the complete album from fan appreciation day.
    http://picasaweb.goo...

    I have also posted some scans from an old book about the 1978 Tigers called “The Orange Machine.”
    http://picasaweb.goo...

    Featuring FNOB’s for the Bostic Bros.
    http://picasaweb.goo...

  • Cosmo | August 28, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    The Brady Quinn facemask change appears to be a result of him switching away from the Riddell Revolution to the more traditional helmet.

  • Bob Andrews | August 28, 2008 at 8:58 am |

    It’s not the ‘O’s in a Raven jersey’ logo that bothers me (it’s cute in a wierd way) but the idea that the Orioles are that hard up for paying customers that they have to celebrate the opening of another sport in hopes of putting fans in seats. As an Oriole fan of nearly half a century that makes me sad.

  • Travis | August 28, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    I was watching a replay of the 2000 Orange Bowl on the new Big Ten Network, and saw that Shaun Alexander (at Alabama), wore SU. ALEXANDER on his nameplate. I dont know how to get screen grabs, but it was there…

  • Juan Grande | August 28, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    Wasn’t there a thread about A’s pillbox caps last week?

  • Joe Hilseberg | August 28, 2008 at 9:22 am |

    [quote comment=”286518″]I like that Oriole/ Raven logo. Would that be considered a mash-up?[/quote]

    I love it! It’s about time the 2 teams embrace each other…Angelos and the O’s hadn’t acknowledged the Raven’s existence until Andy MacPhail got here

  • Rick | August 28, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    The funniest thing about the Orioles’ Ravens rally is that after 13 years, the O’s are finally admitting that the Ravens exist. Since the Ravens moved to Baltimore, the O’s have done nothing to acknowledge them, even after the Superbowl win. Since the O’s have been in the toilet for the last decade the town has decided shifted its attention to the Ravens. Some genius in the O’s front office finally realized it would benefit them to unite the fans of both teams (which are most likely the same people.) I think they just got their feelings hurt because they were not the only game in town anymore.

  • Joe Hilseberg | August 28, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”286526″]It’s not the ‘O’s in a Raven jersey’ logo that bothers me (it’s cute in a wierd way) but the idea that the Orioles are that hard up for paying customers that they have to celebrate the opening of another sport in hopes of putting fans in seats. As an Oriole fan of nearly half a century that makes me sad.[/quote]

    It’s not so much about celebrating the opening of another sport as it is getting a clue to what’s going on in the city of Baltimore and finally being a part of it….even when it’s not all about them.

    Also Baltimore is historically a football town, so I think it’s a good move for them to try and expand fan base.

  • AVP | August 28, 2008 at 9:33 am |

    About the GT write up in the ESPN column…
    As a GT Fan/Alumn I agree that the new unis are terrible, but that aside using the “woof” is completely uncalled for. In the future please refrain from using any dawg type slang/allusion when discussing GT in any way, its just not right!

    To Hell with Georgia!

  • S. Bennett | August 28, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=\”286530\”] Some genius in the O’s front office finally realized it would benefit them to unite the fans of both teams (which are most likely the same people.) [/quote]

    Can\’t be. There are more than 15,000 Ravens fans.

    SB

  • Justin in AR | August 28, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    Since Arkansas State had to change their nickname to “Red Wolves”, I would only imagine that they would be making some uni modifications. I’ll try to do some research and see if I can find any evidence of this.
    By the way, the new Arkansas uni is absolute garbage. What a waste.

  • Buck Milligan | August 28, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    The O’s celebrating the Ravens is more than “putting fans in the seats”. The bumbling inept owner of the Orioles was dismissive of the Ravens while he watched his team lose attendance. Recall the “the people must have their football quote”? The bumbling owner has spent his entire tenure alienating fans. The horrible teams haven’t helped, but the disdainful attitude towards the paying customers was worse. The Orioles PR department was as horrible as the baseball operations and the teams they have fielded for the past decade. Really, the Orioles franchise has been doing just about everything wrong under Peter Angelos, other than wrangle a favorable deal for the regional cable network. Andy MacPhail understands this and is attempting to straighten out the entire mess. This Raven’s rally is more about reaching out to an alienated fan base than just filling a few more seats for one game. It’s a small PR step in the right direction, for a football crazy town, while he tries to straighten out the mess on the field.

  • John T | August 28, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    New Manchester United 3rd kit unveiled today, as thought it is a simple blue desing that pays tribute to their European victory 40 yrs ago

    http://store.manutd....

  • Jason | August 28, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    I’m pretty sure the Stockton Ports were a Brewers farm team in the mid-’80s, not that they couldn’t have gotten the hat there anyway.

  • Stuby | August 28, 2008 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”286525″]The Brady Quinn facemask change appears to be a result of him switching away from the Riddell Revolution to the more traditional helmet.[/quote]
    Several players have ditched the Revolution for more traditional helmets (Quinn, Brian Brohm, Eli a few years ago). I wonder if it has more to do with comfort or that the Revolution is dorky looking.

  • Stuby | August 28, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”286527″]I was watching a replay of the 2000 Orange Bowl on the new Big Ten Network, and saw that Shaun Alexander (at Alabama), wore SU. ALEXANDER on his nameplate. I dont know how to get screen grabs, but it was there…[/quote]
    There’s a SU. ALEXANDER ‘Bama jersey hanging on the wall of the Dreamland BBQ restaurant in Huntsville. If any of the other local Uni Watchers are near the corner of Jordan and University today, stop in and take a picture.

  • Justin in AR | August 28, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    There is a stencil of the new Razorback midfield logo on the thread below.
    http://www.hogville....

  • duckstyle | August 28, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment=”286536″]New Manchester United 3rd kit unveiled today, as thought it is a simple blue desing that pays tribute to their European victory 40 yrs ago

    http://store.manutd....

    I just don’t get how Nike does just great, simplistic work for soccer overseas, and yet nearly everything they touch in the US is such garbage. Too bad they don’t use this same tasteful disgression with football unis, they go straight to the head of the class, as the newest Under Armor, Russel, and Adidas football uins are already just as bad if not worse than Nike’s as is.

  • Chuck | August 28, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    http://www.uptempoai...

    new nba logos, fonts. patches

  • Stuby | August 28, 2008 at 9:57 am |

    Here’s a shot of Alexander’s ‘Bama jersey…

    http://cache.viewima...

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 10:05 am |

    [quote comment=”286533″][quote comment=\”286530\”] Some genius in the O’s front office finally realized it would benefit them to unite the fans of both teams (which are most likely the same people.) [/quote]

    Can\’t be. There are more than 15,000 Ravens fans.

    SB[/quote]

    early clubhouse leader for QOTD…

    (course when i made a similar comment about the paucity of o’s fans, i got greeted with a “who pissed in your post toasties”…LOL)

  • DawgFan | August 28, 2008 at 10:09 am |

    In the ESPN column; LOUISIANA TECH actually had the state flag on the helmet beginning last year.

    http://farm2.static....

    http://cache.daylife...

  • Bryan Redemske | August 28, 2008 at 10:09 am |

    People still eat Post Toasties? They still make Post Toasties?

  • John T | August 28, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    [quote comment=”286541″][quote comment=”286536″]New Manchester United 3rd kit unveiled today, as thought it is a simple blue desing that pays tribute to their European victory 40 yrs ago

    http://store.manutd....

    I just don’t get how Nike does just great, simplistic work for soccer overseas, and yet nearly everything they touch in the US is such garbage. Too bad they don’t use this same tasteful disgression with football unis, they go straight to the head of the class, as the newest Under Armor, Russel, and Adidas football uins are already just as bad if not worse than Nike’s as is.[/quote]

    I agree, Nike has gone very simlpe with this new design, no piping or even worse, that stripe that is on the back of their primary kit
    http://store.manutd....

    In fact, they also did not put that same strip on the back of the new away kit.
    http://store.manutd....
    even though it does have the piping, it seems to be plain enough. Nike seems to realise that that stripe was a mistake and will hopefully drop it next year

  • chance | August 28, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    Re: “Women in a Sports Jersey”, in England you can buy a series of topless photos of a model stripping out of the shirt of your favorite Premiership club.

    From The Sun, natch, but all official-like.

    Just another example of how different our two societies actually are….

  • Nicole | August 28, 2008 at 10:37 am |

    Is Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa getting a permanent Houndstooth hat?

    http://www.1420thetu...

  • Tree Missile | August 28, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”286538″][quote comment=”286525″]The Brady Quinn facemask change appears to be a result of him switching away from the Riddell Revolution to the more traditional helmet.[/quote]
    Several players have ditched the Revolution for more traditional helmets (Quinn, Brian Brohm, Eli a few years ago). I wonder if it has more to do with comfort or that the Revolution is dorky looking.[/quote]

    It’s because there are better helmets out there than the Revo.

    The Schutt DNA is better, and looks better IMHO, than the Revo.

    The Schutt AiR XP has the same tech as the DNA, but has the classic Schutt shell look.

    The Schutt ION 4D is really solid, but goofy looking as hell.

    There’s a new helmet maker out there called Xenith that uses an interesting new design of a bonnet-like cover inside of the shell that fits to the player’s head, rather than just sitting on it.

    In other words, the Revo was revolutionary (no pun intended) when it came out, but that was a long time ago.

  • Tree Missile | August 28, 2008 at 10:41 am |

    [quote comment=”286552″][quote comment=”286538″][quote comment=”286525″]The Brady Quinn facemask change appears to be a result of him switching away from the Riddell Revolution to the more traditional helmet.[/quote]
    Several players have ditched the Revolution for more traditional helmets (Quinn, Brian Brohm, Eli a few years ago). I wonder if it has more to do with comfort or that the Revolution is dorky looking.[/quote]

    It’s because there are better helmets out there than the Revo.

    The Schutt DNA is better, and looks better IMHO, than the Revo.

    The Schutt AiR XP has the same tech as the DNA, but has the classic Schutt shell look.

    The Schutt ION 4D is really solid, but goofy looking as hell.

    There’s a new helmet maker out there called Xenith that uses an interesting new design of a bonnet-like cover inside of the shell that fits to the player’s head, rather than just sitting on it.

    In other words, the Revo was revolutionary (no pun intended) when it came out, but that was a long time ago.[/quote]

    left out the end quote tag, oops

  • Geeman | August 28, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?

  • Sean | August 28, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    “My grandpa used to wear one like this daily, and I don’t think I’ve seen one since he passed,” writes Chad Hunt. “My recollection was that we got this hat for him at a Stockton (CA) Ports game sometime in the mid-1980s. The Ports are a Class-A affiliate of the A’s; it may have been a promotional giveaway.”

    Couldn’t be a Stockton Ports give away. The Ports were a Milwalkee Brewers affiliate until the early 2000’s when the Modesto A’s moved to Stockton, keeping the traditional name of Ports. The Modesto A’s were the Oakland farm club for 30 years or more before that..

  • Robert | August 28, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    Re: Colorado jersey silliness

    Sorry, but I cannot wait until seeing them on the field before issuing a “nay” verdict.

  • Mark in Cincy | August 28, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]
    I wish I knew why Geeman … I have emailed the team and have not gotten a response. When I watch the games and point this out to my wife, I get the old “does it really matter” argument – which it does, we all know that. I wish they would just go with the all-red look at home and on the road, but I don’t see that happening, so make the helmets match!

  • joe | August 28, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    Columbus has windows in the rink. Thats gotta cause crazy glare issues during some games unless they can block them.

  • Geeman | August 28, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”286559″][quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]
    I wish I knew why Geeman … I have emailed the team and have not gotten a response. When I watch the games and point this out to my wife, I get the old “does it really matter” argument – which it does, we all know that. I wish they would just go with the all-red look at home and on the road, but I don’t see that happening, so make the helmets match![/quote]

    Mark — I once saw a Reds game at the “Q” where the catcher had an all-black helmet. As I recall, the team wore regular road helmets (black with red bill). Their home helmets at the time were the reverse (red with black bill, the current coaches’ helmet). That makes four helmets in all.

  • Jim BC | August 28, 2008 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”286523″]Went to the Detroit Tigers game last night, they hosted the Cleveland Indians and took my father to the game. Had a Uniwatch moment with him.

    We were standing behind centerfield at the railing overlooking the Indians dugout. We were talking about random stuff when he looks down at one of the pitchers who had ‘longer pants’ on, and my dad says “Good god, looks like that guy is wearing pajama pants?” All I could do was laugh…it was funny to hear that from a guy who had never heard of or read this site, plus this was like his first baseball game in probably 5 years.

    Also, to go off of yesterday’s main comment topic – saw a bengals ‘Esiason’ uni at a DET/CLE baseball game… ugh.[/quote]

    So Jim, did your father start into a “back in the day” rant?

    p.s. I’ve followed your lead and have changed my moniker to “Jim BC” as in Jim from British Columbia… not as unique as your Jim Mi = Jimmy thing but what the heck.

  • Jim MI | August 28, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment=”286562″][quote comment=”286523″]Went to the Detroit Tigers game last night, they hosted the Cleveland Indians and took my father to the game. Had a Uniwatch moment with him.

    We were standing behind centerfield at the railing overlooking the Indians dugout. We were talking about random stuff when he looks down at one of the pitchers who had ‘longer pants’ on, and my dad says “Good god, looks like that guy is wearing pajama pants?” All I could do was laugh…it was funny to hear that from a guy who had never heard of or read this site, plus this was like his first baseball game in probably 5 years.

    Also, to go off of yesterday’s main comment topic – saw a bengals ‘Esiason’ uni at a DET/CLE baseball game… ugh.[/quote]

    So Jim, did your father start into a “back in the day” rant?

    p.s. I’ve followed your lead and have changed my moniker to “Jim BC” as in Jim from British Columbia… not as unique as your Jim Mi = Jimmy thing but what the heck.[/quote]

    Yea, hard to make any form of ‘Jim’ unique.

    No, no back in the day rants… we’re not the biggest baseball fans. We’re a hockey family. Myself being the biggest out of the family. Do believe ‘obsessed’ and ‘hockey encyclopedia’ have been used by my family to describe my ‘sickness’. “Sickness” being their word. Mine is “gift”. :)

  • Andy11 | August 28, 2008 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”286550″]Re: “Women in a Sports Jersey”, in England you can buy a series of topless photos of a model stripping out of the shirt of your favorite Premiership club.

    From The Sun, natch, but all official-like.

    Just another example of how different our two societies actually are….[/quote]

    Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.

  • Jim BC | August 28, 2008 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”286563″][quote comment=”286562″][quote comment=”286523″]Went to the Detroit Tigers game last night, they hosted the Cleveland Indians and took my father to the game. Had a Uniwatch moment with him.

    We were standing behind centerfield at the railing overlooking the Indians dugout. We were talking about random stuff when he looks down at one of the pitchers who had ‘longer pants’ on, and my dad says “Good god, looks like that guy is wearing pajama pants?” All I could do was laugh…it was funny to hear that from a guy who had never heard of or read this site, plus this was like his first baseball game in probably 5 years.

    Also, to go off of yesterday’s main comment topic – saw a bengals ‘Esiason’ uni at a DET/CLE baseball game… ugh.[/quote]

    So Jim, did your father start into a “back in the day” rant?

    p.s. I’ve followed your lead and have changed my moniker to “Jim BC” as in Jim from British Columbia… not as unique as your Jim Mi = Jimmy thing but what the heck.[/quote]

    Yea, hard to make any form of ‘Jim’ unique.

    No, no back in the day rants… we’re not the biggest baseball fans. We’re a hockey family. Myself being the biggest out of the family. Do believe ‘obsessed’ and ‘hockey encyclopedia’ have been used by my family to describe my ‘sickness’. “Sickness” being their word. Mine is “gift”. :)[/quote]
    Hey – I’m Canadian so I get your “Gift”. My dad grew up a poor farmer so the only “back in the day” rant from him was “We used frozen horse turds for pucks”….

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch

  • James P. | August 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”286546″]In the ESPN column; LOUISIANA TECH actually had the state flag on the helmet beginning last year.

    http://farm2.static....

    http://cache.daylife...

    Dawgfan,

    I’m the one that sent Paul the picture showing Tech’s new helmet decal and pointed out the state flag was on the back now. I did not see or hear anything about it being back there last year…and since everyone I knew on staff there at tech has graduated or moved on, I didn’t have anyone to ask about it.

    After some quick research, it was added last year (07) to replace Old Glory…but the Louisiana State Flag decal looks larger than it was last year.

    James Poisso
    Louisiana Tech Class of 01
    Football Manager 97-01

  • Andy11 | August 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.

  • Geeman | August 28, 2008 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”286561″][quote comment=”286559″][quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]
    I wish I knew why Geeman … I have emailed the team and have not gotten a response. When I watch the games and point this out to my wife, I get the old “does it really matter” argument – which it does, we all know that. I wish they would just go with the all-red look at home and on the road, but I don’t see that happening, so make the helmets match![/quote]

    Mark — I once saw a Reds game at the “Q” where the catcher had an all-black helmet. As I recall, the team wore regular road helmets (black with red bill). Their home helmets at the time were the reverse (red with black bill, the current coaches’ helmet). That makes four helmets in all.[/quote]

    It could be that the current coaches’ helmets are just leftovers from the old home helmets.

  • MPowers1634 | August 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”286552″][quote comment=”286538″][quote comment=”286525″]The Brady Quinn facemask change appears to be a result of him switching away from the Riddell Revolution to the more traditional helmet.[/quote]
    Several players have ditched the Revolution for more traditional helmets (Quinn, Brian Brohm, Eli a few years ago). I wonder if it has more to do with comfort or that the Revolution is dorky looking.[/quote]

    It’s because there are better helmets out there than the Revo.

    The Schutt DNA is better, and looks better IMHO, than the Revo.

    The Schutt AiR XP has the same tech as the DNA, but has the classic Schutt shell look.

    The Schutt ION 4D is really solid, but goofy looking as hell.

    There’s a new helmet maker out there called Xenith that uses an interesting new design of a bonnet-like cover inside of the shell that fits to the player’s head, rather than just sitting on it.

    In other words, the Revo was revolutionary (no pun intended) when it came out, but that was a long time ago.[/quote]

    Aesthetically, the Xenith looks to combine the rear shell of the revolution and the bottom half, near the earholes of the XP!

  • DawgFan | August 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”286567″][quote comment=”286546″]In the ESPN column; LOUISIANA TECH actually had the state flag on the helmet beginning last year.

    http://farm2.static....

    http://cache.daylife...

    Dawgfan,

    I’m the one that sent Paul the picture showing Tech’s new helmet decal and pointed out the state flag was on the back now. I did not see or hear anything about it being back there last year…and since everyone I knew on staff there at tech has graduated or moved on, I didn’t have anyone to ask about it.

    After some quick research, it was added last year (07) to replace Old Glory…but the Louisiana State Flag decal looks larger than it was last year.

    James Poisso
    Louisiana Tech Class of 01
    Football Manager 97-01[/quote]

    It’s hard to tell, it may be larger this year. It’s good to have another ORIGINAL Bulldog on the site!

    Go Tech! Beat Miss State!

  • Tree Missile | August 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”286570″][quote comment=”286552″][quote comment=”286538″][quote comment=”286525″]The Brady Quinn facemask change appears to be a result of him switching away from the Riddell Revolution to the more traditional helmet.[/quote]
    Several players have ditched the Revolution for more traditional helmets (Quinn, Brian Brohm, Eli a few years ago). I wonder if it has more to do with comfort or that the Revolution is dorky looking.[/quote]

    It’s because there are better helmets out there than the Revo.

    The Schutt DNA is better, and looks better IMHO, than the Revo.

    The Schutt AiR XP has the same tech as the DNA, but has the classic Schutt shell look.

    The Schutt ION 4D is really solid, but goofy looking as hell.

    There’s a new helmet maker out there called Xenith that uses an interesting new design of a bonnet-like cover inside of the shell that fits to the player’s head, rather than just sitting on it.

    In other words, the Revo was revolutionary (no pun intended) when it came out, but that was a long time ago.[/quote]

    Aesthetically, the Xenith looks to combine the rear shell of the revolution and the bottom half, near the earholes of the XP![/quote]

    Very similar, yeah. Inside is crazy different though.

  • MLB2PDX | August 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Because we all think we’re cool, hip, and ‘with it’. When in reality, we’re just a bunch of dorks. :-)

    True dat. And stuff…

  • chance | August 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.

  • Nate from SRU | August 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm |

    I don’t know if anyone has seen this, but since something similar was posted on the ticker today I thought I’d share it…

    On the Buffalo Bills store they have Hooded sweatshirts (similar to the one that was posted today that Nick Jurista made) that have the helmet style design on the hood…

    Seen Here

  • Nate from SRU | August 28, 2008 at 12:53 pm |

    ok, well it’s been forever since I did html and i failed obviously… there is the link…

    http://www.buffalobi...

  • Mark in Cincy | August 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”286569″][quote comment=”286561″][quote comment=”286559″][quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]
    I wish I knew why Geeman … I have emailed the team and have not gotten a response. When I watch the games and point this out to my wife, I get the old “does it really matter” argument – which it does, we all know that. I wish they would just go with the all-red look at home and on the road, but I don’t see that happening, so make the helmets match![/quote]

    Mark — I once saw a Reds game at the “Q” where the catcher had an all-black helmet. As I recall, the team wore regular road helmets (black with red bill). Their home helmets at the time were the reverse (red with black bill, the current coaches’ helmet). That makes four helmets in all.[/quote]

    It could be that the current coaches’ helmets are just leftovers from the old home helmets.[/quote]

    if that is the case, they took the ear flaps off – i don’t think Hatch’s (Billy Hatcher) or Mark Berry’s have earflaps … as for the black catcher’s helmet, if it was before last season, it was probably Jason LaRue, i believe he liked to wear a flapless batting helmet under a “traditional” mask, and the Red’s had black batting helmets during his tenure

  • who cares | August 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm |

    Pakistanis have developed a new “feel good” textile. How long before someone incorporates this new technology into athletic apparel?

    http://news.bbc.co.u...

  • lwiedy | August 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]

    I suppose when they finish their ice cream, there’s no place to put the container.

  • duckstyle | August 28, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”286574″][quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.[/quote]

    I had to look it up myself a few months back, like Andy I had’have never seen it used anywhere else. I just chalked it up to east coast slang, like people writing “er” during a trailing off rant. I’d never seen that until a year or so ago, but now I hardly even notice reading it.

  • duckstyle | August 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”286579″][quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]

    I suppose when they finish their ice cream, there’s no place to put the container.[/quote]

    *Quote of the day nominee.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”286574″][quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.[/quote]

    I also learned “natch” from Stan Lee — he used to say it all the time in his Marvel Comics editorials. How about now?

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”286580″][quote comment=”286574″][quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.[/quote]

    I had to look it up myself a few months back, like Andy I had’have never seen it used anywhere else. I just chalked it up to east coast slang, like people writing “er” during a trailing off rant. I’d never seen that until a year or so ago, but now I hardly even notice reading it.[/quote]

    yeah…definitely a ‘east coast thing’…i never even noticed it (as in, that it was something out of the ordinary) until it was pointed out…

    not something one normally “sees” in writing i spose, but definitely when one writes as one speaks, it flows naturally…natch

  • Geeman | August 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”286579″][quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]

    I suppose when they finish their ice cream, there’s no place to put the container.[/quote]

    http://www.autograph...
    There. Is that better?

  • duckstyle | August 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”286583″][quote comment=”286580″][quote comment=”286574″][quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.[/quote]

    I had to look it up myself a few months back, like Andy I had’have never seen it used anywhere else. I just chalked it up to east coast slang, like people writing “er” during a trailing off rant. I’d never seen that until a year or so ago, but now I hardly even notice reading it.[/quote]

    yeah…definitely a ‘east coast thing’…i never even noticed it (as in, that it was something out of the ordinary) until it was pointed out…

    not something one normally “sees” in writing i spose, but definitely when one writes as one speaks, it flows naturally…natch[/quote]

    I like to blame unknown weirdness on the east coast. Weirdos.

  • MLB2PDX | August 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”286583″]yeah…definitely a ‘east coast thing’…i never even noticed it (as in, that it was something out of the ordinary) until it was pointed out…

    not something one normally “sees” in writing i spose, but definitely when one writes as one speaks, it flows naturally…natch[/quote]

    So if it’s an east coast thing, can you then have “mad natch” and/or “wicked natch”?

    I miss the time I spent in MA and DC…

  • Mark in Cincy | August 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”286584″][quote comment=”286579″][quote comment=”286554″]New Reds’ Helmets?
    http://images.google...
    Does anyone know why the Reds base coaches wear these helmets on the road (to match the team’s road caps) but the players wear the all-red helmets (to match the home caps)?[/quote]

    I suppose when they finish their ice cream, there’s no place to put the container.[/quote]

    http://www.autograph...
    There. Is that better?[/quote]
    beautiful … as for the LaRue helmet, if it was all black, it is possible that the red paint was chipping off the brim … he is one of those players that uses always being dirty as a metaphor for being a hard worker

  • Ricko | August 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”286586″][quote comment=”286583″]yeah…definitely a ‘east coast thing’…i never even noticed it (as in, that it was something out of the ordinary) until it was pointed out…

    not something one normally “sees” in writing i spose, but definitely when one writes as one speaks, it flows naturally…natch[/quote]

    So if it’s an east coast thing, can you then have “mad natch” and/or “wicked natch”?

    I miss the time I spent in MA and DC…[/quote]

    I’m gonna start using “Zounds” instead of something like “egad.” Give the place a dignififed presence, don’t you think?

    (Actually, I’m just feeling dumb cuz never noticed the “natch’s”)

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    was reading the comics at lunch, natch…

    saw this…and immediately thought of ricko ;)

  • Dane | August 28, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”286574″][quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.[/quote]

    Dennis the Menace’s dad used to say “natch” a lot – that’s where I got it.

  • MPowers1634 | August 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”286576″]ok, well it’s been forever since I did html and i failed obviously… there is the link…

    http://www.buffalobi...

    I sent Paul scans of the Jets Fanshop catalogue, complete with their helmet hoodie as well!

    http://i256.photobuc...

    Super Bowl III 40th Anniversary, check out the patch:
    http://i256.photobuc...

    Check out the replica Namath helmet:
    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    The Suzy Kolber collection:
    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    http://i256.photobuc...

  • Ricko | August 28, 2008 at 2:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”286590″]was reading the comics at lunch, natch…

    saw this…and immediately thought of ricko ;)[/quote]

    ’bout 18 years ago was watching 1981 Super Bowl highlits with son, who was 7. I pointed to Bob Chandler blocking downfield on Kenny King’s long run. Said, “See that #85? He was one of my favorites.”

    Without missing a beat, son asked, “Is he dead?”

    (Ironically, of course, Chandler did later die young, during the O.J. trial and creating a day off so Simpson could attend the funeral.)

  • Smail | August 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”286542″]http://www.uptempoairforums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=31426

    new nba logos, fonts. patches[/quote]

    LOL at Charlotte having a 5 year patch.

  • Chris in Nashville | August 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”286576″]ok, well it’s been forever since I did html and i failed obviously… there is the link…

    http://www.buffalobi...

    Here are all the NFL teams Helmet Hoodies
    http://www.nflshop.c...

  • LarenR | August 28, 2008 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”286586″][quote comment=”286583″]yeah…definitely a ‘east coast thing’…i never even noticed it (as in, that it was something out of the ordinary) until it was pointed out…

    not something one normally “sees” in writing i spose, but definitely when one writes as one speaks, it flows naturally…natch[/quote]

    So if it’s an east coast thing, can you then have “mad natch” and/or “wicked natch”?

    I miss the time I spent in MA and DC…[/quote]
    In Oakland it’d be “hella natch”…if anyone said natch…which they don’t, of course (I mean, natch)

  • Ricko | August 28, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”286595″][quote comment=”286576″]ok, well it’s been forever since I did html and i failed obviously… there is the link…

    http://www.buffalobi...

    Here are all the NFL teams Helmet Hoodies
    http://www.nflshop.c...

    A fun idea. But it seems to me teams like the Vikings (for example) would have looked better either solid dark to match the hoodhelmet or with a white body…when they have no alernate such as the gold used on the Vikes’ version.

    Although I suppose they do have a set pattern for their combinations.

  • Wade Harder | August 28, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment=\”286551\”]Is Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa getting a permanent Houndstooth hat?

    http://www.1420thetu...

    It\’s for the new \”Bear\’s Den\” concessions stand on the north endzone. A link to the explanation is below:

    http://blog.al.com/r...

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote]So if it’s an east coast thing, can you then have “mad natch” and/or “wicked natch”?

    I miss the time I spent in MA and DC…[/quote]

    i don’t believe bastin is part of the “east coast”…per se…

    sawx nation is like it’s own geographic entity altogether…howevah…most sawx fans ive met are actually good shit

    …and to tie it into yesterday’s comments…FIB (drivers) have an equivalent in boston…they are massholes

  • Mickel Yantz | August 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    I didn’t know Larussa had “tony” on the back of his jersey while he was playing. Did he always have it that way? And it’s huge
    http://www.americanm...

  • Wade Harder | August 28, 2008 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”286539″][quote comment=”286527″]I was watching a replay of the 2000 Orange Bowl on the new Big Ten Network, and saw that Shaun Alexander (at Alabama), wore SU. ALEXANDER on his nameplate. I dont know how to get screen grabs, but it was there…[/quote]
    There’s a SU. ALEXANDER ‘Bama jersey hanging on the wall of the Dreamland BBQ restaurant in Huntsville. If any of the other local Uni Watchers are near the corner of Jordan and University today, stop in and take a picture.[/quote]

    It’s because there was actually a SHAWN Alexander on the team when Shaun was a freshman and sophomore, hence the SU. on the nameplate.

  • Ryan | August 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm |

    i don’t know if this has been posted before, but as i was on the oklahoma state message board today this website was posted: http://www.mghelmets... You could spend a lot of time looking at these.

  • James P. | August 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”286602″]i don’t know if this has been posted before, but as i was on the oklahoma state message board today this website was posted: http://www.mghelmets... You could spend a lot of time looking at these.[/quote]

    that site reminds me a lot of The Helmet project: http://nationalchamp...

  • Stuby | August 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”286598″][quote comment=\”286551\”]Is Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa getting a permanent Houndstooth hat?

    http://www.1420thetu...

    It\’s for the new \”Bear\’s Den\” concessions stand on the north endzone. A link to the explanation is below:

    http://blog.al.com/r...
    I vaguely recall Paul covering this before, but every picture I can find of Bear Bryant he’s wearing a plaid hat and not a houndstooth one. Did he ever really wear a houndstooth hat, or is it a myth?

    http://assets.espn.g...

    http://www.nndb.com/...

    http://i36.photobuck...

  • S. Bennett | August 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”286574″][quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.[/quote]

    Stan Lee was a wizard of neologisms.

    ’nuff said.

    SB

  • Juan Grande | August 28, 2008 at 4:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”286602″]i don’t know if this has been posted before, but as i was on the oklahoma state message board today this website was posted: http://www.mghelmets... You could spend a lot of time looking at these.[/quote]

    It was listed on here a while back but always fun to look in. Some of the MLB helmets really look good. The Red Sox, Padres, Giants, and Dodgers helmets are my favorites.

  • =bg= | August 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    http://www.mghelmets...

    Some of those concepts are really good. thats exactly how i woulda done the Cardinals.

  • Jase R | August 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”286556″]“My grandpa used to wear one like this daily, and I don’t think I’ve seen one since he passed,” writes Chad Hunt. “My recollection was that we got this hat for him at a Stockton (CA) Ports game sometime in the mid-1980s. The Ports are a Class-A affiliate of the A’s; it may have been a promotional giveaway.”

    Couldn’t be a Stockton Ports give away. The Ports were a Milwalkee Brewers affiliate until the early 2000’s when the Modesto A’s moved to Stockton, keeping the traditional name of Ports. The Modesto A’s were the Oakland farm club for 30 years or more before that..[/quote]

    As a lifelong A’s fan (or at least since that whole Pete Rose thing soured me on the Red’s as a child), I think the real question is “Where can I get one?” Although I am curious as to where this one came from if not from the Ports.

  • lwiedy | August 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”286600″]I didn’t know Larussa had “tony” on the back of his jersey while he was playing. Did he always have it that way? And it’s huge
    http://www.americanm...

    I don’t know that he did either. Could have been added later. I would want a photomatch of some kind (Ricko?) before laying out what they probably want.

  • Ricko | August 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”286609″][quote comment=”286600″]I didn’t know Larussa had “tony” on the back of his jersey while he was playing. Did he always have it that way? And it’s huge
    http://www.americanm...

    I don’t know that he did either. Could have been added later. I would want a photomatch of some kind (Ricko?) before laying out what they probably want.[/quote]

    Whoa. Off hand, both number and NOB look too big. But who knows what Finley might have done for one set of unis somewhere along the way.

    —Ricko

  • PHIL | August 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”286606″][quote comment=”286602″]i don’t know if this has been posted before, but as i was on the oklahoma state message board today this website was posted: http://www.mghelmets... You could spend a lot of time looking at these.[/quote]

    Wait wait wait….someone else was on an Oklahoma State message board? I thought I was the only one.

  • Justin in AR | August 28, 2008 at 5:49 pm |

    There is some unneccessary UW bashing going on here. http://www.hogville....
    Rarely do I post there, but I had to step in when they started smack talking.
    I tried my best to defend it.

  • BS | August 28, 2008 at 6:09 pm |

    Paul, I’m not so sure about comparing USC to Iowa State. Their uni’s aren’t that close in anything other than colors:
    Iowa State (Home and Road): https://admin.xosn.c...

    USC (home): http://blog.oregonli...
    USC (road): http://images.athlon...

    And, just for kicks: Iowa State’s cheerleaders don’t semi-moon national TV cameras do they?

  • who cares | August 28, 2008 at 6:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”286612″]There is some unneccessary UW bashing going on here. http://www.hogville....
    Rarely do I post there, but I had to step in when they started smack talking.
    I tried my best to defend it.[/quote]

    Pretty tame stuff for an SEC blog. It’s funny how many euphemisms for “homosexual” the folks throw out at PL because he writes about uniforms while the macho posters are discussing uniforms.

  • Matt | August 28, 2008 at 6:34 pm |

    Wow, that forum really makes people from Arkansas look ignorant.

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”286615″]Wow, that forum really makes people from Arkansas look ignorant.[/quote]

    they really don’t need a forum for that

  • LarenR | August 28, 2008 at 6:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”286616″][quote comment=”286615″]Wow, that forum really makes people from Arkansas look ignorant.[/quote]

    they really don’t need a forum for that[/quote]
    Now, now… let’s not do what they’re doing. Stay above the fray…

  • Justin | August 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”286616″][quote comment=”286615″]Wow, that forum really makes people from Arkansas look ignorant.[/quote]

    they really don’t need a forum for that[/quote]

    Hey, c’mon, now… I’m from Arkansas and was trying to defend us. Don’t clump me in with those folks, now.

  • Justin | August 28, 2008 at 6:51 pm |

    By “us”, I mean this site and the people who read it.
    However, I tried to make a point about how you could bash the column or whatever, but there was no need for name calling. Alas, to no avail.

  • Beardface | August 28, 2008 at 6:53 pm |

    Paul, forgot to tell you this about the VT number font before you put up the ESPN article, and I apologize for it…

    The font is actually completely unique to Virginia Tech. Nike actually worked with the Virginia Tech marketing department and created a number font that incorporated the now well-known Virginia Tech logo, the slanted VT (the one that looks like the square root of 1). That is why you have all those funny looking points at the tips of 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 9, because they are given the look of the tip of the ‘T’ in the logo. I apologize for not getting this to you earlier, but I just recently found out myself.

    Are there any other teams out there in any sport where they deliberately changed a number font or typeface in order to match it up with a logo like that? Off the top of my head, I cannot recall any

  • Ricko | August 28, 2008 at 7:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”286619″]By “us”, I mean this site and the people who read it.
    However, I tried to make a point about how you could bash the column or whatever, but there was no need for name calling. Alas, to no avail.[/quote]

    Trying to follow the thinking of those dumping on Paul. Isn’t choosing a uniform design entity, pondering over their work and the colors, finalizing one design, having protoypes made, selecting the final version, picking players to model them, fitting those players, announcing an “unveiling” and then trotting those athletes out for a 2008 Fashion Show on a media day that’s all ABOUT the new uniforms pretty much coming from the same mindset of the person who WRITES about the uniforms?

    I mean, shouldn’t that guy who uses a Charger helmet by his posts—and the others like him—be casting the same aspersions toward anyone at Arkansas who was in any way involved with making such a big deal out of what the team will WEAR this year?

    Of course, had Paul proclaimed them the greatest uniforms in the history of football, those people probably wouldn’t have said a word.

    “You don’t like my team’s unis? Well…you’re a big poopoohead, that’s what you are.”

  • who cares | August 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”286621″][quote comment=”286619″]By “us”, I mean this site and the people who read it.
    However, I tried to make a point about how you could bash the column or whatever, but there was no need for name calling. Alas, to no avail.[/quote]

    Trying to follow the thinking of those dumping on Paul. Isn’t choosing a uniform design entity, pondering over their work and the colors, finalizing one design, having protoypes made, selecting the final version, picking players to model them, fitting those players, announcing an “unveiling” and then trotting those athletes out for a 2008 Fashion Show on a media day that’s all ABOUT the new uniforms pretty much coming from the same mindset of the person who WRITES about the uniforms?

    I mean, shouldn’t that guy who uses a Charger helmet by his posts—and the others like him—be casting the same aspersions toward anyone at Arkansas who was in any way involved with making such a big deal out of what the team will WEAR this year?

    Of course, had Paul proclaimed them the greatest uniforms in the history of football, those people probably wouldn’t have said a word.

    “You don’t like my team’s unis? Well…you’re a big poopoohead, that’s what you are.”[/quote]

    The SEC is a league full of fans who live in one room shacks with their hunting dog and 13 year old sister that think the most clever thing they’ve ever done is suggest all Florida fans wear Jorts. Seriously, a glass house would be an improvement for most of these folks and that’s not a stone, it’s a hammer because the ex stole all their Craftsman.

  • Paul Lukas | August 28, 2008 at 7:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”286622″]The SEC is a league full of fans who live in one room shacks with their hunting dog and 13 year old sister that think the most clever thing they’ve ever done is suggest all Florida fans wear Jorts. Seriously, a glass house would be an improvement for most of these folks and that’s not a stone, it’s a hammer because the ex stole all their Craftsman.[/quote]

    Enough of that. It’s big country, and I’m fond of almost every part of it. No region-bashing (or any other kind of non-uni-based bashing) here, please. Thanks.

  • David | August 28, 2008 at 7:41 pm |

    Vandy’s new jerseys are totally asinine. Wrap-around bib AND the “V Star” above the number? Totally childish. No wonder Vandy will always be the whipping boy of the SEC.

  • Nick Jurista | August 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”286595″][quote comment=”286576″]ok, well it’s been forever since I did html and i failed obviously… there is the link…

    http://www.buffalobi...

    Here are all the NFL teams Helmet Hoodies
    http://www.nflshop.c...
    That’s pretty cool, except for the price tag.. Yikes! I’ve never made a fake-jersey for my own favourite teams (Florida in college, Cleveland in the nfl), mostly because the jersey/helmet combo is too hard to recreate.

    I’ve thought about buying one orange and one blue hoodie, then combining them for a Gators “jersey,” but the script on the helmet would give me fits. I do all the letters/numbers freehand and I think the idea of stenciling them out would take away from them slightly.

    The funny thing is that I’ve actually had people ask me to make one for them.

  • David | August 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm |

    Who thinks Iowa State’s road unis look awful? Why can’t the Cyclones just wear the gold pants both home and away? Those maroon pants are something out of high school.

  • odessasteps magazine | August 28, 2008 at 7:58 pm |

    Paul’s appearance today on Dave Dameshek’s podcast is up now at the ESPN Podcenter site.

  • Justin in AR | August 28, 2008 at 8:00 pm |

    All I am going to say is that, about what happened in the Arkansas forum, is that if I had tried to relay some sort of relevance to the rest of the people who were bashing, it probably would not have gotten me anywhere. I just don’t like to see the small-mindedness of some people.
    I didn’t really feel like arguing, so I didn’t, but I wanted everyone here see it. On the same token, not everyone here is like that.
    I love my state, but I just hate seeing things like that. I attempted to right the ship and defend a site that I enjoy.

  • S. Bennett | August 28, 2008 at 8:16 pm |

    [quote comment=\”286620\”]
    Are there any other teams out there in any sport where they deliberately changed a number font or typeface in order to match it up with a logo like that? Off the top of my head, I cannot recall any[/quote]

    Minor hockey and baseball are pretty good for this type of treatment.

    Manitoba Moose:
    http://www.frosken.c...

    Columbus Cottonmouths:
    http://www.gameworns...

    And a variety more – many of which have been pegged on this site before.

    SB

  • Beeker | August 28, 2008 at 8:20 pm |

    Does anyone know whose makers mark this is? You can see it on his shirt, shorts and socks. It kind of looks like an infiniti symbol. I saw it the other day and haven’t been able to figure it out.

    http://farm4.static....

    BTW – That’s Robert Kendrick (he’ll play Djokovic tomorrow – Aug. 29).

  • MLB2PDX | August 28, 2008 at 8:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”286599″][quote]So if it’s an east coast thing, can you then have “mad natch” and/or “wicked natch”?

    I miss the time I spent in MA and DC…[/quote]

    i don’t believe bastin is part of the “east coast”…per se…

    sawx nation is like it’s own geographic entity altogether…howevah…most sawx fans ive met are actually good shit

    …and to tie it into yesterday’s comments…FIB (drivers) have an equivalent in boston…they are massholes[/quote]

    Actually, my time was spent in Worcester (Woostah). Definitely not a fan of the Sawx, and pretty much dislike the Yankees and Red Sox equally…after full on hating the SF Giants first.

    I did get a kick out of calling things “mad wicked”. ‘It’s mad wicked hot today’, etc. This drove people nuts, since I wasnt using either term ‘properly’.

    And I will definitely agree with the drivers. I’ve been through every state, and without a doubt, the Massholes have to ‘take the cake’.

    (sorry for the delay in response, I ‘had’ to golf all afternoon. ;)

  • Matt | August 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm |

    Iowa State is on local TV, and boy do they look sharp in their new unis. I’m unable to get a screen grab, but they are wearing white socks and white shoes. A great improvement.

  • chance | August 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”286583″][quote comment=”286580″][quote comment=”286574″][quote comment=”286568″][quote comment=”286566″][quote comment=”286564″][Why is the word “natch” used so frequently on this site? This is the only site I ever see this word, and it’s used all the time here.[/quote]

    an abbreviation of the word ‘naturally,’ natch[/quote]

    Funny, I’d never use it in conversation. It seems to me a completely visual word. I like it because it’s a casual-type word without the standard mangling of English that you see on the Web from people who wish to be informal.

    Then again, Stan Lee says things like “‘Nuff Said” and “Excelsior!” in conversation, so maybe he’s use that as well.
    Yeah, I know what it means (I had to look it up after I first saw it on this site)…the thing I’m curious about is why the word is used so frequently on this site and I rarely see it anywhere else.[/quote]

    Dunno – hadn’t noticed that it’s used more here than other message boards.

    I’m pretty sure that I picked it up from Stan Lee.[/quote]

    I had to look it up myself a few months back, like Andy I had’have never seen it used anywhere else. I just chalked it up to east coast slang, like people writing “er” during a trailing off rant. I’d never seen that until a year or so ago, but now I hardly even notice reading it.[/quote]

    yeah…definitely a ‘east coast thing’…i never even noticed it (as in, that it was something out of the ordinary) until it was pointed out…

    not something one normally “sees” in writing i spose, but definitely when one writes as one speaks, it flows naturally…natch[/quote]

  • DawgFan | August 28, 2008 at 9:14 pm |

    Baylor has 2 players with roman numerals on their jerseys, Dan Gay IV (OT #71) and Robert Griffin III (QB #10).

  • jockstrap | August 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”286552″][quote comment=”286538″][quote comment=”286525″]The Brady Quinn facemask change appears to be a result of him switching away from the Riddell Revolution to the more traditional helmet.[/quote]
    Several players have ditched the Revolution for more traditional helmets (Quinn, Brian Brohm, Eli a few years ago). I wonder if it has more to do with comfort or that the Revolution is dorky looking.[/quote]

    It’s because there are better helmets out there than the Revo.

    The Schutt DNA is better, and looks better IMHO, than the Revo.

    The Schutt AiR XP has the same tech as the DNA, but has the classic Schutt shell look.

    The Schutt ION 4D is really solid, but goofy looking as hell.

    There’s a new helmet maker out there called Xenith that uses an interesting new design of a bonnet-like cover inside of the shell that fits to the player’s head, rather than just sitting on it.

    In other words, the Revo was revolutionary (no pun intended) when it came out, but that was a long time ago.[/quote]

    I think the QB for NC State may disagree with you. Air XP just got him KNOCKED OUT!

  • Kevin F. | August 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm |

    Just saw some logo creep at the DNC — a guy from the Teamsters had a huge Nike sign on the sleeve of his polo. Maybe somebody can provide a screen grab …

  • BS | August 28, 2008 at 9:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”286613″]Paul, I’m not so sure about comparing USC to Iowa State. Their uni’s aren’t that close in anything other than colors:
    Iowa State (Home and Road): https://admin.xosn.c...

    USC (home): http://blog.oregonli...
    USC (road): http://images.athlon...

    And, just for kicks: Iowa State’s cheerleaders don’t semi-moon national TV cameras do they?[/quote]
    Hmmm… the song girl pic link died…

  • TCO | August 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm |

    Just to chime in one the issue of the Revolution. Having worn a DNA and a Revolution I found the Revolution to be much more comfortable. Most helmet have pads that run underneath the ear and it practically tears your ears off when you take it off. The Revolution has a pad in front of and behind the ear, nothing below. I wore a Revolution for 3 years and loved it. I did have it get ripped off of my head once last season but that is a different story.

  • Jeff I | August 28, 2008 at 11:37 pm |

    Paul:

    Change for Hofstra U’s football helmets. They are now wearing an all blue helmet with a stylized “H”. The past few years they wore a white helmet with their lion logo on it.

    New: http://www.hofstra.e...

    Old: http://aim.search.ao... Details

  • Mike N. | August 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm |

    While I have not been a supporter of Georgia Tech’s decision to change uniforms, I just came back from the game, and in my opinion, they are not as bad in person as they have been reviewed on this blog. The new shade of gold really pops under the lights and is surprisingly unique compared to other schools with gold in their scheme. Sure they are not perfect (the chest piping does suck), but they are far from a disaster.

  • Erik Morris | August 28, 2008 at 11:53 pm |

    I love the membership card design of the UGA helmet with bone decals. I would have never thought of it but wish I had.

  • Loren J. | August 29, 2008 at 12:07 am |

    I”m a Texas Rangers fan. This rumor about the Rangers Home jersey changes for next season sound lame. Uber-lame. The State name on the Home jersey? That may be ok in the NBA or even the NHL, but in Baseball? Just stupid. They’d be the only team doing it. That idiot Hicks can’t get anything right.

    But, I do like the ideal of a Red Alternate jersey. I would buy one of them. The new Game Cap sounds sweet. I’d buy one of them too.

    Why would they be getting rid of the sleeveless jerseys? The players begged for a S/L jersey. Especially at Home.

  • Paul Lukas | August 29, 2008 at 12:18 am |

    [quote comment=”286642″]Why would they be getting rid of the sleeveless jerseys? The players begged for a S/L jersey. Especially at Home.[/quote]

    Yeah, but that was before the advent of Cool Base jerseys. The players wanted the vests because of the Texas heat, but the Cool Bases take care of that. Or at least that’s the explanation I’ve heard.

  • Flip | August 29, 2008 at 12:37 am |

    [quote comment=”286639″]Paul:

    Change for Hofstra U’s football helmets. They are now wearing an all blue helmet with a stylized “H”. The past few years they wore a white helmet with their lion logo on it.

    New: http://www.hofstra.e...

    Old: http://aim.search.ao... Details[/quote]

    Does Hofstra have a stripe over just one shoulder?

  • Nate | August 29, 2008 at 1:29 am |

    [quote comment=”286644″][quote comment=”286639″]Paul:

    Change for Hofstra U’s football helmets. They are now wearing an all blue helmet with a stylized “H”. The past few years they wore a white helmet with their lion logo on it.

    New: http://www.hofstra.e...

    Old: http://aim.search.ao... Details[/quote]

    Does Hofstra have a stripe over just one shoulder?[/quote]
    No. If you look carefully, you will find the other shoulder stripe just barely visible.