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The Ricko Files, Vol. 6

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Been over a month since our last Ricko installment, a gap that I’m sure has sent many of you into withdrawal (me, too). Without further ado:

• Check out all these white-shod N.L. all-stars from 1981. Also, note Dave Concepcion wearing red cleats — not quite as much a statement as white, but still a deviation from Cincy’s usual black footwear at the time. In this shot, from the same game, you can see Andre Dawson wearing white.

• Speaking of footwear, check out Dave Parker’s gold Brookses (interesting shin-lacing technique, too). “This shot is from ’81 also and, while not from the ASG in question, this photo got saved because it matched the shoes he wore when he made those two great throws,” says Ricko. “I know, cuz I watched that game like a hawk trying to figure out ‘What’s he wearing THIS year?'” Yes, back in the day, Ricko actually kept a running tally of the Cobra’s cleats. Unfuckingbelievable.

• “I actually have sketches (on 3 x 5 cards) of what I call ‘Innovators,’ mostly for football,” says Ricko. “First guys to tape shoes, first guys to wear white shoes, first to wear colored shoes, first to wear Saucony, adidas, puma, k-swiss… I actually did this well into adulthood. Drawn on vellum, then taped to black cards. Always thought they might look cool enlarged, that the effect would be interesting. I was right. Anyway, here are the ‘Tape’ and ‘White Shoes’ sketches for Namath. And from the ‘Colored Shoes,’ series, a NY guy like you should appreciate these.”

• “How many socks did the White Sox wear when the White Sox wore white socks?” asks Ricko. Answer: Lots, as seen in this slideshow.

• Joe Pepitone was famous for his hair-care habits, but early in his career he was close-shorn. Later on, he looked bushier. And is that a cigarette in his mouth?

Saucony cleats used a three-stripe pattern several years before Adidas did. And look who used to wear them.

• “This photo interested me for two reasons,” says Ricko. “First, Lance Alworth, rookie year, ’62, wore No. 24. Also, Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson, one of the early tape guys, started spatting up his Sauconys that year (Alworth didn’t start spatting till ’63, when he changed to No. 19).
Interestingly enough, each of them had worn Sauconys the year before; Alworth at Arkansas, Williamson with Raiders. Will have to dig those photos out later. And here’s the Hammer again, also from ’62, but with more tape. Also note one of his teammates must have preferred his ‘Bears-style’ helmet from the two previous seasons (no gold stripe is first thing you notice).”

• “Here’s one of the most uni-oriented magazine covers I ever saw,” says Ricko. “And speaking of Don Maynard, that’s him in this 1960 shot, wearing his funky original Titans helmet. And here he is in the first year of the Jets, still wearing his funky Titans helmet, now repainted to lustrous white and kelly. The reason he has no helmet logo is likely because it was a preseason game, just like in this shot (although now the Jets had two stripes, not one).”

That’ll do for today. More Rickosity coming next week.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: You already knew that the Vikings use a metallic finish for their helmets, but you might not have known that they also used metallic flake in their helmet decals (with thanks to Dan Smith). … This page has the following tidbit: “The next year [2004], a Royals employee went to the Dominican to scout some games or whatever. And in the middle of the day, he hears someone call his name. He turns around and it’s Jose Lima … WEARING A FULL ROYALS UNIFORM. Everything. Pants. Socks. The whole bit. During the offseason. In the middle of the day. In the Dominican Republic” (thanks, Vince). … The Magic’s new jerseys appear to have been leaked (with thanks to Rob Payne). … The Hiroshima Carp will wear 1977 throwbacks later this month to mark their final year at Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (as reported by, of course, Jeremy Brahm). … Good article here on the guy who cleans the jerseys for the Jets and Giants (with thanks to Dane Drutis). … Check this out: The 1902 Oklahoma Sooners — with their coach wearing a Texas Longhorns sweater. That shot comes our way courtesy of Dan Bewley, who also sent this early article on football equipment (here’s the second page). … Travis Hafner, like most rehabbing MLBers, is wearing his big league helmet while down in the minors (with thanks to Brendon Yarian). … Big thanks to a reader who shall remain nameless, who was kind enough to send me a set of Phillies stirrups, complete with laundry tags and Liberty Bells. And in case you were wondering the Liberty Bells are embroidered, not printed. … Speaking of reader generosity, last month I mentioned that I became a 49ers fan because I pulled this football card out of a box of cereal when I was six years old but that the card had gotten lost along the way. Three different readers arranged to have the card sent to me — you guys are amazing, really. Thank you. … Lots of chatter that this may be the Sabers’ new third jersey. Not sure if it’s legit or not, but we’ll all find out soon enough. … Rezoning and rampant giveaways to developers here in NYC have taken a massive toll on the institution of the neighborhood tavern. But yesterday local DJ Mr. Fine Wine and I spent Monday afternoon drinking and shooting pool at this fine establishment, which is only a 25-minute bike ride from my apt. but had somehow eluded my bar radar over the past two decades. Just as perfect inside as it looks from the outside. … Good site devoted to retro soccer gear here (with thanks to Michael Doucette). … My recent coverage of high-positioned shin guards led Mike Engle to point out that Henry Rodriguez pioneered that style years ago. … The Packers wore white shoes in the preseason (just as they’ve done for years), but they broke out black shoes last night. First time they’ve gone black-shod since 1975. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New center-ice designs for the Hurricanes and Habs. … Also from yesterday: Shorpy scores again. … Decal problems for the Huskies (with thanks to Casey Moses).

 

229 comments to The Ricko Files, Vol. 6

  • Steve Sarran | September 9, 2008 at 8:55 am |

    Im not a packers fan but the black shoes looked mighty sharp. White shoes remind me of the 80’s.

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 8:56 am |

    this and this are simplyfuckinamazing

    ricko!

    did you trace those and then ‘paint’ those colors in? absolutely amazing man!

    and i LOVE LOVE LOVE studdard’s green pumas

    awesome job ol’ man!

  • Jim MI | September 9, 2008 at 8:58 am |

    Early NHL news:

    Read off of another hockey related site that the Montreal Canadiens will be wearing more than one vintage uni this year for their 100 year celebration.

    Rumored are 1912-1913 and 1915-1916 jerseys. Also rumored to be 2 more but no years given.

    Here is a pic of MON uni history with 1915 uni in there:

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    Cannot find a pic of 1912, but I am still looking.

  • Sigma1042 | September 9, 2008 at 9:01 am |

    Uniwatchblog got a nice shout out on first team on fox this morning (steve czaban’s show). If anyone has XM they replay at noon. It happened about 2 hours into the show. They discussed memorial patches.

  • Dave | September 9, 2008 at 9:02 am |

    Not uni related, but does anyone remember the ASG that Rick mentions where Dave Parker made those great throws? I have a distinct memory of watching him throw an absolute *bullet* from the right field corner to throw someone out at home. A quick search says it was 1979, but I couldn’t find any video of it. Anyone know where I could see that again?

  • Broadway Connie | September 9, 2008 at 9:03 am |

    Yikes. Today’s Ricko gallery is the shit. Don Maynard as a Titan? The Evolution of Joe Namath murals? The cavalcade of pale hose? A giant strides among us.

    And then there’s Jeremy Brahm, omniscient internationalist. Those Carp throwback unis! Paul, do you have info about, or a photo of, Mr Brahm?

  • Hurnf | September 9, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    It was 1979, and he gunned someone out at home, and someone at third base.

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    notice gibril wilson of da raidahs…no white sock…the ENTIRE raider DBs were so attired last evening…gotta think the fashion police would like a few words…

    also…

    surprisingly, the GU63 patch didn’t look so bad on the silver and black

  • Stuby | September 9, 2008 at 9:10 am |

    Last GU comment for me, I swear. Here’s a shot of the GU patch encroaching on the uni numbers of the Packers.

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

    Quick Jose Lima story: Late 90s at Candlestick, Lima with the Astros. He’s talking to some high school kids in the crowd when one of the kids asks him for a dip. Lima takes the can out of his back pocket and tosses it to the kid. Kid takes a dip and tosses it back to Lima. Classic.

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 9:16 am |

    As for OJ in the saucony cleats:
    http://farm4.static....

    It shouldn’t be a surprise sonce there was a line of them known as the “Juicemobiles”:

    http://i.cdn.turner....

  • xyz | September 9, 2008 at 9:18 am |

    Ricko,
    I know Wilson used three stripes on their cleats in the late 60’s and early seventies. Also, I know Spot Bilt was making alot of the early cleats (1960’s thru 1970’s) and thought maybe that you had mixed up Saucony with Spot Bilt. (Saucony merged or bought out Spot Bilt in the mid to late 70′.)

  • Stuby | September 9, 2008 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”288635″]As for OJ in the saucony cleats:
    http://farm4.static....

    It shouldn’t be a surprise sonce there was a line of them known as the “Juicemobiles”:

    http://i.cdn.turner....
    Check out the short pants on #81 of the Jets in that second link. They look rolled up, but are approaching Al Harris territory.

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment=”288633″]notice gibril wilson of da raidahs…no white sock…the ENTIRE raider DBs were so attired last evening…gotta think the fashion police would like a few words…

    also…

    surprisingly, the GU63 patch didn’t look so bad on the silver and black[/quote]

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment=”288638″][quote comment=”288633″]notice gibril wilson of da raidahs…no white sock…the ENTIRE raider DBs were so attired last evening…gotta think the fashion police would like a few words…

    also…

    surprisingly, the GU63 patch didn’t look so bad on the silver and black[/quote][/quote]

    I noticed that and Posted last night…all of the Raiders DB’s as well as one of the linebackers were wearing black socks and cleats.

    D’Angelo Hall was as well, especially when he had two personal fouls on one drive!

    I actually likes the look, especially with their addition of three black northwestern stripes on the sock.

  • Hank | September 9, 2008 at 9:26 am |

    Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.

  • Shabe | September 9, 2008 at 9:28 am |

    Kid Carter looks entirely too happy in that first foto.

  • Justin | September 9, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    anyone notice/said anything about Favre still wearing his Packers shoulder pads? http://graphics8.nyt...

  • seven | September 9, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    Paul, I know you don’t have a great memory for soccer stuff, but I think you’ve posted the TOFFs link at least 2 other times.

  • floormaster squeeze | September 9, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    I think Toffs makes fine merchandise and cool retro kits but I had a really bad experience with them. They advertised a jersey they did not have, charged me for it, then explained they did not have and would refund me.

    I sent them a nice note back saying that while they should have updated their offerings list to prevent that sort of thing happening–they should never have charged me for something they did not have. Well, I got a surprisingly nasty and unprofessional note back. Pretty classless.

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment=”288637″][quote comment=”288635″]As for OJ in the saucony cleats:
    http://farm4.static....

    It shouldn’t be a surprise sonce there was a line of them known as the “Juicemobiles”:

    http://i.cdn.turner....
    Check out the short pants on #81 of the Jets in that second link. They look rolled up, but are approaching Al Harris territory.[/quote]

    Good eyes, Stuby…I’m wondering if the Jet didn’t take the kneepads out of his pants and tuck them under to avoid th extreme weight of wet pants!

  • Kek | September 9, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    Am I missing something? I was on the Classic Old School gear page, is that the only page of the website? The description on the page leads me to believe that there is more (i.e. examples of the work)

  • John T | September 9, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    [quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    and add to that, in the picture they both have on Met caps!! I reckon it was around ’67 (picture), and the incident was in 64

  • Hank | September 9, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    [quote comment=”288646″]Am I missing something? I was on the Classic Old School gear page, is that the only page of the website? The description on the page leads me to believe that there is more (i.e. examples of the work)[/quote]

    The site is a little slow to open. There are links to samples, etc.

  • Justin in AR | September 9, 2008 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=”288644″]I think Toffs makes fine merchandise and cool retro kits but I had a really bad experience with them. They advertised a jersey they did not have, charged me for it, then explained they did not have and would refund me.

    I sent them a nice note back saying that while they should have updated their offerings list to prevent that sort of thing happening–they should never have charged me for something they did not have. Well, I got a surprisingly nasty and unprofessional note back. Pretty classless.[/quote]

    That’s unfortunate, because I would really like to have that Man U George Best shirt. You suggest I look elsewhere?

  • Bob A | September 9, 2008 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”288647″][quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    and add to that, in the picture they both have on Met caps!! I reckon it was around ’67 (picture), and the incident was in 64[/quote]

    Yup, Mets caps in what seems to be Yankee Stadium. Probably a shot taken at the Mayor’s Trophy Game they played annually back then. Getting Berra and Linz in a picture together with the harmonica at their old ballpark was some sports editor’s idea of high comedy.

  • sleepyfloyd | September 9, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    [quote comment=”288646″]Am I missing something? I was on the Classic Old School gear page, is that the only page of the website? The description on the page leads me to believe that there is more (i.e. examples of the work)[/quote]

    Alain NS here. It seems like my page is presenting problems for some browsers. Try the direct link at http://www.classicol...

    I am good at the jersey stuff, not so much with the web stuff.

  • Cork | September 9, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”288628″]Early NHL news:

    Read off of another hockey related site that the Montreal Canadiens will be wearing more than one vintage uni this year for their 100 year celebration.

    Rumored are 1912-1913 and 1915-1916 jerseys. Also rumored to be 2 more but no years given.

    Here is a pic of MON uni history with 1915 uni in there:

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    Cannot find a pic of 1912, but I am still looking.[/quote]

    Could be wrong, but i believe those years correspond to the year the specific sweaters were introduced. So if you are looking for 1912, just look at 1911-1912. And if that is the case I cannot WAIT for those striped sweaters to be worn. One word. AWE.some.

  • timmy b | September 9, 2008 at 10:12 am |

    what truly amazes me about Ricko is not the fact that he did all of this stuff and did it quite well, but the fact that he SAVED EVERYTHING he ever did.

    astonishing.

  • Kek | September 9, 2008 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment=”288651″][quote comment=”288646″]Am I missing something? I was on the Classic Old School gear page, is that the only page of the website? The description on the page leads me to believe that there is more (i.e. examples of the work)[/quote]

    Alain NS here. It seems like my page is presenting problems for some browsers. Try the direct link at http://www.classicol...

    I am good at the jersey stuff, not so much with the web stuff.[/quote]
    I’m getting an error in the bottom left of the window, I’ll try to peep the site at home on either firefox or chrome (you suck sometimes IE).

    The direct link changes to the extended URL with Uniwatch in it.

  • Jim MI | September 9, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”288652″][quote comment=”288628″]Early NHL news:

    Read off of another hockey related site that the Montreal Canadiens will be wearing more than one vintage uni this year for their 100 year celebration.

    Rumored are 1912-1913 and 1915-1916 jerseys. Also rumored to be 2 more but no years given.

    Here is a pic of MON uni history with 1915 uni in there:

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    Cannot find a pic of 1912, but I am still looking.[/quote]

    Could be wrong, but i believe those years correspond to the year the specific sweaters were introduced. So if you are looking for 1912, just look at 1911-1912. And if that is the case I cannot WAIT for those striped sweaters to be worn. One word. AWE.some.[/quote]

    Yeah I know, I have found the 1915 jerseys, still no 1912.
    It’s hard to find because the NHL wasn’t founded until 1917, so record are hard to come by.

  • Jet | September 9, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”288653″]what truly amazes me about Ricko is not the fact that he did all of this stuff and did it quite well, but the fact that he SAVED EVERYTHING he ever did.

    astonishing.[/quote]

    Yeah Tim, it is freakin’ MIND-BLOWING.

    And oh man, I hope the Canadians do up those old jerseys right. Nothing lamer than seeing those old striped hockey SWEATERS rendered in new-fangled RBK polyester.

    -Jet

  • Pat | September 9, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    So am I to believe that you can just go and purchase those Phillies stirrups? Or do you have to have a special connection to acquire a pair? If they were available for purchase I think I would buy a few pairs.

    Anyone know for sure?

  • Mark | September 9, 2008 at 10:24 am |

    Looks like the blue jays have 2 stars and stripes hat

    http://www.lids.com/...

    http://www.lids.com/...

  • Jim MI | September 9, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”288655″][quote comment=”288652″][quote comment=”288628″]Early NHL news:

    Read off of another hockey related site that the Montreal Canadiens will be wearing more than one vintage uni this year for their 100 year celebration.

    Rumored are 1912-1913 and 1915-1916 jerseys. Also rumored to be 2 more but no years given.

    Here is a pic of MON uni history with 1915 uni in there:

    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    Cannot find a pic of 1912, but I am still looking.[/quote]

    Could be wrong, but i believe those years correspond to the year the specific sweaters were introduced. So if you are looking for 1912, just look at 1911-1912. And if that is the case I cannot WAIT for those striped sweaters to be worn. One word. AWE.some.[/quote]

    Yeah I know, I have found the 1915 jerseys, still no 1912.
    It’s hard to find because the NHL wasn’t founded until 1917, so record are hard to come by.[/quote]

    Here’s a gallery of Georges Vezina, who played in both 1912 and 1915 seasons for MON.

    http://www.legendsof...

    No years in pics, but still uni goodness.

  • Beats in Buffalo | September 9, 2008 at 10:31 am |

    The leaked image of the Sabres third jersey is very likely to be legitimate, not only does it correspond to the leaked description but a few years ago when the backlash of the current jersey design began the Sabres President assured fans that the old logo would be reintroduced but in line with the new color scheme which would avoid last years terrible look of a royal blue jersey with navy helmets and pads.

  • Jake Pride | September 9, 2008 at 10:42 am |

    An obsessive detail that only readers of this blog might notice: did you see that the font on the NFL referees’ uniforms now matches the font used in all of NFL’s TV and web advertising? It’s true!


    Look at the number and abbreviation on the uni:

    Now look at the new NFLShop.com logo.

    There’s a league that’s got its marketing mojo working.

  • Jim MI | September 9, 2008 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”288660″]The leaked image of the Sabres third jersey is very likely to be legitimate, not only does it correspond to the leaked description but a few years ago when the backlash of the current jersey design began the Sabres President assured fans that the old logo would be reintroduced but in line with the new color scheme which would avoid last years terrible look of a royal blue jersey with navy helmets and pads.[/quote]

    I actually kind of like the buffalo’s ‘buffaslug’ as some call it.

    (waiting to get something thrown at me in disgust)

    Don’t get me wrong, they NEVER should have left this design:

    http://cardsgaloreca...

    But I like the current deisgn a hell of a lot better than this:

    http://www.hollywood...

    Or This: ewww….

    http://www.sabresleg...

    Personally never understood why they left the actual sabres off their unis. They went to straight up buffalos. They are not the Buffalo Buffalos. They’re they Buffalo Sabres, put some sabres in your logo for God’s sake.

    http://i119.photobuc...

    Very nice…

  • floormaster squeeze | September 9, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”288649″][quote comment=”288644″]

    I sent them a nice note back saying that while they should have updated their offerings list to prevent that sort of thing happening–they should never have charged me for something they did not have. Well, I got a surprisingly nasty and unprofessional note back. Pretty classless.[/quote]

    That’s unfortunate, because I would really like to have that Man U George Best shirt. You suggest I look elsewhere?[/quote]

    Well, I could just be a crazy posting in comment sections!

    Toffs does have some pretty exclusive stuff and others may well be very happy with their service. I am just a sample of one, but I found I can live without doing business with them.

  • Paul Lukas | September 9, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”288646″]Am I missing something? I was on the Classic Old School gear page, is that the only page of the website? The description on the page leads me to believe that there is more (i.e. examples of the work)[/quote]

    There are additional links at the top of their home page.

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”288636″]Ricko,
    I know Wilson used three stripes on their cleats in the late 60’s and early seventies. Also, I know Spot Bilt was making alot of the early cleats (1960’s thru 1970’s) and thought maybe that you had mixed up Saucony with Spot Bilt. (Saucony merged or bought out Spot Bilt in the mid to late 70′.)[/quote]

    I didn’t mean to imply it was about the manufacturer, as much as watching the introduction of white “trim” on football shoes…and saying that “three stripes” originally was brought to American football by someone other than adidias (Raymond Berry wore a three-stipe model of some kind in the late 50s, but blacked out the stripes; wore them in the 1958 Sudden Death game, in fact).

    In ’64 when I found a pair of the soccer version of the shoes in the Charlie Johnson photo,I immediately bought them. By that time adidas had become well-established for track & field and soccer, but I learned this was a brand called “saucony”. So I was sort of reverse-engineering the history as best I could.

    Those shoes on Simpson at CCSF are adidas, some of the first introduced in U.S. for football (even in ’66 and ’67 very few around). Just included it to show he was among the earliest to wear them.

    —Ricko

  • Jim MI | September 9, 2008 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”288663″][quote comment=”288660″]The leaked image of the Sabres third jersey is very likely to be legitimate, not only does it correspond to the leaked description but a few years ago when the backlash of the current jersey design began the Sabres President assured fans that the old logo would be reintroduced but in line with the new color scheme which would avoid last years terrible look of a royal blue jersey with navy helmets and pads.[/quote]

    I actually kind of like the buffalo’s ‘buffaslug’ as some call it.

    (waiting to get something thrown at me in disgust)

    Don’t get me wrong, they NEVER should have left this design:

    http://cardsgaloreca...

    But I like the current deisgn a hell of a lot better than this:

    http://www.hollywood...

    Or This: ewww….

    http://www.sabresleg...

    Personally never understood why they left the actual sabres off their unis. They went to straight up buffalos. They are not the Buffalo Buffalos. They’re they Buffalo Sabres, put some sabres in your logo for God’s sake.

    http://i119.photobuc...

    Very nice…[/quote]

    Lets’ try that second link again….

    http://www.hockeyfor...

  • interlockingtc | September 9, 2008 at 10:46 am |

    I thought the Starlight Lounge was ficticous, the stuff of stories and film. But, damn, there it is. Long may it live.

    Another stellar Ricko installment.

    I look at that Canadiens centre ice shot, and all I see is commercialized clutter. An eyesore. I know that’s the way of the world, but, still…you hardly notice the anniversary logo amidst the crap.

  • Cosmo | September 9, 2008 at 10:46 am |

    Decal problems for the Huskies (with thanks to Casey Moses).

    I noticed that in week 1 against the Ducks. Except even worse. Paint chipping off in large sections. Do they use cheap paint for those helmets or what?

  • Perry | September 9, 2008 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.

  • Scott Little | September 9, 2008 at 10:50 am |

    • Saucony cleats used a three-stripe pattern several years before Adidas did. And look who used to wear them.

    Is there further evidence of this? All of my information here points to adidas before saucony/spot-bilt.

  • Stuby | September 9, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    Team Astana disputes the rumor that Lance Armstrong will be riding for them in ’09 in this article:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    But isn’t this a picture of Lance wearing their uniform on the Trek website?
    http://www.trekbikes...

  • Brad | September 9, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”288639″][quote comment=”288638″][quote comment=”288633″]notice gibril wilson of da raidahs…no white sock…the ENTIRE raider DBs were so attired last evening…gotta think the fashion police would like a few words…

    also…

    surprisingly, the GU63 patch didn’t look so bad on the silver and black[/quote][/quote]

    I noticed that and Posted last night…all of the Raiders DB’s as well as one of the linebackers were wearing black socks and cleats.

    D’Angelo Hall was as well, especially when he had two personal fouls on one drive!

    I actually likes the look, especially with their addition of three black northwestern stripes on the sock.[/quote]

    I noticed the black shoes and socks look by the Raiders DBs as well. I personally thought it looked pretty good for the Raiders.

    Did anyone notice that Gibril changed shoes at halftime though. I’m pretty sure he went from the all black to white shoes. I’m still looking for a pic though, can anyone help?

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”288670″][quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed “must-reads”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I’ll head to the library directly after work!

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”288671″]• Saucony cleats used a three-stripe pattern several years before Adidas did. And look who used to wear them.

    Is there further evidence of this? All of my information here points to adidas before saucony/spot-bilt.[/quote]

    It may well be, Scott. As I said, I was an early teenager catching glimpses of shoe trim in an era before cable TV or even instant replay, LOL, looking at the shoe trim, trying to figure out who made it and getting mixed signals. One of the photos I sent to Paul that day is Pervis Atkins in the same shoe as C. Johnson from a ’60 or ’61 football annual. Is it adidas or saucony? I honestly don’t know. I just know when I actually found the shoe it was a saucony.

    It’s not about me being right or wrong, cuz I don’t know. Just helping with “evidence trail” so to speak.

    —Ricko

  • Kek | September 9, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”288674″][quote comment=”288670″][quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed “must-reads”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I’ll head to the library directly after work![/quote]
    Absolutely. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it (perhaps I should pick it back up but I’ve got a lot of books going right now and not a lot of time).

    I put it with Friday Night Lights as favorite sports books in my library.

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”288675″][quote comment=”288671″]• Saucony cleats used a three-stripe pattern several years before Adidas did. And look who used to wear them.

    Is there further evidence of this? All of my information here points to adidas before saucony/spot-bilt.[/quote]

    It may well be, Scott. As I said, I was an early teenager catching glimpses of shoe trim in an era before cable TV or even instant replay, LOL, looking at the shoe trim, trying to figure out who made it and getting mixed signals. One of the photos I sent to Paul that day is Pervis Atkins in the same shoe as C. Johnson from a ’60 or ’61 football annual. Is it adidas or saucony? I honestly don’t know. I just know when I actually found the shoe it was a saucony.

    It’s not about me being right or wrong, cuz I don’t know. Just helping with “evidence trail” so to speak.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Also, I’m talking only about three stripes on shoes for American football.

  • Scott Little | September 9, 2008 at 11:10 am |

    • Saucony cleats used a three-stripe pattern several years before Adidas did. And look who used to wear them.

    Ricko,
    I’m picturing an overzealous reader picking that up, and telling everyone who wears adidas, you know, that was saucony’s design…

    Here’s what I know. adidas was the first to do three stripes, and were using it regularly by the early 50’s. Adi Dassler’s strong suit was not law, and adidas didn’t protect the three stripe design very vigorously in America early on. You remember seeing a lot more knock off three stripe shoe brands when you were a kid than now? Anyhow, my opinion is, there was a lot of three stripe copycats, adidas was the first three striper.

  • Hank | September 9, 2008 at 11:11 am |

    1912-13 Montreal Canadiens team picture:

    http://4.bp.blogspot...

    Referenced blog: http://wwwrealityche...

  • Paul Lukas | September 9, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    I’ll post this in tomorrow’s entry, but no reason not to get a head start on it now…

    For years I’ve thought (and said) that the white “410” mark on Shea Stadium’s centerfield wall was changed to black during the Hernandez era, because Keith supposedly found the white numerals distracting.

    I thought this was the case throughout Hernandez’s tenure with the team. But this screen grab from the 1986 World Series clearly shows I was wrong:
    http://farm4.static....

    I’m still pretty damn certain that the “410” was changed to black at some point during Mex’s stint with the Mets. Can anyone help fill in the blanks for me here? Better yet, anyone got a photo (like from a yearbook, say)?

  • Jim | September 9, 2008 at 11:18 am |

    Paul,
    UniWatch got some serious love on FSN’s First Team radio show this morning, Keep up the good work for eveyone who “gets it”.

  • Robert | September 9, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”288674″][quote comment=”288670″][quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed “must-reads”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I’ll head to the library directly after work![/quote]

    Oh my. “Must-read” is an understatement. Get thee to the library immediately. This and “The Bronx Zoo” by Sparky Lyle are the most important non-fiction works to me . . . except possibly for Okkonen’s book.

  • Scott Little | September 9, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    Ricko,
    Is your opinion saucony ushered in the first appearance of three stripes on a gridiron? Is that the first appearance of “style” on a football shoe?

    I have one of these really old adidas football cleats at my house. For funsies, here’s a link to it on my site:
    http://www.burnsshoe...

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”288678″]• Saucony cleats used a three-stripe pattern several years before Adidas did. And look who used to wear them.

    Ricko,
    I’m picturing an overzealous reader picking that up, and telling everyone who wears adidas, you know, that was saucony’s design…

    Here’s what I know. adidas was the first to do three stripes, and were using it regularly by the early 50’s. Adi Dassler’s strong suit was not law, and adidas didn’t protect the three stripe design very vigorously in America early on. You remember seeing a lot more knock off three stripe shoe brands when you were a kid than now? Anyhow, my opinion is, there was a lot of three stripe copycats, adidas was the first three striper.[/quote]

    I guess that’s kinda what I’ve been saying (and not too well): Adidas was big in Europe, but “three stripes” started showing up in American football long before adidas actually got into that business. Some of what I saw (I imagine CFL for example) may well have been guys wearing adidas soccer shoes…but it was so hard to get a look at them back then, who knew?

    And you’re right about some readers not seeing I was talking only about U.S. football.

    Ooops.

  • Teebz | September 9, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”288660″]The leaked image of the Sabres third jersey is very likely to be legitimate, not only does it correspond to the leaked description but a few years ago when the backlash of the current jersey design began the Sabres President assured fans that the old logo would be reintroduced but in line with the new color scheme which would avoid last years terrible look of a royal blue jersey with navy helmets and pads.[/quote]

    If that’s the case, I’ll take the mismatched blue over the god-awful striping of that leaked jersey any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

    Seriously, it looks like someone got his/her mom to put those stripes on with a sewing machine in the dining in the middle of the night. Absolutely horrible!

  • Jim MI | September 9, 2008 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”288679″]1912-13 Montreal Canadiens team picture:

    http://4.bp.blogspot...

    Referenced blog: http://wwwrealityche...

    AWESOME!!

    Talk about stripes! Definitely looking forward to these vintage unis. Wonder if it’ll be forced to be a RBK template, or the NHL will be kind and let MON do it in period correct fabrics. Lets all hope…

    From the linked blog…
    http://2.bp.blogspot...

    Wish my hockey stick cost 50 cents…

    Wish it was big enough to read.

  • Teebz | September 9, 2008 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment=”288685″][quote comment=”288660″]The leaked image of the Sabres third jersey is very likely to be legitimate, not only does it correspond to the leaked description but a few years ago when the backlash of the current jersey design began the Sabres President assured fans that the old logo would be reintroduced but in line with the new color scheme which would avoid last years terrible look of a royal blue jersey with navy helmets and pads.[/quote]

    If that’s the case, I’ll take the mismatched blue over the god-awful striping of that leaked jersey any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

    Seriously, it looks like someone got his/her mom to put those stripes on with a sewing machine in the dining room in the middle of the night. Absolutely horrible![/quote]

    Damn my inferno of rage! I missed an important word! LOL

  • david | September 9, 2008 at 11:59 am |

    the three stripes was used by several companies. which is what made spot bilt, nike and converse so different. being an equipment manager and a coaches son-my dad had all kids of stuff!!

  • Robert | September 9, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”288672″]Team Astana disputes the rumor that Lance Armstrong will be riding for them in ’09 in this article:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    But isn’t this a picture of Lance wearing their uniform on the Trek website?
    http://www.trekbikes...

    That’s not Lance. That’s Levi Leipheimer.

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment=\”288682\”][quote comment=\”288674\”][quote comment=\”288670\”][quote comment=\”288640\”]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the \’Harmonica Incident\’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of \”Ball Four\”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed \”must-reads\”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I\’ll head to the library directly after work![/quote]

    Oh my. \”Must-read\” is an understatement. Get thee to the library immediately. This and \”The Bronx Zoo\” by Sparky Lyle are the most important non-fiction works to me . . . except possibly for Okkonen\’s book.[/quote]

    What is the difference between Ball Four and Ball Four Plus Five?

    No Snarky comments please!

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”288683″]Ricko,
    Is your opinion saucony ushered in the first appearance of three stripes on a gridiron? Is that the first appearance of “style” on a football shoe?

    I have one of these really old adidas football cleats at my house. For funsies, here’s a link to it on my site:
    http://www.burnsshoe...

    Three stripes? Yeah, kinda think maybe…other than a occasionally a guy trying a pair of european adidas soccer shoes for football.

    As far as white trim in general, Riddell introduced the white snug-ties around the heel in about ’57 or so, and the white arch trim (what WAS that called? Snug-fit, maybe) in late ’59 and for sure a few players wore them in ’60. Among them, Julian Spence, Oilers, and R.C Owens, 49ers, but he removed the snug-ties. Ironically in the world of shoedom, Riddells with the “snug-fit” tab under the arch seemed to first emit from Oregon. Oregon State (Terry Baker era) and Oregon were among the first college teams to have most backs and ends wearing them.

    Don’t know when spot-bilt debuted the white band with three black holes. Probably also about ’57 or ’58.

    I think the oldest clipping I have of three stripes is NY Giants linebacker Cliff Livingston in ’59 or ’60. But, Raymond Berry was wearing the same shoe with the stripes blacked out as early as, possibly, 1957. That shoe also had a bit of white trim around heel…some lines and a tiny dot or two. The maker? Have no idea. Wasn’t adidas. Wasn’t the saucony I found later. Maybe that’s the Wilson someone mentioned?

    I’ll have to do some digging when I get home.

    —Ricko

  • tribe22 | September 9, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

    Not sure if anyone else picked this up in that 1981 All-Star game photo, but the “Cubs” guy waiting to greet Parker and Ozzie was actually the team trainer Tony Garafalo.

    Not that it is horribly interesting, other than the fact that the Cubs used to outfit their trainer in a BP jersey.

    The Cubs only all-star that year was Buckner and that’s not him.

  • Jen | September 9, 2008 at 12:15 pm |

    Wait Paul, you mean THE Mr. Fine Wine?

  • Stuby | September 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”288689″][quote comment=”288672″]Team Astana disputes the rumor that Lance Armstrong will be riding for them in ’09 in this article:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    But isn’t this a picture of Lance wearing their uniform on the Trek website?
    http://www.trekbikes...

    That’s not Lance. That’s Levi Leipheimer.[/quote]
    Damn, looks like Lance. I guess alot of guys look alike with the helmet and glasses. Thanks, Robert.

  • Mark in Shiga | September 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”288662″]An obsessive detail that only readers of this blog might notice: did you see that the font on the NFL referees’ uniforms now matches the font used in all of NFL’s TV and web advertising? It’s true!


    Look at the number and abbreviation on the uni:

    Now look at the new NFLShop.com logo.

    There’s a league that’s got its marketing mojo working.[/quote]

    I hate that new referee jersey font — the block numbers they used to use were just fine, and you could actually read the numbers from far away, unlike now.

    Which reminds me — after they switched to the block numbers around 1990 or so, there was one referee (#9, Jerry Markbreit, I think) who kept his older curved-number style for many years. In the ’80s they used a number font that looks like Futura (if you’ve got it on your computer). Why was #9 allowed to keep his old style?

    And, nothing to do with anything, but the fold in Salomon Torres’ jersey makes it look like he’s one of those elusive single-digit-uni-number pitchers. (Of course his real number is 16. Only a thin “1” could have produced such a perfect fold.)

  • Johnny O | September 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    Someone posted here about a week or so ago all the 3rd jerseys/sweaters for the NHL this year… and the Montreal jerseys/sweaters were in that link.

    Anyone have that link again??

  • Dave D | September 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”288698″]Someone posted here about a week or so ago all the 3rd jerseys/sweaters for the NHL this year… and the Montreal jerseys/sweaters were in that link.

    Anyone have that link again??[/quote]
    http://www.jerseydat...
    http://www.jerseydat...

    They are just concepts based on a reporter’s description!!!

  • Jeff P | September 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm |

    Actually in two parts- and these are not the real designs, they’re guesses based on leaks of the designs. Probably not all accurate.
    http://www.jerseydat...
    http://www.jerseydat...

  • E_Ro | September 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm |

    I am very suspicious of that buffalo sweater. It doesn’t look right to me.

    What’s the deal here anyway? I thought uniwatch didn’t post speculative leaks?

  • seven | September 9, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”288649″][quote comment=”288644″]I think Toffs makes fine merchandise and cool retro kits but I had a really bad experience with them. They advertised a jersey they did not have, charged me for it, then explained they did not have and would refund me.

    I sent them a nice note back saying that while they should have updated their offerings list to prevent that sort of thing happening–they should never have charged me for something they did not have. Well, I got a surprisingly nasty and unprofessional note back. Pretty classless.[/quote]

    That’s unfortunate, because I would really like to have that Man U George Best shirt. You suggest I look elsewhere?[/quote]

    I’ve ordered from TOFFS a couple of times & had excellent service. You can also order some retro shirts directly from the United website.

  • Robert | September 9, 2008 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”288691″][quote comment=\”288682\”][quote comment=\”288674\”][quote comment=\”288670\”][quote comment=\”288640\”]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the \’Harmonica Incident\’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of \”Ball Four\”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed \”must-reads\”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I\’ll head to the library directly after work![/quote]

    Oh my. \”Must-read\” is an understatement. Get thee to the library immediately. This and \”The Bronx Zoo\” by Sparky Lyle are the most important non-fiction works to me . . . except possibly for Okkonen\’s book.[/quote]

    What is the difference between Ball Four and Ball Four Plus Five?

    No Snarky comments please![/quote]

    “Ball Four Plus Five” has some supplemental writing from Bouton, updating folks on his career and such.

    (Please note that I would have italicized the book’s title instead of using quotes, except that I cannot figure out how to get italics to work when I post.)

  • Hot Rodd | September 9, 2008 at 1:13 pm |

    I don’t get to hear all of the Czabe’s show(it is on from 3am -6am here in Phoenix) but I have long thought that he deserves honorary uni-watcher status, as he is consistently on the nose with his observations.

  • Teebz | September 9, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”288701″]I am very suspicious of that buffalo sweater. It doesn’t look right to me.[/quote]

    I’ve been saying that exact same line for the last two days.

    Again, it doesn’t fit the EDGE template, it clearly looks like it was made in a Grade 9 Home Economics class, there are no tags shown inside the jersey, and the tie-up lace is white (even the Islanders got that part right).

    It seems like an extremely convincing knock-off rather than the real thing.

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”288634″]Last GU comment for me, I swear. Here’s a shot of the GU patch encroaching on the uni numbers of the Packers.

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

    Quick Jose Lima story: Late 90s at Candlestick, Lima with the Astros. He’s talking to some high school kids in the crowd when one of the kids asks him for a dip. Lima takes the can out of his back pocket and tosses it to the kid. Kid takes a dip and tosses it back to Lima. Classic.[/quote]

    In the 4th quarter Sunday, Jon Gruden was caught on camera popping in a dip. Can’t imagine the league is thrilled that a member of the “Coaches Club” is using tobacco on the sideline.

    Paul, thanks for the mention and you’re welcome!

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 1:18 pm |

    Not to worry Yanks fans, TBS still believes:
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    Ricko, this one’s for you. I thought this guy http://cgi.ebay.com/... was old in 1969, but he nearly made it another 40 years!
    http://www.comcast.n...

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm |

    Here’s the “Packers 5” on Maxie Baughan of the 1971 Redskins.
    http://images.auctio...

  • Paul Lukas | September 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”288694″]Wait Paul, you mean THE Mr. Fine Wine?[/quote]

    Yes. Longtime pal of mine.

  • Saru | September 9, 2008 at 1:54 pm |

    I think Toffs makes fine merchandise and cool retro kits but I had a really bad experience with them.

    I’ve had good luck with Toffs–way better than Ebbetts Field Flannels who basically just took my money. I think it sometimes just comes down to individual experiences.

    Toffs often sells stuff at a steep discount on UK eBay (as do individual sellers). Another good option is Score Draw, for whom you can also find good deals on UK eBay including shirts they no longer make.

  • JTH | September 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    Someone posted yesterday about the possibility of the NFL forcing Devin Hester to change his uniform number. Here’s a blog entry about it from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Brad Biggs:
    http://blogs.suntime...

  • JTH | September 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”288635″]It shouldn’t be a surprise sonce there was a line of them known as the “Juicemobiles”:
    [/quote]

    Holy crap! I had a pair of those orange-soled eyesores when I was about ten or twelve years old. Sidenote: they were actually branded as Spot-Bilt, not Saucony.

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”288627″]this and this are simplyfuckinamazing

    ricko!

    did you trace those and then ‘paint’ those colors in? absolutely amazing man!

    and i LOVE LOVE LOVE studdard’s green pumas

    awesome job ol’ man![/quote]

    Thanks. Sketched or traced in pencil on vellum. Only paint is the white areas, everything else is colored pencil with just a bit of black felt tip here and there. Vellum then taped onto 3×5 black card so the whites would “pop”. Sometimes to make make a color bright (Steeler gold, for example, and sometimes red), I’d paint it white and color the dried paint with marker. After attached to card, sprayed with Krylon Cyrstal Clear for an overall gloss…especially to the painted areas…and it darkened the vellum just slightly, too.

    Damn, I had to think about how it was I DID do those things.

    In almost all cases it’s the actual guy. Once in awhile, in the case of an obscure player, I’d use an equally obscure photo of a player I knew was built like the guy I was drawing.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm |

    *ahem*

    …is this thing on?

    anyhoo…

    it was 39 years ago today

    see you in october

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”288630″]Not uni related, but does anyone remember the ASG that Rick mentions where Dave Parker made those great throws? I have a distinct memory of watching him throw an absolute *bullet* from the right field corner to throw someone out at home. A quick search says it was 1979, but I couldn’t find any video of it. Anyone know where I could see that again?[/quote]

    Did KEK say something about having it on video?

    Don’t know

    I DO know that Parker’s arm was nicely warmed up that night. I remember hearing that during batting practice he, Ellis Valentine and Reggie Smith had put on an impromptu, jaw-dropping throwing exhibition. One media member said it was of the most amazing things he’d ever seen on a baseball diamond. I guess people reacted they way they do now to the Home Run Hitting Contest.

    —Ricko

  • scott | September 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”288693″]Not sure if anyone else picked this up in that 1981 All-Star game photo, but the “Cubs” guy waiting to greet Parker and Ozzie was actually the team trainer Tony Garafalo.

    Not that it is horribly interesting, other than the fact that the Cubs used to outfit their trainer in a BP jersey.

    The Cubs only all-star that year was Buckner and that’s not him.[/quote]

    Maybe Paul can do a column on the outfits trainers have worn over the years. They used to get to line up on the field before All-Star Games, usually wearing polo shirts with the team logo on the breast. But I don’t think they get the privilege of being on the field for introductions anymore.

  • Stuby | September 9, 2008 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”288712″]Someone posted yesterday about the possibility of the NFL forcing Devin Hester to change his uniform number. Here’s a blog entry about it from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Brad Biggs:
    http://blogs.suntime...
    Don’t know if this has been addresed, but why is Jason Taylor allowed to wear #55 if he’s a Defensive End? Clearly, by the rules, he should have to wear 60-79 or 90-99.

  • rc | September 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”288672″]Team Astana disputes the rumor that Lance Armstrong will be riding for them in ’09 in this article:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    But isn’t this a picture of Lance wearing their uniform on the Trek website?
    http://www.trekbikes...

    Nope, that’s Levi Leipheimer (sp?). He is another American cyclist who rides for Astana.

  • JTH | September 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”288718″][quote comment=”288712″]Someone posted yesterday about the possibility of the NFL forcing Devin Hester to change his uniform number. Here’s a blog entry about it from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Brad Biggs:
    http://blogs.suntime...
    Don’t know if this has been addresed, but why is Jason Taylor allowed to wear #55 if he’s a Defensive End? Clearly, by the rules, he should have to wear 60-79 or 90-99.[/quote]

    You know, after I posted that, Chris Cooley and Dallas Clark came to mind. As tight ends, they should have numbers in the 80s, but they wear 47 and 44, respectively. I guess you could argue that Clark is an H-back, but Cooley? Not so much.

  • Cosmo | September 9, 2008 at 4:07 pm |

    Ricko, you want to sell those Namath drawings? They’re freaking amazing!

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”288716″][quote comment=”288630″]Not uni related, but does anyone remember the ASG that Rick mentions where Dave Parker made those great throws? I have a distinct memory of watching him throw an absolute *bullet* from the right field corner to throw someone out at home. A quick search says it was 1979, but I couldn’t find any video of it. Anyone know where I could see that again?[/quote]

    Did KEK say something about having it on video?

    Don’t know

    I DO know that Parker’s arm was nicely warmed up that night. I remember hearing that during batting practice he, Ellis Valentine and Reggie Smith had put on an impromptu, jaw-dropping throwing exhibition. One media member said it was of the most amazing things he’d ever seen on a baseball diamond. I guess people reacted they way they do now to the Home Run Hitting Contest.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I have it from the highlight film. Parker misplayed a fly ball but hosed Jim Rice trying to strech a double. Then he threw out Brian Downing from medium right and Gary Carter made one of the best blocks of home you’ll ever see. If someone can suggest how to clip off from a DVD, I can post it.

    In the meantime, I found this shot of Garvey with what appears to be a painted helmet:
    http://i256.photobuc...

  • i got hoes | September 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”288720″][quote comment=”288718″][quote comment=”288712″]Someone posted yesterday about the possibility of the NFL forcing Devin Hester to change his uniform number. Here’s a blog entry about it from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Brad Biggs:
    http://blogs.suntime...
    Don’t know if this has been addresed, but why is Jason Taylor allowed to wear #55 if he’s a Defensive End? Clearly, by the rules, he should have to wear 60-79 or 90-99.[/quote]

    You know, after I posted that, Chris Cooley and Dallas Clark came to mind. As tight ends, they should have numbers in the 80s, but they wear 47 and 44, respectively. I guess you could argue that Clark is an H-back, but Cooley? Not so much.[/quote]

    cooley used to be a fullback

  • JTH | September 9, 2008 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”288723]cooley used to be a fullback[/quote]

    Maybe so, but he’s listed at tight end now.

    If a player changes his position during his playing career in the NFL, and such change moves him out of a category specified above, he must be issued an appropriate new jersey numeral.

    Any request to wear a numeral for a special position not specified above (e.g., H-back) must be made to the Commissioner.

    A rule’s a rule… Unless someone stands to lose a few bucks if it’s followed.

    When the Bears switched Rashied Davis from DB to WR, he went from #24 to #81, but there sure as hell weren’t a bunch of his unsold jerseys sitting around.

  • bird | September 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm |

    I have a question for you all, not uni related per se; i want to have a flannel button-up shirt made for my anniversary. It would be a replica of one my guy loved in school. Problem is, i cant find the fabric anywhere. Anybody know of a place that could help out with replicating the fabric and the shirt? Long shot i know but I thought I would ask.

    Thanks
    B

  • Curtis | September 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”288705″][quote comment=”288701″]I am very suspicious of that buffalo sweater. It doesn’t look right to me.[/quote]

    I’ve been saying that exact same line for the last two days.

    Again, it doesn’t fit the EDGE template, it clearly looks like it was made in a Grade 9 Home Economics class, there are no tags shown inside the jersey, and the tie-up lace is white (even the Islanders got that part right).

    It seems like an extremely convincing knock-off rather than the real thing.[/quote]
    This could be the real thing for the sabres
    http://icethetics.bl...

  • Paul Lukas | September 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”288725″]I have a question for you all, not uni related per se; i want to have a flannel button-up shirt made for my anniversary. It would be a replica of one my guy loved in school. Problem is, i cant find the fabric anywhere. Anybody know of a place that could help out with replicating the fabric and the shirt? Long shot i know but I thought I would ask.

    Thanks
    B[/quote]

    I suggest trying our new advertiser, Classic Old School Gear:
    http://www.classicol...

  • Mike Engle | September 9, 2008 at 6:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”288724″][quote comment=”288723]cooley used to be a fullback[/quote]

    Maybe so, but he’s listed at tight end now.

    If a player changes his position during his playing career in the NFL, and such change moves him out of a category specified above, he must be issued an appropriate new jersey numeral.

    Any request to wear a numeral for a special position not specified above (e.g., H-back) must be made to the Commissioner.

    A rule’s a rule… Unless someone stands to lose a few bucks if it’s followed.

    When the Bears switched Rashied Davis from DB to WR, he went from #24 to #81, but there sure as hell weren’t a bunch of his unsold jerseys sitting around.[/quote]
    I’m pretty sure that tight ends may have 40-9 if 80-9 are all unavailable. I remember Dallas Clark being a tight end at Iowa (still wearing #44 back then) and with the Colts since his first pro day.

  • Mr. Met | September 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”288728″][quote comment=”288724″][quote comment=”288723]cooley used to be a fullback[/quote]

    Maybe so, but he’s listed at tight end now.

    If a player changes his position during his playing career in the NFL, and such change moves him out of a category specified above, he must be issued an appropriate new jersey numeral.

    Any request to wear a numeral for a special position not specified above (e.g., H-back) must be made to the Commissioner.

    A rule’s a rule… Unless someone stands to lose a few bucks if it’s followed.

    When the Bears switched Rashied Davis from DB to WR, he went from #24 to #81, but there sure as hell weren’t a bunch of his unsold jerseys sitting around.[/quote]
    I’m pretty sure that tight ends may have 40-9 if 80-9 are all unavailable. I remember Dallas Clark being a tight end at Iowa (still wearing #44 back then) and with the Colts since his first pro day.[/quote]

    This is neither here nor there, but didn’t Jason Witten used to have a 40-something number? I remember in one of the Madden editions I had to change his uni number to 82. Was probably his rookie year…

  • Bernard Shakey | September 9, 2008 at 6:35 pm |

    Ricko (or anyone else…who am I kidding…only one guy would have this),

    The 1974-1977 Cleveland Indians uniforms are much discussed, usually with some courtesy guffaws revolving around the words “Boog Powell,” “World’s Largest,” and “Bloody Mary.” I’m looking for photograhpic evidence of other combinations of the shirts/pants. The red shirt/white pant and blue shirt/white pant combination was very common, as was the red/red. The white shirt/white pant combination became quite rare after the ’74 season, but did occur a few times. However, I’m looking for photographic evidence of the blue shirt/red pant combination which I personally witnessed in the 2nd game of a double header in August of 1977. But, more than that, I’m looking to clear a grainy childhood memory of a photo of Rick Manning in the paper wearing a white shirt/red pant combination – which I would be willing to bet only occurred less than five times (or maybe only that once). Thank you for your attention.

  • bird | September 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm |

    Thanks Paul, I will give them a try.

  • Max | September 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm |

    Ricko:

    Those things on the Riddell shoe’s insteps were called “Snug-Lifts” if I remember correctly.

    You could get inserts to go over them to color coordinate with the laces and Snug-Tie.

    I loved Riddell shoes. I wore them in both football and baseball in high school and college in the late 1970’s and the 1980’s.

  • Chris | September 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm |

    Check this out: http://umassathletic...

  • Beardface | September 9, 2008 at 7:44 pm |

    Just re-iterating what I said last night for those who missed it…

    VT is supposedly wearing their orange jerseys for their Orange Effect this weekend in Blacksburg…

    http://images.footba...

  • Jay | September 9, 2008 at 8:02 pm |

    There was a post earlier today on Hockeybuzz.com by the blogger for the Sabres which contained a photo of the “suspect” new third jersey.

    I’m under the assumption that it is definitely going to be the jersey. I don’t like the piping and really wish they would’ve just gone with the vintage. However, I can see the issue of the difference of the shade of blue playing a role in the new jersey.

  • Kek | September 9, 2008 at 8:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”288716″][quote comment=”288630″]Not uni related, but does anyone remember the ASG that Rick mentions where Dave Parker made those great throws? I have a distinct memory of watching him throw an absolute *bullet* from the right field corner to throw someone out at home. A quick search says it was 1979, but I couldn’t find any video of it. Anyone know where I could see that again?[/quote]
    Yeah, it’s on the 1979 World Series DVD set that I used to help with that guest entry I wrote a few months or so back. It’s an extra, they show Parker’s throws.

    I knew I was having deja vu when I read that part of the post about Parker and the gold Brooks! Ricko, we had an offline email exchange because I was watching the extras one night and spotted what I thought were gold shoes (at the time being unaware or just assuming they were white all these years). I could get a good pause to capture them just right because his feet were a blur on screen when he was making that throw. That was when you sent me the photo of him in said Brooks that ran today.

    Good stuff as always, I’m already excited for Volume 7!!! (You should work with Paul and put your archives in a scrapbook format and market it as a coffee table book or something, I know I would buy a copy as I’m sure many in here would.)
    Did KEK say something about having it on video?

    Don’t know

    I DO know that Parker’s arm was nicely warmed up that night. I remember hearing that during batting practice he, Ellis Valentine and Reggie Smith had put on an impromptu, jaw-dropping throwing exhibition. One media member said it was of the most amazing things he’d ever seen on a baseball diamond. I guess people reacted they way they do now to the Home Run Hitting Contest.

    —Ricko[/quote]

  • Kek | September 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm |

    I screwed my response up, lemme try again:

    Yeah, it’s on the 1979 World Series DVD set that I used to help with that guest entry I wrote a few months or so back. It’s an extra, they show Parker’s throws.

    I knew I was having deja vu when I read that part of the post about Parker and the gold Brooks! Ricko, we had an offline email exchange because I was watching the extras one night and spotted what I thought were gold shoes (at the time being unaware or just assuming they were white all these years). I could get a good pause to capture them just right because his feet were a blur on screen when he was making that throw. That was when you sent me the photo of him in said Brooks that ran today.

    Good stuff as always, I’m already excited for Volume 7!!! (You should work with Paul and put your archives in a scrapbook format and market it as a coffee table book or something, I know I would buy a copy as I’m sure many in here would.)

  • chance | September 9, 2008 at 8:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”288709″]Here’s the “Packers 5” on Maxie Baughan of the 1971 Redskins.
    http://images.auctio...

    Not surprising – those are Washington’s Lombardi-designed “Packers in cardinal and gold” uniforms.

    Always loved those, for the obvious reasons.

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 8:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”288720″][quote comment=”288718″][quote comment=”288712″]Someone posted yesterday about the possibility of the NFL forcing Devin Hester to change his uniform number. Here’s a blog entry about it from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Brad Biggs:
    http://blogs.suntime...
    Don’t know if this has been addresed, but why is Jason Taylor allowed to wear #55 if he’s a Defensive End? Clearly, by the rules, he should have to wear 60-79 or 90-99.[/quote]

    You know, after I posted that, Chris Cooley and Dallas Clark came to mind. As tight ends, they should have numbers in the 80s, but they wear 47 and 44, respectively. I guess you could argue that Clark is an H-back, but Cooley? Not so much.[/quote]

    I don’t give a RAT’S A%@ what number Cooley wears, as long as it’s not this one:

    http://www.pgarcmd.o...
    http://www.acc-tv.co...

    I also don’t EVER want to see him looking like THIS again:
    http://sportswrap.be...
    http://media3.washin...

    This, however, is acceptable…
    http://cache.deadspi...

    BTW, we need info on that new Revolution Speed helmet of his, that NOONE else in football is wearing!

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm |

    Interesting pic from a local HSG in my area this past weekend:

    Tuckahoe vs.Woodlands
    http://jukebox.lohud...

    North Rockland(Where I’m employed)vs.Ramapo:
    http://jukebox.lohud...

    New Rochelle vs. Carmel(Paul, cover your eyes):
    http://jukebox.lohud...

    New Canaan. CT vs. Iona Prep, (Notice the DNA facemask on a Riddell helmet!):
    http://jukebox.lohud...

    New Canaan or the old Falcons or Georgia?
    http://jukebox.lohud...

  • Ben | September 9, 2008 at 9:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”288676″][quote comment=”288674″][quote comment=”288670″][quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed “must-reads”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I’ll head to the library directly after work![/quote]
    Absolutely. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it (perhaps I should pick it back up but I’ve got a lot of books going right now and not a lot of time).

    I put it with Friday Night Lights as favorite sports books in my library.[/quote]
    Sparky Lyle wrote a good one that chronicled the mid to late 70’s Yankees that was really good also, but I’m drawing a blank on the name at the moment. Also very old school, but Joe Garagiola’s book is also very good (aganin name escapes). Tells alot of great stories about him and Yogi Berra growing up in the same neighborhood.

  • MPowers1634 | September 9, 2008 at 9:32 pm |

    Worse off, the Iona Prep kid is an example of the over-agressive branding of America and it’s youth!

    http://i256.photobuc...

    1. Riddell VSR-4 Helmet
    2. Uner Armour Visor
    3. Schutt DNA Facemask
    4. What looks to be a GEAR2000 Chin Strap

    I have NEVER seen anyone even ATTEMPT to place a DNA facemask on anything other than perhaps, a DNA!

  • Andrew | September 9, 2008 at 9:33 pm |

    Regarding TOFFS: my wife and I have ordered several shirts from the site, and we’ve never had a problem. They did once process a transaction for an out-of-inventory shirt, but informed the wife of that really quickly (since she had ordered it a few weeks prior to my birthday, this was appreciated). They even waived the difference when she ordered a different, slightly more expensive shirt.

    I would have been inclined to cut them slack on the listing issue, but I’ll admit I’m biased. They are a relatively small operation, and I’m a sucker for the little guy.

  • Jordan Pope | September 9, 2008 at 9:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”288742″]Worse off, the Iona Prep kid is an example of the over-agressive branding of America and it’s youth!

    http://i256.photobuc...

    1. Riddell VSR-4 Helmet
    2. Uner Armour Visor
    3. Schutt DNA Facemask
    4. What looks to be a GEAR2000 Chin Strap

    I have NEVER seen anyone even ATTEMPT to place a DNA facemask on anything other than perhaps, a DNA![/quote]

    that doesnt make any sense
    ive only seen someone try to put a regular schutt facemask on a DNA

  • Original Jim | September 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”288696″][quote comment=”288662″]An obsessive detail that only readers of this blog might notice: did you see that the font on the NFL referees’ uniforms now matches the font used in all of NFL’s TV and web advertising? It’s true!


    Look at the number and abbreviation on the uni:

    Now look at the new NFLShop.com logo.

    There’s a league that’s got its marketing mojo working.[/quote]

    I hate that new referee jersey font — the block numbers they used to use were just fine, and you could actually read the numbers from far away, unlike now.

    Which reminds me — after they switched to the block numbers around 1990 or so, there was one referee (#9, Jerry Markbreit, I think) who kept his older curved-number style for many years. In the ’80s they used a number font that looks like Futura (if you’ve got it on your computer). Why was #9 allowed to keep his old style?

    And, nothing to do with anything, but the fold in Salomon Torres’ jersey makes it look like he’s one of those elusive single-digit-uni-number pitchers. (Of course his real number is 16. Only a thin “1” could have produced such a perfect fold.)[/quote]

    I wouldn’t necessarily call it marketing, per se. It’s not like you can buy any of the officiating gear.

    The NFL is just trying to reinforce its identity by being consistent with the images presented with its corporate brand. That’s why non team-specific graphics are done in either of the two primary league fonts, Endzone (the block serif font) or Orbit.

    I do agree that the numbers are too small on the backs of the officials’ jerseys. I don’t mind the new jersey striping….it’s unique, but not so much that it’s distracting. From far away, you just see stripes, not the tapering.

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 9:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”288741″]Sparky Lyle wrote a good one that chronicled the mid to late 70’s Yankees that was really good also, but I’m drawing a blank on the name at the moment. Also very old school, but Joe Garagiola’s book is also very good (aganin name escapes). Tells alot of great stories about him and Yogi Berra growing up in the same neighborhood.[/quote]

    sparky’s book

    just play ball joe g
    baseball is a funny game joe g
    it’s anybody’s ballgame joe g

    i believe just play ball is the one to which you are referring

  • Joe | September 9, 2008 at 10:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”288682″][quote comment=”288674″][quote comment=”288670″][quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed “must-reads”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I’ll head to the library directly after work![/quote]

    Oh my. “Must-read” is an understatement. Get thee to the library immediately. This and “The Bronx Zoo” by Sparky Lyle are the most important non-fiction works to me . . . except possibly for Okkonen’s book.[/quote]

    Finally! Someone other than myself who has actually read “The Bronx Zoo”! I’m not sure how we have that book, but I first read it when I was like 13. It’s one of the best sports books I’ve ever read, and also a top non-fiction book to boot.

  • BullManUGA | September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |

    Peachtree TV just misspelled Taylor Buchholz last name, putting a K where the first H should go. No pics though.

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”288740″]Interesting pic from a local HSG in my area this past weekend:

    Tuckahoe vs.Woodlands
    http://jukebox.lohud...

    From your listing, I assume THS was visiting. Also, there is no way the Tigers play on Field Turf. Hope you threw a couple calls thier (our)way ;-)

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”288747″][quote comment=”288682″][quote comment=”288674″][quote comment=”288670″][quote comment=”288640″]Pepitone pics: In case anyone is interested (as was I) in what the ‘Harmonica Incident’ was as featured in the caption of the photo here it is: http://www.baseballs...

    This stuff can only happen in baseball.[/quote]

    Also described by Jim Bouton, who was there, in Ball Four.[/quote]

    Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.

    Just from hearsay on this site, it seems to be one of those sports themed “must-reads”.

    Am I right in assuming this? If so, I’ll head to the library directly after work![/quote]

    Oh my. “Must-read” is an understatement. Get thee to the library immediately. This and “The Bronx Zoo” by Sparky Lyle are the most important non-fiction works to me . . . except possibly for Okkonen’s book.[/quote]

    Finally! Someone other than myself who has actually read “The Bronx Zoo”! I’m not sure how we have that book, but I first read it when I was like 13. It’s one of the best sports books I’ve ever read, and also a top non-fiction book to boot.[/quote]

    Great book! Just last week, I saw the co-author sitting in the 300’s at the Trop.

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”288749″][quote comment=”288740″]Interesting pic from a local HSG in my area this past weekend:

    Tuckahoe vs.Woodlands
    http://jukebox.lohud...

    From your listing, I assume THS was visiting. Also, there is no way the Tigers play on Field Turf. Hope you threw a couple calls thier (our)way ;-)[/quote]

    Phil, I can say “our” on this one, can’t I?

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote]Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.[/quote]

    most definitely the latter

    …read it a loooonnnngggg time ago…prolly the first ‘tell all’ baseball book ever (it names names, baby)…

    if you never knew of beaver shooting or greenies…you will

    *note to self…reread B4 at next chance*

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”288751″][quote comment=”288749″][quote comment=”288740″]Interesting pic from a local HSG in my area this past weekend:

    Tuckahoe vs.Woodlands
    http://jukebox.lohud...

    From your listing, I assume THS was visiting. Also, there is no way the Tigers play on Field Turf. Hope you threw a couple calls thier (our)way ;-)[/quote]

    Phil, I can say “our” on this one, can’t I?[/quote]

    i donno larry…the rules are pretty stringent on alumni too ;)

    but yeah…g’head

  • lwiedy | September 9, 2008 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”288752″][quote]Whether it is my age or simply my ignorance, I had barely heard of “Ball Four”.[/quote]

    most definitely the latter

    …read it a loooonnnngggg time ago…prolly the first ‘tell all’ baseball book ever (it names names, baby)…

    if you never knew of beaver shooting or greenies…you will

    *note to self…reread B4 at next chance*[/quote]

    So good it led to this:
    http://us.imdb.com/t...
    Not as memorable

  • Steve | September 9, 2008 at 10:37 pm |

    Watching the Blue Jays/White Sox game tonight and noticed something strange. On the rail in front of both dugouts, there is an ad on the padding for the University of Chicago medical somethingorother, only on the Visitors rail it is spelled (in all caps) UNIVERSITY OF GHICAGO….. worse yet, the F is torn, which makes it look like UNIVERSITY Or GHICAGO. Can’t get a screencap right now, but maybe someone can keep an eye out for it.

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 10:54 pm |

    Big Ten Network airing 1983 Sugar Bowl (Penn State-Georgia) at top of the hour.

    Herschel Walker. Todd Blackledge.
    White kneehighs all OVER the place.

    Good lord, I was old even when I watched that game live. About same age LI Phil is now, I think.

    Oh, nurse…

    —Ricko
    (Sure pleased many of you seem to enjoy my stuff, btw. Thanks again.)

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm |

    [quote]Good lord, I was old even when I watched that game live. About same age LI Phil is now, I think.[/quote]

    you were only 42 in ’83?

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”288758″][quote]Good lord, I was old even when I watched that game live. About same age LI Phil is now, I think.[/quote]

    you were only 42 in ’83?[/quote]

    On New Year’s Day, yes. But I got older as the year went along.

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:07 pm |

    I remember a guy named Chuck Garrity catched a long bomb TD from Blackledge in this game.

  • mjb77 | September 9, 2008 at 11:09 pm |

    You guys are gonna love me. Found a website that hosts zip files of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL fonts. Free.

    http://www.geocities...

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”288760″]I remember a guy named Chuck Garrity catched a long bomb TD from Blackledge in this game.[/quote]

    Yes, he catched it. Duuuuuuuh.

    Penn State’s white helmets do look a lot smaller than the newer ones wearing these days. Only teams so far that I’ve really noticed the difference are white helmets with little trim. Oregon’s white ones, too, look huge.

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 11:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”288760″]I remember a guy named Chuck Garrity catched a long bomb TD from Blackledge in this game.[/quote]

    this guy?

    that’s gregg garrity

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:22 pm |

    Yes, Gregg Garrity. Double duh.
    I never feel right here at the home when I put that Kentucky jelly on my toast.

    (there’s a joke there. I’ll leave for you to find)

  • LI Phil | September 9, 2008 at 11:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”288764″]Yes, Gregg Garrity. Double duh.
    I never feel right here at the home when I put that Kentucky jelly on my toast.

    (there’s a joke there. I’ll leave for you to find)[/quote]

    this is a family board ricko…so im not going near that

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”288765″][quote comment=”288764″]Yes, Gregg Garrity. Double duh.
    I never feel right here at the home when I put that Kentucky jelly on my toast.

    (there’s a joke there. I’ll leave for you to find)[/quote]

    this is a family board ricko…so im not going near that[/quote]

    That’s what I meant. Them that finds it, finds it.

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”288761″]You guys are gonna love me. Found a website that hosts zip files of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL fonts. Free.

    http://www.geocities...

    A rec team uniform designer’s delight. Great job. Thanks.

    Now if I could just find that chart I once saw, the one posted in NFL locker rooms showing how a uni should be warm to avoid the Uni Police…and fines.

  • Ricko | September 9, 2008 at 11:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”288767″][quote comment=”288761″]You guys are gonna love me. Found a website that hosts zip files of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL fonts. Free.

    http://www.geocities...

    A rec team uniform designer’s delight. Great job. Thanks.

    Now if I could just find that chart I once saw, the one posted in NFL locker rooms showing how a uni should be warm to avoid the Uni Police…and fines.[/quote]

    “Now if I could just find that chart I once saw, the one posted in NFL locker rooms showing how a uni should be WORN to avoid the Uni Police…and fines.”

    That’s it. Enough typos for me. I’m goin’ to bed. LOL

    —Ricko

  • Bob Andrews | September 10, 2008 at 12:21 am |

    [quote comment=”288767″][quote comment=”288761″]You guys are gonna love me. Found a website that hosts zip files of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL fonts. Free.

    http://www.geocities...

    A rec team uniform designer’s delight. Great job. Thanks.

    Now if I could just find that chart I once saw, the one posted in NFL locker rooms showing how a uni should be warm to avoid the Uni Police…and fines.[/quote]

    Here is one from the Texans Locker Room:

  • Robb | September 10, 2008 at 1:10 am |

    [quote comment=”288633″]notice gibril wilson of da raidahs…no white sock…the ENTIRE raider DBs were so attired last evening…gotta think the fashion police would like a few words…

    also…

    surprisingly, the GU63 patch didn’t look so bad on the silver and black[/quote]

    I actually kinda like the lack of white socks by on the Raiders uniforms…it just seems like the white socks dont quite look right with a uniform that lacks white otherwise.

    [quote] cooley used to be a fullback

    Maybe so, but he’s listed at tight end now.

    If a player changes his position during his playing career in the NFL, and such change moves him out of a category specified above, he must be issued an appropriate new jersey numeral.

    Any request to wear a numeral for a special position not specified above (e.g., H-back) must be made to the Commissioner.

    A rule’s a rule… Unless someone stands to lose a few bucks if it’s followed.

    When the Bears switched Rashied Davis from DB to WR, he went from #24 to #81, but there sure as hell weren’t a bunch of his unsold jerseys sitting around. [/quote]

    Cooley is listed as TE, but he (at least in Gibbs’ offense) was an H-back – its the same with Dallas Clark. They can play the normal TE spot, as a Wing, as a FB, or even the Slot. Its just one of those positions that has evolved with the game.

  • Tom Farley | September 10, 2008 at 2:03 am |

    Another great Ricko Files, Paul.

    Ricko, those drawings are, as has been said, fantastic. (Heh, Kentucky jelly.)

    I watched the Packers-Vikings game and didn’t notice the black shoes. Please don’t revoke my membership. ;-) Now that I’ve noticed … they do look sharp.

    To everybody: Great discussion today — er, yesterday — as well.

  • Cosmo | September 10, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    I hate workday mornings without Uni-Watch.

  • Luther Mahoney | September 10, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    Re.:Photo of Travis Hafner wearing his Indians helmet while rehabing with the Akron Areos.

    I was in Rochester last Monday for the Rochester Red Wings-Buffalo Bisons game and I
    remember seeing Hafner-number 62 for the Bisons-wearing a double ear flap Bisons helmet in
    his three at bats as the DH.

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”288726″][quote comment=”288705″][quote comment=”288701″]I am very suspicious of that buffalo sweater. It doesn’t look right to me.[/quote]

    I’ve been saying that exact same line for the last two days.

    Again, it doesn’t fit the EDGE template, it clearly looks like it was made in a Grade 9 Home Economics class, there are no tags shown inside the jersey, and the tie-up lace is white (even the Islanders got that part right).

    It seems like an extremely convincing knock-off rather than the real thing.[/quote]
    This could be the real thing for the sabres
    http://icethetics.bl...

    That’s the same photo. That’s where Wyshynski got his picture from.

  • Kek | September 10, 2008 at 10:44 am |

    I was wondering if the would be any other rebels over here commenting on yesterday’s post since there is no entry today. I am so sadly addicted to UW!!!!!

    Regarding the discussion yesterday about Ball Four and other books, I too was glad to see someone bring up Bronx Zoo. That’s a good one too, for some reason that book and Three Bricks Shy of a Load (Roy Blount…about the Steelers, really good read) were bathroom mainstays growing up. Those were good books, unlike some of the lighter stuff that was in there:

    The Umpire Strikes Back by Ron Luciano, Fatso by Art Donovan and The Catcher in the Wry by Bob Uecker. Don’t get me wrong, they were all mildly entertaining reads, just not classic like Bronx Zoo or A Few Bricks…

  • Stuby | September 10, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    I’m here. I’m stuck in a hotel in Miami waiting for Ike to pass and you all are my only link to the outside world. OK, it’s not that dire but it sure is boring without UW.

  • Justin in AR | September 10, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”288773″]I hate workday mornings without Uni-Watch.[/quote]

    Me too, brother. Me too…

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    [quote]I was wondering if the would be any other rebels over here commenting on yesterday’s post since there is no entry today. I am so sadly addicted to UW!!!!![/quote]

    to quote mr. petty…im a

    a rebel without a clue

    we should play a ‘game’ or pick some random topic and post on it…

    i’ll start…pick the 6 division winners and 2 wc’s

    AL East: sawks
    AL Central: twinkies
    AL West: angels (shock)
    AL WC: sox

    NL East: mets
    NL Central: cubbies
    NL West: dodgers
    NL WC: crew

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”288780″]I was wondering if the would be any other rebels over here commenting on yesterday’s post since there is no entry today. I am so sadly addicted to UW!!!!![/quote]

    to quote mr. petty…im a

    a rebel without a clue

    we should play a ‘game’ or pick some random topic and post on it…

    i’ll start…pick the 6 division winners and 2 wc’s

    AL East: sawks
    AL Central: twinkies
    AL West: angels (shock)
    AL WC: sox

    NL East: mets
    NL Central: cubbies
    NL West: dodgers
    NL WC: crew

    *fixed*

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 11:34 am |

    shit…i think i broke the italics

  • Stuby | September 10, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”288782″]shit…i think i broke the italics[/quote]
    Dad’s gonna be pissed when he gets home.

  • Justin in AR | September 10, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”288781″][quote comment=”288780″]I was wondering if the would be any other rebels over here commenting on yesterday’s post since there is no entry today. I am so sadly addicted to UW!!!!![/quote]

    to quote mr. petty…im a

    a rebel without a clue

    we should play a ‘game’ or pick some random topic and post on it…

    i’ll start…pick the 6 division winners and 2 wc’s

    AL East: sawks
    AL Central: twinkies
    AL West: angels (shock)
    AL WC: sox

    NL East: mets
    NL Central: cubbies
    NL West: dodgers
    NL WC: crew

    *fixed*[/quote]

    I’ll agree with that list. Except I think the White Sox will end up holding on to their lead in the AL Central and the Twinkies will clinch the wild card.

  • Justin in AR | September 10, 2008 at 11:54 am |

    I’ll even take it a step further and say:
    Angels vs. Cubs in World Series.

  • Stuby | September 10, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    Looks like everyone is predicting a major collapse by the Rays, eh?

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm |

    Might be a good day to note all the purple uniforms we secretly kinda like.

    I’ll risk it.

    Kansas State football, early 70s. Lynn Dickey era. Pretty much the Raiders’s design but purple and silver instead of black and silver.

    Washington Huskies football most anytime, but NOT purple pants. Especially Warren Moon era. 49er-look in purple and old gold.

    LA Kings when they wore all light gold at home and all purple on the road. Made sense, colors of royalty, and the such light-colored breezers were unique. Still would be today.

    —Ricko

  • Stuby | September 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”288787″]Might be a good day to note all the purple uniforms we secretly kinda like.

    I’ll risk it.

    Kansas State football, early 70s. Lynn Dickey era. Pretty much the Raiders’s design but purple and silver instead of black and silver.

    Washington Huskies football most anytime, but NOT purple pants. Especially Warren Moon era. 49er-look in purple and old gold.

    LA Kings when they wore all light gold at home and all purple on the road. Made sense, colors of royalty, and the such light-colored breezers were unique. Still would be today.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I feel purple and gold/yellow is a much, much better combo than purple/silver, purple/black, purple/orange, etc. LSU, the Lakers, and the Chuck Foreman era Vikes uni are probably my faves of the purple options.

  • Cosmo | September 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

    I really liked the LSU “Katrina” look: http://www.capnken.c...

    They could have used shoulder stripes instead of the little patches, but the white helmets and pants went great with those purple jerseys.

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 12:27 pm |

    y’all can kill me, but this is really the only purple sports uni i like…

    i DO happen to like the color purple (not a great movie tho)…just doesn’t really work too well IMHO for sports unis

  • Justin in AR | September 10, 2008 at 12:29 pm |

    I always thought that this was a good look:
    http://i2.iofferphot...

    This is too much:
    http://www.cnscvb.co...

    And this is just ridiculous:
    http://static.englis...

  • JAson | September 10, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    Carolina Hurricanes new alternate sweater…

    http://hurricanes.nh...

  • Brian | September 10, 2008 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”288793″]Carolina Hurricanes new alternate sweater…

    http://hurricanes.nh...
    Very solid look. Nothing revolutionary, but extremely classy…

  • Brian | September 10, 2008 at 1:21 pm |

    There’s nothing wrong with purple, IMHO.

    There, I said it. I feel ok about it, too…

    [ducking for cover]

  • Kek | September 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm |

    I’ve always thought the Washington Huskies and LSU Tigers gear was nice.

    So are we really pressing our luck talking about purple we like?!

    Not as much as if I wrote about nike or reebok being great corporate citizens!!!!

  • LarenR | September 10, 2008 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”288795″]There’s nothing wrong with purple, IMHO.

    There, I said it. I feel ok about it, too…

    [ducking for cover][/quote]
    Purple as a concept is fine, plus it’s one of three words I know of that have no rhyme (can you name the other two?).

    I think the problem is that it just doesn’t work great on unis because it’s hard to combine. Purple with gold or white are okay, but that’s about it. With black it just looks bruise-y; silver makes me think of a seven year old’s wizard Halloween costume; red (a la the Raptors) is just gross.

  • LarenR | September 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”288797″][quote comment=”288795″]There’s nothing wrong with purple, IMHO.

    There, I said it. I feel ok about it, too…

    [ducking for cover][/quote]
    Purple as a concept is fine, plus it’s one of three words I know of that have no rhyme (can you name the other two?).

    [/quote]
    And, no, “nurple” is not a word…

  • MPowers16 | September 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm |

    We all have problems!

    I love the katrina unis, except for the white/black accented cleats.

    As for purple, I LOVE Clemson’s purple accents:
    http://static.flickr...

    Oh, and by the way, the Powers abode:
    http://i256.photobuc...
    http://i256.photobuc...
    http://i256.photobuc...

  • MPowers16 | September 10, 2008 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”288798″][quote comment=”288797″][quote comment=”288795″]There’s nothing wrong with purple, IMHO.

    There, I said it. I feel ok about it, too…

    [ducking for cover][/quote]
    Purple as a concept is fine, plus it’s one of three words I know of that have no rhyme (can you name the other two?).

    [/quote]
    And, no, “nurple” is not a word…[/quote]

    orange

  • Kek | September 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”288798″][quote comment=”288797″][quote comment=”288795″]There’s nothing wrong with purple, IMHO.

    There, I said it. I feel ok about it, too…

    [ducking for cover][/quote]
    Purple as a concept is fine, plus it’s one of three words I know of that have no rhyme (can you name the other two?).

    [/quote]
    And, no, “nurple” is not a word…[/quote]
    Darnit, you beat me to it! What about Steve Urkel? That’s close enough!!!!

  • FreddiePickles | September 10, 2008 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”288800″][quote comment=”288798″][quote comment=”288797″][quote comment=”288795″]There’s nothing wrong with purple, IMHO.

    There, I said it. I feel ok about it, too…

    [ducking for cover][/quote]
    Purple as a concept is fine, plus it’s one of three words I know of that have no rhyme (can you name the other two?).

    [/quote]
    And, no, “nurple” is not a word…[/quote]

    orange[/quote]
    I think silver is the other word.
    Although, I always thought this was a riddle that was always told out of context rendering the answer wrong. Does anyone know the story behind the “gry” riddle? Look it up if you don’t but I think it was talked about on this board.

  • Cosmo | September 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    Non-rhyming English words (according to Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt)

    * almond
    * angst
    * anxious
    * aspirin
    * average
    * bachelor
    * breadth
    * bulbous
    * calumny
    * canine
    * cannabis
    * caveat
    * celebrity
    * chimney
    * chocolate
    * citrus
    * citizen
    * comedy
    * comment
    * condom
    * consonant
    * customize
    * denizen
    * depth
    * diamond
    * different
    * dissident
    * else
    * empty
    * engine
    * experiment
    * fifth
    * foible
    * fugue
    * galaxy
    * homograph
    * husband
    * hyphenate
    * inflect
    * integer
    * jejune
    * laundry
    * luggage
    * matrix
    * monster
    * mulcts
    * ninja
    * ninth
    * neutron
    * obvious
    * olive
    * orange
    * penguin
    * pizza
    * plankton
    * plinth
    * promise
    * radii
    * redundancy
    * rosary
    * rosebud
    * sanction
    * sandwich
    * sasquatch
    * shadow[1]
    * synonym
    * syzygy
    * tournament
    * tragedy
    * transfer
    * twelfth
    * uvula
    * vacuum
    * wolf
    * yttrium
    * zigzag
    * zonary

  • Cosmo | September 10, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    Also:

    “Contrary to popular opinion, the word “purple” does have rhymes in the English language. In fact, there are two rhyming words, abet words that aren’t used in today’s vernacular.

    * Hirple is a British word, which means “to walk lamely or hobble”.
    * Curple is a word out of Scotland, which refers to the hindquarters of a horse. The current Shorter OED lists ‘curple’ dating from 1591.”

    http://everything2.c...

  • LarenR | September 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”288803″]Non-rhyming English words (according to Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt)

    * almond


    * zonary[/quote]
    Well then!
    I was looking for orange and silver, but jeez… learn something new every day, I guess.

    Matt, love the purple digs. And is that an “alaska green” Jetta? I have one and hardly ever see that color on another car.

  • MPowers16 | September 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”288805″][quote comment=”288803″]Non-rhyming English words (according to Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt)

    * almond


    * zonary[/quote]
    Well then!
    I was looking for orange and silver, but jeez… learn something new every day, I guess.

    Matt, love the purple digs. And is that an “alaska green” Jetta? I have one and hardly ever see that color on another car.[/quote]

    Nope, I believe the color is referred to as “disgustingly filthy, in need of being run through the car wash black”

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 2:48 pm |

    Hope this link words.

    Imagine Our Flounder, awaking one more morning after, say, a buddy’s bachelor party, looking down and seeing…oh, my, is that a purple…”swoosh” of some sort?

    http://www.lemondrop...

    —Ricko

  • Cosmo | September 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm |

    The Lacoste and Polo tattoos would be cool for a party, and for about 2 weeks after that for novelty, and then 20 years from now you’d want to kill yourself for being an idiot.

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”288799″]As for purple, I LOVE Clemson’s purple accents:
    http://static.flickr...

    accents? the whole fuckin thing is purple

    unless you mean ORANGE accents

    …dude you need a new roof

  • Chris | September 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”288794″][quote comment=”288793″]Carolina Hurricanes new alternate sweater…

    http://hurricanes.nh...
    Very solid look. Nothing revolutionary, but extremely classy…[/quote]

    I agree that it is pretty sharp, though I could do without the shiny, grayscale primary logos on the shoulders.

  • Cosmo | September 10, 2008 at 4:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”288809″][quote comment=”288799″]As for purple, I LOVE Clemson’s purple accents:
    http://static.flickr...

    accents? the whole fuckin thing is purple[/quote]

    True, but these are sharp, and the little bit of purple works: http://cache2.asset-...

  • Tobi | September 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm |

    A new line of women’s MLB t-shirts called “Team Love” takes a spin on the classic “I (heart) New York” t-shirt.

    Instead of a heart, the shirts have the team logo. So the Yankees shirt reads “I NY New York,” the Giants shirt reads “I SF San Francisco,” etc.

    Maybe they should have thought about the concept a little more. The Phillies shirt reads, “I P Philadelphia.”

    See for yourself: http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”288794″][quote comment=”288793″]Carolina Hurricanes new alternate sweater…

    http://hurricanes.nh...
    Very solid look. Nothing revolutionary, but extremely classy…[/quote]

    It’s a load of runny bull manure. The blacked-out primary logo on the shoulders suck, the one-piece uniform look is asinine, and this whole look is the worst thing to happen to this franchise since it ditched the Whale.

    It’s absolute crap.

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 4:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”288813″][quote comment=”288794″][quote comment=”288793″]Carolina Hurricanes new alternate sweater…

    http://hurricanes.nh...
    Very solid look. Nothing revolutionary, but extremely classy…[/quote]

    It’s a load of runny bull manure. The blacked-out primary logo on the shoulders suck, the one-piece uniform look is asinine, and this whole look is the worst thing to happen to this franchise since it ditched the Whale.

    It’s absolute crap.[/quote]

    how do you really feel teebz? :o(

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”288814″]
    how do you really feel teebz? :o([/quote]

    I could unleash my complete disappointment with the Hurricane franchise’s decision, but I’m sure I’d be banned for the amount of profanity that I’d write.

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm |

    im not usually one to remark about nhl sweaters or breezers…but since there’s ‘no thread’ today…what the hey

    i do not like the new cane unis…don’t like the black sweater, don’t like the gray accents, and especially don’t like that they turned their quirky hurricane flag piping on the bottom of the jersey into a morass of gray and black geometry…looks like shit

    the socks are about the only thing i do like, as they aren’t too over the top

    is it the worst uni ever? hell no…but they needed to ditch teh black before they ever began it

    so, in sum then:

    [quote]It’s absolute crap.[/quote]

  • Johnny O | September 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”288812″]A new line of women’s MLB t-shirts called “Team Love” takes a spin on the classic “I (heart) New York” t-shirt.

    Instead of a heart, the shirts have the team logo. So the Yankees shirt reads “I NY New York,” the Giants shirt reads “I SF San Francisco,” etc.

    Maybe they should have thought about the concept a little more. The Phillies shirt reads, “I P Philadelphia.”

    See for yourself: http://shop.mlb.com/...

    Being completely biased… the Milwaukee Brewers shirts aren’t that bad…
    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    P.S. Thank God the Brewers won today…Time to un-tuck the jersey!

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”288816″]im not usually one to remark about nhl sweaters or breezers…but since there’s ‘no thread’ today…what the hey

    i do not like the new cane unis…don’t like the black sweater, don’t like the gray accents, and especially don’t like that they turned their quirky hurricane flag piping on the bottom of the jersey into a morass of gray and black geometry…looks like shit

    the socks are about the only thing i do like, as they aren’t too over the top

    is it the worst uni ever? hell no…but they needed to ditch teh black before they ever began it

    so, in sum then:

    [quote]It’s absolute crap.[/quote][/quote]

    I know Minna gives huge props to teams in black, but you summed it up nicely, Phil. And with much less profanity than I would have used.

    The guy working beside me asked me if I was alright when I started watching the live online press conference and shrieked “WHAT IN THE F*#KING HELL IS THAT S%*T?!?”… but he soon agreed with my sentiment.

  • Johnny O | September 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”288816″]im not usually one to remark about nhl sweaters or breezers…but since there’s ‘no thread’ today…what the hey

    i do not like the new cane unis…don’t like the black sweater, don’t like the gray accents, and especially don’t like that they turned their quirky hurricane flag piping on the bottom of the jersey into a morass of gray and black geometry…looks like shit

    the socks are about the only thing i do like, as they aren’t too over the top

    is it the worst uni ever? hell no…but they needed to ditch teh black before they ever began it

    so, in sum then:

    [quote]It’s absolute crap.[/quote][/quote]

    I agree with almost everything you say, Phil. Why black, why the “black out” primary logo on the shoulders, and why the dumb ass blocks along the bottom?
    If a new trend is developing having logos/names being un-readable on uni’s (i.e. Oregon basketball black uni’s, and USA Olympic uni’s) I hope this trend stops immediately.

    One positive thing, is that I do enjoy the alternate logo itself.

    And don’t worry Phil, the Crew will take at least 3 of 4 from the Phils, and help your lead in the NL East.

  • Chad G | September 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |

    really?

    My comment about today’s headline being in bad taste got removed?

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    [quote]don’t worry Phil, the Crew will take at least 3 of 4 from the Phils, and help your lead in the NL East.[/quote]

    helps us both

    /didja see i picked the crew for WC? hope to see you in october

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”288820″]really?

    My comment about today’s headline being in bad taste got removed?[/quote]

    It could be worse. You could be wearing one of Carolina’s new alternate jerseys.

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”288819″][quote comment=”288816″]im not usually one to remark about nhl sweaters or breezers…but since there’s ‘no thread’ today…what the hey

    i do not like the new cane unis…don’t like the black sweater, don’t like the gray accents, and especially don’t like that they turned their quirky hurricane flag piping on the bottom of the jersey into a morass of gray and black geometry…looks like shit

    the socks are about the only thing i do like, as they aren’t too over the top

    is it the worst uni ever? hell no…but they needed to ditch teh black before they ever began it

    so, in sum then:

    [quote]It’s absolute crap.[/quote][/quote]

    I agree with almost everything you say, Phil. Why black, why the “black out” primary logo on the shoulders, and why the dumb ass blocks along the bottom?
    If a new trend is developing having logos/names being un-readable on uni’s (i.e. Oregon basketball black uni’s, and USA Olympic uni’s) I hope this trend stops immediately.

    One positive thing, is that I do enjoy the alternate logo itself.

    And don’t worry Phil, the Crew will take at least 3 of 4 from the Phils, and help your lead in the NL East.[/quote]

    Blacked out on black, etc.: I keep tellin’ ya, gang, sports unis are mimicking video game heroes. More and more all the time. NHL as Halo3

  • can o worms | September 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”288730″]The 1974-1977 Cleveland Indians uniforms are much discussed…I’m looking for photographic evidence of the blue shirt/red pant combination which I personally witnessed in the 2nd game of a double header in August of 1977.[/quote]

    Remember these?
    http://i18.ebayimg.c...

    Set-up: The 1978 Baseball Handbook features an action shot of Eckersley in that combo. Punchline: It’s in black-&-white.

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |

    What a concept: Reality, to be more attractive, needs to look like Virtual Reality.

    Oh, now…that’s just disturbing.

  • Jeff P | September 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm |

    As a Hurricanes fan, it’s pretty neat. Rather different. Would have looked better if they kept the flags red and used red pants and helmet though.

    I really like the jersey itself though. If they weren’t so damn expensive I would buy one.

    And I think the solid black works better then the solid red…

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”288823″]
    Blacked out on black, etc.: I keep tellin’ ya, gang, sports unis are mimicking video game heroes. More and more all the time. NHL as Halo3[/quote]

    As “popular” as this trend is, it is one that needs to stop immediately. The players are not Batman. There is no need to add a “black uniform” when it is a tertiary colour in your colour scheme.

    Pittsburgh = ok
    Boston = ok

    They are both yellow and BLACK as their primary colours. This grey and black crap has got to stop. And I’m talking like five minutes ago.

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”288826″]As a Hurricanes fan, it’s pretty neat. Rather different. Would have looked better if they kept the flags red and used red pants and helmet though.

    I really like the jersey itself though. If they weren’t so damn expensive I would buy one.

    And I think the solid black works better then the solid red…[/quote]

    Solid black doesn’t work unless you’re the NFL Raiders. Your colour scheme is red, white, and black. Black is third because it is AN ACCENT COLOUR.

    As for red pants? It would have broken up the full-body leotard look. At least it might have been palatable as a “uniform” then.

  • LarenR | September 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”288820″]really?

    My comment about today’s headline being in bad taste got removed?[/quote]
    What’s in bad taste about “The Ricko File, Vol. 6”?

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm |

    don’t the raiders have silver pants?

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 5:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”288830″]don’t the raiders have silver pants?[/quote]

    Don’t know… I was generalizing. :o)

    I don’t watch the NFL. All I know is that I see more black with silver-spiked shoulder pads in news stories than I care to see in my lifetime.

  • Johnny O | September 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”288781″][quote comment=”288780″]I was wondering if the would be any other rebels over here commenting on yesterday’s post since there is no entry today. I am so sadly addicted to UW!!!!![/quote]

    to quote mr. petty…im a

    a rebel without a clue

    we should play a ‘game’ or pick some random topic and post on it…

    i’ll start…pick the 6 division winners and 2 wc’s

    AL East: sawks
    AL Central: twinkies
    AL West: angels (shock)
    AL WC: sox

    NL East: mets
    NL Central: cubbies
    NL West: dodgers
    NL WC: crew

    *fixed*[/quote]

    AL East: Sox
    AL Central: South Siders
    AL West: Angels
    AL WC: Rays

    NL East: Amazin’s
    NL Central: Cubs
    NL West: Man Ram and the Dodgers
    NL WC: Cerveceros

    September needs to come fast. I can’t take the stress of Scoreboard watching for another month.

    Another Tom Petty quote: “The waiting is the hardest part.”

    P.S. Anyone have that NFL coverage map that was given out last year that gave out what broadcasters will be calling the games? Is there one this year?

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm |

    Hey, Teebz…

    I’ve always wondered why most everyone in hockey seems to think breezers must be–absolutely, positively MUST be–a darker color than (or the same dark color as) the sweaters?

    Those all-gold Kings outfits, for example. I remember back then for some people it was as if this expansion was OBVIOUSLY from L.A. where people knew NOTHING about hockey…because everyone knew you just DON’T wear breezers in a light color. Like, red was the darkest allowed. And that was only if your dark sweater was red…but we made an exception for the Rangers, for some reason.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 5:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”288833″]Hey, Teebz…

    I’ve always wondered why most everyone in hockey seems to think breezers must be–absolutely, positively MUST be–a darker color than (or the same dark color as) the sweaters?

    Those all-gold Kings outfits, for example. I remember back then for some people it was as if this expansion was OBVIOUSLY from L.A. where people knew NOTHING about hockey…because everyone knew you just DON’T wear breezers in a light color. Like, red was the darkest allowed. And that was only if your dark sweater was red…but we made an exception for the Rangers, for some reason.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I mean, obviously light colors are a dumb idea for outdoor ice. Impossible to keep clean. Or is it also that old-timers figured (perhaps rightly so) that light colors looked looked like Aunt Marjorie’s bloomers, so they just became a traditional no-no. Is there more to it than that?

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”288833″]Hey, Teebz…

    I’ve always wondered why most everyone in hockey seems to think breezers must be–absolutely, positively MUST be–a darker color than (or the same dark color as) the sweaters?

    Those all-gold Kings outfits, for example. I remember back then for some people it was as if this expansion was OBVIOUSLY from L.A. where people knew NOTHING about hockey…because everyone knew you just DON’T wear breezers in a light color. Like, red was the darkest allowed. And that was only if your dark sweater was red…but we made an exception for the Rangers, for some reason.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think they have be a dark colour for any reason. However, white and light-coloured polyester, when wet, becomes extremely revealing.

    They should be a contrasting colour to your jersey colour, though, so you don’t get the one-piece look. The LA Kings went all gold, and they looked horrible. However, NHL jerseys used to have hem stripes on the bottom of the jerseys. Those were vitally important for breaking up the one-piece look.

    For example, the Rangers don’t wear a red jersey, so using red for both sets of pants (home and road) makes sense. Carolina, though, wears red pants with their red jerseys, so why not go red pants with the black abomination as well?

    Personally, as long as you have the pants looking like part of your uniform, that’s ok. However, when you can’t tell the difference between what’s pants and what’s sweater… there’s an issue.

  • anonymous | September 10, 2008 at 6:17 pm |

    here’s an interesting NFL helmet quiz
    http://www.mentalflo...

  • Johnny O | September 10, 2008 at 6:42 pm |

    I love this look!

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

    Not of the sloppy look… but of the Brewers winning!

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 6:51 pm |

    “Carolina, though, wears red pants with their red jerseys, so why not go red pants with the black abomination as well?”

    Yeah, woulda looked a high-contrast version or the Rangers…or a flip-flopped Black Hawks. In other words, wouldn’t looked really striking and unique on the ice, I think.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”288836″]here’s an interesting NFL helmet quiz
    http://www.mentalflo...

    10/12 (83%)…fucked up reversed the raiders and buccos

    *sigh*

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 7:03 pm |

    interesting…mets going with the pins and the ‘red white & blue’ caps tonight…will get a screen grab

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 7:25 pm |

    hey teebz

    im sure you have this already, but here’s the 3rd jersey graphic/template

    if i had any photoshop skills, i’d try to see what the breezers look like if they were red…

    perhaps someone else can p-shop some red pants on the canes?

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 7:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”288838″]”Carolina, though, wears red pants with their red jerseys, so why not go red pants with the black abomination as well?”

    Yeah, woulda looked a high-contrast version or the Rangers…or a flip-flopped Black Hawks. In other words, wouldn’t looked really striking and unique on the ice, I think.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    But black over black? C’mon… would have looked much better as black over red. And the Blackhawks don’t use the same contrast of red, so it would have been fine.

    Or, better yet, don’t make black the jersey colour. That would solve both problems.

  • B-Jud | September 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm |

    The Packers, as reported here, wore black shoes for the first time since 1975. I believe this was to commemorate the last time Brett Favre did not start at QB for them.

  • LarenR | September 10, 2008 at 7:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”288840″]interesting…mets going with the pins and the ‘red white & blue’ caps tonight…will get a screen grab[/quote]
    [quote comment=”288841″]mets w/stars & stripes cap[/quote]
    Must be a 9/11 thing, since they’re off tomorrow.

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 7:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”288843″][quote comment=”288838″]”Carolina, though, wears red pants with their red jerseys, so why not go red pants with the black abomination as well?”

    Yeah, woulda looked a high-contrast version or the Rangers…or a flip-flopped Black Hawks. In other words, wouldn’t looked really striking and unique on the ice, I think.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    But black over black? C’mon… would have looked much better as black over red. And the Blackhawks don’t use the same contrast of red, so it would have been fine.

    Or, better yet, don’t make black the jersey colour. That would solve both problems.[/quote]

    That’s what I meant, black-over-red (black socks)…kinda opposite of Black Hawks’ red-over-black (red socks). Would have looked great. Black-black-black is so…hu hum, what else is new besides doing what everyone else is doing.

    —Ricko

  • LarenR | September 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”288845″][quote comment=”288840″]interesting…mets going with the pins and the ‘red white & blue’ caps tonight…will get a screen grab[/quote]
    [quote comment=”288841″]mets w/stars & stripes cap[/quote]
    Must be a 9/11 thing, since they’re off tomorrow.[/quote]
    IIRC, everyone will be going Stars & Stripes tomorrow.

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 7:38 pm |

    ok…i have horrid p-shop skillz…

    but here’s the canes 3rd with red breezers

    i think it looks better

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 7:58 pm |

    Using my trusty MS Paint, I believe this looks 1000% better than the current load of crap that Carolina served us.

  • Johnny Poontang | September 10, 2008 at 8:14 pm |

    Does anyone remember what t-shirt David Wright wears under his jersey? It’s orange, but it’s not an MLB or Nike shirt; I think it’s a shirt with a clown or jester logo on it.

    I remember the Ticker one time running a bit where Paul was livid that someone would wear a non-team branded undershirt, and specifically something with a clown on it. Someone pointed out that (a) all you could see was the collar and you couldn’t see what it was under the jersey, and (b) since orange was an official team color, what was the big deal any way. I remember being disgusted because the guy was totally ripped to shreds by a few people who were apoplectic that someone could actually disagree with Paul.

    In any case, for the life of me I can’t remember what the logo on the undershirt is. Anyone?

  • MPowers16 | September 10, 2008 at 8:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”288844″]The Packers, as reported here, wore black shoes for the first time since 1975. I believe this was to commemorate the last time Brett Favre did not start at QB for them.[/quote]

    That’s better than a f#@&ing patch, I guess!

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 8:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”288849″]Using my trusty MS Paint, I believe this looks 1000% better than the current load of crap that Carolina served us.[/quote]

    thanks teebz!

    you rock…that’s also 1000% better than my piece of shit

    and i KNOW we both agree on this…black & red is better than black on black

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 8:42 pm |

    Naw, Packers were in white shoes a long time before Favre came along. I recall watching people like Lynn Dickey, David Whitehurst and Don Majkowski QB them in white shoes. For black shoes, you gotta go back to the guys who tried to replace Bart Starr…like Scott Hunter and Jerry Tagge. Someone mentioned here that the last black shoes were in l975, and that sounds about right.

    Favre hadn’t been there since he was 6. Seemed like it sometimes, though, didn’t it.

    —Ricko

  • Stuby | September 10, 2008 at 8:47 pm |

    Good commercial out there for Bridgestone Tires where a guy surprises his wife by turning the family SUV into a Tennessee Titans helmet car. She is not amused.

  • Ricko | September 10, 2008 at 8:47 pm |

    I realized it was a put-on about Favre being there since ’75, but thought it would be fun to type a bunch of names we haven’t thought about in years.

    (Betcha was first time David Whitehurst or Jerry Tagge has been mentioned at U-W, anyway).

  • Teebz | September 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”288852″][quote comment=”288849″]Using my trusty MS Paint, I believe this looks 1000% better than the current load of crap that Carolina served us.[/quote]

    thanks teebz!

    you rock…that’s also 1000% better than my piece of shit

    and i KNOW we both agree on this…black & red is better than black on black[/quote]

    Just to critique myself, I had the red and white backwards on the gloves. It should be red nearer to the wrist.

    Dammit, Teebz! LOL

  • MPowers16 | September 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm |

    Check it out, Eastbay already has the UVA throwback jersey up for 59.99:

    http://a712.g.akamai...

    and LDT looked like Darth Vader last year,
    http://i2.cdn.turner...

    check out his new mask:
    http://static.nfl.co...

    AP also switched back from this:
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    To this:
    http://static.nfl.co...

  • Roger Faso | September 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm |

    So.

    I’m having a “seat” readin the 1986 Hollander. Anyone who knows what a Hollander is, knows it’s perfect for when you’re “sitting down.”

    I’m flipping through it, and I was inspired to write the following poem for you all. I call it …

    Tony Pena

    Tony is twentyeight
    He’s been in the league since eighty
    Tony is a fuckin catcher

    Tony hits in the two seventies
    He drives in seventy runs a year
    He hit’s fuckin fourteen homers a year

    That’s pretty fuckin solid the eighties

    Tony is a Pirate
    The Pirates wears stove top caps
    The Pirates play the for the salt of the earth

    Pittsburgh

    In the Spring
    The Pirates sit down for their portraits
    They’re all wearing fuckin caps

    Except for Tony
    He’s wearing a fuckin helmet

    You see. Tony Pena is a catcher
    Catchers don’t fuckin wear caps
    Catchers wear helmets

  • Stuby | September 10, 2008 at 10:22 pm |

    Well guys, I’ve enjoyed today’s Bootleg Uni Watch. See you for the real deal tomorrow.

    –Stuby

  • LI Phil | September 10, 2008 at 10:40 pm |

    i love this look!

    not of the sloppy look…but of the mets winning!

  • Johnny O | September 10, 2008 at 10:44 pm |

    First look at Division Champ. gear…

    http://shop.mlb.com/...