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Monday Morning Uni Watch

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If you look at the breakdown of NFL teams wearing white at home recently compiled by reader Tim Brulia, you’ll see that the Raiders and Seahawks are listed as the league’s “only white jersey virgins.”

We’ll have to revise that entry, because the Seahawks now stand alone after the Raiders wore white at home for yesterday’s game against the Chargers — unprecedented! And for an intriguing footnote, check out this page (pointed out by Timothy Fesmire), which suggests that the Raiders may wear white at home all season long next year — with silver numbers! Does this have something to do with next year’s observance of the AFL’s 50th anniversary? Hmmmm, intriguing.

Other notes from yesterday:

• I’ll never get sick of those Titans throwbacks. A little sock stripeage goes a long way, no? Lots of additional pics here.

• Chad Johnson’s orange chinstrap made a reappearance. You can also spot a glimpse of it in the background of this shot.

• Can anyone explain why the officials in the Bears/Eagles game were wearing their cold-weather black slacks? Gametime temp was in the 60s, so there’s really no excuse.

• As for the the events in Flushing, at least my team went down wearing their proper colors (yeah, pins would’ve been nice, but I’m OK with the snow whites; apparently one fan disagreed). The postgame stadium-closing ceremony, for all its flaws (and there were several), nonetheless prompted a few sobs in at least on Brooklyn living room, as lots of Mets old-timers were brought onto the field wearing period-appropriate jerseys. Oddest sight was Nail Dykstra, who apparently is so fully entrenched in his new corporate Dow Jones lifestyle that he’s now incapable of wearing an untucked shirt. Nice bit at the end, as all old-timers stepped on home plate one last time, including Mr. Say Hey, who reached down and touched the plate instead of stepping on it. Our own Scott M.X. Turner was on hand for the events (as you’ll recall, he also attended the final game at Yankee Stadium — wonder how many people can claim that dual status [well, aside from this fella]?) and will have a fuller report in a day or two. And hey, L.I. Phil, thanks for all the screen grabs, esp. given the emotionally trying circumstances. Meanwhile, my congrats to the Crew — if the city I live in couldn’t make it to the dance, then I’m glad my favorite American city did.

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In Which I Present a Uni-Related Story About a Certain Political Party and Its Vice-Presidential Candidate Without Making Fun of Anyone, So Now You Can All Stop Calling Me Biased and Partisan and Everything, Thank You Very Much: You may have noticed that Sarah Palin was wearing a Phillies windbreaker-ish thingie during a campaign appearance on Friday, as seen at right. What you probably didn’t know is that a Uni Watch reader played a pivotal role in this wardrobe choice. Here’s the story from the man himself, reader Eric Trager (who was also the source of this 2007 entry):

Sarah Palin came to Philadelphia on Friday to greet a group of supporters at Center City’s Irish Pub before the presidential debate. Through my affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania College Republicans (I’m a graduate student in political science), I had volunteered to drive one of the press vans for the motorcade. Anyway, about two hours before Palin was set to depart for the event, one of her assistants came down to the hotel lobby and said that Palin wanted to wear a fleece with a local team’s insignia to the bar. “Anyone happen to know where we can get that?” she asked the group of volunteers.

It seemed like fate. As a lifelong Republican and avid collector of sports paraphernalia, finding officially licensed team gear for my party’s vice-presidential candidate seemed like the one menial task for which I had unknowingly spent my entire life preparing. So I immediately volunteered, driving Palin’s assistant in one of the campaign’s Chevy Suburbans to the local Modell’s. As a Mets fan, I naturally wanted to steer Palin away from Phillies gear, so I strongly recommended various Flyers and Eagles tops (“This is an Eagles town,” I said with conviction). But, after the assistant said that Palin preferred something red, I relented and picked out a small Phillies windbreaker that Palin wore later that night.

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The reason Palin wanted to wear red was almost certainly because she’s signed on for the glorious socialist revolution, as epitomized by our College Vault book raffle. Welcome aboard, Comrade Sarah! It fills my heart with godless pride to announce that Comrade Gregory Holt is the first-place winner of the raffle (he chose the Michigan book), with Comrade Mark Frantz in second place (he opted for the Ohio State volume, no doubt because he supports the concept of socialized education via state universities), and Comrade Robert Erdtmann will get the Notre Dame volume. More glorious state-sponsored giveaways coming soon.

Research Project: My recent mentions of the Tommie Agee home run marker in Shea Stadium and the Ted Williams home run seat at Fenway prompted Ryan Patrick to send this photo of a Jimmy Wynn HR seat in the Astrodome. Let’s compile a list of all such markers, past and present. To contribute, send me a note (but please DON’T tell me about the markers at Vets Stadium, the Metrodome, the Mall of America, or Turner Field, cuz a few bizillion people have already told me about those — thanks).

Uni Watch News Ticker: With the world economy teetering on the brink, the Montreal Canadiens have helpfully agreed to sponsor Canada’s monetary system. … Holy shit do I want this sleeve patch. It comes from this eBay listing (big thanks to Scott Johnson). … We all know Dave Concepcion’s NOB lettering barely fit on his back. But in this shot, the lettering is actually on his sleeve (good spot by Robert Eden). … “Honey, could you make the coffee?” That’s Joe Beimel wearing one of those team robes (as spotted by Mike Petriello). … The 49ers are retiring Steve Young’s number. … Keith Owen has a friend who ordered a Carlos Delgado bobblehead and ended up with this. … According to the second entry on this Q&A page, the Ravens will not be wearing their solid-black uniform this season. … Steal an MLB uniform, get arrested. … Jeremy‘s Corner: a new UEFA logo and some new uni-related volleyball regulations from the FIVB. … A few days ago I asked if anyone knew which college football team was the first to wear NOBs. According to the second graf on this page, it was Maryland (excellent work by Matt Shevin). … My ESPN column about Shea Stadium prompted a great story from Andrew Snyder: “My dad worked the hand-operated scoreboard for the Mets’ AA affiliate, the Victoria (TX) Toros, who moved the next year to Jackson, MS to become the Jackson Mets. One day in 1974, a ladder broke and he fell, breaking his collarbone. The Mets sent him an autographed ball as a get-well present (additional photos ). While the 1974 Mets weren’t quite as good as the 1969 Mets, their manager was Yogi Berra, Willie Mays was a coach, and they had Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and Tug McGraw, among others.” My favorite detail in this story is the metered postage strip — look closely and you’ll see that it includes details of the Mets’ upcoming schedule! So cool. … Not sure if we’ve linked to this before, but Tom Wallwork reports that there’s now a Michigan Helmet Project site. I was surprised to see this design — do the Habs know about this? … I assume they gave a bunch of these to Matt Millen on his way out the door (with thanks to Steve Moeller). … And put Chad Pennington down for a box of these (as forwarded by Jeff Johnson). … The Raptors have a new alt jersey (note the maple leaf on the back). Additional details here. … New hoops uniforms for Iowa State (with thanks to Corey Munson). … FNOB alert: Alabama’s BJ Scott (with thanks to Alex Seiver). … Patrick Guay found this at a church bazaar just outside of Montreal. … Interesting video here about the design process behind the Sabres’ new alternate jersey and merchandising line (with thanks to Doug Leake). … David Fitzgerald says this shot of Yaz shows him homering off of Tom Seaver in the 1975 All-Star Game. How could he possibly have been hitting without a helmet? … Latest uni-related cartoon from The New Yorker. … Good slideshow of the new Sacramento Kings jerseys here. … Readers John Freeman and Scotty Banks were poking around the nooks and crannies of the stadium during the UNC/Miami game and came across this helmet cart (additional pics here). “It wasn’t used during the game, and I’ve never seen one at a Hurricanes game, which got us wondering if it’s an old Dolphins cart,” says Freeman. “And no, we didn’t get to drive it around.” … Not uni-related, but I’ve been meaning to mention that I recently made a picnic ham in my smoker, and it turned out so great that I think it’s possibly the single best thing I’ve ever cooked. Looked like a lump of coal from the outside, but it sliced up really nicely. Deee-lish. Although I cooked it more than three weeks ago, the memory of it is so strong that it’s almost enough to keep me from dwelling on the Mets’ collapse. … But not quite.

 

237 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • Liam | September 29, 2008 at 8:29 am |

    Is it wrong that I really, really want one of those Lions t-shirts? Do they ship to England?

  • Jim MI | September 29, 2008 at 8:30 am |

    Good pic showing the difference between NHL unis and European hockey unis (AKA human billboards). Notice the patch on Vinny’s jersey.

    http://www.nhl.com/n...

  • Bopper | September 29, 2008 at 8:30 am |

    Of course Paul asks for HR markers AFTER my visit to Camden Yards, where Griffey hit the Warehouse (allegedly, I still dont believe it happened).

  • lwiedy | September 29, 2008 at 8:34 am |

    Leading off…..

    Finally got to Paul’s article on Shea. I found it very entertaining, showing the quirky side instead of the usual claptrap. Shea and I were born two week apart and even thought I never saw fit to route for the home team, most of the time, I enjoyed the many trips across the W-Stone.

    Couple thing specifically caught my eye.
    This photo
    in particular.
    ● It’s not only from the first game of the miracle season but it is the first game in Montreal Expos history.
    ● Wondering why the flag is at half-staff the first week of 1969?
    ● Interesting pairing of “Meet The Comer” next to the “10 Minute Head” advertisement. Subliminally related?
    ● Also, it reminded me of one thing that I hated about Shea for years. On the out-of-town scoreboard, the Mets didn’t list the pitchers uniform numbers but a 1 through whatever numerical coding that could only be cracked by purchasing a program. Always thought that was lame and at some point so did the Mets.

    Paul stated that “Shea was the first stadium specifically designed for dual-sport use”. Maybe semantics, but technically wouldn’t D.C. Stadium (RFK) would have that designation? It opened in 1961 (for the Skins, ’62 for baseball). Perhaps the patent for the Shea design was slightly different than the system used in D.C. Stadium as they configured differently, but DC definitely had the movable stands that configured for football & baseball.


    This
    shot of the excavation reminded me of how bad the playing surface was for most of the early years. Always heard it was because of where it was built, very marshy. So much so that Yanks’ outfielder Elliott Maddox knee injury resulted in this: http://i256.photobuc... I couldn’t find any research to support Maddox’s three years on the Mets payroll as a form of settlement ;-)

    Finally, Paul failed to mention that Shea (named for William Shea) bore a remarkable resemblance to Che Stadium (named for Cuban guerrilla leader Che Guevara), site of the Pre-Fab Four’s first American concert!

  • Mike Edgerly | September 29, 2008 at 8:35 am |

    The “new UEFA logo” is just for the re-branding of the “UEFA Cup” tournament (arguably the NIT of European Soccer) to the “UEFA Europa league”. UEFA itself is keeping its logo, as far as I know…

  • Alan | September 29, 2008 at 8:38 am |

    [quote comment=”292203″]Of course Paul asks for HR markers AFTER my visit to Camden Yards, where Griffey hit the Warehouse (allegedly, I still dont believe it happened).[/quote]

    It was at the All-Star Game HR Contest, so I don’t count it as real.

  • Dave F. | September 29, 2008 at 8:40 am |

    Watching the Jets game with my four-year old daughter, she was quite concerned that the “blue & yellow” team had cheerleaders in green & white. She demanded to know why the cheerleaders’ outfits couldn’t have matched the players.

    My only explanation: “The owner of the team must be a mean, mean man, honey.”

  • Billy | September 29, 2008 at 8:42 am |

    Aside from the HR markers on Eutaw Street, there are two orange seats at Camden Yards. One in center field for Eddie Murray’s 500th HR and one in left field for Cal Ripken breaking Ernie Banks mark for HR by a shortstop.

  • mmwatkin | September 29, 2008 at 8:57 am |

    It is a shame that the Iowa State basketball program can only recruit players that are missing sections of fingers.

    Sad.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 8:59 am |

    OMFG…i HAD THIS UNI…distinctly remember wearing in the 2nd and 3rd grade

    it didn’t come with stirrups (but, of course, i did manage to pick up a pair) or a cap…and there was definitely no number on back…it was also patchless, although, somewhere along the line, i definitely had one sewn on (although not the one shown in the pic)

    im also pretty sure my mom had it dry cleaned and kept it in my old closet for YEARS before (im guessing) it went to goodwill or sally

    *sniff*

  • Paddy | September 29, 2008 at 8:59 am |

    As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.

  • Kevin G. | September 29, 2008 at 9:02 am |

    Wouldn’t it be the AFL/AFC’s 50th season next year and not 50th anniversary?

  • Kevin M. | September 29, 2008 at 9:20 am |

    The Rays used to have a seat in Right Field that was yellow I believe to mark the spot where Wade Boggs hit his 3000th hit. I don’t know if Sternberg has gotten rid of it since he is trying to distance himself from the Namoli era.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment=”292213″]The Rays used to have a seat in Right Field that was yellow I believe to mark the spot where Wade Boggs hit his 3000th hit. I don’t know if Sternberg has gotten rid of it since he is trying to distance himself from the Namoli era.[/quote]

    heres a pic of the seat

  • Nicole | September 29, 2008 at 9:33 am |

    couple of things:

    A guy sitting near me at yesterday’s Brewers game was wearing a pinstripe Brewers robe

    The Brewers have a marker in the parking lot of Miller Park marking where Hank Aaron’s final homerun landed (which was hit at County Stadium)

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    Video: http://www.jsonline....
    Story: http://www.jsonline....

    There’s a marker in Atlanta for Hank Aaron’s 715
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  • lwiedy | September 29, 2008 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment=”292214″][quote comment=”292213″]The Rays used to have a seat in Right Field that was yellow I believe to mark the spot where Wade Boggs hit his 3000th hit. I don’t know if Sternberg has gotten rid of it since he is trying to distance himself from the Namoli era.[/quote]

    heres a pic of the seat[/quote]

    I thing that kid is wearing a Fairwell to the Vet shirt.

  • lwiedy | September 29, 2008 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”292216″][quote comment=”292214″][quote comment=”292213″]The Rays used to have a seat in Right Field that was yellow I believe to mark the spot where Wade Boggs hit his 3000th hit. I don’t know if Sternberg has gotten rid of it since he is trying to distance himself from the Namoli era.[/quote]

    heres a pic of the seat[/quote]

    I thing that kid is wearing a Fairwell to the Vet shirt.[/quote]

    OMG…Farewell, wow.

  • Elena | September 29, 2008 at 9:40 am |

    Flag was probably at half staff first week of 1969 for Pres. Eisenhower, who died end of March ’69.

  • Roger Faso | September 29, 2008 at 9:40 am |

    Need a new hockey arena?

    http://www.rollingst...

  • Jim MI | September 29, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”292201″]Is it wrong that I really, really want one of those Lions t-shirts? Do they ship to England?[/quote]

    Funny shirts, reminds me when Buffalo Sabres beat only NY teams in the playoffs one year and I saw ‘State Champs’ shirts online…. should have bought one.

  • James P. | September 29, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    1) There is/was a seat in the upper deck of the Astrodome where Glenn Davis hit a moonshot homer, but I can not find any pictures of it. The seat it hit–because no one was sitting up there–was marked with the Astros Star-H logo.

    2) Let me say I do not like the Jets. Never have. I don\’t know why, but I just don\’t. two years ago, I found myself close to having to root for them as my wife\’s cousin-in-law was interviewing out there for their OC. He declined the job and I continued to not care about the jets. BUT since last year, I have been mildly interested in them because of their NY Titans throwbacks! I love that uniform and the color scheme. While watching yesterday it hit me, the Jets need to change to that color scheme and come up with a new logo to go on the helmet. It couldn\’t hurt…

  • Graf Zeppelin | September 29, 2008 at 9:41 am |

    It’ll take a while to get over this one. But I have to say, the closing ceremony at Shea yesterday was one of the most moving events I have ever attended.

    The “ceremonial last pitch,” from Tom Seaver to Mike Piazza, was an absolute masterstroke. Then, watching the two of them walk arm-in-arm out to center field, under a spotlight in a darkened stadium, then wave to the crowd as they passed through and out the center-field fence, symbolically passing Shea Stadium into history, with the (obligatory) funereal music blaring from Shea’s famously too-loud speakers, moved me to tears. I never cried at a sporting event before and I’m not ashamed to say it. It was beautiful.

    The ironic thing is, I think, that if there were more games to be played in that ballpark, the ceremony would not have been so moving. As sad and awful and painful as it was to have the season end so horribly for a second season in a row, the fans in attendance could set aside that pain for a little while to cheer their heroes once more and bid farewell to a place so, for good or bad, replete with memories.

  • Gordon | September 29, 2008 at 9:42 am |

    RE: Yaz without a helmet.

    Wasn’t there a rule that those players who played before the mandatory batting helmet rule were grandfathered and didn’t have to wear the helmet? Or was that just hockey?

  • Kevin M. | September 29, 2008 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”292214″][quote comment=”292213″]The Rays used to have a seat in Right Field that was yellow I believe to mark the spot where Wade Boggs hit his 3000th hit. I don’t know if Sternberg has gotten rid of it since he is trying to distance himself from the Namoli era.[/quote]

    heres a pic of the seat[/quote]

    I’m still a little bitter about that. I was at the game on August 7,1999 to watch it and of course Boggs goes 0 for that game. The next night my dad and I were watching the game on the TV (this was the year before my parents got season tickets) and my dad turns to me and says watch him crank it out for his 3000th….sure enough the next pitch was gone. On the game on the 7th they did stop the game and notify everyone that Tony Gwynn got his 3000th.

  • Paul Lukas | September 29, 2008 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”292223″]RE: Yaz without a helmet.

    Wasn’t there a rule that those players who played before the mandatory batting helmet rule were grandfathered and didn’t have to wear the helmet?[/quote]

    Yeah, but I never saw Yaz invoking that rule before.

  • Bopper | September 29, 2008 at 9:49 am |

    [quote comment=”292206″][quote comment=”292203″]Of course Paul asks for HR markers AFTER my visit to Camden Yards, where Griffey hit the Warehouse (allegedly, I still dont believe it happened).[/quote]

    It was at the All-Star Game HR Contest, so I don’t count it as real.[/quote]

    They’ve still given it its own plaque.

    The markers on Eutaw street are very cool, if you ask me.

  • adrian | September 29, 2008 at 9:53 am |

    Did Yaz ever wear one of those hard cap inserts?

  • Bopper | September 29, 2008 at 9:58 am |
  • RCheli | September 29, 2008 at 9:58 am |

    I wish I had photographic proof of this, but I had a 6-week-old baby in my arms and I couldn’t get my camera in time.

    Anyway, I was watching the NHL Network on Saturday morning, and they showed a program with the highlights from the Rangers/Nordiques playoff series from ’95. In it, Mark Messier was wearing what looked to be his Oilers helmet — or at least a helmet that was different in color from all of his teammates. At first I thought it was just some strange shading issue, but he scored a couple of goals, and when I saw him hugging his teammates (as hockey players are wont to do), the color was not the Rangers blue, but a lighter, brighter blue.

    I searched to see if this has been mentioned before, but came up with nothing.

  • Bopper | September 29, 2008 at 10:00 am |
  • Bob A | September 29, 2008 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment=”292221″]1) There is/was a seat in the upper deck of the Astrodome where Glenn Davis hit a moonshot homer, but I can not find any pictures of it. The seat it hit–because no one was sitting up there–was marked with the Astros Star-H logo.

    2) Let me say I do not like the Jets. Never have. I don\’t know why, but I just don\’t. two years ago, I found myself close to having to root for them as my wife\’s cousin-in-law was interviewing out there for their OC. He declined the job and I continued to not care about the jets. BUT since last year, I have been mildly interested in them because of their NY Titans throwbacks! I love that uniform and the color scheme. While watching yesterday it hit me, the Jets need to change to that color scheme and come up with a new logo to go on the helmet. It couldn\’t hurt…[/quote]

    James I don’t remember the Glenn Davis seat but there was one for Doug Rader’s blast that was close to Wynn’s. It was marked with a rooster (his nickname) If Paul wants them I will email him pics of the seat as displayed at the ASG Fan Fest a few years back.

    The Jets/Titans throwbacks are very sweet.

    This was mentioned the last two days but the Virginia Tech unis on Saturday had a cool number font. I never found out if it was their normal font or not. Something about it was old school and very attractive. (I cant google pictures here at work).

    Wrong team won, though. ;-)

  • Robert | September 29, 2008 at 10:05 am |

    The only bad thing about the excellent Titans’ throwbacks is that it keeps us from seeing the Jets’ similarly excellent standard uniform.

    Meanwhile, many of the teams wearing uniform disasters keep tormenting us week after week.

  • DJ | September 29, 2008 at 10:09 am |

    [quote comment=”292211″]As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.[/quote]
    Amen brother. She had a Flyers hat on at one point as well – not good.

  • Hot Rodd | September 29, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”292212″]Wouldn’t it be the AFL/AFC’s 50th season next year and not 50th anniversary?[/quote]

    That is correct because it is also the Cowboy’s 50th season next year.

  • War Damn Eagle | September 29, 2008 at 10:13 am |

    Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” included this line: “the black-jersied swarm of Bears.”

    Really, Peter, black jerseys?

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Robb | September 29, 2008 at 10:14 am |

    EA Sports put an Iowa State Helmet cart in NCAA Football ’08 – Bad screenshot

  • Stuby | September 29, 2008 at 10:16 am |

    What gives with so many NFL teams wearing white at home (WAH)? Used to be just to beat the heat but the Saints wore WAH yesterday and they obviously play in a dome. Will this be the norm in a few years a la the NHL shift to white-on-the-road?

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”292217″][quote comment=”292216″][quote comment=”292214″]The Rays used to have a seat in Right Field that was yellow I believe to mark the spot where Wade Boggs hit his 3000th hit. I don’t know if Sternberg has gotten rid of it since he is trying to distance himself from the Namoli era.[/quote]

    heres a pic of the seat[/quote]

    I thing that kid is wearing a Fairwell to the Vet shirt.[/quote]

    thing? fairwell?

    flair?

  • dhc | September 29, 2008 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”292204″]

    Finally, Paul failed to mention that Shea (named for William Shea) bore a remarkable resemblance to Che Stadium (named for Cuban guerrilla leader Che Guevara), site of the Pre-Fab Four’s first American concert![/quote]

    Sorry to be “that guy” but wasn’t it actually named after Cuban guerilla leader Che Stadium?

    My kids still hate when I make that joke (can’t wait for them to get it).

  • Kyle | September 29, 2008 at 10:17 am |

    Kirby Puckett’s ’91 walk off home run in game 6 of the ’91 World Series was given the gold seat treatment in the Metrodome.

    http://farm3.static....

    http://www.thegoldse...

  • Troy | September 29, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    Vet Stadium had the Stargell Star. Longest HR hit there.

    http://farm2.static....

  • James P. | September 29, 2008 at 10:20 am |

    [quote comment=”292231″][quote comment=”292221″]1) There is/was a seat in the upper deck of the Astrodome where Glenn Davis hit a moonshot homer, but I can not find any pictures of it. The seat it hit–because no one was sitting up there–was marked with the Astros Star-H logo.

    2) Let me say I do not like the Jets. Never have. I don\’t know why, but I just don\’t. two years ago, I found myself close to having to root for them as my wife\’s cousin-in-law was interviewing out there for their OC. He declined the job and I continued to not care about the jets. BUT since last year, I have been mildly interested in them because of their NY Titans throwbacks! I love that uniform and the color scheme. While watching yesterday it hit me, the Jets need to change to that color scheme and come up with a new logo to go on the helmet. It couldn\’t hurt…[/quote]

    James I don’t remember the Glenn Davis seat but there was one for Doug Rader’s blast that was close to Wynn’s. It was marked with a rooster (his nickname) If Paul wants them I will email him pics of the seat as displayed at the ASG Fan Fest a few years back.
    [/quote]

    Maybe I am thinking of Rader’s homer, but I thought it was Davis because I remember Bagwell hitting one up there and the announcer saying something about it being close to Glenn’s seat. Of course, this was back in the early 90s when I was still a kid so I could be wrong, but I have a vivid image in my head of seeing a seat in the outfield upper deck with the Astros Star-H logo marking a home run.

  • James P. | September 29, 2008 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”292237″]What gives with so many NFL teams wearing white at home (WAH)? Used to be just to beat the heat but the Saints wore WAH yesterday and they obviously play in a dome. Will this be the norm in a few years a la the NHL shift to white-on-the-road?[/quote]

    Saints trying to imitate LSU?

  • Hank | September 29, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”292241″]Vet Stadium had the Stargell Star. Longest HR hit there.

    http://farm2.static....

    Been looking for that picture all morning.

  • Jon | September 29, 2008 at 10:22 am |

    I can attest to the quality of that ham, but have to disrespectfully decline to congratulate the Brewers who completely f’ed up the National League stretch drive by losing 4 straight in Philly. If they had only took care of business then, or fired Yost after the Mets swept them, neither the Mets nor Brewers would have found themselves in the mess they wound up in.

  • Kenny | September 29, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    Two blue seats at The Cell for Podsednik and Konerko home runs in ’05

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    http://www.baseball-...

  • dgc | September 29, 2008 at 10:26 am |

    IIRC RFK has a few white seats in the upper deck where some mammoth homers hit by the Senators were marked. And there was the HERE flag at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium that marked where Frank Robinson hit the only homerun to leave the stadium.

  • Wade Harder | September 29, 2008 at 10:26 am |

    Hey, Paul. The BJ Scott FNOB photo links to the Raptors alternate jersey.

  • Chad | September 29, 2008 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”292233″][quote comment=”292211″]As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.[/quote]
    Amen brother. She had a Flyers hat on at one point as well – not good.[/quote]

    the irish pub isn’t a real irish bar (don’t have guiness on tap) it’s more of a frat boy douchebaggery. so she can be a fake fan in a fake irish bar being a fake politician faking fake fakedy fake fake fake

  • KC | September 29, 2008 at 10:31 am |

    The officials could have been wearing the pants as the were expecting foul weather? I dunno, I didn’t watch the game or know the weather report, but was the field sloppy or was it raining?

  • War Damn Eagle | September 29, 2008 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”292247″]IIRC RFK has a few white seats in the upper deck where some mammoth homers hit by the Senators were marked. And there was the HERE flag at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium that marked where Frank Robinson hit the only homerun to leave the stadium.[/quote]

    There are white seats in the left field upper deck at RFK to mark Frank Howard’s mammoth blasts for the Senators.

  • War Damn Eagle | September 29, 2008 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”292233″][quote comment=”292211″]As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.[/quote]
    Amen brother. She had a Flyers hat on at one point as well – not good.[/quote]

    Palin was wearing an Eagles jersey while jogging recently.

  • Chris M | September 29, 2008 at 10:38 am |

    Don’t know how long this will be up.. but check out the first hat on this MLB page:

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    Whoops!

  • Paddy | September 29, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”292249″][quote comment=”292233″][quote comment=”292211″]As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.[/quote]
    Amen brother. She had a Flyers hat on at one point as well – not good.[/quote]

    the irish pub isn’t a real irish bar (don’t have guiness on tap) it’s more of a frat boy douchebaggery. so she can be a fake fan in a fake irish bar being a fake politician faking fake fakedy fake fake fake[/quote]

    Regardless…political pandering at its worst.

  • War Damn Eagle | September 29, 2008 at 10:43 am |

    Example of a white seat at RFK:

    http://images.google...

  • Taha | September 29, 2008 at 10:47 am |

    I was looking at the list of home teams wearing white, I see one instance that is not documented.

    The Lions wore white when they hosted the Cowboys on Nov 15, 1981. It was a 4:00 game, and the Lions won 27-24 when Eddie Murray hit a FG as time expired. I can’t find any archive pictures.

  • Kenny | September 29, 2008 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”292250″]The officials could have been wearing the pants as the were expecting foul weather? I dunno, I didn’t watch the game or know the weather report, but was the field sloppy or was it raining?[/quote]

    No and no…it was a little chilly out, but not enough to wear the winter clothes…I mean it was probably in the 70’s during the day Sunday in Chicago

  • CoachKing | September 29, 2008 at 10:51 am |

    Harmon Killebrew hit a 520 foot home run at the old Met. A red seat was located in the same spot when the Mall of America was built in the location of the old stadium.

    http://farm3.static....

  • Stuby | September 29, 2008 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”292258″]Harmon Killebrew hit a 520 foot home run at the old Met. A red seat was located in the same spot when the Mall of America was built in the location of the old stadium.

    http://farm3.static....
    That’s spooky.

  • Robert | September 29, 2008 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”292258″]Harmon Killebrew hit a 520 foot home run at the old Met. A red seat was located in the same spot when the Mall of America was built in the location of the old stadium.

    http://farm3.static....

    That has to be the coolest one of all. Whoever thought of it needs to be given a gold star.

  • chance | September 29, 2008 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”292253″]Don’t know how long this will be up.. but check out the first hat on this MLB page:

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    Whoops![/quote]

    Do you mean this page?

  • Paul Lukas | September 29, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”292248″]Hey, Paul. The BJ Scott FNOB photo links to the Raptors alternate jersey.[/quote]

    Now fixed.

  • Jet | September 29, 2008 at 11:04 am |

    I that pic of the Mets “oldtimers” lined up along the stands, shaking hands with fans, I see two Mets wearing #22, and neither of them are Donn Clendendon!!!! Trying to rack my fading memory and all I come up with is Bruce Boisclair as someone else who wore #22. Help, Mets fans??

    -Jet

  • phillydevil | September 29, 2008 at 11:06 am |

    For the record, Coors Field has a row of seats marking a mile high. From the Rockies’ website:

    “Most of the stadium seats are green. However, the upper deck’s 20th row is painted purple, signifying exactly one mile above sea level.”

  • chance | September 29, 2008 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”292264″]For the record, Coors Field has a row of seats marking a mile high. From the Rockies’ website:

    “Most of the stadium seats are green. However, the upper deck’s 20th row is painted purple, signifying exactly one mile above sea level.”[/quote]

    It’s a pretty cool visual.

  • Rick | September 29, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    I’m SOOOO glad to hear that the Ravens will not be wearing the all black uni’s this year. But since they introduced the black pants in the first game this year, maybe they can wear them with their purple jerseys. Or maybe the black jersey with white pants. That’s a combination that they have never done before.

  • Stuby | September 29, 2008 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”292263″]I that pic of the Mets “oldtimers” lined up along the stands, shaking hands with fans, I see two Mets wearing #22, and neither of them are Donn Clendendon!!!! Trying to rack my fading memory and all I come up with is Bruce Boisclair as someone else who wore #22. Help, Mets fans??

    -Jet[/quote]
    Kevin McReynolds?

  • Ben Neureuther | September 29, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  • Cosmo | September 29, 2008 at 11:12 am |

    Hey Paul, what kind of smoker do you use? I’m in the market for one and don’t have the first clue where to begin.

  • Lose Remerswaal | September 29, 2008 at 11:12 am |

    Regarding Yaz and the helmetless plate appearance, according to Wikipedia (“Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.” /Michael Scott), Yaz was pinchhitting at the time. My guess is he forgot and just decided not to wear the helmet, in a hurry.

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • subway | September 29, 2008 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”292263″]I that pic of the Mets “oldtimers” lined up along the stands, shaking hands with fans, I see two Mets wearing #22, and neither of them are Donn Clendendon!!!! Trying to rack my fading memory and all I come up with is Bruce Boisclair as someone else who wore #22. Help, Mets fans??

    -Jet[/quote]
    The 22’s are Jack Fisher and Al Leiter.

    Noticeably absent: David Cone. He wasn’t even mentioned among the players who couldn’t attend. I wonder what’s the story there.

  • Paul Lukas | September 29, 2008 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”292269″]Hey Paul, what kind of smoker do you use? I’m in the market for one and don’t have the first clue where to begin.[/quote]

    I use (and love) this:
    http://biggreenegg.c...

  • DenverGregg | September 29, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    The original Mile High Stadium (RIP) had a seat marked for a minor league homer by Joey Meyer. Details. I don’t know of any current marker in the parking lot.

  • Chris M | September 29, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”292265″][quote comment=”292264″]For the record, Coors Field has a row of seats marking a mile high. From the Rockies’ website:

    “Most of the stadium seats are green. However, the upper deck’s 20th row is painted purple, signifying exactly one mile above sea level.”[/quote]

    It’s a pretty cool visual.[/quote]

    I like how the picture is titled “CoorFieldBlueSeats.jpg”

    I guess they do kind of look blue in that picture, but they’re purple.

  • Al | September 29, 2008 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=\”292272\”]Noticeably absent: David Cone. He wasn\’t even mentioned among the players who couldn\’t attend. I wonder what\’s the story there.[/quote]
    He made have had his hands full in the bullpen.

    [insert LI Phil\’s rimshot link here]

  • Paul Lukas | September 29, 2008 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”292272″][quote comment=”292263″]I that pic of the Mets “oldtimers” lined up along the stands, shaking hands with fans, I see two Mets wearing #22, and neither of them are Donn Clendendon!!!! Trying to rack my fading memory and all I come up with is Bruce Boisclair as someone else who wore #22. Help, Mets fans??

    -Jet[/quote]
    The 22’s are Jack Fisher and Al Leiter.

    Noticeably absent: David Cone. He wasn’t even mentioned among the players who couldn’t attend. I wonder what’s the story there.[/quote]

    Other players whose absence surprised me:

    – Ken Boswell (member of both the ’69 and ’73 teams)

    – Duffy Dyer (ditto)

    – John Olerud (very well liked during his time here)

    – Benny Agbayani (ADORED while he was here, plus he hit a walk-off homer against the Giants in the 2000 NLDS)

    – Bobby Jones (very consistent pitcher, threw arguably the best game in Shea history, a one-hitter to close out the 2000 NLDS)

    – Vince Coleman (kidding)

  • Alan | September 29, 2008 at 11:28 am |

    Watching the Jets game yesterday, I was sad to see that FOX (I think) didn’t change the colors of their on screen arrows marking down and yards needed to first down from the Jets Green & White to the Titans Dark Blue & Yellow.

    However, I was immensely satisfied to see Brett Favre wearing a Titans of New York cap in the post game interview.

  • eje | September 29, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”292256″]I was looking at the list of home teams wearing white, I see one instance that is not documented.

    The Lions wore white when they hosted the Cowboys on Nov 15, 1981. It was a 4:00 game, and the Lions won 27-24 when Eddie Murray hit a FG as time expired. I can’t find any archive pictures.[/quote]

    A search on gettyimages has a few pictures from that game showing the Lions wearing the Honolulu blue

  • Justin | September 29, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    I’m sure this has been said before, but I just don’t get this new trend of the NFL home teams to wear white. Being a Steelers fan, I would be completely shocked to ever see the Steelers wear white at home. It could be 100 degrees outside and I believe that they would still wear the normal black jerseys.
    I was shocked to see last week that the Eagles would actually allow the Steelers to wear black jerserys (not that it mattered, though).

  • Kevin M. | September 29, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”292278″]Watching the Jets game yesterday, I was sad to see that FOX (I think) didn’t change the colors of their on screen arrows marking down and yards needed to first down from the Jets Green & White to the Titans Dark Blue & Yellow.

    However, I was immensely satisfied to see Brett Favre wearing a Titans of New York cap in the post game interview.[/quote]

    In the highlights of the game one receiver, maybe Coles, was wearing a regular Jets handwarmer.

  • Kevin M. | September 29, 2008 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”292281″][quote comment=”292278″]Watching the Jets game yesterday, I was sad to see that FOX (I think) didn’t change the colors of their on screen arrows marking down and yards needed to first down from the Jets Green & White to the Titans Dark Blue & Yellow.

    However, I was immensely satisfied to see Brett Favre wearing a Titans of New York cap in the post game interview.[/quote]

    In the highlights of the game one receiver, maybe Coles, was wearing a regular Jets handwarmer.[/quote]

    It was Coles as seen here http://sports.espn.g...

  • buckeyes | September 29, 2008 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”292252″][quote comment=”292233″][quote comment=”292211″]As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.[/quote]
    Amen brother. She had a Flyers hat on at one point as well – not good.[/quote]

    Palin was wearing an Eagles jersey while jogging recently.[/quote]

    That is because she thinks Philly is still the capitol of the USA. They don’t teach US history in Alaska, they teach abstinence instead. . .

  • Brandon | September 29, 2008 at 11:41 am |

    I know at old Busch Stadium, the Cardinals had what was basically a decal marking where McGwire’s 61st HR hit the window of a luxury box, a small marker labeled 62 where the record breaker creeped over the wall, and a neon sign for where HR #70 landed.

  • mike 2 | September 29, 2008 at 11:45 am |

    There’s also a “Willie Stargell” gold seat in the upper deck of Olympic Stadium in Montreal – the only home run ball to ever make the upper deck. Can’t find a picture.

  • Jon | September 29, 2008 at 11:46 am |

    Agbayani’s season is still going on in Japan, I think. I read where he was recently involved in a brawl there.

    They probably should have brought back No. 22, Ray Knight.

  • Teebz | September 29, 2008 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”292277″]
    Other players whose absence surprised me:

    – Ken Boswell (member of both the ’69 and ’73 teams)

    – Duffy Dyer (ditto)

    – John Olerud (very well liked during his time here)

    – Benny Agbayani (ADORED while he was here, plus he hit a walk-off homer against the Giants in the 2000 NLDS)

    – Bobby Jones (very consistent pitcher, threw arguably the best game in Shea history, a one-hitter to close out the 2000 NLDS)

    – Vince Coleman (kidding)[/quote]

    And Mo Vaughn gets no love?

    I couldn’t even write that with a straight face. LOL

  • dm00n | September 29, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  • Teebz | September 29, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”292229″]I wish I had photographic proof of this, but I had a 6-week-old baby in my arms and I couldn’t get my camera in time.

    Anyway, I was watching the NHL Network on Saturday morning, and they showed a program with the highlights from the Rangers/Nordiques playoff series from ’95. In it, Mark Messier was wearing what looked to be his Oilers helmet — or at least a helmet that was different in color from all of his teammates. At first I thought it was just some strange shading issue, but he scored a couple of goals, and when I saw him hugging his teammates (as hockey players are wont to do), the color was not the Rangers blue, but a lighter, brighter blue.

    I searched to see if this has been mentioned before, but came up with nothing.[/quote]

    Considering he was dealt by Edmonton to NY in 1991, I’d say it was personal preference. I’m guessing he just kept the helmet he liked. Messier was big on superstitions and traditions.

  • dm00n | September 29, 2008 at 11:53 am |

    Oops, that SI Yaz shot was from the same year. The original was the AS Game, not the WS.

  • Kerry P | September 29, 2008 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”292243″][quote comment=”292237″]What gives with so many NFL teams wearing white at home (WAH)? Used to be just to beat the heat but the Saints wore WAH yesterday and they obviously play in a dome. Will this be the norm in a few years a la the NHL shift to white-on-the-road?[/quote]

    Saints trying to imitate LSU?[/quote]
    The Saints starting wearing the white jerseys at home in 2006, after the team hired Sean Payton. Word on the street is that he actually wanted to make some changes to the unis but it was too late to do so. He wanted to make a change due to the team’s bad history. So they designated the white jerseys as the home jerseys in 2006. Last season they wore both white and black at home as they have also done this year.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”292276″]
    [insert LI Phil\’s rimshot link here][/quote]

    here

  • Brian Erni | September 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm |

    ray knight was invited and listed as a could not attend

  • Matthew D | September 29, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    The Comrade titles cracked me up.

    The Palin story, although interesting, would have read better with some bias. I’d say the same thing about an Obama story.

    Paul, you are a great writer. Note, I did not merely say reporter. I want some more sarcasm, anger, and the like. And I’m not basing this on the “it’s your site” argument. Instead, I’m invoking the writing is more interesting than reporting argument. Seriously, more snarky behavior, fellow Comrade.

    [The first entry without the commie flag will be the last one I EVER read [joking].]

  • Mike | September 29, 2008 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=\”292280\”]I\’m sure this has been said before, but I just don\’t get this new trend of the NFL home teams to wear white. Being a Steelers fan, I would be completely shocked to ever see the Steelers wear white at home. It could be 100 degrees outside and I believe that they would still wear the normal black jerseys.
    I was shocked to see last week that the Eagles would actually allow the Steelers to wear black jerserys (not that it mattered, though).[/quote]
    In the 2006 Super Bowl the Steelers were the home team but choose to wear white…so there\’s one instance where they went with white over black.

  • James P. | September 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”292291″][quote comment=”292243″][quote comment=”292237″]What gives with so many NFL teams wearing white at home (WAH)? Used to be just to beat the heat but the Saints wore WAH yesterday and they obviously play in a dome. Will this be the norm in a few years a la the NHL shift to white-on-the-road?[/quote]

    Saints trying to imitate LSU?[/quote]
    The Saints starting wearing the white jerseys at home in 2006, after the team hired Sean Payton. Word on the street is that he actually wanted to make some changes to the unis but it was too late to do so. He wanted to make a change due to the team’s bad history. So they designated the white jerseys as the home jerseys in 2006. Last season they wore both white and black at home as they have also done this year.[/quote]

    I remember the switch in 06. I was mostly making a joke.

  • Seth H | September 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm |

    I am just psyched that the Stork was there.

    A hero of my youth. It made me feel very old seeing how old he is.

    I was wondering where some of the other 1986 Mets were until Gooden walked out. Then I realized that he ate them.

  • Tom F | September 29, 2008 at 12:27 pm |

    Don’t know if this is old news or new news, but any news is good news…

    McNabb used to wear a four-point chin strap (and keep the two bottom straps undone all the time).

    Last night (at least) he was wearing a two-point strap.

    Think he changed styles because of that new rule? Wasn’t that before last season, though?

  • Carl Carlson-Drexler | September 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm |

    Any chance that the jerseys worn by the past Flyers captains on Saturday before the game were sneak peeks at the new third jerseys? They looked a LOT like the leaked pictures, plus they put guys like Keith Primeau, who played for the Flyers after they went away from the white hem stripe, in one, so it wasn’t a bid for historical accuracy… at least not a good one.

  • LM | September 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm |

    After seeing more teams using Riddells new football helmet, I just have to wonder how some teams are going to be able to put their helmet decal on it.
    Since that helmet has a big hole in the side of it, teams like the Rams, Vikings, Patriots, Chargers, just to name a few, are going to have some strange decal placements if they want to miss that hole. LOL

  • SATCH | September 29, 2008 at 12:39 pm |

    Am i correct in assuming that the Sacramento Kings have followed in the footsteps of the Dallas Stars, by putting their city name on their home uniforms with the team name on the road unis? It’s just unnatural in my opinion.

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”292286″]Agbayani’s season is still going on in Japan, I think. I read where he was recently involved in a brawl there.

    They probably should have brought back No. 22, Ray Knight.[/quote]

    Knight was there. Not all of the old-timers walked the field. Davey Johnson was there as well, and he didn’t do the walk.

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”292294″]ray knight was invited and listed as a could not attend[/quote]

    Oh, I though he was there but just didn’t do the walk. I guess that makes sense; I thought it odd that Davey and Knight wouldn’t do the walk with the other old-timers.

  • Ralph | September 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm |

    In the Yaz picture, it looks like Bench has a ball in his right hand, and if so, it can’t be during a game…

  • Boston | September 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm |

    No mention of Johnny Pesky’s number being retired at Fenway?

  • Taha | September 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”292277″]
    Noticeably absent: David Cone. He wasn’t even mentioned among the players who couldn’t attend. I wonder what’s the story there.[/quote]

    Other players whose absence surprised me:

    – Ken Boswell (member of both the ’69 and ’73 teams)

    – Duffy Dyer (ditto)

    – John Olerud (very well liked during his time here)

    – Benny Agbayani (ADORED while he was here, plus he hit a walk-off homer against the Giants in the 2000 NLDS)

    – Bobby Jones (very consistent pitcher, threw arguably the best game in Shea history, a one-hitter to close out the 2000 NLDS)

    – Vince Coleman (kidding)[/quote]

    Bobby Bonilla and Rickey Henderson were there, but were busy playing Tonk in the clubhouse

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm |

    Seeing George Foster at the Shea ceremony yesterday, after he left the team on such bad terms and accused ownership of being racists, just underscores the absurdity and pettiness of the Yankees not bringing back Clemens and, more importantly, Torre for the Stadium’s closing ceremony.

  • Robert | September 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”292302″]Am i correct in assuming that the Sacramento Kings have followed in the footsteps of the Dallas Stars, by putting their city name on their home uniforms with the team name on the road unis? It’s just unnatural in my opinion.[/quote]

    The Mavericks do so as well. It makes me crazy.

  • kirk | September 29, 2008 at 1:04 pm |

    Was it just me or did the Jets/Titans uniforms look dirty on TV? When I first saw the game coverage, I thought the game was being played in a torrential downpour and there was mud all over the field. Alas, there was not.

  • Al | September 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”292310″]Seeing George Foster at the Shea ceremony yesterday, after he left the team on such bad terms and accused ownership of being racists, just underscores the absurdity and pettiness of the Yankees not bringing back Clemens and, more importantly, Torre for the Stadium’s closing ceremony.[/quote]
    As a Yankee fan, I agree that is was shady for Torre to have not been included as the managerial lineage was read. But, whether invited or not, Torre would not came back for the ceremony b/c he is pretty busy managing other team right now.

  • Max | September 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”292260″][quote comment=”292258″]Harmon Killebrew hit a 520 foot home run at the old Met. A red seat was located in the same spot when the Mall of America was built in the location of the old stadium.

    http://farm3.static....

    That has to be the coolest one of all. Whoever thought of it needs to be given a gold star.[/quote]

    Thing is, that’s not the actual seat that Harmon hit with his 520 foot home run. The homer in question was slugged on June 3, 1967 and landed on the second tier of the left field pavilion which was all benches, not chairback seats like the one shown in the photo. Also, all seats at Metropolitan Stadium were green and blue, not red. This may be an actual seat from the Met that was painted red to make it easier to see in the mall, but it isn’t the one that Harmon’s home run landed on. The actual seat was a bluish-green bench with a back that had a white target painted on it afterwards. It was protected by security from marauding fans after the final Vikings home game in 1981 and is now at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

  • timmy b | September 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    A couple of items on the uni questions:

    1. A picture on page 10 of the 11/16/81 Ironwood (MI) Daily Globe shows Billy Sims fumbling from a Bob Breunig hit. Sims in the blue, Breunig and other Cowboys in the picture in white.

    2. Steelers wore white at home vs the Rams in 1964, and for 6 of 7 home games in 1966, 1967 and 1968 and for all home games in 1969.

  • Al | September 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”292312″]Was it just me or did the Jets/Titans uniforms look dirty on TV? When I first saw the game coverage, I thought the game was being played in a torrential downpour and there was mud all over the field. Alas, there was not.[/quote]
    I didn’t notice that at all, but perhaps the turf was still wet from all the rain (2-3″) we had over the weekend, including some around noon yesterday. (I’m only a few miles from the Meadowlands.)

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”292313″][quote comment=”292310″]Seeing George Foster at the Shea ceremony yesterday, after he left the team on such bad terms and accused ownership of being racists, just underscores the absurdity and pettiness of the Yankees not bringing back Clemens and, more importantly, Torre for the Stadium’s closing ceremony.[/quote]
    As a Yankee fan, I agree that is was shady for Torre to have not been included as the managerial lineage was read. But, whether invited or not, Torre would not came back for the ceremony b/c he is pretty busy managing other team right now.[/quote]

    True, although I would put it at 50/50 that Torre would have made the trip if the Yankees had asked him, if only to bask in the adulation of the fans. In any case, even if he does turn them down, they can at least say that he was invited but due to the NL West pennant race/prior commitments he can’t be there. Of course, that would have meant that the Yankees (a) would have had to mention Torre’s name, which let’s face it they were in no mood to do, and (b) acknowledge that Torre’s Dodgers were in a pennant race.

  • muddlehead | September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    raider fan here who loves the white. black unis just a taaaaad overdone at this point.

  • Graf Zeppelin | September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”292309″][quote comment=”292277″]
    Noticeably absent: David Cone. He wasn’t even mentioned among the players who couldn’t attend. I wonder what’s the story there.[/quote]

    Other players whose absence surprised me:

    – Ken Boswell (member of both the ’69 and ’73 teams)

    – Duffy Dyer (ditto)

    – John Olerud (very well liked during his time here)

    – Benny Agbayani (ADORED while he was here, plus he hit a walk-off homer against the Giants in the 2000 NLDS)

    – Bobby Jones (very consistent pitcher, threw arguably the best game in Shea history, a one-hitter to close out the 2000 NLDS)

    – Vince Coleman (kidding)[/quote]

    Bobby Bonilla and Rickey Henderson were there, but were busy playing Tonk in the clubhouse[/quote]

    Here are a few more I would like to have seen:

    – Kevin McReynolds. Productive for several seasons, if a bit of a stiff.
    – Jeff McKnight, wearing of all his numbers on one jersey.
    – Bernard Gilkey. Had a helluva bat in ’96.
    – Frank Viola. NY guy, last 20-game winner
    – Rey Ordonez. Say what you want, I loved his glove.
    – Rick Reed. Yea, I know, the union thing.
    – Rick Aguilera. Integral in ’86 but found greater success elsewhere.
    – Bobby Valentine. Flight from Japan probably too costly.
    – Frank Cashen. Architect of ’80s quasi-dynasty. How is his health?

  • Kevin M. | September 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm |

    Look for the Carolina Hurricanes to have a memorial patch in place this year.

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Hot Rodd | September 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm |

    From Michael Lombardi’s SI Column today
    “(On a side note, the Jets old-time uniforms looked so bad, that it is going to be hard to watch this historic performance over and over again without asking repeatedly — who is Favre playing for again?)”

    Also, I do believe that the field at the Meadowlands was wet yesterday. I seem to remember a pregame report where the reporter had an umbrella.

  • Gothic fonts are done | September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |

    Sabre designer Frank must of got his degree at deVry…Poor design and the Affliction inspired Sabres tees are horrible.

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”292315″]A couple of items on the uni questions:

    1. A picture on page 10 of the 11/16/81 Ironwood (MI) Daily Globe shows Billy Sims fumbling from a Bob Breunig hit. Sims in the blue, Breunig and other Cowboys in the picture in white.

    2. Steelers wore white at home vs the Rams in 1964, and for 6 of 7 home games in 1966, 1967 and 1968 and for all home games in 1969.[/quote]

    So in 1969 did the Steelers wear black at all that year? Has there ever been any season where a team wore white for the entire season? The Cowboys and Redskins cancel each other out for at least one game because each team will wear white at its home game and force the other team to wear colored tops. A couple of years ago there was one game where the Cowboys wore their throwbacks at home against the Redskins, which meant the ‘Skins wore white at Dallas, but then a couple of weeks later I believe they played a road game (I want to say Carolina but I’m not 100% certain) where the home team wore white.

    The Dolphins I think would come the closest, not counting when they play night games and go with the orange tops. Unless they’re on the road and the home team wears white, you never see the teal jerseys. It seems that every year, though, some team wears white at home forcing them to wear teal.

  • Jet | September 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”292277″]

    – Vince Coleman (kidding)[/quote]

    – Richie Hebner (me too)

    -Jet

  • Scott | September 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm |

    RE: the Iowa State (and Illinois, for that matter) hoops player and his oh, so totally unique hand gesture … wouldn’t it be nice if some student-athlete would just smile and perhaps wave to the camera? Just stand there and let the person take a picture. Is that to much to ask?

    And for the coach to actually DISCIPLINE the kid for acting like a punk when representing an institution of higher learning.

    My point is simple: act however you want in your own clothes, but put a uniform on representing a state institution and exhibit some grace! Until it ain’t cool … the kids’ll keep doing it.

    Funny, Kareem, Jordan, Magic or Bird never resorted to hand gestures (that remind the average observer of gang symbols, whether they are or not).

  • Al | September 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”292318″]raider fan here who loves the white. black unis just a taaaaad overdone at this point.[/quote]
    I’m looking forward to the Lamonica-sque silver numbers with black outline.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |

    where the hell was fregosi????

  • Mike Engle | September 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm |

    I’m a college student, so no TV. Forgive me if it was obvious, because I had no way of seeing it, but…
    Was Ron Swoboda at Shea last night?
    Swoboda was my dad’s favorite growing up, and then he became a family friend when my family lived in New Orleans, where he is the radio voice of the AAA Zephyrs. Swoboda definitely had a couple of great Shea moments.

  • chance | September 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”292321″]From Michael Lombardi’s SI Column today
    “(On a side note, the Jets old-time uniforms looked so bad, that it is going to be hard to watch this historic performance over and over again without asking repeatedly — who is Favre playing for again?)”

    Also, I do believe that the field at the Meadowlands was wet yesterday. I seem to remember a pregame report where the reporter had an umbrella.[/quote]

    It was raining off and on in Manhattan during the game. We also had a fair amount of mist – wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Jets’ uniforms were pretty waterlogged.

  • Adam | September 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    RE: Maryland NOB — the article says the name was on the front on the jersey, not the back. So, NOF, not NOB. Anyone have a pic? Does the question still remain, who was the first college team with NOB?

  • KT | September 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”292326″][quote comment=”292318″]raider fan here who loves the white. black unis just a taaaaad overdone at this point.[/quote]
    I’m looking forward to the Lamonica-sque silver numbers with black outline.[/quote]

    There has perhaps been nothing harder to see in the history of uniforms than the Raiders’ silver numbers on white jerseys. Just abysmal.

    I feel sorry for anyone calling a Raiders’ game next year.

  • KT | September 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”292207″]Watching the Jets game with my four-year old daughter, she was quite concerned that the “blue & yellow” team had cheerleaders in green & white. She demanded to know why the cheerleaders’ outfits couldn’t have matched the players.

    My only explanation: “The owner of the team must be a mean, mean man, honey.”[/quote]

    Yeah, but didn’t I see Mangini wearing a sweatshirt/pullover of some kind with TITANS on it? I thought that was a nice touch.

    Though, let’s be honest here, they’re immortalizing a team that did nothing at all.

  • Jim Bullard | September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |

    OKC Thunder jerseys unvieled:

    (http://www.nba.com/t...)

  • Jim Bullard | September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |

    sorry, I have no clue how to post a link

  • Jim Bullard | September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  • Jason | September 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    Anybody know where you can buy those Lions Pre-Season champion t-shirts???

  • KT | September 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”292239″][quote comment=”292204″]

    Finally, Paul failed to mention that Shea (named for William Shea) bore a remarkable resemblance to Che Stadium (named for Cuban guerrilla leader Che Guevara), site of the Pre-Fab Four’s first American concert![/quote]

    Sorry to be “that guy” but wasn’t it actually named after Cuban guerilla leader Che Stadium?[/quote]

    I’d like to be a hairdresser. Or two. I’d like to be two hairdressers.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”292328″]I’m a college student, so no TV. Forgive me if it was obvious, because I had no way of seeing it, but…
    Was Ron Swoboda at Shea last night?
    Swoboda was my dad’s favorite growing up, and then he became a family friend when my family lived in New Orleans, where he is the radio voice of the AAA Zephyrs. Swoboda definitely had a couple of great Shea moments.[/quote]

    yeah…here’s a pic of swoboda & wally backman (sorry for the shitty quality) before the debacle

  • Skycat | September 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”292288″]Another shot of Yaz from the same series

    Taken from SI.[/quote]
    I’ve always preferred the Red Sox red hats with the blue lids because they were much more distinctive. Wish they had kept them.

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”292328″]I’m a college student, so no TV. Forgive me if it was obvious, because I had no way of seeing it, but…
    Was Ron Swoboda at Shea last night?
    Swoboda was my dad’s favorite growing up, and then he became a family friend when my family lived in New Orleans, where he is the radio voice of the AAA Zephyrs. Swoboda definitely had a couple of great Shea moments.[/quote]

    Yeah he was there, doing the Shea Walk…

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”292337″]I’d like to be a hairdresser. Or two. I’d like to be two hairdressers.[/quote]

    i’d like to own a squadron of tanks

  • Mike Engle | September 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”292333″]OKC Thunder jerseys unveiled:

    http://www.nba.com/t...

    [/quote]
    F*ck. I miss the Sonics already, and I’m not even from Seattle.
    OKLA. CITY wordmark too cluttered on top (why not go over and under like UNC?), jerseys as boring as hell, too many colors blending in with each other, road blues look like women’s fashion Warriors jerseys, home whites look like Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, and oh by the way, did a NBA Equipment shield fall off that front triangle?
    All apologies to a joke PL linked to for the logo unveiling, but…ladies and gentlemen, the WTF Blunder.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”292342″][quote comment=”292333″]OKC Thunder jerseys unveiled:

    http://www.nba.com/t...

    [/quote]
    F*ck. I miss the Sonics already, and I’m not even from Seattle.
    OKLA. CITY wordmark too cluttered on top (why not go over and under like UNC?), jerseys as boring as hell, too many colors blending in with each other, road blues look like women’s fashion Warriors jerseys, home whites look like Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, and oh by the way, did a NBA Equipment shield fall off that front triangle?
    All apologies to a joke PL linked to for the logo unveiling, but…ladies and gentlemen, the WTF Blunder.[/quote]

    be the first on your block to own a blunder thunder jersey

    only $250? whatta bargain…gimme 2

  • Jet | September 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    Sorry, without Don Bosch and Lute Barnes, it wasn’t a proper Mets tribute….

    -Jet

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    Although not as jarring as the Yankees ones, the Mets flannels still stand out for their cream color. So what wasn’t represented from the jersey lineup?

    (1) Racing stripe jerseys with the button front
    (2) Torborg-era jerseys with the underlined Mets on the front
    (3) Classic pinstripes right before they went with the drop-shadow (basically, the Seaver-era jerseys updated for the 90’s)

    As bad as these two back-to-back collapses have been , those three missing jersey eras represent some dark times for the Mets ballclub.

    http://images.sports...

  • dwight | September 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”292342″][quote comment=”292333″]OKC Thunder jerseys unveiled:

    http://www.nba.com/t...

    [/quote]
    F*ck. I miss the Sonics already, and I’m not even from Seattle.
    OKLA. CITY wordmark too cluttered on top (why not go over and under like UNC?), jerseys as boring as hell, too many colors blending in with each other, road blues look like women’s fashion Warriors jerseys, home whites look like Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, and oh by the way, did a NBA Equipment shield fall off that front triangle?
    All apologies to a joke PL linked to for the logo unveiling, but…ladies and gentlemen, the WTF Blunder.[/quote]

    So they just pulled some template from the NBDL huh?

  • Ronnie Poore | September 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”292235″]Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” included this line: “the black-jersied swarm of Bears.”

    Really, Peter, black jerseys?

    http://sportsillustr...

    they’re so black they might be navy

  • Kevin M. | September 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”292343″][quote comment=”292342″][quote comment=”292333″]OKC Thunder jerseys unveiled:

    http://www.nba.com/t...

    [/quote]
    F*ck. I miss the Sonics already, and I’m not even from Seattle.
    OKLA. CITY wordmark too cluttered on top (why not go over and under like UNC?), jerseys as boring as hell, too many colors blending in with each other, road blues look like women’s fashion Warriors jerseys, home whites look like Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, and oh by the way, did a NBA Equipment shield fall off that front triangle?
    All apologies to a joke PL linked to for the logo unveiling, but…ladies and gentlemen, the WTF Blunder.[/quote]

    be the first on your block to own a blunder thunder jersey

    only $250? whatta bargain…gimme 2[/quote]

    But you get a free tshirt if you are one of the first 1000 orders.

  • G.B. | September 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm |

    I don’t know if anybody else here likes pocket schedules, but you gotta love this one:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • Thomps | September 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”292346″][quote comment=”292342″][quote comment=”292333″]OKC Thunder jerseys unveiled:

    http://www.nba.com/t...

    [/quote]
    F*ck. I miss the Sonics already, and I’m not even from Seattle.
    OKLA. CITY wordmark too cluttered on top (why not go over and under like UNC?), jerseys as boring as hell, too many colors blending in with each other, road blues look like women’s fashion Warriors jerseys, home whites look like Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, and oh by the way, did a NBA Equipment shield fall off that front triangle?
    All apologies to a joke PL linked to for the logo unveiling, but…ladies and gentlemen, the WTF Blunder.[/quote]

    So they just pulled some template from the NBDL huh?[/quote]

    They could easily pass for a Charlotte Bobcats farm team.

  • KT | September 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”292344″]Sorry, without Don Bosch and Lute Barnes, it wasn’t a proper Mets tribute….

    -Jet[/quote]

    Jay Hook!

  • Flip | September 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”292339″][quote comment=”292288″]Another shot of Yaz from the same series

    Taken from SI.[/quote]
    I’ve always preferred the Red Sox red hats with the blue lids because they were much more distinctive. Wish they had kept them.[/quote]

    Don’t miss so much the caps, but DO miss the “Patriot”-striped socks and the navy undershirt. Don’t miss pullover jersey at all.

  • Flippersfolks | September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |

    There are two yellow seats in Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Once to mark the first home run by 5’9″ Casey Candaele (which just barely cleared the fence) and another for a much longer shot by Willie Stargell

    http://vault.sportsi...

  • DJK | September 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”292350″][quote comment=”292346″][quote comment=”292342″][quote comment=”292333″]OKC Thunder jerseys unveiled:

    http://www.nba.com/t...

    [/quote]
    F*ck. I miss the Sonics already, and I’m not even from Seattle.
    OKLA. CITY wordmark too cluttered on top (why not go over and under like UNC?), jerseys as boring as hell, too many colors blending in with each other, road blues look like women’s fashion Warriors jerseys, home whites look like Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, and oh by the way, did a NBA Equipment shield fall off that front triangle?
    All apologies to a joke PL linked to for the logo unveiling, but…ladies and gentlemen, the WTF Blunder.[/quote]

    So they just pulled some template from the NBDL huh?[/quote]

    They could easily pass for a Charlotte Bobcats farm team.[/quote]

    Or the Knicks, depending on exactly what shade of blue it is. Either way, they suck.

    Also, I know I am in the minority, but I actually like the Raptors black alt, better than either of their standard unis.

  • Cosmo | September 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”292347″][quote comment=”292235″]Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” included this line: “the black-jersied swarm of Bears.”

    Really, Peter, black jerseys?

    http://sportsillustr...

    they’re so black they might be navy[/quote]

    It says navy blue now. Looks like PK reads UniWatch.

  • lwiedy | September 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”292323″][quote comment=”292315″]A couple of items on the uni questions:

    1. A picture on page 10 of the 11/16/81 Ironwood (MI) Daily Globe shows Billy Sims fumbling from a Bob Breunig hit. Sims in the blue, Breunig and other Cowboys in the picture in white.

    2. Steelers wore white at home vs the Rams in 1964, and for 6 of 7 home games in 1966, 1967 and 1968 and for all home games in 1969.[/quote]

    Has there ever been any season where a team wore white for the entire season? The Cowboys and Redskins cancel each other out for at least one game because each team will wear white at its home game and force the other team to wear colored tops. A couple of years ago there was one game where the Cowboys wore their throwbacks at home against the Redskins, which meant the ‘Skins wore white at Dallas, but then a couple of weeks later I believe they played a road game (I want to say Carolina but I’m not 100% certain) where the home team wore white.
    [/quote]

    Yeah, it was 2005. The other game was Tampa Bay. It pissed me off because it was 4 pm and November, no need for the Bucs to wear white. They played the same year in the playoffs, same time of day and the Bucs wore darks.

    Three years the Skins wore the darks once, 2005, 1991 and 1984.

  • timmy b | September 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”292323″][quote comment=”292315″]A couple of items on the uni questions:

    1. A picture on page 10 of the 11/16/81 Ironwood (MI) Daily Globe shows Billy Sims fumbling from a Bob Breunig hit. Sims in the blue, Breunig and other Cowboys in the picture in white.

    2. Steelers wore white at home vs the Rams in 1964, and for 6 of 7 home games in 1966, 1967 and 1968 and for all home games in 1969.[/quote]

    So in 1969 did the Steelers wear black at all that year? Has there ever been any season where a team wore white for the entire season? The Dolphins I think would come the closest, not counting when they play night games and go with the orange tops. Unless they’re on the road and the home team wears white, you never see the teal jerseys. It seems that every year, though, some team wears white at home forcing them to wear teal.[/quote]

    The Rams went three straight years in 1968, 1969 and 1970 without wearing blue jerseys.

    Off the top, the 1972 Cowboys were all white, the Browns also in 1972 and 1973 were all white (though they did wear brown in the playoff game in Miami in 72).

    Probably a few more instances, but I don’t know off hand.

  • lwiedy | September 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |

    I haven’t seen too many pictures from yesterday, but I did see Rusty wearing flannel. Except for maybe spring training ’72 (a week of it), Rusty only wore knits. That was easy for the Yanks, Graig Nettles 1973 jersey was the same for all intents and purposes as Xavier Nady’s. But the ’72-’77 home jersey might have been the easiest to replicate.

  • Justin | September 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |

    Anoher home run marker is the upper deck in the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The seats are covered and they put markers wherever the ball lands. Manny Ramirez hit a 491 foot bomb back on 01 and that’s the most recent marker I can think of. Can’t find a pic though. Google isn’t helping me much.

    Also, You’d think the braintrust (and I use that term loosely) in Oklahoma City would remember what they did last time they had a team there. I have one of these:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    I agree that they should have gone over under like these jeresys

  • timmy b | September 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”292315″]A couple of items on the uni questions:

    So in 1969 did the Steelers wear black at all that year?
    [/quote]

    Yes, twice. In Cleveland and in St. Louis.

  • DrBear | September 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |

    Are you sure Bobby Valentine wasn’t on hand dressed like this?

  • Pat O. | September 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm |

    The Portland Trail Blazers are going to memorialize Big “00,” the recently deceased Kevin Duckworth, with a uni patch this season:

    http://1.bp.blogspot

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”292362″]Are you sure Bobby Valentine wasn’t on hand dressed like this?[/quote]

    Not that it was anywhere near as egregious as Torre’s snub, but as there’s no love lost between the Wilpons (notably Junior) and Valentine, it’s sad that Bobby wasn’t going to be invited even though he was at the helm for the Mets late 90’s resurgence and for their 2000 World Series appearance.

  • Pat O. | September 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |

    Damn, I can never get the HTML right…

    http://1.bp.blogspot

    Hopefully this works…

  • Pat O. | September 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  • Pat O. | September 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |

    E-mailed the link to Paul…

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  • ScottS | September 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |

    Is it just me, or does this Uni make one think of the original Rollerball? Or, worse, is this a greendot question?

    Of course, the Jonathan E typeface was much spacier, but the 4 comes closest. I watched the game and didn’t think of it at the time.

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

  • Nicole | September 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm |

    The Brewers have 2 versions of a logo up today that says Oktoberfest 2008. I really like them – especially with the Brewers/Oktoberfest beer tie-in. The chaff of wheat looks really cool.

    See them here:

    http://milwaukee.bre...

  • Hot Rodd | September 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm |

    Wow no Uni love for the Jets/Titans throwbacks at all today..

    From Don Banks
    “We’re not even really used to seeing Favre in the green and white of the Jets just yet, so how jarring was it to watch No. 4 do his stuff in those ugly navy and brown-mustard New York Titans throwback uniforms the Jets like to trot out a couple times a year?”

  • Joe Hilseberg | September 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    this past Saturday marked the debut of Maryland’s helmet award decals

    http://www.baltimore...

  • KT | September 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”292371″]Wow no Uni love for the Jets/Titans throwbacks at all today..[/quote]

    I don’t mind them, but…

    1. They’re not exactly commemorating the glory days of the franchise;
    2. There can’t be a lot of today’s fans who say, “Man, I remember going to see the Titans at the Polo Grounds, I’m glad to see those jerseys again.” ;
    3. Going back to the Namath-era style (more or less) was good, so they wear real throwbacks in their other games (and the 1994 throwbacks with the we-couldn’t-be-buggered-to-paint-the-helmets-white motif didn’t work).
    4. Now there’s a team called the Titans already.

    You’re unlikely to see the Chiefs wear Dallas Texans uniforms, too. Which is a shame, I liked their helmets.

  • Mickel Yantz | September 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |

    I really hope the Seahawks never wear white at home. Just to be that one team that holds out. I would almost rather have a lime green jersey than the white jersey worn at home just for this fact. But I really dont want to see another Orlando Thunder disaster. http://www.geocities...

    Speaking of Thunder….OKC Lame jerseys. The NBA-D Tulsa 66ers have a better logo/jersey set http://www.nba.com/d...
    Long live the Sonics!

  • Lose Remerswaal | September 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”292305″]In the Yaz picture, it looks like Bench has a ball in his right hand, and if so, it can’t be during a game…[/quote]

    It does, a bit, but everyone in the picture (Yaz, Bench, the fans) are all watching what appears to be the flight of a ball. Could just be that Johnny has crooked fingers!

  • Wollen1 | September 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |

    The Jets must wear those throwbacks the next time they play Tennessee. I want to see the NFL’s version of Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Ottawa Rough Riders.

  • Justin in AR | September 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |

    It is quite possible the Jags will be doing some sort of memorial for OT Richard Collier who was shot earlier this summer. Possibly a helmet decal and lapel patch, or both.
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • ToasterPoodle | September 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”292362″]Are you sure Bobby Valentine wasn’t on hand dressed like this?[/quote]
    What I love about that whole incident is that to pull this off Bobby had to have a fake mustache in the desk in his office for just such an emergency. Pure Valentine.

  • Justin | September 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”292296″][quote comment=\”292280\”]I\’m sure this has been said before, but I just don\’t get this new trend of the NFL home teams to wear white. Being a Steelers fan, I would be completely shocked to ever see the Steelers wear white at home. It could be 100 degrees outside and I believe that they would still wear the normal black jerseys.
    I was shocked to see last week that the Eagles would actually allow the Steelers to wear black jerserys (not that it mattered, though).[/quote]
    In the 2006 Super Bowl the Steelers were the home team but choose to wear white…so there\’s one instance where they went with white over black.[/quote]

    Ok, they did wear white as the home team but I guess I meant that they would always wear black while playing in Pittsburgh. They chose to wear white in that Super Bowl becasue they were on the road all through the playoffs.

  • Kevin M. | September 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”292378″][quote comment=”292362″]Are you sure Bobby Valentine wasn’t on hand dressed like this?[/quote]
    What I love about that whole incident is that to pull this off Bobby had to have a fake mustache in the desk in his office for just such an emergency. Pure Valentine.[/quote]

    Wasn’t the mustache just the stick on eye black?

  • Nicole | September 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”292211″]As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.[/quote]

    Do you take a quiz?

  • Terri | September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”292381″][quote comment=”292211″]As a Phillies fan, I’m pretty steamed that Palin would wear a Phillies jacket. Being a Philly sports fan is a badge of honor you have to earn. Not surprising that loser Mets fans were involved in this.[/quote]

    Do you take a quiz?[/quote]

    No, you just haven to go so long without a championship that you start to actually believe that winning isn’t that fun anyway, and those cities with championships are just bullies.

  • Jet | September 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”292373″][quote comment=”292371″]Wow no Uni love for the Jets/Titans throwbacks at all today..[/quote]

    I don’t mind them, but…

    1. They’re not exactly commemorating the glory days of the franchise;
    2. There can’t be a lot of today’s fans who say, “Man, I remember going to see the Titans at the Polo Grounds, I’m glad to see those jerseys again.” ;
    3. Going back to the Namath-era style (more or less) was good, so they wear real throwbacks in their other games (and the 1994 throwbacks with the we-couldn’t-be-buggered-to-paint-the-helmets-white motif didn’t work).
    4. Now there’s a team called the Titans already.

    You’re unlikely to see the Chiefs wear Dallas Texans uniforms, too. Which is a shame, I liked their helmets.[/quote]

    All good points, KT.

    -Jet

  • jere | September 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm |

    Incredibly, I was just searching my own blog for something else and came across this post I did on the Yaz photo that appears in the ticker–BEFORE I read today’s ticker. Weird. My post includes a screen shot of the same moment from the TV broadcast.

    Funny, now I see someone thinking it was from the WS before correcting themselves. In my post, I say I saw the pic with a caption saying it was the ’75 series. Maybe that person saw the same caption.

    And as for the person who said it “can’t be a game,” it is that game, as my video still confirms. I did think when I looked at it like Bench is holding a ball, like, maybe the ump gave him a new one real quick–but no, just an optical illusion.

  • Al | September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”292378″]What I love about that whole incident is that to pull this off Bobby had to have a fake mustache in the desk in his office for just such an emergency. Pure Valentine.[/quote]
    Just read yesterday that it was Robin Ventura who supplied the props.
    http://www.nj.com/me...

  • Doug | September 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”292236″]EA Sports put an Iowa State Helmet cart in NCAA Football ’08 – Bad screenshot[/quote]

    FWIW, that’s the “old” helmet design with the “old” logo.

  • Dan | September 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm |

    Utah is going to wear black at one home game this year and here is a sneak peak of it

    http://http://www.ea...

  • Dan | September 29, 2008 at 6:04 pm |

    sorry it’s on the EA Sports website and go to screenshots and it’s above the gold Pitt uniforms and below the all white Va. Tech uniforms

    Speaking of V-Tech why did they wear their all white throwbacks at Nebraska?

  • Mako | September 29, 2008 at 6:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”292168″][quote comment=”292164″]There was a black chinstrap on 1 of the Raiders defenders today…[/quote]

    I believe the Raider was Saftey Michael Huff… [/quote]

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

  • Johnny O | September 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”292370″]The Brewers have 2 versions of a logo up today that says Oktoberfest 2008. I really like them – especially with the Brewers/Oktoberfest beer tie-in. The chaff of wheat looks really cool.

    See them here:

    http://milwaukee.bre...

    I was just going to post this, but I see Nicole was on top of things yet again.

    I really enjoy the logos. When something doesn’t happen to a city in 26 years, a postseason logo seems fitting. Any other clubs do this?

  • steve | September 29, 2008 at 7:03 pm |

    cant forget the marker where maz hit the walk-off to win the 1960 world series.

    http://home.comcast....

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 7:03 pm |

    if anyone has been frantically searching like i know i was…the wnba game between the liberty and the shock was moved to espn classic

  • Chris | September 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”292384″]Incredibly, I was just searching my own blog for something else and came across this post I did on the Yaz photo that appears in the ticker–BEFORE I read today’s ticker. Weird. My post includes a screen shot of the same moment from the TV broadcast.

    Funny, now I see someone thinking it was from the WS before correcting themselves. In my post, I say I saw the pic with a caption saying it was the ’75 series. Maybe that person saw the same caption.

    And as for the person who said it “can’t be a game,” it is that game, as my video still confirms. I did think when I looked at it like Bench is holding a ball, like, maybe the ump gave him a new one real quick–but no, just an optical illusion.[/quote]
    Another way to tell it wasn’t from the ’75 Series was the Massachusetts Bicentennial Patch on the sleeve, which was removed for the series. On another note, who wants their own shooter sleeve

  • Bonham Hathaway | September 29, 2008 at 7:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”292336″]Anybody know where you can buy those Lions Pre-Season champion t-shirts???[/quote]

    http://www.since57.c...

  • =bg= | September 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”292331″][quote comment=”292326″][quote comment=”292318″]raider fan here who loves the white. black unis just a taaaaad overdone at this point.[/quote]
    I’m looking forward to the Lamonica-sque silver numbers with black outline.[/quote]

    There has perhaps been nothing harder to see in the history of uniforms than the Raiders’ silver numbers on white jerseys. Just abysmal.

    I feel sorry for anyone calling a Raiders’ game next year.[/quote]

    I feel sorry for anyone attending them now.

  • David | September 29, 2008 at 7:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”292302″]Am i correct in assuming that the Sacramento Kings have followed in the footsteps of the Dallas Stars, by putting their city name on their home uniforms with the team name on the road unis? It’s just unnatural in my opinion.[/quote]
    AGREE 1000 PERCENT. Any self-respecting team puts their team name on the HOME jerseys and the city name on the AWAY jerseys. Suckramento is getting stupid.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | September 29, 2008 at 7:45 pm |

    What the hell!!!! There is not one NBA redesign I like. What’s with the crappy fonts and overloaded design elements?!?

    I really liked these Kings unis…wish they didn’t lose them

    http://www.chriscrea...
    http://www.chriscrea...
    http://www.chriscrea...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | September 29, 2008 at 7:48 pm |

    Raptors’ black alternate doesn’t look bad. I still love these Nike redesigned uni’s..
    http://www.chriscrea...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | September 29, 2008 at 7:57 pm |

    After seeing these abominations…
    http://www.chriscrea...
    http://www.chriscrea...
    http://www.chriscrea...
    http://www.chriscrea...

    GOD BLESS the Bulls, Pistons, Lakers and Celtics for keeping things classy!

    I thought these were very sharp too!
    http://www.chriscrea...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | September 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”292396″][quote comment=”292302″]Am i correct in assuming that the Sacramento Kings have followed in the footsteps of the Dallas Stars, by putting their city name on their home uniforms with the team name on the road unis? It’s just unnatural in my opinion.[/quote]
    AGREE 1000 PERCENT. Any self-respecting team puts their team name on the HOME jerseys and the city name on the AWAY jerseys. Suckramento is getting stupid.[/quote]

    Yes you are correct, it’s just unnatural. I also agree all the way.

  • mike moves | September 29, 2008 at 8:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”292264″]For the record, Coors Field has a row of seats marking a mile high. [/quote]

    Barry Bonds hit those seats in batting practice once. Quite a shot even for a guy on ‘roids.
    There is a marker at Pac Bell/SBC/ATT park where Bonds hit number 756.
    And for a guy on the opposite end of the spectrum- Duane Kuiper (one career HR)bought the seat where his HR landed before they tore down Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

  • =bg= | September 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”292401″][quote comment=”292264″]For the record, Coors Field has a row of seats marking a mile high. [/quote]

    Barry Bonds hit those seats in batting practice once. Quite a shot even for a guy on ‘roids.
    There is a marker at Pac Bell/SBC/ATT park where Bonds hit number 756.
    And for a guy on the opposite end of the spectrum- Duane Kuiper (one career HR)bought the seat where his HR landed before they tore down Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.[/quote]

    The really big shot here in SF is if someone gongs that huge leftfield ballglove. I don’t think it’s been done.

  • Mr. Met | September 29, 2008 at 8:34 pm |

    Miguel Cabrera led the American League with 37 home runs in 2008. 37. I guess the steroid policy is working.

    In all seriousness, I think we’ve seen the end of the “multiple guys with 50+ homers in a season” era.

  • Greg V. | September 29, 2008 at 8:53 pm |

    The Steelers don’t have the NFL shield on the back of their yellow helemts tonight.

  • Stuby | September 29, 2008 at 8:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”292394″][quote comment=”292336″]Anybody know where you can buy those Lions Pre-Season champion t-shirts???[/quote]

    http://www.since57.c...
    That site has had 4029 visitors. I wonder how many it had before today. I know I’ve sent it to a few poor souls in Michigan.

  • Marcus from B-More | September 29, 2008 at 9:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”292266″]I’m SOOOO glad to hear that the Ravens will not be wearing the all black uni’s this year. But since they introduced the black pants in the first game this year, maybe they can wear them with their purple jerseys. Or maybe the black jersey with white pants. That’s a combination that they have never done before.[/quote]

    when you piece-meal a uniform together, you get this…….http://www.flickr.co...

    maybe a purple stripe with white trim on the pants would make it work

    i’d be curious to see the black jersey/white pants combo though…..
    http://i6.photobucke...

  • Marcus from B-More | September 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm |

    http://www.flickr.co...

    the piece-meal uniform….I’m not good at HTML…..maybe a purple stripe with white trim on the pants would make it work

  • Marcus from B-More | September 29, 2008 at 9:24 pm |

    and the wizards really kept this as their third atrocity. http://wizardsstore....

  • Steve | September 29, 2008 at 9:27 pm |

    Matt Stover of the Ravens had a purple left sleeve. I noticed it during the last Ravens kickoff. What’s that all about?

  • Jeff E. | September 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”292409″]Matt Stover of the Ravens had a purple left sleeve. I noticed it during the last Ravens kickoff. What’s that all about?[/quote]

    I noticed that too, but only caught a glance. I thought maybe I was seeing a shoulder pad or a t-shirt sticking out, but I guess not.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 9:39 pm |

    does anyone else:

    1) really hate the leotard look of the ravens (i think it actually looks better with the black shirts…the black understockings with the non-striped pants just looks awful)…i mean…c’mon…is this the look you really want?

    2) if you’re going to have your sleeves cut so that the stripes barely make it halfway around…maybe you should just bag the stripes…about 1/2 of the steelers have this cut (hard to see there)…here’s what it looks like on a non-throwback

    i really like the steelers uni, but these new sleeve cuts suck (and it’s not just the steelers–it’s anyone with stripes)

  • geobar | September 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”292323″][quote comment=”292315″]A couple of items on the uni questions:

    1. A picture on page 10 of the 11/16/81 Ironwood (MI) Daily Globe shows Billy Sims fumbling from a Bob Breunig hit. Sims in the blue, Breunig and other Cowboys in the picture in white.

    2. Steelers wore white at home vs the Rams in 1964, and for 6 of 7 home games in 1966, 1967 and 1968 and for all home games in 1969.[/quote]

    So in 1969 did the Steelers wear black at all that year? Has there ever been any season where a team wore white for the entire season? The Cowboys and Redskins cancel each other out for at least one game because each team will wear white at its home game and force the other team to wear colored tops. A couple of years ago there was one game where the Cowboys wore their throwbacks at home against the Redskins, which meant the ‘Skins wore white at Dallas, but then a couple of weeks later I believe they played a road game (I want to say Carolina but I’m not 100% certain) where the home team wore white.

    The Dolphins I think would come the closest, not counting when they play night games and go with the orange tops. Unless they’re on the road and the home team wears white, you never see the teal jerseys. It seems that every year, though, some team wears white at home forcing them to wear teal.[/quote]

    The 1998 Tennessee Oilers wore white jerseys and white pants for the entire season.

  • Durr | September 29, 2008 at 9:46 pm |

    Another homerun marker – there’s one green seat in the otherwise blue upper deck of the Skydome/Rogers Centre in Toronto to mark a homerun Jose Canseco hit up there in the ’89 ALCS.

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  • Joe O. | September 29, 2008 at 9:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”292409″]Matt Stover of the Ravens had a purple left sleeve. I noticed it during the last Ravens kickoff. What’s that all about?[/quote]

    After pausing it in HD it looks like it could possibly be black…maybe a shout out to his fellow kicker’s family tragedy?

  • Zach Seidel | September 29, 2008 at 9:58 pm |

    Matt Stover appears to be wearing a black armband over his jersey in the MNF game. It has the Gene Upshaw patch on it. Do you think its for Matt Bryant?

  • Marcus from B-More | September 29, 2008 at 10:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”292411″]does anyone else:

    1) really hate the leotard look of the ravens (i think it actually looks better with the black shirts…the black understockings with the non-striped pants just looks awful)…i mean…c’mon…is this the look you really want?

    ray lewis with a grande-plié after a sack

  • Angel | September 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm |

    NBDL to play NBA teams this year.
    http://www.nba.com/t...

  • Joe O. | September 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm |

    Stover was in the background of a sideline shot…definitely a black sleeve and not purple.

  • Marcus from B-More | September 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”292418″]NBDL to play NBA teams this year.
    http://www.nba.com/t...

    i’ve created better uni’s with “create-a-team” templates

  • Jim | September 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |

    I can’t begin to say how much I hate the OKC uniforms. I don’t even care about the team, but I feel bad for the OKC region… who have waited patiently for a franchise… and then get this crap! Absolutely ZERO thought or creativity went into this. You can’t even say you like the color… because EVERY DAMNED COLOR EXCEPT PURPLE IS IN THE UNI!

  • LI Phil | September 29, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  • Angel | September 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm |

    Wonder if the NBA will change the rules regarding uniforms for them. As far as I know teams must wait a minimum of 4 years before making a uniform change. If so the next 4 years will be an eyesnore.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | September 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”292421″]I can’t begin to say how much I hate the OKC uniforms. I don’t even care about the team, but I feel bad for the OKC region… who have waited patiently for a franchise… and then get this crap! Absolutely ZERO thought or creativity went into this. You can’t even say you like the color… because EVERY DAMNED COLOR EXCEPT PURPLE IS IN THE UNI![/quote]

    You said it! (well I’m not afraid of color, if every uniform was red/white, blue/red, navy/white, or black/ white I’d shoot myself.) The uniforms HAVE ZERO creativity!!!!!!!! NOTHING!!!!!!!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://2.bp.blogspot...

    As much as I disliked these (sneakers are freakin’ fresh though!) I now miss those uni’s!

  • Willie B. | September 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |

    I think the Kings jerseys look way too close to the Sacramento Monarchs. Don’t ask me why I know what the Monarchs jersey looks like.

    But still, WNBA-tastic.

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | September 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |

    Oops I meant…

    As much as I disliked these (sneakers are freakin’ fresh though!) I now miss those uni’s!

    http://media.scout.c...

  • LI Phil | September 30, 2008 at 12:14 am |

    holy shit!

    did cc eat prince?

  • Husul | September 30, 2008 at 12:21 am |

    A whole load of seat marker links

    http://baseball-feve...

  • Husul | September 30, 2008 at 12:28 am |

    Here’s the working links:

    Konerko
    http://blogs.timesun...

    Shea
    http://img124.images...

    Ted Williams
    http://graphics.bost...

    Killebrew (mall of america)
    http://content.answe...

  • Johnny O | September 30, 2008 at 12:45 am |

    [quote comment=”292428″]holy shit!

    did cc eat prince?[/quote]

    I think he had too much Kelemts sausage, and too much Miller Lite before the game. He isn’t exactly small is he?

    P.S. I like the “OK change-up” he’s throwing too. You wouldn’t expect something slow from someone that big.

  • Johnny O | September 30, 2008 at 12:57 am |

    What is the patch on the right sleeve of 1992 AL Rookie of the Year Pat Listach?

    http://3.bp.blogspot...

  • Stuby | September 30, 2008 at 1:03 am |

    [quote comment=”292432″]What is the patch on the right sleeve of 1992 AL Rookie of the Year Pat Listach?

    http://3.bp.blogspot...
    Looks like the MLB 125th anniversary patch worn in 1994.

    BTW, I don’t remember this uni at all…
    http://exhibits.base...

  • Stuby | September 30, 2008 at 1:09 am |

    Sorry, Johnny. This patch…

    http://www.flickr.co...

  • Mike | September 30, 2008 at 1:20 am |

    [quote comment=”292346″][quote comment=”292342″][quote comment=”292333″]OKC Thunder jerseys unveiled:

    http://www.nba.com/t...

    [/quote]
    F*ck. I miss the Sonics already, and I’m not even from Seattle.
    OKLA. CITY wordmark too cluttered on top (why not go over and under like UNC?), jerseys as boring as hell, too many colors blending in with each other, road blues look like women’s fashion Warriors jerseys, home whites look like Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols, and oh by the way, did a NBA Equipment shield fall off that front triangle?
    All apologies to a joke PL linked to for the logo unveiling, but…ladies and gentlemen, the WTF Blunder.[/quote]

    So they just pulled some template from the NBDL huh?[/quote]

    Going through the photo shoot why?? and what exactly is written across their butt?

  • Kevin W | September 30, 2008 at 1:32 am |

    [quote comment=”292349″]I don’t know if anybody else here likes pocket schedules, but you gotta love this one:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    $6 a seat and $42 for a season ticket. Awesome.

  • DP30 | September 30, 2008 at 1:42 am |

    [quote comment=”292403″]Miguel Cabrera led the American League with 37 home runs in 2008. 37. I guess the steroid policy is working.

    In all seriousness, I think we’ve seen the end of the “multiple guys with 50+ homers in a season” era.[/quote]

    I’d dare say that the banning of “greenies” (amphetamines) has had a more profound effect on Major League Baseball than anything else, in terms of drug policies.

    With steroids, only a certain percentage of players were on them…meanwhile most would pop a greenie at some point. All that travel and day games after night games will catch up with even the best conditioned ballplayers.

    To add to the uni discussion…I agree that the new Oklahoma City road jerseys leave a lot to be desired. Like a couple have suggested earlier, they could have gone over/under the number…or they could have gone with OKC on the front. At least there’s an NBA precedent for abbreviations on the front (MPLS. and PHILA come to mind).

  • KB | September 30, 2008 at 2:26 am |

    The Mariners have a plaque in the visitors bullpen honoring Cal Ripken, Jr.

    Ripken hit a home run into that bullpen during the 2001 All Star game – where he was also the MVP.

  • Devon | September 30, 2008 at 4:44 am |

    You know, Paul, a lot of us were less irritated with your politics than we were with the fact that you essentially accused the Yankees of being iconic of everything that’s wrong with America.

  • Paul Lukas | September 30, 2008 at 7:12 am |

    [quote comment=”292439″]You know, Paul, a lot of us were less irritated with your politics than we were with the fact that you essentially accused the Yankees of being iconic of everything that’s wrong with America.[/quote]

    And hey, I managed to do that without even mentioning that they were the next-to-last team to sign a black player, or that George Steinbrenner is a convicted felon because he gave illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon, or that one of the first President Bush’s last acts in office was to give Steinbrenner an undeserved pardon, or that Steinbrenner was at one point banned from baseball for hiring a private eye to dig up dirt on his most popular black player.

    But hey, since you brought it up…

  • Brian B. | September 30, 2008 at 11:26 am |

    Just an FYI about the UMiami Helmet cart, that is actually NOT a Dolphins design, but one we here at the U have been using on and off for quite some time. Its traditionally brought out during homecoming and seniors night, and usually is driven by our mascot’s (Sebastian the Ibis) parents.

    Kinda stupid gag I know, but its tradition here.

    -Brian, U Miami class of ’07

  • Devon | September 30, 2008 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”292440″][quote comment=”292439″]You know, Paul, a lot of us were less irritated with your politics than we were with the fact that you essentially accused the Yankees of being iconic of everything that’s wrong with America.[/quote]

    And hey, I managed to do that without even mentioning that they were the next-to-last team to sign a black player, or that George Steinbrenner is a convicted felon because he gave illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon, or that one of the first President Bush’s last acts in office was to give Steinbrenner an undeserved pardon, or that Steinbrenner was at one point banned from baseball for hiring a private eye to dig up dirt on his most popular black player.

    But hey, since you brought it up…[/quote]

    I have a hunch that the things you dislike about the Stadium are more because you just don’t care for them and less because they’re symbolic of pre-Civil Rights white America. Bob Sheppard and Sinatra and organ music are latently racist? C’mon! You’re always the traditionalist, Paul; you want stirrups and old-fashioned advertisements and all the rest–how are those not symbols of the same culture? They’re old, Paul, not evil.

    The fact that the Yankees have a long history is inevitably going to lead to the fact that, yes, there was a time when baseball and the country at large was very, very racist. But consider that the Yankees were under different ownership at the time, and that the Yankees have definitely changed their ways, and that your Mets weren’t even around at the time to make that decision.

    As for Steinbrenner, I find that most Yankee fans, myself included, strongly dislike his character. On the other hand, plenty of organizations have less-than-admirable people working for them. Why does Daryl Strawberry keep showing up on the Jumbotron at Shea after his long history of substance and spousal abuse?

    You can say what you like about the team’s owner, Paul, and no Yankee fan in their right mind would argue. But accusing the team and it’s traditions of racism and oppression isn’t just insulting to the fans, it’s insulting to hundreds of past ballplayers who have shaped the game for the better. You want to see institutional racism in a baseball team? I give you the Cleveland Indians.

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