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Hand(le) With Care

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Hey, though I’m busy disowning trying to fix the Cubs, I’ve been keeping an eye on the other series. You know, because I love Frank TV, Captain Morgan, Holiday Inn Express, The Leverage, and — again — Frank TV.

So what have I noticed? Not that much, actually. I got a new iPod Touch so I’ve really just been playing a ton of air hockey. But check out Mike Lowell’s hand guard thinger. I’ve seen various versions of the hand protector before — Alfonso Soriano wears one against righties as a result of this (even though everybody knows it’s just going to be sliders in the dirt), and Jeff Bagwell always wore one after breaking his hand in 1994.

Lowell’s appears to be made from — or is at least similar to — the bottom plastic flap from a shin guard. He’s been wearing it for some time, but this is probably the best look we’ll get. How’s it attached? Velcro? Regardless, it’s cool stuff, other than the broken hand that made it necessary. — Bryan

Bonus coverage: I tried very hard to make a main entry out of this. I don’t know if there are words to describe it. Happy WNBA playoffs.

 

119 comments to Hand(le) With Care

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 7:32 am |

    [quote]Hey, though I’m busy disowning trying to fix the Cubs[/quote]

    there there…it’ll all be over soon enough

  • Ricko | October 4, 2008 at 7:42 am |

    Anybody know, is O.J. gonna go into the Big House as a Bill or a 49er? I assume a Bill.

    Kinda hoping Ron Goldman’s father introduces him.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 7:54 am |

    [quote comment=”293240″]Anybody know, is O.J. gonna go into the Big House as a Bill or a 49er? I assume a Bill.

    Kinda hoping Ron Goldman’s father introduces him.[/quote]

    what happens in vegas stays in vegas the clark county jail

  • Ricko | October 4, 2008 at 8:00 am |

    [quote comment=”293241″][quote comment=”293240″]Anybody know, is O.J. gonna go into the Big House as a Bill or a 49er? I assume a Bill.

    Kinda hoping Ron Goldman’s father introduces him.[/quote]

    what happens in vegas stays in vegas the clark county jail[/quote]

    O.J.’s working on another book:
    IF I DID THIS, TOO.

  • Ricko | October 4, 2008 at 8:11 am |

    Message to football team opting for ridiculous “modern” unis (yes, talking to you Cincinnati, and others; jeez, between Bearcats and Bengals that city gets NO visual relief, does it)…

    Tampa Bay Rays change to something traditonal and classic…and they start winning, big.

    Something to be said for the notion that, if you dress like a bunch of clowns there’s always a danger you’ll play like a bunch of clowns.

  • scott | October 4, 2008 at 8:34 am |

    [quote comment=”293243″]Message to football team opting for ridiculous “modern” unis (yes, talking to you Cincinnati, and others; jeez, between Bearcats and Bengals that city gets NO visual relief, does it)…

    Tampa Bay Rays change to something traditonal and classic…and they start winning, big.

    Something to be said for the notion that, if you dress like a bunch of clowns there’s always a danger you’ll play like a bunch of clowns.[/quote]

    But the Rays looked great in recent seasons and it didn’t seem to help their cause. And the Denver Broncos really uglified their uniforms and starting winning Super Bowls. So the logic doesn’t always follow.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    [quote comment=”293244″][quote comment=”293243″]Message to football team opting for ridiculous “modern” unis (yes, talking to you Cincinnati, and others; jeez, between Bearcats and Bengals that city gets NO visual relief, does it)…

    Tampa Bay Rays change to something traditonal and classic…and they start winning, big.

    Something to be said for the notion that, if you dress like a bunch of clowns there’s always a danger you’ll play like a bunch of clowns.[/quote]

    But the Rays looked great in recent seasons and it didn’t seem to help their cause. And the Denver Broncos really uglified their uniforms and starting winning Super Bowls. So the logic doesn’t always follow.[/quote]
    The Patriots come to mind. Although they did make it to Super Bowl XX in the Pat Patriot unis, I don’t think anyone would argue that they’ve had much more success in the Flying Elvis gear.

  • Ricko | October 4, 2008 at 9:00 am |

    [quote comment=”293244″][quote comment=”293243″]Message to football team opting for ridiculous “modern” unis (yes, talking to you Cincinnati, and others; jeez, between Bearcats and Bengals that city gets NO visual relief, does it)…

    Tampa Bay Rays change to something traditonal and classic…and they start winning, big.

    Something to be said for the notion that, if you dress like a bunch of clowns there’s always a danger you’ll play like a bunch of clowns.[/quote]

    But the Rays looked great in recent seasons and it didn’t seem to help their cause. And the Denver Broncos really uglified their uniforms and starting winning Super Bowls. So the logic doesn’t always follow.[/quote]

    Nothing ALWAYS follows. There will be are exceptions. But, because they ARE exceptions, they are de facto support of the original contention.

    Didn’t think the Rays looked bad recently, not at all, just saying a change to a more classic look seems to more often yield better results than going to something outrageous.

    BYU, for example, has gone back to their “McMahon Era” look (navy insead of royal, though) and suddenly they’re playing more like those scoring machines of years ago.

    Just sayin’

  • Bryan Redemske | October 4, 2008 at 9:04 am |

    Angels won in 2002 with the new duds.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment=”293247″]Angels won in 2002 with the new duds.[/quote]
    ..which are a major improvement over the look they had been sporting.

  • Ricko | October 4, 2008 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment=”293247″]Angels won in 2002 with the new duds.[/quote]

    So did Twins in ’87.

    As with ’02 Angels, was a return to a more classic look. Angels’ change was more drastic with switch to dominant red, but got away form the sleeveless pins and winged, more cartoonish, hat logo, etc.

  • Ricko | October 4, 2008 at 9:11 am |

    Shoulda said “sleeveless look.” Sorry.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 9:13 am |

    [quote comment=”293245″]I don’t think anyone would argue that they’ve had much more success in the Flying Elvis gear.[/quote]
    …and what I meant by that was that nobody would argue to the contrary.

    Ugh.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 9:15 am |

    [quote comment=”293250″]Shoulda said “sleeveless look.” Sorry.[/quote]
    Because it was sleeveless in look only, if memory serves, right? Were they actually dark blue jersey sleeves? Hard to tell from that Edmonds pic I posted, but I think that was the case.

  • Ricko | October 4, 2008 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”293252″][quote comment=”293250″]Shoulda said “sleeveless look.” Sorry.[/quote]
    Because it was sleeveless in look only, if memory serves, right? Were they actually dark blue jersey sleeves? Hard to tell from that Edmonds pic I posted, but I think that was the case.[/quote]

    You’re right, they weren’t vests.

  • Stuby | October 4, 2008 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”293253″][quote comment=”293252″][quote comment=”293250″]Shoulda said “sleeveless look.” Sorry.[/quote]
    Because it was sleeveless in look only, if memory serves, right? Were they actually dark blue jersey sleeves? Hard to tell from that Edmonds pic I posted, but I think that was the case.[/quote]

    You’re right, they weren’t vests.[/quote]
    It was the baseball equivalent of a tuxedo t-shirt.

  • Marisol | October 4, 2008 at 9:58 am |

    Red Sox fan here. Yes, Mike Lowell’s hand guard is made from part of a catcher’s guard. The Red Sox made it for him last year after he injured his hand on a hit by pitch. It happened to him when he was with the Marlins so he doesn’t want to take any chances.

    He said it doesn’t effect his swing and it’s quite comfortable. It’s attached to his batting glove by velcro.

  • Dan King | October 4, 2008 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment=”293255″]Red Sox fan here. Yes, Mike Lowell’s hand guard is made from part of a catcher’s guard. The Red Sox made it for him last year after he injured his hand on a hit by pitch. It happened to him when he was with the Marlins so he doesn’t want to take any chances.

    He said it doesn’t effect his swing and it’s quite comfortable. It’s attached to his batting glove by velcro.[/quote]
    i’m sure its comfortable until he gets hit in the hand again. his hand might not break, but it’ll hurt like hell.

  • Jim W | October 4, 2008 at 10:05 am |

    [quote comment=”293243″]Message to football team opting for ridiculous “modern” unis (yes, talking to you Cincinnati, and others; jeez, between Bearcats and Bengals that city gets NO visual relief, does it)…

    Tampa Bay Rays change to something traditonal and classic…and they start winning, big.

    Something to be said for the notion that, if you dress like a bunch of clowns there’s always a danger you’ll play like a bunch of clowns.[/quote]

    Good point Ricko – the Anahaim “Ducks” come to mind – after getting rid of that silly Disney “Mighty Ducks” affiliation… Not that the new unis are fantastic, just that they no longer have this:

    http://node2.nirvani...
    and…
    http://nhllogos.blog...

  • ian | October 4, 2008 at 10:07 am |

    Travis Hafner’s has had something similar since the start of the ’07 season. Never seen a closeup of it but an email to the Tribe’s beat writer would probably get me an answer.

  • Tom Hedrick | October 4, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    What about the Rams winning the Super Bowl and then changing their unis. How’d that work out for them.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”293259″]What about the Rams winning the Super Bowl and then changing their unis. How’d that work out for them.[/quote]

    pure coinkidink…they had planned to change their unis before they won the SB…now…why they needed to change from yellow to gold is a good question, and obviously the change hasn’t served them well (even tho they made it back to the big dance two years after the change)

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  • Brian | October 4, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    Wait…the WNBA still exists? And has play-offs??

  • Raul | October 4, 2008 at 11:08 am |

    WOW
    A weekend post that is positive! Now I’ve seen everything. Oh, and remember not to disagree with Paul or you’ll be banned, which isn’t Marxist but it is a totalitarian tactic.

  • Johnny F. | October 4, 2008 at 11:28 am |

    Raul, give it a fuckin break already.

    Great post Bryan. iPod air hockey gets addicting, be careful.

    Do the teams down 2-0 in the playoffs have a prayer??

    Good news for those thinking of offering KROD & CC big contracts…if their playoff seasons end early..gives those weary arms some rest.

  • Mike Engle | October 4, 2008 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”293264″]Raul, give it a fuckin break already.

    Great post Bryan. iPod air hockey gets addicting, be careful.

    Do the teams down 2-0 in the playoffs have a prayer??

    Good news for those thinking of offering KROD & CC big contracts…if their playoff seasons end early..gives those weary arms some rest.[/quote]
    K-Rod? Weary arm? BS. You don’t get a tired arm from more saves than innings.
    CC? Yeah, probably.

  • Eric B in KC | October 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm |

    some weekend, the stars are going to line up just right and we’re going to see a college/pro double header of iowa/duke and pittsburgh/indy.

  • Rob | October 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”293263″]WOW
    A weekend post that is positive! Now I’ve seen everything. Oh, and remember not to disagree with Paul or you’ll be banned, which isn’t Marxist but it is a totalitarian tactic.[/quote]
    As Sgt. Hulka says, “Lighten up, Francis.”

    On the good uniform=success thread, I still remember the L.A. Kings became good after they switched to all black uniforms. Of course, the addition of a Mr. Gretzky didn’t hurt.

  • Jamie | October 4, 2008 at 12:44 pm |

    I won an iPod Touch in a contest, but I just gave it to my girlfriend. 8G is like half the music on my current iPod.

  • Jeff | October 4, 2008 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”293264″]WOW
    A weekend post that is positive! Now I’ve seen everything. Oh, and remember not to disagree with Paul or you’ll be banned, which isn’t Marxist but it is a totalitarian tactic.

    Raul, give it a fuckin break already.

    Great post Bryan. iPod air hockey gets addicting, be careful.[/quote]

    Hold on, so Paul can beat a dead horse with his Commie routine and yet someone references something from yesterday’s message board and it’s “give it a break already”? Interesting.

  • Jamie | October 4, 2008 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”293263″]WOW
    A weekend post that is positive! Now I’ve seen everything. Oh, and remember not to disagree with Paul or you’ll be banned, which isn’t Marxist but it is a totalitarian tactic.[/quote]

    Do it, Paul. Bring down the banhammer. Show that we do not tolerate insolence in Mother Russia North Korea the People’s Republic of China this blog.

  • Jamie | October 4, 2008 at 1:16 pm |

    wtf. why do the tags never work for me.

  • =bg= | October 4, 2008 at 1:25 pm |

    I don’t know why there’s all this political and Russia stuff here. That’s not what the site is for, is it?

  • scott | October 4, 2008 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”293254″][quote comment=”293253″][quote comment=”293252″][quote comment=”293250″]Shoulda said “sleeveless look.” Sorry.[/quote]
    Because it was sleeveless in look only, if memory serves, right? Were they actually dark blue jersey sleeves? Hard to tell from that Edmonds pic I posted, but I think that was the case.[/quote]

    You’re right, they weren’t vests.[/quote]
    It was the baseball equivalent of a tuxedo t-shirt.[/quote]

    Not all that different from classic uniforms that the Kansas City Monarchs once wore, with the sleeves essentially a different color than the body of the uniform.

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”293272″]I don’t know why there’s all this political and Russia stuff here. That’s not what the site is for, is it?[/quote]

    Where have you been the last couple of weeks?

    Actually, go back to Paul’s Yankee Stadium “tribute” piece and you’ll see where it all started…

  • Bryan Redemske | October 4, 2008 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”293268″]I won an iPod Touch in a contest, but I just gave it to my girlfriend. 8G is like half the music on my current iPod.[/quote]

    A quick aside: I got the 16GB model and was disappointed the 32GB one was still $400. And then I realized its utility as a media player is secondary to its wireless functionality. And 3,500 songs is still a crap-ton of songs. I use it way more for Internet stuff than media stuff.

    On with the uniforms.

  • Cort | October 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm |

    As for that last photo, I didn’t know Phil Jackson was such a Silver Stars fan…

  • gsaldi | October 4, 2008 at 1:41 pm |

    how about usc/michigan and iowa state/delaware.. that might happen too.

  • tom farley | October 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm |

    Anybody know, is O.J. gonna go into the Big House as a Bill or a 49er? I assume a Bill.
    Made me laugh out loud, Ricko. My nominee for Post of the Week.

    Kinda hoping Ron Goldman’s father introduces him.
    The verdict is surely cold comfort for him. But at least it’s some comfort.

  • Eric B in KC | October 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”293277″]how about usc/michigan and iowa state/delaware.. that might happen too.[/quote]

    good call

    i’d like to see auburn play tennessee-martin

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”293264″]
    Do the teams down 2-0 in the playoffs have a prayer??
    [/quote]
    Cubs & Brewers? Hell, no.

    The AL teams? Maybe. The Sox are capable of putting up 30 runs the next three games or they can go 0 for 50 with runners in scoring position. The Angels were just too good this season to just fade into oblivion, but I think a prayer is about all they’ve got.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”293273″]
    Not all that different from classic uniforms that the Kansas City Monarchs once wore, with the sleeves essentially a different color than the body of the uniform.[/quote]
    Completely different.

  • tom farley | October 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    Cubs & Brewers? Hell, no.
    Rough baseball week here on the shores of Lake Michigan. The resident teams are 0-6.

    Just a hunch, and I’m not fool enough to put money on it, but I think the Brewers will win today and say goodnight tomorrow.

    Honestly, I am Just Happy to Be Here. I fear that the Crew is, too.

  • My Name is Not Earl | October 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”293279″][quote comment=”293277″]how about usc/michigan and iowa state/delaware.. that might happen too.[/quote]

    good call

    i’d like to see auburn play tennessee-martin[/quote]

    Watching Kansas lose to Iowa State on the bike channel. First time I have seen the new Cyclone duds on TV. Yeah, I had heard rumors about they looked like USC, but I had no clue . . . damn

  • tom farley | October 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    Yeah, I had heard rumors about they looked like USC, but I had no clue . . . damn
    I hear ya, Not Earl. If you’re flipping channels, you’ll do a double take, right?

    I remembering debating with an Iowa State alum among us when these unis debuted. I like the color scheme, but I don’t think looking just like Southern Cal is the way to go.

    Then again, Hayden Fry made the Hawkeyes look exactly like the Steelers. If you’re trying to eradicate a losing culture, or restore faded glory, maybe going derivative helps recruiting. Iowa State doesn’t have much history of winning to draw upon.

  • Eric B in KC | October 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |

    while looking for something else, i came across this website.

    http://www.saturdays...

    apparently, those rubber bracelets you see on the players don’t always say “livestrong,” “wriststrong,” “carnivore,” or whatever.

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”293285″]while looking for something else, i came across this website.

    http://www.saturdays...

    apparently, those rubber bracelets you see on the players don’t always say “livestrong,” “wriststrong,” “carnivore,” or whatever.[/quote]

    I don’t know, I was never cool with athletes not named Pat Tillman talking about soldiers and war. The majority of them go to college not for the academics, but to play football and get themselves a contract with the NFL when they “graduate”. Hardly “warlike”.

  • Eric B in KC | October 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |

    i completely agree with you. the “football is war” mentality drives me nuts. i thought that bear bryant movie on espn a few years ago got it right when that player’s dad scolded bryant for trying to make that connection.

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”293287″]i completely agree with you. the “football is war” mentality drives me nuts. i thought that bear bryant movie on espn a few years ago got it right when that player’s dad scolded bryant for trying to make that connection.[/quote]

    It’s funny because how any war-themed sayings do they have in football? “Digging in the trenches”, “a hard-fought battle”, “field general”. etc. I guess it’s just one of those things, where using the terminology associated with war is not a big deal, but to say that “football is war” just rubs some people the wrong way.

  • Ben | October 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”293287″]i completely agree with you. the “football is war” mentality drives me nuts. i thought that bear bryant movie on espn a few years ago got it right when that player’s dad scolded bryant for trying to make that connection.[/quote]
    So you’re the one who watched that movie.

  • Matthew | October 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |

    Is it just me or are the Iowa State jersey’s WAAAAAAAAY too similar to USC. If they played each other it would be like matter and anti-matter colliding and the world would end.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm |

    don’t forget “blitz,” “bomb,” and, if you’re the rams french, “turn over”

  • Tree Missile | October 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”293279″][quote comment=”293277″]how about usc/michigan and iowa state/delaware.. that might happen too.[/quote]

    good call

    i’d like to see auburn play tennessee-martin[/quote]

    11/08/08 Auburn vs. Tennessee-Martin (HC) Auburn, Ala. 1:30 p.m. CT

    Enjoy.

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”293290″]Is it just me or are the Iowa State jersey’s WAAAAAAAAY too similar to USC. If they played each other it would be like matter and anti-matter colliding and the world would end.[/quote]

    Timecop: The same matter cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

  • tosaman | October 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm |

    I’m watching Notre Dame – Stanford. Can anyone tell me what the Cardinal’s merit sticker is?

  • MikeyB | October 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”293277″]how about usc/michigan and iowa state/delaware.. that might happen too.[/quote]

    I think Delaware completely changed their uniforms this year.

  • Matthew | October 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”293293″][quote comment=”293290″]Is it just me or are the Iowa State jersey’s WAAAAAAAAY too similar to USC. If they played each other it would be like matter and anti-matter colliding and the world would end.[/quote]

    Timecop: The same matter cannot occupy the same space at the same time.[/quote]

    Wow, a Timecop quote. Nice work my friend.

  • PK | October 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”293264″]
    Do the teams down 2-0 in the playoffs have a prayer??
    [/quote]

    Yes…Seattle over NYY (tears) in 95….it was the only year they used the 2 @ Home/3@ at home format…today is 2-2-1

    I believe its happened 6 other times…
    Padres over Cubs in 84….

  • LarenR | October 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”293294″]I’m watching Notre Dame – Stanford. Can anyone tell me what the Cardinal’s merit sticker is?[/quote]
    I’m not 100% sure, but I think it’s The Axe.

  • tosaman | October 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”293298″][quote comment=”293294″]I’m watching Notre Dame – Stanford. Can anyone tell me what the Cardinal’s merit sticker is?[/quote]
    I’m not 100% sure, but I think it’s The Axe.[/quote]

    Thanks! That’s a new one for this midwestern boy.

  • PK | October 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |

    Here’s a link for all RECENT Division Series for teams down 0-2

    (I hate when sports stats use “Year Zero” tatics, stuff has happened before ESPN)

    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

  • DP | October 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  • =bg= | October 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”293278″]Anybody know, is O.J. gonna go into the Big House as a Bill or a 49er? I assume a Bill.
    Made me laugh out loud, Ricko. My nominee for Post of the Week.

    Kinda hoping Ron Goldman’s father introduces him.
    The verdict is surely cold comfort for him. But at least it’s some comfort.[/quote]

    I’m sure Al Cowlings will present him at the ceremony. He may go IN as a Bill or a Niner, but he’ll end up being someone’s girl.

  • timmy b | October 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”293269″][quote comment=”293264″]WOW
    A weekend post that is positive! Now I’ve seen everything. Oh, and remember not to disagree with Paul or you’ll be banned, which isn’t Marxist but it is a totalitarian tactic.

    Raul, give it a f—in break already.

    Great post Bryan. iPod air hockey gets addicting, be careful.[/quote]

    Hold on, so Paul can beat a dead horse with his Commie routine and yet someone references something from yesterday’s message board and it’s “give it a break already”? Interesting.[/quote]

    I really miss those CCCP unis in almost every sport. Rich red colors with the crudely hand cut white CCCP. But didn’t the olympics track athletes wear BLUE track suits with CCCP?

  • Jim W | October 4, 2008 at 5:38 pm |

    Obscure jersey quiz!

    http://www.mentalflo...

  • Mike Engle | October 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”293304″]Obscure jersey quiz!

    http://www.mentalflo...
    I had seen every single one on the site (which I follow) except for the Red Sox #16. Was looking for the David Wells/Edgar Renteria choice that wasn’t there.
    The only instance of teammates switching numbers due to double bad performance, and both making sense? At first, Wells had 3 for David Wells (Tek had 33, Wells’ normal number) and Renteria had 16, his Florida number. With the switch, Renteria got his St. Louis number from the year before, and Wells got 33, but halved and rounded down.

  • kevodrums | October 4, 2008 at 5:59 pm |

    Not sure if this has been mentioned here before, but what kind of helmet does Penn State wear? The sides of the facemasks seem to disappear into the helmet. Looks very cool, but maybe that’s just because of the plain white with no logo.

  • Kris McInnis | October 4, 2008 at 6:06 pm |

    Auburn is wearing white shoes on the road for the first time in a long time.

  • Jon Horton | October 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm |

    I was listening to Joe Starkey, long time play by play man for the Cal Bears. setting the scene before today’s kickoff saying “Cal is wearing their white pants with some kind of swish on it with their blue jerseys. What have we turned into, the Oregon Ducks?” I almost drove off the road.

  • Matt Takimoto | October 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”293308″]I was listening to Joe Starkey, long time play by play man for the Cal Bears. setting the scene before today’s kickoff saying “Cal is wearing their white pants with some kind of swish on it with their blue jerseys. What have we turned into, the Oregon Ducks?” I almost drove off the road.[/quote]

    yeah the white pants looked almost as bad as that stupid helmet stripe.

  • kevodrums | October 4, 2008 at 7:11 pm |

    Not sure if this has been mentioned here before, but what kind of helmet does Penn State wear? The sides of the facemasks seem to disappear into the helmet. Looks very cool, but maybe that’s just because of the plain white with no logo.

    Nevermind, I found it. Anybody else besides Penn State wear this?

    http://www.schuttspo...

  • Marty | October 4, 2008 at 8:26 pm |

    That was a great quiz. And,it led to many others.
    The “Thrillhouse” one was my favorite.
    I’m from Brooklyn, Canada.

  • LarenR | October 4, 2008 at 8:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”293309″][quote comment=”293308″]I was listening to Joe Starkey, long time play by play man for the Cal Bears. setting the scene before today’s kickoff saying “Cal is wearing their white pants with some kind of swish on it with their blue jerseys. What have we turned into, the Oregon Ducks?” I almost drove off the road.[/quote]

    yeah the white pants looked almost as bad as that stupid helmet stripe.[/quote]
    The blue “swish” really bugged me. It looked like the players had suspenders dangling from their waists. Made me think it was 1986 all over again.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”293312″][quote comment=”293309″][quote comment=”293308″]I was listening to Joe Starkey, long time play by play man for the Cal Bears. setting the scene before today’s kickoff saying “Cal is wearing their white pants with some kind of swish on it with their blue jerseys. What have we turned into, the Oregon Ducks?” I almost drove off the road.[/quote]

    yeah the white pants looked almost as bad as that stupid helmet stripe.[/quote]
    The blue “swish” really bugged me. It looked like the players had suspenders dangling from their waists. Made me think it was 1986 all over again.[/quote]

    wtf?

    i love nike, but this shit is just getting worser and worser…but hey…i guess the kids love it

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  • Justin in AR | October 4, 2008 at 9:26 pm |

    I will probably be persecuted for this, but Vandy looked really good in the solid black tonight.

  • LarenR | October 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”293308″]I was listening to Joe Starkey, long time play by play man for the Cal Bears. setting the scene before today’s kickoff saying “Cal is wearing their white pants with some kind of swish on it with their blue jerseys. What have we turned into, the Oregon Ducks?” I almost drove off the road.[/quote]
    Five games, five uni combos. Mr. Starkey might be on to something:
    vs. Michigan State: gold on blue
    @ Washington State: white on white
    @ Maryland: white on gold
    vs. Colorado State: blue on blue
    vs. Arizona State: blue on white (check the suspenders on the guy on the right)

  • Wollen1 | October 4, 2008 at 9:49 pm |

    Hey Brewers, when 80% of your fans wear the throwback stuff to the games it’s time to switch back to the beloved MB mitt full time.

  • Justin in AR | October 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm |

    Dammit. I was hoping at least the Cubs would look good in the road grays while they go down tonight. Alas, they wear the blue alts.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm |

    OK, so David Aldrige just tells a story about how Geoff Jenkins used to get frustrated playing for the Brewers because all the players that came through their farm system would move on due to the Brewers inability/unwillingness to pay them.

    The three examples he cited were Jeromy Burnitz, Carlos Lee and Richie Sexson.

    Let’s see… Burnitz came up with the Mets, Lee with the White Sox and Sexson broke in with the Indians.

    Sorry for the non-uni-related bitching but that’s just shitty reporting.

  • odessasteps | October 4, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”293288″][quote comment=”293287″]i completely agree with you. the “football is war” mentality drives me nuts. i thought that bear bryant movie on espn a few years ago got it right when that player’s dad scolded bryant for trying to make that connection.[/quote]

    It’s funny because how any war-themed sayings do they have in football? “Digging in the trenches”, “a hard-fought battle”, “field general”. etc. I guess it’s just one of those things, where using the terminology associated with war is not a big deal, but to say that “football is war” just rubs some people the wrong way.[/quote]

    I refer you to George Carlin’s “baseball vs football” routing.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”293318″]Dammit. I was hoping at least the Cubs would look good in the road grays while they go down tonight. Alas, they wear the blue alts.[/quote]
    Yeah, and you called that one correctly yesterday.

  • Justin in AR | October 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”293321″][quote comment=”293318″]Dammit. I was hoping at least the Cubs would look good in the road grays while they go down tonight. Alas, they wear the blue alts.[/quote]
    Yeah, and you called that one correctly yesterday.[/quote]

    I know. And I hate that I’m right.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”293321″][quote comment=”293318″]Dammit. I was hoping at least the Cubs would look good in the road grays while they go down tonight. Alas, they wear the blue alts.[/quote]
    Yeah, and you called that one correctly yesterday.[/quote]

    well…when justin says it’s gonna happen

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”293319″]OK, so David Aldrige just tells a story about how Geoff Jenkins used to get frustrated playing for the Brewers because all the players that came through their farm system would move on due to the Brewers inability/unwillingness to pay them.

    The three examples he cited were Jeromy Burnitz, Carlos Lee and Richie Sexson.

    Let’s see… Burnitz came up with the Mets, Lee with the White Sox and Sexson broke in with the Indians.

    Sorry for the non-uni-related bitching but that’s just shitty reporting.[/quote]

    Not quite sure why TBS chose David Aldridge to do the baseball reporting for the playoffs; he was on PTI the other day and I think he said something along the lines of he’s not really a baseball guy. If you look at his résumé, he covers mostly basketball and football.

    In all probability, though, Aldridge gets fed that information from someone in the production truck. So while a baseball guy should know this stuff, it’s most likely no entirely his fault.

  • Stuby | October 4, 2008 at 10:28 pm |

    Manny nearly lost his swim cap on that slide.

  • Justin in AR | October 4, 2008 at 10:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”293323″][quote comment=”293321″][quote comment=”293318″]Dammit. I was hoping at least the Cubs would look good in the road grays while they go down tonight. Alas, they wear the blue alts.[/quote]
    Yeah, and you called that one correctly yesterday.[/quote]

    well…when justin says it’s gonna happen…[/quote]

    lol.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 10:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”293324″][quote comment=”293319″]OK, so David Aldrige just tells a story about how Geoff Jenkins used to get frustrated playing for the Brewers because all the players that came through their farm system would move on due to the Brewers inability/unwillingness to pay them.

    The three examples he cited were Jeromy Burnitz, Carlos Lee and Richie Sexson.

    Let’s see… Burnitz came up with the Mets, Lee with the White Sox and Sexson broke in with the Indians.

    Sorry for the non-uni-related bitching but that’s just shitty reporting.[/quote]

    Not quite sure why TBS chose David Aldridge to do the baseball reporting for the playoffs; he was on PTI the other day and I think he said something along the lines of he’s not really a baseball guy. If you look at his résumé, he covers mostly basketball and football.

    In all probability, though, Aldridge gets fed that information from someone in the production truck. So while a baseball guy should know this stuff, it’s most likely no entirely his fault.[/quote]
    True. First thing that I thought when I saw him working the games is “TBS couldn’t have found an actual baseball reporter.”

    Guess I should have said “that’s just shitty research” because he actually reported it rather well.

    Oh, and we’re off to a fine start in LA.

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 10:32 pm |

    And that’s just shitty posting on my part. Shoulda been a question mark at the end of that first sentence.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 10:33 pm |

    it could be worse…the cubbies could be wearing this

    KONG!

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 10:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”293329″]it could be worse…the cubbies could be wearing this

    KONG![/quote]
    OK, since I’ve reached the stream-of-consciousness portion of the evening…

    That reminds me of this time when I was about 12 years old and my dad and I wandered into Wrigley Field on a day when the Cubs were on the road (you used to be able to do that). We checked out the dugout, then we took a look at the players’ latrine and there scrawled on the wall was “King Kong is gone sucks DONG!”

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 10:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”293329″]it could be worse…the cubbies could be wearing this

    KONG![/quote]

    Cubbies probably could use Kong in their lineup right about now……

  • subway | October 4, 2008 at 10:53 pm |

    If you click on the Mets By The Numbers link on the right, they say the Mets are ditching the black next year (good news for many here)and ditching the NEW YORK on the road unis as well (don’t like that one).

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 10:56 pm |

    hmmm…i didn’t see this posted…but it’s all perfectly clear now

    /damn SI

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 10:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”293332″]If you click on the Mets By The Numbers link on the right, they say the Mets are ditching the black next year (good news for many here)and ditching the NEW YORK on the road unis as well (don’t like that one).[/quote]

    late last night…our leader had some bad news about that rumor

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 11:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”293333″]hmmm…i didn’t see this posted…but it’s all perfectly clear now

    /damn SI[/quote]
    Oh, yeah. My Cards-lovin’ neighbor in the cube farm made sure to put that up as his wallpaper the day that pic hit the Web.

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 11:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”293334″][quote comment=”293332″]If you click on the Mets By The Numbers link on the right, they say the Mets are ditching the black next year (good news for many here)and ditching the NEW YORK on the road unis as well (don’t like that one).[/quote]

    late last night…our leader had some bad news about that rumor[/quote]

    Depends on what you consider bad news. While no black was very cool, a charcoal gray uniform with orange – blue – white piping down the front, on the sides of the pants and on the ends of the sleeves sounds incredibly gaudy and, for lack of a better word, stupid IMHO.

    I mean, for that, just keep the current roads and just switch to blue caps, undershirts and stirrups like they did at the final regular season Yankee Stadium SS game……

  • Chuck | October 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm |

    is there a worse combo out there than the Minnesota Gophers red on red? ;-(

  • My Name is Not Earl | October 4, 2008 at 11:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”293337″]is there a worse combo out there than the Minnesota Gophers red on red? ;-([/quote]

    I mean, it could be worse. If you’re a cage fighter, who’s going to take you seriously if you have pink tufts of hair . . .

    Oh, wait. Never mind.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”293336″][quote comment=”293334″][quote comment=”293332″]If you click on the Mets By The Numbers link on the right, they say the Mets are ditching the black next year (good news for many here)and ditching the NEW YORK on the road unis as well (don’t like that one).[/quote]

    late last night…our leader had some bad news about that rumor[/quote]

    Depends on what you consider bad news. While no black was very cool, a charcoal gray uniform with orange – blue – white piping down the front, on the sides of the pants and on the ends of the sleeves sounds incredibly gaudy and, for lack of a better word, stupid IMHO.

    I mean, for that, just keep the current roads and just switch to blue caps, undershirts and stirrups like they did at the final regular season Yankee Stadium SS game……[/quote]

    while the sound of orange/blue/white piping is indeed, frightening…i’d really need to see some kind of mockup before declaring it awful…likewise with so-called charcoal…

    i don’t mind the current aways, especially if they brought back the 1997 edition (w/blue caps & socks)…but im prolly one of the few who prefer a script mets on the roadies…i know most prefer to see the city name versus team name, but i don’t mind Mets

    back to the proposed piping/striping…i know they won in 1986 wearing this and this (notice the sad progression, and ultimate redemption from 1980 to 1997…those goddawful stripes {despite the WS win} were, IMHO…awful…)

    with that previous stripe/pipe history in mind…i do fear what a orange/blue/white striping could look like…

  • JTH | October 4, 2008 at 11:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”293337″]is there a worse combo out there than the Minnesota Gophers red on red? ;-([/quote]
    I absolutely hate yellow football pants, but I was watching that game today thinking that some yellow pants would be a major improvement.

  • Stuby | October 4, 2008 at 11:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”293339″][quote comment=”293336″][quote comment=”293334″][quote comment=”293332″]If you click on the Mets By The Numbers link on the right, they say the Mets are ditching the black next year (good news for many here)and ditching the NEW YORK on the road unis as well (don’t like that one).[/quote]

    late last night…our leader had some bad news about that rumor[/quote]

    Depends on what you consider bad news. While no black was very cool, a charcoal gray uniform with orange – blue – white piping down the front, on the sides of the pants and on the ends of the sleeves sounds incredibly gaudy and, for lack of a better word, stupid IMHO.

    I mean, for that, just keep the current roads and just switch to blue caps, undershirts and stirrups like they did at the final regular season Yankee Stadium SS game……[/quote]

    while the sound of orange/blue/white piping is indeed, frightening…i’d really need to see some kind of mockup before declaring it awful…likewise with so-called charcoal…

    i don’t mind the current aways, especially if they brought back the 1997 edition (w/blue caps & socks)…but im prolly one of the few who prefer a script mets on the roadies…i know most prefer to see the city name versus team name, but i don’t mind Mets

    back to the proposed piping/striping…i know they won in 1986 wearing this and this (notice the sad progression, and ultimate redemption from 1980 to 1997…those goddawful stripes {despite the WS win} were, IMHO…awful…)

    with that previous stripe/pipe history in mind…i do fear what a orange/blue/white striping could look like…[/quote]
    Wow, I don’t remember the underlined script uni of ’93-’94. They’ve tried just about everything on the road uni except an interlocking NY on the left side of the jersey.

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 11:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”293339″]while the sound of orange/blue/white piping is indeed, frightening…i’d really need to see some kind of mockup before declaring it awful…likewise with so-called charcoal…

    i don’t mind the current aways, especially if they brought back the 1997 edition (w/blue caps & socks)…but im prolly one of the few who prefer a script mets on the roadies…i know most prefer to see the city name versus team name, but i don’t mind Mets

    back to the proposed piping/striping…i know they won in 1986 wearing this and this (notice the sad progression, and ultimate redemption from 1980 to 1997…those goddawful stripes {despite the WS win} were, IMHO…awful…)

    with that previous stripe/pipe history in mind…i do fear what a orange/blue/white striping could look like…[/quote]

    Yeah, that’s the fear, that they’re going to go with the racing stripe look ala 1982 – 1992. If it’s a thin stripe ala 1993 on the roads it might work; I always felt that was a nice look, but for some reason that uniform is reviled. But the mutlicolor piping down the front placket of the jerseys sounds like a clusterf–k to me.

    I may be in the minority here, but the dropshadow doesn’t bother me in the least. I would, though, like to see them go with blue caps at home and on the road.

    It could be worse, though; our team could be named the Blue Jays and have a predominantly black color scheme.

    In last night’s post, Paul mentioned that the 2009 uniforms will be “almost identical to this year’s”, implying that there’s going to be at best a minor change. I’m guessing that the “1964-2008” Shea patches are going to be gone, probably replaced by a 2009 Inaugural Season patch for Citifield, at least for the first home stand.

  • Mr. Met | October 4, 2008 at 11:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”293341″]Wow, I don’t remember the underlined script uni of ’93-’94. They’ve tried just about everything on the road uni except an interlocking NY on the left side of the jersey.[/quote]

    I’ve actually seen something like that: Nike makes (made?) a jersey with the interlocking NY on the left chest, in something similar to the snow whites template. I actually liked the look and wondered what that would like as an official alternate.

  • LI Phil | October 4, 2008 at 11:52 pm |

    [quote]If it’s a thin stripe ala 1993 on the roads it might work; I always felt that was a nice look, but for some reason that uniform is reviled.[/quote]

    maybe because they lost 103 games? AY lost 27 straight (dating back to ’92)…torborg was replaced by dallas and those awful granny eyeglass straps…they lost more games than the expansion marlins…and…im pretty sure they actually finished the season on a six-game win streak (so they could have lost 109!)

    /and…wasn’t that the bobby boo-nilla earplug/coleman firecracker/sabes bleach year too? it was all so bad, those years are a blur

  • My Name is Not Earl | October 4, 2008 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”293344″][quote]If it’s a thin stripe ala 1993 on the roads it might work; I always felt that was a nice look, but for some reason that uniform is reviled.[/quote]

    maybe because they lost 103 games? AY lost 27 straight (dating back to ’92)…torborg was replaced by dallas and those awful granny eyeglass straps…they lost more games than the expansion marlins…and…im pretty sure they actually finished the season on a six-game win streak (so they could have lost 109!)

    /and…wasn’t that the bobby boo-nilla earplug/coleman firecracker/sabes bleach year too? it was all so bad, those years are a blur[/quote]

    The answer to all this seems incredibly simple: Change the uniforms back to the way they were when the Mets beat the Orioles. With the 40th anniversary of that historic season rapidly approaching, at the very least it would be a fitting tribute.

  • My Name is Not Earl | October 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”293316″][quote comment=”293308″]I was listening to Joe Starkey, long time play by play man for the Cal Bears. setting the scene before today’s kickoff saying “Cal is wearing their white pants with some kind of swish on it with their blue jerseys. What have we turned into, the Oregon Ducks?” I almost drove off the road.[/quote]
    Five games, five uni combos. Mr. Starkey might be on to something:
    vs. Michigan State: gold on blue
    @ Washington State: white on white
    @ Maryland: white on gold
    vs. Colorado State: blue on blue
    vs. Arizona State: blue on white (check the suspenders on the guy on the right)[/quote]

    Just as long as they don’t do gold on gold again.

  • Mr. Met | October 5, 2008 at 12:04 am |

    [quote comment=”293344″][quote]If it’s a thin stripe ala 1993 on the roads it might work; I always felt that was a nice look, but for some reason that uniform is reviled.[/quote]

    maybe because they lost 103 games? AY lost 27 straight (dating back to ’92)…torborg was replaced by dallas and those awful granny eyeglass straps…they lost more games than the expansion marlins…and…im pretty sure they actually finished the season on a six-game win streak (so they could have lost 109!)

    /and…wasn’t that the bobby boo-nilla earplug/coleman firecracker/sabes bleach year too? it was all so bad, those years are a blur[/quote]

    True. That period is a blur to me as well. All I know is that, regardless of how bad the product on the field was, I always liked those roads (not really the homes, though. I never went for the underline on the home uniform). Wasn’t that also the period when they had the dugout jackets with the one orange sleeve? Surprised it took Nike so long to jump on that when they re-designed all those college football uniforms.

    Then again, that was also one a period when the Mets were at their most fan-friendliest. My sister used to go to Shea all the time and they would have dugout tours, running the bases (on a regular basis), and all sorts of stuff to have fans come out to the ballpark. Of course, it was because the level of suck at that time was unbelievable, and they needed to do something to get fans to come out. Once they started being respectable again all those little “perks” were gone.

  • Mr. Met | October 5, 2008 at 12:06 am |

    [quote comment=”293345″]The answer to all this seems incredibly simple: Change the uniforms back to the way they were when the Mets beat the Orioles. With the 40th anniversary of that historic season rapidly approaching, at the very least it would be a fitting tribute.[/quote]

    That’s brilliant. A tie-in with the 1969 Miracle Mets on their 40th Anniversary that would actually make sense and be aesthetically pleasing. Which means, of course, that it won’t happen.

  • =bg= | October 5, 2008 at 12:31 am |

    http://sportsillustr...

    needs no caption; this face looks good in any uni.

  • =bg= | October 5, 2008 at 12:32 am |

    THIS face, tho…

    http://sportsillustr...

    doesn’t.

  • Jorge | October 5, 2008 at 12:51 am |

    I was listening to Joe Starkey, long time play by play man for the Cal Bears. setting the scene before today’s kickoff saying “Cal is wearing their white pants with some kind of swish on it with their blue jerseys. What have we turned into, the Oregon Ducks?” I almost drove off the road.

    Five games, five uni combos. Mr. Starkey might be on to something:
    vs. Michigan State: gold on blue
    @ Washington State: white on white
    @ Maryland: white on gold
    vs. Colorado State: blue on blue
    vs. Arizona State: blue on white (check the suspenders on the guy on the right)

    Just as long as they don’t do gold on gold again.

    They’ve never worn gold on gold – that’s West Virginia (and I think Minnesota did it too last year).

  • War Eagle Jeffrey | October 5, 2008 at 1:47 am |

    [quote comment=”293279″][quote comment=”293277″]how about usc/michigan and iowa state/delaware.. that might happen too.[/quote]

    good call

    i’d like to see auburn play tennessee-martin[/quote]

    ask and you shall receive…auburn’s homecoming is nov. 8 vs. ut martin.

  • War Eagle Jeffrey | October 5, 2008 at 1:51 am |

    [quote comment=”293307″]Auburn is wearing white shoes on the road for the first time in a long time.[/quote]

    i was at the game, and mentioned that to my pops, who seemed oblivious to the whole thing. as i remarked on that to him, i felt a kinship in my heart with my fellow uniwatch brethren. it was a touching moment.

  • Paul | October 5, 2008 at 1:58 am |

    caught it again

    Manny and Joe: Posse
    http://www.flickr.co...

  • jll62 | October 5, 2008 at 2:24 am |

    [quote comment=”293337″]is there a worse combo out there than the Minnesota Gophers red on red? ;-([/quote]

    Actually, the Gophers have gone to a much darker maroon this year that tends closer to brown than it does to red. They aren’t anywhere near red in person (I’m a season ticket holder). Unfortunately, they do look red on TV. The BigTen Network seems to have some color issues.

    I’m looking forward to the Maroon/White combo at home because White/White looked great on the road.

  • Ricko | October 5, 2008 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”293355″][quote comment=”293337″]is there a worse combo out there than the Minnesota Gophers red on red? ;-([/quote]

    Actually, the Gophers have gone to a much darker maroon this year that tends closer to brown than it does to red. They aren’t anywhere near red in person (I’m a season ticket holder). Unfortunately, they do look red on TV. The BigTen Network seems to have some color issues.

    I’m looking forward to the Maroon/White combo at home because White/White looked great on the road.[/quote]

    Ah, another Minnesotan, I see.

    That means you probably know that, for quite a few years recently, every Gopher athletic team BUT the football and baseball teams wore maroon. They persisted in wearing a color much more toward burgundy (almost USC-like).

    Glad to see the maroon come back (color should be same as Texas A&M or Mississippi State, for example). But not so much the all-dark of yesterday, though; kept thinking with Indiana in red-white-red the Gophers would have gone with the light gold pants.

    Go figure.

    Although I guess we all know that coaches who think about such things obviously are in the minority.

    —Ricko
    (Speaking of USC colors…Iowa State looked pretty damn good yesterday. Not exactly like USC, but certainly similar, and that’s a nice look.)

  • Jim | October 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    “…Frank TV, Captain Morgan, Holiday Inn Express, Leverage…”

    I’m late to the party (was readying my costume in the van), but thank you Bryan. I thought it was just me who noticed that the same commercials were running over and over. It’s not just Frank TV this year, it’s all the ads. Is that a bad sign for MLB? Or is it just the economy?

    And I’m over Cal Ripken Jr. That guy is all about himself — more than ever. Go away, and take all of your plugs for your business tie-ins with you. (And “Snake Eyes,” too.)