… or does it just seem that way? Definitely a disaster for the ages — the wordmark is pathetic, the chest number belongs in the NBA, the shoulder logos look like they’re lifted from the San Diego Chargers, and the socks are embarrassing-and-a-half. Lots more photos here, if you dare.
Lots more NHL news in my annual season-preview column over on Page 2.
Big Membership News: See that over there on the right? That’s a stack of $10 gift cards from our friends at Distant Replays. Okay, it’s actually an illustration of a stack of $10 gift cards, but whatever. The point is, starting right now, all new enrollees in the Uni Watch membership program will receive one of those $10 cards as a membership benefit (only one card per person, and the card can’t be used on clearance items). It’s a pretty sweet deal when you consider that the enrollment fee is only $15 to begin with. Hell, given what’s happening to the economy, our entire economic system could be running on Distant Replays gift cards within a few weeks.
I figure a few of you have questions, so this seems like a good time for one of my little imaginary press conferences:
Aw man, I signed up for the membership program just a few days ago! Can I get a gift card?
Nope — sorry.
I signed up way back at the beginning of the membership program. It doesn’t seem fair to reward to people who are just getting around to signing up now while giving nothing to people who supported the site early on.
No, it’s not fair, but circumstances change. Back when you signed up, Distant Replays hadn’t given me a bunch of gift cards to bestow upon new enrollees; now they have. Simple as that.
I’m already a member, but I plan to order a new card design. Will I qualify for the gift card?
Will this be a permanent addition to the membership benefits, or is it only for a specific time window?
That’s completely up to Distant Replays. As long as they make the gift cards available, I’ll keep offering them as a benefit. And I’ll try to give you some advance warning if this benefit is going to be discontinued.
I think that covers it. OK? OK.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New jerseys for the Indiana Ice of the USHL (with thanks to David Soline). … Interesting jersey worn by North Point High School in southern Maryland, whose chest wordmark is cursive, presumably to mimic their helmet logo, although the two scripts don’t quite match (with thanks to Jason Walker). … Remember when we were doing logo mashups earlier this year? Louis Crawford saw something similar in the window of a Philly men’s boutique. Turns out that the logos are supposed to spell out “Ubiq,” which refers to this T-shirt line. … It’s tough to see, but if you look at the right outside heel of Jason Bay’s cleats, there’s a “Playoffs 2008” logo, like the one shown here (with thanks to Ken Weimer). … According to the second item on this page, the Syracuse Crunch (the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate) will be retiring No. 7. Why? Because Paul Newman wore it in Slapshot (with thanks to Doug Mooney). … Small item here about Maryland’s merit decals. … I can’t get into all the corporate machinations, but Riddell’s Revo Speed helmet was originally an Easton design. Here’s a slideshow of pics of a rare Easton sample, courtesy of Ken Weimer. … You don’t often see color pics of the Blackhawks’ barber pole design (nice find by Jen Muller). … “My boss pointed me toward this site, and it’s pretty impressive,” says Greg Riffenburgh. “Among some of the crazy new models, they’ve got a bunch of classic (and apparently original) hat designs. Some designs look to be from the 1980s and early ’90s from old brands like Logo Athletic, plus some MLB replicas.” … Kentucky will unveil new hoops uniforms on Friday. … Kenn Tomasch works at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, where he recently found some good photos in the archives. “This one, from 1948, is from a ‘world’ softball tournament that used to be held here regularly. This one is from the fall of 1948. I thought the pants of the player from the Milwaukee team were interesting. And this one is from the 1949 Salad Bowl, a little-known bowl game played on New Year’s Day here in Phoenix. This one was between the University of Arizona and Drake University (Drake won 14-13). Note the A on the front of the U of A’s helmets (and no facemasks, obviously). Drake was in all white. The stadium was on a high school campus but sat 23,000 people, if you can believe that.” … Fun note from Amanda St. John, who writes: “The ADHD-tastic children’s web site made by the folks at MLB.com includes a uni-design game in which the only options for stockings include stirrups! It’s super-cartoony, but there are quite a few mix-and-match pieces to choose from. Go to here, click on the ‘game dome,’ then ‘suit ’em up,’ and try not to let the maddening music get the best of you.” … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Nice 10-minute video clip here about the advent of the Seattle Pilots. … Randy Williams got a nice screen grab of Mitch Williams with “No Fear” written on his glove.
My favorite month in my favorite place: By the time most of you read this, I’ll be on my way to the Midwest. Tonight I’ll be making a pilgrimage to Ricko’s house, tomorrow and Saturday will mark the world debut of the Forewords (hope to see some of you in Minneapolis and/or Madison), and then I’ll be knocking around Wisconsin for a few days.
So Bryan will be running the show from now through next Wednesday or so (except for this Saturday, when Vince will pinch-hit while Bryan is off on a cycling race). All Ticker contributions to the Uni Watch e-mail address will automatically be forwarded to him. Treat him right, make me proud, etc., etc. See you all in about a week.