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Pickin’ the Playoff Winners, ‘Old School’-Style

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By Phil Hecken

Years and years ago, back at my old school, I participated in those weekly football pools — you know, just the kind where you pick each game based on the spread, toss $10 in the hat, and whoever correctly picked the most won for the week. We also had a champion for the best overall record, and the playoffs. This, of course, was back when there were only 14 games and no bye-weeks, so we’re obviously talking pre-personal computers, pre-internet, pre-ESPN, etc. You know — old school.

Nothing shocking there, just old-fashioned luck and maybe some hard work reading the newspaper for the up-to-date lines and injury reports. A good week was going 10-4, maybe 11-3, but those were few and far between. But…there was one girl who was constantly outperforming everyone else — we’re talking 13-1, 12-2, 11-3 every week. And she wasn’t even a football fan! It had to be more than just dumb luck. Turns out, she had an amazing strategy she didn’t reveal until the season was over.

And so, today, we’re going to apply her strategy of picking the NFL Playoffs using her technique. She picked the teams based solely on their helmet logo or name/(nickname) and how one team’s logo/mascot/name would do if it were living and breathing, and how that would fare if placed in battle against the other team’s logo/mascot/name in a pitched battle.

Forgive me for making this sound more complicated than it was…it was really as simple as this: Take the Giants versus the Cowboys. Helmet logos back then were kind of equal. So her deciding factor would be to take an actual giant doing battle against a cowboy. No contest, right? The giant wins. So she applied this formula to each and every game, picking against the spread. Sounds easy. But what about those teams that didn’t so easily translate into “things” that could do battle, like an oil rig versus nothing? Well, some logo has to trump no logo.

She’d always come up with imaginative ways to pick other games too, but it was still based on the “bigger or badder beats smaller or wimpier” philosophy. What about a bear versus a lion? Might be a tossup in nature, but the lion on the lid trumped the “C” on the bucket.

Ready? Lets go. We’ll use the spreads as they stand at the writing of this piece.

Saturday’s Games:

Atlanta Falcons v. Arizona Cardinals (line as of Friday Night: Falcons by 2.5): Two birds against each other right off the bat. Pretty easy pick here. The logos tell you all you have to know. Despite the Cardinals’ tweaking of their bird to make it angrier a few years ago, it’s still not as ominous looking as the dirty bird. And besides, a real falcon would destroy a cardinal and just about any other bird in nature. Give the 2 1/2 and take the Falcons.

Indianapolis Colts v. San Diego Chargers (line: Colts by 1.5): A little tricker now. Lightning bolts versus a horseshoe. Helmet logos kind of hard to go by. BUT…an actual bolt of lightning versus an actual colt? No contest. The horsey is toast. Take the points and pick the Chargers.

Sunday’s Games:

Baltimore Ravens v. Miami Dolphins (line: Ravens by 2): Helmet logos tell all. A black and purple angry bird against a cute mammal. A fight in nature between a raven and a dolphin would probably be decided by the home field (land/air versus sea), but for our purposes, the scarier logo triumphs. Give the 2 and take the Ravens.

Philadelphia Eagles v. Minnesota Vikings (line: Eagles by 3): A difficult one, since you have a horn versus America’s bird. May have to move on to the Vikings mascot, the Angry Purple Pigtailed Norseman. It’s a close call. However, techno viking beats beast, every time, that’s just a fact, jack. Take the FG and run with the Vikings.

So, how will applying this decidedly unscientific and old-school technique work this year? We’ll have to wait until the playoffs are over to see, but it’s worth a shot, right? I suppose if I were in college now, I’d be all into this fantasy football and all the modern machinations of ways to lose money and waste time.

There are, counting the Super Bowl, 11 playoff games. Anyone wanna go up against me? Just pick the games using the spreads I’ve posted above, before kickoff of the first game, using whatever technique you want. Let’s see if the old school still rocks the nu skool. I’ll keep using this technique (but not devote any more column space other than a quick codicil) each week till I pick all eleven games. Let’s see how you do.

And now a brief look at the possible future of hockey sweaters: Since the 2009 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day and the resulting comments both Thursday and Friday (where Paul revealed the “vector” currently on all NHL jerseys may be replaced with an actual wordmark), I asked Hockey Wing President Call Me Mr. Teebz to do a couple mock-ups of how the old and new jerseys might look so we can decide whether or not they are bad going to worse, or just bad staying bad. Here’s what Teebz came up with:

This is the current NHL jersey. This is how the jersey might look with the Reebok wordmark replacing the vector. Awful, right? The solution?

Simply place the wordmark on the hem a la the old Koho/CCM jerseys. Would Reebok ever go so low (pun intended)? Doubtful, but how much nicer would the next generation of jerseys look without that vector or wordmark on the collar? Answer: a hell of a lot. Thanks Teebz, for the mock-ups.

Enjoy the Wild Card Weekend, and don’t forget to pick your winners.

 

191 comments to Pickin’ the Playoff Winners, ‘Old School’-Style

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 8:21 am |

    I realize restraint isn’t a trait practiced by manufacturers, but I was thinking about the little “Wilson” that was on the sleeve of a number of unis over the years, and it seems Reebok could always just make the wordmark about 60% of the size shown.

    http://farm4.static....

    Not great…but not as bad.

    —Ricko

  • Belgium Endive | January 3, 2009 at 8:42 am |

    Some final comments on the Winter Classic – keep in mind – what’s I think is so exciting about this event – by merely changing the esthetics and atmosphere of a game – the NHL has tripled their normal television ratings – so for all of us, who have always paid great attention to these things – it’s an exciting event (although I 100% agree with Ricko’s comments yesterday – about the neutring of the Bowls)

    1. The NHL should do more to exploit it’s association with winter. This may sound silly – but I think the NFL has greatly benefitted from it’s strong association with autumn, and baseball is the summer past time, the NHL should not overlook this seasonal association. The NFL – moved the Super Bowl into the first week of February with great reluctance. Baseball is trying to avoid a November World Series. The NHL should clue in – and greatly shorten their season – so that it ends mid – May. Having it’s penultimate event – the Stanley Cup Finals – take place – at the start of summer is a joke – event atmosphere counts – as the Winter Classic clearly demonstrates – could you imagine – a World Series game – the week before Christmas.

    2. On a similar theme “Less is More” – the NFL knows this – greatly restricting their games – to a very short season – with games held only on a few days a week. No other league has really clued in or tried to copy this strategy. I’m joking with this – but maybe the NHL should have a 20 game schedule – with all games out-doors.

    CNBC columnist Darren Rovell – who hates hockey – but found the winter classic compelling. Rovell wondered why the NHL isn’t being more aggressive with staging winter classic/outdoor games. I agree the novelty would wear off – but – what other business – would stumble on an idea – that triples it’s revenue (viewers) – and not take a long hard look – at what it really means – and think of other lessons to be learned from it.

  • scott | January 3, 2009 at 8:46 am |

    There was a Cheers episode in which Diane did very well in a football pool by picking winners based on uniform colors, ferocity of animals and which cities’ symphonies had foreign born conductors.

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 8:59 am |

    We all know how well that system worked out when Dwayne loved the Bucco Bruce logo.

    My picks: Falcons, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Happy birthday, LI Phil!

  • Richard | January 3, 2009 at 9:00 am |

    Flipper beat up on sharks.

  • Marty | January 3, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    Remember when Dwayne was picking teams based on uniforms on “What’s Happening”. Nobody could believe it when he picked the Buccaneers to beat the Raiders. He finally admitted his rationale, and Reruns brother, a shady sort, was not happy.

  • Scott | January 3, 2009 at 9:07 am |

    Guys, I think the NHL may not use the full “Reebok” on the jerseys. Reebok has been branding with the RBK icon/type treatment for awhile now (though, not necessarily in hockey).

    http://www.allfreelo...

    Though, when you look at their corporate hockey site, they use the full wordmark. Pretty bland, basically no unique identity:

    http://www.reebokhoc...

  • Marty | January 3, 2009 at 9:08 am |

    Sorry JTH. Your post wasn’t there when I was making mine.
    I sure did love that show. I can’t believe the Doobies went to there high school.

  • Tim F. | January 3, 2009 at 9:10 am |

    I think that system vaguely resembles the one Lisa Simpson used on an episode in which her and Homer won a lot of money. It’s been about 10 years since I would’ve seen the episode, can anyone confirm?

  • Scott | January 3, 2009 at 9:13 am |

    Ha, ha, JTH, thanks for the link.

    As a Buc fan since ’78, I totally missed that episode when I was a kid.

    I absolutely love the “Bruce” logo and think it’s one of the greatest in the history of sport. It’s the sherbet orange and red that the “critics” can’t see beyond (love the colors, too).

  • aflfan | January 3, 2009 at 9:15 am |

    [quote comment=”308444″]There was a Cheers episode in which Diane did very well in a football pool by picking winners based on uniform colors, ferocity of animals and which cities’ symphonies had foreign born conductors.[/quote]

    I was once in a college football bowl poll that assigned numbers to each team in the bowls. It was won by a woman who never lost a game because she pick which number she liked better such as 2 over 1, 3 over 4 etc.

  • ToasterPoodle | January 3, 2009 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”308443″]Some final comments on the Winter Classic – keep in mind – what’s I think is so exciting about this event – by merely changing the esthetics and atmosphere of a game – the NHL has tripled their normal television ratings – so for all of us, who have always paid great attention to these things – it’s an exciting event (although I 100% agree with Ricko’s comments yesterday – about the neutring of the Bowls)

    1. The NHL should do more to exploit it’s association with winter. This may sound silly – but I think the NFL has greatly benefitted from it’s strong association with autumn, and baseball is the summer past time, the NHL should not overlook this seasonal association. The NFL – moved the Super Bowl into the first week of February with great reluctance. Baseball is trying to avoid a November World Series. The NHL should clue in – and greatly shorten their season – so that it ends mid – May. Having it’s penultimate event – the Stanley Cup Finals – take place – at the start of summer is a joke – event atmosphere counts – as the Winter Classic clearly demonstrates – could you imagine – a World Series game – the week before Christmas.

    2. On a similar theme “Less is More” – the NFL knows this – greatly restricting their games – to a very short season – with games held only on a few days a week. No other league has really clued in or tried to copy this strategy. I’m joking with this – but maybe the NHL should have a 20 game schedule – with all games out-doors.

    CNBC columnist Darren Rovell – who hates hockey – but found the winter classic compelling. Rovell wondered why the NHL isn’t being more aggressive with staging winter classic/outdoor games. I agree the novelty would wear off – but – what other business – would stumble on an idea – that triples it’s revenue (viewers) – and not take a long hard look – at what it really means – and think of other lessons to be learned from it.[/quote]
    Three things,
    1. not to be the vocabulary police, but the word penultimate, http://www.merriam-w... ,means next to last.
    2. Why doesn’t the NHL just shift the start of their season to begin sooner. Starting earlier doesn’t really impact anyone that much. Generally, with the exception of a few match-ups only the die hard fans are into the first half of the season. Basically backward schedule the season. Pick the best time for the Cup finals to take place and work backwards from there.
    3. Every league (cept maybe the NFL) should trim about 10%-20% of its schedule, but face it, that’s not going to happen. and playing more than one outdoor ‘Winter Classic’ is a bad idea though. It would make the outdoor game less special. The opportunity to watch the Hawks-Wings on New Year’s Day, at Wrigley sounds great. But make it Feb 18 against the Panthers, and empty 2/3 of the stadium, it doesn’t sound quite as spectacular.

  • DenverGregg | January 3, 2009 at 9:43 am |

    Not to be a jerk, but the 16 game NFL schedule started in 1978. ESPN started up the following year. But it’s easy to get a few details wrong when considering undergrad life.

  • Matt L. | January 3, 2009 at 9:51 am |

    Ah, logos! That explains Super Bowl XI — pirates versus pirates. The guys with a helmet and swords beat the horns-only guys.

    (“Tampa Bay 10, Oakland 7.” I remember that episode.)

  • Tony In Erie (at work) | January 3, 2009 at 9:52 am |

    Ford Division
    Cardinals vs. Falcons: Even though the “hearse” car seems looming, I’m a classic car lover at heart, and I can’t help but go with a car that would blow away that hearse at the line. Falcons by 4.62 seconds, or 7 points.

    Dodge Division
    Colts vs. Chargers: Boy, if you cared about football you’d think I was crazy, but I’m going with the General Lee‘s on this one. Chargers by 01 10.

    WTF? Division
    Ravens vs. Dolphins: If I could call this a tie, I would, because they’re both ridiculous. But I’m going to go with the Dolphins because of the beak. Seriously. Dolphins by a nose 3.

    Still On The Road Division
    Eagles vs. Vikings: A guy that lives down the street from me in Erie had a boot placed on his Eagle earlier in the winter but it was gone in only two days. Due to his quick thinking and fast fine paying abilities, I’m going to give this one to his brethren. Eagles by 2 days 4. This message brought to you by FUN WITH GOOGLE IMAGES!! :)

  • Tony In Erie (at work) | January 3, 2009 at 9:53 am |

    dammit i broke the html. thats what i get for trying to be funny.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    Let’s see, a Bull should take out a Husky, so that means take Buffalo against Connecticut in the revered International Bowl in Toronto tonight.

  • Tony In Erie (at work) | January 3, 2009 at 10:01 am |

    and the strikethroughs. Dang it!!

  • Shane | January 3, 2009 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”308448″]Guys, I think the NHL may not use the full “Reebok” on the jerseys. Reebok has been branding with the RBK icon/type treatment for awhile now (though, not necessarily in hockey).

    http://www.allfreelo...

    Though, when you look at their corporate hockey site, they use the full wordmark. Pretty bland, basically no unique identity:

    http://www.reebokhoc...

    AFAIK they were pulling away from the RBK thing as a whole.

  • u2-horn | January 3, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”308449″]Sorry JTH. Your post wasn’t there when I was making mine.
    I sure did love that show. I can’t believe the Doobies went to there high school.[/quote]

    Which Doobie you be?

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”308454″]Not to be a jerk, but the 16 game NFL schedule started in 1978. ESPN started up the following year. But it’s easy to get a few details wrong when considering undergrad life.[/quote]
    I’m pretty sure the 14 games he referred to meant that there were 14 games each weekend because there were 28 teams and no byes.

    As for the ESPN reference — I’m guessing that meant before ESPN had achieved its current “Worldwide Leader” status.

  • Shane | January 3, 2009 at 10:19 am |

    Man, let me try to fix this. [/b]

  • The Ol Goaler | January 3, 2009 at 10:20 am |

    Fixed the HTML (Ah hope, ah hope, ah hope…)

    Picks based on unis:

    Eagles over Vikings (nuff said)

    Chargers over Colts, but only because of the “powder blues”!

    Falcons over Cardinals in the “yuck-fest”…

    Ravens/Dolphins is the toughest pick, mainly because I don’t know which team will wear white… Purple Ravens aren’t as intimidating as Black Ravens, while the Dolphins look better in white over teal than in teal over white; I’ll go with Ravens in the dark jerseys.

    Remember, I Could Be Wrong!

  • Belgium Endive | January 3, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”308453″][quote comment=”308443″]Some final comments on the Winter Classic – keep in mind – what’s I think is so exciting about this event – by merely changing the esthetics and atmosphere of a game – the NHL has tripled their normal television ratings – so for all of us, who have always paid great attention to these things – it’s an exciting event (although I 100% agree with Ricko’s comments yesterday – about the neutring of the Bowls)

    1. The NHL should do more to exploit it’s association with winter. This may sound silly – but I think the NFL has greatly benefitted from it’s strong association with autumn, and baseball is the summer past time, the NHL should not overlook this seasonal association. The NFL – moved the Super Bowl into the first week of February with great reluctance. Baseball is trying to avoid a November World Series. The NHL should clue in – and greatly shorten their season – so that it ends mid – May. Having it’s penultimate event – the Stanley Cup Finals – take place – at the start of summer is a joke – event atmosphere counts – as the Winter Classic clearly demonstrates – could you imagine – a World Series game – the week before Christmas.

    2. On a similar theme “Less is More” – the NFL knows this – greatly restricting their games – to a very short season – with games held only on a few days a week. No other league has really clued in or tried to copy this strategy. I’m joking with this – but maybe the NHL should have a 20 game schedule – with all games out-doors.

    CNBC columnist Darren Rovell – who hates hockey – but found the winter classic compelling. Rovell wondered why the NHL isn’t being more aggressive with staging winter classic/outdoor games. I agree the novelty would wear off – but – what other business – would stumble on an idea – that triples it’s revenue (viewers) – and not take a long hard look – at what it really means – and think of other lessons to be learned from it.[/quote]
    Three things,
    1. not to be the vocabulary police, but the word penultimate, http://www.merriam-w... ,means next to last.
    2. Why doesn’t the NHL just shift the start of their season to begin sooner. Starting earlier doesn’t really impact anyone that much. Generally, with the exception of a few match-ups only the die hard fans are into the first half of the season. Basically backward schedule the season. Pick the best time for the Cup finals to take place and work backwards from there.
    3. Every league (cept maybe the NFL) should trim about 10%-20% of its schedule, but face it, that’s not going to happen. and playing more than one outdoor ‘Winter Classic’ is a bad idea though. It would make the outdoor game less special. The opportunity to watch the Hawks-Wings on New Year’s Day, at Wrigley sounds great. But make it Feb 18 against the Panthers, and empty 2/3 of the stadium, it doesn’t sound quite as spectacular.[/quote].

    Thanks for the vocabulary lesson.

    I don’t disagree with what you’re saying, but I think the NHL would be foolish not to realize there aren’t other lessons to be learned – adjustments to it’s strategy – from the success of the Winter Classic.

    From a Michael Porter definition of business strategy – unique attributes/core competencies – what I think makes the NFL so successful – is the unique attribute of it’s short season, which makes each game an “event”. The actual product – from a pure entertainment standpoint – is nothing special – having sat shivering at both Cleveland and Buffalo stadium – waiting through endless TV timeouts.

  • Tony In Erie (at work) | January 3, 2009 at 10:26 am |

    Man, let me try to fix this.
    Kick save and a beauty!

  • MPowers1634 | January 3, 2009 at 10:33 am |

    I think that any UWer who can perfectly mimic Rerun’s dance should receive a lifetime membership, gratis!

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • LI Phil | January 3, 2009 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”308462″][quote comment=”308454″]Not to be a jerk, but the 16 game NFL schedule started in 1978. ESPN started up the following year. But it’s easy to get a few details wrong when considering undergrad life.[/quote]
    I’m pretty sure the 14 games he referred to meant that there were 14 games each weekend because there were 28 teams and no byes.

    As for the ESPN reference — I’m guessing that meant before ESPN had achieved its current “Worldwide Leader” status.[/quote]

    ok…just got back in from early am tennis…

    thanks, JTH, for the b-day wishes, and [channeling mcmahon]YES! you are correct sir[/mcmahon], the 14 games implied 28 teams…as far as espn, we didn’t get that (or even cable until 1987) in upstate ny @ hamilton…and it certainly wasn’t then what it is now (although watching berman fellate mort, acting like he’s actually got a scoop, is like listening to fingers on a chalkboard)…

    /i NEVER saw that ‘what’s happenin’?’ episode…nor heard of it…thanks for posting it!

  • Johnny F. | January 3, 2009 at 10:47 am |

    My fucking fiancee had a very similar “successful” way to pick games. Only difference is, she would give an edge to “cuteness”, “color”, and sometimes a story.

    Playoff examples, courtesy of the Mrs.:

    Dolphins vs. Ravens:

    “Ravens are gross. Ugly bird, black and purple…And I hate Edgar Allen Poe. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Oooh, look at the little dolphin on the helmet. I love dolpins, and the helmet dolphin is cute. Teal too! Pick the Dolphins! They are very smart animals, you know.”

    or, she would just switch it on us, and just make up a story about the logo/nicknames:

    Vikings vs. Eagles:

    “Back in yesteryear, the Nordsman would actually hunt and eat the eagle. Pick the Vikings!”

    Colts vs. Chargers:

    “I loved it when we tried horseback riding. We should do that again. Babe, it would make me verrrry happy, if we started horseback riding again. It would suck if we went horseback riding in a thunderstorm. Pick the Colts, and no thunder or lightning.”

    and lastly,

    Cardinals vs. Falcons:

    “Kurt Warner is a good looking man! Matt Ryan isn’t nearly as good looking. And honestly, Michael Vick pisses me off. He’s not their QB anymore, but the ghosts of those pitbulls will doom the Falcons. Asshole.”

    So there it is. Fault-proof playoff picks. Let’s see how she does.

    Lastly, I actually really like the Reebok wordmark on the bottom. I think it’s a great look. I was looking at my old school Rangers jersey with the CCM wordmark, along with the Eastern Conference logo, and it’s a neat touch. Those logos on the bottom used to be one of my favorite little quirks about the NHL jersey (different than the other “big 3”).

  • Johnny F. | January 3, 2009 at 10:48 am |

    Happy Birthday Phil!

  • LI Phil | January 3, 2009 at 10:51 am |

    [quote]My fucking fiancee had a very similar “successful” way to pick games.[/quote]

    i take it she doesn’t read UW

  • Marty | January 3, 2009 at 10:55 am |

    Which Doobie you be?(?)

    Funkdoobiest?

  • Josh Petty | January 3, 2009 at 10:56 am |

    Falcons
    Chargers
    Ravens
    Eagles

  • Johnny F. | January 3, 2009 at 10:56 am |

    [quote comment=”308471″][quote]My fucking fiancee had a very similar “successful” way to pick games.[/quote]

    i take it she doesn’t read UW[/quote]

    Hahahah….. Well, sometimes I force her to check out things that I get really excited about. But other than that…hahaha, you get the idea.

  • Jordan Sogn | January 3, 2009 at 10:56 am |

    To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

  • Shane | January 3, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”308466″]Man, let me try to fix this.
    Kick save and a beauty![/quote]

    It comes with being a Bruins fan. Last time I checked, Thomas and Fernandez were 2-3 in GAA.

  • Paul Lukas | January 3, 2009 at 11:06 am |

    Feliz cumpleaños, Phil. And thanks for coming up with such a great post today.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 11:08 am |

    “Happy birthday to Phil,
    Happy birthday to Phil,
    Happy birthday to Ph-il…”

    We talking about the Phil from CITY SLICKERS?
    Y’know, the one with “some kind of rash from ______ in the bushes”? That one?

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 11:11 am |

    CITY SLICKERS. You know, when Billy Crystal wore a royal Mets hat?

    (making it uni-related, LOL)

  • Marcus Hall from Baltimore, Hon! | January 3, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  • Jay Palmer AKA Shaftman | January 3, 2009 at 11:36 am |

    Happy Birthday Phil…and many more!!!

    My wife says that her Grandfather used to take her to the track and let her pick the horses. Of course she was 6 or 7 years old and only picked the names she like. Oddly enough, he says that she pick winners with better percentage than he ever did. Go figure.

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”308445″]We all know how well that system worked out when Dwayne loved the Bucco Bruce logo.

    My picks: Falcons, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Happy birthday, LI Phil![/quote]

    The show producers must have been Redskins fans, going with the pythagoras font for the main titles.

    This is for you Phil:
    “Well, birthdays are merely symbolic of how another year’s gone by and how little we’ve grown. No matter how desperate we are that someday a better self will emerge, each flicker of the candles on the cake we know it’s not to be. That for the rest of our sad, wretched, pathetic lives, this is who we are to the bitter end. Inevitably, irrevocably. Happy birthday? No such thing.”

    Enjoy!

  • My Name is not Earl | January 3, 2009 at 11:37 am |

    Dolphins-Ravens is Sunday afternoon, so Dolphins should be wearing white jerseys and white pants, right?

  • Joey | January 3, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”308450″]I think that system vaguely resembles the one Lisa Simpson used on an episode in which her and Homer won a lot of money. It’s been about 10 years since I would’ve seen the episode, can anyone confirm?[/quote]

    It was a great episode, but she didn’t pick based on logos, uniforms, or colors. Some of her reasons were:

    “I like the 49ers because they’re pure of heart, Seattle because they’ve got something to prove, and the Raiders because they always cheat.”

    “It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Houston’s failed to cover their last ten outings on away turf the week after scoring more than three touchdowns in a conference game.”

    http://www.snpp.com/...

  • JJ Carton | January 3, 2009 at 11:43 am |

    My Picks:
    Card’s
    Colts
    Ravens
    Eagles

  • Kek | January 3, 2009 at 11:46 am |

    I can’t remember if it was the Cosby Show or Diff’rent Strokes, but there was a plotline about a football pool and the person made their selections based on what city had the uglier women because they would be more angry!

    Oh, and odd is it to have separate references to What’s Happening? and the Doobie Brothers but non to the collaboration?

    http://www.youtube.c...
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Kevin | January 3, 2009 at 11:47 am |

    Oil rig for Houston? It’s a derrick.

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”308445″]We all know how well that system worked out when Dwayne loved the Bucco Bruce logo.

    My picks: Falcons, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Happy birthday, LI Phil![/quote]

    Seeing that clip reminded me of one of the better “D-Fence” signs: http://i256.photobuc...

  • Johnny O | January 3, 2009 at 11:55 am |

    You say it’s your birthday? Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ya!

    Congratulations on your anniversary of birth, Phil! Stress free football for you to watch this weekend since your G-Men don’t play. Have a great day!

    As far as my picks go:
    Fish over the Ravens only ’cause they are at home.

    Cards over the Falcons ’cause last time a big game was played at UoPS the Giants upset the Pats, so I’m taking the underdog again.

    Colts over the Bolts ’cause it seems like every play maker is hurt on the Chargers.

    Eagles over the Vikings ’cause the Viqueens can’t even sell out a playoff game. Oh, and I’m a Packer fan and could never pick the ‘Queens to win a game.

  • mtjaws | January 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”308487″]Dolphins-Ravens is Sunday afternoon, so Dolphins should be wearing white jerseys and white pants, right?[/quote]

    Probably, but I sure hope not. This playoff appearance should warrant something different to be worn, so I’m hoping for Aqua over white.

    I’m picking Cardinals, Colts, Dolphins, and Eagles to win.

    BTW, I loved that Car based picks in post #15. Kinda reminds me of that “What Would Jesus Drive?” joke!

  • tommy forrester | January 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”308464″]Fixed the HTML (Ah hope, ah hope, ah hope…)

    Picks based on unis:

    Eagles over Vikings (nuff said)

    Chargers over Colts, but only because of the “powder blues”!

    Falcons over Cardinals in the “yuck-fest”…

    Ravens/Dolphins is the toughest pick, mainly because I don’t know which team will wear white… Purple Ravens aren’t as intimidating as Black Ravens, while the Dolphins look better in white over teal than in teal over white; I’ll go with Ravens in the dark jerseys.

    Remember, I Could Be Wrong![/quote]

    RAVENS OVER DOLPHINS!?! blasphemy.

  • logocruncher | January 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    My football picks are…Falcons, Colts, Ravens, Vikings

    My uni/logo/intimidation picks are Falcons, Chargers, Ravens, Eagles

  • ChrisSh | January 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm |

    Okay, well in my official pick’em contest, I picked all the road teams… but last night I had a dream that the Cardinals were just killing the Falcons, and that seems like something that girl would have to recognize.. Also, my anti-spam word is trout, which lives in the water, just like a Dolphin, which must be a sign, so…

    Cardinals (+2.5)
    Colts (-1.5)
    Dolphins (+2)
    Eagles (-3)

  • Squiddie | January 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm |

    Given the operatic tradition of depicting vikings with wing helmed it’s possible that had things gone differently in 1961, the Vikings vs Eagles play-off game could have been between two teams with the same helmet design.

  • LarenR | January 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    If I was picking by unis: Bolts over Colts in a close one; Fins over Crows; Iggies over Norsemen; and, of course, there are really no winners in the Cards-Falcons disaster.

    But, I’m not picking by unis. Instead, I’ll use the Tuesday Morning Quarterback Ultra-Generic Strategy: “Best record wins; if records equal, home team wins.”
    By that metric: ATL, IND, MIA, MIN

  • Geoff | January 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm |

    My picks, based purely on personal feelings and having nothing to do with this current football season at all:

    Falcons vs. Cardinals – Boy, this is a toughie. Don’t really have any strong feelings for either franchise. However, thinking about Vick and the Falcons tearing up Favre and my Packers at Lambeau in the Playoffs in ’03 still stings. I’ll take the Cardinals.

    Colts vs. Chargers – I wanted the Chargers to win Super Bowl XXIX and the Colts to win XLI. The Colts actually pulled it out, so hooray for them. Colts in a XXIX-style blowout.

    Ravens vs. Dolphins – Another “no strong feelings” matchup. I’m going to pick the Dolphins based on Dan Marino’s performance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

    Eagles vs. Vikings – I am a Packers fan. Duh. Eagles by as many points as possible.

    Enjoy the weekend folks!

  • Casey | January 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    There was also an episode of Perfect Strangers where cousin Balki used the exact same system for picking games. And since I’m sure there’s nothing you’d all like to do more on a Saturday than watch an old episode of Perfect Strangers, here it is…

    http://www.youtube.c...

    (skip to about 4:45 for the relevant portion)

  • tommy forrester | January 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm |

    my way is pick the team who’s QB has the coolest name: Ravens, Cards, Eagles, and close but bolts.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 12:50 pm |

    Picks

    Falcons
    Colts
    Ravens
    Vikings

    Uni Picks

    Falcons
    Colts
    Dolphins
    Eagles

  • Matthew Cupps | January 3, 2009 at 12:57 pm |

    Cardinals over the Falcons
    Vikings over Eagles
    Colts over Chargers
    Dolphins over Ravens

    Using the tried-and-true method of flipping a coin.

  • Ffej | January 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”308500″]
    Ravens vs. Dolphins – Another “no strong feelings” matchup. I’m going to pick the Dolphins based on Dan Marino’s performance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
    [/quote]
    Wouldn’t Dan Marino and his super bowl history be a jinx then?

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”308486″][quote comment=”308445″]We all know how well that system worked out when Dwayne loved the Bucco Bruce logo.

    My picks: Falcons, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Happy birthday, LI Phil![/quote]

    The show producers must have been Redskins fans, going with the pythagoras font for the main titles.

    This is for you Phil:
    “Well, birthdays are merely symbolic of how another year’s gone by and how little we’ve grown. No matter how desperate we are that someday a better self will emerge, each flicker of the candles on the cake we know it’s not to be. That for the rest of our sad, wretched, pathetic lives, this is who we are to the bitter end. Inevitably, irrevocably. Happy birthday? No such thing.”

    Enjoy![/quote]

    Since we’re looking a tv shows and I brought up Seinfeld, I noticed something in a Seinfeld episode last night I never noticed before. In the episode were Elaine was dating Joel Rifkin (the same name as a mass murderer) she was trying to convince him to change his name. She was gathering names from a New York Giants program and suggests “O.J.” This episode aired six months prior to June 1994. Good thing he wanted to go with Todd.

  • James | January 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm |

    Colts
    Cardinals
    Eagles
    Ravens

  • aflfan | January 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    Ravens
    Eagles
    Falcons
    Colts

    Uni picks

    Dolphins
    Eagles
    Cardinals
    Chargers

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

    Okay, I found that old NFL Uniform and Specs guide of mine. It’s from 1992, perfect for LI Phil’s “school days”….sorta.

    Anyhow, I scanned the Patriots pages as a sample, cuz is a long gone unit, and cuz ol’ Pat Patriot is there.

    So here’s the plan: While we fill time with the International Bowl waiting for the first NFL game…which teams would people like me scan and post? Or what 1992 PMS specs would you like to see researched and compared…or some such stuff? I’ll sit here for a while and, um, take orders. LOL

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    (And, if you want, feel free to click my Green Name for a Wild Card Weekend greeting…of sorts)

    —Ricko

  • Cosmo | January 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm |

    Here are my picks for the whole she-bang:
    http://i8.photobucke...

    So week 1 I’ve got Dolphins, Colts, Eagles & Falcons.

  • tommy forrester | January 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm |

    ricko, i vote miami.

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”308509″]Okay, I found that old NFL Uniform and Specs guide of mine. It’s from 1992, perfect for LI Phil’s “school days”….sorta.

    Anyhow, I scanned the Patriots pages as a sample, cuz is a long gone unit, and cuz ol’ Pat Patriot is there.

    So here’s the plan: While we fill time with the International Bowl waiting for the first NFL game…which teams would people like me scan and post? Or what 1992 PMS specs would you like to see researched and compared…or some such stuff? I’ll sit here for a while and, um, take orders. LOL

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    (And, if you want, feel free to click my Green Name for a Wild Card Weekend greeting…of sorts)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I’ll take one hot steaming bowl of Redskins, please!

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  • ChrisSh | January 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    I’d love to see the Rams Ricko!

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”308509″](And, if you want, feel free to click my Green Name for a Wild Card Weekend greeting…of sorts)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Nice one, Rick. Was it when the NFL re-instituted replay that “irrefutable evidence” became “indisputable evidence”?

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  • Flip | January 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm |

    Often when I sit down to watch a game in which I have no stake, I’ll root for the team that has the better newspaper.
    Atlanta vs. Arizona: Constitution-Journal
    Indianapolis vs. San Diego: toss up, but put a gun to my head, Star
    Baltimore vs. Miami: Sun
    Philadelphia vs. Minnesota: Inquirer
    Works as well as the next.

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    You da man!

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”308515″][quote comment=”308509″](And, if you want, feel free to click my Green Name for a Wild Card Weekend greeting…of sorts)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Nice one, Rick. Was it when the NFL re-instituted replay that “irrefutable evidence” became “indisputable evidence”?[/quote]

    Maybe announcers said irrefutable “sounded funny”?

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:03 pm |

    Since Bruce got mentioned (actually did this while waiting for first “request”)…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm4.static....

  • ChrisSh | January 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”308517″]Often when I sit down to watch a game in which I have no stake, I’ll root for the team that has the better newspaper.
    Atlanta vs. Arizona: Constitution-Journal
    Indianapolis vs. San Diego: toss up, but put a gun to my head, Star
    Baltimore vs. Miami: Sun
    Philadelphia vs. Minnesota: Inquirer
    Works as well as the next.[/quote]
    But Minneapolis has a Star Tribune… A star! That’s a funny idea though, I’ll consider it for future nonsense contests.

    And thanks Ricko. I forgot about that awkward Rams script with the LA slapped on…

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”308522″][quote comment=”308517″]Often when I sit down to watch a game in which I have no stake, I’ll root for the team that has the better newspaper.
    Atlanta vs. Arizona: Constitution-Journal
    Indianapolis vs. San Diego: toss up, but put a gun to my head, Star
    Baltimore vs. Miami: Sun
    Philadelphia vs. Minnesota: Inquirer
    Works as well as the next.[/quote]
    But Minneapolis has a Star Tribune… A star! That’s a funny idea though, I’ll consider it for future nonsense contests.

    And thanks Ricko. I forgot about that awkward Rams script with the LA slapped on…[/quote]

    You’re welcome. So far, been easy keeping up. I was afraid I was opening the Scan Man Sweat Shop here for a while.

    But, like they say on Election Night…it’s still early.

  • Hedgehog | January 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm |

    Modified Sagarin:
    Falcons, lay the points
    Colts, lay the points
    Ravens, lay the points
    Vikings, take the points. A close game here could be interesting of D McNabb feverishly tries to avoid a tie!!!

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    For the Birthday Boy (and others)….

    NY Giants…
    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm4.static....

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    I’ve taken the liberty of “Portis-izing” the Skins unis: http://i256.photobuc...

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”308526″][quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    I’ve taken the liberty of “Portis-izing” the Skins unis: http://i256.photobuc...

    I miss those white socks. Really did complete the whole “look”. Now is kinda “meh”.

  • Marcus Ramsey | January 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    At our work football pick’em I had the best percentage for the season at about 75%. I actually use a computer, BCS-style, ranking to make my choices, so by week 10 I was constantly getting most games correct.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”308526″][quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    I’ve taken the liberty of “Portis-izing” the Skins unis: http://i256.photobuc...

    Begging the oft-asked rhetorical question for those of us in advertising: “Why do we have to listen to the artistic opinion of someone we wouldn’t take with us to pick out a suit.”

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308520″][quote comment=”308515″][quote comment=”308509″](And, if you want, feel free to click my Green Name for a Wild Card Weekend greeting…of sorts)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Nice one, Rick. Was it when the NFL re-instituted replay that “irrefutable evidence” became “indisputable evidence”?[/quote]

    Maybe announcers said irrefutable “sounded funny”?[/quote]

    Or too many dopes said “what’s irrefutable”? It’s funny tho, After the 1st run of replay began (1990?), “irrefutable” entered the lexicon of sports terminology. Kinda like someone inventing the word “trickeration” and next thing you folks are throwing around like regular king’s english.

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”308529″][quote comment=”308526″][quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    I’ve taken the liberty of “Portis-izing” the Skins unis: http://i256.photobuc...

    Begging the oft-asked rhetorical question for those of us in advertising: “Why do we have to listen to the artistic opinion of someone we wouldn’t take with us to pick out a suit.”[/quote]

    You mean you would wear this? http://www.faniq.com...

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”308531″][quote comment=”308529″][quote comment=”308526″][quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    I’ve taken the liberty of “Portis-izing” the Skins unis: http://i256.photobuc...

    Begging the oft-asked rhetorical question for those of us in advertising: “Why do we have to listen to the artistic opinion of someone we wouldn’t take with us to pick out a suit.”[/quote]

    You mean you wouldn’t wear this? http://www.faniq.com...

    corrected

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”308530″][quote comment=”308520″][quote comment=”308515″][quote comment=”308509″](And, if you want, feel free to click my Green Name for a Wild Card Weekend greeting…of sorts)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Nice one, Rick. Was it when the NFL re-instituted replay that “irrefutable evidence” became “indisputable evidence”?[/quote]

    Maybe announcers said irrefutable “sounded funny”?[/quote]

    Or too many dopes said “what’s irrefutable”? It’s funny tho, After the 1st run of replay began (1990?), “irrefutable” entered the lexicon of sports terminology. Kinda like someone inventing the word “trickeration” and next thing you folks are throwing around like regular king’s english.[/quote]

    Being manly men, they probably objected to saying something that sounded like, “irrefruitable.”

    Cuz, y’know, Jack McFarland would giggle.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”308532″][quote comment=”308531″][quote comment=”308529″][quote comment=”308526″][quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    I’ve taken the liberty of “Portis-izing” the Skins unis: http://i256.photobuc...

    Begging the oft-asked rhetorical question for those of us in advertising: “Why do we have to listen to the artistic opinion of someone we wouldn’t take with us to pick out a suit.”[/quote]

    You mean you wouldn’t wear this? http://www.faniq.com...

    corrected[/quote]

    Ummm…no.

  • Lwiedy | January 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”308527″][quote comment=”308526″][quote comment=”308516″]Redskins…

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    I’ve taken the liberty of “Portis-izing” the Skins unis: http://i256.photobuc...

    I miss those white socks. Really did complete the whole “look”. Now is kinda “meh”.[/quote]

    Couldn’t argree more. Thought I’d like the switch to black shoes in 2006 and didn’t. The white socks and shoes gave it a clean look. The uniforms are 70’s/80’s designs, why “90’s ” a small part of it?

    If dark socks are here to stay, ditch the burgundy pants, go with white or better yet gold.

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”308472″]Funkdoobiest?[/quote]
    We must be sharing a brain today. That’s the exact thing that popped into my head when I read that comment.

    Frightening.

  • mtjaws | January 3, 2009 at 2:44 pm |

    Penguins are in powder blues today, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the whoopin’ my Panthers are giving to them.

    As for the Reebok wordmark, I expect it to only be as wide as the current logo. Anything bigger would be intrusive. But then again, that contrasting “Ree-box” (that Panthers, Oilers, and others have) is even more intrusive, IMO. Especially when piping just ends to allow that cutout.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm |

    1992 49ers and Saints. Two teams, four different “gold” specs….

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm4.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm4.static....

  • Johnny O | January 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm |

    For a play off Fantasy League I need to choose either A. Peterson or M. Turner. Both great rushers, but both with terrible uniforms. How do I decide this one??

  • tommy forrester | January 3, 2009 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”308513″]Dolphins…

    http://farm4.static....
    http://farm4.static....

    you linked the same page twice.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm |

    Comparing 1992 “blues”…
    Colts, Giants, Seahawks, Rams, Bills, Patriots…
    PMS 287
    Lions…PMS 293
    Broncos…PMS Reflex Blue
    Cowboys…PMS 281
    Bears…PMS 296
    Chargers…PMS 289

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”308540″][quote comment=”308513″]Dolphins…

    http://farm4.static....
    http://farm4.static....

    you linked the same page twice.[/quote]

    Ooops…
    http://farm4.static....

  • Trey | January 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm |

    You used a pic of the old Vikes helmet! You’re better than that.

    http://www.mapkernow...

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”308541″]Comparing 1992 “blues”…
    Colts, Giants, Seahawks, Rams, Bills, Patriots…
    PMS 287
    Lions…PMS 293
    Broncos…PMS Reflex Blue
    Cowboys…PMS 281
    Bears…PMS 296
    Chargers…PMS 289[/quote]

    Forgot…NFL shield also is PMS 287

  • paul | January 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm |

    Personally, I perfer the Vector logo for Reebok on the hockey jersey. But on the back colar looks bad. Why not have it on the sleeve like they have on NFL jerseys?

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    Hey Ricko,

    Howzabout a look at the 1992 Eagles unis?

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”308543″]You used a pic of the old Vikes helmet! You’re better than that.

    http://www.mapkernow...

    Maybe Phil just wants to see these again. Lord knows I would…

    http://farm4.static....
    http://farm2.static....

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”308539″]For a play off Fantasy League I need to choose either A. Peterson or M. Turner. Both great rushers, but both with terrible uniforms. How do I decide this one??[/quote]
    Go by rushing defense. Eagles vs. Cardinals? Peterson, hands down.

  • Flip | January 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”308547″][quote comment=”308543″]You used a pic of the old Vikes helmet! You’re better than that.

    http://www.mapkernow...

    Maybe Phil just wants to see these again. Lord knows I would…

    http://farm4.static....
    http://farm2.static....

    No argument from me.
    http://images.google...

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm |

    Really miss these Eagles unis, esp. with the white shoes…

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....

  • Flip | January 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”308550″]Really miss these Eagles unis, esp. with the white shoes…

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    For the Igles, you can’t go wrong with this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

  • Flip | January 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”308551″][quote comment=”308550″]Really miss these Eagles unis, esp. with the white shoes…

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    For the Igles, you can’t go wrong with this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

    Though it’d be frightening to see how it would translate to today’s tight-fitting fabrics.

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”308548″][quote comment=”308539″]For a play off Fantasy League I need to choose either A. Peterson or M. Turner. Both great rushers, but both with terrible uniforms. How do I decide this one??[/quote]
    Go by rushing defense. Eagles vs. Cardinals? Peterson, hands down.[/quote]
    OOOOOPS… I meant Turner. Duh.

  • Steve | January 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm |

    Actually, the Colts vs. the Chargers is a match up between two “horse” teams (not between a lightning bolt and a horse). Still, you’d have to go with San Diego on this, as “chargers” are war horses, while “colts” are young male horses.

    http://www.sportslog...

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”308552″][quote comment=”308551″][quote comment=”308550″]Really miss these Eagles unis, esp. with the white shoes…

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    For the Igles, you can’t go wrong with this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

    Though it’d be frightening to see how it would translate to today’s tight-fitting fabrics.[/quote]

    Oh, it’d be peachy. Nice, subtle shoulder stripes.
    http://farm2.static....

  • =bg= | January 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm |

    I seized upon the Vikes as my favorite team..oh, about 1970 or so, The Year I Discovered Pro Football, solely due to the helmet logo. Which I didn’t realize til years later was a profile of the horn on an actual Viking Helmet. Then the next year I moved to Dallas and, well, so long Vikes.

  • Steve | January 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm |

    A taxonomy of NFL nicknames:

    HUMANS (SCAREY)
    Raiders
    Buccaneers
    Vikings
    Giants

    HUMANS (REGIONAL)
    Texans
    Patriots
    49ers

    HUMANS (OCCUPATIONAL)
    Chiefs
    Steelers
    Packers
    Redskins
    Cowboys

    HUMANS (OTHER)
    Bills
    Saints

    BIRDS
    Ravens
    Seahawks
    Cardinals
    Falcons
    Eagles

    OTHER MAMMALS
    Dolphins
    Rams
    Bears
    Lions

    HORSES
    Chargers
    Broncos
    Colts

    CATS
    Jaguars
    Bengals
    Panthers

    MYTH/FANTASY
    Titans
    Brown(ie)s

    OBJECTS
    Jets

  • Teebz | January 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”308537″]
    As for the Reebok wordmark, I expect it to only be as wide as the current logo. Anything bigger would be intrusive. But then again, that contrasting “Ree-box” (that Panthers, Oilers, and others have) is even more intrusive, IMO. Especially when piping just ends to allow that cutout.[/quote]

    The reason I was given was that Reebok feels they aren’t getting the brand recognition they were looking for, so they have switched to the wordmark on a lot of stuff already except the jerseys in order to increase their exposure as the “official apparel manufacturer of the NHL”.

    Nathan Paetsch’s new breezers
    The lines on the boards

    Because of this importance of getting their name out there, I doubt they would shrink the wordmark as small as the vector. I’m almost certain it will be larger than what we normally see now.

  • =bg= | January 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”308554″]Actually, the Colts vs. the Chargers is a match up between two “horse” teams (not between a lightning bolt and a horse). Still, you’d have to go with San Diego on this, as “chargers” are war horses, while “colts” are young male horses.

    http://www.sportslog...

    Now, the Chargers don’t have an alternate logo, do they? I just see the Helmet stripe everywhere, like on jackets and the like. Always liked that shield.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”308559″][quote comment=”308554″]Actually, the Colts vs. the Chargers is a match up between two “horse” teams (not between a lightning bolt and a horse). Still, you’d have to go with San Diego on this, as “chargers” are war horses, while “colts” are young male horses.

    http://www.sportslog...

    Now, the Chargers don’t have an alternate logo, do they? I just see the Helmet stripe everywhere, like on jackets and the like. Always liked that shield.[/quote]

    FWIW…no shield on the ’92 Uni guide. So it’s been gone for some time, apparently.

  • Flip | January 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”308555″][quote comment=”308552″][quote comment=”308551″][quote comment=”308550″]Really miss these Eagles unis, esp. with the white shoes…

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    For the Igles, you can’t go wrong with this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

    Though it’d be frightening to see how it would translate to today’s tight-fitting fabrics.[/quote]

    Oh, it’d be peachy. Nice, subtle shoulder stripes.
    http://farm2.static....

    TV numbers?

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”308561″][quote comment=”308555″][quote comment=”308552″][quote comment=”308551″][quote comment=”308550″]Really miss these Eagles unis, esp. with the white shoes…

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    For the Igles, you can’t go wrong with this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

    Though it’d be frightening to see how it would translate to today’s tight-fitting fabrics.[/quote]

    Oh, it’d be peachy. Nice, subtle shoulder stripes.
    http://farm2.static....

    TV numbers?[/quote]

    I suppose could stick nice small ones in the plain white stripe. LOL. I just did something in a hurry.

  • Flip | January 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”308557″]A taxonomy of NFL nicknames:

    HUMANS (REGIONAL)
    Texans
    Patriots
    49ers

    [/quote]

    Can I not be a patriot outside of New England?

  • Flip | January 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”308562″][quote comment=”308561″][quote comment=”308555″][quote comment=”308552″][quote comment=”308551″][quote comment=”308550″]Really miss these Eagles unis, esp. with the white shoes…

    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    For the Igles, you can’t go wrong with this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

    Though it’d be frightening to see how it would translate to today’s tight-fitting fabrics.[/quote]

    Oh, it’d be peachy. Nice, subtle shoulder stripes.
    http://farm2.static....

    TV numbers?[/quote]

    I suppose could stick nice small ones in the plain white stripe. LOL. I just did something in a hurry.[/quote]

    Nice job on the half-loop shoulder stripes!

  • mdunner28 | January 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    I realize the All-American game that was on NBC was sponsored by the U.S. Army, but come on.

    http://i44.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

  • GoGoSox | January 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm |

    I was at the Northern Michigan-Wisconsin hockey game last night and noticed that NMU had some inconsistencies on the logo placement on their breezers. Most had their logo on the right leg but some, including their captain, had it on their left above the swoosh.

    Unfortunately, no pics.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”308565″]I realize the All-American game that was on NBC was sponsored by the U.S. Army, but come on.

    http://i44.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    just wait till tomorrow

    its everyone’s favorite Under Armour All American Game

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”308567″][quote comment=”308565″]I realize the All-American game that was on NBC was sponsored by the U.S. Army, but come on.

    http://i44.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    just wait till tomorrow

    its everyone’s favorite Under Armour All American Game[/quote]

    some practice photos

    http://a.espncdn.com...

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”308567″][quote comment=”308565″]I realize the All-American game that was on NBC was sponsored by the U.S. Army, but come on.

    http://i44.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    just wait till tomorrow

    its everyone’s favorite Under Armour All American Game[/quote]

    That’s Psychological Operations demonstrating their amazing skill at being insidiously subliminal. This, of course, is the same group that, in Cambodia, would teach a Montenyard Chieftain to use matches and, having accomplished that, move along to dicuss a bicameral legislature.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    It’s Undercard Time!
    Or, as the NFL calls it, “Wildcard Weekend”

    —Ricko

  • Geoff | January 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308505″][quote comment=”308500″]
    Ravens vs. Dolphins – Another “no strong feelings” matchup. I’m going to pick the Dolphins based on Dan Marino’s performance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
    [/quote]
    Wouldn’t Dan Marino and his super bowl history be a jinx then?[/quote]
    Meh. I never said this was scientific or anything…

  • john in DC | January 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm |

    Happy Birthday, Phil

    LET’S GO ISLANDERS!!!

  • Geoff | January 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm |

    Watching the International Bowl (since my life is one big waster) I saw one of the sideline “chain gang” guys get injured. As they were carting him off, I also noticed that he was wearing stirrups.

    Actual, flippin’ stirrups on an official.

    Pretty damn near perfect too. Too bad the on-field refs didn’t have any. The field got a little less beautiful when he was carted off. Just wish I had some screen grab abilities.

  • Original Jim | January 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm |

    I thought that the NHL uniform brand logos were moved to below the neckline because more players were tucking their jerseys into their pants, thus hiding a hemline brand logo. I still see players now with tucked-in jerseys, and moving the Reebok wordmark to the hemline would have the same issue.

    As is it right now in the AHL, the vector logo appears twice, once below the neckline and also on the hemline.

  • Geoff | January 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”308509″]Okay, I found that old NFL Uniform and Specs guide of mine. It’s from 1992, perfect for LI Phil’s “school days”….sorta.

    Anyhow, I scanned the Patriots pages as a sample, cuz is a long gone unit, and cuz ol’ Pat Patriot is there.

    So here’s the plan: While we fill time with the International Bowl waiting for the first NFL game…which teams would people like me scan and post? Or what 1992 PMS specs would you like to see researched and compared…or some such stuff? I’ll sit here for a while and, um, take orders. LOL

    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm1.static....

    (And, if you want, feel free to click my Green Name for a Wild Card Weekend greeting…of sorts)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Hey Ricko. Can I see the Packers specs?

  • =bg= | January 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm |

    Cards need Red helmets. Or at least red facemasks.

  • MPowers1634 | January 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”308574″]Watching the International Bowl (since my life is one big waster) I saw one of the sideline “chain gang” guys get injured. As they were carting him off, I also noticed that he was wearing stirrups.

    Actual, flippin’ stirrups on an official.

    Pretty damn near perfect too. Too bad the on-field refs didn’t have any. The field got a little less beautiful when he was carted off. Just wish I had some screen grab abilities.[/quote]

    If you guys can find them, I will wear them next season!

    Happy Birthday, Phil!

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm |

    Gonna go watch Falcons-Cards.
    Probably be back later if others want other teams.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”308577″]Cards need Red helmets. Or at least red facemasks.[/quote]

    Other than a few years ago when they made the cardinal more “fierce” that may be the longest running helmet in NFL, cuz still has gray facemask. Goes back to 1960.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”308581″][quote comment=”308577″]Cards need Red helmets. Or at least red facemasks.[/quote]

    Other than a few years ago when they made the cardinal more “fierce” that may be the longest running helmet in NFL, cuz still has gray facemask. Goes back to 1960.[/quote]

    Self-correcting. Colts goes back further.

  • MPowers1634 | January 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308582″][quote comment=”308581″][quote comment=”308577″]Cards need Red helmets. Or at least red facemasks.[/quote]

    Other than a few years ago when they made the cardinal more “fierce” that may be the longest running helmet in NFL, cuz still has gray facemask. Goes back to 1960.[/quote]

    Self-correcting. Colts goes back further.[/quote]

    Further self-correcting. Colts wore white facemasks for a while.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”308583″][quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.[/quote]

    was just about to say the same thing powers
    could it be that nike is only offering new cleats in black and white colorways for bowl games

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm |

    it looks like john parker wilson wore the LT 2.1

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

    and looking at the sugar bowl gallery

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

    new under armour cleats include Utah logo?

  • mdunner28 | January 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |

    We know who’s winning the game, but who’s winning the uni matchup?

    And what’s up with that helmet?

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”308586″]it looks like john parker wilson wore the LT 2.1

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

    and looking at the sugar bowl gallery

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

    new under armour cleats include Utah logo?[/quote]

    Check USC for LT 2.1 yesterday, too.

  • Ricko | January 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |

    Matt Millen?
    Well, at least NBC has a sense of humor.
    I heard they had him on-site to shoot some pregame stuff, but his opening line was, “Things are really buzzing here on the University of Phoenix campus” so they brought him back into the studio.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |

    [quote comment=\”308588\”][quote comment=\”308586\”]it looks like john parker wilson wore the LT 2.1

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

    and looking at the sugar bowl gallery

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

    new under armour cleats include Utah logo?[/quote]

    Check USC for LT 2.1 yesterday, too.[/quote]

    I thought i saw them….couldn\’t find any pictures though

  • bfrench | January 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |

    Did anyone else just see Rolle of the Cardinals do the “dirty bird”? Ten years after the Falcon’s created it

  • Kevin Z. | January 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |

    Not sure if anyone discussed this yesterday, but from the Cincy logo history, this logo:
    http://www.libraries...

    seems rather close to this one:
    http://students.brow...

    Coincidence?

  • kj | January 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm |

    If the Wayzata (Minn.) High School version of the Blues’ Edge design is any indication, the wordmark may end up on the front of the jersey.

  • Tim | January 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm |

    I’m not sure if these are just the way Nike’s gloves look, but are these houndstooth gloves on Glen Coffee?

    Also if he has been wearing these all season and this is old news, forgive me, I spent a semester in Europe and didn’t see any college football.

  • Teebz | January 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”308575″]I thought that the NHL uniform brand logos were moved to below the neckline because more players were tucking their jerseys into their pants, thus hiding a hemline brand logo. I still see players now with tucked-in jerseys, and moving the Reebok wordmark to the hemline would have the same issue.

    As is it right now in the AHL, the vector logo appears twice, once below the neckline and also on the hemline.[/quote]

    Hardly anyone tucked them in. Unless you were Jagr or Gretzky, no one was talking about anyone else tucking in their uniforms. That was the biggest rationalization/BS excuse that Nike could ever give, and they know it. After that, CCM followed simply to keep up with the Joneses.

  • Teebz | January 3, 2009 at 7:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”308593″]If the Wayzata (Minn.) High School version of the Blues’ Edge design is any indication, the wordmark may end up on the front of the jersey.[/quote]

    No it won’t. Professional hockey have never taken a page out of high school sports. The Blues have a very recognizable logo, and their new alternates aren’t going anywhere soon.

    This is as probable as the Islanders making the Stanley Cup Finals this year.

    Sorry, Phil. But Happy Birthday!!! :o)

  • Teebz | January 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”308596″][quote comment=”308593″]If the Wayzata (Minn.) High School version of the Blues’ Edge design is any indication, the wordmark may end up on the front of the jersey.[/quote]

    No it won’t. Professional hockey teams have never taken a page out of high school sports. The Blues have a very recognizable logo, and their new alternates aren’t going anywhere soon.

    This is as probable as the Islanders making the Stanley Cup Finals this year.

    Sorry, Phil. But Happy Birthday!!! :o)[/quote]

    Edited.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”308597″][quote comment=”308596″][quote comment=”308593″]If the Wayzata (Minn.) High School version of the Blues’ Edge design is any indication, the wordmark may end up on the front of the jersey.[/quote]

    No it won’t. Professional hockey teams have never taken a page out of high school sports. The Blues have a very recognizable logo, and their new alternates aren’t going anywhere soon.

    This is as probable as the Islanders making the Stanley Cup Finals this year.

    Sorry, Phil. But Happy Birthday!!! :o)[/quote]

    Edited.[/quote]

    I Think he meant the Reebok wordmark on the front of the jersey

  • Jordan Sogn | January 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”308585″][quote comment=”308583″][quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.[/quote]

    was just about to say the same thing powers
    could it be that nike is only offering new cleats in black and white colorways for bowl games[/quote]

    Sorry about that, as it was new to me (in regards to OU players wearing them).

  • Teebz | January 3, 2009 at 8:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”308598″][quote comment=”308597″][quote comment=”308596″][quote comment=”308593″]If the Wayzata (Minn.) High School version of the Blues’ Edge design is any indication, the wordmark may end up on the front of the jersey.[/quote]

    No it won’t. Professional hockey teams have never taken a page out of high school sports. The Blues have a very recognizable logo, and their new alternates aren’t going anywhere soon.

    This is as probable as the Islanders making the Stanley Cup Finals this year.

    Sorry, Phil. But Happy Birthday!!! :o)[/quote]

    Edited.[/quote]

    I Think he meant the Reebok wordmark on the front of the jersey[/quote]

    OHHHH… my bad. I thought he meant the diagonal wordmark! I’m dead-tired from hockey, so I wasn’t really paying attention.

    Sorry!!!

  • My Name is not Earl | January 3, 2009 at 8:09 pm |

    Something about these high school all-star games . . . I noticed it this afternoon with the Army game but it really came home when I learned that there’s soemthing called the Under Armour all-star game: How long is it going to be before the schools, with their apparel contracts, start telling kids that they can’t play in a certain all-star game if the uniforms are made by the wrong outfitter?

  • Johnny F. | January 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm |

    Powder blue Chargers unis vs. classic Colts away unis makes for a pretty Sunday night.

  • Johnny F. | January 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”308602″]Powder blue Chargers unis vs. classic Colts away unis makes for a pretty Sunday night.[/quote]

    Makes for an even prettier Saturday night.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”308602″]Powder blue Chargers unis vs. classic Colts away unis makes for a pretty Sunday night.[/quote]

    you mean saturday…

  • MPowers1634 | January 3, 2009 at 8:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”308585″][quote comment=”308583″][quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.[/quote]

    was just about to say the same thing powers
    could it be that nike is only offering new cleats in black and white colorways for bowl games[/quote]

    That is usually the case for bowl games.

    However, I would be surprised to not see some white/crimson or white/orange TB specials for the National Championship.

    Anthony McCoy, USC’s Tight end and Joe McNight, the TB and Will Harris their CB, were wearing the LT 2.1:

    http://cache3.asset-...

    http://cache4.asset-...

    http://cache3.asset-...

    Darren Evans, the VaTech tailback and Matt Ryan of the Falcons tonight.

    http://cache1.asset-...

    UA is making Team specific cleats for the bowl games. The other day, one astute UWer took a screen grab of Marylands’s cleats with the TERPS wordmark on the medial side of the shoe.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”308605″][quote comment=”308585″][quote comment=”308583″][quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.[/quote]

    was just about to say the same thing powers
    could it be that nike is only offering new cleats in black and white colorways for bowl games[/quote]

    That is usually the case for bowl games.

    However, I would be surprised to not see some white/crimson or white/orange TB specials for the National Championship.

    Anthony McCoy, USC’s Tight end and Joe McNight, the TB and Will Harris their CB, were wearing the LT 2.1:

    http://cache3.asset-...

    http://cache4.asset-...

    http://cache3.asset-...

    Darren Evans, the VaTech tailback and Matt Ryan of the Falcons tonight.

    http://cache1.asset-...

    UA is making Team specific cleats for the bowl games. The other day, one astute UWer took a screen grab of Marylands’s cleats with the TERPS wordmark on the medial side of the shoe.[/quote]

    add LT to the list of LT 2.1 wearers
    unfortunately no powder blue colorway
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

  • zac | January 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”308510″]Here are my picks for the whole she-bang:
    http://i8.photobucke...

    So week 1 I’ve got Dolphins, Colts, Eagles & Falcons.[/quote]

    i may be wrong but your ur picks would never work. If miami and indy won, miami would play the steelers not the titans (NFL playoffs are done by seeding not by a bracket)

    correct me if i’m wrong

  • =bg= | January 3, 2009 at 8:46 pm |

    Anyone want some NFL Films music to play while watching the game? Got lots of MP3’s.

  • Cosmo | January 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”308607″][quote comment=”308510″]Here are my picks for the whole she-bang:
    http://i8.photobucke...

    So week 1 I’ve got Dolphins, Colts, Eagles & Falcons.[/quote]

    i may be wrong but your ur picks would never work. If miami and indy won, miami would play the steelers not the titans (NFL playoffs are done by seeding not by a bracket)

    correct me if i’m wrong[/quote]
    I think you are right. I originally had the Ravens winning, but changed it to the Dolphins without thinking about the ramifications. Now I gotta go re-photoshop it.

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 8:57 pm |

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

    best picture yet of LT 2.1
    they are growing on me

  • Cosmo | January 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”308609″][quote comment=”308607″][quote comment=”308510″]Here are my picks for the whole she-bang:
    http://i8.photobucke...

    So week 1 I’ve got Dolphins, Colts, Eagles & Falcons.[/quote]

    i may be wrong but your ur picks would never work. If miami and indy won, miami would play the steelers not the titans (NFL playoffs are done by seeding not by a bracket)

    correct me if i’m wrong[/quote]
    I think you are right. I originally had the Ravens winning, but changed it to the Dolphins without thinking about the ramifications. Now I gotta go re-photoshop it.[/quote]
    Corrected:
    http://i8.photobucke...

  • Johnny F. | January 3, 2009 at 9:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”308611″][quote comment=”308609″][quote comment=”308607″][quote comment=”308510″]Here are my picks for the whole she-bang:
    http://i8.photobucke...

    So week 1 I’ve got Dolphins, Colts, Eagles & Falcons.[/quote]

    i may be wrong but your ur picks would never work. If miami and indy won, miami would play the steelers not the titans (NFL playoffs are done by seeding not by a bracket)

    correct me if i’m wrong[/quote]
    I think you are right. I originally had the Ravens winning, but changed it to the Dolphins without thinking about the ramifications. Now I gotta go re-photoshop it.[/quote]
    Corrected:
    http://i8.photobucke...

    The shape/style of the XLIII Super Bowl logo looks very similar to the Panthers logo. As a Giants fan, I hope that’s not a sign…

    XLIII:
    http://www.freewebs....

    Panthers:
    http://www.firstandt...

  • aflfan | January 3, 2009 at 9:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”308587″]We know who’s winning the game, but who’s winning the uni matchup?

    And what’s up with that helmet?[/quote]

    I noticed the helmet as well, I think they are black marks off the Falcons helmets.

  • aflfan | January 3, 2009 at 9:53 pm |

    I was watching my 3 1/2 month old nephew tonight and he had on a Cubs one-ze. On the right sleve was the majestic logo. On a fricking one-ze.

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”308553″][quote comment=”308548″][quote comment=”308539″]For a play off Fantasy League I need to choose either A. Peterson or M. Turner. Both great rushers, but both with terrible uniforms. How do I decide this one??[/quote]
    Go by rushing defense. Eagles vs. Cardinals? Peterson, hands down.[/quote]
    OOOOOPS… I meant Turner. Duh.[/quote]
    Uh, yeah… so how’d that work out for you?

    D’oh.

  • VPrime | January 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm |

    As I sit here watching Colts-Chargers, I began to wonder why some light jerseys are “dark,” such as the Chagers’ powder blues, and why some are “white,” like the Patriots’ silver jerseys and the Saints’ gold from that one time. Why do the Lakers get to wear yellow? How do you determine if a jersey is light enough to be “white?”

  • MPowers1634 | January 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”308606″][quote comment=”308605″][quote comment=”308585″][quote comment=”308583″][quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.[/quote]

    was just about to say the same thing powers
    could it be that nike is only offering new cleats in black and white colorways for bowl games[/quote]

    That is usually the case for bowl games.

    However, I would be surprised to not see some white/crimson or white/orange TB specials for the National Championship.

    Anthony McCoy, USC’s Tight end and Joe McNight, the TB and Will Harris their CB, were wearing the LT 2.1:

    http://cache3.asset-...

    http://cache4.asset-...

    http://cache3.asset-...

    Darren Evans, the VaTech tailback and Matt Ryan of the Falcons tonight.

    http://cache1.asset-...

    UA is making Team specific cleats for the bowl games. The other day, one astute UWer took a screen grab of Marylands’s cleats with the TERPS wordmark on the medial side of the shoe.[/quote]

    add LT to the list of LT 2.1 wearers
    unfortunately no powder blue colorway
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    To be honest, I wouldn’t wear them.

    Ironically, a handful of the Colts ARE wearing them including Dominic Rhodes and this oscured defender in the background, 55?:

    http://cache4.asset-...

    I like the new cleats on the Colts #56, as well:

    http://cache2.asset-...

    But the Flyposites WILL be greater than anything in the Apocalypse line.

  • MPowers1634 | January 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”308617″][quote comment=”308606″][quote comment=”308605″][quote comment=”308585″][quote comment=”308583″][quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.[/quote]

    was just about to say the same thing powers
    could it be that nike is only offering new cleats in black and white colorways for bowl games[/quote]

    That is usually the case for bowl games.

    However, I would be surprised to not see some white/crimson or white/orange TB specials for the National Championship.

    Anthony McCoy, USC’s Tight end and Joe McNight, the TB and Will Harris their CB, were wearing the LT 2.1:

    http://cache3.asset-...

    http://cache4.asset-...

    http://cache3.asset-...

    Darren Evans, the VaTech tailback and Matt Ryan of the Falcons tonight.

    http://cache1.asset-...

    UA is making Team specific cleats for the bowl games. The other day, one astute UWer took a screen grab of Marylands’s cleats with the TERPS wordmark on the medial side of the shoe.[/quote]

    add LT to the list of LT 2.1 wearers
    unfortunately no powder blue colorway
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    To be honest, I wouldn’t wear them.

    Ironically, a handful of the Colts ARE wearing them including Dominic Rhodes and this oscured defender in the background, 55?:

    http://cache4.asset-...

    I like the new cleats on the Colts #56, as well:

    http://cache2.asset-...

    But the Flyposites WILL be greater than anything in the Apocalypse line.[/quote]

    Pics 7,12, 18, 20, 23:

    http://umterps.cstv....

  • S. Bennett | January 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm |

    MAn, the girl was bullshitting you. She gave up Lions points just about every week!

    God as my witness, I went alphabetical order (dunno why. Any other plan backfires anyway) when picking my teams:

    Cards over Falcons (done and done)
    Chargers over Colts
    Dolphins over Ravens
    Eagles over Vikings.

    SB

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”308556″]I seized upon the Vikes as my favorite team..oh, about 1970 or so, The Year I Discovered Pro Football, solely due to the helmet logo. Which I didn’t realize til years later was a profile of the horn on an actual Viking Helmet. Then the next year I moved to Dallas and, well, so long Vikes.[/quote]
    When I was a kid, I thought the horn was a tadpole.

  • Johnny O | January 3, 2009 at 10:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”308615″][quote comment=”308553″][quote comment=”308548″][quote comment=”308539″]For a play off Fantasy League I need to choose either A. Peterson or M. Turner. Both great rushers, but both with terrible uniforms. How do I decide this one??[/quote]
    Go by rushing defense. Eagles vs. Cardinals? Peterson, hands down.[/quote]
    OOOOOPS… I meant Turner. Duh.[/quote]
    Uh, yeah… so how’d that work out for you?

    D’oh.[/quote]

    :) Don’t worry, I didn’t read it until it was too late to change my roster. I stuck with A. Peterson, so hopefully he will have a huge game 2morrow!

  • JTH | January 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”308621″]:) Don’t worry, I didn’t read it until it was too late to change my roster. I stuck with A. Peterson, so hopefully he will have a huge game 2morrow![/quote]
    Heh. I guess I can take this off now.

    Hey, anyone want to see a picture of me (taken with a real camera) at the Winter Classic?

    No? Too bad.

  • Tony Miller | January 3, 2009 at 11:00 pm |

    Just a random thought: San Diego is hosting a playoff game, wearing the powder blue alts.

    Seeing as how they’ll likely get smashed by half the Big Ten (as usual), why hasn’t Iowa basketball tried wearing their gold alts yet?

  • Brandon | January 3, 2009 at 11:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”308565″]I realize the All-American game that was on NBC was sponsored by the U.S. Army, but come on.

    http://i44.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    http://i43.tinypic.c...

    You may not like it, but at least the army game uniforms have been consistent. The unis pads and helmets are provided to keep cost to the players down.

  • Brandon | January 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”308601″]Something about these high school all-star games . . . I noticed it this afternoon with the Army game but it really came home when I learned that there’s soemthing called the Under Armour all-star game: How long is it going to be before the schools, with their apparel contracts, start telling kids that they can’t play in a certain all-star game if the uniforms are made by the wrong outfitter?[/quote]

    Which schools? Signing day isn’t til February, and as a Senior in HS are you really going to listen to your HS if they have a contract with a company if you are effectivly no longer representing that school?

  • Jordan Pope | January 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”308617″][quote comment=”308606″][quote comment=”308605″][quote comment=”308585″][quote comment=”308583″][quote comment=”308475″]To keep with the references to “next years” equipment, OU’s LBs are sporting some new kicks (pics 2, 3, & 4) at their first practice in Miami…I didn’t notice anything on the WRs tho.

    http://www.soonerspo...

    I will politely disagree. Those are the Nike Super Speed D.

    They were discussed here on UW, when Steve Slaton wore them during the Ketchup Battle Red game.

    Many people believed he was wearing two different cleats.[/quote]

    was just about to say the same thing powers
    could it be that nike is only offering new cleats in black and white colorways for bowl games[/quote]

    That is usually the case for bowl games.

    However, I would be surprised to not see some white/crimson or white/orange TB specials for the National Championship.

    Anthony McCoy, USC’s Tight end and Joe McNight, the TB and Will Harris their CB, were wearing the LT 2.1:

    http://cache3.asset-...

    http://cache4.asset-...

    http://cache3.asset-...

    Darren Evans, the VaTech tailback and Matt Ryan of the Falcons tonight.

    http://cache1.asset-...

    UA is making Team specific cleats for the bowl games. The other day, one astute UWer took a screen grab of Marylands’s cleats with the TERPS wordmark on the medial side of the shoe.[/quote]

    add LT to the list of LT 2.1 wearers
    unfortunately no powder blue colorway
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    To be honest, I wouldn’t wear them.

    Ironically, a handful of the Colts ARE wearing them including Dominic Rhodes and this oscured defender in the background, 55?:

    http://cache4.asset-...

    I like the new cleats on the Colts #56, as well:

    http://cache2.asset-...

    But the Flyposites WILL be greater than anything in the Apocalypse line.[/quote]

    #56 is wearing the Air Zoom Merciless I Believe

  • Cosmo | January 3, 2009 at 11:36 pm |

    Damn! 0 for 2 on my picks today. Glad there’s not money involved.

  • Ian | January 4, 2009 at 12:03 am |

    [quote comment=”308443″]Some final comments on the Winter Classic – keep in mind – what’s I think is so exciting about this event – by merely changing the esthetics and atmosphere of a game – the NHL has tripled their normal television ratings – so for all of us, who have always paid great attention to these things – it’s an exciting event (although I 100% agree with Ricko’s comments yesterday – about the neutring of the Bowls)

    1. The NHL should do more to exploit it’s association with winter. This may sound silly – but I think the NFL has greatly benefitted from it’s strong association with autumn, and baseball is the summer past time, the NHL should not overlook this seasonal association. The NFL – moved the Super Bowl into the first week of February with great reluctance. Baseball is trying to avoid a November World Series. The NHL should clue in – and greatly shorten their season – so that it ends mid – May. Having it’s penultimate event – the Stanley Cup Finals – take place – at the start of summer is a joke – event atmosphere counts – as the Winter Classic clearly demonstrates – could you imagine – a World Series game – the week before Christmas.

    2. On a similar theme “Less is More” – the NFL knows this – greatly restricting their games – to a very short season – with games held only on a few days a week. No other league has really clued in or tried to copy this strategy. I’m joking with this – but maybe the NHL should have a 20 game schedule – with all games out-doors.

    CNBC columnist Darren Rovell – who hates hockey – but found the winter classic compelling. Rovell wondered why the NHL isn’t being more aggressive with staging winter classic/outdoor games. I agree the novelty would wear off – but – what other business – would stumble on an idea – that triples it’s revenue (viewers) – and not take a long hard look – at what it really means – and think of other lessons to be learned from it.[/quote]

    I’m sure the reason why the NBA and NHL have their finals in June is because its after May sweeps, and leading TV’s offseason. The networks wouldn’t show it in primetime. Is that a risk that the NHL should take in 2009?

    The next NHL TV contract will be interesting. The union wants to go back to ESPN, but that doesn’t give them leverage to increase revenues in the short term, in fact, lowering the salary caps since Comcast overpaid in the first place!

  • Skycat | January 4, 2009 at 12:31 am |

    [quote comment=”308616″]As I sit here watching Colts-Chargers, I began to wonder why some light jerseys are “dark,” such as the Chagers’ powder blues, and why some are “white,” like the Patriots’ silver jerseys and the Saints’ gold from that one time. Why do the Lakers get to wear yellow? How do you determine if a jersey is light enough to be “white?”[/quote]
    My unscientific eye tells me that what the Chargers are wearing are not “powder blue.” Perhaps they’ve gotten darker, but it looks to me like a shade of “cornflower.” (I suspect UCLA’s unis have also gotten darker in the same way, but that’s another story.)
    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Skycat | January 4, 2009 at 12:35 am |

    For the sake of comparison, here’s an explanation/example of “powder blue.”
    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Jason | January 4, 2009 at 12:50 am |

    not sure if anyone else watches the world junior hockey championships, but what the hell are with the russian socks.

    http://www.sportsnet...

  • Doug | January 4, 2009 at 1:24 am |

    [quote comment=”308584″][quote comment=”308582″][quote comment=”308581″][quote comment=”308577″]Cards need Red helmets. Or at least red facemasks.[/quote]

    Other than a few years ago when they made the cardinal more “fierce” that may be the longest running helmet in NFL, cuz still has gray facemask. Goes back to 1960.[/quote]

    Self-correcting. Colts goes back further.[/quote]

    Further self-correcting. Colts wore white facemasks for a while.[/quote]

    Well, if we are getting that technical, they went with blue facemasks from ’95 – ’03.
    http://www.sportslog...

    But the grey facemasks hearken back to the old NFL days, and the era of the Greatest Game Ever Played. Hence the reason the Giants went back to that when they resumed the NY on their helmets in 2000. (Even though in 1958 the Giants had no emblem on their helmet, but hey, that’s a look they weren’t likely to bring back.)

  • Eric B in KC | January 4, 2009 at 3:04 am |

    [quote comment=”308610″]http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/39/fullj.a9a7c9be3f949986990fbde625b389e7/a9a7c9be3f949986990fbde625b389e7-getty-84105811rm014_indianapolis_.jpg

    best picture yet of LT 2.1
    they are growing on me[/quote]

    i don’t know anything about the shoes but that might be the best looking uni in the nfl. i’m not a chargers fan but i love that uni.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 4, 2009 at 3:10 am |

    Happy (belated) Phil Hecken Awareness Day!

  • tommy forrester | January 4, 2009 at 8:18 am |

    [quote comment=”308620″][quote comment=”308556″]I seized upon the Vikes as my favorite team..oh, about 1970 or so, The Year I Discovered Pro Football, solely due to the helmet logo. Which I didn’t realize til years later was a profile of the horn on an actual Viking Helmet. Then the next year I moved to Dallas and, well, so long Vikes.[/quote]
    When I was a kid, I thought the horn was a tadpole.[/quote]
    i used to think it was a comet!

  • Jere | January 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm |

    One of the funniest things in all the world to me is someone painting their own face while looking in the mirror and ending up with backwards letters, like the Giant fan in the pic in this post.