[Editor’s Note: Nick Tavares — shown at right with his wife, Rachel — is the latest Uni Watch reader to undertake a DIY project. Here’s his story. — PL]
By Nick Tavares
I’d never really sewn anything before (I’m a sheltered 26, I suppose), but Rachel gave me a crash course, and I was off. I found that that double-sided, iron-on ribbon helped hold the crest, numbers, and stripes in place before I began to sew, so that could be a helpful tip to fellow sewing newbies. Total cost for the finished product? About $10, shirt included. [There are several additional photos here. — PL]
Rachel’s an avid DIYer, too. While we were watching the Red Sox and Rays in the ALCS, we started talking about the patches that teams wear on their hats and sleeves when they get to the Series, and she said something along the lines of, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have a bag with a patch for every Red Sox World Series?” So we started talking, and when she found a bag that she liked (a canvas L.L. Bean bag, very heavy-duty), I scoured eBay and found a bunch of Red Sox patches (including the special baseball-tongue/lips design the Rolling Stones rendered for their two concerts at Fenway in 2005).
Some of the patches included a warning telling the buyer not to apply them them to other products, but we didn’t worry about that. Once we had them all, Rachel started ironing and sewing (depending on the patch). She she purposely left some free space on each side in case the Sox win another World Series. Unlike most native New Englanders, she’s a naturally optimistic fan.
NHL Update: Paul here. Contrary to the scuttlebutt I passed along last week, the logo shown at left will still be on NHL jerseys next season. That’s the word from Reebok’s American PR head, Dan Sarro, who confirmed for me yesterday that the company’s wordmark will not be replacing the vector logo. So just insert a Gilda Radner-style “Never mind” on that one.
The Proctor Files, Continued: Yesterday’s Ricko Files entry prompted a typically thorough history lesson from sporting goods maven Terry Proctor, as follows:
The mesh football pants were another off-the-wall concept from our friends at Sand-Knit. The idea was that they would be more comfortable to wear, but they failed to remember that football was still played mostly on grass and dirt (baseball infields), so mud or dirt and sand got into the “porthole mesh” pores of the pant and made them uncomfortable to wear. They didn’t last very long.
The striped Marquette uniforms were from the Sand-Knit “SandMark Basketball Design” program. In the late 1960s, Sand-Knit came out with a complete basketball package, including jersey, shorts, stirrups, warm-up jacket, warm-up pants, and matching coaches’ shirts. The Marquette uniform shown was called “SandMark 11.” The Seattle SuperSonics uniform set was “SandMark 2.” The Austin Peay uniforms were in the “SandMark 12” set.
From the late ’60s through the ’70s Sand-Knit, was the Nike, Reebok, and Adidas of its day when it came to uniforms. The wilder the better. It was tough for us dealers to keep up with them.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Puma is making special soccer goalie gloves for a kid with three fingers (with thanks to John Muir). … Interesting baseball cap blog here (with thanks to the newly engaged Mike Hersh). … The Cavs will supposedly be wearing that weird hybrid-throwback design tonight (with thanks to Scott Sargent). … Wanna see something super-duper-beautiful? Check out this. That’s A.J. Frey, wearing a roller hockey sweater originally worn by his grandfather, Henry Frey. “There’s no tag inside the sweater, so I have no idea about the manufacturer or the date,” says Gene Frey (Henry’s son, A.J.’s father). “I’d have to guess it’s from some time between 1945 and 1950, based mostly on the thought that the guy I see in my father’s 1954 wedding picture could not have squeezed into this sweater.” … Color-on-color, on the ice. That’s Canada vs. Sweden in the World Junior Championship gold medal game (with thanks to Tony Caliguiri). … Coupla interesting Mizzou photos from Brady Graham: QB Terry McMillan wore one of those Joe Perry-style facemasks, and Kellen Winslow had a uni-numbered towel. … Also from Brady: a great Northwest Missouri State sweater from the 1930s. … Purple vs. red — or is it black vs. gold? Actually, it’s both, thanks to the bizarre two-tone uniforms worn at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, a high school all-star game played last Friday in Myrtle Beach. They even had a player wearing No. 09 (a Benito Santiago tribute, perhaps?). Full photo gallery here (big thanks to Mike Miller). … Nike is pushing its protective undergear product line (with thanks to Wayne Koehler). … Here’s a new one, at least to me: There’s a guy in Cleveland who does amazing artwork, much of it sports-themed, on Etch A Sketches. His web site includes tons of interesting links, including a time-lapse video that shows him creating a Cubs-themed etching (great find by Will DeFord). … Awesome gumball helmet display here, and here’s the other side. Those shots come from this incredible page of vintage advertising graphics, packages, trinkets, and photos (blame Brinke Guthrie if you end up spending all day clicking through this one). … All holiday raffle prizes and pending membership cards have shipped.
Rusty Pliers Dept.: I’m getting a pair of wisdom teeth pulled this morning, so Phil will be minding the store today. The good news is that I figure my year can only get better from here; the bad news is that I’m calling a snow day for tomorrow. It’s possible that I may have a new ESPN column tomorrow, however — if so, I’ll put up a link for it. Otherwise, see you on Friday.