Monday Morning Uni Watch

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The NHL isn’t the only league that can stage an outdoor hockey game. This past Saturday, the Kontinental Hockey League, which is primarily Russian (further details here) staged its all-star game in Moscow — smack in the middle of Red Square.

Lots of interesting visual details here. In no particular order:

• Wrigley Field makes a nice backdrop to a hockey game, but it’s hard to compete with the Kremlin. Like, really hard.

• The KHL’s all-star uniforms are certainly no worse than what we’ve seen in recent years from the NHL — no extraneous nonsense. From the side, in fact, they’re almost too plain.

• Those Russkies sure have a funny alphabet. (Of course, one word was rendered in perfect English — you can see it just under the collar.)

• Game-time temperature was about 10ºF, and it dropped several more degrees during the game, so there was a lot of this. (That’s Jaromir Jagr, incidentally — I guess he’s not tucking in his jersey anymore.)

• The frigid conditions probably explain why there were so many empty seats. But even if they’d been at full capacity, the bleachers set up for the game could only accommodate 3000 people. As a result, the atmosphere apparently didn’t live up to the backdrop, at least according to several accounts that I read.

You can supposedly watch the entire game here, although that link hasn’t worked so well for me. As a backup, there are plenty of shorter clips available on YouTube.

Party Update: The venue for this winter’s Uni Watch gathering (which, as previously announced, will take place on Saturday the 24th, 2pm) will be Sheep Station — same place as last winter. Looking forward to meeting lots of you there.

Raffle Reminder: I’m currently raffling of a free jersey from SoccerPro.com. Details here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Best candy name ever. That page comes from this 1949 candy catalog, which in turn is part of this collection of retro graphics — all very good stuff. … Wayne Chism of Tennessee wore some rad socks against Gonzaga last Wednesday night. “I didn’t see the game, but my dad, knowing my Uni Watch obsession, brought it to my attention,” says Jason Werth. “Not sure if he’s worn them before. Also, according to dad, the announcer made some comment about someone having to be secure or confident in order to wear socks like that.” … Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber was looking at this photo of Jim Rice and became intrigued by his necklace pendant. Looks like the letters might say “RICE,” but what about the rest of the pendant? Anyone recognize this design? … Several readers noted that Tim Tebow’s NOB was badly off-center on Thursday night. … “Soccer player Lassana Diarra has been signed by Real Madrid to replaced the injured Mahamadou Diarra in midfield,” writes Chris Cruz. Rather than doing a FNOB or “L. Diarra” treatment, they have given him a jersey with his nickname.” Further details here. … Here are some shots of the last guy to wear No. 5 for the Red Sox, and here’s Rocco Baldelli with his new jersey. The navy border around the red numeral looks a lot thicker than usual, no? … The sixth graf of this story assigns blame for the whole pink-for-breast cancer thing (with thanks to Brandon Yarian). … Really interesting tidbit from Nick Hanson, who writes: “At last week’s International Power Showcase High School Home Run Derby, the hitters wore their home state’s two-letter abbreviation instead of a uniform number. For example, this is Bryce Harper, a sophomore from Las Vegas High School in Nevada.” … Greg Netherwood notes that Clark MacArthur of the Sabres has an interesting NOB. … Gorgeous views of the Cubs’ raised helmet logos with the old-style inscribed uni numbers here and here (with thanks to Jere Smith). … Turns out Oregon had diamondplate-patterned gloves for their bowl game (good catch by Matt Calvert). … “Before Hideo Nomo retired last year, he created an amateur club team in Osaka,” writes Jeremy Brahm. “I saw photos of the team’s uniforms the other day and thought the white one was one of the strangest baseball designs I’d ever seen.” … Also from Jeremy: “For the Italian Volleyball League Series A All-Star game in November, the floor was painted like an Italian flag.” … Chris Flinn says he got an e-mail from the Giants the other day that included this attachment. Gonna take a lot more than spam to sell Plaxico jerseys at this point. … “Here’s a video clip shot at Shea Stadium in 1984, from a bad movie called 7 minutes in Heaven,” writes Paul Wiederecht. “It’s got faked-up Expos uniforms, huge NOBs, and a game taking place at Shea in the morning.” … Denny Jones notes that injured Titans center Kevin Mawae wanted to listen in on the play call as he watched his team on offense near the of their game against the Ravens on Saturday, so he picked up one of the radio-equipped helmets and eavesdropped. … Collateral Gammage and I checked out this exhibit of vintage matchbooks on Saturday, and there were lots of sports-related pieces in the show, including die-cut team-logo matchbooks, an old football player series, a Brooklyn Dodgers series, and one for Joe Namath’s Restaurant. Sorry about the image quality, but I only had my camera-phone, and the combination of the glass exhibit case the plastic display sleeves made for a lot of glare. … Korea’s WBC uniforms have been unveiled (with thanks to Dan Kurtz). … According to this story, there’s a disproportionately high rate of ADD among MLB players. … Color-on-color games from Saturday: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M and Georgia Southern vs. College of Charleston (with thanks to Matt Watson and Benji Boyter, respectively). … Some of you probably knew this already, but the Canadiens’ web site has a great history section, which includes an excellent sweater timeline (big thanks to Mike Kemezis). … Doug Blanchard has created uni illustrations for all the teams in Slap Shot and Rollerball. Regarding the latter set, Doug says: “Clear shots of the Paris and Rome unis are available only in the ‘making of’ feature — James Caan’s Houston team does not play them in the movie although they are shown briefly in video sequences depicting moments in his career. Pittsburgh is mentioned in another video sequence, but they are not shown (it is Rome’s purple unis that are briefly seen).” … Longtime reader Doug Keklak very generously sent me a copy of this excellent book about signs in and around Pittsburgh. The book is based on this web site. Great, great stuff — highly recommended. … Great old shot of the Polo Grounds in this shot of Sammy Baugh coaching the Titans. … Several readers have noted that Donovan McNabb has a black Dymo Tape label just above his fine-print warning decal. It appears to say, “PRIMARY OFF #1 MCNABB,” which I assume means that this is McNabb’s preferred radio-equipped helmet (screen grabs courtesy of John Zajac). … McNabb also had a play yesterday where his chinsnap broke just before the snap. He played that down strap-less and then ran over to the bench for a new chinstrap. … Peter Greenberg tipped me wise to the work of Kevin McNeil, an artist who does really nice charcoal and pastel illustrations. Check out more of his work here. … Two uni number-related items at the very end of Ken Davidoff’s Sunday column. … On Friday I linked to pics of the NFC’s Pro Bowl design. Here’s the AFC version. Fortunately, nobody actually watches the Pro Bowl, so these awful designs will go largely unseen. … Tris Wykes reports that Wyclef Jean was shown wearing Magic and Habs jerseys on last night’s 60 Minutes. … Here’s a double-flapper I hadn’t been aware of: Junior Felix. But he was a switch-hitter, so it’s not as unusual as a non-switch going double-flapped (with thanks to Dustin Pomprowitz). … Cool old catalogs available here, here (note the sliced baseball diagram), here (gorgeous cover), here, and here. … Early contender for stupidest illustration of the year. … Instead of color on color, how about white on white? That’s the Buffalo Bandits vs. Toronto Rock, of the National Lacrose League. Additional pics here (with thanks to Chris Coulson). … Interesting back design for Denmark’s women’s volleyball team (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Major find by Michael Romero, who’s come up with an addition to our list of MLB players with faceguards attached to their helmets: Tony Fernandez, from the 1989 ALCS. … Lots of good NOB finds by Doug Keklak: Mike Santorelli (there are no other Santorellis on the Predators’ roster, so what’s up with that?), Jess Williams, and Maurice and Mike Pouncey. … Also from Doug: “Last week, someone in the comments was wondering about a poster that was in the office on the old show Coach. I was able to get a couple of grabs.” … Hadn’t noticed this before: The NHL All-Star jerseys apparently feature numbers on the sleeves. “I did some research,” writes Mike Kemezis, “and while the Canadiens have hosted 11 previous all-star games, they’ve hosted only three such games since the change in format (it used to be the Stanley Cup winner vs. an all-star team). Those years were 1969, 1975, and 1993, which are the years listed on the sleeves.”

 

155 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • matt | January 12, 2009 at 9:02 am |

    not to be too picky but that is st. basil’s cathedral not the kremlin

  • who cares | January 12, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    Jim Rice is a Pisces.

  • Mike N. | January 12, 2009 at 9:06 am |

    It is the Kremlin on the right in the first picture… next to St. Basil’s. BUT… the second picture is just St. Basil’s Cathedral and not the Kremlin. So… you were kinda right… and above all, we get your point. :)

  • DJ | January 12, 2009 at 9:07 am |

    wow you guys are quick – came to post st. basils :)

  • Ricko | January 12, 2009 at 9:09 am |

    When you said a matchbook from Namath’s restaurant, thought maybe was gonna be from Bachelor’s Three, the bar he owned, the scene of his “retirement” news conference.

    http://vault.sportsi...

    —Ricko

  • Beau A | January 12, 2009 at 9:13 am |

    I’m pretty sure there’s also a Mark Santonelli, no?

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 9:15 am |

    Both Mike and Mark Santorelli are in the Predators’ system. Mike and Mark have been playing for Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee, but the recent injury bug has resulted in both players being called up.

    Mark started the season in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones, and is still listed on their roster.

    Lots more KHL All-Star Game info linked to my name. I watched the game via broadband, and it looked damned cold for an outdoor game.

  • Jason Gomez | January 12, 2009 at 9:19 am |

    Why doesnt the NFL just have the teams where there actual Home or Road jerseys? Makes sense…its still dark vs white!

  • Janssen | January 12, 2009 at 9:20 am |

    Whoa, Jagr wearing the eggshell thin (and IIRC, banned in the NHL) old-school JOFA helmet. Has he been wearing it all season or was it just for the all-star game?

  • Kevin G. | January 12, 2009 at 9:20 am |

    I can’t seem to find a picture of it righ now, but the all-time worst color-on-color game was Wisconsin playing at Illinois somewhere around the 2003-2004 seasons. The Badgers wore their standard red on the road, while the Illini wore their orange alternate. You couldn’t tell the teams apart on the television. Maybe someone will have some luck finding a photo from this game. I’m still searching…

  • Chris M | January 12, 2009 at 9:23 am |

    Speaking of Outdoor Hockey games, the Rochester Americans of the AHL seem to be interested in hosting a Winter Classic of their own.

    Whether hosted at PAETEC Park where the Rochester Rhinos play, or Frontier Field where the AAA Rochester Red Wings play, how can some place in Russia compete with the backdrop of the Kodak headquarters?!

  • who cares | January 12, 2009 at 9:23 am |

    If the NFL played it’s Pro Bowl as a flag football match would they get fewer viewers? It’s not real football anyway and I can understand why players whose bodies take such a beating wouldn’t really want to engage in another round of violent combat. I always assumed fans just tune in because there isn’t anything else on the tube and a flag football game could be just as fun to watch.

  • Fred | January 12, 2009 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment=”309665″]I can’t seem to find a picture of it righ now, but the all-time worst color-on-color game was Wisconsin playing at Illinois somewhere around the 2003-2004 seasons. The Badgers wore their standard red on the road, while the Illini wore their orange alternate. You couldn’t tell the teams apart on the television. Maybe someone will have some luck finding a photo from this game. I’m still searching…[/quote]

    I happen to have a copy of it. Here you go:
    http://i39.photobuck...

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 9:34 am |

    http://www.baseballa...

    The HS homerun hitter from the ticker is wearing the long awaited Nike Swingman Remix. They are the new signature cleats of Ken Griffey Jr.:

    http://playerexclusi...

  • Ricko | January 12, 2009 at 9:36 am |

    You have NO idea how much I wish I join that gathering at Sheep Station on the 24th.

    (grumble-grumble-grumble)

    —Ricko

  • Kevin G. | January 12, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    [quote comment=”309668″][quote comment=”309665″]I can’t seem to find a picture of it righ now, but the all-time worst color-on-color game was Wisconsin playing at Illinois somewhere around the 2003-2004 seasons. The Badgers wore their standard red on the road, while the Illini wore their orange alternate. You couldn’t tell the teams apart on the television. Maybe someone will have some luck finding a photo from this game. I’m still searching…[/quote]

    I happen to have a copy of it. Here you go:
    http://i39.photobuck...
    You da man!

  • SpellsGood | January 12, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    Doesn’t actually look like there are any Santonellis on the Preds…the photo shows Mi. Santorelli.

  • War Damn Eagle | January 12, 2009 at 9:39 am |

    Did anyone else notice that Edgerrin James of the Cardinals played a few series without his super-dark tinted visor on Saturday night? I think the brief period of rain during the game forced him to play without it.

  • War Damn Eagle | January 12, 2009 at 9:44 am |

    Here’s Edge without the visor:

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

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”309667″]If the NFL played it’s Pro Bowl as a flag football match would they get fewer viewers? It’s not real football anyway and I can understand why players whose bodies take such a beating wouldn’t really want to engage in another round of violent combat. I always assumed fans just tune in because there isn’t anything else on the tube and a flag football game could be just as fun to watch.[/quote]

    Robert Andrews votes no:

    http://wiki.answers....

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”309670″]You have NO idea how much I wish I join that gathering at Sheep Station on the 24th.

    (grumble-grumble-grumble)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    You will be there in spirit, Ricko. Last year’s meeting was fun.

    What was even more fun was the adventure that Phil and I took to geth there. I think we rode on every line of the New York Subway system…twice.

    This year, I might actually use my image capturing device!

  • War Damn Eagle | January 12, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    And here’s Edge at the start of the game, playing with the visor. They took it off late in the first quarter or in the 2nd quarter.

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

  • morgan | January 12, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    Forgive me for both a late comment, and if this has been brought up already, but life got in the way of things and I was late in reading the ESPN article on the Mets sleeve batch. Yeah it is really bad, but I think that this sleeve patch is a tell that Citigroup is going to be no more. There is no way a company would put so much cash into naming a field, and then not insist on being on the sleeve patch that comemorates it. For example, look at the Pudential Center first season patch, Paul rightfully bashed it for having like five “Prudentials” on it. I think this means there is a real chance that Citigroup is a goner, and the Mets either know it, or know that it is a real possibility that they’ve hedged with the lack of a ballpark name on the sleeve patch.

    Again, apologies if this has been said already.

  • War Damn Eagle | January 12, 2009 at 9:49 am |

    Neil Rackers was also wearing some ridiculously baggy pants on Saturday night. Is he trying to bring the pajama look to football?

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

  • Robin | January 12, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”309675″][quote comment=”309667″]If the NFL played it’s Pro Bowl as a flag football match would they get fewer viewers? It’s not real football anyway and I can understand why players whose bodies take such a beating wouldn’t really want to engage in another round of violent combat. I always assumed fans just tune in because there isn’t anything else on the tube and a flag football game could be just as fun to watch.[/quote]

    Robert Andrews votes no:

    http://wiki.answers....

    Well that game was played on a sandy beach, which contributed to the severity of the injury. I think a game on regular grass might be okay.

  • interlockingtc | January 12, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    Pittsburgh signs: cool!

  • Giancarlo | January 12, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    Love the Rollerball unis. They look great in action, too, even though the entire sport was color-on-color. There should be a whole site for fictional leagues.. I watched the Raquel Welch vehicle Kansas City Bomber the other day, & while the movie seems to assume the existence of a far-flung roller derby league, you only actually see three teams max. Disappointing.

  • Paul Lukas | January 12, 2009 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment=”309678″]Forgive me for both a late comment, and if this has been brought up already, but life got in the way of things and I was late in reading the ESPN article on the Mets sleeve batch. Yeah it is really bad, but I think that this sleeve patch is a tell that Citigroup is going to be no more. There is no way a company would put so much cash into naming a field, and then not insist on being on the sleeve patch that comemorates it. For example, look at the Pudential Center first season patch, Paul rightfully bashed it for having like five “Prudentials” on it. I think this means there is a real chance that Citigroup is a goner, and the Mets either know it, or know that it is a real possibility that they’ve hedged with the lack of a ballpark name on the sleeve patch.

    Again, apologies if this has been said already.[/quote]

    They’re not allowed to put the Citi corporate brand on the patch. MLB rules are different from the NHL rules.

  • Chris O | January 12, 2009 at 10:01 am |

    Looks like the Bruins Marc Savard in that first pic with the mocked up KHL All-Star Game right smack dab in the middle.

  • Stuby | January 12, 2009 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”309680″][quote comment=”309675″][quote comment=”309667″]If the NFL played it’s Pro Bowl as a flag football match would they get fewer viewers? It’s not real football anyway and I can understand why players whose bodies take such a beating wouldn’t really want to engage in another round of violent combat. I always assumed fans just tune in because there isn’t anything else on the tube and a flag football game could be just as fun to watch.[/quote]

    Robert Andrews votes no:

    http://wiki.answers....

    Well that game was played on a sandy beach, which contributed to the severity of the injury. I think a game on regular grass might be okay.[/quote]
    Robert Edwards, but that’s who I immediately thought of also.

    The poster of the Super Bowl winners from Coach reminds me of the stuff you could get from Baseball Digest (This from the Mar. ’92 edition):
    http://i419.photobuc...

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”309685″][quote comment=”309680″][quote comment=”309675″][quote comment=”309667″]If the NFL played it’s Pro Bowl as a flag football match would they get fewer viewers? It’s not real football anyway and I can understand why players whose bodies take such a beating wouldn’t really want to engage in another round of violent combat. I always assumed fans just tune in because there isn’t anything else on the tube and a flag football game could be just as fun to watch.[/quote]

    Robert Andrews votes no:

    http://wiki.answers....

    Well that game was played on a sandy beach, which contributed to the severity of the injury. I think a game on regular grass might be okay.[/quote]
    Robert Edwards, but that’s who I immediately thought of also.

    The poster of the Super Bowl winners from Coach reminds me of the stuff you could get from Baseball Digest (This from the Mar. ’92 edition):
    http://i419.photobuc...

    Thanks, Stuby. I was wondering why I was having so much trouble googling him!

    I have a Bobby Andrews in my last class!

    I was thinking last night about the Steelers/Chargers game. I think the Chargers did themselves in by not going with some type of alt after their Wild Card win.

  • LI Phil | January 12, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment=”309676″][quote comment=”309670″]You have NO idea how much I wish I join that gathering at Sheep Station on the 24th.

    (grumble-grumble-grumble)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    You will be there in spirit, Ricko. Last year’s meeting was fun.

    What was even more fun was the adventure that Phil and I took to geth there. I think we rode on every line of the New York Subway system…twice.

    This year, I might actually use my image capturing device![/quote]

    well rick, the world just got a flying car, so maybe they can invent teleportation in the next two weeks and you can join us

    and matt, if you do choose to bring your digicam this year, like last, you may wish to actually take pics…just a thought ;)

  • Geeman | January 12, 2009 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”309686″][quote comment=”309685″][quote comment=”309680″][quote comment=”309675″][quote comment=”309667″]If the NFL played it’s Pro Bowl as a flag football match would they get fewer viewers? It’s not real football anyway and I can understand why players whose bodies take such a beating wouldn’t really want to engage in another round of violent combat. I always assumed fans just tune in because there isn’t anything else on the tube and a flag football game could be just as fun to watch.[/quote]

    Robert Andrews votes no:

    http://wiki.answers....

    Well that game was played on a sandy beach, which contributed to the severity of the injury. I think a game on regular grass might be okay.[/quote]
    Robert Edwards, but that’s who I immediately thought of also.

    The poster of the Super Bowl winners from Coach reminds me of the stuff you could get from Baseball Digest (This from the Mar. ’92 edition):
    http://i419.photobuc...

    Thanks, Stuby. I was wondering why I was having so much trouble googling him!

    I have a Bobby Andrews in my last class!

    I was thinking last night about the Steelers/Chargers game. I think the Chargers did themselves in by not going with some type of alt after their Wild Card win.[/quote]

    Wouldn’t the Chargers’ uniforms look better if they got rid of those blocks of color on the shoulders and legs that surround the lightning bolts?
    http://asapblogs.typ...

    Like this on the pants:
    http://i4.photobucke...

  • LI Phil | January 12, 2009 at 10:29 am |

    [quote]I was thinking last night about the Steelers/Chargers game. I think the Chargers did themselves in by not going with some type of alt after their Wild Card win.[/quote]

    what do you mean? they only have the powder blue as an alt and they can’t wear it as the road team (steelers wear dark at home)…so their only option was their road whites…is there some other kind of alt of which you’re speaking?

  • dwight | January 12, 2009 at 10:31 am |

    Wouldn’t the Chargers’ uniforms look better if they got rid of those blocks of color on the shoulders and legs that surround the lightning bolts?
    http://asapblogs.typ...

    Like this on the pants:
    http://i4.photobucke...

    Yup.

  • Dustin | January 12, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    Props for the screen grab of Fernandez’s helmet/facemask. I thought I saw something different in it, but it was late in the game when I noticed it, and didn’t have time for a grab myself.

    I think the MLB Network will be a source of a ton of Uniwatch material due to all of the older games that are being played. They even had something about the 82 Brewers and in covering that, they mentioned Pete Vuckovich’s mismatched shoes.

  • BrianC | January 12, 2009 at 10:33 am |

    Those Russian All-Star sweaters look like off the rack Montreal and Toronto jerseys.

  • Peter | January 12, 2009 at 10:39 am |

    from IMDB about that 7 minutes movie:

    In the scene where Knudsen hits a home run, there are a few editing mistakes. The filming takes place in Shea Stadium. Well if the Generals were supposed to be the home team, they should have been wearing white uniforms. The other team, the Mets, where the ones wearing white. Also, the up close shot of the Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden, clearly shows his number as 16. After the home run, the Mets pitcher is shown with number 76. Knudsen is a right handed batter, the distant shot of the home run, shows a left handed batter swinging.

  • Craig | January 12, 2009 at 10:53 am |

    Doug, thanks for gettin the screenie for me of the show “Coach”. I kinda thought it was a Super Bowl Champs poster. Does anyone think those are really big buttons of each champ?

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”309688″][quote comment=”309686″][quote comment=”309685″][quote comment=”309680″][quote comment=”309675″][quote comment=”309667″]If the NFL played it’s Pro Bowl as a flag football match would they get fewer viewers? It’s not real football anyway and I can understand why players whose bodies take such a beating wouldn’t really want to engage in another round of violent combat. I always assumed fans just tune in because there isn’t anything else on the tube and a flag football game could be just as fun to watch.[/quote]

    Robert Andrews votes no:

    http://wiki.answers....

    Well that game was played on a sandy beach, which contributed to the severity of the injury. I think a game on regular grass might be okay.[/quote]
    Robert Edwards, but that’s who I immediately thought of also.

    The poster of the Super Bowl winners from Coach reminds me of the stuff you could get from Baseball Digest (This from the Mar. ’92 edition):
    http://i419.photobuc...

    Thanks, Stuby. I was wondering why I was having so much trouble googling him!

    I have a Bobby Andrews in my last class!

    I was thinking last night about the Steelers/Chargers game. I think the Chargers did themselves in by not going with some type of alt after their Wild Card win.[/quote]

    Wouldn’t the Chargers’ uniforms look better if they got rid of those blocks of color on the shoulders and legs that surround the lightning bolts?
    http://asapblogs.typ...

    Like this on the pants:
    http://i4.photobucke...

    I actually prefer the current pants to the throwbacks, which seem too plain for me.

    Interesting point about your pic of the Alworth-throwbacks:

    LT began wearing cleats from the Nike Apocalypse line, when he entered the league:

    http://www.squibkick...

    However, in the pic you linked to, LT is wearing a PE exclusive pair of cleats that were not marketed to the public:

    http://www.hotstoven...

    Then another pair of non-marketed cleats:

    http://graphics8.nyt...

    Then a PE Nike Air Zoom Assassin, the continuation of the Apocalypse line:

    http://a.abcnews.com...

    He then began wearing the LT 1’s:

    http://i37.tinypic.c...

    And now the LT 2.1:

    http://static.nfl.co...

    I saw a few Defensive players wearing these Tomlinson’s PE’s yesterday ala Ronnie Turiaf wearing Kobe’s old kicks.

    Willie Parker also seemed to change the spikes in his Nike Super Speed D’s:

    Pic 1:
    http://static.nfl.co...

    Pic 2:
    http://static.nfl.co...

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”309689″][quote]I was thinking last night about the Steelers/Chargers game. I think the Chargers did themselves in by not going with some type of alt after their Wild Card win.[/quote]

    what do you mean? they only have the powder blue as an alt and they can’t wear it as the road team (steelers wear dark at home)…so their only option was their road whites…is there some other kind of alt of which you’re speaking?[/quote]

    No, only wishful thinking…I know this isn’t the NCAA where they would simply lose a time-out.

  • ClubMedSux | January 12, 2009 at 11:05 am |

    Thanks for the Slap Shot unis link. You know it’s funny… I’ve seen the movie a million times and yet I didn’t remember some of those teams. On a side note, you can buy Ogilthorpe Bulldogs jerseys and Hanrahan Ducks jerseys here. No such luck for the Patriots or Blades (neither of whom I faintly recall).

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 11:10 am |

    #51 of the Chargers is wearing the older LT cleats:

    http://media3.steele...

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment=”309692″]Those Russian All-Star sweaters look like off the rack Montreal and Toronto jerseys.[/quote]

    Toronto vs. Team Jagr – close, but the Russian jerseys look like cheap, knock-off replicas you’d find on Ebay.

    Montreal vs. Team Yashin – these look a lot closer in terms of similarities.

    However, when you have three or four “styles” of Rbk EDGE jerseys in the NHL, Champions League, and AHL (that’s 70+ teams, btw), is it any surprise that Reebok just keeps recycling jersey designs and swapping logos?

    Less designs + higher prices = bigger profits for the hockey department of Reebok.

    Capitalism is fabulous when it removes individualism amongst teams, isn’t it, comrade?

  • Hott Rodd | January 12, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”309696″][quote comment=”309689″][quote]I was thinking last night about the Steelers/Chargers game. I think the Chargers did themselves in by not going with some type of alt after their Wild Card win.[/quote]

    what do you mean? they only have the powder blue as an alt and they can’t wear it as the road team (steelers wear dark at home)…so their only option was their road whites…is there some other kind of alt of which you’re speaking?[/quote]

    No, only wishful thinking…I know this isn’t the NCAA where they would simply lose a time-out.[/quote]

    I had this same thought about the bolts and then realized they were the road team and had no choice.

    Meanwhile my brother in law was asking “have the steelers always only had a logo on one side of their helmet?”

    and I said yeah.. the one of the other side fell of and stuck on the jersey.

  • caknuck | January 12, 2009 at 11:18 am |

    I never knew Junior Mints were that old. It’s nice to see that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups haven’t changed their look in 60 years.

  • Kurt | January 12, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    The Chargers could had pulled a Mike Shanahan stunt and shown up in the powder blues – and say they thought the Steelers told them they were going to wear white.

    That jersey Knudsen’s team had on was awful, and I caught the brief night-game show of Doc Gooden. They had some morning shots of County Stadium in Major League as well.

    And 15 year-olds chasing ballplayers?? Ryan Bruan goes through that every night.

  • Doug | January 12, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”309690″]Wouldn’t the Chargers’ uniforms look better if they got rid of those blocks of color on the shoulders and legs that surround the lightning bolts?
    http://asapblogs.typ...

    Like this on the pants:
    http://i4.photobucke...
    [/quote]

    I don’t think the stripe area around the bolt looks that bad, per se, in that it pulls in the color of the jersey. However, on the white jerseys or white pants, I don’t like how the blue area around it doesn’t match the appearance of the bolt on the helmet (which is, of course, surrounded only by white with the light blue and dark blue trim). So in that respect, yes, no surrounding stripe would be better.

    But as Paul has noted, the bolt itself on the shoulder and pants looks awful because it doesn’t go the right way, so if the color around it is to be removed the bolt will need to be improved (or at least made to look like the old school version).

    However, on the topic of their unis, I must admit I really don’t like the white jersey/dark blue pants with the white helmets. The helmets have virtually no dark blue (at least compared to how much yellow/gold there is), so it just doesn’t seem right to my eye. The way that arrangement looked with their dark blue helmets seemed okay to me, so it’s very much the lightness of the helmet that is the difference for me. Now, I’m not crazy about the dark blue jersey/white pants with the white helmet either, but it’s not as bad.

    Really, I think the “powder” blue just looks great with the white helmet (maybe because the light/dark contrast isn’t so drastic), and the light blue area around the bolt on the alt white pants are okay. If they’d come up with light blue pants they could have a road alt as well.

    But with the white helmets I think the powder blue should become their main color and the dark blue relegated to their alts.

  • Kurt | January 12, 2009 at 11:23 am |

    And Red Sox font to boot…

  • JAson | January 12, 2009 at 11:25 am |

    It’s not color-on-color, but Friday night Ohio State and Houston Baptist went template-on-template…

    http://photo.the-ozo...

  • Shane | January 12, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    Found a video for the KHL all-star game here.

  • Terri | January 12, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.

  • Lincoln | January 12, 2009 at 11:34 am |

    Wyclef wearing a Habs jersey AND a Magic jersey?! He’s totally ripping off the video the 69 Boyz’ 1994 classic “Tootsie Roll.”

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

    Sorry, Wyclef, you’re about 15 years too late.

  • Chris M | January 12, 2009 at 11:34 am |

    Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in this picture?

  • LI Phil | January 12, 2009 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”309707″]Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.[/quote]

    been there, done that

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in http://assets.sbnati...>this picture?[/quote]
    big unit

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in this picture?[/quote]

    Randy Johnson throwing heat behind him at the All-Star Game for a laugh, I believe. That was Walker’s response.

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”309710″][quote comment=”309707″]Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.[/quote]

    been there, done that

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in http://assets.sbnati...>this picture?[/quote]
    big unit[/quote]

    Did you just edit your response, Phil? I swear you didn’t have the “Big Unit” info on there before I posted my answer… unless I need another blast of caffeine. LOL

  • The Hemogoblin | January 12, 2009 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”309712″][quote comment=”309710″][quote comment=”309707″]Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.[/quote]

    been there, done that

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in http://assets.sbnati...>this picture?[/quote]
    big unit[/quote]

    Did you just edit your response, Phil? I swear you didn’t have the “Big Unit” info on there before I posted my answer… unless I need another blast of caffeine. LOL[/quote]

    Phil cheats.

    Heeeeeeeeheeeeeeee.

  • LI Phil | January 12, 2009 at 11:49 am |

    [quote]Did you just edit your response, Phil? I swear you didn’t have the “Big Unit” info on there before I posted my answer… unless I need another blast of caffeine. LOL [/quote]

    i did edit it, but it was before you posted your response…i’ll give you full credit, of course, but after i posted the ‘baby named shea’ link i saw the questioner’s post and thought i’d just add a second reply in one shot

  • Beardface | January 12, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”309702″]That jersey Knudsen’s team had on was awful, and I caught the brief night-game show of Doc Gooden. They had some morning shots of County Stadium in Major League as well.

    And 15 year-olds chasing ballplayers?? Ryan Bruan goes through that every night.[/quote]
    Is it just me or is that the Philadelphia Eagles wordmark of that time being used on those jerseys?

  • Roger Faso | January 12, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    Can’t wait to “uni-watch” this movie …

    http://videogum.com/...

  • Geeman | January 12, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”309703″][quote comment=”309690″]Wouldn’t the Chargers’ uniforms look better if they got rid of those blocks of color on the shoulders and legs that surround the lightning bolts?
    http://asapblogs.typ...

    Like this on the pants:
    http://i4.photobucke...
    [/quote]

    I don’t think the stripe area around the bolt looks that bad, per se, in that it pulls in the color of the jersey. However, on the white jerseys or white pants, I don’t like how the blue area around it doesn’t match the appearance of the bolt on the helmet (which is, of course, surrounded only by white with the light blue and dark blue trim). So in that respect, yes, no surrounding stripe would be better.

    But as Paul has noted, the bolt itself on the shoulder and pants looks awful because it doesn’t go the right way, so if the color around it is to be removed the bolt will need to be improved (or at least made to look like the old school version).

    However, on the topic of their unis, I must admit I really don’t like the white jersey/dark blue pants with the white helmets. The helmets have virtually no dark blue (at least compared to how much yellow/gold there is), so it just doesn’t seem right to my eye. The way that arrangement looked with their dark blue helmets seemed okay to me, so it’s very much the lightness of the helmet that is the difference for me. Now, I’m not crazy about the dark blue jersey/white pants with the white helmet either, but it’s not as bad.

    Really, I think the “powder” blue just looks great with the white helmet (maybe because the light/dark contrast isn’t so drastic), and the light blue area around the bolt on the alt white pants are okay. If they’d come up with light blue pants they could have a road alt as well.

    But with the white helmets I think the powder blue should become their main color and the dark blue relegated to their alts.[/quote]

    All white on the road would look best. Plus they could wear at home during warm days early in the season (which they do sometimes, but with the blue pants that defeats the purpose).

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”309710″][quote comment=”309707″]Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.[/quote]

    been there, done that

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in http://assets.sbnati...>this picture?[/quote]
    big unit[/quote]

    Im memory serves, John Kruk did something funny after getting buzzed by Johnson as well.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 12, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”309718″][quote comment=”309710″][quote comment=”309707″]Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.[/quote]

    been there, done that

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in http://assets.sbnati...>this picture?[/quote]
    big unit[/quote]

    Im memory serves, John Kruk did something funny after getting buzzed by Johnson as well.[/quote]

    I remember when that seagull shed his feathers when Johnson drilled him with a fastball…

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”309714″][quote]Did you just edit your response, Phil? I swear you didn’t have the “Big Unit” info on there before I posted my answer… unless I need another blast of caffeine. LOL [/quote]

    i did edit it, but it was before you posted your response…i’ll give you full credit, of course, but after i posted the ‘baby named shea’ link i saw the questioner’s post and thought i’d just add a second reply in one shot[/quote]

    Ok, good. I thought I hadn’t seen a response, and then I was like “Did Phil just edit that?”

    I was just curious about a possible new toy on the site to prevent me from misspellings and duplicate answers. ;o)

  • Noelski | January 12, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    looks like #12 on the team playing against denmark in the 2nd volleyball picture is on the birth control patch

  • Geeman | January 12, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”309717″][quote comment=”309703″][quote comment=”309690″]Wouldn’t the Chargers’ uniforms look better if they got rid of those blocks of color on the shoulders and legs that surround the lightning bolts?
    http://asapblogs.typ...

    Like this on the pants:
    http://i4.photobucke...
    [/quote]

    I don’t think the stripe area around the bolt looks that bad, per se, in that it pulls in the color of the jersey. However, on the white jerseys or white pants, I don’t like how the blue area around it doesn’t match the appearance of the bolt on the helmet (which is, of course, surrounded only by white with the light blue and dark blue trim). So in that respect, yes, no surrounding stripe would be better.

    But as Paul has noted, the bolt itself on the shoulder and pants looks awful because it doesn’t go the right way, so if the color around it is to be removed the bolt will need to be improved (or at least made to look like the old school version).

    However, on the topic of their unis, I must admit I really don’t like the white jersey/dark blue pants with the white helmets. The helmets have virtually no dark blue (at least compared to how much yellow/gold there is), so it just doesn’t seem right to my eye. The way that arrangement looked with their dark blue helmets seemed okay to me, so it’s very much the lightness of the helmet that is the difference for me. Now, I’m not crazy about the dark blue jersey/white pants with the white helmet either, but it’s not as bad.

    Really, I think the “powder” blue just looks great with the white helmet (maybe because the light/dark contrast isn’t so drastic), and the light blue area around the bolt on the alt white pants are okay. If they’d come up with light blue pants they could have a road alt as well.

    But with the white helmets I think the powder blue should become their main color and the dark blue relegated to their alts.[/quote]

    quote]

    All white on the road would look best. Plus they could wear at home during warm days early in the season (which they do sometimes, but with the blue pants that defeats the purpose).[/

  • Ed | January 12, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    Does anyone know the approx dimensions of the american flag patch on this years UNC BBall Jerseys? 2×3?

    Thanks in advanced

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”309720″][quote comment=”309714″][quote]Did you just edit your response, Phil? I swear you didn’t have the “Big Unit” info on there before I posted my answer… unless I need another blast of caffeine. LOL [/quote]

    i did edit it, but it was before you posted your response…i’ll give you full credit, of course, but after i posted the ‘baby named shea’ link i saw the questioner’s post and thought i’d just add a second reply in one shot[/quote]

    Ok, good. I thought I hadn’t seen a response, and then I was like “Did Phil just edit that?”

    I was just curious about a possible new toy on the site to prevent me from misspellings and duplicate answers. ;o)[/quote]

    And let me clarify: the “Ok, good” was for the positive response on the editing. I couldn’t care less about the “credit”. LOL

  • Hott Rodd | January 12, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”309719″][quote comment=”309718″][quote comment=”309710″][quote comment=”309707″]Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.[/quote]

    been there, done that

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in http://assets.sbnati...>this picture?[/quote]
    big unit[/quote]

    Im memory serves, John Kruk did something funny after getting buzzed by Johnson as well.[/quote]

    I remember when that seagull shed his feathers when Johnson drilled him with a fastball…[/quote]

    Actually a pigeon. we don’t have seagulls here in landlocked Phoenix

  • LI Phil | January 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”309725″][quote comment=”309719″][quote comment=”309718″][quote comment=”309710″][quote comment=”309707″]Kevin James, the actor from King of Queens, just had a baby girl. Being a Mets fan, he named her Shea. Poor kid.[/quote]

    been there, done that

    [quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in http://assets.sbnati...>this picture?[/quote]
    big unit[/quote]

    Im memory serves, John Kruk did something funny after getting buzzed by Johnson as well.[/quote]

    I remember when that seagull shed his feathers when Johnson drilled him with a fastball…[/quote]

    Actually a pigeon. we don’t have seagulls here in landlocked Phoenix[/quote]

    seagull was dave winfield in toronto, i believe…think they actually arrested him for animal cruelty or some such nonsense

     

    see #6

  • Ian | January 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”309683″][quote comment=”309678″]Forgive me for both a late comment, and if this has been brought up already, but life got in the way of things and I was late in reading the ESPN article on the Mets sleeve batch. Yeah it is really bad, but I think that this sleeve patch is a tell that Citigroup is going to be no more. There is no way a company would put so much cash into naming a field, and then not insist on being on the sleeve patch that comemorates it. For example, look at the Pudential Center first season patch, Paul rightfully bashed it for having like five “Prudentials” on it. I think this means there is a real chance that Citigroup is a goner, and the Mets either know it, or know that it is a real possibility that they’ve hedged with the lack of a ballpark name on the sleeve patch.

    Again, apologies if this has been said already.[/quote]

    They’re not allowed to put the Citi corporate brand on the patch. MLB rules are different from the NHL rules.[/quote]

    The patch http://bit.ly/SdbA is consistent with the Citi Field logo http://bit.ly/slLf

  • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | January 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm |

    Regarding the seating at the Red Square hockey game… that is the same ice rink they set up each winter, not a special one-time event like the Winter Classic.

  • Brick | January 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm |

    The rise in ADHD diagnoses among baseball players is related to the banning of amphetamines. Players with ADHD can get drugs with the same effect as uppers. Article on the phenonmenon.

  • steve | January 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    i think Chism’s sock look was probably achieved by putting these on — http://www.amazon.co... — and then twisting them to make that pattern.

  • jere | January 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm |

    Makes sense Tony Fernandez would wear that extra flap on his helmet: even in that picture he’s about to get punched in the face.

    I’m surprised no one mentioned Brandon Jacobs’ helmet #2 had a piece missing or was falling off yesterday. It was like that before the game even started. Unless it’s always like that or something…

  • Chad | January 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm |

    the Bulls gathered Sunday for a film session that was ugly for reasons beyond Oklahoma City’s uniforms
    http://www.chicagotr...

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=\”309705\”]It\’s not color-on-color, but Friday night Ohio State and Houston Baptist went template-on-template…

    http://photo.the-ozo...

    Nice catch, JAson.

    I wanted to check and se if baptist\’s unis were definitely Nike SOD or cheap knock-offs, but they are Nike.

    http://hbuhuskies.at...(vs.%20Marquette).jpg

    You can see teh beginning of a swoosh on the shooter\’s left leg, as well as the Nike Air Powermax shoes.

    His teammate behind provides more conclusive evidence with the swoosh on his shorts.

    It seems that they wore older Missouri/Florida Nike templates before the SOD gear:

    http://hbuhuskies.at...(tamiu).jpg

    http://hbuhuskies.at...(dc).jpg

    Before that though, they wore some VERY wierd unis:

    http://hbuhuskies.at...(pitt02).jpg

    http://hbuhuskies.at...(slu01).jpg

    http://hbuhuskies.at...(usa02).jpg

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm |

    Post #78

    UHB seems to have put the kybosh on direct linking, so here is the link to the Men’s BB photo galleries, you look for yourselves:

    http://hbuhuskies.at...

  • mtjaws | January 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm |

    The Gator Pouncey twins are actually Maurkice and Mike, not Maurice.

    The Gators Championship logo is a modified version of the FedEx BCS logo. And the tree trunks are still bizarrely aligned.

    Those Russian hockey uniforms are ok, but the mismatched blue is terrible. And the blue team has “All Star” in English on the chest, but the white/red team doesn’t. Any reason?

  • Beats in Buffalo | January 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm |

    This is totally off topic for the day but after watching the divisional playoff games this weekend I realized that both the Giants (Jets) and the Panthers have the NFL logo on the 50 yard line and not a team logo. The reason to have it at Giants Stadium is obvious but why Carolina when they are to my knowledge the sole occupants of the stadium? Do any other teams in the NFL forgo a team logo for the NFL logo at the 50?

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm |

    One of Paul’s pics of Oregon’s knurled gloves, also has another gem embedded within it:

    http://photos.oregon...

    The ball carrier is wearing Oregon exclusive LT 2.1’s!

  • morgan | January 12, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”309683″][quote comment=”309678″]Forgive me for both a late comment, and if this has been brought up already, but life got in the way of things and I was late in reading the ESPN article on the Mets sleeve batch. Yeah it is really bad, but I think that this sleeve patch is a tell that Citigroup is going to be no more. There is no way a company would put so much cash into naming a field, and then not insist on being on the sleeve patch that comemorates it. For example, look at the Pudential Center first season patch, Paul rightfully bashed it for having like five “Prudentials” on it. I think this means there is a real chance that Citigroup is a goner, and the Mets either know it, or know that it is a real possibility that they’ve hedged with the lack of a ballpark name on the sleeve patch.

    Again, apologies if this has been said already.[/quote]

    They’re not allowed to put the Citi corporate brand on the patch. MLB rules are different from the NHL rules.[/quote]

    Thanks Paul!

  • Matt Brosseau | January 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm |

    I believe Paul should undertake a weeklong study of Scandinavian volleyball teams and their uniforms.

    You can start with more on the Danish team. Yamma-hamma.

  • ScottS | January 12, 2009 at 1:20 pm |

    Also regarding Red Square – it’s TINY. They couldn’t have bleachers for more people even if they wanted to.

  • jere | January 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    “Do any other teams in the NFL forgo a team logo for the NFL logo at the 50?”

    Seems like it used to be way more common. But back in the 80s, at least, Giants Stadium had that red circle at midfield with the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority logo or whatever the hell it was.

  • PDB_523 | January 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”309711″][quote comment=”309709″]Does anyone know what brought about Larry Walker wearing his batting helmet backwards in this picture?[/quote]

    Randy Johnson throwing heat behind him at the All-Star Game for a laugh, I believe. That was Walker’s response.[/quote]

    Actually Randy Johnson threw a pick behind John Kruk and when Walker went up to bat, he not only put his helmet on backwards, he got into the right side of the batter’s box.

  • PDB_523 | January 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”309743″]”Do any other teams in the NFL forgo a team logo for the NFL logo at the 50?”

    Seems like it used to be way more common. But back in the 80s, at least, Giants Stadium had that red circle at midfield with the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority logo or whatever the hell it was.[/quote]

    The Panthers have the NFL logo at midfield too.

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”309737″]
    Those Russian hockey uniforms are ok, but the mismatched blue is terrible. And the blue team has “All Star” in English on the chest, but the white/red team doesn’t. Any reason?[/quote]

    Team Jagr was a team made of international stars in the KHL, so they went with a common language for the logo’s wordmarks. Team Yashin’s logo had the wording in Russian because his team was exclusively made up from Russian players in the KHL.

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm |

    “For the Italian Volleyball League Series A All-Star game in November, the floor was painted like an Italian flag.”

    That’s actually a really cool idea, IMO. The attack line is the break between the colours. All backrow attacks have to come from behind the white portion of the flag. To have the court setup with the flag to designate the attacking zone is a great idea.

  • Mike Miller | January 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”309697″] No such luck for the Patriots or Blades (neither of whom I faintly recall).[/quote]

    The Peterborough Patriots are the team the Chiefs have the pregame brawl with.

    The ???? Blades are the team where the Hansons make their debut, also the “Dave’s a killer, Dave’s a mess” game.

  • Jim | January 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    One company missing from that candy catalog: Curtiss, which made the Baby Ruth and Butterfinger bars. Guess those brands sold themselves!

  • LI Phil | January 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…

  • Peter | January 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”309750″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]

    Rickey Henderson says “Rickey Henderson will wear whatever cap that Rickey feels like wearing”

  • Kek | January 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”309750″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]
    A’s.

    Gotta be the A’s…doesn’t it? He broke the single-season and career SB record, in different stints, in an A’s uni. I would think the average baseball fan thinks A’s when he thinks Rickey, but that’s just me.

  • Patrick | January 12, 2009 at 2:54 pm |

    This kicks the shit out of this.

  • Phil in Joplin (new witty name coming soon!) | January 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”309750″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]
    /1987/Rickey1.JPG” rel=”nofollow”>rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]

    Rickey Henderson says “Rickey Henderson will wear whatever cap that Rickey feels like wearing”[/quote]

    The HOF could choose the blank hat option.

  • Beardface | January 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”309750″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]
    My guess is that he’ll wear the hat of the team that crack hasn’t caused him to forget playing with…

  • Peter | January 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm |

    Teebz:

    Will the Calgary Flames don a patch/sticker memorial for their owner Daryl Seaman?

  • Kevin M. | January 12, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”309752″][quote comment=”309750″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]
    A’s.

    Gotta be the A’s…doesn’t it? He broke the single-season and career SB record, in different stints, in an A’s uni. I would think the average baseball fan thinks A’s when he thinks Rickey, but that’s just me.[/quote]

    I gotta agree when I think of Rickey it is as an A and not in Seattle, New York, Toronto or any of his other stops.

  • u2-horn | January 12, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    Rickey should go into the hall with a picture of himself on his hat.

  • JTH | January 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”309665″]the Illini wore their orange alternate.[/quote]
    Orange alternate? Don’t they wear orange about 97% of the time?

  • Beats in Buffalo | January 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm |

    http://baseballguru....

    I had no idea Eazy E played for the Yankees

  • JTH | January 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm |

    I love the fact that Joe Namath’s restaurant was called Joe Namath’s Restaurant.

    Reminds me of this.

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

    [quote comment=”309753″]This kicks the shit out of this.[/quote]

    They do have their differences, but the new ones seem to stand out more, to me. I could live with the old ones, but I truly dislike (all) helmet numbers like that.

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”309756″]Teebz:

    Will the Calgary Flames don a patch/sticker memorial for their owner Daryl Seaman?[/quote]

    Nothing announced yet, but I would assume a helmet sticker is in the works. If it’s on the jersey, it has to be approved by the NHL, and that takes time and patience.

    Much like Luc Bourdon’s helmet sticker on the Canucks’ helmets, I would suspect that Calgary will honour him with a noggin tribute.

  • Namhob | January 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”309752″][quote comment=”309750″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]
    A’s.

    Gotta be the A’s…doesn’t it? He broke the single-season and career SB record, in different stints, in an A’s uni. I would think the average baseball fan thinks A’s when he thinks Rickey, but that’s just me.[/quote]
    Whatever team’s logo he wears (maybe this one? http://www.capitate....), it needs to be a helmet rather than a cap.

  • Vagabond Ben | January 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm |

    New cycling kit for Team Columbia.

    http://www.cyclingne...

  • Kenny | January 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”309745″][quote comment=”309743″]”Do any other teams in the NFL forgo a team logo for the NFL logo at the 50?”

    Seems like it used to be way more common. But back in the 80s, at least, Giants Stadium had that red circle at midfield with the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority logo or whatever the hell it was.[/quote]

    The Panthers have the NFL logo at midfield too.[/quote]

    seriously? you’re serious aren’t you…i guess someone doesn’t pay attention

  • Mike Engle | January 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”309764″][quote comment=”309752″][quote comment=”309750″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    course…there were also the blue jays and these guys too…[/quote]
    A’s.

    Gotta be the A’s…doesn’t it? He broke the single-season and career SB record, in different stints, in an A’s uni. I would think the average baseball fan thinks A’s when he thinks Rickey, but that’s just me.[/quote]
    Whatever team’s logo he wears (maybe this one? http://www.capitate....), it needs to be a helmet rather than a cap.[/quote]
    The real question is, when the Athletics retire Rickey’s number, do they retire #35 or #24?

  • Pedro | January 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”309766″][quote comment=”309745″][quote comment=”309743″]”Do any other teams in the NFL forgo a team logo for the NFL logo at the 50?”

    Seems like it used to be way more common. But back in the 80s, at least, Giants Stadium had that red circle at midfield with the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority logo or whatever the hell it was.[/quote]

    The Panthers have the NFL logo at midfield too.[/quote]

    seriously? you’re serious aren’t you…i guess someone doesn’t pay attention[/quote]

    I think the Jets and the Giants also have the NFL logo at midfield. LOL!

  • Don T Smith | January 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm |

    Mike Santorelli and his brother Mark both belong to the Nashville Predators, hence the MI on the back of Mike’s jersey.

  • JTH | January 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”309770″]Mike Santorelli and his brother Mark both belong to the Nashville Predators, hence the MI on the back of Mike’s jersey.[/quote]
    Also, the Preds have an NFL logo at the 50.

  • DJ | January 12, 2009 at 4:56 pm |

    i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    After the Wade Boggs fiasco (his choosing to be inducted as a Devil Ray), the HOF now does the picking. My guess is Henderson goes in as an Athletic.

  • SteveABQ | January 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm |

    Your opinion might be that the Kremlin makes a nicer backdrop than Wrigley Field…but I disagree. I like the Chicago Sports history connection myself. You can stick an ice rink anywhere…hell even in front of the Whitehouse…but I think its pretty special to utilize a sports facility so rich in history…for what the NHL hopes continues to be a well received and historical hockey game. The Kremlin might be cool but it has no relevancy to sports…Wrigley field on the other hand does.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 12, 2009 at 4:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”309772″]i guess the only question (and it shouldn’t be that hard) is: which cap will rickey wear into cooperstown?

    After the Wade Boggs fiasco (his choosing to be inducted as a Devil Ray), the HOF now does the picking. My guess is Henderson goes in as an Athletic.[/quote]

    It’s not solely the Hall’s call, but they have the supreme say. If Rickey wanted to go in with no logo on his helmet, I’m pretty sure he’s go in like that.

  • Jeremy Brahm | January 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm |

    Teebz,

    Technically the court is 9 meters by 18 meters, so the Italian flag on the court is not in exact proportion, which is 2:3 long. The court would be 1:2.

    The court would have to be 12 meters wide to match perfectly.

    Still, it does look really cool.

    As for Matt Brosseau, here is the link for the Danish women’s national team
    http://www.volleybal...

  • jesse | January 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    Henderson will go in as an Athletic, Rice as a Sox (obviously)

  • JTH | January 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”309773″]Your opinion might be that the Kremlin makes a nicer backdrop than Wrigley Field…but I disagree. I like the Chicago Sports history connection myself. You can stick an ice rink anywhere…hell even in front of the Whitehouse…but I think its pretty special to utilize a sports facility so rich in history…for what the NHL hopes continues to be a well received and historical hockey game. The Kremlin might be cool but it has no relevancy to sports…Wrigley field on the other hand does.[/quote]
    I had a hell of a time at the Winter Classic and it was really great to see a hockey game played on the same field that the Bears had such great success, but as far as visuals go, this ain’t got nuthin’ on this.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well the girls are frisky in old Frisco
    A pretty little chick wherever you go…

    Thanks a lot, Phil. That goddamned song is still stuck in my head

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”309760″]http://baseballguru.com/haeffner/1987/Rickey1.JPG

    I had no idea Eazy E played for the Yankees[/quote]

    Wow! Great call.

  • Teebz | January 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”309775″]Teebz,

    Technically the court is 9 meters by 18 meters, so the Italian flag on the court is not in exact proportion, which is 2:3 long. The court would be 1:2.

    The court would have to be 12 meters wide to match perfectly.

    Still, it does look really cool.

    As for Matt Brosseau, here is the link for the Danish women’s national team
    http://www.volleybal...

    No, I agree, but it’s virtually in alignment with where the backcourt line would fall. But now that you mention, you’re spot-on, Jeremy.

  • SteveABQ | January 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”309777″][quote comment=”309773″]Your opinion might be that the Kremlin makes a nicer backdrop than Wrigley Field…but I disagree. I like the Chicago Sports history connection myself. You can stick an ice rink anywhere…hell even in front of the Whitehouse…but I think its pretty special to utilize a sports facility so rich in history…for what the NHL hopes continues to be a well received and historical hockey game. The Kremlin might be cool but it has no relevancy to sports…Wrigley field on the other hand does.[/quote]
    I had a hell of a time at the Winter Classic and it was really great to see a hockey game played on the same field that the Bears had such great success, but as far as visuals go, this ain’t got nuthin’ on this.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well the girls are frisky in old Frisco
    A pretty little chick wherever you go…

    Thanks a lot, Phil. That goddamned song is still stuck in my head[/quote]

    Well you could have provided a better pic.

    Like this

    Maybe this is an unfair comparison…a baseball field is not the same as a structure that houses the president of a foreign nation.

  • JTH | January 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”309780″]

    Well you could have provided a better pic.

    Like this[/quote]
    My seats (and my camera phone) weren’t that good.

  • Mike | January 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm |

    Jim Ed didn’t get a new microphone for the induction press conference. You’d think the Sox would have jumped at that opportunity to use the new logo.

  • Mike | January 12, 2009 at 5:49 pm |

    Whoops. I meant to link this image.

  • Johnny O | January 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |

    I don’t think this has been mentioned yet. But advertising has gone in a different dorection for the Brewers… or according to this article:

    http://milwaukee.bre...

    …the Brewers are now going to be referred to as “Milwaukee Brewers Baseball presented by Potawatomi Bingo Casino”.

    *sigh*

    Now I know that isn’t their “official” name or anything, but it’s still kind of sad.

  • Will Morris | January 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |

    Not sure if it’s posted yet, but the Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that the Brooklyn Cyclones are going to be the Baracklyn Cyclones on June 23, with stars-and-stipes uniforms and all:

    http://www.nj.com/me...

  • nididakes | January 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm |

    i may not be the first to point out that reebok isn’t english — it’s afrikaans (even though the company was founded in england, it’s named after a kind of gazelle the british english spelling of which is rhebok).

    what paul means is that reebok is rendered in roman script, as opposed to the cyrillic alphabet.

  • Jeremy Brahm | January 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm |

    Teebz,

    I also found that the Italian flag is supposed to have three equal vertical sections, so the court would be correct, because it would be 6 meters, 6 meters and 6 meters. And with the 3 meter line half on one side and the other on the the other side, it works perfectly. Maybe they should do this court design for the 2010 Men’s World Volleyball Championship to be held in Italy.

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Andy | January 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm |

    You make the top story on Yahoo Paul. Hooray!
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Andy | January 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”309788″]You make the top story on Yahoo Paul. Hooray!
    http://sports.yahoo....

    *** You Made the top story ***

    “Me fail English?”

  • Dave Soline | January 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm |

    Are the Colts changing their unis? Interesting that the Colts had this as their helmet logo for Dungy retirement speech. http://www.indystar....
    Not sure if I have ever seen this blue helmet with white logo before.

  • Dane | January 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm |

    Dateline: Charlotte, NC, Saturday, January 10, 2009

    “Ugh. It’s raining. Better cover the mascot.”

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Dave Soline | January 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”309790″]Are the Colts changing their unis? Interesting that the Colts had this as their helmet logo for Dungy retirement speech. http://www.indystar....
    Not sure if I have ever seen this blue helmet with white logo before.[/quote]
    Another look http://www.fox59.com...

  • Ricko | January 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”309790″]Are the Colts changing their unis? Interesting that the Colts had this as their helmet logo for Dungy retirement speech. http://www.indystar....
    Not sure if I have ever seen this blue helmet with white logo before.[/quote]

    Hmmm…you’d like to think they’d get the podium sign right, wouldn’t you. Last time Colts had blue helments, of course, was the mid-50’s when the horseshoes first appeared on the back of the helmet either side of the white stripe.

    Would be a nice way to start a new coaching regime, though, come to think of it. But those white helmets do go back a lonnnnnnnnnng way.

    —Ricko

  • The Hemogoblin | January 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”309790″]Are the Colts changing their unis? Interesting that the Colts had this as their helmet logo for Dungy retirement speech. http://www.indystar....
    Not sure if I have ever seen this blue helmet with white logo before.[/quote]

    If I remember, they have that logo on their podium and nowhere else.

  • JKim | January 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm |

    Late in the day but I’m on the West Coast (so give me a break).
    Neat video of how custom boots are made by Nike (I know I know) for its sponsored football/soccer players.

    Here on YouTube

  • JJD | January 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm |

    Sorry if this is old but I saw it on TrueHoop today…

    LeBron in a Browns uni with full pads, for an ad. (Also, FNOB.)

  • =bg= | January 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm |

    Yahoo! Sports:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Here’s what UniWatch’s Paul Lukas, a lifelong Mets fan, had to say:

    “Compare (anything) to this, and the Mets’ effort comes off looking like amateur hour. Or maybe amateur minute. It looks like one of those cheapo generic marks you see in commercials or movies when the producers couldn’t afford the licensing fees for the real logos.”

  • Ricko | January 12, 2009 at 9:49 pm |

    ESPN 2, right now. A Lions playoff game. Yes, Virgina, once upon a time such things were possible. Packers-Lions Wild Card Game, Silverdome, 1993.

  • =bg= | January 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”309784″]I don’t think this has been mentioned yet. But advertising has gone in a different dorection for the Brewers… or according to this article:

    http://milwaukee.bre...

    …the Brewers are now going to be referred to as “Milwaukee Brewers Baseball presented by Potawatomi Bingo Casino”.

    *sigh*

    Now I know that isn’t their “official” name or anything, but it’s still kind of sad.[/quote]

    DANGER WILL ROBINSON
    ****LUKAS HEAD EXPLOSION ALERT****

  • Ricko | January 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”309796″]Sorry if this is old but I saw it on TrueHoop today…

    LeBron in a Browns uni with full pads, for an ad. (Also, FNOB.)[/quote]

    Prior to the NFL draft back when Raymond Berry was coaching the Patiots, someone lamented, “Where are all the great tight ends?”

    Berry shrugged, “In the NBA.”

    —Ricko

  • Glenn | January 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”309743″]”Do any other teams in the NFL forgo a team logo for the NFL logo at the 50?”

    Seems like it used to be way more common. [/quote]

    I can’t think of any other stadiums right now with the NFL logo at the 50, but its funny because my wife mentioned this over the weekend, asking about when the Panthers did this (to the best of my knowledge, they’ve always had this midfield decoration). I do recall in the mid to late 1980’s/early 90’s? (somewhere in that range), the Denver Broncos had the NFL logo at midfield at Mile High Stadium.

  • VPrime | January 12, 2009 at 10:39 pm |

    From my 1993 NFL Rulebook, Rule 5, Section 3, Article 2: “For preseason or postseason games, the two competing teams may wear jerseys in their official colors (non-white), provided the Commissioner determines that such colors are of sufficient contrast.”

    1.) Is this rule still in effect?
    2.) Has it ever been used?

  • MPowers1634 | January 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”309796″]Sorry if this is old but I saw it on TrueHoop today…

    LeBron in a Browns uni with full pads, for an ad. (Also, FNOB.)[/quote]

    While at St. Vincent St. Mary’s of Akron, Lebron was an Outstanding wide receiver.

    A school that also produced standout Notre Dame linebacker Wes Pritchett from the 89 national Championship team.

  • Patrick in MI | January 12, 2009 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”309798″]ESPN 2, right now. A Lions playoff game. Yes, Virgina, once upon a time such things were possible. Packers-Lions Wild Card Game, Silverdome, 1993.[/quote]

    Watching the end of this right now. What is that giant patch on the Lions’ left chest? 60th anniversary maybe? Cool to see the Silverdome so packed and full of life, unlike it’s dark sad state nowadays.

  • LI Phil | January 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”309804″][quote comment=”309798″]ESPN 2, right now. A Lions playoff game. Yes, Virgina, once upon a time such things were possible. Packers-Lions Wild Card Game, Silverdome, 1993.[/quote]

    Watching the end of this right now. What is that giant patch on the Lions’ left chest? 60th anniversary maybe? Cool to see the Silverdome so packed and full of life, unlike it’s dark sad state nowadays.[/quote]

    does anyone even use the silverdome now? i thought the city of pontiac was trying to sell it

  • JTH | January 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”309805″][quote comment=”309804″][quote comment=”309798″]ESPN 2, right now. A Lions playoff game. Yes, Virgina, once upon a time such things were possible. Packers-Lions Wild Card Game, Silverdome, 1993.[/quote]

    Watching the end of this right now. What is that giant patch on the Lions’ left chest? 60th anniversary maybe? Cool to see the Silverdome so packed and full of life, unlike it’s dark sad state nowadays.[/quote]

    does anyone even use the silverdome now? i thought the city of pontiac was trying to sell it[/quote]
    I know they’ve used it for Monster Jam and I think some supercross events within the last couple of years. I’m not sure if that’s a thing of the past, though. I’ve got a friend who’s a booker for those things. I suppose I could give him a call to find out for sure. I’m sure he’d love to get a call about the status of Monster Jam at the Pontiac Silverdome at 10:29 pm CST.

    Incidentally, he was sweating out the Chargers-Steelers game for a few minutes yesterday. If the Chargers had won, this Saturday’s Monster Jam at Qualcomm would have been pushed back a week.

  • =bg= | January 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Fra-geel-lay.
    That’s….that’s Italian!

  • Patrick in MI | January 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”309805″][quote comment=”309804″][quote comment=”309798″]ESPN 2, right now. A Lions playoff game. Yes, Virgina, once upon a time such things were possible. Packers-Lions Wild Card Game, Silverdome, 1993.[/quote]

    Watching the end of this right now. What is that giant patch on the Lions’ left chest? 60th anniversary maybe? Cool to see the Silverdome so packed and full of life, unlike it’s dark sad state nowadays.[/quote]

    does anyone even use the silverdome now? i thought the city of pontiac was trying to sell it[/quote]

    The city of Pontiac still owns the dome. They had entered into a contract (bad idea IMO) with a developer but the money never materialized. Thankfully, that exclusive contract expired on Nov 1 and the city is still looking for buyers. Good luck in this economy though! I live in Pontiac and actually work right across the street from the dome. The Steelers used it as a practice facility for Super Bowl XL and that was the last time it was used.

  • ryan | January 13, 2009 at 2:03 am |

    anyone watch mlb network? they are airing ‘Class of 2009′ and mentioned Pete Rose. Bottom of the screen had a Photoshopped current pic of Rose, from his cap he looked like he was just acquired by the 2009 Phillies. With all the pics out there thats just laziness.

  • Mr. Daniel | January 13, 2009 at 2:44 am |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Congrats Paul, yahoo’s front page had a link that led to a direct quote.
    I am curious if the hits spiked.

  • Denis | January 13, 2009 at 8:20 am |

    http://www.icethetic...

    Checkout the C on Roberto’s chest. Too bad he doesn’t wear the C during the games

  • EMD | January 13, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”309693″]from IMDB about that 7 minutes movie:

    In the scene where Knudsen hits a home run, there are a few editing mistakes. The filming takes place in Shea Stadium. Well if the Generals were supposed to be the home team, they should have been wearing white uniforms. The other team, the Mets, where the ones wearing white. Also, the up close shot of the Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden, clearly shows his number as 16. After the home run, the Mets pitcher is shown with number 76. Knudsen is a right handed batter, the distant shot of the home run, shows a left handed batter swinging.[/quote]

    I had a screenwriting class in college that was taught by the writer of “7 Minutes in Heaven.”

  • kevinmcneil.net » Getting Some Pub | January 14, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    […] Paul gave me shout-out in his blog entry for Monday, January 12th (it’s toward the bottom of the page, submitted by SoSHer Peter Greenberg — thanks, Peter). My site usually get 10 – 20 hits per day, 30 -40 if I’ve posted something new. On Monday and Tuesday I had close to 400 hits, so the exposure was definitely beneficial. I even got an email from a fellow sports artist who had some very supportive words, which I greatly appreciated. […]