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What to Wear?

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By Phil Hecken

Today is the annual New York gathering of Uni Watch at 2:00 pm at Sheep Station in Paul’s borough of Brooklyn. MLB logo designer Jerry Dior is scheduled to join us, it should be a fun time, and last year’s party was great. Hopefully, if you live within the area, you will be dropping by.

My memory of last year is a little hazy, but I believe Paul may have worn something like this, though I may have confused him with someone else. All kidding aside, despite his keen eye toward sartorial splendor, and being our eyes and ears on the aesthetics of athletics, Mr. Lukas almost always wears normal clothes when hosting our Uni Watch gatherings, oftentimes making new lifelong buddies in the process.

Like most of the UW readership, I own several jerseys. Unfortunately, this isn’t my closet and neither is this, nor is this. But I still face the question we all do when attending a Uni Watch gathering: “What to wear?” As of this morning, I still haven’t decided.

Of course, a Uni Watch gathering always leads an attendee to strongly contemplate his or her choice of attire. It is a decision not usually easily arrived at, since for many of us there are many options. While I did consider wearing something like this, I would be hard-pressed to match the amazing selections of those who have previously attended Uni Watch gigs. Truly outstanding efforts have been put into selecting their attire for the occasion.

There are always interesting and different looks, and always some real beauties, including a few kits from sports some of us have never heard of. There will always be a few UWers who show up wearing shirts from sports that aren’t even real sports — or sports that only Bryan seemingly could love.

Sometimes, famous folks and UW legends show up. Often, a clever t-shirt provides proper comic relief. Other times, the ink is the star of the show or just a conversation piece. And on rare occasions, a dedicated UWer will drive 7 hours to be at a gig.

There are those times when someone will bring along a really sweet jersey. And any Mets gear is always sure to impress the host. On the other hand, a Uni Watcher may feel obligated to tweak the host by wearing enemy colors, but you gotta admit this is a beautiful jersey. No less certain to curry favor with Paul is to show up wearing purple nike, or keep this gem hidden until just the right moment. On the other side of the coin is the person sporting UW colors, virtually assuring a pose with Paul.

It’s always nice when someone treats a gathering as a formal affair. To add local flair at gatherings in areas not located near the Big Apple, college puck sweaters are always a good way to go. One could always take the old time route and wear something from Soviet Union, where sweater wears you.

Finally, readers occasionally turn up wearing uniforms that never existed (or never should have existed). Some of the more enterprising among us will go the extra mile and actually make their own jerseys. But whatever it is that we choose to wear, whether it be baby blue or bright orange, it’s always great to be with others who Get It ™.

You can check out full party write-ups from the past by clicking here, here, here, and here, and probably elsewhere by searching the archives.

No matter what a UWer is wearing, a UW gathering is always attended by those who know the proper way to wear a jersey. I still don’t know what I’ll be wearing, but whatever it is, it won’t be tucked into my jeans. Hope any Uni Watchers in the tri-state area or within seven hours driving distance can make it down to Sheep Station this afternoon. For the rest of you, enjoy the football-free weekend and enjoy the NHL pre-All Star Game festivities, myriad basketball games, golf, tennis and even the X-games. The floor is yours.

 

105 comments to What to Wear?

  • Stuby on the Blackberry | January 24, 2009 at 8:22 am |

    I’m still pissed I missed the Twin Cities UW gathering and the chance to meet Paul, Teebz and Minna, et al. I was about 45 minutes away but had to work late that night.

    I’ll continue to hold out for a Huntsville get-together. Have a great time today!

  • adrian | January 24, 2009 at 8:40 am |

    I am hoping for a Charlotte NC stop.

    The Johnny Bench jersey is just bizarre. Have we talked about this?

  • skott daltonic | January 24, 2009 at 8:43 am |

    i’m actually coming down to ny today but i don’t think that i’ll be there in time to make the gathering – HAVE FUN!

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 8:51 am |

    “Football free” is right. Unless you have NFL Network, in which case you can check out the Senior Bowl at least. Does anyone else find this whole NFL Network thing as irritating as I do? Anyone have any numbers about how successful, or unsuccesful it’s been?

    Anyway, yeah, wish I could have made it to NY…or that I’d known about UW when the meeting in Minneapolis took place.

    Have fun today at the gathering. Hmmm, what would I wear to a UW meet…there’s something to ponder. I guess my Minneapolis Millers ’51 road jersey from Ebbets Field Flannels.

    Not gonna attempt going to Pond Hockey. Just too damn cold to stand and watch.

    —Ricko

  • scott | January 24, 2009 at 8:58 am |

    Looks like Texas Rangers fans are already blasting the new uniform set, calling the helmet “goofy” and “softballish” and comparing their red uniform to the hated Angels. When the Rangers were successful in the 1990s, they never wore a solid red jersey, so why does ownership think that jersey is harkening back to that era?

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 9:32 am |

    [quote comment=”311523″]Looks like Texas Rangers fans are already blasting the new uniform set, calling the helmet “goofy” and “softballish” and comparing their red uniform to the hated Angels. When the Rangers were successful in the 1990s, they never wore a solid red jersey, so why does ownership think that jersey is harkening back to that era?[/quote]

    It IS goofy and softballish. They should just donate them to the SMU women’s team right now (the colors are right) and not further embarrass themselves.

    —Ricko

  • Peter | January 24, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    Stuck home today in poughkeepsie…have a great time all!

    Maybe ill make my time uni worthy and check out old poughkeepsie uni’s!

  • Marty | January 24, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    Oh boy, do I wish I was in Crooklyn today. Nevertheless, it was nice seeing a picture of myself in the post. Thanks LI Phil.

  • Steve | January 24, 2009 at 10:04 am |

    Two words for UniWatch gatherings: Sausage. Fest.

  • Marty | January 24, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    I have no beef with sausage.

  • JTH | January 24, 2009 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”311527″]Two words for UniWatch gatherings: Sausage. Fest.[/quote]
    In that case, the ensemble I’d have gone with if I was attending today would have been appropriate:

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  • Sarran | January 24, 2009 at 10:29 am |

    Has there ever been or are there plans for a Texas gathering?

  • Sam Mc | January 24, 2009 at 10:35 am |

    Good news for 76ers fans, they reportedly are returning to their old logo and uniforms.

    http://sixers4guidos...

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 10:39 am |

    Guess I should have posted that Millers road jersey I’d wear (#28, Willie Mays).
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 24, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”311522″]”Football free” is right. Unless you have NFL Network, in which case you can check out the Senior Bowl at least. Does anyone else find this whole NFL Network thing as irritating as I do? Anyone have any numbers about how successful, or unsuccesful it’s been?
    [/quote]
    What is the deal with the NFL Network, anyway? Why don’t some cable systems carry it? I’ve got DirecTV so it’s never been an issue for me (same goes for the Big Ten Network & the new MLB channel) and I haven’t paid much attention.

    And honestly, I don’t really see why people with the option of satellite still stick with cable. If it’s fear of bad weather disrupting the signal, it’s really not that big an issue. Chicago’s not exactly known for clear blue skies 365 days a year and my weather outages are few and far between.

    Of course, relearning all the channel numbers and reprogramming DVRs would be a bitch.

  • John in Athens | January 24, 2009 at 10:53 am |

    Great post today.

    I couldn’t help but click on every link.

    I wish I lived seven hours from NYC. Sigh.

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 10:58 am |

    In my last relationship, the woman I was seeing had “everything-you-can-possibly-get” comcast cable here in Twin Cities and Direct TV at her home in Boca Raton (so she could watch the Vikings when she was in Florida). This is strictly from my experience, of course, but DirectTV was a bigger pain in the ass technically (weather, etc.). As far as programming, my overall impression is that cable is better for movies and general content (including music channels) but DirectTV is far, FAR superior for sports. Only oddity was that we couldn’t get Marlin games in Florida; DTV didn’t have a deal with the local cable system, evidently.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 24, 2009 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”311535″]In my last relationship, the woman I was seeing had “everything-you-can-possibly-get” comcast cable here in Twin Cities and Direct TV at her home in Boca Raton (so she could watch the Vikings when she was in Florida). This is strictly from my experience, of course, but DirectTV was a bigger pain in the ass technically (weather, etc.). As far as programming, my overall impression is that cable is better for movies and general content (including music channels) but DirectTV is far, FAR superior for sports. Only oddity was that we couldn’t get Marlin games in Florida; DTV didn’t have a deal with the local cable system, evidently.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    You can watch music and movies on TV? Who knew?

  • Chris | January 24, 2009 at 11:13 am |

    Can anyone tell me why some of the players in the NHL All-Star warmups are wearing their own sweaters, not the ASG monstrosities?

  • Stuby | January 24, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”311530″]Has there ever been or are there plans for a Texas gathering?[/quote]
    Pretty sure there was a Dallas get-together a few years back.

  • Robert in Dallas | January 24, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    Today’s quality subject has unfortunately reminded me that for the Dallas Uni Watch gathering, I forgot my mid-’60s Nebraska jersey (with funny logo and weird numbers) at the office, and was forced to dress like a civilian. It was so embarrassing.

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  • JTH | January 24, 2009 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”311537″]Can anyone tell me why some of the players in the NHL All-Star warmups are wearing their own sweaters, not the ASG monstrosities?[/quote]
    I think those are the rookies & sophomores that are playing in the Young Stars game. The guys in the ASG jerseys are the actual all-stars.

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 11:27 am |

    Speaking of movies, rented LEATHERHEADS last night…for a $1.07 at the Redbox. Wasn’t worth the money. Not from a uni-watching standpoint, not from sports history standpoint, not from a general movie-watching standpoint. Slow, dumb, unfunny and generally pointless.

    —Ricko

  • The Ol Goaler | January 24, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    Geez… I’ve had two stints broadcasting the Blytheville (Ark.) “Chickasaws”, so I’ve got bunches of maroon shirts, socks, etc.

    My tenure as a broadcaster for Arkansas State University stretched all the way back to the (politically incorrect) “Jumpin’ Joe” days through the “Runnin’ Joe” days; once the school was forced by the NCAA to quit being “Indians” and became the “Red Wolves”, that meant getting new shirts/hats/sweatshirts… and as a Mizzou alum, I’ve got plenty of black-and-gold stuff as well!

    Then, there’s my Stan Musial replica jersey, my “Pepper” Martin replica jerseys, and replicas of these sweet St. Louis Blues sweaters (Damn You, Reebok!)…

  • Scott Little | January 24, 2009 at 11:34 am |

    F’n awesome piece Phil. You can hang in my closets/rooms anytime.

    One comment about our PDX get-together. I was looking forward to seeing Jeremy Brahm in a crazy Japanese 2002 field hockey/indoor soccer/tiddlywinks all star game jersey or something. NY Rangers jersey? ;)

  • JTH | January 24, 2009 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”311541″]Speaking of movies, rented LEATHERHEADS last night…for a $1.07 at the Redbox. Wasn’t worth the money. Not from a uni-watching standpoint, not from sports history standpoint, not from a general movie-watching standpoint. Slow, dumb, unfunny and generally pointless.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Next time you’re looking at a movie ad and you see a reviewer’s quote that’s got ellipses in it, consider this. A few well-placed ellipses and Ricko’s review is glowing:

    LEATHERHEADS… Was… worth the money… from a uni-watching standpoint… from sports history standpoint… from a general movie-watching standpoint… funny…

  • Tony In Erie | January 24, 2009 at 11:41 am |

    Found this photo of Larry Robinson on ESPN.com this morning…anyone ever see a mess up like that before? I don’t think I’ve seen such a bad Canadiens jersey flub!

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    Sure wish VintageMinnesotaHockey.com (from yesterday’s U-W lead story) had been around about 20 years ago. A good friend of my parents named Ted Breckheimer played for the Millers during this era. Would love to have bought this for him. Sadly, Ted’s gone now, though.
    http://farm4.static....
    Me, I’m loving this one…
    http://farm4.static....
    …just to wear with jeans.

    (Plus about 15 or 20 others. Man, they have some terrific stuff, and the prices are unbelievable.)

    —Ricko

  • Stan a.k.a. ALL my teams suck | January 24, 2009 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”311527″]Two words for UniWatch gatherings: Sausage. Fest.[/quote]

    So my gf read that and laughed… I am not whipped am I?!

    I hope I can make it (work 1-4 in the city), and I still got have to figure how to transfer from shirt and tie into sports junk. Woe is me.

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment=”311547″][quote comment=”311527″]Two words for UniWatch gatherings: Sausage. Fest.[/quote]

    So my gf read that and laughed… I am not whipped am I?!

    I hope I can make it (work 1-4 in the city), and I still got have to figure how to transfer from shirt and tie into sports junk. Woe is me.[/quote]

    Use your imagination. Find an old-time phone booth somewhere. And your line is, “This looks like a job for…”

  • Ryan | January 24, 2009 at 12:02 pm |

    http://farm4.static....

    Is that ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer in the Pirates jersey?

  • Tony In Erie | January 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”311549″]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3018/2785009801_9603310f95.jpg?v=0

    Is that ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer in the Pirates jersey?[/quote]

    Sarcasm? I think it is Rob.

  • Teebz | January 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”311519″]I’m still pissed I missed the Twin Cities UW gathering and the chance to meet Paul, Teebz and Minna, et al. I was about 45 minutes away but had to work late that night.

    I’ll continue to hold out for a Huntsville get-together. Have a great time today![/quote]

    I’d like to see Paul head back to the land of 10,000 lakes. Besides, Paul can spend a week going through Ricko’s vast collection!

    [quote comment=”311537″]Can anyone tell me why some of the players in the NHL All-Star warmups are wearing their own sweaters, not the ASG monstrosities?[/quote]

    All of the playes wear their team jerseys for the skills competition. Only the All-Star Game gets the All-Star jersey.

  • Dan King | January 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    darn, i think i’m at the 8 hour mark away from nyc.

    i’m still holding out for the cleveland uni-watch gathering. i’ve got a jersey paul would absolutely love ;). i think it’d happen faster if us clevelanders organized one ourselves. i think there’s quite a few of us.

  • Jamie | January 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”311530″]Has there ever been or are there plans for a Texas gathering?[/quote]

    I was kind of wondering the same thing, but given the size of Texas, no matter where it happens, someone gets left out. I mean, I probably wouldn’t be able to go unless it was in Lubbock or maybe Abilene. You know?

  • Tim | January 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”311533″]What is the deal with the NFL Network, anyway? Why don’t some cable systems carry it? I’ve got DirecTV so it’s never been an issue for me (same goes for the Big Ten Network & the new MLB channel) and I haven’t paid much attention.[/quote]

    Carriage fees; I know here in New York Cablevision wants to put the NFL Network on a premium tier and the NFL wants the channel to be on basic.

    The NFL actually had a great chance to turn the tide in its favor last year: it had the exclusive rights to the last regular season game, Patriots at Giants AKA the Quest for Perfection. Since Cablevision didn’t carry the channel, the NFL could have really stuck it to them by leaving the Dolans in the position of not having their system carry the semi-historical game in the New York Market. Just use your imagination and envision how many irate phone calls Cablevision would have received and the possibility of losing subscribers over that mess.

    Instead the NFL chickened out and cut a deal to have one of the local stations (I believe it was NBC) carry the game.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”311523″]Looks like Texas Rangers fans are already blasting the new uniform set, calling the helmet “goofy” and “softballish” and comparing their red uniform to the hated Angels. When the Rangers were successful in the 1990s, they never wore a solid red jersey, so why does ownership think that jersey is harkening back to that era?[/quote]

    When I think of the Rangers, I always think Blue instead of Red, even though it’s been many years since the colour change.

  • BurghFan | January 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    Since Cablevision didn’t carry the channel, the NFL could have really stuck it to them by leaving the Dolans in the position of not having their system carry the semi-historical game in the New York Market.

    They sell the rights to broadcast stations in the two teams’ markets, so New York wasn’t going to be shut out.

  • Jeremy Brahm | January 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    Yes, it was Rob Neyer.

  • Matthew Robins | January 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    R.I.P. Coach Yow

    http://gomarquette.c...

  • Tony In Erie | January 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    I know I missed the unveiling convo yesterday, but since I made such a big deal about the Pirates jerseys a few weeks back, I figure I should say something

    A.) No more sleeves? I mean, its not a big deal, I guess…just surprises me that they’d go back to sleeves. Another morph, really. Still has me wondering whats next.

    2.) Pinstripes aren’t gone yet, so they haven’t gotten enough pissed off letters about it.
    Three.) That black alt has shades of the Buffalo Sabres jersey, with the flipped number and all that. I think its not bad, although I think these times could have handled a gold alt. Think how cool that alt would look with the colors flipped and a flipped color hat!

  • Mike Engle | January 24, 2009 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”311553″][quote comment=”311530″]Has there ever been or are there plans for a Texas gathering?[/quote]

    I was kind of wondering the same thing, but given the size of Texas, no matter where it happens, someone gets left out. I mean, I probably wouldn’t be able to go unless it was in Lubbock or maybe Abilene. You know?[/quote]
    There was a gathering at Austin’s The Salt Lick once upon a time. Not sure why I remember that, but I do.

  • Kyle | January 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    I don’t really care what Paul wears to gatherings, or that he usually makes friends. For the past few weeks uniwatch has been really dropping the ball about reporting actual sports uniforms, and now it just seems concerned about Life magazine photos and raffles.

    Would it kill anyone to put a picture of the new Rangers or Pirates uniforms as the picture, as this site is supposed to be about, ya know, uniforms. This is more like a dumb frat’s website.

    “Look, this guy has a funny shirt!”

  • Camryn | January 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    DTV is best for sports because it carries Irish channel Setanta Sports, which in turn carries rugby. How about a Bay Area meet-up some time?

  • Jamie | January 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”311561″]I don’t really care what Paul wears to gatherings, or that he usually makes friends. For the past few weeks uniwatch has been really dropping the ball about reporting actual sports uniforms, and now it just seems concerned about Life magazine photos and raffles.

    Would it kill anyone to put a picture of the new Rangers or Pirates uniforms as the picture, as this site is supposed to be about, ya know, uniforms. This is more like a dumb frat’s website.

    “Look, this guy has a funny shirt!”[/quote]

    If anything, I’d say this is the website of an awesome fraternity: one which is united under a common love of uniforms and hate of corporate America. Not to mention, if you’ve been here for any length of time at all, you should know that this is what almost all weekend entries look like. Bitching helps no one.

  • Jamie | January 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm |

    And that guy did have a funny shirt.

  • Lucy | January 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    Kay Yow, the NC State Women’s Basketball Coach, has passed. This article indicates that several coaches may wear upside down pink ribbons this week, which I would assume are meant to resemble the logo here.

  • Stuby on the Blackberry | January 24, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    So, can anyone explain why it is that I do get the NFL Network on my cable systems but they don’t show any games?

  • Swift | January 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    I’m a devoted reader that almost never posts comments, but since it’s so close to my apartment, I can’t *not* go. Looking forward to meeting folks today!

  • The Hemogoblin | January 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm |

    I’m only 3000 miles away or so… someone buying me plane tickets for this?

  • Jamie | January 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    Guy with NFL Network: Are you watching the Senior Bowl? How is my best friend Harrell doing?

  • Kevin | January 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    i have to say…i really like the new pirates black alternate, and i rarely can say that about any team. that probably has to do with the fact that black is actually one of their colors.

    http://www.post-gaze...

  • Jamie | January 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm |

    Nevermind about the Senior Bowl. It’s at 7 tonight. Ha.

  • =bg= | January 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”311561″]I don’t really care what Paul wears to gatherings, or that he usually makes friends. For the past few weeks uniwatch has been really dropping the ball about reporting actual sports uniforms, and now it just seems concerned about Life magazine photos and raffles.

    Would it kill anyone to put a picture of the new Rangers or Pirates uniforms as the picture, as this site is supposed to be about, ya know, uniforms. This is more like a dumb frat’s website.

    “Look, this guy has a funny shirt!”[/quote]

    There are a lot of different websites on the Internet. You can always go read one of those if you don’t like this one. Just an idea, since the ball always gets dropped here.

  • Johnny O | January 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”311535″]In my last relationship, the woman I was seeing had “everything-you-can-possibly-get” comcast cable here in Twin Cities and Direct TV at her home in Boca Raton (so she could watch the Vikings when she was in Florida). This is strictly from my experience, of course, but DirectTV was a bigger pain in the ass technically (weather, etc.). As far as programming, my overall impression is that cable is better for movies and general content (including music channels) but DirectTV is far, FAR superior for sports. Only oddity was that we couldn’t get Marlin games in Florida; DTV didn’t have a deal with the local cable system, evidently.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I have had DirecTV for two years now and have had zero problems with the weather screwing up my dish. And this is coming from a guy with terrible Wisconsin winters (not that Ricko has better winters in MN) But once when a big lighting storm came did my reception go for about one minute.

    And Ricko is right…DirecTV is amazing when it comes to sports. I never had to worry about games on the NFL Network, or if I could watch the Badgers on the Big Ten Network, and now with the MLB Network just added with my package…it’s an amazing things. Plus I have the HD/DVR receiver, which just adds to the awesomeness.

    Wish I could attend tonight…hopefully someone will wear some Wisconsin stuff in my absence. Ya know, like the ball-in-glove logo, or the old Milwaukee Bucks logo with the deer spinning the ball…that stuff.

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”311561″]I don’t really care what Paul wears to gatherings, or that he usually makes friends. For the past few weeks uniwatch has been really dropping the ball about reporting actual sports uniforms, and now it just seems concerned about Life magazine photos and raffles.

    Would it kill anyone to put a picture of the new Rangers or Pirates uniforms as the picture, as this site is supposed to be about, ya know, uniforms. This is more like a dumb frat’s website.

    “Look, this guy has a funny shirt!”[/quote]

    For one thing, there hasn’t been much to “report” about uniforms in past weeks—not new ones anyway—until the last few days. NHL thirds are out there, NBA and NCAA basketball are well underway. NFL virtually over. Can’t even preview Arena Football cuz it’s taking a year off.

    Second, these weekend sidebar pieces are that way by design. The efforts of Phil and Bryan and their predecessors keep Uni Watch from being a Monday through Friday event.

    Third, traffic here drops off on the weekends, and new uni news is always featured on weekdays for exactly that reason, and also because complete and thorough comments on new unis are Paul’s domain, and righly so. Plus, you can bet they’ll be covered in Paul’s coming preseason in-depth preview of the ’09 MLB uniform landscape. And while these unis haven’t been featured in the lead item as yet, links to images of them have been all over posts here at UW since they were unveiled.

    Four, the enjoyment of the LIFE Archives and such is because this site also is very, very much about what teams wore in the past. One can’t visit here and not fully understand that in about two seconds.

    Five, a few times a year some of the like-minded people here get together to put faces to the names. And that isn’t something to have a little fun with, especially on an extrordinarily quiet weekend for sports? (Hey, but next year we’ll have the Pro Bowl!).

    Six, I suppose today we could critique the Senior Bowl unis but, realistically, that’s pretty low on the totem pole…and it drops even lower because, relatively speaking, almost no one can see the game.

    Seven, anyone who bothers to look at all the links in today’s article will find some interesting unis on the attendees.

    —Ricko

  • Andy M | January 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm |

    So when’s Paul coming back to the Brew City?

  • Dan | January 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    Dang no more McDonald’s jerseys for the Pirates

    Marquette and DePaul are playing color on color. Marquette in Gold, DePaul in Blue

    Don’t mind the Rangerd new jerseys but the really shouldn’t have gotten rid of the Rangers wordmark on the jerseys and the white and grey vests. Those were nice

  • luke h | January 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    the depaul marquette game is very hard on the eyes, marquette in yellow, depaul in blue and they both have those stupid checkerboard patterns on the sides

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”311578″]the depaul marquette game is very hard on the eyes, marquette in yellow, depaul in blue and they both have those stupid checkerboard patterns on the sides[/quote].

    Put them in short shorts and it would look like a game from the 50’s.

  • Joe D | January 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”311559″]I know I missed the unveiling convo yesterday, but since I made such a big deal about the Pirates jerseys a few weeks back, I figure I should say something

    A.) No more sleeves? I mean, its not a big deal, I guess…just surprises me that they’d go back to sleeves. Another morph, really. Still has me wondering whats next.

    2.) Pinstripes aren’t gone yet, so they haven’t gotten enough pissed off letters about it.
    Three.) That black alt has shades of the Buffalo Sabres jersey, with the flipped number and all that. I think its not bad, although I think these times could have handled a gold alt. Think how cool that alt would look with the colors flipped and a flipped color hat![/quote]

    Did anyone notice Nyjer Morgan (#3 in the road uni) was sporting the old hat with the gray underbill?

    http://www.pittsburg...

  • Greg | January 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm |

    The new Rangers helmets are awful. Here’s a pic from their Fan Fest today.

    http://farm4.static....

  • Lwiedy | January 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”311566″]So, can anyone explain why it is that I do get the NFL Network on my cable systems but they don’t show any games?[/quote]

    I have the “off” brand of cable provider and it was considered a “coup” when they got NFL Network over the “big boys” in 2003. When games started, NFL Network told the providers to pony-up more fees for the “upgrade”. Our (and I guess your) company said there was no mention of this when the agreement was made and declined to pay. Thus we get the same three Football America shows every time there is a game.

    When it appeared on my set in 2003 it was really pretty good. The network was just starting (I guess) and they relied pretty heavily on NFL Films in NJ for content. Now NFL Network is a California entity and with very few exceptions, completely ignore the treasure of content available from Mt. Laurel.

    If it were dropped tomorrow, it wouldn’t be missed.

  • Sebs | January 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  • Lwiedy | January 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”311561″]I don’t really care what Paul wears to gatherings, or that he usually makes friends. For the past few weeks uniwatch has been really dropping the ball about reporting actual sports uniforms, and now it just seems concerned about Life magazine photos and raffles.

    Would it kill anyone to put a picture of the new Rangers or Pirates uniforms as the picture, as this site is supposed to be about, ya know, uniforms. This is more like a dumb frat’s website.

    “Look, this guy has a funny shirt!”[/quote]

    Yes, let’s go back to the good old days when a SATURDAY post was nothing but a sentence about a miscellaneous photo of a guy’s necklace or a kid crying.

    BTW, Pittsburgh added sleeves; Texas dropped Rangers and added a goofy helmet. Personally, I really don’t need another picture of those but you will probably get one on Monday which is when those type of things have always been covered as a ticker item.

  • Hibbs | January 24, 2009 at 5:10 pm |

    upsilon nu iota

    That’s not a bad fraternity.

    Redemske was rad.

  • buyathread | January 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm |

    Serendipity on 4th Avenue! I’m new to UW and didn’t know anything about the gathering. My husband and I were just having brunch at Sheep Station. But then, one by one, we started to see: Phoenix Coyotes; Lyubushin (in Russian); Fouts, #14; Cincinnati Reds, #9; Tokyo, #18 (in Japanese); Miami Dolphins (with lettering in Hebrew) … well, you get the idea. After the first half dozen interesting jerseys, I asked Ryan (Rochester Redwings jersey)who explained and pointed Paul out to me.

    If I’d had two Bloody Marias instead of one, I’d have thought I was hallucinating. FUN!

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”311581″]The new Rangers helmets are awful. Here’s a pic from their Fan Fest today.

    http://farm4.static....[/quote]

    The only thing Major League about that is the eye-roll it gets (and deserves).

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm |

    Um, am I the only one who noticed there’s evidently something sort of, well…”odd” growing out of Teebz’ back?

    http://farm4.static....

  • scott | January 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm |

    And I’m sure Paul will be doing a really nice write-up and wrap on all the new NLB uniforms right before baseball season starts.

  • Jeff P | January 24, 2009 at 7:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”311588″]Um, am I the only one who noticed there’s evidently something sort of, well…”odd” growing out of Teebz’ back?

    http://farm4.static....
    Looks kinda like Sidney Crosby…

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm |

    Jumping into the “Wayback Machine”…

    If you like really wide stripes on your doubleknit pants, ribbon stirrups and powder blue road unis, the early Ranger unis will warm your cockles.
    Bump Wills…
    http://farm4.static....
    Richie Zisk, Bill Sample and Nelson Norman…
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • Namhob | January 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm |

    DePaul vs. Marquette = stripey goodness

  • LI Phil | January 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”311561″]I don’t really care what Paul wears to gatherings, or that he usually makes friends. For the past few weeks uniwatch has been really dropping the ball about reporting actual sports uniforms, and now it just seems concerned about Life magazine photos and raffles.

    Would it kill anyone to put a picture of the new Rangers or Pirates uniforms as the picture, as this site is supposed to be about, ya know, uniforms. This is more like a dumb frat’s website.

    “Look, this guy has a funny shirt!”[/quote]

    well i just got back from the uw gathering (hello to all who were there — and to “buyathread” — twas i in the yotes jersey…)

    im sorry i didn’t cover the ranger & pirates jerseys for you this morning, but if you go back one day to yesterday’s thread, there were MULTIPLE postings from the many dedicated UWers for were all over it, as is our wont

    i’m also quite certain paul will have much on both on monday, even though we already covered a LOT of that ground yesterday, again im sorry if today’s entry wasn’t to your liking

    now, if you’ll excuse me, i’ll be busy spending 2-3 hours preparing something for tomorrow you’ll probably dislike as much as this

  • Namhob | January 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”311592″]DePaul vs. Marquette = stripey goodness[/quote]
    I meant to include a picture http://a.espncdn.com...

    I hope today’s get together went well…couldn’t make it, KY is a little too far.

  • Loren J. | January 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm |

    I’m a huge Rangers fan and that Rangers helmet is embarressing. Whoever came up with it needs to be fired immediately. Just hideous.

    but,

    I love the new Red Alternate jersey. I will definately be getting me an authentic one.

    And I love the return of the Red Cap. I will definately be getting me one asap.

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2009 at 8:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”311580″][quote comment=”311559″]I know I missed the unveiling convo yesterday, but since I made such a big deal about the Pirates jerseys a few weeks back, I figure I should say something

    A.) No more sleeves? I mean, its not a big deal, I guess…just surprises me that they’d go back to sleeves. Another morph, really. Still has me wondering whats next.

    2.) Pinstripes aren’t gone yet, so they haven’t gotten enough pissed off letters about it.
    Three.) That black alt has shades of the Buffalo Sabres jersey, with the flipped number and all that. I think its not bad, although I think these times could have handled a gold alt. Think how cool that alt would look with the colors flipped and a flipped color hat![/quote]

    Did anyone notice Nyjer Morgan (#3 in the road uni) was sporting the old hat with the gray underbill?

    http://www.pittsburg...

    Good catch…he should have taken his wrist watch off as well!

    BTW…I think a fun and enlightening time was had by all at Sheep Station today.

    It is a great thing to meet our compatriots who share our niche passions!

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 9:02 pm |

    A while back we were discussing some of the shoemakers who made entres into the baseball cleat market. Converse, Brooks, Rawlings, Spaulding, etc.

    I stumbled on this shot of Tony Fernandez as a rookie. A pretty good look at Bauer’s cleats…
    http://farm4.static....

    And here (again) is the Dave Stieb card I linked to during the original discussion…
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm |

    I thought those Blue Jays homes (Fernandez photo) were pretty ordinary at the time. Now they look frickin’ fantastic. Anyone else feel the same?

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm |

    Watching NFL Skills Competition, and I have question:
    Where’d Flames get those socks, the “Hannah Montana” web site?

  • MPowers1634 | January 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

    Very funny pic of Shaq and Gerald Wallace:

    http://i.cdn.turner....

  • Teebz | January 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”311590″][quote comment=”311588″]Um, am I the only one who noticed there’s evidently something sort of, well…”odd” growing out of Teebz’ back?

    http://farm4.static....
    Looks kinda like Sidney Crosby…[/quote]

    It’s the only way I can absorb as much hockey as possible.

    It saves me from having my head on a swivel. LOL

  • Hovan | January 24, 2009 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”311597″]
    I stumbled on this shot of Tony Fernandez as a rookie. A pretty good look at Bauer’s cleats…
    http://farm4.static....
    —Ricko[/quote]

    That be Alfredo Griffin, mon ami! :)

    Interesting footwear though. Never seen Bauer cleats.

  • Ricko | January 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”311602″][quote comment=”311597″]
    I stumbled on this shot of Tony Fernandez as a rookie. A pretty good look at Bauer’s cleats…
    http://farm4.static....
    —Ricko[/quote]

    That be Alfredo Griffin, mon ami! :)

    Interesting footwear though. Never seen Bauer cleats.[/quote]

    Sorry about that. A lot of my clippings are minus the caption, and most of the players I either remember or recognize. Yakked on this one, though. Thanks for making the proper ID.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko

  • =bg= | January 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”311593″][quote comment=”311561″]I don’t really care what Paul wears to gatherings, or that he usually makes friends. For the past few weeks uniwatch has been really dropping the ball about reporting actual sports uniforms, and now it just seems concerned about Life magazine photos and raffles.

    Would it kill anyone to put a picture of the new Rangers or Pirates uniforms as the picture, as this site is supposed to be about, ya know, uniforms. This is more like a dumb frat’s website.

    “Look, this guy has a funny shirt!”[/quote]

    well i just got back from the uw gathering (hello to all who were there — and to “buyathread” — twas i in the yotes jersey…)

    im sorry i didn’t cover the ranger & pirates jerseys for you this morning, but if you go back one day to yesterday’s thread, there were MULTIPLE postings from the many dedicated UWers for were all over it, as is our wont

    i’m also quite certain paul will have much on both on monday, even though we already covered a LOT of that ground yesterday, again im sorry if today’s entry wasn’t to your liking

    now, if you’ll excuse me, i’ll be busy spending 2-3 hours preparing something for tomorrow you’ll probably dislike as much as this[/quote]

    Post of the Day.

  • =bg= | January 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm |

    PS-

    If we’re talkin’ Rangers..it’s THIS logo.
    http://www.beisbolpr...

    I lived in Dallas the year they moved in, and got to see Ted Williams, Frank Howard, Larry (Bad Day) Biitner, Ted Kubiak, Lenny Randle, Toby Harrah….

    I would LOVE a Rangers shirt with that logo. Cannot find one.

  • bfrench | January 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm |

    This is from the Wikipedia page on Batman the show, http://en.wikipedia....(TV_series) :

    Batman would even have influence in the sports world. During the height of the show’s popularity, the Pittsburgh Steelers–a team that rarely experiments with uniform changes–unveiled new uniforms influenced by Adam West’s Batman outfits. The uniforms were introduced for the 1966 NFL season, and had gold triangle-like diamonds on the shoulders of both the black home jerseys and white away jerseys. However, the jerseys turned out to be very unpopular and, coupled with consistent losing, were discarded in 1968 in favor of the team’s current-style uniforms.

    Isn’t that not true at all?

  • bfrench | January 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm |

    fixed link, there’s a picture too:

    http://en.wikipedia....(TV_series)

  • bfrench | January 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm |

    one more time:

    http://en.wikipedia....(TV_series)

  • bfrench | January 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm |

    nevermind, just click on the link that says The_Batman_(TV_series)

  • bfrench | January 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |

    Also I meant untrue about the Batman influence, sorry about the multiple posts

  • JTH | January 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”311609″]nevermind, just click on the link that says The_Batman_(TV_series)[/quote]
    No, that’s not right, either. That links to a page that’s about the most recent animated series. Try this instead.

    [quote comment=”311610″]Also I meant untrue about the Batman influence, sorry about the multiple posts[/quote]
    Complete bullshit. Wikipedia fails us for the first time in recorded history. Read here for the real story about the Batman jersey.

  • Cory | January 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”311581″]The new Rangers helmets are awful. Here’s a pic from their Fan Fest today.

    http://farm4.static....[/quote]

    are you kidding me, that helmet is so sick. its unlike any other helmet in all of baseball. Its something new. It is awesome.

  • bfrench | January 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm |

    thanks JTH

  • David D | January 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm |

    Had a fantastic time!

    – David, in the Russian hockey jersey with the nifty manufacturer’s logo

  • Stan a.k.a. ALL my teams suck | January 25, 2009 at 12:08 am |

    And my cunt of a boss my she burn in hell kept me in work late so I couldn’t make it… woe is me!

  • Nick | January 25, 2009 at 12:37 am |

    [quote comment=”311541″]Speaking of movies, rented LEATHERHEADS last night…for a $1.07 at the Redbox. Wasn’t worth the money. Not from a uni-watching standpoint, not from sports history standpoint, not from a general movie-watching standpoint. Slow, dumb, unfunny and generally pointless.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    AGREED !!!

  • Johnny O | January 25, 2009 at 12:39 am |

    [quote comment=”311612″][quote comment=”311581″]The new Rangers helmets are awful. Here’s a pic from their Fan Fest today.

    http://farm4.static....[/quote]

    are you kidding me, that helmet is so sick. its unlike any other helmet in all of baseball. Its something new. It is awesome.[/quote]

    I, for one, love new and exciting things in the sports world. I love it when the Crew wear their Cool-flo helmet on Retro Fridays:

    http://beat.bodoglif...

    …but with the Rangers the colors just don’t work for me. For another example of what not to do, see here”
    http://www.sport-it....

  • Nick | January 25, 2009 at 12:45 am |

    [quote comment=”311576″]So when’s Paul coming back to the Brew City?[/quote]

    As a New Orleans UNIWATCH fan from the Village Voice days (I was slow to the internet and would buy hard copy from the newsstand!) I would love to attend a gathering and hope to go on the road to meet you guys very soon.

    Would love to help with a UniWatch gathering in New Orleans at some point. I know Paul has mentioned trips to New Orleans for music festivals/events and probably would want to keep the unicentricity separate from the music.

    But if you guys ever want to come to New Orleans I’d gladly bring an assist with the meeting location/bar venue, etc.

  • Jordan Pope | January 25, 2009 at 1:02 am |

    [quote comment=”311600″]Very funny pic of Shaq and Gerald Wallace:

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    gotta love NASCAR night

  • Ricko | January 25, 2009 at 1:36 am |

    …but with the Rangers the colors just don’t work for me. For another example of what not to do, see here”
    http://www.sport-it….

    Gee, golly, I sure hope the A’s do a forest and gold one. That would be the bomb, wouldn’t it. Cuz it’d be awesome if they looked like the Oregon women’s softball team.

  • The Hemogoblin | January 25, 2009 at 2:18 am |

    [quote comment=”311620″]…but with the Rangers the colors just don’t work for me. For another example of what not to do, see here”
    http://www.sport-it….

    Gee, golly, I sure hope the A’s do a forest and gold one. That would be the bomb, wouldn’t it. Cuz it’d be awesome if they looked like the Oregon women’s softball team.[/quote]

    If I could watch baseball played by women like these, I’d so do it.

  • Robert in Dallas | January 25, 2009 at 2:22 am |

    [quote comment=”311581″]The new Rangers helmets are awful. Here’s a pic from their Fan Fest today.

    http://farm4.static....[/quote]

    Well, the Mets no longer have the stupidest batting helmets in the Big Leagues.

  • Elwood | January 25, 2009 at 2:28 am |

    I would just like to announce that I have that authentic D-Rays jersey in the “never should have existed” picture. Minus the first year patch, plus CANSECO 33 on the back.

  • carl | January 25, 2009 at 6:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”311605″]PS-

    If we’re talkin’ Rangers..it’s THIS logo.
    http://www.beisbolpr...

    I lived in Dallas the year they moved in, and got to see Ted Williams, Frank Howard, Larry (Bad Day) Biitner, Ted Kubiak, Lenny Randle, Toby Harrah….

    I would LOVE a Rangers shirt with that logo. Cannot find one.[/quote]

    Rangers Ballpark has some!