So, Now That We Know John Madden Is a Hand Fetishist…

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Yes, I’m aware that there was a football game last night. But it was completely uni-uneventful (unless you count a couple of the ads, but I prefer not to glorify that part of the Super Bowl industrial complex), so we’ll move on to other things.

Case in point: The Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL held a “Prison Jersey Night” last Friday, in honor of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Many readers sent links to news stories about the game, but one Uni Watcher — Matt Moschella — was actually in attendance. Here’s his report, supplemented by photos he took himself:

• The Wranglers wore prison-striped jerseys with stencil-styled typography, while the visiting Bakersfield Condors wore jerseys styled like orange jumpsuits.

• Where a prison number would be, the Wranglers had an “ILLGOV” patch with the player’s uniform number. The Condors had a similar patch that read “DOC” [Dept. of Corrections] with the player’s uniform number.

• The Wranglers added black and white stripes to their socks — beautiful.

• Even the refs got in on the action, wearing blue jerseys modeled after prison guard uniforms [additional shots here and here]. This was especially fun when they were breaking up fights!

• The penalty box was accessorized with prison bars for the occasion.

• The goal judges were dressed up like old-style judges, complete with white wig.

• There was a special seating area called the “Jury Box.”

• The PA announcer referred to the Condors as the “Convicts” throughout the game.

Frankly, I don’t see what this has to do with Blagojevich, as opposed to any other criminal, but whatever — it’s still a well-executed promotion. For the rest of Matt’s photos, look here.

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February Raffles, Round 1: I’ve got a bunch of stuff to raffle off this month, so let’s get started. First up: Chris Speakman at Sports Propaganda has offered a free screen-print from his inventory of awesome MLB-themed designs. To enter, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to the raffle address (not to the usual Uni Watch e-mail address, please) by this Thursday, February 5th, at 10pm eastern. One entry per person, but anyone enrolled in the Uni Watch membership program at the time of the drawing can send four entries. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

DIY Shout-Out: The DIY-jersey thing has become such a phenomenon that I’ve decided to write about it for ESPN. So for all you DIYers out there — whether you’ve already been featured here on the blog or not — would you be willing to be interviewed and have your work shown in my ESPN column? If so, please get in touch pronto. Thanks.

Extracurricular Update: Friday’s Forewords show at Sound Fix was a hoot — thanks to all who showed up and said hi (and extra thanks for not mentioning that I fucked up my script on two separate occasions). For those who really enjoy stalking me this type of material, I’ll be doing a presentation on the oddities of mousetrap packaging tomorrow night, 8pm, as part of the Adult Ed series at Union Hall. They’re only giving me one or two drink tickets as my “pay” for this event, and it’s gonna take a lot more beer than that to get me through the night, so I’m sure you’ll want to show up and ply me with liquor, right? Right.

Uni Watch News Ticker: If you think those prison-themed hockey jerseys were something, check out what the Kalamazoo Wings wore on Saturday. Note that the ice is yellow, too — that’s because it was “Golden Ice Night.” Please keep all the obvious punchlines to yourself, thanks (with thanks to Mike Alper). … Lots of Kay Yow memorial gestures at Thursday night’s NC State/BC game. The Wolfpack players wore pink warm-ups and sneakers; pink trim, a pink ribbon, and a patch; and “Yow” NOBs. Plus the BC players wore pink hair ribbons and shoelaces. … Here’s an interesting photo gallery showing how the USF locker room was converted for the Steelers’ use at the Super Bowl (with thanks to Tim Burke). … Lots of other Yow memorial gestures listed here (thanks, Phil). … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: Russell Martin is adding a “J.” initial to his NOB. Confused? Look here. … Now that‘s a radial arch (as spotted by Chuck Nolan Jr.). … The auction has already ended, but this is gorgeous. … Check out this awesome tag (from this auction). … Lots of incredible — and incredibly sad — Shea Stadium demolition photos here (with thanks to Ken Stephon) and here (those were taken on Friday by Alan Tompas). … Very cool-looking Postal Service uniform catalogs available here, here, and here. … “I was at Saturday’s Rutgers/DePaul game,” writes Joe Alvaro. “During the 2nd half, Corey Chandler, who usually wears No. 1, got blood on his jersey and came back wearing No. 25, with NNOB.” … A high school player in St. Looie is wearing long sleeves on the court (with thanks to Jason Walker). … Color-on-color games from the weekend: Miami/Maryland, Oregon/Oregon State, and — get this — Indiana State/Northern Iowa. … The Bills and Titans will wear throwbacks in the 2009 Hall of Fame Game. … In a related item, Marshawn Lynch wanted to wear Buffalo’s throwback helmet for the Pro Bowl, but it’s not gonna happen. Too bad (with thanks to Mike Sullivan). … The Notre Dame fencing team is adding a memorial patch for alum Luke LaValle, who recently died of cancer. Details here (with thanks to Dan Dunford). … Here’s something you don’t often see: a skier with a faceguard (nice find by Matt Shevin). … Did the officials in Super Bowl II really wear this? (With thanks to Josh Exline.) … TV note from Vinny Farrow, who writes: ” Friday night on the show Psych, there was a scene with two characters wearing seemingly logoless football jerseys. From another angle, though, it became apparent that at least one of the jerseys had a colored-over swoosh. And in the very next scene, the swoosh became white.” … “The Graveyard Mall some cool older MLB and NFL merch in their wholesale section,” writes Will Rickenback. “Once you get past the wholesale packs of jockstraps, there are few items at the top and a bunch near the bottom of the page that are worth checking out, including Lil Squirt Angels bath toys, an awesome Bills rubber stamp, Orioles diaper covers, a Bengals book cover and bookmarks, and plenty more. … “I was at the Minnesota/Illinois basketball game Thursday night, and there was some seriously odd stuff going on with the coaches’ footwear,” writes Sam McCullough. “Bruce Weber was wearing bright white and orange accented Nikes with his olive suit, which looked completely ridiculous. Upon closer inspection, Tubby Smith was also wearing Nikes, although his were mostly black and matched his black slacks and maroon jacket in a way that was less offensive. Also, all the Minnesota assistants were wearing Nikes as well, almost all black with a yellow swoosh and some yellow piping. I don’t know what the hell is behind this, but if coaches’ shoes start to get sucked into school contracts as well, it’s going to be pretty uproarious.” … The Maple Leafs “honoured” Doug Gilmour’s number on Saturday night (Toronto doesn’t actually retire numbers), so they did the all-Gilmour thing before the game and wore a patch during the game. … Interesting sight from the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game: Wyoming-branded tights (with thanks to Sam Wasson). … Soccer note from Alex Paine, who writes: “While watching Juventus-Cagliari play soccer Saturday, I noticed that one of Juventus’s greatest stars, Alessandro Del Piero, looked a bit odd on the pitch. Turns out he was wearing tights under his shorts and socks, making for a unitard effect with a strip of white.” … Justine DeCotis sent this report on Sunday afternoon: “I’m listening to the Marist/Iona women’s basketball game on the radio and the announcers just mentioned that someone on Iona is wearing eye black. In a basketball game!” Anyone know more about who this might have been? … Is Dwight Howard wearing a bra, or is that just a two-tone undershirt? (As spotted by Karl Vierthaler.) … Cool old Virginia basketball photo here (with thanks to Benjamin Demeter). … You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who likes stripes more than I do. But even I think the Canadiens’ 1911 throwbacks, which they wore yesterday against the Bruins, were a bit much. Made for a very entertaining fight, though.

 

147 comments to So, Now That We Know John Madden Is a Hand Fetishist…

  • Geeman | February 2, 2009 at 8:45 am |

    Is Dwight Howard wearing a bra, or is that just a two-tone undershirt? (As spotted by Karl Vierthaler.) …

    No, it’s this.
    http://www.adidas.co...

  • Geeman | February 2, 2009 at 8:46 am |

    Color on color doesn’t count if it’s gold.

    http://www.pe.com/im...

  • Bob | February 2, 2009 at 8:47 am |

    “I was at the Minnesota/Illinois basketball game Thursday night, and there was some seriously odd stuff going on with the coaches’ footwear,” writes Sam McCullough. “Bruce Weber was wearing bright white and orange accented Nikes with his olive suit, which looked completely ridiculous. Upon closer inspection, Tubby Smith was also wearing Nikes, although his were mostly black and matched his black slacks and maroon jacket in a way that was less offensive. Also, all the Minnesota assistants were wearing Nikes as well, almost all black with a yellow swoosh and some yellow piping. I don’t know what the hell is behind this, but if coaches’ shoes start to get sucked into school contracts as well, it’s going to be pretty uproarious.”

    This was the annual Coaches vs. Cancer week. See the second sentence in the first paragraph in this link.

    Coaches vs. Cancer

  • Chad | February 2, 2009 at 8:50 am |

    Many basketball coaches wore tennis shoes this weekend to help raise awareness for the Coaches vs. Cancer organization.

    I am sure that they merely wore the shoes of the company that supplied the team. Although I saw highlights this weekend where the coach was wearing some lo top Converse All-Stars, which look great with the suit he was wearing.

  • Mikey | February 2, 2009 at 8:58 am |

    The lighting at the Air Canada Centre looks pretty dim in this photo. Anyone know why?

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 9:01 am |

    [quote comment="312992"]The lighting at the Air Canada Centre looks pretty dim in this photo. Anyone know why?[/quote]

    probably auto adjust (or some such technical term) on the camera…i’d assume the players are in the giant spotlight (which is why there are pronounced shadows) so the aperture prolly narrowed to compensate for the increased brightness from the bright beam

  • Jim MI | February 2, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    Paul,
    TOR doesn’t usually retire numbers, they ‘honor’ them…. or ‘honour’ them however you want to look at it.

    Yes they raise a number to the rafters, but it is still allowed to be worn, only by players deemed worthy. For his one year in TOR, Peca was allowed to wear #27, which was ‘honored’ for Frank Mahovlich

  • Jim MI | February 2, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    [quote comment="312994"]Paul,
    TOR doesn’t usually retire numbers, they ‘honor’ them…. or ‘honour’ them however you want to look at it.

    Yes they raise a number to the rafters, but it is still allowed to be worn, only by players deemed worthy. For his one year in TOR, Peca was allowed to wear #27, which was ‘honored’ for Frank Mahovlich[/quote]\

    And Darryl Sittler…..

  • steve | February 2, 2009 at 9:06 am |

    Faceguards are very common in slalom.

    Many Domiguez High in Compton players wear long sleeves.

    http://www.maxpreps....

  • jeff | February 2, 2009 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment="312992"]The lighting at the Air Canada Centre looks pretty dim in this photo. Anyone know why?[/quote]

    Thats because the Leafs just scored in that pic. When they score, the lights dim, and a spotlight is shined on the goal scorer. As a leaf fan, its a tradition that hasn’t been seen that much this year.

  • josh's twin | February 2, 2009 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment="312994"]Paul,
    TOR doesn’t usually retire numbers, they ‘honor’ them…. or ‘honour’ them however you want to look at it.

    Yes they raise a number to the rafters, but it is still allowed to be worn, only by players deemed worthy. For his one year in TOR, Peca was allowed to wear #27, which was ‘honored’ for Frank Mahovlich[/quote]

    And how nice to see the Gilmour jerseys are old skool CCMs. Be still my heart.

  • Paul Lukas | February 2, 2009 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment="312994"]Paul,
    TOR doesn’t usually retire numbers, they ‘honor’ them…. or ‘honour’ them however you want to look at it.

    Yes they raise a number to the rafters, but it is still allowed to be worn, only by players deemed worthy. For his one year in TOR, Peca was allowed to wear #27, which was ‘honored’ for Frank Mahovlich[/quote]

    Thanks. Fixed!

  • Matty | February 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    Those classic Bakerfield “Convicts” Jerseys are up for sale on Ebay: Good stuff!

    http://bakersfieldco...

  • Hank | February 2, 2009 at 9:38 am |

    Lindsey Vonn’s face guard is not that unusual. They’re usually worn by ski racers, mostly women and youngster, who race on slalom courses. It prevents the skier from getting smacked in the face while gate bashing the course

     http://news.bbc.co.u...

  • Tony In Erie | February 2, 2009 at 9:39 am |

    Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.

  • NC | February 2, 2009 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment="312991"]Many basketball coaches wore tennis shoes this weekend to help raise awareness for the Coaches vs. Cancer organization.

    I am sure that they merely wore the shoes of the company that supplied the team. Although I saw highlights this weekend where the coach was wearing some lo top Converse All-Stars, which look great with the suit he was wearing.[/quote]

    I’m surprised no one caught this, since this coaches wearing sneakers thing is something that’s been going on for several years now, at least…

  • Luke | February 2, 2009 at 9:42 am |

    No, the Maple Leafs do retire numbers. They’ve retired Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko. Now, they stick more to a honoring of numbers, unless you’re very deserving.

  • Tony In Erie | February 2, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    Hate to see those Shea photos. They aren’t planning on imploding the rest, I assume.

    I know I shed a few tears when I watched Three Rivers crumble down.

  • Mike Engle | February 2, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment="313004"]No, the Maple Leafs do retire numbers. They’ve retired Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko. Now, they stick more to a honoring of numbers, unless you’re very deserving.[/quote]
    These are the exceptions. Ace Bailey took a hit from Eddie Shore that ended his career, and Bill Barilko vanished with a plane on which he was riding.
    Basically, the Maple Leafs retire numbers for careers untimely ended, and merely honor numbers for 500-goal scorers, Conn Smythe winners, and Hall of Fame players.

  • Mark M | February 2, 2009 at 9:49 am |

    While gold may not count as color-on-color it should here.

    Gold is one of Maryland’s four official colors (red-white-black-gold, echoing the loudest state flag) they almost always wear plain-old home whites. The gold unis do appear semi-regularly, this was their debut for this year.

    Sadly Miami (or anyone else) showing up in a visitors locker room with black unis is not at all unusual.

  • Chris in Nashville | February 2, 2009 at 9:51 am |

    Cool stuff in Knoxville Saturday night. They sold T-Shirts that read “OUTLIVE” with the UT logo Paul likes so much. It created a white-out against Florida. Even the coaches wore the T-shirts with their suits and Coaches Vs Cancer tennis shoes. The last link is for any of you who would like to buy one.

    http://www.utsports....
    http://www.utsports....
    http://www.utmedical...

  • John M | February 2, 2009 at 9:52 am |

    In addition to being color-on-color, those Indiana State uniforms are Larry Bird era throwbacks. I have ISU typically wears royal blue these days (and typically white at home, of course). I have a Bird bobblehead in that uniform–Donato’s was giving them away or selling them for cheap with a pizza a few years ago.

  • chance | February 2, 2009 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment="313005"]Hate to see those Shea photos. They aren’t planning on imploding the rest, I assume.

    I know I shed a few tears when I watched Three Rivers crumble down.[/quote]

    Implosions are prohibited by law in New York City. They’ll dismantle the rest slowly.

  • Hank | February 2, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    Canadiens wore their 1912-13 barber pole throwbacks last night (in a losing effort to the Bruins)

    http://www.google.co...

  • Hank | February 2, 2009 at 9:56 am |

    Fopr some reason the links in my last two posting didn’t come through correctly. Sorry about that.

  • J.D. | February 2, 2009 at 10:05 am |

    I think the refs wore standard striped uniforms in Super Bowl II. You can just barely see one in the background of this shot, behind Donny Anderson:
    http://1.bp.blogspot...

  • Shane | February 2, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    The Habs throwbacks were giving me a headache.

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment="313012"]Fopr some reason the links in my last two posting didn’t come through correctly. Sorry about that.[/quote]

    s’ok, fixed now.

    for links, just copy and paste the URL (don’t add periods, or parentheses or other stuff) and they should work fine

  • Craig | February 2, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    http://voices.washin...

    This was spotted at yesterdays caps-sens game. Its a Hyannisport Presidents Bruce Boudreau jersey from the immortal ’77 movie Slap Shot. Boudreau actually appeared in the movie as a player and some fan bought a jersey off of ebay I believe. Good stuff.

  • Craig | February 2, 2009 at 10:24 am |

    Here is a better link.

    http://voices.washin...

  • Glen | February 2, 2009 at 10:28 am |

    sweet John Wooden pic

    http://www.nmnathlet...

  • Glen | February 2, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 10:31 am |

    I posted this last night (I added pics today), but a couple Larry Fitzgerald-related items from the game:

    1) The wordmark on his jersey appeared to be arched.
    2) I loved this graphic:

    LARRY FITZGERALD, SR
    LARRY’S FATHER

    Y’know, in case you weren’t sure whose father Larry Fitzgerald SENIOR is.
    /quote]

  • Wes | February 2, 2009 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.

  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 10:34 am |

    Crap. Bad linkage in there. Sorry. Here’s what item #1 above should have looked like:

    The wordmark on his jersey appeared to be arched.

  • Tony In Erie | February 2, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment="313021"][quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.[/quote]

    Wes, I just think it makes it look like a joke. Not that it should be serious in the ECHL, but I gotta bet more than a few of those players thought they were friggin’ ridiculous (“Where did I screw up in my hockey career to be here wearing prison outfits?!”)

    its not opera, its hockey.

  • Mark K | February 2, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    Just take the white helmet, Marshawn!!

  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment="312991"]I saw highlights this weekend where the coach was wearing some lo top Converse All-Stars, which look great with the suit he was wearing.[/quote]
    Yep. Chucks with a suit is definitely a good look.

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment="313023"][quote comment="313021"][quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.[/quote]

    Wes, I just think it makes it look like a joke. Not that it should be serious in the ECHL, but I gotta bet more than a few of those players thought they were friggin’ ridiculous (“Where did I screw up in my hockey career to be here wearing prison outfits?!”)

    its not opera, its hockey.[/quote]

    When you play in a non-traditional market for a minor-league establishment, any way to draw fans in is a boost. Las Vegas struggles to draw 5000 per game as it is, so getting 6000+ fans through the door is huge cash in LV’s pockets.

    Take the Golden Ice in Kalamazoo. Tickets ranged between $15-20, and all children under 12 got a free Happy Meal out of it. So why not bring the kids to an affordable hockey game where you can get free dinner out of it?

    If I’m a parent, it’s affordable entertainment for 3 hours, and I have dinner planned for the next day. Yeah, MickeyDee’s isn’t the greatest dinner, but my $15 got me entertained and fed.

    If you’ve read any of my “You’re Wearing That?” articles on my blog, you’d see how insane some of these promotions are. But for 10 bad ones, there’s one or two good ones.

  • Paul Lukas | February 2, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment="313026"][quote comment="313023"][quote comment="313021"][quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.[/quote]

    Wes, I just think it makes it look like a joke. Not that it should be serious in the ECHL, but I gotta bet more than a few of those players thought they were friggin’ ridiculous (“Where did I screw up in my hockey career to be here wearing prison outfits?!”)

    its not opera, its hockey.[/quote]

    When you play in a non-traditional market for a minor-league establishment, any way to draw fans in is a boost. Las Vegas struggles to draw 5000 per game as it is, so getting 6000+ fans through the door is huge cash in LV’s pockets.[/quote]

    Why the hell does Las Vegas playin in the EAST COAST Hockey League anyway?

  • josh's twin | February 2, 2009 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment="313023"][quote comment="313021"][quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.[/quote]

    Wes, I just think it makes it look like a joke. Not that it should be serious in the ECHL, but I gotta bet more than a few of those players thought they were friggin’ ridiculous (“Where did I screw up in my hockey career to be here wearing prison outfits?!”)

    its not opera, its hockey.[/quote]

    I doubt they felt as rediculous as the poor schmucks that had to wear the Ronald mcDonald jerseys. Now thats when you start to think selling toner cartridges might be the better option.

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment="313027"]
    Why the hell does Las Vegas playin in the EAST COAST Hockey League anyway?[/quote]

    Like all leagues, expansion went west. Victoria (BC), Bakersfield (Cali), and Ontario (Cali) all have been added within the last decade.

    Vegas was added shortly after the fall of the IHL’s Las Vegas Thunder.

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment="313028"]
    I doubt they felt as rediculous as the poor schmucks that had to wear the Ronald mcDonald jerseys. Now thats when you start to think selling toner cartridges might be the better option.[/quote]

    San Jose’s alternate uniforms sell hard drives. Is that what you mean?

  • Tony In Erie | February 2, 2009 at 11:03 am |

    Teebz…I must say…

    “non-traditional market for minor-league” = shouldn’t have a franchise

    Gimmicks make the sport more of a joke than an super glitzy, ad-bloated, self indulgent, overanalyzed championship game does.

    I was under the impression thatUniWatch was all about stressing simplification, function, and beauty, not gimmicks and money.

    (I hope I didn’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed today, but I think when this ILLGOV thing was first mentioned I still yelled about it. And isn’t Blagojevich still on the streets? Where does the sense of the prison garb come in?)

  • Tony In Erie | February 2, 2009 at 11:06 am |

    Paul, its not the East Coast Hockey League anymore. Its just ECHL as far as I know. I don’t think it stands for anything.

    I even thought “East Coast Hockey League” was a joke (when my Panthers were still around) when it was East Coast and included the Toledo and Dayton franchises. Hell, the Blue Jackets are in the WESTERN CONFERENCE!! LOL

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment="313031"]Teebz…I must say…

    “non-traditional market for minor-league” = shouldn’t have a franchise

    Gimmicks make the sport more of a joke than an super glitzy, ad-bloated, self indulgent, overanalyzed championship game does.

    I was under the impression thatUniWatch was all about stressing simplification, function, and beauty, not gimmicks and money.

    (I hope I didn’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed today, but I think when this ILLGOV thing was first mentioned I still yelled about it. And isn’t Blagojevich still on the streets? Where does the sense of the prison garb come in?)[/quote]

    I’m not disagreeing with the non-traditional market idea, but if Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Tampa Bay, and Nashville can have MAJOR-league franchises, I’m sure a city like LV can (and does) support a minor-league franchise.

    Again, it’s a chance to generate some additional interest in the club. It’s no different than offering a bobblehead day/night to attract fans.

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 11:08 am |

    [quote] isn’t Blagojevich still on the streets? Where does the sense of the prison garb come in?[/quote]

    that would come after the trial by his peers

  • josh's twin | February 2, 2009 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment="313031"]Teebz…I must say…

    “non-traditional market for minor-league” = shouldn’t have a franchise

    Gimmicks make the sport more of a joke than an super glitzy, ad-bloated, self indulgent, overanalyzed championship game does.

    I was under the impression thatUniWatch was all about stressing simplification, function, and beauty, not gimmicks and money.

    (I hope I didn’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed today, but I think when this ILLGOV thing was first mentioned I still yelled about it. And isn’t Blagojevich still on the streets? Where does the sense of the prison garb come in?)[/quote]

    Does Oscar Goodman figure in here anywhere? Hizzoner Oscar is the mayor of Vegas, and is a Chicago guy through and through. Oscar was the Outfit’s top defense atty in the ’70s, and represented the Spilotro brothers, who were done in for real the way Joe Pesci got it in “Casino”. Any chance this is a nod to Oscar’s old home town?

  • Beardface | February 2, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    [quote comment="313031"]And isn’t Blagojevich still on the streets? Where does the sense of the prison garb come in?[/quote]
    Just put OJ on it. I mean, he worked so diligently at trying to find the ‘real killer’ that he’s golden for this job!

  • Tony In Erie | February 2, 2009 at 11:12 am |

    It’s no different than offering a bobblehead day/night to attract fans.

    Teebz! If thats a shot at the fact I’m still stupid enough keeping the faith to be a Pirates fan… ;-)

  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment="313034"][quote] isn’t Blagojevich still on the streets? Where does the sense of the prison garb come in?[/quote]

    that would come after the trial by his peers[/quote]
    …and there is a former Illinois governor who’s doing time right now.

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment="313037"]It’s no different than offering a bobblehead day/night to attract fans.

    Teebz! If thats a shot at the fact I’m still stupid enough keeping the faith to be a Pirates fan… ;-)[/quote]

    No, not at all!! LOL

    However, you may just simply be a sucker for punishment. ;o)

    Well-played, Tony!

  • Luke | February 2, 2009 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment="313006"][quote comment="313004"]No, the Maple Leafs do retire numbers. They’ve retired Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko. Now, they stick more to a honoring of numbers, unless you’re very deserving.[/quote]
    These are the exceptions. Ace Bailey took a hit from Eddie Shore that ended his career, and Bill Barilko vanished with a plane on which he was riding.
    Basically, the Maple Leafs retire numbers for careers untimely ended, and merely honor numbers for 500-goal scorers, Conn Smythe winners, and Hall of Fame players.[/quote]

    Like I said, they retire numbers. I enjoy the honoring though, or at least having a Ring of Honor. The Penguins have honored several players close to deserving of having their number retired by inducting them in their ring of honor, such as Tom Barrasso, Paul Coffey, and soon Jaromir Jagr (unless he comes back to Pittsburgh, then we’d see 68 in the rafters).

  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment="313032"]Paul, its not the East Coast Hockey League anymore. Its just ECHL as far as I know. I don’t think it stands for anything.
    [/quote]
    Extreme Championship Hockey League?

  • Luke | February 2, 2009 at 11:18 am |

    Why the hell does Las Vegas playin in the EAST COAST Hockey League anyway?
    The West Coast Hockey League folded a few years back.

  • MPowers1634 | February 2, 2009 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment="312996"]Faceguards are very common in slalom.

    Many Domiguez High in Compton players wear long sleeves.

    http://www.maxpreps....

    There were many posts on this subject about a month ago but Mount Vernon locatedjust outside of NYC has many players do the same.

    Like Dominguez, they too are a national power that wears SOD gear.

    Wow…I just realized that the gallery that STeve linked to is against Mt. Vernon, alma mater of Ben Gordon.

  • Tony In Erie | February 2, 2009 at 11:20 am |

    *bows*

    I just wanted to stir up some conversation. Looks like it worked. Can’t say my opinion is swayed on that stupid promotion.

    (Great job documenting it though, Mr. Moschella!)

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment="313040"][quote comment="313006"][quote comment="313004"]No, the Maple Leafs do retire numbers. They’ve retired Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko. Now, they stick more to a honoring of numbers, unless you’re very deserving.[/quote]
    These are the exceptions. Ace Bailey took a hit from Eddie Shore that ended his career, and Bill Barilko vanished with a plane on which he was riding.
    Basically, the Maple Leafs retire numbers for careers untimely ended, and merely honor numbers for 500-goal scorers, Conn Smythe winners, and Hall of Fame players.[/quote]

    Like I said, they retire numbers. I enjoy the honoring though, or at least having a Ring of Honor. The Penguins have honored several players close to deserving of having their number retired by inducting them in their ring of honor, such as Tom Barrasso, Paul Coffey, and soon Jaromir Jagr (unless he comes back to Pittsburgh, then we’d see 68 in the rafters).[/quote]

    All honoured numbers can still be worn by Maple Leaf players. They are not retired, thus taken out of the system.

    For example, Andrew Raycroft wore #1 last season without needing permission to choose that number. Honoured numbers are exactly that – honoured, not retired.

    And with Brian Burke’s announcement that all Leafs players will return to lower numbers this past weekend, we’ll see more honoured numbers being used.

  • MPowers1634 | February 2, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment="313043"][quote comment="312996"]Faceguards are very common in slalom.

    Many Domiguez High in Compton players wear long sleeves.

    http://www.maxpreps....

    There were many posts on this subject about a month ago but Mount Vernon locatedjust outside of NYC has many players do the same.

    Like Dominguez, they too are a national power that wears SOD gear.

    Wow…I just realized that the gallery that STeve linked to is against Mt. Vernon, alma mater of Ben Gordon.[/quote]

    Here is a battle of SOD clad teams, Mount Vernon vs. St. Raymond’s of NYC:

    http://www.maxpreps....

  • Robert in Dallas | February 2, 2009 at 11:31 am |

    I don’t like the idea of Russell Martin putting “J. Martin” on his back as a tribute to his mother. Even if “J” is one of his many middle initials, opening the door to the utilization of the NOB as a means making a tribute is a bad thing. Things could get very flaky down the road.

  • Bopper | February 2, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    If youre going to create a DIY section, can you make it like Throwback DIY for Dummies?

    My wife and I always say i would be a fun project for both of us to do, but we dont know ehere to start.

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment="313049"]If youre going to create a DIY section, can you make it like Throwback DIY for Dummies?

    My wife and I always say i would be a fun project for both of us to do, but we dont know ehere to start.[/quote]

    I have spent the last five days looking for a zip-up fleece jacket in the colour of the Whalers’ green or navy blue. While I don’t want to replicate the Whalers’ jerseys in any way, I did want to see if I could put together something for under $50.

    Maybe have the patches running down one arm, the big “W” logo on the rear, and a small chest logo on the front-left. Haven’t quite decided on a final design yet.

    The problem? I have a serious colour issue. I can’t find the navy or green that matches the Whalers’ designs. Anyone know of a store that has fleeces in the proper Whalers colours?

  • Ricko | February 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment="313048"]I don’t like the idea of Russell Martin putting “J. Martin” on his back as a tribute to his mother. Even if “J” is one of his many middle initials, opening the door to the utilization of the NOB as a means making a tribute is a bad thing. Things could get very flaky down the road.[/quote]

    I hate to sound like a hard-ass…but people die. And life goes on. And all this uni-modifiying or patches, etc., really brings to life the notion of wearing your emotions “on your sleeve.”

    I feel for Martin, I do. This has to be a sorrowful time. But the tragedy, loss and sadness are his, not the Dodgers’. There is truly no reason for the team’s uniform to be modified because of his mother’s passing.

    —Ricko

  • ewc | February 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    More Coaches vs. Cancer:

    http://farm4.static....

  • monkeysandwich | February 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    Super Bowl XLIV Logo: http://www.chriscrea...

  • Priest | February 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    Completely uni-uneventful?

    I can’t have bee the only one who noticed that the “Cardinals” workmark across their chests were all haywire. Some looked arched, some seemed to trail away at the end and others were perfectly straight. At first I thought it was maybe just an illution from how their shirts were sitting, but no matter how they moved, the wordmarks still all looked like ass.

    Maybe this has been an ongoing issue that has been discussed? (I tend to skip some of the football stuff)

  • Noelski | February 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    there is great hockey being played in european leagues and they look like clowns with all the advertisement all over their jerseys, rinks, etc.

    am i the only one who enjoyed the canadiens stripes?

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment="313055"]there is great hockey being played in european leagues and they look like clowns with all the advertisement all over their jerseys, rinks, etc.

    am i the only one who enjoyed the canadiens stripes?[/quote]

    Nope. I thoroughly enjoyed the look.

    As for the Euro hockey, clowns don’t wear advertisements. Billboards do. LOL

  • Noelski | February 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    LOL i see

  • Beardface | February 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm |

    Its days like today that make me want to punch a koala in the face

  • Hott Rodd | February 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

    can someone explain the john madden reference for today’s entry? I don’t pay much attention to him except to mock him.

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment="313059"]can someone explain the john madden reference for today’s entry? I don’t pay much attention to him except to mock him.[/quote]

    You’re Frank Caliendo??? LOL

  • Chad | February 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm |

    this might be good for a DIY. unless for some reason you like the royals black. http://www.graveyard...

  • Hott Rodd | February 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    nope, but about the 4th time he explained that Fitz was able to catch a slant because Troy P jumped the flat route, I felt like punching a koala.. Boom!

  • Noelski | February 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    http://www.graveyard...

    here is one of those Huddles guys

  • Beardface | February 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    It didn’t take long for Madden to break out a classic Maddenism last night…

    First Cardinals play from scrimmage… “*players name* is the Cardinals 3rd WR, so whenever he’s in the game, you know the Cardinals are in a 3 WR set”

    *blink*

    *down a full can of beer out of bewilderment*

  • Wes | February 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment="313059"]can someone explain the john madden reference for today’s entry? I don’t pay much attention to him except to mock him.[/quote]

    I know he made a comment about Ben Roethsilisbersger’s “big strong hands”, which allowed Ben to fake a pass to the outside before actually throwing a pass to the inside. I was not aware it took such special traits to execute your basic pump fake. I think he also made a big deal about the size and strength of Fitzgerald’s hands too at one point.

  • Kek | February 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    The ECHL hasn’t been the East Coast Hockey League for some time. I think it was when they absorbed some of the defunct West Coast Hockey League teams. The letters ECHL don’t stand for anything. I think the league just wanted to keep the brand recognition of “ECHL” rather than rename the league.

    It’s similar to PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. People assume that it stands for “Pittsburgh National Corporation” because an older name of the company was Pittsburgh National Bank. However, PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.

    As to the Super Bowl, my brother noticed the front of Fitzgerald’s jersey and the “CARINALS” was so arched. (Also, has he always referred to himself as “Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.” in player intros or was that just a shout out to his pops?)

    On the Steelers’ end, did anyone catch LaMarr Woodley’s nameplate? the “L” looked to be crooked on several shots. I didn’t get a shot because, well, when you’re hosting people at your house for the Super Bowl, pausing the TV and getting the cell phone out isn’t probably going to go over that well!

    I’ll try to get a shot off NFL Network if they re-air the game.

  • Wes | February 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment="313023"][quote comment="313021"][quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.[/quote]

    Wes, I just think it makes it look like a joke. Not that it should be serious in the ECHL, but I gotta bet more than a few of those players thought they were friggin’ ridiculous (“Where did I screw up in my hockey career to be here wearing prison outfits?!”)

    its not opera, its hockey.[/quote]

    Yeah I can see your point about the players. Even if it is minor league hockey in a non-hockey market, the players are still trying to achieve their dream of the NHL, so subjecting them to this kind of crap is probably not appreciated. Then again, it will make them appreciate the NHL that much more. “Two years ago I was playing hockey in an orange jump suit in front of 500 people who just wandered in off the Vegas strip. Look at me now!”

  • Wes | February 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment="313027"][quote comment="313026"][quote comment="313023"][quote comment="313021"][quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.[/quote]

    Wes, I just think it makes it look like a joke. Not that it should be serious in the ECHL, but I gotta bet more than a few of those players thought they were friggin’ ridiculous (“Where did I screw up in my hockey career to be here wearing prison outfits?!”)

    its not opera, its hockey.[/quote]

    When you play in a non-traditional market for a minor-league establishment, any way to draw fans in is a boost. Las Vegas struggles to draw 5000 per game as it is, so getting 6000+ fans through the door is huge cash in LV’s pockets.[/quote]

    Why the hell does Las Vegas playin in the EAST COAST Hockey League anyway?[/quote]

    There used to be an East Coast Hockey League and a West Coast Hockey League. In the early to mid-00′s they merged into one league. The new league kept the ECHL moniker despite its now coast-to-coast geographical reach. As someone else mentioned, I think the full name of the league is “ECHL” – it doesn’t actually stand for anything.

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote]PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.[/quote]

    gotta stand for something…or you’re gonna fall for anything

    i know a lot of things…but i don’t know a lot of other things

  • Kek | February 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment="313069"][quote]PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.[/quote]

    gotta stand for something…or you’re gonna fall for anything

    i know a lot of things…but i don’t know a lot of other things[/quote]
    EDIT: PNC is not an acronym. Better now!?

  • Mike Miller | February 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    Del Piero’s tights are illegal. Not because you can’t wear tights, but because by FIFA law, any undergarment worn under the shirt or shorts must match the color of the garment. So white shorts would require white tights.

  • Marc M. | February 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment="313069"][quote]PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.[/quote]

    gotta stand for something…or you’re gonna fall for anything

    i know a lot of things…but i don’t know a lot of other things[/quote]

    Provident National Corporation

  • Mark K | February 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm |

    Surprised nobody mentioned the terrible officials uni the guy had on when they did that corny “throw the flag on Springsteen” routine.

    I half expected it to be that streaker guy from a few years ago.

  • Roger Faso | February 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment="313025"][quote comment="312991"]I saw highlights this weekend where the coach was wearing some lo top Converse All-Stars, which look great with the suit he was wearing.[/quote]
    Yep. Chucks with a suit is definitely a good look.[/quote]

    When was the last time chuck taylors were worn in an NBA game and who wore them?

  • Kek | February 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment="313074"][quote comment="313025"][quote comment="312991"]I saw highlights this weekend where the coach was wearing some lo top Converse All-Stars, which look great with the suit he was wearing.[/quote]
    Yep. Chucks with a suit is definitely a good look.[/quote]

    When was the last time chuck taylors were worn in an NBA game and who wore them?[/quote]
    This is the last one I can recall:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    that’s an 81-82 card so I’m guessing the photo was taken during the 80-81 season.

  • Ray | February 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    The AP story referencing the 2009 NFL HoF game stated:

    “The exhibition in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 9 will begin the NFL’s celebration marking the 50th year of its AFL teams. The Bills and Titans, who started out as the Houston Oilers, will wear their original uniforms…Buffalo’s throwback uniform features a red buffalo on a white helmet. The Oilers, based in Houston through 1996, had the logo of an oil derrick on their helmets.”

    I can’t help but notice that they reference Buffalo’s original uni features…which is sadly incorrect. The Bills original uni helmet featured blue player numbers on a silver helmet. Something tells me that the NFL it is going to be the current throwback that Buffalo will use in the HoF and that Tennessee (playing for the day as the Houston Oilers) will use the 1994 throwbacks. I do hope that we see those original unis for the Bills…if we’re going to celebrate the 50th AFL anniversary…that’s what they should go with…but…I wouldn’t hold my breath on that or seeing the original Denver Bronco uni either which will be a shame.

  • Ryan Connelly 40 | February 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment="313050"][quote comment="313049"]If youre going to create a DIY section, can you make it like Throwback DIY for Dummies?

    My wife and I always say i would be a fun project for both of us to do, but we dont know ehere to start.[/quote]

    I have spent the last five days looking for a zip-up fleece jacket in the colour of the Whalers’ green or navy blue. While I don’t want to replicate the Whalers’ jerseys in any way, I did want to see if I could put together something for under $50.

    Maybe have the patches running down one arm, the big “W” logo on the rear, and a small chest logo on the front-left. Haven’t quite decided on a final design yet.

    The problem? I have a serious colour issue. I can’t find the navy or green that matches the Whalers’ designs. Anyone know of a store that has fleeces in the proper Whalers colours?[/quote]

    sounds like a great project teebz!

    please add this somewhere on your hoodie. lol

    http://www.sportslog...

    good luck!!!

  • Luke | February 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment="313072"][quote comment="313069"][quote]PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.[/quote]

    gotta stand for something…or you’re gonna fall for anything

    i know a lot of things…but i don’t know a lot of other things[/quote]

    Provident National Corporation[/quote]

    Pirates’ Near Championship

  • Adam | February 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm |

    Not to beat a dead horse, but on the ECHL website under FAQs:

    What do the letters ECHL stand for?

    “In a change reflective of the nationwide presence of the ECHL, the East Coast Hockey League changed its name to simply ECHL on May 19, 2003. The leading professional developmental league for the American Hockey and the National Hockey League, ECHL has an identity that is well known within North American hockey circles.”

    http://echl.com/faq....

  • Kek | February 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm |

    [quote comment="313072"][quote comment="313069"][quote]PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.[/quote]

    gotta stand for something…or you’re gonna fall for anything

    i know a lot of things…but i don’t know a lot of other things[/quote]

    Provident National Corporation[/quote]
    Not exactly. Provident National and Pittsburgh National merged in ’82 to form PNC, taking the shared initials of both companies. Neither entity prior to the merger was referred to as “PNC”.

  • Glen | February 2, 2009 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment="313052"]More Coaches vs. Cancer:

    http://farm4.static....

    Is the IUPUI coach still doing his shoes for kids campaign?

  • Matt | February 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm |

    [quote comment="313044"]*bows*

    I just wanted to stir up some conversation. Looks like it worked. Can’t say my opinion is swayed on that stupid promotion.

    (Great job documenting it though, Mr. Moschella!)[/quote]

    Thanks, Tony.

  • Matt | February 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="313035"]
    Does Oscar Goodman figure in here anywhere? Hizzoner Oscar is the mayor of Vegas, and is a Chicago guy through and through. Oscar was the Outfit’s top defense atty in the ’70s, and represented the Spilotro brothers, who were done in for real the way Joe Pesci got it in “Casino”. Any chance this is a nod to Oscar’s old home town?[/quote]

    The Mayor wasn’t in attendance, and from what I’ve seen/read in the month leading up to the game, Mayor Goodman did not have anything to do with the theme. He’s been very present at AAA baseball games in Vegas, but in the Wranglers’ six years, I’ve never once heard of him being at a game.

  • Tall Paul | February 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment="313013"]I think the refs wore standard striped uniforms in Super Bowl II. You can just barely see one in the background of this shot, behind Donny Anderson:
    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    I don’t recall seeing any pics of referees’ jackets being worn during the game; I say pics because I was 3 months from being born at the time. The auction does state that it’s a jacket and, as with player jackets, likely was not worn on the field during play…especially with the solid white color that would have presented problems contrasting with the Packers’ jerseys.

    With the long extension of the fabric with snaps, though, it makes me wonder if it was designed to be worn snapped to the pants in some way to keep it from riding up…?

  • joe | February 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm |

    [quote comment="313067"][quote comment="313023"][quote comment="313021"][quote comment="313002"]Doesn’t any other hockey fan feel somewhat “offended” by those photos? I just can’t help feeling that way.[/quote]

    I am not a huge hockey fan, but in general, I think this is what minor league sports are all about – teams don’t take themselves too seriously and are willing to do some crazy things just for a change of pace. I think this is a great example – no sponsor ties, just a funny idea that was executed well, including a lot of clever small touches that put it over the top.[/quote]

    Wes, I just think it makes it look like a joke. Not that it should be serious in the ECHL, but I gotta bet more than a few of those players thought they were friggin’ ridiculous (“Where did I screw up in my hockey career to be here wearing prison outfits?!”)

    its not opera, its hockey.[/quote]

    Yeah I can see your point about the players. Even if it is minor league hockey in a non-hockey market, the players are still trying to achieve their dream of the NHL, so subjecting them to this kind of crap is probably not appreciated. Then again, it will make them appreciate the NHL that much more. “Two years ago I was playing hockey in an orange jump suit in front of 500 people who just wandered in off the Vegas strip. Look at me now!”[/quote]
    or as low level minor leaguers they are happy to wear what ever they are given because it puts butts in the seats and keeps them on a team at all. its better than the team/league folding.

  • joe | February 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment="313078"][quote comment="313072"][quote comment="313069"][quote]PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.[/quote]

    gotta stand for something…or you’re gonna fall for anything

    i know a lot of things…but i don’t know a lot of other things[/quote]

    Provident National Corporation[/quote]

    Pirates’ Near Championship[/quote]

    Pirates, Not Champions

  • warren thompson | February 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment="313055"]
    Am i the only one who enjoyed the canadiens stripes?[/quote]

    No, I also like them, just as I like the old Chicago Blackhawks “barber-pole” sweaters ….

  • Tall Paul | February 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm |

    http://www.nfl.com/p...

    Super Bowl II photos…

    Nos. 4, 5, 6, 10, and 12 provide shots of the referee’s on-field uniforms, with no. 12 giving the best shot.

    There may be more photos of SBII there, but my computer at work is throwing up an error message when I try to go there.

  • Geeman | February 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment="313075"][quote comment="313074"][quote comment="313025"][quote comment="312991"]I saw highlights this weekend where the coach was wearing some lo top Converse All-Stars, which look great with the suit he was wearing.[/quote]
    Yep. Chucks with a suit is definitely a good look.[/quote]

    When was the last time chuck taylors were worn in an NBA game and who wore them?[/quote]
    This is the last one I can recall:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    that’s an 81-82 card so I’m guessing the photo was taken during the 80-81 season.[/quote]

    Michael Ray Richardson of the Nets wore a red leather pair (but still Chucks) during the 1985-86 season and Sports Illustrated wrote about it. I remember being inspired enough to go buy a black canvas pair to wear that year in pickup games.

  • Jack H. | February 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm |

    RE: Minnesota coaches:

    I cover high school sports in Missouri, and our coaches were doing it too. I wrote about at at the end of this article:

    http://www.waynesvil...

    Also, since when does Maryland wear yellow?

  • Geeman | February 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment="313090"]RE: Minnesota coaches:

    I cover high school sports in Missouri, and our coaches were doing it too. I wrote about at at the end of this article:

    http://www.waynesvil...

    Also, since when does Maryland wear yellow?[/quote]

    Since 1981 — they broke out gold uniforms for the ACC and NCAA tournaments that year, then wore them off and on for years. Garry Williams put a stop to it until about a year or so ago.

  • diz | February 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm |

    I love how the European hockey jerseys are derided for being covered in advertising, then the American side who are dressed as Ronald McDonald are praised as something better :D

  • Juan Grande | February 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment="313053"]Super Bowl XLIV Logo: http://www.chriscrea...

    Wow that is orange.

  • Geeman | February 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment="313091"][quote comment="313090"]RE: Minnesota coaches:

    I cover high school sports in Missouri, and our coaches were doing it too. I wrote about at at the end of this article:

    http://www.waynesvil...

    Also, since when does Maryland wear yellow?[/quote]

    Since 1981 — they broke out gold uniforms for the ACC and NCAA tournaments that year, then wore them off and on for years. Garry Williams put a stop to it until about a year or so ago.[/quote]

    Follow-up: In 1981 Maryland had a so-so regular season after winning the ACC regular season championship and losing by one point in the tournament championship game the year before. But they broke out gold for the tournament as a good luck charm and won their first two games to get to the championship game again (and eventually qualify for the NCAAs). The ACC had rules that the higher seeded team had choice of white jersey or color jersey, and gold had to be a color uniform, or road uniform. Maryland got to the championship game against North Carolina, which was higher seeded and normally wore white as such but decided to wear color throughout the tournament to force Maryland to wear white, not gold. Dean Smith liked to mess with Lefty Driesell that way. Maryland lost the championship game again by one point. Maryland then wore gold in the NCAAs and got plastered in the second round by Isiah Thomas and Indiana. They wore gold in the ACC tournament the next year and lost, and maybe one or two times after that.

    Three years ago they broke out black jerseys for the first time in years, but lost in the first round.

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm |

    does anyone foresee xbox live possibly sponsoring the next super bowl?

  • Tall Paul | February 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm |

    OK…here’s a gallery of pics some took on their trip through the Pro Football Hall of Fame…and here’s our jacket of the day:

    http://flickr.com/ph...

    Full gallery here:

    http://flickr.com/ph...

    For some reason, this looks familiar…like it may have been posted to Flickr by one of our own Uni-Watchers…Flickr ID is Possum187:

    http://flickr.com/ph...

    But…it’s there next to the officials’ uniform shirts for both leagues.

  • Jeff | February 2, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  • Luke | February 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment="313095"]does anyone foresee xbox live possibly sponsoring the next super bowl?[/quote]
    No. Should we?

  • Tall Paul | February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment="313084"][quote comment="313013"]I think the refs wore standard striped uniforms in Super Bowl II. You can just barely see one in the background of this shot, behind Donny Anderson:
    http://1.bp.blogspot...

    I don’t recall seeing any pics of referees’ jackets being worn during the game; I say pics because I was 3 months from being born at the time. The auction does state that it’s a jacket and, as with player jackets, likely was not worn on the field during play…especially with the solid white color that would have presented problems contrasting with the Packers’ jerseys.

    With the long extension of the fabric with snaps, though, it makes me wonder if it was designed to be worn snapped to the pants in some way to keep it from riding up…?[/quote]

    And now that I’ve seen the HOF pic of the jacket I can see, if I look really closely at the Hunt Auctions pic of the jacket, that there is a black collar, sleeve cuffs, and bottom elastic ribbing. It just blended in so well against the black background they have behind the jacket.

  • D Jones | February 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm |

    I’m really shocked that there has been no mention of the ‘Heroes’ commercial that ran during the super bowl that featured, Warren Sapp, John Elway and Jerry Rice. Both Sapp and Elway were wearing throwback uniforms and helmets, but I forget what Rice was wearing…

  • Tall Paul | February 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment="313100"]I’m really shocked that there has been no mention of the ‘Heroes’ commercial that ran during the super bowl that featured, Warren Sapp, John Elway and Jerry Rice. Both Sapp and Elway were wearing throwback uniforms and helmets, but I forget what Rice was wearing…[/quote]

    Several posts in yesterdays comments section on that subject…

  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm |

    Kudos to WDIV in Detroit for doing this.

    Comment #5:
    [quote][NBC hiring Matt Millen as a studio analyst] would be like the Westminster dog show trotting out Michael Vick as their commentator.[/quote]

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    SB II pic with ref

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment="313098"][quote comment="313095"]does anyone foresee Xbox LIVe possibly sponsoring the next super bowl?[/quote]
    No. Should we?[/quote]

    just thought maybe the roman numeral thingy…maybe

    or not

  • Tall Paul | February 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm |

    [quote comment="313104"][quote comment="313098"][quote comment="313095"]does anyone foresee Xbox LIVe possibly sponsoring the next super bowl?[/quote]
    No. Should we?[/quote]

    just thought maybe the roman numeral thingy…maybe

    or not[/quote]

    Gotta admit…I didn’t see it, either, until you threw the capital letters in there. Very subtle…LOL

  • UmpLou | February 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm |

    In the first two SBs, the officials wore the ‘special’ unis because the AFL officials wore those red striped unis. It was not until the 1968 season that the administration of the officials was unified under Art McNally’s office, and a central system of grading/assigning was established. The AFL officials then went to the ‘regular’ black striped shirts, and were worked into the numbering system. Supposedly, McNally’s office did a wholesale purging of a lot of the more marginal AFL officials before the merger took full effect in 70.

  • MPowers1634 | February 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm |

    [quote comment="313089"][quote comment="313075"][quote comment="313074"][quote comment="313025"][quote comment="312991"]I saw highlights this weekend where the coach was wearing some lo top Converse All-Stars, which look great with the suit he was wearing.[/quote]
    Yep. Chucks with a suit is definitely a good look.[/quote]

    When was the last time chuck taylors were worn in an NBA game and who wore them?[/quote]
    This is the last one I can recall:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    that’s an 81-82 card so I’m guessing the photo was taken during the 80-81 season.[/quote]

    Michael Ray Richardson of the Nets wore a red leather pair (but still Chucks) during the 1985-86 season and Sports Illustrated wrote about it. I remember being inspired enough to go buy a black canvas pair to wear that year in pickup games.[/quote]

    Ouch! Geeman, are your feet still hurting today?

  • MPowers1634 | February 2, 2009 at 5:33 pm |

    [quote comment="313050"][quote comment="313049"]If youre going to create a DIY section, can you make it like Throwback DIY for Dummies?

    My wife and I always say i would be a fun project for both of us to do, but we dont know ehere to start.[/quote]

    I have spent the last five days looking for a zip-up fleece jacket in the colour of the Whalers’ green or navy blue. While I don’t want to replicate the Whalers’ jerseys in any way, I did want to see if I could put together something for under $50.

    Maybe have the patches running down one arm, the big “W” logo on the rear, and a small chest logo on the front-left. Haven’t quite decided on a final design yet.

    The problem? I have a serious colour issue. I can’t find the navy or green that matches the Whalers’ designs. Anyone know of a store that has fleeces in the proper Whalers colours?[/quote]

    I don’t know if there are Walmarts in your neck of the Canadian woods, but youy can usually fins inexpensive sweatshirts and long sleeve tees in most colors.

  • MPowers1634 | February 2, 2009 at 5:36 pm |

    [quote comment="313066"]The ECHL hasn’t been the East Coast Hockey League for some time. I think it was when they absorbed some of the defunct West Coast Hockey League teams. The letters ECHL don’t stand for anything. I think the league just wanted to keep the brand recognition of “ECHL” rather than rename the league.

    It’s similar to PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. People assume that it stands for “Pittsburgh National Corporation” because an older name of the company was Pittsburgh National Bank. However, PNC does not stand for anything, just the letters.

    As to the Super Bowl, my brother noticed the front of Fitzgerald’s jersey and the “CARINALS” was so arched. (Also, has he always referred to himself as “Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.” in player intros or was that just a shout out to his pops?)

    On the Steelers’ end, did anyone catch LaMarr Woodley’s nameplate? the “L” looked to be crooked on several shots. I didn’t get a shot because, well, when you’re hosting people at your house for the Super Bowl, pausing the TV and getting the cell phone out isn’t probably going to go over that well!

    I’ll try to get a shot off NFL Network if they re-air the game.[/quote]

    I noticed that MANY times, but my friends FORBADE me from making any uni-centric comments.

    From a cleats standpoint…nothing extraordinary…Wilson of the cardinals wore a PE pair of Zoom Flyposites but that was about it!

  • James Craven | February 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm |

    Lots and lots of sponsorship logocreep(TM) in the Series del Caribe (Carabbiean World Series) on MLB Network and ESPN Deportes on the uniforms. Even the umpires have a full-blown logo on the front of their shirts. Very craptastical indeed.

  • MPowers1634 | February 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm |

    BTW…shield your eyes from the Purpleness:

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

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 5:58 pm |

    [quote comment="313108"]
    I don’t know if there are Walmarts in your neck of the Canadian woods, but youy can usually fins inexpensive sweatshirts and long sleeve tees in most colors.[/quote]

    Wal-Marts in Canada are like run-down, inner-city thrift stores – pathetic.

  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |

    [quote comment="313112"][quote comment="313108"]
    I don’t know if there are Walmarts in your neck of the Canadian woods, but youy can usually fins inexpensive sweatshirts and long sleeve tees in most colors.[/quote]

    Wal-Marts in Canada are like run-down, inner-city thrift stores – pathetic.[/quote]
    Yeah, that’s the place.

  • The Hemogoblin | February 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm |

    [quote comment="313111"]BTW…shield your eyes from the Purpleness:

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

    Do you now understand why nobody likes UW?

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm |

    [quote comment="313112"][quote comment="313108"]
    I don’t know if there are Walmarts in your neck of the Canadian woods, but youy can usually fins inexpensive sweatshirts and long sleeve tees in most colors.[/quote]

    Wal-Marts in Canada are like run-down, inner-city thrift stores – pathetic.[/quote]

    try sears at kildonan place — and grab me a double double or a A&W while you’re there

  • JTH | February 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm |

    [quote comment="313113"][quote comment="313112"][quote comment="313108"]
    I don’t know if there are Walmarts in your neck of the Canadian woods, but youy can usually fins inexpensive sweatshirts and long sleeve tees in most colors.[/quote]

    Wal-Marts in Canada are like run-down, inner-city thrift stores – pathetic.[/quote]
    Yeah, that’s the place.[/quote]
    My non-smartass reply: What about outlet malls? They usually have several stores that are loaded with fleece apparel. Any of those up your way?

  • Bruce Jaynes | February 2, 2009 at 7:20 pm |

    Anyone notice the NBC promo for Heroes yesterday featuring former NFL stars? At the end of commercial it’s revealed that John Elway was actually a “hero” all along….What’s interesting
    is that they have him wearing a 1960′s AFL era orange w/blue sleeved throwback, along with the blue 70′s style “D” helmet. That jersy was always worn with the orange helmet that featured the rather ill-looking white horse.

    http://superbowlads....

  • Larry Bodnovich | February 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm |

    [quote comment="313097"]Shorpy does it again.

    http://www.shorpy.co...

    http://www.shorpy.co...

    Love that Shorpy site and the great old football pics. The other sports pics and everything else is fantastic. My favorite though is old football.

  • Jordan Pope | February 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm |

    [quote comment="313114"][quote comment="313111"]BTW…shield your eyes from the Purpleness:

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

    Do you now understand why nobody likes UW?[/quote]

    I thought it was because their football team didn’t win a game this past year…

  • Clint Fransen | February 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm |

    Lance Armstrong posted on his twitter that he was at Nike checking out his new shoes. Here is the link to the pic: http://twitpic.com/1...

  • chance | February 2, 2009 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment="313051"][quote comment="313048"]I don’t like the idea of Russell Martin putting “J. Martin” on his back as a tribute to his mother. Even if “J” is one of his many middle initials, opening the door to the utilization of the NOB as a means making a tribute is a bad thing. Things could get very flaky down the road.[/quote]

    I hate to sound like a hard-ass…but people die. And life goes on. And all this uni-modifiying or patches, etc., really brings to life the notion of wearing your emotions “on your sleeve.”

    I feel for Martin, I do. This has to be a sorrowful time. But the tragedy, loss and sadness are his, not the Dodgers’. There is truly no reason for the team’s uniform to be modified because of his mother’s passing.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    That’s it in a nutshell.

    This whole “look at me!” school of public grieving is pathetic.

  • Mark K | February 2, 2009 at 9:44 pm |

    St Louis Blues 3rds really look black on TV. Only in close-ups do they look blue at all.

  • MPowers1634 | February 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |

    [quote comment="313120"]Lance Armstrong posted on his twitter that he was at Nike checking out his new shoes. Here is the link to the pic: http://twitpic.com/1...

    That’s a whole lotta carbon fiber.

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |

    [quote comment="313116"][quote comment="313113"][quote comment="313112"][quote comment="313108"]
    I don’t know if there are Walmarts in your neck of the Canadian woods, but youy can usually fins inexpensive sweatshirts and long sleeve tees in most colors.[/quote]

    Wal-Marts in Canada are like run-down, inner-city thrift stores – pathetic.[/quote]
    Yeah, that’s the place.[/quote]
    My non-smartass reply: What about outlet malls? They usually have several stores that are loaded with fleece apparel. Any of those up your way?[/quote]

    My entire city is an outlet mall in terms of how cheap we are.

    But no, we have none. Closest would be Albertville, Minnesota, and I’m only making that trek if I have to.

  • LI Phil | February 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm |

    [quote comment="313124"]My entire city is an outlet mall in terms of how cheap we are.

    But no, we have none. Closest would be Albertville, Minnesota, and I’m only making that trek if I have to.[/quote]

    try hempyrean or t-shirt connection in the forks…i remember the latter having a shitload of hoodies and sweatshirts…you might find a fleece or three there ;)

  • Teebz | February 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |

    [quote comment="313125"][quote comment="313124"]My entire city is an outlet mall in terms of how cheap we are.

    But no, we have none. Closest would be Albertville, Minnesota, and I’m only making that trek if I have to.[/quote]

    try hempyrean or t-shirt connection in the forks…i remember the latter having a shitload of hoodies and sweatshirts…you might find a fleece or three there ;)[/quote]

    Ohhhh… good call, Phil! I totally forgot about their supply! I’ll check them at lunch tomorrow!

  • Jack H. | February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |

    Hey, I just found a cool spread from a Mexican newspaper on the Super Bowl. The fourth page (all the way on the left) has a nice thing about uniform transformations. I can’t read Spanish but the graphics look nice:

    http://www.sportsdes...

  • Giancarlo | February 3, 2009 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment="313127"]Hey, I just found a cool spread from a Mexican newspaper on the Super Bowl. The fourth page (all the way on the left) has a nice thing about uniform transformations. I can’t read Spanish but the graphics look nice:

    http://www.sportsdes...
    I can read Spanish & I can assure you that they do indeed “get it,” even though they get a couple of the dates wrong.

  • Doug | February 3, 2009 at 1:24 am |

    Some will attribute the Steelers’ victory last night on their successful final drive (or the Cardinals’ defense rolling over during said drive), but we UniWatch readers know the truth: It’s because they wore white.

    For the fifth year in a row the team in white jerseys took the Lombardi trophy. If Arizona had been smart, they would have opted for their road unis (as the Steelers did three years ago when they dressed as the road team despite being designated as the home team).

    It should be noted that this probably would have been thwarted had they worn those red pants with white jerseys. Sartorial success has its limits.

  • Kyle | February 3, 2009 at 10:03 am |

    Why do the bathrooms at the Pittsburgh ballpark have windows?

    Because it’s called Pee-n-See.

  • Jason | February 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm |

    I think Tubby always wears sneakers at home, as Minnesota features a raised court and slipping on the floor or the little stairs would likely result in serious injury. Tubby, however, being pretty sartorially gifted, sticks with the all black suede Nikes, which usually work well with whatever he’s wearing.

  • Jailhouse Puck : CheapJoint.Com | February 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    [...] Uni Watch reports that the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League did just that with their recent “Prison Jersey Night”. The home team in prison stripes, the visitors in orange jumpsuits, the refs in guard uniforms, metal bars on the penalty box – sadly, shivs were not permitted on the ice. Maybe next year. [...]

  • [...] Uni Watch reports that the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League did just that with their recent “Prison Jersey Night”. The home team in prison stripes, the visitors in orange jumpsuits, the refs in guard uniforms, metal bars on the penalty box – sadly, shivs were not permitted on the ice. Maybe next year. [...]

  • Jailhouse Puck | dealsmany.com | February 3, 2009 at 11:03 pm |

    [...] Uni Watch reports that the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League did just that with their recent “Prison Jersey Night”. The home team in prison stripes, the visitors in orange jumpsuits, the refs in guard uniforms, metal bars on the penalty box – sadly, shivs were not permitted on the ice. Maybe next year. [...]

  • Bill | February 6, 2009 at 7:18 pm |

    Just hoping that someone can tell me where I can get two Chicago Wolves hockey jersey crests? Any help would be greatly appreciated.