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Final Score: Cowboys 24, Giants 14

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New York football Giants equipment director Joe Skiba recently sent me a serious blast from the past: a 1976 Giants program. Naturally, it’s full of interesting tidbits, so let’s take a look:

• Here’s my favorite ad in the program. Love the sight of those two players running around the gridiron with giant musical instruments. Also, it’s interesting to see that the league was marketing the NFL Films music at such an early date.

• And here’s my second-favorite ad.

• Remember when it seemed like every single company on the planet would slap its logo on helmet and jersey to create cheesy ads like this?

This ad troubles me. The facemask is too short, no? Looks all stubby and Pop Warner and shit. And look, this facemask is even shorter! No wonder the mid-’70s Giants sucked — they couldn’t even control their own brand, much less their own team.

• Why does each photo in this ad show a kid wearing No. 42? Look at the fine print toward the bottom of the page (in case you can’t read it, here’s a larger view).

• Whatever you think of O.J., this is great photo.

• The back of the program has a bunch of really nice Giants illustrations, which I think they’d been using over and over again in every program for years. I grouped about a dozen of them into this gallery.

• Weirdest thing in the program: an illustration of FDR in a National Recovery Act uniform.

• I was stunned by the amount of liquor advertising in the program. Not beer, mind you, but hard liquor. I counted 14 whiskey ads (including one for an industrial-sized bottle), plus three more for gin and two for vodka. But hey, the ’76 Giants, who went 3-11, would’ve driven any fan to drink.

• As for the beer ads, the best one wasn’t even for a particular brand of beer — it was for the local bottle-blowers union. So damn cool.

• And as long as we’re talking about vices, I really liked this cigarette ad, which has the feel of a giant league logo surrounded by lots of smaller team logos.

• I love how this ad boasts that Craig Morton will be showing up at these restaurants “from time to time.” Must’ve been a very loose promotional arrangement.

Doubleplusthanks to Skeebs for bestowing this treasure upon me. I promise to treat well in the months and years to come.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of new pin-up illos from the incomparable Rob Ullman. Among the new treatments: Sixers (commissioned by Sixers PR director Michael Preston), Eages (for Brad Minerd), Orioles (for Katelyn McCann), a Sharks vs. Wild catfight (for Jesse Mullan, who moved from Minnesota to the Bay Area), and Blackhawks (for Dave Zalatoris, who got a tattoo of the illustration!). Rob also did a Penguins portrait of his wife, Brooke, for her birthday (“She criticized me for making her look too good,” he says), plus he created the season’s best St. Paddy’s artwork. … When Kevin Werther saw Robert Marshall’s Natty Boh cornhole set on Wednesday, he decided to share photos of his own DIY cornhole set, which matches Miami (Ohio) against Ohio State. “At least in cornhole, my Redhawks have a chance at victory against the Bucks!” says Kevin. “I was able to buy custom bags online that matched my set, too.” … Speaking of Marshall, he rightly took me to task for not including this photo of him in Wednesday’s entry. “Separated at birth?” he asks. “Perhaps. FYI, that shot took about 15 takes to get the timing right. I even bloodied my lip on about take six. I think it was the last shot in this progression. Now that’s dedication.” Quite. … Survey of English soccer kits here (with thanks to Kent Green). … The Hofstra roller hockey team is holding a jersey design contest. … Here’s a new one: TNOL (team name on leg). Those are the Yokohama Baystars. Note the the uni number on the catcher’s helmet, too. The other pant leg just has a partial stripe, no team name (with thanks to, of course, Jeremy Brahm). … Reprinted from Wednesday’s comments: Info on the Panthers’ upcoming third jersey here. … The Cubs are retiring one number for two players. Interestingly, Ariel Shoshan saw this coming more than a year ago. Back on 2/28/08, he was quoted in the Ticker as follows: “I just returned from a Cubs practice at Hohokam in Mesa. The main gate now features 6 ‘batting circles’ — one is a Cubs logo, and the others are Santo 10, Banks 14, Sandberg 23, Williams 26, and Jenkins 31. The thing is, the Cubs haven’t retired Fergie Jenkins’ number. Fans have long thought that they would retire 31 for Fergie and Maddux when the time came, à la Berra and Dickey.” Hmmm, wonder if they’ve now added a designation for Maddux. … New football uniforms for North Dakota (with thanks to Kelly Hellman). … A few days ago I linked to Jordan Wiley‘s listing of the best logo treatment for each letter of the alphabet. At the time, I said, “I wish he’d put all his letter choices side by side in one big composite alphabet (get working on that pronto, Jordan!),” and now he’s done just that. … The Gwinnett Braves, relocated from Richmond, have an inaugural logo, which is a disaster of clashing typefaces. … “I was at the Rochester Amerks vs. Manitoba Moose game on Wednesday night,” writes Chris Markham. “There’s a scrolling billboard of ads, one of them for a company that does day trips down to NYC to watch the Mets or Yankees. I guess they’re not too fond of the Mets’ new stadium name.” … Super-cool 1959 Steelers program available here. Note that the little symbol at upper-left appears to be the Pittsburgh bicentennial logo (nice find by Larry Wiederecht). … Joe Barker has been fixating on the Blues’ goalies, both of whom wear pre-Edge socks (yes, I know lots of other goalies do this as well, because the Edge socks are so slick that the leg pads won’t stay put). First, Chris Mason: home, road, alternate. And now Manny Legace: home, road, alternate. … Todd Radom and I celebrated our respective 45th birthdays (his was a few weeks ago, mine is tomorrow) by having lunch on Wednesday at Peter Luger, where our steak for two hit the spot and then some. Among other things, I learned that Todd had designed last month’s NBA All-Star logo, which I hadn’t realized. … And speaking of weekday diversions,my friend Shane and I drove out to New Jersey yesterday to do a bit of pin-bashing at my favorite bowling establishment. I love the name, natch, but that’s really just a small part of the attraction, what with the super-cool parking lot sign, the bowling-themed stained glass, and the four picture-perfect lanes in the back room. Toss in a few post-bowling rippers at Rutt’s Hut and you’ve got a perfect day. … Would you trust this electrician? “I know that there are many varieties of three-prong plugs around the world, but I’ve never seen one with that configuration,” says James Huening, who snapped the photo on his way to work yesterday. … Crummy photo quality, but it’s interesting to see that the Racine Saint Catherine’s h.s. hoops team wears striped socks. Better photo quality but poorer views of the stripes here and here (with thanks to Chris Burks and Geoff Poole). … A New Mexico artist named Paho Mann has a great project: He photographs people’s junk drawers and medicine cabinets (you know just what I like, Kirsten). … The Lusophone Games — the Portuguese equivalent of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth Games — have unveiled their new logo (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Nick Armstrong notes that Memphis had the following five players on the court at one point yesterday: #1 Willie Kemp, #2 Robert Dozier, #3 Roburt Sallie, #4 Pierre Henderson-Niles, and #5 Antonio Anderson. … Sensational DIY story, of sorts, here. … The Knicks didn’t play on St. Paddy’s Day, so they wore green on the 18th. … Some absolutely amazing — amazing — Steelers/Redskins shots from 1940 can be found here (major discovery by Larry Wiederecht). … Another logo design contest, this time for the Edmonton Capitals. Details toward the bottom of this page (with thanks to Bill Jones). … The PGA’s Memphis tournament is changing its name (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: Jockeys who were fined and suspended for wearing advertising patches during the 2005 Kentucky Derby have successfully challenged those sanctions.

 

166 comments to Final Score: Cowboys 24, Giants 14

  • BigMatt | March 20, 2009 at 7:53 am |

    Go Hoosiers!

  • jesse | March 20, 2009 at 8:22 am |

    Good morning! Paul, can you (or anyone else) please provide the name/link to the site that has been recommended/utilized for patches for DIY items? Thank you.

  • Glen | March 20, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2009 at 8:28 am |

    [quote comment=”318679″]Good morning! Paul, can you (or anyone else) please provide the name/link to the site that has been recommended/utilized for patches for DIY items? Thank you.[/quote]

    http://www.teampatch...

  • Ken the Otter | March 20, 2009 at 8:29 am |

    http://wejones.ftdat...

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.

    Looking at the 1940 Steeler roster, only one player with a number above 60. Also, do you think you’ll ever see an NFL roster again with 10 players from either Duquesne or Carnegie Mellon?

  • CW | March 20, 2009 at 8:36 am |

    Would you trust this electrician? “I know that there are many varieties of three-prong plugs around the world, but I’ve never seen one with that configuration,” says James Huening, who snapped the photo on his way to work yesterday.

    250V, 30A

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  • Esoteric Eric | March 20, 2009 at 8:38 am |

    Add my thanks to Jordan for the logo alphabet.

    I consider myself a fairly bright guy, but this really was the very first time I noticed that the Falcons’ helmet logo was in the shape of an “F.” (Then again, it also took an awful long time to dawn on me that the Expos’ cap / helmet logo was an “M.”)

  • Rob Ullman | March 20, 2009 at 8:43 am |

    I’d never have thought the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves could concoct a logo as horrible as the one the used when they were here…but by god, they’ve done it! Good fucking riddance to this embarrassment of an organization …there’s no baseball in Richmond for the first season in decades, and somehow it’s an improvement.

  • Barry Watson | March 20, 2009 at 8:43 am |

    Would love to see the photos that those Rob Ullman drawings are based off of…

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2009 at 8:49 am |

    [quote]”She criticized me for making her look too good”[/quote]

    that’s love man

  • Oakville Endive | March 20, 2009 at 8:51 am |

    I don’t know what the general view is, but this move to a standardize floor design for March Madness sucks!!. It sucks on a number of fronts – I miss some of the whacky court designs that would be exposed at this time of year – no matter how ugly some were – Greensboro teal and purple and Buffalo’s odd light green one were particularly distinctive – and admittedly particularly ugly .

    It also sucks because the NCAA has chosen one ugly court design. The centre court logo looks always as if the placement of “NCAA” was done by a child playing pin the “NCAA” on the donkey, and I find it less than easy to tell where the games are coming from, as a result of the black and blue combo, which is not an attractive combo – at least have white outline.

  • Matt Brosseau | March 20, 2009 at 8:52 am |

    [quote comment=”318685″]I’d never have thought the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves could concoct a logo as horrible as the one the used when they were here…but by god, they’ve done it! Good fucking riddance to this embarrassment of an organization …there’s no baseball in Richmond for the first season in decades, and somehow it’s an improvement.[/quote]

    Rob, I used to live in Richmond earlier this decade…I had no idea the R-Braves moved. Probably for the best as they were not a very popular draw. I used to bag work and go take in a game from time to time, never a problem getting a seat behind the dugouts. Then when the ballpark got flooded out from Gaston, putting the kibosh on the remainder of the 2004 season I pretty much stopped going for good.

    And they couldn’t have found a more depressing location for the park…of course, if they rebuilt it, they would have done so way the F out in Short Pump or something with lots of fountains.

  • Rob Ullman | March 20, 2009 at 8:55 am |

    Well, I wouldn’t want to post anyone else’s photos without permission, but here a couple of my better half

  • Rick | March 20, 2009 at 8:56 am |

    Hmmm… looking at those green Knicks outfits, you have to wonder whether the NBA deliberately planned an off day for them on St. Patricks Day, hoping they wouldn’t wear them.

    What’s up with wearing green in honor of St Patrick’s day the day after the fact? It’s like dressing up like Santa Clause on December 26th, or having a Superbowl party the Monday after. Aside from that, these uniforms look ridiculous.
    Paul, how come you’re ripping into the ‘Los’* movement every chance you got, but you’re letting this one slide?

    From a political standpoint the orange and green combo is interesting, though. Green is the color of the Irish republic, where the predominant religion is Catholicism. Orange on the other hand is the color of a Protestant fraternity that is pretty big in Northern Ireland. And just this difference of opinion between the Catholics who want to join up with the Irish Republic, and the Protestants who like it in the UK was at the basis of the mess that Northern Ireland used to be (and sometimes still is). Even now, the yearly Orange marches through catholic neighborhoods in Northern Irish cities sometimes lead to riots. Maybe the Knicks just wanted to show that ornage and green don’t have to clash… but in that case they failed miserably.

  • Rick | March 20, 2009 at 8:57 am |

    … and sorry for the typos

  • Rob Ullman | March 20, 2009 at 9:01 am |

    [quote comment=”318689″]And they couldn’t have found a more depressing location for the park…of course, if they rebuilt it, they would have done so way the F out in Short Pump or something with lots of fountains.[/quote]

    Richmond Magazine allowed me to do a rant in comic form a few years back…suffice to say, I agree with your assessment of the situation. I live in Bellevue, less than two miles away from the Diamond, and I only went to two games in five years. Lousy product, lousy atmosphere, everything.

    There’s actually an initiative afoot to build a park in Shockhoe Bottom, but this being Richmond, don’t expect any progress to be made for at least a decade.

  • Glen | March 20, 2009 at 9:02 am |

    http://farm1.static....

    I am glad you gentlemen enjoy your steak on the rare side!

  • Tom Hedrick | March 20, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    Anyone know if the O’s have permanently ditched the coolflo batting helmets or are they just wearing the old style for spring training?

  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    [quote comment=”318694″]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/218/475785539_2e3f3d9e1d_b.jpg

    I am glad you gentlemen enjoy your steak on the rare side![/quote]

    Full disclosure: That isn’t our actual steak. I brought my camera but neglected to use it (too caught up in the protein rush of the moment). That photo, however, looks v-e-r-y much like the medium-rare steak we devoured.

  • Matt Brosseau | March 20, 2009 at 9:14 am |

    [quote comment=”318693″]
    Richmond Magazine allowed me to do a rant in comic form a few years back…suffice to say, I agree with your assessment of the situation. I live in Bellevue, less than two miles away from the Diamond, and I only went to two games in five years. Lousy product, lousy atmosphere, everything.

    There’s actually an initiative afoot to build a park in Shockhoe Bottom, but this being Richmond, don’t expect any progress to be made for at least a decade.[/quote]

    That comic was awesome. However, you made the bus station look like Shangri-La in comparison to its actual disgusti-tude.

    Shockoe Bottom should be condemned, although my bias is showing as I lived and hung out in the Fan and as such thought I was better than the VCU students getting shitfaced down by the river. It’s no place for a stadium down there.

    Are the Richmond Riverdogs still down there? When I first came to Richmond I interviewed with the team for a job. Rod Langway, the coach at the time, interviewed me.

  • Dan King | March 20, 2009 at 9:15 am |

    [quote comment=\”318680\”]Here is another TNOL

    http://www.warhawkfo...

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

    i was thinking of that also when he mentioned TNOL, since Case has lost to them in the football playoffs recently.

    Rick -well they could\’ve added white trim, and therefore been exactly like the irish flag. with the white symbolizing peace between the two groups

  • Matt Brosseau | March 20, 2009 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”318696″]

    Full disclosure: That isn’t our actual steak. I brought my camera but neglected to use it (too caught up in the protein rush of the moment). That photo, however, looks v-e-r-y much like the medium-rare steak we devoured.[/quote]

    That’s the beauty of Luger’s…every time you go it’s the exact same thing. Very, very consistent, and that’s how they got to be where they are. But of course I love the waiters. Once I asked them “what kind of beers do you have?” (I was 19.) Waiter glares at me and says “Dark and light. Choose.” And I had beer with my steak.

  • MPowers1634 | March 20, 2009 at 9:18 am |

    [quote comment=”318680″]Here is another TNOL

    http://www.warhawkfo...

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

    Thank you for posting these pics. I was racking my brain trying to remember the team that played in the NCAA playoffs a few years ago in snow drifts.

    Great job.

  • MPowers1634 | March 20, 2009 at 9:22 am |

    [quote comment=”318699″][quote comment=”318696″]

    Full disclosure: That isn’t our actual steak. I brought my camera but neglected to use it (too caught up in the protein rush of the moment). That photo, however, looks v-e-r-y much like the medium-rare steak we devoured.[/quote]

    That’s the beauty of Luger’s…every time you go it’s the exact same thing. Very, very consistent, and that’s how they got to be where they are. But of course I love the waiters. Once I asked them “what kind of beers do you have?” (I was 19.) Waiter glares at me and says “Dark and light. Choose.” And I had beer with my steak.[/quote]

    Then you would like McSorleys on 2nd Avenue in NYC as well.

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  • warren thompson | March 20, 2009 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment=”318682″]http://wejones.ftdata.com/steelerR.html

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.
    [/quote]

    That offensive formation appears to be the single-wing wherein the QB was mostly a blocker. The deep back was commonly called the tailback and did a good deal of the running and passing.

  • Glen | March 20, 2009 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment=”318698″][quote comment=\”318680\”]Here is another TNOL

    http://www.warhawkfo...

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

    i was thinking of that also when he mentioned TNOL, since Case has lost to them in the football playoffs recently.

    Rick -well they could\’ve added white trim, and therefore been exactly like the irish flag. with the white symbolizing peace between the two groups[/quote]

    Dan,

    Thanks for being a good sport about Wabash. I will say, I have enjoyed my visits to Case Western (the wins probably have a large part to do with that) but I think you all would fare better against UW Whitewater than we have. But all that aside, I don’t particularly enjoy the ‘Modern” uni’s that Wabash now adorns, but they look a lot better than some of the other D3 teams out there

  • Rob Ullman | March 20, 2009 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment=”318697″]Are the Richmond Riverdogs still down there? When I first came to Richmond I interviewed with the team for a job. Rod Langway, the coach at the time, interviewed me.[/quote]

    The Riverdogs are gone, replaced by a new team called the Renegades who play in the SPHL. Word is, they’re about broke and will probably suspend operations next season. Richmond sports…

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 9:35 am |

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

    And the Steeler having just made the catch is….?

    Jimmy Orr, wearing #86 with the Steelers, prior to his more well-known career as #28 with the Colts (see Super Bowl III films of him wide open on a flea-flicker, trying to get Earl Morrall’s attention).

    —Ricko

  • JF in DC | March 20, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    The ad in the Jints program for the NFL Films music was the one I used to order my first album. I think they put out four LPs before coming out with the CD “The Power and the Glory” about 10 years ago, followed up by a CD box set that came out about three years ago.

    The CD box set, “Autumn Thunder” is a must-have for any NFL Films music fan. The early stuff, mostly done by Sam Spence is priceless and some of the more modern stuff is decent, but not in the great 70’s Spence style.

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment=”318702″][quote comment=”318682″]http://wejones.ftdata.com/steelerR.html

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.
    [/quote]

    That offensive formation appears to be the single-wing wherein the QB was mostly a blocker. The deep back was commonly called the tailback and did a good deal of the running and passing.[/quote]

    UCLA, with Billy Kilmer at tailback, was the last major NCAA team to run the single wing regularly…I believe. The tailback did virtually ALL the passing (what there was of it) in the single wing. Oregon State ran it early in Terry Baker’s career but switched to the T-formation because of his skills.

    Kilmer being drafted by the 49ers led coach Red Hickey to develop the “shotgun” formation, allowing Kilmer and the other Niner QB’s to pass from a deep set on occasion. So, in a way, the shotgun is about the only remnant of the single wing we see today.

    —Ricko

  • Bob | March 20, 2009 at 9:57 am |

    Paul,

    Enjoy the socks.

    http://deadspin.com/...

  • scott | March 20, 2009 at 9:59 am |

    2 notes on the first day of the tourney.

    1. Did anybody dvr the Villanova game. One of their players had on sweet socks. They had liked a strip going down the achillles.

    2. Western Kentucky had a sharp shooter named Orlando Gomez-Mendez. His NOB was sweet! Lookout for the Hilltoppers on Saturday!

  • Pat Sokolowski | March 20, 2009 at 10:00 am |

    Paul, I’m sorry but you missed this great art gallery I think you would have enjoyed it.

    http://improveverywh...

  • pete goegan | March 20, 2009 at 10:05 am |

    Major college, perhaps, but Keith Piper at Dennison U.(Div.III) continued to use the single wing until 1969! It was very effective and he won a lot of games with it – hard to prepare for it if even opposing coaches had never seen it!

  • JTH | March 20, 2009 at 10:05 am |

    Is that Cybill Shepherd in the Black Velvet ad?

  • timmy b | March 20, 2009 at 10:07 am |

    Larry W,

    That is some awesome and beautiful stuff from 1940.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Ryan M. | March 20, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    The Old Smuggler ad is priceless. I love that the majority of whiskey ads that have pictures of dudes in them, the men are sporting facial hair.

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”318711″]Major college, perhaps, but Keith Piper at Dennison U.(Div.III) continued to use the single wing until 1969! It was very effective and he won a lot of games with it – hard to prepare for it if even opposing coaches had never seen it![/quote]

    I mentioned major college on purpose, as in the last time it was widely seen. I know Whittenburg or someone also ran the single wing, perhaps well into the ’70s. But they weren’t on national TV a whole lot. LOL

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment=”318712″]Is that Cybill Shepherd in the Black Velvet ad?[/quote]

    Yes. She was in a series of print ads for them.

  • Lwiedy | March 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment=”318713″]Larry W,

    That is some awesome and beautiful stuff from 1940.

    Thanks for sharing![/quote]

    Don’t thank me, I just stumbled on it. Don’t know who it belongs to other than he had some cool shoulder pads in 1946 (see the last photo).

  • Lwiedy | March 20, 2009 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”318715″][quote comment=”318711″]Major college, perhaps, but Keith Piper at Dennison U.(Div.III) continued to use the single wing until 1969! It was very effective and he won a lot of games with it – hard to prepare for it if even opposing coaches had never seen it![/quote]

    I mentioned major college on purpose, as in the last time it was widely seen. I know Whittenburg or someone also ran the single wing, perhaps well into the ’70s. But they weren’t on national TV a whole lot. LOL

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I remember quite well the big to-do over the resurrection of the shotgun.
    http://www.auctiva.c...
    Tom Landry was transitioning his O-line and felt Roger needed some help. It got them to Super Bowl X.

  • Blain | March 20, 2009 at 10:22 am |

    The Western Kentucky player was Valdez-Mendez (not Gomez-Mendez) so there was another letter in his high arcing nameplate.

    And the reason the NCAA is going to standardized courts is that some of those decals were getting so big and they were very slippery. We hosted at Marquette a few years back (I was the media director for the event) and the NCAA logo was like 1/4 the length of the court because we had such a big center court logo.

    I didn’t like it when they went to all four regional courts last year, but I’m finding myself like it if they use it throughout the tournament. I’m not going to miss Taco Bell Arena’s floor. However, the Wachovia Center kept it’s Sixers floor with the big center court decal and floor colored decal over the NBA three point line. That just looks bad all around.

  • tom farley | March 20, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    Here’s a somewhat better look at the striped socks for Racine St. Catherine’s, St. Cat’s to those of us who live here:

    http://journaltimeso...

    They have another tradition of using basketballs with black and white stripes (school colors) during warmups.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”318712″]Is that Cybill Shepherd in the Black Velvet ad?[/quote]

    are you feeling better or…oh you maybe had a virus or somethin’, a 24-hour virus you know…it happens

  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2009 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”318710″]Paul, I’m sorry but you missed this great art gallery I think you would have enjoyed it.

    http://improveverywh...

    Oooh, that’s good. Wish I’d known about it beforehand.

  • John | March 20, 2009 at 10:41 am |

    Based on the OJ picture, it’s apparent that he even liked going for the throat way back then!

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 10:42 am |

    Gotta love the monochrome light gold Steelers in that 1940 footage.

    Pants are interesting. Based on how they look from the back, I guess we could them the “Sally Bowles” style, maybe?

    “Life is a cabaret, old chum…”

  • Bernard | March 20, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”318714″]The Old Smuggler ad is priceless. I love that the majority of whiskey ads that have pictures of dudes in them, the men are sporting facial hair.[/quote]

    Beat me to it. That Old Smuggler means BUSINESS!

  • Rob Ullman | March 20, 2009 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment=”318719″]And the reason the NCAA is going to standardized courts is that some of those decals were getting so big and they were very slippery. We hosted at Marquette a few years back (I was the media director for the event) and the NCAA logo was like 1/4 the length of the court because we had such a big center court logo.[/quote]

    The standardized court is a humongous improvement for Greensboro Coliseum, replacing the embarrassingly out-of-date purple and teal scheme they usually rock. When I lived there, my friends and I mockingly referred to it as Miami Subs Arena, which was not intended as a compliment to either endeavor.

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”318723″]Based on the OJ picture, it’s apparent that he even liked going for the throat way back then![/quote]

    And he’s wearing his SpotBilt “Juicemobiles”!!! (As opposed to black Bruno Mail’s, “ugly ass shoes” he’d “never own” but was later shown to have been photographed wearing.)

    I’ll bet he pissed that this jail thing is cutting into his continuing search for the real killers on every golf course he could find.

  • JTH | March 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”318683″]Would you trust this electrician? “I know that there are many varieties of three-prong plugs around the world, but I’ve never seen one with that configuration,” says James Huening, who snapped the photo on his way to work yesterday.

    250V, 30A

    http://www.jkem.com/...
    OK, help me out here. I’m still not seeing one that matches this plug.

    I think you’re referring to 6-30R/6-30P, but neither of those quite match the picture on the van.

  • Johnny O | March 20, 2009 at 10:55 am |

    Just a few quick questions for Mr. Rob Ullman:

    I was just wondering how much your amazing pictures cost, how long they take to get done, and how I can get in touch with you to make an order?

    I am getting married this summer at Lambeau Field, and I would love to get a picture done of my fiancée. Thanks in advance!

  • Lwiedy | March 20, 2009 at 11:05 am |

    http://farm4.static....
    Where’s Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium?

  • Rob Ullman | March 20, 2009 at 11:08 am |

    Hey, Johnny-

    I’d love to help you out! Shoot me an email…click my name above for my address.

  • chance | March 20, 2009 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment=”318730″]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3426/3363351798_9901682046_b.jpg
    Where’s Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium?[/quote]
    Those were only temporary homes and never intended to be permanent, unlike the the stadiums shown.

  • Jim U | March 20, 2009 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment=”318714″]The Old Smuggler ad is priceless. I love that the majority of whiskey ads that have pictures of dudes in them, the men are sporting facial hair.[/quote]

    Agreed. That one for Ambassador Scotch is pretty sweet too.

  • DenverGregg | March 20, 2009 at 11:20 am |

    The ads in the Giants program are terrific. I remember that magazines in those days had plenty of ads for smokes & liquor (and none for pharmaceuticals). One of the liquor ads worked on me enough that I occasionally ordered Campari and Soda in my early twenties. Even once bought a bottle of Wolffschmidt Vodka once – real rotgut stuff.

    I think the artist for the bottle union ad must have drained a few bottles before composing that image. The top of the bottle looks like the business end of a plunger.

  • warren thompson | March 20, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”318707″][quote comment=”318702″][quote comment=”318682″]http://wejones.ftdata.com/steelerR.html

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.
    [/quote]

    That offensive formation appears to be the single-wing wherein the QB was mostly a blocker. The deep back was commonly called the tailback and did a good deal of the running and passing.[/quote]

    UCLA, with Billy Kilmer at tailback, was the last major NCAA team to run the single wing regularly…I believe. The tailback did virtually ALL the passing (what there was of it) in the single wing. Oregon State ran it early in Terry Baker’s career but switched to the T-formation because of his skills.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    While UCLA and Oregon State ran the single-wing, they employed a balanced line. Princeton, however, under Charlie Caldwell, employed it with an unbalanced line and often used the bucklateral series in which three backs handled the ball on one play.

  • Lwiedy | March 20, 2009 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”318732″][quote comment=”318730″]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3426/3363351798_9901682046_b.jpg
    Where’s Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium?[/quote]
    Those were only temporary homes and never intended to be permanent, unlike the the stadiums shown.[/quote]

    Yes Chance, just makin’ funny.

  • cinnamon | March 20, 2009 at 11:28 am |

    I’m glad that the ISU Cyclones can logo comparisons (best “I”) and mascot contests, because we sure can’t win games! (apart from women’s bball and wrestling)

  • War Damn Eagle | March 20, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    Paul,

    Are you able to confirm or deny the rumors about Jacksonville getting new unis for 2009? I completely understand that more often than not you are required to keep quiet about such things until there is a team/league announcement.

    And I’m not really looking for design specifics, just a yea or nay on the change. Unless you can say something like “minor changes” or “radical changes.”

    Normally, I would be excited about a uniform change, but I just got a Jags jersey for Xmas, and it might now be obsolete.

    Thanks.

  • Ken the Otter | March 20, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    Another icon of Pittsburgh sports has left us:

    Vince Lascheid, long-time organist for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium and PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena, died overnight.

    Visitation for Mr. Lascheid, 85, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

    His family requests donations to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 East Swissvale Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

    The Pirates are planning a special tribute to Mr. Lascheid on Opening Day, April 13, according to the funeral home.

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2009 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”318738″]I just got a Jags jersey for Xmas, and it might now be obsolete[/quote]

    did hitler ever get to wear the TO jersey?

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”318735″][quote comment=”318707″][quote comment=”318702″][quote comment=”318682″]http://wejones.ftdata.com/steelerR.html

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.
    [/quote]

    That offensive formation appears to be the single-wing wherein the QB was mostly a blocker. The deep back was commonly called the tailback and did a good deal of the running and passing.[/quote]

    UCLA, with Billy Kilmer at tailback, was the last major NCAA team to run the single wing regularly…I believe. The tailback did virtually ALL the passing (what there was of it) in the single wing. Oregon State ran it early in Terry Baker’s career but switched to the T-formation because of his skills.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    While UCLA and Oregon State ran the single-wing, they employed a balanced line. Princeton, however, under Charlie Caldwell, employed it with an unbalanced line and often used the bucklateral series in which three backs handled the ball on one play.[/quote]

    Oh, man, forgot about that.

    Numbers owe a lot to the single wing, too. Quarterbacks (who largely were lead blockers) wore numbers in the teens, halfbacks in the 20s and 30s and tailbacks in the 40s…most of the time, anyway. Terry Baker, for example, wore #47 his Oregon State sophomore year as a single wing tailback. For his junior and senior seasons as a t-formation quarterback he changed to #11.

    I think Sid Luckman changed numbers with the Bears when they switched to the T. Also explains Charlie Conerly’s #42 with the Giants. He didn’t change from his typical tailback number, even though he was, I believe, the Giant’s’ first T quarterback.
    (Giants illustrations from today’s entry; bottom left…)
    http://www.flickr.co...

    —Ricko

  • War Damn Eagle | March 20, 2009 at 11:41 am |

    [quote comment=”318740″][quote comment=”318738″]I just got a Jags jersey for Xmas, and it might now be obsolete[/quote]

    did hitler ever get to wear the TO jersey?[/quote]

    Touche, Phil, touche.

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    Anyone ID those Giants illustration, btw?
    Pretty sure they are…
    Alex Webster, Emlen Tunnell, Y.A. Tittle
    Andy Robustelli, Jimmy Patton, Joe Morrison
    Sam Huff, Frank Gifford, Tucker Fredrickson
    Charlie Conerly, Roosevelt Brown

  • JRJR | March 20, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”318701″][quote comment=”318699″][quote comment=”318696″]

    Full disclosure: That isn’t our actual steak. I brought my camera but neglected to use it (too caught up in the protein rush of the moment). That photo, however, looks v-e-r-y much like the medium-rare steak we devoured.[/quote]

    That’s the beauty of Luger’s…every time you go it’s the exact same thing. Very, very consistent, and that’s how they got to be where they are. But of course I love the waiters. Once I asked them “what kind of beers do you have?” (I was 19.) Waiter glares at me and says “Dark and light. Choose.” And I had beer with my steak.[/quote]

    Then you would like McSorleys on 2nd Avenue in NYC as well.

    http://bestdivebars....

    You would also like this one.

    http://www.mcgillins...

  • warren thompson | March 20, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”318741″][quote comment=”318735″][quote comment=”318707″][quote comment=”318702″][quote comment=”318682″]http://wejones.ftdata.com/steelerR.html

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.
    [/quote]

    That offensive formation appears to be the single-wing wherein the QB was mostly a blocker. The deep back was commonly called the tailback and did a good deal of the running and passing.[/quote]

    UCLA, with Billy Kilmer at tailback, was the last major NCAA team to run the single wing regularly…I believe. The tailback did virtually ALL the passing (what there was of it) in the single wing. Oregon State ran it early in Terry Baker’s career but switched to the T-formation because of his skills.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    While UCLA and Oregon State ran the single-wing, they employed a balanced line. Princeton, however, under Charlie Caldwell, employed it with an unbalanced line and often used the bucklateral series in which three backs handled the ball on one play.[/quote]

    Oh, man, forgot about that.

    Numbers owe a lot to the single wing, too. Quarterbacks (who largely were lead blockers) wore numbers in the teens, halfbacks in the 20s and 30s and tailbacks in the 40s…most of the time, anyway. Terry Baker, for example, wore #47 his Oregon State sophomore year as a single wing tailback. For his junior and senior seasons as a t-formation quarterback he changed to #11.

    I think Sid Luckman changed numbers with the Bears when they switched to the T. Also explains Charlie Conerly’s #42 with the Giants. He didn’t change from his typical tailback number, even though he was, I believe, the Giant’s’ first T quarterback.
    (Giants illustrations from today’s entry; bottom left…)
    http://www.flickr.co...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Keep mind that the Giants didn’t switch directly from the single-wing to the T. Under coach Steve Owen they ran both the single-wing (B formation) and a different direct-snap set (A formation); ultimately the B was dropped and the A became the
    choice of formations.

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”318686″]Would love to see the photos that those Rob Ullman drawings are based off of…[/quote]
    Well, the Blackhawks drawing is obviously Tony Esposito.

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”318706″]The ad in the Jints program for the NFL Films music was the one I used to order my first album. I think they put out four LPs before coming out with the CD “The Power and the Glory” about 10 years ago, followed up by a CD box set that came out about three years ago.

    The CD box set, “Autumn Thunder” is a must-have for any NFL Films music fan. The early stuff, mostly done by Sam Spence is priceless and some of the more modern stuff is decent, but not in the great 70’s Spence style.[/quote]

    Man, back when you couldn’t see all the NFL highlights until NFL Films came out with their shows during the week (and I remember how hard I TRIED to see MNF’s halftime show, rarely succeeding) that music just said NFL highlights.

    Great memories of seeing plenty of bars with signs in the window saying something like “we watch ALL Bears/ND games…” :-)

  • Paul Lukas | March 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”318738″]Paul,

    Are you able to confirm or deny the rumors about Jacksonville getting new unis for 2009? I completely understand that more often than not you are required to keep quiet about such things until there is a team/league announcement.

    And I’m not really looking for design specifics, just a yea or nay on the change. Unless you can say something like “minor changes” or “radical changes.”

    Normally, I would be excited about a uniform change, but I just got a Jags jersey for Xmas, and it might now be obsolete.

    Thanks.[/quote]

    Yes, a change is coming. And the jersey you just got for Xmas is way better than the one that will replace it.

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    Cubs, #31: for one thing, to me this is just indicative of the ongoing and accelerating trend of retiring too many numbers. And why didn’t you retire Fergie’s number years ago guys?

    NCAA standard floors: this should have been done years and years and years ago. And those #$%& decals are a definite safety hazard: just ask the world-class marathon runner who won the Chicago Marathon about 5 years ago and slipped on the sponsor decal placed precisely at the finish line. IIRC he spent the night in the hospital being monitored for concussion.

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm |

    Phil: BTW, my last comment yesterday contained a failed attempt to italicize the word “almost”, which would have made my humorous intent a little more obvious.

  • Zach | March 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    Last night Capitals rookie goal simeon varlamov wore a mask that was designed in half. Basically half of it was a caps design and half was hershey bears, never seen anything like it.

  • Johnny O | March 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”318731″]Hey, Johnny-

    I’d love to help you out! Shoot me an email…click my name above for my address.[/quote]

    Thanks Rob. You should have an e-mail from me. Thanks for pointing me out to your website. Lots of great stuff on there.

  • Nick | March 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm |

    SINGLE WING IN THE 1970s

    I played Bantam/Playground football in New Orleans in the late 1960’s through 1972 – my playground still used the Single Wing as the primary offense for almost all weights and ages teams through 1972 – when I left. The “QB” was really the fullback/blocking back that called the signals prior to the snap, and the TB handled the ball on almost every play. The “draw play” was a direct snap to the QB/blocking back.

    We would use the (new-fangled for 1972) “T” Formation on the goal line.

    EVEN BETTER…..

    Into the 1980s there was a Louisiana high school, I believe Catholic HS – Pointe Coupee, that used the Notre Dame Box as its primary offense. The school used it for several decades, through several coaches, and was written about each year due to the oddity of using the “Sandskrit” of offenses. If I’m not mistaken they regularly made the playoffs running that offense.

  • Brian | March 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    For Oakville Endive (post #11) or anyone else interested in the floor designs of the NCAA tourney, we’re having a running discussion here. We would love to see you there if anyone here thinks we’re being off-topic.

  • Oakville Endive | March 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”318748″][quote comment=”318738″]Paul,

    Are you able to confirm or deny the rumors about Jacksonville getting new unis for 2009? I completely understand that more often than not you are required to keep quiet about such things until there is a team/league announcement.

    And I’m not really looking for design specifics, just a yea or nay on the change. Unless you can say something like “minor changes” or “radical changes.”

    Normally, I would be excited about a uniform change, but I just got a Jags jersey for Xmas, and it might now be obsolete.

    Thanks.[/quote]

    Yes, a change is coming. And the jersey you just got for Xmas is way better than the one that will replace it.[/quote]

    Say it ain’t so

    Let me guess – they’re going to go with black unis full time, and well the teal as it’s passe, will be replaced by blue, and maybe the gold will be replaced by silver – and the uni will have a big ugly white side panel – and it will look more XFL than NFL – and the big three (Buffalo, Cincinnati and Seattle) will become the big four – something to look forward to for sure

  • Squiddie | March 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”318708″]Paul,

    Enjoy the socks.

    http://deadspin.com/...

    OK, show of hands. How many here started looking for more instances of the adidas logo on her uniform?

    Too much time spent worrying about logo creep…

    (Is she really a large?)

  • tom farley | March 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm |

    Rob Ullman: With all due respect, your lady’s wrong. Your illustrations score highly in the department of accurate representation.

    Some absolutely amazing — amazing — Steelers/Redskins shots from 1940 can be found here (major discovery by Larry Wiederecht).
    Holy cow! Astounding! I didn’t know the Steelers ever went gold/gold/gold. Well-done, Larry W.

  • JTH | March 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”318741″]I think Sid Luckman changed numbers with the Bears when they switched to the T.[/quote]
    Well, I’ve seen this picture but I’m not certain that it’s Luckman (or even a Bears uni, for that matter). It sure looks like him, though. Also, I have no idea when the photo was taken.

    This is from December of 1949. He’s clearly wearing #42. 1950 was Luckman’s final season.

    So I guess it’s possible that he switched to #19 and then switched back to #42. Or maybe he wore #19 in his final season?

  • James Craven | March 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”318739″]“Another icon of Pittsburgh sports has left us:

    “‘Vince Lascheid, long-time organist for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium and PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena, died overnight.’

    “The Pirates are planning a special tribute to Mr. Lascheid on Opening Day, April 13, according to the funeral home.”[/quote]

    And another stadium succombs to the curse of pre-recorded music. I remember one time when Joe Strain was hitting for the Giants as he was introduced that he played Sheena Easton’s “Moring Train”. He was into the puns long before Berman.

  • Frank | March 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    In the picture for the zipper ad
    http://farm4.static....
    It looks like the Giants punter came awfully close to kicking that kid in the head – or at least punting the football right into his face. That would have made a great picture!

  • James Craven | March 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”318719″]“The reason the NCAA is going to standardized courts is that some of those decals were getting so big and they were very slippery. We hosted at Marquette a few years back (I was the media director for the event) and the NCAA logo was like 1/4 the length of the court because we had such a big center court logo.

    I didn’t like it when they went to all four regional courts last year, but I’m finding myself like it if they use it throughout the tournament. I’m not going to miss Taco Bell Arena’s floor. However, the Wachovia Center kept it’s Sixers floor with the big center court decal and floor colored decal over the NBA three point line. That just looks bad all around.”[/quote]

    It also looks bad in Miami and Minneapolis but since Dayton is a permament installation, there is an excuse for decals. Man, I miss those psychedellic floors in Boise.

  • Ry Co 40 | March 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”318748″][quote comment=”318738″]Paul,

    Are you able to confirm or deny the rumors about Jacksonville getting new unis for 2009? I completely understand that more often than not you are required to keep quiet about such things until there is a team/league announcement.

    And I’m not really looking for design specifics, just a yea or nay on the change. Unless you can say something like “minor changes” or “radical changes.”

    Normally, I would be excited about a uniform change, but I just got a Jags jersey for Xmas, and it might now be obsolete.

    Thanks.[/quote]

    Yes, a change is coming. And the jersey you just got for Xmas is way better than the one that will replace it.[/quote]

    speaking of… aren’t the dolphins changing their unis too? or their image or something?

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”318756″]OK, show of hands. How many here started looking for more instances of the adidas logo on her uniform?[/quote]
    Why yes, I was looking for a triangle…

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”318756″](Is she really a large?)[/quote]Hell, I doubt she’s 21 either.

  • War Damn Eagle | March 20, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”318748″][quote comment=”318738″]Paul,

    Are you able to confirm or deny the rumors about Jacksonville getting new unis for 2009? I completely understand that more often than not you are required to keep quiet about such things until there is a team/league announcement.

    And I’m not really looking for design specifics, just a yea or nay on the change. Unless you can say something like “minor changes” or “radical changes.”

    Normally, I would be excited about a uniform change, but I just got a Jags jersey for Xmas, and it might now be obsolete.

    Thanks.[/quote]

    Yes, a change is coming. And the jersey you just got for Xmas is way better than the one that will replace it.[/quote]

    Thanks, Paul.

  • KT | March 20, 2009 at 1:20 pm |

    Soccer Report (move along if you’re not interested). The MLS season began last night.

    New feature (well, new to MLS, I do believe) on the New York Red Bulls’ new shirts for 2009 – a zipper. New York’s uniforms have had that Red Bull logo nonsense on them for a few years now, but the cut of the shirt itself was always fairly traditional. Now it’s got that strange collar.

    Like NFL jerseys have become, MLS jerseys seem to have too many things adorning them these days. Club badge, adidas logo, adidas three stripes, American flag, shirt sponsor…and Columbus should have the scudetto on theirs. Seattle didn’t have an inaugural season or inaugural match patch on theirs, to their credit.

    Some New York players wore long sleeves in the chill of Seattle, while some went with short sleeves with a long undershirt. Juan Pablo Angel of New York started that way, then lost the undershirt after the first half.

    Seattle had a mix of long sleeves (with gloves) and short sleeves.

    The teams apparently will all be sporting a left-sleeve flag (I’m told Toronto FC will have a Canadian flag) this year as well, but neither of the goalkeepers in last night’s season opener had flags. One, Seattle’s Kasey Keller, was the captain, so he had the captain’s armband on his left sleeve.

    Seattle’s green shirts and blue shorts with green socks is a different look. I think they go blue/green/blue away from home. They’re a little too form-fitting (at least some players were wearing them tight), but not nearly as tight as these from a few years back.

    Portland will be announced as the league’s 18th club later today, two days after Vancouver was announced. Both will likely keep their existing names, which harken back to the days of the NASL.

  • Kenny | March 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”318709″]2 notes on the first day of the tourney.

    1. Did anybody dvr the Villanova game. One of their players had on sweet socks. They had liked a strip going down the achillles.

    2. Western Kentucky had a sharp shooter named Orlando Gomez-Mendez. His NOB was sweet! Lookout for the Hilltoppers on Saturday![/quote]

    Mendez-Valdez

  • Ry Co 40 | March 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”318767″]Soccer Report (move along if you’re not interested). The MLS season began last night.

    New feature (well, new to MLS, I do believe) on the New York Red Bulls’ new shirts for 2009 – a zipper. New York’s uniforms have had that Red Bull logo nonsense on them for a few years now, but the cut of the shirt itself was always fairly traditional. Now it’s got that strange collar.

    Like NFL jerseys have become, MLS jerseys seem to have too many things adorning them these days. Club badge, adidas logo, adidas three stripes, American flag, shirt sponsor…and Columbus should have the scudetto on theirs. Seattle didn’t have an inaugural season or inaugural match patch on theirs, to their credit.

    Some New York players wore long sleeves in the chill of Seattle, while some went with short sleeves with a long undershirt. Juan Pablo Angel of New York started that way, then lost the undershirt after the first half.

    Seattle had a mix of long sleeves (with gloves) and short sleeves.

    The teams apparently will all be sporting a left-sleeve flag (I’m told Toronto FC will have a Canadian flag) this year as well, but neither of the goalkeepers in last night’s season opener had flags. One, Seattle’s Kasey Keller, was the captain, so he had the captain’s armband on his left sleeve.

    Seattle’s green shirts and blue shorts with green socks is a different look. I think they go blue/green/blue away from home. They’re a little too form-fitting (at least some players were wearing them tight), but not nearly as tight as these from a few years back.

    Portland will be announced as the league’s 18th club later today, two days after Vancouver was announced. Both will likely keep their existing names, which harken back to the days of the NASL.[/quote]

  • Max | March 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”318681″][quote comment=”318679″]Good morning! Paul, can you (or anyone else) please provide the name/link to the site that has been recommended/utilized for patches for DIY items? Thank you.[/quote]

    http://www.teampatch...

    One of the embroidered MLB patches has Cincinnati spelled “CINCINATTI”.

  • Ry Co 40 | March 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”318769″][quote comment=”318767″]Soccer Report (move along if you’re not interested). The MLS season began last night.

    New feature (well, new to MLS, I do believe) on the New York Red Bulls’ new shirts for 2009 – a zipper. New York’s uniforms have had that Red Bull logo nonsense on them for a few years now, but the cut of the shirt itself was always fairly traditional. Now it’s got that strange collar.

    Like NFL jerseys have become, MLS jerseys seem to have too many things adorning them these days. Club badge, adidas logo, adidas three stripes, American flag, shirt sponsor…and Columbus should have the scudetto on theirs. Seattle didn’t have an inaugural season or inaugural match patch on theirs, to their credit.

    Some New York players wore long sleeves in the chill of Seattle, while some went with short sleeves with a long undershirt. Juan Pablo Angel of New York started that way, then lost the undershirt after the first half.

    Seattle had a mix of long sleeves (with gloves) and short sleeves.

    The teams apparently will all be sporting a left-sleeve flag (I’m told Toronto FC will have a Canadian flag) this year as well, but neither of the goalkeepers in last night’s season opener had flags. One, Seattle’s Kasey Keller, was the captain, so he had the captain’s armband on his left sleeve.

    Seattle’s green shirts and blue shorts with green socks is a different look. I think they go blue/green/blue away from home. They’re a little too form-fitting (at least some players were wearing them tight), but not nearly as tight as these from a few years back.

    Portland will be announced as the league’s 18th club later today, two days after Vancouver was announced. Both will likely keep their existing names, which harken back to the days of the NASL.[/quote][/quote]

    oops! meant to say “great post kt!”… even for those of us that don’t follow soccer all that much!

  • Dave Zalatoris | March 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm |

    As the proud owner of the Blackhawks illo, I can’t say enough nice things about Rob and the quality of his work. Thanks to Paul for featuring his work here and for his email address.
    If only my wife would have used Tony O’s Soul-Glo the pic would be complete!

  • dgc | March 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”318751″]Last night Capitals rookie goal simeon varlamov wore a mask that was designed in half. Basically half of it was a caps design and half was hershey bears, never seen anything like it.[/quote]
    The other Caps’ goalie prospect, Michal Neuvirth, has a similar half Caps, half Bears motif.

  • JF in DC | March 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”318747″][quote comment=”318706″][/quote]

    Man, back when you couldn’t see all the NFL highlights until NFL Films came out with their shows during the week (and I remember how hard I TRIED to see MNF’s halftime show, rarely succeeding) that music just said NFL highlights.
    [/quote]
    Yup, if you were lucky, the local news would show a play or two at 11:00 PM, then maybe you saw your favorite team on MNF narrated by Cosell, and the Brookshier-Summerall NFL Films show on Saturday or Sunday morning was a “can’t miss.”

    There were no VCRs, DVRs, random repeats….if you missed any of the three above shows, you were SOL…until the next week.

    Oh, and we watched the games by candlelight..:)

  • VolTori | March 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    Hey Rob Ullman! Trying to get in touch re: a custom illo and your email bounced back! Can you reach out and give me a better way to contact you? Thanks!

  • timmy b | March 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    gonna toss this one out there, but the last several days, the nhluniforms.com home page has had the teaser, “COMING SOON a brand new nhluniforms.com!”

    I’m wondering what that will be?

    Team by team navigation?
    Sharper detail?
    Pre-NHL unis?
    Additional finds from the days of yore?

    And the BIG question?? When will the relaunch occur??

    I – for one – am really on pins and needles for this!

  • Bob A | March 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”318705″]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=200321563147#ebayphotohosting

    And the Steeler having just made the catch is….?

    Jimmy Orr, wearing #86 with the Steelers, prior to his more well-known career as #28 with the Colts (see Super Bowl III films of him wide open on a flea-flicker, trying to get Earl Morrall’s attention).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    yeah Thanks, Ricko, for reminding me of that. :-(

  • chance | March 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm |

    Watching the Portland MLS 2011 press conference, the owner confirmed that the team will indeed be called the Portland Timbers. He also stressed the team’s legacy, leading me to believe that the colors (and less likely, the logo) will also stay the same.

  • Bob A | March 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm |

    Larry Wiederecht’s Steeler page is the coolest thing on Uniwatch in a long time. Great find, Larry!

  • KT | March 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”318778″]Watching the Portland MLS 2011 press conference, the owner confirmed that the team will indeed be called the Portland Timbers.

    He also stressed the team’s legacy, leading me to believe that the colors (and less likely, the logo) will also stay the same.[/quote]

    I’ve been trying to watch it, but MLS doesn’t have a link to it on their site anymore.

    Thing is, Portland’s been wearing green for a while now. Seattle’s got green now after wearing green sometimes and light blue sometimes in the NASL days.

  • Squiddie | March 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    Do teams have to come up with iconic names for their colors now?

    Apparently the Sounders colors are Sounder Blue, Rave Green and Cascade Shale. Rave green? Does it come with ecstasy and glow sticks?

    Of course, The Minnesota Wild has Iron Range Red, Forest Green and Minnesota Wheat so I’m in no position to point and laugh.

  • KT | March 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”318781″]Do teams have to come up with iconic names for their colors now?

    Apparently the Sounders colors are Sounder Blue, Rave Green and Cascade Shale. Rave green? Does it come with ecstasy and glow sticks?

    Of course, The Minnesota Wild has Iron Range Red, Forest Green and Minnesota Wheat so I’m in no position to point and laugh.[/quote]

    Carolina Panthers have “Panther Blue.” Broncos have “Broncos Navy.” SF used to have “49ers Gold.”

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote]”49ers Gold”[/quote]

    some thought may have actually gone into that one

  • Geeman | March 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”318782″][quote comment=”318781″]Do teams have to come up with iconic names for their colors now?

    Apparently the Sounders colors are Sounder Blue, Rave Green and Cascade Shale. Rave green? Does it come with ecstasy and glow sticks?

    Of course, The Minnesota Wild has Iron Range Red, Forest Green and Minnesota Wheat so I’m in no position to point and laugh.[/quote]

    Carolina Panthers have “Panther Blue.” Broncos have “Broncos Navy.” SF used to have “49ers Gold.”[/quote]

    Charlie Finley’s A’s had Wedding Gown White, Pacific Ocean Green, and Fort Knox Gold.

  • sonic tooth | March 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”318714″]The Old Smuggler ad is priceless. I love that the majority of whiskey ads that have pictures of dudes in them, the men are sporting facial hair.[/quote]

    Totally dig the Old Smuggler dude. Pretty much all those ads are freaking gold.
    Weird, I’ve never actually physically seen any of those old NFL vinyl LPs (and that, after 10 years working at a used record store…) Wonder how many of those were issued when they were released?

  • Brad Minerd | March 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm |

    The stars are in alignment today…Rob Ullman sends in the truly terrific portrait he did of my gal in her Brian Westbrook jersey, and the front page story mentions my former employer, NFL Films. I think I am obligated to comment today.

    If anyone is considering commissioning Rob to do a portrait, I can testify that not only does he do great work but he’s also a nice fella.

  • LarryB | March 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    Awesome color Steeler shots

  • chance | March 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”318784″][quote comment=”318782″][quote comment=”318781″]Do teams have to come up with iconic names for their colors now?

    Apparently the Sounders colors are Sounder Blue, Rave Green and Cascade Shale. Rave green? Does it come with ecstasy and glow sticks?

    Of course, The Minnesota Wild has Iron Range Red, Forest Green and Minnesota Wheat so I’m in no position to point and laugh.[/quote]

    Carolina Panthers have “Panther Blue.” Broncos have “Broncos Navy.” SF used to have “49ers Gold.”[/quote]

    Charlie Finley’s A’s had Wedding Gown White, Pacific Ocean Green, and Fort Knox Gold.[/quote]
    Not to mention Vida Blue….

  • chance | March 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”318780″][quote comment=”318778″]Watching the Portland MLS 2011 press conference, the owner confirmed that the team will indeed be called the Portland Timbers.

    He also stressed the team’s legacy, leading me to believe that the colors (and less likely, the logo) will also stay the same.[/quote]

    I’ve been trying to watch it, but MLS doesn’t have a link to it on their site anymore.

    Thing is, Portland’s been wearing green for a while now. Seattle’s got green now after wearing green sometimes and light blue sometimes in the NASL days.[/quote]
    I think the shades are different enough – Portland’s forest green and Seattle’s neon green.

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”318788″]Not to mention Vida Blue….[/quote]

    …rimshot…

    (Catfish) Hunter Green?

  • adam | March 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm |

    This is not uni related at all so i apologize in advance and if it bothers you go to the next post now. I am from south Louisiana i work in the oilfield and i am currently in morgantown, wv. I have the day off tomorrow and wanted to make the drive to pittsburgh because i don’t know if i’ll ever get another chance to be here. My point is that I only have one day for pittsburgh so what are the things i shouldn’t miss and some of the things i could probably skip. Where is the best place to eat lunch? Basically I want help planning my day trip because I know there are many of you from this area. Any information about Morgantown would be helpful too. Thank you.

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”318774″]Yup, if you were lucky, the local news would show a play or two at 11:00 PM, then maybe you saw your favorite team on MNF narrated by Cosell, and the Brookshier-Summerall NFL Films show on Saturday or Sunday morning was a “can’t miss.”

    There were no VCRs, DVRs, random repeats….if you missed any of the three above shows, you were SOL…until the next week.

    Oh, and we watched the games by candlelight..:)[/quote]

    LOL! Yep-that’s about the reaction you’d get from someone 25 or younger who never knew a world without ESPN.

    Brookshier-Summerall: those were the days. One show was “Game of the Week” with 30 minutes of highlights from a single game. The other was supposed to show highlights from all the games. I’m sure it had a simple title but its escaping me at the moment. Maybe something like “This Week in the NFL”.

  • Kenny | March 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

    Just found this on craigslist. I wish there were better pictures.

    http://chicago.craig...

  • chance | March 20, 2009 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”318790″][quote comment=”318788″]Not to mention Vida Blue….[/quote]

    …rimshot…[/quote]

    Full disclosure – not my joke. It’s Vida’s. And he tells it pretty well.

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm |

    Yeah, the “Old Smuggler” is good: “Why yes, I often drag the entire bottle and a rocks glass outdoors in the middle of winter and set the bottle on a stump while I stare down the neighbors from the corner of my log cabin…”

    … but my favorite is the Ambassador. “Wow, as a single hot babe I don’t care how dumb his facial hair looks or what sort of personality type would go to that much trouble to demand attention from the world who he feels ignores him: since he’s drinking the right brand of whiskey my pants are at half-staff already!”

  • Andy11 | March 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”318728″][quote comment=”318683″]Would you trust this electrician? “I know that there are many varieties of three-prong plugs around the world, but I’ve never seen one with that configuration,” says James Huening, who snapped the photo on his way to work yesterday.

    250V, 30A

    http://www.jkem.com/...
    OK, help me out here. I’m still not seeing one that matches this plug.

    I think you’re referring to 6-30R/6-30P, but neither of those quite match the picture on the van.[/quote]

    It would be the 6-30P (it’s the plug, not the receptacle). It doesn’t match the picture exactly, but it’s very close, and I think the picture on the van is closer to reality.

  • chance | March 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”318795″]Yeah, the “Old Smuggler” is good: “Why yes, I often drag the entire bottle and a rocks glass outdoors in the middle of winter and set the bottle on a stump while I stare down the neighbors from the corner of my log cabin…”

    … but my favorite is the Ambassador. “Wow, as a single hot babe I don’t care how dumb his facial hair looks or what sort of personality type would go to that much trouble to demand attention from the world who he feels ignores him: since he’s drinking the right brand of whiskey my pants are at half-staff already!”[/quote]

    Ah, the distilled essence of advertising.

    “Women, you can look like this. Men, you can sleep with somebody who looks like this.”

  • Bob W | March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |

    Re: Craig Morton’s ad…

    I know when I think of “oriental” cooking, the first thought that comes to mind ISN’T “Route 17, Paramus.”

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”318772″]As the proud owner of the Blackhawks illo, I can’t say enough nice things about Rob and the quality of his work. Thanks to Paul for featuring his work here and for his email address.
    If only my wife would have used Tony O’s Soul-Glo the pic would be complete![/quote]
    While I’m not sure exactly what type of a product Soul-Glo is, I did see both Tony and his wife (and they’ve been married since he was a player) this past winter during a legends appearance. And they both looked quite youthful. AFAIK Tony is now over 65 years old. Whatever they’re doing its working.

  • Hurnf | March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”318682″]http://wejones.ftdata.com/steelerR.html

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.

    Looking at the 1940 Steeler roster, only one player with a number above 60. Also, do you think you’ll ever see an NFL roster again with 10 players from either Duquesne or Carnegie Mellon?[/quote]

    A few things about the memorabilia on that page. Yes, the team were the Pirates in 1934, when they had the yellow sweaters with the black stripes and the City of Pittsburgh crest in the middle.

    The pro rules allowed head slaps back then, evidently not knowing the kinds of neurological damage that can occur through frequent concussions. What were they thinking?

    Same thing with the elimination of the rule that the ball was dead when any part of the body other than the hand or foot touches the ground (which meant that you had to wrestle a player to the ground and stop all forward motion).

    A clip was a 25-yard penalty? In truth, why not make all personal fouls a “third-of-the-field” penalty like in Aussie Rules? They have 50-meter penalties for major fouls on a 170-meter pitch. Just a thought.

  • Hurnf | March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”318706″]The ad in the Jints program for the NFL Films music was the one I used to order my first album. I think they put out four LPs before coming out with the CD “The Power and the Glory” about 10 years ago, followed up by a CD box set that came out about three years ago.

    The CD box set, “Autumn Thunder” is a must-have for any NFL Films music fan. The early stuff, mostly done by Sam Spence is priceless and some of the more modern stuff is decent, but not in the great 70’s Spence style.[/quote]

    I wonder if there is a long-form version of the song used in “Lombardi”?

    (johnfacenda)It speaks of duels in the snow and cold November mud.(/johnfacenda)

  • Glen | March 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    That snow game was pretty ridiculous. The weather and Wabash’s playing.

  • JTH | March 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”318796″][quote comment=”318728″][quote comment=”318683″]Would you trust this electrician? “I know that there are many varieties of three-prong plugs around the world, but I’ve never seen one with that configuration,” says James Huening, who snapped the photo on his way to work yesterday.

    250V, 30A

    http://www.jkem.com/...
    OK, help me out here. I’m still not seeing one that matches this plug.

    I think you’re referring to 6-30R/6-30P, but neither of those quite match the picture on the van.[/quote]

    It would be the 6-30P (it’s the plug, not the receptacle). It doesn’t match the picture exactly, but it’s very close, and I think the picture on the van is closer to reality.[/quote]
    I can’t believe I haven’t let this go yet…

    Look closely. The hot and neutral prongs don’t line up the way they do on that 6-30P diagram. They’re at an angle to each other.

    Essentially, what’s pictured on that van is a standard American household 3-prong plug with a round neutral prong and a blade-type ground prong. In other words, the neutral is where the ground should be and vice-versa.

  • Mark K | March 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”318791″]Any information about Morgantown would be helpful too. Thank you.[/quote]

    Throw couch into street. Ignite.

  • Carl | March 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”318797″][quote comment=”318795″]Yeah, the “Old Smuggler” is good: “Why yes, I often drag the entire bottle and a rocks glass outdoors in the middle of winter and set the bottle on a stump while I stare down the neighbors from the corner of my log cabin…”

    … but my favorite is the Ambassador. “Wow, as a single hot babe I don’t care how dumb his facial hair looks or what sort of personality type would go to that much trouble to demand attention from the world who he feels ignores him: since he’s drinking the right brand of whiskey my pants are at half-staff already!”[/quote]

    Ah, the distilled essence of advertising.

    “Women, you can look like this. Men, you can sleep with somebody who looks like this.”[/quote]

    …Lord know that UniWatchers refuse to compromise. Maybe I’m exposing my youth, but when did liquor advertising disappear from sports? Methinks it was an important part of baseball (Babe) and early football (Broadway Joe)…slightly to the negative.

  • LarryB | March 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”318682″]http://wejones.ftdata.com/steelerR.html

    This page is great. The bright yellow uniforms, the offensive formation with 7 down lineman and 3 running backs, the old programs – complete with ads for Iron City Beer. Some things will never change.

    Looking at the 1940 Steeler roster, only one player with a number above 60. Also, do you think you’ll ever see an NFL roster again with 10 players from either Duquesne or Carnegie Mellon?[/quote]

    I was just going to post that. 7 guys from Duquesne and 3 from Carnegie Mellon was it? None from Pitt or Penn State
    Pittsburgh had 3 major football teams in the 1930’s

  • anotherguy | March 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”318805″]…Lord know that UniWatchers refuse to compromise. Maybe I’m exposing my youth, but when did liquor advertising disappear from sports? Methinks it was an important part of baseball (Babe) and early football (Broadway Joe)…slightly to the negative.[/quote]

    One question for all the experts here: those are drawings, correct?

    I have to wonder if any of the artists ever wrote a tell-all on some of the weird instructions/commissions for those ads. :-)

    Advertising and sports? I couldn’t give a date, but IMHO it’s part of the drive to give major leagues a “family” image. (Again, please hold the jokes; I know how silly that sounds in a A-Rod type of world.)

  • C W | March 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |

    Would you trust this electrician? “I know that there are many varieties of three-prong plugs around the world, but I’ve never seen one with that configuration,” says James Huening, who snapped the photo on his way to work yesterday.

    250V, 30A

    http://www.jkem.com/

    OK, help me out here. I’m still not seeing one that matches this plug.

    I think you’re referring to 6-30R/6-30P, but neither of those quite match the picture on the van.

    It would be the 6-30P (it’s the plug, not the receptacle). It doesn’t match the picture exactly, but it’s very close, and I think the picture on the van is closer to reality.

    I can’t believe I haven’t let this go yet…

    Look closely. The hot and neutral prongs don’t line up the way they do on that 6-30P diagram. They’re at an angle to each other.

    Essentially, what’s pictured on that van is a standard American household 3-prong plug with a round neutral prong and a blade-type ground prong. In other words, the neutral is where the ground should be and vice-versa.

    I am referring to the 6-30R/P. The plug/receptacle is for 30 amp 250 volt service. That is what is on the van, just spun around at an odd angle. Go to your local home supply store, find one, and you’ll convince yourself rather quickly. BTW, the round piece is ground/negative, and the flat pieces are hot.

  • =bg= | March 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm |

    I remember that NFL Films music ad. Outstanding.

  • bartusball | March 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”318791″]This is not uni related at all so i apologize in advance and if it bothers you go to the next post now. I am from south Louisiana i work in the oilfield and i am currently in morgantown, wv. I have the day off tomorrow and wanted to make the drive to pittsburgh because i don’t know if i’ll ever get another chance to be here. My point is that I only have one day for pittsburgh so what are the things i shouldn’t miss and some of the things i could probably skip. Where is the best place to eat lunch? Basically I want help planning my day trip because I know there are many of you from this area. Any information about Morgantown would be helpful too. Thank you.[/quote]

    Adam
    You sure picked an unfortunate time to come into town for a day if you’re looking for sports related things. It’ll be pretty dead tomorrow. No Pitt, Pirates, Pens or Steelers games to speak of. :-(

    Anyway here goes.
    Lunch – Primanti Brothers (A Pittsburgh Icon).

    Stop into Jerome Bettis’ Grill 36 for a drink. The food isn’t anything to write home about but the bathroom alone will give you something to talk about back home. ;-)

    Do take a ride up one of the two inclines. You’ll be pleasantly suprised at the gorgeous view.

    If you are looking to quench your sports jones, the Heinz History Center which Paul visited recently has some good memorabilia from the area. It’s also a short distance from Primanti’s.

    Other museums include, the Science Center, The Warhol, Carnegie Museum in the Oakland section of town (Nice collection of dinosaurs)

    Sorry, Kennywood is not open (You won’t have to check your zipper…ask someone in town. They’ll clue you in on the joke)

    Plenty o’bars in the South Side of town. Be careful…it attracts a young crowd. Smokin’ Joe’s is one down the road with lots of great beer. If you just want a typical shot and a beer joint, Dee’s Cafe.

    Do not go to any Station Square or Strip District clubs at night.

    As for Morgantown, the best thing you’ll see will be the reflection of your red lights as you leave. One good thing for you the Mountaineers lost today so there may or may not be a mass couch burning!!!!

  • Ricko | March 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”318797″][quote comment=”318795″]Yeah, the “Old Smuggler” is good: “Why yes, I often drag the entire bottle and a rocks glass outdoors in the middle of winter and set the bottle on a stump while I stare down the neighbors from the corner of my log cabin…”

    … but my favorite is the Ambassador. “Wow, as a single hot babe I don’t care how dumb his facial hair looks or what sort of personality type would go to that much trouble to demand attention from the world who he feels ignores him: since he’s drinking the right brand of whiskey my pants are at half-staff already!”[/quote]

    Ah, the distilled essence of advertising.

    “Women, you can look like this. Men, you can sleep with somebody who looks like this.”[/quote]

    If you haven’t seen CRAZY PEOPLE with Dudley Moore, rent it immediately. LOL

    —Ricko

  • adam | March 20, 2009 at 7:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”318810″][quote comment=”318791″]This is not uni related at all so i apologize in advance and if it bothers you go to the next post now. I am from south Louisiana i work in the oilfield and i am currently in morgantown, wv. I have the day off tomorrow and wanted to make the drive to pittsburgh because i don’t know if i’ll ever get another chance to be here. My point is that I only have one day for pittsburgh so what are the things i shouldn’t miss and some of the things i could probably skip. Where is the best place to eat lunch? Basically I want help planning my day trip because I know there are many of you from this area. Any information about Morgantown would be helpful too. Thank you.[/quote]

    Adam
    You sure picked an unfortunate time to come into town for a day if you’re looking for sports related things. It’ll be pretty dead tomorrow. No Pitt, Pirates, Pens or Steelers games to speak of. :-(

    Anyway here goes.
    Lunch – Primanti Brothers (A Pittsburgh Icon).

    Stop into Jerome Bettis’ Grill 36 for a drink. The food isn’t anything to write home about but the bathroom alone will give you something to talk about back home. ;-)

    Do take a ride up one of the two inclines. You’ll be pleasantly suprised at the gorgeous view.

    If you are looking to quench your sports jones, the Heinz History Center which Paul visited recently has some good memorabilia from the area. It’s also a short distance from Primanti’s.

    Other museums include, the Science Center, The Warhol, Carnegie Museum in the Oakland section of town (Nice collection of dinosaurs)

    Sorry, Kennywood is not open (You won’t have to check your zipper…ask someone in town. They’ll clue you in on the joke)

    Plenty o’bars in the South Side of town. Be careful…it attracts a young crowd. Smokin’ Joe’s is one down the road with lots of great beer. If you just want a typical shot and a beer joint, Dee’s Cafe.

    Do not go to any Station Square or Strip District clubs at night.

    As for Morgantown, the best thing you’ll see will be the reflection of your red lights as you leave. One good thing for you the Mountaineers lost today so there may or may not be a mass couch burning!!!![/quote]

    thanks for the info.

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm |

    Among other things, I am a field/court design junkie, so I’ve paid close attention to the incremental changes we’ve seen in the court designs in the NCAA tournament. It all started with the most recent deal the NCAA made with Connor Sport Court, who provides the court for the Final Four and have for years. The new deal was expanded to include the Regional sites for both Mens and Womens. The mens deal started a couple years ago, the womens deal last year. This year they seem to be providing the courts for certain subregional sites, possibly ones that are considered to be part of the regular rotation (Boise, Portland) or future Regional sites (KC, GBoro). As for the color scheme (black with a greenish blue), it’s probably because it looks better on TV.

  • DJ | March 20, 2009 at 7:56 pm |

    Weirdest thing in the program: an illustration of FDR in a National Recovery Act uniform.

    Not so much…I recall my high school U.S. history textbook mentioning the NRA’s eagle logo — which inspired the new NFL team in Philadelphia to name itself the Eagles.

  • DJ | March 20, 2009 at 7:57 pm |

    Should have made clear that “NRA”, in the context of my previous post, stood for “National Recovery Act”, one of FDR’s New Deal programs.

  • Art | March 20, 2009 at 8:43 pm |

    I went to the Vintage patch site to check out the patches for my beloved STEELERS and the helmet caption for the Steelers has the logo on the left side. Very LAME!

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm |

    [quote]”The food isn’t anything to write home about but the bathroom alone will give you something to talk about back home. ;-)”[/quote]

    — larry craig

  • bartusball | March 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”318818″][quote]”The food isn’t anything to write home about but the bathroom alone will give you something to talk about back home. ;-)”[/quote]

    — larry craig[/quote]

    Actually my beloved Buccos should put in some bathrooms like Bettis’ place. It would give a whole new meeting to “PNC” Park. ;-)

  • Carl | March 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”318814″]Among other things, I am a field/court design junkie, so I’ve paid close attention to the incremental changes we’ve seen in the court designs in the NCAA tournament. It all started with the most recent deal the NCAA made with Connor Sport Court, who provides the court for the Final Four and have for years. The new deal was expanded to include the Regional sites for both Mens and Womens. The mens deal started a couple years ago, the womens deal last year. This year they seem to be providing the courts for certain subregional sites, possibly ones that are considered to be part of the regular rotation (Boise, Portland) or future Regional sites (KC, GBoro). As for the color scheme (black with a greenish blue), it’s probably because it looks better on TV.[/quote]

    The Minneapolis floor seems to be the same one they’ve used for years in the worst basketball venue I’ve ever been to Metrodome. How does that sponsor deal work, relative to the story reported the other day on UW?

  • Geoff | March 20, 2009 at 9:54 pm |

    Anyone else notice that the Utah Men’s team had “Utah” on the back nameplate? Granted, I only saw one player (it wasn’t my local ‘featured’ game so I only saw a few moments during a ‘look-in’), so it’s possible that someone has the last name of Utah. Doubt that, though.

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 10:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”318820″]
    The Minneapolis floor seems to be the same one they’ve used for years in the worst basketball venue I’ve ever been to Metrodome. How does that sponsor deal work, relative to the story reported the other day on UW?[/quote]

    Connor Sport Court provides the courts for Regional sites and the Final Four, beyond that it’s pretty much been either the house court for the arena or sometimes the home court of the host school (like when OSU hosted at Nationwide Arena).

    The Humpydome is using their in-house UM court, and AAA in MIA is using FIU’s court. The Wachovia is either using their regular court in Villanova mode or a generic one, and Dayton’s court is permanent. And while I don’t know who actually paid for them, the Rose Garden, Sprint Center, Taco Bell Arena, and GBoro Coliseum are likely using new Connors, since the NCAA probably has that layout exclusively licensed to them.

    Again, as I mentioned in my first comment, those 4 arenas were probably either encouraged to get those courts or were given them by the NCAA, since they are probably going to be in the rotation for Subregionals and Regionals for a while. Also, with GBoro and KC being hosted by a conference, instead of a school, it makes sense for them to have the “standard” court.

  • Tony Miller | March 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm |

    speaking of NCAA tournament displays, the scorer’s table during Louisville/Morehead State displayed “NCAA Opening Round” over the center line, then reverted to “NCAA First/Second Round” for Siena/Ohio State.
    (“Opening Round” was Tuesday’s game; the First Round was/is Thursday/Friday.)

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”318823″]speaking of NCAA tournament displays, the scorer’s table during Louisville/Morehead State displayed “NCAA Opening Round” over the center line, then reverted to “NCAA First/Second Round” for Siena/Ohio State.
    (“Opening Round” was Tuesday’s game; the First Round was/is Thursday/Friday.)[/quote]

    They were probably recycling the Morehead State display from Tuesday, since they were the road team for that game and on the same side of the court. They remembered to replace Alabama State with Louisville, but I guess they forgot to change the “opening”.

  • Tony Miller | March 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”318822″][quote comment=”318820″]
    The Minneapolis floor seems to be the same one they’ve used for years in the worst basketball venue I’ve ever been to Metrodome. How does that sponsor deal work, relative to the story reported the other day on UW?[/quote]

    Connor Sport Court provides the courts for Regional sites and the Final Four, beyond that it’s pretty much been either the house court for the arena or sometimes the home court of the host school (like when OSU hosted at Nationwide Arena).

    The Humpydome is using their in-house UM court, and AAA in MIA is using FIU’s court. The Wachovia is either using their regular court in Villanova mode or a generic one, and Dayton’s court is permanent. And while I don’t know who actually paid for them, the Rose Garden, Sprint Center, Taco Bell Arena, and GBoro Coliseum are likely using new Connors, since the NCAA probably has that layout exclusively licensed to them.

    Again, as I mentioned in my first comment, those 4 arenas were probably either encouraged to get those courts or were given them by the NCAA, since they are probably going to be in the rotation for Subregionals and Regionals for a while. Also, with GBoro and KC being hosted by a conference, instead of a school, it makes sense for them to have the “standard” court.[/quote]

    The Palace of Auburn Hills used Oakland’s court (as much as it pains me to use that video) in 2006.

    A few other NCAA/Connor-designed courts:
    2008 Final Four2007 Final Four2007 regionals2006 Final Four2005 Final Four

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”318825″]
    The Palace of Auburn Hills used Oakland’s court (as much as it pains me to use that video) in 2006.

    A few other NCAA/Connor-designed courts:
    2008 Final Four2007 Final Four2007 regionals2006 Final Four2005 Final Four[/quote]

    Yeah, that NWST shot is almost as bad as the end of the Hampton game for me. I sometimes wonder if the NCAA saw how well that black court looked on TV and that’s why they decided to use that for the Regionals.

  • Tony Miller | March 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”318824″][quote comment=”318823″]speaking of NCAA tournament displays, the scorer’s table during Louisville/Morehead State displayed “NCAA Opening Round” over the center line, then reverted to “NCAA First/Second Round” for Siena/Ohio State.
    (“Opening Round” was Tuesday’s game; the First Round was/is Thursday/Friday.)[/quote]

    They were probably recycling the Morehead State display from Tuesday, since they were the road team for that game and on the same side of the court. They remembered to replace Alabama State with Louisville, but I guess they forgot to change the “opening”.[/quote]

    It was, however, an electronic display, not a physical banner.

    (And I guess the bullets in #146 didn’t work.)

    Robert Morris has a player wearing #22 because his regular jersey was stolen after the conference tournament.

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 11:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”318827″][quote comment=”318824″][quote comment=”318823″]speaking of NCAA tournament displays, the scorer’s table during Louisville/Morehead State displayed “NCAA Opening Round” over the center line, then reverted to “NCAA First/Second Round” for Siena/Ohio State.
    (“Opening Round” was Tuesday’s game; the First Round was/is Thursday/Friday.)[/quote]

    They were probably recycling the Morehead State display from Tuesday, since they were the road team for that game and on the same side of the court. They remembered to replace Alabama State with Louisville, but I guess they forgot to change the “opening”.[/quote]

    It was, however, an electronic display, not a physical banner.[/quote]

    I know, what I meant is that they took the file they used for the Opening Round and replaced ALST with Louisville, but forgot to change Opening to First/Second.

  • Tony Miller | March 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”318826″][quote comment=”318825″]
    The Palace of Auburn Hills used Oakland’s court (as much as it pains me to use that video) in 2006.

    A few other NCAA/Connor-designed courts:
    2008 Final Four2007 Final Four2007 regionals2006 Final Four2005 Final Four[/quote]

    Yeah, that NWST shot is almost as bad as the end of the Hampton game for me. I sometimes wonder if the NCAA saw how well that black court looked on TV and that’s why they decided to use that for the Regionals.[/quote]

    Hampton beat Iowa State. Northwestern State beat Iowa (more accurately, Iowa beat themselves–Steve Alford was coaching, after all.) How both Iowa and Iowa State losing can be bad is beyond me.

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”318829″][quote comment=”318826″][quote comment=”318825″]
    The Palace of Auburn Hills used Oakland’s court (as much as it pains me to use that video) in 2006.

    A few other NCAA/Connor-designed courts:
    2008 Final Four2007 Final Four2007 regionals2006 Final Four2005 Final Four[/quote]

    Yeah, that NWST shot is almost as bad as the end of the Hampton game for me. I sometimes wonder if the NCAA saw how well that black court looked on TV and that’s why they decided to use that for the Regionals.[/quote]

    Hampton beat Iowa State. Northwestern State beat Iowa (more accurately, Iowa beat themselves–Steve Alford was coaching, after all.) How both Iowa and Iowa State losing can be bad is beyond me.[/quote]

    I’m not as fanatic as most Iowans. The Hampton game sucked, the NWST game sucked, the WKU-Drake game last year sucked, and the Purdue-UNI game yesterday sucked.

  • Tony Miller | March 20, 2009 at 11:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”318830″][quote comment=”318829″][quote comment=”318826″][quote comment=”318825″]
    The Palace of Auburn Hills used Oakland’s court (as much as it pains me to use that video) in 2006.

    A few other NCAA/Connor-designed courts:
    2008 Final Four2007 Final Four2007 regionals2006 Final Four2005 Final Four[/quote]

    Yeah, that NWST shot is almost as bad as the end of the Hampton game for me. I sometimes wonder if the NCAA saw how well that black court looked on TV and that’s why they decided to use that for the Regionals.[/quote]

    Hampton beat Iowa State. Northwestern State beat Iowa (more accurately, Iowa beat themselves–Steve Alford was coaching, after all.) How both Iowa and Iowa State losing can be bad is beyond me.[/quote]

    I’m not as fanatic as most Iowans. The Hampton game sucked, the NWST game sucked, the WKU-Drake game last year sucked, and the Purdue-UNI game yesterday sucked.[/quote]

    I’ll give you three out of four (esp. the third).

  • LI Phil | March 20, 2009 at 11:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”318821″]Anyone else notice that the Utah Men’s team had “Utah” on the back nameplate? Granted, I only saw one player (it wasn’t my local ‘featured’ game so I only saw a few moments during a ‘look-in’), so it’s possible that someone has the last name of Utah. Doubt that, though.[/quote]

    the runnin’ utes had like 14 guys with that on their unis…maybe they’re all his kids?

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm |

    I’m watching the Wake-Cleveland St game, and I noticed that there is a giant decal covering one of the “AmericanAirlines Arena” wordmarks on the court. I guess part of the NCAA regs is only one naming rights wordmark allowed on the court. Anyone remember seeing this in Philly yesterday?

  • Stevo | March 20, 2009 at 11:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”318832″][quote comment=”318821″]Anyone else notice that the Utah Men’s team had “Utah” on the back nameplate? Granted, I only saw one player (it wasn’t my local ‘featured’ game so I only saw a few moments during a ‘look-in’), so it’s possible that someone has the last name of Utah. Doubt that, though.[/quote]

    the runnin’ utes had like 14 guys with that on their unis…maybe they’re all his kids?[/quote]

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  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 12:38 am |

    [quote comment=”318808″]
    I am referring to the 6-30R/P. The plug/receptacle is for 30 amp 250 volt service. That is what is on the van, just spun around at an odd angle. Go to your local home supply store, find one, and you’ll convince yourself rather quickly. BTW, the round piece is ground/negative, and the flat pieces are hot.[/quote]
    Um, I’m not an electrician, but isn’t one of the flat pieces hot and the other one neutral?

    Anyway, this is the way I see it.
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    Done with this.

  • Stevo | March 21, 2009 at 12:43 am |

    [quote comment=”318836″][quote comment=”318808″]
    I am referring to the 6-30R/P. The plug/receptacle is for 30 amp 250 volt service. That is what is on the van, just spun around at an odd angle. Go to your local home supply store, find one, and you’ll convince yourself rather quickly. BTW, the round piece is ground/negative, and the flat pieces are hot.[/quote]
    Um, I’m not an electrician, but isn’t one of the flat pieces hot and the other one neutral?

    Anyway, this is the way I see it.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
    Done with this.[/quote]

    Round is ground, the flat one with the hole in it is hot, and the other one is neutral. My dad was a Navy electrician.

  • JTH | March 21, 2009 at 12:45 am |

    [quote comment=”318834″][quote comment=”318832″][quote comment=”318821″]Anyone else notice that the Utah Men’s team had “Utah” on the back nameplate? Granted, I only saw one player (it wasn’t my local ‘featured’ game so I only saw a few moments during a ‘look-in’), so it’s possible that someone has the last name of Utah. Doubt that, though.[/quote]

    the runnin’ utes had like 14 guys with that on their unis…maybe they’re all his kids?[/quote]

    I am an F-B-I Agent![/quote]
    Why be a servant to the law, when you can be its master?

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  • My Name is not Earl | March 21, 2009 at 1:27 am |

    I’d have expected that the standard floors used for the women’s tourney have pink lanes and sidelines instead of black.

  • James Craven | March 21, 2009 at 1:37 am |

    An d BTW, in Philadelphia, it’s the regular court the Sixers (and Villanova) use.

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