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He Shoots, He Score(board)s!: Uni Watch DIY Project

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[Editor’s Note: Today’s post is guest-written by Idaho State media rep Frank Mercogliano, who recently took on a major DIY project. Enjoy. — PL]

By Frank Mercogliano

Along with my media duties, I’m also the sport administrator for soccer and softball at Idaho State. Our softball program was brought back in 2007 after a 24-year absence, and they don’t have a field on campus, their ATV to drag the infield is broken, and life is basically a little rough for the team right now. Case in point: In a meeting last month, my coach casually mentioned that the NCAA mandates that we have a scoreboard — something our current field doesn’t have.

Now, we actually have a nice electronic scoreboard for the softball team, but we don’t want to put it up at a temporary field, have to wire the field for it, etc., only to take it down in a year or two and rebuild it somewhere else. Not very cost-effective in these times. But after seeing all the great DIY projects at Uni Watch, I though, “Why not just build a manual one?”

So I sketched out this idea on my computer, priced out the materials, and figured I could do it for less than $500. The money man at the school gave me the OK, and I was off.

Without going into all the gory details, I basically painted 19 4×8 boards. Five were for the scoreboard itself (four for the front, and one to attach it to the existing fence), and the other 14 would be used to cut out 12×18 inch tiles for the numbers. I used a router and a jigsaw to cut the holes in the scoreboard (26 11×16 holes…it took awhile).

One of the cool things was figuring out which font to use for the scoreboard. After deciding upon the tried and true Varsity Block, I printed out numbers from 0 to 22, enlarged them on the copier onto 11×17 cardstock, and then cut them out to create stencils, which looked way cool.

Once I got everything stenciled and water-sealed, it all sat in my office in four parts. The first part has the most detail, with the foul line, distance marker, and the first two innings. The next two parts, which cover innings 3 through 10, are pretty much identical. And then there’s the final part, which has R/H/E board. This panel is five feet high, in order to accommodate the ball/strike/out component. I did that by using door hinges to connect yellow wood squares that simulate lights, and they just flip over for strike one, strike two, and so on.

I have to tell you, spray-painting the numbers took a long time. Here’s how one of the numbers looks in one of the inning slots (the numbers just hang on a screw in the back, with the inning hand-written on the back side so nobody gets screwed up). Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of all the numbers we covering my floor, which looked awesome.

I also picked up white shelving from the major hardware retailer in town and sprayed it yellow to make a foul pole screen. Plus I had extra wood and made distance markers for the other sections of the outfield.

On Tuesday (just nine days later), we used a gas-powered dirt auger (best $29.57 rental EVER) to dig the fence posts in and install the scoreboard, and voila! Here’s a close-up view from the corner, here’s how it looks from home plate, and here’s a shot of the foul pole and screen. All of the tiles that are blank on the front have a zero on the back, so the tile just flips over if no one scores in the inning.

The goofy spot is where the board connects to the existing fence. We zip-tied it to the fence and then but an 8-foot board up. The yellow line is in play, the black is a home run. Also, if a ball for some reason goes through an inning hole in the scoreboard it’s a ground-rule double, two bases.

Grand total was $402, about 70 hours of my life, and more manual labor and woodworking than a guy who makes a living on a computer is used to. But honestly, all the great DIY projects I’ve seen here were kind of an inspiration. Now we just need to come up with a name for the thing. Frank’s Folly isn’t going to cut it.

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Paul here. A few days after sending me that post, Frank sent along some pics of the scoreboard from its first day of game action. Looks great, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Big, big kudos to him for tackling such a great project, and for sharing the details with us.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s the Phillies’ Harry Kalas memorial patch. … I’m sure there’s something stupider than this, but I can’t imagine what it would be. … One of the many good things about Jerry Manuel is that he goes high-cuffed every day. And here’s why. … Noted uniform expert George Will has a bone to pick with the uniform of choice for most Americans (i.e., blue jeans). His rant is sort of pathetic and sort of accurate but misses the key point in our societal denim obsession: the fetishization of the primitive, which is also at the root of most of our weird cultural tropes. Of course, for Will, beer in a can counts as “primitive,” so it’s no surprise that he’s missed the boat on that line of analysis. … Tyler Kepner has broken down some of the finer nuances of the new Yankee Stadium. … Good prototype story from Mike MacCulloch, who writes: “I worked in the Seahawks’ front office from 1997-2000 (ticket office for three seasons and corporate sales for one). I joined the team just after Paul Allen had purchased the team and the state had agreed to build a new stadium. In 2000, just as the team was moving into Husky Stadium while Qwest Field was being built, the team was in the process of designing new uniforms and helmets. During that time, they went through many different designs. At one point they created three different prototype helmets, each in a different color and with different logos on each side of the helmets. The idea at that time was to have the Hawk logo with a red eye to make it look more intimidating, as well as a possible modification to the back portion of the logo. I was able to save this helmet from being tossed out when our interns cleaned out one of the storage areas. For whatever reason, whoever put the helmets together seemed to rush putting the decals on, so there’s a slight bubble to it. Still, plenty interesting (and ugly).” I showed the photos to one of my ESPN bosses, Kevin Jackson, who’s from Seattle, and he said, “This answers the age-old question: What would the Seahawks logo look like if it got drunk?” … Some awesome old hockey photos here (with thanks to Doug Keklak). … Last item on this Q&A page suggests that UNC basketball may have some throwbacks next season (with thanks to Al Hood). … Check out these white numbers on a white striped background. That’s the Toronto Argonauts, pre-WWII (with thanks to Terry Paffenroth). … Lots of photos of Fred Taylor in the Pats’ new throwbacks here (with thanks to Doug Buros). … Kirsten turned me on to something really great. If you click through the various categories on that page, you’ll see some amazing — and I mean amazing — old WPA posters. Did I mention that they’re amazing? Oh, but anyone offended by yesterday’s tea party “bashing” (as one reader complained to me) should probably steer clear, since the WPA was, of course, a socialist plot.

 

237 comments to He Shoots, He Score(board)s!: Uni Watch DIY Project

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

    I have a few WPA posters in my basement, courtesy of my grandmother whose first job was as a secretary for a WPA office in New York. Great stuff and I’ll try to get some shots of them for you, Paul.

    Back to sports…in light of that great No Mas “I’m Calling It Shea” t-shirt, I think there should be one for the Yankees’ new park that says “I’m Going Back Across The Street.”

  • Jason | April 17, 2009 at 9:27 am |

    Cool DIY project. It looks weird to not have the innings grouped in three’s, but you do what you have to do I guess. Also I wonder how many of each number he painted. Just curious.

  • John | April 17, 2009 at 9:27 am |

    Although I love the AFL throwbacks…I wish they would have made the shoulder stripes go all the way around the shoulder like in the original unis…not just on the top of the shoulder pads. Talking about the Pats uni that Fred Taylor has on.

  • al | April 17, 2009 at 9:27 am |

    Not to be an a$$, but i think the innings part could have been spaced better. otherwise, i like it. are the balls, strikes, outs “flip overs”? also, does the scoreboard operator act as the official scorer?

  • Jonathan | April 17, 2009 at 9:29 am |

    Interesting that the only helmet shown during the Fred Taylor photo shoot is a Bills Throwback shown in the first photo. Otherwise those uni’s look amazing. Can’t wait to see them on the field again

  • Peter Wunsch | April 17, 2009 at 9:30 am |

    I know that I’m an old fogey, but when players are wearing throwbacks can we have them erase the tattoos?

  • Namhob | April 17, 2009 at 9:31 am |

    I could’ve sworn this guy http://www.sportshal... was wearing one of those rec league jerseys you see (obviously a modern thing) with his number as pi. It takes a second for the brain to make sense of the jersey and see 71.

  • MattDubya | April 17, 2009 at 9:32 am |

    Phil, Just wanted to let you know that I am documenting the Nationals uniform and record for you. Dont know if you already have someone doing them, but I am up for it, only take a few seconds each morning.

  • Greenie | April 17, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    What do they call that background color on the Seahawk prototype? It was a pukey-green-gold-sparkly catastrophe.
    http://farm4.static....

    P.S. How do I put a link like this into my main post so you could get to it by clicking on ‘catastrophe’?

  • Paul M | April 17, 2009 at 9:43 am |

    Very cool DYI project. Major props for Frank for putting it all together

  • Rob Ullman | April 17, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    I read that George Will column as well, at a Burger King along I-95 in South Hill, VA, and if you can imagine the setting, you can understand tat I was similarly in complete agreement yet fairly disgusted. What got me was the first graf, the description of the guy and his kid at the airport. I’m kinda of the mind that flying is a privilege, and you oughta at least throw on some shoes and pants rather than jammies and flip-flops when you fly…but I’m taking my almost-two-year-old on her first flight on a couple weeks, and I’m planning on dressing for comfort and convenience (which means jeans, and probably a hooded sweatshirt with big pockets) rather than George Will’s stuffy criteria of appropriateness.

    Also, not to get all politicky, but this should be Exhibit A next time some conservative blowhard points to those left-of-center as being the “elitists”.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 17, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    love the scoreboard frank, great work!!! i’d definitely have a few of my favorite numbers hanging on my wall after the season… real “throw-backy” look!

  • PBurland23 | April 17, 2009 at 9:49 am |

    Did anyone have a chance to check out the Phillies-Nats game last night? The Nats American Flag jerseys looked awful especially when paired with their red helemts.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 17, 2009 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment=”323994″]Did anyone have a chance to check out the Phillies-Nats game last night? The Nats American Flag jerseys looked awful especially when paired with their red helemts.[/quote]

    what were they wearing?!?!

    lol

    kidding… happy friday all!

  • Mark in Shiga | April 17, 2009 at 9:56 am |

    I too thought it weird to see the innings grouped so bizarrely, and couldn’t help wondering if it was like that so that the scoreboard could be used for other sports too.

    I can’t find any good images now (only this long shot that reveals nothing), but I think the small Yankee Stadium fence scoreboard used to cleverly separate out the numbers for the four quarters so as to fit into the existing nine-inning layout. Were you trying for something like that; compatible with soccer, field hockey, etc.?

    I’ve always been fascinated with scoreboards, and think that they were more readable in earlier days. Maybe it was the custom, hand-drawn number fonts.

    Incidentally, many Japanese baseball scoreboards make use of the native numerals so as to not have to separate things into three-inning blocks for readability. Here’s the Yakult Swallows’ brand new fully digital scoreboard and their old one in use until around last year. Here’s the Hanshin Tigers’ board in Osaka (which also differentiates between position numbers and spots in the batting order by making use of both kinds of numerals), and here’s a venerable old one from Teikyo high school.

    Amateurs are stuck writing on slate in chalk, or with markers on a whiteboard.

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=”323982″]Although I love the AFL throwbacks…I wish they would have made the shoulder stripes go all the way around the shoulder like in the original unis…not just on the top of the shoulder pads. Talking about the Pats uni that Fred Taylor has on.[/quote]

    Patriots have never worn pants striped like that, either.

    —Ricko

  • Ry Co 40 | April 17, 2009 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment=”323992″]I read that George Will column as well, at a Burger King along I-95 in South Hill, VA, and if you can imagine the setting, you can understand tat I was similarly in complete agreement yet fairly disgusted. What got me was the first graf, the description of the guy and his kid at the airport. I’m kinda of the mind that flying is a privilege, and you oughta at least throw on some shoes and pants rather than jammies and flip-flops when you fly…but I’m taking my almost-two-year-old on her first flight on a couple weeks, and I’m planning on dressing for comfort and convenience (which means jeans, and probably a hooded sweatshirt with big pockets) rather than George Will’s stuffy criteria of appropriateness.

    Also, not to get all politicky, but this should be Exhibit A next time some conservative blowhard points to those left-of-center as being the “elitists”.[/quote]

    just a few thoughts…

    baggy jeans and a baggy hooded sweatshirt is perfectly fine for flying. esp. with a little one!

    i don’t care who it is… or what time of day it is… but when i see someone wearing jammies out in public, i think they look like total crap! WAY too far!

    for my last statememnt above… sometimes even sweatpants!

    ewww… now that i think of it, sweatpants most of the time! lol

    i’m 110% confident that i can take a $30-$40 pair of jeans and make them look like MOST $100-$300 jeans! no prob at all (most of the time for the low-low cost of… sandpaper)

    some people just CAN’T wear jeans. lol. corporate america, i’m looking in your direction…

    i’m typing all of this wearing my penguins jersey and jeans… in a corporate office building…

  • bill | April 17, 2009 at 10:06 am |

    Loved the WPA posters, especially regarding health and safety. The guy in overalls is really enthused about low rent homes!!!

  • Mark in Shiga | April 17, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    I’m reading George Will’s column too, and while I like the guy when he’s talking about baseball (he wrote “Met At Work”, after all), and also like conservative dress and hate seeing people in bare feet and shorts and whatnot in the workplace, he’s really coming across as a stuffed shirt this time. And what’s with the gratuitous snipe at video-game players (who are “even allowed to vote”!)?

  • Phil | April 17, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    I’m an avid reader of uniwatch and have an affinity for uniform and logo changes. I found that a relatively inexpensive way to feed my passion was to collect hockey pucks. I had collected for over 20 years and when I stopped back in 2000, I’m proud to say that I had every variation of every team’s logo from EVERY LEAGUE in the US and Canada – NHL, AHL, ECHL, WCHL, OHL, QMJHL, and the list goes on and on. For a while, I was buying large wooden display cases to organize all of the pucks and display them in my basement – but it simply got too expensive.

    I was wondering if you had any ideas for an inexpensive way to make a cool display that encompasses hundreds and hundreds of hockey pucks?? Thanks for your ideas!

  • cam | April 17, 2009 at 10:09 am |

    I have liked scoreboards forever, and deciding I needed a hobby once, I made one myself for baseball.

    It’s 7′ by 2′ — I spent about 30 minutes looking for the exact right shade of green (Billiard Room Green won). I used index cards for the numbers and put them inside of those nametag holders turned vertically once I found that cutting holes would be too difficult. The numbers along the top are your typical mailbox numbers.

    http://s11.photobuck...

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    and the final result.

  • random reader | April 17, 2009 at 10:10 am |

    A pic of the flags around Yankee Stadium. I really do think this is a nice touch—really adds color.

    I remember Shea used to have flags like this but a few years ago they chose to ring the stadium with American flags (and one Canadian flag) instead. Citi Field is the same as Shea was, with American flags circling the top of the stadium. I wished they could’ve brought the team flags back.

  • random reader | April 17, 2009 at 10:11 am |

    And one more pic, where you can see the flags for Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. NL teams are on the 3B side and AL teams are on the 1B side.

  • Christopher | April 17, 2009 at 10:12 am |

    My judgement on what a person wears is always, and pretty much only, this: did the person think about what they’re wearing? Are they trying to send a message about themselves or are they just lazy (and therefore stupid)?

    No one type of clothing can be bad, in my mind.

    If one wears a suit and tie, and it comes off like they’re merely doing do because they have to, that reflects very poorly on the person. I think of them as not much of a thinker, a bland and uninteresting person.

    If someone is wearing baggy jeans halfway down their- ummmm- backside, dreads, t-shirt to large, etc. I can generally respect that at least they’ve thought of some sort of message they want to send.

  • We Got Ns In The Backfield | April 17, 2009 at 10:15 am |

    That Seahawks helmet with the red eye is brutal! I guess if they went back to their 1976 helmets without a logo they wouldn’t ever need to worry about the decal bubbling.

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 10:15 am |

    My Dad used to say, “You’ll act the way you’re dressed.”
    Thought it was hooey.
    Now I think it’s absolutely true, for most people.
    AND, I also think it’s true that, “You’ll dress how you intend to act.”

    —Ricko

  • Marshall | April 17, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    Found these on a Marlins message board. Ronnie Paulino sporting some interesting armor.

    http://img27.imagesh...
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    http://img411.images...

  • Jon | April 17, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    Love the Pats throwbacks!! just wondering why they would have Fred taylor wear them? he hasn’t even played for the pats. maybe bruschi, or brady,or seymore?

  • KMC | April 17, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    The quintessential treatment of blue jeans and their place in American culture is John Fiske’s (one of the founding fathers of American cultural studies) treatment of them in his Reading the Popular (or, for a more theoretical slant, Understanding the Popular). The pertinent chapter, which discuss the commodification and aesthetization of jeans, is “The Jeaning of America.” For all of us that insist on wearing jeans on a daily basis, weddings/funerals excluded, it’s a must read. Will can’t hold a candle to it.

  • Mickel Yantz | April 17, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”324006″]That Seahawks helmet with the red eye is brutal! I guess if they went back to their 1976 helmets without a logo they wouldn’t ever need to worry about the decal bubbling.[/quote]

    Have we not covered that the ‘Hawks had logos on there helmets a hundred times?? lol BTW Get some visine for the helmet to get rid of the red eye.

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment=”323988″]Phil, Just wanted to let you know that I am documenting the Nationals uniform and record for you. Dont know if you already have someone doing them, but I am up for it, only take a few seconds each morning.[/quote]

    awesome…

    especially in light of their only win coming in shall we say, semi patriotic highly comical utter shit their second alts, will they now use this as a ‘slumpbuster’?

    /god help us all

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    on another note…did anyone watch the MLB TV “news” with vasgersian (sp), larkin & migrane? they busted all over the nats unis and then went on a semi-diatribe about unis, particularly old unis — how the pirates in their “bumblebees” and “layercake hats” (migrane’s words) had multiple combos, as well as other teams from the 70’s — and bragged “we’ll have to do a show on all the uni combos” from the past

  • Glen H | April 17, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  • Mike | April 17, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”323992″]I read that George Will column as well, at a Burger King along I-95 in South Hill, VA, and if you can imagine the setting, you can understand tat I was similarly in complete agreement yet fairly disgusted. What got me was the first graf, the description of the guy and his kid at the airport. I’m kinda of the mind that flying is a privilege, and you oughta at least throw on some shoes and pants rather than jammies and flip-flops when you fly…but I’m taking my almost-two-year-old on her first flight on a couple weeks, and I’m planning on dressing for comfort and convenience (which means jeans, and probably a hooded sweatshirt with big pockets) rather than George Will’s stuffy criteria of appropriateness.

    Also, not to get all politicky, but this should be Exhibit A next time some conservative blowhard points to those left-of-center as being the “elitists”.[/quote]
    Rob, I’m in agreement re Airport/travel wear. Jeans/sweatshirt are fine. Shorts/sandals, no. Sweatpants, no. (remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry told George that people who wear sweats in public is saying “I give up”)

  • John | April 17, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?

  • Matt Brosseau | April 17, 2009 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]

    Rush Limbaugh lumbers onto the airwaves in 75 minutes, so you won’t have very long to wait before you can be safely ensconced in your own little echo chamber where other people’s opinions aren’t tolerated.

  • Robert in Dallas | April 17, 2009 at 10:48 am |

    I have to confess that as far as colored alts go, I rather like those worn by the Nationals. Using the DC initials is cool (kind of like the Twins with their TC), and the whole look is a little different from the norm, yet not flaky. Thumbs up.

  • Bernard | April 17, 2009 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”323990″]What do they call that background color on the Seahawk prototype? It was a pukey-green-gold-sparkly catastrophe.
    http://farm4.static....

    P.S. How do I put a link like this into my main post so you could get to it by clicking on ‘catastrophe’?[/quote]

    I like the color of the helmet, actually. Obviously, it’s all wrong with the rest of the Seahawks color scheme, but that color itself, maybe accented with red (or something), is a good look.

  • Hott Rodd | April 17, 2009 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]

    *fingers in ears* La la La la La la La la La la La la La laLa la La la La la La la La la La la La la

  • Brett | April 17, 2009 at 10:51 am |

    I’m not sure about this, but I’m hoping the Nats unis yesterday were because it was “Military Opening Night.” Hopefully they don’t use those ugly stars-and-stripes logos too often.

    (Even though I live in DC, I think last night was only the third game I’ve been to in Nationals Park, so I could be completely off on what their normal uniforms are.)

  • Paul Lukas | April 17, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]

    You’re out of your fucking mind. I would have linked to that blue jeans story no matter who had written it — it’s about clothing as a signifier, which is what Uni Watch is all about. And I didn’t say anything about Will’s politics. A little touchy, eh?

    I will continue to make fun of the tea parties, though, because they’re so completely hilarious, whee!

    I think it goes without saying that this yobbo would have no problem with any political references on the site if said references happened to agree with his own positions.

  • Brian | April 17, 2009 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]

    It’s his blog. Suck it up.

    I’m sure if he put up a post about what a great American Sean Hannity is, you’d be tickled pink…

  • Hott Rodd | April 17, 2009 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment=”324022″]
    I’m sure if he put up a post about what a great American Sean Hannity is, you’d be tickled pink…[/quote]

    I think that would have been a cataclysmic event, and the interwebs would had self destructed were that to ever happen. Sean Hannity being described as a great American that is.

  • Jim Bullard | April 17, 2009 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”323985″]I know that I’m an old fogey, but when players are wearing throwbacks can we have them erase the tattoos?[/quote]

    Amen to that brother.

  • Beardface | April 17, 2009 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]
    I like it because it called George out for the elitest douchebag he really is.

    Beer out of a can is primitive? Hokay, asshole, go back to sippin your Pinot in your seersucker suit pinky extended reminiscing about the olden days where blacks couldn’t sit up front…

  • John | April 17, 2009 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”324021″][quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]

    You’re out of your fucking mind. I would have linked to that blue jeans story no matter who had written it — it’s about clothing as a signifier, which is what Uni Watch is all about. And I didn’t say anything about Will’s politics. A little touchy, eh?

    I will continue to make fun of the tea parties, though, because they’re so completely hilarious, whee!

    I think it goes without saying that this yobbo would have no problem with any political references on the site if said references happened to agree with his own positions.[/quote]

    Fair enough, if you can honestly say that you would have posted that article regardless I can accept it. I agree with you on the tea parties..pretty fucking stupid. Too much like all the stupid whiny liberal protests! Look, I’m not here to start political debates..thats what I was trying to avoid. Just seems like you are always on that political edge, but it’s your site and if that’s how you feel– it’s your show–go for it. I just don’t agree with it..or obviously your (and apparently everyone else on this site’s) politics. And no, I don’t listen to Limbuagh, Hannity etc., but I sure can feel the love and open minded acceptance from your liberal audience!!

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 11:15 am |

    [quote]I’m not here to start political debates..thats what I was trying to avoid.[/quote]

    good…lets keep it that way

    back to unis

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 11:17 am |

    [quote comment=”324023″][quote comment=”324022″]
    I’m sure if he put up a post about what a great American Sean Hannity is, you’d be tickled pink…[/quote]

    I think that would have been a cataclysmic event, and the interwebs would had self destructed were that to ever happen. Sean Hannity being described as a great American that is.[/quote]

    Sean Hannity IS a great American. And he can instantly recognize other great Americans, too. It’s anyone who agrees with him.

    See how simple that is.

    Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Coulter and the others …they all understand that basic truth, and are, of course, baffled that the rest of us can’t seem to grasp it.

    Which makes us lousy Americans.

    Again, see how simple it is to tell a patriot from a subversive.

    Also, the subversives are the ones wearing jeans to work. Dead giveaway.

    (giggle. Let’s see what THIS stirs up.)

  • Jim Bullard | April 17, 2009 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”324021″][quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]

    You’re out of your fucking mind. I would have linked to that blue jeans story no matter who had written it — it’s about clothing as a signifier, which is what Uni Watch is all about. And I didn’t say anything about Will’s politics. A little touchy, eh?

    I will continue to make fun of the tea parties, though, because they’re so completely hilarious, whee!

    I think it goes without saying that this yobbo would have no problem with any political references on the site if said references happened to agree with his own positions.[/quote]

    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.

    Also, I think those Nat’s DC unis look sweet. Nick Johnson rocking the high red socks with it looks particularly cool.

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 11:20 am |

    The Nats alts? Not so bad, except for the red helmet and red socks. That looked…not so so good.

    So then…Memo to Nats: When you wear that “ensemble”, go ahead and wear your pants ankle length. Covers the socks.

    —Ricko

  • Glen H | April 17, 2009 at 11:23 am |

    This or This?

  • Matt Brosseau | April 17, 2009 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”324032″]This or This?[/quote]

    Neither one is very good, but I’d have to go for the 2009 version. The 1996 logo looks like something out of a Marvel comic.

  • Beardface | April 17, 2009 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”324030″][quote comment=”324021″][quote comment=”324015″]Paul- you just can’t leave the political crap alone can you? How big of a stretch is it to include a George Will article about jeans into a uniform blog!? Why don’t you just get a new web site number (thanks Joe Biden) for your political blog and leave this to unis!?[/quote]

    You’re out of your fucking mind. I would have linked to that blue jeans story no matter who had written it — it’s about clothing as a signifier, which is what Uni Watch is all about. And I didn’t say anything about Will’s politics. A little touchy, eh?

    I will continue to make fun of the tea parties, though, because they’re so completely hilarious, whee!

    I think it goes without saying that this yobbo would have no problem with any political references on the site if said references happened to agree with his own positions.[/quote]

    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.[/quote]
    Nowadays you can’t find a protest that isn’t being run by nutjobs. Doesn’t matter what its about, doesn’t matter which party line it follows, if there’s a protest, you’re sure to find wackos who will take it to the n’th degree to make a name for themselves.

    Thats why they’re funny. You’re guaranteed to find someone who thinks they’re better than you, yet can’t string out comprehensive sentences to explain why.

  • John | April 17, 2009 at 11:28 am |

    By the way, meant to mention before all the political winds got stirred up…loved the scoreboard! Great old school feel. Much better than most of the typical generic, electric counterparts!

  • Kenneth Lilly | April 17, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    Hey All – Paul said it was cool if I ask this in the comments section. Does anybody out there know anybody that can help me either buy or borrow a pair of authentic current Steelers uniform pants? I need them for reference on a mixed media sculpture I am working on and could really use the reference to try to match up the seams and materials correctly to the actual gear.

    You can contact me at klilly@creatusmaximus.com if you can help point me in the right direction.

    Thanks!
    Ken

  • Jon in SLC | April 17, 2009 at 11:35 am |

    Frank – I think it was a project well done. I did something similar for a family member and I can understand what it took to do it. Great job.

  • Terri | April 17, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    I read the jeans article and thought that maybe Will should pull the stick out. Styles change; what is considered acceptable dress changes. Exactly who am I disrespecting by wearing jeans? I should dress like Grace Kelly? You have got to be kidding me.

  • Frank Mercogliano | April 17, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    OK, I’ll try to answer the questions as best I can:

    Spacing: Basically it was a product of having to fit as many innings as possible onto the boards, remembering that I couldn’t get too close to the edges of the wood, otherwise I couldn’t secure them to the posts, and they would risk breaking if the cuts were too close to the edge. 2/4/4 seemed like the natural way to do it.

    TILES:
    26 blank/0
    12 1/2
    10 3/4
    8 5/6
    8 7/8
    6 9/10
    6 11/12
    4 13/14
    4 15/16
    3 17/18
    2 19/20
    2 21/22

    I can’t imagine ever running out with those combinations (I looked at all of ISU’s final boxes for the last three years, and never came close to the amount of tiles I ended up using. I also have about 16 blanks to replace tiles if needed.

    B/S/O: Yes Al, they are just flip-overs on the door hinge. I have a 6-9 basketball player getting practicum hours flipping those constantly. And no, you aren’t an $$$ for thinking the spacing of the innings is goofy. the two middle boards are actually perfectly symetrical as far as the placement of the windows from the center of the board.

    Also, the team has dubbed the board “Big Black”. It hasn’t come into play through four games, but we play today at 4 and have a DH tomorrow at 12, so maybe soon. Also one addition is that there is now a screw on each side of the window on the back, and after the number is placed in the window, we hook a rubber band on the back of the two new screws to keep the tile from flapping around. Very hi-tech.

    Thanks everyone for the great comments and glad you enjoyed seeing it, and thanks to Paul for posting it, and for the blog….it’s great stuff!

    Frank

  • David | April 17, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    Does anyone else find it funny that Burger King is forced to redo their Mexican ads, in this climate? I mean, imagine the waste that went into the comercials and the print ads, all the consumer panels okayed it and got paid to sit and watch 30 seconds, all the consultants and outside art firms that we used… and shortly after it airs they get complaints and have to pull and revise the whole thing:

    http://www.pantagrap...

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    I know it is a couple days old now, and I am sure it has been talked about, for that I appologize.

  • Giancarlo | April 17, 2009 at 11:48 am |

    Many thoughts about the George Will piece whose sentiment I largely sympathize with, so I suppose I have elitist tendencies. It seems right to label this trend as the “infantilization” of society, so Paul, I’d be very interested to hear you expound on your idea of the “fetishization of the primitive.”

    In the old days there were other options for cheap, casual mens’ pants. Simple light cottons. Later on, poly-cotton blends. You don’t see that stuff much anymore. Watching the movie West Side Story I notice you have all these guys – gang members! – jumping around in close-fitting cotton pants – maybe some denim, or brushed cotton – but in all different colors. It’s kind of a cool look compared to the blue jeany sameness of today.

    I also think that fit makes a big difference in how the jean look comes off. The pervasive blobbiness of contemporary American jean cuts is dismaying. It’s a toddler’s look – Will is right about that. In the latest issue of Harper’s magazine (oh no, elitism!) there’s a little piece by a French writer (oh no…) named Charles Dantzig who identifies “the bad cut of their jeans” as one of the marks of an American. In other words, Europeans wear jeans too, but wear them better.

    That said, I think the horror of modern air travel encourages everyone to dress down & that makes perfect sense. Why would you waste your good clothes in that situation – there’s a good chance you might be sleeping in them at the airport.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 17, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”324033″][quote comment=”324032″]This or This?[/quote]

    Neither one is very good, but I’d have to go for the 2009 version. The 1996 logo looks like something out of a Marvel comic.[/quote]

    “looks like something out of a Marvel comic”

    …or a phoenix-hosted all star game…

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”324040″]Does anyone else find it funny that Burger King is forced to redo their Mexican ads, in this climate? I mean, imagine the waste that went into the comercials and the print ads, all the consumer panels okayed it and got paid to sit and watch 30 seconds, all the consultants and outside art firms that we used… and shortly after it airs they get complaints and have to pull and revise the whole thing:

    http://www.pantagrap...

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    I know it is a couple days old now, and I am sure it has been talked about, for that I appologize.[/quote]

    What I find so amazing—as a 30-year ad guy—is that their ad agency even suggested it. You’d have to have the perceptiveness of a basement-living Trekkie with a sponge collection to think there wouldn’t be some kind of backlash.

    Can’t believe SOMEONE a long time back didn’t ask when presented with the concept, “Are you NUTS?”

    I guess maybe it’s some lame-minded attempt to do something that looks “viral.” But it reality it’s just stupid.

    —Ricko

  • bill | April 17, 2009 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”324038″]I read the jeans article and thought that maybe Will should pull the stick out. Styles change; what is considered acceptable dress changes. Exactly who am I disrespecting by wearing jeans? I should dress like Grace Kelly? You have got to be kidding me.[/quote]

    Better to dress like Grace Kelly than Rosanne Barr.

  • Terri | April 17, 2009 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”324044″][quote comment=”324038″]I read the jeans article and thought that maybe Will should pull the stick out. Styles change; what is considered acceptable dress changes. Exactly who am I disrespecting by wearing jeans? I should dress like Grace Kelly? You have got to be kidding me.[/quote]

    Better to dress like Grace Kelly than Rosanne Barr.[/quote]

    I would argue that there is a point in between…

  • pflava | April 17, 2009 at 11:58 am |

    [quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.

  • Andy11 | April 17, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    I don’t understand why someone should “dress-up” to fly in an airplane. I agree that you should always look “presentable” in public, but how you dress in an airplane shouldn’t need to be any different than how you dress at the market, a ballgame, or a movie theater.

  • MattDubya | April 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    I dont think the Nats will resort to the flag alternates as a slump buster, at least I hope they dont. I believe they wore them yesterday because it was “Emancipation Day” in D.C. and they are supposed to wear the blue alts. on holidays.

  • mmwatkin | April 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    George Will is kind of a douche bag. Don’t like what I wear? Don’t look.

    Also, I find the humor in that he describes jeans as a symbol of American sloppiness, considering that every European visitor I have met makes it a high priority to go to the mall and buy jeans while they are in the states.

  • Hank | April 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”324031″]The Nats alts? Not so bad, except for the red helmet and red socks. That looked…not so so good.

    So then…Memo to Nats: When you wear that “ensemble”, go ahead and wear your pants ankle length. Covers the socks.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Perhaps the Nats and Red Sox (road set) can do an equipment/uni switch? Nats get the blue socks, undershirt and helmet and the Sox get the red. Interleague play at its best.

  • DenverGregg | April 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm |

    I really enjoyed the bits about BengalBoard.tmp Frank, you did a great job.

    I’m quite sick of the rancor that so many here are dumping on those with whom they disagree. If the issue isn’t up to the level of genocide or destroying what’s left of our civilization, chances are your opponent is simply well-intentioned and misguided rather than an soulless minion of some dark power. One aspect of a society where people are free to do a variety of things is that some people will disapprove of some of your choices just as you disapprove of some other folks’ choices. Get over it already.

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm |

    Roseanne would be a slob even if she dressed like Grace Kelly.
    A whole lot of it has to do with how someone looks, acts and carries themselves.

    I remember a lifer Master Sergeant who was maybe 5’7″ and 240 with a HUGE beer belly hanging over his belt. I was 6’2 and 185 or so and in good shape just out of basic training. He told me I was disgrace to the uniform because my sideburns were too long.

    —Ricko

  • Paul Lukas | April 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.

  • Matt Brosseau | April 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”324043″]

    Can’t believe SOMEONE a long time back didn’t ask when presented with the concept, “Are you NUTS?”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko, as a current ad guy, the stuff I see presented at brainstorming meetings and the like (especially by clients) is the most brain-dead rubbish imaginable. Sometimes no one wants to tell a person that their “pet idea” is garbage and/or offensive (this BK study wins the daily double). Mostly it’s that nobody stood up and said “no” to the VP that suggested this idea, and the client wasn’t paying attention and just signed off on it.

    There is a dearth of talent at the Madison Avenue-type agencies these days, and it’s because they hired the mouthbreathing frat-boy types who come up with ads like you see for the misogynistic Axe, the creepy Burger King, Quizno’s singing dead rats, and the Geico cavemen, among others.

    Incidentally, this big-agency thinking extends itself into design, specifically the terrible uniforms you see in pro sports. The Nationals, Padres’ khaki pants, and Buffalo Bills are pretty good examples of how NOT to dress players, but some design consultancy somewhere made a lot of money doing just that…

  • mike 2 | April 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm |

    I liked the game action shots – that looks awesome in play.

    http://i128.photobuc...

    One thing about softball, if you’re used to watching baseball you forget how small the field is and how close in everything is. Third base is 60 feet away and the third baseman is playing in with a righty up. Better have quick reflexes.

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”324054″][quote comment=”324043″]

    Can’t believe SOMEONE a long time back didn’t ask when presented with the concept, “Are you NUTS?”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko, as a current ad guy, the stuff I see presented at brainstorming meetings and the like (especially by clients) is the most brain-dead rubbish imaginable. Sometimes no one wants to tell a person that their “pet idea” is garbage and/or offensive (this BK study wins the daily double). Mostly it’s that nobody stood up and said “no” to the VP that suggested this idea, and the client wasn’t paying attention and just signed off on it.

    There is a dearth of talent at the Madison Avenue-type agencies these days, and it’s because they hired the mouthbreathing frat-boy types who come up with ads like you see for the misogynistic Axe, the creepy Burger King, Quizno’s singing dead rats, and the Geico cavemen, among others.

    Incidentally, this big-agency thinking extends itself into design, specifically the terrible uniforms you see in pro sports. The Nationals, Padres’ khaki pants, and Buffalo Bills are pretty good examples of how NOT to dress players, but some design consultancy somewhere made a lot of money doing just that…[/quote]

    Ain’t that the truth. Every word of it.

  • Wade Harder | April 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”324047″]I don’t understand why someone should “dress-up” to fly in an airplane. I agree that you should always look “presentable” in public, but how you dress in an airplane shouldn’t need to be any different than how you dress at the market, a ballgame, or a movie theater.[/quote]

    A quote I used to live by in my single days…
    “Always look your best because you never know when you’re going to meet your future wife.”

  • Hank | April 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    But what isn’t funny is that the ‘protests’ had a lot of racial overtones to them.

    Now back to the fun and games that is Uniwatch.

  • mmwatkin | April 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”324049″]George Will is kind of a douche bag. Don’t like what I wear? Don’t look.

    Also, I find the humor in that he describes jeans as a symbol of American sloppiness, considering that every European visitor I have met makes it a high priority to go to the mall and buy jeans while they are in the states.[/quote]

    Sorry to quote myself, but…

    I just wanted to compliment Frank on his outstanding DIY project. I really hope that the dumb George Will article doesn’t overshadow your work. Sewing a shirt is one thing, but creating a large scale project that is outside your area of expertise is amazing. I would be nervous to not only have my creation on display for all to see, but post pictures on a sight that is nitpicky about the finest details. Kudos to you, sir.

    Also, this may be the first DIY that has been endorsed or at least acknowledged by the NCAA (or any other league)

  • Squiddie | April 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    The really frightening Burger King ad is the Spongebob/Sir Mix-a-lot mash up for a kids meal. Who thought that was a good idea?

    As the Onion put it, “That’s it! No one gets to use Sir Mix-a-lot. Ever.”

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”324057″][quote comment=”324047″]I don’t understand why someone should “dress-up” to fly in an airplane. I agree that you should always look “presentable” in public, but how you dress in an airplane shouldn’t need to be any different than how you dress at the market, a ballgame, or a movie theater.[/quote]

    A quote I used to live by in my single days…
    “Always look your best because you never know when you’re going to meet your future wife.”[/quote]

    Or your next one.

  • Grundy | April 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm |

    I love how people think that the 1950’s was some utopia and we should all revert back to that way. History is a funny thing as in we mostly remember the good parts of it and forget the bad. Just because people dressed up more often back then doesn’t erase the segregation, oppression and other bad things that occurred during that time period. And what does Mr. Will have against denim? What makes wool or any other material better that denim? It’s just a material.

  • Jeff | April 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm |

    Somebody give Julia Stiles an honorary membership card.

    Full story here: http://online.wsj.co...

  • Jeff | April 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    Whoops… Julia Stiles: http://s.wsj.net/pub...

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”324060″]The really frightening Burger King ad is the Spongebob/Sir Mix-a-lot mash up for a kids meal. Who thought that was a good idea?

    As the Onion put it, “That’s it! No one gets to use Sir Mix-a-lot. Ever.”[/quote]

    Not to mention suggesting that your lunch is waiting in a box in a pair of short shorts (don’t blame me; watch the commercial).

    Looks like Burger King’s sitting with an 0-2 count these days. Can’t wait to for the next pitch (pun intended).

    —Ricko

  • Hott Rodd | April 17, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”324057″]

    A quote I used to live by in my single days…
    “Always look your best because you never know when you’re going to meet your future ex-wife.”[/quote]

    fixed

  • Hott Rodd | April 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”324060″]The really frightening Burger King ad is the Spongebob/Sir Mix-a-lot mash up for a kids meal. Who thought that was a good idea?

    As the Onion put it, “That’s it! No one gets to use Sir Mix-a-lot. Ever.”[/quote]

    My wife was in shock when she saw this ad.. I just told her, hey a mans gotta get paid.

  • concealed78 | April 17, 2009 at 12:20 pm |

    Scoreboard numbers: If I was spray painting them, I would have put down rocks on the templates to weigh them down to ensure crisp sharp edges on the numbers, since spray paint tends to well…. “spray”. Very cool project. Big fan of manual scoreboards.

  • anotherguy | April 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”324059″]Also, this may be the first DIY that has been endorsed or at least acknowledged by the NCAA (or any other league)[/quote]

    I want to ask if there’s any injury/insurance risk with the various edges, hinges, etc.

    I assume that at some point the University will send some legal-type out to view it (if not the NCAA as they mandated a scoreboard).

  • Bernard | April 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”324063″]Somebody give Julia Stiles an honorary membership card.

    Full story here: http://online.wsj.co...

    For an actress whose on-screen work I’ve never particularly cared for, I am WAY impressed with her writing! Getting it (and being hot) is icing on the cake!

  • anotherguy | April 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”324067″]My wife was in shock when she saw this ad.. I just told her, hey a mans gotta get paid.[/quote]
    That ad was/is stupid; plain and simple stupid.

    You have to wonder what they’re selling and to who. Seems to flunk a number of basic marketing tests: only passes the Col. Tom “don’t care what they say about me, just spell the name right” motto.

  • Giancarlo | April 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    I was just thinking that Steve McQueen might be a better style-guide than Fred Astaire in this day & age.

  • Matt Brosseau | April 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”324071″]
    You have to wonder what they’re selling and to who. Seems to flunk a number of basic marketing tests: only passes the Col. Tom “don’t care what they say about me, just spell the name right” motto.[/quote]

    This ad also violates the #1 rule of food/beverage ads, “Show The Product.” I can see, though, why BK might be embarrassed to do so. Frankenfood.

  • Nick F | April 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”324024″][quote comment=”323985″]I know that I’m an old fogey, but when players are wearing throwbacks can we have them erase the tattoos?[/quote]

    Amen to that brother.[/quote]

    Double Amen – the NBA is really bad. I can barely stand looking at Delonte West of the Cavs. Why is that necessary?

  • Andy11 | April 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    You think it’s funny that middle class white people get jobs and earn money and then think they should be entitled to keep the money (or even just most of the money) they earn?
    Silly middle class white people… When will they ever learn that the government owns them and is being nice by even letting them have a portion of the money they earn!
    Teabaggers!

  • C.N. | April 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm |

    I think that’s the greatest DIY project I’ve seen on here, by far. Now I would ask, why would you even want the electronic scoreboard? haha.

    Also, as for George Will’s childish rant — I assume this doesn’t apply to those of us who actually perform manual labor for a living?

    Incidentally, his elitist perspective is very clear, and it seems to me he has little respect for the people who actually provide the labor this country is based upon. But that’s a separate issue…

  • Jon | April 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    So…back to the Nats’ alt blue jerseys. They are a great example of an uni idea that might’ve sounded good in the concept stage, but the reality is horrible. As bad as they look in photos, they somehow look even worse in action on HDTV. While some unis offend me more (e.g., the A’s black jerseys), the Nats’ alts take the cake as the worst MLB jersey ever.

  • Ricko | April 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

    Phooey. Brewers on the road tonight. Always like seeing highlights of their great Friday Night Fauxback/Throwback pins. One of the great-looking sets in MLB right now. Generally kinda like what that one team in New York used to wear at home (‘cept NY team used orange instead of yellow-gold as its trim color, of course).

    —Ricko

  • Paul Lukas | April 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”324075″][quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    You think it’s funny that middle class white people get jobs and earn money and then think they should be entitled to keep the money (or even just most of the money) they earn?[/quote]

    I think it’s funny that the most historically privileged group in this country’s history can somehow feel victimized. Hahahahahahahahaha!

    Let me clue you in on a little secret: When you have a movement that consists almost exclusively of angry middle-class white people, that is not a “populist uprising”; that is more like a “lynch mob.” Or maybe more like a “bunch of people who think their ‘two SUVs and a trip to the mall’ way of life is an entitlement and are terrified to discover that it might not be so.”

    Ask yourself why the tea party movement included virtually NO blacks, NO Hispanics, NO Asians, NO poor people. When you come up with a good answer, write it on your 1040 form in crayon and send it to the IRS. The person with the best submission gets a free IRS audit and a complimentary NAACP membership, whoop-whoop!

  • pflava | April 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”324078″]Phooey. Brewers on the road tonight. Always like seeing highlights of their great Friday Night Fauxback/Throwback pins. One of the great-looking sets in MLB right now. Generally kinda like what that one team in New York used to wear at home (‘cept NY team used orange instead of yellow-gold as its trim color, of course).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Royal and orange would make a great color combo for a major league baseball team.

  • Wollen1 | April 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm |

    I never thought of George Will as a square….until today. What a thinkpiece, George!
    Obviously I’m being sarcastic when I say that anyone who gets a boner over baseball – a childish game played by the uneducated – is inevitably and irrifutably a cultureless drain upon our society. Do you like baseball George?

    Big words and haughtiness don’t by themselves make a point, unless your audience is looking for nothing more than big words and haughtiness. Now go back to sipping sherry and reading Ayn Rand, you nerd.

    P.S. I’m at work today in blue jeans, I’m unshaven and I wore my Nuggets hat. And I’m a lawyer…so take that!

  • Squiddie | April 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  • M.Princip | April 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm |

    I’ve definitely seen that Seahawk prototype helmet before, on an ebay auction about three years ago, for that very same helmet. I remember not buyin’ the story of it being a prototype, yet, resolved to the fact that if it were then I want no part of it because it was so fugly. I am pretty sure that the NFL Properties Design Group(revised Seahawks logo/colors/branding 2002) had nothing to do with this, however, the front office could have come up with this mess of ideas, then, the NFL design team cleaned it up to what they have now?

  • Brendan in Eugene | April 17, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    I absolutely agree with Mr. Will’s rants against jeans. Those of you on the East Coast don’t realize just how omnipresent they are out here in the West because enough people back there still have a sense of taste or at least understand that there is a time and place for various clothing. This is a concept that is elusive to most of my compatriots out here. There is no way to wear jeans and not look underdressed and in my book it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
    Jeans are to me what the University of Oregon’s uniforms are to the rest of civilized society.

  • Namhob | April 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”324033″][quote comment=”324032″]This or This?[/quote]

    Neither one is very good, but I’d have to go for the 2009 version. The 1996 logo looks like something out of a Marvel comic.[/quote]
    I was thinking more Nickelodeon. http://princessandhe...

  • fran fried | April 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm |

    Re: George Will:

    With the exceptions of weddings, proms, formals and certain jobs (high-end waiters, Uncle Floyd), men who wear bowties often send a clear, unequivocal statement.

    And that statement is:

    I am a twit.

  • JRJR | April 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”324060″]The really frightening Burger King ad is the Spongebob/Sir Mix-a-lot mash up for a kids meal. Who thought that was a good idea?

    As the Onion put it, “That’s it! No one gets to use Sir Mix-a-lot. Ever.”[/quote]

    There is a fine line between clever and stupid and I think this falls squarely(!) on the clever side. C’mon “phonebook implants?” That’s funny. I don’t care what you’re selling.

  • Giancarlo | April 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”324082″]This Steve McQueen

    or

    This Steve McQueen[/quote]
    Both! But also the casual streetwear he wore that fits between those two looks. He knew how to dress for the moment. I credit him for perfecting the clean & sporty tie-less look that says modern to me.

  • mike 2 | April 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

    Jays first home Friday game tonight – we\’ll see for sure if powder blue Fridays continues this year (please please please)

    For what its worth, Sunday is Lyle Overbay Bobblehead day and they’ve got him in the powder blue

    http://toronto.bluej...

    (apologies if the link doesn’t work, linking deep into mlb.com is spotty)

  • Scott | April 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

    Matt in 72 is onto something.

    As a late 30-something industry vet and professor … there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.

    This whole culture carries down into the uni business … where “green” jerseys are all over the NBA (could David Stern be the most pretentious jerk in sports history?).

    Similarly, it shows in things like the Padres’ unique khakis. They are onto something, in this era of bland baseball ubiquity. The problem is … they’re 70% there. They need someone at the helm with design credentials to bring the idea to fruition. Somebody NOT plugged into the ubiquity and trying to “fit in.”

    The best ideas will have more to do with the ol’ Taco Bell/Dave Winfield era Padre unis …

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    … than what they currently have. It’s suburban beige mentality brought on by this fratdolt agency culture. Same with the Buffalo Bills. The new DC baseball alts, and on down the line.

    You know, deep down, they REALLY want to go all tequila sunrise Astro all over a new set of unis … damn near EVERY team this side of the Yanks, Cubs and Cards wants to …

    But they: A) don’t have the nutsack to stand OUT THERE, and, B) they don’t have the skillset to pull it off.

    That’s what’s so beautiful about the Pirates, Astros, Padres, Indians, Mariners, Nuggets, Buccaneers, et al, from the 70s and 80s … they took a chance and succeeded with historically significant designs.

    No bland, beige suburban home-dwelling, khaki-pant wearing executive worried back then about how the masses would react on Twitter.

    They hired a competent designer and let ’em run with it. Bravo!

  • Hott Rodd | April 17, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”324087″]Re: George Will:

    With the exceptions of weddings, proms, formals and certain jobs (high-end waiters, Uncle Floyd), men who wear bowties often send a clear, unequivocal statement.

    And that statement is:

    I am a twit.[/quote]

    Evidentiary Proof:

    http://www.tampabay....

    Bill Bidwill

  • Grundy | April 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    RE: Also, as for George Will’s childish rant — I assume this doesn’t apply to those of us who actually perform manual labor for a living?

    As long as when you get home, you put on your suit, have a martini, yell at your wife for not having dinner ready and instructing your son not be gay.

  • Brendan in Eugene | April 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=\”324093\”]RE: Also, as for George Will’s childish rant — I assume this doesn’t apply to those of us who actually perform manual labor for a living?

    As long as when you get home, you put on your suit, have a martini, yell at your wife for not having dinner ready and instructing your son not be gay.[/quote]

    So it\’s ok to complain about the uniforms of athletes but it isn\’t alright to complain about the uniform of a regular guy? That\’s nonsense. Why should any of us be above the same sort of derision that we happily cast upon our sports stars when they fail to meet our standards?

  • shadoquad | April 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    Frank, that scoreboard is killer! Simply amazing!

  • Squiddie | April 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”324089″][quote comment=”324082″]This Steve McQueen

    or

    This Steve McQueen[/quote]
    Both! But also the casual streetwear he wore that fits between those two looks. He knew how to dress for the moment. I credit him for perfecting the clean & sporty tie-less look that says modern to me.[/quote]

    So then this Steve McQueen?

    OK, it would help to look a little more like Steve McQueen, but I get your point.

    There’s no denying that the man knew how to wear a driving uni. Helped that the Porsche 917 in Gulf livery was the nicest looking car ever.

  • seven | April 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    I don’t fly much, but I definitely don’t think jeans, sweatshirt & sneakers are appropriate. It’s possible to dress for comfort without jeans or sweats. Just as there are different uniforms for different sports there are different types of clothing for different activities.

  • Beardface | April 17, 2009 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”324079″]Ask yourself why the tea party movement included virtually NO blacks, NO Hispanics, NO Asians, NO poor people. When you come up with a good answer, write it on your 1040 form in crayon and send it to the IRS. The person with the best submission gets a free IRS audit and a complimentary NAACP membership, whoop-whoop![/quote]
    Because, historically speaking, they’re the ones that are always looking for the handout. They’re so used to playing the victim card that they don’t need to protest to have the media already take their side into account.

    I’m sorry, but this whole bailout thing is a load of shit. You bought a mortgage you can’t afford? Well, tough shit, you fucked up, now deal with it. Your company backed those mortgages? Tough shit, you fucked up, now enjoy declaring bankruptcy for your idiocy.

    Those who made smart decisions, those who didn’t fuck up, those who did the right thing should not have to foot the bill for the stupid. This bailout is the government forcing that upon us.

  • Kerry P | April 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    Someone call me when all of this bullshit stops and we actually get back to talking about uniforms.

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”324098″]Because, historically speaking, they’re the ones that are always looking for the handout. They’re so used to playing the victim card that they don’t need to protest to have the media already take their side into account.[/quote]

    time to play the powers card?

  • Push Pin | April 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm |

    I’m no fan of the bailout, but look at it from a practical perspective. So, you work hard for a living, pay your taxes, afford your mortgage, live within your means. You have a 401(k) at work and it just so happens that your employer uses Citi or BOA or whoever for that 401(k). Now, the bank goes bankrupt and you’re out your 401(k) and retirement just got a lot harder. Is that fair? Folks got so wrapped up in the anti-corporate zeitgeist that many of the practicalities of propping these banks up were forgotten.

  • shadoquad | April 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    When I fly, I wear dress casual for the most part, a polo shirt and khakis or jeans. But I might offend some people with my choice of shoes, if appearance is a hang-up. I go with what is (a) easy to slip on and off at the dang security checkpoint and (b) comfortable enough to run in. I had an experience with a connector flight where I landed late and had to run completely across Denver Intl Airport in roughly 10 minutes. After that experience, no more dress shoes on flights. If you’re offended, then know that it’s not my intent to slight the pleasant aesthetics of airport ambiance for you. =D

  • Talon Lardner | April 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”324085″]I absolutely agree with Mr. Will’s rants against jeans. Those of you on the East Coast don’t realize just how omnipresent they are out here in the West because enough people back there still have a sense of taste or at least understand that there is a time and place for various clothing. This is a concept that is elusive to most of my compatriots out here. There is no way to wear jeans and not look underdressed and in my book it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
    Jeans are to me what the University of Oregon’s uniforms are to the rest of civilized society.[/quote]

    A big part of America’s love affair with Jeans is their ruggedness. Dress pants wear out rather quickly, and are extremely vurnerable to accidental tears from bumping into things or getting snagged on something. Jeans, however, can last for years of constant use, can stand getting snagged on stuff, and actually wear out gracefully rather than ugly. When it is cheaper to buy Denim that lasts longer than the alternatives, I don’t blame people for choosing Jeans.

    As a disclaimer, though, I am a college aged gamer who voted, so I’m not exactly in that article’s “Target market”

  • Paul Lukas | April 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”324098″]Because, historically speaking, they’re the ones that are always looking for the handout.[/quote]

    Just for you, Beardface, this site will now be password-protected and you’ll have to pay for access to it. No more free-handout socialized blog content for you, buddy!

    Yes, I know I started it. And now I’m ending it: As of right now, no more teabagging talk (unless it’s actually about deviant sex acts, which of course we all enjoy hearing about).

    Chatter about blue jeans is still OK, since that’s at least tangentially uni-related.

  • Push Pin | April 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm |

    I have no problem with jeans or comfortable clothes on an airplane. I recently traveled from the east coast to Asia and if I had to wear business dress for that it would have totally miserable.

  • Brendan in Eugene | April 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”324104″][quote comment=”324098″]Because, historically speaking, they’re the ones that are always looking for the handout.[/quote]

    Just for you, Beardface, this site will now be password-protected and you’ll have to pay for access to it. No more free-handout socialized blog content for you, buddy!

    Yes, I know I started it. And now I’m ending it: As of right now, no more teabagging talk (unless it’s actually about deviant sex acts, which of course we all enjoy hearing about).

    Chatter about blue jeans is still OK, since that’s at least tangentially uni-related.[/quote]

    Thank-you for stepping in from on high and ending this.

  • Dascenzo | April 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm |

    Jerry Manuel honors Jackie Robinson, I honor Jerome Williams with the high socks. Pretty similar…

  • Mike Calagna | April 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    Did anyone get an official pinstipe total for CC yesterday?

  • Hott Rodd | April 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm |

    So I was teabagging Sean Hannity the other day…

    I keed, I keed.

  • Beardface | April 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”324091″]there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. [b]Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.[/b][/quote]
    Buuuuuuuuulllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    Girls in college are all about what frat party they can get into as an under, what sorority they want to join, what sorority function is coming up and who they are taking and what they’re wearing, drama within their sorority, and what guys around campus are cute enough to sleep with.

    I know I’m an alum, but I highly doubt college has drasically changed in the 2 years since I’ve graduated

  • Andy11 | April 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    It’d be cool if Uni Watch had a daily poll. Today’s poll could have been, “Are you wearing blue jeans?” Surely over 50% would be yes.

    Also, instead of calling it the “Daily Poll”, it could be called the “Daily Paul”. Get it? (jk, that’s a stupid idea…but a poll would be sweet!)

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”324109″]Did anyone get an official pinstipe total for CC yesterday?[/quote]

    one less than the number of runs the indians scored in the seventh?

  • Justin B. | April 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    I think I missed the first post about jeans where did it start?

    Also – in re: to Paul’s column yesterday is it good, bad, or somewhere in between for Detroit to only have had two patches honoring people?

  • Paul Lukas | April 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”324114″]Also – in re: to Paul’s column yesterday is it good, bad, or somewhere in between for Detroit to only have had two patches honoring people?[/quote]

    I was surprised to discover that when I checked their patch history. Basically, they’ve just never been a very patch-ish franchise. And think that’s fine — it’s part of their no-frills visual approach, part of their identity.

  • Hott Rodd | April 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”324112″]It’d be cool if Uni Watch had a daily poll. Today’s poll could have been, “Are you wearing blue jeans?” Surely over 50% would be yes.

    Also, instead of calling it the “Daily Poll”, it could be called the “Daily Paul”. Get it? (jk, that’s a stupid idea…but a poll would be sweet!)[/quote]

    Wearing Jeans. Friday is Jean day at work. Every other day is Slacks or khakis.

  • Greenie | April 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    I just started keeping track of the Brewers uniforms for the season.

    So far:
    Road Gray Top on Gray Pants 0-1
    Road Blue Top on Gray Pants 1-1
    Home White Top on White Pants 2-2
    Home Blue Top on White Pants 0-2

    Like Ricko said, no games yet in the throwback pinstripes.

  • Mike Calagna | April 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”324113″][quote comment=”324109″]Did anyone get an official pinstipe total for CC yesterday?[/quote]

    one less than the number of runs the indians scored in the seventh?[/quote]

    Or the number of “premium seats” that are empty right now at the stadium…what a joke!

  • Terri | April 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”324116″][quote comment=”324112″]It’d be cool if Uni Watch had a daily poll. Today’s poll could have been, “Are you wearing blue jeans?” Surely over 50% would be yes.

    Also, instead of calling it the “Daily Poll”, it could be called the “Daily Paul”. Get it? (jk, that’s a stupid idea…but a poll would be sweet!)[/quote]

    Wearing Jeans. Friday is Jean day at work. Every other day is Slacks or khakis.[/quote]

    Wearing sweatpants, on my couch while I study. Oh, and when I dress for class, I wear jeans, cuz I like to look nice for class.

  • Greenie | April 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    I just found this site from another Brewers fan. He put together two well-explained possibilities for new Brewers uniforms, drawing from the two main earlier incarnations of Milwaukee Baseball – The ’53-65 Braves and the ’70-93 Brewers before the jump from the AL to the NL.

    http://chancemichael...

  • mmwatkin | April 17, 2009 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”324114″]I think I missed the first post about jeans where did it start?

    Also – in re: to Paul’s column yesterday is it good, bad, or somewhere in between for Detroit to only have had two patches honoring people?[/quote]

    I think it is a good thing. The memorial patch routine can get stale after awhile. The Tigers usually fly a flag with the initials of who is being remembered.

    No sense messing up a classic uni.

  • seven | April 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”324105″]I have no problem with jeans or comfortable clothes on an airplane. I recently traveled from the east coast to Asia and if I had to wear business dress for that it would have totally miserable.[/quote]

    Jeans are not inherently more comfortable than dress pants. As others, including George Will, have pointed out the beauty of denim is how tough & rugged they are. This is more likely to make jeans less comforable than a lighter fabric.

  • Mike Edgerly | April 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    George Will… but I won’t (Can we talk about unis now?)

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”324122″]I just found this site from another Brewers fan. He put together two well-explained possibilities for new Brewers uniforms, drawing from the two main earlier incarnations of Milwaukee Baseball – The ’53-65 Braves and the ’70-93 Brewers before the jump from the AL to the NL.

    http://chancemichael...

    nice find…that’s UW stalwart chance michaels’ site…

    somewhere between his and pretty boy paulie’s ideas for the brewers, they (the crew) could come up with something better than their current uni-iterations

  • werthj | April 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”324109″]Did anyone get an official pinstipe total for CC yesterday?[/quote]
    quick estimate: 60
    http://a.espncdn.com...

  • Jonathan Sluss | April 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”324111″][quote comment=”324091″]there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. [b]Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.[/b][/quote]
    Buuuuuuuuulllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    Girls in college are all about what frat party they can get into as an under, what sorority they want to join, what sorority function is coming up and who they are taking and what they’re wearing, drama within their sorority, and what guys around campus are cute enough to sleep with.

    I know I’m an alum, but I highly doubt college has drasically changed in the 2 years since I’ve graduated[/quote]

    Beardface I still live in Blacksburg so the answer is: Nope. Not one bit. Girls are still at Sharky’s, TOTS, and Champs trying to sucker drinks out of the guys who are 21, just like the “old days”

  • Bernard | April 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”324104″][quote comment=”324098″]Because, historically speaking, they’re the ones that are always looking for the handout.[/quote]

    Just for you, Beardface, this site will now be password-protected and you’ll have to pay for access to it. No more free-handout socialized blog content for you, buddy!

    Yes, I know I started it. And now I’m ending it: As of right now, no more teabagging talk (unless it’s actually about deviant sex acts, which of course we all enjoy hearing about).

    Chatter about blue jeans is still OK, since that’s at least tangentially uni-related.[/quote]

    Well, I guess today’s as good a day as any to get everyone’s opinion on these:

    http://i.b5z.net/i/u...

    LOL

  • Squiddie | April 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm |

    Time for another trip into the archives. Today we’re doing scoreboards. Not quite Uni, but fits the DIY project.

    Scoreboard at Griffith Stadium (Chico?) and a Close-up of the operator

    Scoreboard in Sportsman’s Park

    Scoreboard at Wrigley (It is Wrigley, isn’t it? I like the Nite Game on the diagonal)

    Crosley Field

    Gil Hodges running with the Ebbets Field scoreboard behind him

  • Greenie | April 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm |

    I liked that he brought back the swinging beerman patch for the sleeve, but I think he could have kept the Wisconsin state outline one too. Beerman for home, state outline for the road. Let ’em know where we’re from.

  • rpm | April 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    frank~
    you saw something that needed to be done, you took it upon yourself to do it, you spent 50X as much time on it as you thought on the project(and usually 50X the $$$ too), and now you thank the great corn mother that it is all over. welcome to the wonderful world of diy, it is a thankless miserable pursuit. sorry frank, i am just down in the dumps about my own diy nightmares, and i think i am projecting my frustration. but sometimes you just want to just take your project and throw it out of your 5th story studio window just to watch it explode. serenity now, serenity now, ah, i feel better, sorry to rant, back to my point…great job man, and i like frank’s follie, that’s solid, go with it.

  • Beardface | April 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”324128″][quote comment=”324111″][quote comment=”324091″]there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. [b]Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.[/b][/quote]
    Buuuuuuuuulllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    Girls in college are all about what frat party they can get into as an under, what sorority they want to join, what sorority function is coming up and who they are taking and what they’re wearing, drama within their sorority, and what guys around campus are cute enough to sleep with.

    I know I’m an alum, but I highly doubt college has drasically changed in the 2 years since I’ve graduated[/quote]

    Beardface I still live in Blacksburg so the answer is: Nope. Not one bit. Girls are still at Sharky’s, TOTS, and Champs trying to sucker drinks out of the guys who are 21, just like the “old days”[/quote]
    Sounds like your average Tuesday Karaoke night at TOTs.

    Oh, and let us not forget the weekly ElRods dinner that these sorostitues hit up where any 19 year old with boobs is allowed to drink as much as they possibly want.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm |

    Can anyone photoshop the Nats’ “Stars and Stripes” uni to show what it would look like with navy socks (or even with their solid navy road cap)? I know some people had demonstrated what the Red Sox blue alt would look like with red socks and red undershirts. Thanks. I’d be curious to see if that improved the look.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 17, 2009 at 3:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”324126″][quote comment=”324122″]I just found this site from another Brewers fan. He put together two well-explained possibilities for new Brewers uniforms, drawing from the two main earlier incarnations of Milwaukee Baseball – The ’53-65 Braves and the ’70-93 Brewers before the jump from the AL to the NL.

    http://chancemichael...

    nice find…that’s UW stalwart chance michaels’ site…

    somewhere between his and pretty boy paulie’s ideas for the brewers, they (the crew) could come up with something better than their current uni-iterations[/quote]

    Those are great concepts, but I disagree with one statement he made. He states that the Braves have failed to capitalize on the popularity of their Cooperstown Collection merch by incorporating elements of that design into the everyday uniforms.

    I don’t think anyone really wants to see a return of the Braves’ 70s look on a regular basis. It’s a dated look that has no place in the 21st century as an everyday uniform.

    I think the Braves have “returned to their roots.” They did it in 1988. They ditched the royal blue of the 70s and 80s, and returned to a uniform design inspired by their look from the 40’s and 50s in Boston and Milwaukee. They have continued to use that as their uniform baseline every since.

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”324126″][quote comment=”324122″]I just found this site from another Brewers fan. He put together two well-explained possibilities for new Brewers uniforms, drawing from the two main earlier incarnations of Milwaukee Baseball – The ’53-65 Braves and the ’70-93 Brewers before the jump from the AL to the NL.

    http://chancemichael...

    nice find…that’s UW stalwart chance michaels’ site…

    somewhere between his and pretty boy paulie’s ideas for the brewers, they (the crew) could come up with something better than their current uni-iterations[/quote]
    Howsabout something like these?

    And I’m a stalwart? Yay!

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”324135″]Can anyone photoshop the Nats’ “Stars and Stripes” uni to show what it would look like with navy socks (or even with their solid navy road cap)? I know some people had demonstrated what the Red Sox blue alt would look like with red socks and red undershirts. Thanks. I’d be curious to see if that improved the look.[/quote]

    i suck at this stuff…but nats w/blue socks

  • Ry Co 40 | April 17, 2009 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”324132″]I liked that he brought back the swinging beerman patch for the sleeve, but I think he could have kept the Wisconsin state outline one too. Beerman for home, state outline for the road. Let ’em know where we’re from.[/quote]

    i’m not ripping, and i’m not trying to be mean at all… but am i the only UWer that doesn’t like the “swingin’ barrell man” or whatever he’s called? i understand if you all grew up with that logo… but i just think he’s kind of awkward and a tad-bit creepy.

    in fairness, i hate the pirates current logo, and i’m a die-hard bucco fan.

    just sayin’ though. seems everyone loves that beerman design…

    thoughts please?

  • War Damn Eagle | April 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”324138″][quote comment=”324135″]Can anyone photoshop the Nats’ “Stars and Stripes” uni to show what it would look like with navy socks (or even with their solid navy road cap)? I know some people had demonstrated what the Red Sox blue alt would look like with red socks and red undershirts. Thanks. I’d be curious to see if that improved the look.[/quote]

    i suck at this stuff…but nats w/blue socks[/quote]

    Thanks, Phil

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

    Speaking of scoreboard photos, how about this one of the back of Old Yankee Stadium’s?

  • david goodfriend | April 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm |

    Oh those Nats unis last nite. I agree with you Paul. It was brutal to watch them on the tube last nite and I hope I don’t have to encounter them at the ballpark.

    George Will on style? He needs to stick to his expertise.

    And I think it’s all about how you wear the clothes. You can dress 2 persons in the exact same clothes and come up with 2 different impressions in most cases.

  • LarenR | April 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”324111″][quote comment=”324091″]there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. [b]Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.[/b][/quote]
    Buuuuuuuuulllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    Girls in college are all about what frat party they can get into as an under, what sorority they want to join, what sorority function is coming up and who they are taking and what they’re wearing, drama within their sorority, and what guys around campus are cute enough to sleep with.

    I know I’m an alum, but I highly doubt college has drasically changed in the 2 years since I’ve graduated[/quote]
    All college guys are frat dicks and all college girls are sorority sluts?

    How ’bout we just agree: All generalizations are false!

  • Paul Lukas | April 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”324142″]Speaking of scoreboard photos, how about this one of the back of Old Yankee Stadium’s?[/quote]

    That’s awesome! What’s the date on that?

    In case you missed it in yesterday’s post, I think one of the best scoreboard moments ever came on April 15th:
    http://farm4.static....

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote]Thanks, Phil[/quote]

    welcome, jon

    i just wish i had skillz like paulie or many others on here to do that sort of thing…what i’d like to see (and i agree with your idea) would be for an action shot to be p-shopped so as to truly capture the essence of the blue socks (as was done with the sawks)

    /anyone out there in UW land wanna give it a real shot (with a live action photo)
    //here’s a link to the nats photo gallery

  • Sean | April 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”324003″]A pic of the flags around Yankee Stadium. I really do think this is a nice touch—really adds color.

    I remember Shea used to have flags like this but a few years ago they chose to ring the stadium with American flags (and one Canadian flag) instead. Citi Field is the same as Shea was, with American flags circling the top of the stadium. I wished they could’ve brought the team flags back.[/quote]

    I thought I was the only person who really remembered those standings flags that ringed Shea Stadium.

    A couple of years ago, I did a “Google” photo search for “Mets flags” and came up with this photo.

    http://www.aristafla...

    I believe these were in fact the same flags that were in use at Shea, pre Sept.11, 2001. After the attacks in New York, the Mets decided to fly only the small US flags at Shea Stadium.

    This is the website where the standings flags picture came from:

    http://www.aristafla...

  • James Craven | April 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    Let’s get back to uniforms, okay. Enough politics for a day…

  • Chuck | April 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm |

    I wonder what George Will thinks of the Nats alts? :-)

  • Noelski y que! | April 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    so THAT’S what i would look like if i were a bird.

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”324145″][quote comment=”324142″]Speaking of scoreboard photos, how about this one of the back of Old Yankee Stadium’s?[/quote]

    That’s awesome! What’s the date on that?
    [/quote]

    Wish I could tell you. I first saw it on the Baseball Fever boards.

  • Giancarlo | April 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”324137″]Howsabout something like these?
    [/quote]
    How about incorporating the barrel into the actual uniform.. so that the whole trunk of the jersey looks like a barrel, with stitching to outline the planks. That would be awesome.

  • Talon Lardner | April 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”324139″][quote comment=”324132″]I liked that he brought back the swinging beerman patch for the sleeve, but I think he could have kept the Wisconsin state outline one too. Beerman for home, state outline for the road. Let ’em know where we’re from.[/quote]

    i’m not ripping, and i’m not trying to be mean at all… but am i the only UWer that doesn’t like the “swingin’ barrell man” or whatever he’s called? i understand if you all grew up with that logo… but i just think he’s kind of awkward and a tad-bit creepy.

    in fairness, i hate the pirates current logo, and i’m a die-hard bucco fan.

    just sayin’ though. seems everyone loves that beerman design…

    thoughts please?[/quote]

    I’m not much for him, personally, but I do like the concept. I’m one of those people who enjoy mascots and other non-human representations of teams. It’s probably the sci-fi / alien fan in me that enjoys them.

  • Devin | April 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm |

    One late-to-the-party comment about the flags at New Yankee Stadium: can they use an actual flag for each city or franchise, rather than writing-on-a-flag, which looks terrible?

    I mean, every city in the country has a flag, fly the darn thing. A lot of the franchises also have official flags or banners that could be flown, if using the city flags is too hard.

    For multiple-franchise cities, something could be thought up. The boroughs of NY have flags, for instance. I think the only tricky one would be Chicago.

  • LarenR | April 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm |

    Egad those Nads (as in, “Go Nads”…get it…oh, never mind) unis are terrible! The interlocking DC is a cool idea (love it in SF, St.L, NY, etc…not in LA, but that’s just ‘cuz it’s on a Dodgers cap), but, with the placket piping, it’s about 50% too big for the space available.

    Of course they can’t make it any smaller because of the stars and stripes inside the lettering.

    Maybe that should be the rule of thumb: If you’re designing a logo and it’s too busy to make small enough to fit, maybe you should simplify the design.

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”324154″]One late-to-the-party comment about the flags at New Yankee Stadium: can they use an actual flag for each city or franchise, rather than writing-on-a-flag, which looks terrible?

    I mean, every city in the country has a flag, fly the darn thing. A lot of the franchises also have official flags or banners that could be flown, if using the city flags is too hard.

    For multiple-franchise cities, something could be thought up. The boroughs of NY have flags, for instance. I think the only tricky one would be Chicago.[/quote]
    I think that would look worse, and not just because many of the citie s have ugly flags.

    The city-name-on-team-colors-flag always seemed elegant to me. I like them.

  • Sean | April 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    The links I posted didn’t show up! :o

    A couple of years ago, I did a “Google” photo search for “Mets flags” and came up with this photo.
    The picture I wanted to show.

    The link from the website, makers of these very flags.

  • Bernard | April 17, 2009 at 4:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”324139″][quote comment=”324132″]I liked that he brought back the swinging beerman patch for the sleeve, but I think he could have kept the Wisconsin state outline one too. Beerman for home, state outline for the road. Let ’em know where we’re from.[/quote]

    i’m not ripping, and i’m not trying to be mean at all… but am i the only UWer that doesn’t like the “swingin’ barrell man” or whatever he’s called? i understand if you all grew up with that logo… but i just think he’s kind of awkward and a tad-bit creepy.

    in fairness, i hate the pirates current logo, and i’m a die-hard bucco fan.

    just sayin’ though. seems everyone loves that beerman design…

    thoughts please?[/quote]

    I like the barrel man (or whatever). It’s strangely retro/futuristic to me, if that makes sense.

    For the record, I too am a long-suffering Bucs fan who hates the current logo. I’d love to see them go back to this:

    http://www.baseballc...(120).gif

  • John | April 17, 2009 at 4:03 pm |

    Ok,here is the perfect solution to start the weekend for everyone-some humor and the merging of two topics! Jeans…and….balls/teabagging.

  • Ry Co 40 | April 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”324156″][quote comment=”324154″]One late-to-the-party comment about the flags at New Yankee Stadium: can they use an actual flag for each city or franchise, rather than writing-on-a-flag, which looks terrible?

    I mean, every city in the country has a flag, fly the darn thing. A lot of the franchises also have official flags or banners that could be flown, if using the city flags is too hard.

    For multiple-franchise cities, something could be thought up. The boroughs of NY have flags, for instance. I think the only tricky one would be Chicago.[/quote]
    I think that would look worse, and not just because many of the citie s have ugly flags.

    The city-name-on-team-colors-flag always seemed elegant to me. I like them.[/quote]

    very much agreed!

  • Greenie | April 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”324152″][quote comment=”324137″]Howsabout something like these?
    [/quote]
    How about incorporating the barrel into the actual uniform.. so that the whole trunk of the jersey looks like a barrel, with stitching to outline the planks. That would be awesome.[/quote]

    Chance, I like the bottlecap cap logo and the road script is nice, but what’s that weird little tail on the last E?

  • Jonathan Sluss | April 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”324134″][quote comment=”324128″][quote comment=”324111″][quote comment=”324091″]there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. [b]Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.[/b][/quote]
    Buuuuuuuuulllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    Girls in college are all about what frat party they can get into as an under, what sorority they want to join, what sorority function is coming up and who they are taking and what they’re wearing, drama within their sorority, and what guys around campus are cute enough to sleep with.

    I know I’m an alum, but I highly doubt college has drasically changed in the 2 years since I’ve graduated[/quote]

    Beardface I still live in Blacksburg so the answer is: Nope. Not one bit. Girls are still at Sharky’s, TOTS, and Champs trying to sucker drinks out of the guys who are 21, just like the “old days”[/quote]
    Sounds like your average Tuesday Karaoke night at TOTs.

    Oh, and let us not forget the weekly ElRods dinner that these sorostitues hit up where any 19 year old with boobs is allowed to drink as much as they possibly want.[/quote]

    Yep,

    In my “old age” an married-ness I just watch and laugh, because it all seems so pathetic (yet hilarious) now.

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm |

    speaking of flags flying on stadia…

    check this shit out

    /make sure you enlarge it…wonderful detail!

  • Loren J. | April 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm |

    The Texas Rangers are having a “Red Out” weekend this weekend against Kansas City.

    All three games

    Red Alernates and Red Caps and Red Undershirts and Red socks.

    I hope they even bust out the Red Fleece pullovers!

  • RedWing in Colorado | April 17, 2009 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”324142″]Speaking of scoreboard photos, how about this one of the back of Old Yankee Stadium’s?[/quote]

    Interesting that these two guys, doing manual labor, are rocking dress pants (along with “wife-beaters” white socks and maybe even wingtips.)

    Good times

  • Tony Miller | April 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”324095″]Frank, that scoreboard is killer! Simply amazing![/quote]

    I agree. On a similar subject, I got this for my birthday about ten years back.

  • DenverGregg | April 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”324137″][quote comment=”324126″][quote comment=”324122″]I just found this site from another Brewers fan. He put together two well-explained possibilities for new Brewers uniforms, drawing from the two main earlier incarnations of Milwaukee Baseball – The ’53-65 Braves and the ’70-93 Brewers before the jump from the AL to the NL.

    http://chancemichael...

    nice find…that’s UW stalwart chance michaels’ site…

    somewhere between his and pretty boy paulie’s ideas for the brewers, they (the crew) could come up with something better than their current uni-iterations[/quote]
    Howsabout something like these?

    And I’m a stalwart? Yay![/quote]
    That last uni is absolutely outstanding. Incredible cap logo, simple, understated, the right colors for the team. Perfect!

  • Carl | April 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”324008″]Found these on a Marlins message board. Ronnie Paulino sporting some interesting armor.

    http://img27.imagesh...
    http://img26.imagesh...
    http://img411.images...

    Looks like a dirty storm trooper.

  • Frank Mercogliano | April 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm |

    Thanks again for the comments…it was really fun to do. I thought about the rock thing right after the first couple of tiles, but then I thought that the little extra spray around the edges sort of added to the whole “Homemade” quality of it, and from the stands, you couldn’t see it anyways.

    I’m at the field (30 minutes before first pitch) and the umps went out to inspect it and all three said it was the coolest thing they had ever seen on a softball field. I smiled a little more than normal!

    Frank

  • Carl | April 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”324164″]speaking of flags flying on stadia…

    check this shit out

    /make sure you enlarge it…wonderful detail![/quote]

    Awesome. What happens when a fly ball is headed toward the line of spectators in the outfield? Organized scatter to keep out of the ballplayer’s way?

  • Sammy | April 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm |

    George Will used his forum to give an opinion about how he thinks certain people should dress in certain situation.

    It’s just too bad he didn’t scold people for, I don’t know:

    Wearing their pants long.
    Stretching the pants over their heels.
    Wearing socks instead of stirrups.
    Untucking their shirts as soon as a game is over.
    Wearing hats off-center.
    Wearing too much stuff.
    Or any of the other things we mock athletes for on a daily basis. I don’t understand what is the difference between his “elitism” and Getting It(TM).

  • u2-horn | April 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”324146″][quote]Thanks, Phil[/quote]

    welcome, jon

    i just wish i had skillz like paulie or many others on here to do that sort of thing…what i’d like to see (and i agree with your idea) would be for an action shot to be p-shopped so as to truly capture the essence of the blue socks (as was done with the sawks)

    /anyone out there in UW land wanna give it a real shot (with a live action photo)
    //here’s a link to the nats photo gallery[/quote]

    How many Nats even have socks visible? Only Nick Johnson in the photo from the ticker.

    Anyway, this pic of the Phillies’ uni is excellent. I must not be paying attention, because I didn’t even realize the Phillies’ script it chain-stitched. You can also really see the texture of the cool base jersey in this shot.

    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

  • BB Gun | April 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”324117″]I just started keeping track of the Brewers uniforms for the season.

    So far:
    Road Gray Top on Gray Pants 0-1
    Road Blue Top on Gray Pants 1-1
    Home White Top on White Pants 2-2
    Home Blue Top on White Pants 0-2

    Like Ricko said, no games yet in the throwback pinstripes.[/quote]

    Brewers will only wear the pinstripes once this year, I think it’s in September.

  • Martyn | April 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm |

    Just saw an interview from Cito Gaston during batting practice, and he was wearing a throwback hat. Which gives me every reason to think that they team will wear their powder blue throwback jerseys on Home Friday nights again this season.

  • KT | April 17, 2009 at 6:50 pm |

    That scoreboard = righteous.

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm |

    ok…admittedly i have no skills…but just to give some sort of idea…

    nats w/blue socks

    /yeah, it sucks (my effort, not necessarily the concept)

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  • Kek | April 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm |

    The Pens are on FSN Pittsburgh tonight so I haven’t seen it yet, but got a tweet that the buccos are in the black unis tonight.

    I’m interested to see what they look like on the field. Thought they looked crappy when unveiled.

  • Priest | April 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm |

    Oakland’s pitcher Outman is wearing the green and yellow stirrups on the mound today, and the Jays announcers have been talking about them, I think the strangest line has to been from Rance Mullinicks… “It looks like he is riding a chicken”

  • Oakville Endive | April 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm |

    Yeah, I was watching the game. It looks to me as if Outman or the trainer has done a poor job of cutting, as the yellow part showing – does not look the same size on each leg.

    So what exactly did Rance mean?

  • Kek | April 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm |

    I’ll be wearing jeans to work for the entire month of May because I donated to the Fallen Heroes Fund at work (benefit for the Pittburgh Police officers tragically killed in the line of duty).

    George Will can suck my ass.

    Remember, the people running around, calling the shots, making subprime loans to people that couldnt afford the homes they were buying. They all more than likely wore suits.

  • Priest | April 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm |

    I have no clue what Rance meant. I was only kind of half listening, so I may have mis-heard, but I don’t think so. He didn’t really elaborate on it.

  • ScottM | April 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm |

    No pictures yet, but in tonight’s Nats/Marlins game, Adam Dunn and another player were missing the “o” in the Nationals on the front of their jerseys. A couple of innings later they were fixed.

  • Loren J. | April 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm |

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia is wearing Red catching gear tonight with the Red Alternate Jersey.

    but,

    His “knee-savers” are blue.

    Can’t tell yet which way he’s wearing his helmet yet.

  • Teebz | April 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”324063″]Somebody give Julia Stiles an honorary membership card.

    Full story here: http://online.wsj.co...

    Ok, I’m coming to the party really late, but Julia has always been my Hollywood crush because she’s brilliant, she’s opinionated, she’s talented in many ways, and she’s very pretty. I’d literally be agog if I ever got to meet her – speechless and saucer-eyed.

    On to more pressing needs, jeans are entirely acceptable in casual settings. An airplane isn’t a place of business, so they would be entirely acceptable.

    The only time they wouldn’t be? If you’re meeting business contacts or VIPs at the airport on the other end. Why? First impressions say a lot.

    If I’m meeting my brother or my parents, I’m not going suit-and-tie for them as I step off the airplane. That would be beyond idiotic.

    Also, still no NYR-Caps game on Hulu. Screen-grabs of Ovechkin using Bradley’s helmet might be a lost cause.

  • Mike Calagna | April 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm |

    Is it just me or does the dominoes patch not look that bad on the black jersey…and don’t get me wrong i HATE when they wear black

  • brent | April 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”324185″]No pictures yet, but in tonight’s Nats/Marlins game, Adam Dunn and another player were missing the “o” in the Nationals on the front of their jerseys. A couple of innings later they were fixed.[/quote]

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”324185″]No pictures yet, but in tonight’s Nats/Marlins game, Adam Dunn and another player were missing the “o” in the Nationals on the front of their jerseys. A couple of innings later they were fixed.[/quote]

    if you get any pics (from the net or otherwise), send ’em to paul … label the subject “nats uni screwup”

    thanks!

  • Traxel | April 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”324165″]The Texas Rangers are having a “Red Out” weekend this weekend against Kansas City.

    All three games

    Red Alernates and Red Caps and Red Undershirts and Red socks.

    I hope they even bust out the Red Fleece pullovers![/quote]
    The only way to fix this terrible Texases situation is for them to wear red pants for the redout game. It would instantly become a terrible horrible classic so bad it’s good combo!

  • StevenT | April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    No, it is not funny at all that you people that voted for Obama are the ones that are uneducated and uninformed about the “real world”.

    You people would have voted for a grilled cheese sandwich with a picture of Herbert Hoover on it, so long as you voted against anybody on the Republican Party. And as a consequence, there never in the history of the United States has there been such a polarizing administration as the Obama administration.

    You wanted “Hope & Change” and you have no opinions on what it is and consequently, it has opened the door for socialism to march through the front door to this country.

    Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but the policies of the current administration will cause your lifestyle to chane for the worse, then who are you going to blame?

    You will have no one to blame for yourself.

    I am sure that Paul won’t have the guts to leave this post up, and delete it as he usually does when someone doesn’t agree with him.

    BTW…the Red Sox should wear red socks, not blue.

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”324192″][quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    No, it is not funny at all that you people that voted for Obama are the ones that are uneducated and uninformed about the “real world”.

    You people would have voted for a grilled cheese sandwich with a picture of Herbert Hoover on it, so long as you voted against anybody on the Republican Party. And as a consequence, there never in the history of the United States has there been such a polarizing administration as the Obama administration.

    You wanted “Hope & Change” and you have no opinions on what it is and consequently, it has opened the door for socialism to march through the front door to this country.

    Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but the policies of the current administration will cause your lifestyle to chane for the worse, then who are you going to blame?

    You will have no one to blame for yourself.

    I am sure that Paul won’t have the guts to leave this post up, and delete it as he usually does when someone doesn’t agree with him.

    BTW…the Red Sox should wear red socks, not blue.[/quote]

    Ever notice how the people who claim everyone else is ignorant or uninformed are the ones who make so many demonstrably untrue statements of fact?

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”324168″][quote comment=”324137″][quote comment=”324126″][quote comment=”324122″]I just found this site from another Brewers fan. He put together two well-explained possibilities for new Brewers uniforms, drawing from the two main earlier incarnations of Milwaukee Baseball – The ’53-65 Braves and the ’70-93 Brewers before the jump from the AL to the NL.

    http://chancemichael...

    nice find…that’s UW stalwart chance michaels’ site…

    somewhere between his and pretty boy paulie’s ideas for the brewers, they (the crew) could come up with something better than their current uni-iterations[/quote]
    Howsabout something like these?

    And I’m a stalwart? Yay![/quote]
    That last uni is absolutely outstanding. Incredible cap logo, simple, understated, the right colors for the team. Perfect![/quote]

    Thanks so much. Please tell Mr. Attanasio.

    Hey, Paul, with all your connections…. ;)

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”324173″][quote comment=”324146″][quote]Thanks, Phil[/quote]

    welcome, jon

    i just wish i had skillz like paulie or many others on here to do that sort of thing…what i’d like to see (and i agree with your idea) would be for an action shot to be p-shopped so as to truly capture the essence of the blue socks (as was done with the sawks)

    /anyone out there in UW land wanna give it a real shot (with a live action photo)
    //here’s a link to the nats photo gallery[/quote]

    How many Nats even have socks visible? Only Nick Johnson in the photo from the ticker.

    Anyway, this pic of the Phillies’ uni is excellent. I must not be paying attention, because I didn’t even realize the Phillies’ script it chain-stitched. You can also really see the texture of the cool base jersey in this shot.

    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    I didn’t know that they did that either. So torn – love the texture of the chain-stitching, hate the texture of the Cool Base jersey.

    So that’s the Phillies and the Cards as chain-stitchers. Any others?

  • Loren J. | April 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |

    Don’t the Houston Astros still have chain stiching? On all their Game Jerseys.

  • Traxel | April 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”324192″][quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    No, it is not funny at all that you people that voted for Obama are the ones that are uneducated and uninformed about the “real world”.

    You people would have voted for a grilled cheese sandwich with a picture of Herbert Hoover on it, so long as you voted against anybody on the Republican Party. And as a consequence, there never in the history of the United States has there been such a polarizing administration as the Obama administration.

    You wanted “Hope & Change” and you have no opinions on what it is and consequently, it has opened the door for socialism to march through the front door to this country.

    Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but the policies of the current administration will cause your lifestyle to chane for the worse, then who are you going to blame?

    You will have no one to blame for yourself.

    I am sure that Paul won’t have the guts to leave this post up, and delete it as he usually does when someone doesn’t agree with him.

    BTW…the Red Sox should wear red socks, not blue.[/quote]
    Coming from a fellow conservative, after a full day of political bickering, I have to say this kind of talk is a serious BUZZKILL!!!!

  • Kek | April 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”324192″][quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    No, it is not funny at all that you people that voted for Obama are the ones that are uneducated and uninformed about the “real world”.

    You people would have voted for a grilled cheese sandwich with a picture of Herbert Hoover on it, so long as you voted against anybody on the Republican Party. And as a consequence, there never in the history of the United States has there been such a polarizing administration as the Obama administration.

    You wanted “Hope & Change” and you have no opinions on what it is and consequently, it has opened the door for socialism to march through the front door to this country.

    Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but the policies of the current administration will cause your lifestyle to chane for the worse, then who are you going to blame?

    You will have no one to blame for yourself.

    I am sure that Paul won’t have the guts to leave this post up, and delete it as he usually does when someone doesn’t agree with him.

    BTW…the Red Sox should wear red socks, not blue.[/quote]
    Wow, weren’t we supposed to stop talking about politics like nine hours ago!!!

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”324191″]The only way to fix this terrible Texases situation is for them to wear red pants for the redout game. It would instantly become a terrible horrible classic so bad it’s good combo![/quote]

    be careful what you wish for

  • Kek | April 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”324199″][quote comment=”324191″]The only way to fix this terrible Texases situation is for them to wear red pants for the redout game. It would instantly become a terrible horrible classic so bad it’s good combo![/quote]

    be careful what you wish for[/quote]
    Add some blue and you’ve got the Cuban Rangers!

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |

    [quote]I am sure that Paul won’t have the guts to leave this post up, and delete it as he usually does when someone doesn’t agree with him.[/quote]

    the only posts paul deletes are the ones where people are being complete asshats, completely out of line, or are attacking other posters

    you haven’t crossed those lines…yet

    /quit while you’re ahead, k?

  • Terri | April 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”324200″][quote comment=”324199″][quote comment=”324191″]The only way to fix this terrible Texases situation is for them to wear red pants for the redout game. It would instantly become a terrible horrible classic so bad it’s good combo![/quote]

    be careful what you wish for[/quote]
    Add some blue and you’ve got the Cuban Rangers![/quote]

    well, last i heard texas was seceeding from the union…

  • =bg= | April 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Wanna buy an Adenhart jersey? Not on MLB.com.

  • Patrick in MI | April 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm |

    Late to the uni-party as always…just wanted to congratulate Frank on that awesome scoreboard! Wondering why you have space for 10 innings, isn’t softball only 6 or 7 innings? I love that the scoreboard is in the field of play.

    As far as the WPA posters goes, I’m surprised Paul didn’t know about this website. I love the artwork here! http://www.vintagrap...

  • =bg= | April 17, 2009 at 11:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”324187″][quote comment=”324063″]Somebody give Julia Stiles an honorary membership card.

    Full story here: http://online.wsj.co...

    Ok, I’m coming to the party really late, but Julia has always been my Hollywood crush because she’s brilliant, she’s opinionated, she’s talented in many ways, and she’s very pretty. I’d literally be agog if I ever got to meet her – speechless and saucer-eyed.

    On to more pressing needs, jeans are entirely acceptable in casual settings. An airplane isn’t a place of business, so they would be entirely acceptable.

    The only time they wouldn’t be? If you’re meeting business contacts or VIPs at the airport on the other end. Why? First impressions say a lot.

    If I’m meeting my brother or my parents, I’m not going suit-and-tie for them as I step off the airplane. That would be beyond idiotic.

    Also, still no NYR-Caps game on Hulu. Screen-grabs of Ovechkin using Bradley’s helmet might be a lost cause.[/quote]

    Man, that girl knows her stuff. I don’t know of ANY female that could use the name “Ebbets Field” in a sentence.

  • Michael Emody | April 17, 2009 at 11:09 pm |

    So the right-winger (I won’t hit the “quote” button) thinks the Red Sox should wear RED socks! Move to Russia already! They should wear the socks they came up with during the New Deal!

  • Chance Michaels | April 17, 2009 at 11:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”324196″]Don’t the Houston Astros still have chain stiching? On all their Game Jerseys.[/quote]

    I did not know that. Good catch.

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”324203″]http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/MLB-restrictions-prevent-sale-of-Nick-Adenhart-j?urn=mlb,157245

    Wanna buy an Adenhart jersey? Not on MLB.com.[/quote]

    from that article:

    [quote] MLB shouldn’t be making A-Roid Yankee shirts available for sale[/quote]

    really now? should they be making ANY yankee NOB shirts jerseys available for sale?

    seems to me if you try to customize a yankee jersey with a NOB, the auto generator should give you the standard

    [quote]”Your current entry cannot be processed. Some entries are prohibited due to guidelines for past and present player names. Please create a new entry.”[/quote]

    just on principle

  • Traxel | April 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”324199″][quote comment=”324191″]The only way to fix this terrible Texases situation is for them to wear red pants for the redout game. It would instantly become a terrible horrible classic so bad it’s good combo![/quote]

    be careful what you wish for[/quote]
    Awwww, now that’s just perfect! Kind of a 21st Century version of the 70’s Indians pink, Orioles orange, Phillies maroon, A’s yellow…..

    I absolutely LOVE unis that are so bad they are good. They have to be real attempts though, true honest failures. The Washington DC’s are just bad, not classic bad. Somehow that makes them even worse.

  • Tom Farley | April 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm |

    Add some blue and you’ve got the Cuban Rangers!
    When I see the Rangers in the red caps and the red jerseys, my first thought is inevitably that I’m looking at Cincinnati highlights, with the Reds wearing their alternate jersey.

    I think looking exactly like another team is a problem when yours is the less historically successful one.

  • Patrick in MI | April 17, 2009 at 11:24 pm |

    Here’s something uni-inspired from Vintagraph…http://vintagraph.co...

  • Traxel | April 17, 2009 at 11:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”324210″]Add some blue and you’ve got the Cuban Rangers!
    When I see the Rangers in the red caps and the red jerseys, my first thought is inevitably that I’m looking at Cincinnati highlights, with the Reds wearing their alternate jersey.

    I think looking exactly like another team is a problem when yours is the less historically successful one.[/quote]
    You mean the Angels/Diamondbacks/Nationals/Rangers? I agree. Isn’t there some sort of uniform infringement going on? Bring on the red pants and they would certainly be safe from pending litigation.

  • scott | April 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm |

    Color on color nonsense tonight in Boston and Toronto. And at least the Rangers look better in red than the Red Sox do.

  • LI Phil | April 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”324212″][quote comment=”324210″]Add some blue and you’ve got the Cuban Rangers!
    When I see the Rangers in the red caps and the red jerseys, my first thought is inevitably that I’m looking at Cincinnati highlights, with the Reds wearing their alternate jersey.

    I think looking exactly like another team is a problem when yours is the less historically successful one.[/quote]
    You mean the Angels/Diamondbacks/Nationals/Rangers? I agree. Isn’t there some sort of uniform infringement going on? Bring on the red pants and they would certainly be safe from pending litigation.[/quote]

    and the braves…and the red sox…and the astros …*sigh*

  • Traxel | April 17, 2009 at 11:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”324213″]Color on color nonsense tonight in Boston and Toronto. And at least the Rangers look better in red than the Red Sox do.[/quote]
    Hey, Gray Jays fans got to watch their team on color TV tonight.

  • Teebz | April 18, 2009 at 12:07 am |

    Crap, I knew I forgot something in my earlier post when I was slightly more coherent.

    Frank, the scoreboard is STU-freaking-PENDOUS!

    “Well done” is the tip of the iceberg on that project. Congrats on a successful and well-used DIY!

  • TJ | April 18, 2009 at 12:26 am |

    [quote comment=”324134″][quote comment=”324128″][quote comment=”324111″][quote comment=”324091″]there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. [b]Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.[/b][/quote]
    Buuuuuuuuulllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    Girls in college are all about what frat party they can get into as an under, what sorority they want to join, what sorority function is coming up and who they are taking and what they’re wearing, drama within their sorority, and what guys around campus are cute enough to sleep with.

    I know I’m an alum, but I highly doubt college has drasically changed in the 2 years since I’ve graduated[/quote]

    As a current college student I’ll agree on that BS call. Not much has changed since most colleges/universities are the same. The girls at my school want just as much, if not more since its a 7-1 ratio of girls to guys, get smashed each weekend and hook up with the athletes or well-to-do children. If there’s free jell-o shots or free drinks for girls they arrive tenfold and just mob the bar.

    And in response to George Will’s rant I have to agree with him in response to my generation’s attitude towards professional attire. My generation does not know how to dress for certain situations. I cannot count the number of times our professors, after a presentation where we have to dress professional, we have to have a seminar on what is professional attire. Girls are more guilty than guys when it comes to this. Sorry but being more orange than the fruit, Ugg boots, and tight fitting “dress” pants are not appropriate. Guys aren’t innocent of this either. By my age, 21, all guys should know how to use the basic double winsdor knot for dress ties, know that collared shirts must be tucked in, and dress pants should be worn around the waist and the bottoms should be slightly above the heel of your foot. There’s been several moments where I’ve been late for events because I had to tie many other guys ties. I try to look my best unless I am on my way to the gym.

    Maybe its just my school that’s like this but nobody seldom dresses appropriate for a classroom environment and I go to a private Catholic University where it should be expected to dress appropriately. Any thoughts on that?

  • TJ | April 18, 2009 at 12:28 am |

    Everything starting after the “As a current college student…” is me. Stupid html coding.

  • Johnny O | April 18, 2009 at 12:39 am |

    What were the last names of the Brewers who were in the “SOB Squad” in 1988?

  • Terri | April 18, 2009 at 12:42 am |

    [quote comment=”324218″][quote comment=”324134″][quote comment=”324128″][quote comment=”324111″][quote comment=”324091″]there is a culture of frat “jackassity” that permeates the dudes in college. More worried about the evening’s beer special than learning something. [b]Whereas, the women are ALL business in college, because they know they have to prove themselves in the professional workplace.[/b][/quote]
    Buuuuuuuuulllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

    Girls in college are all about what frat party they can get into as an under, what sorority they want to join, what sorority function is coming up and who they are taking and what they’re wearing, drama within their sorority, and what guys around campus are cute enough to sleep with.

    I know I’m an alum, but I highly doubt college has drasically changed in the 2 years since I’ve graduated[/quote]

    As a current college student I’ll agree on that BS call. Not much has changed since most colleges/universities are the same. The girls at my school want just as much, if not more since its a 7-1 ratio of girls to guys, get smashed each weekend and hook up with the athletes or well-to-do children. If there’s free jell-o shots or free drinks for girls they arrive tenfold and just mob the bar.

    And in response to George Will’s rant I have to agree with him in response to my generation’s attitude towards professional attire. My generation does not know how to dress for certain situations. I cannot count the number of times our professors, after a presentation where we have to dress professional, we have to have a seminar on what is professional attire. Girls are more guilty than guys when it comes to this. Sorry but being more orange than the fruit, Ugg boots, and tight fitting “dress” pants are not appropriate. Guys aren’t innocent of this either. By my age, 21, all guys should know how to use the basic double winsdor knot for dress ties, know that collared shirts must be tucked in, and dress pants should be worn around the waist and the bottoms should be slightly above the heel of your foot. There’s been several moments where I’ve been late for events because I had to tie many other guys ties. I try to look my best unless I am on my way to the gym.

    Maybe its just my school that’s like this but nobody seldom dresses appropriate for a classroom environment and I go to a private Catholic University where it should be expected to dress appropriately. Any thoughts on that?[/quote]

    I went to a private Catholic college, and we all wore sweats to class; not only was it accepted, but if you did wear dress clothes (usually for a presentation of something), you were asked multiple times why the hell you were wearing that. I think it had something to do with 85% of the student population being athletes…i know everyone on here will cringe reading this, but if we were always either heading to or from practice, why go to the trouble of dressing up?

  • Paul Lukas | April 18, 2009 at 12:49 am |

    [quote comment=”324192″][quote comment=”324053″][quote comment=”324046″][quote]
    I don’t get it. What is so special/comical about the tea party protests? Its certainly no less stupid and no more funny than any other protest.
    [/quote]

    I think it’s the widespread (and apparently clueless) use of the term “teabagging” that makes this one so amusing.[/quote]

    Um, no. That’s just for bonus points.

    The hilarious part is a bunch of middle-class white people who are so terrified that their lifestyle might not be an entitlement after all that they’ve posited themselves as aggrieved victims.

    Now THAT’S funny.[/quote]

    No, it is not funny at all that you people that voted for Obama are the ones that are uneducated and uninformed about the “real world”.

    You people would have voted for a grilled cheese sandwich with a picture of Herbert Hoover on it, so long as you voted against anybody on the Republican Party. And as a consequence, there never in the history of the United States has there been such a polarizing administration as the Obama administration.

    You wanted “Hope & Change” and you have no opinions on what it is and consequently, it has opened the door for socialism to march through the front door to this country.

    Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but the policies of the current administration will cause your lifestyle to chane for the worse, then who are you going to blame?

    You will have no one to blame for yourself.

    I am sure that Paul won’t have the guts to leave this post up, and delete it as he usually does when someone doesn’t agree with him.

    BTW…the Red Sox should wear red socks, not blue.[/quote]

    Guess who’s a cowardly pussy hiding behind a phony e-mail address.

    Hint: Rhymes with “StevenT.”

    Just once I’d like to see these losers have the courage of their so-called convictions. I’m embarrassed to have them among my readers — not because they’re so stupid, but because they’re such total wusses.

  • Bob A | April 18, 2009 at 1:02 am |

    [quote comment=”324190″][quote comment=”324185″]No pictures yet, but in tonight’s Nats/Marlins game, Adam Dunn and another player were missing the “o” in the Nationals on the front of their jerseys. A couple of innings later they were fixed.[/quote]

    if you get any pics (from the net or otherwise), send ’em to paul … label the subject “nats uni screwup”

    thanks![/quote]
    heres one

  • Jamie | April 18, 2009 at 1:42 am |

    I love watching Paul unleash the firestorm. A little bit more banhammer action, and I would live on this site.

  • Steve Naismith | April 18, 2009 at 10:33 am |

    The one phrase in Will’s article that made the least sense to me is “the modern trend toward undifferentiated dressing.” It has always struck me, while watching 50s-era baseball highlights, that the fans then largely dressed the same – light colored dress shirt, dark tie, dress hat. The variety available in today’s wardrobe, in textures, colors, patterns, and prints is unquestionably greater than at any other point in history. How can one possibly conclude that we are trending toward undifferentiated dressing?

  • Michelle | April 19, 2009 at 1:50 am |

    Paul-
    I love reading Uni Watch. It’s one of the best sites on these here interwebs. Most of the time, this site is a wonderful refuge from the political rancor found everywhere else. Judging by the comments today, there are plenty of readers from both sides of the political divide. They’re here because you’ve provided a common ground where they can talk about what really matters – the evils of purple. Please don’t ruin it by adding politics.

  • John LoGiudice | April 19, 2009 at 10:22 am |

    Paul-
    “Canadian Trade-marks Database”, is proper Canadian English. Canada uses more of a British style spelling than the U.S., i.e. colour, flavour . In other words, Canadians Understand the English Language better than Americans do.

  • Jordan | April 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm |

    I can’t believe there hasn’t been any mention of the Jaguars releasing their new unis. I came here to read some opinions on them. (I don’t care for them at all FWIW)