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Uni Watch DIY Project: I Am That Masked Man

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[Editor’s Note: Today’s entry has been guest-written by Les Holmlund, whose childhood DIY project went above and beyond the call of duty. — PL]

By Les Holmlund

Way back around 1971, when I was a young lad of 14, I read about Detroit Red Wings trainer Lefty Wilson and others creating face-formed masks for NHL goalies. The process involved smearing Vaseline on the goalie’s face, inserting breathing straws, and layering a slab of plaster of Paris directly onto the face. After it set, the plaster was removed to harden, and then this negative form was filled with more plaster, creating a positive mold. Fibreglass was layered over this, and after some cutting, drilling, and painting, a mask was born.

I got my Dad to help by putting the plaster on my face, much to my Mom’s horror. What my research didn’t tell me was that the darn plaster gets hot as it sets! Also, no amount of Vaseline could prevent some unintended eyelash removal when the plaster was removed.

My first try was a small mask I used for a few games at the end of my last season of bantam hockey (14 years old). As you can see, there’s not much there — safety standards were obviously lower back then, and somehow they let me wear this on the ice. I knew, however, that I could do better.

The next summer I came up with this, based on the masks produced by Jacques Plante’s company, Fibrosport. Jacques wore this style, as did Bernie Parent and others. I used this for half a season while I worked on the next mask.

Mask number three was patterned after masks made by Ernie Higgins. NHL wearers of Higgins’ work included Ed Johnston and Gerry Desjardins. I cut the chin too short, so it was back to the drawing board.

This was the last homemade mask I made. It was as good as I could do, and I wore it for a number of years from age 16 to about 20. It still has the awesome 1973 paint job I applied to (sort of) match the Islanders-based uniforms my team wore. Here is how these four DIY efforts now spend their days, on the wall of the ManPit.

After discovering punk rock, I retired for a few years, and when I returned, went to a Jofa helmet/cage combination. I still play hockey, and am still using a Jofa, but this one is a rare helmet/cage/mask hybrid, which I like a lot.

I sometimes think about trying to design a new kind of mask, and building it from scratch, but the current popular design seems pretty hard to improve upon.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Paul here. Speaking of masks, I was sitting around Uni Watch HQ yesterday, and of course I was wearing my official white surgical mask, what with the pig anthrax or the cat scurvy or whatever the hell it is that the the president’s trying to poison us with. And I suddenly got this feeling of deja vu, which I initially attributed to the goat rickets, but then I realized I was having a flashback to this photo, which originally ran in the Ticker in the fall of 2007. It shows a batter, catcher, and ump all wearing surgical masks during the famous muskrat fever outbreak of 1918. Isn’t it amazing that a public health emergency can’t stop baseball, but a little bit of rain can? … An MLS ref who accepted a jersey from a player has been reprimanded (with thanks to Jason Hillyer). … New uni numbers for the Iggles, Panthers, Rams, and Bears. … Meanwhile, the Pats presented their top draft pick and dressed him up in a Pat Patriot cap. … Cycling news from Sean Clancy, who writes: “Because of weird pro cycling rules that aren’t worth getting into, Astana team members Lance Armstrong (front), Levi Leipheimer (second), and Chris Horner are racing the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico wearing a kit from Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s bike shop.” … A little birdie passed along something interesting: MLB’s “Opening Day/Week/Series” style guide. … Latest catcher to wear a front-facing brim: Robinzon Diaz of the Pirates (with thanks to Doug Keklak). … Totally forgot to link to last Sunday’s article about Nyjer Morgan’s stirrups. Too bad about the word “hoses” in the lede graf, though — ugh. … Faaaascinating site here devoted to women wearing military uniforms (with thanks to my buddy Shane Arbogast). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A-Rod went double-flapped in yesterday’s rehab game. … Dig the subscript NOBs on the 1980-81 KC Kings. … Second item on this page shows just how low the Lions have sunk. … Cincinnati has a bunch of amusing new nerd-ish vigilante crackpots uniformed crime-fighters (with thanks to David Sonny). … Latest genius move by the Wilpons: The “Bottled Beer” vendors at Shea are selling canned beer (as spotted by Mat Orefice). … A bunch of NYC police uniforms were seized in a raid. … This week’s New Yorker points out that if Texas makes good on Gov. Rick Perry’s “threat” to secede (highly unlikely yet oh so tantalizing), there’d be a nice side benefit: The Cowboys would no longer be able to call themselves America’s Team. … Rugby note from Caleb Borchers, who writes: “After much political wrangling, the South Africans finally have a new jersey. The traditionalists have ‘lost,’ in that the new jersey has moved the Springbok and the Protea flower is in its place. Given what the old design looked like, this really has been a lot of debate about nothing.” … Hey look, it’s a bunch of stupidly dressed golfers (as forwarded by Johnny Flanagan). … Go to this page and scroll down to “Rosenfels’ new number” to learn about, um, Rosenfels’s new number (with thanks to Jeff Barak). … Awesome home movie footage of a 1929 hockey game here (with thanks to Alan Kreit). … Taylor Looney says this guy was standing in front of him at a store in Midland, Texas. From the front, he says, it was a perfectly normal Tony Romo jersey. Was the back a manufacturer’s defect, or is this some sort of new “edgy” design trend we can all look forward to hating in the weeks and months to come? … Remember this? I don’t, thankfully, but it’s apparently what the Minnesota football team wore in 1994. “For me, it’s a case of ‘so bad it’s good,'” says Tris Wykes. … With Triple Crown season upon us, Jeremy Brahm found some good blinker designs. Here’s a Hello Kitty-themed example, and I like this simple strawberry logo. … Happy May Day to the seven or eight of you who still have jobs. Enjoy the Derby, Hatton vs. Pacquiao, and whatever else you’ve got planned for the weekend.

 

189 comments to Uni Watch DIY Project: I Am That Masked Man

  • Leo | May 1, 2009 at 7:48 am |

    The new Chelsea kit is out and for the second straight year, Adidas is saying what kind of downgrade they can give them. To me, it looks like sombody tried to make a shirt designed after a human rib cage, but with only an inkling of what that would look like.

    http://www.kitbag.co...

  • Tris Wykes | May 1, 2009 at 7:56 am |

    Goat rickets. Awesome.

  • kylesh1 | May 1, 2009 at 8:36 am |

    Does premium beer have a different definition in NY. I would think that it would be more expensive than just plain beer, but according to the beer vendor sign it is a dollar less. What is up with that?

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 8:39 am |

    I love the high stick in the Old Hockey movie!! at about 1:26 in…also, it links to a THomas Edison hockey from 1898…

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

  • MEMAL | May 1, 2009 at 8:39 am |

    CAN’T…TAKE MY EYES…OFF OF THOSE GOPHER JERSEYS!!!

    I have to admit, I love it when you look at something like those and you just get these full body cringe going on that lets you know you REALLY don’t like that! I get that with the Bills regular uniforms everytime I see them.

    Those homemade goalie masks look a lot better than the ones I used to make out of discarded beer cases and a bike helmet to play backyard hocket and left me looking like a Beer Gladiator. No pics unfortunately./?

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 8:40 am |

    [quote comment=”326943″]Does premium beer have a different definition in NY. I would think that it would be more expensive than just plain beer, but according to the beer vendor sign it is a dollar less. What is up with that?[/quote]

    hard to tell, and i haven’t been to citi shea yet, but i’d imagine the “premium” beer (heineys) are in 12 oz. kegkans, whilst whatever it is they’re passing off as domestic is in the 16 oz. variety

    that probably justifies explains the price difference

  • Mark in Shiga | May 1, 2009 at 9:00 am |

    I’m checking out that list of new jersey numbers for the Bears, and I notice new acquisition Will Ta’ufo’ou.

    If his family is Polynesian (he himself was born in California), I imagine that those apostrophes (representing glottal stops; called ‘okina in Hawaiian and by other names in other languages) should be facing in another direction. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bears get it right on his jersey. Is he the first player with two such distinctive letters?

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    [quote comment=”326946″][quote comment=”326943″]Does premium beer have a different definition in NY. I would think that it would be more expensive than just plain beer, but according to the beer vendor sign it is a dollar less. What is up with that?[/quote]

    hard to tell, and i haven’t been to citi shea yet, but i’d imagine the “premium” beer (heineys) are in 12 oz. kegkans, whilst whatever it is they’re passing off as domestic is in the 16 oz. variety

    that probably justifies explains the price difference[/quote]

    Luckily for Phil and myself, we will be going this Wednesday to inspect just such phenomenon!

  • jesse | May 1, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    anyone see a-rod at the extended spring training intra-squad game yesterday? minor league double ear flap helmet alert..

    http://a.espncdn.com...

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 9:07 am |

    Minnesota football jersey:

    SO bad… but gotta love that stitching! and as it goes, that would make for a good membership card!

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 9:14 am |

    [quote comment=”326950″]Minnesota football jersey:

    SO bad… but gotta love that stitching! and as it goes, that would make for a good membership card![/quote]

    I believe that was, appropriately enough, the Jim Wacker era.

    —Ricko

  • Joe Hilseberg | May 1, 2009 at 9:18 am |

    “Orioles corporate sales manager Jack Krabbe sent me something he figured would amuse horrify me: a purple apostrophe catastrophe cap”

    I’ll take it off of your hands if you don’t want it!

    I was supposed to get one myself. I couldn’t make it to the game they gave them away at, so I got my wife and her friend tickets to the game under the condition they just have to snag me a hat…then they can hit the bars all they want. On her way to the game her car broke down on I-395 and she was there for 4 hours waiting for the tow truck. Needless to say, i didn’t get my hat…just an $800 mechanic bill.

  • ADAM | May 1, 2009 at 9:21 am |

    You know what is funnier to me than the Mess selling cans of beer from a counter called “Bottled Beer”? It is the fact that with the prices in the photo, they actually have the calorie content before the price. Like someone (Silly enough) who is going to buy a $7.50 beer is going to care how much f*cking calories there are in it? Oh yeah, and I forgot that bottled water has 0 calories. Nice look yard that Citi Field is, but typical Mets…stupid is as stupid does…

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 9:24 am |

    Seeing the Nordiques jersey hanging in Les Holmlund’s “Manpit” was timely. Just yesterday I was thinking about the Nordiques, remembering my days with the early WHA, how I was hoping the Quebec Nordiques would come up with a jersey with a huge “Q” in the crest. Would have been unique in pro sports.

    So, Teebz (or anyone), have there ever been any great “Q” jerseys? Or hats, even (saw that Ebbets Field Quebec City Alouettes baseball jersey and wondered what their hats looked like)?

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 9:32 am |

    Speaking of “Q”s and yesterday’s discussion of the way things are pronounced in New England, is Quincy “kwince-e” or “kwinz-e”?

    —Ricko

  • Marcus Hall - Lets play 162!! | May 1, 2009 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment=”326952″]”Orioles corporate sales manager Jack Krabbe sent me something he figured would amuse horrify me: a purple apostrophe catastrophe cap”

    I’ll take it off of your hands if you don’t want it!

    I was supposed to get one myself. I couldn’t make it to the game they gave them away at, so I got my wife and her friend tickets to the game under the condition they just have to snag me a hat…then they can hit the bars all they want. On her way to the game her car broke down on I-395 and she was there for 4 hours waiting for the tow truck. Needless to say, i didn’t get my hat…just an $800 mechanic bill.[/quote]

    I went to said game – sucks about the car breaking down. I’mma see if my father-in-law wants his hat. If he doesnt, you`re more than welcome to it

  • Matt Brosseau | May 1, 2009 at 9:37 am |

    [quote comment=”326954″]

    So, Teebz (or anyone), have there ever been any great “Q” jerseys? Or hats, even (saw that Ebbets Field Quebec City Alouettes baseball jersey and wondered what their hats looked like)?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Rick, the only one I can think of is the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the high-A affiliate of the Angels. (They had an older cap with a better Q maybe 10 years ago.)

    And funny you should mention the Nords as I am wearing my Hextall #27 Nords sweater today. Casual Friday FTW

  • Kim | May 1, 2009 at 9:40 am |

    [quote comment=”326940″]The new Chelsea kit is out and for the second straight year, Adidas is saying what kind of downgrade they can give them. To me, it looks like sombody tried to make a shirt designed after a human rib cage, but with only an inkling of what that would look like.

    http://www.kitbag.co...

    Same lousy jersey that the NY Red Bulls are wearing this season. It’s an ‘off season’ for new jerseys, the big rollouts are World Cup and Euro years. But this is a really bad fill in. It’s like there should be inserts over the pecs and the zipper is goofy.

  • Hott Rodd | May 1, 2009 at 9:42 am |

    Showed up to the first game in our dodgeball league last night and was horrified to find that the league had provided our team with purple shirts..

  • Scott Gleeson Blue | May 1, 2009 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”326945″]CAN’T…TAKE MY EYES…OFF OF THOSE GOPHER JERSEYS!!!

    Underscores the depressing APEX period in general wherein construction site design sensibility brought a peculiarly offensive aesthetic to the field.

    Note, I believe these were accompanied by golden helmets that marked the rather abysmal Jim Wacker era, who wore the Sansabelt coaching wear long after its “golden era.”

  • scott | May 1, 2009 at 9:45 am |

    In the interest of fairness, Democrats attacked Republican Susan Collins for just as illogical reasons:

    http://morningsentin...

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment=”326955″]Speaking of “Q”s and yesterday’s discussion of the way things are pronounced in New England, is Quincy “kwince-e” or “kwinz-e”?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The Former Quad City Flames….

    http://www.qcflames....

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”326954″]Seeing the Nordiques jersey hanging in Les Holmlund’s “Manpit” was timely. Just yesterday I was thinking about the Nordiques, remembering my days with the early WHA, how I was hoping the Quebec Nordiques would come up with a jersey with a huge “Q” in the crest. Would have been unique in pro sports.

    So, Teebz (or anyone), have there ever been any great “Q” jerseys? Or hats, even (saw that Ebbets Field Quebec City Alouettes baseball jersey and wondered what their hats looked like)?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    No Quebec team had ever worn just a “Q” for hockey in the minor-pro or pro ranks that I know of.

  • DB | May 1, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=\”326955\”]Speaking of \”Q\”s and yesterday\’s discussion of the way things are pronounced in New England, is Quincy \”kwince-e\” or \”kwinz-e\”?

    —Ricko[/quote]
    kwinz-e

  • RedWing in Colorado | May 1, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    I feel comfortable saying that the Romo jersey is a printing error. You can tell because if you folded the jersey, the number would match up. If does have a ton of “over-spray” on it, which tends to indicate that the screen had ink on the bottom, which is just sloppy.

    Anyway, I used to have tons of misprint / alignment “Hoop it Up” T’s from my time printing those for Nike. You would think, given corporate attitudes about “besmirching” the brand by letting those go, that these would all be destroyed, but in my experience the printers steal them out of the “rag” box to wear while printing.

    I wouldn’t wear them in public though

    (lack of printed nameplate also indicates manufacturer error)

  • Bob A | May 1, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    Wow, I am very tempted to grab one of those Pat Patriot hats. Those are very cool.

    And Rick Perry takes doucheness to a whole new level. Thats a personal, not political, opinion.

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    from when I worked @ Lids…we has a Swing of the Quad cities hat with a lower case Q …. this is the best pic I could find

    http://ecx.images-am...

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    Great work on the masks, Les.

    This would have been a phenomenal follow-up to the mask article Phil and I worked on about a month or so back.

    Still absolutely love the olde-tyme masks!

  • Jonathan Sluss | May 1, 2009 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”326952″]”Orioles corporate sales manager Jack Krabbe sent me something he figured would amuse horrify me: a purple apostrophe catastrophe cap”

    I’ll take it off of your hands if you don’t want it!

    I was supposed to get one myself. I couldn’t make it to the game they gave them away at, so I got my wife and her friend tickets to the game under the condition they just have to snag me a hat…then they can hit the bars all they want. On her way to the game her car broke down on I-395 and she was there for 4 hours waiting for the tow truck. Needless to say, i didn’t get my hat…just an $800 mechanic bill.[/quote]

    I was there, but didn’t make it in time for a hat. Spent half an hour waiting in the ticket line.

  • Tris Wykes | May 1, 2009 at 9:52 am |

    Here’s a shot of Jolly Jim Wacker. Can’t tell for sure if he’s wearing the Sansabelts, though I suspect the answer is yes.

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

  • War Damn Eagle | May 1, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    The Nats wore the Stars and Stripes unis yesterday vs. the Cardinals. Anyone know what the holiday/reason/explanation was? I checked my handy-dandy “put your flag out today” card and couldn’t find a corresponding holiday.

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=\”326970\”]Here\’s a shot of Jolly Jim Wacker. Can\’t tell for sure if he\’s wearing the Sansabelts, though I suspect the answer is yes.

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

    Pleated khakis

  • Scott Gleeson Blue | May 1, 2009 at 10:01 am |

    [quote comment=\”326972\”][quote comment=\\\”326970\\\”]Here\\\’s a shot of Jolly Jim Wacker. Can\\\’t tell for sure if he\\\’s wearing the Sansabelts, though I suspect the answer is yes.

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

    Pleated khakis[/quote]

    EXCELLENT! Good to seem him celebrating his two wins.

  • Bernard | May 1, 2009 at 10:01 am |

    I think those masks are TERRIFYING (remind me as much of Texas Chainsaw Massacre as Friday the 13th), but well done! What a cool thing to have on the wall of the Man-Pit!

  • LongLive3Rivs | May 1, 2009 at 10:02 am |

    Note to self. Don’t draft Sidney Rice in any Fantasy Leagues this year. Not that he’s an overwhelming pick anyway, but I can hear Sage’s brain now. Hmm, Sidney’s open, but F him and his number…

  • Michael Emody | May 1, 2009 at 10:03 am |

    I thought those 94 Gophers jersey’s were based on jerseys from an earlier era, which they were commemorating. I vaguely remember news stories explaining what they were based on – don’t remember what, though. I wish they kept them more than one year. They look astounding up close.

  • Kim | May 1, 2009 at 10:05 am |

    [quote comment=”326954″]Seeing the Nordiques jersey hanging in Les Holmlund’s “Manpit” was timely. Just yesterday I was thinking about the Nordiques, remembering my days with the early WHA, how I was hoping the Quebec Nordiques would come up with a jersey with a huge “Q” in the crest. Would have been unique in pro sports.

    So, Teebz (or anyone), have there ever been any great “Q” jerseys? Or hats, even (saw that Ebbets Field Quebec City Alouettes baseball jersey and wondered what their hats looked like)?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The old NASL San Jose Earthquakes emphasized their Q in their logo:

    http://www.logoserve...

    And sported this jersey:
    http://i38.tinypic.c...

  • Will | May 1, 2009 at 10:06 am |

    He also enclosed one of his business cards, the back of which features lots of properly oriented apostrophes (plus a cool engravers’ union chop, something you rarely see anymore).

    Hey Paul, nice nod to the Allied Printing label. One of the best and largest printers down here in the Mid-Atlantic (Mosaic) is a consolidated union shop so I get to see it quite a bit. But it is definitely something you don\’t see often.

  • Tris Wykes | May 1, 2009 at 10:06 am |

    I believe the Gophers wore those jerseys from 94-96 or so. I recall the crowd at Syracuse chanting something about them. I don’t recall any link to a past jersey. I think that style was thought up in the 90s and should stay there permanently.

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 10:10 am |

    Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…

  • Joe Hilseberg | May 1, 2009 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”326956″][quote comment=”326952″]”Orioles corporate sales manager Jack Krabbe sent me something he figured would amuse horrify me: a purple apostrophe catastrophe cap”

    I’ll take it off of your hands if you don’t want it!

    I was supposed to get one myself. I couldn’t make it to the game they gave them away at, so I got my wife and her friend tickets to the game under the condition they just have to snag me a hat…then they can hit the bars all they want. On her way to the game her car broke down on I-395 and she was there for 4 hours waiting for the tow truck. Needless to say, i didn’t get my hat…just an $800 mechanic bill.[/quote]

    I went to said game – sucks about the car breaking down. I’mma see if my father-in-law wants his hat. If he doesnt, you`re more than welcome to it[/quote]

    Marcus, you may be my hero!

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 10:11 am |

    For you, Ricko, the list of Q-teams or logos in hockey:

    QMJHL
    Quad City Flames (before they move)
    Queen’s University Golden Gaels (not used on a jersey, but found on school clothing)
    -Quebec Bulldogs had one played wearing a “Q” in the back row of this picture in 1913 (bigger here)

  • scott | May 1, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    Quebec Capitales still have a great Q cap, and Queens Kings had a nice one a few years ago.

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 10:19 am |

    Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)

  • devildog53 | May 1, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    Must be an Apex thing. Arkansas wore these abominations around the same time Minnesota wore theirs.

    http://performaxtrai...

    Wish I could find a better pic.

  • Stuby | May 1, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    sonofabitch…

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”326986″]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    They are keeping the Flames name from what I’ve heard. Calgary owns the franchise, and, like the NJ Devils, have branded everything under their professional hockey business as the Flames.

    Manitoba is their closest team at this point, and that’s a 14-hour drive away. Honestly, though, the Flames need to pick a city and stay with it. It’s the only way to build a fanbase.

    Omaha, then Quad City, and now Abbotsford all in the span of the last six years. Granted, their biggest complaint was distance between the AHL and NHL franchises, but it seems that Iowa and Anaheim do just fine being that far apart.

  • Charlie | May 1, 2009 at 10:31 am |

    More photos of Arkansas Apex Awesomeness:

    http://www.hogdb.com...

    http://www.hogdb.com...

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment=”326989″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    sonofabitch…[/quote]

    Luv ya, Matt! :o)

  • jesse | May 1, 2009 at 10:36 am |

    War Damn, it was another military appreciation night

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    haha! thanks teebz, you made my morning!

    …now if only you can take a jab at phil…

  • Mike Engle | May 1, 2009 at 10:41 am |

    [quote comment=”326975″]Note to self. Don’t draft Sidney Rice in any Fantasy Leagues this year. Not that he’s an overwhelming pick anyway, but I can hear Sage’s brain now. Hmm, Sidney’s open, but F him and his number…[/quote]
    And for the record, Sage Rosenfels is Jewish, and 18 is associated with life in Judaism. (Hebrew letters can serve as digits, so 18 looks just like the word for life.)
    I’m slightly disappointed…always nice to see a chai on the field. But nice to see Rosenfels can still have a meaningful number.

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”326974″]I think those masks are TERRIFYING (remind me as much of Texas Chainsaw Massacre as Friday the 13th), but well done! What a cool thing to have on the wall of the Man-Pit![/quote]

    i agree 100% jason! GREAT work on the masks! but old-timey sports equipment is just SPOOKY! love the man pit too! great work

  • dan | May 1, 2009 at 10:42 am |

    the lions were pretty cheap and low in changing jones to smith on replicas. i am wondering if some are also james stewart jerseys…

    actually, i plan on doing the same thing as a diy. i have a road roy williams i bought from goodwill and want to change it to a culpepper. does anyone know where i can buy the shiny white jersey material to make a nameplate?

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 10:45 am |

    apparently ryan has a deathwish this fine day

  • Hott Rodd | May 1, 2009 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”326997″]the lions were pretty cheap and low in changing jones to smith on replicas. i am wondering if some are also james stewart jerseys…

    actually, i plan on doing the same thing as a diy. i have a road roy williams i bought from goodwill and want to change it to a culpepper. does anyone know where i can buy the shiny white jersey material to make a nameplate?[/quote]

    not shiny at all… but i’ve been using this material called “duck cloth”. VERY tough stuff! and cheap as hell (proce, not quality)… jo ann fabrics

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”326994″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    haha! thanks teebz, you made my morning!

    …now if only you can take a jab at phil…[/quote]

    I can’t bite the hand that publishes me, Ry. LOL

  • Mike Engle | May 1, 2009 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…

  • Kim | May 1, 2009 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=\”326990\”][quote comment=\”326986\”]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    They are keeping the Flames name from what I\’ve heard. Calgary owns the franchise, and, like the NJ Devils, have branded everything under their professional hockey business as the Flames.

    Manitoba is their closest team at this point, and that\’s a 14-hour drive away. Honestly, though, the Flames need to pick a city and stay with it. It\’s the only way to build a fanbase.

    Omaha, then Quad City, and now Abbotsford all in the span of the last six years. Granted, their biggest complaint was distance between the AHL and NHL franchises, but it seems that Iowa and Anaheim do just fine being that far apart.[/quote]

    I dunno. Iowa\’s been associated with a couple of teams now, or at least the Stars for a while. Though Iowa is the closest to Anaheim that the Ducks had ever had their top affiliate.

  • Hott Rodd | May 1, 2009 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment=”326998″]apparently ryan has a deathwish this fine day[/quote]

    haha! c’mon… ripping on you and matt go together like peanut butter & jelly!

  • chance michaels | May 1, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”326946″][quote comment=”326943″]Does premium beer have a different definition in NY. I would think that it would be more expensive than just plain beer, but according to the beer vendor sign it is a dollar less. What is up with that?[/quote]

    hard to tell, and i haven’t been to citi shea yet, but i’d imagine the “premium” beer (heineys) are in 12 oz. kegkans, whilst whatever it is they’re passing off as domestic is in the 16 oz. variety

    that probably justifies explains the price difference[/quote]

    Yep, that’s it exactly.

  • War Damn Eagle | May 1, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”326993″]War Damn, it was another military appreciation night[/quote]

    Ah, thanks.

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    RE: AHL teams

    The Stars affliate is going to be the Texas Stars starting next year….also, the Phantoms are “temporarily” moving to Glen Falls, NY for 2 years…then back to PA after a new arena is found/built…

    BUt back to distance…the LA kings team is in freakin New Hampshire…I dont but that argument. It’s poor marketing on the teams part and Teebz is right, notenough time to build a fan base…(Illinois already had 3 AHL Teams when QC came in)…besides, didnt the stars & Canucks share the Manitoba Moose this year?

  • chance michaels | May 1, 2009 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment=”326953″]You know what is funnier to me than the Mess selling cans of beer from a counter called “Bottled Beer”? It is the fact that with the prices in the photo, they actually have the calorie content before the price. Like someone (Silly enough) who is going to buy a $7.50 beer is going to care how much f*cking calories there are in it? Oh yeah, and I forgot that bottled water has 0 calories. Nice look yard that Citi Field is, but typical Mets…stupid is as stupid does…[/quote]

    As much as I’d love to pick on the Wilpons, but that’s the law in New York City – all chain restaurants are required to post caloric counts.

    I presume whatever company handles concessions at Debbits Field is large enough to fall under the rule. Or maybe the multiple locations around the park each qualify, pushing them past the 15-outlet threshold.

    You’ll see the same thing at Yankee Stadium. You see the same thing at the McDonald’s on 46th and 6th.

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”326988″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.[/quote]

    Funny, my wife has mentioned that.

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”327004″][quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..[/quote]

    quahog

  • Stuby | May 1, 2009 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”327010″][quote comment=”326988″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.[/quote]

    Funny, my wife has mentioned that.[/quote]
    So is this your new DIY project?
    http://nfldotcom.fil...

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”327008″]RE: AHL teams

    The Stars affliate is going to be the Texas Stars starting next year….also, the Phantoms are “temporarily” moving to Glen Falls, NY for 2 years…then back to PA after a new arena is found/built…

    BUt back to distance…the LA kings team is in freakin New Hampshire…I dont but that argument. It’s poor marketing on the teams part and Teebz is right, notenough time to build a fan base…(Illinois already had 3 AHL Teams when QC came in)…besides, didnt the stars & Canucks share the Manitoba Moose this year?[/quote]

    That’s correct. Dallas had an agreement with the Moose that they would send their top prospects to Manitoba. Manitoba demanded the best in giving up the roster spots, and Dallas gave in to that demand.

    Personally, I’m ok with the Texas Stars’ location. The AHL needs to slowly move west and build through the midwest to keep teams like Manitoba and San Antonio viable.

    As for Los Angeles, Manchester is a very good AHL town so that’s stability and fanbase right there. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. :o)

  • Andy--01 | May 1, 2009 at 11:08 am |

    Found this picture in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Gallery of Bruce Sutter (posted 4/28/09). Loved this shot – especially the T-Shirt in the background.

    Shirt reads:
    Hi. Had a great winter. (I?) Drove down. Wife & kids are fine. (Arm?) feels good. (???) Good year.

    Clearly someone who wasn’t a fan of small talk and wanted to get it out of the way quickly.

    Original gallery. Photo Credit Scott Dine of the Post-Dispatch.

  • Mark H. | May 1, 2009 at 11:11 am |

    APEX clothed Hayden Fry’s Iowa Hawkeyes in 1994-95 as well.

    http://www.life.com/...

    http://www.life.com/...

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”326994″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    haha! thanks teebz, you made my morning!

    …now if only you can take a jab at phil…[/quote]

    Shit…I’ve been thinking about that all morning.
    Between that and the Princeton hoody pic, my self-esteem is taking a beating.

    No more junk food…Uni-Watch diet, day one.

  • chance michaels | May 1, 2009 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”326987″]Must be an Apex thing. Arkansas wore these abominations around the same time Minnesota wore theirs.

    http://performaxtrai...

    Wish I could find a better pic.[/quote]

    Wisconsin had a similar one, introduced for the 1995 season. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they got clobbered at home by Colorado, and were so embarrassed that they ditched the jerseys after a single game.

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”327012″][quote comment=”327010″][quote comment=”326988″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.[/quote]

    Funny, my wife has mentioned that.[/quote]
    So is this your new DIY project?
    http://nfldotcom.fil...

    removing the nameplate??? lol

  • Johnny W | May 1, 2009 at 11:15 am |

    Three cheers for the Man Pit. We need pics of other caves out there!

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”327016″][quote comment=”326994″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    haha! thanks teebz, you made my morning!

    …now if only you can take a jab at phil…[/quote]

    Shit…I’ve been thinking about that all morning.
    Between that and the Princeton hoody pic, my self-esteem is taking a beating.

    No more junk food…Uni-Watch diet, day one.[/quote]

    biggest loser: families
    biggest loser: couples
    and now,
    biggest loser: uni watch

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”327012″][quote comment=”327010″][quote comment=”326988″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.[/quote]

    Funny, my wife has mentioned that.[/quote]
    So is this your new DIY project?
    http://nfldotcom.fil...

    Nope, I think my doppelganger and I have screwed that one up enough.

    http://thedemocratic...

    http://i256.photobuc...

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”327020″][quote comment=”327016″][quote comment=”326994″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    haha! thanks teebz, you made my morning!

    …now if only you can take a jab at phil…[/quote]

    Shit…I’ve been thinking about that all morning.
    Between that and the Princeton hoody pic, my self-esteem is taking a beating.

    No more junk food…Uni-Watch diet, day one.[/quote]

    biggest loser: families
    biggest loser: couples
    and now,
    biggest loser: uni watch[/quote]

    for the record… nhl-wise… the alt-bruins, alt-sabres, and the pittsburgh penguin could stand to lose a few pounds…

  • Mike Engle | May 1, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”327020″][quote comment=”327016″][quote comment=”326994″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]

    haha! thanks teebz, you made my morning!

    …now if only you can take a jab at phil…[/quote]

    Shit…I’ve been thinking about that all morning.
    Between that and the Princeton hoody pic, my self-esteem is taking a beating.

    No more junk food…Uni-Watch diet, day one.[/quote]

    biggest loser: families
    biggest loser: couples
    and now,
    biggest loser: uni watch[/quote]
    I thought the biggest Uni Watch loser was the football-playing clown.
    /Where’s that picture of Powers with the clown face-paint?
    //Send in the clowns.

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment=”327023″]/Where’s that picture of Powers with the clown face-paint?
    //Send in the clowns.[/quote]

    this?

  • odessasteps magazine | May 1, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”327013″][quote comment=”327008″]RE: AHL teams

    The Stars affliate is going to be the Texas Stars starting next year….also, the Phantoms are “temporarily” moving to Glen Falls, NY for 2 years…then back to PA after a new arena is found/built…

    BUt back to distance…the LA kings team is in freakin New Hampshire…I dont but that argument. It’s poor marketing on the teams part and Teebz is right, notenough time to build a fan base…(Illinois already had 3 AHL Teams when QC came in)…besides, didnt the stars & Canucks share the Manitoba Moose this year?[/quote]

    That’s correct. Dallas had an agreement with the Moose that they would send their top prospects to Manitoba. Manitoba demanded the best in giving up the roster spots, and Dallas gave in to that demand.

    Personally, I’m ok with the Texas Stars’ location. The AHL needs to slowly move west and build through the midwest to keep teams like Manitoba and San Antonio viable.

    As for Los Angeles, Manchester is a very good AHL town so that’s stability and fanbase right there. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. :o)[/quote]

    Selfishly speaking, I love that Hershey and Washington are so close, easily allowing day of game recalls/demotions. I presume the FLyers/Phantoms had the closest commute – across the parking lot in South east Philly.

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”327025″][quote comment=”327013″][quote comment=”327008″]RE: AHL teams

    The Stars affliate is going to be the Texas Stars starting next year….also, the Phantoms are “temporarily” moving to Glen Falls, NY for 2 years…then back to PA after a new arena is found/built…

    BUt back to distance…the LA kings team is in freakin New Hampshire…I dont but that argument. It’s poor marketing on the teams part and Teebz is right, notenough time to build a fan base…(Illinois already had 3 AHL Teams when QC came in)…besides, didnt the stars & Canucks share the Manitoba Moose this year?[/quote]

    That’s correct. Dallas had an agreement with the Moose that they would send their top prospects to Manitoba. Manitoba demanded the best in giving up the roster spots, and Dallas gave in to that demand.

    Personally, I’m ok with the Texas Stars’ location. The AHL needs to slowly move west and build through the midwest to keep teams like Manitoba and San Antonio viable.

    As for Los Angeles, Manchester is a very good AHL town so that’s stability and fanbase right there. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. :o)[/quote]

    Selfishly speaking, I love that Hershey and Washington are so close, easily allowing day of game recalls/demotions. I presume the FLyers/Phantoms had the closest commute – across the parking lot in South east Philly.[/quote]

    Hershey even is being represented in the playoffs by Varlamov!! Check his goalie mask!!

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 11:35 am |

    Thanks, I forgot about THAT one..aarggh

    I’m gonna call Golic for some help….POT ROAST

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 11:41 am |

    Varlamov w/Hershey Bears Mask

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 11:42 am |

    On an actual uni-note…I don’t ever remember seeing thse Angels Alts before:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”327024″][quote comment=”327023″]/Where’s that picture of Powers with the clown face-paint?
    //Send in the clowns.[/quote]

    this?[/quote]

    We’re talking about Powers and you post a photo of some joker teaching graphic arts?

    Oh, wait…I get it; that was your point.

    (eye roll, giggle)

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”327029″]On an actual uni-note…I don’t ever remember seeing thse Angels Alts before:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

    you don’t watch much baseball, do ya matt ;)

  • tommy | May 1, 2009 at 11:51 am |

    Maybe Krabbe thought you would be amused by the “meat bible” in the background of his purple hat photo rather than amused by the hat itself. perhaps he was throwing you a tip for researching next year’s meat bracket.

  • u2-horn | May 1, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”327021″][quote comment=”327012″][quote comment=”327010″][quote comment=”326988″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.[/quote]

    Funny, my wife has mentioned that.[/quote]
    So is this your new DIY project?
    http://nfldotcom.fil...

    Nope, I think my doppelganger and I have screwed that one up enough.

    http://thedemocratic...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    I’m thinking Buster Bluth

    http://www.pastemaga...

  • Leo | May 1, 2009 at 11:57 am |

    [quote comment=”327015″]APEX clothed Hayden Fry’s Iowa Hawkeyes in 1994-95 as well.

    http://www.life.com/...

    http://www.life.com/...

    When I was 10, I desperately wanted one of those jerseys. But, when it came, it was just a cheap knock-off. Sigh…

  • Greenie | May 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”326986″]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    Since the Austin Stars will be joining the league next season, I bet they’ll move the former Quad Cities team into another division so it won’t be the only one with 9 teams.

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”327037″][quote comment=”326986″]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    Since the Austin Stars will be joining the league next season, I bet they’ll move the former Quad Cities team into another division so it won’t be the only one with 9 teams.[/quote]

    Abbotsford is moving to the AHL North Division. Austin is taking QC’s place in the AHL West. That will be 8 in the North, 8 in the West, and the other divisions in the Eastern Conference will stay 7 and 7.

  • Hott Rodd | May 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”327033″][quote comment=”327021″][quote comment=”327012″][quote comment=”327010″][quote comment=”326988″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.[/quote]

    Funny, my wife has mentioned that.[/quote]
    So is this your new DIY project?
    http://nfldotcom.fil...

    Nope, I think my doppelganger and I have screwed that one up enough.

    http://thedemocratic...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    I’m thinking Buster Bluth

    http://www.pastemaga...

    That’s not Buster Bluth, that’s Emmett Milbarge..

    (I know it’s Tony Hale..)

  • Scott Little | May 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm |

    Thank you Paul for calling them BLINKERS.

    Here’s a good racetrack tip:
    Anyone who uses the word “blinders” to descibe that piece of equipment-stay away from them. Keep a wiiide berth. They’re what’s known as a reeeal Munson.

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”327033″][quote comment=”327021″][quote comment=”327012″][quote comment=”327010″][quote comment=”326988″][quote comment=”326985″][quote comment=”326984″]RE; Quincy Gems…. here’s the only Pic I could find with a clear view of the Q in the Hat

    http://www.quincygem...

    Is that Matt Powers? ;o)[/quote]
    No, I think Mr. Powers is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos.[/quote]

    Funny, my wife has mentioned that.[/quote]
    So is this your new DIY project?
    http://nfldotcom.fil...

    Nope, I think my doppelganger and I have screwed that one up enough.

    http://thedemocratic...

    http://i256.photobuc...

    I’m thinking Buster Bluth

    http://www.pastemaga...

    My hand wasn’t bitten off by a seal that my brother borrowed from his ex wife and released into open waters.

  • Greenie | May 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment=\”327037\”][quote comment=\”326986\”]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    Since the TEXAS Stars will be joining the league next season, I bet they\’ll move the former Quad Cities team into another division so it won\’t be the only one with 9 teams.[/quote]

    fixed

  • Greenie | May 1, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=\”327038\”][quote comment=\”327037\”][quote comment=\”326986\”]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    Since the Texas Stars will be joining the league next season, I bet they\’ll move the former Quad Cities team into another division so it won\’t be the only one with 9 teams.[/quote]

    Abbotsford is moving to the AHL North Division. Austin is taking QC\’s place in the AHL West. That will be 8 in the North, 8 in the West, and the other divisions in the Eastern Conference will stay 7 and 7.[/quote]

    Teebz: British Columbia is still pretty damn far from the rest of the North division. I wonder why they didn\’t move the Milwaukee Admirals or Chicago Wolves. They seem the closest to the rest of the North.

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • DenverGregg | May 1, 2009 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”327011″][quote comment=”327004″][quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..[/quote]

    quahog[/quote]
    Anyone else remember Quisp? That was the breakfast cereal of choice when I was a tyke.

    Queso – quesadilla

  • Mark W | May 1, 2009 at 12:41 pm |

    I love, love, love the SHingo Katayama cowboy hat (#3 in the misdressed golfers slideshow). I had a friend bring me one back from Japan. I wear it out on the course in my annual golf outing.

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”327043″][quote comment=\”327038\”][quote comment=\”327037\”][quote comment=\”326986\”]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    Since the Texas Stars will be joining the league next season, I bet they\’ll move the former Quad Cities team into another division so it won\’t be the only one with 9 teams.[/quote]

    Abbotsford is moving to the AHL North Division. Austin is taking QC\’s place in the AHL West. That will be 8 in the North, 8 in the West, and the other divisions in the Eastern Conference will stay 7 and 7.[/quote]

    Teebz: British Columbia is still pretty damn far from the rest of the North division. I wonder why they didn\’t move the Milwaukee Admirals or Chicago Wolves. They seem the closest to the rest of the North.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    All the Canadian teams (Toronto, Hamilton, Manitoba) play in the North division. It’s far easier, considering the West has San Antonio (the other Texas team). :o)

  • Peter | May 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”327044″][quote comment=”327011″][quote comment=”327004″][quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..[/quote]

    quahog[/quote]
    Anyone else remember Quisp? That was the breakfast cereal of choice when I was a tyke.

    Queso – quesadilla[/quote]

    Surprised no one has called Rosie Perez yet…

  • Ed F | May 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”326955″]Speaking of “Q”s and yesterday’s discussion of the way things are pronounced in New England, is Quincy “kwince-e” or “kwinz-e”?

    —Ricko[/quote]
    as boston born, suburban raised masshole who currently lives 12 minutes away from qunicy, it is most certainly a z good sir ricko

  • Squiddie | May 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”327044″][quote comment=”327011″][quote comment=”327004″][quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..[/quote]

    quahog[/quote]
    Anyone else remember Quisp? That was the breakfast cereal of choice when I was a tyke.[/quote]

    Just Quisp? What about his nemesis Quake? There were two Quakes because he was redesigned from his original construction worker look into a cowboy or cavalier or something.

    Quake also went to Australia and brought back an Orange Quangaroo. So that’s another food that beqins with Q.

  • Deron | May 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    With the Rays debuting their navy alt tonight and Boston having a navy Friday alt, the scene at the Trop. tonight could look very “spring training-ish”

  • Paul Lukas | May 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”327032″]Maybe Krabbe thought you would be amused by the “meat bible” in the background of his purple hat photo rather than amused by the hat itself. perhaps he was throwing you a tip for researching next year’s meat bracket.[/quote]

    That’s an advance copy of this book, due to be published in mid-June:
    http://www.chronicle...

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”327050″]With the Rays debuting their navy alt tonight and Boston having a navy Friday alt, the scene at the Trop. tonight could look very “spring training-ish”[/quote]

    i’d assume that means the sawks have to wear gray

  • smitty | May 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm |

    Shane Arbogast – you, sir, are my hero! Seems like we should be able to settle just about any war these days with opposing platoons of these lasses and a mudpit. Think of the ratings!

  • Oakville Endive | May 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm |

    I think the people who own the Abbottsford franchise, have agreed to subsidize the travel costs of the visiting teams. If I had a few million and wanted a hockey franchise, I would go the junior rank long before going the AHL route.

    Small side point – and I apologize to whoever I got into this discussion last week with. It concerns the skin color of the Blackhawks logo as it appears on the jersey. I thought it was more brown in tone, and the other reader indicated it’s more gold. Ever since them, I’ve noticed it seems to depend on the lighting. Definitely there are pictures where it’s gold, but on the front page of Cnnsi’s hockey page, that looks brown to me.

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    as with two days ago, i will not read the ticker today in respect to the post…
    awesome man, but you stole my thunder on my next diy project, i was going to show this old school fiberglass mask process as a diy. oh well, back to the drawing board. first off, i swear i didn’t steal your mask design here. i guess great minds think alike, i love the design, and orange and blue together, um, minutemen awesome. i love it man, and quite ambitious for you to take on as a kid, and god bless your pops for putting you in harms way with so many hazardous materials like the plaster and fiberglass resign. kids today just don’t get to play that way anymore. and since you are a punk rocker, i believe you will take this in the spirit of things. in regards to the plaster, ha hahah ahhahhaahahha ha hah ha ha! um, there are different types of plaster, some industrial, some medical grade, but with all things that have a pot life, when they cure, they heat, if you didn’t use the proper plaster, you can leave yourself with at least 3rd degree burns. ha ha ha, i can’t stop laughing. that must have hurt like a mother scratcher, quite the roofus goofus. ha ha ha. okay, my ribs are hurting from your childhood pain, it was an awesome post. but i will say this in closing…you are a quiter, make a mask again quiter, and wear it on the ice, and let us know about the burns again. diy wing, best. wing. ever.

  • Johnny O | May 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”327017″][quote comment=”326987″]Must be an Apex thing. Arkansas wore these abominations around the same time Minnesota wore theirs.

    http://performaxtrai...

    Wish I could find a better pic.[/quote]

    Wisconsin had a similar one, introduced for the 1995 season. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they got clobbered at home by Colorado, and were so embarrassed that they ditched the jerseys after a single game.[/quote]

    This is the best picture I could find of those infamous “Motion W” uni’s that the Badgers wore for one game. Can’t make out what the patch says however.

    http://i147.photobuc...

    If you are ever in Madison, they have one of these jerseys framed at the popular bar called Wandos on their top floor. While you are there, grab a famous fish bowl!

  • Greenie | May 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”327049″][quote comment=”327044″][quote comment=”327011″][quote comment=”327004″][quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..[/quote]

    quahog[/quote]
    Anyone else remember Quisp? That was the breakfast cereal of choice when I was a tyke.[/quote]

    Just Quisp? What about his nemesis Quake? There were two Quakes because he was redesigned from his original construction worker look into a cowboy or cavalier or something.

    Quake also went to Australia and brought back an Orange Quangaroo. So that’s another food that beqins with Q.[/quote]

    What about Nestle Quick?
    http://lh5.ggpht.com...

  • Greenie | May 1, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”327046″][quote comment=”327043″][quote comment=\”327038\”][quote comment=\”327037\”][quote comment=\”326986\”]Teebz: The other day I read (and Posted) that the QC Flames were moving to BC…do you have any Idea if they are keeping the FLAMES as their name or are they changing everything? & will they survive more than 2 seasons (after the failure of Nebraska & QC) being the furthest west AHL team (next closet is Milwaukee or Manitoba right?)[/quote]

    Since the Texas Stars will be joining the league next season, I bet they\’ll move the former Quad Cities team into another division so it won\’t be the only one with 9 teams.[/quote]

    Abbotsford is moving to the AHL North Division. Austin is taking QC\’s place in the AHL West. That will be 8 in the North, 8 in the West, and the other divisions in the Eastern Conference will stay 7 and 7.[/quote]

    Teebz: British Columbia is still pretty damn far from the rest of the North division. I wonder why they didn\’t move the Milwaukee Admirals or Chicago Wolves. They seem the closest to the rest of the North.

    http://en.wikipedia....

    All the Canadian teams (Toronto, Hamilton, Manitoba) play in the North division. It’s far easier, considering the West has San Antonio (the other Texas team). :o)[/quote]

    Don’t forget about the Houston Aeros

  • Tris Wykes | May 1, 2009 at 1:17 pm |

    I’ve read the Calgary AHL franchise will not retain the Flames name, given they’re trying to curry favor in the Canucks’ back yard.

  • KilroyFSU | May 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

    Seems to me that there were a lot of bad unis in the Big Ten in 1994. I seem to remember Iowa having a similar design as Minnesota except the Hawkeye logo instead of the M. And I think Wisconsin had a large star on their sleeves, as I recall. Nobody else seems to remember any of these unis though. Some pics would be fascinating.

  • Squiddie | May 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”326983″]Quebec Capitales still have a great Q cap, and Queens Kings had a nice one a few years ago.[/quote]

    Here’s a good photo of the Capitales uni. (That’s Patrick D’Aoust: Msr. Clutch.)

  • chance michaels | May 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”327056″][quote comment=”327017″][quote comment=”326987″]Must be an Apex thing. Arkansas wore these abominations around the same time Minnesota wore theirs.

    http://performaxtrai...

    Wish I could find a better pic.[/quote]

    Wisconsin had a similar one, introduced for the 1995 season. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they got clobbered at home by Colorado, and were so embarrassed that they ditched the jerseys after a single game.[/quote]

    This is the best picture I could find of those infamous “Motion W” uni’s that the Badgers wore for one game. Can’t make out what the patch says however.

    http://i147.photobuc...

    If you are ever in Madison, they have one of these jerseys framed at the popular bar called Wandos on their top floor. While you are there, grab a famous fish bowl![/quote]

    Do they? Wonder if they’d sell it. Been thinking about having Classic Old School Gear make me one.

    The patch is a conference anniversary patch, IIRC. I have a replica at home, I’ll have to check it.

    Outstanding picture. Thanks!

  • chance michaels | May 1, 2009 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”327060″]Seems to me that there were a lot of bad unis in the Big Ten in 1994. I seem to remember Iowa having a similar design as Minnesota except the Hawkeye logo instead of the M. And I think Wisconsin had a large star on their sleeves, as I recall. Nobody else seems to remember any of these unis though. Some pics would be fascinating.[/quote]

    Wasn’t a star, ’twas the Motion W.

  • Wally1912 | May 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”326955″]Speaking of “Q”s and yesterday’s discussion of the way things are pronounced in New England, is Quincy “kwince-e” or “kwinz-e”?

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Here is the proper way to pronounce Quincy, according to the Quincy, MA city website:

    http://ci.quincy.ma....

    “Why We Pronounce it ‘Quin-zee’

    Why do we pronounce Quincy ‘Quin-zee’ when just about everyone else in the country refers to it as ‘Quin-see’? There are 19
    other Quincys in the U.S. but they pronounce it ‘Quin-see’. Can they be right and we be wrong?

    Not according to Quincy’s late city historian, William C. Edwards who never budged an inch whenever the argument ever came
    up. And it still comes up.

    The reason we pronounce it ‘Quin-zee’ is very simple.

    The original Quincy family which settled here at Mount Wollaston pronounced it ‘Quin-zee’, including Col. John Quincy after
    whom Quincy, Mass. – the first Quincy – was named in 1792.

    Colonel Quincy was the great grandfather of sixth President John Quincy Adams.

    Apparently, all 19 other Quincys in the U.S. were named after John Quincy Adams. And, apparently the early settlers of those
    communities thought John Quincy pronounced it John ‘Quin-see’.

    Anyway, that is how Edwards explained it. Seems like a sound argument.”

  • Ryan B | May 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”327057″][quote comment=”327049″][quote comment=”327044″][quote comment=”327011″][quote comment=”327004″][quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..[/quote]

    quahog[/quote]
    Anyone else remember Quisp? That was the breakfast cereal of choice when I was a tyke.[/quote]

    Just Quisp? What about his nemesis Quake? There were two Quakes because he was redesigned from his original construction worker look into a cowboy or cavalier or something.

    Quake also went to Australia and brought back an Orange Quangaroo. So that’s another food that beqins with Q.[/quote]

    What about Nestle Quick?
    http://lh5.ggpht.com...
    It’s not called that anymore. Now it’s Nesquik.

  • Ryan B | May 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”327059″]I’ve read the Calgary AHL franchise will not retain the Flames name, given they’re trying to curry favor in the Canucks’ back yard.[/quote]
    And a golden opportunity to recycle the old Atlanta Flames’ ‘A’ goes by the boards (if true, of course).

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”327058″]
    Don’t forget about the Houston Aeros[/quote]

    I did, and I’ll admit it. I apologize, Houstonians… Houstonites… citizens of Houston. :o)

  • Teebz | May 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”327066″][quote comment=”327059″]I’ve read the Calgary AHL franchise will not retain the Flames name, given they’re trying to curry favor in the Canucks’ back yard.[/quote]
    And a golden opportunity to recycle the old Atlanta Flames’ ‘A’ goes by the boards (if true, of course).[/quote]

    They killed the Quad City Mallards for the Quad City Flames. I don’t see why they would change their name when they want more fans to associate the new team with the NHL franchise.

    I’m thinking you’ll see the A-Flames before you see anything else.

  • Tris Wykes | May 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    On the cover of this WHA hockey program is a two-tone CCM helmet. I don’t recall ever seeing such a lid. Plus, the lettering at the top of the page has a botched apostrophe for Paul.

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

  • Squiddie | May 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    Couple more images of Gopher baroque

    The shoulder M’s in action

    Wacker and home unis in 1996

  • Tris Wykes | May 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm |

    From the Vancouver Sun:

    Ticket prices are expected to range from $12 to $36 in the spiffy new Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, with a seating capacity of 7,000. A fan contest will determine the name of the team.

    The handle “Flames” will be scrapped out of respect for supporters of the Canucks.

    “I’m sure they will cheer on their Canucks through this playoff series and many more,” said Flames president Ken King. “And they will cheer with equal gusto for their home team in Abbotsford.”

  • anotherguy | May 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”327014″]Shirt reads:
    Hi. Had a great winter. (I?) Drove down. Wife & kids are fine. (Arm?) feels good. (???) Good year.

    Clearly someone who wasn’t a fan of small talk and wanted to get it out of the way quickly.[/quote]I’d guess this was aimed at reporters, something like “answers to FAQ”.

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm |

    due to chicago weather, opening bags day has been postponed. on this international working mans day, in the town of the ultimate bag at the haymarket riot, we sadly cancel tonight’s ceremonious cornhole games. so, to all the workers, with all their troubles, who were coming over for my smoked biscuit, cheap beer, and bags[sic], i say unto you, i am deeply sorry that the cornmother could not have graced us with better weather, but still feel free to throw a wrench in the machine today.

  • Bryan Justman | May 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    Doncha love how punk rock seems to be the common “thread” for us DIY’ers?

  • Judd | May 1, 2009 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”327065″][quote comment=”327057″][quote comment=”327049″][quote comment=”327044″][quote comment=”327011″][quote comment=”327004″][quote comment=”327002″][quote comment=”326999″][quote comment=”326980″]Ricko, found this team for you… Quicny Gems…they have a “Q” on their hat…

    next category

    “Foods that start with the letter Q”…[/quote]

    Quinoa..[/quote]
    Quiche, quail, Qdoba burrito…[/quote]

    mmm Qdoba..[/quote]

    quahog[/quote]
    Anyone else remember Quisp? That was the breakfast cereal of choice when I was a tyke.[/quote]

    Just Quisp? What about his nemesis Quake? There were two Quakes because he was redesigned from his original construction worker look into a cowboy or cavalier or something.

    Quake also went to Australia and brought back an Orange Quangaroo. So that’s another food that beqins with Q.[/quote]

    What about Nestle Quick?
    http://lh5.ggpht.com...
    It’s not called that anymore. Now it’s Nesquik.[/quote]

    Quinine water, quinces

  • Matt Beahan | May 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    Re the 80-81 Kansas City Kings, that subscript NOB dates back to the latter days of the Cincinnatti Royals, and lasted until the 88-89 season (of course, the Kings were in Sacramento by then).

  • Steve | May 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm |

    Name Plate Help:

    Does anybody happen to know where I can order a nameplate for an NFL replica jersey. I have had a Winslow for the Browns, but with the recent draft and draft of Brian Robiskie I am looking to simply replace the name plate. Any help of somewhere would be greatly appreciated.

    -Steve

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”327073″]due to chicago weather, opening bags day has been postponed. on this international working mans day, in the town of the ultimate bag at the haymarket riot, we sadly cancel tonight’s ceremonious cornhole games. so, to all the workers, with all their troubles, who were coming over for my smoked biscuit, cheap beer, and bags[sic], i say unto you, i am deeply sorry that the cornmother could not have graced us with better weather, but still feel free to throw a wrench in the machine today.[/quote]

    Huh?

  • Greenie | May 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”327067″][quote comment=”327058″]
    Don’t forget about the Houston Aeros[/quote]

    I did, and I’ll admit it. I apologize, Houstonians… Houstonites… citizens of Houston. :o)[/quote]

    Maybe just call them the fatties.
    http://www.usatoday....

    I keed. This is like 6 years old anyway. They must’ve lost weight since then.

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”327078″][quote comment=”327073″]due to chicago weather, opening bags day has been postponed. on this international working mans day, in the town of the ultimate bag at the haymarket riot, we sadly cancel tonight’s ceremonious cornhole games. so, to all the workers, with all their troubles, who were coming over for my smoked biscuit, cheap beer, and bags[sic], i say unto you, i am deeply sorry that the cornmother could not have graced us with better weather, but still feel free to throw a wrench in the machine today.[/quote]

    Huh?[/quote]

    you don’t remember this man?

  • Joe Hilseberg | May 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”327077″]Name Plate Help:

    Does anybody happen to know where I can order a nameplate for an NFL replica jersey. I have had a Winslow for the Browns, but with the recent draft and draft of Brian Robiskie I am looking to simply replace the name plate. Any help of somewhere would be greatly appreciated.

    -Steve[/quote]

    Rule of thumb – always check ebay before you ask

    http://search.ebay.c...

  • Juggernaut | May 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm |

    Anyone looking for custom stirrups and sanitary socks?

    http://www.socksrock...

    This site makes the old Red Sox style.

    I’m thinking about doing stirrups for rugby, anyone think that will play?

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”327074″]Doncha love how punk rock seems to be the common “thread” for us DIY’ers?[/quote]
    that is because there is pleasure in the pain.

  • MPowers1634 | May 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”327082″]Anyone looking for custom stirrups and sanitary socks?

    http://www.socksrock...

    This site makes the old Red Sox style.

    I’m thinking about doing stirrups for rugby, anyone think that will play?[/quote]

    I ordered the stirrups for our production of “Damn Yankees” from that site.

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”327082″]Anyone looking for custom stirrups and sanitary socks?

    http://www.socksrock...

    This site makes the old Red Sox style.

    I’m thinking about doing stirrups for rugby, anyone think that will play?[/quote]

    i tried that a few months ago.

    needed at least 6 people (2 pair a piece), to go in together and order the 3 stripe socks. black with yellow stripes. old-school pittsburgh pirates/clemente/maz style!

    lol. there, i tried again!

  • Ry Co 40 | May 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”327085″][quote comment=”327082″]Anyone looking for custom stirrups and sanitary socks?

    http://www.socksrock...

    This site makes the old Red Sox style.

    I’m thinking about doing stirrups for rugby, anyone think that will play?[/quote]

    i tried that a few months ago.

    needed at least 6 people (2 pair a piece), to go in together and order the 3 stripe socks. black with yellow stripes. old-school pittsburgh pirates/clemente/maz style!

    lol. there, i tried again![/quote]

    … or 4 people, 3 pair a piece would be the low-low price of $29.47. hahaha

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”327080″][quote comment=”327078″][quote comment=”327073″]due to chicago weather, opening bags day has been postponed. on this international working mans day, in the town of the ultimate bag at the haymarket riot, we sadly cancel tonight’s ceremonious cornhole games. so, to all the workers, with all their troubles, who were coming over for my smoked biscuit, cheap beer, and bags[sic], i say unto you, i am deeply sorry that the cornmother could not have graced us with better weather, but still feel free to throw a wrench in the machine today.[/quote]

    Huh?[/quote]

    you don’t remember this man?[/quote]

    it’s may day, the tradional opening day for blue collar games like cornhole, der. no, i kid. but this is olde labour day, before the government changed it at the request of buisness to the end of summer, where if it were a long strike it would be winter not summer. that’s why labour day is where it is, and not today. so, i usually have my opening day for cornhole on this day to symbolize a strike on what once was the international working mans day, or labour day. even amoung the twenty who participate, only i dig the symbolism, and i knew that was going to fly over everybody’s head, i was just having fun.

  • ADAM | May 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”327009″][quote comment=”326953″]You know what is funnier to me than the Mess selling cans of beer from a counter called “Bottled Beer”? It is the fact that with the prices in the photo, they actually have the calorie content before the price. Like someone (Silly enough) who is going to buy a $7.50 beer is going to care how much f*cking calories there are in it? Oh yeah, and I forgot that bottled water has 0 calories. Nice look yard that Citi Field is, but typical Mets…stupid is as stupid does…[/quote]

    As much as I’d love to pick on the Wilpons, but that’s the law in New York City – all chain restaurants are required to post caloric counts.

    I presume whatever company handles concessions at Debbits Field is large enough to fall under the rule. Or maybe the multiple locations around the park each qualify, pushing them past the 15-outlet threshold.

    You’ll see the same thing at Yankee Stadium. You see the same thing at the McDonald’s on 46th and 6th.[/quote]

    Shows you how long it has been since i have been home…

  • pflava | May 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”327085″][quote comment=”327082″]Anyone looking for custom stirrups and sanitary socks?

    http://www.socksrock...

    This site makes the old Red Sox style.

    I’m thinking about doing stirrups for rugby, anyone think that will play?[/quote]

    i tried that a few months ago.

    needed at least 6 people (2 pair a piece), to go in together and order the 3 stripe socks. black with yellow stripes. old-school pittsburgh pirates/clemente/maz style!

    lol. there, i tried again![/quote]

    Man, I got excited until I saw the 12 per order minimum.

  • Lwiedy | May 1, 2009 at 3:24 pm |

    Love the surgical masks: http://farm3.static....
    Maybe all that covering of the mouth by coaches, managers, pitchers & catchers has nothing to do with lip reading but is just good sense during the cold & flu season.

  • Biz | May 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm |

    RE: Mets Bottled Beer.

    I noticed that the other night when I was there. I also noticed, the font on the coolers next to the thermometer is actually from Batman Forever.

    I used the same font on a design gig years back, funny that they’d use such a cheesy free font.

  • Greenie | May 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm |

    Just a short while after position player Nick Swisher pitches for the the Yankees, the Red Sox do the same as their rivals by putting right fielder Jonathan Van Every in to pitch in a blow-out loss to the Rays. To one-up them however, they KEEP THE PITCHER IN RIGHT FIELD, and even make Javier Lopez chase down a fly ball.

    Sorry if this was already mentioned last night. But I thought it was too great to not mention.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Nick | May 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”326976″]I thought those 94 Gophers jersey’s were based on jerseys from an earlier era, which they were commemorating. I vaguely remember news stories explaining what they were based on – don’t remember what, though. I wish they kept them more than one year. They look astounding up close.[/quote]

    I actually liked the 1994 Apex Gophers jerseys as well as the unique Iowa hawkeyes Apex jerseys of that era.

    The jerseys were a bit overdone and over -ornamentalized, I mean, do you REALLY need the two “M”s when you already have the “M”s on the Helmet? Do you really need the HAWKEYES wording on the chest when you already have WINGS on the shoulders and Hawkeyes’ heads on the helmet?

    That said, I liked them, they were unique and broke with the Blah Penn State wannabee unis the Gophers have worn for some time, and who really can’t say that Iowa shouldn’t have its owen identity and not wear Terry Bradshaw’s Steelers rip-offs?

    Now, if Iowa or Minnesota fans want to tell me to jumo in the lake over this, I will take my medicine because I do not live in either place. but as a uniwatcher, I declare that those Apex unis are in total better than what I see those teams wearing today – and I stand by that.

  • Nick | May 1, 2009 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”326991″]More photos of Arkansas Apex Awesomeness:

    http://www.hogdb.com...

    http://www.hogdb.com...

    That style REALLY went underground after the 1-2 seasons the Razorbacks wore them. I defy you to find any of those jerseys, or replicas, or many photos of that style ANYWHERE !!!

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm |

    “that Iowa shouldn’t have its owen identity and not wear Terry Bradshaw’s Steelers rip-offs?”

    I am not now—and never will be—an apologist for the University of Iowa. I just think something should be clear, or the record. Iowa did not “rip off” the Steelers in the truest sense of the phrase. When Hayden Fry arrived the program was in disarray. He said, “I want them to dress like winners,” and thus adopted the unis of the then-dynastic Steelers, a team that used the same colors as the Hawkeyes and had a record of success well worth emulating.

    Everything was out in the open, and intended as a compliment. Never was there any attempt to be anything but open about it. They most certainly used the look, but they didn’t “steal” it, or claim it was original to them or of their own creation.

    Just the opposite.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm |

    That being said, Nick, I liked those “feathered” Iowa jerseys. Back then I remembered thinking it was about time they had something truly their own.

    Now, as far as the Gophers’ “double M’s”…not so much. Okay for the Montreal Machine of the WLAF, maybe. For the Gophers, no.

    —Ricko

  • pflava | May 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm |

    With the state of football “sleeves”, now would be a good time for Iowa to finally drop the Steelers jersey striping. The best bet would probably be to simply have no striping and slap the yellow hawkeye on the sleeve, keeping the white numbers. Nothing drastic. And maybe go with double black stripes on the pants.

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”327097″]With the state of football “sleeves”, now would be a good time for Iowa to finally drop the Steelers jersey striping. The best bet would probably be to simply have no striping and slap the yellow hawkeye on the sleeve, keeping the white numbers. Nothing drastic. And maybe go with double black stripes on the pants.[/quote]

    This is crude (done in Paint), but something like this?
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”327096″]Now, as far as the Gophers’ “double M’s”…not so much. Okay for the Montreal Machine of the WLAF, maybe. For the Gophers, no.[/quote]

    right.

    cuz this is much better ;)

  • pflava | May 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”327098″][quote comment=”327097″]With the state of football “sleeves”, now would be a good time for Iowa to finally drop the Steelers jersey striping. The best bet would probably be to simply have no striping and slap the yellow hawkeye on the sleeve, keeping the white numbers. Nothing drastic. And maybe go with double black stripes on the pants.[/quote]

    This is crude (done in Paint), but something like this?
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Exactly. I was about to post this…

    http://img.photobuck...

    Also done in Paint. I think I one-upped you on crudeness.

  • LarryB | May 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm |

    I was one that liked those Iowa jerseys. I heard somebody caled them banana peels

  • LarryB | May 1, 2009 at 5:58 pm |

    http://img.photobuck...

    http://img.photobuck...

    Iowa has had the sort of Steeler look before.

  • another Josh | May 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”327015″]APEX clothed Hayden Fry’s Iowa Hawkeyes in 1994-95 as well.

    http://www.life.com/...

    http://www.life.com/...

    I was at Iowa State during this period, and ISU had shiny red uniforms at the same time. One year I had to listen to the ISU at Iowa games on the radio because I couldn’t bear to watch the game on TV, the combination of uniforms hurt my eyes so much.

  • Nick | May 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”327095″]”that Iowa shouldn’t have its owen identity and not wear Terry Bradshaw’s Steelers rip-offs?”

    I am not now—and never will be—an apologist for the University of Iowa. I just think something should be clear, or the record. Iowa did not “rip off” the Steelers in the truest sense of the phrase. When Hayden Fry arrived the program was in disarray. He said, “I want them to dress like winners,” and thus adopted the unis of the then-dynastic Steelers, a team that used the same colors as the Hawkeyes and had a record of success well worth emulating.

    Everything was out in the open, and intended as a compliment. Never was there any attempt to be anything but open about it. They most certainly used the look, but they didn’t “steal” it, or claim it was original to them or of their own creation.

    Just the opposite.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I did not mean “steal” in the sense of theivery, more in the sense of copying.

    I agreed at the time with Hayden Fry wanting to change the Hawkeyes’ direction and in doing so AT THAT TIME. It made sense at that time, and to the extent that unis affect the identity and ethos of a team, partcularly one on the rockks as were the Hawkeyes then, it was a “home run” of a move.

    Nonetheleess, decades have passed and over the many years Iowa has played football it has worn many uniforms – some of them very nice and adaptable to the current equipment. I would prefer the university go in that direction.

    I can also understand the fact that many Iowa fans have watched the Hawkeyes play in the “Steelers” template uni – they may have worn that football uni longer and more continuously than any other – and have witnessed many good seasons with the Hawkeyes in that uni. In that respect, that uni IS the Hawkeyes football identity. Further, the “Steelers” template unis are infinitely better than the ones adopted after the Apex unis were jettisoned.

    I can understand both approaches, and I simply prefer college teams having their own identity. The Apex unis, however garish, were a step in that direction, and with a small bit of tweeking of the Apex uni – ridding it of the “Hawkeyes” wording and hawk head on front of the jersey, perhaps fixing the half-stripe on the pants – would have been a wonderful college uniform allowing a unique, sensible identity for that team.

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”327102″]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v478/Larrymb/bll3.jpg?t=1241214975

    http://img.photobuck...

    Iowa has had the sort of Steeler look before.[/quote]
    this is what they should use, keep the helmet, but go back to it. perfect. it keeps the essence of the way they look now, but isn’t a direct copy of the stillers

  • Nick | May 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”327100″][quote comment=”327098″][quote comment=”327097″]With the state of football “sleeves”, now would be a good time for Iowa to finally drop the Steelers jersey striping. The best bet would probably be to simply have no striping and slap the yellow hawkeye on the sleeve, keeping the white numbers. Nothing drastic. And maybe go with double black stripes on the pants.[/quote]

    This is crude (done in Paint), but something like this?
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Exactly. I was about to post this…

    http://img.photobuck...

    Also done in Paint. I think I one-upped you on crudeness.[/quote]

    Why not leave the Hawkeye head on the helmet, and instead of sleeve stripes use the horizontal “Apex Feather” of that jersey? No need for Hawkeye head redundancy.

    Then Iowa would have a unique, sensible, TOPICAL (team mascot IOD with the jersey) uniform that would be “it’s own” as well as one that that works with the elimination of jersey sleeves that we are currently living through.

  • Nick | May 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm |

    Speaking of Calgary/Atlanta Flames teams and logos.

    I always thought that the Atlanta Flames “Motion A” was among the very best team logos EVER designed.

    Equal mix of Team City (Atlanta) and Team Logo (Flames) in a sharp, readable, identifiable mark. The perfect, simple, sensible ID. PERFECT.

    Too bad it was gone with hockey’s move from Atlanta.

  • Les | May 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”327107″]Speaking of Calgary/Atlanta Flames teams and logos.

    I always thought that the Atlanta Flames “Motion A” was among the very best team logos EVER designed.

    Equal mix of Team City (Atlanta) and Team Logo (Flames) in a sharp, readable, identifiable mark. The perfect, simple, sensible ID. PERFECT.

    Too bad it was gone with hockey’s move from Atlanta.[/quote]

    Agreed. Plus it combined Atlanta’s history, referencing the great Atlanta fire of 1917.

    That “A” is still around, though; the Calgary Flames use it to signify alternate captains. And, with a farm team move to Abbotsford, there is a perfect opportunity to revive that great logo.

  • Ricko | May 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”327105″][quote comment=”327102″]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v478/Larrymb/bll3.jpg?t=1241214975

    http://img.photobuck...

    Iowa has had the sort of Steeler look before.[/quote]
    this is what they should use, keep the helmet, but go back to it. perfect. it keeps the essence of the way they look now, but isn’t a direct copy of the stillers[/quote]

    I’ve been saying essentially that for years to anyone who’d listen. Iowa in a updated version of the classic look of their 50s and 60s powerhouses would be great. Imagine the current Steeler throwbacks with yellow-gold pants and better sleeve stripes.

    —Ricko

  • LarryB | May 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm |

    And for whatever reason I did not remember those Gopher uniforms. And I follow the Big Ten.

    I do not know if this was posted but Minnesota is supposed to Texas in a home and home series. They last met in 1936. Minnesota won 47-19

    http://www.startribu...

  • Scott Davis | May 1, 2009 at 7:06 pm |

    Two “Hello Kitty” references in a little over a week?! What is this site coming to?!

  • Johnny O | May 1, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  • LarryB | May 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”327109″][quote comment=”327105″][quote comment=”327102″]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v478/Larrymb/bll3.jpg?t=1241214975

    http://img.photobuck...

    Iowa has had the sort of Steeler look before.[/quote]
    this is what they should use, keep the helmet, but go back to it. perfect. it keeps the essence of the way they look now, but isn’t a direct copy of the stillers[/quote]

    I’ve been saying essentially that for years to anyone who’d listen. Iowa in a updated version of the classic look of their 50s and 60s powerhouses would be great. Imagine the current Steeler throwbacks with yellow-gold pants and better sleeve stripes.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I know Ricko brought that up before. And while I liked the idea of the Steeler throwback I too agree the sleeve stripe did not look as good as it originally did in the 60’s

  • Les in Saskatchewan | May 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm |

    [quote comment=\”326968\”]Great work on the masks, Les.

    This would have been a phenomenal follow-up to the mask article Phil and I worked on about a month or so back.

    Still absolutely love the olde-tyme masks![/quote]

    That mask piece inspired me to submit this. Unfortunately, severe procrastination caused a considerable delay in execution. d\’oh.

  • Les in Saskatchewan | May 1, 2009 at 8:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”327019″]Three cheers for the Man Pit. We need pics of other caves out there![/quote]

    I second that motion. Uni-centric ManPits: let’s see ’em!

  • Les in Saskatchewan | May 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”327055″]as with two days ago, i will not read the ticker today in respect to the post…
    awesome man, but you stole my thunder on my next diy project, i was going to show this old school fiberglass mask process as a diy. oh well, back to the drawing board. first off, i swear i didn’t steal your mask design here. i guess great minds think alike, [/quote]

    Talk about thinking alike: you’re a Stiga guy as well. I have 5 tables, host a local league and have competed in Stiga North American Tour table hockey tournaments.

    Good on you, excellent mask design, keep your little metal stick on the ice!

  • =bg= | May 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm |

    http://www.nydailyne...

    540- sneaks for our First Lady. And they aren’t even Nike’s!

  • Mike Engle | May 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”327117″]http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/fashion/2009/05/01/2009-05-01_first_lady_michelle_obama_kicks_in_own_foot_feat_for_fashionistas_lanvin.html

    540- sneaks for our First Lady. And they aren’t even Nike’s![/quote]
    But Powers just bought a pair anyway!

  • Stuby | May 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”327117″]http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/fashion/2009/05/01/2009-05-01_first_lady_michelle_obama_kicks_in_own_foot_feat_for_fashionistas_lanvin.html

    540- sneaks for our First Lady. And they aren’t even Nike’s![/quote]
    Seriously, at a food bank?

    You could probably make a DIY pair of those out of low-cut Chucks.

    I remember the press made a big deal about her wearing J. Crew stuff on their trip to Europe because it was ‘regular American’ fashion or something like that.

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”327109″][quote comment=”327105″][quote comment=”327102″]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v478/Larrymb/bll3.jpg?t=1241214975

    http://img.photobuck...

    Iowa has had the sort of Steeler look before.[/quote]
    this is what they should use, keep the helmet, but go back to it. perfect. it keeps the essence of the way they look now, but isn’t a direct copy of the stillers[/quote]

    I’ve been saying essentially that for years to anyone who’d listen. Iowa in a updated version of the classic look of their 50s and 60s powerhouses would be great. Imagine the current Steeler throwbacks with yellow-gold pants and better sleeve stripes.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    hm, you agree with me, you must be a genius.

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”327116″][quote comment=”327055″]as with two days ago, i will not read the ticker today in respect to the post…
    awesome man, but you stole my thunder on my next diy project, i was going to show this old school fiberglass mask process as a diy. oh well, back to the drawing board. first off, i swear i didn’t steal your mask design here. i guess great minds think alike, [/quote]

    Talk about thinking alike: you’re a Stiga guy as well. I have 5 tables, host a local league and have competed in Stiga North American Tour table hockey tournaments.

    Good on you, excellent mask design, keep your little metal stick on the ice![/quote]
    if you ever want any teams painted, you know where to reach me.

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 9:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”327108″][quote comment=”327107″]Speaking of Calgary/Atlanta Flames teams and logos.

    I always thought that the Atlanta Flames “Motion A” was among the very best team logos EVER designed.

    Equal mix of Team City (Atlanta) and Team Logo (Flames) in a sharp, readable, identifiable mark. The perfect, simple, sensible ID. PERFECT.

    Too bad it was gone with hockey’s move from Atlanta.[/quote]

    Agreed. Plus it combined Atlanta’s history, referencing the great Atlanta fire of 1917.

    That “A” is still around, though; the Calgary Flames use it to signify alternate captains. And, with a farm team move to Abbotsford, there is a perfect opportunity to revive that great logo.[/quote]

    and atlanta/calgary was one of my favourites before the black

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”327118″][quote comment=”327117″]http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/fashion/2009/05/01/2009-05-01_first_lady_michelle_obama_kicks_in_own_foot_feat_for_fashionistas_lanvin.html

    540- sneaks for our First Lady. And they aren’t even Nike’s![/quote]
    But Powers just bought a pair anyway![/quote]

    y’all gotta place yer bets on what he wears to the met game wednesday…

    /im takin odds…currently we’re running at 2-1 on the JRR tributes, 3-1 on the obama kicks, and 4-1 on the field

  • rpm | May 1, 2009 at 9:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”327123″][quote comment=”327118″][quote comment=”327117″]http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/fashion/2009/05/01/2009-05-01_first_lady_michelle_obama_kicks_in_own_foot_feat_for_fashionistas_lanvin.html

    540- sneaks for our First Lady. And they aren’t even Nike’s![/quote]
    But Powers just bought a pair anyway![/quote]

    y’all gotta place yer bets on what he wears to the met game wednesday…

    /im takin odds…currently we’re running at 2-1 on the JRR tributes, 3-1 on the obama kicks, and 4-1 on the field[/quote]

    people say i am a little off centre, but that pixture is insane. the site has used that before, no? think he has any size 13 plain as humanly possible black baseball spikes he wants to part with?

  • =bg= | May 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |

    Do the Vikings have anyone wearing #4?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    They will.
    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.

  • LI Phil | May 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”327125″]Do the Vikings have anyone wearing #4?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    They will.
    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.[/quote]

    not this crap again

  • Stuby | May 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”327125″]Do the Vikings have anyone wearing #4?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    They will.
    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.[/quote]
    The Booty Man wears #4, but I’m sure he’d give it up. Or give up his job, I guess.

  • Johnny O | May 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |

    Between the Brewers getting absolutely screwed on that call in the 8th, and talks of Favre going to the Vikings surfacing… this is not a good night for me.

    (I hope Macha appeals something to the MLB about that blown call. Can they do something like that?)

  • Tony Miller | May 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm |

    From CBS Sports: Brian McCann will come off the DL next week wearing glasses instead of contacts. (Full story)

  • Patrick in MI | May 1, 2009 at 11:33 pm |

    Wow, the Vikes coach is Brad Childress? http://news.minnesot...
    All this time I thought it was Michael Jeter. http://www.tribute.c...

  • union jack | May 2, 2009 at 2:03 am |

    Paul,
    Sorry to hear about your Iguana Pox… just pray you don’t come down with the Moose Knuckle.