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Look Who Gets It™!

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In yesterday morning’s Ticker, I noted that several MLB players were suddenly wearing stirrups. “There’s definitely a little trendlet at work here,” I added. “I think the hosiery pendulum may finally be ready to start swinging back the other way.” As if to underscore my point, a few hours later David Wright joined the bandwagon. Unprecedented! Wright usually goes high-cuffed for day games, but I’m fairly certain this is the first time he’s ever gone with stirrups instead of solid socks. I’m tellin’ ya, people, there’s a train a-comin’, and it’s pulling boxcars and boxcars full of stirrups.

I knew my man Ken Davidoff was covering the game for Newsday, so I shot him a quick note: “Ask Wright about the stirrups, please. And when he gives you some innocuous answer, like, ‘Just figured I’d go with an old-school look today’ or whatever, ask him whether the equipment staff already had stirrups in stock or if they had to special-order them.” Ken (who could easily have told me to do my own damn reporting) not only was nice enough to oblige, he even ran the following tidbit last night on his blog:

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch requested that I ask Wright what was up with wearing the full stirrups today. Wright’s response: “Yeah, why not? Change it up a little bit.”

Paul even fed me a follow-up question: Did the clubhouse attendants have the stirrups in supply, or was a special order made? Wright replied that they were on site but, “They had to get them from the top of the bin.”

Thanks, Ken. And thanks, for once, to Charlie Samuels — good to know he’s got the goods in stock.

New ESPN column today, and I think you’ll find it quite interesting — look here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Longtime Uni Watch pal Jared Wheeler has been working on an exhibit about the history of baseball in Philadelphia. The exhibit opens this Friday and will be up through mid-October. Details here. … Check out the second-to-last graf here (with thanks to Joshua Pester). … John Sheehan is in his first year working for the Red Sox front office. The other day he was checking out a garage on Yawkey Way — just exploring, getting familiar with the grounds, etc. — and look what he discovered. How cool is that?! A shame to see it gathering dust like that, though. … New Arsenal away kits have been leaked (with thanks to Stephen Wong). … Dig this cool meta-helmet! That’s one of many sports-oriented ads that Brinke Guthrie has scanned from a two books of classic vintage advertising (the books are here and here), plus he’s got a ton of other interesting NFL-related stuff on display here. … Check out these lacrosse gloves — Adidas three-stripe thing or Michigan winged helmet motif? Maybe both (good spot by Tom Wilcox). … Earlier this year, Lance Armstrong had a yellow Livestrong stripe on his left shorts cuff. Now his whole team has it. That news comes from Bryan, who also reports that Lance is wearing world champion rainbow sleeve stripes (for the first time since 2002) and a new helmet (which matches the pattern on his bike). … More cycling news from Bryan: Columbia-High Road had pink accents in their kit on Wednesday, since Thomas Lovkvist was in the maglia rosa (which is benefiting from the Dolce and Gabbana makeover — note the Italian-themed vertical striping), and Astana may have a new kit today. … Pat Sokolowski saw this posted on a Mizzou blog. “Where to start?” he says. “Classic looks. Love the boots on OSU, even as a Mizzou fan. But WTF, a cornhusker sombrero?” … Unique twist on the DIY phenomenon in Pittsburgh, where there’s a guy who modifies NHL jerseys to piss off fans of the Pens’ opponents. Amusing details here (with thanks to Hugh McBride). … Wow, what a concept. … Looks like Ronnie Lott had some sleeve modifications back in the day (with thanks to Ken Ritz). … He’s calling it Shea, I’d be willing to bet. … Martin Prado is wearing those annoying Phiten-branded socks, just like Miguel Cabrera was doing last season. And apparently someone on the Angels was wearing them on April 15th. Matt Powers posted that last photo in last night’s comments but didn’t say who the player was. Hey, Matt, fill us in. … Super-cool vintage football uniform ad here. … Major discovery by Kelly Phillips who found The Complete Historical and Statistical Reference to the World Hockey Association (1972-1979) on Google Books. Unfortunately, it’s a “book preview,” not the entire book, but there are still a ton of good material — click through it and see for yourself.

Small Request: There will be an entry tomorrow — it’s already written and ready to go — but I’m going to be waaaaaay too busy today to compile a Ticker. Same goes for tomorrow. So unless you’ve got some kind of breaking news of “Natinals”-like importance, please hold your Ticker contributions until next week. Trust me, I’ll be much better equipped to deal with them then. Thanks.

 

187 comments to Look Who Gets It™!

  • KT | May 14, 2009 at 7:14 am |

    I have a copy of that WHA book. Great for stats nerds and fans of obscure/defunct sports leagues. Has logos in it, but not uniforms.

  • Matt Lesser | May 14, 2009 at 7:15 am |

    Paul – Those lacrosse gloves look like either the Warrior Hypno, or the Warrior Superfreak. That adidastripe action is kinda sad, considering adidas has their own line of gloves.

    Hypno:
    http://farm4.static....

    Superfreak:
    http://www.westsides...

    Tri-stripe action:
    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

  • Dan | May 14, 2009 at 7:32 am |

    Torii Hunter in the Phiten socks talking to Junior.

  • Mike Edgerly | May 14, 2009 at 7:53 am |

    I’m 99.99999% percent sure that’s Danilo DiLuca in the “Dolce and Gabanna” makeover pic of the Giro Pink Jersey (not Thomas Lovkvist)

  • Glen H | May 14, 2009 at 8:01 am |

    David Wright = My Hero

  • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2009 at 8:05 am |

    [quote comment=”329131″]I’m 99.99999% percent sure that’s Danilo DiLuca in the “Dolce and Gabanna” makeover pic of the Giro Pink Jersey (not Thomas Lovkvist)[/quote]

    Doesn’t matter who it is– that shot is just to show the current jersey design.

  • Justin H. | May 14, 2009 at 8:11 am |

    more importantly on that Michigan lacrosse pic…. Who knew my alma mater Oakland Universit had a workable Lacrosse team?
    I graduated in 2007 and dont remember a damn thing about it…and I was on the club dodgeball team…..

  • Mike Edgerly | May 14, 2009 at 8:25 am |

    [quote comment=”329133″][quote comment=”329131″]I’m 99.99999% percent sure that’s Danilo DiLuca in the “Dolce and Gabanna” makeover pic of the Giro Pink Jersey (not Thomas Lovkvist)[/quote]

    Doesn’t matter who it is– that shot is just to show the current jersey design.[/quote]

    AAAAH, cycling still has a long way to go in this country! Just for that, here’s a pic of Mario Cipollini in a pink bodysuit http://www.cyclingne...

  • JTH | May 14, 2009 at 8:26 am |

    During yesterday’s Corky Miller stirrups discussion, I forgot to mention that they did not go unnoticed by the White Sox’ radio broadcasters.

    I just happened to flip my radio to the Sox/Indians game just Miller was stepping to the plate against Jeremy Sowers. Ed Farmer, the play-by-play guy, said “Miller wears the old-time baseball socks.” He paused and then added, “The pitcher, Sowers, does as well.” Color man Darrin Jackson jumps in and says, “That’s old school. Hey, those are stirrups!” To that, Farmer replies with a chuckle “Yes they are.” The conversation did not continue.

    I’d like to think that Ozzie Guillen benched AJ Pierzynski specifically to get the stirrups vs. stirrups match-up rather than the righty batter vs. lefty pitcher match-up.

    And jammy-wearing AJ was back in the lineup yesterday. He went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and the Sox lost. Coincidence? I think not.

  • Matt | May 14, 2009 at 8:38 am |

    Here’s the Big 10 Family Portrait, http://farm4.static....

    The SWC Family Fortrait,
    http://blogs.chron.c...

    The SEC Family Portrait,
    http://i10.ebayimg.c...

    Here’s a new version of the ACC Family Portrait,
    http://www.bookstore...

  • Steve | May 14, 2009 at 8:39 am |

    Did anyone see the guy in the front row at the Yankees-Blue Jays game last night? He was wearing what looked like an atual MLB umpire shirt with the number 71 on it, and a MLB hat, and he was doing a replica strike three punchout whenever a Yankee struck out. Pretty interesting….

  • Steve | May 14, 2009 at 8:41 am |

    Paul, nothing on the horrible black on dark blue matchup between the Mets and Braves yesterday? Even the Mets announcers were ripping on the choice of jerseys. They go “I guess their equiment managers failed to talk about which jerseys they were going to wear today”

  • John Philips | May 14, 2009 at 8:48 am |

    I was at the Met Brave game yesterday afternoon with my 10 year old. It was quite difficult for him to distinguish who was on what team since they were both wearing similar colored jerseys. Why a team who’s official colors are blue and orange is wearing black to begin with is one thing, but can MLB get on the stick and try to make it easier for a little kid to tell who is playing who? Isn’t that behind the idea of uniform? To see who is on what side? We ended up looking at the pants to see who was who when there were runners on the bases. I don’t want my 10 year old checking out trousers at a baseball game.

  • Ryan B. | May 14, 2009 at 8:56 am |

    I remember my grandparents having a couple of plastic souvenir glasses based on the Big Ten “Family Portrait” concept. I believe they got them at a Purdue football game back in the ’80s.

    The image on the cups was similar to the one given in #10, but not exactly the same. I’ll try to find an image.

  • Glen H | May 14, 2009 at 8:58 am |

    [quote comment=\”329135\”][quote comment=\”329133\”][quote comment=\”329131\”]I\’m 99.99999% percent sure that\’s Danilo DiLuca in the \”Dolce and Gabanna\” makeover pic of the Giro Pink Jersey (not Thomas Lovkvist)[/quote]

    Doesn\’t matter who it is– that shot is just to show the current jersey design.[/quote]

    AAAAH, cycling still has a long way to go in this country! Just for that, here\’s a pic of Mario Cipollini in a pink bodysuit http://www.cyclingne...

    HAHaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! That is horrendous

  • Tom | May 14, 2009 at 9:01 am |

    I think the Michigan lacrosse gloves are following the helmet motif, not the Adidas 3-stripe. As an earlier commenter noted, the gloves are Warriors. In the first lacrosse picture, the uniform is Nike.

  • Mark in Shiga | May 14, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    I like the Braves’ alternate jerseys (the outline-only numbers are cool), but they look truly awful with the distinctively-piped pants that the Braves wear. Either design some alternate pants to go with these things, or saev them for spring training.

  • LI Phil | May 14, 2009 at 9:06 am |

    [quote comment=”329140″]I was at the Met Brave game yesterday afternoon with my 10 year old.

    It was quite difficult for him to distinguish who was on what team since they were both wearing similar colored jerseys.

    Why a team who’s official colors are blue and orange is wearing black to begin with is one thing, but can MLB get on the stick and try to make it easier for a little kid to tell who is playing who?

    Isn’t that behind the idea of uniform?

    To see who is on what side? We ended up looking at the pants to see who was who when there were runners on the bases.

    I don’t want my 10 year old checking out trousers at a baseball game.[/quote]

    i had thought (wrongly, i spose) there was some kind of rule prohibiting two teams from wearing the same color softball tops — now, since the braves “blue” and the mets “black” aren’t quite the same, maybe that rule (if there is one) doesn’t apply

    i din’t see the game live, but i watched the entire replay (to see DW’s stirrupy goodness, dontcha know)…and there were times it was almost impossible to tell the difference between the two teams, especially late in the day when the shadows were casting a grayish hue on both teams pants…

    the softball tops should be outlawed PERIOD, but MLB really needs to take action to avert this situation in the future

    i don’t know if the braves even bring their gray (alternate) road tops with them anymore, but it is the home teams prerogative to wear their little league jersey’s if they so choose…so, im not sure that the fault actually lies with the mets here

    either way, it’s a travesty…seriously…were it not for wright’s hoisery, the game was seriously impossible to watch at times…i can only imagine how difficult it was for a 10 year old fan…i hope he’s not soured on this great game because of this uni-shenanigans

    ridiculous

  • Stuby | May 14, 2009 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment=”329142″][quote comment=\”329135\”][quote comment=\”329133\”][quote comment=\”329131\”]I\’m 99.99999% percent sure that\’s Danilo DiLuca in the \”Dolce and Gabanna\” makeover pic of the Giro Pink Jersey (not Thomas Lovkvist)[/quote]

    Doesn\’t matter who it is– that shot is just to show the current jersey design.[/quote]

    AAAAH, cycling still has a long way to go in this country! Just for that, here\’s a pic of Mario Cipollini in a pink bodysuit http://www.cyclingne...

    HAHaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! That is horrendous[/quote]
    You might enjoy these then…

    http://www.grahamwat...

    http://www.deportesa...

    http://cdn.mos.biker...

    …and Mario being Mario

    http://grahamwatson....

  • Leo | May 14, 2009 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”329134″]more importantly on that Michigan lacrosse pic…. Who knew my alma mater Oakland Universit had a workable Lacrosse team?
    I graduated in 2007 and dont remember a damn thing about it…and I was on the club dodgeball team…..[/quote]

    That is Oakland’s club team. Same for Michigan.

  • Will | May 14, 2009 at 9:12 am |

    The graphics for Lance Armstrong’s bike and helmet were designed by Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant notoriety. Or to most, “The Guy Who Did the Obama Poster”.

    You can check more out here.

  • Will | May 14, 2009 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=\”329145\”][quote comment=\”329140\”]
    i don\’t know if the braves even bring their gray (alternate) road tops with them anymore, but it is the home teams prerogative to wear their little league jersey\’s if they so choose…so, im not sure that the fault actually lies with the mets here[/quote]

    I was at the Nats game a few weeks back when the Bravos were in town and Atlanta was in their grays with sold blue caps.

    Here\’s a photo.

  • Will | May 14, 2009 at 9:19 am |

    Apologies, I forgot to close the quotes.

    Again, here’s that photo.

  • dgc | May 14, 2009 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”329137″]
    Here’s a new version of the ACC Family Portrait,
    http://www.bookstore...

    That’s a really weird looking Seminole there.

  • Randy Rollyson | May 14, 2009 at 9:21 am |

    Now, if the stirrups that David Wright was wearing were royal blue. I wonder if they have royal blue stirrups in the clubhouse, or only black? The Mets need to get a clue and get rid of all the black. It looks terrible.

  • rod | May 14, 2009 at 9:22 am |

    Notice the ACC is politically correct and doesn’t put the Florida State player in his Seminole outfit. The Seminole tribe says its alright, but others are more enlightened I guess.

  • Alex | May 14, 2009 at 9:24 am |

    Paul, it was indded good to see Wright wearing stirrups but I hope to see him wearing blue ones with the damn pinstripes soon. Baby steps!

  • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2009 at 9:26 am |

    Today’s ESPN column is up:

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • scott | May 14, 2009 at 9:30 am |

    Braves also wore their grays in Pittsburgh, I believe, when the Pirates wore their black tops.

    The summer collegiate team in Pittsfield, Mass., like the independent team in Nashua, N.H., is also likely going to wear camo in every game this season.

  • Wade Harder | May 14, 2009 at 9:32 am |

    [quote comment=”329155″]Today’s ESPN column is up:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    Paul, it may just be me, but on your ESPN article the links aren’t opening in a new window.

  • Scott Gladin | May 14, 2009 at 9:35 am |

    I’m a big Braves fan, and while I do like the Away Blue uniforms, I don’t like the fact that they are wearing them for an overwhelming majority of the time on the road.
    I’ve started to do a study breaking down the Braves record – which includes for each uniform. So far, I only have 2009 done as far as game-by-game uniforms done.

    In 2009:
    Home White: 12 Games (4-8), 40 Runs Scored, 55 Allowed
    Home Red: 2 Games (1-1), 13 Runs Scored, 12 Allowed
    Road Gray: 2 Games (0-2), 3 Runs Scored, 7 Allowed
    Road Blue: 18 Games (12-6), 96 Runs Scored, 76 Allowed

    It seems that unless they start losing in them, they have no incentive to get away from the Road Blues.

  • Chris WDE | May 14, 2009 at 9:35 am |

    “http://www.bookstore…”

    That is Aubie in the shirt. Auburn’s Mascot. Not Clemson.

    The Clemson Tiger is a lot uglier. http://tigerhq.com/m...

  • steve | May 14, 2009 at 9:35 am |

    Attended yesterday’s Met game. Uniform wise it was easily was the worst I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen alot. There was even one play with one Met rounding third base, where I really couldn’t tell who was who. Players, coaches, umps, all looking the same. Mets in black with black hats, Braves in dark blue with dark blue hats and the umps in black as well. It was a mess.

  • jesse | May 14, 2009 at 9:40 am |

    Excellent ESPN column today Paul, thank you.

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”329129″]Paul – Those lacrosse gloves look like either the Warrior Hypno, or the Warrior Superfreak. That adidastripe action is kinda sad, considering adidas has their own line of gloves.

    Hypno:
    http://farm4.static....

    Superfreak:
    http://www.westsides...

    Tri-stripe action:
    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    Nice work, you beat me to it.

    As far as I know, Adidas hasn’t delved into Lax yet.

    What I find interesting is that the lax squad is still wearing nike unis. I would assume that they are club and not part of the all sport 8 year 60 million dollar agreement.

    Also interesting is the use of the Jamal Crawford era M jersey:

    http://www.ibiblio.o...

  • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2009 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”329157″][quote comment=”329155″]Today’s ESPN column is up:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    Paul, it may just be me, but on your ESPN article the links aren’t opening in a new window.[/quote]

    Re-paste the column’s URL into a fresh window. Everything shoudl work fine from there.

  • Charlie | May 14, 2009 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”329138″]Did anyone see the guy in the front row at the Yankees-Blue Jays game last night?

    He was wearing what looked like an atual MLB umpire shirt with the number 71 on it, and a MLB hat, and he was doing a replica strike three punchout whenever a Yankee struck out.

    Pretty interesting….[/quote]

    Same guy was doing that when Cleveland played in Toronto!

    Now I have to watch all Toronto home games watching for that guy. Hilarious.

  • random reader | May 14, 2009 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment=”329138″]Did anyone see the guy in the front row at the Yankees-Blue Jays game last night?

    He was wearing what looked like an atual MLB umpire shirt with the number 71 on it, and a MLB hat, and he was doing a replica strike three punchout whenever a Yankee struck out.

    Pretty interesting….[/quote]

    Mentioned this in the comments yesterday. Sportscenter actually mentioned the “umpiring” duo as well, lol.

    BTW were there any entries about Citi Field adding an additional logo behind home plate, as clearly evident in the picture posted up top? It seems they added sometime towards the end of last week in an obvious attempt at logo creep, just so the corporate name could be more visible from the CF angle.

  • Stephen | May 14, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    They also mentioned the color-on-color thing in the Braves radio booth. According to Joe Simpson, The home team is supposed to inform the visiting team as to which jerseys they are wearing (when they have so many alternates), and the visiting team then adjusts accordingly. Joe speculated that the Mets forgot to tell the Braves they were going with their black tops.

    I like the Braves Navy blues alot, but color-on-color sucks. Bravos should have been in their grays yesterday (or, the Mets should have been in their whites).

    ~E~

  • Peter | May 14, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    The science of a curve ball…
    not uni-related but def. sports related

    http://www.aip.org/i...

  • interlockingtc | May 14, 2009 at 9:51 am |

    I thought all of my childhood collectibles had just sort of disappeared or gotten thrown away or misplaced over time….

    ….now I find that Brinke Guthrie has been preserving them all these years. Thank you.

  • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2009 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”329166″]They also mentioned the color-on-color thing in the Braves radio booth. According to Joe Simpson, The home team is supposed to inform the visiting team as to which jerseys they are wearing (when they have so many alternates), and the visiting team then adjusts accordingly. Joe speculated that the Mets forgot to tell the Braves they were going with their black tops.

    I like the Braves Navy blues alot, but color-on-color sucks. Bravos should have been in their grays yesterday (or, the Mets should have been in their whites).

    ~E~[/quote]

    Mets radio team mentioned it too. I didn’t harp on it in today’s entry because it’s reached the level of “duh” — like, of course it looks idiotic, but there’s a game or two like this every week, so it’s nothing new.

  • Kek | May 14, 2009 at 9:53 am |

    Outstanding page 2 column Paul.

    I appreciate the responses from the servicemen and think it would be an interesting thing to do with Native Americans and their thoughts on different team names.

    I think so many of us are so caught up in our own opinions that we neglect what the alleged honored/offended party themselves have to say.

    Well done.

  • Hott Rodd | May 14, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    Wow that sleeve patch looks ri-DONK-ulous… I know it’s been beaten to death, but I don’t watch the Mets.. sooo sue me.

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    “The home team is supposed to inform the visiting team as to which jerseys they are wearing (when they have so many alternates)”

    ” ‘Sposin’ they lie?”

    (from SEMI-TOUGH, actually. Probably shouldn’t use a line from a football movie in a baseball discussion, huh.)

    —Ricko

  • John | May 14, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment=”329143″]I think the Michigan lacrosse gloves are following the helmet motif, not the Adidas 3-stripe. As an earlier commenter noted, the gloves are Warriors. In the first lacrosse picture, the uniform is Nike.[/quote]

    ya, Warrior wouldn’t be caught dead putting the adidas stripes on their gloves. It’s most definitely the wolverine influence. That would be like saying reebok put the nike swoosh on their shoes, just ridiculous.

  • Billy | May 14, 2009 at 10:07 am |

    Jamie Walker has also joined the stirrup club. He wears his pants low, but peaking out is a pair of black stirrups. I haven’t seen an Oriole wear stirrups in a long, long time.

    He is wearing them the same way he wore them in this pic: http://cache.daylife...

    No recent pics though. He had been wearing solid blacks, not sure when he switched.

  • Robert in Dallas | May 14, 2009 at 10:11 am |

    Not a fan of today’s ESPN column.

    (a) I think that the camo jerseys look cool.

    (b) Judging from the number of words in the column, it looks like our Glorious Founder is working just a little too hard to find reasons other than his standard knee-jerk liberalism (if you like camo, you must love war!) to hate the uniforms and the sentiment behind them. (For purposes of disclosure, I am a war-hating Libertarian.)

    (c) The idea of wearing throwback military uniforms is outstanding. I would not throw out the camo with the bathwater, though.

  • Rob Curtin | May 14, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    Paul,

    Great article on Page 2. Really well written, thoughtful, and a great idea for what teams should do instead. I’ll be interested to see what kind of comments you get or e-mails you receive from the non-Uni Watch masses.

  • Mark in Shiga | May 14, 2009 at 10:25 am |

    Robert in Dallas, I agree on the beauty of those WWII-era military uniforms. This is just amazing (and dark uniforms with light sleeves is something that you almost never see nowadays, though Cuba does it from time to time); I’d love to see it again.

    The problem with wearing those old classics, though, is that (as our host has mentioned) the foreign-born players shouldn’t be forced into it. Imagine American players in Japan being forced to wear uniforms commemmorating the Imperial Japanese Army? I’d sit out before wearing anything like that. It’s one thing to put American flags on uniforms — the US (or Canada) is your adopted country if you play in the majors — but connecting them to a specific military is something different.

    With generic camouflage, while the aesthetic suffers, it’s not as specifically tied to one country. I know that the designers are thinking of the US military when they make these uniforms, but I think there’s a boundary between these and the actual designs worn by US soldiers during actual wars.

  • War Damn Eagle | May 14, 2009 at 10:35 am |

    At least Prado (or the Braves equipment manager) tried to black out the Phiten logo on the socks.

    The Braves’ blue alts are cool base. I’m pretty sure the road grays are still double-knit.

    Unless the home team gives them the heads up, I think the uni choice is up to the starting pitcher. They probably prefer the cool base b/c it’s lighter.

    They probably wore gray vs. Pitt. b/c the Pirates let them know about the black alts. And I think they wore the grays in DC b/c it was a cold night (I was there, and it was very cool/drizzly).

  • War Damn Eagle | May 14, 2009 at 10:38 am |

    Enjoyed the Page 2 column. It definitely gives you something to think about when it comes to baseball’s role during conflict/wartime.

  • DenverGregg | May 14, 2009 at 10:41 am |

    On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?

  • War Damn Eagle | May 14, 2009 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”329178″]At least Prado (or the Braves equipment manager) tried to black out the Phiten logo on the socks.

    The Braves’ blue alts are cool base. I’m pretty sure the road grays are still double-knit.

    Unless the home team gives them the heads up, I think the uni choice is up to the starting pitcher. They probably prefer the cool base b/c it’s lighter.

    They probably wore gray vs. Pitt. b/c the Pirates let them know about the black alts. And I think they wore the grays in DC b/c it was a cold night (I was there, and it was very cool/drizzly).[/quote]

    You know what, on second look, that’s probably a cool-base armpit on that gray jersey. That shoots down my theory.

    http://cache.daylife...

  • Bryan Redemske | May 14, 2009 at 10:44 am |

    It’s DiLuca in the closeup of the maglia rosa, but that’s Lovkvist in the Team Columbia shot.

  • Kek | May 14, 2009 at 10:46 am |

    You know, this discussion about the Mets/Braves both wearing dark alts has me thinking: is it really THAT hard to tell two baseball teams apart?

    By no means am I advocating black vs. black/navy, red vs. red, etc. I have the firm belief that two teams uniforms should be of contrasting colors.

    That being said, baseball is the least affected of the four majors of this being an obstacle. I mean can you REALLY not tell the difference in players in a baseball game? The players in the field are wearing gloves, the offensive players running the bases are wearing helmets. Even a novice fan of the game knows where people are positioned and where they should or should not be right?

    Isn’t this sort of the reason why we can get the great mix and match of uniforms from each side come All Star Game time? Surely if it was THAT big of an issue, they’d make the teams wear matching unis (and I think if that happened, there would be some outcry in UW, I know from me for sure, that’s one of the unique things about the MLB ASG).

    Again, not saying I like it, just saying it’s made more of a bigger deal than it really is from the standpoint of watching the game.

  • Kek | May 14, 2009 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”329178″]At least Prado (or the Braves equipment manager) tried to black out the Phiten logo on the socks.

    The Braves’ blue alts are cool base. I’m pretty sure the road grays are still double-knit.

    Unless the home team gives them the heads up, I think the uni choice is up to the starting pitcher. They probably prefer the cool base b/c it’s lighter.

    They probably wore gray vs. Pitt. b/c the Pirates let them know about the black alts. And I think they wore the grays in DC b/c it was a cold night (I was there, and it was very cool/drizzly).[/quote]
    WarDamn, Pirates usually wear black on Friday, but the Mets wore theirs so Pirates wore gray. Saturday, the Pirates, probably because they packed them for Friday, wore the black alts and the mets wore gray. I’m assuming the home team gets preference, as in football.

  • Robert in Dallas | May 14, 2009 at 10:51 am |

    [quote comment=”329180″]On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?[/quote]

    Good call on the straw hat. It is an odd selection, though, as the Cornhuskers’ mascot in those days wore a cowboy hat. All hail Harry Husker.

    http://i62.photobuck...

  • Stuby | May 14, 2009 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”329180″]On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?[/quote]
    Isn’t the term “Sooners” in reference to the White settlers of Oklahoma and not the Natives. Odd depiction there.

    I thought the Nebraska guy’s hat was supposed to look like corn somehow.

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    Poor Paul. Getting smacked over the camo issue. To me it isn’ about paying tribute or not. The tribute should be made, absolutely, but it’s about the manner of it.

    Almost anything taken to excess is tacky. One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful. Thirty of them and you’ve WAY past the line. Likewise, planting a flagpole and flying Old Glory beside your suburban driveway is a striking and appropriate testimony. Line the boundaries of your property with them and, well, you’re striding directly toward overdoing your point, thereby pretty much UNdoing it.

    But something as dignified as wearing caps of the different service branches (as the Twins did last year) doesn’t sell more jerseys. Camo outfits do.

    And that’s the other element that rings hollow in all this.

    (Now, on a strictly sartorial basis, that minor league team in head-to-toe camo looks just stupid, like baseball players playing solider. Or those Navy football unis from last fall. Same thing. Honor the troops, yes, but do it with some real style, not trailer-park excess.

    Let’s flip it over. How dumb would a fighter pilot look in a flight suit that was white with pinstripes and Yankee logo?

    Restraint is an admirable quality is SO much of life.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”329186″][quote comment=”329180″]On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?[/quote]
    Isn’t the term “Sooners” in reference to the White settlers of Oklahoma and not the Natives. Odd depiction there.

    I thought the Nebraska guy’s hat was supposed to look like corn somehow.[/quote]

    Is the “Bear” in the back right supposed to be the Colorado Buffalo?

  • War Damn Eagle | May 14, 2009 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”329184″][quote comment=”329178″]At least Prado (or the Braves equipment manager) tried to black out the Phiten logo on the socks.

    The Braves’ blue alts are cool base. I’m pretty sure the road grays are still double-knit.

    Unless the home team gives them the heads up, I think the uni choice is up to the starting pitcher. They probably prefer the cool base b/c it’s lighter.

    They probably wore gray vs. Pitt. b/c the Pirates let them know about the black alts. And I think they wore the grays in DC b/c it was a cold night (I was there, and it was very cool/drizzly).[/quote]
    WarDamn, Pirates usually wear black on Friday, but the Mets wore theirs so Pirates wore gray. Saturday, the Pirates, probably because they packed them for Friday, wore the black alts and the mets wore gray. I’m assuming the home team gets preference, as in football.[/quote]

    Yeah, I hear you. The “pitcher’s choice” thing was more about the Braves, not MLB in general. The home team always has first choice, but if it’s a totally random selection (like Mets wearing black on a Wednesday day game), and they don’t inform the visiting team, then you’ll probably end up with black vs. blue.

  • Teebz | May 14, 2009 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment=”329190″][quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL[/quote]

    I said “can be”, not “absolutely is”. If, for example, its next to your neon cactus, probably not.

  • steve | May 14, 2009 at 11:19 am |

    kek,

    I beg to differ. I was sitting on the first base side, up a bit, but not that far. There was one play in the game where the Mets had a runner on first the batter hit the ball into the gap in right. The runner on first thought about scoring. Now as my eye went from right field following the ball, to third base to follow the runner, all I saw was a bunch of guys…the runner, the third base coach, the umpire, the third baseman and the pitcher backing up the play…moving this way and that…I know baseball as well as the next guy, but I’m telling you, for that instant, I didn’t know what was what.

  • Martyn | May 14, 2009 at 11:20 am |

    Looks like the Toronto Blue Jays have given a sneak peak of their Canada Day jerseys for this year.

    These went onsale at the team shop this morning.

    http://jaysshop.stor...

    (sorry I don’t know how to make a link)

  • Teebz | May 14, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”329191″][quote comment=”329190″][quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL[/quote]

    I said “can be”, not “absolutely is”. If, for example, its next to your neon cactus, probably not.[/quote]

    What about my garden gnomes and fake deer? Does the flamingo help them? LOL

  • tosaman | May 14, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    Love the Page 2 idea of MLB teams wearing WWII-era throwbacks (can’t you just see the Cubbies rolling out in Great Lakes NS unis?).

    It took me a moment of thought to warm to the idea of teams not selling the military jerseys and caps as merch, then I realized, “Hey, they don’t do it for the Jackie Robinson memorial (that I know of)”.

  • DenverGregg | May 14, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”329188″][quote comment=”329186″][quote comment=”329180″]On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?[/quote]
    Isn’t the term “Sooners” in reference to the White settlers of Oklahoma and not the Natives. Odd depiction there.

    I thought the Nebraska guy’s hat was supposed to look like corn somehow.[/quote]

    Is the “Bear” in the back right supposed to be the Colorado Buffalo?[/quote]
    Bears have horns where you come from? Yikes.

  • Lwiedy | May 14, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”329183″]is it really THAT hard to tell two baseball teams apart?[/quote]

    Well, according to several above posters, it can be. Most of us are well versed on the whos & whats of our sports, but what about someone going to a game for the first time sitting in an upper deck? Should ANYONE really have to think “What team did what?” when it is a simple issue of what are you wearing today, ok we’ll just wear something contrasting. Again, wouldn’t it behoove MLB to consider policies that are friendly to ALL fans, especially one so simple?

    And spare me the “pitcher’s choice” silliness. Just put on a shirt and throw the ball, are we going to change jerseys every time a new hurler is brought in?

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment=”329196″][quote comment=”329188″][quote comment=”329186″][quote comment=”329180″]On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?[/quote]
    Isn’t the term “Sooners” in reference to the White settlers of Oklahoma and not the Natives. Odd depiction there.

    I thought the Nebraska guy’s hat was supposed to look like corn somehow.[/quote]

    Is the “Bear” in the back right supposed to be the Colorado Buffalo?[/quote]
    Bears have horns where you come from? Yikes.[/quote]

    Oops, they looked like ears!

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”329192″]kek,

    I beg to differ. I was sitting on the first base side, up a bit, but not that far. There was one play in the game where the Mets had a runner on first the batter hit the ball into the gap in right. The runner on first thought about scoring. Now as my eye went from right field following the ball, to third base to follow the runner, all I saw was a bunch of guys…the runner, the third base coach, the umpire, the third baseman and the pitcher backing up the play…moving this way and that…I know baseball as well as the next guy, but I’m telling you, for that instant, I didn’t know what was what.[/quote]

    That’s where the softball parallel gets really valid. I can remember times in games with both teams wearing, say, navy blue that I’d come up with the ball in right center or somewhere, knowing I needed to get the throw off to third base in a hurry. Winding up I’d realize there were about five people in that vicinity who all looked the same. Which one’s covering third? Tough to tell for sure, so you either hold up or just kinda throw it in there amongst ’em. LOL

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | May 14, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    [quote]You know, this discussion about the Mets/Braves both wearing dark alts has me thinking: is it really THAT hard to tell two baseball teams apart?[/quote]

    douggie, that’s a fair point

    i agree that baseball is the one real sport where the uniforms should not matter in terms of the players’ respective duties and functions…you could have a whole field of mis-matched unis and, in theory, could still play the game without much worry as far as tactics, positioning, etc. are concerned…i, like many of you, played ‘sandlot’ baseball and pickup games growing up, and there was never a need for ‘shirts vs. skins’ in baseball…

    that being said, aesthetically, something like that is a complete disaster…steve, in one of the comments above, railed that at certain times he had difficulties telling players (of both teams) coaches, umpires, etc. apart, and i have to say, after watching the replay on TV, i’d agree it was nigh on impossible in certain instances

    that sort of fiasco should never, repeat NEVER, be allowed to occur…of course, if we just stopped the softball tops, then we’d solve that problem

    my other solution, which i think a few of you agree with, is simply to insist upon a one color uniform for both teams…whether it be gray, white or some other color…it’s been done before in the game, and while it will no doubt raise the ire of the traditionalists, at least you’d have two UNIFORM teams in uniform…

    baseball, unlike hockey or football, is NOT a sport (imho) to have different color tops and bottoms…at least not on a regular basis…and while it doesn’t always have to be white versus gray, i don’t see why teams can’t at least consider, if the absolutely, positively have got to wear the alternate top, to wear corresponding colored pants…if properly stirruped (or at least socked), and rarely worn, it can be a nice once in a while treat…you could STILL move the secondary merch, which is the whole point of the alts anyway

    i’ll have more on this modest proposal in one of my weekend spots, but for the nonce, i just wish MLB would invoke some kind of rule prohibiting the dark/dark (of ANY color combination) pairings, especially the kind we saw yesterday at shea

    /done

  • Squiddie | May 14, 2009 at 11:38 am |

    I hadn’t thought of it in those terms, but how happy would a Central American player be wearing a hat from a branch of the U.S. armed services?

    I don’t recall any big leaguers complaining. Given the use of the Army and Marines to express U.S. political displeasure in Central America, I’d have to wonder if some players weren’t at least a little displeased.

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”329201″]I hadn’t thought of it in those terms, but how happy would a Central American player be wearing a hat from a branch of the U.S. armed services?

    I don’t recall any big leaguers complaining. Given the use of the Army and Marines to express U.S. political displeasure in Central America, I’d have to wonder if some players weren’t at least a little displeased.[/quote]

    They could always sit that one out and give back their paycheck for the game, right?

    In some cases that check would probably buy lunch for their home province.

  • Squiddie | May 14, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  • Stuby | May 14, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”329203″]Speaking of Great Lake unis.

    Team Shot

    Close Up

    Crowd shot

    Anyone know what Chicago team they’re playing?[/quote]
    1942 Cubs
    http://exhibits.base...

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”329204″][quote comment=”329203″]Speaking of Great Lake unis.

    Team Shot

    Close Up

    Crowd shot

    Anyone know what Chicago team they’re playing?[/quote]
    1942 Cubs
    http://exhibits.base...

    Hmmm, here’s a odd, melancholy feeling. My Dad was at Great Lakes about that time. Wonder if he’s in the crowd somewhere.

    —Ricko

  • scott | May 14, 2009 at 11:55 am |

    MLB did invoke the rule in the 2007 NLCS when Arizona wore black and forced Colorado to ditch its lucky blacks.

  • DenverGregg | May 14, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”329200″][quote]You know, this discussion about the Mets/Braves both wearing dark alts has me thinking: is it really THAT hard to tell two baseball teams apart?[/quote]

    douggie, that’s a fair point . . .

    my other solution, which i think a few of you agree with, is simply to insist upon a one color uniform for both teams…whether it be gray, white or some other color…it’s been done before in the game, and while it will no doubt raise the ire of the traditionalists, at least you’d have two UNIFORM teams in uniform…
    /done[/quote]
    Um, how would one team in solid navy vs. one team in solid black be that much easier to distinguish? I think you still need some kind of degree of distinction between the two teams. Maybe if the home team’s chosen uni for the game is darker than a given sample swatch of fabric, the visitor has to wear something lighter.

  • Squiddie | May 14, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”329204″][quote comment=”329203″]Speaking of Great Lake unis.

    Team Shot

    Close Up

    Crowd shot

    Anyone know what Chicago team they’re playing?[/quote]
    1942 Cubs
    http://exhibits.base...

    So they are. I didn’t see the Cubs C in this photo until I looked really hard.

    That would suggest that the Cub batting in the crowd shot is Lon Warneke who was a pitcher with the Cubs through WWII.

  • mike 2 | May 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm |

    The Calgary Flames had their Military Appreciation Night on January 28th.

    They had a ceremony before the game, a few other things, no special uniforms.

    But what made the night perfect was that the team encouraged ticket holders and to donate their tickets for use by an active member of the military. So that service men and women (who can’t afford to buy too many tickets, particularly on military pay) can get to a game and actually be a part of the “appreciation”.

    A buddy of mine in the army went, he said the crowd was about half made up of military personnel in uniform. He also said he spent the entire night listening to people thank him for what he (and others) are doing, and that he didn’t have to buy himself a beer all night (nor did any other serviceman he saw).

    IMHO that’s how a team should recognize the men and women in the military.

    I liked Paul’s suggestions in the espn.com column on the official Uni Watch Military Appreciation Program, and would add the suggestions above to the list.

  • LI Phil | May 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote]how would one team in solid navy vs. one team in solid black be that much easier to distinguish? I think you still need some kind of degree of distinction between the two teams. Maybe if the home team’s chosen uni for the game is darker than a given sample swatch of fabric, the visitor has to wear something lighter.[/quote]

    fair point gregg…i guess i wasn’t clear…the home team always wears white

  • Jordan Sogn | May 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”329196″][quote comment=”329188″][quote comment=”329186″][quote comment=”329180″]On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?[/quote]
    Isn’t the term “Sooners” in reference to the White settlers of Oklahoma and not the Natives. Odd depiction there.

    I thought the Nebraska guy’s hat was supposed to look like corn somehow.[/quote]

    Is the “Bear” in the back right supposed to be the Colorado Buffalo?[/quote]
    Bears have horns where you come from? Yikes.[/quote]

    If you look through old pics of Sooner athletics you’ll see a handful of references to Native Americans. Obviously, things have toned down considerably in the last 50 years. I assume the pic is from the fifties (?) or so.

  • super390 | May 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    I admire the quality of workmanship of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station uniforms. The Great Lakes sports teams were a big-time propaganda operation. The football team, coached by Paul Brown, was probably the best football team in the world then.

    Maybe we should have a column devoted to the big military touring teams of WW2 in various sports.

  • Squiddie | May 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”329194″][quote comment=”329191″][quote comment=”329190″][quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL[/quote]

    I said “can be”, not “absolutely is”. If, for example, its next to your neon cactus, probably not.[/quote]

    What about my garden gnomes and fake deer? Does the flamingo help them? LOL[/quote]

    What uni does your garden gnome wear?

  • Robert in Dallas | May 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”329211″][quote comment=”329196″][quote comment=”329188″][quote comment=”329186″][quote comment=”329180″]On the “Big 8 Family Portait”, I don’t think the hat on the bugeater is anything more than a farmer’s straw hat — brim’s too narrow and curved for a sombrero, no? The Sooner headdress is more puzzling to me, as is the coloring for the ISU cardinal. Also how come the guys in Norman get a “U” while no one else does?[/quote]
    Isn’t the term “Sooners” in reference to the White settlers of Oklahoma and not the Natives. Odd depiction there.

    I thought the Nebraska guy’s hat was supposed to look like corn somehow.[/quote]

    Is the “Bear” in the back right supposed to be the Colorado Buffalo?[/quote]
    Bears have horns where you come from? Yikes.[/quote]

    If you look through old pics of Sooner athletics you’ll see a handful of references to Native Americans. Obviously, things have toned down considerably in the last 50 years. I assume the pic is from the fifties (?) or so.[/quote]

    I would guess early ’70s or so.

  • rpm | May 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  • Jim Bullard | May 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    I know this is a little late because the Blazers are out of the playoffs, but during the series vs. Houston, I notice that the Blazers have a silver strip across their jersey and shorts along with the usual white, black, and red strips. Does anyone know how long that silver strip has been there?

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 12:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”329213″][quote comment=”329194″][quote comment=”329191″][quote comment=”329190″][quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL[/quote]

    I said “can be”, not “absolutely is”. If, for example, its next to your neon cactus, probably not.[/quote]

    What about my garden gnomes and fake deer? Does the flamingo help them? LOL[/quote]

    What uni does your garden gnome wear?[/quote]

    Probably white or an alternate. He is, after all, the home gnome.

    –Ricko

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”329204″][quote comment=”329203″]Speaking of Great Lake unis.

    Team Shot

    Close Up

    Crowd shot

    Anyone know what Chicago team they’re playing?[/quote]
    1942 Cubs
    http://exhibits.base...

    The Cubs…someone posted a Norman Rockwell painting with the unhappy bat boy in which they were wearing them.

    http://www.sanftlebe...

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”329217″][quote comment=”329213″][quote comment=”329194″][quote comment=”329191″][quote comment=”329190″][quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL[/quote]

    I said “can be”, not “absolutely is”. If, for example, its next to your neon cactus, probably not.[/quote]

    What about my garden gnomes and fake deer? Does the flamingo help them? LOL[/quote]

    What uni does your garden gnome wear?[/quote]

    Probably white or an alternate. He is, after all, the home gnome.

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Hmmm, we may have stumbled upon another business for rpm. Custom garden gnomes. Imagining a pointy, conical Bengals helmet. Shudder.

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”329216″]I know this is a little late because the Blazers are out of the playoffs, but during the series vs. Houston, I notice that the Blazers have a silver strip across their jersey and shorts along with the usual white, black, and red strips. Does anyone know how long that silver strip has been there?[/quote]

    In 2004-05,Damon Stoudamire’s last yearin Rip City, they added the silver to the color palette.

    I bought the Nike swingman version of the originals 1 week before they unveiled the spair with the silver…To say I was hot and in need of UW was an understatement.

    Before:
    http://pictopia.com/...

    After:
    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

  • LI Phil | May 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”329219″]Imagining a pointy, conical Bengals helmet. Shudder.[/quote]

    please stop.

    now ;)

  • War Damn Eagle | May 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    this is the only thing the mets should be wearing at home:

    http://sportsillustr...

  • mike 2 | May 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”329219″][quote comment=”329217″][quote comment=”329213″][quote comment=”329194″][quote comment=”329191″][quote comment=”329190″][quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL[/quote]

    I said “can be”, not “absolutely is”. If, for example, its next to your neon cactus, probably not.[/quote]

    What about my garden gnomes and fake deer? Does the flamingo help them? LOL[/quote]

    What uni does your garden gnome wear?[/quote]

    Probably white or an alternate. He is, after all, the home gnome.

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Hmmm, we may have stumbled upon another business for rpm. Custom garden gnomes. Imagining a pointy, conical Bengals helmet. Shudder.[/quote]

    A quick google, such a product actually exists!

    http://www.collectib...

  • Adrian B | May 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  • Luther Mahoney | May 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm |

    Re.:the Red Sox bullpen buggy.

    I hope the Red Sox fix it up and have their mascot Wally the Green Monster drive it around Fenway before games.

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm |

    http://tbn0.google.c...

    Is it me or do those numerals look a heck of a lot like those of the Cubs neighbor Bears,(not buffalo btw!)?

    http://cache.gettyim...

    https://www.beckett....

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”329222″]this is the only thing the mets should be wearing at home:

    http://sportsillustr...

    I’ll be the first to take the bait…what is Willie’s mourning band for?

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”329220″][quote comment=”329216″]I know this is a little late because the Blazers are out of the playoffs, but during the series vs. Houston, I notice that the Blazers have a silver strip across their jersey and shorts along with the usual white, black, and red strips. Does anyone know how long that silver strip has been there?[/quote]

    In 2004-05,Damon Stoudamire’s last yearin Rip City, they added the silver to the color palette.

    I bought the Nike swingman version of the originals 1 week before they unveiled the spair with the silver…To say I was peeved and in need of UW was an understatement.

    Before:
    http://pictopia.com/...

    After:
    http://i.a.cnn.net/s...

  • Lwiedy | May 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”329227″][quote comment=”329222″]this is the only thing the mets should be wearing at home:

    http://sportsillustr...

    I’ll be the first to take the bait…what is Willie’s mourning band for?[/quote]

    The subject of some news yesterday, Gil Hodges.

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”329223″][quote comment=”329219″][quote comment=”329217″][quote comment=”329213″][quote comment=”329194″][quote comment=”329191″][quote comment=”329190″][quote comment=”329187″]One lawn flamingo in your yard can be whimsical and fun and tasteful.
    —Ricko[/quote]

    Are you sure about that? LOL[/quote]

    I said “can be”, not “absolutely is”. If, for example, its next to your neon cactus, probably not.[/quote]

    What about my garden gnomes and fake deer? Does the flamingo help them? LOL[/quote]

    What uni does your garden gnome wear?[/quote]

    Probably white or an alternate. He is, after all, the home gnome.

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Hmmm, we may have stumbled upon another business for rpm. Custom garden gnomes. Imagining a pointy, conical Bengals helmet. Shudder.[/quote]

    A quick google, such a product actually exists!

    http://www.collectib...

    I was thinking of an orange hat, with the tiger stripes.
    (honestly, I figured they probably existed, but rpm could get someone, say, a Tequila Sunrise Astros garden gnome).

  • JTH | May 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”329226″]http://tbn0.google.com/hosted/images/c?q=fe290d4c7c84543e_large

    Is it me or do those numerals look a heck of a lot like those of the Cubs neighbor Bears,(not buffalo btw!)?

    http://cache.gettyim...

    https://www.beckett....
    I thought the same thing when I saw that. The 1 for sure, but with the 9 is a bit tougher to tell because of the angle. Kinda looks more like the modern Cubs’ 9 than the Bears’ 9 to me, though..

    And they weren’t neighbors at the time; they were roommates.

  • Lwiedy | May 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”329229″][quote comment=”329227″][quote comment=”329222″]this is the only thing the mets should be wearing at home:

    http://sportsillustr...

    I’ll be the first to take the bait…what is Willie’s mourning band for?[/quote]

    The subject of some news yesterday, Gil Hodges.[/quote]

    Got me to thinking, Mays and Hodges played all those years in New York (but not on the same team) and then missed paths again by just a month-and-a-half.

  • mako | May 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm |

    That 1914 U. of Texas football uniform I mentioned in yesterday’s comments didn’t meet the reserve (the high bid was “only” $14,900), but y’all will apparently get another crack at it….

    http://www.statesman...

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”329231″][quote comment=”329226″]http://tbn0.google.com/hosted/images/c?q=fe290d4c7c84543e_large

    Is it me or do those numerals look a heck of a lot like those of the Cubs neighbor Bears,(not buffalo btw!)?

    http://cache.gettyim...

    https://www.beckett....
    I thought the same thing when I saw that. The 1 for sure, but with the 9 is a bit tougher to tell because of the angle. Kinda looks more like the modern Cubs’ 9 than the Bears’ 9 to me, though..

    And they weren’t neighbors at the time; they were roommates.[/quote]

    Why, because ski jumpers had taken over Soldier Field? JK

    http://www.buamai.co...

    P.S. To this day, I still don’t get how they kept the skiers in the effin building!

  • Squiddie | May 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    Speaking of baseball vehicles, have we done this one yet?

    Now pitching for the Dodgers…Larry Sherry

  • Josh | May 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm |

    To the Josh Sheehan referenced in this post, if you’re the same Josh Sheehan that worked for the Giants spring training email me – it’s Josh Miller.

    If you’re not the same Josh Sheehan please disregard.

    joshmiller34@cox.net

  • rpm | May 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm |

    paul~
    loved the page2 today, just finished it, outstanding piece sir. and since you won’t be around friday, let me just say good luck from all the good people here at rainbow has a mustache, we wish we could be there to see it.
    ~keith rainbow & sally mustache

  • JTH | May 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”329234″][quote comment=”329231″][quote comment=”329226″]http://tbn0.google.com/hosted/images/c?q=fe290d4c7c84543e_large

    Is it me or do those numerals look a heck of a lot like those of the Cubs neighbor Bears,(not buffalo btw!)?

    http://cache.gettyim...

    https://www.beckett....
    I thought the same thing when I saw that. The 1 for sure, but with the 9 is a bit tougher to tell because of the angle. Kinda looks more like the modern Cubs’ 9 than the Bears’ 9 to me, though..

    And they weren’t neighbors at the time; they were roommates.[/quote]

    Why, because ski jumpers had taken over Soldier Field? JK

    http://www.buamai.co...

    P.S. To this day, I still don’t get how they kept the skiers in the effin building![/quote]
    Ski jumpers, race car drivers, Special Olympians, uh… Stooges.

  • Squiddie | May 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”329234″]

    Why, because ski jumpers had taken over Soldier Field? JK

    http://www.buamai.co...

    P.S. To this day, I still don’t get how they kept the skiers in the effin building![/quote]

    Apparently the answer is straw

    (Here they are putting down the snow)

  • JL | May 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm |

    Enjoyed the Page 2 article.

    Personally, I thought Army’s helmets and pants in last season’s Army/Navy college football game were pretty cool considering they are the Army, but the numbers on the jerseys should’ve simply been more like this.

    As for everyone else (especially the head-to-toe camo baseball team): LOSE THE CAMO!!!

    A “salute to the soldiers” or “tribute to the troops” should not look like the first day of deer-hunting season.

  • Aaron | May 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”329162″]
    As far as I know, Adidas hasn’t delved into Lax yet.

    What I find interesting is that the lax squad is still wearing nike unis. I would assume that they are club and not part of the all sport 8 year 60 million dollar agreement.
    [/quote]

    Adidas has delved into lacrosse, they just aren’t that big yet. They aren’t like Warrior, Brine or STX with major schools wearing their stuff.

    Michigan is a club sport, but they have gone with the Adidas gear with the rest of the school. I think the Warrior/Nike set-up is a few years old.

    Home Unis

    Away Unis

  • Ry Co 40 | May 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”329215″]ry co~
    http://www.youtube.c...

    love it! best “bad weather” quarterback to ever sling the pig skin!!!

    as soon as that video started i immediately thought of ed oneill in dutch… waking up the kid to show him the mountains they were driving by… in the middle of the night… hahaha! classic!

    and, some ed oneill trivia:

    O’Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker. He was released before the start of the 1969 regular season

    “I have a problem because I told your mother I’d pick you up. And you have a problem because the last guy that punched me has a dent in his forehead the size of my pinky ring, and he dribbles when he smiles”

    love dutch!

  • Lwiedy | May 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm |

    Joanie Loves Chachi Rosa Mota

  • Juggernaut | May 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    Forgive me if this has been discussed (I couldn’t read through all 112 comments and just popped onto the site today), but aside from being downright gaudy and vomit inducing, how are the camo uniforms legal? The shirts that the Hokies and the NH Defenders (another reason I’m glad to live in MA) have are just too ‘loud’ and I would think that they would be utterly distracting to hitters. Imagine a pitcher with a good hidden ball delivery, think like a Maddux or David Wells, wearing that nonsense. You’d never see the ball coming. That and that alone would make me say, “Hey, how about a nice sleeve patch?” or do what Oakland did earlier this season with the caps. Would it be so bad of Sandy Eggo wore caps that supported the military?

    I think that the notion that it is ‘Band-Aid Patriotism’ is 100% right. Save the money you spend making these awful uniforms and donate it to a veterans charity. It would be more heartfelt if a decent portion of ticket prices went to said charities. Then maybe we would know that it was real, kinda.

    Turns out that the ‘Defenders’ is the genius idea of none other than Dan Duquette. Go figure.

  • Adam | May 14, 2009 at 1:37 pm |

    “There’s definitely a little trendlet at work here,” I added. “I think the hosiery pendulum may finally be ready to start swinging back the other way.”

    I think in the future the argument will not be for or against stirrups, it will be refined to 4 inch stirrups or 9 inch stirrups. I am firmly planting my flag into the 4 inch stirrup camp.

  • Valjean | May 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    Paul,

    I’ll add my cheers to all the others about your Page 2 piece today. I know we’ve chinned about this in the past, but I think you eloquently stated the case for ditching this look and I’m in complete agreement. Our military deserve better.

  • Juggernaut | May 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    If only Mike Timlin were still playing, you could have included him in the ‘No Camo’ edict.

  • Lwiedy | May 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”329245″]Save the money you spend making these awful uniforms and donate it to a veterans charity. It would be more heartfelt if a decent portion of ticket prices went to said charities. [/quote]

    I have no dog in this fight and you have made some good points but actually more money could be raised by buying, wearing and subsequently auctioning/selling the uniforms to the public. Not saying that’s a good enough reason to do so but that might be a response to that point.

  • Matt Lesser | May 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”329162″][quote comment=”329129″]Paul – Those lacrosse gloves look like either the Warrior Hypno, or the Warrior Superfreak. That adidastripe action is kinda sad, considering adidas has their own line of gloves.

    Hypno:
    http://farm4.static....

    Superfreak:
    http://www.westsides...

    Tri-stripe action:
    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    Nice work, you beat me to it.

    As far as I know, Adidas hasn’t delved into Lax yet.

    What I find interesting is that the lax squad is still wearing nike unis. I would assume that they are club and not part of the all sport 8 year 60 million dollar agreement.

    Also interesting is the use of the Jamal Crawford era M jersey:

    http://www.ibiblio.o...

    Powers –
    The Michigan lax team is wearing those Nikes because they’re a club team. I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume the adidas contract doesn’t apply to clubs.

  • Kek | May 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”329192″]kek,

    I beg to differ. I was sitting on the first base side, up a bit, but not that far. There was one play in the game where the Mets had a runner on first the batter hit the ball into the gap in right. The runner on first thought about scoring. Now as my eye went from right field following the ball, to third base to follow the runner, all I saw was a bunch of guys…the runner, the third base coach, the umpire, the third baseman and the pitcher backing up the play…moving this way and that…I know baseball as well as the next guy, but I’m telling you, for that instant, I didn’t know what was what.[/quote]
    We’ll respectfully agree to disagree, I mean I see your point, but I just don’t have that problem.

    And to ricko’s point about playing softball with teams of the same color uni, I recall playing several seasons of post-Little League ball in which many seasons, the majority of the teams uniforms were gray. Not once ever, EVER to I remember hearing any player, coach or umpire making the excuse that they could not tell who was who on the field.

    I’m not saying I like it at all, I just think that our objection to it looking bad or being wrong is coming close to clouding our judgment as to if it REALLY impedes the quality of watching game. I will say that if it did impede, it would be more for the people at the game in person. I don’t think watching on TV would be a problem.

    Hey, say what you will about those red Pirate vests, but this was never an issue with those!!!!!

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”329250″][quote comment=”329162″][quote comment=”329129″]Paul – Those lacrosse gloves look like either the Warrior Hypno, or the Warrior Superfreak. That adidastripe action is kinda sad, considering adidas has their own line of gloves.

    Hypno:
    http://farm4.static....

    Superfreak:
    http://www.westsides...

    Tri-stripe action:
    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    Nice work, you beat me to it.

    As far as I know, Adidas hasn’t delved into Lax yet.

    What I find interesting is that the lax squad is still wearing nike unis. I would assume that they are club and not part of the all sport 8 year 60 million dollar agreement.

    Also interesting is the use of the Jamal Crawford era M jersey:

    http://www.ibiblio.o...

    Powers –
    The Michigan lax team is wearing those Nikes because they’re a club team. I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume the adidas contract doesn’t apply to clubs.[/quote]
    [quote comment=”329243″][quote comment=”329215″]ry co~
    http://www.youtube.c...

    love it! best “bad weather” quarterback to ever sling the pig skin!!!

    as soon as that video started i immediately thought of ed oneill in dutch… waking up the kid to show him the mountains they were driving by… in the middle of the night… hahaha! classic!

    and, some ed oneill trivia:

    O’Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker. He was released before the start of the 1969 regular season

    “I have a problem because I told your mother I’d pick you up. And you have a problem because the last guy that punched me has a dent in his forehead the size of my pinky ring, and he dribbles when he smiles”

    love dutch![/quote]

  • chance michaels | May 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”329187″]Poor Paul. Getting smacked over the camo issue. To me it isn’ about paying tribute or not. The tribute should be made, absolutely, but it’s about the manner of it.
    [/quote]
    Wait, should it be made?

    Yes, the troops should be respected. But that doesn’t mean that they need a shout-out during a baseball game. And even if they should, I see no reason that the clubs that such a “tribute” should involve the teams abandoning their uniform or colors.

    Cops deserve our respect, as well. So do cops. And teachers. And firefighters. And emergency room doctors. And lawyers who do lots of pro bono. Why don’t teams take the field wearing all blue with badges, or wearing stethoscopes, or carrying briefcases?

    Oh, right. Because that would look silly. Just like a camo jersey does.
    [quote comment=”329187″]But something as dignified as wearing caps of the different service branches (as the Twins did last year) doesn’t sell more jerseys. Camo outfits do.
    [/quote]
    I’d hardly call those caps “digified”. It’s almost as bad.

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”329252″][quote comment=”329250″][quote comment=”329162″][quote comment=”329129″]Paul – Those lacrosse gloves look like either the Warrior Hypno, or the Warrior Superfreak. That adidastripe action is kinda sad, considering adidas has their own line of gloves.

    Hypno:
    http://farm4.static....

    Superfreak:
    http://www.westsides...

    Tri-stripe action:
    http://dsp.imageg.ne...

    Nice work, you beat me to it.

    As far as I know, Adidas hasn’t delved into Lax yet.

    What I find interesting is that the lax squad is still wearing nike unis. I would assume that they are club and not part of the all sport 8 year 60 million dollar agreement.

    Also interesting is the use of the Jamal Crawford era M jersey:

    http://www.ibiblio.o...

    Powers –
    The Michigan lax team is wearing those Nikes because they’re a club team. I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume the adidas contract doesn’t apply to clubs.[/quote]
    [quote comment=”329243″][quote comment=”329215″]ry co~
    http://www.youtube.c...

    love it! best “bad weather” quarterback to ever sling the pig skin!!!

    as soon as that video started i immediately thought of ed oneill in dutch… waking up the kid to show him the mountains they were driving by… in the middle of the night… hahaha! classic!

    and, some ed oneill trivia:

    O’Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker. He was released before the start of the 1969 regular season

    “I have a problem because I told your mother I’d pick you up. And you have a problem because the last guy that punched me has a dent in his forehead the size of my pinky ring, and he dribbles when he smiles”

    love dutch![/quote][/quote]

    Oops,

    I thought I caught Ryan in a pickle.

    Ed O’Neill from Dutch, MWC, Little Giants played ay YSU and was drafted by the Steelers.

    All four years of HS, I attended a Summer Football camp at Rutgers where Ed O’Neill was the Camp Director.

    However, it was the Penn State O’Neill.

    Wierd!

  • Mark W | May 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    Haven’t seen this point made – Paul noted in his comment that the camo pattern that is used in the uniforms isn’t authentic. He’s right. It is not.

    The exact patterns used by the military are developed in a proprietary manner and are copyrighted designs.

  • JTH | May 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm |

    Stirrups color-matching question:

    On one of the t-ball teams my son is on, the “jersey” is forest green and the cap is royal blue (*sigh*). So should he wear royal blue or forest green stirrups? We’ve got both colors.

    Follow-up question: what are the chances he’s the only kid on any Chicago Park District t-ball team wearing stirrups?

  • LI Phil | May 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote]Cops deserve our respect, as well. So do cops[/quote]

    don’t forget cops, chance ;)

    wasn’t gonna join the camo debate because i thought i said my piece on it before (somewhere back around armed forces day, or veterans day, or the 4th of july, we had this whole debate), but i’ll just say that aesthetically, especially in baseball…the unis are atrocious…

    as far as honoring the military (or any other public service group, as chance mentioned a few)…there is no need to resort to wearing a camo uni (or a cops uni, or a pro bono lawyers outfit, or any number of possible iterations)…

    if you want to honor the military…there are other ways to do it, better ways, and much more aesthetically pleasing ways

    im pretty sure the camo uni’s as merch would move regardless of whether a team has worn them, so if you feel, fashion-wise, the camo treatment is cool, by all means wear it…i feel it serves no purpose (other than to move merch) on field

  • LarryB | May 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”329137″]Here’s the Big 10 Family Portrait, http://farm4.static....

    The SWC Family Fortrait,
    http://blogs.chron.c...

    The SEC Family Portrait,
    http://i10.ebayimg.c...

    Here’s a new version of the ACC Family Portrait,
    http://www.bookstore...

    Those Family portraits were/are pretty cool. I have seen them and my brother has some on his cellar walls.

  • Robert in Dallas | May 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”329241″]Enjoyed the Page 2 article.

    Personally, I thought Army’s helmets and pants in last season’s Army/Navy college football game were pretty cool considering they are the Army, but the numbers on the jerseys should’ve simply been more like this.

    As for everyone else (especially the head-to-toe camo baseball team): LOSE THE CAMO!!!

    A “salute to the soldiers” or “tribute to the troops” should not look like the first day of deer-hunting season.[/quote]

    Deer hunters wear “hunters’ orange” in and effort to avoid getting shot.

    http://homestudy.ihe...

    Thus, I do not believe that any of the camo-wearing baseball teams look much like deer hunters. Unless they start wearing these, of course.

    http://www.amazon.co...

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”329253″][quote comment=”329187″]Poor Paul. Getting smacked over the camo issue. To me it isn’ about paying tribute or not. The tribute should be made, absolutely, but it’s about the manner of it.
    [/quote]
    Wait, should it be made?

    Yes, the troops should be respected. But that doesn’t mean that they need a shout-out during a baseball game. And even if they should, I see no reason that the clubs that such a “tribute” should involve the teams abandoning their uniform or colors.

    Cops deserve our respect, as well. So do cops. And teachers. And firefighters. And emergency room doctors. And lawyers who do lots of pro bono. Why don’t teams take the field wearing all blue with badges, or wearing stethoscopes, or carrying briefcases?

    Oh, right. Because that would look silly. Just like a camo jersey does.
    [quote comment=”329187″]But something as dignified as wearing caps of the different service branches (as the Twins did last year) doesn’t sell more jerseys. Camo outfits do.
    [/quote]
    I’d hardly call those caps “digified”. It’s almost as bad.[/quote]

    i guess I can deal with the assorted caps as a one-game thing because it is figuratively, and possibly literally, “a tip of the cap.” I just see it as being, compared to much of the other nonsense, a relatively tasteful way of doing it. And it isn’t likely to sell much merchandise so we don’t get a whiff of that.

    It goes to what the Mets and Yankees did when play resumed following 9/11. At the time I thought it was small and respectful way to make a statement…just get hold of some hats and wear them, nothing custom made. No marketing ploy, just “Thanks, ya done good.”

    —Ricko

  • johnny griswold | May 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm |

    Read your article over on ESPN, Paul … I don’t mind the camo uniforms so much. It’s the pink jersey nights that I can’t stand. Yipes!

  • LarryB | May 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm |

    MPowers,

    I am from the Youngstown, Ohio area. Yes Ed O’Neill did play for YSU, He went to Youngstown Ursuline HS a power in Ohio. Paul McGuire the football announcer and former Buffalo Bill also went to Ursuline.

    Ed was on a show, maybe Letterman where he was telling about Dwight Beede the former YSU coach who inveneted the penalty flag.

    The other odd thing is you mentioned Ed O’Neill the former Penn State star. I am pretty sure he is from Warren, Pa. There is a Warren, Ohio right by Youngstown, Ohio.

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”329251″][quote comment=”329192″]kek,

    I beg to differ. I was sitting on the first base side, up a bit, but not that far. There was one play in the game where the Mets had a runner on first the batter hit the ball into the gap in right. The runner on first thought about scoring. Now as my eye went from right field following the ball, to third base to follow the runner, all I saw was a bunch of guys…the runner, the third base coach, the umpire, the third baseman and the pitcher backing up the play…moving this way and that…I know baseball as well as the next guy, but I’m telling you, for that instant, I didn’t know what was what.[/quote]
    We’ll respectfully agree to disagree, I mean I see your point, but I just don’t have that problem.

    And to ricko’s point about playing softball with teams of the same color uni, I recall playing several seasons of post-Little League ball in which many seasons, the majority of the teams uniforms were gray. Not once ever, EVER to I remember hearing any player, coach or umpire making the excuse that they could not tell who was who on the field.

    I’m not saying I like it at all, I just think that our objection to it looking bad or being wrong is coming close to clouding our judgment as to if it REALLY impedes the quality of watching game. I will say that if it did impede, it would be more for the people at the game in person. I don’t think watching on TV would be a problem.

    Hey, say what you will about those red Pirate vests, but this was never an issue with those!!!!![/quote]

    Oh, lordy, I didn’t mean to say it was debilitating, just that I’ve had moments (because in softball oftentimes jerseys are the ONLY things that match from player to player) of coming up to throw and seeing my second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, two opposing runners and a third base coach all in the same color shirts simultaneously in my field of vision. To that extent it parallels softball. That’s what i meant. I’d always find the correct person throw to, but it did take a split second longer while I sorted it out.

    —Ricko

  • joe | May 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm |

    As a lacrosse junkie, those gloves are still used by michigan but it is because of the michigan stripes. The golves are made by warrior, which is owned by New Balance.

    Adidas just got into the lacrosse world with RBK and Nike these past two seasons.

  • chance michaels | May 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”329260″][quote comment=”329253″][quote comment=”329187″]Poor Paul. Getting smacked over the camo issue. To me it isn’ about paying tribute or not. The tribute should be made, absolutely, but it’s about the manner of it.
    [/quote]
    Wait, should it be made?

    Yes, the troops should be respected. But that doesn’t mean that they need a shout-out during a baseball game. And even if they should, I see no reason that the clubs that such a “tribute” should involve the teams abandoning their uniform or colors.

    Cops deserve our respect, as well. So do cops. And teachers. And firefighters. And emergency room doctors. And lawyers who do lots of pro bono. Why don’t teams take the field wearing all blue with badges, or wearing stethoscopes, or carrying briefcases?

    Oh, right. Because that would look silly. Just like a camo jersey does.
    [quote comment=”329187″]But something as dignified as wearing caps of the different service branches (as the Twins did last year) doesn’t sell more jerseys. Camo outfits do.
    [/quote]
    I’d hardly call those caps “digified”. It’s almost as bad.[/quote]

    i guess I can deal with the assorted caps as a one-game thing because it is figuratively, and possibly literally, “a tip of the cap.” I just see it as being, compared to much of the other nonsense, a relatively tasteful way of doing it. And it isn’t likely to sell much merchandise so we don’t get a whiff of that.

    It goes to what the Mets and Yankees did when play resumed following 9/11. At the time I thought it was small and respectful way to make a statement…just get hold of some hats and wear them, nothing custom made. No marketing ploy, just “Thanks, ya done good.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    IIRC, the Yanks didn’t do it then.

    And when the Mets did it after 9/11, I thought it was cheesy, showy and self-serving. More about the Mets calling attention to themselves than anything else.

    Now, that’s certainly not what they intended, but it sure is what I took away from it. The same thing I take away from all the camo dress-up.

  • Ry Co 40 | May 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”329262″]MPowers,

    I am from the Youngstown, Ohio area. Yes Ed O’Neill did play for YSU, He went to Youngstown Ursuline HS a power in Ohio. Paul McGuire the football announcer and former Buffalo Bill also went to Ursuline.

    Ed was on a show, maybe Letterman where he was telling about Dwight Beede the former YSU coach who inveneted the penalty flag.

    The other odd thing is you mentioned Ed O’Neill the former Penn State star. I am pretty sure he is from Warren, Pa. There is a Warren, Ohio right by Youngstown, Ohio.[/quote]

    bottom line, matt, is that you CAN’T catch me in a pickle… ever! KIDDING, TOTALLY KIDDING!!! hahaha

  • Eric Romain | May 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    This early screenshot of EA NHL 10 shows the ref in the reebokified new offical uniform. Can’t say i’m a fan http://ea.gamespress...

  • LI Phil | May 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”329263″]Oh, lordy, I didn’t mean to say it was debilitating, just that I’ve had moments … I’d always find the correct person throw to, but it did take a split second longer while I sorted it out.

    —Ricko
    [/quote]

    sorry, ricko…i just got this mental image when you said that ;)

  • sonic tooth | May 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm |

    hey paul. love the “I’m Calling it Shea” shirts.
    count me in on the Mile High ones once they get printed up.

  • Ricko | May 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”329265″][quote comment=”329260″][quote comment=”329253″][quote comment=”329187″]Poor Paul. Getting smacked over the camo issue. To me it isn’ about paying tribute or not. The tribute should be made, absolutely, but it’s about the manner of it.
    [/quote]
    Wait, should it be made?

    Yes, the troops should be respected. But that doesn’t mean that they need a shout-out during a baseball game. And even if they should, I see no reason that the clubs that such a “tribute” should involve the teams abandoning their uniform or colors.

    Cops deserve our respect, as well. So do cops. And teachers. And firefighters. And emergency room doctors. And lawyers who do lots of pro bono. Why don’t teams take the field wearing all blue with badges, or wearing stethoscopes, or carrying briefcases?

    Oh, right. Because that would look silly. Just like a camo jersey does.
    [quote comment=”329187″]But something as dignified as wearing caps of the different service branches (as the Twins did last year) doesn’t sell more jerseys. Camo outfits do.
    [/quote]
    I’d hardly call those caps “digified”. It’s almost as bad.[/quote]

    i guess I can deal with the assorted caps as a one-game thing because it is figuratively, and possibly literally, “a tip of the cap.” I just see it as being, compared to much of the other nonsense, a relatively tasteful way of doing it. And it isn’t likely to sell much merchandise so we don’t get a whiff of that.

    It goes to what the Mets and Yankees did when play resumed following 9/11. At the time I thought it was small and respectful way to make a statement…just get hold of some hats and wear them, nothing custom made. No marketing ploy, just “Thanks, ya done good.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    IIRC, the Yanks didn’t do it then.

    And when the Mets did it after 9/11, I thought it was cheesy, showy and self-serving. More about the Mets calling attention to themselves than anything else.

    Now, that’s certainly not what they intended, but it sure is what I took away from it. The same thing I take away from all the camo dress-up.[/quote]

    I can’t speak to any subsequent other nights or days, but I think on that occasion, with the President throwing that ceremonial strike and all, the Mets’ intentions were quite genuine. Even though many of the players didn’t live there year ’round, it had to almost impossible not think of themselves as New Yorkers at that time. I believe management–and the players–seized an opportunity to say “thank you” on behalf of millions of others.

    Call me schamltzy, but I remember watching very well, and I don’t think there was much ego-driven hypocrisy going on. The emotions rang pretty true that night at Shea. Beyond the realm of sports, taken in a historical/cultural context, that may have been the grandest moment that old ballpark ever knew.

    —Ricko

  • Dane | May 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    The Memorial Cup tournament starts tomorrow, and Rimouski will wear a special sweater for the opening game:

    http://mastercardmem...

  • chris jackson | May 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm |

    Not really uni-related, but it looks like there will be an outdoor game in Syracuse next year and it would be the first for the AHL.
    http://www.syracuse....

    Also a no-name-on-back alert, http://s669.photobuc...
    Thats Joey Gathright of the Norfolk Tides vs. the Syracuse Chiefs last night, the rest of the team did have LNOB’s

  • Joe Barrie | May 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”329175″]Not a fan of today’s ESPN column.

    (a) I think that the camo jerseys look cool.

    (b) Judging from the number of words in the column, it looks like our Glorious Founder is working just a little too hard to find reasons other than his standard knee-jerk liberalism (if you like camo, you must love war!) to hate the uniforms and the sentiment behind them. (For purposes of disclosure, I am a war-hating Libertarian.)

    (c) The idea of wearing throwback military uniforms is outstanding. I would not throw out the camo with the bathwater, though.[/quote]

    Wonder if you are a veteran. I am, and think the camo looks awful.

  • chance michaels | May 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”329270″][quote comment=”329265″][quote comment=”329260″][quote comment=”329253″][quote comment=”329187″]Poor Paul. Getting smacked over the camo issue. To me it isn’ about paying tribute or not. The tribute should be made, absolutely, but it’s about the manner of it.
    [/quote]
    Wait, should it be made?

    Yes, the troops should be respected. But that doesn’t mean that they need a shout-out during a baseball game. And even if they should, I see no reason that the clubs that such a “tribute” should involve the teams abandoning their uniform or colors.

    Cops deserve our respect, as well. So do cops. And teachers. And firefighters. And emergency room doctors. And lawyers who do lots of pro bono. Why don’t teams take the field wearing all blue with badges, or wearing stethoscopes, or carrying briefcases?

    Oh, right. Because that would look silly. Just like a camo jersey does.
    [quote comment=”329187″]But something as dignified as wearing caps of the different service branches (as the Twins did last year) doesn’t sell more jerseys. Camo outfits do.
    [/quote]
    I’d hardly call those caps “digified”. It’s almost as bad.[/quote]

    i guess I can deal with the assorted caps as a one-game thing because it is figuratively, and possibly literally, “a tip of the cap.” I just see it as being, compared to much of the other nonsense, a relatively tasteful way of doing it. And it isn’t likely to sell much merchandise so we don’t get a whiff of that.

    It goes to what the Mets and Yankees did when play resumed following 9/11. At the time I thought it was small and respectful way to make a statement…just get hold of some hats and wear them, nothing custom made. No marketing ploy, just “Thanks, ya done good.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    IIRC, the Yanks didn’t do it then.

    And when the Mets did it after 9/11, I thought it was cheesy, showy and self-serving. More about the Mets calling attention to themselves than anything else.

    Now, that’s certainly not what they intended, but it sure is what I took away from it. The same thing I take away from all the camo dress-up.[/quote]

    I can’t speak to any subsequent other nights or days, but I think on that occasion, with the President throwing that ceremonial strike and all, the Mets’ intentions were quite genuine. Even though many of the players didn’t live there year ’round, it had to almost impossible not think of themselves as New Yorkers at that time. I believe management–and the players–seized an opportunity to say “thank you” on behalf of millions of others.

    Call me schamltzy, but I remember watching very well, and I don’t think there was much ego-driven hypocrisy going on. The emotions rang pretty true that night at Shea. Beyond the realm of sports, taken in a historical/cultural context, that may have been the grandest moment that old ballpark ever knew.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I was at that game, and from what I recall of the conversation, the people around me thought it was pretty cheesy as well. No doubt that the sentiment was genuine, but the result was unfortunate.

    That’s why I’m pretty sure that the Yanks didn’t wear the caps – the general tone of the conversation was “trust the Mets to screw it up.”

  • UmpLou | May 14, 2009 at 4:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”329138″]Did anyone see the guy in the front row at the Yankees-Blue Jays game last night?

    He was wearing what looked like an atual MLB umpire shirt with the number 71 on it, and a MLB hat, and he was doing a replica strike three punchout whenever a Yankee struck out.

    Pretty interesting….[/quote]

    There are actually two of them…they have been there before, and one of them has started bringing a MASK…wish I knew how do screen captures, I am sure they will be there tonight. Their shirts and hats are dead on, btw – to the point where the shirts actually have NUMBERS on the sleeves. It cannot be DIY somehow., but some kind of inside job.

    They are pretty animated….but Id hate to have sit right next to them..

    Another thing to look for at Skydome Rogers Centre games -totally non-uni related, is from the CF camera, you get a pretty good look at the ladies who work as servers for the premium seats, as their little commissary is located directly behind HP – it makes for something to pass the time during a boring game. Thank God for a 42″ screen with HD!

  • UmpLou | May 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”329275″][quote comment=”329138″]Did anyone see the guy in the front row at the Yankees-Blue Jays game last night?

    He was wearing what looked like an atual MLB umpire shirt with the number 71 on it, and a MLB hat, and he was doing a replica strike three punchout whenever a Yankee struck out.

    Pretty interesting….[/quote]

    There are actually two of them…they have been there before, and one of them has started bringing a MASK…wish I knew how do screen captures, I am sure they will be there tonight. Their shirts and hats are dead on, btw – to the point where the shirts actually have NUMBERS on the sleeves. It cannot be DIY somehow., but some kind of inside job.

    They are pretty animated….but Id hate to have sit right next to them..

    Another thing to look for at Skydome Rogers Centre games -totally non-uni related, is from the CF camera, you get a pretty good look at the ladies who work as servers for the premium seats, as their little commissary is located directly behind HP – it makes for something to pass the time during a boring game. Thank God for a 42″ screen with HD![/quote]
    ooops- heres some video!

  • pflava | May 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm |

    Whenever I see teams wearing camo my first thought is always that they look like they’re playing dress-up, like you did when you were a kid playing army. It seems like camo is another branch of the superhero/badass tree, and in this way it’s kind of like when football teams go with the all black unitard/helmet look. And I’m not talking about the individual sincerity of the individual players regarding the military tribute at all. I’m just saying, aesthetically, this is the overall feeling I take away. Well, that and the fact that the camo uniforms look horrible.

  • Joe Barrie | May 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”329218″][quote comment=”329204″][quote comment=”329203″]Speaking of Great Lake unis.

    Team Shot

    Close Up

    Crowd shot

    Anyone know what Chicago team they’re playing?[/quote]
    1942 Cubs
    http://exhibits.base...

    The Cubs…someone posted a Norman Rockwell painting with the unhappy bat boy in which they were wearing them.

    http://www.sanftlebe...

    The uniforms on the magazine cover is quite different. The 1942 jersey is sleeveless, with white lettering.

    The batter is Lon Warneke, who came back to the Cubs from the Cardinals, to which the Cubs sent him in 1937.

    The close-up looks to me like the great Mickey Cochrane, whose son was kiiled in action, by the way.

  • Eriq Jaffe | May 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm |

    The Northern League’ Schaumburg Flyers have announced a new Friday Night jersey for the 2009 season.

    Guess what? It’s black!

  • Mark K | May 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”329275″][quote comment=”329138″]Did anyone see the guy in the front row at the Yankees-Blue Jays game last night?

    He was wearing what looked like an atual MLB umpire shirt with the number 71 on it, and a MLB hat, and he was doing a replica strike three punchout whenever a Yankee struck out.

    Pretty interesting….[/quote]

    There are actually two of them…they have been there before, and one of them has started bringing a MASK…wish I knew how do screen captures, I am sure they will be there tonight. Their shirts and hats are dead on, btw – to the point where the shirts actually have NUMBERS on the sleeves. It cannot be DIY somehow., but some kind of inside job.

    They are pretty animated….but Id hate to have sit right next to them..

    Another thing to look for at Skydome Rogers Centre games -totally non-uni related, is from the CF camera, you get a pretty good look at the ladies who work as servers for the premium seats, as their little commissary is located directly behind HP – it makes for something to pass the time during a boring game. Thank God for a 42″ screen with HD![/quote]

    They don’t go through their act the whole game- you’ll see them eating and drinking every once in a while. A shot from last week…

    http://farm4.static....

    I also noticed the servers. haha

  • =bg= | May 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm |

    So when I got up today, I put on my usual polo shirt and jeans. Walked out the door, walking down the sidewalk as it’s just a 15 minute walk, and I noticed…I was wearing a purple shirt.

    I thought, “Uh,oh. Lukas will be furious.”

    True.

  • mary | May 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm |

    That Angel in the ticker is Torii Hunter. We crazed mega fans can recognize our boys by their body type lol

    He went high-sox on that Jackie Robinson celebration day or whatever the hell it was. He said he did it to go the extra mile to honor Robinson

  • teenchy | May 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |

    Okay, I’ll admit I’m new to this site (really enjoying it so far) but what happened to Distant Replays out of Atlanta? It used to carry such a wide range of cool stuff but now appears to have a sharply reduced catalog. Did it lose licensing agreements or something?

  • Dave S | May 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm |

    I don’t know if this has been covered yet, but here’s a good shot of the new Washington Huskies football uniforms. Looks like they are dumping the custom font and going back to a standard number font. http://jakelocker.co...

  • Carl | May 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm |

    … Dig this cool meta-helmet! That’s one of many sports-oriented ads that Brinke Guthrie has scanned from a two books of classic vintage advertising (the books are here and here), plus he’s got a ton of other interesting NFL-related stuff on display here. …

    …so what are the other two teams? The Vikings and…?

    On other topics, I hate vests in baseball. You have two other home uniforms (including the fauxback). You don’t need endless morphing of them via vest-age.

  • teenchy | May 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm |

    [quote comment=\”329285\”]… Dig this cool meta-helmet! That’s one of many sports-oriented ads that Brinke Guthrie has scanned from a two books of classic vintage advertising (the books are here and here), plus he’s got a ton of other interesting NFL-related stuff on display here. …

    …so what are the other two teams? The Vikings and…?
    [/quote]

    Dolphins.

  • mike 2 | May 14, 2009 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”329279″]The Northern League’ Schaumburg Flyers have announced a new Friday Night jersey for the 2009 season.

    Guess what? It’s black![/quote]

    “I’m calling them the Thunder Bay Whiskey Jacks”

  • jude | May 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm |

    I went to the Jays & Yankees game Wednesday. There seems to be a tacit endorsement of the ump shenanigans by the Jays, as the gents were flashed up on the Rogers Centre scoreboard after a strikeout.

    Secondly, they’ll punch out both a Yankees hitter and a Jays hitter.

    There is only one guy who wears the mask and he doesn’t put it on until there are two strikes.

    before mask, mask, start of punchout, end of punchout

    Also, add Francisco Cervelli to the list of players who go high-cuffed for games. (I’ve got pictures of Johnny Damon, Alex Rodridguez and Kevin Millar, but everyone knows about them.)

    Finally, Jays middle reliever Bill Murphy has his first initial of his first name on the back of his jersey, although I can’t find another Murphy on the team’s roster.

    – jude

  • scott | May 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”329285″]… Dig this cool meta-helmet! That’s one of many sports-oriented ads that Brinke Guthrie has scanned from a two books of classic vintage advertising (the books are here and here), plus he’s got a ton of other interesting NFL-related stuff on display here. …

    …so what are the other two teams? The Vikings and…?

    On other topics, I hate vests in baseball. You have two other home uniforms (including the fauxback). You don’t need endless morphing of them via vest-age.[/quote]

    Vests look nice if done right, like the old Pirates uniforms and the mid-1990s Marlins. In the case of the Twins, though, why bother? They have no tradition with vests, and already have two other white jerseys and one dark jersey to wear.

  • Glen H | May 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm |

    Nyjer Wilson for the Pirates has some TALL stirrups on vs. the Cards.

  • Rick Chaney | May 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm |

    Bengals receiver has yet another name
    By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer

    CINCINNATI (AP)—Oh-oh, Ocho. The Bengals’ top receiver has yet another name.

    The NFL had agreed to let the player formerly known as Chad Johnson wear his new name on the back of his jersey this season. There’s one catch for the receiver: It’s not exactly how he wanted it.

    Instead of Ocho Cinco, he’ll be Ochocinco.

    The receiver legally changed his name in Florida last August. He asked the league and the media to call him Chad Ocho Cinco, a two-word nickname he had adopted referring to his No. 85.

    The Bengals complied, but the NFL balked. It said the receiver would have to pay for the large inventory of “Johnson” jerseys that Reebok stocked for the season—ones that would be a tough sell—before he could switch. The receiver declined, choosing to play the season under his old name.

    The league has agreed to let him wear his new name this year, but it will be rendered as “Ochocinco” because that’s how he wrote it when he submitted his name-change form in Florida.

    “It’s his legal name,” AFC information manager Corry Rush said Thursday.

    The receiver said last year that he wanted his name to be “Ocho Cinco.” Neither he nor his agent returned phone messages Thursday to discuss the name being one word instead of two. He was still selling shirts and other gear under the “Ocho Cinco” name on his Web site.

  • mako | May 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”329291″]The league has agreed to let him wear his new name this year, but it will be rendered as “Ochocinco” because that’s how he wrote it when he submitted his name-change form in Florida.

    “It’s his legal name,” AFC information manager Corry Rush said Thursday.

    The receiver said last year that he wanted his name to be “Ocho Cinco.” Neither he nor his agent returned phone messages Thursday to discuss the name being one word instead of two. He was still selling shirts and other gear under the “Ocho Cinco” name on his Web site.[/quote]

    What a moron.

    But, hey, did the league really try to bill him for unsold merch with his old name on it? That seems kind of, um, harsh. What if it turns out that, say, Tom Brady was given up for adoption as a kid, reunites with his birth parents Joe and Mary Btflspk, and decides to start using their name? Is the league gonna make him pay for all the unsold Brady NOB jerseys?

  • Carl | May 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”329289″][quote comment=”329285″]… Dig this cool meta-helmet! That’s one of many sports-oriented ads that Brinke Guthrie has scanned from a two books of classic vintage advertising (the books are here and here), plus he’s got a ton of other interesting NFL-related stuff on display here. …

    …so what are the other two teams? The Vikings and…?

    On other topics, I hate vests in baseball. You have two other home uniforms (including the fauxback). You don’t need endless morphing of them via vest-age.[/quote]

    Vests look nice if done right, like the old Pirates uniforms and the mid-1990s Marlins. In the case of the Twins, though, why bother? They have no tradition with vests, and already have two other white jerseys and one dark jersey to wear.[/quote]

    Agree with the Pirates. My hatred blinded me momentarily. The Marlins, though? Really don’t like them either – they were like what the Twins are doing, but with teal in lieu of navy.

  • anotherguy | May 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”329136″]Ed Farmer… paused…

    The conversation did not continue.[/quote]

    LOL!

    JTH, I don’t know if you’re around tonight but there’s more dead air on the radio during a Sox broadcast than there is during a power failure.

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm |

    You’ve all got to see this…it’s effin hysterical:

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

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”329275″][quote comment=”329138″]Did anyone see the guy in the front row at the Yankees-Blue Jays game last night?

    He was wearing what looked like an atual MLB umpire shirt with the number 71 on it, and a MLB hat, and he was doing a replica strike three punchout whenever a Yankee struck out.

    Pretty interesting….[/quote]

    There are actually two of them…they have been there before, and one of them has started bringing a MASK…wish I knew how do screen captures, I am sure they will be there tonight. Their shirts and hats are dead on, btw – to the point where the shirts actually have NUMBERS on the sleeves. It cannot be DIY somehow., but some kind of inside job.

    They are pretty animated….but Id hate to have sit right next to them..

    Another thing to look for at Skydome Rogers Centre games -totally non-uni related, is from the CF camera, you get a pretty good look at the ladies who work as servers for the premium seats, as their little commissary is located directly behind HP – it makes for something to pass the time during a boring game. Thank God for a 42″ screen with HD![/quote]

    You can order ALL of that stuff through sites like Umpattire and Honigs…I have all of the gear for HS umping except for the MLB tops and caps.

  • MPowers1634 | May 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”329262″]MPowers,

    I am from the Youngstown, Ohio area. Yes Ed O’Neill did play for YSU, He went to Youngstown Ursuline HS a power in Ohio. Paul McGuire the football announcer and former Buffalo Bill also went to Ursuline.

    Ed was on a show, maybe Letterman where he was telling about Dwight Beede the former YSU coach who inveneted the penalty flag.

    The other odd thing is you mentioned Ed O’Neill the former Penn State star. I am pretty sure he is from Warren, Pa. There is a Warren, Ohio right by Youngstown, Ohio.[/quote]

    That is a huge coincidence, Larry!

  • scott | May 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm |

    New traveling team in the Continental Baseball League:

    http://www.coastalki...

    Best line from the Web site: “The Kingfish will model their uniforms after the 1980’s Expos with the Clown Hats and Royal Jerseys with Red Sleeves.”

  • Chance Michaels | May 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”329292″][quote comment=”329291″]The league has agreed to let him wear his new name this year, but it will be rendered as “Ochocinco” because that’s how he wrote it when he submitted his name-change form in Florida.

    “It’s his legal name,” AFC information manager Corry Rush said Thursday.

    The receiver said last year that he wanted his name to be “Ocho Cinco.” Neither he nor his agent returned phone messages Thursday to discuss the name being one word instead of two. He was still selling shirts and other gear under the “Ocho Cinco” name on his Web site.[/quote]

    What a moron.

    But, hey, did the league really try to bill him for unsold merch with his old name on it? That seems kind of, um, harsh. What if it turns out that, say, Tom Brady was given up for adoption as a kid, reunites with his birth parents Joe and Mary Btflspk, and decides to start using their name? Is the league gonna make him pay for all the unsold Brady NOB jerseys?[/quote]

    Maybe. But the situations aren’t really all that similar, in that this one is entirely voluntary. Yours has a complicating element in that the name change wasn’t entirely Brady’s idea or serve his self-promotion.

    Chad Ochocinco. He misspelled it on the paperwork? Whatta maroon.

  • Marcus Hall - Lets play 162!! | May 14, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  • Robert in Dallas | May 14, 2009 at 11:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”329273″][quote comment=”329175″]Not a fan of today’s ESPN column.

    (a) I think that the camo jerseys look cool.

    (b) Judging from the number of words in the column, it looks like our Glorious Founder is working just a little too hard to find reasons other than his standard knee-jerk liberalism (if you like camo, you must love war!) to hate the uniforms and the sentiment behind them. (For purposes of disclosure, I am a war-hating Libertarian.)

    (c) The idea of wearing throwback military uniforms is outstanding. I would not throw out the camo with the bathwater, though.[/quote]

    Wonder if you are a veteran. I am, and think the camo looks awful.[/quote]

    Thank you for your service. I do not believe, however, that the fact that I did not serve in the military precludes me from having an opinion on the subject.

  • Eric | May 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm |

    Bengie Molina wearing a cap under his catcher’s mask tonight. Can’t get a picture.

  • Patrick in MI | May 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm |

    Those “umpire fans” are really annoying. If they were sitting in front of me at the game pulling those shenanigans, I’d knock that silly little hat right off their heads. “Anyone ever tell you that you look like a penis with a little hat on?” My best bet is it’s some sort of publicity stunt, perhaps they have a blog?

  • JTH | May 15, 2009 at 12:15 am |

    [quote comment=”329294″][quote comment=”329136″]Ed Farmer… paused…

    The conversation did not continue.[/quote]

    LOL!

    JTH, I don’t know if you’re around tonight but there’s more dead air on the radio during a Sox broadcast than there is during a power failure.[/quote]
    What about Hawk? Is he still going silent for innings at a time when things are not going well for the “good guys?” Or has the addition of Steve Stone to the TV booth counteracted that? I haven’t had a chance to watch much this year with it still being hockey season and all.

  • JTH | May 15, 2009 at 12:19 am |

    [quote comment=”329256″]Stirrups color-matching question:

    On one of the t-ball teams my son is on, the “jersey” is forest green and the cap is royal blue (*sigh*). So should he wear royal blue or forest green stirrups? We’ve got both colors.

    Follow-up question: what are the chances he’s the only kid on any Chicago Park District t-ball team wearing stirrups?[/quote]
    You people disappoint me. Nobody has an opinion on this critical matter? This is important, folks!

    Fine. You’ll all be sorry when we can’t decide and he ends up wearing one green and one blue stirrup. Hell, there might be so much confusion that he wears them with the high arches on the shin sides.

    And I’m gonna post pictures after every game. *Shakes fist agrily*

  • JTH | May 15, 2009 at 12:21 am |

    [quote comment=”329305″]*Shakes fist agrily*[/quote]
    Make that angrily.

    See what you done made me do?

  • LI Phil | May 15, 2009 at 12:37 am |

    [quote comment=”329305″][quote comment=”329256″]Stirrups color-matching question:

    On one of the t-ball teams my son is on, the “jersey” is forest green and the cap is royal blue (*sigh*). So should he wear royal blue or forest green stirrups? We’ve got both colors.

    Follow-up question: what are the chances he’s the only kid on any Chicago Park District t-ball team wearing stirrups?[/quote]
    You people disappoint me. Nobody has an opinion on this critical matter? This is important, folks!

    Fine. You’ll all be sorry when we can’t decide and he ends up wearing one green and one blue stirrup. Hell, there might be so much confusion that he wears them with the high arches on the shin sides.

    And I’m gonna post pictures after every game. *Shakes fist agrily*[/quote]

    shit…james…

    i actually had a reply ALL SET for you, but well…work got in the way…dammit

    i was furiously searching for pics of a green and blue striped stirrup, which might solve your problems…but since (a) i could not find such a beast, and (b) since you only possess blue and green separately, i was at a loss…

    can you (a) get your son a cap that matches his jersey or (b) fire the equipment manager?

    i’d say, tho…have the cap and the socks match — could you take pics of BOTH possible combos and have the folks vote? that might be the best way to decide

    if you so choose, shoot me the pics, and i’ll post them in one of my weekend entries, and you can let Stirrup Nation (TM) decide

  • Casey (Davis, CA) | May 15, 2009 at 12:41 am |

    David Wright is back to wearing the pajamas and it looks like he’s not wearing a belt, either.

  • JTH | May 15, 2009 at 12:52 am |

    [quote comment=”329307″]
    i actually had a reply ALL SET for you, but well…work got in the way…dammit[/quote]
    those bastards!
    [quote]i was furiously searching for pics of a green and blue striped stirrup, which might solve your problems…but since (a) i could not find such a beast, and (b) since you only possess blue and green separately, i was at a loss…
    [/quote]
    Well, we’ve got a roll of royal blue hockey tape…
    [quote]
    can you (a) get your son a cap that matches his jersey or (b) fire the equipment manager?
    [/quote]
    This particular league cost $0 to join, so I guess you get what you pay for.
    [quote]
    i’d say, tho…have the cap and the socks match — could you take pics of BOTH possible combos and have the folks vote? that might be the best way to decide

    if you so choose, shoot me the pics, and i’ll post them in one of my weekend entries, and you can let Stirrup Nation (TM) decide[/quote]
    That’d be great. Thanks. And as an added bonus, it’ll be another thing to infuriate the weekend commenters!

  • DenverGregg | May 15, 2009 at 7:43 am |

    [quote comment=”329305″][quote comment=”329256″]Stirrups color-matching question:

    On one of the t-ball teams my son is on, the “jersey” is forest green and the cap is royal blue (*sigh*). So should he wear royal blue or forest green stirrups? We’ve got both colors.

    Follow-up question: what are the chances he’s the only kid on any Chicago Park District t-ball team wearing stirrups?[/quote]
    You people disappoint me. Nobody has an opinion on this critical matter? This is important, folks!

    Fine. You’ll all be sorry when we can’t decide and he ends up wearing one green and one blue stirrup. Hell, there might be so much confusion that he wears them with the high arches on the shin sides.

    And I’m gonna post pictures after every game. *Shakes fist agrily*[/quote]
    How’s about blue for home games and green for away?

  • DenverGregg | May 15, 2009 at 7:52 am |

    [quote comment=”329175″]Not a fan of today’s ESPN column.

    (a) I think that the camo jerseys look cool.

    (b) Judging from the number of words in the column, it looks like our Glorious Founder is working just a little too hard to find reasons other than his standard knee-jerk liberalism (if you like camo, you must love war!) to hate the uniforms and the sentiment behind them. (For purposes of disclosure, I am a war-hating Libertarian.)

    (c) The idea of wearing throwback military uniforms is outstanding. I would not throw out the camo with the bathwater, though.[/quote]
    I have to disagree. Paul’s politics and mine are nothing alike, but his arguments about camo and military tributes on sports uniforms make sense anyway as they’re principally based on aesthetics and on the simple observation that sports teams are sports teams – nothing more or less.

    I spent a chunk of the nineties living in San Diego. Those Padres teams would occasionally give a way a big block of tickets to a group of guys on active duty, who would attend in uniform. Seeing a section or two full of servicemembers was a much more fitting tribute than a uniform modification both from the standpoint of the people being honored and the impact on the others in attendance.

  • jeffneph | May 15, 2009 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”329288″]Jays middle reliever Bill Murphy has his first initial of his first name on the back of his jersey, although I can’t find another Murphy on the team’s roster.[/quote]

    First base coach Dwayne Murphy. He wears no initial.
    Link

  • mako | May 15, 2009 at 10:20 am |

    [quote comment=”329299″]the situations aren’t really all that similar, in that this one is entirely voluntary. Yours has a complicating element in that the name change wasn’t entirely Brady’s idea or serve his self-promotion.

    Chad Ochocinco. He misspelled it on the paperwork? Whatta maroon.[/quote]

    Eh, not sure I see all that much difference, in that I think both are “entirely voluntary,” though obviously only one is purely self-serving promotional bullsh*t. I’m not an attorney (though I play one on TV), but I suspect a sharp lawyer could have raked the league through the coals on that. (Just what we need, more litigation in sports.) But I do agree that Chad, uh, What’s-His-Name is an idiot.

    BTW, I read this morning that the next “Hard Knocks” will focus on none other than the Bengals. Can’t wait.

  • Juggernaut | May 15, 2009 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”329283″]Okay, I’ll admit I’m new to this site (really enjoying it so far) but what happened to Distant Replays out of Atlanta? It used to carry such a wide range of cool stuff but now appears to have a sharply reduced catalog. Did it lose licensing agreements or something?[/quote]

    I actually contacted the site owner to find out. Looks like they went into bankruptcy and ‘Retro Brand’ bought the name.

  • teenchy | May 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”329386″]I actually contacted the site owner to find out. Looks like they went into bankruptcy and ‘Retro Brand’ bought the name.[/quote]

    Thanks for that info. They had some cool stuff (I did buy some from them) and I’m sorry not to see it available at a single site.