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Le Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkey French Open

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By Phil Hecken, with doubles partner Brinke Guthrie

Last week I threatened promised you I’d be back with my doubles partner, UW West Coast Correspondent Brinke Guthrie, who’ll be joining me today for our “take” on the French Open, the tennis tournament beginning in Paris this coming Monday. This marks our third post together, so I thought you’d like to know a bit more about =bg=. Here’s a brief look at the gentleman who’s playing the ad-court for this post.

Phil Hecken: So, how you did you become interested in uniforms?

Brinke Guthrie: I would think it was due to the KC Chiefs and the Vikings. Loved the Chiefs look, (this was when I was about 8 or 9 growing up in Louisville, Kentucky) and the Vikings helmet. I didn’t know for years that was a Viking helmet horn on the side, but I did go and get Vikings PJ’s and a hoodie (the exact styles shown) from Sears. I then moved to Dallas, walked into the new Texas Stadium, and “How ’bout them Cowboys.” One of those Field of Dreams moments with trumpets and angels.

PH: And how did you find Uni Watch?

BG: I think ’cause some bozo at Creamer’s site got on me about something.

PH: And finally, what are your uni-related or sports-related interests?

BG: Well, the Giants and 49ers, and Cowboys. The A’s are in there a little bit. I used to have real game jerseys of Troy Aikman from Nike and also Apex (the double-star,) and I sold them on eBay. I have probably done stupider things in my life, but right now I can’t think of any.

PH: Heh. Thanks, =bg=.

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And now, we begin with Brinke’s portion of the post:

Ah, springtime in Paris. (No, not that Paris.)

When young men and women’s thoughts turn to…………..clay.
Yup, it’s Grand Slam #2. First, they sweat it out in January on the pavement down under, now a test of endurance on the slow red dirt of Stad Roland Garros.*

French tennis has been something of a non sequitur. They’ve had a good player here or there, (the ’83 Noah win practically shut down the country due to the national hysteria) but French tennis is forever defined by the Four Musketeers and that preeminent French style icon, Rene Lacoste. Lacoste was part of the aforementioned French tennis dynasty in the 20’s and 30’s. Yes, it’s been that long.

What did Lacoste do? Besides being a dandy tennis player, he turned the crocodile (or alligator) into a global status symbol. As in La Société Chemise Lacoste. He also happened to invent the famous Jimmy Connors T2000 Wilson frame.

So let’s compare three-time singles champ Lacoste to current four-time defending champ Rafael Nadal.

Coolness of name:
Advantage: Lacoste. I don’t think we need to explain that point. His name is the shirt.

Coolness of attire:
Advantage: Lacoste. It’s a timeless look (though a bit impractical these days) to come out wearing long creme colored trousers and a cap. With a wood racket. Meanwhile, Nadal is known for the clam-digger shorts and tank top. Nike has shoved him into more of a conventional polo shirt look … but the damage has been done. The clam diggers live on forever in Google Images. (Don’t forget the ‘bull’ logo on the shoes.) Plus … Lacoste never got the staredown from Borg: “I still have more titles than you, junior. Six. Count ’em. SIX.”

Ubiquity of logo:
Tie. The alligator and the swoosh are everywhere.

Bizarre uni-habit:
Advantage Nadal. No “ifs”, “ands”, or, um, “butts.”

In all seriousness, you cannot compare the vintage to the modern game. Back then, it was finesse, skill, and touch. Today, it’s sheer power, and Nadal would destroy anyone from back then. It’s a completely different game today in many ways. But one thing remains — for the men, ya still gotta win best of five on the final day, baby.

*And who or what is Roland Garros? Glad you asked.

Some things are just wrong. This is one of them.

Recent past looks in Paris? Well, my favorite look would be the 1980 final. Classic Fila vs. classic Sergio Tacchini. Borg (in a terry-cloth Bj signature shirt and shorts) and the late Vitas Gerulaitis. Current fashion in Paris- nothing too special … except for defending champ Ana, who doesn’t have a chance. Take a look back at French Open fashion trends here.

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Thanks Brinke.

While they don’t wear “uniforms” per se at the French — they wear “outfits” — there has always been a staid quality to most of the participants … although one of Nike’s original poster boys for outlandish fashion can be somewhat excused. After all, with Agassi, image was everything. A few of today’s stars flaunt flamboyant outfits, like the aforementioned Rafael Nadal. But, as Brinke points out, even he has toned it down a tad.

While bright colors still dominate, it wasn’t always that way. Growing up, the guy who always won the French Open, Bjorn Borg had that look, that style, that clothing line that just seemed so classic, so perfect. Of course, it was so expensive too — so although I wanted to look like Borg, I couldn’t afford the Fila line, so I would up in some cut-rate garbage known as “Todd1”. (Of course, when Borg was either still an amateur, or not the established Fila stud, he sported some, shall we say, more familiar clothing lines.

But I love the French Open for the same reason I hate it — it’s played on red clay, a slow, particularly TV unfriendly surface, and one where lesser men (and women) blessed with more stamina than talent can defeat a stronger opponent. Matches can last 4 or 5 hours easily. If you’re not a fan of tennis, the last tournament I’d suggest you watch if you wanted to “get into” the game would be the French Open. But it’s still one of the “Grand Slams,” and it’s still hugely important. It’s often the tournament the BEST players can’t win — Connors never did, McEnroe never did, Sampras never did, and it doesn’t look like Federer ever will. Winning the French Open means something, because it means you’re not only the best player that two weeks, but it means you conquered the clay.

The heat and necessary stamina to play long gruelling matches means that even better — far better — players have to be in top physical shape. You will often see players chowing down bananas during changeovers, and seeking other remedies like bags of ice and lots of water (but not TOO much, don’t wanna cramp). I recall one five setter between Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe in the mid-80’s when McEnroe had his opponent dead to rights, up two sets to none, with Lendl puking his guts out on the court, only to have Lendl gut it out and win in five. At that time, McEnroe was the better player, but not on that particular day.

So, as you watch (or don’t — I’m pretty sure the majority of you UWers don’t like tennis) the French, remember that the better player doesn’t always win, but if you aren’t sure about checking it out, or need a reason to — I’ll give you one: Ana Ivanovic, defending Ladies champion.

And lest we forget, Maria is back.

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squiddie files From The Squiddie Files: Today the Indy 500 is being run. Lance Smith (aka “Squiddie”) checks in with this:

The 1950 race was shortened due to rain. The winner was Johnnie Parsons. (Here Parsons signs a pith helmet.) Check out this excellent group photo of the teams on the celebrated bricks. Apparently, there weren’t any restrictions about smoking in the pits.

Sam Hanks won in 1957 on his thirteenth try. He announced his retirement in victory lane. Shame because those Belond Special crew unis were tops.

In 1961, Australian Jack Brabham brought the rear engine Cooper to Indianapolis. While he only finished ninth, he looked good doing it.

Is purple evil? In 1972, a puncture forced Jerry Grant to pit late in the race. He “overshot” his stall and wound up in the pits of team mate Bobby Unser. Unser’s crew replaced the tire and fueled his purple Mystery Eagle and Grant finished second. However, the USAC decided that Grant’s race ended with the illegal pit stop and he drops to 12th. Mark Donohue wins in the blue and yellow Sunoco Penske.

While he had a very successful career, Mario Andretti only won the Indianapolis 500 once in twenty-nine attempts. He did get a kiss from Andy Granatelli in 1969.

Thanks Lance! That’s awesome. You lucky readers can look forward to more editions of “From The Squiddie Files” sporadically over the weekends. Be sure to tip him on your way out. Finally, Lance asked me if I “could justify running this photo of Linda Vaughn in 1969, go right ahead. That’s a lot of hair.” Yep, Lance — I think we can do that.

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ebbets_scoreboard Guess The Game From the Scoreboard: Here ya go … no clues … it’s all right there. Difficulty: Medium-Easy

I found this one myself, but if you folks enjoy this game and want to send me a few scoreboards (easy, medium or hard) so we can have this little “game” every weekend, I’ll post em!

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five and oneJust in case you missed yesterday’s post, next weekend, I plan to run a (possibly two day, depending upon the response) article highlighting the “uniform record” of the team you’ve been tracking. A number of you (I’d conservatively say 20) have already contacted me to indicate you’re tracking your team and there may be others out there who are also doing this. I think I “flagged” everyone’s email who has contacted me, but just to be on the safe side, I’d ask that you all please contact me again this early this week (say, Monday-Tuesday, if possible) — I will be sending out an as-yet-to-be-determined “questionnaire” on your tracking technique, team record wearing such-and-such uniform, etc., and I’d hope you could take a moment to answer. I’ll try to include everyone’s responses in next weekend’s “2 month track”. If you aren’t aware of the tracking of which I speak, I direct you to the third section of last Sunday’s post, which explains it. Anyone who has been keeping that uni-record, please send me an e-mail so I can post your efforts as we begin the third month of the MLB campaign. I’m sure there will be some interesting trends emerging, and we can “see” if teams start “shifting” to certain uniform combinations because of their successes (or away from them because of their failures) … or whether the decision to wear a uniform is completely random, based on a day or days of the week, starting pitcher (for those tracking that stat) and so on. Looking forward to everyone’s results.

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This and That: OH MY FUCKING GOD … The appearance of the New York Mets’ blue and orange trimmed uniforms at Fenway Park still brings back painful memories of what transpired between New York and Boston during the 1986 World Series … Did the dude in the middle of this photograph actually go to the game with the other four? Or did he just randomly step into some gathering … Here’s something I bet 99.99% of you don’t know — Indy racing has an official clothing brand — and it’s IZOD … What’s the best way to keep fans interest and intensity after the NHL’s finalists are set? How about take 10 days off before starting the finals … Old Time Hockey? … “Dude, be my wingman tonight?” … I love oxymoronic headlines … Hey look! Beardface was at the Canes game … I love pics of Big Klu … but dude, wear some kind of sleevesRobbie Cano — Don’t ya know! … Hmm–do they use the Natinals signmaker? … And what, is this soccer’s version of Jackie Robinson Day? … This is why I love “Wiki Answers” … As bad as Majestic may be, this is why we cannot entrust MLB unis to Nike, adidas, Rbk or UA … Thankfully the Reds decided to hold Bring your pooch to the Park Night later in the season … If they only knew what made his hair look like that … I honestly feel this is the worst uniform in baseball — how much will he need to give Tatis for that number? … Guess they don’t care if he’s tipping his pitches anymore … They say this like it’s a good thing … Seems I’m not alone in my complete hatred of interplague.

Enjoy the 500. Get ready for the French. The red caps are coming. Have a great Sunday.

 

67 comments to Le Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkey French Open

  • Dwayne | May 24, 2009 at 7:06 am |

    I agree with the Rockies vests being the worst in baseball. They look worse when a tight undershirt is worn.

    The Reds and Pirates are the only two teams that look good in vests IMHO.

    I did like the Marlins vests from ’97 though.

    If nobody has done the Marlins jerseys this season tracking their unis, I will give it a shot but I will be starting from scratch.

  • Scott | May 24, 2009 at 7:40 am |

    RE: Sears catalog: would it not behoove the NFL and the retailers of former glory (i.e. Sears, JCPenney) to re-issue the old-school PJs and hoodies? Hotcakes, people.

    RE: Baseball Boogie Bunch: Orel really committed and the cameo of Tom Bradley was especially meaningful: sublime!

  • Mike Miller | May 24, 2009 at 7:58 am |

    Here’s the Indy 500 grid with drawings of each car so you can tell them apart today.

    http://www.indy500.c...

    Each car is different, even team cars like Penske and Target/Ganassi, just look for differences in the mirrors, wing endplates and camera mounts on top of the car.

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 8:20 am |

    I have the scoreboard answer *nearly dislocates shoulder patting self on back* but I e-mailed it to Phil rather than post my answer in the interest of keeping the game going.

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 8:42 am |

    Thanks to everyone who responded in the stirrup poll yesterday. I still need to tabulate the results because it looks like there’s no clear-cut winner.

  • LI Phil | May 24, 2009 at 8:49 am |

    [quote comment=”330793″]I have the scoreboard answer *nearly dislocates shoulder patting self on back* but I e-mailed it to Phil rather than post my answer in the interest of keeping the game going.[/quote]

    i guess it was easier than i thought

    JTH had the correct answer, but if anyone else wants to give it a shot, please do…

    chicken dinner for james

  • LarenR | May 24, 2009 at 9:59 am |

    Ball-cap and gown: Willie Mays (and other speakers) wore a Giants cap while speaking at the SF State commencement ceremonies.

  • Sarran | May 24, 2009 at 10:02 am |

    I had the Oilers jammies!
    http://farm3.static....

  • Chris M | May 24, 2009 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”330790″]I agree with the Rockies vests being the worst in baseball. They look worse when a tight undershirt is worn.

    The Reds and Pirates are the only two teams that look good in vests IMHO.

    I did like the Marlins vests from ’97 though.

    If nobody has done the Marlins jerseys this season tracking their unis, I will give it a shot but I will be starting from scratch.[/quote]

    I don’t think the Rockies home alt vests are that bad:

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

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | May 24, 2009 at 10:20 am |

    [quote comment=”330790″]I agree with the Rockies vests being the worst in baseball. They look worse when a tight undershirt is worn.

    The Reds and Pirates are the only two teams that look good in vests IMHO.

    I did like the Marlins vests from ’97 though.

    If nobody has done the Marlins jerseys this season tracking their unis, I will give it a shot but I will be starting from scratch.[/quote]

    I second that! The jersey just looks ridiculous. I thought the idea of the vest was to wear a different color undershirt not the same color of the vest. Plus they wear grey pinstripe pants…Oy!

    I liked the Rangers Road grey alternate vest & the White Sox home Alt vest a few years back.

  • DJ | May 24, 2009 at 10:26 am |

    No, it wasn’t Jackie Robinson Dau in La Liga. Instead of giving their players commemorative t-shirts to celebrate a championship, teams often give out jerseys with the year as the number. Barcelona clinched their title last week, and celebrated it yesterday, even after losing the game to Osasuna.

  • John McEnaney | May 24, 2009 at 10:37 am |

    Ebbets Field, May 21, 1952. The 15 runs in first inning gave it away — still an NL record for most runs in an inning. Googled “Brooklyn Dodgers 15 runs one inning”. Confirmed at Baseball Almanac.com

  • Stan a.k.a. the took | May 24, 2009 at 10:47 am |

    The questions on WikAnswers for American soccer are just scary stupid… I hope it’s kids asking them.

  • dweb | May 24, 2009 at 11:16 am |

    “Hmm–do they use the Natinals signmaker?”

    Since that’s Barcelona, I think it may be in Catalan rather than English…

  • Joe Raskin | May 24, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    There are some people who have painful memories of the 1986 World Series, obviously. But if you’re a Mets fan….PURE GLORY!!!

  • MiquelonDotOrg | May 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm |

    Mocking the 1940 defeat of France as offensive to us – the French – as 9/11 jokes are to Americans. You don’t see the French mocking USA defeats in Vietnam, Somalia, Beirut?

    The term “surrender monkey” is highly offensive and inaccurate : 1.6 M dead in WWI, 200 000 dead in WW II, the sacrifice for Dunkirk, the resistance, deportations …

    We’re so sorry you must resort to Anti-French slurs when attempting humour. Following in the steps of the Simpsons, Jonah Goldberg and other notorious French Bashers only makes you a cultural laggard.

  • Beardface | May 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm |

    HAHA

    Thanks, Phil…. appreciate that…

    Unfortunately, I WAS at the game… sucked

  • Stevo | May 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”330805″]Mocking the 1940 defeat of France as offensive to us – the French – as 9/11 jokes are to Americans. You don’t see the French mocking USA defeats in Vietnam, Somalia, Beirut?

    The term “surrender monkey” is highly offensive and inaccurate : 1.6 M dead in WWI, 200 000 dead in WW II, the sacrifice for Dunkirk, the resistance, deportations …

    We’re so sorry you must resort to Anti-French slurs when attempting humour. Following in the steps of the Simpsons, Jonah Goldberg and other notorious French Bashers only makes you a cultural laggard.[/quote]

    Yeah, I’ve never liked the anti-French movement. I mean honestly, Freedom Fries? Of course, I might be a bit biased cause I live in a city that was named for a bad French translation of a local Indian phraise.

  • rpm | May 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm |

    the crowd hushes as li phil tries to nail the triple lindy…AND HE STICKS THE DISMOUNT!

    all i can say is wow phil, your post contained two things i care nothing about, tennis and nascar, yet i was riveted, a great this and that too. i always wondered who rollie garros was. seriously, you and =bg= did such a great job, that i almost want to watch tennis today, almost. instead it’s bags in the gardens, but a great post none the less.

    scoreboard: i don’t know about the game, but i sure could go for the one beer to have when you’re having more then one. i can’t get the scaef in chitown.

    chalk me up for the buccaneer jams/robe.

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”330799″]I liked the Rangers Road grey alternate vest & the White Sox home Alt vest a few years back.[/quote]
    When the Sox first rolled out the vests they were good because they were an actual vest cut, not just a sleeveless jersey. Then they replaced them with stupid black-sleeved jerseys for a while before going back to sleeveless jerseys — but not a vest cut. They weren’t as good as the originals but at least they were better than the jerseys with the black sleeves.

  • =bg= | May 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm |

    Daly thinks pink re Amy Mickelson

    http://msn.foxsports...

  • rpm | May 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”330809″][quote comment=”330799″]I liked the Rangers Road grey alternate vest & the White Sox home Alt vest a few years back.[/quote]
    When the Sox first rolled out the vests they were good because they were an actual vest cut, not just a sleeveless jersey. Then they replaced them with stupid black-sleeved jerseys for a while before going back to sleeveless jerseys — but not a vest cut. They weren’t as good as the originals but at least they were better than the jerseys with the black sleeves.[/quote]

    apparently jth is on a crack binge this holiday weekend, um, can i come over?

  • rpm | May 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”330811″][quote comment=”330809″][quote comment=”330799″]I liked the Rangers Road grey alternate vest & the White Sox home Alt vest a few years back.[/quote]
    When the Sox first rolled out the vests they were good because they were an actual vest cut, not just a sleeveless jersey. Then they replaced them with stupid black-sleeved jerseys for a while before going back to sleeveless jerseys — but not a vest cut. They weren’t as good as the originals but at least they were better than the jerseys with the black sleeves.[/quote]

    apparently jth is on a crack binge this holiday weekend, um, can i come over?[/quote]

    seriously though jth, if you want to stop by the gardens today for bags, you can bring the wife and kids. there are about a billion stray cats living out there for children to terrorize.

  • My Name is not Earl | May 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    Watching the webcast of the SEC baseball championship game. Finding it unusual that LSU, a pretty well-known Nike school, has its baseball uniforms made by Russell.

  • Sam | May 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm |

    Scoreboard shot is from 5/21/1952. The Giants-Cardinals score is from the 2nd game of a Doubleheader.

  • Jordan | May 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm |

    Coincidently, the Izod car of Ryan Hunter-Reay wrecks out of the 500 just as I was reading the Lacoste information. Bad mojo for the former licensee, I guess.

    Interesting vest on Big Klu as well — with the face of Mr. Red Leggings instead of a Reds “C” logo.

  • simon | May 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm |

    Jose Canseco’s in Yokohama, Japan to take part in his first ever MMA tournament. As part of his promotional tour he had a ceremonial first at bat against Kaz “Daimajin” Sasaki at Yokohama Stadium before Sunday’s Eagles v BayStars tilt. Canseco has his Yokohama uni tucked in, Sasaki not (though, he was wearing jeans).
    http://jhockey.wordp...

  • Jeff P | May 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    Too many Hurricanes pics. Still too painful after last night.

  • cam | May 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    FSU wearing the striped stirrups again in the ACC Championship game.

  • Tim Brown | May 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm |

    Rangers and Astros are going color vs color this afternoon.

  • concealed78 | May 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    The whole design behind Interleague Play was so fans in A.L. cities could see McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, etc in their own parks, & vise versa. Tho it didn’t work when I.P. was restricted to league opposite division, so they started a completely random rotation, anywhere from going 6 to 8 years inbetween seeing an opposing superstar. Sound ridiculous? Yup. In a system of uneven divisions & leagues, only 9 true geographical rivalries, unbalanced scheduling, I.P. just doesn’t make any sense, and its strength varies. It’s just not good for the sport, and only good for Selig & his bottom line. And I hate playing the Cubs 6 times a year. They play a different game on the North Side.

  • Scott Davis | May 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm |

    For some reason, AVG is picking up a virus threat for “flashobject.js” on the site, which is the link to sportspropaganda. I know it’s a legit site, but would there be any reason why this is happening?

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”330812″][quote comment=”330811″][quote comment=”330809″][quote comment=”330799″]I liked the Rangers Road grey alternate vest & the White Sox home Alt vest a few years back.[/quote]
    When the Sox first rolled out the vests they were good because they were an actual vest cut, not just a sleeveless jersey. Then they replaced them with stupid black-sleeved jerseys for a while before going back to sleeveless jerseys — but not a vest cut. They weren’t as good as the originals but at least they were better than the jerseys with the black sleeves.[/quote]

    apparently jth is on a crack binge this holiday weekend, um, can i come over?[/quote]

    seriously though jth, if you want to stop by the gardens today for bags, you can bring the wife and kids. there are about a billion stray cats living out there for children to terrorize.[/quote]
    Heh. I guess I shouldn’t have said that the original vests were good. Passable, maybe? What I meant was that they were at least actual vest-type jerseys.

    As for the bags invite, I’ve got some honeydew list items to knock off. If I can get my chores done with some time to spare, I’ll do my best to get down to Pilsen.

  • u2-horn | May 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm |

    Interseting factoid about the switch-htting C Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the Rangers:

    When he bats right handed he doesn’t wear batting gloves. Leftt handed, he wears two.

  • u2-horn | May 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm |

    Yikes, nice spelling.

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm |

    Hey, when did Nyjer Morgan give in to the power of the dark side? He’s jammified today.

  • u2-horn | May 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm |

    Well now Salty is sans gloves batting left-handed too, so maybe he’s ditched them entirely now.

  • =bg= | May 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”330823″]For some reason, AVG is picking up a virus threat for “flashobject.js” on the site, which is the link to sportspropaganda. I know it’s a legit site, but would there be any reason why this is happening?[/quote]

    My wife’s PC running AVG said the same thing. My HP using Trend Micro- nothing.

  • Skycat | May 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”330830″][quote comment=”330823″]For some reason, AVG is picking up a virus threat for “flashobject.js” on the site, which is the link to sportspropaganda. I know it’s a legit site, but would there be any reason why this is happening?[/quote]

    My wife’s PC running AVG said the same thing. My HP using Trend Micro- nothing.[/quote]
    I get a warning on my Mac that the site appears to contain Malware.

  • Kabe | May 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm |

    Like someone said, Campions is Champions in Catalan. Barcelona is a catalunyan team, you know. Not everybody speaks english in the world, and signs should not have to accomodate foreign languajes.

  • Talon Lardner | May 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”330822″]The whole design behind Interleague Play was so fans in A.L. cities could see McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, etc in their own parks, & vise versa. Tho it didn’t work when I.P. was restricted to league opposite division, so they started a completely random rotation, anywhere from going 6 to 8 years inbetween seeing an opposing superstar. Sound ridiculous? Yup. In a system of uneven divisions & leagues, only 9 true geographical rivalries, unbalanced scheduling, I.P. just doesn’t make any sense, and its strength varies. It’s just not good for the sport, and only good for Selig & his bottom line. And I hate playing the Cubs 6 times a year. They play a different game on the North Side.[/quote]

    I don’t know, I like the idea of it in principle, but I do admit that they way they are handling it now is a little strange. I wonder how well it would go if they faced every team of the opposing leauge only once.

  • LI Phil | May 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm |

    dammit…that virus that attacked the site this past week must have destroyed the [sarcasm] tags

    apologies

    ~~~~~~~

    otoh…i broke 80 on the links today!

    /for 9 holes

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”330831″][quote comment=”330830″][quote comment=”330823″]For some reason, AVG is picking up a virus threat for “flashobject.js” on the site, which is the link to sportspropaganda. I know it’s a legit site, but would there be any reason why this is happening?[/quote]

    My wife’s PC running AVG said the same thing. My HP using Trend Micro- nothing.[/quote]
    I get a warning on my Mac that the site appears to contain Malware.[/quote]
    Trend/HP for me. No warning. No surprises, either. Trend is a joke.

  • Michael Emody | May 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm |

    Re: scoreboard. So, Brooklyn scored 15 runs in the first inning? I can see why someone snapped a pic of the scoreboard. Final score was 19-1. Nice.

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”330833″][quote comment=”330822″]The whole design behind Interleague Play was so fans in A.L. cities could see McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, etc in their own parks, & vise versa. Tho it didn’t work when I.P. was restricted to league opposite division, so they started a completely random rotation, anywhere from going 6 to 8 years inbetween seeing an opposing superstar. Sound ridiculous? Yup. In a system of uneven divisions & leagues, only 9 true geographical rivalries, unbalanced scheduling, I.P. just doesn’t make any sense, and its strength varies. It’s just not good for the sport, and only good for Selig & his bottom line. And I hate playing the Cubs 6 times a year. They play a different game on the North Side.[/quote]

    I don’t know, I like the idea of it in principle, but I do admit that they way they are handling it now is a little strange. I wonder how well it would go if they faced every team of the opposing leauge only once.[/quote]
    If the IL play continues (as if that’s in doubt), one thing I’d like to see happen is for them to do away with the separate home-and-home series for the two-team towns.

    I’d rather see them do either:
    A) a Thursday thru Sunday 4-game series where you play 2 games in park A and 2 games in park B. E.g. Mets/Yanks play Thursday and Friday in NYS and then Saturday and Sunday in Sheati.

    or

    B) A 3-game series where you play Friday and Sunday in park A with a trip to park B for the middle game. So for Cubs/Sox you’d get Friday at Wrigley, Saturday at the Cell and then back to Wrigley on Sunday. (I like this option better.)

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm |

    By the way, I love this.

    This? Not so much. Gray pins on the jersey with solid white pants — did you get dressed in the dark, Jose?

  • LI Phil | May 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”330838″]By the way, I love this.[/quote]

    thanks jth…

    better than the “stirrup poll“?

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”330839″][quote comment=”330838″]By the way, I love this.[/quote]

    thanks jth…

    better than the “stirrup poll“?[/quote]
    Also well done.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And I have a message for the haters today. (If you’re at work or in easily offended company, turn the speakers down.)

  • Mike Engle | May 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”330839″][quote comment=”330838″]By the way, I love this.[/quote]

    thanks jth…

    better than the “stirrup poll“?[/quote]
    Knowing you, Phil, I’m REALLY surprised you didn’t opt for a stripper pole.

  • Mako M. | May 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm |

    from NFL.com

    http://static.nfl.co...

    caption:
    East All-Star flanker Don Maynard (13) goes high in the air only to lose a pass in the end zone from East quarterback Joe Namath, both of the New York Jets in the AFL, All-Star game in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 21, 1968. Breaking up the pass is West All-Star back from Kansas City Johnny Robinson (42). (AP Photo)

    Obviously it’s not Robinson because he’s got a Raider helmet… any idea?

  • Mako M. | May 24, 2009 at 6:38 pm |

    Willie Brown?

  • Mike Engle | May 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”330842″]from NFL.com

    http://static.nfl.co...

    caption:
    East All-Star flanker Don Maynard (13) goes high in the air only to lose a pass in the end zone from East quarterback Joe Namath, both of the New York Jets in the AFL, All-Star game in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 21, 1968. Breaking up the pass is West All-Star back from Kansas City Johnny Robinson (42). (AP Photo)

    Obviously it’s not Robinson because he’s got a Raider helmet… any idea?[/quote]
    Maybe there’s a missing helmet snafu. Daryl “Moose” Johnston once played in the Pro Bowl with a Packers helmet, though he was a Cowboy. But what do I know? I’m only 20.
    Paging Dr Pearson, Ph.D…

  • LI Phil | May 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”330844″][quote comment=”330842″]from NFL.com

    http://static.nfl.co...

    caption:
    East All-Star flanker Don Maynard (13) goes high in the air only to lose a pass in the end zone from East quarterback Joe Namath, both of the New York Jets in the AFL, All-Star game in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 21, 1968. Breaking up the pass is West All-Star back from Kansas City Johnny Robinson (42). (AP Photo)

    Obviously it’s not Robinson because he’s got a Raider helmet… any idea?[/quote]
    Maybe there’s a missing helmet snafu. Daryl “Moose” Johnston once played in the Pro Bowl with a Packers helmet, though he was a Cowboy. But what do I know? I’m only 20.
    Paging Dr Pearson, Ph.D…[/quote]

    mike beat me to it, but i think that may be what we’re dealing with here…although it may not have been a snafu so much as a “let me just wear whatever helmet i want … it’s the ‘pro’ bowl” (asg, whatever)…might have been done on purpose

    do you have the link to the page from whence that pic comes, by any chance?

  • Michael Emody | May 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm |

    Just had my Mac freeze up. Don’t know, but there could be something to the virus alerts others saw. Never had my baby act like a PC before….

  • Mako M. | May 24, 2009 at 7:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”330845″][quote comment=”330844″][quote comment=”330842″]from NFL.com

    http://static.nfl.co...

    caption:
    East All-Star flanker Don Maynard (13) goes high in the air only to lose a pass in the end zone from East quarterback Joe Namath, both of the New York Jets in the AFL, All-Star game in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 21, 1968. Breaking up the pass is West All-Star back from Kansas City Johnny Robinson (42). (AP Photo)

    Obviously it’s not Robinson because he’s got a Raider helmet… any idea?[/quote]
    Maybe there’s a missing helmet snafu. Daryl “Moose” Johnston once played in the Pro Bowl with a Packers helmet, though he was a Cowboy. But what do I know? I’m only 20.
    Paging Dr Pearson, Ph.D…[/quote]

    mike beat me to it, but i think that may be what we’re dealing with here…although it may not have been a snafu so much as a “let me just wear whatever helmet i want … it’s the ‘pro’ bowl” (asg, whatever)…might have been done on purpose

    do you have the link to the page from whence that pic comes, by any chance?[/quote]

    jersey number is maybe 47… Raiders CB Kent McCloughan wore 47 for the Raiders… there’s only one problem, he’s white!

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

    now up Jim Otto!

  • Chris | May 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm |

    Love the column – read it entirely too often. But…is there anything you actually DO like? Other than a plain gray uni with a plain number?

    Anything?

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”330848″]Love the column – read it entirely too often. But…is there anything you actually DO like? Other than a plain gray uni with a plain number?

    Anything?[/quote]
    Phil’s baseball uni nirvana?

  • Alex | May 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |

    Did helton get traded to the mets? I read the ticker and you said something like that

  • Teebz | May 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm |

    Kids, just got back from the set of the new Don Cherry movie. I’m telling you right now…

    UNIFORM BONANZA! All of the jerseys seen today by yours truly are period-specific designs… and all of the sweaters are gorgeous!

    I can’t release details on what I saw because I agreed not to release details, but this movie is going to be a dandy of a series based upon the period-specific costuming alone. :o)

    One more night for the ‘Canes. You “Cardiac Fans” can die in peace. LOL

  • Dave | May 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”330801″]Ebbets Field, May 21, 1952. The 15 runs in first inning gave it away — still an NL record for most runs in an inning. Googled “Brooklyn Dodgers 15 runs one inning”. Confirmed at Baseball Almanac.com[/quote]

    LOL! Give it a rest… the sign reads “Brooklyn’s Finest Clothier”… BUT you figured it out with your vast knowledge of baseball history… you googled that? Why not google “what team played in Brooklyn”?

  • JTH | May 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”330851″]Kids, just got back from the set of the new Don Cherry movie. I’m telling you right now…

    UNIFORM BONANZA! All of the jerseys seen today by yours truly are period-specific designs… and all of the sweaters are gorgeous!

    I can’t release details on what I saw because I agreed not to release details, but this movie is going to be a dandy of a series based upon the period-specific costuming alone. :o)

    One more night for the ‘Canes. You “Cardiac Fans” can die in peace. LOL[/quote]
    Did anyone’s shoe get peed on?

  • Teebz | May 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”330853″]
    Did anyone’s shoe get peed on?[/quote]

    Nope. Not today at the movie set, anyway. Don is still working for HNIC, and won’t be on-set until after the playoffs wrap. LOL

  • Teebz | May 24, 2009 at 11:38 pm |

    Here’s some more fun.

    Kevin Costner’s Northern League baseball franchise is holding a “choose the name” contest, sponsored by Allstate Insurance. The five finalists have been chosen: Cowpokes (NL already has the KC T-Bones), Luckies (dumb), Fielders (Cecil’s family is playing?), Comets (not bad), or Skippers (possibly).

    Choose your favorite name for the Lake County “blankety-blanks” on the lower-right side of the page.

  • Mike Miller | May 25, 2009 at 12:54 am |

    Remember when the Colorado vests debuted, they were worn with purple undershirts, which looked even worse than the current look. I think the purple shirts lasted a month before being mothballed.

  • Nick | May 25, 2009 at 2:03 am |

    [quote comment=”330842″]from NFL.com

    http://static.nfl.co...

    caption:
    East All-Star flanker Don Maynard (13) goes high in the air only to lose a pass in the end zone from East quarterback Joe Namath, both of the New York Jets in the AFL, All-Star game in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 21, 1968. Breaking up the pass is West All-Star back from Kansas City Johnny Robinson (42). (AP Photo)

    Obviously it’s not Robinson because he’s got a Raider helmet… any idea?[/quote]

    George Atkinson – The numeral appears to be #47, atkinson’s number with the Raiders.

  • Mako M. | May 25, 2009 at 4:03 am |

    [quote comment=”330857″][quote comment=”330842″]from NFL.com

    http://static.nfl.co...

    caption:
    East All-Star flanker Don Maynard (13) goes high in the air only to lose a pass in the end zone from East quarterback Joe Namath, both of the New York Jets in the AFL, All-Star game in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 21, 1968. Breaking up the pass is West All-Star back from Kansas City Johnny Robinson (42). (AP Photo)

    Obviously it’s not Robinson because he’s got a Raider helmet… any idea?[/quote]

    George Atkinson – The numeral appears to be #47, atkinson’s number with the Raiders.[/quote]

    not possible, his first season with the Raiders was 1968