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Uni Watch DIY Project: Bill Veeck Would Be Proud

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[Editor’s Note: Paul here. Got home from Baltimore very late last night — more on that tomorrow. Today’s post is from Ben Traxel (shown at right), who was inspired by a random post in the comments section. Phil compiled today’s Ticker. I’ll have a few words at the end. Enjoy. — PL]

By Ben Traxel

A while back I sent Paul pictures of the quilt my Mom and I made back in the ’80s. I’ve been wanting to take on another DIY project after seeing all the cool ones on the site in the past year, but I didn’t have any ideas that really materialized until Memorial Day weekend.

It started back on May 21st, when there was some talk in the comments about this super-cool St. Louis Browns logo. One person commented that the logo, or a portion of it, would look great on a hat as a DIY project. I responded that I thought it would look quite dapper on a hockey sweater. Something about how hockey puts the logo front and center has always led me to like that jersey style the best.

Anyway, I used AutoCAD to make a mock-up of what the Browns logo might look like on an old-time hockey jersey. It turned out really well, so I sent it to Paul, who put it in the Ticker [along with a Cubs concept that Ben also sent along — PL]. Then I remembered I had an old brown sweater in my closet that was a little too big. I dug it out and decided that this was the project I’d been waiting for.

First I went to Wal-Mart and stood like a real manly stud in the sewing aisle trying to figure out what I needed. Ended up with three sheets each of brown, orange, and white felt for 32 cents apiece. I also bought a bottle of fabric glue for $4.99, a beginner sewing kit for about $8, and a spool of brown thread.

Chris Creamer’s site had several additional Browns logos that I simply had to include — they were too good to leave off. Once I settled on which logo should should go where, I needed a uniform number. I didn’t know much about the Browns other than Eddie Gaedel so I did some research. I needed a number that was pretty blocky, not slender — something that would fill some space on the back. Then I came across Bobo Hollowman, whose entire career consisted of a two-month span in 1953 (the last year before the team moved). Might not sound like much, but he pitched a no-hitter in his MLB debut! Since his uniform number was a nice, wide 24 (and I have a son named Beau, close enough to Bobo), I thought it was perfect.

Next was printing the logos at the right size to use as templates, cutting out the felt, gluing the pieces together, and then gluing all the logos and numerals onto the sweater. The only thing that wasn’t felt and glue is the stitching on the baseball. That part could have been better, as it was my first time with a needle and thread, but overall, not bad. I haven’t sewn all the elements down yet, but I’ll get around to that when I have more time. (There are some additional photos here.)

I know some of the elements don’t match the Browns uniforms of the day (the number font, for example, is a slightly taller version of what the Red Sox use), but I made it look like I wanted and I like it! My wife said, “I think it’s really neat, hon, but please don’t wear it out in public.” Just for that, I think I’ll wear it to work tomorrow!

So that’s how I spent my Memorial Day holiday. And I did it without wearing a red hat.

Uni Watch News Ticker, courtesy of Phil: “This is not going to go over well on Uni Watch,” writes David McGee, as described in this article on the pants stylings of Southern Miss … More National disgrace? Steven Olsen found this picture of Ryan Zimmerman, (found on SI.com — scroll down). Steven asks, “It totally looks like the ‘s’ in Washington is missing. How ironic is it that one of the teams with the most uniform troubles had a uniform screw-up in front of one of the greatest uniforms in sports history? Anyway, just thought I’d send it your way in case you haven’t seen it yet.” … A followup: in Wednesday’s ticker, Doug Keklak noticed this Apostrophe Catastrophe. Tyler Maun writes: “I stumbled across a picture that nearly made me spit my beverage out slapstick comedy-style all over my computer screen. Today’s “apostrophe catastraphe [sic]” comes from the ballpark of my employer, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. I’m one of the radio broadcasters for the club, and I handle the bulk of our media notes/game recaps/press releases, etc. (Don’t worry, I was never in charge of signage.) While in my baffled stupor that our humble abode would have ended up on Uni Watch, I took the elevator ride down from the press box to check out our concession stands which, indeed, do have a bizarrely and incorrectly shaped and placed apostrophe in front of “Dogs.” On all four of them. As a member of the grammar gestapo, I’m a little mortified that this has happened on my watch, but I’ve only worked here for a few months. I’ve mentioned it to the (hopefully) proper authorities, and it will (possibly) be corrected at some point. Apparently the logic was because there’s no “hot” in front of “dogs,” the apostrophe was warranted. Seeing as how “hot dogs” isn’t one word, I’m not buying it. This blemish is made all the more embarrassing when you consider that we hosted this a couple of weeks ago (three entries down). Whoops. That was to make fun of the Winston-Salem Dash. All night, we referred to them as the “Winston Hyphen Salem Dash” or the “Winston-Salem Hyphens” and tried our best to educate the masses in the ways of proper punctuation. Somebody here must be busting open a nice batch of crow to eat this morning. We’re actually a very Uni Watch-friendly franchise, with our team required to rock “Pelican blue” (read: powder blue) stirrups for every game. In fact, we were the featured team in the Wall Street Journal story about stirrups a month or two ago in which Paul was quoted. I’m proud that my first job as a Minor League Baseball broadcaster has come with a team that “Gets It (TM).” … Christopher Falvey was watching a few days ago and noticed some guy had “NOLA” (my first thought is the abbreviation for New Orleans, LA) on the back of his jersey. He thought for a second that somehow they were doing a tribute to the city of New Orleans, which would have been strange. Turns out there’s a guy on the team with the last name of Nola. … With details now emerging on the upcoming Civil Rights Game, Joe Owen found this from the Cincinnati Enquirer: “On Saturday, the Reds and White Sox will wear uniform jerseys circa 1964, the year the Civil Rights Act was passed to outlaw racial segregation in schools, public places and employment.” He’s not sure what exactly they mean by “circa”, but he’s guessing we’ll see “fauxbacks” of these for the White Sox (Powder blues!) and these for the Reds (Ice Cream man) … John English has never seen this logo before (the description reads: “This celebrates the New York Islanders winning the Stanley Cup. Says Islanders in the middle. Stanley cup on top and 2 hockey sticks. It is very high quality”). He asks, “Have you?” … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Brinke Guthrie noticed that the New York Giants & Timex have inked a sponsorship deal, with the watch logos to go on the jerseys … Rob McGill found a beauty, and would be remiss in his duties as a Uni Watcher if he didn’t direct a spotlight on the esteemed Alex Trebek, rocking a Habs jersey as a guest panelist on this 1980 episode of Card Sharks (If you’re impatient, you can simply scroll to the 1:20 mark) … Dan Auricchio notes that JC Romero has been kicking it old-school on the road so far this year (assuming 2007 is old school). He noticed this during the Mets/Phils game on June 9th, with Romero rocking the pre-2008 100% wool New-Era caps with the grey underbrim. This picture is from his first game back from suspension, but the same hat (writing and all) was worn for the Met game. Second picture is the now-official New Era cap, with the black underbrim. … The Hungry Hungry Hipster has some information of interest on the Stillers “Batman” jerseys: “I found some really interesting info on the 1967 Steelers jerseys, which were unique because of their yellow shoulders. Before reading the story of these jerseys, here’s what they looked like: Front, Back, and in a Team photo. And here’s the story behind these jerseys. … Finally, Teebz received an email from a friend who suggested he check out The Phoenix Pub blog. The author, under the pseudonym First Derivative, is proposing a Sabremetric system in which NHL defencemen can be ranked. It’s a pretty cool idea, but it’s sitting in the “theory” stage right now as he works through the finer points. If you have a suggestion, make sure you throw your idea in his comment section!

And a quick word from Paul: Good to be home. Big thanks to everyone who showed up last night in Baltimore — great people, great time. I’ll have a full report either tomorrow or early next week, depending on how quickly I sort through all the photos and such.

Super-duper thanks to Phil for steering the ship so expertly in my absence, and to everyone who helped things run smoothly when I was dealing with, well, you know. What with my travels and the nasty case of Real Life that I’ve had to deal with lately, my presence on the site has been diminished, but I look forward to getting back to full Uni Watch throttle next week. Thanks again for your patience, understanding, and support — like I’ve said before, a writer couldn’t hope for a better group of readers than you folks.

 

154 comments to Uni Watch DIY Project: Bill Veeck Would Be Proud

  • Scott Davis | June 18, 2009 at 8:22 am |

    Nice job on that Browns sweater. It’s only a matter of time before I sit down and do a DIY project.

  • Joe Hilseberg | June 18, 2009 at 8:28 am |

    Had an awesome time last night. Good to finally meet some of you!

  • floormaster squeeze | June 18, 2009 at 8:37 am |

    Some football players will now be able to take a licking and keep on ticking.

    http://3.ly/rW2

  • ScottyM | June 18, 2009 at 8:38 am |

    Thank heavens Southern Miss is gone. While watching their games, I couldn’t help but root against them.

    The pants flapping in the wind on their pitchers and the atrocious font used for “Southern Miss” … somebody needs to get thee to a tailor.

  • Matt Brosseau | June 18, 2009 at 8:51 am |

    Trax, you did a great job on the Browns DIY. I’m a big fan of the Brownies (lovable long-time sad sacks with Veeck at the helm = old-tyme phun) and you are a whiz with patterns. I’m pretty envious of the DIY stuff that I don’t have the patience to do myself.

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 9:01 am |

    great job, ben

    just conceptualizing this, much less bringing it to fruition…awesome

  • Mark Dancer | June 18, 2009 at 9:05 am |

    Great little item on the patches for the FIFA Confederations Cup posted over at the US Soccer Blog:

    http://mnt-ussoccer....

  • CJ | June 18, 2009 at 9:11 am |

    Is it me or does the Southern Miss article read like Ralphie’s theme from “A Christmas Story”?

    Very simplistic.

  • TMD | June 18, 2009 at 9:16 am |

    [quote comment=”335620″]Trax, you did a great job on the Browns DIY. I’m a big fan of the Brownies (lovable long-time sad sacks with Veeck at the helm = old-tyme phun) and you are a whiz with patterns. I’m pretty envious of the DIY stuff that I don’t have the patience to do myself.[/quote]

    I have to agree with every word of that. Sad story, great baseball town and I’m a sucker for Brown and Orange. Incredible DIY project! I’d wear that jersey/sweater everywhere.

  • Bourbon Soaked Idiot | June 18, 2009 at 9:26 am |

    Where did you get that “Evil Empire” T-Shirt? I have a “Jesus Hates The Yankees” T-Shirt that I love. And Evil Empire T would become my second favorite.

  • Ry Co 40 | June 18, 2009 at 9:27 am |

    Ben Traxel!!! BEAUTIFUL DIY PROJECT!!! love the detail and the imagination with the different logos and the number font. really great work!!! good to see another autocad guy too! keep up the great work, it’s gets addicting!!!

  • Dan | June 18, 2009 at 9:40 am |

    That’s probably not a screw-up on Zimmerman’s Nationals road jersey. It’s one thing to leave out a letter when they’re sewn down individually, but the “Washington” logo is two pieces of script (broken up with “hington” going on the top of the placket). The placket is probably just covering up the “s” in that shot since his jersey is bunched up.

  • Broadway Connie | June 18, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”335621″]great job, ben

    just conceptualizing this, much less bringing it to fruition…awesome[/quote]

    Traxel for President! Or maybe just Traxel for Official United States Imagery Czar. Or maybe Traxel for more medication. Whatever. This dude is bonkers in the finest way possible. [I love that his response to his wife’s plea to not wear the sweater in public is to head for the door.]

    An astonishing, loopy contribution to the field. And all for a team with the best colors and iconography in the history of organized baseball. I think. Maybe.

  • Broadway Connie | June 18, 2009 at 9:53 am |

    Forgot to mention. Those ’67 Steeler jerseys are fantastic.

  • Peter S | June 18, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    This is random thought I wanted to put out there. When I was playing fast pitch softball as a kid my teams were normally sponsored by the usual sort of companies, like pizza places and grocery stores. One season, however, I played on a team with “ABP Recycling” on the chest. This seemed innocent enough until, while talking to the son of the sponsor I found out that I was representing, “Animal By-Product Recycling.” At that point I didn’t want to know anything else about the source of my jersey. Anyone else have a similarly disturbing uniform experience?

  • Gemnr | June 18, 2009 at 9:55 am |

    I find it interesting that the 1967 Steelers jersey is only now being made by Mitchell & Ness — but with the proviso \”Current Players Only.\” So, no Ron Mexico, Theo Bell, Paul Lukas, or Lynn Swann, huh?

  • Lion Fan Dan | June 18, 2009 at 9:58 am |

    awesome job ben. i am planning to make some hockey sweaters for my family this christmas with my brother’s high school and ac/dc for my sister.

    also, thanks paul for visiting baltimore. i had an awesome time and met some great uniwatch readers. i felt like i knew all of you for a long time. i look forward to having another baltimore meeting in the future.

  • Traxel | June 18, 2009 at 10:01 am |

    Thanks for the props on the project from everyone! I really get off on that stuff for some freaky reason, another OCD guy. I was surprised when I clicked on the site this morning and saw it. Got the Evil Empire shirt across the street from Yankee Stadium last summer. Made a NYC trip, never had been there before, just to see the Stadium before it was destroyed. Sorry Mets guys, Shea wasn’t such a draw, especially as a Missouri guy and a Cards fan. Anyway, my life is spent on AutoCAD as an architect so that is really all I know. It definitely won’t be my last DIY, just have to keep checking the comments for more inspiration from you guys!

    ABP Recycling. That’s nice.

  • JTH | June 18, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    [quote comment=”335630″]This is random thought I wanted to put out there. When I was playing fast pitch softball as a kid my teams were normally sponsored by the usual sort of companies, like pizza places and grocery stores. One season, however, I played on a team with “ABP Recycling” on the chest. This seemed innocent enough until, while talking to the son of the sponsor I found out that I was representing, “Animal By-Product Recycling.” At that point I didn’t want to know anything else about the source of my jersey. Anyone else have a similarly disturbing uniform experience?[/quote]
    Not exactly disturbing, but strange…

    In my first year of LL, the sponsor on the back of our shirts was simply “CIA” and nobody had any clue if it was actually the Central Intelligence Agency or some random person’s initials or something else entirely.

    It wasn’t until we got our little yearbooks at the end of the season with all the team photos and whatnot that we found out it stood for something like “Credit Industries Associates.”

    Similar story for the sponsor of my brother’s first team. It was “The Prime Interest” (or “The Prime Intrest” as it said on some of the shirts, including my brother’s). Again, no clue as to what it meant. (Was the Fed sponsoring the team?) until late in the season, we found out that a local bank was the sponsor.

  • JTH | June 18, 2009 at 10:20 am |

    And by the way, kick-ass sweater, Ben.

    Come to think of it, I’ve got an orange and brown hoodie that might just look really nice with that crest on it…

  • mmwatkin | June 18, 2009 at 10:21 am |

    [quote comment=”335634″][quote comment=”335630″]This is random thought I wanted to put out there. When I was playing fast pitch softball as a kid my teams were normally sponsored by the usual sort of companies, like pizza places and grocery stores. One season, however, I played on a team with “ABP Recycling” on the chest. This seemed innocent enough until, while talking to the son of the sponsor I found out that I was representing, “Animal By-Product Recycling.” At that point I didn’t want to know anything else about the source of my jersey. Anyone else have a similarly disturbing uniform experience?[/quote]
    Not exactly disturbing, but strange…

    In my first year of LL, the sponsor on the back of our shirts was simply “CIA” and nobody had any clue if it was actually the Central Intelligence Agency or some random person’s initials or something else entirely.

    It wasn’t until we got our little yearbooks at the end of the season with all the team photos and whatnot that we found out it stood for something like “Credit Industries Associates.”

    Similar story for the sponsor of my brother’s first team. It was “The Prime Interest” (or “The Prime Intrest” as it said on some of the shirts, including my brother’s). Again, no clue as to what it meant. (Was the Fed sponsoring the team?) until late in the season, we found out that a local bank was the sponsor.[/quote]

    Interesting. I played on a little league team that was sponsored by three initials as well: FBI.

    We also were curious if the FBI was the government agency. Turns out, it was just Farm Bureau Insurance.

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 10:35 am |

    My son’s Babe Ruth team, for which I was an assistant coach, was sponsored by Edina Realty. No objection to that, but the navy hats with a yellow-gold visor had white felt letters “ER” side by side.

    Was the height of that TV show’s popularity and I was always afraid I’d be wearing my “ER” hat, walk into the aftermath of a convenience store holdup or something, and be expected to treat a sucking chest wound.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 10:44 am |

    growing up, there was a team (not the one for whom i played) called the “knights” who were sponsored by the first union corporation

  • Dawn | June 18, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    I was listening to Mike and Mike this morning while driving to work and Greeny did a teaser before a commercial break that was something along the lines of “Does baseball need a uniform rule for one of its major problems? Find out next.” or something.

    I got all excited thinking, YES finally they’re going to get those ugly baggy pants pulled over the shoes taken care of!

    Turns out the uniform rule (read: standard rule) was about how writers would handle voting for juiced up hall of famers. Booooo.

  • Matt Brosseau | June 18, 2009 at 11:01 am |

    I don’t remember any of my Little League sponsors…there was one team sponsored by a funeral home, one by the local Lord & Taylor (swank department store), a couple car dealerships…

    The unis in my town’s Little League were pretty weak. The caps were all the same, with a block “M” (first letter of the name of my town); caps were in team colors. The teams were named after major league teams except for one, which was my team (the Blue Stars). Town name and team name in pseudo-script across the front of polyester pullover tops. Regular gray pants for all, plus team-color stirrups. White sannies. On the back were sponsor names over white numbers. (The yellow team, the Pirates, had black numbers).

    Interesting: the uni tops were numbered by size, e.g. the smallest was #1, largest was #55. I was a small kid for my age, so most years I got single-digit unis which was perfect for infield, where I played. One year, though, my family was on vacation when they were handing out unis at the start of the season, so I missed it and had to take the only one left, which was the XXL #55. I looked kinda like the St. Louis Browns’ own Max Patkin.

  • floormaster squeeze | June 18, 2009 at 11:05 am |

    I play in a softball league that has a “real” FBI team. They have shirts but no hats (actually my team got demoted to the “B” League this year so we will not be playing them).

    A few years ago they got permission from the league to cancel a game on the morning of (against league rules). I was joking about the FBI having to make big raids that day–turns out there were two FBI raids locally on the news that night.

  • mtjaws | June 18, 2009 at 11:11 am |

    Very nice felt logos on that sweater. Good job.

    On a different note, my computer crashed and I’ll have to recreate my Marlins uni-tracker. Grrr!

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”335642″]On a different note, my computer crashed and I’ll have to recreate my Marlins uni-tracker. Grrr![/quote]

    hey mike, check your email

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 11:23 am |

    Overheard in the tunnel at Giants Stadium just before kickoff next fall…

    What time is it?

    TimexValuePricedPreciseTimingInstrumentsGametime, WHOOOOO!

  • Tony In Erie | June 18, 2009 at 11:25 am |

    If I must say, this quote:

    “There was a variety of reasons we wanted to do this deal. First and foremost, getting two great icons together. The Giants franchise and the Timex brand have a lot in common. And we’re all about performance…So the fact that we can name the training facility and corporate headquarters the Timex Performance Center is very, very good for us.”

    …makes me want to puke. Fingers down the throat, projectile style. God damn what are these idiots drinking?!?

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”335629″]Forgot to mention. Those ’67 Steeler jerseys are fantastic.[/quote]

    I never thought so before, but after reading the story about them, I kind of like them. Plus, the season they wore them was the year I was born, so I may have to DIY that one at some point.

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    re: Sponsors
    Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.
    No, our jerseys don’t look like the Bad News Bears.
    But were it up to me, they would.

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”335632″]awesome job ben. i am planning to make some hockey sweaters for my family this christmas with my brother’s high school and ac/dc for my sister.

    also, thanks paul for visiting baltimore. i had an awesome time and met some great uniwatch readers. i felt like i knew all of you for a long time. i look forward to having another baltimore meeting in the future.[/quote]

    Great job indeed, Ben!

    Paul, are you coming to Cleveland or Pittsburgh? You should have a gathering at PNC Park. There will be seats aplenty I’m sure, and I’d make the 2-hour drive to attend.

  • JTH | June 18, 2009 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment=”335640″]The unis in my town’s Little League were pretty weak. The caps were all the same, with a block “M” (first letter of the name of my town); caps were in team colors. The teams were named after major league teams except for one, which was my team (the Blue Stars). Town name and team name in pseudo-script across the front of polyester pullover tops. Regular gray pants for all, plus team-color stirrups. White sannies. On the back were sponsor names over white numbers. (The yellow team, the Pirates, had black numbers).[/quote]
    Sounds a bit like my league (the aforementioned CIA-sponsored team). Uniforms were colored t-shirts and matching caps with a block P (this was the first and only team I was on where we didn’t have adjustable/mesh-back caps — they were solid fabric with elastic at the back). We could keep those, but we had to return the white pants and matching stirrups at the end of the season.

    The team names on the fronts of the shirts were just radially-arched block letters with NFL team nicknames. There was one exception. The red team was the Pirates for some reason. I was on the burgundy team. Redskins? Nah, the Bears of course. None of the other team colors made sense except the black team, which was the Falcons.

  • shadoquad | June 18, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    Ben, great DIY! Turned out sweet!

    As for the Baltimore visit last night, it was very fun. I had a good time meeting some of my fellow UW’ers. Lot of great unis on display, too. And Wieters hit his first HR! Good times!

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”335647″]Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.[/quote]

    So is the competing team sponsored by Conditional Bail Bonds?

    And when your team walks into the bar after the game with “BAIL BONDS” on your shirt, does the entire bar empty out the back door? :-)

  • Tick | June 18, 2009 at 11:42 am |

    As with most places the local businesses sponsored all the little league teams in my hometown growing up. The best name (and the one I played for) was sponsored by the local pharmacy and the team name was “Pee Wee Pills”

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”335649″]…NFL team nicknames. There was one exception. The red team was the Pirates for some reason.[/quote]
    Growing up we had the MLB team names and (usually) colors. So it was always cool if you were on the Sox or Cubs, even if your team stunk.

    Modern practice seems to lean towards generic names, especially with girls teams IMHO. Red Thunder, Flowerific…

    One thing hasn’t changed. Boys or girls, then or now; there always seems to be one coach in every league who was a Marine Corps Drill Instructor and he/she comes with that same attitude, same haircut and same voice. :-)

  • duker | June 18, 2009 at 11:49 am |

    A blogger on the Baltimore Sun asks the obvious question as to which Oriole logo is the best. Everyone knows it’s the cartoon bird from the hat in the 60’s/70’s.

    Most of the comments only mention hats but there are plenty of other Oriole Logos to choose from.

  • timmy b | June 18, 2009 at 11:53 am |

    Just to nit-pick, but the 1967 Steelers jerseys that have been referenced here were also worn in 1966 as well.

    And they are my favorite Steeler jerseys of all time.

  • Namhob | June 18, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”335649″][quote comment=”335640″]The unis in my town’s Little League were pretty weak. The caps were all the same, with a block “M” (first letter of the name of my town); caps were in team colors. The teams were named after major league teams except for one, which was my team (the Blue Stars). Town name and team name in pseudo-script across the front of polyester pullover tops. Regular gray pants for all, plus team-color stirrups. White sannies. On the back were sponsor names over white numbers. (The yellow team, the Pirates, had black numbers).[/quote]
    Sounds a bit like my league (the aforementioned CIA-sponsored team). Uniforms were colored t-shirts and matching caps with a block P (this was the first and only team I was on where we didn’t have adjustable/mesh-back caps — they were solid fabric with elastic at the back). We could keep those, but we had to return the white pants and matching stirrups at the end of the season.

    The team names on the fronts of the shirts were just radially-arched block letters with NFL team nicknames. There was one exception. The red team was the Pirates for some reason. I was on the burgundy team. Redskins? Nah, the Bears of course. None of the other team colors made sense except the black team, which was the Falcons.[/quote]
    As a kid, we played for actual sponsors (I played for Hut A/C [air conditioning] and eventually LYC [Latonia Youth Club]). Nowadays, my nephew plays for the Erlanger Orioles. It was always much better when your team had its own identity. I guess they use pro team names to “make the kids feel like they’re stars!” Bleh…

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”335655″]Just to nit-pick, but the 1967 Steelers jerseys that have been referenced here were also worn in 1966 as well.

    And they are my favorite Steeler jerseys of all time.[/quote]

    Had the Steelers gone from the pits to the penthouse only a few seasons earlier, they might still be wearing them.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”335651″][quote comment=”335647″]Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.[/quote]

    So is the competing team sponsored by Conditional Bail Bonds?

    And when your team walks into the bar after the game with “BAIL BONDS” on your shirt, does the entire bar empty out the back door? :-)[/quote]

    Yup, nothing like a bunch of mostly 40+ lawyers, accountants and car salesmen when it comes to clearing out a bar.

    Oh, sorry, thought you meant a juice bar.

    Well, there is that one weightlifter cop who plays left field sometimes and hits the ball higher than anyone I’ve ever seen (you’ll notice I didn’t say FURTHER).

    —Ricko

  • Matt Brosseau | June 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”335653″]
    Modern practice seems to lean towards generic names, especially with girls teams IMHO. Red Thunder, Flowerific…[/quote]

    Interesting you mentioned that. The girls’ softball Little League in my town named all the teams after Native American tribes. I believe there were Mohawks, Iroquois, Algonquins and one other. Senecas, maybe. Oddly enough there was no “Lenni Lenape” which was the predominant tribe in this part of New Jersey.

  • chance michaels | June 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”335654″]A blogger on the Baltimore Sun asks the obvious question as to which Oriole logo is the best. Everyone knows it’s the cartoon bird from the hat in the 60’s/70’s.

    Most of the comments only mention hats but there are plenty of other Oriole Logos to choose from.[/quote]
    If you’re talking about regular logos, no question – this guy. Genius.

    I have to say, the Orioles have about the best set of historical logos from which to choose. Especially if you’re willing to consider pre-American League.

  • Christopher | June 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    RE: The NOLA thing… I was watching LSU, which is why I instantly made the New Orleans connection (Yeah, they’re from Baton Rouge, but they’re still very big in NOLA).

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”335658″][quote comment=”335651″][quote comment=”335647″]Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.[/quote]

    So is the competing team sponsored by Conditional Bail Bonds?

    And when your team walks into the bar after the game with “BAIL BONDS” on your shirt, does the entire bar empty out the back door? :-)[/quote]

    Yup, nothing like a bunch of mostly 40+ lawyers, accountants and car salesmen when it comes to clearing out a bar.

    Oh, sorry, thought you meant a juice bar.

    Well, there is that one weightlifter cop who plays left field sometimes and hits the ball higher than anyone I’ve ever seen (you’ll notice I didn’t say FURTHER).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Didn’t say “farther”, either.
    (smacks forehead)

  • amanda | June 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm |

    Too bad I didn’t have a camera lat night, but there were some stylin’ members of Congress last night at the 48th Annual Congressional Baseball Game at Natinals Park. Few stirrups and a couple instances of elastic waistbands on the old men, but each of the members choose uniforms (most of which are personalized) of some significance to their district.

    some uniforms on display:
    * Altoona Curve
    * old school grey flannel Detroit
    * D-Backs softball ensemble
    * William & Mary
    * Mets pinstripes
    * Padres camo
    * LSU
    * Anderson University
    * a couple of Legion and high school teams
    * UDub
    * Georgia Military College
    * New Britain Rock Cats
    * and two different members in matching Cards home unis

    Linda Sanchez just had a baby and so was on the “pregnancy reserve.” In years she plays, she wears a Long Beach State University uni No. IX for Title IX.

    Due to unanticipated revelations, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., did not (gasp!) show up in his UNLV uniform to play.

  • Namhob | June 18, 2009 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”335662″][quote comment=”335658″][quote comment=”335651″][quote comment=”335647″]Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.[/quote]

    So is the competing team sponsored by Conditional Bail Bonds?

    And when your team walks into the bar after the game with “BAIL BONDS” on your shirt, does the entire bar empty out the back door? :-)[/quote]

    Yup, nothing like a bunch of mostly 40+ lawyers, accountants and car salesmen when it comes to clearing out a bar.

    Oh, sorry, thought you meant a juice bar.

    Well, there is that one weightlifter cop who plays left field sometimes and hits the ball higher than anyone I’ve ever seen (you’ll notice I didn’t say FURTHER).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Didn’t say “farther”, either.
    (smacks forehead)[/quote]
    George: Guys, hitting is not about muscle. It’s simple physics. Calculate the velocity, v, in relation to the trajectory, t, in which g, gravity, of course remains a constant. (Hits a home run) It’s not complicated.

    Derek Jeter: Now who are you again?

    George: George Costanza, assistant to the traveling secretary.

    Bernie Williams: Are you the guy who put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?

    George: Do you wanna talk about hotels, or do you wanna win some ball games?

    Jeter: We won the World Series.

    George: In six games.

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”335657″][quote comment=”335655″]Just to nit-pick, but the 1967 Steelers jerseys that have been referenced here were also worn in 1966 as well.

    And they are my favorite Steeler jerseys of all time.[/quote]

    Had the Steelers gone from the pits to the penthouse only a few seasons earlier, they might still be wearing them.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I often wondered why they stayed with the black helmets in the late 60s (aside from the obvious “Real men wear black” excuse). Until the Chuck Noll era, their best season was 1963. If I read correctly, they wore gold helmets all year until the last game of the season. If they would have beaten the Giants they would have gone on to the Championship game, so they come out in intimidating black helmets…and promptly get beat 33-17. I’m not superstitious but I’d have ditched the helmets the next day.

  • dovino codino | June 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”335656″]As a kid, we played for actual sponsors (I played for Hut A/C [air conditioning] and eventually LYC [Latonia Youth Club]). [/quote]

    We played for teams sponsored by local businesses. I was on the McDonald’s team, but for some strange reason our jerseys said only “McDonald”. That’s a new kind of apostrophe catastrophe, unless Ronald McDonald himself was the sponsor!

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”335664″][quote comment=”335662″][quote comment=”335658″][quote comment=”335651″][quote comment=”335647″]Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.[/quote]

    So is the competing team sponsored by Conditional Bail Bonds?

    And when your team walks into the bar after the game with “BAIL BONDS” on your shirt, does the entire bar empty out the back door? :-)[/quote]

    Yup, nothing like a bunch of mostly 40+ lawyers, accountants and car salesmen when it comes to clearing out a bar.

    Oh, sorry, thought you meant a juice bar.

    Well, there is that one weightlifter cop who plays left field sometimes and hits the ball higher than anyone I’ve ever seen (you’ll notice I didn’t say FURTHER).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Didn’t say “farther”, either.
    (smacks forehead)[/quote]
    George: Guys, hitting is not about muscle. It’s simple physics. Calculate the velocity, v, in relation to the trajectory, t, in which g, gravity, of course remains a constant. (Hits a home run) It’s not complicated.

    Derek Jeter: Now who are you again?

    George: George Costanza, assistant to the traveling secretary.

    Bernie Williams: Are you the guy who put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?

    George: Do you wanna talk about hotels, or do you wanna win some ball games?

    Jeter: We won the World Series.

    George: In six games.[/quote]

    One of the best episodes ever!

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”335666″][quote comment=”335656″]As a kid, we played for actual sponsors (I played for Hut A/C [air conditioning] and eventually LYC [Latonia Youth Club]). [/quote]

    We played for teams sponsored by local businesses. I was on the McDonald’s team, but for some strange reason our jerseys said only “McDonald”. That’s a new kind of apostrophe catastrophe, unless Ronald McDonald himself was the sponsor![/quote]

    My Babe Ruth sponsor was McDonalds, too.
    But it was so frickin’ long ago that it was misspelled on our first set of unis, which read…
    “MacDonald’s Drive Inn”
    (remember think that was funny cuz never was a drive-in at all)

    Anyway, for my 15-year-old year they got it right, said just…
    McDONALD’S
    (Well, I suppose the apostrophe shouldn’t have been there, should it; another version of an apostrophe catastrophe)

    —Ricko

  • Berto | June 18, 2009 at 12:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”335645″]If I must say, this quote:

    “There was a variety of reasons we wanted to do this deal. First and foremost, getting two great icons together. The Giants franchise and the Timex brand have a lot in common. And we’re all about performance…So the fact that we can name the training facility and corporate headquarters the Timex Performance Center is very, very good for us.”

    …makes me want to puke. Fingers down the throat, projectile style. God damn what are these idiots drinking?!?[/quote]

    What does this do to Eli’s other watch company endorsement? The fun begins.

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”335659″][quote comment=”335653″]
    Modern practice seems to lean towards generic names, especially with girls teams IMHO. Red Thunder, Flowerific…[/quote]

    Interesting you mentioned that. The girls’ softball Little League in my town named all the teams after Native American tribes. I believe there were Mohawks, Iroquois, Algonquins and one other. Senecas, maybe. Oddly enough there was no “Lenni Lenape” which was the predominant tribe in this part of New Jersey.[/quote]

    I heard that in LI Phil’s neighborhood teams are named after local tribes, too: You know, Feinbergs, Goldsteins, Rabinowitzs, Rappaports, Levines…

    (Oh, I kid, I kid.)

    —Ricko

  • Ken | June 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm |

    Little League uniforms: For the past two years I’ve coached my childern (a boy & girl)in Little League in Maryland for UMAC Baseball and our teams use the MLB team names and colors. All the teams jersey have their team name in script on the front and “corporate” sponsor on back. The hats are just like the pro wear with UMAC on the side. So I have jerseys in St.L red, O’s Orange, Astro’s Brown, Yankee blue and this year — Nationals Gray.

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”335671″]Little League uniforms: For the past two years I’ve coached my childern (a boy & girl)in Little League in Maryland for UMAC Baseball and our teams use the MLB team names and colors. All the teams jersey have their team name in script on the front and “corporate” sponsor on back. The hats are just like the pro wear with UMAC on the side. So I have jerseys in St.L red, O’s Orange, Astro’s Brown, Yankee blue and this year — Nationals Gray.[/quote]

    You misspelled Natinals.

  • Hickory | June 18, 2009 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”335656″][quote comment=”335649″][quote comment=”335640″]The unis in my town’s Little League were pretty weak. The caps were all the same, with a block “M” (first letter of the name of my town); caps were in team colors. The teams were named after major league teams except for one, which was my team (the Blue Stars). Town name and team name in pseudo-script across the front of polyester pullover tops. Regular gray pants for all, plus team-color stirrups. White sannies. On the back were sponsor names over white numbers. (The yellow team, the Pirates, had black numbers).[/quote]
    Sounds a bit like my league (the aforementioned CIA-sponsored team). Uniforms were colored t-shirts and matching caps with a block P (this was the first and only team I was on where we didn’t have adjustable/mesh-back caps — they were solid fabric with elastic at the back). We could keep those, but we had to return the white pants and matching stirrups at the end of the season.

    The team names on the fronts of the shirts were just radially-arched block letters with NFL team nicknames. There was one exception. The red team was the Pirates for some reason. I was on the burgundy team. Redskins? Nah, the Bears of course. None of the other team colors made sense except the black team, which was the Falcons.[/quote]
    As a kid, we played for actual sponsors (I played for Hut A/C [air conditioning] and eventually LYC [Latonia Youth Club]). Nowadays, my nephew plays for the Erlanger Orioles. It was always much better when your team had its own identity. I guess they use pro team names to “make the kids feel like they’re stars!” Bleh…[/quote]

    I can remember back in 89 or so being on a little league team sponsored by Tim’s Exxon in our town. Yeah, that was the same year as the Exxon Valdez oil spill. I can remember my mom being all in a huff when I received my uniform that year.

    And yes, that Seinfeld episode is a classic!

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”335672″]You misspelled Natinals.[/quote]

    ya know…the team from wahington

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”335674″][quote comment=”335672″]You misspelled Natinals.[/quote]

    ya know…the team from wahington[/quote]

    Not nice to make fun of people with peach imspediment, y’know.

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 1:09 pm |

    “Now, playing second base of the Wahington Natinals…Cliff Pallette.”

  • Mike Engle | June 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”335676″]”Now, playing second base of the Wahington Natinals…Cliff Pallette.”[/quote]
    Comment of the day, Myth-ter Ricko.

  • Martin Hick | June 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”335647″]re: Sponsors
    Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.
    No, our jerseys don’t look like the Bad News Bears.
    But were it up to me, they would.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I just watched that movie the other night. It had been a long time, and boy is it good. If you haven’t seen in a while, do so. Genius.

    The pitcher for the Yankees (the kid who got smacked by his dad, Vic Morrow from Combat) tried to replace Jello Biafra as the frontman for the Dead Kennedy’s. If I was Jello, I would start a band called The Courtship of Bill Bixby.

  • Broadway Connie | June 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”335660″][quote comment=”335654″]A blogger on the Baltimore Sun asks the obvious question as to which Oriole logo is the best. Everyone knows it’s the cartoon bird from the hat in the 60’s/70’s.

    Most of the comments only mention hats but there are plenty of other Oriole Logos to choose from.[/quote]
    If you’re talking about regular logos, no question – this guy. Genius.

    I have to say, the Orioles have about the best set of historical logos from which to choose. Especially if you’re willing to consider pre-American League.[/quote]

    Wait a minute. Let’s get this straight. The logo noted by Chase — the smiling bird above the baseball and crossed bats, 1954-64 – is like the greatest thing ever. The more cartoonish bird’s head-with-cap on those Baltimore teams of the later ’60s and the ’70s would be OK for a club without the distinguished graphics history of the Browns/Orioles, but within that lofty context, no; no way. The more anatomically correct birds before and after were much better. IMHO etc etc Everyone’s entitled to his own opinion etc etc You can’t argue about taste etc etc.

  • Juke Early | June 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm |

    Incredible good artwork w/the Browns sweater—nice job Ben. The level of talent here is beyond belief. Where were all you guys when I had money ;~) I’d have been special ordering from somebody!

  • leon | June 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    “MacDonald’s Drive Inn”
    (remember think that was funny cuz never was a drive-in at all)

    au contraire: listen to the last lines of this commercial. (ronald portrayed by famous weatherman).

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

  • Tony In Erie | June 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?

  • JTH | June 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”335668″]Anyway, for my 15-year-old year they got it right, said just…
    McDONALD’S
    (Well, I suppose the apostrophe shouldn’t have been there, should it; another version of an apostrophe catastrophe)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Sure it should. It’s possessive, not plural.

  • Matt Brosseau | June 18, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    Also a very apropos title to this entry, Paul/Ben. Bill Veeck WOULD SURELY be proud of this and every DIY project…he was a baseball fan first and foremost and would bend over backwards to make sure fans had a good time and were satisfied with their experience.

    If anyone wants a great old-time baseball read, his bio “Veeck as in Wreck” is highly recommended.

  • leon | June 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”335684″]Also a very apropos title to this entry, Paul/Ben. Bill Veeck WOULD SURELY be proud of this and every DIY project…he was a baseball fan first and foremost and would bend over backwards to make sure fans had a good time and were satisfied with their experience.

    If anyone wants a great old-time baseball read, his bio “Veeck as in Wreck” is highly recommended.[/quote]

    i suddenly have the desire for an iced tea and menthol cigarette! (not going to go for the cheap laugh by saying i’d give my….well, you know.)

  • hugh.c.mcbride | June 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    Dunno if this has been addressed on this site yet, but I just caught a glimpse of this year’s U.S. Open logo, & I’ve got to say that it is a thing of beauty.

    We (deservedly so) pile on leagues & teams when they screw the proverbial pooch in the logo dept. — but this is one case where I think big props are in order.

  • hugh.c.mcbride | June 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm |

    Looks like I may have botched the HTML on my previous post. Here’s the URL for the U.S. Open logo: http://static.squido....

  • Bourbon Soaked Idiot | June 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”335637″]My son’s Babe Ruth team, for which I was an assistant coach, was sponsored by Edina Realty. No objection to that, but the navy hats with a yellow-gold visor had white felt letters “ER” side by side.

    Was the height of that TV show’s popularity and I was always afraid I’d be wearing my “ER” hat, walk into the aftermath of a convenience store holdup or something, and be expected to treat a sucking chest wound.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Please Ricko, The only crime in Edina, is when someone serves the wrong wine with dinner.

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”335678″][quote comment=”335647″]re: Sponsors
    Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.
    No, our jerseys don’t look like the Bad News Bears.
    But were it up to me, they would.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I just watched that movie the other night. It had been a long time, and boy is it good. If you haven’t seen in a while, do so. Genius.

    The pitcher for the Yankees (the kid who got smacked by his dad, Vic Morrow from Combat) tried to replace Jello Biafra as the frontman for the Dead Kennedy’s. If I was Jello, I would start a band called The Courtship of Bill Bixby.[/quote]

    wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    Ben,

    Great work. I have always liked the Browns Fleur-de-Lis.

    As for little league, for about 4 years, I played in the Monsey Little league which consisted primarily of orthodox jewish children, so Ricko, your dig at Phil is more appropo for me.

    Nonetheless, all four years that I played, I along with any other gentile players, played on the same team which coincidentally was …The Cardinals.

  • leon | June 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”335682″]Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?[/quote]

    just mets fans pissed cause they lost to the nats. oh yeah, and yanks lost to o’s.

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”335683″][quote comment=”335668″]Anyway, for my 15-year-old year they got it right, said just…
    McDONALD’S
    (Well, I suppose the apostrophe shouldn’t have been there, should it; another version of an apostrophe catastrophe)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Sure it should. It’s possessive, not plural.[/quote]

    Silly me. Don’t know why, but had it in my old gray head that they’d dropped the apostrophe in recent years.

    Ah, well, a little dementia is, as Coach on CHEERS used to say in reference to blackouts, “Kind of a nice break in the day, isn’t it.”

    —Ricko

  • Jeff P | June 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”335691″][quote comment=”335682″]Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?[/quote]

    just mets fans pissed cause they lost to the nats. oh yeah, and yanks lost to o’s.[/quote]
    Got that switched around. That yankees, with one of the better teams in baseball of over the last month or so, with plenty of power hitters, lost, at home, to the Natinals.

    Hey, at least we have that game against the mets to look back on.

  • Tony In Erie | June 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”335691″][quote comment=”335682″]Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?[/quote]

    Bucs fan. So nah, I dun care about the Mets and Yanks losin. But I hope that I get a mention from the powers that be that this certain Nationals jersey isn’t a snafu…whaddya say, Phil ol’ boy? :)

  • Cameron Rose | June 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm |

    that islanders pin is obviously a bootleg/fake

  • JTH | June 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”335692″][quote comment=”335683″][quote comment=”335668″]Anyway, for my 15-year-old year they got it right, said just…
    McDONALD’S
    (Well, I suppose the apostrophe shouldn’t have been there, should it; another version of an apostrophe catastrophe)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Sure it should. It’s possessive, not plural.[/quote]

    Silly me. Don’t know why, but had it in my old gray head that they’d dropped the apostrophe in recent years.

    Ah, well, a little dementia is, as Coach on CHEERS used to say in reference to blackouts, “Kind of a nice break in the day, isn’t it.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    They’ve actually added a couple.

  • Tony In Erie | June 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm |

    yikes, forgot to close the tags!

    /my stupidity

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm |

    tony…it’s not a snafu…no one said it was

    it just looks like it

    ;)

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”335681″]“MacDonald’s Drive Inn”
    (remember think that was funny cuz never was a drive-in at all)

    au contraire: listen to the last lines of this commercial. (ronald portrayed by famous weatherman).

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

    My day to be messed up all over the place.

    I guess they were drive-ins, in the sense they weren’t sit-down restaurants. But no one brought the food to your car, and that’s what I was thinking of as a drive-in. A nomenclature thing.

    Two other thoughts watching that spot.
    1. By today’s frame of reference those 60-second commercials seem to run about 15 minutes, don’t they.
    2. Nice to see some of Crusty’s early work.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”335682″]Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?[/quote]

    I think most of us reasoned it was a foldover deal. But the fact that it appeared on one of the Natinals was just too, too perfect.

    —Ricko

  • Tom Servaux | June 18, 2009 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”335689″][quote comment=”335678″][quote comment=”335647″]re: Sponsors
    Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.
    No, our jerseys don’t look like the Bad News Bears.
    But were it up to me, they would.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I just watched that movie the other night. It had been a long time, and boy is it good. If you haven’t seen in a while, do so. Genius.

    The pitcher for the Yankees (the kid who got smacked by his dad, Vic Morrow from Combat) tried to replace Jello Biafra as the frontman for the Dead Kennedy’s. If I was Jello, I would start a band called The Courtship of Bill Bixby.[/quote]

    wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?[/quote]

    Denny’s, if I recall correctly…

  • Ken | June 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”335695″]that islanders pin is obviously a bootleg/fake[/quote]

    if i didn’t have one myself I would say so. I think I got it at the “parade” or training camp the following season. (now all I have to do it find it)

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”335701″][quote comment=”335689″][quote comment=”335678″][quote comment=”335647″]re: Sponsors
    Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.
    No, our jerseys don’t look like the Bad News Bears.
    But were it up to me, they would.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I just watched that movie the other night. It had been a long time, and boy is it good. If you haven’t seen in a while, do so. Genius.

    The pitcher for the Yankees (the kid who got smacked by his dad, Vic Morrow from Combat) tried to replace Jello Biafra as the frontman for the Dead Kennedy’s. If I was Jello, I would start a band called The Courtship of Bill Bixby.[/quote]

    wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?[/quote]

    Denny’s, if I recall correctly…[/quote]

    Okay, who wants to explain the “rotary club” joke?

  • chance michaels | June 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”335682″]Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?[/quote]
    I don’t think anybody seriously thought that they forgot he “s” – unlike the home jerseys, where each block letter is its own patch, the road script is two patches, each with half of the word.

  • JTH | June 18, 2009 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”335703″][quote comment=”335701″][quote comment=”335689″][quote comment=”335678″][quote comment=”335647″]re: Sponsors
    Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.
    No, our jerseys don’t look like the Bad News Bears.
    But were it up to me, they would.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I just watched that movie the other night. It had been a long time, and boy is it good. If you haven’t seen in a while, do so. Genius.

    The pitcher for the Yankees (the kid who got smacked by his dad, Vic Morrow from Combat) tried to replace Jello Biafra as the frontman for the Dead Kennedy’s. If I was Jello, I would start a band called The Courtship of Bill Bixby.[/quote]

    wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?[/quote]

    Denny’s, if I recall correctly…[/quote]

    Okay, who wants to explain the “rotary club” joke?[/quote]
    I’m not sure what you mean, but I believe both Phil and Tom are mistaken. The Yankees were actually sponsored by a shampoo company…

    Head & Shoulders.

  • chance michaels | June 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”335669″][quote comment=”335645″]If I must say, this quote:

    “There was a variety of reasons we wanted to do this deal. First and foremost, getting two great icons together. The Giants franchise and the Timex brand have a lot in common. And we’re all about performance…So the fact that we can name the training facility and corporate headquarters the Timex Performance Center is very, very good for us.”

    …makes me want to puke. Fingers down the throat, projectile style. God damn what are these idiots drinking?!?[/quote]

    What does this do to Eli’s other watch company endorsement? The fun begins.[/quote]
    Not unknown – plenty of players have personal deals with a different sponsor than his team. It’s usually shoes – a Nike player on an Adidas club.

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote][quote][quote comment=”335705″][quote comment=”335703″]wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?[/quote]

    Denny’s, if I recall correctly…[/quote]

    Okay, who wants to explain the “rotary club” joke?[/quote]
    I’m not sure what you mean, but I believe both Phil and Tom are mistaken. The Yankees were actually sponsored by a shampoo company…

    Head & Shoulders.[/quote]

    obviously the vic morrow joke went over everyone’s head

    …except of course, his

  • Dan | June 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”335704″][quote comment=”335682″]Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?[/quote]
    I don’t think anybody seriously thought that they forgot he “s” – unlike the home jerseys, where each block letter is its own patch, the road script is two patches, each with half of the word.[/quote]

    Well it did say “How ironic is it that one of the teams with the most uniform troubles had a uniform screw-up in front of one of the greatest uniforms in sports history?” in the ticker. So somebody did indeed peg it down as a snafu.

    (And, for the record, the solid script pieces and placket issues were pointed out in comment 12.)

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”335708″][quote comment=”335704″][quote comment=”335682″]Aren’t we playing out the Natinals thing a bit much with this picture of Zimmerman? Whatever happened to “jersey fold over” ??

    Seriously, take a good look at it. Think about how the pajama jersey would act when you’re falling towards your throwing arm.

    …or am I being extremely uptight about this?[/quote]
    I don’t think anybody seriously thought that they forgot he “s” – unlike the home jerseys, where each block letter is its own patch, the road script is two patches, each with half of the word.[/quote]

    Well it did say “How ironic is it that one of the teams with the most uniform troubles had a uniform screw-up in front of one of the greatest uniforms in sports history?” in the ticker. So somebody did indeed peg it down as a snafu.

    (And, for the record, the solid script pieces and placket issues were pointed out in comment 12.)[/quote]

    So they did. Forgot about that. I was thinking of most of us readers.

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”335707″][quote][quote][quote comment=”335705″][quote comment=”335703″]wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?[/quote]

    Denny’s, if I recall correctly…[/quote]

    Okay, who wants to explain the “rotary club” joke?[/quote]
    I’m not sure what you mean, but I believe both Phil and Tom are mistaken. The Yankees were actually sponsored by a shampoo company…

    Head & Shoulders.[/quote]

    obviously the vic morrow joke went over everyone’s head

    …except of course, his[/quote]

    Oh that’s right, now I get both of them! I’d forgotten about poor Mr. Morrow. Where is my head these days?

  • Tom Servaux | June 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”335707″][quote][quote][quote comment=”335705″][quote comment=”335703″]wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?[/quote]

    Denny’s, if I recall correctly…[/quote]

    Okay, who wants to explain the “rotary club” joke?[/quote]

    I’m not sure what you mean, but I believe both Phil and Tom are mistaken. The Yankees were actually sponsored by a shampoo company…

    Head & Shoulders.[/quote]

    obviously the vic morrow joke went over everyone’s head

    …except of course, his[/quote]

    D’oh! Now I feel stupid. I’ll go hang my head in shame…

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm |

    I had to Wiki the Morrow stuff…that is awful.

    I LOVED the BNB…one of the NY radio stations was previewing the Nationals series when they played Tanner’s “Hey Yankees, you can shove it up your a@@” line. I damn near peed myself.

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”335703″][quote comment=”335701″][quote comment=”335689″][quote comment=”335678″][quote comment=”335647″]re: Sponsors
    Mentioned it before, but my Monday night slowpitch team is sponsored by Absolute Bail Bonds.
    No, our jerseys don’t look like the Bad News Bears.
    But were it up to me, they would.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I just watched that movie the other night. It had been a long time, and boy is it good. If you haven’t seen in a while, do so. Genius.

    The pitcher for the Yankees (the kid who got smacked by his dad, Vic Morrow from Combat) tried to replace Jello Biafra as the frontman for the Dead Kennedy’s. If I was Jello, I would start a band called The Courtship of Bill Bixby.[/quote]

    wasn’t vic morrow’s team sponsored by the rotary club?[/quote]

    Denny’s, if I recall correctly…[/quote]

    Okay, who wants to explain the “rotary club” joke?[/quote]

    Tragedy + Time = Comedy. Is that the formula?

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”335712″]I had to Wiki the Morrow stuff…that is awful.

    I LOVED the BNB…one of the NY radio stations was previewing the Nationals series when they played Tanner’s “Hey Yankees, you can shove it up your a@@” line. I damn near peed myself.[/quote]

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

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”335714″][quote comment=”335712″]I had to Wiki the Morrow stuff…that is awful.

    I LOVED the BNB…one of the NY radio stations was previewing the Nationals series when they played Tanner’s “Hey Yankees, you can shove it up your a@@” line. I damn near peed myself.[/quote]

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

    Be careful at work with the last one…Tanner offers his commentary on the racial and religious demographics of his baseball team, however check out Ogilvie’s? awesome MLB logo jacket.

  • Ricko | June 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”335715″][quote comment=”335714″][quote comment=”335712″]I had to Wiki the Morrow stuff…that is awful.

    I LOVED the BNB…one of the NY radio stations was previewing the Nationals series when they played Tanner’s “Hey Yankees, you can shove it up your a@@” line. I damn near peed myself.[/quote]

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

    Be careful at work with the last one…Tanner offers his commentary on the racial and religious demographics of his baseball team, however check out Ogilvie’s? awesome MLB logo jacket.[/quote]

    PC or not, gotta love a team summary that ends with “…and a booger-eating moron.”

    —Ricko

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”335705″]I’m not sure what you mean, but I believe both Phil and Tom are mistaken. The Yankees were actually sponsored by a shampoo company…

    Head & Shoulders.[/quote]
    You sure they aren’t sponsored by West Coast Choppers?

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”335669″]What does this do to Eli’s other watch company endorsement? The fun begins.[/quote]Much like Jordan in the Olympics, I anticipate plenty of towels being necessary before Eli goes on camera.

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”335658″]Yup, nothing like a bunch of mostly 40+ lawyers, [/quote]

    Much like clothing sizes, sometimes ages are plus; but more often they’re plus plus, and every once in a while they’re plus plus plus.

    :-)

  • LarryB | June 18, 2009 at 3:33 pm |

    Good job on the Browns DIY. That is a cool logo they had. And interesting about the Steelers golden triangle jerseys.

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”335663″]Too bad I didn’t have a camera lat night, but there were some stylin’ members of Congress last night at the 48th Annual Congressional Baseball Game at Natinals Park.

    some uniforms on display:

    * William & Mary[/quote]

    Oh no: William and Mary won’t do.

  • anotherguy | June 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”335663″]Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., did not (gasp!) show up in his UNLV uniform to play.[/quote]

    I thought the playing coundn’t begin until the Honorable Mr. Ensign got out of uniform.

  • Hibbs | June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”335715″][quote comment=”335714″][quote comment=”335712″]I had to Wiki the Morrow stuff…that is awful.

    I LOVED the BNB…one of the NY radio stations was previewing the Nationals series when they played Tanner’s “Hey Yankees, you can shove it up your a@@” line. I damn near peed myself.[/quote]

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

    Be careful at work with the last one…Tanner offers his commentary on the racial and religious demographics of his baseball team, however check out Ogilvie’s? awesome MLB logo jacket.[/quote]

    I noticed that jacket when I watched it the other night. That movie is full of great outfits. There was some kid wearing a rad KFC t-shirt. I also really liked one of the suits that Toby Whitewood’s dad was wearing. Toby Whitewood was kind of the straw that stirred the drink on that team.

  • Ken | June 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm |

    quote comment=”335678″][quote comment=”335647″]
    Tragedy + Time = Comedy. Is that the formula?[/quote]
    either that or the Nationls approach to the season

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”335724″]quote comment=”335678″][quote comment=”335647″]
    Tragedy + Time = Comedy. Is that the formula?[/quote]
    either that or the Nationls approach to the season[/quote]

    My vote for comment of the day! And the other comment in the running also involved the Nats…

  • yaya0 | June 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm |

    Wahington Natinals – 3
    New York Yankees — 2

  • Carl | June 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    Showcasing the diversity of UniWatch, the grammar enhancing efforts of readers always amuses me. In reading the quote from the Southern Mississippi player who likes his pants baggy, wouldn’t one play well, not “good” in comfortable uniforms?

  • Seth H | June 18, 2009 at 5:15 pm |

    Re Post 71 (US Open Logo): The caddie with a bag is the logo for the Bethpage State Park golf complex. I agree that the USGA did not mess it up by adding too much, but they did not come up with it either.

    Re Post 55: Ricko, nice riff on the classic joke: “Q: Where do Indian children go in the summer? A: Camp Goldberg.”

  • Carl | June 18, 2009 at 5:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”335630″]This is random thought I wanted to put out there. When I was playing fast pitch softball as a kid my teams were normally sponsored by the usual sort of companies, like pizza places and grocery stores. One season, however, I played on a team with “ABP Recycling” on the chest. This seemed innocent enough until, while talking to the son of the sponsor I found out that I was representing, “Animal By-Product Recycling.” At that point I didn’t want to know anything else about the source of my jersey. Anyone else have a similarly disturbing uniform experience?[/quote]

    We’ve got a slowpitch league where a local Irish tavern sponsored us. To my amusement the shirts they graciously provided (after seeing our old, rather embarassing outfits but with good high-socks) had the fraternally popular Celtic phrase “pog mo thoin” across the back. After a few games I broke the news to my well mannered teamates that they’re proudly displaying “kiss my arse” across their backs. Thankfully it’s vertically arched lettering.

  • BurghFan | June 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm |

    Paul, are you coming to Cleveland or Pittsburgh? You should have a gathering at PNC Park. There will be seats aplenty I’m sure, and I’d make the 2-hour drive to attend.

    Jim, you missed this.

  • BurghFan | June 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm |

    Had the Steelers gone from the pits to the penthouse only a few seasons earlier, they might still be wearing them.

    …and if Dan Rooney didn’t have to explain that they had nothing to do with Batman.

  • Dan | June 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm |

    Did Majestic really screw up Zimmerman’s jersey. Is it really that hard to spell Washington? That clubhouse attendant has got to wake up or fired for not realizing two typos

  • Jeff P | June 18, 2009 at 5:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”335729″][quote comment=”335630″]This is random thought I wanted to put out there. When I was playing fast pitch softball as a kid my teams were normally sponsored by the usual sort of companies, like pizza places and grocery stores. One season, however, I played on a team with “ABP Recycling” on the chest. This seemed innocent enough until, while talking to the son of the sponsor I found out that I was representing, “Animal By-Product Recycling.” At that point I didn’t want to know anything else about the source of my jersey. Anyone else have a similarly disturbing uniform experience?[/quote]

    We’ve got a slowpitch league where a local Irish tavern sponsored us. To my amusement the shirts they graciously provided (after seeing our old, rather embarassing outfits but with good high-socks) had the fraternally popular Celtic phrase “pog mo thoin” across the back. After a few games I broke the news to my well mannered teamates that they’re proudly displaying “kiss my arse” across their backs. Thankfully it’s vertically arched lettering.[/quote]
    How much for a jersey?

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 5:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”335730″]Paul, are you coming to Cleveland or Pittsburgh? You should have a gathering at PNC Park. There will be seats aplenty I’m sure, and I’d make the 2-hour drive to attend.

    Jim, you missed this.[/quote]

    Arrgh, late to the party again! Where else are you thinking of going?

  • =bg= | June 18, 2009 at 5:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”335625″]Where did you get that “Evil Empire” T-Shirt? I have a “Jesus Hates The Yankees” T-Shirt that I love. And Evil Empire T would become my second favorite.[/quote]

    For me, a black T-shirt with orange block letters of:

    BEAT
    LA

    would do the trick.

  • Carl | June 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”335733″][quote comment=”335729″][quote comment=”335630″]This is random thought I wanted to put out there. When I was playing fast pitch softball as a kid my teams were normally sponsored by the usual sort of companies, like pizza places and grocery stores. One season, however, I played on a team with “ABP Recycling” on the chest. This seemed innocent enough until, while talking to the son of the sponsor I found out that I was representing, “Animal By-Product Recycling.” At that point I didn’t want to know anything else about the source of my jersey. Anyone else have a similarly disturbing uniform experience?[/quote]

    We’ve got a slowpitch league where a local Irish tavern sponsored us. To my amusement the shirts they graciously provided (after seeing our old, rather embarassing outfits but with good high-socks) had the fraternally popular Celtic phrase “pog mo thoin” across the back. After a few games I broke the news to my well mannered teamates that they’re proudly displaying “kiss my arse” across their backs. Thankfully it’s vertically arched lettering.[/quote]
    How much for a jersey?[/quote]
    No idea, but I think that they were leftover from a St. Paddy’s day promo. It’ll tell ya, they do feel like a million bucks.

  • LarenR | June 18, 2009 at 7:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”335735″][quote comment=”335625″]Where did you get that “Evil Empire” T-Shirt? I have a “Jesus Hates The Yankees” T-Shirt that I love. And Evil Empire T would become my second favorite.[/quote]

    For me, a black T-shirt with orange block letters of:

    BEAT
    LA

    would do the trick.[/quote]
    I like that one. But my favorite is my orange “Duck the Fodgers” tee. Haven’t gotten to wear it since I started taking my 3 year old daughter to games.

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm |

    My wife and I are gluttons for punishment. In addition to our two girls, we took our 8 year old niece, 7 year old nephew and a 7 year old friend to the diner for dinner.

    No, I did not drink.

    If I had I might have missed the uni-gold that I noticed on NFL Live on ESPN.

    They were reporting on the Bengals when I noticed Senor 85 wearing a Schutt with a white chinstrap.
    They then interviewed him in front of his locker where a Revolution with an orange chinstrap was visible behind him…more helmet hijinks…I think so.

    Then I returned to the world of Shirley Temples and Chicken fingers.

    Oh, and I just HAD to get the original Bad News Bears from the library for research purposes…Season One of Mad Men will have to wait.

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”335738″]My wife and I are gluttons for punishment. In addition to our two girls, we took our 8 year old niece, 7 year old nephew and a 7 year old friend to the diner for dinner.

    No, I did not drink.

    If I had I might have missed the uni-gold that I noticed on NFL Live on ESPN.

    They were reporting on the Bengals when I noticed Senor 85 wearing a Schutt with a white chinstrap.
    They then interviewed him in front of his locker where a Revolution with an orange chinstrap was visible behind him…more helmet hijinks…I think so.

    Then I returned to the world of Shirley Temples and Chicken fingers.

    Oh, and I just HAD to get the original Bad News Bears from the library for research purposes…Season One of Mad Men will have to wait.[/quote]

    Did you say diner? Where? I love old diners. Hmmm, “the world of Shirley Temples and chicken fingers” – is that anything like the days of wine and roses?

    Also, am I a bad American for never having seen either version of the Bad News Bears? My brother seems to think so.

  • =bg= | June 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”335735″][quote comment=”335625″]Where did you get that “Evil Empire” T-Shirt? I have a “Jesus Hates The Yankees” T-Shirt that I love. And Evil Empire T would become my second favorite.[/quote]

    For me, a black T-shirt with orange block letters of:

    BEAT
    LA

    would do the trick.[/quote]

    And the thing is, they are very popular (imagine that) in the Bay Area, and I can’t find one. I ask at the Giants team store @ the stadium, and they all shrug like, “I dunno!”

  • Patrick in MI | June 18, 2009 at 9:46 pm |

    Excellent work, Ben Traxel! I believe I may be the one who mentioned the Browns logo looking good on a cap, it’s one of my favorite sports logos ever. I also liked the Browns and Cubs hockey jersey mock-ups you did. I’d like to see more “cross-over” DIY projects from the Uniwatchers out there. How about a Steelers hockey jersey?

  • Mike Engle | June 18, 2009 at 9:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”335740″][quote comment=”335735″][quote comment=”335625″]Where did you get that “Evil Empire” T-Shirt? I have a “Jesus Hates The Yankees” T-Shirt that I love. And Evil Empire T would become my second favorite.[/quote]

    For me, a black T-shirt with orange block letters of:

    BEAT
    LA

    would do the trick.[/quote]

    And the thing is, they are very popular (imagine that) in the Bay Area, and I can’t find one. I ask at the Giants team store @ the stadium, and they all shrug like, “I dunno!”[/quote]
    Generic Wal-Mart solid black t-shirt + iron-on at home provision = DIY!

  • LI Phil | June 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”335738″]I might have missed the uni-gold that I noticed on NFL Live on ESPN.

    They were reporting on the Bengals when I noticed Senor 85 wearing a Schutt with a white chinstrap.
    They then interviewed him in front of his locker where a Revolution with an orange chinstrap was visible behind him.[/quote]

    HO-LEE-SHIT

    imagine if you had missed that?

    dude, you have to see if paul wants that for the ticker

  • Mike Engle | June 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”335743″][quote comment=”335738″]I might have missed the uni-gold that I noticed on NFL Live on ESPN.

    They were reporting on the Bengals when I noticed Senor 85 wearing a Schutt with a white chinstrap.
    They then interviewed him in front of his locker where a Revolution with an orange chinstrap was visible behind him.[/quote]

    HO-LEE-SHIT

    imagine if you had missed that?

    dude, you have to see if paul wants that for the ticker[/quote]
    In the transition between bench coaches from Vince to Bryan, somebody interviewed the Bengals’ equipment manager. He mentioned how 85 liked to dress things up to show off. White chinstraps are standard issue and the only accepted color, but according to the manager, 85 is an adult, so it’s his prerogative to wear something other than what is given to him.

  • Hibbs | June 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”335739″][quote comment=”335738″]My wife and I are gluttons for punishment. In addition to our two girls, we took our 8 year old niece, 7 year old nephew and a 7 year old friend to the diner for dinner.

    No, I did not drink.

    If I had I might have missed the uni-gold that I noticed on NFL Live on ESPN.

    They were reporting on the Bengals when I noticed Senor 85 wearing a Schutt with a white chinstrap.
    They then interviewed him in front of his locker where a Revolution with an orange chinstrap was visible behind him…more helmet hijinks…I think so.

    Then I returned to the world of Shirley Temples and Chicken fingers.

    Oh, and I just HAD to get the original Bad News Bears from the library for research purposes…Season One of Mad Men will have to wait.[/quote]

    Did you say diner? Where? I love old diners. Hmmm, “the world of Shirley Temples and chicken fingers” – is that anything like the days of wine and roses?

    Also, am I a bad American for never having seen either version of the Bad News Bears? My brother seems to think so.[/quote]

    Bad American? America has nothing to do with it. Nor are you a bad person. I don’t care to see the new version, but I highly recommend you see the original. It is so funny, and so poignant. Plus, much of the soundtrack is from “Carmen”, I believe. It is a perfect movie. I will confidently back it for the rest of my life.

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm |

    Thanks for the tip, Hibbs. I’ll check it out.

  • JTH | June 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”335746″]Thanks for the tip, Hibbs. I’ll check it out.[/quote]
    Warning: if you see the Billy Bob Thornton version first, you are indeed a bad person. And I’m not certain this will happen, but I believe an automatic ban from this site will result.

  • Eddie | June 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |

    I figured you guys would be the best ones to ask about this…

    I have an adjustable hat, and the plastic strap is about to split. I think I remember seeing a little scrunchie type product to put over the strap to keep it together, but I can’t for the life of me find any such product online. So I guess my question is (other than wrapping the thing in duct tape) how would you guys address this type of situation?

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”335747″][quote comment=”335746″]Thanks for the tip, Hibbs. I’ll check it out.[/quote]
    Warning: if you see the Billy Bob Thornton version first, you are indeed a bad person. And I’m not certain this will happen, but I believe an automatic ban from this site will result.[/quote]

    No worries…I always kick it old-school first. Besides, I think Billy Bob peaked in Armageddon.

  • Hibbs | June 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”335746″]Thanks for the tip, Hibbs. I’ll check it out.[/quote]

    No sweat. Enjoy.
    By the way, I was not endorsing “Carmen”.
    However, if you haven’t seen “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, “Rushmore”, or “Up in Smoke”, do so.

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”335750″][quote comment=”335746″]Thanks for the tip, Hibbs. I’ll check it out.[/quote]

    No sweat. Enjoy.
    By the way, I was not endorsing “Carmen”.
    However, if you haven’t seen “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, “Rushmore”, or “Up in Smoke”, do so.[/quote]

    Saw all of the first one, part of the second and none of the third one. I still pull out the occasional “I meant to do that” line when I fall down.

  • Traxel | June 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm |

    Also, am I a bad American for never having seen either version of the Bad News Bears? My brother seems to think so.[/quote]

    Bad American? America has nothing to do with it. Nor are you a bad person. I don’t care to see the new version, but I highly recommend you see the original. It is so funny, and so poignant. [/quote]
    Nobody who appreciates this blog is a bad American. Distracted with priority issues maybe…well, I’ll speak for myself.

  • Hibbs | June 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm |

    I think I make bad comments. They seem great when I’m in the spirit of typing them. But as time passes, I over analyze them, and cringe.

  • Mike Engle | June 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm |

    Lifted from SI.com: Bobby Abreu, wearer of the new Nike undershirt model with a front-and-center Swoosh.

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 11:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”335753″]I think I make bad comments. They seem great when I’m in the spirit of typing them. But as time passes, I over analyze them, and cringe.[/quote]

    If it’s about the reference to Carmen, no problem – you had me at “It is so funny, and so poignant.” By the way, haven’t seen Carmen either. I’m starting to feel a bit uncultured.

    Keep on commenting, Hibbs.

  • ken | June 18, 2009 at 11:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”335737″][quote comment=”335735″][quote comment=”335625″]Where did you get that “Evil Empire” T-Shirt? I have a “Jesus Hates The Yankees” T-Shirt that I love. And Evil Empire T would become my second favorite.[/quote]

    For me, a black T-shirt with orange block letters of:

    BEAT
    LA

    would do the trick.[/quote]
    I like that one. But my favorite is my orange “Duck the Fodgers” tee. Haven’t gotten to wear it since I started taking my 3 year old daughter to games.[/quote]

    being a hockey fan in DC we have our share of signes.. including my favorite “Puck Fittsburgh”

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 11:29 pm |

    1. Jim…The Northvale Diner in Northvale, N.J.
    2. Phil…in the spirit of Tanner, “Take your tan box and shove it up your a**”.
    3. Hibbs…95% of us post what might be silly stuff…don”t be self conscious about your posts.
    4. EVERYONE need to watch PWBA and BNB, as well as The Princess Bride, Eight Men Out, and Bull Durham.

  • ken | June 18, 2009 at 11:32 pm |

    Billy Bob peaked when he married Angelina Jolie

  • Jason Shane | June 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm |

    In tonight’s A’s-Dodgers game at Chavez Ravine, Kenny Lofton got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on a great play by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki (after a curiously weak throw home by centerfielder Rajai Davis). As Lofton slid head first into second, his helmet popped off revealing his hat.

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

    Nice tag by OC and a great call by ump Ted Barrett, too.

  • JimV19 | June 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”335757″]1. Jim…The Northvale Diner in Northvale, N.J.
    2. Phil…in the spirit of Tanner, “Take your tan box and shove it up your a**”.
    3. Hibbs…95% of us post what might be silly stuff…don”t be self conscious about your posts.
    4. EVERYONE need to watch PWBA and BNB, as well as The Princess Bride, Eight Men Out, and Bull Durham.[/quote]

    Yes! The Princess Bride is a classic. Too many quotable lines, so I’ll spare you. Add Johnny Dangerously to the list as well.

    The only part of Eight Men Out I saw was towards the end. I believe Bill Irwin had a small part, and a rare speaking role. For those of you with kids, Bill Irwin is the original Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street. He also played the “flying man” in the traveling circus on Northern Exposure.

    Mr. Powers, if you’re ever in Ohio, go to Lisbon (close to the OH/WV/PA borders) and check out the Steel Trolley Diner. Great place, great fries. Get the oatmeal pie for dessert.

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”335759″]In tonight’s A’s-Dodgers game at Chavez Ravine, Kenny Lofton got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on a great play by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki (after a curiously weak throw home by centerfielder Rajai Davis). As Lofton slid head first into second, his helmet popped off revealing his hat.

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

    Nice tag by OC and a great call by ump Ted Barrett, too.[/quote]

    Correct…the ump was in PERFECT position to make that call.

    The A’s road unis might be my alltogether favorites. Add some forst piping to the pants and they would be gorgeous.

  • Mike Engle | June 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”335759″]In tonight’s A’s-Dodgers game at Chavez Ravine, Kenny Lofton got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on a great play by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki (after a curiously weak throw home by centerfielder Rajai Davis). As Lofton slid head first into second, his helmet popped off revealing his hat.

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

    Nice tag by OC and a great call by ump Ted Barrett, too.[/quote]
    Are you SURE that isn’t Juan Pierre? The Franklin batting gloves lead me to believe it is Pierre. That, and the hat, and the fact I don’t think Lofton is in the bigs anymore, let alone on the Dodgers.

  • MPowers1634 | June 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm |

    Irwin is better known as an OUTSTANDING stage actor. He did have a role in E.M.O…he was the rookie who played the game straight.

    BNB is my favorite baseball comedy and E.M.O. is probably my favorite baseball drama although Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and Stealing Home come close.

  • Jason Shane | June 19, 2009 at 12:01 am |

    [quote comment=”335762″][quote comment=”335759″]In tonight’s A’s-Dodgers game at Chavez Ravine, Kenny Lofton got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on a great play by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki (after a curiously weak throw home by centerfielder Rajai Davis). As Lofton slid head first into second, his helmet popped off revealing his hat.

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

    Nice tag by OC and a great call by ump Ted Barrett, too.[/quote]
    Are you SURE that isn’t Juan Pierre? The Franklin batting gloves lead me to believe it is Pierre. That, and the hat, and the fact I don’t think Lofton is in the bigs anymore, let alone on the Dodgers.[/quote]

    Yes, it is Pierre. Don’t know why I wrote Kenny Lofton…

  • Jason Shane | June 19, 2009 at 12:04 am |

    [quote comment=”335764″][quote comment=”335762″][quote comment=”335759″]In tonight’s A’s-Dodgers game at Chavez Ravine, Kenny Lofton got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on a great play by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki (after a curiously weak throw home by centerfielder Rajai Davis). As Lofton slid head first into second, his helmet popped off revealing his hat.

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

    Nice tag by OC and a great call by ump Ted Barrett, too.[/quote]
    Are you SURE that isn’t Juan Pierre? The Franklin batting gloves lead me to believe it is Pierre. That, and the hat, and the fact I don’t think Lofton is in the bigs anymore, let alone on the Dodgers.[/quote]

    Yes, it is Pierre. Don’t know why I wrote Kenny Lofton…[/quote]

    Not to mention Kenny Lofton hasn’t played since 2007 and hasn’t played for the Dodgers since 2006.

  • Dan | June 19, 2009 at 12:25 am |

    I love it when sports news sites use photos that are clearly outdated while referencing a game that’s going on. MLB.com does this quite often, and here’s an example from tonight:

    http://i42.tinypic.c...

    The caption is “Right fielder Andre Ethier leads the Dodgers with 11 homers this season.” But that photo is from 2006, because (1) that’s the last time Ethier wore TPX batting gloves, (2) that’s when the brutal Nike polkadotted sleeves ran rampant in the big leagues, (3) Cool-Flo helmet, which Ethier no longer wears, and (4) the grey outline on the LA sleeve patch has since been removed.

    Is it that hard to find a recent photo?

  • LI Phil | June 19, 2009 at 12:25 am |

    [quote comment=”335763″]Irwin is better known as an OUTSTANDING stage actor. He did have a role in E.M.O…he was the rookie who played the game straight.[/quote]

    was he playing billy bean?

    NTTAWWT

  • Kaptain K | June 19, 2009 at 1:10 am |

    [quote comment=”335638″]growing up, there was a team (not the one for whom i played) called the “knights” who were sponsored by the first union corporation[/quote]

    Those musta been some hot “knights”!

  • Jeff Frank | June 19, 2009 at 2:24 am |

    Anyone else seen this? Scary no…

    http://blogs.king5.c...