Keith Hernandez Reveals Bizarre Man-Crush on Pirates Mascot

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Uni Watch has a highly sophisticated readership, so I’m sure you all know about furries. But just in case: Furries are people who like to dress up as animals — sometimes just “for fun,” often as a sexual fetish (further details here and here). Like most festishes, this one is generally harmless but baffling to outsiders. Think of it as an intense devotion to a very particular kind of uniform.

For the past several years, furries have been holding their annual convention in Pittsburgh. And that led to a positively surreal exchange between Mets broadcasters Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez during yesterday’s Mets/Pirates game. It all started when the camera lingered for a moment on the Pirates’ mascot. Here’s how it went from there:

Gary Cohen: There’s the Pirate Parrot, entertaining. One of many, uh, animal figures in town today.

Keith Hernandez: Saw a few around the hotel, didn’t we?

Cohen: The strangest convention I’ve ever seen is at our hotel here in Pittsburgh. You know, you travel around the country and you see parts of our society and our culture you never would’ve encountered anywhere else. There is a group of people, about 4,000 strong, convening in Pittsburgh this week. People who dress up as stuffed animals.

Hernandez: They’re cuddly bears. They like to cuddle.

Cohen: Bears, birds, dogs…

Hernandez: What are they called..?

Cohen: …wolves…

Hernandez: Ferriers..? All’s I know is I got in the elevator with four of them and the odor was horrific. [Camera shows the Pirate Parrot again.]

Cohen: Not the Pirate Parrot. He’s a natural mascot.

Hernandez: I had to get off. I’m not lyin’. I was on the 17th floor, goin’ down. I had to jump off on the 10th floor. I almost passed out.

Cohen: Guess those costumes don’t breathe very well. But it was, it was something, we walked into the hotel last night, comin’ from Milwaukee, and there was a, a, person in a wolf’s costume. And another person in a dog costume.

Hernandez: I saw a guy with, with his pet beaver. He had his hand, he was stroking it, he was petting it. [Long pause.] I’m serious! It was a, like a stuffed animal, and he was comforting it. Very bizarre.

Cohen: It’s a different world.

In case you missed that rather obvious cry for help, Hernandez said he “had to get off,” was “goin’ down,” and that he saw someone petting a beaver. Keith, Keith, no need to speak in code! You’re among friends here — nothing to be ashamed of. Just come out and admit you’re a total perv who fantasizes about banging the Philly Phanatic and then we can all move on with our lives.

As it turns out, this isn’t the first time a visiting team has been put in the same hotel as the furries. Meanwhile, a few hours after Cohen and Hernandez had their little exchange, this story broke in Denver. Hernandez’s whereabouts could not be ascertained.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Two items from Vince: First, a Little League manager is sending signals to his base coaches via text message. And here’s some good stuff about the history of Cavs uni numbers. … “On Wednesday night, MLS Seattle Sounders FC faced USL Portland Timbers,” writes Markus Kemp. “Both teams usually wear green, but there was an apparent uni snafu when the visiting Sounders ‘forgot’ to bring the secondary blue jerseys, forcing the home Timbers to switch to black. Gamesmanship?” … We all know Earl Weaver had a cigarette pocket sewn into his jersey. But look at this — supposedly a game-worn 1979 Frank Robinson jersey with a cig pocket. Was Robinson an Orioles coach in ’79? And did he smoke? Or is this just a scam? … Nike has struck a 10-year deal with UNC (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Chris Mycoskie points out that the Cowboys’ new stadium is not in Dallas, as I said yesterday. It’s in Arlington. Duly noted. … Odd that the Benglas use this font for their locker nameplates. I’ve never seen it anywhere else in their graphics program (good spot by Matt Lesser). … Phil, forced to watch the Yankees last night because the Mets had already played a day game, notes that Melky Cabrera had something scribbled on his arm. Yo, Tyler Kepner, what’s it all about?

 

157 comments to Keith Hernandez Reveals Bizarre Man-Crush on Pirates Mascot

  • TMD | July 3, 2009 at 9:04 am |

    Over on ESPN, there’s a gallery that is very much in the holiday spirit. Presidential first pitches.

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

  • Kurt | July 3, 2009 at 9:18 am |

    Know this is old news on this site, but here’s the promo for WNBA game between Lifelock and Farmers Insurance

  • Kurt | July 3, 2009 at 9:26 am |

    Also got a shot of the Tigers pitcher with the two-letter last name – kind of funny, listening to games last year when Bobby Seay was pitching – was thinking his name was ‘Bobby C’ and would have a letter C on the back of his jersey…

  • M.Princip | July 3, 2009 at 9:34 am |

    Thanks again Ricko, just added the source pic. for this poster analysis.

  • Hibbs | July 3, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    Unbelievable. I just learned about furries the other day on some “ways to die” show. Some guy ate mushrooms and encountered them in the dessert. They shunned him. Later on, he tried to hook up with a real bear. He’s dead.

  • Kurt | July 3, 2009 at 9:51 am |

    Holy crap – speaking of the WNBA, Diana Taurasi busted for DUI. Like it.

  • Teebz | July 3, 2009 at 9:58 am |

    There was a CSI episode about the “Furries” phenomenon. The participants generally dress up as their favorite animal, and then use interesting chemicals to imitate pheromones of the animals in order to attract other “animals”.

    Here’s an image from the episode, and you can read the episode transcript here.

    By the way, the name of this particular CSI episode? Since the show is based in Las Vegas, it was titled “Fur and Loathing”. :o)

  • Steve | July 3, 2009 at 9:58 am |

    That thing “scribbled” on Cabrera’s arm looks a lot like what’s called a “tattoo”…?

  • Nick | July 3, 2009 at 9:58 am |

    the writing on melky cabrera’s arm is a new tattoo, i believe he got it in the offseason. its some kind of asian lettering.

  • Demer | July 3, 2009 at 10:00 am |

    Robinson was coach for the 79 O’s, no idea if he smoked or not. Maybe it was for keeping Earl’s spare?

  • DarkAudit | July 3, 2009 at 10:02 am |

    The Anthrocon hotel is the same one virtually all the MLB teams use when they visit Pittsburgh. Last year’s victims were the Yankees.

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 10:12 am |

    Keith Hernandez works with a furry kind of guy all the time: http://gothamist.com...

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 10:18 am |

    Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.

  • M.Princip | July 3, 2009 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...

  • Kek | July 3, 2009 at 10:31 am |

    ugh, the anthrocons….why ya gotta go there?!?!?

    I just don’t know if I should laugh or cry that this group of people finds my hometown so “inviting” (apparently they LOVE it here).

    Couldn’t just leave it at the fact that your beloved Mets took advantage of the Buccos blowing a 5-0 lead, only to blow an 8-5 lead in the bottom of the ninth but then win it in the 10th.

    You couldn’t just rub in the fact that you were able to enjoy the game on TV while Pittsburgh folks had radio only (Damn you blackout rules, couldn’t have watched on Extra Innings if I wanted to).

    Oh well, it’s one weekend a year….

  • JTH | July 3, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    <sarcasm>
    It certainly is refreshing to see a completely unbiased investigative report on the local news. I’m so tired of reports that tell us how we’re supposed to feel about the subject of the investigation. Bravo, KDVR news.
    </sarcasm>

  • Jim BC | July 3, 2009 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.

  • dgm | July 3, 2009 at 10:39 am |

    paul, you seem to know this “code” that mex was speaking in pretty well – you trying to tell us something… without actually telling us something?

  • curly fries | July 3, 2009 at 10:44 am |

    Is there a write-up on the amount of all-star logos for the minors on uniwatch?

    http://web.minorleag...

  • Teebz | July 3, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    Ironically, there is an article on The Smoking Gun about Furries from yesterday.

    The only problem is… well… I’ll let you read it.

  • JTH | July 3, 2009 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.[/quote]
    I find it interesting that CFL teams use abbreviations on their helmets to indicate the city and/or team nickname pretty much interchangeably.

    It seems to be a de facto rule in the NFL that if you put letter abbreviations on the helmet, it always stands for the city, not the team nickname (with the Tennessee Titans being the only possible exception that I can think of).

    Teams that have used a 1- or 2-letter abbreviation in their histories: 49ers, Bears, Packers, Giants, Broncos, Redskins, Chiefs, Broncos, Ravens, Jets Dolphins (and Titans?) — these abbreviations have always* stood for the city, not the nickname.

    Team nicknames have always* been spelled out in full on the helmet: Jets, Giants, Raiders, Bengals, Steelers (except the brief period when the logo just said “Steel”)

    *maybe it depends on my perception of “always”

  • Momofuku | July 3, 2009 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment="337877"]That thing “scribbled” on Cabrera’s arm looks a lot like what’s called a “tattoo”…?[/quote]

    Yup, I bet it’s his locker combination.

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 11:28 am |

    fortunately, there is a solution to the furry problem…put your best man on it

  • leon | July 3, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    “always”. no. wait, sometimes.

    http://texassportssh...

  • Original Jim | July 3, 2009 at 11:36 am |

    The Bengals’ locker nameplate font is the same font used for the team’s wordmark.

    As far as the texting Little League coach goes, the league I work for does not allow cellphones to be used on the field. So base coaches would not be using texts to get their instructions.

    A few years ago I ejected a manager. From the parking lot, he talked to an assistant coach by cell, and thus continued to “coach” even though he was removed from the game.

    Since then, cell phones were banned during the games.

  • Mike Engle | July 3, 2009 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment="337890"][quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.[/quote]
    I find it interesting that CFL teams use abbreviations on their helmets to indicate the city and/or team nickname pretty much interchangeably.

    It seems to be a de facto rule in the NFL that if you put letter abbreviations on the helmet, it always stands for the city, not the team nickname (with the Tennessee Titans being the only possible exception that I can think of).

    Teams that have used a 1- or 2-letter abbreviation in their histories: 49ers, Bears, Packers, Giants, Broncos, Redskins, Chiefs, Broncos, Ravens, Jets Dolphins (and Titans?) — these abbreviations have always* stood for the city, not the nickname.

    Team nicknames have always* been spelled out in full on the helmet: Jets, Giants, Raiders, Bengals, Steelers (except the brief period when the logo just said “Steel”)

    *maybe it depends on my perception of “always”[/quote]
    Uh, that R doesn’t stand for Washington.

  • JTH | July 3, 2009 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment="337895"]Uh, that R doesn’t stand for Washington.[/quote]
    GAH!

    No, wait! There’s a silent R!

    Rwashington! Yeah. I’m pretty sure that’s how it’s spelled.

    *hangs head in shame*

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 11:55 am |

    A while back we were talking that minor league teams politically incorrect night, and we got around to sexism in cigarette advertising.

    Well, there certainly no sexual innuendo in THIS ad. Nosirree.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 11:56 am |

    [quote]Rwashington![/quote]

    apparently spelling is optional in that town

  • leon | July 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    It seems to be a de facto rule in the NFL that if you put letter abbreviations on the helmet, it always stands for the city, not the team nickname.

    I thought i was pointing out an exception to the hypothesis presented above.

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm |

    Also a while back, someone noted that upon seeing a photo of John Elway early in his Bronco career, they didn’t realize Mizuno had made football cleats. At the time I mentioned that Joe Montana had worn them, too.

    Found this ad clipping in my “NFL Misc” file just now.
    http://farm3.static....

    Interesting to note that the Niners evidently had a playbook back cover that looked like the front cover. Or maybe that was more Bill Walsh “genius”; the secret was to read the book backwards!

    Nah, was for the sake of the photoshoot, obviously.

  • leon | July 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm |

    Also a while back, someone noted that upon seeing a photo of John Elway early in his Bronco career, they didn’t realize Mizuno had made football cleats. At the time I mentioned that Joe Montana had worn them, too

    I thought sneaks were basketball shoes

    :)

  • Greg | July 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm |

    check out this clip of last nights yankee game:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/m...

    Somehow, Jack’s hat changed from an all white 5950 yankees hat , to a white yankees hat with a blue NY symbol.

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm |

    Ah, one of the great underrated NFL unis of all time.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • JTH | July 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment="337898"][quote]Rwashington![/quote]

    apparently spelling is optional in that town[/quote]
    Yeah. Stupid Natinals with a W on their caps.

  • timmy b | July 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm |

    on the letter on the helmets…

    it always made me wonder what the “P” on the Phillies and Pirates caps stood for. For the Bucs, does it stand for Pittsburgh or Pirates (or lately, “Pathetic?”). And for the so-called Fightin’s, does the “P” mean Philadelphia or Phillies?

    Same with the “C” on the Cubbies’ lids. “C” for Chicago or “C” for Cubs?

    As the voiceover guy says on the timeless Tootsie Pop ad says, “The world may never know.”

  • Greenie | July 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

    Found a photo of the black on green, Timbers/Sounders game.

    http://timbers.theof...

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment="337906"]Found a photo of the black on green, Timbers/Sounders game.

    http://timbers.theof...

    If it werent’ for the goofy XBOX ad I would own a Sounders shirt. Love those colors.

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment="337903"]Ah, one of the great underrated NFL unis of all time.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I dunno, I kinda liked the Bartkowski-era Falcons: http://www.checkoutm...

  • scott | July 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment="337903"]Ah, one of the great underrated NFL unis of all time.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Though the Falcon on the current helmet looks even more like an “F” than it did before. I take it that’s intentional?

  • odessa steps magazin | July 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |

    I wonder if Mr Met got busy in a bathroom with anyone dressed like a cat.

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment="337892"]fortunately, there is a solution to the furry problem…put your best man on it[/quote]

    Wow! Forgot how funny that was. Thanks, Phil.

  • leon | July 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    Though the Falcon on the current helmet looks even more like an “F” than it did before. I take it that’s intentional?

    Stands for Fatlanta (or is that spelled with a “ph”)?

  • Hibbs | July 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm |

    The Falcons, and the Cardinals, should not have changed their logos. Both logos were way ahead of their time.

  • Josh | July 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm |

    I went to a minor league baseball last night (Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts), and had to suffer through 14 innings of black on black horror. I’m having trouble finding a picture though.

  • mao | July 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    I thought Portland wore black for all non-USL home games. Here they wore black last night against the Bayern Munich reserves, even though Bayern were wearing red:

    http://www.oregonliv...

  • The Hemogoblin | July 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm |

    [quote comment="337912"]Though the Falcon on the current helmet looks even more like an “F” than it did before. I take it that’s intentional?

    Stands for Fatlanta (or is that spelled with a “ph”)?[/quote]

    I thought it was for “Fightin’ Dogs”.

    Just my opinion…

  • Jeremy Brahm | July 3, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment="337915"]I thought Portland wore black for all non-USL home games. Here they wore black last night against the Bayern Munich reserves, even though Bayern were wearing red:

    http://www.oregonliv...

    Timbers normally wear green at home. Black on the road.

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment="337912"]Though the Falcon on the current helmet looks even more like an “F” than it did before. I take it that’s intentional?[/quote]

    definitely intentional

    i swore when it came out, i had heard you could find both an “A” and an “F” somewhere in there, but i fail to find the “a”

    definitely the “f” is there tho

  • Oakville Endive | July 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.[/quote]

    I agree with Ottawa’s “R” – Even though very simple – that logo personifies strength and toughness – exactly what you want from a logo of a football team.

    Now to be little silly – but is there a tougher letter in the alphabet than the letter “R”, it looks tough , it sounds tough rrrrrrr! – can probably beat the sh&t out of almost any other letter.

  • Greenie | July 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=\"337914\"]I went to a minor league baseball last night (Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts), and had to suffer through 14 innings of black on black horror. I\’m having trouble finding a picture though.[/quote]

    found a photo for ya
    http://www.connectmi...

  • mao | July 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm |

    Timbers normally wear green at home. Black on the road.[/quote]

    I know they normally wear green at home, but I was under the impression that they wore white away, green at home and black for exhibitions: http://pgepark.com/m....

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment="337919"][quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.[/quote]

    I agree with Ottawa’s “R” – Even though very simple – that logo personifies strength and toughness – exactly what you want from a logo of a football team.

    Now to be little silly – but is there a tougher letter in the alphabet than the letter “R”,

    it looks tough , it sounds tough rrrrrrr! – can probably beat the sh&t out of almost any other letter.[/quote]

    Yep.

    A lot of things wrong with the original Roughriders, but the death knell was when they changed the logo from the “R” to the stupid flaming “RR” and finally to Captain Crunch.

    (sorry I’m not proficient enough at linking, but both later helmets are at Helmet Project)

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm |

    And on the “furry” discussion with Hernandez, I’m sure Cohen must have been squirming the entire time wondering if he should bring up the Pittsburgh Drug Trials.

    “Say Keith, didn’t you used to blow rails with the Pirate Parrots in the bathroom at Three Rivers? Maybe you can tell us more about that?

  • Ben | July 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    Brewers are wearing the red Memorial Day/ Independence Day/ 9/11 caps today.

    Cuck the Fubs!

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment="337922"][quote comment="337919"][quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.[/quote]

    I agree with Ottawa’s “R” – Even though very simple – that logo personifies strength and toughness – exactly what you want from a logo of a football team.

    Now to be little silly – but is there a tougher letter in the alphabet than the letter “R”,

    it looks tough , it sounds tough rrrrrrr! – can probably beat the sh&t out of almost any other letter.[/quote]

    Yep.

    A lot of things wrong with the original Roughriders, but the death knell was when they changed the logo from the “R” to the stupid flaming “RR” and finally to Captain Crunch.

    (sorry I’m not proficient enough at linking, but both later helmets are at Helmet Project)[/quote]

    Scroll down to the bottom of this page and see examples of all three: http://www.oursports...

    Maybe G could give R a run for its money. After all it’s the first letter in Grrrr…

  • Jerry | July 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment="337920"][quote comment=\"337914\"]I went to a minor league baseball last night (Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts), and had to suffer through 14 innings of black on black horror. I\’m having trouble finding a picture though.[/quote]

    found a photo for ya
    http://www.connectmi...

    Glad I went on Tuesday then, when the Loons wore their whites, while Lansing wore their blacks.

    Can anyone tell my why the Lugnuts use a bolt for their logo, instead of a lugnut??

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment="337922"]
    Yep.

    A lot of things wrong with the original Roughriders, but the death knell was when they changed the logo from the “R” to the stupid flaming “RR” and finally to Captain Crunch.

    (sorry I’m not proficient enough at linking, but both later helmets are at Helmet Project)[/quote]

    by “both” I mean all 3, because they wore the captain crunch helmets in two different colour schemes. I’d forgotten that they didn’t just ditch the “R”, they also got rid of the black and red for a couple of years.

  • Hibbs | July 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    [quote comment="337918"][quote comment="337912"]Though the Falcon on the current helmet looks even more like an “F” than it did before. I take it that’s intentional?[/quote]

    definitely intentional

    i swore when it came out, i had heard you could find both an “A” and an “F” somewhere in there, but i fail to find the “a”

    definitely the “f” is there tho[/quote]

    Wouldn’t the F be backwards on the left side of the helmet?
    I always thought it was just a futuristic version of the old logo.

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment="337920"][quote comment=\"337914\"]I went to a minor league baseball last night (Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts), and had to suffer through 14 innings of black on black horror. I\’m having trouble finding a picture though.[/quote]

    found a photo for ya
    http://www.connectmi...

    Visually unappealing, but you gotta love those team names!

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm |

    [quote comment="337926"][quote comment="337920"][quote comment=\"337914\"]I went to a minor league baseball last night (Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts), and had to suffer through 14 innings of black on black horror. I\’m having trouble finding a picture though.[/quote]

    found a photo for ya
    http://www.connectmi...

    Glad I went on Tuesday then, when the Loons wore their whites, while Lansing wore their blacks.

    Can anyone tell my why the Lugnuts use a bolt for their logo, instead of a lugnut??[/quote]

    Bolts are male??

  • u2-horn | July 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment="337874"]Unbelievable. I just learned about furries the other day on some “ways to die” show. Some guy ate mushrooms and encountered them in the dessert. They shunned him. Later on, he tried to hook up with a real bear. He’s dead.[/quote]

    I think that was an episode of Entourage you were watching.

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment="337930"][quote comment="337926"][quote comment="337920"][quote comment=\"337914\"]I went to a minor league baseball last night (Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts), and had to suffer through 14 innings of black on black horror. I\’m having trouble finding a picture though.[/quote]

    found a photo for ya
    http://www.connectmi...

    Glad I went on Tuesday then, when the Loons wore their whites, while Lansing wore their blacks.

    Can anyone tell my why the Lugnuts use a bolt for their logo, instead of a lugnut??[/quote]

    Bolts are male??[/quote]

    Yup, in the same way electicians refer to a plug as male and an outlet as female. Such terms are commonly, but quietly, used in many trades. Well, I guess maybe not so much anymore. PC-ness and all.

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment="337927"][quote comment="337922"]
    Yep.

    A lot of things wrong with the original Roughriders, but the death knell was when they changed the logo from the “R” to the stupid flaming “RR” and finally to Captain Crunch.

    (sorry I’m not proficient enough at linking, but both later helmets are at Helmet Project)[/quote]

    by “both” I mean all 3, because they wore the captain crunch helmets in two different colour schemes. I’d forgotten that they didn’t just ditch the “R”, they also got rid of the black and red for a couple of years.[/quote]

    went from a white helmet with numbers to this beauty…then some version of this for like, forever…

    and then:

    this

    this

    and this

    in the mid 90s

  • Oakville Endive | July 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment="337925"][quote comment="337922"][quote comment="337919"][quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.[/quote]

    I agree with Ottawa’s “R” – Even though very simple – that logo personifies strength and toughness – exactly what you want from a logo of a football team.

    Now to be little silly – but is there a tougher letter in the alphabet than the letter “R”,

    it looks tough , it sounds tough rrrrrrr! – can probably beat the sh&t out of almost any other letter.[/quote]

    Yep.

    A lot of things wrong with the original Roughriders, but the death knell was when they changed the logo from the “R” to the stupid flaming “RR” and finally to Captain Crunch.

    (sorry I’m not proficient enough at linking, but both later helmets are at Helmet Project)[/quote]

    Scroll down to the bottom of this page and see examples of all three: http://www.oursports...

    Maybe G could give R a run for its money. After all it’s the first letter in Grrrr…[/quote]

    Yep you\’re right , \”G\” would give \”R\” a run for the money – maybe they should have a cage match to determine the toughest letter.

    With all this CFL talk – has anyone mentioned that when the Montreal Alouettes first broke out their Pepsi can uniforms (1973?) – for at least one season, they stuck their logo at the front of their helmet as opposed to traditional side positions – does anyone have a picture of this.

    Prior to that uni, the Als wore green, red and white. A very vivid look from what I heard. It also meant 3 of the 9 CFL teams were wearing green as their predominant colour

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm |

    “Furries”?
    So, then, these would be, what…”skinnies”?
    http://forademoda.fi...

  • ClubMedSux | July 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    As I sit here watching the Cubs/Brewers game (oh, and Ben, you can go cuck yourself!) with everybody wearing those hideous red hats, all I can think of is McBain from the Simpsons: “My eyes! The goggles do nothing!”

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment="337934"]With all this CFL talk – has anyone mentioned that when the Montreal Alouettes first broke out their Pepsi can uniforms (1973?) – for at least one season, they stuck their logo at the front of their helmet as opposed to traditional side positions – does anyone have a picture of this.[/quote]

    not a pic (still looking) but this graphic (1974)

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm |

    [quote comment="337938"][quote comment="337934"]With all this CFL talk – has anyone mentioned that when the Montreal Alouettes first broke out their Pepsi can uniforms (1973?) – for at least one season, they stuck their logo at the front of their helmet as opposed to traditional side positions – does anyone have a picture of this.[/quote]

    not a pic (still looking) but this graphic (1974)[/quote]

    http://www.thats-a-w...

    Found the green uniforms, still looking for the front logo.

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    “With all this CFL talk – has anyone mentioned that when the Montreal Alouettes first broke out their Pepsi can uniforms (1973?) – for at least one season, they stuck their logo at the front of their helmet as opposed to traditional side positions – does anyone have a picture of this.

    “Prior to that uni, the Als wore green, red and white. A very vivid look from what I heard. It also meant 3 of the 9 CFL teams were wearing green as their predominant colour.”

    Alouettes went to the Pepsi unis in ’74. Johnny Rodgers wore the greens for his rookie year in ’73.
    Here are two shots (road and home) of the “logo on front of helmet version). LOVED those unis, btw.

    http://farm3.static....
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm |

    I was going to make fun of the texting Little League manager, but then I realized I use my phone to take pictures of our grocery list. My wife writes the items on the marker board and I don’t bother to copy them onto paper. Wait a minute, I’m saving a tree! The coaches are just missing signs. Okay, I’ll still make fun of them.

    What happens if they play in a dead zone? What if someone’s battery is low?

    What’s next, radios in the helmets? At least then we could make some “Can you hear me now?” jokes.

  • Hibbs | July 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment="337931"][quote comment="337874"]Unbelievable. I just learned about furries the other day on some “ways to die” show. Some guy ate mushrooms and encountered them in the dessert. They shunned him. Later on, he tried to hook up with a real bear. He’s dead.[/quote]

    I think that was an episode of Entourage you were watching.[/quote]

    “1,000 Ways to Die”

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm |

    David Overstreet, road uni, with logo on side of helmet AND added to jersey sleeve.

    http://farm4.static....

    Yup, DO love that uni. Biletnikoff wore it, too, of course, as well as Rodgers, Ferragamo and White Shoes.

    —Ricko

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment="337943"]David Overstreet, road uni, with logo on side of helmet AND added to jersey sleeve.

    http://farm4.static....

    Yup, DO love that uni. Biletnikoff wore it, too, of course, as well as Rodgers, Ferragamo and White Shoes.

    —Ricko[/quote]

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm |

    And…another shot of Alouettes in green.
    I think it’s Steve Smear.

    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment="337940"]“With all this CFL talk – has anyone mentioned that when the Montreal Alouettes first broke out their Pepsi can uniforms (1973?) – for at least one season, they stuck their logo at the front of their helmet as opposed to traditional side positions – does anyone have a picture of this.

    “Prior to that uni, the Als wore green, red and white. A very vivid look from what I heard. It also meant 3 of the 9 CFL teams were wearing green as their predominant colour.”

    Alouettes went to the Pepsi unis in ’74. Johnny Rodgers wore the greens for his rookie year in ’73.
    Here are two shots (road and home) of the “logo on front of helmet version). LOVED those unis, btw.

    http://farm3.static....
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    And this page shows him in glorious living colour (spelled it the Canadian way for y’all): http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Loved the unis as well, especially with the logo on the side, as Wally Buono shows us: http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Nothing before or after has looked as good, IMHO. The unis…not Wally, by the way.

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment="337943"]David Overstreet, road uni, with logo on side of helmet AND added to jersey sleeve.

    http://farm4.static....

    Yup, DO love that uni. Biletnikoff wore it, too, of course, as well as Rodgers, Ferragamo and White Shoes.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The other goofy thing about Montreal – they play their home games in a tiny stadium on the McGill campus that even has a tree growing in the stands, but play one regular season and all playoff games at the Big O.

    (I still have about a square foot of Molson Stadium astroturf kicking around somewhere, removed with a jackknife after a Queen’s-McGill game in about 1986)

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    Ah, what could be more American than football at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium? The color, the pagentry…the 20-yard end zones??

    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    I would have loved to have seen a game there.

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    In late 50s and early 60s, Alouettes wore just red and white. This is legendary end Hal Patterson, who later played for Hamilton in the “Fog Bowl”.

    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm |

    don’t forget the alouettes in red

    gorgeous

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 3:07 pm |

    [quote comment="337950"]don’t forget the alouettes in red

    gorgeous[/quote]

    or what ricko just posted

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm |

    and a sweet program from 1963

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm |

    In 60′s Al’s had some sort of winger helmet.
    (note front facing TV numbers on Rough Riders).
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Kris Fulton | July 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm |

    [quote comment="337878"]the writing on melky cabrera’s arm is a new tattoo, i believe he got it in the offseason. its some kind of asian lettering.[/quote]

    Looks like english to me: http://www.gettyimag...

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm |

    [quote comment="337948"]Ah, what could be more American than football at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium? The color, the pagentry…the 20-yard end zones??

    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    I would have loved to have seen a game there.[/quote]

    stay tuned for this sunday jim…that’s all imo say

  • u2-horn | July 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm |

    Hank Blalock has very similar tats on his forearms.

    http://www1.pictures...

  • Oakville Belgium Endive II | July 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm |

    I agree – the Al’s Pepsi can look – was a great looking unis.

    In regard to stadiums, prior to the Als moving into the Big “O” after the 1976 Olympics, I believe they played most of their games in the early 70′s at the “Autostade” as opposed to MacGill Stadium.

    I remember the picture of Mike Smear (?), it was from Sports Illustrated – believe it or not. The CFL had signed that year – several high draft choices of the NFL (a very different era indeed).

    One other quirk – although non-uni related – the CFL – and I think it was just in the Eastern Conference – use to have the finals of that conference as a two game total points affair – so the points of the first game would carry-over. Must have been a tough sell – if the first game was a blow-out.

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

    [quote comment="337955"][quote comment="337948"]Ah, what could be more American than football at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium? The color, the pagentry…the 20-yard end zones??

    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    I would have loved to have seen a game there.[/quote]

    stay tuned for this sunday jim…that’s all imo say[/quote]

    I’ll be there!

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm |

    For your viewing pleasure, the flip side of the Steve Smear SI clipping, featuring from 1971, the Ti-Cats, Rough Riders and Joe Theismann as an Argo.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • JeffM | July 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |

    I went to college in Arlington, TX, home of the new Cowboys Stadium. I was paid about $3000 by the city of Arlington to move out because my apartment was on the new 50 yard line…imminent domain ain’t that bad as far as i’m concerned

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment="337959"]For your viewing pleasure, the flip side of the Steve Smear SI clipping, featuring from 1971, the Ti-Cats, Rough Riders and Joe Theismann as an Argo.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    How u think that Rough Rider sleeve stripe would look on Chris Hovan?

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment="337961"][quote comment="337959"]For your viewing pleasure, the flip side of the Steve Smear SI clipping, featuring from 1971, the Ti-Cats, Rough Riders and Joe Theismann as an Argo.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    How u think that Rough Rider sleeve stripe would look on Chris Hovan?[/quote]

    I miss sleeves on football unis…

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote]I miss sleeves on football unis[/quote]

    ya know when players looked the best? late 70-early 80s…when everyone had stickum and huge pads and giant facemasks and armor and pads and guys played with like big giants casts and shit

    didn’t care how they looked (style wise)…just played ball (and did lots of drugs, prolly, too)

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm |

    Two more shots of Alouettes winged helmets.
    And Ottawa’s square striped pants, ala Temple.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 3:37 pm |

    [quote comment="337949"]In late 50s and early 60s, Alouettes wore just red and white. This is legendary end Hal Patterson, who later played for Hamilton in the “Fog Bowl”.

    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Saw those unis in an old black-and-white Grey Cup film – they looked just as nice without the benefit of colour.

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    Yipes, Stripes!
    Joe Zuger and the Tiger-Cats, comin’ at ya in the 1965 Grey Cup.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm |

    [quote comment="337960"]I went to college in Arlington, TX, home of the new Cowboys Stadium. I was paid about $3000 by the city of Arlington to move out because my apartment was on the new 50 yard line…imminent domain ain’t that bad as far as i’m concerned[/quote]

    Eminent domain’s pretty good too. :)

    How close is that to the Ballpark in Arlington? (love that name) Just wondered if you could walk to Rangers games from your old place. Or did they build on the other side of town?

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    The Stripe Bowl – the 1972 Grey Cup:
    http://www.archives....

    And the Als’ winged helmets in colour:
    http://www.cfhof.ca/...

    I may spell color “colour” all the time – kinda like it…

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm |

    As long as we’re lamented the loss of sleeves, I post this as a related subject. Namely, that extending loops instead of truncating them can help even a “unique” uni.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Brian H | July 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm |

    I think I might have caught something on the Melky Cabrera picture. In those shots it looks like he is wearing the helment of Nick Swisher who is #33. Melky is #53 and the two numbers on the helment look like they are the same number so it can’t be 53

    Btw, watching the Yankee game today and against the Blue Jays and our favorite Umpires are sitting in the first row behind homeplate. They are quite funny to watch especially since they are calling strikes louder than the Ump who is actually calling the game

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm |

    Non-trucating even help these…things.
    http://farm3.static....

    Hey, wait, if you take out the orange, that’s the Colts!

    —Rick

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment="337969"]As long as we’re lamented the loss of sleeves, I post this as a related subject. Namely, that extending loops instead of truncating them can help even a “unique” uni.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    That does help – now can you extend his socks and put some stripes there, too?

    Too bad the ‘Cuse doesn’t play Penn State anymore. That would be a classically aesthetic matchup.

  • Oakville Belgium Endive II | July 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment="337971"]Non-trucating even help these…things.
    http://farm3.static....

    Hey, wait, if you take out the orange, that’s the Colts!

    —Rick[/quote]

    Or it could be:

    1.Some weird breeding experiment between the Colts uni and some strange religous sect, or

    2. one horrible Colts laundry accident.

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm |

    these red caps suck

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm |

    Down and dirty non-truncated Colts.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment="337974"]these red caps suck[/quote]

    Are you sure they call that “Blood of Our Soldiers Red”?

    —Ricko

  • M.Princip | July 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment="337940"]“With all this CFL talk – has anyone mentioned that when the Montreal Alouettes first broke out their Pepsi can uniforms (1973?) – for at least one season, they stuck their logo at the front of their helmet as opposed to traditional side positions – does anyone have a picture of this.

    “Prior to that uni, the Als wore green, red and white. A very vivid look from what I heard. It also meant 3 of the 9 CFL teams were wearing green as their predominant colour.”

    Alouettes went to the Pepsi unis in ’74. Johnny Rodgers wore the greens for his rookie year in ’73.
    Here are two shots (road and home) of the “logo on front of helmet version). LOVED those unis, btw.

    http://farm3.static....
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ah yes, me too. Has a Redskins feather mohawk helmet element to it. Very tough, and just different. Why more teams don’t do center decals is beyond me. Guess, it’s not TV friendly? Love the wide stripe center decals that were predominant in the CFL also; i.e. Hamilton Tiger Cats.

  • JeffM | July 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment=\"337967\"][quote comment=\"337960\"]I went to college in Arlington, TX, home of the new Cowboys Stadium. I was paid about $3000 by the city of Arlington to move out because my apartment was on the new 50 yard line…imminent domain ain\’t that bad as far as i\’m concerned[/quote]

    Eminent domain\’s pretty good too. :)

    How close is that to the Ballpark in Arlington? (love that name) Just wondered if you could walk to Rangers games from your old place. Or did they build on the other side of town?[/quote]

    Ouch…you got me on the spelling, and yes its very close to the ballpark, they share parking lots, and yes i walked to several a ball game from the old APT

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment="337963"][quote]I miss sleeves on football unis[/quote]

    ya know when players looked the best? late 70-early 80s…when everyone had stickum and huge pads and giant facemasks and armor and pads and guys played with like big giants casts and shit

    didn’t care how they looked (style wise)…just played ball (and did lots of drugs, prolly, too)[/quote]

    Like this?
    http://www.sportspos...

    And this?
    http://www.freewebs....

    And this?
    http://hofplayers.co...

    And this?
    http://www.sportsbli...
    (sorry about the purple, Paul…)

    And finally, this:
    http://www.geocities...
    Had to put Freddy in as an Alouette – I can only look at so many Raiders pictures.

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment="337976"][quote comment="337974"]these red caps suck[/quote]

    Are you sure they call that “Blood of Our Soldiers Red”?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    oh positive

    (can’t believe you remembered that from this post…oh wait…you worked on it with me…lol)

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment="337973"][quote comment="337971"]Non-trucating even help these…things.
    http://farm3.static....

    Hey, wait, if you take out the orange, that’s the Colts!

    —Rick[/quote]

    Or it could be:

    1.Some weird breeding experiment between the Colts uni and some strange religous sect, or

    2. one horrible Colts laundry accident.[/quote]

    I feel like a bug headed for a bug zapper. I should look away, but it’s just so beautiful…

    Substitute lightning yellow for orange and…yeah, you know where I’m going with this…

  • LarryB | July 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm |

    http://lh6.ggpht.com...

    Love these Ti Cats striped jerseys

  • Mike Engle | July 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm |

    Did we ever notice this?
    http://i.cdn.turner....
    Add it to the collection of captain’s C’s in baseball, alongside Jason Varitek, Sammy Sosa, Mike Sweeney, and Vinny Castilla (for his WBC team, Mexico).

  • Jim BC | July 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm |

    [quote comment="337919"][quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]Mike P., How about this for a poster?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    Or this?
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    And becasue I love stripes and conventional placekickers:
    http://cfl-scrapbook...

    The first two were early ’80s, so they still had the ’70s look about them.[/quote]

    I dig it! I’ve always loved that HUGE Rough Riders R logo.
    http://i4.ebayimg.co...
    The “R” on the helmet was always awesome – also, check out Russ Jackson from the early 70s – huge numbers on the helmet and even bigger TV numbers.[/quote]

    I agree with Ottawa’s “R” – Even though very simple – that logo personifies strength and toughness – exactly what you want from a logo of a football team.

    Now to be little silly – but is there a tougher letter in the alphabet than the letter “R”,

    it looks tough , it sounds tough rrrrrrr! – can probably beat the sh&t out of almost any other letter.[/quote]
    Also don’t forget that “R” for Roughriders which sounds so tough that there were two teams in the CFL with the same name… although the Saskatchewan Roughriders went with the wimply “S” on the helmet.
    Although check out the fantastic retro alts that they use (the Alt jersey, not the crappy black Alt2 jersey)

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm |

    [quote comment="337982"]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_bQ-9YGBlBzs/ScLxMHSTYdI/AAAAAAAAGso/mX9CoOw_PSI/s512/t67uk.jpg

    Love these Ti Cats striped jerseys[/quote]

    Never noticed that particular logo before so I looked it up: http://sportslogos.n...

  • =bg= | July 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm |

    Erp. Forgot about those red caps for the 4th. They look horrible on the Giants. The Astros are in town, so you won’t see a lot of clash there. But red caps with the light creme….erp.

    Matchups at the Big W this weekend:

    Serena (Nike) vs. Venus (cheap Steve & Barry discontinued line)

    The Fed (Nike) vs. Roddick (Lacoste.)

    Could care less who wins the women, the bonus is a Williams loses. The most graceless champions tennis has ever known.

    I think The Fed is gonna win big Sunday- Roddick has a mental thing about The Fed, the same thing The Fed has about Nadal. It happens.

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm |

    [quote comment="337984"][quote comment="337919"][quote comment="337886"][quote comment="337883"][quote comment="337882"]quote]
    Also don’t forget that “R” for Roughriders which sounds so tough that there were two teams in the CFL with the same name… although the Saskatchewan Roughriders went with the wimply “S” on the helmet.
    Although check out the fantastic retro alts that they use (the Alt jersey, not the crappy black Alt2 jersey)

    http://en.wikipedia....

    Actually it could just stand for Riders. Ottawa was the Rough Riders while Sask. is the Roughriders. I’ve heard announcers say Eastern Riders vs. the Green Riders, too.

    Those first alternates should be the only alternates. Very cool.

  • Teebz | July 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |

    [quote comment="337984"]
    Also don’t forget that “R” for Roughriders which sounds so tough that there were two teams in the CFL with the same name…[/quote]

    Incorrect, Jim. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were a different team than the Ottawa Rough Riders. Yes, the Ottawa franchise had a space in their name.

    So that’s two capital Rs to one. Making Ottawa twice as tough. LOL

  • LarryB | July 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |

    http://lh6.ggpht.com...

    here is another of that Ti Cat logo

  • LI Phil | July 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm |

    [quote comment="337989"]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_bQ-9YGBlBzs/ScLxCHGDczI/AAAAAAAAGsY/MXmyfS0iR74/s512/y4e.jpg

    here is another of that Ti Cat logo[/quote]

    apparently worn only in 1967

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm |

    [quote comment="337990"][quote comment="337989"]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_bQ-9YGBlBzs/ScLxCHGDczI/AAAAAAAAGsY/MXmyfS0iR74/s512/y4e.jpg

    here is another of that Ti Cat logo[/quote]

    apparently worn only in 1967[/quote]

    They wore it for Canada’s centennial, but it makes me think of the Moscow Circus when I see it.

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 6:51 pm |

    [quote comment="337990"][quote comment="337989"]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_bQ-9YGBlBzs/ScLxCHGDczI/AAAAAAAAGsY/MXmyfS0iR74/s512/y4e.jpg

    here is another of that Ti Cat logo[/quote]

    apparently worn only in 1967[/quote]

    Canada’s centennial logo (1967) was a stylized maple leaf – see just to the left of the “C”

    http://images.delcam...

    The Tiger Cats were using a portion of that maple leaf logo – I have no idea why they only used the upper part of it without the stem – it doesn’t really look like a leaf anymore.

  • LarryB | July 3, 2009 at 6:59 pm |

    [quote comment="337991"][quote comment="337990"][quote comment="337989"]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_bQ-9YGBlBzs/ScLxCHGDczI/AAAAAAAAGsY/MXmyfS0iR74/s512/y4e.jpg

    here is another of that Ti Cat logo[/quote]

    apparently worn only in 1967[/quote]

    They wore it for Canada’s centennial, but it makes me think of the Moscow Circus when I see it.[/quote]

    haha I love the jumping tiger Ti Cat logo. But that one from 1967 is not as good.

  • Greg B. | July 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm |

    The old Ottawa Rough Rider “R” logo was always great-looking on the helmets, but when I was a kid I was a Toronto Argonaut fan, and I always liked their big “A” logo too:

    http://www.sportslog...

    They previously had a reverse version of this with a white helmet and a blue letter.

  • Hibbs | July 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm |

    I just saw an “I’m Calling it Comiskey” t-shirt at the thrifts here in St. Louis. It was part of some bank promotion, and it was blue.

  • Oakville Belgium Endive II | July 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm |

    [quote comment="337994"]The old Ottawa Rough Rider “R” logo was always great-looking on the helmets, but when I was a kid I was a Toronto Argonaut fan, and I always liked their big “A” logo too:

    http://www.sportslog...

    They previously had a reverse version of this with a white helmet and a blue letter.[/quote]

    I realize you probably know this – but the “A” that’s on your attachment – which is how it gets reflected on some retro uniforms – is not completely in line with the “A” from the early 70′s The “A” that I remember was slightly less “block” looking – one side of the A was quite thin and thinner than the other side – you can kind of see it in the pictures Ricko posted.

    It’s funny – growing up I thought the CFL logos were too simplistic – i.e. a bunch of stylized letters, but while that may be the case, I think the overall look was were really quite good in the early to mid 70′s.

  • LarryB | July 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm |

    [quote comment="337949"]In late 50s and early 60s, Alouettes wore just red and white. This is legendary end Hal Patterson, who later played for Hamilton in the “Fog Bowl”.

    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    That is a nice looking uni and very good color picture

  • Patrick in MI | July 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm |

    Skipped the entry and went straight to the comments….Tigers and Twins both wearing the “patriotic” red caps tonight and apparently will the whole weekend. It looks terrible.

  • Greenie | July 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm |

    Those ‘Blood of our Soldiers’ hats look particularly bad in games where neither team uses red as a main color. Just today I see four on the schedule:

    http://scores.espn.g...

    Pirates-Marlins
    White Sox-Royals
    Dodgers-Padres
    Astros-Giants

  • Scott Davis | July 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm |

    Ladies and Gents… The Boston Red Sox (of Anaheim)

  • Scott Davis | July 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm |

    link didn’t show up:
    http://a.espncdn.com...

  • Kek | July 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm |

    BC/Sask underway (Comcast Network if you have it). Nothing earth-shattering as far as unis are concerned, but I’ll look out for anything that might deserve to be capped.

  • Jamie | July 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm |

    [quote comment="337967"][quote comment="337960"]I went to college in Arlington, TX, home of the new Cowboys Stadium. I was paid about $3000 by the city of Arlington to move out because my apartment was on the new 50 yard line…imminent domain ain’t that bad as far as i’m concerned[/quote]

    Eminent domain’s pretty good too. :)

    How close is that to the Ballpark in Arlington? (love that name) Just wondered if you could walk to Rangers games from your old place. Or did they build on the other side of town?[/quote]

    They’re practically next door. Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, Ballpark in Arlington, and Cowboys Stadium, are all within like a square mile of each other. It’s great.

  • Kek | July 3, 2009 at 9:17 pm |

    Haven’t seen a real good shot yet, but it appears there is some kind of logo on the back of both CFL teams’ helmets (other than the CFL logo and Canadian flag)

  • Kek | July 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

    http://i214.photobuc...

    WTF…CFL refs not wearing stirrups anymore? Did I miss something? I thought last year they were in them.

  • u2-horn | July 3, 2009 at 9:40 pm |

    Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz of the Rangers have been wearing one long sleeve under their jerseys for the last week or so. Carl Crawford is also doing it tonight.

  • James Craven | July 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm |

    [quote comment="338002"]“BC/Sask underway (Comcast Network if you have it). Nothing earth-shattering as far as unis are concerned, but I’ll look out for anything that might deserve to be capped.”[/quote]

    CFL refs using red penalty flags, the one piece socks were leagl for the zebras as of last year IIRC, and there’s pyro on the goalposts. Is that even legal?

    Also, ALL MLB teams wearing red caps this weekend.

  • u2-horn | July 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm |

    Here’s an overhead view of the Ballpark and the new Cowboys Stadium

    http://maps.google.c...

  • Kek | July 3, 2009 at 9:49 pm |

    CFL helmet sticker, does anyone know what it is?

    http://i214.photobuc...

  • u2-horn | July 3, 2009 at 9:56 pm |

    [quote comment="338006"]Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz of the Rangers have been wearing one long sleeve under their jerseys for the last week or so. Carl Crawford is also doing it tonight.[/quote]

    Well, not exactly a long sleeve undershirt–I just noticed a swoosh on Elvis’, so it must just be a compression sleeve.

  • Patrick in MI | July 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm |

    Darn, I’ll be in Pittsburgh next week. Sorry to see the furries won’t be, would make for good people-watching…or, animal-watching I guess.

  • Kek | July 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm |

    [quote comment="338011"]Darn, I’ll be in Pittsburgh next week. Sorry to see the furries won’t be, would make for good people-watching…or, animal-watching I guess.[/quote]
    http:/www.961kiss.com/pages/morningfreakshow.html?an=The-Furry-Convention-2009

    Here’s some great photos!

  • u2-horn | July 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm |

    [quote comment="337956"]Hank Blalock has very similar tats on his forearms.

    http://www1.pictures...

    Blalock’s tattoos are his sons’ names, Trey and Lucas. Salty also has his kids’ names tattooed on his forearms.

    Melky has a son…

  • =bg= | July 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment="337967"][quote comment="337960"]I went to college in Arlington, TX, home of the new Cowboys Stadium. I was paid about $3000 by the city of Arlington to move out because my apartment was on the new 50 yard line…imminent domain ain’t that bad as far as i’m concerned[/quote]

    Eminent domain’s pretty good too. :)

    How close is that to the Ballpark in Arlington? (love that name) Just wondered if you could walk to Rangers games from your old place. Or did they build on the other side of town?[/quote]

    Ah yes, I remember how close everything was. I lived in North Dallas, (Tom Landry lived close by!) and proximity to Texas Stadium-Sig Flags-and Arlington Stadium (this was early 70s) was great.

  • =bg= | July 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm |

    Bottom 1 here in SF, and yeah, the red caps on the G-Men are as bad as I feared.

  • =bg= | July 3, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 10:44 pm |

    [quote comment="338009"]CFL helmet sticker, does anyone know what it is?

    http://i214.photobuc...

    I’ve got half an answer – it’s the logo of Football Canada, the governing body for amateur football in Canada.

    http://www.footballc...

    The other half of the answer – why the two teams are wearing that sticker – is still a mystery to me.

  • Ricko | July 3, 2009 at 11:01 pm |

    Just watched highlights of Calgary-Montreal at the CFL website. Whoa, those Alouette unis are even uglier than I remembered from last year’s Grey Cup.

    Especially when earlier today we were looking at their Pepsi set from the ’70s.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 11:23 pm |

    [quote comment="338017"][quote comment="338009"]CFL helmet sticker, does anyone know what it is?

    http://i214.photobuc...

    I’ve got half an answer – it’s the logo of Football Canada, the governing body for amateur football in Canada.

    http://www.footballc...

    The other half of the answer – why the two teams are wearing that sticker – is still a mystery to me.[/quote]

    What’s even more of a mystery is when did the Riders sign the Great Gazoo? Look at that head! How did the TV picture get that distorted?

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm |

    [quote comment=\"338018\"]Just watched highlights of Calgary-Montreal at the CFL website. Whoa, those Alouette unis are even uglier than I remembered from last year\’s Grey Cup.

    Especially when earlier today we were looking at their Pepsi set from the \’70s.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Nothing beats the Pepsi set – not even those cool \’50s red unis. The Als and Argos should go back to these http://cfl-scrapbook... and never change again. Ever.

  • LarryB | July 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm |

    [quote comment="337995"]I just saw an “I’m Calling it Comiskey” t-shirt at the thrifts here in St. Louis. It was part of some bank promotion, and it was blue.[/quote]

    My brother got one a few years ago. Paul had posted this ticker a few weeks ago

    http://img.photobuck...

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 11:32 pm |

    Speaking of helmet stickers:
    http://static.cdn.mr...
    What’s that thing on the right of the Lions helmet? Looks like two poppies and a gold maple leaf.

  • mike 2 | July 3, 2009 at 11:48 pm |

    [quote comment="338022"]Speaking of helmet stickers:
    http://static.cdn.mr...
    What’s that thing on the right of the Lions helmet? Looks like two poppies and a gold maple leaf.[/quote]

    The teams wore commemorative stickers on their helmets last year for the games played around Remembrance Day (November 11) – must be a holdover from last year

  • Jim BC | July 3, 2009 at 11:49 pm |

    [quote comment="337988"][quote comment="337984"]
    Also don’t forget that “R” for Roughriders which sounds so tough that there were two teams in the CFL with the same name…[/quote]

    Incorrect, Jim. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were a different team than the Ottawa Rough Riders. Yes, the Ottawa franchise had a space in their name.

    So that’s two capital Rs to one. Making Ottawa twice as tough. LOL[/quote]
    Oops… that is correct Teebz – forgot about the space

  • JimV19 | July 3, 2009 at 11:52 pm |

    [quote comment="338023"][quote comment="338022"]Speaking of helmet stickers:
    http://static.cdn.mr...
    What’s that thing on the right of the Lions helmet? Looks like two poppies and a gold maple leaf.[/quote]

    The teams wore commemorative stickers on their helmets last year for the games played around Remembrance Day (November 11) – must be a holdover from last year[/quote]

    They must have just used an old picture. I got that from the TSN website and assumed it was a shot of the game in progress. Thanks.

  • JTH | July 4, 2009 at 12:41 am |

    [quote comment="338021"][quote comment="337995"]I just saw an “I’m Calling it Comiskey” t-shirt at the thrifts here in St. Louis. It was part of some bank promotion, and it was blue.[/quote]

    My brother got one a few years ago. Paul had posted this ticker a few weeks ago

    http://img.photobuck...
    It’s probably just a coincidence, but it’d be kinda cool if the blue was a deliberate choice to reflect the fact that it was the dominant color of the park when it was called Comiskey as opposed to the current color scheme.

  • mike 2 | July 4, 2009 at 1:40 am |

    [quote comment="338025"][quote comment="338023"][quote comment="338022"]Speaking of helmet stickers:
    http://static.cdn.mr...
    What’s that thing on the right of the Lions helmet? Looks like two poppies and a gold maple leaf.[/quote]

    The teams wore commemorative stickers on their helmets last year for the games played around Remembrance Day (November 11) – must be a holdover from last year[/quote]

    They must have just used an old picture. I got that from the TSN website and assumed it was a shot of the game in progress. Thanks.[/quote]

    You’re right – I was just looking at the sticker, I didn’t even notice that the Rider in the photo is wearing last year’s throwback jersey and helmet (which they aren’t wearing tonight)