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Tecmology

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For the past few weeks I’ve been getting a Ricko-like onslaught of contributions from a reader who prefers to be known as the Hungry Hungry Hipster. As I’ve explained to this person, I prefer not to credit people by their pseudonyms, because I think using real names leads to better accountability and keeps the site from being cluttered with ridiculous screen names (like, y’know, Hungry Hungry Hipster). “No problem,” said HHH, “just don’t credit me if you don’t want to.” And so a lot of uncredited Ticker items in recent weeks have actually come from HHH, whoever he or she may be (although I have a hunch).

Lately, though, HHH has come up with some truly heroic contributions — contributions that merit more than just an uncredited Ticker mention. Today we’ll look at one of them. It concerns a 1980s video game I hadn’t been familiar with (which isn’t saying much, since I’m not familiar with any video game), called Tecmo Bowl. I’ll let HHH take over from here:

Tecmo Bowl was a popular football video game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System in the late ’80s. In 1988, Tecmo was able to get a license from the NFL Players Association but was unable to get a license for NFL team nicknames and logos. So in the game, there are real players’ names and jersey numbers, but they play for nickname-less cities. For example, Elway plays for Denver and Marino plays for Miami, but there is no mention of Broncos or Dolphins in the game.

Tecmo’s on-field uniforms, however, DO have the same colors as their real-life counterparts — with one exception: the Seattle Seahawks have pink uniforms and a purple end zone (all the other team’s end zones are rendered in proper team colors). There has never been an explanation for this.

Most of the Tecmo helmets are shown in accurate team colors, but with unique “fantasy” logos. But during the opening introductory sequence of the game, all the teams have white helmets with orange facemasks (and they’re the old-school two-bar facemasks, which hardly anybody besides Mark Duper wore in 1988) and unique “fantasy” logos.

For a while I’ve thought t-shirts featuring these helmets would be really awesome, especially to wear to games of the real teams and see how many fans recognize the helmet as being from Tecmo Bowl. Also, DIY replica helmets, complete with orange two-bar facemasks, would be absolutely awesome!

Finally, I’ve also attached a screen shot of the “World Football Championship” trophy, which is what you’re awarded when you win the championship game in Tecmo Bowl. They didn’t have the rights to use the term “Super Bowl” or show the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Faaaaascinating stuff. I’ll be presenting more HHH material soon. Meanwhile, that sound you hear in the background is gumball king Bill Jones scurrying off to make a set of Tecmo helmets for his collection.

ITEM! Central PA Gathering: Here’s a quick word from reader Doug Keklak, who’s organizing a cool outing:

On Saturday, August 1, the Altoona Curve will host the Trenton Thunder at 7:05pm at beautiful Blair County Ballpark. Tickets range from $5 to $12 but group rates start with 25 people, so I’m issuing an open invitation to all Uni Watchers.

If you’re interested, please e-mail me or direct-message me on Twitter. From there, I’ll gather numbers and put things in motion as far as buying tickets. Again, this open to ANYONE, regardless of geography.

Thanks,
Kek

Uni Watch News Ticker: Logo creep alert from Mat Orefice, who notes that “the crazy German ‘devil’ who follows/torments the Tour de France now has a sponsor.” … Preston Wilson, currently attempting a comeback with the Long Island Ducks, is wearing a visor after suffering a broken nose (with thanks to Brian Erni). … Some pretty cool Chicago-themed sports paintings available here (thanks, Kirsten). … Hmmm, looks like the Yankees have a new catcher (with thanks to Brian Erni). … Excellent article comparing Italian and NYC police department uniforms here (with thanks to B. Mitchell). … Awesome find by Phil: Roy Campanella as a Baltimore Elite Giant in the 1940s. “Not sure if it’s colorized,” he says. “Regardless, it’s a beautiful pic.” Indeed. … Here’s an innovative solution to the apostrophe catastrophe (with thanks to Dusty McGowan). … High-freakin’-larious item from Sean MacHenry, who writes: “Went to a game a Jacksonville Suns minor league baseball game a couple weeks ago. It was ‘Southpaw Bobblehead Night’ (Southpaw is their mascot, cute dog in a jersey, number K-9, the whole deal). So I open the box and it’s a DIY bobblehead, complete with paint set! I refused to paint mine, in protest of being given a chore, but my fiancé did a great job — until she noticed the back of the jersey and asked, ‘Who is Southpam?’ Sure enough, all the bobbleheads were made with a ‘Southpam’ NOB. Being a nationals fan, I’m used to this sort of uniform fail. But I thought it was a neat intersection of themes: DIY and uniform misprints.” … Big congrats and happy nuptials to John Okray, who got hitched at Lambeau Field last weekend. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Single-digit uni number on the mound last night in Cincy, as infielder Paul Janish was pressed into mop-up duty during the Reds/Phils blowout. … A reader who prefers to remain anonymous went on a tour of the Cowboys’ new stadium yesterday. Among the highlights: a waste basket left over from the old stadium and a pretty cool stadium diagram on the elevator console. … All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here (with thanks to Alan Borock). … A controversy is brewing in New Zealand over a women’s netball team that’s been wearing shorts instead of skirts (with thanks to Hadyn Green). … Ronaldo will be wearing No. 9 for Real Madrid (with thanks to Eric Vieira).

 

189 comments to Tecmology

  • Steve | July 7, 2009 at 8:09 am |

    I like how the elevator buttons in Dallas are stars. Go figure. Paul, you’ve really never heard of Tecmo Bowl? Wow. How about Super Mario Brothers? LOL

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 8:22 am |

    Finally, I’ve also attached a screenshot of the “World Football Championship” trophy, which is what you’re awarded when you win the championship game in Tecmo Bowl. They didn’t have the rights to use the term “Super Bowl” or show the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

    Assuming there was supposed to be a link to it, said screenshot appears to be missing.

  • TC Lofton | July 7, 2009 at 8:22 am |

    If HHH produces those Tees en masse, I’ll be the first person to order an “Indianapolis Norwhals” shirt. Great thinking!

  • Bob | July 7, 2009 at 8:27 am |

    “All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here”

    Not all 3500. More than several teams don’t have all of their available combos from the game showing. For example, LSU’s less-used purple-and-gold combo is listed, but not their more-used white-and-gold combo.

  • Paul Lukas | July 7, 2009 at 8:29 am |

    [quote comment=”338326″]

    Finally, I’ve also attached a screenshot of the “World Football Championship” trophy, which is what you’re awarded when you win the championship game in Tecmo Bowl. They didn’t have the rights to use the term “Super Bowl” or show the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

    Assuming there was supposed to be a link to it, said screenshot appears to be missing.[/quote]

    Now added. Thanks!

  • War Damn Eagle | July 7, 2009 at 8:35 am |

    [quote comment=”338328″]“All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here”

    Not all 3500. More than several teams don’t have all of their available combos from the game showing. For example, LSU’s less-used purple-and-gold combo is listed, but not their more-used white-and-gold combo.[/quote]

    Yes. 3 pics of Auburn’s home look, but no pics of the road whites. EA Fail.

  • Mark in Shiga | July 7, 2009 at 8:38 am |

    Speaking of video games, anyone else play “Bases Loaded” years ago? As a kid, I’d had no idea that it was based on a fully-licensed Japanese game — the uniform colors and jersey numbers are taken directly from 1987 Nippon Pro Baseball! (Though I did wonder why so many of the pitchers had such low numbers — in Japan that’s almost a rule.)

    A great game, but it’s also a bit racist. If certain batters get hit in the head with pitches, they charge the mound and start a brawl. Those players are, with one exception, all foreign.

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 8:43 am |

    yesterday’s ticker had the following item:

    [quote]Here’s a great shot of Grover Cleveland Alexander wearing the Cards’ 1927 World Champs uni (with thanks to Bruce Menard).[/quote]

    a reader, i believe Terence, wondered what it would look like if it were colorized…well, colorization guru Larry Bodnovich came thru (this was posted late last night, but i wanted to show it again today)…check it out:

    in living color 1 and a slightly different version in living color 2

    great stuff larry!

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 8:57 am |

    Oh boy, right in my wheelhouse, I might have to post and get out if I want to get any work done today!

    Tecmo Bowl!!!! I should point out, and come off like a bigger dork than I already am, that the screenshots in the post are from Tecmo Super Bowl which was actually the sequel to the original Tecmo Bowl of the amazing Bo Jackson running and Lawrence Taylor blocking of extra points!

    Bases Loaded!!! DC was the squad with Fendy! Remember the umps names were like Yuk, Boo, Bum and Dum. Utah’s leadoff guy was the fastest in the game if I remember correctly. Used to steal bases with him all the time. I remember buying Bases Loaded 2 The Second Season thinking “why am I buying a sequel to a sports game, I’m an idiot”…well, many versions of Madden and many millions of dollars later, I’m not so dumb after all!

    There was a third version of the game for the NES with Ryne Sandberg on the cover, then they moved the game to SNES but it really never had as much buzz.

    I know it’s neat to play games like Madden, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL and play with real players and teams but there was something neat about playing with fictious teams and players. Surely an extension for those of us that used to draw made up logos and leagues.

  • juan grande | July 7, 2009 at 9:01 am |

    [quote comment=”338332″]yesterday’s ticker had the following item:

    [quote]Here’s a great shot of Grover Cleveland Alexander wearing the Cards’ 1927 World Champs uni (with thanks to Bruce Menard).[/quote]

    a reader, i believe Terence, wondered what it would look like if it were colorized…well, colorization guru Larry Bodnovich came thru (this was posted late last night, but i wanted to show it again today)…check it out:

    in living color 1 and a slightly different version in living color 2

    great stuff larry![/quote]

    Could you imagine if the Phillies, Giants or Celtics did this after winning their titles? Everyone and his brother (including, I think, a massive number of Uniwatchers) would crucify them for the sheer audacity and hubris of it all. I still think it is cool but not in the modern era.

  • Jeremy Brahm | July 7, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    The NCAA 2010 game had last year’s Oregon uniforms. Way to be up to speed EA. It doesn’t surprise me because it was only a couple of weeks ago.

  • TMD | July 7, 2009 at 9:06 am |

    [quote comment=”338330″][quote comment=”338328″]“All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here”

    Not all 3500. More than several teams don’t have all of their available combos from the game showing. For example, LSU’s less-used purple-and-gold combo is listed, but not their more-used white-and-gold combo.[/quote]

    Yes. 3 pics of Auburn’s home look, but no pics of the road whites. EA Fail.[/quote]

    Not to mention that Western Michigan isn’t even on the list. It ends at Western Kentucky.

  • Jeremiah | July 7, 2009 at 9:07 am |

    Looking at some photos of last night’s Angels-Rangers game (nice win by the Halos!) I noticed that the number on Salty’s Knee Savers (25) doesn’t match his own number (21). I looked up some older pics of him and noticed that when he was with ATL he wore 19 and his Knee Savers matched. TEX has no other catchers who wear 25, so I wondering if any Rangers fans may know if this number discrepency would be intentional or a manufacturer’s mistake worthy of the Natinals.

    As a Brave:
    http://cache.daylife...

    As a Ranger:
    http://www.latimes.c...

  • Jeremiah | July 7, 2009 at 9:08 am |

    Sorry, I should say Salty wore number 18 as a brave, and the Knee Saver seemed to match that.

  • Bryan(Albany) | July 7, 2009 at 9:09 am |

    [quote comment=”338333″]Oh boy, right in my wheelhouse, I might have to post and get out if I want to get any work done today!

    Tecmo Bowl!!!! I should point out, and come off like a bigger dork than I already am, that the screenshots in the post are from Tecmo Super Bowl which was actually the sequel to the original Tecmo Bowl of the amazing Bo Jackson running and Lawrence Taylor blocking of extra points!

    Bases Loaded!!! DC was the squad with Fendy! Remember the umps names were like Yuk, Boo, Bum and Dum. Utah’s leadoff guy was the fastest in the game if I remember correctly. Used to steal bases with him all the time. I remember buying Bases Loaded 2 The Second Season thinking “why am I buying a sequel to a sports game, I’m an idiot”…well, many versions of Madden and many millions of dollars later, I’m not so dumb after all!

    There was a third version of the game for the NES with Ryne Sandberg on the cover, then they moved the game to SNES but it really never had as much buzz.

    I know it’s neat to play games like Madden, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL and play with real players and teams but there was something neat about playing with fictious teams and players. Surely an extension for those of us that used to draw made up logos and leagues.[/quote]
    I would put those 2 games up and add NHL 95 as the games I lived for!!

  • Hickory | July 7, 2009 at 9:19 am |

    I posted this late yesterday, but I think it’s a great link of helmets.

    http://www.mghelmets...

  • Jeremy Brahm | July 7, 2009 at 9:22 am |

    Here is link for numerous baseball video games over the years.

    http://www.digitaldi...

  • mmwatkin | July 7, 2009 at 9:22 am |

    Waste of your day in 3…2…1…

    http://www.nintendo8...

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 9:27 am |

    [quote comment=”338333″]Oh boy, right in my wheelhouse, I might have to post and get out if I want to get any work done today!

    Tecmo Bowl!!!! I should point out, and come off like a bigger dork than I already am, that the screenshots in the post are from Tecmo Super Bowl which was actually the sequel to the original Tecmo Bowl of the amazing Bo Jackson running and Lawrence Taylor blocking of extra points!

    Bases Loaded!!! DC was the squad with Fendy! Remember the umps names were like Yuk, Boo, Bum and Dum. Utah’s leadoff guy was the fastest in the game if I remember correctly. Used to steal bases with him all the time. I remember buying Bases Loaded 2 The Second Season thinking “why am I buying a sequel to a sports game, I’m an idiot”…well, many versions of Madden and many millions of dollars later, I’m not so dumb after all!

    There was a third version of the game for the NES with Ryne Sandberg on the cover, then they moved the game to SNES but it really never had as much buzz.

    I know it’s neat to play games like Madden, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL and play with real players and teams but there was something neat about playing with fictious teams and players. Surely an extension for those of us that used to draw made up logos and leagues.[/quote]

    Techmo Bo Jackson was greatest video game athlete ever:

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

    Here’s RBI Baseball recreating the end of game 6 of the 1986 World Series complete with Vin Scully.

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

  • Eddy M. | July 7, 2009 at 9:28 am |

    Auto parts maker LuK has been sponsoring Didi Senft (the cycling devil) for over 10 years and he has worn that logo on his costume for all that time. The money Herr Senft gets from LuK allows him to travel around Europe to races.

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 9:32 am |

    It occurs to me that as the Phillies, Cardinals, Angels and (on some days) the Rangers hunt for red October, the ridiculous hats from these patriot games are a clear and present danger to uni consistency, which here at Uni Watch is the sum of all fears.

    —Jack Ryan

  • Ryan B | July 7, 2009 at 9:42 am |

    Of course, we’ve probably all seen this:

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

  • Chris A. | July 7, 2009 at 9:46 am |

    Cristiano Ronaldo will wear #9 with Real Madrid, not Ronaldo. Those are two different people.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is the 24 year old Portguese winger/forward from the island of Madeira who just moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid. We Portuguese do not want our boy Cristiano confused with the over-the-hill Brazilian forward who was caught with the transsexual prostitute a few months ago.

  • War Damn Eagle | July 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    Here’s a DC United jersey I had completely forgotten about, the bumblebee sleeves from 1998:

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

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 10:03 am |

    [quote comment=”338343″]Techmo Bo Jackson was greatest video game athlete ever:

    http://www.youtube.c...
    [/quote]
    Immortalized on a T-shirt.

  • BS | July 7, 2009 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”338328″]“All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here”

    Not all 3500. More than several teams don’t have all of their available combos from the game showing. For example, LSU’s less-used purple-and-gold combo is listed, but not their more-used white-and-gold combo.[/quote]
    The only combos shown for UF are white/white, blue/blue (2), and white/orange.

  • CJ | July 7, 2009 at 10:05 am |

    [quote comment=”338339″]I would put those 2 games up and add NHL 95 as the games I lived for!![/quote]
    I played NHL 95 so much on my computer at age 7 that I fried a motherboard.

    I’ve been searching for a copy for years to relive the experience.

  • Hickory | July 7, 2009 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”338351″][quote comment=”338328″]“All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here”

    Not all 3500. More than several teams don’t have all of their available combos from the game showing. For example, LSU’s less-used purple-and-gold combo is listed, but not their more-used white-and-gold combo.[/quote]
    The only combos shown for UF are white/white, blue/blue (2), and white/orange.[/quote]

    For Notre Dame, they have the alternate green jersey/gold pants combo. But they do not have the navy/gold or the white/gold. EA FAIL.

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”338352″][quote comment=”338339″]I would put those 2 games up and add NHL 95 as the games I lived for!![/quote]
    I played NHL 95 so much on my computer at age 7 that I fried a motherboard.

    I’ve been searching for a copy for years to relive the experience.[/quote]
    You should go with the plug-and-play that’s Madden ’95 and NHL ’95. Controller is shaped like an old genesis controller (quite possibly the best video game controller ever, anytime I bought something for the PC, I always got what was closest to that).

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

  • Big Al | July 7, 2009 at 10:13 am |

    http://farm3.static....

    That Cowboys Stadium elevator diagram looks just like the deck plans you see on cruise ships…

  • TommyD | July 7, 2009 at 10:14 am |

    I had 2 EA sports games that didn’t have full licenses for my Sega Genesis back in the day

    College Football and MLB

    for the college football, teams that were state’s names (Michigan, Colorado, etc.) were fine, but anything else was the campus city name (State College, South Bend, Columbus, Palo Alto, East Lansing, etc.)

  • Mark in Shiga | July 7, 2009 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”338333″]
    Bases Loaded!!! DC was the squad with Fendy! Remember the umps names were like Yuk, Boo, Bum and Dum. Utah’s leadoff guy was the fastest in the game if I remember correctly. Used to steal bases with him all the time. I remember buying Bases Loaded 2 The Second Season thinking “why am I buying a sequel to a sports game, I’m an idiot”…well, many versions of Madden and many millions of dollars later, I’m not so dumb after all![/quote]

    Kek, you’ll be happy to know that D. C.’s Fendy was Hiromitsu Ochiai, the Chunichi Dragons power hitter who was called (in Robert Whiting’s “You Gotta Have Wa”) an “American with Japanese skin” due to his disregard for Japanese traditions like endurance and hard work.

    The umps in the Japanese original had regular names; no idea why they used “Yuk” and “Boo”, etc., unless it was because they only had three letters to work with and couldn’t fit in any “real” names.

    I myself used to use Boston, and my favorite pitcher was #4 Fine. “A pitcher wearing #4; how is that possible?” Well, long after the fact, I learned that Boston was actually the Hanshin Tigers, and Matt Keough was the man behing my ace pitcher. In Japan, #4 is usually given to foreign imports because they’re unaware that “4” and “death” are homonyms in Japanese. Cecil Fielder had 44, as did Randy Bass and many other American greats.For the second Bases Loaded game, they lost the NPB license, so the players all had “parody” names based on the real players. The jersey numbers were (boringly) switched to 11-18 for every team. Not until the 4th Bases Loaded did the license come back, so in that game you’ll see more realistic jersey numbers again. One of the Super NES Bases Loaded games has an MLB license and real parks and everything — it’s excellent. But I too prefer the fictional leagues and players — they never get out of date!

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 10:20 am |

    Used to play one of those games with my son.
    Which one was it that had a guy named “Aqua” who played for “Hawaii” and was a helluva hitter?

    —Ricko

  • Dave Mac | July 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |

    I would like to see some merchandise for the tecmo logos.

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”338360″]Used to play one of those games with my son.
    Which one was it that had a guy named “Aqua” who played for “Hawaii” and was a helluva hitter?

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ricko, can’t remember if that was in the first or second one, but there was a Hawaii team in both versions. The second one did have a pitcher named “Ho”.

    From my arcade days was “Champion Baseball”. I remember popping so many quarters in that game (you had to, because if you were losing after a half inning your game was over)

    http://www.digitaldi...

    I got a copy of this on an emulator a few years ago and was playing it a lot for awhile.

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |

    Ricko, Mark’s comment about the loss of the NPB license leads me to believe that you and your son played the second game because Aqua and Ho would be good made up names. According to the wiki page for the game, LA’s team was all made of Hollywood names.

  • Roger A. | July 7, 2009 at 10:37 am |

    GREAT jersey-related site here: http://www.jerseycen...

  • ART | July 7, 2009 at 10:43 am |

    As a 38 year old, I vividly remember playing TI Football on my Texas Instruments computer in the early to mid 80’s against my cousin. There was a red team and a blue team. You got to name the team. You picked the plays, the computer ran the plays. Although the graphics were poor, I loved playing it. In fact, I still have my system. Great article on Tecmo Bowl.

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 10:44 am |

    Yup, Bases Loaded, that’s what it was.

  • Paul Hirsch | July 7, 2009 at 10:46 am |

    The Roy Campanella picture is from his days with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Note the piping at the end of the sleeve and the Palmer method “s” that sticks out of his chest protector, with the start of the underlining of the word Dodgers. The Elite Giants had double decked lettering on their jerseys and the “s” would have been much lower.

    Gorgeous picture, though.

  • mike 2 | July 7, 2009 at 10:51 am |

    This was my first football “video game”

    http://www.handheldm...

    and my first baseball game

    http://www.handheldm...

    Those things chewed through nine volt batteries so fast my Dad finally bought the AC adapter.

    The only uniforms (obviously) were on the box.

    (if you’re a child of the 70s like me, be prepared to spend a while on the handheld museum site)

  • Namhob | July 7, 2009 at 10:59 am |

    Speaking of MLB licenses…I remember playing the MVP Baseball franchise and wondering who the heck the left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was. He was a big, white power hitter named Jon Dowd.

    If you haven’t noticed yet, Barry Bonds was replaced because he withdrew his name from the MLBPA licensing agreement so that anytime someone wants to use his name and likeness they must deal directly with him.

  • TommyD | July 7, 2009 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”338369″]Speaking of MLB licenses…I remember playing the MVP Baseball franchise and wondering who the heck the left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was. He was a big, white power hitter named Jon Dowd.

    If you haven’t noticed yet, Barry Bonds was replaced because he withdrew his name from the MLBPA licensing agreement so that anytime someone wants to use his name and likeness they must deal directly with him.[/quote]

    I bet Dowd gets in the HOF

  • TommyD | July 7, 2009 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”338334″][quote comment=”338332″]yesterday’s ticker had the following item:

    [quote]Here’s a great shot of Grover Cleveland Alexander wearing the Cards’ 1927 World Champs uni (with thanks to Bruce Menard).[/quote]

    actually the Phillies wore a special “gold trimmed” world champion uniform on opening night this year. Thankfully it was mercifully retired.

    http://blog.pennlive...

    a reader, i believe Terence, wondered what it would look like if it were colorized…well, colorization guru Larry Bodnovich came thru (this was posted late last night, but i wanted to show it again today)…check it out:

    in living color 1 and a slightly different version in living color 2

    great stuff larry![/quote]

    Could you imagine if the Phillies, Giants or Celtics did this after winning their titles? Everyone and his brother (including, I think, a massive number of Uniwatchers) would crucify them for the sheer audacity and hubris of it all. I still think it is cool but not in the modern era.[/quote]

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”338369″]Speaking of MLB licenses…I remember playing the MVP Baseball franchise and wondering who the heck the left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was. He was a big, white power hitter named Jon Dowd.

    If you haven’t noticed yet, Barry Bonds was replaced because he withdrew his name from the MLBPA licensing agreement so that anytime someone wants to use his name and likeness they must deal directly with him.[/quote]

    Yup. NBA Live used to have a guy on the Bulls Named “Player 23.” Pretty good player.

  • TommyD | July 7, 2009 at 11:10 am |

    wow, somehow my comment wound up in the middle of the quoted one?…

    actually the Phillies wore a special “gold trimmed” world champion uniform on opening night this year. Thankfully it was mercifully retired.

    http://blog.pennlive

  • Patrick in MI | July 7, 2009 at 11:11 am |

    Never had the original NES so I don’t know squat about Tecmo Bowl either. Paul, you’re not alone. However, I did have Micro League Baseball for my Atari 800 around the same time. The graphics were horrible but for a stats geek like me, it was nirvana. It had great teams from history such as the 1927 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1963 Dodgers and for some reason, the 1955 Senators. I actually made up a season schedule and kept hand-written box scores for all the games. I would even have playoffs and a championship at the end of the season. Sadly, none of records are with me now. Around 1991, I won a Super Nintendo from a Pepsi contest. One of the games I loved to rent was Super Bases Loaded. It too had ficticious teams/names and I also kept track of stats. I still have the SNES so I should probably go out and look for some of those games.

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”338372″][quote comment=”338369″]Speaking of MLB licenses…I remember playing the MVP Baseball franchise and wondering who the heck the left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was. He was a big, white power hitter named Jon Dowd.

    If you haven’t noticed yet, Barry Bonds was replaced because he withdrew his name from the MLBPA licensing agreement so that anytime someone wants to use his name and likeness they must deal directly with him.[/quote]

    Yup. NBA Live used to have a guy on the Bulls Named “Player 23.” Pretty good player.[/quote]
    Something similar happened with Tecmo Bowl. Early versions had Eric Dickerson as the Indy running back (the name appeared on the screen, in truncated form, as “DICKER” during the game). Later in production, Dickerson’s name was replaced with Albert Bentley’s.

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”338373″]wow, somehow my comment wound up in the middle of the quoted one?…

    actually the Phillies wore a special “gold trimmed” world champion uniform on opening night this year. Thankfully it was mercifully retired.

    http://blog.pennlive…[/quote]

    I kinda like it.

  • TommyD | July 7, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  • TommyD | July 7, 2009 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment=”338376″][quote comment=”338373″]wow, somehow my comment wound up in the middle of the quoted one?…

    actually the Phillies wore a special “gold trimmed” world champion uniform on opening night this year. Thankfully it was mercifully retired.

    http://blog.pennlive…[/quote]

    I kinda like it.[/quote]

    i sat pretty close on opening night, they were awful

  • Mark in Shiga | July 7, 2009 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”338363″]Ricko, Mark’s comment about the loss of the NPB license leads me to believe that you and your son played the second game because Aqua and Ho would be good made up names. According to the wiki page for the game, LA’s team was all made of Hollywood names.[/quote]

    Kek, I should have been clearer — in the US versions, ALL the player names are made-up. It’s just the Japanese originals that sometimes had real names and sometimes not.

    If Agua was Hawaii’s power hitter, he might have been Ben Oglivie, who was hitting cleanup for the beige-and-red-clad Kintetsu Buffaloes then. I need to fire up my emulator when I get home — now I’m trying to remember who all these players are!

  • Mark W | July 7, 2009 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”338352″][quote comment=”338339″]I would put those 2 games up and add NHL 95 as the games I lived for!![/quote]
    I played NHL 95 so much on my computer at age 7 that I fried a motherboard.

    I’ve been searching for a copy for years to relive the experience.[/quote]

    Really? Have you tried ebay?

  • Chris in Nashville | July 7, 2009 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”338328″]“All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here”

    Not all 3500. More than several teams don’t have all of their available combos from the game showing. For example, LSU’s less-used purple-and-gold combo is listed, but not their more-used white-and-gold combo.[/quote]

    They have two uniform combinations for Tennessee but neither one is likely to be worn. White jersey/orange pant and orange jersey/orange pant. The ornage pants are cursed.

  • Beardface | July 7, 2009 at 11:29 am |

    The 4 games on my NES that got played to death were Tecmo Super Bowl, Tecmo NBA Basketball, RBI Baseball, and Blades of Steel

    Seriously, they just don’t make games like that anymore. I mean, the sequence when they have the ambulance pulling into the hospital when someone gets hurt on Tecmo Super Bowl or Tecmo NBA Basketball are priceless.

  • Beardface | July 7, 2009 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”338382″]The 4 games on my NES that got played to death were Tecmo Super Bowl, Tecmo NBA Basketball, RBI Baseball, and Blades of Steel

    Seriously, they just don’t make games like that anymore. I mean, the sequence when they have the ambulance pulling into the hospital when someone gets hurt on Tecmo Super Bowl or Tecmo NBA Basketball are priceless.[/quote]
    Oh, and for those keeping track, Blades of Steel on the GameBoy was infinitely better than Blades of Steel on the NES. I mean, the comparison isn’t even close.

  • David | July 7, 2009 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”338337″]Looking at some photos of last night’s Angels-Rangers game (nice win by the Halos!) I noticed that the number on Salty’s Knee Savers (25) doesn’t match his own number (21). I looked up some older pics of him and noticed that when he was with ATL he wore 19 and his Knee Savers matched. TEX has no other catchers who wear 25, so I wondering if any Rangers fans may know if this number discrepency would be intentional or a manufacturer’s mistake worthy of the Natinals.

    As a Brave:
    http://cache.daylife...

    As a Ranger:
    http://www.latimes.c...

    If I’m not mistaken, he had been wearing 25 with the Rangers but voluntarily gave up that number to Andruw Jones this year without being asked. I guess he still hasn’t gotten replacement Knee Savers to match his new number. Maybe it’s not in Tom Hicks’s budget…lol.

  • Tony | July 7, 2009 at 11:50 am |

    I recall David Meggett was the unstoppable one on my version of Techmo Bowl.

  • JSS | July 7, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”338340″]I posted this late yesterday, but I think it’s a great link of helmets.

    http://www.mghelmets...

    This is an awesome site…it even has my High school one (though it is different that when I played). thank you.

  • u2-horn | July 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”338384″]

    If I’m not mistaken, he had been wearing 25 with the Rangers but voluntarily gave up that number to Andruw Jones this year without being asked. I guess he still hasn’t gotten replacement Knee Savers to match his new number. Maybe it’s not in Tom Hicks’s budget…lol.[/quote]

    Correct. His chest protector still says Salty #25 also.

    From dallasnews.com this spring:

    [quote]Number change for Saltalamacchia

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave up his No. 25 jersey as soon as the Rangers signed outfielder Andruw Jones. The catcher is wearing No. 21, even though Jones didn’t request No. 25.

    “Andruw was all about it being my number,” Saltalamacchia said. “I told him no way. It’s out of respect. He’s been around a long time, and I know what kind of player he is and what kind of person he is.” [/quote]

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”338386″][quote comment=”338340″]I posted this late yesterday, but I think it’s a great link of helmets.

    http://www.mghelmets...

    This is an awesome site…it even has my High school one (though it is different that when I played). thank you.[/quote]

    It is a fantastic site. This guy “gets it.” Check out his concept helmets for the NFL, NCAA and even a modernized USFL. Most of them exude cool.

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”338378″][quote comment=”338376″][quote comment=”338373″]wow, somehow my comment wound up in the middle of the quoted one?…

    actually the Phillies wore a special “gold trimmed” world champion uniform on opening night this year. Thankfully it was mercifully retired.

    http://blog.pennlive…[/quote]

    I kinda like it.[/quote]

    i sat pretty close on opening night, they were awful[/quote]

    posted this linky yesterday — i had actually done a bit on that back in march…

  • Namhob | July 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm |

    And when talking about video games, nothing beats Baseball Stars on the NES…hands down.

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm |

    I like the kill the apostrophe site. Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration, so I’m torn on this issue. Part of me agrees and part of me says, “Get your brains in gear, America, and learn your language!”

    That would mean a new A’s hat would be in order. I like the idea of going back to the old A hat.

  • Lasher | July 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |

    Does NCAA 10 not have Michigan this year?! What gives man!

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”338392″]I like the kill the apostrophe site. Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration, so I’m torn on this issue. Part of me agrees and part of me says, “Get your brains in gear, America, and learn your language!”

    That would mean a new A’s hat would be in order. I like the idea of going back to the old A hat.[/quote]

    Do you mean killing the ‘ would require a new hat or learning the language would require a new hat?

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | July 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |

    TECMO BOWL!!!!!! I’m so ecstatic that a post was done on this. Tecmo Bowl and Contra are in a first place tie for my absolute favorite game on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, for those who don’t know). I blew countless hours (only on the weekend when School was in) playing this.

    NoMas has an awesome t-shirt that pays tribute to this legendary game.

    http://www.nomas-nyc...

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | July 7, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”338383″][quote comment=”338382″]The 4 games on my NES that got played to death were Tecmo Super Bowl, Tecmo NBA Basketball, RBI Baseball, and Blades of Steel

    Seriously, they just don’t make games like that anymore. I mean, the sequence when they have the ambulance pulling into the hospital when someone gets hurt on Tecmo Super Bowl or Tecmo NBA Basketball are priceless.[/quote]
    Oh, and for those keeping track, Blades of Steel on the GameBoy was infinitely better than Blades of Steel on the NES. I mean, the comparison isn’t even close.[/quote]

    BLADES OF STEEL! I almost forgot about that one. I’m gonna disagree with you there…the NES version was a ton better IMO.

  • Jeff | July 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm |

    http://www.shorpy.co...

    What’s with the dude far left? Is he the first ever to wear his pants down?

  • Pretty Boy Paulie | July 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”338342″]Waste of your day in 3…2…1…

    http://www.nintendo8...

    Gee thanks A LOT!…you’ve officially guaranteed that I’m not gonna do a single thing today! HaHa!

  • Noelski y que! | July 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm |

    waste a whole week

    virtualnes.com

  • Noelski y que! | July 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm |

    lets make it a few more days

    http://www.nescafewe...

  • Dan | July 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    Little league world series. give me Canada and I’ll beat anyone!

    http://www.digitaldi...

  • Paul Lukas | July 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm |

    Yo, Joe Alvaro, if you’re reading this, please give me a shout. Thanks.

  • Kyle | July 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm |

    I love Tecmo Bowl, but th 1991 Tecmo Super Bowl is really the best game ever made. Tecmo secured the NFL license, and brought in more plays, more players, etc. It was the most advanced game of its time.

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 1:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”338394″][quote comment=”338392″]I like the kill the apostrophe site. Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration, so I’m torn on this issue. Part of me agrees and part of me says, “Get your brains in gear, America, and learn your language!”

    That would mean a new A’s hat would be in order. I like the idea of going back to the old A hat.[/quote]

    Do you mean killing the ‘ would require a new hat or learning the language would require a new hat?[/quote]

    Yes.

  • Haaski | July 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    From a quick glance there are two things wrong about NCAA Football 10’s uni’s:

    1) Tennessee’s Orange is not “UT Orange” you as you can see from the fans in the stands.
    and
    2) This one makes me a bit upset. Oregon does not have their “Feathered” Uni’s. I’m sure EA was through dev before they were released to the pubic, but i would think EA contacts Nike.

    This might not be the only mistakes of uni’s. Post if you find others.

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”338405″][quote comment=”338394″][quote comment=”338392″]I like the kill the apostrophe site. Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration, so I’m torn on this issue. Part of me agrees and part of me says, “Get your brains in gear, America, and learn your language!”

    That would mean a new A’s hat would be in order. I like the idea of going back to the old A hat.[/quote]

    Do you mean killing the ‘ would require a new hat or learning the language would require a new hat?[/quote]

    Yes.[/quote]

    I thought it worked as currently constituted:

    http://en.wikipedia....

    No?

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”338397″]http://www.shorpy.com/node/6416?size=_original

    What’s with the dude far left? Is he the first ever to wear his pants down?[/quote]

    Looks like his pants are tucked into his socks.

  • Hott Rodd | July 7, 2009 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”338392″] Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration,[/quote]

    Define irony?

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”338368″]This was my first football “video game”

    http://www.handheldm...

    (if you’re a child of the 70s like me, be prepared to spend a while on the handheld museum site)[/quote]

    Wow, between the football game and Kek bringing up “Champion Baseball,” I’m having some real flashbacks.

    My buddy and I played Champion Baseball all the time at our local bowling alley. We worked nights so we played during the day when the seniors bowled. We’d make up rosters and do play-by-play of our games…stopping only when the alley manager would announce the seniors’ high scorers. We’d cheer like crazy for them, which got us some weird looks at first. Over time, though, the old folks enjoyed our being there.

  • leon | July 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

    Dont get me started on apostrophe’s. Its two darn hard to figure out when theyre supposed too be u’sed. Im sure lot’s of you’se guy’s and gal’s out there wouldnt di’sagree. A’s four the As, there knew hat should have As’s on it. If’n
    you eliminate the ‘ whatll you half?

    visit my site: “Eliminate all Punctuation Darnit”

  • leon | July 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”338409″][quote comment=”338392″] Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration,[/quote]

    Define irony?[/quote]

    Irony: Heavily ferrous

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”338407″][quote comment=”338405″][quote comment=”338394″][quote comment=”338392″]I like the kill the apostrophe site. Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration, so I’m torn on this issue. Part of me agrees and part of me says, “Get your brains in gear, America, and learn your language!”

    That would mean a new A’s hat would be in order. I like the idea of going back to the old A hat.[/quote]

    Do you mean killing the ‘ would require a new hat or learning the language would require a new hat?[/quote]

    Yes.[/quote]

    I thought it worked as currently constituted:

    http://en.wikipedia....

    No?[/quote]

    It can go either way now: “Upper case letters need no apostrophe (I got three As in my exams except when there is a risk of misreading, such as at the start of a sentence: A’s are the highest marks achievable in these exams.”

    I meant it more for if we axed the apostrophe (see, this is why I abhor alliteration, because when I think about it I start doing it and it’s hard to halt it).

    No matter what we do to the language, let’s just bring back the old “A” hat…with Phil’s powder green away jerseys…

  • Dave Mac | July 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=\”338404\”]I love Tecmo Bowl, but th 1991 Tecmo Super Bowl is really the best game ever made. Tecmo secured the NFL license, and brought in more plays, more players, etc. It was the most advanced game of its time.[/quote]

    I totally agree. I LOVE Tecmo Super Bowl. The 1993 version for Sega Genesis was also amazing. But after that they started messing it up.

  • Eric Romain | July 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”338333″]I know it’s neat to play games like Madden, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL and play with real players and teams but there was something neat about playing with fictious teams and players. Surely an extension for those of us that used to draw made up logos and leagues.[/quote]
    I agree! I love fictional leagues in games. I love the idea of getting to know fake players and uniforms. Plus you don’t have to get league/player association approval to make any changes to the game I reckon you’ll never see that again though, since all people care about is playing as their favorite team. Though, I do have to say that NHLPA ’93 blew my mind when i found out i could actually play as Steve Yzerman in a video game.

  • rpm | July 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm |

    what’s worse then the number 8 to this sports fan/art fag? laser printed “art”. it ain’t art, it’s a diy poster for the corn mother’s sake. have the common decency and respect to call it a poster on canvas. this laser printed art might not be in a gallery this time, but when it is it gets my panties in a bunch even worse. at least when i make my bobbles i call them “sculpture” in quotes, i don’t try to say it is high art. 200 bills for an hour of photoshop and pressing print? arrrrrrrrgh. with that price scale to time ratio, my “sculptures” just went up to 3,500 loonies, and a half dozen twonies.
    sorry, my two big interests(art and sports) coming together didn’t make reese’s peanut butter cups for me today, it made earl weaver.

  • timmy b | July 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    At the PA state capitol today, they had the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup side by side on display in the East Wing rotunda. Beautiful.

    Afterwards, my uni geekdom returned and I did more research on the Penguins home uni white/yellow debate for their worst season ever, 1983-84. I found photos for only 31 of the 40 home games (the MISL’s Spirit actually got better coverage in both the Press and Post-Gazette), and in all 31 games, they wore yellow sweaters.

    I even found a game (12/6 vs. Boston) where the Pens wore black socks with the yellow jerseys!

    From this finding, I would think it very likely that the Pens wore the yellow for all 40 home games in 1983-84.

  • Hickory | July 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    I remember playing this game a lot:

    http://slackers.com/...

    They had a white guy who played for “Chicago” named “Air Allnite” he was unreal. My brothers and I had to make a rule that no one could play as Chicago. He was supposed to be Jordan and wore #23.

  • rpm | July 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! and i am post 88?!!!!!!!!!! this isn’t my day, this isn’t my day. bad things are coming, bad things are coming.

  • Teebz | July 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”338415″][quote comment=”338333″]I know it’s neat to play games like Madden, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL and play with real players and teams but there was something neat about playing with fictious teams and players. Surely an extension for those of us that used to draw made up logos and leagues.[/quote]
    I agree! I love fictional leagues in games. I love the idea of getting to know fake players and uniforms. Plus you don’t have to get league/player association approval to make any changes to the game I reckon you’ll never see that again though, since all people care about is playing as their favorite team. Though, I do have to say that NHLPA ’93 blew my mind when i found out i could actually play as Steve Yzerman in a video game.[/quote]

    The original NHL Hockey for the PC had both licenses. It was stupendously amazing for its time, and I still have it loaded on my PC.

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”338415″][quote comment=”338333″]I know it’s neat to play games like Madden, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL and play with real players and teams but there was something neat about playing with fictious teams and players. Surely an extension for those of us that used to draw made up logos and leagues.[/quote]
    I agree! I love fictional leagues in games. I love the idea of getting to know fake players and uniforms. Plus you don’t have to get league/player association approval to make any changes to the game I reckon you’ll never see that again though, since all people care about is playing as their favorite team. Though, I do have to say that NHLPA ’93 blew my mind when i found out i could actually play as Steve Yzerman in a video game.[/quote]

    If you play some games long enough you can still get that feeling. In dynasty modes all the current players eventually retire. I once played Madden so long the computer controlled Vikings moved to LA and renamed themselves with new colors and everything.

  • Josh | July 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm |

    Arizona has their all red unis on the EA site but not their all blue unitard look. Odd since the red is the newer set.

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 1:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”338411″]Dont get me started on apostrophe’s. Its two darn hard to figure out when theyre supposed too be u’sed. Im sure lot’s of you’se guy’s and gal’s out there wouldnt di’sagree. A’s four the As, there knew hat should have As’s on it. If’n
    you eliminate the ‘ whatll you half?

    visit my site: “Eliminate all Punctuation Darnit”[/quote]

    Except for quotation marks? :)

    Your post almost looks like something I sent to my wife once. I’m always proofing her stuff, and she’ll always respond, “But I used spell-check.” Finally I emailed her a paragraph wear anything that could bee spelled ore punctuated differently was. She emailed me back, “What???” and I replied, “It passed spell-check…” I’ve seen her grab a dictionary now sometimes.

    Hmmm, if there were Tecmo baseball they should have made the “Oakland Apostrophes.” Lose the A and just have ‘s on the hats…

  • Jamie | July 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    I’m so glad they gave Texas Tech so legit combinations in this edition. I was sick of All Black, All White, and All Red from 09.

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”338395″]TECMO BOWL!!!!!! I’m so ecstatic that a post was done on this. Tecmo Bowl and Contra are in a first place tie for my absolute favorite game on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, for those who don’t know). I blew countless hours (only on the weekend when School was in) playing this.

    NoMas has an awesome t-shirt that pays tribute to this legendary game.

    http://www.nomas-nyc...
    up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, select, start!

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”338417″]At the PA state capitol today, they had the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup side by side on display in the East Wing rotunda. Beautiful.

    Afterwards, my uni geekdom returned and I did more research on the Penguins home uni white/yellow debate for their worst season ever, 1983-84. I found photos for only 31 of the 40 home games (the MISL’s Spirit actually got better coverage in both the Press and Post-Gazette), and in all 31 games, they wore yellow sweaters.
    [/quote]

    I loved the MISL’s Spirit! Especially the 83-84 team. Can you get pictures and articles online or do you have to search the microfilms?

  • rpm | July 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”338425″][quote comment=”338395″]TECMO BOWL!!!!!! I’m so ecstatic that a post was done on this. Tecmo Bowl and Contra are in a first place tie for my absolute favorite game on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, for those who don’t know). I blew countless hours (only on the weekend when School was in) playing this.

    NoMas has an awesome t-shirt that pays tribute to this legendary game.

    http://www.nomas-nyc...
    up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, select, start![/quote]
    did you light up a smoke after?

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”338410″][quote comment=”338368″]This was my first football “video game”

    http://www.handheldm...

    (if you’re a child of the 70s like me, be prepared to spend a while on the handheld museum site)[/quote]

    Wow, between the football game and Kek bringing up “Champion Baseball,” I’m having some real flashbacks.

    My buddy and I played Champion Baseball all the time at our local bowling alley. We worked nights so we played during the day when the seniors bowled. We’d make up rosters and do play-by-play of our games…stopping only when the alley manager would announce the seniors’ high scorers. We’d cheer like crazy for them, which got us some weird looks at first. Over time, though, the old folks enjoyed our being there.[/quote]
    I loved how in Champion Baseball, no matter if safe or out, the ump sounded exactly the same. When I started playing that on an emulator my wife always thought I was watching South Park episodes (TIMMY!)

    That was another game where cities only were used by the colors matched, for the most part, what the MLB squad wore.

  • Beardface | July 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”338396″][quote comment=”338383″][quote comment=”338382″]The 4 games on my NES that got played to death were Tecmo Super Bowl, Tecmo NBA Basketball, RBI Baseball, and Blades of Steel

    Seriously, they just don’t make games like that anymore. I mean, the sequence when they have the ambulance pulling into the hospital when someone gets hurt on Tecmo Super Bowl or Tecmo NBA Basketball are priceless.[/quote]
    Oh, and for those keeping track, Blades of Steel on the GameBoy was infinitely better than Blades of Steel on the NES. I mean, the comparison isn’t even close.[/quote]

    BLADES OF STEEL! I almost forgot about that one. I’m gonna disagree with you there…the NES version was a ton better IMO.[/quote]
    No way, man… You got mini-games of fighting and shootouts in the GameBoy version that you didn’t get on NES. Oh, and not to mention the music was much better!

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”338429″][quote comment=”338396″][quote comment=”338383″][quote comment=”338382″]The 4 games on my NES that got played to death were Tecmo Super Bowl, Tecmo NBA Basketball, RBI Baseball, and Blades of Steel

    Seriously, they just don’t make games like that anymore. I mean, the sequence when they have the ambulance pulling into the hospital when someone gets hurt on Tecmo Super Bowl or Tecmo NBA Basketball are priceless.[/quote]
    Oh, and for those keeping track, Blades of Steel on the GameBoy was infinitely better than Blades of Steel on the NES. I mean, the comparison isn’t even close.[/quote]

    BLADES OF STEEL! I almost forgot about that one. I’m gonna disagree with you there…the NES version was a ton better IMO.[/quote]
    No way, man… You got mini-games of fighting and shootouts in the GameBoy version that you didn’t get on NES. Oh, and not to mention the music was much better![/quote]

    You got to fight on the NES version. Not as a stand alone minigame but you got to fight in game with the cut screen.

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”338417″]At the PA state capitol today, they had the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup side by side on display in the East Wing rotunda. Beautiful.

    Afterwards, my uni geekdom returned and I did more research on the Penguins home uni white/yellow debate for their worst season ever, 1983-84. I found photos for only 31 of the 40 home games (the MISL’s Spirit actually got better coverage in both the Press and Post-Gazette), and in all 31 games, they wore yellow sweaters.

    I even found a game (12/6 vs. Boston) where the Pens wore black socks with the yellow jerseys!

    From this finding, I would think it very likely that the Pens wore the yellow for all 40 home games in 1983-84.[/quote]
    timmy, I think that’s a fair assumption.

    Yes, the Spirit actually outdrew the Pens in those days. There were rumors of the Pens folding/moving and leaving the Spirit as the sole tenant of the igloo. The Spirit were pretty popular. They had games on TV regularly and had a fulltime radio deal. (I don’t think that happens much in indoor soccer).

    Their marketing was very well done, the “Hot Legs” TV campaign comes to mind.

    When all is said and done, I would submit your findings to the NHLunis site, the Pens’ page for this time period could use some clarification: http://www.nhlunifor...

    I know I’ve told you before, but I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your efforts. Keep up the great work.

  • Teebz | July 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”338431″][quote comment=”338417″]At the PA state capitol today, they had the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup side by side on display in the East Wing rotunda. Beautiful.

    Afterwards, my uni geekdom returned and I did more research on the Penguins home uni white/yellow debate for their worst season ever, 1983-84. I found photos for only 31 of the 40 home games (the MISL’s Spirit actually got better coverage in both the Press and Post-Gazette), and in all 31 games, they wore yellow sweaters.

    I even found a game (12/6 vs. Boston) where the Pens wore black socks with the yellow jerseys!

    From this finding, I would think it very likely that the Pens wore the yellow for all 40 home games in 1983-84.[/quote]
    timmy, I think that’s a fair assumption.

    Yes, the Spirit actually outdrew the Pens in those days. There were rumors of the Pens folding/moving and leaving the Spirit as the sole tenant of the igloo. The Spirit were pretty popular. They had games on TV regularly and had a fulltime radio deal. (I don’t think that happens much in indoor soccer).

    Their marketing was very well done, the “Hot Legs” TV campaign comes to mind.

    When all is said and done, I would submit your findings to the NHLunis site, the Pens’ page for this time period could use some clarification: http://www.nhlunifor...

    I know I’ve told you before, but I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your efforts. Keep up the great work.[/quote]

    I have yet to respond to your email, Timmy (for a multitude of reasons – none because of you), but if you can tabulate all of these findings, you have a guest spot on HBIC without fail.

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    indoor soccer on the radio? srsly?

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm |

    “Yes, the Spirit actually outdrew the Pens in those days. There were rumors of the Pens folding/moving and leaving the Spirit as the sole tenant of the igloo. The Spirit were pretty popular. They had games on TV regularly and had a fulltime radio deal. (I don’t think that happens much in indoor soccer).”

    Back then it was a regular thing. The Cleveland Force easily outdrew the Cavs and were on radio and TV.

    One of the reasons I don’t have the love for the Pens that I do for other Pittsburgh teams is that when Mario arrived, that about killed the Spirit. Fans started going to the hockey games and forgot about indoor soccer. The MISL really had something for a few years then it just vanished. What a shame. I’d rather see indoor soccer make a comeback over arena football.

  • Dane | July 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”338417″]At the PA state capitol today, they had the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup side by side on display in the East Wing rotunda. Beautiful.
    [/quote]

    Here’s the picture.
    http://penguins.nhl....

  • Dane | July 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    Got $15K to spare? Then get The Man Wall!

    http://www.themanwal...

    I only mention this in Uni-land because of the football helmet chosen for the product picture. Look at the bottom shelves:

    http://www.hybridspa...

  • Shaun | July 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    this EA sports NCAA Football jerseys site is very inconsistent… first of all with the Oregon jerseys, they should have been one of the people to know about new jerseys.

    and why is it that they show every single combination that Oregon can wear, but for Georgia they only show the blackout jerseys, and for miami they only show a couple combos of white and green… im still looking to see what else is left out, but wtf?

  • mtjaws | July 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm |

    I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”338433″]indoor soccer on the radio? srsly?[/quote]
    Dead serious. I used to visit two of my cousins in Cranberry Township that were big into indoor soccer as kids. We would got to their game room in the basement and shoot pool or play Atari 2600 (Realsports Volleyball…WHAT) and would have Spirit games on the radio.

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    Funny thing about the gif is it shows Hasselbe(ck) to Engram. Those guys weren’t playing back then. I guess it’s someone’s updated version of the game unless it’s just an odd coincidence.

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”338439″][quote comment=”338433″]indoor soccer on the radio? srsly?[/quote]
    Dead serious. I used to visit two of my cousins in Cranberry Township that were big into indoor soccer as kids. We would got to their game room in the basement and shoot pool or play Atari 2600 (Realsports Volleyball…WHAT) and would have Spirit games on the radio.[/quote]

    And you know who the voice of the Spirit was? JP Dellacamera (then known as John Paul Dellacamera), who announces the outdoor game for ABC and ESPN.

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    just out of curiously…is anyone besides myself finding the site loading veeeeeeeeerrrrryyyy slowly?

    i don’t know jack shit about such things, but im wondering if the animated gif is causing the slow loading on my end

    if no one else is having a problem, then i blame the man for keeping me down

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    Next weekend post: let’s see the uniforms of the old MISL! I’ll be glad to be of assistance on that one.

  • Kek | July 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”338434″]”Yes, the Spirit actually outdrew the Pens in those days. There were rumors of the Pens folding/moving and leaving the Spirit as the sole tenant of the igloo. The Spirit were pretty popular. They had games on TV regularly and had a fulltime radio deal. (I don’t think that happens much in indoor soccer).”

    Back then it was a regular thing. The Cleveland Force easily outdrew the Cavs and were on radio and TV.

    One of the reasons I don’t have the love for the Pens that I do for other Pittsburgh teams is that when Mario arrived, that about killed the Spirit. Fans started going to the hockey games and forgot about indoor soccer. The MISL really had something for a few years then it just vanished. What a shame. I’d rather see indoor soccer make a comeback over arena football.[/quote]
    Not hard to believe if you think of the Pens’ and Cavs’ performance in those days. There was a small burst of wild popularity for the indoor game. Huge crowds in San Diegto and St. Louis as well IIRC. Who knows, with the right push, right TV deal, marketing, etc, the MISL could have made a legit run at being a fifth major in the American sports lexicon. (Not bloody likely, but the attempt might have been fun while it lasted)

    Don’t make me choose Jim! For some reason I love all the indoor sports (football, soccer and lacrosse). They may not have the mass appeal that draw big TV ratings, but in person, those events are really fun.

    And I think things worked out well for Pittsburgh. Had they not got Mario, you might have been left with the Spirit AND the Pens gone. And an igloo there for concerts and the shriner’s circus.

  • Beardface | July 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”338442″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    just out of curiously…is anyone besides myself finding the site loading veeeeeeeeerrrrryyyy slowly?

    i don’t know jack shit about such things, but im wondering if the animated gif is causing the slow loading on my end

    if no one else is having a problem, then i blame the man for keeping me down[/quote]
    **Media** The web-traffic caused by the Michael Jackson publicly funded service by a junk-bond State is causing the internet to fail! **/Media**

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm |

    No load problems for me, I’ve been on three different machines today and they’ve all run fine.

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”338442″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    just out of curiously…is anyone besides myself finding the site loading veeeeeeeeerrrrryyyy slowly?

    i don’t know jack shit about such things, but im wondering if the animated gif is causing the slow loading on my end

    if no one else is having a problem, then i blame the man for keeping me down[/quote]
    Highly doubtful that it’s the GIF. What browser do you use? The slowdowns happen to me all the time when I’m using IE (especially IE7, 6 isn’t as bad) but not with Firefox.

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”338444″][quote comment=”338434″]”Yes, the Spirit actually outdrew the Pens in those days. There were rumors of the Pens folding/moving and leaving the Spirit as the sole tenant of the igloo. The Spirit were pretty popular. They had games on TV regularly and had a fulltime radio deal. (I don’t think that happens much in indoor soccer).”

    Back then it was a regular thing. The Cleveland Force easily outdrew the Cavs and were on radio and TV.

    One of the reasons I don’t have the love for the Pens that I do for other Pittsburgh teams is that when Mario arrived, that about killed the Spirit. Fans started going to the hockey games and forgot about indoor soccer. The MISL really had something for a few years then it just vanished. What a shame. I’d rather see indoor soccer make a comeback over arena football.[/quote]
    Not hard to believe if you think of the Pens’ and Cavs’ performance in those days. There was a small burst of wild popularity for the indoor game. Huge crowds in San Diegto and St. Louis as well IIRC. Who knows, with the right push, right TV deal, marketing, etc, the MISL could have made a legit run at being a fifth major in the American sports lexicon. (Not bloody likely, but the attempt might have been fun while it lasted)

    Don’t make me choose Jim! For some reason I love all the indoor sports (football, soccer and lacrosse). They may not have the mass appeal that draw big TV ratings, but in person, those events are really fun.

    And I think things worked out well for Pittsburgh. Had they not got Mario, you might have been left with the Spirit AND the Pens gone. And an igloo there for concerts and the shriner’s circus.[/quote]

    The MISL ran into salary problems when the rival AISA started (which became the NPSL which became the new MISL until last year). Between that and the lack of support in NY and LA (the LA Lazers had killer unis but not many fans), that’s what kept indoor soccer from being a major sport.

    Tacoma had large crowds too. Almost 22,000 people filled the Tacoma Dome for game 7 of the ’87 championship. Cleveland used to get 20,000 into the Coliseum for Force playoff games. I think Wichita and KC had good crowds too.

    You’re right about the Cavs back then. I could get seats for $2.50 in the upper deck (then my brother’s friends who were ushers would get me onto the floor). I remember getting $13 balcony seats at the Igloo when Mario first arrived. How much did those go for last season??

    And yes, the indoor sports were really fun in person…especially for a young souvenir vendor walking the seats amidst hundreds of young female Force fans in their replica jerseys, big hair and tight jeans…

  • rpm | July 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm |

    okay, no goofing on this post, first serious one of the day…
    red sox stirrups have been ordered

    i am not going to lie, it makes me nervous to order over $500 worth of stirrups, but they should be in two weeks from today, and the envelopes are already addressed.
    i might as well anounce now, that there will be two stirrups offered next month. i have yet to ultimately decide if our “theme” will be a chitown shuffle or show is humid in misery

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote]Highly doubtful that it’s the GIF. What browser do you use? The slowdowns happen to me all the time when I’m using IE (especially IE7, 6 isn’t as bad) but not with Firefox[/quote]

    ie7 (im at work)…and i just did a full reboot, and this is the ONLY program im currently running, and it’s just as slow as before…

    ah well…it’s not the end of the world, but it’s pissing me off

  • leon | July 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm |

    Hmmm, if there were Tecmo baseball they should have made the “Oakland Apostrophes.” Lose the A and just have ’s on the hats…

    “…the crux of the bicuit is the apostrophe.”

  • cn18 | July 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm |

    New football unis and adidas partnership announced for Miami University today:

    http://www.muredhawk...

  • timmy b | July 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”338426″][quote comment=”338417″]At the PA state capitol today, they had the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup side by side on display in the East Wing rotunda. Beautiful.

    Afterwards, my uni geekdom returned and I did more research on the Penguins home uni white/yellow debate for their worst season ever, 1983-84. I found photos for only 31 of the 40 home games (the MISL’s Spirit actually got better coverage in both the Press and Post-Gazette), and in all 31 games, they wore yellow sweaters.
    [/quote]

    I loved the MISL’s Spirit! Especially the 83-84 team. Can you get pictures and articles online or do you have to search the microfilms?[/quote]

    google news archive has many scanned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editions. There is no cost on the PPG articles. However, be warned than most of the images do scan rather darkly.

    Try it and hopefully you’ll get what you’re looking for.

    Good luck!

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”338370″][quote comment=”338369″]Speaking of MLB licenses…I remember playing the MVP Baseball franchise and wondering who the heck the left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was. He was a big, white power hitter named Jon Dowd.

    If you haven’t noticed yet, Barry Bonds was replaced because he withdrew his name from the MLBPA licensing agreement so that anytime someone wants to use his name and likeness they must deal directly with him.[/quote]

    I bet Dowd gets in the HOF[/quote]

    Certainly before Bonds does.

    —Ricko

  • Paulio | July 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”338437″]this EA sports NCAA Football jerseys site is very inconsistent… first of all with the Oregon jerseys, they should have been one of the people to know about new jerseys.

    and why is it that they show every single combination that Oregon can wear, but for Georgia they only show the blackout jerseys, and for miami they only show a couple combos of white and green… im still looking to see what else is left out, but wtf?[/quote]

    Take a look at the intro splash for the NCAA 10 site again. It says that you can view and download the ALTERNATE uniforms. Hence no Michigan listed (no alternates) and only the Badgers red unitard because they usually wear white pants with the red jersey.

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”338453″][quote comment=”338426″][quote comment=”338417″][/quote]

    I loved the MISL’s Spirit! Especially the 83-84 team. Can you get pictures and articles online or do you have to search the microfilms?[/quote]

    google news archive has many scanned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editions. There is no cost on the PPG articles. However, be warned than most of the images do scan rather darkly.

    Try it and hopefully you’ll get what you’re looking for.

    Good luck![/quote]

    Thanks!

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

    Someone asked yesterday about whether navy blue cleats has been worn in MLB. Pretty sure a number of the Yankees in the Mattingly era wore them. Possibly a few of the White Sox in the navy pants and “tails out” days, too. Both of which would have been the last half of the ’70s and the early ’80s, of course.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm |

    There were Nikes.

  • Paul Lukas | July 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    I was SUPER-psyched when I found that gif.

  • Tom Servaux | July 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”338412″][quote comment=”338409″][quote comment=”338392″] Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration,[/quote]

    Define irony?[/quote]

    Irony: Heavily ferrous[/quote]

    The opposite of “wrinkly.”

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”338460″][quote comment=”338412″][quote comment=”338409″][quote comment=”338392″] Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration,[/quote]

    Define irony?[/quote]

    Irony: Heavily ferrous[/quote]

    The opposite of “wrinkly.”[/quote]

    All this should be referred to the Irony Board(pretty sure I have one in my laundry room if, y’know, one isn’t available).

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    and the lord said:

    [quote comment=”338458″]There were Nikes.[/quote]

    and it was good

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”338462″]and the lord said:

    [quote comment=”338458″]There were Nikes.[/quote]

    and it was good[/quote]

    Then, on the eighth day, invented logo creep.

  • JL | July 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    I love the video game topic today and all the great memories it brings, though I too logged more hours playing Tecmo Super Bowl than the original.

    The mention of Blades of Steel always stirs some debate…for years I interpretted the inaudible voice during a pass as saying “Flip the ped” which clearly never made any sense, but my hockey knowledge at the time expanded no further than Blades of Steel itself. All these years later I’m a fairly avid hockey fan and occasionally yell “Flip the ped” as a joke among friends, only to find out the voice actually says “With the pass…”

    As for Bases Loaded, I vaguely recall using Omaha a lot mostly because their colors were green/white (if I’m correct) and those were my grade school’s colors. Also, Omaha always paired up against a red/gray team (Utah? I believe) with a player named Lemmon (sp?) who’d charge the mound if plunked between 3rd-7th innings.

    And we can’t talk NES sports games without naming Punch Out…007-373-5963…I’m not sure Mike Tyson himself could knock that code out of my memory! ;)

  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”338461″][quote comment=”338460″][quote comment=”338412″][quote comment=”338409″][quote comment=”338392″] Apostrophe abuse almost annoys me as much as abundant alliteration,[/quote]

    Define irony?[/quote]

    Irony: Heavily ferrous[/quote]

    The opposite of “wrinkly.”[/quote]

    All this should be referred to the Irony Board(pretty sure I have one in my laundry room if, y’know, one isn’t available).[/quote]

    I’m getting a thirst for an Irony City beer – how ’bout you, Kek?

  • Bernard | July 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”338452″]New football unis and adidas partnership announced for Miami University today:

    http://www.muredhawk...

    Looks like they might have 49ers-esque truncated sleeve stripes. Or is it just me?

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm |

    Those new style jerseys make even a guy in great shape look like ten pounds of rags in a five-pound bag.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm |

    Tecmo Bowl? Check.
    Blades of Steel? Check.
    Bases Loaded? Check.
    Double Dribble? Check.

  • jude | July 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”338387″][quote comment=”338384″]

    If I’m not mistaken, he had been wearing 25 with the Rangers but voluntarily gave up that number to Andruw Jones this year without being asked. I guess he still hasn’t gotten replacement Knee Savers to match his new number. Maybe it’s not in Tom Hicks’s budget…lol.[/quote]

    Correct. His chest protector still says Salty #25 also.

    From dallasnews.com this spring:

    [quote]Number change for Saltalamacchia

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave up his No. 25 jersey as soon as the Rangers signed outfielder Andruw Jones. The catcher is wearing No. 21, even though Jones didn’t request No. 25.

    “Andruw was all about it being my number,” Saltalamacchia said. “I told him no way. It’s out of respect. He’s been around a long time, and I know what kind of player he is and what kind of person he is.” [/quote][/quote]

    Hey thanks to all who pointed this out and then subsequently explained it. I went back and reviewed my pictures, and sure enough, there’s Saltalamacchia wearing the #25 knee savers during an April 22 game in Toronto.

    I hadn’t previously noticed it.
    – jude

  • Beardface | July 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm |

    The best thing about RBI Baseball on the NES was when you would hit a screaming liner into foul territory, every once in a while the game would glitch and act as if you just nailed a fan in the head with the same ball reaction as an error.

    Great stuff… Brings back many a memory

  • Chris Hilf | July 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  • Chris Hilf | July 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  • JimV19 | July 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”338467″]Those new style jerseys make even a guy in great shape look like ten pounds of rags in a five-pound bag.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Agreed. No way this http://grfx.cstv.com... looks better than this: http://upload.wikime...

  • Beardface | July 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”338472″]oops[/quote]
    For $12.50, I’ve seen much worse

  • Beardface | July 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”338473″][quote comment=”338467″]Those new style jerseys make even a guy in great shape look like ten pounds of rags in a five-pound bag.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Agreed. No way this http://grfx.cstv.com... looks better than this: http://upload.wikime...
    Don’t blame the jersey, blame the shoulder pads…

    The jersey is only conforming to whats underneath. As pads have gotten smaller and more flush to the skin, players have looked more and more ’round’.

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”338474″][quote comment=”338472″]oops[/quote]
    For $12.50, I’ve seen much worse[/quote]

    so, how much is this worth?

  • Shaun | July 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”338455″][quote comment=”338437″]this EA sports NCAA Football jerseys site is very inconsistent… first of all with the Oregon jerseys, they should have been one of the people to know about new jerseys.

    and why is it that they show every single combination that Oregon can wear, but for Georgia they only show the blackout jerseys, and for miami they only show a couple combos of white and green… im still looking to see what else is left out, but wtf?[/quote]

    Take a look at the intro splash for the NCAA 10 site again. It says that you can view and download the ALTERNATE uniforms. Hence no Michigan listed (no alternates) and only the Badgers red unitard because they usually wear white pants with the red jersey.[/quote]

    Ooh i see now, thanks! that does make a lot more sense, but no new Oregon unis? they even going to be in the game?

  • joe | July 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”338342″]Waste of your day in 3…2…1…

    http://www.nintendo8...

    I hate you.

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”338475″][quote comment=”338473″][quote comment=”338467″]Those new style jerseys make even a guy in great shape look like ten pounds of rags in a five-pound bag.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Agreed. No way this http://grfx.cstv.com... looks better than this: http://upload.wikime...
    Don’t blame the jersey, blame the shoulder pads…

    The jersey is only conforming to whats underneath. As pads have gotten smaller and more flush to the skin, players have looked more and more ’round’.[/quote]

    Oh, I know about, and I understand the logic behind tight jerseys (probably entirely valid that there’s no sense giving opponents hunks of extra jersey to grab onto). It’s just too bad it ends up making them look like shit.

    I mean, here in Minnesota we have to look at the Williams Wall in those things every week. Not a pretty sight.

    —Ricko

  • PuckyTheWhale | July 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”338440″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    Funny thing about the gif is it shows Hasselbe(ck) to Engram. Those guys weren’t playing back then. I guess it’s someone’s updated version of the game unless it’s just an odd coincidence.[/quote]

    Yeah, that animated gif is actually from Tecmo Super Bowl, the sequel to Tecmo Bowl, that came out in 1991 for NES. Tecmo Super Bowl has a cult following online and people edit the game to include updated rosters, and then they play each other over the internet, and upload the stats from their games to website databases.

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”338468″]Tecmo Bowl? Check.
    Blades of Steel? Check.
    Bases Loaded? Check.
    Double Dribble? Check.[/quote]

    A winner is you!

  • PuckyTheWhale | July 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”338459″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    I was SUPER-psyched when I found that gif.[/quote]

    Paul, that gif is from Tecmo Super Bowl, the sequel to Tecmo Bowl that came out in 1991 for NES. Also, its actually an “updated” version that someone hacked to include modern players on the roster.

  • M.Princip | July 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”338482″][quote comment=”338459″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    I was SUPER-psyched when I found that gif.[/quote]

    Paul, that gif is from Tecmo Super Bowl, the sequel to Tecmo Bowl that came out in 1991 for NES. Also, its actually an “updated” version that someone hacked to include modern players on the roster.[/quote]

    Can someone link that gif here? Non Flickrd.

  • =bg= | July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”338472″]oops[/quote]

    HA! Seller for a month..0 feedback. Korea, no less. Sure, sure.

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”338483″][quote comment=”338482″][quote comment=”338459″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    I was SUPER-psyched when I found that gif.[/quote]

    Paul, that gif is from Tecmo Super Bowl, the sequel to Tecmo Bowl that came out in 1991 for NES. Also, its actually an “updated” version that someone hacked to include modern players on the roster.[/quote]

    Can someone link that gif here? Non Flickrd.[/quote]

    does that come from here?

    (just did a quick google search for “tecmo bowl gif”)

  • LarryB | July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm |

    [quote comment=\”338481\”][quote comment=\”338468\”]Tecmo Bowl? Check.
    Blades of Steel? Check.
    Bases Loaded? Check.
    Double Dribble? Check.[/quote]

    A winner is you![/quote]

    I played all those games and had a blast.

    Tecmo Bowl was one of the more fun games I had played on Nintendo.

    This coming from a guy who grew up when all they had were Electric football and sports board games or good old dice baseball and football

  • =bg= | July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”338466″][quote comment=”338452″]New football unis and adidas partnership announced for Miami University today:

    http://www.muredhawk...

    Looks like they might have 49ers-esque truncated sleeve stripes. Or is it just me?[/quote]

    Sure look that way. And as as former MU student, I might add—they should still be the Redskins. Redhawks—-meh.

  • LarryB | July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm |

    As for the World Champions uniforms that some baseball teams wore. Can you imagine if the Yankees did that? Considering how many times they won it all

  • =bg= | July 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”338447″][quote comment=”338442″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    just out of curiously…is anyone besides myself finding the site loading veeeeeeeeerrrrryyyy slowly?

    i don’t know jack shit about such things, but im wondering if the animated gif is causing the slow loading on my end

    if no one else is having a problem, then i blame the man for keeping me down[/quote]
    Highly doubtful that it’s the GIF. What browser do you use? The slowdowns happen to me all the time when I’m using IE (especially IE7, 6 isn’t as bad) but not with Firefox.[/quote]

    From Your West Coast IT Dept:
    Try Google Chrome. Even faster than FF. Zoom Zoom.

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”338489″][quote comment=”338447″][quote comment=”338442″][quote comment=”338438″]I want to point out and give thanks to the person who made that animated gif at the top of this entry. A static pic would’ve worked, but this one makes it a whole lot better. Great job.[/quote]

    just out of curiously…is anyone besides myself finding the site loading veeeeeeeeerrrrryyyy slowly?

    i don’t know jack shit about such things, but im wondering if the animated gif is causing the slow loading on my end

    if no one else is having a problem, then i blame the man for keeping me down[/quote]
    Highly doubtful that it’s the GIF. What browser do you use? The slowdowns happen to me all the time when I’m using IE (especially IE7, 6 isn’t as bad) but not with Firefox.[/quote]

    From Your West Coast IT Dept:
    Try Google Chrome. Even faster than FF. Zoom Zoom.[/quote]
    I’ve got Chrome but I like Firefox’s live bookmarks, so I’m sticking with it.

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm |

    Man, I can’t believe it took me this long to make this connection.

  • Berto | July 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”338487″][quote comment=”338466″][quote comment=”338452″]New football unis and adidas partnership announced for Miami University today:

    http://www.muredhawk...

    Looks like they might have 49ers-esque truncated sleeve stripes. Or is it just me?[/quote]

    Sure look that way. And as as former MU student, I might add—they should still be the Redskins. Redhawks—-meh.[/quote]

    Yay! Do we get to have that debate now?

  • Jonathan | July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”338491″]Man, I can’t believe it took me this long to make this connection.[/quote]

    I can’t access that page from here at work… what connection did you make?

  • LI Phil | July 7, 2009 at 5:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”338491″]Man, I can’t believe it took me this long to make this connection.[/quote]

    of course…you bastid…that always is one or two clicks away from the beckham interview…which i had to watch again

    bar none…the funniest bit of comedy on the interwebs

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm |

    As discussed yesterday, Vida Blue in Sea Foam Green…
    http://farm3.static....

    Not real intense, but in person you definitely could see the greenish cast to it.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”338493″][quote comment=”338491″]Man, I can’t believe it took me this long to make this connection.[/quote]

    I can’t access that page from here at work…

    what connection did you make?[/quote]
    Ali G and a panel of scientists discussing “techmology.”

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”338495″]As discussed yesterday, Vida Blue in Sea Foam Green…
    http://farm3.static....

    Not real intense, but in person you definitely could see the greenish cast to it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Rescanned the photo. This is more how it looked in person.
    http://farm4.static....

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm |

    A couple of weeks ago we were discussing unis that included hometown landmarks (Warriors’ cable car and Golden Gate Bridge, for ex.). The discussion expanded a bit to include logos, too. Was pretty sure I’d seen a version of the pitching Senator from ’59 & ’60 that included the Washington Monument.

    Found it…
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • divino codino | July 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm |

    [quote comment=\”338369\”]Speaking of MLB licenses…I remember playing the MVP Baseball franchise and wondering who the heck the left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was. He was a big, white power hitter named Jon Dowd.

    If you haven’t noticed yet, Barry Bonds was replaced because he withdrew his name from the MLBPA licensing agreement so that anytime someone wants to use his name and likeness they must deal directly with him.[/quote]

    Someone at EA had a sense of humor or history or both. John Dowd was the MLB investigator who wrote the so-called Dowd Report that accused Pete Rose of betting on baseball.

    IIRC, the names used for other non-participants in the players association licensing agreement, such as Kevin Millar, who crossed the picket line to play as a replacement player during the strike, were less than flattering.

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm |

    In the late ’50s, the Kansas City Athletics often were called a “Yankees farm team.” Everytime someone got good (or sometimes even just hot) for the A’s, they ended up traded to the Yankees: Hector Lopez, Harry Simpson, Ralph Terry come to mind, as well as this guy. Nice look at the A’s unis.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 6:25 pm |

    Bob Cerv, too, who plays prominantly in “61”.

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 6:27 pm |

    In other words, something similar to the McHale Timberwolves’ relationship with the Ainge Celtics.

  • Tony | July 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm |

    Techmo Super Bowl…my older brother and I used to play that game a lot. I was always the Raiders, I like the team, and Bo was unstoppable – just don’t try to pass. My brother was always the Giants, he thought Dave Meggett was God. What I remember the most was that if we actually played head to head, I would almost always kick his butt, and he would reset the machine right before the end of the game, and he would never say that he lost to me. Most of the time he played in coach mode, where he would just call the plays, and the computer would do the playing. Coach mode would always give him an advantage for some reason, and he would beat me half the time. I would never be a richard like him and hit reset though.

    During the Atari days, my little brother and I would play RealSports Baseball all the time. We never named our teams, but I would keep track of our stats.

    Those were the days.

  • Bill | July 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”338441″][quote comment=”338439″][quote comment=”338433″]indoor soccer on the radio? srsly?[/quote]
    Dead serious. I used to visit two of my cousins in Cranberry Township that were big into indoor soccer as kids. We would got to their game room in the basement and shoot pool or play Atari 2600 (Realsports Volleyball…WHAT) and would have Spirit games on the radio.[/quote]

    And you know who the voice of the Spirit was? JP Dellacamera (then known as John Paul Dellacamera), who announces the outdoor game for ABC and ESPN.[/quote]
    Another voice of the Spirit was John Sanders, who used to be Sports Directtor for KDKA, and who still does some Big East basketball and the occasional Pittsburgh Passion game.

  • JTH | July 7, 2009 at 10:34 pm |

    I wonder how long it’s been since this has happened… there’s double-barreled stirrup action on the Chicago pitcher’s mounds right now — Aaron Heilman’s on the North Side and DJ Carrasco on the South Side.

    Too bad both teams are wearing their crappy alt jerseys.

  • Hudson | July 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm |

    watching the mariners game and Griffey is wearing the one glove on the left hand. classy

  • u2-horn | July 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm |

    Rangers’ fill-in starter Dustin Nippert having major laundry tag issues:

    http://farm3.static....

  • u2-horn | July 7, 2009 at 11:12 pm |

    …and somebody better tell Mike Napoli to button his buttons

    http://farm4.static....

    Let’s see, that’s A-N-a-L-S

    oops

  • Jeremiah | July 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”338468″]Tecmo Bowl? Check.
    Blades of Steel? Check.
    Bases Loaded? Check.
    Double Dribble? Check.[/quote]

    I played all those games and loved them. About Double Dribble: I remember how odd some of the mascots from the HT show looked. Great game, though.

  • nwguy | July 7, 2009 at 11:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”338506″]watching the mariners game and Griffey is wearing the one glove on the left hand. classy[/quote]

    yeah, it was awesome. They played Billie Jean as he walked to the plate.

  • Ricko | July 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm |

    Not a site for games, but you sure can spend a lot of time there…
    http://www.vintageca...

    I can’t tell you how much I love the ’53 Bowman Color and the ’57 Topps sets.

    So many great looks at the unis of the day.

    —Ricko

  • u2-horn | July 8, 2009 at 12:09 am |

    well, Nippert fixed the tag for a while, but it made a return appearance. Josh Lewin and Tom Grieve mentioned it so the camera operator zoomed in nice and tight

    http://farm4.static....

    http://farm3.static....

  • =bg= | July 8, 2009 at 12:47 am |

    Griffey wearing one glove. When will the madness end?

  • mike 2 | July 8, 2009 at 12:54 am |

    Was there a column here once about baseball players whose names gave you the highest scrabble scores?

    In any event, there’s a new contender – Marc Rzepczynski of the Blue Jays, who started and got a no-decision tonight.

    40 points, plus the 50 point bonus for using all your letters.

  • u2-horn | July 8, 2009 at 1:09 am |

    There aren’t 2 z’s in a Scrabble game though. Plus it’s too long to be a Scrabble word.

  • Chris in DC | July 8, 2009 at 2:06 am |

    [quote comment=”338364″]GREAT jersey-related site here: http://www.jerseycen...

    “GREAT” doesn’t even begin to describe that message board site. Wow… can’t believe I haven’t found that before. Thanks!

  • Wollen1 | July 8, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    My hat goes off and my glass goes up for Joe Sakic, one of the classiest guys to ever don a hockey sweater.