I think it’s fair to say that relatively few people bothered to tune in for Monday night’s Mets/Braves game, what with both teams playing out the string and Peyton Manning plying his trade a mere click of the remote control away. I think it’s even fairer to say that the game’s initial TV audience, however paltry it might have been, had dwindled considerably by the bottom of the 5th, by which time the Braves were winning by the tidy score of 11-2.
But those who stuck with the SouthSports telecast that long (including Becky Taylor, who informed me of what I’m about to describe) bore witness to an epochal moment in broadcasting history, as Braves play-by-play man Jon Sciambi pulled out a T-shirt and presented it to his partner, Joe Simpson, who obligingly draped it across his chest. “Simpson was always unabashed in talking about his hatred of that stadium, so it was a gag gift,” explains Becky.
Sciambi and Simpson then took turns making fun of this guy, which I believe marked the first time the gray and royal Shea tees have both been featured on TV in the same half-inning (and definitely marked the dorkiest dual endorsement ever). And then Simpson, who clearly knows how to hit a hanging curve, said, “You know, the funny thing about this shirt is, right after Chipper’s son was born, that’s what he said.”
For the record, I sent a shirt to Chipper a few months ago, but nothing ever came of it — dang. Meanwhile, if this moving exchange between Sciambi and Simpson has led to a stirring in your
loins wallet, you can scratch that itch here.
And after you buy the T-shirt…: When Brian Schulz asked us to pattern his membership card after his high school football jersey, complete with the mesh treatment, I wasn’t sure we’d be able to do it, but Scott really outdid himself, as you can see at right. That’s one of several new designs that have been added to the membership card gallery. For those of you who’ve been waiting a few weeks for your cards, a new batch will mail out today.
I know lots of you have been “meaning to” sign up (or at least that’s what literally dozens of you have told me in recent weeks), so hey, there’s no time like the present, am I right?
Yet another way for you to give me all your money: I’ve been going through my record collection and making a few old 45s available on eBay. The current crop includes fairly rare stuff from the Apples, the Dead C., and Big Black, all of which should be very exciting to the four or five of you who’ve actualy heard of those bands. Remember, the more records I sell, the less likely I’ll have to resort to the latest trends in sports media (and/or the sooner I can just retire to New Zealand already, whatever).
Uni Watch News Ticker: On Monday I asked about Brad Childress’s non-Motorola headset. As several readers informed me, he wears it because of a hearing problem. … Stopped by the Shake Shack the other day and was disappointed to see that this sign had an apostrophe catastrophe. … Of course, some apostrophe catastrophes are more catastrophic than others. … Shaun Tunick notes that Brian McCann has been wearing a road catcher’s helmet at home. … Neglected to mention that Floyd Mayweather was wearing two-in-one faux stirrups on Saturday (thanks to Kenneth Ritz for reminding me). … In a related item, a player for AC Fiorentina was wearing stirrups in a Champions League match last week (as spotted by Stephen Boyd). … The Army has a new uniform for use in Afghanistan (with thanks to Kyle Kalkwarf). … Reprinted from Monday’s comments: Here’s something I’ve never seen before — a hockey helmet getting ripped in half. … Also from Monday: Hyphen vs. hyphen! … Here’s the new Mavs alt jersey. Additional photo here. … New hockey jerseys for Ohio State (with thanks to Nick Houser). … Rookie hazing is in full swing. … If you go to this link and scroll down to the “Interesting Story” headline, you’ll learn how the Twins were considering having corporate sponsorship for their organ (courtesy of Nate Hill). … Unusual NOB typography here (with thanks to John Dugan). … Here’s a good look at the Tribe’s “We lost last year’s World Series” patch, worn in 1996. … Now there’s a train wreck. That’s Washington High School, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota (with thanks to Bill Blewett). … New uni set for the Bobcats, and I can’t say I’m a fan of the pinstripes. … Jeff Meyers notes that one of the Colts’ coaches was wearing a red cap on Monday night, presumably so players on the field could pick him out as he gave signals. … Adidas and Puma have buried a 60-year hatchet, or something like that (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Take a deep breath to prepare yourself for this. That’s Vida Blue (duh), wearing FiNOB and what appears to be cut-off baseball pants while working out in March of 1980 (tremendous find by Morris Levin). … Didn’t realize that Sheldon Brown wore a Jason mask for his pregame intro on Sunday until Shaun Tunick mentioned it to me. … Excellent stripes being worn by Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado (with thanks to Jeff Moddelmog). … Longtime Uni Watch fave Mark Penxa has designed the logo for this very entertaining site devoted to “an alternative baseball lexicon.” … Good article about Vanderbilt players’ eye black messages here (with thanks to Wade Harder). … Longtime contributor Michael Orr has started a new blog about English soccer, including some uni coverage. … New mascot for Tulsa, and be sure to check out the gallery of past ’scots — fairly hilarious stuff (with thanks to Dan Bewley). … And in a related item, there’s a new logo for Cal State Fullerton. … What’s the latest way for players to keep cool on the sidelines? Air-conditioned pads (props to my Page 2 colleague DJ Gallo). … Navy will wear these throwbacks on Saturday (as sent my way by Mike Althouse). … Most of you have never seen the Rams wearing these pants. That’s because I believe they’ve only been worn once, during a 2001 preseason game against the Chargers. Reader Mako Mameli has provided a bunch of additional photos. … Is this where football sock design is headed? That’s Wautoma High, and I’m embarrassed to report that they’re from Wisconsin. Yeesh (with thanks to Ray Barrington). … Michael Princip is keeping track of Oregon’s uniform combos, plus he’s added some program covers to his excellent Illustrated NFL site, including this killer Lions cover. … Always fun to see as many shots as possible of Clarence Weathers and his double-decker FNOB (with thanks to Zak Kalina). … Do you have dreams about uniforms? If so, here’s how to interpret them (thanks, Phil, but why were you cruising around that site to begin with?). … Tremendous vintage football jersey available here (nice find by John Sheehan). … A few years ago, Doug Brei sent me a note in which he claimed that Wendell Tyler wore mismatched cleats in Super Bowl XIV. Or at least that what he says — I don’t actually remember. In any event, he now has visual evidence. See this photo spread? Check out Tyler’s footwear — Adidas on one foot and Pony on the other! Bizarre, right? Similar to the Pete Vukovich photos I wrote about last year. … What’s better than a lot of stripes? A lot of stripes with striped trim. That’s School baseball team from Groton, MA about 1899. If the dude in the white necktie looks familiar, it’s because he’s FDR (great find by Justine DeCotis). … Eric Wright of the Browns has been fined $5000 for having his knees uncovered (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … TNOB alert. That’s the Canadian High School football team, from the incongruously named town of Canadian, Texas. Further non-uni details here (with thanks to Dan Cichalski). … This article about game-used Mets merch is intermittently uni-related and consistently hilarious — highly recommended reading. … One of America’s foremost collectors, Lester Glassner, has passed away. He died over a month ago, but nobody is officially dead until the New York Times says they are, and that didn’t happen for Lester until two days ago. His obituary is fascinating and entertaining, as I’m fairly certain Lester himself must have been. RIP, brother.