By Phil Hecken & Rick Pearson
Classic line, classic movie. Said by Crash Davis to Nuke Laloosh in “Bull Durham.” Great baseball movie, nice unis. Some sports movies just strike a chord in us, and we can recite them perhaps better than we can the Pledge of Allegiance. But just how well do we know these movies? Let’s find out.
As we close my 2009 posting out, it’s time for the annual end of year Uni Watch uni quiz. I’ll be joined by the man who’s seen every one of these movies, sometimes twice, sometimes more, and the man who brings you Benchies every weekend, Rick Pearson, aka, “Ricko”. We collaborated on this set of 21 sports movie quotes and the uniforms from those movies — some you will know, some you may not — but can you reconcile the UNIFORMS from those movies with those classic (and not so classic) quotes? Here’s Rick:
Movies, movies, movies. So much a part of the Holidays. Traditional films to watch every year. Some to watch over and over and over. And many of us give, and get, DVD’s as gifts (I, for example, got all 66 Hopalong Cassidy films in a nifty Hoppy lunchbox from my daughter).
Many times, though, those gifts are classic sports films or histories such as When It Was A Game or Ken Burns’s Baseball.
So, we figured we’d play “Match The Movie Line To The Movie Uniform” — but with a twist — on the last day before most everyone heads back to work.
Simple enough, right? But, instead of just a google-able “movie quote”, you need to know the unis worn in the films in question. And that’s all the clue you’re gonna get.
Thanks Rick. So there you go. We’ll give you the quote, and you get to guess the movie — by matching it to the “uni clue” listed separately. So, if Quote 1 matches up with Uni Clue F, then you’d say “1-F”.
So get a pencil and a piece of paper — first ID the movie by quote. Then, in the second section, find the still from that movie — and match them up. At the end of this section, we’ll give you one answer, just to get you started. Probably somewhere around mid-day, depending on how things are going, we’ll even give you a list of the movies we’re looking for. And then, we’ll post the answers at 8:00 pm Eastern, so be sure to check back at that time.
1. I am choosing to win this fucking game.
2. All the way up with a red hot poker. I can play anywhere now.
3. Say, boy – does you do this constantly?
“No, suh. I does it all the time.”
4. Man, this is baseball, you gotta stop thinking! Just have fun.
5. Hey, that’s weird. No college given, no high school. It just says he’s been a resident of the state of Maryland for the last two years and two months, and that he likes to embroider.
6. I play hockey and I fornicate, ’cause those are the two most fun things to do in cold weather.
7. I know everything there is to know about the greatest game ever invented.
8. Just so you know, we really suck.
“Hey, I’ll decide who sucks around here.”
9. Every night, every morning…and sometimes during arithmetic.
10. See! I told you I broke his fuckin’ neck!
11. Holy shit. Talk about your all time backfires.
12. We don’t have a cow. We have a bull.
13. Kiss my Armani ass!
14. Those Yankees are real turds.
15. You trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?
16. You do speak Canadian, don’t you?
17. You’re not God, Nickerson. You’re just a typing teacher.
18. This young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country’s refusal to accept him.
19. I’m playing for Rio Grande Short-Haul Trucking, Briggs and Brown Sanitation, First State Bank of Salome, Woody’s Smokehouse…
20. Charlie, here comes the deuce.
21. I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for.
Now match the movie quotes up with the…
A. Uni Clue A
B. Uni Clue B
C. Uni Clue C
D. Uni Clue D
E. Uni Clue E
F. Uni Clue F
G. Uni Clue G
H. Uni Clue H
I. Uni Clue I
J. Uni Clue J
K. Uni Clue K
L. Uni Clue L
M. Uni Clue M
N. Uni Clue N
O. Uni Clue O
P. Uni Clue P
Q. Uni Clue Q
R. Uni Clue R
S. Uni Clue S
T. Uni Clue T
U. Uni Clue U
And now that you’ve seen all the “Uni Clues” Here’s a full page grouping of them all, for easier reference. Happy hunting.
Well there you have it. Not so easy is it now. But you uniform geniuses should be able to narrow it down, via the process of elimination, until you get a perfect score. We’ll even give you one toughie to help narrow it down.
Here’s your first answer: 3-E [The quote “Say, boy – does you do this constantly?” … “No, suh. I does it all the time.” — is spoken by Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Esquire Joe Callaway (Stan Shaw) after the latter bowled over the former at home plate, and comes from the movie, “BINGO LONG’S TRAVELING ALL-STARS & MOTOR KINGS”]. Technically, you don’t need to know the name of the movie [but bonus points if you do, plus the character(s) and actor(s) who spoke the quote(s)].
Play along, see how you do. We’ll have some hints in the afternoon hour and the full rundown for you later tonight.
In case you missed it, Paul has a project for us. Here’s Mr. Lukas to explain:
Research Project: I’m compiling a list of the most unusual uni-related moments of the past decade. This can include typos, players wearing the wrong uni, teams being forced to improvise when their uniforms are lost or stolen, torn uniforms, broken equipment, etc. — anything out of the ordinary. I already have a pretty good list, but I’d welcome your nominations (esp. from earlier in the decade), so feel free to chime in. Thanks.
Our next round of NFL uniform tweaks/revisions
and concepts is upon us.
Our first submission comes from Santonio Williams,
who has a modern update for the Colts:
I chose to change the Colts uni design. My main reason for doing this is not because I’m a Colts fan (or hater)…just because I’ve always found their uniform to be kind of boring, I know alot of people consider this design to be a classic, and to a certain extent, I agree, I love the simplicity (I’m also a fan of white on white uni combinations), but at the same time, the fact that there’s only two colors makes it kind of boring, so I made a few minor adjustments.
First, I noticed that alot of the official sideline merchandise for the Colts this year has included black elements, I personally like this addition, so I’ve added black to the color palette.
I also tried to make the overall uni feel a bit more contemporary by adding the horseshoe logo to the front (similar to the Giants), I also changed the typeface for the numbers, it’s a pretty similar style, but I rounded the numerals out a bit and added the black and white borders to make the numbers appear less “flat”. I also did the same thing to the team wordmark. I then changed the collar of the jersey to blue (I just feel it makes it a little more interesting without ruining the overall “classic feel”) I also made the stripes on the helmet doubled to match the stripes on the jersey and pants (it has always bothered me that the Colts have one stripe on their helmet, and two on everything else).
Finally I changed the stripes from blue to black on the jersey, pants, and helmet, I also made the face mask black aswell.
I think overall this update retains the classic feel, but gives the team a more modern (or perhaps just less boring) look.
I also redesigned the Colts Home uniforms, I think this one more closesly follows the elements of the current home Colts unis…although one touch I am particularly fond of is the slight black outlines on the shoulder stripes.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my design,
Our next submission comes from Mark Meeks, and this is a new one for me. It’s for the Panthers. I’ll let Mark explain:
I saw Brad Keppler’s suggestion for the Tweaked Panthers uniform in the 12/12 blog and it reminded me of these. I’ve got some Kenner Starting Lineup figures from the late 90’s of Panthers players. All the ones in white jerseys are wearing black pants like Brad suggested. I guess Kenner was working off a uniform prototype or something as the Panthers have never worn black pants. No excuse for Kenner though, Kevin Greene didn’t join the team until their second year (’96) and he’s shown in black pants too. Sorry for the low-res pic. My iphone was all I had handy.
Thanks for the great work.
Up next is Andrew Greenwood, who you may famously remember for his Bills tweak, is back and is tackling the Jaguars:
Took a me a while to finish this one, but I think it’s decent for what it is. Redesign of the Jaguars. They need to dump the teal. Went with orange, a tan/sand and deep chocolate. Sorta based on the new Anaheim Ducks colors, but at least much more realistic for a Jaguar. That blue tongue always weirded me out. Helps to balance out some colors in the AFC South, I think. Colts, Titans, and Texans all use blue, so getting away from that is good for the Jags as well.
Andrew W. Greenwood
Our last submission today comes from Caleb Borchers, who would love to tweak the Lions:
I’m not great with graphics, but I have been playing around a bit with the Detroit Lions. I was born in Detroit, and thus blessed/cursed to be a fan of that sad franchise. The current set seems a little stuck in between tradition and a revamp. I would like to see them go backwards, or forwards. I’ve attached a couple of tweaks I’ve tried. Mostly I’ve played with the color scheme to integrate black more thoroughly. I don’t so much like the black, but if they are going to use it they shouldn’t just toss it on randomly. I wouldn’t mind a new logo, but that’s beyond my capabilities.
That will do it for this next round of uni tweaks. If you have a team or teams who you think can use a change, whether it be a tweak or a wholescale reworking, I’d love to hear from you.
What happens when Ricko forgets his color markers and instead of giving us a full color Benchies, he helps me with a post? Here’s Ricko:
Six frames, no color? Ummm…let’s just say it snowed. A lot. No…wait…even better, the Benchies are having a white out. Yeah, that’s it, they’re having a white out.
And with, enjoy your Sunday Benchies.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: It may be football season, but there’s always action in the hot stove league, so today, we’re jumping back to the diamond. I’m sure some of you will know this game from sight — hell, some of you may have even been there. Say what you will, and blame a certain Notre Dame High School For Boys grad for making this game necessary, but the real goat will always be Alex Gonzalez. Nuff hint? Guess The Game. Please link to you answer. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
In the final few days before the Rose Bowl, I’m again joined by tOSU’s biggest fan Larry Bodnovich and the man who’s been bringing you the Ducktracker all season long, Michael Princip, in a weekly look at some fun Ohio State University and University of Oregon factoids, uni histories and other fun stuff. Larry, of course, will be tackling the Buckeyes, and Michael will handle the Ducks.
Per custom, Larry will be starting off the show, so here’s Mr. Bodnovich:
In the 1960’s Ohio State had more helmet changes than any decade ever. Starting with the gray padded helmets in 1960. The padding did not go all the way to the back in 1961. The silver and red padding in 1962-63. Slight changes the following years. 1966-67 went with red helmets. 1967 first Buckeyes used. 1968 silver helmet used with a couple of gray ones.
Ohio State played Duke September 26, 1959. Duke had the padded helmets. 3 weeks later vs Purdue at least 1 Buckeye helmet had padding. See the 1st b&w pic. Woody Hayes later adopted those in 1960.
The helmets changed a little each year. Helmet Hut describes the manufacturers for the next few years.
1961 Helmet. 1960 and 61 helmets were mostly all gray with red padding. 1962 on were mostly silver with red padding.
1966 went to the red helmet.
1967 Buckeyes first used as award decal on red helmet.
1968 went to the silver helmet. Jim Otis still used a padded one
A handful of Buckeyes wore gray helmets in 1968.
Thank you Larry. Once again, great stuff.
We next move on to Michael. As always, Michael’s contribution to this portion of the column isn’t so much his words, but his expertise and creativity in updating his “Oregon Rose Bowl” history page. He’s updated that page even further with some wonderful vintage Ducks/Webfoots uniform history.
1920s Last Worn Blue & Yellow Jersey: Former UO archivist, Keith Richard, speculates that this jersey in the archives is from the 1920s. It would have been from one of the last years before the Ducks switched to green and yellow by vote of the student body, which wanted the team to abide by the official school colors.
1899 Oregon Ducks/Webfoots: The Ducks went 3-2-1, including a 38-0 win over the Beavers. Eugene fans will recognize this photo as the one used for the Billboard near Ferry Street bridge (2003).
1915 Ducks – Orville Monteith: Orville played from 1914 to 1916, when the Ducks still wore blue and yellow uniforms. In 1916 the Ducks went 7-0-1, beating Pennsylvania 14-0 in the Rose Bowl.
1945 Ducks – Yellow Eared ‘8 Strap’ Style Helmet: In 1939, it was mandatory that all NCAA football players be required to wear helmets. Thus, the creative color schemes of yellow and green upon the Duck heads began. Here, Bob Reynolds (left) and Robert Koch (right) wear the ones that started it all, the eight strap style leather helmet with green primarily throughout and yellow ears.
1948: Ducks Green Leather/White & Yellow(@ times)Hard Cap
I’ve updated the Duck’s Rose Bowl page.
And thank you Michael! Be sure to spend a good amount of time checking out that Rose Bowl Uniform history. Mr. Princip has added a lot of updates and factoids.
Truly outstanding work again, gentlemen. Be sure to join us on New Year’s Day, when Larry and Michael will be joining me for a full-blown Bucks vs. Ducks Rose Bowl Feature.
And on that note, I conclude my 2009 postings. Thanks to Paul and all of those with whom I have collaborated over the past 52 weekends, and to all you fine readers for your support. It’s been a fun ride so far. I’ll be back with you all as we ring in the New Year of 2010.
Everybody have a great Sunday and a fantastic remainder of 2009. Cheers!