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Eye-Opening Designs

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A few weeks ago I ran an entry with lots of 1970s CBS studio footage. That led to a really interesting note from reader Paul Wiederecht, who happens to be a graphic designer. Check it out:

Your piece reminded me of an amazing part of my life that happened during my high school years and helped me figure out what to do when I got out in the real world. It had to do with my dad, who was deputy director of communications at CBS sports from late 1976 to mid-1978. … This was when CBS was in its heyday, just before overreaching corporate diversification and cable started to erode the stature of the place.

When dad had to be at the 57th st. broadcast center on game days during the NFL season, I would often drive down to pick him up, mainly as an excuse to get on-set in Studio 43 and see a little of the post-game show live. Even in those primitive days of live production, it was really thrilling to see it all work. I actually had a chance to wander around the set in those clips you featured.

At one point I had a chance to get an audience with [CBS art director] Lou Dorfsman in his office two floors from my dad’s office. For me, it was like meeting the president. Having seen so much of his work on-air and in print advertising, and knowing his contribution to CBS’s Black Rock HQ building, I must have sounded like Ralph Kramden on the $64,000 Question when showing him my high school portfolio. Believe it or not, he said the computer graphics were “a toy.” Never could figure out if he meant that or not.

One day Dad asked me to work up mechanicals for new letterheads for the sports division. Even though what he wanted was similar to the stadium banners at the time, I jumped at the chance. I’ve attached the sketches that he gave me and the final product. Still got ’em after all these years.

Having access to all this made it obvious to me that design for broadcast was a stimulating (if not harrowing) career path to take. So every time I see those old clips or hear voiceover announcer Don Robertson’s voice, it takes me back.

Very cool stuff. Paul later sent me scans of some other in-house design itmes used by the CBS Sports Dept., including a three-foot-long Christmas card! (Paul, did Seymour Chwast do those illustrations? Looks like his work.) You can see those scans here.

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I’ll take Lyndon Johnson plus the points: There’s a brilliant web project currently underway — so brilliant that I’m completely jealous not to have thought of it myself. The short version: Barack Obama is our 44th President and we’re on the cusp of our 44th (or XLIVth) Super Bowl, a convergence that has never happened before and, unless Obama leaves office within the next year, will never happen again. Writer Don Steinberg has spun this numerical coincidence into pure gold. For details, check out this piece I wrote for Page 2 yesterday.

Last-Chance Membership Reminder: Scott Turner’s going to be busy for a bit with some traveling and other projects, which means the membership program will be taking a temporary hiatus beginning tomorrow. So if you’ve been meaning to sign up, the day to do it is today.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I said I couldn’t find a trailer for Logorama — the short animated film about branding — but James Huening found one. Look here. … Another follow-up from yesterday: I asked why John Tavares’s USA jersey had holes in the back, near the nameplate area. The answer comes from Ken Rosenblatt: “I read somewhere (still trying to track it down again) that the Team USA jersey procured for Tavares was taken from the wardrobe of the team mascot, Sparky the Dragon. So the two openings in the back? Those are for Sparky’s wings.” … The NFL is putting the squeeze on small merch retailers. … Here’s a weird one: Eric Belanger of the Hurricanes got his jersey snagged on the glass (with thanks to Matthew Bohman). … Chase Wagner sent along this shot of his grandfather’s TWA Airlines baseball team. Interesting to see how they had the zipper bisect the W like that. … Several contributions from Jeremy Brahm: First, the Japanese speed-skating suits will look like this (“Japanese speed skaters in the past had worn black as their main color, but the shift to gold is to focus on getting gold metals,” says Jeremy). Second, new soccer uniforms for the J-League teams the Kashima Antlers, Urawa Reds, and Tokyo Verdy. And third, NPB — that’s the Japanese equivalent of MLB — “has just announced today that instead of using four different manufacturers for their game balls, there will now only be one manufacturer. In the past, teams could choose whichever manufacturer they wanted — the balls were the same in size but may have had different feels to the ball. The contract will be awarded next month.” … Here’s a slideshow that documents 20 years’ worth of Milwaukee Bucks cheerleading uniforms (with thanks to Nicholas Honeck). … Several L.A. Kings players have begun wearing cut-resistant Kevlar undersocks beneath their hockey socks (with thanks to Matt Gamboa). … Greg Stamps reports that the Shoal Creek Saloon in Austin has a Saints helmet made out of a VW. … Anyone know the story behind the apparently backwards sweater in this 1942 Canadiens team portrait? (As found by Doug Stringham.) … Surprising to see that Academy of Art University, a D2 school in San Francisco, sends its women’s hoops team onto the court in mismatched jerseys and shorts. I dunno, maybe it’s an arty thing (as noted by Travis McGuire). … Here’s a good look at the actual patches — not the digital patch designs — that will be worn by several MLB teams this season (with thanks to Brad Bierman). … Throwbacks on tap in a few weeks for Penn State hoops (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … Speaking of college basketball throwbacks, you’ve gotta love the ones Indiana State wore last night. … Monday’s note about the weird end line at the Metrodome piqued the interest of Rob Leavell, who has a blog devoted to playing fields. You can see his investigation of the situation here. … Cycling news from our old pal Bryan Redemske, who writes: “Cadel Evans, the current world champion, changed teams for 2010. Formerly of Silence-Lotto, he’s now donning the rainbow stripes for BMC. Along with that switch is a whole new batch of sponsors, which means different gear. For the past couple of years, Evans has worn custom shoes made by Gaerne. But in the first stage of the Tour Down Under on Tuesday, he was wearing what appeared to be a pair of beat-up old Diadora shoes. Why the change? According to a BMC team official, most pro riders like to keep one ‘touchpoint’ when changing to new gear. Evans is breaking in new pedals currently, so he’s sticking with a familiar pair of shoes. When he’s cool with the pedals, he’ll get new shoes. Here’s betting they have something to do with rainbow stripes.”

 

131 comments to Eye-Opening Designs

  • John T | January 20, 2010 at 7:48 am |

    answer to the Canadiens question here, thanks to Teebz (natch)

    http://www.uniwatchb...

  • scott | January 20, 2010 at 8:08 am |

    I like that Astros anniversary patch. Nice to see the rainbow colors make a return.

  • Peter | January 20, 2010 at 8:15 am |

    The logorama film reminded me of this: surprised you never talked about this film Paul:

    http://www.helvetica...

  • War Damn Eagle | January 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |

    Kudos for the use of the Tequila Sunrise pattern in that Astros patch. Nice touch.

  • Hank | January 20, 2010 at 8:40 am |

    I really feel bad for the NFL, and Reebok, that they are in such dire financial straights to crackdown on discount retailers. Perhaps they can petition the Feds for some bailout money? They can’t stop the counterfeit items, so they go aftger legit businesses trying to make a profit. Way to to go guys.

    Wah, wah, wah. . .

  • Hott Rodd | January 20, 2010 at 8:44 am |

    So if Reebok paid 250 mil in 2000 to sponsor the NFL for 10 years, umm is there a sponsor negotiation coming up soon?

  • M.Princip | January 20, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    Incredible Jan Stenerud Chiefs auction here. That helmet is a very rare Gladiator suspension lid. Wow, simply fantastic lot.

  • Mark K | January 20, 2010 at 9:03 am |

    It took me like 30 years to figure out that the CBS eye isn’t really a basketball, football, and tennis ball- the 3 sports I associated CBS with when I was growing up.

    Oh- they have news, too?

  • M.Princip | January 20, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    Great read about Paul Wederecht and his days within the CBS sports studios. Can’t wait to see the Flickr pics later.

  • Mike Hersh | January 20, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    In regards to the 1942 Canadiens photo and the player wearing the #19 jersey. I don’t think it’s Marcel Dheere as previously stated. When comparing the player in the team photo and the image of Dheere shown here http://ourhistory.ca...
    they look nothing alike. Charlie Phillips also wore #19 for them that year. He only played in 17 games. There doesn’t seem to be any photos online of him. If anyone can find one please post it.

  • Joseph Skiba | January 20, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    Footballs have been sent out to Paul…

  • Hott Rodd | January 20, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”373274″]Footballs have been sent out to Paul…[/quote]

    Thanks Joe!

    if you have any other leftovers from the season..
    *cough*rodhartwig(at)yahoo.com*cough*

  • Joseph Skiba | January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am |

    remember, some footballs have different marks then others…some have a simple sharpee mark on the laces while others have stamps, initials etc…

  • Adam | January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment=”373270″]It took me like 30 years to figure out that the CBS eye isn’t really a basketball, football, and tennis ball- the 3 sports I associated CBS with when I was growing up.

    Oh- they have news, too?[/quote]

    HUH?

    It is an EYE and always has been an eye…

  • leon | January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    Delighted by the symmetry of the nickname and main color of the Tokyo Verdy kits.
    http://www.verdy.co....

    Although inexperienced and naive about the world of Japanese soccer, I raise a glass of Midori to them. I’ll wager their opponents will view them with envy.
    ;)

  • Kevin | January 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |

    SUCKS about the NFL going after Howard’s store. I’ve bought stuff from him online for YEARS now.

  • Jeremy | January 20, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    oh great- InSodWeTrust. Just one more blog I’ll need to check daily and keep me from getting anything done at work.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 20, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    That’s great, Joe, thanks much. If there’s any other ‘stuff’ you plan on tossing that this NJ livin’ Giant’s fan can swing by to pick up or if you ever need someone to lend a hand at something over there ——> give a shout!

    aaarauz07(at)verizon(dot)com

  • Teebz | January 20, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”373272″]In regards to the 1942 Canadiens photo and the player wearing the #19 jersey. I don’t think it’s Marcel Dheere as previously stated. When comparing the player in the team photo and the image of Dheere shown here http://ourhistory.ca...
    they look nothing alike. Charlie Phillips also wore #19 for them that year. He only played in 17 games. There doesn’t seem to be any photos online of him. If anyone can find one please post it.[/quote]

    It’s Tony Demers.

    The Canadiens historical page is a treasure trove of info, and you’re right about the player not being Dheere. Had the Canadiens had all their info online last year, this may have been solved then.

    Demers played seven games with the Canadiens in 1941-42, scoring three goals and four assists.

  • JK | January 20, 2010 at 10:15 am |

    Goodell Visits Under Armour

    Rumor has it that Under Armour wants the NFL deal bad. Notice how they sponsor the combine Senior Bowl.

  • Mike Hersh | January 20, 2010 at 10:21 am |

    Well done Teebz!

    I was looking at Demers picture earlier this morining, but for some reason didn’t think it was him because he was with the club and had no apparent reason for wearing a different sweater.

  • JRJR | January 20, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    Xmas card looks Peter Max-esque. And I’m pretty sure Paul mentioned the Helvetica film before.

  • Jordan Sogn | January 20, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”373283″]Goodell Visits Under Armour

    Rumor has it that Under Armour wants the NFL deal bad. Notice how they sponsor the combine Senior Bowl.[/quote]

    this would be a good thing IMO…the NFL looks horrible in their Reebok uniforms.

  • Jim BC | January 20, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”373286″][quote comment=”373283″]Goodell Visits Under Armour

    Rumor has it that Under Armour wants the NFL deal bad. Notice how they sponsor the combine Senior Bowl.[/quote]

    this would be a good thing IMO…the NFL looks horrible in their Reebok uniforms.[/quote]
    I’m not so sure… remember “The Gridiron Gang” starring “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson? Major Logo Creep! There was a scene in this movie showing a close up of a snap… and Under Armour logos EVERYWHERE!

    http://www.imdb.com/...

  • JimV19 | January 20, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”373279″]SUCKS about the NFL going after Howard’s store. I’ve bought stuff from him online for YEARS now.[/quote]

    So for those of us who DIY, should we be worried if we see black helicopters coming toward our houses?

    I diasgree with the article’s claim that the NFL loses tens of millions of dollars from counterfeiters. Obviously they lose some money, but they forget this: a lot of people who can’t afford a full-price jersey aren’t going to suddenly buy one if the counterfeiters and discounters are eliminated. Same with people like me, who can afford a jersey but think the price is too high – if there isn’t a lower-priced alternative I’ll just do without it.

    I’m definitely not saying the counterfeiting business should be allowed to continue. What I’m saying is the NFL should consider people who can’t or won’t buy an expensive jersey. Leave the legitimate discounters alone, or offer a t-shirt that looks just like a jersey. They’d make a ton of money and not come across as arrogant as they seem these days.

  • Johnny O | January 20, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    The Brewers will be honoring 40 years of baseball in Milwaukee this year with a plethora of special events:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

    The only thing I don’t like is this line:
    “To supplement the special uniforms and all-fan giveaways, the in-game experience during those Retro Weekends will include trivia, music and costume contests reflective of the particular decade.”

    How can you celebrate the past without have throwback/fauxback uniforms?

    Best thing of all though? The 40th Anniversary logo!
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I LOVE the barrel in the background! I have no clue if this will become a patch, but I sure hope so.

  • Eric S. | January 20, 2010 at 11:25 am |

    Love the Super Bowl vs. President blog, but he missed an important connection in today’s entry. William McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo.

  • Johnny O | January 20, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”373289″]The Brewers will be honoring 40 years of baseball in Milwaukee this year with a plethora of special events:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

    The only thing I don’t like is this line:
    “To supplement the special uniforms and all-fan giveaways, the in-game experience during those Retro Weekends will include trivia, music and costume contests reflective of the particular decade.”

    How can you celebrate the past without have throwback/fauxback uniforms?

    Best thing of all though? The 40th Anniversary logo!
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I LOVE the barrel in the background! I have no clue if this will become a patch, but I sure hope so.[/quote]

    Shouldn’t be too quick to judge. If I would read before that it says:
    “Each weekend will feature the return of alumni from those decades, and on three of the four Fridays, the current Brewers will don retro Brewers uniforms from the celebrated era.”

    Just kind of confusing with the wording. I hope the Crew bust out Seattle Pilot uni’s when they face Seattle.

  • David T | January 20, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    Utah men’s basketball has a new patch. From the SL Tribune:

    “The Utes debuted a black patch which they will wear on their uniforms for the rest of the year which reads “JS 24,” in honor of Jay Watkins’ stepfather, John Smith, who passed away on Jan. 2. Smith wore No. 24 for the Harlem Globetrotters.

    “Watkins wanted to change his number from No. 1 to No. 24, but couldn’t because that number was retired in honor of former Ute Andre Miller.”

    Photos here: http://www.deseretne...

  • Stoops | January 20, 2010 at 11:37 am |

    Joe Skiba-
    Good Sir
    hope a ball comes my way as well
    i know I tried to put in a request early in that thread you had posted.
    in case it is needed
    davstoops at yahoo

    -Stoops

  • JK | January 20, 2010 at 11:44 am |

    [quote comment=”373287″][quote comment=”373286″][quote comment=”373283″]Goodell Visits Under Armour

    Rumor has it that Under Armour wants the NFL deal bad. Notice how they sponsor the combine Senior Bowl.[/quote]

    this would be a good thing IMO…the NFL looks horrible in their Reebok uniforms.[/quote]
    I’m not so sure… remember “The Gridiron Gang” starring “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson? Major Logo Creep! There was a scene in this movie showing a close up of a snap… and Under Armour logos EVERYWHERE!

    http://www.imdb.com/...

    Very true. I think the NFL would mandate some sort of tasteful placement though. Most logos (reebok, puma, nike, starter) have been on the shoulders. I doubt the NFL would go for a chest logo.

  • Johnny O | January 20, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”373289″]The Brewers will be honoring 40 years of baseball in Milwaukee this year with a plethora of special events:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

    The only thing I don’t like is this line:
    “To supplement the special uniforms and all-fan giveaways, the in-game experience during those Retro Weekends will include trivia, music and costume contests reflective of the particular decade.”

    How can you celebrate the past without have throwback/fauxback uniforms?

    Best thing of all though? The 40th Anniversary logo!
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I LOVE the barrel in the background! I have no clue if this will become a patch, but I sure hope so.[/quote]

    HUGE news out of Milwaukee! All the info above was sent through the fans of Facebook page. You can comment on the news story and such after the news was published. People were kind of bashing the logo a bit, so I thought I would throw my two cents into the mix. I said:
    “Love the logo. you guys do a great job at the marketing department! Is this logo going to be a patch on the uniforms? Also, is “Milwaukee” going to be on the away uniforms this year? The city name has not been on the away uniform since the transition to Miller Park.”

    To my huge surprise, the admin. of the Brewers fan page messaged back and said:
    “John – The patch will be on all uniforms this year. Also, stay tuned for some “Milwaukee” uniform news. Your wish might come true.”

    Whoooooo hoooooooo! Not only will that sweet logo be a patch, but it looks like all the mock ups Pretty Boy Paulie did for me, and me sending those mock ups to the Brewers paid off! (Or the Brewers wised up and put “Milwaukee” on the away uniforms themselves)

  • Chris from Carver | January 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”373291″][quote comment=”373289″]The Brewers will be honoring 40 years of baseball in Milwaukee this year with a plethora of special events:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

    The only thing I don’t like is this line:
    “To supplement the special uniforms and all-fan giveaways, the in-game experience during those Retro Weekends will include trivia, music and costume contests reflective of the particular decade.”

    How can you celebrate the past without have throwback/fauxback uniforms?

    Best thing of all though? The 40th Anniversary logo!
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I LOVE the barrel in the background! I have no clue if this will become a patch, but I sure hope so.[/quote]

    Shouldn’t be too quick to judge. If I would read before that it says:
    “Each weekend will feature the return of alumni from those decades, and on three of the four Fridays, the current Brewers will don retro Brewers uniforms from the celebrated era.”

    Just kind of confusing with the wording. I hope the Crew bust out Seattle Pilot uni’s when they face Seattle.[/quote]
    Even better than that would be if the Brewers wore the home unis and the Mariners wore the powder blues.

  • JimWa | January 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”373294″][quote comment=”373287″][quote comment=”373286″][quote comment=”373283″]Goodell Visits Under Armour

    Rumor has it that Under Armour wants the NFL deal bad. Notice how they sponsor the combine Senior Bowl.[/quote]

    this would be a good thing IMO…the NFL looks horrible in their Reebok uniforms.[/quote]
    I’m not so sure… remember “The Gridiron Gang” starring “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson? Major Logo Creep! There was a scene in this movie showing a close up of a snap… and Under Armour logos EVERYWHERE!

    http://www.imdb.com/...

    Very true. I think the NFL would mandate some sort of tasteful placement though. Most logos (reebok, puma, nike, starter) have been on the shoulders. I doubt the NFL would go for a chest logo.[/quote]

    My take on this? The inclusion over the past decade or so of things like the NFL logo, team logos, captains patches, 10th anniversary of the first game in this stadium under it’s current name patches, practice jersery ad patches, I truly believe the NFL is trying to desencitize us towards patches of all different sorts, and we will be seeing flat out advertizing patches on game day unis within the decade. I think Reebok or UA are the least of our worries.

  • Lee | January 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”373286″][quote comment=”373283″]Goodell Visits Under Armour

    Rumor has it that Under Armour wants the NFL deal bad. Notice how they sponsor the combine Senior Bowl.[/quote]

    this would be a good thing IMO…the NFL looks horrible in their Reebok uniforms.[/quote]

    Well IMO, Under Armor would be a BAD thing. In terms of branding, I find them even more egregious than Reebok. And I think Reebok is shit. So there ya go.

    I guess what I have against the suppliers is that rather than being in the business of branding the team, they are in the business of branding themselves.
    I know the leagues are out to make money in any and every way possible, but I feel in the long run they dilute the value they have built based on the TEAMS, not the a-holes who supply the uniforms.

    Lee

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”373297″][quote comment=”373294″][quote comment=”373287″][quote comment=”373286″][quote comment=”373283″]Goodell Visits Under Armour

    Rumor has it that Under Armour wants the NFL deal bad. Notice how they sponsor the combine Senior Bowl.[/quote]

    this would be a good thing IMO…the NFL looks horrible in their Reebok uniforms.[/quote]
    I’m not so sure… remember “The Gridiron Gang” starring “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson? Major Logo Creep! There was a scene in this movie showing a close up of a snap… and Under Armour logos EVERYWHERE!

    http://www.imdb.com/...

    Very true. I think the NFL would mandate some sort of tasteful placement though. Most logos (reebok, puma, nike, starter) have been on the shoulders. I doubt the NFL would go for a chest logo.[/quote]

    My take on this? The inclusion over the past decade or so of things like the NFL logo, team logos, captains patches, 10th anniversary of the first game in this stadium under it’s current name patches, practice jersery ad patches, I truly believe the NFL is trying to desencitize us towards patches of all different sorts, and we will be seeing flat out advertizing patches on game day unis within the decade. I think Reebok or UA are the least of our worries.[/quote]

    I think you’re exactly right.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    My take on this? The inclusion over the past decade or so of things like the NFL logo, team logos, captains patches, 10th anniversary of the first game in this stadium under it’s current name patches, practice jersery ad patches, I truly believe the NFL is trying to desencitize us towards patches of all different sorts, and we will be seeing flat out advertizing patches on game day unis within the decade. I think Reebok or UA are the least of our worries.

    I think you’re exactly right.

    —Ricko

    Watch for confirmation of that during negotiations on the next collective bargaining agreement. They’ll need to address the sharing of that revenue with players…so it will come up.

    —Ricko

  • Brian | January 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    Re: The Saints helmet made from a VW Beetle shell

    My neighbor across the street when I was younger was the biggest Bucs fan I have ever met. He painted a mural of Mike Alstott bursting through his wall in his living room, and had his pool table re-done to have red felt and pewter trim. But his pride and joy was his VW Beetle (don’t remember the year of it, probably somewhere around the early 60s) that he bought and completely restored. He painted the outside just like a Bucs helmet (this was a few years after they changed to the new logos and uniforms), complete with a facemask wrapping around the front, and of course, a train whistle for a horn as a tribute to his favorite player, Mike “The A-Train” Alstott. Every Sunday, he would listen to Gene Deckerhoff call the game on the radio in his garage and drink Bud Light, and would blow the horn for every score: three times for a field goal, six times for a touchdown and one time for an extra point. He took victory laps around the neighborhood with the thing after we won Super Bowl XXXVII.

    Sadly, I don’t think we ever took pics of it, and he moved away about 6 years ago.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”373301″]Re: The Saints helmet made from a VW Beetle shell

    My neighbor across the street when I was younger was the biggest Bucs fan I have ever met. He painted a mural of Mike Alstott bursting through his wall in his living room, and had his pool table re-done to have red felt and pewter trim. But his pride and joy was his VW Beetle (don’t remember the year of it, probably somewhere around the early 60s) that he bought and completely restored. He painted the outside just like a Bucs helmet (this was a few years after they changed to the new logos and uniforms), complete with a facemask wrapping around the front, and of course, a train whistle for a horn as a tribute to his favorite player, Mike “The A-Train” Alstott. Every Sunday, he would listen to Gene Deckerhoff call the game on the radio in his garage and drink Bud Light, and would blow the horn for every score: three times for a field goal, six times for a touchdown and one time for an extra point. He took victory laps around the neighborhood with the thing after we won Super Bowl XXXVII.

    Sadly, I don’t think we ever took pics of it, and he moved away about 6 years ago.[/quote]

    Great Story, Brian… that guy sounds like a hoot. But I wonder if he moved or was ‘asked’ by the civic association :)

    RE: Brewers Anniv. Patch.

    I think the Brewers blew a golden (sapphire, actually) http://www.findgift.... opportunity here. That new patch looks like everyother ‘new agey’ or minor league logo. Looks to be a great chance to throw Bernie Brewer or Barrel man on the sleeve… tsk tsk. Isn’t this a most Mets-like faux pas?

  • Mark K | January 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”373277″][quote comment=”373270″]It took me like 30 years to figure out that the CBS eye isn’t really a basketball, football, and tennis ball- the 3 sports I associated CBS with when I was growing up.

    Oh- they have news, too?[/quote]

    HUH?

    It is an EYE and always has been an eye…[/quote]

    Oh sure- NOW you tell me.

  • Chris | January 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    It’s not the Metrodome anymore it’s Mall of America Field…unfortunately.

  • scott | January 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”373277″][quote comment=”373270″]It took me like 30 years to figure out that the CBS eye isn’t really a basketball, football, and tennis ball- the 3 sports I associated CBS with when I was growing up.

    Oh- they have news, too?[/quote]

    HUH?

    It is an EYE and always has been an eye…[/quote]

    I remember that too, when the football, basketball and tennis ball would morph into the CBS logo. As a kid, I just looked at the CBS logo as being made up of those three components, and didn’t understand it was actually an eyeball.

  • doug | January 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”373282″]Demers played seven games with the Canadiens in 1941-42, scoring three goals and four assists.[/quote]

    I’d determined it was Demers too, but *why* the different sweater? Looks like the JV guy that got brought up to the varsity team at the end of the season…

  • Chris from Carver | January 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”373305″]It’s not the Metrodome anymore it’s Mall of America Field…unfortunately.[/quote]
    Only the playing surface is named Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The structure is still the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

  • Jim500 | January 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”373306″][quote comment=”373277″][quote comment=”373270″]It took me like 30 years to figure out that the CBS eye isn’t really a basketball, football, and tennis ball- the 3 sports I associated CBS with when I was growing up.

    Oh- they have news, too?[/quote]

    HUH?

    It is an EYE and always has been an eye…[/quote]

    I remember that too, when the football, basketball and tennis ball would morph into the CBS logo. As a kid, I just looked at the CBS logo as being made up of those three components, and didn’t understand it was actually an eyeball.[/quote]

    I thought the same thing as a preteen, sports-crazed kid growing up prior to ESPN. I felt the same as Mark about a news department. Gas shortages? Jimmy Carter? Who cares? Show a highlight from the Steelers-Browns game.

  • Teebz | January 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”373307″][quote comment=”373282″]Demers played seven games with the Canadiens in 1941-42, scoring three goals and four assists.[/quote]

    I’d determined it was Demers too, but *why* the different sweater? Looks like the JV guy that got brought up to the varsity team at the end of the season…[/quote]

    Because sweaters were only given to players who made the team in those days, Demers wouldn’t have received one. As a late-season signing, the Canadiens wouldn’t have had any extra sweaters lying around like they do today.

    So they improvised. :o)

  • Christopher | January 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

    Legally the NFL probably has all the rights in the world to set minimum wholesale purcahses and minimum retail prices. However, man, they have to be shooting themselves in the foot.

    Go to any game or sports bar during a game: EVERYONE has a jersey. I highly doubt all of these people could afford a $100 version of the jersey.

    People who can only afford $20, and do purchase- they’re out there ADVERTISING your brand!

  • Jet | January 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm |

    Where’s the goalie in that 1942 Canadians picture? Usually they (or in this case, “he”) pose in the front row of team shots.

    -Jet

  • Jim McCue | January 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm |

    Apologies if this was covered in the past, but will the Twins be wearing two separate patches on their jerseys next year (50 Years + Inaugural Season)?

  • Ry Co 40 | January 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”373313″]Legally the NFL probably has all the rights in the world to set minimum wholesale purcahses and minimum retail prices. However, man, they have to be shooting themselves in the foot.

    Go to any game or sports bar during a game: EVERYONE has a jersey. I highly doubt all of these people could afford a $100 version of the jersey.

    People who can only afford $20, and do purchase- they’re out there ADVERTISING your brand![/quote]

    go to any steelers game. you’ll see more knockoffs then legit jerseys. why pay $250-$300 for an authentic when you can get a knockoff that is damn near the real thing for $40?

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”373316″][quote comment=”373313″]Legally the NFL probably has all the rights in the world to set minimum wholesale purcahses and minimum retail prices. However, man, they have to be shooting themselves in the foot.

    Go to any game or sports bar during a game: EVERYONE has a jersey. I highly doubt all of these people could afford a $100 version of the jersey.

    People who can only afford $20, and do purchase- they’re out there ADVERTISING your brand![/quote]

    go to any steelers game. you’ll see more knockoffs then legit jerseys. why pay $250-$300 for an authentic when you can get a knockoff that is damn near the real thing for $40?[/quote]
    I’ve got NFL jerseys of all types: authentic, replica, “replithentic” and knockoff. The knockoff quality blows away the quality of the replicas and replithentics. I’m talking about Puma and Nike jerseys as well, not just Reebok.

    Added bonus: If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”373317″]If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.[/quote]

    that was you?

    sorry man…gimme the dry cleaning bill tomorrow

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”373318″][quote comment=”373317″]If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.[/quote]

    that was you?

    sorry man…gimme the dry cleaning bill tomorrow[/quote]

    http://images.buycos...

  • Johnny O | January 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”373295″][quote comment=”373289″]The Brewers will be honoring 40 years of baseball in Milwaukee this year with a plethora of special events:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

    The only thing I don’t like is this line:
    “To supplement the special uniforms and all-fan giveaways, the in-game experience during those Retro Weekends will include trivia, music and costume contests reflective of the particular decade.”

    How can you celebrate the past without have throwback/fauxback uniforms?

    Best thing of all though? The 40th Anniversary logo!
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I LOVE the barrel in the background! I have no clue if this will become a patch, but I sure hope so.[/quote]

    HUGE news out of Milwaukee! All the info above was sent through the fans of Facebook page. You can comment on the news story and such after the news was published. People were kind of bashing the logo a bit, so I thought I would throw my two cents into the mix. I said:
    “Love the logo. you guys do a great job at the marketing department! Is this logo going to be a patch on the uniforms? Also, is “Milwaukee” going to be on the away uniforms this year? The city name has not been on the away uniform since the transition to Miller Park.”

    To my huge surprise, the admin. of the Brewers fan page messaged back and said:
    “John – The patch will be on all uniforms this year. Also, stay tuned for some “Milwaukee” uniform news. Your wish might come true.”

    Whoooooo hoooooooo! Not only will that sweet logo be a patch, but it looks like all the mock ups Pretty Boy Paulie did for me, and me sending those mock ups to the Brewers paid off! (Or the Brewers wised up and put “Milwaukee” on the away uniforms themselves)[/quote]

    A lot more info on the Brewer’s 40th Anniversary celebrations can be found here:
    http://milwaukee.bre...

    1972-1977 uniforms for first retro weekend:
    http://exhibits.base...

    1978-1989:
    http://exhibits.base...

    1997-1999:
    http://exhibits.base...

    The Brewers are aware that the 2010 season is actually the 42nd in franchise history and the 41st season of Brewers baseball. But it marks the 40th anniversary of the team’s April 1970 move from Seattle to Milwaukee. So kudos to them for acknowledging this.

  • Jennifer | January 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”373263″]answer to the Canadiens question here, thanks to Teebz (natch)

    http://www.uniwatchb...

    According to the National Archives of Canada, the player pictured in the 42 Canadiens’ photo is Tony Demers (http://www.lac-bac.g...). He only played 9 games with the Habs that year, so depending on when the photo was taken, he could be wearing a practice jersey or something. On a side note, earlier in his career he won awards for Sportsmanship, but was charged and convicted of manslaughter in 1949.

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”373319″][quote comment=”373318″][quote comment=”373317″]If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.[/quote]

    that was you?

    sorry man…gimme the dry cleaning bill tomorrow[/quote]

    http://images.buycos...
    Dry cleaning? What’s the point? That would cost more than the jersey did.[quote comment=”373318″][quote comment=”373317″]If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.[/quote]

    that was you?

    sorry man…gimme the dry cleaning bill tomorrow[/quote]
    The dry cleaning was gratis due to the fact that the chemicals melted the fabric and all that remained were the tackle twill numbers and about 15 feet of thread.

    So I guess you’re off the hook.

  • Mike Edgerly | January 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm |

    It’s not Land Shark stadium anymore, it’s Sun Life Stadium http://www2.tbo.com/... bummer, I was just getting to like that beer

  • War Damn Eagle | January 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm |

    does anyone know if reebok is looking to walk away from their NFL deal, or do they want to re-up? also, nike will probably provide strong competition for under armour (and reebok) in grabbing that deal? the nfl is going to demand a king’s ransom for the exclusive apparel rights.

  • Ry Co 40 | January 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”373317″][quote comment=”373316″][quote comment=”373313″]Legally the NFL probably has all the rights in the world to set minimum wholesale purcahses and minimum retail prices. However, man, they have to be shooting themselves in the foot.

    Go to any game or sports bar during a game: EVERYONE has a jersey. I highly doubt all of these people could afford a $100 version of the jersey.

    People who can only afford $20, and do purchase- they’re out there ADVERTISING your brand![/quote]

    go to any steelers game. you’ll see more knockoffs then legit jerseys. why pay $250-$300 for an authentic when you can get a knockoff that is damn near the real thing for $40?[/quote]
    I’ve got NFL jerseys of all types: authentic, replica, “replithentic” and knockoff. The knockoff quality blows away the quality of the replicas and replithentics. I’m talking about Puma and Nike jerseys as well, not just Reebok.

    Added bonus: If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.[/quote]

    AMEN brotha!

    and on a DIY note, if i may:

    most knockoff jerseys DO NOT glue or press their numbers/letters/nameplates onto the material making them easy to remove!

    so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”373325″]
    so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?[/quote]
    Hypothetically?

  • Ry Co 40 | January 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”373326″][quote comment=”373325″]
    so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?[/quote]
    Hypothetically?[/quote]

    of course!

  • Bob Loblaw | January 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”373326″][quote comment=”373325″]
    so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?[/quote]
    Hypothetically?[/quote]

    I think you missed the ‘tongue in cheek’ thing.

  • Ry Co 40 | January 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”373327″][quote comment=”373326″][quote comment=”373325″]
    so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?[/quote]
    Hypothetically?[/quote]

    of course![/quote]

    completely unrelated though… anyone know where i can get a good template or shot of a charger wearing the #40? wearing powder blue alts, of course… LOL!!!

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”373326″][quote comment=”373325″]
    so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?[/quote]
    Hypothetically?[/quote]

    Or…
    could change NOB to “HADL” and pretend the guy was still active, in some sort of time-space continuum where no one ever ages.
    http://www.sportsart...

    (Always loved those HUGE freakin’ numbers on the Chargers starting in 1967 and on into the ’70s)

    —Ricko

  • Jim BC | January 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”373325″][quote comment=”373317″][quote comment=”373316″][quote comment=”373313″]so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?[/quote]
    You mean “LDT”… there was, and remains, only one “LT”:
    http://eev.liu.edu/t...

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”373331″][quote comment=”373325″][quote comment=”373317″][quote comment=”373316″][quote comment=”373313″]so lets say, for example… your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago… and lets say LT throws a “tiff” on the sidelines one cold winter in new england during a playoff game, and sits around in his sideline jacket and helmet rendering himself useless to ALL of his teammates… and the owner of this LT powder blue jersey loses ALL respect for him as a player, but is stuck with this sweet-ass jersey with his bum name and number? rip it apart and have some DIY fun! know what i mean?[/quote]
    You mean “LDT”… there was, and remains, only one “LT”:
    http://eev.liu.edu/t...

    Not Lionel Taylor?

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”373325″]your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago[/quote]

    to my knowledge, the giants never wore “powder blue” alts

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm |

    Speaking of Lionel Taylor…

    http://www.footballf...

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”373333″][quote comment=”373325″]your favorite non-steeler was LT, and you happend upon the powder blue alt from a few years ago[/quote]

    to my knowledge, the giants never wore “powder blue” alts[/quote]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.

  • JimV19 | January 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”373317″]Added bonus: If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.[/quote]

    It is to me – $40 is considered a high-end jersey in my book.

    I wait until a jersey gets clearanced or I don’t even consider it. This is where the NFL is missing out on a golden opportunity. Along with the authentics, make a t-shirt like this, http://www.stadiumst... only add the sleeve stripes, TV numbers, logos or shoulder loops. Sell these for 20-25 bucks a piece. I may not buy a $40 jersey, but I’d buy two of those shirts. I get variety at a good price and they make a profit.

  • Hott Rodd | January 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=\”373317\”][quote comment=\”373316\”][quote comment=\”373313\”]

    Added bonus: If some clown spills beer, mustard, nacho cheese, etc. on you at the game and you\’re wearing a $40 jersey, it’s not that big a deal.[/quote]

    Hell after the Saints game, when I had partaken of quite a few adult beverages, I spilled a soda all over mine.. And it washed right out the next day.

    But $40.. we must buy our jerseys from the same guy that knows a guy.

  • MPowers1634 | January 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    My favorite memory of CBS Sports:

    The NCAA Football music that reminds me of the great Notre Dame/Miami, Catholics Vs. the Convicts games of the late 80’s early 90’s.

  • Hott Rodd | January 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm |

    oops

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it

  • chance michaels | January 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm |

    Good on the Brewers, but there’s a problem with their press release.

    [quote]1990s Retro Weekend
    July 23-25 vs. Nationals

    – July 23: Brewers to wear reproductions of the home 1997-99 uniforms. The jersey has “BREWERS” in block letters on the front, while the cap features an “MB” logo. The Nationals will be wearing their current uniforms. Alumni Greg Vaughn and Jeff Cirillo are scheduled to attend and participate in a pregame autograph session. [/quote]

    The Brewers didn’t wear an “MB” logo from 1997-99. They wore a single, classic “M” (best cap logo they’ve ever worn, IMHO). The interlocking logo was worn from 1994-1996.

    I hope the release is just wrong, and they’re going to wear the later uniforms.

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”373338″]My favorite memory of CBS Sports:

    The NCAA Football music that reminds me of the great Notre Dame/Miami, Catholics Vs. the Convicts games of the late 80’s early 90’s.[/quote]

    Oh, man…

    I believe it was the 1989 game. Either going to or coming back from a commercial break, a little animation was shown where the Miami stork (or whatever it is) mascot picked up the leprechaun and flew away with him. The bird then dropped the leprechaun and he splattered on the bottom of the screen (apparently to look like the bird had crapped him out).

    My friends and I watching the game just kind of looked at each other with “what the fuck was that?” expressions on our faces for about 5 seconds before we all started laughing hysterically.

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”373338″]My favorite memory of CBS Sports:

    The NCAA Football music that reminds me of the great Notre Dame/Miami, Catholics Vs. the Convicts games of the late 80’s early 90’s.[/quote]

    I remember thinking, “Whoa, must be a real source of inner conflict for Catholic convicts.”

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”373345″][quote comment=”373338″]My favorite memory of CBS Sports:

    The NCAA Football music that reminds me of the great Notre Dame/Miami, Catholics Vs. the Convicts games of the late 80’s early 90’s.[/quote]

    I remember thinking, “Whoa, must be a real source of inner conflict for Catholic convicts.”[/quote]
    Funny you mention it. Two of the friends I referenced above happened to be brothers and they’re Catholic. One was rooting for ND, the other for Miami. It just so happens that the Miami fan had a conviction on his record.

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”373348″][quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Tim Krumrie in SB XXIII was particularly nasty as well. I still can’t believe he played like 5 or 6 more years and never missed a game.

  • leon | January 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    He’d probably feel the same way about you.

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”373342″]
    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”[/quote]

    so, is there REALLY a “bub’s pub”?

    will we get to see said pub when we go on the “ricko tour”?

  • Clayton Lust | January 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”373296″][quote comment=”373291″][quote comment=”373289″]
    Even better than that would be if the Brewers wore the home unis and the Mariners wore the powder blues.[/quote]

    They are, as are the Phillies on the first retro night – from the piece you sent:

    May 14 – Brewers will wear reproductions of the home 1972-77 uniforms with “BREWERS” in royal blue block letters on the jersey front and the yellow “M” logo on the cap. The Phillies will wear light blue ’70s road uniforms. Alumni Gorman Thomas and Jim Colborn are scheduled to attend and participate in a pre-game autograph session.

    June 25 – Brewers to wear reproductions of the home 1978-89 uniforms, highlighted by pinstripes with “BREWERS” block letters on the front and a ball & glove logo hat. The Mariners will wear light blue road uniforms worn from ’81 to ’84. Alumni Robin Yount and Paul Molitor are scheduled to attend and participate in a pre-game autograph session.

  • rpm | January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |

    don’t know if anyone has mentioned this about the rasros patch, but on top of paying homage to the tequila sunrise, it also shouts out to the team’s origins(colt .45s) by celebrating the 45th anniversary. the whole thing is done right to, i think this may be the best patch i have seen in a very long time.

    does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Let me guess, Chad 85 is a multi-time award winner.

  • Thomas Clark | January 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm |

    Worst one I’ve seen live was Napolean McCollum on MNF against the 49ers.

  • Pedro | January 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”373355″]Worst one I’ve seen live was Napolean McCollum on MNF against the 49ers.[/quote]

    I was thinking the same thing…will never forget his leg dangling and the foot pointing the opposite direction.

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”373350″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    He’d probably feel the same way about you.[/quote]

    Actually, he laughed when I told him about. Ran into him at the Metrodome shortly after he retired.

    —Ricko

  • LarryB | January 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm |

    I had Texas vs Oklahoma 1969 from ESPN Classic on dvr. Finally getting around to watching it a little at a time.

    One of the several things that stood out to me was at end of 3rd quarter they showed a couple Sooners hold up the 4 fingers for 4th quarter. It made me wonder when this trend started. Using Google there were rumors it was Alabama in the 1970’s and Miami Fla starting it too.

    So I know that it was at least used in 1969 and most likely sooner ( no pun intended)

    Anybody else have ideas?

  • LarryB | January 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm |

    It is fun to watch the actual broadcast of that game in 1969 with Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkinson. Player intros at the beginning of game. The temp was 95 degrees and seeing the fans and bands too. This was second time it was on in past few months.

    Sooner helmets seemed darker and so did Texas burnt orange. Most plays the Sooners just came from huddle set and snapped ball quickly.

    Oh and funny to watch the ball boys in action. After many plays the young kids run out grab used ball and give ref fresh one. Kids got plenty of air time for sure.

  • mike 2 | January 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”373348″][quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Kendall was horrible not just because of the break but because he took three or four steps past first base on what was left of his tibia. That looked even more painful.

    Willis McGahee was pretty awful as well. It happened in the 4th quarter of the Fiesta Bowl, I was watching and I remember thinking that in 1 play he’d gone from a first round draft multimillionaire to never getting a dollar of pro money.

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”373359″]It is fun to watch the actual broadcast of that game in 1969 with Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkinson. Player intros at the beginning of game. The temp was 95 degrees and seeing the fans and bands too. This was second time it was on in past few months.

    Sooner helmets seemed darker and so did Texas burnt orange. Most plays the Sooners just came from huddle set and snapped ball quickly.

    Oh and funny to watch the ball boys in action. After many plays the young kids run out grab used ball and give ref fresh one. Kids got plenty of air time for sure.[/quote]

    Alabama, when they wore “white” helmets a couple times back around that era, had a “gray” look to them, too, as did Penn State’s. Noticed it just recently in a “classic” game on Big Ten Network.

    I honestly don’t know why, unless the networks told them the pure white “blumed” on TV and gave them luminous Q-tip heads. That’s the only reason I can come up with.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm |

    Hey, leon, you’ll appreciate this, maybe.

    When I was working on Theismann’s Redskins tabloid back in ’83 we were sitting at his restuarant one night and I said, “Okay, tell me the truth. Did Notre Dame change the pronunciation of your last name to rhyme with ‘Heisman’?”

    He gave me a kind of wry smile and said, “Let me put it this way: My dad’s name is ‘Mr. Theezemann’.”

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”373353″]does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?[/quote]

    right now i feel more like i’ve got a midterm and i haven’t cracked a book yet

    /just like college

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”373363″][quote comment=”373353″]does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?[/quote]

    right now i feel more like i’ve got a midterm and i haven’t cracked a book yet

    /just like college[/quote]

    Books? They had books in college? No wonder I didn’t do so well in college.

  • Thomas Clark | January 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”373364″][quote comment=”373363″][quote comment=”373353″]does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?[/quote]

    right now i feel more like i’ve got a midterm and i haven’t cracked a book yet

    /just like college[/quote]

    Books? They had books in college? No wonder I didn’t do so well in college.[/quote]

    Of course they have books at legitimate colleges. (Take that SVSU!)

  • Thomas Clark | January 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm |

    Alright, I’ve never watched a rifle event or whatever they are called and this photo will guarantee that I never do.

    Alaska-Fairbanks squad:

    http://alaskananooks...

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”373366″]Alright, I’ve never watched a rifle event or whatever they are called and this photo will guarantee that I never do.

    Alaska-Fairbanks squad:

    http://alaskananooks...

    Didn’t Twiggy wear stuff like that?
    How mod. How Carnaby Street.

    —Ricko

  • leon | January 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”373362″]Hey, leon, you’ll appreciate this, maybe.

    When I was working on Theismann’s Redskins tabloid back in ’83 we were sitting at his restuarant one night and I said, “Okay, tell me the truth. Did Notre Dame change the pronunciation of your last name to rhyme with ‘Heisman’?”

    He gave me a kind of wry smile and said, “Let me put it this way: My dad’s name is ‘Mr. Theezemann’.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Quite a scoop. When you parted ways, did he say “break a leg”?

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”373365″][quote comment=”373364″][quote comment=”373363″][quote comment=”373353″]does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?[/quote]

    right now i feel more like i’ve got a midterm and i haven’t cracked a book yet

    /just like college[/quote]

    Books? They had books in college? No wonder I didn’t do so well in college.[/quote]

    Of course they have books at legitimate colleges. (Take that SVSU!)[/quote]

    At least our admission policy was more than taking the person pulse to see if they were alive.

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”373368″][quote comment=”373362″]Hey, leon, you’ll appreciate this, maybe.

    When I was working on Theismann’s Redskins tabloid back in ’83 we were sitting at his restuarant one night and I said, “Okay, tell me the truth. Did Notre Dame change the pronunciation of your last name to rhyme with ‘Heisman’?”

    He gave me a kind of wry smile and said, “Let me put it this way: My dad’s name is ‘Mr. Theezemann’.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Quite a scoop. When you parted ways, did he say “break a leg”?[/quote]

    That was pre-LT. Good thing I didn’t say that.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | January 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”373367″][quote comment=”373366″]Alright, I’ve never watched a rifle event or whatever they are called and this photo will guarantee that I never do.

    Alaska-Fairbanks squad:

    http://alaskananooks...

    Didn’t Twiggy wear stuff like that?
    How mod. How Carnaby Street.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Speaking of mod and Carnaby Street,
    this guy obviously loves…
    Petula Clark,
    the Maple Leafs,
    and the Toronto Subway System.

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

    —Ricko

  • Thomas Clark | January 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”373369″][quote comment=”373365″][quote comment=”373364″][quote comment=”373363″][quote comment=”373353″]does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?[/quote]

    right now i feel more like i’ve got a midterm and i haven’t cracked a book yet

    /just like college[/quote]

    Books? They had books in college? No wonder I didn’t do so well in college.[/quote]

    Of course they have books at legitimate colleges. (Take that SVSU!)[/quote]

    At least our admission policy was more than taking the person pulse to see if they were alive.[/quote]

    Whoa now, we require that they can sign their name…or at least something that looks like it…or they can hire someone to sign for them. All are acceptable.

  • Paul Lukas | January 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”373348″][quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    My story on the Theisman hit: I was in college at the time, living off-campus, and I had to head to the school newspaper’s offices for a graveyard proofreading shift. As I waited for the bus outside my house, I realized I’d forgotten my Walkman (essential for a long night of proofreading), so I ran back into my apartment, where my housemates were watching the game. As I headed toward my bedroom to fetch the Walkman, I glanced over my shoulder so I could watch the play that was in progress.

    And that’s when I saw it.

    I missed the bus. And a lot of typos that night.

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”373372″][quote comment=”373369″][quote comment=”373365″][quote comment=”373364″][quote comment=”373363″][quote comment=”373353″]does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?[/quote]

    right now i feel more like i’ve got a midterm and i haven’t cracked a book yet

    /just like college[/quote]

    Books? They had books in college? No wonder I didn’t do so well in college.[/quote]

    Of course they have books at legitimate colleges. (Take that SVSU!)[/quote]

    At least our admission policy was more than taking the person pulse to see if they were alive.[/quote]

    Whoa now, we require that they can sign their name…or at least something that looks like it…or they can hire someone to sign for them. All are acceptable.[/quote]

    Good one Thomas!

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”373373″][quote comment=”373348″][quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    My story on the Theisman hit: I was in college at the time, living off-campus, and I had to head to the school newspaper’s offices for a graveyard proofreading shift. As I waited for the bus outside my house, I realized I’d forgotten my Walkman (essential for a long night of proofreading), so I ran back into my apartment, where my housemates were watching the game. As I headed toward my bedroom to fetch the Walkman, I glanced over my shoulder so I could watch the play that was in progress.

    And that’s when I saw it.

    I missed the bus. And a lot of typos that night.[/quote]

    well, as long as we’re all relating the “where were you when” the break happened…

    like paul, i was in college (was a MNF game, right — i know it was a nighttime affair)…and im pretty sure it was close to thanksgiving break because (speaking of tests) i know i had one the next day

    bunch of frat boys watching the game and delaying hitting the toolshed (library) until the half…was in my room packing my napsack when the original play happened…didn’t think much of it but i DISTINCTLY (or as best as a 20+ year memory can remember) right after the play, LT got up, visibly shaken and to this day i can hear the commentator (think it was giff) say something like “this is bad”…watched the slo-mo replay with everyone else and damn near vomited right then and there

    to this day, i will turn away whenver a highlight is played…i saw it once and only once and that was enough for me

    like most of us who saw it live, im sure we all have one of those “i remember where i was when THAT happened” memories of this one

  • Doug in GA | January 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”373373″][quote comment=”373348″][quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    My story on the Theisman hit: I was in college at the time, living off-campus, and I had to head to the school newspaper’s offices for a graveyard proofreading shift. As I waited for the bus outside my house, I realized I’d forgotten my Walkman (essential for a long night of proofreading), so I ran back into my apartment, where my housemates were watching the game. As I headed toward my bedroom to fetch the Walkman, I glanced over my shoulder so I could watch the play that was in progress.

    And that’s when I saw it.

    I missed the bus. And a lot of typos that night.[/quote]

    The one recently that sticks with me is the kid from Southern Miss in the NO Bowl last season(DeAndre Brown). He went up for a fade pass at the goal line, came down, and breaks both his tibia and fibula. Wasn’t even touched and hasn’t played since.

  • JTH | January 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”373363″][quote comment=”373353″]does anyone else feel like they are getting ready to go on a college road trip?[/quote]

    right now i feel more like i’ve got a midterm and i haven’t cracked a book yet

    /just like college[/quote]
    You say that as though the two things are mutually exclusive.

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm |

    in case anyone cares…

    espn has the jazz in their gorgeous green throwbacks

  • JimV19 | January 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”373380″]in case anyone cares…

    espn has the jazz in their gorgeous green throwbacks[/quote]

    Thanks – ESPN360 has it too. How long has Dickie V been doing NBA games?

    If there were a Top 5 for the NBA this game would be on it. Love those throwbacks, and although I normally don’t like black unis I’ve always loved the Spurs’.

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”373381″][quote comment=”373380″]in case anyone cares…

    espn has the jazz in their gorgeous green throwbacks[/quote]

    Thanks – ESPN360 has it too. How long has Dickie V been doing NBA games?

    If there were a Top 5 for the NBA this game would be on it. Love those throwbacks, and although I normally don’t like black unis I’ve always loved the Spurs’.[/quote]

    ESPN is have a announcers switch places gimmick, where the college announcers do NBA games and the NBA announcers do the college games

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm |

    should be having an instead of have a. Trying to do to many things at once.

  • JimV19 | January 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm |

    This just in – Kobe is better than LeBron…well, when it comes to jersey sales, that is.
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Bob Loblaw | January 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    who are your nominees for 2009, Ricko??

    (as he lobs one over the plate)

  • Bob Loblaw | January 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”373373″][quote comment=”373348″][quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    My story on the Theisman hit: I was in college at the time, living off-campus, and I had to head to the school newspaper’s offices for a graveyard proofreading shift. As I waited for the bus outside my house, I realized I’d forgotten my Walkman (essential for a long night of proofreading), so I ran back into my apartment, where my housemates were watching the game. As I headed toward my bedroom to fetch the Walkman, I glanced over my shoulder so I could watch the play that was in progress.

    And that’s when I saw it.

    I missed the bus. And a lot of typos that night.[/quote]
    I was a freshmen glued to the TV set at the lobby of Brewster/Boland halls, Syracuse Univ–roughly same spot to gawk the Columbia tradegy a few months later.

    I think they replayed the bone snapping as many times as the Space shuttle explosion in midflight.

  • Bob Loblaw | January 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

    hmmm, tradegy…..

    maybe less MNF and more books during my vacation in upstate NY, uh?

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”373386″][quote comment=”373373″][quote comment=”373348″][quote comment=”373344″][quote comment=”373342″][quote comment=”373340″][quote comment=”373335″]
    LT… powder….

    Nah, too easy.[/quote]

    watch it[/quote]

    On that same youtube page is the hit on Theismann.

    The guys at Bub’s annually award the “Theismann Trophy.”

    Goes to the…
    “Motormouth We’d Most Like to See
    Break His Leg on National Television.”

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Y’know, I’ve never seen the full-on reverse angle close-up of that hit in all its gory detail.

    In fact, the first time I’ve ever seen ANY footage of that hit is when I went to se “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago.[/quote]

    I was watching it live.
    When he went down could see it was awful.
    One of those “Ooo!” “Ouch!” Wince. Look away. “Jesus” things.
    Then just got worse on the replay.

    Ever see the Moises Alou and/or Jason Kendall breaks? Once is enough on either of them, thank you very much. On Alou’s you can see the ump involuntarily turn away, like, “Oh…shit!”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    My story on the Theisman hit: I was in college at the time, living off-campus, and I had to head to the school newspaper’s offices for a graveyard proofreading shift. As I waited for the bus outside my house, I realized I’d forgotten my Walkman (essential for a long night of proofreading), so I ran back into my apartment, where my housemates were watching the game. As I headed toward my bedroom to fetch the Walkman, I glanced over my shoulder so I could watch the play that was in progress.

    And that’s when I saw it.

    I missed the bus. And a lot of typos that night.[/quote]
    I was a freshmen glued to the TV set at the lobby of Brewster/Boland halls, Syracuse Univ–roughly same spot to gawk the Columbia tradegy a few months later.

    I think they replayed the bone snapping as many times as the Space shuttle explosion in midflight.[/quote]

    Challenger blew up in mid-flint. Columbia burned up on re-entry over Texas and Louisiana. I remember where I was for both very vividly.

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm |

    mid-flight not mid-flint.

  • LI Phil | January 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”373389″]mid-flight not mid-flint.[/quote]

    yeah…it was over florida not michigan

  • trey | January 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm |

    here’s the new alaska nanook’s hockey intro, not necessarily uni-related, but wildly absurd nonetheless. http://www.youtube.c...

  • aflfan | January 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”373390″][quote comment=”373389″]mid-flight not mid-flint.[/quote]

    yeah…it was over florida not michigan[/quote]

    I had a couple of typos tonight. Trying to updates scores on the website and follow uni-watch and answer text asking if I have got a certain score yet. If I had the score it would be on the site.

    One game got delayed tonight because of a broken backboard.

    http://blog.mlive.co...

    And that is the game everyone was waiting for the score.

  • Richard | January 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm |

    Surprised to see the Academy Of Art University get a run because of their mismatched basketball set….I work there in one of those many off-site locations (started last July)…. If anyone has suggestions regarding their basketball uniforms…the uniforms for men and women are practically the same and bland (I see it on the poster in the elevator at the school)… We have a nice logo and a good color scheme (black and red)… Our AD is former 49er tight end Jamie Williams who gets ribbed about his job on the 49ers pregame shows… For a university that also has fashion as one of the subjects – we can probably come up with a better design than what we have right now.

  • Mike Engle | January 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm |

    Mr. Hecken, Mr. Guthrie, or anybody else who watches tennis:
    Marcos Baghdatis was wearing a headband with the flag of Cyprus where one would normally expect a Nike swoosh or a similar piece of logo creep. Does he have a sponsorship dispute or an expired contract?

  • JimV19 | January 20, 2010 at 11:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”373392″]One game got delayed tonight because of a broken backboard.

    http://blog.mlive.co...

    And that is the game everyone was waiting for the score.[/quote]

    Send it in!
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Skycat | January 20, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”373382″][quote comment=”373381″][quote comment=”373380″]in case anyone cares…

    espn has the jazz in their gorgeous green throwbacks[/quote]

    Thanks – ESPN360 has it too. How long has Dickie V been doing NBA games?

    If there were a Top 5 for the NBA this game would be on it. Love those throwbacks, and although I normally don’t like black unis I’ve always loved the Spurs’.[/quote]

    ESPN is have a announcers switch places gimmick, where the college announcers do NBA games and the NBA announcers do the college games[/quote]
    The Jazz should make the green unis the standard. What do they have that’s better?

  • Skycat | January 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm |

    I’m also kinda digging the Golden State gold throwbacks — even if they do say “San Francisco.”

  • JimV19 | January 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”373395″][quote comment=”373392″]One game got delayed tonight because of a broken backboard.

    http://blog.mlive.co...

    And that is the game everyone was waiting for the score.[/quote]

    Send it in!
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Normally that would lead to me posting some more Bill Raftery videos, but the Nyquil’s kicking in. Instead, I give you Chocolate Thunder:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Nick | January 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”373361″][quote comment=”373359″]It is fun to watch the actual broadcast of that game in 1969 with Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkinson. Player intros at the beginning of game. The temp was 95 degrees and seeing the fans and bands too. This was second time it was on in past few months.

    Sooner helmets seemed darker and so did Texas burnt orange. Most plays the Sooners just came from huddle set and snapped ball quickly.

    Oh and funny to watch the ball boys in action. After many plays the young kids run out grab used ball and give ref fresh one. Kids got plenty of air time for sure.[/quote]

    Alabama, when they wore “white” helmets a couple times back around that era, had a “gray” look to them, too, as did Penn State’s. Noticed it just recently in a “classic” game on Big Ten Network.

    I honestly don’t know why, unless the networks told them the pure white “blumed” on TV and gave them luminous Q-tip heads. That’s the only reason I can come up with.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Just a theory, but I believe that the Bama/Penn State “Gray” helmet effect may have something to do with the MacGregor clear shell helmets painted White on the inside, and the effect of night game lighting on the helmets – at least in photos/TV?

    Any other ideas?

  • JimV19 | January 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”373398″][quote comment=”373395″][quote comment=”373392″]One game got delayed tonight because of a broken backboard.

    http://blog.mlive.co...

    And that is the game everyone was waiting for the score.[/quote]

    Send it in!
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Normally that would lead to me posting some more Bill Raftery videos, but the Nyquil’s kicking in. Instead, I give you Chocolate Thunder:
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Okay, one more before bed…
    Actually, Bill Raftery was on hand for another backboard breaking:
    http://www.youtube.c...
    Love the quick wit at the end.