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Because Nothing Says Cool Like a Middlebrow White Guy

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Got a DVD in the mail the other day from reader Kevin Gallo. It contained several uni-related baseball video clips from 1983, including one that by all rights should be legendary throughout the uni-verse, although I’d never seen it before.

“I have a decent amount of old tapes I am currently going through and burning to DVD,” he wrote. “I wish I knew how to upload them to YouTube, but I haven’t had much time to figure it out.”

Fortunately, I know how to upload things to YouTube, so that’s what I did with Kevin’s material. Let’s start with this short Giants commercial:

I always hated that design, and I’d have to think an old-schooler like Robbie would’ve hated it too. Does anyone know if he truly had anything to do with the insignia, or was that just not-very-artistic license?

Next up is an A’s commercial:

Not bad, although it would’ve been better if they’d said “green stirrups and yellow sannies” instead of just “green socks.” The decline of stirrups can surely be traced back to small indignities such as this one.

But the real prize is a truly astonishing sequence starring Tom Paciorek, who was then with the White Sox. It’s hard to express how awful — and, hence, how awesome — this clip is, but it’s definitely one for the ages. Dig:

Whoa. You could write an entire Master’s thesis on all the unintentional brilliance in that segment. It’s like a 1970s porn movie without the sex (although sex was definitely in the air, at least judging by the way the interviewer kept gazing longingly at Paciorek).

I asked Kevin where this clip came from. Here’s his response:

I believe this was from an OnTV series called “Inside Baseball” from 1983. I was 10 years old and our family had just gotten our first VCR, so I taped just about everything sports-related. I think there were six episodes from this series. I still have all of them, but I haven’t viewed them in at least 20 years. They just kind of go through the season and touch on some baseball-realted topics. I remember that episode in particular because I’m a White Sox fan and Paciorek was my favorite player. So I always remembered that clip, and I finally pulled it out. I have no idea why Paciorek was targeted for that piece, except he was always a likable ballplayer, so maybe that’s why they chose him for the segment.

Kevin says he may have other uni-related material on his old tapes — hope so. But he’ll be hard-pressed to top that Paciorek clip.

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FlapJackie Update: Yesterday I showed a photo of Jackie Hayes wearing a primitive helmet/earflap device. That led Phil to do a bit of digging. He came up with this article, in which Hayes says, “I was the first to wear a batting helmet. They let me wear it because of my eye.”

More intriguing, though, is this letters column from the July 1999 issue of Baseball Digest. One of the magazine’s readers asks, “When were batting helmets first used in the major leagues and when did they become mandatory? Also, when did ear flaps come into use, and are all players required to use them?” The response begins as follows: “Some sources credit Jackie Hayes, a White Sox second baseman who was blind in one eye, with wearing the first batting helmet in 1940. He fashioned a homemade helmet that also covered his ears.”

Good stuff there, but check out the rest of the response:

The New York Giants used a form of plastic helmets in a game against the Pirate on June 6, 1941.

Phil Rizzuto of the Yankees wore a full batting helmet in a major league game in 1951.

On September 15, 1952, the Pirates introduced full temple plastic helmets, with the entire team wearing them in the field and at bat.

Brooks Robinson is credited as the first major leaguer to wear an ear flap for protection.

In 1957, the National League required all players to wear protective headgear (cap liners rather than full helmets were sufficient). Current players who objected were not required to comply with the ruling.

In 1958, the American League followed suit. Ted Williams initially said he would not comply, but later relented by wearing a liner inside his cap.

In 1962, the A.L. ruled that inner linings were not enough and that helmets had to be worn. However, this rule was not enforced until the 1970s.

In 1971, Organized Baseball introduced a rule which required players at all levels to wear helmets, and minor league players to wear ear flaps. The ear flap rule was gradually extended to the major leagues.

Lots of interesting info there, but I’d say it raises more questions than it answers. For example:

• What is the “form of plastic helmets” that the Giants wore on 6/6/41?

• What is the date of 1951 game in which Rizzuto wore a helmet?

• Regarding the Pirates on 9/15/52, what exactly are “full temple plastic helmets”? For how many games (or months, or seasons) did they wear helmets in the field?

• I have never heard Brooks Robinson cited as the first earflapped player before. When did he wear a flap? Did it predate either Earl Battey’s improvised flap or Tony Gonzalez’s premolded flap?

And so on. We’ve touched on many of these issues before, but it’s interesting to see so many of them addressed in one place. Unfortunately, I suspect there’s a mix of fact and misinformation in the Baseball Digest account.

Meanwhile, remember this Tony Gonzalez photo from yesterday? Morris Levin found a newspaper account of Gonzalez being beaned on 4/16/64 and then, two months later, there’s our wire service photo. Cool!

Giveaway Reminder: I’m giving away that Jaguars jersey box. Details here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Man, this year’s Super Bowl jersey patch looks really big, no? … Rahaeem Brock wore some interesting socks for Media Day yesterday. … Throwbacks on tap for Colorado State this weekend (with thanks to Patrick Donnelly). … New logo for the Eugene Emeralds (with thanks to Travis McGuire). … Several readers have noted that Syracuse appears to have new shorts for sale (here’s the orange version). Unclear whether this means a new look on the court. … Tyler Mack reports that Terry and Terrance Talbott will likely commit to Michigan today, creating some serious FNOB possibilities for the Wolverines football squad. … The USA’s outfits for the Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver would be nice, if not for a certain not-very-subtle logo. … Here’s how this season’s Dodgers patch looks on a jersey (big thanks to Ben Wideman). … Got a spare $7500 lying around? Good, then you can buy yourself a 1950s Cincy Mohawks jersey (good find by Doug Smith). … Good breakdown of lacrosse gloves here (with thanks to Jeff Brunelle). … Jean-Sebastien Giguere made his Maple Leafs debut last night but was still wearing his Ducks mask and pads (as noted by Corey Davis). … Hey, check out who the Reading Eagle‘s sports editor used to be! (Morris Levin found that one.) … Ken Burns is planning to add a 10th inning to his Baseball film (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a good look at Jared Camden‘s Cleveland Browns “space” blanket, complete with metallic flip side and maker’s mark. “I won it on eBay and hung it on my wall in college, so I have no idea how well this ‘SPACE age technology’ works on Mars or in Cleveland Stadium, but I do know I feel like it would work like shit,” he says. He also has a bunch of other Browns-related items, which you can see here. … Absolutely gorgeous 1961 Milwaukee Braves jersey photo here (with thanks to Make Mameli). … And speaking of the Braves, check out the little handwritten uni number on the very bottom of the stirrup here. … Second bullet point on this report indicates that Kentucky will have new basketball uniforms next week (with thanks to Chris Edwards). … “Found this 1996 NBA rookies phtoo in the SI vaults,” says Nathan Haas. “I’ve never seen the large logo on the Grizzlies’ shorts before. Also, Kerry Kittles is wearing running shoes.” … Newly added to the Life photo archives: dozens of player portraits from the 1939 MLB All-Star Game (with thanks to Lance Smith). … Whoa, Cleveland stirrup-o-rama! (Thanks, Vince.)

 

167 comments to Because Nothing Says Cool Like a Middlebrow White Guy

  • Matt D. | February 3, 2010 at 8:15 am |

    At the Hall of Fame, they had a weird-looking Pirates helmet that has “PIRATES” spelled across the front claining to be the first helmet. Plainly not the case, as we’re seeing.
    Rookie pictures of Roberto Clemente show him wearing a plastic helmet on the field, so the Pirates kept that up for at least 4 seasons.

  • Paul Lukas | February 3, 2010 at 8:16 am |

    [quote comment=”375844″]At the Hall of Fame, they had a weird-looking Pirates helmet that has “PIRATES” spelled across the front claining to be the first helmet. Plainly not the case, as we’re seeing.[/quote]

    I believe I know what you’re referring to, and I think it was only used during BP.

  • JAson | February 3, 2010 at 8:27 am |

    Congratulations! You just won the Super Bowl!! Now here’s an ugly hat and shirt for you…

    http://photos.indyst...

  • MEMAL | February 3, 2010 at 8:32 am |

    Is it just me or is that one of the ugliest Super Bowl logos in a while? I mean, there’s just nothing that pops out at me or make me think, “Yeah, that Super Bowl is in Miami!” The last big game held there also wasn’t a very exciting logo either.
    http://www.sportslog...
    Come on Miami Super Bowl organizers, spend a little more on design!

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    [quote comment=”375846″]Congratulations! You just won the Super Bowl!! Now here’s an ugly hat and shirt for you…

    http://photos.indyst...

    wonder if the garçon family will believe the saints are SB XLIV champs

  • Andy | February 3, 2010 at 8:41 am |

    The socks that Rahaeem Brock is wearing are standard Reebok athletic socks. I’ve seen them for sale in a three-pack at Dick’s with two other pairs of striped blue socks. Also comes in a Red pack and a Green pack, maybe others as well.

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    [quote comment=”375848″][quote comment=”375846″]Congratulations! You just won the Super Bowl!! Now here’s an ugly hat and shirt for you…

    http://photos.indyst...

    wonder if the garçon family will believe the saints are SB XLIV champs[/quote]
    Should make for some interesting family reunion pics.

    Wait. I mean…

    Too soon.

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 8:48 am |

    [quote]“Found this 1996 NBA rookies photo in the SI vaults,” says Nathan Haas. “I’ve never seen the large logo on the Grizzlies’ shorts before. Also, Kerry Kittles is wearing running shoes.”[/quote]

    Methinks I am not the only one subscribing to SI_Vault on twitter..

  • CT | February 3, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    While other sites are reporting Kentucky will have new uniforms for the Tennessee game, I would not have much faith at anything that comes off the site that was linked. I for one remember those Grizzlies uniforms, man they were ugly.

  • Swine the Mad | February 3, 2010 at 9:01 am |

    From the June 7, 1941 New York Times

    “Giants Don Headguards
    The Giants’ protective caps finally arrived and were immediately put to use in both games. The guards, made of a durable plastic, are sewed snugly inside the cap.”

    I don’t have the time right now to do any more searching for details, but will later.

  • Joe Barrie | February 3, 2010 at 9:07 am |

    My recollection of the Pirates’ helmets was that they were worn by all during the seasons Branch Rickey ran them.

    They were cheaper (and safer) than caps, and supposedly he had an interest in the manufacturing concern.

  • Jordan Sogn | February 3, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    Happy National Signing Day!

  • steve | February 3, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    Wow. That clip of Inside Baseball, a show I wrote when I was at Major League Baseball Productions in the early 1980’s. Yes, the “unofficial baseball handbook” was my creation. Yikes.

  • Kek | February 3, 2010 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”375856″]Wow. That clip of Inside Baseball, a show I wrote when I was at Major League Baseball Productions in the early 1980’s. Yes, the “unofficial baseball handbook” was my creation. Yikes.[/quote]
    I have to say, kudos to you, my dad taped that program off ESPN when we first got our vcr and I watched that tape so many times over the years! I saw Paul dropped those clips in his youtube account not too long ago and didn’t think anything of it. Thanks to both of you for the trip down memory lane!

    Love that A’s clip (“hope it’s the green ones!”). I can’t view youtube at work, but I remember that one by heart.

    Also, the Giants: “You like these? They’re so fashionable, they’re so serious, they’re so….they’re so YOU.”

  • TommyD | February 3, 2010 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment=”375846″]Congratulations! You just won the Super Bowl!! Now here’s an ugly hat and shirt for you…

    http://photos.indyst...

    The preponderance of offensive, hideous, embarrasing, heinous, etc. “World Champions” apparel prevented me from buying anything to celebrate Philadelphia’s first title in 100 sports seasons last year…

    Sad. Perhaps I should contract out a DIY project.

    Or hopefully in ten years Mitchell and Ness will have something for $80 that will be half-decent.

  • Juke Early | February 3, 2010 at 9:25 am |

    I recall Brooks Robinson being the first star caliber player to wear his BP helmet while playing in the field (pre-John Olerud).

    AND unlike that Otto sideline item, the 1950 Cincy Mohawks sweater is better looking. Undoubtedly they are both incredible but maybe the Otto should be 7500. & this maybe 2500.

  • Kek | February 3, 2010 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment=”375855″]Happy National Signing Day![/quote]
    Wish I was at home, flipping back and forth between ESPNU and CBS College Sports.

  • Kek | February 3, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    There was a tweet today from the wall street journal that content was free today, so enjoy this story about stadium naming rights:

    http://online.wsj.co...

  • steve | February 3, 2010 at 9:28 am |

    I appreciate the kudos, but that’s some bad tv. The main host was an NBC sports guy named Byron Day. Sort of the Bill Patrick of his day. Jim Scott was just one of the “guys” working there producing and editing like the rest of us. He had aspirations of becoming on air talent. So did Sean Mooney, his co-host on some of those shows, who actually went on to have a career at the WWF and WOR-TV here in NYC. Seeing that brings back a flood of great memories.

  • Kevin G. | February 3, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”375856″]Wow. That clip of Inside Baseball, a show I wrote when I was at Major League Baseball Productions in the early 1980’s. Yes, the “unofficial baseball handbook” was my creation. Yikes.[/quote]
    That is great. Why was Tom Paciorek used for that piece?

  • Adam | February 3, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    I hope I am not coming off like a complete jerk, but shouldn’t we have expected a huge Super Bowl patch? It seems to get bigger year after year…to the point where I wouldn’t be completely surprised if they ultimately have “Super Bowl” jerseys with a team patch instead of the other way around.

  • Jeremy | February 3, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    I’ll trade you 70 Cincinnati Mohawks jerseys for 1 Jim Otto sideline jacket

  • steve | February 3, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    Kevin,

    At the time he was the “clown prince” of MLB. One of our go to guys for fun stuff because he was up for anything. Later that title was passed on to Roger McDowell. As for that specific piece, I really have no memory of why we did something on how to dress like a major leaguer.

    steve

  • Mark K | February 3, 2010 at 9:40 am |

    [quote comment=”375862″]There was a tweet today from the wall street journal that content was free today, so enjoy this story about stadium naming rights:

    http://online.wsj.co...

    Not that I’m going to question the Wall Street Journal but there’s NO WAY the Bills had a .641 winning percentage between 1973-1998. Not even their home winning percentage. I know they went undefeated at home maybe a couple times but geez- at points in the 70’s and 80s they plain sucked.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 3, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    Paul, or Phil,
    You can pass on to Jared Camden that his Browns space blanket would have worked quite well at a game. In a past life I spent many a cold wet night under the stars wrapped in a space blanket in leu of a sleeping bag

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment=”375844″]At the Hall of Fame, they had a weird-looking Pirates helmet that has “PIRATES” spelled across the front claining to be the first helmet. Plainly not the case, as we’re seeing.
    Rookie pictures of Roberto Clemente show him wearing a plastic helmet on the field, so the Pirates kept that up for at least 4 seasons.[/quote]

    Pirates wore helmets at bat and on defense through most of the early ’50s. Generally, the only exceptions were pitchers, who understandably may not have liked the damn things falling off all the time (Elroy Face, to name one I remember). They wore them through the first season or two of the vests, which first appeared in ’57.

    Anyway, in BASEBALL IS A FUNNY GAME Joe Garagiola tells a story about them, relating to bullpen players often doing play-by-play to pass the time. The helmets that he and the other Pirates were wearing all the time come up.
    “Tell me, do you think these helmets would be better if they had chlorophyll in them?”
    “No, I think they’d be better if they had ballplayers in them.”
    (The Pirates sucked—really sucked—at the time).

    —Ricko

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”375870″][quote comment=”375844″]At the Hall of Fame, they had a weird-looking Pirates helmet that has “PIRATES” spelled across the front claining to be the first helmet. Plainly not the case, as we’re seeing.
    Rookie pictures of Roberto Clemente show him wearing a plastic helmet on the field, so the Pirates kept that up for at least 4 seasons.[/quote]

    Pirates wore helmets at bat and on defense through most of the early ’50s. Generally, the only exceptions were pitchers, who understandably may not have liked the damn things falling off all the time (Elroy Face, to name one I remember). They wore them through the first season or two of the vests, which first appeared in ’57.

    Anyway, in BASEBALL IS A FUNNY GAME Joe Garagiola tells a story about them, relating to bullpen players often doing play-by-play to pass the time. The helmets that he and the other Pirates were wearing all the time come up.
    “Tell me, do you think these helmets would be better if they had chlorophyll in them?”
    “No, I think they’d be better if they had ballplayers in them.”
    (The Pirates sucked—really sucked—at the time).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ahh.. the more things change..

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 9:55 am |

    [quote comment=”375867″]Kevin,

    At the time he was the “clown prince” of MLB. One of our go to guys for fun stuff because he was up for anything. Later that title was passed on to Roger McDowell. As for that specific piece, I really have no memory of why we did something on how to dress like a major leaguer.

    steve[/quote]
    I remember when he played for the Sox in the mid-80s. He did virtually all of the commercials that advertised the upcoming promotional give-aways. It was usually him hamming it up in the clubhouse while shilling whatever was going to be passed out to attendees. One that stands out in my mind is him and another player (Steve Kemp? LaMarr Hoyt?) wearing windbreakers or rain jackets and acting like fashion models on a runway.

    I also remember seeing some of his stuff from when he played for the Mariners.

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    Indians stirrup-o-rama…
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Some background…
    * Indians never wore a three-stripe red. Had only two navy stripes edged in white (vests, Sam McDowell era). Although, perhaps, there was one year early in double knit era when socks had three stripes, but players pulled them up so far was hard to tell.
    * Never wore the red NW striped.
    * Did wear navy with three stripes in late ’40s (Larry Doby/Satchel Paige teams). When striped navy returned from ’58 through about ’62 was only two stripes. Then in the “block hat C” era (Toby Harrah) the three stripes retuned. But, again, most players wore their socks so the stripes didn’t show.

    Some cool stuff to have, that’s for sure.
    (I already have them all. From ebay, several years ago).

    —Ricko

  • Flip | February 3, 2010 at 10:01 am |

    I liked the Giants’ 1983 redesign, especially considering what that had been wearing. Bigass Helvetica-like numbers on the back, the black and orange piping. Loved it. But I enjoyed the move back to the more traditional uniform, too.

    That Frank Robinson commercial, though, was pretty funny.

    Regarding those wearing helmets in the field. I remember the Strane brothers always did it with the Alaska Goldpanners back in ’67. http://www.goldpanne...

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”375848″][quote comment=”375846″]Congratulations! You just won the Super Bowl!! Now here’s an ugly hat and shirt for you…

    http://photos.indyst...

    wonder if the garçon family will believe the saints are SB XLIV champs[/quote]

    Or the Vilmas

  • Michael | February 3, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    And a Shout-Out to UniWatch on Woot! today

    http://shirt.woot.co...

  • TommyD | February 3, 2010 at 10:08 am |

    [quote comment=”375852″]While other sites are reporting Kentucky will have new uniforms for the Tennessee game, I would not have much faith at anything that comes off the site that was linked. I for one remember those Grizzlies uniforms, man they were ugly.[/quote]

    Just what the world needs, more black for the sake of black uniforms. HIDEOUS!

    Anyone in the fashion industry give us hope that this black craze is going away??

    How far are we from a black on black uniform game?

  • Roger Faso | February 3, 2010 at 10:12 am |

    I’ve been looking for those Giant and A’s commercials since I started reading UniWatch. Thanks for posting those!

    The premise of the Giant commercial is actually close to the story behind the A’s uniform change of 1982. If I recall correctly, Billy Martin hated the A’s uniforms. Specifically, the white shoes. He influenced the design to be exactly like the Tigers (Martin’s old team.) Including a change to black shoes.

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”375877″]How far are we from a black on black uniform game?[/quote]

    last summer, at shea, the mets and bravos came pretty damn close

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”375879″][quote comment=”375877″]How far are we from a black on black uniform game?[/quote]

    last summer, at shea, the mets and bravos came pretty damn close[/quote]
    How many days until Pitchers And Catchers Report?

    Y’know, so we can feast our eyes on the likes of this.

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”375878″]I’ve been looking for those Giant and A’s commercials since I started reading UniWatch. Thanks for posting those!

    The premise of the Giant commercial is actually close to the story behind the A’s uniform change of 1982. If I recall correctly, Billy Martin hated the A’s uniforms. Specifically, the white shoes. He influenced the design to be exactly like the Tigers (Martin’s old team.) Including a change to black shoes.[/quote]

    And they did adopt that look for the home unis…but stuck with the white shoes.

    Martin did, however, convince management to issue forest shoes–and gray unis—on the road. For a while anyway.

    —Ricko

  • duker | February 3, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    Strange that Brooks would be the first to wear an earflap. He is famous for customizing his helmet by trimming the brim and earflap for better vision.

    Check out the second item in his 2006 blog entry:
    http://brooks.mlblog...

  • Paul Lukas | February 3, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”375853″]From the June 7, 1941 New York Times

    “Giants Don Headguards
    The Giants’ protective caps finally arrived and were immediately put to use in both games. The guards, made of a durable plastic, are sewed snugly inside the cap.”

    I don’t have the time right now to do any more searching for details, but will later.[/quote]

    Nicely done. So the Giants’ 1941 “helmets” were actually inner-cap inserts.

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”375880″][quote comment=”375879″][quote comment=”375877″]How far are we from a black on black uniform game?[/quote]

    last summer, at shea, the mets and bravos came pretty damn close[/quote]
    How many days until Pitchers And Catchers Report?

    Y’know, so we can feast our eyes on the likes of this.[/quote]

    Never really bothered me that much. Not in spring training, which, if you’ve ever been around it, is extremely relaxed. And it means MLB teams are playing baseball again!!! Somewhere, anyway.

    P&C report? For Twins is 13 or 14 days, I think.

    —Ricko

  • Kevin Z. | February 3, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    I saw that 1996 draft class photo on the SI Vault twitter feed (highly recommended) yesterday – I’m assuming that’s where Nathan Haas found it. I identified everyone except maybe the guy in the very bottom right. Is that Samaki Walker with a Mavericks jersey?

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”375882″]Strange that Brooks would be the first to wear an earflap. He is famous for customizing his helmet by trimming the brim and earflap for better vision.

    Check out the second item in his 2006 blog entry:
    http://brooks.mlblog...

    Robinson wasn’t the first. But because he played on the East Coast everyone thinks he was. The first was Earl Battey.

    What I remember was that Robinson’s ear flap had a HUGE ear hole. Almost looked like a giant “O” attached to the side of his helmet.

    —Ricko

  • Paul Lukas | February 3, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”375886″]What I remember was that Robinson’s ear flap had a HUGE ear hole. Almost looked like a giant “O” attached to the side of his helmet.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Yaz did the same thing late in his career:
    http://farm4.static....
    http://farm4.static....

  • Adams44 | February 3, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    looking for a good Goalie mask site… i cannot seem to find anything. can anyone help?

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”375885″]I saw that 1996 draft class photo on the SI Vault twitter feed (highly recommended) yesterday – I’m assuming that’s where Nathan Haas found it. I identified everyone except maybe the guy in the very bottom right. Is that Samaki Walker with a Mavericks jersey?[/quote]

    Lol.. I was stumped by him too. I was also surprised that #1 overall pick and future ROY A.I. wasn’t included.

  • Kevin Z. | February 3, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    That clip on looking cool with Tom Paciorek was included on a baseball bloopers video that my Grandpa had and my brother and I watched probably 100 times in the mid-1990s. I will try to find the name of it.

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”375885″]I saw that 1996 draft class photo on the SI Vault twitter feed (highly recommended) yesterday – I’m assuming that’s where Nathan Haas found it. I identified everyone except maybe the guy in the very bottom right. Is that Samaki Walker with a Mavericks jersey?[/quote]

    Just compared that pic to a pic of Samaki, and I’m pretty sure that’s him.

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”375887″][quote comment=”375886″]What I remember was that Robinson’s ear flap had a HUGE ear hole. Almost looked like a giant “O” attached to the side of his helmet.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Yaz did the same thing late in his career:
    http://farm4.static....
    http://farm4.static....

    Yaz also was one of a very, very few in MLB to wear SpotBilts in the doubleknit era.
    (Or where they technically Saucony? Did SpotBilt buy Saucony or something? Hell, I don’t remember).

    —Rick

  • Kevin Z. | February 3, 2010 at 10:56 am |

    [quote comment=”375851″][quote]“Found this 1996 NBA rookies photo in the SI vaults,” says Nathan Haas. “I’ve never seen the large logo on the Grizzlies’ shorts before. Also, Kerry Kittles is wearing running shoes.”[/quote]

    Methinks I am not the only one subscribing to SI_Vault on twitter..[/quote]

    Haha, my thoughts exactly.

  • Ranagan | February 3, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    DC WASA (the city’s water department) is having a logo design competition. $2,000 to the person who can make residents forget about lead pipes, non-functioning fire hydrants, and weekly water main bursts.

    http://www.dcwasa.co...

  • speterso | February 3, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    Was it me or did it seem like a lot of the Saints’ Media Day jerseys had real sleeves?

  • Kevin Z. | February 3, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”375890″]That clip on looking cool with Tom Paciorek was included on a baseball bloopers video that my Grandpa had and my brother and I watched probably 100 times in the mid-1990s. I will try to find the name of it.[/quote]

    I think this is the video – the unofficial baseball handbook is referred to over and over:
    http://www.allmovie....

  • Kevin Z. | February 3, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment=”375890″]That clip on looking cool with Tom Paciorek was included on a baseball bloopers video that my Grandpa had and my brother and I watched probably 100 times in the mid-1990s. I will try to find the name of it.[/quote]

    I think this is the video – they refer to the unofficial baseball handbook over and over:
    http://www.allmovie....

  • TC Lofton | February 3, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=\”375849\”]The socks that Rahaeem Brock is wearing are standard Reebok athletic socks. I\’ve seen them for sale in a three-pack at Dick\’s with two other pairs of striped blue socks. Also comes in a Red pack and a Green pack, maybe others as well.[/quote]

    Sweet!

    I tweeted Raheem about his socks this morning, and he was even good enough to say that he got them at the 86th St. Dicks in Indy. I like em.

  • chance michaels | February 3, 2010 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”375868″][quote comment=”375862″]There was a tweet today from the wall street journal that content was free today, so enjoy this story about stadium naming rights:

    http://online.wsj.co...

    Not that I’m going to question the Wall Street Journal but there’s NO WAY the Bills had a .641 winning percentage between 1973-1998. Not even their home winning percentage. I know they went undefeated at home maybe a couple times but geez- at points in the 70’s and 80s they plain sucked.[/quote]
    Sounds fishy to me as well. Let’s take a look.

    1973: 9-5 (.643)
    1974: 9-5 (.643)
    1975: 8-6 (.571)
    1976: 2-12 (.143)
    1977: 3-11 (.214)
    1978: 5-11 (.313)
    1979: 7-9 (.438)
    1980: 11-5 (.688)
    1981: 10-6 (.625)
    1982: 4-5 (.444)
    1983: 8-8 (.500)
    1984: 2-14 (.125)
    1985: 2-14 (.125)
    1986: 4-12 (.250)
    1987: 7-8 (.467)
    1988: 12-4 (.750)
    1989: 9-7 (.563)
    1990: 13-3 (.813)
    1991: 13-3 (.813)
    1992: 11-5 (.688)
    1993: 12-4 (.750)
    1994: 7-9 (.438)
    1995: 10-6 (.625)
    1996: 10-6 (.625)
    1997: 6-10 (.375)
    1998: 10-6 (.625)

    Total: 204-194 (.513)

    So why shouldn’t we question the Wall Street Journal, exactly? Did they mean home record over that period? I don’t have those numbers handy.

  • chance michaels | February 3, 2010 at 11:12 am |

    Just read it again – of course they’re talking about home records. That could be possible then.

    Never mind.

  • Nickel | February 3, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    Re: the Unofficial Baseball Handbook

    It may have been on TV, but I knew that segment as part of a bloopers/great plays/80s awkwardness VHS called Baseball Funnies: The Unofficial Baseball Handbook.

    Another great old bloopers video I used to have was Baseball Funny Side Up, which can, incredibly, be seen in its entirety on YouTube: Part 1 and Part 2. The end of Part 1 and the beginning of Part 2 has an awesome part where Jack McDowell teaches us all about Hot Foots.

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”375900″]Just read it again – of course they’re talking about home records. That could be possible then.

    Never mind.[/quote]
    Don’t let it dissuade you from continuing to question the media.

  • chance michaels | February 3, 2010 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”375902″][quote comment=”375900″]Just read it again – of course they’re talking about home records. That could be possible then.

    Never mind.[/quote]
    Don’t let it dissuade you from continuing to question the media.[/quote]
    Well, especially the Journal. ;)

  • Nickel | February 3, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    Here’s another old baseball bloopers video with SO much to love.

    Part 2: Jack McDowell and HoJo Hot Foot; outtakes from baseball player commercials; thing on Mariners Funny-Nose-Glasses Night

  • Dane | February 3, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    Now here’s a hot-off-the-press DIY for ya:

    http://a323.yahoofs....

  • Giancarlo | February 3, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    I had no idea that what was keeping me from being cool was the lack of a tight t-shirt with an ethnic joke on it.

  • Gill | February 3, 2010 at 11:44 am |

    Why is Tom P. not telling us how to wear stirrups?

  • chance michaels | February 3, 2010 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”375906″]I had no idea that what was keeping me from being cool was the lack of a tight t-shirt with an ethnic joke on it.[/quote]
    The real question is what will you do now that you know?

  • steve | February 3, 2010 at 11:50 am |

    That’s Roger McDowell, not Jack. And as I said, he became the go to funny guy. Quick story about that hot foot video. It was done for the Mets ’86 season highlight film and those two did it in a room next to the clubhouse during a rain delay after the Mets had clinched the East. At the end, when the gum catches on fire, I really thought they were going to burn their hands. Imagine that happening right before the playoffs.

  • Darryl P. | February 3, 2010 at 11:54 am |

    It’s about time the Emeralds got a new logo. It looks nice. And it’s nice to see that they went back to Green and Blue (getting rid of the gold), while also using the old script ‘E’. Hopefully the new uni’s are the same.

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    Bobby C interviews Tom Paciorek.
    (Thought he jumped off the Narrows bridge)

  • Giancarlo | February 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”375908″][quote comment=”375906″]I had no idea that what was keeping me from being cool was the lack of a tight t-shirt with an ethnic joke on it.[/quote]
    The real question is what will you do now that you know?[/quote]
    Move to Williamsburg.

    (Sorry, that’s a Brooklyn joke).

  • JimWa | February 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”375909″]That’s Roger McDowell, not Jack. And as I said, he became the go to funny guy. Quick story about that hot foot video. It was done for the Mets ’86 season highlight film and those two did it in a room next to the clubhouse during a rain delay after the Mets had clinched the East. At the end, when the gum catches on fire, I really thought they were going to burn their hands. Imagine that happening right before the playoffs.[/quote]

    Roger McDowell – my favorite Met ever.

    One day in the bleachers at Wrigley Field, Chicago was going through a month-long drought. It had to be at least 100 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

    During batting practice, from under the bleachers, comes McDowell with the groundcrew’s hose, and starts drenching every fan he can reach. I think he received the grandest ovation of any New York Met to ever play in Chicago.

    If memory serves me correctly BTW, I think that game was eventually postponed by rain!!!

  • Bob Loblaw | February 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”375874″]I liked the Giants’ 1983 redesign, especially considering what that had been wearing. Bigass Helvetica-like numbers on the back, the black and orange piping. Loved it. But I enjoyed the move back to the more traditional uniform, too.

    That Frank Robinson commercial, though, was pretty funny.

    Regarding those wearing helmets in the field. I remember the Strane brothers always did it with the Alaska Goldpanners back in ’67. http://www.goldpanne...
    Spaceman Bob Lee? and Bob Boone C of the 70’s-80’s Phils??? pretty cool pic.

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”375913″]
    Roger McDowell – my favorite Met ever.

    [/quote]

    also the second spitter

  • scott | February 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”375910″]It’s about time the Emeralds got a new logo. It looks nice. And it’s nice to see that they went back to Green and Blue (getting rid of the gold), while also using the old script ‘E’. Hopefully the new uni’s are the same.[/quote]

    The logo is nice, and the script E is supposed to be on the caps, so that should look great.

    Too bad the Ems are leaving a classic ballpark with lots of character for a new tin park.

  • Darryl P. | February 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”375916″][quote comment=”375910″]It’s about time the Emeralds got a new logo. It looks nice. And it’s nice to see that they went back to Green and Blue (getting rid of the gold), while also using the old script ‘E’. Hopefully the new uni’s are the same.[/quote]

    The logo is nice, and the script E is supposed to be on the caps, so that should look great.

    Too bad the Ems are leaving a classic ballpark with lots of character for a new tin park.[/quote]

    I figured the E was going on the caps…just like the good old days. I understand why they are leaving Civic Stadium, but man, I really wish they weren’t. I love that place.

    Favorite Civic memory: I was probably 8 or so, went to the stands above the Ems bullpen and asked a pitcher for a ball. He told me to go get him a hot dog, and he’d give me the ball. To not be noticed, I had to set the hot dog on an empty bleacher then walk away. He then came over, took the dog, and left a ball for me to come get. I have the ball in my display case now. :-)

    2nd favorite Civic memory: I snuck under the chain link fence behind RF to look for balls in the bushes. Wandered too close to the playing field, an ump noticed, and the game was stopped until we got the F out of there. Talk about running while thinking you’re going to jail…

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

    As you can see in the baseball card at top of page, Paciorek was among those who opted for about the thinest ribbon stirrups of all time. Slightly wider than a shoelace, they were.

    —Ricko

  • Kevin G. | February 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”375897″][quote comment=”375890″]That clip on looking cool with Tom Paciorek was included on a baseball bloopers video that my Grandpa had and my brother and I watched probably 100 times in the mid-1990s. I will try to find the name of it.[/quote]

    I think this is the video – they refer to the unofficial baseball handbook over and over:
    http://www.allmovie....
    No, that’s not the video. This one was done in 1983 and was an hour long. I think it is officially titled “Inside Baseball – The Unofficial Baseball Handbook”.

  • Squiddie | February 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”375903″][quote comment=”375902″][quote comment=”375900″]Just read it again – of course they’re talking about home records. That could be possible then.

    Never mind.[/quote]
    Don’t let it dissuade you from continuing to question the media.[/quote]
    Well, especially the Journal. ;)[/quote]

    OK, I did a quick and probably error-laden tally and I get the Bills going 121-79 at home between 1973 and 1998. That’s .605 isn’t it?

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”375922″][quote comment=”375903″][quote comment=”375902″][quote comment=”375900″]Just read it again – of course they’re talking about home records. That could be possible then.

    Never mind.[/quote]
    Don’t let it dissuade you from continuing to question the media.[/quote]
    Well, especially the Journal. ;)[/quote]

    OK, I did a quick and probably error-laden tally and I get the Bills going 121-79 at home between 1973 and 1998. That’s .605 isn’t it?[/quote]
    Did that tally include playoff and/or preseason games?

  • Mark K | February 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”375922″][quote comment=”375903″][quote comment=”375902″][quote comment=”375900″]Just read it again – of course they’re talking about home records. That could be possible then.

    Never mind.[/quote]
    Don’t let it dissuade you from continuing to question the media.[/quote]
    Well, especially the Journal. ;)[/quote]

    OK, I did a quick and probably error-laden tally and I get the Bills going 121-79 at home between 1973 and 1998. That’s .605 isn’t it?[/quote]

    Same numbers I got.

    Never trust the Wall Street Journal.

  • Chris | February 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    Look at some of the other shorts on that Syracuse link. If they are getting a look, than a whole lot of others are too.

  • Johnny O | February 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    Brewcrewball.com has a great article on if the Brewers un-tucking is a good or bad thing.

    http://www.brewcrewb...

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”375918″]As you can see in the baseball card at top of page, Paciorek was among those who opted for about the thinest ribbon stirrups of all time. Slightly wider than a shoelace, they were.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I think I’ve got some shoes with laces wider than those stirrups.

    Tough to tell.

  • Squiddie | February 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”375923″][quote comment=”375922″][quote comment=”375903″][quote comment=”375902″][quote comment=”375900″]Just read it again – of course they’re talking about home records. That could be possible then.

    Never mind.[/quote]
    Don’t let it dissuade you from continuing to question the media.[/quote]
    Well, especially the Journal. ;)[/quote]

    OK, I did a quick and probably error-laden tally and I get the Bills going 121-79 at home between 1973 and 1998. That’s .605 isn’t it?[/quote]
    Did that tally include playoff and/or preseason games?[/quote]

    No, the NFL site just has the regular season.

    I am enlightened.

  • Justin Bates | February 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm |

    Unfortunate, yet comical display of Logo Creep gone wrong.

    http://nickholmes.tu...

    The caption is great, too.

  • IanB | February 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

    Forget about the logo on the Grizzlies shorts… Is he flipping us off or flashing a “sign”?

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”375929″]Unfortunate, yet comical display of Logo Creep gone wrong.

    http://nickholmes.tu...

    The caption is great, too.[/quote]
    Is it even worth pointing out the logo inconsistencies? 4 stripes and “dadais” for the all-black ones, 4 stripes and “adaids” on the black/red ones.

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”375932″][quote comment=”375929″]Unfortunate, yet comical display of Logo Creep gone wrong.

    http://nickholmes.tu...

    The caption is great, too.[/quote]
    Is it even worth pointing out the logo inconsistencies? 4 stripes and “dadais” for the all-black ones, 4 stripes and “adaids” on the black/red ones.[/quote]

    It’s okay, they sent them to Hiati.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”375913″][quote comment=”375909″]That’s Roger McDowell, not Jack. And as I said, he became the go to funny guy. Quick story about that hot foot video. It was done for the Mets ’86 season highlight film and those two did it in a room next to the clubhouse during a rain delay after the Mets had clinched the East. At the end, when the gum catches on fire, I really thought they were going to burn their hands. Imagine that happening right before the playoffs.[/quote]

    Roger McDowell – my favorite Met ever.

    One day in the bleachers at Wrigley Field, Chicago was going through a month-long drought. It had to be at least 100 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

    During batting practice, from under the bleachers, comes McDowell with the groundcrew’s hose, and starts drenching every fan he can reach. I think he received the grandest ovation of any New York Met to ever play in Chicago.

    If memory serves me correctly BTW, I think that game was eventually postponed by rain!!![/quote]

    i’m sad to ask how many people you think would get pissed and probably sue someone if that happened these days…

  • Mark K | February 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

    ok let’s include all games at Rich…

    Bills preseason Rich Stadium record, ’73 thru ’98…

    0-3
    2-1
    1-2
    2-1
    2-1
    0-2
    0-2
    1-1
    0-2
    1-1
    0-2
    1-1
    0-1
    0-0
    0-0
    0-1
    1-0
    0-1
    1-0
    1-0
    1-0
    2-0
    1-1
    0-2
    1-1
    1-1

    total = 19-27 .413

    playoffs

    total = 9-1 .900

    grand total = 149-107 .582

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”375935″][quote comment=”375913″][quote comment=”375909″]That’s Roger McDowell, not Jack. And as I said, he became the go to funny guy. Quick story about that hot foot video. It was done for the Mets ’86 season highlight film and those two did it in a room next to the clubhouse during a rain delay after the Mets had clinched the East. At the end, when the gum catches on fire, I really thought they were going to burn their hands. Imagine that happening right before the playoffs.[/quote]

    Roger McDowell – my favorite Met ever.

    One day in the bleachers at Wrigley Field, Chicago was going through a month-long drought. It had to be at least 100 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

    During batting practice, from under the bleachers, comes McDowell with the groundcrew’s hose, and starts drenching every fan he can reach. I think he received the grandest ovation of any New York Met to ever play in Chicago.

    If memory serves me correctly BTW, I think that game was eventually postponed by rain!!![/quote]

    i’m sad to ask how many people you think would get pissed and probably sue someone if that happened these days…[/quote]
    Yep. Things are a bit different these days.

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”375931″]Oops..

    http://cdn.ksk.uprox...

    Was he sitting next to “LEVENTH MAN”?

    —Ricko

  • Ry Co 40 | February 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”375939″][quote comment=”375931″]Oops..

    http://cdn.ksk.uprox...

    Was he sitting next to “LEVENTH MAN”?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    “F no!!!”

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”375940″][quote comment=”375939″][quote comment=”375931″]Oops..

    http://cdn.ksk.uprox...

    Was he sitting next to “LEVENTH MAN”?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    “F no!!!”[/quote]

    No Ryan, it’s No ‘F’!

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  • Squiddie | February 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm |

    Another thing about the Bills is that they had a really good regular season home record between 1988-1993 where they were 31-7. Before 1988, their record was six games under .500

  • Squiddie | February 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”375943″]Another thing about the Bills is that they had a really good regular season home record between 1988-1993 where they were 31-7. Before 1988, their record was six games under .500[/quote]
    Typo. Make that 41-7

  • Christopher | February 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”375942″]Rut-roh

    http://profootballta...

    Damn, I’m so curious what happens in Super Bowl 88… make a logo out of this:

    LXXXVIII

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”375945″][quote comment=”375942″]Rut-roh

    http://profootballta...

    Damn, I’m so curious what happens in Super Bowl 88… make a logo out of this:

    LXXXVIII[/quote]

    Super Bowl
    88

    Done.

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”375946″][quote comment=”375945″][quote comment=”375942″]Rut-roh

    http://profootballta...

    Damn, I’m so curious what happens in Super Bowl 88… make a logo out of this:

    LXXXVIII[/quote]

    Super Bowl
    88

    Done.[/quote]
    Done? I think not because whatever’s left of this man’s brain will surely explode, taking an entire city block out in the process.

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”375947″][quote comment=”375946″][quote comment=”375945″][quote comment=”375942″]Rut-roh

    http://profootballta...

    Damn, I’m so curious what happens in Super Bowl 88… make a logo out of this:

    LXXXVIII[/quote]

    Super Bowl
    88

    Done.[/quote]
    Done? I think not because whatever’s left of this man’s brain will surely explode, taking an entire city block out in the process.[/quote]

    44 years from now, OCD will long since have claimed him..

  • Tom V | February 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

    Continuation of the Lake Mary Rams/Chrysler issue that came to light yesterday. Chrysler is explaining the situation, but some folks (who just don’t seem to get it) are still mad about the situation.

    http://blogs.orlando...

  • Ricko | February 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”375945″][quote comment=”375942″]Rut-roh

    http://profootballta...

    Damn, I’m so curious what happens in Super Bowl 88… make a logo out of this:

    LXXXVIII[/quote]

    One would hope that at “L” they’ll switch to “50.”

    Unfortunately, I think we can all rest assured the NFL will never recognize when it is being pretentious and showing off an inflated opinion of itself.

    Because, see, they don’t think it’s inflated.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    appropos of almost nothing…

    february made me shiver

  • M.Princip | February 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm |

    Since there’s all this talk about baseball helmets of late, I’d like to throw in a football helmet detail that I completely geek out on. One, that also pre-dated the Pro Cap anti-concussion helmets. It’s Riddell’s perforated concussion pads that lined the inside of those; RK, TK, and TAK 29 helmets. Here’s a great example of an early RK model Redskins helmet with one installed. It’s almost like poppin’ the hood and finding an original Hemi inside.

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”375948″][quote comment=”375947″][quote comment=”375946″][quote comment=”375945″][quote comment=”375942″]Rut-roh

    http://profootballta...

    Damn, I’m so curious what happens in Super Bowl 88… make a logo out of this:

    LXXXVIII[/quote]

    Super Bowl
    88

    Done.[/quote]
    Done? I think not because whatever’s left of this man’s brain will surely explode, taking an entire city block out in the process.[/quote]

    44 years from now, OCD will long since have claimed him..[/quote]
    Maybe.

    Maybe not.

  • Squiddie | February 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

    Bad news on the doorstep?

  • Kerry P | February 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

    Personally, I like using the Roman numerals for the games. Just my opinion.

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”375954″]Bad news on the doorstep?[/quote]

    indeed

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”375956″][quote comment=”375954″]Bad news on the doorstep?[/quote]

    indeed[/quote]

    Did something touch you deep inside, Phil?

    Was it Powers? It’s ok buddy, you can tell us.

  • The Hemogoblin | February 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”375954″]Bad news on the doorstep?[/quote]
    I couldn’t take one more step…

  • Kurt Allen | February 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm |

    They just had a LSU recruit w/jersey on in studio on CBS College Sports, possible redesign??? It actually looks nice (block numbers/TV numbers on sleeve. Stripes are on the sleeve v. shoulder. It’s just does a school dare switch a design they’ve worn since the Billy Cannon days???

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”375959″]They just had a LSU recruit w/jersey on in studio on CBS College Sports, possible redesign??? It actually looks nice (block numbers/TV numbers on sleeve. Stripes are on the sleeve v. shoulder. It’s just does a school dare switch a design they’ve worn since the Billy Cannon days???[/quote]

    Pretty sure it’s this guy http://images.cbsspo...

    that’s his high school jersey, he hasn’t announced his College yet.

  • James Hayden | February 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm |

    Speaking of Brooks Robinson’s helmet:

    http://i100.photobuc...

    located in the baltimore Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards: http://www.baberuthm...

    it’s hard to see in the pic (due to my fine photographic skills), but the brim is shortened considerably.

  • Kurt Allen | February 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”375960″][quote comment=”375959″]They just had a LSU recruit w/jersey on in studio on CBS College Sports, possible redesign??? It actually looks nice (block numbers/TV numbers on sleeve. Stripes are on the sleeve v. shoulder. It’s just does a school dare switch a design they’ve worn since the Billy Cannon days???[/quote]

    Pretty sure it’s this guy http://images.cbsspo...

    that’s his high school jersey, he hasn’t announced his College yet.[/quote]

    He was wearing #15, looked like a skill-position type, definitely not a lineman…

  • JimWa | February 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”375958″][quote comment=”375954″]Bad news on the doorstep?[/quote]
    I couldn’t take one more step…[/quote]

    I drove my Toyota to the levy, but it sped out of control, so I had to go back home and get my Chevy.

  • Nate H | February 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

    Paul,

    I ordered a jersey the other day through a friend and received this Adrian Peterson jersey. http://www.nflshop.c...

    Do you have any idea regarding this jersey as it’s not even close to their road jerseys but a nicer look, don’t you think?
    Thanks,
    Nate

  • Jeremy | February 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm |

    watching the Fulham-Portsmouth match. One of the Portsmouth players had a jersey with nothing on the back (no name or number)in the first half. but now he’s wearing 33 in the 2nd half (which is his listed #). anybody else have info?

  • Hott Rodd | February 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”375962″][quote comment=”375960″][quote comment=”375959″]They just had a LSU recruit w/jersey on in studio on CBS College Sports, possible redesign??? It actually looks nice (block numbers/TV numbers on sleeve. Stripes are on the sleeve v. shoulder. It’s just does a school dare switch a design they’ve worn since the Billy Cannon days???[/quote]

    Pretty sure it’s this guy http://images.cbsspo...

    that’s his high school jersey, he hasn’t announced his College yet.[/quote]

    He was wearing #15, looked like a skill-position type, definitely not a lineman…[/quote]

    hmmm. dunno then. not watching tv right now.

  • chance michaels | February 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”375912″][quote comment=”375908″][quote comment=”375906″]I had no idea that what was keeping me from being cool was the lack of a tight t-shirt with an ethnic joke on it.[/quote]
    The real question is what will you do now that you know?[/quote]
    Move to Williamsburg.

    (Sorry, that’s a Brooklyn joke).[/quote]
    As someone in the process of moving from Chelsea to Park Slope, I get it!

  • JimV19 | February 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

    Well, it looks as if the NFL has craked down on Youtube. I’ve been watching some Super Bowl highlights videos for research, and now a lot of them have been removed. I have but one thing to say:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Ryan | February 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm |

    Hey maybe the new ‘cuse shorts will go with these:

    http://www.nunesmagi...

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm |

    I missed this in the ticker earlier.

    Is this really what basketball unis for the Agricultural College of Colorado (or Colorado A&M or whatever it was called at the time) looked like? I’d like to see some old pics because I kinda doubt they did.

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”375970″]I missed this in the ticker earlier.

    Is this really what basketball unis for the Agricultural College of Colorado (or Colorado A&M or whatever it was called at the time) looked like? I’d like to see some old pics because I kinda doubt they did.[/quote]
    Did Chrysler approve that logo on the stanchion?

  • DenverGregg | February 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”375970″]I missed this in the ticker earlier.

    Is this really what basketball unis for the Agricultural College of Colorado (or Colorado A&M or whatever it was called at the time) looked like? I’d like to see some old pics because I kinda doubt they did.[/quote]
    My Dad went to Colorado A&M in the 40s and I remember him once saying that Aggie teams wore green and orange. I thought it was just him being colorblind. I’ve got some of his old yearbooks, which I’ll check later. I kind of doubt there are color hoops pics inside, but it’s worth a look.

  • rpm | February 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”375873″]Indians stirrup-o-rama…
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Some background…
    * Indians never wore a three-stripe red. Had only two navy stripes edged in white (vests, Sam McDowell era). Although, perhaps, there was one year early in double knit era when socks had three stripes, but players pulled them up so far was hard to tell.
    * Never wore the red NW striped.
    * Did wear navy with three stripes in late ’40s (Larry Doby/Satchel Paige teams). When striped navy returned from ’58 through about ’62 was only two stripes. Then in the “block hat C” era (Toby Harrah) the three stripes retuned. But, again, most players wore their socks so the stripes didn’t show.

    Some cool stuff to have, that’s for sure.
    (I already have them all. From ebay, several years ago).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    the tribe never wore the northwestern, the other two were worn by cleveland. but this just a lot of stretched out stirrups with fairly common designs from the past, there is no way some of those are 60 years olde either. the seller is just putting cleveland on it hoping to land a moron. okay, off to work.

  • DenverGregg | February 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”375964″]Paul,

    I ordered a jersey the other day through a friend and received this Adrian Peterson jersey. http://www.nflshop.c...

    Do you have any idea regarding this jersey as it’s not even close to their road jerseys but a nicer look, don’t you think?
    Thanks,
    Nate[/quote]
    Practice jersey?

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”375972″][quote comment=”375970″]I missed this in the ticker earlier.

    Is this really what basketball unis for the Agricultural College of Colorado (or Colorado A&M or whatever it was called at the time) looked like? I’d like to see some old pics because I kinda doubt they did.[/quote]
    My Dad went to Colorado A&M in the 40s and I remember him once saying that Aggie teams wore green and orange. I thought it was just him being colorblind. I’ve got some of his old yearbooks, which I’ll check later. I kind of doubt there are color hoops pics inside, but it’s worth a look.[/quote]
    It’s not the colors that I find dubious. It’s the style of the jerseys. So black & white pics would definitely be sufficient.

  • Johnny O | February 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    I have never heard of this sort of “promotion” before, but I guess it makes sense. Good for the Badgers:

    http://www.uwbadgers...

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”375976″]I have never heard of this sort of “promotion” before, but I guess it makes sense. Good for the Badgers:

    http://www.uwbadgers...

    Bet that sells out in a jif.

  • Chris | February 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”375969″]Hey maybe the new ‘cuse shorts will go with these:

    http://www.nunesmagi...

    That article is from like 10 months ago.

  • Jet | February 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm |

    Those 1939 All Star pics… wow… there is so much there that demands explanation and analysis that I don’t know where to begin…

  • MPowers1634 | February 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm |

    A present for Paul:

    http://sneakernews.c...

  • MPowers1634 | February 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”375963″][quote comment=”375958″][quote comment=”375954″]Bad news on the doorstep?[/quote]
    I couldn’t take one more step…[/quote]

    I drove my Toyota to the levy, but it sped out of control, so I had to go back home and get my Chevy.[/quote]

    Isn’t today the anniversary of the music dying?

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”375981″]

    Isn’t today the anniversary of the music dying?[/quote]

    you get a gold star

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm |

    Is this a goof?

    http://voices.washin...

  • katie | February 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    Alex Steen’s plastic skate guard was just shown during the Blue vs. Blackhawks game. It looked like black plastic instead of the clear ones I’ve seen.

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”375985″]Is this a goof?

    http://voices.washin...

    not only is the caps logo a fail…check out the time of the game…

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”375987″][quote comment=”375985″]Is this a goof?

    http://voices.washin...

    not only is the caps logo a fail…check out the time of the game…[/quote]
    metric time

  • LI Phil | February 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”375988″]
    metric time[/quote]

    even teebz doesn’t know what time that is…

  • Chance Michaels | February 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”375917″][quote comment=”375916″][quote comment=”375910″]It’s about time the Emeralds got a new logo. It looks nice. And it’s nice to see that they went back to Green and Blue (getting rid of the gold), while also using the old script ‘E’. Hopefully the new uni’s are the same.[/quote]

    The logo is nice, and the script E is supposed to be on the caps, so that should look great.

    Too bad the Ems are leaving a classic ballpark with lots of character for a new tin park.[/quote]

    I figured the E was going on the caps…just like the good old days. I understand why they are leaving Civic Stadium, but man, I really wish they weren’t. I love that place.

    Favorite Civic memory: I was probably 8 or so, went to the stands above the Ems bullpen and asked a pitcher for a ball. He told me to go get him a hot dog, and he’d give me the ball. To not be noticed, I had to set the hot dog on an empty bleacher then walk away. He then came over, took the dog, and left a ball for me to come get. I have the ball in my display case now. :-)

    2nd favorite Civic memory: I snuck under the chain link fence behind RF to look for balls in the bushes. Wandered too close to the playing field, an ump noticed, and the game was stopped until we got the F out of there. Talk about running while thinking you’re going to jail…[/quote]

    I loved going to Ems games in the early 1990s, but I think tying it into the University isn’t a bad idea. I never got the sense that anyone in Eugene found Autzen inconvenient, and it certainly seemed to us as students that Civic Stadium required a car to get to.

    Here’s the cap:
    http://i19.photobuck...

    I’m buying one of those the first minute they’re available.

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”375989″][quote comment=”375988″]
    metric time[/quote]

    even teebz doesn’t know what time that is…[/quote]
    aboot 12

  • aflfan | February 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”375989″][quote comment=”375988″]
    metric time[/quote]

    even teebz doesn’t know what time that is…[/quote]

    It might be Newfoundland time.

  • leon | February 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm |

    new coach for blue jackets

  • Madawn | February 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”375985″]Is this a goof?

    http://voices.washin...
    Arrrrgggh! I’d certainly check that but our STOOPID cable company decided they wouldn’t pay a new NHL tax this year so they are not showing the Fox Sports Midwest Blues games this year in my town. So that is their excuse anyway. Instead I’m getting some 4 year old poker game. Damn city owned cable company!!!

  • traxel | February 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    Now I’m just losing it. That last post by Madawn was supposed to be from me but…well…never mind. It was also supposed to be quoting this
    “Alex Steen’s plastic skate guard was just shown during the Blue vs. Blackhawks game. It looked like black plastic instead of the clear ones I’ve seen.”
    from Katie #139
    I bet Ricko’s typewriter wouldn’t have made that err.

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”375992″][quote comment=”375989″][quote comment=”375988″]
    metric time[/quote]

    even teebz doesn’t know what time that is…[/quote]

    It might be Newfoundland time.[/quote]
    I really don’t see why you fellas are getting so worked up about this. The game’s at midnight. So what?

  • aflfan | February 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”375996″][quote comment=”375992″][quote comment=”375989″][quote comment=”375988″]
    metric time[/quote]

    even teebz doesn’t know what time that is…[/quote]

    It might be Newfoundland time.[/quote]
    I really don’t see why you fellas are getting so worked up about this. The game’s at midnight. So what?[/quote]

    Oh good, then I will be awake for it.

  • JimV19 | February 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”375983″][quote comment=”375937″]It’s league night. Let’s go bowling! (Anyone ever hear of the Sappenfield’s Sport Shop?)

    Branning for Mayor

    Sears Jamorettes

    Berry Cafe

    Wanda is bowling for the Independent Laundry

    Schoenling Beer – Cincinnati’s Finest

    Rodenbeck Construction Company Inc.

    Brouwers Tire and Battery (held in place by safety pins)

    Eve’s Place

    Oldham Sand and Gravel

    National Heat Treat

    Wayne Hotel Barber Shop

    What is 1948-speak for ‘douche’?

    Life isn’t easy for a pin setter[/quote]

    These are exquisite. Thank you![/quote]

    I’m rooting for the Berry Cafe team…

    Hey rpm, along with your stirrup club, can you start a seamed stocking club for Mrs. V?

  • Jon | February 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

    Adam Richman from “MAN VS FOOD” is doing a live show from the Super Bowl. He is currently eating a 48 oz SHULA steak wearing a “I’M STILL CALLING IT JOE ROBBIE” shirt.

  • el scotto | February 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

    Just turned on man vs food live and the host, Adam Richman, opened his coat to reveal a “I still call it Joe Robbie” shirt. No screen shot but it brought a smile to my face.

  • Nif | February 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |

    not able to grab a screen grab but Adam is wearing an “i still call it joe robbie” shirt on the live man v food show on the travel channel, nice!

  • Fight | February 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”375999″]Adam Richman from “MAN VS FOOD” is doing a live show from the Super Bowl. He is currently eating a 48 oz SHULA steak wearing a “I’M STILL CALLING IT JOE ROBBIE” shirt.[/quote]
    [quote comment=”376000″]Just turned on man vs food live and the host, Adam Richman, opened his coat to reveal a “I still call it Joe Robbie” shirt. No screen shot but it brought a smile to my face.[/quote]
    That was the first thing I noticed as well – awesome. Well, that and the fact that Dave Schula found work

  • DenverGregg | February 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”375975″][quote comment=”375972″][quote comment=”375970″]I missed this in the ticker earlier.

    Is this really what basketball unis for the Agricultural College of Colorado (or Colorado A&M or whatever it was called at the time) looked like? I’d like to see some old pics because I kinda doubt they did.[/quote]
    My Dad went to Colorado A&M in the 40s and I remember him once saying that Aggie teams wore green and orange. I thought it was just him being colorblind. I’ve got some of his old yearbooks, which I’ll check later. I kind of doubt there are color hoops pics inside, but it’s worth a look.[/quote]
    It’s not the colors that I find dubious. It’s the style of the jerseys. So black & white pics would definitely be sufficient.[/quote]
    Only yearbook that was readily accessible was 1949. White uni with only numbers on the front, snug, no stripes. If I get this camerography straight, I’ll post some pix. Some here will like the BYU unis. I find them to be singularly nasty.

  • JimV19 | February 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm |

    So we can call Mrs. Brees a trophy wife, eh?
    http://espn.go.com/e...

    Better than what my anti-spam word is…

  • Flip | February 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm |

    Oh, the guns on Paciorek. Nearly forgot what pre-roid players looked liked.

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm |

    From the Nobody Really Gives A Shit, So I Didn’t Bother Getting A Screen Grab department:

    I happened to notice that there’s at least one chair in the officials’ box at the United Center with the old NHL logo on it.

    They stopped using that one before this blog even started, right?

  • JTH | February 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”376004″]So we can call Mrs. Brees a trophy wife, eh?
    http://espn.go.com/e...

    Better than what my anti-spam word is…[/quote]
    Anti-spam word? Are you saying she’s for RENT?

  • JimV19 | February 3, 2010 at 11:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”376007″][quote comment=”376004″]So we can call Mrs. Brees a trophy wife, eh?
    http://espn.go.com/e...

    Better than what my anti-spam word is…[/quote]
    Anti-spam word? Are you saying she’s for RENT?[/quote]

    Nah, it said BROAD. the blog said that, not me…

  • JimV19 | February 4, 2010 at 12:39 am |

    Hey night owls,

    Remember the Academy of Art University Urban Knights basketball team? If you have DirecTV they’re on channel 374, taking on the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders.

    No uni mismatches this time. Urban Knights are in all black. BYUH are in all white with red trim.

  • JimV19 | February 4, 2010 at 1:50 am |

    Wonder if The Jeff concurs:
    http://videogames.ya...

    They even added a color vs. color shot for him.

  • Shane | February 4, 2010 at 2:05 am |

    That 1996 NBA rookie pic was used on the cover of an issue of SLAM magazine. Well, part of it was, but I think they had the entire pic as a fold-out mini-poster inside.
    And yes, the Maverick is Walker…

  • The Jeff | February 4, 2010 at 7:22 am |

    [quote comment=”376010″]Wonder if The Jeff concurs:
    http://videogames.ya...

    They even added a color vs. color shot for him.[/quote]

    No one’s going to read this… but no I don’t.

    I think the Colts are going to win it (though I am rooting for the ‘Aints), and my choice of color vs color for the game would put the Saints in gold jerseys, and possibly an alternate black helmet.

  • JimWa | February 4, 2010 at 8:55 am |

    Paul sleepin’ in this morning?

  • BW Radley | February 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    If I remember correctly, the 1983-93 Giants uniforms was designed by the same people who later designed the 1985-90 Padres uniforms. I don’t recall that F Robby was involved. Remember that ad from 1983 with Chili Davis and Kupier well. Didn’t cover up the fact the team stunk like dead fish.