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Uni Watch DIY Project: Jasmine or Earl Gray?

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[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Joe DeAngelis, who did a DIY project nearly 20 years ago — and who, I’m fairly certain, is the only DIYer whose toolkit included a cup of tea. Enjoy. — PL]

By Joe DeAngelis

It was 1991, before the dawn of the “throwback” era in sports marketing, and I wanted a vintage style New York Rangers wool jacket. None of the major apparel manufactures were offering such an item. So if I wanted one, I knew I’d had to create it myself.

I purchased two chenille patches — the Rangers’ logo and the vintage NHL shield — for $5 apiece at a card show. Then I went to my local school uniform supplier and looked to purchase a basic wool jacket. I refused to settle on stock items and asked if I could special-order my base coat in the color and stripe schemes I wanted. The reply: “Sure, but it will cost you full retail [$90] and take about a month to construct.”

In the meantime, I was preparing my patches by soaking them in tea for 20 minutes to help “vintage” them in appearance. I also searched the world over for a chenille sleeve patch of the crossed USA/Canadian flags. I couldn’t find one, so I settled for a tackle twill patch and moved forward. MAJOR BLUNDER!

With the front and sleeve patches taken care of, I turned my attention to the back of the jacket. I didn’t want a generic design, so I went back to the same uniform supplier and asked what they recommended. They hit a home run for me, as they were able to construct chenille “Rangers” lettering in the same block font found on traditional Rangers jerseys. The cost was $4 per letter ($28 total).

A week later the supplier left me a voice message asking if I wanted the letters on the back to be positioned in a diagonal arrangement, like on the Rangers’ jerseys. My reply: NO! Too common. I wanted the letters laid out in an arc, similar to the Rangers’ 1946-47 sweater. The supplier obliged, and now we were near final construction.

One final touch that I wish I could go back and change: I had my name, “Joe D.,” sewn in on the front. I hate it. I’d like to pass the jacket down to one of my two sons and possibly their children after that, so I wish it didn’t have my name.

All in all, I love my $145 jacket but I do have a few regrets. I wish I could’ve found a chenille crossed-flags patch, I would’ve colored the snap buttons red instead of blue, and I never should have had my name permanently sewn onto the coat.

Still ,I do laugh when I see what Mitchell & Ness offered fans years later — I guess I was on the right track.

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Paul here. I was particularly intrigued by Joe’s use of tea to impart a vintage look to his patches, so I asked him how he came up with that technique. Here’s his response:

Years ago I was scouting a 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle card and stumbled upon a shady vendor who’s been accused of selling high-end counterfeits. With such a costly purchase looming I did some homework and learned that “tea soaking” was one of the many practices for making newly printed cards appear vintage off-white.

I wanted to make the new chenille patches appear vintage for my project, so I adapted the tea-soaking method in short increments until I reached the desired tint of off-white for my jacket — about 20 minutes total. I had to be careful not to stain them too much, as the jacket’s striping was a new bright white.

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What color is your house?: Curling gets underway at the Vancouver Olympic Centre today, and Jeff Nephew has reported some alarming news: The familiar red and blue rings of the house have been changed to green and blue, to match the color scheme found everywhere else in Vancouver (and on the Vancouver city flag). As you all know, green is my favorite color, but this just doesn’t seem right.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Speaking of curling, the Norwegian team is going for the John Daly look. … The WVU hoops team wore an “FS” patch last Friday, in memory of former player and coach Fred Schaus. … Major find here: home movie footage of a 1947 Ole Miss football game, with Charlie Connerly at QB (No. 42). Note that the opposing team — Vanderbilt? — appears to have been wearing truncated UCLA stripes, which seems odd for that era (big thanks to Rodney Nichols). … Micahel Cesarano is working with the Queensborogh Community College baseball team to create throwback uniforms that the team will wear this spring to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. … New soccer home kit for Ireland (with thanks to Terence Kearns). … Roger Faso pointed out something I’d never noticed before: The A’s team card in Topps’s 1968 set shows the players wearing vests with gold undershirts. Did they ever wear that ensemble on the field, or even in any other photo shoot? … Remember the rumors of UNC wearing this helmet for the Kickoff Classic? Here’s some follow-up from Jordan Woodson: “Recruits coming in have confirmed the football staff is showing off new jerseys as well as the pewter helmet. Apparently pewter is one of several options proposed to the staff, and not highest on their list. One recruit commented on a ‘pearly white’ and a ‘smoky black’ helmet.” … Yesterday I suggested that someone might want to colorize this shot, and Marc Swanson did a nice job with it. … New installment of Joe Skiba’s Equipped went up yesterday. It’s a bittersweet episode — Skeebs’s farewell to Giants Stadium. You can access it on the Giants’ home page. … This awesome ABA pillow really needs to end up in the hands of a Uni Watch reader (big thanks to Ben Traxel). … You can download the Richamond Flying Squirrels’ official style guide specs here (with thanks to Joey Surma). … “I found pics of an interesting pair of the ‘I Love NY’-edition Nike Air Max Lebron lows,” says Matt Powers. “Unlike the highs, the lows feature a small air unit with no flywire. The LBJ23 logo has been replaced by a question mark, which doesn’t bode well for Cleveland’s hopes for retaining his services.” … New baseball uniforms for Texas Tech (with thanks to Robert Snyder). … Two American Olympic hockey goalies have been told to make some adjustments to their masks (as noted by Tyler Hull). … Awesome find by Coachie Ballgames, who writes: “Came across this astounding 1943 program for a baseball exhibition by American and Canadian Armed Forces played in Wembley Stadium in London. Curious to know what made the U.S. Army v. Canadian Forces game a ‘challenge match’ whereas the U.S. Air Force v. U.S. Ground Forces” game was an ‘all professional game.’ So many details to admire here, highlighted by the air raid warning at the bottom.” … Here’s another colorization from one of yesterday’s wire photos, this time by Shaun Ploenzke). … “I am an avid Cubs collector, and recently acquired the find of a lifetime,” writes Rob Steinmetz. “It’s a 1909 Harry Steinfeldt road jersey (Steinfeldt was the fourth member of the infamous Tinker to Evers to Chance infield), acquired from a Chicago-area family that owned the jersey for 100+ years. This is a one-year style road jersey, in all original condition. The jersey was originally obtained by a family member who had a tryout with the Cubs shortly after Steinfeldt’s departure. He didn’t make the team, and kept this jersey.” There are some spectacular details here, including the curved rear yoke, the buttonholes on the sleeves (so long-sleeve attachments could be added if desired), and the little clasp on the cadet collar. … Joe Hredzak notes that the ubiquitous Vancouver Olympics logo looks an awful lot like the image on a can of Rockman malt liquor, which hit the market at least three years ago. … One last curling tidbit: How gorgeous are these stamps? (Thanks, Kirsten.)

 

176 comments to Uni Watch DIY Project: Jasmine or Earl Gray?

  • War Damn Eagle | February 16, 2010 at 8:11 am |

    I really like the Texas Tech throwback baseball uni. The lettering down the placket looks good, and I’m curious to see how Under Armour creates a faux-flannel material.

  • Mike Hersh | February 16, 2010 at 8:13 am |

    Paul-

    At work we use coffee, tea, different color inks and dyes to age patches, garments and paper.

  • Jerry | February 16, 2010 at 8:14 am |

    I don’t think Ryan Miller should have to remove the tribute to his dead cousin from his helmet. I can understand removing “Miller Time”, but having him remove the tribute is a load of bull. The IOC has other things to worry about.

  • Trurologist | February 16, 2010 at 8:17 am |

    [quote comment=”377940″]Paul-

    At work we use coffee, tea, different color inks and dyes to age patches, garments and paper.[/quote]
    Funny, here at work I use coffee to make embarrassingly shaped splotches on my pants and tie…

  • Kyle@IU | February 16, 2010 at 8:30 am |

    I was so excited for curling today, and you’re telling me they’ve messed with the house?! What kills me the most is that, even though blue is still part of the color scheme, they’ve moved it to the outer ring instead of simply changing the red to that greenish color. (which would have just made more sense in my opinion)

  • Kyle@IU | February 16, 2010 at 8:32 am |

    you know what…disregard previous comment. instead of staining patches with coffee and tea, give some to me so I can see properly.

  • traxel | February 16, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    The google homepage has a curling header right now.

  • DJ | February 16, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    Just checked the rules of curling at the Federation’s website. While they describe the width of the concentric circles that make up the house, they do not specify that the rings have to be particular colors. So I guess green and blue, while not traditional, are permissible.

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    ok…i think i figured out how to set my DVR

    12-3p EST curling on USA
    5-8p EST curling on CNBC

    let the bonspiel begin

  • Andy | February 16, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    [quote]The LBJ23 logo has been replaced by a question mark, which doesn’t bode well for Cleveland’s hopes for retaining his services.”[/quote]

    You\’re telling me that releasing an \’I Love NY\’ shoe in Knicks\’ colors with a cheesy question mark on the bottom amid the media rampage that LeBron James is the number one target in New York\’s free agency crosshair makes you think that it\’s [i]more[/i] likely that he jumps ship. To me, this makes it more likely that he stays. I\’ve never seen a more blatantly and unapologetically capitalist marketing effort to keep the folks in New York hopeful that he\’ll sign there and keep them buying his product in the mean time.

    A question mark? Seriously? I think he\’s staying right where he belongs, in C-Town. He\’s just maikng his money in New York while he can, because he stands to lose a lot of customers in New York when he denies them after courting them in the media and marketplace.

  • Chester_Z | February 16, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    In small town Saskatchewan when I was curling as a high school student I once saw yellow and blue rings.

  • Rob | February 16, 2010 at 8:52 am |

    The Vancouver “Rockman” is quite common in Canada. In Ontario people build little “rockmen” everywhere. It’s usually travellers buidling them near rest stops along northern highways. Kind of a way to leave your mark. You see them everywhere, it’s been going on for years and years.

  • Hott Rodd | February 16, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    [quote comment=”377947″]ok…i think i figured out how to set my DVR

    12-3p EST curling on USA
    5-8p EST curling on CNBC

    let the bonspiel begin[/quote]

    cool thanks for the heads up phil, i’m pulling up the app on my phone to set it now.

  • ScottyM | February 16, 2010 at 8:59 am |

    Is anyone else appalled by those Lebron shoes? Is that Nike campaigning for LJ to move to THE market so it can hyper-publicize the guy?

    (As if no one knows Lebron, right? Kinda like the Super Bowl needing a universal “icon” to foster its brand identity … lol.)

    Blah.

  • Geeman | February 16, 2010 at 9:01 am |

    About the ticker item about UNC’s proposed helmets: Yes, not wearing light blue has worked out so well for you in the lsat two years, UNC. You lost in all-dark blue against Florida STate at home (blowing a big lead) and you’ve lost about five in a row in the dark blue pants. Go ahead and get that “smoky black” or pewter helmet and get blown out by LSU.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 16, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    NBC will be live streaming all of todays Curling and Hockey. And it looks likes they will do this throughout the Olympics.
    http://www.nbcolympi...

  • Ray | February 16, 2010 at 9:06 am |

    Joe,

    From a die-hard Devils fan, I have to say that jacket is awesome. Nice work!

  • Bernard | February 16, 2010 at 9:06 am |

    I’m usually all for “less-is-more”, and paying homage to past looks and all that, but I think the new Ireland kit is kinda weak. Needs more orange.

  • GoTerriers | February 16, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 9:13 am |

    [quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]

    here ya go (temporary or permanent … either way does the trick)

    EDIT: Whoa there …top right one is probably NSFW

  • GoTerriers | February 16, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    [quote comment=”377958″][quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]

    here ya go (temporary or permanent … either way does the trick)[/quote]

    I like it and that was our first thought, Phil, but my wife thinks that the MA Interscholastic Athletic Assn. (MIAA) has a prohibition on visible tatoos (the real thing being illegal to have done if you’re under 18, like most HS Students). So, we’re looking for plan B, also

  • FormerDirtDart | February 16, 2010 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]
    “Merits?”
    http://demeritwear.c...

  • Hott Rodd | February 16, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    [quote comment=”377958″][quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]

    here ya go (temporary or permanent … either way does the trick)

    EDIT: Whoa there …top right one is probably NSFW[/quote]

    DAMMIT Phil!

  • Zach | February 16, 2010 at 9:19 am |

    Just so you guys know those LBJ shoes are fake…

    http://www.waitingfo...

  • GoTerriers | February 16, 2010 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment=”377960″][quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]
    “Merits?”
    http://demeritwear.c...
    Patches on a swimsuit=not very hyrdodynamic but I like the thinking. Also hard to stich on to a neoprene swim cap . . .keep ’em coming!

  • Calvin Coolidge Rochester Vander Thorpe IV | February 16, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    [quote comment=”377961″][quote comment=”377958″][quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]

    here ya go (temporary or permanent … either way does the trick)

    EDIT: Whoa there …top right one is probably NSFW[/quote]

    DAMMIT Phil![/quote]

    You could always brand the kids. If the governing body complains say it was an accidental burn and berate them for making life tougher on burn victims. As long as the students don’t get huge keloids the scaring should give them significant drag.

    On another note, when did the practice of giving downhill skiers blue lines on their course begin.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 16, 2010 at 9:28 am |

    [quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]
    You could get a stamp made, and using permanent ink, simply stamp their skull caps of suits.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 16, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment=”377963″][quote comment=”377960″][quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]
    “Merits?”
    http://demeritwear.c...
    Patches on a swimsuit=not very hyrdodynamic but I like the thinking.

    Also hard to stich on to a neoprene swim cap . . .keep ’em coming![/quote]
    the drag will make’m stronger

  • Calvin Coolidge Rochester Vander Thorpe IV | February 16, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”377964″][quote comment=”377961″][quote comment=”377958″][quote comment=”377957″]Ok, never thought I’d do this, but I need the help of the Uni Watch faithful. My wife is a high school swim coach, here in Massachusetts and is trying to come up with a “merit decal” system, like the tOSU Buckeye leaves for her swimmers (boys and girls) that they could wear during competition. Here’s the catch can’t increase the hydrodynamic drag on the swimmers as they compete. Any ideas out there??[/quote]

    here ya go (temporary or permanent … either way does the trick)

    EDIT: Whoa there …top right one is probably NSFW[/quote]

    DAMMIT Phil![/quote]

    You could always brand the kids. If the governing body complains say it was an accidental burn and berate them for making life tougher on burn victims. As long as the students don’t get huge keloids the scaring should give them significant drag.

    On another note, when did the practice of giving downhill skiers blue lines on their course begin.[/quote]

    Correction “should NOT give them significant drag”

  • Scott @ WFNY | February 16, 2010 at 9:34 am |

    Thank you, Zach. I’d hate for that to spiral out of control again…

  • Steve Naismith | February 16, 2010 at 9:40 am |

    Earl Grey, not Gray.

  • Paul Lukas | February 16, 2010 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment=”377969″]Earl Grey, not Gray.[/quote]

    Shit, you’re right. Can’t change that, cuz it’s part of the headline, but duly noted.

  • GoTerriers | February 16, 2010 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”377967″]
    You could always brand the kids. If the governing body complains say it was an accidental burn and berate them for making life tougher on burn victims. As long as the students don’t get huge keloids the scaring should give them significant drag.
    [/quote]

    Sorry, did I mention that my wife LIKES her job?
    :-)

  • leon | February 16, 2010 at 9:57 am |

    Al Roker says this “Nova Scotia Day”. If that is so, a happy one to those who celebrate.

    Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.

    And whateverthehell this is from Phil:

    не сегодня вечером

  • Ry Co 40 | February 16, 2010 at 9:58 am |

    [quote comment=”377971″][quote comment=”377967″]
    You could always brand the kids. If the governing body complains say it was an accidental burn and berate them for making life tougher on burn victims. As long as the students don’t get huge keloids the scaring should give them significant drag.
    [/quote]

    Sorry, did I mention that my wife LIKES her job?
    :-)[/quote]

    post something on the home pool/gym walls. assign a fish or sea creature of some sort to each kid, and everytime that kid wins or does something good stamp a logo or silhouette of his/her fish up on the wall.

  • leon | February 16, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    [quote comment=”377973″][quote comment=”377971″][quote comment=”377967″]
    You could always brand the kids. If the governing body complains say it was an accidental burn and berate them for making life tougher on burn victims. As long as the students don’t get huge keloids the scaring should give them significant drag.
    [/quote]

    Sorry, did I mention that my wife LIKES her job?
    :-)[/quote]

    post something on the home pool/gym walls. assign a fish or sea creature of some sort to each kid, and everytime that kid wins or does something good stamp a logo or silhouette of his/her fish up on the wall.[/quote]

    Marlin tags

  • RadTad | February 16, 2010 at 10:09 am |

    Anybody know what tweak won the NFL tweak contest?? Is there a link that I could check it out??

  • Mike Engle | February 16, 2010 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment=”377973″][quote comment=”377971″][quote comment=”377967″]
    You could always brand the kids. If the governing body complains say it was an accidental burn and berate them for making life tougher on burn victims. As long as the students don’t get huge keloids the scaring should give them significant drag.
    [/quote]

    Sorry, did I mention that my wife LIKES her job?
    :-)[/quote]

    post something on the home pool/gym walls. assign a fish or sea creature of some sort to each kid, and everytime that kid wins or does something good stamp a logo or silhouette of his/her fish up on the wall.[/quote]
    Maybe just a little Sharpie dot on the swim cap?

  • Greg B. | February 16, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”377950″]The Vancouver “Rockman” is quite common in Canada. In Ontario people build little “rockmen” everywhere. It’s usually travellers buidling them near rest stops along northern highways. Kind of a way to leave your mark. You see them everywhere, it’s been going on for years and years.[/quote]

    Actually they are called “inuksuk” or, if they look like people, “inunnguaq”. Historically they were used by Eskimo peoples as markers. Wiki is your friend:

    http://en.wikipedia....

    Yes, Tuesday is “Nova Scotia Day” at the Olympics, and I’m sure our politicians who are out there will be thrilled that Al Roker mentioned our name on NBC. It cost us nearly $3 million to secure that privilege, so I hope we get our money’s worth.

  • Perry | February 16, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    Certainly shirt sponsors are ubiquitous in big-time club football, but that Republic of Ireland shirt is the first national team shirt I can ever recall with a sponsor’s name. What’s up with that?

  • Trurologist | February 16, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    The \”rockman\” is an inukshuk, a landmark built be Inuit and other natives of the Arctic as a marker for travel routes, hunting grounds, etc. It has permeated Canadian Culture since being featured in a Historica Heritage Moment, a series of shorts on Canadian history shown during commercial breaks.

    \”Now the People will Know We Were Here\”
    http://www.histori.c...

    There are dozens of these moments on the website. For some interesting uni-related stuff, check out the sports moments.

  • Ricko | February 16, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    Life is odd sometimes.

    Looking back on it, maybe I sensed something, and that’s why I couldn’t get myself to provide Phil any “Benchies” last weekend.

    Growing up, my cousin Ron (who lived in San Diego but his family drove back here every summer) was the closest thing I had to a little brother. He later came to Minnesota to attend college and stayed here.

    In 1976 we were watching the White Sox in their tails-out white jerseys and navy pants on TV and he said, “They look like a dis-spirited softball team.”

    And I thought, “That would be a pretty good premise for a comic strip.” A couple years later I started messing with the idea.

    The bar in “Benchies” went through several names until I remembered we called Ron “Bub” or “Bubber” when he was little. So it seemed only right that the resident local tavern be Bub’s Pub.

    Always a quirky kind of guy, he graduated magna cum laude (or something) but was content to spend his working career delivering the mail. And he traveled to Europe a lot, taking excellent photos. Had one book published, “Blue Cats”.

    Saw him only for a couple hours every year the afternoon of Christmas Eve at my cousin’s home. Had missed the last year two years cuz of illness and this year was extremely bloated, didn’t look well at all. Said he’d contracted mercury poisoning.

    Saturday night he collapsed at home, went into cardiac arrest in the ER and died. He was 61. Still waiting on results of autopsy. He is the third child in that family of five kids to die. The youngest to die passed away at 31 a long time ago. The two remaining sisters are flying in later this week. Haven’t seen either of them in probably 40 years.

    So, not that it matters to the world, or even to “Benchies” readers, but the real-life “Bub”–the guy who gave me the idea for the whole thing–is gone.

    —Ricko

  • chance michaels | February 16, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”377970″][quote comment=”377969″]Earl Grey, not Gray.[/quote]

    Shit, you’re right. Can’t change that, cuz it’s part of the headline, but duly noted.[/quote]
    Damn those Brits – why can’t they learn to speak proper English?

  • chance michaels | February 16, 2010 at 10:27 am |

    [quote comment=”377981″]
    So, not that it matters to the world, or even to “Benchies” readers, but the real-life “Bub”–the guy who gave me the idea for the whole thing–is gone.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    It matters to you, Ricko. That’s good enough for me.

    My condolences on your loss.

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”377972″]

    And whateverthehell this is from Phil:

    не сегодня вечером[/quote]

    well…im not entirely certain…but i used on of those “free translation” programs to (i think) say “not tonight” (was in reference to the russian couple for failed last night in the pairs)

    /carry on

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    [quote comment=”377976″]Anybody know what tweak won the NFL tweak contest?? Is there a link that I could check it out??[/quote]

    the contest closed a couple weeks ago, and i’ve albumized all the entries…time and timeliness permitting, i’ll be running the first of those this coming weekend…

    there’s no winner yet, but it’ll all be explained when the first set of entries run (there were 69 in toto)

  • breezy | February 16, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    Ovechkin sporting some new blade art….

    http://news.yahoo.co...

  • Schmeltzer | February 16, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”377983″][quote comment=”377981″]
    So, not that it matters to the world, or even to “Benchies” readers, but the real-life “Bub”–the guy who gave me the idea for the whole thing–is gone.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    It matters to you, Ricko. That’s good enough for me.

    My condolences on your loss.[/quote]
    Wow, I was trying to think of something to say, and then saw this and realized I couldn’t say anything better. I second Chance’s sentiments. Condolences, Ricko.

  • Jet | February 16, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    Joe DeAngelis: great jacket but you’re being way too hard on yourself over having your name on the front. If my dad handed down a jacket like that to me I would love that it had his name on it and I’m sure your children and grandchildren will feel the same way about having it.
    -Jet

  • leon | February 16, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    Nice work, Joe D. Your teabag idea is genius and I may use it on a DIY project of my own. Sorry you don’t like having your name sewn in. FWIW, it was one of the things I first noticed in the photo and thought it was a nice touch. If, however, you really hate it, can’t you remove it?
    About 10 years ago, my nephew brought me a rugby shirt back from a trip to Ireland. Not sure how “authentic” it was, but it was Black and tan and had 3 stitched “ensigniae” across the front. Above the left breast was a cool red white and green crest with the words “London Irish RFC” below. In the center was a tan “Guiness” logo with harp and all done in tan. Over the left breast was a dreadful “Cotton Oxford” bumpersticker. This was the manufacturer of the shirt and this ruined the whole thing for me. So I borrowed a thingie called a “seam ripper” from the girl friend and armed with that and a needle set to work. It took quite a while, usually while watching a game so as not to seem too dorky, but I eventually removed the whole thing, with only one barely discernible nick. I love the shirt, despite it’s blatant alteration. (Thought there was something seriously wrong with me until I read on UW the things people do to ballcaps). Joe, it’s hard to make the world your own, so I say get yourself a needle and seam ripper and exorcise your threaded demon.

  • Hott Rodd | February 16, 2010 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”377981″]Life is odd sometimes.

    Looking back on it, maybe I sensed something, and that’s why I couldn’t get myself to provide Phil any “Benchies” last weekend.

    Growing up, my cousin Ron (who lived in San Diego but his family drove back here every summer) was the closest thing I had to a little brother. He later came to Minnesota to attend college and stayed here.

    In 1976 we were watching the White Sox in their tails-out white jerseys and navy pants on TV and he said, “They look like a dis-spirited softball team.”

    And I thought, “That would be a pretty good premise for a comic strip.” A couple years later I started messing with the idea.

    The bar in “Benchies” went through several names until I remembered we called Ron “Bub” or “Bubber” when he was little. So it seemed only right that the resident local tavern be Bub’s Pub.

    Always a quirky kind of guy, he graduated magna cum laude (or something) but was content to spend his working career delivering the mail. And he traveled to Europe a lot, taking excellent photos. Had one book published, “Blue Cats”.

    Saw him only for a couple hours every year the afternoon of Christmas Eve at my cousin’s home. Had missed the last year two years cuz of illness and this year was extremely bloated, didn’t look well at all. Said he’d contracted mercury poisoning.

    Saturday night he collapsed at home, went into cardiac arrest in the ER and died. He was 61. Still waiting on results of autopsy. He is the third child in that family of five kids to die. The youngest to die passed away at 31 a long time ago. The two remaining sisters are flying in later this week. Haven’t seen either of them in probably 40 years.

    So, not that it matters to the world, or even to “Benchies” readers, but the real-life “Bub”–the guy who gave me the idea for the whole thing–is gone.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    My condolences Rick. It matters, because he mattered to you. And in the way that Paul writes touching tributes to the people he knows, that we may or may not, your short back story of Ron was a touching moment in honor of a man who obviously meant something to you.

  • Josh | February 16, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”377985″]Ovechkin sporting some new blade art….

    http://news.yahoo.co...

    Nice. The IOC will be working to ban that ASAP…

  • Schmeltzer | February 16, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”377987″]Joe DeAngelis: great jacket but you’re being way too hard on yourself over having your name on the front. If my dad handed down a jacket like that to me I would love that it had his name on it and I’m sure your children and grandchildren will feel the same way about having it.
    -Jet[/quote]
    I fully agree. If I had a jacket like that handed down from my Dad, I would love for it to have his name on it. It would be a great way for me to talk about my dad and the story behind it. And actually, I probably wouldn’t wait for him to give it to me, I’d have taken it a long time ago! Nice work.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 16, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”377991″][quote comment=”377987″]Joe DeAngelis: great jacket but you’re being way too hard on yourself over having your name on the front. If my dad handed down a jacket like that to me I would love that it had his name on it and I’m sure your children and grandchildren will feel the same way about having it.
    -Jet[/quote]
    I fully agree. If I had a jacket like that handed down from my Dad, I would love for it to have his name on it. It would be a great way for me to talk about my dad and the story behind it. And actually, I probably wouldn’t wait for him to give it to me, I’d have taken it a long time ago! Nice work.[/quote]

    agree wholeheartedly!!!

  • mike 2 | February 16, 2010 at 11:02 am |

    The green and blue rings don’t bother me at all. I’ve curled a lot and seen a lot of different colours – blue and red are the most common, but I’ve also seen a lot of yellow and black and sometimes green.

    What does bother me in that photo is that the handles on the rocks look to be yellow and red. I’d much rather see handles that match the rings. But that’s just my own thing.

    I notice that the photo is from the 2009 World Juniors at the Vancouver curling venue – maybe for the Olympics they’ll have matching rocks?

  • chance michaels | February 16, 2010 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”377988″]About 10 years ago, my nephew brought me a rugby shirt back from a trip to Ireland. Not sure how “authentic” it was, but it was Black and tan and had 3 stitched “ensigniae” across the front. Above the left breast was a cool red white and green crest with the words “London Irish RFC” below.[/quote]

    London Irish, despite the name, is an English club. Originally founded by and for Irish people in London, although the name is now a double misnomer (not just Irish, and they don’t play in London).

    Wonder what the shirt was doing in Ireland?

  • interlockingtc | February 16, 2010 at 11:10 am |

    Man, those stamps look good.

    I think silhouettes on color may be the next big thing.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 16, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    [quote comment=”377989″][quote comment=”377981″]Life is odd sometimes.

    Looking back on it, maybe I sensed something, and that’s why I couldn’t get myself to provide Phil any “Benchies” last weekend.

    Growing up, my cousin Ron (who lived in San Diego but his family drove back here every summer) was the closest thing I had to a little brother. He later came to Minnesota to attend college and stayed here.

    In 1976 we were watching the White Sox in their tails-out white jerseys and navy pants on TV and he said, “They look like a dis-spirited softball team.”

    And I thought, “That would be a pretty good premise for a comic strip.” A couple years later I started messing with the idea.

    The bar in “Benchies” went through several names until I remembered we called Ron “Bub” or “Bubber” when he was little. So it seemed only right that the resident local tavern be Bub’s Pub.

    Always a quirky kind of guy, he graduated magna cum laude (or something) but was content to spend his working career delivering the mail. And he traveled to Europe a lot, taking excellent photos. Had one book published, “Blue Cats”.

    Saw him only for a couple hours every year the afternoon of Christmas Eve at my cousin’s home. Had missed the last year two years cuz of illness and this year was extremely bloated, didn’t look well at all. Said he’d contracted mercury poisoning.

    Saturday night he collapsed at home, went into cardiac arrest in the ER and died. He was 61. Still waiting on results of autopsy. He is the third child in that family of five kids to die. The youngest to die passed away at 31 a long time ago. The two remaining sisters are flying in later this week. Haven’t seen either of them in probably 40 years.

    So, not that it matters to the world, or even to “Benchies” readers, but the real-life “Bub”–the guy who gave me the idea for the whole thing–is gone.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    My condolences Rick. It matters, because he mattered to you. And in the way that Paul writes touching tributes to the people he knows, that we may or may not, your short back story of Ron was a touching moment in honor of a man who obviously meant something to you.[/quote]

    Well Said HR.
    Rick, my condolences for your loss. Hope you find the peace & tranquility during this difficult time.

  • Jet | February 16, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    In this pic
    http://farm5.static....
    from the most recent wirephoto edition, I couldn’t help but notice the incongruity of a Cubs and Reds player both wearing caps with the SAME “C” logo!!

    It’s especially bizarre that the Cubs wore a cap that year where the “C” did not match the “C” in “Cubs” on their uniforms!!

    When you throw Cleveland into the mix, how bizarre is it that three teams in the same sport have employed the same typefont “C” on their caps at some time in their history??

    -Jet

  • Bob Loblaw | February 16, 2010 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”377994″][quote comment=”377988″]About 10 years ago, my nephew brought me a rugby shirt back from a trip to Ireland. Not sure how “authentic” it was, but it was Black and tan and had 3 stitched “ensigniae” across the front. Above the left breast was a cool red white and green crest with the words “London Irish RFC” below.[/quote]

    London Irish, despite the name, is an English club. Originally founded by and for Irish people in London, although the name is now a double misnomer (not just Irish, and they don’t play in London).

    Wonder what the shirt was doing in Ireland?[/quote]

    Also merged w/ Richmond and London Scottish a decade back, God, how I loved thier shirts w/ the huge Guiness pint glass on the chest! I also brought back one from a recent holiday… coupled w/ a ‘Quins jersey. Love em both.

    London Irish older look:
    http://i.telegraph.c...

    ‘Quins:
    http://www.superleag...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 16, 2010 at 11:34 am |

    Let’s try another one for ‘Quins:

    http://www.seatwave....

  • MartyMcFleezy | February 16, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    About the 1947 Ole Miss game: Not positive but I’m reasonably certain the gold team is the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Ole Miss only had 2 true home games that year and from the apparent ease in which they scored, it seems to indicate the lowly Mocs.

  • Jim | February 16, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    Here’s a site about wartime baseball. About half way down the page is information about the games at Wembley.

    http://www.baseballi...

  • Trurologist | February 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”377993″]The green and blue rings don’t bother me at all. I’ve curled a lot and seen a lot of different colours – blue and red are the most common, but I’ve also seen a lot of yellow and black and sometimes green.

    What does bother me in that photo is that the handles on the rocks look to be yellow and red. I’d much rather see handles that match the rings. But that’s just my own thing.

    I notice that the photo is from the 2009 World Juniors at the Vancouver curling venue – maybe for the Olympics they’ll have matching rocks?[/quote]
    Saw some video of yesterday’s warmup session. The rocks were yellow and red.

  • Calvin Coolidge Rochester Vander Thorpe IV | February 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    http://farm3.static....

    Why is the Vancouver rockman symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?

  • Mike Engle | February 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”378003″][quote comment=”377993″]The green and blue rings don’t bother me at all. I’ve curled a lot and seen a lot of different colours – blue and red are the most common, but I’ve also seen a lot of yellow and black and sometimes green.

    What does bother me in that photo is that the handles on the rocks look to be yellow and red. I’d much rather see handles that match the rings. But that’s just my own thing.

    I notice that the photo is from the 2009 World Juniors at the Vancouver curling venue – maybe for the Olympics they’ll have matching rocks?[/quote]
    Saw some video of yesterday’s warmup session. The rocks were yellow and red.[/quote]
    The rock colors really don’t bother me, despite the mismatch. I thought red and yellow were the standards. And red and yellow doesn’t match with garden variety red and blue houses anyway.

  • Valjean | February 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm |

    The A’s team card in Topps’s 1968 set shows the players wearing vests with gold undershirts. Did they ever wear that ensemble on the field, or even in any other photo shoot?

    Pure conjecture, but I’d expect the yellow unders were a spur-o’-the-moment idea of mercurial owner Charles O. Finley, who was a notorious micro-managing owner and tormented us for a decade or so in Oakland (while building and dismantling an incredible dynasty). Of course in ’68 Finley dragged the A’s out of KC, but the photo still shows KC caps so it was clearly an offseason shoot before Finley showed his hand.

    My guess would be he got the yellows at a KC discount store and thought they’d look good. (He was a nut about team colors.) This was the man that promoted orange baseballs, after all. Great shot, though. Never seen that combo before or since.

  • Mike Engle | February 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378004″]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2706/4362443224_09d7856480_o.png

    Why is the Vancouver rockman symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?[/quote]
    Probably for a uniform icon across all t-shirt and hoodie bases, black and non-black. (If something must be changed, better that that be the text below. But uniform logos are nice and preferred.)

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    I was going to ask why there was no Benchies this past weekend. As you said, Ricko, maybe you knew. Add my condolences to the list.

    So long, Bub, and thanks for the inspiration.

  • Justin Bates | February 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

    My condolences to you and your family, Rick.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”378009″]My condolences to you and your family, Rick.[/quote]

    i second that! sorry about your loss!

  • bourbon soaked idiot | February 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”378004″]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2706/4362443224_09d7856480_o.png

    Why is the Vancouver rockman symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?[/quote]

    It’s not a rockman. It’s a Inukshuk. These are stone landmarks built by the Inuit people because the land above the Arctic Circle has almost no natural landmarks. The are used for navigation.

    An Inukshuk is often confused by non-Inuit with an Inunnguaq, a cairn representing a human figure.

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

    Joe D., great jacket! Keep the name stitched on there. It’s better than a swoosh or some other logo.

    I like the green and blue curling rings. I’ve been liking that color combo more and more lately.

    As for Norway’s curling pants, don’t think I’d wear them, but they do look fun.

  • Bob A | February 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”377992″][quote comment=”377991″][quote comment=”377987″]Joe DeAngelis: great jacket but you’re being way too hard on yourself over having your name on the front. If my dad handed down a jacket like that to me I would love that it had his name on it and I’m sure your children and grandchildren will feel the same way about having it.
    -Jet[/quote]
    I fully agree. If I had a jacket like that handed down from my Dad, I would love for it to have his name on it. It would be a great way for me to talk about my dad and the story behind it. And actually, I probably wouldn’t wait for him to give it to me, I’d have taken it a long time ago! Nice work.[/quote]

    agree wholeheartedly!!![/quote]

    Exactly what I wanted to say as well. My father passed in December and I was given the pocket watch HIS father had used, engraved with his name. That makes it just all the more special.

    And, btw… it’s a great jacket. Lets Go Rangers!!!

  • Calvin Coolidge Rochester Vander Thorpe IV | February 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”378011″][quote comment=”378004″]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2706/4362443224_09d7856480_o.png

    Why is the Vancouver rockman symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?[/quote]

    It’s not a rockman. It’s a Inukshuk. These are stone landmarks built by the Inuit people because the land above the Arctic Circle has almost no natural landmarks. The are used for navigation.

    An Inukshuk is often confused by non-Inuit with an Inunnguaq, a cairn representing a human figure.[/quote]

    Why is the Vancouver Inunnguaq symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?

  • JimWa | February 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378004″]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2706/4362443224_09d7856480_o.png

    Why is the Vancouver rockman symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?[/quote]

  • JimWa | February 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”378004″]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2706/4362443224_09d7856480_o.png

    Why is the Vancouver rockman symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?[/quote]

    Someone with more of a biting sense of a sense of sarcasm, and less fear of offending others might suggest that if Jamaica has a bobsledding team, then it’s proven that black and the winter Olympics CAN peacefully co-exist, and therefore that logo should be updated immediately!

    … of course, I’d never go there …

    On a totally different note, thank you for that story, Ricko. That kind of thing is just as important for us to see as it is for you to share.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”378014″][quote comment=”378011″][quote comment=”378004″]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2706/4362443224_09d7856480_o.png

    Why is the Vancouver rockman symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?[/quote]

    It’s not a rockman. It’s a Inukshuk. These are stone landmarks built by the Inuit people because the land above the Arctic Circle has almost no natural landmarks. The are used for navigation.

    An Inukshuk is often confused by non-Inuit with an Inunnguaq, a cairn representing a human figure.[/quote]

    Why is the Vancouver Inunnguaq symbol made out of a stone representing each of the colors of the Olympic rings except black?[/quote]

    google it:
    The head is green for coastal forest green.
    The arms are blue for the coast and the torso is glacier blue for the mountains.
    The maple leaf red is represnted by the left leg.
    The right leg is alpine glow yellow to represent sunrises and sunsets.

    good?

  • Squiddie | February 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”377998″]
    Also merged w/ Richmond and London Scottish a decade back, God, how I loved thier shirts w/ the huge Guinness pint glass on the chest! I also brought back one from a recent holiday… coupled w/ a ‘Quins jersey. Love em both.
    [/quote]
    London Scottish are still around. After the professional merger with London Irish, the club reentered RFU and are now at National League 1. (As with English football, League 1 is the third level of competition below the Guinness Premiership and the Championship.)

    For those curious, there’s also a London Welsh who are in the Championship.

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    Which means it’s Paczki Day!
    http://www.mcarthurs...
    Have you hailed your Paczkis today?
    http://media.canada....

  • rpm | February 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    joe d~
    excellent work. and i will be on the look out for a chenille flag set, but ever consider having a company like this make one?

    as for the buttons. no! they are much better in blue. you have a lot going on on the jacket, and having the buttons a different colour would just be doing it because you could, not because it would look better. you picked a classy jacket with restrained design, perfect. i would wear that jacket.

    i understand what you are thinking about the name, but it looks pretty damn sharp, and i can’t speak for your boys or their future offspring, but i would kill to have anything adorned with my grandpop’s names “moose”(robt sr) or “buzz”. i am just saying, it will be a conversation piece, don’t sweat that detail.

    great work joe d!

  • JimWa | February 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”378019″][quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    Which means it’s Paczki Day!
    http://www.mcarthurs...
    Have you hailed your Paczkis today?
    http://media.canada....

    Funny thing is, I lived in Chicago for 20+ years, with a HUGE Polish population (my mother’s family included), and never heard of a Paczki. I moved to St. Louis in 1996, and starting at 2 weeks before Marti Gras, you couldn’t NOT see/hear/smell them all around!

  • rpm | February 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”378012″]

    As for Norway’s curling pants, don’t think I’d wear them, but they do look fun.[/quote]

    you have 4 pairs, your favourite of which is royal purple and violet, and you know it.

  • Squiddie | February 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    The Norwegian curling team has at least three different pairs of argyle pants. Someone posted this photo today of the team wearing red/grey/cream pants. I’ve also seen a photo of them in a darker (navy or black) look.

  • rpm | February 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”378021″][quote comment=”378019″][quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    Which means it’s Paczki Day!
    http://www.mcarthurs...
    Have you hailed your Paczkis today?
    http://media.canada....

    Funny thing is, I lived in Chicago for 20+ years, with a HUGE Polish population (my mother’s family included), and never heard of a Paczki. I moved to St. Louis in 1996, and starting at 2 weeks before Marti Gras, you couldn’t NOT see/hear/smell them all around![/quote]

    then you were in the wrong part of chicago, the pineapple’s family eats poonch~keys like they are going out of style. i have to travel all over the city to get various delicacies from the right proper places, poonch~keys included.it is fun though to track stuff down, and most things are in three hoods. i won’t even get into holy saturday, and all the crazy shit that goes with that.

  • aflfan | February 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”378024″][quote comment=”378021″][quote comment=”378019″][quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    Which means it’s Paczki Day!
    http://www.mcarthurs...
    Have you hailed your Paczkis today?
    http://media.canada....

    Funny thing is, I lived in Chicago for 20+ years, with a HUGE Polish population (my mother’s family included), and never heard of a Paczki. I moved to St. Louis in 1996, and starting at 2 weeks before Marti Gras, you couldn’t NOT see/hear/smell them all around![/quote]

    then you were in the wrong part of chicago, the pineapple’s family eats poonch~keys like they are going out of style. i have to travel all over the city to get various delicacies from the right proper places, poonch~keys included.it is fun though to track stuff down, and most things are in three hoods. i won’t even get into holy saturday, and all the crazy shit that goes with that.[/quote]

    They are huge in Detroit too. As are most of the people who eat them.

  • dwight | February 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm |

    LOVE everything about the Texas Tech baseball uniforms. Wait, a uniform manufacturer and major NCAA school worked together and actually did something right? What’s next, baseball games ending before 11 Eastern, a non-SEC team winning the BCS title, ESPN not pimping Yanks/Sox/Kobe/Lebron/Cowboys? I shutter to imagine!

  • dwight | February 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

    Oh, and saw this Oregon State plane at the Sacramento Airport yesterday, somewhat uni-related:

    http://www.kval.com/...

  • JimWa | February 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

    According to MLB.com, as of this minute, we are officially within 24 hours of those four lovely words:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/i...

  • matt in cleveland | February 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

    waiting for hockey game hopefully see the 1960 usa jerseys so trying to watch curling the last guy throwing the “captain” sucks ass he keeps screwing up!

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

    No doubt, the Canadian curlers are expecting a medal. One of them, however, is just plain expecting:
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • leon | February 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”378019″][quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    Which means it’s Paczki Day!
    http://www.mcarthurs...
    Have you hailed your Paczkis today?
    http://media.canada....
    blasphemer!
    and just before lent, too.

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”378030″]No doubt, the Canadian curlers are expecting a medal. One of them, however, is just plain expecting:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    kinda like agnes skinner and the pole vault?

  • Brian | February 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”378006″](Finley) was the man that promoted orange baseballs, after all. Great shot, though. Never seen that combo before or since.[/quote]
    I’ve got an orange baseball somewhere in my closet from the inaugural season at Tropicana Field. When I was a kid, I wished they would have used them in a game.

  • rpm | February 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”378025″][quote comment=”378024″][quote comment=”378021″][quote comment=”378019″][quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    They are huge in Detroit too. As are most of the people who eat them.[/quote]

    yeah, not the most healthy thing, but still better then deep fried twinkies. i would learn to speak polish so i could figure out how things like paczki begets poonch~key, but i don’t know if i can say ł or ą or ę without herniating something.

  • Chris | February 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm |

    Can’t believe the I love NY Lebrons are still fooling people. Wasn’t that shown to be fake like a month ago??

  • Bob Loblaw | February 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm |

    US Hockey boys in navy blues! No throwback sightings today. :)

  • Michael Emody | February 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm |

    HA! That team picture of the A’s, presumably in 68, has reaffirmed a childhood memory of mine that even I have begun to doubt. My dad brought me to a Sox/A’s game in Comiskey Park around that time (68). I remember the A’s wearing the yellow sleeves with, what seemed to me, a light greenish-grey vest jersey. These could have been the regular gray set, which I’ve seen described as having a greenish tint.

    My condolences to Rick.

  • mmwatkin | February 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”378019″][quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    Which means it’s Paczki Day!
    http://www.mcarthurs...
    Have you hailed your Paczkis today?
    http://media.canada....

    I can’t let a Fat Tuesday pass without a paczki…

    I went down to Hamtramck, MI (got to get the real deal) and got a box of ’em!

  • LarryB | February 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

    Nice job on the colorization of the St Louis Browns by Marc Swanson.

    And Shaun on AFL pic

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”378034″]i would learn to speak polish so i could figure out how things like paczki begets poonch~key, but i don’t know if i can say ł or ą or ę without herniating something.[/quote]

    Yeah, we’re the people who gave you Coach “Shuh-shev-ski”…spelled with a K, of kourse.

  • LarryB | February 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

    Rodney Nichols, I just watched that fabulous footage of Ole Miss in color from 1947.

    Those are my favorite types of finds here. I just love old color football highlights.

  • Sven | February 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”377993″]What does bother me in that photo is that the handles on the rocks look to be yellow and red. I’d much rather see handles that match the rings. But that’s just my own thing.[/quote]

    They’re using the same rocks from the Brier, which are always yellow and red. I think those are the standard colours now.

    Red and blue are hardly the standard colour set – the skins game has been yellow and black for years, for example. It’s usually colour-coded to the tournament’s sponsor.

  • LarryB | February 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm |

    Great to see Joe’s Rangers jacket.
    Always enjoy seeing guys work.

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”378039″]Nice job on the colorization of the St Louis Browns by Marc Swanson.

    And Shaun on AFL pic[/quote]

    They were nice…even though those Chargers pants should be yellow/gold. Was gonna let it slide, but someone eventually would have mentioned it.

  • JimWa | February 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”378044″]Great to see Joe’s Rangers jacket.
    Always enjoy seeing guys work.[/quote]

    Sure hope you’re not a foreman on a road construction crew.

    (Ironic ASW of the day: BROAD)

  • Kevin Z. | February 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm |

    I wonder why Texas Tech didn’t make those sweet throwbacks white so they could wear them at home. I know college baseball has a lot of softball uniforms with teams wearing white pants on the road, but you’d think they would want to wear those for the home fans a lot.

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”378041″][quote comment=”378034″]i would learn to speak polish so i could figure out how things like paczki begets poonch~key, but i don’t know if i can say ł or ą or ę without herniating something.[/quote]

    Yeah, we’re the people who gave you Coach “Shuh-shev-ski”…spelled with a K, of kourse.[/quote]

    By the way, my other side (Slovak) already has a gold medal, in biathalon. Anastasia Kuzmina got that, and she just silvered in the 10K pursuit.

    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.

  • JimWa | February 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm |

    http://www.time.com/...

    It’s like “The Ten Worst Tasting Vomits of All Time!”. Seriously. How do you pick the worst of the worst?

  • Hott Rodd | February 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”378050″]http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1964288_1964289,00.html?cnn=yes&hpt=C2

    It’s like “The Ten Worst Tasting Vomits of All Time!”. Seriously. How do you pick the worst of the worst?[/quote]

    A mixture of licorice, carne asada tacos, and beer has to be right up there. Don’t ask.

  • LarryB | February 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    Sorry to hear about Ricko’s cousin.

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm |

    hey rodd…

    were you in upstate ny earlier today

    /closet vikings fan too?

  • LarryB | February 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

    And what a get by Rob Steinmetz to get that Cubs 1909 jersey.

  • Hott Rodd | February 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”378053″]hey rodd…

    were you in upstate ny earlier today

    /closet vikings fan too?[/quote]

    Lol.. nope.

    But then being 27 and named Rodney, not Robert..

    /guess it wasn’t me

  • Mark K | February 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”378053″]hey rodd…

    were you in upstate ny earlier today

    /closet vikings fan too?[/quote]

    Downstate.

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm |

    Someone may want to check up on Kek:
    http://www.pittsburg...

  • The Hemogoblin | February 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”378020″]joe d~
    excellent work. and i will be on the look out for a chenille flag set, but ever consider having a company like this make one?

    as for the buttons. no! they are much better in blue. you have a lot going on on the jacket, and having the buttons a different colour would just be doing it because you could, not because it would look better. you picked a classy jacket with restrained design, perfect. i would wear that jacket.

    i understand what you are thinking about the name, but it looks pretty damn sharp, and i can’t speak for your boys or their future offspring, but i would kill to have anything adorned with my grandpop’s names “moose”(robt sr) or “buzz”. i am just saying, it will be a conversation piece, don’t sweat that detail.

    great work joe d![/quote]

    One of the most amusing things I’ve had passed down to me is a pad of paper that was made well before I was born, with “Kenneth E. Ocker” and the year printed on the top. Saves me a lot of money being named after my grandfather.

    Also, that jacket is pretty darn cool.

  • Hott Rodd | February 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”378058″]Someone may want to check up on Kek:
    http://www.pittsburg...

    He was good with it yesterday. resigned to it being a fact of life.

  • JTH | February 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm |

    GoTerriers:

    Sorry, I don’t have time to read every comment, so I just scanned. I didn’t see it, but if this has already been suggested, I apologize.

    Anyway, I’m guessing the swimmers have warmup outfits of some sort, right? What about putting the merit decals on those?

  • JTH | February 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”378024″][quote comment=”378021″][quote comment=”378019″][quote comment=”377972″]Also, Happy Shrove (Fat) Tuesday.[/quote]

    Which means it’s Paczki Day!
    http://www.mcarthurs...
    Have you hailed your Paczkis today?
    http://media.canada....

    Funny thing is, I lived in Chicago for 20+ years, with a HUGE Polish population (my mother’s family included), and never heard of a Paczki. I moved to St. Louis in 1996, and starting at 2 weeks before Marti Gras, you couldn’t NOT see/hear/smell them all around![/quote]

    then you were in the wrong part of chicago, the pineapple’s family eats poonch~keys like they are going out of style. i have to travel all over the city to get various delicacies from the right proper places, poonch~keys included.it is fun though to track stuff down, and most things are in three hoods. i won’t even get into holy saturday, and all the crazy shit that goes with that.[/quote]
    I did notice this during the course of my scanning.

    JimWa: Didn’t you grow up in like Buffalo Grove or something? Is there much of a Polish population there?

  • Odieman | February 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”378042″]Rodney Nichols, I just watched that fabulous footage of Ole Miss in color from 1947.

    Those are my favorite types of finds here. I just love old color football highlights.[/quote]

    I was noticing how many of the tackles would be illegal these days…other then that, the football would be crecognizable to us today.

    Keith

  • concealed78 | February 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”378006″]

    My guess would be he got the yellows at a KC discount store and thought they’d look good. (He was a nut about team colors.) This was the man that promoted orange baseballs, after all. Great shot, though. Never seen that combo before or since.[/quote]

    If he was alive today, he’d probably love Uni Watch.

  • leon | February 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

    One perspective of Olympic Games coverage:

    http://voices.washin...

  • mmwatkin | February 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”378062″]GoTerriers:

    Sorry, I don’t have time to read every comment, so I just scanned. I didn’t see it, but if this has already been suggested, I apologize.

    Anyway, I’m guessing the swimmers have warmup outfits of some sort, right? What about putting the merit decals on those?[/quote]

    I don’t know much about the high school, but most I know don’t let the kids keep the warmups and whatnot after the season (I hope they keep the suits…lol)

    With that said, you could implement a merit system that is applied to a towel of some sort. It would be a cool thing to have if you kept applying merits to a towel that they could updating for up to four years on the team. It would be a good trip down memory lane if they pulled it out of a box 20 years later.

  • leon | February 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”378065″][quote comment=”378006″]

    My guess would be he got the yellows at a KC discount store and thought they’d look good. (He was a nut about team colors.) This was the man that promoted orange baseballs, after all. Great shot, though. Never seen that combo before or since.[/quote]

    If he was alive today, he’d probably love Uni Watch.[/quote]

    I may be off base here (relying on memory), but I believe Finley’s interest in orange baseballs grew out of concern about the visibility of white balls in the newly opening Astrodome.

  • leon | February 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |

    Looks like I was half right: scroll down to no. 48

    http://bleacherrepor...

  • JIMC | February 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”377941″]I don’t think Ryan Miller should have to remove the tribute to his dead cousin from his helmet. I can understand removing “Miller Time”, but having him remove the tribute is a load of bull. The IOC has other things to worry about.[/quote]

    Looks like he gets to keep “Matt Man”but, the IOC definitely should have more to worry about (like judging,etc.):
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Michael Emody | February 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm |

    Obviously, the A’s moved to Oakland in 1968, and from what I can tell, the decision was made right after the 67 season. So they wouldn’t have worn “KC” caps in spring training in 68. The yellow sleeved photo must be from 67 or earlier. So must my memory of seeing the A’s in grey road vests (with a bit of a green tint) in Chicago, while wearing the yellow sleeves. The striped stirrups seem to indicate 67.

  • Hibbsy | February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”378028″]According to MLB.com, as of this minute, we are officially within 24 hours of those four lovely words:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/i...
    “2010 MLB.TV Now Available” is more than four words.

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm |

    i must be a jinx…finally get home to watch some curling…and japan lays a 3 rock end on the US…to tie it at 4 after 5 ends

  • aflfan | February 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm |

    Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.

  • JTH | February 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”378067″][quote comment=”378062″]GoTerriers:

    Sorry, I don’t have time to read every comment, so I just scanned. I didn’t see it, but if this has already been suggested, I apologize.

    Anyway, I’m guessing the swimmers have warmup outfits of some sort, right? What about putting the merit decals on those?[/quote]

    I don’t know much about the high school, but most I know don’t let the kids keep the warmups and whatnot after the season (I hope they keep the suits…lol)

    With that said, you could implement a merit system that is applied to a towel of some sort. It would be a cool thing to have if you kept applying merits to a towel that they could updating for up to four years on the team. It would be a good trip down memory lane if they pulled it out of a box 20 years later.[/quote]
    I was thinking that, if necessary, they could be applied to something removable like a nameplate so that they could be taken off easily at the end of the season.

  • Johnny O | February 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378073″]i must be a jinx…finally get home to watch some curling…and japan lays a 3 rock end on the US…to tie it at 4 after 5 ends[/quote]

    Have faith in the thrower from Wisconsin Phil!

  • Valjean | February 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”378065″][quote comment=”378006″]

    My guess would be he got the yellows at a KC discount store and thought they’d look good. (He was a nut about team colors.) This was the man that promoted orange baseballs, after all. Great shot, though. Never seen that combo before or since.[/quote]

    If he was alive today, he’d probably love Uni Watch.[/quote]

    Ah, but would Uni Watch love him? This was pretty dern radical in ’63 — might have tweaked the traditionalists …

    As for the ’67 vs. ’68 question for the team photo, I’d vote for ’67 — doesn’t look like any large ‘A’ jerseys were on tap in ’68 — and Finley would not have bought new unis if he didn’t have to.

    Not that DTTN is perfect, but looks like a pretty big difference.

  • DarkAudit | February 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm |

    I had a full ABA bed set when I was a kid. The only part to survive into adulthood was the pillowcase. I may even still have it somewhere.

  • Hibbsy | February 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm |

    All in all, I love my $145 jacket but I do have a few regrets. I wish I could’ve found a chenille crossed-flags patch, I would’ve colored the snap buttons red instead of blue, and I never should have had my name permanently sewn onto the coat.
    Father?
    Yes, son?
    What does regret mean?
    Well, son. The funny thing about regret is that it’s better to regret something you have done than something you haven’t.
    And by the way, if you see your mother this weekend…
    Be sure and tell her… SATAN! SATAN! SATAN!

  • Teebz | February 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.

  • LarryB | February 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    Was just watching that Ole Miss color film again. I looked up Ole Miss schedule from 1947 and the years in that era. For some reason Ole Miss played a lot of games at Memphis. Only played 2 games in Oxford in 1947

    http://www.cfbdatawa...

  • JTH | February 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”378072″][quote comment=”378028″]According to MLB.com, as of this minute, we are officially within 24 hours of those four lovely words:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/i...
    “2010 MLB.TV Now Available” is more than four words.[/quote]
    Sez you.

    2010 – 1
    MLB.TV – 2
    Now – 3
    Available – 4

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]

    jesus christ…who was bulgaria’s goalie? helen keller?

  • JTH | February 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]
    10-1 isn’t nearly as bad as either of those scores, but I was watching the end of the Canada/Switzerland women’s hockey game yesterday and I thought it was a pretty classless move on Canada’s part to pull the goalie for a sixth attacker on a delayed penalty with about 40 seconds remaining in the game.

    Did they really need an insurance goal? I mean does anyone associated with Team Canada honestly think goal differential as a tiebreaker is really going to come into play?

  • Teebz | February 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”378084″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]
    10-1 isn’t nearly as bad as either of those scores, but I was watching the end of the Canada/Switzerland women’s hockey game yesterday and I thought it was a pretty classless move on Canada’s part to pull the goalie for a sixth attacker on a delayed penalty with about 40 seconds remaining in the game.

    Did they really need an insurance goal? I mean does anyone associated with Team Canada honestly think goal differential as a tiebreaker is really going to come into play?[/quote]

    It makes a huge difference in the tie-breaker with the Americans in terms of who gets home-ice advantage for the last change if they meet in the gold medal final.

  • LarryB | February 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”378083″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]

    jesus christ…who was bulgaria’s goalie? helen keller?[/quote]

    I heard about that the other night as i was watching the Slovakia women’s game. I was not aware of the 82-0 game. I forget how many shots on goal Slovakia had. They were saying how many saves the Bulgaria goalie had.

    Ok Slovakia had 139 shots on goal

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Teebz | February 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”378083″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]

    jesus christ…who was bulgaria’s goalie? helen keller?[/quote]

    Liubomira Shosheva made 57 saves on 134 shots-on-goal, while Kamelia Drazheva made no stops on five shots.

  • aflfan | February 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”378083″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]

    jesus christ…who was bulgaria’s goalie? helen keller?[/quote]

    That is an average of every 49.3 seconds.

  • aflfan | February 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”378088″][quote comment=”378083″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]

    jesus christ…who was bulgaria’s goalie? helen keller?[/quote]

    That is an average of every 49.3 seconds.[/quote]

    Crap,

    it should read that is an average of a goal every 49.3 seconds

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”378074″]Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.[/quote]

    Yep.
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

  • aflfan | February 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”378090″][quote comment=”378074″]Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.[/quote]

    Yep.
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    ca6a2-getty-oly-2010-curling-women.jpg[/quote]

    I might learn danish to just to talk to the one in the second picture.

  • Hibbsy | February 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”378082″][quote comment=”378072″][quote comment=”378028″]According to MLB.com, as of this minute, we are officially within 24 hours of those four lovely words:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/i...
    “2010 MLB.TV Now Available” is more than four words.[/quote]
    Sez you.

    2010 – 1
    MLB.TV – 2
    Now – 3
    Available – 4[/quote]
    two – 1
    thousand – 2
    and – 3
    ten – 4
    Major – 5
    League – 6
    Baseball – 7
    dot – 8
    Television – Marquee Moon

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”378092″][quote comment=”378082″][quote comment=”378072″][quote comment=”378028″]According to MLB.com, as of this minute, we are officially within 24 hours of those four lovely words:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/i...
    “2010 MLB.TV Now Available” is more than four words.[/quote]
    Sez you.

    2010 – 1
    MLB.TV – 2
    Now – 3
    Available – 4[/quote]
    two – 1
    thousand – 2
    and – 3
    ten – 4
    Major – 5
    League – 6
    Baseball – 7
    dot – 8
    Television – Marquee Moon[/quote]

    Ten words:
    Twenty
    Ten
    Em
    El
    Bee
    dot
    Tee
    Vee
    Now
    Available

    I’m calling it “Baseball on the internet.” There’s your four words.

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”378091″][quote comment=”378090″][quote comment=”378074″]Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.[/quote]

    Yep.
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    ca6a2-getty-oly-2010-curling-women.jpg[/quote]

    I might learn danish to just to talk to the one in the second picture.[/quote]

    You could just offer her a Danish. Better yet, give her my last Paczki. It’s as big as a curling stone and I’m too full to finish it.

  • aflfan | February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”378094″][quote comment=”378091″][quote comment=”378090″][quote comment=”378074″]Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.[/quote]

    Yep.
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    ca6a2-getty-oly-2010-curling-women.jpg[/quote]

    I might learn danish to just to talk to the one in the second picture.[/quote]

    You could just offer her a Danish. Better yet, give her my last Paczki. It’s as big as a curling stone and I’m too full to finish it.[/quote]

    Yeah, but I have never been shot down in Danish. It would be knew experience for me.

  • aflfan | February 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm |

    JimV,

    PS. I still have two paczki left from today.

  • Teebz | February 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”378091″][quote comment=”378090″][quote comment=”378074″]Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.[/quote]

    Yep.
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    ca6a2-getty-oly-2010-curling-women.jpg[/quote]

    I might learn danish to just to talk to the one in the second picture.[/quote]

    Madeleine Dupont is 22. Her sister, Denise Dupont, also plays on the team, and is 25.

  • Michael Emody | February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”378077″][quote comment=”378065″][quote comment=”378006″]

    My guess would be he got the yellows at a KC discount store and thought they’d look good. (He was a nut about team colors.) This was the man that promoted orange baseballs, after all. Great shot, though. Never seen that combo before or since.[/quote]

    If he was alive today, he’d probably love Uni Watch.[/quote]

    Ah, but would Uni Watch love him? This was pretty dern radical in ’63 — might have tweaked the traditionalists …

    As for the ’67 vs. ’68 question for the team photo, I’d vote for ’67 — doesn’t look like any large ‘A’ jerseys were on tap in ’68 — and Finley would not have bought new unis if he didn’t have to.

    Not that DTTN is perfect, but looks like a pretty big difference.[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t take a team picture in “KC” caps if they’d moved to Oakland. Definitely not 68. As for Finley buying new uni’s- well I’d have to say he seemed obsessed with uniforms and bought new sets often. Completely new designs in 1961, 1962, and 1963. If DTTN’s is correct, and they only had gold uni’s in 63, then he spent the money for grey uni’s (two sets) and a white Sunday version the following year.

    Ok, he might have stopped spending money on uni’s in 65, and figured the gold sleeves would give the white and grey uni sets a different look for a minimal cost.

    And speaking of sleeveless vest jerseys, the Cubs early 40’s design was mentioned the other day, and I’ve always wondered why they couldn’t find undershirts that were blue all the way to the neck, instead of wearing usual-type shirts that were designed to be worn with sleeves. If you cut the sleeves off, then get new undershirts!

  • JimV19 | February 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”378097″][quote comment=”378091″][quote comment=”378090″][quote comment=”378074″]Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.[/quote]

    Yep.
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    ca6a2-getty-oly-2010-curling-women.jpg[/quote]

    I might learn danish to just to talk to the one in the second picture.[/quote]

    Madeleine Dupont is 22. Her sister, Denise Dupont, also plays on the team, and is 25.[/quote]

    They’re both in the first shot, flanking Camilla Jensen.

  • JTH | February 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”378093″]I’m calling it “Baseball on the internet.” There’s your four words.[/quote]
    Or is it
    Base
    Ball
    On
    The
    In
    Ter
    Net
    ?

    If there ain’t a space, it’s one word.

    Twenty-ten
    EmElBeeDotTeeVee
    Now
    Available

  • JTH | February 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”378085″][quote comment=”378084″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]
    10-1 isn’t nearly as bad as either of those scores, but I was watching the end of the Canada/Switzerland women’s hockey game yesterday and I thought it was a pretty classless move on Canada’s part to pull the goalie for a sixth attacker on a delayed penalty with about 40 seconds remaining in the game.

    Did they really need an insurance goal? I mean does anyone associated with Team Canada honestly think goal differential as a tiebreaker is really going to come into play?[/quote]

    It makes a huge difference in the tie-breaker with the Americans in terms of who gets home-ice advantage for the last change if they meet in the gold medal final.[/quote]
    OK, fine. I’ll give you that. But I happen to think that encouraging blowouts is just flat-out bad for the sport.

  • Johnny O | February 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm |

    According to John Daly’s Twitter feed:
    http://twitter.com/P...

    Norway’s curlers are indeed wearing Loudmouth Golf pants. In fact, it turns out, all of the curlers are avid golfers.

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”378094″] give her my last Paczki. It’s as big as a curling stone[/quote]

    of course it is

  • Johnny O | February 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”378102″]According to John Daly’s Twitter feed:
    http://twitter.com/P...

    Norway’s curlers are indeed wearing Loudmouth Golf pants. In fact, it turns out, all of the curlers are avid golfers.[/quote]

    Forgot to post this link from Reuters:
    http://www.reuters.c...

  • mike 2 | February 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”378084″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]
    10-1 isn’t nearly as bad as either of those scores, but I was watching the end of the Canada/Switzerland women’s hockey game yesterday and I thought it was a pretty classless move on Canada’s part to pull the goalie for a sixth attacker on a delayed penalty with about 40 seconds remaining in the game.

    Did they really need an insurance goal? I mean does anyone associated with Team Canada honestly think goal differential as a tiebreaker is really going to come into play?[/quote]

    I don’t necessarily disagree with you, but isn’t there something disrespectful if Canada doesn’t pull the goalie? No matter the score, you play the game right.

    Better question, what was the ref doing calling a penalty at 10-1 with 40 seconds left. Put the whistle away and get the game over with.

  • Teebz | February 16, 2010 at 10:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”378101″]
    OK, fine. I’ll give you that. But I happen to think that encouraging blowouts is just flat-out bad for the sport.[/quote]

    It is, and that’s why some of the players on the Canadian and American sides have asked about a mercy rule. Players will still be encouraged to score for television, but after X-number of goals, there is a maximum goals-for and goals-against.

    The IOC and IIHF would have to endorse this idea, but the idea is being floated as a way to prevent a Slovakia-Bulgaria result.

  • Oakville Endive | February 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm |

    How much Chartruse can we take – 14 days of it.

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”378105″]what was the ref doing calling a penalty at 10-1 with 40 seconds left. Put the whistle away and get the game over with.[/quote]

    um…because there was a pretty blatant tripping involved?

    if you swallow the whistle there…people get hurt…and we don’t want meghan agosta getting hurt

  • Hibbsy | February 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”378100″][quote comment=”378093″]I’m calling it “Baseball on the internet.” There’s your four words.[/quote]
    Or is it
    Base
    Ball
    On
    The
    In
    Ter
    Net
    ?

    If there ain’t a space, it’s one word.

    Twenty-ten
    EmElBeeDotTeeVee
    Now
    Available[/quote]
    Is it Twenty-ten or Two Thousand Ten?

  • LI Phil | February 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm |

    hey vilk…what’d you think of johnny weir?

    would you wear that?

  • mike 2 | February 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”378108″][quote comment=”378105″]what was the ref doing calling a penalty at 10-1 with 40 seconds left. Put the whistle away and get the game over with.[/quote]

    um…because there was a pretty blatant tripping involved?

    if you swallow the whistle there…people get hurt…and we don’t want meghan agosta getting hurt[/quote]

    I guess you’re right, though I didn’t see it as an “intent to injure” penalty.

    Though a decent number of refs wouldn’t have called that with the score tied. “let the players decide the game”

  • Johnny O | February 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”378110″]hey vilk…what’d you think of johnny weir?

    would you wear that?[/quote]

    Not gonna lie. I was expecting something a little more flamboyant. In my opinion that was a little toned down for Johnny. Lysacek had some sort of feathers right by his hands. They looked like peacock, or raven. Something that shimmer. Here is hoping for something more “out there” tomorrow.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”378074″]Denmark’s womens curling team is wearing skirts.[/quote]

    The Danes are a right sexy sisterhood. Exhibit A: http://www.imdb.com/...

  • rpm | February 17, 2010 at 2:32 am |

    to all of the ioc should worry about other things besides people’s helmets posters:
    ANY message is not needed. when the guy talks to the papers he can talk about whatever and maybe they will print it. the “field” of competition is no place for it. no personal message should be on any “uniform” in the olympics no matter how benign in your opinion. if you allow that, where does it end? religion, politics, meat advisory board? who decides what is okay, and what is not? will we let every athlete put on personal messages? potential subversive advertising(miller time)? quite simple, no messages, then there is no problem. i love personalized masks in the nhl, but it just is not needed in the olympics, all the goalies can cram them with walnuts. in other words, this is exactly one of the things the ioc should be looking at.

  • rpm | February 17, 2010 at 2:39 am |

    subversive? HA! what the hell was i thinking? subliminal was the word i was looking for, and even that isn’t the best.

  • Dave from Oz | February 17, 2010 at 5:47 am |

    While not a uni issue, does the post Canuckie goal foghorn bug anyone else? Doesn’t seem in the spirit of the Olympics, especially while skinning a minnow 8-0. Another question: how many NHL arenas do not use the post goal foghorn? It was unique and cool for a while in Chicago Stadium. Now it’s just annoying.

  • Sven | February 17, 2010 at 7:49 am |

    [quote comment=”378085″][quote comment=”378084″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]
    10-1 isn’t nearly as bad as either of those scores, but I was watching the end of the Canada/Switzerland women’s hockey game yesterday and I thought it was a pretty classless move on Canada’s part to pull the goalie for a sixth attacker on a delayed penalty with about 40 seconds remaining in the game.

    Did they really need an insurance goal? I mean does anyone associated with Team Canada honestly think goal differential as a tiebreaker is really going to come into play?[/quote]

    It makes a huge difference in the tie-breaker with the Americans in terms of who gets home-ice advantage for the last change if they meet in the gold medal final.[/quote]

    Also, that’s pretty automatic – a goalie sees a penalty called against his / her team, they sprint to the bench. It’s not like the coach actively makes a decision to pull the goalie every time a delayed penalty is called.

  • JTH | February 17, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    [quote comment=”378117″][quote comment=”378085″][quote comment=”378084″][quote comment=”378080″][quote comment=”378048″]
    And don’t feel too bad for the Slovak ladies hockey team. I found out they beat Bulgaria 82-0 a couple of years ago in qualifying, so losing 18-0 is nothing.[/quote]

    That was last year in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Bulgaria’s ladies had been playing together for all of a few months before running into Slovakia.[/quote]
    10-1 isn’t nearly as bad as either of those scores, but I was watching the end of the Canada/Switzerland women’s hockey game yesterday and I thought it was a pretty classless move on Canada’s part to pull the goalie for a sixth attacker on a delayed penalty with about 40 seconds remaining in the game.

    Did they really need an insurance goal? I mean does anyone associated with Team Canada honestly think goal differential as a tiebreaker is really going to come into play?[/quote]

    It makes a huge difference in the tie-breaker with the Americans in terms of who gets home-ice advantage for the last change if they meet in the gold medal final.[/quote]

    Also, that’s pretty automatic – a goalie sees a penalty called against his / her team, they sprint to the bench. It’s not like the coach actively makes a decision to pull the goalie every time a delayed penalty is called.[/quote]
    Sure. But someone on the bench could have given her the “call off the dogs” signal when they saw her heading that way. Or told the skater who was ready to jump onto the ice that enough was enough and not to bother.

  • David J. | February 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

    I’ve studied the numerous football uniform design changes at Vanderbilt through the years and I’ve always suspected that the “UCLA shoulder loop” probably originated at Vanderbilt, especially since the man credited with creating the UCLA stripes, Red Sanders, coached at Vandy before coming to UCLA.

  • JimV19 | February 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”378110″]hey vilk…what’d you think of johnny weir?

    would you wear that?[/quote]

    Didn’t see it…guessing no.