Look at that concentration. That steely gaze. That finely toned body ready to spring into action like a precision-engineered machine. That tongue sticking out of his mouth.
Or just be like everyone else and look at the pants. They really are something. And look, you can wear them too! Free Uni Watch membership to the first reader who provides proof of having bought and worn a pair of these.
New ESPN feature today, as Jim Caple and I engaged in an e-mail debate on the merits of figure skating costumes (although in retrospect we should’ve just discussed the Norwegian curling pants). Here’s the link.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Really interesting article about the Canadian propensity toward being left-handed hockey shots. … Matt O’Brien was watching an NYC-area high school hoops game and noticed that both teams — St. Pat’s and Rice — were wearing green. “It was confusing for the players, and even the refs had trouble assessing fouls, etc.,” he writes. The problem was solved in the second half, when Rice switched to black uniforms. … Best views yet of the USA’s World Cup kit here and here (with thanks to Michael Berluti). … The Rangers blog on SNY.com is using jersey icons to show recent Rangers scores — nice (with thanks to Matt Harris). … Interesting find by Noel Amezquita, who came across a flannel shirt with a Catfish Hunter label. Never seen that before. … New Era is selling Japanese umpire caps (as noted by Stan Olechowski). … Awesome historical breakdown of Chelsea FC kits on this page (with thanks to Greg Buchanan). … Good video report on the Reds’ spring training clubhouse (with thanks to Brett Crane). … Check this out: One of the Canadian curlers is wearing a maternity jersey (with thanks to Andrew Greenwood). … Interesting commentary and photos about Yeshiva University soccer players wearing skirts (with thanks to Eric Distenfeld). … Mike Jones wonders if a uni change is in store for the L.A. Kings: “The team store was blowing out authentic jerseys for $149.99 on Saturday night. The regular price on these is $280 for the alternate, and over $300 for the home and road.” … Soccer query from Bojan Bajovic, who asks: “Why were both Lyon and Real Madrid wearing uniforms without the usual sponsor logos on their chests?” The answer comes from Bern Wilms: “The French government has yet to permit unregulated advertising for sports bookies, so Madrid couldn’t wear ‘bwin’ and Lyon couldn’t wear ‘BetClic.’ So we got a game that looked like the gorgeous European Cup games we had well into the early ’90s.” … Still more curling news: I’ve been corresponding lately with Tyler George, who just missed making the American Olympic squad. I asked him about the house rings in Vancouver being blue and green, instead of the usual blue and red. His response: “It’s not all that unusual, just uncommon. In Madison they did plaid and cow-print, just for fun. I didn’t really like that.” … New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen “have had discussions about the color schemes of the Redskins’ uniforms,” according to this story (with thanks to Will Risinger). … Check out this sort of tattered but totally cool Durene tee I just won. … A Florida high school is in hot water for poaching the Dodge Trucks ram’s-head logo (with thanks to Alex Moggridge). … Georgia Tech wore 1960 throwbacks last night (with thanks to Bo Brewer). … Rugby news from Caleb Borchers, who writes: “Last weekend the Super 14 (the premier rugby comp in the Southern Hemisphere) premiered. Almost every team rolled out something new, but here are the most significant uni changes: The Queensland Reds are living up to their name, more so then in previous years; the Bloemfontain Cheetahs have a new representation of their colors (which, yes, are white, orange, purple, and aqua); and the Johannesburg Lions have a new jersey with a lot more bumper stickers than their old one.” … Here’s a snowboard graphic design contest (as forwarded by Scott Novosel). … You know how a touring musician will have a contract rider specifying what sort of food should be available backstage and all that? Michael Bublé’s rider specifies that concert promoters that concert promoters must provide him with one “local team hockey puck.” “He must have a pretty damn impressive collection by now!” says Austin Chen. … Yesterday’s entry on Joe DeAngelis’s DIY Rangers jacket prompted Paul Wiederecht to send pics of his DIY Mets jacket: “In 1984 I got to know two guys who had a uni store in Hartsdale and they helped me find a wool varsity jacket that was close in color and striping. Took the patch off and also added a few when they pulled it all together. Since then I’ve added almost all the patches the met have worn and been stopped and asked about it in many parks across the country. This probably has run me about $100 with everything included and has lasted more than 25 years.”