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Curling Is a Very Serious Sport

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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.”

 

189 comments to Curling Is a Very Serious Sport

  • don g | February 17, 2010 at 8:19 am |

    I noticed on all of the leaked Nike World Cup shirts that there’s no swoosh. Is that becuase these are trademark drafts or will there actually not be a swoosh on the jersey? Could Nike be using those sleeve stripes instead (I wouldn’t think so)?

  • Hott Rodd | February 17, 2010 at 8:27 am |

    Is that the same FL H.S. as last week (two weeks ago?) or is it another one?

  • Hott Rodd | February 17, 2010 at 8:28 am |

    Interesting note yesterday, while I was watching the bonspiel, the announcers said out of the 32 members of the 8 teams (8×4 ok yeah that’s right) American skip Schuster was the only one wearing a hat.

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    [quote comment=”378120″]Interesting note yesterday, while I was watching the bonspiel, the announcers said out of the 32 members of the 8 teams (8×4 ok yeah that’s right) American skip Schuster was the only one wearing a hat.[/quote]

    i believe that is correct (watching my dvr’d copy of the us vs. germany now) and that was definitely mentioned…it’s his “good luck hat (cap)”

  • Ronnie Poore | February 17, 2010 at 8:41 am |

    with all rumors, something has to be going on with the Redskins unis. the linked article mentions throwbacks. sure hope they choose either the ones displayed by Bobby Mitchell (spear helmet) or Charley Taylor (feather-up-the-back helmet) on this page:
    http://www.sportsecy...

  • Rick | February 17, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    Paul,

    Did you comment on this yet?

    http://www.theprovin...

  • floormaster squeeze | February 17, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    The Olympique Lyonnais shirt sponsor issue is more complicated. They are a French team after all and it is French law that prohibits gambling sponsors on uniforms (affected cycling team Unibet when they were around).

    So why would a French team even have a gambling site sponsor? That answer would be money and attention–in the fall Oly Lyon fought to overturn the ban AFTER they got BetClic to be their sponsor. They tried to get the French League to overturn the ruling but they held firm. They got some short term publicity out of it but basically played without a sponsor for the first half of the season (unless they had a game outside of France in the Champions League).

    Ultimately, Oly Lyon realized that they could make more money adhering to the rules and now have Sony’s Playstation as their shirt sponsor. So why would they play sponsorless last night then? Because the Oly Lyon management used the big game in the Champions League as a bully pulpit to shill for their sponsor BetClic. They already have Playstation uniforms but BetClic probably still had a deal in place for Champions League games.

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    So why doesn’t Paul Wiederecht’s Mets jacket have the pizza patch on it?

  • DW | February 17, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    Nice DIY Mets jacket. At least it is pure in that it doesn’t [yet] have the Dominos Pizza-like 1st year at Debits Field patch.
    And its basic colors are blue and orange.

  • Hott Rodd | February 17, 2010 at 8:47 am |

    [quote comment=”378121″][quote comment=”378120″]Interesting note yesterday, while I was watching the bonspiel, the announcers said out of the 32 members of the 8 teams (8×4 ok yeah that’s right) American skip Schuster was the only one wearing a hat.[/quote]

    i believe that is correct (watching my dvr’d copy of the us vs. germany now) and that was definitely mentioned…it’s his “good luck hat (cap)”[/quote]

    yup, same thing I was watching. I only got to watch the first few ends, but how awesome was the 3rd end with 8 stones in the house? And how atrocious was NBC’s coverage? ugh.

  • floormaster squeeze | February 17, 2010 at 8:52 am |

    I need to correct my own misinformation, Olympique Lyonnais has not been playing with Playstation as a sponsor (damn you Wikipedia for making stuff up!!!). They have been playing sponsorless in the French League.

    http://s.olweb.fr/ol...

  • Ryan B | February 17, 2010 at 8:52 am |

    [quote comment=”378124″]Paul,

    Did you comment on this yet?

    http://www.theprovin...

    I’m sure Budweiser had something to do with it.

  • Pittsburgh Gunny | February 17, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    Loved the blue USA shirts for the World Cup, the white ones are alright as well but the blue ones I loved.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 17, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    Paul,
    Slow ticker content day? Didn’t the Chrysler-Lake Mary High squabble get enough play a couple weeks ago?

  • Ditchfarmer | February 17, 2010 at 9:10 am |

    I played some amateur baseball tournaments in Canada in college, and some teams had 6 or 7 left handed hitters in their linup as opposed to your usual 2 or 3 that you would normally have. We all figured it had something to do with hockey. I guess there might be something to that.

  • JTH | February 17, 2010 at 9:12 am |

    Oh, my goodness. I’ve got a Catfish Hunter flannel lying around somewhere. It’s probably at my parents’ house.

  • Andy Hyman | February 17, 2010 at 9:13 am |

    Was pumped to see Georgia Tech sweep the Tarheels last night, but more pumped to see the 1960 (My birth year!) Yellow Jacket Throwback jerseys. Figured I’d alert you, but should have known you would have it in the ticker already!! Way to keep on top of all that is UNI!!!! Love your blog – keep up the stellar work!!!!

  • Tom V | February 17, 2010 at 9:19 am |

    [quote comment=”378119″]Is that the same FL H.S. as last week (two weeks ago?) or is it another one?[/quote]

    Yes, it’s the same one from two weeks ago. I thought it was pretty much understood that the school gave in willingly to stop using the logo, Chrysler gave them til the end of the year to change it, etc. I think most of us here understand the logo infringment there and although we may not want to side with the big automaker, its pretty clear the logo was a copy of Dodges Ram.

    I think the writer of that article was looking to spin the story and make Chrysler look like the big bad wolf, etc. Honestly, this story maybe made the paper one day as well as the online blog. It was a big story in the uniwatch community, but nowhere close to a story around Orlando, never even heard it on the local TV news or radio. I doubt Chryslers sales will suffer much.

  • Jason B | February 17, 2010 at 9:24 am |

    I think one of the reasons that so many Americans are right handed stems from picking up a baseball glove and a bat at an early age. When your tee ball coach sees you holding a ball in your right hand and throwing that way, he’s probably going to set you up in the batters box as a righty. Then, when the children pick up a hockey stick, they are already used to batting right handed, so they hold their stick that way.

    In Canada where baseball is not as prevalent, the younger kids will put their stronger hand on top (if they are righty, they shoot left) and therefore become more left handed hockey players.

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment=”378132″]Paul,
    Slow ticker content day? Didn’t the Chrysler-Lake Mary High squabble get enough play a couple weeks ago?[/quote]

    Sometimes the Ticker-assembly process is such a blur of activity that I don’t recognize an item that’s been run before. Mea culpa.

  • JTH | February 17, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    [quote comment=”378134″]Oh, my goodness. I’ve got a Catfish Hunter flannel lying around somewhere. It’s probably at my parents’ house.[/quote]
    Uh, wait.

    Noel, you didn’t happen to spot that shirt in a thrift shop anywhere near Chicago, did you?

  • FormerDirtDart | February 17, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    [quote comment=”378138″][quote comment=”378132″]Paul,
    Slow ticker content day? Didn’t the Chrysler-Lake Mary High squabble get enough play a couple weeks ago?[/quote]

    Sometimes the Ticker-assembly process is such a blur of activity that I don’t recognize an item that’s been run before. Mea culpa.[/quote]
    No harm, no foul Paul.
    Just exercising my birthright as a NYer to throw down my smart-ass every now and then.

  • Squiddie | February 17, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    Found this while I was looking for photos of lonely Russian women who want to meet you!

    Norwegian trousers invade Russian curling team photo

  • Rick | February 17, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    Check out this Mets spring training parking spot article:

    http://www.nj.com/me...

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    “New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen ‘have had discussions about the color schemes of the Redskins’ uniforms.'”

    That could simply mean they’ve decided the burgundy monochrome sucks…as do the burgundy socks with the burgundy pants.

    (Well, we can HOPE, can’t we?)

    —Ricko

  • Schmeltzer | February 17, 2010 at 10:10 am |

    [quote]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.[/quote]
    Re: Michael Buble and the hockey puck. This reminds me of an episode of This American Life in which they discuss Van Halen’s infamous “no brown M&Ms” contract. It turns out these sort of things can act as a canary in a coal mine in that if they didn’t meet the simple specifics like “no brown M&Ms” or “local hockey puck”, then what else might they have missed. For a production like Van Halen’s something missed in the contract could be a safety issue for the band or crew.

    I have a hard time believing Michael Buble uses the same kind of elaborate staging or pyrotechnics. More likely he’s just a hockey fan, but the idea is interesting either way. Check out the audio at the start of this episode:
    http://www.thisameri...

  • chance michaels | February 17, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”378143″]”New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen ‘have had discussions about the color schemes of the Redskins’ uniforms.'”

    That could simply mean they’ve decided the burgundy monochrome sucks…as do the burgundy socks with the burgundy pants.

    (Well, we can HOPE, can’t we?)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Well, the article links to another article, which contains this bit (emphasis mine):

    “Everybody is into these uniforms and whatever changes there might be,” Larry Michael told Allen on a recent episode of Redskins Nation. “What can you tell us?”

    Well, first of all, I’m a traditionalist,” Allen said, which should end the black uniform talk. “I’m very proud of the Redskins uniform, and I’m very proud of our helmet. I’m talking to Coach Shanahan about some ideas that we have of utilizing our colors that we’re very proud of. But other than that, we’re gonna stick to our historic base. I loved when the Redskins had those throwback games over the last few years, whether it’s the arrow or the feather or the R. Y’know, just watching it on tape from afar, you’re like, Oh, gosh, I remember…”

  • ClubMedSux | February 17, 2010 at 10:13 am |

    Count me in the camp that thinks Americans shoot righty because they generally play baseball before hockey and get used to that kind of swing.

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”378138″][quote comment=”378132″]Paul,
    Slow ticker content day? Didn’t the Chrysler-Lake Mary High squabble get enough play a couple weeks ago?[/quote]

    Sometimes the Ticker-assembly process is such a blur of activity that I don’t recognize an item that’s been run before. Mea culpa.[/quote]

    Paul doesn’t jump in any poster’s shit when there are repeats (sometimes 3 or 4) in the comments section, which occurs on almost a daily basis. I contend that he deserves the same consideration.
    To prove my point, I’m going to repeat this comment later today at least once. :)

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    [quote comment=”378145″][quote comment=”378143″]”New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen ‘have had discussions about the color schemes of the Redskins’ uniforms.'”

    That could simply mean they’ve decided the burgundy monochrome sucks…as do the burgundy socks with the burgundy pants.

    (Well, we can HOPE, can’t we?)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Well, the article links to another article, which contains this bit (emphasis mine):

    “Everybody is into these uniforms and whatever changes there might be,” Larry Michael told Allen on a recent episode of Redskins Nation. “What can you tell us?”

    Well, first of all, I’m a traditionalist,” Allen said, which should end the black uniform talk. “I’m very proud of the Redskins uniform, and I’m very proud of our helmet. I’m talking to Coach Shanahan about some ideas that we have of utilizing our colors that we’re very proud of. But other than that, we’re gonna stick to our historic base. I loved when the Redskins had those throwback games over the last few years, whether it’s the arrow or the feather or the R. Y’know, just watching it on tape from afar, you’re like, Oh, gosh, I remember…”[/quote]

    Well, that’s good news.
    And my point (which I know you grasped, Chance) was that the comment hardly meant a new Redskins uni was in the offing, so no need for anyone to get all heated up.

    And I ask again, what’s the lead time on a design change for an NFL uni? Two years, isn’t it?

    Throwbacks, alternates have shorten birthing times, but there’s no reason to expect anything major for the Skins this year, anyway.

    —Ricko

  • Kurt Monaco | February 17, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    Check out the colors and striping on these classic O’s stirrups. http://sportsillustr...

  • Jim | February 17, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    With Vancouver being the center of the hockey world right now, I was looking through the city’s online archives. Take a look at these beautiful Vancouver Millionaires charactures from 1919 (including the great Cyclone Taylor): http://vancouver.ca/...

  • Hott Rodd | February 17, 2010 at 10:27 am |

    [quote comment=”378144″][quote]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.[/quote]
    Re: Michael Buble and the hockey puck. This reminds me of an episode of This American Life in which they discuss Van Halen’s infamous “no brown M&Ms” contract. It turns out these sort of things can act as a canary in a coal mine in that if they didn’t meet the simple specifics like “no brown M&Ms” or “local hockey puck”, then what else might they have missed. For a production like Van Halen’s something missed in the contract could be a safety issue for the band or crew.

    I have a hard time believing Michael Buble uses the same kind of elaborate staging or pyrotechnics. More likely he’s just a hockey fan, but the idea is interesting either way. Check out the audio at the start of this episode:
    http://www.thisameri...

    I had heard about this as well, because of the technical degree of difficulty so to speak of pulling off the Van Halen shows, they wanted to make sure the directions had been gon through with a fine tooth comb.

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    Much as I hate to say it, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that a Redskins change of outfits is inevitable. It won’t be up to Bruce Allen, Shanahan or Chief Z: it’ll be up to Snyder. I only hope that if Shanahan is still around, he won’t influence them into wearing something as god-awful as the Broncos. Allen likes the helmet because his father helped design it. As for the “throwbacks”, they contain so many historical anomalies it’s not funny.

  • Hott Rodd | February 17, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    [quote comment=”378151″][quote comment=”378144″]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.[/quote]

    I had heard about this as well, because of the technical degree of difficulty so to speak of pulling off the Van Halen shows, they wanted to make sure the directions had been gon through with a fine tooth comb.[/quote]

    Here’s the link from snopes
    http://www.snopes.co...

  • M.Princip | February 17, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”378143″]”New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen ‘have had discussions about the color schemes of the Redskins’ uniforms.'”

    That could simply mean they’ve decided the burgundy monochrome sucks…as do the burgundy socks with the burgundy pants.

    (Well, we can HOPE, can’t we?)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Bring back the white tops & gold pants and use the feather mohawk helmet for a game or two. That’s all I’m sayin’.

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment=”378152″]Much as I hate to say it, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that a Redskins change of outfits is inevitable. It won’t be up to Bruce Allen, Shanahan or Chief Z: it’ll be up to Snyder. I only hope that if Shanahan is still around, he won’t influence them into wearing something as god-awful as the Broncos. Allen likes the helmet because his father helped design it. As for the “throwbacks”, they contain so many historical anomalies it’s not funny.[/quote]

    Number one on that list? The notion that, unbeknownst to NFL history, the Redskins had actually worn maroon at some during the TV era or the 20+ years prior to it.

    Don’t get me (or leon) started on all the things that weren’t even CLOSE to historically accurate on that alleged “throwback” (not the 1994 one; that one was damn fine).

    –Ricko

  • Kyle@IU | February 17, 2010 at 10:41 am |

    You had to know when George Allen’s son took over the team that traditionalism would probably take over in Washington’s office. If a throwback/jersey sales booster must be done, they should do the one that the ‘Skins haven’t done yet: the feather helmet. Maybe a deep burgundy with metal flake and with a crisp white and red feather (or white and gold to hold with the current color scheme) would look really nice in HD.

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    Speaking of Bobby MItchell, not a lot of photos of him at Illinois floating around. Always loved those “four-stripe” Illlini road jerseys.
    http://www.netitor.c...

    As to feather helmet, gold pants and single stripe loop on white jersey? Yeah, I’d vote for that (scroll down to Charlie Taylor….
    http://www.mikestanh...

    —Ricko

  • Richard Craig | February 17, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    I think it’s safe to say this is the first time in my entire life I’ve read the phrase “Norwegian curling pants.” Sounds like a punk band album title…

  • James P. | February 17, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    HOLY CRAP! Now this is a DIY story if I have ever seen one!

    http://www.stltoday....

    Long story short, this woman back in 1955 wanted a baseball quilt and started making her own. It took 10 years to make and she has 340 autographs she hand stitched into the quilt, and 44 portraits of baseball legends that she hand drew herself. The woman has since passed away and the quilt is about to go up for auction along with her baseball collection.

    The only image is here: http://images.stltod...

  • Patrick | February 17, 2010 at 10:56 am |

    Re: Japanese Umpire Hats

    Does anyone have any idea how one might go about procuring a cap off the Japanese New Era website if they are not in Japan? I’d love to score a fitted Hiroshima Carp hat. Thanks in advance.

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    While we’re on the subject, this gives me an excuse to share this photo of #9. One note: the 2 spear helmets were used concurrently and are out of order in the photo.
    http://www.helmethut...

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    Thanks, Ricko, for the dynamite B&W of Bobby Mitchell

  • Bob Loblaw | February 17, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”378142″]Check out this Mets spring training parking spot article:

    http://www.nj.com/me...

    the sad fact that Castillo, Perez, Blanco and Cora all merit a major league uniform is troublesome enough, but they get the big perks on that club……. *Sigh*….50 wins, here we COME !!!

  • The Jeff | February 17, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”378155″][quote comment=”378152″]Much as I hate to say it, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that a Redskins change of outfits is inevitable. It won’t be up to Bruce Allen, Shanahan or Chief Z: it’ll be up to Snyder. I only hope that if Shanahan is still around, he won’t influence them into wearing something as god-awful as the Broncos. Allen likes the helmet because his father helped design it. As for the “throwbacks”, they contain so many historical anomalies it’s not funny.[/quote]

    Number one on that list? The notion that, unbeknownst to NFL history, the Redskins had actually worn maroon at some during the TV era or the 20+ years prior to it.

    Don’t get me (or leon) started on all the things that weren’t even CLOSE to historically accurate on that alleged “throwback” (not the 1994 one; that one was damn fine).

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Are we talking about the more recent yellow-helmeted one, or the 70th anniversary thing? Because I’m pretty sure they admitted that the 70th anniversary uniform was a mish-mash of various uniforms and didn’t actually represent any specific year.

  • Piping Mike | February 17, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”378147″][quote comment=”378138″][quote comment=”378132″]Paul,
    Slow ticker content day? Didn’t the Chrysler-Lake Mary High squabble get enough play a couple weeks ago?[/quote]

    Sometimes the Ticker-assembly process is such a blur of activity that I don’t recognize an item that’s been run before. Mea culpa.[/quote]

    Paul doesn’t jump in any poster’s shit when there are repeats (sometimes 3 or 4) in the comments section, which occurs on almost a daily basis. I contend that he deserves the same consideration.
    To prove my point, I’m going to repeat this comment later today at least once. :)[/quote]

    For the sake of friendly banter only, I disagree a bit. Paul’s been known to get testy at times when he doesn’t like what’s going on in the comments. While he might not get on someone’s shit, he has occasionally exercised his right and power to simply delete comments. Additionally, it’s fairly common for him to state upfront something to the effect of “don’t make any xyz comments, we’ve heard them all before.”

    Remember that was just for friendly banter…keep up the good work Paul.

  • Jim BC | February 17, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    Big win for Team Canada last night as they wore their red jerseys, which are nice… but… if you want one of them, you have to go here:

    http://store.ctvolym... Canada

    Let’s see… $499 for an authentic and another $100 to customize it. Hey, it’s only $135 for a replica, BUT, as you can see, it’s not the same damn jersey – why on earth do they have the white piping on the collar of the replica when they don’t have it on the actual game jerseys?

    I don’t buy replicas, but again, why couldn’t Nike at least make the same “looking” jersey. I’m perplexed.

  • Jim BC | February 17, 2010 at 11:02 am |

    Trying link again:

    http://store.ctvolym... Canada

  • Jim BC | February 17, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    Crap – try this:

    http://www.hockeycan...

    and click on the “Get your jersey today” link.

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    the caption says 1925, but the Yanks didn’t start wearing these away unis until 1927.

    http://sportsillustr...

    http://exhibits.base...

  • James P. | February 17, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”378159″]HOLY CRAP! Now this is a DIY story if I have ever seen one!

    http://www.stltoday....

    Long story short, this woman back in 1955 wanted a baseball quilt and started making her own. It took 10 years to make and she has 340 autographs she hand stitched into the quilt, and 44 portraits of baseball legends that she hand drew herself. The woman has since passed away and the quilt is about to go up for auction along with her baseball collection.

    The only image is here: http://images.stltod...

    I found some more images of this quilt, and she actually made several different baseball quilts over the years: http://www.baseballs...

    The quilt that is mentioned in the news story was actually on display at Coopertown at one time too.

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 11:08 am |

    The windbreaker under the jersey AND the red chucks:

    http://sportsillustr...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 17, 2010 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment=”378148″][quote comment=”378145″][quote comment=”378143″]”New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen ‘have had discussions about the color schemes of the Redskins’ uniforms.'”

    That could simply mean they’ve decided the burgundy monochrome sucks…as do the burgundy socks with the burgundy pants.

    (Well, we can HOPE, can’t we?)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Well, the article links to another article, which contains this bit (emphasis mine):

    “Everybody is into these uniforms and whatever changes there might be,” Larry Michael told Allen on a recent episode of Redskins Nation. “What can you tell us?”

    Well, first of all, I’m a traditionalist,” Allen said, which should end the black uniform talk. “I’m very proud of the Redskins uniform, and I’m very proud of our helmet. I’m talking to Coach Shanahan about some ideas that we have of utilizing our colors that we’re very proud of. But other than that, we’re gonna stick to our historic base. I loved when the Redskins had those throwback games over the last few years, whether it’s the arrow or the feather or the R. Y’know, just watching it on tape from afar, you’re like, Oh, gosh, I remember…”[/quote]

    Well, that’s good news.
    And my point (which I know you grasped, Chance) was that the comment hardly meant a new Redskins uni was in the offing, so no need for anyone to get all heated up.

    And I ask again, what’s the lead time on a design change for an NFL uni? Two years, isn’t it?

    Throwbacks, alternates have shorten birthing times, but there’s no reason to expect anything major for the Skins this year, anyway.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    As throwbacks go, this Giants’ fan loves that late 50’s look as modeled by Joe Scudero & Chuck Drazenovich http://www.sportsecy...

  • Piping Mike | February 17, 2010 at 11:10 am |

    I know I just jumped into the repeating of items/comments discussion above, but I have a question which is likely a repeat of it’s own. I’ve just never seen the discussion or answer. I checked the FAQs and it wasn’t covered.

    On days Paul doesn’t do an entry, why is the site completely closed? Why can’t there be just open comments? There may be uni related news that readers want to discuss or share. Is the need for comment moderation that great?

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    [quote comment=”378154″]
    Bring back the white tops & gold pants and use the feather mohawk helmet for a game or two. That’s all I’m sayin’.[/quote]

    holy shit…i forgot theismann wore the yellow trou…i know he played for like four years when the team had the pants, but almost every pic you (usually) see has him in the maroons

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 11:19 am |

    [quote comment=”378163″][quote comment=”378155″][quote comment=”378152″]Much as I hate to say it, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that a Redskins change of outfits is inevitable. It won’t be up to Bruce Allen, Shanahan or Chief Z: it’ll be up to Snyder. I only hope that if Shanahan is still around, he won’t influence them into wearing something as god-awful as the Broncos. Allen likes the helmet because his father helped design it. As for the “throwbacks”, they contain so many historical anomalies it’s not funny.[/quote]

    Number one on that list? The notion that, unbeknownst to NFL history, the Redskins had actually worn maroon at some during the TV era or the 20+ years prior to it.

    Don’t get me (or leon) started on all the things that weren’t even CLOSE to historically accurate on that alleged “throwback” (not the 1994 one; that one was damn fine).

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Are we talking about the more recent yellow-helmeted one, or the 70th anniversary thing? Because I’m pretty sure they admitted that the 70th anniversary uniform was a mish-mash of various uniforms and didn’t actually represent any specific year.[/quote]
    I don’t recall them “admitting” any thing. Please reference the photo in the link below. Admittedly, this is an ESPN article and not an official pronouncemnt from the Redskins, but this is called the “style they wore form 1965-1969”. The two players modeling are wearing socks that didn’t appear until 1979-80. At no time have they worn a shoulder stripe like that and they had never, ever had a spear on the shoulder. As a matter of fact, they had a big change in 1969, adopting the Lombardi Packer-style uni (although this could be ESPN getting the years wrong). This was phony, made up anniversary (70th, WTF?) with a phony made up commemorative outfit to sell jerseys.

    http://espn.go.com/p...

  • Jim BC | February 17, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    I’d love to get me a pair of those pants that Norway was rocking… but they don’t ship to Canada! Crap!

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    [quote comment=”378172″]I know I just jumped into the repeating of items/comments discussion above, but I have a question which is likely a repeat of it’s own. I’ve just never seen the discussion or answer. I checked the FAQs and it wasn’t covered.

    On days Paul doesn’t do an entry, why is the site completely closed? Why can’t there be just open comments? There may be uni related news that readers want to discuss or share. Is the need for comment moderation that great?[/quote]

    You may have answered your own question.
    :)

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    These throwbacks were pretty cool, but I’d make the helmet maroon if it were part of uni redesign.

    http://farm2.static....

  • JimWa | February 17, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    Such an odd sight to see …

    http://www.bleedcubb...

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”378163″][quote comment=”378155″][quote comment=”378152″]Much as I hate to say it, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that a Redskins change of outfits is inevitable. It won’t be up to Bruce Allen, Shanahan or Chief Z: it’ll be up to Snyder. I only hope that if Shanahan is still around, he won’t influence them into wearing something as god-awful as the Broncos. Allen likes the helmet because his father helped design it. As for the “throwbacks”, they contain so many historical anomalies it’s not funny.[/quote]

    Number one on that list? The notion that, unbeknownst to NFL history, the Redskins had actually worn maroon at some during the TV era or the 20+ years prior to it.

    Don’t get me (or leon) started on all the things that weren’t even CLOSE to historically accurate on that alleged “throwback” (not the 1994 one; that one was damn fine).

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Are we talking about the more recent yellow-helmeted one, or the 70th anniversary thing? Because I’m pretty sure they admitted that the 70th anniversary uniform was a mish-mash of various uniforms and didn’t actually represent any specific year.[/quote]

    Yeah, this 70th one.
    http://sportsillustr...
    Oh, I know they fessed up.
    Doesn’t make it any less crappy looking, especially doing MFMS. That was just…dumb.
    Would be like the Dodgers celebrating 55 years in LA by wearing dark Navy Blue hats.

    –Ricko

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”378177″]These throwbacks were pretty cool, but I’d make the helmet maroon if it were part of uni redesign.

    http://farm2.static....

    Ah, that would be the uni from the following season…and later against Garo and the Dolphins in the Super Bowl, etc.

    —Ricko

  • M.Princip | February 17, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”378161″]

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    [/quote]

    Got to say, that is one badass throwback uni. This feather mohawk lid would be superb here, as a mish mash ensemble.

  • Matthew Robins | February 17, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    Great Page 2 article, Paul. You won that debate hands down.

    I stumbled upon this from The Sartorialist, today. http://thesartoriali...

    Bear Down!

    PS – I want to Czech Republic Opening Ceremony Pants.

  • Tony | February 17, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    Sometimes when musicians put crazy demands for food into their contract, it is for a reason. Van Halen back in the 80’s specified only brown M&M’s in a bowl. The reason they did that was so they knew that the contract was actually read. Their stage was big and complicated back then. They wanted to make sure that things were put together like the contract said. When they saw the bowl full of brown M&Ms, then they felt reasonably sure that things were done the right way.

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment=”378180″][quote comment=”378177″]These throwbacks were pretty cool, but I’d make the helmet maroon if it were part of uni redesign.

    http://farm2.static....

    Ah, that would be the uni from the following season…and later against Garo and the Dolphins in the Super Bowl, etc.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    except those didn’t have the lombardi “R”

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”378181″][quote comment=”378161″]

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    [/quote]

    Got to say, that is one badass throwback uni. This feather mohawk lid would be superb here, as a mish mash ensemble.[/quote]

    ‘cept isn’t even CLOSE to accurate as a throwback, that’s leon’s point, and mine. It’s isn’t a bad looking uni (taken on its own), but it’s quite a ways away from recreating anything the Skins ever actually wore.

    —Ricko

  • M.Princip | February 17, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”378179″][quote comment=”378163″][quote comment=”378155″][quote comment=”378152″]Much as I hate to say it, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that a Redskins change of outfits is inevitable. It won’t be up to Bruce Allen, Shanahan or Chief Z: it’ll be up to Snyder. I only hope that if Shanahan is still around, he won’t influence them into wearing something as god-awful as the Broncos. Allen likes the helmet because his father helped design it. As for the “throwbacks”, they contain so many historical anomalies it’s not funny.[/quote]

    Number one on that list? The notion that, unbeknownst to NFL history, the Redskins had actually worn maroon at some during the TV era or the 20+ years prior to it.

    Don’t get me (or leon) started on all the things that weren’t even CLOSE to historically accurate on that alleged “throwback” (not the 1994 one; that one was damn fine).

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Are we talking about the more recent yellow-helmeted one, or the 70th anniversary thing? Because I’m pretty sure they admitted that the 70th anniversary uniform was a mish-mash of various uniforms and didn’t actually represent any specific year.[/quote]

    Yeah, this 70th one.
    http://sportsillustr...
    Oh, I know they fessed up.
    Doesn’t make it any less crappy looking, especially doing MFMS. That was just…dumb.
    Would be like the Dodgers celebrating 55 years in LA by wearing dark Navy Blue hats.

    –Ricko[/quote]

    Yea, that 70th one represented crap. Ugh shiny ass pants ta boot.

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”378184″][quote comment=”378180″][quote comment=”378177″]These throwbacks were pretty cool, but I’d make the helmet maroon if it were part of uni redesign.

    http://farm2.static....

    Ah, that would be the uni from the following season…and later against Garo and the Dolphins in the Super Bowl, etc.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    except those didn’t have the lombardi “R”[/quote]

    ’tis true. I was thinking that the general look, switch to dark helmet (Dark Helmet? “When will then be now?” “Soon.”), came the following year.

  • M.Princip | February 17, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    [quote comment=”378185″][quote comment=”378181″][quote comment=”378161″]

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    [/quote]

    Got to say, that is one badass throwback uni. This feather mohawk lid would be superb here, as a mish mash ensemble.[/quote]

    ‘cept isn’t even CLOSE to accurate as a throwback, that’s leon’s point, and mine. It’s isn’t a bad looking uni (taken on its own), but it’s quite a ways away from recreating anything the Skins ever actually wore.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Really? Because I thought, barring the helmet, it was a pretty good interpretation of their 1937-38 unis with modern day equipment.

  • M.Princip | February 17, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  • M.Princip | February 17, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”378189″]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/76/WA_Redskins_1938_small.jpg[/quote]

    These shiny pants I actually like; i.e. satin. However, I like the fact that they went to a matted color in those 1994 throwbacks.

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”378187″][quote comment=”378184″][quote comment=”378180″][quote comment=”378177″]These throwbacks were pretty cool, but I’d make the helmet maroon if it were part of uni redesign.

    http://farm2.static....

    Ah, that would be the uni from the following season…and later against Garo and the Dolphins in the Super Bowl, etc.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    except those didn’t have the lombardi “R”[/quote]

    ’tis true. I was thinking that the general look, switch to dark helmet (Dark Helmet? “When will then be now?” “Soon.”), came the following year.[/quote]

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    yes, you couldn’t have the yellow helmet with the yellow pants – too Packer-like (just as Lombardi intended)

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”378185″][quote comment=”378181″][quote comment=”378161″]

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    [/quote]

    Got to say, that is one badass throwback uni. This feather mohawk lid would be superb here, as a mish mash ensemble.[/quote]

    ‘cept isn’t even CLOSE to accurate as a throwback, that’s leon’s point, and mine. It’s isn’t a bad looking uni (taken on its own), but it’s quite a ways away from recreating anything the Skins ever actually wore.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    WHOA! My bad, Mike. though you were referencing the 70th anniversary travesty.

    I agree. Love that ’94 throwback. and With the feather helmet? Primo. YES.

    Actually, they probably could wear that all the time. Surest way to be unique is to buck the current trend, not follow it. Instead adding more bumper stickers like everyone else, ‘Skins going minimalist would be really, really cool.

    Look at it this way. If you were in marketing and walked into a meeting saying, “I’ve got an idea that will make our product totally blend in, not stand out at all, be just like what everyone else is doing, give us absolutely nothing visually unique”….they’d fire your ass on the spot. Or they should.

    —Ricko

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”378188″][quote comment=”378185″][quote comment=”378181″][quote comment=”378161″]

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    [/quote]

    Got to say, that is one badass throwback uni. This feather mohawk lid would be superb here, as a mish mash ensemble.[/quote]

    ‘cept isn’t even CLOSE to accurate as a throwback, that’s leon’s point, and mine. It’s isn’t a bad looking uni (taken on its own), but it’s quite a ways away from recreating anything the Skins ever actually wore.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Really? Because I thought, barring the helmet, it was a pretty good interpretation of their 1937-38 unis with modern day equipment.[/quote]
    There was no attempt to replicate what would have been leather helmets: just make them plain. Adding the feather to the helmet, while perhaps a cool look, would be historically innaccurate as they didn’t appear until 1958. This was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NFL by having teams “throwback” to what they wore at the league’s inception. Obviously, teams that entered the league later would have helmet adornments not availbale to teams in 1938 and their anniversary helmets reflected as much.

  • M.Princip | February 17, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    [quote comment=”378192″][quote comment=”378185″][quote comment=”378181″][quote comment=”378161″]

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    [/quote]

    Got to say, that is one badass throwback uni. This feather mohawk lid would be superb here, as a mish mash ensemble.[/quote]

    ‘cept isn’t even CLOSE to accurate as a throwback, that’s leon’s point, and mine. It’s isn’t a bad looking uni (taken on its own), but it’s quite a ways away from recreating anything the Skins ever actually wore.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    WHOA! My bad, Mike. though you were referencing the 70th anniversary travesty.

    I agree. Love that ’94 throwback. and With the feather helmet? Primo. YES.

    Actually, they probably could wear that all the time. Surest way to be unique is to buck the current trend, not follow it. Instead adding more bumper stickers like everyone else, ‘Skins going minimalist would be really, really cool.

    Look at it this way. If you were in marketing and walked into a meeting saying, “I’ve got an idea that will make our product totally blend in, not stand out at all, be just like what everyone else is doing, give us absolutely nothing visually unique”….they’d fire your ass on the spot. Or they should.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Hear, hear!

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”378192″][quote comment=”378185″][quote comment=”378181″][quote comment=”378161″]

    Here’s the 1994 uni Ricko was referencing:
    http://www.life.com/...

    [/quote]

    Got to say, that is one badass throwback uni. This feather mohawk lid would be superb here, as a mish mash ensemble.[/quote]

    ‘cept isn’t even CLOSE to accurate as a throwback, that’s leon’s point, and mine. It’s isn’t a bad looking uni (taken on its own), but it’s quite a ways away from recreating anything the Skins ever actually wore.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    WHOA! My bad, Mike. though you were referencing the 70th anniversary travesty.

    I agree. Love that ’94 throwback. and With the feather helmet? Primo. YES.

    Actually, they probably could wear that all the time. Surest way to be unique is to buck the current trend, not follow it. Instead adding more bumper stickers like everyone else, ‘Skins going minimalist would be really, really cool.

    Look at it this way. If you were in marketing and walked into a meeting saying, “I’ve got an idea that will make our product totally blend in, not stand out at all, be just like what everyone else is doing, give us absolutely nothing visually unique”….they’d fire your ass on the spot. Or they should.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    just make sure the helmet colors match the jersey colors this time:

    http://www.redskinsc...

  • Chris from Carver | February 17, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    Boston.com has a gallery up of players who came to spring training early, and not one of them was wearing the new BP caps. Perhaps a sign of good things to come?

  • James P. | February 17, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    I just read Paul’s Page 2 article and I agree with him. A costume is not a uniform, and vice versa. Funny that the local news paper here in St Louis also ran a story siding with Paul on the costume issue: http://interact.stlt...

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”378199″]this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

    Yup, that’s where we started. Throw back to that, but with the red-tipped feather helmet. And wear true Old Gold pants.

  • The Jeff | February 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”378199″]this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

    So, it’d be a Texans jersey in Redskin colors.

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    danny and shanny could bring this guy back, to differeniate them from the texans:

    http://misterirrelev...

  • War Damn Eagle | February 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm |

    here’s another pic of joey t. wearing the older skins uni:

    http://www.sportscar...

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”378201″][quote comment=”378199″]this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

    So, it’d be a Texans jersey in Redskin colors.[/quote]

    Well, and one-color number matching the stripe, which always gives things a different, less-ornate look.

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”378206″][quote comment=”378201″][quote comment=”378199″]this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

    So, it’d be a Texans jersey in Redskin colors.[/quote]

    Well, and one-color number matching the stripe, which always gives things a different, less-ornate look.[/quote]

    For at least one season, what the Redskins’ road jersey was, was a white jersey with a white-burgundy-white shoulder loop.

    —Ricko

  • Jeff P | February 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”378137″]I think one of the reasons that so many Americans are right handed stems from picking up a baseball glove and a bat at an early age. When your tee ball coach sees you holding a ball in your right hand and throwing that way, he’s probably going to set you up in the batters box as a righty. Then, when the children pick up a hockey stick, they are already used to batting right handed, so they hold their stick that way.

    In Canada where baseball is not as prevalent, the younger kids will put their stronger hand on top (if they are righty, they shoot left) and therefore become more left handed hockey players.[/quote]

    Pretty much the accepted explanation among hockey equipment freaks. And despite some of the comments about how ‘right’ dominant hand on top is, there are benefits to both ways. Dominant hand on bottom will put your dominant eye over the puck and help your aim, and the stronger arm lower will help your shot. Dominant hand on top forces your dominant higher, so you have a tendency for better passing and vision, along with the strength of the hand on top allowing for better stickhandling.

    Best thing you can do for a kid is to give ’em a straight blade when they’re starting and let them figure it out on their own. Even without prior experience in another sport, different kids will have different ideas of what feels right to them.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”378207″][quote comment=”378206″][quote comment=”378201″][quote comment=”378199″]this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

    So, it’d be a Texans jersey in Redskin colors.[/quote]

    Well, and one-color number matching the stripe, which always gives things a different, less-ornate look.[/quote]

    For at least one season, what the Redskins’ road jersey was, was a white jersey with a white-burgundy-white shoulder loop.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    That’s what I was referring to in comment #52. but since I’m on everyone’s ‘pay no mind list’…..

    Late 50’s look w/ a shoulder loop in white w/ gold stripe inside on a burgundy jersey=SHARP! O

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

    My great skate debate with Jim Caple is up:
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Johnny O | February 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”378172″]I know I just jumped into the repeating of items/comments discussion above, but I have a question which is likely a repeat of it’s own. I’ve just never seen the discussion or answer. I checked the FAQs and it wasn’t covered.

    On days Paul doesn’t do an entry, why is the site completely closed? Why can’t there be just open comments? There may be uni related news that readers want to discuss or share. Is the need for comment moderation that great?[/quote]

    Because sometimes there are days when I don’t even want to think about Uni Watch. I don’t want to have to read the comments, I don’t want to deal with dozens of Ticker contributions, etc. I want to put Uni Watch out of my mind and focus on other things. On those days I shut the site down. I think you can all find something else to do on those days, which only come up once every six weeks or so.

  • Andy | February 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

    I think as a whole, the feather helmet uniforms with the single shoulder loops were the Redskins’ best ‘modern day’ uniforms and could be worn today without modification. The way the Texans insert their shoulder wedge would work great for that loop.

    The 1994 throwback was exceptional, except for the helmet. A darker helmet that matches the jersey color and a grey mask would perfect that look. I suppose the TV numbers would have to be added if it was a full-time uniform as well.

  • pflava | February 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

    Great ESPN piece today about figure skating costumes. I’ve often wondered during the Olympics why the figure skaters don’t simply wear something like speed skaters. The costumes make it an absolute joke. Theater with medals, indeed.

  • Mike Engle | February 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378211″]MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    Congrats, your Brewers are the new Mets. Everybody loves the old uniforms, the management is trying to shove the barley M down your throats, you have a beautiful pinstriped home uniform that never gets worn anymore, and now you have two alternate navy tops, just like how the Mets used to have two black jerseys. Brace yourself for a navy Milwaukee top at home or a navy Brewers top on the road: mistakes do happen and one will happen here.
    Though to be fair, the Brewers stick to the official whites for Opening Day and other special holidays, and they don’t wear road caps at home.
    And sure, congrats on getting a city-on-front road top. And sorry for ruining your parade. When the Yankees come out with an oatmeal alternate home uniform or something, feel free to return the favor.

  • Adam | February 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

    How could Ted Williams be in Sox camp in 1969 when he was managing the Washington Senators the same spring? HMMMMMM…

  • Adam | February 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378216″]How could Ted Williams be in Sox camp in 1969 when he was managing the Washington Senators the same spring? HMMMMMM…[/quote]

    forgot the link
    http://sportsillustr...

  • Pedro | February 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378209″][quote comment=”378207″][quote comment=”378206″][quote comment=”378201″][quote comment=”378199″]this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

    So, it’d be a Texans jersey in Redskin colors.[/quote]

    Well, and one-color number matching the stripe, which always gives things a different, less-ornate look.[/quote]

    For at least one season, what the Redskins’ road jersey was, was a white jersey with a white-burgundy-white shoulder loop.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    That’s what I was referring to in comment #52. but since I’m on everyone’s ‘pay no mind list’…..

    Late 50’s look w/ a shoulder loop in white w/ gold stripe inside on a burgundy jersey=SHARP! O[/quote]

    Yeah kind of the way it goes around here. the Uniwatch VIP’s carry the conversations. Us on the ‘pay no mind list’ (I love that) can only hope to get some attention. Usually if you make a GREAT comment though, they’ll look your way.

  • chance michaels | February 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378211″]MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    So close, and yet so far.

    Cool base only? Hope that changes. And the two sleeve patches are over the top (although par for the course with the Brew-Has).

  • Pedro | February 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”378211″]MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    At the risk of sounding like a jerk (I’m really not trying to be), why is this a big deal?

  • Johnny O | February 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”378215″][quote comment=”378211″]MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    Congrats, your Brewers are the new Mets. Everybody loves the old uniforms, the management is trying to shove the barley M down your throats, you have a beautiful pinstriped home uniform that never gets worn anymore, and now you have two alternate navy tops, just like how the Mets used to have two black jerseys. Brace yourself for a navy Milwaukee top at home or a navy Brewers top on the road: mistakes do happen and one will happen here.
    Though to be fair, the Brewers stick to the official whites for Opening Day and other special holidays, and they don’t wear road caps at home.
    And sure, congrats on getting a city-on-front road top. And sorry for ruining your parade. When the Yankees come out with an oatmeal alternate home uniform or something, feel free to return the favor.[/quote]

    It took 10 years for the Brewers to finally realize that having the name of the city on the away jersey is important. Although it would be great to have had “Milwaukee” on the gray uniform, I will take it anyways. Nothing has been announced on Brewers.com yet, I just happen to see it on the Brewers online shop. I would hope they don’t wear that top at home. As far as the retro uniforms are concerned, the Brewers organization has said while the fans and the organization love the old look, they only want to wear them every once in a while (It used to be every home Sunday game, then every home Friday game, last season was every first Friday home game of the month, and this season has many throwback games because of the 40th anniversary celebration.) As a huge Brewer fan I am fine with the once in a while thing. It makes it more special when it does happen.

    As soon as the Crew come out with black uniforms, then I will consider them the Mets. This is a big win for me personally, and a bunch of other Brewer’s fans.

  • Johnny O | February 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”378220″][quote comment=”378211″]MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    At the risk of sounding like a jerk (I’m really not trying to be), why is this a big deal?[/quote]

    I guess it isn’t a big deal to many. But, I have been contacting the Brewers for the past few years to get “Milwaukee” back on the road uniform. They were one of a few teams (four maybe?) that didn’t have their city or state on their away uniforms. It has been 10 years since the city name has been on the Brewer’s road uniform, and I am glad to see it back.

  • Johnny O | February 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”378219″][quote comment=”378211″]MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    So close, and yet so far.

    Cool base only? Hope that changes. And the two sleeve patches are over the top (although par for the course with the Brew-Has).[/quote]

    I have been checking Brewers.com every day since the Winter Warm Up, and this has been the first day they have been online. Hopefully they will not be only cool-base in the future. As far as the patches, yeah, par for the course. I do wish they were on the gray’s, but we gotta take baby steps I guess.

  • chance michaels | February 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”378223″][quote comment=”378219″][quote comment=”378211″]MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    http://shop.mlb.com/...
    So close, and yet so far.

    Cool base only? Hope that changes. And the two sleeve patches are over the top (although par for the course with the Brew-Has).[/quote]

    I have been checking Brewers.com every day since the Winter Warm Up, and this has been the first day they have been online. Hopefully they will not be only cool-base in the future. As far as the patches, yeah, par for the course. I do wish they were on the gray’s, but we gotta take baby steps I guess.[/quote]
    So this small step in 2010 might lead to this in 2011? We can only hope….

  • Brad | February 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

    I’ve been reading rumors of changes coming for KU football jerseys next year, and now they appear to be confirmed. Players’ NOB is being removed and will be replaced with JOB (thats Jayhawk logo on back).

    And the helmets will no longer have the red stripe. There has been some clamoring for a return to the helmets with the Jayhawk instead of just KU, but I’m on the fence.

    http://www2.ljworld....

    Rock Chalk,
    Brad

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”378209″][quote comment=”378207″][quote comment=”378206″][quote comment=”378201″][quote comment=”378199″]this wouldn’t be too bad, either, but you’d need to truncate the hell out of the shoulder stripe to fit reebok’s specifications.

    http://wai.redskins....

    So, it’d be a Texans jersey in Redskin colors.[/quote]

    Well, and one-color number matching the stripe, which always gives things a different, less-ornate look.[/quote]

    For at least one season, what the Redskins’ road jersey was, was a white jersey with a white-burgundy-white shoulder loop.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    That’s what I was referring to in comment #52. but since I’m on everyone’s ‘pay no mind list’…..

    Late 50’s look w/ a shoulder loop in white w/ gold stripe inside on a burgundy jersey=SHARP! O[/quote]

    Sorry, Bob, I always liked that jersey, too. Had a really short lifespan, unfortunately.

    Didn’t address it because the discussion seemed to veer off into focusing on which white road uni of a couple seasons later we were talking about.

    If only loops were truly viable anymore, huh.

    (Also thought “Joe Scudero” was a cool name; although as a kid I thought it was pronounced “Scoo-DARE-oh”).

    —Ricko

  • Roger Faso | February 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    I love a debate and the Page 2 one was a good one.

    Point, match and conclusion.

    Excellent.

  • Brad | February 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm |

    More KU links, just for your comparison:

    new helmet sans red strip
    http://grfx.cstv.com...

    helmets with Jayhawk
    http://www2.kusports...

    official release from KU Athletics about uni tweaks
    http://www.kuathleti...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm |

    I omitted the SARCASM mode on my ‘pay no mind list’ comment. Credit to Joe Pesci in Good Fellas.

    Unfortunately, it leads one to believe that I was throwing the toys out of the pram. certainly there are worse things than not getting enough MB love…. like missing out on Joe’s Giant Balls!!!

    oops, I did it again!!!!

    :)

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

    My editors have now added a “Who Won the Debate?” poll to the figure skating debate. Feel free to vote for either me or Caple:
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”378225″]I’ve been reading rumors of changes coming for KU football jerseys next year, and now they appear to be confirmed. Players’ NOB is being removed and will be replaced with JOB (thats Jayhawk logo on back).

    And the helmets will no longer have the red stripe. There has been some clamoring for a return to the helmets with the Jayhawk instead of just KU, but I’m on the fence.

    http://www2.ljworld....

    Rock Chalk,
    Brad[/quote]

    Not a KU alum or anything of the sort, but I’m all in on the Jayhawk.

    The cute-sy mascot is going the way of the DoDo in the sports world so we gotta fight for every little victory— I look at it as tantamount to the fight against the baby seal hunt, or propping up the Koala Bear or Baby seal populations! ;)

  • UmpLou | February 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

    Paul W – you are missing the John McSherry patch…..

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”378232″]Paul W – you are missing the John McSherry patch…..[/quote]

    I told him that too (privately)! He said he’s having Russ Gompers (the Mets’ official stitcher) add it the next time he’s passing thru NYC.

  • UmpLou | February 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

    fucking busy today…but did get to read the lukas v. caple column

    it’s a landslide!

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”378235″]fucking busy today…but did get to read the lukas v. caple column

    it’s a landslide![/quote]

    I think we may need a, uh, slightly larger sample size.

    Seriously, though, I expect to win the voting because most ESPN readers are young-ish males, which means they think figure skating costumes are somewhere between lame-o and gay. My side of the debate was fairly easy, at least in terms of the the ESPN audience; Jim had the much more difficult side to defend.

    Plus there’s the fact that my arguments were, y’know, correct.

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”378236″]
    I think we may need a, uh, slightly larger sample size.
    [/quote]

    what? 15’s not enough?

    isn’t that how msnbc and/or fox decides shit?

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”378238″][quote comment=”378236″]
    I think we may need a, uh, slightly larger sample size.
    [/quote]

    what? 15’s not enough?

    isn’t that how msnbc and/or fox decides shit?[/quote]

    Yeah, but 13 of those 15 votes were mine….

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”378236″][quote comment=”378235″]fucking busy today…but did get to read the lukas v. caple column

    it’s a landslide![/quote]

    I think we may need a, uh, slightly larger sample size.

    Seriously, though, I expect to win the voting because most ESPN readers are young-ish males, which means they think figure skating costumes are somewhere between lame-o and gay. My side of the debate was fairly easy, at least in terms of the the ESPN audience; Jim had the much more difficult side to defend.

    Plus there’s the fact that my arguments were, y’know, correct.[/quote]

    Interesting potential counterpoint, and I don’t have a position, just the “other angle”…

    Are, then, spider web patterns and such on alpine skiers a kind of “costume”, too?

    (oh, swell, something else to argue about)

    —Ricko

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”378240″][quote comment=”378236″][quote comment=”378235″]fucking busy today…but did get to read the lukas v. caple column

    it’s a landslide![/quote]

    I think we may need a, uh, slightly larger sample size.

    Seriously, though, I expect to win the voting because most ESPN readers are young-ish males, which means they think figure skating costumes are somewhere between lame-o and gay. My side of the debate was fairly easy, at least in terms of the the ESPN audience; Jim had the much more difficult side to defend.

    Plus there’s the fact that my arguments were, y’know, correct.[/quote]

    Interesting potential counterpoint, and I don’t have a position, just the “other angle”…

    Are, then, spider web patterns and such on alpine skiers a kind of “costume”, too?[/quote]

    To a point. Aren’t the web patterns some sort of branding thing, though?? In any case, the webs are just printed ornamentation on an otherwise form-follows-function garment (i.e., a bodysuit) — you can print a web, a stripe, a block of color, whatever, it’s all just printed ornamentation. That’s different from a costume whose form has nothing to do with function. Unless the function is artistic expression. Which, again, means you’re not talking about sports.

  • JimWa | February 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”378241″][quote comment=”378240″][quote comment=”378236″][quote comment=”378235″]fucking busy today…but did get to read the lukas v. caple column

    it’s a landslide![/quote]

    I think we may need a, uh, slightly larger sample size.

    Seriously, though, I expect to win the voting because most ESPN readers are young-ish males, which means they think figure skating costumes are somewhere between lame-o and gay. My side of the debate was fairly easy, at least in terms of the the ESPN audience; Jim had the much more difficult side to defend.

    Plus there’s the fact that my arguments were, y’know, correct.[/quote]

    Interesting potential counterpoint, and I don’t have a position, just the “other angle”…

    Are, then, spider web patterns and such on alpine skiers a kind of “costume”, too?[/quote]

    To a point. Aren’t the web patterns some sort of branding thing, though?? In any case, the webs are just printed ornamentation on an otherwise form-follows-function garment (i.e., a bodysuit) — you can print a web, a stripe, a block of color, whatever, it’s all just printed ornamentation. That’s different from a costume whose form has nothing to do with function. Unless the function is artistic expression. Which, again, means you’re not talking about sports.[/quote]

    Uniforms are ALL about artistic expression, otherwise it’ll all be black vs. white games. However, the spiderweb design (to my knowledge) does not effect the final outcome, and plays no part in which athletes receive medals and which don’t.

  • Ricko | February 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm |

    Also, it’s uniform, in the sense that all members of a country’s ski team wear the same thing.

    Although I don’t know that deciding to make the athlete look like Spider-Man is necessarily about “form following function”. There’s just a tad of theatrical embellishment in there.

    (Wasn’t disagreeing with you—because was thinking the same thing last watching Johnny Weir is what appeared to be a “Playmate of the Month Going Clubbing” outfit—just pointing out a potential, “Oh, yeah, well what about…?” counter argument we might hear).

    —Ricko

  • Kyle | February 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

    How come you didn’t make the comparison to Gymnastics floor routine. It seems like the natural olympic comparison. Artistic expression to music which being judged by a panel. They wear uniforms.

  • Jeff P | February 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”378245″]How come you didn’t make the comparison to Gymnastics floor routine. It seems like the natural olympic comparison. Artistic expression to music which being judged by a panel. They wear uniforms.[/quote]

    Because if there’s one thing that we can all agree on, Rhythmic gymnastics is not a sport.

    Honestly, I think I side with the compromise position on that debate. Wear a costume, but with a national emblem since it is the olympics.

    It’s an individual sport that relies at it’s core on individual expression. The skater is playing for themselves, they should wear whatever they feel enhances their performance the most. If they’re trying to emphasize the technical and athletic aspect of their routine, simpler is better. If they’re trying to emphasis the artistic side, the costume should reflect that.

    Figure skating is a really weird hybrid that can be interpreted in different ways, and that should be reflected in the costume.

  • Piping Mike | February 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm |

    Re: the costume vs uniform debate

    1) Anyone else have the US snowboaders Olympic uniforms pop into their heads while reading Page 2? With the demim and flannel look, they’re getting onto the slippery slope towards costumes.

    2) I’m with Paul all the way on his arguments. Paul & Caple danced around the is figure skating a sport or not question and that’s a debate I’d really like to see. Personally anything that is judged is hard to call a sport. (Athletic yes, sport no). Beyond figure skating there are a few ‘sports’ I am not 100% comfortable with. For example, why are there style points in ski jumping? The longest should win, period. They don’t take deductions if you splash too much sand in the long jump do they? And what about moguls, and the other X Games type sports. Sure they are physically impressive, but still rely on judges.

  • Piping Mike | February 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”378245″]How come you didn’t make the comparison to Gymnastics floor routine. It seems like the natural olympic comparison. Artistic expression to music which being judged by a panel. They wear uniforms.[/quote]

    If this was Facebook, I’d click the Like button. Great point.

  • Kyle | February 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=\”378246\”][quote comment=\”378245\”]How come you didn’t make the comparison to Gymnastics floor routine. It seems like the natural olympic comparison. Artistic expression to music which being judged by a panel. They wear uniforms.[/quote]

    Because if there\’s one thing that we can all agree on, Rhythmic gymnastics is not a sport.

    Honestly, I think I side with the compromise position on that debate. Wear a costume, but with a national emblem since it is the olympics.

    It\’s an individual sport that relies at it\’s core on individual expression. The skater is playing for themselves, they should wear whatever they feel enhances their performance the most. If they\’re trying to emphasize the technical and athletic aspect of their routine, simpler is better. If they\’re trying to emphasis the artistic side, the costume should reflect that.

    Figure skating is a really weird hybrid that can be interpreted in different ways, and that should be reflected in the costume.[/quote]

    I wasn’t talking about rhythmic gymnastics. I was talking about the floor routine of the summer olympic team all around, or individual floor routines.

  • Dante | February 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm |

    “That’s mostly because they aren’t absolutely necessary, just as stirrup socks — which I know you love, Paul (and so do I) — are not necessary for baseball players. Whatever their roots, stirrup socks are nothing more than fashion. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

    Gotta say, Caple does have a point there.

  • JTH | February 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378236″]Plus there’s the fact that my arguments were, y’know, correct.[/quote]
    That and the fact that you know when to use “criterion” instead of “criteria.” That was good enough for me to declare you the winner.

  • Sven | February 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

    Most fun side event of watching a Team Canada game – counting the jerseys in the crowd. I caught just about every Men’s team variant since the 80s at one point or another, save goofy stuff like the green World Juniors jersey. I think the only one I couldn’t confirm was the 96-98 World Cup / Nagano version, which is a shame because I like that a lot even if it’s associated with two failures.

  • JTH | February 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”378250″]”That’s mostly because they aren’t absolutely necessary, just as stirrup socks — which I know you love, Paul (and so do I) — are not necessary for baseball players. Whatever their roots, stirrup socks are nothing more than fashion. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

    Gotta say, Caple does have a point there.[/quote]
    But where was he going with it? The overwhelming majority of baseball players DON’T wear stirrups. And for the players that do, it’s just one piece of the uniform (two pieces, actually).

    Also, as far as I can tell, Paul’s not saying there’s no room at all for individuality in figure skating.

  • JimWa | February 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm |

    OK, folks …

    Name another Olympic event where athletes (of the same gender) from the same country competing in the same event wear clothes that have no visual similarity whatsoever.

    Uniforms are uniform. Costumes are … what they wearing in ice dancing.

  • JimWa | February 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”378254″]OK, folks …

    Name another Olympic event where athletes (of the same gender) from the same country competing in the same event wear clothes that have no visual similarity whatsoever.

    Uniforms are uniform. Costumes are … what they wearing in ice dancing.[/quote]

    Me used GRATE enlesh sometimes?

  • SoCalDrew | February 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm |

    “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.” …

    Please God let it be true!!!!

  • Brendan | February 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

    Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

  • Jordan Sogn | February 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    Almost as lame as the track surrounding the football field in KS.

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    RCJOB?

  • aflfan | February 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm |

    It is a great day for me. Arena football will be on TV again this spring

    The AFL has already reached a one-year deal with the NFL Network to broadcast a Friday night game of the week, beginning with Chicago at Iowa on April 2. Kurz said 14 of the 15 teams will be featured during the regular season.

    The eight-team playoffs and Arena Bowl, which will be played at the home of the higher seed, will also be televised.

  • mmwatkin | February 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    I don’t think there is anything more lame and played out than the whole “we don’t have names on the back because we play for the TEAM”

    If it takes that measure to make the players respect the team…you need better people on your team.

  • Caleb | February 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm |

    Hey folks, quick hand of help needed. Anyone know the font name for the Seattle Pilots italicized script font, as seen here: http://www.sportslog...
    Thanks for any help you can offer!

  • Caleb | February 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm |

    Asking for help, trying to find the name of the font used by the Seattle Pilots, as seen here: http://www.sportslog...
    Thanks for any help!

  • Mike Engle | February 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378259″][quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    RCJOB?[/quote]
    You know, I can’t help but like this. Well, at least I know I don’t hate it.
    We all know mini logos over NOB’s look cluttered and stupid (yes, you too, Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings). The least stupid NNOB solution is just that, no names on back. This then leads to a question of rear number placement, which can really screw up a good thing.
    To my 21-year old eyes, the back logo keeps everything in the right place. The numbers aren’t too high up, and there isn’t a huge gap at the top, as if the NOB got ripped away. So it’s like there’s nothing up top, yet there is, both at once.

  • Hott Rodd | February 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”378261″][quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    I don’t think there is anything more lame and played out than the whole “we don’t have names on the back because we play for the TEAM”

    If it takes that measure to make the players respect the team…you need better people on your team.[/quote]

    True story.

    The company I work for (smallish family owned life insurance company, with some diversified holdings) owns the TV station that just secured the rights to broadcast the Rattlers games in Phoenix. Got the email about an hour ago.

  • Jeff P | February 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”378258″][quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    Almost as lame as the track surrounding the football field in KS.[/quote]

    Let the track be. At least KU is trying to make their stadium useful for actual students rather then what’s essentially a pro team that pretends to study.

  • Andy | February 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”378247″]Re: the costume vs uniform debate

    1) Anyone else have the US snowboaders Olympic uniforms pop into their heads while reading Page 2? With the demim and flannel look, they’re getting onto the slippery slope towards costumes.

    2) I’m with Paul all the way on his arguments. Paul & Caple danced around the is figure skating a sport or not question and that’s a debate I’d really like to see. Personally anything that is judged is hard to call a sport. (Athletic yes, sport no). Beyond figure skating there are a few ‘sports’ I am not 100% comfortable with. For example, why are there style points in ski jumping? The longest should win, period. They don’t take deductions if you splash too much sand in the long jump do they? And what about moguls, and the other X Games type sports. Sure they are physically impressive, but still rely on judges.[/quote]

    If having the outcome decided by a panel of judges disqualifies an athletic event for ‘sporthood,’ one must consider the opinion that anything where the outcome is determined by a score should be considered a ‘game’ rather than a sport, leaving only events determined by time and distance to be the only true ‘sports,’ which is how I happen to feel.

    Ballet, Ice dancing, Gymnastics = Performance Arts
    Football, Golf, Bowling, Baseball, etc. = Games
    Track & Field, Swimming, Downhill Skiing = Sports

  • rpm | February 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

    awesome or sad?

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”378268″]awesome or sad?[/quote]

    Terrific ice-fishing set up!

  • =bg= | February 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”378234″]RIP Jim Bibby[/quote]
    great pitcher

  • Michael Emody | February 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    Re: the Redskins jerseys. If the Browns can still wear the stripes with these jerseys, then the Redskins can bring the stripes back like these have.
    Re: the Wrigley scoreboard, do you think they’re expanding it to include more games?

  • dwight | February 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”378259″][quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    RCJOB?[/quote]

    Any jayhawk is to big. GO MIZZOU!

  • dwight | February 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”378272″][quote comment=”378259″][quote comment=”378257″]Photo and story regarding the Kansas Football changes. Logo looks way to big in my opinion.

    http://www.kuathleti...

    RCJOB?[/quote]

    Any jayhawk is to big. GO MIZZOU![/quote]

    yeah – I know – TOO big.

  • Michael Emody | February 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |

    In case anyone’s interested, I had some fun drawing out a simple evolution of Wrigley’s scoreboard, a few month’s back, though it could be elaborated on.

  • JimWa | February 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”378271″]Re: the Redskins jerseys. If the Browns can still wear the stripes with these jerseys, then the Redskins can bring the stripes back like these have.
    Re: the Wrigley scoreboard, do you think they’re expanding it to include more games?[/quote]

    According to the story I read, the front (seen inside the park) isn’t being touched. The back (seen from that view) was falling apart. Its supposed to come back visually and functionally identical to how how its always appeared.

    http://images.google...

  • Thomas Clark | February 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm |

    So I must be the complete odd ball of the world. I play hockey left-handed, baseball right handed, and have played golf both ways for most of my life (I’ve settled on right handedness for the most part but it really helps sometimes having a left handed wedge and being able to use it).

    Earlier someone (Jeff P maybe? Too lazy to find it) pointed out a few things from a hockey standpoint and I want to add a couple things to it. Right-dominate right shots should have harder slap shots while Right-dominate left shots should have stronger wrist and snap shots. The wrist and snap shot tend to use the bottom hand as more of a fulcrum than a power generator whereas the slapshot derives more from the bottom hand to generate the force and then act as a fulcrum prior to it’s release.

    (I could be wrong in this, I’ve never seen a scientific study about this or baseball handedness, if someone has seen one of those studies please pass it along).

  • rpm | February 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm |

    apparently i am part of only 19.6% of the sports “world” in the caple~lukas debate. that’s right, i said it, i like figure skating, and i like the costumes, they do add to the enjoyment, aesthetics matter. no, i am not rooting for weir, but i am rooting for the big american with feathers on his hands and the swiss spinner.

  • LarryB | February 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”378225″]I’ve been reading rumors of changes coming for KU football jerseys next year, and now they appear to be confirmed. Players’ NOB is being removed and will be replaced with JOB (thats Jayhawk logo on back).

    And the helmets will no longer have the red stripe. There has been some clamoring for a return to the helmets with the Jayhawk instead of just KU, but I’m on the fence.

    http://www2.ljworld....

    Rock Chalk,
    Brad[/quote]

    Why take the stripe off?I like the KU helmet and with the stripe.

  • LarryB | February 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”378190″][quote comment=”378189″]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/76/WA_Redskins_1938_small.jpg[/quote]

    These shiny pants I actually like; i.e. satin. However, I like the fact that they went to a matted color in those 1994 throwbacks.[/quote]

    Just look at those shiny numbers.

  • LarryB | February 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm |

    Ricko is right. I have not seen many Bobby Mithchell pictures from Illinois

    http://www.netitor.c...

  • Bernard | February 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”378267″][quote comment=”378247″]Re: the costume vs uniform debate

    1) Anyone else have the US snowboaders Olympic uniforms pop into their heads while reading Page 2? With the demim and flannel look, they’re getting onto the slippery slope towards costumes.

    2) I’m with Paul all the way on his arguments. Paul & Caple danced around the is figure skating a sport or not question and that’s a debate I’d really like to see. Personally anything that is judged is hard to call a sport. (Athletic yes, sport no). Beyond figure skating there are a few ‘sports’ I am not 100% comfortable with. For example, why are there style points in ski jumping? The longest should win, period. They don’t take deductions if you splash too much sand in the long jump do they? And what about moguls, and the other X Games type sports. Sure they are physically impressive, but still rely on judges.[/quote]

    If having the outcome decided by a panel of judges disqualifies an athletic event for ‘sporthood,’ one must consider the opinion that anything where the outcome is determined by a score should be considered a ‘game’ rather than a sport, leaving only events determined by time and distance to be the only true ‘sports,’ which is how I happen to feel.

    Ballet, Ice dancing, Gymnastics = Performance Arts
    Football, Golf, Bowling, Baseball, etc. = Games
    Track & Field, Swimming, Downhill Skiing = Sports[/quote]

    What about boxing matches that don’t end in a knockout or forfeit? Should they just be considered draws? Are they games, or performance arts?

  • JTH | February 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”378277″]So I must be the complete odd ball of the world. I play hockey left-handed, baseball right handed, and have played golf both ways for most of my life (I’ve settled on right handedness for the most part but it really helps sometimes having a left handed wedge and being able to use it).[/quote]
    Which part of that makes you the oddball? The fact that you’re a switch golfer? Because that is pretty fucking frightening.

    Or is it that you do most everything right-handed except play hockey? I write, draw, throw, bat, golf, snow/skateboard (if right=regular and left=goofy), etc. right-handed but I play hockey lefty. I can play right-handed if that’s the only stick available, but I suck just a bit less left-handed.

  • JTH | February 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”378268″]awesome or sad?[/quote]
    Yes.

  • rockchalkforever | February 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    I like the new Kansas uniforms but would LOVE to see the Jayhawk put back on the helmet. The best mascot in college sports hands down.
    MUCK FIZZOU!

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”378285″][quote comment=”378277″]So I must be the complete odd ball of the world. I play hockey left-handed, baseball right handed, and have played golf both ways for most of my life (I’ve settled on right handedness for the most part but it really helps sometimes having a left handed wedge and being able to use it).[/quote]
    Which part of that makes you the oddball? The fact that you’re a switch golfer? Because that is pretty fucking frightening.

    Or is it that you do most everything right-handed except play hockey? I write, draw, throw, bat, golf, snow/skateboard (if right=regular and left=goofy), etc. right-handed but I play hockey lefty. I can play right-handed if that’s the only stick available, but I suck just a bit less left-handed.[/quote]
    So oddball may not be the correct word, but he is getting strange every other night.

  • Michael Emody | February 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm |

    You know what’s really sad: I just drew up my version of what an “all MLB games” Wrigley scoreboard would look like. Now I’m going to try and get real work done…

  • Johnny O | February 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm |

    They just showed the qualifying runs of the snowboard pipe event. American Louis Vito was showing off he cool new USA gloves:
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I thought they looked a lot like the Pro Combat gloves some schools wore last year. Turns out, they are indeed Nike:
    http://s147.photobuc...

  • Thomas Clark | February 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378285″][quote comment=”378277″]So I must be the complete odd ball of the world. I play hockey left-handed, baseball right handed, and have played golf both ways for most of my life (I’ve settled on right handedness for the most part but it really helps sometimes having a left handed wedge and being able to use it).[/quote]
    Which part of that makes you the oddball? The fact that you’re a switch golfer? Because that is pretty fucking frightening.

    Or is it that you do most everything right-handed except play hockey? I write, draw, throw, bat, golf, snow/skateboard (if right=regular and left=goofy), etc. right-handed but I play hockey lefty. I can play right-handed if that’s the only stick available, but I suck just a bit less left-handed.[/quote]

    First hockey stick I was given was left handed, first golf club I swung was left handed. I played baseball before either and swung right handed. I can hit for more power left handed in baseball and golf but I have far more accuracy lefty. I tend to not be able to hit anything other than a straight fastball lefty.

    Everything else in life I do right handed. I’m pretty uncoordinated with my left arm when it comes to doing anything with finesse.

    Another upside to being right hand dominate and a left handed hockey player…when I only have one hand on the stick it’s my strongest hand so I have more control over poke checks!

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”378290″]They just showed the qualifying runs of the snowboard pipe event. American Louis Vito was showing off he cool new USA gloves:
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I thought they looked a lot like the Pro Combat gloves some schools wore last year. Turns out, they are indeed Nike:
    http://s147.photobuc...

    Reminds me of this:

    http://www.zazzle.co...

  • leon | February 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”378290″]They just showed the qualifying runs of the snowboard pipe event. American Louis Vito was showing off he cool new USA gloves:
    http://s147.photobuc...

    I thought they looked a lot like the Pro Combat gloves some schools wore last year. Turns out, they are indeed Nike:
    http://s147.photobuc...

    Reminds me of this:
    http://www.zazzle.co...

  • Paul Lukas | February 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”378274″]In case anyone’s interested, I had some fun drawing out a simple evolution of Wrigley’s scoreboard, a few month’s back, though it could be elaborated on.[/quote]

    Oh man, that is AWESOME! Great work.

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”378291″][quote comment=”378285″][quote comment=”378277″]So I must be the complete odd ball of the world. I play hockey left-handed, baseball right handed, and have played golf both ways for most of my life (I’ve settled on right handedness for the most part but it really helps sometimes having a left handed wedge and being able to use it).[/quote]
    Which part of that makes you the oddball? The fact that you’re a switch golfer? Because that is pretty fucking frightening.

    Or is it that you do most everything right-handed except play hockey? I write, draw, throw, bat, golf, snow/skateboard (if right=regular and left=goofy), etc. right-handed but I play hockey lefty. I can play right-handed if that’s the only stick available, but I suck just a bit less left-handed.[/quote]

    First hockey stick I was given was left handed, first golf club I swung was left handed. I played baseball before either and swung right handed. I can hit for more power left handed in baseball and golf but I have far more accuracy lefty. I tend to not be able to hit anything other than a straight fastball lefty.

    Everything else in life I do right handed. I’m pretty uncoordinated with my left arm when it comes to doing anything with finesse.

    Another upside to being right hand dominate and a left handed hockey player…when I only have one hand on the stick it’s my strongest hand so I have more control over poke checks![/quote]

    funny you say that — yesterday, paul showed me that article which he tickerized for today, and i said something similar…except for the fact that i do everything righty, back in my pre-salad days of little league, sporting a .700 average (pats self on back), i actually thought i could switch hit … turns out i COULD hit lefty (albeit not nearly as well)…but holy crap — the POWER i had…really, night and day — whereas i was a gap/doubles hitter righty, i could actually jack a ball or two in BP over the fence (symmetrical) lefty; something i could NEVER do righty, even “self-hitting” or off a tee, or in BP…but lefty, i could really explode

    i attribute this (in part) to the fact that, at the time, i had a two handed backhand in tennis, so the stroke came somewhat naturally…

    never gave too much thought to it until paul showed me that NYT article, but definitely had more power (in baseball) lefty, but could really almost control where i was hitting the ball righty, and with much better results…quit the switch-hitting experiment after one season, as the average was way down batting lefty…shows how much a hitter relies on shoulder strengh, aside from wrists and upper body rotation (as well as lower body drive)…either that or i was just doing it wrong

  • Andy | February 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”378284″][quote comment=”378267″][quote comment=”378247″]Re: the costume vs uniform debate

    1) Anyone else have the US snowboaders Olympic uniforms pop into their heads while reading Page 2? With the demim and flannel look, they’re getting onto the slippery slope towards costumes.

    2) I’m with Paul all the way on his arguments. Paul & Caple danced around the is figure skating a sport or not question and that’s a debate I’d really like to see. Personally anything that is judged is hard to call a sport. (Athletic yes, sport no). Beyond figure skating there are a few ‘sports’ I am not 100% comfortable with. For example, why are there style points in ski jumping? The longest should win, period. They don’t take deductions if you splash too much sand in the long jump do they? And what about moguls, and the other X Games type sports. Sure they are physically impressive, but still rely on judges.[/quote]

    If having the outcome decided by a panel of judges disqualifies an athletic event for ‘sporthood,’ one must consider the opinion that anything where the outcome is determined by a score should be considered a ‘game’ rather than a sport, leaving only events determined by time and distance to be the only true ‘sports,’ which is how I happen to feel.

    Ballet, Ice dancing, Gymnastics = Performance Arts
    Football, Golf, Bowling, Baseball, etc. = Games
    Track & Field, Swimming, Downhill Skiing = Sports[/quote]

    What about boxing matches that don’t end in a knockout or forfeit? Should they just be considered draws? Are they games, or performance arts?[/quote]

    I would prefer they end in a draw as opposed to being scored or judged to decide a winner.

    Boxing/wrestling are in a sort of grey area. They are judged/scored, but at any time, either competitor can end the match cut and dry by knocking out/pinning his opponent, thereby removing all subjectivity from the hands of the judges.

    A figure skater, or rather, his performance, is competing against a set of predetermined criteria. A panel of judges interprets how well the performance met those criteria.

    That’s why I wouldn’t consider boxing a performance art, and the scoring is subjective, so it’s not really a game, either. Closest to a sport, but of both competitors emerge at the end, the scoring/judging comes into play and breaks my definition.

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”378296″]
    Boxing/wrestling are in a sort of grey area. They are judged/scored, but at any time, either competitor can end the match cut and dry by knocking out/pinning his opponent, thereby removing all subjectivity from the hands of the judges.
    [/quote]

    unless your name is buster douglas, of course

  • aflfan | February 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm |

    LI Phil.

    Big announcement today. I don’t have to change my posting name. It is long going to be called AF1. The New Arena Football is born. They are even using the AFL logo.

    http://www.arenafoot...

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”378299″]LI Phil.

    Big announcement today. I don’t have to change my posting name. It is long going to be called AF1. The New Arena Football is born. They are even using the AFL logo.

    http://www.arenafoot...

    yes, i saw…but shouldn’t you be af1fan now?

  • LI Phil | February 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”378300″][quote comment=”378299″]LI Phil.

    Big announcement today. I don’t have to change my posting name. It is long going to be called AF1. The New Arena Football is born. They are even using the AFL logo.

    http://www.arenafoot...

    yes, i saw…but shouldn’t you be af1fan now?[/quote]

    or…perhaps i could read the link instead of going by what you wrote (which i interpreted to read it is “going to be called AF1” instead of “(no) long(er) going to be called AF1”

    /carry on ;)

  • aflfan | February 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”378301″][quote comment=”378300″][quote comment=”378299″]LI Phil.

    Big announcement today. I don’t have to change my posting name. It is long going to be called AF1. The New Arena Football is born. They are even using the AFL logo.

    http://www.arenafoot...

    yes, i saw…but shouldn’t you be af1fan now?[/quote]

    or…perhaps i could read the link instead of going by what you wrote (which i interpreted to read it is “going to be called AF1” instead of “(no) long(er) going to be called AF1”

    /carry on ;)[/quote]

    Or maybe I could actually type correctly.

  • michael | February 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    brewers new road alternates.. is this new or old?

  • traxel | February 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm |

    rock squawk chiggenhawk. the cartoon bird thing just needs to go away.

  • JimV19 | February 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm |

    For the two of you who are still up:

    Skating uniforms vs. costumes? I’m calling them outfits. Speed is not a factor, so this http://i63.photobuck... just isn’t needed.

    I have to agree that the outfits can add to an event. I’d probably watch anyway, but this http://d.yimg.com/a/... just makes it more fun. And isn’t that what sports is supposed to be – having fun while competing?

    Now that leads to the possibility of this, http://d.yimg.com/a/... which I don’t like at all, but if it’s the price I pay to see this, http://d.yimg.com/a/... it’s worth it.

    Same with curling. Give me this http://farm5.static.... and this http://d.yimg.com/a/... compared to “Everyone must wear black pants.”

  • Johnny O | February 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”378303″]http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3871164&cp=1452356.1452800.703428

    brewers new road alternates.. is this new or old?[/quote]

    I “broke” the news at post #91, but all in all extremely new, cause it was just added to the mlb shop today.

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 12:20 am |

    [quote comment=”378305″]Now that leads to the possibility of this, http://d.yimg.com/a/... which I don’t like at all, but if it’s the price I pay to see this, http://d.yimg.com/a/... it’s worth it.

    [/quote]

    if this didn’t have “skin” colored fabric, then it’s all good (on her, obviously)

    isn’t this chick hawking progressive insurance on the side?

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 12:53 am |

    Just noticed this while looking for photos of Apolo:

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

    Is the Australian short track speed skating team trying to look like they are rejects from the movie “Tron”?

    http://chatcheri.fil...

    They are making a sequel soon:
    http://en.wikipedia....
    Is this supposed to be promoting it?

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 1:14 am |

    [quote comment=”378283″]Ricko is right. I have not seen many Bobby Mithchell pictures from Illinois

    http://www.netitor.c...

    Any guesses where this picture was taken? Is that Michigan St? But did they ever have the TV numbers on the lid? And that team doesn’t appear to be wearing green… anyway, can anyone venture a guess ?

  • TJ | February 18, 2010 at 4:06 am |

    anyone catch Demitra wearing his canucks shirt under his Slovakia jersey?

  • Macca | February 18, 2010 at 4:50 am |

    RE: Awesome historical breakdown of Chelsea FC kits

    Those images have been taken from http://www.historica.... Every team that has competed in the English and Scottish Football Leagues is there. The site has been compiled with the help of many contributors and they aim to create the most comprehensive archive available. Away and third kits, or road uniforms as you guys on the other side of the Atlantic call them are included in the season galleries from 2007-08.

    It really is a great site. Is there anything similar for any US sports/leagues?

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 7:00 am |

    [quote comment=”378311″]RE: Awesome historical breakdown of Chelsea FC kits

    Those images have been taken from http://www.historica.... Every team that has competed in the English and Scottish Football Leagues is there. The site has been compiled with the help of many contributors and they aim to create the most comprehensive archive available. Away and third kits, or road uniforms as you guys on the other side of the Atlantic call them are included in the season galleries from 2007-08.

    It really is a great site. Is there anything similar for any US sports/leagues?[/quote]
    Yes. Well, it’s for a US/Canada league.

    There’s also the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Dressed to the Nines, but it’s a bit less comprehensive. Also, Football Uniforms Past and Present, but the last update came before the 2004 season. You can find them both in the Links column on the right-hand side of this page.

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 7:12 am |

    [quote comment=”378309″][quote comment=”378283″]Ricko is right. I have not seen many Bobby Mithchell pictures from Illinois

    http://www.netitor.c...

    Any guesses where this picture was taken? Is that Michigan St? But did they ever have the TV numbers on the lid? And that team doesn’t appear to be wearing green… anyway, can anyone venture a guess ?[/quote]
    Well, this reply will probably not be seen so maybe I’ll repeat it when today’s post goes up…

    Anyway, yes, the Spartans wore numbers on their helmets during that era.

    As for the color, I’m not saying it isn’t green, but what is it about the team with the dark jerseys that leads you to believe that the color isn’t green?

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 7:12 am |

    Should say “I’m not saying it is green.”

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 10:27 am |

    Well….. nothing. Just that guessing MSU seemed to easy–given that huge S formed by the student body in the stand. :)