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Uni Watch Book Club: St. Louis Blues, Note by Note

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Most of you reading this have seen this image at some point over the past few years. It’s the definitive view of the Blues’ infamous 1996 prototype jersey.

That image is a scan from this slipcased book, a copy of which was recently sent to me by the guy who wrote it, former Blues marketing VP Jim Woodcock. There’s a ton of uni-notable stuff here, so let’s take a look:

• Here’s a newspaper clipping from when the team’s logo was unveiled. And look how the uniforms were originally conceived!

• I’d forgotten that the Blues briefly wore blue skates in the early 1970s.

• Speaking of colored skates, there’s a nice shot of the Seals’ old white skates.

• The trumpet design isn’t the only proposed Blues design that never made it onto the ice over the years. You can see a bunch of other jerseys that were in the pipeline here.

• Here’s the press release from when the Blues’ mid-1990s uni was unveiled. Ten years earlier, the team’s mid-’80s design had been unveiled with what appears to be very little fanfare. Looks more like a wake than an unveiling, no?

• Jacques Plante made sure nobody would ever steal his cup.

• Speaking of Plante, the book says this is him and this is Glenn Hall. Same mask!

• One of my favorite discoveries in the book was the revelation that the Blues put local kids’ illustrations on their ticket stubs in the late 1990s.

• The book shows two really nice pocket schedules. I love the illustration on this one, and I’m intrigued by the NHL/NFL crossover on this one.

• Always interesting to see an NOB with small caps.

• I was fascinated by this shot. Never mind the Chicken — is the other guy (who’s Joe Micheletti) wearing a set of Blues Cooperalls? Never seen that before.

• I think we may have shown this on the site before, but it’s worth repeating: The Blues had a particularly loud crowd in the team’s early years, which led the Penguins to wear earmuffs on at least one occasion.

• Love the little butterfly logos on Cujo’s pads.

• Here’s a really nice view of the 1970 West All-Stars. The game was played in St. Looie that year.

• Jack Egers was a right wing, but at a holiday party he tried his hand at goaltending (while smoking). Classic photo.

• Check out this awesome shot of Jacques Caron’s pretzel mask.

• Man, they don’t make All-Star Game MVP awards like they used to.

• Last but not least: I’m kinda in love with the illustrations on this placemat. Could someone please get me one of those for my birthday? Thanks.

Want a copy of your own? There’s one on Amazon for just a few nickels.

ESPN Reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, I engaged in a lengthy e-mail debate with my Page 2 colleague Jim Caple over the merits of figure skating costumes. Check it out here (and even if you already read it, a “Who won the debate?” poll was added to the page later in the afternoon, so go ahead and vote if you haven’t already done so).

I also had a Page 2 blog item that I think all of you will be interested in, about an absolutely amazing set of baseball-themed quilts that are being auctioned off this weekend in St. Louis. Check that out here.

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Membership Update: Scott is getting settled in Seattle and is beginning to make his way through the backlogged membership orders. About a dozen new designs were added to the membership card gallery yesterday (including Alan Beam’s Memphis River Kings card, shown at right, based on a jersey that he designed for the team), and we expect to add more in the next several days. As for the cards themselves, a new batch of those should go out next week. Thanks for your patience.

Meanwhile, all of the footballs from last week’s giveaway have shipped out, so the ten winners out there should watch their mailboxes.

Uni Watch News Ticker: New uni numbers for the new Yankees (with thanks to Patrick Runge). … Brother Rice High School in Illinois played an outdoor “winter classic” hockey game a few weeks ago and wore very cool throwbacks for the occasion. Lots of additional pics here (with thanks to proud Brother Rice alum Joe Drennan). … “As you know, the NHL doesn’t allow ‘side of helmet’ brand logos,” writes Eric Romain. “The IOC slaps the Olympics sticker on the front of helmets but allows the manufacturers to keep their logos on the side. Apparently Reebok saw this as an opportunity — compare Reebok wordmark on the side of a store-bought helmet with the side logo on this team USA player. It’s easily twice the size as the side logo on any Bauer or CCM helmet over the last 20 years.” … Slight tweaks upcoming for Kansas football. Click on the thumbnail for a much larger photo. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Funny article about the Mets’ spring training parking-space pecking order. … Ladies and gentlemen, your new Milwaukee Brewers alternate road uniform. That sound you just heard was John Okray head exploding from joy. … TNOB alert. That’s the nationally ranked St. Patrick’s hoops team, from New Jersey (good spot by Dan Cichalski). … Weird move the Huntsville Havoc, who are wearing 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey throwbacks this weekend — with current and former NOBs. Not a good look, methinks (props to Stuart Greenlee). … Here’s some great news to keep in mind the next time you go to Yankee Stadium. … Alan Borock notes that the Winnipeg Jets used to have little jets as part of their red line design. … You want a good baseball photo? This is a good baseball photo. Supposedly taken the other day at the U. of Maryland (big, big thanks to Marc Walls). … New logos for the Delmarva Shorebirds. … Lots of great photos in this Orioles spring training slideshow, but the most intriguing shot is this one. The caption dates it as March of ’68, but the O’s had stopped wearing that cap after 1965. In fact, they never wore it during Frank Robinson’s time with the team. Must have been using old caps for spring training (excellent catch by Greg Ruby). … Excellent catch by Casey Lombardo, who found these shots of Bill Singer and Bobby Valentine wearing the Dodgers 1971 road uni, which had shoulder/sleeve piping — a one-year oddity. … Complete freakin’ awesomeness from yesterday’s comments: Michael Emody has diagrammed the evolution of the Wrigley Field scoreboard. … Some Giants uni number news toward the lower section of this page — search on the word “number” (with thanks to Tremaine Eto). … Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss is wearing his usual Sharks mask for the German Olympic team but he has the Sharks logo covered up (screen shot courtesy of AJ Chalifour). … Article about LA Kings uni history here (with thanks to Alex Kinkopf). … Some interesting thoughts about baseball managers and uni numbers here.

 

162 comments to Uni Watch Book Club: St. Louis Blues, Note by Note

  • Dwayne | February 18, 2010 at 7:59 am |

    Those Huntsville ’80 Miracle On Ice jerseys look horrible. I would be ashamed to wear something that looked like that. The nameplates are incorrect to begin with.

  • Jeff P | February 18, 2010 at 8:10 am |

    About Tim Gleason

    The ‘regular’ helmet in the photo is a retail one, it’s not an example of what other brands are using. Bauer’s logo is about the same size, but they don’t have as much room on that spot of the helmet, as with CCM.

    Reebok is just playing by the IIHF’s rules. And at least team USA isn’t slapping ads on there. Yes, the women’s teams seem to be using the retail logo setup with a sticker on the front, but the men have theirs made up.

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 8:24 am |

    maybe one of the hockey guys can confirm, but i’m pretty sure these aren’t cooperalls…i think they’re just ‘warm up’ pants in the color & style of the blues

    the cooperalls would be bulkier and have room for pads and shin guards and whatnot…those pants just look like fashion pants…

    but i could be wrong

  • Jet | February 18, 2010 at 8:28 am |

    Awesome Blues book – how the heck have I never heard of it until now?!?!?!?

    I still have a Hockey Pictorial magazine cover with Garry Unger in the blue/yellow skates. The Seals actually had four different colored skate combos during their Charles O. Finley tenure, one of these days I will post pics of all of them.

    In that “earmuffs” pic from the book, that’s Glen Sather on the left wearing #16 for Pittsburgh.

    Phil, I think you’re right, those pants are too snug to be Cooperalls.

    -Jet

  • J.D. | February 18, 2010 at 8:30 am |

    Jim Caple debates like he’s auditioning for PTI.

  • Jeff P | February 18, 2010 at 8:32 am |

    [quote comment=”378317″]maybe one of the hockey guys can confirm, but i’m pretty sure these aren’t cooperalls…i think they’re just ‘warm up’ pants in the color & style of the blues

    the cooperalls would be bulkier and have room for pads and shin guards and whatnot…those pants just look like fashion pants…

    but i could be wrong[/quote]

    I think you’re right. Not much room under there for shin pads or the girdle, and the cut certainly looks like a pair of 70’s track pants.

  • luke h | February 18, 2010 at 8:48 am |

    Are the Brewers still going to have their other navy alts?

  • Paul Lukas | February 18, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    [quote comment=”378321″]Are the Brewers still going to have their other navy alts?[/quote]

    Yes.

  • luke h | February 18, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    [quote comment=”378322″][quote comment=”378321″]Are the Brewers still going to have their other navy alts?[/quote]

    Yes.[/quote]

    Thanks. The Milwaukee one is better, but to keep both is absurd.

  • Bernard | February 18, 2010 at 9:02 am |

    Hey RyCo40:

    Happy birthday, you clingy, eccentric uni-watchin’ bastard!

  • Bernard | February 18, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    This, my friends, is a GREAT look.

    http://farm3.static....

  • Adam | February 18, 2010 at 9:06 am |

    WOW 2 1/2 Yankees references in the ticker? What’s the occasion?

  • Steve | February 18, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    I can definitely say that I prefer the Marist throwback over the Brother Rice throwback in those pictures from Joe Drennan.

    It might have something to do with being a Marist alum though. Ha.

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 9:17 am |

    Brother Rice High School in Illinois?

    Yeah, technically it is, but that just looks/sounds really weird.

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 9:22 am |

    [quote comment=”378327″]I can definitely say that I prefer the Marist throwback over the Brother Rice throwback in those pictures from Joe Drennan[/quote]
    Marist definitly looked nice. Gotta love a good barber pole hockey jersey.

    Bad decision to go color vs. color in that game, though. When I was looking at the thumbnails, in most of them, I couldn’t even tell if there was one or two teams in the photo.

  • Matt Brosseau | February 18, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    Yeah, like I’m looking at the red line in that Winnipeg Jets photo.

  • Stuby | February 18, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    This is bugging me. Why did Julia Mancuso have a uniform that was a lighter shade of blue than Lindsey Vonn’s? Mancuso also had a helmet and ski boots to match her uniform so it must have been planned out.

    http://media.nj.com/...

  • Kurt Allen | February 18, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    Look at the Blues’ guy’s chin – sure that wasn’t a certain tie-in with a fast-food joint???

  • Ry Co 40 | February 18, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”378320″][quote comment=”378317″]maybe one of the hockey guys can confirm, but i’m pretty sure these aren’t cooperalls…i think they’re just ‘warm up’ pants in the color & style of the blues

    the cooperalls would be bulkier and have room for pads and shin guards and whatnot…those pants just look like fashion pants…

    but i could be wrong[/quote]

    I think you’re right. Not much room under there for shin pads or the girdle, and the cut certainly looks like a pair of 70’s track pants.[/quote]

    i agree. cool pants though! lol. would look great on the swedish curling team!!!

  • Ry Co 40 | February 18, 2010 at 9:43 am |

    [quote comment=”378324″]Hey RyCo40:

    Happy birthday, you clingy, eccentric uni-watchin’ bastard![/quote]

    haha. thank you, grandmaster b!

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 9:49 am |

    A couple responses to comments that came in late last night/early this morning:

    starting here.

  • leon | February 18, 2010 at 9:51 am |

    JTH pretty much answered the Bobby Mitchell/Illinois/Mich St question, but to augment his evidence:
    Mitchell was drafted in ’58, so presumably fall of ’57 was his Senior season. Mich St hosted Illinois in both ’55 and ’57 and judging by that ginourmous “S” being spelled out in the stands I think it’s safe to say that’s where that photo was taken.

  • scott | February 18, 2010 at 9:52 am |

    Not a big fan of Plan B Branding’s redesign of the Delmarva Shorebirds. In fact, Plan B ought to take a break from helping minor league teams with new logos, as the company’s work seems to be getting stale and unoriginal. The classic logo the team has used since 1996 is much superior to the “fierce” shorebird in the overhaul.

  • Kurt Allen | February 18, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  • scott | February 18, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    Ballpark Digest shows new logo/ nickname for the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants (formerly the Canaries) and a final season patch for Rosenblatt Stadium the Omaha Royals will be wearing.

  • DW95MVP | February 18, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Simple shooting shirt on Gortat…

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    Photo #11 shows those odd stirrups the Orioles wore in the late ’60s…the back stirrup goes up into the stripes.
    http://www.baltimore...

    —Ricko

  • pk | February 18, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    Paul,

    Was the Blues Book published in mass or just an Organization only thing…I Only found one copy on Amazon for $140… (but would be willing to pay if I had $$)

  • Jim BC | February 18, 2010 at 10:15 am |

    [quote comment=”378317″]maybe one of the hockey guys can confirm, but i’m pretty sure these aren’t cooperalls…i think they’re just ‘warm up’ pants in the color & style of the blues

    the cooperalls would be bulkier and have room for pads and shin guards and whatnot…those pants just look like fashion pants…

    but i could be wrong[/quote]
    Definitely not Cooperalls. He’s not wearing protective gear of any sort (i.e. elbow pads, shoulder pads).

  • Kek | February 18, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”378343″][quote comment=”378317″]maybe one of the hockey guys can confirm, but i’m pretty sure these aren’t cooperalls…i think they’re just ‘warm up’ pants in the color & style of the blues

    the cooperalls would be bulkier and have room for pads and shin guards and whatnot…those pants just look like fashion pants…

    but i could be wrong[/quote]
    Definitely not Cooperalls. He’s not wearing protective gear of any sort (i.e. elbow pads, shoulder pads).[/quote]
    Yeah, probably just wind pants, but i have to say, had they gone with on-ice Cooperalls, that would have been a great look.

    I also like the blue skates, didn’t know they did that.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    Warning!!!! Plager brother sighting. At one point three of these brothers suited up for the Blues… and from what i’ve read and the little i saw… the Hansen’s had NOTHING on them!

    http://farm5.static....

  • Gerardo | February 18, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    The link for the Brew Crew’s new unis is not working.

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment=”378341″]Photo #11 shows those odd stirrups the Orioles wore in the late ’60s…the back stirrup goes up into the stripes.
    http://www.baltimore...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    nice catch rick

    christ…earl weaver was old and bowlegged even back in 69…

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”378344″][quote comment=”378343″][quote comment=”378317″]maybe one of the hockey guys can confirm, but i’m pretty sure these aren’t cooperalls…i think they’re just ‘warm up’ pants in the color & style of the blues

    the cooperalls would be bulkier and have room for pads and shin guards and whatnot…those pants just look like fashion pants…

    but i could be wrong[/quote]
    Definitely not Cooperalls. He’s not wearing protective gear of any sort (i.e. elbow pads, shoulder pads).[/quote]
    Yeah, probably just wind pants, but i have to say, had they gone with on-ice Cooperalls, that would have been a great look.

    I also like the blue skates, didn’t know they did that.[/quote]

    Think the Penguins wore double-blues skates briefly, too.

    —Ricko

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 10:36 am |

    Caron modeling my favorite Blues jersey — far and away the best version !!!
    http://farm5.static....

  • Ry Co 40 | February 18, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment=”378337″]Not a big fan of Plan B Branding’s redesign of the Delmarva Shorebirds. In fact, Plan B ought to take a break from helping minor league teams with new logos, as the company’s work seems to be getting stale and unoriginal. The classic logo the team has used since 1996 is much superior to the “fierce” shorebird in the overhaul.[/quote]

    i always thought the shorebirds logo had a classic, iconic look! good to see they seem to be keeping it around though. for the record, the updated or new logo… not a big fan

  • Jet | February 18, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    [quote comment=”378350″]Caron modeling my favorite Blues jersey — far and away the best version !!!
    http://farm5.static....
    Agree wholeheartedly!!

    -Jet

  • leon | February 18, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    You don’t mean Plante and Hall literally wore the same mask, do you? Because if they did, that would explain the Plante cup thing.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 18, 2010 at 10:45 am |

    membership card thought:

    is Alan Beam’s treatment the first membership card with a uni that the actual member designed?

    cool card too, by the way!

  • Jet | February 18, 2010 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment=”378349″]
    Think the Penguins wore double-blues skates briefly, too.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Yes, Pittsburgh also briefly flirted with colored skates.

    The Seals variations were:
    -green with yellow trim
    -yellow with green trim
    -white with green trim
    -all white with green laces

    and near the end of the 73/74 season, they abandoned the colored skates, the only time they had traditional skates while wearing the Finley-era green-and-gold unis…

    -Jet

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”378352″][quote comment=”378350″]Caron modeling my favorite Blues jersey — far and away the best version !!!
    http://farm5.static....
    Agree wholeheartedly!!

    -Jet[/quote]

    Damn straight. Why anyone would “improve” that by adding red or black or navy is just beyond me.

    Okay, actually it isn’t. They wanted to be “updated.” Well, good for them.

    —Ricko

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”378325″]This, my friends, is a GREAT look.

    http://farm3.static....

    Red Berenson?????

  • joe | February 18, 2010 at 10:51 am |

    that 70 ASG photo looks like the Pitt Igloo in the background.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”378338″]I really dig Sweden’s ski outfits…[/quote]

    Why….. that looks like Earl Campbell in tights!!!! Just goes to show you that the Danes are the sexier sisterhood. Exhibit A: http://www.imdb.com/...

    Never pass by an opportunity to preach Iben Hjejle to the masses!!!!!

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”378357″][quote comment=”378325″]This, my friends, is a GREAT look.

    http://farm3.static....

    Red Berenson?????[/quote]

    And there’s some sort of striping around the jersey hemline.
    What a great idea.
    Someone should show Reebok that photo. Might help keep NHL jerseys, especially the whites, from looking like practice gear.
    (eyeroll)

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    [quote comment=”378359″][quote comment=”378338″]I really dig Sweden’s ski outfits…[/quote]

    Why….. that looks like Earl Campbell in tights!!!! Just goes to show you that the Danes are the sexier sisterhood. Exhibit A: http://www.imdb.com/...

    Never pass by an opportunity to preach Iben Hjejle to the masses!!!!![/quote]

    “I vood like to vear something that makes my ties look the size of yet skis, dat vould be good, yah.”

  • Jean Oliva | February 18, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?

  • EricRomain | February 18, 2010 at 11:07 am |

    [quote comment=”378316″]About Tim Gleason

    The ‘regular’ helmet in the photo is a retail one, it’s not an example of what other brands are using. Bauer’s logo is about the same size, but they don’t have as much room on that spot of the helmet, as with CCM.

    Reebok is just playing by the IIHF’s rules. And at least team USA isn’t slapping ads on there. Yes, the women’s teams seem to be using the retail logo setup with a sticker on the front, but the men have theirs made up.[/quote]

    Nonetheless, it’s still logo creep, which seems to be a recurring theme covered on this blog.

  • Paul Lukas | February 18, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?[/quote]

    Ha, didn’t take them long to put the kibosh on that. I bet Johnny O made a screen shot. Right, John?

  • Paul Lukas | February 18, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment=”378342″]Paul,

    Was the Blues Book published in mass or just an Organization only thing…I Only found one copy on Amazon for $140… (but would be willing to pay if I had $$)[/quote]

    I’ve asked Jim Woodcock if additional copies are available. Will advise when I hear back from him.

  • EricRomain | February 18, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    [quote comment=”378360″]And there’s some sort of striping around the jersey hemline.
    What a great idea.
    Someone should show Reebok that photo. Might help keep NHL jerseys, especially the whites, from looking like practice gear.
    (eyeroll)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Not to mention the sweaters that do have hemline straight striping aren’t parallel to the hem creating that crescent moon look. Reebok is doing it and the Nike olympic unis are even worse!

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken[/quote]

    you say that like it’s a bad thing

  • bill | February 18, 2010 at 11:24 am |

    That’s not just supposedly U of MD. It is U of MD. The view is from Shipley Field home plate looking out at Jull Hall and the Computer and Space Sciences Bldg on the right.

    Wish we had that snow here up in the northeast.

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    This…
    http://baltimoresun....
    …is almost certainly dated wrong. Is ’66, not ’68, and Orioles were, as many teams did back then, wearing the previous year’s gear for spring training. Robinson came to O’s in ’66.

    In ’66 they returned to the Red Sox style stirrups, but had worn solid black ’63-’65.

    I have other photos of FRobby dressed like that, and they all are obvious spring training photos (including, I’m pretty sure, a color shot showing that nylon windbreaker he’s wearing is olive green). Spring training was still pretty loosey-goosey, even through the ’60s. Wasn’t til the ’70s that the whole “marketing thing” really kicked in.

    —Ricko

  • Jeff P | February 18, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    [quote comment=”378363″][quote comment=”378316″]About Tim Gleason

    The ‘regular’ helmet in the photo is a retail one, it’s not an example of what other brands are using. Bauer’s logo is about the same size, but they don’t have as much room on that spot of the helmet, as with CCM.

    Reebok is just playing by the IIHF’s rules. And at least team USA isn’t slapping ads on there. Yes, the women’s teams seem to be using the retail logo setup with a sticker on the front, but the men have theirs made up.[/quote]

    Nonetheless, it’s still logo creep, which seems to be a recurring theme covered on this blog.[/quote]

    Offhand, I think Paul has exempted a manufacturer’s logo on equipment in his definition of logo creep.

  • Kek | February 18, 2010 at 11:31 am |

    didn’t know that about the Pens and blue skates either, anyone have any pics or the years they did this in?

  • Jet | February 18, 2010 at 11:32 am |

    [quote comment=”378360″]
    And there’s some sort of striping around the jersey hemline.
    What a great idea.
    Someone should show Reebok that photo. Might help keep NHL jerseys, especially the whites, from looking like practice gear.
    (eyeroll)

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Back then every team employed some sort of striping at the waist. Getting away from that look is what contributes to the “practice jersey” look of modern jerseys.

    The first team in the modern era to drop the waist stripe was Vancouver when they went to the “Halloween” V-design. After that, Philly and Quebec went to a single thin stripe at the bottom of the jersey that was so negligible that they could just as well have left it off. Even back then I was thinking they looked like practice jerseys, like something was missing.

    That was early 80’s but it was still quite some time before the no-waist-stripe trend took hold, in fact Vancouver even redesigned their Halloween colors to reintroduce bold waist striping.

    Even the two expansion teams in 92-93 (Sharks, Senators) had traditional-looking waist striping.

    It was the Ducks that started the trend of goofy asymmetrical striping the following season, and St.Louis, Calgary, Islanders, Colorado and Washington quickly followed suit.

    Then teams began adding whacked-out alternates with no waist striping, which eventually affected the look of their standard threads, and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since…

    -Jet

  • mike 2 | February 18, 2010 at 11:34 am |

    An interesting article here, detailing the Blues’ almost-move to Saskatoon in the 1980s

    http://www.stlouisga...

    Interesting story that not many people have heard. The team was sold, the NHL rejected the move, the old owners filed an antitrust suit, and (this is unprecedented) the Blues didn’t take part in the 1983 NHL draft because of the conflict. The team came within a few days of being disbanded by the league.

  • Jet | February 18, 2010 at 11:34 am |

    [quote comment=”378371″]didn’t know that about the Pens and blue skates either, anyone have any pics or the years they did this in?[/quote]
    It was early 70’s, like St.Louis and of course the Seals. Had a picture once, don’t know what happened to it.

    -Jet

  • mike 2 | February 18, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    “Alan Borock notes that the Winnipeg Jets used to have little jets as part of their red line design.”

    My recollection is that the line with the “jets” was only in place for the last half or so of the last season before the move to Phoenix. I specifically remember a local columnist speculating there was some relationship between the appearance of jets in the redline and the team’s new arena, America West Arena.

  • Kurt Allen | February 18, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    It’s just me, I like Anja wrecking better than the American’s finishing 1-2, I’m just sick…

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    Well, now, see, if figure skaters didn’t wear costumes, we wouldn’t have issues like this, now would we.
    http://www.stylelist...

    Not surprisingly, Johnny Weir appears to be in his own world. No way a comment like that is, um, prudent.

    Writer says, “Way to fan the flames, kid.” Well, that’s our Johnny. Flame on.

    —Ricko

  • Jerry | February 18, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    Joe Micheletti is a hockey pbp announcer, who also played in the NHL.

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Jim BC | February 18, 2010 at 11:48 am |

    [quote comment=”378371″]didn’t know that about the Pens and blue skates either, anyone have any pics or the years they did this in?[/quote]
    I own this book:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Some great colour photos at the beginning but no blue skates! I read the writeup on the Pens to see if the author talked about them but no luck. I did, however, find this:

    “The Penguins, a name chosen in a city-wide contest, had had enough troubles in their first two seasons. Even their symbol had a bad ending. The club had acquired a real penguin and spent two months teaching it to ice skaate. He was ready to make his debut when he contracted pneumonia and died.”

    Nice!

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”378377″]Well, now, see, if figure skaters didn’t wear costumes, we wouldn’t have issues like this, now would we.
    http://www.stylelist...

    Not surprisingly, Johnny Weir appears to be in his own world. No way a comment like that is, um, prudent.

    Writer says, “Way to fan the flames, kid.” Well, that’s our Johnny. Flame on.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    “i like my beer cold … my TV loud … and my homosexuals flaming”

    –homer simpson

  • werthj | February 18, 2010 at 11:51 am |

    Chance has the Brewers jersey on one of his blogs:
    http://www.borchertf...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 11:51 am |

    Micheletti works here in NYC for MSG doing the Rangers’ color commentary. MEH.

    Suffers in comparision to our past guys like Bill ‘the Big Whistle’ Chadwick and the much beloved JD.

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”378372″]Then teams began adding whacked-out alternates with no waist striping, which eventually affected the look of their standard threads, and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since…[/quote]

    Damn those Leafs and their whacked-out third second sweater!

    *shakes fist in anger*

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    Lest no one noted this, ESPN began its reports from spring training this a.m….from Kruk and the Gang bussing around Florida.

    And there was video of MLBers throwing and such.

    Life is good.

    —Ricko

  • Giancarlo | February 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    What does Johnny Weir have to wear to get the lead photo in Uni Watch?

    Oh, right, it’s a costume…

  • Paul Lukas | February 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

    FOr those interested in obtaining a copy of the Blues book (cover price: $60), here’s the word from Jim Woodcock:

    “I believe the Blues have a few left, but it was a limited edition run, so I emphasize ‘few.’ I’d recommend checking with the team store at the Scottrade Center.”

    So there you go.

    I’m heading out for a few hrs. Back later.

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”378364″][quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?[/quote]

    Ha, didn’t take them long to put the kibosh on that. I bet Johnny O made a screen shot. Right, John?[/quote]

    Wow. Very strange. I didn’t take any screen grabs or anything. In fact, I was in communication with Brewers management yesterday expressing my gratitude to them. She replied, “I knew you would be happy about this.” Then she went on to say they are available at the Miller Park store already. I have no explanation why they would take them off the online store already. Maybe they sold out already? I have no clue.

  • interlockingtc | February 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    The Delmarva Shorebirds. What a wonderful nickname. What an awful logo. (A fierce shorebird?…right.)

    The Blues history is great. The cartoon guy at the top is awesome. Puzzling why the Blues would tinker with such a strong original look. Just can’t keep their hands off it, I guess.

    No Blues survey is complete without this: the late, great Terry Kath sporting the jersey on stage….

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

  • pflava | February 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”378377″]Well, now, see, if figure skaters didn’t wear costumes, we wouldn’t have issues like this, now would we.
    http://www.stylelist...

    Not surprisingly, Johnny Weir appears to be in his own world. No way a comment like that is, um, prudent.

    Writer says, “Way to fan the flames, kid.” Well, that’s our Johnny. Flame on.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Beyond being an obvious douche, Weir is a scumbag.

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”378385″]What does Johnny Weir have to wear to get the lead photo in Uni Watch?

    Oh, right, it’s a costume…[/quote]

    “Let’s see, what would Carmen Electra wear?” is not a great concept for deciding what to wear in sports.
    Except maybe for the Lingerie Football League.

    —Ricko

  • Mike F | February 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm |

    It’s off-putting to see Anton Chigurh playing goalie.

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378387″][quote comment=”378364″][quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?[/quote]

    Ha, didn’t take them long to put the kibosh on that. I bet Johnny O made a screen shot. Right, John?[/quote]

    Wow. Very strange. I didn’t take any screen grabs or anything. In fact, I was in communication with Brewers management yesterday expressing my gratitude to them. She replied, “I knew you would be happy about this.” Then she went on to say they are available at the Miller Park store already. I have no explanation why they would take them off the online store already. Maybe they sold out already? I have no clue.[/quote]

    They checked the spelling on “Milwaukee”, I hope.
    (that’s not a Milwaukee joke; it’s a supplier joke).

  • Jeff P | February 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378379″][quote comment=”378371″]didn’t know that about the Pens and blue skates either, anyone have any pics or the years they did this in?[/quote]
    I own this book:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Some great colour photos at the beginning but no blue skates! I read the writeup on the Pens to see if the author talked about them but no luck. I did, however, find this:

    “The Penguins, a name chosen in a city-wide contest, had had enough troubles in their first two seasons. Even their symbol had a bad ending. The club had acquired a real penguin and spent two months teaching it to ice skaate. He was ready to make his debut when he contracted pneumonia and died.”

    Nice![/quote]

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that Bobby Hull wasn’t the one that selected that photo…

    [quote comment=”378377″]Well, now, see, if figure skaters didn’t wear costumes, we wouldn’t have issues like this, now would we.
    http://www.stylelist...

    Not surprisingly, Johnny Weir appears to be in his own world. No way a comment like that is, um, prudent.

    Writer says, “Way to fan the flames, kid.” Well, that’s our Johnny. Flame on.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    As somebody who’s wearing a fedora made of the fur of dead rabbits, I really don’t have a whole lot of issues with wearing fur. Most all fur these days comes from animals bred for the purpose anyway. Granted, the ones that made my hat died in the 60s, but I’m pretty sure it was still farmed.

    For a figure skating outfit he’ll use once though, I really don’t think it’s necessary.

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    Yesterday was writing banner ads for a company that conducts FDA-approved clinical studies. They’re always looking for people to add to their volunteer pool, so these ads are generally to get people to click and how they get compensated, etc.

    One I wrote was…

    “PETA Makes Us Use People Now.”
    (Volunteers needed for various FDA-approved clinical studies.)

    Wasn’t serious, of course. Clients laughed their asses off, though, and that was the point.

    —Ricko

  • leon | February 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    the Winnipeg Jets used to have little jets as part of their red line design. …
    http://farm5.static....

    what little jets?
    (..and yes, I’m letting the producer of this site manipulate me into making a juvenile, chauvinistic
    observation. It’s all in fun. Gotta go eat-there’s a bell ringing and suddenly, I’m hungry).

  • Jet | February 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”378388″]
    No Blues survey is complete without this: the late, great Terry Kath sporting the jersey on stage….

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

    Yeah, one of my favorite bands of the 70’s wearing a cool sweater, what a combo! I saw Rush on the Hemispheres tour and they came out wearing Islander jerseys for the encore (at the Nassau Coliseum). Also on Youtube is another vid, I think of Steve Marriott during his 80’s pub days, where the bass player has a green Northstars jersey…

    -Jet

  • GoTerriers | February 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm |

    Given Paul’s obsession with unique measuring devices and the recent fascination with the sport of curling, shouldn’t we all chip in any buy him one of the devices they use to see whose rock is closer to the button?
    Of course it’s kinda big and a little unwieldy, so I don’t know if it’s the kinda thing you’d keep in a Brooklyn apartment . . .

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm |

    More fun for long-time Redskin fans…
    http://www.redskinsc...

    —Ricko

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”378398″]More fun for long-time Redskin fans…
    http://www.redskinsc...

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Love the Charley Taylor and Sam Huff and it’s dammned shame Mr. Thomas didn’t have Geo. Preston Marshall sporting some bed linens…….

  • mike 2 | February 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    I can’t believe I forgot about this classic St. Louis Blues look

    http://www.thesmokin...

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”378399″][quote comment=”378398″]More fun for long-time Redskin fans…
    http://www.redskinsc...

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Love the Charley Taylor and Sam Huff and it’s dammned shame Mr. Thomas didn’t have Geo. Preston Marshall sporting some bed linens…….[/quote]

    Scroll down to Dick Alban and check out the numerals, especially the “4”…
    http://www.redskinsc...

  • JimWa | February 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”378400″]I can’t believe I forgot about this classic St. Louis Blues look

    http://www.thesmokin...

    I’m going to have to question the validity on that one. How exactly can one tell when Ozzy Osbourne is “staggering drunk””???

  • JimV19 | February 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”378337″]Not a big fan of Plan B Branding’s redesign of the Delmarva Shorebirds. In fact, Plan B ought to take a break from helping minor league teams with new logos, as the company’s work seems to be getting stale and unoriginal. The classic logo the team has used since 1996 is much superior to the “fierce” shorebird in the overhaul.[/quote]

    Yeah, I wasn’t too impressed, especially after the obligatory “result of a two-year overhaul” statement and the “fierce” look.

    We’ve all heard about how much time and effort is put into rebranding by now. Although, if you’re falling back on the same current themes – fierce mascots and lettering with pointy serifs – should that really take two years?

    I’m assuming Plan B didn’t design the Montgomery Biscuits logo. http://ecx.images-am... Now THAT is a hat I would wear. In fact, I’d even buy it.

  • Bob from Akron | February 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm |

    Homer Simpson would approve:

    Mmmm…Lombardi Trophy

  • mike 2 | February 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378397″]Given Paul’s obsession with unique measuring devices and the recent fascination with the sport of curling, shouldn’t we all chip in any buy him one of the devices they use to see whose rock is closer to the button?
    Of course it’s kinda big and a little unwieldy, so I don’t know if it’s the kinda thing you’d keep in a Brooklyn apartment . . .[/quote]

    $425 for the device which measures which rock is closer, $135 for the device which measures whether a rock is biting the rings or not.

    http://www.curlingse...

    http://www.alpinecur...

    (the latter device is a six foot long metal rod)

  • Kurt Allen | February 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”378398″]More fun for long-time Redskin fans…
    http://www.redskinsc...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    well…we lost leon for the day

  • War Damn Eagle | February 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

    cross-over sports tribute. daytona winner jamie mcmurray presented with a san fran giants jersey:

    http://sports.yahoo....

    i think that will mean mark derosa’s jersey will go with the small-ish “E” on his nameplate, continuing the trend with st. louis, chicago (in 2008), texas, cleveland, and team usa.

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

    http://www.cubbiesna...

    http://www.zimbio.co...

    http://buzblog.mlblo...

    http://a.espncdn.com...

    has it ever NOT been a small-ish “E?” yep, with the braves and cubs (in 2007):

    http://www.ivyleague...

    http://woolis.com/im...

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

    Okay, as a point of reference, and based on the jersey I saw on the wall in Vince Promuto’s office, THIS (scroll down to Sam Horner) is the color of the Redskins’ jerseys of that era.

    Most definitely nothing even CLOSE to maroon (even though it photographs that way sometimes).

    http://www.redskinsc...

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm |

    Want a good look at the ‘Skins white jerseys with the white-burgundy-white loops we were discussing as a possible throwback yesterday?
    http://www.redskinsc...

  • leon | February 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”378410″]Want a good look at the ‘Skins white jerseys with the white-burgundy-white loops we were discussing as a possible throwback yesterday?
    http://www.redskinsc...
    Ralph Gugliemi=”Never on Sunday”

  • Kyle | February 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm |

    does anyone know what hat this is? its the first pic of the snowboarding uniform

    http://bleacherrepor...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”378411″][quote comment=”378410″]Want a good look at the ‘Skins white jerseys with the white-burgundy-white loops we were discussing as a possible throwback yesterday?
    http://www.redskinsc...
    Ralph Gugliemi=”Never on Sunday”[/quote]
    This guy’s Redskin Card museum is brillant… i’m killing myself looking for a similar page for the Giants. (needless to say: it’s proving to be fruitless).

  • chance michaels | February 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378387″][quote comment=”378364″][quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?[/quote]

    Ha, didn’t take them long to put the kibosh on that. I bet Johnny O made a screen shot. Right, John?[/quote]

    Wow. Very strange. I didn’t take any screen grabs or anything. In fact, I was in communication with Brewers management yesterday expressing my gratitude to them. She replied, “I knew you would be happy about this.” Then she went on to say they are available at the Miller Park store already. I have no explanation why they would take them off the online store already. Maybe they sold out already? I have no clue.[/quote]
    I doubt it has anything to do with it selling out – more likely they want to make a big announcement first.

  • chance michaels | February 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”378414″][quote comment=”378387″][quote comment=”378364″][quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?[/quote]

    Ha, didn’t take them long to put the kibosh on that. I bet Johnny O made a screen shot. Right, John?[/quote]

    Wow. Very strange. I didn’t take any screen grabs or anything. In fact, I was in communication with Brewers management yesterday expressing my gratitude to them. She replied, “I knew you would be happy about this.” Then she went on to say they are available at the Miller Park store already. I have no explanation why they would take them off the online store already. Maybe they sold out already? I have no clue.[/quote]
    I doubt it has anything to do with it selling out – more likely they want to make a big announcement first.[/quote]
    Just checked – they’ve also pulled the two replica versions (blank and personalized). That’s not selling out, that’s deliberate.

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378407″][quote comment=”378398″]More fun for long-time Redskin fans…
    http://www.redskinsc...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    well…we lost leon for the day[/quote]
    you say that like it’s a bad thing

  • leon | February 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”378416″][quote comment=”378407″][quote comment=”378398″]More fun for long-time Redskin fans…
    http://www.redskinsc...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    well…we lost leon for the day[/quote]
    you say that like it’s a bad thing[/quote]
    LOL
    Actually, that’s one of my go-to sites. If one would like to reference the true Skins “throwbacks”, those hall-of-fame paintings are a great resource. BTW, Charley Taylor and Paul (worst f’ing trade in team history)Krause were their first 2 draft picks in ’64. And I’d love me a jacket like Bruce Allen’s dad is wearing.

  • mmwatkin | February 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    Probably not as newsworthy as the Yankees, but the Tigers have assigned new numbers as well:
    http://www.dailyfung...

    Updated on official site:
    http://detroit.tiger...

  • Mark M | February 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”378405″][quote comment=”378397″]Given Paul’s obsession with unique measuring devices and the recent fascination with the sport of curling, shouldn’t we all chip in any buy him one of the devices they use to see whose rock is closer to the button?
    Of course it’s kinda big and a little unwieldy, so I don’t know if it’s the kinda thing you’d keep in a Brooklyn apartment . . .[/quote]

    $425 for the device which measures which rock is closer, $135 for the device which measures whether a rock is biting the rings or not.

    http://www.curlingse...

    http://www.alpinecur...

    (the latter device is a six foot long metal rod)[/quote]

    I think it would be a great way to liven up his ceiling. Paint a replica of a curling house (full scale) complete with two (painted) stones then bolt the device in place as if it was being used. What measuring device obsessed sport geek with 10 foot ceilings wouldn’t want that?

  • KT | February 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm |

    Okay, this is a crap way to get your tenure as a new owner started:

    http://www.arguslead...

    First off, “Canaries” was fine. “Fighting Pheasants” sucks. The logo sucks. But not honoring the commitment to ten freaking people – “I have to pay bills,” the new owner said – is crap.

    What a way to engender good will as you enter the community.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm |

    Mets spring training numbers
    http://www.nydailyne...

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”378420″]Okay, this is a crap way to get your tenure as a new owner started:

    http://www.arguslead...

    First off, “Canaries” was fine. “Fighting Pheasants” sucks. The logo sucks. But not honoring the commitment to ten freaking people – “I have to pay bills,” the new owner said – is crap.

    What a way to engender good will as you enter the community.[/quote]
    I’m no law-talking guy but wouldn’t the new owners have assumed the responsibility for the lifetime season ticket commitment when they took over the team and all its associated debts and liabilities and whatnot?

  • rogo99 | February 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    I don’t know when the Winnipeg red line was done that way, but that barn was famous for its 3-parallel red lines at center ice, as now done in Philadelphia (copied? tribute? they just liked it?).

  • chance michaels | February 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”378420″]Okay, this is a crap way to get your tenure as a new owner started:

    http://www.arguslead...

    First off, “Canaries” was fine. “Fighting Pheasants” sucks. The logo sucks. But not honoring the commitment to ten freaking people – “I have to pay bills,” the new owner said – is crap.

    What a way to engender good will as you enter the community.[/quote]
    Wow. You’re right about that.

    But “Pheasants” is a fine name. Every bit the equal of “Canaries”, especially since it has a history in the state.

    So long as they use “Fighting Pheasants” the way the Portland Beavers use “Lucky Beavers”, I don’t mind it.

  • ungr7 | February 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    You could buy those blue and yellow skates at Casey’s Sporting Goods in Kirkwood back in the early 80s. I think they were game used from the Blues.

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”378415″][quote comment=”378414″][quote comment=”378387″][quote comment=”378364″][quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?[/quote]

    Ha, didn’t take them long to put the kibosh on that. I bet Johnny O made a screen shot. Right, John?[/quote]

    Wow. Very strange. I didn’t take any screen grabs or anything. In fact, I was in communication with Brewers management yesterday expressing my gratitude to them. She replied, “I knew you would be happy about this.” Then she went on to say they are available at the Miller Park store already. I have no explanation why they would take them off the online store already. Maybe they sold out already? I have no clue.[/quote]
    I doubt it has anything to do with it selling out – more likely they want to make a big announcement first.[/quote]
    Just checked – they’ve also pulled the two replica versions (blank and personalized). That’s not selling out, that’s deliberate.[/quote]

    Just got a Facebook update from the Brewers announcing the arrival of the new road alts. Nothing on Brewers.com though. I would link it, but it’s only on Facebook right now.

  • cn18 | February 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    Sorry if I’m reposting old news, but according to this email I received today…it looks like Purdue may be altering their “Purdue Pete” logo.

    http://view.exacttar...

  • Drago | February 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm |

    Does anyone know what font the Pittsburgh Pirates word mark is or where I can find it for a DIY t-shirt?

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”378426″][quote comment=”378415″][quote comment=”378414″][quote comment=”378387″][quote comment=”378364″][quote comment=”378362″]The link to the new Brewer’s uniform is broken, does anyone have another link?[/quote]

    Ha, didn’t take them long to put the kibosh on that. I bet Johnny O made a screen shot. Right, John?[/quote]

    Wow. Very strange. I didn’t take any screen grabs or anything. In fact, I was in communication with Brewers management yesterday expressing my gratitude to them. She replied, “I knew you would be happy about this.” Then she went on to say they are available at the Miller Park store already. I have no explanation why they would take them off the online store already. Maybe they sold out already? I have no clue.[/quote]
    I doubt it has anything to do with it selling out – more likely they want to make a big announcement first.[/quote]
    Just checked – they’ve also pulled the two replica versions (blank and personalized). That’s not selling out, that’s deliberate.[/quote]

    Just got a Facebook update from the Brewers announcing the arrival of the new road alts. Nothing on Brewers.com though. I would link it, but it’s only on Facebook right now.[/quote]

    Found the non-Facebook link:
    http://brewers.mlblo...

  • Greg B. | February 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”378381″]Chance has the Brewers jersey on one of his blogs:
    http://www.borchertf...

    So help me understand why this is a good thing? It is black, it uses the awful corporate Miller typeface, and there is no Barrel Man patch.

    To me, that is 3 strikes.

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”378430″][quote comment=”378381″]Chance has the Brewers jersey on one of his blogs:
    http://www.borchertf...

    So help me understand why this is a good thing? It is black, it uses the awful corporate Miller typeface, and there is no Barrel Man patch.

    To me, that is 3 strikes.[/quote]

    Maybe you need to adjust your monitor. The new alt. is not black, but the same navy blue as the other alts they have been wearing for years. The Miller logo:
    http://www.bfraid.co...
    …doesn’t look like that typeface at all. No barrel man, but it would take a miracle to make that happen. So in my opinion, this is a very good thing.

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”378431″][quote comment=”378430″][quote comment=”378381″]Chance has the Brewers jersey on one of his blogs:
    http://www.borchertf...

    So help me understand why this is a good thing? It is black, it uses the awful corporate Miller typeface, and there is no Barrel Man patch.

    To me, that is 3 strikes.[/quote]

    Maybe you need to adjust your monitor. The new alt. is not black, but the same navy blue as the other alts they have been wearing for years. The Miller logo:
    http://www.bfraid.co...
    …doesn’t look like that typeface at all. No barrel man, but it would take a miracle to make that happen. So in my opinion, this is a very good thing.[/quote]
    A very good thing? That remains to be seen. If it leads to a Milwaukee wordmark on the primary road jersey, then I’ll agree with you.

    Right now, it’s a tallest midget contest winner at best.

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”378432″][quote comment=”378431″][quote comment=”378430″][quote comment=”378381″]Chance has the Brewers jersey on one of his blogs:
    http://www.borchertf...

    So help me understand why this is a good thing? It is black, it uses the awful corporate Miller typeface, and there is no Barrel Man patch.

    To me, that is 3 strikes.[/quote]

    Maybe you need to adjust your monitor. The new alt. is not black, but the same navy blue as the other alts they have been wearing for years. The Miller logo:
    http://www.bfraid.co...
    …doesn’t look like that typeface at all. No barrel man, but it would take a miracle to make that happen. So in my opinion, this is a very good thing.[/quote]
    A very good thing? That remains to be seen. If it leads to a Milwaukee wordmark on the primary road jersey, then I’ll agree with you.

    Right now, it’s a tallest midget contest winner at best.[/quote]

    Gotta start somewhere. At least it is a step in the right direction.

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378433″]Gotta start somewhere. At least it is a step in the right direction.[/quote]
    Let’s hope so. Worst-case scenario: they all but abandon the gray jerseys and the alt becomes de facto primary road jersey, as the Astros have done.

  • Paul Lukas | February 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”378395″]the Winnipeg Jets used to have little jets as part of their red line design. …
    http://farm5.static....

    what little jets?
    (..and yes, I’m letting the producer of this site manipulate me into making a juvenile, chauvinistic
    observation. It’s all in fun. Gotta go eat-there’s a bell ringing and suddenly, I’m hungry).[/quote]

    It’s been a little while since I’ve had to invoke this rule, so I’ll let it go with a warning this time. But in general: Anyone who responds to a photo that includes a pretty girl with “[Whatever]? WHAT [whatever]?” gets permanently blocked from posting. Not because such comments are offensive to women, but because such comments are so lazy and predictable that they’re offensive to ME, and make all men look like dipshits by association.

    I look forward to the day when I can post a photo like the Jets red line image without some moron lapsing in dick-for-brains default mode.

    Thanks.

  • chance michaels | February 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm |

    I did call the post “A Step in the Right Direction,” after all….

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”378434″][quote comment=”378433″]Gotta start somewhere. At least it is a step in the right direction.[/quote]
    Let’s hope so. Worst-case scenario: they all but abandon the gray jerseys and the alt becomes de facto primary road jersey, as the Astros have done.[/quote]

    In all of their releases, they say the new uniforms will be worn “occasionally” on the road.

  • Matthew Robins | February 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm |

    Uni Watch Party in April at the Meadowlands? Only $2!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.stubhub.c...

  • FormerDirtDart | February 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”378424″][quote comment=”378420″]Okay, this is a crap way to get your tenure as a new owner started:

    http://www.arguslead...

    First off, “Canaries” was fine. “Fighting Pheasants” sucks. The logo sucks. But not honoring the commitment to ten freaking people – “I have to pay bills,” the new owner said – is crap.

    What a way to engender good will as you enter the community.[/quote]
    Wow. You’re right about that.

    But “Pheasants” is a fine name. Every bit the equal of “Canaries”, especially since it has a history in the state.

    So long as they use “Fighting Pheasants” the way the Portland Beavers use “Lucky Beavers”, I don’t mind it.[/quote]
    I’m not sure they got the “fierce icon” they were looking for. Looks more like “pissed off” to me http://www.arguslead...
    And maybe a little like Dick Cheney

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”378439″]I’m not sure they got the “fierce icon” they were looking for. Looks more like “pissed off” to me http://www.arguslead...
    And maybe a little like Dick Cheney[/quote]
    Perhaps quail was the second choice for the new name.

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”378431″][quote comment=”378430″]

    It is black[/quote]

    Maybe you need to adjust your monitor. The new alt. is not black, but the same navy blue as the other alts they have been wearing for years. [/quote]

    it looks even MORE blue when you consider that chance has a black border (and page)

    still…for the ONE GOOD (CNOF), you have another unnecessary alt…and we know how well that works out

    at least for the mets

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”378441″][quote comment=”378431″][quote comment=”378430″]

    It is black[/quote]

    Maybe you need to adjust your monitor. The new alt. is not black, but the same navy blue as the other alts they have been wearing for years. [/quote]

    it looks even MORE blue when you consider that chance has a black border (and page)

    still…for the ONE GOOD (CNOF), you have another unnecessary alt…and we know how well that works out

    at least for the mets[/quote]
    And the Astros (April 10).

  • chance michaels | February 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |

    Officially unveiled by the team (through their blogs):

    http://brewers.mlblo...

  • FormerDirtDart | February 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”378440″][quote comment=”378439″]I’m not sure they got the “fierce icon” they were looking for. Looks more like “pissed off” to me http://www.arguslead...
    And maybe a little like Dick Cheney[/quote]
    Perhaps quail was the second choice for the new name.[/quote]
    If they were going for “fierce” I’m pretty sure they would prefer not to go “dumbfounded” http://nonrhotic.fil...

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378444″][quote comment=”378440″][quote comment=”378439″]I’m not sure they got the “fierce icon” they were looking for. Looks more like “pissed off” to me http://www.arguslead...
    And maybe a little like Dick Cheney[/quote]
    Perhaps quail was the second choice for the new name.[/quote]
    If they were going for “fierce” I’m pretty sure they would prefer not to go “dumbfounded” http://nonrhotic.fil...
    I was actually referring to this

  • FormerDirtDart | February 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |

    Denmark’s women Curlers are wearing skirts
    http://www.nbcolympi...

  • joe | February 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”378422″][quote comment=”378420″]Okay, this is a crap way to get your tenure as a new owner started:

    http://www.arguslead...

    First off, “Canaries” was fine. “Fighting Pheasants” sucks. The logo sucks. But not honoring the commitment to ten freaking people – “I have to pay bills,” the new owner said – is crap.

    What a way to engender good will as you enter the community.[/quote]
    I’m no law-talking guy but wouldn’t the new owners have assumed the responsibility for the lifetime season ticket commitment when they took over the team and all its associated debts and liabilities and whatnot?[/quote]

    only if the contract was in writing and disclosed to the new owners. It does come off as really bad pub to tell 10 fans to go away though. 10 seats isn’t that much money, and I doubt they are within 10 of capacity every game where they would be taking out paying customers. plus if they don’t show up that’s 10 less people buying concessions

  • KT | February 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm |

    Far more than the cost of letting ten people in for the rest of their lives, or until they grow up and move away from Sioux Falls is the cost of the negative publicity.

    Now, you can sue for anything you like in this country, as we all know. It could very well be that you could create a minor firestorm if all ten people got together and hired a lawyer and they held a press conference and got some run out of it and the new owners, sensing they were at the very least losing in the court of public opinion, caved.

    That’s without getting into the “what kind of jagov gets a tattoo of an independent minor league baseball team in exchange for lifetime season tickets?” question at all.

    Also, it’s a reminder to the kids out there: tattoos are (largely) permanent. Don’t get a freaking canary.

  • KF | February 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm |

    The Blues have to be one of the few teams in the four major sports whose nickname ends in “s” but isn’t plural (e.g. Blues refers to a class of music, you can’t really be a Blue). Are there others?

  • mmwatkin | February 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm |

    hmmm…

    I gotta say that I am not a fan of the brewers new alts. I think it is too long (small letters) of a name for a solid color jersey with no piping

    (don’t shoot)

  • Teebz | February 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm |

    Just got word from a Moose staffer that the major press conference scheduled for March 4 is on. Some of you may have heard rumours that the Atlanta Thrashers were being sold and moved to Winnipeg, but we’re hearing a different name now.

    The Florida Panthers have been on the block for a while now, and their owners recently posted a “Letter to the Fans” about their commitment to hockey in Florida without going into details past the end of this season.

    One other name that keeps popping up is the NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes.

    I’ll keep digging, but there will be a major hockey announcement from the MTS Centre on March 4.

  • Ryan | February 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |

    Red Sox numbers stuff.

    http://www.boston.co...

  • Mike Engle | February 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm |

    In the main article, Paul Lukas mentions the little ac in MacINNIS, but I’d like to also note Wayne Gretzky’s special rear hem, with the logos on his left. This is against convention, but we all know he used to tuck in his right side, so to have your logos obscured by the GoAT would be silly. I think the Oilers used to have everybody’s on that side so that Gretzky wouldn’t have a special jersey in that respect.

  • BurghFan | February 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm |

    didn’t know that about the Pens and blue skates either, anyone have any pics or the years they did this in?

    Very early ’70s, and I think only for a year. (Maybe 1970-71.)

    Those were the days when the Penguins and Blues had a tremendous rivalry. The Plagers were villains in Pittsburgh, and I’m not surprised that it got loud enough in the St. Louis Arena for the Pens to wear earmuffs.

    And Doug, condolences on the Chiefs.

  • pflava | February 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”378451″]Just got word from a Moose staffer that the major press conference scheduled for March 4 is on. Some of you may have heard rumours that the Atlanta Thrashers were being sold and moved to Winnipeg, but we’re hearing a different name now.

    The Florida Panthers have been on the block for a while now, and their owners recently posted a “Letter to the Fans” about their commitment to hockey in Florida without going into details past the end of this season.

    One other name that keeps popping up is the NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes.

    I’ll keep digging, but there will be a major hockey announcement from the MTS Centre on March 4.[/quote]

    Is Hamilton still being touted as a market for a relocated team, or has the focus shifted to Winnipeg?

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”378446″]Denmark’s women Curlers are wearing skirts
    http://www.nbcolympi...

    they’d look SOOOOO much better with either striped stockings or NO stockings

  • Mike Engle | February 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm |

    NJ red with green jerseys up for pre-order on IceJerseys.com.
    http://www.icejersey...
    Looks like they got it right (as opposed to just coloring the black green), but really bizarre (potentially awesome, but still bizarre, as in unexpected) to see CCM getting the job, and not having the little NHL shield on the corner of the collar.

  • nate | February 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm |

    Brandon Medders was showing off some stripey socks at Giants spring training.

  • nate | February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm |

    oops. link for the video of Medders:
    http://player.thepla...

  • JTH | February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”378453″]In the main article, Paul Lukas mentions the little ac in MacINNIS, but I’d like to also note Wayne Gretzky’s special rear hem, with the logos on his left. This is against convention, but we all know he used to tuck in his right side, so to have your logos obscured by the GoAT would be silly. I think the Oilers used to have everybody’s on that side so that Gretzky wouldn’t have a special jersey in that respect.[/quote]
    Gretzky’s jerseys actually had the logos on both sides.

    Oilers

    Kings

    Rangers

    Blues

    Even All-Star Games.

  • Mike Engle | February 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”378460″][quote comment=”378453″]In the main article, Paul Lukas mentions the little ac in MacINNIS, but I’d like to also note Wayne Gretzky’s special rear hem, with the logos on his left. This is against convention, but we all know he used to tuck in his right side, so to have your logos obscured by the GoAT would be silly. I think the Oilers used to have everybody’s on that side so that Gretzky wouldn’t have a special jersey in that respect.[/quote]
    Gretzky’s jerseys actually had the logos on both sides.

    Oilers

    Kings

    Rangers

    Blues

    Even All-Star Games.[/quote]
    Did not know that. But makes so much more sense than shifting the logo just for Gretzky.

  • Johnny O | February 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”378441″][quote comment=”378431″][quote comment=”378430″]

    It is black[/quote]

    Maybe you need to adjust your monitor. The new alt. is not black, but the same navy blue as the other alts they have been wearing for years. [/quote]

    it looks even MORE blue when you consider that chance has a black border (and page)

    still…for the ONE GOOD (CNOF), you have another unnecessary alt…and we know how well that works out

    at least for the mets[/quote]

    Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a Mets or Astros situation. Hopefully they realize their could be an issue, and that is why they said they would wear it “occasionally”. Only time will tell if they live up to that.

  • Pete | February 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm |

    How funny is it that they dressed Cujo in regular ( not goalie ) equipment when they introduced the mid 90’s unis!!

    He looks more than a little uncomfortable…

  • michael | February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm |

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

    new rays alterante jersey! I think this looks sweet

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm |

    i thought teh US were supposed to be good in snowboarding

  • aflfan | February 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”378465″]i thought teh US were supposed to be good in snowboarding[/quote]

    They have been hanging out with the US Curling teams.

  • LI Phil | February 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”378466″][quote comment=”378465″]i thought teh US were supposed to be good in snowboarding[/quote]

    They have been hanging out with the US Curling teams.[/quote]

    you aint kiddin…i had shot an e-mail to paul just before the danish ladies took us down, and as he was heading out the door, he shot back:

    “God, the U.S. curlers suck…”

  • Taxman | February 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    Orioles ’66 yearbook cover… rare pic of Frank Robby in the 63-65 Uni’s.
    http://www.gasolinea...
    I was 7 years old in ’66 and I had this yearbook. I do recall that random photos would show up in the Sun with the block letter unis even after the O’s switched to the Cartoon bird and script look in 1966.

  • Taxman | February 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm |

    Way late as usual these days. I just gotta say that the Blues hit it out of the park with the music-note. Hockey uni’s to me are all about having an iconic crest or logo, usually not requiring any wordmark or team name. Red Wings, Blackhawks, etc are obvious examples of this tradition, but it was good that expansion franchises came out and made their own marks: Blues, Sabres, North Stars, Flyers et al. Shame that each of these franchises F-ed with their iconic looks from time to time.

  • Teebz | February 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”378455″][quote comment=”378451″]Just got word from a Moose staffer that the major press conference scheduled for March 4 is on. Some of you may have heard rumours that the Atlanta Thrashers were being sold and moved to Winnipeg, but we’re hearing a different name now.

    The Florida Panthers have been on the block for a while now, and their owners recently posted a “Letter to the Fans” about their commitment to hockey in Florida without going into details past the end of this season.

    One other name that keeps popping up is the NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes.

    I’ll keep digging, but there will be a major hockey announcement from the MTS Centre on March 4.[/quote]

    Is Hamilton still being touted as a market for a relocated team, or has the focus shifted to Winnipeg?[/quote]

    Winnipeg’s arena, the MTS Centre, is owned by the richest man in Canada. He wants his building filled, apparently.

  • BuckeyeMark | February 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm |

    one more word on the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants … that’s not even a well drawn or accurate pheasant! I’m a pheasant hunter and know what they look like – and that ain’t a real pheasant.

  • BuckeyeMark | February 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm |

    one more pheasant note – roosters (male pheasants) are known for their banded tails. they are so beautiful … and the pheasant in the logo with the bat doesn’t have one! EPIC FAIL!

    take a look:

    http://www.hutmansbe...

  • flip | February 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”378439″][quote comment=”378424″][quote comment=”378420″]Okay, this is a crap way to get your tenure as a new owner started:

    http://www.arguslead...

    First off, “Canaries” was fine. “Fighting Pheasants” sucks. The logo sucks. But not honoring the commitment to ten freaking people – “I have to pay bills,” the new owner said – is crap.

    What a way to engender good will as you enter the community.[/quote]
    Wow. You’re right about that.

    But “Pheasants” is a fine name. Every bit the equal of “Canaries”, especially since it has a history in the state.

    So long as they use “Fighting Pheasants” the way the Portland Beavers use “Lucky Beavers”, I don’t mind it.[/quote]
    I’m not sure they got the “fierce icon” they were looking for. Looks more like “pissed off” to me http://www.arguslead...
    And maybe a little like Dick Cheney[/quote]

    Another word on Sioux Falls:

    Sad to see the Canaries go. Fierce Pheasants, yeah, that’s the trick.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 19, 2010 at 12:48 am |

    [quote comment=”378471″]one more word on the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants … that’s not even a well drawn or accurate pheasant! I’m a pheasant hunter and know what they look like – and that ain’t a real pheasant.[/quote]
    I don’t know, I see some similarities
    Fighting Pheasant http://www.keloland....
    Just a pheasant http://www.surfbirds...

    but then, I’m not a mighty hunter with this fierce beast as my prey

  • James Hayden | February 19, 2010 at 8:25 am |

    So let me get this straight – if, for example, the Orioles were to “re-brand”, they’d spend about a million bucks and 2 years for a company to come up with something like this, right?

    [IMG]http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m27/JimHayden/OriolesRe-brand.jpg[/IMG]

  • TendersLounge | February 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm |

    too many comments to see if someone else addressed this but the reason Glenn Hall is wearing the same mask as Jacques Plante is that Plante designed/made Hall’s mask. Plante had a good business in the late 60’s/early 70’s with his mask company. made sense, if you were an NHL goalie wouldn’t you want one designed by the man who pioneered it?

  • rdb | February 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”378395″]the Winnipeg Jets used to have little jets as part of their red line design. …
    http://farm5.static....

    what little jets?[/quote]

    This is so played out.