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House of Cards

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Meet Marie Garaventa. What you see above is her report card from the Manhattan Trade School for Girls, which she attended in the late 1920s. If you take a closer look, you can see she was of Italian descent, hard of hearing, slightly underweight, and never absent from class even once. If she’s still alive, she will turn 97 years old this Sunday.

I have almost 100 of these report cards (never mind where I got them). Each one is actually a packet several cards stapled together, with each packet featuring class grades, notes regarding job placements, and, in many cases, letters of reference and related paperwork. In short, each report card is its own fascinating little story, and collectively the cards form a larger story about New York during the Depression.

I’ve started working on a book in which I plan to tell these stories. No publisher yet, but I have an agent and a battle plan — the wheels are turning. Right now I’m working on the proposal, which will take me a couple of months. Working title: Permanent Record.

A big part of the project will entail tracking down the women shown on the report cards — or, more likely, tracking down some of their relatives, since most of the women themselves are probably deceased (Marie was one of the younger ones). I could use some research assistance for that, preferably from people who are particularly research-savvy (that would be you, Trevor Williams) and who, ideally, have Lexis/Nexis access (which, sadly, I don’t have, although I do have access to ancestry.com, which should be helpful).

What’s in it for you? Not much, unless I get a really big advance (highly unlikely) or unless you’re the kind of person who gets a kick out of plumbing the depths of a particularly deep, interesting rabbit hole (maybe not so unlikely if you’re a Uni Watch reader, right?). The one thing I can promise is that the report cards are endlessly fascinating, so you’ll probably find the project plenty interesting.

I’m also curious about ways of using social media to help find these women and their families. Which message boards should I be posting queries to? Should I start a new blog called “Desperately Seeking Depression-Era Manhattan Trade School for Girls Students”? How might Facebook be of use?

If you have any suggestions along those lines, and/or if you’re interested in signing on as a research intern, please let me know.

Thanks for reading this far. We now return you to your regularly scheduled uni-related content.

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Best news of the year so far: Oh. My. God. That’s Giants pitcher Henry Sosa yesterday. “As a Giants fan, I almost squealed with delight,” says Alex Moggridge, one of several readers who sent me that photo. “If those are the official socks, my life is complete. Any idea if that’s the real deal?”

I figured there was no way those were team-issued socks. But then I saw this video clip, in which we learn that the socks are not only team-issued but are the brainchild of team CEO Bill Newcomb, who just won himself the Executive of the Year award in a landslide.

Sure, it’d be nice if they were striped stirrups instead of just socks, but I think trading ’rups for stripes is actually a fair swap. Only question now is how many San Francisco players will wear their pants high-cuffed — and how many teams will follow the Giants’ lead in the striped-hose sweepstakes.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Interesting DIY project by Matt Wooster, who’s been making his own logo magnets. “I recently started into this because of the lack of merchandise with the vintage logos — i.e., Expos, Whalers, Oilers,” he says. “I make them using a Xacto-type knife, adhesive magnetic sheet, cutting mini-mat, letter-size paper, and a laminater with laminate sheets. I print the logos onto letter-size paper and laminate it. Then I cut out the logos and press them onto the magnetic sheet. Once the logo is stuck onto the magnetic sheet, I cut the shape out.” … New team name and logo for the Sioux Falls Canaries, who are now the Fighting Pheasants. … What’s going on here? According to Jeremy Brahm, “The Yomiuri Giants are asking kids to design their own uniforms for a three-game series at the Tokyo Dome in July. The winner will have their uniform worn by the team for the entire series. The uniforms have to look like they would in a game and they have to be hand-drawn, not computer designed.” There they go, de-valuing design again. … “Your coverage of the Blues’ blue-and-white skates reminded me of these,” writes Jake Elwell. “The top-of-the-line yellow Rally Bobby Orr model was the ultimate skate in the Boston area ca. early ’70s. Don’t think the B’s ever wore ’em, though.” … Easton hockey will be debuting a new ultra-light helmet on Monday. … Now there’s a nice set of stripes (great find by Marc Burgess). … Okay, after yesterday’s false start, here are solid pics of the Brewers’ new road jersey. … Mike Hersh found something weird: a 1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers media photo of Bobby Clarke wearing No. 10. “10 was Bill Sutherland’s jersey number that year,” notes Mike. “In this Flyers team photo from the same season, Sutherland is in the front row wearing 10 and Clarke is in the second row wearing his usual 16 — their jersey numbers are clearly visible. Clarke was always known to wear 16 throughout his career, but I have an action shot of Clarke down at my parents’ house where he is again wearing #10. I’d ask them to scan it, but they’d never find it.” Dude, make them find it! … The construction crew working on the Penguins’ new arena is wearing T-shirts showing a hard-hatted Pens logo (with thanks to Rob Ullman). … New uni numbers for the Tigers and the Mets. … Looks like Purdue Pete is on the way out. … Tons of old Indiana high school basketball photos in this gallery (with thanks to Dan Netser). … NBC News correspondents covering the Olympics have removed the Polo logo from their jackets (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Oooh, check out this 1939 Ebbets Field usher — not to be confused with the chief usher (great find by Lance Smith). … Very interesting artwork based on NBA courts and arenas here (with thanks to Kate Perryman). … Awesome collection of old Olympic posters here. Click around — recommended (with thanks to Stan Olechowski). … Coupla Olympic hockey observations from Steven Wojtowicz: rings on the net, and a new form of logo creep. … New design forthcoming for the reverse side of the penny (with thanks to Adam Brodsky). … Jeff Czuba notes that the Canadian and Swiss hockey teams took different approaches regarding how to position their “A” and “C” designations on their contrast-colored yokes. Jeff likes the Swiss approach because the letter doesn’t overlap from one color to the other, but I think the Swiss letter is positioned too high. The real problem is that yoke is more of an old-style football yoke instead of a hockey-style design — the color break is too low on the chest, which is the cause of the letter-positioning problem. … Good spot by Grant Goldman, who noticed that the armhole trim and NOB lettering on Toney Douglas’s roster photo don’t match the Knicks’ actual jersey style. … Was a traveler at the Philadelphia airport pulled out of the security line and subjected to a high-intensity search simply because she was wearing a Cowboys jersey? I sure fucking hope so She thinks so (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … No photo, but Thom Dennis says No. 15 on the Russian women’s hockey team is wearing white skates. … The Mets marked the beginning of spring training by engaging in that time-honored routine, “How many hats can we fit in one photo?” (As noted by Terence Kearns.) … “Norwegian goalie Pal Grotnes has a very odd superstition,” writes Tyler Hull. “During the first and third periods he wears a Reebok Revoke blocker. But during the second period he switches to a Reebok Premier Series 3. Never seen this before.” … Topps’s new baseball card set includes insert cards with cap logos.

 

205 comments to House of Cards

  • DenverGregg | February 19, 2010 at 8:35 am |

    We’re all happy about the Giants new sox, but it doesn’t need to be in the ticker right after the bigger entry.

  • floormaster squeeze | February 19, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    I do not think the book would be to everyone’s tastes but if you are going to do this card project you should read Jose Saramago’s “All the Names”. It is fiction but it is related (and the guy won a Nobel Prize and all). I am big fan and that may be my least favorite book of his (but again it is about a records clerk who decides to find out all he can about a “record”).

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 8:40 am |

    [quote comment=”378476″]We’re all happy about the Giants new sox, but it doesn’t need to be in the ticker right after the bigger entry.[/quote]

    Now fixed. Thanks.

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 8:41 am |

    [quote comment=”378477″]I do not think the book would be to everyone’s tastes but if you are going to do this card project you should read Jose Saramago’s “All the Names”. It is fiction but it is related (and the guy won a Nobel Prize and all). I am big fan and that may be my least favorite book of his (but again it is about a records clerk who decides to find out all he can about a “record”).[/quote]

    Interesting tip. Thanks!

  • Peter Wunsch | February 19, 2010 at 8:41 am |

    Does the Norwegian goalie switch because of superstition or mositure?

    There are hockey players who change gloves numerous times during a game because they get too wet and need to be blow-dried to get rid of the moisture.

  • Rick | February 19, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    “How many hates can we fit in one photo?”

    how many different hates or hats?

  • Swine the Mad | February 19, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    Ancestry/Rootsweb is your best website bet. They have a ton of message boards and if you shell out the cash for membership – or go to a library that does – you’ll have access to records that might potentially help, such as a few birth and death records.

  • Vincent A. Cipollone | February 19, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    The Reds cap logo from the last ticker item doesn’t match the picture. The cap logo looks to be more like a Cubs-style “C” while the picture has a wishbone-style “C”

  • don g | February 19, 2010 at 8:44 am |

    hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate

  • Hott Rodd | February 19, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    Paul Lukas Said

    “Was a traveler at the Philadelphia airport pulled out of the security line and subjected to a high-intensity search simply because she was wearing a Cowboys jersey? I sure fucking hope so She thinks so”

    Well as a cowboys fan, I can say that if she was fucking stupid enough to a)wear the blue jersey and b) wear it in philadelphia, then she deserves whatever heckling she gets. All she had to say was “0-3gles”.

  • DK | February 19, 2010 at 8:47 am |

    1) Checkout the Islander jerseys at the Olympics.
    http://community.pos...

    2) Has anyone discussed why all the NHL player who don’t normally wear a visor are forced to wear a visor in the Olympics?
    I head during the Canada Norway game that if you were born before 1/1/1975 you can choose to wear no visor. If you were born after 1975, you have to wear a visor. Brutal.
    3) I love to see which players are wearing hockey gloves that dont match their team jerseys. I have seen green gloves on red white and blue teams; yellow and blue on blue and white teams.
    I guess their countries dont have a budget.

  • DJ | February 19, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    Don’t have a screenshot, but last night on ESPN they were “advertising” Tiger’s press conference for today. He was wearing his typical Sunday combo of black hat/red shirt except the Nike swooshes were photoshopped out…poorly. Anyone know why they did that?

  • rick f | February 19, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    The Fleer Project.com has a bunch of shots of Reggie in an O’s uni that i havent seen.

    http://fleersticker....

  • Jet | February 19, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    That Brewers jersey is a disaster.

    White drop-shadow alongside a white script letter?!? Can you possibly make a bigger design faux-pas?!

    The way the L, W and A bleed together, thanks to the shadow, makes those letters hard to distinguish.

    Grade: F

    -Jet

  • Jet | February 19, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    WOW – those Topps cap logo cards…

    Someone at Topps GETS IT…

    -Jet

  • Tim F | February 19, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    When I was 16-years-old I worked one summer for my school district (painting, mowing, etc) at a small elementary school that once served as the jr. high and high school. It was built in 1901.

    Anyways, one day while painting the boys bathroom, I got curious and weaseled my way into a door that had been painted over dozens of times and rendered permanently (until me) closed for who knows how long.

    It was filled with rusting, waist high file cabinets. I started poking around and realized that they held the report cards and permanent records of all the students from the early part of the century! My grandmother and grandfather had met at the school in the 30s, and sure enough I found all their report cards and presented them to my grandfather as a birthday present one year.

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    [quote comment=”378490″]WOW – those Topps cap logo cards…

    Someone at Topps GETS IT…

    -Jet[/quote]

    how’d they get those? did they destroy old caps to do so?

  • Jet | February 19, 2010 at 9:01 am |

    [quote comment=”378486″]1) Checkout the Islander jerseys at the Olympics.
    http://community.pos...

    [/quote]

    They could have been blank Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA) jerseys…

    -Jet

  • FormerDirtDart | February 19, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)

  • Joe Hilseberg | February 19, 2010 at 9:13 am |

    [quote comment=”378492″][quote comment=”378490″]WOW – those Topps cap logo cards…

    Someone at Topps GETS IT…

    -Jet[/quote]

    how’d they get those? did they destroy old caps to do so?[/quote]

    And they don’t get it too much…at least make sure the logo in the phot matches the stitched version!

    http://2.bp.blogspot...

    In the 60’s & 70’s the O’s bird was more round. The Orioles new spring training facility gets it!

    http://www.baltimore...

  • FormerDirtDart | February 19, 2010 at 9:13 am |

    [quote comment=”378492″][quote comment=”378490″]WOW – those Topps cap logo cards…

    Someone at Topps GETS IT…

    -Jet[/quote]

    how’d they get those? did they destroy old caps to do so?[/quote]
    I kind of doubt it Phil. Most cap logos are applied over the panel seam on the front of the cap. No seams visible on the card logos

  • Joe Hilseberg | February 19, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    and that’s the wrong bird all together!

    http://3.bp.blogspot...

    Who thinks of the 89′ bird when you mention Palmer???

  • Joe Hilseberg | February 19, 2010 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment=”378488″]The Fleer Project.com has a bunch of shots of Reggie in an O’s uni that i havent seen.

    http://fleersticker....

    Which one? They are all the basic standard issues.

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment=”378496″][quote comment=”378492″][quote comment=”378490″]WOW – those Topps cap logo cards…

    Someone at Topps GETS IT…

    -Jet[/quote]

    how’d they get those? did they destroy old caps to do so?[/quote]
    I kind of doubt it Phil. Most cap logos are applied over the panel seam on the front of the cap. No seams visible on the card logos[/quote]

    so…they’re not authentic then?

    i didn’t have time to fully delve into the article, but i got the impression those were supposed to be limited edition swatches from the caps of the day (not necessarily the players’ cap…but from a cap produced in that year for that team — or they modern day repros?)

    am i incorrect?

  • Mike Hersh | February 19, 2010 at 9:34 am |

    Regarding the Topps cap logo cards.

    They are listed on the press release as Manufactured Hat Logos.

    The key word there is manufactured.

    Topps has already released series 2 (more hat logos) and it’s not even the start of spring training.

  • Squiddie | February 19, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    There’s a stray ‘=’ at the end of the URL for the Brooklyn usher captain.

  • Hollywood | February 19, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment=”378489″]That Brewers jersey is a disaster.

    White drop-shadow alongside a white script letter?!? Can you possibly make a bigger design faux-pas?!

    The way the L, W and A bleed together, thanks to the shadow, makes those letters hard to distinguish.

    Grade: F

    -Jet[/quote]

    I believe that is a gold drop shadow you are looking at, not white. Plus, isn’t this new design that same script as the alt “Brewers” uniform? I don’t think they changed the lettering or shadowing just for this new alt.

    Brewers alt:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    Milwaukee alt:
    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • chance michaels | February 19, 2010 at 9:40 am |

    [quote comment=”378489″]That Brewers jersey is a disaster.

    White drop-shadow alongside a white script letter?!? Can you possibly make a bigger design faux-pas?!

    The way the L, W and A bleed together, thanks to the shadow, makes those letters hard to distinguish.

    Grade: F

    -Jet[/quote]
    You may wish to revisit your grading system – it’s not a white drop-shadow.

    White letters, blue outline, gold drop-shadow. Same pattern the Brewers have been using for the last decade.

  • chance michaels | February 19, 2010 at 9:41 am |

    The construction crew working on the Penguins’ new arena is wearing T-shirts showing a hard-hatted Pens logo

    And that, my friends, is why mascot logos are inherently superior to wordmark logos.

  • Hott Rodd | February 19, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”378504″]The construction crew working on the Penguins’ new arena is wearing T-shirts showing a hard-hatted Pens logo

    And that, my friends, is why mascot logos are inherently superior to wordmark logos.[/quote]

    win.

  • Johnny O | February 19, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment=”378499″][quote comment=”378496″][quote comment=”378492″][quote comment=”378490″]WOW – those Topps cap logo cards…

    Someone at Topps GETS IT…

    -Jet[/quote]

    how’d they get those? did they destroy old caps to do so?[/quote]
    I kind of doubt it Phil. Most cap logos are applied over the panel seam on the front of the cap. No seams visible on the card logos[/quote]

    so…they’re not authentic then?

    i didn’t have time to fully delve into the article, but i got the impression those were supposed to be limited edition swatches from the caps of the day (not necessarily the players’ cap…but from a cap produced in that year for that team — or they modern day repros?)

    am i incorrect?[/quote]

    Speaking of Topps and patches… I got really excited when they released these:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    After buying a few on eBay, I flipped the card over and read, “The commemorative patch embedded in this card is a replica of a logo of a Historic MLB All Star game. The relic in this card is not from a specific game or season.”

    So I would kind of question if they are the real deal. The only thing holding me back from saying they are reproductions for sure is that the cards are numbered /99. I

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment=”378501″]There’s a stray ‘=’ at the end of the URL for the Brooklyn usher captain.[/quote]

    Thanks. Now fixed.

  • War Damn Eagle | February 19, 2010 at 9:52 am |

    Stump Merrill rockin’ some stirrups at Yankees camp:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • oilfan | February 19, 2010 at 10:00 am |

    [quote comment=”378486″]

    2) Has anyone discussed why all the NHL player who don’t normally wear a visor are forced to wear a visor in the Olympics?
    I head during the Canada Norway game that if you were born before 1/1/1975 you can choose to wear no visor. If you were born after 1975, you have to wear a visor. Brutal.
    [/quote]

    The IIHF made it mandatory for all players born in 1975 or later to wear visors or some form of facial protection. Takes it out of the hands of the players and is no different than implementing the rule for helmets. Won’t make much of a difference going forward soon anyways since most players are wearing visors now. The only times it won’t be mandatory will be in NHL games and World Cup games, since that is an NHL/NHLPA baby.

    The trade off on that was that all players 18 and older can now wear just a visor on their helmets, before anyone U20 were required to wear full faceshields. As it stands now, anyone U18 must wear the full faceshield and a neckguard in an IIHF tourney.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    Matt Wooster – great idea making your own logo magnets!

    If you go to a ballgame on opening day and they pass out those magnet schedules, you could just use them instead of buying a magnetic sheet. My brother has tons of old magnet schedules, and he’s given me some. I’ve used them for photos and other things, but never thought about making sports magnets…until now. Thanks.

  • Shaun | February 19, 2010 at 10:19 am |

    Wow, i freaked out when i saw you had hundreds of those cards, first thing came to mind was that i had decent odds to win one of the coolest raffles yet, but cant wait to see the book! great find!

  • brian | February 19, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    why is purdue pete being shelved?

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    That Purdue Pete thing sounds like a ploy to boost sales. Wouldn’t be surprised to hear them say “Due to an overwhelming repsonse we’re keeping Pete after all.” I could be wrong, though.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 10:30 am |

    Been wishing the Pirates would bring back striped socks http://cache1.asset-... for years. Good move, Giants.

  • Ricko | February 19, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    re: Sosa’s socks.

    Without stirrups showing, that looks ridiculous.
    And stripes WAY too high on leg.
    Baseball socks don’t look like soccer socks.
    Or football socks.

    I’m all for the return of striped socks.
    Done correctly for baseball, that is.

    Sosa’s look is ludicrous. Some kind of “modern” interpretation of striped socks in baseball, I guess.

    Here’s a better idea. Look at some old photos and get it right, please.

    —Ricko

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    [quote comment=”378515″]re: Sosa’s socks.

    Without stirrups showing, that looks ridiculous.
    And stripes WAY too high on leg.
    Baseball socks don’t look like soccer socks.
    Or football socks.

    I’m all for the return of striped socks.
    Done correctly for baseball, that is.

    Sosa’s look is ludicrous. Some kind of “modern” interpretation of striped socks in baseball, I guess.

    Here’s a better idea. Look at some old photos and get it right, please.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I completely disagree. A smidge too high? Maybe. “Ludicrous”? I think not. Anyway, look at the stripe placement on the players in the video — looks fine. Just a matter of sock length, leg length, how much you pull up the hose, etc.

  • Beardface | February 19, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    Ummmmmmm….

    this can’t be right, can it?

  • Kyle@IU | February 19, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Purdue Pete is being shelved because he’s not an angry enough mascot. (what is it with things like angry pheasants for god’s sake?!)

    The Pens’ hard hat shirt (which, were I not a very staunch Capitals fan, I would consider owning) would be even cooler if the penguin had a jackhammer or something…maybe they could make one with a welding torch and mask or something.

    Of note from the Olympic Ladies’ Bonspiel: The Danish team looks quite traditional in (albeit somewhat short) skirts and hose. It’s a refreshingly good look next to all of the plain black slacks.

  • Kyle@IU | February 19, 2010 at 10:41 am |

    oh yeah…forgot the photo of the Danish ladies. it’s pic number 16 in this slideshow on NBC’s way-too-graphics-heavy photo site.

  • adam | February 19, 2010 at 10:42 am |

    [quote comment=”378517″]Ummmmmmm….

    this can’t be right, can it?[/quote]

    No it cant be right especially when it doesnt work either

  • breezy | February 19, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    looks like Ovechkin got to keep his blade art…whatever it was….

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

  • Ric | February 19, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”378512″]why is purdue pete being shelved?[/quote]

    Pete isn’t our primary mascot, the Boilermaker Special (the train) is. I think they’re going to shift the focus to that and phase Pete out. This was a rumor in the fall, evidently the materials and aerospace labs that fabricate and upkeep the Pete heads got rid of the molds.

    That said, I liked the guy. He will be missed.

  • Mark M | February 19, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    200 Indiana high school photos.

    There goes my day, Crawfordsville Athenians, John Wooden rocking the sideburns, and accidentally homoerotic team pix of the Franklin Wonder Five.

  • Jeremy Brahm | February 19, 2010 at 10:51 am |

    The uniforms for the cleaning staff at the games are specific for two reasons.

    1. It allows that building management of the arena for the games to see where certain staff is.

    2. Differentiates themselves from regular Olympic staff.

    Even in the venue, normal ushers had different color sleeves to show who was a leader.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”378518″]I wouldn’t be surprised if Purdue Pete is being shelved because he’s not an angry enough mascot. (what is it with things like angry pheasants for god’s sake?!)

    The Pens’ hard hat shirt (which, were I not a very staunch Capitals fan, I would consider owning) would be even cooler if the penguin had a jackhammer or something…maybe they could make one with a welding torch and mask or something.

    Of note from the Olympic Ladies’ Bonspiel: The Danish team looks quite traditional in (albeit somewhat short) skirts and hose. It’s a refreshingly good look next to all of the plain black slacks.[/quote]

    Agreed on all three counts.

  • Kaptain K | February 19, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”378504″]The construction crew working on the Penguins’ new arena is wearing T-shirts showing a hard-hatted Pens logo

    And that, my friends, is why mascot logos are inherently superior to wordmark logos.[/quote]

    Yes, tell me about it; maybe Purdue Pete is relocating to Pittsburgh to work on that new arena? He’s probably going to stay at his cousin Steely McBeam’s house.

    I’m pretty sure that Pete just going in for a much needed makeover; the last one was about 28-29 years ago. I think the biggest reason Purdue is doing it is so the Pete mascot that roams the sidelines of football and basketball games will have an updated look.

    I just hope it ends up being an improvement… and that Purdue ditches that awful ‘Vegas gold’ in their athletic wear.

  • Kyle@IU | February 19, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    Here’s a fun story about a hotel in D.C. whose manager decided he wanted to make his hotel the place to be for curling fans. Entrepreneurship at its best there. story here

  • Kyle@IU | February 19, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment=”378525″][quote comment=”378518″]I wouldn’t be surprised if Purdue Pete is being shelved because he’s not an angry enough mascot. (what is it with things like angry pheasants for god’s sake?!)

    The Pens’ hard hat shirt (which, were I not a very staunch Capitals fan, I would consider owning) would be even cooler if the penguin had a jackhammer or something…maybe they could make one with a welding torch and mask or something.

    Of note from the Olympic Ladies’ Bonspiel: The Danish team looks quite traditional in (albeit somewhat short) skirts and hose. It’s a refreshingly good look next to all of the plain black slacks.[/quote]

    Agreed on all three counts.[/quote]

    Here’s the real question: Would Jim Vilk wear those skirts?

  • Squiddie | February 19, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    Tryouts for the new Purdue mascot

    In fact, it\’s a labor union football team. To stay with popular uni-watch topics:

    Bowling alley in a labor union hall

  • Ricko | February 19, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”378516″][quote comment=”378515″]re: Sosa’s socks.

    Without stirrups showing, that looks ridiculous.
    And stripes WAY too high on leg.
    Baseball socks don’t look like soccer socks.
    Or football socks.

    I’m all for the return of striped socks.
    Done correctly for baseball, that is.

    Sosa’s look is ludicrous. Some kind of “modern” interpretation of striped socks in baseball, I guess.

    Here’s a better idea. Look at some old photos and get it right, please.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I completely disagree. A smidge too high? Maybe. “Ludicrous”? I think not. Anyway, look at the stripe placement on the players in the video — looks fine. Just a matter of sock length, leg length, how much you pull up the hose, etc.[/quote]

    All I know is in the still of all the pitchers, the guy throwing appears to be wearing soccer socks. And for baseball, that’s just wrong.

    Stripes that high are fine (with pants covering the sock above the stripes), if there’s a whole mess of white sani almost coming up to meet them (although that a distinctly ’70s Hawk Harrelson look). Unless, I suppose, we’re assuming the late ’30 and ’40s was the prime era of stirrups (which it may be). But even then the stripes should sit more toward the midway point between the bottom of the pants and shoe (or stirrup). Stripes way up on (and almost over) the calf, with a huge expanse of solid color down to the shoe has virtually never been a look that lasted for long, or was worn by many teams, in MLB.

    I’ll say again, and there are tons of photos to back it up…stripes that high is a position for soccer and football socks. The proper baseball position is lower. And through the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s such were manufactured and sold differently…all had stirrups but the stripes way high were football socks. The lower striped ones were labelled as baseball and basketball socks.

    Bottom line…a substantial amount of sock should show ABOVE the stripes, too…to be proper baseball striping.

    —Ricko

  • DenverGregg | February 19, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    Forgot to mention earlier that Permanent Record sounds like a blast.

    Can you imagine the lawsuits and general commotion if someone tried to use that report card format today? Between “father” and “mother”, their occupations, “physical defects” . . .

  • JamesP. | February 19, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    The Astros will be breaking out their 1965 throwback unis for a game against the Phillies April 10th. http://houston.astro...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    [quote comment=”378491″]When I was 16-years-old I worked one summer for my school district (painting, mowing, etc) at a small elementary school that once served as the jr. high and high school. It was built in 1901.

    Anyways, one day while painting the boys bathroom, I got curious and weaseled my way into a door that had been painted over dozens of times and rendered permanently (until me) closed for who knows how long.

    It was filled with rusting, waist high file cabinets. I started poking around and realized that they held the report cards and permanent records of all the students from the early part of the century! My grandmother and grandfather had met at the school in the 30s, and sure enough I found all their report cards and presented them to my grandfather as a birthday present one year.[/quote]

    Great Story, Tim. you were a good boy! :)
    what was your Grandparent’s reaction to your present?

  • Ross | February 19, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    The Swiss goalie’s mask is really cool. Looks like he let a Swiss graphic designer go nuts.

    Right Side

    Left Side

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=”378528″][quote comment=”378525″][quote comment=”378518″]I wouldn’t be surprised if Purdue Pete is being shelved because he’s not an angry enough mascot. (what is it with things like angry pheasants for god’s sake?!)

    The Pens’ hard hat shirt (which, were I not a very staunch Capitals fan, I would consider owning) would be even cooler if the penguin had a jackhammer or something…maybe they could make one with a welding torch and mask or something.

    Of note from the Olympic Ladies’ Bonspiel: The Danish team looks quite traditional in (albeit somewhat short) skirts and hose. It’s a refreshingly good look next to all of the plain black slacks.[/quote]

    Agreed on all three counts.[/quote]

    Here’s the real question: Would Jim Vilk wear those skirts?[/quote]

    Okay, that’s the third person to suggest something like that…

    I’d rather see Mrs. Vilk in that, but if it was for a good cause (say if Uni Watch raises a significant wad of cash to Haiti…or to the Buy Jim Vilk a Mac Fund) I’d consider it.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    [quote comment=”378514″]Been wishing the Pirates would bring back striped socks http://cache1.asset-... for years. Good move, Giants.[/quote]
    Not those!!!!!!

    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

  • matt in cleveland | February 19, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    i still cant understand why usa curling “captains” suck so bad!!!!

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”378536″][quote comment=”378514″]Been wishing the Pirates would bring back striped socks http://cache1.asset-... for years. Good move, Giants.[/quote]
    Not those!!!!!!

    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    Overall, that uni is my favorite. But with the current uni, I think the three stripes would be a better fit.

  • wally1912 | February 19, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    I know someone posted this late yesterday regarding Boston Red Sox number news, but the reporter from the Boston Globe didn’t mention Jacoby Ellsbury is now number 2 (was 46), Clay Buchholz is now number 11 was (61), and Daniel Bard is now number 51 (was 60).

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

    Jeremy Hermida wore No. 27 during his career with the Marlins and asked for it when he was traded to Boston.

    But those digits, as any good Red Sox fan knows, were retired in honor of one Carlton Ernest “Pudge” Fisk.

    “I found that out right away,” Hermida said. “No deal.”

    Hermida then tried for 23, but that Mike Cameron used his veteran status to claim that. He finally got his third choice, 32.

    “Good solid number,” Hermida said. “There was no special reason, I just liked it.”

    As for the other prominent (or semi-prominent) newcomers, here are the numbers they have:

    16: Marco Scutaro
    22: Bill Hall
    23: Mike Cameron
    29: Adrian Beltre
    30: Boof Bonser
    40: John Lackey
    46: Joe Nelson
    55: Brian Shouse
    70: Tug Hulett
    76; Jose Iglesias
    89: Gaby Hernandez

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 11:28 am |

    [quote comment=”378538″][quote comment=”378536″][quote comment=”378514″]Been wishing the Pirates would bring back striped socks http://cache1.asset-... for years. Good move, Giants.[/quote]
    Not those!!!!!!

    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    Overall, that uni is my favorite. But with the current uni, I think the three stripes would be a better fit.[/quote]
    That just my point, Jim. Bring back the entire uni from the early 70’s. Perhaps w/ the good juju the Bucco’s can uncover another Rob that the organization WILL NOT trade away. :(

  • Andrew F. | February 19, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    Watched both of Team USA’s prelim hockey games and noticed two helmet related things. The flag on the right side of their helmets has the stars on the left. I think it would have been better to go with the military type style where you have the flag reversed so that it looks like its flowing in the wind when on the right side. Also, Joe Pavelski didn’t have any flags on his helmet for both games. Can’t find a good pic that shows it though.

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 11:34 am |

    Guess I wasn’t the only one who thought of making a mini curling game:
    http://recluseshow.b...

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]
    That comment needs verification, Phil. Take a snapshot!

  • Johnny O | February 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    Ever wonder what kind of underwear John Daly wears under his Loud Mouth golf pants? Well, mean either. But, here ya go anyways:

    https://www.getyours...

  • Johnny O | February 19, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”378545″]Ever wonder what kind of underwear John Daly wears under his Loud Mouth golf pants? Well, mean either. But, here ya go anyways:

    https://www.getyours...

    What’s that? You want a pic of Big John in his undies? OK:

    http://twitpic.com/1...

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]

    Tryin’ to impress the ladies in the office, eh?

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    [quote comment=”378543″]Guess I wasn’t the only one who thought of making a mini curling game:
    http://recluseshow.b...

    Then there’s this one:
    http://nerdapproved....

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment=”378544″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]
    That comment needs verification, Phil. Take a snapshot![/quote]

    here ya go

  • Ricko | February 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”378549″][quote comment=”378544″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]
    That comment needs verification, Phil. Take a snapshot![/quote]

    here ya go[/quote]

    Wow, what a striking resemblance to Richie Hebner!
    Just amazing.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 19, 2010 at 11:50 am |

    Or is it Ken Brett (yes, for those who don’t know, brother of George)?
    He was one of the truly legendary “hounds” of MLB.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 11:51 am |

    [quote comment=”378549″][quote comment=”378544″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]
    That comment needs verification, Phil. Take a snapshot![/quote]

    here ya go[/quote]

    I slowtossed you a nice fat one over the plate, didn’t I?

    Took a brief (ugh) glimpse thru that SLIX site and was somewhat disappointed that their undershirt offerings were limited to the ‘influencer’ and the ‘downsizer’ … seems they completely blew an opportunity on the ‘wife beater’. ;) Seemed a natural.

  • Marc M. | February 19, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”378549″][quote comment=”378544″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]
    That comment needs verification, Phil. Take a snapshot![/quote]

    here ya go[/quote]
    Oh My Freakin’ God! I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it lol

  • CdnUniWatcher | February 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

    The Topps hat logos rock. Only issue I have is that so much care was taken to properly represent the logos, and prominent players with those franchises, that some lesser covered clubs will feel slighted. As a life long Jays fan, having Rickey Henderson and Frank Thomas on the cards are insults. I’m sure that a decent pic of Dave Stieb, Tony Fernandez, Pat Hentgen or Roberto Alomar would be found. Someone who played an integral part in building the franchise. Roy Halladay is a magnificent choice, but the other two are jokes. Sure they performed to Hall of Fame credentials for other franchises, but I certainly don’t think of them fondly when I think of the history of the Jays.

  • Graham | February 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |

    Weird, the ‘C’ and ‘A’ on the Flyers’ 69-70 team pic are reversed. I wonder if that was normal, due to thrift, or due to laziness.

  • matt in cleveland | February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    if we r going to suck at curling atleast send hot chicks like russia did not overweight old soccer moms

  • RedWing in Colorado | February 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”378526″][quote comment=”378504″]The construction crew working on the Penguins’ new arena is wearing T-shirts showing a hard-hatted Pens logo

    And that, my friends, is why mascot logos are inherently superior to wordmark logos.[/quote]

    Yes, tell me about it; maybe Purdue Pete is relocating to Pittsburgh to work on that new arena? He’s probably going to stay at his cousin Steely McBeam’s house.

    I’m pretty sure that Pete just going in for a much needed makeover; the last one was about 28-29 years ago. I think the biggest reason Purdue is doing it is so the Pete mascot that roams the sidelines of football and basketball games will have an updated look.

    I just hope it ends up being an improvement… and that Purdue ditches that awful ‘Vegas gold’ in their athletic wear.[/quote]

    My concern is that this isn’t just a redesign on apparel, which wouldn’t suprise me, since U Spirit loves that kind of crap, but a wider rebranding. I hope he doesn’t get angrier. I want him to stay in that same, shove-my-helmet, go-to-work attitude, rather than the hammer-biting big chin version that bounced around in the late ’90s.

    Good luck going back to Old Gold. Nike loves them some Vegas Gold.

  • chance michaels | February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”378554″]The Topps hat logos rock. Only issue I have is that so much care was taken to properly represent the logos, [/quote]
    Well, kinda. The Milwaukee Braves and 1970-77 Brewers logos are close but not right.

    You’d think a block M would be easy, but….

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”378556″]if we r going to suck at curling atleast send hot chicks like russia did not overweight old soccer moms[/quote]

    And if u r going to suck at posting “humorous” comments, maybe you should just give it a rest. Thanks.

  • Drago | February 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

    Does anyone know where I can find out what font the Pittsburgh Pirates use or where I can find the exact font? Trying a DIY project for the first time…

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378560″]Does anyone know where I can find out what font the Pittsburgh Pirates use or where I can find the exact font? Trying a DIY project for the first time…[/quote]

    Try this site: http://www.uniformse...
    Scroll down just a tiny bit and you’ll find the Pirates. Hope that helps.

  • Glenn Chamberlain | February 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    Paul,

    I would love to help out in your research for your new book. I am unable to contact you through the link you provided. Please respond to the email I have provided so I can contact you about your project in the future. Thanks.

    Glenn

  • Drago | February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm |

    JimV19 thank you very much. Exactly what I am looking for.

  • revRecluse | February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”378543″]Guess I wasn’t the only one who thought of making a mini curling game:
    http://recluseshow.b...

    I’ve got a couple more in my collection (w/ pictures) here:

    http://recluseshow.b...

    http://recluseshow.b...

    And some memorabilia of Curling Legend Hec Gervais, Curling’s Babe Ruth/Mickey Mantle in all things Curling and debauchery.

    http://recluseshow.b...

    I’ve got a couple more vintage games I’ve picked up in the last year; I have to get some pics up on the blog..

  • Richard Craig | February 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

    Not sports oriented, but a SF Chronicle blogger has a list of the seven worst fast food chain uniforms of all time:

    http://www.sfgate.co...

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”378565″]Not sports oriented, but a SF Chronicle blogger has a list of the seven worst fast food chain uniforms of all time:

    http://www.sfgate.co...

    I did a story on fast food uniforms back around 2005! Interviewed lots of fast food marketing people, uniform designers, and manufacturers, etc. But the story never ran, I think because the magazine folded, or they got a new editor, or something — can’t remember the details. Hot Dog on a Stick was the star of the show…. Wonder if I still have the text file and notes. [1 minute later] Yup, I do.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”378564″][quote comment=”378543″]Guess I wasn’t the only one who thought of making a mini curling game:
    http://recluseshow.b...

    I’ve got a couple more in my collection (w/ pictures) here:

    http://recluseshow.b...

    http://recluseshow.b...

    And some memorabilia of Curling Legend Hec Gervais, Curling’s Babe Ruth/Mickey Mantle in all things Curling and debauchery.

    http://recluseshow.b...

    I’ve got a couple more vintage games I’ve picked up in the last year; I have to get some pics up on the blog..[/quote]

    Those are fantastic! When I first saw them I thought they were warped from age. Hadn’t thought about a curved surface to make the pieces “curl.” Genius.

    Hmm, along with the first game I made http://farm4.static.... I also have a long piece of poster board with the designs drawn in colored pencil. I could raise the edges somehow to get the same effect.

    Thanks!

  • concealed78 | February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”378489″]That Brewers jersey is a disaster.

    White drop-shadow alongside a white script letter?!? Can you possibly make a bigger design faux-pas?!

    The way the L, W and A bleed together, thanks to the shadow, makes those letters hard to distinguish.

    Grade: F

    -Jet[/quote]

    I was just looking at how Sedar’s thumb is actually wider than the i or l, and that blockshadow isn’t doing it any favors. It’s just not a good font to spell out Milwaukee.

  • interlockingtc | February 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

    Paul, what an inspired book idea. You are going unearth some magnificent stories. Hell, every story will be precious–to someone, or some family. It’ll touch many people’s lives. Good luck.

    I couldn’t help but think of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire when I read your entry. Though it looks like that event pre-dated the set of cards you have. The fire (1911) may have taken the lives of girls who attended MTSFG, which apparently was established in 1904.

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”378563″]JimV19 thank you very much. Exactly what I am looking for.[/quote]

    Anytime. Glad to help with a Pirates DIY.

    By the way, you’re not this Drago, http://i7.ebayimg.co... are you?

  • KW | February 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm |

    Easton hockey will be debuting a new ultra-light helmet on Monday.

    This will be very similar to a bike helmet in that one blow and you need a new one…ultra-protective and cheaper to manufacture than the current helmets on the market but guarantee they will charge just as much if not more.

  • Squiddie | February 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm |

    OK, I’m looking at some photos of the 1938 Pirates. Were contrasting belt loops and channels a good idea?

    Kenosha-born Ray Berres looks like he’s wearing a weight belt as he meets the press.

    In the days before signature equipment, Al Todd’s leg guards say Pitts and his chest guard says Todd. (I’m guessing it’s Todd. It might be Berres wearing Todd’s stuff.)

    The ‘P’ looks smaller and there are more lines of stitching in the bill of this Pirates cap

    You get a lot of texture with those old jerseys.

  • SchuLace | February 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”378494″]The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)[/quote]

    That is the exact reason. Plus, pheasant hunting is huge in SD. There is a lot of money that comes in to the state from hunting. So far, the public has not been too happy with the change from what I have seen.

  • Wollen1 | February 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    I gotta say I am digging the Team Canada hockey unis worn last night. I’m not sure if the white sweaters were intended as a throwback design, but they do give off that effect in my opinion. Very cool, even if the team wearing them played like dogsh_t and was lucky to win.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

    Wanna go to the gold medal game in curling? One ticket’s available:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • Bob A | February 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”378565″]Not sports oriented, but a SF Chronicle blogger has a list of the seven worst fast food chain uniforms of all time:

    http://www.sfgate.co...

    Holy crap, that blog posting made my day. Very funny. Thanks for the link.

    I wore a Wendy’s uni for about three months a long time ago. Wow, that sucked. And the Buffy TVS at Doublemeat Palace uni is actually what they wear at Texas’ regional chain Whataburger and have since I can remember.

  • Ricko | February 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”378573″][quote comment=”378494″]The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)[/quote]

    That is the exact reason. Plus, pheasant hunting is huge in SD. There is a lot of money that comes in to the state from hunting. So far, the public has not been too happy with the change from what I have seen.[/quote]

    For those who know their history of minor league baseball in the Dakotas, it’s long-used name from the Northern League.
    And this beauty is one of the Ebbets Field Flannels I covet most (affiliated with the Orioles at the time)…
    http://www.ebbets.co...

    —Ricko

  • revRecluse | February 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”378567″][quote comment=”378564″][quote comment=”378543″]Guess I wasn’t the only one who thought of making a mini curling game:
    http://recluseshow.b...

    I’ve got a couple more in my collection (w/ pictures) here:

    http://recluseshow.b...

    http://recluseshow.b...

    And some memorabilia of Curling Legend Hec Gervais, Curling’s Babe Ruth/Mickey Mantle in all things Curling and debauchery.

    http://recluseshow.b...

    I’ve got a couple more vintage games I’ve picked up in the last year; I have to get some pics up on the blog..[/quote]

    Those are fantastic! When I first saw them I thought they were warped from age. Hadn’t thought about a curved surface to make the pieces “curl.” Genius.

    Hmm, along with the first game I made http://farm4.static.... I also have a long piece of poster board with the designs drawn in colored pencil. I could raise the edges somehow to get the same effect.

    Thanks![/quote]

    The curved surface works great for the games, too; I use a bit of shuffleboard wax on the original linked game and it works like a charm!

    I saw your game a few weeks ago on the net and it’s gorgeous; let me know if you need any mini stones to use and I’ll be glad to send you a set of some I’ve been using for the Munro game…

  • Thom Ring | February 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

    Norwegian goalie Grotne’s switching blockers likely has nothing to do with superstition. A goalie gets mighty sweaty and he may switch blockers so the glove is dry and he can hang on to his stick more easily. Chances are the first-period blocker is in the locker room with a hair dryer pointed into it during the second period.

  • concealed78 | February 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”378558″][quote comment=”378554″]The Topps hat logos rock. Only issue I have is that so much care was taken to properly represent the logos, [/quote]
    Well, kinda. The Milwaukee Braves and 1970-77 Brewers logos are close but not right.

    You’d think a block M would be easy, but….[/quote]

    I found these cap cards on ebay a few days ago. Some of these contain logos stitched flat-embroidered for the first time. As some of the errors go:

    Old Angels halo is shaped wrong
    1970s A’s cap logo on dark green
    Astros Shooting Star with extra long streak
    Old Blue Jays bird head not light blue
    1970s Braves “a” shaped wrong
    1970s Brewers “M” shaped wrong
    White outline around original Expos logo
    No silver spots on Marlins tail
    1980-84 Padres logo wrong shape / is just ’70s version outlined in orange
    1985-90 Padres is some kind of weird hybrid of the current logo
    1991-03 Padres is another weird hybrid of the modern logo but has the correct “D” serifs
    1970s & 80s Phillies logo way too fat
    (not shown) the mid-80s-93 Rangers logo is wrong & they just reversed the original logo
    Using batting helmet logo on Royals version
    1970s & 80s White Sox cap logos using the incorrect Cooperstown Collection version (the batter logo is wrong & it drives me nuts and is why I won’t buy any CC stuff)
    Yankees logo is wrong; the cap logo was more subtle, less pointiness like on Rickey’s cap.

    Some of these logos are just artwork logos (like the Yankees, A’s, rather than genuine cap logo versions. And I’m sure there’s even more mistakes on these cap logo cards (like they didn’t even bother with royal stitching on the ’92-’04 Expos).

  • scott | February 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378577″][quote comment=”378573″][quote comment=”378494″]The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)[/quote]

    That is the exact reason. Plus, pheasant hunting is huge in SD. There is a lot of money that comes in to the state from hunting. So far, the public has not been too happy with the change from what I have seen.[/quote]

    For those who know their history of minor league baseball in the Dakotas, it’s long-used name from the Northern League.
    And this beauty is one of the Ebbets Field Flannels I covet most (affiliated with the Orioles at the time)…
    http://www.ebbets.co...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The Pheasant name, though, has always been used in Aberdeen, not in Sioux Falls. So while it is a traditional name, it’s most certainly not a traditional name to the people of Sioux Falls. Does anyone know if the two cities have a rivalry such that this name is just wrong to give to a sports team in Sioux Falls?

  • scott | February 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”378556″]if we r going to suck at curling atleast send hot chicks like russia did not overweight old soccer moms[/quote]

    It’s interesting that the American women who competed in 2006 were criticized by some in the curling community for being nothing more than eye candy. Yet it appears they were as skilled, if not more so, than the current team. :(

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”378577″][quote comment=”378573″][quote comment=”378494″]The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)[/quote]

    That is the exact reason. Plus, pheasant hunting is huge in SD. There is a lot of money that comes in to the state from hunting. So far, the public has not been too happy with the change from what I have seen.[/quote]

    For those who know their history of minor league baseball in the Dakotas, it’s long-used name from the Northern League.
    And this beauty is one of the Ebbets Field Flannels I covet most (affiliated with the Orioles at the time)…
    http://www.ebbets.co...

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ricko, dropping hints for the next bday present???

  • Shane | February 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

    I’d have to dig out my old cards, but I think either Fleer or Score did something similar to what Topps is doing now. I know I have a Frank Thomas card somewhere with a raised felt White Sox cap logo on it.

  • Stuby | February 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    I was disappointed in the laziness of that Chronicle writer for including fictitious fast food uniforms. Those are MEANT to be humorous and poke fun at real hideous uniforms.

  • The Hemogoblin | February 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

    Don’t have time to read the comments, as I have class in ten minutes…

    Paul, through the University of Oregon’s library, I can dig through Lexis-Nexis… and I’m staying in town over spring break (women…), so I would have a good share of time to look some of these people up for you. Drop me an email.

  • Paul Lukas | February 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”378579″]Norwegian goalie Grotne’s switching blockers likely has nothing to do with superstition. A goalie gets mighty sweaty and he may switch blockers so the glove is dry and he can hang on to his stick more easily. Chances are the first-period blocker is in the locker room with a hair dryer pointed into it during the second period.[/quote]

    Yeah, but why not just have a dupe of the same model?

  • Ricko | February 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”378583″][quote comment=”378577″][quote comment=”378573″][quote comment=”378494″]The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)[/quote]

    That is the exact reason. Plus, pheasant hunting is huge in SD. There is a lot of money that comes in to the state from hunting. So far, the public has not been too happy with the change from what I have seen.[/quote]

    For those who know their history of minor league baseball in the Dakotas, it’s long-used name from the Northern League.
    And this beauty is one of the Ebbets Field Flannels I covet most (affiliated with the Orioles at the time)…
    http://www.ebbets.co...

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ricko, dropping hints for the next bday present???[/quote]

    Always.

    Oh, and I KNOW the difference between Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. Not even in the same state, for example. That’s why I said minor league history “in the Dakotas.” Now if some doofus (what’s the plural, “doofusses” or “doofi”?) wants to find a low-end 50+ year-old feud, then I guess they will.

    —Ricko

  • Teebz | February 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”378587″][quote comment=”378579″]Norwegian goalie Grotne’s switching blockers likely has nothing to do with superstition. A goalie gets mighty sweaty and he may switch blockers so the glove is dry and he can hang on to his stick more easily. Chances are the first-period blocker is in the locker room with a hair dryer pointed into it during the second period.[/quote]

    Yeah, but why not just have a dupe of the same model?[/quote]

    Remember the other night when Jeff P. and I were discussing the marketing reasons behind the Nike Swift jersey? You know, they include the mesh panel for additional cooling?

    The Swift jerseys don’t breathe as well as some of the other air-knit jerseys do – despite one commentors protests that they do. Because of this, I’m assuming that Grotne is using his spare or secondary blocker when the first is wet. Most goaltenders have a second set of equipment just in case, and that this is a blocker he’s been working in or keeps as a spare in case he ever runs into an equipment malfunction.

  • pru | February 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm |

    Here is a thread from another website (from 2006) about a new Purdue Pete logo. I would be surprised if they took four years to decide to implement an upgrade, but I do like the “new” one.

    http://www.saturnspo...

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”378589″][quote comment=”378587″][quote comment=”378579″]Norwegian goalie Grotne’s switching blockers likely has nothing to do with superstition. A goalie gets mighty sweaty and he may switch blockers so the glove is dry and he can hang on to his stick more easily. Chances are the first-period blocker is in the locker room with a hair dryer pointed into it during the second period.[/quote]

    Yeah, but why not just have a dupe of the same model?[/quote]

    Remember the other night when Jeff P. and I were discussing the marketing reasons behind the Nike Swift jersey? You know, they include the mesh panel for additional cooling?

    The Swift jerseys don’t breathe as well as some of the other air-knit jerseys do – despite one commentors protests that they do. Because of this, I’m assuming that Grotne is using his spare or secondary blocker when the first is wet. Most goaltenders have a second set of equipment just in case, and that this is a blocker he’s been working in or keeps as a spare in case he ever runs into an equipment malfunction.[/quote]

    so…he doesn’t want a dupe of the same model?

  • FormerDirtDart | February 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm |

    The US Army announced today that a new camouflage patterned uniform will be issued units in Afghanistan. http://www.military.... The current Army Combat Uniform (ACU)in Universal Camouflage Pattern http://www.rangermad... will be replace by a uniform using Multicam http://blogs.e-bim.c...
    Multicam was also the basis for the British Army’s recently adopted Multi Terrain Pattern(MTP)uniforms http://en.wikipedia....

  • Teebz | February 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”378591″][quote comment=”378589″][quote comment=”378587″][quote comment=”378579″]Norwegian goalie Grotne’s switching blockers likely has nothing to do with superstition. A goalie gets mighty sweaty and he may switch blockers so the glove is dry and he can hang on to his stick more easily. Chances are the first-period blocker is in the locker room with a hair dryer pointed into it during the second period.[/quote]

    Yeah, but why not just have a dupe of the same model?[/quote]

    Remember the other night when Jeff P. and I were discussing the marketing reasons behind the Nike Swift jersey? You know, they include the mesh panel for additional cooling?

    The Swift jerseys don’t breathe as well as some of the other air-knit jerseys do – despite one commentors protests that they do. Because of this, I’m assuming that Grotne is using his spare or secondary blocker when the first is wet. Most goaltenders have a second set of equipment just in case, and that this is a blocker he’s been working in or keeps as a spare in case he ever runs into an equipment malfunction.[/quote]

    so…he doesn’t want a dupe of the same model?[/quote]

    Like cars, block models change. Depending on how old the blocker model is, it may be discontinued.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

    FINALLY
    US Womens Curlers win.

  • concealed78 | February 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”378590″]Here is a thread from another website (from 2006) about a new Purdue Pete logo. I would be surprised if they took four years to decide to implement an upgrade, but I do like the “new” one.

    http://www.saturnspo...

    *sigh*. There is just something really creepy about the new Purdue Pete. Looks too… Village People-ish. What’s with the wristbands & big belt buckle?

  • pru | February 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”378596″][quote comment=”378590″]Here is a thread from another website (from 2006) about a new Purdue Pete logo. I would be surprised if they took four years to decide to implement an upgrade, but I do like the “new” one.

    http://www.saturnspo...

    *sigh*. There is just something really creepy about the new Purdue Pete. Looks too… Village People-ish. What’s with the wristbands & big belt buckle?[/quote]

    My main concern is the butt chin.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”378596″][quote comment=”378590″]Here is a thread from another website (from 2006) about a new Purdue Pete logo. I would be surprised if they took four years to decide to implement an upgrade, but I do like the “new” one.

    http://www.saturnspo...

    *sigh*. There is just something really creepy about the new Purdue Pete. Looks too… Village People-ish. What’s with the wristbands & big belt buckle?[/quote]
    More like a ‘roided up Quagmire, if you ask me
    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”378588″][quote comment=”378583″][quote comment=”378577″][quote comment=”378573″][quote comment=”378494″]The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)[/quote]

    That is the exact reason. Plus, pheasant hunting is huge in SD. There is a lot of money that comes in to the state from hunting. So far, the public has not been too happy with the change from what I have seen.[/quote]

    For those who know their history of minor league baseball in the Dakotas, it’s long-used name from the Northern League.
    And this beauty is one of the Ebbets Field Flannels I covet most (affiliated with the Orioles at the time)…
    http://www.ebbets.co...

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ricko, dropping hints for the next bday present???[/quote]

    Always.

    Oh, and I KNOW the difference between Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. Not even in the same state, for example. That’s why I said minor league history “in the Dakotas.” Now if some doofus (what’s the plural, “doofusses” or “doofi”?) wants to find a low-end 50+ year-old feud, then I guess they will.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    sorry to chime in again… but I’ve always gone w/ doofi myself.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”378596″][quote comment=”378590″]Here is a thread from another website (from 2006) about a new Purdue Pete logo. I would be surprised if they took four years to decide to implement an upgrade, but I do like the “new” one.

    http://www.saturnspo...

    *sigh*. There is just something really creepy about the new Purdue Pete. Looks too… Village People-ish. What’s with the wristbands & big belt buckle?[/quote]
    I liked a comment from that blog:
    ‘I like the new one, he’s got a biggerf F&%#’N hammer’.

    The new guy doesn’t look any more menacing or determined as current pete…. just more lascivious and muscled up— sh*t, come to think of it is quite Village ppl-ish. :)

  • Ricko | February 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”378596″][quote comment=”378590″]Here is a thread from another website (from 2006) about a new Purdue Pete logo. I would be surprised if they took four years to decide to implement an upgrade, but I do like the “new” one.

    http://www.saturnspo...

    *sigh*. There is just something really creepy about the new Purdue Pete. Looks too… Village People-ish. What’s with the wristbands & big belt buckle?[/quote]

    Simplifies spelling, though.

    (everybody, sing!)
    “P….R….D-U,
    I’m goin’ to…
    P….R….D-U.”

    (I guess for the “R” you stick one leg out while you’re doing “P”.)

    —Ricko

  • rpm | February 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]

    you are observing stirrup friday?! that’s great phil, feels great doesn’t it? i love that it can be totally covert too, nobody has to know.

    once we get to 52 plus enough for holidays(flag day, poonch~key day, etc), i am going to put out a calendar. some people have asked for poster versions of my “revolution” images, maybe it would be fun as a calendar. or maybe postcards.

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”378602″]
    you are observing stirrup friday?![/quote]

    well…the revolution has begun

    plus, i eat meat and shit on fridays, so i gotta observe something

    when’s the next batch coming up????

  • Teebz | February 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378602″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]

    you are observing stirrup friday?! that’s great phil, feels great doesn’t it? i love that it can be totally covert too, nobody has to know.

    once we get to 52 plus enough for holidays(flag day, poonch~key day, etc), i am going to put out a calendar. some people have asked for poster versions of my “revolution” images, maybe it would be fun as a calendar. or maybe postcards.[/quote]

    Once you send me the batch I just paid for, I too will celebrate Fridays with ‘rups.

  • rpm | February 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”378603″][quote comment=”378602″]
    you are observing stirrup friday?![/quote]

    well…the revolution has begun

    plus, i eat meat and shit on fridays, so i gotta observe something

    when’s the next batch coming up????[/quote]

    ask teebz, or pepe le huppé, i am big outside of the nations borders for early orders.

  • bandito | February 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    Does anyone know where i can purchase an official “on-field” Yomiuri Giants cap without spending 3 billion dollars?

    Domo Arrigato, Mr. Roboto.

  • Bob Loblaw | February 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”378606″]Does anyone know where i can purchase an official “on-field” Yomiuri Giants cap without spending 3 billion dollars?

    Domo Arrigato, Mr. Roboto.[/quote]

    Hey Bandito…ARe you sure you’re not misreading the cost to be 3 million YEN?

  • bandito | February 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”378607″][quote comment=”378606″]Does anyone know where i can purchase an official “on-field” Yomiuri Giants cap without spending 3 billion dollars?

    Domo Arrigato, Mr. Roboto.[/quote]

    Hey Bandito…ARe you sure you’re not misreading the cost to be 3 million YEN?[/quote]

    …I think it would be 275.963573 billion yen. Thanks Google! :)

    Now… does someone have an answer?

  • JimWa | February 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm |

    http://myespn.go.com...

    “Boxing could be finally returning to Yankee Stadium …”

    Funny – can you return a competition to a venue where it’s never been? Wouldn’t that be like the Orioles “returning” to Busch Stadium (albeit 2 incarnations later)?

  • JTH | February 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”378602″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]

    you are observing stirrup friday?! that’s great phil, feels great doesn’t it? i love that it can be totally covert too, nobody has to know.

    once we get to 52 plus enough for holidays(flag day, poonch~key day, etc), i am going to put out a calendar. some people have asked for poster versions of my “revolution” images, maybe it would be fun as a calendar. or maybe postcards.[/quote]
    Coincidentally (or not really) I went with the Pirates last Friday (over Saints socks). Colt .45s today.

    Oh, and does today mark Pineapple’s first official ticker submission?

  • rpm | February 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”378610″][quote comment=”378602″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]

    you are observing stirrup friday?! that’s great phil, feels great doesn’t it? i love that it can be totally covert too, nobody has to know.

    once we get to 52 plus enough for holidays(flag day, poonch~key day, etc), i am going to put out a calendar. some people have asked for poster versions of my “revolution” images, maybe it would be fun as a calendar. or maybe postcards.[/quote]
    Coincidentally (or not really) I went with the Pirates last Friday (over Saints socks). Colt .45s today.

    Oh, and does today mark Pineapple’s first official ticker submission?[/quote]

    look at the big brain on brad. good catch, and yes, her first post, but i don’t think first submission.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378603″]plus, i eat meat and shit on fridays, so i gotta observe something[/quote]

    I think eating the second item might make up for eating the first item.

  • RS Rogers | February 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378541″]Watched both of Team USA’s prelim hockey games and noticed two helmet related things. The flag on the right side of their helmets has the stars on the left. I think it would have been better to go with the military type style where you have the flag reversed so that it looks like its flowing in the wind when on the right side. Also, Joe Pavelski didn’t have any flags on his helmet for both games. Can’t find a good pic that shows it though.[/quote]

    Bravo to Pavelski, then. The U.S. Flag Code explicitly forbids using the flag, or any part of the flag, on an athletic uniform. It doesn’t matter whether you put the union – that’s the bit with the stars – on the left or the right. If it’s on a sports uniform, then it’s flag desecration either way.

    http://www.usscouts....

    It’s as simple as this: Would you consider hitting the flag with a stick to be patriotic? No? Then you shouldn’t put the flag anywhere on a hockey uniform, where it is liable to be beaten with a stick. Would you consider rubbing the flag in the mud or trampling it under your shoe to be patriotic? No? Then you shouldn’t put the flag on your baseball or football or soccer jersey, where it will be smeared in the dirt and mud and stepped on by your opponent.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”378602″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]

    you are observing stirrup friday?! that’s great phil, feels great doesn’t it? i love that it can be totally covert too, nobody has to know.

    once we get to 52 plus enough for holidays(flag day, poonch~key day, etc), i am going to put out a calendar. some people have asked for poster versions of my “revolution” images, maybe it would be fun as a calendar. or maybe postcards.[/quote]

    I vote for a calendar. Wait, does one vote in a revolution, or does one just wait to see what el generalissimo produces? ;)

  • rpm | February 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”378614″][quote comment=”378602″][quote comment=”378542″][quote comment=”378536″]
    These !!!!!!! http://www.xoticbatc...

    coincidentally…or perhaps not…im wearing those very rups to work today…[/quote]

    you are observing stirrup friday?! that’s great phil, feels great doesn’t it? i love that it can be totally covert too, nobody has to know.

    once we get to 52 plus enough for holidays(flag day, poonch~key day, etc), i am going to put out a calendar. some people have asked for poster versions of my “revolution” images, maybe it would be fun as a calendar. or maybe postcards.[/quote]

    I vote for a calendar. Wait, does one vote in a revolution, or does one just wait to see what el generalissimo produces? ;)[/quote]

    you vote mothervilker, but it’s rigged.

    actually james, she might have had one last summer too. i’ll have to ask when she calls me all gassed up tonight after a long week.

  • Steve Mond | February 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

    Did anybody notice the Russian women’s curling team wearing mismatched jackets? Sorry, I have no idea how to do a screengrab, so I can’t provide visual evidence, but one player had her name under “Russia” instead of above, and the font on “Russia” was quite different.

  • Jonathan Neiderhiser | February 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |

    Kind of hidden in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader’s webpage is a set of pictures with various new “Fighting Pheasants” logos, uniforms, etc. The secondary logo (no reason why there is one, but there it is) is wearing stirrups (picture 6/11 on the page below):

    http://www.arguslead...

  • JTH | February 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”378564″]
    I’ve got a couple more vintage games I’ve picked up in the last year; I have to get some pics up on the blog..[/quote]
    You got one like this

  • Jonathan Neiderhiser | February 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |

    By the way, Aberdeen is in South Dakota…

  • Hibbsy | February 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |

    I didn’t get a chance to post a comment yesterday, so I will today. Even though I probably shouldn’t. Because I should stop talking.

    That St. Louis Blues stuff was rad! Like a mug.
    I realize that most people think of St. Louis as being either a little city, or a big town. Regardless, I have become rather fond of my town/city in recent years. I wasn’t always so sure.
    I have many reasons to love St. Louis, and that entry yesterday illustrated a plenty.

    Pros:
    1. Great city name – St. Louis (or St. Looie to
    Paul)
    2. Team name – St. Louis Blues… Dynamite!
    3. Best stirrups in baseball… still.

    Cons:
    1. Rams’ blue pants
    2. Rams’ white pants

    Pardon the self-absorbed ramble.

  • JTH | February 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”378566″][quote comment=”378565″]Not sports oriented, but a SF Chronicle blogger has a list of the seven worst fast food chain uniforms of all time:

    http://www.sfgate.co...

    I did a story on fast food uniforms back around 2005! Interviewed lots of fast food marketing people, uniform designers, and manufacturers, etc. But the story never ran, I think because the magazine folded, or they got a new editor, or something — can’t remember the details. Hot Dog on a Stick was the star of the show…. Wonder if I still have the text file and notes. [1 minute later] Yup, I do.[/quote]
    I wonder if my circa-1985 BK uni got a mention. brown & yellow plaid, shiny maroon faux-corduroy. It was a big day when I started working the front of the store and I was issued the matching pants.

  • JTH | February 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378618″][quote comment=”378564″]
    I’ve got a couple more vintage games I’ve picked up in the last year; I have to get some pics up on the blog..[/quote]
    You got one like this[/quote]
    Yeah, that’s a question, not a statement. There should have been a question mark:

    You got one like this?

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”378620″]Pros:
    1. Great city name – St. Louis (or St. Looie to
    Paul)
    2. Team name – St. Louis Blues… Dynamite!
    3. Best stirrups in baseball… still.

    Cons:
    1. Rams’ blue pants
    2. Rams’ white pants[/quote]

    Con #3, The Rams.

  • Jordan Sogn | February 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”378619″]By the way, Aberdeen is in South Dakota…[/quote]

    2.5 hours north of my home town of SF.

  • Hibbsy | February 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm |

    I just looked up the cover of the May 1970 issue of Playboy. The Doc Ellis vid did it right. Of course.
    Perhaps this has been shared before.

  • Kaptain K | February 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”378557″][quote comment=”378526″][quote comment=”378504″]The construction crew working on the Penguins’ new arena is wearing T-shirts showing a hard-hatted Pens logo

    And that, my friends, is why mascot logos are inherently superior to wordmark logos.[/quote]

    Yes, tell me about it; maybe Purdue Pete is relocating to Pittsburgh to work on that new arena? He’s probably going to stay at his cousin Steely McBeam’s house.

    I’m pretty sure that Pete just going in for a much needed makeover; the last one was about 28-29 years ago. I think the biggest reason Purdue is doing it is so the Pete mascot that roams the sidelines of football and basketball games will have an updated look.

    I just hope it ends up being an improvement… and that Purdue ditches that awful ‘Vegas gold’ in their athletic wear.[/quote]

    My concern is that this isn’t just a redesign on apparel, which wouldn’t suprise me, since U Spirit loves that kind of crap, but a wider rebranding. I hope he doesn’t get angrier. I want him to stay in that same, shove-my-helmet, go-to-work attitude, rather than the hammer-biting big chin version that bounced around in the late ’90s.

    Good luck going back to Old Gold. Nike loves them some Vegas Gold.[/quote]

    I remember when they updated Pete in 1982, the previous Pete had a papier-mache head that was as wide as the wearer’s shoulders and a happy look on his face. The new Pete was downsized, constructed out of composite and had a scowl; I also remember that he had been given interchangeable hats — the square, folded-newspaper hat, and the hard hat.

    That scowl only lasted about 2 years… when Pete would be in parades or at events, he made too many little kids cry! True story.

    You can see some of Pete’s evolution here:
    https://engineering....

    Here’s a good shot of scowling Pete (who doesn’t look like he’s doing too bad there):
    http://earchives.lib...

    I don’t know about that possible new one…
    “Quagmire on ‘roids”??!! Giggety-giggety!
    It’s not bad, could be better; I sure hope it will be better.

    Nike supplies Mizzou and don’t forget LSU’s throwback helmets… that color would look great with black.

  • Michael Emody | February 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm |

    The vocational school records project is a winner. Focusing on women who wanted a trade at a time when men were the primary earners is interesting. Each must have their own motivation. The woman featured at the top of the blog, Marie Garavente, lost her father, necessitating extra income to support her mother and siblings.

    Finding decedents of the subjects should provide a wealth of info. And many of the lives people of the same age, in the same proximity, were probably intertwined for many years afterward.

    I could stare at Shorpy pics for hours. This is better.

  • aflfan | February 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”378612″][quote comment=”378603″]plus, i eat meat and shit on fridays, so i gotta observe something[/quote]

    I think eating the second item might make up for eating the first item.[/quote]

    First – You beat me to it but I was going to go with the Happy Gilmour “You eat shit?”

    Second – I love those Topps insert cards. They are awesome. I know some are wrong but still very nice.

    Third – The US men’s curling skip has been benched for today’s match.

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”378628″]The US men’s curling skip has been benched for today’s match.[/quote]

    you say that as tho it’s not a good thing

    C’MON lads…3-3 in the 10th…

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm |

    woo hoo!

  • FormerDirtDart | February 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm |

    A good day for US Curling…finally

  • aflfan | February 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”378629″][quote comment=”378628″]The US men’s curling skip has been benched for today’s match.[/quote]

    you say that as tho it’s not a good thing

    C’MON lads…3-3 in the 10th…[/quote]

    No, I say that as it is a VERY good thing.

  • aflfan | February 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”378630″]woo hoo![/quote]

    How about that last shot for the USA in the 10th end.

  • SchuLace | February 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378588″][quote comment=”378583″][quote comment=”378577″][quote comment=”378573″][quote comment=”378494″]The Sioux Falls Pheasant http://www.arguslead... appears to be a depiction of South Dakota’s state bird, the Ring-necked Pheasant http://images.google... (the only state bird not native to North America)[/quote]

    That is the exact reason. Plus, pheasant hunting is huge in SD. There is a lot of money that comes in to the state from hunting. So far, the public has not been too happy with the change from what I have seen.[/quote]

    For those who know their history of minor league baseball in the Dakotas, it’s long-used name from the Northern League.
    And this beauty is one of the Ebbets Field Flannels I covet most (affiliated with the Orioles at the time)…
    http://www.ebbets.co...

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Ricko, dropping hints for the next bday present???[/quote]

    Always.

    Oh, and I KNOW the difference between Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. Not even in the same state, for example. That’s why I said minor league history “in the Dakotas.” Now if some doofus (what’s the plural, “doofusses” or “doofi”?) wants to find a low-end 50+ year-old feud, then I guess they will.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Like someone else said, Aberdeen is in South Dakota. Sioux Falls is in the southeast corner of the state and Aberdeen is north a little ways away from the border. I really do not think there is a rivalry between the cities but just that fact that SF is using a name that has already been used in the last 20 years upsets some people.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm |

    Anyone know how to make blue hone granite? The future of curling may depend on it:
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Johnny O | February 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm |

    I didn’t see the start of it, but the Olympics are showing men’s ski jumping. I wasn’t paying attention to it… just had it in the background. But, if my hearing is correct, is Matt Vasgersian announcing this?

    And speaking of the Skip for the US Men’s team, evidently he was having a hard few days from “choking”. His wiki page was changed a lot, and he was having a tough time. I feel for the guy, but if it was one thing he wasn’t the last few days was clutch.

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”378633″][quote comment=”378630″]woo hoo![/quote]

    How about that last shot for the USA in the 10th end.[/quote]

    that was schweet, but i think the french just gave up

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”378636″]I didn’t see the start of it, but the Olympics are showing men’s ski jumping. I wasn’t paying attention to it… just had it in the background. But, if my hearing is correct, is Matt Vasgersian announcing this?[/quote]

    Yes, it is Matt. You gotta be quick when ski jumping’s on. They zip through my favorite sport so fast he’s off before you know it.

    Finals are on tomorrow afternoon.

  • aflfan | February 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”378638″][quote comment=”378636″]I didn’t see the start of it, but the Olympics are showing men’s ski jumping. I wasn’t paying attention to it… just had it in the background. But, if my hearing is correct, is Matt Vasgersian announcing this?[/quote]

    Yes, it is Matt. You gotta be quick when ski jumping’s on. They zip through my favorite sport so fast he’s off before you know it.

    Finals are on tomorrow afternoon.[/quote]

    Ain’t that the truth. They have showed way more cross country skiing than they have ski jumping.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”378639″][quote comment=”378638″][quote comment=”378636″]I didn’t see the start of it, but the Olympics are showing men’s ski jumping. I wasn’t paying attention to it… just had it in the background. But, if my hearing is correct, is Matt Vasgersian announcing this?[/quote]

    Yes, it is Matt. You gotta be quick when ski jumping’s on. They zip through my favorite sport so fast he’s off before you know it.

    Finals are on tomorrow afternoon.[/quote]

    Ain’t that the truth. They have showed way more cross country skiing than they have ski jumping.[/quote]

    I don’t mind the cross country, but put that snowboarding, moguls and short track speedskating on cable, and put hockey, curling and lots more ski jumping on NBC.

  • aflfan | February 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”378640″][quote comment=”378639″][quote comment=”378638″][quote comment=”378636″]I didn’t see the start of it, but the Olympics are showing men’s ski jumping. I wasn’t paying attention to it… just had it in the background. But, if my hearing is correct, is Matt Vasgersian announcing this?[/quote]

    Yes, it is Matt. You gotta be quick when ski jumping’s on. They zip through my favorite sport so fast he’s off before you know it.

    Finals are on tomorrow afternoon.[/quote]

    Ain’t that the truth. They have showed way more cross country skiing than they have ski jumping.[/quote]

    I don’t mind the cross country, but put that snowboarding, moguls and short track speedskating on cable, and put hockey, curling and lots more ski jumping on NBC.[/quote]

    What really sucks is the USA/Canada game is on MSNBC which is NOT Hi-Def on DirecTV. Put that game on USA or CNBC or better yet NBC!

  • Jimbo99 | February 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm |

    I have not been impressed by the hockey sweaters so far at the Olympics, but Latvia looks pretty sweet.

  • Jeff P | February 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”378571″]Easton hockey will be debuting a new ultra-light helmet on Monday.

    This will be very similar to a bike helmet in that one blow and you need a new one…ultra-protective and cheaper to manufacture than the current helmets on the market but guarantee they will charge just as much if not more.[/quote]

    False. It will be constructed in a similar manner, but it’s made with a EPP variant foam, not the EPS that bike helmets are made of. It’s not a one impact helmet at all.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 9:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”378641″]What really sucks is the USA/Canada game is on MSNBC which is NOT Hi-Def on DirecTV. Put that game on USA or CNBC or better yet NBC![/quote]

    I assumed it was on NBC. There go my Sunday plans…

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”378644″][quote comment=”378641″]What really sucks is the USA/Canada game is on MSNBC which is NOT Hi-Def on DirecTV. Put that game on USA or CNBC or better yet NBC![/quote]

    I assumed it was on NBC. There go my Sunday plans…[/quote]

    you can still watch hockey on sunday…only it’s the early game and it’s the czechs against the russians

    primetime you should be all over — the ice dancing finals

    the rest of us will be watching msnbc at night

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”378645″][quote comment=”378644″][quote comment=”378641″]What really sucks is the USA/Canada game is on MSNBC which is NOT Hi-Def on DirecTV. Put that game on USA or CNBC or better yet NBC![/quote]

    I assumed it was on NBC. There go my Sunday plans…[/quote]

    you can still watch hockey on sunday…only it’s the early game and it’s the czechs against the russians

    primetime you should be all over — the ice dancing finals

    the rest of us will be watching msnbc at night[/quote]

    Man, I can’t even get Slovakia! Oh well, Mrs. V will be happy with the ice dancing.

    Speaking of which, I think Samuelson and Bates are in the running for the compulsory dance Top 5.

  • mike 2 | February 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”378635″]Anyone know how to make blue hone granite? The future of curling may depend on it:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    For what its worth, the entire rock isn’t made from Ailsa Craig granite anymore. They use a small insert to make the running surface on the bottom of the rock out of that granite, and the rest of the rock is more ordinary granite.

    http://www.curlingri...

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

  • Hibbsy | February 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    Curling looks like a really fun sport to play. However, I find it rather boring to watch.
    I am intrigued by the amount of love it currently receives in the Uni Watch community.
    Again, I would love to play this game. Watching it? Shitty.

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”378648″]Curling looks like a really fun sport to play. However, I find it rather boring to watch.
    I am intrigued by the amount of love it currently receives in the Uni Watch community.
    Again, I would love to play this game. Watching it? Shitty.[/quote]

    marty…quick question:

    do you enjoy a crisp 1-0 baseball game, especially on TV…or do you find it boring?

    i only ask because there are a few people i know (and even fewer i associate with) who find baseball to be boring…but im guessing it’s the same sort of principle at work…watching a few ends of a 1-0 curling match is kind of like watching a pair of two hitters being thrown

    ok…maybe it’s not the same at all, but i equate curling much more to baseball than to any of the “timed” sports (despite there actually being a ‘clock’ in curling)

    personally, i find soccer boring (although i will watch it and im pumped for the world cup)…but it’s different strokes, no?

    OTOH, i don’t find basketball boring, but yet, i do find it almost unwatchable…at least the NBA…college hoop at tourney time is great, and when the knicks get lebron, maybe i’ll change my tune

  • mike 2 | February 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”378648″]Curling looks like a really fun sport to play. However, I find it rather boring to watch.
    I am intrigued by the amount of love it currently receives in the Uni Watch community.
    Again, I would love to play this game. Watching it? Shitty.[/quote]

    I thought it was dull to watch until I started to play. Now I find it very exciting. Its like I play along at home, planning shots, thinking what would I do if I was the skip.

    If you ever go to a curling club bar when a game is on, you’ll see a hundred curlers playing along, arguing about what to throw, calling sweepers on and off.

    But if I didn’t curl myself, I’d find it pretty dull too.

  • JimV19 | February 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”378649″]do you enjoy a crisp 1-0 baseball game, especially on TV…or do you find it boring?

    i only ask because there are a few people i know (and even fewer i associate with) who find baseball to be boring…but im guessing it’s the same sort of principle at work…watching a few ends of a 1-0 curling match is kind of like watching a pair of two hitters being thrown

    ok…maybe it’s not the same at all, but i equate curling much more to baseball than to any of the “timed” sports (despite there actually being a ‘clock’ in curling)

    personally, i find soccer boring (although i will watch it and im pumped for the world cup)…but it’s different strokes, no?[/quote]

    I try to use that logic with my dad. He loves baseball, and as a former pitcher he LOVES a 1-0 pitchers duel. Yet he can’t believe it when I say one of the best soccer games I ever saw was the 0-0 World Cup game between Sweden and Trinidad&Tobago.

    Last time I was at his house I programmed his TV to switch to curling. Once he realized what happened he started commenting on how boring he thought it was. Granted it was the first end, so they were just blasting rocks out of the house, but how is that different from a 3-up 3-down first inning of baseball?

  • SchuLace | February 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |

    I have found curling to be pretty interesting. There is alot more strategy involved than I first thought. We have watched it at work quite a bit and everyone seems to like it.

  • Hibbsy | February 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”378649″][quote comment=”378648″]Curling looks like a really fun sport to play. However, I find it rather boring to watch.
    I am intrigued by the amount of love it currently receives in the Uni Watch community.
    Again, I would love to play this game. Watching it? Shitty.[/quote]

    marty…quick question:

    do you enjoy a crisp 1-0 baseball game, especially on TV…or do you find it boring?

    i only ask because there are a few people i know (and even fewer i associate with) who find baseball to be boring…but im guessing it’s the same sort of principle at work…watching a few ends of a 1-0 curling match is kind of like watching a pair of two hitters being thrown

    ok…maybe it’s not the same at all, but i equate curling much more to baseball than to any of the “timed” sports (despite there actually being a ‘clock’ in curling)

    personally, i find soccer boring (although i will watch it and im pumped for the world cup)…but it’s different strokes, no?

    OTOH, i don’t find basketball boring, but yet, i do find it almost unwatchable…at least the NBA…college hoop at tourney time is great, and when the knicks get lebron, maybe i’ll change my tune[/quote]
    Very good quotes.
    I do like baseball. But… I agree with the sober Homer Simpson saying, “I never realized how boring this game is.”
    Basically, everything under the sun is what you make of it. I am simply intrigued by the number of people on this site that love watching curling.
    I love croquet. Big time.
    However, you couldn’t pay me to watch it on TV.
    I choose not one person to dis. And I will once again state, “I should stop talking.”
    J to the R O C said it best when he said, “Know what I’m sayin? See what I’m sayin? Know what I’m sayin?”

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |

    wait…there’s croquet on tv?

  • Hibbsy | February 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm |

    I can’t believe how much I like that little shoulder treatment with the tv numbers on the USA hockey uniforms. Did not see that coming.*
    Why are the NORGE wearing white helmets? Do Olympic hockey teams still wear fucked up helmets? I liked when Mike “Eruption” and the boys wore blue helmets with their white jerseys back in 1980. I wish that was practiced in the NHL (ex: Blackhawks with red helmet/white jersey/black breezers). The Penguins did it for a spell (yellow).
    White helmet with everything else dark? Shitty.

    *Saw it coming on this site over the weekend. However, I did not see myself liking it.

  • traxel | February 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”378653″]We have watched it at work quite a bit and everyone seems to like it.[/quote]
    I need a new job.

  • Hibbsy | February 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”378655″]wait…there’s croquet on tv?[/quote]
    Some day.
    And I will be league founder and commissioner.

  • SchuLace | February 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”378657″][quote comment=”378653″]We have watched it at work quite a bit and everyone seems to like it.[/quote]
    I need a new job.[/quote]

    When you work at an appliance and TV store, there tends to be some tv watching. I work in warehouse so we don’t get all the nice tv’s that are on the sales floor but we usually have a couple going during the day.

  • tremaine | February 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm |

    I don’t think anyone has said anything about this, but it’s Bill Neukom, not Newcomb.

    Anyways, keep an eye on guys like Nate Schierholtz and Barry Zito, both of whom on the Giants who wear high socks.

  • traxel | February 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”378649″][quote comment=”378648″]Curling looks like a really fun sport to play. However, I find it rather boring to watch.
    I am intrigued by the amount of love it currently receives in the Uni Watch community.
    Again, I would love to play this game. Watching it? Shitty.[/quote]

    marty…quick question:

    do you enjoy a crisp 1-0 baseball game, especially on TV…or do you find it boring?

    i only ask because there are a few people i know (and even fewer i associate with) who find baseball to be boring…but im guessing it’s the same sort of principle at work…watching a few ends of a 1-0 curling match is kind of like watching a pair of two hitters being thrown

    ok…maybe it’s not the same at all, but i equate curling much more to baseball than to any of the “timed” sports (despite there actually being a ‘clock’ in curling)

    personally, i find soccer boring (although i will watch it and im pumped for the world cup)…but it’s different strokes, no?

    OTOH, i don’t find basketball boring, but yet, i do find it almost unwatchable…at least the NBA…college hoop at tourney time is great, and when the knicks get lebron, maybe i’ll change my tune[/quote]
    Three catagories. Boring, Entertaining, and Incredible. From a “watching on TV” standpoint.

    Hockey – entertaining
    Playoff hockey – incredible
    NBA – boring
    Playoff NBA – entertaining
    College basketball – entertaining
    NCAA tournament – incredible for two weeks only unless my team makes the final 4 (which it never does)
    NFL – entertaining
    College football – entertaining (incredible for my team)
    MLB – entertaining (incredible from an “its everyday” standpoint)
    Soccer – boring
    X games – entertaining
    Olympics – half boring, half entertaining
    Pro wrestling – boring
    Nascar – boring
    Golf – boring (majors are entertaining)
    Fishing/hunting – boring
    Noodling/gigging – incredible
    Cycling – boring
    Ultimate fighting – borderline boring/entertaining
    Boxing – borderline boring/entertaining

  • Hibbsy | February 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”378649″][quote comment=”378648″]Curling looks like a really fun sport to play. However, I find it rather boring to watch.
    I am intrigued by the amount of love it currently receives in the Uni Watch community.
    Again, I would love to play this game. Watching it? Shitty.[/quote]

    marty…quick question:

    do you enjoy a crisp 1-0 baseball game, especially on TV…or do you find it boring?

    i only ask because there are a few people i know (and even fewer i associate with) who find baseball to be boring…but im guessing it’s the same sort of principle at work…watching a few ends of a 1-0 curling match is kind of like watching a pair of two hitters being thrown

    ok…maybe it’s not the same at all, but i equate curling much more to baseball than to any of the “timed” sports (despite there actually being a ‘clock’ in curling)

    personally, i find soccer boring (although i will watch it and im pumped for the world cup)…but it’s different strokes, no?

    OTOH, i don’t find basketball boring, but yet, i do find it almost unwatchable…at least the NBA…college hoop at tourney time is great, and when the knicks get lebron, maybe i’ll change my tune[/quote]
    The Knicks have David Lee.
    Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, MO

  • Taxman | February 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”378565″]Not sports oriented, but a SF Chronicle blogger has a list of the seven worst fast food chain uniforms of all time:

    http://www.sfgate.co...

    Hey – I wore the male version of the Mickey-D’s uni. Like the article said, it was both heat and stink retaining. But I can’t help having pleasant memories of the female “crewmembers” in those formfitting numbers…

  • LI Phil | February 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”378661″]
    Noodling/gigging – incredible
    [/quote]

    the fuck?

    is that the shit where they like grab 19′ catfishes from logs and get their arms bit off?

  • traxel | February 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”378660″]I don’t think anyone has said anything about this, but it’s Bill Neukom, not Newcomb.

    Anyways, keep an eye on guys like Nate Schierholtz and Barry Zito, both of whom on the Giants who wear high socks.[/quote]
    How will Brad Penny wear his socks this year? He normally goes high cuffed but with solid socks, not stirrups. Cardinals don’t sport that look, just striped stirrups like Brendan Ryan wears. Hmm.

  • Chuck | February 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”378515″]re: Sosa’s socks.

    Without stirrups showing, that looks ridiculous.
    And stripes WAY too high on leg.
    Baseball socks don’t look like soccer socks.
    Or football socks.

    I’m all for the return of striped socks.
    Done correctly for baseball, that is.

    Sosa’s look is ludicrous. Some kind of “modern” interpretation of striped socks in baseball, I guess.

    Here’s a better idea. Look at some old photos and get it right, please.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I agree Ricko, but Sosa’s socks are still light years better than the pajama pants look that rules in baseball today.

  • traxel | February 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”378664″][quote comment=”378661″]
    Noodling/gigging – incredible
    [/quote]

    the fuck?

    is that the shit where they like grab 19′ catfishes from logs and get their arms bit off?[/quote]

    Noodling is psychotic. Great to watch. I bet you have too many teeth to do it though. Hell, hockey players have too many teeth to do it.

    Gigging is spearing. And you don’t end up with a cottonmouth hanging off the end of your thumpkin. Unless you do it wrong. Way wrong.

  • Jo | February 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

    it looks like the toney douglas photo is a photoshop of this picture of him wearing their away jersey:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

  • JTH | February 20, 2010 at 12:19 am |

    Just noticed someone in the crowd cheering on the Canadian women’s curling team in a Jonathan Toews #19 Team Canada jersey.

    Oops.

  • JTH | February 20, 2010 at 12:29 am |

    [quote comment=”378656″]I can’t believe how much I like that little shoulder treatment with the tv numbers on the USA hockey uniforms. Did not see that coming.*
    Why are the NORGE wearing white helmets? Do Olympic hockey teams still wear fucked up helmets? I liked when Mike “Eruption” and the boys wore blue helmets with their white jerseys back in 1980. I wish that was practiced in the NHL (ex: Blackhawks with red helmet/white jersey/black breezers). The Penguins did it for a spell (yellow).
    White helmet with everything else dark? Shitty.

    *Saw it coming on this site over the weekend. However, I did not see myself liking it.[/quote]
    Red helmets? That would look terrible. It’d be like a maraschino cherry on top of a sundae. Red helmets might look OK with the red jerseys, but not with the white. There’s really not enough red on them to pull off that look.

  • rpm | February 20, 2010 at 12:42 am |

    [quote comment=”378649″][quote comment=”378648″]Curling looks like a really fun sport to play. However, I find it rather boring to watch.
    I am intrigued by the amount of love it currently receives in the Uni Watch community.
    Again, I would love to play this game. Watching it? Shitty.[/quote]

    marty…quick question:

    do you enjoy a crisp 1-0 baseball game, especially on TV…or do you find it boring?

    i only ask because there are a few people i know (and even fewer i associate with) who find baseball to be boring…but im guessing it’s the same sort of principle at work…watching a few ends of a 1-0 curling match is kind of like watching a pair of two hitters being thrown

    ok…maybe it’s not the same at all, but i equate curling much more to baseball than to any of the “timed” sports (despite there actually being a ‘clock’ in curling)

    personally, i find soccer boring (although i will watch it and im pumped for the world cup)…but it’s different strokes, no?

    OTOH, i don’t find basketball boring, but yet, i do find it almost unwatchable…at least the NBA…college hoop at tourney time is great, and when the knicks get lebron, maybe i’ll change my tune[/quote]

    the marty hick has it right. watching curling is like watching bowling. on the other hand bowling and curling are both fun to participate in.

    there is a pregnant curler for the corn’s sake!!!

    motherv~ don’t complain about the high def, some of us don’t have cable and only get nbc, so forgive me if i don’t cry for you on your direct cable tip. i have 6 basketball games to work sunday night, but i will be getting caught up on the late night figure skate recap for sure, tell the wife not to leak the results to me.

  • LI Phil | February 20, 2010 at 12:51 am |

    [quote comment=”378670″]
    Red helmets? That would look terrible. It’d be like a maraschino cherry on top of a sundae. Red helmets might look OK with the red jerseys, but not with the white. There’s really not enough red on them to pull off that look.[/quote]

    i donno man…i don’t think it looks that bad

  • rpm | February 20, 2010 at 12:53 am |

    [quote comment=”378664″][quote comment=”378661″]
    Noodling/gigging – incredible
    [/quote]

    the fuck?

    is that the shit where they like grab 19′ catfishes from logs and get their arms bit off?[/quote]

    croquet, curling, next is noodling: play date 3 ozark place to be.

  • JTH | February 20, 2010 at 12:56 am |

    [quote comment=”378672″][quote comment=”378670″]
    Red helmets? That would look terrible. It’d be like a maraschino cherry on top of a sundae. Red helmets might look OK with the red jerseys, but not with the white. There’s really not enough red on them to pull off that look.[/quote]

    i donno man…i don’t think it looks that bad[/quote]
    It really doesn’t look good, though. Black would be an improvement over the white, but if given the choice of red or white, I’ll stick with white.

  • JimV19 | February 20, 2010 at 12:58 am |

    [quote comment=”378671″]motherv~ don’t complain about the high def, some of us don’t have cable and only get nbc, so forgive me if i don’t cry for you on your direct cable tip. i have 6 basketball games to work sunday night, but i will be getting caught up on the late night figure skate recap for sure, tell the wife not to leak the results to me.[/quote]

    I think it was aflfan talking about the hi-def. I’m happy with my standard-def. I don’t have cable, either, so I’m in the same boat as you.

    I can’t promise Mrs. V will keep quiet about the skating results, but I promise not to leak my ice dancing Top 5 list before its time.

  • BuckeyeMark | February 20, 2010 at 1:01 am |

    don’t curl. did it once when a local club had an open house. it was fun but I don’t have time to start another hobby.

    but I find it fascinating and can’t watch enough of it. it’s really a tremendous sport/game/however you term it.

    watched the US women earlier today and then taped the men’s game. came out of that game to find the Danes and Canadians in a close one and can’t go to bed until it concludes!

    curling rocks (okay someone had to say it)!

  • JTH | February 20, 2010 at 1:02 am |
  • LI Phil | February 20, 2010 at 1:05 am |

    [quote comment=”378676″]the Danes and Canadians in a close one and can’t go to bed until it concludes!
    [/quote]

    was a great one…time for bed

    right on teh button

  • JimV19 | February 20, 2010 at 1:17 am |

    Forget goalie masks – check out this helmet from skeleton racer Jeff Pain:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Fear the beaver, eh?

  • rpm | February 20, 2010 at 1:59 am |

    [quote comment=”378675″][quote comment=”378671″]motherv~ don’t complain about the high def, some of us don’t have cable and only get nbc, so forgive me if i don’t cry for you on your direct cable tip. i have 6 basketball games to work sunday night, but i will be getting caught up on the late night figure skate recap for sure, tell the wife not to leak the results to me.[/quote]

    I think it was aflfan talking about the hi-def. I’m happy with my standard-def. I don’t have cable, either, so I’m in the same boat as you.

    I can’t promise Mrs. V will keep quiet about the skating results, but I promise not to leak my ice dancing Top 5 list before its time.[/quote]

    my brother. beg her not to leak the best event of the olympics to me. to be honest, 2nd best, all the cross country is the best.

  • KrisMcInnis | February 20, 2010 at 2:53 am |

    Here are the Braves Spring Training number changes according to the active roster on their website:

    Juan Abreu – #56, from Vacant since early ’09 Blaine Boyer trade
    Jesse Chavez – #51, from Mike Gonzalez
    Jeff Lyman – #65, from Vacant in ’09
    Jose Ortegano – #67, from Vacant in ’09
    James Parr – #59, Vacant in ’09, Switched from #40 for Takashi Saito
    Todd Redmond – #61, from Vacant in ’09
    Takashi Saito – #40, from James Parr and coming from #24 with Red Sox
    Jonny Venters – #68, from Vacant in ’09
    Billy Wagner – #13, from Nate McLouth
    Troy Glaus – #25, from Ryan Church and briefly worn by Barbaro Canizares in ’09, coming from #8 with Cardinals
    Melky Cabrera – #53, from Vacant, Hold-over from Yankees
    Eric Hinske – #20, from Greg Norton and coming from #14 with Yankees
    Nate McLouth – #24, Switched from #13 for Billy Wagner
    Jordan Schafer – #2, from Kelly Johnson, Switched from #24 for Nate McLouth

    Obviously, the big news from that for braves fans would be the #13 swap between McLouth and The Wag’, thus bumping Schafer further down the ladder. It’s alright though considering the most action Schafer will ever see at Turner Field again is on Kids-Run-The-Bases day or Free Fireworks Fridays. The big swap isn’t very surprising either, though there’s a bunch of $25 McLouth shirts hanging in closets somewhere that have now been rendered useless. Glaus also reclaims #25, which he wore for the majority of his career before his stint with the Cards.

  • BayView | February 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm |

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

    The new Giants socks *faints* I need a pair.