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There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 6

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Another week, another round of awesome wire service photos. My continued thanks to the readers who’ve contributed to this series, especially Larry Wiederecht, Paul Wiederecht, Mike Hersh, and Michael Martin.

• This photo of Willie Horton is dated July 7, 1970. Note that the catcher appears to be wearing a brimless helmet — I believe this is the earliest example we’ve seen of that phenomenon, isn’t it? I can’t i.d. the catcher, or even the opposing team, from that photo, but Retrosheet informs us that the Tigers were playing the Red Sox on the date in question, and Boston’s catcher that day was Gerry Moses. Sure enough, the sideburns match!

Oh. My. God. That’s Tom Dempsey, natch — looks like his kicking shoe underwent a bit of an evolution from his Saints days. No date or caption on the photo, but Dempsey played for several teams that wore white shoes, including the ’74 Eagles (here’s a shot of him kicking for them), the ’76 Rams, the ’77 Oilers, and the ’78-’79 Bills. But if you look again at the wire photo, it’s tough to be sure from a black-and-white shot, but it almost looks like you can see the word “Eagles” on his sweatshirt. Socks and pant stripe don’t seem right, though. Could this be from his college days?

• As long as we’re talking about Dempsey, check out the difference in pants piping between him and his holder.

• I can never quite adjust to the sight of Rogers Hornsby in a Mets uni. He was the team’s first hitting instructor. It was the last MLB uniform he wore.

• So much to like in this 1969 FU/FSU shot — the great helmets (I love how the UF logo looks like a goalpost), the official with the cuffed sleeves, the old-school down marker, the ribbed socks. Nice!

• All the uni number databases list Dave Kingman as having worn No. 26 for the Mets. So how do you explain this? Answer: It’s a spring training game from 1975, and he had changed to 26 by Opening Day. (I thought I was gonna blow Mets by the Numbers webmaster Jon Springer’s mind when I showed him this shot, but he was way ahead of me: “I don’t think I’d seen that particular photo before, but there’s a big color photo of Kong wearing No. 4 in the 1975 yearbook.” I shoud’ve known.)

• Speaking of Kong, check out his Cubs powerboat!

• One more Kong shot: Bet they didn’t sell many of this T-shirt.

• “I cannot for the life of me figure what situation brought these players together in one dugout,” says Larry Wiederecht. “There’s no date or caption on the photo, but my best guess from right to left: Gibson, McCarver, Ron Fairly, Unidentified, Tommie Agee, Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson. McCarver was traded to the Phils in October of 1969, and Fairly still has the 1969 patch, so it must be some kind of touring team. Can’t be spring training, since Vada’s there and he trained in Arizona. Also, I believe Vada’s Indians uni debuted in 1970.” A mystery, for sure. Anyone..?

• Love the primitive blocker in this 1931 shot of Alex Connell of the Detroit Falcons. According to the caption, he’s wearing 30 pounds of pads.

• What’s up with the socks?

• Totally digging this water polo team from 1924. Wish we could get a closer look at the crest.

• Here’s a great shot of Ken Harrelson’s nickNOB. That W looks like an upside-down M, no?

• Check out this awesome Montreal Royals sleeve patch! Additional examples here and here.

More wire photos next week. And for those of you who’ve been contributing to this series, please keep ’em coming.

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NFL News: A little birdie who’s in a position to know sent me some NFL tips the other day. I can’t confirm any of it, but I feel the info is solid enough to pass along, with the proviso that it’s all subject to change:

I got a memo mentioning new third jerseys for the Packers and Colts. The memo also mentioned “updated” third jerseys for the Cardinals, Eagles, Patriots, and one other team (I think it was the Bears, but I’m not positive).

Based on something I saw earlier, I’m almost certain the Packers will be wearing 1929 throwbacks. Those are dark blue jerseys with a dark blue numeral inside a gold circle over khaki pants and dark blue socks. Of course, per today’s uniform standards, the circle and numeral on the front would be much larger, and I believe the style guide showed a solid brown helmet with gray mask to simulate the leather ones some players wore in 1929. It’s gone from the server now, however — I guess I’m lucky I saw it.

The Colts, I’m not sure about. I’m assuming they’re going with a new throwback, because I don’t see how their identity could support any sort of “modern” third jersey (especially since they have only two team colors). Maybe they are going to trot out the blue helmet with the horseshoes on the back.

As far as the teams updating their third jerseys, I have no specifics. … It’s possible that the updates are simply changes in the cut or material of the uniform, which would force retailers to order new authentics for the coming season and would explain the need for a memo regarding these four teams.

Reebok also pitched a program last year that was (philosophically) very much like Nike’s Pro Combat initiative. There were some good, interesting things done in the explorations, but unfortunately none of those elements were combined correctly and some of the best ones were not even chosen to be in the final three options presented to the league. I don’t think the league/teams would have gone for it, anyway.

So there you go — completely accurate, authoritative information. Unless it’s not.

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Deuce Bag: Got a note the other day from Scott Appleman, who’s started an interesting project. He sets it up like so:

I started wearing No. 2 in high school because the lowest numbers were on the smallest jerseys. I was one of the smallest players, but I didn’t want to wear 1 because it seemed a little pretentious. I chose 2 and stuck with it all through high school, even e-mailing my coach my senior year to make sure I got 2 on the varsity squad because I was out of school the day we got our uniforms.

Scott’s devotion to his favorite numeral has now taken the form of an impressively obsessive blog, which is governed by a strict set of protocols. “Each post is a photo of an athlete, and each photo must show the 2,” he explains. “I’m not going to spend time researching all the 2s in history. Instead, I’m going to post them as I encounter them when I watch games, see news, or hear stories. I’ll only do repeats for individual players when a new post would show them wearing 2 for a different team. And yes, I know Jeter isn’t on there yet, but Opening Day and the ring ceremony are coming up, so I’m waiting on him.”

Uni Watch News Ticker: The Rays’ new baby blues will be worn for Sunday home games. … New uniforms on the way for Colorado State (with thanks to Steve Foster). … Ron Roza gives his personal endorsement for this design-your-own stickers site. “Excellent quality,” he says. “I made vintage Chicago Bears Stickers and they look great!” … Although Michigan State has decided not to revise the Spartan logo, the revised logo is nonetheless shown on this product from the Nike shop (as noted by Michael Shortell). … More uni-numerical machinations in Red Sox camp (with thanks to Tom Mulgrew). … And wait, yet another Red Sox uni number item (as forwarded by Tom Adjemian). … Travis Tetzlaff flew from Portland to Burbank on the Oregon State plane last Thursday night. … Tim Stoops was attending the Padres Fan Fest event and picked up this Padres fight song sheet music. … Roger Faso spotted this painting at an antiques shop in McDonough, Georgia. “Tagged price is 75 bucks, but they’ll sell it for half that,” he says. Make it about one-fifteenth of that and I’d say you’d have a fair price. … Finally, a sports movie for the whole family (with thanks to my ESPN colleague Dave Schoenfield). … Braves players are “unimpressed (or worse)” with the new BP caps, at least according to this report (with thanks to Jonathon Binet). … Here’s a decent video clip about a Dodgers batball (good find by Brett Crane). … New camouflage pattern for American troops in Afghanistan. … Found a copy of the Mets’ 2005 yearbook on the sidewalk the other day (really). Only two photos of note: Ron Hunt showing some stirrup underside, and possibly the only photo I’ve ever seen of Yogi Berra wearing Mets catching gear. Remember, after managing the Yankees to the American League pennant in 1964, Yogi briefly came out of retirement and played in four games for the Mets in ’65. … James Huening was shopping in “a classy, highfalutin department store” in Chicago and saw this sweatshirt with Air Jordans forming the Bulls logo. … Pretty cool photo of the Korean speedskaters from the 1948 Olympics. “I don’t really know that much about speedskating, but their uniforms look fairly advanced for 1948,” says Lance Smith. “The caps are especially sleek compared to the knit caps worn by many of the competitors at the time.” … Look at these photos from Friday’s Germany/Finland hockey game. Note that some players on both teams have an Olympics logo rear-hemline patch, while others don’t. “The Czech Republic, Belarus, Switzerland, Slovakia, Finland, and Germany are wearing the patch, but even then it’s very inconsistent,” says Jeff Barak. “Finland, for example, seems to have about 75% participation. Latvia, Sweden, Norway, the United States, and Russia are not wearing it at all as far as I can tell. Canada has the Vancouver logo in a round patch on their left sleeves and a smaller rear-hemline patch with a maple leaf over the Olympic rings. It’s certainly odd that there’s so much inconsistency, from only team to team but within the teams wearing it.” … Here’s one observer’s ranking of the Olympic hockey sweaters (with thanks to Kevin Clark). … Remember how Purdue Pete was gonna get revised? Well never mind (with thanks to Austin Chen). … Curling, get swept up in the fun (awesome find by Chad Todd). … Here’s the USA World Cup road kit. … Got a spare $150K burning a hole in your pocket? You could do a lot worse than to spend it on this 1964 Canadian Olympic hockey sweater (big thanks to Robert Saietta). … Here’s a good close-up look at the armsleeve and shorts that Kentucky recently debuted (with thanks to Miguel Rodriguez). … Miguel has also created a site devoted to The National Sports Daily, all of whose covers can be found in his Flickr sets. … Someone on eBay is selling giant, poster-sized ticket stubs (cool find by Jared Camden). … Marc Miyakawa has this very cool Yankees quilt that his girlfriend made for him in 1994. “She was learning how to make quilts from her grandmother and needed a project,” he says. “Took her about three or four months but came out great. The NY was traced from my jacket and we both worked on the design.” … Does American speedskater Chad Hedrick have some sort of sponsorship arrangement with Pampers, or was his nine-month-old daughter’s outfit just an innocent coincidence? (Screen shot courtesy of Aaron Kusch.) … Maryland hoops wore their yellow alts at home on Saturday, so visiting Georgia Tech ended up wearing white on the road (with thanks to Matt Shevin). … Lots of good stuff in this site devoted to the WLAF. Someone who has more free time than I do should go through it and cull out the noteworthy images (with thanks to Alex Acosta). … Why do the Pistons have so many ankle injuries? It’s gotta be the shoes (with thanks to Luke James Larson). … The MLB Style Guide shows the Nats wearing red belts with all their uni combos this season, but that’s not what they’re wearing in spring training (as noted by Jonathon Binet). … Martin Brodeur is on the Canadian Olympic team. So why does he have “USA” on the knob of his stick? (As noted by Brian Terreson.) … Here’s another look at the Giants’ new striped socks (with thanks to Tremaine Eto). … Mark Springer reports that the USF baseball team is wearing gorgeous green stirrups with the school’s horned “U” logo (you can barely see it on the guy in the background). … The Milwaukee Admirals wore 1980 USA Olympic throwbacks the other night (as reported by Jonathan Bailey). … Everything looks better in the snow, including soccer (with thanks to Tyler Hull). … If you go to Chan Ho Park’s web site, the photo of him on the front page is animated to show all the teams he’s played for (nice find by Dan Cichalski). … Dylan Buell at the Chicago Auto Show on Saturday and saw a Blackhawks-themed Camaro, some Bulls wheel rims, and an Audi with baseball-style stitching on the seats. … Morris Levin was down in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and got some pics of some sports-themed costumes from the Krewe of St. Anne parade. … Ryan Perkins saw this retail display at a local Walmart and noticed that it name-checks Tony Romo — except the guy in the picture definitely isn’t Romo. Weird. … Phil and I are off on a little adventure today (hint: involves rocks and brooms), so behave yourselves until we get back.

 

164 comments to There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 6

  • DJ | February 22, 2010 at 8:34 am |

    Canada has the Vancouver logo in a round patch on their left sleeves and a smaller rear-hemline patch with a maple leaf over the Olympic rings.

    It’s the logo of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

    Martin Brodeur is on the Canadian Olympic team. So why does he have “USA” on the knob of his stick?

    They discussed it during the broadcast. Brodeur is apparently quite the collector of memorabilia, and they speculated he labelled the stick so that he could later identify it as the stick he used in the USA game. They also told a story about how one time, Brodeur faced Dominek Hasek (another collector) in a game where both of them earned shutouts (a game before shootouts). They agreed to cut the game puck in half and share.

  • Kieran Kelly | February 22, 2010 at 8:34 am |

    Brodeur puts the name of every opponent on his stick. When he plays the Flyers, it’s “PHL” on the butt end.

  • pru | February 22, 2010 at 8:35 am |

    It looks like the old MSU logo on the waist and the new MSU logo on the side panels of the shorts.

  • The Jeff | February 22, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    Hmm…”updated” third jerseys for a team that doesn’t currently have one. (Cardinals) How do you update something that doesn’t exist? Also a big BOO to the Packers if they are wearing a 1929 throwback. Boooooo

  • Frank | February 22, 2010 at 8:38 am |

    I’ve been poking around the Football Uniform website http://www.weirdwolf... trying to pinpoint when and what team Tom Dempsey was playing for based off the photo, but I haven’t been able to find an exact match. I’m pretty sure, though, that the photo wasn’t from his college days – he’s wearing white shoes and in the 60’s, did anyone wear white shoes?

  • don g | February 22, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    Giants sock link doesn’t work.

  • Mike Moss | February 22, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    If you look at baseball-reference.com, the Tigers played a double header vs the Red Sox on July 7, 1970. They had one catcher play in each game. So the catcher in that photo is either Tom Satriano or Jerry Moses.

    http://www.baseball-...

  • Tris Wykes | February 22, 2010 at 8:47 am |

    Was Chris Pronger the only player in last night’s US-Canada hockey not wearing a visor on his helmet? It seemed like some guys who normally don’t wear them in the NHL were wearing them last night. Some sort of regulation but exemption for Pronger?

  • Geeman | February 22, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    Why did Georgia Tech wear white on the road? Don’t they have blue uniforms? And since Maryland has white home uniforms, why did it get to choose to wear gold instead of having Georgia Tech wear its road uniform?

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

  • The Jeff | February 22, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    [quote comment=”378943″]I’ve been poking around the Football Uniform website http://www.weirdwolf... trying to pinpoint when and what team Tom Dempsey was playing for based off the photo, but I haven’t been able to find an exact match. I’m pretty sure, though, that the photo wasn’t from his college days – he’s wearing white shoes and in the 60’s, did anyone wear white shoes?[/quote]

    The picture is just confusing. It looks like white pants with a dark-white-dark stripe pattern… and none of the teams he played for have anything like that. The 73 Eagles had the white pants (and he’s wearing white shoes in the kicking picture while his teammate has black ones) – but the stripes are wrong. The ’74 uniform had the color-white-color striping, but the pants were silver/gray, which shouldn’t look that bright even in a black & white picture.

  • Trurologist | February 22, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    [quote comment=\”378946\”]Was Chris Pronger the only player in last night\’s US-Canada hockey not wearing a visor on his helmet? It seemed like some guys who normally don\’t wear them in the NHL were wearing them last night. Some sort of regulation but exemption for Pronger?[/quote]
    Visors are mandatory in the Olympics, but players born before 1975 are exempt (grandfather clause?). Pronger was born in \’74

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    props to scott appleman & the deuce blog!

    as someone who has also worn the deuce since my first uni, it’s great to see #2 get some love

    it was the first number i was ever assigned and i asked for it ever since then…in what may have been the “youngest” jersey swap in history, one year, a buddy of mine got the #2…when i asked him for it (i had somehow received #5, despite the coach’s knowing i wanted #2), friend said…i’ll give it to you, but not for #5 — i want #7 (he was a first sacker & big ed kranepool fan)…so it cost me about 10 packs of topps baseball cards to finagle the #7 from the guy who had received it to trade with my bud who had my #2

    /true story

  • Paul Lukas | February 22, 2010 at 9:02 am |

    [quote comment=”378944″]Giants sock link doesn’t work.[/quote]

    Thanks. Now fixed.

  • Mark K | February 22, 2010 at 9:02 am |

    I don’t think Florida is usually called “FU”. The cuffs on the official’s long sleeve is essentially what we wear today.

  • Boss Sob | February 22, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    how come these old photos that are linked do NOT have the quoted date on them?

  • Paul Lukas | February 22, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    [quote comment=”378953″]how come these old photos that are linked do NOT have the quoted date on them?[/quote]

    Sometimes the date and caption are shown on the front of the photo; sometimes they’re on the back; sometimes they’re not shown at all. So it depends on (a) how the wire service formatted things, and (b) whether the eBay vendors who are selling these photos choose to show any material that might be on the back of the photo.

  • Chris Blackstone | February 22, 2010 at 9:19 am |

    I don’t know how much I agree with the article about the Detroit Pistons players spraining their ankles more this year due to the shoes. The players mentioned in the article all wear different models of shoes. Rip Hamilton is sponsored by Jordan Brand while the other 2 are Nike sponsored.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 22, 2010 at 9:28 am |

    “Although Michigan State has decided not to revise the Spartan logo, the revised logo is nonetheless shown on this product from the Nike shop”
    http://store.nike.co...
    I think what is even odder is that both logos, old and new, are on those shorts

  • aflfan | February 22, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    Paul.

    Love the wire service phots. Great post.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 22, 2010 at 9:31 am |

    [quote comment=”378957″]”Although Michigan State has decided not to revise the Spartan logo, the revised logo is nonetheless shown on this product from the Nike shop”
    http://store.nike.co...
    I think what is even odder is that both logos, old and new, are on those shorts[/quote]
    The back of the jersey has yet another helmet design depicted (zoom in)
    http://store.nike.co...

  • =bg= | February 22, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    Nah, that IS Romo.

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2010 at 9:43 am |

    aight…outta here…see ya at 11

  • austin | February 22, 2010 at 9:46 am |

    Chad Hedrick signed a deal with Pampers for a lifetime supply of diapers.

    http://chadhedrick.c...

  • Justin Bates | February 22, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    Nice look for USF. Those stirrups would look better with gold sanitaries, but it’s nice to see them wearing stirrups.

  • Charlie | February 22, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    Regarding the photo of the major league players – On March 28, 1970 major league “stars” played a benefit game for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Los Angeles. Between the players, coaches and managers, there was a virtual Who’s Who of MLB present for this event – for example, Roy Campenella managed the ‘West’ team, while Joe DiMaggio ran the ‘East’ squad. Proceeds went to build the King Center in Atlanta.

  • chance michaels | February 22, 2010 at 10:01 am |

    Re: Packers 1929 throwbacks.

    If true, I’m stunned. That doesn’t seem like the Pack. As much as I’d rather see a return of Curly’s classic uniform, anything that they do to remind people the NFL didn’t start with Super Bowl I is okay by me.

  • scott | February 22, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    [quote comment=”378965″]Regarding the photo of the major league players – On March 28, 1970 major league “stars” played a benefit game for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Los Angeles. Between the players, coaches and managers, there was a virtual Who’s Who of MLB present for this event – for example, Roy Campenella managed the ‘West’ team, while Joe DiMaggio ran the ‘East’ squad. Proceeds went to build the King Center in Atlanta.[/quote]

    Fascinating. I’d love to see more photos from the event. Here’s one:

    http://tsutpen.blogs...

  • Nick | February 22, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    Is that not Chuck Connors (aka “The Rifleman”) featured in the Montreal Royals uni?

  • Charlie | February 22, 2010 at 10:13 am |

    More on the MLK Classic – from Baseball Reference.com: In this first [and last?] Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial All-Star Baseball Classic, “solo home runs by Ron Fairly of Montreal and Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs, plus a three-run eighth-inning,” reports the Associated Press, “brought the East a 5 – 1 victory over the West. A crowd of 31,694 watched the charity game in Dodger Stadium. Proceeds go to the late Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a memorial center planned for Atlanta.”

    The game’s unusual alignment, by region rather than league, creates some unique player pairings – plus the potential for the occasional truly classic collaboration. In that regard, it is, alas, a tad too late for Mantle and Mays to become a reality but it is a privilege to see the two vastly under-appreciated future HOF right-fielders, Al Kaline and Roberto Clemente, playing side by side. Happily, both Kaline and Clemente do their part, providing key hits helping to insure victory for this ad hoc aggregation. Better still, who gets to manage these two under-reported five-tool flyhawks? “For this initial charity game,” answers the Associated Press, “former New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio managed the East, and ex-Dodger Roy Campanella, confined to a wheelchair since a 1958 auto accident, directed the fortunes of the West.

    Jim “Mudcat” Grant of Oakland sang the National Anthem in the pre-game program, and then became the victim of a four-hit uprising in the eighth inning that insured the outcome. Al Kaline of Detroit beat out an infield hit to open the frame and moved to second as Tom Agee drove Hank Aaron to the left field wall. Kaline raced home on Lou Brock’s double to left. Brock scored on Roberto Clemente’s double and Clemente came home on Ken McMullen’s single.”

  • chance michaels | February 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”378954″][quote comment=”378953″]how come these old photos that are linked do NOT have the quoted date on them?[/quote]

    Sometimes the date and caption are shown on the front of the photo; sometimes they’re on the back; sometimes they’re not shown at all. So it depends on (a) how the wire service formatted things, and (b) whether the eBay vendors who are selling these photos choose to show any material that might be on the back of the photo.[/quote]
    Something else to keep in mind with wire photos – they can also be stamped with the date the photo was published, not necessarily when it was first taken (or even first published).

    For example, this wire photo of the Packers’ Clarke Hinkle was taken around the beginning of the 1938 season (he’s modeling the team’s new white jerseys). On the back, however, it’s stamped “Nov 1938”, “Nov 10 1940” and “Nov 2 1941”.

    Sometimes the date only tells you it can’t be any more recent than that – the actual photo might well be older.

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

    The Terps have worn the yellow jerseys for all their home ACC games this year and have gone undefeated in those. Also, the one game that they lost at home (nonconference game vs. William and Mary) they had the white jerseys.
    As an alumnus, I don’t really care for the jerseys all that much (Under Armour’s basketball designs have bit too much going on for my taste) but as long as they keep winning I really don’t give a damn.

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    [quote comment=”378948″][quote comment=”378943″]I’ve been poking around the Football Uniform website http://www.weirdwolf... trying to pinpoint when and what team Tom Dempsey was playing for based off the photo, but I haven’t been able to find an exact match. I’m pretty sure, though, that the photo wasn’t from his college days – he’s wearing white shoes and in the 60’s, did anyone wear white shoes?[/quote]

    The picture is just confusing. It looks like white pants with a dark-white-dark stripe pattern… and none of the teams he played for have anything like that. The 73 Eagles had the white pants (and he’s wearing white shoes in the kicking picture while his teammate has black ones) – but the stripes are wrong. The ’74 uniform had the color-white-color striping, but the pants were silver/gray, which shouldn’t look that bright even in a black & white picture.[/quote]

    Only thing I can think of is…did he go to one more training camp after his years with the Bills and not make the team? Taken at face value, that’s a Colts uni. Did he go to camp with them in ’80, maybe? Also, and this is a reach, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders were wearing that same look at the time. He didn’t perhaps take a shot at making the CFL in ’80, did he? Nah, wouldn’t be on a U.S. photo wire.

    Regarding what appears to be “Eagles” on his shirt…it also could be “League”.

    “One more camp” is not common in NFL, even for longtime players. For example, Danny Abramowicz went to camp with Redskins his last year (after a couple seasons with 49ers). Never made the team. But he did play for the ‘Skins in preseason. Remember seeing it on TV and that he was wearing 48 instead of his customary 46 (might have been the HOF Game that year). But if you do any research on him, that’s never mentioned. Just says he played for Saints and 49ers. Even bio on Wiki doesn’t mention camp with Skins.

    —Ricko

  • David C. | February 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |

    The crest on the 1924 water polo top is that of the Illinois Athletic club. The logo is a “Y” with I, A, and C on each of the spokes. The crest’s colors are red and blue.

  • Jim Sherbert | February 22, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment=”378960″]Nah, that IS Romo.[/quote]
    Yeah, looks like Romo to me too. He’s making a bit of a weird face, but I’m pretty sure it’s him.

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    “One more camp” is not common in NFL

    ooops…

    “One more camp” is not UNcommon in NFL

  • Kyle@IU | February 22, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    EPIC ‘STACHE ALERT!

    Collin Balester of the Washington Nationals showing off his inner Beastie Boys. It ain’t Rollie or Munson, but that is a true pitcher’s ‘stache right there.

  • Paul Lukas | February 22, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    [quote comment=”378973″][quote comment=”378948″][quote comment=”378943″]I’ve been poking around the Football Uniform website http://www.weirdwolf... trying to pinpoint when and what team Tom Dempsey was playing for based off the photo, but I haven’t been able to find an exact match. I’m pretty sure, though, that the photo wasn’t from his college days – he’s wearing white shoes and in the 60’s, did anyone wear white shoes?[/quote]

    The picture is just confusing. It looks like white pants with a dark-white-dark stripe pattern… and none of the teams he played for have anything like that. The 73 Eagles had the white pants (and he’s wearing white shoes in the kicking picture while his teammate has black ones) – but the stripes are wrong. The ’74 uniform had the color-white-color striping, but the pants were silver/gray, which shouldn’t look that bright even in a black & white picture.[/quote]

    Only thing I can think of is…did he go to one more training camp after his years with the Bills and not make the team? Taken at face value, that’s a Colts uni. Did he go to camp with them in ’80, maybe? Also, and this is a reach, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders were wearing that same look at the time. He didn’t perhaps take a shot at making the CFL in ’80, did he? Nah, wouldn’t be on a U.S. photo wire.

    Regarding what appears to be “Eagles” on his shirt…it also could be “League”.

    “One more camp” is not common in NFL, even for longtime players. For example, Danny Abramowicz went to camp with Redskins his last year (after a couple seasons with 49ers). Never made the team. But he did play for the ‘Skins in preseason. Remember seeing it on TV and that he was wearing 48 instead of his customary 46 (might have been the HOF Game that year). But if you do any research on him, that’s never mentioned. Just says he played for Saints and 49ers. Even bio on Wiki doesn’t mention camp with Skins.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I’m trying to ge in touch with Dempsey, so I can show him the photo and get his insights. Will advise.

  • Matthew Glidden | February 22, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    As a further connection between Bob Gibson and the 1970 East-West Classic game honoring MLK, here’s a plaque given to Gibson by Coca-Cola and the SCLC.

    http://www.thewagner...

  • Ryan | February 22, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”378976″][quote comment=”378960″]Nah, that IS Romo.[/quote]
    Yeah, looks like Romo to me too. He’s making a bit of a weird face, but I’m pretty sure it’s him.[/quote]

    Guys, it ain’t Romo. Do you remember when John Schneider and Tom Wopat from the Dukes of Hazard went on hiatus over a contractual agreement and they brought in Bo and Luke’s lookalike ‘cousins’ Coy and Vance? This guy’s a close resemblance, but not the real deal. My cell phone picture may not do it enough justice, but I’m certain.

    As a Giants fan, I see enough of the guy to know. My wife was w/ me, and she concurs. In fact, it’s so much not Romo that I could tell 15 feet away. They took a white guy w/ razor stubble, turned his hat around backwards, and put “Tony Romo” in fine print. It could be that the advert is not claiming that’s Romo, but I doubt it.

  • ken | February 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |

    two quick notes about the olympic ice hockey.
    I loved the Fin/SWE game ~ sometimes color on color works.

    Also was watching the Swiss/Norway game, heard a goal and asked my 7 year old son who scored and he said “the plus” A goal by the plus

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    Carlos Alvarez…
    http://i256.photobuc...

    Favorite receiver of John Reaves (later of Eagles and Tampa Bay Bandits) at Florida.

    Alvarez had one of great (and should be remembered as such) quotes about football. “Football is like a rose; beautiful but not essential.”

    —Ricko

  • JimWa | February 22, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    [quote comment=”378981″][quote comment=”378976″][quote comment=”378960″]Nah, that IS Romo.[/quote]
    Yeah, looks like Romo to me too. He’s making a bit of a weird face, but I’m pretty sure it’s him.[/quote]

    Guys, it ain’t Romo. Do you remember when John Schneider and Tom Wopat from the Dukes of Hazard went on hiatus over a contractual agreement and they brought in Bo and Luke’s lookalike ‘cousins’ Coy and Vance? This guy’s a close resemblance, but not the real deal. My cell phone picture may not do it enough justice, but I’m certain.

    As a Giants fan, I see enough of the guy to know. My wife was w/ me, and she concurs. In fact, it’s so much not Romo that I could tell 15 feet away. They took a white guy w/ razor stubble, turned his hat around backwards, and put “Tony Romo” in fine print. It could be that the advert is not claiming that’s Romo, but I doubt it.[/quote]

    I’m no Romo-stalker, but if it’s not him, seems like a pretty good stand in, in my opinion …

    http://media.photobu...

  • Troy G | February 22, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    Washington State’s plane appears to be visible on the tarmac as well.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 22, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”378973″][quote comment=”378948″][quote comment=”378943″]I’ve been poking around the Football Uniform website http://www.weirdwolf... trying to pinpoint when and what team Tom Dempsey was playing for based off the photo, but I haven’t been able to find an exact match. I’m pretty sure, though, that the photo wasn’t from his college days – he’s wearing white shoes and in the 60’s, did anyone wear white shoes?[/quote]

    The picture is just confusing. It looks like white pants with a dark-white-dark stripe pattern… and none of the teams he played for have anything like that. The 73 Eagles had the white pants (and he’s wearing white shoes in the kicking picture while his teammate has black ones) – but the stripes are wrong. The ’74 uniform had the color-white-color striping, but the pants were silver/gray, which shouldn’t look that bright even in a black & white picture.[/quote]

    Only thing I can think of is…did he go to one more training camp after his years with the Bills and not make the team? Taken at face value, that’s a Colts uni. Did he go to camp with them in ’80, maybe? Also, and this is a reach, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders were wearing that same look at the time. He didn’t perhaps take a shot at making the CFL in ’80, did he? Nah, wouldn’t be on a U.S. photo wire.

    Regarding what appears to be “Eagles” on his shirt…it also could be “League”.

    “One more camp” is not common in NFL, even for longtime players. For example, Danny Abramowicz went to camp with Redskins his last year (after a couple seasons with 49ers). Never made the team. But he did play for the ‘Skins in preseason. Remember seeing it on TV and that he was wearing 48 instead of his customary 46 (might have been the HOF Game that year). But if you do any research on him, that’s never mentioned. Just says he played for Saints and 49ers. Even bio on Wiki doesn’t mention camp with Skins.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    couldn’t the pic also be from mid-season replacement kicker tryouts? post Bills time frame?

  • Ry Co 40 | February 22, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment=”378984″][quote comment=”378981″][quote comment=”378976″][quote comment=”378960″]Nah, that IS Romo.[/quote]
    Yeah, looks like Romo to me too. He’s making a bit of a weird face, but I’m pretty sure it’s him.[/quote]

    Guys, it ain’t Romo. Do you remember when John Schneider and Tom Wopat from the Dukes of Hazard went on hiatus over a contractual agreement and they brought in Bo and Luke’s lookalike ‘cousins’ Coy and Vance? This guy’s a close resemblance, but not the real deal. My cell phone picture may not do it enough justice, but I’m certain.

    As a Giants fan, I see enough of the guy to know. My wife was w/ me, and she concurs. In fact, it’s so much not Romo that I could tell 15 feet away. They took a white guy w/ razor stubble, turned his hat around backwards, and put “Tony Romo” in fine print. It could be that the advert is not claiming that’s Romo, but I doubt it.[/quote]

    I’m no Romo-stalker, but if it’s not him, seems like a pretty good stand in, in my opinion …

    http://media.photobu...

    pretty sure it’s romo (that nose can only belong to him). it just looks weird because he doesn’t have that big fake “the camera is on and i’m having the best time ever” smile

  • Broadway Connie | February 22, 2010 at 11:02 am |

    Perhaps it’s unnecessary to say so, but that hasn’t stopped me before. So:

    Last night’s USA-Canada hockey game sure looked good. Like everyone else, I love the Squaw Valley throwbacks for the Yanks, but I also dig the Canadian unis, especially the red sweater and the treatment of the maple leaf.

    And, of course, the game itself was terrific. It was wonderful to watch two motivated, talented teams go at it with no commercial interruptions. 100 minutes start to finish (more or less), an excellent length for any sporting event that packs such excitement. Bring back hockey!

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    [quote comment=”378987″][quote comment=”378973″][quote comment=”378948″][quote comment=”378943″]I’ve been poking around the Football Uniform website http://www.weirdwolf... trying to pinpoint when and what team Tom Dempsey was playing for based off the photo, but I haven’t been able to find an exact match. I’m pretty sure, though, that the photo wasn’t from his college days – he’s wearing white shoes and in the 60’s, did anyone wear white shoes?[/quote]

    The picture is just confusing. It looks like white pants with a dark-white-dark stripe pattern… and none of the teams he played for have anything like that. The 73 Eagles had the white pants (and he’s wearing white shoes in the kicking picture while his teammate has black ones) – but the stripes are wrong. The ’74 uniform had the color-white-color striping, but the pants were silver/gray, which shouldn’t look that bright even in a black & white picture.[/quote]

    Only thing I can think of is…did he go to one more training camp after his years with the Bills and not make the team? Taken at face value, that’s a Colts uni. Did he go to camp with them in ’80, maybe? Also, and this is a reach, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders were wearing that same look at the time. He didn’t perhaps take a shot at making the CFL in ’80, did he? Nah, wouldn’t be on a U.S. photo wire.

    Regarding what appears to be “Eagles” on his shirt…it also could be “League”.

    “One more camp” is not common in NFL, even for longtime players. For example, Danny Abramowicz went to camp with Redskins his last year (after a couple seasons with 49ers). Never made the team. But he did play for the ‘Skins in preseason. Remember seeing it on TV and that he was wearing 48 instead of his customary 46 (might have been the HOF Game that year). But if you do any research on him, that’s never mentioned. Just says he played for Saints and 49ers. Even bio on Wiki doesn’t mention camp with Skins.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    couldn’t the pic also be from mid-season replacement kicker tryouts? post Bills time frame?[/quote]

    That, too, yes. That’s the kind of thing I was thinking of.
    Wire service moves photo of Dempsey “giving it another shot”.

    Might even be for the Pottstown Firebirds or something.

    —Ricko

  • pru | February 22, 2010 at 11:04 am |

    [quote comment=”378981″][quote comment=”378976″][quote comment=”378960″]Nah, that IS Romo.[/quote]
    Yeah, looks like Romo to me too. He’s making a bit of a weird face, but I’m pretty sure it’s him.[/quote]

    Guys, it ain’t Romo. Do you remember when John Schneider and Tom Wopat from the Dukes of Hazard went on hiatus over a contractual agreement and they brought in Bo and Luke’s lookalike ‘cousins’ Coy and Vance? This guy’s a close resemblance, but not the real deal. My cell phone picture may not do it enough justice, but I’m certain.

    As a Giants fan, I see enough of the guy to know. My wife was w/ me, and she concurs. In fact, it’s so much not Romo that I could tell 15 feet away. They took a white guy w/ razor stubble, turned his hat around backwards, and put “Tony Romo” in fine print. It could be that the advert is not claiming that’s Romo, but I doubt it.[/quote]

    It is definitely NOT Romo. However, it is probably a good enough stand in for shoppers looking for “a real Cowboys jersey” at Walmart.

  • CMP | February 22, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    Braves players are “unimpressed (or worse)” with the new BP caps, at least according to this report (with thanks to Jonathon Binet).

    funny that the Brave players would be so unhappy with those, as the Braves’ is probably the best of an otherwise sorry lot.

  • John | February 22, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    Eagles will be honoring 1960 Chapionship team this year for the 50th Anniversary. After Tom Brooksheir died there was sentiment to wear throwbacks from 1960. Maybe this is the “third” jersey. Also that is an Eagles uni Dempsey is wearing in the locker room.

  • Hank | February 22, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    Dempsey photo looks to be from the 1971 season with the Eagles. The sock striping is correct as is the sweatshirt. http://www.weirdwolf...

  • TheRafters | February 22, 2010 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”378956″]I don’t know how much I agree with the article about the Detroit Pistons players spraining their ankles more this year due to the shoes. The players mentioned in the article all wear different models of shoes. Rip Hamilton is sponsored by Jordan Brand while the other 2 are Nike sponsored.[/quote]
    [quote comment=”378956″]I don’t know how much I agree with the article about the Detroit Pistons players spraining their ankles more this year due to the shoes. The players mentioned in the article all wear different models of shoes. Rip Hamilton is sponsored by Jordan Brand while the other 2 are Nike sponsored.[/quote]

    UNC has similar foot problems with the Jordan Brand and players like Ty Lawson and Marcus Ginyard who have had foot problems have changed from the Jordan Brand to Nike, I think it has a direct correlation. Even former guard Bobby Frasor who also had foot problems pointed out the Jordan Brand downfalls on his Twitter recently.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment=”378979″]I’m trying to ge in touch with Dempsey, so I can show him the photo and get his insights. Will advise.[/quote]

    According to Wiki, Dempsey lost a lot of memorabilia thanks to Hurricane Katrina. So, if you talk to him, tell him I can hold on to any remaining jerseys for safe keeping…

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    Packers going with 1929 throwbacks and the Bears maybe updating their alts — anyone else thinking what I’m thinking (hoping)?

    From the 1920s section of the Bears uni history page:

    In the early days of the American Professional Football Association, the predecessor of the NFL, uniforms are primitive. Brown leather helmets offer little protection, and many players refuse to wear them. Pants are made of brown canvas; jerseys are made of wool. For the Bears’ uniform colors, team founder George Halas chooses navy and orange – the same as his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Strips of material are sewn onto the front of the players’ jerseys to help them hold onto the football, which is fatter and harder to handle than the modern version. The player’s number is on the back of the jersey only.

    Late in this decade the team appears to have reversed the coloring of the jersey, making orange the dominant color with navy striping. Unfortunately, no jerseys from this era are known to exist.

  • The Jeff | February 22, 2010 at 11:43 am |

    [quote comment=”378997″]Packers going with 1929 throwbacks and the Bears maybe updating their alts — anyone else thinking what I’m thinking (hoping)?

    From the 1920s section of the Bears uni history page:

    In the early days of the American Professional Football Association, the predecessor of the NFL, uniforms are primitive. Brown leather helmets offer little protection, and many players refuse to wear them. Pants are made of brown canvas; jerseys are made of wool. For the Bears’ uniform colors, team founder George Halas chooses navy and orange – the same as his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Strips of material are sewn onto the front of the players’ jerseys to help them hold onto the football, which is fatter and harder to handle than the modern version. The player’s number is on the back of the jersey only.

    Late in this decade the team appears to have reversed the coloring of the jersey, making orange the dominant color with navy striping. Unfortunately, no jerseys from this era are known to exist.[/quote]

    Interesting thought, but I kinda doubt it. I’d think a thanksgiving game would be most likely, for both teams actually. The Packers have worn throwbacks against the Lions on Thanksgiving before…and the Bears have done it vs the Cowboys. Have the schedules been released yet? It wouldn’t exactly be uncommon for a Green Bay/Dallas & Chicago/Detroit thanksgiving day.

    I can’t really think of a reason for the Bears & Packers to pull out a random throwback game against each other, can you?

  • adam | February 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    cool article on olympic timing tech here.

    http://news.cnet.com...

    for some reason no pictures, but gizmodo provides.

    http://gizmodo.com/5...

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”378999″]I’d think a thanksgiving game would be most likely, for both teams actually. The Packers have worn throwbacks against the Lions on Thanksgiving before…and the Bears have done it vs the Cowboys. Have the schedules been released yet? It wouldn’t exactly be uncommon for a Green Bay/Dallas & Chicago/Detroit thanksgiving day.[/quote]

    Unless they change the way games are scheduled, you won’t see that. That’s four NFC teams, and one of the games is an interconference matchup. Since the Lions hosted the Packers last year, they’ll host an AFC team this year. The Cowboys will get an NFC team after playing the Raiders.

    Now there is that third game that NFL Network shows at night. That could be the Packers/Bears throwback throwdown.

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”378999″]
    I can’t really think of a reason for the Bears & Packers to pull out a random throwback game against each other, can you?[/quote]
    Nope. Just wishful thinking. I don’t really even dislike the orange jerseys. But if they’re going to stick with an orange alt, I’d rather see them wear a throwback.

    At least I can see why the Packers would pick 1929, since it was their first championship. But the 81st seems like a strange anniversary season to break it out.

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”378994″]Dempsey photo looks to be from the 1971 season with the Eagles. The sock striping is correct as is the sweatshirt. http://www.weirdwolf...

    Huh? That particular Eagles set you linked to was never worn with anything but stripeless socks. And only in ’69, I believe, did the white pants have two green stripes (no black). Dempsey’s first season with the Eagles was ’71. So that sorta doesn’t compute. Unless, of course, they used some pretty old gear for training camp…which is entirely possible. But the striped socks would be from ’66, five seasons earlier. Still not impossible, I suppose. But I don’t recall teams being THAT hodge-podge in camp…particularly since the long socks likely would have been only for a game of some sort, not daily workouts.

    —Ricko

  • chance michaels | February 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”379002″][quote comment=”378999″]
    I can’t really think of a reason for the Bears & Packers to pull out a random throwback game against each other, can you?[/quote]
    Nope. Just wishful thinking. I don’t really even dislike the orange jerseys. But if they’re going to stick with an orange alt, I’d rather see them wear a throwback.

    At least I can see why the Packers would pick 1929, since it was their first championship. But the 81st seems like a strange anniversary season to break it out.[/quote]
    91st. ;) But your point is well-made. It’s neither a round-number anniversary of the club nor the world championship itself.

    I suspect it’s a response to the success that the Titans and Bucs have been having with selling their throwbacks.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”379003″][quote comment=”378994″]Dempsey photo looks to be from the 1971 season with the Eagles. The sock striping is correct as is the sweatshirt. http://www.weirdwolf...

    Huh? That particular Eagles set you linked to was never worn with anything but stripeless socks. And only in ’69, I believe, did the white pants have two green stripes (no black). Dempsey’s first season with the Eagles was ’71. So that sorta doesn’t compute. Unless, of course, they used some pretty old gear for training camp…which is entirely possible. But the striped socks would be from ’66, five seasons earlier. Still not impossible, I suppose. But I don’t recall teams being THAT hodge-podge in camp…particularly since the long socks likely would have been only for a game of some sort, not daily workouts.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Maybe that’s tape instead of stripes? Could be an old pair of solid socks that didn’t stay up during practice.

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”379002″][quote comment=”378999″]
    I can’t really think of a reason for the Bears & Packers to pull out a random throwback game against each other, can you?[/quote]
    Nope. Just wishful thinking. I don’t really even dislike the orange jerseys. But if they’re going to stick with an orange alt, I’d rather see them wear a throwback.

    At least I can see why the Packers would pick 1929, since it was their first championship. But the 81st seems like a strange anniversary season to break it out.[/quote]

    Really small photo here of Bears on Thanksgiving in what certainly appear to be orange jerseys.
    http://www.profootba...

    —Ricko

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

    [quote comment=”379004″]91st. ;)[/quote]
    Damn this defective abacus.

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

    Aw, fooey.
    Go here…
    http://www.profootba...
    and search “history thanksgiving”

    —Ricko

  • Squiddie | February 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    Some curling stuff.

    According to this video on hulu, Curling is Crack

    (You can also watch Men with Brooms on hulu, but it requires you to register to watch it.)

    Speaking of media, has anyone seen The Simsons? It’s a Japanese movie about a girls’ curling team. Some of the Japanese fans have signs up that mention it and I think they’re using the movie’s logo. (Google search is made nearly useless by the number of people who can’t spell The Simpsons correctly.)

    Any other Olympic event where the athletes wear prescription glasses while competing?

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”379007″][quote comment=”379004″]91st. ;)[/quote]
    Damn this defective abacus.[/quote]
    Waitaminnit!

    2010 – 1929 = 91?

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    Chance, in case it wasn’t clear (it wasn’t), I was referring to the anniversary of the championship, not the team’s founding.

  • chance michaels | February 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

    Aw, fooey. Sorry – I should have gotten that.

    I’m still caught up in 90th Anniversary fever from last season.

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”379005″][quote comment=”379003″][quote comment=”378994″]Dempsey photo looks to be from the 1971 season with the Eagles. The sock striping is correct as is the sweatshirt. http://www.weirdwolf...

    Huh? That particular Eagles set you linked to was never worn with anything but stripeless socks. And only in ’69, I believe, did the white pants have two green stripes (no black). Dempsey’s first season with the Eagles was ’71. So that sorta doesn’t compute. Unless, of course, they used some pretty old gear for training camp…which is entirely possible. But the striped socks would be from ’66, five seasons earlier. Still not impossible, I suppose. But I don’t recall teams being THAT hodge-podge in camp…particularly since the long socks likely would have been only for a game of some sort, not daily workouts.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Maybe that’s tape instead of stripes? Could be an old pair of solid socks that didn’t stay up during practice.[/quote]

    No, they’re stripes. Look closely. Too perfect and woven into the socks, not on top of them (zoom in, easy to tell).

    I think there might be tape at the top of the crews cuz of the ripples (and it’s covering the lower stripe), and that’s tape at the very top, yes (SOP back then). But that solo stripe around his shins is in the sock.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm |

    Ah, (thanks to JTH), that tiny photo of Bears in orange jerseys (from 1934 Thanksgiving Day game, I believe)…
    http://i46.tinypic.c...

    —Ricko

  • Tim Brislin | February 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

    Nice shot of the OSU plane. I don’t believe it is THE school plane though…Horizon Air has planes decorated for Oregon, Washington, and Washington State as well. A nice case of regional pride I believe. Also on a side note, Horizon Air offers free microbrews on their flights – so rare in the day of $5.00 drinks.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”379013″][quote comment=”379005″]Maybe that’s tape instead of stripes? Could be an old pair of solid socks that didn’t stay up during practice.[/quote]

    No, they’re stripes. Look closely. Too perfect and woven into the socks, not on top of them (zoom in, easy to tell).

    I think there might be tape at the top of the crews cuz of the ripples (and it’s covering the lower stripe), and that’s tape at the very top, yes (SOP back then). But that solo stripe around his shins is in the sock.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Fair enough. One more theory, though – is it possible that lower stripe was always there and we didn’t see it in games? Notice how his white socks are low and baggy in the locker room but pulled up when he was kicking. Just a guess.

  • pru | February 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”379014″]Ah, (thanks to JTH), that tiny photo of Bears in orange jerseys (from 1934 Thanksgiving Day game, I believe)…
    http://i46.tinypic.c...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The Bears wore an orange jersey against Dallas on Thanksgiving 2004. They were aweful, even compared to the new alts. They looked like the terrible knockoffs on ebay with the wrong number font and bad sleeve striping. Couldn’t find a pic though.

  • muddlehead | February 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

    some curling responses. good vid. humboldt state reference. let me not be the first to say deb mccormick sucks. question. any reason why i shouldn’t just watch last two shots of ends only? first eight seem a tad repetitive. very cool yesterday when canada crowd broke into impromptu natl anthem. if gretzky likes it…

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”379017″][quote comment=”379014″]Ah, (thanks to JTH), that tiny photo of Bears in orange jerseys (from 1934 Thanksgiving Day game, I believe)…
    http://i46.tinypic.c...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    The Bears wore an orange jersey against Dallas on Thanksgiving 2004. They were aweful, even compared to the new alts. They looked like the terrible knockoffs on ebay with the wrong number font and bad sleeve striping. Couldn’t find a pic though.[/quote]
    Look here.

    By the way, you butchered the spelling of awesome.

  • amanda | February 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

    Everything looks better in the snow, including soccer (with thanks to Tyler Hull).

    Mostly that game looked great because Blackburn put three past Bolton.

  • Ricko | February 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”379016″][quote comment=”379013″][quote comment=”379005″]Maybe that’s tape instead of stripes? Could be an old pair of solid socks that didn’t stay up during practice.[/quote]

    No, they’re stripes. Look closely. Too perfect and woven into the socks, not on top of them (zoom in, easy to tell).

    I think there might be tape at the top of the crews cuz of the ripples (and it’s covering the lower stripe), and that’s tape at the very top, yes (SOP back then). But that solo stripe around his shins is in the sock.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Fair enough. One more theory, though – is it possible that lower stripe was always there and we didn’t see it in games? Notice how his white socks are low and baggy in the locker room but pulled up when he was kicking. Just a guess.[/quote]

    Nah, Eagles just flat-out didn’t wear striped socks during that white-helmet era of the late ’60s, early ’70s, or with the double looped jersey set that immediately preceded them. Had worn striped socks in ’66 with the NW striped set, but they didn’t return until the silver pants did in, what, ’74? And those new ones had silver between two white stripes.

    —Ricko

  • RedWing in Colorado | February 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm |

    As to the Purdue Pete redesign, credit University Spirit with causing confusion. They said Pete was going away, he’s not he’s just getting a redesign.

    Here’s the story from the Boiler’s mouth

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

    What’s strange about those Sparty uniforms at the Nike store is that the current helmet is on the waistband, the “new/rejected” helmet is on the hip!

  • Bob Loblaw | February 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”379020″]Everything looks better in the snow, including soccer (with thanks to Tyler Hull).

    Mostly that game looked great because Blackburn put three past Bolton.[/quote]

    Yes, Amanda…. u a Rover???

  • FormerDirtDart | February 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    Braves @ Mets and a butt load of stirrups.
    From “11th and Washington” http://njbaseball.bl... via yesterdays “Mets Police” http://metspolice.co...
    and direct to the flickr slide show
    http://www.flickr.co...

  • Mike Moss | February 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm |

    They are actually currently wearing these shorts with both the old and new logo. See this photo gallery. You may have to click through a few pics to see the new logo.

    http://www.msusparta...

    [quote comment=”378957″]”Although Michigan State has decided not to revise the Spartan logo, the revised logo is nonetheless shown on this product from the Nike shop”
    http://store.nike.co...
    I think what is even odder is that both logos, old and new, are on those shorts[/quote]

  • Jason Gomez | February 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

    Tony Romo is endorsed by Starter, there was a picture a few weeks back, I believe at the Pro Bowl of him and his Starters.

  • frankenslade | February 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    That Phillies player from the MLK game has not yet been identified, right? I never wore batting gloves in my illustrious career, but if you were to only wear one, as the unidentified Phillie is doing, wouldn’t you wear it on your top hand? In that case, this might be a righthanded batter.

    Tony Taylor was the first established veteran from that team who came to mind, but I don’t recall his hair ever being that long, and in a game photo from maybe a little later he doesn’t wear batting gloves:

    http://cache3.asset-...

    A righthanded hitter from that terrible team who might have merited inclusion in this event was Larry Hisle. Among Phillies players at that time, his hair was a little longer than most: http://images.sports...

    I know, that’s his 1971 card, but even in an old Arco gas station B&W glossy I saw online and remembered owning as a boy his hair was showing signs of the coming times. In this shot he’s wearing the batting glove on his right hand.

  • rpm | February 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

    so you two finally get to go curling, bully. i hope you will dress appropriately, and don’t piss off the cult by going sans sweater and tie. i take that back, i still say we were lucky not to get put in their cult spaceship jail. jth totally went sans tie, and with an irish hat to a scottish sport. you. can’t. take. him. anywhere. phil will prolly wear dutch clogs.

    the only sticker you need.

  • Mike Engle | February 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm |

    To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)

  • Hott Rodd | February 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm |

    One thing to keep in mind RE: Romo @walmart is that TR is the ONLY big name athlete that endorses starter right now, and starter sells it’s TR line exclusively at walmart (insert jokes here). So whether or not the picture is Romo (I think not), it would make complete sense that Tony Romo’s name would be slapped on pretty much every starter display in the men’s section at walmart.

  • rpm | February 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”379032″]To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)[/quote]

    talk to ryco, i bet he can help. send me an email with your questions/wants, and i will pass it on to him in case he is not reading the comments today. rpmarshallart @ gmail

  • SteveSmith | February 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

    Johnny Damon will be keeping his #18 with the Tigers.

  • Mark K | February 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”379032″]To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)[/quote]

    I’m an American and I think Brett Hull is a douchebag.

  • Teebz | February 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”379032″]To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)[/quote]

    Kits for those jerseys are a little harder to come by nowadays.

    Ebay would be the best place, but you might get stuck where you’ll have to take it somewhere else to get the name/numbers put on.

    As for other American players on the Blues’ roster during that time, Joe Murphy spent a season in that jersey, and he wore #17. Craig Conroy also played there while wearing #22. Jim Campbell scored the third-most goals in 96-97 while wearing #10.

    Otherwise, Hull might be your best American choice despite him being of Canadian birthrights. :o)

  • Paul Williams | February 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm |

    Since I can’t find any comments on it, the second Montreal Royal pictured is TV’s Rifleman Chuck Connors who was also an original Boston Celtic in 1946 and the first to break a backboard in pro ball history.

  • Brick | February 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm |

    That MLK game had NL and AL East teams on the same side while NL and AL West teams were on the other side. I think Ernie Banks played SS in that game for the first time in 9 years.

  • simonsdaddy | February 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”378991″][quote comment=”378981″][quote comment=”378976″][quote comment=”378960″]Nah, that IS Romo.[/quote]
    Yeah, looks like Romo to me too. He’s making a bit of a weird face, but I’m pretty sure it’s him.[/quote]

    Guys, it ain’t Romo. Do you remember when John Schneider and Tom Wopat from the Dukes of Hazard went on hiatus over a contractual agreement and they brought in Bo and Luke’s lookalike ‘cousins’ Coy and Vance? This guy’s a close resemblance, but not the real deal. My cell phone picture may not do it enough justice, but I’m certain.

    As a Giants fan, I see enough of the guy to know. My wife was w/ me, and she concurs. In fact, it’s so much not Romo that I could tell 15 feet away. They took a white guy w/ razor stubble, turned his hat around backwards, and put “Tony Romo” in fine print. It could be that the advert is not claiming that’s Romo, but I doubt it.[/quote]

    It is definitely NOT Romo. However, it is probably a good enough stand in for shoppers looking for “a real Cowboys jersey” at Walmart.[/quote]

    Wrong, it IS Romo.

    LOL my anti spam work was ‘IKEA”

  • Kurt Allen | February 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

    If I heard the Tom Dempsey story right, he kicked barefoot in college, because shoes were required in the NFL at the time, the special shoe was developed – and questioned during his career because it was not made by a general shoe manufacturer.

    Per Wikipedia, the NFL added the ‘Tom Dempsey Rule’ in 1977, saying any player with an artificial limb or other defect has to wear a shoe with the same general kicking surface as a normal player.

    Also, U.S. v. Canada was great uniform wide, Sweden v. Finland wasn’t bad neither, Sweden classic gold tops/blue pants/Finland blue jersey/dark blue pants…

  • Ry Co 40 | February 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”379038″][quote comment=”379032″]To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)[/quote]

    Kits for those jerseys are a little harder to come by nowadays.

    Ebay would be the best place, but you might get stuck where you’ll have to take it somewhere else to get the name/numbers put on.

    As for other American players on the Blues’ roster during that time, Joe Murphy spent a season in that jersey, and he wore #17. Craig Conroy also played there while wearing #22. Jim Campbell scored the third-most goals in 96-97 while wearing #10.

    Otherwise, Hull might be your best American choice despite him being of Canadian birthrights. :o)[/quote]

    either that, or ask joe h., he should be able to point you in the right direction…

    i sit in the background of the comment sections these days. to see whats going on, but mostly to catch uniwatch gold like this:

    http://farm4.static....

  • War Damn Eagle | February 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm |

    Phil,

    Another MLB’er to add to the “deuce” list: Braves’ Jordan Schafer.

    Billy Wagner took 13 from McClouth b/c he’s Billy Wagner. McClouth took 24 from Schafer because it’s his favorite TV show (no joke). Schafer took 2 because Kelly Johnson is no longer on the team.

    I also wear the deuce on all of my softball teams. I was a big Will Clark fan as a kid, and he wore 22. I kinda thought 22 was too clunky, so I just wore 2.

  • rpm | February 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”379043″][quote comment=”379038″][quote comment=”379032″]To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)[/quote]

    Kits for those jerseys are a little harder to come by nowadays.

    Ebay would be the best place, but you might get stuck where you’ll have to take it somewhere else to get the name/numbers put on.

    As for other American players on the Blues’ roster during that time, Joe Murphy spent a season in that jersey, and he wore #17. Craig Conroy also played there while wearing #22. Jim Campbell scored the third-most goals in 96-97 while wearing #10.

    Otherwise, Hull might be your best American choice despite him being of Canadian birthrights. :o)[/quote]

    either that, or ask joe h., he should be able to point you in the right direction…

    i sit in the background of the comment sections these days. to see whats going on, but mostly to catch uniwatch gold like this:

    http://farm4.static....

    i must have misread mike, i was thinking he wanted to cut and sew his own numbers, and you were the guy to talk to. didn’t realize they made kits.

    i just know phil is wearing clogs and a hawaiian shirt today. i can just tell he has no respect for the sanctity of curling.

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”379045″]
    i just know phil is wearing clogs and a hawaiian shirt today. i can just tell he has no respect for the sanctity of curling.[/quote]
    Oh, you didn’t get the pic? He’s dressed rather appropriately.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”379045″][quote comment=”379043″][quote comment=”379038″][quote comment=”379032″]To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)[/quote]

    Kits for those jerseys are a little harder to come by nowadays.

    Ebay would be the best place, but you might get stuck where you’ll have to take it somewhere else to get the name/numbers put on.

    As for other American players on the Blues’ roster during that time, Joe Murphy spent a season in that jersey, and he wore #17. Craig Conroy also played there while wearing #22. Jim Campbell scored the third-most goals in 96-97 while wearing #10.

    Otherwise, Hull might be your best American choice despite him being of Canadian birthrights. :o)[/quote]

    either that, or ask joe h., he should be able to point you in the right direction…

    i sit in the background of the comment sections these days. to see whats going on, but mostly to catch uniwatch gold like this:

    http://farm4.static....

    i must have misread mike, i was thinking he wanted to cut and sew his own numbers, and you were the guy to talk to. didn’t realize they made kits.

    i just know phil is wearing clogs and a hawaiian shirt today. i can just tell he has no respect for the sanctity of curling.[/quote]

    no, i think you’re right. i think he wants to make his own numbers. but i’m not sure the best place to get the right dimensions or what-not. i usually just design my own. joe h., teebz, or frosty are the guys in that area.

  • rpm | February 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”379046″][quote comment=”379045″]
    i just know phil is wearing clogs and a hawaiian shirt today. i can just tell he has no respect for the sanctity of curling.[/quote]
    Oh, you didn’t get the pic? He’s dressed rather appropriately.[/quote]

    i didn’t realize he had that much class, but i am relieved.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”379046″][quote comment=”379045″]
    i just know phil is wearing clogs and a hawaiian shirt today. i can just tell he has no respect for the sanctity of curling.[/quote]
    Oh, you didn’t get the pic? He’s dressed rather appropriately.[/quote]

    What kind of stirrups do you wear with those?

    And no, I wouldn’t wear that. My brother, though, has long had an affinity for such pants.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm |

    Danish curler Madeleine Dupont is in the news…not for her team’s choice of unis…she wants the crowds at her games to respect the quiet sanctity of curling.
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Jeff P | February 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”379049″][quote comment=”379046″][quote comment=”379045″]
    i just know phil is wearing clogs and a hawaiian shirt today. i can just tell he has no respect for the sanctity of curling.[/quote]
    Oh, you didn’t get the pic? He’s dressed rather appropriately.[/quote]

    What kind of stirrups do you wear with those?

    And no, I wouldn’t wear that. My brother, though, has long had an affinity for such pants.[/quote]

    Aren’t those supposed to come with stirrups built in?

  • Teebz | February 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”379047″]
    no, i think you’re right. i think he wants to make his own numbers. but i’m not sure the best place to get the right dimensions or what-not. i usually just design my own. joe h., teebz, or frosty are the guys in that area.[/quote]

    Making your own for a weird font like the Blues had will definitely be a challenge.

    The angles are tough, the serifs are tough, and there are a ton of problems with the holes in sixes and nines.

    For odd numbers like this, I tend to go with kits. However, if Mike’s up to it, I’d be interested in seeing the final product.

  • Mike Engle | February 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”379052″][quote comment=”379047″]
    no, i think you’re right. i think he wants to make his own numbers. but i’m not sure the best place to get the right dimensions or what-not. i usually just design my own. joe h., teebz, or frosty are the guys in that area.[/quote]

    Making your own for a weird font like the Blues had will definitely be a challenge.

    The angles are tough, the serifs are tough, and there are a ton of problems with the holes in sixes and nines.

    For odd numbers like this, I tend to go with kits. However, if Mike’s up to it, I’d be interested in seeing the final product.[/quote]
    I’m looking for the kit. If I had the numbers, I’d do one layer of z-stitching to put it on the jersey. No way in hell I’m making three layers line up just so, especially on asymmetric numbers.

  • aflfan | February 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”379048″][quote comment=”379046″][quote comment=”379045″]
    i just know phil is wearing clogs and a hawaiian shirt today. i can just tell he has no respect for the sanctity of curling.[/quote]
    Oh, you didn’t get the pic? He’s dressed rather appropriately.[/quote]

    i didn’t realize he had that much class, but i am relieved.[/quote]

    I would have thought he was playing Arena Football in those not curling.

    http://stillfootball...

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm |

    Hey folks,

    I switched over to Firefox today, and while I can post links to websites, I can’t seem to do the same with photos. Any hints?

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”379055″]Hey folks,

    I switched over to Firefox today, and while I can post links to websites, I can’t seem to do the same with photos. Any hints?[/quote]
    What do you mean? How were you posting links to photos differently from the way you were posting links to sites before you saw the light?

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm |

    ok…just got back from curling…and all i gotta say is this…and im not exaggerating…

    paul is a freakin’ NATURAL BORN CURLER

    whereas i struggled mightily in all phases, after the second or so practice rock, not only was he sailing past the hog line on his release (like, damn near a third of the way down the sheet), by the end of our session he was routinely landing the rock inside the eight foot, and most times, either on the four foot or touching the button…and this was by going AROUND the guards (well, the ones i threw wouldn’t have even counted as guards, as they didn’t travel far enough), but damn…paul has got some curling chops!

    me…not so much

    did a little bit of sweeping, which, not surprisingly…is a LOT of aerobic exercise

    was a ton of fun, however, and i can see how addictive this sport is…i definitely want to attempt (and i use that term generously) that again

    /no…didn’t wear zubaz, but i did wear ‘rups…

  • scott | February 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm |

    Thanks for the tip on Schafer, War Damn Eagle. I didn’t know about the switch. I found a story that said McLouth picked 24 because he likes the show and “Lost isn’t a number.”

    I’ll post Schafer as soon as some photos of him in the deuce are available.

  • aflfan | February 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”379057″]ok…just got back from curling…and all i gotta say is this…and im not exaggerating…

    paul is a freakin’ NATURAL BORN CURLER

    whereas i struggled mightily in all phases, after the second or so practice rock, not only was he sailing past the hog line on his release (like, damn near a third of the way down the sheet), by the end of our session he was routinely landing the rock inside the eight foot, and most times, either on the four foot or touching the button…and this was by going AROUND the guards (well, the ones i threw wouldn’t have even counted as guards, as they didn’t travel far enough), but damn…paul has got some curling chops!

    me…not so much

    did a little bit of sweeping, which, not surprisingly…is a LOT of aerobic exercise

    was a ton of fun, however, and i can see how addictive this sport is…i definitely want to attempt (and i use that term generously) that again

    /no…didn’t wear zubaz, but i did wear ‘rups…[/quote]

    Is it too late to get Paul to Vancouver?

  • Terry D. | February 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |

    Just got word that Nike HyperElite is headed for Women’s Basketball, starting with the streaking (unfortunatly, not the “streaking” that we’re thinking of) UConn Lady Huskies.

    Also, I have the Super Bowl patch book in my possession. I’ve had it since 2004 (I was 12 years-old going on 13 at the time). I’ll upload a picture of me with the book sometime this week.

  • Teebz | February 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”379057″]ok…just got back from curling…and all i gotta say is this…and im not exaggerating…

    paul is a freakin’ NATURAL BORN CURLER

    whereas i struggled mightily in all phases, after the second or so practice rock, not only was he sailing past the hog line on his release (like, damn near a third of the way down the sheet), by the end of our session he was routinely landing the rock inside the eight foot, and most times, either on the four foot or touching the button…and this was by going AROUND the guards (well, the ones i threw wouldn’t have even counted as guards, as they didn’t travel far enough), but damn…paul has got some curling chops!

    me…not so much

    did a little bit of sweeping, which, not surprisingly…is a LOT of aerobic exercise

    was a ton of fun, however, and i can see how addictive this sport is…i definitely want to attempt (and i use that term generously) that again

    /no…didn’t wear zubaz, but i did wear ‘rups…[/quote]

    Hold a Canadian UW Party. We have tons of rinks out on the prairies! Lots of available ice time too!

  • Paul Lukas | February 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”379057″]ok…just got back from curling…and all i gotta say is this…and im not exaggerating…

    paul is a freakin’ NATURAL BORN CURLER

    whereas i struggled mightily in all phases, after the second or so practice rock, not only was he sailing past the hog line on his release (like, damn near a third of the way down the sheet), by the end of our session he was routinely landing the rock inside the eight foot, and most times, either on the four foot or touching the button…and this was by going AROUND the guards (well, the ones i threw wouldn’t have even counted as guards, as they didn’t travel far enough), but damn…paul has got some curling chops!

    me…not so much

    did a little bit of sweeping, which, not surprisingly…is a LOT of aerobic exercise

    was a ton of fun, however, and i can see how addictive this sport is…i definitely want to attempt (and i use that term generously) that again

    /no…didn’t wear zubaz, but i did wear ‘rups…[/quote]

    Phil’s exaggerating a bit, both in terms of my acumen and his lack of same, but it would be fair to say that I was getting the hang of it pretty nicely and am looking forward to more.

    We had a very good, very patient teacher: Dean Gemmell of the Plainfield Curling Club in New Jersey. He was great.

    I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet on the site, but next month I’m going to be getting some personalized instruction from world-ranked American curler Tyler George, and then I’ll be curling alongside him at the annual House of Hearts bonspiel in Duluth:
    http://www.duluthcur...

    After today’s practice session, I’m not quite as worried about making a fool of myself.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”379056″][quote comment=”379055″]Hey folks,

    I switched over to Firefox today, and while I can post links to websites, I can’t seem to do the same with photos. Any hints?[/quote]
    What do you mean? How were you posting links to photos differently from the way you were posting links to sites before you saw the light?[/quote]

    I’d right-click on a photo, go to “properties,” copy the jpg address, then paste in either the comment section or emails. Can’t do that here, at least not yet.

  • Tom V | February 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

    Beating a dead horse, apparently Chrysler is being called the big bad bully for asking Lake Mary HS to cease and desist with the logo. Luckily Chrysler was afforded a rebuttal. It’s really quite ignorant some of the things Chrsyler is being accused of, i.e. big bully.

    For perspective, again, this hasn’t made the local TV or Radio, only newspaper coverage locally was the Orlando Sentinel blog section. Seems like little niche markets are the only ones picking up on this and making a big deal.

    http://tinyurl.com/y...

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”379063″][quote comment=”379056″][quote comment=”379055″]Hey folks,

    I switched over to Firefox today, and while I can post links to websites, I can’t seem to do the same with photos. Any hints?[/quote]
    What do you mean? How were you posting links to photos differently from the way you were posting links to sites before you saw the light?[/quote]

    I’d right-click on a photo, go to “properties,” copy the jpg address, then paste in either the comment section or emails. Can’t do that here, at least not yet.[/quote]
    Right-click on the image and select “copy image location” from the list.

  • Teebz | February 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”379062″]
    I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet on the site, but next month I’m going to be getting some personalized instruction from world-ranked American curler Tyler George, and then I’ll be curling alongside him at the annual House of Hearts bonspiel in Duluth:
    http://www.duluthcur...
    [/quote]

    If you happen to meet Kristy Jenion there this year (I know she curled at that tourney in the past), put in a good word for me, Paul. ;o)

    In all seriousness, Kristy is an absolutely delightful person, and a genuinely great curler. She went to a rival high school, but she’s just a great person.

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”379062″]
    Phil’s exaggerating a bit, both in terms of my acumen and his lack of same, but it would be fair to say that I was getting the hang of it pretty nicely and am looking forward to more.[/quote]

    now you’re understating…perhaps i wasn’t a bad as i thought…but you were every bit as good as i said

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

    [quote comment=”379062″]We had a very good, very patient teacher: Dean Gemmell of the Plainfield Curling Club in New Jersey. He was great.

    After today’s practice session, I’m not quite as worried about making a fool of myself.[/quote]

    dean was great…very encouraging and extremely knowledgable (here’s his webpage)…wrote a book on curling fitness too (which you can buy on that page)

    knows all the top curlers, too…course…he attempted to qualify for the 2010 squad (scroll down to “matt hames’ team”)

    paul will rock (pun firmly intended) in duluth!

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”379065″][quote comment=”379063″][quote comment=”379056″][quote comment=”379055″]Hey folks,

    I switched over to Firefox today, and while I can post links to websites, I can’t seem to do the same with photos. Any hints?[/quote]
    What do you mean? How were you posting links to photos differently from the way you were posting links to sites before you saw the light?[/quote]

    I’d right-click on a photo, go to “properties,” copy the jpg address, then paste in either the comment section or emails. Can’t do that here, at least not yet.[/quote]
    Right-click on the image and select “copy image location” from the list.[/quote]

    Like this?
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    I also tried it in email, but it just printed the address instead of making it a link.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”379068″][quote comment=”379065″][quote comment=”379063″][quote comment=”379056″][quote comment=”379055″]Hey folks,

    I switched over to Firefox today, and while I can post links to websites, I can’t seem to do the same with photos. Any hints?[/quote]
    What do you mean? How were you posting links to photos differently from the way you were posting links to sites before you saw the light?[/quote]

    I’d right-click on a photo, go to “properties,” copy the jpg address, then paste in either the comment section or emails. Can’t do that here, at least not yet.[/quote]
    Right-click on the image and select “copy image location” from the list.[/quote]

    Like this?
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...
    I also tried it in email, but it just printed the address instead of making it a link.[/quote]

    Well, at least it worked here.

  • rpm | February 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |

    glad to hear you rocked the ‘rups phil, i take back everything i said, you are class all the way:)

  • Schmeltzer | February 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |

    I didn’t examine every minute detail of the WLAF photos, but I did scan each one looking for the jerseys that had the large logo on front instead of numbers and only found two. They are both of the Barcalona Dragons. Here’s the better one:
    http://www.worldleag...

    How many seasons did they do this? I remember that I wanted one of the Rhein Fire jersey because of the logo’d front. How many seasons did they do this and/or does anyone have a more comprehensive photo collection of those jerseys?

  • Schmeltzer | February 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |

    What are the chances of one of you colorizing wizards working your magic on that 1929 Packers pic?
    http://images.packer...

  • JimWa | February 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

    Don’t mess with the HOT DOG!!!

    (I know, not uni related, but it is sports and design related, so I’m going for it)

    http://www.foxnews.c...

    “Choking kills more than 100 U.S. children 14 years or younger each year …”

    I would never, EVER want to be one of those parents effected, but at the same time, how many children die each year trying to find out if thier Superman cape will allow them to fly? 100 isn’t a very big number. Leave my hotdog alone! I’ll watch my kids myself, thank you very much.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”379071″]I didn’t examine every minute detail of the WLAF photos, but I did scan each one looking for the jerseys that had the large logo on front instead of numbers and only found two. They are both of the Barcalona Dragons. Here’s the better one:
    http://www.worldleag...

    How many seasons did they do this? I remember that I wanted one of the Rhein Fire jersey because of the logo’d front. How many seasons did they do this and/or does anyone have a more comprehensive photo collection of those jerseys?[/quote]

    I know Frankfurt and Scotland had big front logos, but I haven’t had a chance to comb through that site yet. I think London did when they switched the name to England.

    All I know is, that first season looked great. My favorite unis were San Antonio’s, Raleigh/Durham’s, Sacramento’s…and yes, Orlando’s.

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |

    din’t really examine this pic closely until now

    can’t tell about the batter, but the dude in the background has his rups on backwards…and it wouldn’t surprise me if the batter does too

  • JTH | February 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”379073″]Don’t mess with the HOT DOG!!!

    (I know, not uni related, but it is sports and design related, so I’m going for it)

    http://www.foxnews.c...

    “Choking kills more than 100 U.S. children 14 years or younger each year …”

    I would never, EVER want to be one of those parents effected, but at the same time, how many children die each year trying to find out if thier Superman cape will allow them to fly? 100 isn’t a very big number. Leave my hotdog alone! I’ll watch my kids myself, thank you very much.[/quote]
    Cripes. I just fed my kids hot dogs all weekend. I thought I was being a negligent parent, but for a completely different reason.

  • Schmeltzer | February 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”379074″][quote comment=”379071″]I didn’t examine every minute detail of the WLAF photos, but I did scan each one looking for the jerseys that had the large logo on front instead of numbers and only found two. They are both of the Barcalona Dragons. Here’s the better one:
    http://www.worldleag...

    How many seasons did they do this? I remember that I wanted one of the Rhein Fire jersey because of the logo’d front. How many seasons did they do this and/or does anyone have a more comprehensive photo collection of those jerseys?[/quote]

    I know Frankfurt and Scotland had big front logos, but I haven’t had a chance to comb through that site yet. I think London did when they switched the name to England.

    All I know is, that first season looked great. My favorite unis were San Antonio’s, Raleigh/Durham’s, Sacramento’s…and yes, Orlando’s.[/quote]
    Oh, and was also assuming that all the teams did that, but perhaps not. I only saw an occasional game here and there as it was summer and I was a busy teenager.

  • Alex | February 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”379071″]I didn’t examine every minute detail of the WLAF photos, but I did scan each one looking for the jerseys that had the large logo on front instead of numbers and only found two. They are both of the Barcalona Dragons. Here’s the better one:
    http://www.worldleag...

    How many seasons did they do this? I remember that I wanted one of the Rhein Fire jersey because of the logo’d front. How many seasons did they do this and/or does anyone have a more comprehensive photo collection of those jerseys?[/quote]

    They did it only from 1995-96 and then had the logos on solid-colored jerseys in 1997, with the exception of the Monarchs who went to the traditional chest numbers.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”379077″][quote comment=”379074″][quote comment=”379071″]I didn’t examine every minute detail of the WLAF photos, but I did scan each one looking for the jerseys that had the large logo on front instead of numbers and only found two. They are both of the Barcalona Dragons. Here’s the better one:
    http://www.worldleag...

    How many seasons did they do this? I remember that I wanted one of the Rhein Fire jersey because of the logo’d front. How many seasons did they do this and/or does anyone have a more comprehensive photo collection of those jerseys?[/quote]

    I know Frankfurt and Scotland had big front logos, but I haven’t had a chance to comb through that site yet. I think London did when they switched the name to England.

    All I know is, that first season looked great. My favorite unis were San Antonio’s, Raleigh/Durham’s, Sacramento’s…and yes, Orlando’s.[/quote]
    Oh, and was also assuming that all the teams did that, but perhaps not. I only saw an occasional game here and there as it was summer and I was a busy teenager.[/quote]

    According to this site, http://www.oursports...
    it appears some/all of the teams did it from ’95 to ’97. Once the league became NFL Europe they seemed to tone down the unis a bit.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”379079″][quote comment=”379077″][quote comment=”379074″][quote comment=”379071″]

    According to this site, http://www.oursports...
    it appears some/all of the teams did it from ’95 to ’97. Once the league became NFL Europe they seemed to tone down the unis a bit.[/quote]
    For some reason I assume you own an Orlando Thunder jersey

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”379073″]Don’t mess with the HOT DOG!!!

    (I know, not uni related, but it is sports and design related, so I’m going for it)

    http://www.foxnews.c...

    “Choking kills more than 100 U.S. children 14 years or younger each year …”

    I would never, EVER want to be one of those parents effected, but at the same time, how many children die each year trying to find out if thier Superman cape will allow them to fly? 100 isn’t a very big number. Leave my hotdog alone! I’ll watch my kids myself, thank you very much.[/quote]

    Amen.

    The story’s Paul-related, too, since he’s the meat man.

    C’mon, America – eduacate, don’t legislate.

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”379080″][quote comment=”379079″][quote comment=”379077″][quote comment=”379074″][quote comment=”379071″]

    According to this site, http://www.oursports...
    it appears some/all of the teams did it from ’95 to ’97. Once the league became NFL Europe they seemed to tone down the unis a bit.[/quote]
    For some reason I assume you own an Orlando Thunder jersey[/quote]

    I wish…

  • Squiddie | February 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm |

    I’m getting a bit far afield on this, but here is an ad for The Simsons DVD.

    Fans of the Japanese ladies team were using the graphic just before the name of the movie on banners both in Vancouver and Torino 2006.

    Anyway, nice shorts.

  • Ray Barrington | February 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  • Will L. | February 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm |

    I know they were leaked back in November but I’m a big fan of the USMNT World Cup kits. I’ll be doing my part by buying a jersey to sport during cup games, I just have to decide whether I prefer the home whites or the road blues.

  • jesse | February 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”379076″][quote comment=”379073″]Don’t mess with the HOT DOG!!!

    (I know, not uni related, but it is sports and design related, so I’m going for it)

    http://www.foxnews.c...

    “Choking kills more than 100 U.S. children 14 years or younger each year …”

    I would never, EVER want to be one of those parents effected, but at the same time, how many children die each year trying to find out if thier Superman cape will allow them to fly? 100 isn’t a very big number. Leave my hotdog alone! I’ll watch my kids myself, thank you very much.[/quote]
    Cripes. I just fed my kids hot dogs all weekend. I thought I was being a negligent parent, but for a completely different reason.[/quote]
    If a parent can’t figure out if a hot dog (or whatever)is possibly a choking hazard, they should be automatically DQ’d from breeding anyway.

  • Lwiedy | February 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”379042″]If I heard the Tom Dempsey story right, he kicked barefoot in college, because shoes were required in the NFL at the time, the special shoe was developed – and questioned during his career because it was not made by a general shoe manufacturer.

    Per Wikipedia, the NFL added the ‘Tom Dempsey Rule’ in 1977, saying any player with an artificial limb or other defect has to wear a shoe with the same general kicking surface as a normal player.

    Also, U.S. v. Canada was great uniform wide, Sweden v. Finland wasn’t bad neither, Sweden classic gold tops/blue pants/Finland blue jersey/dark blue pants…[/quote]

    At 1:16 of this clip is a nice close-up of Dempsey bangin’ em through. Also nice shots of the last football at Yankee Stadium:

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

  • Steve | February 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm |

    Its Romo.. just go to starter.com and they have a couple pictures including that same one that you have a picture of

  • LarryB | February 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm |

    http://img.photobuck...

    Here is one of those football figurines done by an old ebay seller. This figure is of Green Bay Packers 1930.

    http://images.packer...

  • LarryB | February 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm |

    Curious what the back of early 1930’s Packers jersey looked like. Number size or color of number on back. I assume block style and white??

  • BurghFan | February 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  • BurghFan | February 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm |

    Oops. The link in my last post is for an update on the baseball quilt auction.

  • interlockingtc | February 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm |

    http://farm3.static....

    That image is so great. Heartbreaking almost–look at his expression.

    All that protection…yet, no mask. The most vulnerable part of the body, the face, exposed. Funny.

  • Kek | February 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm |

    czabecast with a visual shoutout to UW (3:48)

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

  • Alec | February 22, 2010 at 9:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”379032″]To Teebz and/or any other hockey person:
    Just received an early 90’s Blues jersey as a gift. (Yes, the one with the slanted numbers, aka my guilty uniform pleasure.) Now it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not quite my size, so I figure I’d like to DIY a lettering job. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained; up-front costs are as low as they will ever be; my favorite thing about that jersey is the slanted numbers anyway.) I suppose my first choice would be to get Brett Hull’s #16 because I am American. Anybody know of a good place to get numbering kits? (Yes, I already searched eBay.)[/quote]

    Mike Peluso, Craig Conroy, Brian Noonan were all Blues during that era. Peluso lost the Turner Cup in Indiana when he went on a bender.

    No idea on number templates.

  • Paul Lukas | February 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”379094″]czabecast with a visual shoutout to UW (3:48)

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

    That’s hilarious!

  • Kek | February 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”379096″][quote comment=”379094″]czabecast with a visual shoutout to UW (3:48)

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

    That’s hilarious![/quote]

    Yep, this is the guy and his crew I was telling you about when you were in Pittsburgh. I actually emailed them a few times about your site, they used to do a segment called “know your gear” that talked about unis, equip, toys, etc.

    Fox Sports Radio, in its infinite wisdom, replaced them with Stephen A. Smith.

  • LI Phil | February 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”379097″][quote comment=”379096″][quote comment=”379094″]czabecast with a visual shoutout to UW (3:48)

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

    That’s hilarious![/quote]

    Yep, this is the guy and his crew I was telling you about when you were in Pittsburgh. I actually emailed them a few times about your site, they used to do a segment called “know your gear” that talked about unis, equip, toys, etc.

    Fox Sports Radio, in its infinite wisdom, replaced them with Stephen A. Smith.[/quote]

    douggie…

    do those guys make the video that goes with that…what is it, a podcast or a radio show?

    or is that like some “independent” guy who records the show and adds the visuals to go with the audio?

  • Chris Towers | February 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |

    http://img.photobuck...

    Florida International University’s new baseball uniforms. I think they are awful (why would you rip off the Padres’ script and make it the same color as the uni itself without a really well defined border, and what the hell is up with the numbers?), but some people around here think they are pretty good. They are OK with the high socks as shown (what baseball uniform isn’t improved by high socks), but coupled with the mediocre two tone caps (not shown) and the baggy pants look 80% of the team was wearing, they looked awful.

    What are your thoughts?

  • Shaun | February 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |

    dunno if this has been mentioned, but for anyone who has facebook…

    http://www.facebook....

  • JimV19 | February 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”379100″]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v357/bobbob1313/FIUunis.jpg

    Florida International University’s new baseball uniforms. I think they are awful (why would you rip off the Padres’ script and make it the same color as the uni itself without a really well defined border, and what the hell is up with the numbers?), but some people around here think they are pretty good. They are OK with the high socks as shown (what baseball uniform isn’t improved by high socks), but coupled with the mediocre two tone caps (not shown) and the baggy pants look 80% of the team was wearing, they looked awful.

    What are your thoughts?[/quote]

    I wouldn’t wear that. Yikes.

  • Kek | February 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”379098″][quote comment=”379097″][quote comment=”379096″][quote comment=”379094″]czabecast with a visual shoutout to UW (3:48)

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

    That’s hilarious![/quote]

    Yep, this is the guy and his crew I was telling you about when you were in Pittsburgh. I actually emailed them a few times about your site, they used to do a segment called “know your gear” that talked about unis, equip, toys, etc.

    Fox Sports Radio, in its infinite wisdom, replaced them with Stephen A. Smith.[/quote]

    douggie…

    do those guys make the video that goes with that…what is it, a podcast or a radio show?

    or is that like some “independent” guy who records the show and adds the visuals to go with the audio?[/quote]
    yes, they make it. I believe what the original intent was the video was a supplement to the national radio show on FSR, which I referenced above. It was first known as “The First Team” then later the more simple “Steve Czaben Show”.

    The whole crew that is shown at the beginning of the video have always worked for ESPN 980 on the local scene (Balto/DC). They still do.

    There was such outcry when Czabe wasn’t renewed at FSR that the gang decided they would still make these videos. They’re normally updated each weekday.

    My all-time favorite is the one where Czabe writes lyrics to the CBS college basketball theme music (you’ll sing this now every single time that song is played)

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

  • darren | February 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm |

    i think im most pissed about the chan ho park website is that it leaves out his stint with the Padres, i mean how long was he a Met for anyway…

  • BuckeyeMark | February 22, 2010 at 11:46 pm |

    this is sure to get lost in the big news that Paul will skip the 2014 US curling team but the guys doing men’s aerials tonight are in full ski suit regalia … and are wearing wide leather belts. it’s a very odd combination.

    not sure if the link will work since it’s a slideshow for the aerials but the first picture shows what I’m talking about. US guy is wearing a brown belt

    http://www.nbcolympi...

  • Johnny O | February 23, 2010 at 12:09 am |

    [quote comment=”379096″][quote comment=”379094″]czabecast with a visual shoutout to UW (3:48)

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

    That’s hilarious![/quote]

    I loved that segment. I agree 100% with everything they said. Bibs are ruining the Olympics. Why do they need them? Slap an ID band on them and get them on their way.

  • Johnny O | February 23, 2010 at 12:15 am |

    [quote comment=”379084″]Report from WLUK on the Packers’ possible throwbacks.[/quote]

    With a plug to Uni Watch. Love it. People are finally getting it.

  • Louis | February 23, 2010 at 7:10 am |

    [quote comment=”378969″]Is that not Chuck Connors (aka “The Rifleman”) featured in the Montreal Royals uni?[/quote]

    Yeah, 1949-51 he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. The Royals were Brooklyn’s farm club.

  • chance michaels | February 23, 2010 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”379090″]Curious what the back of early 1930’s Packers jersey looked like. Number size or color of number on back. I assume block style and white??[/quote]

    According to my research, the jersey they’re throwing back to didn’t have any numbers on the back.

    It’s plausible that the 5-inch circle was the only number the Packers wore in 1929 and 1930 – the NFL didn’t mandate number size and placement until 1937.

    But if you’re interested in the early 1930s in general, I do know that the Packers haven’t always worn block numbers (here’s an example from the uniform set which followed the 1929-1930 version).

  • matt mitchell | February 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm |

    I can’t think of hornsby with this: “Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigshit — and that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?”

  • Jon | February 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm |

    Revved up like a Deuce Bag! I too wore number 2 in little league for many years. My coach always wore number 1. I, being one of the smaller players seemed to end up number 2. I thought I was the only one to go that route!

  • Steve | February 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm |

    One of the best English soccer kits, Plymouth Argyle Football Club in the 60’s!!!

    http://www.historica...