Depressing scene last night in Chapel Hill, as UNC wore silver uniforms (lots of additional photos here and here). This was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jordan brand — because, you know, the anniversary of a commercial brand is a perfectly appropriate thing for a college basketball team to be celebrating. Similar outfits will soon be worn by Cal (tonight) and Georgetown (on Saturday). Sigh.
New ESPN column today. Not exactly uni-related, but I think you’ll find it entertaining — look here.
Children of the Stirrup Revolution,
I send you this communiqué on behalf of your comrades besieged here in Stirrupgrad, who have endured despite the pajamist’s best efforts to extinguish our spirit. We hold resolute to our hosiery principles despite winter’s driving snow and bitter wind, and look forward to spreading the word of stirrups on green fields under warmer skies. I have just received the encouraging word that Generals Pitcher and Catcher have been attacking the pajamists on their southern flank. Soon we shall rise from the frozen rubble of Stirrupgrad and smash the counterrevolution with striped looped hose post-haste! I assure you we will not stop fighting the pajamist until we see the people’s aesthetic restored on every field in this glorious land.
I find it appropriate for a movement so steeped in nostalgia to begin the year in Cincinnati, where the baseball season traditionally opened. Opening Day 1957 shows us not only the parade’s clowns but also this year’s first Stirrup Club offering, that of the ’57 Redlegs. It appears that fans in hats sure do love stripes, or maybe they were curiously still waiting to see what was inside the 1957 Opening Day dopp kits? No matter, the hose are something to get choked up about.
in addition to the Redlegs, our first offering of 2010 will include the Homestead Grays, the 1944 St. Louis Browns, and the über-unique 1967 Washington Senators. Same deal as last year: If you get in before the ordering deadline, you essentially get your stirrups at cost. If you are interested in finding out deadlines, timelines, and everything else, you can see the full instructions at robertmarshallart.com.
From each according to his stirrup, to each according to his stripe!,
Uni Watch News Ticker: Division II color-on-color alert. That’s Lake Erie College in black, vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania in red, from Monday night (with thanks to Jason Tirotta). … Lots of Olympic goalie masks in this photo gallery. … According to this video clip, Barry Zito will be getting a stirrup edition of the Giants’ new striped socks (big thanks to Lenny DiFranza). … Interesting design observation by Robert Anderson, who notes that Duane Reed — a big drug store chain here in NYC — uses the UPC code to form the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge in some of its house-brand products. … New 110th-anniversary kit for Bayern Munich. … Designer Gary Cieradkowski has launched the Infinite Card Set, a blog devoted to baseball cards he’s designed. Some really great stuff — recommended (with thanks to Ryan Connelly). … You can see patch being sewn onto a jersey in this entertainingly awful 1986 Mets commercial (as noted by Roger Faso). … Really great quiz here: guess the missing team (big thanks to Andy Chalifour). … Kevin Carr spotted this gal at his local Target. “She explained that it is (or was) a Dwight Freeney jersey. She’s apparently not a fan. She used white duct tape to turn the 93s into 33s. She had used the same tape to cover ‘Freeney.’ Then she used blue craft tape (that’s what she called it) to cut out the letters of Melvin Bullitt’s last name. She actually did a pretty good job with the letters. The rest, not so much. She explained that Melvin Bullitt is her favorite player but that her husband couldn’t find any of his jerseys after searching around town, so she decided to go to work on her husband’s jersey. She told me that nobody ever really notices. Seriously?” … Brian Porter sent a ton of links to planes with pro team liveries, including the Magic, Rangers/Stars (same plane, different logos on each side), Devils, Rams, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Heat, Marlins, Hornets, Red Wings/Tigers, Hurricanes, Raiders, Mavbericks, and the NBA. And in the college ranks, there’s Boise State, Washington, Washington State, and Oregon (what, no swoosh?). Phew! … New uniforms for the reborn Tampa Bay Rowdies! … A gazillion awesome old package designs and advertising graphics in this massive Flickr set (big thanks to Rob Klingenberger). … Why do South Alabama’s baseball caps have a little “12” on the side? It’s in honor of Eddie Stanky, who wore that number while running the school’s baseball program after his MLB managing career ended (great info from Jonathon Binet). … Some incredible early curling photos in this Life slideshow. Highly, highly recommended (major thanks to Mike Forman). … Mitchell & Ness has a new line of caps based on NHL jerseys. I kinda like how the hemline striping is used on the brim, less fond of it being used on the sides, which seems like overkill. As usual, the North Stars design is the cream de la crop. … Want to toast the Phillies’ logo into your bread? Soon you’ll be able to (with thanks to Mario Carr). … Uni-numerical ruminations regarding the Rockies. … The Giants’ new orange alternate jersey will be worn for Friday home games. Also, that article and this one both note that the new striped socks are “optional,” although it seems like that simply means players have the option to wear their pants low, rather than the option to wear non-striped socks (with thanks to Josh Exline and Tremaine Eto). … Incredible paint job on this Japanese women’s bobsled (courtesy of Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: The Japanese Olympic Committee web site has a photo of shipping containers stacked to look like the Vancouver Olympics logo. … Jayson Werth was wearing an old gray-underbrimmed cap the other day. “I never noticed that sort of thing until I started reading your columns and now I can’t help myself,” says Chris Welch. … New uniforms for the Portland Timbers (with thanks to Michael Orr). … New color scheme for Roger Penske’s IndyCar team. “First time since 1990 that the famous Marlboro livery will note be on the starting grid for Indy,” says Hans Krake. … Alex Acosta wonders what’s up with the giraffe logo that appeared on old Lakers basketball cards: “Was that a logo made up by Fleer due to licensing issues, or if this was a real predecessor to the classic logo we know today?” Anyone..?