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And in Another 25 Years They’ll Wear Gold Uniforms

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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.

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Uni Watch Stirrup Club: It gives me great pleasure to surrender the floor to Comrade Robert Marshall, who brings good tidings from the front lines of the hosiery wars:

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!,
Comrade Marshall

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..?

 

139 comments to And in Another 25 Years They’ll Wear Gold Uniforms

  • Chris Doran | February 25, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    I think the sides of the NHL M&N caps represent the sleeves of a jersey, at least based on the Flyers hat.

    All the other teams have the same stripe pattern on the sleeves as they do on the hemline.

  • Billy | February 25, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    Color-on-color in College Park last night:

    http://www.baltimore...

  • don g | February 25, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    Those yellow Maryland unis are terrible.

    I’m going to spend the rest of my day convincing my wife that I need to spend $17 on some Cardinals ‘rups.

  • Joe D | February 25, 2010 at 8:41 am |

    Regarding the awful Mets commercial … I would’ve paid better attention to detail. George Foster batted behind Gary Carter so why is he waiting for Kid at the plate ?

  • TommyD | February 25, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Universal Product Code (Code)?

  • pk | February 25, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    [quote comment=”379385″]As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Like ATM Machine
    or
    HIV Virus…

    There’s a ton of these and much of it has become part of the evolution of the vernacular lexicon

    Universal Product Code (Code)?[/quote]

  • Hank | February 25, 2010 at 9:07 am |

    The curling photos are great stuff. Some very nattily clad participants.

  • Hank | February 25, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment=”379385″]As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Universal Product Code (Code)?[/quote]

    That would be fine if it came from the Department of Redundancy Department.

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 9:10 am |

    [quote comment=”379385″]As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Universal Product Code (Code)?[/quote]

    that reminds me…i need a new pin number for the atm machine

  • TommyD | February 25, 2010 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”379389″][quote comment=”379385″]As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Universal Product Code (Code)?[/quote]

    that reminds me…i need a new pin number for the atm machine[/quote]

    check the VIN Number on your car as well

    ugh

  • Richard Stover | February 25, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    “Want to toast the Phillies’ logo into your bread? Soon you’ll be able to (with thanks to Mario Carr).”

    It would be too good to be true if it were just the Phillies, but, of course and unfortunately, it is every MLB team.

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    What the…? No title for today’s post?

  • Geeman | February 25, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    1. Clemson rarely wears purple, as it did last night against Maryland. It’s a better contrast with Maryland’s gold than the orange would have been.

    2. Depressing site indeed in Chapel Hill last night. Emblematic of the Carolina season.

    3. Glad to see the Giants’ orange jerseys back. Now if the Orioles will just bring theirs back!

  • Hank | February 25, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    [quote comment=”379392″]What the…? No title for today’s post?[/quote]

    A pic is worth a 1000 words and that horrendous NC uni says it all.

  • Juke Early | February 25, 2010 at 9:17 am |

    What is equally as depressing as an institute of higher learning kissing M Jordan’s overpriced ass, is a pic of a so called student athlete with tat sleeves. The fact adding UNC hoops played a part in ending my radio career, has only underscored my life long distaste for big time college sports. I understand why it rules a lot of things. But it is still lamentable.

  • Eriq Jaffe | February 25, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    [quote comment=”379392″]What the…? No title for today’s post?[/quote]Perhaps “Err Jordan” was a little too obvious?

  • interlockingtc | February 25, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    Robert Marshall. Sir! Great Pictures.

    Every one of those faces…a story.

    http://www.gstatic.c...

    Brilliant.

  • scott | February 25, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”379393″]
    3. Glad to see the Giants’ orange jerseys back. Now if the Orioles will just bring theirs back![/quote]

    Yeah, bring backs great memories of when the Giants had some mediocre teams. At least if the Orioles brought them back it would reflect a winning tradition.

  • Ry Co 40 | February 25, 2010 at 9:34 am |

    [quote comment=”379381″]I think the sides of the NHL M&N caps represent the sleeves of a jersey, at least based on the Flyers hat.

    All the other teams have the same stripe pattern on the sleeves as they do on the hemline.[/quote]

    damn… beat me to it! i agree that the sides represent the sleeves. on the penguins hat, it starts with the yellow of the shoulders at the top. pretty cool idea, but a near miss IMO.

    also HATE the fact that the hats are adjustaable…

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 9:41 am |

    I wish there were another shoemaker that made the variety of footwear that Nike does…whose shoes didn’t make my Achilles hurt so badly they wake me during the night.

    Quite by necessity, then, I wear Nike.

    But I’m really tired of them being so full of themselves.
    And of everyone playing along.

    —Ricko

  • Geeman | February 25, 2010 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”379399″][quote comment=”379393″]
    3. Glad to see the Giants’ orange jerseys back. Now if the Orioles will just bring theirs back![/quote]

    Yeah, bring backs great memories of when the Giants had some mediocre teams. At least if the Orioles brought them back it would reflect a winning tradition.[/quote]

    True for the most part, though the Giants did have that glorious season in ’82 when they knocked the Dodgers out of the playoffs and the Braves into the playoffs on the last weekend of the season. That was the last season they wore the orange jerseys.

  • chance michaels | February 25, 2010 at 9:41 am |

    Interesting that the Portland Timbers would get new uniforms this season, considering that they’re moving up to MLS next year.

    Wonder if the new sponsorship deal will carryover, or is it a one-and-done?

  • Geeman | February 25, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”379401″]I wish there were another shoemaker that made the variety of footwear that Nike does…whose shoes didn’t make my Achilles hurt so badly they wake me during the night.

    Quite by necessity, then, I wear Nike.

    But I’m really tired of them being so full of themselves.
    And of everyone playing along.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko,

    New Balance is great and for the most part its running shoes are made in the USA, not by slave labor in the far east (though I do like Adidas too).

  • Geeman | February 25, 2010 at 9:49 am |

    [quote comment=”379383″]Those yellow Maryland unis are terrible.

    I’m going to spend the rest of my day convincing my wife that I need to spend $17 on some Cardinals ‘rups.[/quote]

    They could be better. They were introduced in the 1981 ACC tournament by Lefty Driesell and the Terps wore them as the road team to the championship game, where UNC promptly became the road team (even though it was the higher seed) and made Maryland wear white. UNC won, 61-60.

    Maryland then wore them as alternate until Gary Williams came along.

  • Matt | February 25, 2010 at 9:50 am |

    That Quiz was very fun. I pulled a 29/37 with no research beforehand, and all but 2 of the 8 missed yielded a “He played for them?!?” response ( I should have had Rolen and Isringhausen)

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 9:52 am |

    I wonder if it bothers anyone in the Red Wings organization that they screwed up the team’s name on the plane they share with the Tigers. It damn well ought to.

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 9:56 am |

    [quote comment=”379404″][quote comment=”379401″]I wish there were another shoemaker that made the variety of footwear that Nike does…whose shoes didn’t make my Achilles hurt so badly they wake me during the night.

    Quite by necessity, then, I wear Nike.

    But I’m really tired of them being so full of themselves.
    And of everyone playing along.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko,

    New Balance is great and for the most part its running shoes are made in the USA, not by slave labor in the far east (though I do like Adidas too).[/quote]

    I’ve thought about New Balance for flats, for exactly that reason (plus, they come widths, right?).

    But flats aren’t the issue. My problem centers in the “competitive” area, especially with cleated shoes. Softball, basketball, volleyball, golf, cycling and occasionally even still touch football. Puma, adidas, Reebok, Converse, and others…tried them all over the years…and only Nike Air (or current equivalent) spares my Achilles.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 10:04 am |

    [quote comment=”379408″][quote comment=”379404″][quote comment=”379401″]I wish there were another shoemaker that made the variety of footwear that Nike does…whose shoes didn’t make my Achilles hurt so badly they wake me during the night.

    Quite by necessity, then, I wear Nike.

    But I’m really tired of them being so full of themselves.
    And of everyone playing along.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko,

    New Balance is great and for the most part its running shoes are made in the USA, not by slave labor in the far east (though I do like Adidas too).[/quote]

    I’ve thought about New Balance for flats, for exactly that reason (plus, they come widths, right?).

    But flats aren’t the issue. My problem centers in the “competitive” area, especially with cleated shoes. Softball, basketball, volleyball, golf, cycling and occasionally even still touch football. Puma, adidas, Reebok, Converse, and others…tried them all over the years…and only Nike Air (or current equivalent) spares my Achilles.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Well, some of their shoes are still made in the USA, but most of them are made overseas (China or Vietnam). Also, some of the shoes are “assembled in the USA” from entirely imported components.

    I did a quick check not too long ago of all the NB shoes in our house — something like 6 or 7 pairs among the 5 of us. All were made in China.

    But still, at least some of the stuff is made/assembled domestically, which is more than any other athletic shoemaker can say.

  • JimWa | February 25, 2010 at 10:10 am |

    Sharing this only because I seem to have established a hot dog fetish I wasn’t even aware of 3 days ago (I mean, I love a Chicago-style dog as much as the next guy, but still …):

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

    A 140 year old hot dog found in ice on Coney Island. How many New Yorker’s would be willing to take a nibble?

  • Beardface | February 25, 2010 at 10:18 am |

    [quote]”Jason 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.”[/quote]

    Actually… looking through the pictures from that photo-session (happened yesterday) on Yahoo it appears that ALL Phillies players (and Charlie Manuel) were wearing the grey underbrimmed hat for their pictures… Perhaps New Era switched it up on us this year?

  • Beardface | February 25, 2010 at 10:20 am |

    Just making sure I cut out the Bold-Face that I inadvertently started…

    My bad…

  • werthj | February 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    On a semi-personal note, I am shocked and awed to see my name in the ticker. But alas, it is in reference to the Phillie whose name is properly spelled Jayson, not Jason.

    Oh, and my anti-spam word is ‘toast’.

  • Geeman | February 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment=”379409″][quote comment=”379408″][quote comment=”379404″][quote comment=”379401″]I wish there were another shoemaker that made the variety of footwear that Nike does…whose shoes didn’t make my Achilles hurt so badly they wake me during the night.

    Quite by necessity, then, I wear Nike.

    But I’m really tired of them being so full of themselves.
    And of everyone playing along.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko,

    New Balance is great and for the most part its running shoes are made in the USA, not by slave labor in the far east (though I do like Adidas too).[/quote]

    I’ve thought about New Balance for flats, for exactly that reason (plus, they come widths, right?).

    But flats aren’t the issue. My problem centers in the “competitive” area, especially with cleated shoes. Softball, basketball, volleyball, golf, cycling and occasionally even still touch football. Puma, adidas, Reebok, Converse, and others…tried them all over the years…and only Nike Air (or current equivalent) spares my Achilles.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Well, some of their shoes are still made in the USA, but most of them are made overseas (China or Vietnam). Also, some of the shoes are “assembled in the USA” from entirely imported components.

    I did a quick check not too long ago of all the NB shoes in our house — something like 6 or 7 pairs among the 5 of us. All were made in China.

    But still, at least some of the stuff is made/assembled domestically, which is more than any other athletic shoemaker can say.[/quote]

    I think all their higher-end running shoes are made (or assembled) in the USA, but everything else is made overseas.

    Nike does make good shoes and you have to go with what works.

  • nate | February 25, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury did a piece on the Giant’s new socks and alternate unis: http://blogs.mercury...

  • Paul Lukas | February 25, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”379392″]What the…? No title for today’s post?[/quote]

    Plain and simple: I forgot!

    Now added.

  • Perry | February 25, 2010 at 10:41 am |

    [quote comment=”379406″]That Quiz was very fun. I pulled a 29/37 with no research beforehand, and all but 2 of the 8 missed yielded a “He played for them?!?” response ( I should have had Rolen and Isringhausen)[/quote]

    You beat me, I got 26. Rolen and Izzy I got (in Rolen’s case it’s his current team), but obviously missed a bunch of others. I couldn’t believe I missed Soriano.

  • Paul Lukas | February 25, 2010 at 10:45 am |

    [quote comment=”379410″]Sharing this only because I seem to have established a hot dog fetish I wasn’t even aware of 3 days ago (I mean, I love a Chicago-style dog as much as the next guy, but still …):

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

    A 140 year old hot dog found in ice on Coney Island. How many New Yorker’s would be willing to take a nibble?[/quote]

    Sounds like a classic Coney scam to me. This way to the egress, anyone?

  • Chris M | February 25, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”379389″][quote comment=”379385″]As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Universal Product Code (Code)?[/quote]

    that reminds me…i need a new pin number for the atm machine[/quote]

    In more sports related redundancy…

    http://sportslogos.n...

    National Football Conference Conference Champions!

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    [quote comment=”379391″]”Want to toast the Phillies’ logo into your bread? Soon you’ll be able to (with thanks to Mario Carr).”

    It would be too good to be true if it were just the Phillies, but, of course and unfortunately, it is every MLB team.[/quote]

    I read that article really fast and thought they said the toaster would wick the moisture from your bread. Turns out they moved on to other products, including a hat that wicks the moisture off your head. I was close…

  • Geeman | February 25, 2010 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment=”379416″]Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury did a piece on the Giant’s new socks and alternate unis: http://blogs.mercury...

    Strange that they’re not wearing the orange-brim hats with the orange jerseys. They’re splitting up components of the throwbacks.

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment=”379390″][quote comment=”379389″][quote comment=”379385″]As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Universal Product Code (Code)?[/quote]

    that reminds me…i need a new pin number for the atm machine[/quote]

    check the VIN Number on your car as well

    ugh[/quote]

    Every time I say “hot water heater” I think, shouldn’t that just be “water heater”?

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    “68-YEAR-OLD HOT DOG FOUND IN WHITE SOX BROADCAST BOOTH”

    Oh, wait, that’s just Hawk Harrelson.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 11:07 am |

    Visual evidence…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://www.670-thesc...

    (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Hawk in his playing days)

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    [quote comment=”379383″]Those yellow Maryland unis are terrible.[/quote]

    Better than those Lake Erie College unis. Are they wearing turtleneck dickies? Those things look so tight around the neck, especially compared to IUP’s jerseys.

    They make the football unis look good:
    http://farm3.static....

  • Stratplans | February 25, 2010 at 11:25 am |

    Don’t know which is worse – those silver Tarheel unis or the team wearing them. Shame on Carolina for commemorating a Nike event.

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 11:31 am |

    [quote comment=”379425″]Visual evidence…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://www.670-thesc...

    (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Hawk in his playing days)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Just not a fan of his broadcasting work?

    Well, then I’ve got a website for you.

  • chance michaels | February 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    [quote comment=”379419″][quote comment=”379410″]Sharing this only because I seem to have established a hot dog fetish I wasn’t even aware of 3 days ago (I mean, I love a Chicago-style dog as much as the next guy, but still …):

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

    A 140 year old hot dog found in ice on Coney Island. How many New Yorker’s would be willing to take a nibble?[/quote]

    Sounds like a classic Coney scam to me. This way to the egress, anyone?[/quote]
    Ooo! I’d love to see one of those! Where do I pay?

  • Jet | February 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    Phew, those ’57 Reds flannels and stirrups are suhhhh-weeeeet.

    And how is it possible I’m seeing those ’67 Senators socks for the first time?? I was following baseball and collecting cards then.

    -Jet

  • Jet | February 25, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    Wow, those NHL “jersey” hats are actually cool!

    But I’d much rather Mitchell Ness just made some better retro/throwback jerseys of those teams that are better than whatever has already been produced — and especially make them of some material OTHER THAN POLYESTER — like acrylic or whatever the jerseys were pre-1978 or so.

    -Jet

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”379428″][quote comment=”379425″]Visual evidence…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://www.670-thesc...

    (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Hawk in his playing days)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Just not a fan of his broadcasting work?

    Well, then I’ve got a website for you.[/quote]

    Issue isn’t with Hawk, specifically.

    Just never been a fan of either the White Sox or Braves (when TBS still carried them) telecasts. Seem to be trying SO hard to be laid back that they aren’t having any fun. Also seems like both keeps the field mics turned down farther than other broadcasts, which makes it sound like there are upwards of 11 people in the stadium.

    Anyone else noticed that, about the mics? Always sound like a split-squad spring training game at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday.

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    My three favorite things from today’s piece – the funky UPCs, the Senators stirrups and the old package designs…like the Jif jars: http://farm1.static....

    Gotta love these, too:
    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm4.static....

  • Geeman | February 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    [quote comment=”379427″]Don’t know which is worse – those silver Tarheel unis or the team wearing them. Shame on Carolina for commemorating a Nike event.[/quote]

    What makes it all the weirder is that Carolina did not wear Air Jordans for years. When Jordan was there and through its championship year in 1993, Carolina always wore Converse. That was de rigeur among the kids on the streets in North Carolina for years, too, until Air Jordans came out.

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment=”379432″][quote comment=”379428″][quote comment=”379425″]Visual evidence…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://www.670-thesc...

    (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Hawk in his playing days)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Just not a fan of his broadcasting work?

    Well, then I’ve got a website for you.[/quote]

    Issue isn’t with Hawk, specifically.

    Just never been a fan of either the White Sox or Braves (when TBS still carried them) telecasts. Seem to be trying SO hard to be laid back that they aren’t having any fun. Also seems like both keeps the field mics turned down farther than other broadcasts, which makes it sound like there are upwards of 11 people in the stadium.

    Anyone else noticed that, about the mics? Always sound like a split-squad spring training game at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I think that’s just a WGN thing. When they’re on cable, the crowd noise seems to be much louder.

  • Matt | February 25, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    Those stirrups look sweet. If only he offered a 1948 Phillies stirrup (blue with large white-red-white strips).

    Speaking of, anybody know where I can get 1948 cream-style Phillies pants to match my jersey?

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment=”379435″][quote comment=”379432″]Anyone else noticed that, about the mics? Always sound like a split-squad spring training game at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I think that’s just a WGN thing. When they’re on cable, the crowd noise seems to be much louder.[/quote]

    And the commercials are even louder.

    When I go to my dad’s, he’ll watch their games with the sound cranked. At commercial time it’s near deafening. Could just be his cable company doing that. Anytime he gets up to go to the kitchen I grab the remote and gradually lower the volume.

  • JimWa | February 25, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”379434″][quote comment=”379427″]Don’t know which is worse – those silver Tarheel unis or the team wearing them. Shame on Carolina for commemorating a Nike event.[/quote]

    What makes it all the weirder is that Carolina did not wear Air Jordans for years. When Jordan was there and through its championship year in 1993, Carolina always wore Converse. That was de rigeur among the kids on the streets in North Carolina for years, too, until Air Jordans came out.[/quote]

  • JimWa | February 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    Not easy to find a pic with Michael Jordan wearing:

    a) short shorts and
    b) non-Nikes!

    http://homepages.nyu...(17).jpg

  • Matthew | February 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    Great stirrup offerings this season, Robert! I know usually they are produced in 5″ styles, but if enough people have interest in 7″, those can be produced as well. Anyone with me!?

    I wish I had more legs to wear all of these…

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”379435″][quote comment=”379432″][quote comment=”379428″][quote comment=”379425″]Visual evidence…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://www.670-thesc...

    (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Hawk in his playing days)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Just not a fan of his broadcasting work?

    Well, then I’ve got a website for you.[/quote]

    Issue isn’t with Hawk, specifically.

    Just never been a fan of either the White Sox or Braves (when TBS still carried them) telecasts. Seem to be trying SO hard to be laid back that they aren’t having any fun. Also seems like both keeps the field mics turned down farther than other broadcasts, which makes it sound like there are upwards of 11 people in the stadium.

    Anyone else noticed that, about the mics? Always sound like a split-squad spring training game at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I think that’s just a WGN thing. When they’re on cable, the crowd noise seems to be much louder.[/quote]

    That’s what I meant, WGN and TBS. First noticed it back when many more games were televised, and also that it wasn’t as noticeable on the Cub games largely, I suppose, because Harry Carey and those who followed him had styles a bit more, I dunno, upbeat.

    Was really obvious when Cubs and Braves were on at the same time, or when playing each other, and you’d flip-flop between their respective channels.

    —Ricko

  • JimWa | February 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”379439″]Not easy to find a pic with Michael Jordan wearing:

    a) short shorts and
    b) non-Nikes!

    http://homepages.nyu...(17).jpg[/quote]

    hmmm … guess Mike doesn’t like that being seen …

    How about this …

    http://www.checkoutm...

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”379440″]Great stirrup offerings this season, Robert! I know usually they are produced in 5″ styles, but if enough people have interest in 7″, those can be produced as well. Anyone with me!?

    I wish I had more legs to wear all of these…[/quote]

    Me, too. 7-inch all the way. The stripes are just too damn far away from the stirrups on the 5-inchers.

    What I do (and rpm knows this, so he doesn’t call me a traitor to the movement) is unstitch the 7-inch stirrup at bottom, cut just less than an inch off each side, and then sew them back together.

    Presto! 5-inchers with stripes not in the football (high) position.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm |

    Well, okay, not EXACTLY five-inchers. LOL. Have to cut more than an inch off each side.

    The point is, you can make the stirrups the height you want if you start with 7-inchers…and the stripes will be be in a far better-looking place.

    —Ricko

  • Scott Little | February 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    There’s this awesome website called uniwatchblog where they talked about the Lakers Giraffe.

    http://www.uniwatchb...

    Check the last comment in the comments…

    ;)

  • Chris | February 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    I guess I missed the part of the UNC story were Jordan Brand representatives stormed the Chapel Hill campus by gun point and forced the basketball team to commemorate 25 years of Air Jordan….err wait that didn’t happen???

    Blame Nike, but blame Carolina, California and Georgetown too. It goes both ways.

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”379446″]Blame Nike, but blame Carolina, California and Georgetown too. It goes both ways.[/quote]
    Who’s saying otherwise?

  • JamesP. | February 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    Paul,

    Great article on the pinball museum! I used to love to knock that little silver ball around when I was a kid. Back when most kids were going towards the Street Fighter machine, I was looking for the pinball machines which were usually occupied with grown men who did not want some young blood to interfere with their high score. I have to ask, were their any old wooden pinball machines there? I remember playing one when I was about 10 years old that was a huge wooden table with a large wooden ball instead of a silver one. It was not easy for me to play as the flippers were slow. Needless to say, I didn’t spend long on it before I moved on to another machine, but the memory of playing it has stayed with me all these years. I have never seen anything like it anywhere else.

    Next time we are up in LI visiting my wife’s family, I will have to convince her to let me make the trip to see this place in person!

  • Matthew | February 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm |

    This Chicago columnist doesn’t “Get It” http://www.suntimes....

    Here is just a sample… “That’s not to say it doesn’t take talent to be a curler. It’s to say it takes talent to skip stones on a lake, but you don’t see that as an Olympic sport.”

  • JimWa | February 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”379449″]This Chicago columnist doesn’t “Get It” http://www.suntimes....

    Here is just a sample… “That’s not to say it doesn’t take talent to be a curler. It’s to say it takes talent to skip stones on a lake, but you don’t see that as an Olympic sport.”[/quote]

    Of COURSE you don’t seek stone skipping as an event at the Winter Olympics – everybody would win!!!

    (ok … maybe not this year …)

  • Teebz | February 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”379450″][quote comment=”379449″]This Chicago columnist doesn’t “Get It” http://www.suntimes....

    Here is just a sample… “That’s not to say it doesn’t take talent to be a curler. It’s to say it takes talent to skip stones on a lake, but you don’t see that as an Olympic sport.”[/quote]

    Of COURSE you don’t seek stone skipping as an event at the Winter Olympics – everybody would win!!!

    (ok … maybe not this year …)[/quote]

    Perhaps the guy should try being an athlete for a year to see if it’s really that easy to qualify.

    Otherwise, he sounds jealous and angry that he sucks at winter sports.

  • Paul Lukas | February 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm |

    Today’s ESPN column is up:
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Bill | February 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm |

    IUP! WOOT!

  • Scott Little | February 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    I LOVE the museum article. Thanks Paul.

    PS NOBODY can beat me at rollergames. I’ll take on all comers.

  • Joe Fetko | February 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

    http://www.the700lev...

    Phillies Playes designing their own T-shirts with Majestic.

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”379449″]This Chicago columnist doesn’t “Get It” http://www.suntimes....

    Here is just a sample… “That’s not to say it doesn’t take talent to be a curler. It’s to say it takes talent to skip stones on a lake, but you don’t see that as an Olympic sport.”[/quote]

    this guy can suck my balls

    my hammies and quads STILL ache from monday’s session…and i pretty much sucked…if he thinks it’s so easy, he’s obviously never tried it

    “curling rocks”

  • David | February 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

    C’mon Paul… I can’t even get a “hat tip” for the Silverball?

    All good natured ribbing aside, it looks like the new location is a little more open and airy than the former basement location.

  • Jim McCue | February 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

    Of all of the team-branded aircraft, only the Raiders plane steers clear of showcasing the team itself. Raiderettes are truly the only good thing the franchise still has going. [Depression now taking me to the depths]

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”379456″][quote comment=”379449″]This Chicago columnist doesn’t “Get It” http://www.suntimes....

    Here is just a sample… “That’s not to say it doesn’t take talent to be a curler. It’s to say it takes talent to skip stones on a lake, but you don’t see that as an Olympic sport.”[/quote]

    this guy can suck my balls

    my hammies and quads STILL ache from monday’s session…and i pretty much sucked…if he thinks it’s so easy, he’s obviously never tried it

    “curling rocks”[/quote]
    They filled an entire page in today’s paper with that tripe. And it was in the prime spot in the sports section (y’know, right there first thing you see when you flip open the back page), not buried like 5 pages in or something.

    A couple weeks back, he wrote a column that advised long-time Blackhawks fans to STFU about the newbies…

    Why? Because it’s a simple game. A wonderfully fast and athletic game, but a simple game. For a player, the difficulty of hockey is not in its strategy but in being talented enough to keep the puck away from the other team.

    Full text here.

    He’s going after the “grizzled fans” for the wrong reason. The ones who say things like “a few years back, I had seats right on the blue line for 5 bucks and now I can’t hardly get standing room” are the assholes he should have addressed.

    There’s a reason you were paying 5 bucks to sit right on the blue line, you dipshit. And you weren’t getting that deal when Detroit was in town, were you? No, because all the Wings fans were snapping up the tickets.

  • concealed78 | February 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”379433″]My three favorite things from today’s piece – the funky UPCs, the Senators stirrups and the old package designs…like the Jif jars: http://farm1.static....

    Gotta love these, too:
    http://farm1.static....
    http://farm2.static....
    http://farm4.static....

    Well my whole afternoon is going to be shot looking at the old food & store pics. Tho I am a little disturbed by the Jif’s “more peanut taste”, as opposed to what it used to taste like?? About the only old stuff I have is old coffee & Marshall Fields cookie cans from the 1970s.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”379441″][quote comment=”379435″][quote comment=”379432″][quote comment=”379428″][quote comment=”379425″]Visual evidence…
    http://farm3.static....
    http://www.670-thesc...

    (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Hawk in his playing days)

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Just not a fan of his broadcasting work?

    Well, then I’ve got a website for you.[/quote]

    Issue isn’t with Hawk, specifically.

    Just never been a fan of either the White Sox or Braves (when TBS still carried them) telecasts. Seem to be trying SO hard to be laid back that they aren’t having any fun. Also seems like both keeps the field mics turned down farther than other broadcasts, which makes it sound like there are upwards of 11 people in the stadium.

    Anyone else noticed that, about the mics? Always sound like a split-squad spring training game at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I think that’s just a WGN thing. When they’re on cable, the crowd noise seems to be much louder.[/quote]

    That’s what I meant, WGN and TBS. First noticed it back when many more games were televised, and also that it wasn’t as noticeable on the Cub games largely, I suppose, because Harry Carey and those who followed him had styles a bit more, I dunno, upbeat.

    Was really obvious when Cubs and Braves were on at the same time, or when playing each other, and you’d flip-flop between their respective channels.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Hell, as a Mets fan I miss WGN and TBS carrying damn near every Cubs and Braves game to the far reaches of the planet. At least I used to be able to see the Mets play. Now all have to look forward to is the occasional Marlins match-up on FSNFL or SUN. Of course those games always seem to be replaced by some damn local HS girls soccer game.

  • Geenf | February 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm |

    Re: The Pinball Museum

    Did you see Orbitor-1 in there?

  • Bernard | February 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”379453″]IUP! WOOT![/quote]

    Holy shit, I know! That settles it – I’m running up there and getting some Bob’s Pizza this weekend.

  • FormerDirtDart | February 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

    For the Lady Curlers from the North
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Alex | February 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”379445″]There’s this awesome website called uniwatchblog where they talked about the Lakers Giraffe.

    http://www.uniwatchb...

    Check the last comment in the comments…

    ;)[/quote]

    Aha! So it was an official logo after all. And of course, the rest is history…

  • Thunder | February 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm |

    Bar code artistry

    http://www.darkroast...

  • Squiddie | February 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm |

    Hey, I got out my Ouija board and talked with Birdie Tebbets about those Redlegs stirrups and he said they’re number one!

    Here’s Birdie modelling the stirrups and showing the white batting helmets I was looking for about a month ago.

  • Squiddie | February 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm |

    I’m not sure if the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas is well-known in these parts, but it’s pretty good and they had a curling episode in the second season. You can watch it on YouTube while you wait for the Olympic semifinals.

    Corner Gas “Hurry Hard” Part 1

    Corner Gas “Hurry Hard” Part 2

    Corner Gas “Hurry Hard” Part 3

  • MPowers1634 | February 25, 2010 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”379385″]As a Product Manager and packaging professional
    PLEASE…

    It’s UPC

    NOT upc CODE!!

    the c stands for code

    Universal Product Code (Code)?[/quote]

    like George Oscar Bluth being called GOB (pronounced Johb)?

    http://i86.photobuck...

    While we’re at it…I can’t decide whether Jayson Werth looks more like Andy Botwin or a character from McCarthy’s The Road.

    El Andy:
    http://www.showtimef...

    The man:
    http://i.blogs.indie...

  • Mark Doescher | February 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm |

    Check out this old Canadian Hockey Sweater – AWESOME: http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • landon | February 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm |

    marquette is a jordan brand school and they are not wearing these silver jerseys?

    good! but the shorts would be cool to buy.

  • MPowers1634 | February 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”379404″][quote comment=”379401″]I wish there were another shoemaker that made the variety of footwear that Nike does…whose shoes didn’t make my Achilles hurt so badly they wake me during the night.

    Quite by necessity, then, I wear Nike.

    But I’m really tired of them being so full of themselves.
    And of everyone playing along.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko,

    New Balance is great and for the most part its running shoes are made in the USA, not by slave labor in the far east (though I do like Adidas too).[/quote]

    New Balance are the Industry Standard when it comes to running shoes.

    Nike, I loves ya, but those anniversary uniforms are wrong on SO MANY LEVELS!

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

    Here’s an e-mail I just got from the Department of Redundancy Department (redacted):

    The new ~~~~~~~~ site will replace the ~~~~~ ~~~ for all of your remote access needs, as well as give everyone the ability to do view internal ~~~~~ resources from personal PCs! Please begin using ~~~~~~~~ immediately, as the ~~~~~ ~~~ will soon be decommissioned.

  • frank doyle | February 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm |

    BTW, it’s Duane Reade, not Reed. Pronounced reedy, BTW.

  • MPowers1634 | February 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”379471″]marquette is a jordan brand school and they are not wearing these silver jerseys?

    good! but the shorts would be cool to buy.[/quote]

    correct…only three schools:
    http://i.blogs.indie...

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”379472″]
    Nike, I loves ya![/quote]

    there’s a BFS

  • rpm | February 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”379443″][quote comment=”379440″]Great stirrup offerings this season, Robert! I know usually they are produced in 5″ styles, but if enough people have interest in 7″, those can be produced as well. Anyone with me!?

    I wish I had more legs to wear all of these…[/quote]

    Me, too. 7-inch all the way. The stripes are just too damn far away from the stirrups on the 5-inchers.

    What I do (and rpm knows this, so he doesn’t call me a traitor to the movement) is unstitch the 7-inch stirrup at bottom, cut just less than an inch off each side, and then sew them back together.

    Presto! 5-inchers with stripes not in the football (high) position.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    problem:

    1)i like your idea, so you are not a traitor, but i have long legs, i am lucky i can get them to my knees as is, so i can’t cut mine down onto my calf or they won’t stay up. i tried that with a pair of stirrups pineaple got me a few years back, the ones i based my corn hole boards on that are just like the new giants, and they wont stay up. not to mention, bringing the stripes down is great and all, but they manufacture them at the right proper height, lower calf.

    2)not only was it extremely difficult to keep things straight with the sizes in stuffing envelopes, there was not enough 7″ interest to bother anymore, i wind up having to send 20 emails out. and as much as i love doing this, it is enough of a headache without that. if i receive a suggestion of a style that universally would be considered better or proper in a 7″, i am all ears.

    3)5″ers show the proper amount of sani(40’s/50’s/early 60’s style), and provide more of a pallet for design. reds, browns, and sens are all impossible in a 7 inch.

    4)have you ever dealt with tck? holly crap, i am lucky we can do this at all, i think every time i order the wheels of their machine grind to a hault,and worker heads explode, i have learned it is best not to confuse them, they are not used to dealing with people who are as obsessed with this as myself and the people to whom i am providing service.

    5)i equate higher stirrup styles with counterrevolutionary stirrup eradication. i won’t get into why they were worn, we all know why, but they should resemble a sock, not a stripe. the higher the stirrup got, the more they became strictly a fashion element, and stopped resembling a functional element of a uniform. not to mention that the higher they got the less stripes people used. but back to the point, once something is strictly fashion, it becomes something that can be no longer en vogue. i believe that is why there is no more stirrups. SO, the higher you like your stirrup, the further you get from the revolution, you become a “trotsky”, and you play into the hands of the pajamist by subverting the stirrup’s cause in all her stripes.

    the result we get 5″ers. since a vast majority of these are available nowhere on the planet, and once they are sold out(except the o’s), they will remain sold out, i think 5″ is an acceptable compromise to the 7″ers out there. i suppose the question is this, what is more important, loop size or stripe? i am a stripist in the revolution.

    from each according his stirrup, to each according his stripe!

  • landon | February 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”379475″][quote comment=”379471″]marquette is a jordan brand school and they are not wearing these silver jerseys?

    good! but the shorts would be cool to buy.[/quote]

    correct…only three schools:
    http://i.blogs.indie...

    whats up with that picture

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm |

    komrade marshall is right

    5″ or none at all

  • rpm | February 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”379467″]Hey, I got out my Ouija board and talked with Birdie Tebbets about those Redlegs stirrups and he said they’re number one!

    Here’s Birdie modelling the stirrups and showing the white batting helmets I was looking for about a month ago.[/quote]

    i found those pixtures, but wanted to limit what i showed to opening day, since this is sort of opening day for this summer’s stirrups. i also found the guy modeling the sens 67 on the far left of the pixture, and he agreed to an interview.

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”379476″][quote comment=”379472″]
    Nike, I loves ya![/quote]

    there’s a BFS[/quote]
    BFS – Bowling for Soup?

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”379479″]komrade marshall is right

    5″ or none at all[/quote]

    Could the 7″ crowd do a Reverse Ricko? That is, take a 5″, cut the bottom and add some material to make it a 7″?

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm |

    Did anyone else’s comment board just become amazingly wide, or is it just my computer?

  • rpm | February 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”379479″]komrade marshall is right

    5″ or none at all[/quote]

    perhaps you should be the supreme leader of the stirrupburo. i figure you command significant armies on the weekends, and you type in pink boxes. comrade lukas is dangerous to the cause as he has 7 inch leanings, and he may one day become corrupted be the pajamist counterrevolution, and destroy the movement from within with a bloody coup. i have my eye on ricko too. i am not paranoid, i must defend stirrups at all costs. what was that? did anyone else hear that? i have to go, i think something is trying to kill the stirrups.

  • rpm | February 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”379482″][quote comment=”379479″]komrade marshall is right

    5″ or none at all[/quote]

    Could the 7″ crowd do a Reverse Ricko? That is, take a 5″, cut the bottom and add some material to make it a 7″?[/quote]

    that’s called a frank robinson.

  • diz | February 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

    So, is this the final end of the Marlboro colours in Motor Racing?

    As a side note, the new Penske livery looks quite similar to the first McLaren post-Marlboro livery

  • rpm | February 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”379483″]Did anyone else’s comment board just become amazingly wide, or is it just my computer?[/quote]

    the coup has begun! grab your stirrups men. to arms!!!! er, wait, to legs!!!!!!

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”379484″][quote comment=”379479″]komrade marshall is right

    5″ or none at all[/quote]

    perhaps you should be the supreme leader of the stirrupburo. i figure you command significant armies on the weekends, and you type in pink boxes. comrade lukas is dangerous to the cause as he has 7 inch leanings, and he may one day become corrupted be the pajamist counterrevolution, and destroy the movement from within with a bloody coup. i have my eye on ricko too. i am not paranoid, i must defend stirrups at all costs. what was that? did anyone else hear that? i have to go, i think something is trying to kill the stirrups.[/quote]

    Don’t think we’ll see Paul in pajama pants anytime soon. We’ll see Phil in a Sarah Hecken t-shirt http://www.sarah-hec... before we see Paul in pajama pants.

  • Matthew | February 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”379477″][quote comment=”379443″][quote comment=”379440″]Great stirrup offerings this season, Robert! I know usually they are produced in 5″ styles, but if enough people have interest in 7″, those can be produced as well. Anyone with me!?

    I wish I had more legs to wear all of these…[/quote]

    Me, too. 7-inch all the way. The stripes are just too damn far away from the stirrups on the 5-inchers.

    What I do (and rpm knows this, so he doesn’t call me a traitor to the movement) is unstitch the 7-inch stirrup at bottom, cut just less than an inch off each side, and then sew them back together.

    Presto! 5-inchers with stripes not in the football (high) position.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    problem:

    1)i like your idea, so you are not a traitor, but i have long legs, i am lucky i can get them to my knees as is, so i can’t cut mine down onto my calf or they won’t stay up. i tried that with a pair of stirrups pineaple got me a few years back, the ones i based my corn hole boards on that are just like the new giants, and they wont stay up. not to mention, bringing the stripes down is great and all, but they manufacture them at the right proper height, lower calf.

    2)not only was it extremely difficult to keep things straight with the sizes in stuffing envelopes, there was not enough 7″ interest to bother anymore, i wind up having to send 20 emails out. and as much as i love doing this, it is enough of a headache without that. if i receive a suggestion of a style that universally would be considered better or proper in a 7″, i am all ears.

    3)5″ers show the proper amount of sani(40’s/50’s/early 60’s style), and provide more of a pallet for design. reds, browns, and sens are all impossible in a 7 inch.

    4)have you ever dealt with tck? holly crap, i am lucky we can do this at all, i think every time i order the wheels of their machine grind to a hault,and worker heads explode, i have learned it is best not to confuse them, they are not used to dealing with people who are as obsessed with this as myself and the people to whom i am providing service.

    5)i equate higher stirrup styles with counterrevolutionary stirrup eradication. i won’t get into why they were worn, we all know why, but they should resemble a sock, not a stripe. the higher the stirrup got, the more they became strictly a fashion element, and stopped resembling a functional element of a uniform. not to mention that the higher they got the less stripes people used. but back to the point, once something is strictly fashion, it becomes something that can be no longer en vogue. i believe that is why there is no more stirrups. SO, the higher you like your stirrup, the further you get from the revolution, you become a “trotsky”, and you play into the hands of the pajamist by subverting the stirrup’s cause in all her stripes.

    the result we get 5″ers. since a vast majority of these are available nowhere on the planet, and once they are sold out(except the o’s), they will remain sold out, i think 5″ is an acceptable compromise to the 7″ers out there. i suppose the question is this, what is more important, loop size or stripe? i am a stripist in the revolution.

    from each according his stirrup, to each according his stripe![/quote]

    Well stated. Robert does make sense. Maybe it’s that low top spikes these days are make with a higher cut, underexposing the amount of sanitary sock that shows. Hmmmmm.

    I still prefer 7 or the forbidden 9 inch stirrups on my chicken legs, but 5 keeps me alive and I am proud to wear ’em.

  • Geenf | February 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”379486″]So, is this the final end of the Marlboro colours in Motor Racing?

    As a side note, the new Penske livery looks quite similar to the first McLaren post-Marlboro livery[/quote]

    It was quite interesting that Penske was able to get away with red chevrons for YEARS without saying his car was sponsored by a cigarette company.

    But that’s because the word MARLBORO wasn’t anywhere on the car.

    I guess, given this, a white car with just a black circle around a red one is out-of-bounds because it looks like a back of Lucky Strikes.

    Or the fact that “Smokin’ Joe” was on a Winston Cup car for so many years without the word “Camel” on it.

  • MPowers1634 | February 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”379478″][quote comment=”379475″][quote comment=”379471″]marquette is a jordan brand school and they are not wearing these silver jerseys?

    good! but the shorts would be cool to buy.[/quote]

    correct…only three schools:
    http://i.blogs.indie...

    whats up with that picture[/quote]

    Copied and pasted Viggo in The Road for a previous post…oops…Here is the actual link:

    http://sneakernews.c...

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”379481″][quote comment=”379476″][quote comment=”379472″]
    Nike, I loves ya![/quote]

    there’s a BFS[/quote]
    BFS – Bowling for Soup?[/quote]

    big fuckin’ shock

  • rpm | February 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm |

    shag, er mathew, i agree modern cleats do suck, and really make thing s difficult, it is why i have changed from backing the 4 to supporting of the 5.

    um, mothervilker, i want one! and will have one to wear up the bar when i watch the germans win the world cup.

    don’t be so sure, maybe one day he is pulling up his stirrups, and thinks to himeslf, why don’t i just pull my panataloon leg down. see that is the way of the 7, it’s a gateway size to the 9, which totally begets the hard stuff like 12’s and 14’s. from there it is easy to step into the counterrevolution.

  • Justin Bates | February 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

    Another catcher with a frontward facing bill: Cubs minor league prospect Chris Robinson.
    http://chicago.cubs....

  • FormerDirtDart | February 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm |

    if anyone is still searching, the women’s hockey gold medal game will be carried on MSNBC shortly

  • rpm | February 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm |

    this wide comments is really messin’ with my small screen here, and has me more and more paranoid, er worried. i fear the bloody coup has begun, and i have to leave for work. we need to secure phil against the possibility. can someone from brooklyn stop by paul’s place and make sure he isn’t wearing pajamas, or has not had his stirrups cut off by a pajamist death squad?

    okay so much for fun today, later gents

  • Patrick in MI | February 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm |

    From Midtown to Flushing…on a package of toilet paper! Genius!

  • random reader | February 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”379474″]BTW, it’s Duane Reade, not Reed. Pronounced reedy, BTW.[/quote]

    I’ve always heard it pronounced as “reed”

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”379496″]this wide comments is really messin’ with my small screen here, and has me more and more paranoid, er worried. i fear the bloody coup has begun, and i have to leave for work. we need to secure phil against the possibility. can someone from brooklyn stop by paul’s place and make sure he isn’t wearing pajamas, or has not had his stirrups cut off by a pajamist death squad?[/quote]

    i can assure you…there are no wide comments…well, maybe just you and vilk, as vilk has always been suspect of being a traitorous anti-rup reactionary…but mr. lukas remains solidly in control

    as far as the 5 v 7 insurgency…it is a vile, evil thing, especially since comrade lukas and myself, and countless others were brought up to think this was the shit…when, in fact, this is right proper

    whilst this is infinitely more preferable to this garbage, both are preferable to their seditious cousins

    things would be just fine if proper length could be combined with proper blousing

    but i think i doth protest too much…proper hosiery, in any form, is all the revolution requires at this juncture

  • Jim BC | February 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm |

    Huge Uniwatch Olympic news as it appears that Team Norway and their fantastic pants are headed to the gold medal game in men’s curling… of course they’re facing Canada so it might not end well…

  • Ricko | February 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”379479″]komrade marshall is right

    5″ or none at all[/quote]

    Look at any photo from about 1941 into the 70s and 80s.

    Stripes were NOT as far from the stirrups as that vendor is making them.

    In late 30s and early 40s some teams had stripes that high, and for one year in the early 50s the White Sox did. But teams that did from WWII on are really the exception.

    Look at your ’71 Pirates and look at a photo of Clemente, who wore is stirrups about as low as anyone on those Pirate teams. No way there is that deep an area of black above the front stirrup.

    Just sayin’, I’ll alter 7’s for a far more accurate look.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm |

    comrade ricko makes excellent point

    however, many, like myself, aren’t so proficient at darning our sevens…so the fives are infinitely more preferable…

    if someone is willing to darn the 7’s so the rup stripes are “lower”…i’d be all for them…failing that, however…5’s are what we shall have

  • Bob Loblaw | February 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”379467″]Hey, I got out my Ouija board and talked with Birdie Tebbets about those Redlegs stirrups and he said they’re number one!

    Here’s Birdie modelling the stirrups and showing the white batting helmets I was looking for about a month ago.[/quote]
    Those stirrups are the sh*t!!! very Nice!!!!

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”379502″]comrade ricko makes excellent point

    however, many, like myself, aren’t so proficient at darning our sevens…so the fives are infinitely more preferable…

    if someone is willing to darn the 7’s so the rup stripes are “lower”…i’d be all for them…failing that, however…5’s are what we shall have[/quote]
    I’ve converted 7s to 5s before and sure, they look good, but they do not stay up worth shit.

    Every time I wear them, I find myself wishing for garters.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And stop fucking writing like that. It’s like someone has commandeered your keyboard.

    Also, fix that damn link on comment #88 so we don’t have to view this in doublewide mode anymore.

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”379504″]Also, fix that damn link on comment #88 so we don’t have to view this in doublewide mode anymore.[/quote]

    better?

    see…you and vilk must use firefux

    us ie8 cavemen never got the doublewide

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”379499″]i can assure you…there are no wide comments…well, maybe just you and vilk, as vilk has always been suspect of being a traitorous anti-rup reactionary…but mr. lukas remains solidly in control[/quote]

    You’ll see me in an SoD uni before you see me in pajama pants, which means you won’t see me in them. My loyalty should never be questioned.

    Okay, so I go with just high socks for wiffleball, http://farm4.static.... but I may have to get some Senators ‘rups to go with that look.

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”379505″][quote comment=”379504″]Also, fix that damn link on comment #88 so we don’t have to view this in doublewide mode anymore.[/quote]

    better?

    see…you and vilk must use firefux

    us ie8 cavemen never got the doublewide[/quote]

    And whose computer just got gutted in a virus attack?

    Keep you IE, Boris.

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”379507″]
    And whose computer just got gutted in a virus attack?[/quote]

    im pretty sure that wasn’t because of my browser, but rather, my lack of anti-virus protection

    what i need is a mac

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”379508″][quote comment=”379507″]
    And whose computer just got gutted in a virus attack?[/quote]

    im pretty sure that wasn’t because of my browser, but rather, my lack of anti-virus protection

    what i need is a mac[/quote]

    You and me.

    And you think I’m a cheapskate? Even we have virus protection.

    “Anti-virus protection” is another redundancy, eh?

  • JTH | February 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”379505″][quote comment=”379504″]Also, fix that damn link on comment #88 so we don’t have to view this in doublewide mode anymore.[/quote]

    better?

    see…you and vilk must use firefux

    us ie8 cavemen never got the doublewide[/quote]
    Yep. And I am rolling with the feuerfuchs.

    Wait. So there’s an IE *8* now? And it was comment #88 that was throwing us off?

    Maybe our octophobic comrade has had it right all this time.

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 8:53 pm |

    Don’t mess with Norway’s curling pants, or feel the wrath.

    Just ask Facebook:
    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Jeff P | February 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”379431″]Wow, those NHL “jersey” hats are actually cool!

    But I’d much rather Mitchell Ness just made some better retro/throwback jerseys of those teams that are better than whatever has already been produced — and especially make them of some material OTHER THAN POLYESTER — like acrylic or whatever the jerseys were pre-1978 or so.

    -Jet[/quote]

    So…. Polyester?
    Teams used wool until the 60s, then switched to various forms of polyester. Teams contracted their own jerseys then, and various teams switched to different materials- some used really heavy weaves, some used mesh. But I’m pretty sure acrylic wasn’t used.

  • The Jeff | February 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”379509″][quote comment=”379508″][quote comment=”379507″]
    And whose computer just got gutted in a virus attack?[/quote]

    im pretty sure that wasn’t because of my browser, but rather, my lack of anti-virus protection

    what i need is a mac[/quote]

    You and me.

    And you think I’m a cheapskate? Even we have virus protection.

    “Anti-virus protection” is another redundancy, eh?[/quote]

    It’s either “virus protection” or “anti-virus software”. Anti-virus protection is what the virus wants to get so it can continue to happily infect things.

  • Andrew | February 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm |

    Pretty cool collection of game used hockey jerseys. http://www.johnsonsj...

  • JimV19 | February 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |

    Gold and silver in Nordic Combined! Who needs freestyle skiing? When the NFL and NBA are locked out, just give me Nordic Combined.

    By the way, in the ski jumping part of the event, the contestants had more artwork on the helmets than the regular ski jumpers did. Haven’t seen any pics yet.

  • Traxel | February 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

    Damn. Missed out on all the rupticious banter today. All four new ones are awesomer than the next. Except for the Browns. It is the awesomist. I like rpm’s idea to “retire” each one once sold out. You people better get your missing ones while you can! Me? I’ve got ’em all. How deranged is that?

    As far as 7’s versing 5’s, high cuffs versing mid-calfs, I actually like it all over the place. That way I can like or dislike players purely based on how they wear their stirrups. No pajamistas allowed though. Same with solid socks. Except the White Sox. They get to be the only team to wear non-stirrups. But they still have to be striped socks. Exposed stripes.

    And NO! The women’s hockey game was NOT on MSNBC! Not my cheap ass MSNBC from city cable. Jerkwads. I have been able to catch up with all the latest episodes of Lockup though.

  • LI Phil | February 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”379516″]
    And NO! The women’s hockey game was NOT on MSNBC! Not my cheap ass MSNBC from city cable. Jerkwads. I have been able to catch up with all the latest episodes of Lockup though.[/quote]

    i thought you was gettin dish

    you din’t miss much with the womens’ puck tho…unless of course you were pulling for the canadians…then it was fucking great…

  • Traxel | February 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”379517″][quote comment=”379516″]
    And NO! The women’s hockey game was NOT on MSNBC! Not my cheap ass MSNBC from city cable. Jerkwads. I have been able to catch up with all the latest episodes of Lockup though.[/quote]

    i thought you was gettin dish

    you din’t miss much with the womens’ puck tho…unless of course you were pulling for the canadians…then it was fucking great…[/quote]
    I talk big, but I’m slow on the action part. I’m switching to star wars TV some time soon though. That’s a given. They had a “sex in prison” episode on Lockup the other night. That’s enough to get anyone motivated.

    Hey, got an idea on a column (or segment/multiple segments). I’ll send you an email in a day or two on it.

  • Johnny O | February 26, 2010 at 12:28 am |

    [quote comment=”379508″][quote comment=”379507″]
    And whose computer just got gutted in a virus attack?[/quote]

    im pretty sure that wasn’t because of my browser, but rather, my lack of anti-virus protection

    what i need is a mac[/quote]

    Funny story… my computer got back today to my local Best Buy after being sent away for the fourth time to have its motherboard replaced. They called me, said they got it back, tested it, and said it didn’t work. So they sent it out, it was gone for a week or so, it came back, and said it was fixed, but wasn’t, so they had to send it back. Awesome. In the last six years, I have sent my PC to be fixed six times. Being without a computer for a total of about seven or eight months. My Mac will be arriving shortly.

  • Johnny O | February 26, 2010 at 12:36 am |

    Amazing article on the pinball museum Paul. I tracked down online the game I spent hours and hours at when I was a kid:

    http://sanfrancisco....

    I may be only 26, but I played this game all the time at my local roller skating rink. Sadly, it is now a wedding hall. If I had an extra $900, this machine would be on its way to Wisconsin. I loved it mainly because it dispensed baseball cards based on how well you did. Pinball entertainment AND baseball cards? It was heaven.

  • rpm | February 26, 2010 at 2:36 am |

    [quote comment=”379516″]Damn. Missed out on all the rupticious banter today. All four new ones are awesomer than the next. Except for the Browns. It is the awesomist. I like rpm’s idea to “retire” each one once sold out. You people better get your missing ones while you can! Me? I’ve got ’em all. How deranged is that?

    As far as 7’s versing 5’s, high cuffs versing mid-calfs, I actually like it all over the place. That way I can like or dislike players purely based on how they wear their stirrups. No pajamistas allowed though. Same with solid socks. Except the White Sox. They get to be the only team to wear non-stirrups. But they still have to be striped socks. Exposed stripes.

    And NO! The women’s hockey game was NOT on MSNBC! Not my cheap ass MSNBC from city cable. Jerkwads. I have been able to catch up with all the latest episodes of Lockup though.[/quote]

    i hear you trax, the love of stirrup is what brought me here in the first place. wish i was not working until now, i could have talked all day long about the proper hose, it is maybe the most important thing in the history of man. oh well, corn bless mr lukas and of course mr hecken and all the revolutionaries. i assume mr paul realized my sarcasm earlier despite him being a 7ist traitor to the cause of the peoples aesthetic. i’m just sayin’, stirrups for all according stripe and what not.