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With Glowing Hearts

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By Phil Hecken

The 2010 Olympics from Vancouver, British Columbia, come to a close this evening, but there’s still some big excitement ahead today. Of course, I’m speaking of the Mens 50 km cross-country skiing, which will be held at 9:30 local time (12:30 ET). No, no…the big deal today, of course, is the much-awaited Gold Medal Hockey game between host Canada and the United States. For someone who absolutely loves the Winter Olympics, and who has been thoroughly entertained by these Games (if not by NBC’s coverage), this is the perfect topper to pretty much two perfect weeks.

Even if you’re not a hockey fan, if you’re an American (or a Canadian, but I needn’t remind them of this game), this is THE one to watch. We’ll awake Monday to return to our regularly scheduled programming, what with the NCAA tourney only weeks away, spring training in full swing, and the NFL draft and the NBA & NHL playoffs around the corner…sort of. But for one last day, winter reigns. The USA versus Canada begins at 3:15 ET (so, that’s 2:15 central, 1:15 mountain, and 12:15 pacific time). Grab a cold one, settle in, kick back, and enjoy some Olympic hockey — it doesn’t get any better than this.

In the first matchup between the US & Canada, which the Americans won 5-3 (this is a rematch) in the 2010 Olympics, the USA wore their “Squaw Valley throwbacks,” which were designed to replicate the gorgeous uniforms sported by the Americans during the 1960 Olympics, played in Squaw Valley, California, and at which, the United States performed their “first” miracle on ice.

In those games, the US defeated the Canadians, the Soviet Union, and took home the gold by defeating Czechslovakia in the final game. Had Slovakia defeated Canada on Friday evening, it would have set up an “almost” rematch of that 1960 game. As it is, this game is a rematch of the 2002 Winter Games, when Canada defeated the US on American soil.

Seeking payback for that defeat in 2002, the US hopes to repay the “home town defeat” and pull out the Gold today. One might think this game will be the most watched hockey game, bar none, this year. I know I’ll be watching. If you watch one game this year, this is the one to see.

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But this Olympics has been outstanding in most, if not all aspects, despite early setbacks and terrible weather. And it’s worth our time, now, to take a quick look back and the splendor that has been this year’s Games.

No look back would be complete, however, without a tip of the cap to our Canadian neighbors and friends, who’ve really been outstanding keepers of the flame. And despite our friendly rivalry (you know I’m pulling for team USA in the hockey today), the Canadians have been fantastic hosts. Props to them.

And so, let’s take a look at the beauty of the past two weeks, as the uniforms and outfits and costumes are almost as important as the games themselves, right? Right. What follows are some AMAZING high-resolution photographs, beautifully capturing the games — and they’re worth clicking on, even if you’re not a fan.

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The stage was set by the Opening Ceremonies, with a black and white-clad snowboarder, soaring through the rings. Sight and Sound were on full display, as the delegations poured in, tempered slightly by the Georgian team, who donned black armbands in memory of Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, who died in a horrifying crash during a luge training run barely eight hours earlier.

Despite the sadness surrounding that tragedy, the mood was decidedly upbeat, with the athletes and spectators participating and viewing the Canadian splendor. All were given glowing electric candles, which made for quite a visual as a barefooted k. d. lang performed, and a giant polar bear appeared during the performance of Landscape of a Dream: Hymn to the North. Finally, the evening closed on a somewhat rocky note, as there was a bit of difficulty erecting and lighting the ceremonial flame, but at long last, all was right in the Pacific Northwest.

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What followed the next fifteen days was everything you’d expect from an Olympics, featuring the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, sometimes by the same person, as American Lindsey Vonn took home the gold in the in the women’s downhill (seen with her BBF, Julia Mancuso, who took silver), the bronze medal in the “super-G,” and suffered not one, but two devastating crashes in other disciplines.

The weather and the slopes often proved the winner in the 2010 Olympics, with number of spills and crashes taking out many an experienced skier. Not everyone lost to the mountain, however, as Sarah Schleper stayed upright and former burnout Bode Miller took home a gold, a silver, and a bronze.

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Staying on the slopes, but moving on to some non-alpine events, the athletes soared in the aerials, twisted and turned in the halfpipe, (although I can’t say I was a fan of the blue paint in the pipe), and through the snowcross. X-Games mainstay and the man who put snowboarding on the map, Shaun White, brought home the expected gold in snowboard halfpipe.

Not to be upstaged by their more ‘earthly’ counterparts, the ski jumpers also soared in thrilling jumps, while the freestyle skiers reached new heights, and mogul men and women displayed all kinds of new tricks. But the result is always best celebrated when one is safely back on the ground. Of course, the best seats in the house are reserved for the ski jumping judges. For those who prefer to spend most of their time on the ground, nordic combined even yielded a medal for the first time EVER for the United States. But that’s not a sport for the faint-hearted…or those with endurance problems.

Not everything outdoors involves skis or snowboards, however. That doesn’t mean they are any less exciting. It takes some serious intestinal fortitude to participate in the luge, especially after that sick track had already claimed one life. The track may not have beaten every rider, but a few teams threw up a white flag after unfortunate runs. Still, the bobsleigh was it’s usual exciting self.

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Not all events are outdoor, however, and the Olympic Bonspiel provided wonderful curling action. Host nation Canada almost pulled off the “double gold” but, more importantly, again raised the consciousness of thousands to the awesomeness of this unique sport.

Men and ladies, sometimes at the same time, thrilled audiences in the ice skating and ice dance. In the only discipline where participants wear individual costumes (or outfits) instead of uniforms, talent is almost as important as individuality.

Athletes on skates are not limted to “figure” skating. One of the most popular (if not exciting) events is short track skating, a crazy sport which sometimes features a dozen skaters at a time participating. Spills and disqualifications are frequent, and thanks to NBC, it always seemed like it was American Apolo Ohno versus the Koreans — but this wasn’t far from the truth, as Ohno set a record for the most medals won by a Winter Olympian in 2010. There’s also speed skating done on a much larger track with contestants kept in lanes. That doesn’t stop them from practicing as though it were a synchronized event.

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Today, they close down the games, but they do it in style, with ice hockey taking center stage one last time. And with the Americans and Canadians fittingly playing for the gold medal, with a score to settle and bad blood brewing, it doesn’t get much better than this.

So, from this American, I say to Canada, “thank you” for being such outstanding hosts, and for providing the world with a fantastic two weeks of thrilling and fascinating entertainment. Canada may eke out the gold medal total (with the USA taking the overall total count), but there’s one last one up for grabs this afternoon. And now…GAME ON!

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fleer sticker headerLast week you may recall I posted a set of fantastic baseball cards (scroll down to “From The Taxman Collection“), from Jerry Adams. Within that section, Jerry asked, “My best recollection would be that we collected Coca-Cola bottle caps with player pictures in the liners — unless it was sending in cereal box tops or maybe even Kool-Aid packages. The back side of each photo referenced Dexter Press. Maybe our friends at the Fleer Sticker project would have a clue?”

Well, this week I received an E-mail from Jon Helf of the Fleer Sticker Project, which provided just the answer Jerry was looking for. Jon said:

I’ve spent the past few days researching the Coca-Cola promotion that Jerry Adams seemed to recall, and have just completed my post with a full run down of the Coke promotion and the cards if you’d like to take a look.

Phil – I don’t know if it was you or Jerry posing the question as to whether I could help confirm if these came from a Coke promotion, but I appreciate you guys thinking of me as a resource on something like this.

Thanks,
Jon

So there you have it. Whenever we have a question about cards, we know where to turn.

Thanks, Jon, for the quick response and the research!

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squiddie files 2From The Squiddie Files: As winter starts to turn the corner to spring, ever so slowly for a good part of the nation, Lance Smith (“Squiddie”) prepares to warm all our hearts with a look at the 1939 Cincinnati Reds, spring training edition:

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In 1938 the Cincinnati Reds finished in 4th place, 6 games back of the Chicago Cubs. They seemed like an odd team to cover for spring training in 1939, but Life sent a photographer to Tampa to cover the team. The Reds would then go on to win the NL pennant with two pitchers winning 25 games or more. (Bucky Walter had 27 and Paul Derringer won 25.) The Life crystal ball wasn’t perfect as they’d lose to the Yankees in four. However in 1940 they’d win both the pennant and the World Series.

Let’s look at some photos:

It’s not spring training if you don’t get photos of players in unusual positions.

Spring training also means lots of running and working on the basics. (Note that some players have the ‘C’ on their caps and some do not.)

The swanky opulence of the Reds locker room.

The long and short of it. (Frenchy Bordagaray and Big Jim Weaver)

Hank Johnson works a high tech pitch location training device.

No C on cap, but the Centennial patch is in place.

It wouldn’t be spring training without a medicine ball.

You don’t see many pith helmets anymore. Powel Crosley, Jr. and Bill McKechnie review the troops.

Tampa, Florida was a little more rustic in 1939. Baseball at Plant Field.

Sweat a lot. Drink a little.

Bucky Walters watching batting practice.

The broad expanse of Ernie Lombardi’s chest offers a good chance to examine the lettering in Cincinnati.

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Thanks so much for that fantastic spread, Lance. Feels more like spring already, doesn’t it? Interesting to see the Reds sporting the Mcauliffe font, as the Yankees, Tigers and Angels (amongst others) also did back in the good olde days.

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benchies headerMick is a real two-sport star. Or so it seems…here’s Rick:

Save your nickels and dimes, boys and girls, and cobble together a trip to Florida for Spring Training. But be efficient; double up if you can. Watch Cardinals and Marlins in Jupiter, perhaps. Or Twins and Red Sox in Fort Myers. And, of course, bring your gear and squeeze in a little BP of your own.

And with that, here’s your Sunday Benchies. Enjoy!

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uni template 2Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Taking a look at all sports from here on out, so, if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.

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Starting off the show today is Rob Juba, who has some interesting concepts for the Giants, Bills, Browns, Redskins, Saints & Seahawks. It also looks like Rob has incorporated Ricko’s comp sleeve concepts into these:

Hello, big fan of the blog, thought I might contribute some traditional / throwback ideas for a few NFL teams. I am a big fan of the comp sleeve concept so I have incorporated that into all of these.

First, for my team, the Giants, added the Northwestern stripe to the home and revamped alternate unis and all pants, white pants for the alternate uni.

For the Bills, went with a combination of throwback helmet & striping, with more current darker blue, and added red alternate.

Browns, added the dog helmet logo, orange alternate jersey.

Redskins, throwback to the older burgundy & gold and helmet logo.

Saints, brought back the deeper “copper” gold, changed to black helmet, gold alternate jersey.

Seahawks, brought back the old blue & green for the unis, changed “Seahawk blue” to green but kept the navy in the new logo, added navy alternate with silver helmet and new logo with old blue & green.

I was just working with Paint so please forgive the crudeness of the drawings!

Thanks
Rob Juba

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And our second and final set of tweaks for today comes from Samuel Thornton, who has taken on the eastern divisions of both the NFC and the AFC. Sam’s written a book, but they’re worth a look-see:

Here’s a batch of Uni Tweaks I did. Tried to do just tweaks and not total redesigns, although I guess some of the tweaks might be somewhat major. Kinda made it a design exercise of sorts to tweak each team, even if I like their uniforms as is. For this first bunch, I did the NFC and AFC East teams.

NFC East:

Cowboys – I hate the Cowboys, but I actually like their home blue uniform. Of course, they try their best to never wear it. Stupid Cowboys. For the home, I didn’t do much, except put stripes on the socks, match the blues up so they’re all navy, and make the numbers silver. The away whites got so much going wrong for them so I tried to clean it up. Matched up the silvers and blues again and put stripes on the socks. I also altered the sleeve stripes by replacing the black outline with a silver one and filing in the white space with silver, then slapped the star on there to match the blue jerseys.

Eagles – I’m an Eagles fan and I think the uniforms they have now are pretty good. I would like to see a switch back to the Kelly green and silver with the full bird logo, but I didn’t go nuts redesigning this one. I think the winged helmets are one of the tops in the league, however, it kinda bugs me that the wing is white and so is the head logo, which wouldn’t look like any bald eagle I’ve ever seen. My old man always says he wants them to switch back to the white helmets with green wings, so I went for a modern version of that with a white facemask. Away whites are the same, except for the helmet. Home greens are the same except for the helmet and green socks instead of black.

Giants – Hardly touched the Giants home blues. Gave them a red collar and a small red stripe between the white and blue on the socks. I don’t like that they have the NY logo on both the helmet and the chest, as it’s redundant, plus I kinda like Giants word mark, so I put that on the chest instead. On the whites, I tried to make it look like they weren’t wearing some other team’s jersey instead of the one that was designed with their scheme in mind. So I outlined the numbers in blue and made the stripes on the sleeves match those on the pants. Also swapped the NY logo for Giants one, and put the little red stripe on the sock again.

Redskins – I like the Redskins uniforms, even if they’re maybe a little boring. To spice it up a bit, a put a feather on each shoulder, red on the aways, white on the homes. I think it looks pretty cool. You’ll have to excuse my inability to get the feathers to curve the right way in MS Paint, and just pretend like they don’t go over the nameplate. Thanks. I also made sure the homes had striped socks.

AFC East:

Bills – We all know the problems with the Bills’ uniforms so I won’t rehash it. I tried to simplify their design while allowing them to keep a little bit of the excess detail if they really want it. This is a team I’d really want to redesign from scratch, and this tweak is definitely the most extensive. First I got rid of the darker colors and just went with regular blue and red. I figure practically everybody would give them a white helmet and it’s kind of a layup, so I went a different route. Plus, I feel like there’s too many white helmets out there nowadays anyway AND I already added one to it with the Eagles tweak. So what I did was make the helmet blue, with a red leaping/charging buffalo, and a single thick white stripe down the center. I gave the away jersey a blue yoke with red trim between it and the torso, changed the numbers to red, and switched the inversed the red and blue on the socks. Also got rid of the side panels. The home jerseys have the same blue shoulders, with white trim and a red torso. The numbers are white and I got rid of the panels again. I went with blue pants instead of white because I thought it would look too much like one of those Firecracker Popsicles you get from the ice cream truck. To avoid to leotard effect, I gave them white socks with three blue stripes. And that takes care of them.

Dolphins – I think the ‘Phins have pretty good uniforms too, even though the colors are brighter than most teams. What bugs me though, is that the dolphin in the logo is wearing a different helmet than the team does. So I took that logo off the team’s helmet and made it match the mascot’s with the orange M on it. Other than that, I just put stripes that match the pants’ on both home and away.

Jets – The Jets obviously have a good classic uniform, so the tweaks were minor here too. I gave them the same socks for their away uniform as they wear for their home (green with two white stripes), and made sure the stripes on the shoulders didn’t get cut off. Like the Giants, I think having the same logo on the helmet and chest is redundant, so I put an old jet logo they used to wear on the helmet and left the current one on their chest. OK, I may have been looking for any excuse to use the jet one anyway, but still…

Patriots – I feel similarly about silver helmets as a do about white ones, only silver is more boring, so if I can eliminate one…cool. Oh, and the redundancy department called in again to tell me about the flying Elvis on the helmet and sleeves. So of course I had to bring back Pat Patriot (and I left Elvis on the sleeve if they really want that one so much). The red helmet is just like one they used to wear at my high school (Colonials, baby) with a large white center stripe flanked by thinner blue ones, and a white facemask. My theory is Pat wore a white hat, blue jacket, and white pants, so we’ll set the team up the same way at home. I changed the silver shoulder stripes to white trimmed with red, then applied the same pattern to the collar and the socks. And you know what? I actually like the red piping up the side, so I left it there. For the away set, I got rid of the silver with blue stripes trimmed in red which I also applied to the collar, and changed the blue piping to red. I also changed the middle stripe in the socks to red.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. When I get time, I hope to hit the other Divisions and send them in, too. I enjoy seeing everybody’s designs and hope everyone can enjoy mine as well. Later!

-Sam

Thank you Rob and Sam. Back next week with more tweaks, concepts and revisions.

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vilk in kilt header 3Our man on the street, fashion critic extraordinaire, Jim “I’m a big fan of the Cav’s retro orange gear” Vilk mercifully brings us his final set of uniform…er…outfit critiques for the 2010 Winter Olympic ice skating competition today. He’ll be looking at the ladies figure skaters today.

We may not agree with his selections, but it’s good to know he cares enough to send the very best. Here’s Jim:

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Ladies Figure Skating

SHORT PROGRAM

5. Elena Glebova, Estonia: On behalf of all those who have a green Seahawks jersey, thank you.

4. Kiira Korpi, Finland: Ditto.

Bronze: Tugba Karademir, Turkey: When it comes to the ladies I like sequins, but they’re not necessary to make the list. Nice pattern here.

Silver: Sarah Hecken, Germany: Phil’s namesake and former pairs skating partner has to go it alone these days after he left her for another on-ice pursuit.

Gold: Anna Jurkiewicz, Poland: Simply elegant.

“Don’t come near my podium with that”: Sarah Meier, Switzerland: Another one of those looks that belongs in Vegas.

FREE SKATE PROGRAM

5. Kiira Korpi, Finland: Reminded me of a starry winter night.

4. Laura Lepisto, Finland: Assymetrical shoulder straps may have cost her the podium. Otherwise, very nice.

Bronze: Cheltzie Lee, Australia: See Laura? That’s more like it.

Silver: Mirai Nagasu, USA: US ladies off the real podium for the first time in a while. Hope this makes up for it.

Gold: Kim Yu-Na, South Korea: From Bond girl, to “it” girl, to golden girl, to Uni Watch girl…all in three days time.

“Don’t come near my podium with that”: Alena Lenova, Russia: Just too much — and not enough — at the same time.

And a platinum medal to everyone who clicked on all the skating 5+1 links. Thanks.

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No, Jim — Thank you.

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NFL uni tweaks contest headerOopsie: I need to send out apologies to Amos Miller, who sent me an E-mail yesterday saying I had omitted his NFL Uniform Tweaks Contest submission — well, I searched and searched through two months worth of E-mail, and I couldn’t find it — but that’s not to say he didn’t send it in. So, in the spirit of fairness, I promised him I’d post his submission today, and his concept will be added to the other 69 already in the contest. Amos submitted his concept for the Detroit Lions.

The UW selection panel will give full weight to it, but if you guys would like to add your two cents in the comments, below, we’ll consider them when we finalize the results for next weekend’s poll.

Here, then, is Amos Miller’s submission for the NFL Design-A-Jersey contest.

Let him know what you think.

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That will put a bow on this final post of February, 2010. Hope you enjoyed the look back at the Olympics, and be SURE to watch the Gold Medal Game today — if you only watch one hockey game this year, this is the one to watch.

Have a wonderful Sunday. Peace.

 

123 comments to With Glowing Hearts

  • Robert Gelles | February 28, 2010 at 7:55 am |

    Ralph Lauren’s closing ceremony uniforms: The polo logo should never be larger than the US logo. Shades of Nike

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 8:06 am |

    One more time. Can’t “bring back the copper” for the Saints. They never wore copper. Ever.

    That erronesous belief owes entirely to that crappy scan of the SI training camp cover. Far too many of the cover scans at the SI Vault are like a badly tuned TV, too much red in the “tint” setting. Crappy and, for our purposes, quite unreliable as to uni colors.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 8:29 am |

    SI cover, proper color.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Keith B | February 28, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    Sure dug those Reds spring training pics. Interesting to see the font as LI Phil pointed out. Although I greatly love the Big Red Machine era, it is a comfort to know that today’s unis aren’t too far off from what the Red Legs wore back then.

  • Keith B | February 28, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    Oops! I thought you were talking about the lettering as opposed to the numbering. Should have looked at the pics you used to make your point. But I still think that lettering today is reflective of yesteryear’s.

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 8:40 am |

    [quote comment=”379730″]Sure dug those Reds spring training pics. Interesting to see the font as LI Phil pointed out. Although I greatly love the Big Red Machine era, it is a comfort to know that today’s unis aren’t too far off from what the Red Legs wore back then.[/quote]

    Squiddie’s finds are so much fun.
    Great job as always, Lance.

    —Ricko

  • Oakville Endive | February 28, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    Here’s hoping Canada wears their white uni’s today – most of Canada greatest interenational hockey victories have been in their white uni – and conversely a lot of their more devastating loses have been in red.

    Sure like the way the BBC website reflect the medal standings.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    [quote comment=”379734″]Here’s hoping Canada wears their white uni’s today – most of Canada greatest interenational hockey victories have been in their white uni – and conversely a lot of their more devastating loses have been in red.

    Sure like the way the BBC website reflect the medal standings.[/quote]

    im almost 100% certain the usa is the “designated” home team (i believe that’s due to their superior record as well as their victory over canada last weekend)…so the canadians will wear whatever the us decides they will … in other words, if the US wants to wear the squaw valley retros again, canada will be in red

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”379735″][quote comment=”379734″]Here’s hoping Canada wears their white uni’s today – most of Canada greatest interenational hockey victories have been in their white uni – and conversely a lot of their more devastating loses have been in red.

    Sure like the way the BBC website reflect the medal standings.[/quote]

    im almost 100% certain the usa is the “designated” home team (i believe that’s due to their superior record as well as their victory over canada last weekend)…so the canadians will wear whatever the us decides they will … in other words, if the US wants to wear the squaw valley retros again, canada will be in red[/quote]
    Yep. Team USA is the #1 seed and if I’m not mistaken, team Canada is #6.

    So we won’t get to see the Squaw Valley throwbacks.

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 9:12 am |

    Oh, wait. Does the “home” team get to decide? It seems like all through the tournament, it’s been the dark jerseys for the designated home team.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment=”379738″]Oh, wait. Does the “home” team get to decide? It seems like all through the tournament, it’s been the dark jerseys for the designated home team.[/quote]

    been trying to find that out…i know the US wore blue against finland…but i DON’T know whether they were required to or they chose to…

    hopefully (but doubtfully) someone buried one of these in the ice for today’s game

  • The Jeff | February 28, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment=”379739″][quote comment=”379738″]Oh, wait. Does the “home” team get to decide? It seems like all through the tournament, it’s been the dark jerseys for the designated home team.[/quote]

    been trying to find that out…i know the US wore blue against finland…but i DON’T know whether they were required to or they chose to…

    hopefully (but doubtfully) someone buried one of these in the ice for today’s game[/quote]

    Why go with one of those when one of these is so much cooler?

    (here’s hoping I didn’t frell up the html)

  • Squiddie | February 28, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    In 1960, the US wore blue and Canada wore white. So plan accordingly.

  • Steve May | February 28, 2010 at 10:18 am |

    My understanding (from CTV) is that the US will wear blue and Canada will wear white. (This was also the case in 2002 at Salt Lake).

    The US also wore their blue uniforms when they clinched gold vs. Finland in 1980.

  • Terry Proctor | February 28, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    In 1960 the USA hockey team looked just like the Rangers. This year’s throwbacks should have Rangers-style numbers and Red pants to complete the look. Not for nothing, but I’ve always felt that the USA’s 1980 uniforms were too plain. Given that those Olympics were on home soil the hockey club could have dressed a little fancier.

  • James Craven | February 28, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    @Jimj Vilk: We should do a brief history of the women’s costumes in figure skating. I learned on an episode of Biography about Sonja Henie that she popularized the white skates because of her home country of Norway having lost of snow and she wanted to reflect that, the short (and shorter) skirts, and the tights going over the boots, halfway down the boots or under the boots. Maybe when we get closer to the upcoming World Championships would be a good time to discuss.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    beautiful color shot of 1960 USA vs. finland

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment=”379743″]In 1960 the USA hockey team looked just like the Rangers. This year’s throwbacks should have Rangers-style numbers and Red pants to complete the look. Not for nothing, but I’ve always felt that the USA’s 1980 uniforms were too plain. Given that those Olympics were on home soil the hockey club could have dressed a little fancier.[/quote]
    Red pants would be a better look all-around for the hockey unis.

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”379740″][quote comment=”379739″][quote comment=”379738″]Oh, wait. Does the “home” team get to decide? It seems like all through the tournament, it’s been the dark jerseys for the designated home team.[/quote]

    been trying to find that out…i know the US wore blue against finland…but i DON’T know whether they were required to or they chose to…

    hopefully (but doubtfully) someone buried one of these in the ice for today’s game[/quote]

    Why go with one of those when one of these is so much cooler?

    (here’s hoping I didn’t frell up the html)[/quote]
    Umm… what color is the one that Phil linked to?

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment=”379745″]beautiful color shot of 1960 USA vs. finland[/quote]

    WHOOPS…that was misidentified in the page i found that…the scoreboard shows USSR

    the russians wore blue pants? now im confuzzled

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    Thanks to Rob Joba for showing that, with a little imagination, the comp sleeves concept is pretty workable.

    —Ricko

  • Chris | February 28, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    That is definitely Finland playing in the picture…the names on the scoreboard are definitely finnish…other than USSR that is…weird

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    Sorry. Rob Juba.
    (oh, lord, I can’t have subconsciously thought about Chamberlain, can I).

    —Ricko

  • Chris | February 28, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    Scratch that….the scorebiard is showing the winners of the 50KM cross-country ski race…still, I do not recall the USSR ever wearing blue…they were always the RED army

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”379751″]That is definitely Finland playing in the picture…the names on the scoreboard are definitely finnish…other than USSR that is…weird[/quote]

    except that the names on the scoreboard are showing the cross country results…

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 10:42 am |

    another beautiful color shot of 1960…this time, we can safely say the US’ opponent is sweden

  • MEMAL | February 28, 2010 at 10:42 am |

    Great Olympics wrap up article! A fantastic collection of great shots from the past two weeks.

  • M.Princip | February 28, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    [quote comment=”379729″]SI cover, proper color.
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Nice!

  • FormerDirtDart | February 28, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    Phil,
    Not only did the US earn it’s first ever medal in the Nordic Combined events, but essentially owned the category. The US received 4 of the 9 Nordic Combined medals. Taking the Silver in all 3 events, and the Gold in the Individual LH/10k.
    Of course, we shouldn’t forget that the 4-man bobsled ended a 62 year drought by claiming Gold yesterday.

  • Hibbsy | February 28, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment=”379743″]In 1960 the USA hockey team looked just like the Rangers. This year’s throwbacks should have Rangers-style numbers and Red pants to complete the look. Not for nothing, but I’ve always felt that the USA’s 1980 uniforms were too plain. Given that those Olympics were on home soil the hockey club could have dressed a little fancier.[/quote]
    That uniform in 1980 is one of my favorites. Especially the whites. The white star on the blue yoke was tasteful and gorgeous. The stars and piping on the red breezers gave it just enough pizazz.
    Let’s just hope that “the confluence of events” today will be just as perfect as in 1980.
    I can’t believe how much I hate Canada today. I keep calling them the Dallas Yankees.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    just wow…and when you’re done with that…check out all the other squaw valley & hockey vids…

  • FormerDirtDart | February 28, 2010 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment=”379760″]just wow…and when you’re done with that…check out all the other squaw valley & hockey vids…[/quote]
    hey Phil, a little better video quality http://www.forgotten...

  • FormerDirtDart | February 28, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    Well damn-it
    “1960 USA Hockey Jersey Giveaway”
    unfortunately, the “Winner will be announced Feb. 28, during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Gold Medal Hockey Game.” Yeah, today. Who knows, maybe there is still a chance
    http://www.forgotten...

  • Jim BC | February 28, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    Looking forward to the game today. Rooting for Canada, of course but I really have to give it to the US team – they have definitely been the dominant force in the Olympics so far. Love the Squaw Valley jerseys and hope they have them on today… but Go Canada!

  • DW | February 28, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    Those white USA Hockey Squaw Valley throwbacks and the red Canada uniforms, coupled with Doc Emrick announcing, make it [from a distance] look and sound like a NY Rangers at NJ Devils home game.
    Also helps that some of the players do play for the Rangers or Devils in their NHL life. And of course Emrick is the Devils’ main play-by-play announcer.

  • 3Ddude | February 28, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    Speaking of what is buried at centRE ice, you Americans really missed out on adopting a coin as a fulltime dollar currency. It is so convenient…vending machines, parking metres, you name it. Everytime I go the the USA It is often problematic. Plus you have to inspect every bill! I love our monopoly money.

    Toonie buried under centre ice. I called it here first.

  • Rob Juba | February 28, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    Thanks Ricko – sorry about the Saints “copper” gold, although I do like a more rustic look.

    I have added a few more designs to my Flickr photostream here:

    http://www.flickr.co...

    Rob Juba

  • Jet | February 28, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    Can’t get enough of Squiddie’s stuff. Absolute gold!

    -Jet

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”379766″]Thanks Ricko – sorry about the Saints “copper” gold, although I do like a more rustic look.

    I have added a few more designs to my Flickr photostream here:

    http://www.flickr.co...

    Rob Juba[/quote]

    Don’t get me wrong. Copper can be great on a uni (see: Arizona Wrangler helmets first two USFL seasons, Arizona Outlaw pants third season, or arena Arizona Rattler helmets).

    It’s just that the notion that the Saints ever wore—or even considered wearing—copper is starting to take hold, and best to nip it in the bud.

    Before it becomes like the supposedly plain silver first-season Seahawks helmets, or the original Broncos wearing yellow-gold jerseys both home and road.

    Know what I mean?

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment=”379744″]@Jimj Vilk: We should do a brief history of the women’s costumes in figure skating. I learned on an episode of Biography about Sonja Henie that she popularized the white skates because of her home country of Norway having lost of snow and she wanted to reflect that, the short (and shorter) skirts, and the tights going over the boots, halfway down the boots or under the boots. Maybe when we get closer to the upcoming World Championships would be a good time to discuss.[/quote]

    I’d be willing to do that. I think Phil would like to chime in, since he’s a closet skating fan (and I know he has strong opinions about the tights going over the boots). Didn’t know that info about Sonja Henie – thanks for the insight.

    Oh, and Phil, revenge, like the Winter Olympics, is best served cold. That is one ugly kilt you found online.

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 11:57 am |

    Great look back at the winter games! I for one am going to miss them.

    Couldn’t post a picture of Sarah McLachlan?

    Great view of my favorite event:
    http://farm5.static....

    This, however, might be my favorite shot from your set:
    http://farm5.static....

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment=”379771″][quote comment=”379744″]@Jimj Vilk: We should do a brief history of the women’s costumes in figure skating. I learned on an episode of Biography about Sonja Henie that she popularized the white skates because of her home country of Norway having lost of snow and she wanted to reflect that, the short (and shorter) skirts, and the tights going over the boots, halfway down the boots or under the boots. Maybe when we get closer to the upcoming World Championships would be a good time to discuss.[/quote]

    I’d be willing to do that. I think Phil would like to chime in, since he’s a closet skating fan (and I know he has strong opinions about the tights going over the boots). Didn’t know that info about Sonja Henie – thanks for the insight.

    Oh, and Phil, revenge, like the Winter Olympics, is best served cold. That is one ugly kilt you found online.[/quote]

    My mother and two of her sisters were in the original Ice Follies cast (stayed in the show from ’36-’40). I have albums full of 8×10 glossy publicity photos from back then.

    My grandfather (who was kinda legendary both back in Stockholm and here in Minnesota, at least in figure skaing circles) finished third in U.S. men’s somewhere along the line, and my family was not big on Sonja Henie. Said she skated in short, mincing strokes and “couldn’t hold an edge if her life depended on it.” And, if you watch her skate, it’s absolutely true.

    (Not that what you’re saying about her bringing style changes to the sport isn’t true).

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    Except for the tights over the boots thing. I really doubt Henie started that. That came out of shows like the Ice Follies, and possibly Hollywood…but just was NOT common in figure skating competition until the past decade (or two, I guess).

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    Thanks, Squiddie, for the Life photos.

    I want one of those pitching targets:
    http://www.gstatic.c...

    And thanks, Ricko, for bringing back some memories with your Benchies. Instead of aluminum bats and golf balls, I used to use a fat wiffleball bat and little green apples to make some towering shots.

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”379774″]Except for the tights over the boots thing. I really doubt Henie started that. That came out of shows like the Ice Follies, and possibly Hollywood…but just was NOT common in figure skating competition until the past decade (or two, I guess).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I think James was talking about the whole timeline of skating there, not just the influnce of Ms. Henie. You’re right, I think the tights over the boots started in the 90s, give or take a few years.

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”379773″]My mother and two of her sisters were in the original Ice Follies cast (stayed in the show from ’36-’40). I have albums full of 8×10 glossy publicity photos from back then.

    My grandfather (who was kinda legendary both back in Stockholm and here in Minnesota, at least in figure skaing circles) finished third in U.S. men’s somewhere along the line, and my family was not big on Sonja Henie. Said she skated in short, mincing strokes and “couldn’t hold an edge if her life depended on it.” And, if you watch her skate, it’s absolutely true.

    (Not that what you’re saying about her bringing style changes to the sport isn’t true).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Well, if James and I do indeed do something on skating, I’d love your input.

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    Totally not un-related (except for the black of the Cobra School), but on ABC Family, Daniel-San is about to win the Valley Karate Tournament.

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    Uni tweaks:

    Rob, my favorite was your Redskins uni. Liked the spear in the sleeve stripes. As for the Browns, if they HAD to have something on the helmets I’d rather see the CB logo than that dog.

    Sam, your Patriots set is the best. Very good matching the uni to what Pat is wearing. Really like your Jets, too. And, since I liked the ’84 Washington Federals http://www.houston-g... I appreciated what you did with the Cowboys’ sleeves.

    Thanks, guys.

  • David | February 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”379745″]beautiful color shot of 1960 USA vs. finland[/quote]

    According the the video that was posted, the Soviets did wear blue hockey gear.

  • interlockingtc | February 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    From someone who didn’t watch much of the Olympics, I say thank you, Phil, for the fantastic review…obviously a labor of love. Makes me wish I would’ve gotten to a tv more often. Those photos are exquisite.

    This one, in particular, is just ….amazing…

    http://farm3.static....

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

    Little preview of the closing ceremonies:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Also heard Neil Young (shudder) and Avril Lavigne are performing.

    Why is it that Rush is considered dated, but Neil young is timeless?

  • James Craven | February 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    I had an old Ice Capades program (insert your “Smurfs on Ice” joke here) where the female skaters besides the ususal suntan colored tights also wore suntan fishnet tights over them, and sometimes wore them over the skates as well (insert your “World’s Oldest Profession on Ice” jokes here).

  • Nickel | February 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

    Just to clarify a type in the olympic stuff:

    Boardercross: Four snowboarders racing downhill against each other. Gold won by Maine’s own Seth Wescott (in the linked picture)

    Skicross: A different olympic event but with skiers instead of snowboarders.

    Snowcross: Same type of race but with snowmobiles. Not an olympic sport.

  • Nickel | February 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

    haha that’s “typo” not “type”

    awkwarrddd

  • James Craven | February 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”379778″][b][i]”Totally not un-related (except for the black of the Cobra School), but on ABC Family, Daniel-San is about to win the Valley Karate Tournament.”[/i][/b][/quote]

    Ricko, not to be a pain in the wazoo (other than the anti-spam word “DAN”), but wasn’t that the end-of-year Weird Web Stories Video Tournament on SportsNation I saw on there instead?

  • The Jeff | February 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”379782″]Little preview of the closing ceremonies:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Also heard Neil Young (shudder) and Avril Lavigne are performing.

    Why is it that Rush is considered dated, but Neil young is timeless?[/quote]

    Because for some reason, radio stations have been playing the same 5 Rush songs for the past 25 years instead of realizing that the band is actually still making music… thus, when people think of Rush, they think of those overplayed and now somewhat annoying songs. Neil Young just sucks and people have poor taste.

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”379783″]I had an old Ice Capades program (insert your “Smurfs on Ice” joke here) where the female skaters besides the ususal suntan colored tights also wore suntan fishnet tights over them, and sometimes wore them over the skates as well (insert your “World’s Oldest Profession on Ice” jokes here).[/quote]

    Some of the skaters from these games still wore the fishnets:
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

    By the way, just saw this since I didn’t get to see the skating exhibition last night – Canadian ice dancer Scott Virtue wore Canada’s hockey sweater during his performance with partner Tessa Virtue:
    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

  • James Craven | February 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm |

    Anyone wanna bet Neil will sing this song tonight?

  • Squiddie | February 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    In my elementary school we used to argue which was better: Ice Follies or Ice Capades. We were an Ice Follies family. Ice Capades seemed more hip, but Ice Follies had Uncle Frick. (Was it Frack?)

    Someone is selling Ice Follies programs from Eddie Shipstad’s estate. Check ’em out.

  • Joe Barrie | February 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm |

    Nice to see those pictures of the Reds at spring trainingin 1939.

    Interesting that they are wearing their 1938 uniforms (as expected) but with a 1939 sleeve patch. The 1939 uniforms retained the Red Sox style numbers, but the wordmarks were quite different, and lasted well into the Fifties.

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”379790″]In my elementary school we used to argue which was better: Ice Follies or Ice Capades. We were an Ice Follies family. Ice Capades seemed more hip, but Ice Follies had Uncle Frick. (Was it Frack?)

    Someone is selling Ice Follies programs from Eddie Shipstad’s estate. Check ’em out.[/quote]

    Pretty sure was Roy Shipstad and Oscar Johnson who started the Ice Follies. Eddie came on board a bit later.

    Last time I spoke with Eddie was 1966 at an Ice Follies performance at the L.A. Sports Arena. Was a screw up on our tickets, and saw Eddie standing in the foyer (he was in charge of such things), so I just walked up, re-introduced myself and told him what was going on. He gave us four seats in the front row (nice way to impress your date from L.A. when you’re a 20-year-old kid in town from Minnesota on vacation, LOL).

    —Ricko

  • adam | February 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

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

    i almost cared about soccer for almost a minute.

  • Brad | February 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

    It’s really hard for me to care that much about the U.S.-Canada hockey game, especially after the teams have already played once in this Olympics. To me it seems anti-climatic, and why if the teams split, should Canada win gold because they happened to win the second game between the two teams? Doc Emrick is a great P-B-P announcer, but I simply can’t and will not watch any coverage on NBC. I’ll still have an enjoyable Sunday afternoon with college hoops and other tasks to attend to, and hope it’s a good game for those that care more than I do.

  • Squiddie | February 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

    In theory, there are more photos of the 1960 US-Canada hockey game in the Life archives, but I can’t find them. It’s possible they haven’t been uploaded yet. Or I haven’t found the right mixture of search terms.

    I can find photos of the US-Czech game and Canada-Sweden game.

    Sadly no photos of either of the Japan-Australia games. I still dream of one day finding them.

  • steve | February 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    I’d say Neil will sing Four Strong Winds, but I think Ian Tyson sung that at the Calgary Games Opening Ceremony. Not sure if they want to repeat that.

  • Hibbsy | February 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”379787″][quote comment=”379782″]Little preview of the closing ceremonies:
    http://sports.yahoo....

    Also heard Neil Young (shudder) and Avril Lavigne are performing.

    Why is it that Rush is considered dated, but Neil young is timeless?[/quote]

    Because for some reason, radio stations have been playing the same 5 Rush songs for the past 25 years instead of realizing that the band is actually still making music… thus, when people think of Rush, they think of those overplayed and now somewhat annoying songs. Neil Young just sucks and people have poor taste.[/quote]
    Wow. Neil Young sucks? And you guys like figure skating outfits?
    Best Rush moment… Ricky kidnapping Alex Lifeson. Actually, he just borrowed him for a bit. “Play that Dianne Sawer shit.”

  • Hibbsy | February 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

    The best Canadian band, anyway, is still No Means No.

  • rpm | February 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

    to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.

  • Hibbsy | February 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”379799″]to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.[/quote]
    How about the Cardinals?
    Those are all I got.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”379781″]From someone who didn’t watch much of the Olympics, I say thank you, Phil, for the fantastic review…obviously a labor of love. Makes me wish I would’ve gotten to a tv more often. Those photos are exquisite.

    This one, in particular, is just ….amazing…

    http://farm3.static....

    thanks jim, i really do appreciate that :)

    glad you liked

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

    [quote comment=”379790″]In my elementary school we used to argue which was better: Ice Follies or Ice Capades. [/quote]

    damn…i was always defending the mets

  • Mike Engle | February 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm |

    Oh my G-d, oh my G-d. Mike Babcock is wearing his “lucky” McGill tie again. Now, in case you’re wondering when I’d ever root against the school tie, now is the time. Sorry Canada, but I’m not a McGill grad yet (but still a proud student), and I’m not a permanent resident yet, so I’m rooting for the star-spangled home country.
    Non-uni aside: I don’t normally advertise myself like this, but click my name to go to my MySpace, where I have new trio songs for everybody to listen to. Kind of lo-fi, but it still sounds like a vibraphone. RPM~If you want the tracks for a soundtrack to a bobble-head YouTube, you have my permission.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm |

    usa in blue (was to be expected i guess)

    GAME ON

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    Hmmmm…. I don’t think Eddie Olczyk knows how to feel about that first goal.

  • mike 2 | February 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”379796″]I’d say Neil will sing Four Strong Winds, but I think Ian Tyson sung that at the Calgary Games Opening Ceremony. Not sure if they want to repeat that.[/quote]

    My money would be on Neil Young singing Long May You Run.

    I’ve also got ten bucks on Leonard Cohen singing Closing Time.

    THAT would be a quintessential Canadian moment – Leonard Cohen and Neil Young singing together.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”379805″][quote comment=”379796″]I’d say Neil will sing Four Strong Winds, but I think Ian Tyson sung that at the Calgary Games Opening Ceremony. Not sure if they want to repeat that.[/quote]

    My money would be on Neil Young singing Long May You Run.
    [/quote]

    no After The Garden?

  • LarryB | February 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    Phil, great old hockey shots in the column today.

    Love the color ones from 1960

  • LarryB | February 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”379753″]Scratch that….the scorebiard is showing the winners of the 50KM cross-country ski race…still, I do not recall the USSR ever wearing blue…they were always the RED army[/quote]

    That is what I thought but last summer I saw this SI cover of CCCP in blue. I did not really look for Olympic pictures overall

    http://lh4.ggpht.com...

  • M.Princip | February 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    Wow, what a question to ask Bradford at the Combine. Reporter was definitely trying to get a rise out of him.

    It involved Bradford’s Native American heritage and the possibility of being drafted by the Washington Redskins. Would he have a problem with that?

    “This isn’t the place to discuss that,” Bradford said, politely.

    “So you’re hoping the Redskins don’t draft you,” the same reporter asked.

    “No,” Bradford said, unable to muffle another are-you-kidding-me? smile.

    The Redskins hold the fourth pick in the first round and are among the teams that could select a QB.

  • LarryB | February 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm |

    enjoyed squiddie’s Reds Life pics a lot.

  • rpm | February 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”379800″][quote comment=”379799″]to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.[/quote]
    How about the Cardinals?
    Those are all I got.[/quote]

    since the american’s wear too dark a shade of blue when compared to the flag, yes, the cards will work with the navy stripes.

  • Wes Kendall | February 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

    Are the stars on each shoulder of the US jersey representative of the two Gold Medals won by the USA?

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm |

    is it too early for a time oot?

  • FormerDirtDart | February 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”379813″]Are the stars on each shoulder of the US jersey representative of the two Gold Medals won by the USA?[/quote]
    Sort of doubt it, since the US short track skaters have the same stars on their sleeves

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”379812″][quote comment=”379800″][quote comment=”379799″]to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.[/quote]
    How about the Cardinals?
    Those are all I got.[/quote]

    since the american’s wear too dark a shade of blue when compared to the flag, yes, the cards will work with the navy stripes.[/quote]
    Hey, aren’t those white stirrups for a Canadian team?

    I call shenanigans.

  • rpm | February 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”379816″][quote comment=”379812″][quote comment=”379800″][quote comment=”379799″]to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.[/quote]
    How about the Cardinals?
    Those are all I got.[/quote]

    since the american’s wear too dark a shade of blue when compared to the flag, yes, the cards will work with the navy stripes.[/quote]
    Hey, aren’t those white stirrups for a Canadian team?

    I call shenanigans.[/quote]

    they were indeed manufactured for a canadian lacrosse team in vancouver, but they are still the proper red white and blue.

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”379817″][quote comment=”379816″][quote comment=”379812″][quote comment=”379800″][quote comment=”379799″]to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.[/quote]
    How about the Cardinals?
    Those are all I got.[/quote]

    since the american’s wear too dark a shade of blue when compared to the flag, yes, the cards will work with the navy stripes.[/quote]
    Hey, aren’t those white stirrups for a Canadian team?

    I call shenanigans.[/quote]

    they were indeed manufactured for a canadian lacrosse team in vancouver, but they are still the proper red white and blue.[/quote]
    I’ll stick with my Senators hosiery, thank you very much.

  • Jim BC | February 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm |

    Reebok corporate office in an uproar.

    Millions of viewers watching Sydney Crosby with “Reebo” on the left side of his helmet.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm |

    fasten your seatbelts…

  • FormerDirtDart | February 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm |

    OT?

  • FormerDirtDart | February 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    ok hockey gods, someone tell me the percentages for the empty net actually working?

  • jesse | February 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”379822″]ok hockey gods, someone tell me the percentages for the empty net actually working?[/quote]
    at least for today, 100%. (so far)

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”379819″]Reebok corporate office in an uproar.

    Millions of viewers watching Sydney Crosby with “Reebo” on the left side of his helmet.[/quote]

    Could explain what happened on that breakaway…
    “Oh, shit, just noticed my ‘k’ fell off.”

    —Ricko

  • rpm | February 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”379818″][quote comment=”379817″][quote comment=”379816″][quote comment=”379812″][quote comment=”379800″][quote comment=”379799″]to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.[/quote]
    How about the Cardinals?
    Those are all I got.[/quote]

    since the american’s wear too dark a shade of blue when compared to the flag, yes, the cards will work with the navy stripes.[/quote]
    Hey, aren’t those white stirrups for a Canadian team?

    I call shenanigans.[/quote]

    they were indeed manufactured for a canadian lacrosse team in vancouver, but they are still the proper red white and blue.[/quote]
    I’ll stick with my Senators hosiery, thank you very much.[/quote]

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhit, i have to leave for work in 5 minutes to run 5 basketball games. not a fair trade. if i have to triple T someone tonight like i did yesterday, i am pulling his shirt over his head and beating his ribs.

  • Chris | February 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm |

    What is that star like symbol on the USA jerseys?? Its like a combo of a star and flames

  • FormerDirtDart | February 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”379826″]What is that star like symbol on the USA jerseys?? Its like a combo of a star and flames[/quote]
    shooting star?
    http://media.idahost...

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm |

    congrats canada

    great game, eh?

  • jesse | February 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm |

    Congrats Canada.

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm |

    I see Mounties.

  • Oakville Endive | February 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm |

    White uni’s come through again

    Great frigging game – US – you scared the beejeezus out of us.

  • Mike Engle | February 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”379829″]congrats canada

    great game, eh?[/quote]
    Absolutely.
    Guess what’s gonna be on everybody’s minds on campus tomorrow up here.
    /We’ll always have 1980.

  • Jim BC | February 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”379829″]congrats canada

    great game, eh?[/quote]
    Thanks Phil – nice to have the Gold. But what an outstanding effort by the U.S. Nobody predicted they would even medal. Great job. Just wish they had the Squaw Valley jerseys on.

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”379833″]
    Guess what’s gonna be on everybody’s minds on campus tomorrow up here.[/quote]
    Northwestern pissing away its chances at an NCAA tournament berth?

  • Jason - Fire Up Chips! | February 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm |

    My roommate and I made a pretty good youtube video where we do some crazy golf shots that we set up around the appartment. Not uni related, but I think you guys will appreciate the video anyway

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

  • Traxel | February 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm |

    City cable must have made a mistake, I got to watch hockey today!!!!!

    Awesome game. The victor was not my team but definately my #2 team. Congratulations Teebz. Yes, mounties. Paul Blart would make a good one.

    I ordered a 1980 Jim Craig USA jersey that came just in time yesterday. Wore it all day today for the first and only time, now it goes on display down in the manquarium.

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”379829″]congrats canada

    great game, eh?[/quote]

    Only one thing I can add to that:

    Wow.

  • JimV19 | February 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm |

    So long, Vancouver. And thanks.

  • Ricko | February 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm |

    One thing for sure.
    Canada has a helluva lot better national anthem than the U.S.
    For one, it’s actually an anthem, and it’s always sung as one…not as a lament, or torch song, or, practically, a dirge sometimes.
    For another, most people can sing it.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”379840″]One thing for sure.
    Canada has a helluva lot better national anthem than the U.S.[/quote]

    even in english

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”379841″][quote comment=”379840″]One thing for sure.
    Canada has a helluva lot better national anthem than the U.S.[/quote]

    even in english[/quote]
    Appalling. As an American, I’m embarrassed. At least when canucks screw up our anthem, they do it with class and dignity.

  • Hibbsy | February 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”379812″][quote comment=”379800″][quote comment=”379799″]to those that have ’em…now would be the time to put on those white stirrups with the red and blue northwestern stripes.[/quote]
    How about the Cardinals?
    Those are all I got.[/quote]

    since the american’s wear too dark a shade of blue when compared to the flag, yes, the cards will work with the navy stripes.[/quote]
    I should have never said that. I didn’t wear stirrups at all. I never intended to.

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”379805″]
    My money would be on Neil Young singing Long May You Run.[/quote]

    we have a winner

  • Traxel | February 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm |

    Players that impressed me.
    USA – Miller, Kane, Parise
    Canada – Toews, Keith, Nash

    I knew Luongo was REALLY good before the Olympics so he didn’t make the list. But those young Blackhawks, they can puck!

  • Traxel | February 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”379839″]So long, Vancouver. And thanks.[/quote]
    One final sow cow eh Vilk?

  • LI Phil | February 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    “the always enjoyable giant inflatable beaver”

    — bob costas, presumably said with a straight face

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”379846″]Players that impressed me.
    USA – Miller, Kane, Parise
    Canada – Toews, Keith, Nash

    I knew Luongo was REALLY good before the Olympics so he didn’t make the list. But those young Blackhawks, they can puck![/quote]
    Meh.

    I was really hoping the Slovaks would hold on to that lead last night. It would’ve been kinda cool to see all six of the Hawks come back with medals

  • Traxel | February 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”379849″][quote comment=”379846″]Players that impressed me.
    USA – Miller, Kane, Parise
    Canada – Toews, Keith, Nash

    I knew Luongo was REALLY good before the Olympics so he didn’t make the list. But those young Blackhawks, they can puck![/quote]
    Meh.

    I was really hoping the Slovaks would hold on to that lead last night. It would’ve been kinda cool to see all six of the Hawks come back with medals[/quote]
    I could have watched that game but I was catching up on more LOCKUP episodes. Okay. I’ll stop.

    Any truth to the rumor the Hawks just signed Johnny Wier?

  • JTH | February 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”379850″][quote comment=”379849″][quote comment=”379846″]Players that impressed me.
    USA – Miller, Kane, Parise
    Canada – Toews, Keith, Nash

    I knew Luongo was REALLY good before the Olympics so he didn’t make the list. But those young Blackhawks, they can puck![/quote]
    Meh.

    I was really hoping the Slovaks would hold on to that lead last night. It would’ve been kinda cool to see all six of the Hawks come back with medals[/quote]
    I could have watched that game but I was catching up on more LOCKUP episodes. Okay. I’ll stop.

    Any truth to the rumor the Hawks just signed Johnny Wier?[/quote]
    Yes. Look for there to be a few more feathers on the crest from now on.

  • James Craven | February 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”379848″]“‘The always enjoyable giant inflatable beaver.’

    — “Bob Costas, presumably said with a straight face.”[/quote]

    Please write your punchlines in three…two…one…

  • mike 2 | February 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”379845″][quote comment=”379805″]
    My money would be on Neil Young singing Long May You Run.[/quote]

    we have a winner[/quote]

    You owe me a coke

  • rpm | March 1, 2010 at 12:16 am |

    sorry america, i lost the game. i was waiting as long as possible to go to work, and not 30 seconds after i took off my america f++ck yeah stirrups, crosby scored. see jth, i told you i had the pair with the mojo.

  • DJ | March 1, 2010 at 12:54 am |

    White uni’s come through again

    Great frigging game – US – you scared the beejeezus out of us.

    Don’t worry. Once the buzz wears off, you’ll go back to having no respect for US Hockey whatsoever.

  • The Hemogoblin | March 1, 2010 at 3:00 am |

    [quote comment=”379854″]sorry america, i lost the game. i was waiting as long as possible to go to work, and not 30 seconds after i took off my america f++ck yeah stirrups, crosby scored. see jth, i told you i had the pair with the mojo.[/quote]

    Real Uni Watch members wear their stirrups to work. ;D

  • art | March 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm |

    I believe the half pipe markings are blue because most ski goggles are tinted amber/yellow. This makes blues and greens look almost black against the snow, while reds and yellows look lighter.