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New Gazoo Review

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Last week I wrote about new bats and batting gloves, and now it looks like we may have a new batting helmet too, at least judging by the new headgear Norris Hopper and Kevin Mench were wearing this past weekend.

I’ve sent e-mails to my contacts at Rawlings and hope to hear back from them soon, but here are a few thoughts to tide us over until then:

• I could be wrong, but I think this helmet looks a bit less bulbous than the S100, which is consistent with what Rawlings said at the end of last season, when they indicated that they’d try to make some adjustments to come up with something a little lighter and smaller.

• Hopper and Mench were not among the six players who wore the S100 last year (those were Ryan Dempster, David Wright, Carlos Guillen, Edgar Gonzalez, Micah Owings, and Shane Victorino), which means the new design already has some new potential converts. Impressive.

• As you can see, Hopper and Mench have both been wearing a double-flapped version of the new design. Righty and lefty versions are presumably still in the production pipeline.

• Mench’s helmet has a Rawlings wordmark above one side of the brim. I’m assuming that wouldn’t be there for a regular season game.

Further details on all of this as soon as I have them. Meanwhile, let me know if you’re aware of any other players wearing the new lids.

(Special thanks to eagle-eyed Aaron Clements and Brian Erni for spotting these helmets before I did.)

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Uni Watch News Ticker: More Wisconsin high school basketball tournament slideshows from Jeff Ash — one apiece for the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Interesting to see how some of the 1970s uniforms were clearly influenced by Marquette. Here’s another example. … Mike Hersh has found one of the greatest auction items ever — a Flying Fathers jersey! Read the item description for details. … Other auction finds from Mike: a very interesting Phillies jacket (note the shoulder inserts, high pocket placement, and unusual sleeve color) and an incredible-looking Red Sox program. … Soccer story from Tyler Ostergaard, who writes: “N. Korea and Venezuela played a friendly match Thursday night, but N. Korea lost their uniforms and had to borrow Venezuela’s away uniforms.” … The Pats will be wearing Grogan-era throwbacks as an alternate look next season. … The Seoul Heroes are now the Nexen Heroes, which of course means new uniforms (with thanks to Dan Kurtz and Jeremy Brahm). … Longtime Uni Watch favorite Mark Penxa is running a contest to give away five illustrations from his latest Stealing Signs art series. For contest details, look here. … Nick Johnson’s recent back injury (presumably the first of many maladies he’ll suffer this year) was the due to wearing the wrong cleats for batting practice. … That crazy Ozzie Guillen wore stirrups on Friday (as spotted by Larry Kurtze). … Latest evidence that we’d all be better off if an asteroid plowed right into the planet: Florida is considering selling ad space on their license plates (courtesy of Jesse Agler. … Actually, let’s just have the asteroid plow into Florida, that would be better. … New uniforms for the Green Bay Blizzard (with thanks to the Rev. Nørb). … Jonathon Binet asks, not unreasonably, why the Auburn baseball team needs six different cap designs. Yes, the second and sixth ones look similar, but the last one has white outlining on the logo and white airholes. Similarly, the first one is white with a navy brim, while the fifth one is gray, not white. … Tom Turner claims that Rocky Blier’s cleats in this shot are actually curling shoes. “They were imported from Canada to use on artifical turf,” he says. “The Univ. of South Carolina also used them (my friend was head manager).” Can anyone confirm or refute? … North Central College’s baseball media guide shows the team’s jerseys from the 1980s through today. Plus the team wears stirrups! (With thanks to Eric Bunnell.) … Good story from Mat Orefice, who plays in the hockey-rock band the Zambonis: “Our lead singer, Dave Schneider, also owns a chain of hip-hop clothing stores in Connecticut, and he recently created a Whalers T-shirt design that he placed in his store window. A few hours later a guy comes in to buy a few for himself and his daughter. Who, you ask? Former Whalers captain Kevin Dineen! Glad to see tons of Whalers gear hitting the streets. Of course, I’m still the only one with a Whalers drum kit!” … People sometimes say I have a uniform fetish. But some people have a real uniform fetish, and those people are apparently creating a brisk black market for Japan Airlines stewardess uniforms (big thanks to Robert Leavell). … Good follow-up story from Mike Edgerley, who writes: “A couple of years ago I sent you some links that explained Port St. Joe (FL) High School’s tradition of wearing striped socks when reaching the state Final Four. Today, however, Tampa Prep finally defeated Port St. Joe and their ‘cat in the hat’ socks for the first time in five tries in the state 2A Final Four. Here’s some excellent video, with plenty of socks action and commentary.” … The Erie Bayhawks of the D-League recently played a game wearing the uniforms of their parent club, the Cavs. But some players had authentic Cavs NOBs while others had bogus-looking nameplate. As Anthony LoPinto explains, “Danny Green and Darnell Jackson were recently sent to the D-League after playing in about 20 games each with the Cavs, so they had their official jerseys.” The other players apparently had knockoff replicas. … College football is along way away, but here’s something to file away: Iowa will wear throwbacks against Ball State in late September (with thanks to Joe Wagner. … Also, when did Riddell go to this logo? I don’t recall having seen it before. … On Friday I asked about the Republic of France’s very Jerry Dior-esque logo. Got a fantastic response from Frenchman Jérémy Crampon, as follows: “I don’t think that republic logo has been inspired by the MLB logo cuz here nobody watch baseball!!! BIG SIGH!!! (I must be one of the only French to watch during warm summer nights some baseball on tv! Thank god i got this european espn version that broadcast games !!!) Anyway i admit we can see a similarity between these two logos!! The French logo is in service since September 1999. It represents our flag color! Blue ,white, red. The white part is Marriane’s head! Marriane is a national symbol of France. And then under the Marriane head there is our moto! I didn’t find yet whom created it and what is the story of the logo! It’s just a official logo that we can see on official papers from governement! When we have to pay taxes or I don’t know!” Merci. … Ooooh, check out these display helmets that Brinke Guthrie found. Amazing, right? What were they for? Also, note that the Saints helmet is black! … Mikey Caldwell reports that NESN did a “Best and Worst Uniforms” segment on a recent Bruins pregame show and used NHLuniforms.com templates without attribution. … Everyone’s gonna like this: Andrew Fladeboe‘s father has dozens of amazing sports-themed Matryoshka Dolls. Where’d he get them all? “My dad works in international law and specializes in nuclear nonproliferation. After the fall of the Soviet Union it was important to make sure all the missiles and nuclear material were accounted for (which is still an issue today), so we ended up moving to Moscow from 1994-97. We would go to these huge outdoor markets where you could buy anything, and he sort of befriended one of the guys who made these Matryoshka Dolls. He kept asking my dad to bring him Street & Smith magazines so he could keep track of uniform changes and get the numbers and names right. The artist was also very particular about flesh color and really liked doing the retro uniforms. They were between $10-$15 apiece.” … Dig this super-cool soap box derby pin. … Just don’t give me the slice with the swoosh (with thanks to Brian Shane). … Omir Santos is wearing those newfangled batting gloves I wrote about last week (with thanks to Brian Erni). … Good to see Jamie Moyer’s stirrups are already in mid-season form (with thanks to Matthew Borda). … Ross Yoshida notes that the 4 in Travis Outlaw’s uni number is the wrong font. … Zack Tanner notes that Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is still using his old Thrashers catching glove. … Great item up for auction: a pair of Hollywood Stars shorts (excellent find by Al Arauz). … New Poseidon-themed mask for Evgeni Nabokov (screen shots courtesy of Sean Robbins). … The Maryland baseball team is wearing stirrups this season (that good news relayed by Matt Shevin). … The Caps finally got around to wearing that 35th-anniversary patch on Saturday night (photo by Cheryl Nichols). … Also, the Caps had a historical jersey display in the lobby for that game, and Ken Pilpel got a bunch of photos. … Jacob Pomrenke was watching some old footage on the MLB Network and noticed that Kevin Mitchell went NNOB in his first game with the Giants in 1987. … Also: Jacob’s wife, Tracy Greer, has developed a specialty of crocheting baby blankets for friends and family members in team colors, like these Phillies and Mizzou examples. … It’s hard to see, but Rangers goalie Alex Auld is still using his Stars backplate (as spotted by John Muir). … Jubilo Iwata of the J-League are honoring Masashi Nakayama, who had played with the team for 20 years, with a uni-themed seat (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: these NFL children’s pajamas, which he saw at the Kohl’s in Portland the other day. … Still more from Jeremy: Here are the uniforms from the Top League (that’s Japanese rugby) All-Star Game.

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127 comments to New Gazoo Review

  • The Jeff | March 8, 2010 at 7:34 am |

    Those NFL display helmets are awesomely bad. They look like DIY gone wrong. The Rams horns are backwards, the Falcons with the sideways logos, the Redskins spears are colored wrong and upside down…

  • Mark in Shiga | March 8, 2010 at 7:47 am |

    That wrong-font “4” on Travis Outlaw’s jersey is a good find, but how about this wrong font in the Cubs’ logo on their spring-training dugout? The real Cubs’ font is something like Eurostile (only a bit narrower, and with a different numeral “1”), but that dugout logo looks more like Impact.

  • scott | March 8, 2010 at 7:50 am |

    Norris Hopper looks his head got swallowed by the helmet. Kevin Mench, on the other hand, appears to have a huge head that compensates for the oversized helmet.

  • timmy b | March 8, 2010 at 7:55 am |

    Completely random and off-topic…

    I never watch any awards show (except for the NHL Awards), but why o why are the Oscar Awards voting results never ever released???

    I mean why do we never see the actual numbers in how the academy voted?

    Like for best picture…was it The Hurt Locker 3, 456 and Avatar 3,204, etc.

    Did a best picture win by a vote or by thousands??
    Why the secrets?

    Just askin’.

  • PK | March 8, 2010 at 8:07 am |

    …Shouldn’t the women’s hockey jersey cake have a beer?

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 8:15 am |

    [quote comment=”380874″]…Shouldn’t the women’s hockey jersey cake have a beer?[/quote]

    and a cigar?

  • Bob | March 8, 2010 at 8:17 am |

    If Auburn is going to have six different baseball caps, at least make one of those things orange.

  • VB06Hokie | March 8, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    More stirrup news: for their home opener this weekend, my beloved Virginia Tech baseball team not only broke out their Tequila Sunrise jerseys, but they added these sweet stirrups!

    http://www.brinkleys...

  • dwight | March 8, 2010 at 8:42 am |

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

    I was more intrigued by Buffalo wearing blue pants. Am I the only one who thought that was the most interesting part of that photo?

  • Bernard | March 8, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.

  • Geeman | March 8, 2010 at 8:47 am |

    Those Maryland baseball unis are horrible. Memo to Under Armour: You don’t mess with pinstripes!

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 8:48 am |

    If I remember correctly, the chief complaint about the S100 (other than the Gazoo look) was that it would move around a lot. Rawlings said this was because the MLB was using single flap helmets and the helmet was designed for use with double flaps.
    Since the Minor league teams will be required to wear the S100 this year, maybe this is a sign that double flaps will be mandatory.

  • steve | March 8, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    I was watching the Cubs/Sox game on Saturday, lots of the guys wearing high numbers and no names on their backs for the Sox were wearing those double-flapped helmets featured in the main article.

    Maybe they will be the standard in the Minor Leagues?

  • Jerry | March 8, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    Marquette is still influencing uniforms across Wisconsin today.

    This is Beaver Dam HS.

    http://www.wiscnews....

  • not osama | March 8, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    I always assumed the Rocky Blier cleats were Riddell’s astro turf shoe but I could be wrong.

  • Mark K | March 8, 2010 at 8:54 am |

    [quote comment=”380878″]http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2010/03/pats_have_new_a.html

    I was more intrigued by Buffalo wearing blue pants. Am I the only one who thought that was the most interesting part of that photo?[/quote]

    The article questions whether or not the photo is from 1985. It’s from 1984. The Bills have the 25th anniversary patch.

  • Jeremy Brahm | March 8, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    Baseball in France in Sports Illustrated in 1992.
    http://sportsillustr...

  • Mark K | March 8, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment=”380886″]Baseball in France in Sports Illustrated in 1992.
    http://sportsillustr...

    You mean baseball! In France!!

  • pru | March 8, 2010 at 9:24 am |

    [quote comment=”380877″]More stirrup news: for their home opener this weekend, my beloved Virginia Tech baseball team not only broke out their Tequila Sunrise jerseys, but they added these sweet stirrups!

    http://www.brinkleys...

    Those are fantastic unis…now if you could only get the pitcher to bend his bill.

  • Andy | March 8, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    [quote comment=”380871″]That wrong-font “4” on Travis Outlaw’s jersey is a good find, but how about this wrong font in the Cubs’ logo on their spring-training dugout? The real Cubs’ font is something like Eurostile (only a bit narrower, and with a different numeral “1”), but that dugout logo looks more like Impact.[/quote]

    Speaking of it, the labels on the photos are reversed. Outlaw has the wrong 4, not Butler. Currently it says wrong next to the Butler pic and right next to the Outlaw pic.

  • Luther Mahoney | March 8, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    Re.: Display two sided football helmets.

    Those are helmet hubcaps that the NFL marketed in the 1969-70 period. They are two sided
    because,they were supposed to be placed on the center of a bicycle wheel thus the hubcap name.

  • =bg= | March 8, 2010 at 9:31 am |

    [quote comment=”380870″]Those NFL display helmets are awesomely bad. They look like DIY gone wrong. The Rams horns are backwards, the Falcons with the sideways logos, the Redskins spears are colored wrong and upside down…[/quote]

    ya know, I think they went on those popular helmet placques of the period?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • JTH | March 8, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment=”380881″]If I remember correctly, the chief complaint about the S100 (other than the Gazoo look) was that it would move around a lot. Rawlings said this was because the MLB was using single flap helmets and the helmet was designed for use with double flaps.
    Since the Minor league teams will be required to wear the S100 this year, maybe this is a sign that double flaps will be mandatory.[/quote]
    Double flaps will be mandatory for any S100 helmet, even for major leaguers?

    I ask this because aren’t double flaps already mandatory for minor leaguers?

  • scott | March 8, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    [quote comment=”380893″][quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…[/quote]

    Don’t tag Moyer with it, either. Pretty sure those are the team-issued stirrups. Have been for several seasons now.

    Twins did same thing with the “M” logo for awhile (Puckett years). And I believe there have been others in the past decade or so. Angels, maybe?

    Still unique, yes, but not solely to the Phillies.

    —Ricko

  • frankenslade | March 8, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    I’m a Philadelphian and a Phillies fan, so I’m biased, but I love Jamie Moyer’s understated approach to stirrups. He has his pants hiked up just so – not all the way – never pushing his preference for stirrups in anyone’s face. That’s class, man.

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 9:47 am |

    [quote comment=”380888″][quote comment=”380877″]More stirrup news: for their home opener this weekend, my beloved Virginia Tech baseball team not only broke out their Tequila Sunrise jerseys, but they added these sweet stirrups!

    http://www.brinkleys...

    Those are fantastic unis…now if you could only get the pitcher to bend his bill.[/quote]

    Indeed. And whoever manufactured the socks got the stripes in the proper position relative to the stirrups.

    —Ricko

  • marc | March 8, 2010 at 9:50 am |

    [quote comment=”380870″]Those NFL display helmets are awesomely bad. They look like DIY gone wrong. The Rams horns are backwards, the Falcons with the sideways logos, the Redskins spears are colored wrong and upside down…[/quote]

    …and what’s with the Eagle wings?

  • marc | March 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |

    re: display helmets

    Did I (along with the consistency police) miss something or did the Falcons really have a gold/white/black helmet stripe?

  • Bernard | March 8, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment=”380894″][quote comment=”380893″][quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…[/quote]

    Don’t tag Moyer with it, either. Pretty sure those are the team-issued stirrups. Have been for several seasons now.

    Twins did same thing with the “M” logo for awhile (Puckett years). And I believe there have been others in the past decade or so. Angels, maybe?

    Still unique, yes, but not solely to the Phillies.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I never said the logos were Moyer’s fault. DON’T PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH, RICKO! Haha…

    And I don’t care if logo’d stirrups are team-issued, or unique to the Phillies or Twins (I believe the A’s have something similar, no?), or any of that. I think the logos are unnecessary clutter. That’s all.

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 10:04 am |

    ‘rups sitings in Port St. Lucie. An unfortunate color, but ‘rups none the less.
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...

  • interlockingtc | March 8, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    The Matryoshka dolls and the story behind them are priceless.

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 10:17 am |

    [quote comment=”380900″]’rups sitings in Port St. Lucie. An unfortunate color, but ‘rups none the less.
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...

    dickey making the trek north just may be the highlight of “my” season…lets hope it happens

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment=”380902″][quote comment=”380900″]’rups sitings in Port St. Lucie. An unfortunate color, but ‘rups none the less.
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...

    dickey making the trek north just may be the highlight of “my” season…lets hope it happens[/quote]
    He’s going to have to do better to wedge himself into the rotation/pen, a lot better

  • VB06Hokie | March 8, 2010 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment=”380902″][quote comment=”380900″]’rups sitings in Port St. Lucie. An unfortunate color, but ‘rups none the less.
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...

    dickey making the trek north just may be the highlight of “my” season…lets hope it happens[/quote]

    Anyone else notice the CitiField logo in that second picture – at their spring training facility? Can you say overkill?

  • Diego Lobo Dicinueve | March 8, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    [quote comment=”380877″]More stirrup news: for their home opener this weekend, my beloved Virginia Tech baseball team not only broke out their Tequila Sunrise jerseys, but they added these sweet stirrups!

    http://www.brinkleys...

    Very cool. I’d be glad to have that in my wardrobe.

  • Bill Radocy | March 8, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    After reading about North Korea’s uniform situation v. Venezuela, I looked up some pictures of the game to see what they looked like. Actually, they weren’t Venezuela’s alternate uniforms at all, but had, in fact, the North Korean flag as the badge. I suspect they made up the story about losing their unis as a ploy to get the Venezuelans to buy them a brand new kit………

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 10:46 am |

    [quote comment=”380904″][quote comment=”380902″][quote comment=”380900″]’rups sitings in Port St. Lucie. An unfortunate color, but ‘rups none the less.
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...
    It would appear $20 million a year also buys you a large banner on a fence in St. Lucie
    dickey making the trek north just may be the highlight of “my” season…lets hope it happens[/quote]

    Anyone else notice the CitiField logo in that second picture – at their spring training facility? Can you say overkill?[/quote]

  • Dustin | March 8, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    I used to work for the Blizzard, and they’re currently under new ownership and in the IFL this year. Here are some photos of the road jersey in action.

    I feel they went to black for the sake of black. They also appeared to try to go two-toned for the pants (similar to the NFL Pro Bowl uniforms), but the tops have the same color front and back.

    It looks like they wanted to try too many different elements and mash them all together. For fun, they should go one step further and throw in some purple (sarcasm).

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    [quote comment=”380908″][quote comment=”380904″][quote comment=”380902″][quote comment=”380900″]’rups sitings in Port St. Lucie. An unfortunate color, but ‘rups none the less.
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...
    It would appear $20 million a year also buys you a large banner on a fence in St. Lucie
    dickey making the trek north just may be the highlight of “my” season…lets hope it happens[/quote]

    Anyone else notice the CitiField logo in that second picture – at their spring training facility? Can you say overkill?[/quote][/quote]
    CRAP, screwed that on up
    It would appear $20 million a year also buys you a large banner on a fence in St. Lucie

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    [quote comment=”380899″][quote comment=”380894″][quote comment=”380893″][quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…[/quote]

    Don’t tag Moyer with it, either. Pretty sure those are the team-issued stirrups. Have been for several seasons now.

    Twins did same thing with the “M” logo for awhile (Puckett years). And I believe there have been others in the past decade or so. Angels, maybe?

    Still unique, yes, but not solely to the Phillies.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I never said the logos were Moyer’s fault. DON’T PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH, RICKO! Haha…

    And I don’t care if logo’d stirrups are team-issued, or unique to the Phillies or Twins (I believe the A’s have something similar, no?), or any of that. I think the logos are unnecessary clutter. That’s all.[/quote]

    My bad. Thought you meant was Moyer’s concoction.

    And I agree with you about the sock logos, not so much because they’re “extra” but because, from a “visual center” standpoint. they’re too low. The eye finds that…not right.

    When the Twins originally slapped a “TC” on their socks years and years ago, it was much higher (likewise the round White Sox logo with the red pins set in the early ’70s) . The “bell” and current others look like a high sock with the logo mistakenly placed in the ankle sock position.

    About visual center. Look at a professionally matted photo or or other artwork sometime. Measure things. There’s slightly more below the image than above it.

    Or try this experiment. Put a piece of plain 8 1/2 by 11 copier paper on your desk, vertically, and ask people to put a dot at the midway point, vertically. Virtually all will miss it; marking a spot high of the actual 5 1/2-inch mark.

    Design is about leading the eye where you want it to go. And leading it too far afield from its natural inclination can create a negative reaction to the work. Now, if that’s what the designer’s after, then fine, I guess.

    —Ricko

  • Evan | March 8, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    Looks kinda normal on Kevin Mench because he does supposedly have the largest head in baseball with a hat size of 8 1/4.

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”380912″]Looks kinda normal on Kevin Mench because he does supposedly have the largest head in baseball with a hat size of 8 1/4.

    [/quote]

    The BIG GIANT HEAD is among us???
    Quick, alert Tom, Dick and Harry!!!
    And Sally, of course.

  • Giancarlo | March 8, 2010 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment=”380898″]re: display helmets

    Did I (along with the consistency police) miss something or did the Falcons really have a gold/white/black helmet stripe?[/quote]
    Yes, it was supposed to be a tribute to Georgia Tech University, while the red & black honored the Univ. of Georgia. I don’t think that gold stripe made it into the 1970s though.

  • Alec | March 8, 2010 at 11:25 am |

    [quote comment=”380909″]I used to work for the Blizzard, and they’re currently under new ownership and in the IFL this year. Here are some photos of the road jersey in action.

    I feel they went to black for the sake of black. They also appeared to try to go two-toned for the pants (similar to the NFL Pro Bowl uniforms), but the tops have the same color front and back.
    [/quote]

    Those unis are awesomely awful. Is minor league indoor football guy sadder than softball guy?

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    [quote comment=”380914″][quote comment=”380898″]re: display helmets

    Did I (along with the consistency police) miss something or did the Falcons really have a gold/white/black helmet stripe?[/quote]
    Yes, it was supposed to be a tribute to Georgia Tech University, while the red & black honored the Univ. of Georgia. I don’t think that gold stripe made it into the 1970s though.[/quote]

    correct

    mike stanhope’s site (and helmet hut) are always good spots for this sort of info

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”380916″][quote comment=”380914″][quote comment=”380898″]re: display helmets

    Did I (along with the consistency police) miss something or did the Falcons really have a gold/white/black helmet stripe?[/quote]
    Yes, it was supposed to be a tribute to Georgia Tech University, while the red & black honored the Univ. of Georgia. I don’t think that gold stripe made it into the 1970s though.[/quote]

    correct

    mike stanhope’s site (and helmet hut) are always good spots for this sort of info[/quote]

    Wasn’t so much a tribute as a PR appeasement, lol.

    Falcons obviously were going with UGA colors and figured they’d best bow to Georiga Tech at bit, too.

    Gold stripe wasn’t as wide as shown on that helmet, though. Was considerably narrower than the white. 2009’s throwback helmets pretty accurate…
    http://blogs.ajc.com...

    Have other photos at home from ’66 (including a full-page color headshot of Alex Hawkins with helmet on from SPORT Magazine that clearly shows the stripes). Hopefully can find it and scan it later today or tonight.

    —Ricko

  • Squiddie | March 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    Breaking News: The Minnesota Twins have replaced the Dome Dog with Schweigert’s The Big Dog.

  • Squiddie | March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    Update: Apparently Schweigert has a whole range of dogs to serve at Target Field. Here’s the Strib Article

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”380919″]Update: Apparently Schweigert has a whole range of dogs to serve at Target Field. Here’s the Strib Article[/quote]

    Crap. No SPAM Burgers. Wrong Minnesota supplier.

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”380920″]Crap. No SPAM Burgers.[/quote]

    this is a bad thing?

  • Squiddie | March 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”380920″][quote comment=”380919″]Update: Apparently Schweigert has a whole range of dogs to serve at Target Field. Here’s the Strib Article[/quote]

    Crap. No SPAM Burgers. Wrong Minnesota supplier.[/quote]

    Maybe the Austin Bruins will have those.

  • scott | March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”380911″][quote comment=”380899″][quote comment=”380894″][quote comment=”380893″][quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…[/quote]

    Don’t tag Moyer with it, either. Pretty sure those are the team-issued stirrups. Have been for several seasons now.

    Twins did same thing with the “M” logo for awhile (Puckett years). And I believe there have been others in the past decade or so. Angels, maybe?

    Still unique, yes, but not solely to the Phillies.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I never said the logos were Moyer’s fault. DON’T PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH, RICKO! Haha…

    And I don’t care if logo’d stirrups are team-issued, or unique to the Phillies or Twins (I believe the A’s have something similar, no?), or any of that. I think the logos are unnecessary clutter. That’s all.[/quote]

    My bad. Thought you meant was Moyer’s concoction.

    And I agree with you about the sock logos, not so much because they’re “extra” but because, from a “visual center” standpoint. they’re too low. The eye finds that…not right.

    When the Twins originally slapped a “TC” on their socks years and years ago, it was much higher (likewise the round White Sox logo with the red pins set in the early ’70s) . The “bell” and current others look like a high sock with the logo mistakenly placed in the ankle sock position.

    About visual center. Look at a professionally matted photo or or other artwork sometime. Measure things. There’s slightly more below the image than above it.

    Or try this experiment. Put a piece of plain 8 1/2 by 11 copier paper on your desk, vertically, and ask people to put a dot at the midway point, vertically. Virtually all will miss it; marking a spot high of the actual 5 1/2-inch mark.

    Design is about leading the eye where you want it to go. And leading it too far afield from its natural inclination can create a negative reaction to the work. Now, if that’s what the designer’s after, then fine, I guess.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think the “M” on the Twins’ stirrups was that much higher. Here’s Jack Morris from the early 1990s:

    http://dans-sports.c...

    And I think it looks pretty good.

  • Ken | March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    I can’t confirm/refute the Blier shoes, but curling shoes tend to simply be tacky rubber, and wouldn’t be effective in any kind of conditions on a football field. By eyeballing these though, I’d say they were broomball shoes, and that would explain the Canada reference….

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”380921″][quote comment=”380920″]Crap. No SPAM Burgers.[/quote]

    this is a bad thing?[/quote]

    SPAM sales are WAY up, I believe. Usually happens in tougher economic times.
    (again, I say that as if it’s a good thing. Not what I meant)

    Although actually shows a keen sense of reality on the Twins’ part. Pretty tough to get four bucks for a SPAM burger.

    And who’d want it said that Miller Park was famous for great brats, and Target Field for SPAM sandwiches.

    —Ricko

  • concealed78 | March 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”380921″][quote comment=”380920″]Crap. No SPAM Burgers.[/quote]

    this is a bad thing?[/quote]

    Isn’t Spam made from the leftover discards of the hot dog factories?

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”380923″][quote comment=”380911″][quote comment=”380899″][quote comment=”380894″][quote comment=”380893″][quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…[/quote]

    Don’t tag Moyer with it, either. Pretty sure those are the team-issued stirrups. Have been for several seasons now.

    Twins did same thing with the “M” logo for awhile (Puckett years). And I believe there have been others in the past decade or so. Angels, maybe?

    Still unique, yes, but not solely to the Phillies.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I never said the logos were Moyer’s fault. DON’T PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH, RICKO! Haha…

    And I don’t care if logo’d stirrups are team-issued, or unique to the Phillies or Twins (I believe the A’s have something similar, no?), or any of that. I think the logos are unnecessary clutter. That’s all.[/quote]

    My bad. Thought you meant was Moyer’s concoction.

    And I agree with you about the sock logos, not so much because they’re “extra” but because, from a “visual center” standpoint. they’re too low. The eye finds that…not right.

    When the Twins originally slapped a “TC” on their socks years and years ago, it was much higher (likewise the round White Sox logo with the red pins set in the early ’70s) . The “bell” and current others look like a high sock with the logo mistakenly placed in the ankle sock position.

    About visual center. Look at a professionally matted photo or or other artwork sometime. Measure things. There’s slightly more below the image than above it.

    Or try this experiment. Put a piece of plain 8 1/2 by 11 copier paper on your desk, vertically, and ask people to put a dot at the midway point, vertically. Virtually all will miss it; marking a spot high of the actual 5 1/2-inch mark.

    Design is about leading the eye where you want it to go. And leading it too far afield from its natural inclination can create a negative reaction to the work. Now, if that’s what the designer’s after, then fine, I guess.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I don’t think the “M” on the Twins’ stirrups was that much higher. Here’s Jack Morris from the early 1990s:

    http://dans-sports.c...

    And I think it looks pretty good.[/quote]

    Didn’t say the “M” was higher. Said it was right where the Phillie bell and the Angels “A” are.

    Said the original “TC” was much higher. So was the second “TC” version (yes, there were two different TC’s). Both were during the powder blue roads era.

    —Ricko

  • Jeremy | March 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm |

    color on color is pretty common in soccer- but orange on red just doesn’t work well. This is Ecuadorian clubs Olmedo (orange) and Cuenca (red)- if you can even tell the difference
    http://www.elcomerci...

  • Kyle | March 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    Anyone know why Dempster’s bat has the number 2 on the knob but he wears 46? His helmet had the right number on the back but in the screenshot of the video it clearly has the number 2. Someone else’s bat? His second bat? might be nothing, I haven’t really paid attention to bat knobs numbers much, but it caught my eye

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”380931″]Anyone know why Dempster’s bat has the number 2 on the knob but he wears 46? His helmet had the right number on the back but in the screenshot of the video it clearly has the number 2. Someone else’s bat? His second bat? might be nothing, I haven’t really paid attention to bat knobs numbers much, but it caught my eye[/quote]

    maybe it’s theriot’s bat?

  • Diego Lobo Dicinueve | March 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment=”380925″]And who’d want it said that Miller Park was famous for great brats, and Target Field for SPAM sandwiches.[/quote]

    Those would sell better at Vikings games, I’d bet:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Beardface | March 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”380877″]More stirrup news: for their home opener this weekend, my beloved Virginia Tech baseball team not only broke out their Tequila Sunrise jerseys, but they added these sweet stirrups!

    http://www.brinkleys...
    Oh, that striping pattern would be awesome with the football’s throwback look…

  • DenverGregg | March 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”380894″][quote comment=”380893″][quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…[/quote]

    Don’t tag Moyer with it, either. Pretty sure those are the team-issued stirrups. Have been for several seasons now.

    Twins did same thing with the “M” logo for awhile (Puckett years). And I believe there have been others in the past decade or so. Angels, maybe?

    Still unique, yes, but not solely to the Phillies.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Early on the Rockies had the “CR” logo on stirrups. There’s a shot between 3/5 and 2/3 of the way down this page.

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”380931″]Anyone know why Dempster’s bat has the number 2 on the knob but he wears 46? His helmet had the right number on the back but in the screenshot of the video it clearly has the number 2. Someone else’s bat? His second bat? might be nothing, I haven’t really paid attention to bat knobs numbers much, but it caught my eye[/quote]
    2 Wood?

  • JimWa | March 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”380937″][quote comment=”380931″]Anyone know why Dempster’s bat has the number 2 on the knob but he wears 46? His helmet had the right number on the back but in the screenshot of the video it clearly has the number 2. Someone else’s bat? His second bat? might be nothing, I haven’t really paid attention to bat knobs numbers much, but it caught my eye[/quote]
    2 Wood?[/quote]

    Nah … he’s in Cleveland now …

  • tosaman | March 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

    My dad used to take me to the Wisconson boys basketball state championship games in the late ’70s. Those photos and program excerpts bring back some memories.

    Thanks Jeff!

  • Ry Co 40 | March 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”380919″]Update: Apparently Schweigert has a whole range of dogs to serve at Target Field. Here’s the Strib Article[/quote]

    someone call paul to see if he fainted over that pic!

  • Squiddie | March 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    I’m confident I’ve posted this before, but here’s a photo of Rich Rollins passing underneath a Schweigert clock at Met Stadium in 1962. Schweigert makes it better.

    Re: Spam, one of the places that spam is most popular is Hawaii. One of the saddest things I ever saw was a request by a Hawaiian National Guard unit that had been deployed in Iraq who were desperate for Spam. The Islamic view of pork and pork byproducts made it problematic.

    Best Spam flavor ever? Stinky French Garlic Spam

  • Matt | March 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    Anyone see the cameo appearance of the WHA’s Calgary Cowboys logo in “Logorama”?

  • Metropoliben | March 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm |

    Re: Citi Field logo

    My guess is that’s the field in PStL which has dimensions mimicking Citi.

  • SpellsGood | March 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

    Holy cow, does that Flying Fathers jersey mentioned in the Ticker take me back. They played at least one game in the late 70’s in my hometown hockey arena, against whom I can’t recall. As they were leaving the ice, Father Shea, who I believe was the captain, handed me his stick over the glass.

    Now my nostalgia is tinged with sadness because I don’t know whatever happened to that stick…I kept it for quite a long time.

  • mmwatkin | March 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”380943″]Re: Citi Field logo

    My guess is that’s the field in PStL which has dimensions mimicking Citi.[/quote]

    How many teams have their spring training stadium match up to the dimensions of their MLB stadium? You would think that would be an advantageous thing to do.

    Also, most clubs have 4 or 5 practice fields on premises. Would it be dumb to have each field represent a division opponents park? It may help the players to see the fields that represent almost 3/4 of their schedule.

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm |

    hey Phil,
    Dickey is having a better day today

  • JimWa | March 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”380946″]hey Phil,
    Dickey is having a better day today[/quote]

    Thon?

  • JimWa | March 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

    At least they wore black to the funeral …

    http://www.chicagobr...

  • WarDamnEagle | March 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

    The Auburn hat thing only started last year. They’d worn 1 hat (solid navy with orange AU) since 1991:

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

    previously wore the solid navy with orange A:

    http://assets.sbnati...

    but in 2009 they went crazy by adding a white hat, gray hat, and navy/orange brim hat. they also brought back the pre-91 hat for the faux-back jersey. now they’ve added the navy with orange/white AU.

    i get that college teams wear multiple jerseys b/c of the laundry turnaround time for weekend series, but i don’t think you need that many hats.

  • JTH | March 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm |

    ~~~BReaKiNG NeWS~~~

    Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor will *both* wear #00 this season.

    Or something.

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”380946″]hey Phil,
    Dickey is having a better day today[/quote]

    it’s always a good day when dickey has a good day

  • Andy | March 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm |

    I thought the NFL numbering system dictates that #00 is only for training camp ball boys and douchebag fans that get drunknasty in the cheap seats.

  • Defo Maitland | March 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm |

    Funny thing that Jérémy Crampon checks in as a baseball fan from France. In French, “crampons” means spikes.

  • John Ekdahl | March 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm |

    Just a head’s up… I’m going to be taking the site down around 9PM EST to run some updates. It should only be 15 minutes or so.

    -Johnny Ek

  • Hibbsy | March 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”380951″]~~~BReaKiNG NeWS~~~

    Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor will *both* wear #00 this season.

    Or something.[/quote]
    And they just signed Ken Burrough. He’s coming out of retirement.

  • Ben Neureuther | March 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm |

    http://s834.photobuc...

    Craig Appleton of UW with the new Riddell logo that was mentioned in todays ticker- it was on his helmet in the September game at Camp Randall vs Fresno State. I did notice the logo on the new Revo helmets, just didnt think much of it.

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”380917″][quote comment=”380916″][quote comment=”380914″][quote comment=”380898″]re: display helmets

    Did I (along with the consistency police) miss something or did the Falcons really have a gold/white/black helmet stripe?[/quote]
    Yes, it was supposed to be a tribute to Georgia Tech University, while the red & black honored the Univ. of Georgia. I don’t think that gold stripe made it into the 1970s though.[/quote]

    correct

    mike stanhope’s site (and helmet hut) are always good spots for this sort of info[/quote]

    Wasn’t so much a tribute as a PR appeasement, lol.

    Falcons obviously were going with UGA colors and figured they’d best bow to Georiga Tech at bit, too.

    Gold stripe wasn’t as wide as shown on that helmet, though. Was considerably narrower than the white. 2009’s throwback helmets pretty accurate…
    http://blogs.ajc.com...

    Have other photos at home from ’66 (including a full-page color headshot of Alex Hawkins with helmet on from SPORT Magazine that clearly shows the stripes). Hopefully can find it and scan it later today or tonight.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Well, sonofagun, I was wrong. Haven’t looked at this Alex Hawkins photo for maybe 30-35 years, but seen so many others where light makes the white “blume” and look larger (like the player in the background behind Tommy Nobis in the second photo)that my mind said the the white stripe was wider than the gold. Based on the throwback photo (above), looks like Falcons might have made the same mistake.
    http://farm5.static....
    (Also interesting to note in that photo how thick the logo decal appears to be; looks like it could be peeled right off).
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm |

    btw, that isn’t a thin red stripe in the pattern.
    That’s just the side of the raised stripe on the helmet. A Riddell, right?

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm |

    This is interesting. Found it just now.
    A Winston Cigarette magazine ad from 1970. Colors all wigged out to avoid paying to used trademarks.
    Is Falcons vs. Saints, of course.
    I post it only cuz gives a bit of a hint of what the Saints might have looked like had they ACTUALLY worn copper instead of old gold.
    http://farm3.static....

    Just for fun, here’s the flip side of the tearsheet. Totally forgotten about the “Demon”…
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”380963″]This is interesting. Found it just now.
    A Winston Cigarette magazine ad from 1970. Colors all wigged out to avoid paying to used trademarks.
    Is Falcons vs. Saints, of course.
    I post it only cuz gives a bit of a hint of what the Saints might have looked like had they ACTUALLY worn copper instead of old gold.
    http://farm3.static....

    Just for fun, here’s the flip side of the tearsheet. Totally forgotten about the “Demon”…
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Yeah, and the little trident in the logo does look a lot like the hat logo of the Mariners a few years later. But let’s don’t go yelling “ripoff”. A trident is a trident.

    —Ricko

  • Andy | March 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”380962″]btw, that isn’t a thin red stripe in the pattern.
    That’s just the side of the raised stripe on the helmet. A Riddell, right?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    To me, even on Nobis’ helmet the white stripe looks a little thicker than the gold. My guess is that it simply wasn’t standardized. Lord knows a lot of things having to do with the Falcons’ uniforms in the 1960s were not standardized from year to year. There are inconsistencies all over the place.

  • timmy b | March 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”380962″]btw, that isn’t a thin red stripe in the pattern.
    That’s just the side of the raised stripe on the helmet. A Riddell, right?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko,

    Don’t fret on that. In a similar vein seemed like the 1965 Bills helmet showed maybe a microhairline of white between the red and blue stripes. I attribute that to the raised ridge up the center of the helmet. Yes, that’s a Riddell thing.

  • M. Sullivan | March 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm |

    About the Riddell logos, they’ve been on all Revo helmets for at least 2-3 years that I’m sure of. Could have been around for longer.

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”380965″][quote comment=”380962″]btw, that isn’t a thin red stripe in the pattern.
    That’s just the side of the raised stripe on the helmet. A Riddell, right?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    To me, even on Nobis’ helmet the white stripe looks a little thicker than the gold. My guess is that it simply wasn’t standardized. Lord knows a lot of things having to do with the Falcons’ uniforms in the 1960s were not standardized from year to year. There are inconsistencies all over the place.[/quote]

    LOL. Or maybe the Falcons just kept making it narrower and narrower until one season it was, “Oh, my, look…it’s GONE. How ’bout that.”

    Fiendishly clever way to usher any sort of unexplainable (to the casual viewer) color out the uniform.

    Think Phil (and others) could get the Mets to try that with black?

    Or the Reds?

    —Ricko

  • Bernard | March 8, 2010 at 8:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”380964″][quote comment=”380963″]This is interesting. Found it just now.
    A Winston Cigarette magazine ad from 1970. Colors all wigged out to avoid paying to used trademarks.
    Is Falcons vs. Saints, of course.
    I post it only cuz gives a bit of a hint of what the Saints might have looked like had they ACTUALLY worn copper instead of old gold.
    http://farm3.static....

    Just for fun, here’s the flip side of the tearsheet. Totally forgotten about the “Demon”…
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Yeah, and the little trident in the logo does look a lot like the hat logo of the Mariners a few years later. But let’s don’t go yelling “ripoff”. A trident is a trident.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Very cool car. Quick, at least when equipped with a 340. And certainly no slouch in the “automotive aesthetic” world, albeit at the end of the muscle era.

    http://image.automot...

  • ab | March 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”380953″]I thought the NFL numbering system dictates that #00 is only for training camp ball boys and douchebag fans that get drunknasty in the cheap seats.[/quote]

    And the mascot.

    Anyway, the Twins hot dog talk makes me want to research the different hot dog companies that serve MLB. I know a lot of stadia use cherished local brands (like Klement’s in Milwaukee and Vienna at the Cell) while some use national brands, like the Cubs — last time I checked, they use Ball Park, but that *technically* is a local brand, since it’s owned by Sara Lee, based in the suburbs.

  • David Murphy | March 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm |

    Great Falcons analysis, Ricko. Wild how much debate that little gold stripe has received over the years. As mentioned here recently, in 2010 the Falcons will continue to wear the same throwbacks. Hopefully they’ll soon ditch these awful Vick-era monstrosities.

    Guys, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, not “Georgia Tech University”. A mistake often made by announcers. Along with the military academies, one of a tiny handful of NCAA schools without “university” tacked on.

  • David Murphy | March 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm |

    Rocky Blier had foot problems brought on by his wounds suffered in Vietnam. His shoes were two different sizes. I remember him mentioning that in his book. Before the first Steeler Super Bowl he mentioned how several teammates were paid money to switch shoe brands for the big game, this being before the shoe contract era. As I recall, Puma was the newcomer. Rocky stuck with adidas, since the adidas rep always made sure Blier got the right sized shoe for each foot. Uni-Watcher that I’ve always been, naturally that story stood out to me.

    The shoes Rocky was wearing on that SI cover appeared to be the same as the offensive lineman ahead of him…an astro-turf shoe brand often worn in the 70’s. Curling shoes? I’m not sure, but I doubt it.

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”380971″]Great Falcons analysis, Ricko. Wild how much debate that little gold stripe has received over the years. As mentioned here recently, in 2010 the Falcons will continue to wear the same throwbacks. Hopefully they’ll soon ditch these awful Vick-era monstrosities.

    Guys, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, not “Georgia Tech University”. A mistake often made by announcers. Along with the military academies, one of a tiny handful of NCAA schools without “university” tacked on.[/quote]

    Always liked the second spin on that set, too, when they added the NW style stripes to the sleeves.
    http://farm5.static....

    –Ricko

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”380972″]Rocky Blier had foot problems brought on by his wounds suffered in Vietnam. His shoes were two different sizes. I remember him mentioning that in his book. Before the first Steeler Super Bowl he mentioned how several teammates were paid money to switch shoe brands for the big game, this being before the shoe contract era. As I recall, Puma was the newcomer. Rocky stuck with adidas, since the adidas rep always made sure Blier got the right sized shoe for each foot. Uni-Watcher that I’ve always been, naturally that story stood out to me.

    The shoes Rocky was wearing on that SI cover appeared to be the same as the offensive lineman ahead of him…an astro-turf shoe brand often worn in the 70’s. Curling shoes? I’m not sure, but I doubt it.[/quote]

    You talking about this one?
    http://farm5.static....
    That shoe was relatively common back then. I’ve asked a couple times here if anyone knows the manufacturer, and got nuthin’. Hey, we’re good, but not perfect.

    And no way it’s a curling shoe, even if we couldn’t see the nubby cleats. Why would a football player want shoes where one sole was designed to slide and the other to grip? It’s simply a turf shoe from a manufacturer than didn’t make them very long.

    Also not a broomball shoe. Anyone who’s ever worn a broomball shoe knows a broomball shoe sole is sort of a “suction cup” version of a basketball shoe.

    —Ricko

  • cole | March 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm |

    Nabokov’s new mask reminds me of:

    http://pbfcomics.com...

    Also, I don’t know if it was ever mentioned or not, but didn’t it seem kinda strange that Henrik Lundqvist wore a Swedish/Rangers mask with the Statue of Liberty on the side for the Olympics. Off the top of my head, I can’t recall any occasions in which an Olympian honored a country that they were not representing. If it would’ve been his usual NHL mask that he was wearing, like what Griess or Backstrom did, that would be different, but you’d think a new paint job just for the Olympics would be Swedish only.

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”380963″]Just for fun, here’s the flip side of the tearsheet. Totally forgotten about the “Demon”…
    http://farm3.static....

    bernard already summed up that puppy nicely, but a buddy of mine had the demon … only with a mopar performance 360 small-block … and a Comp Cams hydraulic bumpstick and 10:1 compression pistons

    also had tti headers, plus full stainless exhaust, a single-plane M1 intake and, of course, a holley 4 barrel

    used to tell people “better take a piss before you get in my car” … why?

    cuz if you didn’t you would have before you left it … holy shit that was one fast (and quick) car

  • S. Bennett | March 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”380975″]Nabokov’s new mask reminds me of:

    http://pbfcomics.com...

    Also, I don’t know if it was ever mentioned or not, but didn’t it seem kinda strange that Henrik Lundqvist wore a Swedish/Rangers mask with the Statue of Liberty on the side for the Olympics. Off the top of my head, I can’t recall any occasions in which an Olympian honored a country that they were not representing. If it would’ve been his usual NHL mask that he was wearing, like what Griess or Backstrom did, that would be different, but you’d think a new paint job just for the Olympics would be Swedish only.[/quote]

    Can’t think of one off the top of my head, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone paid homage to the host country on their goalie mask. Doesn’t explain Lundqvist’s Swe / USA work on a mask used in a Canadian Olympics, though.

    SB

  • Dustin | March 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”380915″][quote comment=”380909″]I used to work for the Blizzard, and they’re currently under new ownership and in the IFL this year. Here are some photos of the road jersey in action.

    I feel they went to black for the sake of black. They also appeared to try to go two-toned for the pants (similar to the NFL Pro Bowl uniforms), but the tops have the same color front and back.
    [/quote]

    Those unis are awesomely awful. Is minor league indoor football guy sadder than softball guy?[/quote]

    Just a little; these guys do still get paid.

  • Bernard | March 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”380976″][quote comment=”380963″]Just for fun, here’s the flip side of the tearsheet. Totally forgotten about the “Demon”…
    http://farm3.static....

    bernard already summed up that puppy nicely, but a buddy of mine had the demon … only with a mopar performance 360 small-block … and a Comp Cams hydraulic bumpstick and 10:1 compression pistons

    also had tti headers, plus full stainless exhaust, a single-plane M1 intake and, of course, a holley 4 barrel

    used to tell people “better take a piss before you get in my car” … why?

    cuz if you didn’t you would have before you left it … holy shit that was one fast (and quick) car[/quote]

    Sounds like your buddy had a helluva car! I could talk old Mopars all night, though that’s probably best left to another blog… :)

  • Ricko | March 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm |

    Wonder how much of a challenge this will be at UW.

    Who is this…?
    http://farm5.static....

    A couple hints. He wasn’t always a Dolphin, but his career, such as it was, began and ended with them. He got far more media attention with another team, though.
    http://farm5.static....

    (If no one answers tonight, I’ll post it again in the morning).

    —Ricko

  • The Jeff | March 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”380980″]Wonder how much of a challenge this will be at UW.

    Who is this…?
    http://farm5.static....

    A couple hints. He wasn’t always a Dolphin, but his career, such as it was, began and ended with them. He got far more media attention with another team, though.
    http://farm5.static....

    (If no one answers tonight, I’ll post it again in the morning).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    John Stofa?

  • FormerDirtDart | March 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”380981″][quote comment=”380980″]Wonder how much of a challenge this will be at UW.

    Who is this…?
    http://farm5.static....

    A couple hints. He wasn’t always a Dolphin, but his career, such as it was, began and ended with them. He got far more media attention with another team, though.
    http://farm5.static....

    (If no one answers tonight, I’ll post it again in the morning).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    John Stofa?[/quote]
    That’s my guess too

  • KevinW | March 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”380977″][quote comment=”380975″]Nabokov’s new mask reminds me of:

    http://pbfcomics.com...

    Also, I don’t know if it was ever mentioned or not, but didn’t it seem kinda strange that Henrik Lundqvist wore a Swedish/Rangers mask with the Statue of Liberty on the side for the Olympics. Off the top of my head, I can’t recall any occasions in which an Olympian honored a country that they were not representing. If it would’ve been his usual NHL mask that he was wearing, like what Griess or Backstrom did, that would be different, but you’d think a new paint job just for the Olympics would be Swedish only.[/quote]

    Can’t think of one off the top of my head, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone paid homage to the host country on their goalie mask. Doesn’t explain Lundqvist’s Swe / USA work on a mask used in a Canadian Olympics, though.

    SB[/quote]

    I think someone brought this up a few weeks ago. He’s a Ranger so the statue of liberty is probably for New York.

  • David Murphy | March 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”380980″]Wonder how much of a challenge this will be at UW.

    Who is this…?
    http://farm5.static....

    A couple hints. He wasn’t always a Dolphin, but his career, such as it was, began and ended with them. He got far more media attention with another team, though.
    http://farm5.static....

    (If no one answers tonight, I’ll post it again in the morning).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Surely not Earl Morrall

  • David Murphy | March 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”380973″][quote comment=”380971″]Great Falcons analysis, Ricko. Wild how much debate that little gold stripe has received over the years. As mentioned here recently, in 2010 the Falcons will continue to wear the same throwbacks. Hopefully they’ll soon ditch these awful Vick-era monstrosities.

    Guys, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, not “Georgia Tech University”. A mistake often made by announcers. Along with the military academies, one of a tiny handful of NCAA schools without “university” tacked on.[/quote]

    Always liked the second spin on that set, too, when they added the NW style stripes to the sleeves.
    http://farm5.static....

    –Ricko[/quote]

    That was the uni set I grew up with. The Falcons kept those stripes even after changing from black to red jerseys. Ever notice how huge QB Bob Berry’s facemask was? Almost comical, it was so big. Never saw anyone else with one that big.

  • LI Phil | March 8, 2010 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”380981″][quote comment=”380980″]Wonder how much of a challenge this will be at UW.

    Who is this…?
    http://farm5.static....

    A couple hints. He wasn’t always a Dolphin, but his career, such as it was, began and ended with them. He got far more media attention with another team, though.
    http://farm5.static....

    (If no one answers tonight, I’ll post it again in the morning).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    John Stofa?[/quote]

    would it be the immortal kim hammond?

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 12:16 am |

    [quote comment=”380877″]More stirrup news: for their home opener this weekend, my beloved Virginia Tech baseball team not only broke out their Tequila Sunrise jerseys, but they added these sweet stirrups!

    http://www.brinkleys...
    Not crazy about the size 60 font …. but that Hokies’ Sunrise uni (along w/ those stirrups) is sublime!

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 12:21 am |

    [quote comment=”380890″]Re.: Display two sided football helmets.

    Those are helmet hubcaps that the NFL marketed in the 1969-70 period. They are two sided
    because,they were supposed to be placed on the center of a bicycle wheel thus the hubcap name.[/quote]
    Check out the big brain on Luther!!!!

  • Tape | March 9, 2010 at 12:22 am |

    [quote comment=\”380883\”]Marquette is still influencing uniforms across Wisconsin today.

    This is Beaver Dam HS.

    http://www.wiscnews....

    GOLDEN BEAVERS!@

    City where I was born. Yay!

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 12:24 am |

    [quote comment=”380894″][quote comment=”380893″][quote comment=”380879″]I applaud Jamie Moyer for wearing stirrups, but I think the Liberty Bells on them are the epitome of “bumper stickers”. Stripes = good, solid = good, logos = bad.[/quote]

    I think the Liberty Bell logos on the Phillies’ stirrups look great. I don’t get why you’d be down on something that is more or less unique…[/quote]

    Don’t tag Moyer with it, either. Pretty sure those are the team-issued stirrups. Have been for several seasons now.

    Twins did same thing with the “M” logo for awhile (Puckett years). And I believe there have been others in the past decade or so. Angels, maybe?

    Still unique, yes, but not solely to the Phillies.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I’d love to see the Mets use their NY on their stirrups….. if we can somehow eradicate Omar’s Latin pajama posse first.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 12:27 am |

    [quote comment=”380902″][quote comment=”380900″]’rups sitings in Port St. Lucie. An unfortunate color, but ‘rups none the less.
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...

    dickey making the trek north just may be the highlight of “my” season…lets hope it happens[/quote]
    It’s surely to happen… unfortunately a Dickey siteing will mean the Mets are hopeless out of the game.

  • LI Phil | March 9, 2010 at 12:31 am |

    [quote comment=”380992″]unfortunately a Dickey siteing will mean the Mets are hopeless out of the game.[/quote]

    so he’ll be warming up in the first when ollie gets the ball a lot then

  • FormerDirtDart | March 9, 2010 at 12:36 am |

    [quote comment=”380993″][quote comment=”380992″]unfortunately a Dickey siteing will mean the Mets are hopeless out of the game.[/quote]

    so he’ll be warming up in the first when ollie gets the ball a lot then[/quote]
    I believe Figgy already has that job, at least he did last year

  • John Zajac | March 9, 2010 at 12:39 am |

    I’m not sure how many (well, more like if any) other teams have changed their color schemes for the MLB logo this season, but the Yankees have gone from Navy/White/Red to Navy/White/Silver.

    http://farm5.static....
    http://farm5.static....

    It looks good on the pinstripes…

    http://farm5.static....
    http://farm3.static....

    But it leads to uniform mismatches not only among teammates, but also from an individual players caps and jerseys.

    http://farm3.static....

    I don’t know if it will look as good on the road grey as it does on the pinstripes.

    Also, it looks like with all the players suiting up for spring training, they must have run out of undershirts for the Yankee greats, as Reggie wore a 2009 World Series mock under his jersey.

    http://farm3.static....

    Ah, the joys of spring training… sorry if it’s old news, but after a very quick search through the archives here and over at page 2 I didn’t see anything listed anywhere.

  • mike 2 | March 9, 2010 at 12:43 am |

    [quote comment=”380974″]…
    And no way it’s a curling shoe, even if we couldn’t see the nubby cleats. Why would a football player want shoes where one sole was designed to slide and the other to grip? It’s simply a turf shoe from a manufacturer than didn’t make them very long.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    If it was a curling shoe (which I agree its not) surely he’s not stupid enough to wear a COMPLETE PAIR of curling shoes – a gripper on one foot and a slider on the other.

    Broomball shoes might work on sheer ice, but they’re useless on any other surface. According to a quick internet search broomball shoes have been used with varying success on frozen artificial turf in the CFL, but they’d be useless in the snow.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 12:45 am |

    [quote comment=”380963″]This is interesting. Found it just now.
    A Winston Cigarette magazine ad from 1970. Colors all wigged out to avoid paying to used trademarks.
    Is Falcons vs. Saints, of course.
    I post it only cuz gives a bit of a hint of what the Saints might have looked like had they ACTUALLY worn copper instead of old gold.
    http://farm3.static....

    Just for fun, here’s the flip side of the tearsheet. Totally forgotten about the “Demon”…
    http://farm3.static....

    —Ricko[/quote]
    why a Demon’s just a rebadged Duster, eh? :)

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 12:50 am |

    [quote comment=”380973″][quote comment=”380971″]Great Falcons analysis, Ricko. Wild how much debate that little gold stripe has received over the years. As mentioned here recently, in 2010 the Falcons will continue to wear the same throwbacks. Hopefully they’ll soon ditch these awful Vick-era monstrosities.

    Guys, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, not “Georgia Tech University”. A mistake often made by announcers. Along with the military academies, one of a tiny handful of NCAA schools without “university” tacked on.[/quote]

    Always liked the second spin on that set, too, when they added the NW style stripes to the sleeves.
    http://farm5.static....

    –Ricko[/quote]
    Those ARE sharp. As wore by Dave Hampton and Bob Lee (as pictured).

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 12:55 am |

    [quote comment=”380985″][quote comment=”380973″][quote comment=”380971″]Great Falcons analysis, Ricko. Wild how much debate that little gold stripe has received over the years. As mentioned here recently, in 2010 the Falcons will continue to wear the same throwbacks. Hopefully they’ll soon ditch these awful Vick-era monstrosities.

    Guys, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, not “Georgia Tech University”. A mistake often made by announcers. Along with the military academies, one of a tiny handful of NCAA schools without “university” tacked on.[/quote]

    Always liked the second spin on that set, too, when they added the NW style stripes to the sleeves.
    http://farm5.static....

    –Ricko[/quote]

    That was the uni set I grew up with. The Falcons kept those stripes even after changing from black to red jerseys. Ever notice how huge QB Bob Berry’s facemask was? Almost comical, it was so big. Never saw anyone else with one that big.[/quote]
    yes, i remember that was a bit of trademark for him. It resembled the Falcon’s ‘bullpen car’.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 1:00 am |

    [quote comment=”380994″][quote comment=”380993″][quote comment=”380992″]unfortunately a Dickey siteing will mean the Mets are hopeless out of the game.[/quote]

    so he’ll be warming up in the first when ollie gets the ball a lot then[/quote]
    I believe Figgy already has that job, at least he did last year[/quote]
    I believe that’s Omar’s forte: stockpiling 25th. men & long relievers—he’s had a most successful offseason, no?
    Personally, I’d rather see Dickey coming in for long relief–watching a subpar catching unit try to rein in a wild knuckleballer….comedy gold.

  • FormerDirtDart | March 9, 2010 at 1:24 am |

    [quote comment=”381000″][quote comment=”380994″][quote comment=”380993″][quote comment=”380992″]unfortunately a Dickey siteing will mean the Mets are hopeless out of the game.[/quote]

    so he’ll be warming up in the first when ollie gets the ball a lot then[/quote]
    I believe Figgy already has that job, at least he did last year[/quote]
    I believe that’s Omar’s forte: stockpiling 25th. men & long relievers—he’s had a most successful offseason, no?
    Personally, I’d rather see Dickey coming in for long relief–watching a subpar catching unit try to rein in a wild knuckleballer….comedy gold.[/quote]
    Yeah, that could get ugly, a couple innings of knucleballs, then an inning or so of pitches from down around Greens socks, finishing off with K-Rod’s erratic heat.
    I can’t help but think of that scene from “Slap Shot” of the goalie having a breakdown in the locker room between periods.

  • David Murphy | March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”380998″][quote comment=”380973″][quote comment=”380971″]Great Falcons analysis, Ricko. Wild how much debate that little gold stripe has received over the years. As mentioned here recently, in 2010 the Falcons will continue to wear the same throwbacks. Hopefully they’ll soon ditch these awful Vick-era monstrosities.

    Guys, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, not “Georgia Tech University”. A mistake often made by announcers. Along with the military academies, one of a tiny handful of NCAA schools without “university” tacked on.[/quote]

    Always liked the second spin on that set, too, when they added the NW style stripes to the sleeves.
    http://farm5.static....

    –Ricko[/quote]
    Those ARE sharp. As wore by Dave Hampton and Bob Lee (as pictured).[/quote]

    For shame, Ricko! Number 17 in black (& later red) was Bob Berry, who hailed from Oregon, & the Vikings. Only later did Bob Lee arrive from the Vikings, during those red jersey years. Lee wore 19, as I recall, and was a fair-skinned redhead. And Lee’s facemask was a bit more normal’s than Berry’s.

  • Bob Loblaw | March 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”381176″][quote comment=”380998″][quote comment=”380973″][quote comment=”380971″]Great Falcons analysis, Ricko. Wild how much debate that little gold stripe has received over the years. As mentioned here recently, in 2010 the Falcons will continue to wear the same throwbacks. Hopefully they’ll soon ditch these awful Vick-era monstrosities.

    Guys, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, not “Georgia Tech University”. A mistake often made by announcers. Along with the military academies, one of a tiny handful of NCAA schools without “university” tacked on.[/quote]

    Always liked the second spin on that set, too, when they added the NW style stripes to the sleeves.
    http://farm5.static....

    –Ricko[/quote]
    Those ARE sharp. As wore by Dave Hampton and Bob Lee (as pictured).[/quote]

    For shame, Ricko! Number 17 in black (& later red) was Bob Berry, who hailed from Oregon, & the Vikings. Only later did Bob Lee arrive from the Vikings, during those red jersey years. Lee wore 19, as I recall, and was a fair-skinned redhead. And Lee’s facemask was a bit more normal’s than Berry’s.[/quote]
    I’ll fall on the sword. Ricko had nothing to do with this. I blew it–no way in hell Ricko makes this gaffe.

  • David Murphy | March 10, 2010 at 9:31 pm |

    Good man, Dan. Totally missed that it was you. Classic photo. Those were the days. Nice shade of red…deep, not too bright.

  • Brendan | March 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm |

    Does anybody have a good screen grab/photo of Marquette’s Star Trek-looking warmups? I’m trying to find something or get an image myself. They’re wacky.