‘Look, Lou, I didn’t design the damn thing, okay?’

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Yesterday afternoon I was kinda half-working, half-watching the Mets/Cards spring training game on my computer. At one point a Mets hitter checked his swing and the catcher asked the plate ump to get help from the third base ump regarding the swing. The third base ump gave the safe sign to indicate no swing, and that’s when I saw it.

Ugh. Had they really added white side piping to the umps’ polo shirts? I checked some recent spring training photos and quickly learned that this has been going on for a few weeks but I hadn’t noticed until now. Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed that they’ve also made some adjustments to the trim on the sleeve cuffs and collars.

But it’s the side piping that really rankles. Seriously, what is this obsession with adding side panels to officials? It always looks like shite. And in this case, the combination of the side stripes and the oddly incomplete sleeve cuff stripes makes it look like the ump is covered in loose white threads (or maybe wearing tzitzis). I mean really, who thought those incomplete cuff stripes were a good idea? What a joke.

This same template also appears to have been applied to the umps’ blue shirt. I haven’t had time to check all the other umpiring gear, but I know lots of people at Majestic are reading this, so maybe one of them will be kind enough to fill us in, hmmm?

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Duluth Update: Later on today I’ll be flying to Duluth, where I’ll be getting personal curling lessons tomorrow from a newly crowned national champion. That’s Tyler George on the left in that photo — he’ll be my tutor on Wednesday. Congrats on winning the title, Tyler!

As for a Uni Watch meet-up during the House of Hearts Bonspiel, which I’ll be participating in later in the week, the few of you who’ve expressed a preference have indicated that the Friday session would be best. We’ll be curling from 3pm-9pm that day, so come on down to the Duluth Curling Club, and be sure to wear a jersey so you and the other Uni Watchers can find each other. Of course, anyone who wants to come for the Saturday session (11am-8pm) is welcome too. I’ll do my best to circulate and say hi.

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March Madness Contest: As many of you know, I don’t actually give a fig about college basketball, but I know many of you do. And so does Uni Watch intern emeritus Vince Grzegorek, who’s here with his annual NCAA Tourney contest. Here he is with the lowdown on this year’s edition:

Paul says he has a closet full of swag to share, which means its time for the yearly Uni Watch Bracket Challenge. We’ll go with the most basic scoring system: Simply pick the winners of each game. Each round has a progressively higher point value. You know how it works.

To play, head over to this Yahoo page and enter the following information: Group ID# “103049″ and password “stirrups.”

We found out last year that Yahoo caps the number of participants per group. So if the first one fills up, like it last year’s did, use Group ID# 145124 (with the same password, “stirrups”).

And speaking of winning, what exactly can these kids win this year, Paul?

Thanks, Vince. There will be 10 winners this year, who can choose from any of the following:

• A free Uni Watch membership.

• A Bruins Winter Classic tee, tagged as size XL (although it measures 21″ pit-to-pit, which means it’s really more like a Large or even a very generous Medium).

• A selection of eight brand-new MLB batting practice caps (Yankees home, Mets, Tigers road, Dodgers, Braves, Cubs, Rays home, A’s), all sized small/medium.

First-place winner gets his or her choice of prize, second-place winner gets to choose from the nine remaining prizes, etc.

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Now that Scott’s fully settled in Seattle, the new membership designs are coming fast and furious (including Travis Pinter’s Croation soccer treatment, shown at right), and I’ve been mailing out plenty of finished cards too, so enrollees should watch their mailboxes. As always, you can see lots of new designs in the card gallery, and you can make the membership scene yourself here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Sad news out of Reds camp, where the team has announced that minor leaguers will no longer be required to go high-cuffed. But maybe it’s not so sad after all. Consider: If a player is required to cuff high in the minors, he’s apt to think of the exposed-stocking look as one of those annoying training-wheels things that only minor leaguers have to do, same as double-flapped helmets. Then, when they make the bigs, their teammates say, “You’re in the majors now, wear your pants down like a big-leaguer,” and then we end up with Pajama Pants Nation. So I think it’s possible that these teams that require their minor leaguers to go high-cuffed actually end up hurting the cause. Your thoughts on this? Discuss (with thanks to Chad Dotson). … Speaking of minors, the second graf here has some thoughts on the Braves’ minor leaguers wearing the S100s. … Mike Menner attended a Twins spring training game and spotted a doozy of an NOB. … The folks at Gridiron Memories have come out with a killer new helmet reproduction: 1983 Indiana. … Pablo Sandoval needs to learn how to tuck (as noted by Huward Paul Fontenot, Jr.). … New logo for the World Judo Championships (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Brad Penny was wearing the Cardinals’ bogus two-in-one faux stirrups at the beginning of spring training, but now he’s switched to the real deal (as noted by Tyler Hull). … Several uni number changes on tap for the Jazz (with thanks to Jon Alviani). … Ever wonder who designed those sublimated art patterns that have been appearing on the back of several NCCA hoops jerseys? Apparently it’s this guy. Additional info here (with thanks to Steve Shanabruch). … Hands off of this, everyone (especially you, Chance Michaels), it’s mine! Actually, one of these dickeys — or maybe the exact same one, who knows — showed up on eBay a few winters ago and ended up going for some ridiculous price that I couldn’t afford, which is probably what’ll happen this time too. Here’s how one of them looked on Donny Anderson immediately after the Ice Bowl. … Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what? … “These photos are from the final home hockey game in the John S. Glas Fieldhouse at Bemidji State University,” writes Jere Kubuske. “The Beavers hockey team, who you may remember from the NCAA Frozen Four last year, is moving to new digs across town. They wore these special jerseys just for this last home series. They’re supposed to be modern replicas of the teams original jerseys when they started playing hockey here 50+ years ago. They have large, football-style numbers on the front, special commemorative patches, and ANOB.” That’s arena name on back, natch. … New uniforms for the Tulsa Drillers (with thanks to Ryan Atkinson). … Here’s a great find: a 1979 newspaper item about the Phillies scrapping their solid-burgundy uniforms (awesome work by Morris Levin). … Latest baseball team slated to be wearing green tomorrow: LSU (with thanks to Chris Mycoskie). … Meanwhile, here’s a slideshow of the throwbacks that the Devils will be wearing tomorrow (with thanks to Kenny Jacobson). … Whoa, who knew Mizzou hoops had such cool practice jerseys? (Ben Traxel, that’s who.) … Also from Ben: Fifth graf of this article indicates that the Farmington Browns of the KIT League (a summer college league) will be “outfitted in complete vintage 1934 St. Louis Browns uniforms.” … Word through the grapevine is that all Giants minor league affiliates will be required to go high-cuffed this year, exposing the excellent orange-striped hose. … Here’s a shocker: the Great One in a CCM helmet, instead of his usual Jofa. That shot was taken from this video clip of the 1996 NHL All-Star Game (good find by Gabriel Manga). … Best Election Day wishes to my old college pal Jeff Katz, who should be the newly elected Mayor of Cooperstown by this time tomorrow.

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As for the rest of this week: I’ll handle tomorrow’s content, as usual, and then Phil will make a rare weekday appearance on Thursday (but you’ll be too hung over to notice, right?). I’ll have an ESPN column on Friday, so we’ll have limited content here on the site that day, but I think there’s a decent chance that we’ll have a photo of yours truly curling. Let’s hope I can come up with at least one shot where I’m not making a complete fool of myself.

 

140 comments to ‘Look, Lou, I didn’t design the damn thing, okay?’

  • scott | March 16, 2010 at 8:03 am |

    I don’t have a problem with side piping on uniforms. For several years the Expos and Mets had stripes running from the shoulders down the jerseys and onto the pant legs. Maybe not the best look, but certainly nothing at which to take offense.

  • DJ | March 16, 2010 at 8:07 am |

    Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.

  • Ray Barrington | March 16, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    From the story about the all-burgundy Phils-
    “The uniforms were scrapped … because they caused a problem for photographers.”

    Yeah, surrrre.

  • Jeff | March 16, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  • The Jeff | March 16, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    [quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    I think it’s kinda neat looking, but I think it’d work better on a baseball hat than on a football helmet.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 8:39 am |

    [quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius

  • The Jeff | March 16, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    [quote comment="381868"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius[/quote]

    I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.

  • adam | March 16, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    [quote comment="381869"][quote comment="381868"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius[/quote]

    I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.[/quote]

    Looks like a futuristic Woody Woodpecker with a black eye. Where are you seeing an “A” and ingeniousness?

  • Ryan B | March 16, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    [quote comment="381869"][quote comment="381868"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius[/quote]

    I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.[/quote]

    The shape of the bird’s head (including beak) is the “a”.

  • War Damn Eagle | March 16, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    Reds put images of classic baseball cards on their season tix this year. Great images of some of their previous unis.

    http://sports.yahoo....

    2nd from the left – a guy with no shirt sleeves.

    http://www.coreybrin...

    http://www.coreybrin...

  • Mark K | March 16, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    [quote comment="381871"][quote comment="381869"][quote comment="381868"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius[/quote]

    I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.[/quote]

    The shape of the bird’s head (including beak) is the “a”.[/quote]

    They’ll have to have the logo on only one side of the helmet or have the bird face the wrong way on one side in order to keep the C and (apparent) A.

  • Andy | March 16, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    [quote comment="381868"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius[/quote]

    I, on the other hand, think it’s much too forced. At first look, I said, “There’s something fishy here, like it’s trying to look like an A and a C, but, it just doesn’t.” If you have to force it, you probably shouldn’t.

    The new logo is the only good thing to come out of their identity update. Now they just need to go back to a classic style uniform with some modern touches.

  • War Damn Eagle | March 16, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    What is this patch that the Rangers are wearing?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Bernard | March 16, 2010 at 8:57 am |

    Hey – does anyone have any thoughts on what Green Bay’s socks should look like with the new throwbacks?

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    [quote comment="381869"]I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.[/quote]

    i won’t say it’s not a stretch…but its this type of “a” versus the more traditionally written font

  • GoGoSox | March 16, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    I’d been trying to find some pictures of the 1983 Indiana football team in action but they’re hard to come by. Thanks for that today.

  • War Damn Eagle | March 16, 2010 at 8:59 am |

    Garret Anderson of the Dodgers is wearing #00. That’s an odd choice. Pic also shows the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers patch on the road uni.

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • Wahoo | March 16, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    It hasnt been announced yet publically but UVA Baseball will also be wearing green hats tomorrow in their game vs. JMU. I am sure pictures will follow

  • War Damn Eagle | March 16, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    [quote comment="381877"][quote comment="381869"]I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.[/quote]

    i won’t say it’s not a stretch…but its this type of “a” versus the more traditionally written font[/quote]

    I like logos that strive for simplicity, and so I like this Cardinals logo concept. However, it reminded me a lot of a streamlined, modern logo for Woody Woodpecker:

    http://upload.wikime...

  • Paul Lukas | March 16, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    [quote comment="381875"]What is this patch that the Rangers are wearing?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

  • War Damn Eagle | March 16, 2010 at 9:07 am |

    Marlins’ Burke Badenhop wearing stirrups yesterday:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • War Damn Eagle | March 16, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    [quote comment="381882"][quote comment="381875"]What is this patch that the Rangers are wearing?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

    Thanks

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    [quote comment="381882"][quote comment="381875"]What is this patch that the Rangers are wearing?

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://sports.yahoo....

    http://mlb.mlb.com/n...

    gracias…i zoomed on it and it looked like “37 years of sucking”

    this makes much more sense

  • MG12 | March 16, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    I don’t think that there is anything too special about Mizzou’s practice jerseys. Several Nike teams have been wearing those all season.

    Michigan State.
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    North Carolina.
    http://seattletimes....

    Syracuse.
    http://blog.syracuse...

    Can anyone think of any others? I’m guess that just about every Nike school has these jerseys.

  • chance michaels | March 16, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    [quote]Hands off of this, everyone (especially you, Chance Michaels), it’s mine![/quote]
    Dammit – I already had a bid in!

    Rochambeau?

  • chance michaels | March 16, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment="381865"]From the story about the all-burgundy Phils-
    “The uniforms were scrapped … because they caused a problem for photographers.”

    Yeah, surrrre.[/quote]
    Or, even better – “He said the uniforms did not fit well“.

  • Dane | March 16, 2010 at 9:56 am |

    The blade came off of Tomas Holmstrom’s skate at the start of last night’s Red Wings/Flames game:

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

  • HowlinLobo | March 16, 2010 at 9:56 am |

    RE: Umps side panels

    I would not be surprised if this is going to be used for Spring Training games only. Much like the players caps and bp jerseys. Remember they like to lighten it up for ST when it comes to Uni related stuff – agreed it usually looks stupid, but hopefully it will end by the time the season starts. I will say though that ever since Umps started wearing polo shirts, they have always looked bush league to me.

  • Joe Barrie | March 16, 2010 at 10:01 am |

    Good for Brad Penny, but why don’t the Cardinals get him some authentic socks? The two inside white stripes should be almost twice as thick as those on the outside.

  • Beardface | March 16, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment="381886"]I don’t think that there is anything too special about Mizzou’s practice jerseys. Several Nike teams have been wearing those all season.

    Michigan State.
    http://cache3.asset-...

    North Carolina.
    http://seattletimes....

    Syracuse.
    http://blog.syracuse...

    Can anyone think of any others? I’m guess that just about every Nike school has these jerseys.[/quote]
    I know my Hokies have been using the same style for at least a few years…

    You’re right. Its nothing special, just something that most, if not all Nike schools use.

  • chance michaels | March 16, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    For all you Dave Boss fans – his original Packers painting just went up for sale.

  • Aaron | March 16, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    More important than the umps’ attire, why is Lou arguing calls in spring training?

  • Dane | March 16, 2010 at 10:14 am |

    [quote comment="381894"]More important than the umps’ attire, why is Lou arguing calls in spring training?[/quote]

    More important than either of those, why is Don Cherry umpiring a spring training game?

    http://farm3.static....
    http://doncherryjack...

  • GoTerriers | March 16, 2010 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment="381894"]More important than the umps’ attire, why is Lou arguing calls in spring training?[/quote]

    Because Lou needs to get into mid-season form too?

  • simulated steve | March 16, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    wheel chair curling, i had no idea..
    http://www.chicagotr...

  • Justin Walsh | March 16, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    Paul, love the hint of sarcasm about the umpire’s uniforms. Only uniform lovers like us can appreciate that.

    Kudos to the Arizona Cardinals logo, very creative.

  • simulated steve | March 16, 2010 at 10:27 am |

    [quote comment="381897"]wheel chair curling, i had no idea..
    http://www.chicagotr...

  • Juke Early | March 16, 2010 at 10:27 am |

    Astonishing how you get so worked about everything with the exception of the worst travesty & idiotic look of all in recent years. That being the New Era 5950 oversized flat brim. Or am I such a Johnny Come Lately to UW, that it was addressed earl, often & understood? It is, in an accurate by the book definition of the word – fucking – retarded.

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    [quote comment="381885"]
    i zoomed on it and it looked like “37 years of sucking”[/quote]
    *nsfw*

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    crap.

    THIS is what’s NSFW.

  • Jet | March 16, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    Those BSU Beavers throwback hockey unis are nice, but did you see what the opposition was wearing?!?!?!

    http://www.bsubeaver...

    GRAY breezers?! Oh, the humanity

    -Jet

  • EricRomain | March 16, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    Great to see the NJ Devils retro unis include wearing red helmets and that they seem to have the pant shell striping right. I can’t remember the NJ franchise ever wearing a nonstandard uniform, this may be a first? Gigantic Reebok logo aside, that brodeur mask is awesome.

    I think it’s a shame that the devils got caught up in the ‘everything should be black’ era, there are way too many red and black NHL teams nowadays.

  • Steve Naismith | March 16, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    [quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what? [/quote]
    That logo is terrible. As others have said, it looks more like Woody Woodpecker, and certainly nothing like a cardinal. Do you think the Sabres “Buffaslug” logo is “ingeniously simple” as well? I think they are similarly hideous. Furthermore, gradients have NO place in a sports logo.

  • UmpLou | March 16, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    [quote comment=\"381890\"]RE: Umps side panels

    I would not be surprised if this is going to be used for Spring Training games only. Much like the players caps and bp jerseys. Remember they like to lighten it up for ST when it comes to Uni related stuff – agreed it usually looks stupid, but hopefully it will end by the time the season starts. I will say though that ever since Umps started wearing polo shirts, they have always looked bush league to me.[/quote]

    Any umpire can tell you that the mesh polo shirts are FAR more comfortable than the ‘old fashioned’ button down ELBECO type dress shirts- especially in the heat. The old shirts simply did not wick at all, and you would be carrying around a ton of sweat by the end of the game. Not mention the old shirts faded as a season went along – you watch any ‘classic’ game om ESPN/MLB that was played in September, and you will see how faded those shirts got – almost to the point of being white!

  • Ricko | March 16, 2010 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment="381905"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what? [/quote]
    That logo is terrible. As others have said, it looks more like Woody Woodpecker, and certainly nothing like a cardinal. Do you think the Sabres “Buffaslug” logo is “ingeniously simple” as well? I think they are similarly hideous. Furthermore, gradients have NO place in a sports logo.[/quote]

    Yeah, is a nice design, but just not the shape of cardinal’s head. At all.

  • mike 2 | March 16, 2010 at 11:18 am |

    [quote comment="381890"]RE: Umps side panels

    I would not be surprised if this is going to be used for Spring Training games only. Much like the players caps and bp jerseys. Remember they like to lighten it up for ST when it comes to Uni related stuff – agreed it usually looks stupid, but hopefully it will end by the time the season starts. I will say though that ever since Umps started wearing polo shirts, they have always looked bush league to me.[/quote]

    I don’t want to be “that guy” who says everything used to be better when he was a kid.

    But umpires used to look great.

    Blazers, dress pants, ties. They looked formal. They looked like they deserved respect.

    Even the outside chest protector looked cool.

    Now they look like engineers on casual friday. Khakis and golf shirts.

    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

  • Squiddie | March 16, 2010 at 11:24 am |

    In computation theory, there’s a special type of Turing machine introduced by Tibor Radó called The Busy Beaver. Whenever I see BSU Beavers in print, partial dyslexia kicks in and I think it’s great that someone named a team after a thought experiment.

    But that’s just me.

  • Jeremy Brahm | March 16, 2010 at 11:31 am |

    This one goes out to my apostrophes and diacriticals. Aw yeah.

    http://seattle.marin...

  • MPowers1645 | March 16, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    1. St. Patrick’s day does NOTHING for me.
    2. The umpire pics in addition to the Beautiful NY weather today made me very happy.
    3. Have fun in Duluth!

  • MPowers1645 | March 16, 2010 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment="381906"][quote comment=\"381890\"]RE: Umps side panels

    I would not be surprised if this is going to be used for Spring Training games only. Much like the players caps and bp jerseys. Remember they like to lighten it up for ST when it comes to Uni related stuff – agreed it usually looks stupid, but hopefully it will end by the time the season starts. I will say though that ever since Umps started wearing polo shirts, they have always looked bush league to me.[/quote]

    Any umpire can tell you that the mesh polo shirts are FAR more comfortable than the ‘old fashioned’ button down ELBECO type dress shirts- especially in the heat. The old shirts simply did not wick at all, and you would be carrying around a ton of sweat by the end of the game. Not mention the old shirts faded as a season went along – you watch any ‘classic’ game om ESPN/MLB that was played in September, and you will see how faded those shirts got – almost to the point of being white![/quote]

    I agree. Cliff Keen makes our polos and I actually love them.

  • Beardface | March 16, 2010 at 11:45 am |

    [quote comment="381906"][quote comment=\"381890\"]RE: Umps side panels

    I would not be surprised if this is going to be used for Spring Training games only. Much like the players caps and bp jerseys. Remember they like to lighten it up for ST when it comes to Uni related stuff – agreed it usually looks stupid, but hopefully it will end by the time the season starts. I will say though that ever since Umps started wearing polo shirts, they have always looked bush league to me.[/quote]

    Any umpire can tell you that the mesh polo shirts are FAR more comfortable than the ‘old fashioned’ button down ELBECO type dress shirts- especially in the heat. The old shirts simply did not wick at all, and you would be carrying around a ton of sweat by the end of the game. Not mention the old shirts faded as a season went along – you watch any ‘classic’ game om ESPN/MLB that was played in September, and you will see how faded those shirts got – almost to the point of being white![/quote]
    You can’t tell me that Majestic can’t come up with an underarmour-like material to make an outfit that looks like the old button down shirt and blazer they used to wear. You know they can.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    [quote comment="381908"]
    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    that doesn’t look 1000 times better

    it looks 10,000 times better

    but, like everything else these days, it’s not about what we like, but comfort for those wearing it

  • DJ | March 16, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    DJ said:

    Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    That logo is terrible. As others have said, it looks more like Woody Woodpecker, and certainly nothing like a cardinal. Do you think the Sabres “Buffaslug” logo is “ingeniously simple” as well? I think they are similarly hideous. Furthermore, gradients have NO place in a sports logo.

    For the record — I wasn’t the one to whom this design was sent. I was the one who said it looked like a rooster. On further reflection, I agree with those who said it looked like Woody Woodpecker.

  • Tim Lewis | March 16, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    Honig’s Whistle Stop (www.honigs.com) based in Ann Arbor, MI outfits MLB umpires. As an umpire and UniWatch fan, it’s always fun to go look around the warehouse and talk to the employees about the major leagues they outfit.

    Anyway, I e-mailed them this morning about the shirts, and this is the response I got:

    Tim,
    The MLB shirts have changed and will be the same throughout the season. We cannot sell these shirts.
    Austin

  • DJ | March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    You can’t tell me that Majestic can’t come up with an underarmour-like material to make an outfit that looks like the old button down shirt and blazer they used to wear. You know they can.

    They could. But would the umpires want to wear them? I’m not sure. I think the short-sleeve polos (and especially the sometimes-worn long-sleeve polos) look pretty good. The extraneous trimming is another matter altogether.

  • BrianC | March 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    The Cardinals socks look great! Now if we can get the Red Sox to go back to the classic red with blue and white stripes (blue sleeves may be too much to hope for, they went a little “red happy” when the new owners took over).

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    [quote comment="381911"]1. St. Patrick’s day does NOTHING for me.
    2. The umpire pics in addition to the Beautiful NY weather today made me very happy.
    3. Have fun in Duluth![/quote]
    MPowers1645?

    When did that happen?

  • Paul Lukas | March 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment="381914"][quote comment="381908"]
    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    that doesn’t look 1000 times better

    it looks 10,000 times better

    but, like everything else these days, it’s not about what we like, but comfort for those wearing it[/quote]

    You know, it’s not just a matter of “looking better.” The ump is supposed to be the most formal-looking guy on the field. That’s the source of his authority. In fact, back in baseball’s early days in the 1800s, the best-dressed guy in the crowd was often selected to be the ump, because he was assumed to be a gentleman, a man of dignity and authority, etc. I wouldn’t say umps necessarily need to go back to wearing neckties (although I’d get a kick out of that), but I would definitely say that their attire needs to stay on the right side of the civvies/sportswear divide. And once you put that stupid-ass piping on the sides, you’re definitely on the WRONG side of that line.

  • Andy | March 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment="381917"]You can’t tell me that Majestic can’t come up with an underarmour-like material to make an outfit that looks like the old button down shirt and blazer they used to wear. You know they can.

    They could. But would the umpires want to wear them?[/quote]

    They might not, but the other option would be… not having a job?

  • Squiddie | March 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

    Will any teams be wearing special royal purple caps/jerseys in honor of St Urho’s Day?

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm |

    [quote comment="381922"]Will any teams be wearing special royal purple caps/jerseys in honor of St Urho’s Day?[/quote]
    That’s today? Dammit. I thought it was the day after St. Paddy’s Day.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm |

    [quote comment="381922"]Will any teams be wearing special royal purple caps/jerseys in honor of St Urho’s Day?[/quote]

    the rocks are kinda playin along

  • adam | March 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    [quote comment="381894"]More important than the umps’ attire, why is Lou arguing calls in spring training?[/quote]

    Spring Training isn’t just for players you know. Some managers need to get in shape too.

  • Kek | March 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment="381914"][quote comment="381908"]
    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    that doesn’t look 1000 times better

    it looks 10,000 times better

    but, like everything else these days, it’s not about what we like, but comfort for those wearing it[/quote]
    I wasn’t going to say anything, but I’ll just put it out there anyway…you say this like it’s a bad thing! You’ve got me laughing here that clothes shouldn’t evolve to be more comfortable! Let’s go back to flannels for the players while we’re at it!

    It’s a shame the fans don’t wear suits and fedoras anymore too!

  • Kek | March 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment="381920"][quote comment="381914"][quote comment="381908"]
    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    that doesn’t look 1000 times better

    it looks 10,000 times better

    but, like everything else these days, it’s not about what we like, but comfort for those wearing it[/quote]

    You know, it’s not just a matter of “looking better.” The ump is supposed to be the most formal-looking guy on the field. That’s the source of his authority. In fact, back in baseball’s early days in the 1800s, the best-dressed guy in the crowd was often selected to be the ump, because he was assumed to be a gentleman, a man of dignity and authority, etc. I wouldn’t say umps necessarily need to go back to wearing neckties (although I’d get a kick out of that), but I would definitely say that their attire needs to stay on the right side of the civvies/sportswear divide. And once you put that stupid-ass piping on the sides, you’re definitely on the WRONG side of that line.[/quote]
    Is that a rule or just a tradition about the umpire being the most formal person on the field? I would say despite what you think of the shirt and the piping, that they still are wearing what appear to be pretty classic dress slacks (I’m sure they have some give/relief and are just designed to look classic, but still…)

    All that’s wrong with the game of baseball, it just seems like this is much ado about nothing.

  • Ben Fortney | March 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm |

    The AZ logo was a find, designed by polegnyn at deviantart

    Glad it got a response, wanted to give credit where do.

  • Marc from Brooklyn | March 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment="381894"]More important than the umps’ attire, why is Lou arguing calls in spring training?[/quote]
    Probably for the same reason why Tony La Russa had Jason Motte intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur in the 8th yesterday to get to Henry Blanco. I think that they just cannot help themselves. At least Lou didn’t kick dirt and get tossed and Tony didn’t use four pitchers in the inning.

  • JimWa | March 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment="381926"][quote comment="381914"][quote comment="381908"]
    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    that doesn’t look 1000 times better

    it looks 10,000 times better

    but, like everything else these days, it’s not about what we like, but comfort for those wearing it[/quote]
    I wasn’t going to say anything, but I’ll just put it out there anyway…you say this like it’s a bad thing! You’ve got me laughing here that clothes shouldn’t evolve to be more comfortable! Let’s go back to flannels for the players while we’re at it!

    It’s a shame the fans don’t wear suits and fedoras anymore too![/quote]

    Me think – you say

    I feel those who DON’T wear suits and fedoras to every game should not be allowed to second-guess the transition of umpire uniforms.

    Those that DO … well … we should probably have a talk …

  • JimWa | March 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    Wasn’t he a topic of discussion on this board just a week or so ago?

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

  • MPowers16-10,000 | March 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment="381919"][quote comment="381911"]1. St. Patrick’s day does NOTHING for me.
    2. The umpire pics in addition to the Beautiful NY weather today made me very happy.
    3. Have fun in Duluth![/quote]
    MPowers1645?

    When did that happen?[/quote]

    Blame that on an attempt at multi-tasking and synergizing.

    Or that I am 11 times better than I was.

  • MPowers16-1,000,000 | March 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm |

    [quote comment="381929"][quote comment="381894"]More important than the umps’ attire, why is Lou arguing calls in spring training?[/quote]
    Probably for the same reason why Tony La Russa had Jason Motte intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur in the 8th yesterday to get to Henry Blanco. I think that they just cannot help themselves. At least Lou didn’t kick dirt and get tossed and Tony didn’t use four pitchers in the inning.[/quote]

    No matter what, I love that it is all back!

  • Mike Engle | March 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    “Remember, kids: New Year’s Eve is for amateurs, but St. Patrick’s Day is for idiots.”
    –Paul Lukas
    (You forgot your line!)

  • Shaun | March 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment="381929"][quote comment="381894"]More important than the umps’ attire, why is Lou arguing calls in spring training?[/quote]
    Probably for the same reason why Tony La Russa had Jason Motte intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur in the 8th yesterday to get to Henry Blanco. I think that they just cannot help themselves. At least Lou didn’t kick dirt and get tossed and Tony didn’t use four pitchers in the inning.[/quote]

    and im sure jeff took a couple good hacks at the intentional balls, just to get himself into regular season form

  • JAson | March 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm |

    MLB probably changed the umps’ uniforms so you can distinguish between the real umps and these guys…

    http://mlb.fanhouse....

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm |

    [quote comment="381926"][quote comment="381914"][quote comment="381908"]
    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    that doesn’t look 1000 times better

    it looks 10,000 times better

    but, like everything else these days, it’s not about what we like, but comfort for those wearing it[/quote]
    I wasn’t going to say anything, but I’ll just put it out there anyway…you say this like it’s a bad thing! You’ve got me laughing here that clothes shouldn’t evolve to be more comfortable! Let’s go back to flannels for the players while we’re at it!

    It’s a shame the fans don’t wear suits and fedoras anymore too![/quote]

    im guessing you don’t wear a suit and tie to work

    but do you wear pajamas and/or sweats?

  • Jonee | March 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm |

    Shouldn’t there be more green and less black on those “retro” Devils sweaters?

    http://cdn.nhl.com/d...

    I’m sure they’re not going with the green pants which is annoying.

  • Hibbsy | March 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm |

    Those Indiana helmets are beautiful. Letters with vertical lines of symmetry are much more versatile.

  • Chris from Carver | March 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

    [quote comment="381938"]Shouldn’t there be more green and less black on those “retro” Devils sweaters?

    http://cdn.nhl.com/d...

    I’m sure they’re not going with the green pants which is annoying.[/quote]
    The fifth picture in the slideshow shows the green breezers, alongside the sweater and sock.

  • jp | March 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    is that adidas logo creep? uggh

  • jp | March 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    is that adidas logo creep? uggh

    http://a.espncdn.com...

  • Mark K | March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment="381916"]Honig’s Whistle Stop (www.honigs.com) based in Ann Arbor, MI outfits MLB umpires. As an umpire and UniWatch fan, it’s always fun to go look around the warehouse and talk to the employees about the major leagues they outfit.

    Anyway, I e-mailed them this morning about the shirts, and this is the response I got:

    Tim,
    The MLB shirts have changed and will be the same throughout the season. We cannot sell these shirts.
    Austin[/quote]

    Maybe this is a reaction to those guys sitting behind the plate in Toronto last year who took their act on the road?

  • Mark K | March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    [quote comment="381942"]is that adidas logo creep? uggh

    http://a.espncdn.com...

    Or maybe that guy won 3 Stanley Cups?

  • Kek | March 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

    [quote comment="381937"][quote comment="381926"][quote comment="381914"][quote comment="381908"]
    Tell me this doesn’t look 1000 times better than what they’re wearing today.

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    that doesn’t look 1000 times better

    it looks 10,000 times better

    but, like everything else these days, it’s not about what we like, but comfort for those wearing it[/quote]
    I wasn’t going to say anything, but I’ll just put it out there anyway…you say this like it’s a bad thing! You’ve got me laughing here that clothes shouldn’t evolve to be more comfortable! Let’s go back to flannels for the players while we’re at it!

    It’s a shame the fans don’t wear suits and fedoras anymore too![/quote]

    im guessing you don’t wear a suit and tie to work

    but do you wear pajamas and/or sweats?[/quote]
    I’ve had jobs where I’ve worn a suit and tie everyday, including Friday and believe me, I understand the status and appearance that a nicely dressed person conveys. I was a little hesitant to even do a casual Friday with khakis let alone jeans (which I can wear five days a week now, although I don’t always). Even in a business casual environment, when a man wears what you would call dress casual (suit pants, dress shirt with no tie), there is an appearance of authority.

    However, we’re talking about an umpire. By this logic, I guess Robbie Alomar wouldn’t have spit on that umpire had he been wearing a suit and tie!

    Also, you think that the current umpire gear is comparable to pajamas and sweats? Come on! Like I said, the pants still have a very traditional look to them. It’s not like these guys are out there in windsuits.

  • JimWa | March 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

    Everyone knows that if umpires wear ties, it’ll just rain anyway.

    http://www.globalgal...

  • joe | March 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote comment="381889"]The blade came off of Tomas Holmstrom’s skate at the start of last night’s Red Wings/Flames game:

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

    That happened last week in Chicago also, I think it was against Det on Sunday.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

    [quote comment="381945"]
    I’ve had jobs where I’ve worn a suit and tie everyday, including Friday and believe me, I understand the status and appearance that a nicely dressed person conveys. I was a little hesitant to even do a casual Friday with khakis let alone jeans (which I can wear five days a week now, although I don’t always). Even in a business casual environment, when a man wears what you would call dress casual (suit pants, dress shirt with no tie), there is an appearance of authority.

    However, we’re talking about an umpire. By this logic, I guess Robbie Alomar wouldn’t have spit on that umpire had he been wearing a suit and tie!

    Also, you think that the current umpire gear is comparable to pajamas and sweats? Come on! Like I said, the pants still have a very traditional look to them. It’s not like these guys are out there in windsuits.[/quote]

    i love ya douggie, ya know that

    but you intimated an awful lot of what i didn’t say to what you THINK i might say, just by your perception of what i’m getting at

    i don’t begrudge an umpire being comfortable…you may know that i recently read a book called as they see ‘em (a bit of a tome, but very interesting)…so i know the shit an umpire has to deal with; he shouldn’t have to worry about the comfort of his clothes

    that being said, i think the spring training gear (which is apparently going to carry over into the regular season) goes WELL BEYOND being merely comfortable and into the realm of WTF?

    they don’t need to go back to the red blazers and hand held chest protectors (which i used to ump little league, btw, and aren’t that unwieldy)…but they should still dress more formally than what we’re seeing on the field

    there’s comfort…and then there’s this shit…and i think that’s what paul was bemoaning in his article today…this stuff looks like shit

    and it’s looking more and more “casual”…you can still be comfortable without being casual

    did the look mike styczen show look better? of course it did; but you can look a helluva lot better than this new ump gear without sacrificing any comfort…even what they wore last year, which i am certain is every bit as comfortable…is better than this new stuff

    if this “new look” is only for spring training, then im fine with it…but if it carries over (and undoubtedly they’ll have a whole line of jackets and pullovers with the piping for colder weather) to the regular season…then im not happy about it at all

    comfortable=good for blue
    casual=not good for umpires

  • Kek | March 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    OK, I just don’t see this http://farm5.static.... as being all that bad. (Really, am I missing something here?)

    I guess I just don’t get it, I’ll shut up now.

  • JimWa | March 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm |

    All right already. Just know this. It could be worse.

    http://images.google...

  • War Damn Eagle | March 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm |

    [quote comment="381936"]MLB probably changed the umps’ uniforms so you can distinguish between the real umps and these guys…

    http://mlb.fanhouse....

    I bet they find a way to get their hands on the new shirt. After all, they found the old version.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

    [quote comment="381949"]OK, I just don’t see this http://farm5.static.... as being all that bad. (Really, am I missing something here?)

    I guess I just don’t get it, I’ll shut up now.[/quote]

    ok i’ll shut up too

    but here it is in a nutshell

    side piping=looks like shit

  • mmwatkin | March 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm |

    [quote comment="381911"]1. St. Patrick’s day does NOTHING for me.[/quote]

    It doesn’t do anything for me, either.

    It is the green beer at 7 a.m. that gets me. Be safe everybody!

  • rpm | March 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm |

    [quote comment="381923"][quote comment="381922"]Will any teams be wearing special royal purple caps/jerseys in honor of St Urho’s Day?[/quote]
    That’s today? Dammit. I thought it was the day after St. Paddy’s Day.[/quote]
    you might be thinking of pulaski day

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm |

    [quote comment="381871"][quote comment="381869"][quote comment="381868"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius[/quote]

    I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.[/quote]

    The shape of the bird’s head (including beak) is the “a”.[/quote]

    Methinks thou doth look too hard. And if you have to look too hard, I’m giving it a big “meh.”

    Never should have switched from this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

  • JimWa | March 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm |

    Carlos Marmol – My newest favorite Cub

    http://cdn2.sbnation...

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

    Interesting note from that Jazz article about the change in uniform numbers: there’s a link to an article titled, “Trio of Jazzmen out with injuries.” Think we’ve found a way to describe players from teams with similar types of nicknames.

    “He’s not a Heat, he’s a Heatman,” or “He’s not a Red Sock, he’s a Red Soxman,” etc.

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

    [quote comment="381954"][quote comment="381923"][quote comment="381922"]Will any teams be wearing special royal purple caps/jerseys in honor of St Urho’s Day?[/quote]
    That’s today? Dammit. I thought it was the day after St. Paddy’s Day.[/quote]
    you might be thinking of pulaski day[/quote]
    Nosir. That was two weeks ago:

    In the morning, in the winter shade, on the first of March, on the holiday, I thought I saw you breathing

    …not to be confused with General Pulaski Memorial Day, of course.

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm |

    [quote comment="381927"]I would say despite what you think of the shirt and the piping, that they still are wearing what appear to be pretty classic dress slacks (I’m sure they have some give/relief and are just designed to look classic, but still…)

    All that’s wrong with the game of baseball, it just seems like this is much ado about nothing.[/quote]

    I’ll take your side in this one, Doug.

    Is this new look an improvement? No. But it’s not as if they abandoned uniforms in favor of baggy t-shirts, cargo shorts and flip-flops.

    Folks, we have bigger uni fish to fry. Throw this catch back in the water and let’s go after the really big stuff.

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm |

    [quote comment="381958"]…not to be confused with General Pulaski Memorial Day, of course.[/quote]

    Now I’m in the mood for a Paczki…

  • rpm | March 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

    mike engle~i was looking forward to that line too. but most of the idiots in chicago were out last saturday, the morrow should be quiet.

    kek~i actually do put on a shirt and tie for day games during the week. i will work on a right proper hat for this year.

    umps~all i know is if i umped naked nobody would get in my grill over a call, so my vote is for naked umpires. tie or no tie, jacket or no jacket, button down or stupid polo, 50% of all the people i ump/ref here in chitown are complete idiots and wouldn’t know proper respect if i crammed it up their arse with walnuts. so again, let me get naked and i will have less problems. then again a tie would give me something to strangle one of these jerk~offs with, so i am liking that idea too.

  • thom | March 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm |

    i hope the Devils jerseys look better on TV then from the NHL slideshow cause the green is too dark on the slideshow i thought the original green was a little lighter then that

  • rpm | March 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

    [quote comment="381958"][quote comment="381954"][quote comment="381923"][quote comment="381922"]Will any teams be wearing special royal purple caps/jerseys in honor of St Urho’s Day?[/quote]
    That’s today? Dammit. I thought it was the day after St. Paddy’s Day.[/quote]
    you might be thinking of pulaski day[/quote]
    Nosir. That was two weeks ago:

    In the morning, in the winter shade, on the first of March, on the holiday, I thought I saw you breathing

    …not to be confused with General Pulaski Memorial Day, of course.[/quote]

    didn’t know there was a bad song about it. shoulda been performed by wesley willis.

    speaking of bad things. you know how little i watch basketball when i choose to watch a CUB spring training game rather then Tosu in the big ten final, but ronnie freaking woo~woo needs to be put out of his misery. i was working in the studio, so i was more listening to the broadcast, but for at least 3 innings it sounded like they had that bastard miked~up. well huff~woo bob huff~woo i think huff~woo the cubs huff~woo might huff~woo need huff~woo to figure out huff~woo the lead~off huff~woo spot huff~woo… i can’t wait until i see that guy riding his bike in full uniform again.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm |

    [quote comment="381959"] But it’s not as if they abandoned uniforms in favor of baggy t-shirts, cargo shorts and flip-flops.[/quote]

    true

    but what the hell’s wrong with cargo shorts and flip flops?

    just because you dress like this for leisure

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

    [quote comment="381963"]speaking of bad things. you know how little i watch basketball when i choose to watch a CUB spring training game rather then Tosu in the big ten final, but ronnie freaking woo~woo needs to be put out of his misery. i was working in the studio, so i was more listening to the broadcast, but for at least 3 innings it sounded like they had that bastard miked~up. well huff~woo bob huff~woo i think huff~woo the cubs huff~woo might huff~woo need huff~woo to figure out huff~woo the lead~off huff~woo spot huff~woo… i can’t wait until i see that guy riding his bike in full uniform again.[/quote]
    I tells ya, this sighting nearly ruined the Bears/Vikings game for me.

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm |

    [quote comment="381964"][quote comment="381959"] But it’s not as if they abandoned uniforms in favor of baggy t-shirts, cargo shorts and flip-flops.[/quote]

    true

    but what the hell’s wrong with cargo shorts and flip flops?

    just because you dress like this for leisure …[/quote]

    I’ll have you know that I include high socks with that look…and right proper tennis shoes as well.

    Flip-flops are the poster child for Sloppy Nation. Make SOME effort when y’all go out in public.

  • rpm | March 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm |

    [quote comment="381964"][quote comment="381959"] But it’s not as if they abandoned uniforms in favor of baggy t-shirts, cargo shorts and flip-flops.[/quote]

    true

    but what the hell’s wrong with cargo shorts and flip flops?

    just because you dress like this for leisure …[/quote]

    NO! NAKED!! would poor sports like this get in my grill if i was naked? the answer is simple, no. i am soooo sick of crying screaming babies.

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm |

    [quote comment="381966"]I’ll have you know that I include high socks with that look.[/quote]
    So this is more like it, right?

  • JimWa | March 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |

    Daisy Duke [quote comment="381964"][quote comment="381959"] But it’s not as if they abandoned uniforms in favor of baggy t-shirts, cargo shorts and flip-flops.[/quote]

    true

    but what the hell’s wrong with cargo shorts and flip flops?

    just because you dress like this for leisure …[/quote]

    Daisy Duke Cargo Shorts?

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |

    [quote comment="381968"][quote comment="381966"]I’ll have you know that I include high socks with that look.[/quote]
    So this is more like it, right?[/quote]

    Not yet…

  • rpm | March 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

    jth~
    i want to know who gets the guy tickets? or flies him to arizona? THAT is the guy who should be shot post haste. he wasn’t wooing in your section all game was he?

  • Schmeltzer | March 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm |

    I’m a football official, not an ump, but that said, I know that an official’s appearance makes a HUGE difference at lower levels. Most players/coaches/parents have no idea how good of an official you are; all they know is what you look like and how you carry yourself. And the professional leagues of various sports unofficially set the standard for uniforms at the lower levels. For that reason, I don’t like seeing any move toward more casual dress from officials.
    I work with officials who wear black pants on the football field instead of white knickers and to me they look like they could be any jackass who bought a striped shirt and is pretending to be a referee.
    Rant over.

    P.S. This fall, I plan on being probably the only high school football official wearing stirrups.

  • rpm | March 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm |

    for anybody who does not know the nuisance that is ronnie woo~woo, try sitting anywhere nearthis guy without get murder on the brain.

  • Schmeltzer | March 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment="381972"]I’m a football official, not an ump, but that said, I know that an official’s appearance makes a HUGE difference at lower levels. Most players/coaches/parents have no idea how good of an official you are; all they know is what you look like and how you carry yourself. And the professional leagues of various sports unofficially set the standard for uniforms at the lower levels. For that reason, I don’t like seeing any move toward more casual dress from officials.
    I work with officials who wear black pants on the football field instead of white knickers and to me they look like they could be any jackass who bought a striped shirt and is pretending to be a referee.
    Rant over.

    P.S. This fall, I plan on being probably the only high school football official wearing stirrups.[/quote]
    Oops, I meant to say probably the only football official *in Minnesota* wearing stirrups. It’s still hyperbole, but omitting that just makes it ridiculous; there must be another official *somewhere* who wears stirrups.

  • rpm | March 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |

    [quote comment="381972"]I’m a football official, not an ump, but that said, I know that an official’s appearance makes a HUGE difference at lower levels. Most players/coaches/parents have no idea how good of an official you are; all they know is what you look like and how you carry yourself. And the professional leagues of various sports unofficially set the standard for uniforms at the lower levels. For that reason, I don’t like seeing any move toward more casual dress from officials.
    I work with officials who wear black pants on the football field instead of white knickers and to me they look like they could be any jackass who bought a striped shirt and is pretending to be a referee.
    Rant over.

    P.S. This fall, I plan on being probably the only high school football official wearing stirrups.[/quote]

    maybe there is an outlet for ump stirrups, and you don’t have to special order a minimum, but i plan on doing the same. let me know if you want to jump in on my order if you are just getting a few pairs. i would imagine betwixt a few of us we can hit a tck minimum 12.

    you are correct about appearance, and maybe even more importantly how you carry yourself, when garnering respect. i might also throw in there hustle and effort, the players can tell when an official is just cashing a cheque. but i still say that most people have lost the notion of what being a good sport means.

  • Schmeltzer | March 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

    [quote comment="381975"][quote comment="381972"]I’m a football official, not an ump, but that said, I know that an official’s appearance makes a HUGE difference at lower levels. Most players/coaches/parents have no idea how good of an official you are; all they know is what you look like and how you carry yourself. And the professional leagues of various sports unofficially set the standard for uniforms at the lower levels. For that reason, I don’t like seeing any move toward more casual dress from officials.
    I work with officials who wear black pants on the football field instead of white knickers and to me they look like they could be any jackass who bought a striped shirt and is pretending to be a referee.
    Rant over.

    P.S. This fall, I plan on being probably the only high school football official wearing stirrups.[/quote]

    maybe there is an outlet for ump stirrups, and you don’t have to special order a minimum, but i plan on doing the same. let me know if you want to jump in on my order if you are just getting a few pairs. i would imagine betwixt a few of us we can hit a tck minimum 12.

    you are correct about appearance, and maybe even more importantly how you carry yourself, when garnering respect. i might also throw in there hustle and effort, the players can tell when an official is just cashing a cheque. but i still say that most people have lost the notion of what being a good sport means.[/quote]
    I’ve been watching your stirrup orders for anything that would work for football. But I’d definitely be in for a few pairs if you want to put an order together whenever.
    As far as sportsmanship goes, I make a mental note when I notice good sportsmanship and try to talk to the player and/or coach at some point and thank them. I’ve only been working a few years, so perhaps I just haven’t had enough seasons to become completely jaded…

  • Todd | March 16, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

    Topps did a top notch job photoshopping Roy Halladay’s uniform. Was it Topps that didn’t take Cliff Lee’s Harry Kalas patch off his Seattle uni just recently?

    http://media.nbcphil...

  • Todd | March 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment=\"381977\"]Topps did a top notch job photoshopping Roy Halladay\’s uniform. Was it Topps that didn\’t take Cliff Lee\’s Harry Kalas patch off his Seattle uni just recently?

    http://media.nbcphil...
    by the way, they gave Halladay Steve Carlton\’s number (#32) instead of #34.

  • Ricko | March 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm |

    [quote comment="381977"]Topps did a top notch job photoshopping Roy Halladay’s uniform. Was it Topps that didn’t take Cliff Lee’s Harry Kalas patch off his Seattle uni just recently?

    http://media.nbcphil...

    Phillies wear red cleats, too.
    But that’s a tough photo shop.

  • SRP91 | March 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm |

    There’s no way that Gretzky clip is from the 96 All-Star game! If you look at his jersey it has a Kings logo on it, he was traded by the Kings to the Blues in 95 where he finished out that season before he ultimately signed with the Rangers where he finished his career.

    Based on the jersey design I’m almost positive that’s from the 1994 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm |

    [quote comment="381971"]jth~
    i want to know who gets the guy tickets? or flies him to arizona? THAT is the guy who should be shot post haste. he wasn’t wooing in your section all game was he?[/quote]
    And you just know his enabler(s) think he’s/they’re doing God’s work by allowing this guy to live his dream. Shooting is too kind a fate. They need to be forced to endure an endless loop of “Cubs! WOO! Sammy! WOO! Sosa! WOO! It’s! WOO! Gonna! WOO! Happen! WOO!”

    and thankfully, I didn’t hear a peep out of him all game.

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm |

    [quote comment="381979"][quote comment="381977"]Topps did a top notch job photoshopping Roy Halladay’s uniform. Was it Topps that didn’t take Cliff Lee’s Harry Kalas patch off his Seattle uni just recently?

    http://media.nbcphil...

    Phillies wear red cleats, too.
    But that’s a tough photo shop.[/quote]
    So, uh, top-notch? Not so much.

  • The Hemogoblin | March 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm |

    I have nothing too constructive to say, but it’s “Croatian” and not “Croation.”

    In the spirit of that, I compel you to read this sentence quickly out loud:

    I stepped on the throat of a Croat on a boat.

  • Giancarlo | March 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm |

    [quote comment="381948"]
    there’s comfort…and then there’s this shit…and i think that’s what paul was bemoaning in his article today…this stuff looks like shit
    [/quote]
    And if I were a player and didn’t like that guy’s call I’d be tempted to appeal to his supervisor.

  • James Craven | March 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm |

    The NCAA is going with portable courts of their own as of this year at all Men’s sites BTW. Same color scheme (black out of bounds with blue lettering under the baskets, white lines, blue three-second lanes.)

  • interlockingtc | March 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm |

    [quote comment="381955"][quote comment="381871"][quote comment="381869"][quote comment="381868"][quote comment="381864"] Ben Fortney sent me this proposed Arizona Cards logo design. Man, is that ingeniously simple or what?

    It looks like a rooster.[/quote]

    i love how the bird’s head forms an “a” & “c”

    genius[/quote]

    I see the C, but I’m not picking up on an A.[/quote]

    The shape of the bird’s head (including beak) is the “a”.[/quote]

    Methinks thou doth look too hard. And if you have to look too hard, I’m giving it a big “meh.”

    Never should have switched from this:
    http://i.cdn.turner....

    I am in complete agreement. Why did they mess with that perfect bird?

    What is it about the NFL butchering iconic bird logos? (Falcons, Seahawks, Eagles)

  • Jet | March 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm |

    wow, no one has a comment about the gray breezers sported by the opposing team in that set of photos of the BSU Beavers hockey club??!

    -Jet

  • Terry D. | March 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm |

    The Mizzou practice unis can be found on the Nike Uniform Builder site. My idea for a practice uni was a sleeveless compression mock (turtlenecks) with twill numbers and plain colored shorts (home whites and road non-whites) with no graphics. Just a thought. Also, does anybody know any internet sites near California that carries that poly-twill stuff that was on the blog recently?

  • kyle | March 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm |

    A DIY Brett Favre Jersey with all the team’s he’s been on.

    just the jersey: http://cdn.ksk.uprox...

    the site it was on: http://kissingsuzyko...

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm |

    [quote comment="381973"]for anybody who does not know the nuisance that is ronnie woo~woo, try sitting anywhere nearthis guy without get murder on the brain.[/quote]

    I knew I liked the Cardinals better for a reason…

  • JimV19 | March 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm |

    [quote comment="381986"]The NCAA is going with portable courts of their own as of this year at all Men’s sites BTW. Same color scheme (black out of bounds with blue lettering under the baskets, white lines, blue three-second lanes.)[/quote]

    They did that last year as well, and I don’t like it. Too homogenized. After all, does THIS look like the Boston Garden?
    http://www.youtube.c...

    Great GREAT game, by the way.

  • ken | March 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm |

    [quote comment="381980"]There’s no way that Gretzky clip is from the 96 All-Star game! If you look at his jersey it has a Kings logo on it, he was traded by the Kings to the Blues in 95 where he finished out that season before he ultimately signed with the Rangers where he finished his career.

    Based on the jersey design I’m almost positive that’s from the 1994 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.[/quote]
    The video and stills are from the ’96 game in boston. You can tell by the logo at center ice. And yes it is a kings logo..he was a memember of them at the time. 99 got traded to St. L about a month after the game.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    [quote comment="381979"][quote comment="381977"]Topps did a top notch job photoshopping Roy Halladay’s uniform. Was it Topps that didn’t take Cliff Lee’s Harry Kalas patch off his Seattle uni just recently?

    http://media.nbcphil...

    Phillies wear red cleats, too.
    But that’s a tough photo shop.[/quote]

    better?

  • Boonie | March 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm |

    My guess is MLB is trying to come up with an “exclusive” uniform for their umpires just as the NFL copyrighted their new Reebok ref duds a couple of years ago and the NBA has their whacked out officials uniforms.

    Before the switch, anyone could order those prior shirts. They just wouldn’t have the cool MLB patch on them. I noted that Honig’s stated the new ones weren’t available for sale, which confirms my theory.

    I was still wearing Elbeco mailman shirts at Little League when the polos started coming in the 90′s. They sure stayed tucked in better.

  • JTH | March 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote comment="381992"][quote comment="381973"]for anybody who does not know the nuisance that is ronnie woo~woo, try sitting anywhere nearthis guy without get murder on the brain.[/quote]

    I knew I liked the Cardinals better for a reason…[/quote]
    Yep. Definitely a higher class of fan for the team on the other side of the Mississippi.

  • LI Phil | March 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm |

    [quote comment="381997"][quote comment="381992"][quote comment="381973"]for anybody who does not know the nuisance that is ronnie woo~woo, try sitting anywhere nearthis guy without get murder on the brain.[/quote]

    I knew I liked the Cardinals better for a reason…[/quote]
    Yep. Definitely a higher class of fan for the team on the other side of the Mississippi.[/quote]

    (fixed)

    isn’t that trax?

  • Hibbsy | March 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm |

    I think Wesley Willis has been mentioned 4 times now on this site. Not counting the kid who did those tweaks back in October.

  • Chris B | March 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm |

    Cole Hamels was shown speaking to the camera in a segment during the Phillies/Tigers game today wearing the Phils’ red game cap with a gray underbill…

  • Dave | March 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm |

    Interesting video on Devil throwback jerseys New Jersey Star-Ledger.
    http://videos.nj.com...

  • swb. | March 17, 2010 at 1:27 am |

    The Virginia Tech baseball team will be wearing special St. Patty’s edition uniforms

    http://www.hokiespor...

  • MPowers1634 | March 17, 2010 at 1:34 am |

    [quote comment="381974"][quote comment="381972"]I’m a football official, not an ump, but that said, I know that an official’s appearance makes a HUGE difference at lower levels. Most players/coaches/parents have no idea how good of an official you are; all they know is what you look like and how you carry yourself. And the professional leagues of various sports unofficially set the standard for uniforms at the lower levels. For that reason, I don’t like seeing any move toward more casual dress from officials.
    I work with officials who wear black pants on the football field instead of white knickers and to me they look like they could be any jackass who bought a striped shirt and is pretending to be a referee.
    Rant over.

    P.S. This fall, I plan on being probably the only high school football official wearing stirrups.[/quote]
    Oops, I meant to say probably the only football official *in Minnesota* wearing stirrups. It’s still hyperbole, but omitting that just makes it ridiculous; there must be another official *somewhere* who wears stirrups.[/quote]

    I am a New York football official who plans on wearing them…you can order them from Honigs Canada.

  • Mark in Shiga | March 17, 2010 at 9:17 am |

    [quote comment="381977"]Topps did a top notch job photoshopping Roy Halladay’s uniform. Was it Topps that didn’t take Cliff Lee’s Harry Kalas patch off his Seattle uni just recently?

    http://media.nbcphil...

    The font is beautiful, but they made the name much, much too big. The Phillies, unlike Toronto, have regular-sized NOBs that don’t overwhelm the jersey like they do in Toronto.