Got a note the other day from a reader calling himself Navy Bean, who’s embarked on an interesting project: “I recently launched my own blog called Naughty Jerseys, which I’ve created to show off my large collection of authentic customized jerseys with PG-13- to NC-17-rated NOBs that I’ve managed to slip past the quality control people. It’s an expensive hobby, but I get much joy out of it.”
Okay, so we’re talking about roughly a seventh grade level of humor here. But I like that Navy Bean calls his jerseys “naughty” (as opposed to, say, “dirty” or “nasty”), which suggests more of a playful sense of mischief than a serious intent to offend. I also like that he’s doing something that no doubt annoys the league censors. How did he get started down this road? He explains:
It began with some words/names that were inside jokes among my friends and innocuous to those outside the social circle. Then I became embiggened and started to push the envelope a bit. I order maybe one new jersey a month.
I have about 170 authentic jerseys (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA), about 90 or so of which I’d rank as “naughty.” The rest are either NNOB, throwbacks, or my last name, so the blog definitely has a new content lifespan.
Andy at the old Distant Replays was a good sport and used to try and muscle a name through the MLB censors if it got rejected. First time I ordered at Distant Replays and it got rejected, I tried to convince Andy that my Dutch grandmother’s maiden name was VON RIMJOBST.
I usually wait for a manufacturer switch so I can get a decent price. And I always try to get the old uniform of a team if it’s about to switch to new uniforms. For example, the Marlins’ old (2009) road jersey with FLORIDA is on my priority list to buy if it wasn’t so expensive.
Navy Bean also produces an assortment of comic strips on the web, many of them rather belligerent and all done under various pseudonyms. “Yes, I am a coward for taking anonymous shots at people,” he says. “But I can’t risk losing my gig because I have a jersey habit that I can’t quit.” At least the dude has his uniform priorities straight.
Meanwhile, here’s a random thought: Wouldn’t it be nice if today’s comments didn’t devolve into an endless stream of toilet-humor NOB suggestions? Yes, it would. Thanks.
Quick question: There’s one college baseball team that’s often unofficially credited with using the long-pants look on a team-wide basis, but I can’t recall which team that is.
Little help? Never mind, several people just reminded me that it’s Clemson. Thanks!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Good story here about why Kevin Durant wears No. 35 (with thanks to Dan Bewley). … USF baseball is wearing some brutual uniforms. Are all Under Armour teams wearing those pants cut-outs? (As noted by Jim Lighthall). … Here’s a time-lapse video of the court being prepped for the Sweet 16 in Utah (with thanks to Brett Crane). … The Astros will wear shooting-star throwbacks on April 10th against the Phils, who’ll wear 1965 road throwbacks for the occasion (with thanks to Paul Wiederecht and Mario Carr, respectively). … Here’s something really cool: a soccer-themed manhole cover from Shimizu, Japan. Additional examples here and here (great stuff from Jeremy Brahm). … Current slate of NHL uni changes for next season, most of which you already know about, summed up here. … Yesterday’s Ticker mention of those NHL-themed baseball jerseys prompted James Huening to send me this photo. “I’ve had it for probably 20 years and I’m sure it’s been at least 15 since I’ve worn it. I’m thinking about removing all the patches and using it as a base for a DIY jersey,” he says. Don’t do it, Jimbo — it’s priceless! … Also from Jimbo: “Have you ever noticed a resemblance between the wishbone C and the Ichthys symbol (Jesus fish)? No, you probably haven’t. But I have, so I created these DIY T-shirts (total cost to me of about $8). I used inkjet printer iron-ons, so I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pretty happy with how they turned out.” … Here’s something I have noticed: The Jesus fish, which is frequently seen on the back of cars, is exactly the same shape as the other symbol most frequently seen on the back of cars — the yellow ribbon. Look! … Interesting discovery by Kristopher Hunt, who writes: “I was looking at soccer jerseys at the Nike store and noticed that each one has a cool flag-based detail on the inside of the jersey collar.” … Jason Hillyer recently came across this old SI cover and is wondering about the logo-less helmet stacked above the Browns helmet. Did they do that just to avoid having a logo interfere with the type? … I’ve run this photo before, but it’s been a few years, so it’s worth sharing again: Wow. That’s the Texas Tech football team, circa 1938 (with thanks to Elvin Brownlee). … Spaceman, indeed (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Attention DIYers: Stewart & Strauss is running a sale on chenille letters and numbers. You can get 6″ letters here and 3″ numbers here. And if you really want to shoot the works, they also offer custom scripts. Now get crackin’ (and when you finish your DIY jacket, remember to send a thank you note to Terence Kearns). … Dan Cichalski notes that baseball-reference.com has added uni numbers to its player pages. Further details here. … Another college baseball team with striped stirrups: Mercer (with thanks to Lindsay Resnick). … Remember when the Pistons were blaming Nike sneakers for their ankle injuries? Now there are similar rumblings coming out of Michigan State — see the third-to-last graf of that page (as noted by Scott Novosel). … The Reno Aces are holding a T-shirt design contest (if you win the $500 prize, be sure to buy a round for Robert Slaby). … Marc Dumas, who’s the baseball coach for the Perspectives Charter Schools-Calumet baseball team, designed the cap and stirrups that the team is wearing this season.