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Dress Rehearsal

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Hosiery match-up for the ages last night in San Francisco, as Rajai Davis’s logo-clad stirrups faced off against Barry Zito’s striped socks. Thanks to all who brought it to my attention.

New ESPN column today — the curling story. Link coming soon. Nope — bumped again. Sometime next week. And in case you missed it yesterday, my annual MLB season-preview column is up. — Paul

Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I asked what was up with Kris Benson’s BP jersey. Now Gabe Greenbaum has checked in with the answer: “He’s wearing a D-backs minor league practice jersey. In spring training, they allow minor leaguers to wear regular numbers with ‘fake’ jerseys. They are nylon mesh with no side panels and they wear gray pants, whereas the big-leaguers wear white pants.” Benson is currently on a minor league contract. … This Pittsburgh Condors throwback has some amazing chain-stitching. Super-inexpensive, too, but don’t let that scare you — Jeff Fedenko says he knows the seller. “He’s a legit overstock seller of Mitchell & Ness,” he says. … Good video on the design of the World Cup soccer ball here (with thanks to Markus Kemp). … Here’s an excellent resource: If you go to this page and click on any of the team logos, you’ll auto-download the football uniform history for that school (major thanks to Jay Rogers). … Good video about the Chicago Blackhawks equipment staff (as forwarded by Ron Roza). … Ron also sent along pics of his Springsteen-themed goalie masks. “They were custom-made by Gary Warwick, and Todd Miska painted them (he did Eddie Belfour’s masks),” Ron explains. “They were made for me about 10 years ago, before a wife and kids, and continue to get plenty of wear.” … New uniform, sort of, for the Phillie Phanatic (with thanks to Andrew Hoenig). … The WNBA’s team, the Tulsa Shock, will look like this (with thanks to Joseph Moore). … I don’t think we’ve seen a real person modeling the Giants’ new alternate jersey and cap until now. That’s Mike Heimowitz on the right — he works for the team and sent along the photo. … Love this shot of Deacon Jones wearing FiNOB (screen shot courtesy of John Szczepanski). … “Virginia football coach Mike London has been talking about a big overhaul of the school’s uniforms,” writes Ryan Mahanes. “The phrase used was that Virginia would become an ‘Oregon of the East’ in terms of color and style combinations. London apparently even met with Oregon and Nike officials this winter to discuss such a move. Many UVa fans think it’s just an April Fool’s joke, but they’ve been talking it up for awhile. Here’s a link to a story that makes the Oregon comparison.” … Cool photo of the Gonzaga hoops team wearing sleeved jerseys — with “GU” instead of TV numbers (very interesting find by Al Cummings). … Y’know, maybe pajama pants aren’t so bad after all. Matt Mitchell sent me that shot from a softball game between Baylor (massive Under Armour logo) and Texas A&M (faux stirrups with Adidas logo). … Is the SI cover jinx real? Which teams have been represented most (and least) often on the cover of SI‘s baseball preview issue? Dan Cichalski decided to tackle these weighty issues on his blog. … Just what you’ve always wanted: a Minnesota Gophers dishwasher indicator (odd find by Tris Wykes). … Morris Levin reports that Flyers backup goalie Carter Hutton was wearing his UMass-Lowell mask the other night. … The L.A. Kings sent an e-mail to fans yesterday that included, among other things, a note that the team will wear its black alternate jerseys for postseason home games. “Maybe the Kings should focus on actually making the playoffs instead of picking a jersey to wear,” says Mike Jones.

 

104 comments to Dress Rehearsal

  • Billy | April 2, 2010 at 8:29 am |

    I mentioned this a few days ago with no photos, but the Orioles also tinkered with their new away jerseys to avoid the “Balttimore” issue we saw last year.

    Last year:

    http://baltimore.ori...

    This year:

    http://www.baltimore...

    A big improvement!

  • Billy | April 2, 2010 at 8:32 am |

    Looks like my “Last year” link doesn’t work, here is another pic:

    http://blogs.indiewi...

  • The Jeff | April 2, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    [quote comment=”383812″]Looks like my “Last year” link doesn’t work, here is another pic:

    http://blogs.indiewi...

    You know, the whole double letter issue makes a really good argument in favor of pullover jerseys without buttons.

  • JAson | April 2, 2010 at 9:02 am |

    My favorite English Premiership team had a little April Fools fun yesterday, announcing a vintage wool sweater was their new kit…

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2011032,00.html

  • Jeremy | April 2, 2010 at 9:07 am |

    [quote comment=”383814″]My favorite English Premiership team had a little April Fools fun yesterday, announcing a vintage wool sweater was their new kit…

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2011032,00.html[/quote]

    West Ham and Liverpool also had April Fools kit news http://www.footballs...

  • M.Princip | April 2, 2010 at 9:09 am |

    Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll

  • JL | April 2, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    So I’m looking through today’s blog and ticker, and backtracking through yesterday’s comments section…

    Did no one really point-out or comment about the men’s NIT Championship between Dayton and UNC being played with Dayton in black and UNC in blue?

    Yeah, I forgot to watch the game too, but I had to rub my eyes when I saw the highlights late lastnight…hence the backtracking through uniwatch today. Sorry if I missed a previous discussion.

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    [quote comment=”383813″]You know, the whole double letter issue makes a really good argument in favor of pullover jerseys without buttons.[/quote]

    no it doesnt

    but it does make an argument for (a) better design placement and (b) rethinking using cursive if (a) is unpossible

  • War Eagle Jeffrey | April 2, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    guys, i remember not long ago seeing a link for a site on which i could be real stirrups. can someone post that for me? multiple sites ok too. tia.

    went to the sports authority yesterday looking for some real ‘rups and was disappointed to find only the full sock…none of which sported stripes.

  • The Jeff | April 2, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    [quote comment=”383818″][quote comment=”383813″]You know, the whole double letter issue makes a really good argument in favor of pullover jerseys without buttons.[/quote]

    no it doesnt

    but it does make an argument for (a) better design placement and (b) rethinking using cursive if (a) is unpossible[/quote]

    Something wrong with pullovers? It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to cut the wordmark in half and always have alignment issues. It looks sloppy. Either design the jersey around the fact that is split in the middle and follow the same general layout as the Yankees or Tigers home uniforms, or wear a pullover so you aren’t chopping your name in half.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 2, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”383814″]My favorite English Premiership team had a little April Fools fun yesterday, announcing a vintage wool sweater was their new kit…

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2011032,00.html[/quote]

    Hilarious. My fave team, too. I have the current white uni. Are they switching to Puma for 2010-11? They currently wear Errea, an Italian uni outfitter.

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment=”383819″]guys, i remember not long ago seeing a link for a site on which i could be real stirrups. can someone post that for me? multiple sites ok too. tia.

    went to the sports authority yesterday looking for some real ‘rups and was disappointed to find only the full sock…none of which sported stripes.[/quote]

    are you talking about tck?

    other sites resell TCK products

    you need to talk to robert marshall (i’ll email you his contact info)

  • pk | April 2, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…

  • Kenny M | April 2, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    Texas A&M softball doesn’t use feaux stirrups. They’re actually ribbon stirrups that were laying flat in that photo. pic shows a twisted stirrup on the left leg and a clear seperation between the stirrup and sani on the right. The Arizona player also happens to be wearing a ribbon stirrup.

  • chance michaels | April 2, 2010 at 9:41 am |

    [quote comment=”383820″]Something wrong with pullovers? [/quote]
    Only if you’re playing baseball….

  • War Damn Eagle | April 2, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    [quote comment=”383818″][quote comment=”383813″]You know, the whole double letter issue makes a really good argument in favor of pullover jerseys without buttons.[/quote]

    no it doesnt

    but it does make an argument for (a) better design placement and (b) rethinking using cursive if (a) is unpossible[/quote]

    Why did Baltimore do it in the first place? I don’t think you should ever have the double-letter effect for a jersey. For example, the Braves have never done it. The home jerseys have “Bra” on the right and “ves” on the left.

    http://www3.allaroun...

    http://hardballblog....

    They split the lowercase “a” on the “Atlanta” road unis:

    http://i2.cdn.turner...

    http://latimesblogs....

    http://www.zimbio.co...

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment=”383825″][quote comment=”383820″]Something wrong with pullovers? [/quote]
    Only if you’re playing baseball….[/quote]

    +1

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 9:52 am |

    Speaking of “Dress Rehearsals”, the Twins have an exhibition game with the Cardinals today to introduce the new ballpark.

    And, naturally, it’s supposed to be raining around game time. Not “stop the game” kind of rain, I guess, but rain.

    So there’ll be all kinds of barbs about why Minnesota didn’t build a retractable dome (although such criticism never seems to be levied against Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington and two teams in New York, all of whom, I’m pretty sure have had a rainout or two).

    But, you wanna know the real reason why leaving the Dome behind is a good thing? Here it is…

    On the news last night, video of a young man, mid-20s, peering through the gates at Target Field just to get a feel for the place. As he looks off camera toward the field he says, sort of wistfully, “I’ve never seen an outdoor baseball game.”

    —Ricko
    (And, please, don’t some knothead ask if high schools play indoors in Minnesota, or why didn’t he go to Saints game, or something. Obviously he was referencing MLB. Jeez.)

  • Bernard | April 2, 2010 at 9:53 am |

    Zito’s stripes are too high, and Davis’s logos are too low.

  • Kenny M | April 2, 2010 at 9:56 am |

    If that is a faux stirrup in the shot of Texas A&M and Baylor then it’s an exception to the rule. I’ve been to several A&M softball games over the past couple of years and haven’t seen a player wearing a faux stirrup.

    All of the players that I’ve seen have ribbon stirrups like the ones in this shot that clearly shows a twisted stirrup on the left leg and a seperation between stirrup and sani on the right leg.

    The stirrup is alive and well in College Station. Now if we could just get some stripes on the baseball team’s.

  • subway | April 2, 2010 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment=”383823″]The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…[/quote]
    Reminds me of how the Hartford Whalers farm team in Binghamton just turned the “HW” logo on its side to make it “BW”

  • Rob | April 2, 2010 at 9:57 am |

    [quote comment=”383823″]The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…[/quote]

    wow that is straight up hideous. looks like an L.

  • Mark K | April 2, 2010 at 10:01 am |

    ok, guys…

    I officiate spring practice for some colleges and our standard attire is plain black shorts with our normal striped shirt and hat (white in my case since I’m usually the referee). We also wear our plain black shoes.

    The question is what type of socks should be worn with this? I usually wear black “no show” socks so it looks like I’m not wearing any. Thoughts?

  • The Jeff | April 2, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”383827″][quote comment=”383825″][quote comment=”383820″]Something wrong with pullovers? [/quote]
    Only if you’re playing baseball….[/quote]

    +1[/quote]

    Someone wanna give me a reason beyond “that’s just how it is/should be”? Within my lifetime most of the league has used them for at least a couple seasons. Just because no one does it NOW doesn’t make it wrong. It’s not like it looks drastically different, it just fixes the chopped wordmark issue. (and of course they’re quicker to put on, but that doesn’t need mentioning)

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 10:16 am |

    [quote comment=”383829″]Zito’s stripes are too high, and Davis’s logos are too low.[/quote]

    Great minds, etc.
    Just wrote EXACTLY the same thing to Phil in an e-mail.

    Why would anyone who professes to know something about baseball uni history even ORDER socks with stripes that high…when the era of stripes that high was the teens and ’20s with hugely baggy short pants? The cut of today’s short pants is far more like the ’60s and ’70s, so stripes (you would think) would be positioned more the way it was those years. Is just kind of a scrambled mishmash of history. Come to think of it, I suppose by their standards that passes of knowing what you’re talking about.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment=”383832″][quote comment=”383823″]The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…[/quote]

    wow that is straight up hideous. looks like an L.[/quote]

    while it’s not terribly original, aren’t the conn tiggers a farm team of the detroit version?

    and i kinda like how the olde english logo is reminiscent of detroit’s

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    More importantly, though, the NCAA is about to solve that problem they’ve had for so very, very long. Namely that SO many times the 95th ranked basketball team is really the best in the land, but they get overlooked by the media and other teams. Finally, that injustice soon will have a chance to rectified.

    And, along the way, if the NCAA happens to pick up that money that’s now going to the NIT instead of them…well, that’s just a byproduct of righting this egregious wrong.

    Also, I believe the phrase “The Big Dance” will be replaced with “The Money Grab”.

    —Ricko

  • pk | April 2, 2010 at 10:31 am |

    RE: CT. Tigers

    Yes they are, and I believe they are changing the name next year…but it could have been a great way to incorporate CT (as a double meaning logo for both the Tigers & the state of Conn.)…but obviously laziness is reflective in just designing the logo and has/had no future to begin with in branding the team.

    Why change your logo 2x in 2 years, where you could have easily & permanently branded your team…

    http://web.minorleag...

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    [quote comment=”383834″][quote comment=”383827″][quote comment=”383825″][quote comment=”383820″]Something wrong with pullovers? [/quote]
    Only if you’re playing baseball….[/quote]

    +1[/quote]

    Someone wanna give me a reason beyond “that’s just how it is/should be”?

    Within my lifetime most of the league has used them for at least a couple seasons. Just because no one does it NOW doesn’t make it wrong. It’s not like it looks drastically different, it just fixes the chopped wordmark issue. (and of course they’re quicker to put on, but that doesn’t need mentioning)[/quote]

    Probably because with pajama bottoms they’d actually be…pajamas.

    Players might start sleeping in them, showing up at the park with unis all wrinkled, shirts untucked, orange Cheez-It smears on the chest and thighs, wanting to play in their fleece slippers…

    Just, y’know…wrong.

    —Ricko

  • The Jeff | April 2, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    [quote comment=”383838″]RE: CT. Tigers

    Yes they are, and I believe they are changing the name next year…but it could have been a great way to incorporate CT (as a double meaning logo for both the Tigers & the state of Conn.)…but obviously laziness is reflective in just designing the logo and has/had no future to begin with in branding the team.

    Why change your logo 2x in 2 years, where you could have easily & permanently branded your team…

    http://web.minorleag...

    Can you really blame them for not wanting to be so obvious in the association with Detroit? My hometown minor league team who happen to be a Tigers farm club doesn’t even wear the same colors.

    /Go Mud Hens! I guess…

  • Jeremy | April 2, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    Here is the link to see all of the Phantics in one location.

    http://www.visitphil...

  • M.Princip | April 2, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    [quote comment=”383836″][quote comment=”383832″][quote comment=”383823″]The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…[/quote]

    wow that is straight up hideous. looks like an L.[/quote]

    while it’s not terribly original, aren’t the conn tiggers a farm team of the detroit version?

    and i kinda like how the olde english logo is reminiscent of detroit’s[/quote]

    I agree with you Phil. You wanna start talkin’ hideous, start talkin’ theWinston-Salem Dash. Now, that’s fuckin’ hideous.

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment=”383840″][quote comment=”383838″]RE: CT. Tigers

    Yes they are, and I believe they are changing the name next year…but it could have been a great way to incorporate CT (as a double meaning logo for both the Tigers & the state of Conn.)…but obviously laziness is reflective in just designing the logo and has/had no future to begin with in branding the team.

    Why change your logo 2x in 2 years, where you could have easily & permanently branded your team…

    http://web.minorleag...

    Can you really blame them for not wanting to be so obvious in the association with Detroit? My hometown minor league team who happen to be a Tigers farm club doesn’t even wear the same colors.

    /Go Mud Hens! I guess…[/quote]

    But sure can blame them for not using a real Old English “C” instead of reversing the “D” to create that nonsense.

    I mean, had it worked it would have been one thing but, damn, that’s some seriously bad design work.

    —Ricko

  • JAson | April 2, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment=”383821″][quote comment=”383814″]My favorite English Premiership team had a little April Fools fun yesterday, announcing a vintage wool sweater was their new kit…

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2011032,00.html[/quote]

    Hilarious. My fave team, too. I have the current white uni. Are they switching to Puma for 2010-11? They currently wear Errea, an Italian uni outfitter.[/quote]

    Another Claret! And aren’t you a Nationals fan too?

    They are changing to Puma and the real kits will be released today. I have their change kit from last year but thanks to Errea’s inability to keep this year’s home kit in stock, I never got one. The empty racks at Turf Moor probably contributed to the change in supplier.

  • Broadway Connie | April 2, 2010 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?

  • Bob Loblaw | April 2, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment=”383815″][quote comment=”383814″]My favorite English Premiership team had a little April Fools fun yesterday, announcing a vintage wool sweater was their new kit…

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2011032,00.html[/quote]

    West Ham and Liverpool also had April Fools kit news http://www.footballs...
    That’s great, Jason!!! Burnley’s joke is spot on… unfortunately, it’ll be worn in the Championship. Sorry, couldn’t resist the dig… Blackburn Rover here. ;)

  • RS Rogers | April 2, 2010 at 11:48 am |

    The new Giants alt is just not working for me. I kind of like both the jersey and the cap, but together it’s a terrible look. The orange jersey needs an all-black cap. The orange-bill cap would be much better with the regular home or away jersey.

  • Bernard | April 2, 2010 at 11:50 am |

    [quote comment=”383845″][quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?[/quote]

    Looks like it says “Ray”.

  • Bob Loblaw | April 2, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”383845″][quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?[/quote]
    Connie…..

    right this way to the post game drug testing room please. ‘Ray Guy, MVP of his era. maybe’ *shakes head*

    Kenny Stabler
    Dave Casper
    Cliff Branch
    Fred Bilnetnicoff
    Clarence Davis
    Mark Van Eeghan
    Gene Upshaw
    Jim Otto
    Art Shell
    Lester Hayes
    Willie Wood
    Jack Tatum
    Skip Thomas
    TEd Hendrick
    and blah blah blah
    and Ray Guy is *your* decade MVP??????

    :)

  • Broadway Connie | April 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”383849″][quote comment=”383845″][quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?[/quote]
    Connie…..

    right this way to the post game drug testing room please. ‘Ray Guy, MVP of his era. maybe’ *shakes head*

    Kenny Stabler
    Dave Casper
    Cliff Branch
    Fred Bilnetnicoff
    Clarence Davis
    Mark Van Eeghan
    Gene Upshaw
    Jim Otto
    Art Shell
    Lester Hayes
    Willie Wood
    Jack Tatum
    Skip Thomas
    TEd Hendrick
    and blah blah blah
    and Ray Guy is *your* decade MVP??????

    :)[/quote]

    Dammit, Bob, I don’t know who told you about my drug use – especially during the period under discussion here – but no prosecutor was ever able to fashion any kind of conviction except for that brief hiatus at Danbury.

    Besides, you only mentioned 14 players more valuable than Ray Guy, and don’t give me Mark Van Eeghan. You didn’t go to Colgate, did you?

  • M.Princip | April 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”383849″][quote comment=”383845″][quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?[/quote]
    Connie…..

    right this way to the post game drug testing room please. ‘Ray Guy, MVP of his era. maybe’ *shakes head*

    Kenny Stabler
    Dave Casper
    Cliff Branch
    Fred Bilnetnicoff
    Clarence Davis
    Mark Van Eeghan
    Gene Upshaw
    Jim Otto
    Art Shell
    Lester Hayes
    Willie Wood
    Jack Tatum
    Skip Thomas
    TEd Hendrick
    and blah blah blah
    and Ray Guy is *your* decade MVP??????

    :)[/quote]

    A punter selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Turned out, he was well worth it. Definitely deserved of the “MVP of his era”.

  • The Jeff | April 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”383851″][quote comment=”383849″][quote comment=”383845″][quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?[/quote]
    Connie…..

    right this way to the post game drug testing room please. ‘Ray Guy, MVP of his era. maybe’ *shakes head*

    Kenny Stabler
    Dave Casper
    Cliff Branch
    Fred Bilnetnicoff
    Clarence Davis
    Mark Van Eeghan
    Gene Upshaw
    Jim Otto
    Art Shell
    Lester Hayes
    Willie Wood
    Jack Tatum
    Skip Thomas
    TEd Hendrick
    and blah blah blah
    and Ray Guy is *your* decade MVP??????

    :)[/quote]

    A punter selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Turned out, he was well worth it. Definitely deserved of the “MVP of his era”.[/quote]

    They need to vote him into the hall of fame before Shane Lechler officially surpasses him as best Raiders punter of all time, assuming he hasn’t already.

  • Paul Lukas | April 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    Today’s ESPN column has been bumped yet again. It’ll run next week.

  • pru | April 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    It was jersey day yesterday for JV/freshmen for my high school team. The rule is to wear solid green socks (I know, but its not my call), and most kids typically have/get their own. On the off occasion that they need socks, we give out green ‘rups. Well, yesterday a freshman said he needed socks so I hand him a pair of ‘rups, and he says “what are these?”

    My initial reaction was “are you kidding me?” I sucked in as much air as I could and “gently” gave him a lesson.

  • Jeremy | April 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”383846″][quote comment=”383815″][quote comment=”383814″]My favorite English Premiership team had a little April Fools fun yesterday, announcing a vintage wool sweater was their new kit…

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2011032,00.html[/quote]

    West Ham and Liverpool also had April Fools kit news http://www.footballs...
    That’s great, Jason!!! Burnley’s joke is spot on… unfortunately, it’ll be worn in the Championship. Sorry, couldn’t resist the dig… Blackburn Rover here. ;)[/quote]

    No cotton mill derby trash talking on this site please… ;)

  • M.Princip | April 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”383845″][quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?[/quote]

    Yea, it says Ray.

    To answer your second question, about the same surname to Gavrilo Princip. I guess sometimes I’ll get some questions if we’re related, which we’re not, that I know of. Yet, most people who do catch it, are simply intrigued and usually spurs on an interesting conversation.

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

    And patches on both sleeves, too.
    http://twinsmvb.com/...

    The latest in trailer park chic.

    Hard to believe it’s from same organization that decided on this as an alternate home (a jersey with some class can survive “double patches”)…
    http://twinsmvb.com/...

    —Ricko

  • Jeremy | April 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

    one more English soccer kit-related April Fool’s story http://www.saintsfc....,,10280~2011346,00.html

  • David | April 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    From the “School of Roch” Orioles blog at masnsports.com:

    So you wonder why the Orioles keep wearing their home whites in Sarasota?

    “We’re the Baltimore Orioles. It’s about pride. This is the major leagues,” (manager Dave) Trembley said.

    Trembley wants fans to see the team in its normal attire, not batting practice jerseys and caps. He also thinks the regular uniform looks better on television and in photos.

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”383859″]From the “School of Roch” Orioles blog at masnsports.com:

    So you wonder why the Orioles keep wearing their home whites in Sarasota?

    “We’re the Baltimore Orioles. It’s about pride. This is the major leagues,” (manager Dave) Trembley said.

    Trembley wants fans to see the team in its normal attire, not batting practice jerseys and caps. He also thinks the regular uniform looks better on television and in photos.[/quote]

    Pretty much right on all counts, isn’t he.

    —Ricko

  • Flip | April 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”383829″]Zito’s stripes are too high, and Davis’s logos are too low.[/quote]

    Agreed

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”383856″][quote comment=”383845″][quote comment=”383816″]Just when I thought I’ve seen them all, this falls on my lap:

    From a 1983 Gameday Program: Ray Guy by Artist Larry Carroll[/quote]

    Great find – sorry, great lap. I did love Ray Guy, hero of skinny punters everywhere, and Raiders MVP for his era. Well, maybe.

    But two questions, please:

    1. What is that thing at the bottom-center of the Ray Guy picture? I can’t make head or tails of it?

    2. Do you every catch grief for having the same surname as the guy who assassinated Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo?[/quote]

    Yea, it says Ray.

    To answer your second question, about the same surname to Gavrilo Princip. I guess sometimes I’ll get some questions if we’re related, which we’re not, that I know of. Yet, most people who do catch it, are simply intrigued and usually spurs on an interesting conversation.[/quote]

    Probably be just the opposite if you were this guy…
    http://images.herita...

  • interlockingtc | April 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”383857″]And patches on both sleeves, too.
    http://twinsmvb.com/...

    The latest in trailer park chic.

    Hard to believe it’s from same organization that decided on this as an alternate home (a jersey with some class can survive “double patches”)…
    http://twinsmvb.com/...

    —Ricko[/quote]

    You know what? Upon further review, I agree. They should have kept the old road jersey…perhaps eliminating the pinstripes.

    I love cursive scripts, but this one looks…I dunno…forced, or something. The lettering on the old roads was simple, clean and distinctive.

    And the patches? Bad.

    The 50 Years is overcooked….too many elements!

    And the other shoulder patch should have been this:

    http://www.typesett....

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”383859″]Trembley wants fans to see the team in its normal attire, not batting practice jerseys and caps. He also thinks the regular uniform looks better.[/quote]

    file under “duh”

    unless you’d rather see them in poly pullovers, mismatched pajama pants and gradient helmets, since “because that’s how a uniform is supposed to look” is simply the man trying to keep you down

  • rpm | April 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

    even though i knew there were slight sarcasm tags, i was afraid to click on the horrors that i knew lay behind “maybe pajama pants are not so bad”. but just like in a horror movie, i can say “don’t open that door”, i can know what is coming, but i still scream like a little girl.

    the a’s logo isn’t too low, is exactly where tck manufactures them on all there fashion socks. we will never order these, sorry if anyone likes ’em.

  • scott | April 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”383838″]RE: CT. Tigers

    Yes they are, and I believe they are changing the name next year…but it could have been a great way to incorporate CT (as a double meaning logo for both the Tigers & the state of Conn.)…but obviously laziness is reflective in just designing the logo and has/had no future to begin with in branding the team.

    Why change your logo 2x in 2 years, where you could have easily & permanently branded your team…

    http://web.minorleag...

    Wasn’t the issue a matter of time? The team only got formal permission to move within the last few days. They claim they’ll have a better, more permanent logo next year, following a name-the-team contest.

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”383864″][quote comment=”383859″]Trembley wants fans to see the team in its normal attire, not batting practice jerseys and caps. He also thinks the regular uniform looks better.[/quote]

    file under “duh”

    unless you’d rather see them in poly pullovers, mismatched pajama pants and gradient helmets, since “because that’s how a uniform is supposed to look” is simply the man trying to keep you down[/quote]

    Spring training, being SO laid back, doesn’t seem inappropriate for less formal jerseys, etc.

    BUT, I’m guessing that Trembley’s idea is to get his young team into a certain frame of mind (and the fans, too), to think of themselves as major leaguers and to begin dressing and carrying themselves as if they were. In which case, it’s probably a really good idea for them to dispense with the normal casual attitude. Let them think they’ll get the pleasure of kicking back a little in Florida once they’ve earned it on the field over 162 games.

    —Ricko

  • Squiddie | April 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

    Local sportsguy Mark Rosen tweeted that last night they left the lights on at Target Field and then routed the Twins charter flight over the park so they could see where they were playing.

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm |

    rpm said…

    “the a’s logo isn’t too low, is exactly where tck manufactures them on all there fashion socks.”

    TCK being the company that positions it stripes in one place no matter the cut of the stirrup, meaning their sense of balance in design (also their knowledge of “stirrup history) remains suspect.

    Just sayin’…
    Check out the position on the player’s leg of the first two Twins’ “TC”‘s, the White Sox’ “circled sock” (red shoes era), and the Astros’ star as designs that eliminate a cumbersome fallow expanse of solid color, creating something to looks more like a baseball/athletic sock and less like jewelry around a Gypsy dancing girl’s ankle.

    —Ricko

  • rpm | April 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

    leaving soon to go to chester’s and boback’s on the west side, so if anybody needs me to pick them up perogies, fresh saurkraut, proper mustard, good rye bread, or anything else for holy saturday, now is the time to tell me, i leave in 30. polacks!!!!

  • Teebz | April 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    Y’know, I know I’m one of the few that’s entirely devoted to puck, but statements like the following are entirely why it will never gain a foothold as a major sport in the United States:

    “Maybe the Kings should focus on actually making the playoffs instead of picking a jersey to wear,” says Mike Jones.

    The Kings, along with the Coyotes, have been the feel-good stories of the NHL’s Western Conference this season.

    Neither team was thought to make the playoffs, yet both teams have found good goaltending, solid defensive play, and some breakthrough scoring performances.

    Los Angeles’ number for making the playoffs is two. Two LA wins, two Calgary losses, or a combination of one win by LA and one loss by Calgary puts the Kings in the playoffs.

    I’m going to speculate if this was simply East Coast bias or simply not checking info, but unless the Kings collapse down the stretch (and they beat the Canucks last night), they will be a part of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”383867″]Spring training, being SO laid back, doesn’t seem inappropriate for less formal jerseys, etc.

    [/quote]

    well, by gosh by golly, ricko…you’re right…because by that logic, they should just wear pajama bottoms too, right?

    because with pajama bottoms they’d actually be…pajamas.

    players might start sleeping in them, showing up at the park with unis all wrinkled, shirts untucked, orange Cheez-It smears on the chest and thighs, wanting to play in their fleece slippers…

    Just, y’know…wrong.

  • Bernard | April 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”383869″]rpm said…

    “the a’s logo isn’t too low, is exactly where tck manufactures them on all there fashion socks.”

    TCK being the company that positions it stripes in one place no matter the cut of the stirrup, meaning their sense of balance in design (also their knowledge of “stirrup history) remains suspect.

    Just sayin’…
    Check out the position on the player’s leg of the first two Twins’ “TC”‘s, the White Sox’ “circled sock” (red shoes era), and the Astros’ star as designs that eliminate a cumbersome fallow expanse of solid color, creating something to looks more like a baseball/athletic sock and less like jewelry around a Gypsy dancing girl’s ankle.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Haha… I was going to say, “I meant they’re too low to look cool”, but you said it much more eloquently!

  • Teebz | April 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”383871″]
    I’m NOT going to speculate if this was simply East Coast bias[/quote]

    Helps if I actually include the important words. lol

  • War Damn Eagle | April 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”383844″][quote comment=”383821″][quote comment=”383814″]My favorite English Premiership team had a little April Fools fun yesterday, announcing a vintage wool sweater was their new kit…

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2011032,00.html[/quote]

    Hilarious. My fave team, too. I have the current white uni. Are they switching to Puma for 2010-11? They currently wear Errea, an Italian uni outfitter.[/quote]

    Another Claret! And aren’t you a Nationals fan too?

    They are changing to Puma and the real kits will be released today. I have their change kit from last year but thanks to Errea’s inability to keep this year’s home kit in stock, I never got one. The empty racks at Turf Moor probably contributed to the change in supplier.[/quote]

    Braves fan, but I live in DC, so I’ve been to quite a few Nats games. Can’t wait to see the new Burnley kit. Unfortunately, it will probably makes its debut in the Championship Division.

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”383872″][quote comment=”383867″]Spring training, being SO laid back, doesn’t seem inappropriate for less formal jerseys, etc.

    [/quote]

    well, by gosh by golly, ricko…you’re right…because by that logic, they should just wear pajama bottoms too, right?

    because with pajama bottoms they’d actually be…pajamas.

    players might start sleeping in them, showing up at the park with unis all wrinkled, shirts untucked, orange Cheez-It smears on the chest and thighs, wanting to play in their fleece slippers…

    Just, y’know…wrong.[/quote]

    I’ve said that before with regard to not minding “BP” style jerseys for Spring Training. The atmosphere is nothing like the training camps of any other sport. In fact, for fans in attendance that’s actually a HUGE part of the appeal. As I described it then, it’s “put your feet up and tell stories” baseball…where players run in the outfield in the middle of a game.

    A wholllllllle different breed of cat, baseball’s spring training is.

    Regular season, something else altogether.

    —Ricko

  • War Damn Eagle | April 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

    Outstanding mascot costume for Butler’s bulldog.

    http://rivals.yahoo....

  • Rob | April 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”383836″][quote comment=”383832″][quote comment=”383823″]The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…[/quote]

    wow that is straight up hideous. looks like an L.[/quote]

    while it’s not terribly original, aren’t the conn tiggers a farm team of the detroit version?

    and i kinda like how the olde english logo is reminiscent of detroit’s[/quote]

    Yeh, I totally agree go with blackletter/olde english. But use a proper letterform. I know it seems silly, but as a designer and a letterer, that makes me throw up in my mouth.

    That form breaks the entire basis of the type’s design. Old english and blackletter are a balance of thick and thins, straight and swashes, formed prototypically with a pen nib. Limiting your abilities for curves of that nature.

    http://twitpic.com/1...

    Seriously, 30 seconds searching font library, 10 minutes adding flourish. Identical letterstyle. Done and done.

  • War Damn Eagle | April 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

    minus the swoosh, of course.

  • JAson | April 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm |

    Now here is the REAL Burnley kit. And yes, they will most likely wear int in the Championship Divison.

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2012543,00.html

    However, I prefer to think of it as the kit they will wear when they earn another promotion!

  • ken | April 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”383871″]Y’know, I know I’m one of the few that’s entirely devoted to puck, but statements like the following are entirely why it will never gain a foothold as a major sport in the United States:

    “Maybe the Kings should focus on actually making the playoffs instead of picking a jersey to wear,” says Mike Jones.

    The Kings, along with the Coyotes, have been the feel-good stories of the NHL’s Western Conference this season.

    Neither team was thought to make the playoffs, yet both teams have found good goaltending, solid defensive play, and some breakthrough scoring performances.

    Los Angeles’ number for making the playoffs is two. Two LA wins, two Calgary losses, or a combination of one win by LA and one loss by Calgary puts the Kings in the playoffs.

    I’m going to speculate if this was simply East Coast bias or simply not checking info, but unless the Kings collapse down the stretch (and they beat the Canucks last night), they will be a part of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Playoffs.[/quote]

    I think the kings should wear the Purple and Gold for a Playoff game (not the Gretzky black). As to the ‘yotes ~~ let’s see them use the “flying dog” jersey!!!!!

  • Jeremy | April 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”383880″]Now here is the REAL Burnley kit. And yes, they will most likely wear int in the Championship Divison.

    http://www.burnleyfo...,,10413~2012543,00.html

    However, I prefer to think of it as the kit they will wear when they earn another promotion![/quote]

    not a bad effort- they’re the first Premier League club to offically lanunch a 10-11, correct?

  • rpm | April 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”383869″]rpm said…

    “the a’s logo isn’t too low, is exactly where tck manufactures them on all there fashion socks.”

    TCK being the company that positions it stripes in one place no matter the cut of the stirrup, meaning their sense of balance in design (also their knowledge of “stirrup history) remains suspect.

    Just sayin’…
    Check out the position on the player’s leg of the first two Twins’ “TC”‘s, the White Sox’ “circled sock” (red shoes era), and the Astros’ star as designs that eliminate a cumbersome fallow expanse of solid color, creating something to looks more like a baseball/athletic sock and less like jewelry around a Gypsy dancing girl’s ankle.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    i covered that with “fashion”, i know where the tc was, not that it makes it law. i personally hate the look either way, but that’s me.

    yes, they are suspect, i must spell out every little detail in an order or it gets messed up, which can take hours making diagrams, and they have to hate me. unfortunately/fortunately most people are not quite as detail oriented about the placement of a stripe on a sock as we are, so they have a standard jump point.

  • chance michaels | April 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”383878″][quote comment=”383836″][quote comment=”383832″][quote comment=”383823″]The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…[/quote]

    wow that is straight up hideous. looks like an L.[/quote]

    while it’s not terribly original, aren’t the conn tiggers a farm team of the detroit version?

    and i kinda like how the olde english logo is reminiscent of detroit’s[/quote]

    Yeh, I totally agree go with blackletter/olde english. But use a proper letterform. I know it seems silly, but as a designer and a letterer, that makes me throw up in my mouth.

    That form breaks the entire basis of the type’s design. Old english and blackletter are a balance of thick and thins, straight and swashes, formed prototypically with a pen nib. Limiting your abilities for curves of that nature.

    http://twitpic.com/1...

    Seriously, 30 seconds searching font library, 10 minutes adding flourish. Identical letterstyle. Done and done.[/quote]

    According to Dan Simon, the designer, they were prohibited from using an Old English “C” because the Reds use it for Cooperstown Collection branding.

    Even so, I’m not a huge fan of their new “C”. I think the thick stroke should be on top. Flip their graphic, and I think it’s much improved.

  • Teebz | April 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”383881″]
    I think the kings should wear the Purple and Gold for a Playoff game (not the Gretzky black). As to the ‘yotes ~~ let’s see them use the “flying dog” jersey!!!!![/quote]

    That might be a great idea, Ken: all alternate jerseys have to be retro jerseys. How great would that scenario be? :o)

  • Chris from Carver | April 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

    current O’s pitcher going NNOB with #96

  • M.Princip | April 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”383884″][quote comment=”383878″][quote comment=”383836″][quote comment=”383832″][quote comment=”383823″]The NY-Penn league Connecticut Tigers shows the world what a horrid logo looks like:

    http://web.minorleag...

    It’s just the “D” mirrored & tweaked…almost looks like the guy who did the Blue Jackets logo for the Oregon Politician found additional work…[/quote]

    wow that is straight up hideous. looks like an L.[/quote]

    while it’s not terribly original, aren’t the conn tiggers a farm team of the detroit version?

    and i kinda like how the olde english logo is reminiscent of detroit’s[/quote]

    Yeh, I totally agree go with blackletter/olde english. But use a proper letterform. I know it seems silly, but as a designer and a letterer, that makes me throw up in my mouth.

    That form breaks the entire basis of the type’s design. Old english and blackletter are a balance of thick and thins, straight and swashes, formed prototypically with a pen nib. Limiting your abilities for curves of that nature.

    http://twitpic.com/1...

    Seriously, 30 seconds searching font library, 10 minutes adding flourish. Identical letterstyle. Done and done.[/quote]

    According to Dan Simon, the designer, they were prohibited from using an Old English “C” because the Reds use it for Cooperstown Collection branding.

    Even so, I’m not a huge fan of their new “C”. I think the thick stroke should be on top. Flip their graphic, and I think it’s much improved.[/quote]

    Flipped, & perdy slick.

  • JMC | April 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    well as a UVA alum, I’m going to be devastated if they become the Oregon of the East. Al Groh already ruined our uniforms and spat in the face of tradition by doing away with students wearing a shirt and tie to the games, encouraging everyone to wear a “Sea of Orange.”

    Now London wants to revamp again and go uber-modern? That’s the last thing that should be happening at UVA – a place built of tradition and preserving the memory of our founder, Thomas Jefferson.

    uniforms at least had some character – interesting number font and a cool collar – the unis now are BORING. Although the away set does have striped socks. I guess they get points for that.

  • Dan | April 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm |

    [quote comment=\”383817\”]So I\’m looking through today\’s blog and ticker, and backtracking through yesterday\’s comments section…

    Did no one really point-out or comment about the men\’s NIT Championship between Dayton and UNC being played with Dayton in black and UNC in blue?

    Yeah, I forgot to watch the game too, but I had to rub my eyes when I saw the highlights late lastnight…hence the backtracking through uniwatch today. Sorry if I missed a previous discussion.[/quote]

    Dayton wore their black alt\’s for every NIT game except the opening round. They players liked them (because they kept winning). Go Dayton Flyers!

  • Chuck | April 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”383829″]Zito’s stripes are too high, and Davis’s logos are too low.[/quote]
    to high or too low does not matter, its still WAY better than the pajama look!

  • JTH | April 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”383887″][quote comment=”383884″]
    According to Dan Simon, the designer, they were prohibited from using an Old English “C” because the Reds use it for Cooperstown Collection branding.

    Even so, I’m not a huge fan of their new “C”. I think the thick stroke should be on top. Flip their graphic, and I think it’s much improved.[/quote]

    Flipped, & perdy slick.[/quote]
    So that’s just the interim identity? Good, because it blows.

    They can’t go with something like this? Definitely different from the two Cs claimed by the Reds, yet still Olde English enough to remind one of the parent club.

  • Carl | April 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”383820″][quote comment=”383818″][quote comment=”383813″]You know, the whole double letter issue makes a really good argument in favor of pullover jerseys without buttons.[/quote]

    no it doesnt

    but it does make an argument for (a) better design placement and (b) rethinking using cursive if (a) is unpossible[/quote]

    Something wrong with pullovers? It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to cut the wordmark in half and always have alignment issues. It looks sloppy. Either design the jersey around the fact that is split in the middle and follow the same general layout as the Yankees or Tigers home uniforms, or wear a pullover so you aren’t chopping your name in half.[/quote]

    You’re right. It doesn’t make a lot of sense…if you’re playing rec league softball. Personally, the pullover look is far too casual for a MLB game.

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”383890″][quote comment=”383829″]Zito’s stripes are too high, and Davis’s logos are too low.[/quote]
    to high or too low does not matter, its still WAY better than the pajama look![/quote]

    Just for the sake of comparison (moved the stripes and A’s logo)…
    http://farm3.static....

    And don’t know that doing something badly is necessarily better than what is…no matter how much I’d like to see it.

    —Ricko

  • Brett | April 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |

    I go to MidAmerica Nazarene University, a small NAIA school in Olathe, Kansas. Our baseball team gets it

    file://localhost/Users/brettstillman/Desktop/photo.jpeg

  • Brett | April 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  • M.Princip | April 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”383891″][quote comment=”383887″][quote comment=”383884″]
    According to Dan Simon, the designer, they were prohibited from using an Old English “C” because the Reds use it for Cooperstown Collection branding.

    Even so, I’m not a huge fan of their new “C”. I think the thick stroke should be on top. Flip their graphic, and I think it’s much improved.[/quote]

    Flipped, & perdy slick.[/quote]
    So that’s just the interim identity? Good, because it blows.

    They can’t go with something like this? Definitely different from the two Cs claimed by the Reds, yet still Olde English enough to remind one of the parent club.[/quote]

    How about, an arrow clasped Gothic C flip?

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm |

    and ladies and gentlemen…

    for the first time in 18 years…

    there’s outdoor baseball in minnesota (at least the MLB variety)

    and lucky for us…MLB network is showing it live

  • rpm | April 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm |

    i would imagine that i am the only one, butif i lived in seattle, i would be at this game.

  • Ben Fortney | April 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm |

    Flip their graphic, and I think it’s much improved.

    Agreed, much nicer and still keeps the Detroit connection. The other old english Cs that have been posted are way too cluttered.

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm |

    SPAN!

  • Jerry | April 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”383837″]More importantly, though, the NCAA is about to solve that problem they’ve had for so very, very long. Namely that SO many times the 95th ranked basketball team is really the best in the land, but they get overlooked by the media and other teams. Finally, that injustice soon will have a chance to rectified.

    And, along the way, if the NCAA happens to pick up that money that’s now going to the NIT instead of them…well, that’s just a byproduct of righting this egregious wrong.

    Also, I believe the phrase “The Big Dance” will be replaced with “The Money Grab”.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko

    The NCAA owns the NIT. Basically they are combining the two tournaments

  • Ricko | April 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”383901″][quote comment=”383837″]More importantly, though, the NCAA is about to solve that problem they’ve had for so very, very long. Namely that SO many times the 95th ranked basketball team is really the best in the land, but they get overlooked by the media and other teams. Finally, that injustice soon will have a chance to rectified.

    And, along the way, if the NCAA happens to pick up that money that’s now going to the NIT instead of them…well, that’s just a byproduct of righting this egregious wrong.

    Also, I believe the phrase “The Big Dance” will be replaced with “The Money Grab”.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko

    The NCAA owns the NIT. Basically they are combining the two tournaments[/quote]

    Okay, as long as the integrity of giving #95 a shot at the national title is included. That’s the important thing.

    If college basketball had 98% lost me, a 95-team tournament takes care of the remaining 2%. Other than for ranking purposes, the regular season and the phony baloney conference tournaments are now pretty much worthless. All that really matters now is how you play in the “Big Grab.”

    Between the NCAA and the NFL could there be two sports organization more convinced their farts smell like fruit salad?

    “If we hold or sell it, someone will show up, watch it and/or buy it. And someone will pay us to televise it.”

    I know I was just THRILLED the day I stumbled upon the NFL Network live telecast of lineman running their sprints at the combine. Man, that was some great TV, whooboy.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

    twins pitcher SLAMA is apparently the newest member of the stirrup club

    baseball outdoors, and now stirrups

    yeah…it’s gettin good

  • pk | April 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”383870″]leaving soon to go to chester’s and boback’s on the west side, so if anybody needs me to pick them up perogies, fresh saurkraut, proper mustard, good rye bread, or anything else for holy saturday, now is the time to tell me, i leave in 30. polacks!!!![/quote]

    normally, I would find “polacks” offensive, but..considering what I know will happen to your intestine & colon, no worries ;)

    from a Pol-Ukie

    -Peter

  • Wayne | April 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”383903″]twins pitcher SLAMA is apparently the newest member of the stirrup club

    baseball outdoors, and now stirrups

    yeah…it’s gettin good[/quote]

    It would be awesome if Slama faced Brendan Ryan in their game tonight. The Twins’ announcers seemed puzzled as to why Slama is wearing stirrups, since he’s the only Twin to wear them. They said Terry Mulholland was the last Twin to wear ‘rups.

  • John Mahoney | April 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    Picked up Rajai Davis in my fantasy league today. Trading for Zito. I am going to institute a high cuff policy for my team

  • M.Princip | April 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”383902″][quote comment=”383901″][quote comment=”383837″]More importantly, though, the NCAA is about to solve that problem they’ve had for so very, very long. Namely that SO many times the 95th ranked basketball team is really the best in the land, but they get overlooked by the media and other teams. Finally, that injustice soon will have a chance to rectified.

    And, along the way, if the NCAA happens to pick up that money that’s now going to the NIT instead of them…well, that’s just a byproduct of righting this egregious wrong.

    Also, I believe the phrase “The Big Dance” will be replaced with “The Money Grab”.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko

    The NCAA owns the NIT. Basically they are combining the two tournaments[/quote]

    I know I was just THRILLED the day I stumbled upon the NFL Network live telecast of lineman running their sprints at the combine. Man, that was some great TV, whooboy.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ha! Yea, they were just talkin’ about that on NFL radio. The host was like; “let’s just concentrate on what the lineman can do within 10 yards.”

  • Geeman | April 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”383888″]well as a UVA alum, I’m going to be devastated if they become the Oregon of the East. Al Groh already ruined our uniforms and spat in the face of tradition by doing away with students wearing a shirt and tie to the games, encouraging everyone to wear a “Sea of Orange.”

    Now London wants to revamp again and go uber-modern? That’s the last thing that should be happening at UVA – a place built of tradition and preserving the memory of our founder, Thomas Jefferson.

    uniforms at least had some character – interesting number font and a cool collar – the unis now are BORING. Although the away set does have striped socks. I guess they get points for that.[/quote]

    I didn’t like it when Groh changed the unis, but they really grew on me. I think both sets were good. It’s hard to go wrong with navy blue and orange, but if UVa. is going to be the Oregon of the east, something will go dramatically wrong for sure.

  • Geeman | April 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”383902″][quote comment=”383901″][quote comment=”383837″]More importantly, though, the NCAA is about to solve that problem they’ve had for so very, very long. Namely that SO many times the 95th ranked basketball team is really the best in the land, but they get overlooked by the media and other teams. Finally, that injustice soon will have a chance to rectified.

    And, along the way, if the NCAA happens to pick up that money that’s now going to the NIT instead of them…well, that’s just a byproduct of righting this egregious wrong.

    Also, I believe the phrase “The Big Dance” will be replaced with “The Money Grab”.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko

    The NCAA owns the NIT. Basically they are combining the two tournaments[/quote]

    Okay, as long as the integrity of giving #95 a shot at the national title is included. That’s the important thing.

    If college basketball had 98% lost me, a 95-team tournament takes care of the remaining 2%. Other than for ranking purposes, the regular season and the phony baloney conference tournaments are now pretty much worthless. All that really matters now is how you play in the “Big Grab.”

    Between the NCAA and the NFL could there be two sports organization more convinced their farts smell like fruit salad?

    “If we hold or sell it, someone will show up, watch it and/or buy it. And someone will pay us to televise it.”

    I know I was just THRILLED the day I stumbled upon the NFL Network live telecast of lineman running their sprints at the combine. Man, that was some great TV, whooboy.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Used to be absolutely enthralled with college hoops. The tourney expansion will douse any remaining flames of passion.

  • Geeman | April 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”383897″]and ladies and gentlemen…

    for the first time in 18 years…

    there’s outdoor baseball in minnesota (at least the MLB variety)

    and lucky for us…MLB network is showing it live[/quote]

    How about in 29 years?

  • LI Phil | April 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”383910″][quote comment=”383897″]and ladies and gentlemen…

    for the first time in 18 years…

    there’s outdoor baseball in minnesota (at least the MLB variety)

    and lucky for us…MLB network is showing it live[/quote]

    How about in 29 years?[/quote]

    yeah…im not real good with math

  • Kaptain K | April 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm |

    “Just what you’ve always wanted: a Minnesota Gophers dishwasher indicator (odd find by Tris Wykes).”

    What’s especially weird about it is when someone flips it up to “DIRTY”, the Minnesota ‘M’ then becomes a ‘W’ – it needs a ‘D’ showing for when it is on “DIRTY”.
    I found just the thing:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • JTH | April 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”383900″]SPAN![/quote]
    What? Did he knock her teeth out with a foul this time?

  • JTH | April 3, 2010 at 1:00 am |

    [quote comment=”383905″][quote comment=”383903″]twins pitcher SLAMA is apparently the newest member of the stirrup club

    baseball outdoors, and now stirrups

    yeah…it’s gettin good[/quote]

    It would be awesome if Slama faced Brendan Ryan in their game tonight. The Twins’ announcers seemed puzzled as to why Slama is wearing stirrups, since he’s the only Twin to wear them. They said Terry Mulholland was the last Twin to wear ‘rups.[/quote]
    Missed this one earlier…

    Great observation by those announcers.

    Just a truly outstanding bit of trivia they passed along.

    Seriously, it was the Twins’ announcers that said that?