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.