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Wearin’ O’ The Green

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By Phil Hecken

It’s one of the greatest traditions is all of sport, and it’s probably the MOST famous one in which the winner is awarded an article of clothing. Yes, the winner of golf’s only “permanent” Major receives a Green Jacket (and a prize of $1.35 million) upon winning the Masters.

The tradition-rich Masters has many “notable” aspects, including an automatic invitation to the year’s remaining three majors and a lifetime exemption to play in all future Masters. Since the tournament itself was the idea of Bobby Jones, who never played as a professional and wanted to build a golf course after his retirement from the game, the Masters has a tradition of honoring amateur golf.

On the Wednesday before play begins (which is on Thursday), the Masters holds a Par 3 Contest, at which many of the players have their children caddy, and past champions participate.

On the Tuesday of the Tournament, the previous year’s winner hosts a Champions’ Dinner, and sets the menu. After Eldrick Woods won his first Masters in 1997, he selected a menu including cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and strawberry and vanilla milkshakes, although his selections “grew up” as he won additional Masters. Sandy Lyle, a Scot, chose haggis, (the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep, minced with suet, oatmeal, onions and herbs, then boiled in the animal’s stomach), with side dishes consisting of neeps and taddies (mashed potatoes and mashed turnips). Mmmmm.

Since 1963, the Tournament has been “started” by having an honorary past champion strike the first ball. You may recognize this year’s co-starters. Other years have featured the immortal Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen (who hit maybe the most famous golf shot in history at the 1935 Masters) and Byron Nelson. Golf royalty all.

Players receive several awards for stellar play, including a crystal vase, given to the player with the daily lowest score, a crystal bowl, given to anyone who scores an ace or double-eagle, and a pair of crystal goblets are given to any player scoring an eagle. The winner, in addition to his green jacket, receives a gorgeous trophy.

But it is the Green Jacket with which the Masters is inextricably linked, and which may be the most exclusive and unique prize in all of sport. Let’s take a look at that now.

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Although the Masters began in 1934, the Green Jacket did not become an immediate accoutrement. But the idea was hatched years earlier.

According to Golf.com, “Jones came up with the idea when he was at Hoylake for the 1930 British Open, the second leg of his Grand Slam. He was invited to dinner at Royal Liverpool, where he noticed 15 men wearing red coats with brass buttons. He was told that only captains of the club wore the red jackets, and one of them offered to give Jones his if he won the Open. That coat now hangs in the clubhouse at Atlanta Athletic Club, his home course.”

Thus, in 1937, Bobby Jones and his masters co-founder Clifford Roberts thought members should wear matching jackets so as to more easily identify themselves to those following the tournament. That is the date when members contracted with Brooks Brothers Uniform Company in New York City for the garments. Members of the club were encouraged to purchase a jacket and wear it, especially during the tournament. In this way, members could readily be identified when a patron had a question or comment.

At first, the members were not overly enthusiastic about wearing what was then a heavy wool jacket, particularly during April, when it could be quite warm. However, within a few years, the jackets were made of a lighter fabric. Dubbed “Masters Green,” today, members eagerly wear the single-breasted, single-vented outerwear, adorned with an Augusta National Golf Club logo on the left chest pocket. The logo also appears on the brass buttons.

For the next twelve years, only members of Augusta National would don the green jackets. But in 1949, the real tradition would begin: the awarding of a ceremonial green jacket to the winner of the tournament. Sam Snead, the 1949 champion, was the first to be awarded the green jacket. This was a gesture by the club to make the winner an honorary member. That same year, all past champions were also awarded the coats.

Since that time, it has also been the tradition for the prior year’s winner to present the new champion with his jacket. It’s quite a fun and touching moment, and it is always one which signifies the changing of the guard, so to speak.

For the most part, the Masters has produced well-known champions (at least to those who follow golf), and the “jacket ceremony” includes a hall-of-fame contingent: Arnold Palmer to Gary Player, Gary Player to Fuzzy Zoeller, Gary Player to Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo to Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh to Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson to Tiger Woods, Tiger back to PhilJack Nicklaus to Arnold PalmerArnie back to Jack……well, you get the idea.

Over the years, 45 players have won the Masters, which means there have been multiple champions. Jack Nicklaus has won the most, with six, while Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer each have four. Player, Faldo and Snead all have 3, and Phil Mickelson hopes to join them with three this evening.

What happens, you might ask, when the current champion repeats? Who presents him with the Green Jacket? It has happened, although it won’t this year, but Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods have all two-peated. In that event, the Chairman of the Club presents the jacket.

The members are, understandably, very possessive of the Green Jacket. Only the current champion is permitted to remove the jacket from the premises. When Mike Weir won the jacket, he took it home to Canada and let his grandfather wear it (his grandfather passed away shortly after). Others, like 2007 Champion Zach Johnson have taken a decidedly different approach. Of all the Green Jackets given out by Augusta, only one was never returned.

Gary Player (seen in 1978), captured his first Masters in 1961 (and received the Green Jacket from Arnold Palmer), returning the favor in 1962 by presenting Palmer with his third green jacket — but Player did NOT return his jacket to the club, instead bringing it to his home in South Africa. Said Player:
“I assumed it was mine. I got a call from Clifford Roberts and he said, ‘Gary, I believe you’ve taken the Masters jacket home. You’re not supposed to do that. And I said, ‘Mr. Roberts, if you want it, you better come and fetch it.'” Fortunately, Roberts appreciated the humor, and supposedly, the jacket remains in Player’s closet today, draped in plastic.

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So, as you watch the Masters today, wondering if leader Lee Westwood can claim his first green jacket, or Phil Michelson can take home a third, or whether KJ Choi, Tiger or even Freddy Couples can put on a Sunday charge, you’ll know more than you ever wanted to about the famous accoutrement. Sure, there’s more to Augusta than the jacket — from Amen Corner to the Sarazen Bridge to the big oak and Eisenhower trees, to the Hogan Bridge over Rae’s Creek — when all is said and done, the best tradition will be around sunset when Angel Cabrera is presenting the Green Jacket to this year’s new champion.

Here’s your leaderboard and tee times. Coverage starts at 2:00 EDT. Tiger will start the day wearing red, but will he end it wearing green?

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Benchies HeaderOne and done. Happens to rock stars, Presidents and athletes alike. But comic strip characters? That’s a new one. Here’s Rick:

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Gotta have a Wingman, right? And you gotta be VERY fussy about your choice. Gotta trust him, rely on him, be assured that he will, y’know, “take one for the team.” But (hey, c’mon, let’s be honest here) he REALLY can’t have more going for himself than you do.

Indeed. Here’s your full-color Sunday Benchies.

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squiddie files 2From The Squiddie Files: ONLY ON MASTERS’ SUNDAY could Lance Smith come up with something so delectably devilish as what follows. It’s a quiz, but not one like you’ve ever experienced before. There’s some golf, to be sure, but there are several other sports involved as well. And just how did he “name” the quiz questions? Quite simply, each question is the name of a hole at hallowed Augusta National (as if you didn’t know that). And how is each hole named at the Masters? Each hole on the course is named after the tree or shrub with which it has become associated. So, sit back, grab a stubby pencil with no eraser, and get read to take part in Squiddie’s quiz. Don’t blow it on Amen Corner — and make sure you clear the Eisenhower Tree. Here’s Squiddie with the setup:

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Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s tee time for the Architeuthis Country Club Invitational Golf Tournament. Below you’ll find eighteen links to photos from Life magazine. Each photo features a sports personality. Each link has a par on how difficult I think it is to identify that person. As with real golf, some par 3 holes may challenge you while you eagle a par 5. Such is the subtle mystery of golf. Remember also that these pars are for Ricko, our club professional. Your handicap might be higher.

Do the names of the holes have anything to do with the identity of the personalities? Possibly, but usually through some really tortured logic which made sense to me at the time.

What about the yardage? Totally irrelevant, but the purists insist.

Answers will be posted following the Masters today or tomorrow. Remember to sign your scorecards. Please no wagering.

Let’s look at some photos.

1. Dandelion – Par 4 – 455 Yds

2. Cork Oak – Par 5 – 575 Yds

3. Flowering Peach – Par 4 – 350 Yds

4. Hemlock – Par 3 – 240 Yds

5. Magnolia – Par 4 – 455 Yds

6. Juniper – Par 3 – 180 Yds

7. Pampas – Par 4 – 450 Yds

8. Yellow and Blue Jasmine – Par 5 – 570 Yds

9. Carolina Cherry – Par 4 – 460 Yds

10. Camellia – Par 4 – 495 Yds

11. White Dogwood – Par 4 – 505 Yds

12. Golden Bell – Par 3 – 155 Yds

13. Azalea – Par 5 – 510 Yds

14. Cotton Thistle – Par 4 – 440 Yds

15. Firethorn – Par 5 – 530 Yds

16. Tulip Poplar – Par 3 – 170 Yds

17. Nandina – Par 4 – 440 Yds

18. Holly – Par 4 – 465 Yds

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Super job, as always, Lance. Remember to check back later today (or possibly tomorrow) for the answers. Feel free to post your guesses in the comments below.

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scoreboardGuess The Game From The Scoreboard: Well, if you paid attention to the main article, you’ll probably be able to figure out the sport and location with no problem. But the date and the final score? Since it’s kind of tricky, the “top scores” will suffice. Not sure where this is going? You will. Guess The Game From The Scoreboard. Date, location and final score, please, and be sure to link to your answer. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!

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uni template 2Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Lots to get to, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.

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First up is a BIG set of tweaks, spanning the three major sports, as well as hockey, from John Follett. John sent me 9 “weeks” worth, and we’re going to look at the first three today:

Hey Phil,

Ive been a part of a particular sports talk forum for quite a while and part of what we all like to do is fiddle around with photoshop. An avid UniWatch reader and lifelong sports uni enthusiast, I had an idea of hosting a little on-site Uniform re-branding contest. Each week we I put up a team, mostly teams the most in need of a re-brand/tweak, and we all get right to work. I’ve always been proponent of the idea that fans always come up with way better designs than teams or hired hands do…and I think some of our results further cemented the theory. Of course we featured the “bad”, the “ugly”, and the “bizzare”, but feast your eyes on what SportzIn.com’s “Design the Digs” competition produced.

Week 1 — Golden State Warriors: So what the hell with the “Rocketeer” logo? Nothing about the current Warriros’ design cries of California and with such a bad-ass name, the franchise really dropped the ball in what they’ve been wearing in recent years. My submission came first and featured a blast from the past. Primary logo, Secondary logos, Wordmark, Road, Home, Alternate. A good friend and hell of an artist known as “Snowy” came next: Logos, Road, Home. Finally for the week, one of the more interesting designs came from Sam Galea: Home.

Week 2 – Cleveland Browns: Okay…perhaps the most re-designed and concept’d team out there…and for good reason. Though we had moderate success with the Warriors, we hoped that a switch to an NFL team would generate more activity & more results. Sam Galea opted for a pretty bold color scheme change. I opted for a submission that made perfect re-branding sense. Baggino from Boston took a crack at a uniform: Home, Road, Alternate, Logo. Snowy came in with his Modernized vision. Site Moderator Jarrod Lundberg gave us all a vision of what scares him at night.

Week 3 – Kansas City Royals: I feel like this was the week where we finally struck gold. The Royals may not necessarily be in much need of change but we did feel that it was time to do something, anything to make the team more appealing to its once prominent fan base. Sam started us off with an updated Logo set. Snowy again impresses with his vision. By far my best submission of the entire contest. I opted to maintain the script branding that team has worn for so long, but added enough of a twist to make it more interesting.

Thanks Phil,

— John Follett

Thanks John, we’ll get to the next batch shortly.

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Next up is Ben Trice, who has a “fantasy” team for us:

Phil,

I’ve really enjoyed the Uniform Tweaks that have been posted over the last several weeks, specifically the NFL ones.

Thanks to the EA uniform generator, I took a stab at trying to create a uniform for my fantasy football team. Sure this isn’t a real team but I thought I’d submit my concept regardless. If I had greater artistic skills, I would have created a team logo as well for my Huron Heartbreakers.

Enjoy….or not enjoy. Your choice.

Home, Road, Alt. 1, Alt. 2, and Alt. 3

Ben

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Our final set of tweaks today comes from Eric Wright, who has some interesting takes on the Titans of Tennessee:

Here are some Tennsee Titans Tweaks.

The theory behind the concept was to keep the bring a little more of the red to play which is in the helmets, and historically was an integral part of the old Oilers uniforms. I look forward to the comments.

Home, Away, Alt. 1, Alt. 2, and “Light Blues”.

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And on that note, we conclude today’s tweak show. Check back next time for more.

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Yesterday’s throwback game between the Astros and Phillies was relatively uneventful, although the ‘stros did pretty faithfully recreate their 1965 duds. Even though the Phillies played along, it was rather disappointing, since not only did their throwbacks very closely resemble their current uniforms, every player who normally wears his pants pajama-style did so last night, completely ruining the mood (and why the hell was Chase Utley wearing sunglasses on his cap in the ninth inning? The sun had set hours before then). Only Jamie Moyer, who normally shows hose, was properly stirruped. At least the Astros all showed stirrup (and a nice touch with the star). The Astros unis appeared to have a cream-colored tinge to them — not sure that was necessary or even correct. And neither team spent any money for “period correct” helmets (although the Phillies really needn’t have bothered). Biggest pet peeve? The ubiquituous swoosh visible underneath every uni. At least the grounds crew got into it with throwback “uniforms”. More photos here. Video of the turn back the clock festivities, and the Astros first HR of the season is here.

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OK Uni Watchers, let’s put this one in the books. Enjoy your Sunday, make CBS happy by watching the Masters, take your last look at the MLB Extra Innings free preview…and if you care, try to find the Rangers/Flyers win-and-in game on the tele.

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In baseball you hit your home run over the right-field fence, the left-field fence, the center-field fence. Nobody cares. In golf everything has got to be right over second base. — Ken Harrelson

 

58 comments to Wearin’ O’ The Green

  • rpm | April 11, 2010 at 7:23 am |

    pimiento! first
    ever first comment…marybe?

  • Joe Barrie | April 11, 2010 at 7:51 am |

    Nice article about the Masters.

    It’s Brooks Uniform Company, by the way.

  • Corey Burnett | April 11, 2010 at 7:55 am |

    One question about the green jackets – how do they get the sizing right for a new winner? Do they have a whole bunch of green jackets in a closet somewhere of various sizes and then pick the right one after someone wins? Do they have a tailor ready to go who alters one real quick after the tournament is over? Just curious.

  • LumberCat | April 11, 2010 at 7:58 am |

    Ahhhh… Yellow and Blue Jasmine

  • JAson | April 11, 2010 at 8:20 am |

    Whole lot of high hose for the Nationals yesterday

    http://scores.espn.g...

    http://scores.espn.g...

    http://scores.espn.g...

    The navy hat really look out of place with the switch to red accessories

  • James P. | April 11, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    The Astros throwbacks were “ivery” because the old wool unis were never bright white like the polyblend unis they wear today. The Astros wanted to do it right…thought I agree they should have had sprung for the retro batting helmets too…

  • JTH | April 11, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    [quote comment=”385163″]pimiento! first
    ever first comment…marybe?[/quote]
    Let’s not start that shit here.

    Great post today. (Really solid weekend.)

    I actually WANT to watch the entire final round of the Masters today. I’m pretty sure I haven’t watched more than a half hour’s worth of coverage since Tiger won his first one like 15 years ago or whatever.

  • JTH | April 11, 2010 at 8:57 am |

    [quote comment=”385169″]The Astros throwbacks were “ivery” because the old wool unis were never bright white like the polyblend unis they wear today. The Astros wanted to do it right…thought I agree they should have had sprung for the retro batting helmets too…[/quote]
    Eddie Lee?

    Maybe by September they were that color, but on opening day? Nah.

  • Greg B. | April 11, 2010 at 9:01 am |

    [quote comment=\”385165\”]One question about the green jackets – how do they get the sizing right for a new winner? Do they have a whole bunch of green jackets in a closet somewhere of various sizes and then pick the right one after someone wins? Do they have a tailor ready to go who alters one real quick after the tournament is over? Just curious.[/quote]

    They find out the winner’s size (assuming he hasn’t won previously and already has a jacket in the clubhouse) then borrow a jacket for the ceremony from a member having the same size. The winner gets one custom-made for him later in the year, though Nicklaus said in an interview that when he won the first time, they forgot to do that, so he had Hart Shaffner & Marx make one for him.

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    What a teeny tiny itsy bitsy little star on the Astros throwback stirrups.

    Kudos to Phil. Apparently he worked harder on his research than they did. He actually bothered to look for a photo of the star stirrups to see, y’know, for example, what size the star was (which looks to be about three times the size of those last night). Did those last night also have the white “H”, like the hat? Original, of course, was just an orange star (navy when they flip-flopped the orange and navy the year before they went to sansabelts).

    Nahhhhh, I’m kidding. Just nitpicking because I can (NPFNPS?). Astros did a fabulous job, as did Phil with the whole piece yesterday.

    But, I WAS looking forward to seeing that star, to see how it “worked” on the stirrups in color (not many color telecasts of that uni). Y’know, in motion. I imagine people who sat beyond the third of fourth row are still looking forward to seeing it, too.

    Minor point, minor point, minor point. Was really good to see that great-looking Astros uni again.

    —Ricko
    (Off to traditional Sunday a.m. softball pickup game. Haven’t done shit physically since last game in September, worst winter ever for not staying in shape. So if you don’t hear from me again it’s cuz I had a heart attack and died. Gonna wear my navy Astros hat, I think).

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    Oh, and Astros’ ivory wasn’t necessary, or quite accurate.

    By 1965 white was pretty much white because the “blends” had arrived. Even the Colt .45s had been the whiter white.

    Not as white as doublenkit would be later, of course, but you had to be closer than about 10 feet to get any hint of the bit of cream cast. It wasn’t noticeable from the stands or in most photos is what I’m saying (see photo of Joe D. and Mickey M. jerseys from when this was discussed earlier this week).

    That and the size of the stirrup star are the only things they messed up a little.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | April 11, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”385174″]Oh, and Astros’ ivory wasn’t necessary, or quite accurate.

    By 1965 white was pretty much white because the “blends” had arrived. Even the Colt .45s had been the whiter white.

    Not as white as doublenkit would be later, of course, but you had to be closer than about 10 feet to get any hint of the bit of cream cast. It wasn’t noticeable from the stands or in most photos is what I’m saying (see photo of Joe D. and Mickey M. jerseys from when this was discussed earlier this week).
    [/quote]

    here ya go (for reference)

    on another note…yesterday (mets, giants & astros) was the first time this season when three teams wore “cream” home unis, right? is that the first time ever in the doubleknit/spandex era that’s happened?

    too bad the twins weren’t at target…might have had a quad-fecta (although i think the twins are only scheduled to wear those on sundays, right? maybe opening day as well)

    good luck at softball today, rick…don’t die on us

  • Jeff P | April 11, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    I’m actually quite surprised that they don’t get to keep the jackets. I know I would sure as hell keep mine if I won it. If you can’t beat around in the thing for years to come as a reward for winning the masters, why bother with an article of clothing at all?

    Perhaps have some provision where it’s returned to the club after the winner’s death or something, but if you win one you ought to be able to enjoy the damn thing.

    Of course, these are the people that wouldn’t let women through the gate until a few years ago, so I’m not expecting them to change anytime soon, but…

  • Andy Bruinewoud | April 11, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    The Ottawa Senators honoured Daniel Alfredsson’s 1,000th NHL game (actually his 1,002nd, but who’s counting) last night. The team did the usual thing of all wearing #11 jerseys … but take a closer look: the TV numbers don’t match! They’re wearing their own number on their sleeves.

    Alfie was also presented with a Frolunda Indian jersey bearing the number 1000 by a teammate who also played for the Swedish team.

  • Jim BC | April 11, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    It should be noted that the Masters is always followed up by the “Verizon Heritage” where the winner gets to slip on the highly sought after Plaid jacket!:

    http://www.verizonhe...

  • Jim BC | April 11, 2010 at 11:29 am |

    Texas Stadium – gone:

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Skycat | April 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”385168″]Whole lot of high hose for the Nationals yesterday

    http://scores.espn.g...

    http://scores.espn.g...

    http://scores.espn.g...

    The navy hat really look out of place with the switch to red accessories[/quote]
    Perhaps merchandizing has some reason why the Nats decided to keep the navy road hat. Other than that, I haven’t got a clue (and I don’t think the Nats do either).

  • Squiddie | April 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

    Mike Modano said goodbye to Wild fans while wearing a North Stars jersey. Strib article.

    Not sure how I feel about this, but then I’m still bitter.

  • Coffee | April 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm |

    [quote comment=”385179″]Texas Stadium – gone:

    http://sports.espn.g...
    God must really hate dem Cowboys.

  • interlockingtc | April 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”385181″]Mike Modano said goodbye to Wild fans while wearing a North Stars jersey. Strib article.

    Not sure how I feel about this, but then I’m still bitter.[/quote]

    All I can say (again) is look how they destroyed that uniform with black blacky blackness.

    Btw, great Life images today, Squiddie! Yellow and Blue Jasmine…sigh.

  • LI Phil | April 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”385179″]Texas Stadium – gone:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    too bad jerry wasn’t inside

  • interlockingtc | April 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”385183″][quote comment=”385181″]Mike Modano said goodbye to Wild fans while wearing a North Stars jersey. Strib article.

    Not sure how I feel about this, but then I’m still bitter.[/quote]

    All I can say (again) is look how they destroyed that uniform with black blacky blackness.

    Just to compare….

    http://www.nhlunifor...

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    Didn’t die.
    Didn’t hit so great, either (3-for-7).
    Hands out ahead of hips and head moving all over the place.

    But, hey, the goal for this morning was not to pull anything, sprain anything, break anything or have a coronary.

    Did wear my navy Astros hat, though.

    Pretty sure I feel a nap coming on.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”385184″][quote comment=”385179″]Texas Stadium – gone:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    too bad jerry wasn’t inside[/quote]

    A Lesson in (Bad) Headline Writing:

    “Texas Stadium imploded in Irving”

    My J-school teachers would have asked, “Where else would they implode it?”

    —Ricko

  • =bg= | April 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”385184″][quote comment=”385179″]Texas Stadium – gone:

    http://sports.espn.g...

    too bad jerry wasn’t inside[/quote]

    I hope the 5 Super Bowl trophies weren’t inside, either.

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

    I may have a new favorite sports name.
    Caleb Bushyhead, Oklahoma.

    Missouri at OU just starting on Fox Sports North.
    Gonna check out the Missouri socks, of course.

    —Rcik

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

    Forgot that OU has NW style stripes on their socks, which are stirrups, even.
    Missouri in their gray “flannels”, too, of course.

    Someone tell Lukas how to find this on his csble system. Or a bar somewhere.

    Sock porn, practically.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

    Here’s a name to watch:

    Aaron Seene, OF, Missouri.

    Drafted twice by Twins, from Rochester, MN.
    Hitting .456 with 8 HRs coming in, including three straight three-hit games.

    Homered in top of the first.

    —Ricko

  • Tom Farley | April 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    Ahhhh… Yellow and Blue Jasmine
    I hear ya. I have been seeing that photo for years in various Time-Life publications. I do not object in the least to the repetition.

    Pretty sure the Firethorn photo was taken at Milwaukee County Stadium. It was 402 to straightaway center there, and they had the distance stenciled on the canvas.

    No idea who the reliever is, but I do like the way he’s being brought in from the ‘pen.

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm |

    Is “Carolina Cherry” the Tarheels’ Choo Choo Charlie Justice?

    —Ricko

  • Squiddie | April 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”385193″]Is “Carolina Cherry” the Tarheels’ Choo Choo Charlie Justice?[/quote]

    Are you familiar with Pillsbury’s drink mixes from the late 60s and 70s?

  • Patrick Mackin | April 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

    I think Charlie O. Finley is the last person who wore a green sports jacket in public who wasn’t mockingly asked, “So when did you win the Masters?”

    http://farm3.static....

  • JTH | April 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”385172″][quote comment=\”385165\”]One question about the green jackets – how do they get the sizing right for a new winner? Do they have a whole bunch of green jackets in a closet somewhere of various sizes and then pick the right one after someone wins? Do they have a tailor ready to go who alters one real quick after the tournament is over? Just curious.[/quote]

    They find out the winner’s size (assuming he hasn’t won previously and already has a jacket in the clubhouse) then borrow a jacket for the ceremony from a member having the same size. The winner gets one custom-made for him later in the year, though Nicklaus said in an interview that when he won the first time, they forgot to do that, so he had Hart Shaffner & Marx make one for him.[/quote]
    That’s really cool. (The part about borrowing a jacket from one of the club’s members.)

    I had always assumed that they just took the measurements of whoever was in contention on day four or something and had tailors get a few jackets ready in whatever sizes were needed.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    So…

    Am I the one who’s going to have to report that the Mets have started with the mix & match headwear?

    Well, at least they aren’t wearing the black jerseys.

  • Ben | April 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm |

    I almost fell out of my seat when I saw my Huron Heartbreakers submission on this post. Brilliant!

    As a new resident of SF, I love the redesign for the Warriors. I think I like the logo design from Snowy better, but the first collection seems to be the better package.

    Also, really digging the Browns re-design by Snowy as well. Now that’s a look I might be able to cheer for.

  • Dan P. | April 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”385168″]Whole lot of high hose for the Nationals yesterday

    http://scores.espn.g...

    http://scores.espn.g...

    http://scores.espn.g...

    The navy hat really look out of place with the switch to red accessories[/quote]

    I know. It looks
    just
    ridiculous

  • Komet17 | April 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”385192″]Ahhhh… Yellow and Blue Jasmine
    I hear ya. I have been seeing that photo for years in various Time-Life publications. I do not object in the least to the repetition.[/quote]

    I love pictures of athletic, attractive women. That this is from an earlier era, with a classic uni, and a track meet makes it all the better…

  • Ben Fortney | April 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm |

    You can add mine to the kudos for the ‘dark sand’ SD tweaks yesterday. They definitely need a more distinct identity than what they have now.

    I’m a fan of these Royals tweaks today as well, basically because they incorporated the crown more. Crowns are a regular feature in hiphop and graffiti motifs.

    The Royals minor league affiliate in Burlington, NC also uses it on their hats. Saw one of those on the streets in Manhattan a couple years back, liked it so much I ordered one myself that night.

  • rpm | April 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”385170″][quote comment=”385163″]pimiento! first
    ever first comment…marybe?[/quote]
    Let’s not start that shit here.

    Great post today. (Really solid weekend.)

    I actually WANT to watch the entire final round of the Masters today. I’m pretty sure I haven’t watched more than a half hour’s worth of coverage since Tiger won his first one like 15 years ago or whatever.[/quote]

    agreed. but i was never up early enough to catch a fresh board, so i acted like a moron, what can i say.

    i finally had time to read everything, and great job on the masters phil. i won’t be watching, but an interesting treatment. next year you should try to uncover their pemiento cheese recipe, i wonder how it differs from mine

    i only new 9 of the golf course squid, but that was a grrreat idea for the masters.

  • Teebz | April 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm |

    I was bored so I did a little touching up of the Jacques Plante picture that Squiddie posted.

    Personally, I like the colour, but the black-and-white just feels right.

  • rpm | April 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”385170″][quote comment=”385163″]pimiento! first
    ever first comment…marybe?[/quote]
    Let’s not start that shit here.

    Great post today. (Really solid weekend.)

    I actually WANT to watch the entire final round of the Masters today. I’m pretty sure I haven’t watched more than a half hour’s worth of coverage since Tiger won his first one like 15 years ago or whatever.[/quote]

    agreed. but i was never up early enough to catch a fresh board, so i acted like a moron, what can i say. maybe i should some sort of penance for being dumb

    i finally had time to read everything, and great job on the masters phil. i won’t be watching, but an interesting read. next year you should try to uncover their pemiento cheese recipe, i wonder how it differs from mine.

    i only new 9 on the golf course test squid, but that was a grrreat idea for the masters.

  • Dan P. | April 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm |

    I LOVE that crown on John Follett’s tweak of the Royals. It looks like it’s always been there.The second I saw it an image of Babe Ruth wearing a crown popped into my head. Team it up with KC on the cap and some striped hose (3 baby blue outlined in white) and you’ve got perfection.

  • rpm | April 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm |

    and then a double post with bad grammar, and missing words, not my day. then again the orioles lose again late, so maybe all systems are normal.

  • Greg B. | April 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”385201″][quote comment=”385170″]
    i finally had time to read everything, and great job on the masters phil. i won’t be watching, but an interesting treatment. next year you should try to uncover their pemiento cheese recipe, i wonder how it differs from mine
    [/quote]

    Courtesy of the Junior League of Augusta, Ga.:

    ZESTY PIMENTO CHEESE SPREAD

    1 1/2 pounds grated sharp Cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup horseradish sauce
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon mustard
    1 7-ounce jar chopped pimentos, drained

    Combine all ingredients, except the pimentos, in a bowl. Once spreadable, add in the pimentos and combine. Store covered in the refrigerator. Yields four cups.

  • LI Phil | April 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm |

    PHIL!

  • Terry D. | April 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm |

    Lefties FTW! You know who I’m talking about… Congrats on winning your third Green Jacket.

  • rpm | April 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”385206″][quote comment=”385201″][quote comment=”385170″]
    i finally had time to read everything, and great job on the masters phil. i won’t be watching, but an interesting treatment. next year you should try to uncover their pemiento cheese recipe, i wonder how it differs from mine
    [/quote]

    Courtesy of the Junior League of Augusta, Ga.:

    ZESTY PIMENTO CHEESE SPREAD

    1 1/2 pounds grated sharp Cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup horseradish sauce
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon mustard
    1 7-ounce jar chopped pimentos, drained

    Combine all ingredients, except the pimentos, in a bowl. Once spreadable, add in the pimentos and combine. Store covered in the refrigerator. Yields four cups.[/quote]

    is that their actual recipe? cool, thanks.
    it is not too unlike mine, but i gots ma secrets. i will make this quite often for college football saturdays.

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm |

    For the record (because someone this week said it wasn’t so), the two inner white stripes on the Cardinals socks WERE indeed wider than the two outer white stripes. They were for many, many years.
    (Scroll down to the two Musial photos).
    Also of interest as you scroll even farther…
    A young and leaping Harmon Killebrew
    Elroy Face’s flocked Pirates helmets (or was that the photo posted during the week?)
    Richie (Dick) Allen showing red stars on the mid-60s Phillies unis.
    75602-Bill-s-Rare-Photo-Finds

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm |

    Let’s try that link again…
    http://www.baseball-...

  • Chris from Carver | April 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”385211″]Let’s try that link again…
    http://www.baseball-...
    Great find. Lots of stirrups and texture.

  • Ricko | April 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm |

    There six pages there to peruse, btw.
    About 3/4 way down here…
    Jimmie Foxx in pre-Klu sleeves.
    http://www.baseball-...

  • Chris from Carver | April 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”385210″]For the record (because someone this week said it wasn’t so), the two inner white stripes on the Cardinals socks WERE indeed wider than the two outer white stripes. They were for many, many years.
    (Scroll down to the two Musial photos).
    Also of interest as you scroll even farther…
    A young and leaping Harmon Killebrew
    Elroy Face’s flocked Pirates helmets (or was that the photo posted during the week?)
    Richie (Dick) Allen showing red stars on the mid-60s Phillies unis.
    75602-Bill-s-Rare-Photo-Finds

    —Ricko[/quote]
    The blue stripe on the Red Sox’ socks is also smaller than the two white stripes flanking it.

  • LarenR | April 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm |

    Giants finally underway (after a 4:09 delay). With the new orange-billed Sunday cap, Lincecum is not in his lucky hat…and gave up a two-run bomb in the top o’ the first. We’ll see if he tries to sneak out there in the old cap for the second inning…

  • scott | April 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”385175″]
    on another note…yesterday (mets, giants & astros) was the first time this season when three teams wore “cream” home unis, right? is that the first time ever in the doubleknit/spandex era that’s happened?

    too bad the twins weren’t at target…might have had a quad-fecta (although i think the twins are only scheduled to wear those on sundays, right? maybe opening day as well)

    good luck at softball today, rick…don’t die on us[/quote]

    Couldn’t the Giants, Phillies and Indians all have worn their “creams” on the same day sometime in the last couple of years?

  • LI Phil | April 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”385216″][quote comment=”385175″]
    on another note…yesterday (mets, giants & astros) was the first time this season when three teams wore “cream” home unis, right? is that the first time ever in the doubleknit/spandex era that’s happened?

    too bad the twins weren’t at target…might have had a quad-fecta (although i think the twins are only scheduled to wear those on sundays, right? maybe opening day as well)

    good luck at softball today, rick…don’t die on us[/quote]

    Couldn’t the Giants, Phillies and Indians all have worn their “creams” on the same day sometime in the last couple of years?[/quote]

    um…*acts all sheepish and kicks an invisible stone*…yeah…i guess they could have

    but this year that means there’s a chance for five cream clad teams…assuming no one else does a throwback at the same time

    wait…now it’s not so original anymore…

  • JTH | April 11, 2010 at 11:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”385203″][quote comment=”385170″][quote comment=”385163″]pimiento! first
    ever first comment…marybe?[/quote]
    Let’s not start that shit here.

    Great post today. (Really solid weekend.)

    I actually WANT to watch the entire final round of the Masters today. I’m pretty sure I haven’t watched more than a half hour’s worth of coverage since Tiger won his first one like 15 years ago or whatever.[/quote]

    agreed. but i was never up early enough to catch a fresh board, so i acted like a moron, what can i say. maybe i should some sort of penance for being dumb

    i finally had time to read everything, and great job on the masters phil. i won’t be watching, but an interesting read. next year you should try to uncover their pemiento cheese recipe, i wonder how it differs from mine.

    i only new 9 on the golf course test squid, but that was a grrreat idea for the masters.[/quote]
    You need to put that plastic back up on the windows and get back to your regular sleep schedule.

    Anyway, reality kicked in and I did not watch one second of golf coverage on the Fernseher today.

  • mike 2 | April 12, 2010 at 1:30 am |

    Interesting sight I don’t think I’ve seen before in golf:

    http://www.timesfree...

    Ryan Moore at the Masters, golfing while wearing a tie

  • Mike Engle | April 12, 2010 at 1:34 am |

    [quote comment=”385215″]Giants finally underway (after a 4:09 delay). With the new orange-billed Sunday cap, Lincecum is not in his lucky hat…and gave up a two-run bomb in the top o’ the first. We’ll see if he tries to sneak out there in the old cap for the second inning…[/quote]
    Meanwhile, I thought the orange bills were only to be paired with the alternate orange tops. Apparently not, because there were the orange bills with the cream uniforms.

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

    Shouldn’t what is being called a “green jacket” or a “coat” actually be called a “blazer”?