Bowled Over and Over

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On Saturday I hopped in the car with my buddies Shane Arbogast and Friederike Paetzold (yes, they win the award for the couple with the most syllables). We were heading upstate to meet up with our friend Robert Vickers, who has a house up in Barryville. I’d been told that some bowling would be on the agenda, which is always a good thing, but I had no idea it would end up being one of the best bowling experiences of my life.

Things started getting good as we drove through Port Jervis, where we happened upon the PJ Bowl and decided to stop in for a look. The lanes were being conditioned, so we couldn’t do any pin-bashing, but we ordered a round of beers and enjoyed looking at the groovy signage, the gorgeous floor tiling in the ladies’ room, the checkerboard lockers, and the photo of how the place used to look.

I loved the beautiful masking units but was surprised that they didn’t include lane numbers. “Yeah, that’s just the style of these masking units,” explained Fred, the manager. “We tried adding little number signs to them, but they looked like crap, so we said the hell with it. We’ve only got a dozen lanes, so I figure if we say, ‘Okay, you’re on lane 7,’ you should be able to figure it out.” Fair enough.

But the PJ Bowl was just a warm-up. Soon we arrived in Barryville and met up with Robert who took us across the Delaware River to Shohola, Pennsylvania. That’s where I had my first of what I hope will be many, many encounters with Rohman’s.

As you can probably tell from that photo, Rohman’s used to be a hotel. The ground floor is an incredible bar — one of the best I’ve ever had the privilege of drinking in, complete with a coal stove (burning good Pennsylvania anthracite, natch), lots of beautiful pressed tin (much of it peeling just so), countless old cloth patches in various states of nicotine stainage, a pool table over in the corner, and — most notably — the oddest bar stools I’ve ever come across. As you can see, they sort of fold up against the bar, but each one is on a hinge, so it can swing out when you’re ready to park your keister. The whole thing reminded me of a tractor seat, sorta-kinda, and I couldn’t stop looking at the curved stems — so cool!

The bar would’ve been enough to keep me happy for the rest of the weekend, but something much better awaited us upstairs: a room with four very old bowling lanes. How fantastic was this room? Let me count the ways:

• No automatic ball-return or pinsetter here, kids — we had to do all of that manually. While two of us were bowling, the other two were down at the far end of the lanes to act as pin monkeys. I’ve bowled in places with live pinboys before, but this was the first time I’d set the pins myself, and it was quite an experience. After each shot, the first task is to hoist the ball onto the ball-return track. Then you have to step on this little foot pedal that’s set into the end of the lane. The pedal activates a series of mini-spikes that raise up out of the floor — you use these to set the pins (each of which has a little recessed hole at its base for just this purpose). Of course, being down at that end also provides a bird’s eye view of the pin-bashing. Then, after a frame or two, we’d trade places — the bowlers would walk down to the lane pit and the pin monkeys would walk back to the front of the house.

• Each ball-return track was equipped with a Safe-T cuff — basically a speed bump to slow the ball down at the end of the track. Never seen this particular version of it before. Very cool.

• Each pair of lanes had its own deco-ish ashtray column, featuring this magnificent logo.

• The scorers’ tables had these really nice Brunswick bases.

• Each lane had its own numbered lamp hovering just in front of the pins, and each lamp fixture was connected to its wiring by something called a tubelet — never seen that particular piece of hardware before.

• The back wall of the room had recently been repainted — except for one spot.

• Gotta love the seating area, including the spectator chairs. Also, note the Xmas tree in the far-left corner — a nice touch in April.

• Behind the chairs: your own private jukebox.

• Brunswick’s original blueprints for the room are hanging on the wall! I was particularly intrigued by the note at the bottom, which says the lanes were “Pennsylvania Style.” Scott Little, do you know what that means?

Old-school scoresheets, natch.

• I don’t know if it was the time of day or the room’s orientation or what, but there were these incredible shafts of sunlight coming through the windows at odd angles, bathing everything in this really nice glow (which was occasionally augmented by amber beer shadows). Just made everything seem that much more magical.

It all made for a very happy group, although I think one of us was a teeny bit happier than the others.

Afterward, we went back down to the bar and shared prime rib, lamb chops, and a burger — a perfect capper to a perfect day.

One odd footnote to all of this: The following day — i.e., yesterday — we went out for a country drive and saw a group clustered around a fire. At first we thought it was a bonfire, or maybe a pig roast, but it turned out to be something much more bizarre: A local Boy Scout troop was disposing of old American flags by burning them. Yes, I realize that’s the proper protocol, and maybe lots of you participated in similar rituals with your own Boy Scout troops, but it still seemed completely surreal to me. I shot a few mintues’ worth of video so you can see for yourself (I embedded it below because embedding is fun, but you can see a larger, higher-def version of the clip here):

Not a bad weekend, right? Hope yours was as enjoyable as mine.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Zdeno Chara, who has a broken nose, wore a facemask cage the other night (with thanks to Matt Beaudin). … Interested in the latest trends in stadium design and management? Then you may want to attend this conference (with thanks to David Raglin). … Bronson Arroyo engaged in a bit of cap-based gamesmanship the other day. … Absolutely stupendous old Converse sneakers with swastika-ish tread pattern here (amazing find by Lance Smith). … Good story about UVA’s colors here (with thanks to Kevin Zdancewicz). … Interesting shot of the Islanders preparing for their team portrait (with thanks to John Muir). … Last year the Nats wore blue caps and sleeves on the road. Blue socks and catching gear, too. Now they’ve switched to red accessories except for the blue cap, which doesn’t make much sense. … Mike Pelfrey continues to wear that “Sweat It Out” undershirt, which practically looks like plastic. … Here’s a faaaascinating video clip of an antique sock knitting machine. 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I could cut it off completely, but I was thinking about painting our league logo on it, or painting an Ebbets Field-like Shaefer ad on it (or perhaps something more local, like Rainier or one of the Seattle-area microbrews).” … Remember how CC Sabathia changed his cleats in the middle of the first Yanks/Sox game? We had assumed it was because the first pair was uncomfy, but it turns out umpire Joe West made him switch. … LeBron James’s latest tattoos are a quotation from the movie Gladiator: It reads, “What we do in life” on the right arm and “echoes an eternity” on the left. “Only problem is that the correct quote is “…echoes IN eternity,” says Ken Ritz. … Alex Ovechkin was wearing an NFL undershirt the other day (as noted by Kenneth Stack). … I recently attended the “Cars, Culture, and the City” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. It included this awesome photo of Ray Robinson outside his restaurant. … Two good sleeve observations by Alex Higley: First, Tony Gwynn Jr. has really love jersey sleeves. And Melvin Mora is wearing really short undershirt sleeves (but still has that long sleeve on his left arm, which he’s been doing for years now). … Last Friday I mentioned Camera Guy, who works at Pirates games. Turns out he also makes bobbleheads. Here’s a video about him (with thanks to Nicholas Kowalski). … Brett Crane notes that Angels pitcher Matt Palmer has “Amen” on one side of his glove and “In His Name” on the other. … After all the build-up, UVA’s new football uniforms turned out to be pretty basic. Additional photos here, and further info here. … The sweater history of the OJI hockey club — that’s a Japanese team — can be found here (with thanks to Alec Pappas). … Terence Kearns was at yesterday’s Mets/Nats game and spotted a guy with B&CNOB — that’s borough and city name on back. … New uniforms for the hot dog vendors at the Ballpark at Arlington. “They also yell ‘Frankfurters’ instead of ‘Hot dogs,'” reports Marcus Ramsey. … The Madison Mallards are holding a uni design contest. “They’re hosting a ‘What If?’ night,” explains Damion Beth. “Kids 12 and under get the opportunity to design a uniform if the team was called the Madison Moo, and the winning entry will be worn by the team on June 19th.” … Meanwhile, the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, is conducting a logo contest. Further details here. “If this one wins, I may have to leave town,” says Jim Roddy. … “Major League Baseball is bankrolling the new Australian Baseball League commencing October 2010,” reports Stuart Scott (no, not the one you’re thinking of). “Some of the uniform debacles from the past season are highlighted here.” … In a rather bizarre example of cultural imperialism, hockey jerseys have become status symbols in Africa (with thanks to Geoff Treen). … “College lacrosse refs usually wear the same gear as football refs (down to the white hats too), but look at the officials in the Big City Classic,” says Travis Holland. “My guess is that the green stripes are to support the Headstrong Foundation, a cancer support organization for a former Hofstra player who died in 2006.” … Lamar University, which is reviving its football program after 21 years, has unveiled the new uniforms (with thanks to Chris Mycosckie). … Good for the U. of Wisconsin, which has cut ties with Nike due to the latter’s labor practices. … What is the most consistently erroneous jersey reproduction? Jeff Barak says it’s CCM’s Mike Modano jersey treatment. Details here. … No photos, but several readers noted that Cards catcher Nick Stavinohva was wearing a red catching helmet on the road, instead of navy, and also appeared to be wearing Yadier Molina’s gear — his chest protector collar had “Yadi” on it. … New uni components making their on-field debut yesterday: the Rays’ baby blues and the Giants’ orange-brimmed caps. … Someone over on the Chris Creamer board found a leak of the Nats’ stars/stripes cap, which is consistent with what I’d been told last month — white crown, colored brim.

 

142 comments to Bowled Over and Over

  • scott | April 12, 2010 at 8:17 am |

    The Nationals sort of look like the Cardinals on the road. I don’t have a problem with the sleeves and socks not matching the color of the hat. Any idea why they changed the color scheme this year?

  • Billy | April 12, 2010 at 8:22 am |

    [quote comment="385222"]The Nationals sort of look like the Cardinals on the road. I don’t have a problem with the sleeves and socks not matching the color of the hat. Any idea why they changed the color scheme this year?[/quote]

    The look is a bit odd, but it really looks weird when Pudge visits the mound, and is wearing his red gear including red helmet:

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

  • Geeman | April 12, 2010 at 8:39 am |

    Carolina went light blue against dark blue in its spring game.

    http://www.charlotte...

  • Steve | April 12, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    Arroyo doesn’t look like he has a black underbrim on his hat.

  • Steve | April 12, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    [quote comment="385225"]Carolina went light blue against dark blue in its spring game.

    http://www.charlotte...

    looks to me like one team was white, actually.

  • JAson | April 12, 2010 at 9:13 am |

    According to the last paragraph in this post, the Nationals considered three different hats before settling on the original Navy road hat when they introduced the script road uniform last year…

    http://nats320.blogs...

  • Geeman | April 12, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    [quote comment="385227"][quote comment="385225"]Carolina went light blue against dark blue in its spring game.

    http://www.charlotte...

    looks to me like one team was white, actually.[/quote]

    Sorry, you’re right. One team had light blue tops and the other had dark blue pants. Both wore white in some fashion.

  • Obie | April 12, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    hey guys and gals, went to my local sporting goods store in Philadelphia (not modells or dicks) after my 4 year old daughter had her first t-ball game on saturday morning. I had gone to look and see if they had some youth stirrups. i looked around in the store front, and nothing. her jersey (read: t-shirt) is gold. I then proceeded to ask one of the workers if they had any, after seeing a while shit-ton of twin-city knits products on the wall. she went upstairs to look and to my surprise, she came down with a pair or gold youth stirrups…JUST RIGHT! now for her game this saturday, she will be the sharpest dressed on the field. I will post pix when i upload them from my camera.
    God Bless Lloyd Sixsmith’s, and stay away from Modells and Dicks!

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    boy scout footage was cool

    fyi – it’s called a ‘flag retirement’ ceremony; and while im sure the boy scouts know what they’re doing, i had always heard that the star field (blue part) should be removed and after the red and white stripes have been consumed, then the blue field is placed onto the fire last

    looked like they were dunking the flags in kerosene or gasoline and setting them ablaze

  • Daren L | April 12, 2010 at 9:22 am |

    I really that shot of the bowling pins basking in the soft glow of sunlight. Great picture!

  • Adam in St. Louis | April 12, 2010 at 9:22 am |

    [i]No photos, but several readers noted that Cards catcher Nick Stavinohva… appeared to be wearing Yadier Molina’s gear — his chest protector collar had “Yadi” on it.[/i]

    The ESPN commentators actually mentioned it, having a good chuckle over the name “Yadi Stavinoha.”

  • Bernard | April 12, 2010 at 9:37 am |

    Ah, just as I suspected/feared on Friday, UVA’s new pants feature ass stripes AND a “Virginia” wordmark tramp stamp. Silly.

  • paul | April 12, 2010 at 9:42 am |

    I didn’t see the ass stamp on the UVa unis. It also doesn’t make sense that their truck has the Nike swoosh on it. Yeah, I know Virginia is fitted by Nike, but the truck isn’t. I doubt the apolstry is done by Nike, so why the douchbag-ary? Probably a stupid question, we all know why.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 9:48 am |

    [quote comment="385235"]Ah, just as I suspected/feared on Friday, UVA’s new pants feature ass stripes AND a “Virginia” wordmark tramp stamp. Silly.[/quote]

    And we thought those unis weren’t original.
    (cough, cough)
    So I wasn’t wrong when I said they looked more like the Boise State of the East?

    —Ricko

  • The Ghost of Ross Gload | April 12, 2010 at 9:51 am |

    [quote comment="385232"]boy scout footage was cool

    fyi – it’s called a ‘flag retirement’ ceremony; and while im sure the boy scouts know what they’re doing, i had always heard that the star field (blue part) should be removed and after the red and white stripes have been consumed, then the blue field is placed onto the fire last

    looked like they were dunking the flags in kerosene or gasoline and setting them ablaze[/quote]

    I’ve been a Scout leader for several years, and I’ve seen a lot of flag retirements. And you are describing the most popular way of retiring a flag – cut the stripes apart, burn them, then burn the field of stars. But the Flag Code just says something about doing it quickly and with dignity, so I guess this method would meet those requirements. But it’s definitely something I’ve never seen before.

    I was once at the retirement for a giant flag – 40×60 feet or something close. Let’s just say that that much polyester doesn’t burn quickly or cleanly (cough, choke, gasp).

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 9:51 am |

    Since it is Cardinals Opening Day here in St. Louis, it is “Wear Cardinal Red” day here at the office. I have a red Astros jersey on, and it is also a rare showing of Monday Stirrups! http://i313.photobuc...

    Here’s praying for the Astros 1st win of the season!

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 9:53 am |

    “…we ordered a round of beers and enjoyed looking at the groovy signage, the gorgeous floor tiling in the ladies’ room…”

    That’s it? No explanation as to why you had occasion to check out the the gorgeous floor tiling in the ladies’ room?

    Seriously, though, nice touch pairing the Cubs shirt with the Lane Tech jacket.

  • Bernard | April 12, 2010 at 9:53 am |

    [quote comment="385237"][quote comment="385235"]Ah, just as I suspected/feared on Friday, UVA’s new pants feature ass stripes AND a “Virginia” wordmark tramp stamp. Silly.[/quote]

    And we thought those unis weren’t original.
    (cough, cough)
    So I wasn’t wrong when I said they looked more like the Boise State of the East?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Nope, nailed it.

  • Bernard | April 12, 2010 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment="385236"]I didn’t see the ass stamp on the UVa unis. It also doesn’t make sense that their truck has the Nike swoosh on it. Yeah, I know Virginia is fitted by Nike, but the truck isn’t. I doubt the apolstry is done by Nike, so why the douchbag-ary? Probably a stupid question, we all know why.[/quote]

    Here you go:

    http://www.thesabre....

    At least it wasn’t in the shape of a butterfly, dolphin, etc.

  • Jeff P | April 12, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment="385238"]

    I was once at the retirement for a giant flag – 40×60 feet or something close. Let’s just say that that much polyester doesn’t burn quickly or cleanly (cough, choke, gasp).[/quote]

    Ouch, I’m sorry. never did one that big in my time in the scouts.

    But you’re absolutely right, there’s no set rule. Some groups do long drawn out things, but the one my troop did when we had a pile of flags we needed to retire for people was to just lay them gently on the fire, still folded. When you got 5 or 10 to do, a long drawn out process for each flag is not what you want.

  • Paul Lukas | April 12, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    [quote comment="385240"]“…we ordered a round of beers and enjoyed looking at the groovy signage, the gorgeous floor tiling in the ladies’ room…”

    That’s it? No explanation as to why you had occasion to check out the the gorgeous floor tiling in the ladies’ room?[/quote]

    We were the only customers in the joint, so we were free to roam as we pleased.

  • Jeff P | April 12, 2010 at 10:00 am |

    Also, on a separate note:

    Teebz, are the PIM totals done round by round or are we predicting them for the entire playoffs?

  • interlockingtc | April 12, 2010 at 10:05 am |

    Road trip heaven.

    Soo much beauty and history and goodness.

    The picture of your friend Friederike sitting near the checkerboard lockers looks like a composition of an Old Master painting…only, you know, in a 1960’s bowling alley.

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    Oh, I won these stirrups last week:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Does anyone know what team they might have been from? I was a bit dishartened when I got them and found out how short they are. They are 100% cotton and only come up to mid-calf which stretches them out greatly.

  • JL | April 12, 2010 at 10:08 am |

    Good for the U. of Wisconsin, which has cut ties with Nike due to the latter’s labor practices.

    Call me crazy, but I thought Wisconsin was primarily an Adidas school. I tried to do some quick web-browsing, but everything I’m finding indicates the Badgers’ most recent football, men’s basketball, and even their men’s hockey uniforms were Adidas, as I thought.

    Did the contract with Adidas expire? Did Wisconsin sign a contract with Nike and terminate it before they took the field/court/rink in Nike uniforms?

    Or does this anti-Nike stance only apply to Wisconsin fan apparel made by Nike? I did notice if you go to the team shop linked from the official Wisconsin Athletic Dept website, you can search by brand…the Nike page is blank.

  • chance michaels | April 12, 2010 at 10:12 am |

    [quote comment="385248"]Good for the U. of Wisconsin, which has cut ties with Nike due to the latter’s labor practices.

    Call me crazy, but I thought Wisconsin was primarily an Adidas school. I tried to do some quick web-browsing, but everything I’m finding indicates the Badgers’ most recent football, men’s basketball, and even their men’s hockey uniforms were Adidas, as I thought.

    Did the contract with Adidas expire? Did Wisconsin sign a contract with Nike and terminate it before they took the field/court/rink in Nike uniforms?

    Or does this anti-Nike stance only apply to Wisconsin fan apparel made by Nike? I did notice if you go to the team shop linked from the official Wisconsin Athletic Dept website, you can search by brand…the Nike page is blank.[/quote]
    That’s it – Wisconsin’s deal with Nike wasn’t to equip the teams but for merchandise. So not as bold a step as if they had faced down Adidas, but no less a positive one.

  • JULIO LUGO!!! | April 12, 2010 at 10:13 am |

    Ewww…I hate the new star and stripes caps. And this is from someone who loved 2008s and 2009s.

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 10:18 am |

    [quote comment="385239"]Since it is Cardinals Opening Day here in St. Louis, it is “Wear Cardinal Red” day here at the office. I have a red Astros jersey on, and it is also a rare showing of Monday Stirrups! http://i313.photobuc...

    Here’s praying for the Astros 1st win of the season![/quote]

    nice .45s

    but how are you a stro fan in st. looie? and on the second holiest of holy days (home opener day)…isn’t that (wearing houston gear) askin for a beatin?

  • JimWa | April 12, 2010 at 10:21 am |

    No doubt its been mentioned that Joe Girardi switched from 27 to 28 this year (keeping the team goal on his back), but I just saw that for the first time this morning.

    I know that’s why LaRussa chose 10 when he came to St. Louis. Are there other managers out there that have numbers connected to their team’s number of world championships, or other team goals? (and yes, I know Zim uses his years of MLB experience)

  • Anim8ed | April 12, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    That Nats stars & stripes hat is from the Promotions Schedule portion of their site. Not sure if that’s a fan fashion version or a replica of what we’ll be seeing on-field.

  • JimWa | April 12, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    [quote comment="385251"][quote comment="385239"]Since it is Cardinals Opening Day here in St. Louis, it is “Wear Cardinal Red” day here at the office. I have a red Astros jersey on, and it is also a rare showing of Monday Stirrups! http://i313.photobuc...

    Here’s praying for the Astros 1st win of the season![/quote]

    nice .45s

    but how are you a stro fan in st. looie? and on the second holiest of holy days (home opener day)…isn’t that (wearing houston gear) askin for a beatin?[/quote]

    No more than me wearing my Wrigley Field Opening Night cap (the original, handed out 8/8/88) to the office. Heck, it’s opening day for my team, too!!!

  • Jeff P | April 12, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    [quote comment="385247"]Oh, I won these stirrups last week:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Does anyone know what team they might have been from? I was a bit dishartened when I got them and found out how short they are. They are 100% cotton and only come up to mid-calf which stretches them out greatly.[/quote]

    Look like generic ones, probably for some little leaguer or something.

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    I’m not a fan of contrasting-color brims in general, but there are some that I think look good (A’s, Indians, Braves, Orioles, to name a few).

    Those new Giants caps really don’t work. Not so much in this pic, but I thought they looked terrible as I was watching the game last night. Maybe if Zito was pitching and showing off the stripèd socks it would have been a different story.

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Gah! This pic.

  • Squiddie | April 12, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  • Juggernaut | April 12, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    Wow, this was just a tremendous update. Just a lot of fun with some tremendous photos of some hidden jewels that I’m glad still exist today. Thanks again for this, I’m thoroughly jealous!

  • JimWa | April 12, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment="385258"]Answers to yesterdays Life photo quiz:

    1. Alex Karras

    2. Lauri Rapala

    3. Charlie Finley

    4. Arnold Palmer

    5. Red Barber

    6. Edison Arantes do Nascimento (aka Pele)

    7. Juan Manuel Fangio

    8. Gunhild Larking

    9. Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice

    10. Dick Button

    11. Sam Snead (at the 1952 Masters)

    12. Jack Nicklaus (at the 1963 Masters)

    13. Althea Gibson

    14. Jacque Plante

    15. Larry Sherry

    16. Muhammad Ali

    17. Andy Varipapa

    18. Ben Hogan[/quote]

    #16 – wasn’t that picture actually taken of Cassius Clay?

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 10:43 am |

    [quote comment="385257"]Gah! This pic.[/quote]

    At least Giants actually have WORN that cap regularly at one time.

    As opposed to the Twins, who pulled a fan cap off the shelf and christened it their “nifty new, really well thought-out road cap”.

    Don’t get me wrong. Not saying new Twins roads aren’t a good looking uniform. There simply is absolutely positively nothing original, unique or distinctive about them.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    Got 14 of 20.

    –Ricko

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 10:50 am |

    [quote comment="385262"]Got 14 of 20.

    –Ricko[/quote]
    [quote comment="385262"]Got 14 of 20.

    -of 18, duh.

  • JimWa | April 12, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    It’s nice to see that some stadiums can STILL go down in a blaze of glory in 2010, and not just be dismantled piece by piece.

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

  • JimWa | April 12, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="385264"][quote comment="385262"]Got 14 of 20.

    –Ricko[/quote]

    there were only 18 questions ;)[/quote]

    Good thing it wasn’t a math quiz.

  • Brian Schulz | April 12, 2010 at 10:56 am |

    I’m really quite disappointed that Lamar University didn’t take a cue from the most famous Lamar of all time…

  • Brian Schulz | April 12, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  • Squiddie | April 12, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    Re: North Carolina’s Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice. Pillsbury’s Funny Face drink mix called Choo Choo Cherry. (It replaced the offensive Chinese Cherry.) So Carolina Cherry made sense.

    Carolina Cherry is the real name of the 9th hole at the Augusta National Golf Course.

    And now you know and knowing is half the battle.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 11:08 am |

    [quote comment="385269"]Re: North Carolina’s Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice. Pillsbury’s Funny Face drink mix called Choo Choo Cherry. (It replaced the offensive Chinese Cherry.) So Carolina Cherry made sense.

    Carolina Cherry is the real name of the 9th hole at the Augusta National Golf Course.

    And now you know and knowing is half the battle.[/quote]

    And, of course, for example, TuLIP was for the “Louisville Lip.”
    That’s the way it worked.

    Ya done good, Lance.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment="385266"][quote comment="385264"][quote comment="385262"]Got 14 of 20.

    –Ricko[/quote]

    there were only 18 questions ;)[/quote]

    Good thing it wasn’t a math quiz.[/quote]

    Also why I’m never allowed anywhere near the accounting department.

    —Ricko

  • Teebz | April 12, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    [quote comment="385245"]Also, on a separate note:

    Teebz, are the PIM totals done round by round or are we predicting them for the entire playoffs?[/quote]

    Highest total for the playoffs. You’re welcome to change your PIM pick if this changes your outlook.

    BTW, prizes range from t-shirts, caps, and NHL jerseys to a Pepsi Team Canada prize pack, an NHL.com gift certificate, and enough books to start a small library. More are still piling in, and my plan is to offer up as many as I can to all entrants in the pool.

    After all, everyone likes winning something for free, right? :o)

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    [quote comment="385251"][quote comment="385239"]Since it is Cardinals Opening Day here in St. Louis, it is “Wear Cardinal Red” day here at the office. I have a red Astros jersey on, and it is also a rare showing of Monday Stirrups! http://i313.photobuc...

    Here’s praying for the Astros 1st win of the season![/quote]

    nice .45s

    but how are you a stro fan in st. looie? and on the second holiest of holy days (home opener day)…isn’t that (wearing houston gear) askin for a beatin?[/quote]

    I was born in Louisiana, been an Astros fan since I was able to understand what baseball was thanks to my dad growing up listening to the Colt .45s/Astros. Even lived in Houston for 3 years before moving up here because my girlfriend (Long Island Girl/Yankees fan) lived here.

    As for being a ‘Stros fan here in Birdland…yeah, I have been told that I had to be a Cards fan now that I live here, and I have also been told to “go back to your home country!” by the so-called “Greatest Fans in Baseball”.

    By the way, my now wife will be sitting behind home plate on Thursday’s Astros/Cards game with her boss and several VIPs from our company, and she will be sporting her Astros finest. Damn, I love her!

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    [quote comment="385255"][quote comment="385247"]Oh, I won these stirrups last week:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Does anyone know what team they might have been from? I was a bit dishartened when I got them and found out how short they are. They are 100% cotton and only come up to mid-calf which stretches them out greatly.[/quote]

    Look like generic ones, probably for some little leaguer or something.[/quote]

    Yeah, they fit like they were meant for a youth and not an adult. Still cool to have a ventage pair of unworn stirrups. I will just have to keep looking for old school ‘rups…:D

  • Squiddie | April 12, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    There were some comments yesterday about the Life photo of relief pitcher Larry Sherry being brought to the mound by scooter. I’ve posted some links before, but I think these may be new.

    Larry Sherry awaits his transport. (Photo reversed. Love the Braves logo.)

    Passing an outfielder

    Waiting for the return fare.

    “Mind the step, Mr. McDevitt.”

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    [quote comment="385273"] my now wife will be sitting behind home plate on Thursday’s Astros/Cards game with her boss and several VIPs from our company, and she will be sporting her Astros finest. Damn, I love her![/quote]

    nice…she’ll be the one on her crackberry and waving at the CF camera all game, right? ;)

  • concealed78 | April 12, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    I have to ask: what’s that white stuff on the burger? Also going to try & make the pimento cheese spread.

    Wicked cool retro 4-lane bowling alley. I bowled the best game of my life on an old 4-lane alley at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Must be the old lanes or something. Way more fun than any modern “cosmic bowling”.

  • Scott Little | April 12, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    The best part of waking up…is bowling in your cuuuup (or on uniwatchblog).

    Pennsylvania style, not sure what that means off the top of my head. But, I would venture that it is in reference to the settee layout. Since all sanctioned lanes are uniform, I wouldn’t think there are “styles” of lanes. So the only changeable parts are of the settee. Brunswick made those benches you were sitting on, (think I can see the Brunswick label on them). Brunswick also probably brought in the theater seating, and obviously the scorers tables. You could changeup the ball racks too with different features.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment="385274"][quote comment="385255"][quote comment="385247"]Oh, I won these stirrups last week:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Does anyone know what team they might have been from? I was a bit dishartened when I got them and found out how short they are. They are 100% cotton and only come up to mid-calf which stretches them out greatly.[/quote]

    Look like generic ones, probably for some little leaguer or something.[/quote]

    Yeah, they fit like they were meant for a youth and not an adult. Still cool to have a ventage pair of unworn stirrups. I will just have to keep looking for old school ‘rups…:D[/quote]

    Last MLB teams to wear that look (or close to it) would have been the early ’50s Philadelphia A’s and the early ’40s NY Giants. Both wore royal stirrups with three equal white stripes. Spacing a bit different than on yours, though.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 11:54 am |

    [quote comment="385279"][quote comment="385274"][quote comment="385255"][quote comment="385247"]Oh, I won these stirrups last week:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Does anyone know what team they might have been from? I was a bit dishartened when I got them and found out how short they are. They are 100% cotton and only come up to mid-calf which stretches them out greatly.[/quote]

    Look like generic ones, probably for some little leaguer or something.[/quote]

    Yeah, they fit like they were meant for a youth and not an adult. Still cool to have a ventage pair of unworn stirrups. I will just have to keep looking for old school ‘rups…:D[/quote]

    Last MLB teams to wear that look (or close to it) would have been the early ’50s Philadelphia A’s and the early ’40s NY Giants. Both wore royal stirrups with three equal white stripes. Spacing a bit different than on yours, though.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Mid-60s White Sox as well? Or was that closer to navy than royal?

  • QualityStarts | April 12, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    I’m skeptical of that supposed Stars/Stripes cap leak. It doesn’t look like the same style cap that have been used the last couple years. It’s definitely possible that that will be the color scheme or that they changed the cap stype completely but I doubt the latter.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment="385280"][quote comment="385279"][quote comment="385274"][quote comment="385255"][quote comment="385247"]Oh, I won these stirrups last week:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Does anyone know what team they might have been from? I was a bit dishartened when I got them and found out how short they are. They are 100% cotton and only come up to mid-calf which stretches them out greatly.[/quote]

    Look like generic ones, probably for some little leaguer or something.[/quote]

    Yeah, they fit like they were meant for a youth and not an adult. Still cool to have a ventage pair of unworn stirrups. I will just have to keep looking for old school ‘rups…:D[/quote]

    Last MLB teams to wear that look (or close to it) would have been the early ’50s Philadelphia A’s and the early ’40s NY Giants. Both wore royal stirrups with three equal white stripes. Spacing a bit different than on yours, though.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Mid-60s White Sox as well? Or was that closer to navy than royal?[/quote]

    In ’60s, White Sox were black, then navy. Through ’68, that is. (royal in ’69 only, and those were with the white stirrups).

    And I erred on Ph. A’s. Should have been more correctly late-’40s.

    —Ricko

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

    [quote comment="385276"][quote comment="385273"] my now wife will be sitting behind home plate on Thursday’s Astros/Cards game with her boss and several VIPs from our company, and she will be sporting her Astros finest. Damn, I love her![/quote]

    nice…she’ll be the one on her crackberry and waving at the CF camera all game, right? ;)[/quote]

    Nope…she actually hates those people!

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

    (smacks typing fingers)
    Late ’20s on. Ph. A’s.

    —Ricko

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

    [quote comment="385282"][quote comment="385280"][quote comment="385279"][quote comment="385274"][quote comment="385255"][quote comment="385247"]Oh, I won these stirrups last week:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

    Does anyone know what team they might have been from? I was a bit dishartened when I got them and found out how short they are. They are 100% cotton and only come up to mid-calf which stretches them out greatly.[/quote]

    Look like generic ones, probably for some little leaguer or something.[/quote]

    Yeah, they fit like they were meant for a youth and not an adult. Still cool to have a ventage pair of unworn stirrups. I will just have to keep looking for old school ‘rups…:D[/quote]

    Last MLB teams to wear that look (or close to it) would have been the early ’50s Philadelphia A’s and the early ’40s NY Giants. Both wore royal stirrups with three equal white stripes. Spacing a bit different than on yours, though.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Mid-60s White Sox as well? Or was that closer to navy than royal?[/quote]

    In ’60s, White Sox were black, then navy. Through ’68, that is. (royal in ’69 only, and those were with the white stirrups).

    And I erred on Ph. A’s. Should have been more correctly late-’40s.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    It’s funny you mention “Late ’40s” because as soon as I had the stirrups in hand, i thought they were from the 40s more than the 50s-60s as the auction stated. The construction and material is close to other items I have from the 40s back when I was collecting WWII items.

  • JimV19 | April 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    Great bowling pics, Paul, and I can just smell the coal burning from that stove! http://farm3.static....
    May not be PC to say it, but I love the smell of burning coal (western PA bituminous, though). Always takes me back instantly to my grandfather’s coal stove.

    Never saw that old pin setter. I’ve been trying to DIY a tiny bowling lane, and seeing that pin setter just gave me an idea. I may have to work on that later.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    Well, shoot. NY Giants late ’30s.
    Was thinking they added red DURING WWII; actually was just before it.

  • Kev29 | April 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

    I am pro-red in the Nats road unis. I think it looks sharper than the muted navy blue socks and sleeves.

    The Nationals MUST change the home uniforms and lettering/numbering next season. Sadly, I think the Lerners are too cheap to switch from the MLB gub’ment cheese 2005 branding because that would mean a lot of new signage. Get rid of the block lettering, please. The few fans that we have around here love the script (road unis are very nice) and usage of “DC”.

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment="385287"]Well, shoot. NY Giants late ’30s.
    Was thinking they added red DURING WWII; actually was just before it.[/quote]

    Quickly looking through Dressed to the Nines; they look like 1940 Cleveland Away stirrups.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment="385289"][quote comment="385287"]Well, shoot. NY Giants late ’30s.
    Was thinking they added red DURING WWII; actually was just before it.[/quote]

    Quickly looking through Dressed to the Nines; they look like 1940 Cleveland Away stirrups.[/quote]

    Navy blue for Indians.

  • JimV19 | April 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    [quote comment="385265"]It’s nice to see that some stadiums can STILL go down in a blaze of glory in 2010, and not just be dismantled piece by piece.

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

    Yeah, I wish they would have done that to the Richfield Coliseum. This was way too long:
    http://www.youtube.c...
    It’s like taking off a bandage – if you have to do it, rip it off fast and don’t prolong the pain.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    Or ARE those socks Navy?
    I’ve been referencing Royal.

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    [quote comment="385290"][quote comment="385289"][quote comment="385287"]Well, shoot. NY Giants late ’30s.
    Was thinking they added red DURING WWII; actually was just before it.[/quote]

    Quickly looking through Dressed to the Nines; they look like 1940 Cleveland Away stirrups.[/quote]

    Navy blue for Indians.[/quote]

    Ah, ok. maybe they are just generic stirrups. not complaining. :)

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

    [quote comment="385291"][quote comment="385265"]It’s nice to see that some stadiums can STILL go down in a blaze of glory in 2010, and not just be dismantled piece by piece.

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

    Yeah, I wish they would have done that to the Richfield Coliseum. This was way too long:
    http://www.youtube.c...
    It’s like taking off a bandage – if you have to do it, rip it off fast and don’t prolong the pain.[/quote]

    Also a nice reminder that if key points are weakened, something can collapse under its own weight.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

    [quote comment="385293"][quote comment="385290"][quote comment="385289"][quote comment="385287"]Well, shoot. NY Giants late ’30s.
    Was thinking they added red DURING WWII; actually was just before it.[/quote]

    Quickly looking through Dressed to the Nines; they look like 1940 Cleveland Away stirrups.[/quote]

    Navy blue for Indians.[/quote]

    Ah, ok. maybe they are just generic stirrups. not complaining. :)[/quote]

    Pretty sure that’s the case. I’ve just been looking for what they’re “most like”.

  • JamesP. | April 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment="385292"]Or ARE those socks Navy?
    I’ve been referencing Royal.[/quote]

    They are Royal. I am bidding on a Nevy and Yellow pair and you can see they are not the same shade of Blue.

  • JimWa | April 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment="385288"]I am pro-red in the Nats road unis. I think it looks sharper than the muted navy blue socks and sleeves.

    The Nationals MUST change the home uniforms and lettering/numbering next season. Sadly, I think the Lerners are too cheap to switch from the MLB gub’ment cheese 2005 branding because that would mean a lot of new signage. Get rid of the block lettering, please. The few fans that we have around here love the script (road unis are very nice) and usage of “DC”.[/quote]

    I’ve always liked that logo … but that typography doesn’t belong on a MLB uniform.

    … and just now, saw for the first time, an “smiling evil muppet” like face in the logo (eyes from the ends of the Washington scroll, nose in the O, A mouth of star teeth, and an N and an S for ears – plus one serious mono-brow).

    Maybe I need a nap.

  • JimV19 | April 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm |

    Interesting – while looking at that footage of the Coliseum, I saw this one of a Lake Erie diver checking out the remains of Cleveland Municipal Stadium:
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    [quote comment="385294"]
    Also a nice reminder that if key points are weakened, something can collapse under its own weight.[/quote]

    sounds like the mets

    btw…i’ve started the ‘jerry manuel death watch’ (as in, how long before he’s fired)…

    who’s with me…

    i say memorial day

  • Beardface | April 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm |

    Typical UVa… Lotsa buildup and hype, disappointing results…

    Then again, after as much as that school has been VaTech’s bitch in football recently (lost 9 of last 10 to the Hokies), the tramp stamp actually kinda makes sense…

  • Bob Loblaw | April 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

    [quote comment="385252"]No doubt its been mentioned that Joe Girardi switched from 27 to 28 this year (keeping the team goal on his back), but I just saw that for the first time this morning.

    I know that’s why LaRussa chose 10 when he came to St. Louis. Are there other managers out there that have numbers connected to their team’s number of world championships, or other team goals? (and yes, I know Zim uses his years of MLB experience)[/quote]
    Anyone else thought Girardi’s motivation to be quite lame?
    ‘Jeez, Joe…..oh, how original & clever of you!!!!! thanks for jumping onboard the bandwagon’— (rolls eyes)

  • Chris M | April 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

    Quick question hockey fans:

    It’s heavily rumored the Sabres are going to use the 3rd jersey logo as the primary and ditch the slug next season. However, what are the chances of that if they win the Stanley Cup? Will they think the slug is lucky and keep it?

  • Bob Loblaw | April 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm |

    [quote comment="385258"]Answers to yesterdays Life photo quiz:

    1. Alex Karras

    2. Lauri Rapala

    3. Charlie Finley

    4. Arnold Palmer

    5. Red Barber

    6. Edison Arantes do Nascimento (aka Pele)

    7. Juan Manuel Fangio

    8. Gunhild Larking

    9. Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice

    10. Dick Button

    11. Sam Snead (at the 1952 Masters)

    12. Jack Nicklaus (at the 1963 Masters)

    13. Althea Gibson

    14. Jacque Plante

    15. Larry Sherry

    16. Muhammad Ali

    17. Andy Varipapa

    18. Ben Hogan[/quote]
    Wow!!!!! ms. larking is most fetching!!!!!

  • Bob Loblaw | April 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm |

    [quote comment="385294"][quote comment="385291"][quote comment="385265"]It’s nice to see that some stadiums can STILL go down in a blaze of glory in 2010, and not just be dismantled piece by piece.

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

    Yeah, I wish they would have done that to the Richfield Coliseum. This was way too long:
    http://www.youtube.c...
    It’s like taking off a bandage – if you have to do it, rip it off fast and don’t prolong the pain.[/quote]

    Also a nice reminder that if key points are weakened, something can collapse under its own weight.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Blue print for your 2009 New York Mets!

  • Teebz | April 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

    [quote comment="385302"]Quick question hockey fans:

    It’s heavily rumored the Sabres are going to use the 3rd jersey logo as the primary and ditch the slug next season. However, what are the chances of that if they win the Stanley Cup? Will they think the slug is lucky and keep it?[/quote]

    Nil. They have already applied with the league to change their uniforms. The league has approved it, and Reebok will have already started their run for the unveiling this summer.

  • Cort | April 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment="385232"]boy scout footage was cool

    fyi – it’s called a ‘flag retirement’ ceremony; [/quote]

    A few years ago, I was an advisor to our local Scout troop. The Scoutmaster was a real gung-ho, Great Sanitini, Scouts is a paramilitary organization. He really pushed us to let the boys do a flag retirement ceremony. We agreed, and he scheduled it as part of a church picnic. The Fourth of July picnic. There we were, in the full regalia, a dozen kids and a handful of adults, burning flags on the Fourth of July, in a church parking lot on a heavily traveled street in Sugar Land, Texas.

    Now THAT was surreal.

  • Bryan B | April 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

    It had already been touched before in an earlier comment but it is called a flag-retirement ceremony. There is a big difference in the two. And it had been touched that there are multiple ways to retire a flag. As long as it is in a dignified manner, it doesn’t matter the method. You can find a lot of different ways online. I used to work in a boy scout camp and we have had to retire flags many a time, and it is a very sobering moment and you have a good video of it.

  • DJ | April 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

    I know that’s why LaRussa chose 10 when he came to St. Louis. Are there other managers out there that have numbers connected to their team’s number of world championships, or other team goals?

    In LaRussa’s case, it is coincidence. He wore number 10 as manager of the White Sox and Athletics before coming to St. Louis.

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment="385304"][quote comment="385294"]
    Also a nice reminder that if key points are weakened, something can collapse under its own weight.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Blue print for your 2009 New York Mets![/quote]

    man, i swear i read that somewhere before

  • Mark K | April 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

    [quote comment="385302"]Quick question hockey fans:

    It’s heavily rumored the Sabres are going to use the 3rd jersey logo as the primary and ditch the slug next season. However, what are the chances of that if they win the Stanley Cup? Will they think the slug is lucky and keep it?[/quote]

    I doubt it. They’ve gone to using the original logo on all of their playoff merchandise- I wouldn’t be surprised if the slug is only worn on the road in the playoffs.

  • Geeman | April 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment="385288"]I am pro-red in the Nats road unis. I think it looks sharper than the muted navy blue socks and sleeves.

    The Nationals MUST change the home uniforms and lettering/numbering next season. Sadly, I think the Lerners are too cheap to switch from the MLB gub’ment cheese 2005 branding because that would mean a lot of new signage. Get rid of the block lettering, please. The few fans that we have around here love the script (road unis are very nice) and usage of “DC”.[/quote]

    The slow moving away from navy blue to red is probably in preparation for getting rid of the navy caps and helmets next season. Which would be a shame. The red at home and navy on the road distinction was great. Now the Nats look like the Cards and Sox on the road.

  • Geeman | April 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm |

    Speaking of the Red Sox: As a Sox fan, I would like to see them drop the red alternate jerseys (relegating them only to BP use) but keep the navy alternate jerseys; return to the navy blue sleeves; and make all the players show some red sock (with or without the stripes they used to have). Plus, bring back the road uniform that won the 2004 and 2007 championships.

  • Lwiedy | April 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment="385301"][quote comment="385252"]No doubt its been mentioned that Joe Girardi switched from 27 to 28 this year (keeping the team goal on his back), but I just saw that for the first time this morning.

    I know that’s why LaRussa chose 10 when he came to St. Louis. Are there other managers out there that have numbers connected to their team’s number of world championships, or other team goals? (and yes, I know Zim uses his years of MLB experience)[/quote]
    Anyone else thought Girardi’s motivation to be quite lame?
    ‘Jeez, Joe…..oh, how original & clever of you!!!!! thanks for jumping onboard the bandwagon’— (rolls eyes)[/quote]

    Agreed. OK, one time fine. He needed a number when he joined the club, 27, fine. To change it as some sort of “reminder” of what the goal of the season is silly.

    Good for Joe West. Finally, someone with MLB willing to say the emperor has no clothes (even if it’s Joe West). And Dustin Pedroia, don’t be afraid to understand a quote in the context it was made.

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

    RE: flag retirement.

    Is burial a suitable alternative to burning? I’m kind of surprised that burning is still the preferred method because
    A) Nearly all flags are now made of synthetic materials
    B) the negative view most people have of flag-burning

    Of course, how big a hole do you have to dig to bury this one?

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment="385312"]Speaking of the Red Sox: As a Sox fan, I would like to see them drop the red alternate jerseys (relegating them only to BP use) but keep the navy alternate jerseys; return to the navy blue sleeves; and make all the players show some red sock (with or without the stripes they used to have). Plus, bring back the road uniform that won the 2004 and 2007 championships.[/quote]

    Absolutely. The less red elsewhere on the uni, the more focus on the socks, which wouldn’t seem to match because…oh, yeah, we get it, they’re the Red Sox.

    Basically design philosophy being that it’s pretty darn easy to lead the eye to (and make memorable) the one lemon among the limes.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment="385314"]RE: flag retirement.

    Is burial a suitable alternative to burning? [/quote]

    according to american flag protocol, the proper method of disposal for an american flag is respectful burning (no mention is made of burial)

  • Paul Lukas | April 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm |

    [quote comment="385277"]I have to ask: what’s that white stuff on the burger?[/quote]

    Bleu cheese.

  • Wollen1 | April 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm |

    If that’s Swastika-ish, then Manut Bol’s black-ish and tall-ish.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

    [quote comment="385317"][quote comment="385277"]I have to ask: what’s that white stuff on the burger?[/quote]

    Bleu cheese.[/quote]

    Sign up now.
    One credit elective.
    CHEESE RECOGNITION 101

  • THE TRUTH | April 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm |

    Don’t believe the hype, Wisconsin is an Adidas school. Propaganda if you ask me.

  • concealed78 | April 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm |

    [quote comment="385320"][quote comment="385317"][quote comment="385277"]I have to ask: what’s that white stuff on the burger?[/quote]

    Bleu cheese.[/quote]

    Sign up now.
    One credit elective.
    CHEESE RECOGNITION 101[/quote]

    I’ve never seen bleu cheese in such a thick and creamy state. It looked too gooey to be mayo like it could had been ranch dressing or white sausage gravy.

  • JimV19 | April 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm |

    [quote comment="385320"][quote comment="385317"][quote comment="385277"]I have to ask: what’s that white stuff on the burger?[/quote]

    Bleu cheese.[/quote]

    Sign up now.
    One credit elective.
    CHEESE RECOGNITION 101[/quote]

    Isn’t that a three-credit class at select Division I-A universities?

    Speaking of 101 (was going to post this anyway, but nice segue, Ricko), DirecTV channel 101 is offering some consolation for those of us who are missing that free MLB Extra Innings preview. April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 10:30am Eastern, there is free Indian Premier League cricket. Enjoy.

    By the way, that burger looked good until you said bleu cheese. Eeeew…..

  • Chip | April 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    Just thought I would throw in my two cents regarding logo creep, though not on uniforms. I am a cameraman at my church, which was holding a conference this weekend. Several times they would go to a guy leading songs while playing our piano, which is a Steinway and Sons Grand (it was donated). I was scolded numerous times by our video producer for zooming in too far on the singer and cutting off the Steinway and Sons logo on the side of the piano. I was told it was “very important that people know we have such high quality musical instruments.” My mind immediately morphed that logo into a swoosh and I “unintentionally” zoomed in only on the logo at one point since I realized that was the most important part of the conference.

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm |

    [quote comment="385323"]Speaking of 101 (was going to post this anyway, but nice segue, Ricko), DirecTV channel 101 is offering some consolation for those of us who are missing that free MLB Extra Innings preview. April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 10:30am Eastern, there is free Indian Premier League cricket. Enjoy.
    [/quote]See what all you suckers with cable are missing out on?

    Wait. What?

  • Matt | April 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm |

    Stavinoha is the Cardinals emergency 3rd catcher. He was inserted after their 2nd string was injured, and Yadi had already been used. The announcers also stated this was the first major league game he had ever caught. Obviously didn’t have his own gear to be borrowing Molina’s.

  • Squiddie | April 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    [quote comment="385323"][quote comment="385320"][quote comment="385317"][quote comment="385277"]I have to ask: what’s that white stuff on the burger?[/quote]

    Bleu cheese.[/quote]

    Sign up now.
    One credit elective.
    CHEESE RECOGNITION 101[/quote]

    Isn’t that a three-credit class at select Division I-A universities?
    [/quote]

    Hell, you can major in Cheese Recognition at Madison.

  • barrydingle | April 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm |

    Good for the U. of Wisconsin, which has cut ties with Nike due to the latter’s labor practices. So Nike can’t sell anything with a Wisconsin logo on it in a bookstore, woo-hoo. It would have newsworthy if it was their main athletic sponsor adidas

    http://www.nlcnet.or...

    Last time I checked Reebok was owned by adidas, plus there are adidas products being made at this plant.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

    Twins in cream pins.
    Marco Scudero, leading off for Red Sox, singled for first regular season hit at Target Field.
    Then got picked off.
    And Pedroia hit first double.

    —Ricko

  • Scott Davis | April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm |

    The Target Dog has the best seat in the house — right behind home plate.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

    Hmmm…first time Red Sox have opened a new ballpark since 1923 at Yankee Stadium.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm |

    First Twins hit…Orlando Hudson.

  • Scott Davis | April 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm |

    Mid-game belt replacement for Nick Punto.

  • jesse | April 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

    Like the Twins unis today, very nice. Wishin’ the Sox would go back to the roads from 04-07. And the Nats have the potential to have sharp lookin’ unis, but they are all over the place.

  • jesse | April 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm |

    Phils wearin’ the fauxbacks v. Nats

  • cjkite67 | April 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |

    Absolutely fantastic post today. The pictures from the bowling alley and bar are tremendous. Plus the food looks awesome. What I wouldn’t give to have a pitcher of beer and cheeseburger in that place. Great job…

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm |

    [quote comment="385273"]As for being a ‘Stros fan here in Birdland…yeah, I have been told that I had to be a Cards fan now that I live here, and I have also been told to “go back to your home country!” by the so-called “Greatest Fans in Baseball”.[/quote]

    these guys?

  • =bg= | April 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm |

    [quote comment="385256"]I’m not a fan of contrasting-color brims in general, but there are some that I think look good (A’s, Indians, Braves, Orioles, to name a few).

    Those new Giants caps really don’t work. Not so much in this pic, but I thought they looked terrible as I was watching the game last night. Maybe if Zito was pitching and showing off the stripèd socks it would have been a different story.[/quote]

    Nah- the GMen hats look -great.- And Z pitches tonight; assuming he gets out of the first inning, some great hosiery shots for sure.

    I said it to Paul, I’ll say it here- sure looks like Adidas influence in the socks. (Just like the Patriots, whose three-stripe socks appeared when Adidas had their logo on the unis. Hmmm.)

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment="385338"]I said it to Paul, I’ll say it here- sure looks like Adidas influence in the socks. (Just like the Patriots, whose three-stripe socks appeared when Adidas had their logo on the unis. Hmmm.)[/quote]

    yeah…those three stripes have nothing to do with past uniform history right? ;)

    i mean hell… the niners & pack must also be under the adidas spell…

  • Jim BC | April 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm |

    [quote comment="385302"]Quick question hockey fans:

    It’s heavily rumored the Sabres are going to use the 3rd jersey logo as the primary and ditch the slug next season. However, what are the chances of that if they win the Stanley Cup? Will they think the slug is lucky and keep it?[/quote]
    The slug is dead!… now only if they can kill the Bettman stripes…

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm |

    [quote comment="385338"][quote comment="385256"]I’m not a fan of contrasting-color brims in general, but there are some that I think look good (A’s, Indians, Braves, Orioles, to name a few).

    Those new Giants caps really don’t work. Not so much in this pic, but I thought they looked terrible as I was watching the game last night. Maybe if Zito was pitching and showing off the stripèd socks it would have been a different story.[/quote]

    Nah- the GMen hats look -great.- And Z pitches tonight; assuming he gets out of the first inning, some great hosiery shots for sure.

    I said it to Paul, I’ll say it here- sure looks like Adidas influence in the socks. (Just like the Patriots, whose three-stripe socks appeared when Adidas had their logo on the unis. Hmmm.)[/quote]

    49ers had three stripes in the ’50s.
    Colts, too.
    So did Bears (before adding white edge).
    Giants in ’47, when they returned to black and orange (as has been mentioned here many times).
    Cubs from at least 40s thru ’56.
    Original Padres in ’69.
    I could go on.

    Seeing some kind of adidas creep is a serious reach.

    —Ricko

  • pflava | April 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm |

    [quote comment="385337"][quote comment="385273"]As for being a ‘Stros fan here in Birdland…yeah, I have been told that I had to be a Cards fan now that I live here, and I have also been told to “go back to your home country!” by the so-called “Greatest Fans in Baseball”.[/quote]

    these guys?[/quote]

    That guy is just excited about Cards minor league prospect Brian Morans.

    And the USA.

  • dhrsko2 | April 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm |

    I may have missed this when they were first released, but were the twins new unis today cream? They sure looked like it on ESPN, looked great

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    [quote comment="385343"]I may have missed this when they were first released, but were the twins new unis today cream? They sure looked like it on ESPN, looked great[/quote]

    it may have been mentioned somewhere

    see the third item: “• The new home throwback:

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm |

    [quote comment="385341"][quote comment="385338"][quote comment="385256"]I’m not a fan of contrasting-color brims in general, but there are some that I think look good (A’s, Indians, Braves, Orioles, to name a few).

    Those new Giants caps really don’t work. Not so much in this pic, but I thought they looked terrible as I was watching the game last night. Maybe if Zito was pitching and showing off the stripèd socks it would have been a different story.[/quote]

    Nah- the GMen hats look -great.- And Z pitches tonight; assuming he gets out of the first inning, some great hosiery shots for sure.

    I said it to Paul, I’ll say it here- sure looks like Adidas influence in the socks. (Just like the Patriots, whose three-stripe socks appeared when Adidas had their logo on the unis. Hmmm.)[/quote]

    49ers had three stripes in the ’50s.
    Colts, too.
    So did Bears (before adding white edge).
    Giants in ’47, when they returned to black and orange (as has been mentioned here many times).
    Cubs from at least 40s thru ’56.
    Original Padres in ’69.
    I could go on.

    Seeing some kind of adidas creep is a serious reach.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I dunno, Rick. Looks like a smoking gun to me.

    Curse you, Adolf Dassler!

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm |

    nice!

    i can almost hear jack buck saying “and we’ll see you tomorrow night!”

    /rip kirby & jack

  • interlockingtc | April 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm |

    [quote comment="385306"][quote comment="385232"]boy scout footage was cool

    fyi – it’s called a ‘flag retirement’ ceremony; [/quote]

    A few years ago, I was an advisor to our local Scout troop. The Scoutmaster was a real gung-ho, Great Sanitini, Scouts is a paramilitary organization. He really pushed us to let the boys do a flag retirement ceremony. We agreed, and he scheduled it as part of a church picnic. The Fourth of July picnic. There we were, in the full regalia, a dozen kids and a handful of adults, burning flags on the Fourth of July, in a church parking lot on a heavily traveled street in Sugar Land, Texas.

    Now THAT was surreal.[/quote]

    What a story. Great to see you in print again, Cort.

    Damn. What about those Twins uniforms today. And outdoors. And a win. Sweet.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 8:24 pm |

    [quote comment="385345"][quote comment="385341"][quote comment="385338"][quote comment="385256"]I’m not a fan of contrasting-color brims in general, but there are some that I think look good (A’s, Indians, Braves, Orioles, to name a few).

    Those new Giants caps really don’t work. Not so much in this pic, but I thought they looked terrible as I was watching the game last night. Maybe if Zito was pitching and showing off the stripèd socks it would have been a different story.[/quote]

    Nah- the GMen hats look -great.- And Z pitches tonight; assuming he gets out of the first inning, some great hosiery shots for sure.

    I said it to Paul, I’ll say it here- sure looks like Adidas influence in the socks. (Just like the Patriots, whose three-stripe socks appeared when Adidas had their logo on the unis. Hmmm.)[/quote]

    49ers had three stripes in the ’50s.
    Colts, too.
    So did Bears (before adding white edge).
    Giants in ’47, when they returned to black and orange (as has been mentioned here many times).
    Cubs from at least 40s thru ’56.
    Original Padres in ’69.
    I could go on.

    Seeing some kind of adidas creep is a serious reach.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I dunno, Rick. Looks like a smoking gun to me.

    Curse you, Adolf Dassler![/quote]

    That’s how the Bears white jerseys were striped when they schneidered the Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship Game. Pretty sure that was long before adidas was around.

    And the 49ers wore three white sleeve and sock stripes when Harry Truman was president.

    Adidas took a very common uni stripe and made it their own. Not the other way around.

    —Ricko

  • Tim M | April 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm |

    Today’s Twins game was a thing of beauty. Red Sox gray road jerseys versus the Twins cream throwbacks, all played outdoors. Does it get any better?

  • Mickel | April 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm |

    New Seahawks helmets http://blog.seahawks...

  • Morris | April 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm |

    The Twins home cream 1961 unis were gorgeous today. They should wear those for every game at home. They have nice current unis – steady since 1987 – but this would be such a wonderful upgrade! The Twins have great fans and this ballpark could really enhance watching baseball in the Twin Cities.

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm |

    [quote comment="385348"]That’s how the Bears white jerseys were striped when they schneidered the Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship Game. Pretty sure that was long before adidas was around.

    And the 49ers wore three white sleeve and sock stripes when Harry Truman was president.

    Adidas took a very common uni stripe and made it their own. Not the other way around.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Yeah, the Dassler brothers parted ways after WWII so adidas didn’t exist before then.

    But you do know that I wasn’t serious, right?

  • The Hemogoblin | April 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm |

    [quote comment="385350"]New Seahawks helmets http://blog.seahawks...

    That Riddell wordmark looks new/different.

  • =bg= | April 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm |

    [quote comment="385348"][quote comment="385345"][quote comment="385341"][quote comment="385338"][quote comment="385256"]I’m not a fan of contrasting-color brims in general, but there are some that I think look good (A’s, Indians, Braves, Orioles, to name a few).

    Those new Giants caps really don’t work. Not so much in this pic, but I thought they looked terrible as I was watching the game last night. Maybe if Zito was pitching and showing off the stripèd socks it would have been a different story.[/quote]

    Nah- the GMen hats look -great.- And Z pitches tonight; assuming he gets out of the first inning, some great hosiery shots for sure.

    I said it to Paul, I’ll say it here- sure looks like Adidas influence in the socks. (Just like the Patriots, whose three-stripe socks appeared when Adidas had their logo on the unis. Hmmm.)[/quote]

    49ers had three stripes in the ’50s.
    Colts, too.
    So did Bears (before adding white edge).
    Giants in ’47, when they returned to black and orange (as has been mentioned here many times).
    Cubs from at least 40s thru ’56.
    Original Padres in ’69.
    I could go on.

    Seeing some kind of adidas creep is a serious reach.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    I dunno, Rick. Looks like a smoking gun to me.

    Curse you, Adolf Dassler![/quote]

    That’s how the Bears white jerseys were striped when they schneidered the Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship Game. Pretty sure that was long before adidas was around.

    And the 49ers wore three white sleeve and sock stripes when Harry Truman was president.

    Adidas took a very common uni stripe and made it their own. Not the other way around.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    So the Patriots and their three stripe socks- which they had never used before- those arrived simultaneous to the Adidas branding?
    http://artfiles.art....

  • scott | April 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm |

    [quote comment="385335"]Phils wearin’ the fauxbacks v. Nats[/quote]

    It’s nice to see the Phillies stay consistent in their attire: the creams get worn in home day games, the pinstripes get worn in home night games. Have they varied at all from that protocol since the “fauxbacks” were introduced?

  • JTH | April 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm |

    Yeah. So how ’bout that D-League playoff game on Vs?

    Really digging those Reno unis. Cuz, y’know, jerseys where you actually have the ability to read the players’ numbers has been done to death.

  • Ricko | April 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm |

    [quote comment="385352"][quote comment="385348"]That’s how the Bears white jerseys were striped when they schneidered the Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship Game. Pretty sure that was long before adidas was around.

    And the 49ers wore three white sleeve and sock stripes when Harry Truman was president.

    Adidas took a very common uni stripe and made it their own. Not the other way around.

    —Ricko[/quote]
    Yeah, the Dassler brothers parted ways after WWII so adidas didn’t exist before then.

    But you do know that I wasn’t serious, right?[/quote]

    Pretty sure, yeah. ;)

    But, y’know, every once in awhile that tired old theory about a second set of three stipes on grassy knoll DOES re-surface…and I’d hate to see it get started again. All that stuff about the Cubans, and The Mob, and the rumors that JFK was about to sign a shoe deal with Puma…

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | April 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm |

    [quote comment="385357"]But, y’know, every once in awhile that tired old theory about a second set of three stipes on grassy knoll DOES re-surface…and I’d hate to see it get started again. All that stuff about the Cubans, and The Mob, and the rumors that JFK was about to sign a shoe deal with Puma…

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Keith Hernandez was wearing stripes when he spit his magic loogie.
    http://www.youtube.c...
    Hmmm…

  • JimV19 | April 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm |

    [quote comment="385358"][quote comment="385357"]But, y’know, every once in awhile that tired old theory about a second set of three stipes on grassy knoll DOES re-surface…and I’d hate to see it get started again. All that stuff about the Cubans, and The Mob, and the rumors that JFK was about to sign a shoe deal with Puma…

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Keith Hernandez was wearing stripes when he spit his magic loogie.
    http://www.youtube.c...
    Hmmm…[/quote]

    Never mind – it was Roger McDowell. Stripeless.
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • James P. | April 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm |

    [quote comment="385337"][quote comment="385273"]As for being a ‘Stros fan here in Birdland…yeah, I have been told that I had to be a Cards fan now that I live here, and I have also been told to “go back to your home country!” by the so-called “Greatest Fans in Baseball”.[/quote]

    these guys?[/quote]

    Add 100lbs and you got the Cards fan in question.

  • LI Phil | April 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm |

    [quote comment="385355"][quote comment="385335"]Phils wearin’ the fauxbacks v. Nats[/quote]

    It’s nice to see the Phillies stay consistent in their attire: the creams get worn in home day games, the pinstripes get worn in home night games. Have they varied at all from that protocol since the “fauxbacks” were introduced?[/quote]

    so…that’s FOUR teams today in cream (mets, thankfully, were idle)…g-men (sans orange brim), native americans, fightin’s and the twinkies

    that’s gotta be like some sort of record in the doubleknit era, yes?

  • LI Phil | April 13, 2010 at 12:05 am |

    [quote comment="385354"]

    So the Patriots and their three stripe socks- which they had never used before- those arrived simultaneous to the Adidas branding?
    http://artfiles.art....

    brinke…did you see this?

    specifically this pic of the 1960 boston pats

    pretty sure those socks have 3 stripes

  • The Jeff | April 13, 2010 at 12:23 am |

    [quote comment="385362"][quote comment="385354"]

    So the Patriots and their three stripe socks- which they had never used before- those arrived simultaneous to the Adidas branding?
    http://artfiles.art....

    brinke…did you see this?

    specifically this pic of the 1960 boston pats

    pretty sure those socks have 3 stripes[/quote]

    Dude, that was the BOSTON Patriots, not the NEW ENGLAND Patriots. Sheesh.

  • Alec | April 13, 2010 at 1:35 am |

    New Mexico state is rocking the ‘rups with style; team colors in the red sox pattern, too bad they went BFSB on their tops.

  • Daniel Carroll | April 13, 2010 at 1:40 am |

    I work at a bowling alley and we have those same masking units, but with a lane number treatment. Also, a couple years back we changed the panel in the triangle to make it more unique. I’m going in tomorrow; I’ll take some photos.

  • Bob Loblaw | April 13, 2010 at 10:57 am |

    [quote comment="385323"][quote comment="385320"][quote comment="385317"][quote comment="385277"]I have to ask: what’s that white stuff on the burger?[/quote]

    Bleu cheese.[/quote]

    Sign up now.
    One credit elective.
    CHEESE RECOGNITION 101[/quote]

    Isn’t that a three-credit class at select Division I-A universities?

    Speaking of 101 (was going to post this anyway, but nice segue, Ricko), DirecTV channel 101 is offering some consolation for those of us who are missing that free MLB Extra Innings preview. April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 10:30am Eastern, there is free Indian Premier League cricket. Enjoy.

    By the way, that burger looked good until you said bleu cheese. Eeeew…..[/quote]
    Vilk — yer a barbarian! bleu cheese + chopped meat=heavenly!

  • Bob Loblaw | April 13, 2010 at 11:01 am |

    [quote comment="385337"][quote comment="385273"]As for being a ‘Stros fan here in Birdland…yeah, I have been told that I had to be a Cards fan now that I live here, and I have also been told to “go back to your home country!” by the so-called “Greatest Fans in Baseball”.[/quote]

    these guys?[/quote]
    Right…. ’cause everyone should have a Brian Morans!!!