By Phil Hecken, with James Huening
Three weeks ago, Uni Watch Pollster Extraordinaire James Huening and I teamed up to bring you the first of two comprehensive looks at the sartorial statement known as “Black For Black’s Sake.” Two weeks ago, we followed up with a second exporation of “BFBS.” We asked you for your opinions and suggestions as to what constituted BFBS, and we got many insightful and thoughtful responses. Today, we’d like to know how you really feel.
It’s sometimes difficult to ascertain the various tastes, likes and dislikes of the readership in this area, although I’d venture to guess the majority of us don’t like BFBS. But, in order to conclusively determine whether that is so, we’re going to let you have your say, via democracy in action — it’s time for the BFBS poll.
Rather than “automatically” assume it’s universally disliked, and simply ask you to “rank” the BFBS teams from worst to first, we thought it would be better to ask you for your actual opinion of 13 teams who wear black for black’s sake in the three major sports, as well as hockey. At the conclusion of the survey, you’ll be asked if you feel we missed anyone (yes — the poll doesn’t include college teams or sports besides the big four, so you may certainly mention any team in those other disciplines); please feel free to nominate a team and you’ll then be taken to a bonus question. We’ll leave this poll open for two weeks and then give you the results. OK? OK!
And now, I’ll turn it over to James:
Once again, we want to know what you think. It’s pretty simple. Just rate some “BFBS” uniforms.
The rating system is a little different this time around. Rather than rating based on aesthetic value, we just want to know you feel these about these teams wearing them in general.
Whether you think these uniforms shouldn’t even even exist or if you feel that they are the perfect look for the team in question or maybe somewhere in the middle, that’s what we want to know.
Sounds simple enough, right? Sure it is. So here we go:
OK, thanks for voting (you did vote, right?), and big thanks to James for setting up this one as well. Since we gave you the option to nominate another team, if you did so, please feel free to reveal that in the comments below. We’re pretty sure we chose the worst offenders in the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL, but you never know. If you think there is a team who doesn’t deserve to be on that list,
you’d be wrong, let us know that as well.
From The Squiddie Files: Back again with our Life Coach, Lance Smith, who’s back with more great stuff. Well, spring, for most of the US, is here. So of course it’s time to pump up the tires, check the gears, and throw on a helmet for the first leisurely bike ride of the year. Unless you’re these guys, of course. Here’s Squiddie:
Today when we think of bicycle racing, if we think of it at all, we mainly think of Lance Armstrong and road racing. (If you’re not American, you may think of a whole pantheon of riders and events, but I’m being parochial here.) However, the stage road races are only a portion of bicycle racing and their popularity in the US is a relatively new phenomenon.
Racing indoors on high banked tracks was more popular in the first half of the 20th century. The six-day bicycle race or Madison (named after Madison Square Garden) was one of the most popular types of races. Teams of two riders would compete over six days. The team with the most laps completed would win. Most of the actual racing would happen at nights when the crowds fans would be watching, but riders would be usually circling the track for the whole six days. To increase the excitement at night, cash prizes (primes) would be offered for the lap sprints.
By the late 1930s, about fifty years after it was introduced in the US, the Six-Day was on the decline. It would undergo a slight surge after World War II, but by 1950 it would be almost gone from the US.
In March 1948, Life photographed a six-day race in New York, one of 70 held in the city between 1899 and 1961 according to wiki. They captured both the excitement of the racing in front of the crowds and the down time during the rest of the six days.
Let’s look at some photos.
Casual but jaunty attire for the off-hours. Cleats allow the rider to pedal with one foot while steering with the other.
Quick snack before taking over from the other team rider.
Still not sure this is legal, but it can’t be very fast.
Racing on the track. You can see a scoreboard just above the bank.
Nice assortment of jerseys. The gloves the riders are wearing look really heavy compared to modern gloves.
Super stuff as always, Lance. Check back next week for more.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh once opined, “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” Then, there the boys of Benchies. Here’s Ricko:
Some nights of the week are more important than others. They just, y’know, are. Now, when two critical social conventions intersect, that can create a problem. Sometimes, however, we get a sign telling us which of the two important paths we should choose. And though there may be disappointment, the clarity of Nature is a relief.
Enjoy your Saturday Bencies.
Before donning their current classic stirrups, which they have basically been wearing, unchanged, since the end of the 1940’s, the St. Louis Cardinals sported some equally gorgeous and very similar stirrups. With the exception of 1932, when they wore red over white, from 1930 through 1946, the Cardinals wore a white bottomed, red stirrup with alternating stripes of white, red, white, blue, white, red, and white.
After claiming their first pennant and World Series in 1926 (defeating the Yankees), and a second trip to the fall classic in 1928, from 1930 through 1946, the Cardinals would field a powerhouse team, winning pennants in 1930, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1946 (including victorious World Series’ in five of those seven trips — 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944 and 1946).
Boasting stars like Joe Medwick, 1942 Series Hero Whitey Kurowski, “Dizzy” Dean, Enos Slaughter & Terry Moore (seen standing next to Joe DiMaggio and Charley Keller of the Yanks in the 1942 World Series), “Dizzy” Dean’s brother Paul “Daffy” Dean, and of course, the one and only Stan “The Man” Musial.
Musial joined the Cardinals in 1941, and turned them into a superpower, leading them to the World Series four times in five years (1942-44 & 1946). He’d play for them for 22 years, winning three MVPs and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. Unfortunately, no color photos of Musial seem to exist wearing the 30-46 stirrups, so I took the liberty of colorizing one.
Another standout for the Cards during those years was Dizzy Dean who played in the years preceeding Musial and led the Cards to several World Series. His best season was arguably 1934, when he won 30 games (the last NL pitcher to do so) and led the Cards over the Tigers to win that year’s World Series. Super slugger Joe Medwick won the triple crown in 1937 (also the last NLer to accomplish that feat). Musial’s “6” and Dizzy Dean’s “17” are both retired by the Cardinals.
Everybody’s favorite Yinzer, Douggie Keklak, checks in with a new stirrup development for D.J. Tarrasco:
“DJ has worn stirrups before but I don’t recall “P” being on there,” notes Doug. Although it’s a cam phone pic, you can clearly see the “P” on his rup.
Thanks for the heads up Douggie.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: Today’s scoreboard shouldn’t be particularly difficult, but it sure is a pretty picture. Location’s obvious, as are the teams…fans in cold weather gear? Yup. Piece of cake, right? Right. Ready? 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!
Back 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.
Kicking off today is Joe Katz, who has decided the Colts need something new:
Here’s a new, modern (probably unnecessary) Colts design.
Alternate (Potentially both home and road)
Next up is Ashley York, who has a bunch of interesting concepts — for the Texans and the OKC Thunder:
I have a couple tweaks for you. I’ve done these before, but I never get up the nerve/time to send them in. As a new graphic designer, though, I use these tweaks to refine my abilities with programs. Your site is educational in the real world now!
Tweak 1 — Houston Texans
I’ve loved my Texans since they replaced my departed Oilers. The uniforms and branding still leave something to be desired, though. Going with the Texan idea, here is a uniform based on the Texas flag. I like that it has some modern flair to it, but still looks old school. For a young team, that’s quite a feat.
Tweak 2 — Oklahoma City Outlaws (Thunder)
I did this years ago when you had your contest to rebrand the Zombie Sonics. Ignore the decrepit MSPaint technology. I didn’t have access to a better program.
The term outlaw pays homage to Oklahoma’s “Wild West” history. The Outlaw’s colors represent the state’s history; black for oil, gold for Spanish explorers, and maroon to honor the state’s rich heritage in college athletics.
There are a few things to note about the uniform(s):
1) Side-weaving: While also looking cool (at least to me), the weaving on the sides of the uniform harkens back to Native American culture. I felt it was important to honor that history.
2) Positive-Negative: The strips of alternate color at the belt and hems of the shorts represent a negative of the pattern going down the sides. This was not perfectly clear in my drawing due to poor technology. (Ahh, the wonders of MSPaint!)
3) College alternates: The alternate uniforms pay respect to the major Oklahoma colleges. The maroon alternate represents Oklahoma University (As a Longhorns fan, this was difficult to do), while the black alternate represents Oklahoma State. Note: A gold alternate with different details could also be created for Tulsa.
These alternates could make an appearance once or twice a season on important dates. For instance, the team’s management could hold a student day for each college and give students half-price tickets. In addition, the Outlaws could wear the jerseys to honor conference and national championships.
Well, the first submission is out of the way. Maybe in the future I’ll send quality stuff. Thanks for giving uni-nerds like me a forum.
Ashley W. York
And in the three hole today is Randy Parrish, who has a tweak…and a tweak of a tweak…for the Preds:
Just wanted to pass along a minor tweak that a couple of us collaborated on. This is the Nashville Predators alternate jersey, but we thought the clean looking jersey was cluttered up by their busy saber toothed logo. This tweak doesn’t change anything other than the logo, which we simplified by eliminating several of the non-essential colors and random geometric shapes.
Well there you have it. Another set of tweaks in the books — and not a single one of ’em baseball. Check back next time for more.
That’s all for today folks.
Just want to take a moment to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to everyone’s Mom tomorrow. Paul is going to take the Sunday Post, and he has something special planned. Me? I’ll be spending part of the day with my mom, taking her out to her favorite restaurant, telling her I love her, etc., and probably missing out on the annual taking a bat to breast cancer festival. So, that’ll be good.
You guys and gals have a great Saturday (and Mother’s Day) and don’t forget to vote!
The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best.
— Hamilton Wright Mabie