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And for our next contest…

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By Phil Hecken, with Comrade Robert Marshall

This post has been a long time in the making, and it almost didn’t make it to the board today, but it’s a good one: “Design A Stirrup: The Contest.” As most of you know, the head of the Stirrvp Revolution Party, our own Comrade Marshall, has been fighting the good fight to ensure Party members are outfitted with right proper hosiery. He joined with Comrade Pearson and myself on a stirrupy good column a few months back. And as you know, he is the founder and leader of the Stirrvp Club.

Shortly after that column, we hatched a plan to allow both members and non-members to participate in what we’ll simply term the “Design A Stirrup Contest,” which Robert will explain below. I’ll have the official rules and some handy guides to help you in this endeavor after the jump.

And with that, I now turn this portion of the post over to the one and only Robert Marshall:

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I hope to have a new stirrup order ready to go early this week, but in the meantime, Phil and I had an idea that I think some of you can have some fun with. As some of you may remember, with last month’s order, I went with a conceptual stirrup for Pączki Day. My better half is of Polish decent, and I thought it would be fun, even if very few people wanted it. And boy howdy, was I right about that last point, we didn’t come close to the minimum, but who cares, I ordered it anyway, and it turned out fantastic. Might be like the membership cards to some extent where sometimes crazy colour combos will make for kind of an interesting look, even if they are somewhat bizarre to a traditional crowd like the stirrup club. Simply stated the concept for the Pączki Day stirrup was this, the body on top and bottom was old gold to represent the golden colour of pączek, and in the middle was a fat purple stripe to represent the powidła, or plum jam filling that I prefer.

What I am now proposing is this, that you all have an opportunity to come up with the next “conceptual” design. I am not going to put any rules on this, but I obviously would like you to be succinct, and yes yes yes, points are awarded for clever. Don’t come at me with my team wears these colours and i think it would be cool to have one. That will be a fail, thank you come again. If that is indeed why you are designing it, you need to come up with a better back story. And it does not have to be one of the more legit holidays, it can be anything from the winter solstice to Flag Day, Arbour Day, Nap Lajoie’s birthday, whatever, just be clever.

How will the stirrup get picked? I may enlist the help of the crazies who have the largest stirrup club collections for their input, but ultimately I may operate with an iron fist, and choose the few I like the most, and offer them up for a vote. What will you win? A pair of stirrups natch, maybe a couple if the design warrants it in some way. Care for a couple of examples? Okay, how about one absurd and one less so, but it should show the range of what i am looking for.

Opening of crab season on the Chesapeake: Other then baseball, what symbolises the coming of the summer to me more then anything? The opening of crab season, April 1st. To celebrate this glorious day this stirrup has 4 stripes for the month of April, and uses the colour of Maryland blue crabs, a columbia blue body with teal and orange stripes, or highlights. (Yikes! Pretty bad no? But i bet it would still look sweet in a bizzarro way.)

Labour Day: The history of Labour Day in this country is long and complicated, from the aftermath of the 1894 Pullman Strike and 1896 Haymarket Massacre, to it’s move from May to September (no metaphor there). But at its core Labour Day and the protests around it were a fight for an 8 hour day, and I think we can all be behind that. So this Labour Day stirrup is black to remember those who fought for conditions that we all take for granted today, with 8 red stripes to commemorate the 8 hour day movement that the day sprang from.

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Thank you Robert. Now that you have the basic rules, here’s what you can do. You can create a stirrup, based on the guidelines stated above, and you can send the idea (or picture) directly to Robert (or to me), or, you can also post your idea in the comments section below. You don’t need any special skill set, just a brainstorm. To further make your task easier, here is a set of patterns, which will be helpful in identifying your final product. If, for example, you come up with some crazy idea to have a burgundy, yellow and green stirrup, and you think it would look good in the “Ranger” pattern, that’s all you’ll need to tell us. If you can come up with one graphically, so much the better, but it’s definitely not necessary. What Robert is looking for is the backstory.

Simple, right? Right.

We’ll keep the contest open for a few weeks, and you may submit more than one suggestion. Don’t let us down Uni Watchers…

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vilk 5 & 1 flat 2Five Four & One, World Cup Edition…by Jim Vilk, with guest submitters, Joe Delach and Mike Engle (still wearing his playoff growth).

Seems as though Mr. “I’d Wear That” Jim Vilk got his interwebs all duct tape and glued back together, so he’ll be providing us with his usual wordsmithery with the uni-matchups of the World Cup — but in the nonce, two guest reviewers also submitted their selections as well. So, because they stepped up when we hoped thought Jim might be unable to serve as uni-arbiter, we’ll have a special “three pack” of 5&1’s today. There’s only one problem — there have only been five games played as of post time Saturday evening, so each gentleman has submitted a “Four and One”. For those of you unfamiliar with this segment, it’s a selection of the top five (or in this case, four) best uniform matchups, and one worst. Let’s see what the three have come up with (and did they all select BFBS Mexico as the worst?):

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First up is Mike Engle:

4) Argentina/Nigeria: The Nigerian all-greens seemed to disappear in the pitch, and Argentina’s #17’s striped jersey (he’s behind Coach Maradona in the picture) looked like the compression shirt from hell.

3) South Korea/Greece: The color palette special of the day!

2) France/Uruguay: Two blue teams, so one team had to give way. The right team changed, because those white French jerseys are awesome! This game was a crummy Puma template away (what terrible socks!) from being an all-time look.

1) USA/England: Though the referees were debriefed on English curse words, all you need to say is, “Damn, that’s a beautiful match in the beautiful game.”

and the one of shame:

South Africa/Mexico: Throw out our recent BFBS poll, because that Wal-Mart special Mexico kit is the worst thing I’ve ever seen. And South Africa: come on! You’re THE home team, and yet I can’t tell the difference between Australia and you. Disappointing.

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Next up is Joe Delach:

4) South Korea – Greece: This color-on-color match won the award for game mostly likely to be confused with foosball.

3) Uruguay – France: Uruguay looked great with the suns subtlety on their jerseys, but they could look to France for improvement on their sock stripping.

2) England – USA: The US blue kit is far superior to their white kit. England was classic but I wouldn’t have mind seeing their red jerseys for a color-on-color match. And while Robert Green didn’t have the best day, he was the best-dressed keeper of the week.

1) Argentina – Nigeria: Argentina has one of the best kits in the world. With Nigeria looking sharp in all green and Diego Maradona’s numerous hand accessories, this was the best-dressed match of the week.

WORST

South Africa – Mexico: The host nation actually looked great, but Mexico’s BFBS may be the worst kit in the tournament.

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And now we close with Jim Vilk:

4) Greece/South Korea: Don’t mind the color vs. color, but the unis don’t inspire me.

3) USA/England: At least the US didn’t have to add “Miss Congeniality” to the sashes in this David vs. Goliath matchup.

2) France/Uruguay: Uruguay OK, but I’m head over heels for France’s away kit.

1) Nigeria/Argentina: So classic, even this Brazil fan can’t disrespect the unis.

And the Non-winner:

Mexico/South Africa: Host country was gracious, but it takes two to make the good side of the list.

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Well, well, well. Thank you gentlemen. At least I see you’re in agreement on the worst uni matchup. Hope you weren’t all pre-disposed to hate BFBS, but I would have picked it as well.

Back next week with a full 5 & 1…and lots more matchups to pick from.

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Benchies HeaderTime for an ALL TIME classic Benchies from the Rickster:

Chicks dig the long ball, right? Well, every once in a while one gets tagged so hard you can’t believe how far it carries. In this case, there must have been some kinda wind blowing out, cuz it got taken SERIOUSLY deep…

Enjoy your Sunday Benchies.

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Carlos GuillenInterplague=Bad; Throwbacks=Good

Yesterday we were treated to not one, but two, interleague throwback games. The first game featured the Detroit Tigers, playing as the Negro League Detroit Stars, which was a pretty good approximation of uniform. You can read about the Stars here. Their opponents for the game were the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing as the Negro League Pittsburgh Crawfords. I believe the Crawfords were supposed to be representing somewhere around the 1931 era (that’s Josh Gibson). This was, according to MLB TV the 16th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute game and “all the players look slower in those uniforms.” Both teams wore pinstripes and their regular batting helmets, with the Crawfords wearing a red cap with a white “C” and red and white socks. The Stars sported a white cap with a red star and an anachronistic Ernie Harwell patch. Detroit has played as the Stars before and looked great. Likewise, the Pirates have played games as the Crawfords previously, although I do not believe they were ever the road team before.

In the other game, the Washington Nationals and the Cleveland Indians threw back to the 1920’s. The Indians, were sporting a black arm band (which they wore in 1920, in memory of Ray Chapman), one of only two major leaguers to have died following injuries sustained on the field. The Indians also won the World Series in 1920. You can read more about that team here. All players were high-pantsed, and the Indians were pretty true to their 1920 unis. Well, all except for the period-appropriate phiten socks. A fairly straightforward pinstriped uni with a blue cap, the Indians looked sharp.

Their opponents, the Washington Nationals, wore a very plain gray uniform, with a dark blue cap sporting a large white “W”. They also had a huge navy “W” on their left sleeves. Although I believe the Nats were throwing back to the 1920’s, their uniforms could have been anywere from 1924 through 1940. I’d have to guess the uniform represented 1924, since that is the year the Washington ballclub won it’s lone World Series, although the uniform looks more like the 1939-40 version. While I appreciate the simplicity of the uniform, it was quite stark. The caps, however, were sweet. Immediate ROY candidate Stephen Strasburg, who pitches today, looked sweet. Make sure (if you get TBS) you catch this kid — he is absolutely the real deal.

Well done Pittsburgh, Washington, Cleveland and Detorit. You made Interleague a little more tolerable with these sweet unis.

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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. Still finding the tweaks have slowed to a trickle, so if you have something you’d like to show, give me a shout.

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Beginning the tweak show today is Bowen Hobbs, who has a new look for the Nats:

Hi Phil,

I have an example of how a navy/red team could actually conceive original uniforms. I started with the Washington Nationals. From there I removed the beveled wordmarks and DC logo and gave the team a new primary logo. The logo is an ode to the DC area, as it features the three stars and two bars of the DC flag, as well as a rendering of the Capitol Building. The secondary mark remains the Curly W, and the tertiary is a sleeve patch that reconciles the two themes. The uniforms feature something no other navy/red team in MLB has done: a red-centric design (red caps, belts, shoes, trim) with navy type. The uniforms once again draw inspiration from the DC flag with doubling piping trim and three stars on each sleeve. The home uniforms use the Curly W on the chest with a front number flanking it to the player’s right. The road uniforms feature the “Washington” script currently in use on a grey base. The road alternate jersey is the one navy piece in the set, but once again, makes for an original look when paired with the red hat. The Sunday Alternate showcases a white DC flag hat and jersey with a red number on the back.

Thanks,

Bowen

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Next up is Matt Malinoski, who’s actually “tweaking a tweak.” (And it was an awesome tweak.) I’ll let him explain:

Phil,

I never noticed how poorly I drew the “W”s, so I fixed them up. I hope nobody noticed!

The other thing I noticed is that the team’s official “W” logo in print has a mistake where the outline in the upper left crotch is warped. You can also see it in their background image on their website. It doesn’t seem to appear on the caps.

Thanks,

Matt

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Closing down the show today is Jim Walaitis, who has a decidedly low tech old school way of bringing it to us:

Phil –

Good afternoon! I hope all is well. I’ll just let you know I am absolutely sick and tired of the Cubs softball jerseys. Too close to the jersey worn by Leon Durham in San Diego in the fall of 1984. I don’t have photoshop, but I DO have access to the internet, to Word, and to a camera phone, so my submission is kinda old school, kinda new school. It’s simple, but that’s what I believe a Cubs jersey should be. I’d be fine with this same design in home whites or road greys, or both.

Thanks,

Jim Walaitis
Uniwatch card carrying member since the site’s 4th birthday

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Thus endeth the tweak show for today. Still getting a relative dearth of submissions, so this may become a once-a-weekend thing. Surely you guys aren’t out of ideas, are ya? Of course not. Keep ’em coming.

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Everyone have a great Sunday.

A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God. — Diego Maradona

 

82 comments to And for our next contest…

  • Steve | June 13, 2010 at 7:10 am |

    Awesome Nats tweak. I love what you did with the arm stripes and incorporating the 3 stars from the DC flag. I wish all DC teams would include the stars on the uni somewhere.

  • jesse | June 13, 2010 at 7:11 am |

    Bowen, really nice work on those designs,especially the DC flag alt. Phil, thanks for putting Matt’s tweak up again, love looking at it.

  • Joe Barrie | June 13, 2010 at 7:39 am |

    Who else, beside Ray Chapman, was killed as the result of on-field action?

  • The Hemogoblin | June 13, 2010 at 8:25 am |

    Holy crap is the Algerian keeper’s kit ugly. It’s the same color lavender as the K-State basketball jersey mentioned in yesterday’s poll, except it has the horrible Puma jersey design too. Throw in the fact that the guy has bleach blond hair, and it’s a giant catastrophe.

    I hope somebody’s holding Paul’s glasses while he vomits.

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    from the linked wikipedia article:

    “He is the second of only two Major League Baseball players to have died as a result of an injury received in a game (the first was Mike “Doc” Powers in 1909)”

  • Paul Lukas | June 13, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    Yes, we’re aware that there’s a problem with the site. Working on it.

  • Ricardo Leonor | June 13, 2010 at 11:17 am |

    That’s funny, the minute I saw the goal keeper, I thought holy crap, that’s the mismatched K-state uniform! For some strange reason, there are several keepers wearing that combination…maybe it’s to piss off Paul…….

    I did notice during the Argentina-Nigeria match, that number 17’s jersey fit “kind of funny”…

    Also looking at that pic of Maradona and his team…did he shrink? Was he always that much smaller than everyone on the pitch?

  • The Ghost of Ross Gload | June 13, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    I’m just not feeling the love for Nigeria’s look. That green kit is built on the same template used by several teams in MLS, just with less of the extra trim and rickrack that passes for “design” at adidas these days. Every national team deserves something a bit more original than that.

    As for Argentina’s #17, that actually is a “compression fit” option from adidas. It’s new, the first time I saw it was on Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben in the Champions’ League final last month.

  • The Ghost of Ross Gload | June 13, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    I dont know if this has been linked here already, but this pdf shows the uniform colors for each team and the referees for the group stage of the World Cup. I’m told FIFA decides this, but I don’t know what criteria thy use.

    http://www.soccerfan...

  • jim greenfield | June 13, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    The stirrup problem began with the uni manufacturers lack of response to the stretching style as displayed by Vince Coleman. Why did they not redesign the stirrups with smaller loops that would not stretch so far? Why do they make pants so long? They, and the teams, are in control but fail to adjust to players tasteless whims.

  • JTH | June 13, 2010 at 11:54 am |

    So did my my radical proposal of hybrid Bears/Packers designs that I posted earlier break the site?

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    Mike and Joe, thanks for stepping up when it looked as if I couldn’t make it. Glad to see your picks and pictures. Also good to see, while we weren’t all in agreement with the lists, we were united where it mattered.

    Uruguay’s socks cost that matchup the #1 spot. Also, South Africa’s kit does look like the Socceroos’, but they are the hosts so I let that slide. And yeah, Nigeria could have stepped it up a bit, but when in doubt, simplicity is your friend.

    Algeria looked a little plain today, but Slovenia’s green on green puts them in the running for next week’s list.
    http://soccernet.esp...
    Looking forward to Germany/Australia later today.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

    How ’bout this?
    Stirrups for Wimbledon ball boys.
    Wimbledon colors plus the White formerly traditional for tennis attire in matches there.

    http://farm2.static....

    —Ricko

  • Mark K | June 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    I’m not seeing the home tweak for the Nats- the road pops up.

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    I can’t decide which Nationals tweak I like better! Those are outstanding.

    Not a fan of horizontal stripes on a baseball hat (anyone want my old Pirates pillbox hat?), but I make an exception with Bowen’s Sunday alt:
    http://farm5.static....

    If I had to choose, I’d go with Bowen’s design. I don’t want every team to do this, but I like when some red and blue teams feature both colors at the same time, as Bowen did on the roads.

    And Jim, if I were a Cubs fan I’d definitely wear your jersey.

    Thanks, guys!

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    My Design a Stirrup idea: the wiffleball stirrup.

    The strap would be yellow like the bat, http://www.sombers.n... extending up both sides of the leg, while the front and back would be white with gray “holes.”

    Definitely gotta get out the crayons now…

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

    Robert’s blue crab stirrup (which I’d wear) made me think of another harbinger of Spring: maple syrup season.

    How about pancake-colored sanis with maple stirrups?

    If you like blueberry pancakes, you could have blue dots on your socks.

  • jim greenfield | June 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    I think the socks worn by the Piates yesterday are the way to go. White to above the angles,then team colors, NFL style. Player are happy, no stirrups,and fans are happy.

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm |

    This shot of the Nats’ throwback http://farm5.static.... looks as if there’s an N on the sleeve.

    Could be another idea for a logo tweak – a big W in red with the last 3/4ths of it also in blue, giving it a “W N” look all in one letter.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm |

    Sorry if I’m jumping you on this, JimV, but I had just to see what that Wiffleball stirrup sock of yours would look like…
    http://farm5.static....

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    Close, Ricko.

    I was picturing the “holes” going horizontally, but that might work, too.

  • mmwatkin | June 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    http://farm2.static....

    Alright. I have beef with Majestic now (assuming majestic provided the unis). If they can provide uniforms with evenly spaced buttons for throwback games, why can’t they provide them for teams like the Tigers, White Sox, etc.? Seems pretty stupid to have this style

    http://baseball-wall....

    Also, I wonder if the oil spill in the gulf will affect the blue crab availability in the Baltimore region. My family is pretty good friends with a company down in the Ft. Myers region who catches seafood, and a large chunk of their business is shipping blue crabs from the gulf to Baltimore to keep up with the demand (and out of season times). Should get interesting.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

    Holes are horizontal, just doesn’t show so well in the pure profile.

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

    Actually, if you take the “holes” off the back of the stirrup, yours could really work.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

    Oh, I see what you meant…just create a “band” around the socks.

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    You got it, Ricko, but between my vision and yours, we could enter it twice.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    Tried the “band” thing but it sorta looked like one of those knit-in vertical striped socks with some kind of logo front and back.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    Wiffle stirrups, modified…
    http://farm2.static....

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

    Ah, the agony of choice: Local TV is showing Strasburg’s game against the Tribe. An hour after that is Germany/Australia.

    Very likely the kid could throw a no-no against Cleveland’s lineup. As soon as he gives up a hit I go to soccer, but I’ll be checking out both. Had a chance to go to last night’s game, but I had a little too much going on. Missed throwbacks AND a bobblehead as a result.

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

    That looks good, Ricko!

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    Nats-Indians starts at the top of the hour on TBS.

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm |

    Ooooh, after the Nats leave, the Tribe hosts the Mets. Phil, you comin’ to town?

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

    Well, there goes the perfect game…and the no-hitter…and the shutout…

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

    For those who were bemoaning ESPN/ABC’s decision to hire British play-by-play announcers for the World Cup, you may change your mind when you hear Ian Darke.

    He, and the other announcers, can be tracked using this site:
    http://www.epltalk.c...

    I’ve only heard Mr. Darke call one game all the way through, a 2002 EPL match between Manchester United and Manchester City. I can’t stand United, but I taped the game anyway. Darke’s voice was absolutely captivating, with a little more excitement than your stereotypical British announcer. I just found out he’s calling games here, so I’m excited at the chance to hear him again. Unfortunately he won’t call any games with my Slovakia, but he will call a US game.

  • Dan P. | June 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    I’ve got 2 stirrup ideas.

    1. A pair inspired by the Irish. I’d proudly wear these on St.
    Patrick’s Day

    2. Imagine if the Astros had matching tequila
    sunrise
    stirrups.

  • Frank from B-more | June 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    I love the idea of a MD Blue Crab stirrup, but I would suggent green as the primary (since the shell is the biggest and greenest part of the crab) with orage and blue stripes.

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm |

    First year of Tequila Sunrise unis, Astros DID have a striped stirrup that followed the pattern. Almost no one wore his uni so it could be seen, though. Really tough to find photos because of that.

    —Ricko

  • Komet17 | June 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm |

    Ricko,

    Nice shout-out in “Benchies” to your hometown boy, Mr. Schulz.

  • BuckeyeMark | June 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm |

    Germany crushing the soccer-roos. and it’s happening (we all know) because Germany looks very sharp in their white and black kit while the Aussies look dreadful. their jersey is some two-paneled midnight blue/black mess that is just not appealing. today’s thrashing may cause them to put that in the dumpster.

  • Michael Emody | June 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

    Nice to see Matt Malinoski’s cool National’s design again. What’s great about “Nationals” done in script is: can’t screw up the spelling.

  • The Hemogoblin | June 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

    Ghana’s John Paintsil had his name misspelled as “Panstil” in the World Cup today.

  • M. Sullivan | June 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm |

    http://espn.go.com/v...
    Good debate on metal bats. Even better stirrups at around the 2:20 mark.

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm |

    I can end the metal bat debate, the equipment debate and the steroid debate all at once – switch to tennis balls.

    If you’re juiced, you’ll probably hit it too hard and break the ball. No need for pitchers to wear helmets or other armor. In fact, batters could go back to hats if they wanted. You could use wooden bats with little to no chance of breakage. Heck, you could even save on gas, by not mowing the field as much (taller grass would keep the ball from bouncing as much).

    OK, maybe not a tennis ball, but if they tweak the ball in some way, that’s a lot easier than the other options.

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    vilk, you’re nuts

    here’s how you solve the metal bat debate

    ban them…on all levels

    /done

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

    Your way works, too, Phil.

    But from age 7-14, I still say tennis balls.

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    do you realize how much compression there is in a tennis ball? at close range (say, 60′ 6″ or less) you could sustain a serious injury (maybe not as serious as a cork center, surrounded by two rubber rings, four-ply gray wool yarn, a horsehide cover and 108 stitches)…but still pretty bad, especially if struck with a metal (or graphite) bat…

    just ban the bats

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

    That’s why I said you could use wooden bats. No metal or graphite needed then.

    Yes, it would still hurt, but that pitcher for the Tribe who got conked might have wished he got hit by something other than a hardball.

    Again, doesn’t have to be a tennis ball. Just used that to make my point. Tweak the horsehide ball in some way, where you can hit a homer without worrying about killing someone on a line drive.

  • Jet | June 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

    All of the throwbacks looked good except for Washington – perhaps a bit TOO stark. The Nats caps were nice, but that old time plain shirt look just doesn’t work with the modern polyester material. From the rear, Washington almost looked like the Yankees’ road garb…

    -Jet

  • StLMarty | June 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

    Does anyone remember the April Fool’s joke that This Week in Baseball pulled in 1990? They said that MLB was going to allow aluminum bats. They interviewed players and coaches. I admittedly fell for it.

  • rpm | June 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm |

    just back from umping, and am getting caught up. some great ideas today, i got a real kick out of it, keep sending them my way.
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    i thought about reversing the colours on the blue crab. the only reason i didn’t was the “green” was the hardest colour to match.
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    the orioles are pathetic.

  • MattB | June 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm |

    Peter Crouch looks like he’s literally twice the size of that U.S. defender (name escapes me right now), what a cool picture!

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

    How ’bout this for the stirrup design?
    http://farm5.static....

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    For me it sure is, and I’m only watching on TV.

    It’s like having your neighbors fly their remote control airplanes the entire time you’re trying to follow the World Cup.

    http://msn.foxsports...

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    @ ricko

    brilliant!

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm |

    I should point out that design is universal; applicable to any stirrup sock, no matter the pattern.

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | June 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm |

    Despite there being a stirrup in the UW logo, it doesn’t embrace Our Flounder’s basic first love: Green and Gold.

    I once asked him about the green, and he said it wasn’t as dark as forest and not as light as kelly.

    So, anyway, how ’bout this handsome devil for a UW stirrup? Very Ralph Lauren, I think.
    http://farm5.static....

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm |

    im anyone’s still reading…and im sure there aren’t many (if any)

    dualing no-no’s in chitown right now…in the sixth inning

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm |

    dueling, even (yeah…no edit feature for me…lotsa stuff still not workin)

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm |

    The vuvuzelas may not make it to the second round of the World Cup:
    http://soccernet.esp...

    They used to have those at MISL games, but even the kids who blew them knew to take a break at times. Eventually I believe they were banned, probably from someone throwing one on the field.

  • traxel | June 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |

    http://www.flickr.co...

    My quick and dirty Big 12 Stirrup.

  • Ben Fortney | June 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |

    Both no-hitters broken up… back to ‘The Finals.’

    Just thought of another reason I like interleague games; it forces AL teams to play with real baseball rules, not those modified 9 men +1 softball rules they’ve been playing since 1973.

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm |

    Amen, Ben!

  • Ben Fortney | June 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm |

    New uniforms for Team USA. No, not soccer, basketball.

  • traxel | June 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm |

    I may be the only one on this island but I HATE watching pitchers hit. It’s like Mom making us let little sister play in our sandlot game.

  • traxel | June 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    I should update that stirrup daily this week.

  • Ben Fortney | June 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    Appears that China’s jumped on the BFBS bandwagon.

    Like the French uni though.

  • traxel | June 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm |

    In reference to the new USA basketball kits…er…unis – So they’re bring back the ABA ball??? Awesome!

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

    ABA ball would be cool.

    Always wondered why, instead of using an ABA-ish ball, the Globetrotters didn’t use a globe-colored ball instead.

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm |

    Ben Traxel said:

    I may be the only one on this island but I HATE watching pitchers hit.

    the problem, if there even is one (and there isn’t), is that a lot of these kids who are “groomed” to be pitchers haven’t had a bat against live pitching since 7th grade

    the DH has run its course…you want to make a concession to the union, let them put a 26th guy no the bench, but please, for the love of god, dump the DH and put just a tad of strategy back into the game

  • Ben Fortney | June 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm |

    put just a tad of strategy back into the game

    Exactly.

  • traxel | June 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm |

    Keep the DH.
    Keep the Redskins name.
    Keep Chiefs Wahoo and Nakahoma.
    Dump instant replay.
    Dump Brent Musberger.
    Dump interference in hockey and the halo rule in college football (I think it already has been 86ed).

  • Ben Fortney | June 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm |

    For comparison’s sake I present Red vs Blue in both the traditional white/grey matchup and solid.

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 10:46 pm |

    Dump instant replay.

    /fixed

  • JimV19 | June 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm |

    Dang Lakers.

  • LI Phil | June 13, 2010 at 11:15 pm |

    Jim Vilk said:

    I believe they were banned, probably from someone throwing one on the field stabbing someone in the eye with one.

    (fixed)

    i have to say, thus far, due to myriad reasons, i’ve only been able to watch about an hour and a half of the beautiful game; those fuckin noisemakers have got to be the SINGLE MOST ANNOYING SOUND in the history of sport — they even make the thunderstix sound pleasant

    it’s really…REALLY about the only thing i can complain aboot the world cup so far, but i think im going to have to watch with the sound turned off from now on

    i feel like a swarm has invaded or something…and after 45 minutes of that droning, i want to punch a pregnant woman in the stomach

  • JTH | June 13, 2010 at 11:59 pm |

    How about a DH compromise?

    In addition to the 26-man roster, each manager gets to use a pinch hitter once each game without having to pull the player being pinch-hit for.

    The pinch hitter is done for the day but the player he hit for gets to come back on defense the next inning.

    Essentially, you keep the DH, but he only gets one at-bat.

  • Teebz | June 14, 2010 at 12:10 am |

    Dump interference in hockey

    Wha…? Are you serious, Trax?

    If anything, this is the one reason why hockey is beginning to pick up speed. Instead of trapping teams to death and having soccer on ice, there are actually goals being scored now.

    The referees are calling interference properly now. Let’s not take two steps back to where hockey was nothing more than a promo during WNBA games.

  • JTH | June 14, 2010 at 12:20 am |

    Oh, and the dueling no-nos was nice to see, but really, this was the highlight of the evening.

  • JTH | June 14, 2010 at 12:24 am |

    Uh, *were* nice to see, maybe?

  • scott | June 14, 2010 at 6:18 am |

    But the problem with interleague play is it forces NL teams to USE the DH, which really, really sucks. Dump interleague play and the DH.

  • John K | June 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm |

    Re the blue crab stirrups–look at the blue crab picture you linked to again Robert–the blue with green/red stripes is really a pretty close match for the crab leg itself (not the claw–the leg). Making a concept stirrup even more esoteric–if possible!

  • HowlinLobo | June 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    Jim – sorry man, I hope the Cubs never adopt a jersey design such as the one you propose. First of all there is alot longer history for the Cubs and thier current primary logo, for which a likeness of such has been used for over 70 years. The “walking bear” logo is cheezy and at best should be utilized as a sleeve patch. Also, the piping that you showed in your example was not a well used feature on Cubs jerseys over the years -perhaps in the 1930s – and even then sporadically. No sir I ask you to try again – you’ve clearly missed the mark.