Flag Day

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I was biking home yesterday evening from the Earl of Boogaloo’s monthly 78-rpm record hop when I passed this guy in an unusual Cubbies T-shirt. Took a few seconds for me to realize that the design was based on the Chicago city flag — a pretty clever concept. So I doubled back and asked the gent about the shirt, which he said he’d picked up at Wrigley (although it’s apparently available here as well). Nice.

New ESPN column today — my Hinchliffe Stadium column. Enjoy.

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A Giant Among Men: Sad news over the weekend about Manute Bol, who did more to make the world a better place in his 47 years than most of us will accomplish in all our lives put together. And of course Bol also wore an unusually diverse range of uniforms, suiting up not just for four different NBA teams but also in a hockey uni, jockey’s silks, and boxing trunks, all of which he gamely donned in order to raise awareness and funds for his beloved Sudanese homeland. RIP, brother.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Great collection of ghost signs, courtesy of Ryan Connelly. … I’m not that into sneakers. But if I were, I’d probably really dig this site devoted to hand-painted kicks (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … A while back I reported that Texas A+M’s new football uniforms would feature a new logo above the nameplate. Now we finally know what the front view and pants will look like. Basically, they’ve moved the Adidas logo to the base of the collar and replaced the traditional pants piping with a very thin line, all of which seems like no biggie either way (with thanks to Chris Smith). … You can see all three of the Chinese men’s national basketball uniforms, including the black alternate, by scrolling through this page (with thanks to Jing Xu). … The Japanese Golden Players Club has created a special uniform only for those players who reach 200 wins, 250 saves, or 2,000 hits. “These are for use in old-timers charity events,” explains Jeremy Brahm. … What’s better than a baseball stadium full of fans tooting giveaway vuvuzela-esque horns? Anything up and including a trip to the proctologist, at least judging by Saturday’s Marlins/Rays game, where the racket was so bad that players and umps resorted to wearing earplugs. … Here’s something that will not be featured anytime soon in Culinary Corner: football-shaped meat loaf. But pancakes with the bacon cooked into them is an idea I’ve actually tried before — it’s good! Both of those are from a great series of amusingly bad ads that Ryan Patrick sent me. … Never seen this before: In 1994, these MLB tattoos were given away in boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Some of the logos are pretty good, no? (Awesome find by Kevin Zdancewicz.) … Brad Larocque sent along this early-’80s ad for the old Cooper XL7 hockey helmet. “Pretty futuristic at the time but it never really caught on,” he says. “Sabers assistant coach Craig Ramsay if the only NHL player I remember ever wearing it.” … This just in: The Marlins will hold MLB’s first-ever Car Alarm Night next week. … The Pirates honored their 1960 championship team on Saturday. Two things about those uniforms: (1) They went with current-style sleeveless jerseys, not the old-style vests with the narrower cut across the shoulders. (2) Note the empty rectangle on the shirttails where the Majestic jock tags were apparently removed (with thanks to David Shucosky). … Lots of blue ribbons and blue wristbands on the diamond yesterday, for Father’s Day. … Wimbledon starts today, and Fed is ready (thanks, Brinke). … Characteristically brilliant comment by Mets radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin during yesterday’s Amazins/Bombers game: When the Yanks loaded the bases in the bottom of the 3rd of a scoreless game, Wayne-o opined, “The Mets could sorely use a triple play.” Yup, that’s some keen insight right there. … Just what the world needs: rotating ads on license plates (as forwarded by Andy McNeel). … Not sure who this Dallas Stars player from 2000 is, but that’s quite a facemask (good find by Justin Shawley). … Enjoy the longest day of the year, and belated happy Father’s Day from yesterday and happy Juneteenth from Saturday. Peace.

 

134 comments to Flag Day

  • Terence M.K. | June 21, 2010 at 8:32 am |

    “Note the empty rectangle on the shirttails where the Majestic jock tags were apparently removed”
    Paul,
    Those jock tags weren’t removed, just sewn inside out. Ive seen that exclusivley on game used jerseys before. 2 points: only the non Cool Base Authententics have stitched on jock tags, the Cool Base ones are heat transfered and I assume it’s so they dont show when shirt tails are exposed somehow.
    Terence M.K.

  • Geeman | June 21, 2010 at 8:57 am |

    UCLA-Florida was a good-looking game the other night.

    http://www.kansascit...

    Anyone notice that: (1) UCLA’s base coaches were wearing a darker blue helmet that the players?

  • Tris Wykes | June 21, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    Quite a few college and junior hockey teams used the Cooper XL7. The University of Vermont sticks in my mind on that topic, for some reason. They looked awful and faded away.

  • Drew Martin | June 21, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    The unknown Dalls Star is Blake Sloan #21

  • Bourbon Soaked Idiot | June 21, 2010 at 9:13 am |

    Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them. They don’t have the “tradition” of the Yankees. Bitch about the black uniforms and hats, I disagree with you but it’s what I expect and enjoy about Uni-Watch. Your complaints about last years sleeve patch, I agreed with you completely.

    But geez Paul, John Sterling, Micheal Kay and Suzyn Waldman all say something dumber than that EVERY inning. Why didn’t you just switch your radio dial over and listen to your beloved Yankee broadcasters?

  • StLMarty | June 21, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    A friend of mine was doing some underage drinking back in the 80′s. I believe it was somewhere on the east coast. Anyway, who do you think purchased his beer for him?
    Manute Bol.
    My friend said it looked like giant alien arms reaching into his car with a case of beer.
    I hope nobody thinks less of him for contributing to the delinquency of minors. I think it’s just more evidence of him being generous.

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    [quote comment="395210"]Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them.[/quote]

    You are so completely clueless about this, it’s not even worth debating the point. Trust me, you couldn’t be more wrong.

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    It took me a couple read-throughs for me to figure out what was odd about the Manute Bol tribute.

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so!

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    [quote comment="395213"]It took me a couple read-throughs for me to figure out what was odd about the Manute Bol tribute.

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    I figured that was common knowledge by now, since it was all over the news on Saturday.

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 9:21 am |

    [quote comment="395213"]

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    the “RIP, brother” wasn’t a tip off?

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    [quote comment="395214"][quote comment="395213"]It took me a couple read-throughs for me to figure out what was odd about the Manute Bol tribute.

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    I figured that was common knowledge by now, since it was all over the news on Saturday.[/quote]

    Ah … gotcha … happy to be counted as one of the few media-clueless over the weekend. BBQ with my father-in-law Saturday, followed by a two hour drive to get some “Throwed Rolls” for my own Father’s Day lunner on Sunday. No TV. No radio. No newspaper. I rather enjoyed it! :)

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 9:25 am |

    [quote comment="395216"]…followed by a two hour drive to get some “Throwed Rolls” for my own Father’s Day lunner on Sunday.[/quote]

    Ah, Lambert’s. Only been there once, in 1997. Frankly, I was a tad disappointed — kinda felt like TGIMissouri. Good rolls, though…

  • Bourbon Soaked Idiot | June 21, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    [quote comment="395212"][quote comment="395210"]Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them.[/quote]

    You are so completely clueless about this, it’s not even worth debating the point. Trust me, you couldn’t be more wrong.[/quote]

    Never the less, why do you feel the need to pick on Wayne Hagin when some of the worst broadcasters I have ever heard work the Yankee games? If I were reading Bob Raissman’s column, I’d understand. It really seems like you go way out of your way to bash the Mets.

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 9:30 am |

    [quote comment="395215"][quote comment="395213"]

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    the “RIP, brother” wasn’t a tip off?[/quote]

    Like I said … it was a pretty good assumption to make … I was just commenting that it seemed odd to not say so. Usually a featurette like that would generally have SOME specific “who died Saturday” type of statement. Not saying right or wrong, just different. The Browns don’t have any logo on either side of their helmet. Is it wrong for someone to point out that this is an unusual feature?

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    [quote comment="395218"][quote comment="395212"][quote comment="395210"]Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them.[/quote]

    You are so completely clueless about this, it’s not even worth debating the point. Trust me, you couldn’t be more wrong.[/quote]

    Never the less, why do you feel the need to pick on Wayne Hagin when some of the worst broadcasters I have ever heard work the Yankee games? If I were reading Bob Raissman’s column, I’d understand. It really seems like you go way out of your way to bash the Mets.[/quote]

    1) As a Mets fan, I listen to Mets games, not Yankees games. Hagin makes my life worse on a daily basis.

    2) The Yankees broadcasters, for better or worse, are institutions. They’re not going anywhere. Hagin, on the other hand, is just the latest guy keeping the 2nd chair warm in the Mets’ radio booth since Gary Cohen defected to SNY (Ted Robinson, Tom McCarthy, now Hagin). The sooner we can get rid of him, the better, and I’m happy to contribute to that effort.

    3) The Yanks broadcasters’ foibles and follies have been well-chronicled for years. Hagin, on the other hand, has flown under the radar, despite being an utter lightweight who’s badly out of his depth in the world’s media capital. None of the local sports-media scribes have paid any attention to him. I’m hoping to change that.

  • Andy | June 21, 2010 at 9:36 am |

    [quote comment="395218"][quote comment="395212"][quote comment="395210"]Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them.[/quote]

    You are so completely clueless about this, it’s not even worth debating the point. Trust me, you couldn’t be more wrong.[/quote]

    Never the less, why do you feel the need to pick on Wayne Hagin when some of the worst broadcasters I have ever heard work the Yankee games? If I were reading Bob Raissman’s column, I’d understand. It really seems like you go way out of your way to bash the Mets.[/quote]

    Don’t most people hold their favorite team to a higher standard?

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    [quote comment="395216"][quote comment="395214"][quote comment="395213"]It took me a couple read-throughs for me to figure out what was odd about the Manute Bol tribute.

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    I figured that was common knowledge by now, since it was all over the news on Saturday.[/quote]

    Ah … gotcha … happy to be counted as one of the few media-clueless over the weekend. BBQ with my father-in-law Saturday, followed by a two hour drive to get some “Throwed Rolls” for my own Father’s Day lunner on Sunday. No TV. No radio. No newspaper. I rather enjoyed it! :)[/quote]

    Well, let’s see, since Friday…

    Vuvuzelas in Miami,
    which messed up the order of things,
    Teixiera hit a Sunday Salami,
    Phillies blew an 8-3 lead,
    Manny survived his homecoming,
    Pebble Beach won the U.S. Open,
    Manute Bol died,
    a six-hour rain delay in the CWS,
    France quit (oh, THERE’s a surprise),
    and the U.S. got hosed.

    Anything else, anyone?

    —Ricko

  • marc | June 21, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    That shirt is fantastic! It’s funny, I interpreted it exactly opposite of how Paul did… I saw the City of Chicago flag and thought (Why’d he post this? What am i missing?) then noticed the cubbies. Great stuff!

    RIP Manute. From the stories I’ve heard, he was one of the good ones.

    Phil, thanks for the story about your dad yesterday. Very nice piece. Sorry to hear he’s not doing well, but it sounds like you’re not taking for granted your time with him. You’re a good son.

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    [quote comment="395222"]
    [/quote]

    Well, let’s see, since Friday…

    Vuvuzelas in Miami,
    which messed up the order of things,
    Teixiera hit a Sunday Salami,
    Phillies blew an 8-3 lead,
    Manny survived his homecoming,
    Pebble Beach won the U.S. Open,
    Manute Bol died,
    a six-hour rain delay in the CWS,
    France quit (oh, THERE’s a surprise),
    and the U.S. got hosed.

    Anything else, anyone?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    And don’t tell me … let me guess … The Cubs either lose 12-0, or win 12-1, but have no in between?

  • marc | June 21, 2010 at 9:47 am |

    Oh yeah, I forgot to ask (and thanks, Ricko, for reminding me) how friggin’ long is it gonna be till those damn vuvuzelas start showing up at every NCAA sporting event? Damn you, South African marketing guy!!!

  • marc | June 21, 2010 at 9:49 am |

    [quote comment="395221"][quote comment="395218"][quote comment="395212"][quote comment="395210"]Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them.[/quote]

    You are so completely clueless about this, it’s not even worth debating the point. Trust me, you couldn’t be more wrong.[/quote]

    Never the less, why do you feel the need to pick on Wayne Hagin when some of the worst broadcasters I have ever heard work the Yankee games? If I were reading Bob Raissman’s column, I’d understand. It really seems like you go way out of your way to bash the Mets.[/quote]

    Don’t most people hold their favorite team to a higher standard?[/quote]

    True that… and Paul’s not bashing the Mets, he’s bashing Hagin.

  • Payton | June 21, 2010 at 9:52 am |

    I must own one of those Chicago Cubs shirts. I live in OK, and can’t make that trip for a shirt. Anyway way for a call-in order or something?

  • Bernard | June 21, 2010 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment="395222"][quote comment="395216"][quote comment="395214"][quote comment="395213"]It took me a couple read-throughs for me to figure out what was odd about the Manute Bol tribute.

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    I figured that was common knowledge by now, since it was all over the news on Saturday.[/quote]

    Ah … gotcha … happy to be counted as one of the few media-clueless over the weekend. BBQ with my father-in-law Saturday, followed by a two hour drive to get some “Throwed Rolls” for my own Father’s Day lunner on Sunday. No TV. No radio. No newspaper. I rather enjoyed it! :)[/quote]

    Well, let’s see, since Friday…

    Vuvuzelas in Miami,
    which messed up the order of things,
    Teixiera hit a Sunday Salami,
    Phillies blew an 8-3 lead,
    Manny survived his homecoming,
    Pebble Beach won the U.S. Open,
    Manute Bol died,
    a six-hour rain delay in the CWS,
    France quit (oh, THERE’s a surprise),
    and the U.S. got hosed.

    Anything else, anyone?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    This guy came in fourth place in a yacht race:

    http://www.cbsnews.c...

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 9:54 am |

    [quote comment="395225"]Oh yeah, I forgot to ask (and thanks, Ricko, for reminding me) how friggin’ long is it gonna be till those damn vuvuzelas start showing up at every NCAA sporting event? Damn you, South African marketing guy!!![/quote]

    I gotta re-post this from yesterday…

    As long as someone brought that up, I’ll mention what I was thinking about this a.m.

    The core issue that bugs me about the vuvuzelas is this: Blowing them kind of says the “right” (ahem) of a fan in the stands to do anything—so long as it isn’t illegal or strictly prohibited in the fine print on the back of his ticket—to feel “part of the game” instead of being just a witness to it, is bigger than the game itself.

    It goes to a broader social issue, too. Apparently it doesn’t matter if the family sitting next to you hates you blowing your brains out (the other definition of which they’d probably prefer), you should just do it anyway…because no one ponders that they might be being rude anymore. Civility evidently is no longer a relevant concept.

    Know what the defintion of “rude” in today’s world is? “You pointed out that I was being rude? How RUDE of you.”

    In other words, rudeness is accepted. So don’t you DARE be rude enough to point out someone’s boorish behavior.

    Want proof? The next time you tell someone who’s trying to cut in line at a concession stand, “The the line starts back there”, your kids will be upset with YOU, rather than with the person butting in. You’ll get, “Da-ad” (the two syllable version indicating their annoyance with you for being such a social misfit).

    —Ricko

  • Chad | June 21, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    what’s the average price to have jerseys made for a softball team? the best that I’ve been able to find, is around $30. I’m in Philly, if that matters

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 10:03 am |

    Want proof? The next time you tell someone who’s trying to cut in line at a concession stand, “The the line starts back there”, your kids will be upset with YOU, rather than with the person butting in. You’ll get, “Da-ad” (the two syllable version indicating their annoyance with you for being such a social misfit).

    —Ricko

    (standing and clapping … and getting odd looks from around the office)

  • James Craven | June 21, 2010 at 10:06 am |

    [quote comment="395222"]

    “France quit surrendered (oh, THERE’s a surprise.)
    “—Ricko”

    [/quote]

    Fix’d. The French never quit, they surrender, those cheese eating monkeys!

  • interlockingtc | June 21, 2010 at 10:10 am |

    Paul said:

    A Giant Among Men: Sad news over the weekend about Manute Bol, who did more to make the world a better place in his 47 years than most of us will accomplish in all our lives put together.

    Yes, RIP Manute Bol.

    http://www.youtube.c...

    (Also…recommended: Dave Eggers’ book, “What Is The What” )

  • StLMarty | June 21, 2010 at 10:19 am |

    [quote comment="395209"]The unknown Dalls Star is Blake Sloan #21[/quote]
    It looks like one of those facemasks from the World League of the early nineties. It’s just been chopped off a bit. Maybe he got it from the Orlando Thunder.

  • Troy Kline | June 21, 2010 at 10:20 am |

    Kelloggs Tattoos

    I like the style they’re drawn in and I “get” what each one represents except the one for Cleveland. A guy with a hammer??

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment="395235"]Kelloggs Tattoos

    I like the style they’re drawn in and I “get” what each one represents except the one for Cleveland. A guy with a hammer??[/quote]

    guessing that’s for just building the jake

    can’t imagine what else that’d be for

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment="395235"]Kelloggs Tattoos

    I like the style they’re drawn in and I “get” what each one represents except the one for Cleveland. A guy with a hammer??[/quote]

    Those, as I recall, came out about the time that…
    a) distress over Indian nicknames was extremely high, so they opted for SOME kind of other visual, and,
    b) Cleveland was at the height of its rebuilding and downtown rebirth: new stadium, new ballpark, new arena, rock n’roll Hall of Fame, etc., etc.,…which might explain the symbolism of the hammer.

    —Ricko

  • Ry Co 40 | June 21, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    [quote comment="395219"][quote comment="395215"][quote comment="395213"]

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    the “RIP, brother” wasn’t a tip off?[/quote]

    Like I said … it was a pretty good assumption to make … I was just commenting that it seemed odd to not say so. Usually a featurette like that would generally have SOME specific “who died Saturday” type of statement. Not saying right or wrong, just different. The Browns don’t have any logo on either side of their helmet. Is it wrong for someone to point out that this is an unusual feature?[/quote]

    “who died Saturday”

    shit, we’re gonna need a new 1st baseman!!! what, i don’t give a darn, and i don’t know, must be devastated…

  • Mark K | June 21, 2010 at 10:29 am |

    [quote comment="395235"]Kelloggs Tattoos

    I like the style they’re drawn in and I “get” what each one represents except the one for Cleveland. A guy with a hammer??[/quote]

    1994 was Cleveland’s first year at the Jake- I believe it’s a reference to the construction.

  • JTH | June 21, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    Ha. My wife has a shirt just like that Cubs/Chicago flag crossover. Was there anything on the back?

    Only thing bad about it? At the neckline on the back, it says “CU/BS Back in Blue” (Y’know. Like this.) I didn’t notice that as I was buying the shirt for her.

  • Mark K | June 21, 2010 at 10:32 am |

    The folks at Brand New covered the Vancouver Whitecaps new logo on Friday.

    http://www.undercons...

  • JTH | June 21, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Well, that was poorly worded.

  • Tape | June 21, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    I actually make bacon pancakes all the time. Not like in the picture, though. What I’ll do is if I have a few slices left over (when most of the bacon was used in a recipe or otherwise eaten), I’ll crumble or chop it up into smaller pieces and mix it into the batter, in much the same way as if you were making blueberry pancakes.

    It’s great.

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 10:38 am |

    [quote comment="395241"]The folks at Brand New covered the Vancouver Whitecaps new logo on Friday.

    http://www.undercons...

    I don’t get the hate for that new logo. Considering that many, many soccer uniform team logos are worn no larger than pocket patches on prep school blazers, the sharp ascending and descending points make it instantly recognizable from quite a distance.

    Under those design parameters, that would be something to strive for, wouldn’t it?

    —Ricko

  • Ben Fortney | June 21, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    Shots taken at Wayne Hagin, and the French… No wonder I was going through UW withdrawal this weekend.

    Re: Manute. A few years back instead of Christmas gifts, my mother asked that everyone donate to the Manute Bol medical fund.

    Why would a former NBA millionaire need a medical fund? Because he had donated all his money to humanitarian efforts in Sudan. Truly selfless.

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment="395240"]Ha. My wife has a shirt just like that Cubs/Chicago flag crossover. Was there anything on the back?[/quote]

    The word “Believe,” at the rear neckline.

  • JTH | June 21, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="395246"][quote comment="395240"]Ha. My wife has a shirt just like that Cubs/Chicago flag crossover. Was there anything on the back?[/quote]

    The word “Believe,” at the rear neckline.[/quote]
    Hmmm… that’s possibly even worse than the AC/DC ripoff thing.

  • Ben Fortney | June 21, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="395230"]what’s the average price to have jerseys made for a softball team? the best that I’ve been able to find, is around $30. I’m in Philly, if that matters[/quote]

    That’s about right. You might be able to knock a few dollars off if you buy in bulk, but a quality jersey’s gonna be around there somewhere.

  • Mark K | June 21, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="395244"][quote comment="395241"]The folks at Brand New covered the Vancouver Whitecaps new logo on Friday.

    http://www.undercons...

    I don’t get the hate for that new logo. Considering that many, many soccer uniform team logos are worn no larger than pocket patches on prep school blazers, the sharp ascending and descending points make it instantly recognizable from quite a distance.

    Under those design parameters, that would be something to strive for, wouldn’t it?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I think it’s a decent logo.

    It’s always interesting to see how the North American soccer teams try to “Europeanize” their identitiy while trying to fit in with our sports culture. They specifically added “FC” while moving into Major League “Soccer” which is strange. And like someone said, a crest over there would never have the team nickname on it.

    Much the same thing happens in Japanese baseball, I suppose- with the added language and typography differences mixed in.

  • Andy | June 21, 2010 at 10:54 am |

    [quote comment="395244"][quote comment="395241"]The folks at Brand New covered the Vancouver Whitecaps new logo on Friday.

    http://www.undercons...

    I don’t get the hate for that new logo. Considering that many, many soccer uniform team logos are worn no larger than pocket patches on prep school blazers, the sharp ascending and descending points make it instantly recognizable from quite a distance.

    Under those design parameters, that would be something to strive for, wouldn’t it?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I think it’s great. A couple details could have improved it, but overall, it’s a big step in the right direction for North American futbol aesthetics. Too bad the Timbers had to take a step in the wrong direction the next day.

  • duker | June 21, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    I remember noticing this ghost sign when walking to the bar in Fells Point, Baltimore one night. I thought it was appropriate.

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    [quote comment="395247"][quote comment="395246"][quote comment="395240"]Ha. My wife has a shirt just like that Cubs/Chicago flag crossover. Was there anything on the back?[/quote]

    The word “Believe,” at the rear neckline.[/quote]
    Hmmm… that’s possibly even worse than the AC/DC ripoff thing.[/quote]

    i can only think of one worse slogan

  • JTH | June 21, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    [quote comment="395246"]Never seen this before: In 1994, these MLB tattoos were given away in boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Some of the logos are pretty good, no?[/quote]
    Uh, *clears throat*, can’t resist.

  • B-Rich | June 21, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    Re: the Kellogg’s MLB tattoos:

    Most are brilliantand well executed. Perfect for a “kid’s club” area of a ballpark or toddlers’ t-shirt interpretation. Some, however, merit obvious questions or comments:

    1. Why the use of an actual mascot, with his name in a wordmark (“Rally”)for the Braves? You don’t see Youppi or the Phanatic in there, so you?

    2. On the other hand, I guess the Pirates’ parrot with a treasure chest can be assumed to be their on-field mascot, which is kind of lame.

    3. Also lame is the interpretation of the San Diego Padres. Not sure if the sunglassed, tropical shirt-wearing guy lounging on the lawn chair under the palm tree is supposed to represent the city of San Diego, or maybe the English translation of Padre– father– on a lazy Father’s Day. Either way, they have an iconic image, a friar– why didn’t they go with that?

    4. Agree, of course, with the earlier comments on the Indians and the Jake. Makes sense, seeing how that’s the only logo to feature a stadium.

    5. Note that the Athletics have a guy with a sports bag full of all types of sports equipment–football, basketball, tenis ball. He’s very ATHLETIC, you see….

    6. The Royals would be wise to use that logo of the swingin’ King. Sweet.

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 11:10 am |

    [quote comment="395253"][quote comment="395246"]Never seen this before: In 1994, these MLB tattoos were given away in boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Some of the logos are pretty good, no?[/quote]
    Uh, *clears throat*, can’t resist.[/quote]

    Looks like TTT and Mark McGwire have been working out together since those early days!

    http://4.bp.blogspot...

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    [quote comment="395254"]Re: the Kellogg’s MLB tattoos:

    Most are brilliantand well executed. Perfect for a “kid’s club” area of a ballpark or toddlers’ t-shirt interpretation. Some, however, merit obvious questions or comments:

    1. Why the use of an actual mascot, with his name in a wordmark (“Rally”)for the Braves? You don’t see Youppi or the Phanatic in there, so you?

    2. On the other hand, I guess the Pirates’ parrot with a treasure chest can be assumed to be their on-field mascot, which is kind of lame.

    3. Also lame is the interpretation of the San Diego Padres. Not sure if the sunglassed, tropical shirt-wearing guy lounging on the lawn chair under the palm tree is supposed to represent the city of San Diego, or maybe the English translation of Padre– father– on a lazy Father’s Day. Either way, they have an iconic image, a friar– why didn’t they go with that?

    4. Agree, of course, with the earlier comments on the Indians and the Jake. Makes sense, seeing how that’s the only logo to feature a stadium.

    5. Note that the Athletics have a guy with a sports bag full of all types of sports equipment–football, basketball, tenis ball. He’s very ATHLETIC, you see….

    6. The Royals would be wise to use that logo of the swingin’ King. Sweet.[/quote]

    I don’t think there’s no cooindidence that The INDIANS and BRAVES are the two teams represented in manners farthest away from their actual team names. Very PC on Kellogg’s part.

  • Ben Fortney | June 21, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    Anyone have some insight on the right chest design on the Swiss WC kits?

    My first impression was that it reminds me of these guys.

  • Ben Fortney | June 21, 2010 at 11:20 am |

    Closeup of the Swiss football logo… upon further research:

    The team’s logo, ASF-SFV, represents the Swiss Football Association’s initials in Switzerland’s official languages: ASF represents both French (Association Suisse de Football) and Italian (Associazione Svizzera di Football), and SFV is German(Schweizerischer Fussballverband).

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment="395256"][quote comment="395254"]Re: the Kellogg’s MLB tattoos:

    Most are brilliantand well executed. Perfect for a “kid’s club” area of a ballpark or toddlers’ t-shirt interpretation. Some, however, merit obvious questions or comments:

    1. Why the use of an actual mascot, with his name in a wordmark (“Rally”)for the Braves? You don’t see Youppi or the Phanatic in there, so you?

    2. On the other hand, I guess the Pirates’ parrot with a treasure chest can be assumed to be their on-field mascot, which is kind of lame.

    3. Also lame is the interpretation of the San Diego Padres. Not sure if the sunglassed, tropical shirt-wearing guy lounging on the lawn chair under the palm tree is supposed to represent the city of San Diego, or maybe the English translation of Padre– father– on a lazy Father’s Day. Either way, they have an iconic image, a friar– why didn’t they go with that?

    4. Agree, of course, with the earlier comments on the Indians and the Jake. Makes sense, seeing how that’s the only logo to feature a stadium.

    5. Note that the Athletics have a guy with a sports bag full of all types of sports equipment–football, basketball, tenis ball. He’s very ATHLETIC, you see….

    6. The Royals would be wise to use that logo of the swingin’ King. Sweet.[/quote]

    I don’t think there’s no cooindidence that The INDIANS and BRAVES are the two teams represented in manners farthest away from their actual team names. Very PC on Kellogg’s part.[/quote]

    They also may have reasoned that angels were generic, but a friar would be a symbol of a particular religion (even though these things WERE part of a mass marketing effort, pun intended).

    And, technically, the Cleveland image is about the town, not the nickname. No reason they couldn’t do the same for San Diego.

    —Ricko

  • Adam V. | June 21, 2010 at 11:23 am |

    A quick search of the interwebs turned up the source for that sweet Cubbies shirt.

  • JTH | June 21, 2010 at 11:24 am |

    [quote comment="395256"]I don’t think there’s no cooindidence that The INDIANS and BRAVES are the two teams represented in manners farthest away from their actual team names. Very PC on Kellogg’s part.[/quote]
    How do you figure? The Braves mascot appears to have war paint and a mohawk.

  • JimV19 | June 21, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    Farewell, Mr. Bol.

    I remember the first time I saw him; it was in a photo next to his teammate Spud Webb when they started out in the USBL:
    http://www.guzer.com...

  • Adam | June 21, 2010 at 11:37 am |

    [quote comment="395222"][quote comment="395216"][quote comment="395214"][quote comment="395213"]It took me a couple read-throughs for me to figure out what was odd about the Manute Bol tribute.

    I ASSUME he’s passed, but it doesn’t actually say so![/quote]

    I am with JimWa on this one… when the weekend hits, I go in to a shell and leave the world of news and nonsense behind… i have my phone on me, but I could care less to check the news and scores of games… too much info and technology makes me care less… so when i miss some thing in the news, it isnt b/c it is widely known…b/c i say good bye to technology and RELAX
    I figured that was common knowledge by now, since it was all over the news on Saturday.[/quote]

    Ah … gotcha … happy to be counted as one of the few media-clueless over the weekend. BBQ with my father-in-law Saturday, followed by a two hour drive to get some “Throwed Rolls” for my own Father’s Day lunner on Sunday. No TV. No radio. No newspaper. I rather enjoyed it! :)[/quote]

    Well, let’s see, since Friday…

    Vuvuzelas in Miami,
    which messed up the order of things,
    Teixiera hit a Sunday Salami,
    Phillies blew an 8-3 lead,
    Manny survived his homecoming,
    Pebble Beach won the U.S. Open,
    Manute Bol died,
    a six-hour rain delay in the CWS,
    France quit (oh, THERE’s a surprise),
    and the U.S. got hosed.

    Anything else, anyone?

    —Ricko[/quote]

  • Chance Michaels | June 21, 2010 at 11:44 am |

    Love that Swinging Fish Marlins tattoo, largely because it’s reminiscent of the old Miami Marlins.

  • Bourbon Soaked Idiot | June 21, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    [quote comment="395220"][quote comment="395218"][quote comment="395212"][quote comment="395210"]Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them.[/quote]

    You are so completely clueless about this, it’s not even worth debating the point. Trust me, you couldn’t be more wrong.[/quote]

    Never the less, why do you feel the need to pick on Wayne Hagin when some of the worst broadcasters I have ever heard work the Yankee games? If I were reading Bob Raissman’s column, I’d understand. It really seems like you go way out of your way to bash the Mets.[/quote]

    1) As a Mets fan, I listen to Mets games, not Yankees games. Hagin makes my life worse on a daily basis.

    2) The Yankees broadcasters, for better or worse, are institutions. They’re not going anywhere. Hagin, on the other hand, is just the latest guy keeping the 2nd chair warm in the Mets’ radio booth since Gary Cohen defected to SNY (Ted Robinson, Tom McCarthy, now Hagin). The sooner we can get rid of him, the better, and I’m happy to contribute to that effort.

    3) The Yanks broadcasters’ foibles and follies have been well-chronicled for years. Hagin, on the other hand, has flown under the radar, despite being an utter lightweight who’s badly out of his depth in the world’s media capital. None of the local sports-media scribes have paid any attention to him. I’m hoping to change that.[/quote]

    John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are not institutions, they’re buffoons. Both of them.

    Wayne Hagin takes it on the chin from Bob Raissman. And I think he should, but it from Uni-Watch it seems to be just Mets bashing.

    You seem to like NOTHING about the Mets. Even with two of the bright spots this year Ike Davis and Jon Neise you took time to make fun of their noses. OK so neither of them is Derek Jeter or A-Rod, yet both Davis and Neise seem to have respect for their team’s uniform and neither wears “pajamas”pants, I would have thought you would be proud to have those two on the Mets.

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    I believe the images on that Swiss jersey is an universal graphic dating back to World War II, which does seem relevant for World Cup players, I suppose…
    http://farm3.static....

    Means,
    “Chasing wild _____ can get you a visit with a Medic.”

    —Ricko

  • Cort | June 21, 2010 at 11:54 am |

    That’s not exactly a new Texas A&M logo. It (or something very, very similar) has shown up on t-shirts, hats, even bottled water labels, for several years.

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    [quote comment="395268"]I believe the images on that Swiss jersey is an universal graphic dating back to World War II, which does seem relevant for World Cup players, I suppose…
    http://farm3.static....

    Means,
    “Chasing wild _____ can get you a visit with a Medic.”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Pure speculation here … looks like a couple “SF”s showing up on that graphic – Swiss Futbol? (not sure why it would be repeated though)

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 11:57 am |

    See Ben’s comment (#53)

  • Geeman | June 21, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment="395267"][quote comment="395220"][quote comment="395218"][quote comment="395212"][quote comment="395210"]Ok so I get it, you grew up a Mets fan and now you hate them.[/quote]

    You are so completely clueless about this, it’s not even worth debating the point. Trust me, you couldn’t be more wrong.[/quote]

    Never the less, why do you feel the need to pick on Wayne Hagin when some of the worst broadcasters I have ever heard work the Yankee games? If I were reading Bob Raissman’s column, I’d understand. It really seems like you go way out of your way to bash the Mets.[/quote]

    1) As a Mets fan, I listen to Mets games, not Yankees games. Hagin makes my life worse on a daily basis.

    2) The Yankees broadcasters, for better or worse, are institutions. They’re not going anywhere. Hagin, on the other hand, is just the latest guy keeping the 2nd chair warm in the Mets’ radio booth since Gary Cohen defected to SNY (Ted Robinson, Tom McCarthy, now Hagin). The sooner we can get rid of him, the better, and I’m happy to contribute to that effort.

    3) The Yanks broadcasters’ foibles and follies have been well-chronicled for years. Hagin, on the other hand, has flown under the radar, despite being an utter lightweight who’s badly out of his depth in the world’s media capital. None of the local sports-media scribes have paid any attention to him. I’m hoping to change that.[/quote]

    John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are not institutions, they’re buffoons. Both of them.

    Wayne Hagin takes it on the chin from Bob Raissman. And I think he should, but it from Uni-Watch it seems to be just Mets bashing.

    You seem to like NOTHING about the Mets. Even with two of the bright spots this year Ike Davis and Jon Neise you took time to make fun of their noses. OK so neither of them is Derek Jeter or A-Rod, yet both Davis and Neise seem to have respect for their team’s uniform and neither wears “pajamas”pants, I would have thought you would be proud to have those two on the Mets.[/quote]

    This kind of nonsense is why I have stopped reading the comments section on most days. Not only is it not interesting discussion, but it has nothing to do with uniforms and it’s disrespectful all around.

  • JimV19 | June 21, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment="395229"]In other words, rudeness is accepted. So don’t you DARE be rude enough to point out someone’s boorish behavior.

    Want proof? The next time you tell someone who’s trying to cut in line at a concession stand, “The the line starts back there”, your kids will be upset with YOU, rather than with the person butting in. You’ll get, “Da-ad” (the two syllable version indicating their annoyance with you for being such a social misfit).[/quote]

    Or try telling the kids at Akron’s Canal Park to stop standing in front of your front-row seats hoping to get a baseball while the game’s going on. My passive-aggressive family may want to sit there and take it, but I wasn’t going to.

  • Mike Engle | June 21, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    [quote comment="395270"][quote comment="395268"]I believe the images on that Swiss jersey is an universal graphic dating back to World War II, which does seem relevant for World Cup players, I suppose…
    http://farm3.static....

    Means,
    “Chasing wild _____ can get you a visit with a Medic.”

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Pure speculation here … looks like a couple “SF”s showing up on that graphic – Swiss Futbol? (not sure why it would be repeated though)[/quote]
    Chasing wild…hmmm…sex kittens or cougars? Either one works.
    NSFW: Not a Swiss Football Win.

  • Ben Fortney | June 21, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    Nice, Ricko.

    JimWa: Yeah, it’s the Swiss Football Assoc. initials repeated in French and German/Italian

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    Lots of fun stuff going on here …

    (the uniform, the “video” from 1907, the old Polo Grounds, the bloused pantlegs … and … where exactly is he throwing to? Row 10?)

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment="395267"]Davis and Neise seem to have respect for their team’s uniform and neither wears “pajamas”pants.”[/quote]

    Um, they BOTH wear pajama pants (but I’m plenty fond of both of them and glad to have them on my team, beak noses and all). It’s hard to have a debate with someone who can’t even get this simple point right….

  • StLMarty | June 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm |

    [quote comment="395234"][quote comment="395209"]The unknown Dalls Star is Blake Sloan #21[/quote]
    It looks like one of those facemasks from the World League of the early nineties. It’s just been chopped off a bit. Maybe he got it from the Orlando Thunder.[/quote]
    My apologies for quoting myself, but is this an accurate assessment of that oddball facemask?

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    [quote comment="395278"][quote comment="395234"][quote comment="395209"]The unknown Dalls Star is Blake Sloan #21[/quote]
    It looks like one of those facemasks from the World League of the early nineties. It’s just been chopped off a bit. Maybe he got it from the Orlando Thunder.[/quote]
    My apologies for quoting myself, but is this an accurate assessment of that oddball facemask?[/quote]

    At very end of Ticker.

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    [quote comment="395275"]Nice, Ricko.

    JimWa: Yeah, it’s the Swiss Football Assoc. initials repeated in French and German/Italian[/quote]

    Whoops. Missed that. Sorry for the repetition as well as the redundancy.

  • StLMarty | June 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment="395279"][quote comment="395278"][quote comment="395234"][quote comment="395209"]The unknown Dalls Star is Blake Sloan #21[/quote]
    It looks like one of those facemasks from the World League of the early nineties. It’s just been chopped off a bit. Maybe he got it from the Orlando Thunder.[/quote]
    My apologies for quoting myself, but is this an accurate assessment of that oddball facemask?[/quote]

    At very end of Ticker.[/quote]
    What do you mean?
    I know the photo is at the end of the ticker. I was asking about the facemask possibly coming from the World League of American Football.

  • Andy11 | June 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

    Some of those “amusingly bad ads” are hilarious!
    I like how the caption begins in the VW Bug one…
    “Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things.”
    http://www.foxnews.c...

    Also, what’s the deal with girl’s pants in the “Retro Burnout Crew” ad? http://www.believein...
    Is wearing your jeans like that a new trend (or an older one and I’m just behind)…or is it just supposed to be a chick drinking coffee before she’s finished fastening her pants?

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

    [quote comment="395281"][quote comment="395279"][quote comment="395278"][quote comment="395234"][quote comment="395209"]The unknown Dalls Star is Blake Sloan #21[/quote]
    It looks like one of those facemasks from the World League of the early nineties. It’s just been chopped off a bit. Maybe he got it from the Orlando Thunder.[/quote]
    My apologies for quoting myself, but is this an accurate assessment of that oddball facemask?[/quote]

    At very end of Ticker.[/quote]
    What do you mean?
    I know the photo is at the end of the ticker. I was asking about the facemask possibly coming from the World League of American Football.[/quote]

    My bad. Read too fast, thought it said of “what” oddball facemask.

    BUT BIG NEWS HERE!!!

    I know so many of us just love the Nike World Cup cleat, so it’s nice to know it’s available in a street wear model, too (eyeroll)…
    http://www.zappos.co...

    –Ricko

  • Jim P | June 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

    “Unique” practice jerseys in the UFL. At least there aren’t ads on them…….yet.

    http://www.lasvegass...

    http://www.youtube.c...!

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    [quote comment="395284"]“Unique” practice jerseys in the UFL. At least there aren’t ads on them…….yet.

    http://www.lasvegass...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Whew? Good thing Sacramento opted for its logo.
    Had “Natinals Disease” infected them they might be running around with “LOINS” below the numeral.

    —Ricko

  • JimV19 | June 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm |

    From last night’s comments:

    Need a job? The Pirates need a new pierogi – one that doesn’t badmouth the team online.
    http://sports.yahoo....

    And if it’s the cheese or sauerkraut pierogi, yes, I’d wear that costume.

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    [quote comment="395284"]“Unique” practice jerseys in the UFL. At least there aren’t ads on them…….yet.

    http://www.lasvegass...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    Interesting how we perceive things. It’s just a little easier to take that league less like a gimmick when every team isn’t wearing teal and lime green, isn’t it.

    Proving that most of us here were correct in saying the universal color scheme was, from a marketing standpoint, universally stupid.

    —Rick

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

    Today’s ESPN column is up:
    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Alec | June 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    I was in Vancouver once and ordered bacon waffles, thinking it was waffles with bacon on the side.

    Boy was I mistaken.

    Giant strips of bacon cooked inside the waffle, completely undercooked.

    I loves me bacon, I loves me waffles, but that was just wrong.

    *A friend from university had one of those horns 20 years ago and it was annoying as all get out, but the guy got points for having the huevos to blow on that thing all night. Of course he was a Broncos fan.

  • StLMarty | June 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

    Hey.
    Where did that “bold” statement about white guys go?

  • Andy | June 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    By the way, when I first loaded up the page this morning, I thought the lead-in was a Pau Gasol impersonator.

  • juan grande | June 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm |

    Paul, Mental_Floss just posted this article on the history of scoreboards. I thought you’d be interested…

    http://www.mentalflo...

  • traxel | June 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm |

    [quote comment="395217"][quote comment="395216"]…followed by a two hour drive to get some “Throwed Rolls” for my own Father’s Day lunner on Sunday.[/quote]

    Ah, Lambert’s. Only been there once, in 1997. Frankly, I was a tad disappointed — kinda felt like TGIMissouri. Good rolls, though…[/quote]
    Nice to know other uniwatchers have made the trek to the bootheel! Welcome to my land (that of 110% humidity and misquitos the size of bowling balls). Personally, I like the fried okra and the macaroni and tomatos at Lamberts.

  • Kub | June 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

    Aw! I remember those tattoos! I think I still have a few of them somewhere. You can take a fair guess at when those came out, because the Indians one is referencing the construction of Jacobs Field which opened in 1994(strike season)

  • JimWa | June 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

    [quote comment="395294"][quote comment="395217"][quote comment="395216"]…followed by a two hour drive to get some “Throwed Rolls” for my own Father’s Day lunner on Sunday.[/quote]

    Ah, Lambert’s. Only been there once, in 1997. Frankly, I was a tad disappointed — kinda felt like TGIMissouri. Good rolls, though…[/quote]
    Nice to know other uniwatchers have made the trek to the bootheel! Welcome to my land (that of 110% humidity and misquitos the size of bowling balls). Personally, I like the fried okra and the macaroni and tomatos at Lamberts.[/quote]

    I’ve been trying to impersonate their fried potatoes at home for years. Mine are good, but nowhere as tasty as the Lambert family makes ‘em!

  • pflava | June 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    Didn’t watch much College World Series this weekend, but I love the way the OU guys wear their pants…

    http://media.kansasc...

    http://d.yimg.com/a/...

  • RS Rogers | June 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

    [quote comment="395229"][quote comment="395225"]Oh yeah, I forgot to ask (and thanks, Ricko, for reminding me) how friggin’ long is it gonna be till those damn vuvuzelas start showing up at every NCAA sporting event? Damn you, South African marketing guy!!![/quote]

    I gotta re-post this from yesterday…

    As long as someone brought that up, I’ll mention what I was thinking about this a.m.

    The core issue that bugs me about the vuvuzelas is this: Blowing them kind of says the “right” (ahem) of a fan in the stands to do anything—so long as it isn’t illegal or strictly prohibited in the fine print on the back of his ticket—to feel “part of the game” instead of being just a witness to it, is bigger than the game itself.

    It goes to a broader social issue, too. Apparently it doesn’t matter if the family sitting next to you hates you blowing your brains out (the other definition of which they’d probably prefer), you should just do it anyway…because no one ponders that they might be being rude anymore. Civility evidently is no longer a relevant concept.

    Know what the defintion of “rude” in today’s world is? “You pointed out that I was being rude? How RUDE of you.”

    In other words, rudeness is accepted. So don’t you DARE be rude enough to point out someone’s boorish behavior.

    Want proof? The next time you tell someone who’s trying to cut in line at a concession stand, “The the line starts back there”, your kids will be upset with YOU, rather than with the person butting in. You’ll get, “Da-ad” (the two syllable version indicating their annoyance with you for being such a social misfit).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    You had me until the last paragraph. Your kids aren’t whining in embarrassment because social mores have declined. They’re doing it because they’re your kids, and you’re their dad, and everything you do in their immediate presence will cause them acute embarrassment until they are at least 22 years old.

    The good news on the vuvuzela proliferation front is that NRA types are making huge gains in liberalizing the right to carry firearms into damn near any private establishment, from churches to bars. If current trends continue, we’ll have the right to carry a semi-auto to the stadium at about the same time vuvuzelas become popular. Like they say, “Don’t bring a thin plastic horn to a gunfight at a ballgame.”

  • Chance Michaels | June 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment="395288"]Today’s ESPN column is up:
    http://sports.espn.g...
    Good column. Although you can see how cities would need to spend their money elsewhere, it’s infuriating how historic sites are allowed to rot.

    LoPinto’s group is a 501(c)3 – everyone interested in preserving the history should consider a donation. We can’t expect the city to step in, but perhaps we can help keep the place standing.

  • flip | June 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

    From the ticker … A while back I reported that Texas A+M’s new football uniforms would feature a new logo above the nameplate. Now we finally know what the front view and pants will look like. Basically, they’ve moved the Adidas logo to the base of the collar and replaced the traditional pants piping with a very thin line, all of which seems like no biggie either way (with thanks to Chris Smith). …
    But it is a big deal. A&M is going minimalistic, losing some pretty impressive duds.

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

    [quote comment="395300"][quote comment="395288"]Today’s ESPN column is up:
    http://sports.espn.g...
    Good column. Although you can see how cities would need to spend their money elsewhere, it’s infuriating how historic sites are allowed to rot.

    LoPinto’s group is a 501(c)3 – everyone interested in preserving the history should consider a donation. We can’t expect the city to step in, but perhaps we can help keep the place standing.[/quote]

    Some utter moron named Jerry Metiva just sent me the following e-mail:

    “Paul with the amount of money black athletes make nowadays they should be in the front of the line to restore these old stadiums . White people shouldn’t have to send a dime for this B.S.”

    I wish I could say this was the first time I’d heard something along these lines.

    So, right — white people, whose discriminatory policies were the reason the Negro Leagues had to form in the first place, have zero responsibility when it comes to preserving Negro Leagues history. Makes perfect sense to me.

  • M.Princip | June 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    [quote comment="395284"]“Unique” practice jerseys in the UFL. At least there aren’t ads on them…….yet.

    http://www.lasvegass...

    http://www.youtube.c...

    The Locos wordmark looked great on GWAR, yet just another complete joke from the design & marketing dipshits at the UFL. Fail!

    http://images.uulyri...

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment="395299"][quote comment="395229"][quote comment="395225"]Oh yeah, I forgot to ask (and thanks, Ricko, for reminding me) how friggin’ long is it gonna be till those damn vuvuzelas start showing up at every NCAA sporting event? Damn you, South African marketing guy!!![/quote]

    I gotta re-post this from yesterday…

    As long as someone brought that up, I’ll mention what I was thinking about this a.m.

    The core issue that bugs me about the vuvuzelas is this: Blowing them kind of says the “right” (ahem) of a fan in the stands to do anything—so long as it isn’t illegal or strictly prohibited in the fine print on the back of his ticket—to feel “part of the game” instead of being just a witness to it, is bigger than the game itself.

    It goes to a broader social issue, too. Apparently it doesn’t matter if the family sitting next to you hates you blowing your brains out (the other definition of which they’d probably prefer), you should just do it anyway…because no one ponders that they might be being rude anymore. Civility evidently is no longer a relevant concept.

    Know what the defintion of “rude” in today’s world is? “You pointed out that I was being rude? How RUDE of you.”

    In other words, rudeness is accepted. So don’t you DARE be rude enough to point out someone’s boorish behavior.

    Want proof? The next time you tell someone who’s trying to cut in line at a concession stand, “The the line starts back there”, your kids will be upset with YOU, rather than with the person butting in. You’ll get, “Da-ad” (the two syllable version indicating their annoyance with you for being such a social misfit).

    —Ricko[/quote]

    You had me until the last paragraph. Your kids aren’t whining in embarrassment because social mores have declined. They’re doing it because they’re your kids, and you’re their dad, and everything you do in their immediate presence will cause them acute embarrassment until they are at least 22 years old.

    The good news on the vuvuzela proliferation front is that NRA types are making huge gains in liberalizing the right to carry firearms into damn near any private establishment, from churches to bars. If current trends continue, we’ll have the right to carry a semi-auto to the stadium at about the same time vuvuzelas become popular. Like they say, “Don’t bring a thin plastic horn to a gunfight at a ballgame.”[/quote]

    Gee. I never knew that, about being a source of embarrassment to our kids. And because I was so completely unaware of that little-known point, it blew my entire contention? Damn, you’re a tough grader.

    I was using the story to make a point.

    Because, as JimV pointed out, kids aren’t likely to ask another kids (or anyone else) to sit down because they’re in the way. My example (which did happen to me with my kids, btw) is what got me to thinking about it. Of course, I knew I embarrassed them, but I also realized there was underlying element of “if someone wants to be a jerk you just have to let them” in their mindset.

    Bad manners or no manners, it seems, are to be tolerated…largely because the people WITH no manners don’t know they HAVE no manners and therefore will be confrontational if you call them on it.

    Stopping to consider the other person is a notion that virtually has disappeared. And it’s especially noticeable at sporting events. That was the overall point.

    That, and that people WITH manners are the bad guys if they speak up.

    —Ricko

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

    [quote comment="395302"][quote comment="395300"][quote comment="395288"]Today’s ESPN column is up:
    http://sports.espn.g...
    Good column. Although you can see how cities would need to spend their money elsewhere, it’s infuriating how historic sites are allowed to rot.

    LoPinto’s group is a 501(c)3 – everyone interested in preserving the history should consider a donation. We can’t expect the city to step in, but perhaps we can help keep the place standing.[/quote]

    Some utter moron named Jerry Metiva just sent me the following e-mail:

    “Paul with the amount of money black athletes make nowadays they should be in the front of the line to restore these old stadiums . White people shouldn’t have to send a dime for this B.S.”

    I wish I could say this was the first time I’d heard something along these lines.

    So, right — white people, whose discriminatory policies were the reason the Negro Leagues had to form in the first place, have zero responsibility when it comes to preserving Negro Leagues history. Makes perfect sense to me.[/quote]

    Update: Jerry just sent me a follow-up email, apologizing for his first one. So there you go.

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment="395305"]
    people WITH no manners don’t know they HAVE no manners and therefore will be confrontational if you call them on it.
    [/quote]

    i believe that’s because you’ve ‘disrespected’ them

  • James Craven | June 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment="395298"]“Didn’t watch much College World Series this weekend, but I love the way the OU guys wear their pants…”[/quote]

    And Sooner Nation GETS ITTM.

  • JTH | June 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    And speaking of Flag Day

    (If you click that link after Midnight, EDT that will probably make no sense to you).

  • Bourbon Soaked Idiot | June 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm |

    [quote comment="395277"][quote comment="395267"]Davis and Neise seem to have respect for their team’s uniform and neither wears “pajamas”pants.”[/quote]

    Um, they BOTH wear pajama pants (but I’m plenty fond of both of them and glad to have them on my team, beak noses and all). It’s hard to have a debate with someone who can’t even get this simple point right….[/quote]


    http://www.nydailyne...

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm |

    [quote comment="395310"][quote comment="395277"][quote comment="395267"]Davis and Neise seem to have respect for their team’s uniform and neither wears “pajamas”pants.”[/quote]

    Um, they BOTH wear pajama pants (but I’m plenty fond of both of them and glad to have them on my team, beak noses and all). It’s hard to have a debate with someone who can’t even get this simple point right….[/quote]


    http://www.nydailyne...[/quote]

    tis true niese has been one of the few to wear his pants high…he’s also gone pajama pantsed as well…

    and yeah…when he has, he REALLY goes low

  • RS Rogers | June 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm |

    [quote comment="395305"Gee. I never knew that, about being a source of embarrassment to our kids. And because I was so completely unaware of that little-known point, it blew my entire contention? Damn, you're a tough grader.

    ---Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko, I’m sorry it wasn’t clear that I was kidding sympathetically in my response, not actually criticizing your post.

    Makes me wonder: Did you also think I was earnestly advocating shooting vuvuzela blowers? If so, then your silence indicates consent, and I’ve hugely underestimated how much the vuvuzelas bother you!

  • Paul Lukas | June 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

    [quote comment="395310"][quote comment="395277"][quote comment="395267"]Davis and Neise seem to have respect for their team’s uniform and neither wears “pajamas”pants.”[/quote]

    Um, they BOTH wear pajama pants (but I’m plenty fond of both of them and glad to have them on my team, beak noses and all). It’s hard to have a debate with someone who can’t even get this simple point right….[/quote]


    http://www.nydailyne...[/quote]

    Uh, that photo is from 2008.

    Here’s how Niese dresses nowadays (i.e., last week in Cleveland):
    http://farm2.static....

  • Jeremy | June 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    Anyone else notice the weird spacing on the NOBs for Adidas team players with 4 letter names?
    http://soccernet.esp...
    http://soccernet.esp...

  • =bg= | June 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    http://sports.yahoo....

    Tennis uni-watch @ the Big W. Only one photo of Ana- she’s already lost in R1..again.

  • Richard Stover | June 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm |

    These (or very similar) plastic horns were actually sold to fans, during Red Sox games inside Fenway park in my 1960′s childhood. We still find them sold on corners in the city on New Year’s Eve.

    If you are an old Red Sox fan, as I am, you may own a copy of the LP (also available on CD) “The Impossible Dream (The Story of the 1967 Red Sox)” During some of the play-by-play you can hear some horns sounded.

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm |

    [quote comment="395312"][quote comment="395305"Gee. I never knew that, about being a source of embarrassment to our kids. And because I was so completely unaware of that little-known point, it blew my entire contention? Damn, you're a tough grader.

    ---Ricko[/quote]

    Ricko, I’m sorry it wasn’t clear that I was kidding sympathetically in my response, not actually criticizing your post.

    Makes me wonder: Did you also think I was earnestly advocating shooting vuvuzela blowers? If so, then your silence indicates consent, and I’ve hugely underestimated how much the vuvuzelas bother you![/quote]

    Nah, just between home and office.

    And I apologize, I guess I didn’t realize you being facetious. There’s so much nitpicking here that’s it tough not to defensivce. But I though you MIGHT be, that’s why I said you were a “tough grader.” :)

    Shoot vuvzela blowers? No, but I think the next time any of them is having sex I want there to be an electric razor sitting running on the nightstand (or the dashboard, depending) the whole time. Wait, that doesn’t equate, that’d be only for a minute or so.

    —Rick

  • =bg= | June 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

    http://tennisconnect...

    Forgot this- the Nadal look.

  • Jeremy | June 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm |

    [quote comment="395318"]http://tennisconnected.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/wimbycrop.jpg

    Forgot this- the Nadal look.[/quote]

    is Nadal a Houston Texans fan?
    Seriously, is there a story behind Rafa’s bull logo? I don’t remember hearing it before?

  • Philly Bill | June 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm |

    That old Cooper helmet reminds me, I saw an armadillo in my neighbor’s yard this morning…

  • Nate in the PDX | June 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm |

    Jeremy, a quick google turns up “El Toro” as one of Nadal’s nicknames. I assume that logo was created just for him.

    http://www.rafaelnad...

  • JTH | June 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    [quote comment="395317"]Shoot vuvzela blowers? No, but I think the next time any of them is having sex I want there to be an electric razor sitting running on the nightstand (or the dashboard, depending) the whole time.[/quote]
    I’d imagine the buzzing sound from a battery-powered device would be nothing out of the ordinary for a good number of them.

  • Chris from Carver | June 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm |

    [quote comment="395322"][quote comment="395317"]Shoot vuvzela blowers? No, but I think the next time any of them is having sex I want there to be an electric razor sitting running on the nightstand (or the dashboard, depending) the whole time.[/quote]
    I’d imagine the buzzing sound from a battery-powered device would be nothing out of the ordinary for a good number of them.[/quote]
    HIYOOOO!

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm |

    [quote comment="395312"]

    Did you also think I was earnestly advocating shooting vuvuzela blowers? [/quote]

    you weren’t?

  • The Hemogoblin | June 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm |

    Can we please put this damn vuvuzela thing to rest? We’ve already established who stands where on the whole topic, and nobody’s opinion is going to change at this point. Everyone’s just arguing for the sake of arguing and it’s annoying. (And trust me, I know annoying.)

    Why don’t we talk about uniforms or something?

  • BurghFan | June 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm |

    [quote comment="395325"]Everyone’s just arguing for the sake of arguing and it’s annoying. (And trust me, I know annoying.)[/quote]

    you know what’s annoying?

    those goddam vuvuzelas, that’s what

    you know what someone who possesses video editing skills needs to do (like they do with the hitler video)? get that clip from dumb and dumber and when lloyd says “wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?” they just pop in audio from the world cup

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm |

    gee…i should have figured someone already did that

  • concealed78 | June 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm |

    Here’s a pillbox version I’ve never seen that I just found: old Orioles:

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

  • RS Rogers | June 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm |

    Hemogoblin is right. It’s time to set aside mindless vuvuzela bashing and get back on topic. Such as bashing sports merchandise that’s black for black’s sake.

    Like this black vuvuzela. Man, that sucks. Imagine having to listen to that for 90 minutes when black isn’t even one of your team’s real colors!

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm |

    [quote comment="395330"]Hemogoblin is right. It’s time to set aside mindless vuvuzela bashing and get back on topic. Such as bashing sports merchandise that’s black for black’s sake.

    Like this black vuvuzela. Man, that sucks. Imagine having to listen to that for 90 minutes when black isn’t even one of your team’s real colors![/quote]

    Actually, I was talking about the overall rudeness of fans at sporting events. “I paid my money and if you don’t like what I do, tough.”

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm |

    [quote comment="395329"]Here’s a pillbox version I’ve never seen that I just found: old Orioles:

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

    Fan hat. Had ‘em for every team. Both leagues.
    Overwhelming majority of teams never used them as part of their uniform during regular season. Pirates and Cardinals, for sure, but that’s about it.

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | June 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm |

    [quote comment="395331"]

    Actually, I was talking about the overall rudeness of fans at sporting events. “I paid my money and if you don’t like what I do, tough.”[/quote]

    you mean like brenda?

  • interlockingtc | June 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm |

    Paul, thank you for the espn article today.

    I know nothing of the financial, social and cultural dynamics of Paterson, New Jersey, so maybe it’s misguided of me to comment on the state of Hinchcliffe Stadium, but after reading your article and seeing the video and Kristen’s photos, I actually feel optimistic about the future of that building. Thank you for bringing the issue to a wider audience.

    You see, I think it will happen primarily with volunteers at first, and it will, of course, happen one small step at a time, and the press must get involved to a greater degree, and eventually–whether out of magnanimity or self-promotion–those with money (Nike, MLB, the NFL, for instance), will step up and want to associate themselves with the preservation of this stadium because why wouldn’t they? It’s a beautiful piece of architecture that is full of history and it could help, at least a little, revitalize a community.

    It’s heartbreaking to look at the crumbling concrete and busted toilets and the graffiti and the general disrepair, but the good thing is that it can be fixed. If there is a will.

    I bet if 50 people converged on the place on a Saturday they could remove every bit of that vegetation. The next weekend, all the graffiti could be painted over. The next weekend all the broken concrete and pipes could be hauled away. The place would look a lot different just by virtue of those cosmetic changes. It would be done by volunteers, it would receive coverage in the media, and more people would get involved.

    I don’t know why, 3,000 away and having never set foot in New Jersey, this story has touched me, but it has. I guess it’s because I honestly see promise there. If people would give just a little bit of themselves beyond of their own self interests, just a few hours, everyone would benefit in the end.

    This photo by Kristen is beautiful, by the way…

    http://farm5.static....

  • =bg= | June 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm |

    [quote comment="395321"]Jeremy, a quick google turns up “El Toro” as one of Nadal’s nicknames. I assume that logo was created just for him.

    http://www.rafaelnad...

    you are correct, sir.

  • interlockingtc | June 21, 2010 at 8:46 pm |

    Photo by Kirsten. Sorry.

  • concealed78 | June 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm |

    [quote comment="395332"][quote comment="395329"]Here’s a pillbox version I’ve never seen that I just found: old Orioles:

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

    Fan hat. Had ‘em for every team. Both leagues.
    Overwhelming majority of teams never used them as part of their uniform during regular season. Pirates and Cardinals, for sure, but that’s about it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Fashion pillbox caps for every team? I have a small collection pics I’ve found on the web, all ranging from 1976-1984 eras roughly; 16 of then-26 teams including a plain Old Vegas Gold Pirates one. 17 if you count the Dodgers New Era Japanese site from February of 2010 featured here. Always an odd find.

  • Ricko | June 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm |

    [quote comment="395337"][quote comment="395332"][quote comment="395329"]Here’s a pillbox version I’ve never seen that I just found: old Orioles:

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

    Fan hat. Had ‘em for every team. Both leagues.
    Overwhelming majority of teams never used them as part of their uniform during regular season. Pirates and Cardinals, for sure, but that’s about it.

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Fashion pillbox caps for every team? I have a small collection pics I’ve found on the web, all ranging from 1976-1984 eras roughly; 16 of then-26 teams including a plain Old Vegas Gold Pirates one. 17 if you count the Dodgers New Era Japanese site from February of 2010 featured here. Always an odd find.[/quote]

    My mistake. I over-generalized, I guess. I just know that they were far more a souvenir item than a game cap. I didn’t actually keep a tally at the time, but I saw so many fan versions I just figured every team had them made up. Didn’t mean to mislead anyone.

    —Ricko

  • ab | June 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm |

    [quote comment="395326"]Cavs officially “update” logos. (Just the colors/)[/quote]

    The old logos are still on Wikipedia for reference.

    I like the gold color change. The logos pop out a lot better with the yellow-gold. Surprised to see a team switch from old-gold to yellow-gold, instead of vice versa (Pens, Rams).

  • Kevin Z. | June 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm |

    I posted screen grabs of the TCU catcher’s all-white helmet (all-white in that the brim is white too – as opposed to the Florida catcher’s white helmet with royal blue brim).

    http://www.uniwatchb...

    It turns out the TCU catcher is wearing that same all-white helmet with TCU’s gray uniforms with purple pinstripes. Click through the slide show for a couple other photos from tonight’s game as well as Saturday’s.

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

  • Kevin Z. | June 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

    Here’s a correct link to my comment on Saturday about the TCU catcher’s all-white helmet:

    http://www.uniwatchb...

  • Dave R | June 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |

    Come on Paul. The longest day of the year is the first Sunday in November (i.e. Daylight Saving Time day). No other day lasts 25 hours.

  • Sam Roberts | June 22, 2010 at 4:31 am |
  • Doug Rogers | June 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm |

    Anybody recall Mark Napier wearing the XL7? I could be misremembering…