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The Team That Can Never Play a Color-vs.-Color Game

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As you probably know, Georgia Tech always wears white at home. And since almost everyone else wears color at home, that basically means Tech wears white for every game. They also seem to be one of those teams that revise their uniforms on a near-annual basis (I believe that’s actually part of their deal with Russell Athletic — a new design every season), so each year they trot out two new jerseys, one of which never gets worn.

Russell has come up with a novel solution to that problem this year: The Yellow Jackets will have two different white jerseys — one for home and one for the road. As you can see, the only difference between the two designs is that the home jersey has a gold collar, cuffs, and side panels, while those elements are navy on the road version.

Georgia Tech isn’t the first team to have two white jerseys, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time a team has had separate white designs with specific home and road designations. It’s a merchandising boondoggle, natch — a way for Russell to market two jerseys that are in regular on-field rotation instead of one.

Such distinctions notwithstanding, is that a miserable design or what? If forced to choose, I’d go with the road version, but it’s a train wreck either way. Yeesh.

Meanwhile, what will Tech wear if, as occasionally happens, they’re on the road against LSU (college football’s other white-at-home team)? Well, LSU isn’t on Tech’s schedule this season. And by next year they’ll probably have another uniform set anyway, so we can worry about that then.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Last week I linked to a story about a Brooklyn Cyclones player who’s hooked up to an insulin pump in his pocket. Turns out the Staten Island Yankees have a diabetic pitcher who wears a pump, and he pitched against the Cyclones on June 20th. “This was quite possibly had the first-ever match-up of two players both wearing insulin pumps on the field,” notes Tim Burke. … What’s so interesting about this game-used Yadier Molina helmet? If you look at the last photo, you’ll see Molina used “Pro Dri” padding instead of the usual gray pads. “I have used a helmet with this kind of paddig, and it’s far more comfortable,” says Grant Goldman. … And new jerseys for Clemson. “As you may recall from last year, they changed the pants to a more traditional stripe pattern but did not have time to alter the tops, so now the jersey has caught up with the pants,” says Benji Boyter. … New douchbag-ish shoe line for Tim Tebow (with thanks to Darin Nelson). … New soccer kit for Rayados del Monterrey (with thanks to Carlos Garza). … Bosox players currently rehabbing with Pawtucket are getting to keep their big league uni numbers, which is wreaking havoc with the Pawsox numerical roster. For details, go to this page, search on the word “numbers,” and start reading from there (big thanks to Todd Radom). … Good overview of EPL home kits here (with thanks to Ryan McDevitt). … The CFL is showcasing a new set of throwbacks, this time focusing on the 1970s. The BC Lions’ design is showcased here and here, plus there’s a video report (with thanks to Steve May). … I was eating some peanuts the other day and remembered a totally dorky thing that I will now share with you: When I was a kid, I read the comic book “Thor” (yes, comic books are lame, but whatever). Thor’s father was Odin, and Odin was basically this old dude with a thick white beard and a Norse battle helmet. In short, he was a helmet with whiskers. Here’s the peanut-related part: You know how if you remove the red skin from a peanut and then separate it into its two halves, there’s that little sprout-ish nub at the base of one half? I think it’s called the germ or something. Anyway, when I was a kid, I always thought the little sprout-ish thing kinda looked like Odin. … David Price’s equipment didn’t arrive at Yankee Stadium on Friday, forcing him to borrow pants, sliding pants, socks, and an undershirt from Reid Brignac and wear a James Shields batting practice jersey during BP (with thanks to Nick Hanson). … Terence Kearns came across something pretty cool: uni-themed fridge magnets! … I wouldn’t mind Nike sneakers so much if they were always rendered in hamburger form (with thanks to Adam Walter). … What are those little notes on Stewart Cink’s golf bag? Rather incredibly, they’re Twitter messages (with thanks to John Okray). … Yo, Rajai Davis: Your gold sannies are supposed to show at the bottom of your stirrups but not at the top (with thanks to Mike Engle). … Jack Krabbe notes that Jose Bautista still has the All-Star Game decal on his helmet. … See if you can figure this one out: When the Royals wear their sky blue jerseys, they also wear sky blue caps, but they don’t have a separate set of batting helmets — they just wear their usual royal helmets. The weird part is that Jason Kendall does have a sky blue catcher’s helmet (good spot by Kurtis Dilley). … Lots going on in this screen shot. First, Francisco Rodriguez’s batting helmet is Dymo-tagged with his nickname, not with his surname. Second, that’s not Rodriguez wearing the helmet — it’s recent call-up Justin Turner, who apparently doesn’t have his own helmet yet. And third, looks like Turner wears a mouthguard (screen shot courtesy of Bryan Heaton). … James Poisso was recently at the St. Louis History Museum and spotted a uniform for the St. Louis Hummers, a women’s pro softball team that played from 1973-79. Their colors were based on the old St. Louis Browns. … Police officers in the British county of Sussex are none too pleased after management sent around a memo spelling out the right and wrong ways to wear their uniforms. … Somehow we all missed this two Saturdays ago. The caption: “Arizona Diamondbacks ‘legends’ (L-R) Matt Williams, Mark Grace and Luis Gonzalez are apprehended by ‘Star Wars’ storm trooper characters during a break from the Major League Baseball game between the Florida Marlins of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 10, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.” Wha..? (Thanks, Phil.) … Interesting new package design for Dewar’s 12-year-old, as the front label has been broken up into two labels. … Great slideshow of old newsstand paperweights here.

 

125 comments to The Team That Can Never Play a Color-vs.-Color Game

  • Doug in GA | July 19, 2010 at 7:59 am |

    GT played LSU in the 2008 Chik-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

    They wore navy tops (NOT gold) and LSU wore white.

    Somebody more computer literate than I can probably post photos.

    • Rob | July 19, 2010 at 8:05 am |

      Here you go: from 2008

      • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 8:47 am |

        Ah, Paul was one step ahead of you. Check out the photos from his leded.

        By the way, Wake Forest declined last year to allow Georgia Tech to wear white at home. Tech wore gold and Wake wore white. That also happened when Jim Caldwell was the coach back in the mid-1990s.

        • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 8:50 am |

          Make that “lede.” Sorry.

        • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 8:53 am |

          Paul — does Ga. Tech have a gold or navy jersey for that once-a-year game that they have to wear something other than white?

        • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 8:59 am |

          “does Ga. Tech have a gold or navy jersey for that once-a-year game that they have to wear something other than white?”

          from the lede:

          each year they trot out two new jerseys, one of which never gets worn.

        • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 9:07 am |

          Yes, but that looks like an old pic.

        • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 9:15 am |

          wake forest forced them to bust out the gold jerseys last november

        • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 9:28 am |

          Yes, I mentioned that. And we (Wake) lost too.

        • Chris Holder | July 19, 2010 at 9:32 am |

          To be fair, LSU *does* have a purple uniform that they wear on occasion. They seem to use them at least once every year or two. Google came up with this quick result: http://www.foulpole2...

        • JamesP. | July 19, 2010 at 9:53 am |

          LSU wears Purple for non-SEC teams that travel to Baton Rouge, but even then they have the choice to wear white or not.

        • SaveFarris | July 19, 2010 at 10:19 am |

          The “purple for non-SEC” tradition is normally only for the Rent-a-Win type games (Tulane, North TX, Mid TN, etc.) When they play a quality BCS opponent at home (Virginia Tech in 2007, West Virginia this year), expect them to wear the whites.

        • QualityStarts | July 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

          Perhaps it’s sort of out of respect for their lesser opponents. It could be pretty embarassing to get beat badly and notice LSU didn’t even have to get their whites dirty.

    • Kub | July 22, 2010 at 11:43 pm |

      How has no one mentioned the new uniforms that GT wore in this past year’s Orange Bowl?
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      http://cdn0.sbnation...
      looks like those will never again see the light of day

  • War Damn Eagle | July 19, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    Matt Williams: All this excitement has over-sized the heads of my counterparts here… If you don’t mind I’d like to take them down to maintenance.

    http://cache.daylife...

    • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 9:05 am |

      alright

    • Phil | July 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm |

      LOL!

  • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 8:55 am |

    From the Ticker:

    See if you can figure this one out: When the Royals wear their sky blue jerseys, they also wear sky blue caps, but they don’t have a separate set of batting helmets — they just wear their usual royal helmets. The weird part is that Jason Kendall does have a sky blue catcher’s helmet (good spot by Kurtis Dilley).

    ***

    Remember, Joe Mauer wears that old tri-color Twins helmet to catch in and the Twins don’t wear that to hit in.

    • Bernard | July 19, 2010 at 9:16 am |

      It’s cheapo that the Royals don’t have sky blue batting helmets, but I suppose Kendall at least kinda matches his teammates in the field.

  • JamesP. | July 19, 2010 at 8:55 am |

    As my wife pointed out, the Hummers were probably the most popular team in the league…

    • Bernard | July 19, 2010 at 9:20 am |

      … and may have inspired a modern minor league baseball team…

      http://www.beejays.k...

      • JamesP. | July 19, 2010 at 9:54 am |

        I can see the What If Sports match up now…Hummers vs BJs…

        • Dan Cichalski | July 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

          Seriously — a women’s team named the Hummers! Imagine if the scoreboard had the Reingold ad that used to be on the Shea scoreboard.

  • Nick | July 19, 2010 at 8:59 am |

    Anyone know where the pinstripe on this Carl Crawford baseball card came from?

    • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 9:49 am |

      Swatch might be from the side of the pantleg.
      Looks more like piping than a pinstripe.

      —Ricko

    • Nick | July 19, 2010 at 10:30 am |

      It’s supposed to be a game-used jersey card, though…

      • JTH | July 19, 2010 at 10:38 am |

        So it’s jersey piping, then.

      • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 10:48 am |

        My bad. I don’t pay attention to those nonsense cards.
        Ooo, one square inch of a uni.
        Who cares.
        What’s somebody gonna do, sniff it?

        —Ricko

    • Gordon G | July 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  • KilroyFSU | July 19, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    So if Georgia Tech doesn’t have a dark uniform, what happens when they play at home and a road team declines to wear their dark uniforms? It doesn’t sound like GIT has a third uni set (either navy or gold) for that circumstances. Might we have the first white on white game in the modern era?

    • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 9:07 am |

      Hey, the Mets and Pirates did it in ’77.

      • Bob | July 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm |

        So did the Cubs and Pirates, for sure in ’78 (saw a highlight clip on TWIB that I have on DVD) and probably in ’77, too.

        • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

          Yes, Jerry Reuss gave us that photo here two weeks ago.

        • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm |

          Pirates at Braves, too. Photo posted same Saturday as the others.

          —Ricko

    • Andy | July 19, 2010 at 9:13 am |

      What is the rule regarding this in college? In the NFL, the home team chooses one jersey, and the road team has to comply, correct? In the NCAA, the road team can say, “Nope!” and then they get to wear what they want? Why don’t more teams force teams like LSU to wear their dark colors at home then? Can the home team then issue a rebuttal and insist that they wear white?

      • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 9:34 am |

        The college rule is that the home team wears dark and and the road team white, unless the home team receives permission from the road team to wear white. Yes, the road team has a veto. I don’t know if the SEC has its own rule allowing LSU to trump that veto, but they always wear white at home (though some schools request the opportunity to wear white at home when playing LSU the next year).

        • Jordan Sogn | July 19, 2010 at 10:56 am |

          I believe LSU wears purple at home vs. non-conference opponents at night…it may even translate further down to home games vs. non-conference, at night, from the state of LA.

        • Bob | July 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

          The SEC has its own rule that allows the home team jersey color choice. Florida and Mississippi State are the only two teams in the last decade that have forced LSU into purple on the road and the Gators last did it in 2000. Back in the 1970s before there were jersey rules and home teams could choose freely, Kentucky used to make LSU wear purple on the Tigers’ then-biennial trips to Lexington.

  • dt183 | July 19, 2010 at 9:12 am |

    That peanut totally reminds me of something else.

    • Adam | July 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm |

      Does it rhyme with “schlitoris”?

      • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm |

        jesus

      • dt183 | July 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm |

        mulva

      • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm |

        bovary

  • Patrick Mahoney | July 19, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    I think Justin Turner is chewing on a foam thumb protector not a mouth guard.http://ep.yimg.com/c...

    Although as a Yankee fan i know Jeter and Pettitte def use a clear mouth guard. I think Andy picked it up from Roger Clemans at the end of his career. I think it has to do with biting down when pitching.

  • LT | July 19, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    I think that Turner is rocking a thumb pad, and he is just holding it in his mouth. Either that or he has the smallest mouth in the world.

    • union jack | July 19, 2010 at 11:15 am |

      Agreed — I saw this right after Turner got on base, when he would likely be removing his batting gloves.

  • dt183 | July 19, 2010 at 9:31 am |
    • Terence M. K. | July 19, 2010 at 9:48 am |

      Pacifier?…

      • Roger | July 19, 2010 at 10:05 am |

        You wear that around your thumb. It’s supposed to reduce sting, improve grip and enhance swing.

  • matt in cleveland | July 19, 2010 at 9:34 am |

    with the retro cfl jerseys noticed a couple of things first i thought you could not cover the warning sticker on the helmet they do with a maple leaf. secondly, very good throwback uni and helmet nice style and if you look it appears to be an actual sleve in comparing the game jersey to the store jersey the old timer is wearing it looks like the used the elastic band as the other white stripe. overalll very nice work on them. also on college football was wondering when the entire uniform changes post is going to be out.

  • Ricardo Leonor | July 19, 2010 at 9:43 am |

    Was watching the Dave Winfield YANKEEOGRAPHY on YES and noticed a couple of things…

    1. When they showed shots of the stands, Yankee Stadium was completely empty. They showed one shot where the entire upper deck was empty, I mean not a single soul, like it was actually closed….I don’t remember attendance being THAT BAD….

    2. It looked like Winfield, Mattingly and Rickey Henderson wore skin tight unis, almost looked like spandex.

    3. The Blue Jay unis from the 80s were really cool, they should go back to that.

    4. Finally, we have discussed solid color alts and road tops ( the softball look ) a million times…but for some reason, I did not remember so many American League teams wearing them in the 80s. The Orioles and the A’s didnt surprise me, but there were replays of Winfield at bats against an assortment of solid color jersey pitchers. There was one red ( Indians? ) and numerous shades of dark blue ( not powder ) that I could not identify. I know teams wore them in the 70s, but I did not recall them in the 80s….

    • random reader | July 19, 2010 at 9:56 am |

      The Yankees drew miniscule crowds in the 1980s and early 1990s.

      Every time Jim Thome’s first ever HR is shown, when he hit it into the RF upper deck at Yankee Stadium, you can see how the whole section was devoid of people.

      Even when the Yankees had that dominating season in 1998, there were still some games that were not completely sold out (I remember seeing the LF bleachers be empty a lot on TV).

    • David Gratt | July 19, 2010 at 10:55 am |

      as indicated above, in the 80s and 90s, when the yankees had a lot of hitting and no pitching, they often drew in the low to mid 20s. Needless to say, sitting in the bleachers was lovely, since you could spread out and talk baseball with your friends.

      Interestingly, they yankees didn’t even draw 3M in 1998, so there was a lot of opportunity to spread out and watch then also. Those were good years.

      The upper deck wings were frequently empty. If you had upper deck seats and went to sit out there (sitting in fair territory is cool!), Burns Security would come and boot you out. That part of the stadium was only open on a demand basis; I want to say that you never say people sitting in those areas unless attendance went over 35k. And the left field bleachers were *never* open unless the right field bleachers sold out (except on Con-Ed nights).

      we used to estimate the attendance based on which sections were open and then compare it to the attendance game! Fun things to do at the ballpark!

      • random reader | July 19, 2010 at 11:10 am |

        My friend’s father used to tell her how people (even businessmen in suits) would sneak up to the upper deck to smoke weed but no one did anything since so few people were in the seats.

      • Jim Vilk | July 19, 2010 at 11:18 am |

        “sitting in fair territory is cool!”

        It sure is. Never understood the clamor over getting a foul ball. Now, catching a home run ball? That is worth getting excited.

        The only time I like sitting in foul territory is when I’m at a Pirates game. Right field upper deck is almost always in the shade. And, yeah, if someone else springs for the tickets, it’s not too bad sitting behind the plate. Otherwise, I want to be out in the outfield with my glove.

        • David Gratt | July 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm |

          For a while, I had a package of two season seats iin the front row of the upper deck in Tiger Stadium. Absolute heaven.

          We never caught any home run balls, but had a few go over our heads. I also remember the ringing noise it made when a home run ball hit a post that I was leaning against.

  • Justin Bates | July 19, 2010 at 10:00 am |

    Interesting observation about that link about the Royals helmets: there appears to be a logo mishap. There is a Texas Rangers logo for the Athletics and a Seattle Mariners logo for the Royals.

  • Ricardo Leonor | July 19, 2010 at 10:01 am |

    I remember that during for a long time, the stadium would basically only sell out for opening day…and even during the late 90s..a complete sellout was rare…

    But those early 80s games, there seemed to be 10,000 people in the stands….and its not like the Yankees were exactly a last place team during that time… I guess it’s just funny the way your mind remembers some things….

    • Geeman | July 19, 2010 at 10:10 am |

      Yanks weren’t the only one. Only 13,000 were in the stands the night Roger hung 20 K’s on Seattle in April 1986. Nowadays there’d be 13,000 standing outside trying to get in if a Clemens-like figure was pitching at Fenway.

      • Chance Michaels | July 19, 2010 at 10:20 am |

        True enough. Breaks my heart to watch the footage of Hank Aaron’s last home run bounce into a nearly-empty grandstand section.

        Hard to recognize a great era in sports when you’re in it, because you see all the bad so clearly, but in terms of people coming out to the ballpark this is a new Golden Age of Baseball.

      • BurghFan | July 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm |

        IIRC, there were more people at the Garden that night watching a Celtic playoff game than there were at Fenway.

        • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm |

          Whether we want to admit it or not, it was 1998, the year of Mark and Sammy, that brought baseball back.

          You could look it up.

          —Ricko

  • JP | July 19, 2010 at 10:17 am |

    So the Tebow shoes are the same Nike Cross Trainer SC 1 that Bo Jackson first endorsed. But not in those god awful colors.

    • =bg= | July 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm |

      Never seen a Nike shoe with..another company’s logo on the tongue???

    • =bg= | July 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

      Never seen a Nike shoe with another company logo on their tongue.

  • David Murphy | July 19, 2010 at 10:19 am |

    As a Georgia Tech alumni and avid uni-watcher, the Jackets’ sorry uniforms have long been a sore subject with me. Tech has given over all uniform decisions to Russell Athletics, who have less of a clue than Tech. I know of no other Division 1 school who partners with Russell. Several years ago Auburn dropped Russell and signed with Under Armour.

    Tech does change jerseys often, showing disregard for fans who buy them, only to find them obsolete a year later. I’ve written several letters with suggestions. Tech has sent replies basically stating “we know what we’re doing” and “we like these jerseys just fine”.

    It’s like “The Emporer’s New Clothes”…Russell tells Tech “look at these great new uniforms!” and Tech believes them. You’d never see such crap from Nike or adidas.

    Just once did Tech/Russell get it right…several years ago when they wore throwback uniforms from the 60’s. I have come to expect Tech to wear the worst uniforms in college football.

    Meanwhile, Clemson continues to take staeps in the right direction.

    • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |

      “You’d never see such crap from Nike or adidas.”

      no…of course not

    • Stan Schirmer (srschirm) | July 22, 2010 at 8:51 am |

      I’m with you David. Classic and simple is best. I can’t stand what Russell is doing to our beautiful uniforms. Trust me, we are not alone in this sentiment. We look better suited for a field in Calgary or Toronto than at Historic Grant Field.

  • Kevin Hastings | July 19, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    Re: Royals

    The baby blue jerseys don’t work for me with regular white home pants. I say do it all the way or nothing. Not everyone here is a fan of the old blue monochrome, but this was one of my favorite uniforms of all time…

    http://www.baseball-...

    • traxel | July 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

      I’m the other way around but probably in the moniority. I like the powder tops and white pants. That much powder (tops and bottoms) on the Royals was too much for me, needed another color in there somewhere. The powder hats are really bad and even more unnecessary.

  • Teebz | July 19, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    Well, I’ve finally wandered back to this saloon. Interesting changes with all the comments.

    Congratulations to Ben on his win! The soon-to-be-discontinued Buffaslug looks good! Congratulations to all the UW readers who took part in the 2010 HBIC Playoff Pool as well! I’m almost finished sending out all the prizes, so if you haven’t been contacted, just hold tight.

    Since there’s no hockey news for a while, I’ll go back to my dimly-lit basement cubicle. Enjoy your days!

    • traxel | July 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

      Thanks Teebz! You are my favorite Canadian!

      • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm |

        Yeah, where ya been, eh?

        —Ricko

  • Flip | July 19, 2010 at 10:30 am |

    Does the striping on the Clemson uniform have a name? It’s become rather common. I believe the Lakers were the first to use it, and recently I’ve noticed it on the Baseball Science guys on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight team. I like it and wish I knew what its called.

    http://farm5.static....
    http://www.maniacoge...

    • Andy | July 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

      There’s a total of zero stripes on that Clemson jersey. I don’t follow.

    • Payton | July 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

      I’m pretty sure he means the color around the back half of the collar.

  • JTH | July 19, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    PL:

    yes, comic books are lame, but whatever

    Blasphemer. And so soon after Harvey Pekar’s passing?

    Anyway, my grandmother said that the little peanut sprout thingy was Santa Claus sliding down the chimney.

  • glenn | July 19, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    Being a Texas Rangers fan ,i was reading older posts today searching Rangers notes,saw and read on twice about Toby Harrah one of my favorite alltime Rangers,the player pictured is not Toby, but Tom Grieve,one time general manager of the club and currently a broadcaster with the club.

  • Matt Beahan | July 19, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    Paul – comics are NOT lame. In fact, I’d probably put my love of comics over my love of sports. I’d even go as far to argue that comics are a much healthier interest than the obsessive study of baseball hosiery…

    • Jim Vilk | July 19, 2010 at 11:03 am |

      There are good comics, there are bad comics. There are good unis, there are bad unis. One hobby needn’t be considered better than the other.

      Reminds me…from Friday night’s comments, a preview of the Green Lantern’s uni from the upcoming movie:
      http://movies.yahoo....

      Nice, but I’d rather wear this:
      http://media.comicvi...

      • JTH | July 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |

        (How often will anyone say this here?) Where is the black in that costume? There’s way too much green.

        And holy crap is that article bad. 3,800 sectors? The Green Lantern Corp.? It’s a corps, not a corporation.

    • Paul Lukas | July 19, 2010 at 11:49 am |

      I should have specified: Superhero comics are lame.

      • Jim Vilk | July 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |

        Sometimes, but mid-40s and mid-70s superhero comics were awesome. Most of today’s are too gritty, too serious, too geared for people who used to be kids, instead of kids who are kids now.

        • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

          That there is a fersure-true statement.

          Although I’d have included the late-30s and early-40s in the awesomeness. The art was crude as the genre was inventing itself and finding its way, but that’s part of the pop culture wonder of it all, of watching a new medium being born. WWII, though, is what really gave comics a reason to exist. And, because of paper drives, it also lead to their scarcity. A lot of comics, after entertaining American kids, gave their lives for the war effort.

          —Ricko

      • John English | July 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |

        Wow! I totally would have guessed you as the opposite sentiment Paul.

        In fact I’ve halfway expected to see a movie superhero costume vs. comic book costume rant here at some point.

        • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

          John English? As in, “co-directed a mess of great Republic movie serials with William Witney?”

          —Ricko

        • =bg= | July 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm |

          I did in fact bring that up at one time.

  • MN | July 19, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    Everything about Tebow screams d’bag not just his shoes. He will be selling used cars soon enough……….

    • mtjaws | July 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm |

      Elway has made millions selling cars too. Those dealerships can be very lucrative.

  • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    James Gammon had died.
    Lou Brown: “I got a guy on the other line about some whitewalls.”
    http://www.mercuryne...

    —Ricko

  • Jim Vilk | July 19, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    At least the dueling white Ga. Tech jerseys are better than last year’s.

    As for the article on the EPL kits, the writer nailed it when describing West Bromwich Albion’s. The sponsor logo is so distracting that I wouldn’t buy a jersey, even though I like the team.
    http://adtech.panthe...

    I miss these:
    http://www.oldfootba...
    http://www.footballs...

  • John English | July 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |

    Here’s an odd one.

    On Saturday, (7/17), the Royals played the A’s in KC. The Royals were paying tribute to the Kansas City A’s that night with a cap giveaway, a cap which they also wore on the field.

    The cap was designed as a throwback to the old KC A’s caps, but in Royals blue, not green. Never heard of a team “saluting” the opposition’s history before.

    Photos: http://www.kansascit...

    Press release: http://kansascity.ro...

    • Raymond Neal | July 19, 2010 at 11:54 am |

      Looks like they wore that white and blue combo in 1961: http://exhibits.base...

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

        That ’61 hat’s navy, not royal.
        But, yeah, the logo’s the same.
        A’s used it in ’62, too, on a navy hat with red visor at home and gray hat with red visor on road (alternating with the home hat).
        In ’63 the kelly-gold era began.

        —Ricko

    • Paul Lukas | July 19, 2010 at 11:56 am |

      Similar to when the Brewers have worn Milwaukee Braves uniforms against the Braves.

      • John English | July 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

        THAT’S right, that did happen…

      • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm |

        see yesterday’s post for a number of those examples

  • timothymcn | July 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    That article on the Tebow shoes is pretty misleading. The trainer 1.2 is no way Tebow’s line. It’s a Nike Cross Trainer that has seen numerous colorways, dedicated to numerous athletes, inspired by uniform colorways.
    There’s a Ken Griffey Jr Mariners Colorway, a Bo Jackson Raiders & Royals Colorway and even a Mike Schmidt BURGUNDY Phillies Colorway!
    http://www.nicekicks...
    http://www.nicekicks...

  • interlockingtc | July 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

    Oh, man, those newsstand paperweights are so cool looking. One can imagine lifting it, feeling its heft, the smooth metal, the casting, then setting it back, satisfyingly, upon the pile of papers.

  • Geenf | July 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    Regarding the Sussex Police uniform:

    One of the stipulations is “Your utility belt should only contain items issued by the Force.”

    Insert your own Batman-Star Wars pastiche jokes here.

  • Jacob | July 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm |

    I have a question about uni-related etiquette:

    Can I, a white guy, wear a replica Negro League baseball uniform?

    I was interested in purchasing either a Homestead Grays or Kansas City Monarchs replica.

    • Ricko | July 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm |

      Well, I’d certainly hope so. MLB players of numerous ethnic backgrounds have worn them in throwback games.

      Even if that weren’t the case, you’d like to think appreciation of those leagues and the players in them would be the province and privilege of anyone who loves baseball.

      That should be the common denominator, shouldn’t it?

      —Ricko

      • mtjaws | July 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm |

        Definitely. I’m sure the curious will ask about it, and you could show why you enjoy it.

  • =bg= | July 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    I think there might be something wrong with the commenting today- two have just never shown up. Hmmm.

    • JTH | July 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  • natty bagger | July 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

    from the ticker…
    “Yo, Rajai Davis: Your gold sannies are supposed to show at the bottom of your stirrups but not at the top”
    …not true, sanis are folded down over the top of the rup, locks that shit down good n tight. the problem is he does not know how to wear his pants, he should be using the fold with his blousing. besides, as anyone in the revolution knows, tck’s coloured sanis are really thigh high nylons, which are actually pretty sweet. perfect for an afternoon on the ball field or a night out in drag, love the multipurpose.

    if you comment back i won’t see it, i can’t figure out how to follow the comments anymore.

    • JTH | July 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm |

      Yes, it is true. They aren’t supposed to be SHOWING at the top.

  • Kerry P | July 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

    Regarding LSU and the white vs purple jerseys:

    Beginning when Nick Saban got to LSU, the tradition became that LSU would wear purple jerseys against all non-conference opponents as well as on the home opener. Since Les Miles took over, that “tradition” seems to have been slightly altered.

  • Little Help | July 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

    what’s the site that was mentioned on here and (I think) advertised on this site sometimes, that sells like vintage footballs and baseballs.

    New ones made the ‘old’ way…

  • mtjaws | July 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm |

    I’m ok with Georgia Tech wearing white at home, and even having a different color pattern for the road version. But I don’t like the yellowish “old gold” they sometimes use. I much prefer the Vegas gold. I know the school colors are “old gold and white”, but that sure doesn’t look as nice, in my opinion.

    I do like seeing a gold or navy blue jersey sometimes too. But not the white helmets.

    • Andy | July 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

      To me, vegas gold looks too washed out and it’s too hard to match the fabrics with the plastics. Old gold has more punch, more personality, and really, is closer to the actual color of gold than vegas gold is. Vegas gold should henceforth be known as ‘metallic beige’ if you ask me. I like that color (flat) as the substitute for the khaki/canvas pant look in a throwback, but I don’t like the shiny version that commandeered the true gold color over the last couple decades.

    • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

      did that “old gold” ensemble ever see a playing field? seems to me that was planned but canned

      i could very easily be wrong, but i think they never actually wore those unis on the field

      • Mike N. | July 20, 2010 at 11:54 am |

        the 2008 season, the old gold look was used all year. they reverted back to vegas gold last year, and this year, apparently.

        I hate metallic beige. Old Gold looked so good in-person on the field. TV didn’t do it justice.

  • marc | July 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm |

    So Mark Grace is D-Backs legend? Hmmm… I guess Babe Ruth is a Braves legend, Michael Jordan is a Wizards legend and Joe Namath is a Rams legend. Ok then. I wasn’t sure if Paul was saying “Wha?” to that or just the whole stormtroopers vs. old ballplayers. Whichever. I concur.

    • Mike Engle | July 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm |

      Pfeh, isn’t Mark Grace on the D-Backs’ payroll as an announcer or something? At that rate, the bigger WTF? factor is Matt Williams wearing brick red.

      • Mike Engle | July 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm |

        *Pardon me, “sedona” red. Because brick red is clearly for the Astros nowadays. Right.
        (Insert Ricko-esque eyeroll here)

    • Andy | July 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm |

      As someone who has lived in Phoenix during the Dbacks “glory years”, I can say that Mark Grace is a Dbacks “legend”. He was and still is a very well liked guy in the Dbacks organization (TV commentator). Personally I would have chosen Tony Womack or Steve Finley over him, but since he is still present Im sure thats the reason they went with him.

      And as far as Matt Williams in the red jersey, he’s their 1st Base coach. I know he never played in the new colors, but he does wear them no so maybe thats why they chose that color.

      • Mike Engle | July 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm |

        And as far as Matt Williams in the red jersey, he’s their 1st Base coach.
        (Johnny Carson voice:) I did not know that!

    • JTH | July 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm |

      Michael Jordan a Wizards legend? That’s just crazy. We all know he’s a Heat legend, just like Dan Marino.

      • Mike Engle | July 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm |

        Comment of the day

  • mike | July 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm |

    Douch bagish? very classy of you. Your site is interesting but whats with all the hate?

    • marc | July 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

      You must be new here. I’ll break it down for ya…

      Paul writes the blog. He dislikes purple in regard to uniforms. He despises Nike and their quest to seemingly make the swoosh ubiquitous. Unsure about his feelings toward Tebow, but anywho, Purple + Nike = “Douchebag-ish.”

      • =bg= | July 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm |

        you missed that Mets announcer.

        • LI Phil | July 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm |

          next time he’ll use a scope