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The Incredible Shrinking Shoulder Stripes

By John Ekdahl

As Phil noted yesterday (or more accurately, “angrily vented”) it seems as though the Colts have shortened their shoulder stripes a little more this year. Check out this shot of Joseph Addai from their last game against the Packers and compare it to this shot from November of last year. Addai’s 2010 jersey has a different cut to it, which is probably the reason. Shortening shoulder stripes is, of course, nothing new for the Colts (just compare Manning to Unitas). We’re pretty used to it on linemen now. But still, doesn’t this seem even shorter than usual? It tends to vary significantly by the individual player, as well. Nothing too different in this shot of Reggie Wayne, but Pierre Garcon barely has any stripes at all. Compare it to last year. Something to keep an eye on…

A couple other notes from around sports:
• The Rams wore their white pants for the second time this preseason.
• I think Tim Lincecum is flirting with us.

 

104 comments to The Incredible Shrinking Shoulder Stripes

  • =bg= | August 28, 2010 at 10:24 am |

    Timmeh may have cool socks, but that’s his fifth straight loss. Epic FAIL.

    • scott | August 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |

      And the orange jersey more than offsets the nice stirrups.

    • Frankie | August 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm |

      I think the important thing to note about Tim Lincecum last night, more than the fact that he wore stirrups, is that the stripes were in the proper place (spaced evenly midway). Zito wears the sock version, and the stripes are bunched up way at the top.

      The Giants minor leaguers have the stirrups and their stripes are in the proper place too. Here is a list of Giants players that have worn their pants high this year and their corresponding hoisery:

      Matt Cain – plain black socks

      Juan Uribe – striped socks (stripes high)

      Nate Schierholtz – plan black socks

      Tim Lincecum – striped stirrups (stripes midway)

      Barry Zito – stripd socks (stripes high)

      Considering this, I think it is very fortunate that so far (to my knowledge) the Giants have not had a scenario so far this year with a player wearing striped socks and a player not wearing striped socks on the field at the same time. I have seen Schierholtz and Cain both with socks showing and Zito and Uribe together, but that’s it.

      While I know that a lot of people around here love striped stirrups (I do too) I think that the look doesn’t work that well with the Giants. Yes, they have worn them previously in their history, but for the majority of their existence they have worn plain black stirrups. Considering the tradition of the all black stirrups with the Giants, I think they should stick with that look.

  • sumpin terble | August 28, 2010 at 10:27 am |

    Instead of making the shoulder loops out of jersey panels, jersey makers should try constructing the Colts’ jersey without any shoulder loops and then affix the shoulder loops on top of the jersey out of the same stretchy material they use to construct the jersey numbers.

    • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 10:45 am |

      That may work. Stick them down after the jersey is already on. Probably will get torn off during battle though. How about they just do it right instead. Nah, that’s just too much to ask.

      • JTH | August 28, 2010 at 10:49 am |

        Maybe the Bengals are on to something with their screen-printed tiger stripes.

        • =bg= | August 28, 2010 at 11:06 am |

          Unless the Bengals start looking like they did in 1969 with Greg Cook…….they’re not onto something.

        • The Jeff | August 28, 2010 at 11:16 am |

          Looking like a Browns ripoff is not that great either.

          You obviously meant to say “in 1981 with Ken Anderson”.

        • JTH | August 28, 2010 at 11:34 am |

          I’m not saying the Bengals look good. I’m just saying that the stripes appear the way they’re supposed to look.

          Could the Colts’ stripes be screen-printed on in a similar fashion after the jersey panels are sewn together?

        • The Jeff | August 28, 2010 at 11:47 am |

          I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t be screenprinted on.

          Or, heck, just use a blue sharpie on the jersey after the player puts it on. It couldn’t look any worse.

        • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

          All of which brings me to something I was thinking about the other night.

          The team that seems to have done the best job of adjusting their old shoulder-insert look to the current jersey cut may be the San Diego Chargers.

          Not saying I love-love-love their current unis…just that they’ve probably done the best job of adapting.

          —Ricko

        • Jim Vilk | August 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

          Example of Chargers stripes:
          http://scores.espn.g...

        • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

          The underlying point, of course, being…
          If that lightning-patch panel (and that’s what it is) can be sewn on, some proper damn loops can be sewn on. :)

          —Ricko

  • Terry Proctor | August 28, 2010 at 10:39 am |

    With all of the technology available to the uniform manufacturers why can’t they apply the full UCLA insert to the Colts’ jerseys using the dye sublimation process. Sublimation adds no weight to a garment. They would only have to make sure the stripes lined up properly before the pieces are sewn together.

    And why don’t teams have their proper sleeve stripes sublimated onto their compression shirts? Or why not make the jersey sleeves out of the compression shirt material with sublimated stripes and number?

    Nah, those suggestions makes too much sense. So it means they probably will never be tried. Duh!

    • JTH | August 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |

      They would only have to make sure the stripes lined up properly before the pieces are sewn together

      …and thererin lies the problem.

      • Terry Proctor | August 28, 2010 at 11:49 am |

        I don’t know. These sewers may actually surprise you. At least they don’t have to SPELL ACTUAL WORDS!

    • JTH | August 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |

      Awaiting moderation? Really?

  • The Jeff | August 28, 2010 at 11:12 am |

    A. Reebok needs to stop screwing around with the jerseys. Just stop. Whatever tiny little minuscule advantage these have isn’t worth how bad they look on the field.

    B. The Rams look horrible in white pants.

    • Tom in NJ | August 28, 2010 at 11:23 am |

      Agreed. The Giants wore these new Reebok jerseys last season and they looked awful, particularly the home blues. Despite that, they’re wearing them again this season. Ugh.

    • Jim Vilk | August 28, 2010 at 11:38 am |

      A. Agree.

      B. Disagree. While the blue/yellow unis were sublime and I do miss them, the current uni is a nice consolation prize in any of its versions.

    • EricB in KC | August 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm |

      I actually love the white pants on the Rams. I think they look fantastic. If they used that as their road uni and the gold pants with the home uni, I would be perfectly happy. If the blue pants never appeared anywhere again, that would be another plus.

  • Rob Juba | August 28, 2010 at 11:17 am |

    This has to be some conspiracy by Reebok to ruin all sports jerseys – the Colts vanishing stripes, Giants epic fail on the Northwestern stripes, numbers and NOB’s, and the entire EDGE NHL debacle are just a few examples.

    If anyone starts up a campaign to petition the NFL for better uniform quality control count me in.

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    the answer, not to the loops, but to the sleeves themselves, is of course, painfully obvious…compression sleeves — then they can shrink the jersey all they want

    short sleeves, long sleeves, and anywhere in between

    and maybe screen printing is the answer to the loops…but whatever they are screwing around with now clearly isn’t working

    • Jim Vilk | August 28, 2010 at 11:33 am |

      Screen printing first (and if anyone complains that will add .02 ounces to the weight of the jerseys causing early fatigue, I’ll vomit), compression sleeves second. Otherwise, these might be viable alternatives:
      http://t2.gstatic.co...
      http://farm3.static....

      • Terry Proctor | August 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

        Actually screen printing Plastisol ink adds .02 oz. PER STRIPE! LOL! No Jim, I still say dye sublimation is the way to go. It actually weighs nothing and the graphic and trim effects are limitless.

        • Jim Vilk | August 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

          Works for me, then!

    • ab | August 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

      The question remains: does that mean everyone *has* to wear compression sleeves? Will the NFL make it required?

      Maybe if you attach them to the shoulder-holes of the tighties… then, awesome idea. Otherwise, you’re probably still gonna have some folks with stripes, and some without, on the field.

      • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

        Sure. Rule only needs to say, “Jersey or/or undershirt must not leave the armpits exposed.”

        Doubt it ever would come to that*, but that would do it.

        If the idea is to not give opponents something to get ahold of, it’s pretty damn tough to get enough of a grip on a tight spandex compression shirt to maneuver anyone around by it. If it did become a problem, they could always institute an infraction for “pinching”. Wonder if “defensive pinching” still would be an automatic first down?

        —Ricko
        ( * NFLPA probably would sue claiming it restricted a player’s right to free expression).

  • StLMarty | August 28, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    Two “epic fails” already today.

    It really is amazing that the NFL doesn’t even make players on the same team wear the same jersey.
    It’s like Chong and Cheech telling Curtis, “We want to wear something all the same… but different.”

  • JB Early | August 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

    Is that pic taken at a Rams game or Ramrod’s? that is one seriously gay pose fellas…

    • rpm | August 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm |

      i must have missed something. are you talking about the pixture in the post? if you are talking about ekdahl’s pixture you might want to see somebody about a closet issue.

  • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    I have…

    a QUESTION…
    My left Achilles is still killing me. Has anyone tried those Walk-Fit Platinum inserts they peddle on those informercials?

    and a, well, NOTIFICATION…
    (Fans of Reggie Dunlop, Hanson Brothers and Shane Falco, rejoice)
    Target now has SLAP SHOT on its $5 dvd racks.
    Saw THE REPLACEMENTS cheap somewhere recently, too.

    —Ricko

    —Ricko

    • EricB in KC | August 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

      Slap Shot for $5? I’m in!

  • Ricardo Leonor | August 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

    Wouldn’t it just be easy for this:

    http://product.image...

    To be how the Giants handle the NW stripes on the road and Colts on their shoulder hoops. I am no cloth manufacturing expert….but if we could build a space suit 50 years ago..we should be able to put the correct length stripes on a jersey…..am I missing something here!!!!!!!

    Some of the Giant player looked atrocious in the Blue Jerseys last year ( they almost seemed to be wearing tanktops )……and even worse on the road. At least at home there are no stripes to interrupt.

    I don’t get it. The product that the NFL puts on the field is strictly MADE FOR A TV MARKET…a lot more than the other sports. So you would think that a concerted effort would be made to look good…more so now in HD!!!!!

  • mark | August 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    Hey Gang,

    Want to get my brother a Cleve Indians cream color authentic jersey w/ # 40… he turns 40 in mid December. This weekend the jerseys on mlb.com are on super sale..so i could save a lot by ordering now.

    My dilema(sp?). Not all teams on mlb.com are on sale, but ALL Tribe jerseys are. Don’t want to get him something that will be out of date before he even receives.

    Anyone know if Tribe is changing jerseys for ’11? (team shop has heard nothing) —– Thanx

    • Mike Engle | August 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

      The shop is probably obligated to “have heard nothing” because they want to clear the stock. If you must know, I bet Paul would say “there will be a change, but I can’t say what and how exactly.” But hell, that cream jersey is the best thing the Indians have worn in a long time. No name on the back too? Makes it timeless. If I were Vilk, I think I’d buy and wear that.

    • Jeff | August 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

      Go for it, Mark. Anytime you can get anything decent marked down on MLB.com, it’s a good thing.

  • interlockingtc | August 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    Of course, if the NFL did the obvious–returned to an actual jersey with, you know, SLEEVES–the quality of performance in the NFL would plummet. Biceps and tattoos would be concealed, blood circulation would be threatened, if not cut off.

    So…rather than pretending that stripes can actually fit on those…um…jerseys…just drop any embellishments. No “stripes” at all. Anywhere. None. Just one team in color vs. the other in white.

    • interlockingtc | August 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

      See, no stripes…home or away…..

      http://www.bengals.c...

      …but we know it’s the Bengals.

      • LI Phil | August 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

        great point jim…and we know it’s teh bengals because of the helmets…

        the problem, of course, is that the nfl probably isn’t doing as brisk a sale of fashion helmets as they are fashion jerseys…

        i bet most teams could get away with solids, or with just a few small stripes on the actual jersey…if they had (and most do) a distinctive helmet

        but since you can’t move helmets the way you can move jerseys…teams will be encouraged to ‘tweak’ them every couple of years … just so fans need to run out and buy new ones (isn’t this the problem the EPL faces????)

        keep the giants solid blue like they are, and what need does a fan have to keep updating his wardrobe? isn’t that why they change up the sideline caps every year or so?

        • interlockingtc | August 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm |

          You’re right, Phil. It always comes back to the bottom line, doesn’t it?

          But… you mentioned sideline hats. Then there’s T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, baseball caos, stocking caps, etc…I wonder, isn’t that enough? Is it the replica jersey that is the sacred cash cow for the NFL. I honestly don’t pay attention…maybe it is.

          What if the NFL teams adopted a simple solid color (and white) jersey with an identifiable logo patch on the upper chest–like the Steelers, for example. Pants color could vary, of course…hell, monochrome away if a team is so inclined.

          Every team would be identified by the helmet, but I think the solid jersey could be distinctive, too. Number fonts would vary. Colored borders around the numbers.

          Tampa could wear a….ugh…pewter jersey. Washington in burgandy. The Chargers, powder blue. The Dolphins, aqua. Arizona at home in Red jerseys with White numbers with Black borders vs. Atlanta in white jersey with Red number and Black border and…(harkening back, here) Gray pants.

          If I had the skills and/or program to do it, it would be fun to make a mock up of all the NFL teams in jerseys without stripes….just to see if I’m fooling myself.

          Ricko, I’m not sure where the Bengals/Browns similarity argument came in. As a life long Bengals fan, I’ve never confused two teams. ;)

      • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

        We need to get past this notion that we’re really onto something because we figured out the Bengals made their original unis look a lot like the Browns.

        It was no frickin’ secret, people. It was intentional and flat-out transparent. If you do your homework you’ll understand what a prominent figure Paul Brown was in pro football and, in particular, Ohio.

        Bengal management practically SAID they wanted unis that made folks think of the Browns…and Paul Brown. That’s all they had to sell. This was pre-free agency and they got squat in the expansion draft. I mean, c’mon, their first draft choice was a CENTER, for pete’s sake. How glamorous was that? And they headed into that first season with John Stofa projected to be their starting QB. No kidding. THE John Stofa.

        —Ricko

        • =bg= | August 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

          Bob Johnson, #54, from Tennessee. A great player. I lived in Cincy 72-99 and grew up with the Bengals. Loved the original look.

        • LarryB | August 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm |

          And I have heard Paul Brown’s old school Massillon had something to do with Bengal colors. Massillon Tigers are orange and black

    • Skycat | August 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

      With the truncating of the stripes, they are becoming vestiges of a time when there were actually football jerseys with sleeves as opposed to the current muscle shirt look. We are pretty much witnessing the morphing of football unis into basketball unis — at least in terms of the length of jerseys and pants. I’m sure at least a part of this has to do with the comfort factor of the new materials at the expense, of course, of the more substantial, traditional fabrics. So, while they’re at it, why not adapt the basketball jersey to be the standard for football jerseys? If you want to add more color to the jersey, you can go the route of the Phoenix Suns. All you need is some exaggerated trim.
      http://store.shopsun...
      I know this isn’t the best illustration, but I think the concept is worth exploring.

    • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm |

      Oops. Was in reference to another comment elsewhere today about them “ripping off” the Browns…or something to that effect.

      Put it in wrong place. My bad.

      —Ricko

  • Elvin Brownlee | August 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

    The Rams with the white pants – that’s the best-looking uni in the NFL!

    • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

      Similar look looked good in 1957, too…

      —Ricko

      • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

        crap…(what the hell, posted it last weekend, anyway)
        http://www.flickr.co...

  • Jeff | August 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

    Tim Lincecum is dressing that way to divert attention from his crappy pitching of late.

  • rogo99 | August 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    Has anybody noted that the Miami Dolphins now have a metallic element to their helmets? Just noticed this in the replay of their game last night. They don’t seem to be solid white anymore.

    • John Ekdahl | August 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

      They’ve had that metallic white for a while, it’s just hard to see so you probably haven’t noticed it until now.

      Ricky Williams against the Chiefs in ’08.

      Dolphins vs. Giants in London (2007) promo photo.

      Zoom in (they’re big pictures) and look closely.

      • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

        Oh, swell. Now people in England think NFL players wear wristwatches, and that jerseys have sleeves with stripes.
        http://www.whoateall...

        —Ricko

        • Jim Vilk | August 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

          Reggie Roby looks a little pale these days…

  • timothymcn | August 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm |

    lincecum’s blousing is absolutely perfect… I always support the wearing of rrups or high socks but most guys wer their pants TOO high
    brett gardner comes to mind…

  • mark | August 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

    The shop is probably obligated to “have heard nothing” because they want to clear the stock. If you must know, I bet Paul would say “there will be a change, but I can’t say what and how exactly.” But hell, that cream jersey is the best thing the Indians have worn in a long time. No name on the back too? Makes it timeless. If I were Vilk, I think I’d buy and wear that.

    Go for it, Mark. Anytime you can get anything decent marked down on MLB.com, it’s a good thing.

    Thanks Mike & Jeff – i’ll go for it

  • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

    Some Odds n’ Ends from
    THE RICKO FILES…

    1. Attention, Long Islanders! I know the team in white is C.W. Post. Who is the opponent? I like their jerseys…
    http://www.flickr.co...

    2. Some talk of the Pirates “Stargell Stars” being worn on the visor of the gold-crown hat. I believe you can see them here on Mr. Garner and Mr. Foli…
    http://www.flickr.co...

    3. Artwork from some NFL Preview…from 40 years ago, first year of merger…
    http://www.flickr.co...
    http://www.flickr.co...

    —Ricko

    • Jim Vilk | August 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm |

      That might be Lafayette College playing CW Post. I like those jerseys, too.

      • Jim Vilk | August 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm |

        They played each other in 1973. I bet that’s who it is.

    • DenverGregg | August 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

      That last pic is outstanding. Can’t say I’ve ever seen depictions of the mascots like that before.

      • EddieAtari | August 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

        Tripped out…

  • Wally1912 | August 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

    I’m not sure if this has been mentioned here, but it seems the Nyjer Morgan incident arose because he was being heckeled about his stirrups

    http://sports.espn.g...

    “There were one or two guys in Section 148 that were riding him pretty hard for a couple of innings,” the fan said. “Mostly they seemed to be heckling him about the way he wore his uniform. He was the only player on the field who was wearing his [uniform] old-style with the full stockings. They were screaming at him about looking like a jockey. … Stuff like that.”

    • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

      Someday maybe those knowledgeble “baseball fans” might even look a photo or footage that’s more than two years old.

      “Jackie who?”

      —Ricko

    • andrew | August 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

      was about to post this myself. I wonder what they’d say to moyer if he was on another team.
      you stay classy, philly.

  • Johnny O | August 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm |

    “old-style with full stockings”… Since when do players wear half stockings? I am sure they were mentioning his stirrups, but still. What is this world coming to where a section at a baseball game is making fun of a player for wearing his uniform “correctly”?

  • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

    Been watching college football for, what, 56-57 years now, and I STILL think this was IOWA STATE’S best look ever.

    Many find fault with it, but it least it was a look that was distinctly theirs…
    http://www.flickr.co...

    —Ricko

    • DenverGregg | August 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

      When I think of Iowa State football (maybe twice a year), that’s the look that comes to mind alright.

      • Gusto44 | August 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

        I’m partial to the Dexter Green mid 70s Iowa State uniform, with the yellow helmet and the big “I”, with “state” running vertically inside the letter.

        • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm |

          Mostly I was thinking of the Athletic Gold over Red over White look, in any of its variations.

          —Ricko

    • Flip | August 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm |

      I agree. Though for awhile, I recall players started wearing helmets willy-nilly. Some yellow, some cardinal. Some offense. Some defense. But that look with the yellow helmets, white pants was its best. Hands down.

    • StLMarty | August 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

      That’s the first time I’ve seen Mizzou with a yellow and white “M”. I thought that it was always solid white back then.
      Don’t remember the yellow numbers either.

      • NickV | August 29, 2010 at 3:00 am |

        I don’t remember it either, but one of those jerseys are currently for sale on EBAY.

  • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    Northwestern stripes are back for Northwestern this year.
    So, unfortunately, is BFBS.
    I dunno, there something nicely “Penn State basic” about this uni, though…
    http://www.flickr.co...

    25 cents for an issue of SI wasn’t bad, either.

    —Ricko

    • ab | August 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm |

      Eh…

      Besides the obvious truncation issue (dammit adidas, you too?), you can’t see the black stripes on the purple jersey.

      I’m not against NU wearing any black, but at least use it sensibly.

      • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm |

        You do see the black pants, right? ;)

      • ab | August 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm |

        Crap, whoops. Yeah, wow. Maybe they’ll come to their senses and wear the white pants more often. Purple on white would be a REALLY nice setup.

  • EddieAtari | August 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

    Pics of the new NW’n uni here: http://nusports.cstv...;

    The thin black stipes on purple jersey are really hard to see. It looks like there only one thick white stripe on the sleeves. Still, an improvement…

  • JTH | August 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

    Finally, at long last — evidence of the elusive BROWN PONY!

    Indeed.

    • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |

      More of an orange pony.
      Seeing as they’d worn orange for eight seasons by 1970, I mean.

      Proof? Ya got nuthin’. ;)

      —Ricko

      • rpm | August 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm |

        i made that in 1492 when brown pony helmet sailed without the blue. i remember that because it rhymes, and is proof the pony was brown;)

  • LI Phil | August 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

    wtf is with the psychotic packer with teh cleaver?

    i get that it was “meat packing” (right?) but really? couldn’t come up with a better ‘image’ than that?

    • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm |

      Now you understand why PETA once sent a letter to the Packers officially protesting the name “Packers” because it “promoted the slaughter of animals.”

      Honest. They did.

      —Ricko

    • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm |

      Also, I’m pretty sure you can’t pack ’em while they’re still alive.

      I know for sure you can’t send ’em through the mail. The USPS frowns on that.

      –Ricko

      • LI Phil | August 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |

        i think fed ex’ll do it

  • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |

    Alright. I’ve been doing my evaluations to see who wins the jersey contest cup. If you don’t get a comment, I think you are wonderful anyway. But here goes.

    AL East: Finalists – Young’s Orioles
    Honorable Mention – Lingner’s Orioles

    Yankees Finocchio – script away pullovers, okay but not better or worse than what it’s replaceing.
    Red Sox Nat O – Sorry. We could go with paisley, argyle, plaid, whatever. Too gimmicky.
    Rays – nothing stands out
    Blue Jays – lots of efforts, nothing stands out
    Orioles – Lingner, i kind of like it, the hat is nice. Don’t like replication of the hat on the chest. Young, pretty nice. Especially the B hat. But the Orioles need a wordmark on their chest. Charnigo has it rockin, but needs more beta testing.

    AL Central: Finalist – Rabinowitz’ Tigers and RPM’s Chisox
    Honorable Mention – White’s Indians

    Chisox – rpm has the gutter snow ankle blouses, okay they’re actually pretty good.
    Indians – all are pretty good, probably like White’s the best.
    Tigers – Rabinowitz is just plain ole good. Dump the tiger logo tho. One sleeve action is enough and I like the numbers.
    Royals – Polacek actually has some things worth considering in there…
    Twins – Sorry, don’t really like any of them. Too many bumper stickers on Lange. Stromwall’s is the best but again repetition of chest and hat is not good.

    AL West: Finalist – None
    Honorable Mention – Carroll’s Mariners

    Angels – Nobody even tried!
    A’s – Nobody even tried!
    Mariners – Carroll is the best, his logo is very nice. But the Mariners need the trident.
    Rangers – None stand out.

    NL East: Finalist – Wojtowicz’ Mets
    Honorable Mention – Britt’s Braves, Allison’s Phillies

    Braves – Britt’s is fun. Jake BC tried to tweak the worst uni of all time. Not possible.
    Marlins – Nobody even tried!
    Mets – Wojtowicz takes the cake. I like it. Just want to see it on a different style mockup.
    Phillies – Allison you win this batch. Just lose the white on the rups.
    Nationals – Malinoski has a clean look. Boring clean but best of those available.

    NL Central: Finalist – McGuire’s Reds, JTH and Schoonover’s Cubs
    Honorable Mention – Hass’s Brewers, Cummings Cardinals, Gain and Tatek’s Cubs

    Cubs – JTH, Tatek, Schoonover, Gain are all really nice. I like them all
    Reds – McGuire is the only choice but I like it. The light blue surprisingly adds a lot.
    Astros – Lots of good tries, don’t really mind any of the concepts, just have to say…..almost.
    Brewers – Hass, I like it. Only beef is the front number needs an outline or something, maybe the NOB needs to be yellow with blue outline or something. The yellow Wisc. behind barrel man is perfecto.
    Pirates – one choice, looks like I’ve seen it before.
    Cardinals – Cummings, this is a careful line, the blue has to be just right, I want to see a different L in St.Louis script too.

    NL West: Finalist – Callahan’s Rockies
    Honorable Mention – Peterson’s Padres, Lewis’ Rockies, Grinberg’s Giants

    Diamondbacks – Sorry.
    Rockies – Callahan, this is very nice. Lewis, love the design, hate the colors.
    Dodgers – Seen it before.
    Padres – Brown looks sharp Peterson.
    Giants – Grinberg, that color keeps me coming back, for some reason.

    Looks like eight finalists. Here’s my rankings
    1. rabinowitz’s tigers
    2. wojtowizc’s mets
    3. callahan’s rockies
    4. mcguire’s reds
    T5. jth’s cubs
    T5. rpm’s chisox
    7. schoonover’s cubs
    8. young’s orioles

    • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

      now with links:

      1. rabinowitz’s tigers http://farm5.static....
      2. wojtowizc’s mets http://farm5.static....
      3. callahan’s rockies http://farm5.static....
      4. mcguire’s reds http://farm5.static....
      T5. jth’s cubs http://farm5.static....
      T5. rpm’s chisox http://farm5.static....
      7. schoonover’s cubs http://farm5.static....
      8. young’s orioles http://farm5.static....

    • rpm | August 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm |

      i like how you broke this down by division, very clever. can effplus and i just have some sort of uni death match to settle the tie? the last game i umped today, which ended 2.5 hours after i stopped getting paid, was a rousing 33-27 game(catch a ball!!!!!), so i am understandably sour/salty/miffed/insert your own. screw that, i am going to drive a few miles north kill james, sew his submission to his butt, and take 5th place, ok? okay. james, see you in ten, i will be that sun burnt a**~clown with steam coming out of his ears beating you with a we noodle.

      • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm |

        win the cage match and fifth place is yours.

        • JTH | August 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |

          Pffftt…

          We noodle? I don’t know what the hell that is, but I gots me some Wii nunchuks. Fifth place is all mine.

        • rpm | August 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm |

          wet noodle, wet noodle, i have sun stroke damn it.

    • Mark Rabinowitz | August 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm |

      “Just plain ole good…” Thanks, Traxel! I have other uni tweaks/designs up my sleeve (as do many in the Uni Watch community) and I’ll see about making the time to show them in the future. (I was considering designs for the Nats and Blue Jays but the road jersey for my hometown Tigers is something I’ve been thinking about since the early ’90s, when they were still wearing the same road jerseys they had in the ’70s.)

      • traxel | August 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |

        I’ll tell you Rabino, you definately get the seriously psyched enthusiasm award! I really like it though. Sometimes when old english letters get together it becomes impossible to read. Your version, not so. The angle is good too. I’m not big on horse collars (hypocritical when you see my ranks) on some teams but on the Tigers, definitely. Be sure to use the oversized NOB similar to the homers. And like I said, the sleeve logo was a bit too much. Anyway, you got my #1. Now go blow a vuvuzela in Phil’s ear to celebrate. BTW, my #1 gets you NOTHING!!!! :)

  • Ricko | August 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm |

    I trust most everyone has already seen this on SportsCenter…
    http://thebubble.msn...

    —Ricko

    • Mark Rabinowitz | August 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm |

      Yep–but I give a slight edge to that ball girl in Fresno a couple of months back (because there’s no ledge or shelf or anything to climb on to aid in scaling *that* wall as there is in Japan):

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

  • just an anonymous lurker | August 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm |

    Hey… i’m just an anonymous lurker who doesn’t know anything but i was curious why the Rams wearing white pants this preseason is newsworthy? They wore white pants 12 out of 16 games last season (gold once, blue once and throwback yellows twice). Anyways, this is a GREAT forum you guys have here.

  • Don | August 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm |

    As a football fan who also watches (and prefers!) the CFL, I’ve been grumbling about shrinking shoulder stripes for a few years now.

    It’s very obvious in the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ “throwback” jerseys: http://www.vancouver...

    Those don’t even have the lower sleeve stripes of the originals: http://www.cbc.ca/gf...

    Terrible fauxbacks.

  • LarryB | August 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm |

    The shrinking shoulder stripes and the shrinking sleeves is a trend I do not like. I do not understand why football uniforms need to worry about added weight if that is a reason.

    Then look at how basketball uniforms are getting longer in the pants. Almost look like sweat pants. And a lot less tank tops. Is there any logic to the 2 sports going to the opposite extremes?

    I am glad Northwestern is going back to the Northwestern stripe. But even looking at the pictures makes me laugh.

    I will try and pay more attention to high school highlights. I saw a Colt look alike on the local sports last night. They try and show so many games though you only get a play or 2 and they move on.

    I did have on ESPN2 or whatever today and saw the South Carolina team with Ohio State style uniforms.

    And the Browns have the white pants on again if not already mentioned. I used to always like the Lions uniforms. But not as much lately.

    • Gusto44 | August 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm |

      I’ll at least give the Lions credit for eliminating those hateful black jerseys of a few years ago. I use the term hateful, because of how they clashed with the blue/silver traditional Lions colors.

  • raskul | August 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm |

    sneak peak of virginia tech’s nike pro combat unis to be worn (allegedly) during the boise st. game on labor day. honestly, can these get any worse?

    another (animated) look: http://farm5.static....

    • swbVT | August 30, 2010 at 10:44 am |

      Seriously – I was excited when at the thought of the “throwback” uni’s being the new main uniform.

      This is atrocious.

      • swbVT | August 30, 2010 at 10:44 am |

        -when

  • raskul | August 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |

    sorry. original link: http://tweetphoto.co...

  • Randy | August 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

    The Rams look 100x’s better in the white pants. A nice clean look. The Colts stripes are getting shorter. Even so, its still a top 5 NFL jersey. (word to Colts, if you get back to Superbowl, request to wear road whites)