And He Won the Heisman the Following Year

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It all started back on Oct. 5, when Robert Marshall sent me the photo shown at right and asked, “What the heck is that on this Kentucky Wildcat?” I had no idea, so I forwarded the photo to Hemet Hut honcho Curtis Worrell. He said the jaw contraption looked familiar but he couldn’t turn up anything definitive. So I ran the photo in the next day’s Ticker and that was that.

Now, with the help of several readers, I’ve pieced together the story behind that photo, and it’s a good one. Bear with me while I explain.

The breakthrough came when Curtis Worrell figured out that the player in question did not play for Kentucky. He was looking through The Sports Illustrated College Football Book and found these photos, along with a caption that identified the player as Frank Sinkwich of the 1941 Georgia Bulldogs.

I ran those photos in Wednesday’s Ticker. That prompted Becky Taylor to do some additional research, and she came up with a wealth of information:

• Sinkwich was originally slated to wear a different kind of facial protection. That facemask was the subject of considerable curiosity (check out the last graf for a priceless example of 1940s sportswriting), but Sinkwich refused to wear it.

• If you look at that last clipping, you’ll see it says that Sinkwich wore “a chin strap of metal, covered with leather.” That is apparently what we see in these photos. Sinkwich wore that fairly simple rig on Oct. 11 against Ole Miss. With his jaw wired shut, he had to take oxygen during the game. (A side note: Two days before this game, Sinkwich apparently received headgear help from Tennessee’s equipment manager, although it isn’t clear if the “brace” referred to in that article is the facemask rig that Sinkwich ultimately refused to wear or the reinforced chinstrap he eventually did wear.)

• A week later, on Oct. 18, Sinkwich upgraded to the larger jaw sling against Columbia. Judging by the uniforms, that’s the same game shown in the Sports Illustrated photos that Curtis Worrell found.

And while Becky was digging up all that great info, reader Brent Hardman was digging into his photo archives to find these photos of Sinkwich’s actual helmet, which he took a few years ago at the Butts-Mere building on the Georgia campus.

But here’s the thing: If you look at the forehead and crown areas on that helmet, you can see it’s clearly not the same helmet Sinkwich was wearing against Columbia, or in this shot (also on display at UGA), or in the photo that started this whole ball rolling.

In fact, the helmet on display at UGA doesn’t match up with any of the old Sinkwich pics. Which means he either wore more than one sling-equipped helmet or else the one on display is bogus. I suspect someone will dig up the answer to that one shortly.

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San Francisco treat: Back in Monday’s Ticker I reported that something had been slightly amiss with Edgar Renteria’s helmet decal in Game 6 of the NLCS. I was watching intently to see if it had been corrected in the first game of the World Series, but the camera never provided a clear enough shot.

Last night, however, it became clear that the decal issue persists. And given Renteria’s performance so far in the Series, I think it’s safe to say they won’t be fixing it anytime soon.

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One person who’s already checked it out is reader Dwayne White, who was monkeying around with the customization features and came up with this (I’ll cut him some slack for misspelling my surname and leaving out the space between “Uni” and “Watch”). As it happens, the S&S folks have mentioned about the possibility of creating a Uni Watch jacket, assuming there’s enough interest in it. If you think you’d consider purchasing such a product, give me a shout so we can gauge the degree of interest. Thanks.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Remember when a little birdie told me the Penguins’ Winter Classic uniforms would look like this? Turns out he was right. Love the fat, scarf-clad pengy, like the numerals, not so sure about those stripes. Someone has suggested this revision, which I agree would be an improvement. … KNBR, the Giants’ radio flagship, had just a few uni details wrong on its web site the other day. “FNOB for Lee, incorrect font for both teams, and oh yeah, we’ll give Nolan Ryan’s retired #34 to Cliff Lee,” says Stuart Greenlee. “Jeez.” Indeed. … Chris Wright reports that Ole Miss will wear white at home against Auburn this Saturday. “The Rebels are celebrating the 1960 team, and the rumor is that they will be wearing light blue helmets like they did in the past,” he says. … Yogi Combs notes that the Thunder’s court artwork, which I posted yesterday, includes the Ford Center wordmark, but that mark isn’t on the actual court. “The arena was originally named the Ford Center when it opened but has since put its naming rights back up for auction, so it is currently operating under the name ‘Oklahoma City Arena,’” he says. “I guess that isn’t catchy enough to put on the court.” … Similarly, Mike Delia notes that the Celtics floor artwork doesn’t include the NBA logo at the check-in line. … Peter Nash has identified another jersey in the Hall of Fame’s collection that may not be authentic. … Canton McKinley High School in Ohio has a black jersey, made by Russell, and a red jersey, made by Nike. Aside from the two different manufacturers, the lowercase “c” is styled differently on the two jerseys (good spot by Tom Pachuta). … I don’t care about sneakers, but I was still really fascinated by this post about how to spot fake Nikes (which I learned about via No Mas). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s the best Halloween costume of the year, hands down. … With all due respect to Brinke, Mike Hinkel has come up with the eBay find of the week: a WFL coaster set! … There’s a new baseball league in West Texas called the Pecos League, and Jeff Meyers found some mock-ups of their uniforms. … New court design for Florida State (with thanks to Cameron Norris). … Buncha cool hockey submissions from Jake Doyle, including Brett Hull in Cooperalls; Hull again, this time in a Blues “Alumni” jersey (do other teams do this?); a Nordiques jersey with a very unusual “1″; a good shot of the mid-1920s Pittsburgh Pirates sweater; and some spectacular Saskatoon Crescents shots (that one on the right really needs to be revived as a throwback, no?). … Third jersey schedules are now available for the Blackhawks, Avs, Bruins, Wild, and Kings. … The Dolphins are planning an “aqua-out” for Nov. 18, although it isn’t clear that the team will necessarily wear solid aqua that day (as noted by Kurtiss Dilley). … The state of Illinois is now offering Blackhawks license plates (with thanks to Jimbo Huening). … If you go to this site and click on the swoosh tab, you’ll see Iowa State’s football equipment manager giving a tour of the team’s facility (with thanks to Matt Strum). … Nike has made some pretty rad-looking new soccer shoes for Cristiano Ronaldo (with thanks to Alberto Sanchez). … Yesterday was “Wear Your Team’s Logo Day” at the school where Marty Hick teaches, so he got with the program. I ran the photo super-big so you can see the little Cards helmets on his necktie — a nice touch. … New hoops uniforms for Portland (with thanks to Leondrus Thornton). … Dan Cichalski reports that Notre Dame will be wearing a memorial decal this Saturday for a student who died earlier this week. … Neon signage and pork: two great tastes that taste great together. Baroness Karen McBurnie tipped me wise to that one, which is located in Queens. I’ll be making a visitation soon. … Mako Mameli found some awesome photos of the Illinois Athletic Club. That shot’s from 1924 — is that chest logo awesome or what? Here it is again, on the club’s 1919 basketball team. … Very odd officiating situation in last night’s Caps/Wild game, as AJ Brandt explains: “Apparently the airlines lost linesman Mike Cvik’s equipment, but another linesman, Thor Nelson, was on layover at the MSP airport, so he taxied over and joined the game in the second period. The weird thing is since Nelson was on layover, they couldn’t find his equipment either, so he used extra equipment the Wild had on hand. Cvik wasn’t able to use that equipment because he’s 6’8″, while Nelson is a more traditional build.” … Two more NBA alternates have leaked: Hornets in gold and Timberwolves BFBS. While these won’t be officially unveiled for another month or so, I can confirm that they are legit.

 

145 comments to And He Won the Heisman the Following Year

  • scott | October 29, 2010 at 8:22 am |

    Were any of the uniforms Barry Halper provided to the Hall of Fame legitimate? I’d be more impressed with Hauls of Shame if he were finding fake memorabilia that WASN’T from Halper’s collection.

    The Las Cruces team in the Pecos League played last year in those uniforms as part of the Continental League, so that’s not really a mock-up. It will be interested to see if this new league gets off the ground and gets those jerseys onto the field.

  • Ilana Hardesty | October 29, 2010 at 8:39 am |

    Have y’all already seen this??
    http://www.huffingto...

    • Paul Lukas | October 29, 2010 at 8:42 am |

      Addressed in yesterday’s Ticker.

  • RS Rogers | October 29, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    Readers should know that Stewart & Strauss runs a monthly custom jacket giveaway. I’ve been entering every month since 2003; gonna win one of these decades. Mainly it’s just fun to design a new jacket every month to enter into the drawing.

    • Terence M. K. | October 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

      Paul,

      I created these months ago, emailed ‘em to ya AND posted them on the UW Facebook page:

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

      I’m might be in the process of DIY’ing one in a size 40….

      Terence M.K.

  • CraigD | October 29, 2010 at 8:59 am |

    I am reading a very strong aura around the Illinois Athletic Club. Those young men were destined for greatness!

  • Bruce | October 29, 2010 at 9:01 am |

    That 1920′s Pirates sweater is AMAZING!
    Love it…

    • Broadway Connie | October 29, 2010 at 10:13 am |

      Son of Fabulous. But let’s not forget those Saskatoon Crescents.

    • Gusto44 | October 29, 2010 at 10:14 am |

      There was another NHL Pirates sweater which had the same word
      mark as the 1997 baseball Pirates jersey. It had the “P” and “S” larger than the rest of the word.

  • CraigD | October 29, 2010 at 9:03 am |

    I noticed two zombie logos (logos risen from the dead) for the Pecos league. The Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws and the Montreal Expos. As with real zombies, they seem to have decomposed a little.

    • Ferdinand Cesarano | October 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

      That Las Cruces logo is not the Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws’ logo, but that of the Dallas Desperados of the defunct Arena Football League. (Note that the current league by that name is a different entity.)

      And the logo for Leones de Juarez seems to be a one-colour version of the USFL’s Michigan Panthers’ logo.

      • The Jeff | October 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

        Actually… some googling has revealed that logo to be the logo used on the Mercury Cougar, only in an oval instead of a circle, and mirrored.

  • Terry D. | October 29, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    Regarding the new FSU court: take a look at what look to be new Seminole uniforms.

    http://vmedia.rivals...

    Number 24 has a swoosh and the certification tag thingy on his jersey. So does the guy standing to his left (our right), but the rest of the team doesn’t, yet they appear to be wearing the same template. Odd…

  • frankenslade | October 29, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    That Sinkwich helmet looks like it was modeled after something Jay Leno would have worn.

  • Bryan | October 29, 2010 at 9:11 am |

    Are there any pictures from the Caps/Wild game?

  • Ted Hill | October 29, 2010 at 9:20 am |

    re: Dolphins Aqua

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they wore the all aqua jersey. In 2002 they played the bears in a Monday night game and they did wear aqua on aqua. I can’t find a picture, but it is noted in this game recap: http://espn.go.com/n... It says it was the first time they’ve worn that combo and I can confirm they haven’t worn it since.

    • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 11:07 am |

      Well, as if I needed another excuse not to watch a Bears game, the Dolphins in aqua over aqua would certainly be enough to drive me away from my TV on November 18th.

      Luckily, there are still plenty of folks outside the Chicago & Miami viewing areas who don’t get the NFL Network so they won’t be subjected to this eyesore of a game.

      • The Jeff | October 29, 2010 at 11:16 am |

        I like the all aqua for the Fins… and I usually don’t like all dark with a white helmet – but I think it works for them. It matches the logo quite nicely. It makes far more sense than the alt orange jersey anyway.

        • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 11:26 am |

          “I like the all aqua for the Fins”

          of course you do ;)

          and james…stop making excuses

    • scott | October 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

      Here’s a photo:

      http://articles.sfga...

  • Reggie | October 29, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    That first football helmet looks like the Y wing pilots helmet from Star Wars
    http://www.starwars....
    http://images2.wikia...

  • Ted Hill | October 29, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    Okay, found a pic of the Dolphins aqua on aqua: http://www.chicagotr...

  • Jeff Braun | October 29, 2010 at 9:36 am |

    That’s a tour of Iowa STATE — Iowa STATE Cyclones. Big 12 (10)

    • jake sorg | October 29, 2010 at 9:39 am |

      Ditto. Go Hawks!

    • Paul Lukas | October 29, 2010 at 9:42 am |

      Mea culpa. Now fixed.

    • Brian | October 29, 2010 at 10:24 am |

      At the beginning when the equipment director introduces himself there are yellow jersey tops in the background. Could Iowa State be planning a “secret” alternet game this year?

  • David | October 29, 2010 at 9:53 am |

    I’ve never seen a helmet like the one on the team playing Canton McKinley – truncated stripes with the uni number underneath the stripes.

    • Aaron | October 29, 2010 at 10:43 am |

      Agreed. I’d be interested to see more of that helmet.

      • Jonathan | October 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

        It looks like they were playing the Hoover Vikings. This is the best pic of the rest of those stripes that i could find. http://www.gouldphot...

        • Aaron | October 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

          Picture 36 of that gallery gives a really good look at the back of that helmet, plus one helmet that looks like it has a T on it?

        • Aaron | October 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm |

          More helmet news. This picture (http://www.gouldphot...) shows a kid with a white cross on the back of his helmet. What is going on at this school?

      • Jeremy | October 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
      • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |

        That is North Canton Hoover, and judging from the McKinley picture they’re an adidas school. They used to have nice shoulder stripes, but not any more.

        • Andy | October 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm |

          Actually, they’re a Russell school, and those shoulder stripes look just like everyone else’s. There’s probably more stripe on those jerseys than there are on most.

  • interlockingtc | October 29, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    P O R K S T O R E

    and…

    http://173.12.230.42...

    Brilliant!

  • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    it’s almost hallowe’en…it’s friday…and the giants won the pennant

    yup

    • Chance Michaels | October 29, 2010 at 10:37 am |

      THE GIANTS WON THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WON THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WON THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WON THE PENNANT!

      Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

      • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 10:44 am |

        thank you mr. hodges

  • Shane | October 29, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    Rad, Paul?

    Really? Those Nike Vapors are the most hideous cleats I’ve ever seen.

  • Dave Forbes | October 29, 2010 at 10:56 am |

    FWIW, the new collar for the Sixers looks horrendous!

    • Hank-SJ | October 29, 2010 at 11:26 am |

      So’s the team. Perfect together.

  • Mark K | October 29, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    Some high school football uniform trickery:

    http://www.caller.co...

    • Jeremy | October 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

      there’s no way that can be legal…

      • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

        Nor should it be.

  • Jordan | October 29, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    The Illinois Athletic Club logo is a version of the Chicago municipal device. The logo pops up all around on the city on public buildings, manhole covers, city vehicles, etc.

    http://www.chipublib...

  • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    I really wish the NCAA would do something about the size of center court logos instead of cracking down on jersey designs.

    I think the FSU logo is great but this is ridiculous.

    Of course, if you ask me, this is what a basketball court should look like, so whatever.

    • Aaron | October 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

      Sorry, I had to go finish puking. This is much better. http://upload.wikime...

      • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

        must be hella confusing, what with all the potential targets and all

        • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm |

          That eyesore is much better? How many different logos and wordmarks do you need? I’ll take the ‘Noles court over the one in Mackey arena.

          The comments posted by purdue fans the last couple days have confirmed something I’ve suspected for quite some time.

    • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm |

      Sorry, you’re both wrong. Haven’t been there yet, but hopefully this year I can make it to this much better court:
      http://a.espncdn.com...

      • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm |

        Better? Nah. I could do without the garish red border.

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm |

          I meant more for the atmosphere. There’s better courts, but that’s the first place that popped in my head. I’ve been wanting to see a game there for years.

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm |

          Always liked UNC’s court:
          http://upload.wikime...
          And I think the future Jim Vilk University court will look like this:
          http://www.oxfordpar...

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm |

          I’ll bet this is Phil’s favorite court:
          http://media.scout.c...

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm |

          I like Tennessee’s court with the checkerboard baselines as well. Couldn’t find a good shot of the real thing, but apparently it’s popular on the pastry circuit:
          http://tinyurl.com/2...
          http://tinyurl.com/2...

  • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 11:33 am |

    so if i send you a picture of all the boxes in the studio, and ask “what’s with all these pork chops?” will i magically wake up in kansas city with a note explaining that they are boxes not pork chops without me having lifted a finger?

  • Mickel Yantz | October 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    LOL Athletic shoe company now has sperm as a logo http://gravitydefyer...

  • Sam D. | October 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm |

    Why would you consider the Timberwolves’ new jerseys BFBS? Haven’t they been wearing black for years now?

    • Paul Lukas | October 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm |

      I should probably just stop using the term “BFBS.” I didn’t coin it, and I always end up mis-using it.

    • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

      just because they have had a BFBS alt in their past doesn’t mean their new alt isn’t also BFBS

      just because you’re been wearing if for years doesn’t mean it’s not applicable…just look at the mets…they’ve been wearing a BFBS jersey for 10+ years…it’s still just bfbs

      • The Jeff | October 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm |

        At some point, you have to accept the black as a valid team color and no longer “just BFBS”.

        • Gusto44 | October 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

          I think reaching the world series in 2000 with black included in the color scheme probably helped keep it around longer than it should have. We tend to associate franchise success or failure with a particular type of
          uniform, and that plays a role in the decision making process.

          Hopefully, the Mets win some day return to the natural color scheme of the Miracle Mets, and the 1986 world champs.

        • Chance Michaels | October 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

          I think keeping it around is more about the black merchandise they sell today than a pennant won a decade ago.

        • Gusto44 | October 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

          Agreed, the merchandising factor is present, and the winning does help in that regard.

      • Sam D. | October 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

        The thing is, the Timberwolves have included black in their uniforms for most of their existence. I can understand calling the Mets BFBS, but the Wolves have made it their own. It is a part of their color scheme.

        • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm |

          we’ll agree to disagree

          the didn’t have black in their uni at all for their first six seasons, then they added it when it became trendy (actually, they added it after it had been trendy for a while), and they’ve never dropped it

          i contend the original use was BFBS; if you want to argue it’s now part and parcel of their uni scheme, fine; to my mind, their colors have always been blue & green (now silver), with black serving at best as an accent (ok, and the home wordmark is black lettering)

          whatever, i believe paul used the term correctly…but even now it’s still debatable what actually constituted “BFBS”

        • Douglas | October 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm |

          Yeah its been a major part of their uniforms and logos since 1996, and they’ve had the black alternates from 98 until they redesigned them a few years ago. The Raptors don’t get criticized for RFRS (Red – it was only in the logos and lettering until 2008) or the Mavericks for NFNS (Navy or whatever they called their darker blue when it was the home uni color after adding it to the scheme). Or will you call the Magic’s black alternates (when or ‘if’ but most likely ‘when’ they break them out) considering black was their main color for the first 5 years of their existence.

          Besides there are plenty situations of true BFBS out there (AZ Cardinals, Washington Huskies, Stanford, VT, Miami and Florida College Basketball, TCU, ASU (I’m assuming Nike replaced the white with black for a reason cause you can’t tell it from the maroon on their uniforms once they start sweating), the lion’s old alternate, Tennessee). In this case its a legitimate highlighting of one of their significant colors, and its not liek they ditched them after a few games they had them for about 10 years with somewhat regular rotation.

  • teenchy | October 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

    Georgia alum here. My first inclination would be to say the Sinkwich helmet @ Butts-Mehre, while clearly not the one in all the action photos, may not be bogus. I sort of doubt anyone back in the day would’ve taken the time to fab up a replica just for display purposes. I’ll poke around and see what I can find for Sinkwich as well as other UGa players during his era, if only to satisfy my own curiosity.

    As for other bogus items: I don’t know Hauls of Shame guy nor anyone slagging on him, but I was invited by Halper to view his collection with other baseball historians (including at least one who has advertised here) back in the mid-’90s. Several pieces that he claimed to have been authentic Washington Nationals v1.0 items definitely were not, based on my comparisons to period photographs and authenticated items from ex-Nats players and staff. So nothing Hauls of Shame posts re Halper’s collection surprises me.

  • Matt | October 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

    NHL FYI: The Penguins will be wearing Powder Blues tomorrow night against the Hurricanes (Who will be white-at-home) in Raleigh.

    http://twitter.com/M...

  • Mike Engle | October 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

    I really like that NOLA yellow alternate. Not enough to buy it (also because I don’t really like the NBA), but if that were gifted to me, I’d most certainly wear it.
    It will probably sell like there’s no tomorrow. I’m actually surprised the Hornets haven’t made purple more dominant to appeal to LSU fans in New Orleans. Gold should get the job done though. And NOLA works MUCH better than NEW ORLEANS on the front. (Why do I like NOLA, but not PHX for the Suns or ATL for the Hawks? NOLA is actually in our vernacular as a nickname for our city. So much so, we have/had an Emeril restaurant called NOLA. PHX and ATL? Give me a break. NOBODY uses those except for airports and scoreboards.)

    • RS Rogers | October 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm |

      I love the yellow alt too. Color, people, color! Color is fun; black is funeral.

      I think you nailed it with why some initialisms and nicknames work, and others don’t. Here in DC, a Northern Virginia team could put “NOVA” on its jersey, and everyone would understand it, because we say “NoVA” to describe Northern Virginia. And “DC” has very specific meaning, which is why it works (or anyway worked, if rumors of the new Nats unis are to be believed) for a Washington Nationals cap. Among metro area residents, “DC” means the District itself, as opposed to the Maryland or NoVA suburbs. Yet when speaking to people from outside the area, we often use “DC” to describe the whole region to avoid confusion with the other Washington. Those specific layers of meaning in spoken usage make something like NOLA or DC work in ways that things like PHX don’t.

      • MPowers1634 | October 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm |

        RS Rogers, where exactly are you?…I have friends in Reston!

        Any more info on the supposed Oregon silvers?

    • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm |

      When are the Raptors’ YYZ alts debuting?

    • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm |

      I’ve heard people say “The ATL” before. I’m not one of them, but I’d say that gets more usage than “PHX.”

      I’d rather people use those than using area codes. Now folks in the Akron area say they’re from “The 330.” Is that Reggie Bush’s fault?
      http://www.eastcount...
      Or did someone else start that?

    • Douglas | October 30, 2010 at 3:14 pm |

      the term ATL is used a lot (especially in Atlanta) Georgia State even put it in their fight-song. Next time you’re in the Atlanta area turn on a hip-hop/”new music” station and you’ll hear it, either in a commercial, from one of the DJs, or in a song.

      PHX is a myestery though, as even if peiple do use that in their vernacular its longer/harder to pronounce than Phoenix (3-syllable vs. 2 syllable, plus phoenix rolls off the tongue were PHX requires you to put emphasis on each lettet). Not that the ATL is any easier to say than atlanta but it is the same length (and is commonly used)and none of the Hawks logos would look good on red (which is a similar case with the suns as their logos are all orange).

      I’d rather have ATL than “hotlanta” which was a term that was used a lot back in the 90s and is only now starting to disappear, except when used /in reference to clubs/parties around the city. Of course I’d prefer “The ATL” (otherwise its just an abbreviation put a “the” above it) or even A-Town (mainly because I like saying Peace-Up, A-Town Down! – thanks Luda)

  • Jon | October 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

    From the Warriors twitter feed:
    Interesting note …. @Warriors wearing road blue’s tonight at home. Chance for the home fans to see before 1st road game Sunday.

  • Brady | October 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm |

    http://www.jesselieb...

    Have you seen this article on referee uniforms? I ran across it when conducting research for my proposed AFL Referee Halloween costume. Even though it is a year old, thought I would pass it along since it mentions Mr. Lukas in the opening paragraph.

  • tosaman | October 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    The Marketplace public radio program discusses potential NFL jersey sponsership a la European soccer:

    http://marketplace.p...

    • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm |

      “JOE ELLIS: I will tell you that if you did do it, people would get over it very quickly, and would accept it very quickly.”

      You wish…

  • M. Sullivan | October 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

    Can you really consider the T-Wolves BFBS? It is a team color…

    • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm |

      It hasn’t always been a team color.

      BFBS isn’t always a bad thing, though. Some teams have pulled it off quite well over the years — but not the T-wolves.

  • MPowers1634 | October 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

    UniWatch teachers unite!

    http://farm2.static....

    • StLMarty | October 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm |

      Because those who can’t…

  • Andy Criner | October 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

    Members of Boise State’s first basketball team in 1933. Dig the belts?

    http://digital.boise...

  • Dwayne | October 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

    Paul:

    As far as the errors on the Uni-Watch S&S jacket….mea culpa.

    Finally, I think I got it right.

    http://yfrog.com/50u...

    • Mike Engle | October 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

      No hyphen! :-P

    • Dwayne | October 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm |

      Trying to make it right, I think, for the final version.

      http://img59.imagesh...

  • DJK | October 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm |

    I like the T-Wolves black alts. Much better than that stale blue color of their road uniforms. Black is also a real colorphase of a real Timberwolf.

    The aqua over aqua look for the Dolphins is truly horrendous. Looks like a Zest bar with a ping pong ball on top

  • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |

    It would be nice if the BFBS T-Wolves uni still had the pine green to give it some contrast, but noooooo…

    • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm |

      same thing i said, only about the new unis in general…

      that “M” and “W,” nicely set off in the old unis is now lost

      at least teh old bfbs, like you said…had some trees

  • TA | October 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |

    In that first Sinkwich photo, his teammate #50 seems to be wearing some kind of strange helmet-face contraption.

  • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm |

    Apparently it’s not just baseball players who are superstitious:
    http://sports.espn.g...
    Some of it’s actually uni-related, too.

    Yeah, I used to be the same way…and then I grew up.

  • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm |

    i am starting to freak out about this move, could someone pass me copious amounts of grass vodka stat? state? no stat. THE vodka? yes corn darn, it THE vodka, holy corn i am going to live in kc on monday. i am losing my mind. THE mind? yes mothercorner THE mind, my mind, aaaaaaaaaaah. cats, craddle silver pantaloon, little scUM of blue i keep humming the tune. no, wait, i am the loon, can someone slap me? no wait, you are all internet peoples, i need a slap, i need a slap, my brain itches, that’s not good, where. is. the. zubrowka? down the street, i need to go there, oh corn, brain itches.

    • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

      James, slap the man already…

      • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm |

        mothervilker! A href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yJBhzMWJCc”>slllllllllllllowly i turned, step by step, inch by inch, i walked up to him, i adidiassled him, i swooshed him, i thraaaaaaaaaashed him. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ha ha haaaaaaa.

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
      • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm |

        I’m just ignoring him and it’s not easy.

        But I’m tryin’, Monstervilker. I’m trying real hard to be the ignorer.

    • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm |

      hmmm…heat and indoor plumbing

      definitely overrated

      • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm |

        slllllllllllllllowly i turned. inch by inch, i chimped him, i champed him, i doughnuts the bulldosers.

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm |

          aaaargh…bulldozers.

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm |

          chicken on a stick!
          i said doughnuts. bulldozers?
          i said doughnuts. bulldozers?
          i said doughnuts. bulldozers?
          owe! owe! owe!

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm |

          How much of that Zubrowka did you have, anyway?

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm |

          none yet,

          that’s

          the problem,

          spiders.

          wait, mothervilker!

          slllllllllloooooowly i turned….

      • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm |

        sanity’s overrated too

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm |

          no way man, that stuff is gold, i need to get me some of that when i go out and get a groovy hickian single bar helmet tie.

        • The Jeff | October 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm |

          This is all very fribble. Just fribble.

          Orange mushroom skyskraper on the walrus?

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm |

          i did interrupt some important conversation on a firday night didn’t i? i mean, everybody is tuning into the comments on friday night, right? my bad jeff, i am sorry i caused you pain. maybe some day we can meet up and have a beer and a laugh over something. slowly, nevermind.

        • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

          i don’t think THE jeff is angry with you the ROBERT

          i think he’s curious whether you dropped windowpane or microdot

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm |

          i am mostly not right anyway, but i was just freaking out a bit for a few hours there and figured nobody would read it anyway. jeff is right, i should shut up.

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm |

          We’ll tell you when to shut up. You amuse us, so you may continue.

  • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm |

    Game’s not until next month, but they’re putting in the goalposts at Yankee Stadium:
    http://cache.daylife...

  • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm |

    hey THE jeff, if you’re reading this…check your email

  • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    Yo, Monstervilker.

    Here you go.

    And I wish I could find a bigger version of this shot.

    • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |

      jimbo~
      i am packing the truck and saturday, driving sunday, unpacking monday, resting tuesday. then since i can’t afford the car trailer, taking a train in the AM wednesday to work the finals of the stats league wednesday night. i will then turn around and drive back to kc that night and sleep next to the wax elvis in a coffin on 70(if memory serves, i hope it still waxes). my train gets in at 3ish wednesday, want to have a beer before i go to work that night at 7? i think i might need one, er billion, we still need to get that last beer before i am a chef.

      • JTH | October 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |

        Shit, I’ve got hockey on Wednesday. And I have enough trouble skating when I’m completely sober.

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm |

          we can have a soda~pop and a frankfurter then,it’s all the same to me. seriously, you want to like fellow UW’ers, but that isn’t always possible. i can’t say enough good things about you sir, you are really a super fellow who i respect greatly. seriously james, it has been my pleasure to know you, i hope moving out of citystickergo does not end that.

        • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 12:08 am |

          Fuck it. I’m sure Coach Lew won’t miss me.

      • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 12:22 am |

        he’ll be stoked, in fact

    • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

      this might get posted before the moderation is released, but we are going to have a fair catch competition saturday. we are going to hurl footballs out of the studio window, and see who can catch it from 100 feet in the air in a blind direction from a window. sundown should be the best time for it i think. should be interesting at best since anybody helping was a youppi.

      • rpm | October 30, 2010 at 12:22 am |

        stupid circle does no have grape soda anymore anyway, so it’s miller at the rabbit until you are properly numb, and i go to work, it’s brilliant, not. best picture ever, some gal trowing a “kick” out of my window as i deck you cfl-health care style with an alonzo spellman jersey(if i had one). that would be great.

    • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm |

      Thanks, James. Those are cool shots, especially that 2nd one.

      And Robert, I was going to say the fair catch competition sounds cool, but I’m a CFL fan and they don’t fair catch, eh?

      • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 11:08 pm |

        so if james shows up at dusk someone can throw him a ball out the window as i get a full head of steam from down the alley and we can cfl the hell out of it. as the kids say, loves it.

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm |

          Well, you gotta give him five yards ‘n all. This isn’t the XFL, don’tcha know.

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 11:32 pm |

          no way man, canadians are tough, and have great health care, i’ll knock him into next week cfl style.

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm |

          And they have stronger beer…

  • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

    fuck

    we shoulda just done that deep fry in chitown this past summer

    oh well…who’s up for a deep freeze 2?

    • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm |

      deep fry, that’s got the devil’s jockstrap written all over it. should it scare me that pineapple(sorry jeff, kate) calls kc that? i am thinking it might get hot, but i am down with wherever this winter. ice fishing!

      i just now took the last of my walls out,which means as of 9:45C i am finally partially done, and can rest/gas until the morn.

      • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm |

        noodlin’ with the traxman for teh deep fry?

        ice fishin’?

        are you nuts?

        wait…maybe i should rephrase that

        • rpm | October 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm |

          frig! i can’t scare kids at the thanksgiving parade, yet another reason to be depressed about this.

          DF2-moose kissing on isle royal. goal: who can get closest to a bull moose without getting killed. winner gets a six pack of grape soda, loser dies. this has deep freeze 2 written all over it.

        • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm |

          i’ve always wanted to die in visit misheegan

          wait…no i haven’t

          and i’ve never rassled a bear neither

          howzaboot jackson hole? or donner pass…

        • Jim Vilk | October 29, 2010 at 11:56 pm |

          If only there was a strategically-located place between NY, Chi-town, KC and St. Loo…oh wait, there is, and I can see my house from there!

          Don’t know if it’ll be cold enough to skate, but we should have plenty ‘o snow.

        • rpm | October 30, 2010 at 12:04 am |

          i was attacked by a gizzly once in banff, best day ever. seriously, i am still alive, and i dragged some gal in a diabetic comma out of the woods that trip, best holiday EVER. that is until she went on good freaking moring america and i saved her life and i didn’t. where was my free ny trip? i didn’t even watch the stupid 85 pound texan on GMA, i couldn’t. still, you should really have a grizzly bear spit on you and decide not to kill you, it’s awetastic! seriously my man, you can totally wet yourself, and it’s okay because you are not dead and there is a grizzly in your face, you’ll love it.

        • rpm | October 30, 2010 at 12:10 am |

          that would be diabetic woman in a comma

  • Joel F. | October 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm |

    does Lebron James have vampire teeth on him mouth guard?…i cant get a clear pic of it

    • LI Phil | October 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm |

      yup…just showed a highlight on SC

  • DP | October 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm |

    Re: Ole Miss v. Auburn

    I’m hearing rumors now that Ole Miss will wear grey uniforms against Auburn’s blue. Ole Miss. Grey vs. Blue.

    • rpm | October 30, 2010 at 12:31 am |

      one week after a new mascot, perfect. i say this with regret because my closest friend is from ole mississip, good thinking.

  • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:32 am |

    For some reason, the Montreal Alouettes wore white helmets Friday night against Toronto:
    http://images.tsn.ca...

    And as I said earlier, no fair catching in the CFL. Add the “kick-out” and this is why I like them better than the NFL:
    http://watch.tsn.ca/...

  • Terry D. | October 30, 2010 at 1:39 am |

    I have pics of LeBron’s Dracula-guard:

    http://m799.photobuc...

    http://m799.photobuc...

  • rpm | October 30, 2010 at 2:46 am |

    wow, i just recovered from that panic attack and re-read what i was jabbering, not my finest hour. except the clarity on ole missed, pour choice.