Not sure we’ve seen this category of logo theft before: a high school football team using an MLB logo. That’s Washington Community High School from Illinois. They’re called the Panthers, so couldn’t they just find a generic cat illustration or something to put on the helmet? Apparently not. (My thanks to William Barrett for bringing this one to my attention.)
New ESPN column today, and it’s about a frequent contributor to the site: Michael Princip. Click here — Paul
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
One of the great things about eBay is that you often come across things you haven’t thought of in years. Consider, for example, the first item in today’s list — I’m pretty sure I pounded down a few of those back in the day.
• Didja know Pete Rose had a chocolate drink? Bet on it!
• Johnny U as a San Diego Charger — sacrilege! Note the high-tops.
• I would have used this 1970s NFL pencil bag in elementary school, for sure.
• Check this first baseman’s mitt — how were you supposed to catch a ball with this thing?
• Reader Matt Campbell submitted this fantastic program cover.
• And Paul’s buddy Kirsten found this great “Wide World of Sports” Thermos.
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Membership Update: Sixteen membership kits mailed out yesterday, including Gordon Blau’s groovy Kansas City Bombers rollerderby treatment (shown at right). As always, you can see the full gallery of membership cards here and make good on that New Year’s resolution by signing up here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Not sure if this is worth putting in the tourism brochure, but Pittsburgh is now home to the world’s largest goalie mask (with thanks to Tom Konecny). … New football jerseys on tap for Kansas (with thanks to Brad Barker). … This is pretty great: Lee’s Summit High School in Missouri, whose football team is called the Tigers, uses tiger stripes as award decals (great find by Brady Graham). … No frozen cabbage leaves available? Then just cut holes in your cap. That’s Buck Weaver, photographed on what must have been a hot day (with thanks to Brian Nelson). … Hmmm, a Dodgers cap with a logo patch? Odd (good spot by Brad Phelps). … Further info on Nikegon’s oddly placed conference patch, courtesy of Randy Policar: “If you look at photos from Media Day, the patch wasn’t there. Either Nike or Oregon ‘forgot’ to put them on. The Pac-10 people saw it and were not pleased. They overnighted a set of patches to Scottsdale (complete with the neon green outline) and Oregon had to have them sewn on by the seamstress who handles ASU football.” … Striped socks, crazy officiating uniforms, history’s worst cheerleading outfits, helmet carts, mustard-colored footballs, orange goalposts, and a very young Mike Patrick — all in this amazing WFL video clip (great find by David Ethridge). … You know how some teams will print, “Established 1944” (or whenever) on their gear? The Nats are trying to play that game too, but they have some funny ideas about which year to reference. … The SF Giants have announced their promotional schedule for the coming season, and Uni Watch fans will like what they have slated for July 9 (these glad tidings courtesy of Brad Dugan). … If you go to this UNC hoops Q&A page and search on the word “Aarons,” you’ll find some good info about corporate sponsorships and a tweak to the center jump circle (good find by Chris Warfford). … New logo for IndyCar (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Here’s what Maria Sharapova will be wearing in the Aussie Open (thanks, Brinke). … Why does this Clemson player have NNOB? “That’s DeAndre ‘Nuke’ Hopkins,” the leading receiver on the Clemson football team,” explains Benji Boyter. “After Clemson’s bowl game, he joined the basketball team, but they haven’t put his name on the back of his jersey yet.” … Latest Nike-outfitted hoops team to get the sublimated rear-design treatment: Pitt. The logo is of the student section (the Oakland Zoo), along with the university’s motto, “Veritas et Virtus” — Truth and Virtue (with thanks to Steve Harrison). … Here’s Dwayne Roloson’s new mask (with thanks to Ben Gorbaty). … I’m going to be on a road trip today, so Phil will be minding the store. See you all tomorrow.