The Wizards are having quite a winter. First they sent Mustafa Shakur onto the court in that K-Mart jersey. Then Kevin Seraphin wore his shorts backwards. And last night, as you can see at right, Andray Blatche’s NOB was spelled “Baltche.”
That makes three uni mishaps in 33 days — not bad. Well, at least they’re playing really well on the cou… uh, never mind.
Toss in Ladell Betts and the Natinals and it becomes clear that DC isn’t just our nation’s capital — it’s also become the capital of uniform snafus. As if to reinforce that point, look what reappeared the other day on the Nats’ web site.
As for Blatche, I haven’t been able to find a rear-view photo from any of his recent road games, but his name was presumably spelled correctly in those instances, since my in-box didn’t blow up with three dozen “Wizards uni fail!” e-mails like it did last night. So he must have had a new jersey for last night’s game. And now he’ll probably have another one tomorrow night in Miami.
And hey, as long as we’re talking about the NBA:
• I spoke yesterday with an Adidas rep, who give me the final rundown on the compression jerseys in the all-star game: Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook wore the snug-fit tops during pregame warm-ups, and exactly one player went snug-fit during the game: Dwight Howard, and only during the second half (although I’ve been unable to find a photo of this, and Adidas doesn’t have one either). Classic case of going from sizzle to fizzle.
• Pretty weird that Carmelo Anthony’s first game as a Knick was a color-on-color game.
• And in a related item, reader Matt Harris notes that the Knicks roster on Yahoo Sports last night listed incorrect uni numbers for Anthony, Brewer, and Billups.
Lightning strikes twice: Barely three weeks after unveiling their new uniforms, the Lightning have revised them (here’s the new road version). The small changes are generally positive — restoring a bit of black trim to the color palette, bringing back the lightning bolts on the pants — but the real story here is the approach the team has taken. The original unveiling was clearly intended as a soft launch, giving the team a chance to gauge fan response. In the three weeks between then and now, I know of at least two fans who wrote e-mails to the team about the new uniforms and were then invited to come down and speak directly with team officials. One of those fans is a Uni Watch reader and has asked me not to discuss particulars of his visit to the team offices; the other fan described her visit in the second entry of this discussion thread.
As you can see from that one fan’s account, team officials were interested and engaged with responding to fan concerns, at least up to a point. And now, sure enough, they’ve addressed some of those concerns with the revised design. This two-step process — soft launch followed by design revisions — strikes me as an extremely enlightened approach to uni-based fan relations. It’ll be interesting to see if other teams start doing this.
Uni Watch Stirrup Club Update: Just as our brothers and sisters in the great state of Wisconsin are rallying to the cause of social justice, so too are we rallying for the even grander cause of proper sports hosiery! Let others send pizza to Wisconsin — we know the higher truth: Give a man a pizza, and you feed him for a day; give him stirrups, and you feed his soul for a lifetime.
And with that I surrender the floor to Comrade Robert Marshall, who continues to be an inspiration to us all. Here’s his latest dispatch from the front lines of the hosiery wars:
First, let’s attend to some old business: No order would not be complete without a Twin City Knitting delay. In our last order, the factory ran out of the dark royal thread for the “Wolverines”-style design. But those stirrups have finally arrived and been shipped.
One reason for the delays, according to the factory, is that they are sold out of all of their premade single-color stirrups and are working Saturdays to catch up. Apparently their stirrup business is blowing up due to a resurgence of revolutionaries with the right proper diamond aesthetic. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to attribute this in large part to Paul’s influence here at Uni Watch. All revolutionaries owe him thanks.
Given the backlog, keep in mind that if you’re looking to order stirrups for a full team, expect it to take four weeks. So get your order in the queue as soon as possible, especially if your design is even remotely funky. I may have TCK’s ear more then most reps, and I will actually be consulting with them for some throwback looks (woo-hoo!), but that doesn’t mean I can make hosed monkeys fly out of their pantaloons at the drop of a chapeau.
Now then, with spring training in full swing and the snow melting, it’s time for another batch of new offerings. As you can see at the top of that page, we’re starting off this time around with the Super Bowl champions. As everyone knows, football players used to wear stirrups, but with a crew sock on the outside instead of a sani on the inside.
Full ordering instrux for these new offerings, and for remaining stock of old ones, can be found here.
That’s all for this month, feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or special requests. Lastly, I promise to keep up on the Facebook group — I miss seeing the consistent stirrup Friday/wedding images, which always lift the spirits.
From each according his stirrvp,
to each according his strype.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I just about flipped yesterday when I saw a 1960 photo of an amazing Dallas-area neon sign with some unfortunate spelling. I showed it to my friend Jon Hammer, who promptly made a key Photoshop adjustment. … A rare 1919 World Series pin is going up for auction. … The Wild wore camo warm-up jerseys two nights ago. Here’s a video clip of them putting on the jerseys in the locker room (thanks, Phil). … Ichiro is designing his own clothes (thanks, Brinke). … Here’s something we don’t see very often: The men’s and women’s hoops teams at Southern Illinois Edwardsville both have a circle-R trademark symbol next to their chest logos. The Cubs also do this, of course. Leaving aside examples that involve corporate sponsorships, anyone else? (Big thanks to Scott Slarks and photographer Bill Brinson.) … Rochester Amerks goalie Tyler Plante is wearing an old-style waffle-print blocker, although it’s white. “The first goaltender who regularly wears old-style brown leather pads and gloves will be my new favorite,” says Doug Brei. … Here’s a good story on the 2011 MLS jerseys (with thanks to Lars Johnson). … Jason Terry’s new sneakers are modeled after fighter jets (with thanks to Stu Taylor). … Here’s the latest on the crazy electronics-equipped compression shirts that a few dozen prospects will be wearing at the NFL Combine (with thanks to Josh Neisler). … Interesting stirrups being worn by Arizona State. “One of our players was seriously injured during a game,” says Randy Policar, so starting this weekend we will be adding his #34 to the stirrups.” … Good to see Barry Zito is still wearing the striped hose in Giants camp (thanks, Brinke). … Speaking of the Giants, a few days ago I mentioned that Tim Lincecum appeared to have changed his footwear from Reebok to Mizuno, but yesterday Matt Paver spotted him wearing the mark of the beast, so maybe he’s just between contracts or something. … And speaking of our friends from Beaverton, notice anything odd about this golf leader board? Even better (read: worse), each swoosh is actually an interactive ad — mouse over one of them and see for yourself, but have a bucket handy in case you feel nauseous (blame Tom Griffith). … As color-on-color games go, red vs. purple is pretty out there. That’s Seattle vs. Washington from two nights ago (with thanks to Dave Sizer). … New uni set for Maryland baseball. “It’s early in the season, so they haven’t run everything out yet,” says Eric Garment, “but so far they’ve worn a classic home uni with NNOB and Northwestern-striped stirrups and a black jersey with an unusual number font.” … It’s now been a year and a half since Uni Watch got the A’s to change their helmet decals, yet Coco Crisp is still wearing the wrong logo. ” I’m guessing it’s his helmet from last season, since he had the wrong logo then too,” says Brandon Davis. … Michael Koch reports that newly acquired Penguin James Neal is wearing No. 18, while Chris Conner, who had been wearing that number, has switched to No. 16.