Interesting development in college hoops last night, as three Louisville players wore snug-fit Adidas compression jerseys, just like the ones the NBA players
wore were supposed to wear in the all-star game. Oddly, there was no advance publicity on this (at least that I was aware of), and I haven’t found any reference to it on the Louisville web site.
In terms of fit, the tight looked fine. You can see that some players’ jerseys were way tighter than others’, but most of us have been complaining that basketball uniforms have gotten too baggy, right? I don’t necessarily prefer the tight look, but I also have no major problem with it. Well, except maybe when it bunches up — that’s a problem.
The weird thing is that the typography on the snug-fits was noticeably smaller than on the regular jerseys, especially on the back. Take a look at Peyton Siva, the Louisville player on the left side of this shot — his number looks like it’s a Shrinky Dink!
This same problem afflicted Dwight Howard, the one NBA all-star who test-drove the compression jersey a few weekends ago. I’m baffled by this — why can’t Adidas provide proper-sized type on these jerseys?
Another item of note: The NBA snug-fits had those ridiculous bondage-harness straps, but the straps weren’t visible on the Louisville jerseys. Not sure if Adidas decided to de-emphasize this element or if the straps just don’t show up as well on a white background. Either way, it’s a big plus.
The question now is how many other college programs will be going this route. I’ll try to get some info on that, and about the Shrinky Dink numerals, from the Adidas folks.
(Special thanks to David Merrill for the screen shots.)
No, they didn’t serve breadcrumbs as the hors d’oeuvres: Last night I attended the launch party for Mike Tyson’s new TV show. Nothing unusual, except for two rather bizarre choices by the decorator: flora adorned with boxing gloves and wall projections of Tyson’s face tattoo (clever, except they got it upside-down). As for the guest of honor, they mostly kept him under wraps in a VIP room, although he briefly came out to make a few well-chosen remarks. Or at least I assume they were well-chosen — the acoustics were terrible, and I couldn’t really make out most of it.
I had fun talking with Hillary Tholen, the Animal Planet production coordinator who I met during the Puppy Bowl’s kitten halftime segment. She worked on the Tyson show and said he was pretty good to deal with. She also said the cinematography on the show is really, really good, and I have to agree — a lot of the aerial footage of the pigeons is superb. Worth checking out when the show debuts this weekend.
Too good for the Ticker: Probably the best five minutes you spend today will be spent perusing this hilarious flowchart. Well, unless you’re not a baseball fan (but in that case, I’m afraid there’s no hope for you anyway). Kudos to R. Scott Rogers, who posted this in yesterday’s comments.
Uni Watch News Ticker: High-larious news out of Chisox camp, as A.J. Pierzynski was ticketed for speeding while in uniform. … The new Ole Miss mascot costume has apparently been leaked (with thanks to Jason Cimon). … Bunch of amusing Red Sox commercial outtakes here (with thanks to Peter Greenberg). … Tris Wykes gives us the lowdown on Clarkson goalie Paul Karpowich’s mask: “It salutes former Golden Knights who’ve won the Stanley Cup, plus longtime NHL player Dave Taylor, widely considered the program’s best-ever player. The ‘Bonesaw Brigade” is a part of Clarkson’s student section at home games.” … Kyle Butler’s father is an avid golfer and a rabid Packers fan, so Kyle got him a Packers-themed headcover for his birthday. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Interesting story about stadiums that were proposed but never built. … Very nice satin baseball jersey with magnificent chain-stitching here. … New logo for J.C. Penney (with thanks to Chris Salove). … Uni Watch colors, vertically arched lettering, Durene fabric, UCLA inserts — what’s not to like? DIY king David Frost sent me that shirt as a token of Uni Watch appreciation. I initially thought he found it in a thrift shop, but it turns out it belonged to his father, who grew up in Princeton, Wisconsin. Thanks, Frosty — I’m honored that you’d give me something like this. It fits me perfectly, and I’ll wear it proudly. … Peter Laviolette of the Flyers is wearing the Stanley Cup finals patch on his practice jacket. “Living in the past or wishful thinking?” asks Scott D. Slarks. … Last winter the McSweeney’s crew came up with this cool World Series poster. Now they’ve added a new poster, about Brian Wilson’s beard. You can order it here. … The Senators will be adding a “heritage” third jersey. … What’s worse than a basketball jersey worn over a suit? A jersey worn over a suit with a corporate-douchebag lapel pin. That’s Allen Iverson’s Draft Day photo (big thanks to Kyle Tarbet). … The Knicks wore blue throwbacks at home last night, creating a color-on-color game against the Hornets. … Speaking of the Knicks, Jon Hanks has identified what he calls “the Carmelo Conundrum,” which shapes up as follows: “Carmelo Anthony has been wearing leg sleeves for years now, but in Denver, at least they were color-coordinated. Now that he’s in New York, I’ve noticed the sleeves have remained navy blue. It looks horrible — I suggest orange.” Hmm, Jon was going fine until the end there. … Check this out: a Blue Jays jersey made by CCM, the hockey brand. “I never knew ccm made baseball jerseys,” says Robert Waynick. Neither did I. Anyone know more? … “In what has become an annual rite of spring in Florida, Port St. Joe High School made the final four of the 2A State Tournament and broke out the striped socks,” says Mike Edgerley. “Alas, they lost in the semifinals for the second straight year, so the socks are one and done again.” … Here’s Venezuela’s Copa America home kit (with thanks to Kenny Loo). … New identity set for the Brockton Rox. Love the hanging boxing gloves, since Brockton is the town that gave us Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler. Further details here (with thanks to Richard Stover). … Josh Petty reports that the Quad City Mallards will be wearing special alt jerseys on Saturday. Further details here. … Lots of rumors floating around about this being the new Oklahoma State football helmet. Fan concept? Prank? Legit? I have no idea. … Sean Deitrick noticed something while checking out a video of the new MLB 2K11: a Rangers batting helmet with a red “T” logo. “As far as I’m aware, the Rangers have never had a helmet with a red T before,” says Sean. “They briefly had the hat with the red T (which vanished several years ago yet remained part of their ‘official’ headwear set for a few years), but even then, they wore a white T on the helmets. Considering that they were in the World Series last year, you wouldn’t think a proper helmet logo would be that hard to get right.” … Some very cool old photos of the Gator Bowl here. “Check out the end zones in this shot,” says Joshua Pryor. … If you liked yesterday’s program covers, you’ll love this T-shirt (nice find by Kyle Rini). … Also from Kyle: Yesterday I mentioned that you rarely see Buffalo Bill Cody used in conjunction with Bills graphics, but here he is on a bunch of 1962 program covers. … Great move by Adrian Acosta, who commissioned Uni Watch favorite Mark Penxa to make some new portraits of Eli Manning (à la Y.A. Tittle), Thurman Munson, and Mike Richter. Want to hire Mark yourself? Contact him here. … Jim Lonetti volunteers a few hours a week at a thrift store, where these awesome tube socks recently showed up. “Only $2.99 for the bundle!” he says. … Michael Koch recently visited the Jim Click Hall of Champions at the U. of Arizona and took a bunch of photos. … There’s color on color, and then there’s color on color. That’s Auburn and Ole Miss last night. “How there weren’t a million Fred Brown-like passes, we’ll never know,” quips Don Hammack.
Incidentally…: Has anyone else watched the 1986 Mets series currently running on MSG? It is unbelievably bad — not because the people working on it were untalented, but because they never had a chance. The producers apparently didn’t get the rights to any video or any game photos, so the creative team was left to tell the story of one of the best ballclubs in history with nothing but talking heads, publicity stills, and voiceover narration. It’s beyond pathetic, especially for a four-part series that’s gotten a decent amount of hype.
Any production this misguided has to have some juicy gossip behind it. So if anyone out there worked on this fiasco, do tell. I promise to keep everything anonymous, off the record, etc., and you’ll have the satisfaction of finally getting to vent your frustrations. A win-win!