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Snug as a Cardinal in a Gym, or Something Like That

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

145 comments to Snug as a Cardinal in a Gym, or Something Like That

  • The Jeff | March 3, 2011 at 7:53 am |

    It’s nice to see all this color vs color in basketball lately. I really hope it starts spreading to other sports.

    Also, that (probably fake) Oklahoma State helmet is awesome. By that I mean it’s so blatantly horrible that it transcends badness and becomes good.

    • LI Phil | March 3, 2011 at 8:46 am |

      It’s nice to see all this color vs color in basketball lately. I really hope it starts spreading to other sports.
      ~~~

      color vs. color is fine, occasionally

      this, however, is unacceptable

      • The Jeff | March 3, 2011 at 9:02 am |

        I’ll agree with you there. Creamsicle orange vs red *might* work in basketball (not football), but that shade vs red is just too close, especially with both teams using dark numbers.

      • Geeman | March 3, 2011 at 9:48 am |

        Color on color in hoops has gotten out of hand. Gold, yellow, silver, and gray should be the only alternative home uniforms. Everything else is just an eyesore.

    • Chris Holder | March 3, 2011 at 9:59 am |

      With the persistent talk rumored on here and elsewhere that Oklahoma State plans to unveil some Oregon-esque uniform sets next season… is it possible that this is simply one of the (perhaps) several helmets they could wear? I could definitely see that being the case. I don’t like orange so think the helmet is hideous anyway, but the Pistol Pete mascot certainly beats the bland OSU logo – especially since most people don’t even think of the Cowpokes when they hear “OSU”.

      • Donald | March 3, 2011 at 11:31 am |

        Of course they don’t. Because there is only one OSU and it is the original.

        • The Jeff | March 3, 2011 at 11:52 am |

          Oregon State?

        • Seth F | March 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

          Must be the Beavers he’s referring to……

          The only other I can think of that he might be referecing is not “OSU” anymore. I think they put out some edict that they must be referred to from hence forth as “THE Ohio…yada, yada, yada.”

        • jdreyfuss | March 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm |

          It wasn’t Ohio State that put forth that edict. It was the Southern District of Ohio federal court. OU has a trademark on “Ohio” that OSU violated. That’s why it’s tOSU.

          For a bit of fun, remind an OSU alum that they’re celebrating losing a trademark infringement case whenever they do that.

  • Anthony | March 3, 2011 at 7:53 am |

    Seems like Adidas has a big problem with typography on their snug basketball jerseys and football jerseys. What’s weird is that they don’t seem to have a problem with it on their soccer jerseys.
    Initially I thought they may have made the typography smaller because they anticipated the letters would stretch out more, but that theory would beg two questions: 1) Since that’s clearly not the case, why do they keep doing it? and 2) How come it doesn’t affect the soccer jerseys?

    • Terry Proctor | March 3, 2011 at 9:48 am |

      Could those soccer jerseys be using dye sublimation where all of the graphics (team name, logo, numbers) are part of the jersey? Sublimated graphics add absolutely no weight to the fabric. And soccer players supposedly like the lightest-weight jersey they can find. From the photo you attached I would say it’s a definite possibility that they’re sublimted.

      • Anthony | March 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm |

        I don’t think so (but could be wrong–it’s happened once or twice!). I have a few soccer jerseys; usually the sponsor is heat-pressed on and the the club badge is sewn on. None of the graphics on the four jerseys I own are sublimated (I don’t own a Chelsea jersey, but I do have one Adidas jersey for the Houston Dynamo).
        They do kind of look like sublimated dye though, don’t they?

        • Shane | March 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm |

          I’ve got a Germany home shirt and a Mexico away from last year’s World Cup, and they’re the same as you described: Names and numbers (Schweinsteiger and Chicharito) heat pressed, and the federation logo (well, Mexico at least. the DFB badge is some weird almost vinyl-like material) and Adidas logos are embroidered.

          As for Paul’s question about the Powerbands, I think they are less visible on a white jersey. Seemed that way during the Cup, anyway.

        • Shane | March 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |

          Here’s a better look at the DFB logo (along with the 11 textured stripes from the jersey). It’s stitched on in gold, but the majority of the badge seems to be felt-like with what I’m guessing is plastic or something else for the eagle and the stars.

          http://www.soccer.co...

    • Flip | March 3, 2011 at 10:14 am |

      Shrinky Dink = app description

  • Anthony | March 3, 2011 at 7:56 am |

    Weird… my last comment seems not to be showing up (even though it’s telling me I already submitted it). Apologies for the double post if it shows up again. Here goes:

    Seems like Adidas has a big problem with typography on their snug basketball jerseys and football jerseys. What’s weird is that they don’t seem to have a problem with it on their soccer jerseys.
    Initially I thought they may have made the typography smaller because they anticipated the letters would stretch out more, but that theory would beg two questions: 1) Since that’s clearly not the case, why do they keep doing it? and 2) How come it doesn’t affect the soccer jerseys?

    • John in KY | March 3, 2011 at 9:17 am |

      I watched most of the Louisville game last night. It also appeared that the compression jerseys also had either screened-on or heat-press letters and numbers. The telecast resolution wasn’t that great, but the letters and numbers were much shinier than the “normal” 2010/2011 adidas numbers on the regluar jerseys (Louisville’s are like the current NBA numbers and logos).

  • Anthony | March 3, 2011 at 8:05 am |

    Those Mark Penxa posters are awesome!
    However…
    Not to be nit-picky,* but the second poster has a small grammatical error.
    Instead of “Go ask him who won the fight, he knows,” it should be “Go ask him who won the fight. He knows,” or “Go ask him who won the fight–he knows.”
    Sorry–I’m the son of an English teacher and misplaced/misused commas really stick out to me.

    *Isn’t that what we do around here?

    • Rob S | March 3, 2011 at 9:14 am |

      Pretty much; we’re the nit-pickers of athletic aesthetics, among nit-picking other things… like wanton cruelty to the common comma.

      • Anthony | March 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

        Nice. I like that term: “wanton cruelty to the common comma.”
        Don’t even get me started on “your” vs. “you’re!” :)

    • jdreyfuss | March 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

      Couldn’t it also be a semicolon? “Go ask him who won the fight; he knows.”

      • Anthony | March 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm |

        A semicolon would work just fine. Basically, a comma is the worst choice here.
        Okay, a question mark would be the worst choice: “Go ask him who won the fight? He knows.” Although it is pretty funny.
        But you get my point.

  • scott | March 3, 2011 at 8:21 am |

    All this color-on-color has got to be a sign of the apocalypse, right?

  • Rubens Borges | March 3, 2011 at 8:25 am |

    Paul, yesterday you said something about the Knicks ditching black. Went looking for info and heard that they may have dropped the idea with Melo’s trade. Any info on that one?

    • Paul Lukas | March 3, 2011 at 8:28 am |

      Hadn’t heard that but will look into it.

    • BuckeyeChief | March 3, 2011 at 8:41 am |

      I don’t know, since they have worn throwbacks at home every game since he’s been traded.

      • MN | March 3, 2011 at 9:50 am |

        Right after the Melo trade last week I posted that Mitch Modell(owner of Modells Sporting Goods for those of you not in NY) was interviewed on WFAN and said that Reebok had stopped production of the current NY Knick jerseys and didnt have enough in their warehouses to print up Melo #7’s and get them out to retail stores. Not sure if this means a changes is in the works for next year, but could be.

        • Rubens Borges | March 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm |

          Thanks Paul. And, I hope it is.I’m not as conservative as most people here (nor comment as much) But i’d love to see a 90s style Knicks uni

  • Bernard | March 3, 2011 at 8:31 am |

    I have no idea if that Oklahoma State helmet is legit or not, but it was part of a gallery mentioned in the ticker back on December 8 of last year.

  • Jeremy Brahm | March 3, 2011 at 8:33 am |

    Could the Oklahoma State helmet be the Rivalry helmet from Nike? It is a Nike school.

    • Anthony | March 3, 2011 at 9:12 am |

      That’s what I thought. They had a pretty good season in 2010 (11-2) and that may have help catapult them into Nike’s “favored teams” list. Sure looks like something crazy that Nike would come up with.

    • Seth F | March 3, 2011 at 9:40 am |

      Looks alot like the Boise St. pro combat helmet from last season. If that is what it is, I hope OSU gets a better rest of the uni look that did the Broncos. The helmet was the only thing about those that was good.

      Any news on the Chick-fil-a Kickoff game this season being a Pro-Combat showcase??? Boise St. is coming to Atlanta to take on my Dawgs!!

  • Kyle K | March 3, 2011 at 8:39 am |

    Ironic that the baseball flowchart tells anyone who thinks Republicans are ruining America to root for a team that has an elephant for a mascot.

    • Chance Michaels | March 3, 2011 at 9:36 am |

      Reclaim the pachyderm!

    • Donald | March 3, 2011 at 11:35 am |

      Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s in NY I take offense to any statement that says I have to have no soul to cheer for my beloved Yankees. Of course Paul links it for that same reason since his joke of an NY team won’t ever win.

      • jdreyfuss | March 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm |

        Because it’s so much nicer to his Mets of course. “I use sports to distract myself from the drudgery of my horrible life.”

      • Chris Holder | March 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm |

        Come on man, chill out. It essentially calls me a racist since I’m a Braves fan. It’s just a joke, and basically insults everybody. No reason to be offended.

  • JimWa | March 3, 2011 at 8:55 am |

    When I saw the draft picture for AI, it took my brain more than a few seconds to figure out that his ballcap didn’t say Philadelphia TIGERS (or at least TGERS … my brain added the I through the confusion).

    http://i.cdn.turner....

    • Seth F | March 3, 2011 at 9:46 am |

      I wonder if he was thinking at the time like I was…..”I’ll never again wear as nice of a uni as the one I just took off for the last time as a Hoya.”

      Not a Georgetown fan, but loved the navy and gray unis.

  • Terry Proctor | March 3, 2011 at 9:05 am |

    On that C-C-M manufactured Blue Jays jersey. When the Jays were hatched in 1977 several Canada-based companies wanted a piece of the pie and were granted rights to produce Jays merchandise that was only available in Canada. MLB Properties wasn’t as powerful 35 years ago and didn’t do anything about it that I’m aware of. I’ve followed the Blue Jays since Day One and I’ve seen some of these items for sale up there.

    This jersey is not bad, but some of the caps and T-shirts were, in Don Cherry’s words, “frickin’ brutal!”

    • Paul Lukas | March 3, 2011 at 9:35 am |

      Wow, great info — thanks, Terry!

      • oilfan | March 3, 2011 at 10:59 am |

        CCM had an MLB licence in the early 1990s to make replicas. A lot of them were heat-sealed cloth emblems like they did on hockey jerseys.

        But for one chain of stores – Jersey City – they received exclusively jerseys made with pro twill emblems, and were extremely well done. I worked there in Edmonton at the time, and even have a couple of them still.

        CCM had the licence until Russell got the exclusive deal – and the only replicas that were made available to us were the craptacular 100% cotton jerseys that were straight out of Seinfeld. The emblems and patches were all top notch, but the jerseys themselves were terrible. When I wanted to order an Authentic Expos jersey, it was only by special order, and there was no way in hell I was paying $250 on a college student’s bankroll.

        • Geeman | March 3, 2011 at 11:43 am |

          Cotton breathes, my friend. It’s a natural fiber and more comfortable against the skin in all but the most extreme elements. Even Under Armour gets that now.

        • oilfan | March 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm |

          Cotton breathes – but these jerseys were terrible – the ones that I saw wore and shrunk badly when washed – and looked more like a ragged button up T-shirt with pro twill on it after a few washes.

          The store had such a bad response to these jerseys that no other jerseys from Russell were ordered other than MLB Diamond Collection gamers by special order.

    • Chip B | March 3, 2011 at 10:56 am |

      Ravens Athletic also made some Blue Jays retail jerseys back in the early days – http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • Rob S | March 3, 2011 at 9:19 am |

    From Penney’s to JCPenney to jcpenney… more like, e.e. cummings! What’s with the lowercase branding these days?

    • JimWa | March 3, 2011 at 9:39 am |

      i thought the e.e. cummingsing of marketing was especially peculiar in this case. it’s obvious that jcpenney is trying to accentuate the jpc of the brand because its cool to shorten your name (just ask the folks at kfc, the shack, ihop, and others).

      that said, if you’re trying to focus on your initials, i don’t understand why you would make them blend in with the rest of your name.

    • possum | March 3, 2011 at 11:33 am |

      Looks to me like they’re trying to rebrand now as “JCP.”

    • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm |

      Pretty obvious to me.
      Internet influence.
      Call it the “URL” school of logo design.

      —Ricko

      • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm |

        btw, jcp.com will get you, by default, to their website.
        Something that has everything to do with the new logo, I’d wager.

        —Ricko

    • RS Rogers | March 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm |

      All-lowercase company names seem very 2002-2003 to me. Sort of like midcaps – PricewaterhouseCoopers, ex – are very 1998. A company that starts up today with all-lowercase isn’t necessarily dating itself, but a company that changes its name to drop the caps at this point is telling me that it’s at least 6 years behind the curve in terms of branding.

      And I don’t like all-lowercase logos on sports unis, either. That means you, padres.

    • pushbutton | March 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm |

      I’m STILL calling it Penney’s

  • Chance Michaels | March 3, 2011 at 9:34 am |

    Sir, I must protest that chart! No Wisconsinite would never flip police cars to celebrate a World Championship.

    No, we’d pack a stadium in the freezing cold just to get a glimpse of our sixth-favorite player. Heck, we do that when we lose.

    • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm |

      And I mentioned this last night, but I’ll say it again. The Cubs should not be downstream of a tailgating decision. Nobody tailgates at a Cubs game.

    • The Jeff | March 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

      Are you sure about that? We all know that Green Bayites? Green Bayans? wouldn’t do that, but do Milwaukeeans hold themselves to the same standards?

      • Dave Mac | March 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

        As a Wisconsinite, I can’t imagine anyone flipping cars after a World Series win. Granted, there hasn’t been one since 1957 with another franchise, but nothing like that has happened during Super Bowl wins. It seemed kind of like “meh, this joke missed.” Didn’t really fit the Brewers franchise at all. Overweight fans consuming 15,000 calories on day of game? Probably. Drunk fights among tailgaters? Maybe. Flipping cars? No.

        I did think the 2108 Series celebration was funny though.

        • Chance Michaels | March 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm |

          Well, there was the 1982 pennant, and the County Stadiun pep rally which followed the Series (who could forget Robin Yount riding around the warning track on his Harley?).

          Not to mention that there were plenty of celebrations in Milwaukee after the Super Bowl, with people taking to the streets, and I’m not aware of any black-and-whites being flipped.

          No, sir. I’m not buying it. Seemed like an afterthought joke, they didn’t really have anything for the Brewers once they got past “encased meat”.

        • NE | March 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm |

          As a fellow Wisconsinite, the only drunk fights I see among tailgaters would be when the cubs come to town (sometimes cards & twins).

  • teenchy | March 3, 2011 at 9:58 am |

    Thanks for the Gator Bowl pics. They brought back a lot of good and bad memories. I came right through a chair – a metal steel chair – just looking at them.

  • Chance Michaels | March 3, 2011 at 10:13 am |

    Love that Chargers/Oilers t-shirt.

    And seriously, a centaur would make a great logo for the Chargers, who are rather dire need of one.

  • Flip | March 3, 2011 at 10:17 am |

    Love that Arizona letter sweater http://www.flickr.co...

    • Mark K | March 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

      Adidas make that?

      • Flip | March 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm |

        If it did, it’d have three stripes up the placket, three stripes on the other sleeve, a three-stripe mark on the back collar an adidas workmark. Missing anything?

  • Mitch | March 3, 2011 at 10:31 am |

    Seriously, I love MLB The Show, but they always screw up the Rangers uniforms! Last year, they had them wear red batting helmets at home but the blue caps, and their blue alts could only be worn on the road, and they wore those two tone red and blue helmets! As a Rangers fan and uni-watcher it drives me insane.

    • The Jeff | March 3, 2011 at 10:58 am |

      Dammit… this means I can’t bitch quite as much about EA messing up uniforms in Madden if Sony does it in their baseball games too.

      • jdreyfuss | March 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm |

        I’ve wondered why EA is always a year behind in uniform stylings when the teams are required to register their sets with the league so far in advance. You’d think they could at least update them on Live.

    • Aaron | March 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm |

      Maybe it’s because the Rangers themselves can’t decide what color they are.

    • captincanuck | March 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

      The Rangers had submitted the two-tone batting helmet to MLB before last season started which i why it is in the game. Before the season started though they realized how stupid it looked and scrapped it. It was the Rangers way of solving the problem of having two different colored batting helmets.

  • Jet | March 3, 2011 at 10:56 am |

    That baseball flowchart is very creative but I have to admit I didn’t get most of the jokes/references…

    -Jet

    • Aaron | March 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

      I followed all but the Orioles. What would you put in a thermos in Baltimore that’s too gross to talk about?

      • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm |

        *hint*

        • rpm | March 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm |

          you, are, dead to me jimbad.

      • jdreyfuss | March 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm |

        Natty Bo. :P

  • Jet | March 3, 2011 at 10:57 am |

    I like that Ottawa Senators third jersey but wish they would have used the same striping pattern on the sleeves as they have under the “O”…

    -Jet

    • Rob S | March 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm |

      That’s just a concept rendering by Jacob Barrette from a couple of years ago. There’s nothing yet on what the actual jersey will be just yet.

  • Brian C | March 3, 2011 at 11:01 am |

    Compression jerseys are okay on athletes, but I dread having to seem them on wide load fans…

    • Donald | March 3, 2011 at 11:41 am |

      Like the NFL where you buy a jersey with full sleeves and not sewn onto you, NBA jerseys will likely remain the way they are now.

  • LI Phil | March 3, 2011 at 11:22 am |

    indiana university asks, “are mixing the terms ethics and espn” an oxymoron?

  • rpm | March 3, 2011 at 11:37 am |

    those are not tubes, they are sani’s, you can ell from the stamp. and old ones too, from a few years ago for sure. they use numbers to show ply’. 700 is 4-ply, 300 is 3-ply. 200 is 2-ply pony size, and 100 is 2-ply little league size. os those are adult 3 ply super size sani’s

    hands off west chicago people!

    • Paul Lukas | March 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

      Um, it says right on it, “Super Sanitary Tube”:
      http://farm6.static....

      So we’re both right, no?

    • Jeremy | March 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm |

      That model might be old, but that brand is still sold at sporting goods stores all over (I just bought some a few weeks ago). I started wearing them in high school for both baseball and hockey. In baseball under my stirrups and for hockey because they were thin and I could pull them up to my knees and keep the sometimes uncomfortable shin guards from rubbing against my shins. In fact, I still wear them for men’s league hockey now. There are now socks sold specifically for hockey, but I have always stuck with my Twin City’s sanis.

    • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

      There are sanitaries that are socks; they have a knit-in heel. They were like that for decades. And decades.

      Following the development of athletic tube socks, a sanitary tube sock eventually came along, too.

      So I suppose it comes down to this…
      We can call either version “sanitaries.” But only one is “sanitary tubes”, and they shouldn’t be called simply “tube socks.” That’s pretty much reserved for thicker socks.

      Not making a rule, just saying that’s the terminology in the vernacular.

      —Ricko

    • rpm | March 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm |

      sorry..

      LP~ they are more or less the same except that they are not the same in that one is thick and coosh, and one is designed to be as thin as possible.

      jeremey~of course they are a great product, i wasn’t saying it was a bad product. i was saying that the bag of socks he scored was a great deal, but 3 years old. i also called them sani’s which is what you would wear under a baseball sock, which is what these are.

      rick~right?

  • SkinnerAU | March 3, 2011 at 11:48 am |

    http://tinyurl.com/4...

    expensive but cool jersey for South Florida.

  • T.J. | March 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    I have eczema. I don’t know what the differences are, but certain brands of compression gear aggravate it (for me, Under Armour) while others cause no problems (in my case, Nike).

    All skin allergies are different, and often two people with the same disease can have different issues. Anything from diet to weather can have an affect. With the move to synthetics and possibility that compression gear becomes mandatory, athletes at all levels could be affected.

    I wonder if this has been an issue so far for any pro athletes? We hear all the time about comfort being a problem, but rarely about actual health issues.

    • Flip | March 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

      When I was in high school basketball (a hundred years ago) had to put bandaids over my nipples lest they’d be rubbed raw. I think I remember Wilt doing the same thing.

    • Mike Engle | March 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |

      Ken Singleton was the first Montreal Expo to wear a double-knit because he was allergic to his wool flannel uniform.

      • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm |

        Thanks for mentioning that, Mike. I’d forgotten all about the Singleton allergy thing.

        —Ricko

  • KissFan | March 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  • LI Phil | March 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

    hey paul

    here’s the answer to the summer of ’86

    great post from our friends at the apple

  • KT | March 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

    Orlando City SC (kack) unveils their 2011 uniforms with sponsor:

    http://www.facebook....

    (I don’t know what the terms of the deal are, but usually when your sports medicine provider – and I’m guessing this will be their sports medicine provider – is on the front of your shirt, it means you couldn’t sell that space and it’s largely a trade deal.)

  • notsOsama | March 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm |

    I, for one, am not liking the compression shirts over the (ridiculously baggy) shorts/pants. I agree that most current basketbal unis are clownishly, oversized as is but the compression shirts only seem to emphasis this more. They resemble the white, tank top / “wife beater’ shirts often worn over low slung, underwear showing pants/shorts seen all over NYC and elsewhere. Not a good look IMO, although the ball hugger, short shorts of the 70’s are not the solution either. I always preferred the early Micahel Jordan era when he first started lengthening his shorts with the Bulls.

  • JimWa | March 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm |

    Unusual sight to be seen on ESPN right now, as the first nationally broadcast MLB game for 2011 includes the Tigers wearing regular-season road grays along with BP caps. Not that I like seeing BP jerseys in games, but this looks more wronger-er.

  • JimWa | March 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm |

    Also interesting to me is the giant Mickey Mouse head groomed into the center field grass. I know it’s the Disney Wide World of Sports complex, and I know it’s “just a spring training game”, but really … what will this lead to?

    • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm |

      have you seen HoHoKam Park this year? (around the 20-second mark of that video)

      Not nearly as bad as the Disney branding, but still…

      • JimWa | March 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

        That’s also disturbing, but at least it (and things like the “Brewers.com”-type pitching mound logos) is directly related to the team on the field. Mickey’s head is third-party advertising on the field, and – in my opinion – should not be tolerated.

    • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

      Hmmm, two comments suggesting that grass makes you see things, I guess, huh.

      —Ricko

      • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

        it’s “just a spring training game”, but really … what will this lead to?

        • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

          Don’t the Red Sox have the hanging socks logo cut in the outield grass at Fenway?

          Or was that only post-season games?

          —Ricko

        • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm |

          Yeah. I was trying to make a “grass is a gateway drug” reference, but it was poorly executed.

        • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm |

          Yup, could lead you to harder stuff, centerfields painted a la endzones, for example; and pretty soon your concentration is gone and some guy is standing behind you saying, “Great, but who are the ‘Rod Sox’?”

          A sad and all too familiar story.
          (btw, there will be no comments as to what product “Rod Sox” might be).

          —Ricko

  • Mike N. | March 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

    I think the strangest thing I’ve seen today in the DET-ATL spring training game is Terry Pendleton (a life-long double flapped batting helmet wearer) wearing a no-flap helmet coaching at first base.

    This is the first year that Pendleton is serving as a base coach.

  • Brandon Sims | March 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm |

    So I’m sure you all thought the QB trick shot video was cool…

    How about this?

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

  • Kyle Allebach | March 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm |

    The JCP logo is basically an update, not the “new” I was expecting. However, I like it. I thought I saw it on their catalogs before, but I may be wrong.

  • Kyle Allebach | March 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm |

    Also, a fun little story involving stirrups;

    Today, I have orchestra twice during school (instead of taking a study hall with none of my friends), and we were in the auditorium. Today was also the run-through for the theater cult’s latest work, “Pippin”. While they were reciting the play, I noticed one of the girls wearing black leggings and pink socks. I thought nothing of it until I noticed they were stirrups.

    She wasn’t wearing a sanitary (or shoes), but still, stirrups!

    • LI Phil | March 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm |

      pics?

      • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

        That’s a junior high/middle school you’re talking about, right Kyle? Cuz if the girl in question is older than that, Phil’s not interested in seeing the pics.

      • Kyle Allebach | March 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm |

        No, the auditorium was dark (plus I had no camera), so I have no pics.

        Also, that sounded creepier than I think you meant it to sound…

  • Pat | March 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    The lines on the compression jerseys were still there because you can see them in some of those shots but the white makes them blend in better. During the World Cup it was the same with all of the white compression jerseys. The white just seems to hide them better. Why they can’t put that junk on the inside of the jersey is beyond me.

    Some of those stadiums were quite awesome. I sorta wish that the West Side Stadium would have been built for the Jets. The floating Seattle stadium would have been one of the most iconic stadiums in America.

    • Conor | March 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm |

      I wear an adidas Techfit Powerweb tank as an undershirt for every basketball game I play for my school team. The TPU bands would feel TERRIBLE if printed on the inside. I do like the compression effect they have though.

  • Jim Nedelka | March 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm |

    Not sure if you’ve seen page 13 of the March 2 – 8 issue of the Village Voice — a firm named “Sock it to Me” is running their 2nd Global Design A Sock Contest.
    Hurry – it ends March 4, 2011 at 5pm PST (that’s 8pm EST for everyone west of the firm’s home base of Portland OR)
    All the rules & details (and past winners’ designs)at http://www.sockittom...

  • Ricko | March 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm |

    OMG, college athletes have SEX????
    http://aol.sportingn...

    Woody Hayes must be rotating.

    —Ricko

    • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Kyle Allebach | March 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm |

      Yeah, it’s a shock that college kids are having the sexual intercourse that’s all the rage now, but it also wasn’t a shock hearing that he would be suspended (and maybe kicked out of school) after I heard it was BYU.

      Y’know he couldn’t drink coffee or tea, right? It’s a wonder he’s surviving college without that…

      • CCJ | March 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm |

        Why is that a wonder? Most of the other 35,000 students at the school seem to do just fine.

  • Chance Michaels | March 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm |

    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that they used the cap logo for the Red Sox and the primary logos for every other team?

    • Chance Michaels | March 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm |

      Sorry, that was in relation to the flowchart.

  • thom dennis | March 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm |

    like lime green jerseys?
    check this out:
    wingslax.com or myfoxphilly.com
    on last one look for Philly Wings of Nat’l Lacrosse League story about the charity they are wearing the jerseys for on SAT vs Calgary.

  • Bob A | March 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm |

    Who would have thought Shrinky Dinks were still around?

    • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm |

      Funny you mention it. When I came home from work one day last week, my kids had just finished working on a batch of Shrinky Dinks with our nanny.

      My reaction was pretty much the same.

  • spadilly | March 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm |

    the link is no longer working for the baseball team flowchart. did anyone happen to save it and can you upload it? i saw it this morning and enjoyed it but wanted to send it out to some friends this evening.

    • RS Rogers | March 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm |

      Yeah, all the national attention crashed their server. I’ll see if Paul C, the designer who made it, can either upload it to Flickr or something or send it to me.

    • RS Rogers | March 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm |

      Here’s the flowchart on Flickr: http://www.flickr.co...

      • spadilly | March 4, 2011 at 9:30 am |

        Thank you!

  • Gary Alexander | March 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm |

    Here’s an even rarer category than “Stadiums not built”. How about “Stadium started, but never fisnished”? Here’s a link to a location just north of the Former Arco Arena in Sacramento ( http://goo.gl/maps/u... ). Pictured is the foundation for a stadium that was started for the Sacramento A’s (they were moving from Oakland) back in the ’80’s (I think). The foundation is still there after all these years.

    • CWac19 | March 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm |

      That’s incredible. Anyone have more information on that? Can’t seem to find anything relevant on a quick Google search.

      • JTH | March 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm |

        Wow. I’d never heard of that, either. That’s awesome and vaguely spooky, in a way — especially when you zoom in.

      • Mike Edgerly | March 4, 2011 at 6:44 am |

        Here’s a blog post that provides the best explanation I have found so far, it was supposed to be called “Arco Park” http://forum.skyscra...

        • Mike Edgerly | March 4, 2011 at 6:51 am |

          Another Blog post (apologies for the separate entries), this shows a rendering that has it looking like a cross between the closed-in version of Anaheim Stadium and Joe Robbie Stadium. Remember this was the 80’s. http://www.baseball-...

    • Mike Edgerly | March 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm |

      That’s an awesome find!

      In the ‘Stadium built, demolished by nature, rebuilt, but never used’ department you have the Homestead Sports Complex, the erstwhile 1993 home of Cleveland Indians Spring Training. http://en.wikipedia....

      timeline:
      1991 – stadium built, Indians agree to occupy in 1993.
      August 24, 1992 – stadium demolished by Hurricane Andrew
      1993 – Indians train in Winter Haven, decide to stay there
      1994 – Stadium re-built with no tenant, a situation that exists until this day.

    • traxel | March 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm |

      I never heard of that either. That’s quite a find. The rebar is just waiting….

      In Homestead, wasn’t that the place the “collused against” players had their own spring traing when owners wouldn’t sign them in the early-mid 90’s? And the place hasn’t been used since?

  • Tim | March 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm |

    Just wanna say thanks to Phil, Jim and everyone who has visited my site or passed on my concepts over the past week.

    I’ve gotten quite a few requests and I thought I should share them with everyone.

    Thanks again to everybody and keep up the requests and I’ll keep up the designs.

    • Jim Vilk | March 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |

      Great stuff. Love that OU shirt!

    • Andrew Seagraves | March 4, 2011 at 1:42 am |

      i have loads of family (including me) how would wear it!

  • Jim Vilk | March 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

    “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?”

    Call me Goldilocks, but whatever happened to “just right”?

    Someone who posted earlier was spot on – those Louisville compression jerseys looked like wife-beater shirts. They fail the “I’d wear that” test.

    • LI Phil | March 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm |

      because “just right” for you is just a bit too snug for normal folk

    • traxel | March 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm |

      Good call jimvilk. I agree with “just right”. Every time I see this http://farm6.static.... I think of this http://www.qatargym1...

      I really don’t think that’s the look “the Association” was going for.

      • LI Phil | March 4, 2011 at 12:19 am |

        im sure you two won’t like it…but i actually think the ideal NBA uni would look something like this — the pants aren’t overly long (not clamdiggers) but they aren’t 14 sizes too large and skirt-like either

        the whole thing would be a good compromise — nice tight top but pants that are neither too short, nor too long, but they’re not freakin tents

  • b-t-p-h | March 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm |

    After further review and chest-hair, earlobe analysis: the blackface in question does not appear to be Veeck.

    http://img715.images...