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The Tigers in Lakeland, Past and Present

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By Phil Hecken

The Detroit Tigers and have been playing their spring training baseball in Lakeland, Florida, longer than any other major league baseball team in one location. In 1934, they began their relationship with this Florida town, playing continuously except for a three year “hiatus” due to World War II. Before that they trained at ten different sites over thirty or so years. Thus, if you discount the war years, the Tigers this spring are celebrating their 75th Anniversary of training in Lakeland.



Uni Watch reader, and my buddy, Tod Hess, recently went down to Florida to take in the space shuttle launch and watch some Tiger action in Lakeland. He’ll be giving us a bit of a rundown a bit later in this article. But first, a brief history of the Tigers spring home since 1934.

Until “Tiger Town” opened at the site of the Lodwick School of Aeronautics in 1953, the Tigers conducted spring activities and played exhibition games at Henley Field. They continued to play games at Henley Field until 1966 when Joker Marchant Stadium opened at Tiger Town. The Tigers have played at Joker Marchant since 1966.

Henley Field was built in 1923, and was used by the Tigers beginning in 1934 (1934-42, 1946-65). It has a capacity of 1000 people, and it’s still an active ballpark.

Henley Field’s main entrance has ticket booths on both sides, like many stadiums built in its era. The original clubhouses are still under the grandstand, although teams no longer use them. After a renovation in 2002, fans sat on aluminum benches, which replaced the wooden seating. The official scorer and his staff work from tables placed in the grandstand behind the plate. 

 A simple scoreboard is used in the outfield.

The stadium hasn’t changed much from the early days. But even back in 1937, the team was immensely popular, often playing to overflow crowds. Of course, back in the 1930s and early 1940s, the Tigers had some outstanding talent (and several Hall of Famers) including first sacker Hank Greenberg (seen on the left), Mickey Cochrane (left) and Coach Bing Miller, as well as pitchers Hal Newhouser and Buck “Bobo” Newsome. Several of the teams to train in Lakeland would go on to win World Series.

As you may all know, one of the Tigers spring training quirks (at least until this year, when they’ve worn BP caps with their uniforms) is to always wear their “home” cap both home and on the road. Back in the 1930’s, at least as near as I can tell, the Tigers always wore their road uniforms for training and for home games. That photo seems to be from 1936, as the only time the Tigers wore a white road cap in that era was 1935 (traditionally teams wear their uniforms from the prior year in spring training). This photo, which has been dated to 1937, indicates they kept the white caps for at least two springs.

Unfortunately, dating old photographs can be tricky, as this photo of Barney McCosky is dated 1939 — his rookie year. Perhaps the identifier saw the sleeve patch and mistook it for the 1939 centennial patch, when in fact that appears to be a World War II-era “Health” patch, which the Tigers wore from 1942-1946. I’m not even entirely certain that’s the Health patch, as zooming in on it proved inconclusive. Whatever it is, it’s not the centennial patch.

Henley Field was usually quite full in the depression-era 1930s and 1940s, and good times were had by all. Opposing teams seemed to enjoy playing in Henley. An unidentified member of the Washington Senators gave new meaning to grapefruit league, and the Splendid Splinter engaged in a game of cricket(!) at Henley, in 1942.

Just this past week, the Detroit News.com put a nice gallery of past spring training photos on their site. There are truly some gems in that set (the first 49 of which are either pre-Henley or Henley) and well worth looking at if you haven’t already (as Paul had posted that link in the ticker earlier this week).

In 1966, the Tigers would leave Henley Field and move into their current home, Joker Marchant Stadium. The stadium, which was renovated in 2003, holds 8,500 people and was named for local resident and former Parks and Recreation Director, Joker Marchant. Besides being the spring training home of the Tigers, it doubles as the regular season home for the minor league affiliates Lakeland Flying Tigers and Gulf Coast Tigers. 2011 marks the club’s 46th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

As mentioned above, Tod Hess, Detroit Tiger (and even bigger Red Wings) fan, had a chance to take in a game at Joker this past week while down in Florida. So, without further ado, here’s Tod:

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Detroit Tigers game in Lakeland
By Tod Hess

I took a vacation down to Florida last week to watch the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. As a lifelong fan of NASA, I have always wanted to see a launch live. With just three launches left I decided to take in this one. While I was in Florida, I also drove down to Lakeland to see my Detroit Tigers play a spring training game.

I chose the Sunday game against Toronto, which was their first “home” game of the spring. (Note: They had played Florida Southern on Friday but this was their first home game against a major league team.). I got there just before 11 AM and picked up my ticket and proceeded to my seat to watch batting practice. After batting practice, I wandered down to get some food and I missed the pre-game ceremony marking the Tigers 75th year in Lakeland. The Tigers started in Lakeland in 1934 and have been there every year with the exception or 1943 and 1944 because of the war. (I got a 75th year pin when I walked in the gate). I did get back to my seat to see Al Kaline throw out the first pitch and it was a perfect strike (note: Joker Marchant Stadium in on Al Kaline Drive).

Joker Marchant Stadium in the only spring training stadium I have been to, so I nothing to compare it to but it seems very nice. I sat about 20 rows off the field just to the left of home plate, although I would love to have had Leyland’s seat. Down the left field line are the bleachers and regular seating. In left field is a burm where they sell ticket for people to sit. Down the right field line is more seating and this. Here is a shot of the scoreboard and bullpen in right field.

As for the game, the Tigers won 1-0 on a Victor Martinez sacrifice fly that scored Andy Dirks. (Yeah, I never heard of him either). If you have a chance to see a shuttle launch or a Tigers pre-season game, I say do it.

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Thanks, Tod. Great road trip and fantastic pictures — and not just of the Tigers either.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks

Lots and lots of tweaks keep pouring in, so obviously this is a popular feature. A bunch new to get to today. If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.

Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great a keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!

Got a nice of tweaks today…so lets get right into it:

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Starting off the show is Hyatt Werling, who has some NFL-mashup tweaks for us:

Dear Phil,

My name’s Hiatt Werling, with four more tweaks that follow the theme of changing an NFL team’s color scheme based on something that I can in some way relate to the team or the city. I’d like to made such a tweak for all 32 teams. As a disclaimer, obviously I don’t think any team should ever use any of these, they’re just for fun and to see what I can come up with. Here’s 13-16:

Lions–Pistons Set: Though they were by no means greatly-designed uniforms and though they were a bastardization of the Pistons history, I did like the colors from the late 90’s Pistons uniforms, so I gave them to their fellow Detroit team, the Lions.

Falcons–Georgia Peach Set: I’m a big fan of the Buccaneers’ Creamsicle uniforms, and if they’re not going to wear the color full-time, I figured somebody should. I gave it to the Falcons, for a “Georgia Peach” motif.

Eagles–Yellow Jackets Set: Though I remember them being heavily lambasted, I really liked the Yellow Jacket throwbacks the Eagles wore for one game in 2007, so I made a uniform set using those colors and their current throwback.

49ers–Rainbow Set: Of all the wacky tweaks I’ve made, this one’s probably the wackiest. Basically, I wanted to see what a full-on rainbow uniform would look like. Rainbow made me think of tie-dye which made me think of hippie culture which made me think of San Francisco.

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Next up is a huge set from Stephen Magnotta, who has tweaks for the entire NFC:

I went with a lot of classics, with some exceptions like the Panthers and Sea Hawks. As well as i’m not a fan of BFBS so i took black out of the eagles,cardinals, cowboys, lions. After saying that if you look at my NFC south 3 of the 4 are black, but i looked at it falcons and Pathers are black and the saints wouldn’t look good in gold. Hope you enjoy them I will send the AFC soon:

St. Louis Rams

Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers

Arizona Cardinals

Tampa Bay Bucs

New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons

Minnesota Falcons

Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions

Chicago Bears

Washington Redskins

Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys


Stephen A. Magnotta

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Closing out the tweaks today is Adam Difrisco, who blesses with a WVA concept:

Being a student at West Virginia University I have more than an emails worth to say about their current uni’s. Although theres not to much wrong with them I feel like they should go back to basics a bit. So here are my ideas for new WVU uni’s:

Home/Away: Same helmet, but changed the striping on the jerseys to make it less crowded and messy. Also, I added the state outline above the numbers insted of the “WV”. I always felt they should bring the state outline into more concepts.

Alternate Home: Several new, or old rather, ideas here. Bringing back the 1971-72 helmets and going with the classic blue insted of the navy. I thought the circled numbers gave it a nice “packers-ish” throwback touch. And since the school is so involved with the actaul state thats the West Virginia state seal on the left arm.

-Adam DiFrisco

That’s it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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Homestead Sports ComplexA Home without a Team…

As long as we’re still in the “spring training” stadium mood, what if there was a beautiful Florida stadium, built to host a major league team for the spring season, but no one wants to play there? Well, that’s what you have with the Homestead Sports Complex, located just south of Miami.

According to Wikipedia, “In 1991 the City of Homestead built the Sports Complex at a price tag of 22 million dollars in order to provide a Spring Training facility for the Cleveland Indians. The stadium was widely recognized as being state-of-the-art for the time period, as it included multiple practice facilities as well as dormatories for players. The Indians had previously played in the Cactus League in Arizona but had signed a deal to make Homestead their long-term Spring Training home. Cleveland was due to begin full-time play at the stadium in the 1993 season. In 1992 they had already began moving equipment and personnel to Florida. However, on August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Homestead as a Category 5 cyclone with winds reaching 165 mph. The stadium, directly in the path of the hurricane, was decimated. The Indians quickly began meetings with lawyers and eventually they exercised an “out clause” in the contract.

“The city decided to immediately re-construct the stadium hoping that they could have it built for the 1994 Spring Training season in order for the Indians, or perhaps another team to use. However, without a spring facility for the 1993 season Cleveland was forced to look quickly for another home. The Boston Red Sox had been using Winter Haven, Florida’s Chain of Lakes Park as their training facility for 26 years. However, the Red Sox were moving to Fort Myers for the 1993 season, thus allowing the Indians to use Chain of Lakes as their spring facility in the meantime. However, knowing the situation that the Indians were in, the City allowed the team to use the stadium on the condition that they sign a 10 year contract. Cleveland had no other choice, so they signed the deal and left Homestead without a team.” The full write up is here.

There is a tremendous slideshow with commentary on the Homestead Sports Complex, and it too, is well worth the read through. Pretty amazing how mother nature not only changed the face of south Florida in 1992, but how the fear of another major hurricane dealt a second economic blow to one of the hardest-hit cities just as it appeared to be recovering from Hurricane Andrew. Hopefully the Marlins will consider making Homestead their “winter” home when they move into their new digs for the 2012 season.

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OK everyone, that’s all for today. Have a great Saturday. And if you still have a few minutes, why not take the following quiz? If nothing else, you’ll probably feel better about yourself afterwards.

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I used to stick my hip grip out of my back pocket in 83. I had to continuously comb my bi-level spike. Unfortunately, mine didn’t say “Deacon Jones” on it. Mine said “Goody”. — Marty Hick

 

65 comments to The Tigers in Lakeland, Past and Present

  • Keith | March 5, 2011 at 7:48 am |

    Minnesota Falcons?

    • Kyle Allebach | March 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm |

      Minnesota Falcons.

      • tmac3217 | March 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm |

        Thanks for pouring a little more salt in that 1998-99 wound….

    • Jim Vilk | March 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm |

      Maybe he’s thinking ahead to the days of the LA Vikings. I’m sure the folks in Minny might try to snag another team.

  • Broadway Connie | March 5, 2011 at 9:11 am |

    I just want to say how disconcerting it is to realize that I am a happy member of a community interested in all the crazy richness showcased in today’s site. You guys should see somebody.

    • The Jeff | March 5, 2011 at 9:27 am |

      Seeing someone wouldn’t help any, we’d just nitpick them to death.

  • Joe D | March 5, 2011 at 9:13 am |

    Henley Field got a new scoreboard last year courtesy of Florida Southern College, sorry, no pic :-(

    • LI Phil | March 5, 2011 at 11:15 am |

      ya know…i thought i had seen a “new” scoreboard but i wasn’t 100% certain…paul forwarded me an email from wayne kohler with this photo and this note:

      Enjoyed Saturday’s column on the Detroit Tigers training in Lakeland. I’ve worked a few spraining seasons running the scoreboard and work for Minor League Baseball in the summer for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Capped that with being a former SID for Florida Southern College which used to play several games at Joker Marchant Stadium, needless to say I’ve seen a few ballgames at Marchant.

      Just a clarification on the mention of seating in the right field are and “this”. The “this” referred to is a two-story complex housing the two club houses on the ground and executive offices for Detroit brass on the second level.

      thanks wayne

  • Tom V | March 5, 2011 at 9:16 am |

    Good post, was at Joker Marchant Stadium myself 5 or 6 years ago to see them play the Mets, it’s as nice a spring training facility as any. I usually try and hit a game or two each spring although I usually end up at Disney watching the Braves. Only two more shuttle launches, Atlantis and Endeavour and thats that.

    • aflfan | March 5, 2011 at 10:05 am |

      That is if congress funds the June launch.

    • Jim Vilk | March 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm |

      Never saw a shuttle launch in person, but I’ve been to Kennedy Space Center twice. I’m a NASA fan as well, so I’m glad you got to see Discovery, Tod.

      Never saw a Grapefruit League game, either, but I did see the Orlando Twins play the somewhere-or-other Blue Jays (back when they were actually blue) back in ’87. Also got to go to the old Boardwalk and Baseball, which was fun. Somewhere around here I have a baseball card of myself dressed as a Pirate. I’ll have to dig that up someday.

      • StLMarty | March 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm |

        What? You think you own space? Naysa does.
        Rocket people. Maybe you’ve heard of them. -Ricky

        • LI Phil | March 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm |

          It’s NASA!

      • aflfan | March 6, 2011 at 8:40 am |

        Thank Jim. Awesome sight even from 12 miles away.

  • Coleman | March 5, 2011 at 9:25 am |

    Great job Difrisco. It’s nice to see a fellow Mountaineer on the site! The white helmet is one of my all time favorites for WVU as well. Nice job.

    • johnj | March 5, 2011 at 9:48 am |

      I’m a scarlet knight so it pains me to say that I agree, nice tweak… WVU is in need of a change for sure

    • BYoung | March 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm |

      Another Mountaineer here.. I like the tweaks for the most part, I may add gold pants for the home set. I like the helmet on the alt too, but did WVU ever wear shirts like that?

  • johnj | March 5, 2011 at 9:47 am |

    Nice tweaks Hyatt but I feel like most would see a rainbow sanfran set and think something other than ‘hippies’…

    …not that theres anything wrong with that.

    • StLMarty | March 5, 2011 at 9:55 am |

      Rainbow Brite?

  • mmwatkin | March 5, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    Lakeland still has a lot of that old spring training charm to it. Too many teams are opting for the beach resort towns, corporate themed stadium, gimmicky route.

    Another cool feature of Tiger Town is that the strip of concrete between JMS and the practice fields used to be one of the landing strips at the old base.

    And since there are bound to be Tiger fans on the site today…

    http://www.sportsvid...

    • scott | March 5, 2011 at 10:53 am |

      Agreed. Lakeland really is the last of the Florida spring training homes with an old-fashioned feel. Lakeland, Winter Haven and Vero Beach were three places where there was more of a laid-back atmosphere.

      It would surprise me to see Homestead get spring training anytime soon, especially considering how the east coast of Florida is being abandoned by MLB teams.

      • Gusto44 | March 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm |

        Scott, you can add Bradenton to the list of Florida spring training homes with an old school atmosphere. From the architecture of the stadium to the location, it’s a refreshing flashback to spring training of the past.

        Looking forward to a story about Bradenton on this site before the start of the regular season.

        • Mike Edgerly | March 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm |

          I’d also add the Blue Jays’ stadium in Dunedin to that list for all the reasons stated above. A little piece of Canada in the Sunshine State! Don’t hold its current god-awful corporate name against it (Florida Auto Exchange Stadium).

  • LM | March 5, 2011 at 10:07 am |

    I’m really liking Stephen Magnotta’s uni tweaks, in particuliar the Blue/White Rams uniforms. I have always wished the Rams would wear the Blue/white uniforms in a throwback game.

  • Patrick_in_MI | March 5, 2011 at 10:12 am |

    It’s 40°F here, rain melting away the snow and revealing the detritus of our lives. And I get to read a spring training story about the Tigers. Perfect way to start my day!

    I was 10 years old when the first shuttle launched, made quite an impression on me. Now we’ve come full-circle and no one even knows when the damn things go up. We just take them for granted I suppose, like so many Greyhounds leaving the bus station.

    And in regards to the uni-tweaks, what is the copyright issue on these? A few weeks ago I saw the Escondido Friars mock-up and thought it was damn-near professional. Does posting it on the web ensure its copyright? Seems to me any dink can come here and save it as their own and present it to a ballclub and reap the rewards. Just wondering about the legalities, if anyone can clear that up.

  • Beardface | March 5, 2011 at 10:12 am |

    49ers–Rainbow Set: Of all the wacky tweaks I’ve made, this one’s probably the wackiest. Basically, I wanted to see what a full-on rainbow uniform would look like. Rainbow made me think of tie-dye which made me think of hippie culture which made me think of San Francisco.

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    Uhhh huh, yeah… thats it….

    • Kyle Allebach | March 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm |

      I think of this when I think San Fran.

      • Hiatt Werling | March 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm |

        I realized that they’d obviously be seen as Gay Pride uniform when I was finished with them, and I considered just calling them that even though I really just wanted to make a rainbow uniform and sort of gave it to the 49ers by default. I considered just calling it a Gay Pride set, but I didn’t because I wasn’t sure what I’d say for that. “These are uniforms the 49ers could wear if the NFL ever wanted to support the LGBT community”? It seems silly to think that the NFL would ever let a team do something so potentially controversial and dividing. Of course, it’s not like any team would ever wear any tweak I’ve made, so I guess it doesn’t matter. Needless to say, I feel appropriately stupid.

        • Kyle Allebach | March 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm |

          Nah, it’s cool. It’s actually kinda funny–you hint at what you actually want without saying it. I figured no one would go out and say “This is for the LGBQT Community who loves San Fran 49ers!”

    • Jim Vilk | March 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm |

      Rainbow makes me think of Denver
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      and Hawaii,
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      and both of those looks need to come back, pronto.

  • Andrew DeFrank | March 5, 2011 at 10:34 am |

    Yea that’s not what he was thinking… I mean its fine, but don’t be scared to say that you did a rainbow uniform because you associate gay people and San Francisco…

    • Hiatt Werling | March 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm |

      The tie-dye thing really is why I made the rainbow uniforms for the 49ers. It wasn’t until I was finished with them that I realized they’d be seen as Gay Pride uniforms. I feel stupid for not realizing it sooner, of course.

  • Andrew DeFrank | March 5, 2011 at 10:36 am |

    I don’t think a single one of the tweaks from the all NFC section where actually an original idea. They were either the current uniforms, throwbacks, or combinations between tops and pants of throwbacks.

    • The Jeff | March 5, 2011 at 10:42 am |

      I noticed that too. I’m all for posting tweaks and uni-concepts and letting people get their ideas seen, but “going back to (year)’s uniform” is not a tweak or really worthy of being posted, IMO.

      • pushbutton | March 5, 2011 at 11:17 am |

        Pretty sweet set of untweaks, though.

      • interlockingtc | March 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm |

        Call it what you will, but Mr. Magnotta has improved the look of each of those teams. Well done!

      • StLMarty | March 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |

        Nitpickers.

        • SoCalDrew | March 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm |

          The only missing element from the Saints unis are the original helmet decals. Then they’re perfect!

    • Kyle Allebach | March 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm |

      The only “tweaks” were the Cowboys, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Saints. All the others were redux of previous era’s.

      I still hate those Blue and White era Rams. Where’s the yeller?

  • Shane | March 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

    Great picture of Ted Williams.

    • Jim Vilk | March 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm |

      Yes indeed. But that one of the Senator hitting the grapefruit was awesome.
      http://farm5.static....
      Colorize that, fellas.

  • Chance Michaels | March 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

    You’re right – that’s not the “Health” patch. It’s the stars-and-stripes shield patch which preceded the Health patch and was only worn, iirc, for one season.

    http://farm3.static....

    • LI Phil | March 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm |

      nice catch, chance

      i actually have that pic, flickr’ed somewhere…totally forgot aboot it

  • Jack | March 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

    That quiz is way off base.

    • StLMarty | March 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm |

      How so?
      Those three idiots are “off base”. Is that what you’re saying?

      • JTH | March 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm |

        Isn’t it obvious? It’s completely off-base to lump Glenn Beck in with this group.

        The other two actually believe that what they’re speaking is the truth.

  • Rob S | March 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    Nice article… although I was a little disappointed that the Tigers’ return to Henley in 2002 during the Joker Marchant renovations didn’t get a mention. (Joker Marchant was actually renovated during the 2002 season, to reopen in time for spring training in 2003.)

  • Patrick_in_MI | March 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    CNN has a slideshow (ick!) of misspelled jerseys

    http://sportsillustr...

  • JTH | March 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |

    I spent some time working in the Lakeland area back in the late 90s. I can’t say what it’s like there nowadays, but back then it certainly didn’t have a “resort” feel to it.

    I reeeeeeeeeeeallllllly wanted to stop at this place but I was working night shift so every time I passed it, it was closed.

    Anyone know if it’s still in business. A quick Google job revealed nothing of substance.

  • Kyle Allebach | March 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

    I like the Eagles-Yellowjacket’s tweak, Hyatt. Only think is I would have kept the awesome powder blue and yellow striped socks and white pants.

  • Flip | March 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm |

    Sad tale about the Homestead ball field. Amazing the decay that sets in even when you do nothing.

  • Brian | March 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm |

    Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski still wearing his Ohio State mouthguard http://farm6.static....

  • Jim Vilk | March 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm |

    Georgetown and Cincinnati went red/blue color vs. color today:
    http://cache.daylife...

    Gotta say, when it comes to modern unis, that Bearcats one is pretty good…especially when they wear red.

  • Jim Vilk | March 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm |

    Los Spurs played El Heat yesterday, by the way,
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    while Spike Lee was either thinking, “Why did I wear this hat?”
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    or “Why can’t the Knicks beat the Cavs?”
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    Love the choice of #85 on Baron Davis.

    • Rob S | March 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm |

      Shouldn’t that be Los Espuelas vs. El Calor? Tacking on the gratuitous Spanish without going all the way with the translations just comes off as totally cheap.

      • JTH | March 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

        Makes you appreciate the Cerveceros and Gigantes, eh?

        I understand the NBA’s point that Spanish-speaking fans actually do refer to the teams by their English nicknames with the Spanish articles, but if they decided to use the Spanish translations of the nicknames, would any of those fans be turned off because that’s not the way they refer to the teams?

        How much cooler would TOROS be on a red jersey than LOS BULLS? (Y’know, because of matadors’ red capes — or the lawnmowers, whatever.)

    • JTH | March 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm |

      “Love the choice of #85 on Baron Davis.”

      Why is that?

      No, wait. Lemme guess. You drive an ’85 Chrysler LeBaron.

      • Kyle Allebach | March 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
        • Jim Vilk | March 6, 2011 at 12:20 am |

          Used to drive an ’85 or ’86 Cavalier. Worst car I ever had. Now the ’81 Chevette…that was a sweet ride.
          http://memimage.card...

      • LI Phil | March 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm |

        i think we all know the mothervilker drives a PT Cruiser, now, don’t we?

        • Jim Vilk | March 6, 2011 at 12:22 am |

          Ah, if only…

          As for why #85, not only is it my graduating class, I like the occasional unconventional numbers on unis.

      • StLMarty | March 6, 2011 at 12:29 am |

        John Voight?

  • traxel | March 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm |

    The Lakeland Flying Tigers have an interesting logo, still undecided if it actually works on a hat…

    http://www.lids.com/...

  • seth | March 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm |

    the guy that re-did all the NFC unis hit the nail on the head. NFL should take some notes.

    • concealed78 | March 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm |

      The Eagles in kelly green & silver seems to be the most logical Tweak to reality idea. It’s just a far superior look to the current dreary and blah Midnight Green, black and silver, along with those shitty numbers. Even their old logo was more classic and better than the computerized squawking eagle head which has been ripped off by dozens of schools.