Anyone can make mistakes; I certainly make plenty of them myself. But the NBA, by any rational standard, has had a very rough first quarter of 2011. The latest mishap occurred last night, as Wilson Chandler of the Nuggets was saddled with a jersey typo. (According to the sixth graf of this story, he switched to a properly spelled jersey for the second half.)
This is at least the NBA’s fifth uni snafu so far this calendar year. The others, in case you’ve forgotten:
• Jan. 22: Mustafa Shakur takes the court in a laughably amateurish-looking jersey.
• Jan. 24: Kevin Seraphin wears his shorts backwards.
• Feb. 23: Andray Blatche’s NOB is misspelled.
• Feb. 27: Another NOB typo, this time for Jason Smith.
Toss in last night’s Chandler typo and that makes five glitches in 52 days — and, more alarmingly, three NOB misspellings in 20 days. Not good. (And while we’re at it, Chris Chaussee points out that Al Thornton’s memorial patch was missing last night.)
Of course, the NBA isn’t the only organization that gets people’s names wrong, and I should know: People have been misspelling my surname for most of my life. The most recent instance, in fact, was yesterday, when I went to Manhattan to speak at the NYC11 convention. When I met Richard Craig for lunch before our session, he said he’d already picked up my convention credentials and had noticed that my name tag had me listed as “Paul Lucas” (I can’t even begin to tell you how wrong that looks), so he had them make a quick replacement tag on the spot. Very nice of him, although the name tag had another problem that Richard couldn’t do anything about. Sigh.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Nice variety of items on this week’s Collector’s Corner. Let’s take a look:
• Here’s an unusual one: a big box of baseball tattoos.
• Check this Kentucky Colonels sweatshirt. I’d buy this in a heartbeat, but it’s too small.
• Ah, more 1973 IHOP NFL goodness: a mini-helmet display board with 43 helmets.
• PL alert: How ’bout this 1958 varsity jacket? And dig the patch on front.
• Reader Kenny7476 sent in this great Quebec Nordiques jacket.
• Check the art deco vibe on this 1932 Olympics program.
• I totally remember this Reds/Bench catching mitt decanter from 1973. (I like how the seller helpfully adds that the “decanter is empty.”)
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ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column — the cricket primer — is up now.
March Madness reminder: Our annual NCAA bracket pool is currently open for business. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, in New Hampshire to lay the groundwork for a White House run, took to the ice in a UNH hockey jersey on Friday. … Arsenal’s 125th-anniversary jersey has been leaked (with thanks to Dylan Damon). … Last week I mentioned the Salt Lake Golden Eagles’ unusual uni design. Now, as if on cue, several pairs of their vertically striped socks have shown up on eBay. … A few months ago I ran this show of former UNLV hoops player Greg Anthony practicing while wearing a hockey helmet with a facemask. Now Chris Flinn has come up with an additional shot. … If I had to wear a pair of swoosh-emblazoned sneakers, it would definitely be this pair (with thanks to Ryan Connelly). … Oooh, look at this gorgeous satin basketball warm-up jacket. It includes a small detail I’ve never seen before: Spanjian-branded buttons. Hey, Terry Proctor, was that a common thing for Spanjian jackets back in the day? … Here’s an interesting item: a U. of Detroit alumni hockey jersey. … “I’m sure this is just a practice thing,” says Ernie Ballard, “but LSU is wearing purple pants in spring drills.” … Latest team to unveil a really ugly St. Paddy’s Day jersey: the Tigers. They’ll be selling the jerseys after the game, and here are the prices (all this courtesy of Matt Campbell). … In a related item, this page includes the following note from Giants camp: “Brian Wilson is coloring up a new pair of spikes. He received some white and green Nike cleats to wear on St. Patrick’s Day, and plans to add his own orange and black alterations. Nobody tell Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez” (with thanks to Ryan Walsh). … There are Elmer Fudds and then there are Elmer Fudds. That’s Dusty Baker from about two weeks ago (with thanks to Cary O’Reilly). … Here’s a weird one: Rhode Island baseball’s new alternate jersey is a straight rip-off of the Rays’ alts, except for the sunburst (good spot by Tim O’Brien). … “I was watching an I Love Lucy rerun the other day,” writes Jim Santel. “It was the episode where Lucy and Ethel conspire to toss out their husbands’ ratty old clothes, including Ricky’s gorgeously scripted varsity sweater. Fortunately, Ricky gets his clothes back at the end of the episode.” … Check out the zebra jerseys being worn by the officials in this Costa Rican football game. “They look more like jockey silks to me,” says Ryan Burns. … Interesting headwear being worn by the baseball team at Elon University. “The cap reminds me of an NFL sideline cap,” says Kyle Ostendorf. … A bunch of Red Auerbach memorabilia is about to be put up for auction. Further details here. … Brady Graham recently visited the Chiefs Hall of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium and got a shot of something pretty cool: E.J. Holub’s Chiefs cowboy boots. … Anyone know why Michael Jordan had the Upper Deck logo on his batting helmet? (As noted by Mike Given.) … The folks at Slate have broken down the NCAA bracket by mascot and by color (Chris Flinn again). … Pretty cool artwork on display in this upcoming Fantagraphics book about Roberto Clemente (thanks, Kirsten). … Brett Myers is still as classy as ever, as you can see by the stitched inscription on his glove (good spot by Mike Meech). … The Arizona Historical Society in Tempe currently has an exhibit devoted to Cactus League history, and Chris Cruz took a bunch of photos. It’s particularly interesting to see that this Seatle Pilots program (or is it a poster..?) featured the team’s coaching staff but not any of the players. Also of note: a T-shirt for the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes! “You can compare the logo mascot on the T-shirt to the newer version on the college’s web site,” says Chris. … Interesting article about how the NCAA legal team polices unauthorized uses of terms like “Final Four” and “March Madness” (with thanks to Mike McLaughlin). … Also from Mike: Changes in the works for Maryland’s football uniforms. …
St. Paddy’s Day reminder: All your Seattle readers should already have this on your calendars, but just in case: Our own Scott Turner and his music project, RebelMart, will be playing this Thursday at the Mix. Skip the green beer scene and go see him instead, won’t you? Thanks.