Last week I Ticker-linked to this women’s hockey photo, which showed the largest Reebok logo I’d ever seen on a uniform. The person who sent it to me mistakenly said it was from the Olympics; it’s actually from the 1994 Women’s World Hockey Championships. It turns out that the men’s uniforms were similarly afflicted.
These examples have led a few readers to contribute additional instances of particularly egregious logo creep. For example:
• In the 1990s, the Adidas folks really went overboard with their World Cup soccer kits.
• Speaking of the World Cup, Reebok went waaaay around the bend with the 1994 Russian design.
• And of course I would include the Broncos’ pants striping, which was designed by Nike (although, in an ironic twist, it’s been manufactured by Reebok for the past decade).
There are also lots of examples in non-team sports (like when Nike protested Adidas’s use of stripes by plastering a huge swoosh on Rafael Nadal for the 2005 Rome Masters), but that’s a whole different animal. For now I’d like to stick to examples involving team uniforms.
So: Got any additional cases of egregious logo creep? Send ’em here.
(Big thanks to readers Rob S., John Muir, Jace Rauman, and Andy McNeel for their contributions to this discussion.)
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Next week we’ll be all baseball, to celebrate the start of the MLB season. But for this week, we have a mix of stuff — let’s take a look:
• Remember how cool it was to get a varsity letter in high school? The raised texture of the chenille design? Then you’ll love this — a genuine Ernie Davis Syracuse varsity “S.”
• Hmmm, I’m not sure this bobblehead looks like Sandy Koufax, but it’s still pretty nice.
• No sag, pinch, or bind in this 1940s baseball underwear ad.
• Here we have my personal most wanted sports item on eBay: the complete set of 1970 Chiquita NFL stickers.
• Don Rickles would love this Flyers hockey puck radio.
• Reader Jon Solomonson submitted this Mets View-Master set.
• And here’s one from Paul: an amazing Park Ridge Hornets hockey jersey.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Logo design contest reminder: I’m currently sponsoring a design contest to create a logo for the Baseball Project. Full details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Two leftover items from St. Paddy’s Day: First, Scott Willis reports that Giants closer Brian Wilson used a Sharpie to give himself green-trimmed shoes. And Ryan Connelly found something I hadn’t been able to find — photos of the L.A. Kings’ green warm-up jerseys. Three interesting things there: (1) Interesting that they’d go to the trouble of using vertically arched NOBs on warm-up attire. (2) Also interesting that they used gray instead of white. (3) Take a look at those uni numbers. I would’ve expected them to have used gray shamrocks and then added green numerals. But no — the numerals are die-cut out of the shamrocks, with the green jersey fabric showing through. An unusual approach! Great job by Ryan to catch this. … Several truly wonderful cycling posters on display here (big thanks to Sean Clancy). … Lots of old Giants, Dodgers, and Yanks spring training photos, including some really good uni-relevant shots, in this slideshow (with thanks to Tom Mulgrew). … Interesting NOB for Dutch cricketer Ryan Ten Doeschate. “Never seen the ‘Ten’ printed vertically like that,” says Jon Grossman. … Alan Kreit notes that Habs goalie Carey Price was wearing a toque on the bench on Friday night. … New soccer kits for Paraguay and Colombia (with thanks to Kenny Loo). … Florida State has cracked down on a high school for trademark infringement (with thanks to Greg Trandel). … The first-ever MLS game in Portland resulted in the first MLS jersey snafu in Portland. That’s Rodney Wallace of the Portland Timbers, from Saturday night (screen shot courtesy of Chris Peterson). … Two items of note from Mike McLaughlin: Rays skipper Joe Maddon has new eyeglasses, and here’s the first full-length article I’ve seen about Justin Morneau wearing the S100 helmet. … One of the many positive aspects of the Mets having released Luis Castillo is that Mookie Wilson has reclaimed his rightful uni number. … The Middle Tennessee State women’s hoops team is adding a memorial patch for slain teammate Tina Stewart. “Nice show of sportsmanship by Auburn’s athletic department, which helped out and sewed the patch on after the NC2A finally gave its OK,” says Lee Wilds. … NHL goalie gear, part 1: Dwayne Roloson of the Lightning is wearing a special padded undershirt (Mike McLaughlin again). … NHL goalie gear, part 2: Rick DiPietro is wearing one of Chris Osgood’s old helmet/cage mask combos (with thanks to John R. Follett Sr.). … “The Vancouver Whitecaps have ‘Since 1974’ on the backs of their collars,” writes Kenn Tomasch. “The thing about is, they actually played in the NASL from 1974-1984 but then folded along with the league. A new team called the Vancouver 86ers was started in 1986 (commemorating not only the year of its founding, but Vancouver’s centennial), which then re-named itself Whitecaps in 2001. So ‘Since 1974’ is not quite correct.” … Man, Salty’s NOB looks longer than ever, at least as they’ve lettered it on this jersey (screen shot courtesy of Rob Holecko). … Ben Matukewicz notes that Kansas State coach Frank Martin was wearing KSU cowboy boots the other day. “Not sure how often he does this,” says Frank, and neither am I. … Seriously old-school look for Stanislaus State baseball (with thanks to John Klobucar). … Thanks to everyone who sent birthday notes yesterday — much appreciated. … RIP, Pinetop. You’ll be missed.