Whatever else you can say about Liz Taylor, she sure knew how to wear an All-American sweater. That shot is from 1948. “The pin she wears belonged to 1946 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis, who she was dating at the time,” says reader Chris Bisbee.
This photo would make for a nice candidate for colorization, no? Go ahead and take a crack at it, and send the finished results to Phil.
New ESPN column today, and I think you’ll really like it — good story, good images.
Dealometry update: As I mentioned yesterday, I’m excited about our new sponsor, Dealometry (if you missed yesterday’s entry, you can check out the full scoop here). But here’s something I didn’t realize yesterday: Although the current Dealometry deal is pitched as “Half off on a pair of Chucks at AmericanAthletics.com,” the discount actually applies to anything on the American Athletics site. In other words, if you buy the deal for $23, you get an American Athletics discount code that’s worth $45, which you can spend any way you like. It’s a good deal!
And like I said yesterday, even if you don’t want this deal, it’s totally worth signing up for the Dealometry email list, so you’ll be apprised of their future deals.
Contest reminder: I’m currently sponsoring a design contest to create a logo for the Baseball Project. Full details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: As I was posting yesterday’s entry about disaster-relief appeals on uniforms, my pal Rob Walker had a very interesting piece on Slate about the design of disaster-relief campaigns. Rob came up with a really good term to summarize this phenomenon: “the propaganda of concern.” Wish I’d thought of that. Recommended reading. … Meanwhile, more tsunami gestures, as explained by Sean Clancy: “Supercross and Motocross are unique because nearly all the machines ridden by the racers — Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha — are made in Japan (the exception is Austrian maker KTM), as are many of the components on the bikes. At last week’s Supercross race in Jacksonville, Fla., many teams and riders sported stickers showing their support for disaster victims in Japan. In addition, Cole Seely wore a Japanese flag on his jersey and riders sponsored by gear-maker Fox sported butt patches in Japanese, which translated to ‘To Live in Hope.’” … Earlier this week I linked to photos of the L.A. Kings’ St. Paddy’s Day warm-up jerseys. Until now, though, I hadn’t seen how they looked from the front. Also, I hadn’t realized that another team wore green warm-ups that day: the Flames (all this courtesy of Jeffrey Downe). … I really like the massive block letter on this varsity sweater. … “The Portland Timbers’ presenting sponsor is Alaska Airlines,” writes Jason Halpin. “As part of their partnership, the airline decided to outfit a plane with a Timbers design and have fans submit designs. Yesterday, the team and the airline announced the winners and runners-up. As you can see in that article, there are two winners, and the eventual plane design will incorporate elements of both. Not sure how they’ll do that.” … Here’s a good video report on an arena being changed over from basketball configuration to hockey (with thanks to Nick Phillips). … Yankees announcer Michael Kay lost a bet and had to show up at Madison Square Garden in full New York Rangers gear the other day. “I was at that game and saw him,” says Alan Kreit. “The back of his jersey had ‘KAY 47.’” Matt Harris says the number was “because of the running joke on Kay’s radio show that they’ve been on the air since 1947.” … Cycling note from Sean Clancy, who writes: “If you win the Italian pro road race Tirenno-Adriatico, or ‘The Race of the Two Seas,’ then you get this kick-ass trident.” Now that’s a trophy! … “Embarrassing moment for Nike,” says Patrick Fleming. “They made a commercial to commemorate England winning the Grand Slam (winning every one of their games) in the Six Nations rugby tournament. Only problem is that England lost their last game of the tournament to Ireland, thus denying them the title of ‘Grand Slam Champions 2011,’ and now the ad has been leaked.” … New helmet logo for McNeese State (with thanks to Chris Mycoskie). … Michael Jordan chastised a UNC player for wearing Kobes instead of Jordans (thanks, Brinke). … Not uni-related, but there’s a sensational collection of vintage postage meter tapes here. Be sure to click on the photos to see the larger versions, many of which are spectacular (big thanks to Thomas Moore). … “I play baseball for D3 St. Norbert College,” says Kevin Wilson. “We recently played a game where both teams wore green for St. Patrick’s Day. We also played a game where both teams wore white.” … Shawn Sweeney works in the Media Relations Dept. at Long Island University, which earned an NCAA tourney bid — the school’s first in years. “I was surprised to learn that the NCAA patches that all the teams wear are adhesives, not sewn on,” he says. “Since we didn’t have a traveling equipment manager, one of the associate athletic directors and I put the patches on all the jerseys. The patch’s primary recommended location is on the left side, but we decided to go on the right (secondary by NCAA standards), since we didn’t want the patch to go above the flag. We used a ruler to line everything up and make sure they were all the same distance from the trim. Also, the patches were kind of a pain to deal with — we almost pulled a few of them apart trying to peel the backing off.” … Here’s a shocker: Michigan football has been practicing in white pants (as noted by Nate Jamison). … New info on the Senators’ forthcoming third jersey here (thanks, Phil). … Really ilke this old shuttlecock display. … City Paper, the alt-weekly in DC, had a bunch of designers create new logos for the Wizards. “Frankly I think they’re all pretty shite,” says Ben Fortney, “which is a shame since the DC flag has such a strong visual.” … Fourth graf of this story says Don Zimmer “was the first player to try on a Mets uniform.” Not sure on what basis they’re making that claim, but I’m looking into it (with thanks to Dwayne White). … The goalie mask company Head Strong Grafx has been running a design contest. Here’s Ben Gorbaty’s entry. “I attend Washington University in St. Louis and our mascot is the Bears so I wanted to come up with a design that reflects the school and the mascot. I have the seal on the chin, a portrait of Washington on one side, and the main building across the top. On the other side, opposite Washington, is the ‘Battlin’ Bear’ logo.”