On the right is the Senators’ new heritage uniform, which the team will wear for the first time tonight. On the left is Jacob Barrette, the guy who designed it. Jacob’s unlikely route to becoming an NHL uniform designer is the subject of my latest ESPN column. (My goalie column has been delayed but should end up running next week.) — Paul
San Francisco feat: A faaaaascinating
windfall for a bunch of attorneys story is unfolding in the Bay Area, where the Giants apparently neglected to trademark their “San Francisco” script for, oh, just 18 years or so. Some apparel company apparently noticed, went ahead and trademarked it themselves, began slapping it on assorted merch, and sued the Giants for good measure. You can read the full story here and here.
Permanent Record update: The technical difficulties at Slate seem to be endless (photo link glitches, disappearing blocks of text, etc.), but I’ve now fashioned a work-around. If you want to read the Slate series, or pick up where you left off, or revisit it, look here.
Even if you don’t care about PermaRec, there’s one little section of it that I think will appeal to all Uni Watch readers. I’ve taken that section and given it its own page here.
Party time: The next Uni Watch party will take place in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2pm, at Sheep Station. See you there, yes? Yes!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s the Brewers’ memorial patch for groundskeeper Gary VandenBerg, who passed away on Monday. And in an unusual twist, the St. Louis grounds crew wore black ribbons last night as a gesture of groundskeeping solidarity. … The Cowboys will be wearing blue this Sunday and throwbacks on Thanksgiving. … This is pretty cool: a CFL pillowcase! (Nice find by Mike Hersh.) … “I was reading a Bradley University message board thread about the basketball team’s new unis,” says Adam Mettrick. “Someone asked how often the team usually gets new designs and BU’s sports information director, Bobby Parker, chimed in with this response: ‘Usually every other year, or maybe every third year. Has as much to do with Nike marketing efforts as anything.’ I’d never heard anyone from a school straight-up admitting that they just let Nike put them in whatever uniform the company wanted, even though we all know that happens all the time.” … Remember how Eric Bangeman was offering $100 for a new uni design for his rugby league’s referees? Here’s the winning entry, submitted by Mako Mameli. … Mmmm, Parisian butchery market (thanks, Kirsten). … Mmmm, sausage race socks (from Jerry Kulig). … Dan Tearle — co-founder of the great Illustrated NFL site — is one of the featured artists in the new Football Invitational exhibit at the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis. “I’m very proud of him, since his work is alongside other famous artists such as LeRoy Neiman and Bart Forbes,” says Illustrated NFL co-founder Michael Princip. “The exhibit precedes this season’s Super Bowl and Big 10 championship game, both of which are in Indy this time around.” … Soccer note from Chris Chaussee, who writes: “For Tuesday’s match against Ecuador, it appears that Brek Shea of the USA had cut the feet off his team socks and was wearing Nike Elite Basketball socks at the foot level, with the rest of team sock pulled over the top of it [like a leg warmer]. He had also done this in the previous game vs. Honduras, but I didn’t get a screen grab. It’s my understanding (from my wife the soccer player) that soccer players usually wear thinner socks so they can have a better ‘feel’ for the ball. The Nike Elite socks are thicker and have areas that have been built up for extra padding.” … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Victor Martinez has had some serious pine tar stainage on his shoulder during the postseason. … I guess squirrel merch was just a matter of time. … I’m kinda in love with this curling sweater, but the bidding has gotten too rich for my blood. … Here’s an odd one: Navy basketball is offering $3 tickets to fans who can show “an article of clothing, game program, or old ticket stub with a professional basketball team logo on it” (from Jason Mott). … A Minnesota designer is creating a logo for each one of the state’s lakes. Further details here (big thanks to Jimmy Lonettii). … Don’t think we’ve ever seen Tom Brady in the Revo before (from Tom Adjemian). … Tons of mid-’60s Packers and Rams goodness in this sensational photo gallery (big thanks to Jeff Ash). … New merit badge designs for the Girl Scouts. And as a bonus, the Girl Scouts don’t discriminate against gay and atheist kids like the Boy Scouts do. … Everyone knows by now that Yanks/Bosox games are ridiculously long. That helps explain why the Yanks and Sox played the most minutes of baseball this past season (from Stefan Spasovski). … Fascinating and addictive: this kerning game (big thanks to Michael Sulivan). … The ESPN web site was using this background wallpaper last night. “It’s advertising Carmelo’s new Jordans,” says Erik Morris. “Doesn’t it look like a straight rip-off of Golden State’s jerseys?” … Oh, taxi — taxi! Kyle Speicher spotted that in Tampa. … Interesting note from Eric Vanderburght, who writes: “I recall a 49ers/Jets game at Shea Stadium back in 1980 where Niners QB Steve DeBerg played with a microphone or amplifier under his jersey. He was having problems with laryngitis and they used this to pump up his voice. If I recall correctly he played with a rather large hump on his back just under the numbers.” Anyone know more? … Oh for shit’s sake, settle the lockout already, if only to put an end to nonsense like this. … Wondering how the SF Giants get their jerseys to be orange? Look here (from Christian Cisneros). … Doug Kyed has started a blog about the history of teal in pro uniforms. … Last Sunday Adrian Peterson was wearing something I hadn’t seen before: pink kinesio tape. “Barf,” says Leo Thornton.