You knew it was bound to happen eventually: Reality teevee has finally discovered the uni-verse. What you see above is a clip from the new Discovery Channel series All-Star Dealers, which debuts later this month and features our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions. Sort of like Pawn Stars for sports geeks. If you want to know more, here’s a press release and an additional preview clip.
Membership update: A new batch of designs has been added to the membership card gallery (including Chip Yinger’s Secretariat-based design, shown at right), with another batch to be added in a day or three. If you made a New Year’s resolution to finally sign up already — or if you made that resolution last year and still haven’t gotten around to following through on it — there’s no time like the present.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Might have to spring for a wide-screen teevee now that Corey Wimberly — he of the picture-perfect stirrups — has signed a minor league deal with the Mets. Memo to Sandy Alderson: I hear the A’s are willing to move Josh Outman. … Lots of photos of St. Louis sports fans wearing amusing NOBs (from Gil Neumann). … Love the hockey throwbacks worn by Mount St. Charles from Rhode Island at one of the recent Frozen Fenway high school games. Full slideshow, if you’re so inclined, here (big thanks to Chris Batzinger). … Think you have a lot of jerseys? Probably not as many as this guy (from Chris Flinn). … Here’s an interesting infographic tracking the careers of players on the Mariners’ roster (from Chad Todd). … Another infographic, this one about the economics of bowl games (from John Gagnon). … By now most of you know that I love those old heavy-wool baseball cardigans. But you rarely see a photo of that type of sweater being worn on the football field (nice find by Bill Naile). … Got an interesting query yesterday from Ryan Patrick: “Watching all the ESPN bowl coverage over the holidays made me think about the helmets that are used to dress the sets. Where do they keep them? Is there some magical closest with cool lighting where they’re arranged by conference, alphabetically, common use, etc.? Do they buy them? Do teams supply them? Who updates them when they change? Are there 12 of them for Oregon?” I asked my editors and was told that everything’s kept in a “massive locker” next to the SportsCenter set. I’ll make a point of checking it out — and maybe shooting a video segment — next time I’m in Bristol. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Chance Michaels found a 1997 photo showing what the Steelers’ new uni numbers were originally supposed to look like. … Very entertaining article about Mr. Met. Among other things, it reveals that the Mets originally had a live dog mascot named Homer the Beagle, who was supposed to run the bases after each home run. Didn’t work out, unsurprisingly (from Tom Mulgrew). … Speaking of Mr. Met, he participated in the team’s blood drive yesterday and was wearing a now-obsolete drop-shadow jersey. Get with the program, buddy! … Man, Roy Halladay had one ugly high school uni (from Chad Todd). … New sponsor for Newcastle United (from Ross Hazlett). … Speaking of sponsors, an Aussie cricketer lost his sponsorship deal, had all the sponsor labels removed from his gear, and then went out and had a record-setting day (from Ewan Williams). … Bosox and Chisox notwithstanding, I’m generally opposed to team names that don’t end in “s.” But there’s an indoor football team I might make an exception for, for obvious reasons (from Michael Blake Raymer). … The Lions are trying to get fans to post all sorts of social network content for them, and are dangling a new Nike-made Lions jersey as an inducement. No indication of exactly when the prize will be awarded, but I’m assuming in April, since Reebok is still the NFL’s official uni outfitter up until then (from Matthew Hoffman). … Looks like the Lakeland Flying Tigers have added some Seattle Pilots-style brim graphics (as noted by Brian Mazmanian). … The White Sox will give away 1972 replica jerseys to kids on June 24 (from Tyler Kepner). … New lacrosse gloves for Oregon (from Jake Hurley). … Several readers have noticed a subtle change to the ESPN.com favicon. No more drop shadow! Much cleaner this way. … Yet another infographic, this one based on the Michigan/MichState rivalry. “My intent was not to be graphically correct with colors, fonts, etc. (after all, the Paul Bunyan trophy wasn’t issued until 1953), but instead to create something I could use as a background for my computer,” says Kevin Tiessen. … Just what the world needs: a BFBS burger. No word on whether the beef is from Black Angus steers. … “After getting into his first NHL fight, Blackhawks rookie Andrew Shaw had his jersey torn and sewn back up (just like his forehead),” writes Tim E. O’Brien. … What do you get when the Super Bowl is being played in Indianapolis? NFL-themed Indy cars. … Jon Gates came upon some college football beverage coasters. “That Texas A&M coaster isn’t really an A&M coaster at all!” he notes. “That logo came out of nowhere! It looks like the University of Texas font and a made-up interlocking A&M. The packaging features official collegiate product labeling, so I wonder who screwed this one up?” … Very interesting hosiery controversy brewing in the Premier League, as players are cutting the bottoms off of their socks (from Jon Grossman). … A New Jersey high school has won a bunch of Under Armour gear, and UA will design new uniforms for all of the school’s teams (from Kurt Esposito). … Meanwhile, an upstate New York high school did the pink thing the other day, with SOB — that’s slogan on back (from Jimi Jamm). … Interesting mix of baseball photos, including some really nice vintage Little League shots, on this blog (from Dan Cichalski). … Wait, here’s yet another infographic about the bowl/BCS system (from Jasmine Hall).
Looking ahead: Phil’s busy this weekend, so I’ll be posting the content over the next few days. It won’t be the full-on weekend smörgåsbord that Phil usually provides, but on the other hand tomorrow will feature a rare Saturday Ticker (and maybe there’ll be another one on Sunday). See you then.