21 the Hard Way

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Last night’s BCS title game offered more uni-notable details — several of them visible in the photo shown above — than all four of the weekend’s NFL playoff games combined. Here’s a rundown:

• If you look at that photo, you can see that LSU defenders Ryan Baker (No. 22) and Barkevious Mingo (49) both play bare-handed, with tape on their fingers.

• You can also see that LSU’s Michael Brockers (90) wears tape on the fingers of his gloves. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. I noticed it when he blocked a field goal in the first half. Went looking for a photo of it, and that’s when I noticed his bare-handed teammates.

• And of course the most uni-obvious element in the photo is that ’Bama running back Trent Richardson had “Gloria” and “Katrina” inscribed on his left wristband. Those are both famous hurricanes, although one of them took place before Richardson was born, so I figured the meteorological connection was just a coincidence. Sure enough, some quick Googling revealed that Gloria is Richardson’s grandmother and Katrina is his mother.

• What about Richardson’s other wristband? Looks like he had “Tata” and “Vera” — more relatives, presumably. [Update: I’ve now been told that these are the names of “his wife/girlfriend and daughter.”]

• As I mentioned in last night’s comments, I’d never noticed before how Alabama’s NOB lettering feels a little too big. Longer surnames look a bit clunky.

• Alabama receivers Kevin Norwood and Michael Williams each wore a white leg sleeve, or white tights with one leg cut off, or whatever.

• Another thing about Norwood: You know those annoying logo stretchbands that players wear on their biceps, calves, and pretty much everywhere else? A Reuters photographer got a great shot of Norwood’s left armband snapping in mid-play.

• Most of the LSU players wore those Nike socks with this design on the back. But a few players, including punter Brad Wing and wideout Odell Beckham Jr., doubled up on their socks, creating a pattern that looked vaguely argyle-ish.

• And I loved the fact that the game’s hero was a placekicker wearing No. 90. Only in college ball!

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Collector’s Corner

By Brinke Guthrie

Does anybody really know what time it is? You will with this 1970s NFL watch. It’s not quite a digital watch, but it doesn’t have hands, either. Why don’t they make cool stuff like this anymore?!

In other eBay finds for this week:

• Great photo of the Mets getting ready for 1966 spring camp, from reader Nick Schiavo.

• I can’t stand the term “man cave” since it’s such a cliché. But if you have one, these 1970s Sears NFL curtains would look good in it. Assuming your cave has windows, that is.

• Aaron Duncan sends us the listing of a 52-year-old Winter Olympics hockey puck with a rather modest price tag . Let’s see … a Porsche or a hockey puck…

• Here’s a 1970s NFL snack table. I have a Bengals wall light-switch plate using these same graphics.

• Big lot of cool 1970s Tudor NFL electric football teams. If you prefer your 1970s games on a smaller scale, here’s a hand-held Tudor video game. And I was a killer player on this Tudor board game back in the day.

• Here’s a cool 1970s NFL ruler.

• More coolness from the 1970s: Check out these Tasco NFL binoculars.

Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I asked if there were any bare-handed hitters left in MLB besides Coco Crisp and Vlad Guerrero. Neil Vendetti came up with Francisco Cervelli (although he occasionally wears gloves). Also, Greg Patton points out that Hunter Pence goes with the old ’60s/’70s style of wearing just one glove, on his bottom hand. Is there anyone else in the bigs doing that these days? … In a related item, here’s a shot of Duke Snider wearing a golf glove (from Roger Faso). … See these lacrosse cleats? That’s what Demaryius Thomas was wearing when he made the game-winning play on Sunday (from Nathan Haas). … Another example of college taking liberties with the Notre Dame logo: Boston College’s SuperFan T-shirt. “My understanding is that this was an intentional move to mimic our Indiana rivals,” says Dave Levy. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a high school volleyball player who wears protective headgear after having suffered two concussions. … Here’s a really good slideshow of what might result if UK soccer teams created their own line of baseball caps. … Another jersey for the President. … You can hear some info about Mizzou’s new football uniforms by skipping ahead to the 13:35 mark of this video clip (from Chris Mycoskie). … But it looks like there’ll be no changes for Penn State’s football uniforms. … The Adirondack Phantoms and Hershey Bears wore special uniforms for an outdoor game at Citizens Bank Park last Friday night. “The whiteboards in the press box and both clubhouses still had the lineups from Game 5 of the Phillies/Cards LDS written in, and the D’backs/Brewers game was still on the out-of-town scoreboard in the right-field fence,” says AHL communications VP Jason Chaimovitch. … Hall of Fame bowler Don Carter died a few days ago, which I mention primarily because his obituary mentioned something I hadn’t been aware of: “[Carter was] the first athlete in American sports history to sign a $1 million marketing endorsement contract, with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite in 1964.” … More chatter about the NFL’s Reebok-to-Nike changeover causing problems for fans who want to buy jerseys (from Peter Kirschenbaum). … Here’s something I meant to link to a few days ago: a really fun article about that jump-and-bump maneuver that football players use to celebrate a touchdown.

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Outta here: By the time most of you read this, I’ll be on my way to Cleveland, where I’ll be working on an ESPN project for a coupla days. This marks the second January in a row that I’ve gone to Ohio — not exactly a standard winter destination — so you’d think the state tourism bureau would at least have a muffin basket or something waiting for me at my hotel. We’ll see. Anyway, for those of you in the Clevo area, I hope to see you tonight, 7pm, at Prosperity, where I’ll be doing the Uni Watch meet-and-greet thing.

Meanwhile, here on the site, Phil will be handling tomorrow’s and Thursday’s content while I’m on the road. I’ll be back in the saddle on Friday, then Phil will be back for his regular weekend turn, then I think Brinke is gonna have an Aussie Open tennis preview for next Monday, and then I’ll reclaim the reins next Tuesday. Okay? Okay.

 

118 comments to 21 the Hard Way

  • DarkAudit | January 10, 2012 at 7:29 am |

    As a reader of Uniwatch and an aficionado of good music reproduced well, I have to wonder if all those pro athletes you see in pre and postgame shots with the Beats headphones are under contract to do so.

    Isn’t it time someone gave them some cans that are less, well, crap?

    • Jason M (DC) | January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am |

      Or they just bought them because Dr. Dre’s name is on them.

      • M.Princip | January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am |

        More about what you’re saying here Jason. I mean, the sound and quality of the Dre Beats are very good, yet that price tag is really dictated by having this logo on the side: http://image.motortr...

        Oh, and you’ve probably seen the team edition Beats?
        http://www.beatshead...

        • =bg= | January 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm |

          I’ve got something on my new HP PC called HP Beats Audio- but I’ve never even looked at it.

    • Kyle Allebach | January 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

      They’re the “in” thing to have now, like new Jordans or a Nike shirt or whatnot. People pay a ludicrous amount of money for Monster headphones with a Dre logo on it (protip: Monster loves to overcharge you for things like AV Cables and headphones which you can get cheaper).

      I use my iPod everyday, and $20 (at the most) headphones from Wal-Mart suit me just fine, so I never understood the fascination with Beats. And from my conversation with an audiophile, there are at least five brands better than Beats.

      • name redacted | January 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |

        And there are some people that would say a generic MP3 player is just as functional as an ipod. :>

        (said as someone with 3 ipods and an 1 ipad)

      • DarkAudit | January 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

        If someone would give some of these guys a set of V-MODA M-80s or LP2s…

  • Jack Purdy | January 10, 2012 at 7:37 am |

    I guess you guys missed my comment yesterday. But Brooks Conrad of the Braves is a switch hitting/bare handed batter.

    • Fred | January 10, 2012 at 7:40 am |

      I believe Paul responded to your comment and provided a picture of Brooks Conrad wearing a glove.

    • Paul Lukas | January 10, 2012 at 7:41 am |

      I guess you missed my reply to your comment, in which I posted this photo link:
      http://news.daylife....

      Lots of players, including Conrad, go bare-handed *most* of the time. But full-timers? Very, very rare now. Vlad, Coco, and that might be it.

  • Dumb Guy | January 10, 2012 at 8:04 am |

    “Big Jim pops the muscle band!”

    That is in response to the ‘Bama player’s arm band breaking. If you know what I’m referring to, you either had too many toys or watched too much TV as a kid.

    • jdreyfuss | January 10, 2012 at 11:49 am |

      I’m guessing that’s not referring to Big Jim Slade.

      • Wheels | January 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm |

        And the capitol of Nebraska is Lincoln!

  • Ryan Gast | January 10, 2012 at 8:14 am |

    Vera and Tata are the names of Richarson’s wife/girlfriend and his daughter…

    • Paul Lukas | January 10, 2012 at 8:26 am |

      Thanks. I’ll add that to the text.

    • Fred | January 10, 2012 at 9:14 am |

      How do we know so much about a college player’s personal life? Pretty scary…

  • Wheels | January 10, 2012 at 8:15 am |

    That handheld, Tudor NFL electronic football game is great. I used to have something called Head-To-Head football which was pretty much the same thing, except it had another user interface inverted at the top so that two people could play “head to head” by holding the opposing ends. It was great for long car rides in the backseat with my brother and class-trip bus rides.

    • Wheels | January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • timdub70 | January 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm |

      I have the Head-to-Head’s predecessor, the Coleco Electronic Quarterback, which was one-player. Had it since 1979 and still works. The Tudor is a lot like the Mattel Electronic Football I except with different buttons.

    • name redacted | January 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |

      I had the head to head baseball as a kid.

      I don’t know if it’s still true, but they reissued Electonic Football a few years ago and you could buy them at Toys R Us for like $10 or $20.

  • Jeremy Brahm | January 10, 2012 at 8:15 am |

    In Oregon, all of the high school coaches in all sports are required to take concussion training.

    While volleyball is not a contact sport, you can still run into your teammates or hit the floor wrong with your head. So, I am not surprised to see it anymore.

    • Teebz | January 10, 2012 at 9:04 am |

      While hitting the floor or a teammate with your head can be a problem, concussions are regularly seen when a ball is rung off a player’s head.

      A teammate of mine scored a concussion when he got smoked during our Provincial Championship run in 1997. We knew there was a problem when he got up off the floor and was talking about chemistry (not team chemistry, but rather what he had learned in class earlier that day). LOL

    • Anthony | January 10, 2012 at 10:10 am |

      Yeah, you could in all honesty get a concussion from any sport involving a ball.

      • Arr Scott | January 10, 2012 at 10:46 am |

        Yeah, you could in all honesty get a concussion from any sport involving a ball movement.

        Fixed. It’s simple physics: A concussion occurs when a human head in motion changes speed or direction fast enough for the brain to bang against the skull. So short of Riverdance, just about all activities involving a person moving carry a risk of concussion.

        Next up: The under-reported concussion epidemic in foosball.

    • Rob H. | January 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

      I got a concussion playing golf once…but it involved the golf cart.

  • walter | January 10, 2012 at 8:49 am |

    That spec sheet for the Philadelphia Phantoms shows two different styles for the breezers. Did they only have the stripe on one side?

    -Walter

    • Jet | January 10, 2012 at 10:34 am |

      Good catch! In the game, they don’t have ANY stripes on the breezers, even more bizarre.

      Love the Phantom jerseys but the Bears really blew it with that busy winter classic logo for the front of their jersey.

      -Jet

  • Rob H. | January 10, 2012 at 8:49 am |

    I was really bummed that they couldn’t paint the end zones in full color last night. This game is the “Super Bowl” of college football, they should have at least done that. I get that it’s field-turf and the Saints had a playoff game two days ago, but come on, it’s the national championship.

    • Connie | January 10, 2012 at 9:01 am |

      De gustibus nihil est disputandum.

    • Tom V. | January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am |

      I forget how long it took them to do it at the citrus bowl (Orlando FL) from that time lapse video, but two days would have been ample time to do it.

      Secondly along those lines. Theres the big “Sunday Sunday Sunday” monster truck show coming to the citrus bowl, but the field has artificial turf. Just wondering if anyone knows, do they roll up the artificial turf, or put a tarp over it and a few feet of dirt?

    • Rob H. | January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am |

      While we are on the topic of bowl game end zone dislikes, I really also dislike the leaving of the green border around the color part the way the Rose Bowl does it. Why have a line parallel to the end zone that close to it. Sure it’ll probably never come into play, but you never know. Maybe on a strange play at the goal line a defender gets confused and his “angle of attack” to tackle a ball carrier, is changed based on a split-second reaction to where he is based on where he subconsciously thinks the goal line is.

      http://img41.imagesh...

      http://img703.images...

      • Josie B | January 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

        I’m sure a white line stands out more thana block of color

      • Mitchell | January 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm |

        I’m still pining for the days, back in the late 60s and early 70s, when the Rose Bowl had those magnificantly detailed roses painted in the end zones on either side of the team name, and the large (non-stylized) rose at midfield that they changed every year.

        • LarryB | January 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm |

          Those were some sharp looking end zones

        • DJ | January 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm |

          They were excellent; it was the highlight of the day’s viewing to see the brilliantly painted field, and the sun-drenched stadium. But, once they came up with a permanent logo for the parade/game, you knew it was going to be on the field as well.

          Also, with the onset of special wordmarks for many college teams, and the ease of the organizers to obtain them for creating the stencils to paint the field, you knew the various bowls would begin to use them as well.

  • Josh Burns | January 10, 2012 at 9:10 am |

    Did anyone else notice the 13 on the Alabama helmet before the game, and the 14 on the helmet after the game? I’m guessing this is for their all their National Championships?

    • Josh Burns | January 10, 2012 at 9:10 am |

      In front of the ESPN desk, sorry I didn’t specify.

      • Dumb Guy | January 10, 2012 at 9:24 am |

        I didn’t see it, but that’s pretty cool!

    • Josie B | January 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  • Dumb Guy | January 10, 2012 at 9:13 am |

    btw: The Catch of the Day….it’s the catch of TODAY! Well, 30 years ago anyway.

  • Rob Ullman | January 10, 2012 at 9:25 am |

    Man, wish I could go to the Cleveland UniWatch bash…Unfortunately, having spent my first 23 Januarys (ies?) in NE Ohio, a voluntary visit at that time of year is highly unlikely!

    • Jim Vilk | January 10, 2012 at 11:24 am |

      It’s quite balmy today. Sunny, high of 45…clear tonight with a low of 30.

  • Arron | January 10, 2012 at 9:26 am |

    Did it bother anybody else that the National Championship logo depicted the Sugar Bowl trophy? I understand the game was played in the same venue and (I think) under the auspices of the Sugar Bowl committee, but that just seemed like a non sequitur. Maybe the “crystal ball” would have been more appropriate?

    • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | January 10, 2012 at 11:56 am |

      Don’t get them started… we will have a boring single logo like the super bowl logo is now.

      Actually, that whole thing pretty much snuck up on me in 2005 when Texas won in the Rose Bowl. Instead of rotating the chamnpionship game let’s have a second game in the venue – anything for more money! Disgusting…

      • scott | January 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

        Can’t be anything for more money, or else they would have long ago gone to a playoff system.

      • Rob H. | January 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

        Yeah, I remember being surprised that year when the championship and the Rose Bowl were separate games. That would have been the ideal time to phase in the “+1″ four team playoff. Now it will cost two teams bowl slots, which I guess they’ll just always make up for by adding another bowl game.

  • dilbert719 | January 10, 2012 at 9:28 am |

    The thing that catches my attention most about the Mavericks/Obama picture: 23. Usually, the president’s jersey has either the relevant year (so 11 would have been logical), their presidency (44, which the Saints and Blackhawks did), or #1 (as the Packers did, with “Commander In Chief” instead of “Obama” on the back.) It’s interesting to me that the Mavericks apparently contacted the White House and found out his old high school number, so they could use a jersey number with personal basketball significance.

    • Arr Scott | January 10, 2012 at 10:51 am |

      Did they contact the White House, or just Google it?

      https://www.google.c....,cf.osb&fp=654b67078ccb72ba&biw=1562&bih=1063

      I would assume that it’s pretty common knowledge in the basketball world that young Barry was a high school player who wore #23 to his state championships; this photo was everywhere in 2008.

  • mistermorrison | January 10, 2012 at 9:36 am |

    Strechband? Looks like Norwood is rather carrying a wookie scalp. ^^

  • BrianC | January 10, 2012 at 9:53 am |

    “Aaron Duncan sends us the listing of a 52-year-old Winter Olympics hockey puck with a rather modest price tag . Let’s see … a Porsche or a hockey puck…”

    And you still have to pay for shipping!

  • Sklemone | January 10, 2012 at 9:54 am |

    Nate Schierholtz of the San Francisco giants goes bare handed most of the time. Only rare occasions will he wear gloves.

    • Chris | January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am |

      Yes I was gonna say that and from what I have heard, he only wears them in extreme cold and doesn’t like to

  • JEDI54 | January 10, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    I was looking at the ABA throwbacks, and why is San Antonio wearing Texas Chaparrals, instead of Dallas Chaparrals unis?

    • Mike Engle | January 10, 2012 at 10:39 am |

      Especially because the San Antonio Spurs could have thrown back to…the San Antonio Spurs!

    • =bg= | January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am |

      If I recall, they were ‘Texas’ for a time to try and ‘regionalize’ the team.
      http://www.remembert...

  • Joseph Gerard | January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am |

    This really shouldn’t make news anymore, but there is once again use of the old NFL shield.

    Youngstown, Ohio CBS affiliate WKBN-TV, which also owns Fox affiliate WYFX and operates ABC affiliate WYTV under an LMA (as well as WYTV-DT2, which is a MyNetworkTV affiliate), is in a pay dispute with DISH Network, which is nothing new, as stations have pay disputes with cable & satellite carriers all the time.

    However, the link that is used informing DISH customers that they may lose WKBN & WYFX on January 15th (again, WYTV is operated under an LMA so it doesn’t appear to be affected) shows logos of various TV shows that air on the two stations in both network programming and syndication–Two and a Half Men & How I Met Your Mother both air in syndication on WYFX in addition to new episodes on WKBN via CBS–the old NFL shield is shown.

    http://www.wkbn.com/...

    Again, this isn’t the first time that the old NFL shield has been used in the media FOUR YEARS after the newer one was adopted. But here’s what’s puzzling: WKBN, WYFX, WYTV, and WYTV-DT2 ALL redesigned their logos and graphics packaging in early 2009, several months after the new NFL shield went into use and almost two years after the new NFL shield was unveiled. The graphics in the background are that of the current graphics on WKBN & WYFX. WYTV & WYTV-DT2 use similar graphics, but with different colors, namely more blue.

    And here’s something even MORE puzzling: of the two news anchors that appear in the graphics, one of them, Teresa Weakley, wasn’t even EMPLOYED at the station until September 2010. So despite updating its own logo and graphics, and even hiring a new anchor after that, WKBN can’t use the current NFL shield.

    • Rob Ullman | January 10, 2012 at 10:08 am |

      Ah, WKBN. I wonder what Tom Holden thinks about it.

      • Joseph Gerard | January 10, 2012 at 10:52 am |

        He died a few years ago, had cancer I think.

    • LarryB | January 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

      Those are my local stations out of Youngstown. I get Time Warner cable but am part of the Hermitage Pa package.

  • Omar | January 10, 2012 at 10:38 am |

    Funny, the Puck has a 25% discount (at least when I clicked it)

    • Jet | January 10, 2012 at 11:11 am |

      Yeah, and the guy has the balls to charge $10 for shipping, and insurance is extra if you want it!!

      -Jet

  • Dante | January 10, 2012 at 10:41 am |

    No. Coco Crisp is not a full-time barehander. He wears them on occasion. There is only one Vladimir Guerrero.

    http://cdn.bleacherr...

    • Fred | January 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

      http://www.rbimagazi...

      Search “Coco brawl Shields” and you can see him wearing the gloves right before he charges the mound.

    • Fred | January 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

      Wow, quick googling reveals numerous pictures of Coco wearing gloves. Another one here.

      http://cdn.bleacherr...

      Thanks Dante, good reminder not to take everything to be true all the time here at Uni-Watch.

    • bobby | January 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm |

      false. vlad is not the only one. jorge posada has never worn batting gloves . check any photo of him batting.
      http://thexlog.com/w...

      • Dante | January 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm |

        But Jorge doesn’t play Major League Baseball anymore

  • Mike Engle | January 10, 2012 at 10:45 am |

    http://sportsillustr...
    Barry Larkin NOT wearing his normal #11! Wonder what the story about that is.

    • pushbutton | January 10, 2012 at 10:57 am |

      Footage of Larkin is reminding me how much I loved the 90s Reds unis…sleeveless…white cap at home…black cap & undershirt on the road greys. Damn those were sharp!

      • Original 4 Chimp | January 10, 2012 at 11:28 am |

        You’re thinking of two completely different uniform sets.

        They wore white-crowned caps at home and all-red caps on the road with no black uniform elements at all from 1993-98.

        The BFBS didn’t happen until 1999.

        • walter | January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

          Oddly, I used to hate the Reds because of their uniforms (1972-1991). Now, they’re one of my favorite teams– because of their uniforms (1992-present).

          -Walter

        • =bg= | January 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm |

          the white caps were horrible. i remember when they rolled out, it was a big deal.

    • Rob H. | January 10, 2012 at 11:08 am |

      Apparently (according to baseball-reference) Larkin wore 15 in 1986 & 87. Kurt Stillwell was #11 those two years.

      http://www.baseball-...

      Larkin switched in 1988 after Stillwell was gone.

      • Craig D | January 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm |

        Larkin switched to 11 because he and Stillwell were friends. Sort of a way to honor his buddy when he was traded. These two were drafted a couple years apart and both played shortstop. At the time it was a serious question as to who would be the heir apparent to Davey Concepcion. When the Reds made the trade with the Royals for Danny Jackson they had to choose which SS to send to KC. Pete Rose felt that Larkin, as the local boy would be better to keep if for nothing else than to put fannies in the seats.

    • Kek | January 10, 2012 at 11:55 am |

      What a great photo! The old pullovers and sansabelts! Player portrait wristbands! KangaROOS brand cleats!

  • Alex | January 10, 2012 at 10:59 am |

    The Tasco binoculars aren’t from the 70s. Note the Bengals helmet which wasn’t introduced till 1981. False advertising!

    • Dumb Guy | January 10, 2012 at 11:13 am |

      I’m trying to crack the code on why the teams are arranged as they are. Both the AFC and NFC sides seem to be *kinda* by division, but then ….not. ?????

      • Expanded 8 Champ | January 10, 2012 at 11:30 am |

        Yeah, they split up the Central Division for both conferences. Weird.

      • Original 4 Chimp | January 10, 2012 at 11:31 am |

        The teams from the East and West are all together but the Central teams are split up. Odd.

      • Original 4 Chimp | January 10, 2012 at 11:32 am |

        Well, my comment went into moderation, but Jim beat me to it and he said pretty much the exact same thing anyway.

      • Komet17 | January 10, 2012 at 11:36 am |

        Here’s the code:

        Top row: Two Central Division teams, followed by the five Western Divisioni teams.

        Bottom row: Five Eastern Division teams, followed by the remaining two Central Division teams.

        • Komet17 | January 10, 2012 at 11:38 am |

          Also: the Eastern and Western Division teams are alphabetical (left to right) by location; the Central Division teams are not at all alphabetical (left to right) (Houston, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland).

  • Kevin Poss | January 10, 2012 at 11:29 am |

    Brooks Conrad (former Brave, now Brewer) is nicknamed “Raw Dog” (all jokes aside) because he doesn’t wear batting gloves:

    http://cdn.bleacherr...

    http://cdn0.sbnation...

    He will wear them when its raining, however, but I can’t blame him there. Another thing– couldn’t find a good photo, but his pre-at-bat routine consists of him squatting down, picking up a big handful of dirt, and rubbing it on the shaft of the bat… Raw Dog is the man! (Now let the jokes commence)

  • Kevin Poss | January 10, 2012 at 11:48 am |

    Well, apparently Brooksie was already mentioned.. but he is a full-timer, just not when it rains. I’m not sure if Vlad and Coco remain bare-handed during a monsoon, but I would find it hard to believe, given the slick, wooden bats they use.

    • Dante | January 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm |

      Well, we know Coco wears a glove even in the sunshine (see above posts). Big Bad Vladdy Daddy? I was only able to find one picture of him wearing a batting glove while hitting, but I once heard on an Angels broadcast that he won’t even wear a Guante in the rain. Just put more pine tar on his hands and bat.

      Guerrero Glove: http://2.bp.blogspot...

  • Jim Nedelka | January 10, 2012 at 11:58 am |

    More chatter about the NFL’s Reebok-to-Nike changeover causing problems for fans who want to buy jerseys (from Peter Kirschenbaum).

    Folks — If you’re stuck for a Reebok NFL jersey, try http://www.FootballA.... Also, I notice that the NY Jets shop http://www.jetsshop.... is also running a 50% off Reebok sale

  • Mark M | January 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm |

    We have all watched as Oregon has become a football power at least in part because they have been on the vanguard of the “dress like a superhero/clown” movement. Style appears to really matter to at least some of the kids who are good athletes.

    This was driven home while I was reading about a new football commit to Indiana (obviously not a superstar). The second sentence out of his mouth when asked why he chose Indiana: “I liked how they were adding a lot of color to the facility.”

    IU HAS just opened a multi-million dollar training facility but he didn’t talk about equipment or space or tutoring rooms. He talked about COLOR. Seems that they could just have thrown a new coat of paint on the old weight room.

    Kids (shakes head dismissively)

    • elgato11x | January 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

      There is a scientific connection between the color of a person’s surroundings and that person’s thought process and action. Why do you think Iowa painted their visitors locker room pink? The kid probably felt comfortable in the newly painted workout facility which the other schools that he looked at didn’t have. It makes total sense to me. Go where you’re most comfortable; you have to spend the next 4 years there.

    • Arr Scott | January 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm |

      We have all watched as Oregon has become a football power at least in part because they have been on the vanguard of the “dress like a superhero/clown” movement.

      Totally not intending to pick on Mark specifically here, but the invocation of superheroes for the kind of crap the Ducks have been doing of late is irksome. Superheroes dress colorfully, sure, but then again so do well-uniformed sports teams. What’s more, superhero costumes actually tend to be more stable than sports unis. Here’s Superman in 1938:

      http://www.supermans...

      Here’s Superman today:

      http://www.supermanf...

      And some illustrations of how Superman’s uni has changed over the years:

      http://geekdraw.com/...

      http://2.bp.blogspot...

      Which is to say, hardly at all.

      Sure, movie franchises, especially those involving Marvel, like to throw out decades of tradition and dress every superhero in identical black leather tights, but the basic pattern is that Superhero costumes never change, and if one day you wander into a comics shop and find that Batman suddenly looks like this:

      http://www.superhero...

      It’s usually a temporary change and he’ll very soon be back to looking like this:

      http://www.rantingdr...

      The Nikegon and Amateur Pacifist crap is very nearly the opposite of superhero costuming, unless one believes that “superhero” is a thing that exists only in movies made since 2000. If Oregon actually dressed like superheroes, they’d wear brightly colored uniforms that never changed. Which would be a huge improvement over what they actually wear.

      • DJ | January 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm |

        This is Superman today:

        http://piccsy.com/20...

        • Arr Scott | January 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm |

          Broken link. Here’s the current Superman costume:

          http://comicbook.com...

          Only change is the collar and his crotch is blue, not red. And even that is unlikely to last long; the classic costume will probably be back sooner than later. But even if not, that’s less change and more continuity over the last 70+ years than the Yankees.

        • Rob S | January 11, 2012 at 12:19 am |

          Have to admit a bit of geekdom for recognizing the eras of the “Evolution of the Man of Tomorrow” drawing: c.1938, c.1955, c.1975, c.1993, c.2000, c.2010. The long hair on the fourth one really pins it down to the post-“Reign of the Supermen” storyline when he came back from being mostly-dead from his encounter with Doomsday.

          I’d be shocked if this “New 52″ lasts as long for DC as the ill-fated “Heroes Reborn” experiment did for Marvel.

          They did try changing Superman outright once, in the late 90s… needless to say, it did not last into the “next century” as some at DC had hoped.

  • Marty Buccafusco | January 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm |

    One more for the MLB Hands Team: Brooks Conrad (former Atlanta Brave)…
    http://blogs.ajc.com...
    His style earned him the nickname “Raw Dog” from Bobby Cox.

  • Dane | January 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm |

    Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson expected to debut this new mask this evening against the Penguins.

    http://www.senatorse...

  • hodges14 | January 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    You know those taiwanese animations that they do for news bits? I found one for Tim Tebow’s “Jesus Moment” against the Steelers, with a couple of uni-notable eye-catchers.

    1. The Steelers are wearing white helmets
    2. The old NFL logo is shown
    3. the players have front numbers, but not back numbers.

    Here’s that video:
    http://www.brobible....

  • shipwreck(original ray's chimpzza) | January 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm |

    i can finally read UW again! the kids in uni’s shots, sunday morning, good stuff, good stuff.

    thanks to those uni watchers who participated in the is years second expansion champ or chimp year 5. we will look to expand yet again next year corn willing. but most importantly congrats to the galley boy who put an end to pineapple’s tyrannical four year run as champ, maybe next year someone can take out her single season high of +1650, or pickles new record low of -1770. a special thanks pickles for erasing my -1370 as the standard of futility too. the championship belt and plastic banana-man will be in the mail shortly.

    and now the moment that virtually none of you were not waiting for…

    —intercollegiate conference of “gambling” representatives—
    ——–CorC division———-
    player season bowls total
    galley boy(champ)40-30-1(+800)/6-4(+320)= +1120(46-34-1)
    bunyan…………….40-30-1(+590)/6-4(+320)= +910(46-34-1)
    skip…………………38-32-1(+380)/5-5(-100)= +280(43-37-1)
    shipwreck…………37-33-1(+170)/4-6(-520)= -350(41-39-1)
    pineapple…………35-34-2(-350)/5-5(-100)= -450(40-39-2)
    spanky……………..35-35-1(-250)/4-6(-520)= -770(-39-41-1)
    green goblin……..31-40-0(-1410)/5-5(-100)= -1510(36-45-0)
    pickles(chimp)…..32-39-0(-1200)/4-6(-520)= -1770(36-45-0)
    —-boise community conference—-
    milkshake…………33-37-1(-880)/4-6(-520)= -1180(37-43-1)
    bundt cake………..26-44-1(-2350)/2-8(-1360)=-3710(28-52-1)

    congrats galley boy!!!

    • Original 4 Chimp | January 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

      A mighty kudos to the Galley Boy. Huzzah, good sir!

      Do I get to vote on this expansion thing?

      • Skipper | January 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm |

        This will be my only post as Skip…

        No expansion without playoffs, or at least a Plus-One.

        And I vote we kick the Green Goblin out of the league for insubordination and nearly burning down a house…

        • shipwreck | January 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm |

          skipper~
          in this thread you are skipper.
          we all know that regions are not the most important aspect for participation. that being said we could use someone from the southeast and texas. we have southern cal, the pacific northwest, the northern midwest, the plains, the eastern midwest, and the northeast covered. but let’s not get ahead of ourselves michigan and alabama kick us off inseptember, and the rules committee still needs to convene in july before we get into the issue of expansion.

        • Green Goblin | January 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm |

          YOU KNOW WHAT IT WASN’T MY FAULT OK

      • shipwreck | January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

        spanky~
        of course. you have a say on everything but your name, i listened to you and the skipper going into this year’s expansion, and i am always willing to listen to suggestions for improvements.

    • Galley Boy (Champ) | January 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm |

      Thanks! This is the greatest January 10, 2012 of my entire life.

      Too bad I can’t wear the belt to tonight’s UW gathering, but whatcha gonna do. I will be wearing a special lid, though, to honor the runner-up and very worthy opponent, Mr. Bunyan.

      Welcome back to the boards, Shipwreck.

      • Avis | January 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm |

        Missed it by….THAT much.

        • shipwreck | January 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm |

          army-navy was the only 200pt game you and the champ had opposite picks on, so you could point to that as the swing. or your unfortunate okie state, notre dame, and lsu choices.

        • Ricko | January 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm |

          That and four losses by .5 point each.

          But, hey, I finished with a positive balance. All in all, I’ll take it.

        • shipwreck | January 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm |

          who are you? i know no ricko.

          buuuuut a .5 loss does not tell the story of a loss. i would argue it is no different then a 3 point loss if the team was up 1 as 2 point dog before giving up a toutie in the last 30 seconds. is your scenario a bigger heartbreaker? or what of a team back dooring another, or accidentally scoring of a meaningless toutie. those too can also be a killer. either way, the mere margin of victory does not correlate always with the quality of the pick or the heartbreak of a pick.

        • Spain Key | January 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm |

          Yeah, who is this Ricko clown? I don’t recall anyone by that name participating in any of our friendly wagers.

          And I had plenty of half-point losses.

          I also picked one game that I knew was a sure-fire loser on purpose. In hindsight, that was really fucking stupid.

        • Avis | January 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm |

          All I meant was that some games could make you grind your teeth flat. Never said I owned narrow losses.

        • Skipper | January 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm |

          Avis? Doesn’t that mean “bird” in Latin? I guess we’re throwing around a little Latin these days, eh?

          All I know is had the “original 4″ been in tact as the sole competitors this year, I would have won. These “newbie” intruders sure know how to crash a party, don’t they?

          Long day, long day. And shipwreck, I thought you were going to get the new CHIMP to post, as is his/her punishment. And if that homeless Green Goblin doesn’t show his punkass face soon, he’s definitely out.

          That’s all folks.

          See you at 7:00 am…

        • shipwreck | January 11, 2012 at 12:45 am |

          i can’t make anybody do anything, but it is only ten on the left, so maybe others are getting the news late too since all three on the coast are absent.

    • Green Goblin | January 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

      At least I’m not Carbon Chimp.

  • name redacted | January 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm |

    I wonder if Brooks Conrad knows what that green dot is for or what the G on the Packers helmet stand for?

    • The Jeff | January 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm |

      The green dot is for Green Bay, right?

  • ChrisChris | January 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm |

    I can’t find any pics but I know Todd Helton went a few games last season with one glove at-bats… The broadcasters were talking about and said that he does that when he is feeling a slump.

  • bobby | January 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm |

    jorge posada never wears batting gloves. im pretty sure there are even stories out there that he urinates on his hands

  • Skycat | January 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm |

    Wasn’t aware of Posada, but knew that Moises Alou was a practitioner:

    http://sports.espn.g...

  • Maurice Podoloff | January 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm |

    As former NBA Commissioner namesake Mr. Podoloff, I’m personally and literally turning over on my grave after viewing all the NBA uni changes this season. Horse feathers!

  • Ryan Klund | January 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm |

    Jason Kendall used to rock the no-gloves. He would spin the bat with his fingers when he was waiting for a pitch. He was a really old-school catcher.

  • Alan Bloomquist | January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm |

    While searching for something completely different I came across this old sears catalog from 1897. Check the sweet socks and sweaters available for less than a dollar!