Seems like everyone has a different level of tolerance for the pink-uni thing. But whatever your pink threshold may be, I think we can all agree that this is a bit much:
That’s Illinois State vs. Bradley, from this past Sunday. As you can see, the Redbirds became the Pinkbirds for that game, which would have been just garden-variety annoying if not for the fact that Bradley wore their usual road reds, creating one of history’s worst — and, I’m sure, most visually confusing — color-on-color games. You can see more photos from this game here.
This would be bad enough as a one-time fluke. But this wasn’t Sunday’s only pink-vs.-red game in women’s college hoops. Take a gander at the Rutgers/St. John’s match-up:
Incredible. Additional photos from that one are available by clicking the “Photos” button on this page.
In both cases, couldn’t the road team have worn their home whites for the occasion? Or black? Or
platinum gray? Putting red and pink together on the same court just makes no sense. Hard to fathom how the officials allowed it, too.
Speaking of which, remember that high school team in Nebraska that was recently assessed a technical foul for wearing pink, instead of white, at home? That was a pink-vs.-red game too, although in that case the pink was lighter and the red was darker, so there was a lot more contrast.
The last thing I want is to sound like I don’t care about women’s health issues, especially at a time when certain factions are trying to restrict women’s access to contraceptives (yes, in 2012 — amazing). But come on, pink vs. red? Enough already.
(Special thanks to Gordon Blau and Joel Hackler for bringing the two pink/red games to my attention.)
By Brinke Guthrie
Reader Steve DuHamel sent in bunch of items from the 1970s WFL team the Hawaiians. That got me thinking about the WFL (who can forget the Southern California Sun?), so I started poking around. Lotta great stuff out there, like this crock of coasters!
I also found this 1974 Chicago Fire Media Guide. It immediately occurred to me that I had seen that cover illustration before, and I had: I had drawn my own version of it back in the day, to suit my local team.
As for non-WFL items, here’s this week’s rundown of eBay goodness:
• Great item here, a 1960s SF Giants kitchen apron. “To Hell with Housework, let’s go see the Giants play.” She looks like she means it, too. [This is one of the greatest items ever featured in Collector’s Corner! — PL]
• From reader Keith Bangs, check out this set of NHL marbles. [Ditto! — PL]
• Ah, Tudor’s 1975 “NFL Power Sweep” game — they had me when I saw the opening shot of the box lid.
• Lotta great NBA logos on on these 1970s bed sheets.
• And to go with your sheets, here’s a nice 1970s NFL team logo towel.
• Nice 1970s NY Giants gumball helmet buggy. And note the photo on the card with all the helmet buggies lined up!
• This must be a 1970s NFL Helmet Bank. Says so right there on the side.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy (or anywhere else) that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
What’s the matter with Kansas? Ben Traxel hepped me to a great little story, as follows: A five-year-old girl in Olathe, Kansas, was given a Jayhawk logo by her kindergarten teacher as part of a coloring exercise. But the girl comes from a family that hates KU — they’re big Kansas State fans. So she refused to color the Jawhawk, and her parents ended up printing out a K-State logo for her to color instead.
Thankfully, no teacher ever asked me to color in a Yankees logo when I was a kid, but I wonder how I would’ve responded. I know for sure my father would have supported me if I’d refused to have anything to do with it — we were a National League family all the way.
Meanwhile, speaking of the Jawhawk logo, is there anything that can’t be Jerry Dior-ized? (Thanks to Adam Jackson for sending that one along.)
Shaving technique: As many of you know, I have a rather large pencil sharpener collection. As most of you don’t know — but some of you might logically surmise — I’m also a big fan of the cartoonist David Rees and his awesome comic strip Get Your War On (now sadly discontinued). So I was intrigued when Rees recently began a new project based on a very specific activity: artisanal pencil sharpening.
Rees has authored a new book on this weighty subject, which will be published in April. Last night, in preparation for his upcoming book tour, he did a reading and sharpening demonstration at Pete’s Candy Store, and I don’t mind saying it was quite the edifying experience. By the evening’s end, even I — a relative sharpening savant, by virtue of my large collection — had learned a thing or three (not the least of which was that David Rees is even more entertaining in person than he is on the page or computer screen). I can only hope that your own Monday night was spent even half as well.
Party reminder: Uni Watch gathering this Saturday, 6:30pm, at the Devil’s Den in Philly. See you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: What’s arguably even worse than red vs. pink? How about white vs. gray (from Archie Troxel). … Middle Tennessee State wore blue at home on Saturday (from Britton Thomas). … “My buddy from grad school came into a class wearing this beauty of a warm-up jacket,” writes Scott Leighty. “He’s a Loyola Chicago grad and says he found the warm-up jacket in a closet. He said that at the time this warm-up was used, they were known as the Runnin’ Ramblers, rather than just the Ramblers, as they are today. He also noted that they changed their logo because, in his words, ‘The hobo running around was deemed politically incorrect.’ As a result, they switched to the wolf-based logo (which recently got an update).” … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to Kansas’s throwback uniforms, which they wore over the weekend. What I didn’t mention — because I didn’t know about until Justin Stuewe told me — was that the Jawhawks’ cheerleaders wore some spectacular throwback outfits of their own. … Another minor league hockey team with an unusual sweater: The Belleville Bulls had raised money for a local hospital by wearing a jersey that featured the team’s logo character wearing a stethoscope and a head mirror, plus medical crosses on the shoulders. I like (from Jonathan Deery). … Check out the Yankees and UConn decals on Tiger’s caddie’s yardage book (good spot by Wade Manley). … Wanna drink a sports drink out of a helmet-shaped bottle? Here you go (from Brice Wallace). … “I am a member for the track team at Central Connecticut State University,” writes Anthony Gonsalves. “Recently I was competing at our NEC Indoor Conference Meet in Landover, Maryland. Before the race I went to check in and was given a race ‘hip’ number (these are the little stickers you put on your uniform that display which lane you are in). The official was giving us the usual instructions when he said something weird: ‘Numbers go on both hips and the upper left. If you don’t want to cover the Nike Logo that is fine — just put it lower (on the uniform).’ The weird thing is that most track uniforms have school name or logo beneath the manufacturer’s logo, so he was basically telling us we could put the sticker over our school name. I’m assuming the official has been asked many times if it was okay to do that. It’s just that I thought it was strange that people would rather cover up the school that they represent instead of a Nike or Adidas logo.” Indeed. … A Toronto newspaper is encouraging readers to submit design ideas for the Maple Leafs’ 2013 Winter Classic uni (from Ewan Williams). … Also from Ewan, a pair of Aussie rules football items: an article about players who wear black shoes and news that NFL-style sticky gloves may be banned. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Marlins are unretiring No. 5 for Logan Morrison. And the family of the guy for whom the number had previously been retired isn’t happy about it. … “Thumbed through a big football coffee table book called Guts and Glory over the weekend,” says Scott Little. “Lots of great pics in it, including one of a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader dancing around with a Confederate flag.” … Here’s an interview with the head of
a company you’ve never heard of, which supplies uniforms for a league you don’t care about Moneyball Sportswear, which outfits the National Basketball League of Canada (from Ben Trattner). … New lacrosse uniforms for BYU (from Dan Graham). … Alan Kreit notes that Henrik Lundqvist has his name and personal logo on his leg pad. … “Sigh, my wife has a douchey cousin who decided to get this tattoo over the weekend,” says Andrew Lehman. “Bet you can’t guess who he works for.” … Guess what Bill Belichick wore at Pebble Beach? If you said, “Duh, a gray sweatshirt,” you’re right! (Thanks, Brinke.) … A Brazilian blog has leaked the new away kits for the Netherlands, Portugal, and France. ” Looks like they’re using a new fabric,” says Christopher Peterson. “You probably remember that FC Barcelona had complained publicly that the new Nike material became much heavier during the game, and even weighed their shirts at halftime. I’m guessing this material performs better.” … Pete McNally has a big-ass Mets jersey collection — including a rare Mercury Mets specimen. … Snow games aren’t just for football. That’s an England/Italy rugby match played in Rome over the weekend. “The TV crews abandoned the high-angle camera early on, since England sort of blended into the snow,” says Caleb Borchers. … Here’s a mind-fuck: Wayne Gretzky in a Blackhawks uni. That’s from the Great One’s fantasy camp (from Ben Van Mierlo). … Andrew Levitt got a tour of Camden Yards and took some pics. I was particularly intrigued by this — like, how many players bike to the ballpark? Also, I didn’t realize the Commissioner’s Trophy had an ugly-ass copyright line on the back. Woof! … If you looked at this old Pirates pennant, you’d probably think it’s for the baseball Pirates. But no — it’s actually for the old Pirates of the NFL, who played from 1933-39 and then changed their name to the Steelers in 1940. How can you tell? Because the same logo on the pennant also appears on the back of these warm-up jackets, which Jeff Flynn, Jr. spotted while watching some old Steelers footage. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a pirate head logo for the original Steelers,” he says. “I’ve seen that pennant a lot over the years and never identified it as an original Steelers item. I just assumed it was a bootleg baseball Pirates pennant.” … Hmmm, new helmet in the works for Western Michigan? “That was posted to a friend’s Facebook page, and he’s a WMU player,” says Steve G. … Mike Carp of the Mariners has designed a T-shirt to pay tribute to fallen teammate Greg Halman, who was stabbed to death in his native Holland back in November. For now, the tees have been distributed among the Mariners’ players, but they may be made available for retail sale soon (from John Doodigian).