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I Am Soooooo Glad I Never Worked in Radio

In case you didn’t get enough blasts from Brinke Guthrie’s past on Monday, here’s another chapter from his storied history: his stint as Banana Man while working for a Cincinnati radio station in the late 1980s (“way before this hack,” he notes). I’ll let him explain:

Our morning show’s theme was “Those guys are bananas.” One of them wore a furry banana costume in the TV spot. So one morning, our programming director calls me at like 8am on a Saturday, and the conversation went like this, word for word:

Him: “Brinker? Say … if we had a superhero mascot called Banana Man, what kind of voice would you do for him?”

Me (sound asleep, but using a huge Ted Baxter voice, and improvising on the spot): “Um … Greetings, citizens! Banana Man is here. Be looking for me … because I’ll be looking for you!” [That tag line would become my signature phrase, but I didn’t know that yet.]

He says okay and hangs up. I roll back over, think nothing more of it.

Monday morning he hands me the suit you see in these photos and says, “You’re the B-Man!”

So we did a promotion we’d ask listeners to send us a card telling us where they’d be Thursdays at 4pm. And if you were there, and you had a radio on with the station playing, and any kind of sign that said “Q102,” I’d hand you 5K in cash on the spot. Fifty $100 bills, wham wham wham.

Every Thursday (a key day in radio ratings — all big contests usually drop on Thursdays) we’d go all sorts of places. One time we went college lecture hall where the prof said, “Stop the film, there’s a Banana Man here!” Another time we went to a young lady’s house. She was like 20 with five kids already, had no money, poor part of town, and we peer in her window, and there she is, clutching her radio while sitting on the couch with her kids…

She was waiting for me.

We burst into her house. Like they do on Cops.

“GREETINGS, CITIZEN! BANANA MAN IS HERE WITH MONEY FOR YOU!!”

People were crying. It was great. Everyone was called “Citizen,” because everyone was equal in Banana Man’s eyes. If I knew your name but not the other guy, he’d feel bad. So everyone was “Citizen.”

On non-Thursdays, I’d waddle (you waddle in a banana suit) into some public place with $100 in ones, and just throw handfuls up in the air, to reinforce the illusion. The local food court downtown where all the secretaries went — in I go. A local eatery where the competition station was having a luncheon — anywhere. Even in our corporate offices — right into the CEO’s office. The admin looks shocked — “You can’t go in there!” I go in anyway. He’s meeting with the head of the radio division. “Greetings, corporate citizens!” He cracks up, and I go into my act. Toss a few ones at ’em, then out the door.

I had billboards, my own theme song (I stole the Elvis intro theme from his Vegas shows). I got chased around when I’d wear the suit in my VW convertible.

These photos show me at the Reds’ Riverfront Stadium offices, and also giving Bengals coach Sam Wyche a $1000 check for his homeless shelter. And that fellow looking dubiously at me is my pal at the time, Richard Marx.

Bigger than the Beatles.

I think it’s safe to say you won’t find any job histories like that on some lame-ass site like LinkedIn.

Meanwhile: New ESPN column today, about BP caps. Enjoy.

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Blue meanies: “With a 4-2 home loss to the Bruins last night, the Blues finally lost a regulation game in their home jersey this season,” writes Ethan Kassel. “They had been 16-0-4 in that uniform. The loss leaves the Rangers’ Winter Classic jersey (2-0-0) and the Sabres’ third jersey (4-0-0) as the only NHL uniforms that have yet to suffer a regulation loss this season.”

He goes on:

Other uniforms that have performed well are the Sharks’ third (9-1-0), the Red Wings’ home (25-2-1), and the Rangers’ third (6-1-0). The Canadiens’ home jersey and Hurricanes’ away jersey have each been defeated eight times in OT or a shootout, tying for the lead in that category. The Oilers’ road uniform has the most losses overall, at 9-20-2.

The most successful away uniform is that of the Flyers, at 20-9-2. The only winless designs are the Flyers’ Winter Classic jersey (0-2-0) and the Kings’ pruple heritage jersey (0-1-2). The Islanders are 1-5-2 in their awful third jersey, while the Panthers are 1-2-1 in theirs. All other uniforms have won at least twice.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren, an old pal/colleague, has informed me that the mag is holding a little contest to design some Jeremy Lin gear that doesn’t suck. Yes, this is very much in keeping with the law requiring the Times to be at least two weeks late on any pop-cultural trend, but whatever — Hugo went out of his way to tell me, “This is something we’d love for your Uni Watch community to know about and participate in,” so take a second to feel flattered and then get crackin’. Just don’t submit any designs for a suit of armor with a dent in it — pretty sure that idea’s been taken. … Utah basketball wore 1976-77 throwbacks the other night. “That’s the season when they won the WAC championship,” notes Landon Fretery. … Some interesting background on Syracuse basketball wearing blue uniforms (from Rick DiRubbo). … The votes have been tallied and Indiana now has an official plaid. … Check out this headgear being worn by Oscar Robertson (good find by Nick Houser). … Missouri’s new football uniforms won’t be unveiled until April 14, but someone has already created a blog about them (from Rob Bratney). … The San Jose Earthquakes are using a series of retro photos for their season tickets (from Kenn Tomasch). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New logo apparently in the works for TCU. … Annals of Bizarre Uni Violations, Chapter 371: A high school girls’ swimming team has been retroactively stripped of its county championship due to improper shaving. And no, I don’t know which body part was shaved, so please don’t ask (from Benji Boyter). … New Euro 2012 home kit for England. … Spring training is also taking place in Japan, and the Yomiuri Giants have a pitcher in camp named Kyohei Ohdachi, who’s wearing No. 016 (from Jeremy Brahm). … John Hasson lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where he spotted these tremendous Notre Dame- and Villanova-themed cement trucks (or, in John’s words, “the FUCKING COOLEST cement trucks I have ever seen”). … Look, I know education budgets don’t allocate much funding for design, but come on. Timmy Steffes spotted that yesterday in Virginia. The school’s teams are called the Ponys. Lame. … New Adidas shoes for NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski (from Adam Jackson). … Edward Kendrick has created a spreadsheet showing all the alternate NBA uniforms worn so far this season. … Florida baseball’s orange sanitaries were the subject of a bit of commentary during the broadcast of last night’s game (from John Carton). … Yesterday’s Ticker included a link to a hockey jersey with Velcro-seamed sleeves, so the jersey could be easily shed in case of a fight. “This modification was previously done by Basil McRae of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1989-90 season,” says Fred Teigen. “The league outlawed the practice after a large brawl in Chicago when McRae got into three fights. I own the jersey McRae wore that night. It’s been in my collection since shortly after that brawl.” … Oooh, check out this Chargers picnic set. … David Trett was poking around at a thrift shop in Chapel Hill and discovered a foot locker with a cool old UGA logo.

 

119 comments to I Am Soooooo Glad I Never Worked in Radio

  • Phil Hecken | February 23, 2012 at 7:23 am |

    “A high school girls’ swimming team has been retroactively stripped of its county championship due to improper shaving.”

    ~~~

    ok lukas…you owe me a new monitor

    • Phil Hecken | February 23, 2012 at 7:37 am |

      second gem, (pictures brinke making it rain):

      “On non-Thursdays, I’d waddle (you waddle in a banana suit) into some public place with $100 in ones, and just throw handfuls up in the air, to reinforce the illusion.”

      ~~~

      ok, done now

    • Rob S | February 23, 2012 at 7:40 am |

      I heard that story on the radio last night – that it wasn’t what was shaved, but where the girls were when they shaved (namely at the site of the meet, which is against regulations).

      • Rob S | February 23, 2012 at 7:43 am |

        Reading the story now, looks like it was just one swimmer that shaved at the site?

        Wow… she’s not going to get it from her teammates or anything… ¬_¬

      • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 8:26 am |

        This seems like another silly pointless rule. Is there any functional difference between, say, waxing the day before, vs shaving 3 hours before the event vs shaving at the event? Were any of the races *so* close where an extra hour or two of hair growth is really an issue?

        • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 8:48 am |

          I’ve read that the reasoning is to prevent the sharing of razors and possibly spreading diseases through blood. That type of stuff.
          But I have seen people point out in comments that the rule is a bit harsh. And the timing of the ruling is even worse. It should have been enforced before the race. Not after the entire event.

        • Chance Michaels | February 23, 2012 at 10:37 am |

          Yes, but what the article doesn’t make clear is when the officials learned about the rule violation. If they weren’t told until after the event, you can’t blame them for not enforcing the rule until after the event.

          The rule itself makes sense, for that reason. Nobody is claiming ignorance of the rule in the article (or even that it’s not a legitimate rule), so the disqualification sure seems proper.

      • snowdan | February 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

        I was a swimmer in high school, and it was always made very clear that no one was allowed to shave at the meet.

        It’s kind of a silly rule, but meets are crowded and busy enough, the last thing they need is a bunch of kids trying to shave in the locker rooms.

  • chad | February 23, 2012 at 7:26 am |

    one of the ads has sound. KILL IT WITH FIRE

    • Steve D | February 23, 2012 at 8:08 am |

      Yes…I usually keep multiple tabs open in my browser and lately out of nowhere, an ad starts making sounds…it is coming from UniWatch…it stops when I close the tab.

      • Dumb Guy | February 23, 2012 at 10:47 am |

        I get that too. And it always *seems* like the sound doesn’t match any ad i can see. ?????

  • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 7:33 am |

    Why would you call your teams the Ponys and rip-off a Broncos logo when you could use a recolored Apple Jack or Pinky Pie? I mean, really. Dumb school.

    • Simply Moono | February 23, 2012 at 7:45 am |

      If the NFHS is gonna stupidly hand out violations and DQs for ridiculously micromanaged things like improper stitching on compression shorts (what are they doing looking at something worn under the uniform anyway?), illegal use of Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Sake basketball uniforms (yet they don’t make BFBS unis illegal), and illegal body shaving, then I’m sure they’ed give a school the U of NoDak treatment for “Illegal use of Pikie Pie”, as they think that having her image as a football helmet decal would allow a Wideout to “break the 4th wall”, thus giving him an unfair advantage.

      • Simply Moono | February 23, 2012 at 7:46 am |

        *Awareness’s*… I think.

        • Rob S | February 23, 2012 at 7:57 am |

          And you misspelled Pinkie. Brony Fail!

        • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 8:03 am |

          Crap.

          Can I blame it on Pinky & the Brain?

        • Rob S | February 23, 2012 at 8:07 am |

          Actually, while you did technically get it incorrect, Jeff, my comment was meant at Moono for missing the N (“Pikie”).

        • Simply Moono | February 23, 2012 at 8:12 am |

          “And you misspelled Pinkie.”

          FUCK! I hope I don’t get sent to the moon for that…

      • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 7:52 am |

        Fair point, we don’t need any 4th wall breaking on the football field. Catching passes on the side of your helmet would be quite wrong.

        So how about a generic pony? Just mock up a white pony with an orange mane and something like a diploma or graduation cap for a cutiemark.

    • Arr Scott | February 23, 2012 at 7:50 am |

      Plus, this is Chincoteague. If you don’t already Get It, go google “Chincoteague pony”. City, county, state governments, heck, even the National Park Service, all have and use pony-related art and logos that aren’t NFL ripoffs. This is akin to a school in Washington, DC nicknamed the Monuments ripping off the Ottawa Senators because they can’t find anyone nearby with line art depicting Our Nation’s Capital. It’s not just lazy, it’s aggressively lazy.

      Have to disagree with the implication of Paul’s throwaway line about school funding, though. The lack of a budget for professional design is exactly why high schools should have original logos. Unlimited budgets almost never produce good art or good design. (See also: Lucas, George; NBA, the.) Limited resources spur creativity. Lack of a budget ought to force schools to turn to students and faculty to create original art. And as an alum of a high school with student-designed logos, I speak from experience when I say that the worst student-designed school logo is better than the best pro-league logo ripoff.

      • Rob S | February 23, 2012 at 8:05 am |

        At the very least, if they have to crib a pro logo, they could crib one that’s no longer in use.

        Not that I actually advocate it – they should put some effort in coming up with their own…

        • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 8:13 am |

          If they have ripoff a logo, I think the St. Louis Stallions logo would be the best choice, since it never even made it to the field. The CFL Stallions won the freakin Gray Cup, so I think it’s at least somewhat recognizable. The St Louis prototype is probably obscure enough that most non-Uniwatchers wouldn’t realize it was a ripoff.

    • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 8:57 am |

      Also from Virginia, TC Williams (Remember the Titans) uses a variant of the Tennessee Titans. But I believe this is only used on the football helmets and football gear. (I live up the street from the school, but didn’t go there.)

      http://o2.aolcdn.com...

      • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 8:57 am |

        Oops. Sorry about that link. Try this one.

        http://oldtownalexan...

      • Arr Scott | February 23, 2012 at 9:18 am |

        Here’s the TC Williams Titans football logo:

        http://www.finishlin...

        It’s a Tennessee Titans / Minnesota Twins mashup. The baseball team takes the Twins TC logo and goes so far all-in that it kind of overcomes my objections to school teams ripping off pro identities:

        http://photos.digita...

        • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 9:23 am |

          Maybe that’s because the Twins TC is just so completely generic. The T is nothing special, and the wishbone C has been used by how many teams?

        • Arr Scott | February 23, 2012 at 10:28 am |

          I suspect it’s the opposite. It’s the specificity of the Twins having a “TC” logo that likely drew TC Williams to adopt the logo. I doubt it matters how distinctive or not the actual design is; as long as the Twins had a TC logo on their caps, TC Williams was going to use that logo. The thing is that around here, if you speak of that particular high school, you either say “TC Williams” or “the Titans.” You just never hear people say “Williams Senior High” or other variants that lack the spoken “TC”.

        • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 10:43 am |

          Nice. I hadn’t noticed the Twins’ “TC” in there for some reason.

          I grew up in Maryland, so I didn’t know much about TC Williams before the movie came out. Now I live up the street and watched them build the new school on my commute.

          It’s interesting how most schools go by the last name. But TC Williams is know by “TC” or “TC Williams,” like you said.

  • Mike Edgerly | February 23, 2012 at 7:37 am |

    Those SJ Earthquakes tickets are the bomb! People don’t believe when I tell them that I saw George Best play in the NASL, now I have proof…

  • lose remerswaal | February 23, 2012 at 8:07 am |

    Salty on the Red Spring Training jersey

    http://img.photobuck...

    Doesn’t seem to fit too well

    • Shane | February 23, 2012 at 8:23 am |

      Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink-esque.

  • Steve D | February 23, 2012 at 8:10 am |

    For those IE users like myself who cannot ever see the slideshows, do the following…right click on the big black empty space…select CREATE SHORTCUT…create it on desktop…click on the desktop icon and it will run the show…delete icon when finished.

    • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 8:20 am |

      Or just download Firefox or Chrome. ;)

      /people still use IE? (yeah, I know, some people don’t have that option at work – but if you’re at work you’re not supposed to be here)

      • jdreyfuss | February 23, 2012 at 9:15 am |

        Stick to Firefox. Chrome automatically archives on a Google server everything you do.

    • pflava | February 23, 2012 at 11:20 am |

      I’m using IE8 at work, and it works for me if I right click the black space and choose Refresh.

      • Steve D | February 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

        That works better…thanks

  • teenchy | February 23, 2012 at 8:21 am |

    I had a decal of that cool old UGa logo on my car window when I was a student there, right next to my on-campus parking sticker. I don’t think it was original to Georgia however, but an adaptation of an old Yale logo (which makes sense given some of the school connections).

    Re NHL jersey records: How are the Senators doing in their throwback third? Well enough to make it their primary?

  • Silver Creek Dawg | February 23, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    I’ll have to dig for the article, but apparently there are more than a few Englishmen slightly aggrieved at the home kit being changed already. After all, they wore the previous incarnation a grand total of EIGHT times.

    Here’s a simple solution- don’t buy every new version of the kit.

  • Fight | February 23, 2012 at 8:37 am |

    Holy hell Brinke! You were the Banana Man? Hilarious. Those pictures are frightening and awesome at the same time – making me relive the 80s in beautiful Cincinnati. Outstanding.

    • Connie | February 23, 2012 at 9:37 am |

      Dammit, Brinke, B-Man is epic. Congrats. Must look great on your CV.

    • Brinke | February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am |

      Oh.

      My.

      Goodness.

      True Story;
      So here in Northern CA…this was a few years ago…we wander into a Wal-Mart. We’re walking around, and I heard down the aisle, in the distance:

      ‘BANANAMAN!’

      I thought—no way. In California?

      It was one of our former sales reps who had moved out here. I nearly fainted.

    • Arr Scott | February 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

      Looks like there were at least two Banana Man costumes. In the photos, one is very cartoony yellow, and the other seems more of a realistic brown-tinged fruit with the station lettering oriented differently. BG, what’s the deal with the different BM costumes? C’mon, man, stop holding out on the key uni details!

      • Brinke | February 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm |

        ah yes. the one with Marx was v1.0, just some kinda rubbery foam. then when it all took off, we went to the furry one with embroidered logo. in the Wyche photo, there’s a Santa cap, er- a Santa Banana cap, with ‘Q102’ in glitter.

        I always wore a green sweat suit from WalMart and yellow Chuck high-tops to top it off.

  • Craig D | February 23, 2012 at 8:50 am |

    I just want to know where Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Fly Trap are in those pictures. And Bailey….can’t forget Bailey.

    • Dumb Guy | February 23, 2012 at 10:51 am |

      Bailey. Bailey. Bailey.

    • pflava | February 23, 2012 at 11:21 am |

      BAILEY!

  • Jim MI | February 23, 2012 at 8:57 am |

    Does anyone know of a website that specializes in old baseball pennants, or a site that has a bunch on display? Looking for a central browsing location besides just googling images for baseball pennants.

    Thanks!

    • Matthew Radican | February 23, 2012 at 10:07 am |

      I’m definitely not an expert on pennants but Mitchell & Ness has some on their site http://www.mitchella...

      I’ve bought a couple of Cubs pennants from them – pretty good quality for the $.

  • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    I can’t believe my high school got busted for the shaving thing on the swim team. I’m sure our rival school had something to do with it.

    But at least Broadneck kicked Severna Park’s trash in regionals still.

  • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 9:01 am |

    I wonder how long it took Umbro to come up with that England kit design.

    • Connie | February 23, 2012 at 9:39 am |

      Ten seconds? But I like it a lot: sometimes ridiculously simple and un-original is the genius path.

      • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 10:55 am |

        In England’s case, they can call it traditional. So I’m fine with it.
        If USA did that, I’d be ticked off.

    • Andy | February 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm |

      The ‘design’ of Umbro’s kits is in the details and finish, not in the first glance, which I think is brilliant.

  • Kyle Lamers | February 23, 2012 at 9:06 am |

    If that does become the new TCU logo, I don’t think I can root for them anymore. Talk about ugly. WOOF!

    • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 9:17 am |

      That’d definitely be a downgrade, but at least until the NCAA gives us a proper playoff system, I think I can still root for them just for the sake of being spoilers and pissing off the established “big teams”. Same thing applies to Boise State. I freakin hate orange & blue broncos, but I’ll root for Boise to win bowl games.

      • jdreyfuss | February 23, 2012 at 9:43 am |

        Neither of those teams are giant killers anymore. They’re in AQ conferences now and they were already top tier teams before that. You have to be someone like Vanderbilt or Indiana to be a giant killer from an AQ conference.

        • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 9:50 am |

          Well then who the hell am I supposed to root for now? Bowling Green?

        • jdreyfuss | February 23, 2012 at 10:40 am |

          Rice? ;)

        • The Jeff | February 23, 2012 at 10:44 am |

          Well, I do have a female friend who’s a bit obsessed with owls… Rice it is. Go Owls!

        • jdreyfuss | February 23, 2012 at 11:46 am |

          Woo! You know you’ll only get a big win every ten years or so with us, right?

        • Phil Hecken | February 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

          “You have to be someone like … Indiana to be a giant killer…”

          ~~~

          ok joe … YOU owe me a new monitor now

  • Ryan B | February 23, 2012 at 9:55 am |

    I guess this qualifies as breaking news, but in the comments on the story the coach herself weighs in. Here’s her explanation:

    “To set the record straight a swimmer from another team reported to her coach that my swimmer had shaved her armpits. I ran to my swimmer said “why were you shaving, you could be disqualified!?” She asked, ‘Why?’ Right then I was sick with the realization that I had forgotten to tell my entire 40 person swim teams not to shave before, during, or after onsite at a swim meet. Instead of disqualifying my swimmer, I did not because I felt that I had done a huge disservice to her and the team by not informing them of the rule. I reported myself after the end of the meet to the Athletic Directors. So by throwing a life-ring to my swimmer, I sank my ship. Lesson learned by my team and me. Follow the rules to the letter and the outcome will be far better. Unfortunately, the press release didn’t go out until over a week after the violation, so what has been listed as retroactive was actually done prior to regions so this became bigger news than it should have been. I apologized to all of my team, parents, and administrators. And I am sorry to my swimming community as this is a sport I love to coach and teach. Sincerely, Coach Winans”

    • Jason M (DC) | February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am |

      It’s good to get the details straight from the coach. Ultimately, it doesn’t seem to be that controversial. The rules were enforced appropriately. It’s just unfortunate that a little rule was overlooked.

      • Rob S | February 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm |

        Well, I guess I can redact my comment earlier… if the coach takes responsibility for not making the rules clear to the entire team, then the swimmer’s off the hook with her peers.

  • Juke Early | February 23, 2012 at 10:43 am |

    I did work in radio & I feel your pain Brinke. Bet that was only the tip of the banana too. It was Tarheels sports that killed my career: I was afternoon drive & Music director & just didn’t want to board op games at night & Sat. Big time college sports wasn’t my interest but it helps especially small affiliates to pay the freight, so when I said no, I didn’t have my job anymore.

    • interlockingtc | February 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm |

      I, too, worked in radio. My last gig was as a morning dj at a station in Lake Tahoe. I decided to end my “career” shortly after remote broadcasts from a strip mall’s watch repair shop and medical supply store. Good times. ;)

  • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2012 at 10:47 am |

    Today’s ESPN column is up:
    http://espn.go.com/e...

    • Mike Engle | February 23, 2012 at 11:05 am |

      Very cool article. Though I have a question on Willie Mays’ cap preference.
      I had once heard (and since assumed to be as correct as any rationale) that Willie is fond of that particular Giants cap because it has the G on it. Even though most of his career was in San Francisco, he did start with the New York Giants, and he eventually finished with the Mets. Therefore, his G cap is his way of representing the Giants without favoring San Fran over NYC, or vice versa. (I cannot attribute that “finding;” I think I remember hearing it on TV during the lead-up to San Fran’s All-Star Game.) Though that nugget didn’t make the article, can you, or anybody else, confirm or provide support for that?
      Willie wears that cap ALL THE TIME. I remember, during the New York ASG in 2008, a bunch of old-timers were paraded around, wearing suits and adjustable replicas of their teams’ caps. (Gary Carter held an Expos cap in one hand, and a Mets cap in the other.) Once again, Willie was the exception to that rule. G cap again.

    • Matt | February 23, 2012 at 11:07 am |

      RE: Mays. I believe I remember reading something somewhere in the past that Mays wears the BP hat because it has the ‘G’ logo on it and not ‘SF’. This way he isn’t favoring either city he played in. It could be nothing more than just a rumor though.

      • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2012 at 11:15 am |

        That explains why he favors that cap over other caps. But it doesn’t explain why he *always wears a cap* — even with a suit, even indoors, even at the White House.

        • JTH | February 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

          Duh. It’s because the G stands for “greatness.”

    • Chance Michaels | February 23, 2012 at 11:14 am |

      I’ve heard that as well.

      I heard it on a television broadcast at one of the events he was attending, most likely an ASG.

      Doesn’t mean that the story is accurate, only that it has been reported as such.

    • pflava | February 23, 2012 at 11:33 am |

      Great stuff, Paul.

      One small error – you mentiond Kenny Rogers in the 1996 World Series when you meant 2006.

  • Michael Koch | February 23, 2012 at 11:18 am |

    Those Utah basketball unis are fantastic! The new TCU Horny Toad… not so much.

    • LarryB | February 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |

      Utah throwbacks remind me of Ohio State and the helmet and pants and sadly the sleeve stripe.

      Current Buckeye basketball uses that pattern too.

  • Steve | February 23, 2012 at 11:33 am |

    Paul, your ESPN column incorrectly says that Kenny Rogers pitched for the Tigers in the 1996 World Series. The alleged incident occured in the 2006 WS. Rogers was with the NYY in ’96.

    • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2012 at 11:37 am |

      Yeah, I know — brain cramp on my part. My editor just fixed it.

  • Josh | February 23, 2012 at 11:58 am |

    As lame as a pony is for a mascot, that high school is more than likely on or near the island in VA where horses roam free and unfenced.

    • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

      That’s fine — let them call themselves the ponys, or horses, or stallions, or whatever. But can’t they come up with their own logo instead of pinching someone else’s? Aside from the ethics of it, it just seems like you’d want to have your own mark, something you could feel proud of because it’s *yours,* instead of just piggybacking on someone else’s mark.

      • Andy | February 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm |

        If I’m not mistaken, the NFL supports and encourages schools to do this. The only catch is that they’re not supposed to change the colors, which they didn’t in this case. Yes, there’s value in having your own mark, but only if it’s good. Otherwise, ‘m sure the schools figure, ‘Why not capitalize on the fact that you can freely use a very ‘professional’ identity for free?’

      • Arr Scott | February 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

        The nearness to Assateague – though the ponies themselves are known as Chincoteague Ponies – makes it less forgivable, not more, that the school uses an NFL ripoff logo. Thanks to the ponies, and the tourists they bring, non-NFL-ripoff pony art, iconography, and logos are everywhere on Chincoteague. And on the nearby bits of the Delmarva Peninsula to boot.

      • jrg | February 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

        It’s the same reasoning behind everyone wearing black (or now, gray, I suppose) – the kids think it makes them tougher to have an NFL logo on their helmets.

      • Todd | February 24, 2012 at 6:12 am |

        My high school in NJ (Cumberland Colts) used the same design for my 4 years there, updated from another generic horse logo. I believe they have updated it recently, but that is the logo I tie to my high school days as well.

        http://www.oncourses...

    • jdreyfuss | February 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

      It bothers me that the teams are the Ponys instead of the Ponies. My high school did that too; we were the Bisons instead of the Bison.

      • Arr Scott | February 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |

        The Bisons at least are correct. The origin of the practice of this sort of group nicknames has its roots in centuries of customary naming of sailors and soldiers. If you were a sailor on the Resolute, you and your messmates were called Resolutes. The pluralization did not follow the normal rules of English, since it’s not the word itself that’s being pluralized. So if a ship were named HMS Child, its crew would be called Childs, not Children. The same customs applied generally to military regiments and militias, and later to the fire companies and fraternal clubs from which modern sports teams evolved.

        So back in 1859, when they formed a baseball club in Washington DC called the National Base Ball Club, its players were known collectively as the Nationals. And since it’s a pain in the rear as a journalist to constantly write out the full name of the National Base Ball Club, they start nicknaming the team after its players. So the team is called the Nationals. That practice is very much why American sports teams have plural names in the first place.

        Thus a team named after the mighty Bison, true symbol of America, that team is properly called the Bisons. Even though the noble Bison, as an actual creature, does not take the Anglo-Saxon “s” when forming the plural.

        • JTH | February 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

          What?

          So by your logic, if a team called itself the Oxens, that would also be correct?

        • Bernard | February 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

          Deers?

        • JTH | February 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm |

          Yeah, Deers is a better example.

    • Tim H | February 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

      The South County Stallions in southern Fairfax County VA (suburban DC) also use the Broncos logo, only in green and blue. http://www.stallions...

  • David | February 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm |

    Fantastic COD, Paul. A plush ovary … who knew?!?

    • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

      Full disclosure: That operation is run by my longtime friend Wendy Bryan. She’s pretty awesome, as are her plush guts!

      • HHH | February 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm |

        For a second I thought this site might be where the plush heart that was shown on an episode of New Girl was from. But it turns out it was a ThinkGeek item:

        http://coolspotters....

  • HHH | February 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

    A Villanova-themed cement truck in Wilimington, Delaware I can understand because the school is close by, but do the owners of that cement company really think plastering the Notre Dame logo all over another truck helps business? I know Notre Dame has a really popular football program, but just because someone graduated from there, it doesn’t convince me that his cement services are better and that I should choose him to do a job for me. Especially if I lived in Delaware since Notre Dame is in Indiana.

    Unless there’s a large amount of Notre Dame alumni living in Wilmington for some reason, the Notre Dame truck tells me more about the business owner’s ego and pride than it does about the quality of the business or the services it offers.

    • John Hasson | February 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm |

      I sent those pics in, so I figured I’d weigh in. I told Paul in my email that other than the pics I didn’t really have any info on the trucks/company themselves. Here in the great state of Delaware, there are a ton of Nova grads. Notre Dame, on the other hand, who knows. Wilmington has a massive Irish Catholic population, so maybe that when into the owner’s design plan. I agree that there is little to no correlation between some college logos and the actual business practices of the company. One of my buddies is a union electrician, and he told me that his local is doing all the electrical work on the site, and that the mason work is being done by one of, if not the biggest, companies in the area. My best guess is that the company probably has more money than they know what do to with, hence these beauties. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the Fightin Irish due to my grandfather, who raised me, who was a huge Irish fan. I’ve watched more ND football than I care to admit, haha, though back in the late 80s/early 90s the squad was darn good. Shit, I still have my Notre Dame waste basket (remember those things??) from 1990. But anyway, back to the topic at hand. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anthing quite like those before, so I wanted to share.

  • Tim E. O'B | February 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

    Our long national nightmare is over: The Hoosiers have an official plaid.

  • Tim H | February 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm |

    Not uni related but, the Associated Press revealed their new logo today: http://www.ap.org/pa...

  • Ricko | February 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

    Auditions for the next “Banana Man”?…

    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Chance Michaels | February 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

    Paul, have we ever talked about The Great Mariner Uniform Theft of 1981? I didn’t see it in your 2007 column.

    The Mariners were in Arlington to play the Rangers when their jerseys, caps and helmets were stolen from the visiting clubhouse. The M’s played the games in their BP jerseys, but had to buy Milwaukee Brewer caps purchased at the concession stand (which didn’t apparently stock Mariner caps).

    I don’t recall hearing about this one before, but today, while searching Google News, I found this picture of the results.

    • Chance Michaels | February 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |

      Darn lack of edit button. That should be “game”, not “games”; the theft happened before the final game of a three-game series.

  • Keith | February 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

    Kinda like uniforms, here are the 2012 NASCAR cars:

    http://www.jayski.co...

  • Brian | February 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |

    Those trucks are CONCRETE mixers, not cement trucks.

    Concrete is a mixture of Portland Cement (powdery), water, aggregates and admixtures.

    • jdreyfuss | February 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm |

      It’s synechdoche. Everyone knows what he means by a cement truck, especially since there’s no such thing as a truck specialized to carry cement.

      • JTH | February 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm |

        And whatever you call them, those trucks ain’t got nothing on the Ozinga trucks.

    • John Hasson | February 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm |

      Hey Brian, quit trollin.

  • Brian K | February 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm |

    Hey Paul. Just saw a Mets report on Baseball Tonight. Got a look at the Mets full BP Cap and Uni combo. Love the lack of Black in their unis now but the Blue’s don’t match up! That just looks so bad. Also I emailed you over the weekend. I get that College Hockey isn’t a big uni topic but was just wondering if you have an answer about whether is considered BFBS on throwbacks if their current unis don’t have any black in them (even though the unis being thrown back to did).

  • Dave | February 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm |

    I LOVE that old San Jose Earthquakes logo…

  • KT | February 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm |

    Word from the women’s soccer world is that Brazilian star Marta, umpteen-time FIFA World Player of the Year and who couldn’t move the needle in WPS, has returned to play in Sweden where she will play with Tyresö.

    That’s not the uni-related news, but this is: she will wear #100 with her new club. I don’t know why.

  • Tim E. O'B | February 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm |

    So it was pointed out to me today that in this video about the Blue Jackets and the NHL working on the 2013 NHLASG patch, you can see an unused Blue Jackets logo that I have approximated looks like this. IMO, it’s a great looking logo (especially for a shoulder patch) but I’ve never seen it before. Anybody know anything about this? Is it old? Is it new?

    • Tim E. O'B | February 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm |

      Actually, I just updated my version with a more accurate font.

      • Chance Michaels | February 24, 2012 at 10:05 am |

        Never seen that before, but it would make a great shoulder patch since they ditched the bug and went all-in on the Civil War imagery.

  • The Great | February 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    Last night was not the first regulation loss for the Blues. They at least lost the home opener to Nashville in regulation. In fact, they lost on November 22nd and December 3rd at home.

    • JTH | February 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm |

      Yeah, but they weren’t wearing their standard home unis for those games.

  • Tim E. O'B | February 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm |

    Wanna see CSN Chicago do a broadcast behind the scenes?

    http://www.csnchicag...

    It’s on now.

    • Tim E. O'B | February 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm |

      It’s a ‘Hawks/Stars game, BTW.

  • HC | February 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm |

    I went to Syracuse 1968-1972 and the road unis were blue with white and orange trim.

  • Patrick_in_MI | February 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm |

    It’s peanut buter jelly time!

  • Rydell | February 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm |

    since the bp caps came into play, i’ve only seen one human wear them…my brother-he’s 35yrs old jus sayin. But when I saw him wear it I was proud because he wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything supporting a pro sports team (he’s all about Rapala, Cabela or Winchester-hunter/fisherman). It made me think if its not an official support of a pro team, he’ll wear it. I would never point it out though, cause he’d burn it in his bonfire in the backyard or use it as target practice with his Remington..BUT! he loves sports..go figure

  • Rachele Bursell | February 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm |

    I’ve followed all the stories on Tim Donaghy closely, and your B&W portrait of him really captures the thousands of words I have read perfectly.