Nice-looking color-on-color game last night in the NIT, as Dayton wore red and Iowa wore black. And this one had an interesting backstory.
Dayton was the No. 2 seed and would normally have been playing this game at home against Iowa, the No. 7 seed. But the First Four NCAA games were being held at Dayton, so the game had to be played in Iowa. Dayton packed their red road uniforms, since they were, you know, playing on the road. But the authorities — not sure if it was the NCAA or the NIT — decreed (a) since Dayton was higher-seeded, they were the designated home team, and (b) since Iowa was the designated road team, they could not wear their home whites — even though they were playing on their home court against a team wearing red.
Seems like a really silly ruling, but I’m generally in favor of color-on-color college hoops games, and I particularly like the way this one looked, so it’s all for the good. The real injustice is that Dayton, which should have had the advantage of playing in front of their home fans, had to go on the road and ended up losing, 84-75.
What happens when you find a 50-year-old note tucked away inside a library book (as shown at left)? Find out in the latest entry on Permanent Record.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I had to appear in court yesterday on a petty bike-related charge (it was dismissed). As we were all sitting there waiting for the judge, a guy walked in wearing a Nike swoosh cap and sat down. The bailiff said — as he’d said to everyone else who’d entered the courtroom wearing a hat — “Sir, please remove your cap.” But the guy either didn’t hear him or didn’t realize the statement had been directed at him. So the bailiff said, much louder this time, “YOU, IN THE NIKE HAT — REMOVE THAT NIKE HAT.” I enjoyed that. … Here are the winning entries from the Toronto Star’s Maple Leafs third jersey design contest (from Roch Smith). … It’s a little hard to see, but Giants infielder Robby Thompson once wore a mask in the field (good find by David Arnott). … Very last item on this page describes a typo on the Johnson City Cardinals’ Appalachian League championship rings (from Elena Elms). … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to a discussion-forum thread that showed some early Buffaslug concepts. Now Puck Daddy has done a really good feature on the guy who designed the logo. Recommended. … Cool story about Martin Brodeur’s dad taking photos of Marty during his Juniors days (from Eric Nusbaum). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Next-to-last graf of this story has a teeny bit of Astros uniform news. … Coolest clergy stole ever! That’s Bishop Fred Sansone, wearing the birds on the
bat cross. “Wonder if it’s chain-stitched on there — hat would really be bad-ass,” says Scott B. … Here’s a doozy: George Plimpton playing for the Bruins in a 1977 exhibition game, with FNOB F(from Mike Engle). … The latest tornado-relief effort for Joplin, Missouri, is a 110-hour basketball game, which will set a world record. I’m told that Adidas and the folks at Liebe Athletic Lettering are planning “something special” for the game, which will take place next week. No other details yet. … Brandiose (the unfortunate new name for Plan B Branding) and the Reading Phillies are partnering on an event to help kids come up with their own logo designs. … Todd Radom has found yet another photo of the Senators wearing white — instead of their usual pinstripes — in the 1924 World Series. “I’m convinced that I need to add this to Dressed to the Nines as an alternate home jersey,” says Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber. … Probably true, but every pleasure has its price. What, you expected to live forever? … Grambling and Southern wore Negro Leagues throwbacks the other day (from Alan Manda). … Juicy jersey tear last night for Mike Commodore (screen shot by Joe Delach). … Jay Buhner hasn’t played in the bigs since 2001, but he’s still featured on a soda machine at a Portland community center (from Morris Levin, with photo by Peter Mellman). … Two of the mushers in this year’s Iditarod, which is currently in progress, are identical twins — Anna and Kristy Berington — who dress identically. For more really excellent Iditarod photos, look here (from proud Alaskan Kirsten Hively). … The Nexen Heroes — that’s Korean baseball — have new uniforms. … Latest college team to go gray: UNC-Asheville. That’s their new NCAA tourney uniform (from William Wells).