Is Rory Delap of Stoke City giving birth to a bouncing baby soccer ball? Nope. Reader Andy Dunbar explains:
Stoke City has players who specialize in throw-ins, and they are known for being able to throw the ball very far into the box to create scoring chances. At their home matches, the ball boys have towels available for them to dry the balls off, which has been a bit controversial. Based on Monday’s match at Aston Villa, it looks as if they’ve come up with a solution for away matches, where no towels are available: Two Stoke players — Rory Delap and Ryan Shotton — had towels sewn in underneath their jerseys to dry off the ball. The announcers even made a comment about it because Aston Villa fans booed them whenever they were used.
I’m sure there’s a Hitchhiker’s Guide joke to be made here, but I’m typing this late at night and I’m too tired to think of anything clever. Sorry, lads.
New ESPN column today, about women’s uniforms (part of ESPN’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX) — here you go.
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By Brinke Guthrie
Ever seen something on eBay that’s amazingly cool, but you know there’s no way you’ll ever afford it unless you score on the next lottery? That would seem to be the case for this massive model replica of the original Yankee Stadium, submitted by reader Mike Hersh. Only $125K, and local NYC pickup only. Working lights, 50,000 seats, the works. I can totally see this in Uni Watch HQ! [Correction: It’ll be a cold day in Phoenix before anything Yankees-related crosses the threshold of this apartment. — PL]
Speaking of pricey items, Warren Junium sent in this Dice K baseball glove, which will set you back $6,500 — or about 530,725 Yen.
Of course, not everything on eBay is quite so pricey. For example:
• Like, dig this groovy 1971 Atlanta Braves scorebook, man.
• Also quite cool — uh, make that Joe Cool — is this Snoopy SF Giants tote bag.
• Here’s a nice 1985 California Angels 25th-anniversary mug/sunglasses set.
• Mike Clary sent along this vintage basketball jersey and wool stirrups set.
• A Collector’s Corner rule: If it’s from the NFL in 1967, we like it. Thus, I present this 1967 NFL folder. We’ve also got a pair of thermal cups from the same year, for the Coastal Division and Central Division.
• And from the eBay photo archive, how about this 1960s shot of Bambi going way up for a pass, and a totally retro 1975 shot of Johnny Bench wearing leisure suit and puka shell necklace. A regrettable sartorial effort on JB’s part — but given the year, understandable.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy (or anywhere else) that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
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Last week I passed along news from a little birdie — or, more accurately, a little birdie’s friend — who said this year’s MLB stars/stripes caps would be regular game caps with camo logos. But that report has now been contradicted by John Sheehan
, who writes: “I was at the Red Sox team store and they had all the new hats on display, including this years stars and stripes. It’s their regular hat, regular colors, but with an American flag patch. The employee told me it’s going to be the one they’ll be wearing.” Hmmm. Not sure what to think about that, since (a) the “patriotic” caps usually aren’t released/unveiled/etc. until we’re deeper into the season, and (b) team store employees are often more than a little bit fallible. … The Houston Cougars’ new logo can be seen on this T-shirt
. “They’ve made tweaks to the interlocking UH, which is now beveled and featuring gray for the first time,” explains Perry McDaniel
. “The logo will be on the helmets, which will be officially unveiled at the spring game this Friday.” Plus there’s a new secondary logo
. … If TCU had gone with that crummy new logo that was leaked a while back, here’s what the resulting merch would have looked like
(from Mike Barron
). … Speaking of TCU, they may have a new helmet
. Ditto for Harvard
(from Walter Ford
). … “A college hockey fan named Sara Fagan brought her camera to Tampa this year for the Frozen Four and shot as many different jerseys being worn by fans as she could,” writes Joe Makowiec
. “By my count, she got 42 of the 53 D-1 programs
.” … The baseballs being used at Astros games this season have the team’s anniversary logo stamped on them
(from Andy McNeel
). … Chris Straube
notes that although the Orioles are now using the white-paneled batting helmets, their base coaches are not
. … Can someone please explain why an under-seven soccer game would have corporate advertising — for a fucking insurance company
— on the goals
? Yes, I know, for the parents, blah-blah-blah, it’s still repulsive. Douchebags (from Cody Kennedy
). … G.I. Joe jerseys aren’t enough for Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, who also wears a G.I. Joe undershirt
(from Tyler Gibbens
). … Here’s a slideshow with all 16 Euro Soccer Championship Kits
. “It’s organized by group, too, which is awesome,” notes Nick Orban
. … The latest state whose legislators and bureaucrats are too cowardly to do their jobs and would rather sell out to corporate-sponsored bridges and roads is Ohio
. Shame on all involved (from Kevin M. Mueller
). … The Blue Jays’ home opener was yesterday, and those new home unis sure looked nice
. … Thanks to everyone who suggested names for the annoying triangular field on the Seahawks jersey that was obviously created just to house the swoosh
. My three favorite suggestions were: (1) Nikiosk (suggested by reader Jimi Jamm
). (2) Swooshbag (rhymes with douchebag, suggested by James Huening
). (3) Just stick with Ree-box (which would essentially become a generic, like Kleenex or Xerox, suggested by several readers). Here, you can weigh in for your favorite: