It was six years ago today that the first entry on this site was published. I think it’s fair to say that nobody, least of all me, could have foreseen the many ways in which Uni Watch has grown since then. Thanks, people — it’s been a fun ride so far, with plenty more to come.
As per our recent annual custom, the site’s birthday is also Purple Amnesty Day. Today — and only today, at least until next year — you can request a purple-inclusive card design when signing up for the Uni Watch Membership Program. No rain checks, no do-overs, no exceptions, no foolin’, so get those wretched purple design orders in today. You snooze, you lose!
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero offered some thoughts and some news regarding the school’s football uniforms in a recent note to fans (from David Lassen). … New marching band uniforms for James Madison University (from Jon Solomonson). … Did you know there was such a thing as sports-themed flyswatters? Not only that, but a bunch of them are washing up ashore in Alaska (from Joe Hollomon). … Here’s the latest poorly reasoned article trying to pretend that uniform ads are inevitable. Amdist the faulty logic and flat-out inaccuracies, there’s a link to a story from last month that I hadn’t seen before, which confirms that the NBA won’t have uniform ads this fall, just like I’ve been saying all along (from Jay Palmer). … New uniforms for the St. Cloud Rox (from Alan Poff). … Dan Miller has created a video blog about his New Era cap collection. … Totally digging this shot of Jesse Owens with a winged jersey design (from Ben Fortney). … You know things have gotten out of hand when there’s such a thing as throwback soap (from Mark Coale). … New batting helmet design for USA softball, and holy shit is it a stinker (from Ronnie Poore). … New football uniforms for Arkansas? Could be (from Leo Thornton). … Main Street in Bradford, Vermont, looks like my kinda place (big thanks to Tris Wykes). … Outmania! That’s Josh Outman, now with the Rockies, on Tuesday night. “Broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper actually cracked on it, saying something like ‘How’d we ever think that was a good look?,'” says Ian Stewart. … Who’s that in the satin jersey? None other than future First Lady Rosalyn Carter, wearing her Plains High School girls’ basketball uniform (from Mike Raymer). … This is too funny: Remember how I mentioned that my podiatrist is very uni-aware? Turns out his son, Dave Schmirer, is a longtime Uni Watch reader. “When you mentioned seeing a uni-aware podiatrist in Brooklyn about a month ago, I thought of asking my dad if he was the doc you visited, but I figured that would be too much of a coincidence,” he writes. “But after reading Wednesday’s entry, I decided I had to at least ask him if he was the podiatrist described, and indeed he was!” Small world. … I didn’t get to see or hear last night’s Mets/Reds game, but Robert Silverman offers this uni-related tidbit: “Howie Rose mentioned that the Metswore the pinstripe-free snow white unis [which are normally worn for day games] because Johan Santana [who pitched last night] prefers them to the pinstripes.” … Due to a visa snafu, Camden Riversharks starting catcher Alvin Colina is stuck in Venezuela. But they had already lettered up a jersey for him, and last night it was worn by a new player, Scott Knazek, who went two-for-three with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBI. “I’ve nicknamed him Pseudocolina,” says Adam Brodsky. … Victor Cruz of the Giants tweeted a photo of his Super Bowl ring (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a bunch of Rob Ullman’s latest illustration commissions from Uni Watch readers, most of them in his familiar sexy pin-up style but also some family-oriented illos. Nice! … Mike Hersh just bought this awesome-looking 1971 MLB gift catalog on eBay. I’m looking forward to seeing scans of it once he receives it from the seller.