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Two brilliant murals in two days! This one’s by the street artist Mau Mau. He’s been using that character, called Evil Mac, on and off for nearly a decade now (here’s a typical example), but never as effectively as in the devastating composition shown above. Big thanks to reader Chad Todd for tipping me wise to it.
New ESPN column today — enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday’s MLB pandering caps looked predictably awful, but here’s something interesting: Oakland’s Grat Balfour appeared to have a regular A’s cap with ersatz camourflage drawn in with a Sharpie. I’ve asked A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich for comment — will advise (from Sam Lam). … Cardinals trainers wore flag-themed shirts (from Caleb Yorks). … Earlier this week I mentioned that George Scott had apparently worn No. 0 with the Royals, but I didn’t have a photo. Now I do, thanks to Bob Thomason. Scott’s nickname was the Boomer, so it would’ve been even better if he’d worn 00 — would’ve rhymed with his nickname! … In a related item, it looks like Thomas Robinson will be wearing 0 with the Kings (from Taylor Hollowell. … Extremely disappointing news out of DC, where logo creep has shown up on Washington’s and Jefferson’s socks (from Claude Jacques). … In a related item, here’s a really fun article on minor league mascot races (from Rocky Lum). … A Cairo shoe store called El Morshedy is using the Twins logo (from Eric Trager). … Some recent contestants on So You Think You Can Dance wore baseball uniforms during their routine. “The show’s judges were wearing conspicuously placed 2012 All-Star Game caps, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox nudged these guys into doing a baseball routine just so they could just promote the ASG,” says Andrew Levitt. … Americans aren’t the only ones willing to sell out their civic assets to corporate interests. European countries are now getting corporate sponsors for their historic buildings and other sites (from David Cline). … Here’s a good photo showing how they stencil the maker’s mark onto a tennis racket (thanks, Brinke). … New logo for UW-Stevens Point (from proud Stevens Point native John Okray). … If you’re a Nebraska football fan, you’ll love this Memorial Stadium-themed wedding cake (from John Muir). … The Fresno Grizzlies will wear Batman-themed uniforms on Friday (from Chris Kutz). … The Pirates wore their alternate caps on Tuesday night — the ones with the white-outlined logo — except for Garrett Jones, who wore the regular cap (from Brian Skokowski). … Independence Day silliness from the Spokane Indians, Arkansas Travelers, and Cedar Rapids Kernels (from Larry Luk, Blake Parker, and Mike McLaughlin, respectively). … Tim Lincecum’s shitty season hasn’t kept Red Bull from putting him on their can design (thanks, Phil). … New kits for Athletic Bilbao (from Ryan Maquiñana). … Why the hell are the Mets using a BFBS logo patch on their All-Star BP jerseys? … “Travesty in the rugby world,” writes a distraught Caleb Borchers. “Rumors are swirling that the All Blacks will sell the front of their jerseys for sponsorship, tarring the clean, pristine Black jersey. Weeping and gnashing of teeth will follow if this is true.” … The corporate sponsor of the new arena in my neighborhood continues to be a beacon of civic pride. Maybe we can get Halliburton or Blackwater to sponsor the next arena to go up. … Liverpool’s new third kit is not popular (from George Chilvers).