In the latest example of America’s never-ending War on Religion™, the St. Paul Saints will have their Aug. 10 game sponsored by Minnesota Atheists and American Atheists. As you can see above, the team will become the Mr. Paul Aints for the occasion, and the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game to benefit Minnesota Atheists. Scandalous!
According to this Minnesota Atheists page, “Our banners will hang in the stadium. … The letter ‘S’ will be covered up on the word ‘Saints’ throughout the ballpark and we’ll have an information/greeting table at the main entrance. American Atheists president Dave Silverman will throw out the first pitch.” Rumors that any player who points skyward or crosses himself after hitting a home run will be shot by a sniper in the stands are almost completely untrue. (My thanks to reader Tony Tengwall for bringing this one to my attention.)
New ESPN column today — enjoy.
Important Membership News: In a regrettable but unavoidable development, the price of signing up for the Uni Watch Membership Program will soon increase from $20 to $25. Sorry about that, but my printer is charging more, lamination supplies are costing more, my poor little laminator recently conked out (after laminating more than 1300 cards!), so I had to buy a new one, etc.
The current price of $20 will remain in effect from now until July 22 (the last day before I start my annual month-long summer break). The new price will go into effect on July 23. So if you’ve been meaning to sign up, there’s no time like the present. Thanks for understanding.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New football uniforms for Vanderbilt. Here’s a closer look at the white helmet, which I like quite a bit. … In additional college football news, a new SMU road jersey leaked on Instagram yesterday. Not sure how legit it is (from Carl Koontz). … Still more college football: Texas A&M will unveil its new uniforms today. … You know all those photos of naked athletes in ESPN Mag‘s annual Body issue? My friend and ESPN.com colleague Jim Caple decided to see what it’s like to pose like that. If you can get past the photos, Jim’s accompanying text is really strong and engaging — recommended reading. … We’ve all seen cowcatcher facemasks before, but check out this one! That’s Len Ford from the 1950 NFL Championship game between the Browns and the Rams. “He’d gotten elbowed in the face by the Cardinals’ Pat Harder, which broke his jaw and both cheekbones,” explains Gretchen Atwood. ” As you can see in the same photo, George Young also had a partial facemask attached to his helmet. Also, Ford is wearing a jacket that belongs to #No. 59, Horace Gillom, but Gillom is sitting on the bench a few players down from Ford.” … Check it out: Wisconsin sports in a nutshell! Tony Tengwall found that at a gas station near Algoma, Wisconsin. “It’s hideously ugly, but still pretty creative,” he says. … NSFW: Ayr United unveiled their new kits by painting them onto topless female models (from George Chilvers). … Good slideshow on all the 2011/2012 Bundesliga kits here (from Bernd Wilms). … Here’s a poll to pick the most unusual high school mascot in Alabama (from John Muir). … Michael Vick has launched his own clothing line (from Andy Horne). … New kits for Zenit and Juventus (from Leo Thornton). … Steve Nash will wear No. 10 for the Lakers (from Phillip Garza). … What are the Olympics about again? Oh, right — athletic excellence. Douchebags. “Screw this event,” says Jeff Wilk. “Just screw all two weeks.” It’s hard to disagree. … In a related item, here’s a fun note from Eric Bangeman: “During my junior year in high school (1983), the USOC threatened to take legal action against my school — Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado, “Home of the Olympians” — if we didn’t stop using the Olympic rings in our school logo. We had to repaint our gym floor and walls to remove the logo (a torch superimposed with the Olympic rings). After I graduated, I believe the logo became a torch with a wreath. Anyway, I drove by the school last month on a trip back to Colorado and was surprised to see that the sign my graduating class donated is still standing in front of the school, complete with USOC-defying logo.” If anyone from the USOC is reading this be sure to
dash off a quick cease-and-desist to Gateway High go fuck yourself. … Comrade Robert Marshall was umping a game in Chicago and spotted a dude wearing this very cool cap. “He said it’s from the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union of Chicago team,” says Robert. Gotta get me one of those. … Arsenal’s new away kit takes purple to new, uh, heights (from Michael Orr). … Arena Soccer news from Jim Vilk, who writes: “For once I’m on your side when it comes to purple. The Dallas Sidekicks are returning to indoor soccer, but not in their original green unis.” … Maks Skuz forwarded some photos from the groundbreaking of the Cubs’ new training facility in Arizona. Are those bat-handled shovels a new thing, or have they been used forever at baseball-related groundbreakings and I just never noticed? … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: According to a small item toward the bottom of this page, Jake Peavy’s NOB was misspelled on his All-Star jersey, so they had to get him a new one. … Here’s a rarity: color footage of the Pacific Coast League from 1946! Lots of uni goodness therein (big thanks to Bryan Spangenberg). … Some soccer player you’ve never heard of — okay, a soccer player I’ve never heard of — just cost himself a $750K endorsement deal with Coke by drinking Pepsi at a press conference. Of course, there’s no reason a professional athlete should have an endorsement contract with a soda pop brand to begin with, so Coke is better off putting its money toward more appropriate endeavors. … Coming soon: a uni/logo podcast. … Good observation regarding the White Sox players’ All-Star Game patches here (from David Taub). … The Cubs are conducting a T-shirt design contest (from Anthony Nuccio). … “For some reason, Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon wore the team’s third kit instead of a keeper kit against Toronto,” says Michael Orr. “First time I can remember seeing an MLS goalkeeper wearing an outfield player’s kit.” … Even if you don’t care about cycling, you have to check out these beautiful old uniforms (from Marc Gilbert). … Buffalo Bisons players wore 1988 throwbacks for last night’s Triple-A All-Star Game, which was played in Buffalo. Buffalo had also hosted the game in ’88 (from Jacob Kubuske). … The Beach Boys played in Calgary last night, so somebody had them pose in Flames jerseys. Not sure if they wore them onstage (thanks, Brinke). … Rich Aleman stumbled upon an eBay seller who has tons of authentic (but pricey) uni-related items. … Skip Bayless didn’t like Bryce Harper’s gold All-Star shoes, which prompted this rebuttal. If you scroll down on that last link, you’ll also find a fun salute to the early-’70s A’s uniforms (from Gerry Dincher).