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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Great Britain 1912 Olympics colour

By Phil Hecken

As promised, Uni Watch strives to bring out the best of the Olympics, and today we begin our journey into the Games. Sadly, there hasn’t been much positive press coming out of London, where the Games of the XXXth Olympiad are being hosted (tis actually the third time London has played host city — the other two times were in 1908 and 1948). I have a whole bunch of Olympic correspondents lined up, and we’re going to start off on the right foot today with a man who you no doubt know more for his colorizations than for what is to follow — but George Chilvers knows him some football (or as we refer to it in the States, “soccer”). George will not only be supplying this wonderful article, but he’ll also serve as a local correspondent, attending several matches and reporting back to us along the way. Since the footy begins even before the Opening Ceremonies, it’s only fitting we begin our Olympic coverage with George. And here he is. Enjoy.

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Olympic Football
By George Chilvers

Well – here we go! The Olympics get under way on Wednesday. What’s that you say? The Opening Ceremony is on Friday? Actually the football tournaments get going on Wednesday for the ladies and Thursday for the men. Time differences and match schedules mean it’s going to be difficult for me to have immediate updates on what’s going on kit-wise, but I’ll be posting thoughts through the men’s tournament maybe a day or so in arrears of the matches of what was worn.

Virtually all the teams in football Olympic tournaments wear the same colours as their regular national kits. The colours remain the same – so we can expect Uruguay in light blue, Japan in blue, Mexico in green and so on.

However the Spanish kit is rumoured to look like this which I think can universally be agreed to be hideous. I actually think that this is the official polo shirt rather than team kit – but it’s still hideous.

The main exception to “business as normal” is of course Great Britain – or as it’s being annoyingly called “Team GB”. I know that’s the sort of thing you like over there in the Colonies – but it just isn’t British. Everyday football in the UK is divided on national lines between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, who have separate teams in UEFA and FIFA tournaments. But for the Olympics they needed to come together, and there were strong disagreements by Scotland and Wales about their players taking part, reckoning it will set a precedent for FIFA to ask why should the UK continue to have 4 teams in the World Cup? We shall see. There are in fact no Scots in the GB squad.

In early football tournaments at the Olympics Great Britain wore the white shirts and navy-blue shorts of England, the shirts being adorned with the Union Flag.

These teams were pure amateurs, none of the team members playing at Football League level. But through the 1950s and 1960s the Soviet bloc countries, in particular Hungary and the USSR, were fielding their full national teams under the pretence of the players being army personnel or working in factories, when they were clearly truly career footballers. GB just couldn’t compete while they in typically British-style kept the amateur ideal, and so dropped out of finals contention from 1960 and in 1972 contested their last tournament. When the distinction between amateur and professional footballers was abolished in 1974 GB didn’t enter a team in the Olympics, and even when in 1992 the rules for the Olympics altered to make the football open to Under-23 teams with 3 over-age players GB still didn’t compete. But come 2012 and London hosts the tournament, it was thought it may appear a bit odd if GB didn’t even enter.

A new kit now sees the light of day. The first outing for the dark blue, light blue, mid blue, white and red Union Flag motifed shirts was on Friday in a friendly game against Brazil. The shirts are unusual in more than one way – the design is of course different and has what we call the Marmite factor. Marmite is a beef based goo for spreading on sandwiches that people either love or hate. The shirts are like that – you either love ’em or hate ’em.

But to me a big interest is that it is the one shirt in history that I know of to have had five colours (I don’t include advert colours in this). It’s very rare even to have four – I know of Sampdoria in Italy (blue, white, red and black) and many years ago I saw Carlisle wear a change strip of green, red, white and gold, but otherwise there are very few examples. Maybe you can think of others (no prizes) – I’ll give you a starter clue for another – “20-times Ghanaian champions”.

The GB kit in play looked not too bad actually, and from any sort of distance appeared all dark blue. Brazil wore their normal yellow shirts with green trim, including Nike’s new design element of the broad cuffs. The one thing still puzzling me is that I had understood that shirts should not have national federation badges, but the Brazil shirts clearly bear the CBF’s logo complete with the 5 World Cup stars. We will see if those appear in the competition proper.

Let’s see what Thursday brings. The football tournament is unusual that it is not just based in London, but games are being played around the country, including in Wales and Scotland who you’ll remember from above had doubts about a GB team. I’ll be at Old Trafford in Manchester. I’ll keep you informed.

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Thanks George! As he intimates — this isn’t “it” for the uniform rundown of the football — it’s just to whet your whistle. We’ll know (and see) soon enough what the nations will be sporting on the pitch — and have plenty of coverage of those. Stay tuned!

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NUA_Logo_2#NoUniAds Campaign…Day 5

This will be a regular feature on Uni Watch until the NBA rescinds it’s incredibly offensive and stupid proposal to place corporate advertising on uniforms.

And now, a personal note from Paul:

It’s important that we keep making our voices heard: Call the NBA’s publicly listed phone number (212-407-8000), ask for Adam Silver’s and/or David Stern’s office), e-mail deputy commissioner Adam Silver at his his publicly listed address (asilver@nba.com), and tweet to @NBA with the hashtag #NoUniAds. Do it now.

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Many of you have dutifully E-mailed the NBA and shared those thoughts with me. There are far too many to post in one single segment, so I’ll share a couple each day.

Ed Hendel:

Dear Mr. Silver,

I’m a 21-year-old NBA fan, and I would like to voice my displeasure at the idea of putting advertisements on NBA uniforms. I realize the league will make some extra money, but this will diminish the integrity of the game. I find the thought of tarnishing the legendary Celtics Green with ads appalling (and I’m not even a Celtics fan).

Just think: Could you imagine watching old Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan highlights with little ads on their uniforms? It’s an awful thought.

Sincerely,
Ed Hendel

Rubens Borges:

To Mr. Adam Silver and NBA executives,

I am a long time Knicks fan. As I live in Brazil, I did everything I could to follow the NBA before the days of cable and, specially, the internet. I asked relatives and friends that went to America to bring me NBA products – jerseys, t-shirts, anything really – before we could buy them online. To sum it up, I worked hard to keep up with the NBA.

Now, I read that the League is seriously considering putting advertisement on the jerseys. As a fan, I’m subjected to a lot of advertisements. On TV and on the many games I attended. The uniform, specially on the American Leagues – is the last ad free zone.

One of the notions is that “the players are the product we come to watch”. But, you foget that, no matter who is wearing that jersey, we still root for the teams. When Shaquille O’Neal left Orlando for Los Angeles, people didn’t follow him. Magic fans remained Magic fans. We, as fans, LIKE the players, but LOVE the teams.

Putting sponsors on jerseys will, also, dilute the team brand. People WILL see the brand first, even if it is a small patch, and the team second. Soccer is proof of that.

Furthermore, I think more people than expected will stop buying NBA merchandize, I will be one of those. As an example: a few years ago, a Brazilian team went sans sponsor – former sponsorship contract ran out, it took a little while to negotiate a new one. So, to not lose any shirts sales, they started selling them without the sponsor. The sponsorless shirts were always sold out. This remains true for any team that sells sponsorless shirts.

So, I hope that reaches your screen and you take into account the myriad of fans who dispises the idea of sponsors in the jerseys we love.

Sincerely,

Rubens Borges

Daniel Klempner:

Dear Mr. Silver,

I am writing to express my disgust at the idea that NBA jerseys will bear advertisements in 2013. American professional sports is saturated in advertising and the uniforms thus far have been refreshingly free of ads. I realize that this a “business”, but that does not mean that every opportunity for corporate advertising must be cashed in. With the number of options available for teams to generate revenue, introducing jersey ads seems to me to be a very uncreative, less-than-dynamic way of making a few extra bucks.

Do you think that there is nothing that is off-limits to advertising? Is there an ethic surrounding this? I would guess no, considering how much advertising to which I am subjected when I watch a game, whether on television or at the arena. I have had enough of the gratuitous advertising in professional sports and if the NBA follows through with this plan I will be very disappointed. I certainly will not be purchasing any merchandise, but I am sure that matters very little to you or your bosses. My dollars are probably not the ones about which you are concerned.

Please consider these sentiments—I am not the only fan who feels this way.

Sincerely,

Daniel Klempner

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NoUniAds (Chris Giorgio)The NBA is “listening.” Sort of. I received no less than 20 E-mails from you fine readers yesterday, each telling me you received a response from the NBA. Unfortunately, EVERY SINGLE REPLY was a form reply, from someone named “Chelsea” from NBA fan relations. In fact, if any of you have G-mail, you know when something is “block-copied” it often appears in a different color from new text. Several of these replies showed the reader’s name in black, with the text in purple — a sure sign of block/copying. Look — I understand the NBA is probably overwhelmed (I HOPE they are) with your E-mails, and it makes sense to have a standard reply. But I’m wondering if they are logging the complaints, taking names, tallying the numbers, etc. They better be. To those who haven’t yet received their form response, here it is:

Dear [insert name]:

Thank you for contacting the National Basketball Association to express your opposition to the idea of placing sponsor logos on jerseys. We understand your strong feelings on this issue and appreciate hearing from you. Our fans are extremely important to us, and we value what you have to say.

The NBA and its teams continue to evaluate the opportunity to add corporate branding to game jerseys. Jersey sponsorship is a well-established practice in sports leagues around the world. It is also not a new concept in American sports. NASCAR, Major League Soccer, professional golf, the WNBA, and the NBA Development League all feature sponsored uniforms.

The NBA is a global sports league; fans connect with our game in more than 200 countries and territories. As much as we value our traditions, the NBA also realizes that we, along with the rest of the world, need to change and adapt in order to remain competitive in a global marketplace.

Thank you again for sharing your feedback. We truly appreciate the passion you demonstrate for the NBA. Your feedback helps us as we work to enhance all aspects of our league.

Sincerely,

Chelsea
NBA Fan Relations”

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We are making progress however. Most recently Elton Brand has taken up the Uni Watch cause (and hashtag #NoUniAds) with this tweet. And then another. Awesome!!!

Elton rules, and he might be a good follow. Make sure you thank him for his efforts in our cause!

Update: Seems as though the Elton Brand account has not been confirmed as actually his; this doesn’t mean it’s fake, only that it can’t be verified. As a result, we’re striking anything about the account’s postings until we have additional information.

Update #2: “After some checking, looks like it’s a phony account. Dammit.” — Paul

Keep it up people, keep it up! More of your E-mails to follow each day (and keep sending them to me.)

Thanks to Tim E. O’Brien and Chris Giorgio for the images in this section!

Update: Paul has penned an ESPN Column about yesterday’s developments on the NBA front, including Elton Brand’s stated opposition to the uni advertising plan. (see above)

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Collector's Corner 2Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

The Olympics begin this Friday in London- it’s been in all the papers- so here we have a few selected Olympic items from eBay. Let the Games begin!

• With all the hoopla over the Ralph Lauren USA clothing, let’s not forget that in 2004, we had gear from our neighbors to the north, c/o the Canadian company Roots.

• When you talk basketball Dream Team- a sports cliche if there ever was one- this is the look.

• Great looking Adidas Olympics warm-up– don’t recall the year of the Games for this one, though. This sweatshirt commemorates the Games of 1952 and 1956, with some bold graphics.

• Nice clean graphics for this 1976 Montreal Olympics poster.

• Here’s the official poster from the 1980 Lake Placid Games.

• Pin trading is huge with the Games- like this 1976 Innsbruck pin.

• Didn’t see these when they were out: Reebok sneakers with the 1996 Atlanta Games logo.

• Wear this 1984 LA games Coca-Cola sponsor shirt while sipping your favorite carbonated beverage.

• Nice looking 1988 Nagano drinking glass set.

• Starter wasn’t the official supplier for the USA’s 1996 Atlanta team, but they had a license to sell you this jacket!

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“Benchies” first appeared at U-W in 2008, and has been a Saturday & Sunday feature here for the past two years.

Ah-HA! The ol’ inshoot sinker dropball riser….

7-24-12 d-Board

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Reminder: Paul is on summer break until Aug. 23. Phil Hecken is handling the weekday content and John Ekdahl is running the show on weekends; contact info for them is available here.

The Uni Watch e-mail address is being auto-forwarded to Phil, so any Ticker submissions or story ideas sent to that address will go directly to him. If you have a question or comment for Paul, go ahead and send it in, and Phil will make sure Paul receives it. We’re particularly interested in keeping up-to-date with college football uniform unveilings, so definitely keep submitting those. Thanks.

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ticker 2Uni Watch News Ticker: Remember the Tax Dodgers, who dressed up in Dodgers-style uniforms to protest tax policy? They now have a spot in Cooperstown. … Aaron Frueh noticed the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL are having a jersey design contest. … Walter Ford saw a “very cool” new Paris Saint-Germain away kit unveiled Saturday. “Another of those tonal-striped affairs that’s mostly red with blue trim,” he adds. … Our Pacific Rim correspondendent, Jeremy Brahm, notes, “Here is the logo for the CPBL in Taiwan 2012 All-Star logo“. … Ek ran a photo over the weekend, but John Muir follows up with this blog post on the Colorado Rockies honoring the Aurora, CO, shooting victims with dugout a jersey and eyeblack messages. More from John: “You, too, can learn how 1992 fifth-rounder Marcus Ragnarasson connects to Logan Couture” with this pretty cool infographic on how the San Jose Sharks’ 2012-13 roster came together. … NickNOBs update: The Braves’ PR office has provided this photo of Andy Messersmith pitching in 1976. Not an ideal shot, obviously, but you can definitely see the first letter of his “Channel” nickNOB. … Interesting case involving a parody design: A small press published a book with a cover design clearly based on the Jack Daniel’s label, which has led to an interesting dialogue and resolution. … Nick Orban found this Coke vs. Pepsi image to be “very fitting to conversations that have been held recently.” … It’s always sunny in Philadelphia inside the Trop? Reader Cork Gaines notes John Jaso of the Mariners wearing yellow-tinted shades this weekend at the Trop. “He never did that when he played for the Rays. In fact the only other player I ever remember wearing shades indoors at the Trop was Akinori Iwamura back in ’07.” … Nick Orban follows the Nebraska Equipment Manager on twitter, who sent out this picture of this years uniforms. “One immediate difference: the B1G mark on the right chest; last year, they had a Nebraska round patch on each side of the chest.” … The Muskegon Lumberjacks, some kind of hockey team, have a new primary logo. And there is some insight into how the design was created from Lumberjacks President Tim Taylor. No word on whether any assistance was given by Al Borland (John Muir again). … Don Drever notes the Illini “Block I” will be a part of the new branding logo being planned by the University and Nike. It is an 18-month project, and Illini uniforms won’t be changed this season. … Kermit and Miss Piggy won’t be chomping down on Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches any longer. Why not? “The Jim Henson Company will stop providing toys for the fast food chains kids meals because of Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay marriage stance.” … Interesting shot of Babe Ruth as a guest referee for a 1945 pro wrestling match between Steve Casey and Sandor Szabo (thanks to Robert Silverman). … Think things can’t get any worse for the Mets? Think again. Blame Tony Crespo for finding that shot of Snooki getting ready to take some BP at Shea. … Tom Mulgrew notes the Brooklyn Nets are unveiling the next phase of their outdoor ad campaign. … The 2012 Michigan Wolverines football team will be (shockingly) wearing another alternate. A “Special Cowboys Classic Jersey”. Yep. (thanks to George Flory). And Jim Weber has another little bit on those Cowboy unis. And Matt Egeler provides us with the adidas mock. … You folks remember the EFLI (that Elite Football League of India)? Well, here’s a bit of an update. (tip of the cap to Mike McAllister for the tip). Scott Peterson intones, “These are the Hokie replica jerseys shown in the bookstore catalog. The 18 jersey numbers are a little odd. But the 42 jersey is really out of whack (as Frank Beamer would say!). The style of the 2 is from the 2007-2008ish jerseys. It does not match the style of the other numbers at all.” … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: looks like a new helmet for App State — SERIOUSLY? WTF? I hope to hell that’s not real. And another unveiling today — Will McGillis notes, “As stated on Charlotte49ers.com, UNC Charlotte will unveil their first football helmet today.” … David Taub forwarded this DeL Rosario NOB update from our friends at the DUD. Sean Robbins says Pads Pitching coach Bud Black seems not to have gotten the memo that the Padres stopped wearing sand before last season. … Chris Callan caught a bit of uni banter during last night’s Cardinals/Dodgers game — of course, the announcers were unaware the term used to describe this is a “Hoover Flag” — and here’s how Chris described the action: “Tony Gwynn Jr. was on deck in the 7th and the camera zoomed in the back of his pants, focusing in his back right pocket. It was inside-out and hanging like a mudflap. The Cardinals broadcasters started commenting on it, how easily the pockets on the Majestic pants can be pulled out, etc. Broadcaster Al Hrabosky was particularly critical: ‘It’s disgusting!’ I scrambled for my iPhone but could only manage to take the attached pic. Sorry!” … OK — This is gonna be hard to get used to. … RIP Sally — it was quite a ride.

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There ya have it. Another one in the books — big thanks to George Chilvers, kudos to Brinke, and three cheers for new Uni Watch hero Elton Brand. Yesterday’s comments were so awesome we get TWO quotes today:

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“Major sports leagues don’t need to sell advertising on uniforms. Period. If a league feels the need to do so, then it is not a major American sport.”
–R. Scott Rogers

“It’s amazing what human beings are capable of when their shame gland has been surgically removed.”
–Paul Lukas

 

194 comments to Are You Ready for Some Football?

  • John | July 24, 2012 at 7:22 am |

    The App State helmet is real there wearing it with these http://image.cdnllnw...

    • BadHops | July 24, 2012 at 10:22 am |

      I’m not crazy about the uniforms but I absolutely love everything about that helmet. The logo. The fact that the mountaineer is smoking a pipe.

  • Greg | July 24, 2012 at 7:26 am |

    the one thing still puzzling me is that I had understood that shirts should not have national federation badges

    A quick search indicated Argentina (at least) wore their regular kit (sans Adidas stripes) at the 2008 Olympics, so I don’t think this is entirely the case

    http://www.abc.net.a...
    http://www2.pictures...

    • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 7:34 am |

      I think they may have “sneaked that one in”. i know Yahoo answers isn’t a reliable source, but the fact that the question was asked intimates that the no federation badges rule applies:

      http://uk.answers.ya...

      Brazil also obvioulsy tried it on, but were told to change:

      http://www.reuters.c...

    • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 7:53 am |

      Applied to hockey too. Team Canada could not wear their maple leaf with hockey player motif:

      http://www.nowpublic...

      http://teenormous.co...

      • WD | July 24, 2012 at 8:34 am |

        George. Re: five colors in the jersey. Barring one-offs and goalkeeper jerseys, the only example I can find in football is this old Ghana jersey – but only if you count the star. (http://www.onionbag....)

        Rugby might offer a few more examples. This jersey is along similar lines to the Ghana one – (http://www.newportgw...)

        and there’s always Harlequins with six colors in the home and seven in the away jersey. (http://www.a1rugby.c...)

        • The Ghost of Ross Gload | July 24, 2012 at 9:57 am |

          From 1996-2000 the Kansas City Wizards used a rainbow motif on both the badge and the jersey, leading to 6 or 7 colors at times. Here’s a 1997 example: http://www.oldfootba...

          I suspect there are more examples of this from the ugly early days of MLS.

        • Chance Michaels | July 24, 2012 at 10:09 am |

          I count at least six on the Wiz uniforms. Having a hard time focusing on the others to count….

        • superfly | July 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

          There was a German club that wore that same (or very similar) KC Wizards jersey for a year or 2 as its alternate, but can’t think of which one, will have to look around a bit more.

        • DJ | July 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm |

          I believe the German club that used a multi-colored motif was VfL Bochum.

        • superfly | July 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

          DJ,

          You are correct, sir!

          http://www.oldfootba...

          I could have sworn KC wore that same template, but can’t find a pic of that, the closest would be:

          http://www.oldfootba...

        • superfly | July 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm |

          Maybe this is the one I was thinking of, either way, just awful…

          http://www.oldfootba...

    • DJ | July 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

      Argentina might have worn their federation badge in their first match in Beijing, but by the time they met Brazil, neither team was wearing their badge:

      http://www.google.co...

      http://www.google.co...

  • Rich | July 24, 2012 at 7:52 am |

    One slight correction. Marmite is made from yeast extract, not beef. http://www.marmite.c...

    • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 7:54 am |

      I can’t believe you looked that up :)

      • Rich | July 24, 2012 at 8:01 am |

        My boss is English and is in love with the stuff. That’s the only way I knew it. My job sends me to England from time to time and he has us try it when we and it tastes as awful as it looks (black, oily goo). They have signs in some cities on light posts where you can stick your used gum on to say if you “love it” or “hate it” which I always found entertaining.

        • Connie | July 24, 2012 at 8:30 am |

          Decline-and-Fall ledger: 1. Eyesore 2012 Great Britain soccer unis vs the dapper lads at the top of today’s column (though it’s somewhat comforting that George C says that they’re not so bad if seen from a great distance); 2. “Team GB”; 3. New and inappropriate British dominance of geeky, continental, graceless sport of competitive bicycle riding. Get a grip, perfidious Albion!

        • Chance Michaels | July 24, 2012 at 10:45 am |

          I am the exception to the Marmite rule – first had the stuff in my mid-30s and quickly got addicted. I love it as much as my kids do.

        • diz | July 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |

          oh shush Connie, we’ve always been good with bikes on the track, about time we took care of all the roadie stuff too

      • DM Andy | July 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

        George, you were probably thinking of Bovril (Bov from Bovine, Vril a type of mystical energy). Marmite used to be made from the yeast leftover from making beer in the grand town of Burton on Trent.

    • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 8:36 am |

      Are you referring to the Belgian-born Australian-fathered winner of the Tour de France, Connie?

      • WD | July 24, 2012 at 8:45 am |

        He might also be referring to the Kenyan-born South African-raised rider in second place.

        • Connie | July 24, 2012 at 9:13 am |

          Details… details…

  • Danya | July 24, 2012 at 7:52 am |

    It’s so annoying how the NBA, in defending the jersey ads idea, cites the fact that it’s commonplace in leagues around the world and therefore implies part of the reason they should do this is because they are a “global league” as they put it. Reminds me somewhat of the rationale offered by Commissioner Garber in MLS, who when talking about jersey ads shamelessly claims the sole reason is to connect the league with the world’s elite soccer leagues and doesn’t even mention revenue.

    • The Jeff | July 24, 2012 at 9:18 am |

      At least with the MLS it sorta makes sense in a way. They’re trying to move up to the perceived level of the ad-covered leagues.

      The NBA is already the top basketball league on the planet, it shouldn’t have to sink down to the level of everyone else. But apparently pissing off a segment of your local fans to make a few extra bucks and hypothetically sell more stuff in China is “the future”.

      …and seriously, if the NBA is as global as it thinks it is… aren’t the jerseys *already* selling worldwide? Do they actually think there’s some additional appeal by slapping a Pepsi logo onto a Bulls jersey? Yeah, fine, global fans are used to seeing jersey ads, so they aren’t going to complain about it like we are… but I fail to see how that means they’ll buy more when the ads are added.

      • Tom V. | July 24, 2012 at 9:47 am |

        Perhaps they think the jerseys are too bland without advertising plastered all over it? A big single colored jersey with just team name, player and number? Just a thought.

        Although if that is the problem just add advertising to the ones they sell overseas.

        • Will S | July 24, 2012 at 11:08 am |

          If they think the jerseys are too bland with just the team name, player and number they could incorporate the team logo(s) [or make it larger or have more of them] into jerseys for the international market instead of having ads.

          If certain advertisers logos make the jersey “better” in the eyes of some then the team should be looking hard and long at the quality of their own logo.

      • Ken | July 24, 2012 at 10:44 am |

        Right on. If the NBA is global, and it is, then just how does it need to “remain competitive” by whoring some ad space? Doesn’t being global already mean that the league is making bucketloads of money? Does putting a sponsor’s logo on a jersey mean that suddenly someone who has heretofore ignored the NBA in favor of their local league will now choose to follow the NBA?

        Besides, no one in Europe or Asia is burning in anticipation over whether the Sixers will go with Independence Blue Cross or Wawa as a jersey sponsor or if the Knicks will choose Tad’s Steak House over Morgan Stanley.

    • Chris | July 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

      Well, if NASCAR does it. NASCAR also has its participants thank sponsors as the first words out of their mouth after winning. Can’t wait for the interview where the Finals MVP answers the first question by thanking Staples, Kia, Dunkin Donuts, and Coke. That’s class.

      • The Jeff | July 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

        And on top of that, that post game interview will also be officially brought to us by Geico. Maybe they can even have the little gecko asking the questions. Yes!

      • Tony C. | July 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

        well most athletes already thank someone that didn’t have anything to do with them winning.. so what’s new??

    • Tim H | July 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

      I also love the rationale for equating it to NASCAR and golf. Unlike the NBA, individual teams in NASCAR (all auto sports for that matter) rely heavily on sponsorship to compete. If a team loses is primary sponsor, they’re done. On the PGA, individual players workout individual sponsorship agreements as additional compensation and a way of helping them stay on tour. Imagine how hard it would be for a lot of players on tour to stay in if they had to cover the cost of all their equipment.

      As for the MLS, I think the point was made that they are a lesser league trying to compete and the sponsorship helps them in that endeavor. Besides, with the Premiere League have already crossed that line, jersey sponsorship does not seem out of place in the MLS.

      The NBA is the premiere basketball league in the World. Do they really expect us to believe that jersey sponsorship is vital to their survival? What a crock!

  • BSmile | July 24, 2012 at 8:04 am |

    The link for that pic of Babe Ruth as a guest ref should be: https://twitter.com/...

    Also, here’s a pic of The Babe before the match:
    http://therealbsmile...

    Cheers!
    ~B

    • Phil Hecken | July 24, 2012 at 9:16 am |

      grrr…my bad

      should be fixed now

  • Tomservaux96 | July 24, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    “20-times Ghanaian champions”

    Hearts of Oak?

    (One of the all-time great football club names, btw)

    • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 8:37 am |

      Correct. No prizes though :)

  • Sam D. | July 24, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    1. Bud Black is the Padres’ manager, not the pitching coach.

    2. Sand is still a Padres color, just not on jerseys anymore. That’s their official jacket he’s wearing.

  • Nick | July 24, 2012 at 8:45 am |

    Bud Black is the Pads’ manager, not pitching coach. And the Nagano Olympics were in 1998, not 88.

    • walter | July 24, 2012 at 9:21 am |

      If the sand was deleted from the Padres’ palette, what’s the color they use to trim the titles and numerals on the home uniform?

  • Tony C. | July 24, 2012 at 8:49 am |

    re: Pepsi vs Coke

    i see we have some Reddit/Imgur fans in the house

    • Sean | July 24, 2012 at 11:00 am |

      Ha! My thoughts exactly. I saw this on reddit yesterday morning.

  • John Zajac | July 24, 2012 at 8:53 am |

    Ichiro apparently needed a pair of pants brought for a ballboy last night, as his pants had the Majestic logo on the back left hip. He was the only player with it, and we all know that the Yankees don’t have manufacturer marks on any of their on field gear. Let’s see if it is still there tonight.

    • John Zajac | July 24, 2012 at 8:59 am |

      Sorry for the bad links…

      Here is Ichiro with a logo- http://flic.kr/p/cCP...

      Here is A-Rod without the logo- http://flic.kr/p/cCP...

      • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 10:40 am |

        Great catch.

    • Tony C. | July 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

      someone has a backside fascination

      • John Zajac | July 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm |

        When a uniform is done right for so long, you notice when things are wrong. That might as well be the 2×2 ad on the front of a NBA jersey in my eyes. No logo creep ever on the field is how it should be.

      • walter | July 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |

        Hey, I stare at everybody’s butt.

    • JTH | July 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

      I wonder if that’s an old pair of his Mariners road pants with the piping removed.

      • John Zajac | July 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm |

        My guess would be no, because I think trying to tear the piping out of pants might not be worth the possible wardrobe malfunction if those seams give way once weakened, especially at the Major League level. Also I don’t believe that the Yankees and Mariners wear the same color grey, but I’m not 100% on that one.

  • Cort | July 24, 2012 at 8:55 am |

    Ww live in a neighborhood with a lot of West Africans, and we’ve become good friends with several Ghanians. I’ve been looking for a Hearts of Oak shirt for 10 years. Even if I did find one, they surely aren’t sold in Ugly American super size.

    I like the Spanish shirts. They remind me of my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Selover, who always pronounced it “Bar-thuh-lona” and wore crazy print caftans.

    “Get a grip, perfidious Albion” is something I would dearly love to hear Bob Costas say.

  • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 9:02 am |

    Shouldn’t Great Britain wear predominantly red? How many proud sons of Britannia have to die in red coats from Montreal to Madras before the kingdom’s footy side dons crimson?

    Speaking of too little red, the Nats on the road again last night were back in their Braves tribute caps, including the batting helmets. C’mon guys, ditch the navy and go to red caps home and road!

    • ChrisH | July 24, 2012 at 10:26 am |

      Maybe it’s really a half-hatted tribute to a former DC ballclub:

      http://scores.espn.g...

      A uni-centric Expos tribute would be better to see on the Nats than more red.

    • Le Cracquere | July 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm |

      Bite your tongue, A.S.! The Nats’ road duds are the only time they look remotely tolerable. As I’ve said before, the mid-60s were the aesthetic peak for Washington, and the away uniform is closer to that ideal than anything else the Nationals have worn. As I’ve also said, the league doesn’t need four teams in the same garish, monotonous color.

      • ChrisH | July 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm |

        Uniformly speaking, the former Expos franchise has not exactly been innovative since relocating to DC.
        Their effort to bar Philles fans from their park was rather creative though.
        I’m fine with the Reds and Cardinals being primarily red at home and on the road (ditch the dark away caps, Redbirds!).
        As for the Phillies…I’d love to see their day home game alt (with the Cubs-ish lids)replace the pinstripes; their road uni’s are just about perfect as is.

  • J.B. | July 24, 2012 at 9:03 am |

    Good for Chick-Fil-A

    Stay the course, Mr. Richardson. Perhaps this will give an aspiring Christian children’s author an opportunity to promote his/her characters and toys. Same-sex marriage proponents are not mainstream in spite of what the dominant liberal media will lead you to believe.

    • John Zajac | July 24, 2012 at 9:21 am |

      I’m guessing this is what you have in mind…
      http://goo.gl/U7exM

    • J.M. | July 24, 2012 at 10:18 am |

      “Same-sex marriage proponents are not mainstream”

      It literally took me all of five seconds to confirm you’re wrong. Congratulations.

      Half of Americans Support Legal Gay Marriage
      http://www.gallup.co...

      • scott | July 24, 2012 at 10:37 am |

        What people tell a pollster and what they do in a voting booth are two different things, though. The polls may be accurate, but every time there’s been a referendum, gay marriage has failed.

        What I don’t understand is how opposing gay marriage is bigotry.

        • Mike Edgerly | July 24, 2012 at 10:45 am |

          “What I don’t understand is how opposing gay marriage is bigotry.”

          See this example: http://slog.thestran...

        • The Jeff | July 24, 2012 at 10:48 am |

          What I don’t understand is how opposing gay marriage is bigotry.

          *blink*

          Try replacing “gay” with “interracial” and see if you still don’t understand the bigotry label. Marriage is a union between 2 consenting adults. Why the hell should you even care what they do in the bedroom?

        • J G | July 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

          What I don’t understand is how any of this applies to uniforms and the obsessive study of athletics aesthetics. And if there’s to be no discussion on it, why bring it up in the first place?

      • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 10:40 am |

        Of course he’s wrong, but let it go. The point isn’t whether marriage equality is “mainstream”; the point is whether it’s the right thing to do. Which of course it is.

        No more comments on this thread, please. If some bigot wants to post here, that’s unfortunate, but we don’t need to give him any further attention. Let’s move on. Thanks.

  • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 9:13 am |

    I’ve written an ESPN piece about yesterday’s developments on the NBA front, including Elton Brand’s stated opposition to the uni advertising plan:
    http://espn.go.com/b...

    • J.M. | July 24, 2012 at 10:15 am |

      In case you haven’t seen, someone in the comments of your ESPN piece pointed out that @EltonBrand2 isn’t a verified Twitter account… which doesn’t mean it *definitely* isn’t Elton, but it *might* not be him.

      • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 10:36 am |

        Investigating.

      • Coleman | July 24, 2012 at 10:56 am |

        That was my very first thought. It’s not that it *can’t* be him, but it seems dangerous for a current athlete to oppose his employer’s efforts at a grab for cash.

        Bravo Zulu to Brand if it IS him, though.

        • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 11:02 am |

          After some checking, looks like it’s a phony account. Dammit.

    • Jordan | July 24, 2012 at 10:50 am |

      Tweet from ‏@dallasmavs (Dallas Mavericks verified account) on July 19:

      “FYI We just confirmed that Elton Brand is NOT on twitter. So if oyur [sic] are following, it’s not him. Maybe we can talk him into one?”

      Also, Brand’s account doesn’t have the blue verified check mark.

      I really hope it’s him and this is all wrong. #NoUniAds

      • Coleman | July 24, 2012 at 10:58 am |

        Well, shit. Ignore my post above.

      • walter | July 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

        Don’t assume Brand is in favor of uniform ads. Give him the benefit of doubt.

  • alex35332 | July 24, 2012 at 9:14 am |

    “NASCAR, Major League Soccer, professional golf, the WNBA, and the NBA Development League all feature sponsored uniforms.”

    You could also write. Notice one thing about all these, they are all 2nd tier sports in the US, except NASCAR which is big in the US but viewed as a minor league for driving globally. I guess that is the way the NBA is heading.

    • [name redacted] | July 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

      I don’t know that I would call golf a minor-league sport.

      • alex35332 | July 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

        I don’t think its a sport. Precision Leisure Activity. Also, they aren’t wearing uniforms.

      • Jeremiah | July 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

        No, it’s not minor. However, with individual sports like golf or tennis there is more of a need for the players to strike sponsorship deals.

        • TA | July 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm |

          Even so, it’s inaccurate for the NBA to call golfers’ outfits “sponsored uniforms,” since they are not uniforms.

      • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

        Sport: An objectively scored game of physical skill.

        That’s my definition, the result of a three-month long debate with a philosophy doctoral candidate and golf pro, in which I attempted to argue a definition that would exclude golf. Can’t be done. Golf is a sport under any conceivable definition that does not absurdly exclude other things that are obviously sport. In order for a definition of “sport” to exclude golf, it must also exclude things like tennis.

        On the plus side, my definition does exclude gymnastics and figure skating, which are subjectively scored. Small victories.

        • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

          Sport: An objectively scored game of physical skill. … my definition does exclude gymnastics and figure skating, which are subjectively scored.

          I have used precisely this definition for years, primarily in the service of arguing that figure skating and gymnastics are not sports.

          But by this definition, boxing — of which I am a fan — isn’t a sport either, unless there’s a knockout. In fact, that’s precisely why so many boxing results are controversial, because the scoring is so subjective. I mean, really, “ring generalship”? What the fuck does that even mean? It’s no better than judging figure skaters on their “artistic interpretation” of the music.

          And that’s why I advocate a return to the old boxing rules: Keep fighting until one guy goes down and can’t beat the count. If it takes 47 rounds, so be it. At least boxing would be a sport then, instead of a glorified dance contest.

        • Andy | July 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

          So, then, a bicycle or skateboard race is a sport, but a bicycle or skateboard competition involving a park instead of a circuit or route and involves executing ‘tricks’ by utilizing physical skill is not a sport? You’ve still got a grey area here.

        • John Zajac | July 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

          @Andy

          I don’t think the grey area is as big as you think it is. I can take a hula hoop and throw it at a giant cement post and make that into a game like horseshoes, but if I start spinning it around my waist that’s just dancing with a plastic ring orbiting around me (which I probably couldn’t do if my life depended on it in all honesty).

        • Le Cracquere | July 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm |

          A fine definition, A.S., but I propose expanding it slightly: “Sport: An objectively scored game of physical skill, which no one the size and shape of John Daly can engage in at a competitive level.”

        • John Zajac | July 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm |

          I’m not saying it doesn’t take skill to do any of those park tricks or that hard work isn’t required to compete at that level because they are in fact skills that many people don’t possess, just that you couldn’t watch it and say ‘oh yeah, that’s 117 points right there’ when the run was completed. It solely depends on the opinions of judges to determine a winner.

        • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm |

          Boxing is an interesting case. Gets at the meaning of objectivity. Barring a KO, boxing scoring is a mix of applying objective standards by subjective observation and subjective judgment. I would argue that it’s sufficiently objective in intent to qualify.

          The thing is, I’m willing to live with excluding boxing if need be. Not because I feel one way or another about boxing, but because any modification to the definition that would unambiguously include boxing would also necessarily include many other competitions that I feel strongly are not sports. So perhaps boxing isn’t a sport, and if not, so be it. Plenty of mostly physical competitions that I enjoy are not sports under my definition, and that’s OK with me. Sport/not-sport is not a value judgment.

        • Chris K | July 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm |

          To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other. **Jack Handy **

        • TA | July 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm |

          Seems to me most times people bring up “_____ is not a sport” and then provide their own made up definition of sport, it is indeed a value judgment and intended to belittle stuff they don’t like.

        • JTH | July 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm |

          Sport: An objectively scored game of physical skill.

          By this definition, competitive eating must be considered a sport.

  • Danya | July 24, 2012 at 9:17 am |

    As others have mentioned, Bud Black is the Padres’ manager not pitching coach, but I think that picture is of Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley.

  • Cort | July 24, 2012 at 9:24 am |

    Scott, I wonder if the absence of red is a compromise. England’s kit often features red shirts, and Wales national colors are red and green, but Scotland is navy and white, and the Republic of Ireland is green. The Welsh seem to have the biggest problem with Team GB – Gaerth Bale got a lot of grief for posing in the GB kit – but I can’t see any Irishman or Scotsmann donning a red shirt.

    Maybe the blues are like when you want to paint the kitchen white and your wife as ts to paint the kitchen yellow, and you settle on beige.

    • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 9:25 am |

      More info on this:
      http://www.economist...

    • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 9:27 am |

      How does that work? If I want it white and my wife wants it yellow – it gets painted yellow :(

    • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 9:44 am |

      I’m sure you’re right. But a disproportionate portion of Britain’s army during the empire was made up of Scots, Irish, and the Welsh. The common thread of the British Empire’s military history is that great victories were due to the grit and heroism of the Scottish, Irish, and Welsh soldiery; great defeats were due to the incompetence of the English officers. Figured that heritage issue might overcome the national rivalries somewhat.

      Besides, Scotland has two flags, and one of them has a fair bit of red.

      • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 9:56 am |

        The red lion rampant flag is in fact the Royal flag of Scotland, and as such is not actually a flag of Scotland.

        • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 10:08 am |

          A bit like arguing that burgundy and powder blue are not really Phillies colors. Technically correct. But when you go there, it turns out that the people have other opinions. Just as you sometimes see more burgundy Phillies gear than crimson in the stands, you see at least one royal standard for every three saltire flags, at least in the Firth and Lowlands bits where I’ve spent a fair amount of time.

          And hey, what’s that on the Scottish Football Association crest?

          http://en.wikipedia....

          BTW, loved the writeup today, Mr. Chilvers. Great stuff. More please!

    • Padday | July 24, 2012 at 9:47 am |

      Okaaaaaaaaaay waaaaittt a second there! REPUBLIC of Ireland? As part of Great Britain? Generations of great Fenians, emancipators and revolutionaries are currently rolling in their graves!

      I believe you mean NORTHERN Ireland.

      Actually, while on the subject, the term “Team GB” is factually incorrect as Great Britain is only England Wales and Scotland. To incorporate Northern Irish olympians it is proper to refer to it as Team United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

      • DJ | July 24, 2012 at 10:31 am |

        No, the official Olympic designation for the team is “Great Britain.” Not the “United Kingdom” or anything else.

        • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 11:10 am |

          Comrade TimO’B! This:

          http://farm8.staticf...

          Needs to be adapted into your #NoUniAds graphic.

        • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 11:11 am |

          Shoot. No idea how that got nested there. Was supposed to be stand-alone. Sorry for the thread pollution. Mods, please feel free to delete these two.

        • Padday | July 24, 2012 at 11:55 am |

          It may be the official designation but it still doesn’t mean that it’s right DJ. As long as Northern Irish athletes are membors of the team then the team is representative of the United Kingdom, not just Great Britain.

        • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm |

          Great Britain? More like Average Britain. (got ’em [Tiger fist pump])

        • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm |

          Very simple. Northern Irish athletes can compete for “Ireland” or “Great Britain” as they wish – they technically can have citizenship of the Republic. So there are teams for “Ireland” and “Great Britain”.

          I have read that 25% of the Ireland squad will in fact be Northern Irish. In fact there has been a bit of controversy over selection (not nationality related):
          http://www.bbc.co.uk...

        • DJ | July 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

          Paddy, your beef is with the British Olympic Association, not with anyone on the board. As long as they’ve spent so much money and equity on the brand of “Team GB”, you won’t be seeing the more politically accurate “Team UK” any time soon.

        • Connie | July 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

          As a dual citizen, I failed to qualify for both the US and Ireland Olympic athletic delegations. Thought I had a chance for the Irish entries in beach volleyball, welterweight boxing, and rhythmic gymnastics, but fell short during last day of competition. Now training hard for Rio.

        • Padday | July 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

          I see what you’re saying George, but there’s one major flaw with your argument: “Team GB” competes under the Union Flag which includes in it’s composition Northern Ireland’s St. Patrick’s flag (the red diagonals)alongside the English and Scottish flags. The flag of the team is therefore a United Kingdom flag and not an exclusively Great British one. Also, it’s a little bit sad to think that Northern Ireland would be technically excluded as a nation from the Olympics.

          DJ, all I’m saying is that the term Team GB is not technically correct and that as long as it is it’s worth pointing that out. I don’t really care what the BOC calls it because I generally feel it’s more important to be right by, ya know, the facts rather than by what some organisation happened upon because of what was a collective ignorance to begin with.

        • diz | July 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

          I think people just got fed up of having to type “Great Britain and Northern Ireland” for the captions (since geographic names are pretty much the standard for naming countries in sport)

  • Alan | July 24, 2012 at 9:26 am |

    I posted that form letter on my facebook page..everybody was laughing at the fact that “Chelsea” signed off on the NBA press release. Bunch of pervs..seriously by the tone of the form letter..they really don’t care what we think. Ads are happening.

  • Kyle Allebach | July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    Normally, I would be a little bit excited for the O-limp-dicks this week, but the way the IOC has been handling all the sponsors and the SNAFUing that London has done in a whole, I can’t force myself to turn on the TV for the games.

    I hope the Winter Olympix is better, just ‘cuz I wanna watch curling.

    • Teebz | July 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

      Move to Canada, Kyle. It may be colder, but we get curling every weekend on TV, along with some other Saturday night tradition that involves ice. :o)

      • Kyle Allebach | July 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

        Figure Skating!?!?

        • Teebz | July 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm |

          That’s usually reserved for Sunday mornings. Although, some NHL teams could qualify as a figure skating program. LOL

  • Faronicus | July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    That form-letter NBA response is so, so douchy. Jersey “sponsors” to “remain competitive in the global marketplace”? Give me an effing break.

  • Bando | July 24, 2012 at 9:33 am |

    It’s a sad indictment of the marketing-obsessed Michigan Athletic Department that the word “shockingly” being used with another alt jersey can be seen as both serious and tongue in cheek…

  • Bernard | July 24, 2012 at 9:36 am |

    1. Ricko- I’m really enjoying the Benchies wiffeball series. I imagine Movi is too…

    2. You’re crazy, Phil. This Appy State helmet is, as Teddy Roosevelt used to say, “the pretty titties.”

    3. This Michigan getup on the other hand? Stop it, adidas. Just STOP IT!

    4. Big ups to the Jim Henson Company.

  • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 9:51 am |

    Regarding that quote of mine at the end of today’s post (“It’s amazing what human beings are capable of when their shame gland has been surgically removed”), I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and it occurs to me that fighting people with no shame is a lot like fighting Kamikazes.

    War is horrible (duh), but there are certain things we’ve always been able to take for granted, like a soldier’s self-regard for his own safety. But the Kamikazes didn’t go along with that concept. It’s really hard to fight an enemy who’s willing — trying — to die.

    Similarly, one longstanding aspect of public policy and debate has been that people have a self-regard for their own dignity, driven in part by the threat of being publicly shamed if they overstep certain bounds. But it seems to me that an increasing number of figures — including but certainly not limited to the people who want to sell ads on uniforms and the people who try to police what sneakers spectators can wear at the Olympics — have no regard for their own dignity (or for anyone else’s). That is a powerful tool, and it makes for a difficult enemy to fight, much like the Kamikazes. Basically, if someone is willing to be a douchebag, and to suffer the public ignominy that comes with that, he has a huge head start in getting his agenda enacted.

    Which makes it all the more important that we keep tweeting, emailing and calling the NBA. Please do it NOW.

    #NoUniAds

    • Phil Hecken | July 24, 2012 at 10:23 am |

      “there is no such thing as bad publicity”

    • John K | July 24, 2012 at 10:28 am |

      I had a friend in college who lived by the motto “once you lose your pride, everything comes easy.” Kind of funny and basically harmless for a 19 year old kid, but a sad state for anyone in a position of leadership. I certainly understand that the owners of major sports teams are in the business to make money, but at one point (seemingly not that long ago)they were viewed as holding the team (or the league) in trust for the fans. Now it appears that they are squeezing as much money out as possible, and then tossing it aside when done.

  • Coleman | July 24, 2012 at 10:05 am |

    Forget “rose colored glasses”, the NBA is wearing cash-plastered blinders.

    Fight on! #NoUniAds

  • Joseph Gerard | July 24, 2012 at 10:21 am |

    Well, as far as Coke and Pepsi goes, the Steelers announced a decision yesterday that rocked members of Steeler Nation old enough to remember the “Mean Joe” Greene Coke commercial. I’m going to post the link from ABC affiliate WTAE-TV’s official Facebook page, since it got a lot of comments. (My personal favorite were the numerous “as long as they still sell beer…” comments.) As a Pepsi drinker and a diehard Steelers fan, I’m happy that they made the switch, but it will be weird to some older fans to see the switch. I blame the NFL, since the league has a contract with Pepsi and the Steelers were able to allow Coke to use its logo before but not “Super Bowl”.

    • elgato11x | July 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

      I wouldn’t go blaming the NFL for this. The Eagles just switched from Pepsi to Coke last month. I believe the Falcons, Packers, and Seahawks are also with Coke. There may be more but I dont know.

      Speaking of Coke vs. Pepsi, it seems there is some sponsorship conflict going on with the Vikings playing at TCF Bank Stadium this year (sorry if this has been mentioned on Uni Watch before):

      http://www.startribu...

      • Joseph Gerard | July 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

        The Falcons I would expect to use Coke. Pepsi in general tends to be more popular in Appalachian regions, like Pittsburgh. I guess its more for nostalgic-based reasons that people would want Coke at a Steelers game. When Three Rivers Stadium and Civic/Mellon/BNY Mellon/Civic (again) Arena were open, they both had Coke. Now none of their replacements have Coke: Heinz Field and PNC Park have Pepsi (PNC Park had Pepsi from the get-go) while Consol Energy Center has RC Cola.

        • The Jeff | July 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

          A professional sports venue has RC Cola? Wow.

        • Kyle Allebach | July 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

          People drink RC Cola? Double-wow.

        • Ry Co 40 | July 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

          “A professional sports venue has RC Cola?”

          yeah, it saves me a bunch of money by NOT buying their product during games…

        • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm |

          IS RC Cola and Crown Royal the most regal mixed drink of all time?

        • JTH | July 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm |

          Soldier Field is dropping Coke for RC.

          Well, that’s not technically true. Dr Pepper is going to be the “flagship” fountain drink.

          So now they’ll be selling Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper, RC Cola, Diet RC Cola, 7UP, Sunkist and Sun Drop instead of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite and orange Fanta.

          That’s a huge upgrade in my book.

        • Joseph Gerard | July 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm |

          Yeah, the Penguins have a deal with Dr Pepper Snapple Group for Consol Energy Center. For some reason, a sizable amount of Penguins fans (myself NOT one of them) like Cherikee Red, and some emphasis is placed on that. My mom likes Cherikee Red, but I tend to stick to colas and root beer…as well as regular beer.

      • Joseph Gerard | July 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

        I just read the Vikings article. Probably similar to when I was at YSU, which has a contract with Coke. Until this summer, they had an Arby’s on campus, which continued to sell Coke products even after Arby’s signed a national deal to exclusively serve Pepsi products in 2006. They’re replacing the Arby’s with a Wendy’s this summer, so its a moot point now. Technically, its the same company since Arby’s bought Wendy’s, then sold off Arby’s.

  • DJ | July 24, 2012 at 10:35 am |

    I believe that Adidas USA warmup top is from the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The athletes wore a white version of the suit on the podium, but a blue version was also made. IIRC, the design in front was supposed to be an abstract US map.

  • Kay "SPWC" Temple | July 24, 2012 at 10:36 am |

    @ Ricko:

    Not all wiffle leagues/competitions allow scuffed balls. Non-scuffed wiffleballs don’t move multiple times; They tend to only break once, unless a gust of wind negates a light spin and turns it into a knuckler.

    My wiffleball “league” (more like a regular weekly game we take a little too seriously) doesn’t use a board. We use catcher/umpires and run the bases and have walks. Full 90 degree fair territory. We pitch at 30′, 3″. Plugging is legal to retire baserunners. One base on an overthrow, so things don’t get too silly when you play 3 on 3. Ghost runners move the same as the batter/runner and pitcher’s as good as first. Definitely a playground-style game, but one that has all the tension and much of the strategy of real baseball, as compared to the boy/girl/boy/girl three pitches intramural shit that passes for adult softball ’round these parts. (Central CA)

    • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 10:53 am |

      Yes, I know a wiffleball breaks only once. I was playing the game before most of the folks here were born (the Xenwood Avenue Cubs were an awesome force back then, btw).

      But maybe the Hartford Flailers have the Sidd Finch of wiffleball pitching for them. Ever think about THAT? Seeing as it’s a cartoon, such things are possible.

      :)

    • The Jeff | July 24, 2012 at 10:58 am |

      When a wiffle ball breaks, you have to get a new one. You can’t play with half a ball.

      /what?

      • Phil Hecken | July 24, 2012 at 11:01 am |

        when the whiffle ball breaks, the cradle will fall

        /WHAT???

        • The Jeff | July 24, 2012 at 11:04 am |

          …and down will slide Jim Vilk, orange hat and all

        • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

          Hmmm…hadn’t thought about the “Xenwood Avenue Cubs” in years. Knowing we’d use plain white teeshirts because pinstriped jerseys were hard to come by for a bunch of 11-year-olds in 1958 (especially if you had zero money to spend), our logo looked like this…
          http://www.flickr.co...

        • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

          And, now, 50+ years later it does look like “Cubs on the barbie,” doesn’t it.

    • Jim Vilk | July 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

      Glad to hear you run the bases, Kay.

      With all due respect to the “official” rules of wiffleball, that ain’t baseball. (“Well, duh, Vilk…it’s wiffleball“) By that I mean I try to keep as much of the rules of baseball as I can, including baserunning. I do use a strike zone (a chair) instead of a catcher, so there’s no bunting or stealing. Sometimes we plug runners, sometimes we don’t. Otherwise, you and I probably play a very similar game.

      Since Wiffle is a brand name, is there a commonly accepted generic term, like plasticball or something like that? I’m pretty sure in my bucket of balls, there’s only one wiffleball left…the others are some different brand.

  • Z.C. | July 24, 2012 at 10:52 am |

    The stripes on michigan’s jerseys for the Alabama game look like they belong on hockey jerseys. They would probably look better than the ones Adidas came up with for michigan hockey this year, too.

  • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 10:54 am |

    OK, so it looks like that Elton Brand twitter account is probably a fake. I’ve just asked my ESPN editor to take down the piece I wrote earlier today, and I’ve asked Phil to make the appropriate adjustments to today’s lead entry.

    To be clear: The fake account has been tweeting since June, so it’s not like one of our people pretended to be Elton Brand just to post “#NoUniAds” tweets. It still sucks, though.

    Nonetheless, our battle continues. #NoUniAds

  • Cort | July 24, 2012 at 10:54 am |

    I don’t mean to start a new thread, but the way the site is set up for mobile users, you can’t reply to comments.

    I meant Northern Ireland, of course. Stupid mistake.

    And the paint thing was purely hypothetical. Our kitchen is yellow.

    • Coleman | July 24, 2012 at 11:05 am |

      If you scroll to the very bottom there *should* be an option to turn off the mobile version and view the *full* site. That’s what I do on my BlackBerry anyway. Not sure what phone you have though.

      • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

        ^This is the case for eyeFones as well…

        • Cort | July 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

          Thank you. You’ve made my life easier!

        • Coleman | July 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm |

          My job here is done. :)

  • umplou | July 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |

    Kudos to Ichiro for making a public statement regarding not taking number 51. He basically said that he realized what the number meant to Yankee fans, and that would take another number – 31, Dave Winfield’s old number, and a guy NO Yankee fan has much respect for.

  • BrianC | July 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm |

    “Lumberjacks introduce new logo design”

    An angry cartoon character clutching a hockey stick. Glad to see some minor league teams are doing something original. (for Sheldon Cooper, that was sarcasm)

  • Cort | July 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

    I don’t usually post a lot, but my wife had surgery yesterday, and there really isn’t much to do except pace, post and marvel that Methodist Hospital calls its WiFi feed “MethGuest”.

    I love Phil, and I love the change of perspective & editorial tone he brings, but this time of year fills me with dread: every time Phil takes over weekdays for Paul, one of my loved ones ends up in the hospital…

    • Phil Hecken | July 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm |

      too bad David Stern isn’t one of your loved ones…

      /on a serious note, sorry about the coincidences — hope your wife has a full and speedy recovery

      • Still definitely not Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

        Coincidences my ass! Phil, you get a modicum of power and you immediately start maiming others. DEATH TO PHIL THE TYRANT!

    • quiet seattle | July 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm |

      May your wife’s recovery be swift, Cort.

      • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm |

        Ditto.

      • Cort | July 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm |

        Thank

        • Cort | July 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

          Boy, these stupid phones are not made for thick peasant fingers.

          Thank you so much for your kind words. She came out of surgery well: things the doctors were thinking they’d find, they didn’t, which is very, very good news.

          When she got back from post-op, she grabbed my hand, and said, “Talk to me. I want to hear your voice.” She got 20 solid minutes of Penn State, NBA uniform ads, and my suspicion that Phil is trying to kill us (just kidding). She had this serene smile on her face the entire time.

          Thank you, Morphine.

        • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm |

          Happy for you.

          Also testimony to just how mind-numbing much of world would find the conversations here, I guess.

          Seriously, two wonderful aspects of your comment:
          1. The joy that comes with post-op good news.
          2. Nice to have someone who loves and needs to hear the sound of your voice.

          As my Lutheran minister uncle was fond of saying, “Blessings on your little noggins.”

        • Coleman | July 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

          Really glad to hear the good news. Positive thoughts still coming your way…

    • Curt Rogers | July 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm |

      MethGuest. Such irony. Ha!

  • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

    He’s..
    http://cache.daylife...
    …really gonna look different when they get home and he’s in pinstripes.

  • Still definitely not Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

    As pointed out by deadspin, http://deadspin.com/... , it looks like Ichiro also had a custom low-profile 5150 they seem to have given him – http://30fps.mockses...

    • Faronicus | July 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm |

      Love those low-crowners. Real ballcaps.

  • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

    ^I guess I can be me again

  • Stephanie | July 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

    Great piece, George! I’m jealous of your first-hand viewing and looking forward to reading more as the Games progress.

  • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

    “it will set a precedent for FIFA to ask why should the UK continue to have 4 teams in the World Cup?”

    Wouldn’t that only be a problem if four teams made it to the world cup. Hell, the UK’ll be lucky to get one in pretty soon. [/FutbolSmackTalk]

    • George Chilvers | July 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

      All 4 teams compete in the World Cup and European Championships qualifiers. You mean the Finals. Very different thing.

  • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

    ARRrrrrrr…

    Askith and thou shalt receiveth: http://img.photobuck...

    • Arr Scott | July 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

      Awesome. Gonna put that to social-media use. Thanks!

  • Curt Rogers | July 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

    For once, a team is putting out a camo hat…and it has nothing to do with flag desecration. THIS is how (and why) to do a camo hat. Ugly as sin to me, of course, but if you’re into that sort of thing…..

    https://www.facebook...

    • Tom V. | July 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm |

      They sell those for hunting (I guess?). They’ve been around for ages.

      http://store.nascar....

      • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

        Pretty sure he knew that.

        • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm |

          Now, if they made an Elmer Fudd version of that….

          “Be vewy, vewy kwwwwwwwiet.”

        • Tom V. | July 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm |

          Knew what?

        • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm |

          It’s wabbit season: http://img.photobuck...

          And I think he knew there were for hunting and that hats like that – hunting camo + sports logos – have been around for a while, they just aren’t handed out for free every day.

        • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

          “Saint Rouis Cowdwinals wule!!!”

        • Tom V. | July 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm |

          I understand they’re for hunting, but they just seem kinda cheesy to go hunting with, I would think serious hunters wouldn’t be buying their camo from MLB.com or something, more of a novelty thing.

        • Phil Hecken | July 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm |

          ricko…is elmer fudd asian as well as having a speech deficiency?

          or should that be “saint woo-wis cahdinals wule”?

        • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm |

          Yup, you’re right.
          (Maybe not on “Cahdinals”, though. That sounds like Bahstin. Y’know, where the Sawx play.)

          And I weewee hope Elmer’s favowite pwayer was…
          Enos Swaughter.

        • JTH | July 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm |

          Cawdinaws.

          And he’s a big fan of Cawos Bewtwan.

        • Ricko | July 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm |

          And Tony WaWussa, too, I bett.

        • Simply Moono | July 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

          “is elmer fudd asian as well as having a speech deficiency?”

          Ahem…

  • James A | July 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

    I was thinking, if David Wright (and, I presume, other players) ditch the pajama pants for days games, then perhaps we should go with all day games.

    • Paul Lukas | July 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm |

      If only Wright had played for the Cubs when Wrigley didn’t yet have lights!

      • Phil Hecken | July 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm |

        um…if wright had played for the cubs when wrigley didn’t yet have lights, he would have been wearing proper stirrups — like every other major leaguer in 1988 (or before)

        /but yeah, i get your point

        NO MORE NIGHT BASEBALL!

        • JTH | July 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

          Yeah. Proper.

  • stirpey | July 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm |

    I posted about the corporate advertising on uniforms on a sub-reddit…r/nba….below is the link…Get on and voice your support to get more people to see the post! Let’s continue to flood their office!

    http://redd.it/x2n2h

    if that doesnt work:

    http://www.reddit.co...

    Keep working hard!

    • stirpey | July 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm |

      note: I did take some wording from today’s post, but I just was coming from team uni-watch…meant no disrespect by taking your words!

      cheers!

  • James A | July 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm |

    The discussion here over advertising on NBA jerseys has made me think about watching sports as I grew up. Granted, we all romanticize the past, so you can say that influences some of the kind views I have of certain things (the Phils baby blue uniforms, the Astros strike-zone uniforms, etc.). However, when I see pictures or watch video of sports from the 1970’s and 1980’s specifically, one of the things that strike me is the lack ads on outfield walls, dasher boards (don’t act like you don’t know, Phil), and center ice. Sure, the old ads on outfield walls way back are fascinating for the graphics used at that time or for products that no longer exist, but I still like the clean look of the outfield walls of my childhood (a pass goes to the team logos on some outfield walls). At the very least, that aspect of the games was truly better for the fans.

    • Phil Hecken | July 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm |

      WTF is a dasher board?

      • Tim E. O'B | July 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm |

        It’s an online forum for Santa’s reindeer.

        • James A | July 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm |

          Just for that, here’s the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (AAA International League, Phils affiliate) jersey for tonight:

          http://instagram.com...

  • GMoore | July 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm |

    Remember growing up, making fun of other countries’ Olympic basketball uniforms? Apparently the new US uniforms are payback.

    • Keith S. | July 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm |

      The blue aren’t quite as bad as the white, but they remind me of those BYU football jerseys awhile back. Dark on one side, light on the other.

      I guess when the US plays in the Olympics, their butts can be home while their crotch is away.

  • Wheels | July 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm |

    If the #NoUniAds movement spearheaded by Paul and Phil is successful in derailing the NBA’s plans, thus perhaps holding back the advance of uniform advertising to the other three major sports, I believe it will go down as the crowning legacy of Uni Watch.

  • ChrisChris | July 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm |

    I’m not a basketball fan but am a MAD mag fan and thought this was funny…

    http://www.madmagazi...

    • The Jeff | July 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm |

      Land O Lakers jersey. That has to be Paul’s absolute worst nightmare. Jersey ad, Native American image, and purple trim. Ouch.

  • Kabe | July 25, 2012 at 2:03 am |

    Central Africa Republic national football team has a white jersey with green, yellow, blue and red independent spots.

    Oxford United wore a kit once with three shades of yellow, white, and navy blue.

  • Ucancmysox | July 25, 2012 at 2:42 am |

    Ichiro :(