I didn’t have a strong rooting interest in the National League Championship Series. I’m generally fond of the Cardinals and Giants, they both have very nice uniforms, and I knew I’d be happy to root for either of them against the Tigers (I’m a National League fan). But there was one little thing, sort of a mental and emotional tiebreaker, that had me rooting for the Cardinals: their “2011 World Series Champions” sleeve patch. They wore it all season long, even into the postseason. What would have happened if they’d won on Monday night — would they have kept the championship patch and added this year’s World Series patch on the other sleeve? That would have been a pretty unique situation!
I suspect they would’ve swapped out the old patch for the new. But we’ll never know. And that’s gonna bug me for a while.
New ESPN column today, about the Tigers and Giants — look here. And my annual NBA season-preview column will run tomorrow.
Strange bedfellows: Got a note last night from a reader who prefers to remain anonymous, informing me of an very interesting logo kerfuffle, as follows:
The company I work for has been working on a big game-day promotion involving a certain Big Petroleum company and certain midwestern pro football team with a horse mascot and simple blue-and-white uniforms. A whole bunch of fans coming to the game on Nov. 4 are going to get a special discount card for a one-time gas purchase. The card will be attached to a cardboard carrier with a little glob of glue (the technical term for this is boogered, which I love having an opportunity to say professionally). This project has been bouncing around for months and finally came together at the last possible minute (cannot stress those three words enough).
So the special Big Petroleum discount cards were printed and encoded, the cardboard carriers were printed, the whole thing was boogered together, and then BOOM — somebody at the football team’s front office says, “You can’t use our logo/helmet/colors like that.” Apparently nobody ran the carrier art past the team’s marketing people. Last word we had was that they’re going to cut off the top of the card carrier (where the offending logo appeared) and hand out the butchered logo-free piece.
Faaaaascinating — especially since the football team in question plays in a stadium named after a different petroleum company. Yes, I realize that the Big Petroleum company mostly sells gasoline, while the stadium-affiliated company mostly sells motor oil, so they’re not direct competitors, but it’s still interesting.
Of course, it’s also interesting that anyone would want to partner with the Big Petroleum company on anything, what with them being environmental criminals and all. Maybe that’s why the football folks didn’t want their logo on the carrier.
Fun with pumpkins, continued: From now through Halloween, I’ll happily post photos of any uni-related pumpkin carvings you folks come up with. Here’s today’s haul:
• Shawn Cyr and his fiancé, Cassie, have created this Patriots jack-o-lantern.
• “My nephew cut out this Florida Gators pumpkin this week,” says Randy Williams. “He goes to another university now, but Once a Gator, Always a Gator.”
• It’s not Nick Black’s fault that Rutgers has such a straightforward logo, but it sure makes for a simple carving job.
• “We live in New Hampshire, but we lived in Maryland when our kids were born,” writes David Harville. “Our son, age 10, is beginning to identify with his Baltimore roots. In his honor, I decided an O’s logo would be a good idea for this year’s Pumpkin Festival. Considering that I have zero arts and crafts or handyman skills, I’m pretty happy with the outcome (no power tools used!).” The real question, of course, is whether David included the accursed upside-down apostrophe on the bird’s cap. Can’t tell from the photos.
• Ryan Jelsma created a Vikings jack-o-lantern. “The viking’s head is a little shaky,” he says. “I had to piece together a couple of parts with some toothpicks.”
• Andrew Bortman made this Tigers logo pumpkin. Interesting that he chose the cap logo, not the jersey logo.
• Speaking of the Tigers, Kevin Dugal created a Jim Leyland pumpkin.
• Here’s another Rutgers rendition, this time by Jon McCue.
• And John Okray and Nicole Haase pointed out that the Brewers have provided these templates for fans to use.
PermaRec update: Remember that amazing pharmacy ledger I recently wrote about? The latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog has a bunch of follow-ups on that, as told through a series of newspaper clippings and one football card (shown at right). For details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Who’s that without the logo creep? It’s Lance Briggs, from Monday night’s Bears/Lions game. Here’s another view. “He was missing them on both sides,” says Alex Sampson. I’m assuming several dozen Nike and Bears employees have been fired over this one. … You’ve Got to Be Fucking Kidding Me Dept.: Instead of buying a gimmicky accessory, you can now buy a gimmicky T-shirt with an image of the gimmicky accessories (from Sam Belk). … Apple’s new maps app is still calling it Shea (from Kenny Jacobson). … New logo for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (from Olin Skattum). … Sorry for the lousy cropping job, but I’d completely forgotten that the Spurs wore these “heart-shaped ass” shorts in the late 1970s. Stumbled across that while looking for something else. … I don’t know which thing I like better about this 1944 photo — the graphic on the back of the jersey or the fact that the guy’s name was Scrappy Moore (big thanks to Tom Shieber). … Houston’s colors do not include gray, but the football team will nonetheless wear a gray jersey on Nov. 10. Key quote, from defensive end Zike Riser: “It’s really cool to have a change because we’ve always been red and white.” Yeah, it really sucks when you’re forced to wear your team’s colors (from Paul Kennedy). … A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich will be featured this Friday in a TV special about the early-’70s A’s (from Camryn Brown). … Love love love this curling sweater label. It comes from this very nice (if overpriced) sweater. … A new company is selling posters of diagrams of iconic football plays (from Yancy Yeater). … Although eBay recently got a new logo, Bubba Watson was still wearing the old logo yesterday at the PGA’s Grand Slam of Golf (from Adam Heili). … Kenny Kaplan found some video highlights from a 1973 Dolphins/Lions game in Miami. The Dolphins wore aqua for that game, even though they usually wore white at home in those days. “I remember hearing that the Lions screwed up and brought white uniforms, forcing the Dolphins to wear the dark jerseys,” says Kenny. “In fact, the Lions were fined by the NFL.” … Articles about the negative space in the FedEx logo aren’t exactly a new phenomenon, but this article is still pretty good (from Kurt Esposito). … About a year ago I wrote an ESPN column about Jacob Barrette, the Ottawa Senators fan whose third jersey concept ended up being adopted by the team. Now he’s created a proposed branding program for Ottawa’s new CFL team (from Mike McAllister). … Here’s more info on those new Georgetown basketball uniforms, which I first mentioned last week (from Lucas Ehrbar).