Uni Watch reader Stephen Rawlings makes these nifty little mini-jerseys. I wanted to show the step-by-step process of how he does it, so I asked him if he wanted to guest-write an entry here on the site. Instead, he posted the whole process on his site (which is better, because he deserves all the web traffic). Get the full DIY scoop here.
Stephen also sells blank versions of the jerseys, to which you can then add your own decals. For details on this, look here.
I’ve been opposed to the arena from the start, but I have to admit it’s a bit of a mind-fuck to learn that I’ll soon be living just a few blocks from an NBA team and an NHL team (assuming I haven’t been priced out of the neighborhood by 2015, when the NHL team is due to arrive). And on some level I like that the Nets and Islanders, who played in the same arena back in the 1970s, will now be back under the same roof again.
Although I’m from Long Island, I’ve never been into the Islanders. My father and brothers had always been big Rangers fans, so that was the culture of our family. I was already drifting off to sleep while listening to Marv Albert call Rangers games on the radio in 1971, a year before the Islanders even existed. I went to a lot of Isles games in the ’70s, though. We’d go see them whenever they were playing the Rangers, Bruins, or Canadiens (you know, the good teams), because it was a much easier ticket than getting tix to see the Rangers at the Garden. Sure, the Isles sucked in those days, but we didn’t care. We were there to see the other team.
As the Islanders got good and their relationship with the Rangers changed from little brother to bitter rival, I learned to hate the Islanders, to loathe them. And like all good loathings, there was something delicious about it, something addictive. By the time I finished college in 1986, hating the Islanders was as big and as satisfying a part of my identity as hating the Yankees.
Since then, of course, the Isles have been a joke. I no longer hate them; I barely even remember they exist. But will I suddenly start rooting for them in 2015 just because they’ll be headquartered four-tenths of a mile from my house? No — not if they’re still calling themselves the New York Islanders (which is the plan). I just can’t start supporting a team to which I’ve been indifferent at best, diametrically opposed at worst. But if they ever decide to rename the franchise the Brooklyn [Whatever]s, then we can talk.
Will I go to their games? Yeah, why not. It’d be fun to take a 10-minute stroll and end up at an NHL game. Assuming they’ve settled the lockout by then.
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:
• “Here is my Boston College logo pumpkin,” says Stephen Garvey. “Looks a bit like RC, but I gave it my best shot!”
• Scott Duebber sent in this shot of his MLB logo pumpkin.
• Brad Reissig’s friend Ali tried her hand at this Patriots pumpkin.
• And UGA fan Matthew Lawrence says, “We may get our tails handed to us in Jacksonville on Saturday but we’ve got a damn fine jack-o-lantern!”
Membership update: The membership program goes through some odd boom/bust cycles. Sometimes we’ll go through a period where we get tons of orders and can barely keep up, and then we’ll have a period where orders slow to a trickle. We’re currently in one of the latter periods. So if you’ve been meaning to sign up, this is a good time to do it, because we don’t have lots of other orders in the pipeline and should be able to process your order pronto (or at least pronto-ish).
Research request redux: A friend of mine is involved in a project in which he’s examining inconspicuous visual symbols of achievement and/or status — sort of like college football merit decals, but he’s looking for examples that are less well-known than that (and not necessarily sports-related). Stealthy signifiers, if you will. If you have any suggestions, please send them this-a-way. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Just one more October weekend to go, but the NFL has saved one last extra-annoying gimmick for this Sunday: pink penalty flags for the Jets/Dolphins game. Oh boy! Can’t wait. … Stunning sight at last night’s World Series opener, as Willie Mays appeared in a game cap instead of his usual BP cap. … Big Kool-Aid spill on the Missouri State ice surface (from Stuart Ciske). … Did you know that the Lightning used a lightning bolt red line in the mid-2000s? That’s from the great Frozen Faceoff site, which has recently been updated with a bunch of new content. … This is interesting: The Ravens used an intern to fill in for the injured Lardarius Webb in their team portrait. “Nice to see that they’re actually admitting to Photoshopping,” says Joe Hilseberg. … The Steelers are gearing up for this Sunday’s throwback game. … Good story on what happened to Hunter Pence’s broken bat from Monday night (thanks, Brinke). … Speaking of Pence, I’ve mentioned many times that he wears only one batting glove, and that single-glovers used to be much more common back in the ’70s. That has prompted a great story from Neil Cablk: “During my Little League days (mid-1970s), I batted right-handed and wore a batting glove on my left hand. Once I had a blister on my right hand that was bothering me and asked to buy a batting glove for my right hand. The guy at the local sporting goods store refused to sell me one! He asked me if I batted right-handed, I said yes, and he said something to the effect of ‘You’re right-handed, you need a glove for your left hand. What do you need two gloves for?’ For some reason the topic was important enough for him to lose a sale.” … Meanwhile, you know who else wears one glove? Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Surprising that there are two single-glovers on one team (big thanks to Dan White). … Check out the cap Jim Leyland wore while skippering the Clinton Pilots in 1975. Looks more like a gimme cap from the local feed store (from Brady Phelps). … The Sporting News published some very weak uni-related humor in 1965 (from Tom Shieber). … Oklahoma is asking fans to create a candy cane stripe for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame (from Leon Frager). … In a related item, skip ahead to the 1:30 mark of this video clip to learn how Oklahoma designs its field differently for conference and non-conference games (interesting stuff from Scott Kingsolver). … The band Wilco has teamed up with Ebbets Field Flannels to produce a Wilco grounds crew jacket (from James Huening). … Postgame jersey trading is common in soccer — but in the NFL? That’s a new one on me (from Maks Skuz). … What’s worse than one team playing G.I. Joe? Eight teams playing G.I. Joe. “U-S-A! U-S-A!” says Jeff Mayer (sarcastically, I’m fairly sure). … Speaking of G.I. Joe, look what Barry Zito wore to last night’s postgame press conference (from Mario Fontana). … Some guy in Louisiana has a collection of over 300 football helmets (from Ben C. Melancon). … Bears will wear their Monsters throwbacks this Sunday. In the past, they’ve worn them with plan navy helmets. This year it looks like they’re keeping their regular helmets but using gray facemasks. … Nice piece, including a great cartoon, about how soldiers on both sides of the Civil War passed time by playing baseball. … Here’s an absolutely beautiful slideshow from a 1969 Packers/Falcons game. Great uniforms, gorgeous saturated colors, plus both teams were wearing the NFL 50th-anniversay patch (from Jeff Ash). … Country music star Jason Aldean has changed the lyrics to one of his popular songs to reflect his newly inked sponsorship deal with a major brewery. But don’t worry, corporations don’t have too big an influence on American life (from Kyle Mackie). … Henry Sibley High, a high school in the Minneapolis area, has a weird mix of elements for its football uniform: a Michigan State logo on a Giants-style helmet with Giants pants and a red jersey (from Andy Henderson). … Arizona State is letting a current player wear Pat Tillman’s No. 42 (from Paul Hirsch). … What the hell is Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins wearing under his jersey — a corset? Never seen that before (from James Comfort). … Check out these helmet storage bags used by the Notre Dame equipment staff (from Warren Junium). … Marty Corcoran was watching the Vietnam documentary Hearts and Minds and spotted a color-on-color high school football game. … Now I’ve Seen Everything Dept.: gumball sideline caps (from Tim Reyes). … “So my wife is watching Murder, She Wrote in bed on her iPad (don’t ask),” says Jon Solomonson. “I glance over and what to I see — a helmet buggy! ‘Screen grab!’ I yell. She freaks out. Apparently the team was called the Leopards. That’s all I know. That’s Angela Lansbury and some kid inside (or maybe their stunt doubles!).” … Check out the photo that accompanies this article about the NHL lockout. Do NHL nets really have logo creep like that? If so, when did it start? (From John Lee.)