Did the A’s ever have a coach whose last name was Laurie? Nope — that’s Rene Lachemann, who coached for Oakland in the 1980s. He was known as a practical joker, so one day in 1988 the other coaches got together and had equipment manager Steve Vucinich change his NOB to “Laurie” — the name of Lachemann’s wife. Lachemann never noticed and just put on his uniform. (Big thanks to Tom Shieber for bringing this story to my attention, photographer Doug McWilliams for providing the image, and of course Vuc for confirming the details. Good stuff.)
New ESPN column today — the annual college basketball season preview. Link Here.
Got a note the other day from reader Darren Damewood, who has an interesting work history:
I’m the head equipment manager at Moravian College (a small DIII school), so I deal with uniforms and equipment on a daily basis. I also have an equipment blog where I collect articles and stories from all over the web to share in one spot. But before coming here, I was the equipment manager and football technical advisor assistant for the Friday Night Lights TV show.
Originally we based Dillon High School and its opponents on the schools surrounding Austin, Texas, so we could use actual footage from real high school games. As the series continued and Dillon played new teams, and then when East Dillon was added, we would continue to use color schemes and logos of real high schools in the area, but I was also able to create many of the logos. What I’d do was search the web for the mascot we wanted to use and see what others were using (some of the sites I frequented were MG’s Helmets, Uni Watch, and SportsLogos.net). When we would use a real logo that was in use, I always made sure to alter it slightly and would usually change the colors as well, so there weren’t any copyright issues.
We did however, come up with a few totally original logos, including these. Often we would use the same helmets for multiple teams and just change the decal. As we continued, we switched from real football decals to thinner car decals, since we only needed them for a one-time shoot.
Faaaascinating. Thanks for the great info, Darren.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Love this bowling pin lamp (thanks, RyCo). … America, fuck yeah, New Mexico style. One thing I mentioned in the comments a few days ago bears repeating here: I one reason think football is able to go so far over the top with the jingoistic uni elements is that almost all football players are American. By contrast, consider the situation in baseball, where any given MLB team is likely to have Dominicans, Venezuelans, Mexicans, maybe a Japanese player or two, etc. Imagine asking those players to wear something like that New Mexico helmet. Kinda puts this nonsense in useful perspective, no? … Wait, there’s more: America, fuck yeah, WMU edition (from Casey Hart). … Sooo much going on in this photo — a captain’s C, a Philly tag, a pink ribbon in an unusual spot, a helmet number in an even more unusual spot, what appears to be football-shaped merit decals, and what’s with the green dot? The school is Peoria Notre Dame, from Illinois. The other school is Macomb (big thank to Tony Schiffman). … “Possible new uniforms” that are “top secret” in the works for the Dallas Stars. Classic lockout story there — a non-item about non-news. … Looks like the soon-to-be-renamed Reading Phillies will be called the Fightin’ Phillies. Not exactly an earthshaking rebranding. … Ohio University is trying to raise money for new marching band uniforms (from Jason Hillyer). … Toledo and Ball State went color-on-color on Tuesday night (from Matt Wilson). … Lukas and Lucas have something in common. … A Florida voter wearing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology T-shirt was temporarily prohibited from voting because “MIT” is close to “Mitt” (from Bernie Langer). … Check it out: NFL crockpots (from Yancy Yeater). … Jerry Wolper knows what I like. Damn, that must’ve been quite a game to see in person, in color! … The Chargers were accused of having a stickum-filled towel on the sidelines. Turns out there was no stickum, but they’re being fined anyway, for not immediately turning over the towel.
Many, many of you have sent very nice notes about my broken arm, my impending wrist surgery (which will already be taking place by the time most of you read this), and so on. Thanks so much. Not sure how much typing I’ll be able to do over the next few days, but some good content is already in place for tomorrow, and Phil will be back in the saddle this weekend. I’ll see you next week, okay? Okay.