Paul here, making a rare weekend appearance in place of Phil, who’s feeling under the weather (get better, buddy!). I can’t replicate his vast weekend smörgåsbord of content, but hopefully I can at least come off the bench and get a pinch-single.
So: After a bunch of leaks and rumors, U.S. Soccer’s centennial kit was finally unveiled yesterday. As you all know by now, I’m pretty clueless when it comes to soccer, so here are some admittedly non-authoritative thoughts:
The new design is supposedly based on this 1913 kit. I really like that one, with the crest centered on the chest. The new design, with a uni number in the center and the crest off to the side, looks underwhelming to me by comparison.
Obviously, it’s a very understated design, with no extraneous bells and whistles. I like that, of course, but the whole package feels a bit plain, no? Or at least it does to me. But I don’t know jack about soccer, so feel free to tell me why I’m wrong.
Hey, did you notice I managed to get this far without mentioning Nike? D’oh!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Interesting take on the Native American thing from Jack Hittinger, who writes: “Red Lake High School — which is the school for the kids on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota — has a pretty solid basketball program. Their nickname in English is the Warriors, and they use the standard ‘Indian chief’ logo for their sports teams. For their boys’ basketball team, though, they take it a step further in a pretty cool way: Instead of having ‘Warriors’ on the front of their jerseys, they use the term ‘Ogichidaag,’ which I believe is the Ojibwe word for ‘warrior.’” … The Fruit Stripe uni format has hit the high school ranks. That’s Mountain Brook High from Alabama. “Their normal colors are dark green and old gold,” says Gene Crowley. … New uni set for Notre Dame softball (from Warren unium). … GRU is now backtracking about all that revisionist history (from Preston Feiler). … The Cardinals aren’t wearing a Stan Musial memorial patch during spring training, but they’ll add one for the regular season. … Lots of great old Brooklyn Dodgers spring training photos here (from Gerry Sepulveda). … Even if you’ve never cared about gumball helmets, you’ll probably wanna check this out. Li’l cutie! (Big thanks to Brice Wallace.) … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a rear-view shot of the Vancouver Millionaires throwbacks that the Canucks will be wearing later this month (from Mike Engle). … Here’s a good shot of the Yankees doubling up on uni numbers during a spring training game (from Andy Preisendanz). … “I was at a Savers thrift store for a job interview earlier today, and I had a little time to kill before the interview, so I went over to the jersey/athletic apparel section and browsed,” says Alex Giobbi. “There was quite an interesting array of options, including a navy Reebok Rickey Williams Dolphins jersey; what appears to be a Shaquille O’Neal Cole High School jersey; a Mets winter jacket, probably from the 1990s; what appears to be a retro University of Cincinnati basketball jersey (there was no name on the back); a nice-looking Atlanta Hawks warm-up jacket; and a Paul Pierce University of Kansas Jayhawks jersey.” … Here’s a video of the rubber being emptied out of Texas A&M’s field turf (from Jay Sullivan). … This might be a first: a pink memorial decal. It’s being worn by South Carolina baseball for Izzie Powell, the recently deceased infant daughter of Mets catcher and Gamecocks alum Landon Powell (from Ronnie Poore). …