Okay, so I’m a little biased because my favorite color is green, but I really liked USF’s green-gradient shorts last night (additional photos in this slideshow). Will they ever wear the white version? Hope so.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — the results of the Dolphins-redesign contest, plus a little video clip shot at Uni Watch HQ. Look here.
F1 Update, continued
By Carlos and Omar Jalife
The Livery: The paint job does not change that much for the 2013 season. We still have the mix of silver with turquoise accents in the sidepods, rear wing, wheels, and front wing with the addition this year of the upper part of the nose, to which a color lining has been added. Also, the rearview mirrors are now turquoise instead of black.
Vanity Panel: The Germans decided against the vanity panel.
Fire Suits: We can say the silver arrows will maintain the same style and colors. The only addition is a new sponsor in the tummy, which breaks the simple design with a big black rectangle on the chest (here’s the old version).
Helmets: Hamilton is new in Mercedes GP for 2013, and he’s made some minor changes to his helmet. It’s still yellow-based, but the red is now sectioned (compare to the old version) and the blue can be seen from the front (here’s the old version). Also, the back part has a red section with his last name, which seems a little bit higher than before. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg went a little bit darker instead of just gray/silver. This is particularly notable in the back of the helmet, while the line that used to be in the bottom part will now be the bottom instead of sectioning the primary color.
Carlos’s Verdict: Not much to judge by here, as they’ve maintained almost everything as last year, including the helmets and fire suits of their Brit and German drivers. Quite a clean look, though. B+
Omar’s Verdict: Real smooth look, if not particularly exciting. A
Show & Tell update: The latest installment of my monthly Show & Tell event is tonight, 8pm, in the back room at Freddy’s. Admission is free. You should come! (For those unfamiliar with S&T, look here.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Drip, drip, drip: Another day, another piece of evidence (as if any were needed) that the Braves have been lying about their BP cap. This time it’s in the form of a photo from reader Eric Bjorkquist, who spotted several of the Indian head BP caps available for sale at a shop in Wisconsin. So not only were these caps put into production, but some of them actually shipped to retail. Come on, John Schuerholz, quit lying — this whole thing is just making you look stupider by the day. Come out and admit the truth, which is that you were fully committed to using this cap design and then changed course after the backlash that took place a few months ago. … Yesterday’s entry on the making of Uni Watch membership cards was the lead item for influential media critic Jim Romenesko’s morning rundown. … Man, the real version of the Earl Weaver memorial patch is even more underwhelming that the web graphic we originally saw (photo by Joe Hilseberg, who’s down at spring traning). … The NFL is considering a new rule that would prohibit players from leading with their helmets. … Rare piece of good news on the corporate-sponsorship front, as it was announced yesterday that the college football’s new championship format will not be sponsored. That prompted some good analysis from Michael Rich, who writes: “The key quote in that article, to me, was ‘The Final Four doesn’t have [a title sponsor]. The Masters doesn’t. The Super Bowl. That’s the kind of event we have.’ This immediately reminded me of an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution back when the Peach Bowl officially became the Chic-fil-a Bowl. That article contained the following quote: ‘Our goal when we came on board nine years ago was to build our brand both regionally and nationally and to help the bowl grow into one of the premier events in the country. We feel this deal is a big step in that direction.’ So the thinking then was that becoming a premier event (in college football, anyway) required a title sponsor. Now here’s at least one instance of the powers that be recognizing that the title sponsor detracts from that prestige rather than adding to it. A small but welcome step.” Indeed. … In a vaguely related item, if superheroes were corporate-sponsored, they might look like this. … Jordany Valdespin of the Mets was hit in the groin by a pitch on Monday and then was criticized by skipper Terry Collins for not wearing a cup. … “Meaner” logo reportedly on the way for UConn (from Gregory Koch). … Who are these two shadowy figures? None other than myself and Uni Watch intern emeritus Vince Grzegorek (now the editor-in-chief of Cleveland Scene, don’tcha know). Vince is in town this week, so we went out for eats and drinks on Monday night. He may swing by for Show & Tell tonight, which is one more good reason for you to attend. … And who’s that posing with the Giants’ World Series trophy? None other than “Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie. “They take it all around and let people pose with it,” he says. “Costs to do so, of course. Two years ago, they held it at the nearby Lesher Center and the line was mammoth, with people camping out overnight. This year, I got inside in 15 minutes, and when I left, no one was in line. I think it was due to the fact that this location, the Giants store in Walnut Creek, was just tacked onto the tour list last week or so, no one knew about it. Other locations have been mobbed.” … Yesterday I linked to this Habs team portrait showing Peter Mahovlich (top row, third from left) with a mispositioned “CH” logo. Now Rocky Lum has found many additional examples of the logo riding a bit high — look here, here, here, here, and here. … Have I mentioned lately how much I love Hamilton Nolan? Actually, yes, I have. Just yesterday, in fact. But it bears repeating. … Remember Mark Willis’s project to reimagine MLB teams as soccer teams? Now Danny Garrison is reimagining football teams as soccer teams. He’s started witih the NFC East. … Hmmm, “Dr. B”? That’s longtime Packers team doctor Eugene Brusky, who died last week. That photo comes from a slideshow of Brusky that Jeff Ash put together. “Upon his retirement, the Packers gave him a gold satchel, which you can see in the 11th and 12th photos,” says Jeff. … New basketball uniforms for Texas Tech. … Note the missing period on several of the jerseys in this 1957 Saint Louis University basketball team portrait. … “Obviously New Era has proven that there are no rules when it comes to their fashion caps,” says Cork Gaines. “But this one is particularly odd, as it combines the Rays’ 1979 fauxback logo with their 2007 ’10 Seasons’ patch. It is hard to tell in the picture, but the patch looks like it is still in Devil Rays green.” … “The Sports Business Journal site had a headline for a story about the NFL returning to localized Super Bowl logos in 2014,” says Luke H. “I don’t have access to that story [and neither do I — PL], but here’s a screen shot of the headline.” … There were lots of comments yesterday about that Ticker-linked graphic that showed NFL jerseys for U.S. Presidents. In case you missed it, the guy who created the jerseys, Alec Tolivaisa, posted a response in the comments last night. You can read it here. … Japanese Baseball, Part One: New alternate uni for the Yokohama Bay Stars (from Shane Earnest). … Japanese Baseball, Part Two: New alt jersey for the Chunichi Dragons, and 1990s Orix Blue Wave throwbacks for the Orix Buffaloes (from Jeremy Brahm). … Good story about cardinals and their headwear — the Catholic ones, not the St. Looie ones (thanks, Brinke). … “I got an Eastbay catalog in the mail today and it had a picture of what the Michigan and NC State Fruit Stripe uniforms would have looked like,” says Dave Sizer. “I’m so glad they decided not to wear these stupid-ass things in the tournament.” … Raymie Humbert and I both want to know why the Coyotes wore white at home last night. Anyone..? … The Penguins wore purple warm-up jerseys with pink trim last night. Woof! … Reprinted from last night’s comments: When a player joins a team, they often have him wear or hold a jersey at his introductory press conference. But in Percy Harvin’s case, the Seahawks provided jerseys for home, road, and alt. Never seen that before (from Bobby Roseberry). … Two Cactus League notes from Patrick Karraker: (1) Adam Ottavino is currently wearing No. 0 in Rockies camp. (2) “It’s pretty common practice for a team to call players up from minor-league camp for the day [if you need an extra body for spring training game]. But when the Diamondbacks do this, instead of giving the player a nameless big-league BP jersey like many teams do, they simply have the players wear their minor league jerseys, which do not perfectly match the big league ones. They look like the previous incarnation of the BP jersey — a two-button pullover with no black piping down the sides. In addition, the minor leaguers are wearing their minor league numbers, which are lower and often conflict with those of some high-profile major leaguers.” … Got a package in the mail yesterday from someone — presumably a reader of this site — who was nice enough to send me a couple of old books: one about bowling and one about the 1975 Daytona 500. Unfortunately, there was no cover letter, and the return address was for an organization, not a person. Whoever you are, nameless benefactor, thanks!!