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What’s even better than mini-golf? Mini-golf with snow-capped mountains in the background and a green-sweatered girlie cheering you on (and, although it was out of the frame, plenty of beer on hand). That shot was taken on Sunday, when I was still in Washington State, and it nicely captures the good time that the New Girl and I had out there. I’m pretty sure I sank that putt. And if I didn’t, well, whatever — I sank it eventually.
Flew home yesterday from Seattle, where the TSA folks searched my bag and gave a very thorough inspection to my laminator, which I’d brought along to make Uni Watch membership cards at Monday night’s party. “We’ve never seen one of these before,” said the agent, eyeing the laminator as if it might be an incendiary device. He eventually gave it the green light. (Meanwhile, the metal plate in my arm — a result of my wrist surgery back in November — didn’t set off the metal detectors on either leg of the trip, which was a bit of a letdown.)
Anyway: New ESPN column today — the first of two back-to-back columns about the uniforms in the upcoming Jackie Robinson movie 42. Today’s installment is an interview with Ebbets Field Flannels founder/owner Jerry Cohen, whose company produced the minor league and Negro League uniforms for the movie. Enjoy.
March Madness Pool Results: The winner of our March Madness pool, with 143 points, is Michael Ratta. Congrats to him, and thanks to all who played. Bonus thanks to Will Rausch for setting up the pool and tabulating the results.
OMFG: My latest One-Man Focus Group column is about the best stereo equipment review site ever — or just the best review site, period. Check it out here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Key MLB change that we all missed until now: The Pirates are using direct-sewn NOBs, instead of nameplates. Ditto for the home whites and black alts (kudos to John Dankosky for spotting this, and shame on the rest of us for not catching it). … And here’s another unexpected MLB change, although there’s no way we could have known about this one until now: The White Sox played their first road game of the season last night, and it turns out that they’ve changed the piping on their road pants! This change isn’t shown in the MLB Style Guide, and there was no advance warning about it, so it’s a complete surprise. … The Titans are inviting fans to vote on the team’s 15th-season logo and patch (from Joseph Walker). … Cool 1913 throwbacks in the works for the Brooklyn Cyclones (from Jay Palmer). … Here’s the Dolphins’ new sideline cap (from Matt Lange). … Carmelo Anthony has the top-selling NBA jersey. In the NFL, it’s Robert Griffin III. … Holy moly, look what Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium looked like during a Jehovah’s Witnesses convention in 1969 (from Harry Michelson). … Burying the lede: A note at the very end of this article indicates that the Wild will have new white jerseys next season. I’ve always loved their current white design — sorry to hear it’s being mothballed (from Doug Rogers). … Here’s a photo gallery of shoes from the NCAA tourney (from Tom Mulgrew). … Someone in Texas took a fun jersey-based swipe at Josh Hamilton (from Mark Kaplowitz). … New home kit for the Carolina RailHawks (from Andy Dunbar). … Here’s a fairly comprehensive review of the new WNBA logo (from Chris Ashley). … Real Madrid went sponsor-free yesterday, because gambling sponsors aren’t allowed in Turkey. … Speaking of Real Madrid, their name/number typography this season has been rendered in multiple shades of blue. But in recent Champions League games, it’s just been dark navy (from Kenny Loo). … Interesting piece about Columbus, Ohio menu designs (from John Wernecke). … Here’s a fun circular infographic showing the NCAA tourney results (from Coleman Mullins). … New helmets for Tulane. … More soda case art, this time a Diamondbacks display made from Pepsi products (from Chris Cruz). … South Carolina baseball went G.I. Joe last night (from Joel Mathwig). … Yabba-dabba-do, look at the striped shorts and vertically striped socks for Austin Peay, circa early 1970s (from Lee Wilds). … Latest fun apparel maneuver by the Rays: varsity jackets to wear on the road (from Mike Edenzon). … Nats pitcher Drew Storen has his Twitter handle on his glove (from Mark Lackinger). … New logo for Fort Knox (from Josh Claywell). … Looks like many — perhaps most? — catchers are still wearing Cool Flos (from Matt Ryburn). … Here’s a taco shop whose T-shirt is a nifty Padres homage (from Mark Coale). … The Tigers’ scoreboard operator had some issues yesterday. “That Yankees logo was next to ‘Blue Jays’ in the line score until the 4th inning,” says Eric Sing. … What’s better than a team in striped stirrups? Two teams in striped stirrups! That’s Franklin College and Hanover College, a pair of D3 schools from Indiana (from Derek Linn). … Also from Derek: Logan Pause of the Chicago Fire wears his wedding band while playing. … Odd typo on Venus Flytrap’s jacket. “Maybe a copyright or trademark thing?” speculates Matthew Prigge. … Here are the uniforms (not bad) and sneakers (ugh) for the Jordan Brand Classic (from Ethan Sheets). … Hotel room artwork is usually bland, lame-o, or both. But Bill Kellick is staying at a hotel in the Netherlands with this hockey illustration on the wall. … Here’s a 1946 Cleveland Browns program cover with a Brownie illustration I’ve never seen before. “I think it looks great and has potential for an easy contemporary tweak — more so than our traditional elf logo,” says Brian, who didn’t give his last name. … Here’s more about the Adidas logo shaved into Iman Shumpert’s head, and the NBA’s response to it.