[Editor’s Note: With Wimbledon getting underway today, tennis maven Brinke Guthrie is here with a roundup of what to look for. Enjoy. — PL]
By Brinke Guthrie
Wimbledon’s back for its annual run, and with it the usual “predominantly-white” edict from the All-England Club. Nike has most of the top players signed, and you can see the Wimbledon looks for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova here.
The Fed also shot a pretty funny spot for Wilson rackets — note the number of Wimbledon titles on the bag. Looks like they shot it at Indian Wells to me. Serena did one too, but after what she said last week, we’ll pass on hers.
In other Wimbledon news:
• Prince has opened up its first ever store, in Wimbledon Village.
• Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who is somewhat of a curious presence on court, wants to wear the new Google Glass computerized eye wear while she plays. Uh-huh.
• Novak Djokovic premiered his Uniqlo line in London last Tuesday.
• The Adidas/Stella McCartney sub-brand is here — that’s what Caroline Wozniacki will wear in her first-round loss, while she uses a stealth blacked-out racquet. That usually means she’s about to walk from her current deal with Yonex, probably back to Babolat. Look closely at the photos — she even removes the butt cap logo — though you can see a tiny YY on the grip tape and vibration dampener.
• Here’s Andy Murray’s Adidas look — at least I think that’s Murray. The guy in the photo is actually smiling, so you really can’t be sure.
• Finally, there’s this: If you wore Stan Smith sneakers back in the day, here’s some good news.
’Skins Watch: News items about the use of Native American imagery in sports — including but not limited to the ’Skins name — are now coming at us on a near-daily basis. So I’ve decided to break out this news as a separate section. Today’s breakdown is as follows:
• You know the tide is turning when even Bleacher Report, of all places, is calling for the ’Skins to change their name.
• One person who’s not convinced: former ’Skins QB Joe Theismann, who’s in favor of keeping the name (and who somehow believes he honored Native Americans by suiting up for the ’Skins).
• Meanwhile, here’s a faaaascinating article about Jeep reviving the Cherokee brand, with lots of historical background on car manufacturers using Native American and other ethnic branding. Good accompanying slideshow, too. Highly recommended.
(My thanks to Dan Secord and Tommy Turner for their contributions to this section.)
OMFG: My latest One-Man Focus Group column is about the Navy’s recent move to eliminate all-caps messaging, and about the larger phenomenon of all-caps typography as opposed to boldface, italics, and other forms of emphasis.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Brewers wore their Polish-language uniforms yesterday. By my count, that’s the 11th jersey they’ve worn this season. The other 10: home whites; road grays; home pinstriped throwbacks; home golds; home blues; road blues; Negro League throwbacks; minor league throwbacks (for a game in Minnesota); home whites with camouflage lettering; and home golds with Spanish-language “Cerveceros” lettering. … Oh baby, look at this absolutely sensational old sneaker ad. And hey, is the kid in the ad wearing a memorial armband? (Awesome find by Ricko). … Nothing says, “Yankees Old-Timers Day” like a Twitter hashtag, eh? … The Sabres will be getting a new third jersey at some point this summer (from Mike McBride). … Also from Mike: Here’s a good Montreal Canadiens uni-history page. … The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently saluted the Blackhawks, complete with the conductor in a ’Hawks jersey. “They should have gone the extra step and added the ‘C’ to his jersey — it would fit ‘Conductor,'” notes John Muir. … Pitchers are divided over the prospect of wearing protective headgear on the mound (from Tommy Turner). … The New York Liberty honored former player and new Hall of Fame inductee Sue Wicks by having Cappie Pondexter, who wears Wicks’s former No. 23, wear a “Wicks” NOB on Sunday (from Kevin Brown). … When Tigers reliever Phil Coke came into Thursday night’s game against the Red Sox, umpire Alfonzo Marquez took the occasion to make some hosiery adjustments (screen shot by Tom Mulgrew). … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: Good visual timelines of notable soda can designs (from John Okray). … Funny piece about Phillies logos and postmodernism (from Chris Cocca). … I love these sewing machines. That’s a shot of some embroidery that was used on the jerseys for the first rugby test match between the British & Irish Lions and the Wallabies (from Eric Bangeman). … An Olympic silver medalist sprinter has had a surprisingly hard time finding a sportswear sponsorship deal (thanks, Brinke). … About 10 years ago, the New Orleans Zephyrs wore tequila sunrise throwbacks, and Alex Hassinger ended up with one of the jerseys. … The new NCAA Football 14 Teambuilder site is now available, and Nathan Anderson noticed a bunch of new things: (1) New jerseys for New Mexico State (home, road). (2) “It also looks like Boise State is keeping the file folder design for their alt orange jersey,” says Nathan, “but the number font has been changed to match the other jerseys.” (3) Old Dominion’s alt grays have blue camouflage numbers. … Jody Michael notes that the logo for the Fairview Park school district in Ohio looks a lot like MLS’s conference shields. … The Jacksonville Suns wore some really nice striped stirrups as part of a throwback night last week (photos by Matthew Lawrence). … MLB ump Angel Hernandez is still wearing an adjusta-strap cap — and with a blacked-out MLB logo! (From Michael Kotler.) … Remember my recent piece on collegiate beanies? Thom Armitage was staying at relative’s house and came across this outstanding U. of Tennessee beanie, circa late-1940s. … The Rockies wore their BP jerseys for Saturday’s game against the Nats. “Fairly certain it was to get out of the slump they’d be having,” says Matt Berning. … In a related item, the Rays wore their BP caps for Saturday’s game against the Yankees — except for reliever Jamey Wright (from James Marion). … Here’s a really good look at the Rangers’ bat knob decal, as seen on Leonys Martin’s bat (from Cody Canafax). … According to a tweet from Brewers radio broadcaster Joe Block, Francisco Rodriguez keeps the balls from his saves in sanitary socks (from Nicole Haase). … Another minor league team with mismatched grays: the Portland Sea Dogs (from Harrison Tishler). … I was out at Coney Island on Friday night and noticed that the background mural at one of the bumper car attractions included a portrait of Eli Manning in his Giants uni, but tossing an NCAA football. … New blacktop-style basketball court apparently in the works for UCF. … New soccer kits for the German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach. “White = home; green = away; black = alternate; gray-ish = goalkeeper,” says Tim Ruschkowski. … Some color-on-color games are more ridiculous than others. That’s from a basketball game in the Philippines (from Greg Netherwood). … Camouflage has spread to the world of cricket, where India’s wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was wearing camo gloves the other day (from Vasav Swaminathan). … This is pretty wild: The 1929 Bluffton football team had a big “X” on their jerseys (from Larry Bodnovich). … The new Almodóvar film, I’m So Excited!, features a fictitious airline, complete with its own logo, uniforms, and so on (from Samuel Selker). … At Saturday’s Toyota/Savemart 350, Clint Bowyer was in his No. 15 Toyota, but he had a small 56 decal on his seat, from his teammate Martin Truex Jr. (from David Firestone). … It’s common for big leaguers to wear their MLB helmets while on minor league rehab assignments. But Jose Reyes has also been wearing his Blue Jays pants and belt while rehabbing with the Buffalo Bisons. Never seen that before (from Will Edge). … Gavin Orobko checked in with some new photos of the Winnipeg Jets tabletop hockey game he’s been making. “I have finally finished the surface, and I have to say I am happy with the result,” he says. “Now till football season starts, I’m going to work on the boards and scoreboard.” … Interesting piece about the psychology of color in logo design (Brinke again). … RIP, Bobby. We’re all blue today.