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Credit where it’s due: Reader Brady Phelps first brought this guy to my attention on his blog. Then reader Michael Hersh sent me the frontal view. When I tweeted the photos yesterday afternoon, B. Samuel Wilson had the best comment:
@UniWatch bodypaint jersey looks better than current Padres jersey. Granted, pretty low bar to overcome
— B. Samuel Wilson (@bkwrds) June 24, 2013
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — the results of the Hornets-redesign contest (finally!). Enjoy.
’Skins Watch: Here’s the latest regarding the ’Skins name and related issues:
• Former Sabres coach Ted Nolan, a First Nation native, thinks the ’Skins should change their name.
• I heard former ’Skins QB Doug Williams interviewed on the New York sports radio station WFAN yesterday afternoon. The show’s co-host Evan Roberts asked Williams what he thinks about the controversy about the team’s name (Roberts didn’t tip his hand as to where he stands on the issue, and I have no idea if he’s voiced an opinion in the past). Williams basically punted: “I stay away from that. It’s a no-win situation. I played for the Washington Redskins, and I’ll leave it at that.”
By Brinke Guthrie
Wimbledon started yesterday, so we’re highlighting some vintage tennis gear this week, starting with Bjorn Borg tracksuit from Fila — as good as it got. They were pricey back in the day, too! I had this one in cobalt/navy, one of five or six color combos. Curiously, Borg wore his Fila line worldwide, except in Scandinavia, where he wore Jockey. (He did the same thing for shoes and rackets. Tretorn shoes and Bancroft rackets in North America, Diadora shoes and Donnay racquets everywhere else.)
In other tennis items:
• There was the other Fila personalized line back in the day. Guillermo Vilas’s warm-up looked like this — and this one is supposedly new with tags.
• Ilie Nastase has had a long relationship with Adidas. He wore their ATP line of clothes, played with an Adidas racquet (rumored to be a Dunlop Maxply with Adidas decals), and wore these shoes. (Here I am in Florida in 1978 wearing the same clothing & sneakers.)
• Jimmy Connors had his own signature Slazenger line in the 1980s. So did Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl with Adidas, and Boris Becker with Puma and Fila (though that looks like a reissue). Lendl also used an Adidas racquet at one time — rumored to be a Kniessel paint-job.
• John McEnroe had his own lines, first with Tacchini and then Nike. These shoes were designed for cross-training, but McEnroe saw them on a tour of the Nike campus and grabbed them. His original 1980s Nike clothing line favored a checkerboard motif. (Side note: I saw the late Vitas Gerulatis wear Nike socks at the 1979 US Open. I wrote to Nike, and they responded “we’re not planning on producing clothing at this time.” Really.)
• A non-tennis item from reader JD Denison: a Devil Rays TATC jersey for the bat boy.
• And from reader Josh Wren, an Alexander Ovechkin jersey from his time with the Moscow team, featuring some funky typography.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
PermaRec-ish update: I recently came across a story that had PermaRec written all over it, but it was also food-related, so I pitched it to Grub Street (New York magazine’s food blog), and they took it. It’s about a woman who bought a bunch of 1930s recipe cards at an antiques shop and was able to connect with the person who originally owned them. Check it out here.
OMFG reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest One-Man Focus Group piece is about ALL-CAPS typography.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s an item I added to yesterday’s Ticker at 10am, so early-morning readers may have missed it: The Brewers wore their Polish-language uniforms on Sunday. 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; these throwbacks; these throwbacks; home whites with camouflage lettering; and home golds with Spanish-language “Cerveceros” lettering. … If you like stretch marks, you’ll love the new UCLA football jerseys (thanks, Phil). … New 15th-anniversary logo for the Predators, and it’s seriously underwhelming. Like, is that supposed to be a twister or what? … The Chargers have officially confirmed two things we already knew: No more neck roll, and they’re changing the colors of their NOB lettering. In addition, there’s news we hadn’t heard about until now: They’re adding a gold stripe to the socks! No visuals yet, grrrrr (from Brady Phelps). … The Suns are reportedly one of the NBA teams that will have sleeved alts next season. No visuals yet. … Yesterday I mentioned that UCF was planning a blacktop-style basketball court, but all I had to show you was a mock-up. Now we have photos of the actual court. Here’s a time-lapse video of it being installed. … Here’s some news from two weeks ago that I completely missed until yesterday: The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will open the 2014 MLB season with a two-game series in Australia. It’ll be interesting to see if these games will feature uniform advertising, as has been the case for all the season-opening series in Japan. … The Detroit Mechanix — that’s an ultimate Frisbee team — have new uniforms (from Christopher Zervic). … If you really love your teams, bleed for them. Max Weintraub spotted that guy at Sunday’s Nats game. … “Caught a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game over the weekend,” writes Alan Filipczak. “The walls of the stadium bar were decorated with vintage jerseys from the Appleton Foxes era. This one in particular caught my eye — look at the sleeve patch!” … Many players at the NBA combine claim to be seven feet tall, but most of them only reach that height with the aid of their sneakers. … One of the Sporting KC coaches had his MLS sleeve patch sewn on upside-down the other day (from Phillip Foose). … “Blanco Pro Racing becomes Team Belkin at this year’s Tour de France,” says Sean Clancy. “Here is the kit.” … Matt Wade thinks this whole pink thing has gotten out of hand. … The cover of the latest issue of the Penn State alumni mag shows then-and-now versions of the PSU live mascot (from Chris Flinn). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: George Mason is inviting fans to vote on the school’s “We’re in the A-10 now!” logo. … Western Kentucky will unveil new football uniforms on July 18 (Phil again). … The Titans’ new offensive coordinator doesn’t want QB Jake Locker to wear a play-call wristband (thanks, Brinke). … Back in 1987, someone sent an amusingly outraged letter to Nike (from Chris LaBella). … Here’s a map showing the most notable corporations headquartered in each U.S. state, designed by a guy named Steve Lovelace (from Ryan Connelly). … If you’ve been dying to see the Blackhawks’ logo made out of Lego, then today’s your lucky day (thanks, Phil). … Dwyane Wade got himself some pretty nifty NBA championship socks (from Robert Silverman). … The Stockton Ports wore tequila sunrise throwbacks last Saturday (from Ethan Kassel). … Game notes for tonight’s Rays game include the following: “NASCAR driver Aric Almirola will throw the ceremonial first pitch. The 29-year-old Tampa native drives the No. 43 Smithfield Foods/United States Air Force/STP Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports and will swap jerseys with fellow Tampa native Matt Joyce.” That leads Cork Gaines to wonder, “Is Almirola going to give Joyce a fire suit?” … Kenny Tobler’s father is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “They just finished a summer tour of the Midwestern states,” he says. “And during a stop in Indianapolis, they were presented with a Pacers jersey.” Here’s a front view. … The Fresno Grizzlies wore San Francisco Sea Lions (Negro League) throwbacks earlier this month. “But the re-creation jerseys were not authentic,” says David Taub. “The Sea Lions of 1946 did not have a Sea Lion logo, but a logo of a Cub. That is because the team purchased the jerseys prior to the season from a semi-pro team called the San Francisco Cubs. The most famous player to play for the Sea Lions was Willie Mays Sr.” … Tennis player Anne Keothavong is wearing tiny ads — get this — on her fingernails to help promote a new high-def Sony TV (from Paul Lee). … Here are excellent close-ups of the new Jags helmet and the new Dolphins helmet (Phil again). … What would happen if the Miami Heat players dressed up as the New York Rangers? This (Robert Silverman again).