[Editor's Note: Today we have a guest-written entry by reader Nik Streng, who recently completed a fun DIY project. — PL]
By Nik Streng
It’s gotten cold here in Oregon. And for me, cold NFL Sundays call for sweatpants. After seeing the Colin Kaepernick DIY jersey that was featured on the site a year ago, I decided I wanted to make a set of Kansas City Chiefs-themed sweatpants for myself.
I started by buying a set of plain white sweatpants:
I know you like the Chiefs’ red pants, Paul, but I decided to go with white because I don’t want to create the blood-clot look by wearing my red Chiefs jersey with a pair of red pants.
Next, I designed the Chiefs’ pants stripes on GIMP with every line being one inch wide:
Then I printed the stripes on some iron-on transfer paper that I’d purchased from a local craft store, ironed the stripes onto the sweatpants, and kept repeating until I was happy with the length of the stripes:
I only had the striping go down to around the knees, because that’s the length of the stripes on the Chiefs’ game pants. I was originally going to try to to put the team’s sock striping on the lower part of the pant legs, but that seemed like something I’d probably screw up, so I let it go:
I also bought an NFL logo iron-on patch on eBay to put on the hip. I put parchment paper over it to make sure I didn’t burn it with my iron:
I know I could have just printed out the logo, but I’m a sucker for feel of and embroidered patch, and it looks so much cooler that way. I realize it’s an old NFL logo with 25 stars, but I don’t care (it was also the cheapest one I could find at the time):
Here I am wearing them — not bad:
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is a follow-up to last week’s college hoops season preview piece. Enjoy.
PermaRec update: It’s been ages since I posted anything on the Permanent Record Blog, but I’m finally catching up on old material that’s been piling up. The new post features several really fascinating objects (including the beautiful map shown above, which you can click to enlarge) that were found inside an old wooden box left in the trash. There’s also info regarding a message in a bottle and a Civil War medal found in an old book at a thrift sale. Check it out here.
Big heavy thing for sale: I was recently on the winning team in a music trivia contest, which entitled me to a very cool prize: LSXX, which is a limited-edition deluxe seven-record box set to mark the 20th anniversary of the Breeders’ awesome Last Splash album.
At first I was very excited to get this box set. But then I remembered the problem (or at least my problem) with box sets: They look cool on the shelf, but they’re so big and cumbersome that I never want to bother taking them off the shelf. Plus they have so many discs, or LPs, or whatever, that I never know where to start. Plus-plus this particular box set came with a digital download code, so I was able to load the whole thing onto my iTunes and listen to it without worrying about the big, cumbersome box.
So: Now that I’ve made this box set sound not particularly attractive, anyone wanna buy it from me?
Seriously: It is attractive — like, very attractive, as I’ll show you in a minute — but I can already tell that I’m never gonna play the vinyl, especially now that I have the digital version. So I’ve decided to sell it. I could put it on eBay, but I’d like to give Uni Watch readers first crack at it.
Here’s what the box set includes (for all of these photos, you can click to enlarge):
1. The outer box. The whole package is housed in a corrugated cardboard box, which measures 13.5″ by 13.5″ by 2.25″ — about the same as the box for a medium pizza.
2. The inner box. Inside the cardboard box is a very nice box partially covered in green velvet.
3. The booklet. This is a 24-page booklet filled with photos, stories, and journal entries about the making of Last Splash, including short essays by Kim Gordon and J Mascis.
4. Last Splash LP. This is the album on which the box set is based — remastered, on high-grade vinyl, blah-blah-blah. Here’s the track listing (which includes the song “Mad Lucas,” the spelling of which has always annoyed me):
1. New Year
3. Invisible Man
4. No Aloha
6. Do You Love Me Now?
8. I Just Wanna Get Along
9. Mad Lucas
10. Divine Hammer
14. Drivin’ on 9
15. Roi (Reprise)
5. Stockholm Syndrome LP. A live LP documenting a 1994 show in Stockholm. Seven tracks from this LP originally appeared on a fan-club-only CD; the other nine tracks are previously unissued. Here’s the song listing:
1. Shocker in Gloomtown
2. New Year
6. I Just Wanna Get Along
9. Head To Toe
10. Happiness is a Warm Gun
12. Invisible Man
14. Drivin’ on 9
15. Don’t Call Home
6. Demos and Rarities LP. Pretty much what the title suggests. Track listing:
1. No Aloha (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
2. Flipside (same as above)
3. Divine Hammer (same as above)
4. Hag (same as above)
5. New Year (1992 demo, previously issued as a bonus 7-inch with original vinyl pressing of Last Splash)
6. Grunggae (same as above)
7. Invisible Man (previously released on 4AD label compilation 13 Year Itch)
8. No Aloha (1992 demo, previously unreleased)
9. I Just Wanna Get Along (same as above)
10. Mad Lucas (same as above)
11. S.O.S. (same as above)
12. Saints (same as above)
13. 900 (same as above)
14. Iris (previously issued on the No Alternative compilation)
7. Safari 10″ EP. Track listing as follows:
1. Do You Love Me Now?
2. Don’t Call Home
4. So Sad About Us
8. Cannonball 10″ EP. Track listing as follows:
3. Lord of the Thighs
9. Divine Hammer 10″ EP. Track listing as follows:
1. Divine Hammer (single version)
3. I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)
4. Do You Love Me Now?
10. Head To Toe 10″ EP. Includes a Guided by Voices cover and a Sebadoh cover:
1. Head To Toe
2. Shocker In Gloomtown
3. Freed Pig
11. Digital download code. I’ve whited out the code here, but you’ll be able to download all of the music to your computer for playback on your device of choice.
That’s it. 4AD is selling it for $90.
I’ll sell you my copy for $85, and I’ll throw in a few Uni Watch trinkets to boot. If you’re interested, gimme a shout. Thanks. Now sold. Thanks to all who inquired.
Today’s Ticker was compiled by Mike Chamernik.
Baseball News: Yesterday’s main entry on MLB prototypes from Tony Cocchi’s collection prompted the following from Steve Vibert: “Tony is not only a great uniform historian, he’s also a great teammate of mine on my Atlanta-area MSBL team. Here’s a picture of him (on the left) and me (with stirrups!) wearing actual Gwinnett Braves road grays that were rejected by the team because the sleeve gussets go all the way to the neck. Wilson had to remake the jerseys and we managed to score the rejects.” … Jared Wheeler found an auction listing for a 1940s Philadelphia A’s prototype uniform. … The Aberdeen IronBirds, an Orioles affiliate, are changing to an orange-and-black color scheme. … The newest Korea Baseball Organization team, the KT Wiz, revealed their logo, colors, uniforms and cheerleaders. More details here (from Dan Kurtz). … “Did you know Red Auerbach’s brother was a sports illustrator and graphic designer and that he designed the Boston Celtics’ leprechaun logo?” asks Hungry Hungry Hipster. I did not! Go on. “Here’s the story how he was responsible for getting the Nationals to officially change their nickname back to Senators in 1956.” HHH also passed along a Senators yearbook with cover art by Zang Auerbach.
NFL News: Many readers sent in a site that shows NFL teams redesigned as soccer clubs. … ESPN.com’s advertisement for this week’s Monday Night Football game has the outdated Panthers logo (from Joe Bozek). … On third downs for the visiting team at Browns games, the theme to the movie “Halloween” will play and a picture of Michael Myers wearing a Browns mask will flash on the scoreboard. Thomas Moore interviewed the graphic designer who created the image. … Alex Allen came across an old Life magazine with an excellent (and now semi-eerie) cover. … If you look through the Gridiron Uniform Database’s entries for the Lions, you’ll see that Detroit has almost always worn silver helmets. One of the few exceptions was 1953, when they wore gold. But Bruce Menard has found a 1950s photo of the Lions wearing silver and gold in the same game. Hmmmm.
College Football News: Virginia Tech might wear their Hokie Stone helmets this weekend. The helmets may be a little different from the first time they wore them, though (from Andrew Cosentino). … The University of Missouri is trying to force an Arkansas high school to change its tiger logo because it kinda-sorta-maybe looks like the Mizzou logo (thanks, Jesse Nienke). … Arizona went SNOB in 1977 (from Robert Marshall). … “The Ohio Bobcats are having a ‘blackout giveaway’ for the Kent State game on the 19th,” says Leo Strawn, Jr. “One can only assume the ‘Cats will be wearing their black jerseys.” … Kennesaw State will reveal its football helmets on Friday (from Chris Wheeler). … Marshall will wear “75” on its helmets for Thursday’s game against Tulsa, in remembrance of the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people. … Hawai’i made a video to show off its throwback rainbow uniforms. … “The Miami (OH) jerseys are tough on the eyes,” David Greenwald says. “Maybe they will confuse opponents. I do like the ‘Miami’ across the shoulders.”
NBA News: The Spurs’ camo uniforms made their debut last night. … Derrick Rose modeled the Bulls’ Christmas uniform. Scroll down to see the Clippers’ Christmas jersey (or just click here, whatever). … Better yet, here’s Rose, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Steve Nash and LeBron James wearing their respective Christmas unis in an NBA Store commercial. … Michael Jordan’s shoes from his famous Flu Game in 1997 will be auctioned off. … Also in Jordan news, MJ was photographed playing beer pong a few days ago. Might this image become as iconic as the Jumpman? … Manzell Blakeley found a charming Blazers knit cardigan for sale. Does anyone know if the score listed on the shoulders (“Home 109, Visitor 95”) is significant in any way? No Blazers playoff wins ended with that score. The biggest game in Blazers history, Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals, Portland won 109-107.
College Hoops News: Jim Ullmer stumbled upon this photo of the 1964 Dayton Flyers basketball team. “I have never seen warm up capes in basketball before,” he says. “They look like sideline capes from football but they don’t seem to have any arms.” … Florida State will wear turquoise jerseys this Sunday while New Mexico will wear turquoise on November 30 (from Phil). … Dan Madigan attended a UConn game on Monday and noticed the mascot was wearing a gray alternate uniform. “Does this mean that UConn is going to unveil a gray alternate for this year?” he asks. “They’ve had one in the past, but haven’t in the last 2-3 years.” … UMass wore gray jerseys with sleeves on Tuesday (from Louis Castellano). … Eastern Michigan saw UMass and two-upped them. “DayGlo, gray for gray’s sake, sleeved basketball unis, and a chest logo!” says Joe Jordan. … Temple Instagrammed a photo of someone wearing Northwestern-style flag desecration socks (thanks, Patrick Reynell). … Color on color matchup on Wednesday night between Seattle and Cal State Fullerton. “Also Seattle’s shorts are red in front, black in the back,” says Frank Mercogliano. “Wowzers.”
Grab Bag: Adidas released the World Cup kits for Germany and Spain. … New clash jumpers (is that the right term?) for the AFL’s Greater Western Sydney Giants and Geelong Cats (thanks, Leo Strawn, Jr.). … Tom Mulgrew sends in an article on a guy who collects pizza boxes. The pizza box artwork in the slideshow is great. … Three items from Tommy Turner: Patagonia, the established outdoor clothing company, is entering the craft beer business; revenue is growing in the sports world, mostly due to media rights but also merchandise sales; and “Sign Painters” is a documentary about, well, the people who paint signs. The film’s screening tour is winding down, but there are still some major cities left on the slate. … Here’s a poster of over 1,000 wrestlers all in cartoon cube form. … People who play tennis, baseball, softball or golf can now track their swings with a motion sensor (from Ben Fortney). … KDKA in Pittsburgh used the Buffaslug logo when mentioning the Sabres on Wednesday night (from Nolan Petote). … Rio 2016 has released its pictograms, the simple stick figure drawings representing the Olympic events (from Kurt Esposito). … “Methinks this young fellow needs an exorcism,” says David G. Firestone, “as he shows the Mark of the Beast.” … The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame logo has gone from bad to worse (from Paul Deaver). … A UK TV newscaster has found herself in the middle of a controversy after she chose not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on the air (from Kirsten Hively). … Note for Seattle-area readers: Membership card designer Scott M.X. Turner’s band, RebelMart, will be playing on Friday, 9pm, at the Mix in Georgetown. You know what to do.
What Paul did last night: Went out and saw that lesbian movie everyone’s talking about. There are all sorts of sociological things I could say about it, but instead I’ll say this: I have never seen (and hope I never see again) so much mucus in one movie. Seriously, people, we’re talking rivers of snot. Like, did they forget to budget for tissues or what? Ewwww.
About today: I’m going to be off the grid from about 2pm until fairly late in the evening. So unless you have breaking news that can’t wait a day, please go easy on the Ticker submissions. Thanks.