As you can see in the image above, the baseball being held in the right-hand portion of the frame has a string tied to it. What you can’t see is that the other end of the string is tied to a tooth in the mouth of the little girl. You can probably surmise the rest, but go ahead and play the video — it’s fun. The best part, of course, is that the boy, who’s the little girl’s brother, wore his Little League uniform for the occasion.
This is one of hundreds, maybe thousands, of YouTube videos that show a loose tooth being pulled out by a string and a moving object. Often the moving object is a slamming door, but there are also lots of less conventional approaches. This phenomenon is the subject of a new article I’ve written for Slate. It was super-fun to work on, and I think you’ll enjoy it (even though the video shown above is the only one that involves a uniform). Link coming soon. — Paul
Meanwhile, there were new developments yesterday on two stories I’ve been reporting on recently:
1. The Indians spent a good chunk of yesterday trying to push back against my tweet about their logo redesignation and the ensuing shitstorm that has engulfed them over the past two days. First they said, “There’s no process to eliminate Chief Wahoo,” which is not particularly relevant because my tweet didn’t say they were eliminating Chief Wahoo. Then Cleveland’s NBC-TV affiliate reported (a) that the Indians had no plans to change their uniforms (which isn’t relevant because my original tweet specifically stated that there would be no change to the uniforms) and (b) that I had “erroneously tweeted” that Wahoo was being “phased out” and “demoted.” The first part of that is flat-out wrong — my tweet never stated that Wahoo was being “phased out.” As for the second part, regarding Wahoo being “demoted,” let’s go back to the first article I linked to — this one. It includes the following:
[Indians Director of Communications Curtis] Danburg added that the designation of the Tribe’s logo that Major League Baseball uses might change.
“It’s a nature of changing the, maybe the designation that you might see that Major League Baseball uses in their style guide, which is a more of a discretionary change. It’s nothing to do with the approach in locally how we use it or anything to read into.”
And with that, the Indians have just confirmed my story, which is that the team is redesignating the block-C as its primary logo and redesignating Wahoo as its secondary logo. That’s all my tweet ever claimed, and it is indeed listed as a change in the 2014 MLB Style Guide. If Danburg thinks it’s irrelevant, or just a “discretionary change,” as he put it, perhaps he’d like to explain why the change was made in the first place. Someone in Cleveland’s front office clearly thought the redesignation was worth doing — it’s pretty lame to pretend now that it’s inconsequential.
Meanwhile, it would be nice if Cleveland’s NBC affiliate would apologize for reporting that my tweet was “erroneous,” but I’m not holding my breath. Apology has been issued, and the story has been updated/corrected.
Finally, I wrote an ESPN piece about this situation yesterday afternoon — look here.
2. Just as a little birdie had told me (and as I, in turn, had told you), Notre Dame will be switching from Adidas to Under Armour. I realize this is a Very Big Deal in some circles, but to me it’s just one fairly loathsome corporation outbidding another fairly loathsome corporation. The Irish will still look like the Irish, except for the Shamrock Series games, when they’ll presumably look like clowns, but that’s nothing new. Same shit, different douchebags.
’Skins Watch: “I subscribe to Dish Network,” says Dave Flapan. “In the January issue of their guide, the Dish Entertainment Magazine, there is an article on the Super Bowl. The Washington team is referred to as “the R*dskins.” … Here’s more about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s relationship with the word “Redskins” (thanks, Phil).
Baseball News: I think we already knew this, but the Pirates are demoting their pirate logo. … Yesterday I mentioned that the Brewers protested a game in 1981 because the A’s were wearing white sleeves. That prompted this from Paul Hill: “The White Sox went through the same thing on April 20, 1976, against the Yankees, as pitchers Bart Johnson and Clay Carroll were required by the umpires to change out of their white undershirts after complaints by Yankees players and Billy Martin.” Interestingly, the White Sox then protested the game over the undershirt switcheroo. … Ryan Holtan-Murphy is currently traveling in Japan, where he spotted the Mets’ logo — or a reasonable approximation of it — on a bottle of cola. Odd. … Scott Lederer reports that someone on Reddit has made some tweaks to the Rockies’ logo. I like it! … Who’s that in the Harlem Globetrotters uni? None other than Ferguson Jenkins! Never knew he was a ’Trotter (thanks, Phil). … The Orioles have launched a site to mark their 60th anniversary. “The Ticker-worthy part is all the old media guides they’ve uploaded, full of cool old art!” says Will Sinnott. … Here’s a closer look at the Dodgers’ new BP jersey (from Joe Nocella). … The 1976 Reds team portrait shows all of the players wearing the National League centennial patch on their right sleeve — except for Tony Perez and Manny Sarmiento, who were wearing it on the left sleeve. Weird! (Great spot by Jared Wheeler.) … Next-to-last entry on this Q&A page has info on the Cubs’ throwbacks for 2014 (from Darren Rusakiewicz). … New uniforms for Cal. … New inaugural season logo for the Charlotte Knights (thanks, Phil). … According to this 1991 Baltimore Sun article, “The Detroit Tigers [once] got a good deal on blue and orange socks, so [that’s why] they wear blue and orange.” I’d never heard this before. It’s not implausible — things like that did sometimes drive uni choices back in the day — but it could also be apocryphal. I’m trying to find out more (from Robert Bath).
NFL News: The Bills are promoting “game-worn” memorabilia using a photo of EJ Manuel in their 2012 neck-roll jersey, which can’t possibly be game-worn because he wasn’t on the team when they wore that design (good spot by Matt Glasz). … Just what the world’s been waiting for, Vol. 713: Stupor Bowl gloves. … Tony Bruno notes that Mike Ditka’s steakhouse uses a double-x as an apostrophe, presumably a reference to Super Bowl XX, which the Ditka-coached Bears won handily. … Here’s GQ’s take on Philip Rivers and his bolo tie (from Andrew Cosentino). … This article about the NFL’s branding VP includes the following quote: “We thought the helmet on the dolphin was sacred, and the fans thought it was silly.” Really? That certainly doesn’t jibe with the fan feedback I’ve heard (from Michael Rich).
College Football News: Who’s that in the sharp-looking Columbia football uni? None other than beatnik hero Jack Kerouac, who played halfback before a broken tibia and “a bad attiude” (according to his coach) led to him dropping out of school. “But who remembers the coach?” notes Matt Mitchell. … Here’s a good article on the woman who makes and maintains Georgia Tech’s mascot costume (from Michael Rich). … This is odd: Former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett once appeared at a news conference wearing his jersey backwards. Reminds me of those old basketball cards, back when Topps didn’t have the license to show the team names (from Chris Flinn).
Hockey News: “I was watching the launch of the Antares rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station,” says Paul Gabrielsen. “During coverage of the launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, NASA TV showed the control room of Orbital Sciences, who built the Antares rocket. It looks like many of the control room staff were wearing red-and-white hockey-style jerseys.” … Jordan Lazinsk notes that the Bruins’ website has striping at the bottom of the page that matches the hemline striping from the team’s 1977 through 1995 jerseys, not the stripes that they currently wear. … Oh baby, look at these shots from the festivities surrounding the 1977 WHA All-Star Game, which was held in Hartford (great stuff from Bruce Menard).
Basketball News: San Diego State hoops fans displayed stars the other night in tribute to former Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, whose signature phrase was “Hang a star on that one!” (from Tom Mulgrew). … Chris Denson of Auburn was missing the little “AU” logo above his NOB last night (from Clint Richardson). … We will, we will Rock U. That’s Rockhurst University (from Kyle Piercy). … An Arizona high school has been told that its new gray uniforms are not up to code (from Raymie Humbert). … This is funny: In last night’s Ole Miss game, freshman Sebastian Saiz pulled off his warm-up top while running to check into the game, only to discover that he wasn’t wearing his jersey! He quickly doubled back to the bench, found his jersey, and put it on (screen shots by Paul Deaver). … If NBA team logos were reimagined as soccer team logos, they might look like this (from Tony Margherita). … LeBron James suffered a torn jersey last night. … The Nets and Heat will finally play the NBA’s first all-nickNOB game tonight.