[Editor's Note: Today we have a great DIY project from John Hixon. Enjoy. — PL]
By John Hixon
In the ’90s I lived in Chicago, and while I was there I lost my favorite hockey team, the Minnesota North Stars. I also had a table hockey game and did not care for the generic, painted-on red and blue uniforms the players came with. So I decided to do some painting.
It was a challenge to paint such small detail, especially with no experience other than painting model cars. I made the game Blackhawks vs. North Stars, using then-current Blackhawks (Ed Belfour, Cam Russel, Chris Chelios, Steve Larmer, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Murphy) and what amounts to a Minnesota all-star team from over the years (Jon Casey, Mark Tinordi, Curt Giles, Dino Ciccarelli, Dave Gagner, Mike Modano). And although a professional could probably be constructively critical of the results, I was pretty happy with how it all came out.
The table and its rods eventually fell apart, but I still have all the players and they sit on a long countertop next to my bathroom sink with some old beer and soda cans and a sign that sort of make a little rink area [for all of these, you can click to enlarge]:
Great stuff. Big thanks to John for sharing these images with us.
By Brinke Guthrie
This Thursday, Feb. 13, will make 14 years since the last “Peanuts” strip ran, so we’ll honor that anniversary with two items: This terrific 1970s Snoopy “Joe Cool” Broncos sweatshirt and this California Golden Seals T-shirt. The mascot on that shirt, named Sparky, was drawn by Schulz (a Seals season ticket holder) and was also named after him — Schulz’s nickname was Sparky.
Here are the rest of this week’s vintage finds:
• Reader Brad Eck found this pin on Amazon. Man, the NFL plus the Masons — that’s quite a mix!
• As we know, the Red Sox have updated their road jersey. Hopefully, this design will never take the field at home or on the road. (With thanks to reader Stephen Rains.)
• Take a look at this 1960s L.A. Rams bobblehead from Japan. It supposedly depicts Bob Reinhard, who didn’t seem to have have a huge career in the league, but by golly he had himself a bobble!
• You know, this little Expos mini-helmet even bugged me way back when. I thought, “Why is the Expos’ helmet solid blue? That’s not what the hats look like!” (And of course, I had no idea what their logo stood for.)
• This 1970s St. Louis Cardinals long-sleeved baseball shirt looks to be in good shape.
• Remember these? Slim Jim NFL trading cards from the 1970s! Whenever we made the spring break trip down to Florida, our Ford LTD wagon was always packed with Slim Jims.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni design contest reminder: In case you missed it on Sunday, Phil announced a new baseball uni design contest — and this one is for uniforms that will actually get worn on the field, not just featured in an article. Get the full scoop here.
Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Garrett McGrath.
Baseball News: According to the Twitter account of Dave St. Peter — the President of Baseball Operations for the Minnesota Twins — the team is getting rid of the home blue alternate but keeping the away version for the 2014 season (from Luke H.). …Take a look at the logo the Phillies will be using for their ballpark’s tenth anniversary. … New softball helmets for Marshall (thanks, Phil).
NFL News: Sports Illustrated ran this interesting version of the NFL logo in their article about the league’s marijuana policy (from Coleman Mullins). … At a local Goodwill Douglas Ford spotted this homemade Rams helmet. … Do you speak Harbaugh? If not, here is a guide to the 49ers coach’s way with the English language (thanks, Brinke).
Basketball News: The signage at the newly named Smoothie King Center will include this three-story-high cup. … The arena is not the only Pelicans-related thing getting a facelift, as Pierre — the team’s mascot — is having reconstructive surgery for a broken beak suffered during a game with other mascots. This is all in attempt to make him less scary-looking. … According to some website on the internet, here are the top 25 college basketball uniforms ever (from Chris Mahr).
Olympics News: The Olympic curling teams from Norway and Russia wear some great pants. … The Guardian suggests that the figure skating trend of wearing tights over skates is for competitive advantage (from David Pealing). … “The Olympic Japanese ski jumper’s flag decal looks like it was applied by a five year old,” Chris Perrenot says. “Step up your game, Japan.” … Oli Jokinen, a hockey player from the Winnipeg Jets, was spotted wearing his native Finnish colors in Sochi but paired it with a counterfeit Miami Marlins cap (from Daren Landers).
Grab Bag: The New Chevrolet Manchester United kits have been leaked. … Lance Smith sent in this cool article on people and their backyard hockey rinks in Minnesota.