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The big news yesterday was that Adidas released a bunch of
March Merch Madness uniforms, all of which are shown in the slideshow above. I offered some thoughts about them in this ESPN piece, which went up yesterday afternoon, shortly after the designs were released.
Baylor got the worst of it — sleeved Day-Glo at home, sleeved G.I. Joe on the road, and an idiotic slogan (although at least the apostrophe is facing the right way [but then again, why no space between Sic and ’Em?]):
And it looks even worse on a certain quarterback.
As I mentioned to an ESPN News anchor later in the day, Baylor is in a unique position, because it’s the only major school with different outfitters for basketball (Adidas) and football (Nike). So the Bears have the dubious “privilege” of wearing the latest newfangled nonsense from two different loathsome companies — a pretty neat trick! In fact, Baylor’s football and basketball uniforms have been so awful in recent years that I’ve started to think Nike and Adidas are going the extra mile to make the school’s uniforms extra-ridiculous — maybe in an attempt to outdo each other, or maybe as a way of telling Baylor, “If you don’t sign an school-wide exclusive with us, we’ll keep making you wear crap like this!”
And as a bonus, as reader Josh Lassieter points out, Baylor’s baseball team is outfitted by Under Armour. Trifecta!
Unmasking the Commenters: I recently invited the site’s commenters to tell us a bit more about themselves and give us a peek at what they look like, just because I thought it would be fun to pull back the internet’s curtain of anonymity. I’ll keep showcasing you folks as long as you keep sending in your photos and quick bios.
Yesterday we featured DenverGregg, a frequent presence in the comments section. Today’s commenter is RoccoT, who’s more inclined to pick his spots. Here he is (click to enlarge):
My screen name, RoccoT, is just a nickname I picked up along the way from SCTV. I live about 45 minutes south of Toronto and work as a graphic designer. I have done some sports-related designing of logos, uniforms, etc. for local teams and other uni-centric websites. My previous job was painting hockey goalie masks, a couple of which made it to the NHL. When not reading Uni Watch, I play hockey and golf and am involved in my son’s baseball team. (Yes, he wears the high socks — only kid on his team to do so. Sigh.) This photo is from one of our annual pond hockey weekends. Two teams, 12 guys, 12-plus cases of beer, BBQ, curling. Each participant gets a set of personalized hockey cards, a program, and a VIP badge. It’s a great DIY project that I do every year.
Thanks, RoccoT — you help make Uni Watch a better place.
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’Skins Watch: The ’Skins are currently running a marketing campaign to bolster support for the team name, but our friends the Indian Country Today Media Network are having none of it (thanks, Phil).
Baseball News: The A’s are once again giving away a series of pins for Throwback Thursdays, and this year’s batch features some real doozies from all three cities in the franchise’s history. Man, Harvey the Rabbit and Charley O. the mule — gotta like that (from my old zine pal Tom Lupoff). … Lee Mazzilli wore No. 13 during his second stint with the Mets. Now his son, currently in camp with the Mets, is wearing that same number. … Now that’s a rally cap. From a recent TCU game (from Chris Flinn). … Dodgers OF Carl Crawford is changing uni numbers from 25 to 3, because he and his wife are expecting their third child and 25 “just didn’t feel comfortable” (from Chris Cruz). … We’ve seen these before, but once more won’t hurt: Here’s a great slideshow of old Life magazine photos from the Dodgers’ 1948 spring training camp. Satin unis galore! (From Sean Walsh.) … David Feigenbaum notes that Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon was wearing a regular game cap, not a BP cap, for yesterday’s spring training game. … Abilene Christian’s uniforms yesterday were, uh, I don’t even know where to start. That’s a lot to take in! (Thanks, Phil.) … Oooh, check out this Ray Kroc 80th birthday Padres cap (from Douglas Ford). … Love the new Mets luggage decal that Pro Helmet Decals honcho David Surlecki came up with. … Frank Jobe, the surgeon who pioneered the Tommy John procedure, died yesterday. Will the Dodgers, for whom he was working at the time, wear a memorial patch? Will pitchers who’ve had the procedure wear their own tribute? Will MLB come up with some sort of gesture for the man who saved countless pitchers’ careers? … Today it’s all Expos, all the time on the SI Vault Twitter feed.
NFL News: Uni Watch is about what the players wear, not what the fans buy, so I don’t generally give a shit about whose jerseys are moving the most (or least) units. Still, I have to admit that it’s interesting to learn that the Seahawks’ “12th Fan” jersey has become a top seller.
Hockey News: Joacim Eriksson, who tends goal for the Utica Comets (AHL), has a very cool mask design (from Andy Bronson). … The Red Wings retired Nick Lidstrom’s number last night, which means they did the “Let’s all wear the retiree’s jersey” thing for the pregame ceremonies.
Soccer News: Yesterday’s MLS roundup didn’t mention the new New England kit (from Tom Mulgrew). … “New York City FC (NYC’s new MLS club) was supposed to unveil a logo set last week but had to push it back when the Yankees, one of the soccer team’s corporate owners, expressed a concern that one of the designs infringed on their intellectual property,” says Chance Michaels. “A lot of us are speculating that this means there was an interlocking monogram, but we don’t yet know.” … Here’s a gallery that features a good look at all of the home jerseys for the new League of Ireland soccer season. “Also of note in that gallery: the new ball with that retro feel and the slightly bizarre etching of our glorious president Michael D. Higgins’s face on a medal,” says Patrick Fleming. … A Wolverhampton fan bought a jersey that had an upside-down logo patch, wrote a letter of complaint about it, and received a very amusing reply (from Marc Bauche).
NBA News: The Heat and Spurs did the “Los”/”El” thing last night. After the game, LeBron James blamed his poor shooting performance on the sleeves (and also, according to that story, discarded his mask after the first quarter). How many players have to complain about the sleeves before the league does something about them? … The Raptors will wear their old purple dinosaur uniform as a throwback next season. Although this is arguably the worst uniform in NBA history (and was a major missed opportunity for an infinite regression!), it totally works as an anniversary throwback — embrace your history, even your ugly history! … The Nets will wear shooting shirts with THOB on Monday.
Grab Bag: Johnny Football has signed with Nike. … The Bay Area Sea Lions (A11FL) have posted some uniform concepts and helmet designs (from Eric Wright). … New F1 livery for Williams Martini. “To me, it is gorgeous,” says Carlos Ahmed Jalife Ruz. “Excellent to have back one of the best racing schemes in motorsport.” … With Scotland taking a vote on possible independence, the UK may have to rethink the design of its flag (thanks, Brinke). … Good story on how the evolution of women’s tennis apparel has been driven by cultural trends (thanks, Phil). … An old department store in Toronto is selling off a bunch of its magnificent vintage signage (from my pal and cat-sitter Laura Forde). … Just what the world’s been waiting for: G.I. Joe condoms. “Flag-desecration condoms are next,” says Mike. … Here’s a 1958 Life magazine spread showing stewardess uniforms from 53 airlines (from Bo Baize). … The boys’ teams at Community High School in Tennessee are called the Vikings, while the girls’ teams are called the Viqueens (from Andy Bartsch).
Photo by Heather McCabe; click to enlarge
What Paul did last night: Great time last night at the “Baseball as Good Medicine” event at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan . There was a bunch of really great storytelling, we raised a lot of money for the excellent Photo ID Foundation, and at least one participant heartily enjoyed the free beer and Cracker Jack.
Pictured above is the event’s coordinator/curator, Annie Levy, standing in the center of the evening’s storytellers (l-r): Ben Hill of MiLB.com; Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing; myself; Peter Schwartz of Bloomberg News; Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman; and Dr. Ivan Oransky. Everyone did a great job — lots of very entertaining stories told by interesting, engaging people.
My own story — which had nothing to do with uniforms, sorry — was about one of my favorite baseball-related moments from my childhood. Here’s a video of it — crummy lighting, crummy sound, and I pretty much just sit there, so it’s not very compelling to look at, but at least it’ll give you a sense of what the event was like (video shot by Heather McCabe):