’Tis the Season to Shift Your Brain Into MLB Mode

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This photo of Jason Heyward was taken a few days ago. As you can see, he’s still using the facemask that he began wearing last season after being beaned by a pitch. There’s nothing new about a player wearing a mask attachment after being beaned, of course — lots of players have done it. But if Heyward continues wearing his mask in the regular season, I believe he will become the first player to wear a mask for two consecutive years — a record of sorts.. Check that: As a bunch of commenters and emailers immediately pointed out, past examples of players wearing a mask for multiple seasons include Terry Steinbach and Kevin Seitzer. So Heyward’s situation is rare but not unprecedented.

That’s one of the tidbits from the 16th annual Uni Watch MLB Season Preview, which is up now on ESPN. (And everyone leave Phil alone today, because he always likes to hunker down with the MLB preview column and go over all the details. Enjoy, buddy!) — Paul

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Collector’s Corner

By Brinke Guthrie

From about 1970 through 1976 I was really into baseball cards. First year or so I bought ’em pack by pack, but I never came close to getting the whole set. Then, ta-da!! I found the ads at the back of The Sporting News and ordered the whole set in one shot from a seller in Brooklyn named Renata Galasso. (None of that great gum, though!) Then I found a cardboard locker to keep them in, but this plastic one woulda worked a lot better!

Here’s the rest of this week’s picks:

• We have a batch of early-1960s MLB pro caps here. Love that Angels cap with the halo!

• Here’s a set of 18 NHL hockey-puck ice cream bowls from the 1970s.

• You can see how the Phillies’ colors have changed over the years. Now they’re red, but back in the day, they were decidedly maroon.

• I don’t know how much protection this 1970s Uniroyal/Packers Storm Suit would provide when it’s minus-10 at the Frozen Tundra, but it would probably be fine for a rainy day.

• Here’s a good-looking little 1960s White Sox bobble. But what’s with the powder blue cap?

• This is NFL Football/Giants Edition for 1967. This deserves a spot on the Uni Watch bookshelf!

• And this one can go up on Paul’s wall — a 1966 49ers poster by The Master, Dave Boss.

• This white 49ers satin jacket reminds me of the old Al Davis Rayduhz look. Everyone wore black, but Al wore white.

• Check out Tudor’s 1969 product line of sports games in this catalog.

Also from 1969, this Honeywell Guide To Action Photography would’ve been your ticket to an NFL sideline as a pro shooter.

Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.

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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.

Today’s commenter is Leo Strawn Jr. That name may be familiar to you from his many Ticker contributions, but in the comments section he goes by 1Vox:

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I do a bit of artwork here and there — designing, painting, really big painting, drawing, etc. I’ve done that all my life, and at a young age I took note of logos and uniforms in sports, so it’s no surprise that I am a fan of Uni Watch. I will not, however, under any circumstances, apologize for loving the color purple.

“1vox” means “one voice,” coming from the phrase “one vox populi” (my email address), which translates “one voice of the people”. I have a website/blog (that I have not updated in two years, simply because it’s so depressing, though I may do so again someday), which led to a libertarian/anarcho-syndicalist book on economics. “One voice of the people” was kind of my attitude and my viewpoint in 2008, i guess, as I was learning how fragile economic systems are while writing about them, and how badly it would turn out for humanity if there were a sudden collapse (which was nearly the case in ’08, and which led to me transferring my art website into an economics blog at the time).

This year, at the ripe old age of 53, I will be playing my first year of Aussie Rules football with the reigning USAFL Division II national champions, the Columbus Jackaroos. It’s been a struggle all the way, from a car wreck several years ago (and already having a bad back dating back to eighth grade), to finally giving up walking with a cane about 18 months ago, to now getting into athletic shape (trained the other day by myself, which included a mile-long jog, something I haven’t done in many, many years). I may be the oldest rookie in USAFL history. Cheers!

Thanks, Leo — you help make Uni Watch a better place.

Do you want to be featured in “Unmasking the Commenters”? If so, send me a photo and a quick paragraph about yourself. You don’t have to reveal your real name, and the photo doesn’t have to show your face, but you must include a photo to be considered. Send everything this-a-way.

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Book deal reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, our friends at Diversion Books are offering an exclusive deal to Uni Watch readers: The e-version of Mike Shropshire’s awesome book Seasons in Hell is now available to you for only $1.99 — a 60% discount off the regular price. Snap it up while it lasts!

And speaking of books: Next Tuesday, April 1, I’ll be conducting an in-store discussion with longtime Uni Watch reader Matthew Algeo. We’ll be talking about his latest book, Pedestrianism which is about the competitive walking craze of the 19th century. Believe it or not, turning out to watch people walk was once America’s top spectator sport! We’ll be talking about this at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, at 7pm. Hope to see lots of you NYC-area readers there.

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’Skins Watch: Sporting News writer Scott Gentile tweeted this ’Skins name defender bingo card. Not bad, but they forgot “Only white people care about this issue” and “I’m Irish and you don’t hear me complaining about Notre Dame’s mascot” and “How come nobody said anything about this for the first 80 years and now all of a sudden they’re upset?” (from Devon Kendall).

Baseball News: Montreal is preparing for the return of MLB, even if it’s only a pair of Mets/Jays exhibition games (thanks, Phil). … Bruce Menard was poking around the U. of South Carolina film/video archive and came up with some great stuff. Here’s one where some school players and officials get hands-on baseball instruction from big leaguers Rogers Hornsby and Burleigh Grimes (“My fave moment is at 3:47, when Grimes — MLB’s last legal spitballer — is giving pointers and repeatedly spits in his pitching hand,” says Bruce), and here’s another showing Joe DiMaggio playing ball at the Central Pacific Army base, wearing No. 4. Great stuff! … Star Wars-themed jerseys for the Kane County Cougars (thanks, Phil). … Pretty crazy custom-made cleats for Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson (thanks, Phil). … Lots to like in this photo of the early-’50s Green Bay Blue Jays. Love that little number on the hip! (From Jeff Ash.) … Here’s a cool video of all the Padres’ Opening Day lineups from 1978-2003 in six seconds. “You can stare at the top-left and bottom-right corners and watch the logos change over the years,” notes Brady Phelps. … Here’s what the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will wear for their “Hawks’ Festival” this season. “The patch will only be worn for one game in Osaka in August,” says Jeremy Brahm. “The Hawks are originally from the Osaka area as the Nankai Hawks.” In addition the Hawks will wear early-’70s throwbacks for a May series against the Orix Buffaloes, who’ll wear throwbacks of their own.

College Football News: More schools wearing the new SpeedFlex helmet: Florida State, Colorado, and a bunch more. Basically, it looks like every Riddell-outfitted school is gonna be wearing this thing. Here’s a good rear-view photo of it (thanks, Phil). … Hmmm, is that a new Miami helmet design? (From Brad Jackson.)

Soccer News: “Liverpool will be wearing a patch to mark 25th anniversary patch of the tragic Hillsborough incident where 96 fans died,” reports Nile Smith. “They will wear it on April 13, when they play Manchester City. All matches in England that whole weekend will start seven minutes later than normal, because the Hillsborough incident happened at 3:06pm, so they’re delaying the games by six minutes and then adding one more minute for silence.” … New kits for Tottenham, Pumas UNAM, AIK Fotboll, Willem II (with a blank spot for a sponsor), Lillestrøm SK, Sao Paolo FC, Odds BK, Rosenborg BK, Atlético Mineiro, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, and Valerenga (all that from Trevor Williams). … Mexico’s World Cup jersey was reportedly inspired by WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Also from Yusuke: a look at what may have been the most UK-patriotic kit ever.

College Hoops News: Interesting note from Presbyterian College assistant coach John Reynolds: “We are in the process of ordering new uniforms for next season, and many of the options that our Nike rep brought as samples featured sublimated numbers and lettering. I asked the rep if those styles could have twill lettering and he said no, that Nike was trending toward making all uniforms with sublimated printing. We ended up choosing an option (the LSU template) that allowed us to use sewn-on twill letters and numbers, because to me sublimation just looks cheap.” … With the San Francisco Dons hosting LSU in the opening round of the NIT, SF’s City Hall was lit up in beautiful green and gold (from James Stapleton). … Bit of a typo at a retail shop on the Ohio State campus. … Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign just ran a commercial in which some Duke hoops players were mis-identified as Kentucky players (thanks, Phil). … Arizona’s bookstore jumped the gun on selling Elite Eight T-shirts (from Kyle Hanks).

Grab Bag: Devin Hester, now with the Falcons (the equivalent of going from the penthouse to the outhouse, uni-wise), will wear No. 17 (thanks, Phil). … A recent Buffalo Wild Wings commercial finds one fan chastising another for tucking in his jersey. Wish I’d known about that so I could have included it in my recent ESPN column about tucked and untucked jerseys (from Chris Flinn). … Very interesting story about how a photo mistakenly gave the impression that a high school hoops player was flipping off the opposing team’s fans, which nearly cost the player a chance to appear in a tournament. … NASA is designing new spacesuits for a possible trip to Mars (from Eric Hill). … Aussie football news from Leo Stawn Jr., who reports that the Western Bulldogs and West Coast Eagles went color-vs.-color on Sunday. … The Denver Outlaws — that’s a lacrosse team — will wear Star Wars-themed jerseys for their May 4 opener (thanks, Phil).

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What Paul did last night: The New Girl and I got to see a press screening of a really interesting documentary last night: The Galapagos Affair, which is about some European misfits who tried to escape civilization by settling one of the Galapogos Islands in the early 1930s. The director tries to tart it up with implications of sexual intrigue and murder, and there are some tiresome visual clichés (someone apparently decided “When in doubt, show a tortoise”), but the basic storyline about these eccentric people is pretty fascinating. Not sure when this is opening commercially, but it’s worth seeing.

After the movie we went to the wonderful Yakitori Totto, where we shared assorted grilled/skewered foods. I thought we might be too late to get a skewer of chicken tails (there’s only one tail per chicken [duh], so they tend to run out of the tails pretty early each evening), but I managed to get this last one (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):

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We also had skewers of chicken skin (on the left) and chicken thigh meat with scallions (on the right):

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And some garlic and asparagus:

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We also had tomatoes, some pork, and a few other things I’m forgetting. A fun meal, because who doesn’t love food on a stick?

 

98 comments to ’Tis the Season to Shift Your Brain Into MLB Mode

  • Jared | March 26, 2014 at 8:10 am |

    Didn’t Terry Steinbach wear one in 1988 and 1989?

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 8:22 am |

      I know he wore one — but for two years? Will investigate!

    • scott | March 26, 2014 at 8:23 am |

      Seems like he wore a protective guard for multiple seasons.

    • boxcarvibe | March 26, 2014 at 8:24 am |

      Dang…beat me to it. But I believe you’re right. Wore one for a while from what I remember.

  • scott | March 26, 2014 at 8:20 am |

    Denver Outlaws aren’t a baseball team.

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 8:21 am |

      Ah — indeed. Will fix.

  • Andy | March 26, 2014 at 8:25 am |

    Typo on Devon Hester. Should be Devin.

  • Matt | March 26, 2014 at 8:27 am |

    I think that Terry Steinbach of the A’s wore a face mask at for a minimum of 2 years as well. It’s on his baseball cards in ’89 and in ’90. It could also mean that both pictures for the cards were taking in the same year.

  • Terence M.K. | March 26, 2014 at 8:28 am |

    “New kits for http://www.footyhead...

    Coding error? No link…

  • Ilana Hardesty | March 26, 2014 at 8:37 am |

    Re ‘Skins: Long piece on MSNBC last night (on “All In” the program with Chris Hayes) about Dan Snyder’s sop to the Native American community. Go here: http://www.msnbc.com... and search on the segment entitled “The Last Slur You Can Say At Work”.

    • terriblehuman | March 26, 2014 at 10:50 am |

      That can’t be right. I have a friend who works at an armor repair shop and he’s disparaging minorities nonstop.

  • Oakville Endive | March 26, 2014 at 8:45 am |

    I was watching the end of the Detroit Red Wings/Columbus Blue Jackets game, a puck hit the Columbus goalie in the middle of the jersey logo (last night it was the civil war cannon). The commentator said “the puck hit him in the middle of his jersey crest”. Which got me thinking, are the words “crest” and “logo” synonymous, would we ever refer to the logo on a football helmet as a “crest”? Is the use of the word “crest” limited to certain sports?

    • DJ | March 26, 2014 at 9:41 am |

      “Crest” is usually limited to hockey. A logo on a soccer jersey (or “shirt”) is often referred to as a “badge.”

      • Chance Michaels | March 26, 2014 at 11:01 am |

        When it’s on a shirt, yes. But on its own, a soccer logo is a “crest”. Or at least it is in England.

    • Mike Engle on a non-personal computer | March 26, 2014 at 9:50 am |

      Hmm.
      I think all crests are logos, but not all logos are crests. I would venture to guess, MLB cap logos are not crests.
      I think “crests” are generally worn on the front of the jersey. So nope, football helmet logos aren’t crests either. And the Bruins’ spoked-B isn’t a crest anymore when it gets relegated to the shoulders on the third jersey.
      I have most often heard of “crests” in hockey and soccer, and almost never in other sports.
      I think, in order to be a “crest,” it needs to (1) at least roughly resemble a geometric shape (the Bruins have a circular crest, the Habs’ crest is sort of an oval shape, and I would have even counted the Mighty Ducks as being based on a triangle), or (2) be printed on a shield (this will cover a bunch of soccer teams, plus the Phil Esposito Rangers), or (3) simply be an ornate logo that passed the test of time (Red Wings, Blackhawks, Leafs…maybe the Florida Panthers if they never abandon the leaping panther). Wordmarks, like the Capitals, definitely do not count.

    • arrScott | March 26, 2014 at 10:44 am |

      I think it’s mainly about placement and historical usage. If it’s on the front of your shirt, or on the shield you wear into battle/out to sea, then it can be a crest. Also, if it is placed atop your helmet or on a banner attached to you in some way, it can be a crest.

      If it’s just a decoration on the side of your helmet, or the front of your cap, then it’s not a crest.

  • Dumb Guy | March 26, 2014 at 9:01 am |

    Speedflex helmet…. I am assuming this was designed to diminish the the impact (pun intended) of repeated, moderate strikes to/with the front/top of the helmet. Seeing the rearview I was a bit surprised to not see a similar design mod to the back of the helmet to help with heads whipping down to the turf that often happens on big hits.

    Additionally, I don’t know how much relief the guy getting a chinshot with one of these helmets will get.

    http://www.sportsdds...

    • Commenter formerly known as Eric B. | March 26, 2014 at 11:07 am |

      Well there’s the problem right there. Someone needs to tell Collins that the chinstrap goes on the chin. Haha.

      But in all seriousness, wearing a four point chinstrap seriously helps that issue. Not saying it never happens anymore, but it helps.

  • DenverGregg | March 26, 2014 at 9:10 am |

    Forida State? Even though they don’t lose often, they still should have that L.

  • The Jeff | March 26, 2014 at 9:14 am |

    I get the idea behind that helmet, but are most hits really that head on? Seems like you’d need more than just that one small front panel to really do any good. Kinda like what that Bulwark helmet was supposed to be… whatever happened with that thing anyway?

    • just Joe | March 26, 2014 at 9:39 am |

      I’m curious how many helmets will be kept on the sidelines, locker rooms, equipment rooms, etc. I haven’t read in detail, but I assume the purpose of of the panel is to displace energy however possible, including breaking. Could be interesting to follow programs with multiple helmet designs to see if old models begin showing up deeper in the season. Of course, if they aren’t designed to break, I’ve just wasted a few minutes and several keystrokes…

      • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 9:44 am |

        I haven’t read in detail but I assume…

        Stop right there.

        I’ve found that no topic inspires as much uninformed discussion — and is more in need of knowledgeable discussion — as the helmet/concussion issue.

        Please stop speculating without knowledge — that doesn’t help anyone. Go get some knowledge and then come back so we can all have an informed discussion.

        • The Jeff | March 26, 2014 at 10:08 am |

          Yeah… good luck with that. Riddell’s own site doesn’t even say anything about the Speedflex helmet existing, let alone giving any sort of scientific data. All I can find is the same nearly meaningless quote in multiple articles: “The Speedflex’s unique shell design is engineered to disperse energy and reduce the risk of trauma, while Riddell’s InSite Player Management Software alerts the sideline to significant, single or multiple impacts that possess attributes that may result in a possible concussion.”

        • just Joe | March 26, 2014 at 10:28 am |

          I should clarify. My assumption is based on the following quote from an article I will link below, “The Speedflex’s unique shell design is engineered to disperse energy and reduce the risk of trauma, while Riddell’s InSite Player Management Softward alerts the sideline to significant, single or multiple impacts that possess attributes that may result in a possible concussion.” (I see The Jeff found the same.)While the article also says, “Structurally, the helmet is designed to withstand hits in a way that reduces trauma,” I don’t think it’s being ignorant to expect an increase in breakage. It’s a positive thing; better the energy be expelled through the break than absorbed by the player. So, while I haven’t investigated in FULL detail (I am in the process, but work has a funny way of interupting,) I hardly think this qualifies as uninformed speculation.

        • just Joe | March 26, 2014 at 10:30 am |
        • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 11:16 am |

          Ah, that’s good info — much better. Thank you!!

  • Mike K | March 26, 2014 at 9:24 am |

    The Boston Bruins also addressed the “Tuck/No Tuck” issue a couple of years ago: http://www.youtube.c...

  • Deric | March 26, 2014 at 9:37 am |

    I think the speedflex is just like any of the new rules in football: reactive. Does it actually help? Doubtful. I hope it does, but to me all this screams of “hey look what we are doing to make football safe”

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 9:42 am |

      On what basis do you make this assertion?

      I’m not saying the Speedflex is a godsend — in fact, I’m not saying anything about it, because I don’t know anything about the science and engineering that went into it.

      Do you know anything about the science and engineering that went into it? If not, how can you say its efficacy is “doubtful”?

      Skepticism is one thing; making unfounded pronouncements is another.

  • Robert Eden | March 26, 2014 at 9:43 am |

    I greatly enjoyed the Renata Galasso mention and photo. That outfit was a very big deal for people growing up in the sticks who wanted to buy complete sets and other baseball cards. Ah, the memories.

    • quiet seattle | March 26, 2014 at 10:09 am |

      I suppose I could have asked my mom to get me the full sets of cards when I was a kid, and she probably would’ve consented. But I refrained because I actually enjoyed the peicemeal acquisition of cards over the course of a season: the ritual of earning/finding/begging for a dime, hopping on the bike and riding to the mom-n-pop store a few blocks away, and buying the waxy pack. The gum was a bonus, as well as that season’s insert. And the surprises found upon opening a brand new single pack (the rare “action” card, the superstar, the latest really crappy airbrush job to analyze, etc). Sure you got loads of repeats, but they became trade bait. And I actually delighted in collecting an absurd number of cards of some obscure player.

      I get those who wanted them all and wanted them now, but in my case, the process is greater than the product.

      • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 10:11 am |

        Agreed, Jim.

        I’ve never understood the idea of getting the whole set in one fell swoop. That’s not collecting; that’s just purchasing. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I’m more inclined toward collecting.

        • brinke | March 26, 2014 at 11:58 am |

          it was absolutely the cost factor. cheaper to get the whole set in one shot.

    • FiteClub | March 26, 2014 at 11:39 am |

      I tried to put together complete Topps sets for a couple years and know how tough it was. I too first saw the opportunity to buy complete sets from the dealer Renata Galasso. At first I considered that to be “cheating” but when we moved to Okinawa in 1983 and it became tough to find wax packs, I broke down and bought the complete Topps, Donruss and Fleer sets in one shot. Still have them!

      • Sully | March 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm |

        Photos of Renata Galasso store.

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        • quiet seattle | March 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm |

          Oh man, I love the modest, non-descript storefront!

  • James | March 26, 2014 at 9:48 am |

    The ‘OHIO’ patch on that jersey is rotated 180 degrees. All the letters look the same upside down. Won’t work with any other state. ‘IOWA” ‘VMOI’ etc

    • Dumb Guy | March 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm |

      It’s so they can read it in the mirror.

  • Mark in Shiga | March 26, 2014 at 9:49 am |

    “You can see how the Phillies’ colors have changed over the years. Now they’re red, but back in the day, they were decidedly maroon”

    You can say that again. I’m impressed with the Phillies for basically leaving their uniforms entirely unchanged for the past 20 years, but the maroon that they had until 1993 was so distinctive. They never should have gotten rid of it.

    And Paul, regarding those yakitori sticks you had, how much do those cost in NYC? Here in Japan you can get them from streetside vendors for 100 yen ($1.00) apiece, sometimes less, but I suspect that ni a New York restaurant you’ll be paying much more. Is this true?

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 10:01 am |

      Most of of the yakitori sticks at that restaurant are in the $3 range. But that’s midtown Manhattan — there are a few other outlets in less fancy areas of the city where it’s more like $2 or $2.50.

    • mike 2 | March 26, 2014 at 8:58 pm |

      Hi Mark!

      100 yen a skewer in Shinbashi last night (I’m here for 2 weeks from Calgary).

      I wonder if they do kidneys and livers in Brooklyn?

  • 1vox | March 26, 2014 at 10:14 am |

    Hey Paul, thanks for that! Made my day!

    (One nitpick, if I may, a very small typo at the very end where it should be “history.” but reads “histor.!” now.)

    Thanks for the compliment. Put a smile on mah face! :)

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 10:26 am |

      Sorry for the typo, Leo — now fixed!

      • 1vox | March 26, 2014 at 10:29 am |

        Thanks for that (hate to nitpick when you do something so cool like “unmasking the commenters”, though).

        Cheers!

        • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 10:51 am |

          Never apologize for pointing out a typo. That’s not nitpicking — that’s helping to keep a clean shop!

  • Perry | March 26, 2014 at 10:19 am |

    For the life of me, I could never understand why the Angels ever dropped the halos from their caps. I’m in no way a fan of the team, but that was an incredibly cool and unique uni-feature and should have been their signature forever.

    • Mike Engle on a non-personal computer | March 26, 2014 at 10:48 am |

      Probably a bitch to produce. Fact of business: Easier to have a bunch of navy cap panels in the warehouse, that could be used for a Yankees, Twins, Tigers, Red Sox, Indians, or Angels cap, than to have some navy cap panels reserved for the Angels. Plus, you’d have to make sure the panels are in order and line up to successfully make the halo.
      But today? If I were the Angels’ equipment manager, you bet I’d screw a silver Sharpie into a geometry compass and at least make halos on the batting helmets.

      • Chance Michaels | March 26, 2014 at 11:05 am |

        It’s easier than that’ he could order up some decals and slap them on.

        But silver won’t show up as well against their current red as it did against navy.

  • trevor | March 26, 2014 at 10:42 am |

    Yusuke: Great find on the Chesterfield shirt! I had wondered about its origins.

  • Tesla2110 | March 26, 2014 at 10:43 am |

    I know you mentioned the Orioles’ Gary Roenicke’s face mask back in your ESPN column from Dec 21 2010, but this Sun interview quotes him saying he wore it for two years:

    http://weblogs.balti...

  • Bromotrifluoromethane | March 26, 2014 at 10:46 am |

    Southern Columbia, a local school district here in Pa, is the latest to be hit by the NCAA schools for having one of their logos. This time it’s Mizzou with the cease orders. I love how they are so nice as to allow them 5 years to phase it out, but lots of other assholic quotes in the article. Ironically I think the logo they will be changing to is better than the Mizzou one anyway.

    http://newsitem.com/...

    • Chance Michaels | March 26, 2014 at 11:19 am |

      The university might be guilty of using corporate buzzwords in its letter, but they are 100% in the right here.

      Theft is theft. No less for intellectual property than a car.

      • Lee | March 26, 2014 at 11:50 am |

        Using someones logo isn’t “theft”, its infringement.
        And your car analogy is awful. If someone takes your car, you no longer have access to your car. If a high school uses your logo, you… have a high school using your logo.
        Not saying its right for the high school to use your logo (its not), but its not at all like stealing your car.

        Lee

        • The Jeff | March 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm |

          I guess someone actually fell for that old “you wouldn’t download a car” anti-piracy ad.

          /Yes, I would happily download a car, thank you very much.

        • terriblehuman | March 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm |

          Well, it’s not theft of a physical property, but it’s certainly theft of man-hours spent creating the original work (which includes development, exploration, revisions, etc) and any equity built up.

        • Bromotrifluoromethane | March 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm |

          Wait, The… You mean that Limewire file I’m downloading for the last 5 hours for “Brand new Car” isn’t really a car?? AAAaahhhhh!!!!

    • arrScott | March 26, 2014 at 11:25 am |

      Ironically I think the logo they will be changing to is better than the Mizzou one anyway.

      Which just goes to show what a betrayal of their students it is for high school administrators to engage in such theft in the first place. To quote the article,

      Southern’s newly revised logo, designed by a high-school student, still resembles the old tiger, but has a different shape to its neck and longer whiskers.

      Any student- or community-created logo will be better than any pro or NCAA ripoff logo. To go with the stolen logo in lieu of an original design is to tell the student body that none among the students are sufficiently creative, skilled, or intelligent to create original work for themselves. That is a pedagogical sin.

    • Bromotrifluoromethane | March 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm |

      Totally agree on all accounts. Hell my old high school one County away uses the Southern Cal alternate logo. But the douchebaggery IMO is on both ends. The schools should be able to find a graphic arts or just an art student that can design an original logo. But also when the colleges, rightfully, come down on these schools for using their logos without permission don’t try and play the nice guys. Admit you’re doing it to protect your brand. Don’t put in those quotes like you’re doing the schools a favor.

  • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 10:52 am |

    Today’s ESPN column is up:
    http://espn.go.com/m...

    • Commenter formerly known as Eric B. | March 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm |

      The Astros wore their BP jersey, with its rainbow side piping, for 11 regular-season games last year. Now they’ve officially designated it as an alternate jersey (although they might want to rethink that, because they went 2-9 in those 11 games last season).

      As an Astros fan I have a hard time believing they did any better wearing anything else. /sarcasm but seriously

      • Commenter formerly known as Eric B. | March 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm |

        Also, this joke isn’t as funny when you realize that the link in the column shows how they did in the other jerseys too. Oops.

  • Patrick Mackin | March 26, 2014 at 11:16 am |

    Two quick IMHO points regarding today’s espn column: (1) I say this every year, but having all the players wear No. 42 on April 15th is a not an unqualified success, but is a downright stupid disregard of the very useful purpose of having the players wear distinct uniform numbers; and (2) It is a cheat to cite to one’s own previous blog post as supportive proof for the proposition that the Cleveland Indians are de-emphasizing Chief Wahoo. While citing to other articles is the common way to provide proof of one’s assertions, it doesn’t work when the writer is only citing to his own previous writing.

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 11:22 am |

      I say this every year, but having all the players wear No. 42 on April 15th is a not an unqualified success, but is a downright stupid disregard of the very useful purpose of having the players wear distinct uniform numbers

      This is what’s known as a difference of opinion.

      It is a cheat to cite to one’s own previous blog post as supportive proof for the proposition that the Cleveland Indians are de-emphasizing Chief Wahoo.

      You’d have a fair point if my previous column had simply offered my OPINION about Wahoo being de-emphasized. But that piece cited many real-world observations to support the case. That’s not a cheat at all.

      • Ferdinand Cesarano | March 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm |

        What I don’t like about all players wearing no. 42 is that it removes the ability of specific players to make their own statements.

        In just about every game that Mo Vaughn or Butch Huskey played, the announcers mentioned Jackie Robinson as the inspiration for their wearing no. 42. So it’s very possible that this one-day tribute results in Robinson being discusssed less than he had been before.

        What I do like about that day is that we see uniforms without NOB, and we see how unnecessary that feature is. After all, on a normal day, every guy has a different number; so there is no need for an additional unique identifier.

    • Chance Michaels | March 26, 2014 at 11:24 am |

      I disagree most strongly with your second point. It is not a “cheat” to refer readers back to the work he’s already done on that subject. If the link itself is not intended to be “supportive proof”, there is plenty within the text of the linked article.

  • Chance Michaels | March 26, 2014 at 11:28 am |

    That Green Bay Bluejays (one word, don’t ask me why) photo is amazing. The little hip number seems to have been something of a pattern for them; I’ve seen it in photos from other seasons.

  • Thresh8 | March 26, 2014 at 11:45 am |

    You know you belong here when you look at that first food plate and think “Tottenham Hotspurs”.

  • ReggieDunlop | March 26, 2014 at 11:51 am |

    The “bingo” card regarding the Redskins raises an interesting point: why is gathering the arguments for or against a certain subject or position and placing them together somehow considered a valid countering of any of those points? A similar card could be put together for the arguments calling for the change of the name (“people not mascots”,”trail of tears”, “if only one Native American is against the name it should be changed”, “not really respectively named for the good qualities of Native Americans”, etc.). Some of the arguments on both sides have merit, some are ridiculous, but it can’t be denied that it’s the moral outrage dujour, and that people who are decidely not Native Americans are much, much more interested in it than the general population of Native Americans as a whole.

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 11:58 am |

      Straw man argument — nobody claimed the bingo card was “a valid countering” of anything. It’s just amusing. And yes, you could easily come up with a similar bingo card for the other side of the argument, or for many other issues.

    • Dave | March 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm |

      It’s a way to point out that arguments on one side of a question come from a small, predictable set.

  • Jet | March 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm |

    Oh man, that baseball card locker takes me back! I’m pretty sure mine was dark green.

    -Jet

  • Dave | March 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm |

    This is like a nitpick for the ages, but Paul would probably know. When Uniroyal, who sponsored the Packer storm suit, had sponsorship of the tire Ferris wheel at the ’64-65 World’s Far, they were still called “U.S. Royal.” When did they change over, and when was the storm suit made?

  • Eric Romain | March 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm |

    Interesting quote in this article.
    http://www.freep.com...

    “[The Lions] had discussions with Nike about designing a new third jersey, but for now, those talks remain in a holding pattern.”

    • Rob S | March 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm |

      I’d just be happy if they did indeed bring back their throwbacks.

  • Gill | March 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm |

    Still can’t understand why there was no Pulitzer Prize for Paul’s investigative and well-researched piece on the record number of pin stripes on the “heavy” C.J. Sabathia Yankee jersey a few years ago. I believe that jersey represented the largest number of pinstripes ever worn. Maybe a follow-up on the now lower number of pinstripes C.J. wears now will get Paul that prize.

    • JTH | March 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm |

      It’s CC — no periods (and no J).

      • Gill | March 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm |

        I’ll get his name right when he earns his salary.

  • Chicago Shep | March 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm |

    Am I the only one who finds today’s uniform selection of the Nationals and Cardinals to be distractingly confusing? Two teams wearing red jerseys is making my brain hurt.

    • scott | March 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm |

      As long as it’s just spring training, who cares? It’s a major problem when it happens during the regular season, and it can happen because of all the softball jerseys teams choose to wear.

  • Rob S | March 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm |

    I can see where that second Dodgers-D’Backs game would be considered “bizarre”, particularly to fans who came into the game in the 1990s or later, but it’s worth noting that in the pullover era, when some teams eschewed road grays (or powder blues) altogether, that sort of thing happened quite a lot.

    I guess it’s because I have the 1984 World Series, and Game 5 in particular, permanently etched in my memory, what with the Padres in their brown tops and white pants against the Tigers’ white tops and pants.

    As for the Astros, considering they finished dead fucking last in the Majors last year, I don’t think a 2-9 record in those BP tops are going to deter them.

    • Rob S | March 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm |

      … and that should be “is going to deter them.” Ugh! I hate when I make a mistake like that!

      It’s really disappointing as a Tigers fan Detroit isn’t hosting the Padres for their interleague series this year. I doubt the Padres are willing to offer their own commemoration of their 1984 World Series loss!

  • Rob S | March 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm |

    Nice article from Chris Creamer on recurring uni templates: http://news.sportslo...

  • Christopher F. | March 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm |

    Ironic… I got to have pork tails last night. First time I’d ever tried them. Generally tasty… but they were from a Chinese delivery joint in the neighborhood included with ribs. Unfortunately Chinese ribs (and thus the tails) are generally too sweet for my tastes.

    • Paul Lukas | March 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm |

      Mmmmm — pig tails = good! (But not as good as chicken tails, which are the best food ever.)

  • Dave Sorter | March 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm |

    Also posted this on the ESPN column….the big question in the baseball uni-verse to me: Will the Marlins actually wear their road grays this year?

  • Joe | March 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm |

    Found this place on Facebook that sells reproduction of college jerseys…. The Mitchell and Ness of college sports.

    https://www.facebook...

  • Taxman | March 26, 2014 at 8:33 pm |

    Tudor Electric Baseball was the fools gold of games for young sports fans. Just a really really bad concept gleaming at us from toy catalogs. Got it when I was 11. Nothing remotely playable. Sold the metal for scrap. The Tudor Basketball game looks equally dreadful.

  • Jordan Sogn | March 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm |

    OU is letting the fans choose end zones & mid-field design for the spring game this year. Last year’s spring game they had the helmet on at mid-field for the first time.

    http://www.soonerspo...

  • Matthew | March 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm |

    Just a heads up… I highly doubt that the picture of the Miami Hurricanes helmet is a new one, however Susan Miller Dugan at the Miami Herald posted a picture of the recruit BBQ, http://t.co/BeNayEkA.... Notice there are green helmet on some tables. This. Could be simply the old variant from 2010 or could be a new alternate since they are trying to impress young recruits.