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Late last week I put out the call for photos of your team logo tattoos. More than 40 of you responded, but only one of you had a city-centric grouping of multiple team logos. That would be reader Brian Skokowski, whose lower-leg tribute to the Steel City is shown above. Nice job (but man, as I’ve said many times before, I really think the Pirates “P” needs a pointy serif at the upper-left corner!).
Brian’s tattoo is one of a dozen reader-submitted team logo tats that are featured in my latest ESPN column — check it out here.
For those of you who sent in photos but aren’t featured in today’s ESPN piece, don’t worry — at some point in the next few weeks I’ll either do a follow-up column or showcase your tats here on the blog. Meanwhile, if more of you out there have been inked up with your favorite teams’ logos, let’s have a look-see.
Speaking of logo tats, those of you who’ve been here since the beginning may recall that the third post ever to appear on this site featured a semi-dirty joke about sports logo tattoos. Check it out here.
(Big thanks to intern Mike Chamernik, who first raised the issue of logo tats in his “Question of the Week” segment last Thursday.)
Let’s hope they never try it with a purple logo: Whether by coincidence or design, photos of two different team logo-themed pizzas came my way yesterday:
Direct from Buffalo: a Bills pizza. The logo was made with ricotta cheese. pic.twitter.com/a3a9V5xLRf
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) May 6, 2014
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) May 6, 2014
There’s more info on the Blackhawks pie here. No word on whether it tastes extra-delicious because it “honors” Native Americans.
’Skins Watch: NFL commish Roger Goodell did a live Twitter chat yesterday. Amidst all the snarky-to-abusive questions he received, Senate majority leader Harry Reid took the opportunity to ask him — indirectly but unmistakably — about the ’Skins name. … Former ’Skins player Jason Taylor on the team’s name: “Look, it’s offensive” (thanks, Phil).
Baseball News: Remember the mild controversy last year when a Cardinals groundskeeper was taking it upon himself to draw a Christian cross on the Busch Stadium mound? It looked like something similar was taking place last night at Nats Park (here’s a close-up), but Nats beat writer Mark Zuckerman said it was a shout-out by Nats pitcher Blake Treinen to his late aunt (thanks to Phil for bringing the symbol to my attention and to William Yurasko for pointing me toward Zuckerman’s explanation)…Yesterday was the first time all 15 MLB road teams wore gray (from David Taub). … Oh baby, look at the Polish National Alliance patch on this old jersey. Love the gold stitching on the collar and cuffs, too. Further details here. … Alan Kreit recently scored this odd Mets/Flintstones T-shirt at a vintage shop. … I think Phil mentioned this over the weekend, but just in case: You can vote on the best minor league cap (from Dane Drutis). … Love this old Angels batting helmet, complete with the halo (from Bruce Menard). … I really don’t know what to say about this next thing except that the pink thing has gotten way out of hand (thanks, Phil). … Marc Gilbert notes that there are some inconsistencies between the Dodgers’ cap, helmet, and “official” logos. I’ll have more to say about this in a week or two. … Was a Fox Sports reporter wearing a Diamondbacks-branded dress the other day? (Thanks, Phil.) … Bill Duston collects stirrups and has 78 pairs of them, 59 of which are shown in this photo set. I like how he grouped them by stripe pattern.
NFL News: The folks at Helmet Hut have turned up an original 1966 Broncos helmet with the blue-outlined horsey logo. … Another great old Broncos item: Tom Jacobsen got his hands on a 1970s Rick Upchurch tearaway jersey. “It’s just like an old T-shirt that you’ve had forever,” he says. “Really soft. It’s sewn back together like Frankenstein!” … We all know about 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s
childish temper trantrums black Stanford pullovers with the “SF” patch sewn over the Stanford logo, but now Brinke has found a photo with what appears to be a cover-up patch on the right sleeve. Hmmmm — covering up a bowl game patch, perhaps? Not sure of the date of the photo, unfortunately.
Hockey News: “I really can’t stand the ‘NYR’ logo on the side of the Rangers’ helmets,” says Adrian Acosta. “It was first used when the Liberty alternate jerseys were introduced. At this point the Rangers have removed most of the leftovers from that Liberty era. The Liberty logo used to appear on the practice jerseys, but not anymore. It pretty much appears only on [goalie Henrik] Lundqvist’s mask and merchandise. I believe it’s time to unify everything and get rid of that helmet decal and the secondary logo altogether. I’d rather see something like this.” … It’s hard to tell from this photo, but I’m told that this is a Blackhawks cake. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up in the Dumpster like that other Chicago-themed sports cake recently did (from Jacob Marks).
NBA News: About a year ago there was a lot of chatter about Tim Duncan’s custom-painted knee braces. Looks like he’s expanded his collection of them (from Dane Drutis). … Tired of the whole color-out thing at NBA games? You’re not the only one (from Kevin Walsh). … The Iowa Energy of the D-League have signed an affiliate deal with the Memphis Grizzlies and have a new Grizzlies-ish logo and color scheme (from Jared VanderWeele). … With the Warriors planning a move across the bay, the design-centric site 99designs is running a Warriors logo-redesign contest. Additional info here.
Soccer News: Soccer fans, you’re gonna love this one: an entire website devoted to soccer patches. I’m not a soccer fan but even I got sucked into spending half an hour clicking around on this site. Enjoy (big thanks to Mark Weinstein). … New kits for AC Milan (thanks, Phil). … Just what you’ve been waiting for: soccer compression shorts with wang support. Big Cock Johnson could not be reached for comment (from Joe Hollomon). … Man U and Adidas are on the verge of striking what would be the world’s richest uniform deal (from George Chilvers).
Grab Bag: Correction of the week: A New York Times story about Sen. Rand Paul was amended to show that his jacket was actually herringbone, not houndstooth. … Clemson’s tiger logo has been showing up at alumni events (thanks, Phil). … Someone has proposed seven Google search page redesigns (from Jarrod Leder). … Good story on Radio Shack’s rebranding (thanks, Brinke). … Here’s more on that new Netflix logo. … The new CFL team, the Ottawa RedBlacks, unveiled their new uniforms. Additional photos and info here (thanks, Phil). … Sad news out of Chicago, where the awesome hot dog/sausage emporium Hot Doug’s will be closing in five months.
What Paul did
last night two nights ago:
The New Girl and I went out on Monday evening and caught the new Jim Jarmusch film, The Only Lovers Left Alive, which is ostensibly a vampire movie but is really more of a love letter to — or maybe just a catalog of — Jarmusch’s favorite writers, musicians, and artists (sort of like the way this website is ostensibly about uniforms but is really more of a forum for me to discuss whatever’s on my mind).
It’s not quite top-shelf Jarmusch, but it’s still worth seeing. I’m still kinda processing it (maybe I’ll write more about it later), but for now I’ll just say that I was struck by they way John Hurt, playing a vampiric version of the playwright Kit Marlowe, looked eerily like Saddam Hussein around the time he was captured (click to enlarge):