Hose Get Hosed

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Slump-buster move yesterday by the Giants, as everyone went high-cuffed — even skipper Bruce Bochy, as you can see in the top photo. They also opted to wear their primary cap instead of their orange-brimmed Sunday cap. Didn’t work, alas, as they got blanked by the Rockies, 5-0, but that’s what they get for wearing the solid black socks instead of the ones with the orange stripes, which surely would have resulted in a victory.

According to this piece, Bochy was asked if the high-cuffery was his idea. He said it wasn’t, “and I’m done with it.”

One other note: If you look at screen shot near the top of the page, it looks like the player on the left may have a the mark of the beast on his left sock. Or maybe not — it’s tough to say for sure. Might just be a stray piece of a napkin that got stuck on his calf or some such. Can anyone who watched the game fill us in?

Another question: Throwback games notwithstanding, when’s the last time an entire team went high-cuffed? It’s pretty rare — maybe even unheard of — to get the entire team to play along. Usually there’s one player, often a pitcher, who insists on going pajama-pantsed, no?

Meanwhile, speaking of socks, yesterday was “High Sock Sunday” in St. Louis — and it extended beyond the players. Additional photos here.

(My thanks to Sean Robbins, Richard Paloma, and Brinke Guthrie for their contributions to this section.)

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Good roundtable discussion about the Redskins’ team name (from Matt Busch). … Look at these awesome old soccer stickers (thanks, Kirsten). … As mentioned in Friday’s Ticker, the Rays dressed up in camouflage for their latest road trip. Here’s how they looked (from Kevin Kleinhans). … “Pepperdine’s Firestone Fieldhouse is getting a new floor,” writes Tim Stoops. “Last Thursday they showed off an older floor that was underneath the most recent floor. A fun peek at the school’s basketball history.” … New football helmet for St. Lawrence, a D3 school in upstate New York (from James Ferentz). … Nice Northwestern-striped stirrups for Hofstra (from Nate Collins). … I’ve seen lots of shots of the Hollywood Stars’ shorts over the years, but not this one. That’s one of many wonderful photos from this sensational online exhibit about baseball in L.A. Highly recommended (from Ben Traxel). … Whoa, look at the ref in this 1941 UVA football photo. Horizontal sleeve striping! Another shot from the same game reveals that the refs’ jerseys were actually cardigans. No hats, either (Nate Collins again). … Buck Showalter apparently wants the Orioles to adopt a road cap with a “B” logo (from Nick Kelly). … Nice piece on NASCAR paint schemes (from Russ Havens). … The Seibu Lions will be wearing late-1930s Tokyo Senators throwbacks in July (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: The Tokyo Yakult Swallows will wear green uniforms for eight games in July through September. … In Aussie football news, the Gold Coast Suns and Western Bulldogs went color-vs.-color — or is it colour-vs.-colour? — last Friday. “Beautiful to watch,” says Leo Strawn Jr. … Special commemorative kit for the Peruvian team Universitario de Deportes. Omar A. says it’s to commemorate “some old guy.” … There’s a new book out about Japanese baseball uniforms. Maybe Mark in Shiga or some other Japanese reader can get a copy and give us the scoop? (From Seiji, who didn’t give his last name.) … Someone is conducting a Big 10 football helmet bracket (from Chris Flinn). … New Mexico and San Diego State played a red-on-red ballgame on Saturday. “Good God,” says a nonplussed Frank Mercogliano. … In a related item, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps played white-on-white the other day (from Steve Bommarito). … New kit for Paris St. Germain (Jeremy Brahm again). … Michael Jordan wore No. 45 with the Birmingham Barons, but here’s a painting that mistakenly shows him wearing No. 23 (from Mike Latona). … Someone is trying to collect every baseball card showing a memorial patch or armband. Details here and here (from Matt Wilson). … Very impressive job by Andrew Pick, who designed and fabricated his bowling team’s shirts. “I did just about everything from designing the logo, ordering custom corresponding patches, and hand-embroidering my teammates’ names,” he says. Check out the very nice results here. … Exciting news from Bill Jones, who, along with three partners, has created a set of WFL football cards. That page also has a link to a podcast in which Bill and his cohorts are interviewed by the folks from Gridiron Greats magazine. … Oooh, look at this gorgeous old pair of stirrups. … Luke Frishman recently got bar mitzvahed, and the event had a U. of Wisconsin theme. Mazel tov! … According to an item in The Sporting News, Rick Barry wanted to wear No. 24 with the Rockets in 1978 but it wasn’t available, so he wore 2 at home and 4 on the road. And look — sure enough! “Has anyone else ever done something similar to this?” asks Jarrad Tauzin. Not that I can think of. Then again, I wasn’t aware of Barry having done it until now. … Retro-ish alternates for Wichita State baseball on Sunday (from Jesse Nienke). … Check this out: The Brewers’ Barrel Man character apparently dates back to 1901! And back in the ’40s they had a live mascot with a rather awkward Barrel Man costume (both of these from Eric Schultz). … “For some reason in Saturday’s San Jose Earthquakes match against the Colorado Rapids, Chris Wondolowski was wearing two flags on his sleeve in the first half,” reports Bryan Justman. “He was down to one flag in the second half.” … Charlie Charnigo was at an antiques store and spotted an Oilers bobblehead with a “gusher” logo. I like that better than their official logo. … Rangers head coach John Tortorella knew how to blouse his baseball pants quite nicely (from Alan Kreit). … New logo for the Sun Belt Conference (from Jay Winkler). … If you’ve always wanted to see a hockey jersey design that featured two deers humping, today’s your lucky day. “No story behind it, just thought it was awesome,” says Blake Pass. … The A’s wore three different jerseys for their three-game sweep of the Royals: gold on Friday, green on Saturday, and white on Sunday. “It’s reminiscent on the ’70s, when they’d wear the white tops only for Sunday home games,” says Richard Paloma. … The Nevada State high school baseball championship came down to a G.I. Joe team vs. a tequila sunrise team — yikes. Check it out, if you dare, in the slideshow on this page (from Demetrius Anagnostis).

And Finally(!) -- The Last of the UWFFL Contest Entries

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By Phil Hecken, with Rob Holecko

Well, Uni Watch readers — we’ve made it (almost). We’re now to reveal the final sets of contestants for the UWFFL — today’s final two teams are coastal teams, one from the east and one from the left — the Tampa Terror and the San Francisco Reign Fire. I know I’m really excited to reveal the final team (the Reign Fire) because of the possibilities of the helmet art — we also have a very special treat from Rob. More on that below.

Once again, I want to thank Rob Holecko for all his work on this, and all the great submitters for taking such an interest in this contest. And now, I will turn this over to Rob, who’ll take you through the final two groups of entries, complete with polls (so be sure to view all of the entries for each team and then be prepared to vote — write down your favorite if you have to, so you can easily vote on it after each of the sections). Click on each graphic to enlarge.

Ready? OK — here’s Rob:

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Hello again from the UWFFL. We are back with the results from last week’s voting and the submissions for the final two teams. Next week we’ll have (barring any further run-off votes being necessary) the results for these final two teams as well as laying out what the future holds for the UWFFL when we pick it back up in July or so.

First off, here are last week’s winners. In the second run-off for the New York Sharks voting, Robert Kramer defeated Adam Cain and claimed his first victory.

New York 2nd runoff results

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In the competition for the Seattle Superbeasts, it was a runaway and Wes Peters notched his fifth victory.

Seattle results

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And for the San Diego Storm, Brett Callero defeated Wes for his third win.

San Diego results

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That brings us to the last batch of teams to vote on: Tampa and San Francisco.

First the Tampa Terror. Here are the ten entries, with voting below:

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Brady Ivie

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Brendan Jang

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Brett Callero

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Dan Hutcheson

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Jeff Provo

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Robert Kramer

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Ryan Liszewski

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And finally the twelfth team, the San Francisco Reign Fire.

For the Reign Fire, we had a little help from 970 KDSF in San Francisco, the official broadcast partner of the Reign Fire. They co-sponsored with us this portion of the contest and their afternoon drive program, The Dick Schaefer Show (no relation to the GUD’s Bill Schaefer) interviewed some of the entrants and gave them a chance to talk about their submissions. We gave all of the entrants the opportunity to be on their program, but it was totally optional, and when making your voting selections you shouldn’t hold it against those that chose not to take part. But for those that did, we have included the audio of their interview with their submissions and you can listen to it below and let it give you just a little more insight into the designers’ processes.

We thank 970 KDSF for their interest in the contest and look forward to their continuing coverage of the San Francisco Reign Fire as they compete in the UWFFL this fall.

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Brett Callero

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Robert Kramer

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Wes Peters

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Unfortunately, not every contestant was available for interview purposes. But, just to wrap things up, give one last listen here:

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Well, there you have it, good luck to the Tampa and San Francisco entries, congrats to Robert, Wes, and Brett for their wins, and to the rest of you be sure to vote and discuss in the comments your favorite designs. We’ll see you next week!

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Thanks, Rob (and nice interviews!). OK readers — unless there is a run-off, this is the last you’ll be voting on the UWFFL (at least for a while, I promise), so lets send them out in a blaze of glory OK? And make sure you thank all the contestants and also Rob for helping to organize this. And of course, let the submitters know how they did. Back with the results next weekend.

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We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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We begin today with Bryan Ross, with a Penn State University redo:

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Hey Phil,

I was looking at Penn State’s uniforms and felt they needed an update. With the home uniform, the major change I made wwas adding the logo to the side of the helmet and a blue back plate with PennState font added. Another change was keeping the simple helmet stripe and tying it into the side of the pant leg giving the socks the same look to bring it all together.

Basically the thought throughout was to give some subtile updates while keeping with the classic look. See what you think.

Bryan Ross,
Graphic Designer

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Next up is Brian F (from NOLA), who has retrofitted the Rays:

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I hope this is the right place to send these to. I want to like the Rays, I lived in Tampa for a while and generally like the area, but everything about the team just seems generic. Everyone uses the navy blue now-a-days and I think there needs more green in baseball. The Rays were close a few years ago with their road grey’s, but the green and blue were too dark. I don’t love the wordmark they used, but it’s better that the current one. The other is using the wordmark from the throwback the clock, which is very Floride like.

Brian from NOLA

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We close today with Brett Knowles some logos for the St. Louis Metro football club:

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Phil,

Love reading your stuff. Been following logos/uni’s most of my life and always thought I was odd for that. It turns out, there is quite the following.

With the upcoming Chelsea/ Man. City game being played here at Busch Stadium next month, talk has resurfaced about the possibility of MLS in St. Louis.

I came up with a logo about two years ago and have attached it. In case it wasn’t obvious, no photoshop was used, just good old MS Paint!

Let me know what you think if you get a chance. I know it’s not perfect, but I would love to see it incorporated in some way by someone who actually knows graphic design.

Thanks!

Brett Knowles

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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Stirrup FridayStirrup Fridays…

Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.

Smaller set than normal today.

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James Poisso:

Phil,

I’ve never been able to identify these stirrups, but they look nice.

James Poisso

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Joaquin Jang Stirrups

Joaquin Jang:

Hi Phil,

I graduated from grad school on Thursday so I figured I would celebrate Stirrup Friday a day early. I’m clicking my heels, not just because I graduated, because I got to wear some sweet stirrups too!

Joaquin

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John K.:

Phil,

Broke out the classic Orioles look to celebrate their great run in the ESPN uni bracket. Going back to “Baltimore” on the away jerseys a few years ago was a great (and seriously overdue) move. They just need to add the classic socks/stirrups, and get rid of the white panel on the hat.

I was in meetings all day yesterday and did not get a chance to vote. Not sure if I will be able to vote today, either. A difficult decision: Vote partisan for the very good looking Os, or the truly iconic and beautiful Cards. The Cards could almost win on stirrups/socks alone.

John

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Robert Brashear:

Comrades,

I have joined the revolution

Bucco stirrups in the big apple

Robert Brashear

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And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ’em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.

And now…here’s …

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Comrades!

First off, my apologies for not being part of the post last week, I dropped the ball in coordinating with Phil. That being said I was also busy all week defending the stirrup revolution. Apparently there is a snake in the revolutionary grasses phishng the stirrup movement. Clearly this thief has intimate knowledge of what we do here, and to be honest, I was really hurt that someone would try to rip-off an operation that is set up to benefit rather the gouge Uni Watch readers. I was close to saying fine, I’ll raise prices blah blah blah, but I came to my senses and realized that just because there is one weasel out there, the rest of us shouldn’t suffer. Besides, there is 92 bucks in the revolutionary accounts, let him do his worst. The bottom line is after reflection, everything is all systems normal except one thing, the Stirrup Friday Image winner now gets a buy one/ get one prize. I hope that prize is okay with everyone.

Let’s get on with the Stirrup Friday shots, and begin with last week since the pixtures were so great. On top of Phil’s killer Met’s game shot, there was great stuff all around, and I will talk to Soukie about what I will do for him and his usual Gem, but let’s award Nathan Stewart with the shot of the week for those killer chops that go so well with the 70’s orioles look. As for this week, clearly Joaquin Jang’s graduation shot might be the shot of the year, that was super sweet Joaquin, you were a hands down choice.

As for actual hosiery, The Cardinals and Braves are back in stock, and I expect the 1959 “beer shower” World Series Go-Go Sox sometime this week, but since they are not here yet I will run the 69 Padres and 48 Senators as “new” this week even though they are in stock and there will be no waiting. If the beer showers get here as expected, I will have another new stirrup for everyone based on the feedback I have gotten next weekend.

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This and That - 175 x 175And finally…

• For reasons that apparently have something to do with today’s Armed Forces day, the Pirates wore camo last night. Looked awful. But not as bad as the way the Astros (their opponents) lost in epic fashion. Game photos are here, if you dare.

• Here’s how Johnny Football looked in that jersey with the Heisman patch on it.

• If you’re not a fan of *instant replay* in baseball, then you’re not going to be happy with what MLB is considering for 2014.

• Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres wore their 1984 throwbacks last night against the Nats. Of all the 20+ year old unis they could throw back to, those are my least favorite. More photos are here.

• In honor of actual Armed Forces day, the Angels will be wearing camo today.

• The Bobcats have begun their conversion to the Hornets.

• And finally, the Preakness Stakes is today. There was some discussion in yesterday’s comments of a horse called Titletown Five, whose name is a reference to Green Bay. Check out the silks! And here’s a photo of the silks (not the same jockey who’ll be riding today, but same silks).

That will do it for today. Quick programming note for tomorrow: I’m scheduled to open the summer place today, which, among other things, means meeting the cable guy to hook up the Interwebs. As with all things, this is not a given. Also, the computer out there was built before some of you were born, so…

I’ve already prepared tomorrow’s post so there will be stuff tomorrow (and a great lede from none other than Chance with another wonderful historical uni/logo look back). But there might not be anything NEW from today (may need to upload the post from my phone), including a QOTD. Just warning you.

Everyone have a great Saturday, and I will catch you tomorrow one way or the other.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

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One For The Road

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“Sweet Mother of Jesus. This is getting scary. Not too long ago – a couple of years? – I asked you in this space about your hometown, and you sent me the same wiki link you just sent this morning. I (now) remember the picture 2nd Street! I need to buy a walker. And maybe a bib.”
–Conn Nugent

Leak of Possible New Football Uni for the Aggies

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Hmmm, is this a new Texas A&M football uniform? Could be, according to a reader who prefers to remain anonymous:

I recently visited Adidas HQ in Portland and saw these uniforms in their football room. The helmets start black up top and turn to maroon toward the bottom. Facemask is the same way.

Interesting. I ran the photo past an Aggies-obsessed friend of mine. Here’s what he had to say:

If I had to wager, I’d guess they’re looking for something to trot out for their big Sept. 14 home game against Alabama, which is one of the most anticipated games in A&M history. Last year, that was the only game they wore the all-whites for. They wore the all-black ones for their first big game against a highly ranked team, Mississippi State.

Sumlin definitely seems to try to fire the team up with that kind of stuff.Now you’re gonna ruin the surprise and they’re gonna lose and Johnny’s not gonna win two Heismans and then I’m gonna wage a campaign for the Mets to wear black and purple uniforms.

(Update: Several commenters are pointing out that this is essentially the same uni A&M wore against Mississippi State last year. Only the pink arm sleeve is now. Ah well…)

Speaking of Johnny Football, he threw out the first pitch at last night’s Padres game, so they gave him a jersey with a Heisman sleeve patch (photo courtesy of Jared Bremseth, click to enlarge):

And as long as we’re talking college football: Memphis is letting fans vote on two new proposed uni options, and Michigan won’t have alternate uniforms this season.

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Purple Amnesty Day: Today is the seventh anniversary of the first entry ever published on this site. In keeping with longstanding tradition, that means today is also the one day of the year when the prohibition on purple-inclusive Uni Watch membership cards is lifted. So if you’ve been waiting to order the Vikings- or Lakers- or LSU- or Rockies-themed card (like Greg Cornwall’s LSU helmet treatment, shown at right), now’s your chance. Sign-up details, as always, can be found here. I’ll accept purple-inclusive orders until midnight Eastern tonight. (Of course, non-purple orders are also welcome.)

Bizarre chromatic coincidence: Today is also “Wear purple for lupus” day.

And hey, membership cards and purple aside — seven years! That’s pretty amazing. My thanks to each and every one of you for helping to make Uni Watch such a fun, successful project.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Another uni-notable thing about today’s date: It’s the birthday of Carlos May, the only athlete I’m aware of to wear his birthday on his jersey (my thanks to Brendan the Aspie for pointing this out in yesterday’s comments). … Bloody Nolan! “That’s from Sept. 8, 1990,” says Andy Chalifour. “Bo Jackson led off the second inning by hitting Nolan Ryan’s first pitch back to the mound. Ryan misplayed it and the baseball hit him in the mouth. Nolan Ryan refused to leave the game and went on to pitch through the seventh inning.” … Faaaascinating piece on how apostrophes are frowned upon in place names. … Rays pitcher David Price has been suffering from allergies that have been traced to the team’s uniform-laundering system (from Brian Mazmanian). … Buried within this story is the news that the Warriors will likely retain their sleeved jerseys for next season. … Good piece by Chris Creamer on the American and National League logos being updated. … Mets pitching prospect Zach Wheeler, who hails from Atlanta, was wearing a Falcons cap while in New York for a cortisone shot. … For the first time ever, Ebbets Field Flannels has done a college baseball throwback jersey — for Illinois State, 1969. … Dobyns-Bennett High School in Tennessee has some seriously weird baseball pants. “The head coach is the cousin of my best childhood friend, but I still haven’t had the balls to ask why these were even thought of, let alone produced game use,” says Daniel Hargis. … The Stockton Thunder (ECHL) will mark their first appearance in the Kelly Cup finals with this jersey patch (from Richard Paloma). … Did you know there’s a blog devoted to U.S. military uniforms? I learned that from this story about the military’s latest camouflage debacle. “And we thought the Jags had problems,” says Chris Weber. … Here’s a gallery of cycling shoes from the Giro d’Italia. “Sweet Jesus!” says a rapturous Sean Clancy. … Latest sports-themed soda display is for the Blackhawks. “Now that’s you honor Native American heritage,” says Jamie Uthe, with an indeterminate level of irony. … In a vaguely related item, check out this Blackhawks-themed barber chair. I happen to have that exact chair in my living room — only, you know, without the team design theme (from Brian Crago). … Small item at the bottom of this page informs us that the Rays are wearing camouflage on their current road trip. That’s, like, on the plane and the bus, not on the field (from Kevin Kleinhans). … All U. of Oregon teams will wear an “AR” memorial patch in memory of Alex Rovello, an Oregon tennis player who died last week (from Maks Skuz). … A Papa John’s delivery guy in Brooklyn was allegedly selling cocaine while in his Papa John’s uniform. At least this finally explains the longstanding mystery of why anyone in Brooklyn would order Papa John’s. “Yeah, gimme a large extra-cheese, half pepperoni, half coke.” … Ladies and gents, your Hillsboro Hops. The team’s inaurgural uniforms were unveiled yesterday (from Christopher Ouellette). … Did you know there were college football teams in Ireland? There are! And one of them is facing criticism for wearing Penn State jerseys (from Chris Flinn). … The Cardinals are giving away striped socks this Sunday and have produced a fun video to promote the giveaway (from Joe Mueller).

Battle of the Uniforms: Voting is still open in the LCS round until 9am Eastern. The World Series round, which looks like it will feature the Cardinals (no surprise there) vs. the Orioles (huge surprise there!), should be up and running by noon-ish today.