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Pinkapalooza

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My brother and I spent yesterday with our Mom, so I didn’t see any of MLB’s annual pink-ification. Judging by the photos I saw when I got home last night, the best move of the day came from Bosox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who painted his fingernails pink (or maybe just used a pink set of those press-on fingernail sticker thingies). Can’t say I’m as fond of his pink sunglasses, but whaddaya gonna do.

Pretty much everyone and everything else was pink — the now-familiar assortment of pink jersey ribbons, pink wristbands, pink bats, pink-laced balls, pink-trimmed bases, pink shoes, pink arm sleeves, pink Tooth Fairy necklaces, you name it. Here are some photos to give you an idea:

That last shot is Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, who dyed his beard pink for the occasion.

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez had a slight glitch, as his pink ribbon was initially upside-down, but then it was corrected the following inning:

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Also: Several mascots had their moms on hand. I particularly like that Bernie Brewer’s mom has a mustache.

Also-also: In case you missed it in Phil’s post yesterday, the White Sox jumped the line on the whole pink thing by wearing pink caps on Saturday. Further details here.

Finally, one storyline we missed from last week: Remember all the bullshit last year about MLB not letting players use pink bats unless they were Louisville Sluggers? In a welcome move, that restriction was dropped this time around. Good job.

(Big thanks to Jordan Caramack, Dave Garabedian, James Mellett, Jared VanderWeele, and of course Phil for their contributions to this section.)

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Membership reminder: Remember, people, Purple Amnesty Day — the only day of the year when you can order a membership card with a purple-inclusive design — is this Friday, May 16. So if you want a purple card (like Nicholas Popczun’s Raptors treatment, shown at right), be sure to place your order that day.

Of course, you can order non-purple designs anytime by signing up here.

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’Skins Watch: California Congressman Henry Waxman, drawing parallels to the Donald Sterling situation, has indicated that he wants the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the ’Skins name.

Baseball News: What’s worse than a team in pink camo? Two teams in pink camo. That’s Troy High School’s Flying Horses and LaSalle Institute’s Cadets, both of Troy, New York (from Joe Makowiec). … MLB 14 The Show shows the Indians wearing red helmets with their home alternate uniforms. “I don’t ever remember seeing that in real life,” says Brandon Bush). … Prince Fielder has been using Elvis Andrus’s bat (screen shot by Dave Curs). … Here’s something you don’t often see: orange vs. orange. That’s the Coldwater Cavaliers and Minster Wildcats, both from Ohio (from Razz). … The Lehigh Valley IronPigs went solid-black the other day (Phil again). … You already knew this, but the Yankees are running out of single-digit numbers (thanks, Brinke). … Bruce Genther made some nice mock-ups of the very nice uniforms worn in the 1930s by the minor league Baltimore Orioles. … SI’s recent cover photo of Mike Trout showed him wearing Angels-branded eye black (from Adán Encinas). … The bases in yesterday’s Yanks/Brewers game in Milwaukee had the “Derek Jeter Final Season” logo (thanks, Phil). … The Mets’ embarrassing “True New Yorkers” email, which you’ve probably heard about, has now led to a line of “True New Yorkers” merch, which is even more embarrassing. It doesn’t even make any sense, because most of the Mets’ fan base is in the suburbs. … Nice powder blue stirrups for UCLA (from Alex Allen). … The Indians’ pitchers have bowling uniforms (from Joanna Zwiep). … Also from Joanna: Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman was wearing an undershirt with “Pro Combat” printed on the back collar yesterday.

NFL News: Here’s a slideshow of NFL draft picks posing for photos with their new teams’ jerseys (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a video on the making of Jimmie Ward’s 49ers jersey (thanks, Brinke). … When the Texans had Jadaveon Clowney pose for photos with his new No. 90 jersey, it looks like they used an upside-down “M” instead of a “W.” Compare that to his NOB on draft night. … Giants first rounder Odell Beckham Jr.’s jersey on draft night had JrOB, with a period. At LSU he had JrOB without the period.

Hockey News: We all know Criag MacTavish was the last NHL player to go without a helmet. But I didn’t know he did wear a helmet at one point, as you can see in this shot from his time with the Bruins (from Tris Wykes). … Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was wearing his black Stadium Series socks for last night’s game against the Wild (good spot by Mike Engle).

NBA News: Who’s that really tall bellhop? None other than Wilt Chamberlain, who spent a summer working at Kutsher’s Hotel, a Borscht Belt resort (nice find by Alan Kreit).

Soccer News: There’s a new book about soccer jerseys (from Mark Coale). … “Inter Milan wore this sleeve patch in honor of Javier Zanetti’s last home game of his career,” says Andy Dunbar. “Was strange to see a team wear a patch for a current player. And even weirder to see Zanetti wear his own patch. He also wore a special captain’s arm band that said ‘Zanetti 4 Ever’ (and also featured the names of all his teammates), which was also spelled out on his back.” … Speaking of Zanetti and armbands, here are all the armbands he’s worn over the years (from Yusuke Toyoda). … West Ham United went BFBS yesterday (from Laurence Holland). … Two more from Yusuke Toyoda: AC Milan was scheduled to wear its new yellow and green third kit against Atalanta this weekend but was told by officials to wear its all-white away kit instead, and Newcastle United went GFGS, wearing next season’s away kit against Liverpool.

Grab Bag: “Was flying out of Boston Logan on Friday and spotted a plane sporting the defunct America West livery,” says Mike Delia. “After inquiring with US Airways (which bought America West), I was told they fly a fleet of ‘heritage’ or throwback planes to honor their history.” … the Brisbane Lions wore 1987 Brisbane Bears throwback jumpers for their Round 8 match against the Essendon Bombers (from Graham Clayton). … Short item about flight attendant uniforms (from Leo Thornton). … Johns Hopkins lacrosse wore a throwback logo helmet decal for their first-round game in the NCAA tourney (from Jared Buccola). … Good piece on wigs currently used on Broadway. … Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) has a West Virginia throwback helmet in his office.

And Finally, Your Final Five Lewis & Clark Finalists

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By Phil Hecken

If you’ve been following Uni Watch weekends for the past few months, you are aware that a pretty in-depth contest has been taking place for the “Lewis & Clark” Baseball League.

Each Saturday, we’ve been presenting the several uniform and logo concepts as submitted by Uni Watch readers for a given team in the league. We’ve voted on eleven (of the twelve) and we’ve seen each team for which new uniforms & logos will be commissioned. Today, you’re about to see the second half of the results of those contests.

Each Sunday, we’ve had news and updates on the design contest being sponsored by Ross Clites. If you missed the introductory post on this, please click here. You can also visit the Lewis & Clark homepage for more information and updates.

Yesterday we revealed the eleventh set of concepts for the “River Men” (you can still submit for the final team, Settlers [deadline 5/14]). We’re almost done with the voting (one more set remains, to be voted upon next weekend), and the contest has been moving along swimmingly.

If you missed yesterday’s post, which revealed the readers submissions for the “River Men,” you can vote for your favorite concepts (you may vote for up to three). Link here.

I’ll now turn the rest of this post over to Ross, who’ll introduce to you the winners of the second five designs which will be used in the LCBL this year:

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Lewis & Clark Baseball League Divisional Unis & Logos
By Ross Clites

The Lewis & Clark Baseball League is proud to release the other five teams that participated in the Uni Watch Design Competition. The winning looks took a lot of collaboration and there are dozens of individuals who deserve recognition for making this whole thing possible:

Phil Hecken, who took a chance on this crazy concept and ran with it. He put up with an onslaught of proposals directed at his inbox each week. He also showed unbelievable patience and understanding when I was dealing with computer malfunctions and a hectic college baseball season. You would never know any of these issues were going on; his professionalism is shown through the regularity in the posts you saw each week. For that, we are eternally grateful. The LCBL name is now out there in the sports world and we have Uni Watch to thank for giving us center stage. The league looks like it is starting up its 25th season of operations (and not its second) thanks to this experiment.

Steve Rosenbeck & Casey Jones at Garb Athletics. All I can say is wow. How the world hasn’t made you a household name by now is surprising. If any Uni Watcher ever needs a uniform produced, go through Garb. These are some first-rate people running a tight ship. They get you anything you want, exactly how you want it, and the pricing is insane. Throw templates out the window with these guys and never worry about additional embroidery surcharges and all that nonsense. It is coming off as too much of a plug for Garb Athletics, but it is a sincere thank you. Without you, the contest would have been of the theoretical variety: which jersey looks best on the computer screen? With you, we actually get to share the creative ideas, born out of collaboration with Uni Watch contributors, with the players and fans of the league.

Nicholas Mahrt, the commissioner and founder of the Lewis & Clark Baseball League. He gives me tremendous latitude to operate the league and I cannot thank him enough for that. We ran into quite a few obstacles in this arduous process (mainly some last-minute color scheme changes to the Voyagers and Navigators… story to come in next week’s post) but we never panicked. He trusts my design eye and makes life very easy for me. Without him, I am not able to satisfy my childhood dreams — to create baseball teams from scratch and all facets of how they will look on the field. Hopefully I was able to pass on this rewarding feeling to several designers that participated in the weekly contests.

As a reminder, all winners will receive a jersey (Garb Athletic) and batting practice cap (O.C. Sports) from the team they played a role in designing. Some individuals contributed — in relatively small ways — from outside the top two in each week’s vote, but will still be rewarded as a full-fledged winner. All will be honored guests at Busch Stadium for the 2014 LCBL All-Star Game on July 3rd.

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Without further ado, here is your 2014 Mississippi Division:

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We will start with the Pathfinders. There were several good fox logos, but the winning swift fox design comes to you from Timothy Fesmire. We took his orange uniform, moved the fox sleeve patch to the left (for league uniformity), and added a navy sleeve to give it some contrasting pop. The secondary “P” logo is sure to become part of an iconic hat for the Pathfinders. Matt Blinco took the sweeping tail of the fox and artfully wrapped it around a vertical bat. When this cap is produced, it will do the composition justice.

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Moving alphabetically, we come to the Pioneers. The only two teams with the same first letter share the same division and conference (interesting planning on our part). Neither here nor there, the Pioneers will be starkly different with their powerful buffalo logo. This was yet another win for Matt Blinco. The buffalo head is one of only two primary logos in the LCBL that is also the sleeve patch on the jersey. This is not to say that the secondary logo from Will Sinnott was not worthy. The crossed baseball bat-tle axes will find their way to plenty of Pioneers t-shirts, shorts, etc.

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Lastly, we introduce the 2014 Voyagers. They may look a little different than you remembered in the contest. They were slated to be Tennessee orange and silver grey. Turns out, Tennessee orange is a tough color to come by; not all the manufacturers we use have it. So, to ensure that Garb Athletics, New Era, O.C. Sports, and Nike all had a common platform color scheme, we opted for a burnt orange modification. I used to be highly critical of the mismatched gold in the New Orleans Saints uniforms and helmets. Try ordering from separate companies and getting the colors exact; I now have a respect for the difficult compromises one must make. Side note: let’s just standardize colors for every athletic manufacturer, please.

The voting on this set of proposals just closed and it was the largest singular landslide in the batch. I asked for a historically-suitable take on Mr. Met and Ryan Foose knocked it out of the park. The baseball head is the other primary logo to find its way to the jersey, with the full-bodied iteration riding sidecar for apparel orders. This is possibly our best complimentary set of logos, as they are direct derivatives of the same concept.

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Des Peres Logo

Now we will switch gears to the last of the 2014 submissions, the Des Peres Division of the Clark Conference:

The Navigators are first up and they are quite a story. Along the lines of the Voyagers, they may appear different and — once again — a manufacturer is to blame. You see, the fine people at New Era offer custom caps that can be produced in 23 athletic (non pink or otherwise kitschy) colors, which is a ton. In fact, they have three shades of the same brownish brick red/orange. My complaint is not with the choices they deliver. The culprit of my frustration from a month ago was the Seattle Mariners. Off the cuff, that shouldn’t make much sense. But if you back up, the story makes a little sense. Back when our league was partnered with Rawlings, we set out to make an expansion team “marlin blue and navy” — using their vernacular. That marlin blue is the aquamarine hue of the Mariners, spot on. Rawlings will gladly make you that uniform in a heartbeat. The trouble is/was that until a month ago, no one in the LCBL had any clue that New Era will not (and cannot) produce you a hat using that color. After the initial shock/anger/disappointment of calling our lovely New Era rep, I took a step back and had to tip my cap to the Mariners; it was a brilliant business move.

Seattle went to the official producer of Major League Baseball caps some years back and unofficially “trademarked” their color. New Era has the thread and material in a warehouse somewhere, but unless it is going to be used for a Mariners cap, it cannot be made. I still cannot come up with a MiLB team that disproves the New Era rep’s story. So, if it is true, it is pure genius. Every team with a color in its name should have done this half a century ago. Seattle may not have a rich history, or a World Championship, but they are savvy in this department. You can never encroach on ever looking like they do, as long as New Era is producing the caps.

So, what were our options? We could have stuck with the color, had the jersey produced (Garb has it too), and gone with a navy crown and bill. But we had yet to break the mold of two colors on the caps and it would look silly to break up the unified set. We subbed in kelly green for marlin blue and I hope in 50 years it is a trivia question about our little summer college baseball league. The marlin blue/navy merchandise in circulation will hopefully fetch a collector pennies more than retail value.

As for the look of the Navigators, Bert Ayers is back with his second win. The primary logo — in his oh so distinctive style — compliments his Explorers victory in the Lewis Conference. It sets up an interesting aesthetic match-up in the Discovery Cup Championship if ever the Navigators and Explorers meet: Lewis on the telescope and Clark on the sextant [link to image of Lewis vs. Clark].

The Navigators secondary logo is a wonderful tale of strangers collaborating to make the product its best. Scott de Faselle came up with this amazing “N” constellation and half moon. It just needed more of a nesting place to truly look right as a jersey patch. He and Ryan Foose combined their powers and created an awesome graphic that speaks to the essence of pre-GPS navigation. The uniform (now predominantly in kelly green) is the brainchild of Denver King. The sweeping sleeve pattern and bold numbers brought us to what we will roll out in 2014. All told, the Navigators were not created by just one person over night; they were the most-amended with the highest contributions.

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The final puzzle piece for the second season of Lewis & Clark Baseball is the Lookouts. Say hello to the only buttonless v-neck in the group; and it couldn’t look much better. Denver King’s ode to the late ’70s is a fantastic addition to the LCBL uniform collection. With this jersey there is a nice fulcrum between edgy modern and piped classic. The “L” and eyeball secondary logo is our commissioner’s favorite (although he changes his favorite often; there are so many good ones). It is the handywork on Will Sinnott’s proposal. He meant for it to go with his woodpecker, but it got re-purposed, rotated to 45 degrees, and now belongs to the fiercest looking owl in sports history. For a team to be called the “Lookouts” it needed an eye that demands attention. Will nailed this aspect of the contest.

The owl logo has a long bibliography sheet. It began as Scott de Faselle’s original work, then fell into Will Sinnott’s lap, then Ryan Foose, a little bit of me, and back to Scott. No other graphic in the LCBL changed so little and so much during the course of a month. If the Lookouts were last in the contest, the design would have gone to the printers unfinished. Luckily, we had plenty of time to smooth out what I believe is a fantastically understated look from top to bottom.

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Thanks again to all who participated and especially Phil Hecken of Uni Watch. I hope you had as much fun with this project as I did. The league cannot wait for the apparel to arrive so the photos of the players wearing your designs begin to surface. Congratulations again to Ryan Foose, Bert Ayers, Scott de Faselle, Bill Smith, Denver King, Will Sinnott, Matt Blinco, and Timothy Fesmire.

Pink Bat

White Sox Pink Out

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Yesterday, the Chicago White Sox just upped the ante on Mother’s Day, by breaking out pink caps in their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While it wasn’t specifically a Mother’s Day promotion (more on that below), it was an opportunity for the Sox to team up “with the Chicagoland affiliate of Susan G. Komen to support breast cancer awareness and education.” Ah yes, who doesn’t love breast health?

To my knowledge, this is the first time a Major League team (in any sport) has actually worn a part of a uniform that is actually pink — today we’ll see lots of wristbands, shoes and other pink stuff (and the NFL does likewise) — but the pink caps are a first. Sartorially, they actually did not look that bad:

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You can see more pictures here.

Now, I don’t think pink (unless it’s a team color) belongs as a part of the uniform — in any sport (although I would have no problem if a team wanted to incorporate pink as an official color) and I absolutely detest what the NFL and NCAA have done to ruin October (and parts of other months too) — but I don’t have a problem with teams busting out the pink on Mother’s Day (as you’ll also see below). But the Sox didn’t do this ON Mother’s Day — they did it a day before — and I’m going to have to assume they will still be taking part in the wearin’ o’ the pink today (although probably not the caps again). Seems odd to do it the day before Mother’s Day (why not just wait a day — you could still do your Breast Cancer awareness promotion tomorrow, right?).

Guess they wanted to get more bang for their breast cancer buck:

Even the mascot (who I believe is nicknamed “Southpaw”) got into it:

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Not bad — not bad at all (although I wish teams would confine their pink-ing to today). Be interesting to see, now that the pink-cap bubble has been burst if any other teams do it. A word of caution, though: pink doesn’t go with a lot of official team colors, so IF you are planning on pinking…think before you pink. And now… on to today…

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Today is (I hope, obviously) Mother’s Day, and that means Major League Baseball will be trotting out the pink gear and other pink things (including, probably, the White Sox). Unlike football (both professional and college), and some of the other sports, MLB doesn’t go completely nuts with the pink-washing, but today they do. While I’m firmly in the camp that the pink-themed promotions have jumped the shark, I don’t mind it for one day in baseball, and there’s probably not a more appropriate holiday than Mother’s Day to do it up.

Like past Mom’s days, they’ll put pink on pretty much everything on the diamond, and previously, the uniforms have only contained a pink ribbon (until last night’s ChiSox game, that is). Everything else on the diamond (and the uniform) is fair game. So with that in mind, here’s what you can expect to see today, as we take a quick look at MLB pink from seasons’ past:

Pink-stitched Official Rawlings Baseball:

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Pink Wristbands, Cleats and Undershirts:

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Pink Bats, and Base-plaques:

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MLB: San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies

I’m not sure if teams still do this, but back in 2008, there was a commemorative home plate, which ended up being signed by the Detroit Tigers (who played the Yankees that day):

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The pink on Mother’s Day has been around a few years, and usually MLB adds something new each year. This year there is an “Honorary Bat Girl” promotion, and these ladies (cancer survivors and/or have raised funds to combat breast cancer) will be honored at MLB parks throughout the day. A nice touch, to be sure. Some teams, like the Athletics, will be giving away pink rally towels. If anyone is doing a pink-hat thing today, I’m not aware of it, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

There’s a bunch of other things MLB is doing today. So, if you end up watching (or taking your mom to) any games today, you’ll no doubt be reminded of Mom by the pink on the diamond. And for one day, I’m totally OK with all of this.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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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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First up today is Jeremy Singh, with a “new” football team from Salt Lake City:

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Hey Phil,

Introducing NFL Salt Lake City Steamboats

Just the Home uni.

Jeremy Singh

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Next up is William Hughes with some new looks for the UC Bearcats:

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Hi Phil,

I used EA Teambuilder for this one (my first), honestly just because I can’t draw and only know how to use paint on computers.

I always thought UC looked better with slightly retro uniforms (which are surprisingly difficult to find pictures of, but they did exist).

White helmet on Away concept to show what it would look like. Pants, jerseys, and helmets interchangeable for 16 possible combinations. All worn with black shoes and socks. They would probably wear black pants on the away uniform, so all white uniform could be used for whiteouts at home. Logo only on the left side of the helmet, all white numbers would be on the right.

-Will Hughes

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And we close today with Jed Herrera with a new look for the USMNT:

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Hey Mr. Phil Hecken,

Ever since the away jersey of the USMNT leaked a couple weeks back, I’ve been working on this concept. It uses “red, white, & blue” literally as it’s main inspiration and I tried to keep it simple. Thanks!

–Jed

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

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OK — that’s going to do it for this fine Mother’s Day — no ticker, so anything that happened in the past 24-48 hours will be covered by Paul tomorrow.

Everyone have a wonderful day — take your mom out for dinner! If she’s not near enough to you to visit — make sure you give her a call. And for those whose Mom’s are no longer with us, think of her especially today.

You guys have a great week and I’ll catch you next Saturday.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“At least the Mets, Marlins, Astros, and Giants camo caps could plausibly pass for hunting gear. If I hunted, and liked any of those teams, I’d dig those caps.”
–R. Scott Rogers

Cry Me A River

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By Phil Hecken

Today we’ll be taking a look at the eleventh set of uniform submissions for the Lewis & Clark Design-a-Uniform Contest, for the team known as the “Voyagers.” If you’re not familiar with the contest, please give that a read. The contest’s creator, W. Ross Clites will be asking readers to design uniforms for all of the teams in the Lewis & Clark League, and thus far we’ve asked for submissions for all twelve teams. We’ve looked at the “Captains,” “Diplomats,” “Explorers,” “Governors,” “Lookouts,” “Navigators,” “Pathfinders,” “Pioneers,” and “Travelers,” “Voyagers,” and today we’ll see submissions for the “Rivermen.”

One last team has been put to readers for concepts, the Settlers. If you’d like to submit your concept for the final team, the deadline for the Settlers is Wednesday, May 14. Tomorrow, Ross will be unveiling the second half of the winning designs for the 2014 Lewis & Clark Baseball League (exciting stuff), so make sure to check back in then!

At this point I’ll turn it over to Ross, who will go over the guidelines for voting, and then I’ll be back with some final words before we take a look at the entries from our contestants. Here’s Ross (these guidelines will likely accompany each set of voting):

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Alright boys and girls, here is how the voting is going to go for each Lewis & Clark Baseball League team:

1. The hierarchy of importance goes primary logo, then uniform design, and then all rest (i.e. hat design, secondary logos, etc.) Cast a vote for the design with your favorite primary logo, first and foremost. Do not fault someone for going outside the design guidelines. Changing a wordmark or adding a third color is not a disqualifier for good thought process.

2. Your votes will take the field of applicants down to a final two per team.

3. We, the LCBL Executive Board will make the final decision on the winning proposal. However — and this is big — design is never complete and collaboration is paramount to success. We will likely settle on a combination of the final two submissions. We might love the logo of one, but prefer the jersey scheme of the other. In this, you will both be winners with full prizes to ensue. The possibility does exist for a total victory, of sorts. One designer could present the best looking jersey, logo, hat, and all the rest. Do not get offended when your submission gets handed back to you with redlined edits. We hate to hand out homework to the winning look, but tweaks may be requested. It is a studio project and not a math equation; the “right” answer takes some massaging of details.

4. With permission from both finalists, our graphics department will meld the two submissions together (if necessary) and place it in our common platform. This is done as a common denominator showcase for all twelve to look uniform when the contest has reached its end.

5. Someone, not even in the top two, could see an element (such as an awesome secondary logo) appear in the final iteration. We would never select the winner based solely on a minor design element, but we will also not let it go to waste. In this, all submissions could be part of a bigger design team. This contest — and frankly this site — was created to identify the best possible combinations of logos and materials in the sports world. This rarely comes from one person’s mind; we will reward any of those that play a part in making our on-field product the best it can be.

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Thanks, Ross. A few words about the submissions below:

Some of the contestants sent one single image, others sent multiple images. Some contestants sent descriptions (in some cases, very lengthy ones), others had little or no description. In an effort to make the voting as fair as possible, I have put those who sent multiple images into one single image, and no descriptions of the uniforms will follow.

If you’d like to see all the entries for the RiverMen and their write-ups/descriptions, I have hosted the entire set on Flickr. Keeping in mind Ross’ rules for voting, you may use these as an additional guide in determining which submission(s) you think are the best.

The submissions will be in alphabetical order and voting will follow. You may vote for any three of the concepts below. You may click on any image to enlarge. OK? OK. Here we go:

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Matt Blinco:

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Brandon Coleman:

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Tim Fesmire:

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Ryan Foose:

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Toby Jaroslaw:

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Denver King:

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Kevin McLaughlin:

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Bryan Molloy:

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Bryan Phillips:

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Will Sinnott:

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Bill Smith:

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OK, readers. That’s quite an impressive set of contributions! Now it’s time for you to vote. You’ll be allowed to vote for up to THREE (3) submissions. You may wish to scroll up for one more viewing, and write down your favorites.

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And now it’s your turn! Make sure to vote for your favorites and let all of the concepters know what you think of their designs. They all put a great deal of effort into this, so tell them how they did (and lobby for your favorites, if you wish).

Thanks to all the submitters — we’ll be back next weekend at which time Ross will reveal the winner(s) and how they will adapt the design for the Lewis & Clark league!

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Coming This Memorial Day…

This started out as a ticker item, but it deserves its own section. In a sign of what is to come for all MLB teams on Memorial Day, early yesterday the Mets’ revealed their Memorial Day cap. Note the orange brim (which is for Memorial Day) — and how that differs from the Mets other camo cap, (which they’ve worn with their new camo tops), and which will be worn 4 more times this year (Mets stuff via Shannon Shark of Mets Police).

Mets Camo CapsSo, thanks to the militarization of a day we honor our war dead, the Mets have two camo caps this year. Because one is certainly not enough to show the Mets love of our military.

Shortly after the Mets camo was revealed, Paul sent me this showing more Memorial Day camo. Paul adds, “I find it so odd that they keep calling these ‘Stars and Stripes’ caps, even when there are no stars or stripes. It’s like they’re saying, ‘That’s our branding and we’re sticking to it, even if it doesn’t make sense anymore’.”

They’re NOT ‘Stars and Stripes’ caps — they’re CAMO caps, plain and simple — because of the ratchet created five-ish years ago with this promotion, MLB needs to keep feeding the “patriotic” beast. Nevermind that the day isn’t about veterans or our current military, but a day when we give pause and pray for those whose lives were LOST to military combat. I’ve been pissed off about this crass treatment of what should be a somber day for years. Read that if you’re not familiar.

3547017155_6130aa575c_oIt’s not even worth going off on a rant about the camo caps — they’re not in the least bit attractive, but at least when they’re worn under the guise of honoring the active military (who might actually need camo), I can understand it. When these things are worn on Memorial Day, it’s too much. If MLB wants to honor those who gave their lives in the sacrifice of the United States on Memorial Day, a simple black armband or even a flag affixed to the current cap is a much more dignified way to do it. But then, those actions wouldn’t move more merch, so out come new camo caps (remember, this isn’t even the first year of the camo — they’ve ratcheted it up again). I don’t know if the teams will, “honor the military” again with camo tops (last year, some were so good as to be unreadable — now THAT’S camo for you), but I’m hearing that they will — only it won’t JUST be on white and gray tops — this year they may add the camo lettering/numbering to the softball tops.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear — I have nothing against the military, veterans, or honoring the military per se (we actually have official holidays for the latter, and Armed Forces Day for the former) — but that is NOT what Memorial Day is about — it’s a day to remember the fallen. Teams already do a bang-up job of honoring the military, but conflating Memorial Day with honoring active duty and vets is NOT what Memorial Day is about (it’s also not about barbeques, the kickoff of summer and 50% off sales either, but those ships have already sailed).

I know it will fall on deaf ears to request MLB to ratchet it down and have a simple, somber gesture for Memorial Day. But I won’t stop trying.

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UWFFL Spring 2014 – Week 9
By Rob Holecko

We are back with another week of competition in our 2014 Spring Developmental League. Our thanks go out to all of you who took the time to vote last weekend. Today we present to you another full slate of fourteen games to vote on, including this spotlight game, a matchup of undefeated teams, as the Staten Island Swordfish (4-0) travel out east to Newfoundland, eh, to take on the St. John’s Stingers (3-0).

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Buried down in this article is a note that having Mr. Met on their alternate blue jersey is a uniform infraction, since Official Baseball Rule 1.11 (e): “No part of the uniform shall include a pattern that imitates or suggests the shape of a baseball.” (nice find by Michael Lopez). … The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, an independent Atlantic League team, have a new logo (h/t Josh Owens). … “We’ve got some interesting new uniforms in Arizona high school baseball that I thought you might be interested in,” writes George Adams. “This is my school, Saguaro HS. I thought we were early adopters of the 1983 White Sox jerseys and hats and therefore were unique but there were quite a few others who went that route this year. By the way, we went with a green stripe in our stirrups to honor our equipment manager (whose favorite color was green): Liberty vs. Sandra Day O’Connor; Another version of Sandra Day O’ Connor; A yellow uniform featured by Marcos de Niza; Finally, here’s an old school (really old school) uniform by Valley Vista High; As you can see, we’ve got quite a palette of uniforms in the Arizona high school ranks.” … The Red Blue Jays honored their military by wearing red caps yesterday, not camo. Why do the Canadians hate the troops so much? … Sometime-stirrup show-er Brad Miller went high-cuffed in the opening game of a double-header, and low-cuffed in the second half of the double-dip (nice spot by Brock Towler). Says Brock, “He kept that look throughout Game 1, but during the intermission, he changed his mind, reemerging for Game 2 in full pajama pants. This probably isn’t the first time something like this has happened. There are probably instances of players switching during a game. This is the first time I remembered noticing it, though, & thanks to Uni-Watch, it couldn’t have been more glaring.” … ESPN’s Steve Wulf examined MLB bases and how they’ve caused injury. Says Mike, “Full disclosure: tl;dr.” … UK went semi GI Joe with camo hats for the game against Auburn last night (thanks to Chad Back). … Check out this Wilmington Blue Rocks 2014 cap with CAL / CAR All-Star Game logo patch (via Mike Diodati). … Check out these two BEAUTS from Chance Michaels (via Sully): From the Borchert Field archives, a gorgeous 1944 Milwaukee Brewers pocket schedule, and this patch worn on the dugout jackets of the Brewers in 1942! … So glad this fad is back: here’s the Tigers grounds crew wearing zubaz pants (h/t Tim McCabe) — that prompted Clint Schultz to note that the A’s revived the zubaz last year — which they were doing in the 1990s. People: NOTHING GOOD CAME OUT OF THE 90s, OK? And that includes uniform design (*awaits rebuttals from THE Jeff and Jim Vilk*).

NFL News: Usually articles on the Washington football team are reserved for ‘skins Watch, but this one sent in by TommyTheCPA details LaVar Arrington’s efforts to promote himself as a ‘Redskins great’ — which the team isn’t too pleased with, so the team recently sent him a cease-and-desist letter about a flier for his football tackling camps that refers to him as a “Redskins great” and includes a photo of him in a Redskins uniform. While not the biggest dickish move the team has made involving the use of their name, you’d think anyone (especially a former player) who wants to use the name in a positive light would get the green light to do so. … Moments after their names were announced, most of the top 2014 draft picks had mock-ups hitting Twitter of their first rookie cards. Interesting that while the unis were blank, Nike logos were still on there, as were the (very obvious) adidas ‘tread mark’ jersey patterns. … The Lions have failed to update their endzone carpet for the podium. Says submitter Paul Kuzdal: “We can’t even get that right! Lol Same old Lions.” … According to the interweb LeBron already has a Johnny Football Browns jersey (thanks, Mike).

College Football News: Yesterday, BYU officially unveiled their three “home alternate” uniforms, but if you look at this photo, it appears the logo has a raised Y (nice spot by Andrew Lopez).

Hockey News: Here’s an article about a neat little Pittsburgh company that does jersey work for every major professional sports team in town, including the Penguins (nice find by Paul Wood). … An article from the San Francisco Gate firmly places the SJ Sharks loss in the first round on the fact that they wore their alternate black, rather than standard teal, jerseys (scroll down). … A third grader drew a giant Blackawks logo in chalk (thanks Mike). He adds, “Looks really good. He must have had help.”

Soccer News: “Looks like Bolton Wanderers (England, Football League championship) are getting their elephant back on their shirts,” writes Joe Hollomon. “Personally, I didn’t know they even had an elephant, but a quick search online indeed shows an elephant was part of their crest for at least a few decades. The crest images are near the bottom of this page.” … Judging by the following tweet, MLS expansion side Orlando City SC is preparing to announce its kit (or at least colors), and “boy I bet YOU’RE (Paul) excited!!!” says Markus Kamp. … The leak was reported yesterday, but now it’s official: Bayern Munich have unveiled their 2014-15 home jersey.

College Hoops News: This is a shame: Russ Smith’s jersey from the Cardinals’ NCAA title was thrown in the trash (that sad bit of news comes to us from Josh Claywell).

Grab Bag: Usually the simplest logo is the best choice in design. Usually. But not always. Here’s an example of the latter (thanks, Brinke). Also from =bg=, what happens when a photographer purchases an old Russian space suit in an auction? Sometimes, hilarity ensues. … “Spot the swoosh,” intones Patrick Walsh “Nothing like a Nike logo to reinforce the traditional pastime of…bull-vaulting?” … Pope Francis blesses the Maglia Rosa, the pink jersey worn by the leader of the Tour of Italy, which started in Ireland on Friday. … Gregory Koch writes, “Recently, Rand Paul gave a speech at The Leadership institute in a baseball uniform that said “Republicans” because he went there directly after practice for the Congressional baseball game and didn’t have time to change. Now, Reason, a libertarian-leaning magazine and website, has published an article about whether Rand or Ron did a better job wearing baseball uniforms.” He adds, “On a side note, does the fact that Rand’s jersey said “Republicans” indicate that the team jerseys in this year’s Congressional Baseball game will have party names rather than team names? Or is this just a practice jersey?” … Our Aussie Rules (I think) uni watcher, Leo Strawn, Jr. checks in with here’s the 4th Indigenous Round jumper to be released, Adelaide Crows. “Here’s a shot of the back of the guernsey. That’s 4 down, 14 to go, and with the Indigenous Round slated to begin at the end of May, the remainder of the clubs should start announcing their designs very soon.”

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That’s going to do it for today, folks. I’ll be off the grid for the majority of the day (opening the summer place) — so it’s possible there will either be no ticker tomorrow, or Paul will be compiling it. But there will be a full Mom’s day post, so make sure you check back in then.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“The modern camouflage pattern on MLB’s new Memorial Day caps is the perfect way to honor the memory of my World War II veteran grandfather!”
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Special Offer: Outrageously Overpriced, Instead of SUPER-Outrageously Overpriced

Do you get bummed out when the player whose name is on the back of your $200 $250 $295 polyester shirt is traded, or retires, or ends up in prison? If so, then the Patriots have a deal for you, as you can see above (further details here).

Now, granted, I’ve never had the slightest interest in buying or wearing $295 polyester shirts, so this is admittedly an area in which I totally Don’t Get It™. Still, here are a few thoughts:

After Aaron Hernandez ended up in the clink, the Patriots offered a jersey exchange to fans who’d bought his jersey. That makes sense — Hernandez was an accused murderer.

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But if a player is traded, or he’s released, or he retires, why does that suddenly make his jersey worthless? When I attend Mets games, I still see some fans wearing Jose Reyes jerseys, and why not? He was an exciting player and we rooted for him for years. The fact that he now plays for another team doesn’t change that. If his jersey was good enough to wear then, why isn’t it good enough to wear now? Hell, when I see someone wearing Reyes’s jersey (or the jersey of any now-departed player), one of the messages it sends, at least to me, is, “I didn’t become a fan just five minutes ago.” It’s almost like a throwback thing — acknowledging and celebrating the team’s history.

But many (most?) fans apparently feel differently. I had a little email back-and-forth yesterday with longtime Uni Watch reader Nik Streng, who said he likes what the Pats are doing because “getting the jersey of a player who then departs is one of my greatest fears.” Here’s some more of what he had to say:

As a Chiefs fan, I am hesitant to get many jerseys because of how fluid the roster is. If I had bought a Jon Baldwin jersey (KC’s first-round pick in 2011), that would have been a bad choice because he did squat for us and is gone now. If I had gotten a Brady Quinn jersey, I would be upset because he did squat for us and is gone now. …

Maybe this stems from 2007, when I almost bought a Jared Allen jersey but then we traded him seconds after he led the NFL in sacks. I think it matters if you have a jersey and the name on the back of that jersey is a player who is important/represented the team on the field. …

But many fans buy jerseys for players who’ve barely played for their team. When Peyton Manning was signed to the Broncos, you know lots of Broncos fans bought Manning jerseys. If he stunk up the place — which could have happened, what with his surgery and all — there would be a lot of Peyton Manning jerseys at Goodwill right now.

But here’s the kicker: Nik says his favorite current Chief is Tamba Hali, and he has a Hali jersey. So would he keep wearing it if Hali were traded? “I would be deeply saddened because he is a fabulous talent, but I would hope he finds success on any team and I would absolutely still wear that jersey,” he replied. So on the one hand, Nik wants to wear the jersey of a player who’s in good standing on the team, but he’s willing to make an exception in at least one instance.

This isn’t so surprising. The psychology of rooting for a team or player has never been particularly rational, so it’s probably pointless to expect rational consistency from fans regarding their jersey choices.

About the only thing we can state with absolute certainty here is that the teams just want to sell more merch. It’ll be interesting to see if the Pats achieve that with their discount offer, and if other teams follow. Meanwhile, I’ll stick to vintage jerseys.

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And speaking of jersey sales…: When it comes to jersey retailing, it’s not just that I Don’t Get It™ — I’m opposed to it. For one thing, it helps drive bad design. For another, I don’t like the way being a fan is now conflated with being a consumer. And last but not least, jersey retailing makes people behave like morons.

The latest example of that last phenomenon comes out of Quebec, where an elementary school was going to hold a “Wear Your Canadiens Jersey to School Day” but then canceled it because an 11-year-old girl had worn a Bruins jersey the last time they did it.

The school had told the girl to remove the Bruins jersey when she wore it the previous time. This time around, rather than (a) risk having another confrontation with the same girl or (b) just letting the kid wear her favorite team’s jersey already, even if it isn’t for the home team, they decided to (c) scrap the whole thing. What a wonderful lesson to teach kids about diversity of opinion!

Have I mentioned that jersey retailing makes people behave like morons? Get rid of it and leave the uniforms for the athletes.

(My thanks to Phil for bringing this one to my attention.)

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The blog/ESPN dynamic: Obviously, my ESPN columns reach a larger audience than this blog does. Most of the email I receive, however, is from blog readers, not ESPN readers. I’ve always chalked that up to the blog readership being more engaged, more devoted, more uni-obsessed.

But my recent ESPN column on Uni Watch readers with team logo tattoos has turned the tables. When I first put out the call for logo tattoo photos here on the blog, about three dozen of you responded. But when the ESPN piece ran, well over 100 ESPN readers sent in photos of their tattoos within the first 24 hours after the piece ran. I haven’t received that much email from an ESPN column since I wrote this piece about Native American imagery.

A few other patterns emerged:

• For the most part, the ESPN readers’ logo tattoos were more elaborate than the blog readers’. Small example: the Packers tat shown above, which adds a cheesehead to the “G” logo, although many of the ESPN readers’ tats were far more elaborate than that. In general, the blog readers just had the logo, while the ESPN readers added lots of extra details and adornments.

• A surprising number of the ESPN readers didn’t bother to include their names when sending in their tat photos. (When I wrote back and asked for their names, they all responded quickly, no problem.) None of the blog readers did this.

• The ESPN readers’ photos were, for the most part, poorer than the blog readers’ photos — blurry images, glare from the flash, shadows, etc. (Most of them quickly sent better photos when I asked them to.)

• All of the blog readers who sent in photos were men. The ESPN contributors included one woman.

Make of this what you will.

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’Skins Watch: Here’s a good NPR report on that high school newspaper that wanted to boycott the term “Redskins” and was then overruled by the local school board (from Daniel Ferrarello). … Would even the most ardent defender of Chief Wahoo stick up for this late 1940s bobblehead? That’s Bob Feller, clutching what I suspect was a newly signed contract (from Bruce Menard).

Baseball News: The Yankees will retire Joe Torre’s No. 6 on Aug. 23. … The Richmond Flying Squirrels have surprisingly strong merch sales (from Tommy Turner). … UCF will be wearing Citronaut fauxbacks on Saturday. “The Citronaut was an unofficial mascot that appeared on the 1968-69 student handbook at Florida Technological University (which became UCF in 1978),” explains Eric DeSalvo. Here’s a close-up of the cap, which is pretty nifty. Additional info here. … Why are the batter, catcher, umpire, and fans wearing surgical masks? Because that photo was taken during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. For further details, scroll down to No. 8 on this list (from Jay Palmer). … Here’s a major discovery: In 2004, the Mets memorialized deceased broadcaster Bob Murphy with some very simple lettering. But it turns out they had considered using a patch with Murphy’s surname and a microphone. Further details here. … Negro Leagues throwbacks on tap tomorrow night for the Chattanooga Lookouts and Huntsville Stars (thanks, Phil). … Rays coach Don Zimmer is still hooked up to a hospital ventilator after undergoing heart surgery three weeks ago, so the Rays have his jersey hanging in the dugout (Phil again). … Manchester Orchestra, an indie band from Atlanta, sells Braves-themed T-shirts (from Tim Tribou).

NFL News: The Bills have added a memorial patch for Ralph Wilson. … Since last night was the NFL draft, one of the supreme laws of the universe states that someone had to do a story on how the draft picks’ jerseys get lettered up in time for their appearances onstage (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: After the Browns chose Johnny Football last night, they sent out a tweet congratulating him for being “the 22th” pick. … Speaking of Johnny Football, nothing livens up a draft party like Manziel cookies. … What do you get when you combine the NFL draft with puppies? This.

Soccer News: New home jersey for Bayer Leverkusen (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: The leak of Bayern Munich’s new kit is now confirmed. … The rest of these items are from Yusuke Toyoda: Here’s a slideshow of how the Panini World Cup stickers are made. … Meanwhile, a schoolteacher in Colombia confiscated Panini stickers from his students to help complete his sticker albums. … Azerbaijan’s sponsorship of Atletico Madrid jerseys has worked out well for the country, with the club on the cusp of winning a league title. But maybe being sponsored by a country with a sketchy human rights record isn’t so good for the club. That’s one of several embarrassing jersey sponsorships chronicled here.

Grab Bag: A reader recently pointed me toward a company called Oxford Pennant, which sells old-style pennants devoted to specific cities. I got in touch with the owner and had him send me a sample, and I’m happy to report that the product is really nice — soft felt, crisp graphics. Recommended. … We’ve seen lots of those “How to Wear Your Uniform” posters from various team locker rooms over the years, but here’s one from the WNBA. Haven’t seen one of those before (big thanks to Scott Cummings). … Here’s a slideshow on what NPR radio hosts and staffers wear to work. … One of the NYC subway lines is getting a Seinfeldian makeover (thanks, Garrett). … “A small-time roller hockey goalie in Florida has his own take on ‘Pink in the Rink’ by putting Pinkie Pie on his mask,” says Rob Siergiej. … Intern Mike Chamernik spotted this NASCAR-branded car wash in suburban Chicago last night. “It’s a chain, but it’s only located in the Chicago area, which is odd — it’s not exactly like it’s a NASCAR hotbed over here.”