Very interesting developments at yesterday’s Jags/Cowboys game in London, as both teams adopted the British custom of wearing poppies for Remembrance Sunday — not just on their helmets, but also on their jerseys (which, as you can see in that last shot, created a bit of a clusterfuck for Jacksonville — good thing they don’t wear captaincy patches). Here’s some background on the poppy initiative from the Cowboys’ website.
Now, I’m all in favor of being a gracious guest and respecting your host’s customs, but I’m rather surprised the league went this route. I thought the NFL games in London were about imprinting our culture on the Brits, not the other way around. I also thought G.I. Joevember was about rough-and-ready militarism, not namby-pamby symbols of peace. What, all of a sudden camouflage isn’t good enough?! Not only that, but the poppy-emblazoned jerseys are being auctioned off to benefit a British military charity — what kind of message does that send to American service personnel? And it’s particularly interesting that the Cowboys and Jags are the two teams that ended up going poppy-clad — isn’t observing another country’s holiday precisely the kind of squishy multi-culturalism and sovereignty-sapping one-world-order-ism that should have people in Dallas and northern Florida reaching for their stash of ammo (which they keep, of course, right behind their stash of gold coins)? Like, is this the NFL or the United fucking Nations?
Fortunately, there were plenty of teams yesterday playing on American soil and honoring the
military-sports industrial complex troops by wearing good ol’ camouflage. I won’t show all of them here because there was nothing new, but you know the drill: camo gloves, towels, and captaincy patches, military branch helmet decals, and so on. It’s worth noting, however, that Cardinals return man Ted Ginn Jr. became the latest player to wear camouflage tights. Stick your pansy-ass UK poppy in that!
In other developments from around the league yesterday:
• In that Cowboys/Jags game, remnants of the Falcons’ logo were visible in one of the end zones.
• The Saints wore mono-black.
• The Chiefs/Bills game in Buffalo, besides being a beautiful uniform matchup, reminded me of the old pre-wacky Pro Bowls: blue jerseys against red pants. Very nice.
• Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan removed his shoe on the sideline, revealing a surprising sock design.
• Giants safety Stevie Brown was wearing a mouthguard with the U. of Michigan logo.
• A clown in the crowd at the Superdome was wearing a Saints captaincy patch with four stars.
• It’s a little hard to see, but Aaron Rodgers’ G.I. Joevember sideline ski cap had a little tag with his name and number, plus a little version of the team’s “Holstein Heisman” logo.
• NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth, who was working the Packers/Bears game last night, wore a Rab jacket. But someone must have flipped out over the visible logo, because it was later taped over.
• Fun fact: Not a single home team wore white yesterday.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Johnson, Matt Larsen, Chris Perrenot, Jerry Peterson, Jeff Shirley, and of course Phil.)
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PermaRec double-dip: Two new PermaRec entries to tell you about. First up: When a California woman purchased a box of old letters and photos at a flea market (including the ones shown at right), she found herself going down an intriguing rabbit hole of family history. Get the full scoop over on Permanent Record.
Also: The Seattle Museum of Art recently acquired a needlework piece created nearly 200 years ago by a 10-year-old “liberated African” named Charlotte Turner. But who was Charlotte Turner, and what happened to her? Learn more in this PermaRec post.
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Baseball News: Here’s our first look at the Twins’ new home jersey. Not bad, but that wordmark feels soooooo dated. … Who’s that on a motorcycle at County Stadium? None other than Robin Yount (from Douglas Ford). … Also from Douglas: Someone dressed up as an Expos robot for Halloween. “So bad, it’s good!” he says. … Oooh, check out this 1945 World Series bat-shaped fountain pen/pencil set (from Denver Gregg).
NFL News: Check out the logo on this Colts cap. Never seen that before. … In case you haven’t heard, there’s an odd controversy about an old jersey that was supposedly game-worn by former Raiders defensive lineman and current TV analyst Howie Long. The jersey apparently has “metal pebbles” sewn into the numbers, although Long says this is all news to him. … You can get this official Wilson football radio for a song (thanks, Brinke). … The NFL’s promo for this Thursday’s Bills/Dolphins game has soooo many uni errors. “You’d expect better from a commercial sponsored by the NFL,” says Jeff Shirley. … I suspect that the NFL’s one-helmet rule is the only thing keeping the Seahawks from wearing this. Someone was selling that on eBay (from David Firestone). … This is pretty awesome: The Wall Street Journal did a team-by-team breakdown of the jerseys being worn by fans at yesterday’s Cowboys/Jags game in London, revealing that UK fans are stuck in the 1980s (big thanks to Tom Adjemian.
College Football News: Colorado State RB Jasen Oden Jr. has a comma on his JrOB. Interestingly, they don’t include the comma on his roster page (from Michael Putlack). … Several readers have asked me about the mini-trend of players wearing baggy-sleeved base layers. I confess that I’m baffled by this one — I thought everyone was obsessed with skintight attire. Anyone know more? … This is odd: a Virginia Tech T-shirt with the outline of the state of Vermont. “I think the ‘VT’ initials confused somebody,” says Marc Burgess. … LSU’s live tiger mascot has refused to travel to the stadium this season. Maybe he’s smart enough to realize what his handlers don’t — that a live tiger never belonged at a football game in the first place.
Hockey News: This video from the Sharks’ first game in 1991 mentions that Neil Wilkinson’s jersey was missing, so he had to wear No. 45, instead of his usual No. 5 (from Jay Danbom). … This is interesting: The Senators are actively encouraging a more soccer-style crowd culture at their arena.
NBA News: Good point by Paul Lee, who notes that last season’s NBA Noche Latina jerseys didn’t have the NBA logo on the front. Did we even say anything about that at the time? It now looks like a warm-up for the logo’s front-to-back move this season. … The Pistons wore their sleeved “Motor City” jerseys last night.
Soccer News: “Since this was Remembrance Sunday in the UK and this year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, there were poppies on soccer jerseys as always, but with special markings like this and this and this,” says Yusuke Toyoda. “Managers wore the more traditional pins, while Millwall went camo and James McClean of Wigan explained his decision to not wear the poppy.” … Also from Yusuke: “A five-year-old Queens Park Rangers fan took an errant shot to the face from Manchester City’s Yaya Touré and received signed jerseys from both teams for her trouble.” … One more from Yusuke: “Diego Costa of Chelsea ripped his shirt attempting a bicycle kick and ended changing to (and scoring in) a long-sleeved shirt.”
Grab Bag: Bernard Hopkins had an unusual color scheme on his gloves, trunks, and shoes for Saturday night’s light heavyweight title unification bout against Sergey Kovalev. … “AFL’s Brisbane Lions (Aussie Rules football) released their 2015 clash strip with two elements that are a nod to the Fitzroy Lions (one of the two clubs that merged years ago to form the current club),” says Leo Strawn Jr. “One of those elements is the Fitzroy lion; the other is the homage to the Fitzroy lace-up guernseys worn well over 100 years ago.” … “Really nice rugby union uni matchup over the weekend, as England played New Zealand — a classic white-vs.-black matchup,” says Eric Bangeman. “Of interest is the change of the New Zealand logo and numbers from white to gray.” … Another rugby item from Eric: “Ireland wore their brand-new alternate kit with the horrid ‘3’ logo on the front against South Africa.” … Good piece on a type font used in the Star Wars series (thanks, Brinke).
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What Paul did last night: Last night Phil and I were among 16 people who gathered at the Lakeside ice facility in Prospect Park and took part in first organized curling activities in New York City since the 1880s. It was the first session of a five-week clinic that will be a mix of instruction and competition.
There were a few growing pains, both for the players and the instructors, but for the most part it all went really well. Rather amazingly, they even provided us with beer afterward, “because that’s an integral part of curling” — a nice touch that made for a very sociable postgame scene.
Unfortunately, Phil and I were so busy participating that we didn’t take any photos, but a reporter from a local NYC-centric website was on hand, and she told me her story should be posted at some point today, so I’ll provide a link to it tomorrow.
By Phil Hecken
Week 11 of the NCAA football season was a relatively quiet one, uniform-wise, but of course, there were a few special unis and helmets gracing the field yesterday. And as I alluded to in yesterday’s post — the anthracite-and-copper costume Arizona State broke out was one of those. I was fearing it might not look as good on the field and under the bright Arizona sun as it looked in Nike’s studio shots — but I was wrong. It was beautiful. And Notre Dame, clad in their “regular” road uniform of gold/white/gold, looked great as their opponents. I’m not sure if the game will catch the eye of our 5 & 1 gal, Catherine Ryan, but I sure loved it.
Here’s how those ASUnis looked yesterday (click to enlarge):
gray anthracite (for anthracite’s sake) looked dee-vine under the sun and the copper in the helmets was a beautiful compliment. That’s just my opinion of course. It’d sure be nice if they wear these again (and after the ass-whoompin’ they put on Notre Dame, it’s possible — although I think ASU’s stated goal is to never wear the same uni-combo twice this season). We’ll see. If not this year, then I hope they bring them back next season.
OK — now for the rest of your Sunday Morning wrap, here’s TJ:
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch
By Terry Duroncelet
So earlier on Saturday, I stopped by a pizza place, dug the prices they were offering, and got myself 3 pizzas. When my order came up, they had a cancelled order for a large pizza with pepperoni and extra cheese, and asked if I wanted it. Me being the greedy cretin that I am, I say “yes”, and went home with 4 pizzas (three large, one medium) for the price of 3. Why do I mention this? Because today’s column is a lot thinner than my stomach at the moment.
• Kudos to NIU for wearing a road uniform that didn’t make this look like an Spring game.
• I don’t think we’ve seen these gold chrome helmets before for Wake Forest, but I could be wrong.
• Houston wore throwbacks against Tulane.
• Oklahoma wore their alternate home uniforms against Baylor, and let me just say, I very much prefer these over the road versions. I dig those numbers more and more every time I see them.
• Still can’t get enough of those red helmets for Wisconsin.
• Fear the spear? Uh… not so much when it’s lookin’ like this.
• Hey, how ’bout that TechFit technology?
• Army wore all-black with camo numerals and camo decals on the helmets.
• Has Ole Miss ever worn navy/red/navy before?
• Utah in black/black/red against Oregon. Also, GG, Kaelin Clay.
• Some notes from the LSU/Alabama game (apart from looking miraculous, as always): this man painted tiger stripes on his dog. Also,the footage is grainy, but this is, what, the 4th wrecked facemask of the season? That Vine also shows an LSU player attempting to pull the pants off of a Bama player.
• And then there are the quillions of teams who wore some type of military-honoring deal over the weekend, including (but not limited to): Purdue, Minnesota, Tulsa, and Washington, but the TCU band apparently hates America… and apparently have yet to turn their calendars over to the next month.
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Catherine Ryan’s 5 & 1
Every Sunday, Catherine will give us the rundown of her best five and one worst uniform matchups from the College Football games played this week. Since it’s practically impossible to watch every game, you guys can help by sending your thoughts on “good” and “bad” matchups (and hopefully with photos from that game) by e-mailing her at UW5and1@gmail.com.
OK, here’s Catherine with this week’s 5 & 1.
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5. Hawaii vs. Colorado State: This match-up is a little nontraditional for me but I actually thought it looked good. I figured I would spread the 5-and-1 love around.__________
4. Iowa vs. Minnesota: I got both positive and negative reviews of this game. Minny crushed Iowa to take home the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. Iowa was in their classic road unis while the Gophers sported an awful alternate helmet decal, which thankfully wasn’t enough to ruin this match-up for me.
3. UNLV vs. Air Force: I loved the contrast between the teams in this match-up. UNLV looked great in the gray-red-gray combo while Air Force kept it simple.
2. Baylor vs. Oklahoma: I loved the Bears in their green pants on the road and I thought the Sooners’ alternates were gorgeous.
1. Alabama vs. LSU: This one was going to be hard to beat and for good reason.
+1 Kentucky vs. Georgia: It hurts me to put Georgia here but these Kentucky unis are atrocious. Admittedly, it’s not nearly as offensive as some of the other +1’s we’ve had this year but, short of me putting every bit of camo that was trotted out yesterday up here, this was the best I could do.
+1 (dis)Honorable Mention: Colorado vs. Arizona
Thanks, Catherine! I pretty much knew before I even looked at this list what the #1 good would be! It’s pretty much a “good #1″ lock every year.
OK readers, how’d she do?
Each week, as we have done on Uni Watch for the past five seasons, we’ll be tracking the uniform combinations of the Oregon Ducks. Back for his third season is Tim E. O’Brien, who’ll show you what the Ducks wore in their last game, and add a few words of wisdom.
Here’s this weeks costume (click to enlarge):
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Oregon decided to wear their yellow helmets, old template white jerseys and their yellow pants. When’s the last time we saw that combo? 366 days prior!
Oregon needs a new uniform set…
Premier League Games
By Andrew Seagraves
We are getting close to the midway point of the UWFFL Premier league season as the band of twelve are fighting for the final six spots to see who has what it takes to take home Gold and Glory in the UWFFL Bowl. The Premier League is joining their Division II and La Lega counterparts in observing Armistice/Remembrance Day with different forms of tribute to our Veterans.
The Eastern Division will be battling each other while the Central and West will pay each other a visit this week. Our featured fracas for the Top Flight will be a battle of old and new blood as the Texas Timberwolves venture to America’s Last Frontier to take on the Anchorage Orcas. The Central Division T-Wolves underwent a rebrand this season traded their traditional Green and White for electric blue, magenta and white. This week, they’ll forgo their new colors for their Old Glory getup as they add the Stars and Stripes to their numbers, pants and jerseys. The Western Division Anchorage Orcas, the New Blood in this battle, will take a page from Alaska’s war effort past as they will wear tribute uniforms for the Alaska Clippers and the Eleventh Air Force stationed at Elmendorf-Richardson Air Base. The Alaska Clippers were a gridiron squad formed by Army Air Corpsmen of the Eleventh Air Force which was apart of the Northwest Staging area of the US Air Transport Command stationed in Edmonton, Alberta in World War II. During their brief stint as a team they played the University of Idaho Navy V-12 unit, Nevada-Reno and the Great Falls Bombers going winless in all three games. Despite their short time together, the Clippers joined the ranks of other Armed Forces squads who played in Intercollegiate and Inter-Service competition across the globe.
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Other marquee matchups will include the Birmingham Vulcans heading to the Port of Hartford to take on the Whalers, the San Diego Storm will break out their Fourth Air Force – March Field Flyers – Football Uniforms as they square off against the Detroit Demons and Minnesota will face San Francisco in the Fire Pit.
La Lega will continue their interleague play with Division Two this week and a few intriguing matchups will have the Tokyo Mammoth hosting the Montreal Machine, Crown Royal heading to the Palmetto State to face the Carolina Krescents, and Kansas City will head to the UAE to take on the Abu Dhabi Pearlers.
Remember to make your voice heard by heading over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on which squad squares your circle this week. Don’t forget to get your friends, family, and possibly long forgotten acquaintances to vote as well! For those of you who want to try your hand at competition in the UWFFL, get on over to our Prospective UWFFL Teams Google+ page to share your vision with the rest of the class… and don’t forget the gum this time. We will see you next week!
Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.
Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 10 & 11 (click to enlarge):
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: “I read this article on MLB.com and found it interesting that two of the players (Capuano & Morales) are listed as Free Agents,” says Chris Workman. “Typically, the MLB Stars wear their team uniform for the Japan series, and they seem to be following suit this season from pictures I have seen. Do you have any idea how this has been handled in the past? I am anxious to see what uniforms they wear (previous team, generic MLB uniform, blank jersey?) It feels similar to Jeff Samardzija’s situation in the All-Star Game.” … In this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “A Piece of Forbes Field Goes Up for Auction, the photo, when enlarged, shows the “PAC” wreaths (thanks Jerry Wolper). … According to Dan Ullsperger the Lids website offers a “Brian Braun” throwback jersey. Perhaps the Hebrew Hammer has a brother?
NFL News: “Looks like Nike is trying to push the Pro Combat style jersey on the newest generation of Packer fans,” writes Jamie Burditt). Now, if they can just push it on the Pack. … ICYMI: The Cowboys will be wearing a poppy decal on their helmets for today’s game in London. Expecting the Jags to do likewise. … Andrew McDonald of the Seahawks “wore this all week” in “honor of my father @SAMcD_33 who served in the late 80s.” … Are the NFL replays sponsored by Surface? Never saw this before. … Did Billy Sims’ in his rookie year of 1980 have a different helmet logo than his teammates? Kurt Rozek thinks so. He adds, “Their logos were outlined in white, while his appears to have no outline with the lion’s tail at a different angle.”
College & High School Football News: Great article and graphic in The New York Times which highlights where in America college football is most popular. Should we be surprised that it’s Alabama? (thanks, Paul). … Southern University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge went BFBS in its game Friday. The gray pants are also NOT a school color. The school’s official colors are green and yellow (thanks to David Steinle). … Reader Parker Martin went by the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta Saturday morning and found some very interesting uniform/apparel inclusions. He explains: “First up is Under Armor’s apparent sponsorship of the uniform portion of the museum. Evidently ‘performance wear’ is important to college football’s uniform history and looks even more out of place when juxtaposed with a historic jersey dating back to the early 20th century. Later in the exhibit, is a plaque explaining the ‘new styles’ of college football uniforms especially the recent use of camouflage ‘as a means of tribute to our men and women in the armed forces.‘ Finally, the uniform displayed to represent modern football is of course Maryland’s pride uniform. It was separate from the historical uniforms but I tried to frame the picture so viewers can see the style differences. Something else to note in that picture is the old Georgia uniform (#62 in the picture) which seems to be a grown-up onesie. I’ve never seen that type of uniform top before and am not sure how long those remained in style.” … An LSU fan has painted tiger stripes on his dog (or at least, I hope that’s his dog). More here.
NBA News: “Color vs. ‘not’ color” in Denver: The Cavs wore white on the road while the Nuggets wore their yellow skyline jerseys on Friday night, notes Ron Ruelle. “Could have been a color vs color game.” … The San Antonio Spurs broke out their military camo unis last night. Ugh. Not only are they camo, they’re sleeved camo. Just awful.
Hockey News: On Friday night, the Ohio State University Buckeye hockey team wore camo unis with service branch NOBs. … Last night, the B-Sens wore camo sweaters to honor the military (h/t Joe MacQuarrie). … Also last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs wore poppy helmet decals (h/t Kyle Douglas). So did the refs (via John M.) Here’s another shot of the Leafs (also from John M.). … Must be a Canadian team thing because the Senators and Jets had them also. … The Sabres held their military appreciation night last evening and warmed up in these camo tops (via Jason Tyx). … But those guys have nothing on the Portland Pirates, who played a game wearing these flag desecration numbers (h/t Nick Griffin). … Wishful thinking or WTF? … Last evening, the Canadiens retired Guy Lapointe’s number, all the Habs wore his sweater during the pre-game ceremony (thanks to Matt Larsen). Also in honor of Guy Lapointe, the number 5 on the ice behind the nets (both ends) and a patch on the Habs’ sweaters (also from Matt). … The Cincinnati Cyclones are set up to wear a bunch of novelty sweaters this year. … Dan Ullsperger thinks the Guy LaFleur statue looks like Bill Murray.
Soccer News: It has been reported by Soccer AM in England that AFC Bournemouth have added a moustache to their badge for Movember. Full details can be found here (thanks to Tony Dobson). … In yesterday’s action, Diego Costa suffered a pretty large rip in his shirt (h/t SoccerGods). Here’s a better view (submitted by Jean Labbe).
Grab Bag: There is a TON of interesting uni-related things where you would least expect: in this Big Sean music video, notes Jeremy Baker. “Some things of note: 1) color-on-color football game, 2) taped-over nose bumpers, 3) digitally blurred out nose-bumpers, 4) Adidas’ trademark treadmark, 5) An unidentifiable pattern on the black team’s pants (digi-camo at first blush, but at ~1:43 you can see that is is something else entirely–is Adidas trying to introduce us to their new thing, a la March Madness fruit stripes?), and 6) the QB (Big Sean, natch) wearing #88 (Big Sean’s birth year, natch).” … Just in time for the holidays, Loudmouth Golf has released Santa jackets and pants. Want.
And that will do it for today folks. Thanks to Terry, Tim, Catherine, Andrew, Alex and everyone else who contributed to the ticker or tweeted at me.
Today, Paul and I will be taking our first curling class in beautiful Lakeside Park in Brooklyn. It should be a good time, and I hope I don’t end up spending more time on my ass than my feet. Paul, if you weren’t aware, got quite good at the sport of kings — me? Not so much. Wish us luck today! Witness the good (top) and the bad (bottom) — hopefully Paul won’t have any videos of me on my brains on Monday. Enjoy:
Don’t forget — the Cowboys take over London today. And lots of camo Salute to Service crap as well. Welcome to GIJoevember for real.
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“My secret uni fetish has to be without doubt the neon green Orlando Thunder home jersey. I finally managed to get my hands on one this year after 19 years of trying!”
By Phil Hecken
Waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy back in 2009, I wrote a piece (with Mike Engle) which asked, What Is Your Uni Secret?. That piece basically set out to explore “a uniform or jersey that is so bad, so crazy or so ludicrous, that one would almost be embarassed to say one liked it.” While the Arizona State University “Desert Fuel” uniform doesn’t quite fall into that category, it comes close. For some reason, I. LOVE. THIS. UNI. (and especially the helmet, seen in today’s splash).
Sparky will be wearing these unis this afternoon (3:30 ET) against Notre Dame (click to enlarge):
The helmet is white, with a copper facemask, copper stripe, and copper fork. The uniform is anthracite, with copper-accented gradient numbers.
It’s basically everything I should hate about a uniform: It’s one of many (unnecessary) alternates, neither the accent color (copper) nor the base color (anthracite) are in school colors, and it’s part of the larger anthracite-for-anthracite’s-sake trend that is permeating the college football uniform world. It’s got gradient numbers, too. Nothing about this should be appealing. But…it’s gorgeous (to my eyes, anyway).
Here’s one more look at the helmet:
All of the elements just go together well. What I especially like about this is the addition of copper. If you weren’t aware, copper mining is a big deal in Arizona. And I love the color — this is probably one of those childhood things, as my Aunt worked for Phelps Dodge when I was a youngun, and she (somewhat inexplicably, at least at the time) frequently wound up bringing home all sorts of copper wire and trinkets. When copper is “new”, as it is depicted on the ASU unis, it’s a reddish-brown color — but it has an interesting property — when it undergoes oxidation, it takes on a turqouise hue. A lot of those trinkets my Aunt brought home did this, and it always fascinated me.
Anyway — copper is (in my opinion) a sorely underrepresented color in the sports world. And it’s a perfect color for an Arizona team. In fact, the in-State rivals added a copper helmet recently. But elsewhere in the sports world? It’s a rarity. Maybe that’s why I like the “Desert Fuel” (yes, because Nike had to give it a name) uniform so much.
And if you can’t trust those “studio” shots to look good (which you can’t always do) — here’s a couple of pics of the uniform/helmet sans filter:
If you still haven’t seen enough, here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at the new uni preparation:
Looks great — and it’ll look great under the (hopefully) bright Arizona sun today.
And getting back to the beginning — since we haven’t done this in like five years — go back and read that post from 2009 — and then tell us: What’s Your Uni-Secret? I told you mine…now it’s your turn.
Classic Ballpark Scoreboards
I’m pleased to continue with a new weekend feature here at Uni Watch, “Classic Ballpark Scoreboards,” which are created by Gary Chanko. You probably know Gary best for his wonderful colorizations, but he has been a solid contributor for many years, and this is his new project. This segment will appear every Saturday on Uni Watch.
Here’s Gary (click on images to enlarge):
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Classic Ballpark Scoreboards – Tenth in a Series
by Gary Chanko
Home of: Milwaukee Braves, Chicago White Sox (20 games), Milwaukee Brewers
Last game played: September 28, 2000; Demolished: 2001
Last week we vacated Sicks’ Stadium headed to Milwaukee for the Pilot’s reincarnation as the Brewers. County Stadium was their new home with a much improved venue.
The Braves left Milwaukee after the 1965 season and County Stadium was vacant until the Brewers arrived for the 1970 season. (The White Sox played 20 games in County Stadium over the 1968-69 seasons).
Like most ballparks from this era the scoreboard experienced several changes throughout its lifetime to keep pace with advances in display technology. For some the original and largely manual scoreboard was a classic.
This scoreboard illustration recreates the Braves vs. Dodgers game played on May 13, 1955.
A Few Things to Know
• County Stadium was the first ballpark built with lighting as part of the original design. Another first was an appearance on the cover of the first issue of Sports Illustrated.
• The scoreboard was considered state-of-the-art when first installed in 1953. It was, along with the ballpark, upgraded several times during its tenure but always remained in the original right field location.
• The original scoreboard was replaced or remodeled by 1966. Twelve years later the scoreboard became a safety hazard!
• The Packers played nearly half their home games in County Stadium over four decades. The original scoreboard proved it was adaptable to football.
• When the Brewers arrived in 1970 (from Seattle) the fans were a tad slow in ramping up attendance. So, the original “Bernie Brewer” decided to camp out atop the scoreboard until the home crowd reached 40,000. He apparently lived in a camper trailer installed on the scoreboard! Forty days later some 44,000 fans showed up and Bernie got to vacate his camper.
• In addition to the camper trailer, I’ve been informed an AMC Gremlin was also parked on top the scoreboard in this time frame. If pictures exist of the scoreboard mounted Gremlin, please forward a copy to me.
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An Additional Note From Gary: “County Stadium will wrap up Series I of these Classic Ballpark Scoreboards. I do plan a Series II for sometime early next year. There’s been several inquiries about football scoreboards. So next week we’ll start a new series of Classic Football Scoreboards, both college and pro. The series begins with a venue that should be familiar to Dirty Harry fans, Kezar Stadium.”
If anyone is interested in purchasing a digital copy of these posters, Gary is working on an online purchase option. In the interim you can contact him directly at Classicscoreboards@gmail.com.
U.W.F.F.L. News — Division II Games
By Andrew Seagraves
Week Eight of the UWFFL 2014 is here! This week also marks the league’s observance of Armistice Day/Remembrance Day. Just like with Cancer Awareness Week, teams from across the landscape are paying homage to those veterans, both living and dead, who have served us to protect our freedoms. The league races are shaping up to be humdingers with a few squads separating themselves from the pack while others are doing their best to stay within playoff contention. And some are doing their best to play spoiler for those atop their respective tables.
This is midseason drama! This is what we live for… Right? RIGHT!
What two better teams to feature in our DII game of the week than two squads which are at the apex of the Division II Central League ladder, the 5-0 Iowa Corn and the 4-0-1 Pontiac Prowlers. Iowa closed 2013 strong with a powerful rebrand by owner Curtis Peddle and topped things off with a win in the Peppermint Bowl over the Roanoke Giraffes. The Corn is proving you can go from spoiler to favorite with the right tweaks and changes to your design. Pontiac is a newcomer this season after their promotion from the D-League into DII and their livery is quite lively.
Both squads are choosing to observe this Remembrance Day with a Red Poppy patch over their hearts. Iowa will be doing their best North Dakota State impression by going with Green lids, Yellow/Gold tops and Green pants. The Home side, Prowlers, will stay with their Purple jerseys, Grey pantaloons and Black Helmets. This game MIGHT give Florida/Georgia a run for their money in a colour on colour matchup.
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Other key games from across DII will see Toledo try to shake off last week’s loss to St. John’s as they travel to the Cleve to take on the Bearcats, Little Rock will venture east on I-40 to Raleigh as the Diamondbacks face the Aeronauts, and the Rockies will be-a-rumblin’ as the underachieving Colorado Rockies square off against the Salt Lake City Miners.
These games are just a taste of what will be one fine Armistice Day weekend in the UWFFL. Head on over to uwfantasyfootballleague.com to vote on which teams should be tops in this week’s action. Hey, if you find one, maybe two, or fifteen matchups to be quite keen you can share them with your friends on facebook, twitter, or even ICQ (if anyone even uses it anymore), and encourage them to vote, as well. You can also go to our Prospective UWFFL Teams Google+ page to share with us your concept for a team which you feel can compete next year. We’ll be back tomorrow with Premier League action!
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Got an e-mail from Ryan Atkinson, and, well, it’s just too good for the ticker (click on any photo to enlarge):
Just wanted to share a couple pics from our Sept. 13 wedding here in KC.
I’m a Kansas boy and she lived in the Bay Area until she was 12, We’re both huge baseball fans and found some ways to include that in our wedding.
Table assignments were based on MLB teams and tables were marked with mini pennants.
The crazy part of it all was being at Kauffman Stadium just a couple weeks later watching our respective teams in perhaps the wildest game of the entire postseason. Somehow our young marriage survived and she was a great sport about KC’s run to the World Series, even surprising me with tickets to Game 7.
Great stuff Ryan — thanks so much for sharing!
OK, now onto the ticker…
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: Yes Please! Mike Williams “Thought you’d enjoy seeing these early 1950’s ads for official team merchandise from the Phillies Yearbook.” Adds Mike, “I would have worn the hell out of that satin jacket if I was a young fan then!” … “Not uni-related but fun,” writes Brinke. “An hour and a half of ejections, and I have NEVER seen a catcher turn around on an ump like the Reds guy did at the beginning.” … MLB players in the Japan Series have patches on their caps and also ads on their sleeves (both grabs from Nick Schiavo). And here is a close-up of the cap patch (via James Gilbert). … Reader John Money writes, “I have found an interesting article from the Smithsonian that I thought you would enjoy. It is all about baseball bats. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.”
NFL News: You guys remember the interview I did with the geniuses behind the “Football as Football” project? Well, they’re back in the news, in a Rolling Stone interview. Great stuff! (Thanks, Brinke) … The Saints will be wearing black tops and pants versus San Francisco this Sunday (thanks to Wayne Muller). … The Cowboys, who are playing in London tomorrow, were welcomed at the Tower of London. … With all the NFL + (insert league/team/other) logos we’ve seen, I’m not sure if we’ve seen this mashup of NFL logos and Disney characters (apologies if we have). … To which Ryan Lindemann replies, “I think everyone has had enough with all these logo redesigns! This is great.” … The Buffalo Bills will be wearing these gloves and this New York National Guard helmet decal for their STS promotion. … As seen in yesterday’s comments: Howie Long said he was befuddled by the auction of what is described as a game-used jersey of his with “metal pebbles” sewn underneath the jersey numbers (in the comments by Daniel and also sent in by Mike the Intern). … Last night, the Calgary Stampeders wore helmet decals for John Forzani (who was John Forzani? Glad you asked). … Bit of a bummer in the CFL — I noticed last evening the Ottawa RedBlacks were wearing their alternate unis, and asked if they were going to wear their plaid helmets. (Remember this thing?). As you can see by the RedBlacks’ reply, they’re not going to wear them. Dang.
College Football News: Today, all Vanderbilt coaches will be wearing patches representing all branches of the Armed Forces. … Here’s a look at the play calling cards used by Wake Forest on Thursday night. … Army is playing UConn in Yankee Stadium today, and yesterday, the workers were putting the finishing touches on the field. … Some might say that college football fans take things too far. … Here’s a pretty neat article on “crop tops” in football, by UW reader B. David Zarley. Nice work! … Someone has taken the time to rank the Texas Tech 2014 uniforms (h/t to Josh Sánchez). … Marshall will be wearing all white today vs. Southern (thanks to Coleman Mullins). … Liberty University will be wearing flag desecration decals today (h/t Tyler Nohe). … The Houston Cougars will wear 1989 throwbacks today to honor Andre Ware. … Here’s the real reason Mississippi State wears so many unis (hint: The coach allows it and the recruits like it). … Austin Peay will be wearing camouflage jerseys against TSU today. — and it’s going to cost them a timeout per half. … Here’s the uni combo that Utah will be wearing today against Oregon. … Florida State will wear “Kidz1stFund” decals on their helmets today when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers. … Baylor will be going green/white/green at Oklahoma today (h/t David Johnson).
NBA News: Last night, the Toronto Raptors wore their throwback uniforms to celebrate their 20th Anniversary (20th Season?). They were excellent replicas, except for the NBA logo below the collar. (h/t to Ben Golliver, Josh Gold-Smith and Ryan Haidinger for the grabs). Lots more photos here. … The Memphis Grizzlies will be giving away this digital camo cap on Tuesday (h/t Don Gale). … Did you know the NBA has kicked off “Hoops for Troops” Week? Yeah, me neither (thanks, Paul). … Lost (possibly) in the reveal of the Celtics new alts yesterday was the fact that Marcus Smart has “33” tattooed on his arms. Which sucks if you get drafted by the Celtics (h/t Jon Sasser). … Speaking of sleeved NBA unis, they’re not entirely new — UW pal Todd Radom presents this collage of the St. Louis Bombers sleeved unis, circa late-1940s. … While possible ads on NHL jerseys are the hot topic now, D-League affiliates for Knicks and Mavs have unveiled new advertisement-bearing jerseys. The Westchester Knicks also have a new court (via Steve Dodell). … There are really no words for the hat worn by Carmelo Anthony last night. If you can find some, feel free to post them below.
Hockey News: Yesterday’s news of possible NHL ads on jerseys/uniforms (possibly beating the NBA to the punch) was met on Uni Watch with predictable chagrin. Meanwhile, mock-ups of what those ads might look like are already underway (thanks to Jeff Salomon). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: “Union college men’s hockey team is going to be wearing purple and/or teal the month of November for domestic violence awareness. Thankful it sounds from the press release its seems to be limited to skate laces and other minor accessories. Press release can be found in the link.” (posted by Brian Klejsmyt). … The Blackhawks honored the woman who chain stitched the jerseys for the last many years, as this video segment suggests (via Eric Lovejoy). … The Flyers are giving away something called “Colby’s Cap.” What’s that you ask? “Colby’s Cap” will be given to the Flyers’ player of the game after wins this season. The cap belonged to First Lieutenant Colby Umbrell, a Bucks County native who was killed in Iraq in 2007 (from Marc Matteo). … The now cancer-free Hockey HOF Broadcaster Rick Jeanneret had this great sweater on in Buffalo (via Leah Voit). That sweater is actually purple. … This is VERY cool – Trae Herring sent a wedding invitation to Cam Neely — and (even though he declined), he sent back the reply card with his best wishes.
Soccer News: This weekend, every team in the German soccer Bundesliga will wear a special sleeve badge commemorating the 40th anniversary of the founding of German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe). Here’s Eintracht Frankfurt’s. Says submitter Bernd Wilms, “The space is usually reserved for sponsor Hermes, a logistics company.” … Wigan Athletic’s Republic of Ireland international winger James McClean did not wear a poppy shirt last night alongside the rest of his Wigan Athletic team mates, as the club took part in football’s annual Remembrance Day commemoration (from George Chilvers). … More tracking? Callum Johnson writes, “Inspired by the Premier League kit tracker, I’ve been making my own Champions League kit trackers. So far I’ve detailed the kits for Matchday 1 & 2. Have a look at it, and give me your honest opinion. I’m also considering a Europa League and FA Cup kit tracker if you like what you see.” Whaddya say, UW? Should we add this as part of our tracking?
College Hoops News: Here is a look at the 2014-15 Marshall basketball uniforms and also a shot of their shooting shirts and warmup jackets (h/t Marshall Equipment & Alternate Uni). As Mike Engle notes, “Copping the Marshall amplifiers script!? Funny and cool!” Although, as Marshall Equipment notes, not quite the same.
Grab Bag: Aussie footy’s Adelaide Crows are honoring their 25th season with a logo honoring their time in AFL along with a new clash jumper for the upcoming 2015 season. The 25th logo can be seen below the collar on back of the new clash guernsey. Here’s a video with some good shots (including a better shot of the 25th logo on the jumper), via Leo Strawn, Jr., of course.
And there you have it. Thanks to Gary & Andrew, plus Ryan for those wedding photos, an all who submitted for the ticker. Don’t forget to list your own “uni-secret” confession too! Enjoy all the games today.
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“Rednecks bashing Redskins, wow. Just when you think we’ve reached the bottom in this wretched story of mascots gone bad, people out there find ways to keep on diggin’.”
–Eltee of D.C.
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We’ve known for months now that the Celtics had a new alternate uni in the works for this season. When the shorts design leaked a few weeks ago, and didn’t look promising. And I guess you could say the full uni, which was revealed last night, has followed through on that promise.
We expect this kind of thing from teams like the Hawks, Timberwolves, or Blazers. But the Celtics? Embarrassing. But not as embarrassing as the uni design’s name, which there’s no way I’m going to repeat here. You can find it, along with the dates when the uniform will be worn (so you can mark your calendar to make other plans on those nights), here.
Want another photo? Okay — once more, with feeling (as in “feeling like shit”):
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Sport of kings comes to Kings County: Prospect Park — Brooklyn’s version of Central Park, where I go biking every day — got a fancy new ice skating facility last winter, and on Sunday that facility will host Brooklyn’s first-ever curling class, conducted by former U.S. national champion and longtime Uni Watch pal Dean Gemmell.
Sunday’s class will be the first session in a five-week program that will include instruction and game play. Phil and I have both signed up, so I’ll probably have some good photos to share with you on Monday. Hurry hard!
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’Skins Watch: Maryland’s new governor-elect plans to call the ’Skins by their regular name (thanks, Phil). … I realize you can’t always pick your allies, but those of you in the pro-’Skins camp might want to ask yourselves if you really want to be on the same side of the ball as these guys, who were at a Wizards game the other night (thanks, Phil). … There was a mild stir yesterday morning when the Indians tweeted a photo of their 2015 jersey without a Wahoo patch. But as a team spokesman confirmed for me, that’s just a low-priced replica, which doesn’t have patches. No changes to the team’s uni program in the coming season.
Baseball News: While looking for something else, I came across these 1980s stickers showing the A’s uni set. There’s also a Dodgers version. … Michael Schliefke checked out the Hallmark Visitors’ Center in Kansas City the other day and saw this Hallmark baseball jersey and jacket. … The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was apparently invited to the White House, where they gave President Obama a flag-desecration baseball glove. Kinda surprising no MLBer has worn anything like this. Anyone want to give the over/under on when it’ll show up next season? … Arizona Fall League player Tony Renda had some belt problems last night (from Andre Torres).
NFL News: Seriously unattractive game last night in Cincy, as the Bengals wore mono-black, the Browns wore brown pants, and both teams loaded up on G.I. Joevember accessories — including, get this, G.I. Joe tights for Browns CB Joe Haden. The CBS and the NFL Network chipped in by rendering the “TNF” lettering in camouflage. Sigh (screen shot by Gorden, who didn’t give his last name). … Meanwhile, cops at the game showed their support for Devon and Leah Still by wearing Still’s No. 75 (thanks, Phil). … Here’s a close look at a quaterback’s play-calling wristband (thanks, Brinke). … Jon Phillips notes that Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has been using a rather Flying Elvis-esque campaign logo. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Sky Sports is excited to be televising next year’s NFL games in London, but they used the outdated NFL logo (from James Burke). … Many of you probably already know the story of how the Lions ended up wearing Honolulu blue, but here it is again, just in case you want to refresh your memory (from Timothy Tryjankowski). … In the “What took you so long?” department, Nike has severed ties with Adrian Peterson (thanks, Phil). … I was at a vintage shop the other night and spotted this super-cool football-themed pillow. Looks handmade, too. Too pricey ($32), alas.
College Football News: Flag-desecration helmet for Purdue. … ASU wore its new helmets yesterday in practice. … Speaking of those new ASU unis, here’s a backgrounder on how they came to be, plus a video (from Joseph Giordano and Dave Burns, respectively). … Here’s this weekend’s uni combo for Vanderbilt. … Interesting piece on how LSU fans’ attire has changed over the past century (thanks, Phil). … Wake Forest wore gold helmets last night. As you can see in those shots, Wake was wearing mono-black, which perhaps explains — but certainly doesn’t excuse — why three idiot fans went blackface and -body. … G.I. Joevember unis on tap tomorrow for Austin Peay (Phil again). … “My grandfather, Ray Graves, played center at the University of Tennessee from 1939-41 under Coach Robert Neyland,” says Justin Davis. “I recently got an email from an aunt saying they had his old jersey and asked if I’d like it, to which I said, OF COURSE. Ray later went on to coach the Florida Gators from 1960-69, so this is a real SEC classic.” … Flag-descration helmet logo tomorrow for Washington.
Hockey News: G.I. Joevember warm-ups last night for the Flyers (from Marc Matteo). … Some heavy-duty headwear last night, plus a doozy of a shiner, for Radko Gudas of the Lightning (from Matt Larsen). … G.I. Joevember jerseys for Ohio State. … Good article on goalie mask artwork (thanks, Brinke). … Sports Business Daily ran an article on NHL COO John Collins yesterday, and at the very bottom of the piece they quoted him saying jersey ads are “coming and happening,” which quickly resulted in an avalanche of breathless media reports, even though Collins provided no details or even a timetable. Collins is clearly working from the Cuban/Silver playbook here, trying to create an air of inevitability for something he knows is going to be messy. As the NBA can tell you, inevitability is the easy part — hey, NBA uni ads are so inevitable that they’ve been inevitable for years now! But if Collins is serious, let’s take him at his word: Tweet at the NHL and tell them you don’t want ads on jerseys. While you’re at it, call the NHL office and tell Collins (or whomever) how you feel about this issue. #NoUniAds. … As an aside, I was amused by the bit where Collins “noted that jersey branding by manufacturers is already a form of jersey sponsorship.” He’s right about that, of course — I’ve been saying as much for years — but his implicit point is, “Eh, we already have one sponsorship, so why not have more?” That’s like saying you already have chicken pox so it’s no big deal if you get the measles while you’re at it.
Basketball News: You probably already the stories about sponsorship douchebaggery regarding the early Dream Teams, but here they are again, just in case (from Bryant Robinson and Bryan Kimball). … The Raptors will wear the purple dinosaur throwbacks tonight. … Here’s something I didn’t know about: In 1989-90, the Celtics wore a black memorial band with black “Follow Through” lettering. According to this auction listing, it was “for the owner’s wife, who used to tell Kevin McHale to follow through” (nice find by Matt Malinoski). … New uniforms for Tulsa.
Soccer News: NYC FC is gonna be doing that thing where season ticket holders can have their faces incorporated into the team’s jersey (from John Childers).
Grab Bag: Nike is partnering with a design/tech company to create an airplane interior design geared for athletes. Interestingly, the project is simply called “The Athlete’s Plane,” instead of something more Nike-ish, like “The Avenging Chariot” (from Jeremy Brahm). … People on TV keep using iPads even when they’re supposed to be using Surfaces (from Caleb Borchers). … Have I mentioned lately how much I love Hamilton Nolan? … Faaaaascinating piece on butter stick design! Don’t miss (thanks, Brinke). … Rugby news from Dan Budny, who writes: “Leicester played the Barbarians a few days ago and went with their original ‘numbering’ system, which uses letters. There’s more info on that if you scroll down here.” … Who has the most consistently creative magazine cover designs these days? Don’t look now, but it’s Businessweek. … Did you know nearly every hospital-born baby in America gets wrapped in the same blanket design? It’s true — really interesting details here (from Heather McCabe). … New rugby kit for France. “Of note is the change from white shorts to dark blue, and the repositioning of the three Adidas stripes (now dark blue instead of white) so that they run over the shoulder instead across the shoulder and behind the collar,” says Eric Bangeman. … Also from Eric: Rugby fans — or at least the ones in this Reddit thread — aren’t happy with the latest jersey designs. … You know its holiday shopping season when every team in every league is selling some idiotic ugly sweater. A few of these are amusing, but come on — can’t anyone come up with an original idea (or at least a good-looking one) without piggybacking on someone else’s? It’s pathetic. … An ongoing mascot controversy at UT-RGV was resolved yesterday to nobody’s satisfaction (from Cort McMurray).
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What Paul did last night: The City Reliquary has a new exhibit devoted to portraits of old Jewish gangsters (including Arnold Rothstein, the guy who fixed the 1919 World Series, shown above), and last night I attended the opening reception.
The exhibit, which is called “Mazel Tough” (a name that narrowly beat out “Kosher Nostra,” I’m told), is excellent. Illustrator Pat Hamou uses a painstakingly obsessive cross-hatching technique that gives his portraits a lot of depth and texture, and he makes the most of the gangsters’ facial features. Each portrait is accompanied by a little placard indicating what the gangster was notorious for, his run-ins with the law, and so on. The whole thing is really nicely presented.
I happen to have a bit of Jewish gangster in my gene pool (my maternal grandfather was a bootlegger during Prohibition). But even if you’re not so lucky, you’ll still dig “Mazel Tough” — see it. You can learn more about the exhibit here and here, and you can see more of the portraits here.