Adidas Leaves, Nike Stays Put

Big day yesterday for league specific apparel contracts in the uni-verse, beginning with the news that Adidas will not be renewing its uniform contract with the NBA when it expires following the 2016-17 season.

I’ve written an FAQ-style piece for ESPN that assesses the potential implications of this development. If you didn’t see it yesterday, you can check it out here. (Later in the day, the NBA announced that it will name its new apparel partner next month.)

As the NBA news broke, there was some initial speculation that Adidas might be marshaling its resources to make a run at the NFL uniform contract, which was due to expire in two years. But then Sports Business Journal reported that Nike had just inked a three-year extension on its NFL contract. (The full article is behind a paywall, unfortunately.) So Nike has consolidated its position in the uni-verse, while Adidas’s position appears to be weaker.

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The perfect uni for St. Patrick’s Day: Brinke will have “Collector’s Corner” later in today’s entry, but I want to begin today with an eBay auction for what appears to be the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day item: a vintage emerald green satin uniform for a baseball team called the Shamrocks, hot-cha-cha!

Here’s the back of the jersey, along with the pants:

According to the eBay listing, the uniform dates to 1940 (a claim backed up by this photo) and was acquired by the seller at an estate sale. The uniform comes with a cap and a pair of spikes.

Now, I’m not exactly lacking for green items in my life. Green has been my favorite color ever since I was a little boy. I now have a green car, a green-upholstered sofa, a green-upholstered living room chair, green bedsheets, green bathroom towels, green walls in my kitchen, lots of green houseplants, a green-themed website, and lots and lots of green clothing, including lots of green vintage jerseys. So it’s not like I need this Shamrocks uniform. But damn — it’s a beauty. I want it.

But it’s too big for me, so I won’t be bidding on it. If it fits you, however, you should totally go for it — what could be more appropriate on St. Patrick’s Day?

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T-Shirt Club update: Today is the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time to launch the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s latest design.

So: April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day, when teams teams wear No. 42 to honor the anniversary of Jackie’s big league debut. That’s the inspiration for the Club’s April design, which we’re offering in two different colors (click to enlarge):

Here’s everything you need to know about the shirts and how to order them:

1. You can purchase the shirts on this page. (Ignore the bits about “reaching our goal” and the “campaign being successful” — that’s for Teespring clients who use T-shirt sales as fundraisers.)

2. Two design notes: The date under the Uni Watch script — April 15, 1947 — is the date of Jackie’s first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. And we chose to go NNOB because that’s what teams do on Jackie Day. This will likely be the T-Shirt Club’s only NNOB design.

3. I’m happy to announce that 100% of Uni Watch’s proceeds from these shirts will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which builds on Jackie’s legacy by providing college scholarships to disadvantaged students of color. ESPN will match my donation (that’s their policy for charitable contributions), and Teespring may make a donation as well. That’s why we’re offering separate home and road designs — to maximize our donation potential. This will likely be the Club’s only design to be offered in multiple colors.

4. For both colors, you’ll have a choice of American Apparel or Hanes. Their tailoring and sizing are slightly different, so use the “View Sizing Chart” link and compare the colors to be sure you get the shirt that’s best for you. Domestic shipping is $3.85 for the first shirt, $1 for each additional shirt; Canadian shipping is $9.50 for the first shirt, $4 for each additional; shipping to other international destinations is $12.50 for the first shirt, $4 for each additional.

5. This design will only be available through next Monday, March 23, 11pm Eastern. After that date, the shirts will not be offered for sale. All shirts ordered by then should be delivered by April 7 (and in many cases well earlier than that).

6. People who purchase all 12 of the T-Shirt Club’s designs will be eligible for a bonus prize at the end of the year. Note that you do not have to purchase both of the April shirt colors to qualify — you only have to purchase the home or the road, but not both (although you’re welcome to purchase both, of course). I haven’t yet decided what the prize will be, although I have some ideas. It may depend somewhat on how many people stay on board for all 12 shirts, and we won’t have a sense of how many people that might be until the summer, so I’ll likely wait a while before settling on the prize. But I assure you it’ll be something good.

I think that’s it. Again, the April shirts can be purchased here. If you have any questions, give a holler. Thanks for listening.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

The Interwebs are a small place. I had seen this Miami Dolphins orange gumball helmet on eBay last week and bookmarked it. Then it was coincidentally featured two days ago here on Uni Watch (scroll down to the “Too Good For The Ticker” section). Were the Dolphins really considering doing orange helmets? Who knows?

Okay, here are the rest of this week’s picks:

• I know I’ve seen these NFL helmet cardboard cutouts somewhere before, and I have — at least the full-size helmet version — on This Week in the NFL.

• Philadelphia Flyers fans! Save your pennies in this 1970s puck coin bank.

• Plenty of 1970s MLB logo action on this baseball card binder.

• High-tops. John … Constantine … Unitas. Wrapping up a legendary career with the Bolts in this photo.

• Wow, here’s a complete 1971 Gatorade NFL Standings Board with all 26 teams. Have to say, I guzzled a lot of GA back in the day to get these. It was great ’til they yanked out the cyclamates or whatever. My mom would go up to Winn-Dixie, and we’d come away with Chiquita Bananas with the NFL stickers on ’em, and bottles of Gatorade with these caps. I knew how the game was played, even then.

• Here’s an Atlanta Braves bumper sticker that actually says, “Bumper Sticker.”

• One more 1970s MLB bumper sticker for you: Elsie The Cow Says, “Pour it on, Reds!”

• Here’s a massive 1970s Dolphins blanket that looks to be in great shape.

• Great images in this 1968 AFL booklet. But why was Rozelle in this? The commish of the NFL in an AFL promo piece?

• Cheer on your 1960s Los Angeles Angels (not the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”) with this nifty T-shirt.

• Here’s a nice assortment of 1970-’80s Seattle Mariners patches.

Follow Brinke on Twitter: @brinkeguthrie

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NCAA bracket contest: Big thanks to intern Mike Chamernik, who has set up our annual NCAA bracket contest. To enter, go here and use the password Uni15Watch. If that first group maxes out on the number of entrants, here’s a second pool (same password).

Scoring will be as follows: 1 point for a correct pick in the 1st round, 2 for the second round, 4 for the third, 8 for the fourth, 16 for Final Four games, and 32 for the title game. The winner will win a prize from my freebie bag.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Garrett McGrath

Baseball News: “Look for the Indians to recognize the late Al Rosen with some kind of patch on their uniforms this season,” Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes says. Rosen, 91, died last Friday. … The Oakland A’s are doing Throwback Thursday buttons again this season (from Tom Lupoff). … The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, are having a Full House night in June, complete with ’90s-style uniforms (thanks, Paul). … The Rays wore light blue socks yesterday in honor of relief pitcher Grant Balfour’s late father, the former GM of the Australian Blue Sox team and a key figure in Australian baseball (from Ken Guckenberger). … The Washington Nationals wore green caps yesterday.

Hockey News: Longtime Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Börje Salming assessed the uni-accuracy of his bronze statue going in Legends Row at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto later this year (thanks, Paul). … The Ontario Hockey League team that’s scheduled to start playing in Flint later this year will be called the Flint Firebirds and unveiled their new logo and uniforms as well (thanks, Paul). … The Vancouver Canucks wore their Millionaires gear yesterday at morning skate.

Soccer News: Here’s a leaked photo of Real Madrid’s 2015-16 home kit (from Conrad Burry). … A lot of successful MLS coaches wear sweaters on the sidelines (from Craig de Aragón). … For Saturday’s game between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, Spurs will be wearing special jerseys to show their support for something called the AIA China Youth Football Development Programme.

NBA News: Mitchell & Ness will release Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls 1994-95 jersey number 45 for sale (thanks, Phil). … The NBA is running ads in support of March Madness where the uniforms of NBA players suddenly revert, with the help of animation, back to that of their college alma maters (thanks, Phil).

College Hoops News: A word from the Washington Post about Maryland’s ostentatious postseason sneakers (from Shawn Hairston). … What could possibly go wrong with these Kentucky Wildcats ‘White Platoon” T-shirts? (From J. Daniel.) … New March Madness uni for UAB. “Words cannot express how much I love this jersey,” says Dustin Semore. “They’ve been needing to separate the ‘Alabama’ part of their name for decades, so the simple ‘Birmingham’ is fantastic.”

Grab Bag: Florida lawmakers want to pay schools to require students to wear uniforms to class. A state house committee has approved a bill paying schools up to ten dollars per student in kindergarten through eighth grade if they enact a dress code (thanks, Paul). … A photographer captured the quirky bowling alleys still standing in Middle America (from Lynn Peril). … Cricket players have uniform number superstitions (thanks, Phil).

Uni Watch DIY Project: Give That Jersey Some Laces!

[Editor’s Note: Our anonymous DIYer is back with yet another sensational hockey-themed project. Enjoy. — PL]

By Anonymous

I thought it would be funny to create a fictional aftermarket product that could provide any hockey jersey with a lace-up collar. So I made these little lace-up conversion kits (for all photos, click to enlarge):

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The package design was influenced by shopping in sewing-supply stores. One of unexpected results of getting into sewing is the happy discovery that sewing stores are still very old-world, and you can still buy lots of items (buttons, needles, etc.) that come on cards or other simple packaging. And many of them are less than a dollar!

Here’s how I applied one of the kits to a jersey:

1. I started with an uncrested old Calgary/Atlanta Flames stock jersey. It’s an interesting transition piece, as the body is mesh but the stripes are one piece of Durene with the stripes woven in. Has the old-style loop fight strap as well! I began by positioning the lace-up collar in the correct position and hand-sewing it onto the jersey with matching thread:

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2. As you can see in that last photo, the grommets only go through the top (red) piece of felt. This makes it easy to thread the laces through the top piece, while the yellow base is solidly sewn to the jersey:

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3. Here’s the finished product:

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Truthfully, this jersey suffered from poor execution. I used a really crappy, cheap-looking craft felt, plus the design could have been better. But I like the idea of being able to vintage-ize any jersey — it’s not so much a product as a philosophy. Nowadays, though, I’m making complete jerseys, most of them with lace-up collars, so this project seems less of a priority.

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Paul here. Hard to describe how much I love this one. Thanks so much for continuing to share your projects with us.

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If you can’t see the slideshow above, click here

An excellent way to spend a rainy afternoon: Thanks to Facebook, I recently reconnected with an old friend who I hadn’t seen in nearly 20 years. She now lives in Boston and I’m in NYC, so this past Saturday we decided to meet in the middle: New Haven, Connecticut. We stopped in at various attractions around town (including, of course, Frank Pepe’s Pizza), but the high point was our visit to the endearingly weird Knights of Columbus Museum, where I learned, among other things, that the KofC was founded in large part to provide life insurance to Catholic families, and that life insurance is still a big part of their mission today. Maybe everyone else knew that, but I didn’t. Anyway, the museum included a big display of medals and ribbons, so I took the not-so-great photos you see above. Fascinating place — the only downer is that I forgot to wear this.

Also: I’m familiar with the long-running magazine Cigar Aficionado, but the newsstand at the New Haven train station featured a title I hadn’t seen before — Cigar Snob (yes, you can make all your “What’s a magazine?” jokes here; click to enlarge):

I kinda like the forthrightness of the title. Maybe Uni Watch should be renamed “Uni Snob,” eh?

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Baseball News: Here’s a weird one: The 1943 Pirates played basketball in their baseball uniforms. The photo caption explains that this was because their regular spring training activities had been rained out (great find by Jerry Wolper). … Check this out: Larry Bird playing baseball for Indiana State in 1978. Further info here (from Patrick O’Neill). … Padres broadcaster Randy Jones worked Saturday’s spring training game in full uniform. … Flag-desecration uniforms yesterday for Vanderbilt. … With St. Paddy’s Day looming, the Mets Police blog has ranked the Mets’ various green caps and green jerseys. … Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of what Todd Radom humbly nominates to be the single greatest article ever written about baseball unis. … Nick Swisher of the Indians has “O-H-I-O” stitched into his first baseman’s mitt (from Tom Denne). … The Rays went high-cuffed with light-blue socks yesterday as a tribute to relief pitcher Grant Balour’s father, who died last week and had previously played with the Sydney Blue Sox in Australia (from Nick Hanson). … Tom Seaver did some ads for Sears menswear in the early 1970s, modeling clothing styles that, uh, have not aged particularly well. Check it out here and here (from Ben Fortney). … A Padres blogger came up with a novel idea: It would be great for the team to go back to wearing brown jerseys. How come nobody ever thought of writing about that before? … Hmmm, Reds or Reeds? (From Bob Gassel.) … Nice cream retro unis yesterday — or maybe true throwbacks, not sure — for TCU (screen shot by Brian Davis). … Follow-up note on Will Ferrell’s recently 10-uniform spring training stunt buried within this article: “Wondering why actor Will Ferrell didn’t wear white cleats when playing shortstop for the A’s on Thursday? His cleats are the one item of apparel from his day of playing every position throughout the Cactus League that will go to the Hall of Fame, so he couldn’t change them.” In case you missed it, Phil had great coverage of Ferrell’s antics on Saturday (from Michael Cross). … Orix Buffaloes OF Yoshio Itoi is wearing a captains’ “C” with a little crown on his left sleeve (from Yusuke Toyoda).

NFL News: Gridiron Uniform Database co-honcho William Schaefer has noticed something interesting: In the early 1990s, the lightning bolts on the Chargers’ pants had six points on each side (not counting the points at the very top and bottom). In 1996 they switched to eight points — except for Junior Seau, who consistently had nine. The following year, 1997, Seau wore eight like everyone else. Weird.

College and High School Football News: Reader Michael Booth found an old Hollywood High School team photo that shows the players wearing a combination of letters and numbers, instead of standard uni numbers. Perhaps this was inspired by the alpha-numeric systems used in the early 1950s by Kentucky and LSU. … Ohio State fans have started a petition to save the crop-top jersey. Good luck with that. … I think we’ve seen this before, but once more won’t hurt: Back in 1929, University of Chicago player Benny Wattenberg had glasses attached to his helmet to help with his nearsightedness (from Graham Clayton). … Clark Ruhland is conducting a Virginia Tech helmet bracket.

Hockey News: Small note at the end of this article indicates that the Coyotes will wear their peyote coyote throwbacks again in the near future. … Whoa, look at the jaw protector that Rick Tocchet used to wear. … The Blue Jackets warmed up in St. Paddy’s Day jerseys last night. … As per their usual custom, the Devils will be wearing their red and green uniforms for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. … The Flames will be wearing their red throwbacks on Thursday. … Interesting note in this Hurricanes/Blue Jackets game recap: “Carolina defenseman John-Michael Liles got his stick stuck in the visor of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson in the first period while trying to check him. Johnson had to take his helmet off to remove the stick during a stoppage. There was no penalty.”

NBA News: The Clippers and Rockets both wore their colored alts yesterday creating a red vs. sky-blue matchup. … A bar in Glasgow, Scotland, is promoting its St. Paddy’s Day drink specials with the Celtics’ logo. “Not trying too hard to be original, are they?” says Scott Sargent.

College Hoops News: Check it out: March Madness emoji. … Interesting color-gradation shorts for the Robert Morris women’s team (from David Greenwald).

Soccer News: The ball design for the EPL’s 2015-16 season has leaked. … New third kit for Portugal. … Here are Adidas’s new teamwear kit templates. … These last three are from Yusuke Toyoda: Columbus Crew forward Kei Kamara celebrated a goal yesterday by creating a facsimile pantomime of the team’s old logo. … Crystal Palace players wore daffodil-adorned T-shirts for pregame warmups on Saturday in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Manager Alan Pardew got in the spirit by wearing a daffodil lapel pin. … Here’s an explanation of why Bayern Munich’s NOBs are positioned below the number.

Grab Bag: The Rutgers marching band is raising funds for new uniforms (from Chris Flinn). … An LAPD office ran the L.A. Marathon in full uniform to raise awareness and funds for families of fallen cops. … A heavy metal band is claiming that Kanye West stole their logo.

Finding Gold in West Virginia

Treasures from Coleman

By Phil Hecken

Coleman MullinsI’m not really a “thrift” or consignment shop type of guy (though I will occasionally check out a Salvation Army or similar store), and whenever I do find myself in one of those places, I never find the sort of awesome antique treasures Paul and others often find while thrifting. Not that I’m expecting to find Vince Lombardi’s sweater or anything, but my experiences have been usually less than satisfying. But I do love hearing about the finds some of you guys have come across.

Today, reader Coleman Mullins (that’s him at the right – click to enlarge) is going to share with us a bunch of really cool items he found yesterday.

I’m definitely going to have to find some better places to hunt for vintage clothing. This stuff is terrific. (You know what to do with the pics)

Here’s Coleman with …

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Antique Trasures
By Coleman Mullins

Every now and then my girlfriend likes to drag me around to her favorite boutiques and thrift shops. Going to a place called Finds and Designs here in Huntington, WV however, is always a treat for the both of us. Today was especially enjoyable, as there were some new garments, and one particular trinket that I just had to share with the Uni Watch weekend crew.

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First, the trinket. A neat little figurine of a football player with a football bowl. I personally enjoy the exposed hip pads and the H on his jersey, lends itself well to a sale here in Huntington.

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Keeping with the local theme, this Marshall University Letterman Sweater was a visual treat, just sad to see it in such condition. A cursory search of Starr Sporting Goods shows that they were established in 1924 and went out of business in 1958. Such a shame.

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This football Letterman sweater, also riddled with moth holes (so sad) was gorgeous. My phone pictures do the brightness no justice.

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Check out that patch! No info on who or where the NEKC Champs were in 1955 though.

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I also had no luck finding any information about Yearite Sportswear, NY. But I have a feeling this crowd can shed some light.

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Lastly, this bowling shirt had patches, a cool manufacturer’s tag, and a back Paul will LOVE.

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Colonial Lanes is here in Huntington, and still open. I don’t imagine this shirt is as old as the sweaters, but man, look at that manufacturer’s tag! Easily my favorite part of this one. The bowler with a monocle and top hat? Come on.

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I don’t know Gary Maynard, but apparently he could bowl. I do wish I had taken a better closeup of the stitching here (sorry, Paul!).

All in all, a very enjoyable trip!

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Nice job, Coleman (but what’s up with the Rollie Fingers tribute?). Great finds!

What about you readers — how many of you are thrifters? And if you are, do you buy any (a lot?) of the things you find in antique/thrift shops or do you mainly browse. Or do most of you prefer to search for old gold on e-Bay and other online locations? Me? I’m one of those folks that pretty much hates e-commerce because I like to touch, feel, see (and sometimes try on) articles of clothing, but I know many of you prefer the comfort of shopping in your pajamas. Got any good stories? Let’s hear them below (and if you have any incredible finds, shoot me a line — I’d like to feature more of these lost treasures).

The floor is yours!

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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 Bruce Genther with some Browns concepts (*Note – I received these before the announcement that the helmet would remain the same)

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Hi,

Before Nike comes out with an outlandish design for the Browns next year, here is my somewhat conservative approach with a new helmet logo.

Bruce A. Genther

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Next up is Ed Westfield, Jr., with a NY Football Giants stencil:

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I love the stenciled letters on the Giants’ Jerry Cosby duffelbags from a previous ticker. It made me want to tweak it out a bit, which I think would look better the side of a bag or even a t-shirt. Simple yet effective.

Thanks,

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And we close today with Mark Dion who tweaked the Patriots. Mark didn’t provide any description but it looks like he got rid of the awful side panels and a couple other minor fixes:

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

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EPL Tracker

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 Week 29, Part I:

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Too Good For the Ticker
Too Good…

for the Ticker

Got an e-mail from Leo Strawn, Jr., who has a very cool observation for those of you into gumball helmets. It’s a bit too long for the regular ticker, so…here it is.

You can click the images to enlarge:

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Hey Guys,

Every time I see one of these orange Dolphins gumball helmets, I make note of it.

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I’ve seen some that looked kind of iffy, but this listing has interesting additions in it. First, it includes a sticker says “New Revised Insignia”:

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That, along with these insert sheets, seem to indicate that the Dolphins were considering orange before settling on white helmets, but not before some of those orange gumball helmets were produced.

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Although the graphic shows a light colored helmet with “Miami Dolphins” above the helmet logo, it says “orange” in two places for helmet color.

The NFL shield style AFL logo on the insert sheet is interesting, also. Not sure I recall seeing that before.

I never heard back from the Dolphins after I wrote to them last year. I wonder if either of you have any connections with the Dolphins organization that could confirm and possibly provide any additional info?

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Cheers!

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Great stuff, Leo, as always — thanks for sharing!

OK, now onto the ticker…

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Nice “Mid-Week Pictoral” from the NYT featuring Home Run Twins Ruth & Gehrig (from Bruce Menard). … Here’s a look at the Hokiebirds-on-bat jerseys Virginia Tech debuted on Friday (thanks to Ron Peterson). … Here’s a tremendous photo of the Gas House Gang in safari helmets(!), from Bruce Menard. That photo was taken 80 years ago, yesterday. … Whoops: A Reds prospect experiences a wardrobe malfunction (loses a shoe) during spring training game. Says submitter Patrick O’Neill, “Don’t see this in baseball very much. More often in basketball and football.” … Oops — during yesterday’s Spring Training action, the Tigers Rajai Davis forgot his jersey and had to wear coach Gene Lamont’s instead (h/t Ole Swamp). … Caught a bit of the Mets’ spring training game against the Nats yesterday, and David Wright went deep. Couple things: those solid jerseys look awful with the pinstriped pants, but more notable — Wright is wearing his pants pajama-style. In the regular season, for day games, Wright goes high-cuffed. But this spring (and possibly in the past — I haven’t checked back) he’s going low-pantsed for day games. … Lynn Wood, mother of Purdue’s Kyle & NIU’s Brad, wore a custom sweatshirt yesterday (via Jake). … “On the cover of my old 1985 Milwaukee Brewers yearbook, there’s collage artwork of Brewer imagery including then-manager George Bamberger talking to tailgating fans — including a guy wearing what looks to be an original-design Cincinnati Bengals home jersey (1968-79 version — lacking the sleeve number from the ’80 edition before the major ’81 revamp),” writes Lukas Hoffland. “Not only that, the painting of the likely-Bengals jersey’s back number is backwards, while the painting of Bamberger-in-uniform is normal. Maybe it was based on a demo photo with someone who happened to be wearing such a jersey? Or maybe the artist was a Bengals fan?” … Hah — this is great: Austin Romine (of the Yankees) threw dirt on his brother Andrew (Tigers) during Andrew’s at-bat. … Can’t seem to put my finger on it, but something isn’t right here (spotted by Mike Bickerman). … Reader Harold Akers wanted to clarify a couple things about yesterday’s ticker item on Taylor university’s uniforms: “First off while the color of the baseball jerseys do look like khaki, they should be considered gold. The school colors are purple and gold. Second, the Taylor nickname is Trojans. Until a few years ago the womens’ teams went by the nickname ‘Tro-Janes’.” … West Virginia wore some BRUTAL G.I. Joe uni against Texas yesterday (thanks, I think, to Brian Folsom). … Tweeter Ben Campbell noticed “Indians prospect Clint Frazier’s spring training jersey witn Rawlings logo not Majestic” — that’s indicative of a minor league jersey, correct? … There are rally caps…and then there are rally CAPS (h/t Frogs of War). And then there are RALLY CAPS. … How awesome is this? The A’s had a live elephant mascot in the 1970s (via Stirrups Now). … The “windbreaker under the jersey was never a good look, but nothing can spoil Bob Gibson, The Birds on the Bat, & Wrigley” (thanks to Baseball Photos). … Wow — check out the uniforms on Rollins College (Stirrups Now, again). I know who’d wear those. … Flocking update from Chris Hickey: “A while back, you ran a few pieces on flocked baseball helmets (covering only MLB, I think). Everyone knows that Pittsburgh used them, but did East Carolina University ‘pirate’ the look?” A bit more info on that here. … Miami (of Ohio) softball jerseys said Love and Honor across the chest yesterday (via Steven Santillo).

NFL News: Is Marcus Mariota destined to follow his former coach Chip Kelly to Philadelphia? This sporting goods store in Pennsylvania thinks hopes so. Speaking of Mariota, apparently he would like to get drafted by the Jets. Guess he likes green (probably because he didn’t get to wear it all that often at Oregon).

College Football News: Remember how, like a week or so ago, the NCAA decided to ban crop tops next fall? (The actual wording for that rule is: “Officials will treat illegal equipment issues – such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads – by making the player leave the field for at least one play. The equipment must be corrected for the player to return to the game. The player may remain in the game if his team takes a timeout to correct the equipment issue.”) Yeah, well, you knew that wouldn’t last long. Seems as though the Ohio State Buckeyes have started a petition against the ban. Not sure if anything will come of that, but there you go. If you agree with them, you can sign a petition to request the NCAA change the rule banning “crop tops.”

NBA News: Two great auction pieces from Douglas Ford here: 1969-1970 Jerry Lucas San Francisco Warriors Warm-Up and this 1959-1960 Bob Boozer Peoria Cats Autographed Worn Warm-Up. … Also from Douglas, check out the uni Ohio State and NBA great Jerry Lucas wore in high school. … Still more from Douglas: Bridge + striped tube socks + city logo = epic team picture! … Not only was there color vs color in Saturday’s Celtics-Pacers game (and the Celtics sleeves St. Paddy’s Day jerseys), we also got a diacritic over the Z in Damjan Rudež’ name (nice grab by Lacey House).

Hockey News: The Cincinnati Cyclones wore superhero themed jerseys last night (h/t Doug Smith & Jeff Tasca). … The superhero thing was also in conjunction with a “sock toss” for the military, which submitter Adam Walter this has Paul’s name “written all over it.” … Here’s how those Cyclones sweaters looked. … As mentioned in yesterday’s ticker, the Pittsburgh Penguins wore their Irish Gaelic NOB jerseys in warmups before yesterday’s game. Here’s what the front of the sweaters looked like (h/t Icethetics). Noel Blaha notes the “flag is facing the wrong way.” … Here’s the story behind those Gaelic names (thanks to Axel Schmidt). … How do ripped pads get repaired? The old-fashioned way of course (h/t Jerry Nitzh). … Check out the specialty jerseys the Reading Royals are wearing tonight for their Autism Awareness night (h/t Jeff Tasca). … Also from Jeff, check out the Pi uniforms worn by the Evansville Icemen for 3.14. … Michal Neuvirth was traded from the Sabres to the Isles 12 days ago. Buffalo’s logo is still on his mask (thanks to RN’s Funhouse). … Good thing Don Cherry doesn’t get into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit (via Ashy Skates). … The Rapid City Rush wore some O’interesting St. Paddy’s Day jerseys yesterday (more O’here.

Soccer News: In its match yesterday, West Ham was wearing an iron-on sponsor patch (from Bling Crosby). Anyone know why that happened?

College Hoops News: Interesting ‘crossover’ equipment bit: “I was watching the ESPN 30 for 30: The Fab Five recently and noticed this clip from Chris Webber’s HS days,” writes Charles Dettmann. “I screen grabbed it, but the full movie (screen grab at 11:24) can be seen here. As you can see in the photo, he is wearing football style thigh pads in a spandex girdle, but with a pad only on the right side.” … Modern day Jordan? Check out the green shorts visible under the powder blue shorts for Rhode Island’s #55. Anyone know if there’s a backstory behind this? (Great spot by Andy Bentley). … The first graf of this article reads: “Legible name. Clear number. School colors. Pronounced logo.” And yes it’s about unis. It’s about the “creation” of Kansas basketball uniforms (and it’s pretty interesting). Thanks to Matt Busch for that. … Yesterday I asked what color Notre Dame was wearing — some interesting replies. … Speaking of UNC/ND, they went color vs. color in the ACC Championship (grab via Nick Bernardo). Here’s another shot (from James Gilbert. Of course, no matter who won last night, half of this gear was going to the winners, the other half to a third world country (via Clark Ruhland). More photos of the game here. … At least they got the “Wildcats” part right (via Kevin Callahan). … Is Buffalo wearing black (with blue stripes) — or is that gold and white (via Marshall Haim). Nope — they’re black. … Speaking of things that might or might not be black, Oregon wore their anthracite unis in the Pac12 Championship Game last night vs. Arizona (h/t Cork Gaines). You can see more photos here. On TV, those Oregon numbers were completely unreadable.

Grab Bag: This “Trip City” t-shirt is a clever rip-off of Portland’s “Rip City” idea (from Douglas Ford). … Some interesting custom lax gear here (scroll past schedule) from James Gilbert. … Awesome – The March 14, 1960 Sports Illustrated featured bowling on the cover (via The Press Room). … Great spot by Matt Steinmetz: Chris Arreola had what appeared to be a California Angels logo on one side of his trunks, and what looked to be a Dodgers logo on the other. … Is there anything not touched by Pinktober? Here’s a pink forklift spotted outside the NYC craft beer festival (nice grab by Luke Rosnick). … According to Tony Sullivan, Swarm #20 Andrew Suitor is wearing #44 w/tape over NOB after his jersey got mangled in a fight. … Whoops: Deon Lendore’s bib is upside down (h/t Kurt Hansen).

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And that will do it for this fine Ides of March. Thanks to Coleman for the great finds, Alex for the EPL tracker, all the concepters and to all of you who e-mail and tweet for the ticker. Great stuff this weekend!

I’ll catch you guys next Saturday, so everyone have a great week! Cheers!

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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Where There's A Will, There's A Way

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By Phil Hecken

I’m generally not a big fan of “gimmicks” or “look at me” moves or other attention-getting measures. So when I heard genius comedian Will Ferrell was planning to “play” in five games for ten different Cactus League teams on Thursday, I originally thought it was just another publicity move or similar nonsense. I was wrong.

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, as part of a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, and in partnership with Major League Baseball to support the fight against cancer, Ferrell traveled to five Arizona stadiums by van and helicopter throughout the day. But it was more than just a gimmick. Ferrell seemed to take the whole thing seriously (or as serious as Will Ferrell can take anything). His goal, which he accomplished, was to play all nine fielding positions (and DH) for each of the clubs he visited.

Clearly, Ferrell is a student of history. His first stop was the Oakland A’s — where he began the day supporting Bert Campaneris, who five decades ago became the first Major Leaguer to play every position on the field in the same game. He chose to wear the number “19” (Campy’s number) for each of the teams except one (more on that at the end). I’ll chronicle his visit by team (in order). For the most part, Ferrell looked pretty good in uniform (albeit he had to wear the Spring Training tops and caps). But his uni odyssey was not without a few slip ups. Beginning with his first stop.

For this and all photos, you know what to do (most of them can be enlarged). Here’s a look at the positions he played:

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Now the teams:

Oakland A’s:

He started by chatting with Campy. Then he took the field in full A’s regalia. With one glaring mistake. BLACK cleats!!! Ugh. Now I realize he had to play games for 9 other teams (most of whom sport black or dark cleats), but he’s still gotta take off his pants to put on his shoes each time, right? C’mon Will. But other than that it was a great first effort. He played shortstop. He also took a few licks in the cage (he’s not bad!).

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Seattle Mariners:

Moving across the diamond (literally – the Mariners were playing the A’s), Ferrell switched gear and became a Mariner for an inning. For the M’s he played second base. It was a pretty uneventful occasion.

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Anaheim Angels:

After finishing his stint(s) with the A’s & M’s, Ferrell headed to Tempe Diablo Stadium where the Angels were hosting the Cubs. He hopped into Angels gear and proceeded to Center Field. He actually saw some action there, fielding a single and throwing it back into the infield. Nice touch to wear the red socks too!


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Chicago Cubs:

The real fun for Ferrell began with the Cubs, where he played first base (Ernie Banks tribute, perhaps?), got to bat (not good), AND served as third base coach, where he proceeded to hold up some hilarious signs for the hitters. Note that uni-wise, he kinda/sorta went high cuffed.


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Arizona Diamondbacks:

The next stop on Ferrell’s spring training tour was Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Diamondbacks hosted the Cincinnati Reds. He’d take the field for the D-Backs in left — and he’d see action there, playing a double into a triple. And as much as I hate the BP tops, I gotta admit I kinda like the black crowned caps with the red jerseys.

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Cincinnati Reds:

Mid-game, Ferrell moved over to the visiting Reds dugout (and played hot corner for the squad). He also suffered a quick rookie hazing, being forced to wear beards constructed of condiments. I don’t think he had any chances at third, but he sure looked like he belonged there. I’m also not usually a fan of a mascot on one’s cap, but in the Reds’ case, it looks pretty good.

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Chicago White Sox:

Things got a bit dicey after the Reds/D-Backs game, but Ferrell traveled by chopper to the ChiSox/Giants game where he showed up towards the very end of the game. He arrived in uniform (guess he changed in the helicopter) in Sox gear, and proceeded to DH (pinch hitting) for the Southsiders — and his at bat went a little better than his three pitch strikeout with the Cubs. He made contact (and looked like he hurt his hand in the process). And it looks like he was sporting actual White Sox.

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San Francisco Giants:

With no time to completely change out of his Sox gear (and after his mid-inning trade to the Giants), Ferrell got behind the plate for San Francisco. While the faux pas of wearing Sox pants with Giants gear can be forgiven in most places, here at Uni Watch, he warrants definite demerits for the transgression.



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Los Angeles Dodgers:

Ferrell skedaddled out of the ChiSox/Giants game for his last stop at Peoria Sports Complex, where the Padres played host to the Dodgers. He’d face his *toughest* challenge of the day when he was called upon to pitch for LA. Surprisingly, he threw a first-pitch strike, fielded a bunt cleanly, and made a perfect throw to first to retire his only batter faced. He’ll retire with a perfect 0.00 ERA, to match his perfect .000 batting average. The Dodgers should never wear blue tops, but I sorta like that gray crowned cap. Ferrell seemed to have pretty good form out there, too.


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San Diego Padres:

The final stop on the whirlwind tour was with the Padres, where another uni-notable moment took place. In the previous four games, and for the previous nine teams, Ferrell had worn number 19. Upon taking his position in right field for the Padres, though, Ferrell came out wearing number 20 — since there could only be one #19 in RF for the Padres. Very cool move. Ferrell didn’t get to make any plays, but he did have a great view of a home run smacked over the fence. When all was said and done, Ferrell thanked the crowd. It was a good day.

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So there you have it — quite a day, and all things told (and despite the fact that some video hawking ex-broadcasters didn’t appreciate the effort), it was, in my opinion, a pretty awesome thing Will Ferrell did. I read somewhere he raised over a million dollars for charity, and while sure — it was a publicity stunt as much as anything else — it was fun. This game’s fun, OK? Fun goddamnit. And if nothing else, Ferrell (or his handlers) definitely did their homework when it came to unis (black cleats on the A’s notwithstanding).

What say you guys? Did you enjoy this sort of thing, or do you think stuff like this makes a mockery of the game (or somewhere in between)? Is there anyone besides Ferrell who might have been able to pull something like this off (and is this something that was fun once, but should never be repeated)? Did any of you watch Ferrell play live (or on tv)? What did you think?

The floor is yours.

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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 Raph (full name withheld upon request), with an Avalanche redux:

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Hi,

I’ve been reading your posts for a while now and enjoy them immensely. Although our tastes may differ from time to time, it’s fun seeing the detailed and picture-heavy analysis you provide for so many sports.

Since you asked for more redesigns a while ago, and because the apron strings and Colorado Avalanche uniform have been bugging me since they first introduced the Reebok Edge template, I thought I’d give it a stab. My version harkens back to the pre-Edge uniform, with a few alterations. Here are the biggest differences of note:

* Apron strings removed. No more diagonal line through the captain’s “C” or alternate “A”!

* The shoulder yoke now stops in points before the collar and at the elbow. The thought being that the color change “caps” each shoulder like snow on a mountaintop. I also liked the idea of them being shoulder pauldrons since athletes so often refer to going into “battle” with their teammates. The shoulders are also intended to reinforce an “A”/mountain shape in the main portion of the sweater when the arms are down.

* Reintroduced the mountain pattern to the hem of the uniform and added a matching hem on the sleeve for consistency.

* Lines similar to the sweater were added to the socks.

If I’m fortunate enough to have you feature my redesign on your site, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t use my full name in the post. Thanks and look forward to your future articles!

– Raph

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And we close today with Áron Bartal who has some NFL concepts:

Hi Phil!

I was hoping that those NFL teams who are playing in their outdated uniforms would start feel awkward and finally redesign them but apparently it’s not happening in the near future (maybe with the Eagles) so I made a redesign of the Cardinals, Panthers, Pats, Eagles and Rams. Hope you’ll like them I tried to be reasonable and change the unis the way to make them timeless. Here’s a short description:

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Cards: Simplicity was the main goal here. The away uni is a modernized version of a former uniform.

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Panthers: Probably the most outdated unis in the NFL. The blue jerseys should be the primary ones but I kept the black-on-black unis also as alternatives because those look amazing with the blue socks (and even better with black helmets). I changed the UCLA stripes to the stripes UCLA currently using. That’s my personal favourite.

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Pats: Very little but important change. Maybe with the retirement of Brady the team will close that chapter in franchise history by changeing the unis.The white helmet would also mean if the NFL stick with the stupid one helmet rule the awsome throwback uni could come back. Oh and red socks, because red is very underrepresented in the current Pats unis, and well, we’re close to Boston.

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Eagles: Kelly green, baby! With a small twist on the collars and sleeves.

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Rams: Another modernized version of a classic uni. Navy blue works great with gold. This unis are missing the TV numbers due to the lack of my photo editing skills, but personally I like them that way.

That’s it, I really hope you like these unis.

All regards,
Aron Bartal

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

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Happy Pi Day

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Too Good For the Ticker
Too Good…

for the Ticker

Got an e-mail from Kary Klismet, who sent a rather long e-mail with several photos. Rather than try to edit it down, I’ve shared it below, with pics inline. You can click on most images to enlarge:

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Greetings-

Somehow, this escaped my notice until today, but I just discovered that part of the University of Iowa’s upgrades to its baseball stadium includes the installation of an all-turf, dirtless baseball field. The completely dirtless field made its debut in Iowa’s home opener earlier this week. Apparently, the infield was replaced prior to last season, with the grass outfield and dirt warning track replaced with Astroturf during the most recent off-season.

This story gives more detail about the field. Photos of the all-turf infield, complete with brown Astroturf where the dirt would normally be, can be found below:

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You can see more photos here.

And as a bonus, check out those striped stirrups!

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Anyway, I thought it was notable, if not for a feature, at least as a ticker item.

Regards,

-Kary Klismet

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Good stuff, Kary — thanks for sharing!

OK, now onto the ticker…

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Taylor University has “interesting” Khaki baseball unis and Manchester College’s shows off some nice stirrups with HORRIBLE all black (super baggy) pants (from Sam Hill). Check out the full photo gallery here. … Oh my — the South Bend Cubs will be wearing these for “Back To The Future” Night on June 16th. More here (thanks to Andrew Bradley). … Here’s a good shot from 2015 Spring Training showing the Atlanta Braves raised A on their batting helmets (good spot by Michael Korczynski). … Check out these vintage shawl sweaters from the 20’s and ’30s! Submitter Jonathan Daniel particularly likes the Babe Ruth photo. … Wonderful photo (from Bruce Menard, of course) of Pepper Martin inspecting ‘The Latest Baseball Gloves’ (March 1950 at Brooklyn). … Here’s how the Dayton Dragons single-A ball club packaged their season tickets this year (h/t pwillia). … Holy CRAP! Check out the Jackson Generals’ Wizard of Oz jerseys, coming to the field May 15th (h/t MiLB Promos). … Oooohhh – check out these new jerseys for Virginia Tech (via Mikey Campbell). … Here’s a look at the Richmond Flying Squirrels ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation Night jerseys, to be worn on April 25 (thanks to Ray Parrish). … Not really uni-related, but “somehow feels appropriate” says Paul: the Brewers have banned high-fives to avoid the spread of pink-eye. Yep. … Check out this photo found by Brian Mazmanian: Check out the script “NOB” on these Orioles jerseys. … Check out the captain mark for the Orix Buffaloes this year (thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Dateline: Spring ’77: Newly acquired Texas shortstop Bert Campaneris wears a jersey w/ the Rangers 1776-1976 patch (h/t Super 70s Sports). … Here’s a guy who we hope makes the bigs, for his 14 letter last NOB alone. … Here’s a terrific shot of Jimmy Wynn, Mike Cuellar, and Rusty Staub, of 1968 Houston Astros (via Astros Daily). … Ooooh – check out the stirrups on The Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team.

NFL News: Idiot Jets fans who once burned their Darelle Revis jerseys are now ready to forgive and forget. … Not wanting to blow $300 on polyester jerseys they may soon burn, Eagles fans are finding ingenious ways of making DeMarco Murray jerseys. … The Titans staff is getting to work — looks like Brian Orakpo will retain his #98 (thanks to Eric Wright). … I know we don’t normally pay much attention to a lot of stuff on Bleacher Report, but they have gotten a lot better lately. Well. Until this: see how many mistakes/omissions you can spot in this one. … Also from Brian Mazmanian, look at these Baltimore Colts’ ‘players’ — are these mannequins?

College Football News: Here’s a shot of Kevin White in a WVU “Pro Day” shirt (from Coleman Mullins). … Apparently there are more helmets in the works for Troy. According to “The General”, these will be game used.

NBA News: Tweeter Phil Fahso came across this 20 year old NBA folder yesterday — anyone out there have one of these? … “If the 10’s Cavs are going to celebrate their history by adding 80’s blue to their 70’s wine & gold,” writes Christopher Noice, “why not throw in the 90’s hi-liter too?” Jim Vilk not only approves, he’d wear that. … Nice looking color versus color game between the Hornets and Bulls last night (thanks to Drew Vandemore) for the grab. … Check out this cool shot of Kareem’s first goggles (from Uniform Critic). Looks like modified ski goggles. … The Celtics busted out their green & gold St. Paddy’s Day unis last night. More here.

Hockey News: Wayne Gretzky may be the greatest hockey player of all time, but that doesn’t mean everyone, including his ‘biggest’ fans, know how to spell his name (nice spot by Jonathan Daniel). … Check out this neat Penguins warm up sweater, for St. Paddy’s day. More info here (thanks to Kevin K.). … Speaking of St. Paddy’s Day sweaters, the Blackhawks will be wearing theirs on Tuesday (the actual St. Patrick’s Day). … Which teams are scheduled to unveil new sweaters in 2015/16? Click here. … Doug Smith tweeted this and wasn’t sure what a Golden Goalie was. Sure enough, the Cincinnati Cyclones tweeted back the answer.

Soccer News: There is a new (controversial) crest for Cardiff City. Says submitter Cort McMurray, “The dragon looks less Welsh, and more Asian, reflecting the Club owner’s Malaysian roots. The supporters are nonplussed.” … Here’s a leak of the “intriguing” Portugal away kit for 2015 (from Conrad Burry).

College Hoops News: “I’ve sent you some Wolfpack items before after my days as a student assistant in the Sports Info department,” writes Jeff Spry. “After watching my alma mater get slammed by Duke last night, I went to Youtube to relive the good ol’ days and found this crazy clip of Wolfpack basketball players trying out their new unitards — including a short clip of Jimmy V wearing one.” … In the soon-to-be-released “SEC Storied” on Shaq O’Neill, he is wearing a Mets T-Shirt throughout the special (thanks to Jason Yellin). … In yesterday’s All-American Conference game between ECU and SMU, SMU’s #25 was NNOB (good spot by Luke DiVasta). According to Troy Appel, that is Sterling Brown, normally No. 3, they forgot his jersey. … Poor Oregon, so many uniform choices in their tourney (h/t David Kushner). … “Nope, that is not Iowa State’s logo” notes Connor Cape. … Think the kids like bright, shiny neon-y things. Those are the shoes Notre Dame wore last night (via Stephen Schramm). … Here’s Pat Connaughton “rolling with the eco-cooler shoes and the batman socks” (via Martin Rickman). … At one point last night Duke had 3^4 points (h/t Sander Bryan). … The Cincy Bearcats debuted their new unis vs. UConn (more pics in the article).

Grab Bag: Check out these new custom Warrior Lacrosse Gloves for Taylor University, a small liberal arts college in Upland, IN (from Sam Hill). … “Seems like this trucking line didn’t work too hard on its logo,” writes Austin Gillis, “and/or it is not concerned about trademark infringement issues.” … Microfiche Records is releasing a baseball game in the form of a “decagonaphonic” 7″. The record has five sets of concentric grooves, so when you drop the needle, it randomly finds one of the grooves—which determines how your baseball player does in his “turn at bat.” The flip side has a “concession stand challenge.” (Big thanks to Nate Hill). … Remember the days when your cell phone was the size of a brick and all it was good for (sometimes) was making calls? Those were the days (thanks to Garrett). … Yesterday’s link to a 50-star US flag “reminded me of this interview with a vexillologist about the upcoming redesign of Fiji’s flag” says Ben Fortney. “They’re holding a contest for new designs, alas only open to Fiji residents. Good read on what makes a ‘good flag’.” … Here’s a very cool timeline of UC’s Bearcat logo on pages 18-23 of the recent UC magazine (great spot by Samuel Sharp). … Interesting St. Paddy’s day crest made by Dirt McGirt, based on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute crest. … Yesterday, Villanova’s band was wearing hockey jerseys. Says submitter Pat Costello, “Not sure what the logo on the front is but they’re sweet!” … Interesting article on the evolution of the Nike Air. … Beautiful shot of this March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden (via Classic Pics). … The item about Tiger’s naming rights isn’t quite correct. Snopes debunks it here (thanks to Dave Flapan).

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And that’s going to do it for today. Hope everyone survived Friday the 13th and is set to beware the Ides. St. Paddy’s Day is just around the corner, and then it’s Tourney Time. Hello MARCH. Thanks to the concepters and all who tweeted/submitted for the ticker.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“You can’t have a ‘horrible first name and last name combination’ conversation without Dick Pole and Rusty Kuntz. Though granted (and I don’t disagree with you), those names are just horrible for all athletes. Not just pitchers.”

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