Time for our first wire service round-up of 2014. The first five of these come from Jeff Wilk, the next one is from Jared Wheeler, and the rest are from Bruce Menard. My thanks to all of them. Here we go:
• Why are these baseball players wearing sneakers? Because, as you can see in the caption, these teams were part of an indoor baseball league!
• Oh baby, how awesome are the sweaters being worn by these skaters! I’d kill to see (and own) a color version of the one in the center.
• Something you wouldn’t see today: an MLB player posing for a photo while aiming a gun at the cameraman.
• Here’s one of the better views I’ve seen of the sleeve wordmarks worn by the 1934 Reds (although that photo was actually taken during spring training of ’35).
• While we’re at it, here’s another team with a sleeve wordmark: the 1932 Cubs.
• Here’s a rare sight: Pete Rose wearing No. 27.
• As many of you are aware, I love attending a beefsteak (and have written about them too). Here’s one featuring the Bambino himself!
• For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the 1948 St. Paul Saints, who were a Dodgers affiliate at the time, wore sombreros for their team portrait. That’s future Dodgers skipper and Walter Alston in the third row, third from the left.
• Doesn’t get much better than this shot of the Philadelphia A’s basketball team, although a white elephant on the shorts would’ve been a nice bonus touch.
• Can never get enough of these executioner-style football mask/helmet combos.
• Even better: One of those early mouth-protector masks decorated with teeth! Never seen anything like that before.
• Not sure what to make of this shot of Andy Pettitte in an unusual “New York” jersey. The lettering is similar to what Ron Guidry wore while rehabbing with the Ft. Lauderdale Yanks, but of course that team wouldn’t be wearing “New York” across the chest. “I don’t know if this was a spring training experiment or from a minor league/rehab game or what,” says Bruce Menard, who submitted the photo. Anyone know more?
• This is weird: New York football Giants coach Steve Owen appears to have been wearing baseball pants for a practice.
• Love the raised “T” on Johnny Mize’s Cardinals road cap. That design was only worn in 1940.
• Check out this shot of the New York Rangers’ first practice back in 1926. Although the pants look white in that photo, they were actually tan.
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’Skins Watch: The Louisville women’s hoops team has two Native American players — Shoni and Jude Schimmel. Shoni’s final home game is this Sunday, and the school has dubbed the game Native American Appreciation Night. More than 1500 Natives plan to show up.
Baseball News: The IronPigs’ bacon-themed uniform has led to the inevitable question: What if every MLB team had a food-themed cap? (From Chris Wright.) … Ghostbusters-themed unis on tap for the Toledo Mud Hens (thanks, Phil). … Cork Gaines has written a good piece about the Rays’ St. Paddy’s Day jerseys. … Over at Red Sox camp, there are two Perezes, but only one of them is wearing FIOB (from David Feigenbaum). … Lots of Jerry Coleman tributes at Padres camp. … Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano wore Chicago skyline socks for yesterday’s Cactus League game against the D-Backs (from Randy Policar). … Holy moly: Joba Chamberlain, now with the Tigers, turned his Tommy John surgery scar into a smiley face tattoo (thanks, Phil). … Cardinals coach Red Schoendienst — now 91 years old! — wore a home jersey with road pants for Photo Day (from Kevin Eckhoff). … The Sydney Cricket Ground is being prepared for the season-opening Dodgers/D-Backs games (from Matthew Robins). … Longtime Uni Watch hosiery hero Josh Outman is now with the Indians and is still wearing stirrups, although they’re much lower-cut than the versions he wore in Oakland and Colorado (from Bryant Johnston).
NFL News: I think we’ve seen this before but once more won’t hurt: Tons of old AFL program cover designs available here (from my pal Friederike Paetzold). … Here’s an update on the OKC NFL design contest.
College Football News: The NCAA considered allowing EA Sports to put player NOBs on the jerseys in the company’s NCAA Football game but eventually decided against it.
Hockey News: New logo in store for the Blues? Possibly. … Everything you could possibly want to know about the California Golden Seals is available in this book. “There’s even some discussion of uniforms, and players complaining about how heavy the continually repainted white skates got,” says Jerry Wolper. … The Sharks could play Stadium Series games at AT&T Park (thanks, Brinke). … We knew Marc Andre Fleury would be wearing a Steelers-themed mask, but we didn’t know it would include the NFL logo on the backplate. “I can’t imagine there have been too many occurrences of one sports league’s logo appearing in another league’s game,” notes Dane Drutis.
Soccer News: New World Cup kits for South Korea, Belgium, and Nigeria. … “People are funny,” says Dennis Hasty. “I did this video on the history of Pop-Tarts for Time.com and the question I get most is ‘Why are you wearing a Columbus Crew shirt?’” … Indie-rock fans will enjoy this analysis of Scotland’s new kit (from Claudia Gonson). … This is pretty interesting: a knitted soccer shoe! More photos here, and snarky comments from Redditors here. … New championship scarf for Sporting KC (from Mark Coale). … Latest MLS leak: Columbus home.
NBA News: The NBA’s annual Noche Latina program tips off this Sunday. In case you’d forgotten, all of the Spanish-language jerseys will be, of course, sleeved. Further info on the program here (thanks, Phil). … Hawks G Kyle Korver had a red “X” on his hand two nights ago. “This was to draw attention to the End It Movement, which is trying to end slavery that still exists in the world,” explains Chip Reagan. “The official day for drawing awareness to the cause was Thursday, but the Hawks didn’t have a game that night, so it appears Korver took advantage of his public platform a day early.” I checked the photos from all of last night’s NBA games and didn’t see any other X-marked players. … Okay, so this isn’t technically an NBA item, but still: The Harlem Globetrotters used to have some very cool program covers (from Jeff Ash). … LeBron James, playing with a broken nose, wore a mask last night (Phil again).
College Hoops News: 1911 throwbacks this weekend for Nebraska. Granted, I wasn’t around in 1911, but I’m betting that the Adidas logo wasn’t part of the uniform back then.
Grab Bag: Lots of good stuff in this slideshow of photos from the old St. Louis Arena (from Steven Bonney). … Two Aussie rules football items from Leo Strawn Jr.: “Hawthorn Hawks football club is now selling jumpers with sublimated NOBs for the first time, in advance of the round 5 debut of NOB AFL jumpers, and the Greater Western Sydney Giants have released photos of their new clash jumper.” … Here we have 19 “hipster” brand logos (whatever that means) repurposed as evil corporate brands. … Here’s a look at the latest in snowboarding helmets and goggles. … A Missouri high school football player has pleaded guilty to assault after he ripped the helmet off of an opponent and then beat him in the head with it. … The godfather of Helvetica has passed away (thanks, Phil). … A St. Louis-area company called Triflare has become the official apparel sponsor of the U.S. synchronized swimming team (from Stlwahoo, who didn’t give his/her real name). … A woman in Atlanta used a Waffle House uniform to impersonate a Waffle House manager and steal $100. … If you run yesterday’s Uni Watch entry through Gizoogle, you get some amusing results (thanks, I think, Mike).
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Emancipation Day: Eighteen years ago today (well, it was actually Feb. 29, but that date only appears on the calendar once every four years), I walked out of my office at Billboard Books for the final time and began life as a full-time freelance writer. I’d been freelancing on the side for the previous two and a half years and had decided it was time to take the plunge. Haven’t had a regular job or a boss since then. (Also haven’t had employer-subsidized health benefits, paid vacation, sick days, or any other job-related perks, but of course I knew what I was getting into in that regard.) At the time, I thought of going freelance as an experiment. I guess we could now say the experiment has been at least something of a success.
Anyway, as I like to remind people — and remind myself — each year on this date, the moral of the story is this: If you want to change your life or reinvent yourself, don’t just sit around fantasizing about it — go ahead and do it. Even if the experiment doesn’t work out, at least you won’t be wondering what might have been. (Of course, maybe you already like your life just fine the way it is, in which case more power to ya.)
I’ll be spending today with my Mom. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.
Bizarre scene last night in San Antonio, as Spurs guard Manu Ginóbili’s left sneaker gave out (or, in the somewhat hyperbolic parlance of the broadcasters in the video shown above, “exploded”) in the midst of a play. Never seen anything like that before.
The best part: The footwear in question was made by you-know-who. So when Deadspin covered this incident last night, someone immediately posted the following comment: “Somewhere in Bangladesh, Phil Knight is pimp-slapping the shit out of some 11-year-old workers over this.” Well played.
It’s worth noting, by the way, that not so long ago, the only video of this that we’d be able to see would be some shaky camcorder footage that someone took of his TV, and we’d only be able to see it for maybe half a day before the NBA told YouTube to take it down. But the video shown above is actually from the NBA’s own YouTube channel, which just goes to show how uni-related follies have become part of the sports world’s firmament.
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Meanwhile: Interesting move yesterday by the White Sox, who announced that last year’s Sunday throwback — the 1983 beach blanket design — has been redesignated as an alternate uni and can be worn anytime, not just on Sundays.
A few notes on this:
• This breaks a small run of Sunday throwbacks that the Sox had worn over the past few years. They went with 1972 throwbacks in 2012 and the ’83 throwbacks in 2013. At first I thought, “Hmmm, guess they couldn’t find a good throwback from a year ending in a ’4′ for this season,” but then I looked up the designs from 1934 and 1944, either of which would have been an awesome choice for this year’s throwback. Too bad they didn’t go that route.
• Although the Sox are keeping the same ’83 jersey and pants, they’re changing the cap. Instead of the period-appropriate “Sox” cap, which they wore with the throwback last season, they’re going to use the new alternate BP cap (see photo above) that was released a few weeks ago. As several folks have already noted, this effectively transforms the throwback into a fauxback.
• The ’83 design, which actually debuted in ’82, was the product of a design contest in which the Sox invited fans to submit new uniform designs for the team. The winner was a guy named Richard Launius, who went on to become a game designer. (I wrote an ESPN column about all of this a few years ago.) It’s interesting to see a fan-designed uni re-entering the team’s official wardrobe during the same period when other fan-created designs are getting more attention from teams, from video game companies, and so on. I’m sure that timing is just coincidence (in fact, I suspect most members of the Chisox’s current management team have no idea that the ’83 design came about as the result of a fan contest), but it still feels very apropos.
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PermaRec update: Did you ever buy a used LP with someone else’s name scribbled on it? Longtime Uni Watch reader Jeff Ash decided it was time to track down the person whose name was written on his copy of a Beatles LP (shown at right), which got me thinking about the larger issue of names written on LPs, all of which forms the basis of the latest entry on the Permanent Record blog.
Also, in case you missed it, Tuesday’s entry was about the most perfect Uni Watch T-shirt idea ever. You don’t want to miss this — check it out here.
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Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Mike Chamernik.
Baseball News: Are the Red Sox wearing championship patches this season, or are they just for retail? I contacted the team and I’m waiting for an answer (thanks, Thomas Adjemian). … Lots of throwback-ish alternate jerseys on tap this season for the Brooklyn Cyclones. … The Cubs have a wall of their old logos at their spring training stadium (from Tyler Kepner). … This is pretty amazing: The first fantasy baseball player was, arguably Woodrow Wilson! (Big thanks to David Wilson.) … Florida Southern College wore new road jerseys in its annual game against the Detroit Tigers on Tueday (from Wayne Koehler). … Oregon wore softball-esque unis Tuesday night. “They look odd, but that’s something we’ve come to expect in Eugene,” says James Hays. … Jon Kinneman came across this 1939 photo of the International League’s Baltimore Orioles. … Adam Weisenburger, a Brewers catcher, has, expectedly, a great NOB (from Phil). … Also from Phil: “This is 100% real. And it’s why spring training is 100% awesome.” … The Reds’ St. Patrick’s Day jersey is different than the one they previously unveiled. … The Dodgers have a pretty clever new Twitter avatar (thanks, Brice Wallace). … “I work at a group of radio stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and we we clearing out the attic of the building today when we found a bunch of old baseball (or softball) uniforms,” says Lukas Hoffland. “Apparently, one of the stations had a team for fun back in what we think were the early 1980s.”
NFL News: Ravens S Matt Elam is considering changing his jersey number to No. 33 in honor of his father (from Phil). … The Cowboys are the most popular team for women’s merchandise, and it’s partially due to Jerry Jones fighting the NFL Trust almost two decades ago (from Tommy Turner).
Hockey News: The ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers will wear Spiderman jerseys this Saturday. … Richard Stover found a few old NHL ads for United Airlines. I’ve always dug the California/Oakland Golden Seals/Seals logo. What a franchise. … Alabama-Huntsville is the only D1 hockey team in the South, which can make for some logistically challenging road trips.
Soccer News: Scotland revealed its new kits for 2016 Euro qualifying. … Adidas will stop selling Brazil World Cup T-shirts that “encourage sexual tourism.” … Bafana Bafana, the South African national team, has a new all-white away kit (from Yusuke Toyoda). … A designer is creating different Columbus Crew crests daily for the entire month of February (from Jennifer Schrum). … Hard Rock Casino will become the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies’ jersey-front sponsor. … New away kit for France (from Trevor Williams).
NBA News: The Kroll Show has a character called Young Larry Bird and they remixed the Celtics’ logo to promote it on Twitter (from Brian Mazmanian). … Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde sat courtside at last night’s Clippers game, and Wilde wore a cap with an upside-down Clippers logo on it (from Phil). … The Bulls will wear sleeved green jerseys for St. Patrick’s Day. … Heat players received WWE title belts yesterday. Once LeBron got his, special guest referee Triple H Pedigreed him and gave the belt to Randy Orton.
College Hoops News: OSU’s Marcus Smart wore No. 43 Tuesday night (instead of his usual 33) because a team manager left his jersey at home (from Jeff Downe). … Reese’s will print college basketball designs on its peanut butter cups for the NCAA Tournament (from Phil). … Testudo, the University of Maryland’s mascot, has a new state flag-themed get-up (from Yusuke Toyoda).
Grab Bag: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Sam Lam conducted a good interview with that guy who’s doing the “Great moments in Cleveland sports disappointments” coloring book. … Think you wear a lot of team apparel? Probably not as much as this guy. … Peter Sgouros’s college was giving away a different kind of “Aesthetic” T-shirt. … A designer has proposed a new super-simplified logo for Twitter. … Here’s a very nice shot of old tennis ball cans (from Kurt Esposito).
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[Editor's Note: Today we have a guest entry from Karl Dentino, who's going to enlighten us regarding a DIY modification he made to an interesting football board game. Enjoy. — PL]
By Karl Dentino
In 1967 I received a board game called Official Football Chess for Christmas. It featured unpainted football figures instead of the customary medieval chess pieces. I was 11 years old at the time, and a lousy chess player, but a huge football fan, so it was a good gift to receive.
Football chess is played like regular chess, but the number of pieces varies. For instance, the four down linemen move in the same manner as pawns. The middle linebacker is the lone knight. The two receivers move on a diagonal like bishops, and he two halfbacks move perpendicularly like Rooks. The fullback is the queen and the quarterback is the king:
Once you commit all of that to memory, you simply play chess. But to an 11 year-old, it was much more fun to create offensive and defensive formations and “dream” the players into action instead of sticking to regular chess moves. The game’s playbook encouraged the use of the pieces as a learning tool to demonstrate offensive and defensive plays and formations:
The game was endorsed by John McKay, then head coach at USC. It included a booklet depicting McKay and the game’s inventor playing with painted teams, USC vs. UCLA:
That photo was all the motivation I needed. I decided to paint the football chess pieces to showcase all of my favorite NFL and AFL players and stage my own NFL/AFL All-Star chess matches. But it didn’t turn out quite like I had envisioned, as the figures were too small and I was too impatient and unskilled to pull off such a task at age 11. But my dream remained.
In the late 1990s, the original game started popping up on eBay. Within a year or so I grabbed at least five or six of them and set out to fulfill my childhood vision of painting the figurines. The painting was done in assembly-line fashion as much as possible (i.e., I painted all of one team’s jerseys, then all the pants, etc.). I used regular flat hobby paints. If I couldn’t find a commercially available color that met my needs, I mixed my own using a toothpick to drip one color into the next until I achieved my desired result. For reference, I simply used internet photographs and books.
In most cases, a 1960s team’s home jersey color matched its base-layer socks and helmet, so that would be the first paint task. Once that dried, the pants and white socks were next. Next came the trim. I tried to get as much detail as I could into each figure — high tops for John Unitas, short sleeves and white shoes for Joe Namath. I used a cream color for things like belts, shoelaces, and pants laces. I varied the flesh tones and used eye black on some of the players.
For the logos and stripes on helmets, pants, sleeves, and socks, I used iamges from the internet, resized them, printed them out on very thin label paper, and added a touch of model glue to the adhesive side paper labels. The white numerals and white helmet features were decals. The colored details were printed and trimmed out on label paper. Trimming out tiny helmet logos, thin stripes, and numerals was the most painstaking part of the process. I always opted for paint over paper labels wherever possible. Once I was completely happy with a figurine I would apply a layer of clear coat to seal everything in.
I started with my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. I chose the year 1960 and matched them up against the Green Bay Packers to re-create the 1960 NFL Championship Game:
Then I created the Cowboys, Washington, and the Giants, all representing my favorite players from the 1950s and ’60s. After I completed the Giants, I created the Baltimore Colts for the epic 1958 Championship Game match-up. Then it was on to the All-Decade All-Star teams. I wanted at least one representative from each of the 10 original AFL teams, plus Miami and Cincinnati, along with the 16 NFL teams in existence at the decade’s end.
Look closely and you’ll see that figures were sculpted from a late-1950s/early-1960s uniform perspective, with long sleeves and no facemasks. They lend themselves nicely to a re-creation of players from that era:
I ultimately created 111 individual pieces. I have no idea how many hours I put into the project, but I recall spending the better part of a year on it. I am sure there are inaccuracies, but in the end I was pleased. With the exception of a few sleeve stripes and helmet logos that need glue touch-up, everything has held up nicely.
For several years my kids and I would play the game as it was intended. I would provide the play-by-play in my best announcer voice, replacing “Checkmate” with something like “Bart Starr was sacked by Gino Marchetti to end the contest.” The kids would roll their eyes wondering what I was talking about.
Today, all 111 figures stare back at me from a Plexiglass case on my desk:
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In case you missed it, yesterday’s entry was about the most perfect Uni Watch T-shirt idea ever. You don’t want to miss this — check it out here.
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’Skins Watch: Some Native Americans in Idaho say that team names and mascots that supposedly “honor” Natives are actually quite offensive to them, proving yet again that the only people who care about this issue are white people (from Kenny Ocker).
Baseball News: Super-tasty New York Giants sweaters on view in this shot (from Lee Wilds). … This is pretty awesome: Check out George Brett’s parking space at Royals camp (from Tyler Kepner). … Looks like 15 MLB teams will be donning St. Paddy’s Day jerseys this spring (thanks, Phil). … The Cardinals have traditionally worn their regular jerseys — not BP jerseys — for Grapefruit League games. But that will change this year, according to a small note at the bottom of this page. Bummer (from Kyle Sawyer). … See that “KMV” on one of Bryce Harper’s gloves? “Those are the initials of his longtime girlfriend,” says Alan Borock. … Here’s a cool graphic showing the 2014 travel routes of every MLB team (thanks, Phil). … Here’s more about the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ new uni set — it’s more than just bacon (from Chris Cocca). … Texas Longhorns wore 1949-50 throwbacks yesterday (from Chris Rodriguez).
NFL News: According to this story, former Giants LB Lawrence Taylor once had “partially torn pectoral muscle and torn shoulder ligaments, and he played with a harness strapping his upper left arm tight to his torso” for a 1988 game (from Kurt Esposito). … Someone has come up with ridiculous redesigns for all 32 NFL teams, if you’re into that kinda thing (from Jerry Nitzh). … Members of a church youth group recently wore their favorite NFL jerseys while serving bread and soup during a fundraiser. … Now that the Bucs have enlarged their helmet logo, what if every NFL team did that? (From Will Hughes.) … Pretty sure we’ve seen this before, but once more won’t hurt: Check out cool old NFL-themed United Airlines ad (thanks, Phil).
Hockey News: Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is going with a Steelers-themed mask for the Stadium Series. … Bruce Menard was looking through some hockey-related stuff from Classic Auctions and found a bunch of cool stuff, including a 1947 NHL All-Star Game jersey, a spectacular 1940 Canadiens team jacket, a magnificent 1956 Rochester Amerks inaugural-season jersey, and a nice Flyers blazer and cardigan. … If you look in the background of this shot, you can see that the Penguins have the Stadium Series patch on their practice jerseys (from Ryan Connelly and Phil). … Tim Thomas was wearing an odd mask in practice the other day (thanks, Phil). … Nick Kotarski was at last night’s Sabres game, where he noticed that the butt end of several players’ sticks had the Sabres logo, sort of like those bat knob decals we’ve been seeing in baseball.
Soccer News: “NBC is doing a great job with their coverage of the English Premier League — I think everyone in the U.S. is in agreement about that,” says Sean Walsh. “But for some reason their iPhone app has an outdated photo showing Cesc Fabregas (who has played for Barcelona for the last 2 seasons) in the club’s shirt worn during the 2006-2008 seasons.” … Here’s something I didn’t know: The Chicago Fire were originally supposed to be called the Chicago Rhythm. “The owners balked at the Nike-provided team name and even stated ‘they would rather lose a year of merchandise sales than live a lifetime with a bad name,’” says Alan Bloomquist. “That ruffled feathers with Nike, which had spent a lot and time effort on the Rhythm name.”
NBA News: Iman Shumpert of the Knicks has been wearing an arm sleeve with some weird shit printed on it. According to this Reddit thread, those are the nicknames of some of his pals (from Daniel Cawley). … The NBA is making Jason Collins jerseys available for sale due to high demand. The last graf of that article also explains the reason for Collins wearing No. 98, which I hadn’t heard until now (thanks, Mike). … Some Nuggets players wear Kevin Durant’s signature sneaker. But should they wear it when playing against him? (From Ray Chen.) … Creepy new king cake baby mascot for the Pelicans.
College Hoops News: Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State appears to have changed his uni number from 33 to 43 (from Luke McCarnan). … UNC’s throwbacks, worn over the weekend, were a hit with the players.
Grab Bag: I was interviewed yesterday by a writer from The New Yorker, who wanted to pick my brain for a uni-related story he’s working on. First time I’ve been interviewed by them. Looking forward to the follow-up from their vaunted fact-checking department. … Someone on Kickstarter is raising money for a coloring book about disappointing moments in Cleveland sports history (from Jim Mason). … More and more writers are picking up on the fact that figure skating costumes, and the costumes’ connection to the judging, are total bullshit. … Speaking of figure skating, it may not be a sport, but it sure makes for a cool vintage sweater (big thanks to Sean Kane). … Redesign in the works for the nutrition-info labels on American food products. … Some high school football teams in Louisiana are using low-rated helmets. … “New 2014 kits for SupeRugby’s Hurricanes feature a significant color mismatch between the yellow on the front panel and the yellow on the rest of the uniform,” notes Brent Caruthers Archer. … The “Beanies of the Big Ten” site has added Maryland to its coverage (from Demetrios Demetriou). … Across the pond, the Tories are considering a new party logo. … Here’s a good site devoted to F1 liveries (from Carlos Ahmed Jalife Ruz). … New kit outfitter for USA Rugby. … Here are a bunch of movie title screen shots showing the evolution of the Warner Bros. logo (from Kurt Esposito). .. Here’s a bunch of new college and high school lacrosse gear (from Jared Buccola). … What if people on famous album covers were wearing Norwegian curling pants? (From Brent Hardman.) … The Richmond Tigers — that’s an Aussie rules football team — are inviting fans to design the team’s new jumper (from Leo Strawn Jr.).
Occasionally you come across something so perfect, so obvious, so right, that you (a) can’t wait to share it with everyone you know and (b) can’t believe you didn’t think of it yourself.
Such is the case with the T-shirt you see above. It was designed by a guy named Yuri Psinakis and is sold by a San Francisco operation called Park Life, which specializes in cool, design-y products. I learned about it from reader Dennis Alpert, who recently brought it to my attention.
I can’t get over how ideally suited it is for Uni Watch. Our site is devoted to athletics aesthetics, and here’s a shirt that has turned “Athletics” into “Aesthetics”! Uni Watch colors, too. I’m kicking myself really, really hard for not having come up with this years ago.
It’s a wonderful shirt — you should probably buy it. Why do I qualify that with a “probably”? Because as great as the shirt is, I think it could be better, because they used an outlined script instead of a solid script. The A’s have never used that style on any of their jerseys. Also, the largest size Park Life is offering is XL. Also-also, their price point ($28) is a little high.
All of this got me envisioning a hypothetical world in which all of those issues could be addressed. So I contacted the Park Life folks and had some discussions with them. As a result of those discussions, I’m thinking it would be fun, at least in theory, if “Aesthetics” shirts were available in green/gold on white, green/gold on gray, gold/white on green, and maaaaybe green/white on gold:
In the hypothetical world I’m envisioning, “Aesthetics” would be available in sizes up to 2XL, and the price point would probably be in the $20ish range.
Would that interest any of you, just theoretically speaking? If so, let’s discuss. Thanks.
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Somebody call a plumber: MLS — aka the League I Don’t Know a Damn Thing About — is once again doing its “Jersey Week” initiative this year, with 17 teams slated to unveil their 2014 kits over the course of next week.
It’s a fun enough idea — except a shitload of the kits leaked yesterday. Oopsie! I was going to rank them in order of how much I liked them, but then I remembered that I don’t know jack about soccer, so it’s probably best if I just list them alphabetically: Chicago home, Chivas home, Colorado Rapids home, Columbus home, Dallas home, Houston away, Montreal home, New England home, New York away, Philadelphia home, Portland away and third, Seattle third, Toronto away, and Vancouver away. Whee!
Well, that should make for an exciting time next week, eh?
(Big thanks to Trevor Williams for all the links.)
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Chiefs update: Yesterday’s entry about the Chiefs’ logo inconsistencies led to some good responses:
1. The earliest example of the closed-C logo (i.e., the one that currently appears everywhere in the team’s branding program except on the helmets) that I’d been able to find was from 1974. But reader Brady Phelps came up with this 1969 program cover, which definitely appears to show the closed C. Compare the inset logo to the logo on the helmet. So we now know that the closed C appeared at least as early as 1969.
2. Around noon yesterday, thanks to a submission by reader Ryan Smith, I added an extra graf to the main entry. In case you missed it, it concerns the carpet in the Chiefs locker room, which features an arrowhead logo with the closed C — but the C is overlaying the K, instead of the other way around. So that’s yet another variation!
Several readers posted comments saying that they’ve taken tours of Arrowhead Stadium and that the tour guides have said (a) that this was the original carpet from the team’s pre-Arrowhead Stadium days, and (b) that early Chiefs merch featuring the C-over-K format. I have my doubts about the carpet (for details, see this comment) and none of my visual research for yesterday’s piece had turned up any other examples of the C-over-K format. However…
3. Brady Phelps has come through again. He found this photo from the 1969 AFL title game (click to enlarge):
As you can see, Stram’s chest patch (and that of the guy standing behind him) features the open C and the C-over-K format — which is yet another version, because the locker-room carpet logo has the closed C and the C-over-K format. You follow all of that?
Bottom line: The Chiefs’ logo situation over the years has been a bit of a mess. But most of us haven’t noticed, so maybe it doesn’t matter.
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By Brinke Guthrie
Had this very helmet bank! When we moved to Cincinnati from Dallas in late summer of 1972, we went to Hunter Savings in the Kenwood area of Cincinnati, opened up an account, and got one of these. A bank from a bank! I thought it was the weirdest thing, as I got a Cowboys one exactly like it earlier in ’72 when living in Dallas. That one sits on my shelf to this day. The Bengals one is MIA, sadly.
In non-banking finds:
• This Detroit Lions knit ski hat has 1960s-1970s Sears written all over it. An NFL Official Licensed Product, too!
• Here’s an interesting auction for a lot of die-cut cardboard cutout NFL helmet shells — without facemasks — pre-1967 era, or so the auction says. The seller states he/she doesn’t know what these were created for — perhaps some type of promo sales piece for a soda display in a grocery store?
• They blew up the Metrodome Sunday, and you can commemorate the event by sitting in this Metrodome seat while wearing this Metrodome polo shirt. (And at the other end of the spectrum, here’s a photo of fans waiting to be the first ever inside the ’Dome in 1982.)
• It’s baaaack — the 1970 Chiquita Nerf Football + complete sticker set. And only $300, too!
• Here’s a cute little Padres doll, although the “1970s” descriptor in the auction listing is obviously wrong.
• How about this nice-looking set of 1970s MLB stickers from Kellogg’s cereal?
• Take a look at this 1970s California Golden Seals decal — “The Bay Area’s Hockey Team”!
• And we conclude with some contributions from reader Zack Garceau, who’s found some old Colts pennants. This one is from the team’s old AAFC incarnation, and here’s an odd one featuring colors the team never wore. And then there’s this red one — perhaps a reference to the red alternate jersey that the Colts wore in 1953?
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
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PermaRec update: There’s a good roundup of found items being returned to their rightful owners (including a stolen pocketbook and its contents, shown at right, returned after more than 20 years) in the latest entry on the Permanent Record blog.
Design contest reminder: In case you missed it on Sunday, Phil had the latest news regarding the Lewis & Clark design contest. Check it out here.
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Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Garrett McGrath.
Baseball News: Opinion Generator: The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (thre Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) revealed their new bacon-themed uniforms yesterday. Smell the change, indeed. Most readers can’t decide if it is the sweet smell of bacon or the byproduct after one consumes said pork. … Most of the San Francisco Giants wore their old gray-brimmed hats during their photo day yesterday (from David Goodfriend and Chris Flinn). … The Yomiuri Giants will wear these “Orange Soul” uniforms for eight games next season (from Jeremy Brahm). … Check out this great photo of a Boston Police Department baseball team from 1929. Why do they all have “9″ as their sleeve number? Because this was the Division 9 squad (nice find by Brian Wulff). … In more throwback glory, here is Vin Scully on the 1944 Fordham Prep baseball team. He only graduated 62 years before I did.
Soccer News: The Scotland 2014 away kit leaked (from Trevor Williams). … The Japanese men’s and women’s away uniforms have been posted online. “Surprisingly, the goalkeepers look normal,” says Jeremy Brahm. … More new kits (all of these from Trevor Williams): Chelsea, FC Nürnberg, Bayer Leverkusen, Basel, Universidad de Chile, Galatasaray, SK Rapid Wien, Universidad de San Martín de Porres, and Hamburger SV.
Basketball News: Check out these sweet Pistol (Pete Maravich) shorts from the 1977 NBA ASG (thanks, Phil). … The University of Texas at El Paso will be wearing faux throwbacks on Thursday night.
Grab Bag: Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford will don this mask for the Stadium Series game on March 1. … Manhattan neighborhoods imagined as corporate logos (from Gordon Blau). … “Noticed on the 7 train this morning an ad for a new show,” says Sal Mancuso. “The thing that jumped out to me was the sweet San Francisco Seals T-shirt the guy was wearing.”