With the Women’s College World Series currently unfolding, Uni Watch is brimming with questions about college softball. For example: How come some of the teams wear pants and others wear shorts? And how do the ones wearing shorts manage to slide without chewing up their legs? Some shorts-clad teams appear to deal with this by wearing knee pads, but why take the risk of having any exposed skin? Then there’s the matter of headwear. Let’s look at just one school, Tennessee, where the styles a few days ago ranged from orange headbands to white headbands to visors. Meanwhile, the coaches are wearing caps. Aren’t there any rules governing this? Someone who’s knowledgeable about this sport, please fill us all in.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of encouraging NCAA stirrup action on the men’s side, including players for Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma, and San Diego. Let’s hope these guys all get drafted and make it to the bigs. … Another MLB player with something (although it’s not clear what) written under his brim: Ryan Vogelsong. … Just scored another old uniform catalog on eBay. The early 1970s weren’t exactly a golden age, uni-wise, but the hosiery page totally rocks. … Bradley Viggs asks: “Most hockey players wear their names and/or numbers on thier glove cuffs. But while reading about the upcoming NHL draft, this photo of Sidney Crosby caught my eye. Instead of ‘Crosby87’ or ‘Sid’ on his glove cuff, he has ‘DARRYL87.’ Know of any reason why?” Yup: 87 is his uni number, and Crosby was nicknamed Darryl after scoring 8 points in his first exhibition game in juniors — a reference to Darryl Sittler, who once scored 10 points in an NHL game. … As predicted in this space yesterday, most MLB umpires wore a memorial tribute to Eric Gregg last night, in the form of a black sweatband, usually on the right arm. … Yesterday’s post about the Angels donning specs to salute Tampa skipper Joe Maddon prompted Bryan Redemske to point out that the St. Petersburg Times pulled a similar stunt with Maddon’s own team a few months back. … Interesting to see that the Lexington Legends, for whom Roger Clemens pitched yesterday, have a full-chest insignia but wear their uni numbers on the left side instead of the right, an uncommon style not seen in the bigs since the late-’90s Reds. … New ESPN column tomorrow — a World Cup preview, whoop-whoop.