Wondering what NFL coaches will be wearing this fall? Okay, so you probably aren’t, and neither was I, until I got this note from Rachel Bicicchi a few days ago:
“I was channel-surfing this afternoon when I happened upon the Booz Allen Classic golf tournament. Leader Ben Curtis, who I believe is paid to wear NFL gear on the golf course, was wearing Washington Redskins attire, since the tournament is in Maryland. From the front, the shirt appeared to be a normal polo shirt; but a few seconds later, I got a look at the back, which had some sort of gold arch on it. The front shown here is a little different from what Curtis was wearing, but you’ll see the full back. If you ask me, the gold area looks a bit like a flipper. WHAT is that? How could anyone possibly think that looks good on a shirt? What really scares this reader is that the NFL Shop has these shirts available for all 32 NFL teams. For example, Chicago Bears versions are shown here and here. And here’s Curtis wearing the shirt in Uni Watch’s favorite color (apparently he wore Baltimore Ravens gear on Thursday). My question, then, is this: Is this the shirt NFL coaching staffs will be wearing on the sidelines this season? Are we going to have to look at this atrocity all season long?”
Good question. And here are some more: Given the flipper motif, will we now get to refer to Andy Reid as the Great White Whale? Also: Why the hell would anyone actually watch the Booz Allen Classic?
Return to Japan: As regular readers will recall, last week this space featured a pair of first-hand reports on Japanese baseball from readers Ken Clark and Scott M.X. Turner. Good stuff, but Uni Watch was a bit concerned about the reaction of reader Jeremy Brahm, who’s become Uni Watch’s unofficial go-to guy for Japanese baseball matters. Would he feel snubbed? Would he spot any glaring errors?
Fortunately, both these fears were unfounded. Brahm quickly checked in with a thumbs-up reaction, plus he provided some additional info:
Regarding Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s name on the scoreboard: Players are required to “register their name” with Nippon Pro Baseball before the season starts. This is how the player’s name will appear in statistical listings, in newspapers, magazines, etc. When Shinjo played in the past [before his stint playing in America], his name was in Kanji, but now he’s chosen to have it spelled in Romanji. Look at his name on this roster listing — Shinjo is player No. 1.
Foreign-born players have tried to do different things with their registered names. The majority of players just use their last name. But Frank Ortenzio, who played for the Nankai Hawks in the late ’70s, had the following kanji: ???. It was only in the papers and on the scoreboard [and on listings like this one], but not his uniform.
Dave Nilsson, former Milwaukee Brewer and Australian native, called himself Dingo when he played for the Chunichi Dragons in 2000, in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Some players use initials: Doug Jennings, Ichiro’s teammate with the Blue Wave, called himself D.J.; Chris Donnels called himself C.D. And Jeremy Powell used Powell in 2004, when he was playing for Kintetsu, but when that team merged with Orix in 2005, he called himself J.P. This season he’s with the Yomiuri Giants and has gone back to Powell.
Big thanks to Jeremy for all that info. Meanwhile, coming up tomorrow: Your big chance to help Iowa State create a new logo.