New ESPN column today (a day earlier than usual, to coincide with the start of the NHL season) — here’s the link.
Meanwhile: I have only two phobias. One of them involves mushrooms, but we’ll save that for another time. The other one is a morbid fear of being stuck on a train with nothing to read. And yesterday, for reasons not worth getting into here, I was riding the New York City subways a lot. So, faced with lots of train time and deathly afraid of ending up without enough printed matter, I did something I rarely do: I bought copies of all four New York newspapers, instead of my usual one or two.
And if yesterday is any indication, I may have to start doing this more often, because all four papers had noteworthy uni-related content. Here’s the rundown:
New York Post: The sports section featured this photo of Alex Rodriguez, taken during Monday’s workout at Yankee Stadium. An intriguing shot, this — was A-Rod, a lifelong pajama-clad player, planning to break his playoff jinx by hiking up the cuffs and showing some sock? Alas, as we all saw last night, that turned out not to be the case.
Daily News: Weirdest uni-related item of the day. The front and back pages were occupied by a huge wraparound illustration filled with caricatures of prominent Mets and Yankees. The illustrator chose to dress the Mets in their black caps with blue brims — regrettable but unsurprising. Here’s the kicker: The Yankees were depicted with blue brims as well (here’s a close-up of the two skippers) — what the fuck? Perhaps the illustrator is a long-suffering Mets fan who wants Yankee partisans to know how it feels when a team’s classic design is sullied by unnecessary contrast-colored brims. Or maybe the illustrator (and the art director, and the editor…) just has his head up his ass. Either way, I practically jumped out of my subway seat when I saw this one.
New York Times: Not sports-related, but the Business section had a really good story about the new uniforms at Wal-Mart. Highly recommended.
Newsday: Some guy named John Valenti, who apparently spends most of his time writing about bank robberies and Long Island politics, came up with a brilliant idea yesterday: “I know,” he said to himself, no doubt feeling all clever and innovative, “I’ll write an article about sports uniforms.” This is such a revolutionary concept, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. Seven years ago. Uni Watch Long Island bureau chief Alleen Barber, who’s an editor at Newsday, assures me that Valenti’s “a good guy.” So in the immortal words of H.I. McDunnough, maybe it’s just that his advisors are confused.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Justin Morneau’s a big hockey fan, as evidenced by the NHL logo that’s occasionally visible on his undershirt. The logo was much more plainly apparent on Sunday, during the Twins’ division title celebration. (Good catch by Matthew Strauss.) … Ryan Armbrust has noticed something odd: Many Nike-outfitted college football teams wear pants with no fly. Check it out: Missouri, Ohio State, Penn State, Nike catalog. Standard lace-up fly at
Iowa, though. Miami, too. “I mean seriously, how far away are we from solid neck to ankle unis?” says Armbrust. “I give it like four more years. Oregon is going to be playing a late- season game somewhere cold and they’re going to walk out looking like a bobsled team. This really bothers me, although I am not sure if it’s from the pants or from looking at numerous photos of men’s crotches all morning.” … Jim Leyland’s kid wears bogus stirrups (good catch by Shawn Knowles). … Sharp-eyed Tom Kot writes in with the following nameplate item: “I just caught the replay of Saturday’s Indiana/Wisconsin game, and at the beginning you can see the backs of freshmen Adrian Burks and Aaron Burks. Their nameplates are ‘Ad. BURKS’ and ‘Aa. BURKS’ — all uppercase accept for the second letters of their first names. Couldn’t find any pictures but I’ve never seen lowercase lettering on a nameplate except in a case like McDonald [lots of similar examples here], and I’ve never seen ‘Aa.’ on a nameplate either.” … Several sources are reporting that Florida State’s special Seminole tribe tribute unis, due to be worn on October 21st, will look like this this, but then those same sources say the uni will be solid-black, even though the photo looks more like solid-green (full details here and here). … I’ve noted before that Tigers “closer” Todd Jones wears one jersey sleeve shorter than the other. But Steven Malcolm notes that Jones also had some serious XYZ issues earlier in his career. … A trademark attorney named Anthony Verna interviewed me last week because he wanted to discuss sports branding on his blog. The resulting post on his site is available here.