Yesterday I interviewed Under Armour founder/prexy Kevin Plank for a business article I’m working on. He had a lot of interesting things to say, none of which I can divulge here, unfortunately, but it would be fair to say that he did a lot of talking, I did a lot of listening, and for about half an hour I was deeply immersed in the world of compression fabrics.
So it was a little weird when I checked my e-mail after the interview and found a note from reader Hunter Johnson, who was checking in to tell me that our friends at Nike have whipped up a special compression undershirt for Alabama to wear against Auburn on November 18th — check it out.
I’ll pause for a minute here, just in case you’re too busy laughing.
The houndstooth band (which also appears on the short-sleeve version) echoes the houndstooth collar the Tide wore against Ole Miss a few weeks back. Both are a nod to Bear Bryant’s hat, which is pretty amusing, since it’s a safe bet that he never would’ve let his team dress in this mismatched-sleeved nightmare. (Then again, ol’ Bear didn’t always display the sharpest fashion sense, so who knows.)
Anyway: It was almost spooky (on Halloween, no less) to interview the guy who essentially the created base-layer undergarment market and then see the latest iteration of how low that market can sink. Kevin Plank, what has thou wrought?!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Monday’s discussion of athletes wearing mismatched footwear prompted this note from Tim Hall: “Wendell Tyler was photographed in Sports Illustrated while playing for the Rams in the mid-’80s wearing (I believe) one Adidas cleat and one Nike cleat.” Can anyone confirm? … Sad bit of college hockey news from Drew Hackney, who writes: “Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, has decided to de-emphasize one of the sports world’s best logo mascots: Puckman. RPI will still wear Puckman as a shoulder patch, but the jersey’s chest logo will now carry a stylized ‘RPI’ insignia.” … The Women’s World Volleyball Championship tourney is underway in Japan, and Jeremmy Brahm has noticed several interesting factoids: “Egypt has a women’s team, some members of which are wearing headscarves and long pants. Russia has their numbers on the back of the shorts, which is wrong — they’re supposed to be on the front of the shorts. And Azerbaijan has flames on their side panels.” … Good article here about two of our favorite subjects (with thanks to Drew Samuelson). … Interesting note buried in the middle of this roundup of Ohio State info: “Thad Matta, whose Ohio State men’s basketball team will wear redesigned white uniforms at home and scarlet on the road this season, would like to add a third set to the wardrobe: gray uniforms, last worn when Randy Ayers was coach. But Matta can’t bring the old ones out of mothballs, so it remains only a wish. ‘(Nike doesn’t) give those uniforms away,’ Matta said. ‘That’s a myth that we get whatever we want.’ A [new] set would cost about $6,000.” (With thanks to Dominic Litten for the tip.) … Latest chapter in the tale of U. of Wisconsin’s battle to police its “motion W” logo is here (courtesy of Mike Hughes). … Here’s a better view of Ohio State’s “AP” memorial decal, which was mentioned in yesterday’s Ticker. … Bryan Redemske notes that highly touted Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will have to change his pant style when he jumps to MLB, because he wears those under-the-shoe straps to keep his pant legs down, which are banned on this side of the Pacific. … More evidence here of Darryl Dawkins’s mismatched shoes (with thanks to Kevin Gee). … Todd Michael Davis notes that Charlie Frye’s nameplate appears to be riding mighty low. … Scott M.X. Turner was doing some logo research and emerged with a few questions: “Is this the only time shoes have been featured in a logo (at least for a team without a shoe-specific name)? And did the Jets really wear this [for Dennis Byrd]? If so, did they really okay something with a Jesus fish?”