Here in Brooklyn, we’ve got a lot of Orthodox Jews. And as you may know, Orthodox wives usually wear wigs, in keeping with traditional Jewish notions of feminine modesty (additional info here). Every now and then, however, you’ll see an Orthodox woman wearing a snood — basically a glorified hairnet (additional info here) — instead of a wig. And back in 2004, when there was a bit of a wig crisis, snoods were suddenly everywhere.
And that made me happy, because I love the word snood. It sounds like one of those inherently humorous Dr. Seuss words — snood, snood, snood. I’ve always hoped I’d have some occasion to work it into a Uni Watch article, and now I finally have.
What I never imagined (but maybe should’ve guessed) was that the snood-clad athlete in question would be Manny Ramirez. Check out the head wrap he’s been wearing for the past two days. That ain’t no standard-issue MLB do rag like the one he wore last year, and it ain’t that Nike skullcap he was wearing earlier this spring, either. That there, my friends, is a snood.
Notwithstanding Manny’s amusing efforts to fit his new headwear under his cap and helmet, or the none-too-enthused reaction coming out of Boston, his snoodery raises some interesting questions. Has he converted to Orthodox Judaism? Is he considering trans-gender surgery? With Passover fast approaching, will he be hosting a Seder? Does he know where to pick up a nice loaf of challah?
Let me be the first to predict that Manny will be wearing Muslim garb by next week.
Ahead Back: Now that the Chargers have officially unveiled their new uniforms, I’m less enthusiastic than I was before. My main concerns:
• Shoulder bolt orientation: I’d assumed that the inconsistencies we all saw in the preliminary photos would be cleared up by the time of the official unveiling. But compare the jagged points on the three jerseys’ shoulder bolts. On the home design, the top points are facing forward and the bottom points are facing back. Same goes for the road jersey. But on the powder blue alternate, the top points are facing back and the bottom points are facing forward. Personally I prefer the powder blue’s orientation, but the bigger issue is that this needs to be consistent.
• Road socks: Unitards are for uni retards.
• Helmet: What the hell is that wordmark doing on the back of the helmet?
Personally, I still like the number font, the white helmet, and a few other elements, but this is no longer the clear success I initially thought it was.
Want to see more? A video of the unveiling is available here.
Raffle Reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, the good folks at Distant Replays have provided us with three more gift cards — $200, $100, and $50 — and we’re raffling them off via a March Madness-based contest devised by Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek. For details, scroll down to the “Distant Replays Gift Card” section at the end of yesterday’s entry.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Spectacular breakdown here of Pittsburgh hockey uniform history, including the Hornets, Pirates, and Yellow Jackets (courtesy of Chris Hilf). … Richard Grossman recently took a tour of Petco Park, which includes an exhibit on San Diego’s baseball history. Along the way he snapped this photo. Wondering what the insignia stands for? Look here. … Reprinted from Tuesday’s comments: The AHL’s Syracuse crunch will be wearing an orange shamrock on St. Paddy’s day, to protest SU’s exclusion from the NCAA tourney. Details here. … Also from Tuesday: This 18-second video shows the main advantage of wearing a double-flapped batting helmet. … Came home from shooting pool on Tuesday night to find the following note from Adam Lecowicz: “So the Bulls are wearing green and the Celtics are wearing white in Chicago. It’s seriously taking me 30 seconds to figure out what’s going on because my instincts keep telling me it should be the other way around. It’s worse than the NHL suddenly wearing dark colors at home. I think my head is going to explode if I keep watching.” … We think of team-branded merchandise as a fairly recent phenomenon, but Uni Watch auction consultant David Brown has turned up a Cleveland Indians apron from 1948! … Good article here about golfer Shingo Katayama and his cowboy hat (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Check out the batting helmets worn by the Springville (Utah) Red Devils high school team (as spotted by Paul Bridge).