So last night Kirsten and I are walking to the IFC Center in Manhattan (to see this), and there’s this guy standing there on the sidewalk, wearing one of those cheapo green molded-plastic “Irish” hats, waving his arms, and yelling, “Three-dollar beers! Cheap beer! Three-dollar beers!”
Ah, St. Paddy’s Day in New York — what a
total frat party from hell charming ritual. I wore green, naturally. The fact that I also wear green on many — indeed, most — of the other 364 days of the year is of little consequence, for March 17th is a day when we can all embrace our inner drunk Irishman, a day when the world’s most deliciously verdant hue is in gratifyingly ample supply. And nowhere was this more true yesterday than at a few gazillion genuinely awful New York bars in the world of uniforms.
(And yes, smart guy, I realize there are actually 365 non-St. Paddy’s Day days this year, but that just wouldn’t have sounded right in a sentence, y’know?)
Herewith, a survey of the day’s emerald events:
• In San Antonio, the Celtics broke out their green-and-golds again. I refuse to believe Sam Cassell is truly Irish until the DNA tests come back, but it’s still a good look, no? After the game, Paul Pierce treated everyone to a Shamrock Shake at Mickey D’s.
• I’m less fond of the Bulls’ jade attire, mainly because the black trim reminds me too much of those annoying Celtics alternates (which they should just ditch in favor of the green-and-golds, am I right?).
• The Knicks’ St. Paddy’s day uni has always struck me as a bit odd. One the one hand, I love green and orange as a color combo. But it’s an autumnal color combo, and it just doesn’t feel right as we’re moving into spring (except maybe on David Lee, what with his red hair and all). Let’s just blame it on Isiah, like everything else, and go back to the drawing board.
• Did you know that Toronto has a big Irish population? Neither did anyone in Salt Lake City, until the Raptors showed up dressed like this (additional views here and here). And look, they even had celtic dancers on hand, or at least that’s what the AP caption says. I think it’s actually all the wives from Big Love.
• The Sonics — no, wait, that’s just their regular green uni.
• Over on the diamond, the Reds are the team that pioneered the special St. Paddy’s Day uni, but they couldn’t be bothered yesterday. Fortunately, several others did, but most of them went the lazy route, just using green caps (most of which had nasty logo creep and adjusta-straps) and/or green bases. Pfeh.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Tommy Lasorda must’ve read yesterday’s post. He switched to stirrups! ”¦ Really interesting little piece here about how Govs. Spitzer and McGreevey and their respective wives wore virtually identical “uniforms” when announcing their resignations. ”¦ Bill Turianski has created the latest in his series of sports maps, this one showing the location of the NCAA Tournament teams. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A bunch of new pics from the upcoming George Clooney flick Leatherheads have hit the web, and goddamn do those uniforms look sweet (additional pics here, here, here, here, and here). And check out the refs. ”¦ “I went to the SPHL game between the Huntsville (Alabama) Havoc and the Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths on Saturday night and took along my camera to snap some shots of the Havoc’s St. Paddy’s Day uni,” writes Zack Bennett). “Instead, I found Columbus wearing one of the more unique number fonts I’ve ever seen [additional examples here and here].” I think we should get all animal-named teams to go this route — imagine the Dolphins wearing dolphin-patterned numbers. ”¦ Cleveland news from Vince, who says a local radio station is reporting that the Browns will wear white helmets for one game next season, to honor the 1946-49 squads that won the AAFC championship four years in a row. No comment yet from the team. ”¦ Mark Milner sent along some pics of a few vintage curling sweaters and jackets, as seen hereand here. ”¦ Looks like Curtis Granderson was wearing navy tights over black socks the other day (good spot by Christian Bitto). ”¦ MLB umpire Rob Drake has a blog, and this recent entry includes some info on the umps’ uniforms (nice find by David Arnott). ”¦ Reprinted from last night’s comments: Great photo here of Saginaw High in Michigan (here’s the rear view). Now they just need a seven-footer and Spud Webb to complete the effect. ”¦ Would someone please buy this man a regular cap? ”¦ Jesus, just shoot me now and get it over with.