By Bryan Redemske
As Paul embarks upon a vacation in the great Northwest, I figured I’d keep the theme going with a quick snapshot or two of my own vacation … in Omaha.
While that sounds like fun on the level of dermabrasion with a cheese grater, it was actually a very interesting and relaxing three days. Plus, because gas is frickin’ ridiculous and we didn’t have much time, it was easier this way. Either way, at least I didn’t have to work. Plus, my kid got to pet a goat at the zoo.
A good portion of the exhibit was dedicated to Bill Danze, who played for the Omaha’s Roberts Dairy Legion team in the 1940s, and was selected to play in the 1945 Esquire All-American Boys’ Ball Game at the Polo Grounds. He pitched six innings for manager Ty Cobb, and later played in the Braves farm system.
While those are indeed interesting tidbits — what kind of manager was Ty Cobb, I wonder? — the sleeve patch on Danze’s jersey is pretty cool, too. As you can see, it’s a gray flannel with blue piping and All American in red on the chest, along with the Esquire wordmark on the sleeve. But that patch! Since that logo is on the program, too, I have to believe it’s an old Esquire magazine logo of some sort. A completely haphazard bit of Googling didn’t find much, so if anybody knows, speak up.
One of the more interesting shots is here. It’s from the College World Series, as the caption states. What it doesn’t mention, however, is the gigantic glove. Who cares about the rest of the photo — what’s the deal with that?
Other than finding cool old uniforms, there’s something to be said about taking time to truly explore your surroundings. We’ve been here a little more than four years, but made our first visits to a lot of places in those few days. And, again, my kid got to pet a goat.
While Paul’s away … : I don’t think it was mentioned when it happened, but I don’t work at night anymore. So instead of sitting around all day and monitoring comments, downing a pot or two of coffee and playing PlayStation along the way, I’ll be working. While I’ll be able to keep track of things well enough, I’d just as soon not have to play hall monitor. So, to put it simply, don’t be jerks. I’m not too worried, but unfortunately it has to be said. If you are a jerk, however, I’ll probably just delete your comment and ban you for a few days. I don’t have time for that crap — and others shouldn’t have to be subjected to it. Good? Good. Let’s get on with it then, shall we?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s something you don’t often see: an early shot of women’s high school football (with thanks to Laurence Brodeur. ”¦ “The Pottsville, Pennsylvania, area takes a lot of pride in its 1925 NFL championship team, although the title is not recognized by the NFL,” notes Morris Levin. ”¦ Odd NOB for Austrian table tennis player Werner Schlager (courtesy of Jake Melbye). ”¦ Quite a bit of email feedback about Paul’s Nike conspiracy (or not) take in the Page 2 article yesterday. Most pointed out that Dwyane Wade isn’t wearing Nike either. Well, not directly, at least. Converse is owned by Nike. The paycheck comes from the same place. … Here is a bit of light shed on kineseo tape, which has been spotted all over the beach volleyball arena. Thanks to Brinke Guthrie for the tip. … There’s a bit of Nike magic happening here, with thanks to Nick Niedzwladek. … More Olympic NOB oddities on judo-er Henk Grol of the Netherlands. This is a standard judo NOB. Damn Dutch. (Good catch by Corey Davis) … Jake Peavy went high-pants for the Padres yesterday, as pointed out by Brian Hilemon. Cubs fans thank you, Jake Peavy. … Attention Hoosiers: A reader named Brett needs your help. “I was hoping you would have some explanation of the Indiana University Football uniforms, specifically the helmets. During the Purdue game last year, Indiana wore throw-back uni’s to honor the 1968 Rose Bowl team. They liked the helmet so much, they kept the double stripes with the current logo and wore it for the Insight Bowl game in Tempe. Rumor has it that they might make it a permanent addition. Can you uncover this?” Well, I can’t uncover it, but I’m sure someone else has some insight. If you have any info, drop me a line and I’ll make sure Brett gets it. … What. The. Hell? Thanks to Ben Kmetz, I think. Ben was so interested in the mask, he dug deeper. According to next year’s NFHS rule book, that mask is illegal. Plastic shields will have to be clear. … Derek Baker thinks the rear design of Pakistan’s field hockey jerseys (they’re the guys in green) resembles a thong leotard. I see where he’s going with that, but’s not the first thing that crossed my mind. … Team USA with a tape crest in the soccer match against Nigeria. Good catch by Tim Conley. … Cool link here from Richard Stover about the Celtics’ new championship banner. … Stay out of the deep end when playing Italy in water polo (last pic in the gallery). Gee, thanks, Vince.