As you can see from the graphic on the screen, that’s Victor Harris at the NFL Combine the other day. So if his name is Victor, why does he have an “M. Harris” NOB? Because, of course, his nickname is Macho. And now, if you’ll excuse me a moment, I need to vomit. (Thanks to Brendon Yarian for the screen shot.)
New ESPN column
today. Link coming soon. tomorrow, as it turns out. — Paul
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Uni Watch News Ticker: The A’s plan to retire Rickey’s number. ”¦ Really, really great survey of consumer brand logo evolutions here (thanks, Ek). ”¦ Here’s something I didn’t know: Back in 1938, Joe Louis had a barnstorming baseball team (great find by Bruce Menard). ”¦ I sure hope Chris Hayes makes the KC roster (with thanks to Patrick Chippeaux). ”¦ Good article here on players wearing batting helmets in the field, including the entire 1953 Pirates team (with thanks to Nate Budziszewski). ”¦ That Mickey Mantle, he was a classy guy (with thanks to Mike Nachreiner). ”¦ “The AHL’s Norfolk Admirals held an alumni game last weekend, featuring members of the previous ECHL Admirals teams,” writes Tris Wykes. “‘Rocket’ Rod Taylor wore the very first helmet he ever owned, beginning at age four. He said he just loosened it up a bit and it fit fine. The green circles are his own ‘award decals’ he put on there when he scored childhood goals back in Lake Orion, Michigan. Admirals coach Darren Rumble played in the alumni game and used his coaching gloves, which include a whistle attached to one finger. Sadly, he never took advantage to blow a halt to play when his team had given up an odd-man rush.” ”¦ More Admirals news from Tris: “In addition, the Admirals unveiled third jerseys virtually identical to those worn by the original ECHL Admirals team in 1989. These are a big hit with the fans, a majority of whom seem to dislike the current uniforms [and who can blame them — PL]. The Admirals will wear the thirds on home Fridays the rest of the season.” ”¦ I’m fairly certain this is the first time most of you have seen a Twins Hula-Hoop. Tris Wykes says it was hanging in the Metrodome dugout. ”¦ According to Bill Henderson’s guide, the Yankees’ BP jerseys from 1997-2001 looked like this. But Stephen King has turned up this photo, which he says is from 2000. “The Yanks wore this alternate design for a few games in the spring of 2000,” he says. Personally, I don’t much give a shit about BP jerseys, but presumably some of you do. Any thoughts or insights? ”¦ The Chiefs’ 50th-anniversary logo appears to be included in this banner, which appeared in a ticket-promo e-mail received by Jake Reed. ”¦ Michael Princip has written a good breakdown of an old Riddell helmet model. ”¦ I don’t know what’s going on here, but it’s enough to make me rethink my position on over-the-calf basketball socks (with “thanks” to Jason Dulin). ”¦ Remember the College Vault book series? They’ve now got new editions covering the basketball programs at Kansas, UNC, and Kentucky, plus the women’s hoops team at Tennessee (with thanks to Mike Hersh). ”¦ New Manchester United road kit unveiled here (with thanks to Jeff Kneis). ”¦ Great video report here on the Stowe family, which has been working the Reds’ clubhouse for over half a century (with thanks to Dwayne White). ”¦ Here’s an update on that story about American Indian mascots in Wisconsin (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Also from Phil: Yet another university has severed ties with Russell due to the company’s labor practices, and the latest financial fraud case is affecting golf sponsorships.