As we’re always being told, the key to athletic success is to remain focused — despite the crowds, despite the pressure, despite the excitement. Or, in the case of British bobsledder Gillian Cooke, despite a rather unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. (Thanks to Jeff Czuba for sending me this one.)
New ESPN piece today, I think, although it’s not a standard Uni Watch column. It’s more of a, well, you’ll see. Link coming soon.
Deep Freeze Update: In a few hours I’ll be heading to the Twin Cities, where I’ll be immersing myself in all sorts of winter sports activities over the next several days. Remember, Uni Watch party tomorrow night, 8pm, at the downtown location of Grumpy’s (the City Club Room in the back has been reserved for us — thanks again to David S. Gardner for arranging that). Many, many Uni Watch luminaries will be on hand, including Teebz, Ricko, Robert Marshall, Jeff Barak, James “JTH” Huening, and of course Phil and myself. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: While looking for something else, I came across a photo of the Caps’ short-lived white pants that I hadn’t seen before. ”¦ Here’s another Logorama clip (with thanks to Nathan Haas). ”¦And here’s another cool old CBS Sports intro segment, this time from their 1970s NBA coverage (nice find by Tom Arnel). ”¦ The Brooklyn Cyclones are sponsoring a uniform contest for kids (as reported by Terence Kearns, who says he wishes he was still a kid so he could enter). ”¦ Okay, so it’s really a bastardized Valvoline logo, but still. “And I thought Mark Martin’s Viagara car was a bit too much,” says Tris Wykes. ”¦ What happens when your boxing match is going to be held at Cowboys Stadium? You end up wearing Cowboys jerseys. Imagine if they’d thought of that when Joe Louis and Max Schmeling fought at Yankee Stadium. ”¦ Here’s a depressing development: Some clown has started a new basketball league for whites only. Not clear if their uniforms will feature a swastika, a Confederate flag, or if they’ll just wear KKK robes and hoods. ”¦ New 40th-anniversary patch for the Brewers, and is that a disaster or what? “Looks like something that didn’t quite load all the way on my computer,” says KW Hunt, which gets my vote for Design Critique of the Week. Further details, including plans for several throwback games, here. ”¦ Remember those mismatched Academy of Art uniforms from yesterday’s Ticker? “I sent a text to one of the SIDs there, who informed me that those photos were taken at a tournament in December where there was a jersey mix-up,” says Brandon Davis. “They normally wear a standard black set on the road.” ”¦ David Goodfriend was moving a bunch of stuff out of his Mom’s house and took photos of a bunch of old sports books. ”¦ A Halifax couple is planning to get married while wearing Maple Leafs jerseys (with thanks to Brad Smith). ”¦ Super-cool 1941 Nebraska Rose Bowl band sweater available here (good find by Robert Eden). ”¦ A UK soccer team is wearing a Haiti-relief charity as its jersey sponsor (with thanks to Kevin Hastings). ”¦ Marty Hick and his croquet crew recently played a round of snow croquet. “We switched from various pullovers to old-school windbreakers,” he says. “We have all twelve colors, and the consistency is priceless. But this is probably the last year we will wear white Chucks only — we are finally looking into matching boots for winter.” ”¦ Whoa, check out this awesome basketball uni (here’s another view). It’s from this gallery of old Memphis photos. Other highlights include a guy bowling in French cuffs and an awards ceremony at the Memphis Quarterback Club (with thanks to Don Gale). ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Utah hoops has a new “JS 24” memorial patch in honor of Jay Watkins’s step-father, John Smith, who passed away earlier this month. Smith wore No. 24 for the Harlem Globetrotters. ”¦ New uniforms for Tennessee lacrosse (with thanks to Nathan Haas). ”¦ Here’s a video of the Women’s Professional Soccer uni unveiling (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). ”¦ I don’t know if this is the best baseball postcard ever, but it’s certainly the best SF Seal postcard ever (major find by David Brown). ”¦ Orioles uni number changes, as noted by Andrew Cosentino: “The trade of Chris Ray for Kevin Millwood made an interesting carousel for the numbers 34 and 37. Ray, who wore 37 in Baltimore, left town. Therefore, Matt Albers changed his number from 34 to#37, the number he wore while in Houston. Millwood wore 33 in Arlington but cannot wear it in Baltimore because it’s retired in honor Eddie Murray, so he took Albers’s old number, 34. Also, Brian Matusz changed his number to 17.” ”¦ Not uni-related, but here’s a gorgeous little video report about an old drug store that closed 50 years ago and was kept intact (big thanks to Chad Todd). ”¦ Dylan Buell attended last night’s Ball State/W. Michigan game and noticed that several players on both sides were wearing black socks over white socks. ”¦ Someone on the Chris Creamer board posted this photo. Not sure which is worse — the upside-down TV number or the missing TV number. … Dan Cichalski wrote up a lengthy analysis of that King of Queens scoreboard situation on his blog.