By Phil Hecken, with James Huening
We’re just about done beating the Black For Black’s Sake horse, but not without one last column. If by some slim chance you missed the first part or the follow-up, you can check those out now. Two weekends ago, James and I took your original thoughts and suggestions for “BFBS” and asked you for your opinion. We’re here today to go over those results.
With that, I’ll turn this portion of the post over to James:
First, I’ll explain the scoring. Each “no business wearing this” vote was worth a point. “Acceptable – barely” was worth two; three for “take it or leave it”; four for “suits them” and five points were allotted for each “completely in favor” vote.
So with that in mind, your favorite “BFBS” unis belonged to the Miami Heat (I guess black fabric makes sense considering that it absorbs light, making the wearer hotter) with an average score of 3.93 and the Baltimore Ravens (Ravens are black, after all) with 3.82.
The clear “losers” of this survey were the Oakland Athletics in 13th place with an average score of 1.41.
We also asked you to nominate teams you felt we missed. A dozen teams were mentioned at least ten times. Duke University got the most nominations with 47 and their average score was 1.49, so the general consensus among those who nominated them was that the Blue Devils have no business wearing their black uniforms.
In terms of rankings, our lowest-scorers of this bunch were the Boston Celtics. They were nominated 23 times and everyone who nominated them said that they have no business wearing black (1.00). On the other end of the spectrum, our high scorers, the Chicago White Sox, were mentioned 15 times and averaged 3.33, putting them just above the “I could take it or leave it” rating.
The others (in descending order by number of votes) were the Detroit Lions (41 votes/average of 1.17), Tennessee Volunteers (41/1.31), Oregon Ducks (20/2.45), Florida Marlins (17/1.65), West Virginia Mountaineers (14/1.57), Florida State Seminoles (13/1.08), Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Flyers (11/2.09 for both) and the Colorado Rockies (10/2.3).
Interestingly enough, the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners both got mentioned several times, with one respondent specifically pointing out the “Seattle Mariners Teal uniforms circa 1994.” Uh, OK…
Thank you Jimbo. Well, there you have it. The Uni Watch readership has spoken, and once again, you guys were fantastic in your responses. Quite frankly, I’m surprised that the A’s were such clear “winners,” as I figured for sure the Mets would give them a run for their money. Sadly, the Mets can’t even win such an ignominious honor of “most egregious users of BFBS.” Although, the A’s really have no business wearing black, and their transgressions are even more magnified when you consider they’ve been green and gold for more than 40 years. Something about this doesn’t seem right.
I am also a little surprised that the Celtics scored so “high,” but when you’ve achieved uniform perfection for decades, anything else falls short. The Celts didn’t even go “full on” black, merely using black as an accent, but that’s plenty bad according to those who “went off the board” and nominated them.
Thanks to the more than 2,000 (2,837 to be precise) of you who voted.
Now…about those red MLB alternates…
In case you missed it in yesterday’s comments…this could be the greatest home movie ever. Just sayin.
Nibbling on bacon…chewing on cheese…That’s all you need to know. Here’s Rick:
Perfect. You actually found a woman who wants to come watch you play softball. It’s a nice night, and you’re pretty sure you’ve got enough game to impress her and keep her interested. So what’s to worry about, what could possibly go wrong? Touch ’em all, right?
Here’s your Saturday Benchies.
Guess The Game From The Scoreboard: This one should be pretty easy, although you may want to give it some thought. With interleague play starting up last evening, what could be better than a look at some traditional cross-town rivalries. Ready? Guess The Game From The Scoreboard Date, location and final score, please, and be sure to link to your answer. And, as always, if you enjoy the game, please send me some new scoreboards! Drop me a line. Thanks!
Another case for pullovers? In case you missed it earlier in the week, Paul had a fantastic post lamenting the lack of ability of today’s major leaguers to remain properly buttoned, even going so far as to suggest that pullovers, or faux-button jerseys, be considered in MLB. A great discussion ensued, and there were good points made on all sides. With all the recent ‘mishaps’ involving buttons in baseball, you’d think we’d seen the worst of it.
Not so. Last evening, in the comments, a video was posted of Anibel Sanchez. I’m not quite certain what happened, but as he proceeded off the mound following the end of an inning, another button catastrophe ensued. That shot is pretty bad, but wait: it got worse…much worse. Like I said, I’m not quite sure what happened, but that’s like…all but ONE of his buttons undone.
I’m not a fan of pullovers, but that there is a good on field case for them.
Back again with more Uniform Tweaks, Concepts and Revisions today. Lots to get to, and if you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Leading off today is Matt Sajna, who addresses mess up in Canada:
In the two hole is Frank Monzo, who, um, likes the sports bra look…or something. And they say people don’t put idle time to good use:
Hey, I made this yesterday while sitting around the house i think the Angels do need something new for their alternates and i loved what i did for their hats.
OK then. In the third spot is someone who didn’t give me a real name, but goes by jnes12eaglesfan, who, shockingly, has an Eagles concept:
Modern Eagles uniforms with a retro theme…plus white helmets.
And closing out the show today is James Hayden, who, purely coincidentally, also has some Eagles tweaks — I post these in the order they come in, and I guess the Eagles 1960 throwbacks got people thinking of Eagle concepts. James actually sent two separate sets in one day:
A fairly simple tweek for the Eagles — basically their current style unis substituting Kelly for Midnight Green with Silver pants and trim and a BFBS alt jersey. I considered shoulder and sleeve stripes ala’ the mid-1960’s Eagles, but modern “stripes” (we should really call them “strips”) look silly.
Sorry for the second e-mail in one day, but I got bored at work and went ahead and tried a “strip(e)d” version for the Eagles too (and a bonus attempt at a “textured wing” white helmet) – enjoy!
And that’s gonna do it for this fine Saturday. Everyone have a great day and Paul — have a safe trip across the pond.
Edward VIII replaced his fly buttons with a zip, a revolutionary move; and his Fair Isle pullovers, shorts and Windsor knots were considered by some to foreshadow the end of Empire. — Angus McGill