‘Plaid’ Is Not an Official Team Color — Yet


It’s been a weird six weeks or so for the Rays. First came the plaid blazers. Then the blazers begat plaid-brimmed cap design that somehow became anointed as the team’s BP cap. The kicker came last night, as the Rays trotted out the plaid-brimmed hats e for last night’s game against the Orioles.

I was out of the house all night — first in Manhattan at the “60 interviews in 60 minutes” radio thing (my teeny segment of which went really well, thank you) and then in Hoboken to see Dump and the Clean (who both rocked the house quite nicely) — so I missed this new milestone in baseball headwear. My ex post facto assessment, written at 2am while half-asleep, is something like this:

Did the caps look good? Not particularly, but they didn’t look that bad either. The Rays’ uniform is such a snooze that any bit of added visual interest is welcome from where I sit. Also, remember that this is the same team that added the striped socks a few months back. In an era when every team takes its marching orders from MLB HQ, I like that there’s a team willing to do its own thing. (And besides, it’s not like plaid has never appeared on a baseball diamond before.)

Moreover, the plaid program seems to fit skipper Joe Maddon’s studiously eccentric persona. So while the caps may simply be a marketing gimmick, they don’t feel like one, at least not to me. They just feel like an extension of Maddon’s sensibility. Look at this quote he gave after the game: “All this stuff has been done in different ways before. When something new comes out, people, some enjoy it, some frown upon it, some don’t get it and that’s OK.”

Good for him. And for them.

New ESPN column today — here’s the link.

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Pretty amazing, even for them: I recently got a note from reader Eric Discher. “I’m the type of guy who removes the button from the top of all my baseball caps,” he said. “So when my wife bought me a cap from USA Soccer, I promptly removed the button. Well, on the underside of the cap, there’s the metal thing that keeps the button in place. Here’s what I found upon removing it.”

Boy, they don’t miss a trick, do they?

Giveaway reminder: I’m currently giving away an original uniform painting from the Maple Leaf Productions archives. Full details here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I mentioned that Air Force would be wearing special uniforms this weekend against Army, but we didn’t have a photo. Now we do. “As an alumnus, I take a lot of pride in the lightning bolt helmets and am not a big fan of the change,” says Brett Waller. I love the bolts too, but I have to admit that I kinda dig this helmet. Reminds me of a circa-’62 all-star design or something like that. Necessary? Definitely not. More stupid than good? Probably. But I like it anyway. ”¦ Update: As several readers have quickly pointed out, the Air Force helmet design is based on the tail design of Thunderbird figher planes. … Hmmm, is this the Twins’ new BP jersey for next season? No, it’s not — I’ve seen the new BP designs, and that’s not what Minnesota’s will look like. I can confirm, however, the basic template shown there is accurate, and so are the illustrations shown here. Pretty awful, but it’s just BP gear so I can’t get too worked up about it one way or another. Those pages come from a Majestic catalog, which also shows something new on tap for 2011: Cool Base pants (with thanks to James Craven). ”¦ Remember the NFL’s pink-accented gear? Get ready to see a lot of this weekend, and throughout the rest of October. ”¦ Jeff Spry notes that Robbie Cano was missing his Steinbrenner memorial patch on Tuesday night. ”¦ The NFL is launching a line of women’s clothing and accessories, “including logoed jeans, branded yoga mats and even a purse made of recycled license plates.” Sounds, uh, groundbreaking (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ Decent video about how Oregon football chooses its uni design each week (with thanks to Kurt Witten). ”¦ The Capitals will unveil their Winter Classic throwback on Saturday. ”¦ The Falcons will be wearing their throwbacks this Sunday against the Niners. They’ll also be presenting throwback jerseys to all their former Pro Bowlers — except for one (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ Pitt State will be wearing camouflage jerseys this weekend (with thanks to Matt Newbery). ”¦ Check this out: Not just color on color, but blue on blue! That’s Pitt vs. UCLA, 1970 (with thanks to Larry Bodnovich). ”¦ Raheem Brock of the Seahawks wore green socks at yesterday’s practice. ”¦ Ladies and gentlemen, your Connecticut Whale logo. The water spout is a nice touch, no? (With thanks to Alan Kreit.) ”¦ New basketball uniforms for George Mason (with thanks to Josh Holman). ”¦ Interesting interview with Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer, in which he sounds like he’s expecting Reebok (which is an Adidas-owned brand) to lose the bidding for the new NFL license. We’ll all find out in about a month. ”¦ Here’s a weird one: Erick Yohe says this photo was taken in the “M” section of RFK Stadium in Washington during the Nats’ first season, 2005. What’s with the Dodgers logo on the armrail? I put that question to D.C. baseball expert R. Scott Rogers, who responded with a lengthy analysis that’s too long for the Ticker, but you can read it here. ”¦ Who knew BYU used to have players with triple-digit uni numbers? And here are some in the 200s! Those are all from the late 1920s, courtesy of Larry Bodnovich.


And now a quick word from Phil: Attention MLB uni trackers (and non-trackers): I’m planning on a postseason uni prediction piece for the weekend, and I’m hoping you guys who follow the possible postseason teams can help me out.

If you’re tracking the Braves, Phillies, Reds, Giants, Padres, Twins, Rangers, or Rays, please give me a shout. I’m looking to find out the uniform proclivities and protocols for those teams. For example, I know the Phillies will break out their creamy alts for home day games, but I’m not quite certain of how the other teams determine how they’ll dress on a given day. If you can let me know how it works for these teams, that would be great. Obviously, Yankees trackers need not apply.

186 comments to ‘Plaid’ Is Not an Official Team Color — Yet

  • Bryan | September 30, 2010 at 8:06 am |

    Link not there for Air Force special uniforms

    • Paul Lukas | September 30, 2010 at 8:14 am |

      Thanks. Now fixed.

      • KimK | September 30, 2010 at 10:26 am |

        Maybe the update should read that the Academy helmet mimics the Thunderbirds’ helmets.

        Though now one should wonder if Navy will wear some sort of Blue Angels inspired uniform.

        • Kenny M | September 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

          On the ‘Blue Angels’ uni, I’m envisioning a blue helmet, yellow/gold ‘Michigan State stripe’, yellow/gold uni numbers and either a gold or blue facemask. A helmet like the pilots wear would be pretty boring. It’s just yellow.

          The unis could get interesting if they tried to pattern them after the pilots uniforms.


          If I wasn’t at work I’d do a mockup.

    • PB | September 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

      Correction to the ticker- Air Force is playing Navy this weekend, not Army. Go Navy!

  • Ricardo Leonor | September 30, 2010 at 8:12 am |

    Not really uni related….but there are so many things wrong with this story:


    It says the cheerleader exchanged fire with the gunman….so things are so rough that NFL cheerleaders are packing!!!!

    • jdreyfuss | September 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

      There’s nothing wrong with someone having a gun in her home for self defense. Obviously she had a good reason for it.

  • frankenslade | September 30, 2010 at 8:24 am |

    I thought I spotted something weird on the brim of one of the Rays players in a snippet of highlights I caught late last night. That’s great. It’s funny to see that Todd Kalas had hand in the design of the BRazers. His father, the late, great Harry, had a knack for snazzy, ’70s-style sportwear: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KAI4BDSkBuY/SeR_q7RDJXI/AAAAAAAABb4/dRmIRT3923E/s400/HK-RA+03_edited-1.jpg

  • jukierules | September 30, 2010 at 8:29 am |

    Not sure if you guys know this, but the helmet mimics the tail pattern on the Air Force Thunderbirds’ F-16s. I think it looks pretty cool myself!

    • S. Bennett | September 30, 2010 at 8:35 am |

      Odd – the #5 sticker on the Top F-16 is upside down.


      • Andy | September 30, 2010 at 8:40 am |

        It’s a tradition because the No. 5 aircraft spends a large portion of the show inverted, thus, the 5 appears right side up during those maneuvers. The 5 on the pilot’s flight suit is upside down as well.

        I love this helmet and the pants, but I think the jersey could have gone through one more design revision.

        • Kenny M | September 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

          Will #5 Anthony Wright’s number be upside down too?

    • KimK | September 30, 2010 at 10:09 am |

      The Thunderbird flight helmets and the USAFA football helmets have the same design.

      Well, the facemasks are slightly different….

      • StLMarty | September 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm |

        It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a picture of Maj. Ed Casey.

  • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 8:29 am |

    i wonder if jim mothervilker would wear this

    • Jim Vilk | September 30, 2010 at 10:41 am |


  • Frank | September 30, 2010 at 8:29 am |

    Looks like Air Force’s helmet is taking it’s cue from the Thunderbirds flight demonstration team.

    • Brent Jonas | September 30, 2010 at 8:37 am |

      Sorry Frank. Didn’t mean to duplicate your post. Yours popped up on refresh as I posted mine.

      • The Ghost of Ross Gload | September 30, 2010 at 8:45 am |

        The “scallops and stars” imagery has been on most Thunderbird jets going back to the 50s, and I think it’s been on the helmets worn by the pilots for nearly as long.

        Pretty cool, as far as these things go.

  • RS Rogers | September 30, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    Love love love those Rays caps. I was out in the wilderness (literally) most of September, and so hadn’t heard about the plaid caps before I caught a few innings of the game last night. I almost cried, it was so beautiful. Plaid on a baseball uniform has been a dream of mine since I was a kid – seeing it in action was almost an “I can die happy now” moment. And yes, sucker that I am, I went straight online, found where I could order one, and plunked my thirty-three bucks on the barrelhead.

    It’s not so much that the Rays unis are so plain that anything would be an improvement, but rather that they’re so simple that they can absorb radical alterations and still look good. There are a lot of plain baseball unis that could not stand up to what the Rays have done this season; I think that requires a significant rethinking of the low marks everyone has given the current Rays unis. Myself included; I think I called them C-minus unis at the time, and thought I was being generous; clearly, their ability to stand up to sock tinkering, light blue alternate shirts, and now plaid indicates that the basic uni is more like a B-plus.

    I hate for this to be happening in what may be the Twins last, best chance to make the World Series for a while, but I hope that the Rays are successful enough in October for the socks and plaid cap to become official, permanent uni elements.

    Also, while on the way to and from said wilderness, I stayed at a number of La Quinta motels and noticed that the chain’s new logo uses a Rays-like sunburst with one longer-than-the-rest glint reaching down and to the right. Could the Rays be the sleeper design influence of the last few years?

    • tommyd | September 30, 2010 at 9:18 am |

      If a PLAYOFF team needs to give away 20,000 tickets the last week of the season, what they wear on the brim of their caps is truly irrelevant.


      Is Mayflower still in business?


      • Brandon | September 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm |

        The team did not need to give away tickets. They chose to give them away. The Rays are not the only playoff(contending) team that is not selling out. Saw Highlights from the Reds game the other night GAP looked damn near empty. Why can’t the Braves sell out they are still in the hunt and it’s Bobby Cox’s last year.

        • ATLien | September 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm |

          The Braves don’t sell out because over %50 of people in Atlanta aren’t actually from the state, or even from the region.

    • daddyfisk | September 30, 2010 at 10:51 am |

      LI Phil, Mr. Marshall or Jim I wounder what that uniform would look like with matching plaid stirrups….

      • Brian | September 30, 2010 at 11:49 am |

        I was at the game last night (and was at 4 of the last 6 home games, so I’m no bandwagon free ticket grabber) and saw that, next to the striped stirrups in the team store, they sold plaid socks (not stirrups) with the starburst logo. If the Rays read this, I would advise them to stay away from the plaid socks and stick with the stirrups. (Which I wore to all those games, by the way. Quite a few compliments, too.)

      • jdreyfuss | September 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

        I would love to see them go to plaid stirrups full time. It might be enough to get them to wear knickers full time, too.

        The hat is a nice one-time thing, but I wouldn’t do it permanently.

    • markw | September 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm |

      Is that you BallWonk?

      • RS Rogers | September 30, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

        Clearly not. BallWonk only speaks of himself in the third person, like Bob Dole. I call myself “I” and “me” and stuff.

        As to why I have a Nats jersey with a “BallWonk” NOB – Nom de Plume Name on Back, or NDPNOB? or is that AKANOB? – in my closet, I’m sure there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for that.

    • Andy | September 30, 2010 at 8:45 am |

      I’m glad you see the value in design. A. It’s mostly being paid for by the money they get from the DOT and B. Car accidents are expensive as well. Might as well have your tax dollars go toward something that could potentially save you money down the road.

      • Mark K | September 30, 2010 at 8:55 am |


    • The Jeff | September 30, 2010 at 8:51 am |

      I think that font change is pretty much nationwide. I know I’ve seen a few of the interstate signs here in Columbus that have switched to that new font. I don’t really see how it’s any more readable, but whatever. I mean, seriously if you’re blind enough that you can’t read the old font… you shouldn’t be driving.

      • pk | September 30, 2010 at 9:03 am |

        I agree “The Jeff”…and FWIW, I don’t drive when I am in NYC…usually Metro-North & Subway myself around…are the “eye-tests” going to be changed too? The old font is easier to read IMHO…is this really a priority to change street signs? $220 Million could go elsewhere (or even be saved) for something much more productive…it’s just a matter of time before a new “more easy” font is mandated…why not just Helvetica…that font is everywhere already…if you cand read caps, then youshouldn’t be driving.

        • RS Rogers | September 30, 2010 at 9:30 am |

          The article points out – though several paragraphs below quoting a bunch of angry residents who don’t actually know the facts in order to justify a basically false headline that fits the political bias of the newspaper – that the sign replacement won’t actually cost an extra $220 million, since most of the signs will be replaced as part of the normal practice of replacing signs when they need replacing anyway.

          As to the readability, “the old font is easier to read IMHO” is not exactly a sound basis for making public policy or deciding how to spend public money. There’s actual, rigorous science behind public sign standards, and the research is pretty clear that upper/lower type is more readable than all caps. This isn’t really a matter of opinion to be debated, but a matter of fact to be researched.

        • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 9:44 am |


          It’s easy to bitch and whine about tax money, but this seems a reasonable expense on all fronts. As used as I am to the all-caps, I’ve seen studies indicating that initial-caps are easier to read.

          Signs need to be replaced anyway, and clearer signs are better signs. This is not only *not* a waste of money, it’s a particularly appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.

        • Steve Naismith | September 30, 2010 at 11:29 am |

          NY Times ran a fantastic (if you’re into this sort of thing, which I am) article about the Clearview Highway font back in 2007: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/magazine/12fonts-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

          The most interesting tidbit I took from the article:

          “In nighttime tests, Clearview showed a 16 percent improvement in recognition over Highway Gothic, meaning drivers traveling at 60 miles per hour would have an extra one to two seconds to make a decision.”

          Granted, highway signs and street signs would have different levels of improved clarity – but the same basic principles apply.

        • Andy | September 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

          ‘Tis true. In short, the brain actually reads the shape of the word before it sorts through the letters. So, if the signs are mixed-case, the brain can use what it knows to identity the words more quickly, whereas ‘LINCOLN ST’ is basically a rectangle (to the brain), and thus it actually has to see the letters to read them.

      • Eddie in Nashville | September 30, 2010 at 11:39 am |

        Maybe not everywhere. An interstate split near downtown Nashville has recently changed from I-40 West toward Memphis and I-65 South toward Huntsville to MEMPHIS and HUNTSVILLE.

    • Terry Proctor | September 30, 2010 at 9:27 am |

      Could it be that the city sign shop at Riker’s didn’t have enough work?

    • concealed78 | September 30, 2010 at 9:29 am |

      And then 10 to 20 years from now, they’ll claim to need to replace all the new signs, stating that all uppercase letters will improve legibility and driver reaction time. The circle of life.

      • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 9:32 am |

        which is, not coincidentally, about the life of each sign

    • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 10:22 am |



      Seriously, though. NYC ain’t the only place where all caps are de rigueur. Mixed-case signs are being phased in, though.

  • Brent Jonas | September 30, 2010 at 8:35 am |

    Looks like the Air Force unis take their cue from the Air Force Thunderbirds


  • The Jeff | September 30, 2010 at 8:38 am |

    I like the plaid. I say let them use it for a full uniform.

    Of course, on the downside, it would be more of a pajama look than anything else in the league, but I’m ok with that.

    • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 9:47 am |

      If they keep the plaid to just the jersey, I think they could look very cool.

  • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    good thing the air force football helmets didn’t exactly mimic the air force thunderbirds‘ helmets

    that might be overkill

  • Andy | September 30, 2010 at 8:47 am |

    Well, except for the rear logo, they basically do.

  • Bernard | September 30, 2010 at 8:56 am |

    Those Air Force unis are BADASS.

    • Robert | September 30, 2010 at 11:52 am |

      Agree 100%. I tend to like traditional uniforms and I think the Falcons’ is a great one, but there’s nothing wrong with spicing it up once a year with a special uniform, especially one that’s actually relevant.

      Great stuff.

  • DJ | September 30, 2010 at 9:03 am |

    The new batting practice template vaguely reminds me of current soccer jerseys. I suppose the white inserts are made of a lighter mesh material, with the rest being CoolBase. Whatever. If the inserts were contrasting team colors, it might be a little better.

  • concealed78 | September 30, 2010 at 9:10 am |

    Plaid is hideous. Ugly-ass and loud. Never liked it as a kid, thought it looked ridiculous for the Grunge Era, or on Ray Romano or if its for outdoors, kilts or wood workshop. It’s just too much, too busy, too radical. It just reeks of something, I don’t know if it’s the 1970s, Bob Uecker, Bud Selig the Sleazy Used Car Salesman, or a really obnoxious sportscaster with a bad toupee.

  • Tom from St Paul | September 30, 2010 at 9:46 am |

    On the Twins not new BP jerseys, I noticed they used the old Twins logo. You can see it most in the S in Twins, it’s blocky instead of pointy. Is that BP design been around a while and is now just being used for the official BP jerseys or did someone mess up in photoshop?

    I’m also curious on the Rays hats. Not a bad look, though feels like something the St Paul Saints would do. Now I remember when they added their striped socks they could do whatever they wanted cause socks were not official parts of the uniform. But I know hats are. Isn’t there some lengthy process to add an alternate, or tweak a jersey or hat? Or is this looked at as a one time gimmick and not an official change so MLB doesn’t care? Or does MLB see $$$$$$ and ignored their own uniform modification rules?

    • Terry Proctor | September 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

      You raise excellent points. I think that as long as MLB gets their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ they couldn’t give a rat’s as*. All kidding aside, I believe it takes around three years to get a new design OK’d by MLB Properties. They have to approve or actually do any new design, colors, yadda, yadda, yadda. Big Brother at his worst.

      • James Craven | September 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm |

        Okay, the old Twins font was used on that “prototype”. In laymen’s terms, the secondary color of the team will be in the white spots (think scarlet with the Twins in the picture). And the O’s will likely have the orange ones pictured, so that they can be seen on Google Earth maps like a sore thumb.

  • JB Early | September 30, 2010 at 9:53 am |

    I applaud the TB Rays for dressing outside the batter’s box. But Joe Maddon needs to getting eye glass frames more suited to wearing w/a ball cap than hip granddad reading glasses. . ..

  • RJ | September 30, 2010 at 9:55 am |

    The “Connecticut Whale” logo is a joke, thats no way to court the NHL back which is what the goal is. I really expected more from Baldwin.

    • The Jeff | September 30, 2010 at 10:17 am |

      It’s a cartoon whale with a hockey stick. It’s no worse than a cartoon shark biting a hockey stick, is it?

    • BrianC | September 30, 2010 at 10:38 am |

      A minor league club with a cartoony logo! Who’d a thunk it? I’m glad Danbury got it right…

      • James Craven | September 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm |

        What’s next? Brass Bonanza after every goal?

  • ToasterPoodle | September 30, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    Those seats with the LA logo were also at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, longtime home of the Columbus Clippers.

  • interlockingtc | September 30, 2010 at 10:02 am |
    • Chris from Carver | September 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

      They also put it on the cardboard inserts in new shoes.

  • Just another tequila sunrise | September 30, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    Plaid — 1916 Giants, too!

    • NickV | September 30, 2010 at 10:05 am |

      With all of the throwbacks used in games by almost every team in the majors, I would love to see a game where the Dodgers or Giants or anyone else used the Plaid uniform.

      They are made and sold by Ebbets Field and Mitchell & Ness from time tio time, so they can be done. And they look better than 85% of the crap we usually see on the diamond ….

      • CraigD | September 30, 2010 at 10:15 am |

        Right now the jerseys are solid white, gray or team color. If they are going to start putting patterns on that fabric, lets begin with the Under Armor “flannel” look and then we can talk about plaids. Baby steps!

    • Skycat | September 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm |

      As I mentioned earlier the Dodger uniforms were not plaid, but Tattersall (checked). I would consider the 1916 Giants’ uniforms to be plaid, though. I guess pink was a popular color then.

  • NickV | September 30, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    Regarding the UCLA/Pitt Blue vs Blue, I have never seen that UCLA Blue jersey – with Athletic Gold numerals in the “fancy font” used in the previous plain White numeral era. Pretty sharp look – wish UCLA would go back to that font with Old Gold numerals – similar to the 1999-2005 era.

  • tamalie | September 30, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    Most likely RFK Memorial Stadium bought used seats from Dodger Stadium at some point, thus accounting for the odd logo on the seat in the photo.

  • B-Rich | September 30, 2010 at 10:08 am |

    Actually, although the design on the blazers and caps can accurately be described as “plaid”, I think a more accurately designation in terms of the color and location would be “MADRAS”…. as in a madras shirt or blazer. Very fitting for this Florida-related team. The cool colors of dark and light blue are much more evocative of madras than the warmer colors found in woolen tartans described as “plaid”. And it appears that the blazer and brim is made of a much more lightweight material, more like a cotton than wool. “Madras” fits in perfectly– a summer sport, semi-tropical Florida, and retirees in St. Petersburg.

    Which leads me to believe that the next trend for the Tampa Bay Rays will be…. SEERSUCKER!!!! Five’ll get you ten we’ll see that next season.

    • RS Rogers | September 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm |

      I had the same thought – well, OK, the same thought minus being smart enough to remember the word “madras”; I was all like, “that really light fabric they sell in the Territory Ahead catalog” – but when I looked closely at the versions of the cap for sale online, I was surprised to find that it’s an actual plaid. Which is to say, it’s the same thread pattern in both directions of the weave. (Warp and weft, right? And if so, how come the evil Enterprise from the “Mirror Mirror” universe didn’t use weft drive?) You see a lot of not-quite plaids where the weave uses two slightly different thread patterns, so it’s not the same if you rotate the fabric 90 degrees. True plaid is so rarely achieved, even when people try, that I think it’s important to call out those who succeed in making a true plaid!

      Now the old 1910s Giants and Dodgers, those were not really plaid. Windowpane or tattersall, maybe, but not plaid as a Scot would know it.

  • S. Bennett | September 30, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  • HowlinLobo | September 30, 2010 at 10:10 am |

    hmmm removing the button? Where do people come up with this shit?

    • BrianC | September 30, 2010 at 10:39 am |

      I’ve seen Navy ship/submarine caps that were made without buttons. I don’t know why.

      • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 10:42 am |

        I’d imagine it’s because of the low ceilings. You ever bumped your head while wearing a baseball cap and had the squatchee driven into your skull? Not pleasant.

        • KimK | September 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

          Squatchee-free would also be quieter (essential for a sub) when bumped.

  • NickV | September 30, 2010 at 10:16 am |


    The Saints wore their Black leotard Pants for the first time this year against the Falcons, and promptly LOST.

    They are 16-2 while wearing Gold Pants, and 2-3 while wearing the Black Leotard Pants.

    I had hoped that after a great 2009 post-season, a Super Bowl victory, and a very good first two games in 2010 (and four preseason games) all wearing Gold Pants, that we would FINALLY be spared the Black Leotard thuglet, idiot,
    bantam junior college wannabe, horrible Pants look.
    No such Luck.

    Black Leotards Pants … Simply Nauseating …..

    • SoCalDrew | September 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

      1000% agreed!

      • Terry D. | September 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm |

        *Black Woman Voice* Mmmmmmm Hmmmmmmm……

  • NickV | September 30, 2010 at 10:21 am |


    The Saints wore their Black leotard Pants for the first time this year against the Falcons, and promptly LOST.

    They are 16-2 while wearing Gold Pants, and 2-3 while wearing the Black Leotard Pants since the beginning of the 2009 Regular Season. That includes the 2009 season ending loss to Carolina where the Saints wore Gold Pants and lost while playing their paractice squad and subs.

  • Cort | September 30, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    That whale looks beached on that great big “C” — and he looks mighty unhappy about it.

    • christopher h | September 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm |

      the website says, “a grimacing blue whale diving through a green C while clutching a hockey stick” but trust me, i’m a fat guy, that whale is stuck

  • skott daltonic | September 30, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    CT Whale logo:

    it’s good. one thing – baleen whales don’t have teeth, they have baleen plates. hence the name, baleen whales.

    Air Force Helmets:

    i didn’t like them until i saw the Thunderbird connection. RAD. love it.
    i hope Navy does a Blue Angel uni at some point!

    TB Devil Rays:

    love the plaid. love Maddon.

  • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    I’d be interested to know what actual Thunderbird pilots think about these special AFA football unis.

    Do they see it as an honor (imitation is the most sincere form of flattery) or is it presumptuous/disrespectful to co-opt their look (you need to earn it)?

    • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 11:03 am |

      i think that’s swooshie’s decision, not the actual pilots, no?

      • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 11:08 am |

        What? Nike’s going to tell the pilots what their opinion is?

        • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 11:34 am |


          they’ve told every other school what to think and what looks good…surely the flyboys are no different

        • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 11:48 am |

          We’re not talking about the cadets. We’re talking about the Thunderbird pilots. You know, the actual officers who’ve not only graduated from the Academy, but have also earned the privilege to fly in the elite squadron upon which these (are they calling them pro combat?) unis are based.

    • KimK | September 30, 2010 at 11:48 am |

      All the services see their respective academy as a point of pride and vice versa.

      Remember that the Army/Navy game is often adorned with the patches of many actual units.

      Despite Phil’s cynicism, I’d think that the actual USAF Thunderbird pilots and crews are proud of them as the mission of that group is that they’re representative of men and women of the entire USAF.

      • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 11:55 am |

        With all due respect, I really don’t care what anyone thinks they think.

    • S. Bennett | September 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm |

      If it is a bone of contention, I’m sure AF wouldn’t let it happen regardless of what Swooshie thinks looks cool.


  • Jimwa | September 30, 2010 at 10:45 am |

    Re the change in street signs:

    I think it’s fine to use that style on full highway signs, but in regards to neighborhood street signs, how will they be mixed and matched? Will street names without descenders be centered on the one-line street signs? If the overall word is centered, you have an inconsistant look between signs. If all words are spaced equally on all signs, those without descenders will look odd.

    As for the cost, as long as it’s done as part of the regular replacement of signs, I’m good with it. If not, shoot the officials that voted for it.

  • Jim Vilk | September 30, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    Kudos for the plaid hats.

    And for those who don’t like them, the Rays could have done worse…like wearing what their rookies wore:

  • Jim Vilk | September 30, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    Kudos also to the Cito ‘staches. Not everyone wore them,
    but I’m glad those who did were allowed. A nice fun tribute.

  • Rob | September 30, 2010 at 10:59 am |

    Maybe the Rays figure that if they’re not getting enough fans out there, they can wear whatever the heck they want? What’s next, Armani Suit Night? (Maybe Steve Martin can throw out the first pitch…)

    • tommyd | September 30, 2010 at 11:03 am |

      I’m hoping for a 2008 World Series redeux, so we can pack that ashtray in St. Pete with real baseball fans from Philadelphia.

      • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 11:36 am |

        just the ones who haven’t been tased yet, i hope

        • tommyd | September 30, 2010 at 11:43 am |

          You would’ve loved the family of Mutts fans at CBP behind me on Saturday night… obviously delaying our 4th straight division clinching for one more day was the highlight of the Jerry Manuel era for them.

  • =bg= | September 30, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    AF helmets——–reaallllly nice.

  • ClubMedSux | September 30, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    Am I the only one who’s wondering why somebody would pull the button off of their baseball cap?

    • Jet | September 30, 2010 at 11:26 am |

      It was standard procedure when I was a kid (60’s). Because if you didn’t, another kid would come along and slap the top of your head and that button would feel a hammer against your skull!!


      • Paul Lukas | September 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm |

        Several MLBers have done it over the years. Keith Foulke, for one. And I think one of the current pitchers on the Rays.

  • Harmy G | September 30, 2010 at 11:17 am |

    “Yesterday I mentioned that Air Force would be wearing special uniforms this weekend against Army…”

    Navy, not Army this weekend.

  • Smail | September 30, 2010 at 11:22 am |

    I have to question that LA seat response. As mentioned in an earlier comment, those seats were also found in Columbus’ Cooper Stadium, and a year or two back I saw pictures of them in another ballpark (it may have even been in the comments here). As I recall, someone found a link that showed that it was a seating manufacturer’s logo.

  • Jeffrey | September 30, 2010 at 11:25 am |

    I really hope Reebok loses the NFL license. I think we can all assume It’s Nike who would possibly outbid them. As much as we ridicule Nike for putting the swoosh EVERYWHERE and silly stunts like Pro Combat, they’re lightyears ahead of Reebok/Adidas in fabrics and fit. Just look at Nike college football teams with traditional uniforms. Their solutions to issues like shoulder stripes (LSU, VT), sleeve stripes (Iowa, Florida), and form-fitting fabrics make jerseys like the Colts’ and Giants’ stretchy new getups look amateur.

    • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 11:28 am |

      You can’t see someone like Under Armour putting in an over-the-top bid to get their foot in the door?

      • CraigD | September 30, 2010 at 11:35 am |

        I remember what a shock it was when FOX jumped in and outbid CBS for the NFC. No one expected an upstart to jump in like that. So I can totally see a smaller company, wanting to make a mark, overbidding and getting that deal.

        • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 11:37 am |

          majestic doesn’t make football unis, right?

          please say they don’t

        • JTH | September 30, 2010 at 11:52 am |
    • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

      Heck, if it would give the Packers proper sleeve stripes, I’d even be okay with Nike taking over.

    • Andy | September 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

      Nike teams have the same truncated stripes that adidas and other teams do. I like Eli Manning’s new jersey. It actually has stripes that go all the way around the sleeve. The regular cut of the new Reebok jersey is horrendous, though

      • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm |

        yeah, um…

        no it doesn’t

        • Andy | September 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

          Yeah, um… no need for the freaking sarcasm.

          It appears that he was outfitted with thicker stripes (presumably to match the rest of the Giants) on his jersey this season, even though it’s the same jersey cut as last season, and the stripes no longer go all the way around the sleeve. The ‘quarterback cut’ of the new jersey has small sleeves, like Eli’s, while the normal cut that most other players wear just has armholes, like a sleeveless top.

        • StLMarty | September 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm |

          And no need for the word “freakin”.

        • StLMarty | September 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm |

          I meant “freaking”.

        • Andy | October 1, 2010 at 8:33 am |

          My fault. I forgot this place enforces a kindergarten conduct policy. We’re adults, and that’s not even a ‘curse word.’ Phil got a little salty, and I got a little salty back. There’s no problem with that. It’s how the world works.

  • Jimwa | September 30, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    Sheesh … no need to slap me. I just wanted to see what you were advertising …


    • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 11:39 am |

      quote from that article:

      “The nation’s largest women’s group doesn’t like it one bit. ‘It’s so obnoxious to once again be using women’s bodies to sell fundamentally unhealthy products,’ says Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.”

      of course, we should only be using women’s bodies to sell healthy products

      • Adam | September 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm |

        You would think a group of America’s largest women would be all about anything KFC… strange.

    • tommyd | September 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

      “Last week, the chain confessed that more than six in 10 Americans ages 18 to 25 – the chain’s key demographic – couldn’t identify who Colonel Sanders was in the KFC logo.”

      Let’s see… is Colonel Sanders the K, the F, the C, or the white guy with the funny beard?

      • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm |

        Mrs. White: He didn’t actually seem to like me very much; he had threatened to kill me in public.

        Miss Scarlet: Why would he wanna kill you in public?

        Wadsworth: I think she meant he threatened, in public, to kill her. [rolls eyes]

    • S. Bennett | September 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

      Congratulations on resisting the obligatory “finger lickin’ ” jokes.

      What? Wait….



  • Jim 50 | September 30, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    Can someone tell me the name of the font used for the NY on the New York Mets hats? Thanks.

  • JGoodrich | September 30, 2010 at 11:59 am |

    At a conference during my college years, a girl came up to me and said “You go to Notre Dame, don’t you?” Not recognizing her, I asked how she knew.

    “No one else wears plaid ties.”

  • Brian | September 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

    I bought one of the Rays plaid caps at the game Tuesday night and I love it. That said, I think it’s great as a fashion cap, or even as a BP cap, but as far as games, I think it’s best left as a one-game thing. Forty years from now, it could be a trivia question.

    However, the argument has been made for a Rays cap with a Columbia blue brim, and I think last night solidified it. From our seats in right field, you couldn’t tell that Matt Joyce’s brim was plaid if you didn’t already know, it just had some sort of design on it that made it look light blue, and it looked good.

    • Jeremy | September 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

      did you pay for those seats in right field or did you take the handout?

      • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

        Statistically, the odds are pretty good he took the handout. If the last twelve years have taught us anything, it’s that nobody pays for tickets to watch the Rays. ;)

  • Jimwa | September 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

    What would you rather have, plaid brims, or obnoxious lines in places on the crown of the cap where they don’t belong?

  • Jimwa | September 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

    Imagine that … the Bengels jersey COULD be worse!!!


    (though Chad thinks THEY’RE GREAT! … though when in New York, he stated “They’re Great”)

  • stannate | September 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    1. Clearview had been approved in 2004 by the Federal Highway Administration for usage on highway signs. I am a bit surprised to see it used on street signs, but my guess here is that since many Interstate signs are switching to Clearview fonts, the increased exposure to this typeface will breed enough familiarity that it will work in the smaller space provided by street signs.

    2. I think Tampa Bay could really pull off a home plaid look like the Dodgers, though with the lighter shade of blue instead of their darker shade.

    3. Isn’t the MLB license coming up soon? I remember Paul mentioning this a while back when he reviewed the uniforms worn by the revived baseball program at Oregon.

    • Jimwa | September 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

      Guess it would be like the White Sox and Bulls alternates had a little rendezvous in New York and that jersey was the result.

    • Gusto44 | September 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

      Those Yankees reverse pinstripe uniforms were sharp, I could see them as a regular road uniform, or a alternate uniform. I think some people get a little too carried away with a particular uniform style, it’s not like the home Yankee uniform would be changed. Also, the club has had uniform changes before, so it’s not like we’re changing the US Constitution here.

      I could understand the outrage if the Yanks went crazy, and adopted red and blue as the primary colors, but a uniform change which keeps the integrity of the Yankees tradition certainly has merit. You can have the best of both worlds in uniform design, keeping the essence of tradition, along with newer ideas for the younger fan.

      There’s no doubt in my mind a classy alternate look from the Yankees would gradually be accepted and embraced by their fans. Younger fans more quickly, but eventually the older fans would come along, realizing how absurd it is to get worked up over this issue. I would bet anyone here there would not be rioting in the streets of New York is such a change were made, or mass boycotts of games.

      • Christopher | September 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

        I don’t necessarily disagree.

        However, the fact that the Yankees are pretty much the ONLY team and ALL of pro sports that isn’t on the constant change/alternate/etc. jersey bandwagon, I’d like to see them stay as-is, forever.

        I don’t hate alternates at all, and generally like the new trend of colorful alts. And I’m not a Yankees fan in any way. Still, the fact that their tradition has been going on so long, and it bucks all current trends- I like it.

      • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

        “a uniform change which keeps the integrity of the Yankees tradition certainly has merit.”


        going reverse pinstripes (presumably with midnight blue pants as well) “keeps the integrity of the Yankees tradition”?

        so…the mets swapping a black jersey for white did the same thing?

        because, that’s pretty much what the yankees considered

        • Gusto44 | September 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm |

          Huge difference, because black wasn’t part of the Mets color scheme.

          And it’s not like the Yankees would start losing with a classy uniform change. The world will not end if the Yanks wore a dark alternate top, for example.

        • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

          “The world will not end if the Yanks wore a dark alternate top.”

          that may be saturday’s quote of the day

        • Gusto44 | September 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

          How about this for another quote of the day.

          “If the Yankees ever wear a quality alternate uniform and start having losing seasons, I will have gender reassignment surgery”

    • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 5:09 pm |

      Great column – I’ve been interested in that story for years. Nice to get some more background.

      • scott | September 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm |

        I still think it’s awesome that the Yankees and Dodgers made it through the ’70s unscathed and somehow were able to keep buttons on the jerseys and belts on the pants.

  • LarryB | September 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

    I hope to see the Air Force unis on TV or at least highlights.

    Those look pretty fancy and for one game are neat. I still liked the Air Force helmet when it had the blue silver blue middle stripe. Air Force from what I can tell was one of the first college teams to use decals. They had those bolts lat 50’s. One day somebody can figure out what college team was first to use a logo.

    • Gusto44 | September 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

      Air Force does play Navy this week, which is a better game than some of the BCS conference mediocre games which get shown on a regular basis. Maybe the CBS College Sports Channel will air this matchup.

      I would like to see a logo on both the Navy and Army gold helmets. Both service academies have good logos, which would translate well to the helmet. Navy actually had a dark blue helmet nearly a decade ago with “Navy” in yellow script.

      • LarryB | September 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm |

        My cable guide shows Army vs Temple Saturday at noon. I did not check everywhere else for the game.

        Interesting point about the Army and Navy helmets. I am not a fan of gold helmets such as Notre Dames plain gold. But the shade of gold such as Army is one I have always liked with.

        I saw some of Baylor and Rice and the lighter gold of Baylor’s helmet is nice in my opinion.

  • LarryB | September 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm |

    Not a fan of the plaid at all

    • BurghFan | September 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm |


      Where did you find the Pitt-UCLA pictures? I was at that game, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it in early color-on-color discussions. (There was no problem distinguishing which team was which.)

      • LarryB | September 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm |

        Those I saw a while back in Pitt yearbook online. I saved them. I was just looking through my old pictures and thought it was blue on blue even though one was dark blue and UCLA had the light blue. I wondered how many times color on color was the same color?

    • LarryB | September 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm |

      I will say those old time baseball plaid were not as bad.

  • Jason Gomez | September 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

    MY GOD HOPEFULLY REEBOK loes…they are horrible all around

    • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm |

      well, they will probably pick up the cup stacking uni contract instead

      • Jimwa | September 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm |

        Here we go again

  • StadiumPage | September 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

    It seems that they had these “LA” seats in the Miami Orange Bowl too:

    • Jimwa | September 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

      “Orange Bowl Stadium Dodger Pair Seatback Chairs” … is “Dodger Pair” a brand name? A style? 30 second google search provided no answers.

  • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm |

    “Meanwhile, the next Uni Watch party will take place next Saturday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m., at Sheep Station in Brooklyn, N.Y. So throw on your favorite jersey and mingle with your fellow uniform enthusiasts — we’ll see you there.”

    I’ve been waiting for the next New York meetup, you’re holding it about a mile from my place, and I’m out of town? Drat.

  • hugh.c.mcbride | September 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

    The Killer says all y’all who are baggin’ on the Rays new lids need to hush: http://twitpic.com/2teg19

  • Paul F. | September 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm |

    NC State is making another attempt at new bball jerseys. Although its not a view of the front, it looks like Adidas is using the NBA fabric on the college jerseys. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5283448&fbid=439346283724&id=593288724&ref=nf

  • Leatherhead | September 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm |

    I own several Reebok football hats including the Replica Orange AFL Refs lid, They all have the vector on the bottom of the button. Perhaps it is a anti-counterfeiting measure? Why remove the button?


  • Chance Michaels | September 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm |

    I love those Rays caps. There’s something so charming about the club’s story, their blazers and now adopting the tartan for caps. I don’t much care that this new step is at least half a marketing ploy to sell caps, since it originated with something the team did for themselves.

    Shame that they don’t have a fanbase – they deserve so much better.

    • scott | September 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm |

      They do have a fanbase… the Rays’ TV ratings are through the roof this year.

  • StLMarty | September 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm |

    I don’t like the plaid bills. I would probably prefer the crown to be plaid and the bill solid. I wouldn’t wear it either way. Is there a black under bill?

    Lest we forget, Joe Maddon made his players travel in Ed Hardy gear. And listening to Coldplay doesn’t make him cool.

    • jdreyfuss | September 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

      They couldn’t do a plaid crown. The logo would get lost.

  • StLMarty | September 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm |

    Those Air Force helmets are proof positive that I do accept new things. People are wrong about me.

    • LI Phil | September 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm |

      “People are wrong about me.”

      as far as you know

      • StLMarty | September 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm |

        I know pretty far.

  • RS Rogers | September 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm |

    Looks like my hypothesis about RFK and Dodger Stadium being built at the same time leading to RFK using Dodgers-branded seats as spare parts belongs on Glenn Beck’s blackboard. Alas. Appears to be some kind of manufacturer’s mark. I wonder if it’s an indication that the seat frames in question were originally designed for, or based on original designs for, Dodger Stadium?

    However, the Nats really did use a lot of obviously secondhand equipment from other clubs when they first came to town, so it wasn’t necessarily an absurd hypothesis!

    • scott | September 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm |

      Still, it’s a fascinating subject. Seeing the “LA” logo at RFK and other stadiums sure is odd.

  • Alex | September 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm |

    I’m a collector of hats and have found that reebok as well as new era caps have their logo’s on the bottoms of the buttons so its not something nike just does. However this has only started happening the last 3 or 4 years

  • Eric | September 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm |

    Perhaps this company made the stadium seats in question:

    If so, its not a Dodger logo at all… They’ve been around for 50 years, so they could’ve been involved in seats for RFK and Dodger construction. They seem to just make bleachers now, but who knows what was in their past.

  • Mickel | September 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm |

    NFL Pink Seahawks headgear for Sun= http://yfrog.com/g4lgfpj

  • StLMarty | September 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm |

    Why would you name a hockey team after one whale?

  • Paul Lukas | September 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm |

    I know you guys usually ask me this kind of thing, instead of me asking you, but what’s up with the Padres’ chest patch today:

  • NSBJohn | October 1, 2010 at 2:56 am |

    I remember reading on the Dodgers’ site that Dodger Stadium originally had wooden seats, and they were replaced in the 1970’s renovation. With a quick glance on Google Image search, this was the only pic I could find of the old wooden seats at the stadium.

    Today, the only wooden seats that still exist (even surviving the McCourt renovations) are on the Club level of Dodger Stadium, where the chairs are painted the colors of the levels of Dodger Stadium (the same pattern that was on the walls of the old Dugout section pre-1990’s and on that little sliver of wall that separates the new Dugout Club section from the original Field Level seats).

    The last link came from this blog post I found while searching for pics for this post, which illustrates how Dodger Stadium went from a concept in the early 1960’s to the ballpark it is today, with original concept art and color swatches. Interesting stuff.

  • Troy | October 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm |

    I will say that although they weren’t as cool as the Army’s ACU unis…Air Force did their thing with this one. I hated it at first then it grew on me! Loved the Helmets! Ready for war!

  • mansion88 | October 3, 2010 at 6:18 am |

    Guys, Great article and very very interesting blog. That’s one thing I’m really looking forward. Looking forward to reading more from you next week.