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Picking The MLB Playoffs, Uni Style

MLB Playoff Teams Hed

By Phil Hecken

Well this is a fine mess.

I had hoped to come to you today with predictions for the MLB playoffs, based on the simple premise that the better uniformed team will win the series. And I will. There’s just one small problem. Going into the final day of the MLB season, not a single playoff series has been determined. Thanks to a resurgent Padres team, and a Phillies team that just keeps on winning, the NL will have five teams alive for four playoff berths today. And depending upon the results of those games, we may have not one, but two extra games beginning next week, just to determine the playoffs.

Things are a little more clear in the AL, where the four playoff teams have been decided for almost a full week. But, thanks to the uncertainty of who will win the American League East, we won’t know whether the Rangers travel to New York or St. Pete, nor whether the Twins will host the Yanks or Rays until the games are over today.

Who says the last week of the season isn’t exciting.

So, with that uncertainty in mind, lets set up the scenarios and predict the winners based upon all possible matchups, OK?


ALDS alt logoAmerican League Divisional Series

We know one thing for certain: Either the Rays or the Yankees will be the Wild Card team in the ALDS. What we don’t know is which team will be the Wild Card. Three possiblities exist. If the Yankees have a better record, they win the East. If the Rays have a better record, they win. And if the two teams are tied, the Rays would win the east because of a 10-8 edge in head-to-head play. If the Yankees win the East, they host the Rangers and the Rays head to Minnesota. If the Rays win the East, they host the Rangers and the Yankees head to Minnesota.

Entering play today, the Yankees and Rays are tied. So a Rays win gives them the division, regardless of what the Yankees do. A Rays loss and a Yankees loss also gives the Rays the title. If the Yanks win and the Rays lose, then the Yanks are your AL East champs. That’s pretty simple. Let’s pick those scenarios now.


Rangers vs Yankees Say what you will about the Yankees, but you cannot deny their uniforms are absolute classics, especially their homes. Any time the Yankees wear the pinstripes, they earn the advantage over any other team. Their road uniforms are also pretty sweet, but not invincible. Texas presents some interesting uniform possibilities: standard home, plus a red softball top and a blue softball top. On the road, they’ll wear either their standard grays or sometimes their blue alt. I would hope they’ll stick with their whites and grays, but it could be a total crapshoot. Nevertheless, the pinstripes with a home field will present too great a uniform challenge for the Rangers to overcome (and their red alternate is actually one softball top I don’t hate). *IF the Yanks play the Texases, Yankees in 4


Rays vs TwinsIf the Rays are the wild card and travel to Minnesota, this could be a very close series. As the home team, the Twins have a beautiful standard uni, an absolutely gorgeous fauxback alternate, and a dreadful softball top to choose from. Unless they decide (foolishly) to break out the navy top, the Twins home uniforms are solid. The Rays can only muster a plain gray or a dreary softball top as opposition. Advantage Twins. For the games inside the dome, the Rays offer up a solid, if unspectacular standard home, with the option of topping that with the dreary blue or the much nicer powder blue top. The Twins can answer with their new script, pinless roadie (which I happen to think is a HUGE improvement over the pinstriped roads, although many of you disagree) or their own uninspired alt. I can’t see Minnesota losing this uni battle, unless they somehow think wearing that blue alternate is a good idea. *IF the Twins play the Rays, Twins in 5.


The above scenarios had the Yankees winning the AL East. If the Rays win, that would set up the Yankees heading to Minnesota and the Rays hosting the Rangers.

Even though I would rank the Yankees home uni as the “supreme” uniform in the ALDS, the would only have the option to wear it two times. The Twins, on the other hand, could throw either of their homes at the Yankee roads and I’d give the edge to the Twins. The only cog in that machine is if the Twins somehow elect to wear that god-awful blue top. I’d wager they wouldn’t. *IF the Yankees play the Twins, Twins in 5.

The Rays hosting the Rangers could be a barn burner, because the Rays home uni isn’t that much more attractive than the Rangers gray roads, and if the Rays elect to wear the dark blue top even once, that could tip the series. The Rangers in white is far superior to the Rays in either gray or their navy alt. This could come down to a game five. Dare the Rays break out plaid-brimmed cap at any point? What about the powder tops and rups? It won’t be enough. *IF Texas plays Tampa, Rangers in 5.


NLDS alt logoNational League Divisional Series

Here’s where things get really interesting, because not only are the teams not yet decided, the only thing we know for sure is that the Fightin’s have the home field and the Reds are in. Other than that, nothing is for certain.

In one of those “if the season ended Saturday” scenarios, the Giants would win the NL West, leaving the Padres and Braves to fight it out for the Wild Card on Monday. But the season ends today, so there are a whole mess of things in play. Here we go:

1) If the Giants beat the Padres, the Giants win the NL West. A Giants win coupled with Braves win, and the Braves become the wild card team. If the Giants win and the Braves lose, the Braves play the Padres on Monday in Atlanta for the wild card.

2) If the Padres beat the Giants, they win the NL West (although they would be tied, the Pads own a better head-to-head record). If that happens, and the Braves lose, the Giants win the wild card.

3) If the Pads beat the Giants and the Braves win, all three teams would finish at 91-71, and that “better head-to-head” record between the Padres & Giants is irrelevant. The Padres and Giants would play each other Monday to decide the NL West. The loser of that game would play Atlanta on Tuesday to decide the Wild Card.

Got all that? Sure you do.

Of course, the two “easiest” solutions are for both the Giants and Braves to win (SF wins NL West, Braves win Wild Card) or both the Giants and Braves to lose (SD wins NL West, SF wins wild card). Anything else will involve a playoff.

(ESPN explains all this better than I just did.)

Lets dispense with all that for now, and go with the if the season ended Saturday night…” scenario. That would pit the Reds at the Phillies and the Braves at the Giants.


Reds vs PhilliesAnyone going up against the Phillies is in for a fight, especially since they’ll have the home uni edge. They’ll wear their home pins for evening games at CBP, and their smooth creams for day games. While the Reds have only their gray roadies to combat that, it’s too much to overcome. For games in GABP, the Reds can wear their very nice standard homes for evenings or put on their red softball top for day games. While I actually like the red alt, and would give those a slight edge over the Philly roads, it won’t be enough. *IF the Phillies play the Reds, Phillies in 3.


Braves vs GiantsThis would be a nightmare series to predict. The Giants, as the hosts, would wear their home creams…unless a game is played on a Friday, in which case they would wear their orange tops. If they play on a Sunday, the Giants will toss on their orange billed caps. Meanwhile, the Braves would sport either their standard grays or their navy softball alts. Advanage Giants, unless they play on a Friday and the Braves wear gray. For games in Atlanta, the Braves throw either their classic whites or, if the game is on a Sunday, their red alts. The Giants counter with their road grays, unless it’s a Sunday, in which case they’d swap the solid cap for the orange bill, but the Braves will be in red. My head hurts. Despite this being Bobby Cox’ swansong, the unis won’t carry the day. *IF the Braves play the Giants, Giants in 4.


other nlFor all the other scenarios, we’ll go through the breakdowns. Fortunately the San Diego Padres uniforms will eliminate them from consideration no matter who they play. The only one that isn’t horrible is their home white, which isn’t bad, but is non-descript. Their other choices for home kits include their navy alt and their awful camo alt. For their road games, their soon-to-be-retired piss sand uni or the blue over sand won’t carry them past anyone. With that being said, let’s see how the other matchups break down:

Giants vs. Phillies: The Giants unis could give the Phils a run for the money, but the Philly homes tip the scales. *IF the Phillies play the Giants, Phillies in 4.

Reds vs. Braves: I’m not sure this matchup could exist. But as of Sunday morning, the Reds, Braves and Padres all have 90 wins. If they all win Sunday (and then all that other stuff happens), I suppose a scenario might exist where the Reds and Braves would play each other. If they did, the Reds would be the home team and have the edge, uni wise. *IF the Reds play the Braves, Reds in 5.

Reds vs. Giants: If the Giants meet the Reds, the Giants would be the home team. That would give them a slight uni edge — enough to tip the scales. *IF the Reds play the Giants, Giants in 4.

Reds vs. Padres, Braves vs. Padres or Phillies vs. Padres: The Padres lose the uni battle. I’ll give them one game each versus the Reds or Braves, but break out the brooms if they play Philly. *IF the Padres play the Reds, Reds in 4…*IF the Padres play the Braves, Braves in 4…*IF the Padres play the Phillies, Phillies in 3.


Well, there you have it. Sorta. The very unscientific way to pick the winners of the respective Divisional Series. If it comes down to a pre-NLDS play-in game or set of play-in games, the Padres would host the Giants, but I’d still give the edge to the Giants (plus, I don’t think the Padres could win 4 straight against San Fran, which is the only way that scenario occurs). If either team has to play Atlanta, I give the one-game edge to the Braves, because they’ll be in their home unis (Braves hold a better head-to-head against both teams).

Congratulations, if you made it this far, you’re a trooper. But hey, it’s not a bad way to end the MLB season.

This sure seemed like a good idea on Wednesday.


ducktrackerTrackin’ the Ducks

UW #1 Seahawks Fan Michael Princip has been tracking the Oregon Ducks and all of their 2,456 possible uniform combinations this season. He’ll be updating it after each game.

The Ducks matched up with Stanford yesterday in Autzen. Unfortunately, ESPN in my area carried the PSU/Iowa game so I missed the Ducks in their all-greens. As much as I don’t like the monochrome look in football, the Ducks always seem to be able to pull it off better than most. Here’s Mike with some more new updates to the tracker:


Fantastic win for the Ducks last night, and they looked fantastic in their matte greens (jersey/pants), yellow, and metallic green helmets. Representing the school colors to the hilt. Noted, at the bottom of the spec. sheet, is a shot detailing Oregon’s propensity to camouflage surnames at the back of the jerseys, example white jersey worn against ASU.

For this week’s equipment spec. sheet, I focused on an important piece of equipment, not so noticeable under all of those uniform combinations, and that is the shoulder pads & lower back pads. I feel they get about the same amount of attention when it comes to aesthetic design as car engines do, not a lot. More emphasis on the utilitarian, and less on the aesthetics, however, there has been some nice designs and technical innovation that I wanted to focus on, most notably the shock absorbing impact micro beads.

Here then, is your 2010 Duck Tracker


vilk 5 & 1 b 5 & 1

Well, well, well. We found agreement on many of the non-BCS unis in yesterday’s grading, so will I agree or disagree with Jim Vilk in this week’s 5 & 1? There were a bunch of great uniform matchups yesterday, so our man in the street had lots to choose from. A few big rivalry games headed yesterday’s slate, as well as some great intra-conference pairings.

So…how’d he do this week:


5. Navy/Air Force: Dig those fabulous Thunderbirds unis…and the Falcons were “tuff enuff” to wrap it up on the field, too.

4. Temple/Army: If Temple was the home team, this game would be ranked higher.

3. Tennessee/LSU: As Les Miles said after the game, “Just another day in the SEC.”

2. Washington State/UCLA: Not crazy about Wazzu’s logo, but everything else looks great.

1. Texas/Oklahoma: For some reason, Texas pulls off the all-white look better than anyone.

And my worst pick — Ball State/Central Michigan: That Cardinal logo looks worse than Louisville’s…and that’s saying a lot.


OK, Jimmy…thanks for the reviews. I’m kinda shocked you didn’t pick USAFA vs. USNA for number 1, especially since I thought you hated all white unis in the sunshine. Guess I was wrong about you.

See ya next weekend with more 5 & 1.


all sport uni tweaksStill have a backlog of uni tweaks, so let get right into it. If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way. OK? OK! Here’s what’s on tap for today.

Those who’ve already sent in tweaks, they’re fine the way they are, but in the future, because many of you seem to enjoy elaborate write ups, can you possibly try to keep them to 50 words tops per team? (Every one I’ve received since I asked for the ~50 limit has complied so far!) Thanks!


Starting off the show is Matthew Ripley, and believe it or not, he has a Washington concept:

I am huge Eagles fan and actually love when they pull out the old yellow and blue throwbacks. It really represents the city (ie the colors of the city flag) unlike almost every other team does. So, I started wondering what other teams would look like if they actually tried to represent in their uniforms, the city they claim to represent. I started with division rival the Washington Redskins. The DC flag is pretty sweet (I grew up there), and has a neat red and white star motif (but no blue, so it’s not cliche). I decided to play up the three stars and three stripes. Here is what I came up with. I know, it does kinda look like an All-Star jersey, but it has a much more classic feel to it, plus I want to see the reaction of ‘Skins fans to what I did to their helmet logo… I am working on ones for the Giants (BIG changes) and the Cowboys (not as major changes), and will send them in when I am done.


Next up is Nick Henneger, who has gone BFBS with the Badgers:

I have done a black alternate uniform for the University of Wisconsin football team. Camp Randall gets rocking every Saturday but I can’t imagine how crazy a black out would be. As you can see I left a little red on the sleeve and did a split color design on the side of the pants. I also did a subtle change to the helmet by making the face mask and stripes black. Hopefully you like it.

Nick Henneger


Our last tweak comes from Will Hogg, who has a design concept for Tulane. I think Jim Vilk approves:


After watching the Tulane-Ole Miss game the other day, I was inspired to give Tulane an Ole Miss-inspired fusion. I’m quite pleased with the results. Gave the Green Waves the white helmets, because they look amazing. Upgraded the jersey and pants with some much-needed stripes, and substituted the “T Wave” logo with their more traditional “T-U Shield” logo. Also gave them a neat pelican decal for their helmet bumper. I think it’s a winner. Thanks and enjoy!

Will Hogg


Great job today fellas. Back next time with more.


OK everyone, that’s going to do it for this fine Sunday. Even if you’re not a fan of the teams involved in the MLB playoff battle, you have to admit today’s a hell of a way to (maybe) end the season. We may have Monday baseball after all is said and done.

Good slate of NFL games today, and I’m pretty certain the Falcons and Bills are both slated to wear their throwbacks. Plus, it’s Breast Cancer awareness month, so expect to see lots of pink.

And if baseball and football aren’t your thing, well, there’s always the conclusion of the Ryder Cup.

Have a great day everyone.


Everyone knows that Tampa Bay has always been associated with plaid. Perhaps we can poll all 10 of their fans to see how they would react to using Miami’s colors in their uniform scheme. — Skycat

101 comments to Picking The MLB Playoffs, Uni Style

  • JTH | October 3, 2010 at 8:37 am |

    No Tulane/Rutgers in the top 5?

    How do I sign up for the Yoshi Jones fan club?

    • StLMarty | October 3, 2010 at 9:37 am |

      I agree.
      What a bunch of EABODS!

    • Jim Vilk | October 3, 2010 at 10:33 am |

      Yeah, they were my original pick for #5, then I remembered the Air Force game, then the Florida/Bama game came on…

      Too many good choices this week. I’m still not sure which of those games should have been #5.

      And Phil, you’re right – I do love Will Hogg’s Tulane tweaks, and I normally don’t like all-white unis in the sun. Texas, however, makes it look good in any weather. Maybe the orange blends well with the sun or something.

    • Redener | October 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

      Great looking game here

  • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    I don’t like the Padres’ road uni because the execution is bad, but I do like the color. Why does everyone rag on it so much? It’s an interesting alternative to basic gray.

    • concealed78 | October 3, 2010 at 9:18 am |

      I don’t know. Either it’s a clunky wordmark that doesn’t fit the overall scheme, or the sand color looks like piss. Personally I never had a problem with the sand. Maybe it just doesn’t go very well with navy blue.

      • JTH | October 3, 2010 at 11:09 am |

        That light khaki or whatever they call it (I think “sand” is the trim color, not the fabric itself) is a color that really looks better in person than it does on TV or in photos. That might be part of the problem.

        The wordmark doesn’t do it any favors, either.

      • RS Rogers | October 4, 2010 at 12:17 am |

        If San Diego’s road uniform looks like piss, then either one need to adjust the color on one’s TV, because one’s balance is completely screwed up, or one need to drive oneself to the emergency room right away. The tan unis don’t look anything like human urine, either in person or on a not-completely-FUBAR video display, and a healthy person’s urine doesn’t look anything like the color of khaki chinos.

        Moot point, as it seems the Pads have played their last game wearing interesting road unis.

    • LI Phil | October 3, 2010 at 11:17 am |

      i very much like that the fathers don’t wear gray on the road — more teams should try to find a suitable alternative — like the ‘vintage’ faux flannel UA developed…and you know i’m not averse to a dark gray or a practical powder blue

      just that ‘sand’ or ‘beige’ or whatever it’s called…that is NOT a good look

      however, count me in the camp that likes the SanDiego wordmark

      • Jim Vilk | October 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm |

        Count me out. The wordmark ruins the wonderful beige look.

  • Jordan Sogn | October 3, 2010 at 9:56 am |

    Good call Jim on the 5 & 1’s…I’m just glad you didn’t deduct points from OU/Texas because the change to the Cotton Bowl logo at midfield.

  • DenverGregg | October 3, 2010 at 10:26 am |

    AFA/USNA on the tube was really odd since the Zoomies didn’t look at all like their usual selves. Keeping their normal shade of blue at least somewhere would have helped.

    Why no love for Ralphie stepping on Uga? Even though the “throwbacks” used the wrong shade of gold, that was one well-attired game.

    • Jim Vilk | October 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |

      Oh yeah, that was yet another option for #5. I looked at that matchup for a while.

  • interlockingtc | October 3, 2010 at 10:40 am |

    How about: No softball tops in the playoffs. If that were the case–and it won’t be–then each team represents pretty well.

    Meanwhile, I just want to share the delight I take in my long time favorite team’s new look. These beautiful cream uniforms with that wonderful old script playing outdoor baseball on a sunny day. Damn.

    Here’s a slideshow from the Star Tribune from yesterday’s game against the BlackJays…
    (You may have to register…)

    • concealed78 | October 3, 2010 at 11:17 am |

      I’m one of the few that do like the pinstripeless old script Twins roads. There is some history behind that wordmark. The pinstripes always annoyed me.

      • interlockingtc | October 3, 2010 at 11:59 am |

        You’re referring to this, of course, concealed…

        A beauty indeed. Nowadays, as discussed elsewhere, it seems strange/wrong to see a road uniform with nickname as opposed to city/state name across the chest. Back then, I didn’t think anything of it, the Twins road uni. Today, it would bug me. Even with that lovely script.

  • Petedz | October 3, 2010 at 10:58 am |

    Just wondering if there will ever be another “Benchies”. I miss seeing those guys on weekends.

    • concealed78 | October 3, 2010 at 11:11 am |

      Like all artists, Ricko needs time to create and we need to be patient. After reading newspaper comics on a semi-daily basis, I think a lot of cartoonists could benefit from time off and re-charge. Honestly, very few strips can meet the demand of daily or Sunday schedules and result in quality, and the precedence set over half a century ago was completely drastic. Trudeau sabbatical, anyone?

  • Jet | October 3, 2010 at 11:03 am |

    I’m still bothered by the Rangers wearing “TEXAS” instead of “RANGERS” on their home unis. Hasn’t the premise always been that if you’re watching them at home, you pretty much know which city or state you’re in, and that the city/state designation is reserved for the road unis to remind the home team where the visitors hail from?

    Any time I bring this up, I seem to be the only person who has a problem with this.


    • LI Phil | October 3, 2010 at 11:08 am |

      i don’t think you’re the only one, jet

      it bugs a lot of us…but complaining about it seems to be one of our dead horsies (amongst so many)

      i think most, including rangers’ fans, want the return of “RANGERS” to the front of the homes…i know i do

    • JTH | October 3, 2010 at 11:14 am |

      I didn’t like it at first, but I’ve gotten over it.

      If you think about it, it’s not all that different from what the Tigers and Yankees do.

      • StLMarty | October 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

        I’ve been trying to kill the horse over those two.

    • Gusto44 | October 3, 2010 at 11:43 am |

      Yes, it’s odd the Rangers have that uniform quirk, maybe they were just trying to be different. But when you toss in the various uniform styles, and lack of tradition, it doesn’t help the identity of the franchise. Teams like the Tigers and Yankees have been around so long, it doesn’t matter if the home jersey doesn’t have the team nickname. Detroit and New York fans are accustomed to those home jerseys.

    • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm |

      Those of us with Houston allegiance would really rather they put ‘Dallas’ on their uniforms instead of ‘Texas,’ but that’s neither here nor there.

      • dalek | October 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm |

        “Dallas”? The Rangers don’t play in Dallas — they play in Arlington. But yes, most of the fans do hope they go back to “Rangers” on their home jerseys.

  • fiesta | October 3, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    Thanks for the love for the Twins’ unis, and your shared disdain for the blue alts. Here’s hoping they heed your advice.

  • Jeff A | October 3, 2010 at 11:43 am |

    Am I the only one who thought Michigan-Indiana deserves more uni love?

    • pru | October 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm |

      IU is on the verge of having a great uniform. First, their pants need to have stripes that match their helmet and shoulders. Secondly, they need to get rid of the side panels on the jersey (same for Michigan).

      • JTH | October 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

        I hated the jerseys when I first saw them, but they’ve grown on me. I could definitely do without the weird abstract-shaped side panels, but I actually like the shoulder stripes and the contrasting-color collar (even if it’s just there to call attention to the adidas logo).

        I hated the pants when I fist saw them and nothing has changed there. The shapes on the side make it look like they’ve got pockets turned inside-out or something. If there is a plus side to the new pants, the smaller logo on the left hip is a slight improvement.

        Go back to last year’s pants and that uni improves immeasurably.

        • Jim Vilk | October 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm |

          That was a Top-5 matchup last year. Had Indiana not messed with their unis, and if Michigan’s roads didn’t have the swoopy panels, it would have been one today.

  • pru | October 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm |

    Being in the midwest, I could only get the Oregon/Stanford game in SD, but I’m pretty sure their face-masks were green instead of black.

    • tommyd | October 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

      Normally I’d be happy for a program like Oregon and their success;

      but I cannot, under any circumstances root for a team in any manner that dresses in the ridiculous costumes that they do.

  • Jeff Braun | October 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    No love for Iowa-PSU? That was top 5 right there .. no doubt.

    • Jim Vilk | October 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm |

      A casualty of too many good matchups on the same weekend. I think I picked that one last year when the game was at State College.

  • billso | October 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

    No love for the Rays? Not even grudging respect, or more than a fleeting mention of their new plaid pattern? The Rays will go farther in the playoffs than the tired old men from the Bronx, no matter who is wearing what.

    • LI Phil | October 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

      i was picking the winners based on their uniforms, not how i feel personally about the teams

      although, truth be told, if the yankees get home field throughout today, i would not only pick them to go all the way based on their unis, i would pick them to make it to the WS…and it pains me to say that

      if the Rays get the home field, i think they have a good chance to get there…my non-uni predictions will be whoever plays texas advances and minnesota for the ALCS; i don’t think minnesota can beat the yankees if the yanks have home field

      surprisingly, i like the plaid brim, but i doubt they’ll wear it, and you know i love their stirrups; their uni just doesn’t do anything for me (although, if they were to get a set of powder blue pants to match that powder top, that would be a giant WIN in my estimation — the powder over white pants just looks stupid)

  • Kenny Jacobson | October 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    Bills/Jets looks good today. The only glitch is actually the Jets. Still wearing the wrong socks. Oh, and the pink… meh.

  • johnj | October 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm |

    I know the pink is always silly looking but I always thought its less ugly with the two color teams (Jets, Colts, Raiders)

    ALSO, cause of the misty weather, LT is going sans visor… I dont remember the last time I’ve seen that…if ever?

    • Graf Zeppelin | October 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm |

      Raiders have three colors, if you count white.

  • =bg= | October 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

    Great Falcons throwbacks today

  • =bg= | October 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm |


  • =bg= | October 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    great Falcons throwbacks today!

  • mike 2 | October 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    Its funny that you refer to the Rays blue alternate as dreary. I can understand that you don’t like softball tops, but with the white lettering and piping, the starburst, I think its anything but dreary. At least compared to the other dark alternates – Boston, Atlanta, Minnesota, Toronto, those are dreary.

    • Kenny Jacobson | October 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm |

      I think the whole trend of ‘dark lettering with a light stroke on a dark jersey’ is fundamentally dreary.

    • Skycat | October 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

      Light blue jerseys occupy a kind of limbo between home and road unis, much like gold/yellow. At their height of popularity, light blue jerseys were matched with light blue pants and were worn as road unis as a substitute for gray. That’s the way it should be. Toronto currently uses the light blue pairing as a home alternate. It’s not a pretty sight when this uniform is worn against teams wearing the traditional gray road uniform.

      • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm |

        They’re talking about the navy alts. He liked the powders.

  • mike 2 | October 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

    Can someone help me out with the playoff tiebreaker.

    I seem to recall from a scenario a few years back that the one-game tiebreaker (i.e. Giants vs. Padres) would count in the regular season standings.

    If you look back at a the standings for years that had playoffs (1978, 2008, 2009), the teams that played tiebreakers are shown as having played 163 games in those years.

    So that if the Giants, Padres and Braves all finished tied, the loser of the Giants-Padres tiebreaker would automatically finish a half-game back of the Braves (and the Braves would thus get the wild card no matter what).

    Did they change this rule? Or am I misremembering?

    • LI Phil | October 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm |

      i had a hard time with this when i was trying to figure this whole thing out late last night…

      i think that the game itself (say the giants and pads have to determine the NL west) does count in the books, but the results do not effect the fact that after 162 games they are tied with the braves;

      in other words, the first “play off” is to determine the winner of the west…the second playoff is to then settle the wild card…the loser of the first game isn’t penalized for having to play the extra game as far as tiebreakers go … however, i think when the “regular season” is over, that team will have played 163 (or 164) official games which will be reflected in the record book

      i may be wrong about that, but i think that’s how they do this stuff

      the easier solution might just be to have four divisions and no wild card

      • mike 2 | October 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

        I actually went and looked it up – the rules are pretty clear that the tiebreaker game doesn’t have the effect of breaking the wildcard tie

        See Scenario #5 – “Any playoff games played to determine a Division champion shall not count in determining which Clubs are deemed tied for a Wild Card designation. Clubs that were originally tied with a Club or Clubs for a Wild Card designation shall still be considered tied.”

        My question was whether this was new – I remember a bunch of commentary a few years back (2003?) about the odd way the rule worked to give a playoff spot to a team in the Braves’ situation without them having to play a tiebreaker.

        Still, full kudos to baseball for settling ties playoff spots the right way, on the field. I understand why NFL doesn’t do it, but NHL and NBA could learn something.

        • Geeman | October 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm |

          Those tiebreakers might count in the standings, but they really are “playoff” games of sorts, especially in this year’s possible scenario. They are in the nertherland between regular season and postseason. And there have been a lot more of them in recent years.

          I always considered the ’78 game Yankee-Red Sox game a playotff game even though it counted as the 163d game. Twenty-five years later, another playoff home run by the Yankees did in the Sox, bookending a tough period for the team. But 2004 changed all that! Can’t wait to watch “Four Days in October” on ESPN on Tuesday.

  • Milner | October 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

    Why so much hate for “softball tops”? White vs. grey every game is boring. Many of them look quite alright anyway.

    • Kenny Jacobson | October 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm |

      White jerseys are for home games. Gray is for road games. Dark jerseys are for batting practice. That’s what I grew up with and that’s what I’m used to.

      • Kenny Jacobson | October 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

        Also, it used to be that teams wore BP jerseys for ALL games during spring training. That’s another thing that has changed for the worse.

        • Geeman | October 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

          They probably don’t do that anymore because back when they did, teams didn’t wear colored jerseys in regular season games much. Now it’s no big deal to wear color.

        • Kenny Jacobson | October 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

          I don’t see that as a good thing though. I think I associate the “colored” jerseys as to be used for more informal settings, ie, spring training and BP. White and gray are for games that matter.

  • Greenie | October 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

    Tulane looking sharp yesterday in all white!

  • Cort | October 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

    I love that Tulane tweak — it looks fantastic!

    Tulane has a great set of colors, and the pelican mascot is perfect for the Gulf coast. This design does justice to all of that.

    Also — and this is from yesterday — how in the world could you give a higher grade to Rice, with their dippy, pretentious Olde English wordmark and their penchant for monochrome blue, and be so hard on their neighbors, the noble Houston Cougars? By today’s standards, UH’s design is a model of restraint. And the reliance on two colors, scarlet and white, is classy. I say, Right On!

    • LI Phil | October 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm |

      “how in the world could you give a higher grade to Rice, with their dippy, pretentious Olde English wordmark and their penchant for monochrome blue, and be so hard on their neighbors, the noble Houston Cougars?”

      the picture jim supplied for rice wasn’t monochrome…ergo, the uniform which we were rating; the uniform for houston has piping and other assorted bumperstickers, including that odd and pointless shape on both sides of the stomach

      that’s why they received the grades they did

      i happen to like the old english on rice — not always and not on a team with a name longer than 4 letters

      you are looking at it from a fan’s perspective (i guess — it sounds like you are a cougar fan and a owl rival, yes?) i look at it from a uni perspective, and they’re just my opinions…i’m no more right than you are

      but that’s why i graded them like i did

      • Jim Vilk | October 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm |

        I wanted to grade Houston higher (they have a sort of KC Chiefs look to them, which I love), but I can’t because of that distracting stuff on the side of the jersey. If the piping stopped at the shoulder pads I’d be fine with it.

  • Geeman | October 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

    Breaking news: Phil likes the Rangers’ and Reds’ red jerseys! I thought I would never see it, but I’m impressed. Nice job, Phil.

    • Kenny Jacobson | October 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm |

      The Reds’ uniforms are great with one notable exception. Black accents. Yes, it’s better than the ridiculous phase they went through a few years ago but still… red and white, guys.

      • Jeff A | October 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

        I actually don’t mind the Reds’ red, or the White Sox black, but I generally agree with the white and gray…solids are for spring training and BP…unless you’re in a beer league.

  • mtjaws | October 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

    Apparently Pirates SS Ronny Cedeno was wearing his “Piratas” Spanish jersey for the first few innings today vs Marlins. I missed seeing it, but the FSN Florida crew just talked about it. Everyone is wearing the grey “Pittsburgh” jersey. I’ll look for a picture too.

    • Gusto44 | October 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm |

      Interesting post, but I’ll stick with the nickname which has worked pretty well since the 1800s. I don’t know what a “Pirata” is. The original nickname worked out great for the countless players of different cultures who wore the correct uniform for many years.

      How many english nicknames are ever used in the Mexican League on their uniforms or the Japanese League?

      • JTH | October 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |

        I really don’t see how it’s relevant to this situation what’s normally done in Japan or Mexico.

        But since you asked, It’s pretty much the norm in Japan.

  • Lashell Jasica | October 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

    I can’t wait for football! Let’s hope the new rule to limit head injuries makes for a better season.

  • DDP | October 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm |

    Got to give a shout out to Nick Henneger on the Wisconsin design. I loathe teams wearing BFBS, but the split two tone stripes on the pants are awesome. I can’t believe no one’s ever thought of that before.

  • Joel F. | October 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm |

    the redskins are wearing burgundy jerseys over white pants, why no yellow pants today?

    • Steve | October 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm |

      I hope it’s just an away thing. Maybe it’s because they are wearing the tops in Philly?

      • Kenny Jacobson | October 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm |

        Interesting how stark the difference is now that I see it. Gold is VASTLY superior.

        • NickV | October 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

          I actually like both of them – Gold Pants and the White Pants. I also like the idea of using the white Pants once in awhile – though a better striping of the White Pants would be an enormous improvement/

          By the way – Saints in Gold Pants, Saints win.

          Since the beginning of the 2009 Regular Season, including Playoffs, the Saints are 17-2 in Gold Pants, 2-3 in Black Leotard Thugwannabe Pants. They are 1-4 vs. the Point Spread in Black Pants, 16-3 against the spread in Gold Pants. And tey look like an NFL team in Gold Pants.

          What more do you need? Donate the Black Leotard Thugwannabee Pants to some homeless shelter and get it over with!

        • Gusto44 | October 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

          I liked the Saints in the gold jersey they had several years ago. What about the Saints in all gold? If not the Saints, could the 49ers pull it off?

          In college football, Navy went all gold several years ago. It actually looked better than I thought it would. Should Notre Dame try? The Irish did switch to blue jerseys in the 1980s, and we know about the green alternate.

    • Judy | October 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm |

      The Redskins look sharp with the yellow pants. Sorry they don’t have them this week. Speaking of Redskins, I noticed somebody had some kind of writing on the back of his sock. If somebody has the ability to do a screengrab, it was at 4:40 in the first Q, coming out of a commercial when they were doing the Breast Cancer Awareness PSA.
      And speaking of the Breast Cancer Awareness tie-in, the pink and green on the Eagles’ sideline caps looks horrendous.

  • DenverGregg | October 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm |

    Just me, or does the ref’s cause-of-the-day cap look like it has Pat Patriot on it?

  • Dan | October 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm |

    In re: Ripley’s Redskins tweak:

    I don’t think any Redskins fan would be happy putting a star on the side of the helmet, given the team that’s famous for the star.

  • =bg= | October 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |

    On live Comcast Bay Area:

    Reporter: “Tim Lincecum, are you ready for your champagne shower?”

    TL: “F*** YEAH!!!!”


    • Gusto44 | October 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm |

      That’s funny, wish I had seen that. MLB Network carried the game portion of that game, the Comcast Giants play by play announcer sounded like he was doing a golf tournament. I do like those Giants hats with the orange bill.

      • =bg= | October 4, 2010 at 12:08 am |

        Personally, I think the orange bill hats should be for Fridays home only, with the jerseys.

        And I love their orange early 80s throwbacks.

        This team is really in good shape for the post-season.

  • Bernie Whisenand | October 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |

    Wow! This really is one particular of the very best blogs I’ve ever appear across on this subject. Merely Magnificent

  • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm |

    Woo! My Brownies finally managed to hang on to a fourth quarter lead! The most important play of the game? That interference penalty on Chad8-5. Thanks for giving us the game, Chad! ;)

  • S. Bennett | October 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm |

    Sorry, it’s just turned into pink noise. You put that much pink anywhere, it no longer stands out; it just *is*.


    • LI Phil | October 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm |

      absolutely agreed…even the refs have pink whistles and pink lanyards

      no proof, but im pretty sure ocho sinkhole has a pink jock

      of course, he may have that every week

  • J Brent | October 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |

    Watching a highlight on ESPN, I think that it looked like half of the Royals were wearing black cleats, while others were wearing blue. If so, what a crappy way to go out.

  • Kevin Z. | October 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |

    This may have been posted, but if not check out this Giants player’s facemask:

    • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm |

      That’s Chris Canty.Like Keith Bulluck and Rickey Jackson, he wears a standard RONJO facemask with some extra horizontal bars added so it looks like a hockey cage. Canty wears a modified RONJO, Bulluck wears a modified U-RONJO, and Jackson wore a modified RONJO-G or maybe a RONJEG.

      Those mean Reinforced (that’s the two bars at the top instead of just one) Oral-Nasal-Jaw protection. Bulluck’s U prefix means he wears a nose protecting U-bar that comes down from the top bar. Jackson’s G suffix means his has verticals that extend up to the top bar to protect eyes or eyeglasses. The O at the end means Only, and the E means neck extension.

      Thus, it’s a Reinforced Oral Nasal Jaw Only, U-Bar Reinforced Oral Nasal Jaw Only, and either a Reinforced Oral Nasal Jaw Only with Glasses Bars or a Reinforced Oral Nasal Jaw with Neck Extension and Glasses Bars.

      • JTH | October 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm |

        Who’s got the EABOD?

        • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm |

          Yoshi, I think.

        • jdreyfuss | October 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

          Can Paul do a feature on these odd facemasks so people stop asking about them twice a week?

        • LI Phil | October 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm |

          do i hear you crawling on your back?

  • hoker | October 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm |

    I kind of like the gold Skins pants, but I prefer the white to be honest. In my lifetime, I’ve been used to the white, so that’s it for me. I think the gold pants could be nice, and MUCH better with a matte finish, not the shiny material. i think the shiny yellow gold under the drab maroon just looks off.

  • Jimwa | October 5, 2010 at 9:37 am |

    10/5/10 – Guess Paul was in a hurry to get out today, eh?

    • Ikwamura | October 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

      Just had to post something didn’t ya?

      Why do you think the posts for the 4th & 5th were closed?

      Do you play college or professional football?

      No? I thought you would with the “Look At ME…LOOK AT ME!!!” post when the current day’s posts were closed.

      It was for a reason. If you need an explanation, please e-mail me.

      • Jimwa | October 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm |

        Whoa … didn’t expect that … just bummed that I didn’t get to see who won the contest! (at least on my screen, it appears that a good chuck of the text isn’t there, or is behind the picture).

        No douchbaggery intended. Really. I hope all is well with Paul and his family.

        • Ikwamura | October 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm |

          Paul said yesterday that the site would be closed.

          “Housekeeping: Uni Watch will be closed tomorrow while I deal with a family matter. I will, however, announce the winner of the Maple Leaf Productions artwork giveaway. Aside from that, I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.”

          Miss that part did ya….?

        • Jimwa | October 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm |

          Actually, I didn’t miss that at all, which is why I mentioned “I hope all is well with Paul and his family.”. I also stated: “bummed that I didn’t get to see who won the contest! (at least on my screen, it appears that a good chuck of the text isn’t there, or is behind the picture).”

          Miss that part did ya….?

    • Ikwamura | October 6, 2010 at 1:26 am |

      I’m sorry that your computer is so screwed that you can’t see all the text.

      Learn how to adjust your settings.

  • Cornelius Cheng | October 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm |

    I sure do hope Bobby Cox has a wonderful last series. Bobby has had a winning career. Atlanta will most certainly miss his presence.

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