I know minor league baseball teams often have wacky names. I also know the Houston area has a lot of mosquitos. And yeah, I realize there’s already a team called the Savannah Sand Gnats. Still, isn’t it a little strange that the newest minor league team is naming itself after a pest that just annoys everyone? (Hmmm, maybe that’s where Wally Backman should manage.) “Skeeter” is a pretty cool word, though. Go Skeeters!
Here’s the weirdest part: If you look at the image above, you’ll see that the Skeeter logo guy looks all rough and tough and on the attack, like every cartoon mascot these days. But if you go to the team’s official site, you’ll see that he’s not attacking — he’s stuck! Or at least that’s what it looks like to me. Poor li’l fella, just waiting to be swatted. (Here’s their logo spec sheet, if you’re so inclined.)
New ESPN column today — my annual holiday gift guide. Some of it is stuff that’s been featured here on the blog, and some of it will probably be new to you. Enjoy.
There have been a few changes since the last Revolutionary Stirrup Party communiquÃ©. For one, we’ve moved our bunker form Chicago to Kansas City. This will bring a significant change to our mail-order activities, because every stirrup order for the last two years was personally processed by the lovely Betty at the Cesar Chavez postal facility in Chicago. The Revolution sheds a small tear at that loss. The other big news is that after our last production nightmare with Twin City Knitting, the Revolution had a long talk with TCK’s top dog, and that should not happen again.
On to the important business at hand — this month’s new stirrup offerings. With bowl season just around the corner, the Revolution wanted to wax fantastic about college. Nothing says Alma mater like stripes in school colors, so we’re proud to offer Ivy League-style stripes in a splendid variety of color combinations.
Depending on the popularity of this idea, I hope to offer at least one Ivy-style pattern, based on school colors, in every new batch of Stirrup Club offerings, so feel free to make suggestions. Please note that color schemes will not be repeated. For instance, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Alabama are all crimson and white (TCK does not offer cream) — although I call this color combo “Bloomington,” it can also cover other schools with the same color scheme.
One last order of business: There are still some football socks left over from last year that I never list. If you can’t decipher the teams, feel free to contact me. To see the full hosiery listings and ordering details, click here.
Have a happy holiday everyone, and remember”¦. from each according his stirrvp, to each according his strype.
Uni Watch News Ticker: NBA teams marked World AIDS Day by wearing red warm-ups, sneakers, wristbands, and headbands last night. … Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, which I wrote about a few months ago, is now the subject of a PBS TV segment, which you can watch here. ”¦ Remember that news item about the Cavaliers banning anti-LeBron T-shirts from tonight’s game against the Heat? Turns out they’re not the only Ohio team with some T-shirt issues. ”¦ Here’s a piece on why Rob Schremp of the Islanders chose uniform No. 44. ”¦ Speaking of the Isles, Bruno Gervais was reportedly wearing a full cage at practice yesterday. Remains to be seen whether he’ll wear it for tonight’s game against the Rangers (with thanks to John Muir). ”¦ Durene-o-rama: I just got this simple but very nice jersey on eBay. And if you were paying attention yesterday, you should know where I just scored this amazing-looking basketball warm-up top. These and several other recent acquisitions will be featured in a new “Closet Case” entry that I’ll be running soon. ”¦ A few uni-numerical adjustments for the Colts. … Yesterday I linked to this great Lions jacket. The player shown on the patch is wearing No. 10, but Mike Hersh has found photos of different versions. Did they have a different-numbered patch to match each player’s uni number? ”¦ I’m not sure what took them so long, but the state of Louisiana has produced a run of Saints Super Bowl license plates (with thanks to Troy Griggsby). ”¦ When Auburn and South Carolina play for the SEC title this weekend, it will mark the first time two Under Armour-outfitted teams have met in a championship game. Of course, the real feather in Under Armour’s cap will be if Auburn wins and gets to play for the national championship, which would be a milestone for the upstart company. ”¦ The Chicoutimi Sagueneens — that’s a Quebec Major Junior hockey team — have added a “16” memorial patch for owner Gervais Munger, who died last summer in a boating accident. He had worn that number as a player in the late 1970s (with thanks to Jean-Philippe Laroche). ”¦ Next best thing to a Meats shirt: the shirt on the left in this photo (carnivorous thanks to Matt Mitchell). ”¦ This photo is so frightful that you might not even notice the adjusta-strap caps (disturbing find by A.J. Spring). ”¦ After introducing Juan Uribe to the media, the Dodgers gave him a tour around the office. I like the whiteboard roster (as noted by Charlie Ryczek). ”¦ Andrew Greif sent along this Civil War retrospective slideshow. “As truly bad as Oregon has looked at times (and I say this as an Oregon grad), I was stunned to see how bad OSU’s unis were from 1997-98,” he says. ”¦ You’ll never find a pair of nicer hockey sweaters than this and this (great finds by Mike Powers). ”¦ Dan Sankar notes that Purdue basketball has changed the uni number design on the black uniforms. ”¦ Nice Missouri Southern helmet cart! (With thanks to Ryan Adams.) ”¦ Judging by these pages from Adidas’s Fall 2011 football catalog, it looks like the shoulder seams on the super-stretchies have been lowered a bit, which bodes well — or at least better — for shoulder stripes (with thanks to Andrew Harrington). … Minnesota-Duluth will be playing one last series in their old hockey arena before moving to a new one next door and will be wearing these very nice throwbacks to close out the old rink (big thanks to Sean Donovan).