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There's No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 22

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Ah, the Teletype machine — the gift that keeps on giving. Some of these were submitted by Mike Hersh, but I found most of them myself (imagine that!). Here we go:

• We begin this batch with a major discovery: Check out the cap being worn in this 1965 shot of Astros manager Lum Harris. I’d never seen that cap before, so I showed the photo to my usual suspects — designer Todd Radom, Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber, and photo archivist Dave Eskenazi. Todd quickly responded: “I have seen this — it came up when I designed the Astros’ history wall for All-Star Fanfest in Houston in 2004. Here are some additional examples. Spring training only, so far as I can tell.” Remember, the winter of 1964-65 was when the team was in the process of changing from the Colts to the ’Stros. So this cap was apparently a provisional design that was used in spring training of ’65 and then replaced by the more familiar orange-star cap when the regular season started. Interesting!

• Until I saw this shot (and double-checked with Bill Henderson’s guide), I hadn’t realized that the A’s wore a Liberty Bell patch in 1976.

• We’ve often seen NFL teams with their own basketball squads, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen one before for the Bears. That photo’s from 1963.

• Two notable things about this 1957 Chicago Cardinals shot. First, those aren’t players — it’s the coaching staff. Interesting that they wore game pants, socks, and cleats. And second, dig those sensational T-shirts!

• That ballplayer really had a gun — literally. That’s former Pirate, Phillie, and Cub Claude Passeau in 1948, one year after his big league career ended. Looks like he took his Cubs stirrups with him when he left.

• Have I ever mentioned how much I love texture? That’s from a Columbia football practice in 1943.

• This 1942 photo shows Dit Clapper taping his stick, but the black outline on the sleeve “B” is so thick that I wonder if he added some tape to that as well.

• My god, those Packers jersey numbers used to be huge!

• The caption tells a sad story. What’s with that helmet at upper-right — did they have the logo printed on the top of the helmet? (As an aside, that has to be the best-dressed equipment manager in football history. Joe Skiba, clean up your act!)

This 1963 shot raises several questions: (1) Was this the first time a first initial appeared on a baseball NOB? (2) Did Hank also have an initial? (3) Look at the base of his left stirrup — is that a Frank Robinson-style extender strip? If so, it marks the earliest example of that trope that I’ve ever seen.

• I must have all three of these speed-skating sweaters. Like, yesterday.

• Check out the super-stylized initials on Kenny Norton’s sparring headgear. Never seen anything like that before.

• Speaking of boxing, I watched Earnie Shavers fight at least half a dozen times in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and he always had a bald head (Muhammad Ali once called him “the Acorn”). So it was kind of startling to find this 1973 shot of him with a full head of hair.

• I’ve always thought there’s something a bit off about a manager who insists on wearing No. 1. Like, if you need a uni number to tell people you’re at the top of the food chain, you probably don’t belong there in the first place. And if you also need a big-ass chair with No. 1 painted on it, maybe you should just take your Napoleon Complex and go home. That’s Rollie Hemsley, who had a 19-year career as a big league catcher and then managed for several years in the minors. That shot is from 1964, when he was skippering in the Reds’ system. (And for the record, I think it’s okay for a manager to wear No. 1 if he had already worn that number as a player, like Billy Martin did. But that wasn’t the case with Hemsley.)

• You probably know that Charles Finley had a mule named Charley O. But did you know that the mule had his own A’s cap?

• Here’s as good a view as we’re ever likely to get of the 1960 Senators’ sleeve patch.

• And here’s a final thought to go out on: Chet Morgan and Laverne DeFazio — separated at birth?

Giveaway reminder: Today’s the last day for the Gridiron Memories giveaway. Full details here.

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Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie

Are you making that list and checking it twice? Santa is. Head over to eBay and check out these terrific uni-themed items:

• About the only game the Lions could win these days is on this 1970s electric NFL game.

• There’s a guy who’s selling two big lots of assorted NFL memorabilia. Full-size helmets, gumball helmets, photos, programs, you name it. Look here and here.

• I’ve always thought the Cincinnati Stingers had one of the best logos ever. See for yourself on this pennant.

• Here’s a very nice 1970s Philadelphia Eagles gym bag.

• Check out this 49ers/Rams program from 1968. Clean, retro, and not a sponsor logo in sight.

• Holy puck, look at these great NHL puck stickers.

• Here’s something you don’t see very often: a Cleveland Crusaders (WHA) drinking glass.

• Hard to believe that the entire American League once consisted of only eight teams, all of which are represented in this 1950s pennant set.

• Finally, I just wanted to include this guy ’cause his name is Wahoo.

Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Snafu for the ages last night in Champaign, where Illinois and Oakland played the first seven-plus minutes of their basketball game with a women’s ball. Here’s a photo of the offending orb after someone finally recognized what was going on and had it taken out of play (finder’s fee to Jonathan Mayer). ”¦ The Mets have signed D.J. Carrasco, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Why? Guess. ”¦ Latest investigative work from Hauls of Shame: Some fascinating analysis of some very old Red Sox jerseys. ”¦ DIY design project from Mike Hasselbeck, who writes: “I’m a graphic designer in Cincinnati. Not too long ago I decided I wanted vintage posters of the local teams to hang on the wall. When I quickly found out that I couldn’t find anything for the old NBA Royals or the WHA Stingers, I decided to design a set of posters myself, along with the non-Cincinnati Colonels/Pacers poster you see there.” Some of the vintage graphics that Mike used for visual reference can be found here. ”¦ Soccer news from Casey Hart, who writes: “Very notable tidbit out of London on Sunday, as Everton debuted their gorgeous new third kit, as scheduled, at Chelsea (and got a great result, to boot). There are a few photos here.” ”¦ Longtime Uni Watch contributor Mike Hersh has launched a new blog called the Design Morgue. “Basically, I’m just gonna fill up the spot with things that I collect and that inspire me,” he says. “Thinking about doing theme days, too — maybe on Mondays it’ll be things I’ve acquired over the previous week.” Sounds promising, Mike — keep us posted. ”¦ Very nice socks being worn by Knappa High in Oregon (big thanks to Skyler Archibald). ”¦ The Nike glove concept has apparently spread to Under Armour (with thanks to Mike Padgett). ”¦ Here’s the definitive story on the “82 Betsy” Dymo label on Jason Witten’s helmet, in his own words (big thanks to Mark Contreras). ”¦ Lloyd Davis was looking through a bunch of old Ottawa Rough Riders pics and came up with a bunch of interesting stuff, including sideways TV numbers, spectacular pants piping, and a ridiculously deep V-neck. ”¦ Gilbert Arenas is apparently the first NBA player to wear Dolce & Gabanna sneakers — in a game, at least. ”¦ A Jerry Lawler jersey promotion for a minor league hockey team? Sure, why not (with thanks to Brian Schulz). ”¦ Is this next year’s Boston College football jersey? Possibly. The guy who sent it to me asked not to be named but says he took the shot in an Under Armour rep’s office while there on other business. I do know that Under Armour has developed its own super-stretchy fabric for next season, which would seem to jibe with the paper towel-like texture in this photo. Hmmm ”¦ Oooh, gotta love this Pele lunchbox (great find by Jeremy Brahm). … Here’s our first look at Big Ben’s new visor (as reported by Jerry Wolper). ”¦ Really nice throwbacks on tap for Oregon hoops (with thanks to Leo Thornton).

149 comments to There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 22

  • West Wheatie | December 9, 2010 at 7:38 am |

    i wonder if big ben will have any visor difficulties with the forecast for moderate rain/snow mix for pittsburgh this weekend?

  • DJ | December 9, 2010 at 7:46 am |

    Odd that the purported BC jersey is lacking the italicized number font that BC uses in all their sports. But the colors are nice (BC’s maroon should be at least that dark, and the gold is good).

    • pru | December 9, 2010 at 8:48 am |

      The numbers are also screen printed. I would guess its a prototype for a high school jersey.

      • NickV | December 9, 2010 at 9:46 am |

        The new BC “prototype” is no improvement over what they have now – more like a step 20 feet backward. It does look pretty highschoolish – almost 80’s highschoolish with those goofy stripes. They could easily keep the current BC look and use the new fabric.

        Am I the only one who is sick and tired of football jersey shest wordmarks and logos and other chest ormamentation pushing the chest numerals lower and lower – making jerseys look like more even like crap now that sleeves are pretty much a distant memory?

        Enough already – NFL & NCAA WAKE UP! We know who is playing by the color and style of the uniform. We don’t need a 2 x 5 inch chest logo or wordmark pushing the chest numerals ten inches lower than they should be. It looks like SH&T! Get over it!

        • The Jeff | December 9, 2010 at 10:52 am |

          I see absolutely no problem with the *small* wordmarks on the jerseys.

          This:,0,0,300,390_.jpg looks like crap.

          This: is fine, other than the NFL equipment logo being annoying.

        • DJ | December 9, 2010 at 11:16 am |

          It’s one thing for, say, Michigan State to have a wordmark, as they have a rather lengthy history with it. BC, not so much. Why start now?

        • Flip | December 9, 2010 at 11:56 am |

          Don’t you ‘spose the wordmark is used for recruiting purposes. You can’t see the damned things from the stands. TV is tough enough. But w/photos you CAN see them. And a coach can show a recruit that it’s his school.

          In basketball, Michigan State may have started scrunching the school name together in the Matteen Cleaves era when the Michigan State wordmark was all scrunched up. Before, when “State” was scrolled out beneath the number, it might be cropped out in news photos. A recruit from California or New York might not know the diff.

        • Mark in Shiga | December 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

          Nick, YES! Low-positioned numbers are one of those things that just drive me nuts. The New York Giants are particularly hideous (one of the NY Post writers called the jersey numbers “gut numbers” and I wanted to buy a whole keg of beer and send it to him).

          Same deal for the backs of jerseys. Bad enough that lots of teams now leave huge gaping blank spaces over the numbers even when there’s no name above them, but stupid manufacturer and league logos and even team logos (Vikings, football Cardinals) are even creeping in.

          Make it stop! Restore the number to its rightful position!

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

          …and its rightful size. This:

          is how I’d like the numbers to look, front and back. No room for NOB, either. You want the team name featured? That’s what helmets are for.

          That being said, I don’t like the current BC font, so I’d view today’s photo as an improvement.

          They’re another team I pretty much disqualify from the Top 5, but with this jersey they might be in contention next year.

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

          “It does look pretty highschoolish — almost 80′s highschoolish with those goofy stripes.”

          First of all, 80s highschoolish is right in my wheelhouse, so I resemble that remark. ;)

          Second, high school…college…same thing to me when it comes to sports unis. I don’t see why there needs to be a visual difference between the two. I don’t really think the pros need to look different, either. Although, I guess a script helmet in the pros might look a bit out of place.

        • Peter | December 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |

          I can’t agree more, Nick. I believe Paul singled out Central Florida as this year’s worst offender of “gut numbers” during his yearly NCAA uni-rundown and he nailed it.

    • Stephen King | December 9, 2010 at 11:57 am |

      The number font is what struck me. BC uses its distinctive font everywhere across many (or all, the ones I am sure about are football, basketball, and hockey) sports and if this is accurate it would mean program-wide design changes. I would be disappointed, since I like the design unity. I wouldn’t weep for the demise of the split-striped pants, though–if there is such a demise.

      • Original Jim | December 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

        I would also be disappointed if this were the case. I have grown to like Boston College’s font, and even when it was first introduced, it was used across all sports and manufacturers (Nike/Hockey, Reebok/Football, Adidas/Soccer).

        • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm |

          original jim my eye. mothervilker!

          the BC look is an improvement, because as mothersunbowlker mentioned, that BC font was horrid. all those goofy-tail, pointy, narrowing, look at my nary before seen this or thats stink. see ravens, quackers, etc.

          yes the lowering of numbers to the naval is a travesty, it makes my blood boil.

          good golly, you can’t compare pro to college wordmarks THE, they are two different animals, and are bound by different aesthetic constraints…imho. did i use that right phil? does that mean in my humble opinion? it seems like it does when you use it, but for all i know it means i might hate (h)orchata? because i do hate horchata, so either way.

        • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm |

          does anyone know if babblefish works for rpmese?

        • Bernard | December 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

          Horchata sounds good on paper, but in reality, it’s gross (IMHO).

          I take that back; it doesn’t even sound good on paper.

        • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm |

          winter’s cold…it’s too much to handle

        • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

          rice milk drink, mmmmmmmmm…not, no amount of cinnamon makes that stuff palatable. pineapple loves rice milk drink, it was almost a deal-breaker.

          what or who is a babblefish, and why would it or he be working in my commodore 64’s brain-pan?

          numbers shouldn’t start at the naval, i might hate horchata. matte helmets look like crap, i might hate horchata. the packers brown helmet was just fine for the occasion, i might hate horchata. tennessee alabama works as a colour on colour match-up, i might hate horchata. etc.

        • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm |


          does it translate a block of rpmese into english?

        • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm |

          haar, that would be handy.

          is there any word on army-navy nightmare uni scenarios? or can i finally watch a big game where college teams actually wear their uniform for a change?

  • Teebz | December 9, 2010 at 7:57 am |

    The Bruins, as shown by Dit Clapper, did wear ridiculously thick-edged numbers and letters on their uniforms. Here’s Des Smith wearing them as well.

    Mr. Hasselbeck, if you ever get a Cincinnati Stingers poster done, let me know. HBIC has a spot open for it!

  • Jeff Braun | December 9, 2010 at 8:08 am |

    With all due respect to the former Cardinals rightfielder Mark WHITEN, I think you mean reference the Dymo label on JASON Witten’s helmet.

  • dwight | December 9, 2010 at 8:08 am |
    • Pete Puma | December 9, 2010 at 8:18 am |

      Yeah, Wahoo actually went into wrestling full-time because the money there was better. He was an early cult hero for the Jets, based on one monster game he had at Shea. At one point the PA man announced “Tackle by guess who?” and the entire stadium roared back “WAHOO!” And the gimmick stuck.

  • Randy Miller | December 9, 2010 at 8:16 am |

    Not to defend Rollie Helmsley, but the Reds were one of the teams that followed by the (Frick? Chandler?) numbering system back in the 1950s and 1960s with the infielders wearing 10s, outfielders wearing 20s, etc. — and the manager wearing 1 and the coaches 2-5.

    But I do agree with Paul about the skippers who have to wear 1.

    • Perry | December 9, 2010 at 10:15 am |

      This. Fred Hutchinson, who managed the big-league Reds that year, also wore #1. He was ill with cancer that year and was replaced by coach Dick Sisler (#2) during the season. He died in the off-season and the Reds retired the #1.

  • Terry Proctor | December 9, 2010 at 8:21 am |

    FYI the player wearing #1 for the Livonia High School Bulldogs scored 21 points in leading the team to a 57-41 opening night victory over Wellsville. He did not trip over his shorts, thank you.

    • Andy | December 9, 2010 at 9:00 am |

      But he should have, because then someone might have hemmed them down and taken them in a little.

    • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

      i bet he didn’t skin his knees either

      • MPowers1634 | December 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

        We better leave this poor kid alone. Lest we forget what happened the last time we pickedon a HS kid: cryblack!

  • Keith | December 9, 2010 at 8:26 am |

    Did anyone else look at Big Ben’s visor picture and think “Robocop?”

    • EMD | December 9, 2010 at 10:00 am |

      I think other things when I see Big Ben. Things that probably can’t be printed here.

      • Gusto44 | December 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm |

        EMD, you’re entitled to your opinion. The guy made a mistake, worse than some athletes, and not as bad as others.

        Ray Lewis proved you can rebound from a serious lack of judgment off the field. Big Ben is on a path to the hall of fame, so he has the opportunity to make the mistake a minor footnote in his career.

  • ScottyM | December 9, 2010 at 8:31 am |

    Terrific job, Mike, on your Cincy posters. They look great.

    On a different note:
    If you’re gonna launch a blog… launch your blog with a post of applicable content. Don’t launch your blog with a post saying you’re gonna launch a blog.

    Just sayin’… I think I’ve seen this twice in the past week or so. Come on, friends!

  • Ry Co 40 | December 9, 2010 at 8:33 am |

    can anybody get a screen shot of van from the movie strange brew? on the sliding door window, i think they use the puck stickers referenced in Collector’s Corner today. i know there is a good shot of the window when they’re under water, but after a semi-quick search i can’t find the clip.

    ironically, the last time i saw the movie strange brew was the weekend i was in new york for the UW party at the sheep station last year.

    • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 9:21 am |

      was that before or after you and powers watched the notebook?

      • Ry Co 40 | December 9, 2010 at 10:16 am |

        before… it’s tough to cuddle while watching strange brew. HAHAHAHA

  • SkinnerAU | December 9, 2010 at 8:45 am |

    Good Morning Ya’ll! I was wondering if anyone knows how or where i could find an Atlanta Falcons Jeff Van Note jersey? I dont think they have ever existed unless he was wearing them.

    • NickV | December 9, 2010 at 9:48 am |

      I would search on EBAY – you never know what you can find there. I recall some time back seeing one Van Note jersey – I do not remember if it was a gam jersey or a remake.

    • EMD | December 9, 2010 at 10:01 am |

      You could also buy an era-appropriate Falcons jersey and have a vendor customize the Van Note name for you.

  • traxel | December 9, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    Mike Hasselbeck, those posters are incredulous. I want some for St.Louis’s old teams. I may get to work on that….with your permission….

    Speaking of texture, that’s the first thing I thought of when I say this picture from above Any news on whether we will see texture on MLB grays any time soon?

    • Andy | December 9, 2010 at 9:02 am |

      I don’t know. If it’s a printed/sublimated texture, then I say, ‘No thanks.” If it’s an actual blended-fiber, heathered texture, then bring it on.

    • Mike Hasselbeck | December 9, 2010 at 9:04 am |

      Mike here. Let me know if you need any help! Some sort of MLB Cardinals/ NFL Cardinals mix-up would be a lot fun! The Blues have some pretty cool looking vintage designs. Not to mention the Spirits of St Louis!

      • traxel | December 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm |

        Yeah, the spirits are a good one, the blues, baseball and football cardinals, the browns, the old st.louis eagles hockey team….we could get some good ones. I’ll get with you Mike!

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

          If you want to branch out to other times and places, how about some 80s NBA? I’d love to see a poster with the Nuggets, Rockets, Cavs or Sonics of that era.

  • Bryan | December 9, 2010 at 8:53 am |

    Soccer news from Casey Hart, who writes: “Very notable tidbit out of London on Sunday, as Everton debuted their gorgeous new third kit, as scheduled, at Chelsea (and got a great result, to boot). There are a few photos here.”

    I was watching this game, and the announcers were talking about how Everton asked them to state the color as “vanilla”…the announcer then replied, “it looks white to me.”

    • Joe | December 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

      Chievo Verona of Italy got in on the cream/vanilla/ivory (that was what they called it… “avorio”) thing a few years back. I’ve even tried to update the uniform color on their Wikipedia page a few times and some other editor keeps changing it back to standard white. Boo for lack of proper attention to minutiae!

      Here it is in all its glory.

  • concealed78 | December 9, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    I think I found this at a online sports auction site, labeled it “1965 Spring Training Cap”:

  • Geeman | December 9, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    Does anyone know the significance of the v-notch on sweatshirts, athletic t-shirts, and now even sweaters? They seem to be everywhere these days. Just noticed it in the stores this year. I like it.

  • Tim F. | December 9, 2010 at 9:17 am |

    Mike H., how much for the posters?

  • Billy | December 9, 2010 at 9:49 am |
    • Blain | December 9, 2010 at 10:00 am |

      The image in that photo that you’ve linked to looks more like a Southern Miss logo than an Iowa one.

      • TriFecta Creative | December 9, 2010 at 10:04 am |

        That image says they stopped using the Iowa Tiger Hawk and shows their new helmet … which IS the Southern Mississippi logo!

    • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm |

      why do the schools/pro teams whatever not go after the manufacturer instead of the high schools? shouldn’t they be the ones on the hook? if you can buy that shit somewhere, why can’t you slap it on your helmet and call it good? again, i might hate horchata.

  • concealed78 | December 9, 2010 at 9:56 am |

    Another shot of the Senators patch:

    I think it may be time for me to re-examine the 29,170+ files in my “Logos” folder.

    • Broadway Connie | December 9, 2010 at 11:24 am |

      Oh, yeah, c78. Bring ’em on. I won’t get bored until #18,743.

      PS Love that Pele lunchbox, Jeremy.

  • ronnie poore | December 9, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    wouldn’t it be great to find one of those trunks full of all those old U of Chicago football unis.

  • interlockingtc | December 9, 2010 at 10:04 am |

    Another–yet, ANOTHER–day of riches at Uni Watch. Sooo much goodness.

    Mike Hasselbeck, those posters are fantastic. And as a Bengals fan from the early ’70’s, your source material brings back many sweet memories.

    Also, one of you colorizing fellows ought to take a stab at the Charlie O./Mule picture…sky and all, preferably. That image seems a ripe candidate.

    • Valjean | December 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm |

      And if you’re wondering about colors for Charlie — er, the mule — check here.

      That’s actually a pretty sweet sticker, and I’m pretty sure it’s from the Oakland era. During Finley’s reign in Oakland, we used to joke (often) that the real Charlie O. was the part of the mule south of the blanket …

  • =bg= | December 9, 2010 at 10:35 am |

    yeah like those posters, a Cincy resident from 72-99. is there supposed to be a Stingers one?

    • Jet | December 9, 2010 at 11:54 am |

      Yeah, Paul’s writeup mentioned Stingers and I don’t see them


  • MN | December 9, 2010 at 10:46 am |

    A couple of random comments on all this goodness today:

    1. Those posters are sweet.

    2. Could someone more computer savy that I take a crack at putting Mr Carrasco in a cream colored pinstriped Mets uni with blue rups with orange stipes ala Barry Zito?

  • MPowers1634 | December 9, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    From the pic of the well dressed equipment manager:

    Doesn’t the Chicago font look like the shorts era White Sox?

    • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 11:11 am |

      which looks, shockingly, like the early chicago font from which the “shorts era” was throwing back to

      • MPowers1634 | December 9, 2010 at 11:30 am |

        That’s why you’re second in command!

        And it wasn’t The Notebook…it was Annie Hall!

  • aflfan | December 9, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    On the Jerry “The King” Lawler jersey. I Memphis maybe, in Dayton, No.

  • Marshall | December 9, 2010 at 11:18 am |

    Of course big event for today is the long awaited unveiling of the Portland Timbers MLS kits. Rumor is (per the Oregonian) green home shirts, red away shirts.

    • Chance Michaels | December 9, 2010 at 11:48 am |

      Someone on the Timbers Army board claims to have seen the shirts, saying “think NY Jets.”

      So maybe green shirt with white sleeves, like Hibs?

      • Jeremy | December 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm |

        wonder what Mao (Michael Orr)thinks of that? He’s a big Hearts fan, so can’t be crazy about the Timbers looking like Hibs.

        • mao | December 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

          Haha, from what I’ve heard the Hibs (or Werder Bremen look from 2010, if you prefer) look is not the final product. Can’t say any more about it until the unveiling later today. But for some fun, check out the Timbers Army message board ( for an unending amount of speculation, mock-ups, ball-busting, hope and fear.

        • Chance Michaels | December 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm |

          Reportedly the road kit will be red (maybe Rose City Red?)

    • Jeremy Brahm | December 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
      • KT | December 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm |

        I like ’em.

        Don’t see the red one anywhere, though.

        • KT | December 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm |

          Oh, maybe I should freaking SCROLL DOWN.

          Okay, the red is good, too. But the green is sweet.

        • Mike Engle | December 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm |

          I’d love to see a Yuletide special alternate. Red on one half, green on the other. If you’re good enough with an exacto knife, you could DIY that. Best part: the red/green color-vision impaired wouldn’t know the difference!

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |

          I’d wear that.

  • timmy b | December 9, 2010 at 11:18 am |

    Off-Topic, but I wanted to share this with all:

    I am a sportcasting geek as much as I am a unigeek.

    To update the three missing play by play men, the Cowboys brought in Jack Buck, the Rams resumed Gil Stratton in the pxp chair, and the Eagles would add Stu Nahan.

    ’66 analysts for CBS and their teams:
    Johnny Sauer, Falcons
    Joe Campanella, Colts
    George Connor, Bears
    Warren Lahr, Browns
    Eddie LeBaron, Cowboys
    Sonny Grandelius, Lions
    Tony Canadeo, Packers
    Don Paul, Rams
    Jim Morse, Vikings
    Frank Gifford, Giants
    Tom Brookshier, Eagles
    Lowell Perry, Steelers (later replace by Bill McPeak or Tom Brookshier)
    Bill McPeak, Cardinals
    Gordy Soltau, 49ers
    Pat Summerall, Redskins

    By 1968, CBS dumped this format for a single TV telecast crew.

    Sorry for the digression.

    • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm |

      No need to apologize. Fellow sportscasting geek kudos to you for sharing!

      Lindsey Nelson…Jack Whitaker…those were the days. Summerall and Brookshier were probably my favorite team in the 70s, even more than the teams on the field.

    • KT | December 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm |

      Hey, Timmy, what happened to the Yahoo group, man? I went back to look for something and it was gone. Have you kept all the info somewhere? That stuff needs to live on, man!

      • timmy b | December 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm |

        Hope the mods don’t mind the link…

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm |

          Aw man…looks as if Pat Summerall’s called his last game. According to this he’s not doing the Cotton Bowl.

        • KT | December 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |

          No, man, all your historical stuff. Is that on there? I can’t find it.

        • timmy b | December 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |

          go to the “Sports Broadcasting History” forum, KT.

          It’s all there…and more.

  • Randy Rollyson | December 9, 2010 at 11:35 am |

    Paul, I believe the Reds manager in the large chair is, in fact, Fred Hutchinson, not Rollie Hemsley. I

  • MPowers1634 | December 9, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    BTW…where’s Ricko?

    • Jet | December 9, 2010 at 11:57 am |

      Yeah, do we need to raise bail money or sumthin’??


    • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm |

      no…no bail money

      a little while ago, ricko asked me to convey this message to all who were asking about him:

      Just tell anyone who asks that it’s a hectic time, and I haven’t been able to spend time at my favorite bar. But I’ll be back for a beer when I can.

      favorite bar, of course, being uni watch

      • The Jeff | December 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

        We have beer here? Why wasn’t I informed of this?

        I think the hectic time thing is just a cover. I probably scared him off with all of the color vs color stuff. Tell him we’re done with those and he can come back now.

        • concealed78 | December 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm |

          We keep the beer hidden under the white uniforms & white pants.

        • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

          “We keep the beer hidden under the white uniforms & white pants.”

          it’s in the room with the photos of penn state, alabama and the yankees, and the stratomatic

          the four loco is in the room with the madden and the nike exhibit

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

          We have beer AND stratomatic? Cool.

        • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

          look at THE puffin’ his chest claiming a ricko kill shot. balls my friend, balls.

        • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm |

          do you play strato mothervilker? if you do i will drive to akron today and drop a corn-fire hominy-storm of 1970 orioles on anything you can come up with. and if you want to take a pirate team, i will crush those we have no pitching teams, crrrrrrrush. sheeet, i will put together a team around chico ruiz and chico salmon, and school anything you come up with. that’s right mothersunbowlker, i said it.

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm |

          I played a couple of games of strato hoops back in the early 80s. Always wanted to do that again, but my friend moved away and took his game with him.

        • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

          ooooooooo, i had an early 80’s hoops game too. shit i had col football, pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey, i was a strat-o-matic junkie. for hoops i loved being the sixers, mo cheeks never shot(zero rating), or the “sugar” ray nets because buck williams defensive rebounding was a 52. i swear it was 52, and i still remember that shit. the cavs were fun because you would just feed world b. free and try to get him 50 in a 30 pt loss to the dan issel open shot draining nuggets. oh, and the bucks with junior bridgeman sidney monkrief in the backcourt were a good team too. daaaang i could go on for hours about strat. ha , kelly tripucka couldn’t board, but he had a good shot, i have not thought about those old basketball players in years. wow, this made my day mothersunbowlker.

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm |

          Those were some players. Throw Bernard King in there, too.

          I was either the Sixers, Bullets or Nuggets.

          Man, I miss World B. Free.

      • MPowers1634 | December 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
        • StLMarty | December 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm |

          I’m teaching in the wrong school district. Y’all gets paid.

    • pflava | December 9, 2010 at 11:53 am |

      Inexplicable that they ever went away from that. What a perfect design.

      • Jet | December 9, 2010 at 11:56 am |

        Yup, nothing says 1960’s Houston Astros baseball like that cap. Perfect indeed.


      • concealed78 | December 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

        Blame the marketing of the 1990s on that. Tho in the early 1990s the Astros did look very dated. Changing the star to gold would not have improved it at all.

    • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

      Best. Houston. Cap. Ever. Exhibit 1-A:

      • RS Rogers | December 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

        Seconded. Someone needs to wear orange as a cap color. (And this means you, Miami Marlins, if indeed the Fish switch to a black-and-orange scheme as has been threatened.)

        • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

          That would be sweet.

      • pflava | December 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm |

        While I like that one, I always preferred the way the orange star pops on the navy version.

    • JamesBN3 | December 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm |

      I’ve always been partial to this one

  • JChives | December 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

    Somebody at Nike is having fun with western typefaces on basketball uniforms. The new jerseys the Longhorns started using midseason last year have very similar lettering (but not identical) to the Oregon throwbacks. It’s a shame Kansas switched to Trajan on theirs.

    • concealed78 | December 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

      Those Oregon throwbacks are retrorific! Agree on Kansas.

  • chris | December 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    How do you guys get the photoshop on field shots to look so real?

    • rpm | December 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm |


    • LI Phil | December 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

      already been taken care of ;)

  • Bill Scheft | December 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    Two things:
    Yes, Hank Aaron did have H. Aaron NOB, but God help me if I can find proof.
    I’m just asking, could Jim Taylor possibly, possibly have his jersey on backwards? I know he’s a pro, but there’s a classic locker room shot in “Brian’s Song” and one of Brian Picolo’s teammates has his jersey on backward.

    • Paul Lukas | December 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm |

      I’m just asking, could Jim Taylor possibly, possibly have his jersey on backwards?

      Here’s referring to this photo:

      Not a bad hypothesis.

      • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

        That’s the sign of a great football jersey…when you have to wonder if the jersey is on backwards or not.

  • mao | December 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

    Ok, I wasn’t going to say anything but the Portland Timbers kits were leaked this afternoon. Here’s the image that the club accidentally posted to their site. Not sure if it’s the final deal, but it seems to be:

    • Chance Michaels | December 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm |

      That would square with the “New York Jets-style” rumor we heard.

    • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm |

      Wow! I’d wear that. Yep, even with the sponsor logo.

    • DJ | December 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm |

      Not bad. Distinctive. I wonder if it would be paired with dark green shorts and socks.

      Also, the Rose Red change kit (to evoke the fan cheer “No Pity in Rose City”) sounds distinctive, too.

    • Jeremy | December 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm |

      The half & half two-tone green was also done this year by Adidas for St. Etienne.

  • odessasteps | December 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

    good article by Darren Rovell about NFL helmets and sponsorships.

  • DJ | December 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm |

    Cool Rose City badge.

  • MPowers1634 | December 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm |

    Marshall is nuts! What the hell was in that turkey costume?

  • Oakville Endive | December 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm |

    Does anyone think the Titans uniform, while not the ugliest , looks sloppy and needs refresh?

    • Jim Vilk | December 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm |

      They should just use the NY Titans unis.

    • Gusto44 | December 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm |

      I always felt the Titans missed some opportunities from the beginning with their uniform. The larger “T” sword logo should have been enlarged on the helmet, I would have eliminated the circle and vapors. The sword logo is seen in the background of the team press conferences. I would also tossed out the rectangular design on the shoulder area of the jersey, and put the bigger “T” logo on the pants.

  • Mike Engle | December 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |

    In today’s age of apparel mega-contracts, I reckon this becomes rarer by the day. The Butler player on the left has Wilson socks with Nike shoes.

  • mason | December 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm |

    I just gotta say that I love xavier’s new unis this year. Clean look and the x on the shorts looks great. Perfect combination of clean look with “modern” appeal.

  • StLMarty | December 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm |

    I gotta give a little props to the Portland Trailblazers. Perhaps the only team that has made a slanted stripe and asymmetrical striping look good.
    Do they have a red alt?
    I’d even let them have a gray one.

    And… I wonder if Earnie Shavers got his T-shirt from NoMas.
    Did I already ask that?

  • Matt Lesser | December 10, 2010 at 2:22 am |

    Mike I would pay serious money for both the Reds and Royals ones. Any chance that might happen?