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Auction Action, Hockey Edition

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Classic Auctions has a ton of great hockey-related stuff up for bidding at the moment. Let’s take a little look, a little see, shall we?

• Here’s something you don’t often see: CNOB — country name on back. Totally digging that block-shadowed font, too, especially on the “4.” (For this and all other auction listings in today’s entry, click on the larger image to get a close-up.)

• Here’s a real treasure: a wrapper from a loaf of Rocket Richard bread. C’est magnifique!

• Speaking of the Habs, you’ve gotta love this Canadiens jacket, especially all the striped trim. Also, note that the vendor was Moose Sporting Goods. Only in Canada, kids.

• Still more Habs goodies: a completely over-the-top Canadiens flannel shirt. Seems more suitable to be worn as pajamas, frankly, but still very cool.

• Very odd “W” on this otherwise spectacular Red Wings cardigan.

• Here’s something you rarely see: a WHA red-striped zebra jersey.

• Another WHA rarity: a Michigan Stags gamer. There’s something endearingly sweet and simple about that crest.

• One more seldom-seen WHA item: a 1976 All-Star jersey.

• I’ve never seen a jersey quite like this Salt Lake Golden Eagles design. In addition to the unusual hemline trim, look at how the vertical striping integrated throughout the entire uniform. Did any other teams ever go with this style?

• Anything involving the Kansas City Scouts looks cool, including this equipment bag.

• Start with a Hudson Bay blanket coat, add the best hockey team name ever, toss in an absolutely killer sleeve patch, and you have this fantastic Trail Smoke Eaters jacket.

• Speaking of killer patches, dig this wonderful Canucks cardigan.

• I’ll be honest with you: Bobbleheads tend to bore me (well, except for the ones Robert Marshall makes). But I gladly make room on the shelf for these beauties.

My thanks to auction-aware Mike Hersh for steering me toward most of these.

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Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie

Good mix of baseball, football, and hockey items this time around. Basketball? Maybe next time!

• Great basketball jersey submission from Geoffrey Waterman.

• Let’s talk some hockey, eh, with this old Maple Leafs LP. Still sealed!

• A Babe Ruth/Santa Claus bank? Sure, why not.

• Babe and Santa aren’t your thing? Then maybe this Otto Graham bank will do the trick.

• Here’s a tremendous arcade-style mechanical baseball toy from 1928. What, no Barry Bonds version?

Boost for the Reds! I think that means “cheer” for them. Or something.

• Here’s a really interesting one: Lowe and Campbell was an old sporting goods company, and this was apparently one of their promotional jerseys. What a logo!

• And we close out this installment with a great find by reader Rob McGill: a Twins tryout jersey with a unique uniform number.

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: Check out Fred Lynn making like Brooksie — well, sort of (nice find by Andy Woolley). ”¦ Check out the lining on Clippers announcer Michael Smith’s jacket (with thanks to Jeremy Richardson). ”¦ We’ve seen plenty of high schools that rip off pro and college teams for their logos, but how about ripping off Warner Brothers? (Good spot by Brett Crane.) ”¦ Very disappointing news out of Braves camp, where Chipper Jones has decided to go low-cuffed after all (blame Andy Bronson). ”¦ Always good to see Tommy Lasorda squeezing into a uniform — and wearing stirrups! (Big thanks to Rob Montenegro.) ”¦ Tottenham has become the first EPL team to be outfitted by Under Armour (with thanks to Kenny Loo). ”¦ This is almost too delicious: Fitty Cent as a college football player. ”¦ Matt Harris has been tracking which headband color Carmelo Anthony has been wearing with which uni combo. Feb. 23: blue throwbacks, orange headband; Feb. 25: road blues, black headband; Feb. 27: ditto; March 1: ditto; March 2: blue throwbacks, blue headband; March 4: home whites, blue headband; March 6: road blues, black headband; March 7: home whites, white headband. So he’s been consistent with the road blues but inconsistent with the throwbacks and home uni. ”¦ Hey, look what promotion the Giants are running on July 9. All you Bay Area readers should plan a Uni Watch ballpark outing for that game. ”¦ Following up on yesterday’s mention of Otis Shepard’s program covers for the Cubs, Paul Kosman notes that Cubs programs used essentially the same Shepard-based back-cover design for at least 23 years (“and maybe longer,” says Paul, “because I don’t know the first year that template was used”). Then they used another template for the next 10 years after that. “The scorecards were totally changed — and, in my opinion, ruined — when the Tribune took over,” says Paul. ”¦ Is that a left-handed catcher’s mitt? “Looks like it,” says Mike Hersh. ”¦ Tyler Kepner sent an interesting report from Mariners camp: “I noticed Felix Hernandez had an ‘El Heat’ jersey in his locker. I’ve always thought they should use the Spanish word for the team name — like, wouldn’t it be cool to see ‘Calor’ in the Heat typeface on the jersey? Alas, when I suggested this to Felix, he said, ‘No, I like El Heat.’ Sigh.” ”¦ Here’s a first: Oregon baseball is honoring its coach by putting a little portrait of him on the bottom of their cleats (with thanks to Matt Shevin). ”¦ Several Cal players wore stirrups and gold sannies yesterday. “All-Pac-10 catcher Chadd Krist opted not to go with the ’rups because he didn’t know proper blousing techniques and they bunched up at his knees,” says Ryan Gorcey. “So afterwards, I educated him on proper stirrup etiquette. He said, “l like the way they look, man. We looked like ballplayers out there.'” ”¦ Here’s a video clip of Mitchell & Ness honch Peter Capolino describing 20 different Phillies jersey designs (with thanks to Tom Rowan Jr.).

159 comments to Auction Action, Hockey Edition

  • Mark in Shiga | March 9, 2011 at 7:23 am |

    I totally want that #100 Twins jersey, or I would if it weren’t so expensive (and a size or two too small). Were there more of them? Did they give all the tryout guys numbers over 100?

    Normally I hate high numbers (over about 50) on baseball jerseys, but when you get to three digits, things reverse. So bad it’s good!

    • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 8:08 am |

      DIY it — or have frosty make you one

      • Mark in Shiga | March 9, 2011 at 11:19 am |

        Actually, Phil, I have several real 100+ jerseys from Japanese teams (like #113 Suzue here). They sell cheap because their wearers are typically staffers like bullpen catchers.

        But still, the Twins… it’s from the non-three-digit-accepting American major leagues! And it’s flannel!

  • Rob S | March 9, 2011 at 8:24 am |

    With Maurice Richard (who could dish out the punishment with the best of them), “Pain Supreme” is a nice bilingual bonus!

    • Broadway Connie | March 9, 2011 at 9:14 am |


    • Terry Proctor | March 9, 2011 at 10:00 am |

      That’s a nice picture of Maurice, his wife Lucille and their then four children. Must be that bread was very nutritious because Maurice and Lucille would have three more l’enfants for a total of seven “Little Richards” (no pun intended).

      • Terry Proctor | March 9, 2011 at 10:01 am |

        BTW-The family shot is shown with the flannel Habs shirt.

  • tomservaux96 | March 9, 2011 at 8:40 am |

    I think that “El Sheat” might be more apropos of late…

  • Seth F | March 9, 2011 at 9:13 am |

    Can someone please tell me the website that shows all of the teams uniforms throughout their history? I’ve seen the link on here before, but I can’t remember what the site was. Thanks alot!

    • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 9:20 am |

      which sport?

      baseball has dressed to the nines

      football has FUPP (but it’s woefully complete)

      hockey has the hockey uniform database

      and hoops has this history

      you can also check the creamer website for all the teams

      • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 9:21 am |
      • concealed78 | March 9, 2011 at 9:30 am |

        The NBA one is linked to Geocities who went kaput in 2009.

        I was going to ask, it’s been 3 months since the NBA jersey database article was posted – wondering if there was any progress on that research project.

      • Seth F | March 9, 2011 at 9:52 am |

        Thanks Phil. I’ll have to try and check them @ home as everyone of those were blocked by “The Man”. Baseball is what I was mainly looking for so thanks for the heads up.

      • Terry Proctor | March 9, 2011 at 10:09 am |

        The Hockey Sweater shows hockey sweaters from the beginning up through 1967.

      • Rob S | March 9, 2011 at 10:10 am |

        You mean “woefully incomplete”, right, Phil?

        • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 10:21 am |

          um…yeah (caffeine not present at time of post)

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 10:46 am |

          Evidently FUPP doesn’t consider Uni Watch much of a source. They’re still showing their woefully inaccurate original AFL stuff (’60, ’61 and ’62).


        • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 10:52 am |


          im pretty sure FUPP went “defunct” (or whatever the interwebs term is) in 2003 or 2004

          that’s where timmy b. and his merry band of researchers are coming in — hopefully they’ll have the entire NFL history up to 1959 (and possibly with corrections to the FUPP mistakes) sometime this year

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 11:23 am |

          Well, that certainly would splane it.

          Yeah, TimmyB and others have been working on that time period. I’ve helped where I could.

          Finishing that (if they have any energy left), they’ll be taking on the 1960s.


      • Terry Proctor | March 9, 2011 at 10:13 am |

        The Hockey Sweater Museum shows hockey sweaters from the beginning through 1967.

        • timmy b | March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm |

          Terry, thanks for the link on the hockey sweater museum. I thought this site was dormant. But it looks to be back up again.


  • Broadway Connie | March 9, 2011 at 9:21 am |

    Hate to say it, but Mike Hersh is verging on indispensability. That hockey trove this morning! Some of the coolest stuff since cave painting. Ever-since-childhood fave franchise — les Canadiens, les Habitants, bleu-blanc-rouge, The Flying Frenchmen — confirm their all-time aesthetic dominance in today’s show, but that Red Wings sweater can’t be beat. And Paul’s right: Stags and Scouts looking very fine.

    • Teebz | March 9, 2011 at 9:50 am |

      Connie, your really have to go through the entire auction. I go through the auction catalog once or twice per quarter on my blog. They have some incredible stuff.

    • Mike Hersh | March 9, 2011 at 10:04 am |

      Maybe you could come to my office and tell my bosses that. I pretty much do the same thing here at work. Find as much cool design and apparel stuff as possible.

      • The Jeff | March 9, 2011 at 11:18 am |

        Shouldn’t you be like, working while you’re at work?

        /just sayin’

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 11:23 am |

          I have to spend all day here.
          They expect me to WORK, too?


        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 11:47 am |

          wrench in the gears! uni watch is the new one big union.

        • Mike Hersh | March 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm |

          Maybe what I wrote sounded wrong. As a graphic designer I should always be looking for graphic inspiration, however I’m always called upon for reference and work from other divisions and brands within the company. Dealing with my own teams responsibilities is challenging enough.

          I’m just happy I can keep the Uni Watch family entertained with interesting things.

    • Jet | March 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm |

      Yup, another great UW day with some of that hockey swag!


  • Kevin | March 9, 2011 at 9:33 am |

    We’ve got a team in suburban Chicago ripping off Van Halen. Not sure if they prefer the Roth version or Hagar version or possibly the Cherone version?

    • concealed78 | March 9, 2011 at 10:18 am |

      That looks like the Diamond Dave era version & that’s a cool helmet but has a cheesy “Rock n’ Roll High School” vibe, but it always bugged me that schools couldn’t come up with their own original logos.

      • Kevin DeBolt | March 9, 2011 at 11:20 am |

        Best part is that its a pretty new high school so someone along the way had to bring up the similarity and they just went with it anyway.

        • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 11:42 am |

          No, it was a deliberate choice by the football coach, who is a Van Halen fan.

          Monken says he turned to his brother, the pair sitting at a restaurant together, with a “crazy idea” when Van Halen began playing. What an “idea” that turned out to be. Within minutes, the coach says, he’d sketched a logo that was essentially Van Halen with just a touch of Virginia Tech.

    • =bg= | March 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm |

      Yea, that story has been covered here before, now if Ed could clean up his act maybe we could get another VH album.

      Won’t be with Sammy, tho.

      Met all those guys once pre-show, it was great. Just like being in a VH video. Hysterical. Of course, they were probably all plastered, too. At least Ed and Al.

      read this.

  • teenchy | March 9, 2011 at 9:36 am |

    A couple of those Classic Auctions descriptions contain the phrase “weird, wild stuff.” I’m guessing someone there was a fan of Dana Carvey’s Johnny Carson impersonation?

  • John | March 9, 2011 at 9:38 am |

    Just a heads up: Southern Miss is planning a “Parrothead Night” w/ Jimmy Buffett inspired jerseys. No word on the actual design, but its scheduled for April 15th.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

  • Jack K | March 9, 2011 at 9:38 am |

    Back to back days with the O’s white panel cartoon bird helmet in the ticker. Let’s play 3!

  • Rob S | March 9, 2011 at 9:41 am |

    The description for the Canadiens jacket erroneously mentions the Union Jack in the two-flag patch, when it’s actually the Red Ensign. The Canadian Red Ensign served as the unofficial flag of Canada prior to the Maple Leaf flag’s adoption as the official flag in 1965.

    Interestingly enough, the Canadian Red Ensign has the Coat of Arms of Canada on the fly; without it, the flag is essentially the British Red Ensign.

    • Broadway Connie | March 9, 2011 at 11:16 am |

      Hard to beat Canadian iconological history. Heraldic elements from England, Scotland, and France, shamrocks and wheat, fun animals like beavers and bison, the RCMP, plus what must be the best design ever produced by a legislature: the current national flag.

      According to the quebecois, they were the first ones to employ the maple leaf as a community symbol, but they didn’t much like that the anglophones co-opted it. Hence the indisputably French fleur-de-lis became the unrivaled badge of the province.

      I’ll stop there. Promise.

      • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm |

        francophiles, pfft. go montreal maroons!! my favourite western canadian random other then all dressed chips was bathroom graffiti on the way to walking around the rockies every year…fraco go home. cracks me up to this day even though know it is less then pc. canadian texas is as funny as american quebec.

  • jc | March 9, 2011 at 9:41 am |

    i know that a couple of companies do make catcher’s mitts for lefties…it’s actually a more padded version of a first baseman’s softball mitt or knuckleballer’s catcher mitt than a proper catcher’s mitt, but they are out there. one of my friends let me borrow his while we were in high school.

    • Morris | March 9, 2011 at 11:53 am |

      I believe that the glove being worn by the child in the Ticker photo,, is in fact a left-handed first-baseman’s mitt. Catchers’ mitts of that era were much thicker, without the pocket seen on the glove in this image. It’s only in the past 25-years that we see catcher’s mitts with such a large pocket and webbing.

  • teenchy | March 9, 2011 at 9:54 am |

    Followed the links from our host’s latest ESPN column to the news of Tiki Barber’s “unretirement.” It’d be ironic for him to land with an NFC North team. Upon traveling to Lambeau he could be heckled with “The ‘G’ stands for ‘Ginny'” or for “Gonna leave my wife for my babymama.”

  • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 9:55 am |

    Could that weird W on the Red Wings sweater have originally said RedKings and then been doctored up?

    That’s kinda what it looks like to me.

    • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 11:09 am |

      repurposing? brilliant! your brain-pan is fat with paczki, that had to help you get from a to b on this one, i love this thought.

  • ClubMedSux | March 9, 2011 at 10:29 am |

    Sorry to go somewhat off-topic here, but I was wondering if anybody has ever gotten patches made for a DIY project, and if so if you have a recommendation for who to order patches from. My homebrew club is getting work shirts made and I’m in charge of designing and ordering the chest patches. I know Paul has profiled some DIY projects involving patches, but the only post I could find that actually mentioned the patch-maker was a place local to Pittsburgh (and I’m in Chicago). Google turns up many online patch-makers but I want to make sure the end product isn’t a piece of crap. Thanks in advance!

    • Andy | March 9, 2011 at 10:45 am |

      I got some woven patches made for a soccer team. The detail in woven is much better than embroidery, but the minimum is 50, so you’re going to spend $150 or so. If it’s a patch that you can give away/sell to your friends and family, great, otherwise emboidery is a better option, because you can get smaller quantities, though if you only get a few patches, be prepared to pay $7, $10, even $15 per patch. It almost makes more sense just to get 50 of them because you end up spending almost the same amount getting 10 of them.

      I used Stadri Emblems, and the result was excellent.

      • ClubMedSux | March 9, 2011 at 11:28 am |

        Good info. Thanks!

    • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 11:15 am |

      you need ryco to the rescue on this question, i know he has had stuff made. my brain was churning on the patch thing earlier too. meats T needs a health path, but instead of health it says steaks or bacon or prime or some stuffs like that.

      oh wait, you play 16, i’ll send you his addy.

      • ClubMedSux | March 9, 2011 at 11:28 am |

        You had to bring up the Meats, didn’t you? I had three different MLB parody designs featuring beer styles instead of teams (Alts instead of A’s, Dubbel instead of Dodgers, India Pale Ale instead of Cleveland Indians) and more in the works when Paul posted about his correspondence with a certain legal team. Damn their oily hides!

        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

          sorry friend. truth be told, i have been thinking of those meat parody ideas too since i first saw the meet the meats T. but i am pretty sure, from what i have seen, that your T designs would be better then mine. the biggest problem in my horchata with “health” is it isn’t very widely known, so if you put “brew” or “yeast” in place of “health” not enough people would get it. we should form a guild of parody, and pool our ideas. have an idea for a say anything joe lies parody song about jim tressel? want to make a T shirt about bacon that looks like the braves? do you like beer? paczki? morcilla? join the right proper guild of parody .

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

          Maybe a Lipitor or Zocor patch?

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm |

          T-shirt for Ohio State…


        • SkinnerAU | March 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

          Ok the bacon braves thing I had to attempt.

        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm |

          i love that drawing more then !&*R)#%(nothing dirty, just couldn’t think of what i like more then %&@K). if you don’t change a thing on that, i’ll spend 19.95 if you throw in an extra set of radish rose knives. you’re in the guild skins. as our first order of business, i vote we kill trogdor and feed him to our pet turkey.

        • ClubMedSux | March 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

          Yeah, the Bacon design’s pretty sweet. I’m curious about the bird, though. Is he gonna eat the bacon? Or are we to butcher him and then slow-cook him WRAPPED in the bacon?

        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm |

          does it matter? the bird is swwwweet. and yeah, maybe we wrap that in maple bacon for the banquet where we expel trogdor and feed him to the turkey. maybe we can serve turtrogcon for said banquet.

        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm |

          Thanks to Jimbo, this is my Pirates takeoff:

          Hopefully it’ll be done in time for wiffleball season.
          A Paczki jersey would be cool, too.

  • StLMarty | March 9, 2011 at 10:50 am |

    That Stags logo kind of looks like something out of Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals.

    • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 11:13 am |

      Political correctness aside, I imagine it’s meant to be derivative of Native American petroglyphs, and also to include an “M”.

      But, why waste time thinking about such things when the old “a kid can draw better than that” saw can be pulled out.


      • Rob S | March 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm |

        Bear in mind this was the 1970s…

        It’s just a shame that scheduling issues put the Houston Aeros’ first appearance at Cobo Arena late enough in the 74-75 WHA season that the Stags were relocated by the league to Baltimore (as the Blades) before that game (and thus Gordie Howe’s return to Detroit) ever happened.

  • Dave Johnson | March 9, 2011 at 10:54 am |

    I’ll pass on the Giants stripped socks. GO A’S!

    • Chance Michaels | March 9, 2011 at 11:28 am |

      Go where? Fremont’s out, and San Jose’s looking pretty dicey…. ;)

      • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 11:36 am |


        Getting there is a snap. Just take Clown Alley from the arena FKA Arco.

      • Geeman | March 9, 2011 at 11:40 am |

        Contracting the A’s was mentioned last week, but contracting that team would be an absolute travesty because of all the rich tradition of that franchise. So many world championships, pennants, division titles, memorable postseason games, colorful characteres, innovations, uniform history. It is truly one of the great franchises historically.

        I’d really hate to see that team moved either.

        • Gusto44 | March 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm |

          Agreed, contracting the Oakland A’s would be a mistake, that team has certainly carved out its own identity in that city. Among current cities, Oakland is tied for fourth all time in world championships, which is impressive, since they’ve only been in Oakland since 1968. Winning three consecutive titles in the 70s was a truly remarkable feat.

          Hopefully, decision makers and fans in that region who grew up with that team can find a solution in these difficult economic times. That’s a plus for the A’s, as opposed to other cities without the tradition.

          Switching to green/gold after moving from a unsuccessful stint in Kansas City was the smart move, it helped to create the new identity in the new city right away, along with all the other changes. The 1934-67 Philadelphia/KC A’s never finished above 4th place, so that shows how dramatic the change was in Oakland. Short of changing the nickname, everything else changed, so the successful history the A’s have accrued in Oakland will be important moving forward.

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

          Um…the A’s wore green and gold their last five seasons in Kansas City (’63-’67).

        • Geeman | March 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm |

          And kudos to the A’s for sticking with their colors all these many years, save for the brief experiments with black alternates. With the SuperSonics gone, we have only two big-league teams in three of the four major sports with green and gold (Packers and A’s). Anyone in the NHL with that combination? They are, of course, the colors of royalty — er, UniWatch.

        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm |

          I’d love to see the A’s in San Jose. If the O’s can allow the Nats into their territory, the Giants can allow the A’s into theirs.

          Now if they ever ditch the green and gold for blue or black, then contract them.

        • Geeman | March 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm |

          I don’t see how anyone can say any territory is the Giants’ territory when the A’s play just across the bay. It’s like saying any part of Greater New York is Mets’ or Yankees’ territory. The teams share the Bay Area equally.

        • =bg= | March 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm |

          you will see the A’s move to SJ, and MLB will give the Giants a boatload of cash to sooth their feelings. There is precedent for this, as in the Nats moving into O’s territory.

          Just a question of when.

        • Gusto44 | March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm |

          The San Jose A’s? That’s a slap in the face for Oakland, fans of that team in Oakland will have a roughly 80 mile round trip drive to deal with in the future.

  • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 11:39 am |

    Moose said:

    meats T needs a health path, but instead of health it says steaks or bacon or prime or some stuffs like that.


    that sir, is pure friggin genius

    • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 11:53 am |
      • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm |

        good, but no, it should literally be the health patch with something like “blood sausage” instead of “health”, but less, um, letters, but more, hm, brutality. hm, brain churning can rocky mountain oysters fit into 6 letters? dang.

        • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm |


        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

          perfect togdor, perrrrfect.
          my brain is manic today, i need to put it to use. now where did i put that pencil?

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm |

          refence highly paid free agents…

          Boughtwurst ?

        • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm |




        • Ry Co 40 | March 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm |

          “your head a splode”

      • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |

        Yeah, but then lousy players the “Meats” developed on their own could then be…


        Or maybe better just one coverall jibe…


        Either way, it’s like…a theme (not to mention just another way to kill time at work today).


        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm |

          when the crew of brew start buying up the meat, apt.

        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm |

          developed on their own?!! we are talking about wurst, haaaaaa! i think that would be a mast….

    • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm |

      I suppose the Twins would get stuck with…
      (bypassing the overdone Twinkies)

      Would Cardinals could be…
      (with Beef on a Bat)?

      Couldn’t Braves be…
      (tongs instead of tomahawk?)



      (obviously, a slow day at the ol’ ad agency)


      • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm |

        Rangers…Free Rangers (chicken, that is)


        If we were doing hockey you could have the Philly Fryers.

        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm |


          White Sox…White Meat

        • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm |

          Or just Steaks (Steax?) since the word “White” doesn’t appear on their unis.

        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |

          Thought about that, but you kicked it up a notch by spelling it with an X.

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm |

          Reminds me of a short-lived softball team I played for almost 20 years ago.
          The Safe Sox.

          Wore White Sox “Sox” logo tees to which the word “SAFE” was added above the logo. No numbers. On the back of every player’s shirt it just said…


  • Ross | March 9, 2011 at 11:42 am |

    Not uniform related, exactly…. but scary non the less:

    • Rob S | March 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm |

      Logo creep of the worst possible kind!

    • Broadway Connie | March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm |

      Damn, that’s funny. Apocalyptically hilarious.

  • Ashley Wilkes | March 9, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  • cc | March 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

    I agree with Tyler Kepner. Every team for Spanish heritage should have some spanish name, like the giants do with Gigantes, and the Brewers with Cerveceros. Come on, all the Marlins do is just put an “los” on their jerseys.

    • EMD | March 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm |

      Well, in Spanish, Marlin is really Marlin. Aguja can be used, but it really means “needle.”

      • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm |

        as great as this sounds in principle, among spanish speakers or on telemundo they call them los bulls, not los toros. i know it is counter intuitive to what you would think or want, but it be all kind’a true. so the los names rather then los nombres actually makes sense in a deflating that’s unimpressive sort of way.

        • Broadway Connie | March 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm |


        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm |

          bueno amigo. los canucks son el número uno, and so fourth and such and such.

    • KevinW | March 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm |

      Then maybe the Padres could have a jersey that has ‘Fathers’
      on the front.

  • McGivern | March 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm |

    I myself had a left-handed catcher’s mitt. Loved that thing!

  • Tim | March 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm |

    That 50 cent movie looks EPIC-ly bad. Like, new favorite comedy that isn’t a comedy bad.

    Kudos for losing the weight though…

    In honor of yesterdays news, here’s my Wizards redesign

    • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

      bullets with shovel graphics, you made the gravediggers. i like it, a very PC-FU, but that’s why they changed it in the first place me thinks, to disassociate with tat tip. shovels, bah! hand me a tressel, i need to burry a program.

      • Tim | March 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |

        shovel graphics? I was thinking more bullet with a motion-implying streak behind it but ok.

        And being an IU guy, I’m all for an unnecessarily program-crippling punishment for Tres and Co..

        If the NCAA can ruin one BigTen program for 5-10 years for some pretty minor ‘major violations’, why not make it two?

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |

          Hey, Dez Bryant lost 10 games for lying about having lunch with Prime Time.

          When all’s said and done, will be far more about any lying than about the “petty offenses,” I think.

          Covering up is, probably rightly so, a greater offense than fucking up.


        • Aaron | March 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm |

          Maybe IU shouldn’t hire coaches who are already in trouble for cheating, and then acting incredulous when they cheat again, eh?

        • Aaron | March 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm |

          Maybe IU shouldn’t hire coaches who are already in trouble for cheating, and then acting incredulous when they cheat again.

        • Aaron | March 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm |

          Now, that’s just not fair. My browser assured me that message didn’t go through the first time. Sorry y’all.

        • Tim | March 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm |

          Maybe Aaron should think twice before double posting…

          IU fudged up.

          That being said, we’re still in digging ourselves out of an unnecessarily large hole. We self-reported, why not punish the offender (sampson) harsh and give the school a slap on the wrist. Instead it happened the other way around.

          And none – zero – of the extra phone calls went to players who ended up at IU.

      • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

        Okay, another t-shirt idea…
        (gray lettering on red)


    • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm |

      Nice Colbert reference (curse my cousin for ruining that show for me).

    • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm |

      How ’bout…

      Yes, a Dum-Dum is an exploding bullet, so I suppose some kind of imploding bullet would be more apt.


      • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm |

        Washington Blanks?

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm |

          Total departure. Go musical.

          No unfortunate colloquial shortening of that, right?


        • Tim | March 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm |

          how about the D.C. Duds

          The image could be a flaccid Bullet that looks nervous and is sopping wet (perhaps looking as if it were sweating… bullets… I hate myself) and the moisture explains the misfire.

        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

          Cap Gunners!

          Perfect – no bullets in a cap gun, “Cap” can be short for Capital, Gunners is a time-tested term for a guy who shoots the ball frequently. Where are my crayons?

        • Tim | March 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

          Good idea, but vetting that one leads to, “it sounds like capital gunners, like someone is gunning down people in the capital. You know, like the Beltway Sniper.”

        • Ricko | March 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm |

          “Washington Representatives”. NBA has the largest collection of long nicknames, anyway. “Washington Reps” in the vernacular.

          Also, “Washington Citizens” isn’t half bad, unless they’re worrying about offending illegals. Or giving free branding to a watch company.

          (And,yes, I understand a certain irony to “Citizens”)

          Oh, boy, how about a nice SINGULAR name?
          Washington Congress
          Washington Spirit

          Of course, Washington Potomacs and Washington Joint Chiefs could be nicely and appropriately shortened.


        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm |

          That’s when we respond, “So do we have to start calling a shooting guard something else, then?” I’m no gun enthusiast, but I also don’t have a problem with gun-related terms. They’re used for target shooting, too.

        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |

          I thought about Washington Congressionals. Started out thinking of Congress, but in my dictionary the sixth definition of that word is coitus.

        • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm |

          Apparently, someone else thought of Congressionals…and things went worse for them than for the old Federals:

    • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm |

      I love that final court design with the giant hands reaching for the ball at center court.

      I like the Bullets redesign, too. Your Wizards unis are cool, but no amount of tweaking can help the Wizards logo. It just needs to go. As I said yesterday, if they want to abide by Abe Pollin’s wishes, great. But the current name and logo are a nightmare from which we all need to awaken.

      • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm |

        By the way, your new W reminds me of the Wilson’s Sporting Goods logo.

      • Tim | March 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm |

        I agree, the Bullets is much better, but the current Wiz logo isn’t THAT bad, plus with that leak yesterday, I would be shocked if the Wizards don’t have only a new color scheme next year.

        and growing up playing tennis, the W immediately reminded me of Wilson’s – can you say perfect corporate sponsorship? HOORAY SYNERGY.

        • pflava | March 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

          No, the current Wizards logo is indeed that bad!

      • Gusto44 | March 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm |

        The old Baltimore Bullets logo had an actual bullet pictured, while the Washington Bullets logo did not. The “hands reaching for the ball” could be possibly interpreted as catching or receiving a bullet pass.

        The decision to remove the Bullets name remains odd to this day, there are countless nicknames which have violent overtones. We know Abe Pollin was had been uncomfortable with the name before making the change after a friend was assassinated, which happened in Israel, not Washington. Hopefully in time, the Bullets will return, they had a winning tradition with great players. During the relatively short time as the Bullets, Washington was one of the few teams in the East to win a world title outside of Boston.

        • the guild | March 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

          overtone or literally bullets? even manic my brain can wrap around that difference. first off i… is that a butterfly?

  • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm |

    as our first order of business, i vote we kill trogdor and feed him to our pet turkey.

    What the fuck is that for?

    • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

      first and firemoist(sic) i fear monsters, and you eff’d up the bocwurst patch maaaan. we were just starting the guild of proper duuuude. the guild has hired proper fraus, bought drums and kegs, and hired a proper spokesman, and you want to tressel the guild’s good work? and you have the sack to ask why we will feed you to the turkey?! gar!

      • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

        I suggested “Wurst” in place of “Health” and you felt that was “perrrrfect”.

        Now all of a sudden I’m Thanksgiving stuffing?

        I think you need something to drown out the voices in your head.

        • the guild | March 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

          i was ready to say you are back in the guild for steax, then you dagger me?!!! corn bless america what a quandary you dirty rotten turtrogcon. but you’re in anyway ’cause the alan hale jr is weak, smack him with his own ancor patch chapeau for his thin veil. and yes trogdor, the voices are talking today, i can’t concentrate on anything for more then a second, which is fun in a way, but prrrretty frustrating too because i have stuffs i should be doing. it’s sort of this whole office time discussion, but i am the sloth and the man. i need pinker-jama-tons and stirrupists to fight it out in my skull today.

    • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm |

      maybe we wrap that in maple bacon for the banquet where we expel trogdor and feed him to the turkey


      or that?

      seriously moose…Spanky may be oot, but wtf is wrong with trogdor?

      • the guild | March 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

        his name is trogdor, or turtrogcon if he is being bad. so let it be written.

        • feed turtrogen to the tuturkey | March 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |

          i forgot to change my name, but it still stands in a less pretentious manner.

        • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |


  • rpm | March 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm |

    spanky is now trogdor they are now synomificated(sic), there is no separation, organize the villagers. okay fine, we won’t serve turtrogcon at the guild banquet that celebrates bird bacon t-shirt design, we will serve skipurger stew.

    • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

      there ya go

      i assume you’ll be enjoying pineapple at this feast

      • the guild | March 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm |

        turtrogcon! alan hale jr this too.

        • Rob S | March 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |

          But then… WHO IS MERRITT STONE?!?!?

  • Jim Vilk | March 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

    “Here’s something you don’t often see: CNOB – country name on back.”

    Tom Canada sees it every time he suits up for the Blue Bombers.

    • Gusto44 | March 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

      I think there was a Willie Germany who also played in the CFL. Of course, there was Larry Canada with the NFL’s Broncos.

      • Tim | March 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm |

        And who could forget when Frank Usa was throwing rainbows to Ben Turkmenistan…

    • Teebz | March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm |

      FYI: Tom Canada hasn’t played with the Bombers in two seasons, and probably won’t play football again. It was discovered he has an enlarged spleen. Far too short a career for such a great football player.

      Great guy off the field too, so it sucks to write “won’t play again”. He deserved better.

    • Chance Michaels | March 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm |

      Gilbert Brown was “county name on back” when he suited up for the Packers….

      • Broadway Connie | March 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm |

        John Ireland was a second-rank movie star. Bobo Brazil rassled. Jane Wales is a nice lady I know. Ummm… Ummm… France Nguyen was a third-rank movie star… ummm… Then there’s Robert P Marshall Islands from Chicago…. Some people must be named Monaco, or Congo, musn’t they?


        • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 11:10 pm |

          Dammit. I didn’t want to have to do this.

        • LI Phil | March 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm |

          feel a fool running your stateside games…lose your load, leave your mind behind

  • Elliott | March 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |

    Re: High school using WB logo

    Vernon Hills High in Illinois uses not a pro teams logo either: they use Van Halen’s.

  • Tris Wykes | March 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm |

    A Colgate women’s hockey goalie is wearing a very angry Lisa Simpson on her mask. Article ( and on-head photo (

  • KT | March 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    San Antonio’s fans helped choose its vaporware soccer team’s logo:

  • walter | March 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm |

    Just for sheer non-conformity, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles uniform is more outre than even the Flying-V Canucks getup. I wish more teams showed as much imagination.

  • Peter K | March 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm |


    Did you pick up ESPN the magazine yet? Some great “style” articles including one where Tommy Hilfiger designs versions of the Yankee, Laker, Cowboy and Canadien jerseys. His designs almost make me happy the Nike and Reebok are in charge! (almost)

  • Bernard | March 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm |

    WVU vs. Marquette game:

    Truck Bryant’s shoes are making me ill.” – Jay Bilas

  • JTH | March 9, 2011 at 11:27 pm |

    I’ve got another one.

  • Jeff P | March 10, 2011 at 1:27 am |

    That Kansas city bag belonged to this guy. Note the junior team. And note where he broke into the NHL.

  • Rich | March 10, 2011 at 11:02 am |

    That Stags sweater is incredible, I would love to own it!

  • Jeff | March 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

    New logo for Joliet Slammers independent baseball team. Secondary jailbird logo is kinda fun.