There's No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 26

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Most of the photos in this latest batch were submitted by Mako Mameli, plus a few are from Mike Hersh and BSmile. Ready, set”¦.

• Check out the little cartoon figure on Graig Nettles’s batting glove. Anyone know who/what that is?

• There’s something kind of lame, or at least unseemly, about wearing a T-shirt that promotes yourself — unless you’re Jack Brickhouse.

• White Sox equipment manager Sharkey Colledge shows up in a lot of old wire photos. Here he is in 1956 (is that T-shirt awesome or what?) and again in 1959 (look at that schedule!).

• Here’s Columbia football coach Lou Little, circa 1930. As you can see, this is yet another shot of a football coach from that era dressing like a player below the waist. Must’ve been a common thing back then. Meanwhile, I’m not sure what the “P” on the sweatshirt is for.

• Always good to see another view of the Denver Bears’ strike-zone uniform.

• I love these track shirts so much that at first I didn’t even notice that the two guys in the photo are twins. That’s Wayne and Blaine Rideout, who were competing in the 1937 Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.

• You can never have enough Sox-in-shorts photos, especially one featuring the fat tub of goo.

• Hey, I remember this thing! It was called the Power Swing, and you’d occasionally see guys using it in the on-deck circle in the early ’70s. Hadn’t thought about it in years (or maybe decades) until I saw those photos. That’s Davey Schneck, who I believe is the only Met ever to have served in Vietnam.

• Here’s a close-up look at a Cardinals cap you don’t often see. That’s Buzzy Wares in 1940.

• I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but the Browns really had one messed-up insignia. No space between “St.” and “Louis,” but a big space between the L and the O — jeez.

• Not sure what’s going on here, but any team that mixes cycling and skating is A-OK with me.

• Ever been to a golf ball factory? If not, then these pics will have to do.

•  And here’s a bonus entry from our friend Jerry Reuss, from his days with the Astros. Look at those stirrup stars!

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Shamrock Shake report: Just a handful of MLB teams did the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” thing yesterday. The Red Sox, Dodgers, and Phillies went the whole route, complete with green jerseys, while the Brewers, Padres, Braves, and Mets went with green caps, and the Rockies’ caps had green trim. (Can someone give a good, non-bullshit explanation of why New Era gets to put its logo on these caps, by the way? No, I didn’t think so.)

Interestingly, the White Sox, who wear green for that bogus “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” promotion every year, were among the teams who couldn’t be bothered.

Meanwhile, the Bulls and Knicks wore green last night, while the Raptors did likewise the night before (which was also when the Celtics wore their gold-trimmed uni).

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Logo contest reminder: I’m currently conducting a logo design contest for the indie-rock supergroup known as the Baseball Project. Full details here.

Uni Watch News Ticker: This is pretty wild — a Patriots jersey made out of wood (big thanks to Matt Bessette). ”¦ Even better: Great Final Four moments as rendered in Lego (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Here’s a visual timeline of Notre Dame football uniforms (with thanks to Warren Junium). ”¦ Interesting corporate douchebaggery note regarding the NCAA tourney here (with thanks to Rob Bubeck). ”¦ Andy Chalifour reports that the Celtics celebrated 30 years of Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn broadcasting games by giving them a pair of personalized “30” jerseys. ”¦ I’m not sure what was going on in this old cycling photo, but it looks pretty damn cool (with thanks to Chad Todd). ”¦ You Have Got to Be Kidding Me Dept.: Each of Bryce Harper’s at-bats this season will be sponsored (as reported by Robert Craig). ”¦ Shoe pornographer Joshua Exline sent along the new Air Jordan designs that UNC and Georgetown will be wearing in the NCAA tourney. ”¦ If you scroll to the March 17, 10:58am entry on this page, you’ll find some interesting NHL changes potentially in the offing, including “a newly-designed net with a red mesh and smaller holes strung across the top of net ”¦ to increase clarity in video review when trying to determine, conclusively, whether or not the puck crossed the goal line,” and “a communication system for all referees ”¦ [that] would allow the two refs to talk, via headset, during a play and lead each other based on what they’re seeing in the battle areas to allow play to continue or make a specific call.” John Muir asks, “Will the refs’ helmets get green dots?” ”¦ Who are these guys? They’re the Steelers basketball team, but they’ve taken “Steelers” off of their jerseys because of the lockout. Details toward the end of this page (nice find by Justin Shawley). ”¦ Ohio State football will apparently be wearing camo helmets for spring practice (as noted by Phil Haynes). ”¦ Did you know MLB baseballs are stamped with invisible ink? I didn’t! Fascinating (big thanks to Chris Flinn). ”¦ I had previously reported that the Giants might be wearing gold-trimmed jerseys for their ring ceremony. Now Sam Lam has sent me shots of a Giants cap with a gold “SF” logo and a gold-trimmed MLB logo. “The guy at the store said that these are the authentic caps that the Giants will wear when they get their rings,” he says. ”¦ Zebra-related chatter from Josh Neisler, who writes: “In the waning seconds of the Vanderbilt vs. Richmond game, as two referees crouched in deliberation at the scorer’s table with their rumps and backs positioned toward the camera in a most unflattering way, CBS color commentator Bill Raftery quipped, ‘They should put some advertisements on those backs!,’ provoking chuckles from play-by-play man Verne Lundquist. Raftery went on to refer to the refs’ jerseys as ‘silks’ before the discussion returned to the substance of the matter at hand.” ”¦ Lou Sherwood found a great Life cereal commercial featuring Casey Stengel and a kid in striped stirrups! ”¦ “The Penguins’ desktop wallpaper this month features Jordan Staal,” says Michael Koch. “However, as you can see, he’s posing with teammate Brooks Orpik’s stick.”

163 comments to There’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 26

  • Nate Dougherty | March 18, 2011 at 7:42 am |

    Not sure what the logo is that Nettles is wearing but I think that’s a golf glove.

    • =bg= | March 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |

      I blew up the image, it looks like a revolutionary war soldier.

      • scott | March 18, 2011 at 11:22 am |

        Appropriate for 1976, right?

  • RJ | March 18, 2011 at 7:43 am |

    Nettles “batting glove” is actually a golf glove, the metal snap piece at the bottom would contain a ball marker. The character is likely a course logo. Having played both, I would consider the gloves somewhat interchangeable, but golf gloves would be a bit thinner as to give the golfer a better feel of the club to manipulate the club face at impact.

  • Ben | March 18, 2011 at 7:46 am |

    What kind of Nikes were WVU wearing again? I noticed they were rocking that post-it yellow look.

  • Grant | March 18, 2011 at 7:58 am |

    The gloves Nettles is wearing are actually gloves that bakers (or some in that industry call loafers) wear. They were used because it helps them to knead the dough. It stands to reason that loafers do knead the dough. I wouldn’t think Nettles kneaded dough playing baseball. Did he play first?

    • jrn | March 18, 2011 at 8:54 am |

      No, Who’s on first.

  • Eric | March 18, 2011 at 8:04 am |

    I wonder if that cycling/skating photo was a club that did cycling in the summer and speed skating in the winter since one often was used as off season training for the other (1980 speed skating US Olympian Eric Heiden, is one who hung up the blades for the pedals and there’s quite a few today in the pro peloton, particularly in northern Europe who were amateur speed skater.)

    I can’t remember the Power Swing, but if you gave it to players today, I’m thinking that people running on the field would be less common…looks like it could have some lethality…or get stuck in the turf.

    • union jack | March 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |

      Nah… the blades look menacing, but in reality are like thick milk-jug plastic.

  • Chris | March 18, 2011 at 8:13 am |

    I don’t mind Ohio St going camo for spring game. Like others who have I’m sure its going to be for charity

    • MPowers1634 | March 18, 2011 at 11:09 am |

      Hopefully not the same charity that Pryor and company were fundraising for when they got in trouble!

    • LarryB | March 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm |

      Not a huge fan of the look except for service academies.

  • scott | March 18, 2011 at 8:22 am |

    Any idea why the green jerseys teams wore for St. Patrick’s Day spring training games all had the same template? And the template was also different from those teams normal spring training/ batting practice attire.

    • Mark in Shiga | March 18, 2011 at 8:26 am |

      Yeah, I would have liked to see *green* jerseys, not green-with-stupid-white-armpit-and-side-panels. The Phillies and Reds (years ago) and White Sox (now) know how to do this: replace your main color with green, keep the regular design intact, and have no other color on the jersey.

      • adam | March 18, 2011 at 11:33 am |

        it was the cheapest way to do something ridiculous

  • Terry Proctor | March 18, 2011 at 8:25 am |

    Lou Little was an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania. Could that have been what the “P” was for? Without the swooshies around to outfit them in the old days coaches wore what they had on hand for practice/coaching wear.

  • Chris M | March 18, 2011 at 8:28 am |

    I can’t find any pictures, but apparently the Rockies wore a St. Patty’s Day cap yesterday, based on Troy Renck’s tweet.

  • Black Coffee & Bourbon | March 18, 2011 at 8:53 am |

    Not only did that guy make a wooden Patriots jersey, he made a wooden old school Pats helmet completely out of wood. Even the face masks. That guy is an artist. Amazing video and worth the watch.

    • Ry Co 40 | March 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |

      that was/is amazing! wasn’t into the jerseys all that much while watching the video. when he held that helmet, then showed as he was making another one… unreal! and kudos for not slapping a sticker/decal on there.

      • StLMarty | March 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm |

        The face mask was a little weird.
        Did Teddy B. wear a Revolution?

  • Jon | March 18, 2011 at 8:55 am |

    RE: the golfball factory. I hope they’re not hand writing Titleist on each and every ball!! ;^)

  • JamesP. | March 18, 2011 at 8:57 am |

    Paul, the Braves wore green caps last night against the Nats.

  • Nate | March 18, 2011 at 9:04 am |

    The Dodgers’ green caps didn’t have the New Era logo.

  • Ryan | March 18, 2011 at 9:07 am |

    Could the logo on nettles’ glove be a bicentennial thing? Looks like a soldier with ’76 next to it.

    • Vanilla | March 18, 2011 at 10:10 am |

      I agree – you beat me to it!

    • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 10:19 am |

      It’s a golf glove, okay.

      Specifically created and marketed batting gloves weren’t even all that common in 1976. A couple years later, yes, but not ’76 (I remember all this cuz got divorced early in ’76 and started playing a lot more ball and was, therefore, really aware of equipment over the next few years).

      Now, I’m not saying it might not be some kind of Bicentennial golf glove. But it ain’t a Bicentennial batting glove.


      • RJ | March 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

        I remember going to Yankee Stadium in 79, and my dad getting my a Yanks Batting glove (pure trash) white pleather, blue stretchy material along the fingers and a Yanks baseball logo on the top of the hand.

    • SkinnerAU | March 18, 2011 at 10:36 am |

      I agree that it is a golf glove and i agree that it is a Bicentennial patch its obviously a revolutionary soldier with ’76 next to him.

  • Mark K | March 18, 2011 at 9:25 am |

    I was hoping yesterday would be the last I saw of 4-leaf clovers being used as a symbol of St Patrick’s Day until next year.


    • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 11:09 am |

      Exactly. Three leaves for St. Patrick’s Day. Four is for leprechauns.

  • concealed78 | March 18, 2011 at 9:43 am |

    I did some checking, and if I had to guess, the reason why the New Era logo is on the side is because of the adjustable cap, tho I can’t find anything conclusive on the Dodgers cap.

    As for the White Sox not doing it this year, I would guess because it was a split squad day. That sucks, it would had been one of the two days out of the year that I actually liked the Sox color scheme.

    • concealed78 | March 18, 2011 at 9:44 am |

      Conclusive , d’oh.

      • Aaron | March 18, 2011 at 9:51 am |

        That picture makes me hurt.

        • scott | March 18, 2011 at 11:31 am |

          The Minor League baseball caps always have the New Logo era on the side. Would be better if they didn’t…

        • Aaron | March 18, 2011 at 11:37 am |

          Not the hat. That jersey is just so wrong. I just decided to register my pain here, mostly because it caught me off guard.

  • Chance Michaels | March 18, 2011 at 9:47 am |

    I don’t mind the gold-timmed championship gear, since the teams don’t tend to wear them in a game.

    Wear whatever you want for the ceremony, sell the merchandise, so long as you don’t mess with your look in what we used to call “championship play.” Unless you’re willing to do it right, that is.

  • MN | March 18, 2011 at 10:01 am |

    I dont know about everybody else, but I am already sick of Bryce Harper. Between the eye black, and the sponsored at bats, I think Pedro should come back for one at bat and drill this Jackass in the ribs……

    • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 10:10 am |

      The kid really needs to meet his version of Crash Davis, doesn’t he. Needs someone to remind that, as my dad used to say, “His farts don’t smell like fruit salad.”

      At this point he’s looking for all the world like a living cliche: Million-dollar talent, ten-cent head.


      • apk3000 | March 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |

        Huh? He’s not the one sells AB sponsorships and he hasn’t done the eyeblack thing since joining the Nats.

        • Ry Co 40 | March 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |

          doesn’t matter, he’s still a tool. that’s only 2 examples of many from mr. “when i grow up, i want to be drafted first”

        • Aaron | March 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |

          I tend to agree, apk. I really doubt Harper is the one driving this, the team knows they’ve got a really hyped prospect and they’re going to pimp the shit out of him.

        • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 11:20 am |

          To quote the especially perceptive Ry Co 40…
          “Doesn’t matter, he’s still a tool.”

          To reference the marginally perceptive me…
          “Calling Todd Marinovich…Calling Todd…”


        • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 11:32 am |

          I think the point is that peddling those ABs is just feeding his toolness.

          It’s all part of the near-epidemic lately of selling legends before they’ve really done anything. And most times it doesn’t seem to work out so well.

          But somehow it’s just perfect for the Natinals’ approach to everything, isn’t it.

          “This Tommy John Surgery Recovery Update brought to you buy…”


        • Aaron | March 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |

          And you may be right, Ricko. But he is still 18. Plenty of time to mature, I’m guessing right about the time he makes it to DC and finds out nobody really gives a shit about him anymore.

        • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm |

          As I said, he needs to find his own Crash Davis.

        • Aaron | March 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

          But don’t we all need our own Crash Davis(es)?

          I kind of want to work that line into another conversation today. Wish me luck.

      • Seth F | March 18, 2011 at 11:17 am |

        Why kill the kid and not the EXPOS? I’m pretty sure he didn’t market and sell his at-bats himself. If that were the case, I bet every 2-bit minor leaguer out there would be trying to get paid to watch a few strikes go by. The brainiacs in the marketing dept should be the ones getting the negative pub, this is definately crossing that line between innovative marketing/sponsorship and borderline stupidity. If I was the PA announcer, I’d go on strike….

    • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 10:13 am |

      Wow, just had a Todd Marinovich flashback.

    • Mark in Shiga | March 18, 2011 at 11:06 am |

      “And he hits him with the pitch! Remember folks, for all your drilling needs, there’s Craftsman drill bit sets. Available in both metric and imperial; get yours today! The next batter is…”

      • MN | March 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

        WELL DONE!

      • Jeff P | March 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm |

        Aren’t we forgetting something?

  • Bas | March 18, 2011 at 10:04 am |

    I never get tired of Logo presented history

    • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 11:13 am |

      Agreed. Love the sign one of the Lego fans held up during the UNC/Michigan highlight: “None of this will matter anyway.” Nice little dig at UM’s vacated Final Four appearance.

    • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 11:14 am |

      Wait, you did mean “Lego,” right Bas? Just noticed you wrote Logo…

  • LI Phil | March 18, 2011 at 10:23 am |

    anyone else think that’s a golf glove on puff?

  • SkinnerAU | March 18, 2011 at 10:27 am |

    Ok, I cannot stand Notre Dame football, but those dark green jerseys are awesome. I love green and vegas together its a perfect combination.

    • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 10:52 am |

      Don’t let the color quality of the photos mislead you.
      In the TV era, the only green Notre Dame football has worn is kelly green…

      Also the kelly jerseys with the shoulder loops had old gold numbers and loops, not white. I have plenty of black and white photos where it’s easy to see they couldn’t possibily be white…and someone has posted a Playboy All-America team photo here that includes that jersey. First time I even saw it in color. In fact, that was the first time knew it was green. On my Kid Cards made at the time I have it as navy with gold trim. Guess never heard a play-by-play guy tell us they were green. Wore them vs. USC in a color-on-color one time, too. I have a black and white photo or two from the game.


      • SkinnerAU | March 18, 2011 at 11:09 am |

        Ok, well, the green they wore against USC maybe two or three years ago looked great even if it was kelly green. I would prefer a forest green and a new tv apparently.

        • Bernard | March 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm |

          I’m having a hard time believing that this is kelly green.

        • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm |

          ’tis true.

          Yeah, they did have a darker recent set, but still weren’t full-on Packer forest green, as I recall.

          That’s a photo from a very overcast day you’re using as a judge. I mean, we do realize such factors are involved, right? Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many casual fans who’ll argue us to the floor that the Yankees wear black hats.


        • MPowers1634 | March 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
        • Bernard | March 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

          Yes Ricko, believe it or not I understand that lighting can affect how colors are perceived. The green jerseys from 2005-06 were definitely darker green – darker than straight-up kelly green – and clouds/daytime/nighttime don’t have anything to do with that. If you want to call this “dark kelly green”, or something similar to validate your point, knock yourself out.

        • Geeman | March 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

          I call it beautiful. I wish the pants were more gold, like in the Montana years, rather than that shiny blah color.

  • DenverGregg | March 18, 2011 at 10:35 am |

    Yesterday’s Rockies cap with green replacing purple? Me gusta!

    If my finances improve, I’ll commission Frosty to make a Denver Bears strike zone jersey, but in alt colors.

  • ClubMedSux | March 18, 2011 at 10:44 am |

    Re: Jordan Staal using Brooks Orpik’s stick. If Orpik had any sense of history he would’ve written “Fuck Face” on the shaft before lending his stick to Staal for the photo shoot.

  • jdreyfuss | March 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |

    Why didn’t that greatest moments video have anything before 1992? I’m sure at the very least the NC State upset with Jimmy V running around would make an awesome Lego scene.

    • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 11:16 am |

      Because, as many will tell you, anything that happened more than 15 years ago can’t possibly be as great as anything that happened in the past 15 years.

      I mean, for one thing, if it was so great, howcum nobody tweeted about it at the time?


      • JTH | March 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm |

        1992 was less than 15 years ago?

        • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm |


        • JTH | March 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |

          Damn. I was starting to feel younger.

    • Pflava | March 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |

      Agreed – the end of NC State-Houston would be the most obvious one. I would throw in Jordan in 1982 and the Keith Smart shot as well.

    • Jeffrey Lowery | March 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm |

      As a bitter Kentucky fan they should have shown Laettner stepping on Aminu Timberlake and not getting ejected.

  • Peter | March 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |

    Regarding the cycling photo mentioned in the News Ticker, I bet the four cyclists were engaged in a contest similar to this humorous interlude which took place between racing sessions at the 2008 Amsterdam Six-Day race:

  • MPowers1634 | March 18, 2011 at 11:06 am |

    Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery are my absolute favorite pair.

    I’ve always imagined Lundquist to be the type of grandpa with like ten kids running around tugging at him and whatnot!

    • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 11:19 am |

      Those two need to call the Final Four! I love Gus Johnson and Clark Kellogg, too, but Bill’s my absolute favorite color commentator. He and Verne work so well together.

    • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 11:24 am |

      Even when those two aren’t working the game, I’m sure many of us have been watching the Big Dance and many times thought, “What a pair.”

      • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 11:33 am |


    • Chris Holder | March 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |

      Verne is an all-time great, sure, but he’s really starting to show his age. You must not listen to SEC football every Saturday in the fall and notice how he mangles almost every name.

      Though I do love him on 16 at Augusta. Low-speed suits him the best now.

  • Josh | March 18, 2011 at 11:06 am |

    “Shoe pornographer Joshua Exline sent along the new Air Jordan designs that UNC and Georgetown will be wearing in the NCAA tourney”

    What is shoe pornography?

  • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 11:28 am |

    The Pirates had green bases yesterday, but I couldn’t find a good picture…except in this gallery:

  • MPowers1634 | March 18, 2011 at 11:32 am |

    Shoe pornography:

    If you regularly check websites like sneakernews, niketalk, nikeblog, etc, you would fall into this category of which I am definitely a charter member of.

    In the past, we have had commenters here in the sneaker wing of UW like Todd Krevanchi, Pretty Boy Paulie, Jordan Pope and Mark Mihalik who were sneaker virtuousos!

  • RJ | March 18, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  • Jon | March 18, 2011 at 11:55 am |

    The Giants also wore green hats yesterday (although I can’t seem to find a pic). But Brian Wilson also wore green in his shoes ( he’ll be auctioning them off and donate the proceeds to Japan (

  • Eduardo | March 18, 2011 at 11:58 am |

    That Mr. Met as a leprechaun (green cap) is significantly cool. Are these caps for sale?

    • Ry Co 40 | March 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm |

      ask kearnsie… he got one somewhere (with an orange visor/brim)

  • union jack | March 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm |

    I have a Power Swing!

    But I bought it less than 10 years ago, and it was being sold as a golf training device. Label on one of the blades says “GAW Inc.” but no address or other info.

    Where the one in the photo went on a baseball bat, the one I have came with a plastic insert, attached to the stub-end of a golf club shaft with a golf grip. But the black center bit that holds the blades still has the molded in instruction “End of bat should lodge here.”

    It’s still being sold on various sites:
    (not an endorsement or recommendation, I’ve never used this site. Just an example of it’s continued availability)

    • Ry Co 40 | March 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

      looks like a giant lawn dart. oh, the eyes!!!

  • Paul Lee | March 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm |

    The SF Giants’ gold-trimmed logo cap looks a lot like the Pittsburgh Pirates cap! But I like it!

    • Gusto44 | March 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |

      Fans should like that gold-trimmed Giants cap, it represents the first world series title for San Francisco.

    • concealed78 | March 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm |

      It just reeks of “anything for a few dozen bucks”.

      • =bg= | March 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm |

        to me, it says World Series Champions.

        Wait, I’m in SF. Of course that’s what it means.

  • interlockingtc | March 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm |

    That Life cereal commercial is charming .

    It seems odd now–with our short attention spans– that we (some of us here, anyway) had the patience to sit through 60 second commercials back then. But you could tell a pretty good story in a minute (or an insufferable one, too, to be honest).

    • umplou | March 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm |

      The amazing thing about that commericial is that only Casey could makes words like ‘riboflavin’ and ‘thiamin’ seem like poetry.

  • Broadway Connie | March 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |

    “…… I’m not sure what was going on in this old cycling photo, but it looks pretty damn cool (with thanks to Chad Todd). … ”


    The four human cyclists are on some kind of treadmill arrangement so that each of them powers one of the four toy cyclists who race around the miniature oval track. The two human non-cyclists (one of whom is dressed in an odd overcoat and some kind of funny ascot/scarf) are steadying the seats on the stationary bikes being pedaled furiously by the human cyclists.


  • Pat | March 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm |

    Watching Michigan v Tennessee and I guess that answers the question of how they’ll do yellow v light orange. They won’t! Michigan wearing white. At least on my tv anyway the light orange is not really that light, I think they could’ve pulled it off if they tried.

    • JTH | March 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm |

      Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

  • JTH | March 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |

    Re: The Celtics’ St. Patrick’s Day specials being worn on Wednesday — it’s not the only time they’ve worn them. They also wore them for their previous two games (home vs. the Bucks on Sunday and in Newark on Monday).

    I really wish they’d make those their permanent alts.

    • JTH | March 19, 2011 at 12:26 am |

      And, as if on cue, they wore the godawful BFBS alts tonight.

  • Aaron | March 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm |

    For all those wonders from the other day, Michigan is wearing white, Tenn. in orange.

    • Aaron | March 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm |

      Obviously not sure if that was Michigan’s decision or an NCAA “suggestion” at this point, but hopefully that will come to light.

      I’m also curious if Purdue is going to go white later tonight or break out the golds again. They seem to have favored gold at home this year, at least since conference play started.

      • Stephen King | March 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm |

        According to the regulation quoted on this site regarding the issue, the teams bring two color uniforms. Normally home gets first pick, but the regulation sounds like it can be flexed to make the home team change if necessary. This is not unprecedented; in 05 when Illinois ran to the nation title game they wore orange in virtually every game, but against red-wearing Arizona in the regional final they switched to white for contrast reasons.

        I don’t think Michigan should even wear white, but I’m a Michigan fan, so what do I know?

  • JAson | March 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm |

    Here’s a rare sight, Dallas Lauderdale was sporting one of the Buckeyes old S.O.D. undershirts in practice yesterday. These were originally intended to be worn with the uniforms until the NCAA pointed out their rule about plain undershirts.

  • Tim E. O'B | March 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm |

    From Yesterday’s Comments:

    Gusto44, I think you requested something like this Piranhas logo. Not my best stuff.

    Rick-o, I think you requested the Lion Kings.

    I liked this one so I had some fun with it.

    secondary logo
    third logo

    • Broadway Connie | March 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

      Yeah. Like those Lion Kings, Tim.

    • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

      Love it. Thanks, Tim E.

      Unis would work with white shorts (home) and black shorts (road), too…for the slghtly more traditional look. Myabe a full gold for the Third.

      Such a great nickname for an NBA team. And if I have to explain to anyone why, then they just don’t get it.

      If the team were worried about hearing from Disney’s legal department, could go with just “Lions”.


    • Tim E. O'B | March 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm |

      did you guys like the mane as a basketball or was it too subtle?

      • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

        Oh, yeah, I got it.
        Was just now imagining how amazing their warmups could be.


    • Pflava | March 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm |

      The gold on the bottom of the road jerseys makes the already giant shorts look like a full-on dress. I think part of that is the template itself.

      • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm |

        That’s why I mentioned white and black shorts. To mitigate that “skirt” impression.

        Plus, the remaining Vegas Gold around the waist would create almost a “championship belt” look. Or something.

        I know they’ll never use Lion Kings or Lions (see link), but I just like saying, “Anaheim Lion Kings” or “Anaheim Lions” aloud. So, I dunno, lyrical.,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=c47ba9fccbc37ce6


        • Ricko | March 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm |

          “Among the possible trademark choices registered: Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and the Los Angeles Royals.”

          Well, there ya go.

          “Orange Country Royals”
          Hmmm…what would THEIR colors be?

          Anaheim Amigos of the ABA wore Tennessee Orange, Royal and White. And, yes, it WAS Tennessee Orange. Saw them play the Minnesota Muskies here at Met Center.


        • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |

          I like the sound of “Orange County Royals.”

          And I like Tim’s Lions Kings concept. Gotta hike up the shorts a smidge on your template, though…

          Nice work!

  • Phil | March 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm |

    Giants should bring back the 1906 “World Champions” jersey for that game, too.

  • Taylor | March 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |

    Is it me, or is the Tennessee orange darker than it used to be?

  • andrew | March 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm |

    looks like wearing my wolverine stirrups is paying off! thanks rpm, and go blue!

  • Tim E. O'B | March 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

    Uh, just found this –

    Man, that guy and I have a lot of similar ideas.

    • LI Phil | March 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm |

      yeah…that’s fraser davidson — he posts over on creamer a lot — and im pretty sure he “created” the pro combat template most of us have been using for mocks

      • Tim E. O'B | March 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm |

        Oh yeah, he’s where I got all my templates over on

  • nick mozley | March 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm |

    Nettles glove is a golf glove, there’s a little ball marker right by the velcro strap.

  • JTH | March 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm |

    The Kings should forget about moving to Anaheim. The LA area doesn’t need another crappy team. The Clippers already wear the old Royals’ colors, so the Kings should just give them the name as well.

    Instead, they should move to Seattle and become the new SuperSonics.

    Oh, and that’s a golf glove Graig Nettles is wearing.

    • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |

      Seattle or KC.

      Probably not feasible, but I’d love to see a new Syracuse Nats team playing in the Carrier Dome.

  • Greg | March 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm |

    What’s the “Ice Cream Cone” patch on Josh Bone’s Tennessee uni?

    (sorry, this is as close a picture i could find)

    • Paul Lukas | March 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |

      I believe that’s Tennessee’s “scholar baller” (or equivalent) patch, given to players who maintain a certain GPA.

      • LI Phil | March 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm |

        is that why so few players have them?

  • JimWa | March 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm |

    Jack Brickhouse’s shirt was technically inspired by the Cubs fight song … which just happened to be inspired by Jack Brickhouse:

    • D T Nelson | March 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm |

      “Hey Hey” was Jack Brickhouse’s home run call on WGN television; “Holy mackerel” was Vince Lloyd on the WGN radio. The song was inspired by both of them.

      Vince Lloyd and Lou Boudreau were a great team. Jack Brickhouse was paired on TV with Lloyd Pettit, who in the winter went from being second banana on baseball to the greatest hockey announcer there ever was or will be, calling the Blackhawks games. Pettit retired from announcing after marrying a Milwaukee widow with multi-millions, and may we all be so lucky.

      Vince Lloyd reminisces:

  • Jeffrey Lowery | March 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

    Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam fame is sporting some nice socks in a skateboarding photo in this ESPN article:

  • marc | March 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm |

    Wow… very strange… I was doing something this morning at home and for some reason I thought of Letterman’s “fat tub of goo” comment and thought, “I wonder whatever happened to Terry Forster.” Can’t believe you referenced him here today, Paul. Good stuff, that.

  • Kevin | March 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |

    Did anyone mention the Cardinals going completely green yesterday? I can’t find pics, only the video streaming on their site.

  • LarryB | March 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm |

    Always enjoy seeing any teams uniform history Like the Notre Dame site today

    • Rob S | March 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm |

      Yep, that is pretty cool. Even though I detest Notre Dame, it is nice to see something like that. Never knew they went with white shoulders for a period…

  • =bg= | March 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm |

    Brian Wilson with green shoes, of course.

  • Jules | March 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm |

    I know you wrote about this last year but I really hate the NCAA for streamlining all of their courts. It’s been really hard to glance at a game and know who is playing. There are so many schools using blues or black that it all looks like the same game.

    I miss the unique court designs from each host, or, at least vary the color of the court and use the same design template.

    • Jim Vilk | March 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

      Agreed. The different courts always made it fun.

      They keep showing promos about how the NCAA takes the proceeds from the tourney and funds other varsity sports. Well, they’d have more money if they didn’t waste some of it on those black and blue courts. Just use what the arenas already have and drape a banner at the scorer’s table.

      Then again, this means if Oregon ever hosts a tournament game, we won’t have to see that mess of a court…

    • Stephen King | March 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm |

      I liked the different courts, but this NCAA court has really grown on me. Partly because it’s reasonably understated.

  • Dan | March 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm |

    Ohio State is wearing camo helmets to practice so they can hide if anyone from the NCAA comes around.

  • Skott | March 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm |

    Did anyone else see the throwback-esque baseball sweater LeBron is wearing in the new State Farm commercial? I figured Paul would love it.

  • =bg= | March 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  • Gusto44 | March 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm |

    Couple of uniform observations from the NCAA hoops tourney:

    * More teams need to start using script for their team names

    * UNLV should return to the 1970s-1990s style uniform, it just screamed Vegas. The number font and side panels were better than what the Rebels have been using in recent years.

  • jack | March 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm |

    so coll i like it

  • jack | March 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm | UNLV should return to the 1970s-1990s style uniform, it just screamed Vegas. The number font and side panels were better than what the Rebels have been using in recent years.

  • jack | March 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm |

    UNLV should return to the 1970s-1990s style uniform, it just screamed Vegas. The number font and side panels were better than what the Rebels have been using in recent years.

  • DJ | March 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |

    The NCAA does recapture some of the money they spend on these custom courts; they sell them to schools.

    And you could make the argument that they have an interest in maintaing a uniform image throughout the tournament.

  • Kyle Allebach | March 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |

    I really hate teams that go “green” for St. Paddy’s day–especially those god-awful green clone sweatshop screw-up. If green isn’t your color, then don’t wear it. Simple.

    BUT I must say I love the Celtics gold trimmed uniform. I think it should be the standard, since Celtics, I personally think, would go better with green/gold or green/orange. Celebrate both sides of the Irish, please.