I figured we’d be spending today talking about assorted details from Opening Day, but a surprising number of college football items came over the transom yesterday — too many to ignore (not that I didn’t try). The weird thing is that they all seem just odd enough to qualify as one-day-early April Fool stunts. Here’s the rundown, along with my assessments of their legitimacy:
• Oh, I give up. Let’s just dress the whole damn country in camouflage and get it the fuck over with already. Oh, and the helmets have a Jesse Owens decal on the back, whatever. Beyond stupid. April Fool or legit? Wish it were the former, but I’ve confirmed that it’s the latter (unless the OSU athletics dept. has a much deeper sense of humor than any of us ever suspected).
• Are these the new Kansas football uniforms? My first reaction was, “Eh, those look like Photoshop concepts, but at least they didn’t use that Nike Pro C**mbat template that everyone else uses.” But if you go to CoachTurnerGill.com, which is an official Kansas site, and click on the Adidas logo toward the bottom, these same uniform images come up. April Fool or legit? They appear to be legit.
• A Notre Dame blog is reporting that the Irish will have an “old school look” when they play Michiagn this year, among other shenanigans. The same site also claims that the “old school look” will feature a shamrock helmet. April Fool or legit? If you have Alexa installed on your browser, you can see that the Notre Dame blog’s Alexa ranking is over six million, which means about four people read it each day. In other words, this is not a site I’d trust to deliver breaking news. Until we hear from a better source, I’m calling this one as an April Fool.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled national pastime, already in progress.
Diamond notes: A few observations from yesterday’s ballgames:
• We got our first look at the Dodgers’ Duke Snider memorial patch.
• Big Mo went high-cuffed! Of course, he’d done that during spring training too, but it’s great to see that he’s carried this over into the regular season. I was so happy about this that I almost didn’t mind the Yankees winning.
• The Giants wore Sunday game caps — not BP caps — for pregame warm-ups. Also, their helmet rack included a lid for Ryan Vogelsong, which is odd, because he didn’t make the team. (Both of those are courtesy of Brinke.)
• Reader Shaun Tunick notes that Derek Lowe still has “D. Money” stitched onto his glove (same as last year), but I’m more interested in the label on his undersleeve cuff. Is that a new form of logo creep?
Also, one last bit of late-breaking MLB uni news: The Pirates are adding a Chuck Tanner memorial patch after all (they didn’t play yesterday, so we’ll see how it looks on the jersey today). Very nice patch, but why did they wait until yesterday to announce it, when most people would be too busy with Opening Day festivities to notice? Typical Pirates — even when they do something nice, they can’t get it right.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Remember how the Rams fired their longtime equipment manager a few months back? Here’s an update with some additional info (with thanks to Gary Streeting). ”¦ Some Red Sox uni number changes noted toward the bottom of this page. ”¦ Yesterday I ran an old shot of a Georgetown cager wearing super-high-tops. “That’s Ralph Dalton, a former Georgetown center from the early ’80s,” says Rob Linsky. “He had severe ankle and knee problems and Nike made a special pair of sneakers (Air Legends, I believe) just for him when he returned from an ankle injury/surgery.” ”¦ Great story from Jason Hillyer, who writes: “I recently attended a conference at Girard High School in suburban Youngstown. They really like their stylized G. An amused school administrator watched while I took one of my pictures and joked that the G was copyrighted and could not be photographed. I smiled and asked if the G stood for ‘greatness.’ Not knowing my reference, he looked at me with a strange expression and said, ‘No. Girard.'” ”¦ Patrick Runge sent along two links covering all the soccer kits for the Russian Premier League, here and here. ”¦ Key passage about Bob Feller and Ted Williams, from this article: “‘They never got anything settled,’ says Anne [Feller’s widow]. ‘There was always something to argue about. They’d argue about the stripes on baseball socks, whether they were high enough, or something like that. Who knew you could argue about something like that?'” (big thanks to John Kimmerlein). ”¦ Some original art by classic NFL illustrator Chuck Ren is now available for sale on Michael Princip’s Illustrated NFL site. Even if you have no interest in purchasing the artwork, that page has great high-res versions of some of Ren’s best work — recommended. ”¦ Liverpool FC is going BFBS (with thanks to Chris Edwards). ”¦ Very bottom of this item indicates that the Rochester Red Wings will have new uniforms this weekend (as noted by Daniel Weimann). ”¦ Yesterday’s item about the late Ernie Tyler, who worked the umpires’ clubhouse for the Orioles for half a century, prompted this recollection from Paul Wiederecht: “I met met him while shooting for ESPN, because he also oversaw the on-field photographers. Memorial was one of the last parks without photo boxes, and so I worked on the warning track. Since there weren’t many photogs that weekend, he let me use area between the screen and the dugouts, which was only 60-70 feet from the plate and steps from the dugouts. These were the rules — as you can see, everything had to be portable, and standing during play was a no-no. Kneeling was the accepted position, and even during long innings leaning back on the fence would get you a stern glance from Tyler. He would come over later and softly remind you that ‘mobility’ is important and staying on your feet keeps you out of the play.” ”¦ Two good submissions from Micah Hudgens: Killer stirrups being worn by Wichita Falls Rider High School in Texas, and why the hell does MLB the Show 2011 show the Rangers — you know, the team that went to the World Series last year — wearing blue socks with their red jerseys? ”¦ New uni set for the Asheville Tourists. Interesting to see they’re going with a Euro-style 7 (with thanks to John Freeman). ”¦ Here’s something I’ve never seen before: Jerry Dior’s familiar MLB centennial logo with the words “Professional Baseball” on top. It’s from the latest excellent post on the mighty Fleer Sticker Project. ”¦ This year’s MLB all-star BP caps and jerseys have been released, and hoo boy do they suck.