With a Rubber Hose

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Mildly surreal sight last night at the Big A, as Ervin Santana, apparently suffering from a nosebleed, took the mound for the top of the 4th against the Chisox with a very prominent wad of tissue wedged up his left nostril (lots of screen shots here).

After giving up a leadoff double and then a walk, Santana removed the tissue, tossed it away, and then rubbed his jersey on his nose to see if it was still bleeding. (It wasn’t.)

I was wondering if anyone else had spotted this, so I googled “Ervin Santana nosebleed” and discovered that Santana had had a similar problem back in 2009. Only that time it was his right nostril that was bleeding.

All this comes just a day after Mets outfielder Angel Pagan nearly missed an at-bat because he had a case of the trots and was stuck in the john. So MLB players’ various orifices have basically been running like open faucets on consecutive days. Look for Dan Uggla to dig some serious earwax out of his aural canal tonight. Either that or Mike Pelfrey will just vomit on the mound (which, let’s face it, would be better than what he usually does there).

We wrap up with history’s shortest video segment, as reader Seth Moorman heroically captured the two-second sequence in which Santana excised the tissue:

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My entire life has been leading up to this: Today I’m proud to announce the launch of The Butcher’s Case, a new blog that marks my partnership with the wonderful butcher shop Fleisher’s. If you like meat, you’ll definitely want to read it. I’ll have new posts tomorrow and Friday, and then I’ll probably settle into a rhythm of posting about three times a week. Grrrr, tech problems already, on the site’s very first day. Hope to have it fixed in a day or two.

And hey, speaking of meat: You know that T-shirt I used to sell, the one inspired on a certain New York-based team and a certain protein-based foodstuff? Wouldn’t it be great — hypothetically speaking, that is — if that shirt design had a companion design? Indeed it would. But I’m just speaking hypothetically, of course.

Stirrups Club — last chance: Today’s the last day to get in on Robert Marshall’s latest stirrup offerings. For details, look here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: I asked Joe Skiba about the Giants wearing their road pants at home on Monday night. “We’re using our practice pants for game pants, since we have 90 players on the roster,” he said. As for Eli Manning’s old-style jersey with the red triangle, he said, “Eli has been back to the traditional cut since the end of last season. The red triangle was just an oversight — gotta cover it up with a blue one by the next game. That jersey came right outta the bag.” ”¦ Tris Wykes decided to find out what it’s like to gear up as a field hockey goalie. ”¦ That new Cy-Hawk Trophy has already been scrapped. ”¦ Someone with the White Sox has a good sense of humor, at least judging by the fun NOB that showed up at the Frank Thomas statue unveiling the other day (big thanks to Aaron Parish). ”¦ Here’s a gallery of MLS soccer kits through the years (from Donnie Kwak). ”¦ New dark jerseys for UConn soccer (from Gregory Koch). ”¦ Boise State will unveil their Corporate Sandwich Game costume on Thursday. ”¦ Chris Mason loves his new mask (from RJ Evans). ”¦ Here’s an interesting shot from last year: Note how Donovan McNabb’s facemask color was different from his teammates’, probably because he brought his old mask from Philly and had it painted (good spot by Ryan Perkins). ”¦ Here’s one of those obligatory U.S. Open fashion previews (from Chris Flinn). ”¦ Reprinted from last night’s comments: No alts this year for the Blackhawks. ”¦ Several of you asked if Uni Watch HQ got through the earthquake okay. This should give you a sense of how it went (thanks, Kirsten). ”¦ Dennis Couvillion notes that Riddell has introduced a new branding vehicle helmet design. “I checked the Riddell web site and discovered that’s it’s the Riddell 360 (which is temporarily out of stock due to demand),” he says. “It lists for $420, as opposed to $244 for the Revolution Speed.” ”¦ Here’s a uni unveiling, 1948-style. That’s Molly Urban of Wilson Sporting Goods, showcasing the Phils’ 1948 uniforms. ”¦ Chris Fernandez spotted Juan Pierre wearing a camo undershirt last night. ”¦ Steve Mandich has been doing a Throwback Thursday series on his Ichiro blog, featuring photos of Ichiro in various M’s throwbacks. ”¦ Check out this great story about a DIY football field in the Midwest (nice one from Jim Vilk). ”¦ “I play football for a semi-pro football team in Warminster, Pennsylvania,” writes Matt McDermott. “Last weekend we had our first game and we were supposed to be at home, so we only ordered our home blue jerseys. The league, which is called the Big East Football Federation, switched our game to away and we were stuck playing a team that also wore predominantly blue uniforms, creating a blue-on-blue game.”

166 comments to With a Rubber Hose

  • Phil Hecken | August 24, 2011 at 8:23 am |

    pleased to meat you too

    • ClubMedSux | August 24, 2011 at 10:12 am |

      That pun’s a little ham-fisted, don’t you think?

      • R.S. Rogers | August 24, 2011 at 11:31 am |

        On the contrary: It’s rare to see a pun so well done.

        • Kek | August 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

          hey Bonita, glad to meat ya

  • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 8:34 am |

    Yeesh. I’m all for color vs color… but mono-blue vs mono-blue is too much even for me.

    • Dumb Guy | August 24, 2011 at 8:43 am |

      Good thing the turf wasn’t blue!!

      • Connie | August 24, 2011 at 9:42 am |

        I’m impressed with Matt McDermott. Always gratifying to see evidence of UW readers actually playing the games we yammer on about. And, yeah, the double blue dose is pretty awful, but the blue collar setting of the field is terrific backdrop.

        • matt mcd | August 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm |

          believe it or not the NFL had a problem with our logo and our team name being the colts. we had to change our horeshoe logo. if i can get a copy of the letter i will submit it.

        • BurghFan | August 25, 2011 at 3:38 am |

          Please do, Matt. It’ll be interesting to see.

    • JEDI54 | August 24, 2011 at 10:42 am |

      They needed blue hats.

  • Geeman | August 24, 2011 at 8:44 am |

    The old Mariners’ uniforms are great. Why doesn’t anyone wear blue and gold anymore? Such a great combination.

    • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 8:47 am |

      Lots of teams wear blue & gold… the Brewers, the Rams, Notre Dame… or did you mean blue and yellow?

      • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 8:49 am |


      • iLO | August 24, 2011 at 8:53 am |

        Notre Dame? I think he means flat yellow. Kinda like old Pitt.

      • Andy | August 24, 2011 at 9:31 am |

        I don’t know how someone with color-naming opinions as strong as yours could get this one wrong. The Brewers, Rams and Notre Dame wear metallic beige.

        • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 9:38 am |

          Fair enough. In that case, NO ONE actually wears gold. There isn’t a team out there whose uniform accurately matches a bar of gold.

          So the Rams are metallic beige and the Packers are cheddar yellow. I can live with that.

        • Pierre | August 24, 2011 at 9:48 am |

          Then there are the Saints who wear several shades of gold. But one thing I’ve noticed is that as glaring as the difference in shades of gold is in photos of the Saints, when you watch them play in person it’s really not that noticeable at all. And it also depends on whether they’re playing indoors or in real sunlight.

      • Geeman | August 24, 2011 at 10:37 am |

        What color is the sky where you live, THE? Or do you ever go outside to look at it? I bet it’s not blue, if by blue you mean the color that Notre Dame wears.

        Oh, wait. Can there be different shades of blue? Different shades of gold? Wow, what a concept.

        • Phil Hecken | August 24, 2011 at 10:46 am |

          chris…lets not go there again today

          although i completely agree with you and think it’s funny that if it’s not in the 8 crayon pack, THE has trouble figuring out what to call different shades of a color

        • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 10:56 am |

          Different shades of gold… of course – the 49ers helmets are darker gold than Notre Dame – and they’re both metallic. The non-metallic alternatives are shades of light brown – tan, beige, etc.

          The Packers and Oregon Ducks use different shades of yellow. They’re not metallic and they’re not gold.

          Just because sports teams, royalty and the military have a phobia about calling it yellow on their jerseys or insignia doesn’t mean it isn’t. At best, it’s “golden yellow”, which should be shortened to yellow, not gold, so as to not be confused with the proper metallic colors.

          It’s not a difficult concept.

        • walter | August 24, 2011 at 11:04 am |

          The root of the problem seems to be the connotation of the word “yellow” as “cowardly”. This dates back to heraldry, with which sports is interwoven.

        • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 11:31 am |

          That’s exactly the problem, Walter. It’s just silly pointless superstition and “tradition”. I really don’t understand why it’s so damn sacred compared to any other color. We don’t seem to have any problem at all with mocking things like “battle red” or pointing out the Mariners “forest green” is teal.

        • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2011 at 11:40 am |

          Aw man, now we have to reset the “It’s Been ___ Days Since Our Last Yellow/Gold Argument” sign…

        • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 11:43 am |

          Sorry Vilk…I thought my “(sorry)” post would diffuse it… but Geeman had to go there anyway…and once that was done I had nothing better to do but reply, even if I really shouldn’t have.

        • walter | August 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm |

          Speaking as a colorblind man, I’ve always needed for colors to be pungent.

        • Geeman | August 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm |

          I simply make an observation about the lovely 1970s colors of the Mariners’ uniforms, an observation that 99 percent of the population not wearing yellow underwear in their basements would agree with.

          THE, for your daily history lesson, read up about the official colors of the Marine Corps, scarlet and gold, adopted officially by order of Major General John A. LeJeune in 1925 but worn since the first battalion was assembled in 1775 at Tun’s Tavern in Philadelphia. Strikingly similar to the Mariners’ gold.

    • Pierre | August 24, 2011 at 8:50 am |

      Agreed…and Ichiro just looks like a damn ballplayer. I’ve always admired the skills of Japanese MLB players. They play like they were properly taught fundamentals.

      • possum | August 24, 2011 at 10:04 am |

        Funny you say that given his unconventional style. The first thing I noticed after the jerseys was how often he’s not in what we consider a standard baseball “pose” for lack of a better word. Dude can hit, so whatever works I guess.

        • Pierre | August 24, 2011 at 10:12 am |

          Watch him play the outfield…

          Hideki Matsui was another one, before he became just a DH. He could play the outfield…great form and usually in the right place.

      • Pat | August 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm |

        I will say that in general Ichiro wears his uni the way a baseball uni was intended to be worn. Obviously some of those throwbacks make that a little more difficult, but Ichiro may be the best dressed man in the majors when taking the field.

    • walter | August 24, 2011 at 9:24 am |

      I noticed for the first time that the Pilots had belt loops, and not tunnels, on the home uniforms, only. But Geeman is right; there’s a mindless proliferation of navy and dark blue, paired with glitter gold. I think the Golden State Warriors are the lone holdout.

      • scott | August 24, 2011 at 9:36 am |

        That 1938 Rainiers jersey is interesting. It doesn’t seem too often that both the city and team nickname appear on the jersey.

        • walter | August 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm |

          That only really works when both names are short.

    • Louis | August 24, 2011 at 10:07 am |

      Seems like all teams’ colors are muted these days. Hardly anybody wears bright colors anymore. The Seattle Seahawks’ colors – blue and green – were really nice. I have no idea what is they wear now, but it looks awful.

      • Andy | August 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm |

        I don’t know if I’d call neon green ‘muted’ but to each his own.

        • walter | August 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

          How much neon green is there? Maybe 3% of the entire uniform? That amounts to underlining, Andy. The dominant colors of slate blue and navy blue are so close in hue and shade, they might as well be identical, especially to a color-deaf chimp like me. The Seahawks need to be tutored about contrast.

        • Louis | August 25, 2011 at 8:52 am |

          Duly noted, Andy, but what Walter said. Except for that thin strip of neon, Seahawks’ colors (and I use that term loosely) are lifeless. I’m also not crazy about the revamped logo, but that’s another story.

  • Tank | August 24, 2011 at 8:50 am |

    Please let us know when The Butcher’s Case has an RSS feed! Thank you.

    • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 8:53 am |

      Scroll down the very bottom, where it says, “Subscribe” — that’s it, no? (Sorry, I’m very RSS-clueless.)

      • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 9:08 am |

        OK, check now, near the top — good?

    • possum | August 24, 2011 at 10:06 am |

      Try http://goo.gl/4VBZv for the Google Reader link.

  • Andrew | August 24, 2011 at 8:53 am |

    Santana has the most ridiculous hair in MLB.

    • walter | August 24, 2011 at 9:13 am |

      Good thing he’s a good pitcher.

      • Andrew | August 24, 2011 at 10:00 am |

        True-but with that hair he looks like such a ‘ron.

    • unionjack | August 24, 2011 at 10:01 am |

      Bartolo Colon — he looks like his fat head outgrew his scalp.

  • Sam Sharp | August 24, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  • Ry Co 40 | August 24, 2011 at 9:12 am |

    really can’t tell you how excited i am to read a meat blog mostly authored by Paul (looking forward to Jessica’s input too)! in fact, i can’t wait to “try” to cook the perfect steak!!! culinary corner is one of my very favorite features on UW… ok, i’m done being an excited little girl now. hahaha

  • Pierre | August 24, 2011 at 9:19 am |

    The guy with the Wite Sox “SCULPTOR” jersey reminds me of Zach Strief of the New Orleans Saints. Strief, who wears number 64, is sometimes used on tackle eligible formations and before any such play the Super Dome announcer declares “Number 64 is eligible.” So fans have taken to wearing number 64 Saints jerseys with a name plate that says “ELIGIBLE”.



  • JimWa | August 24, 2011 at 9:19 am |

    Speaking of “Things That Shouldn’t Be There” department, I don’t recall seeing anything about Matt Holliday’s moth incident (going in his ear a couple nights ago).


    • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 9:37 am |

      Ah, right — good one!

      Crazy storms, earthquakes on the east coast, ballplayers’ orifices spewing and trapping everything in sight — the end is nigh!

  • Dave V | August 24, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    My personal favorite vanity plate read “VANNA T”

    • Johnny Mac | August 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm |


  • unionjack | August 24, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    Angel Pagan suffers from colitis, which can be quite painful and difficult to control. There is no cure, although it can usually be mitigated somewhat with medication.

    So cut the guy some slack.

    • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 9:56 am |

      All I said was that he was stricken by the runs, which is true. Even without colitis, I’ve been there — we all have. I sympathize.

      • unionjack | August 24, 2011 at 10:04 am |

        But the article you linked to was making fun of him, citing “bad Thai food,” like it was his fault.

        I’m just saying.

        • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 10:51 am |

          Wait a minute — even if he did eat bad Thai food, how would that be “like it was his fault”? Would be the Thai food’s fault, no?

          Honestly: I sympathize with anyone who gets the runs, no matter the source. What exactly did I say that was anti-Pagan? (Answer: Nothing.)

  • Zach Smith | August 24, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    I have a feeling that wasn’t tissue, but more likely a tampon. Athletic trainers often keep them around for nosebleeds, and the uniformity of the shape when he pulled it out makes me think that’s probably what it was.

    Sounds gross, but it actually makes a lot of sense.

    • Teebz | August 24, 2011 at 10:28 am |

      Both tampons and feminine pads are kept in my medical kit in my softball bag and in my camping gear. The ability to absorb blood while being sterile and hygenic is something I prefer when out at a dusty old diamond. Or at a campsite in a remote part of the world.

      For anyone who has been chopping wood at a campsite with an inexperienced lumberjack, you know what I mean.

    • jdreyfuss | August 24, 2011 at 11:39 am |

      Back in high school we always had noseplugs made from cotton wadding in the wrestling team’s first aid kit. I assumed that’s what that was, although tampons would probably be more absorbent than regular cotton.

  • MPowers1634 | August 24, 2011 at 9:55 am |

    LaMichael James of Oregon wore the Riddell 360 in the BCS Championship game last year:


    • Pierre | August 24, 2011 at 10:01 am |

      I had forgotten that…wore it for the first quarter and then changed back to his regular helmet as I recall.

      The 360 is very similar to the Revolution Speed except for the extended jaw line (more like the Revolution) and the extra vent holes on the back…and, of course, the padding.

      • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am |

        I’d forgotten too. Thanks for the reminder, Matt!

    • Phil Hecken | August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am |

      now i can die in peace

  • Ronnie Poore | August 24, 2011 at 9:56 am |

    re: Molly Urban of Wilson Sporting Goods and the 48 Phillies – now THAT’S how you have a uniform unveiling!

    • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm |


    • SoCalDrew | August 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm |

      There was a jersey in that pic? Didn’t notice…

  • Connie | August 24, 2011 at 10:06 am |

    Commonwealth of Lukasania, Third District Civil Court, 24 August 2011, civil suit for slander, defamation, and negligent infliction of mental anguish (two counts), herein OLD FARTS v CALLOW YOUTH: Exhibit A, this day presented in evidence by plaintiffs, sworn deposition by plaintiff Cornelius (“Connie”) McGurk, wherein plaintiff seeks to demonstrate that 23 August claims of defendant class, to wit, “The old shit-for-brains geezers on this site never — never — like any new uniform or any new thing at all, for that matter, bunch of brain-dead wrinkled losers…” were made without substantiation and with slanderous disregard for the truth, as demonstrated by the sworn statement made this day by the aforementioned plaintiff McGurk, the whole of which constitutes Exhibit A, to wit:

    Hey, wassup? Really like those new UConn soccer jerseys. Cool color switch on the new French national kit, which I also dig. Good to see fresh takes on fusty conventions.

    • Phil Hecken | August 24, 2011 at 10:23 am |

      the evidence before the court is incontravertible…there’s no need for the jury to retire

      in all my years of judging i have never heard before of someone more deserving of the full penalty of the law!

      the way you made them suffer…fills me with the urge to deficate!

      • Chris from Carver | August 24, 2011 at 11:35 am |

        bad Thai food? TFPIC

      • Tony Miller | August 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

        The word’s “defecate,” no, Phil?

        • Phil Hecken | August 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm |

          dammit…that’s what i get for cut & paste from a lyrics site

    • Ben Fortney | August 24, 2011 at 11:38 am |

      UCONN jerseys are great. See, not all modern uni redesigns need to be horrendous. My only quibble is with the #OB outline.

      And, my goodness, soccer jerseys look great without a sponsor’s wordmark across the chest.

      • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

        You speak the truth, Ben.

      • Douglas | August 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

        that design is far from modern, that was the same design used by my soccer association for the select teams’ dark kits when I was 8, and that design had been used for a couple of years at that point. And GSA (where I played) was definitely not the first one to rock those uniforms.

  • Chris Fernandez | August 24, 2011 at 10:09 am |

    there’s a good interview by Jose Mota from that 2009 game Santana pitched with a bloody nose on YouTube titled F*uck it,lets pitch. Classic. Sorry I resent the Pierre pic this morning. Thought the old address was expired. Go Halos!!!!

  • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Teebz | August 24, 2011 at 10:42 am |

      FYI: Wayne Gretzky went while on the bench during the 1987 Canada Cup. He told no one until his autobiography came out.

  • CTRefJay | August 24, 2011 at 10:34 am |

    Sorry, Paul, but I have to take exception with your characterization of Angel Pagan’s colitis (which is only treatable, not curable) as “a case of the trots”.

    “It’s something that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life.” Pagan spoke at length about what colitis did to him at its worse. “You lose your appetite. You lose everything. You lose your energy. You don’t want to eat. You lose weight. You lack concentration. I was just trying to survive. I was getting dizzy in the games. I’m glad everything is in the past and everything is taken care of and I’m healthy.”

    The Daily News pandered to the lowest common denominator by printing the insensitive garbage it did. “Colitis – what a riot!” ZOMGLOLFail.

    • Chris Holder | August 24, 2011 at 10:48 am |

      I have colitis, but I don’t know if I just have a mild case or what, but it’s never been quite as bad as what Pagan describes. I went through a particularly rough period when I first discovered I had it, where I would literally have to “go” just a few minutes after eating ANYTHING. It’s not a fun disease, obviously. But I do take medication each day and everything seems to be just fine right now.

      I’m not offended by what Paul said. He may not have known, but even if he did, no big deal. It certainly resembles “the trots” when the disease is at its worst. I’d rather joke around about it (especially when, say, meeting a new lady friend) than be embarrassed.

    • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 10:52 am |

      Wait a minute. Now, honestly, I didn’t know that Pagan had colitis until about 30 mins ago (the stories I’d read/heard simply stated that he “felt a rumble” and “had to go to the bathroom” during the game). And I’m sorry to hear that — it sucks, for anyone. But he DID have a case of the trots/runs/etc. Whether the source was colitis, food poisoning, or whatever, he had to go. What exactly did I say or imply that was negative?

    • walter | August 24, 2011 at 10:59 am |

      But the Daily News *is* a rag:)

    • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2011 at 11:35 am |

      As someone who frequently suffered from nosebleeds as a child (once it was so bad I had to get a nasal cauterization), I was traumatized…nay, outraged at didn’t have a problem with today’s headline.

      Neither did I see anything wrong with using the term “a case of the trots” for Angel Pagan. The Daily News headline? That’s another story. But there’s nothing to get worked up about here.

  • John | August 24, 2011 at 11:02 am |

    The Winnipeg practice in the Mason clip was looking a bit like a pick-up game. A blank white jersey, blue with some sort of manufacturer’s logo….and the Manitoba Moose jersey Mason had. I understand that equipment takes time to process, but is this a case of keeping the visual identity secret, or just a few guys grabbing whatever’s at home?

    (Angry moose head, always sweet)

    • Ry Co 40 | August 24, 2011 at 11:13 am |

      didn’t watch the mason clip but can say that no NHL team is practicing yet… so it probably was an organized pick up

      • Teebz | August 24, 2011 at 11:54 am |

        Correct. It was a handful of pro and semi-pro guys just running through the motions. Mason wanted to get some work in before camp breaks, so he joined the guys on the ice.

  • =bg= | August 24, 2011 at 11:03 am |


    story about how Brooks Brothers- or, ‘The Bros,’ or ‘B squared;’ —licensing line for 15 major schools.

    that’s a good website. bookmarked that sucker.

    • The Jeff | August 24, 2011 at 11:07 am |

      That is a weird combination of schools. You don’t usually see Ohio State or Alabama grouped with Yale & Princeton.

      • Connie | August 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

        Yale and Princeton are pretentious little bastards, always have been. Perfectly grouped with OSU and its ridiculous definite article.

  • JimWa | August 24, 2011 at 11:05 am |

    In LLWS highlights, I hear the crack of the bat. They don’t use aluminum? Has it always been that way?

    • Keith S | August 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm |

      As far as I know they still use metal bats. Most of the metal bats these days are composite materials (ceramic being the most widely used). They don’t sound like the old “ping” that aluminum bats produced.

      I know that high schools have gone to a composite material that mimics wooden bats (although I don’t know what it’s made of), so I guess it’s possible that Little League could be using those this year.

      • Simply Moono | August 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm |

        The newest alloy bats are called “BB-COR” bats. They’re balanced in a way to mimic the feel of a wood bat. Mandatory for all college teams this past collegiate season, and will be mandatory for high school for the 2012 season. Perhaps the Little Leaguers are already using this bat?

  • =bg= | August 24, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  • Ben Fortney | August 24, 2011 at 11:23 am |

    Hey all, I’m having trouble finding a specific New Era cap for a friend… none of my usual online shops have the right size. Can you guys recommend a few places to look?

    Looking for the all navy Nats road cap, 7 1/2

    • Pierre | August 24, 2011 at 11:31 am |

      You may have trouble finding what you want this late in the season. I buy mine here:


      BTW, this place sells “low crown” MLB game caps, which are sometimes hard to find.

    • Pierre | August 24, 2011 at 11:43 am |

      BTW, you are aware the all navy road cap is last year’s model? This year the Nats wear a navy and red road cap. Nevertheless, I saw a few of the all navy caps at a local Sports Avenue cap store recently…left over inventory from last year. Your best bet may be to look around at local outlets of Sports Avenue and Lids. Check here for store locations:


      • Ben Fortney | August 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm |

        Yeah, I know it’s last years, it’s a replacement for one that was stolen. Better looking design than the red brim as well. I’m supposing that’s why it’s so hard to find various sizes.

        Thanks for the help

    • Shaftman | August 24, 2011 at 11:53 am |
      • Ben Fortney | August 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

        Shoulda typed 7 1/4… not 1/2. that was the 1st place I looked. Thanks though.

  • muddlehead | August 24, 2011 at 11:58 am |

    love the ichiro pics. steve, you’ll be pleased to know he’s in this a’s fan’s all time favorite outfield w/ rickey and frank robby…

    • Connie | August 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm |

      You got classy tastes, muddlehead.

  • mmwatkin | August 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    Just when you think newspaper reporters can’t get any dumber


    A “sneak peek” at a potential Pro Combat uniform that is made on a template that has been used thousands of times for fakes and features a MESSAGE BOARD logo on the helmet.

    Good grief.

    • NE | August 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

      someone must be having a good laugh making these.

  • Shane | August 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  • Keith S | August 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm |

    I coach my boys 6th grade football team, and we just started practices last week. Since my son has a big head (like his dad), I had to purchase a new helmet for him this season.

    He had used an old Adams helmet, and never had a problem with it. However, his mom was all worked up over the possibility of concussions, so she insisted on a new fangled helmet.

    The boy seemed to agree, since all his football icons have “cool new helmets”…so we went shopping.

    WOW. He ended up with the Riddell Revo Speed helmet (which I must say does look really safe). I noticed that a lot of the boys have those, or the new Xenith (which promotes itself as the safest helmet).

    I’ll try to get some pics this week, but at first glance, the “new” helmets are much bigger than the old. It reminded me of the old Bills Beebe helmet, only with a less obvious outer shell.

    Seems that is the way they are all going.

  • R.S. Rogers | August 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm |

    I’m getting a “This Blog Has Been Removed” message when I follow the link to the Butcher’s Case. (http://thebutcherscase.blogspot.com/)

  • Kyle | August 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm |

    Figured I would contribute to today’s conversation. Not sure when this took place.

    Dedication though.


    • walter | August 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm |

      Awww! I just ate lunch!

    • Ben Fortney | August 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm |


    • JimWa | August 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm |

      Not NEARLY as bad, but to bridge the entire conversation together, I was running a cross-country race my senior year of HS, when I got the the end, people from my team just kept wiping me down with towels. I had no idea I’d had a nosebleed, and – by the look of myself – it had been going on the whole race.

  • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

    As noted above, tech problems already on the new meat blog:

    Should be fixed in a day or two. Grrr…..

    • Jim BC | August 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm |

      Ha! So… it’s not a meat blog… it’s actually a mystery meat blog!

      • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm |

        I think we were hacked by vegans.

        • Rob Ullman | August 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm |

          Wait wait wait. You’re saying the meat site got blocked…for SPAM?

          The mother of all indignities. You just can’t make this stuff up.

        • Jim BC | August 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

          Well they did apologize for assuming it was a spam blog and well they should, because, you know, your blog will be about actual meat.

        • R.S. Rogers | August 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm |

          A conspiracy by Big Veg to silence its opponents, eh? You know, Fleisher’s has a defunct blog on their own site:


          Which is presumably beyond the Blogspot spam cops’ ability to silence you.

  • Douglas | August 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm |

    Why did UConn scrap their number font only in football? They used to have a similar font throughout all their sports (I believe the football ones were slightly fatter), and now they have the same font throughout their entire athletics except for football.

    • Ryan B | August 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

      Legibility would be my guess. The UConn standard number font is really narrow.

      • Douglas | August 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm |

        The new font is barely better in terms of legibility, and doesn’t look as good. It was a great font and the only issue with it is long-distance legibility (not actual illegibility), I hate when that prompts change.

        I’m glad Georgia Tech is going back to the gold numbers, legibility be damned, because they look a lot better aesthetic-wise, even if you can’t read them from the stands during the play.

  • Mike Engle | August 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

    Why do the Internet gods have a beef against Paul and his grand opening?

    • Simply Moono | August 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

      Maybe the Internet gods are vegetarian?

  • Pat | August 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm |

    Despite a lot of people’s views on jersey sponsors in soccer, you have to admit uni design in the sport has come a long way since the mid 90’s. Some of those older unis were just horrendous. Was it just me or was Alexi Lalas in like 4 of those older pics and at least a couple from the same year.

    • The Ghost of Ross Gload | August 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm |

      Lalas was quite well traveled in the early days of MLS, playing for four clubs in a seven year career. I think someone must have figured out even a popular defender wasn’t a big draw in a league where very little defense was played.

  • Scott N | August 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm |

    First time I think I’ve seen a junior college put this on its website:


    They’re not new uniforms, although the black ones only came about last year. They haven’t worn all those combinations, either. In fact, until I saw this, I never knew there even were grey pants. The only ones I’ve actually seen on the field are maroon-on-maroon, black-on-black, and white-on-maroon.

  • buttonpush | August 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm |

    Winnipeg Jets uni pants leak on Twitter:


    Note the awful Jets script oozzing it’s way into what is a boring identity…

    • Jim BC | August 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm |

      Agreed re: Jets script – simply awful.

      I’m a bit scared about the dark blue pant – this may mean powder blues. Yikes.

      • Ry Co 40 | August 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm |

        Disagree re: Jets script: love it!

        totally unique in a good way!

    • R.S. Rogers | August 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

      What? That script is awesome, and the white-on-blue version of it is the awesome-de-la-awesome of the various treatments. It’s so clearly a retro-jet-age stylized contrail spelling out the word “Jets” that it boggles me that the hatred for it is so ubiquitous here.

      And how is the potential of a sky blue jersey a bad thing for a team named after a vehicle that travels through the sky?

      • Jim BC | August 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm |

        I just can’t get over the J connecting to the e. Have you ever seen a J connect to the next letter? It’s just too odd for me.

        As for the powder blues, don’t get me wrong, the Pens thirds were outstanding (I say ‘were’ because I hear they are switching their thirds to the Winter Classic jersey, which is not good). Anyway, although your ‘sky blue jersey’ thing would be interesting, I’m still a big fan of the 1990-96 Jets navy blue of old. I’m old school!

        • Teebz | August 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm |

          Light blue over dark blue at home, Jim. Get used to it. The Jets will look a lot like the Moose did in their RCAF uniforms.

        • walter | August 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm |

          Each iteration of the W-Jets has its fans, but I was hoping for the WHA version with the red helmet over blue sweaters and white shoulder yoke.

        • R.S. Rogers | August 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm |

          Of course I’ve seen a J connect to the next letter. I call this rare phenomenon every single instance of the letter J appearing in cursive writing in the history of handwriting ever. But that aside, the J would connect to the E if this were skywriting.

          Which is why I’m less of a fan of the script in its blue-on-white iteration. There it kind of looks more like a garden water feature. But in white on blue, I just don’t see how anyone doesn’t read it as skywriting with a jet contrail. Which is pure awesomeness.

      • Jim BC | August 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm |

        Dammit Teebz! Oh well… whatever.

        • Daren L | August 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm |

          Looks like the helmets will have the ‘Jets’ script as well:


    • JimWa | August 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm |

      I STILL want to know why the only major sport designed to be played on a frozen surface is one of only two major sports where the players wear shorts.

      • Jim BC | August 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm |

        Ever play in Cooperalls?

      • Kyle Allebach | August 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm |

        Wouldn’t football be technically be shorts too? I mean, basketball, soccer, and hockey wear shorts. So three, or four if you count football pants as shorts.

  • buttonpush | August 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm |

    Never fully understand why college football teams will boasted 32 possible uniform combinations when they play a total of 12 games? WTF? Are they supposed to change every half or something?

    • Paul Lukas | August 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm |

      Well, it’s 12 games per season, but a team like Maryland will have plenty of time to run thru all its various uni combos because they’ll keep this uni design for years and ye—

      Uh, never mind.

      • Phil Hecken | August 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm |

        how many combos do the ducks have? they could play (theoretically) for 10 years in just the current set without ever duplicating once…

        the bar has been set, and it has been set high

        if only it were for, something like say…GPA and not for possible number of unique uniform iterations

  • john p | August 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Phil Hecken | August 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm |

      “Another grammer mistake”



    • Kyle Allebach | August 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

      I’m feelin’ like Old Navy re-used the same design across the board for colleges.

      Also, methinks the earth shook yesterday.

  • Geno Clayton | August 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm |

    Point Park has a new athletics logo. Lots of Buffalo in Pittsburgh

    @PointParkSportsPoint Park Athletics

    Check out our New Point Park U. Athletics Logo (profile pic) announced today! @DowntownPitt @Dejan_Kovacevic @astockey @JustinLaBar

  • Geno Clayton | August 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

    You can access the picture via Twitter @PointParkSports

  • buttonpush | August 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm |

    Prolly why the NFL logo police are continuing to tighten the noose around NFL Teams 3rd jerseys. I have to admit while I love alternate jerseys it’s just wrong to see my beloved Bears come out wearing this: http://tinyurl.com/3rbsujd

    I don’t even mind orange but only on these guys: http://tinyurl.com/42xqncx

  • david house | August 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Kyle Allebach | August 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm |

      The wrong numbers look more uniform than what they actually wore.

  • Mike N. | August 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm |

    Random question… Is there a standard make/model of belt worn by players in Major League Baseball… or do they wear whatever they want to wear? Not sure if this has been covered before, but if it was, I missed it! :)


  • Marcus from Baltimore | August 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm |

    Sad news in Orioles (and Blue Jays) history, Mike Flanagan was found dead on his property today


  • Jim Vilk | August 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm |

    After seeing those old MLS photos, I came away with two observations:

    1) Someone needs to get a UW membership card with the Kansas City Wiz design.

    2) Even with the computer-ish font, the one team that got it right in the 90s was the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
    Well, a v-neck would be better, but still…I’d wear that.

  • Chris from Carver | August 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm |

    Has a team ever had two catchers who wear their helmets brim forwards?

  • Douglas | August 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm |

    The first letter rarely connects to the rest of the word when in cursive, J is no exception:


    I don’t have a problem with the script, its unique, and doesn’t look bad (unique without looking bad is the standard teams should strive for as opposed to simply unique which is what most teams wind up going with). Just cause its rarely done does not make it bad (which seems to be the sentiment on this site), the Braves dared to be different by using a tomahawk to underline their script.

    In this case the logo is continuous, which I’m sure is something they were aiming for. The only problem I have with the logos (besides the team not being in Atlanta, and not being the Thrashers) is how they modified the Maple leaf on the roundel. Well that and the fact that the J doesn’t connect the way you would expect it to

    • Douglas | August 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm |

      this comment was supposed to be with the comments about the Jets logo/pants

  • Tony Miller | August 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm |

    During tonight’s broadcast of the Giants/Padres game, I swear Dave Flemming said something about Tim Lincecum throwing up his hands.

    That had BETTER be a simple dangling modifier, or we have officially run the body-function gamut.

  • Jim A | August 25, 2011 at 2:56 am |

    Powder Blue throwbacks for Hiroshima