The Shirt Off His Back


The photo you see above (which, like all the photos in today’s entry, you can click to access a larger version) is what was left of David Freese’s jersey after his game-winning home run last night. It ended up that way after a bizarre celebration rite that was like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

As Freese circled the bases, the Cardinals did what every team now does when someone hits a walk-off homer: They spilled out of the dugout and waited to mob him at home plate. But after he touched the dish, something odd happened. Somebody emerged from the scrum with a two-handed grip on Freese’s (apparently very stretchy) jersey:

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From there it got seriously weird, as more and more players tried to grab a piece of Freese’s uni:


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When they’d finished ripping the jersey off of Freese, they started in on his undershirt:


When it was over, Freese looked like a homeless man during his postgame interview (the groundskeeper kid texting in the background is a nice touch):


So here’s what I’m wondering: Given the relentless monkey see, monkey do culture we now see in sports, will every walk-off homer now result in one of these jersey-stripping rituals? Hope not — the last thing we need is another predictable, preprogrammed ritual that cheapens the original, spontaneous event on which it was based — but it seems inevitable, no?

Meanwhile, I hear Freese’s jersey will is headed for Cooperstown. Tom Shieber, if you’re reading this, are there any other torn jerseys in the Hall’s collection?



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Update, 10am: Didn’t realize until just now that the Cards have a bit of recent history with this jersey-shredding thing. It started with Nick Punto tearing dress shirts (not jerseys) off of his teammates, which led his teammates to tear his jersey off of him after he hit a game-winning homer back on Sept. 10. So this is, basically, a Cardinals thing. And that’s fine — their team, their celebration, their ritual.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: New mask for Ray Emery (from Eric Lovejoy). … The Rangers all wore pink chinstraps for last night’s home opener. … What’s even worse than pink where it doesn’t belong? Purple where it doesn’t belong. “Gotta say, I love the number/name font,” says Ryan Connelly, although I don’t share his enthusiasm. … I think we’ve seen this before, but just in case: Here’s a page chronicling the history of Nebraska football uniforms (from Gil Neumann). … Tons of great striped hose on display on this page showcasing Japanese high school baseball prospects (big thanks to Andy Ingram). … The Royal Mint has begun making the medals for the 2012 Olympics and has unveiled the 2012 Paralympic medals (from Tom Mulgrew). … In a related item, did you know that the 2012 Olympics will feature women’s boxing? It true — and they may be wearing skirts (thanks, Brinke). … The new Gonjasufi EP has a Swinging Friar motif. … Hmmm — new black jersey for Purdue, or is that just a fashion jersey? (From Andrew A. Weintraut.) … We’ve all seen high schools that poach NCAA logos or helmet designs. But the Tara High School Trojans in Louisiana have taken things a few steps further by poaching USC’s entire uniform (from Ben Melancon). … Even by the usual pink standards, the uni being worn this Sunday by the Hershey Bears is a bit much (from Mario Carr). … Good spot by Neil Vendetti, who writes: “While messing around in Google Maps, I stumbled upon a pool in Palisades, New York, with a giant Cubs logo painted in it. I researched in a bit but could find no mention of it anywhere. The coordinates are 41.016237, -73.904795.” … Latest camouflage nonsense comes from Minnesota-Duluth hockey. They’ll wear that on Veterans Day. Meanwhile, there are new mask designs for Minnesota-Duluth goalies Kenny Reiter and Aaron Crandall (from Eric Lichtenberg). … Great work by Brian Gundell who’s been doing a Pac-12 uni tracker. Here’s his work for Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. … Illustrator Mickey Duzyj has just created a bunch of absolutely killer 1986 Mets posters for No Mas. … Still more BFBS news: “When West Virginia got the sweatback unis, we lost our black jerseys,” writes Chris Cocuzza. “Judging by what I found at our book exchange today, they’re back. Our old non-sweatback black unis had navy numbers, so at least the black was accompanied by our old gold and blue. Now it seems it’s just yellow, white, and black.” … Major upgrade for Louisiana Tech basketball. In addition to the design change, they had previously been NNOB. … For reasons not worth explaining here, I’ve been listening to the first three Blondie albums quite a bit this week. I’d forgotten how great they were. … Jeff Ash’s latest vintage Packers slideshow is from Picture Day, 1967. … This is pretty cool: an aerial shot of a Giants Stadium end zone being changed from one team’s logo to the other’s (big thanks to Alan Borock). … Some — but not all — of Louisville’s basketball players are wearing those striped socks that we first saw in the team portrait the other day. “I couldn’t be happier,” says David Merrill. ”¦ JrNOB — at least on a practice jersey — for Jerry Rice Jr. (from Matt Shevin). ”¦ A Walmart ad that aired during last night’s Cards/Rangers game showed USFL footage — Gamblers vs. Bandits (excellent catch by Eric Stangel). ”¦ Oh great, Evander Kane was wearing pink skate laces last night (from Sean Maguire). ”¦ Bit of a kerfuffle over some old Olympic hockey jerseys (from Joe Exner).

167 comments to The Shirt Off His Back

  • Chris | October 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |

    Paul, I am a daily reader of your website and love the work you do, but I have to say on this one – lighten up! The jersey tear WAS a spontaneous moment. I think it will actually look rather cool in the Hall all torn up, if they include a blurb or picture of why it was torn. This was a natural, organic celebration of a guy coming up huge in a huge game, and his teammates coming together to honor him, in their weird, 21st century, LaRussa probably hated it-way.

    • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |

      This was a natural, organic celebration of a guy coming up huge in a huge game, and his teammates coming together to honor him, in their weird, 21st century, LaRussa probably hated it-way.

      And when did I say anything to the contrary? I think it’s fine. But if it becomes a monkey see, monkey do thing, I think THAT will suck.

    • JimWa | October 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |

      OK, so, I just got home from said game about 6 1/2 hours ago (I’m a Cub fan and still barely sleep), but my interpretation of today’s entry tells me that Paul thought that last night’s tearing WAS cool and unique – he’s just worried that it’s an event that’s waiting to be re-done, and that at THAT point it won’t be genuine. I can’t say I disagree with the idea.

    • Ry Co 40 | October 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |

      i really, REALLY hope the try to repair the jersey and use it for game 7!!! would give off a GREAT haloween-zombie-frankenstein-feel!!!

    • Rob G | October 28, 2011 at 9:52 am |

      Didn’t the same thing happen to Chris Carpenter after his 3-hitter to clinch the Philly series?

      • Don G | October 28, 2011 at 9:57 am |

        yes, that’s what i was going to say

        • Martyn | October 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |

          The Jays did this on every walk off win this season (10?) But for the Jays, the goal was to get the jersey over the guys head. I don’t think it was to tear it into pieces, tho.

  • Shea McMahon | October 28, 2011 at 8:47 am |

    Die hard Cubs fan Bill Murray lives in Palisades. I’m leaning toward this as being his over the top, absurd palace with logo creep pool.,_New_York#Notable_residents

    • The Jeff | October 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |

      I am really disappointed to learn that. Bill Murray’s house in Zombieland was definitely not in New York.

  • Shea McMahon | October 28, 2011 at 8:50 am |

    …and it’s only a mile from Rockland Country Club where he’s a member.

  • walter | October 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |

    I’m way digging the Japanese baseball uniforms, especially the widely-spaced pinstripes. It never fails to amaze me how the tiniest tweaks to baseball tradition can look epochal when you see them in the flesh.

    • Mark in Shiga | October 28, 2011 at 9:15 am |

      My own company team here in Japan has wide pinstripes (but no stripes on our socks). I thought they’d look stupid, but I was surprised how good they turned out. And the quality is such that while the jerseys are mesh, there are no mesh holes where the dark think pinstripes are, so it looks OK whether your T-shirt underneath is light or dark.

    • jdreyfuss | October 28, 2011 at 9:54 am |

      I know a lot of players wear shin guards on their front leg, but I don’t recall ever seeing a metatarsal guard like the one this player is wearing.

    • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 10:27 am |

      I was pleasantly surprised when I followed that link. Given the garish costumes some of the NPB teams wear, I was expecting the worst. But the majority of those Japanese high school unis looked really nice.

      • Connie | October 28, 2011 at 10:34 am |

        I love the self-description of the blogger responsible for showcasing those cool unis:

        “… A baseball blog written by a girl who just moved back to the US after several years in Japan. Probably likely to continue being about Japanese amateur baseball and bashing the Yomiuri Giants, but who knows what the future holds…”

  • Ryan | October 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |

    Every single NY Ranger wore a pink chinstrap for the home opener last night…

    • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |

      At least NHL teams are only doing one home game each (if all teams are indeed doing it).

    • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |

      Thanks. I meant to check on that but was so busy with the Freese story that I forgot. I’ll update the Ticker now.

    • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 10:29 am |

      Why is it that the Rangers’ home opener was last night? The season’s already 3 weeks old. The Blackhawks have already played 5 home games.

      • Rufus | October 28, 2011 at 11:26 am |

        I believe they were renovating MSG forcing the Blue Shirts on the road to start the year.

  • TechnoDummy | October 28, 2011 at 8:53 am |

    This is the only Debbie Harry in uniform pic i could find.

    • =bg= | October 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |

      Been frequenting Blondie recently too- especially ‘Autoamerican,’ and the songs “T Birds’ and also “Do The Dark.” Saw them once late 70s @ The Palace in Cincinnati- absolutely bonkers loud. Clem Burke, great drummer. Have a great live version of “Maria” if you want it, Paul.

  • TechnoDummy | October 28, 2011 at 8:54 am |


    • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |

      Fixed link

      Bulletin board code doesn’t work (you have to use HTML), and I don’t think images are allowed to be direct-posted.

    • George Chilvers | October 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |

      Technodummy> Think you mean this:

  • Matt | October 28, 2011 at 8:54 am |

    Yeah, that’s Bill Murray’s house.

  • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |

    Paul, I gotta say that the purple practice/warmup jerseys aren’t that big a deal to me, because a) they’re practice/warmup jerseys and not gamers, and b) it’s for a good cause (Hockey Fights Cancer).

    Something else I’ve been saying pretty much all month:
    The NHL cares about fighting all forms of cancer. All the NFL seems to care about is boobies.

    • Chris Holder | October 28, 2011 at 9:06 am |

      I think those jerseys look great. Then again, my alma mater’s colors are purple and gold, so I’m used to purple and ok with it.

      I don’t care much for hockey, but I’d wear one of those Pens sweaters.

    • Mark in Shiga | October 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |

      Something else I’ve been saying pretty much all month:
      The NHL cares about fighting all forms of cancer. All the NFL seems to care about is boobies.

      This I agree with totally. It’s a bit galling to watch the NFL uglify itself in showing concern for something devoted exclusively to the opposite sex. When female athletes start wearing light blue all over the place to bring attention to prostate cancer, then maybe I can get behind all the breast cancer stuff. For now, I say the NHL is the most egalitarian.

      • Seth H | October 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |

        Yeah. Cause if your wife/mother/sister/friend dies of breast cancer, it has nothing to do with you.

        • Boomtown | October 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm |

          Agreed. They should only concern themselves with manly forms of cancer, since they’re men and men are all that matter.

        • The Jeff | October 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

          Cancer is cancer. It sucks, period. It shouldn’t matter if it’s your mother and breast cancer, your father and prostate cancer or your brother and lung cancer. The NHL’s approach of fighting ALL cancer is far superior to the NFL focusing on just breast cancer.

      • Douglas King | October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |

        its not devoted exclusively to women, men can have breast cancer and I doubt they refuse to support them. It just happens that the vast majority of those with breast cancer are women.

        But I definitely agree purple should be something we see sports teams wearing more when doing these awareness things as that’s the color for cancer awareness (the color used by Relay For Life which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society). A lot of awareness has been raised for breast cancer, and while its important to stay ever-vigilant in that fight there are plenty of other cancers that are less-known and potentially more deadly. If a team is going to raise awareness about cancer they should consider addressing more than just the one.

  • nico | October 28, 2011 at 8:57 am |

    Is the endzone photo from the old Giants Stadium or the new Snoopy Field?

    • Al | October 28, 2011 at 9:55 am |

      That’s the new stadium… In the old stadium, the tunnels were directly behind goalposts… (Hence the legend of Parcells having a toadie open or close the doors at the end of the tunnel depending on who was kicking into that end zone…)

      • nico | October 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |

        so no Jimmy Hoffa, or did they move him to the new stadium too? ;)

        • Ray Barrington | October 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm |

          Hoffa couldn’t afford the PSLs for the new place.

  • George Chilvers | October 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |

    Ah well – perhaps not

  • BurghFan | October 28, 2011 at 9:01 am |

    1. The name and number on the Penguins’ purple warmup jerseys look like something out of Wilkes-Barre.

    2. I got to the game after warmups, but the alts that the Pens wore didn’t do much for me.

    3. The 2012 NHL Draft will be in Pittsburgh. Here‘s a logo.

    • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 9:51 am |

      Creamer already has the new logo online.

      • Connie | October 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |


    • lose remerswaal | October 28, 2011 at 10:23 am |

      Gonna be an interesting weekend to be in Pittsburgh, if you know what I mean and I think you do

      • BurghFan | October 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm |

        If I do, not as interesting as the following Sunday.

  • BirdsforBrains | October 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |


    A few years ago I recall reading an article regarding the origin/evolution of numbers on football jerseys. The article stated that originally, numbers were stenciled/painted onto the jerseys and eventually they were made from felt or twill.

    The screened on numbers of the 70’s and 80’s seems a return to the past in a sense if this stencil assertion is in fact true.

    Can you post the article I am talking about (or am I delusional)?


  • JimWa | October 28, 2011 at 9:07 am |

    I have NO problem with all World Series games in which the home team scores in the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th inning – where the 11th inning score is a walk-off home run – ending with the last batter crossing the plate having his jersey ripped to shreds by his teammates at home plate.

    It’s always been that way, and it always should be.

    • Jim Vilk | October 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |

      Phil, I think you have a winner for tomorrow.

  • Andrew Baker | October 28, 2011 at 9:08 am |

    The Pens practice jerseys (even though purple) were for a good cause. They are being auctioned off to support the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign.

  • Garrett | October 28, 2011 at 9:10 am |

    That’s actually the University of Minnesota – Duluth (which would explain the bulldogs). Because we all know the University of Minnesota are the Golden Gophers (as well as Wisconsin’s punching bag)

    • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |

      Gotcha. Now fixed.

  • Tinger | October 28, 2011 at 9:12 am |

    Just want to point out that those ugly camo jerseys can’t be claimed by the University of Minnesota (Thank God!) Those belong to the JV Team up the road, University of Minnesota, Duluth. I’m a veteran, and while I appreciate the nod for supporting Veterans Day, I’m totally against any camo jerseys… ever. There’s just nothing visually appealing about camo anything. Just offer up free tickets for vets and their families for the night. Much better way to show your appreciation. Keep up the good work, Paul!

    • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 9:17 am |

      Now fixed.

    • Arr Scott | October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |

      For me, it boils down to this: If you’re a young adult with the physical fitness to play varsity sports and the intellectual gifts to succeed in college, and you want to wear your country’s uniform, these folks can help you. If you are a fit, smart young person who has chosen not to serve your country in wartime, that’s fine too; but having made that choice, do not then play soldier dress-up.

      • Seth H | October 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm |

        Not really the players’ choice is it?

        • Arr Scott | October 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |

          No, it’s the AD’s choice, but. First, who is the AD trying to impress with these gimmick unis? Players, and potential recruits. If there’s one thing the alumni are not sitting around wishing for at any school anywhere in the nation, it’s “Gee, I sure wish my alm mater would screw around with our uniforms.” Second, the fundamental justification for having sports in schools is and has always been the notion that sportsmanship and competition builds character and makes better citizens. If it’s really true that we now find ourselves with a generation of student-athletes who believe that the only appropriate response to a dictate from their leader is unthinking obedience, then it’s probably time to disband all school athletics at every level. The athletes absolutely do have a choice. They can choose to let their coaches and ADs know of their objections. They can choose not to wear the camo uniforms.

          Or, and this is my real point, they can choose to take their great physical and intellectual gifts down to their local armed forces recruiter or ROTC office and make the commitment that earns a person the right to wear his country’s uniform.

    • Eric | October 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |

      UMD=JV? Two words: National Champions.

      That would make the Yellow Nocturnal Rodents at UM-TC “Mites” level of hockey.

      Oh, and how’s that Big Ten football season working out for the Goofers…we won a championship in that as well… probably could beat the Nocturnal Rodents in football, too, especially considering who the Rodents have lost to.

      Seriously, though, back to Unis. Terrible idea for the camo jerseys, probably the idea of a UM-TC grad.

      • Sean Donovan | October 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm |

        Some more on the camo jerseys. They are warm-up jerseys. The team will wear them before the game, autograph them, and then they will be auctioned off at the game. The money will go to a local hockey camp for kids of military families.

        This is a partnership with a MN based group Defending the Blue Line that helps military families play/enjoy hockey.

  • NickV | October 28, 2011 at 9:15 am |


    Regarding the question posed on the site yesterday, The actual Letterman jackets and game jerseys worn by the cast of “The Express” were being sold on EBAY for quite some time. No screen grabs, but I am sure there may be a few still online or on EBAY …. There were a multidude of the beng sold and many of the jerseys are still up … Also, check out the website “BPH” or “Ball Park Heroes” … He gets sports movie worn stuff often ….

    • Jim Hayden | October 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

      Thanks Nick – I’ll have to do some shopping.

      I did acquire a movie-worn WVU jersey from “discount_sports_apparel” on ebay awhile back, he tends to have stuff from “The Express” and some other movies too.

  • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |

    That’s actually a pretty decent-looking sweatback for Purdue… and, at least it’s not black-on-black numerals like they’ve done before.

    I actually like that the school name on front evokes the shape of the cowcatcher from the train logo.

    • The Jeff | October 28, 2011 at 9:22 am |

      The black on black numbers are cool. They worked for the Spurs back in the day and they’d work just fine now if NCAA didn’t have rules against them.

      The sweatbacks are just a bad idea for in-game uniforms. Put that stuff on fan jerseys. It’s cool there, but those details are just lost in actual game play.

    • Boiler Wes | October 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |

      I agree with Rob S, and never really noticed the cowcatcher shape of the school name on the front. The sweatback looks better on a black jersey, IMO.

    • Aaron | October 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |

      I’d lean towards those jerseys being legit. They match the jerseys revealed earlier in the month in gold, and I’m not sure if Purdue has ever been totally without a black jersey.

      Actually, now that I think about it, they might have been without a black jersey towards the end of the Brian Cardinal era. I’m sure somebody more knowledgeable than me will correct me.

    • Phil Hecken | October 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |

      the only way for those jerseys to look good is for the outline (color/color) numbers

      /can’t believe i’m agreeing with THE on anything these days

      • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 10:34 am |

        Can’t believe I’m approving of anything worn by Purdue or its fans, but that jersey does look pretty good (from the front).

        • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |

          To clarify my earlier comment, strictly speaking as far as sweatbacks go (thus excluding all non-sweatbacks from comparison), in my opinion, it’s not that bad.

          I still think the whole sweatback concept in general is lame, though.

  • Dan in Houston | October 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |

    As to whether the “tear your teammate’s jersey off” becomes monkey-see, monkey-do, my only question is when are the next beach volleyball championships?

  • Pierre | October 28, 2011 at 9:18 am |

    Regarding the photos of Tara High School Trojans, their opponent pictured is Woodlawn H

  • Pierre | October 28, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    Regarding the photos of Tara (Baton Rouge, LA) High School Trojans, their opponent pictured is Woodlawn High School from Shreveport, LA. Woodlaw has produced former NFL quarterbacks, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Ferguson.

    • Bradley | October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |


      Actually, that’s the Woodlawn High Panthers of Baton Rouge. :)

  • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 9:21 am |

    That’s right, skirts. The AIBA has introduced a trial alternate uniform, asking female boxers to wear skirts because it will make the women easier to distinguish from the men, as if the completely different bodies wasn’t enough. Poland adopted the uniform, calling the uniforms more “elegant” and “womanly.”

    … yes, because nothing says “elegant” and “womanly” like two people beating the blood and snot out of each other. Plus, I can’t recall any single male boxer ever wearing a sports bra in the ring…

    • jdreyfuss | October 28, 2011 at 11:17 am |

      I can think of a few that might have needed a sports bra. Butterbean comes to mind . . .

      But yeah, it’s a stupid rule and I hope they realize it or at least make it so that the fighters may wear skirts instead of requiring them.

      Did anyone click on the linked article about the girl in Detroit playing offensive line? Interesting story.

      • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm |

        I happened to think of Eric Esch after writing that as well…

        I used to have Toughman Contest for the Genesis. It amused me to no end that I could play as Coolio and beat Butterbean into the ground…

        Missed that before. Of course, I’d say that the writer of that article overstated the Lions’ position – 5-2 does not a contender make, not when the franchise has a history of late-season collapses, although it is an optimistic start.

        Moving past that little bit, though… definitely a nice story.

        Roadgeek moment, though – the article refers to “Six Mile”, which I found a little odd, because east of Five Points Street (which serves as part of the border between Detroit and Redford Township), Six Mile is signed as, and almost exclusively referred to as, McNichols Road.

  • Bernard | October 28, 2011 at 9:22 am |

    The first thing I thought when I saw those purple Pens jerseys was Utah Jazz.

  • Josh | October 28, 2011 at 9:24 am |

    Didn’t the Cardinals also tear Chris Carpenter’s jersey off after his complete-game shutout in Game 5 of the NLDS?

  • Andy | October 28, 2011 at 9:30 am |

    Nice work by Brian Gundell. I’m glad the templates I made are finally being used for some good, as intended. Only thing I see is that some of the numeral styles are slightly off. Otherwise very accurate and thorough.

  • Simply Moono | October 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |

    Anyone else remember that comment Ricko made some time ago about players being ridiculously cut, with a slightly-more-than-pissed-off attitude?

    I only mention this because seeing T.O. working out this past week (alas, with no NFL scouts to be seen) made me realize: “These guys are fucking jacked”. Given how workouts, physical demands, and the ever-changing landscape in football culture have changed a lot in the better part of 150-200 years of (American) football’s existence, I was wondering what football players would look like 20-40 years from now.

    It also made me think about how football players like to wear their uniform as tight as possible. Of course, they wear borderline bodysuits (looking at you, Adidas) to make themselves as impossible to grab as possible (duh), but there might also be a Romanticism-related factor to that, like “Yeah, ladies. Check out these lean-ass 26′ pythons spilling out of my jersey. All pumped up and ready to bust Jay Cutler in his pretty Vandy-ass face, just for you ;)”

    Why not just cut to the chase already, and use this as a uniform?

    Back to sleep I go, but discuss.

    • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 9:38 am |

      The very first entry on this here site discussed referred, if rather briefly, to this very issue — and I even linked to a photo of Terrell Owens:

    • The Jeff | October 28, 2011 at 9:39 am |

      Why not use that as a uniform? Most obvious reason: Offensive Linemen.

    • teenchy | October 28, 2011 at 10:25 am |

      Do you mind if I co-opt your phrase “pretty Vandy-ass face”? ‘Cause I know a few people to whom I could apply it. Thanks.

      • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |

        Jay Cutler, perhaps?

        • teenchy | October 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |

          Oh no, no professional athletes. ;-)

  • Matt | October 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |


    This is actually something the Cardinals have been doing in the latter part of the season after walk-off and other big wins. Nick Punto started it(and in turn has been nicknamed “The Shredder”) sometime in August, I believe.

    • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 9:39 am |

      Really? Fascinating. More details, please!

      • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 9:55 am |

        Ah, here we go. Apparently started on September 10th, in response to Punto tearing shirts (not jerseys) off of his teammates:

        I’m adding this info as a follow-up to today’s main entry.

        • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 10:11 am |

          So, wait, a ballplayer fancies himself as this guy?

        • jdreyfuss | October 28, 2011 at 11:19 am |

          Well, aside from the always losing thing, who wouldn’t want to be a badass ninja with claws and the awesome voice of Uncle Phil?

        • The Jeff | October 28, 2011 at 11:29 am |

          Indeed. Shredder was definitely among the coolest of the “bad guy” characters of that era.

  • MJ Turner | October 28, 2011 at 9:39 am |

    Two upsides to the Japanese approach to the Beautiful Game: great fundementals…and NO PAJAMA PANTS.

  • Al | October 28, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    Raise your hand if, like me, you watched the walkoff celebration and immediately wondered what Paul’s take would be on it…

    • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 10:12 am |

      I can’t, because I was listening on the radio and didn’t actually see it.

  • DW95MVP | October 28, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    those are pictures of Japanese college prospects…

  • JA Fields | October 28, 2011 at 10:04 am |

    While the Cards have done the jersey ripping already this season (Nick Punto a few weeks ago), this is NOT a precedent for the Cardinals in the Worlds Series!! In 1942, rookie third baseman Whitey Kurowski hit the home run that put the Cards up for good. In the clubhouse afterwords, his teammates ripped the seat out of his pants, then tore that into pieces that each of them kept as a souvenir. Freese got off easy compared to Kurowski..but there’s always tonight’s celebration!
    (FYI-this story is sourced to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 6, 1942…but it was in most papers around the country).

  • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |

    For reasons not worth explaining here, I’ve been listening to the first three Blondie albums quite a bit this week…

    Oh, I think they’re worth explaining. And I’m sure I’m not alone.

    C’mon, you can’t just leave something like that sitting on the table.

    • The Jeff | October 28, 2011 at 10:45 am |

      Eh… “found them in the attic” and/or “lost a bet” aren’t particularly interesting reasons.


    • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |

      On Sunday I glanced at the clock and it was 11:59. As you may know, “11:59” happens to be the title of a very good song on Parallel Lines. As I noted the time, that song began playing itself in my head, at which point I realized I hadn’t listened to my early Blondie albums in a long time. So I pulled them out.

      Hey, you asked.

      • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 11:15 am |

        OK, yeah, that may have made for an unwieldy ticker entry but thanks for sharing.

        And that’s totally the kind of thing I would do.

        • walter | October 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |

          …and the script “Blondie” insignia can be repurposed into a nifty “Baltimore” title.

        • StLMarty | October 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm |

          A local band here once did a tribute to Blondie. As a white rapper pushing forty, they asked me to come up and perform during Rapture. You know the part. Let me tell ya… it wasn’t easy.

          Did I just get a whole lot cooler in everyone’s book?

    • Connie | October 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |

      Blondie embodied a remarkable synthesis of punk, pop, and rock; played catchy but sparky melodies with cool chops; wrote smart, original lyrics; featured a cute chick lead singer who dynamited the stereotype of cute chick lead singers; was very very NYC downtown but reached kids around the world; and were equally popular with men and women and boys and girls; and I still like them and her a lot.

  • mike 2 | October 28, 2011 at 11:03 am |

    I agree completely – it sadly seems to be the evolution of things is from a cool, spontaneous moment to a moment that gets packaged, sold, sponsored, planned and regulated.

    Before we know it, it’ll be the Banana Republic Walk-Off Home Plate Celebration brought to you by Banana Republic. Planned in advance, and with rules about when and where it can happen.

  • Jim | October 28, 2011 at 11:10 am |

    I think the clothes-ripping thing is already a trend in MLB.

    Here is a picture of BJ Upton ripping off Sam Fuld’s belt earlier this season.


    The Rays did this a few times this season that I recall and it appeared to be an effort to get the guy’s pants off, although I dont think anybody ever succeeded. And when talking to some friends they said they had seen other teams do something similar, but I do not recall which teams.

  • Kevin Allen | October 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |

    Wow! A nebraska uniform history…yawn. Who’s next? Penn State?

  • Arr Scott | October 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |

    It’s only tangentially uni-related, and I have no idea and don’t care what the politics of this candidate are, but this ad for Ed Wilson for Mayor of San Fancisco is freakin’ awesome. Features Brian Wilson wearing a campaign t-shirt that mimics the famous Brian Wilson’s beard t-shirt but with the candidate’s geeky glasses and Iowa farmer stache. Brilliant, in a pop-culture-eats-itself kind of way.

    • The Jeff | October 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |

      I think that’s the first MC Hammer ripoff I’ve heard in at least 5 years, if not longer. So, I guess he gets a point for that too.

    • jdreyfuss | October 28, 2011 at 11:49 am |

      I don’t believe I’ve ever seen someone make a campaign ad that’s basically a YouTube Poop video. And that managed not to look stupid while doing it too. Nicely done.

  • Csikos | October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |

    Did anyone else notice the ad on the right side of the last link in the ticker (Bit of a kerfuffle over some old Olympic hockey jerseys)? The photo is reversed / mirrored so the NOB and numbers are backwards. Threw me for a trip…made it hard to read the interesting article.

    • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

      What browser are you using? I don’t have any ads on either side of the ticker.

      Right now, I have an ad for NCAA-themed computer keyboards after the ticker, though.

      • Paul Lukas | October 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

        Everyone sees different ads based on your ISP location, what you’ve clicked on before (if anything), etc.

        • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |

          Yeah, I get that. That’s why I see ads for the Chicago Wolves on occasion and the guy in the NyQuil ad I see is wearing a Bears hat.

          But I was wondering if different browsers rendered the page differently because on Firefox and IE, there’s just blank space to the left and right of the ticker.

      • Csikos | October 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm |

        I was getting an ad for using Chrome.

        • Csikos | October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |

          Let me clarify….the ad on the sidebar after you follow the link not on this site.

        • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |

          Oh, gotcha. Yeah, now I see what you mean.

  • Samuel | October 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    Eagles confirm no black jerseys this season!/EaglesInsider/status/129915030471852034

    • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

      “Midnight green” needs to go away. They should go back to the more vibrant green they used to wear…

      • Sean Maguire | October 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm |

        Kelly Green. and I concur… The midnight green was cool for awhile (it fit in with the BFBS trend without using much black), but now it’s time to revert to the kelly and white.

  • Bob A | October 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

    Guy who grabbed Freeses homer last night got to meet him and brought along a friend. The friend had a Cubs shirt on.

    • -DW | October 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm |

      And I hope it curses the Cardinals ala Buckner’s Cubs batting glove in ’86.

  • Keith | October 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Douglas King | October 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |


    • Jim Vilk | October 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

      Although I like the current bird, I like the cartoon bird slightly better.

      According to a source, the logo won’t replicate the birds from the 1970 and 1983 caps, but it will be a variation of the two, taking certain qualities of both to create the new cartoon image.
      Please tell me they aren’t going to make it look angry, too. I can handle a variation of the two, but if it isn’t smiling, then just forget it. I’ll hold off on my huzzahs until I actually see it.

      • Jim Vilk | October 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |

        And no teeth.

        • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

          What, you’re saying this isn’t acceptable?

          That bird looks like he’s about to murder somebody… but, hey, I’m sure Comrade Marshall approves of the hosiery!

        • Jim Vilk | October 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm |

          That bird looks like Comrade Marshall…

          I was thinking of Louisville when I said “no teeth.” They might make the Top 5 sometimes, but until they take the teeth out of the Cardinal logo, I can’t justify putting them at #1.

        • Jim Vilk | October 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |

          But yeah, to answer your question, that logo would not be acceptable to me. Never saw it before, and I could do without ever seeing it again.

        • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm |

          Yeah, the Louisville bird is fugly with that toothy scowl. Illinois State isn’t much better, showing slightly less teeth for their Redbirds logo…

          But, I guess they gotta find a way to stay distinct from the NFL and MLB teams, right?

        • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm |

          Looking at some of the other O’s logos up on, and came across this one

          Sadly, the dueling bats (between the circled bird and Not-The-Killer) was not the first thing that I noticed. Probably should’ve just used the years (i.e. World Series 63·69·70).

        • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm |

          I meant 66·69·70… *bonk*

      • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

        Murder somebody, or trip and plant his beak into the ground, the way he’s walking…

        • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |

          Oops, this was supposed to under my own post, I must’ve hit the reply on Movi’s 2:09 post instead of the 2:15.

      • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

        Don’t be surprised if they go the angry route. Angry Birds swag is really selling these days.

        I can see it now: “Angry Birds Park at Camden Yards”

    • M-N | October 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm |

      I am headed to Baltimore for a work event at Camden Yards tomorrow night. I am taking a tour of the stadium in the morning. I will keep an eye out for the new gear and report back on Monday.

    • Bob A | October 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm |

      to go with their cartoon franchise. As an Oriole fan of over 50 years I don’t care what the uni is. It’s lipstick on a pig. Fix the franchise.

  • Neil | October 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |

    assuming the below website is accurate, that is in fact bill murray’s house.

    • JTH | October 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |

      Where’s the pond?

  • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |

    Gotta share this, it’s too good (IMO) to sit in Paul’s inbox until Monday’s ticker:

    Custom NHL Standings board, link courtesy of the Icethetics Facebook page.

  • Bradley | October 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

    Regarding Tara HS (Baton Rouge, LA)’s “poaching” of USC’s football uniforms: I see the point about a HS using a logo/style that isn’t their own, but I don’t see USC complaining. Lutcher HS (between BR and New Orleans) has long mimicked LSU’s colors and helmet design, yet LSU is gracious enough not to mind. Can’t say the same for St. Amant HS’s Gators (right outside BR)and its use of the script “Gators”. The University of Florida had a rightful legal claim and told STA to cease and desist. Rightful, yes, but petty on Florida’s part. It’s free publicity for the college, in my view… imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    • Ben | October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

      Bradley, the reason I sent in those pics of Tara High is because it is pretty much an exact replication of USC’s unis, helmets and all. My former school Thibodaux High and Lutcher and I believe Independence High also use designs similar to LSU, the only difference is they alter the helmet decal to reflect the initials of the school (THS, LHS) In Tara’s case, it is USC to the T (NNOB, and exact helmet logo) I haven’t seen another team, at least in Louisiana that mimics a college or pro team that closely.

  • Josie B | October 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Jim Vilk | October 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |

      Scroll up just a *tiny* bit…

  • Jim Vilk | October 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm |

    This is pretty cool: an aerial shot of a Giants Stadium end zone being changed from one team’s logo to the other’s
    J! E! N! T! S! Jents! Jents! Jents!

    At least I don’t think they should keep it that way…but that is cool.

    • Kyle Allebach | October 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm |

      “I love the NY Jents. They don’t win many games, but at least they are the classiest team in the NFL.”

  • Ben Fortney | October 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

    Love those paintings @ No Mas, but if you’ve got Straw, you’ve got Doc, and you’ve got Iron Mike why not get them all in one place.

    Such a classic.

  • Rob S | October 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

    I was going to say that the numbers on the Packers unis in the 67 slideshow were looking to be all the same this time around, but then I saw the pic of Dave Dunaway and Jay Bachman with the extra-serifed variants (both were rookies).

  • RP | October 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm |

    Brand new uniforms for the Radford University men’s basketball team were unveiled today:!/photo.php?fbid=10150513522154325&set=a.466420174324.244271.73351679324&type=1&theater

    They added blue (a traditional school color) to the extremely boring older versions:

    No photos of the new white uni’s yet.

  • Dan in Houston | October 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm |

    So we’ve got the O’s changing, the Jays, the Marlins…

    Any other uni changes been announced for next year?

    • Komet17 | October 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm |

      San Diego, at least according to Bill Center, the San Diego Union-Tribune Padre beat writer:

      Comment From marcus marcus : ]
      any news on how the uniforms will look next year? (colors, logos)
      Thursday October 27, 2011 1:33 marcus
      1:33 Bill Center: There will be new uniforms, but the Padres are keeping the design and colors under wraps.

      Found at:

  • -DW | October 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm |

    Ref: Bandits vs. Gamblers at WalMart

    I work at Best Buy and one of the videos that is used in the store to demonstrate how “sports” looks on the flat-screens is a USFL Tampa Bay Bandits game from Tampa Stadium.

    I bet I have seen that video about 100 times this week.

  • -DW | October 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    Now that President Obama has finally fulfilled at least one of his campaign promises by bringing home the soldiers from the Middle East by Christmas…

    My question is in what direction are all of these camo-wearing teams going to go next with out the “support the troops” band wagon to jump on?

    • Kyle Allebach | October 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm |

      Isn’t there still gonna be troops in Afghanistan; I thought the pull-out was just going to be in Iraq.

      Regardless, I feel like there will be more cancer/disease awareness (Lupus anyone?) to replace all of the camo.

  • Saints Fan | October 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    why does Paul love the socks louisville is waering if he hates adidas, nike, and other athletic brands??? the socks are obviously just three stripes for adidas!!!

    PS my cousin went to tara high

    • StLMarty | October 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm |

      He probably likes the stripes.

    • Kyle Allebach | October 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm |

      I think we had a discussion on that. Paul liked triple stripes before it was known as Adidas.

    • Saints Fan | October 29, 2011 at 9:57 am |


  • -DW | October 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm |

    It is good to hear that the Orioles are dropping the “ornithologically correct” version of the bird on the cap. I always liked the cartoon bird.

  • Simply Moono | October 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm |

    The broadcasters just said that the field that TCU and BYU are playing on right now is not the field that the Cowboys play on, but rather the “college” field. So does Cowboys Stadium have two fields that roll out with a flick of the switch? Like U of PHX Stadium with the grass field that rolls outdoors when not in use?

  • Patrick_in_MI | October 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm |

    Watching SJ Sharks at Red Wings tonight…Andrew Desjardins of San Jose is wearing 69. He’s only the second player in NHL history to do so.

    • nobody | October 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm |

      Really? I thought there would have been more immature players, especially if they got drafted young.

  • Jake | October 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm |

    Wow, great work by Brian Gundell on the pac 12 uni tracker. They put my renderings on the duck tracker to shame.

    Brian, if you’re reading this, which I doubt since I’m so late, how did you get the carbon pattern onto the helmets, wings, and numbers?

  • Simply Moono | October 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm |

    #TeamBirdsOnBat is now #TeamTrophyWithFlagsOverHead.