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Uni Watch DIY Project: What, No Life-Size Statue of Daniel Snyder?

[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Steve Brookman, who recently converted a room in his house into his own personal Redskins sanctuary. ”” PL]

By Steve Brookman

I recently bought a new home and decided to turn the downstairs area into Redskins room. I painted it to resemble the Redskins’ alternate away uniform — white jerseys with gold pants. The top two-thirds of each wall is white, with six-inch burgundy and gold stripes painted in the center to represent the sleeve stripes. The bottom third is wood paneling that I painted gold to represent the team’s awesome gold pants.

These pics were taken right after I bought the house and show the room in its previous state:



The top portion of the walls were a light buttermilk-ish color, while the bottom wood portion was the color of Gulden’s mustard. Not bad, but not what I envisioned as the ideal room for watching football.

These next few pics show what the room looked like while I was painting the stripes:




I wish I had taken more pics of this process. After painting the walls white, I used one of those Black & Decker laser levels that are typically used for leveling pictures. With the laser beam flashing across the wall, I taped off the top of what would become the red stripe, then the bottom. I used three coats of flat paint for each stripe. For the red stripe, I used standard blue painter’s tape. Bad idea — after pulling up the tape, there were lots of areas where the paint had bled under the tape. So for the yellow stripe, I used the green Frog Brand tape, which made a big difference — I think I had one little area where yellow paint slipped under the tape, but it took all of 30 seconds to correct.

Here we have some shots showing the process of painting “Hail” on the wall:





I started by creating a quick transparent png file in Photoshop, then projecting it ontp the wall with a computer projector I borrowed from work. I had a hell of a time getting the projector level, so I went back to Photoshop and got the measurements of each letter. I knew I wanted the letters to measure 14-1/4″ from top to bottom, so I used that as my benchmark. From there, I was able to get the scale of each letter. So after taping the “H” to the wall, I measured out how far the tip of the “A” should be, and so on. I used a razor to cut out the triangles that would make the crosses in the H and the A. I painted four coats, then peeled the tape off. It looked great! I spent about an hour after that touching up lines that weren’t quite perfect.

And here we have the finished product (well, it’s not entirely finished, as I’m having three jerseys framed as we speak):








That last photo shows an old Shorpy shot of Sammy Baugh that I colorized, then had blown up and put on canvas. It looks much better in real life, honest.

Finally, there’s this, which proves that I’m as immature as my wife thinks I am:


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Watch the squatch, continued: Paul here. Remember last week’s entry about helmet squatchees, and how I said I liked the idea but thought they weren’t high enough?

Pro Helmet Decals honcho David Sulecki, who supplied the helmet squatchees to the Mets and White Sox, has now provided me with some samples of the product (all I had to go on until now were photos that he had supplied and whatever I could spot during spring training game broadcasts). So I got out a Mets cap and compared the helmet squatchees to a cap squatchee (click photos to enlarge):




As you can see, the helmet squatchee is wider than its cap cousin (reasonable, since a helmet is bigger than a cap) but, as I suspected, sits much lower. A big part of the problem is that a cap squatchee is a true three-dimensional button — you can see its curves and the edge of its curved underside — while the helmet squatchee is really just a half-button, because it’s flat on the bottom.

In case you missed it in last Tuesday’s comments, reader Dan Fuller explained that making the helmet squatchees higher isn’t as simple as it sounds. Who knew designing such a simple-seeming uni element would prove to be so challenging?

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Insert Jimmy Hoffa/Giants Stadium joke here: My latest vintage uni acquisition is this swell Teamsters softball jersey that I scored on eBay for $25 (click images to enlarge):



Lots of history in this one. Local 507 was formed in Cleveland in 1966 and helped launch Jackie Presser on the path that would eventually lead him to the Teamsters presidency (and also to a heavy involvement with organized crime, a role as an FBI informant, a Federal indictment, etc.). The jersey lists Presser’s title as Secretary-Treasurer, indicating that it’s from the late 1970s.

The jersey fits me just fine, which means it must have been worn by one of the smallest Teamsters in the organized labor history.

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What does Calvin Klein (shown at left) have to do with a 90-year-old report card? Find out in the latest entry on the Permanent Record blog.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it on Friday, Robert Marshall is now taking orders for a new batch of stirrups. Ordering deadline is the end of tomorrow, so get crackin’.

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’Tis the Season

By Vince Grzegorek

Hello, folks. The annual Uni Watch March Madness bracket competition is back for those of you who love college basketball and/or have interest in acquiring some of the stuff Paul has sitting around his apartment. You can join here (password: stirrups). There’s also a second group if the first one fills up, which has happened each of the last two years. Password for that one is the same as the first. Standard scoring: 1 point for correct picks in the first round, 2 points in the second, 4 points in the third, and so on. 32 points will be your reward for correctly picking the champion. Only one entry per person, please.

The top three winners will get to choose from some of the swag that Paul has accumulated since last December’s reader-appreciation raffle. Good luck to all.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: As expected, the Astros wil wear the gun on their Colt .45s throwbacks after all. But ugh, they’ve totally botched the design — the “C” is all wrong. Should look like this. Is it really that hard to do this correctly? … Nike’s NFL uniforms will be unveiled in New York on April 3. … In what I believe is our first-ever chess item, the European Chess Union has enacted a new dress code for female players. Apparently those pernicious womenfolk were distracting the male players with their feminine wiles. How dare they! So now they’ve basically been told, “Stop flashing your tits and gams already.” And if they don’t like it, hey, they can go play beach volleyball instead. No word on whether the new rules apply to the Queen chess piece. … Love the “Rawlings Knit” tag on this old football jersey. … “I noticed that the recently unveiled statue of Mario Lemieux portrays him in a Cooper helmet, not the hemispherical Jofa helmet I always remembered him wearing,” writes Luke Rosnick. “A little digging revealed that he wore a Cooper lid in his early career and didn’t make the switch over to Jofa until the late ’90s. Jofa helmets are considered by a lot of young hockey players to be pretty ugly (“only Gretzky could pull that off”), so I’m glad the sculptor went with that helmet. One other interesting fun fact about the Cooper SK2000 helmet: It was used to make the illuminated helmets in the original Tron movie.” … New lacrosse helmets for Thailand (from Jeff Brunelle). … The Seattle Sounders wore their new “super cyan” kits for the first time last Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals against Santos. “Several players decided to play with collars flipped up,” notes Matt Glass. … Remember my ESPN column last week about the Padres supplying uniforms to local Little Leaguers? I mentioned that the team’s four current jerseys were among the program’s six most-requested designs, and that the camo design was the most popular option of all, but I didn’t provide the full listing of where all 20 design options ranked, because I didn’t realize such a listing existed. But it does. … Interesting note toward the bottom of this page: “[OSU coach Urban] Meyer recently apologized to a gay and lesbian rights group at Ohio State after it learned that he planned to distribute lavender shirts to players who are underperforming at practice. ”¦ The group said lavender is the predominant color associated with the gay and lesbian community” (from Jason Hillyer). ”¦ I’ve run this photo several times before, but once more won’t hurt: spring training Chucks! … Here’s a bizarre image: Paul Henderson of the Red Wings wearing a surgeon’s mask on the ice in 1966. “Apparently he had some sort of virus he didn’t want to pass on to other players,” says Kevin Wilson. Anyone know more about this? … Check this out: an Arena League game featuring white vs. gray — and both teams with black helmets! “I saw it while scrolling through the channels,” says Eric Klimtzak. “Really couldn’t tell either team from each other.” … Check this out: The ’84 Tigers had a bullpen catcher with TNOB (great find by Jeffrey Moulden and Gary Olson). … A high school hoops team in Illinois had to wear another school’s uniforms due to a uni mix-up (from Nick Yelverton). … Get this: It turns out that the first broadcaster to grace the airwaves of the very first Mets spring training game was — wait for it — Howard Cosell. The story behind that, including an audio file, is available here. … The very existence of the Euskaltel-Euskadi cycling team is being threatened by a logo issue (from Steve King). … It had already been announced that MLB umpires would be wearing a memorial patch this season for former ump Marty Springstead. They may end up modifying that patch, or adding another one, now that former ump Harry Wendlestedt has died. … Speaking of officials, zebras wore shoe-borne shout-outs to a colleague during the ACC tourney (from Rex Henry). … Interesting visual effect on Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin’s jacket. “Ironically, it matches the Bearcats’ new shorts design,” notes Paul Pass. ”¦ Good spot by Todd Kortemeier, who notes that the University of Alaska-Anchorage hockey team uses the same number font as the San Diego Chargers. ”¦ Omaha Central High’s basketball team wears some crazy-ass socks. ” They started doing it early in the year and ended up going 30-0 to win their sixth state title in seve years,” says David Ashby. ”¦ Anyone know why Ohio’s uni numbers on Saturday looked like crayon rubbings? Like, was that supposed to be a camo thing or what? ”¦ Anyone ever seen a New Balance undershirt before? That’s Hanley Ramirez, who’s been going seriously unbuttoned throughout spring training. ”¦ No photo, but several readers report that Bosox backstop Kelly Shoppach’s usual No. 10 jersey went missing prior to yesterday’s spring training game, so he had to wear a No. 96 NNOB jersey. ”¦ Rajon Rondo recently took a nasty poke in the eye and wanted to wear shades on the court yesterday, but the league said no, because the other players need to be able to see his eyes (thanks, Kek). ”¦ Tim Burke reports that Xavier’s Andre Walker blew out two pairs of shoes duringthe A-10 tourney, forcing him to wear a mismatched pair. ”¦ St. John’s baseball has a new alternate jersey that features the NYC skyline (from Dylan Jenkins). ”¦ All of this year’s NHL goalie masks can be found in this slideshow (from Ryan Mandel). ”¦ Sure hope Ozzie Martinez makes the Chisox roster, cuz he’s sporting a very nice lower-leg look (from Mike Braam). ”¦ Andrew Luck wears a brace on his left knee, so Arin Mitchell assumed Luck had had an injury to that knee at some point. But then he saw this photo of Stanford QBs in the latest SI. “Makes me wonder whether the Stanford training staff requires right-handed QBs to wear a brace on their left knee for protection/prevention,” he says. ”¦ Surreal case of douchebaggery playing out in Australian rugby, as Murray Conallin explains: “The Penrith Panthers have a new major sponsor Oak milk. They do flavoured milks. The idea was that a fridge filled with milk would make a good backdrop during press conferences, but the league has told them to get rid of it because the fridge doesn’t have enough logos for Telstra, the league’s main sponsor.” … It’s the end of an era up in Binghamton, as the mighty Union Hotel tavern — a sensational bar situated in a really cool little flatiron-ish building, has shut down. I’ve half a mind to purchase it myself (photo by my buddy Shane Arbogast, who discovered the sad news while passing through Bingoland over the weekend).

136 comments to Uni Watch DIY Project: What, No Life-Size Statue of Daniel Snyder?

  • Phil Hecken | March 12, 2012 at 7:57 am |

    “As expected, the Astros wil wear the gun on their Colt .45s throwbacks after all. But ugh, they’ve totally botched the design – the “C” is all wrong. Should look like this. Is it really that hard to do this correctly?”


    is majestic manufacturing it? because there is your likely answer

    • The Jeff | March 12, 2012 at 8:01 am |

      It’s not just the C, the whole thing is wrong. It looks like a cheap knockoff jersey.

      • Arr Scott | March 12, 2012 at 9:38 am |

        I actually have a cheap knockoff jersey, and the script on it is in fact a better reproduction. Plenty else is wrong with it, but the script isn’t nearly as bad as on the actual throwback.

    • Simply Moono | March 12, 2012 at 9:12 am |

      Since things have to be redone on such short notice, maybe Bob Halfacre can help the ‘Stros out? At least he’ll get ’em right.

      • Phil Hecken | March 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm |

        pain in the ais

  • BurghFan | March 12, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  • lose remerswaal | March 12, 2012 at 8:08 am |

    One Night in Bangkok makes a *soft* man humble?

    Nope, not buying it. I am DONE with Chess.

    • Le Cracquere | March 12, 2012 at 11:12 am |

      I get my kicks *above* the waistline, sunshine.

      • Dumb Guy | March 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm |

        …or below the knee line?

      • Jim Vilk | March 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

        Above the neckline, now…

        I had that song on a 45 record at one time. Now I look back and say, “Why?”

    • Wheels | March 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |

      Siam’s, gonna be the witness to the ultimate test of cerebral fitness.

      • Jim Vilk | March 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm |

        …I’d let you watch, I would invite you,
        but the queens we use would not excite you.

        Gonna be stuck in my head all day now…

  • lose remerswaal | March 12, 2012 at 8:14 am |

    Hanley’s shirt looks like a regular New Balance wicking shirt, of which I have a few.

    Mine look better on me (ok, it’s because they aren’t pumpkin orange).

  • Teebz | March 12, 2012 at 8:16 am |

    Paul Henderson was diagnosed with “trachiatis”, an inflammation of the trachea.

    The mask wasn’t used to prevent others from being infected. Howard Berger wrote that on his blog, and it’s entirely wrong (see article below). I remember saving this article a while back when looking for a story about Paul Henderson’s jump to the WHA from the NHL after the Summit Series.

    Here is the article from the December 10, 1966 edition of the Windsor Star.

    • BurghFan | March 12, 2012 at 8:19 am |

      Good job, Teebz.

  • Mark Maxwell | March 12, 2012 at 8:39 am |

    I have one of the black Ohio jerseys at home. I’ll get a close picture of the numbers so you can get a decent look at the design. Not exactly sure what it is though.

    • unionjack | March 12, 2012 at 10:09 am |

      Looks to me like a printed circuit board — is there some high-tech “Silicon Valley” angle attached to Ohio?

      • Douglas | March 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm |

        I remember reading something about them, they are supposed to be Circuit Boards, I have no idea why though, and I thought the article originated on here so I have no idea where to look for it. Maybe it was linked to on a day when Paul wasn’t doing the writing, so he doesn’t remember the article, because the only place I get other uni news from (on a regular basis) is the Uniform Updates page for NCAA Football (the video game) and that is just for football.

        • Douglas | March 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm |

          I found some interesting tidbits about the Ohio Uniforms. For instance they wore a weird white design too (though there was no pattern on the number and the fanciness of it seems to be the use of many bobcat logos for the piping on the uniform). There was also a reveal video that wasn’t very revealing (couldn’t tell they were a uniform different from the normal ones for most of the video as the pattern is barely shown).

          The Black jerseys were first worn during their match-up with Kent State in January. And were made available for sale for only a limited time afterwards (They apparently did the same thing for their black football jerseys).

          Here’s the Video:

          Gallery of the White uniforms I mentioned:

          Info about the black jerseys and mention of sale:

          Russel has rolled out a lot of things for Ohio recently, and it seems that they may be a candidate to replace Georgia Tech, who recently spurned RA’s design options in favor of the 2008/2009 design used. We’ll find out this season if that was just Tech not liking the available designs or if they have opted to drop the “Russel’s Oregon” label. They do continue to have like 50 baseball designs so at the very lease that will remain consistent (though Tech is a perrenial contender in College Baseball so they offer a higher profile than the Tech football team).

    • SWC Susan (aka Tex) | March 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

      Weren’t there football jersies with that on them this year? I know I have seen it somewhere on the site this year.

  • Ricko | March 12, 2012 at 8:42 am |

    Editorial congratulations to Paul for resisting the temptation to make today’s headline…

    “What, No Life-Size Daniel Snyder Fat Head?”

    • Ricko | March 12, 2012 at 9:11 am |

      And congratulations to Steve for choosing a room with an exit. In case, y’know, he has to live there.

      • Connie | March 12, 2012 at 9:41 am |

        Steve Bookman falls squarely into the category of “Creative Individual Whose Work Is Dismissed by Normal People as Disturbingly Obsessive and Frivolous At the Same Time But Is Regarded by Uni-Watch Readers As a Grand Master.” Congratulations, Steve. I just can’t stand the Resdskins, but you are way dope. Though your wife is right, too.

        Paul, that Teamsters jersey… Wow.

        “… St. John’s baseball has a new alternate jersey that features the NYC skyline (from Dylan Jenkins). …”
        Good idea, underwhelming execution.

        • Steve-o | March 12, 2012 at 11:00 am |

          Thanks Connie for the kind words. You are dead on with your statement, “Creative Individual Whose Work Is Dismissed by Normal People as Disturbingly Obsessive….”. Most of my buddies are cool with this, but I’ve encountered more than a few that give me that “What the f**k is wrong with you?” look, or they tell me that I have too much time on my hands.

          It’s good to know that there are others out there that appreciate my work.

        • The Jeff | March 12, 2012 at 11:20 am |

          Steve Bookman falls squarely into the category of “Creative Individual Whose Work Is Dismissed by Normal People as Disturbingly Obsessive and Frivolous At the Same Time But Is Regarded by Uni-Watch Readers As a Grand Master.” Steve Bookman falls squarely into the category of “Creative Individual Whose Work Is Dismissed by Normal People as Disturbingly Obsessive and Frivolous At the Same Time But Is Regarded by Uni-Watch Readers As a Grand Master.”

          CIWWIDNPDOFASTBIRUWRAGM? Um… we really need a better acronym…

        • Chance Michaels | March 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

          It’s good to know that there are others out there that appreciate my work.
          We do. And admire the results!

        • Skycat | March 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |

          Agree on St. John’s poor execution of the NYC logo. Since it appears to be a ripoff of the Mets’ logo, perhaps the Mets ought to see what they could come up with — I know, I know — be careful what you wish for.

        • LarryB | March 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm |

          Steve nice job on the room. I for one really enjoy seeing sports rooms like that. Also a great idea to put your colorized Sammy Baugh on Canvas. That helps make the room.

          Glad you shared this today.

    • Arr Scott | March 12, 2012 at 9:42 am |

      Also congrats to Steve for one of the most tasteful team-decorated mancaves I’ve ever seen. I hate absolutely everything about the Skins, and am not even much of a fan of their color scheme, but I like what Steve did there.

      • Dumb Guy | March 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm |

        Steve, you just increased your home’s value by 100%.

        “Fight for ol’ D.C.!”

      • Rob Ullman | March 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm |

        Gotta agree. Don’t like the Skins or their colors one little bit, but I absolutely love what Steve did with ’em. Those letters are especially sharp!

        One of these days my wife is gonna banish us to the ‘burbs so our kids can go to a better high school, and when she does, the only saving grace is gonna be the RIDICULOUS man cave I’m gonna set up in the basement. T’will be epic.

  • Tom Nawrocki | March 12, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    What’s strange about that Tigers bullpen catcher is that he’s wearing No. 13, which their regular catcher, Lance Parrish already wore. Is it possible that it’s a photo of Parrish in some kind of odd uni?

    • -DW | March 12, 2012 at 9:56 am |

      The Tigers used to sew a TNOB nameplate on old MLB Tigers jerseys and recycle them to their minor leagers in the lower leagues and extended Spring Training and the Instructional League. I know this as I worked for the Mets when they were still in St. Petersburg and the Tigers had an Instructional League team at Huggins-Stengel Field in St. Pete.

      I had one of those jerseys and I guess it was easier and more economical to sew the TNOB nameplate than remove each letter that was sewn directly on the jerseys.

      • Dumb Guy | March 12, 2012 at 10:08 am |

        I thought it was AA prospect Fred Tigers (pronounced Tee-jzers).


  • Brandon Kirkpatrick | March 12, 2012 at 8:56 am |

    Earlier this season at a tournament, our girl’s team was forced to wear those pullover jerseys that are commonly used in P.E. because they packed the wrong uniform. Ended up winning though so I told their head coach that they should make it their permanent road uniform.

  • Bas | March 12, 2012 at 9:07 am |

    pretty sure Stanford (as well as other righty QBs ) wear the left knee brace b/c of injury protection. Righty QBs step into their throws, their left leg/ knee is susceptible to contact from other players (defenders or O linemen, etc.) USC’s QBs have done this for a while.

    • Scott W | March 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm |

      Harbaugh had Alex Smith wearing a knee brace in training camp this year as an injury precaution, but he didn’t wear them in the games. Must be either a Stanford thing, or a Harbaugh thing that Stanford kept after he left for the Niners.

    • Kyle M | March 13, 2012 at 1:46 am |

      USC does the same thing. Matt Barkley actually started wearing a brace on his left knee in high school, which can be seen here:

      (that play by the way ended up being a 97 yard TD pass that Matt got off in the midst of being brought down in our own endzone. Huge turning point in the game, but enough reminiscing about my high school days.

  • Ben | March 12, 2012 at 9:10 am |

    That Arenaball game DOES look confusing.
    Must’ve been doubly confusing for players:

    • Tom V. | March 12, 2012 at 9:50 am |

      I live in Orlando and try to pay attention to the local teams, so when I saw this game on SunSports, I decided to turn it on for a little bit. The ticker says gray vs. white but the gray was so light it looked white, even in HD. Both teams pants were white (or light gray) and like the ticker stated both had black helmets. It was so bad it was actually unwatchable. You couldn’t tell who was who.

      • HHH | March 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

        Yeah, it was extremely confusing and painful trying to determine who was who. I watched most of the game and the only thing that helped were the Pittsburgh Power’s yellow socks and under sleeves, and even then only SOME of the Power players were wearing them.

        To make things even worse, both the Predators and the Power had capital “P” logos with yellow in them on their helmets!

        • The Jeff | March 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

          I still think that whoever allowed that game to be played as gray vs white should be fired, or maybe even executed.

          Seriously AFL, a light gray uniform is meant to be worn in place of white, not against it.

  • Ray Barrington | March 12, 2012 at 9:19 am |

    I think the chess people are trying to avoid a situation where the female players smuggle in a couple of extra pawns by claiming it’s cold in the room.

  • Robert Eden | March 12, 2012 at 9:21 am |

    The Teamsters jersey is just awesome. Wow, what a find.

  • BKLYN Solly | March 12, 2012 at 9:26 am |

    “Omaha Central High’s basketball team wears some crazy-ass socks. ” They started doing it early in the year and ended up going 30-0 to win their sixth state title in seve years,” says David Ashby”

    I think these might all be from Little Miss Matched but don’t see all the styles on the website. My mom likes these.

  • Rob S | March 12, 2012 at 9:39 am |

    Opponents actually have to be able to see player’s eyes during an NBA game? That’s actually a thing of significance? I guess, since I don’t play basketball, I wouldn’t know if that actually has some practical significance.

    It would seem to me that the greater concern would be choosing any form of headgear that would be easily dislodged; glasses could be knocked off easily, or even slip off, creating a potential hazard, while goggles and facemasks are strapped on, and would require deliberate effort to dislodge them. Even if he had a strap on those Oakleys, they’re not designed to resist a blunt impact while being worn, and could potentially cause even more injury if struck by an errant elbow.

    • Andy | March 12, 2012 at 9:55 am |

      It would create a bit of competitive advantage. The anticipation of that sort of thing is predicated on the ball handler’s eyes. Covering up your eyes with dark glasses is a competitive advantage through the use of special equipment, but training yourself as a ball handler to ‘see’ without looking is a skill, which is perfectly acceptable to use in a game. Amar’e Stoudemire’s ‘goggles’ are basically the same thing Rondo was wearing, just with clear lenses.

    • Matt Beahan | March 12, 2012 at 11:00 am |

      I used to wear regular glasses whilst playing ball, and I can’t say I ever recall them slipping off, or even getting knocked off (and that was in 4 years of playing competetive basketball). The only problem I ever had was the time an opposing player threw the ball in my face at point-blank range, smashing the frames (I switched to a lovely pair of Horace Grant-style goggles after that)…

  • Matt | March 12, 2012 at 10:24 am |

    Wow…I hate the Redskins with the white-hot heat of 1,000 suns, but I have to admit that that is a badass DIY project. Job well done.

  • teenchy | March 12, 2012 at 10:25 am |

    In viewing the slideshow of the current NHL goalies’ masks, is anyone else struck that their individualization makes them, well, less individual?

    Recurring themes: 1) some nickname based on the first syllable of their wearer’s last name 2) tribute to past players from the team city (even in other sports) 3) some form of skull/teeth/jaws 4) skyline/architecture of team city.

    • Rob S | March 12, 2012 at 11:03 am |

      Having not seen a close-up of it before (due to actually watching very few games, due to being on such a tight budget that I can’t afford cable), I was surprised to see an image of Chris Osgood’s SK-2000 on the side of Joey MacDonald’s mask.

    • Mike Engle | March 12, 2012 at 11:24 am |

      Once upon a time, goalie masks were relatively constant! Patrick Roy basically had two paint jobs for his entire career: one for Montreal, and one for Colorado. Nowadays, it is completely plausible for a goalie to have two masks each month.
      I won’t deny any of your rationales, but I think that ADD is the primary variable against goalie mask individuality.

  • Martin | March 12, 2012 at 11:05 am |

    Love the “Go For 2” sign in the bathroom – that got a big laugh in this immature household

  • TOMtiger | March 12, 2012 at 11:12 am |

    GO FOR 2 !

    awesome room. nice job.

  • j.mack | March 12, 2012 at 11:35 am |

    Caught part of the Orioles Red Sox Game yesterday on tv. The Orioles were wearing their home jerseys and hats but their manager Buck Showalter was wearing the road hat. Anyone else notice?

    • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 11:41 am |

      Showalter always wears a distinct cap during spring training, so he stands out and is easy to find.

      • duker | March 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

        For most of spring training Buck has been wearing the road cap, the other coaches the home cap, and the players the BP caps.

    • Geeman | March 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

      Any word on whether the O’s will wear the white-front helmet at home to go with the cap? That would be a mistake if they didn’t. Their catcher wore it last year on the field and it wasn’t even one of their regular caps at the time.

      I’d like to see the old orange-front cartoon bird cap as the alternate with the black and orange jerseys too, instead of that “O’s cap.

  • interlockingtc | March 12, 2012 at 11:39 am |

    “Jackie Presser, Sec’y Treas.” Wow.

    Also, the Union Hotel tavern must have landmark status, right?

    • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am |

      Also, the Union Hotel tavern must have landmark status, right?

      In Binghamton?! Yeah, right…

      • Mark W | March 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm |

        If anyone is curious – the asking price is $179,900.

        Here’s the listing:

        3 stories, 8868 SF, built in 1890.

  • AnthonyTX | March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am |

    “Ironically, it matches the Bearcats’ new shorts design…”

    Not to be “that guy,” but I don’t think this is irony. Sounds more like synergy, or some other terrible marketing term.

  • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    Vince has just set up our annual March Madness pool, and I’ve added it to today’s entry. Scroll up to see — it’s just above the Ticker.

    • Teebz | March 12, 2012 at 11:43 am |

      Just a question: any hockey swag available in that collection of stuff, Paul?

      • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 11:45 am |

        Yes — some Winter Classic stuff.

        • Teebz | March 12, 2012 at 11:56 am |

          I may have to put my bracketology cap on…

          … which means I’ll win nothing. LOL

  • Piping Mike | March 12, 2012 at 11:55 am |

    That Binghamton bar can be had for $179K. Pretty sweet look propoerty from the pictures. Can’t link directly to the listing due to the way the website is set up, but go here and search under Binghamton. For me the listing shows up on the 1st page. The address is 246-250 Clinto Street.

    • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

      The photos barely hint at the majesty of that place. Really swell joint….

  • HHH | March 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

    “Interesting visual effect on Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin’s jacket.”

    The effect is called a moire pattern. I actually used the word “moire” on my final play in a Scrabble game once to win the game.

  • StLMarty | March 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

    It looks like UNC Asheville will be the only team in tournament wearing uniforms by Crons.
    You gotta love Crons.

    • JTH | March 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

      Come ready or never start.

  • HHH | March 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

    Since Binghamton is being talked about today, I might as well bring up the Binghamton Whalers, who arguably had the greatest logo in the history of minor league sports:

    • pflava | March 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm |

      That is a fantastically clever and simple take on the logo of the big league team.

      • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |

        I attended many a Whalers game back in my college days.

        Here’s the best part: Whalers games were broadcast on the radio by local station WAAL — routinely referred to as “the Whale.”

        • HHH | March 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

          Paul, Wikipedia says they also played Brass Bonanza at Binghamton Whalers games. Is this true?

        • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm |

          Possibly. I have no memory of it, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I didn’t know much about the Hartford Whalers back then, so I doubt I would’ve recognized or understood the meaning behind the song anyway.

  • Ben Fortney | March 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

    The designer of the Sabres “Buffaslug” posted a whole slew of initial concepts and has been answering questions on the Creamer boards the past couple of days.

    Really interesting read, interesting to hear his post-game analysis of the project, it’s reception, etc. Good stuff.

    • The Jeff | March 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm |


      Personally, I think the biggest problem with the Buffaslug logo is that the team is called the Sabres, not the Buffaloes or Bison.

      • Ricko | March 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm |

        Sometimes logos can be about geography, though.
        See: Golden State Warriors’ bridge, for example. Sonics had a skyline with the Space Needle. Packers footballer in front of Wisconsin. Been others, of course.
        So it isn’t so much the buffalo, as the interpretation of it.

        But I do agree with you, in this care their logos about “sabres” (even the shoulder patch) have beaten the Big Giant Head every way possible.

  • apk3000 | March 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

    From the DC Sports Bog: MD camo softball helmets

  • Graham Jaunts | March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm |

    Does anybody know what equipment Marty Turco was wearing yesterday afternoon for the Bruins? I only caught a portion of the game and none of the pictures I have found have close-ups of his mask.

    It looks to me like he was wearing his old Dallas Stars pads and mask, which is interesting because he has played with two teams since his tenure with the Stars.

  • JamesP. | March 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm |

    I haven’t seen it posted, or even see on in general, but here is a pictorial Astros by the Numbers:

    Note the Astros had a 00, the wide spacing between the 4 and 5 on the Colt .45s cap, and Yogi with Rainbow sholders.

    • Chance Michaels | March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm |

      Man, I thought the Brewers had too many retired numbers. I know that they’ve had more than their share of active players dying, but still, the Astros are crazy.

      • JamesP. | March 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm |

        The first two numbers retired were due to the death of the players wearing them. For the very young Astros team, it was done as a memorial more so then what those two men did on the field while wearing the number.

  • Coleman | March 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

    Mr Bookman’s room looks wonderdful. Funny thing about his “go for 2” picture. I saw it somewhere else today BEFORE I saw it here.

    Here’s the link, some NSFW pics, but the “go for 2” is the very last one…

    • Steve-o | March 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm |

      Wow…I wonder how it got there? My guess is my brother-in-law passed the pic on and it eventually found its way to the site you linked to.

  • Michael Emody | March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm |

    Somehow I missed the Padres little league story, and it left me… um, feeling good. And thinking of the possibilities on the south side of Chicago with White Sox jerseys.

    • Paul Lukas | March 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |

      If the kids wore the leisure suit uniforms, the wingspan of the collar points would be wider than the kids!

      • Michael Emody | March 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm |

        That’s funny!
        There’s enough mullet wearing parents on the south side that would be proud!

        • concealed78 | March 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm |

          What kind of horseshit comment is that? You a Cubs fan?

  • Geno Clayton | March 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  • James A | March 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm |

    Watching the Arsenal/Newcastle game, they abbreviated Newcastle to three letters (“NEW”) while they used four letters for Arsenal (“ASNL”). Then I realized, perhaps that was a better option than going with “ARS”.

    • nobody | March 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm |

      The best four letter abbreviation for Arsenal would have to ARSE, wouldn’t it?

  • Tim E. O'B | March 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm |

    Mike Wilbon of PTI perpetuated the, “Adidas is preventing Dwight Howard from going to Chicago,” rumor today…

    I think D12 just doesn’t want to play in Chicago because he won’t ever be the #1 guy over DRose (though he probably has other reasons as well). But either way, he’s a fucking idiot. The Bulls would be better than Heat for years to come if the bulls could manage to trade Dwight for Noah – or even better, Boozer.

    Don’t you want to win? If you do, go to Chicago.

    • concealed78 | March 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm |

      Tim, even as a Bulls fan I’m appalled by your comment. Howard can play anywhere he wants for any reason. To think that all NBA roads lead to Chicago is just conceited. And nobody wants Boozer.

      • Phil Hecken | March 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm |

        actually watched the last Q of the game, and even though i hate los bulls, i detest the heat and celtics even more, and i was thinking just how sweet it would be for superman to win a title in red…

        but adidas would fucking shit themselves

        • concealed78 | March 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm |

          You seem to be swearing more than usual, Phil =P

          I find it rather unusual to be rooting for the lesser of the evils. I’m still waiting to see this “parity” thing the NBA talks about. 8 title teams in the past 27 years.

        • Phil Hecken | March 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm |

          charles smith will forever haunt my nightmares, but i do have to tip my cap to that jordan fella

          i don’t mind dynasties … in any sport … bugs the shit out of me that everyone is crying for parity…fuck that

        • Jim Vilk | March 13, 2012 at 12:20 am |

          Dynasties? Meh.

          Oh, and sleep tight.

        • Phil Hecken | March 13, 2012 at 12:33 am |


        • Jim Vilk | March 13, 2012 at 12:36 am |

          Aw come on…I thought you’d come back with this:

        • Phil Hecken | March 13, 2012 at 12:42 am |

          nah man…i can do that one better

          sleep tight

        • Jim Vilk | March 13, 2012 at 12:44 am |

          The Shot hurt worse, ’cause I was never a big LBJ fan.
          Nice try, though.

        • Phil Hecken | March 13, 2012 at 12:50 am |

          worse than The Drive? or The Fumble?

        • Jim Vilk | March 13, 2012 at 12:53 am |

          Now you’re confusing me with a Browns fan. And I thought you knew me…

        • Phil Hecken | March 13, 2012 at 1:00 am |

          that’s right, you’re a bandwaggoner…

          my bad

        • Jim Vilk | March 13, 2012 at 1:04 am |

          I’ve only been a bandwagoner when it comes to the laundry. Win-loss records mean nothing if you try hard and wear a good-looking uni.

  • Wheels | March 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm |

    Bulls in red at home against the Knicks in white… yeah, that makes sense.

  • Patrick_in_MI | March 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm |

    OK, it’s probably due to all the meds I’m currently on but I don’t get the “Go For 2” thing.

    • concealed78 | March 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

      Think about it. You do #1 standing up….

      • Phil Hecken | March 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm |

        speak for yourself

  • Rydell | March 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm |

    looks like Randy Moss is gonna be wearing a 49er uniform next season.

    • Phil Hecken | March 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm |

      he’s still alive?

      maybe he can catch passes from peyton

      • Rydell | March 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm |

        I wonder if Peyton is stuck on keeping his number.

  • Clint | March 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

    In the picture of Omaha Central High’s crazy socks, the last photo at the bottom is interesting. The guy seems to have shoe laces in his socks. The (photo) left sock has the lace coming out the top, and the right has the sting in his hand.