Birthday Bobble

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If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with Robert Marshall, who shows up here in various capacities. You may have noticed that Robert loves vintage things, DIY things, Baltimore-related things, and Natty Boh-related things. So the DIY Natty Boh bobble lamp you see above pretty much has his name written all over it.

Robert told me about that lamp about a month ago, when he saw it listed on eBay. His tone was more “This is so fucking cool!” than “I really want this!,” but I figured he deserved to have it anyway. So I sent the link to a bunch of Uni Watchers who know and love Robert — Phil, Ricko, James Huening, Jim Vilk, Ben Traxel, Teebz, Jason Bernard, and Kenny Ocker — and suggested that we chip in to buy the lamp for Robert’s birthday, which happens to be today.

Everyone agreed almost immediately. Seriously, very few things in my life have come together as quickly or easily as this did, which is a measure of how special Robert is and how he brings out the best in people. That’s one of my very favorite things about him.

So we purchased the lamp (Ricko handled the transaction — thanks, buddy!), asked the seller to include a note with all our names on it, and also asked the seller not to ship the item until we got closer to Robert’s birthday. It arrived at his house a few days ago and was apparently a big hit with the birthday boy.

Happy 42nd, Moose — we all love ya.

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ESPN contest reminder: I’m currently running an ESPN contest to rename and redesign the Hornets. Details here.

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With baseball season and T-shirt season now in full swing, wouldn’t it be nice if shirts like these were available? And if they were available, you’d know what to do, right? Of course you would.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Is this the new Nets logo? We’ll know for sure on Monday. For the record, I’ve seen prototypes of the uniforms but honestly don’t remember what the logo looked like, so I can’t confirm or deny. I’ll say this, though: The black/white color scheme is consistent with what I was shown. … New research shows that hockey teams wearing black tend to be whistled for more penalties (from Joe Makowiec). ”¦ Excellent story on the controversy surrounding Chief Wahoo. Lots of nuanced discussion on both sides of the issue and some great reporting — highly recommended reading. ”¦ The players with the top-selling NBA jerseys over the past year were Derrick Rose and Jeremy Lin. … Three helmet-related notes from last night’s Mets/Marlins game: (1) We’ve all seen players with pine tar on their batting helmets, but Emilio Bonifacio appears to be wearing rosin on his. That’s new to me. (2) You know how a football player will sometimes get a divot of sod wedged in his facemask? That’s sort of what the pine tar on Hanley Ramirez’s helmet looks like. (3) New Mets call-up Zach Lutz is wearing a double-flapped Gazoo. ”¦ The torch design for the London Olympics has won a major design award (from Tom Mulgrew). … NC State has struck a new four-year deal with Adidas. … Yesterday was Anzac Day (the Australian version of Memorial Day), so Aussie rules teams Collingwood and Essendon wore Anzac Day patches on their guernseys (from Rocky Lum). … David Brunson reports that players on the Birmingham Barons — a White Sox farm team — are wearing White Sox batting helmets. Does any other minor league team wear its parent team’s helmet design? … Bordeaux has renewed its sponsorship deal with Puma and is marking the occasion with this new design (from Brett Stone). … Fun piece about the Zubaz era of arena football. … If you buy the naming rights to the Columbus Crew’s stadium, you won’t just get your name on the facility — you’ll also get a big-ass sign (from Jason Hillyer). … A soccer ball and volleyball that were washed away in the Japanese tsunami last year have shown up in Alaska (thanks, Kirsten). … HHH has found another site featuring someone’s massive hockey jersey collection. … John Majka notes that the White Sox’s 1972 thowback caps have an inaccurate logo and the wrong squatchee color. “I contacted the Sox VP of Marketing to let him know the error, and his response was it was in the hands of MLB and the Sox have no control,” he says, which sounds like bullshit to me. … Tons of absolutely amazing old photos from the NYC municipal archives are now available online. … AC Milan’s new kits have leaked. “Glad to see the thick stripes back, though more white than Milan fans would like,” writes Jeremy Schneider. “The road kit is classy. Both seem to pay homage to uniforms of yesteryear.” … “The Edmonton Oilers are out of the playoffs once again, but the junior Edmonton Oil Kings are streaking through the playoffs on a 22-game winning streak, so the Rexall Place center-ice logo has been changed from the Oilers to the Oil Kings,” says Stephen Coulter. “Here’s a video of the changeover.” … Anyone know why Zdeno Chára has “ET” above his rear helmet uni number? (Screen shot by Chris Wautel.) ”¦ Here’s a pretty amazing video of a girl painting a portrait of Yao Ming using a basketball as her paintbrush (from HHH). ”¦ Lots of good football illustrations on this guy’s site (nice find by Brady Phelps). ”¦ The movement for a bevel-free Texas A&M logo has its own web site (from Chris Mulanax). ”¦ My thanks to the many of you who sent positive feedback regarding yesterday’s oyster story — glad you liked! For those of you who missed yesterday’s entry and don’t know what I’m talking about, look here.

153 comments to Birthday Bobble

  • Phil Hecken | April 26, 2012 at 8:03 am |

    Happy Birthday, Comrade

    Happy Birthday, Comrade

    • Connie | April 26, 2012 at 8:31 am |

      “… a bunch of Uni Watchers who know and love Robert – Phil, Ricko, James Huening, Jim Vilk, Ben Traxel, Teebz, Jason Bernard, and Kenny Ocker …”

      Great move, Paul and conspirators. Happy Birthday, rpm.

      • Connie | April 26, 2012 at 8:33 am |

        PS Nice hat.

        • Ricko | April 26, 2012 at 9:01 am |

          Wonder if he wears that when he drinks Arriba.

          Ah, for the college days of drinking Arriba.
          Said right there on the label:
          “One drink and you’ll shout ‘Arriba!'”

          Happy Birthday, Moose.

    • Jet | April 26, 2012 at 8:37 am |

      Kudos, Mr. M. I’ll be rockin’ my ’69 Seattle Pilots stirrups in your honor today


    • JamesP. | April 26, 2012 at 9:15 am |

      Happy birthday, Moose! My your stirrups stay up, and your bobbles keep nodding.

    • Arr Scott | April 26, 2012 at 9:41 am |

      Happy birthday to one of America’s living national treasures!

      • quiet seattle | April 26, 2012 at 10:12 am |

        Happy B-day, rpm!

      • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 10:13 am |

        thanks gents. y’all are as super sweet as a honey glazed sugar cube.

        …and phil would choose that pixture to run with.

        somehow without asking, i got the day off, so while i am waiting for pineapple to get home, as i watch the planet of the apes legacy collection she got me, i will work on a new stirrup order to try to satisfy as many of the special requests i have gotten as i can.

        • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 11:58 am |

          “…and phil would choose that pixture to run with.”

          He could have gone with the one of you dressed in the turkey costume talking on the cell phone in the men’s room.

          Happy birthday. If I had my wits about me this morning, I probably would have worn some stirrups in honor of the occasion.

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

          good point there jimbo, i should count my blessings.

        • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm |

          So when are we meeting at the Matchbox for your birthday cocktail?

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm |

          mid june, mid june. there is a lot i will miss about kansas city, but i can’t wait to get back to land of milk and honey, er sah-seg and big shoulders.

          by the way, did you hear they closed the ramova grill a week ago? they served the best random rubberbands in your chili ever. when i first started dating pineapple we used to go all the time, too bad it won’t be there when we get back.

        • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

          That’s disappointing. I never did make it to that place.

          Well, Rabbit’s is still going strong…

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm |

          strong or wrong? i think you typo shouted out there, i can feel the love.

  • Drew | April 26, 2012 at 8:18 am |

    No credit on the last link.

  • Roger | April 26, 2012 at 8:21 am |

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Marshall.

  • johnj | April 26, 2012 at 8:25 am |

    I could be wrong but it looks like there’s a swoosh on Calvin Johnson’s jersey on the cover of Madden no? And the real life Calvin also seems to be wearing the swoosh

    • The Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 8:27 am |

      You’re right, he’s got a swoosh on the sleeves and just an NFL shield on the collar. No Reebok or NFL Equipment logos to be found.

      • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2012 at 8:47 am |

        Whoa — they changed the photo. When I originally put that link in the Ticker, the photo that went with the article was just the box-cover image (not Johnson himself holding the image), and it definitely showed him wearing Reebok.

        Now that it’s moot, I’ll remove that from the Ticker.

  • Artie | April 26, 2012 at 8:29 am |

    Looks like Calvin Johnson is in a Nike jersey on the cover, not Reebok. Am I missing something Paul? You said he was in a Reebok jersey.

    • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2012 at 8:47 am |

      See my comment above.

  • Brian K | April 26, 2012 at 8:30 am |

    That center ice logo change was really cool. I was expecting to see something like the Blackhawks logo where they scraped off paint and repainted a new logo. Interesting to see it was more of a sticker. Wonder what other teams use the sticker idea over painted on.

    • DJ | April 26, 2012 at 9:17 am |

      The Winnipeg Jets use the sticker concept, as we learned here around the time they put down their ice for the first time.

    • Jeff P | April 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm |

      I know several years ago, the in ice SCF logo the canes used in ’06 showed up on the NHL’s auction site.

      Come to think of it, I kinda wonder who bought it…

  • Rob | April 26, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    In response to the question about the minor league teams using their parent teams’ helmet designs, I’m not sure about about the batting helmets themselves (I’ve seen a lot of blank helmets), but there has been many a time where I saw the catcher’s helmet contain the parent team’s logo.

    And happy birthday, Mr. Marshall…

  • Jet | April 26, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    Good grief, they’ve butchered that ’72 White Sox throwback cap! Is it that difficult to duplicate three freakin’ letters and a button? What a trainwreck. The S looks like an inverted “2”.


  • Todd | April 26, 2012 at 8:36 am |

    I thought the ET on Chara’s helmet might be in remembrance to one of the KHL players who died in the plane crash last September, but I don’t see anyone on the list with those initials.

    • Ryan | April 26, 2012 at 10:16 am |

      That was my guess, as well, but yeah… no one. I wonder how long he’s had those letters on his helmet, anyway.

  • Graham | April 26, 2012 at 8:45 am |

    Interesting discussion of Northwestern’s Uniforms on a Michigan blog.

  • Dumb Guy | April 26, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  • Joe D | April 26, 2012 at 8:55 am |

    When I was a kid, my Dad took me to quite a few Clearwater Phillies (now Clearwater Threshers) games in the early 90s. In the field, they wore there own caps with a “C” logo but they batted in batting helmets with the Phillies “P” logo. Since they became the Threshers, their batting helmets feature their own logo.

  • M.Princip | April 26, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 10:02 am |

      my grandfather had that very bobble until his basement flooded, and even though it didn’t get wet, the moisture in the air destroyed the papier-mâché treasure.

      • Jim Vilk | April 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

        I *think* my brother has that bobblehead.

        Happy Birthday, young man!

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

          you need quote around that “young”, i’m an even jackie today.

        • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |

          Compared to that old coot, you’re a toddler.

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm |

          but he dresses so sharp.

  • Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 8:59 am |

    That was Eddie’s lamp.

  • Chris Holder | April 26, 2012 at 9:08 am |

    As far as the Nets go, how many professional franchises have ever used an almost strictly black/white color scheme? I think the White Sox leap to mind first, although you could maybe argue that they are more black/silver. Obviously that would apply to the Raiders, too. Any others?

    It just seems so… boring.

    • Bernard | April 26, 2012 at 9:12 am |

      Totally. What a snoozer.

    • Arr Scott | April 26, 2012 at 9:47 am |

      The question is whether it’s done well. There’s nothing inherently more snoozeworthy about black and white than there is for, say, almost-black and white. Which is to say, if the Nets are necessarily boring due to their color scheme, then the Yankees are also uni fails. Let’s see what they do with it. Could be interesting or could be drab; neither outcome is inherent in the choice of colors.

      (Though I think the experience of Newcastle United shows that a third color for accents makes it much easier to pull off black-and-white)

      • Bernard | April 26, 2012 at 9:54 am |

        The logo itself is a snoozer. Corporate. Digital. Lifeless. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

        • quiet seattle | April 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm |

          “Corporate. Digiital. Lifeless.” Perfect summation, Bernard.

      • Chris Holder | April 26, 2012 at 9:59 am |

        Obviously 99% of discussion here is subjective, but I don’t know, man. To me even a good design has a hard time saving such a drab, lifeless color scheme. Black and white are neutral colors. It leaves us (well, me at least) wanting something more.

        Hopefully a great design and a bright third/trim color will help. Getting rid of a predominantly blue/red scheme is not a bad thing (while I look the colors, there are too many teams using that combo in the sports world).

        • Chris Holder | April 26, 2012 at 10:01 am |

          That should be “while I LIKE the colors…”, of course…

        • Arr Scott | April 26, 2012 at 11:20 am |

          I hear you; starting with black-and-white may very well make it more likely that the unis will be drab than if the color scheme were gold, crimson, and turquoise.

          But. Your honor, at this point I would like to introduce People’s Exhibit A, the 2012 Miami Marlins. A vibrant, colorful logo featuring bright white, gold, vivid blue, orange, and hints of black. Yet the uniforms the team is actually wearing from day to day are now perhaps the drabbest in the big leagues: black, black, black, a little white, and basically invisible hints of orange.

          I also request at this time to introduce People’s Exhibit 2, the … what’s that? Right, your honor, sorry, People’s Exhibit B, the New York Yankees. Their uniforms are and long have been an extremely plain monochrome scheme, with the only color so dark that even some Yankees fans believe the team wears black, not a blue so deep as to be almost-black. Yet very few people, including uni-enthusiasts, ever accuse the Yankees of wearing drab uniforms.

          Even though as a simple matter of objective fact, the Yankees wear very, very drab uniforms. When Amish men come into town to visit the general store and catch a glimpse of a Yankees game on TV, they say to themselves, “those suits are too plain for me – they need some pizzaz.”

          So you see, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, colorful logos can produce drab uniforms, and monochrome uniforms are not necessarily seen to be drab. We’ll see on Monday – if the uni fits, you must acquit.

        • Chris Holder | April 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

          Nice summation, counselor. Monday will be interesting.

          As for the Yankees, I totally agree that if that uniform was introduced in 2012 it would likely be ridiculed as “too plain”. Tradition, apparently, has a way of skewing our perspectives.

    • Tom V. | April 26, 2012 at 10:06 am |

      I think if you get a shade of gray or two in there you have a decent set.

      • The Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 10:27 am |

        If they’re black & white with gray, it’s going to be hard for them to not look like the Spurs.

        I hope for their sake that they either stick with pure black & white or they use a color other than gray for an accent.

    • Jim Vilk | April 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm |

      Black and white can work if done properly. Hopefully the unis will have contrasting trim, *sort of* like Long Island University:
      I’d prefer it if the waistband contrasts as well.

      Speaking of things New York…
      Tons of absolutely amazing old photos from the NYC municipal archives are now available online.
      Wow, those were great! My two favorites:
      That second one would be a great album cover, eh?

  • Bernard | April 26, 2012 at 9:11 am |

    AC Milan’s uniforms are consistently among my favorites in any sport anywhere. They are my favorite futbol team, based solely on their unis (since I have only a passing interest in futbol).

    • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 10:33 am |

      that is a great look, but there is not a cooler team in colour or spirit then hamburg’s st pauli of the bundesliga. brown, more brown, and red, although this one year wonder i thought was fantastic. and as far as the culture goes, i think you might be able to see why i like it.

      • Bernard | April 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

        Definitely, rpm. That team is rad for entirely different reasons.

    • Michael Emody | April 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm |

      For some odd reason, I’ve been somewhat obsessed lately with the stark difference between the goalies kits and those of the rest of each soccer team. Your team, AC Milan, is a prime example: I know the goalies are required to wear a different color from the rest of the team, but most teams simply slap their sponsor’s name and their crest onto an “off the rack” goalie jersey, and are done with it.

      Am I crazy (ok, I am) or would it be better if a team like AC Milan provided the goalies with kits that had the same stripe pattern, just in another color scheme? I’ve got some “tweak” drawing/example’s I’ll submit at a later date. But what do you think – good idea or not?

      • Bernard | April 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm |

        I’d be fine with that, but then again, I don’t really pay much attention to goalkeeper uniforms.

  • jukierules | April 26, 2012 at 9:11 am |

    Happy birthday Mr. Marshall and a big thanks for the stirrups!! The Amerks will look lovely on the diamond!

  • walter | April 26, 2012 at 9:11 am |

    Interesting emotions being expressed on the Cleveland Indians’ story. I sometimes feel that I have to recuse myself from arguments about what to do with an insulting symbol, because while I can see the offense, I like the mascot and have an attachment to it. Some old cartoon characters have been retired owing to their benighted images, and I miss them.
    Whitewashing history is the usual course of action, but I’d like to keep the Indians’ nickname, at the very least.

    • walter | April 26, 2012 at 9:15 am |

      Ooops! Happy birthday, Mr. Marshall! I look forward to perusing my dogeared Moose-to-English dictonary on this fine day.

      • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 11:08 am |

        thanks walter. and i won’t make you pull out the dictionary if i can go with a classic run-on paragraph.

        as far as the indians go, i understand where you are coming from. i lived in the area briefly in the 80’s, heck jose canseco gave me the finger right before he took that ball off the head when a group of friends went back from college to a game. i was there to close municiple after working at a bar and driving all night, i started my opening day hooky streak in 87 with a tribe opener, i participated in the mustard riot/protest ,and i loved walking up to the stadium and see that giant swinging wahoo as a younger man, er, boy. so i understand how you don’t want to see your team gutted, especially after getting kicked in the sack with the browns. but as much as you see it as your team and your image, imagine how you would feel if it really was you they were mocking(even if you don’t think it was the intent). anyway, i don’t think in this case it is white washing history(like you could argue with kc football), or some sort of guilt play as much as it is righting a horrible wrong with that image. yes, in some respect i would be sad to see it all go, and i have fond memories associated with the club and the image, but my loss would be far less, and is of very little import when compared to another man’s self respect and self image. and yeah, you could keep the name, but remember the len barker era uni’s and how bland they were? might as well just go with naps or spiders or whatever. that’s my 2 cents, it’s the same old arguments really, and neither side can ever convince the other.

        • walter | April 26, 2012 at 11:25 am |

          Understood every word. My preference: Eckersley-era uniforms, I love the Greek coffee-cup lettering, not too wild about the crimson sansabelt pants. I guess “Spiders” would look okay in that typeface.

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 11:33 am |

          you got that right walter, i like that crooked C era too, but let’s call it the duane kuiper or george hendrick era. eck was a jerk, he was traded because he was messin with rick manning’s wife while he was laid up with a broken back, and the indinas had to decide who to keep.

        • JamesP. | April 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

          “…heck jose canseco gave me the finger right before he took that ball off the head…”

          You are the Most Interesting Man in the World’s son, right comrad?

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm |

          let the corn mother strike me dead if that isn’t 100% true. we gave him the roofus-goofus like you would not believe that day.

        • JamesP. | April 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm |

          I believed you! I wouldn’t be surprised if there was video of that interaction floating out there in the inter-webs…

        • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm |

          i have tried to find it, but it was pre cell so no random documented it. i still don’t document shit, live in the now. what is my cell vid/pix going to give me when i am dust? it was much more fun to enjoy the moment. for instance… hands on knees, turn, bird, rooar of the “crowd”, back slaps all around. i think there were 20 people in the section that day, and by section i mean the entire right field, and in those days it was NOT the family section. by the way, i am all for decorum, but there should be some place at the park where the kids of today can go to be kids and express foolish, and i don’t mean places you can bring your board 5 year olds because god forbid they are not entertained for 30 seconds. shit i had to sit through it without bells/whistles and learn to love it, today’s kids can too. i mean ther eare peanut free sections now because, um, i don’t know, americans are weak on peanuts? but there should be some section of the ballpark where you can go and just be a jag if that is what you want to do that day. shit, call it the play pen, but allow it to be.

    • Shaftman | April 26, 2012 at 9:37 am |

      I agree about being conflicted. I see no issue with the name “Indians” (or “Braves” for that matter) but do understand the issue with Chief Wahoo. The more I really force myself to think I agree that it should probably be retired. But a team like the Braves that doesn’t use caricatures I believe should be left along.

      The Redskins are a totally different animal as the team name itself is offensive and should be changed as well.

      Since so many of the articles use the example of “what would you think if the team was the Cleveland/Washington Jews/Negros I have to say that would be wrong. But what about the New York Maccabis (which is Hebrew for hammer) or something similar in a Native American language.

      I guess my point is that there are ways to retain the heritage and history of the “Indians” without Chief Wahoo.

      Sorry for the ramble but I really don’t have more than a few minutes to get this thought up before jumping back to work.

      • walter | April 26, 2012 at 11:45 am |

        I sort of like the idea of putting a potato on the side of Washington’s helmet; I don’t think DC football fans would share my opinion.

    • The Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 9:43 am |

      I really don’t like how Chief Wahoo is an issue. Yes, Chief Wahoo has red skin – he also has navy blue hair. He’s color coordinated in the same way that Bucco Bruce was orange-skinned and the flying Elvis logo is gray-skinned. Beyond that, it’s just a goofy, smiling cartoon character. He shares the same types of unrealistic features found on the Padres friar, the Orioles bird, and countless other cartoon characters.

      I understand the opposition to the Indians nickname and to the use of Native imagery in sports, but I really can’t get behind the idea that Chief Wahoo is automatically offensive.

      • Ricko | April 26, 2012 at 9:48 am |

        Just out of curiosity, does anyone know this guy’s work is no longer shown on TV owning to his political incorrectness?…

        • Ricko | April 26, 2012 at 9:48 am |

          know IF it’s no longer shown.

        • The Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 9:55 am |

          Speedy is still on the air.

        • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2012 at 9:56 am |

          1) “This guy’s WORK”?

          2) There is nothing “politically incorrect” about Speedy, especially since that term is meaningless. There’s plenty offensive about him, however. I’ve always found Speedy cartoons to be funny, like most Warner Bros. cartoons from that era, but that doesn’t change the fact that Speedy is a racist caricature.

        • JamesP. | April 26, 2012 at 9:57 am |

          The old cartoons with Speedy are not shown because of the stereotyping the character was based on. He has been brought back on the most recent incarnation of the Looney Toons cartoons on Cartoon Network, but I have yet to see if he talks or is anything more than a background character.

        • Ricko | April 26, 2012 at 9:57 am |

          didn’t want to tip off the link. :)

        • JamesP. | April 26, 2012 at 10:03 am |

          Also, I never understood the problem around Speedy himself, though his cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez was the more racist stereotype…

        • Ricko | April 26, 2012 at 10:09 am |

          I wasn’t being contentious. Really was wondering if Cartoon Network, et al, had deep-sixed Speedy.

          How we gonna deal with Chico in the Marx Brothers films? Delete the scenes?

          Or is “ethnic” different from “racial”? It’s a tangled discussion, to be sure.

          For example, if we go by “The Big Bang Theory” Jewish and Indian jokes are still okay.

        • The Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 10:11 am |

          Yes James, he talks. I happened to catch part of a new-ish episode while channel surfing the other day. I didn’t watch the whole thing so I’m not sure just how different they’ve made him, but the voice was pretty close.

          Apparently they were even going to have George Lopez voice him for a movie in 2010, but I can’t seem to find anything to indicate if that actually happened or if it got cancelled.

        • Connie | April 26, 2012 at 11:01 am |

          Speedy was indeed headed for retirement, but was rescued by many US Latinos, who complained that his removal would deny them a character they had come to cherish. I mean, Speedy qua Speedy — especially in the context of the Warner Bros cartoon menagerie — is really not very insulting or demeaning.

        • DJ | April 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

          Speedy is now voiced by Fred Armison. He runs the local pizza parlor, named ¡Pizzarriba!

      • walter | April 26, 2012 at 11:28 am |

        You have lurched into the solution! Make their colors pink and navy. Everybody can exult that Wahoo has enlightened coloring, get rid of the feather, give him glasses and a briefcase. And the Indians unique pink souvenirs will hopefully create a new retail fad. Brilliant!

        • The Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm |

          I know you’re being a bit of a smartass, but go back to the weekend posts and look at the Founders concept – same Wahoo face, but rendered with a Caucasian “flesh” color skin and a top hat. Swap that color for pure white or gray and the concept still works. And that’s the point, really. The only thing “native” about Wahoo is the feather. If the same exact face is acceptable when wearing a top hat, what’s the freakin difference? If we render him with yellow skin and a purple horned helmet, he’s a Viking (or the Dovahkiin). So… what is it that makes him offensive? It sure seems to me that the real problem is the Indians name and not the cartoon character that they use for a mascot.

          If Indians is acceptable as a team name (and I will accept that maybe it isn’t), then using a cartoon logo really shouldn’t be an issue.

    • Danya | April 26, 2012 at 10:32 am |

      I feel like calling getting rid of Wahoo “whitewashing history” is a pretty twisted thing to say. As if NOT continuing to use a racist logo is dishonorable. Whitewashing history means you refusing to acknowledge that anything racist happened in the past–it doesn’t mean confronting the issue and resolving to move past it. That’s not called whitewashing history, it’s called progress.

      • walter | April 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

        Calling the getting rid of Wahoo “whitewashing history” a pretty twisted thing to say, is sidestepping the issue. The Indians should own their history rather than run away from it.

        • Danya | April 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm |

          You said yourself you can see the offense. When something is offensive, you don’t wear it, promote it, sell $35 hats with it on it, anymore. Or to use your words, you “run away from it.” There is nothing whatsoever noble about “owning your history” when the “history” in question is racist. I can’t even imagine how many obvious examples would illustrate this. How about this, minstrel shows were a perfectly acceptable form of entertainment for many years. Are you about to criticize contemporary society for “running away from them”? They’re part of our history, after all.

        • walter | April 27, 2012 at 8:58 am |

          Nobody has the right *not* to be offended.

  • Gusto44 | April 26, 2012 at 9:25 am |

    The Arena Football League zubaz uniforms were especially popular in Tampa. In fact, the Storm played a game in which they were trailing at halftime with their post-zubaz black and silver uniforms in 1993 or 1994. The club came out for the second half wearing the zubaz uniforms, and rallied to win the game.

  • Connie | April 26, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    “… Is this the new Nets logo? We’ll know for sure on Monday. For the record, I’ve seen prototypes of the uniforms but honestly don’t remember what the logo looked like, so I can’t confirm or deny. I’ll say this, though: The black/white color scheme is consistent with what I was shown …”

    I like it, mostly. Speaking as a Nets fan (yeah, I know; stop, please), I don’t see any good reason to stick with a post-ABA uni history that’s been undistinguished at best. Black-and-white, besides being apt for contempo Brooklyn, can work well in unis. One example, obscure to non-New Englanders, is Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine), whose Polar Bears look pretty good most of the time.

    More daringly, I think the franchise should get a new name. Mets, Jets, Nets, Sets, c’mon… Enough. Brooklyn Brawlers. Brooklyn Accents. Brooklyn Cappecinni. Brooklyn Sailors. Brooklyn

    • Mark K | April 26, 2012 at 10:51 am |

      Brooklyn Sweathogs

      Welcome Back…

    • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 11:54 am |

      Brawlers, eh? Well, they could always hire Steve Lombardi to be their mascot.

  • Jet | April 26, 2012 at 10:24 am |

    I’m always on the lookout for musicians wearing hockey jerseys and I found one I hadn’t spotted before. The late guitarist Terry Kath of Chicago was known for wearing hockey jerseys on stage in the 70’s and here he is sporting a WHA CHICAGO COUGARS yellow one!
    Best shot of it is at 2:30. He is also sporting a NOB but I can’t make it out. He has #12, which was worn by Jim Benzelock, Darryl Maggs and Rick Morris in the three years the team was in existence.

    Great job Terry, first time I’ve seen anyone with a WHA jersey!


    • Ricko | April 26, 2012 at 10:45 am |

      Pat Stapelton?

      • Ricko | April 26, 2012 at 10:46 am |

        Stapleton, sorry.
        Signed with Cougars. Wore 12 with Black Hawks, didn’t he?

        Not sure. Asking.

        • Jet | April 26, 2012 at 11:16 am |

          You’re right Ricko, I was going by and not my memory. An image search shows him wearing #12. It’s a long NOB in the video so it’s most likely Stapleton.


        • DJ | April 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

          Stapleton wore 12 with both the Blackhawks and Cougars.

        • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

          I’m almost positive that the NOB is Stapleton.

          If you start watching from about the 3:05 mark, there’s a pretty clear look at it.

  • Kub | April 26, 2012 at 10:50 am |

    “A local artist even presented the organization with proposals for a non-caricaturized representation to replace Wahoo.”

    Now those, Id like to see

    • Arr Scott | April 26, 2012 at 11:29 am |

      Not sure that would actually improve things. For example,

      Retire Wahoo, keep the name, problem sufficiently solved that the world can move on. But Chief Wahoo really isn’t improvable; you solve that problem with removal, not reform. Er, wait, that last may not be the right way to frame an issue in this context …

    • walter | April 26, 2012 at 11:53 am |

      Nothing binds a professional team to having a mascot. Keep the nickname, use some inanimate icon (a thundercloud?), move on.

  • Josh | April 26, 2012 at 11:22 am |

    A “major design award,” huh?

    Did it look like this?

    • Dumb Guy | April 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |

      “A pink nightmare”. Good desrciption of most pink-out uniforms.

  • mike 2 | April 26, 2012 at 11:29 am |

    “HHH has found another site featuring someone’s massive hockey jersey collection.”

    I don’t think massive is an adequate adjective for the size of that collection.

    • Ry Co 40 | April 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm |


  • Kyle Allebach #school | April 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm |

    Your Catch of the Day (i don’t know if it’s updated or not) has an extra ‘h’ in the http:// part of the link.

    Also it’s really cool. My personal favorite catch that I’ve seen (and I’ve seen at least one other).

    • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

      Thanks — now fixed. (I had just swapped in the new link about half an hour ago.)

      • Patrick_in_MI | April 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm |

        Yup, another good Catch! What a great way to waste more time, guess I’ll add that to my faves. I’m a big fan of flags, from a graphic design standpoint anyway. I’m sure there’s plenty of vexillology associations I could join but I don’t have the time.

  • Brian K | April 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

    Something I just noticed watching ESPN/ Looks like Nike even controls ESPN as to who they can put in their commercials. All 4 players, Luck, RG3, and players from OK St and ‘Bama (don’t know their names. don’t really care too much about the Draft/college football. NYR on tonight!) all happen to be from Nike schools.

    • Kyle Allebach #school | April 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

      RG3 is now signed with Adidas.

      • Adam R. W. | April 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

        I think his point is all their schools are with Nike… and to eb fair, I’d guess most teams have Nike. Adidas and Under Armour are in the very small minority.

        • The Jeff | April 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

          Now I’m curious what the actual ratio is. Nike probably does have the most, but UA and ||| aren’t that small of a minority, are they?

        • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm |

          Among the BCS conferences, adidas and UA are a fairly small minority.

          The Big Ten probably has the greatest non-Nike representation with Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin and (until their recent UA switchover) Northwestern all being adidas schools.

        • Adam R. W. | April 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm |

          Smells to me like somebody is going to have this counted up and turned into a graph soon.

    • Chris Holder | April 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

      To be fair, those four guys (Justin Blackmon from OSU and Trent Richardson from Bama) could very well be the top four picks. At least three of the top four. I’m not saying there ISN’T a conspiracy afoot, but it could just simply be ESPN promoting the four top guys. And yeah, the fact that a large majority of the talent-producing schools are Nike schools.

  • Charles N. | April 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

    RPMIII – Happy Birthday! I’ll fire up the stirrup friday tradition in your honor tomorrow. Stripes and stirrups for all to see.

    p.s. it’s raining in San Diego today – see, it’s not always sunshine!

    • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm |

      ha! just 358 of those, makes rain exotic. shoot it was 95 and sunny in kc yesterday and i couldn’t help but think of the 60 and cold rain chicago was getting. the first time i see a blizzard and sideways snow in a chicago wind after i move back your price moves from double to triple;)

    • JTH | April 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm |

      Is Nike also making the official draft condoms this year? The Reebok ZigTech ones from last year were pretty rad.

      • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |

        nike doesn’t make condoms silly, they make a sponge. a very poorly made overpriced defective sponge.

      • Wheels | April 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm |

        “Just Do It.”

  • Paul Lukas | April 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm |

    Sad news in the uni-verse, as the Pro Bowl is being discontinued:

    • rpm | April 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm |

      you are the gift that keeps on giving today brown bagger.

    • JamesP. | April 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

      There was talk about this back on Super Bowl Sunday when the Commish had some not nice things to say about the Pro Bowl. This morning on Mike and Mike it was said that it was DOA, but no one was really surprised.

    • Christopher F. | April 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm |

      To be fair… its being *discussed*… not decided on yet.

  • odessasteps | April 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm |

    Reading on phone so i may have missed something.

    The original Speedy cartoon would likely under fall most descriptions of “racially unsensitive” given his good tooth and general appearance.

    He didnt appear until a year or two later, with i think, his more or less current design.

    By the end of the WB era, he was a character in most of the carttons, then maiy done by depathe-freleng. Tou can tell by the awful “seven arts” intro instead of the classic loonwy tunes/merrie melodies intro.

  • neeko | April 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm |

    I like the Nets black & white – remember the Miami Sharks uni’ in ‘Any Given Sunday’? ~ loved that look

  • Michael Emody | April 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm |

    Yes, happy birthday to Robert Marshall, and let me recommend you for the People’s Metal for you tireless work in redistributing glorious stirrups back to the proletariat! –Actually, you can probably take comfort in the fact that you played some part in the (hopefully growing) resurgence of stirrup wearing. It’s nice to know you left some mark on the cultural landscape. I felt the same way after I invented “Post-it’s.”

    Just kidding.

    I’m surprised to notice the White Sox caps are indeed botched. From a distance, it looked like that interim generation of the Sox logo, used on the hats from 69 to 75. But they do look like shit up close- I bet the jersey shop at Comiskey (…) has enough correctly sewn Cooperstown hats to outfit the team. Wait – I checked online sites, and apparently the 71-75 Cooperstown fitted caps are now fucked up as well. Weird.

    On the subject of the Nets new logo leak: has any one considered that it’s simply a black and white mock up, sans correct colors?

  • Graeme B. | April 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm |

    “John Majka notes that the White Sox’s 1972 thowback caps have an inaccurate logo and the wrong squatchee color.”

    Same thing has happened with the Texas Rangers 1986-1993 cap. The squatchee should be red. This is the hat Nolan Ryan and Ivan Rodriguez wore when I went to see them play as a kid, and the hat I want the most. Oh well…I’ve come to terms with the inaccuracies of throwbacks from the major uniform suppliers.

    • Graeme B. | April 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • walter | April 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm |

      What passes for a maroon Phillies’ hat nowadays has a maroon squatchee. No points.

  • Graf Zeppelin | April 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

    Remind me again why the Marlins won’t wear their gray roadies, which may be the least-offensive-looking getup they have?

    • Ryan L | April 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm |

      Ozzie Guillen. The white sox grays were non existent with him too

  • Mike Wissman | April 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm |


    Day late, dollars short but wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the oyster piece yesterday. I can relate growing up in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia. I always enjoy when you take us ‘off the uni-tracks’.

  • Timothy D. | April 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

    Those AFL pictures of Collingwood v Essendon made me laugh.

    Some mighty fine photoshopping of that picture of Jobe Watson and Nick Maxwell. (For those unfamiliar with the game, please don’t think the game was actually promoted with that particular slogan)

    However, not being a supporter of either team, while the tradition of ANZAC day is fast becoming the highlight (outside of the Grand Final) of the AFL calender, it is still (when it comes down to it) a contest to see who is the biggest Bogan Football Cub in Australia!!

  • goalie007 | April 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm |

    Not sure why Chara has an “ET” on the back of his bucket, but I hope it’s on his golf clubs, too. See ya in the fall, Z.

  • CWac19 | April 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm |

    Don’t have a problem with the rumored Nets color scheme. Do have a problem with the ultra-generic logo. And I thought Oklahoma City’s was generic… The Nets’ logo looks like something out of Double Dribble.

    • wayne | April 27, 2012 at 12:48 am |

      i LOVE, and still play Double Dribble. Can’t beat that halftime show!

  • Tim E. O'B | April 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm |

    God there’s a lot of nike shit popping up behind the podium.

  • Brinke | April 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm |

    1) I was truly hoping They’d hold up a jersey with a reebok logo on the sleeve in error—just so PL’d have a huge lead for tomorrow

    2)Is it just me, or is the ESPN video not matching the audio? I feel like a bad Godzilla movie here.

    3) Luck musta struck a deal for #12..they already had a guy with that #, right?

  • Brinke | April 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm |

    So RG3 goes to the Skins. Big shock- guess they’re not going to stick with Grossman.

    But remember—Snyder is still the owner. No high draft choice can change that.

    Back of the jersey: Griffen III.

    Now, is 12 Luck’s #, or is that for 2012?

    • Tim E. O'B | April 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm |

      Luck is already #12 on their roster

      • Brinke | April 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm |

        I would swear I read an article that a QB or WR already had 12, and what kinda deal he was gonna get from Luck.

        Tried to see the roster, but site was not pulling up.

  • Simply Moono | April 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm |

    >RG3 shows off Washington super-stripe socks

    Boomer said that they reminded him of the old brown and yellow/gold/cheddar Broncos socks. WAT

  • Darren Walton | April 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm |

    Tannehill said the jersey was hot off the presses. Nike printing the nameplates at Radio City.

    • JasonAxel | April 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm |

      I want that scoop from Paul. Is it a seamstress? Or is it some Nike lackey just quick putting names on a print and just gluing them down or what? We want answers!

      • Tim E. O'B | April 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm |

        I’m sure they’re just iron-ons…

  • Tim E. O'B | April 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm |

    The NFL network is still using last year’s Seahawks logo.

  • Jim Vilk | April 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    Getting a head start on Stirrup Friday in honor of Robert’s birthday.
    And since I’m wearing them to bed, I’ll be the first to have them on tomorrow. Unless George Chilvers is wearing some across the pond.

  • Simon Lindsay | April 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm |

    2 things about the ANZAC mention.
    1. It is also a holiday in New Zealand and should say Australasian holiday
    2. they do that every year for the Anzac clash (as is shown on

  • Chuck rios | April 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm |

    Also ask mr. Majka if the sleeve patch on the white sox 1972 unis is incorrect as well; I always believed the sleeve patch had the outline of a batter, not the s-o-x logo