Okay, so I realize it’s supposed to be all razor-y and everything. But still, you’d think the very notion of a lightning bolt (or anything resembling same) on a shoulder would be considered a proprietary San Diego thing by now, no? But the folks at Arkansas and Nike were apparently untroubled by that consideration, at least judging by the new uniforms they rolled out yesterday. The lightning bolt notwithstanding, it’s a pretty miserable design, but we’ve learned to expect that by now.
New ESPN column today — the results of the Astros redesign contest. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s the American League BP cap for the All-Star Game. While the cap is lame-o, I like the logo quite a bit (big thanks to Jason Gomez). … On the other hand, some other All-Star Game merch has absolutely nothing to recommend it. … Here’s a weird one: St. John’s baseball caps have the New Era logo on the side and the Rawlings logo on the back. What’s up with that? (Good spot by Terry Duroncelet.) … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out this shot of Tex Rickard wearing this amazing “Dodgers Announcer” sweater! … Oh baby, dig this awesome “Pla-Master” Yankees uniform display (from Mike Hersh). … Those of you who get off on torn-uni porn can once again reach for the Vaseline. That’s Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays from a few nights ago. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: zippered NBA shorts! … This is interesting: Michigan football is honoring Gerald Ford, along with some other former players, by unretiring their numbers (from Philip Caldwell). … In what seems like a smart move, Pop Warner football is limiting full-contact drills. … Bryce Harper wore Roger Bernadina’s helmet yesterday (from Aaron Maisel). … Think you’re a big Steelers fan? Probably not as big as this guy was (from Brendan Slattery). … Interesting article about Ann Romney’s evolving fashion sense. ”¦ B.J. Upton’s stirrups prompted this comment last night from Mets radio announcer Howie Rose: “B.J. Upton’s the best dressed player on the field — striped hose, sannies showing. If a young kid like Upton can do that, why can’t everyone else dress like that?” (Transcript by Robert Silverman.) ”¦ The Pats have been wearing Reebok tank tops, which led to the following Q&A exchange at Bill Belichick’s press conference yesterday: “Q: Is there a specific reason you guys are not wearing jerseys? A: No. Q: Do you actually have practice jerseys? Is it because of the switch to Nike? A: I don’t know. You’d have to talk to somebody in the marketing department about that. That’s not really my thing” (from Joe Giza). ”¦ Clemson got a big shipment from Nike yesterday (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ Also from Brinke: Brandon Belt is now wearing orange shoelaces. ”¦ John Wall and Matt Kemp traded jerseys before last night’s Dodgers game (from Phillip Garza). ”¦ Former Dolphins player Vern Den Herder had a very odd NOB back in 1982 (nice find by Bill Kellick). ”¦ Ditch the Wilpon script already! ”¦ Here’s another look at the G.I. Joe helmet that Virginia Tech will be wearing on Sept. 22 (from Walter Ford). ”¦ Bruce Menard has come up with four sensational old baseball photos: (1) This shot shows the Giants at the Polo Grounds on Opening Day, 1917 (America had entered World War I just two weeks earlier, hence all the flags). (2) Here’s a great shot of fathers and sons in uniform. (3) ” It seems that in January of 1938, there was a test of the ‘deadness’ of NL baseballs held in Baltimore,” says Bruce. “From left to right, that’s Bill Cissell, Chuck Klein, Jimmie Foxx, and Charlie Keller. What’s really cool is that they’re all wearing from-the-era Baltimore Orioles caps/jackets for the test!” (4) And here’s Eddie Stanky with an adorably attired young admirer. “What’s odd is the girl’s jacket, which has old-school Giants lettering on the front and the Yankees’ “NY” on the sleeve,” notes Bruce.