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Tigers, Tigers, Burning Bright


The uniform drawing you see above was done by a gentleman named Edward Deeds, who was born in 1908 and spent most of his life in a Missouri mental hospital. Note all the different sock colors! Deeds compiled nearly 300 of his drawings, including this one, into a hand-bound album that was given to his family. The album, which didn’t include any hint of Deeds’s identity, was then accidentally discarded during a family move, after which it was found in a town dump by a teen-ager, who held onto it for nearly 40 years before selling it to a used books dealer. The album made several more stops before anyone figured out who had created the drawings.

You can see more of Deeds’s drawings (the rest of which are not sports-related but are still fascinating) and learn more about the amazing story of his album in the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.

New ESPN column today — enjoy. ”” Paul

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Yunel Escobar has been suspended for three games without pay for the anti-gay slur on his eye black. Meanwhile, it appears that he may have worn other offensive statements earlier this year. Class act. … The Spurs will unveil a new alternate uniform this afternoon at 4pm Eastern. According to a team source, it will be “a unique design and a bit of a departure from the current classics.” It’ll be worn for the home opener against the Thunder. … Major find in the last night’s comments, as someone spotted Ruppert Jones of the 1979 Mariners wearing a “Rupe” nickNOB. Video footage here. … As an aside, Ruppert Jones was also (a) the first Mariner to appear in an All-Star Game and (b) the first player to wear a Blue Jays helmet in an All-Star Game, a dual distinction he achieved when he pinch-hit in the 3rd inning of the 1977 ASG. The lone Blue Jay on the A.L. roster that year, Ron Fairly, didn’t get into the game until the 7th inning. … If you have a kid who plays football, you might be interested to learn that the latest safety product isn’t a helmet — it’s a collar that fits into the shoulder pads and is designed to reduce neck and spine injuries. The manufacturer claims that the product is already being used by Syracuse, USC, UNC, Louisville, UConn, and Florida State. I’m no expert on this stuff, so I ran it by helmet engineer/designer Michael Princip and asked what he thought of it. “Looks pretty smart,” he responded. “Most players won’t wear a collar because it restricts their head movement. However, this design looks very ergonomic in that respect — good movement and good protection from the most common (less severe) neck stinger injury.” … Yesterday was Roberto Clemente Day, so the Pirates “honored” him by wearing throwback caps with their softball tops. … New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt has brilliantly reimagined the two major political parties as baseball teams, skewing the Democrats and Republicans with equal acuity. … This is interesting: Tarell Brown of the 49ers has been fined $5250 for wearing a red undershirt in Sunday’s game. “Your team designated undergarment color is white,” states the letter. I didn’t realize that NFL teams had designated undershirt colors (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out this framed Joe Cronin stirrup and click on the center image to see the little “4” stitched into the loop (from Johnny Woods). … Good piece about the Princeton marching band’s plaid blazers (from Dave Thom). … Mike Hersh found something very cool on eBay: a series of commemorative illustrations that Rawlings put out in 1973 to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. … Anyone know why this NFL zebra was wearing an “11” armband during a 1983 playoff game? (Good find by Jeff Ash.) … Here’s a video clip showing how Auburn’s equipment staff gets ready for a game (from Clay Cutler). … And here’s a similar video clip for Florida State (from Kyle Speicher). … Jeff Flynn found a 1959 Steelers photo with an unfamiliar (to me) sleeve patch. A quick check of the Gridiron Uniform Database reveals that it’s a Pittsburgh bicentennial patch. … Just when you thought there was one ad-free zone left, someone has come up with advertising on toilet paper (from Joe Hilseberg). … Notre Dame’s equipment staff is already teasing fans about what the team will be wearing next year (from Warren Junium). … The UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions are switching to a white helmet this year (from Casey B). … Yahoo is removing the registered trademark symbol from its logo. “The Cubbies are next,” says Jason Libes — hahaha. But seriously, can one of you lawerly types out there explain why it is or isn’t necessary for the symbol to be included in the first place? Like, if Yahoo is willing to remove it now, why did they include it in the first place? … Virginia will be wearing some very nice throwbacks on Sept. 29 against Louisiana Tech. … A spa in the DC area is using the Angels’ old “wings” logo (from Tim Donovan). … The Chargers did some sort of back-to-school promotional event in which two of their players were clearly wearing Reebok jerseys (from Kevin Hayashi). … New uniforms and logo for the Lake Erie Monsters (from John Muir). … Washington is planning the “blackout of century” (i.e., just another stupid-ass BFBS game), “probably because they couldn’t think of a stupider name,” says Kyle Hanks. … New floor design in the works for the Suns. Here’s another view. ”¦ RIP, Steve — your mythmaking and artistry helped make the NFL what it is today.

153 comments to Tigers, Tigers, Burning Bright

  • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 7:52 am |

    I’ll bet not a lot of people remember the first time Steve “Sudden Death” Sabol was covered in Sports Illustrated (starts on thumbnail p. 70)…

    • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 8:01 am |
      • Ted Machnik | September 19, 2012 at 11:59 am |

        Love those ads in the 1965 Sports Illustrated. The only ones that don’t appear dated are those for liquor.

    • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 8:22 am |

      The story of how NFL Films got started is remarkable. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

      • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 8:29 am |

        I love this quote near the end of the article. Obviously back in 1965 he figured the NFL could use a little help with “packaging”…

        “Football is such a great game,” says Sabol, “but football players are so dull. I remember this one pregame film showing Mike Ditka demolishing some guy. Now, this is a great player. He’s brutal. So do you know what he says when the commentator asks him to say something about the play? He sort of paws the ground, drops his head and says, ‘Ah, I was lucky.’ Now, surely after a guy makes a great play like Ditka did he can come up with something more colorful than that. Maybe they’ll let me write stuff for the players and get them to say it on the shows. You know what I’d have Ditka say? ‘Look at him. He’s still breathing!’ or something real colorful like that.”

    • not osama | September 19, 2012 at 9:16 am |

      Is this thing on…? Cue the Sam Spence orchestra and John Facenda voice over, we are rolling…
      Big thanks to Paul(and any others who comment) for mentioning probably the single most influential man (along with his father Ed) in the NFL who never played, coached, etc. Steve Sabol. Sad that he was not inducted with his father into the Hall of Fame while he was alive but what a legacy he has. I don’t know how anyone who grew up in the the US has not seen his films. Great, great filmmaker who impacted so many childhoods is such a positive way. NFL films was as important to my childhood (and probably many other kids interested in football) as Dr Suess, Disney, etc. Big loss of a cultural icon.

      • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am |

        Heck with football, the NFL Films aesthetic has had a wide influence on American culture generally. Even as NFL Films become less and less present on TV, its narrative and storytelling cues are becoming more and more fundamental to American documentary and “reality” programming. You even see the NFL Films DNA in campaign ads and staging. Even the late, dearly missed Don LaFontaine’s revolutionary approach to movie trailer production owes a great debt to the editing and audio style of NFL Films.

        While I agree about the Hall of Fame oversight – for shame, Canton! – even worse in my mind is that the NFL doesn’t use its media leverage to run an all-NFL-Films-all-the-time secondary cable network. I have a hard time sitting through a whole football game anymore, and the dreck that fills NFL Network whenever I tune in you couldn’t pay me to watch, but if there were an NFL Films channel, that would pretty much be my default “back” button on the remote.

        • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 9:40 am |

          “the dreck that fills NFL Network whenever I tune in you couldn’t pay me to watch.”

          What, you don’t enjoy that it takes them an hour to get through the “Top 10 Undrafted Lefthanded Quarterbacks”?

    • Chris | September 19, 2012 at 11:14 am |

      Sometimes someone you never met dies and it casts a shadow on your whole day. They way we tell visual stories changed because of Steve Sabol. What he and NFL Films did changed not only how the NFL was presented, it brought us into the modern era of televising sports–close-ups and stories and a lush soundtrack, rather than long shots and band music.

      Look at NFL Primetime, TWIB, and pretty much every highlights package recap today and what you’re seeing traces back to the Sabols.

    • Ted Machnik | September 19, 2012 at 11:56 am |

      R.I.P. Steve….the beautiful fusion of football. slow motion, music, and no quick cuts. A master at his craft. You’ll be missed.

  • Mike V. | September 19, 2012 at 8:20 am |

    I was disappointed to see the Buccos wearing those nice looking mustard caps with the softball tops. Would have been so much better to look at with the standard home whites. Then again, these days there doesn’t seem to be any games where I don’t feel disappointed afterwards.

    Also, as I was searching through pics of Clemente, I saw this pic of him wearing a batting helmet with a raised “P” logo…like the Cubs wear. Has this even been discussed here before? Are these raised/applied logos something most teams did back then with flocked helmets?

    • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 8:48 am |

      Think about the process.
      You’d have to flock the helmet before the letter was added (certainly better than trying to work around it).
      A decal over flocking would get “lumpy”. Tiny lumps, but lumps nonetheless.
      Ergo, an embroidered letter was added later. Usually.

      Trying to remember who flocked their helmets. Brooklyn Dodgers…Yankees…Pirates…

  • Dane | September 19, 2012 at 8:22 am |

    “The Lake Erie Monsters of Cleveland.” Just because the LA Angels went down that road doesn’t make it a good thing.

    • The Jeff | September 19, 2012 at 8:53 am |

      Nah, unlike the Angels, I think this one actually works. The Cleveland Lake Erie Monsters would be worse, and Cleveland Lake Monsters just isn’t specific enough. The Lake Erie Monster is one particular monster, not just any old lake monster.

      • Dane | September 19, 2012 at 9:10 am |

        Fair point. I guess the Monsters don’t actually play ON Lake Erie. But it would be awesome if they did.

        • Chance Michaels | September 19, 2012 at 9:41 am |

          Sure would, but my reading of the article doesn’t tell us that they’re changing the team name.

          They’re still the “Lake Erie Monsters”, only now their logo also says “Cleveland” on it.

  • Mark in Shiga | September 19, 2012 at 8:28 am |

    Someone who’s had more than my single year of Spanish, help me out: why is Escobar saying “tu ere” rather than “tu eres”? He’s Cuban; does everyone in Cuba say it like that?

    • Le Cracquere | September 19, 2012 at 11:02 am |

      As I hypothesized yesterday: there are a lot of Caribbean dialects where final “s” tends to get weakened or dropped. Apparently, it’s kind of the “dese/dem/dose” of the islands.

      • Mark in Shiga | September 20, 2012 at 9:56 am |

        Thanks, Le. I thought it must be something like that.

  • Rob S | September 19, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    Uhh… yeah, that appeals login info on Brown’s letter should’ve been blacked out before being posted online.

  • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 8:36 am |

    Tarell Brown’s violation letter, posted by him on Instagram, includes his log-in and password to the NFL’s secure website for filing appeals. I wonder if that is another violation and yet another NFL policy?

    • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 8:41 am |

      I had the site up with info entered, but couldn’t press ‘login’ without fear that NFL goons would show up at my office. Gotta figure that some of Tarell Browns’ fans are going to log in and file their own appeals!

      • Ry Co 40 | September 19, 2012 at 9:09 am |

        i CAN’T WAIT to see the fallout from this! you know there are going to be some colorful appeals LMAO

        • Shane | September 19, 2012 at 9:59 am |

          I bit the bullet and logged in. The only information showing is that Brown already filed for an appeal. It gives the date of the hearing, his representative, and the NFL’s representative.

      • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 9:35 am |

        The NFL is legendary for having possibly the best in-house legal department in corporate America.

        So yeah, I wouldn’t be hitting that “login” button either!

  • Dumb Guy | September 19, 2012 at 8:40 am |

    “– it’s a collar that fits into the shoulder pads and is designed to reduce neck and spine injuries. The manufacturer claims that the product is already being used by Syracuse, USC, UNC, Louisville, UConn, and Florida State.”

    I don’t see Wake Forest or VA Tech on that list. Curious, as that’s where is was inveneted. ????

    • M.Princip | September 19, 2012 at 11:39 am |

      ” The manufacturer claims that the product is already being used by Syracuse, USC, UNC, Louisville, UConn, and Florida State.”

      Did not realize that, or read that anywhere?

  • JimWa | September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am |

    I heard something on the radio just a few minutes ago … don’t know if it’s true, but it’s going to change the way I watch baseball from now on. According to Guy Phillips on y98 radio in St. Louis (I didn’t hear if he provided a source for the info):

    On an appeal by the catcher on a “no swing” call, the home plate umpire will point with his right arm to the appropriate 1st/3rd base umpire to get their opinion on whether or not the batter actually did swing. If the umpire uses his left arm, that’s his way of saying “I know he didn’t swing – don’t overrule me”.

    Has anyone ever heard of this? A quick Google search provided no answers.

    • Paul Lukas | September 19, 2012 at 8:52 am |

      Back in the late 1980s, Rusty Staub did color commentary on Mets games (and boy was he awful). One thing he’d repeatedly say was that the umpires had “their own system of signals” for communicating with each other on checked-swing appeal plays. He’d say this very smugly, like he was in on some secret code, but he would never elaborate or explain what the system was.

      Your comment is the first time I’ve ever heard it mentioned since then.

    • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 8:56 am |

      It’s up to the home plate umpire to appeal. He doesn’t have to appeal, even if the catcher asks for it. If the home plate umpire KNOWS the batter didn’t swing, he won’t ask for the appeal. If there’s doubt, he will.

      He’s always off camera, but next time you attend a game, watch the 1st or 3rd base umpire. He will not react to an appeal until the home plate umpire asks.

      • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 9:37 am |

        The same authority is supposed to apply to batter requests for timeout. If only umps would take that authority back for themselves!

        But as for the signalling thing, I have my doubts, but I’ll definitely try to track this the next few games I watch to see if there’s any correlation.

        • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 9:49 am |

          Hey, on National Talk Like a Pirate Day shouldn’t it be …

          ARRRRRR Scott ?

        • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 10:02 am |

          Ye scurvy swag, how dare ye suggest that it’s not always “arr” like a proper pirate? Ye’ve been reading it wrong all along, ye have, and to the plank with ye!

          A uni question for the day then, mateys: Were a real pirate to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, should he wear a stirrup over his peg-leg, or be it enough fer him to paint his peg-leg to resemble a stirrup? And if the latter, should the jolly tar also be paintin’ white sanis front and back?

        • The Jeff | September 19, 2012 at 10:53 am |

          Arr, ye can’t be paintin yer pegleg. What if ye gets traded, or ya wants to follow in the footsteps of ol’ Capt’n Jackson and play for them Raiders on the other coast? Ye also can’t be catchin’ the ball with yer hook.

    • Perry | September 19, 2012 at 10:13 am |

      Don’t know about that, but I do know this: if the plate ump IMMEDIATELY asks for help from the 1B or 3B ump, he wants an honest opinion. If he does so after a delay and only at the behest of the catcher, it’s “no swing” every time.

    • umplou | September 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm |

      Yup. Most of them do it that way..

      Another thing to watch for at a game – when the batting team gets runner on 1st & 2nd or loaded with zero or one out – look at the umps – the base umps especially – you will see them look at each other, and will either touch their chest or give a little point upwards, to remind the crew the infield fly rule is in effect. Then, when either there are two out, or second base becomes occupied, they give a little brush off signal, or will point to to say, first and third or second and third, to remind each other that the infield fly is off.

      Another thing you will see done: With multiple runners on base and two outs, you might see them tap their left wrist – this is remind everyone that there are two outs, and a timing play might happen. That meaning someone getting tagged at a base, as someone might be crossing home plate.
      (why left wrist? its where your watch would be)

      I do not know how much of this you will see at a Major/Minor league game, but you will see it at college, high school games, and at a decently umpired softball game, also.

      • umplou | September 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

        oops – supposed to second base UNoccupied in the above :P

      • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

        I regularly attend our local minor league games with two friends who are umpires. We end up watching the umps almost as much as watching players. You are correct. A whole lot going on that the common fan never notices.

        Also heard that minor league umpires are given 4 or 5 years to “make it.” If they don’t they’re either sent back to umpire school and have to start over, or are released.

  • JamesP. | September 19, 2012 at 9:02 am |

    Paul – LA Tech will be wearing their white jerseys and blue pants when they play VA. How often do opposing teams wear uniform combos that go along like that? White jersey/blue pants Blue jersey/white pants…

  • Bailey R | September 19, 2012 at 9:16 am |

    Are the Suns changing their logo, color scheme, and/or uniforms this year? The image of the court appears to feature more black & orange than in the past & the font looks different. Does anyone have more info?

  • PG-13 | September 19, 2012 at 9:17 am |

    I was looking around over at and saw this picture of Babe Ruth: (there are some good pics on that site)

    Was it normal for guys to have their belt buckle on their hip back then? Any reason for him to do it that way?

    • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 9:22 am |

      See that a lot in old photos.
      Don’t know if it was just “fashion” or (more likely) the leather in belts probably was a lot stiffer back then and it might simply have been a comfort thing.

      Also because in those days the belts really did hold the heavy baggy pants up, so the players were cinched pretty tight.

    • Mark in Shiga | September 19, 2012 at 9:26 am |

      Could it be to make head-first belly slides less painful?

    • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 9:27 am |

      One of my favorite images of baseball “back in the day” is this shot:

      You’ll notice that most of the guys have their belt buckles turned around so they’re hidden in the tunnels of their pants. I guess it’s the style, the “pajama pants” of the day.

    • Dumb Guy | September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am |

      He doesn’t wanted to scratch up the back of his guitar.

      • PG-13 | September 19, 2012 at 10:03 am |

        LOL! Yeah, can’t be having any buckle rash!

    • Paul Lukas | September 19, 2012 at 9:39 am |

      For decades it was common for baseball pants to have a belt loop right at 12-o’clock — dead center. So you pretty much *had* to rotate your buckle at least somewhat off-center. This 12 o’clock belt loop started disappearing in the 1930s and ’40s.

      I don’t know what relation this had, if any, to traditional menswear styles at the time. Anyone know if suit pants in the 1910s and ’20s typically had a belt loop at 12 o’clock?

      • PG-13 | September 19, 2012 at 10:06 am |

        ahhhhhhh…I didn’t notice the belt loop in the front. Interesting.

      • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

        Geez, how do you explain this:

        I’m not the sartorial sort, but I don’t think mens suits at the time had a belt tunnel in the front.

  • Al Gruwell | September 19, 2012 at 9:24 am |

    As an umpire, if I point to my partner with my palm up on an appeal, it means I don’t think he went. If I point with my pointer finger, it means I think he did.

    • Paul Lukas | September 19, 2012 at 9:40 am |


    • Mainspark | September 19, 2012 at 9:55 am |

      If you think he went, wouldn’t you have called a strike?

      • Rob H. | September 19, 2012 at 10:07 am |

        I think it’s more “I think he went, and I want him to confirm it so we’re all on the same page.”

  • pilight | September 19, 2012 at 9:35 am |

    I would guess that the NFL official’s armband number is to differentiate him from another official with the same number on the back. 1983 was the last year of the weird system the NFL had of numbering officials within their position (i.e. there was a #19 Line Judge and a #19 Side Judge who might be working the same game) rather than each official having their own unique number.

  • Nick | September 19, 2012 at 9:37 am |

    Imagine my disappointment when I saw the Monsters new jerseys. Nothing really changed, and we got some striping on the sleeves. Woohoo. I’m not impressed.

    (I thought I should randomly put Cleveland at the bottom of my post to show support for my city, as well)

  • Joseph | September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am |

    Sorry if this was already posted somewhere- hats were just unveiled for all the World Baseball Classic countries.

    • JamesP. | September 19, 2012 at 9:53 am |

      Is it just my coffee-lacking brain, or do those caps look like they are throwback styled? A few look like some of the caps on Ebbet’s Field Flannel.

    • Shane | September 19, 2012 at 10:03 am |

      I saw team GB’s under-23s play this summer. If that’s any indication of the senior squad, they are going to have a hell of a time getting out of qualifying. Ooof.

      Probably going to buy a cap, though. They didn’t have any for sale at the game.

    • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am |

      Czech Republic’s hat sure looks familiar.

      While I’m happy about the expanded field – but no Greece? – the quality of the cap design has not improved. Most returning teams seem completely unchanged, which is too bad since their designs mostly stink, and the newcomers mostly aren’t any better. USA, Mexico, outh Africa, and Australia remain the class of the bunch, with newcomers Israel and New Zealand being the only others that look at all good to me. Points to Spain for using a proper “E” as is cap logo, though. Take note, China, Korea, Japan, and Thailand!

      • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 10:26 am |

        Kinda like France, though.
        Just because there are precious few hats bearing an “F”.

      • JTH | September 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm |

        The Italy cap looks like a recolored version the old IU cap.

        (No, I couldn’t find a better pic.)

        • DJ | September 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |

          I’ve always thought Italy’s uniforms were an homage to the Dodgers, or more specifically, Tom Lasorda.

    • Chris Holder | September 19, 2012 at 11:52 am |

      Am I the only one that did a double-take on the prices? $35? I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than 20 bucks for a baseball cap of any kind. Has the hat market shot through the roof lately, and I was totally unaware? Or is it just for the flat-billed “fashion” hats?

      • JTH | September 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

        I don’t think I’ve seen a fitted cap for less than $25 since the late 90s (unless it’s on clearance or something).

        • Chris Holder | September 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm |

          Maybe that’s part of it. I’ve never bought a fitted cap. I always seem to be an in-between size, or it just doesn’t feel right for some reason. Give me something that’s adjustable, please.

        • boxcarvibe | September 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm |

          Chris, buy one that feels a little big. Then go home, pour some water on the sweatband, throw it in the dryer and voila…fitted cap!

  • Nick R. | September 19, 2012 at 9:54 am |

    Lawyer here – companies put R or TM on their logo to let others know that they have registered the logo with a state or the federal government. This helps to avoid confusion and prevents others from infringing on the logo. After a while, a mark can become so distinctive, there is little chance of confusion, so companies are more comfortable removing the R or TM. If a company or sports team’s logo is used by others, and the company doesn’t prosecute, it can become “generic” (through a process colorfully known as “genericide”) and anyone can use it.

  • Ronnie Poore | September 19, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    loved all the stuff on Mr Deeds and the “Electric Pencil” art. fascinating.

  • CoryGibson | September 19, 2012 at 10:20 am |

    NHL Patches is a particular neat site which existence I was unaware of before today. this one seems particularly excessive

  • Mike67 | September 19, 2012 at 10:23 am |

    Toilet paper with ads on it.. I can just see the pitch for that now..

    “And just think. When people go to wipe their ass, they will see your ad.”

    It is just me or should the only ones allowed to advertise on toilet paper be insurance companies and adult diapers.. Maybe use the slogan “We’ve got your ass covered!”

  • Chris | September 19, 2012 at 10:24 am |

    You know Washington is playing at CenturyLink field this year right?

    Blackout of the Century is obviously playing off that, not an actual claim that it’ll put the last 100 years of blackouts to shame.

    • JTH | September 19, 2012 at 10:40 am |

      Do people refer to it as “The Century?”

      • M.Princip | September 19, 2012 at 11:25 am |

        It will be Tanzania after this coming MNF game:

      • JJD | September 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm |

        It’s more commonly referred to locally as “the CLink”. But I knew that’s what they were going for. #GoHuskies

  • quiet seattle | September 19, 2012 at 10:29 am |

    Thank you for the Edward Deeds story, Paul. I see that same kind of stunning, unfiltered creativity in action every day. Lived most of his life in a mental hospital, the collection found in a dump. Wow.

    I’m a big fan of Barry Blitt’s work. Those characterizations are great!

  • ChrisH | September 19, 2012 at 10:38 am |

    There’s been some coverage recently about the 1st Amendent, appropriate messaging, preconceptions and what one is ‘supposed’ to wear at ticketed events held on college campuses.

    I came across this article today about a student who was prevented from attending a rally because of his ‘team’ T-shirt:

    The article of clothing may have looked something like this (I doubt it had any vulgarities/code words/otherwise offensive graphics):


    • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm |

      A throwback shirt nonetheless!

      But it’s important to note that we’re talking about an adult here, not schoolchildren as the word “student” in the above might imply.

      So there’s no First Amendment implication here. It’s a non-issue: Campaigns routinely deny event entry to people who are wearing clothes or bringing signs promoting the other guy. Standard operating procedure.

      Note that re the First Amendment, it also includes the right of peaceable assembly, which has long been interpreted as protecting our right to choose who we gather or associate with. Thus with limited exceptions in cases of racial or other discrimination, a private group, such as a political party or campaign, may deny entry to an event to someone promoting an opposing cause. Freedom of speech does not require us to permit the heckler’s veto.

      • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm |

        The First Amendment right of free assembly is also what makes it legal for, say, an elite golf club in Georgia to deny membership to women for generations.

        • ChrisH | September 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm |

          Augusta did not and still does not promote itself as a no-cost and public venue like the speaking event held on U of FL’s campus did. And they probably have one doozy of a dress code in place too…clearly stated and strongly enforced.

        • Arr Scott | September 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

          And yet they both have the same First Amendment rights to determine who gets in, no matter how they “promote” themselves. Nor does the fact that it’s a public venue override the private group’s right to choose who gets entry. Otherwise every church that meets in an elementary school gym would have to let atheist protesters disrupt their services.

          There is simply no “free speech” story here. Nor is there even an interesting campaign story – this is SOP for every campaign. Remember that Libya heckler at the Romney rally last week? Campaigns try to avoid that, oddly enough.

        • ChrisH | September 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm |

          I’d like to believe that when a church proclaims ‘all are welcome’ they mean it whether services are in a gym or a chapel; a conversion can began through listening to “the other guy”?
          What of the adult student’s rights to assemble in a public square and the event staff’s prejudice?
          Sort of like a ‘Boys fan at a Giants game he has every right to promote an opposing(and in this case a lost one)cause”; he could have been a swing voter for all anyone knew, not that that is relevent or a cause for concern, and as a result he was barred from listening to the message that others was able to hear live regardless of what they had on their backs.
          And he was not heckling or threatening or otherwise disrespectful to the audience; prior to being denied entry was he asked about his affiliations/political leanings/motives (which would have been a greater offense)? Nope. He was judged on his appearance not his actions; he fulfilled all requirements of attendance, acted appropriately(you seem to assume disruption in dissent?) and even was willing to cover up the graphic.

    • JTH | September 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm |

      Hey, if it’s on Newsmax, EVERY WORD of that story is certainly true.

      • Chance Michaels | September 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

        My first thought as well.

  • King Louie | September 19, 2012 at 10:55 am |

    I read one paragraph dedicated to the Edward Deeds illustrations and started welling up… my goodness to see these simple but incredible vignettes drawn on state instituion documents is both incredibly powerful and touching… Wow, thanks for sharing this Paul. Who’s purchased the movie rights to the book and movie? Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.

    • Paul Lukas | September 19, 2012 at 11:01 am |

      Glad to hear so many of you are enjoying that story. Very powerful stuff.

  • Jarrod Leder | September 19, 2012 at 11:06 am |

    I noticed in the 1983 photo of the referee that not only is he wearing Converse shoes (shout out to Chucks), but he’s ALSO WEARING STIRRUPS! I thought that until the pajama pants came along, football officials just wore striped socks!

    • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 11:18 am |

      The striped tubes started sometime in the mid to late ’80s, I think. Before that, stirrups.

  • pflava | September 19, 2012 at 11:22 am |

    That Washington blackout link is depressing, for several reasons:

    – BFBS
    – the corporate/play on words tie-in with Century Link Field
    – the term “Gear Up”. “Gear” is almost as annoying as “swag”. Can it please be retired?
    – the Huskies’ black uniforms are particularly terrible with those purple numbers and thin piping. It’s hard to believe now, but UW used to be one of the best looking teams in college football.

  • Coleman | September 19, 2012 at 11:28 am |

    I don’t know why, but I am seriously shocked to hear about baseball umpires having their own code and signs. I mean, I sort of understand it, but I sure as hell don’t agree with it. They have the final say, use it. I guess it goes along with this phenomenon of recent years where players, and even coaches, feel that for some fucking reason they have any say in the calls that are made. I absolutely hate seeing all these players and coaches crowding around a fumble, waving their hands in their direction, shouting “Our ball! Our ball!” and so on. I know someone mentioned a while back that there should be a penalty for that shit. I agree. The umpires and referees are there for specific reasons. Stick to your fucking job.

    Wow, sorry about that. /rant

    • DJ | September 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm |

      Do you expect the umpires to waste time by huddling up so they can remind each other that the infield fly rule is in play, or that a timing play situation could happen? Those hand signals are a quick, easy way to help them do their jobs properly. It has absolutely nothing to do with the players trying to influence a call by pointing for a first down, or as in soccer, waving an imaginary card to provoke the referee to show a real one to an opponent.

  • Hank-SJ | September 19, 2012 at 11:45 am |

    Speaking of NFL Films/NFL Network, it was a little over a year ago that it came to light that the NFL wanted to (or still wants to) disband Films as no longer being relevant after Network was created.

  • Kevin Allen | September 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  • Kevin Allen | September 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

    What ever happened to Impact Shoulder Pads? Did they go out of business?

  • PG-13 | September 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

    Okay, I didn’t get much sleep last night, so my eyes may be playing tricks on me, but….

    What is that logo on Mantle’s helmet?

  • Kevin Allen | September 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

    Clemson uses this logo to honor its graduates. Does anyone else do this?!/ClemsnEquipment/media/slideshow?

    • Dumb Guy | September 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

      If one has graduated, why are they playing for the team?


      I think it’s pretty sad if a college has to give an “atta-boy” to graduates in general.

      • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
        • Ricko | September 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

          wrong place, sorry.

      • Tim E. O'B | September 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

        Way off base dumb guy,

        The reason it’s worth praising is that many student athletes go to school year round and graduate college well before their four years of eligibility are up, often before their non-athlete peers.

        I can distinctly remember many Hoosier and Northwestern players who were in grad school before their senior year started. Hell, Craig Krenzel was in tOSU’s Med School when he got drafted.

        There are about 90 players on a CFB team, and there are 120 division 1 schools, if a fourth of those players are seniors, that’s 2700 kids. Every Spring, 224 kids, some who aren’t seniors, get drafted by the NFL. That’s roughly 2% of college football players.

        The vast majority of the other 98% get degrees.

        • Dumb Guy | September 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

          Thanks for the education. I am a college football (sports) ignoramus.

      • JTH | September 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

        Because he still has eligibility left.


        Doesn’t pretty much EVERYONE give an “atta-boy” to graduates in general?

  • Shane | September 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm |

    I have a friend who lives in costa rica, and just this summer he explained to me how “maricon” is used between friends in place of things like “dude” or “bro”, not to be offensive towards gays. I bet Escobar didn’t realize the different way Americans use it.

    Doesn’t explain why he put it on eyeblack, but I doubt he really is against homosexuals

    • Dumb Guy | September 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

      That seems to make even less sense. ????

    • Chance Michaels | September 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm |

      If that was really the case, he need only have said so at the press conference.

      That he did not should tell us something.

  • elgato11x | September 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm |

    “Fans should plan to arrive early for the Blackout of the Century. Starbucks is providing black gloves to the first 25,000 fans, Boeing Employee Credit Union is giving away black beanies to the first 11,000 fans, and black sunglasses will be given to the Dawg Pack, courtesy of Coca-Cola.”

    Nice job, Huskies! This means thousands of people leaving your stadium will have almost everything they need to rob someone on the streets after the game!

    • Tim E. O'B | September 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

      It’s seattle, they should have a flannel-out.

      “They’ve gone ta plaid…”

    • Chris K | September 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm |

      11,000 fans are getting a black beanie? Seems irresponsible. I swallowed a black beanie once in the late 70’s, and I didn’t sleep for three days. And if the beanie buzz makes you light sensitive, here’s a pair of dark glasses. Didn’t it say it’s a 6:00pm game? Cue Corey Hart.

    • Spaceboy | September 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm |

      As a UW alum, it chaps my hide to see them going BFBS. I’ve got a lot of friends who are Husky alums that like the BFBS and think it’s “badass”. I personally hate it. Colors are Purple, Gold and white. Never has there been black in the color scheme. I don’t mind the white helmets they occasionally wear because it’s in the realm of the color scheme, but the “blackout” BFBS just chaps my hide.

  • John | September 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

    Looks like the Suns making a switch to black from purple. Near the the paint and the baseline you can clearly see the purple with brushstrokes over it. With the word mark at center court, it must be part of a significant re-branding this year. Can anyone confirm?

  • DJ | September 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm |

    Canterbury, the new supplier of England Rugby, unveils the new uniforms:

    A return to navy socks for the primary kit, going with “regal purple” for the warmup jackets and change kit.

  • Paul Lukas | September 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

    I wrote something about the NFL uni-violation appeals process spelled out in Tarell Brown’s violation notice:

  • DenverGambler | September 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm |

    Spurs jersey is just weird, not good, not bad, weird.

  • Paul Lukas | September 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm |

    Spurs have unveiled their new alternate, which kinda looks like a practice uni:

    • Tim E. O'B | September 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm |


    • Payton | September 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

      Just beat me. I’m a huge fan of their regulars. Not sure about this one. Seems drab and lifeless.

    • Payton | September 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

      Also, Odd that San Antonio got away without having a team name or city name anywhere on the uniform when Miami wasn’t allowed for it’s throwbacks.

      • DJ | September 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

        It does have the team logo, which includes “San Antonio” and “Spurs” on the back, just below the neck.

    • boo | September 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

      looks like these are designed to be ready to throw an add on them soon…

    • Winter | September 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |

      Eh. They should have either thrown back to the Gervin days or done something with an Alamo motif. Or maybe the fiesta colors.

      I don’t know. This just seems like they didn’t try that hard.

    • Desmond Jones | September 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm |

      Isn’t it a bit late to unveil a new Summer League uniform, San Antonio?

    • Marc | September 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm |


    • Wheels | September 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm |

      Kinda reminiscent of Turn Ahead the Clock.

      • quiet seattle | September 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

        I think they look great! Restrained and striking.

        • Wheels | September 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm |

          I think they’re cool too.

  • Payton | September 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

    The Spurs have revealed their alt uniforms for the 2012-13 season.

  • Chris C | September 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • boo | September 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm |

      it looks like herringbone in the stripe

    • Paul Lukas | September 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm |

      Yes, could be.

  • Jimmy Lonetti | September 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm |


    Does today’s entry heading reference that great 80’s rock band Scruffy the Cat?
    I still have my cassette copy of this.

    -Jimmy Lonetti

  • JTH | September 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm |

    OK, the “left arm means I know he didn’t swing and the right arm means I’m not sure if he swung or not” thing is officially bullshit.

    I was watching a game tonight and I saw two appeal plays. The home plate up used his left arm both times. The first time was a no-swing and the second was a swing.

    • JTH | September 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm |


      make that the home plate *ump*.