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Uni Watch DIY Project: The Penguin Gets His Scarf Back


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[Editor’s Note: Our anonymous DIYer ”” the same one who did the NHL neckties and puck bags ”” is back with another great project. Enjoy. ”” PL]

By Anonymous

Back when I did the necktie project featured here on Uni Watch, I bought some light blue polyester doubleknit material that was new old stock from a 1970s jersey manufacturer. My plan was to use it for some ties based on baseball jerseys from that era, but I discovered that the material is really awful to use — it’s hard to sew and doesn’t work well for smaller projects that require detail. I wasn’t planning on using it again, but I had some material left over that I wanted to use up.

The light blue color was perfect for a project I’d been thinking about for a while: I wanted reunite the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 1967 logo mascot with the scarf he wore only for that first season. A year later, he’d lost his scarf, and I always wondered what happened to it.

Here is the piece of material I had to work with:


I cut the piece into two identical strips. I didn’t measure them; I just made them as long as I could with what I had left:


I have some braid striping that resembles the unique stripe pattern from the 1967 jersey. I stacked two pieces of the braid to make it look closer to the team’s original jersey design:


Once I’d sewn on the stripes, I cut out a felt numeral 1 to serve as the uniform number:


Using a zigzag stitch, I sewed the white number onto a piece of dark navy felt:


I cut out the complete number, making sure I incorporated the seven o’clock drop shadow as found on the original. I love the combination of the sans serif number one and the drop shadow — this is my favorite jersey number design of all time:


I loosely hand-stitched the number onto the scarf and then sewed it on with a zigzag stitch:



I pinned the two sections together (good sides facing in) before sewing them together:


I sewed just the two sides together, leaving the ends open so I could turn the scarf inside out:


I wanted to add a fringe to the scarf, so I bought some white skate laces (they come in different lengths but all seem to sell for the same price, so buy the longest ones if you are using them for projects!). I cut the laces into small lengths, turned up the unfinished ends of the scarf, and hand-sewed the ends closed with the laces inserted:


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Here’s the finished product — a perfect replica of the long-lost 1967 scarf!



Paul here. Great stuff, as always. This is the final project from our anonymous DIYer, at least for now. Please join me in thanking him for all his efforts.

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Silent treatment: I’m lucky to have worked with dozens of wonderful editors over the years. There have also been a few stinkers along the way, but that’s pretty much par for the course in any professional endeavor, right? And hey, maybe some of those editors thought I was the stinker! I figure it all evens out.

Still, I’ve never experienced anything quite like my recent interactions with an editor who I’ll call Jane Doe.

Here’s the deal: Jane runs a good design-centric website. Early this year I did a short piece for her site. It turned out well, and afterward Jane said she’d like to work more with me — perhaps on a regular basis. So on April 16 we met and discussed ideas that would bring me on board as a regular contributor for her site.

I thought the meeting went really well. The ideas flowed easily, the rapport was good, and Jane and I seemed to be on the same page about a lot of things. We talked about column concepts and individual story ideas (most of the proposed ideas were similar to the “One-Man Focus Group” material I did last year for The New Republic) and also discussed nitty-gritty stuff like word count, format, column frequency, payment rate, even the way my byline would appear — the kind of things you don’t discuss unless both parties fully expect a deal to come to fruition. We agreed that I’d put some story pitches in writing and email them to her in the next day or two and that we’d move ahead from there.

I left the meeting thinking, “Cool — a new gig.” Later that night I told the New Girl, “I think I’m going to like working with this editor. She really seems to have her shit together.”

As a nice bonus, it turned out that Jane’s boyfriend runs a website I like and respect, and the two of them live one neighborhood over from me. I thought there was a decent chance we’d all become friends.

So that was on April 16 — a little over three months ago. Here’s a timeline of what happened after that:

April 17: I email Jane a bunch of story ideas, as we had agreed.

May 6: Nearly three weeks since I emailed the story ideas and there’s been no word from Jane. But hey, we all occasionally back-burner things, right? So I email her again, just to check in. I receive an auto-reply: “I’m away from email until May 12.”

May 14: Knowing that Jane has now been back on email for a few days, I check in again. No response.

May 16: Jane writes back: “So sorry. Haven’t had a chance to look at your pitches. I was out last week and now I’m swamped with [a big project] but will take a look as soon as I come up for air. Thanks for being patient!”

June 16: Another month has gone by. This has now become sort of a game. Like, how long can she ignore me? How unprofessional can she be? I’m tempted to check in again, but the New Girl and I are getting ready for our Nova Scotia vacation — if Jane were to say, “Yes, I’m ready now, let’s get started!,” that would actually pose a problem, because I don’t want to dive into a new work project right before a trip. I figure I’ll wait until we get back.

July 9: My vacation has come and gone, the Fourth of July has come and gone — still no word from Jane. I send her an email with the subject header “Let’s try this again.” It reads as follows:

Hi, [Jane] …

I’m not sure what went wrong with our initial interaction from a few months ago, but I’m still interested in writing for you.

Are you still interested in working with me?

If so, let’s re-boot; if not, no hard feelings. But either way, please let me know.


July 15: Still nothing from Jane. Impressed by her ability to blow me off for what is now three solid months, I call her at the office and, unfortunately, get her voicemail, where I leave a few choice words — equal parts annoyance (like, how could she be so unprofessional?) and bewilderment (how had it come to this when our initial meeting had gone so well?). I leave my phone number, just in case she wants to respond.


And that will apparently go down as the final chapter. Re-reading that timeline, I realize I come off looking a bit like the clueless schlub who can’t take the hint that the pretty girl doesn’t want to go out with him, or something like that. But that’s the thing about writer/editor relationships: The writer is pretty much at the editor’s mercy. So the least the editor can do is to behave like a grown-up. The whole “I’ll give you the silent treatment until you take the hint” routine is so junior high.

It’s a bummer, because I really was looking forward to this gig. I also put aside a few other potential projects because I thought I’d be working on this one instead. If Jane changed her mind about working with me, well, that’s the way it goes sometimes, but I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that she didn’t have the simple courtesy (or balls, or whatever) to tell me so.

In the end, of course, Jane did me a favor. Because if this episode is any indication of her communication style, then I dodged a bullet by not working with her.

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Design contest reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, I’m currently accepting entries for an ESPN contest to redesign the Cavaliers. The deadline for entries is a week from today — July 25. Details here.

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A note about ’Skins Watch: You may have noticed that ’Skins Watch hasn’t appeared over the last three days. This isn’t because there’s been no news to report; rather, it’s been because I wanted to take a small break from the topic, which tends to bring out the worst in many of us (myself sometimes included).

I had already mostly stopped running ’Skins Watch on Tuesdays and Thursdays (when Garrett and Mike prepare the Ticker), and now I’ve decided to cut it back to one day a week — Fridays. I may make some exceptions to this protocol if there’s major news (something like the recent trademark ruling would certainly qualify, e.g.), but for the most part I think once a week should be enough.

I’ve also been imposing a higher bar in terms of what does and doesn’t appear in ’Skins Watch. Does a random celebrity’s opinion on the ’Skins name matter? At one point it, earlier in the debate, it might have, but not now. Does a U.S. Senator’s opinion matter? Yes. Does a current NFL player’s opinion matter? Yes. Does a former player’s opinion matter? Maybe, if he used to play for the ’Skins, and/or if he’s in a current high-profile media role, but probably not otherwise. Does a random internet poll matter? No. Does a scientifically conducted professional opinion poll matter? Yes. Does a random writer’s opinion piece on the subject merit inclusion? Probably not. What about a well-respected sportswriter? Probably yes. (Obviously, you might answer these hypothetical questions differently than I just did, but I’m trying to give you a sense of the approach I’m taking.)

I know some of you wish I’d eliminate ’Skins Watch entirely (similarly, some of you wish it would run every day, even on weekends), and others may think it never belonged here in the first place. But we’ve already addressed those issues many times, and we’re not going to relitigate them now — sorry. As always, you can scroll past ’Skins Watch if it doesn’t interest you.

Thanks for listening. Here’s today’s Ticker, including this week’s installment of ’Skins Watch.

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’Skins Watch: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder thinks the ’Skins should change their name. … A Federal judge avoided using the ’Skins name in an NFL-related court ruling and also ordered attorneys in the case not to use the team’s name in his courtroom (from Bryan Martin Firvida). ”¦ A Native American group in Tulsa wants the ’Skins to change their name (thanks, Phil). ”¦ The publisher of several update New York newspapers will stop using the word “Redskins” when referring to the NFL team and also to local high school teams (from Jeff Link). ”¦ Daniel Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation offered to build a skate park for a Native American tribe in Arizona, but the tribe declined the offer, referring to the funds as “bribe money.” … CBS Sports’s policy is that its announcers don’t have to say the ’Skins name if they don’t want to, although I’m not aware of any CBS broadcasters who’ve expressed issues with the team’s name (thanks, Phil).

Baseball News: The first-year summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish became the Kenosha Sockets for “What If” Night last night. … The good news: Mets OF Curtis Granderson did a youth-group event on Wednesday. The bad news: He wore a knock-off replica jersey, as you can see in this comparison — no MLB logo, wrong lettering font. ”¦ “For years, I’ve thought a great contest would be to track the T-shirts that fans are wearing at ballgames, so I created this checklist,” says Mike Menner. “While at the All-Star Game on Tuesday, my brother and I were trying to keep track of how many different ones we saw. We came up with 29 out of 31 (counting an Expos jersey).” ”¦ Key quote in this article about a very enthusiastic Tigers fan: “After one of the games, the Harris cousins waited by the dugout and began talking to the laundry workers. One of the workers invited them to the laundry room, where the Detroit Tigers’ dirty jerseys were piled up, waiting to go into the washing machine. ‘They let us try on the uniforms, even though they told us we didn’t want to put them on because they were dirty and smelly,’ Margaret said. ‘They held the smelly ones up and asked, “Which one do you want to try on?” We loved it.'” ”¦ The Orioles will celebrate their 60th anniversary by wearing 1954 throwbacks on Aug. 8. ”¦ Here’s the latest call for the Padres to return to yellow and brown (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Maybe you already knew the story about Reggie Jackson having to wear a Mariners uniform for the 1979 American League All-Star team portrait (and, as you can see in the inset shot, Rangers manager Pat Corrales wore a Cubs cap), but you probably haven’t seen this article about it (very nice find by Brooks Simpson). … Nationals pitcher Doug Fister thinks those protective caps aren’t ready yet (from Tommy Turner). … The Florence Freedom — that’s an independent league team near Cincinnati — will apparently become the first team ever to wear “Sherlock Holmes” caps (from Patrick O’Neill).

NFL News: Our own Brinke Guthrie was among the credentialed members of the media that attended yesterday’s ribbon-cutting at the 49ers’ new stadium. He got a tour of the joint and took lots of photos and notes, plus he shot some video of Roger Goodell. Full report coming this weekend. … Always odd to see a football players wearing No. 0, even if it is in the CFL (from Jonathan Cain).

College Football News: Vanderbilt has retired No. 1 as a salute to a child who’s fighting for his life (thanks, Phil). … Also rom Phil: The Florida State and Notre Dame midfield logos are ready to be installed on their respective fields. … They’ve been testing the scoreboard at Baylor’s new stadium. … Whoa-ho-ho, check out the awesome yoke and sleeve stripes worn by the 1940 Kansas team (thanks, Phil).

Hockey News: “Given the current immigration debate, I wonder how the folks at the Phoenix Coyotes feel about the use of the term ‘coyote’ for human smugglers,” says Adam Herbst (whose wife is an immigration lawyer). “Has there been a call for them to change their name? That term for human smuggler must have existed prior to the hockey team — bad vetting.” … New uniforms for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (thanks, Phil).

NBA News: Buried within this excerpt from Phil Jackson’s new autobiography is the following: “Chris [Hansen, who wanted to buy the Sacramento Kings,] even wanted to remove the players’ names from their jerseys to shift attention away from individual players. I told him the marketing department of the NBA might have a problem with that one” (from Robert Silverman). … Judging from this photo of the gold championship tab on a sample Trail Blazers jersey, it looks like they might be ditching the red outlining on the NOBs. But that placeholder NOB lettering might just be, you know, a placeholder (still a good spot by Luke Jukkala). … This is pretty cool: an Ohio wedding with each groomsman wearing a different LeBron James jersey (from Chris Flinn).

Soccer News: FIFA has decreed that German F1 driver Nico Rosberg can’t put a World Cup trophy decal on his helmet. They were apparently acting upon a complaint from Hyundai (from Tommy Turner and Matthew Walthert, respectively). … More Big 12 soccer concepts. … New kits for the Mexican team Club America (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Also from Phil: Buncha new soccer balls. From left to right, that’s Seria A (Italy), La Liga (Spain), and Premier League (England). ”¦ New crests for West Ham United. ”¦ In case you’ve lost track, here’s a decent round-up of recently unveiled kits (Phil again). ”¦ New unis for the Orlando Pirates, Sparta, and Juventus (Phil yet again). … Some interesting portrait-style soccer illustrations available here (from Jay Sullivan).

Grab Bag: The University of Dayton will be unveiling a new logo today. ”¦ Good article about a pawn shop that specializes in helping athletes sell their championship rings (from Tommy Turner). ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Members of the U.S. women’s track and field team at the 1968 Olympics had NOBs! Never seen that before for track and field. That screen shot is taken from this video sequence (great find by Don Whelan). ”¦ New sports logos for the U. of North Florida (from Sean Abruzzo). ”¦ Jon Solomonson’s orthodontist is an Iowa State grad, which presumably explains why this is hanging on her wall.

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What Paul did last night: The City Reliquary held its annual-ish Collectors’ Night extravaganza last night. For the first time in nearly a decade, I was not among the exhibitors, because I’ve already displayed all my collections during previous Collectors’ Nights. So last night I got to be spectator, which was a nice change.

I didn’t take many photographs, but there was this one guy who had loads of political campaign buttons and bumper stickers and such, and I loved this Barry Goldwater license plate that he had on display (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):


But my favorite exhibitor was the New Girl (okay, so I’m biased), who showcased three separate collections, all of which I really liked (sorry about the not-so-great photography — the lighting was challenging and the objects were shiny):

1. Her ever-growing collection of “Ask Me About” buttons:



2. A collection of fake credit cards sent as part of various junk mail solicitations, each one with “Your Name Here” and — my favorite part — the same card number:



3. An annotated collection of cockroach legs, each of which was the only unconsumed part left behind after one of the New Girl’s cats found, killed, and ate a roach (“I’d be happy if this collection never got any bigger,” she says):


Yes, she’s a weirdo. But she’s my kind of weirdo.

Comments (78)

    Sorry to come off like a different kind of bad editor, but . . .

    Second graf, second link is wonky.

    Unclosed bold tag starting at Grab Bag.

    Why would an Iowa State grad have U of Iowa mascot item?

    I thought the same thing about the Iowa State grad with Iowa’s tigerhawk. I figured she was trying to make fun of the logo by saying it needed braces – but then I remembered that Iowa State doesn’t have a dental school.

    “Why would an Iowa State grad have U of Iowa mascot item?”

    Also, Iowa State doesn’t have a dental school, whereas the University of Iowa does. Pretty sure the orthodontist is an Iowa Hawkeye, not an Iowa State Cyclone.

    Way to go out on a high note, Anonymous. Gorgeous an practical.
    In response to yesterday’s QOTW… I mostly submit info about my self. My apologies for the narcissism.

    I supplied Paul with the bad college name. Sorry. Can you tell I’m not much of a college sports guy.

    (but he still geeked it too by not correcting me!! :^D )

    “… Whoa-ho-ho, check out the awesome yoke and sleeve stripes worn by the 1940 Kansas team (thanks, Phil)…”

    Yikes! Splendid opportunity for one of our colorization geniuses.

    and who might that be?


    Hey Conn,

    Don’t know whether you saw, b/c I replied very late yesterday to one of your comments — hoping an invite to join you and Chance to the NYCFC match could be extended to l’il ole me. Watching the World Cup has sparked a nascent socc…er football jones in me. Love to join you lads for that if you’d have me.

    Hey Paul

    The unprofessionalism does just exist in the journalism world.. It would blow your mind how many times that’s happened to me or folks i know. I have stories for days about managers/interviewers/ recruiters just being completely rude or consciously unprofessional. And these people are the same folks who are the first contact with the company in many cases. One of my biggest pet peeves in life is when someone missed a deadline that THEY set and don’t even bother to A: tell you they are going to be late or B: don’t even acknowledge it when they do. Hey I get things happen, I get deadlines get moved, but how long does it take to fire off a 2 line email saying hey, sorry, got swamped, haven’t forgotten about you, I’ll be in touch by next Wednesday or whatever.. It’s not hard people.. I find more and more this has become the norm. There are more people who aren’t professional and who don’t have manners than those who do.. It’s sad.

    So, accepting your money isn’t a tacit approval of your football team’s name, but you want them to build their skate park in your team’s colors?

    OAF is just more and more appropriate an abbreviation, isn’t it?

    I don’t understand how you can have a ribbon cutting to open a new stadium long before the season is supposed to start. Seems ridiculous.

    Hamilton Tiger Cats – CFL

    I know it’s probably juvenile of me, but all I want to do when I hear the name Levi’s Stadium is say, “Who’s Levi, and how does he have his own stadium?”.

    Gah, corporate names are stupid.

    Paul, I’d like to share a similar story, just because it’s so damn frustrating.

    Back in ’06 I started doing an illustration in each issue of a local Virginia lifestyle magazine. It was a nice gig and a nice mag, it paid well, and the Art Director was always very receptive to my ideas…I almost never received editorial interference of any kind. I kept cranking them out six times a year, and eventually, the AD who hired me left (as ADs often do). I continued to work for the magazine during the lengthy search for a replacement, hopeful that whoever took over would keep me on.

    Eventually, they hired a new AD, and for well over a year, I continued to contributee to every issue, though aside from an occasional quick call, all of our correspondences were through email. I eventually decided it was time to have a real conversation with her, just as a cordial, get to know you, kind of situation, so I called to follow up on a story idea I’d pitched to her a few weeks prior…a comic about the history of hockey in Virginia, which would be published to coincide with the Norfolk Admirals raising their Calder Cup banner after an historically impressive championship season.

    Anyway, we talked for at least an hour, it was very familiar and friendly, it turns out we know a lot of the same people via alt-weekly circles and the like, and I came away from the conversation thinking I was on pretty solid ground.

    A few weeks later, I emailed to see when the copy for my next assignment would be coming in (which was not an uncommon thing for me to have to do)…nothing. About a week later, I emailed her again, again, nothing. I began to sense the writing on the wall, but when I saw the new issue in the store with another illustrators’s work in my spot, I was, frankly, enraged. I emailed one final time, playing dumb, and never got a response of any kind. She literally never spoke one word to me again.

    Seven years is a good long run in any freelance capacity, and I was thrilled to have it. I obviously would’ve been very disappointed to lose the gig under any circumstances, but being dropped without the courtesy of a phone call or at least a fucking email is unprofessional bordering on unconscionable. It really kinda fucked me up for a long time, and left me feeling very bitter. It boggles my mind the lousy way some people choose to do business.

    It’s easier to say than to do, but I wouldn’t waste one second feeling like a schlub, Paul. It’s absolutely on THEM to be up front and honest with you…you gave them every opportunity. You don’t need me to tell you that such cowards don’t deserve to work with you!

    Aside from being general scumbaggery, it’s also very bad business.

    I can’t imagine that publishing is a terribly huge industry. You’d think they’d at least spend thirty seconds on an email just to avoid getting a lousy reputation. Today’s freelancer is tomorrow’s staffer, and your bad editors might be looking for a reference soon enough.

    Call it fate, call it luck, call it karma.

    Since it happened I’ve been at odds with myself, on one hand wanting to tell everybody about it, on the other thinking I should stay quiet so it doesn’t sound like sour grapes.

    One postscript to the story I forgot about earlier…back in January I received a 1099 tax form from the magazine, for the amount I WOULD’VE made in 2013 had I not been canned. Of course, having done NO work for them, I emailed this same woman to tell her that they’d mistakenly reported paying me thousands of dollars, and she STILL didn’t write me back personally! She had their financial guy do it! It’s just gross.

    Those stories you both shared leave me shaking my head. Not only did you have the feeling a new job was in store, but it’s passive agressively taken away. Slap in the face. All it would have taken was a phone call letting you know that you the interest had waned. Is that really so hard? Keep your head up fellas!

    It ain’t even just paid gigs and it ain’t even just bad folks.

    A couple of years ago I learned that a FOAF (call him T) had a book coming out. I offered to proofread the manuscript for free – just because I wanted to see it before anyone else. He said he’d send me the manuscript and never did. The book was published by a small midwestern publisher and had some embarrassing errors (mainly misspellings of names, but T is a grad school professor). I e-mailed T describing the errors and asking him to let me know when a second edition would come so I could purchase and send review copies to some folks with websites related to his topic. He was very appreciative of the offer, but so far no second edition has been forthcoming.

    In May of this year another friend had a book-signing. T was there and mentioned that he’s nearly done with a new book and asked if I’d be interested in proofreading this one. I said I would. T emailed me to confirm, but I still haven’t seen anything.

    There’s a story about Steve Goodman, the singer-songwriter who wrote “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” — we was a real-life Cub fan, who was indeed dying when he wrote the song.

    In the song, he wants o be cremated at Wrigley Field following a Cubs game, in which “Keith Moreland drops a routine fly ball.” A journalist contacted Moreland, who knew the song (and to his credit, thought it was funny), and suggested that Goodman, who was very sick at the time, would love to hear from Moreland.

    Moreland decided to send the dying singer a note, accompanied by an autographed baseball. He gave the ball to the writer, who promised to deliver it to Goodman. The journalist, whose name I can’t remember, tossed the ball into a basket on his kitchen counter, and forgot about it.

    Goodman died a few weeks later.

    That Vanderbilt story is of a piece with what this organization is doing:

    Pretty cool seeing how the inspiration flows both ways:

    As far as the Coyotes name goes, they probably only ever considered it as a contrast to the Phoenix Roadrunners, the name of historical teams from the old Western Hockey League, the World Hockey Association, and the Central Hockey League, and a name in use at the time in the International Hockey League (though the IHL Roadrunners ended up folding in 1997).

    Really bad contrast as this team will continue to have lots of pratfalls. But it does make me want to start an Acme Hockey Equipment company . . .

    “Predator” is a lot more problematic for me than “Coyote”. Until this morning, I never once linked the Arizona hockey team’s nickname with smugglers. From the second I heard “Nashville Predators”, the only picture in my head has been a creepy guy in a panel van, listening to Conway Twitty on the 8-track while he drives slowly past an elementary school.

    Funny you should mention that, Cort – that’s exactly the reaction some parents around here had when our new high school’s first senior class wanted to be the “Plymouth Predators”, named for Nashville’s team. They still use the first version of the Preds’ logo (rendered in silver and black), but go by the ever-generic “Wildcats” instead.

    Coyotes — the smuggling kind — have been so named for at least 75 years. Working in the East LA barrio in the early 80’s, I heard dozens and dozens of coyote stories (the film “El Norte” provides an excellent depiction of the immigrant experience with coyotes. The smuggling kid.)

    People in the southwest know the contextual difference between “coyote” the trafficker and “coyote” the yelping quadriped, just like people understand that the “bear” in Chicago is ursine, not a “large, hairy man, projecting an image of rugged masculinity.”

    You missed mentioning the Pacific Hockey League in relation to the Phoenix Roadrunners (same team that was in the Central Hockey League just moved to a different league).

    A Phoenix Roadrunners team was also in the ECHL, but this was after the Jets became the Coyotes.


    Not bad for the Monarchs… if only the Kings would adopt that waist stripe on their black jerseys. (And possibly go back to just the crown as their main crest.)

    I think CBS took the spineless way out with the Washington nickname issue. They could have just said that the didn’t want to offend their business partner, the NFL. But now CBS is making their announcers personally take the heat for whatever decision they choose to make. The network should have decided one way or another and the announcers could have used their paycheck as a cover.

    Has anyone seen the sked?

    When I sent that to Paul, we had a slight discussion back and forth, and I noted that the only way CBS will get ‘skins games is if the AFC team playing them is away (I think that’s how it still works, right?). So, there won’t even be that many ‘skins games CBS actually broadcasts…

    I like their move, and unless someone makes a huge deal about it, viewers probably won’t even notice much (I’d assume their graphics will still use the ‘skins logo and name — so it’s not like the entire name/logo will be, pardon the pun, whitewashed). It will simply be an announcer’s decision to refer to RGIII as “the Washington Quarterback,” or whatever player it is as the “receiver” or “DB” or what have you.

    On the “earth shaking” scale, this probably rates very low, but still, IMHO, a positive step.

    I’m not so sure it really means anything at all. CBS appears to be attempting to stay neutral, and most people probably won’t notice either way. Not only are they not going to cover very many Redskins games, but it isn’t exactly uncommon to use the city when referring to the team while talking about former players or score updates or whatever.

    An announcer saying things like “Washington trails the Cowboys 21-3 at the half”, or “(Player Name) spent the first 5 years of his career in Washington.” isn’t going to draw any attention at all. Now if someone actually says “The Washington Football Team”, then people might actually take notice.

    I’m generally in favor of an employer treating its employees like grown-ups who are capable of making their own decisions on matters of personal conscience.

    So in that respect, I think it’s a plus, however it plays out.

    Wouldn’t CBS know the position of the announcers they employ on this before assigning them to call Redskins games?
    Have any of their play-by-play and/or color commentators spoken out either way?

    Unless the announcer specifically told them, why would they know anything? My employer certainly doesn’t know very much about my personal views, because those views are generally irrelevant to the job I have to do. A sports announcer is ultimately being paid to tell the viewer what’s happening during the game. What he or she happens to think about any given political issue probably shouldn’t matter.

    Given the political issue is tied directly to the job the sports announcer is doing – saying the name of the team, I don’t think it would be out of the ordinary to say, “Hey, are you going to say the name or not? We want to be prepared for any PR possibilities.”

    What he or she happens to think does matter in this case. He or she will either say the nickname or not. CBS is in their right to prepare for any kind of criticism.

    I may not work in journalism, but I’ve had people approach me to work on projects for them, only for them to disappear and the project to never materialize. Sometimes it involves me coordinating the outsourcing of a request to our approved vendor, for which there is a direct cost to the customer, while other times the job would be handled by my team internally (and thus cost isn’t a factor).

    Occasionally, I might get a response where the customer states that they have decided to go in a different direction, to which I thank them for their time and ask them to keep us in mind for the future. Most of the time I never hear from them again after that, but at least they were considerate enough not to leave us hanging.

    Basically, though, I can’t spend my time tracking people down if they haven’t followed up and sent us a project, because we’ve got projects in progress to worry about (like right now, I’m waiting for materials for a project that’s already started, but I’m stuck on hold until those materials come in).

    The West Ham crests aren’t the final product, but the final prototype. They are soliciting feedback from fans before finalizing them. In any event, the new crest will not be adopted until 2017, when they move to the renovated Olympic Stadium.

    Random question: How come the only link that doesn’t open in a new tab is the ESPN column? Seems to happen every time you link to it. Is that part of your agreement with them?

    If you link to something in a new window, then the links within that new-windowed story won’t open in new windows, even if they’re coded to do so. (Or at least that’s what I’ve found with most browsers.)

    My ESPN columns tend to have lots of links, and I want the reader to be able to experience those links in new windows. So when linking to an ESPN column, I do a direct link, not a new-window link, to preserve the functionality of the new-window links wtihin the ESPN column.

    Does that make sense?

    I’ve been digging around old newspapers looking up old sandlot teams from the Pittsburgh area to see if I can find any gems of uniforms to create some sort of concept from ( I mean, with team names like the Question Marks, the Union Clothiers, the Oakleafs, Majestic Radios and Hope Harvey – my spidey senses are all a tingle). While digging through I found this picture of the Clovers A.A. Soccer squad from the 1930s. The Pittsburgh area seemed to have one heckuva soccer scene back in the day. link

    Sorry, that was from a Reading Newspaper, yet I’ve seen a lot of soccer stories from the Pittsburgh papers which I have researched

    Love the New Girl’s collections. Well, perhaps not the annotated cockroach legs.

    Boy, somebody’s on the link, huh? You’d think at some point they’d get the hint.

    And I’d like to think I have a good eye for detail, but I’m not seeing the differences between many of link. Are the “member since” numbers different? I can’t quite make them all out.

    The New Girl’s button collections are great!

    Does she take the “ask me about” to the next level and have some responses prepared? (e.g. ‘So what’s the deal with the free chainsaws?’ ‘Oh, it’s a buy-one, get-one if you buy in Texas!’)

    The Ford/Dole button recalls the old Pepsi logo, which is kind of ironic as the new Pepsi logo recalls Obama’s logo.

    Never realized junk mail credit cards have the same number…cool. I know telephone numbers on TV and movies all start with 555, which was an inactive area code made by the old Bell System so people who actually had numbers mentioned would not get prank calls. Something similar is how fine watches are all photographed at 10:10 on the watch…I think that shows the face better. Also, most watches don’t use IV for roman numeral 4…they use IIII. Never figured that out.

    Just a guess, but a small “IV” could look like a misaligned nearby “III”.

    I think it’s probably just an aesthetic choice made by a more popular watchmaker that gradually turned into being traditional.

    Let’s face it, if your eyesight is bad enough that can’t tell 3 o’clock from 4 o’clock by the hour hand position alone, you need to stick to digital.

    Many kudos to the Anonymous DIY-er on the scarf. His work noticeably improved over the posts.

    I would have an interest in purchasing a Packers or Brewers-style scarf of that ilk.

    Paul, I think that is a great way to now present Skins Watch. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I don’t care what Bono thinks, but I think it is interesting to know what elected officials think. I was one early on who debated you privately that it shouldn’t be a part of uniwatch. You did present a new way of looking at it (and yes, the old “scroll past it” hint).

    I think this is a great idea and actually enjoyed clicking through today’s ‘Skins Watch for the first time in forever.

    Late reply from the west. I like the once a week idea. There’s a site I like for a news host and she does a weekend summary called This Week in Religion recapping stories where politics and religion overlap. SWatch (do the still make those watches?) daily impressed us that it was an active issue. Now once per week would be great.

    When I see that Manchester Monarchs jersey, It reminds me of King Moonracer from The Island of Misfit Toys.


    Yes, she’s a weirdo. But she’s my kind of weirdo.

    Love this. When all’s said & done, this is all that really matters, right? Finding a few of “our kind of weirdos,” and appreciating the shite out of them.

    Excellent stuff today, as always, Mr. Lukas. And thanks again for creating a place for a certain type of weirdo to find others of the same ilk …

    I’m confused. A few days ago you were strictly policing the comments about the Tony Gwynn All-Star Game issue because it had nothing to do with uniforms. Today, however, you devote a large section to trashing some editor who hasn’t gotten back to you, completely unrelated to uniforms. So it’s okay if you go off topic, but not okay to post something off topic in the comments section?

    Yes, exactly. Ding-ding-ding!

    Because it’s my website, and sometimes my website is about me. That’s one of the perks of having a website. So is being able to decide what does and doesn’t qualify as “off-topic.”

    Doesn’t sound fair? You’re right — it isn’t! On the other hand, (a) any system with one person in charge is unfair to a certain degree, and (b) in this case, the level of unfairness isn’t a bad trade-off for all the things you get here for free every day.

    Said this on Paul’s Facebook page, but it’s worth repeating here (long time reader, infrequent commenter, by the way):

    Everyone who’s a freelancer, no matter what the profession, has a story like this. Still, it’s a surprise when something this drastic happens to someone who’s seasoned and has name recognition like you do, Paul. And it’s even more surprising that you’re cheesed off by it, which means that that “thick skin” for rejection that we as writers are always advised to develop never really grows all the way in, does it? Thanks for helping me feel better about being annoyed when it happens to me.

    I’ve been blown off plenty of times. But never by someone with whom I’d had such a promising-seeming meeting — a meeting during which we discussed how frequently I’d be writing, how much I’d be paid, etc. This wasn’t just a speculative, “Wouldn’t this be nice” kinda thing — it was a “We’re definitely gonna do this” thing.

    Except it apparently wasn’t.

    That’s a drag, but hey, it happens. What I can’t accept is the lack of acknowledgment — that’s just reprehensible, and it deserves to be called out. So I did.

    When I’ve told this story elsewhere, I’ve had to add the fact that the meeting was so fruitful. It’s not just that you were an e-mail address with a pitch coming over the transom. But the kind of blow-off you wrote about is pretty damn painful no matter how long you’ve been in the business, and we’ve all been there and sympathize.

    The guy who had all of the political pins at City Reliquary is a teacher from my high school alma mater! Really nice guy.

    Hey Paul, Just curious if you have seen/heard of Jane Doe doing “business as usual” over the time frame mentioned?

    I only ask because I’ve had a few similar incidents (not in journalism though). Twice, the person on the other end were going through divorces. I had no way of knowing, and they weren’t exactly advertising it, but it made a lot of sense when I found out. People deal with personal issues all the time, and I don’t think it’s a fair reason for being unprofessional, but it could be something to think about (maybe she’s had a close death in the family, or something equally difficult). Just a thought.

    The other person (I said I had a few incidents) was just really poor at communication. He also had trouble with time management. It’s too bad, because we really did work well together when we worked. In the end, I think it saved us both a long-term headache, but it was certainly rough to go through at the time.

    In all three cases, I was left feeling like I had done something wrong. Looking back, I know that I wasn’t the issue in these situations (I’m sure I have been in others), but it doesn’t help shake that feeling.

    I’m interested to hear if she ever gets back with you.

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