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Where There's A Will, There's A Way

These Games Don't Count2

By Phil Hecken

I’m generally not a big fan of “gimmicks” or “look at me” moves or other attention-getting measures. So when I heard genius comedian Will Ferrell was planning to “play” in five games for ten different Cactus League teams on Thursday, I originally thought it was just another publicity move or similar nonsense. I was wrong.

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, as part of a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, and in partnership with Major League Baseball to support the fight against cancer, Ferrell traveled to five Arizona stadiums by van and helicopter throughout the day. But it was more than just a gimmick. Ferrell seemed to take the whole thing seriously (or as serious as Will Ferrell can take anything). His goal, which he accomplished, was to play all nine fielding positions (and DH) for each of the clubs he visited.

Clearly, Ferrell is a student of history. His first stop was the Oakland A’s — where he began the day supporting Bert Campaneris, who five decades ago became the first Major Leaguer to play every position on the field in the same game. He chose to wear the number “19” (Campy’s number) for each of the teams except one (more on that at the end). I’ll chronicle his visit by team (in order). For the most part, Ferrell looked pretty good in uniform (albeit he had to wear the Spring Training tops and caps). But his uni odyssey was not without a few slip ups. Beginning with his first stop.

For this and all photos, you know what to do (most of them can be enlarged). Here’s a look at the positions he played:

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Now the teams:

Oakland A’s:

He started by chatting with Campy. Then he took the field in full A’s regalia. With one glaring mistake. BLACK cleats!!! Ugh. Now I realize he had to play games for 9 other teams (most of whom sport black or dark cleats), but he’s still gotta take off his pants to put on his shoes each time, right? C’mon Will. But other than that it was a great first effort. He played shortstop. He also took a few licks in the cage (he’s not bad!).

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Seattle Mariners:

Moving across the diamond (literally – the Mariners were playing the A’s), Ferrell switched gear and became a Mariner for an inning. For the M’s he played second base. It was a pretty uneventful occasion.

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Anaheim Angels:

After finishing his stint(s) with the A’s & M’s, Ferrell headed to Tempe Diablo Stadium where the Angels were hosting the Cubs. He hopped into Angels gear and proceeded to Center Field. He actually saw some action there, fielding a single and throwing it back into the infield. Nice touch to wear the red socks too!


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Chicago Cubs:

The real fun for Ferrell began with the Cubs, where he played first base (Ernie Banks tribute, perhaps?), got to bat (not good), AND served as third base coach, where he proceeded to hold up some hilarious signs for the hitters. Note that uni-wise, he kinda/sorta went high cuffed.


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Arizona Diamondbacks:

The next stop on Ferrell’s spring training tour was Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Diamondbacks hosted the Cincinnati Reds. He’d take the field for the D-Backs in left — and he’d see action there, playing a double into a triple. And as much as I hate the BP tops, I gotta admit I kinda like the black crowned caps with the red jerseys.

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Cincinnati Reds:

Mid-game, Ferrell moved over to the visiting Reds dugout (and played hot corner for the squad). He also suffered a quick rookie hazing, being forced to wear beards constructed of condiments. I don’t think he had any chances at third, but he sure looked like he belonged there. I’m also not usually a fan of a mascot on one’s cap, but in the Reds’ case, it looks pretty good.

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Chicago White Sox:

Things got a bit dicey after the Reds/D-Backs game, but Ferrell traveled by chopper to the ChiSox/Giants game where he showed up towards the very end of the game. He arrived in uniform (guess he changed in the helicopter) in Sox gear, and proceeded to DH (pinch hitting) for the Southsiders — and his at bat went a little better than his three pitch strikeout with the Cubs. He made contact (and looked like he hurt his hand in the process). And it looks like he was sporting actual White Sox.

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San Francisco Giants:

With no time to completely change out of his Sox gear (and after his mid-inning trade to the Giants), Ferrell got behind the plate for San Francisco. While the faux pas of wearing Sox pants with Giants gear can be forgiven in most places, here at Uni Watch, he warrants definite demerits for the transgression.


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Los Angeles Dodgers:

Ferrell skedaddled out of the ChiSox/Giants game for his last stop at Peoria Sports Complex, where the Padres played host to the Dodgers. He’d face his *toughest* challenge of the day when he was called upon to pitch for LA. Surprisingly, he threw a first-pitch strike, fielded a bunt cleanly, and made a perfect throw to first to retire his only batter faced. He’ll retire with a perfect 0.00 ERA, to match his perfect .000 batting average. The Dodgers should never wear blue tops, but I sorta like that gray crowned cap. Ferrell seemed to have pretty good form out there, too.


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San Diego Padres:

The final stop on the whirlwind tour was with the Padres, where another uni-notable moment took place. In the previous four games, and for the previous nine teams, Ferrell had worn number 19. Upon taking his position in right field for the Padres, though, Ferrell came out wearing number 20 — since there could only be one #19 in RF for the Padres. Very cool move. Ferrell didn’t get to make any plays, but he did have a great view of a home run smacked over the fence. When all was said and done, Ferrell thanked the crowd. It was a good day.

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So there you have it — quite a day, and all things told (and despite the fact that some video hawking ex-broadcasters didn’t appreciate the effort), it was, in my opinion, a pretty awesome thing Will Ferrell did. I read somewhere he raised over a million dollars for charity, and while sure — it was a publicity stunt as much as anything else — it was fun. This game’s fun, OK? Fun goddamnit. And if nothing else, Ferrell (or his handlers) definitely did their homework when it came to unis (black cleats on the A’s notwithstanding).

What say you guys? Did you enjoy this sort of thing, or do you think stuff like this makes a mockery of the game (or somewhere in between)? Is there anyone besides Ferrell who might have been able to pull something like this off (and is this something that was fun once, but should never be repeated)? Did any of you watch Ferrell play live (or on tv)? What did you think?

The floor is yours.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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First up today is Raph (full name withheld upon request), with an Avalanche redux:

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Hi,

I’ve been reading your posts for a while now and enjoy them immensely. Although our tastes may differ from time to time, it’s fun seeing the detailed and picture-heavy analysis you provide for so many sports.

Since you asked for more redesigns a while ago, and because the apron strings and Colorado Avalanche uniform have been bugging me since they first introduced the Reebok Edge template, I thought I’d give it a stab. My version harkens back to the pre-Edge uniform, with a few alterations. Here are the biggest differences of note:

* Apron strings removed. No more diagonal line through the captain’s “C” or alternate “A”!

* The shoulder yoke now stops in points before the collar and at the elbow. The thought being that the color change “caps” each shoulder like snow on a mountaintop. I also liked the idea of them being shoulder pauldrons since athletes so often refer to going into “battle” with their teammates. The shoulders are also intended to reinforce an “A”/mountain shape in the main portion of the sweater when the arms are down.

* Reintroduced the mountain pattern to the hem of the uniform and added a matching hem on the sleeve for consistency.

* Lines similar to the sweater were added to the socks.

If I’m fortunate enough to have you feature my redesign on your site, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t use my full name in the post. Thanks and look forward to your future articles!

– Raph

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And we close today with Áron Bartal who has some NFL concepts:

Hi Phil!

I was hoping that those NFL teams who are playing in their outdated uniforms would start feel awkward and finally redesign them but apparently it’s not happening in the near future (maybe with the Eagles) so I made a redesign of the Cardinals, Panthers, Pats, Eagles and Rams. Hope you’ll like them I tried to be reasonable and change the unis the way to make them timeless. Here’s a short description:

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Cards: Simplicity was the main goal here. The away uni is a modernized version of a former uniform.

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Panthers: Probably the most outdated unis in the NFL. The blue jerseys should be the primary ones but I kept the black-on-black unis also as alternatives because those look amazing with the blue socks (and even better with black helmets). I changed the UCLA stripes to the stripes UCLA currently using. That’s my personal favourite.

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Pats: Very little but important change. Maybe with the retirement of Brady the team will close that chapter in franchise history by changeing the unis.The white helmet would also mean if the NFL stick with the stupid one helmet rule the awsome throwback uni could come back. Oh and red socks, because red is very underrepresented in the current Pats unis, and well, we’re close to Boston.

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Eagles: Kelly green, baby! With a small twist on the collars and sleeves.

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Rams: Another modernized version of a classic uni. Navy blue works great with gold. This unis are missing the TV numbers due to the lack of my photo editing skills, but personally I like them that way.

That’s it, I really hope you like these unis.

All regards,
Aron Bartal

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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Happy Pi Day

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Too Good For the Ticker
Too Good…

for the Ticker

Got an e-mail from Kary Klismet, who sent a rather long e-mail with several photos. Rather than try to edit it down, I’ve shared it below, with pics inline. You can click on most images to enlarge:

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Greetings-

Somehow, this escaped my notice until today, but I just discovered that part of the University of Iowa’s upgrades to its baseball stadium includes the installation of an all-turf, dirtless baseball field. The completely dirtless field made its debut in Iowa’s home opener earlier this week. Apparently, the infield was replaced prior to last season, with the grass outfield and dirt warning track replaced with Astroturf during the most recent off-season.

This story gives more detail about the field. Photos of the all-turf infield, complete with brown Astroturf where the dirt would normally be, can be found below:

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You can see more photos here.

And as a bonus, check out those striped stirrups!

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Anyway, I thought it was notable, if not for a feature, at least as a ticker item.

Regards,

-Kary Klismet

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Good stuff, Kary — thanks for sharing!

OK, now onto the ticker…

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Taylor University has “interesting” Khaki baseball unis and Manchester College’s shows off some nice stirrups with HORRIBLE all black (super baggy) pants (from Sam Hill). Check out the full photo gallery here. … Oh my — the South Bend Cubs will be wearing these for “Back To The Future” Night on June 16th. More here (thanks to Andrew Bradley). … Here’s a good shot from 2015 Spring Training showing the Atlanta Braves raised A on their batting helmets (good spot by Michael Korczynski). … Check out these vintage shawl sweaters from the 20’s and ’30s! Submitter Jonathan Daniel particularly likes the Babe Ruth photo. … Wonderful photo (from Bruce Menard, of course) of Pepper Martin inspecting ‘The Latest Baseball Gloves’ (March 1950 at Brooklyn). … Here’s how the Dayton Dragons single-A ball club packaged their season tickets this year (h/t pwillia). … Holy CRAP! Check out the Jackson Generals’ Wizard of Oz jerseys, coming to the field May 15th (h/t MiLB Promos). … Oooohhh – check out these new jerseys for Virginia Tech (via Mikey Campbell). … Here’s a look at the Richmond Flying Squirrels ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation Night jerseys, to be worn on April 25 (thanks to Ray Parrish). … Not really uni-related, but “somehow feels appropriate” says Paul: the Brewers have banned high-fives to avoid the spread of pink-eye. Yep. … Check out this photo found by Brian Mazmanian: Check out the script “NOB” on these Orioles jerseys. … Check out the captain mark for the Orix Buffaloes this year (thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Dateline: Spring ’77: Newly acquired Texas shortstop Bert Campaneris wears a jersey w/ the Rangers 1776-1976 patch (h/t Super 70s Sports). … Here’s a guy who we hope makes the bigs, for his 14 letter last NOB alone. … Here’s a terrific shot of Jimmy Wynn, Mike Cuellar, and Rusty Staub, of 1968 Houston Astros (via Astros Daily). … Ooooh – check out the stirrups on The Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team.

NFL News: Idiot Jets fans who once burned their Darelle Revis jerseys are now ready to forgive and forget. … Not wanting to blow $300 on polyester jerseys they may soon burn, Eagles fans are finding ingenious ways of making DeMarco Murray jerseys. … The Titans staff is getting to work — looks like Brian Orakpo will retain his #98 (thanks to Eric Wright). … I know we don’t normally pay much attention to a lot of stuff on Bleacher Report, but they have gotten a lot better lately. Well. Until this: see how many mistakes/omissions you can spot in this one. … Also from Brian Mazmanian, look at these Baltimore Colts’ ‘players’ — are these mannequins?

College Football News: Here’s a shot of Kevin White in a WVU “Pro Day” shirt (from Coleman Mullins). … Apparently there are more helmets in the works for Troy. According to “The General”, these will be game used.

NBA News: Tweeter Phil Fahso came across this 20 year old NBA folder yesterday — anyone out there have one of these? … “If the 10’s Cavs are going to celebrate their history by adding 80’s blue to their 70’s wine & gold,” writes Christopher Noice, “why not throw in the 90’s hi-liter too?” Jim Vilk not only approves, he’d wear that. … Nice looking color versus color game between the Hornets and Bulls last night (thanks to Drew Vandemore) for the grab. … Check out this cool shot of Kareem’s first goggles (from Uniform Critic). Looks like modified ski goggles. … The Celtics busted out their green & gold St. Paddy’s Day unis last night. More here.

Hockey News: Wayne Gretzky may be the greatest hockey player of all time, but that doesn’t mean everyone, including his ‘biggest’ fans, know how to spell his name (nice spot by Jonathan Daniel). … Check out this neat Penguins warm up sweater, for St. Paddy’s day. More info here (thanks to Kevin K.). … Speaking of St. Paddy’s Day sweaters, the Blackhawks will be wearing theirs on Tuesday (the actual St. Patrick’s Day). … Which teams are scheduled to unveil new sweaters in 2015/16? Click here. … Doug Smith tweeted this and wasn’t sure what a Golden Goalie was. Sure enough, the Cincinnati Cyclones tweeted back the answer.

Soccer News: There is a new (controversial) crest for Cardiff City. Says submitter Cort McMurray, “The dragon looks less Welsh, and more Asian, reflecting the Club owner’s Malaysian roots. The supporters are nonplussed.” … Here’s a leak of the “intriguing” Portugal away kit for 2015 (from Conrad Burry).

College Hoops News: “I’ve sent you some Wolfpack items before after my days as a student assistant in the Sports Info department,” writes Jeff Spry. “After watching my alma mater get slammed by Duke last night, I went to Youtube to relive the good ol’ days and found this crazy clip of Wolfpack basketball players trying out their new unitards — including a short clip of Jimmy V wearing one.” … In the soon-to-be-released “SEC Storied” on Shaq O’Neill, he is wearing a Mets T-Shirt throughout the special (thanks to Jason Yellin). … In yesterday’s All-American Conference game between ECU and SMU, SMU’s #25 was NNOB (good spot by Luke DiVasta). According to Troy Appel, that is Sterling Brown, normally No. 3, they forgot his jersey. … Poor Oregon, so many uniform choices in their tourney (h/t David Kushner). … “Nope, that is not Iowa State’s logo” notes Connor Cape. … Think the kids like bright, shiny neon-y things. Those are the shoes Notre Dame wore last night (via Stephen Schramm). … Here’s Pat Connaughton “rolling with the eco-cooler shoes and the batman socks” (via Martin Rickman). … At one point last night Duke had 3^4 points (h/t Sander Bryan). … The Cincy Bearcats debuted their new unis vs. UConn (more pics in the article).

Grab Bag: Check out these new custom Warrior Lacrosse Gloves for Taylor University, a small liberal arts college in Upland, IN (from Sam Hill). … “Seems like this trucking line didn’t work too hard on its logo,” writes Austin Gillis, “and/or it is not concerned about trademark infringement issues.” … Microfiche Records is releasing a baseball game in the form of a “decagonaphonic” 7”³. The record has five sets of concentric grooves, so when you drop the needle, it randomly finds one of the grooves””which determines how your baseball player does in his “turn at bat.” The flip side has a “concession stand challenge.” (Big thanks to Nate Hill). … Remember the days when your cell phone was the size of a brick and all it was good for (sometimes) was making calls? Those were the days (thanks to Garrett). … Yesterday’s link to a 50-star US flag “reminded me of this interview with a vexillologist about the upcoming redesign of Fiji’s flag” says Ben Fortney. “They’re holding a contest for new designs, alas only open to Fiji residents. Good read on what makes a ‘good flag’.” … Here’s a very cool timeline of UC’s Bearcat logo on pages 18-23 of the recent UC magazine (great spot by Samuel Sharp). … Interesting St. Paddy’s day crest made by Dirt McGirt, based on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute crest. … Yesterday, Villanova’s band was wearing hockey jerseys. Says submitter Pat Costello, “Not sure what the logo on the front is but they’re sweet!” … Interesting article on the evolution of the Nike Air. … Beautiful shot of this March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden (via Classic Pics). … The item about Tiger’s naming rights isn’t quite correct. Snopes debunks it here (thanks to Dave Flapan).

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And that’s going to do it for today. Hope everyone survived Friday the 13th and is set to beware the Ides. St. Paddy’s Day is just around the corner, and then it’s Tourney Time. Hello MARCH. Thanks to the concepters and all who tweeted/submitted for the ticker.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“You can’t have a ‘horrible first name and last name combination’ conversation without Dick Pole and Rusty Kuntz. Though granted (and I don’t disagree with you), those names are just horrible for all athletes. Not just pitchers.”

— Mike Engle

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60 comments to Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

  • Dumb Guy (at home) | March 14, 2015 at 7:15 am |

    Ferrell’s bit sounds familiar.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsK-oHdic94

  • BurghFan | March 14, 2015 at 7:26 am |

    The video with Ferrell’s speech at the end of his odyssey auto played, which is really disconcerting when you’re starting at the top.

  • Phantom Dreamer | March 14, 2015 at 7:45 am |

    Will Ferrell’s inning with the M’s was the first time someone wore a #19 Mariners shirt since Jay Buhner retired.

  • Shane | March 14, 2015 at 7:59 am |

    “I gotta admit I kinda like the black crowned caps with the red jerseys.”

    Thanks Phil. I was starting to think I was the only one.

  • MotorCityJeff | March 14, 2015 at 8:12 am |

    Not sure it was such a “cool move” by Ferrell. I was probably more like the Padres saying, “you’re not wearing #19.”

    • scott | March 14, 2015 at 10:33 am |

      The Dodgers and White Sox shouldn’t have allowed him to wear 19, either, as both teams have retired it, too. But all in all a fun event for spring training, which goes on for way too long anyways.

  • Thresh8 | March 14, 2015 at 8:24 am |

    Liked Ferrell’s bit.

    I do remember that he ran the Boston Marathon at least once, and not everyone can do that. He got a special dispensation, was a bit slow for his age class for regular qualifying, however it’s not a total gimmick.

    I’ve been an Avalanche fan since they were Les Nordiques, so I appreciate anyone who can get the apron strings off the jerseys. The foot-thingy and oddball number font are still in the drawing, but one step at a time.

    • LarryTSG | March 14, 2015 at 9:15 am |

      Oh, Boston Marathon… there are many many people (famous or not) who run without qualifying. What they do is get a charity number, and need to raise a certain amount of money (it’s in the thousands) for their cause. Pretty sure they also pay the registration fee. There used to be a lot of people who ran “unofficially” without numbers, but that has been eliminated in the past year for security reasons.

      • Thresh8 | March 15, 2015 at 11:00 am |

        I’ve volunteered to help with the Marathon and this will be my 12th time (or so). The charity fundraisers–plenty of them. They still go the whole 26+ miles, so good on them.

        But as for the “bandits”, on certain Marathon Mondays, heat and/or humidity puts a drain on the supplies of water, the services of the EMTs (I am not one), and the medical transportation vehicles.

        It’s a concern for the people who spend untold hours putting the event on, making plans, and making backup plans for the health of the participants.

        (And this was all even before the bombing, which is its own added layer of threat. My assignment was 20 miles away from Boston. I was 40 miles away, my duty was over, when the bombing happened.)

  • Rich | March 14, 2015 at 8:48 am |

    The uniform Oregon wore vs. Utah on Friday night in the Pac-12 tournament isn’t one of the ones listed in the seven choices photo you had. Looks like Nike’s March template.

    http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=media%2Fgettyphoto%2F20153\13\466166106.jpg&w=440&h=589

  • Seth | March 14, 2015 at 9:05 am |

    “Yesterday’s link to a 50-star US flag…”

    I’m sure you mean 50-STRIPE flag. (I watch the Henry Rollins show on History channel and they showed one of those alternate flags; kinda neat seeing Indiana represented with a stripe.)

    As for Will Ferrell, one go-around is plenty. I don’t need to see it again, regardless of who it is. (Now, if he wants to suit up as Jackie Moon and play for the Bulls…at least we’ll get a nice halftime show.)

  • LarryTSG | March 14, 2015 at 9:10 am |

    “…but he’s still gotta take off his pants to put on his shoes each time, right?”

    I think you meant to say he needs to take off his shoes each time he changes his pants……

    But the pic of Ferrell having the coach/teammates put on his catching gear is almost like watching a youth baseball team (and I see it a lot, as an umpire).

    • Uni Troll | March 14, 2015 at 10:40 am |

      Eh, it’s Will Ferrell. Maybe he *does* need to take off his pants when he changes his shoes…

    • Phil Hecken | March 14, 2015 at 11:06 am |

      Yeah, I worded that very poorly. I mean, if he’s changing his pants for each team, he’s gotta take off his shoes to do so, so he could change into white shoes for the A’s, but your point is well taken.

  • LarryTSG | March 14, 2015 at 9:14 am |

    Oh, Boston Marathon… there are many many people (famous or not) who run without qualifying. What they do is get a charity number, and need to raise a certain amount of money (it’s in the thousands) for their cause. Pretty sure they also pay the registration fee. There used to be a lot of people who ran “unofficially” without numbers, but that has been eliminated in the past year for security reasons.

    • LarryTSG | March 14, 2015 at 9:15 am |

      oops, meant this above….

  • MJ | March 14, 2015 at 9:20 am |

    Re: Avalanche concept – better than what they have but IMO there should be separation between the red and blue – when next to each other they can be jarring visually. And love that you kept the vertical arched names.
    Re: Eagles concept – YES to kelly green, NO to the fancy font. Too refined for the Iggles.
    Re: Pats and Panthers concept – need silver.
    Re: Orioles “script NOB” – doubtful; might have been handwritten over the picture. There is no evidence of any lettering on any other jersey. And crazy inconsistency in number styles between serif and sans-serif!
    Re: Villanova band – they have worn numbered hockey sweaters for years but they have likely updated the design a few times.

  • Jeff Hunter | March 14, 2015 at 9:38 am |

    Vanderbilt has had the same type of all artificial field as Iowa for a couple of years. Still looks odd.

  • Adam w | March 14, 2015 at 9:47 am |

    Paul,

    In the history of promotions, I’m not sure there was ever one more suited to your tastes.

    http://cycloneshockey.com/news/2015/03/cyclones-announce-inaugural-sock-toss

  • James Gilbert | March 14, 2015 at 10:25 am |

    I think Ferrell is doing something like Sport Relief (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_Relief). Good for him. I wish there was more of it.

  • Vee63 | March 14, 2015 at 10:28 am |

    For that all-turf baseball field, how does sliding into base work? Wouldn’t you get a serious case of turf torso?

    • scott | March 14, 2015 at 10:36 am |

      Don’t know, but they’ve unfortunately become more common in recent years. They’ve even infiltrated the affiliated minor leagues, though South Bend ripped up theirs and is back to natural grass and natural dirt this season.

    • The Jeff | March 14, 2015 at 10:41 am |

      If you can dive for a catch in the outfield without any sort of turf-burn, you can slide into a base with the same result.

  • James Gilbert | March 14, 2015 at 10:30 am |

    I don’t anything about his playing ability, but it’s ‘Orakpo’ not ‘Okrapo’.

    • Phil Hecken | March 14, 2015 at 11:05 am |

      Fixed.

  • Trainer Dave | March 14, 2015 at 10:41 am |

    Looks like Kevin White has signed an endorsement deal with Adidas. Wearing Adidas socks and cleats and WVU is a Nike school. Would be interesting to see what type of shirt the “WVU Pro Day” shirt is. Looks Nike to me.

  • Jerg | March 14, 2015 at 11:02 am |

    Are we sure that wasn’t Chad Smith in a couple of those pics?

  • Harrison Hamm | March 14, 2015 at 11:03 am |

    I love the Panthers concept. It is great that it uses their amazing light blue more often, and, even better, taking away the silver.

  • Uni Troll | March 14, 2015 at 11:08 am |

    Mixed feelings on Áron Bartal’s concepts. First, the good…

    The Eagles set is pretty nice, although that kelly green may be a bit *too* light.

    The navy-and-yellow Rams aren’t bad, either, but I’m not liking the Wrong Sock Syndrome (blue socks with blue pants) on that last combo.

    I agree with getting rid of silver on the Patriots. I never thought that it really added much, and these white helmets and pants simplify things quite well. I especially like seeing red socks with the blue pants, even though it’s a look that I tend to associate more with old combos from the Texans and Bills.

    I *don’t* like getting rid of silver for the Panthers. One more thing that the league doesn’t need is yet another team with black helmets and black jerseys (especially not with black pants).

    But the biggest negative, by far, is the absence of white lower socks (sanis, crews, whatever) for the Cardinals and Panthers. No, no, no, no, no, no, NO. This is not a good look for anyone.

    I know that you used to see this kind of thing back in the early decades of the NFL, but by now we should know better. And paired with anything but actual antique football equipment, it doesn’t even look “old-school;” it just looks like some kind of awkward, hyper-modernistic, trend-desperate insanity.

    Otherwise, good work, Áron. Thanks for showing these to us.

  • Uni Troll | March 14, 2015 at 11:22 am |

    The article on NFL alternates is just as worthless as I’ve come to expect from Bleacher Report. I might be inclined to give them a rare high-five on choosing a Jaguars photo with the short-lived properly-striped black pants, but I seriously doubt that they even noticed that detail…or cared.

    And about that Baltimore Colts uniform photo…if those aren’t mannequins, then we’re looking at some serious nightmare fuel.

    o_o

    • The Jeff | March 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm |

      Yeah, that article was rather bad. Maybe if they’d just called it “Uniforms We’d Like to See Worn Again” it might’ve been not terrible.

      I do wish the Raiders would bring back those silver numbers full time though. I don’t care if they’re “hard to read”, they look freakin sweet.

      • Uni Troll | March 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm |

        I suspect that they’re not much harder to read than the Browns’ 1984 preseason orange numbers:

        http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/261222691780-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

        In other words, it’s only a problem when you’re watching the game on a fuzzy black and white set from the early ’70s. The horror of it all.

        This is the kind of lameness that also cost us the Lions’ sparkly glitter numbers:

        http://lionsfan71.tripod.com/id127.html

        Now I’m sad.

  • Mild bill | March 14, 2015 at 11:23 am |

    Got a kick out of a couple of pictures:

    Pepper Martin inspecting gloves; I imagine the aroma of leather and cigar smoke would actually be pleasant.

    Kareem’s first goggles must have come from a local ski shop.

  • Jim Vilk | March 14, 2015 at 11:30 am |

    “If the 10’s Cavs are going to celebrate their history by adding 80’s blue to their 70’s wine & gold,” writes Christopher Noice, “why not throw in the 90’s hi-liter too?” Jim Vilk not only approves, he’d wear that.

    Oh no I wouldn’t.

    I’d gladly wear a Stepien-era jersey, but don’t remind me of the late 90s. Ever.

    • Phil Hecken | March 14, 2015 at 11:42 am |

      You’d wear that and you’d love it.

  • Duck Hater Paul | March 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm |

    Look, EVERYONE (mostly) loves Ferrell. His humor is relatable, and he can actually play a sentimental part (Elf) in a very beleivable way. I think everyone thinks they could be friends with him. For that reason, and that he did his homework, and that it raised $1m, GOOD FOR HIM!
    Now if it were some hack like Jay-Z, Rob Schneider, or Chevy Chase, I dont think it would have the same result. Billy Crystal IMHU is probably the only other that could pull this off

    Well done!

  • mike 2 | March 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm |

    Will Ferrell now has his own Baseball Reference page.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/ferrewi01.shtml

    This is why I still love baseball best – it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It remembers that its still a game, and that SPRING TRAINING is even less serious.

    Could you imagine this happening in the NFL. Could you imagine someone in full gear on the sidelines during a preseason game raising money for charity? The players would be all “I hope I get a chance to kill him dead” and the talking heads on the TV shows would be all “he’s disrespecting the game”. We’d get to see press conferences of coaches that never laugh getting angrier and angrier.

    Baseball is still a sport where this can happen, or where a player can leave a candy bar on home plate for his brother, or where players can light each others feet on fire during the game.

    • mike 2 | March 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm |

      Replying to myself…

      And now I just read what John Madden said about the whole thing. QED.

      http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/john-madden-hated-will-ferrell-s-spring-training-tour-075638832.html

      • Phil Hecken | March 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm |

        Yes, that was noted in the lede as well (at the end).

        • mike 2 | March 14, 2015 at 4:35 pm |

          I missed that – the reference to “video hawking ex broadcaster” went over my head.

    • The Jeff | March 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm |

      I love that he was officially traded for a washing machine.

      I will say that I could actually see something like this happening for charity during the NFL preseason, but it would have to be a WWE wrestler/UFC fighter/etc rather than an actor/comedian, and he’d definitely have to take a few hits in the process.

  • Mike Engle | March 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm |

    Without knowing any better, I thought Will Ferrell’s #19 was for “one man, nine positions.” If it’s for Campy, I like it more because it’s then more of a homage and less of a look-at-me stunt.

    • Phil Hecken | March 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm |

      You may be right. I may have (incorrectly) assumed it was for Campy due to the fact Campy played all nine positions in a game, he obviously conferred with him, and it was his number. Maybe it’s a bit of both.

  • Beau | March 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm |

    I loved the #FerrellTakesTheField stuff. Baseball should be fun.

  • Gregory Koch | March 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm |

    Are you going to be doing the tournament contest again this year?

  • Noonan | March 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm |

    I always wished Dick Trickle would’ve driven the yellow #1 car

  • Mike Chamernik | March 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm |

    I thought #FerrellTakesTheField was really cool, and I love that he now has his own Baseball Reference page. Only thing is I wish the Padres hitter he faced would’ve tried to take him deep.

  • DJ | March 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm |

    Color v color in the ACC title game; Notre Dame will wear gold; UNC light blue.

  • Dan T. | March 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm |

    Okay, I’m a Panthers fan who maybe is a bit thin-skinned on this issue, but I’ve noticed that nearly every time the Panthers unifroms are brought up, it is said they are “outdated”, look “too 90’s (due to the shade of blue) or “need to be updated”.

    First off, how can the Panthers’ uniforms be “the most outdated” when many teams, like the Cowboys and Packers and Raiders, have had basically the same uniforms for decades longer?

    Second, why is it a bad thing that the Panthers uniforms look “90’s”? The team was founded in the 90’s. Nobody complains that other teams look “too 60’s”

    Third, team owner Jerry Richardson has basically said that as long as he’s alive the team will never change their look, as he understands the importance of building consistency over the years. At some point, the Panthers’ look will be considered a classic, while many other teams will change theirs too often to build a true brand.

    • Uni Troll | March 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm |

      It’s the sports world version of 1980s hatred.

      Seriously, hear me out on this one.

      In the wider American culture, there’s this idea that anything from the 1980s is crap. You’re not supposed to question it; everyone is expected to simply accept it as indisputable fact. It’s been this way for over twenty years now.

      It doesn’t matter that *every* era has its share of good and bad (and that which is which should be a subjective matter anyway); things that either originated in or were popular during the ’80s are either “retro kitsch” or not worthy of being remembered at all.

      In the realm of American sports, however, the untouchable decade is, apparently, the 1990s.

      Granted, it was a time of considerable experimentation in sports uniform design, and naturally, not all of those experiments yielded pleasing results. But somewhere along the line, a baby-and-bathwater mentality crept in, and now everyone clamors for the banishment of any uniform elements that might vaguely remind them of the ’90s…even those examples that are really good!

      Thus, we’re not allowed to say that the Panthers set is a fine display of what was *right* about ’90s uniform ideas — high contrast outlines, mix of bright and dark colors, multiple pants for different looks. They don’t even have a goofy numbers font!

      But no, no…despite all logic, we’re expected to scrunch up our faces and complain about how “dated” they are.

      And then brace ourselves for the next revival of bell-bottoms.

      • Dan T. | March 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm |

        Your points are well-taken.

        What also bugs me is that for a good long while, teams in the major sports leagues went on a “navy” frenzy, either darkening their royal blues to navy or adopting navy as a color. And we end up with a bunch of teams whose color schemes are more or less indistinguishable from one another’s.

        Meanwhile, the Panthers to my knowledge are the only team in major pro (or college) sports to wear that shade of blue and people complain that it is “dated” when in reality it works as an identifier.

        I will say that wearing white pants with a white jersey and silver helmet never made much sense to me (silver pants probably would look better), but in a way it has become a trademark look for the team and I hope they don’t change it.

        • Uni Troll | March 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm |

          They actually did go white-over-silver at least once, against the Colts. I think it looked too Raider-ish.

          http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/76903-nfl-weekly-uniform-notes/page-5

          (Scroll down a ways to have a look at the pics…they’re not great, but you can see enough to make out the color combo.)

          I actually don’t mind their white-over-white look…it’s a good warm weather combination, and the bright blue keeps it from being too plain.

          That said, I will go on record as saying that Carolina has the Only Good Black Pants in the NFL, and I wouldn’t mind seeing them with the white jerseys now and then (with the blue socks, of course). Nice.

          The Panthers’ blue is kind of part-way in-between the Titans and Chargers, but I probably wouldn’t confuse it for either of those.

          And yes, there’s WAY too much navy in every sport, at every level of competition. I hate it when teams all look the same. Also, MLB has too many red teams these days.

  • Bruno Pinna | March 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm |

    the sports in U.S are so good
    in my country the only things in sport
    that exist is soccer.
    for me the fun in your country is baiseball is nice
    the problem with the soccer is the low years for the players
    only in profissional league.

  • Bud | March 16, 2015 at 9:28 am |

    Big fan of the stunt. It’s too easy to forget these days that sports are really just supposed to be games, and were invented to have fun. Ferrell didn’t “ruin” anything and spring training was the perfect place to do it.

    One little quick issue I have with the article…the D-Backs jersey Ferrell wore wasn’t their BP tops. It was their regular-season 1st alternate jersey. Same with the White Sox jersey he wore. The other 8 teams were BP tops.