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Never a Dull Moment

Well, that was one crazy day.

It started in the morning, when I posted yesterday’s entry about the leak of next season’s NBA Christmas uniforms. I figured that would cause a bit of a stir, but I was frankly unprepared for how big the response turned out to be — the uni-verse blew the fuck up. Seemingly every media outlet in the country picked up the story, and most of them linked back to yesterday’s entry, which resulted in one of biggest traffic days in this site’s nine-year history.

All this for a bunch of uniforms that will be worn, at most, for one day. And most of them won’t be worn at all! Weird.

And that was just the start. At some point in the morning, someone in a SportsLogos.net discussion thread posted a link to an Adidas catalog with all sorts of info about next season’s uniforms (you can’t blame me for that one, all you people in the NBA office!), and screen shots from that catalog quickly started making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere. Reader Andrew Lind was the first one to make me aware of it, but many others soon followed. So while I was trying to keep up with all the reaction to the Christmas story (requests for phone interviews, requests to use my images of the uniforms, a tsunami of tweets, etc.), I was also trying to keep up with the developing story of the newly leaked catalog. It all made for an exciting but chaotic day.

I did my best to summarize the information from the catalog leak in this ESPN piece, which was posted yesterday afternoon, although I suspect there’s other info in the catalog that I may have missed — it’s a lot to process. One confusing issue is the NBA’s use of a new term: “Strech” uniforms. It’s not clear if this refers to stretchy fabric or (more likely) a “stretching” of the team’s visual identity. We’ll find out soon enough.

Once the catalog link was posted and images from it started circulating, I figured the NBA and/or Adidas would have the link disabled. As of this morning, though, it’s still working. I’m not going to post a link to it here (that would be too easy), but like I said, it was posted in a SportsLogos.net thread yesterday. Let’s see if anyone here is enterprising enough to find it.

Additional notes from yesterday:

• It’s astonishing how many people’s first and only reaction upon seeing a new uniform design is to say (or tweet, or whatever), “Definitely gonna buy that.” Like, even if your first thought is “Yes, I am going to purchase a vastly overpriced mass-produced item that many thousands of other people will also purchase,” why is it so important to express that thought? I’ll never understand jersey merchandising.

• It was interesting to see how many people said, “These mock-ups must be fake, everyone knows Nike is taking over the NBA’s uniforms next season (or, less declaratively, “Wait, I’m confused — isn’t Nike taking over the NBA’s uniforms next season?”). The reality, of course, is that the NBA hasn’t yet announced its new apparel partner, and that partner, whoever it turns out to be, won’t be taking over until the start of the 2017-18 season (which means this isn’t even Adidas’s last set of NBA Xmas unis — it’s the next-to-last). Why did so many people get this wrong? Part of it, I’m sure, is just that some people aren’t very good at paying attention to details. But another part, I’m willing to bet, is the way Nike tends to engulf any story it’s a part of. People hear, “Adidas Out, Nike Rumored to Be In” and that’s it — they fill in the rest of the narrative themselves.

• Most of the reactions to the Christmas unis, including my own, appear to be positive. Hope the league is paying attention — people like tasteful, gimmick-free design.

• Not a peep out of the NBA or Adidas offices yesterday.

I’m kinda hoping for a quiet day today. If you’re planning to leak something, maybe wait until Friday, okay? Thanks.

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Mike’s Question of the Week
By Mike Chamernik

My buddy and I were watching one of the NBA playoff games last weekend. Someone made a shot, and my friend said that the nothing-but-net swish is one of his favorite sounds. I agreed, and countered with the crack of a baseball bat.

I also enjoy the thwack of a fastball hitting a catcher’s glove; organ music at an old-school venue like Madison Square Garden; and the roll of a bowling ball followed by the thundering of the toppled pins. Maybe above all, I enjoy vuvuzelas at soccer games. (Just kidding.)

What are some of your favorite sports sounds? It could be anything auditory from the sports world. Post your responses in today’s comments.

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Phone case reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, the Uni Watch smart phone case, shown at right, is now available. Full details here, or just go straight to the ordering page.

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Mike Chamernik

Baseball News: Reds P Rasiel Iglesias had some issues with his pants and blousing last night (from Justin Peterson). … Until 1974, the University of Texas played at a ball field that had a split-level outfield! … The Tigers have ticket packages that include giving away Tigers caps in the colors of local universities. More details here (from Jeffrey Sak). … Eric Bunnell has a pretty nifty BBQ apron. That’s a Saint Joseph’s College (Indiana) jersey from 2007-08. … BYU wore dark gray with navy blue lettering Tuesday night against Utah (from Russ Morgan). … Cubs OF Jorge Soler was seriously bundled up last night. It wasn’t even that cold in Chicago! (From Tami Wilson.) … The Mariners are giving away fedoras on Friday. … Speaking of the Mariners: “If my calculations are correct, the Mariners could potentially wear six different uniform sets in six consecutive games,” says Jim Shemaria. Against Boston this weekend, Jim says the M’s are wearing white on Thursday, teal on Friday, throwbacks on Saturday and cream alternates on Sunday. “Then they go on the road to Baltimore where things could be fun. They will almost certainly go with road gray on Tuesday. If anyone is paying attention in the equipment room could we see the navy alternate on Wednesday?” ”¦ MLB’s 4th of July caps will have those sublimated stars, and last night the Angels gave away a cap with sublimated photos. Is this the future of MLB cap design?

NFL, College Football and Arena Football News: Marshawn Lynch is selling Beast Mode baseball jerseys. It looks like it was inspired by Uni Watch! … New Vikings WR Gavin Lutman will wear No. 8, which looks like a backwards “B” (from Matt Newbery). … The Arena League’s Jacksonville Sharks will wear military jerseys on Saturday (from Cory C). … Gardner-Webb could be returning to black jerseys. … Arkansas, though, will not be wearing black.

Soccer News: Tottenham’s new kit will feature a sash. … Southampton FC made a promo video for the lead-up to its new kit unveiling (from Michael Duffy). … Orlando City SC’s Cyle Larin wore a blank jersey (or, a “blood jersey”) the other day. … D.C. United’s Bobby Boswell received a No. 300 jersey signed by his teammates to commemorate his 300th regular season game with the club (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Also from Yusuke: Within this oral history of the first season of MLS are some stories about nicknames and uniforms, including Nike’s role in the designs and the renaming of the Chicago franchise. ”¦ New kit for Middlesbrough (from Ryan G.).

NBA News: We saw the new logos for the 76ers on Tuesday. Here are the team’s new wordmarks. … Even though it’s common knowledge that Jerry West is the man in the NBA logo, he doesn’t receive royalties because the league won’t confirm that the logo is based on him (from Kurt Esposito). ”¦ Andrew Bogut of the Warariors had part of the bridge on his chest logo ripped off of his jersey last night (from Noah Crouch).

Grab Bag: The New Zealand government’s website is hosting a flag design contest (from Alex Cohen). … You can vote for your favorite New York high school lacrosse helmet (from Brian Simmons). … A carpet cleaning company uses the Wisconsin Badgers’ logo (from Mike Tocco). … This interactive map shows the most popular sports teams in just about every city in the U.S. (from Phil). … New uniforms for the Baton Rouge Police Department (from Joel Manuel). … The new UFC-Reebok deal bars fighters from putting outside sponsorships on their attire. … Clothing designer company Robert Graham will sponsor Townsend Bell for the Indianapolis 500 (from Tommy Turner). … The track at Mountain View High School in Bend, Oregon bears the signature of Olympian and school alum Ashton Eaton (from Ted Taylor). … “Apparently, the University of Washington’s original mascot was named Frosty,” says Luke McCarnan. “I like it! Bold, fearless, and sort of melancholy, which is appropriate for the area. Also, not gimmicky.”

182 comments to Never a Dull Moment

  • DenverGregg | May 14, 2015 at 7:33 am |

    Despite what the Mariners’ marketing department says, that’s no fedora, it’s a trilby dammit!

    • Uni Troll | May 14, 2015 at 7:40 am |

      Ok, as someone with little knowledge of hats, let me just go ahead and ask…

      Why has there been such a widespread conflation of the terms “fedora” and “trilby” in recent years?

      And while I’m at it, why is there so much anger over this issue?

      • Scott | May 14, 2015 at 7:43 am |

        Hipsters?

        • Uni Troll | May 14, 2015 at 8:01 am |

          And speaking of confusing terminology, does “hipster” actually mean something specific, or is it just a word that people like to say these days?

        • Scott | May 14, 2015 at 8:04 am |

          Yes.

        • Mainspark | May 14, 2015 at 8:33 am |

          The hipster doofuses is my neighborhood prefer porkpie lids.

        • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm |

          I think it’s safe to say that if a trend has become sufficiently mainstream to be the subject of a big-league ballpark giveaway, that trend has ceased to be sufficiently hip for anyone still following it to be called a “hipster.”

        • BvK1126 | May 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm |

          “And speaking of confusing terminology, does “hipster” actually mean something specific, or is it just a word that people like to say these days?”

          The internet is certainly not lacking for definitions of what a hipster is. But the term has always struck me as nothing more than a pejorative for anyone whose cultural tastes and attitudes diverge in an annoying or mildly threatening way from the one applying the label.

      • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 7:46 am |

        Similar to the way people will say “goatee,” which it’s actually a van dyke.

      • DenverGregg | May 14, 2015 at 8:04 am |

        Fedora is a more widely-known word (and, IMO, a more pleasant sounding word) than Trilby. A Trilby is like a Fedora, but with a tiny brim. A hat with a bigger brim is better at protecting one from drizzle and sun. At the other extreme, a Fez, with no brim, is pretty much just decorative.

        Being an extra-mega-jumbo sized guy, a trilby looks particularly ridiculous on me as a hat’s brim should be somewhat proportional to the wearer. A full-on fedora would look odd on the pixie who is modeling that Mariners’ Trilby too.

        • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 8:26 am |

          Those are clearly the reasons everyone is calling trilbys fedoras these days. But neither is an excuse. “Hockey” is a better-known term for a team goal-scoring sport played on ice than “bandy,” but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to refer to a game of bandy as “hockey.” And yes, “trilby” sounds kind of ridiculous. But trilby hats look kind of ridiculous. If you’re afraid of seeming silly, then don’t wear a trilby!

        • DenverGregg | May 14, 2015 at 9:04 am |

          A reason I so dislike the trilby is the hooligans who wore them circa 1986.

        • BvK1126 | May 14, 2015 at 10:47 am |

          “A Trilby is like a Fedora, but with a tiny brim.”

          Here’s a hand single-photo reference guide for those who need a visual aid to understand the difference:

          http://goodmenproject.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/FedoraVsTrilby.jpg

      • terriblehuman | May 14, 2015 at 9:50 am |

        Also, while we’re talking about fedoras – how did the hat become associated with single dudes who whine about how girls don’t like nice guys like them and get angry/hostile when women spurn their sexual advances?

        • Uni Troll | May 14, 2015 at 10:24 am |

          This is a real thing?

        • Solomon Duncan | May 14, 2015 at 10:26 am |

          The answer to that, as is the answer to most of the Internet’s annoying trends, would be Reddit.

        • BvK1126 | May 14, 2015 at 11:04 am |

          Know your meme, dude. Tl;dr: The archetypal “neckbeard” computer nerd is often visualized as wearing a fedora.

        • Padday | May 14, 2015 at 11:23 am |

          It possibly has something to do with the shallow pretension that merely wearing a particular type of hat instantly gives one “class”. There’s also the general fallacy that unironically dressing up to mimic the culture of an infinitely more sexist, racist and overall bigoted era makes one “a nice guy”.

  • Scott | May 14, 2015 at 7:33 am |

    Nothing better for me than the sound a 2-iron makes when hitting it pure.

    • Mainspark | May 14, 2015 at 8:41 am |

      Agreed. But not many players carry a 2 (or even 3) iron these days, so it’s a rare sound indeed.

  • DenverGregg | May 14, 2015 at 7:34 am |

    I’ve had a few business trips to Madison, Wisconsin. A bus service there also uses Bucky Badger in its logo.

    • AlMaFi | May 14, 2015 at 8:13 am |

      Growing up, my brothers and me would often see “Badger Coaches” on the road. We thought it was Barry Alvarez and company.

    • andyharry | May 14, 2015 at 9:54 am |

      I’ve totally seen that Badger logo with the vacuum before. I knew it would be perfect for Uni Watch if I ever found it again.

    • Webhead | May 14, 2015 at 11:44 am |

      It’s pretty common to see the Badger logo used by companies in Wisconsin (I’ve seen it used by plumbers, buses, snack foods, locksmitshs, bars…) Note that it’s always the older, pre-2002 version of Bucky. Part of the reason UW “modernized” the logos back in 2002 was so that they could have a trademarked version solely associated with the university.

  • Josh-GBP | May 14, 2015 at 7:49 am |

    And the Vikings prove again that they have no idea how to use their ridiculous number font. Not only does that 8 look like a backwards B, it’s also inconsistent. Single digit numbers are spared the horrible number treatment. See:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/vikings/2014/08/17/teddy-bridgewater-minnesota-vikings-matt-cassel/14192019/

    • Cody | May 14, 2015 at 8:30 am |

      How can a WR be issued 8 other than preseason?

      • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 9:26 am |

        Rule change? I’d guess it happened at the same time that they decided to allow linebackers to wear 40-49.

    • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 9:27 am |

      Also that jersey has sleeves so it’s obviously a fan replica, so the number might just be a photoshop mistake.

    • FigAlert | May 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm |

      Calm down, Josh-GBP. That’s an errant image. All single digits on the Vikes’ uniforms are without the funny serifs.

  • ken | May 14, 2015 at 7:51 am |

    Depending on which side of the shot…the ping of a puck hitting the post or crossbar can be the sweetest or most frustrating sound..

    • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 7:57 am |

      Yeah, I was gonna mention the “hit the post” ping as one of my favorite sounds.

      But the ping of a baseball hitting an aluminum bat is one of my *least* favorite sounds!

      • Eric Romain | May 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm |

        I had a thought recently about how it’s weird that I’ve never gone to a U-Mich baseball game in town, despite them having a nice-looking new ball park. Then I remembered that it would require me hearing the little league pings instead of cracks. It’s a deal breaker for me.

    • Thresh8 | May 14, 2015 at 9:08 am |

      Followed closely by the sound of a soccer ball hitting the Goalie’s Best Friend.

      Amazing how each of these sounds can be heard over a crowd.

      • terriblehuman | May 14, 2015 at 9:53 am |

        Yep, love that sound in soccer, especially when the ball’s hit with force.

        Also enjoy the polite applause that follows when the defense stops a goal scoring opportunity and neatly passes out of the back.

        • mild bill | May 14, 2015 at 12:17 pm |

          Agreed. Sound of the crowd reacting to a puck or ball hitting the post is almost more enjoyable.

    • Vee63 | May 14, 2015 at 9:52 am |

      As an ex-goalie, I can say there was no satisfaction in hearing that sound. Mainly because of all the people who say the shot beat the goalie but didn’t beat the post. You only beat the goalie if the puck goes in the net. It’s one of the things that gets repeated all the time (especially by play-by-play announcers and colour commentators) that is simply incorrect.

      • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 9:58 am |

        So true. That’s why shots that hit the post aren’t counted as shots on goal — because they’re NOT on goal. They’re OUTSIDE the goal!

        • Padday | May 14, 2015 at 10:37 am |

          I hate the phrase “saved by the goalpost”. The post is merely the physical representation of where the goal area ends. If the post itself were not there the ball would merely be wide. If anything, the goalpost is an asshole for deflecting the ball/puck back into play.

        • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 10:58 am |

          “The goalpost is an asshole” – I love that turn of phrase. (Also a solid bit of reasoning behind it – a nice perspective on the goalie’s dilemma.) Ought to be the title of a hockey blog or podcast.

    • mike 2 | May 14, 2015 at 11:59 am |

      First thing I thought of as well.

      For people who’ve never been to an NHL game, its surprising how loud a goalpost or crossbar is. One of those things where everybody in the building knows what just happened.

  • Uni Troll | May 14, 2015 at 7:59 am |

    “Arkansas, though, will not be wearing black.”

    I noticed a surprisingly good question from one Grant Pool in the exchange at:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RazorbackEquip/status/598623702994034688

    In response to the statement “We won’t do black, it’s not one of our school colors,” Grant asks, “then why are our cleats black…[?]”

    I realize that it’s been a common thing for decades, but why is it ok for teams without black in their color schemes to wear black cleats? Or is it ok?

    Can we simply say that black is a “neutral color” like white? Or does that create a slippery slope toward BFBS?

    • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 8:16 am |

      Black footwear is common in many contexts — think of black men’s dress shoes, black women’s boots, etc. And early athletic footwear was almost always black. I think it’s still the best color for baseball and football. Provides a grounding for the rest of the uniform.

    • andyharry | May 14, 2015 at 10:28 am |

      I think black is a fine option as a neutral for footwear. It has a certain historical look, though, that may not fit with a modern identity unless black is a dominant color for your team. I actually wish footwear manufacturers made dark brown footwear as well, so those teams whose colors don’t look as great with black (like dark blue, for instance), have a traditional option that’s a better fit from a color standpoint. Team color footwear has a certain flash to it.

      I prefer there to be a bit of neutral color in a uniform for my eye to rest. I would be fine with a football uniform in which the only team color was the helmet, jersey and socks, with neutral colored facemasks, pants, gloves and shoes. It makes the team colors stand out more to me.

  • Dumb Guy | May 14, 2015 at 8:18 am |

    Split-level outfield?
    Better or worse than a hill AND a pole inplay in the outfield?!

    http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/slides/photos/002/403/087/flagpole_crop_north.png?w=380&h=274&q=75

  • Dumb Guy | May 14, 2015 at 8:26 am |

    Sports sounds I like (or remember fondly anyway)…..

    How about that weird ping sound a dodgeball/kickball makes when bounced, kicked, etc.?

    Skateboards rolling… air… clomp…roll…….

    How about the incessant squeaking of basketball shoes on the floor? (ok, this one I don’t like)

    • terriblehuman | May 14, 2015 at 9:59 am |

      Love the squeaking.

      • Jim Vilk | May 14, 2015 at 11:02 am |

        I love the squeaking, too.

        I also love the sound of the substitution buzzer. Not as much as I used to (look up an 80s Denver Nuggets home game on youtube to hear how they used to sound), but I still love it. I want to make that my ringtone.

        Take away the grunting, and I love the sounds of a tennis match.

  • John in DC | May 14, 2015 at 8:29 am |

    Two sounds come to mind:

    – A wooden bat in softball (to my knowledge I’m the ONLY one to wield actual lumber)

    – A completed pass in hockey (puck on wooden blade)

    Hmm…I sense a theme here.

    • Scott | May 14, 2015 at 8:34 am |

      Hockey pass…that’s a good one.

  • Dumb Guy | May 14, 2015 at 8:30 am |

    “Cubs OF Jorge Soler was seriously bundled up last night.”

    Are we sure it was him??

    • DenverGregg | May 14, 2015 at 9:02 am |

      The Invisible Man 2: The Baseball Years

  • Rufus | May 14, 2015 at 8:33 am |

    I noticed in the link to the Stretch page in the NBA catalog has the now old and outdated Wizards logo.

  • Doug | May 14, 2015 at 8:33 am |

    That image of Soler was from a previous homestand. The Cubs played the Mets last night who they’ve played the previous two nights after a road trip.

    • Mike Chamernik | May 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm |

      Good spot, you’re right. Soler was still bundled up, however, because he had most of his face covered when he came to bat in the ninth.

  • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 8:35 am |

    Possibly just because I grew up going to Twins games in the lean years, but I love the sound of a ballgame with a very quiet crowd. Where you hear everything the players do, right down to the thwack of a bat against cleats or the swish of the pitcher cleaning his shoes on the back of the mound.

    As for individual sounds, probably my favorite is a fast pitch hitting a catcher’s glove. Followed by the sound of a slapshot that goes wide into the boards. Also, a curling stone going down the ice, with or without hitting another stone at the end, which is its own satisfying sound.

    • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 8:44 am |

      Also, the swoosh-thwock of a bang-bang play at a base in baseball. Such as a stolen base attempt or a stretched extra base. Not the one sound, but the two sounds of the slide and the catch together. Works best with feet-first slides, which make a sharper sound than head-first.

    • Dumb Guy | May 14, 2015 at 9:24 am |

      Similarly, I love the sound of a baseball game on the radio.

      Not one that is on when I’m in the car driving, but one where I am just sitting and listening to it. Maybe on the porch, while thumbing through a magazine, or just nodding off in the hammock.

      I need to do that more often.

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

        We all need to do that more often.

    • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsEricB | May 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm |

      The pitcher to catcher pop is mine. The best ones happen in a practice setting or bullpen session, when you get the perfect combo of an especially hard throwing pitcher throwing to a catcher trying to break in a new mitt. So satisfying.

  • Mainspark | May 14, 2015 at 8:36 am |

    My ears perk up when I hear the sound of baseball spikes on concrete.

    • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 8:40 am |

      Oh man, I *hate* that sound! Like nails on a blackboard (although I’m not sure if I dislike the sound itself or if I’m just reacting to the thought of the spikes getting nicked up).

    • Scott | May 14, 2015 at 8:45 am |

      Yes! Or back in the old days, golf spikes on concrete/cart path asphalt.

  • Dumb Guy | May 14, 2015 at 8:39 am |

    Those beast mode (not going to honor it with capitalization) jerseys are hor-rib-ble!!

    • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 8:54 am |

      Yeah, that lettering is just turrible. Even if it was drawn better, it still wouldn’t really fit the name. If I was going to make a beast mode jersey, I’d go with lettering closer in style to the Incredible Hulk, or maybe the old red & yellow WWF Hulkamania shirts.

      • Rob S | May 14, 2015 at 11:12 am |

        It does look rather crudely constructed.

        As far as the phrase “beast mode”, I will always and forever associate it with the 1996 Transformers series Beast Wars.

    • andyharry | May 14, 2015 at 10:31 am |

      Ebbets Field Flannels made those. They clearly drew it to mimic the wonky historical reproductions they’re famous for.

      • andyharry | May 14, 2015 at 10:32 am |

        I’m sure it was hand cut as well.

      • Rob S | May 14, 2015 at 11:12 am |

        That explains a lot.

  • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 8:49 am |

    I like the nice -ping- of a baseball off an aluminum bat. ^_^

    …or the crushing sound of a bowling ball smashing through all 10 pins

    • Tony C. | May 14, 2015 at 9:00 am |

      >I like the nice -ping- of a baseball off an aluminum bat.

      that has to be the unholiest of sounds..

    • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 9:53 am |

      I think I’d rather hear the sound of little children wailing while baby seals are clubbed downwind from a stadium full of vuvuzelas than the ping of an aluminum bat.

      But bowling, yes. Heck, I think I like the sound of the rolling ball even better than the sound of a solid strike. A well-bowled ball seems to sound different than a poorly bowled ball, and certainly than a gutter ball. There’s probably physics to it – a well-bowled ball has a more dynamic motion down the lane than a poorly bowled one – but there are times when I’d swear I could tell you how many pins the ball will take just by the sound of its roll down the lane.

    • BvK1126 | May 14, 2015 at 11:17 am |

      I agree with The on this one. :-O I’m not saying I’d want to hear the ping of an aluminum bat in professional baseball, but I have been to several College World Series games over the years, which is an exceptional sporting experience. I associate the sound with those good memories.

    • GC Fields | May 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm |

      Count me for the love of the sweet music of the ball rolling down the hardwood lane, the rumble getting fainter and fainter until the explosion of contact.

      • Gary-O | May 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm |

        The sound of a strike, yes, but also the sound of a full bowling alley.

  • BigMatt | May 14, 2015 at 8:54 am |

    Just the other night I mentioned to my wife how I like the simple sound of a tennis ball bouncing on concrete.

  • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 8:56 am |

    Good sounds:

    – Beer or hot dog vendor’s call (remarkably unchanged in style and tone, at least in NYC)

    – Hitting a tennis ball on the sweet spot of the racket

    – Airplane flying over Mets game (trust me, you can sentimentalize anything if you grow up with it)

    Absolute best sound of all: The “THWACK!” of one curling stone hitting another. One of the most satisfying sounds I’ve ever encountered — not just in sports but in life.

    • DarkAudit | May 14, 2015 at 9:33 am |

      Another good sound – LEMONADE HERE! from the first base side of PNC Park. The first thing I listened for whenever I went to a game. RIP Kenny Geidel.

    • GC Fields | May 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm |

      There’s something beautifully ecumenical about (in New York, at least – do other cities have their own regional spin?) the vendors, regardless of age, sex, or ethnicity, all intoning, as if one, “Beeeah heah!” (And I’m both a teetotaler and a skinflint, so I never partake.)

    • TIm | May 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm |

      When I read today’s question, I immediately thought of the “pop” you hear when a player hits a tennis ball just right. You hear it over and over in the back-and-forth during a match. Also, I love the sound of the horn at a hockey game when there’s a score. It’s loud and obnoxious, but everyone goes nuts. I am also a sucker for the sounds/songs played by the organist at a hockey game, although I’m not sure if that’s still someone playing vs. a recording.

  • Uni Troll | May 14, 2015 at 8:58 am |

    QotW:

    There’s something really cool about the sound of a tennis ball being hit *just right* with the sweet spot of a racquet. I always liked that, for some reason.

    The sound of a good solid break to start a game of pool is pretty nice, as well.

    And like many people, I grew up loving the sound of a particularly hard hit in football, especially when it happens close enough to a microphone that you can get the full effect of that bone-rattling collision noise.

    Obviously, given some of the medical concerns raised in recent years about the long-term effects of football on the human body and brain, I would now claim to no longer relish hearing that sound.

    I’m also slightly troubled to realize, every now and then, that such a claim may not be entirely truthful.

    • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 9:05 am |

      Pool break = yes! I should’ve thought of that one….

    • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 9:47 am |

      Heh. Part of the reason I prefer snooker to pool is that you don’t get that all-the-balls clatter noise on a break. In snooker, you’re often trying to make the tiniest, quietest touch possible, even on the opening shot of a break.

      I like the sound of a spaldeen or stickball bouncing even more than that of a tennis ball. But better than both is the distinctive whir of a hard-thrown Wiffle ball.

      For tennis balls, nothing beats the sound of a good rally. I love how the crowd gets nearly silent, and you hear every bounce and racket-hit, and every footfall, especially on clay, and every breath of the players. Throw in a shot or two that nicks the top of the net, and aurally, a sustained tennis rally is the king of sports.

      I soured on football long ago, long before I had the excuse of caring about players’ traumatic brain injury, but even today I can’t deny how attention-grabbing the sound of a solid tackle is. I similarly try to pretend I don’t enjoy the sound of a solid board hit in hockey nearly as much as I actually do.

      • Jim Vilk | May 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm |

        Long volleyball and tennis rallies are two of my favorite things in the world of sports.

        The best lack-of-sound experience has to be in ski jumping. There’s the initial swoosh of the jumper going down the takeoff, then silence…the “sound” of flight, if you will. And the longer that silence is the better, because it means a long jump.

  • KC | May 14, 2015 at 9:04 am |

    How about a hated sound: basketball chain net

    • Uni Troll | May 14, 2015 at 9:18 am |

      I kinda like those.

    • Jim Vilk | May 14, 2015 at 11:11 am |

      At least it still has a bit of a swish sound. Unlike the new nets they put up at my old neighborhood park:
      http://www.amazon.com/Permanet-High-Endurance-Basketball-Net/dp/B000VR61E6

      The net doesn’t move at all…the ball just goes through. Not as satisfying, I must say, but at least they last and no punks can cut them down and take them.

    • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm |

      The problem with chain nets isn’t the sound, it’s that they shorten the life of the ball.

  • FiteClub | May 14, 2015 at 9:08 am |

    QotW
    Dodger Stadium – music from the organ played by Nancy B Hefley, a fixture in LA since 1988. Between the rock music and PA announcements, she doesn’t get as much opportunity but when she does, it’s great.

    Oh, and “The Autumn Wind” playing at Raiders games! Epic.

  • Marcus | May 14, 2015 at 9:20 am |

    I used to like the sound of the Madison Square Garden buzzer. Too bad they changed it to a generic.

    • DJ | May 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm |

      I think the “classic” MSG buzzer is still used for basketball games.

  • Blake Pass | May 14, 2015 at 9:23 am |

    QotW:
    The sound of an 850 horsepower dirt late model being fired raises the hairs on the back of my neck and my arms like nothing else. (And I love the smell of the racing fuel, as well!)

    • hershky | May 14, 2015 at 11:37 am |

      I started reading “the sound of 850 horsepower” and in my head I heard:

      Gripping the wheel,
      His knuckles went white with desire
      The wheels of his Mustang exploding
      On the highway like a slug from a 45
      True death: 400 horsepower of
      Maximum performance piercing the
      Night… This is black sunshine

    • RoccoT | May 14, 2015 at 11:47 am |

      nice Zombie reference!

  • Tape | May 14, 2015 at 9:26 am |

    One of my favorite things about Wisconsin is how many companies remix the Bucky the Badger logo. That carpet cleaning logo is a great example.

    I know the University is cracking down on this more than they used to, but I think it’s too bad; literally no one is confusing Joe Schmo’s Cleaning Company or whatever with UW.

  • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 9:27 am |

    Not truly a sport, but I feel like it’s germane to the topic: I love the sound of a silver pinball hitting a bumper.

    • scottrj | May 14, 2015 at 9:48 am |

      Even more satisfying than that in pinball is the sound the credit counter makes when you win a free game. Especially if you win a free game you by matching, since it’s totally unexpected.

      Caveat: only on an electro-mechanical pinball machine, not a solid state one.

      • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 9:56 am |

        Y-E-S!! A super-satisfying sound that you can feel in the depths of your core.

        Very similar to the sound of a curling rock hitting another rock, actually.

    • Jim Vilk | May 14, 2015 at 11:13 am |

      If we’re going there, I love the sounds of Pac Man.

      • mike 2 | May 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm |

        If we’re talking video games, I’ll take the Super Mario Brothers music over Pac Man.

        • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm |

          The ka-ching sound of getting a Tetris on the original NES game.

    • Mike Chamernik | May 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm |

      Sucks when you can only play by a sense of smell, though.

  • Noonan | May 14, 2015 at 9:31 am |

    Football hitting the upright has always made me groan, but it sure has an certain appeal too

  • JSteever | May 14, 2015 at 9:37 am |

    http://images6.alphacoders.com/415/415104.jpg

    The entire NBA Christmas jersey program jersey font is a direct ripoff of the Minnesota Wild “Merry Christmas” alts. I mean, you can’t get any closer script font wise. CRAZY.

    • Padday | May 14, 2015 at 9:47 am |

      First off, I can spot several differences (the league wide font is much more extravagant for one thing) and second, it’s a generic Christmassy font. It’s not as if they stole a piece of Minnesota’s identity, they simply latched onto a similar (though far from identical) aesthetic. I think to call that crazy is to have desperately low standards for crazy.

      • Rob S | May 14, 2015 at 10:50 am |

        Plus, this comparison was all over the comments yesterday.

  • JSteever | May 14, 2015 at 9:39 am |
    • terriblehuman | May 14, 2015 at 9:55 am |

      Yes, we get it. Two uniforms designs that went for the Christmas card theme look like Christmas cards.

  • JSteever | May 14, 2015 at 9:43 am |

    And by the way, this might be the single most “gimmicky” promotion in the history of sports. This whole fiasco is making even Bill Veeck roll in his grave… At the end of the day as commercialized as “XMAS” is isn’t Christmas a religious celebration? I mean what depths of crass commercialism is next. Horrific and insulting.

    • terriblehuman | May 14, 2015 at 10:07 am |

      Or, it’s (if unwittingly) bringing Christmas back to its pagan (and a little bit Roman) roots. Common Christmas rituals like the tree, gift giving, the Yule log (I mean, it’s called the Yule log!) and candle lighting all predate the birth of Christ. Christmas is basically a co-opting of non-denominational winter celebrations to fit a religious creation myth.

      Also, there’s also the misconception that “Xmas” is somehow secular or blasphemous. The the abbreviation goes back at least as far back as the 1700s, and the use of the letter ‘X’ to stand for “Christ” goes back even further.

      • GC Fields | May 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm |

        Exactly: The “X” comes from the Greek letter chi in Χριστός (Christos).

  • Vee63 | May 14, 2015 at 9:46 am |

    QOTW: for me, no question it’s the “shook-shook” sound as you first step onto the ice when skating, especially when you are the first person on the ice in a quiet rink or frozen pond.

    An absolutely magical sound.

    • TIm | May 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm |

      Also, on the winter sports subject, I love the sound a skier makes when carving a turn.

  • Travis Holland | May 14, 2015 at 9:47 am |

    Ice hockey has the best noises-skates and sticks on the ice.
    Lacrosse balls/hockey pucks off the post are a dramatic sound as well.

  • Dave | May 14, 2015 at 9:55 am |

    I can’t tell if the new Tottenham shirt is a fake. There are some tease pics on the site, one of which shows Jan Vertonghen’s left arm and hip, but if you check the collar of the shirt he’s wearing it’s not a V neck so it’s not next year’s shirt. The Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb pics don’t give up a lot of detail other than the V collar. You can make out a little of the “AIA” logo which from what I understand was supposed to be re-colored to blue this year; it appears to be a different color than the color so maybe it is red, which matches the Twitter leaked pic. And who knew that all of this would be going on for a shirt with a rubber chicken glued to it – numbers, Premier League patch, and names extra – that’s going to be sold for $80 this week and marked down to $20 next spring when we get to do this all over again.

  • Dave | May 14, 2015 at 9:56 am |

    The best sound in sports is the sound of your bookie counting out your winnings.

  • terriblehuman | May 14, 2015 at 9:57 am |

    QOTD:

    You can’t talk about sounds in sports without first listening to the 99% Invisible episode titled The Sounds of Sports.

    • tbone | May 14, 2015 at 11:23 am |

      Oh, I’m so glad someone linked to that episode of 99pi. I was just ready to do it myself, and I’m thankful that I read the comments first. Highly, highly recommended.

      And my A to the Q is kind of a different direction than everyone else is going. I love it when teams play a specific song to get the fans going. Just about every team uses Zombie Nation in the closing minutes of a tight game. Even though it’s overused, it always makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on end. EVERY SINGLE TIME. I had the same reaction when hearing the Chicago Bulls’ intro music (Sirius by Alan Parsons Project), and I’m not even a Bulls fan.

    • BvK1126 | May 14, 2015 at 11:38 am |

      So I posted my list of favorite sports sounds before I started listening to this episode of 99% Invisible. Not done with the whole episode yet, but you just rocked my world with that link, th! Everything I thought I knew is wrong! I might have to amend my list when I’m done listening.

  • Jim A | May 14, 2015 at 9:57 am |

    I love the sound of supporters singing/chanting in full voice at a football (soccer) match.

    • Lee | May 14, 2015 at 11:57 am |

      Oh, good one, yes!

      Lee

  • Sarah Krise | May 14, 2015 at 10:01 am |

    I do concur with Mr. Holland..my favorite sounds are a quick stop on the ice to take a shot or the crack of a stick or body against the walls of the rink. Also in trilby vs fedora news The Dbacks are clearly giving away trilby’s on the 24th not fedora’s!!

  • Bill H | May 14, 2015 at 10:01 am |

    Sound I love is golf ball dropping in cup after a nice putt, sound I hate is tennis players grunting, moaning, grimacing, orgasming….etc

    • Scott | May 14, 2015 at 11:38 am |

      What about grunting after a nice putt drops?

  • Lance Smith | May 14, 2015 at 10:04 am |

    QotW: There’s a certain whoosh a peloton makes as it goes by during a bicycle race. It’s really a combination of sounds thrown together, but it’s still somewhat distinctive.

  • Mark K | May 14, 2015 at 10:14 am |

    I love the sound of 11 players making a single clap when they break the huddle.

  • Perry | May 14, 2015 at 10:30 am |

    Jeez, I lived in Austin for 10 years starting in 1978 — only 4 years after Clark Field closed — and I attended innumerable UT games, and this is the first I ever heard of the split-level outfield. Or maybe I heard something about it, but I certainly never saw a photo and I had no idea what it was really like. That thing is INSANE.

  • Danya | May 14, 2015 at 10:36 am |

    Paul, is it REALLY that hard to understand jersey merchandising? Like, I get that you object to these grotesquely wealthy corporations charging so much money for “polyester shirts” as you put it and just generally don’t feel the need to own them. That’s totally fine and understandable. But as someone who is passionate about uniform design can you truly not fathom why others who share that passion may have more of a collector’s mindset about it? I just feel like you always go out of your way to put down the very concept of buying sports merchandise, which is kind of odd to me since your speciality as a design critic is mostly confined to these products that are mass produced for public consumption, even if you wish they weren’t.

    • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 10:49 am |

      as someone who is passionate about uniform design can you truly not fathom why others who share that passion may have more of a collector’s mindset about it?

      “Collecting” mass-produced crap that jillions of other people buy doesn’t fit with what I consider to be collecting. It’s just accumulating.

      I just feel like you always go out of your way to put down the very concept of buying sports merchandise…

      I don’t have to go too far out of my way — the problems with jersey merchandising make themselves pretty self-evident on a regular basis. If we never had jersey merchandising, the state of uniform design would be better, and so would the state of fan behavior. A whole category of insipid marketing would disappear (although, admittedly, it would likely be replaced by another category of insipid marketing), and we’d be free of the false notion that being a good fan is somehow tied to being a good consumer. We’d be so much better off without it.

      • Thomas J | May 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm |

        ““Collecting” mass-produced crap that jillions of other people buy doesn’t fit with what I consider to be collecting. It’s just accumulating.”

        While I agree the state of uniform aesthetics and fan behavior would be improved without the jersey marketing aspect, I don’t quite know about that particular statement.

        A person’s collection is very much an expression of their individual taste like a collage. While any particular piece of that collection is not likely to be unique, the totality of it is. That person’s preference for style is evident in how one piece is present over another. For example why would someone own a red Canadiens jersey over a black Bruins jersey. Or a 1975 Carlton Fisk jersey over a 1941 Ted Williams. Moreover its a collage that can be viewed in the flesh, touched and worn on the body.

        Now this falls apart if that person is just grabbing everything that comes out because in that scenario there is no choice or discretion. Instead of the collection being a reflection of a personality it becomes a reflection of Nike or Adidas’s design department.

    • Padday | May 14, 2015 at 10:56 am |

      I hate the idea that aesthetic considerations and artistic merit inevitably become sidelined when the primary purpose is the consumer. The designs no longer reflect a desire to be original, interesting or tasteful, instead focusing on designs that sell – ie. which appeal to the lowest common denominator. Design becomes more conservative, more driven by flashy, gimmicky and marketable guff which everybody copies, not because it’s any good, but because it sells.

      I just feel like you always go out of your way to put down the very concept of buying sports merchandise, which is kind of odd to me since your speciality as a design critic is mostly confined to these products that are mass produced for public consumption, even if you wish they weren’t.

      This was never the primary purpose of sports uniforms. They have always been about creating unique identities for the individual teams wearing them. The consumer aspect is a remarkably recent subsidiary concern. I sometimes feel somewhat sorry for Paul that some people expect him to run this site as though it were a consumer guide.

      • Lee | May 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm |

        Well said and well put.

        Lee

    • Jim Vilk | May 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm |

      It’s astonishing how many people’s first and only reaction upon seeing a new uniform design is to say (or tweet, or whatever), “Definitely gonna buy that.”

      First reaction: “I’d wear that.”
      Second reaction: “I’d DIY that.”
      Third reaction: “They have that in a shirsey, too?”

  • DWolfson | May 14, 2015 at 10:38 am |

    Looking at those leaked xmas uniforms from the NBA, which are generally inoffensive, I was then confronted last night by the Warriors-Grizz game. I’m sure I’m not the first to think it but just have to say that the Memphis away costumes remind me of some sort of ABA unis. And I don’t mean that in a good way (tho I AM an ABA fan). The colors just feel wrong and I’ll never understand the choice of font. This franchise needs a makeover and soon.

    • Jim Vilk | May 14, 2015 at 11:18 am |

      On the contrary…I think Memphis has the best modern uniforms in the NBA. If you going to change colors, make it to grizzly brown. Otherwise leave those fabulous double blues and that font alone!

    • Dave Mac | May 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm |

      I hate the Grizzlies unis. I think they are essentially one of the least relevant teams in the NBA. Kind of like NBA’s version of the Jacksonville Jaguars. No real identity, no one who cares about them nationally.

  • Coleman | May 14, 2015 at 10:45 am |

    I’ve “heard” more wonderful sounds of sports while reading the comments today than I expected. This is great.

    My favorite one already mentioned has to be the sound of baseball spikes on cement. Especially the echo of it in the dugout.

    Not yet mentioned, and not my favorite, but a great one, is the sound of a bouncing basketball in a nearly empty gym. And the sneaker squeak is nice too.

    • scott | May 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm |

      You used to be able to hear the sneaker squeak on NBA broadcasts, until the teams decided to play music during the action.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | May 14, 2015 at 10:46 am |

    Favorite sounds in sports: the various subtle timbres of the puck hitting the posts. You have the square on clank, you have the tink from the inside of the post and then going in, and then a super tinny dink of the inside post that holds up the “top shelf.” As a goalie, the big thuds are the best. You never want the puck behind you, but at least you know the play is still alive. And trust me, if the shooter clanks it clean off the post, he didn’t beat you: you just played your angles perfectly so he couldn’t hit net.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | May 14, 2015 at 10:49 am |

    Also, the Beast Mode baseball jersey immediately reminded me of the Oakland Oaks with the really round and big script letters, except in Charlie O kelly green and gold instead of Yuletide. Totally appropriate, as it’s hard to be prouder of Oakland than Marshawn Lynch.

  • Rob S | May 14, 2015 at 11:00 am |

    Looks like Bogut’s jersey suffered some Monumental Damage.

  • Jerry | May 14, 2015 at 11:01 am |

    How about the sound of a REAL organist at a baseball or hockey game? They are endangered, considering all the piped-in garbage, incessant ads, and walk-up music.

    A good organist can also add clever music to a situation. Nancy Faust of the White Sox made certain ones famous -the “Hurt” riff from Runaround Sue when the other team was forced to make a pitching change, and “Hey Hey Goodbye” at the end of a game.

    Don’t get me started about personalized renditions of the anthem. A good HS Band can do it in about 1 min, 10 seconds. And, you can sing along.

    • Jim Vilk | May 14, 2015 at 11:27 am |

      Always nice to hear the late Vince Lascheid playing the organ at PNC Park. Close your eyes and you can picture yourself sitting in Three Riivers.

    • Lee | May 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm |

      Yeah, if we ever do a ‘least favorite sounds’, walk-up music at a baseball game has got to be #1.

      Ugh.

      Lee

      • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsEricB | May 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm |
      • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm |

        I like walk-up music, in theory. I’m not exactly a big fan of most of the music that gets picked, but I like the idea of the player having that choice.

        • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm |

          It’s the player having the choice that’s the problem. Back when walk-up music was new, it was the stadium sound people having fun with player reputations and nicknames, and walk-up music was rare but awesome. Now it’s common but terrible. This is exactly the kind of choice that should not be left to individual players, because individuals tend to be idiots with bad taste. Let the players choose their own music, and most walk-up music will be terrible.

  • Mainspark | May 14, 2015 at 11:04 am |

    QOTW: Also, the sound of a “ringer” in horseshoes.

  • Eric B | May 14, 2015 at 11:10 am |

    My favorite sports sound is the resounding “thunk” of a kick at goal during a rugby match in an English or Irish stadium where the crowd is absolutely silent, followed by the rapidly increasing roar if the kick goes through the uprights. Tradition in the UK and Ireland is for the fans to be completely quiet for conversions and penalty goal attempts, even for the visiting team.

    • Padday | May 14, 2015 at 11:33 am |

      That is a good one. You forgot though the simply beautiful sound of loads of loud “shushing” immediately preceding the silence.

      It all reminds me of when I was in school and we had a sort of pep rally for our junior rugby team where there was less pep and rather a lot more lecturing on how we were to be respectful of the players and the kicker in particular.

  • Bob | May 14, 2015 at 11:10 am |

    The goal horn in the United Center (and previously old Chicago Stadium) is unmatched. It’s never changed soundwise, it was even sounded in the old Stadium when the Sting scored (MISL soccer). I’m also pretty sure the Blackhawks started the whole goal horn thing, or at least they had to be one of the very first. Watching NHL games in the 80’s, I don’t remember many other teams or arenas that sounded a horn when their team scored.

    • mild bill | May 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm |

      A close second would be the siren from the old Montreal Forum. Never a Habs fan but the sound sent a chill up and down my spine.

  • Ted E | May 14, 2015 at 11:12 am |

    QoTW:

    That “thwack!” sound from a hockey stick hitting the puck that goes from a nicely floated pass out to the blue line and then fired at the goalie.

    Next would be that thump of a well placed fast ball as it hits the catchers glove.

  • Anthony | May 14, 2015 at 11:23 am |

    SOUNDS:
    – The squeaking of sneakers on a basketball floor.
    – The crack of the bat of a perfectly hit ball.
    – The thwack of a great golf swing on the fairway.
    – The parabolic sound of a F1 or Indy car passing by at 200+ MPH.
    – Maria Sharapova’s grunt.

  • BvK1126 | May 14, 2015 at 11:29 am |

    QOTW:

    The sound of a diver making a perfect “rip” entry in the water.

    The starter’s gun for a 100-meter dash.

    The sound of hooves pounding down the stretch at the Kentucky Derby.

    Skis carving the snow.

    The thud of a kickoff in a football game.

  • RollTideDC | May 14, 2015 at 11:43 am |

    A bit ironic that even though its in New York-Auburn High School uses the Alabama script A logo

    http://imgick.syracuse.com/home/syr-media/width960/img/post-standard/photo/2015/05/11/-80d65c8ee79c56e0.JPG

  • marc | May 14, 2015 at 11:43 am |

    My shoulder pad layers clacking together as I jog from the locker room to the field. The collective clap that concludes a huddle. The QB barking signals and the swish of the WR’s cleats through the grass behind me as he goes in motion. The crack of helmets and pads smashing together mixed with grunts, groans, cheers and shouted directives. The collective “Ooooh” at a hard hit. The explosive cheer when a receiver makes the impossible catch for the game-winning touchdown.

    The NFL may not have my love anymore, but football is still the greatest.

  • RoccoT | May 14, 2015 at 11:51 am |

    QOTW: The sound of hockey sticks in a road hockey game.

    Great question of the week Mike !!!

  • mike 2 | May 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm |

    As long as we’re talking hockey, I’ll throw in some Tom Cochrane lyrics:

    Sometimes at night I can hear the ice crack
    It sounds like thunder and it rips through my back
    Sometimes in the morning I still hear the sound
    Ice meets metal…
    “can’t you drive me down to the big league?”

  • Paul Lukas | May 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm |

    Indians 1B Carlos Santana taking high-cuffery to new heights today:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CE-s1K2UsAAzyhv.png:large

    • The Jeff | May 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm |

      So that’s what the White Sox were missing when they tried wearing shorts back then. They needed to wear tights under them.

      *cough*clown*cough*

    • Uni Troll | May 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm |
    • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm |

      Hunter Pence’s pantaloons are spreading. Bad news; it’s just about the only thing uglier than full-on, strapped-under-your-shoes pajama pants.

  • Eric Romain | May 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm |

    What a great question of the week.

    I’m a hockey guy, but I think my favorite sound is the sound of a college football marching band playing a fight song after a touchdown. The uniqueness and timelessness is great.

    My worst sound is the opposite, having Heavy metal or rap over the PA in a football stadium to get a crowd pumped up.

  • Nate | May 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm |

    Favorite specific sounds: Mark Bellhorn’s two foul pole clanging homers in the 2004 playoffs. Listen!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_oo8QqXSTg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kYNJminXrE

    Favorite general sounds: hockey skates carving a fresh sheet of ice; the THWACK of a well-struck golf ball off the tee; raindrops falling on the field mic during a baseball game.

  • Nick | May 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm |

    A great sports sound is the sound of shoes squeaking on a basketball court.

  • Nick L. | May 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm |

    I love the sound of breaking glass. I love the sound of its condition.

  • Tom V. | May 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm |

    The sound of all 43 cars on the first few laps as they around turns 3 and 4 at Daytona and come roaring by. There is no happier sound in my world.

  • Mike Chamernik | May 14, 2015 at 2:06 pm |

    Great, great responses, everyone.

  • DenverGregg | May 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm |

    QotD: the thundering sound of racehorses running.

  • stpetegeek | May 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm |

    the wonderful Double Thud sound of a cleanly blocked punt in football… first thud off the punters foot, the second off the “blocker’s” hand.

  • Conor | May 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm |

    I was “enterprising” enough to find the NBA catalog:

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/adidas-team/SLD_Licensed/NBA/2016/NBA_SP16_AP_INLINE/index.html#?page=0

    In quotes because all it took was a few minutes on Twitter.

  • arrScott | May 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm |

    The New Zealand flag redesign thing – a ton of excellent ideas – led me down a rabbit hole of U.S. state flag redesign ideas. The best collection I’ve found, and which I don’t think I’ve seen featured on UW, is here:

    http://karnell.weebly.com/state-flags.html

    Only one or two of these is original; the rest are collected from numerous redesign contests and threads across the internet tubes. Kind of a well-curated “best of” list. A few clunkers; I’ve seen much better proposals for Florida, and Iowa doesn’t need to change. But most of these are the best designs for the states in question I’ve seen, including the North Star Flag for Minnesota that I’ve been a fan of for a looooong time. The Virginia and Wisconsin designs are particularly strong, though the Wisconsin design needs a darker shade of blue on the hoist side.

  • JSteever | May 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm |

    JSteever | Your comment is awaiting moderation. May 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    Here is “the” image of Jerry West used to create NBA “logoman”. And the BASKETBALL font is the NBA lettering inside the vertical rounded corner rectangle.

    http://www.ebay.com/

    Here is the designer of the Jerry West logo:

    http://www.siegelgal

    Seeking inspiration, Siegel poured through the photo archives of Sport magazine. A particular photo of the All-Star Jerry West grabbed his attention: It was dynamic, it was vertical, it captured the essence of the game.

    Our design team streamlined the image, and turned West’s silhouette into a white shape in motion–encased in red and blue halves, mirroring the treatment of the MLB logo. With the letters “NBA” at the bottom, the abbreviation took hold in the public’s consciousness.

    Now You Know…

  • terriblehuman | May 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm |

    QOTW:

    The whole sequence of sounds in diving is great.

    The hush, the leap, the bounce of the board, and the splash. Repeat.

  • Mainspark | May 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm |

    The sound of a largemouth bass breaking a still pond early in the morning while fishing.

  • Will S | May 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm |

    QOTW: for curling I’d pick the sound of the old corn brooms over the curling stones hitting one another (although that’s a good one)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpBdIrUZyOg

    When in goal for hockey the ping off the post is usually a good sound.

    For pitching Slo-pitch, where all foul balls are strikes in my league, the tick of the softball barely hitting the aluminum bat followed by the thud of the ball hitting the chain link backstop fencing is satisfying even when it’s only on the first strike.

  • Thresh8 | May 14, 2015 at 7:17 pm |

    Gymnastics, anyone?

    Especially the wringing shudders from the high bar, parallel bars and uneven paralell bars. And landing from them, plus floor exercise combinations.

    All while the crowd holds their breath.

  • daveclt | May 14, 2015 at 9:22 pm |

    In addition to the great answers above (ball hitting glove, crack of bat, bowling strike, downhill skier hanging on for dear life on a big turn, hockey player or skier stopping)…

    The boot of a kickoff to start a football game, especially in week 1.

    The almost non-sound of a simple layup or finger roll in lieu of a showboating dunk.

    Golf clap.

    A cheering home crowd after a big win with the announcers quiet and no stadium sound effects or music.

  • -DW | May 14, 2015 at 11:34 pm |
  • Doktorskaya | May 15, 2015 at 8:19 am |

    The dispute about anything.
    It is better to talk about sports nutrition.

    More good