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Five Minutes Is All You Need

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By Phil Hecken with Jared Pike

You guys will remember that over the summer (during Paul’s summer hiatus), and then again a couple weeks ago, I was able to bring you a couple of columns from Jared Pike, who brings a great new perspective to Uni Watch, by examining sports history (and thus, some unique lookbacks at uniforms) via interesting television takes. Following Jared’s last submission (which itself had been a bit of a holdover from the summer), I asked him to let me know the next time he had something he thought might be an interesting column for Uni Watch. Sooner than expected, he e-mailed me earlier this week with this:

Hey Phil,

You asked me to let you know when I published a new blog entry. All this year, I’ve been tweeting all of Warner Wolf’s Plays of the Week from 1986, exactly 30 years after they happened. This past Friday, Warner was let go from the Imus in the Morning radio show. It gave me the perfect opportunity to look back at this year-long project, to showcase how many athletes from the 80s retweeted me, and propose why Warner’s 5-minute once-a-week format is exactly what the modern sports world needs.

This is a timely story (at least for the next week or so), so once the World Series aura fades, and the election nonsense goes away, this might fit the bill for you.

Thanks!

-Jared Pike

It is indeed timely, and since I’m still recovering (and exhausted) from this past week’s election (more on that in the outro), today is a great time for this one to run. So once again, please welcome Jared back as he examines why…

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Five Minutes Is All You Need
By Jared Pike

When sportscaster Warner Wolf was unceremoniously dismissed from the Imus in the Morning radio show last week, media insiders speculated that he had chosen to retire; the Huffington Post questioned whether there is a market for the 79-year-old to do something new in the Internet age, like a blog or a podcast.

I can tell you with certainty: yes, there is.

For the past year, I have been vicariously publishing a Warner Wolf Twitter feed and YouTube channel, sharing his insights from 1986 with the Internet generation, exactly 30 years later — and the response has been incredible. Fans, sportscasters, and the athletes themselves have demonstrated that Warner had something special on his hands. Compared to the dreadful shoutfests that make up sports television today, Warner could give us all the sports we need in 5 minutes, once a week.

How can the VHS era of sports highlights survive during the Internet age? I’ve found that the two are actually a perfect fit. In 1986, Warner could only laugh at an athlete’s embarrassing moments (“Nice catch, Jose.”) But now in the social media era, we can ask them about it! Kicker Fuad Reveiz loves to relive slapping a Patriots linebacker across the face. Kelly Hrudey knows exactly why he smashed his stick after a random game. Howard Johnson revels in a botched spring training catch with John Gibbons. Danny Ainge tells us why he was smiling after falling down at the Garden!

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And it wasn’t just big-time names that Warner highlighted. In 1985, Bruce Morris of Marshall University sank the longest in-game basketball shot in history: 89 feet 10 inches (it’s such an important moment, Morris’ footprints are still painted on Marshall’s home court.) On the shot’s 30th anniversary, it seems all of Herd Nation relived the moment on Warner Wolf’s vicarious Twitter account — including Morris’ daughter Madison, who now plays for Marshall!

Likewise, it’s been fascinating to see the children of famous athletes — some of them now famous in their own right — reacting to their parents’ highlights on Twitter. Check out these tweets from Orlando Woolridge’s son, now a rapper and aspiring NBA forward; Gary Pettis’ son, now an actor on Days of our Lives; and Boomer Esiason’s daughter, now a sports broadcaster. These young people are tweeting about Warner Wolf’s Plays of the Week from 1986!

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Warner also made some amazing predictions, which would have seemed like wild ideas 30 years ago, but are now commonplace. In 1986, he proposed that professionals compete in the Olympics; that older-style baseball parks like Wrigley Field are better than “modern” parks; that in overtime, both NFL teams should have the opportunity to touch the ball; and that instant replay challenges should be called by coaches.

Even something as momentous as the World Series benefitted from some Warner Wolf magic. In 1986, Warner’s hometown Mets were the story of the year — so much so, that he put together an ’86 Mets highlight reel before they had even won the pennant. He also showed how loose they were in the clubhouse; Darryl Strawberry pranking Lenny Dykstra with a pie in the face during a commercial shoot (Dykstra later tweeted me, saying “I always love a good prank, and this ranks up there.”) After the Series was over, Warner finished with a hot take on the Red Sox, giving them the Boo of the Week for having a parade after *losing* the World Series!

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So what would a 5-minute Warner Wolf podcast look like? Check out this segment from November 14, 1986 — exactly thirty years ago. First, he comments on how a late hit by the Eagles’ Evan Cooper should have resulted in an ejection. Then, a montage of successful athletes who happen to be short (Marvin Hagler, Spud Webb, Doug Flutie, etc.) Next, he gives the Boo of the Week to the ridiculousness of the quarterback-in-the-grasp rule. Then, a suggestion that pitchers shouldn’t be eligible for both Cy Young and MVP awards. Finally, a gleeful Plays of the Week montage featuring hockey fights, football players tackling officials, and the relatively new invention of trampoline basketball trick shots. He even finds time to poke fun at himself for being short (claiming that he, Bob Costas, and Jim McKay all see eye-to-eye.)

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There it is. All the sports you need for the week, condensed into 5 minutes — no shouting, and no angst. Warner: we can make this happen. With your help, we can bring joy back to sports broadcasting.

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Thanks, Jared! Tremendous piece — I basically grew up getting my sports from Warner Wolf and George Michael (who remembers “The Sports Machine”? C’mon, speak up), so this was both a great look back on the career (especially that wonderful year of 1986) of Warner Wolf, but a trip down memory lane for me as well. And after the week that just was, I think we can all appreciate the throwback to simpler times. And I’m willing to bet you and a few others will have some new Twitter followers after today too!

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Leo’s World
“Leo’s World” is a new, semi-recurring feature here on Uni Watch weekends, featuring some excellent uni-related finds from Leo Strawn, Jr.. Each installment will feature a new, unique or just very cool collection of related uniform observations and research. You can click most of the images below to enlarge. — PH

Leo’s got an AWESOME LW today (especially if you love the Canadian Football League, which I do). This is just one of several CFL pieces he has planned, so sit back and enjoy!!!

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Cool and Unusual Helmets and Uniforms from the Great White North
By Leo Strawn, Jr.

I love CFL, ou LCF, pour nos lecteurs français (please excuse my French if that’s not 100% correct; I googled). I believe a gridiron football game should be able to have a final score of 2-1…why not? Plus, there’s more actual “foot” ball in a game with only 3 downs and the possibility of a missed field goal or long punt providing the difference in the final score. Etc., etc. (If you want proof of my love of Canadian football, check out some items from my collection of “things I own”.)

So, as the CFL winds down toward the 104th Grey Cup, I wanted to spend some time sharing some (I think) cool and (definitely) unusual Canadian Football uniforms.

Decades before the NFL’s recent “color rush”, Canadian teams would wear what could qualify as “colour rush” uniforms and they looked pretty damn nice.

Calgary wore red pants and red jerseys with some cool shoulder stripes and vertically striped leather helmets in their first Grey Cup appearance, a victory over Ottawa in 1948. They also wore mono red in the 1950s.

By 1950, Ottawa was clad in red jerseys and pants too, a look they would also use in the 1960s. For part of the 1980s and 1990s, Ottawa wore mono black.

In the 1952 Grey Cup against the Argos, the Eskimos wore all green. The 1950s also saw Edmonton wear green/green with a large swath of gold on the shoulders. It’s possible that the Esks wore the reverse of that colour layout in the 1920s wearing gold/gold with a large swath of green on the shoulders (players on right in this photo). Those uniforms featured the team nickname oddly in singular form across the chest.

When the Tiger-Cats played (and won) their first Grey Cup in 1953, v Winnipeg, they were in mono yellow. When they played (and won) their second Grey Cup in 1957, also v Winnipeg, they were again wearing mono yellow. When they played their third Grey Cup in 1958, a loss to Winnipeg, they were still wearing mono yellow.

Fans of the Lions during BC’s inaugural season of 1954 saw their team wearing orange from head-to-toe. They would continue wear all orange at home throughout the 50s.

In the 1950s and 1960s the green Riders wore mono green and in the early 60s the Blue Bombers wore mono blue.

In the early 70s, Toronto wore the darker shade of blue and in the mid 70s, AD and the Argos wore the lighter shade of their double-blue colour scheme on jerseys and pants.

More recently, Montréal has worn colour-over-colour. I haven’t been able to locate any older instances of mono colour, but they have traditionally worn mono white throughout their history, shown here playing against Ottawa in mono red during the early 60s and here in the early 70s.

Jimmer Vilk will love this part: Canadian uniforms have also featured some big numbers. On helmets, like the back of Edmonton’s golden domes in the early 1960s. On front of uniforms, like the Toronto Argonauts wore in the 1946 Grey Cup, the Blue Bombers wore in 1959 and the Esks wore in the early 60s. On sleeves, like the early 60s Als. And big in a different way on some QBs like Bernie Faloney, Jackie Parker and Sam Etcheverry.

I also discovered some examples of letters on jerseys, too, “E” for Edmonton, “W” for Winnipeg, “C” for captain and “A” for assistant captain.

And, the stripes. Lots of stripes. Odd stripes. Stripes on socks. Stripes on shoulders. On shoulders and down the sides. Stripes on sleeves. Stripes on officials’ caps. Wide stripes on helmets. Widely spaced stripes on helmets. Stripes over the knees. Stripes v stripes. Stripes. Stripes. Stripes!

Did I mention the newsboy caps? In 1910, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues wore them and players continued to wear them into the 1920s. And, like the NFL back in the day, so too did the officials in Canada wear them.

I hope you enjoyed part one of our look at uniforms from north of the border! I’ll get into some other uni-details for teams from Western Canada next week, then we’ll finish with the East the week after that, just in time for the 104e Coupe Grey.

Till next time…

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Thanks, Leo!

Great one today and looking forward to the next edition!

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canyons1Jimmy Corcoran, Uni Designer

Got a note from my pal Jimmy Corcoran earlier this week (while I was still deeply enmeshed in campaign-related minutia). Jimmy’s *moved on* from colorizations and Pro Magazine covers and onto…the field of high school football uni design.

Check it out:

Phil,

I know you’re busy and won’t see this for a few days, but I have moved on from colorizing King Corcoran pictures to designing my own alternate jerseys! My nephew and his teammates were really happy they got to wear the blue on blue for the last game of the season, they usually wear black pants with the blue. Connor told me all the guys wish they could wear black alternate jerseys next year. The school is only four years old and this is only the second year of the football team so I don’t think alternate jerseys will be in the future, they need a scoreboard first!

But I decided to see what I could come up with myself, I don’t have the uniform templates like some of the Uni Watch readers do when they come up with their great uniform concepts, I just use my mouse and add color. I first took a plain Nike jersey and added a white number, but that didn’t pop enough to me so I added a blue number with white trim. I always liked the high school style of the 1980’s with the school name across the chest in large letters, I also wanted just standard college style numbers, nothing fancy. I like the alternates to have a clean streamlined look, no stripes or neck decorations, this simple look not only looks clean to me but it would keep the costs down if they ever wanted to order ones that looked like this. I then actually added the jersey on a picture of Connor with my other nephew Logan after a game. I really think this looks good for a high school uniform, I know mono chrome is not a Uni Watch favorite but all the kids on this team love the Ravens all black uniforms so I made them close to that look. If these ever go into production I want a JC on the sleeve! just kidding.

Take care Jimmy Corcoran

Thanks Jimmy!

Here’s a look at his designs — the first uniform below, on the left, is their current uni — the other three are Jimmy’s designs (you can click on any photo below to enlarge):

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College Football Uni Watch
Some looks, via Twitter, at what you’ll (probably) see on the NCAA Gridiron Today.

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UW Friday Flashback UW’s Friday Flashback

With the Chargers having worn their powder blue alternates last Sunday, Paul’s latest Friday Flashback piece on ESPN takes a look at the team’s original powder era (as exemplified by John Hadl and Lance Alworth, shown here), which was more varied and nuanced than you might think.

Check out the Friday Flashback here.

Enjoy!

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Phil

Baseball News: Ohhh, check out the 20th Century Fox Studios Baseball Club (c.1940) Amazing uniforms, those striped stirrups! (from the one and only Bruce Menard). … Also from Bruce, in honor of Veterans’ Day yesterday, check out these covers of Baseball Magazine. … How bout Cleveland returning to these unis? That’s Bob Feller with his teammates after he returned from the Navy in WWII (from 216 Sports History). Note the Hale America patch on the sleeve too, which Paul documented beautifully a few years back. … Hard to believe it’s been 35 years since the Brewers (then in the AL) were also in the World Series. But they didn’t win it. Still, some phantom 82 World Series Champs merchandise exists (from Ben Danner). … Interesting Colon factoid (from Mike Chamernik). … Astute observer Ty asks if the Diamondbacks are switching to “tan” numbers on the front of their jerseys next year. He also asks if they are eliminating the snakeskin pattern from the backs of their pants. I can neither confirm nor deny these questions. He did NOT ask if the D-Backs are extending the stripe the full length of their pants for next season. Had he, I wouldn’t have been able to confirm or deny that either. Take from that what you will. … More from Bruce Menard: here’s 1945 Chicago Cubs catcher Paul Gillespie wearing the “Ruptured Duck” honorable discharge patch on his uniform. … Tweeter Eric Trager asks, “Why is this employee of a Mets affiliate wearing a Cubs cap?”

NFL News: It’s no secret we love long NOBs on UW, so this is great: “Recently, I was watching some videos on the old AFL on Youtube,” says Joe Hollomon. “Caught a screenshot of then Buffalo Bill player Marty Schottenheimer’s NOB.” … Von Miller and DeAndre Hopkins will be wearing special shoes for Veterans Day (h/t Paul Murphy).

College Football News: Check out this photo of Jeff Rutledge (on right) while at Alabama. Says Adam Kelley, “Pic of right is Jeff Rutledge showing three separate fonts (helmet, jersey and sub behind) in one pic. In late 70s as you know, ‘tearaway’ jerseys were common so I am sure this is his 3rd or 4th of game. Jeff was a longtime backup in NFL as well. He is a honorary captain at Saturday’s Mississippi State game in fact.” … I love it when someone spots something from (not so) long ago (like when a millennial I work with had no idea how to put a piece of paper into a typewriter in my office — it had been buried under a stack of papers and unused for years — but he was curious and wanted to know how it worked). So when I received this e-mail with the subject “Football jersey with buttons?” from Nolan Jones, I was expecting to see something like a button-front baseball jersey. Instead he asked, “Ever seen this before??? This is a UAB jersey that has a tail(?) that wraps under the crotch and buttons to the front of the jersey. I’m guess this is to keep he jersey tucked. Not sure because I’ve never seen before.” That’s awesome — has it really been that long since these were standard? Damn, I’m old! … Oops — I could see ESPN’s graphic department confusing the logos of two teams with Tigers for a mascot, but confusing Razorback (Hogs) with Mizzou Tigers? Good spot by Seth Shaw.

Hockey News: Anyone know what this sweater is (from Brian). If you said the World Hockey Association’s Los Angeles Sharks, you’re a winner (from FakeDamonSelmon). … When the Blues unveiled their new redder jerseys in 1994 they used forward Brendan Shanahan and goaltender Curtis Joseph as models. Submitter John Muir adds, “Odd that CuJo was dressed as a regular skater.” … Several items came in yesterday from Will Scheibler: “Since today (Nov. 11th) is Remembrance Day thought I’d try to find something sports uniform related. Came across these photos of the Royal Newfoundland Regimental hockey team from 1917.” Also from Will: St. John’s Ice Caps yesterday “revealed design details of their new Royal Newfoundland Regiment tribute jersey which will be worn during Military Appreciation Weekend, November 25th-26th at Mile One Centre.” Finally, the Royal Newfoundland Regimental hockey team had influence on elimination of the rover position in hockey in Newfoundland. … Do you love the Pittsburgh Penguins new white jerseys? You can see them today, AT HOME (as God intended). From @Bro_Lesko. … Looks like BC Hockey is teasing a new ‘gold’ alternate (from Matt Sottile). … The Edmonton Oilers wore poppies on their buckets yesterday (from Chuck Loads). … The Wheeling Nailers wore these camo jerseys last evening for “Military Appreciation” Night (from Jeff Tasca). … Last evening the Flyers wore Lindros jerseys with Pat Quinn patches for warmups (from Lou Bimov). Here’s another look (from Thom Pucks). Those commemorate Lindros & Quinn’s inductions into the Hall of Fame. … Here’s a look at the camo jerseys the Colorado Avalanche wore in warm ups last evening (from Adam Ure). … A Veteran at the Blackhawks game altered his 88 Kane USA jersey to have a Captain America logo (from Eric Lovejoy). … It’s baaack — the Cincinnati Cyclones will have Star Wars themed jerseys soon. Yay (from Bill Fenbers). … Poppy on helmet for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NBA News: Yesterday morning, Muggsy Bogues was on a Canadian TV program sporting a throwback Toronto Huskies sweatshirt, and a poppy (thanks, Mike Chamernik). That, folks, is how you remember Armistice Day. … Also from Mike, here’s a look at the San Antonio Spurs camo jersey which they wore for Veterans Day. Here’s a look at them on the court (if you dare). OK, just one more. God these are awful.

College Hoops News: “I’m a student at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia (D3), and our basketball team has new home greys this year,” writes Spencer Cornell. “It may seem like GFGS, but our school colours are Garnet & Grey, so it works out.” … Here’s a look at the new uniforms for St. Mary’s (from Nick). … New home white uniforms for the Gettysburg College Bullets (from Jeff Slanovec). … Auburn has added SEC graduate patches for their two graduate students (from Clint Richardson). … Last evening the UAB Blazers wore special Veterans Day shooting shirts during warmups (from UAB Men’s Basketball). … To kick off the hoops season, Kansas and Indiana went color vs. color last night (from DJ Jenkins). Here’s another look. … For 2016, Nike N7 is partnering with 9 colleges (across men’s & women’s programs) to honor Native American Heritage Month (from Conrad Burry).

Grab Bag: Hey, UWers — li’l help? “My friend’s relative found and dug up this medal in Poland, near Krakow,” writes Ken Traisman. “Could someone identify it? Polish? German? A chaplain’s insignia? Thanks for help. It’s a pretty cool find.” Hey Scotty Rogers, any ideas? … Paul Lukas, master scribe, (the guy who writes lots of stuff besides Uni Watch/ESPN) shows up in the strangest places: “I love that I saw this on drudge and remembered that you mentioned a similar note in your column so I thought you’d be interested — then I saw the byline,” writes John Gogarty. “So funny.”

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And that’s it for today. Thanks to Jared, Leo and Jimmy for their contributions today!

I’m still recovering from this past week (in case anyone is wondering, or cares, my boss was reelected this past Tuesday, so I’ll still have somewhat gainful employment on January 1st — which is more than a small relief). As far as what happened nationwide Tuesday…let’s just say we have a deeply divided nation, and there are wounds that will take a long time to heal. But I have to say, I do like what I’ve heard from both major parties since that evening. Let’s hope we’re somewhat on the road to cooperation, and a feeling of general goodwill. We’re more alike than we are different, and I hope we can begin to accentuate the ways we’re alike and work on understanding how we’re different. That will go a long way.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the SMUW crew. But until then, follow me on the Twitter @PhilHecken.

Peace.

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“A one year anniversary? Isn’t that called ‘last year’?”

— Jon Rose

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42 comments to Five Minutes Is All You Need

  • Jon | November 12, 2016 at 7:43 am |

    One thing that was bugging me about last night’s USMNT vs Mexico game: What was the text between the USA logo and the Nike logo?

    • Pgh Contrarian | November 12, 2016 at 11:37 am |

      The text would say something like “US v Mexico, 2018 World Cup Qualifier, Columbus, OH 11/11/16”

  • Dave Wright | November 12, 2016 at 7:49 am |

    I did not know about the Warner Wolf twitter feed and YouTube feed. I will be enjoying those later today. Thanks again!!!!

  • Wafflebored | November 12, 2016 at 8:04 am |

    Great CFL stuff today! Thanks Leo!

    • Leo's World | November 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm |

      Thanks! Was a lot of fun researching all of that. :)

  • Dominic DeNunzio | November 12, 2016 at 8:36 am |

    I for one would be in favor of the Indians returning to those uniforms. But I don’t think they would be remotely as attractive in today’s cuts, and particularly without those striped stirrups.

    • arrScott | November 12, 2016 at 9:40 am |

      Great uniforms, But to me, there’s really only room in Ohio for one team with a wishbone C on the left chest beside a headspoon and a wishbone C on the cap.

  • Buford | November 12, 2016 at 8:56 am |

    LOVE the CFL stuff! That league has a rich, long history, that is often overlooked.

    • Leo's World | November 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm |

      100% agree. Glad you enjoyed!

  • StLMarty | November 12, 2016 at 9:15 am |

    After sifting through the onslaught of gnarly college helmets being worn today, I can’t help but think… Man, each one is still better than what the Jaguars wear.
    How do they sleep at night?

  • Spencer Connell | November 12, 2016 at 9:16 am |

    Thanks for putting my H-SC pic on the ticker, Phil.

  • Wade Heidt | November 12, 2016 at 9:22 am |

    To add to mono-colour CFL uniforms observed from decades past.

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders ditched their silver pants in favour of green pants in 1991. In 1991, they wore mono-green for all home games. Silver pants returned at home in 1992, though they did decide to keep wearing the green pants on the road with the white jerseys. There is a photo attached below.

    The switch to mono-green for that year acknowledged the 25th anniversary of the team’s first Grey Cup win in 1966, when the team wore mono-green as Leo indicated.

    http://www.comc.com/Cards/Football/1991/Royal_Studios_Saskatchewan_Roughriders/31/Missing/7238009

    • Leo's World | November 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm |

      Thanks for that info. Cheers!

  • arrScott | November 12, 2016 at 9:44 am |

    Tourism tip: Every place I’ve ever visited in Canada has had some kind of regimental history display tucked away somewhere, and they’ve all been worth seeking out. Even if you don’t find a gem of a hockey, baseball, soccer, or lacrosse uniform, and you usually do, you’ll find great artifacts and some amazing stories.

  • GMoore | November 12, 2016 at 9:47 am |

    I’m guessing the IU-Kansas adidas uniforms were supposed be be stars (Kansas) and stripes (IU).

    • Noah Wolf | November 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm |

      Definitely the case. While I’m normally not a fan of flag pandering uniforms, I really liked what Kansas and Indiana did last night. Kansas had white stars on the side of their uniforms, and Indiana had white stripes on the side of theirs. I thought that was a subtle, clever, and tasteful way to incorporate the flag, and it actually looked pretty good. Adidas, designing the uniforms of both teams, had the luxury to do that and did a great job.

      I wasn’t as much of a fan of the “courage” and “honor” NOBs, but ya know.

  • Peter Wunsch | November 12, 2016 at 9:49 am |

    To me, the most famous moment in Warner Wolf history was the night his false teeth fell out when broadcasting. The NY Post ran a full page picture a day or two later and Warner went along with by starting the next broadcast with a pair of battery powered “clackers.”

  • Joe | November 12, 2016 at 10:21 am |

    Do you know that when the San Jose Sharks came about and before they developed their logo, they actually asked for some old LA Sharks jerseys so that they can use it as idea for their logo?

  • DenverGregg | November 12, 2016 at 10:33 am |

    The unearthed medal looks close to a frequent Franciscan coat of arms (scroll down). The letters may even be “Ord. St. F”, which would be a non-Polish abbreviation – either Deutsch or Latin. Could well have belonged to a tertiary.

    • James | November 12, 2016 at 10:59 am |

      HA! Your comment posted after I opened this page and I wrote mine.

    • Ken Traisman | November 12, 2016 at 11:31 am |

      THANK YOU! Yes.

  • James | November 12, 2016 at 10:53 am |

    The ‘medal’ might be a Franciscan Cross. Google search indicates ‘crossed arms’ is a motif of this cross, and the lettering appears to be “ORD. ST. FRA…” i.e. ‘Order of St. Francis’.

    • Ken Traisman | November 12, 2016 at 11:30 am |

      THANK YOU. Yes!

  • Steve B. | November 12, 2016 at 11:55 am |

    Love the CFL stuff. Always a good read.

    I grew up in DC and witnessed Warner Wolf’s return to the market in the early 90s after the untimely death of the great Glenn Brenner. Maybe it was just my perception, but he did not win over the local audience. Maybe it was that viewers missed Brenner or had the option to watch George Michael on WRC, but it just did work out. I wish WUSA had just promoted the “back up” sports anchor, James Brown, to take over for Brenner.

    • Leo's World | November 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm |

      Thanks, SteveB! Hoping the next two CFL articles won’t disappoint.

  • WalterP | November 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm |

    Ugh. Hate to see the Canyons go BFBS.

  • Special K | November 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm |

    So, starting a couple of days ago, I can no longer get the mobile version of this website on my Android phone. Is anyone else having this problem? It’s very annoying.

    • Jerry | November 12, 2016 at 11:59 pm |

      If you scroll all the way down, you should be able to hit mobile or desktop.

  • LarryB | November 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm |

    That was fun checking out all the CFL pics. You did great work Leo.

    • Leo's World | November 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm |

      Thanks, Larry!

  • Jim Vilk | November 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm |

    (who remembers “The Sports Machine”? C’mon, speak up)

    The 80s were an awesome time…George Michael and Wham! on the radio, George Michael and The Sports Machine on TV.

    Congrats on your continued employment, Phil. And good stuff from all the contributors today. Leo’s right: I loves me some large numbers. If you’re going to wear a number on a jersey, use the name of Wham!’s 1984 album as your inspiration: Make It Big.

    • Leo's World | November 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm |

      Glad you liked. :)

      I remember seeing pics of Bambi when I was a kid and always loved those huge Charger numbers!

    • Ferdinand Cesarano | November 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm |

      The Men in Blazers display the sign from the George Michael Sports Machine during every episode.

  • Tim | November 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm |

    The picture of Warner Wolfe looks like Chris Berman

  • Jimmy Corcoran | November 12, 2016 at 1:46 pm |

    Wow! I can’t believe I saw Warner Wolf on Uni watch today, it’s been years since I heard anything about him? Growing up in Maryland in the early 70’s my father played on Warner’s celebrity softball team, I was about 8 years old and had no idea he could hit a ball that far. The uniforms were pretty bad, Warner just passed out solid colored t shirts, when the King looked at the tag and made that face I already knew what the problem was, the t shirt was polyester and he doesn’t wear that because it clings to his stomach and makes him look fat. The next week he showed up with a Pottstown Firebirds t shirt and wouldn’t wear the team one. Warner was a good sport and joked around and said this is why you aren’t in the NFL King, you just can’t follow rules

  • Mangler | November 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm |

    “Why is this employee of a Mets affiliate wearing a Cubs cap?” “C” for Colunbia, perhaps?

    The cap logo for the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets’ short-season single-A affiliate) is a Brooklyn “B” intertwined with a squared-off “C”. I guess they couldn’t use the C (‘s) on the roller coaster because they resemble the Cubs’ cap logo.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/tajkd/16245463799

    It wouldn’t make sense. Unless the Cyclones become an affiliate of the Cubs one day.

  • Mullet B Miler | November 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm |

    Re: Blues ’94 jersey reveal….
    The goaltender would still be wearing all those same elements pictured as part of his uniform (same as the forward).
    So another way to look at this is just that neither Shanny or Cujo are fully dressed.
    Shanahan (forward) doesn’t have his helmet, gloves, stick. Joseph (goalie) doesn’t have his pads, trapper, blocker, mask, stick.

    • Eric Romain | November 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm |

      I agree Mullet. He’s just not fully suited up.

      That mid-90s Blues design, I’ve been struggling with it for years. I love the sheet music striping, and I think the blue/red/yellow pair together very well. But the blues already looked great without so much red, and the italicized numbers look awkward and are extremely lending to that time period. I can’t decide if I love ’em or hate ’em.

  • John H. | November 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm |

    Leo, thanks for the tremendous CFL section! I thoroughly enjoyed it. One small correction; the pics of the early 70s Argos are actually of Marv Luster and QB Peter Liske in the mid 60s. Liske was only with Toronto in 1965. Looking forward to the next couple of weeks!

    • Leo's World | November 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm |

      Hey John,

      I meant to say early 60s, not 70s. I included so much into the article I’m surprised if that’s the only typo. :)

      The info I have on the B & W pic isn’t Liske according to the photographer, Scott Grant (whom I’ll mention in the upcoming articles). He says it’s John Henry Jackson. He only played one game for the Argos in 1961 and also wore #17. Not sure which is right. Will look deeper into that and see. I don’t have enough old CFL photos yet to know if Toronto wore those in 1961 or not. If not, you’re 100% correct. So it’s one or the other, either 1961 or 65.

      http://scottgrant.photoshelter.com/image/I0000xCL4DkIJIm8

      Thanks for the info and the kind words about the article!

      • John H. | November 13, 2016 at 11:59 am |

        Hi Leo,
        I did a little more research on this. Marv Luster went to the Argos from Montreal in 1964 and I remain certain that the QB in the photo is Peter Liske. I’m not sure exactly what year the Luster photo was taken but the photo of Liske has to be from 1965. Thanks again. :)

  • KC | November 14, 2016 at 11:11 am |

    Troy kind of muffed the flag layout on that helmet graphic. The field of stars should be upper left whether displayed horizontally or vertically.