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Question Time, Vol. 10

Welcome to the latest installment of Question Time, where you get to ask me anything and I do my best to answer. Let’s get started!

How do you manage to avoid doubling things up in the Ticker from day-to-day? I’ve noticed the occasional doubled entries within a few days of each other, but it feels like a pretty rare occurrence. It’s extra-impressive, considering how many different people contribute to and compile it. I was just curious what the underlying method is, if any. Kudos to you and your staff!

We all read the entire site every day, so we know what’s already been covered — or at least that’s the idea. I’m the last line of defense (at least on weekdays), because I edit the Ticker before it gets published. Sometimes I catch and remove redundant items — and sometimes I miss them — but for the most part we’re all pretty good about keeping the content fresh.

What advice columns do you read regularly, or even frequently/often?

In terms of written advice columns, I no longer read any of them.

I do listen to Dan Savage’s weekly Savage Lovecast sex-advice podcast, but that’s about it.

When I was younger, I loved reading Ann Landers. I quite enjoy the fact that Dan Savage owns her old desk.

I feel like there used to be an “I Miss Cole Field House” Naming Wrongs T-shirt. Was this just a fever dream or did it actually exist and is not available anymore?

Yes, it did exist. UMd asked us to remove it. I think we had a good legal basis for keeping it, but I wasn’t interested in getting into a fight with them, so we withdrew the shirt. Sorry.

I coach at a high school that signed a school-wide uniform contract with one of the big sports apparel companies. The result has been horrific: different fonts, mismatched color combos, variations of the primary logo, etc. What is your reaction to high school athletics (and lower school levels) becoming more about the maker’s mark and less about the team name across the chest?

As you can probably guess, I’m not a fan. Even without the issues you mention (i.e., even if the colors and logos were consistent, etc.), I always find it disappointing when children — especially in the context of a school — are essentially being taught to be consumers. Not sure what to do about it, though. Increasingly seems to be where we’re at as a society.

I’ve noticed you rarely mention movies, and when you do they tend to be documentaries. Is it fair to infer from this that you are not a big movie guy? Do you have a favorite movie or a few favorites?

Hmmm. I feel like I’ve mentioned lots of non-documentary movies over the years. I love movies! And I go out to see a lot of them, in part because I don’t have Netflix (I work at home staring at a screen for most of the day, so the last thing I want is another excuse to stay at home staring at another screen).

However … the Tugboat Captain and I were saying just the other day that we haven’t seen many really good movies lately. We sort of mentally catalogued the movies we’d seen over the past year or two and agreed that only a handful of them were special, while most were sort of meh.

As for favorites: Depending on which day you ask me, I’ll tell you that my all-time favorite movie is either His Girl Friday, Days of Heaven, or Time Indefinite (a documentary, but a very atypical one). I have many hundreds of other favorites — Jaws, Life Is Sweet, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Dead Ringers, Faces/Places, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and so many more.

Do you have a book in you? Maybe an essay compilation. I’m a big fan of Shea Serrano, and his most recent book about basketball (and likely the new book he has coming up about movies) is in the format of answering one question each chapter — maybe a macro-format like that might help. I read a book years ago about baseball where the author wrote about everything at a major league stadium except the game: one chapter was on turnstiles (I learned what a stile is), one as on the field (the Chisox groundskeeper would cut the grass according to Nellie Fox’s recommendations), etc. Maybe something like that about uniforms..?

Here’s my feeling about doing a book: I only want to do it if I don’t have a steady journalism/blogging gig. I know some people (including some friends of mine) are able to juggle a book project with their existing workload, but I just don’t see how it’s possible. So if I did a book, it would probably mean shutting down this blog, stopping my SI work, etc.

I actually had a good idea for a book during my “free agent” period (i.e., in between ESPN and SI) and spoke to some publishing people about it. There was some interest, and it might still be viable at some point down the road. But for now, I’m working pretty much at capacity.

Also: To be fully truthful, I don’t have a burning desire to do a book. Part of this is because I worked in publishing during my 20s and have no romantic illusions about the industry, and part of it is that the first six issues of my 1990s zine were already compiled into a book and it didn’t change my life in any appreciable way.

And if I’m being really truthful, the big issue may be that I now read so few books myself that I’ve probably lost the ability (if I ever had it) to tackle complicated subjects in a long-form format. I consume a huge amount of short-form journalism and related writing but very few books, and that has almost certainly had an effect on my own ability to conceive and execute a book-length project. I’ll admit that the very idea of it scares me a bit.

Name three things you look for in a welcoming bar/tavern/saloon environment.

Good neon sign, friendly bartender who’s more interested in being a bartender than checking his/her phone, and interesting regulars who, ideally, are nothing like me.

Are there any “sports” that shall not appear on Uni Watch, like bowling, NASCAR, F1, cricket, golf, cornhole, sailing, fishing, archery?

I’m pretty sure I’ve covered all of those at one point or another (sometimes just as Ticker items, but in most cases with full-blown articles) and I’ll gladly do so again if there’s a uni-relevant reason to do so.

I pretty much draw the line at pro wrestling — I won’t cover that because it’s not a sport.

There are a few other things that I’m theoretically willing to cover, but only if there’s a really compelling reason to do so. UFC, for example, is more legitimate than pro wrestling (i.e., it’s more than just choreographed theater), but I’d rather not be associated with it. Also, while we’ve occasionally run Grab Bag items on e-sports, I can’t say I care about covering that either.

Do you have a preferred location to sit when going to a baseball game?

I will always trade altitude in return for centrality. In other words, I’d rather be sitting in the upper deck, near home plate (which is in fact where I usually sit these days), than way down the baseline on the field level.

A perfect seat, for me, is in the second or third row of the first level above the field level, one section to the first base side of home (i.e., just off-center). Of course, given what tickets now cost, I can’t afford to sit in a good seat like that anymore, which is why I’m usually in the upper deck nowadays!

For a while there was a ’Skins Watch logo in the Ticker where the Native American was face-palming. Where did that go? Why discontinue it? It was a cool way to indicate the nature of that portion of the Ticker.

I don’t think we’ve ever used a face-palming Native icon for ’Skins Watch (or if we did, it was inadvertent). But now that you bring it up, I see that it’s a thing — I didn’t know that! I agree that it would be good for ’Skins Watch, so maybe I’ll start using it. Thanks for the tip!

When you announced your new deal with SI, you mentioned, as an aside, “There are certain places I would never work for under any circumstances because they’re just too toxic.” Which ones?

In terms of sports media, I cannot imagine a circumstance in which I would work for, or otherwise contribute to, Barstool.

As for the larger media world, I also cannot imagine a circumstance in which I would work for, or otherwise contribute to, Fox News. (I had to think about that one recently, because I thought there was a chance I might have been invited onto one of their shows if my “Mistaken for MAGA” article had gained significant traction. That ended up not happening. But if they had asked me to come on, I would have declined.)

Of course, there are also lots of fringe-y media outlets (sports-related and otherwise) that I probably wouldn’t want any part of. And whenever I’m asked to appear on a radio show, I try to make sure that it’s not a shock-jock show, because I want no part of that.

Love the site. I noticed at the bottom it says “Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties.” What does that mean? Is it a financial arrangement? Are you linked from the USAT website somewhere?

USAT’s ad network is one of several networks that serves ads onto the site. For some reason they’re the only one that wants us to include our affiliation with them in the fine print, so we do. We could (and maybe should) remove it and they likely wouldn’t care. Not a big deal either way.

As the NBA transitions away from the traditional uniform assignments of wearing white at home and colors on the road, I feel less of a connection to the uni-verse. Here’s what I mean by that: If I saw an old game photo of Reggie Miller wearing a white uni, I would have a fairly high degree of certainty that the game was played in Indy; based on whether it was the Flo-Jo design or the pinstripes, I would know an approximate sense of which season the game occurred in. Now that the teams wear several different designs at home and several different designs on the road, and because those designs change so often, my uni knowledge no longer helps me when I look at photos.

Do you see this as a problem for people connecting to the uni-verse? Do you see it as a problem when future uni-researchers try to solve mysteries about the uni-verse?

It will definitely make it harder for history mystery sleuths. And based on what people have told me, many fans do feel less of a connection to the new revolving-door uni-verse. Younger fans who grow up with this new state of affairs, however, may feel just as connected as ever, because it’s what they’re used to. We’ll see.

What are your three favorite sporting events to watch?

I assume you mean on TV, yes? I’d go with the World Series (assuming a four- to seven-game series counts as a single “event”), the NFL’s conference championship Sunday (although I liked it better when both games took place during the afternoon, instead of having one game at night like they do it now), and a really good high-stakes, top-level boxing match — preferably middleweight or heavier.

Coming from a fellow Mets fan reflecting on the 11-10 debacle loss to the Nationals: Is it really character-building to be a fan of this franchise, or are we all just delusional?

Who ever said it was character-building? It’s brutal! But at least the uniforms are good.

You’ve said the reason you can’t use Paypal is a “long, annoying story,” but I’d be interested in hearing it if you’re willing/able to share.

I’d rather not get into it. The short version is that I tried to do something nice for someone and it ended up biting me in the ass.

How would you feel about more on field/ice/court advertising in place of ads on uniforms? I think I could live with a few more ads on the ice to keep hockey sweaters ad-free.

This is a false choice. It’s like saying you’d rather eat puke than eat shit. I’d rather not eat either of them. Keep advertising where it belongs and keep it away from where it doesn’t belong, the end.

You weren’t too optimistic about the AAF’s survival from the outset (nobody was, really), but I was wondering, would you have been a little less vocal about it if your friend Todd Radom created all of the logos for the league (like his did for the Big3) instead of someone you don’t know?

Actually, lots of people were optimistic about the AAF’s survival, and I got a lot of pushback from people who thought I was too dismissive of the league’s chances.

If Todd (or any of the other designers I know) had designed the uniforms, I would’ve done what I always do: assess the designs on their merits and assess the league on its merits.

I also know enough about Todd to know that he doesn’t get involved with fly-by-night operations (well, except maybe Uni Watch). His involvement with AAF would have translated to a certain amount of credibility right there, although I would still have been very skeptical.

(And for those who are no doubt wondering: Yes, I’m also skeptical about XFL 2.0.)

I’m a New York pizza hound. Whenever I am in the city, I always want to try a new place. Last time I was there, I went to DiFara. What’s your favorite pizza place around where you live in Brooklyn?

I actually live a short walk from DiFara! But I’ll tell you a little secret: I’ve never loved DiF. Everyone else thinks it’s the bee’s kneecaps, but I think it’s just decent, fine-but-unremarkable pizza. I’ve never understood all the fuss. Meanwhile, it’s way overpriced and there’s always a line. No thank you.

The Tugboat Captain agrees with me. It would probably be overstating things to say that our shared indifference to DiFara’s is the glue of our relationship, but only slightly. We have a less celebrated slice/pie joint not far away. It does us just fine.

For Brooklyn pizza that goes above and beyond, I prefer Lucali, Grimaldi’s, Sam’s, and Paulie G’s. In Manhattan, I like Arturo’s and Prince Street. But my favorite NYC pizza is in Staten Island: Joe and Pat’s. Whisper-thin crust, great toppings.

Hmmm, now I’m hungry.

(Meanwhile, here’s a funny story about my contrarian view of DiFara’s: I used to be friends with the great food writer and raconteur Josh Ozersky (R.I.P.), who loved DiFara’s and especially loved Dom DeMarco, the elderly pizzaiola who runs the place. At one point I was telling Josh how I wasn’t that into DiFara’s, and he basically waved me off and said, in his endearingly pompous way: “Paul, the most powerful electron microscope in the world is located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It can detect things as small as a hydrogen atom. That microscope could not detect how little I care about your opinion of Dom’s pizza!”)

Did you have any favorite children’s books when you were growing up?

Yes! I loved (and still love) Where the Wild Things Are, Just So Stories, The House at Pooh Corner, The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry the Dirty Dog, Green Eggs & Ham (and lots of other Dr. Seuss books), The Velveteen Rabbit, and probably a bunch more that I’m forgetting. I still have my childhood copies of most of them.

I was disappointed to see that the Flyers are using one large center-ice logo instead of the dual logos. Do you have an opinion on ice logos?

I think it depends on the logo. The Flyers’ logo looked good in the dual configuration, because it’s horizontal. Ditto for the Canadiens. The horizontal logo fits well into the semicircle. But a less horizontally oriented logo — the Rangers’, say — doesn’t look as good in the dual configuration, at least to me. Case-by-case basis!

Airplane seat choice: window, middle, or aisle, and why?

If it’s daytime, window (because I like seeing out the window); at night, aisle (easier restroom access).

I hatehatehate the middle.

You’ve documented several trips to Wisconsin, which is great because it’s the best state in the union. But to my knowledge, most of your Sconnie travels have taken you to the southern/eastern parts of the state. Have you ever headed into the forests of northern Wisconsin? Or followed the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers along the western border?

Au contraire — I’ve done several northern-Wisconsin trips! Here’s a trravelogue of one of them, from 2011.

In 2001, a friend and I drove the entire length of the Mississippi River (the Great River Road, as it’s known), from Minnesota to Louisiana. I ended up writing about it for the travel column I had at the time in Money magazine. Great trip, including the Wisconsin portion!

You’re an admitted traditionalist when it comes to uniforms. Do you think this view ever limits your ability to do balanced commentary on uniforms that veer towards the hyper-modern like the Seattle Seahawks, Oregon football, and Dallas Mavericks?

Correction — I’m an admitted classicist, not a traditionalist. What’s the difference? A traditionalist says, “Don’t ever change anything because change, by definition, is bad.” A classicist says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broke, then let’s improve it!”

As for your larger question about “balanced commentary”: My job is not to provide balanced commentary; my job is to say what I think and explain why. My tastes and standards are what they are. I try to apply them consistently and fairly, and to explain the bases for them, which is all any critic can do. Your mileage may vary.

If you could live in any other state besides New York, where would you live and why?

This question was asked in a slightly different form in the last installment of Question Time. I’ll let that answer speak for me here.

Most NBA teams wear the city or state name on their standard dark uniforms. With the move away from road and home designations, and more teams wearing dark uniforms at home, do you think more teams will start wearing the team name on the dark uniforms?

Interesting question! It definitely seems plausible that city/state designations might be relegated to the City alternate designs. Then again, it’s hard to imagine, say, the Knicks without “New York” arched across their chests, no? Hmmmm.

We all know you are an avowed carnivore. If you were hosting a dinner party for vegan or vegetarian guests, what would you serve?

Interesting that you phrase this as a hypothetical! In fact, I have several vegetarian friends and have had them over for dinner many times. My usual default is pasta, but sometimes I make pizza.

What are your favorite sandwiches?

This is the part where I’m supposed to say, “Hot dogs,” and then Phil comes and kills me.

I love the idea of sandwiches. In practice, though, I’ve never been a big sandwich guy. Didn’t grow up eating PB&J, didn’t live on subs/heroes in college like some of my dorm-mates did. I do love a good hot pastrami on rye, which I always order when going to Katz’s in Manhattan, but I usually go there only once or twice a year. And I’ll find myself ordering a BLT (with butter instead of mayo) at a diner a couple of times a year.

Does a Wisconsin double-brat sandwich count? Or is that more like a hot dog?

If you were to pick one uniform from each of the Big Four pro leagues to be your favorite, which one would you choose from each league?

I get this question a lot, and my answer tends to vary depending on my mood. For today:

– MLB: Cardinals home white
– NFL: Packers green
– NHL: Rangers road white
– NBA: Warriors white

My question is the same as always: Any plans for traveling to the Seattle area or the northwest in general?

Not at the moment. Sorry!

You’ve often spoken about how you fell in love with uniforms as a child in the 1970s. Do you think if retail uniform merchandise had been widely available during those years that you would have worn such merchandise then and/or now? Or could the glut of it possibly have had the opposite effect and curtailed your passion for uniforms?

Interesting question! Impossible to know for sure, of course. I can tell you one thing: There’s no way my parents would have sprung for pricey jerseys, and there’s also no way I could have afforded them myself on my allowance. But would I have wanted to own and wear such items? Quite possibly! It’s interesting to ponder. But I’m glad I grew up in an era when I was able to appreciate uniforms just as uniforms, not as a consumer goods.

Are there any uniforms that you’ve changed your mind about over time? Just to be clear, I don’t mean unis that you’ve gradually acclimated to and now think are apt representations of their team (even if you still personally dislike). I mean instances where once you may have thought, “Team x’s use of polka dots is a crime against humanity,” but now, however many years later, you genuinely like it.

The example that springs most readily to mind is the Diamondbacks’ original purple/teal/cream vest design. Initially, it seemed like a boilerplate example of the then-current purple/teal trend, but I think it’s aged remarkably well and now feels like a classic. I wish they’d go back to it full-time.

(Yes, it’s true — I just praised a purple-inclusive uniform.)

You road trip a lot but have you ever done a long distance train trip? If not do you have any desire to?

In theory, I would love that; in practice, I wonder if I’d get restless.

The great Caity Weaver recently wrote a really good article about taking a cross-country train trip. Recommended!

I love cooking and absolutely love when Culinary Corner is included in the blog. Is there any method of cooking that you have recently (in the past year or so) begun to use that you wished you would have discovered 10 years ago?

You know, when I moved in with the Captain about a year ago, my moving-in gift to both of us was one of those sous vide sticks. I was certain it was going to revolutionize our cooking and eating lives and that we’d be saying, “We should have started doing this ages ago!”

A year later, we’ve used it only twice. Hmmmmm.

Why does a royal blue script on a black Jersey or shirt always look purple to me?

Tenth circle of Hell?

Soup or salad when ordering with your main course?

Depends! On so many things — what is the main course, for example? If it’s heavy and/or fried, I might go for a salad. If the main is light-ish, I might go for the soup! And what kind of soup is it? And is this the kind of place where the salad is gonna be just a few sorry-looking lettuce leaves and two croutons? So many variables to consider!

What colors do you feel are most underrepresented in sports, and which Big Four or college teams would benefit from adopting those colors?

I’ve always maintained that green (which happens to be my favorite color) is badly underrepresented in the uni-verse. I can sorta-kinda understand it in baseball and football, where teams understandably don’t want their uniforms blending in with the field of play, but there’s no reason basketball and hockey can’t have more green. (As for which teams should switch to green, uh, maybe all the teams currently wearing purple..?)

I also love orange as an accent color and would love to see more of that. In fact, green with orange accents is particularly good, as the University of Miami demonstrates on a regular basis.


That’s it for this round of Question Time. Thanks for all the queries! You can see all the previous installments of QT here.

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Daily double: One day after Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun wore injured teammate Christian Yelich’s jersey underneath his own (as detailed in yesterday’s lede), he did it again in yesterday afternoon’s game against the Marlins.

And this time Braun hit a home run — an improvement over his first two-jersey game, when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a GIDP.

The Brewers are in St. Louis tonight. I’m assuming Braun will be doubling up once again.

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And the seats will be replaced by black leather sofas: Amusing promotional stunt yesterday by the pornography studio Bang Bros, which formally submitted a $10 million bid to secure the naming rights to the Miami Heat’s arena (whose name, as noted in yesterday’s Ticker, will no longer be an ad for an airline and is therefore once again up for sale).

Obviously, there are lots of jokes one could make here (let’s please not post any of them in today’s comments, thanks). Just as obviously, the bid will be declined. But it’s worth noting that the porno folks wouldn’t be able to use the Heat as a vehicle for free publicity if the Heat hadn’t decided to sell their arena’s identity. When you lie down with dogs, as the saying goes, expect to get fleas. And when you make anything and everything available for sale, don’t be surprised if some of the prospective buyers are scumbags who are only too willing to publicly embarrass you. You get what you pay for? Sometimes you get what you sell for.

In short, this is just the latest example of why naming rights always suck (pun fully intended).

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I know I said we should never speak of this again…: … but I’ve been laughing all week at one particular aspect of the OBJ watch saga, which is that no two media outlets seem to agree on what the watch cost or is worth.

Depending on which story you happened to read this week, the watch’s value and/or sale price is $189K, $189.5K, $190K, “around 190K,” $191.5K, “more than $200K,” $250K, “over $250K,” “nearly $350K, $350K, “around $350K,” “$350K-plus,” or $425K.

This type of moving-target bullshit goes on all the time in the world of celebrity gossip, which is basically the world that OBJ now lives in. Am I the only one who thinks he’s really wearing one those toy watches that used to come in a box of Cracker Jack?

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LAST CALL for the Teespring sale: Teespring’s latest 10% sale runs until midnight tonight. To get the savings, order anything from the Uni Watch Shop and/or the Naming Wrongs Shop and use the checkout code S3PT3MB3R (yes, Teespring seems to have a knack for cringe-inducing codes). You’ll save 10% but Uni Watch will still receive our full profit — a win-win.

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Cap reminder: In case you missed it on Monday, we have a new cap! If our wool Uni Watch Classic Cap is either too expensive or too warm for you, this new cap might be more to your liking. It’s made of really nice cotton twill, and we’re selling it for $24.99. It’s a strapback, so one size fits all.

We’re only planning to keep this one available for a month or two, so move fast. Additional photos and ordering info here.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: In case you’ve never seen it, here’s a bit of video showing one of A’s owner Charley Finley’s gimmicks: Harvey the Rabbit, a mechanized rabbit that delivered baseballs to umpires at A’s games in the ’60s. This is amazing, why don’t teams still do this? (From Todd Engle). … Mets radio announcer Howie Rose lambasted MLB for not allowing the Mets to wear first responder caps on Sept. 11, throwing in a criticism of the Players’ Weekend unis as a contrast (from Steve Hom and David Dahl). … The Nats’ Single-A affiliate in Fredericksburg, Va., formerly known as the Potomac Nationals, will announce their new name and logo on Oct. 5 (from William F. Yurasko). … A Brooklyn Cyclones employee is growing tomatoes in the team’s bullpen, a throwback to the days when the Mets bullpen coach Joe Pignatano had a bullpen vegetable garden at Shea Stadium (from Ebin Sandler). … The Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters are wearing “Come And Take It” jerseys for the Atlantic League postseason, based on this flag. The Skeeters are the defending Atlantic League champions, and are daring the rest of the league to come for their crown (from Ignacio Salazar). … Mets 1B Pete Alonso because the latest MLBer to shave his mustache in the middle of a game (from Phil).

Pro Football News: Most of the original AFL franchises revealed 60th-season logos earlier this year. For some reason, the Chargers waited until yesterday to reveal theirs (from Brian Taylor). … Pats wideout Antonio Brown is now wearing No. 17 after being temporarily given No. 1 at practice Wednesday. No. 17 was worn by his father, Eddie, in the Arena League. … Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has custom thigh pads with his uni number on one leg and the Cowboys logo on the other (from multiple readers). … The Titans are going navy-white-light blue on Sunday (from Heath Carignan). … Here’s a great shot of two female pro football players from the 1973 Dallas Bluebonnets (from a contributor who didn’t give his name).

College Football News: Johnny Manziel’s Texas A&M uni has been stolen from a museum (thanks, Paul). … TCU is going mono-white tomorrow (from @RadiusAthletics). … Louisville is going red-white-red tomorrow (from M. Brinston Berry). … UNLV is going red-white-red against Northwestern (from @CFB_design). … Houston is going white-black-black this weekend, a debut for their BFBS unis (from Ignacio Salazar). … UCF is going gold-black-white against Stanford. … Penn State is still trying to trademark “Happy Valley” (from William F. Yurasko).

Hockey News: The Oilers have unveiled their new alternate uniforms (from multiple readers). … Here’s our first look at the entirety of the Canucks new unis — not just the jerseys, as we had previously seen (from Wade Heidt). … The ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen have unveiled their new alternate sweaters (from James Chandler).

Hoops News: New unis for George Mason men. Among other changes, they appear to have added NOBs, which they didn’t have last season.

Soccer News: Mexican side Pumas has unveiled its 65th anniversary logo (from @cesarcu52). … New sleeve ad for Premier League side Watford (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Celtic FC Women have a new back-of-shirt advertiser (from Ed Żelaski). … Josh Hinton‘s daily download can be found on his Twitter account.

Grab Bag: Australian bowler Mitchell Marsh is going FNOB for the final Ashes test. His brother Shaun plays for Australia but wasn’t in the squad for that tour (from Tom Snee).

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Raffle results: The winner of this month’s Vintage Brand raffle is PJ Chu, who’s chosen this Mets cutting board — congrats! More raffles coming soon. — Paul

Comments (64)

    In the Antonio Brown ticket item, it says, “…No. 17 was worn by his father, Eddie, in the Arena League human being.”

    I’m not sure if that’s just a very odd typo or if I am totally missing the joke?

    Earl Weaver and Pat Santarone (O’s head groundskeeper) used to grow tomatoes behind the center field wall at Memorial Stadium. Pat kept it up when they moved to OPaCY until he retired.

    Holy shit how have I never seen that. I have failed as an Orioles fan. If I didn’t know better I would believe that was an actual Q&A with the Earl of Baltimore.

    The tomato patch in Memorial Stadium was located down the left field line where the grounds crew stayed during the game (not beyond center field).

    This is the part where I’m supposed to say, “Hot dogs,” and then Phil comes and kills me.

    With a pair of purple/gold adidas Boosts…

    Re: Dallas Bluebonnets and LA Dandelions

    It’s good now to know that the history of women’s tackle football began before 1999’s entrepreneur-driven league, the WPFL.

    Trevor Bauer was joined the Reds at the trade deadline on July 31 and pitched for them on Aug. 3,9,14 & 19. How was he not on the Reds on Aug. 18?

    Sorry for being a ticker nitpicker, but the MLB trade deadline is the last day in July now, so Trevor Bauer had to have been on the Reds in mid-August. Now whether he played in that game is a different story.

    -Not a fan of how thin the stripes are on the socks for the Oilers alternate.

    -An interesting small detail with the Canucks new alternate. There are alternate pants with no side striping with this uniform.

    They did not show it in the video, but I would guarantee the decal on the helmet when they wear this third uniform will be the Stick-in-Rink logo.

    As far as sandwiches go, one of the simplest and best is peanut butter and bacon on toast. I know it sounds weird but I have yet to meet a person who’s tried it and didn’t like it. The trick is the spread your preferred peanut on the toast right out of the toaster so it gets kind of gooey. If you’re already making BLT’s, this is an easy experiment too.

    Here are a couple edits:

    You have no desire (*not design) to write a book.
    Example (*not exemple) (in Diamondbacks’ section).

    Thanks for the Q&A. They are always fun to read. Also, thanks for sharing your Ireland travels a couple days back.

    You are entirely correct that pro wrestling isn’t a sport, and doesn’t belong on this particular blog, but I think you might appreciate the design that goes into things like lucha libre masks and tights. There’s a lot of aesthetic choice.

    And a lot of “gimmicky” stuff too. Not gimmicky as in “hey that’s tacky,” but gimmicky as in the pro wrestling term relating to “gimmick.” Ultimo Dragon (one of my favorite masks) comes to mind.

    Uni Watch actually did cover something similar to pro wrestling “uniforms,” and as a pro wrestling fan myself,I thought it was pretty cool: link

    A. The Dallas Mavs are one team that should go back to green. The online fan base really wants it, but Cuban, unfortunately, seems totally against it.

    B. Did Tugboat Captain get her nickname based on the Galaxie 500 song?

    C. Did you ever tell your mother and brother about you time between ESPN and SI?

    Part of the confusion on the price of the watch may come from the fact that high-end watches usually have an official or “retail” price and a lower “street” price. The “retail” price is what will be listed by the watchmaker, but the “street” price is what a buyer will actually pay at retail, even if the retailer is the manufacturer’s own store.

    Hey Paul,
    Great post
    Just curious, why don’t you want to be involved with the UFC but you love watching boxing. Many experts feel boxing is way more dangerous than MMA.

    I find the culture around UFC off-putting.

    A lot of boxing culture has become pretty miserable as well. But it’s what I grew up with, so I’m more accepting of it.


    I think the culture depends on the fighter. There are a lot of fighters who are very professional, well spoken and handle themselves like professional athletes. There are also a lot of fighters who act like traditional martial artists and are all about respect. But there are also the wild ones who just want to brawl.
    I was the same way and thought it was a sport for crazy blood thirsty folk, but recently I have become a huge fan, and realized it’s not really true, that’s just the perception.

    My father – born in 1940 – was a lifelong boxing fan. He grew up listening to fights on the radio.* He never lost his enthusiasm for the sport as a spectator, and watched fights regularly, but boxing was the only one of his interests that he actively discouraged me and my siblings from getting interested in. I never enjoyed watching boxing anyway, but dad didn’t want us watching with him.

    I’ve wondered lately if football might be headed in that direction, where adult fans retain their interest but discourage their own kids from interest or participation.

    *Pre-TV radio also explains dad being a Yankees and Cardinals fan despite growing up in eastern Iowa, which today is more of a Chicago suburb as far as team rooting interests. The Yanks and Cards had national radio distribution, while the Cubs and White Sox did not. So those were the teams he could listen to regularly as a kid.

    Don’t know if you caught the Panthers v. Buccaneers game last night, but Cam Newton’s TV numbers were comically tiny. Don’t have any images handy, but I’m sure they’re out there.

    I would appreciate a hint to the title and author of the “everything at a major league stadium except the game” book, if known by Paul or any reader. thanks

    My bet is that it’s “Nine Innings” by Daniel Okrent:
    It’s about a 1982 Brewers/Orioles game. I read it at the time of its release and enjoyed it very much.

    Little bit of irony (not in a “gotcha” way, just amusing): In the same column where you mention you’ll never cover pro-wrestling, the photo of the Heat cheerleader used as the header to the Miami arena section is of Layla El, who after her stint as a Heat cheerleader went on to become a longtime WWE wrestler with a several runs as their women’s champion. Again, I’m sure it was just a coincidence, but amusing nonetheless.

    Also, thanks for answering my question about your feelings on if jerseys had been available for purchase when you were a kid.

    Yea, Layla El isn’t a porn star. It’s a bit messed up to use her photo when talking about a porn website.

    Re: AFL 60th season patches

    I know Paul’s dug into this before, but 1960-2019 looks so much worse than 1960-2020 that it is beyond infuriating to me.

    You know, Howie Rose is dead-on with his castigation of the powers that be in MLB. They’re fine with the monstrosities that were the nickname uniforms a few weeks back. We see camo hats for the more jingoistic military weekends. They, of course, are fine with ads and patches. Yet the moving tribute that the Mets want to make for the 9-11 responders doesn’t make the cut. Why shouldn’t the NY fans take offense? The Apollo moon walk is fine, but not NYPD and FDNY. It’s a slap in the face and diminishes the reputation of the MLB leadership.

    Love the love for Wisconsin! Also, Ryan Braun stated in a post game interview that he would continue wearing the double jersey as long as they keep winning.

    Typo alert: “I know I said we should never speak of this agian”

    My wife got me a sous vide cooker a couple of years back. For everyday cooking for two, I don’t love it, it seems kind of pointless. Its a lot of fun with the right recipe – a blue-rare steak with a hard seared crust is my favourite. I also did a pork shoulder with a maple-brown sugar-mustard rub earlier this year that I cooked for 36 hours (started sunday dinner on saturday morning) that might have been the greatest thing I’ve ever cooked. Anyway, all I’m saying is that like a lot of kitchen things its a great tool with the right cut of meat and the right recipe.

    Paul, how do you feel about roller derby as a “sport”, since it’s pretty much theatre like wrestling… because some of those VINTAGE roller derby jerseys are gorgeous with those striped shoulders. (modern roller derby jerseys are uninspired)




    Lovelovelove the old roller derby jerseys.

    And it’s not theater — no predetermined outcome, no choreography, etc. The approach is somewhat theatrical — i.e., it has the *trappings* of theater — but it’s not theater. So yes, it’s a sport.

    RE: latest hockey juniforms…

    Oilers alternate jersey HURTS MY EYES! Make it stop!

    Canucks’ latest version of classic stick-in-rink — white neck trim, white in logo… and then no more white as you move down the rest of the uniform?!?! Awful!!!


    Hugh Hefner was a man before his time. He combined the Charlie O rabbit and the 10M advertiser for the Arena in Miami long ago :-P

    Can someone explain to me what exactly is wrong with Barstool? It seems like many want to put them in some sort of unfavorable category & to me it’s just a sports/comedy site. In my opinion PMT is a very good sports podcast & Dan Katz is extremely likable. Just curious.

    If you are TRULY interested in what many folks think “what exactly is wrong with Barstool”, there are numerous articles online explaining.


    Yeah- made up story lines — they stay away from politics & bc they’re not extreme left they get blasted

    The only thing “made up,” Neeko, is the false narrative you just posted.

    Please don’t post nonsense like that again on my website. Thanks.

    Hey Paul –

    First off, really enjoy the Q&A that gets us a more inside look at the man behind this blog. I also really enjoyed your latest travelogue. I’m always interested to read about other peoples trips and how they may or may not differ from what I do when on vacation.

    Also, one of my favorite books growing up was also “The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel)”. I remember reading it a lot back in middle school. I recently read it again for fun last year and it didn’t hold up that well. Mostly because I’m older but also because I think society has changed but I’m not a kid nor have one so what do I know. :-)


    I’m with you on green being under-appreciated, especially with baseball. And not just green. Besides the A’s, every other team’s primary caps are either black, red, or blue (royal or navy). Besides green I’d love to see a maroon or burgundy, light blue, or others. At least we’ll get brown again next year, and yes it would be good to bring back the Diamondbacks vest with purple hats.

    Probably a little biased on my part because I’ve been a huge lifelong fan but while I get pro wrestling isn’t “real” in the sense of sports there’s no doubt that they are still athletes. Creates a bit of a gray area to me. And with the amount of fixing that goes on in legitimate sports is it any less real? And by their own definition it’s referred to as sports entertainment. I dunno, I’m probably just being salty because I love it so much. But hey, there’s something to be said for the aesthetics of the outfits!

    while I get pro wrestling isn’t “real” in the sense of sports there’s no doubt that they are still athletes.

    The same could be said for modern dancers (among many other performance artists). We don’t cover them either.

    And with the amount of fixing that goes on in legitimate sports, is [wrestling] any less real?

    Yes, it is.

    I’m not shitting all over this thing that you like. I’m just saying it’s not a sport, which it isn’t. It’s choreographed theater. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with choreographed theater; just saying it’s not a sport, so it’s not of any concern to Uni Watch.

    Anyone notice that in the “Harvey the Rabbit” footage, the Indians are wearing their home white uniforms? Seems like this is an example of the Athletics, who in 63 wore gold both at home and on the road, inviting teams to bring their white jerseys with them to play in Kansas City.

    Soccer news: MLS’ New York City FC wore flag descreation numerals Wednesday night, the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

    Slight (and hopefully informative) nit-pick.
    Mitchell March is an all-rounder, a cricketer selected equally for his batting & bowling skills.
    All players in the lineup bat. While anyone can bowl, a cricket team usually selects 4 bowlers, one wicket-keeper and 6 batters. A good all-rounder (in place of a bowler) is highly desired because it lets you fit an additional proficient batter into your line-up.

    As this is the first ever test series (as opposed to one-day or T20 forms of the game) to feature names and numbers on jerseys, he’s almost-certainly the first test cricketer to go FNOB.

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