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Uni Watch Classics: Squatchee Etymology

[Editor’s Note: Today I’m running a post that originally ran on Nov. 18, 2015 — not because I’ve run out of new content (I haven’t!) but because this is a really good entry that many of you may have missed and others will enjoy rediscovering. A fun blast from the past. — PL]

At some point six to eight years ago — I no longer recall the exact date but I’m pretty sure it was in 2008 or ’09 — a handful of Uni Watch readers began telling me that they called the little button on top of a baseball cap a squatchee. They said they’d picked it up from former player/manager Bob Brenly, who was working as a color analyst for Cubs games at the time.

I’d never heard of a squatchee before. I knew it wasn’t an “official” term because I had once asked New Era if they had a special name for the cap button, and they said they just called it a button. But I liked the sound of “squatchee,” and multiple readers said the term originated with Brenly, so that was good enough for me. I started using it myself in my writings and even added it to the Uni Watch Glossary, where I attributed it to Brenly.

Readers seemed to like the term, and its use began to spread within the Uni Watch community. At one point our own Robert Marshall took “squatchee” to another level by creating a really clever design showing Sasquatch with a little red button on his head:

More recently, the DIY genius who calls himself Wafflebored created these squatchee lapel pins:

In short: “Squatchee” appeared to have secured a foothold in the uni-verse — maybe not with everyone, but with a decent number of people.

And that might have been that. But at the recent Uni Watch party here in Brooklyn, reader Brad Eckensberger showed me something that rocked my world. It was a copy of the 1984 humor book Sniglets:

For those who are too young or just don’t recall, Sniglets was a series of books by the comedian Rich Hall that emerged from his HBO series, Not Necessarily the News. The idea is that a sniglet is a word that doesn’t exist but should exist, and that “sniglet” itself is an example of such a word. This concept spawned several popular books back in the 1980s and early ’90s. I was never much of a sniglets fan myself, but I recall the books being something of a phenomenon at the time.

Anyway: Eckensberger brought the book to the Uni Watch party because he wanted to show me an entry on page 77. Check it out, at the bottom (click to enlarge):

Wow.

Eckensberger tells me he remembered having seen that entry in the book when he was a kid. He recently went hunting for a used copy of the book to confirm his recollection and then brought it along to the Uni Watch party, where it blew my mind.

This raised several questions:

1. All these people who told me they heard Bob Brenly saying, “squatchee” — was he actually saying, “squatcho,” and something got lost in the translation?

2. Assuming Brenly did say either “squatchee” or “squatcho,” where did he learn the term? Did he get it from the sniglets book?

3. Over the years I’ve seen a few people refer to a “squatcho,” but I always figured those people were just getting Brenly’s term wrong. In some cases I even corrected them (which I now feel badly about). Did those people actually learn the term from the sniglets book?

With all these questions racing through my mind, I realized it was high time to do something I should have done years ago: I needed to talk to Bob Brenly.

Brenly is currently employed as a color analyst for Diamondbacks games, so I began by contacting the D-backs. Now, I’ve done some pretty geeky things over the course of my life, but let me tell you, if you ever want to feel like the biggest dweeb ever, call up an MLB team publicist and tell him you want to discuss sniglets, squatchees, and squatchos (or would that be squatchoes?) with one of his broadcasters.

Anyway: I spoke with Brenly (shown at right) a few days ago. Very nice guy, and he was extremely patient with all my questions. Here’s how our chat went:

Uni Watch: Do you in fact have a term that you use for the little button on top of a baseball cap, and if so, what is it?

Bob Brenly [chuckling]: I personally prefer “squatcho.” The first time I heard it was from Mike Krukow, a teammate of mine from the Giants.

UW: Do you recall when that might have been?

BB: Ah, jeez, I’d say around 1983-ish, maybe. [Brenly and Krukow both played for the Giants from 1983 through ’89. — PL] And he did call it a squatchee, but I think it kinda rolls of your tongue better as squatcho. So I kind of modified it a little bit. I think either term is appropriate for the button on top of the hat. This actually came about because back in those days, catchers were not required to wear a helmet underneath their masks…

UW: Right, you could just wear your soft cap.

BB: Yes. But that button on top of the cap was a brain tumor waiting to happen, if you happened to get hit by a backswing or foul tip. [Brenly was a catcher in his playing days. — PL] So I just started taking the button off.

UW: So you would personally modify the cap? You would remove the button?

BB: Yeah, yeah. They’re very easy to take off. For any youth out there who want to follow my lead, if you open a door, any door, there’s a little slot there in the doorway, and if you just stick the squatchee in there — or squatcho — and then if you pull, the button will come off. And then you have to reach inside the hat and take out the little metal piece that held the button in place. Once you got that out of the way, foul tips off the squatcho were no longer a problem. I mean, they still hit you on the head, but they didn’t drive that button down into your skull.

UW: Okay, so you picked up the term from Krukow, and you modified it from squatchee to squatcho. And have you used it on the air in your broadcasting work?

BB: I think I’ve used both terms. You know, they’re interchangeable. Either one is correct, in my view. I don’t think you can go wrong identifying an obscure piece of equipment. My recollection is that Krukow was the first one to use it. I’m not sure where he got it, but knowing him, he probably made it up. He was very good at starting urban legends, starting myths and rumors and stories.

UW: Does the term “sniglet” mean anything to you? It was this series of old books about words that don’t exist but ought to exist. And it turns out that in one of these books, from 1984, there’s an entry for “squatcho,” which it identifies as the button on top of a baseball cap. I’m wondering if maybe Krukow got it from there. I guess he should be the next person I call.

BB [laughing]: Anything that has to do with obscure, ridiculous baseball terminology, Krukow’s a great resource.

UW: If you were discussing all of this with someone today, which term would you use — squatchee or squatcho?

BB: I still prefer squatcho. I think there’s a certain panache to adding the “o” rather than the “ee” at the end.

UW: But just to confirm, you think you have probably used both terms somewhat interchangeably on the air?

BB: Yeah, somewhat interchangeably. I’ve been asked about squatchee before by various broadcast partners, and I told them basically what I told you, that squatchee is the way I first heard it but squatcho is how I refer to it. I think some other catchers from back in the day, I think they all called it squatcho too.

UW: Interesting. For what it’s worth, here’s a little tidbit for the next time you’re working a game where David Price is pitching: Price always removes the button from his cap. Or maybe he has them made without the button, I’m not sure. He refers to it as “the ouch button.” So his cap doesn’t have a squatchee, or a squatcho, or whatever you want to call it.

BB: That’s good background — I’ll make a note of it!

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What a fun interview! You should have seen me when I hung up the phone — I was all smiles.

Still, the chat with Brenly raised as many questions as it answered. My next step, clearly, was to contact Mike Krukow (shown at left), who currently works as a Giants broadcaster. So I went through the same embarrassing routine with the Giants’ PR people, who obligingly set me up with Krukow. We spoke yesterday. Here’s how it went:

Uni Watch: Bob Brenly says he picked up the word “squatchee” from you, when the two of you were teammates with the Giants in the 1980s. Did you come up with the term?

Mike Krukow: No. I was standing in a line at a bookstore in Pittsburgh, probably around 1984. I was waitin’ to pay, and they had a book there on the counter, and it was called Sniglets. So I’m kinda goin’ through the book, and one thing that immediately caught my eye was “expresshole,” which is what you call someone who brings 15 items in the “10 Items or Less” express checkout line. I thought that was pretty funny, so I flipped through the book some more and then I saw the entry for “squatcho.” And that was it!

UW: So you adopted the term at that point?

MK: Yes. Nobody had ever heard it before. And the reason it was relevant to us was… [at this point Krukow basically repeats the story about how Brenly would remove the button from his cap because he was a catcher — PL]. So that was it. It was a squatcho. I don’t know if any other clubhouse, or any other person on the planet, used that term except for us.

UW: When you say, “us,” do you mean just you and Brenly? Or did your other teammates use it as well?

MK: All the Giants, pretty much. In our clubhouse, it was a squatcho.

UW: Brenly remembers you saying squatchee, not squatcho, but you’re saying he’s wrong about that..?

MK: I may have, I don’t know. But it was squatcho in the book, so I think that’s what I used.

UW: Has it remained in your lexicon? Do you use it on the air?

MK: Absolutely — that’s what it’s called. As far as I’m concerned, that’s Bible!

UW: And you always use squatcho, not squatchee?

MK: Yes, squatcho.

UW: And when you’ve brought it up, have your play-by-play partners asked you about it?

MK: Well, no, because Duane Kuiper’s been with me since we were sitting together on the bench as players. So we called it squatcho back then.

UW: [At this point I tell Krukow the same thing about David Price and “the ouch button” that I had previously told Brenly. — PL]

MK: You know, here’s the thing: If you’re sitting in the dugout, your initial reaction when someone hits a long ball or makes a great play is to stand up. And if you’re tall, at some of the older ballparks, like Wrigley Field, you’ll hit your head on the top of that god-danged dugout. And if you’ve got that button there, see ya later. So for someone like David Price, who’s what, 6’6″? [Price is indeed 6’6″. — PL] Yeah, I can see why he’d be pulling his squatcho.

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So there we have it. Krukow saw “squatcho” in the Sniglets book, it somehow evolved into “squatchee” in Brenly’s memory, and the two terms have established a certain legitimacy among some members of the uni-scenti.

I’d say we have two remaining orders of business:

1. It would be good to check in with Rich Hall and get his take on all this. He spends most of his time these days in London, so I’ve asked his UK-based booking agency to put me in touch with him — no response yet. Frankly, I’m not optimistic on this front. Sniglets was a long time ago, and I imagine he’d rather discuss his current projects that re-hash something from 1984. But we’ll see.

2. Which term should we use? Personally, I much prefer squatchee over squatcho. Maybe it’s because I heard it first, or maybe I’m just more accustomed to words that end in an “ee” sound (rookie, yuppie, junkie, etc.). But squatcho is clearly the original term, so that should count for something. What do you think? Feel free to vote here:

I prefer …

 
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Finally, on a personal note, I really should have contacted Brenly years ago, when this topic first came to my attention. It was lazy of me to accept the term’s origin story (and, for that matter, to spread that story) without confirming it first. Mea culpa.

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Okay, now we’re back in the here and now. In the end, I couldn’t convince Rich Hall’s publicist to put me in touch with Hall. And I have continued to use squatchee.

(Mega-thanks to Brad Eckensberger, who got this whole ball rolling by bringing the sniglets book to a 2015 Uni Watch party.)

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More Brady-ology: For those who want to see what Tom Brady will really look like in the Bucs’ new uniforms, reader/designer Joe Haas did this very nice Photoshop job, complete with Brady’s annoyingly bulky knee brace.

And for good measure, Joe also did a Creamsicle version:

It’s not clear why Brady would need a hand-warmer pouch while playing in Tampa (a tribute to Frank Pupello, perhaps?), but I suppose we can allow that bit of creative license. Nice work, Joe!

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Around the Horn did a segment yesterday on which athlete looked the weirdest in his final “wrong” uniform:

(My thanks to Austin Ledley for letting me know about that video.)

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ITEM! Hoodie raffle: For reasons not worth explaining, reader Brandon Lenk has a few extra items of Uni Watch merchandise that he’s generously offered to let me give away, including a tequila sunrise hoodie, size XL. We’re going to raffle that off today.

As you can see in the photo above, this hoodie has the stripes on the outside of the hood (rather than on the inside, which is how it’s supposed to be — Teespring has frequently made this mistake), but it still looks sharp.

This will be a one-day raffle. To enter, send an email with your shipping address to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern today. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Big thanks to Brandon for doing this!

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ITEM! A good time for Question Time: This seems like a good time for another round of Question Time, where you get to ask me anything and I do my best to answer.

So if you have a question for me about uniforms, sports, design, or literally anything else, send it to the Question Time address (please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address). One question per person, please. No topic is out of bounds, but I reserve the right to not answer questions that are too personal.

I’ll post the questions and answers to the site sometime soon.

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Membership update: People have no idea how much attention to detail can go into even the simplest-seeming Uni Watch membership card. Case in point: Reader Dave Cataldi recently ordered a card based on the Indiana Pacers’ 1980s road jerseys. When card designer Scott M.X. Turner showed me his mock-up, my initial thought was that the NOB lettering was a bit too close to the uni number. But I know Scott wouldn’t design the card that way unless he had a good reason, so I did some quick photo research and, sure enough, discovered that the Pacers’ 1980s NOBs were indeed positioned very close to the uni numbers. I hadn’t been aware of that, but Scott knew — and he captured that detail. That’s one small example of why Scott has been so awesome to work with on this project over the past 13 years.

Dave’s card is one of six new designs that have been added to the membership card gallery. If you’ve recently ordered a card and don’t see it in the gallery, don’t worry — we’re getting to it.

Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, frankly, could use your support these days) — and our usual $25 price has been cut to a pandemic-friendly $20. As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here (now more than 2,400 of them!), and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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Discount/solidarity reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week: I’m honored and humbled that so many people are choosing to keep Uni Watch as part of their daily routine during this stressful time, and I’m doing my best to be here for you and to make Uni Watch a positive factor in your lives (and in mine!). But the reality is being a freelance journalist is even more difficult than usual right about now, so Uni Watch could really use your support. If you value the site’s presence and you have the means, please consider making a donation or a purchase. As a gesture of solidarity, I’ve lowered a lot of our prices until further notice, as follows:

• You can get 15% off of anything in the Uni Watch Shop and the Naming Wrongs Shop by using the checkout code COMMUNITY.

• Membership cards, which usually sell for $25, are now $20 — a 20% cut.

• Seam rippers, which normally cost $6, are now $4 — a 33% cut.

• The Uni Watch Classic Cap, which usually sells for $39.99, is now $35.99 — a 10% cut. Our cap is temporarily unavailable because shipping/fulfillment manager Mark LaFountain is currently indisposed. We hope to have it available again in about a week.

My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: Former Cleveland ballplayer Eddie Murray’s Chief Wahoo cap logo appears to have been scrubbed from the latest edition of the video game MLB The Show (from Curtis Rogers).
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Working Class Wannabes™: Miami Dolphins beat reporter Joe Schad described the team’s new starting center, Ted Karras, as “gritty, tough, blue-collar” — as opposed to, you know, all those soft, wussy, yuppie offensive linemen so commonly seen around the NFL (from Drew Winthrop).

Baseball News: Great news from Bill Henderson, who announced yesterday that his essential MLB jersey reference guide will be updated with a new ninth edition this summer. Something to look forward to! … The new edition of the MLB The Show video game features a hybrid Brewers batting helmet logo. … In a related item, MLB The Show now features real stadium ads, like the Citgo sign over Fenway’s Green Monster and the Coca-Cola bottle behind the left field wall in San Francisco. “In previous versions of the game, these features existed but in genericized ways,” says our own Anthony Emerson. “For example, the Citgo sign was just a red triangle, and the Coke bottle just said ‘Cola’ or ‘Enjoy Cola.'” … Here’s the Copa de la Diversión uni for the South Bend Cubs (from @vancealot29). … UConn was set to debut its new ballpark this year, but with the shutdown of the college baseball season, the opening has been postponed until next year (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary: “This story about the history of professional baseball in Colorado Springs includes some great old photos of the Sky Sox (the city’s longtime Triple-A team) as well as a shot of Boulevard Park, the Springs’ first dedicated professional baseball stadium.” … Topps has a fun new retro/heritage baseball card set that seems like a good distraction in these troubled times. … Pandemic permitting, the Double-A Mississippi Braves will become the Mississippi Sweat for one game this season (from David Kerr).

NFL News: If you look closely at this photo of Bucs QB Jameis Winston, it appears that his jersey had another TV number that was removed before they applied his No. 3. Not sure which season that shot is from, except that we know it’s not from 2019 because the jersey doesn’t have the NFL 100 logo at the base of the collar (great spot by Josh Eernisse).

Hockey News: The Penguins are auctioning off their unused St. Paddy’s pregame jerseys. … The Red Wings offered to make personalized jersey-style digital wallpapers for their fans, but with radially arched NOBs instead of the team’s signature vertical arching (from Marc-Louis Paprzyca). … Classy move by the Maple Leafs, who are donating the green St. Patrick’s throwback jerseys that they would have worn for two games this month to healthcare workers and first responders (thanks, Phil).

College Hoops News: Here’s what the men’s Final Four court design would have looked like (from Brian Weingartz).
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Soccer News: From our own Jamie Rathjen: “A Netflix series premiering this week called The English Game, about the development of soccer in England, has some great re-enactments of 19th-century games (the one shown in that article is the 1883 FA Cup Final). The show even made up a fictional team called Blackburn — a combination of the real Blackburn Olympic, who played in that final, and Blackburn Rovers — and dressed them in claret shirts and black pants.” … “Manchester United MF Paul Pogba has come under fire for training in a Juventus kit, since that is his former club and he has been heavily linked to a summer move to Turin,” says Josh Hinton. “However, he was wearing it to support Blaise Matuidi, a Juve player who has Covid-19.” … Agentina’s 2020-21 home shirt has leaked.

Grab Bag: Throughout the pandemic, the International Olympic Committee has kept insisting that the summer games would take place in July as planned, but now there’s reportedly a growing acceptance among Olympic insiders that it’s not going to happen. … Here’s an interesting thread in which a Twitter-er asked which team first comes to mind when you see certain specific colors (from Chris Grosse). … Here’s another look at great athletes in the “wrong” uniform (thanks, Phil). … New logo for Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus. … New logo forthcoming for Rite Aid. … Here’s a bracket to choose the best logo in Arizona sports history.

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What Paul did last night : Yesterday’s porch cocktail (oatmeal stout for me, seltzer for the Tugboat Captain, who decided to take a day off from alcohol) was a bit quieter than the previous day’s — not as many people walking by, not as many dogs. But each day the trees and shrubs bloom, bud, and sprout a bit more. Nature — what a trip.

Meanwhile: In yesterday’s comments, a reader asked to see how Uni Watch girl mascot President Caitlin is doing. As you can (very briefly) see in this video, she’s fine — and then some:

Almost 15 years old and still plenty frisky!

Everyone stay healthy, safe, and sane. Peace. — Paul

46 comments to Uni Watch Classics: Squatchee Etymology

  • Kevin Kurz | March 19, 2020 at 8:11 am |

    Re: Jameis’ TV number – it looks like the outline was still for a 3, but rotated 90 degrees. Could the Bucs have experimented with forward facing TV numbers?

    • MJ | March 19, 2020 at 8:38 am |

      That’s what I was wondering. Or it was missewn. But I can’t think of any number in the Bucs’ current (for now) set that would be shaped like that in its correct orientation.

  • Sean | March 19, 2020 at 8:33 am |

    Should the link to the hoodie raffle be going to uniwatchraffle@gmail.com or just uniwatching@gmail.com?

    • Paul Lukas | March 19, 2020 at 8:34 am |

      Yes, thanks — fixed.

  • Jon | March 19, 2020 at 8:38 am |

    Paul, I think today’s entry is a great idea. It might be very interesting to go back and revisit old entries and see how much has changed in the uni-verse.

    • Kevin Zdancewicz | March 19, 2020 at 12:40 pm |

      Agreed. This could be a good approach with the lack of live sports. I reread a number of posts from the “Think Pieces” category this week, and it’s interesting to see what has changed and what hasn’t since they were published.

    • Jesse | March 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm |

      Agreed, enjoying previous posts.

  • Bud | March 19, 2020 at 8:47 am |

    I guess we know the Tugboat Captain’s real name now…

    • teenchy | March 19, 2020 at 9:38 am |

      I don’t think it’s ever been a state secret. I’d just want to be certain I pronounced it correctly. I believe it’s Croatian in origin and approximates as ba-KEE-yuh. Paul and/or Captain, please confirm or correct me if you will.

    • MJ | March 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm |

      I noticed that as well. While I don’t know that it was ever a
      “state secret”, Paul has consistently gone out of his way to avoid using TTC’s real name in his blog, and I never saw any reason to cyberstalk or pry too deeply into it. It isn’t anyone’s business and I respect the commitment and the decision on his/her part. He is entitled to a private life like the rest of us. (FULL DISCLOSURE: my wife’s name is Kathy.)

    • Joe Werner | March 19, 2020 at 1:39 pm |

      I do seem to recall Paul adamantly stating that the origin of the nickname “The Tugboat Captain” would remain private. And with all that Paul does share with us, I think the least we can do is respect that which he does wish to keep private.

  • Wade Heidt | March 19, 2020 at 9:13 am |

    IOC should just forget about it this year. Reschedule the Olympics for next year in Tokyo.

    • Tom | March 19, 2020 at 9:43 am |

      UEFA has already moved the Euro 2020 soccer tournament to 2021. That’s akin to moving an Olympics back a year. The IOC should follow suit.

      I think people are starting to get the picture that big international events in 2020 are just not worth it.

      • Greg | March 19, 2020 at 11:18 am |

        Yeah, even if we are too assume (and I don’t think it is a stretch) that come the end of the July most of the “don’t go out in public” type stuff will be over, giant events like the Olympics just aren’t going to be the same. Given everyone’s fear right now, even if people are going to restaurants, I don’t see people willing to attend stuff like the Olympics. I think people will even be hesitant to go to places like movie theaters for some time after we are given the all clear.
        I’m looking forward to getting to baseball game as soon as the season can actually start, but am expecting sparse crowds early on.

    • Jim Vilk | March 19, 2020 at 1:59 pm |

      Maybe even wait another year and sync them up again with the Winter Olympics? Part of me kind of misses that…what about you folks?

  • Dustin | March 19, 2020 at 9:19 am |

    Love the throwback post. Would love to see some of your old posts with an updated analysis or how your opinion/thoughts have changed.

    I also like the daily porch picture. It is so simple but is intriguing and comforting at the same time. Almost like we are able to sit there with you for a bit of normalcy.

  • Joe Werner | March 19, 2020 at 9:23 am |

    Paul, I’m surprised to hear that you weren’t a fan of Sniglets, that sort of thing seems right up your alley. This is especially surprising in light of the fact that the Uni Watch Glossary is largely a collection of Sniglets!

    • RS Rogers | March 19, 2020 at 11:21 am |

      Maybe a case of like repels like? Rich Hall has done some really interesting work in the last few decades, and he brings what strikes me as a Lukasian aspect to the POV to his projects.

      • MJ | March 19, 2020 at 1:07 pm |

        Agree with both of these, I thought for sure Paul would be a guy who GOT IT (TM) when it came to sniglets. I had the books growing up and still refer to the crusty stuff on ketchup bottles as “flen”. And I “blivett” my pillow.

    • mike 2 | March 19, 2020 at 1:24 pm |

      But isn’t the point of Sniglets that Rich Hall and his friends made them up?

      Paul’s oeuvre is real things. If Sniglets were a “secondary” work collecting together a list of names for things you didn’t know had names, kind of like a People’s Almanac collection, that would be one thing. A bathroom reader of made up names is something else.

  • Dumb Guy | March 19, 2020 at 9:25 am |

    I was/am a Sniglet lover! I still use some daily.

    My most blaring “wrong uniform” person is Art Monk in a Jets uni. I am a ‘Skins fan so to see that was jarring. Well, to see that the ‘Skins let him go was jarring too!

    O.J. in a 49ers uni is crazy odd too.

  • Johnny V | March 19, 2020 at 9:38 am |

    Looking at the Jameis Winston photo, I wonder if there’s anyone out there clever enough to memorize stadium lighting arrangements, and is able to ID photos based on helmet reflection.

  • Jake | March 19, 2020 at 9:47 am |

    Wow! I was not a part of the Uni Watch community in 2015, so this was my first time reading this entry. I loved it! Great research and insight, Paul!

  • StAugustine | March 19, 2020 at 9:51 am |

    We had that Sniglets book. One of our family’s favorites was “Cheetle,” the yellowish stuff that you get on your hands when eating Cheetos. Fast forward to 2019. PepsiCo, which makes Cheetos, announces in a press release that they are calling the yellow stuff Cheetle. Even used it in their Super Bowl ad. No mention of Rich Hall or Sniglets. Outright thievery.

  • Wittnesss | March 19, 2020 at 10:00 am |

    Possible to tell Winston photo’s year from his single captain star??

  • StLMarty | March 19, 2020 at 10:05 am |

    Am I the only one that’s particularly fond of Paul’s examples chosen to represent the ending in “ee” sound? Rookie, yuppie, junkie, etc? Pure gold.

  • Joe | March 19, 2020 at 10:31 am |

    I have a friend who flies gliders as a hobby. Baseball caps are apparently the standard headwear. She once told me that she removes the button from her hats because under severe turbulence, hitting your head on the dome while wearing an intact cap could KILL you.

    I then told her they’re called squatchees.

  • The Mick | March 19, 2020 at 10:37 am |

    I would try reaching out to Rich Hall again. He’s likely self quarantining and may be open to a quick interview. Regardless of his other achievements, he’s most well known for Sniglets and it would be cool to here what got him to that specific term. It’s worth a shot anyway

    • walter | March 19, 2020 at 3:02 pm |

      …And find out how “Pediddel” and “Leddidep” came to be. I’m glad I’m not the only one who was confounded by THAT sniglet.

  • Tyler | March 19, 2020 at 10:42 am |

    Speaking on the matter of seeing legends in their “incorrect” uniform…I was born early 90’s and my earliest memory of watching sports was the Spurs beating the Knicks in the 99 Finals. So besides watching all the documentaries and highlights from Jordan’s glory years with the Bulls, my ONLY memories of watching the GOAT play was in a Wizards uniform.

    For some, him in the Wizards uniform just isn’t right. For me, it was my chance to see him play after only hearing about how great he was!

  • BvK1126 | March 19, 2020 at 11:05 am |

    Thanks for re-running a “greatest hit,” Paul! I enjoyed it when it originally ran, and just as much re-reading it today. Thanks also for posting your porch cocktail photo from yesterday. To me, it feels like a little slice of hope. And oatmeal stout is always a good choice!

  • roccot | March 19, 2020 at 11:13 am |

    Glad to see the daily porch chronicles continue. Nice to see a different view of the world.

  • RS Rogers | March 19, 2020 at 11:24 am |

    Today’s rewind lede raises a sort of descriptivist vs prescriptivist issue: The “original” word is squatcho, so a prescriptivist would say that squatcho is therefore correct, and we should stop saying squatchee. A descriptivist would say that since the word has achieved widespread use as squatchee, therefore squatchee is correct and we shouldn’t worry about squatcho.

    When it comes to grammar, I’m a hardcore fundamentalist prescriptivist. But on vocabulary, I’m a soft hippie descriptivist. So I’ll keep calling it squatchee.

    • Dustin | March 20, 2020 at 8:08 am |

      Is that a shirt idea for naming wrongs? I still call it squatchee!

  • MTS | March 19, 2020 at 11:43 am |

    Anybody know if <a href="https://www.fanatics.com/mlb/chicago-cubs/ryne-sandberg-chicago-cubs-road-cooperstown-collection-replica-player-jersey-royal/o-9009+t-92990844+p-1441960196+z-8-3197611042?_ref=p-DLP:m-GRID:i-r2c2:po-8&quot;
    these kind of Majestic jerseys are baseball made from the same fabric as the “cool base” jerseys? The description says “100% Polyester” and “Sewn-on fabric applique,” The pics sure look like the same texture as the “cool base” ones.

  • David Murphy | March 19, 2020 at 11:49 am |

    Super Bowl LI between the Patriots and Falcons was played indoors in Houston’s NRG Stadium. Tom Brady wore his handwarmer.

    • Jerry | March 19, 2020 at 3:56 pm |

      Singlet fan here. My faves:

      Garbpaction – art of packing as much into a given container as possible;

      Lactomangulation: Resultant mess of an inability to open top of milk carton

      • Joe M | March 19, 2020 at 5:12 pm |

        Musquirt – the mustard water that comes out if you don’t shake it up. Saw Rich Hall live back in the day.

  • David | March 19, 2020 at 11:53 am |

    Am I being ridiculous, or does this year’s Atlanta Final Four logo have a resemblance to a coronavirus cell?

  • dave t robb | March 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm |

    Day late, of course, on the Disney sports apparel sorted by team compilation. Good stuff. Very interesting. MLB – Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, D Backs, Red Sox, Angels, Cubs, A’s in that order. In the 2 team markets – Dodgers 156 Angels 23. Yankees 32 Mets 1.Giants 37 A’s 14. Cubs 20 White Sox 4.

  • RobYaz | March 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm |

    Willie Mays looks great in that Mets uniform.. because that Mets uniform is great!

    Brian Leetch in Maple Leafs and Bruins uniforms.. Wrong…

  • Troy | March 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm |

    The mention of Scott M.X. Turner’s competence and attention to detail made my day. Also, thank you for the porch cocktail idea. My wife and I have adopted that happy ritual.

  • mike 2 | March 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm |

    I’ve seen about six listicles this week that have listed Gordie Howe as a Whaler as a weird “end of career” oddity. Not one has mentioned Bobby Hull as a Whaler

    https://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/cms/binary/10389245.jpg?size=640×420

    A couple more weird ones while we’re at it

    https://s3951.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Guy-Lafleur-Nordiques.jpg

    https://i.redd.it/3rfnpte4re811.jpg

  • Terry Mark | March 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm |

    Paul, is there an update on the status of the hockey jersey? If you have said something about it recently, I have missed it.

    Thank you for this site being here for everyone. It’s one of the few things in my daily media diet that I truly value.

  • Q | March 19, 2020 at 2:27 pm |

    Winston’s tv number looks like it was a 3 put on vertically (from front view).