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Donald Trump: A Boy of Many Uniforms

Yesterday was presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s 70th birthday, so there were lots of childhood photos of him floating around, including several that showed him in uniform. For example, here’s his eighth grade football team at New York Military Academy — that’s him in the second row (seated), second from the left (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):

And here’s his ninth grade baseball team. He’s at the center of the second row:

Here we have Trump’s 10th grade football team. He’s near the center, wearing No. 8:

Back to baseball, again from the 10th grade. Trump is in the front row, third from the left. His pants are a bit lower than I’d prefer, but his stirrups appear to be shipshape:

Next up is a shot of Trump’s high school wrestling team. He’s third from the left — the one with the striped socks. Interestingly, he appears to be the only one wearing a blank singlet:

Another football shot. By this time Trump had made the varsity squad. He’s in the back row, wearing No. 85:

In his senior year, Trump was a co-captain on his varsity baseball team. See the two guys holding the baseball in the front row? He’s the one on the left:

As co-captain of the baseball team, Trump got to pose with the captains of his school’s other sports teams, resulting in an interesting multi-uni photo. He’s the one in the baseball uniform, near the center:

Trump also played high school soccer. In this shot he’s seated in the front row, fourth from the left:

Since Trump’s high school was a military academy, there are also quite a few photos of him in military uniforms. He’s second from the left in this shot:

I’m not aware of any photos of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in uniform, but I’d be happy to post them if any turn up. I did find this shot of her accepting a Lakers jersey from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 2012 when she was Secretary of State, for what that’s worth:

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T-Shirt Club update: The Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s third limited-edition design of 2016 is now available for your consideration.

As you’ll recall, we’re going one sport at a time this year, and we already covered baseball and hockey. Our latest shirt takes us to the hardcourt, as we’re launching two different basketball designs — one showing a home uniform and one showing a road uniform (click to enlarge):

Pretty cool, right? I really love seeing that racing stripe uniform concept done up in Uni Watch colors, and ditto for the ABA-style ball.

Important: Although green and grey mock-ups are shown above, we’re offering both of these designs in four different shirt colors (green, grey, black, and white), and also in two different styles (short-sleeved and long-sleeved). As usual, they’ll be available for one week.

Here are the links for the home and road designs. You only need to purchase one of them — the home or the road — in order to maintain your 2016 “Collect ’Em All” eligibility (although you’re welcome to purchase both, obviously).

As always, big, big thanks to my Teespring partner, Bryan Molloy, for his great work on these. I’m very happy with the way they turned out.

One more time: The home shirt is available here and the road shirt is availble here. Thanks.

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Just another case of the Man keeping us down: As you know, this website’s subtitle is “The Obsessive Study of Athletics Aesthetics.” And then there’s our slogan, “For People Who Get Itâ„¢.”

But there’s another Uni Watch slogan I’ve often joked about: “Decreasing Workplace Productivity Since 2006.” And now it appears that someone has noticed:

That’s the first time I’ve heard of Uni Watch being blocked by an employer. While it is, of course, an honor to be accorded the same status as such esteemed websites as Facebook and Pornhub, I feel bad for Jack, who can’t get his daily dose of Uni Watch at his desk. Try it on your phone, Jack!

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And now a word from Phil: In case you missed it over the weekend, Phil is once again doing something very special for Father’s Day. I’ll let him explain:

The idea for our “Dads in Uniform” feature on Father’s Day began in 2013, and really took off in in 2014. last year’s edition was the best yet.

If you’d like to participate, please submit a photo (or photos) of your father (or even grandfather) in uniform, along with a short description of him in that uniform. It doesn’t have to be sports-related — it could be a trade or military uniform. I’ll collect the stories over the coming week and run them this Sunday, which is Father’s Day.

Please send your photo(s) to me at, along with a brief description of your dad in his uniform, by this Thursday, June 16th. Thanks!

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: Crazy NOB for Rays prospect David Olmedo-Barrera (from my old ESPN pal Thomas Neumann). … Here’s an alphabetical photo gallery of all 123 players who’ve suited up for both the Mets and the Yankees. … Fans attending Friday nights Rays game will receive a rainbow-patterned “We Are Orlando” pride T-shirt. … This story is more than a month old, but it’s worth telling, courtesy of Will Shoken: “May 8 was the 50th anniversary of the day when Frank Robinson hit a home run off of Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant that flew completely out of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. That was the only time a homer was ever hit out of that ballpark. A week or two later, a local group called the Sports Boosters had a flag made with the word ‘Here,’ which was hoisted at the spot where the ball left the stadium above the left field bleachers (further info here). That was based events that took place on May 4, 1894, when Dan Brouthers of the the old National League Baltimore Orioles hit a mammoth home run out of Union Park, and afterwards a cross was painted on the fence with the word ‘Here’ to mark the flight of that homer. Last month, to mark the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s shot, a Baltimore artist named Mark Melonas had a new flag fabricated by the same company that fabricated the original ‘Here’ flag, and it was flown at the site of Memorial Stadium, which now houses a YMCA facility and a sports field financed by Cal Ripken.” … Here’s a piece on the top 25 MiLB teams in terms of merch sales. … First 1,500 kids at last night’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs game got a soccer ball with the IronPigs logo (from Andrew Dillon). … The Mets and Pirates played each other in Queens last night. Both teams wore ribbons — like, real ribbons attached with safety pins, not patches depicting or representing ribbons — for the Orlando massacre victims. That link showed the Buccos’ jersey; here’s a photo for the Mets. Nice job by both teams. … It’s standard practice for MLBers on minor league rehab assignments to take their MLB batting helmets with them. That’s because MiLB helmets are all double-flapped, but the rehabbers are allowed to wear their single-flapped helmets. So when Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig began a rehab stint with the Rancho Cucamongo Quakes the other day, he wore his Dodgers helmet. Last night, however, he wore a double-flapped Quakes helmet (thanks, Phil).

Pro, College, and High School Football News: The Virginia Historical Society has a new exhibit about the evolution of pro football (from Tommy Turner). … Here’s a look back at when Auburn wore orange jerseys (thanks, Phil). … New uniforms for Vanderbilt. … Teams in a Dallas school district are getting their own Color Rash uniforms (from Matthew Spencer).

Hockey News: The Red Wings lowered their banners at Joe Louis Arena for a Gordie Howe memorial service yesterday. … There’s also a movement to name the Wings’ new arena after Howe, which would certainly be an improvement over the corporate “pizza” chain it’s currently slated to be named after. … The NHL is apparently headed for Vegas. If you want to refresh your memory, here’s how our “Create a Vegas NHL Team!” design contest turned out a while back.

Basketball News: The Kings’ new uniforms have apparently leaked. Additional screen shots here. Shortly after those tweets were posted, the Kings pretty much confirmed the leaks’ legitimacy by posting this view of the home whites. Expect a more formal unveiling later today. … A Fox Sports chyron used a hybrid logo of the Cavs’ “C” and the O’Brien Trophy. … Great video report on a Brooklyn cat that wears a Warriors jersey (from the Tugboat Captain). … Here’s the full story behind the Cavs wearing sleeves two nights ago. Good info — recommended reading (from John Sabol). … As noted in that last piece, the Cavs won’t be able to wear the sleeved jerseys in Game 6, because the NBA doesn’t allow home teams to wear dark colors in the Finals (thanks, Phil). … New uniforms for Brockport (from Ty B).

Soccer News: Was the Hungarian goalkeeper really wearing sweats on the field yesterday? Or are they pajamas? Further info on that player is available here.

Grab Bag: London’s mayor plans to ban body-shaming ads from the city’s mass transit system. … The cycling jersey manufacturer Borah Teamwear has partnered with artist Michael Valenti to create a cool-lookng line of custom cycling jerseys. … A Minneapolis TV news reporter has written a piece about why she doesn’t wear the standard on-camera “lady uniform.” … Here’s an oddity: a vintage Sprite delivery jacket — in orange. … had a contest to redesign the New Jersey state flag (from Steven Santangelo). … Why do people wear sneakers? Here’s why (from Tommy Turner). … Here’s yet another article about how the future of uniform sponsorship advertising might play out (from Dave Cataldi). … The American Athletic Conference has updated its logo (from Kevin Slattery). … Here’s Milwaukee’s prospective new flag (from J Goede). … Here are the uniforms for the Japanese Olympic field hockey team (from Jeremy Brahm).

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What Paul did last night: Last night my friend Nina was showing a film she’d recently made, so the Tugboat Captain and I walked over to where that was taking place. On our way, we passed this new-ish fencing place that recently opened near my house. I’d walked past it many times before, but this time was different, because they had a big door open, so we could see people fencing inside.

It was interesting to watch people fencing, but what I really liked was that the instructor was wearing socks that said — of course — “fencing” (click to enlarge):

Afterward, I asked the Captain, “Which is the more questionable Olympic sport: Fencing or curling?”

She immediately responded, “Curling.”

I said, “You know, you could have at least hesitated a little before answering.”

Comments (106)

    My office IT blocks all file/image hosting sites, so I don’t see anything hosted on Imgur or Flickr, so I get a lot of posts with nothing but gray boxes.

    My office blocks Twitter, which means that the vast majority of the images linked eery day are invisible. Weren’t things mostly on Imgur and Flickr in past years?

    No Uni Watch image has ever been hosted by Imgur. (We may sometimes *link* to Imgur-hosted images, but that’s another story.)

    Most images appearing on the site are hosted either by Flickr or by the site itself. Some are hosted by Twitter.

    We now link to many, many tweets and Twitter-hosted images, because that’s where a lot of content can be found nowadays. Nature of the beast.

    “‘Which is the more questionable Olympic sport: Fencing or curling?’

    She immediately responded, ‘Curling.'”


    Damn. Them’s fightin’ words…

    It’s one thing to watch fencing on TV. Have you tried it? That’s when you’ll realize the athleticism required.

    Agreed on fencing. I took it for a PE class in college. It made me hurt in muscles I didn’t even know I had…

    Events that are inarguably more questionable than either fencing or curling: Rythmic gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, trampoline.

    My personal definition of “sport” is, An objectively scored game of physical skill. Many Olympic events fail that test, because they are subjectively scored by observing judges, rather than objectively scored by athletes achieving objectives in competition. Fencing and curling are both objectively scored, and both are games of physical skill.

    arrScott – exactly my definition, as well.

    (of course, that means that table-tennis and badminton are included)

    This is why every boxing match should continue until it ends in a knockout. No judging, no scorecards — just an objectively quantifiable outcome.

    (Kidding.) (Mostly.)

    My thoughts on all of this, from early 2014:

    Amateur boxing is objectively scored. It’s just that the scoring is usually poorly administered.

    Pro boxing, however, doesn’t even pretend to objectivity in scoring, and makes a figure-skating event with a Russian judge look fair.

    Ever watch Olympic-level badminton (or table tennis for that matter)? It’s light-years removed from the back yard barbecue. Best players can blast the shuttlecock at 200 mph.

    True. I’ve also seen extremely good cornhole players who can throw the bag into the hole nearly 100% of the time, and can do so from varied distances. Impressive! But not, in my book, sufficient for a spot in the Olympics. Of course, it doesn’t actually hurt anybody for a sport to be included in the Olympics, so as much as we might tease the sports we least respect, the more sports are included, the better.

    Minor sport I would like to see in the Olympics, if rec-room games like badminton are to be included? Darts. The skill of the best players is impressive, and the sport is surprisingly telegenic.

    Of course, it doesn’t actually hurt anybody for a sport to be included in the Olympics…

    Sure it does. For one thing, there’s an opportunity cost, because there’s only time and space for a finite number of events. So if you include something questionable, you may be excluding something legitimate.

    Moreover, the Olympics — like any other enterprise whose influence and legitimacy in the public mind derives from a sense of institutional authority — risks watering down its mission and not being taken seriously when it includes questionable events. That’s bad for anyone who cares about the Olympics as an authoritative institution, and about the watering down of authoritative institutions generally.

    The “watering down” and “mission creep” both seem pretty pervasive in most institutions these days. Probably the first giant example of that was March of Dimes. Once polio was basically eradicated, MoD, rather than doing the honorable thing by declaring victory and disbanding, adopted a new mission.

    The mania to adopt the latest corporate fads by businesses, NGOs and governments has been a baleful influence too as they all are seeking to manage their social images as if they were Apple. A city government (for example) doesn’t need a vibrant brand, but they almost all say that’s something they’re pursuing as if it’s a self-evident good.

    Fie on that! Let baseball be baseball, not a commemoration of the designated cause of the week. (Works for football, futbol or any other number of sports too, as well as plenty of non-sports institutions.)

    there’s only time and space for a finite number of events

    Of course the Olympics cannot host a literally infinite number of events. But whatever the current number of events n is, n+1, n+2, even n+10 is very, very far from infinity. Few potential sports require any kind of vast, unique playing surfaces or spectating infrastructure. Any city large enough to host the Olympics could host cornhole or darts or [name of obscure minor sport] with existing venues at effectively zero additional construction/maintenance cost. And there’s no opportunity cost for spectators: For those attending in person, any new event increases the overall availability of tickets. And for global fans, the ubiquity of digital streaming means that the fans of any sport can watch that sport, if it is offered as an event. For fans of the new sport, spectator opportunities have gone from zero to a number equal to the days of competition. For people who are fans of other sports but not the new one, their spectator opportunities are unchanged. For people who are simply fans of Olympic competition in general, their spectator opportunities have increased marginally. For spectators, therefore, adding a new sport increases utility with no cost.

    watering down its mission and not being taken seriously

    I don’t believe that this is a true danger in practice. But suppose it is, and the Olympic Movement right now is just one new event away from suffering a crisis in public confidence that alienates the world’s sporting public. This would seem to me to be a feature, not a bug. The IOC and the various institutions in its orbit generally suffer from a surfeit of hubris, insularity, and self-importance. Everyone – the public, governments, the IOC itself – should take the Olympics less seriously. It’s a sporting festival. Nothing more. There are a lot of institutions whose loss of dignity and credibility harms us, individually and collectively. The summer Olympics ain’t one of them.

    Bring on the Olympic baseball, hurling, jai alai, lacrosse, darts, cornhole, kendo, freediving, bandy, shinty, trapball, disc golf, ultimate, quidditch …

    There is really no reason that a sport that is scored via judges is not as much a sport as one that is scored via doing something else. Especially since all sports use referees who affect the outcome of the games by their subjective opinions and rulings.

    I read it, and I’ve seen the argument many times.

    What I’m getting at is that while I can see there is a difference between “subjectively and objectively” scored sports, it remains that:

    1) The opinion that this differentiates between a sport and a non-sport is simply your subjective opinion

    2) Technically, all sports are scored based on some subjective judgment by an official – for example, a ref in football decides whether or not a touchdown is scored on a single play

    3) Judges are not completely giving their subjective opinions in judged sports – for example, it is required that you lose a certain number of points if you fall off the balance beam in gymnastics. Plus, in sports like diving, you are supposed to perform the dive that you’re slated to perform – if you are doing a dive with two somersaults, and you only do one, you will be penalized

    The opinion that this differentiates between a sport and a non-sport is simply your subjective opinion.

    What you’re basically saying here is, “You can think whatever you think, but it’s just what you think.” Well, yes. But that is not an intellectual position, Dan, nor is it a refutation of the many points spelled out in the entry in question. One could say the exact same thing about *your* position (and it would be just as meaningless). If you’re going to engage in a debate, you can’t just say, “Well, that’s what YOU think”; you have to grapple with the other person’s ideas.

    Which leads us to…

    Technically, all sports are scored based on some subjective judgment by an official — for example, a ref in football decides whether or not a touchdown is scored on a single play.

    You’re conveniently ignoring something already addressed in the entry in question. One more time: The STANDARD of scoring a touchdown (or of a batted ball being fair or foul, or of a shot puck being or not being a goal, etc.) is NOT SUBJECTIVE. In the case of a touchdown, the standard is EXCEEDINGLY OBJECTIVE: The ball must cross the plane of the end zone. Officials may differ in terms of what they see and therefore how they assess what they see, but the STANDARD is NOT SUBJECTIVE. That’s very different from standards like “choreography” (figure skating) and “ring generalship” (boxing) and “artistry” (gymnastics), which are INHERENTLY SUBJECTIVE CONCEPTS. As noted in the original entry, that’s why you can use instant replay to check things in objectively assessed sports but can’t use instant replay in subjectively assessed “sports.”

    The concept of a ball being at a certain point in physical space is objective; the concept of human beings expressing themselves is subjective. That is the difference at the heart of this argument, and that is the point you must address if you wish to meaningfully engage in this argument.

    Judges are not completely giving their subjective opinions in judged sports — for example, it is required that you lose a certain number of points if you fall off the balance beam in gymnastics. Plus, in sports like diving, you are supposed to perform the dive that you’re slated to perform — if you are doing a dive with two somersaults, and you only do one, you will be penalized.

    You’re clinging to a ledge here. In the “sports” you’re referring to, the objective criteria are either a lesser part of the scoring or are essentially the same for everyone and are therefore moot (i.e., duh, you have to perform the dive you’re supposed to perform). But the HEART of the scoring for these “sports” is a set of standards that are INHERENTLY SUBJECTIVE.

    Here’s a simple way to look at this: If gymnastics and figure skating are sports, is a dance competition also a sport? If not, why not?

    Now, maybe you think a dance competition *is* a sport — and that’s fine if you happen to believe that. I’d at least give you credit for intellectual consistency. But I’d also argue that any definition of “sport” that includes dance competitions is, on its face, a faulty definition. And I think most people would agree with me.

    I should also stress here that I don’t think figure skating, gymnastics, and the like are somehow on a lower level of cultural status just because they’re not sports. I simply think they’re on a *different* level, and that we should all be honest enough to describe them accurately instead of pretending that these “sports” are actually sports. Figure skating, for example, is a combination of performance art and musical theater — nothing wrong with that! It would just be nice if we could all describe it accurately, instead of trying to shoehorn it into the world of sports, where it doesn’t belong.

    I’d rather they drop something like Synchronized Swimming. Curling can be a relaxed sport for sure, but lets be honest…there are sports people mock more.

    Seconded. I’ve never seen the visual appeal of synchronized swimming — most of the time it’s just a bunch of feet sticking out of the water — but it’s more of a dance or performance than a sport.

    According to the IOC, baseball is more questionable than either of them. Idiots !

    The IOC’s current standard for men’s summer sports is that the sport must have a single international governing body and be “widely practiced” in at least 75 countries on at least four continents. By those standards, baseball is a borderline case. But then again, by those standards most current Summer Olympics events shouldn’t be in the games, either.

    Wasn’t poetry included at one point?

    Curling, I’ve always wondered why they had male and female teams in the Olympics, and it wasn’t just run as a full coed event. I don’t seen anything inherent in the sport that would call for the division.

    Agreed. Is it really a given that top-level men’s curling teams will consistently defeat top-level women’s curling teams? If so, can anyone explain why?

    At the top level, the sweeping. Most women aren’t as big and strong as the men and can’t generate as much force sweeping.

    Also, most women can’t throw big weight quite as strong. Probably matters on a few shots a game.

    We’re not talking NBA vs WNBA, elite men aren’t going to win 100% of the game, but if the percentage is 55% or 60% in favour of men that wouldn’t surprise me.

    I *might* be wrong on this, but I believe the next Olympix will feature, for the first time ever, “Mixed Doubles” curling — which is actually just two players (one male, one female) competing directly against each other instead of rinks of four. It has been gaining popularity of recent times, and I’ve seen a couple televised matches. Pretty cool (in a way) as the shooter must also scoot down the ice to sweep as soon as s/he releases the rock. Also, the game is modified somewhat as two rocks are placed on the sheet before the game is started (on the center line) — one a guard one at the top of the house, and only six stones are thrown per team.

    Mike Styczen can prolly confirm if it’s been added to the Olympix for sure.


    Only one correction – five stones per team. One player throws rocks one and five, the other throws rocks 2,3,4. The sixth stones are the ones already in play. There’s also a free guard zone.

    I don’t know a single person that has every played it. Everybody I know plays the traditional four-on-four eight rock variety.

    Seth Myers: For the Summer Olympics, at least the sports are pretty distinct. The Winter Olympics is just 48 different kinds of sliding.

    I assume the MiLB merch sales list includes licensing sales to youth leagues. Last few years, I’ve seen kids in Fort Wayne Tin Caps unis all over the place. And the similarly situated Dayton Dragons have long been a youth ball mainstay, what with their excellent dragon-tailed D cap logo.

    I see it as well, although since our local high school’s nickname is the Dragons, and the colors are green and white, both the school and one of the travel teams have co-opted the cap insignia.

    You have single-A ball? I can only dream. Here in Madison, WI, the highest level of ball we have is a low-level summer wood-bat team. What I mean is, both here and in the Washington, DC, area, I have seen a lot of kids in Tin Caps youth ball uniforms, and Dragons youth unis as well. The Dragons I understand – cool-to-kids name, cool-to-everyone cap logo. But the Fort Wayne Tin Caps? I’m a fan of the team’s quirky identity and all, but it mystifies me that the Tin Caps would become a widely popular MiLB youth baseball property.

    Looks like the Dodgers helmet Puig is wearing in that picture is glossy and thus not the helmet he would wear with the Dodgers now that they have gone matte.

    I had to look up “chryon” only to find that it’s misspelled – it should be “chyron”. I suppose it makes sense that there’s an actual technical term for those graphics/captions, though it’s something I never bothered to consider.

    A few years ago, I learned that that element of the screen was called a “chyron” from a story in the print media. So I started using the term. And then I started dealing with video production and people who work in the television industry, and I learned that precisely zero of the people I worked with who actually do video production use the word “chyron.” They all call it a “lower third.” Lower third is the generic term for text, still or moving, at the bottom of a screen. Chyron is the corporate name of the maker of one particular kind of on-screen text generator, which is itself confusingly called Chiron. Sort of a photocopy versus Xerox situation.

    I’m always intrigued by team names that consist of numbers. The Philly 76’ers, SF 49’ers, the Danville 97’s, Inland Empire 66’ers, the Mudville 9. Now I can add the Wright Hall 78’ers to that list.

    Completely nice. Was just pointing it out (and was also wondering if there was some sort of underlying point you were trying to make!).

    If you’re keeping a list, you can add the Vancouver 86ers (soccer), the Ottawa 67s (hockey) and the Las Vegas 51s.

    The Indy Eleven…ers.

    BTW, why aren’t Jarts in the olympics? LOL

    Wrestling pic – the guy on the far right also has a blank singlet. From my experience as a wrestling coach, it happens a lot. He may have had a blank JV singlet or forgot his singlet on picture day.

    To be more specific, the Red Wings lowered only the four banners of the Stanley Cup winning teams of which Howe was a member.

    Re the MiLB rankings. The Frisco Rough Riders have done a great job with the Theodore Roosevelt imagery. I bought one of the caps this year, and its been my go-to cap since. As a proud Long Island native, I love all things related to TR.

    What’s kind of surprising to me is that a team in northern Texas has adopted Roosevelt in such a way. It would make sense for a New York-based team, or even one in South Dakota, where TR lived for a while. He’s a popular president, so maybe the team was looking to tap into that interest.

    Kudos to the team for doing a good job, and being successful with it.

    Ahh, NYMA, my old alma mater. I was just there this past weekend, for the funeral of an Academy legend, Theodore Dobias. “Maj” (or “Dobie”) was Trump’s mentor and baseball coach (that’s him on the far left in the second photo), mentioned in The Art of the Deal. Trump’s first (and only) visit to the Academy between his graduation in ’64 and his recent campaign stop there was for Maj’s retirement in 1999. Maj spent 50 years at NYMA and mentored countless cadets, myself included. He was everything to everyone.

    Anyway, the school colors are maroon and white, often trimmed in grey. I think we still had some of those great flannel baseball uniforms (maroon on grey) when I went there in the mid-’80s; the JV team might have used them my freshman year, then they were replaced with not-so-great polyester pullovers. Several years ago I asked the Athletic Director if there were still any of the old jerseys lying around in a closet somewhere; he said he’d look but didn’t find any.

    Maj can also be seen in the first photo, on the far right in the second row.

    BTW, if anyone cares, Wright Hall is one of the dorms on campus. Built around 1915 as “West Barracks” and later renamed for the school’s founder, Civil War veteran COL Charles J. Wright, it was used through much of the school’s history as the “middle school” dorm, for 7th, 8th and/or 9th graders (hence the name “78ers” for 7th & 8th grades). In the mid-70s it became the girls’ dorm when the school went co-ed. They stopped using it around 1982 or so as it was deemed a fire hazard (it’s the only dorm on campus with a wood-frame structure), and it’s been standing there empty ever since.

    Wright Hall had (and as far as I know, still has) a quote inscribed across the top of its colonnade at the main entrance, probably Maj’s idea as he was really into quotes:


    NYMA is Army JROTC, so it is a military academy even though it’s privately owned and operated. Meaning, it’s not owned by the U.S. government or run by the Army or the Defense Department; it would be more accurate to say that its program is sanctioned by the Army.

    Obviously, academy uniforms are not the same as those worn by active-duty soldiers, NCOs and officers, but then again neither are those worn by West Point cadets. So in that sense it’s not a military uniform, strictly speaking; it’s a military-style uniform (or, if you prefer, a “pseudo-military” uniform). I think you can call it either of these while still calling NYMA a military academy; I also think that using the modifier “military” as shorthand for “military-style” is OK too.

    Here at work a couple years ago, we changed ‘net security systems and I found to my horror that UW was blocked. Since I’m a graphic designer, I put in a ticket to IT to unblock with the explanation of “needed for design research.” Fast forward ten minutes and I’m reading The Ticker!

    The moral of the story: Always make friends with the guys in IT.

    Oh yeah, rebooting is definitely the first thing to try. It’s like Brian Fantana says, “60% of the time, it works every time.”

    Looks like the Kings new uni has a small strip of the baby blue from the 80’s on the inside collar, unless I am seeing things.

    I can see it now. The Cavs will wear the BFBS in game 7, win the title, then announce that next year that’s the primary uni. Then the following year it’ll have an ad on it. I’m going back to bed.

    Those Kings uniforms are quite nice. Went from the bottom to the top in terms of identity. Would have been perfect if they returned to sky blue and red, but hey, I’ll take it.

    If ever a UW Shirt Club shirt called out for a v-neck version, it’s the basketball one. Great job on the design.

    Where is this place that you call Milawuakee? Is it anywhere near Rcaeni, or KoshOsh? P.S. Their new flag is awesome.

    Well, as Alice Cooper would remind us:

    “Actually, it’s pronounced “mill-e-wah-que” which is Algonquin for “the good land.”

    P.S. Tug of War back in the Olympics!

    Not just the tug of war… but the obstacle course and everything else that was on ABC’s Superstars!

    The Red Wings could take a page from some college football stadium/field corporate name hybrids with “Gordie Howe Rink at Little Caesar’s Arena”, which admittedly sounds very clumsy and way too wordy. Just a thought

    There’s a feeling around here that they’ll probably do exactly that.

    Of course, the new Detroit-Windsor bridge that will connect I-75 directly with the 401 will be named after him.

    That is a great proposed Milwaukee flag. Reminds me of Greenland’s flag in terms of shapes, but I love the Marquette colors and the stripes in the bottom half of the circle. Meanwhile, the current one? What a tire fire. Looks like the whole third grade class threw in clip art onto a PowerPoint slide and called it a group project.

    The winner was my second-least favorite of the five finalists when they were announced, but it’s really grown on me. I hope the Common Council votes it in!

    Now we just need the same process to find a replacement for Wisconsin’s dismal state flag.

    And employers still block websites at work??? Lol.
    I wonder what, exactly, they are trying to accomplish.


    Viewed the pictures of the 123 guys who played for both the Mets and Yankees.

    Noticed a few patches but were unable to read most. I do not recall his name, but a guy from the mid-1980’s, pictured as a Milwaukee Brewer, appeared to have a type of patch with the word “Sully” on his shoulder. Anyone know what that was for?

    Socks are big business in fencing (well, relatively big), since it’s about the only place to personalize the uniform. I stumbled in to a world cup event in Dallas a couple years ago, they had entire vendor’s booths devoted to socks. Apparently it is even a bit of a conflict between the old guard and the new: link

    Re: the Japanese field hockey team.

    Technically, those uniforms are illegal. They have to be a solid color on the body. I don’t think you’re going to see those white cherry blossoms or that racing stripe along the clavicle in Rio.

    That doesn’t seem to be the rule. Their unis in 2012 were covered blossoms – link.

    Argentina’s hockey team wears uniforms similar to their football team – blue and white stripes over black shorts.

    It can’t be a good thing when the “star” of your uniform unveiling is shoes. Next to gloves, there can’t be any less significant piece of a uni than shoes is there?

    Funny how the character featured on your basketball T-shirt is black but the ones on the baseball and hockey are white. I wonder what you’ll do for the football shirt…

    How exactly is it “funny” (in either the ha-ha or peculiar way)?

    Is it also “funny” that athletes in the real world are a diverse group? Or is it only “funny” on our T-shirts?

    Funny in that it was only the basketball player who was black. Was it a coincidence or did you do that because most NBA players are black? FYI I’m far from racist, my political views are pretty much the same as yours. It just looks to me that your character on the shirt was a little stereotypical, especially with the Afro.

    1) I never said you were racist, nor did I say anything about your political views.

    2) It is not a “stereotype” that most NBA players are black; it is a fact that most NBA players are black (and that most NHL players are white, while we’re at it). In other words, our shirts reflect reality. I’m not sure why you find that so noteworthy. If we had made the hockey player black and the basketball player white, THAT would be noteworthy, because it would NOT be reflective of reality.

    3) We gave the player a 1970s-style afro because we also gave him 1970s-style socks, a 1970s-style ABA-ish ball, and so on. The hair is in keeping with the other period details.

    Fair enough. So the football player will be black too then (since most NFL players are black)?

    Possibly. Less of a clear-cut situation for football. Might depend on position. For example, almost all wide receivers and defensive backs are black. Most quarterbacks are white (although not as many as there once were). Most running backs are black. Many other positions are pretty mixed.

    The reality is that most sports are mixed to a certain degree, but hockey is *overwhelmingly* white, and the NBA is *overwhelmingly* black. Those were easy calls to make. Everything else is a judgment call. Overall, though, the sports world is diverse. Our shirts will be diverse as well. Simple as that.

    Uni watch is blocked at my job, even if the site worked I couldn’t see any pictures as all those sites are blocked as well.

    On the t-shirt, I don’t think the magnifying glass looks good over the stripes, but understand that it probably had to be done that way (as opposed to putting it on the other shorts leg) given the player’s pose. Increasing the middle stripe is a nice touch though.

    The article about uni ads made a boo-boo – I’ve never seen a pic of a Chesterfield sign at Ebbets, but the Polo Grounds had a HUGE on in dead center. Ebbets, of course, used the Schaefer Beer sign for their h-e indications.

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