Saturday, May 23, 2009

College Baseball Uniforms

With the 2009 NCAA Baseball Bracket set, it's an appropriate time to get familiar with the uniforms of the teams you may see playing in a Super Regional or even in Omaha. (*Host school for Regional round)

1 Texas (41-13-1)* - Home vest. Home white. Road jersey. Burnt Orange Alternate. Hat. Hat #2
Army (34-19) - Home jersey. Hat
Boston College (33-24) -Home jersey. Gold Alternate. Hat. Alternate home
Texas State (41-15) - Home jersey. Gold Alternate. Maroon jersey. Hat. Hat #2.

TCU (36-16)* -All jerseys. Home jersey. Road pinstripe. Black Alternate. Hat.
Wright State (33-28) - Home jersey. Road jersey. Hat (worn in black and green, not white)
Oregon State (35-17) - Home jersey. Road jersey. Black Alternate. Road Alternate. Hat.
Texas A&M (36-22) - Home jersey. Road pinstripe. Maroon Alternate. Hat.

Georgia Tech (35-17-1)* -All jerseys. Home jersey. Alternate home. Alternate Road. Hat. Hat #2.
Georgia State (39-20) - Home jersey. Blue Alternate. Road jersey. Hat.
Southern Mississippi (35-23) -Home jersey. Black Road Alternate. Yellow Alternate. Hat.
Elon (40-16) - All jerseys. Home jersey. Black Alternate. Gold Alternate. Maroon Alternate. Hat.

8 Florida (39-20)* - All jerseys. Home jersey. Orange Alternate Home. Blue Alternate. Hat.
Bethune Cookman (32-26) - Home jersey. Home pinstripe. Alternate home. Maroon Alternate. Hat. Hat #2.
Jacksonville (36-20) - Home jersey. Home pinstripe. Green Alternate. Gold Alternate. Hat.
Miami (Fla.) (36-20) - Home jersey. Home vest. Green Alternate. Orange Alternate. Black Alternate. Hat. Hat #2.

5 Arizona State (44-12)* - Home jersey. Home jersey #2. Road jersey. Road jersey #2. Hat. Hat #2
Kent State (42-15) - Home jersey. Home Blue. Alternate Yellow. Hat.
Cal Poly (37-19) - Home jersey. Home Green Alternate. Black Alternate. Road vest. Hat. Hat #2.
Oral Roberts (31-13) -Home jersey. Home vest. Blue Alternate. Gold Alternate. Hat.

Clemson (40-19)* - Home jersey. Orange Road jersey. Purple Alternate. All 5 Hats
Tennessee Tech (30-22-1) - Home jersey. Purple Road jersey (in background). Yellow Alternate. Hat.
Oklahoma State (32-22) - Home jersey. Orange Road jersey. Alternate Black jersey with Alternate Hat. Hat.
Alabama (37-19) - Home jersey. Alternate home pinstripe. Alternate Crimson jersey. Hat. Multiple photos.

East Carolina (42-17)* - All jersey combos. Home vest w/ purple. Home vest w/black. Black Alternate. Purple Alternate. Hat.
Binghamton (29-20) - Home jersey. Road Green. Hat.
George Mason (42-12) - Home jersey. Road Green. Hat.
South Carolina (38-21) - Home Pinstripe. Home jersey. Garnet Alternate. Black Alternate. Hat.

4 North Carolina (42-16)* - Home jersey. Home vest. Home vest #2. Carolina Blue Alternate. Navy Alternate. Road jersey. White Hat. Carolina Blue Hat.
Dartmouth (27-16) - Home jersey. Road jersey. Green Alternate.
Kansas (37-22) - Home jersey. Red Alternate. Blue Alternate. Alternate Hat (for use w/ red top). White Hat. Blue Hat.
Coastal Carolina (46-14) - Home jersey. Teal Alternate. Gold Alternate. Black road jersey. Hat.

2 CS Fullerton (42-14)* -Home pinstripe. Road pinstripe. Blue Road. Hat. Alternate Hat.
Utah (26-29) -Home jersey. Grey Road and Red Road jerseys. Hat.
Gonzaga (35-16) - Red Alternate. Blue Alternate. Hat.
Georgia Southern (42-15) - Home jersey. Blue Road. Hat.

Louisville (44-15)* - Home pinstripe. Red Alternate. Black Alternate. Red Hat. Black Hat.
Indiana (32-25) - All jerseys. Home vest. Alternate Red Home. Hat.
Vanderbilt (34-25) - Home jersey. Home jersey #2. Home jersey #3. Gold Alternate. Black Alternate. Hat.
Middle Tennessee (43-16) - Home jersey. Road gray. Blue Alternate. Hat.

Florida State (42-16)* - Home jersey. Pinstripe. Gray Road. Gray Pinstripe. Garnet Alternate. Yellow. Hat.
Marist (31-26) - Home jersey. Red Alternate. Red Road. Hat.
Ohio State (40-17) - Home vest. Home White Alternate. Red Alternate. Hat.
Georgia (37-22) - Home jersey. Red Alternate. Red Alternate #2. Grey Road jersey. Black Alternate. Hat. Hat #2 (red cap black bill). Hat #3 (white cap red bill)

7 Oklahoma (41-18)* - Home jersey. Home pinstripe. Red Alternate. Gray Road. Hat.
Wichita State (30-25) - Home jersey. Gray Road. Black Alternate. Yellow Alternates. Hat.
Washington State (31-23) - Home jersey. Road gray. Maroon Alternate. Hat.
Arkansas (34-22) - All jerseys. Home jersey. Pinstripe. Road gray. Red Alternate. Throwbacks. Hat.

6 UC-Irvine (43-13)* - Home jersey. Road jersey. Blue Alternate. Hat.
Fresno State (32-28) - Home jersey. Road jersey. Blue Alternate. Red Alternate. Blue Hat. Red Hat.
San Diego State (40-21) -Home jersey. All Black. Road gray. Home Black Alternate.
Virginia (43-12-1) - Home jersey. Home pinstripe. Orange Alternate. Hat.

Mississippi (40-17)* - Home pinstripe. Red Alternate. Blue Alternate. Road Blue Alternate. Hat.
Monmouth (32-23) - Home jersey. Road Blue.
W. Kentucky (39-18) - Home jersey. Red Alternate. Hat.
Missouri (34-25) - Home jersey. Gold Alternate. Black Alternate. Hat.

Rice (39-15)* - Home jersey. Road jersey. Blue Alternate. Pinstripe. Hat.
Sam Houston St. (36-22) - Home jersey. Orange Alternate. Hat.
Xavier (38-19) - Jerseys. Hat.
Kansas State (41-16-1) -Home jersey (purple trim). Home jersey(black trim). Purple Alternate. Black Alternate. Hat.

3 LSU (46-16)* - Home jersey. Purple Alternate. Yellow Alternate. Hat. Alternate Hat.
Southern (30-15) -Home Pinstripe. Home Blue.
Baylor (29-24) - Home jersey. Green Alternate. Gold Alternate. Black Alternate. Hat.
Minnesota (38-17) - Home jersey. Maroon Alternate. Yellow Alternate. Hat. White Hat.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Downfall of SportsCenter

A few years back, the thought of me criticizing SportsCenter was incomprehensible. It was sacrilegious. The show was a titan amongst other TV shows for the 18-35 year old male demographic into which I fell. To kids my age, there was SportsCenter and then there was everything else.

Those males of my generation grew up watching SportsCenter before we went to school at 6am and before we went to bed at 11pm. It was our one source for all the sports news we would need to hold a quality debate at school the next day. “Did you guys see how many points Michael put up last night against the Knicks,” my friend would say. And I would respond “Yeah, but I think Phil Jackson was smart for doubling Ewing to force him to shoot 15% in the second half.” Of course the only reason I would say something like that was because SportsCenter told me that stat while I was watching it the night before. Mind you, this of course was before the days when everyone had a Blackberry to check who the Giants drafted at the click of the bottom while you are a groomsman at your sister’s wedding (Eli Manning if you are playing at home).

The nightly edition of SportsCenter gave us ammunition to debate in gym class about whether Magic was better than Larry, or if Dennis Rodman was sane. Our sick days from schools used to consist of SportsCenter, The Price is Right, and then the same SportsCenter five more times. That was the beauty – with so many great highlights combined with great commentary, you could watch an episode over and over again.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we’re witnessing the end of an era. SportsCenter, my third parent, is officially dead. Now, I realize I’m pissing on hallowed ground here, that criticizing SportsCenter is like questioning Bruce Springsteen’s blue-collar credentials, but we have to stop living in denial. Unfortunately somewhere in the mid to late 90s, SportsCenter started to try to become hip, edgy, and trendy instead of just reporting the sports news. Gone forever are the days of the late 80s and early 90s when I'd wake up and get to watch real sports journalists plow through comprehensive clips of all of the prior night’s games in all of the major sports. Instead now, viewers have to deal with smarmy wannabe comedians trying to deliver pun induced catchphrases about how Kobe Bryant is as cool as the other side of the pillow and when LeBron rises for a dunk, “it’s levitation, Holmes”. Really? You’re going to expect me to sit and watch at home and laugh about how clever the anchor is for telling me LeBron James can jump high while dunking? What happened to the good old days of Steve Levy just telling me that Wayne Gretzkey had 2 goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory over the Nordiques?

Obviously with the rise of the Internet, sports blogs, the Iphone, and numerous other devices that keep people connected and up to date on sports, ESPN had to come up with a way to keep its viewers coming back for me. So gone are our fond memories of the days when SportsCenter used to show highlights. Those were simpler times. We are now living in a post-9/11 world. Terrorists want to eat our entrails. So SportsCenter went the Fox News route and began focusing on mini-debates and flashy graphics. Mangini or Belichick? Brady or Manning? Sox or Yankees? Fact or Fiction? Contender or Pretender? Pick a side, we’re at war. Today, if you watch an episode more than once, you’ll have a seizure from all the hot air and flashing colors.

As far as I can tell, SportsCenter’s Britney-like tailspin commenced about the same time Stuart Scott started wearing glasses for his lazy eye. Boo-yah! Since then, the Big Show has been like one giant ADD-fest. How many segments can you possibly cram into an hour? SC Rewind, What2Watch4, Now on, Field Pass, Take Your Pick, SC Film Session, Fantasy Minute (sounds like my dream about Jessica Biel), My Wish, Who’s Now, SC Express, See Tom Brady Cure Cancer, Watch Tim Tebow part the Red Sea, etc.

As if these segments weren’t bad enough, now we have the sponsored segments. Watching SportsCenter is starting to have the same artificial feeling as listening to Mike without the Mad Dog. There’s the Budweiser Hot Seat, Coors Light Cold Hard Facts, Miller Lite Good Call Bad Call (in case you were wondering, that one’s brought to you by Miller Lite), Gatorade Ultimate Highlight, Hardly the Usual Top Ten presented by Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Now they leave the stats up for about five milliseconds so that they can rush to show the Natty Light logo.

What happened to the tried and true formula of highlights, stats, (repeat 20 times), standings, highlights, stats, standings, top plays, Did You Know? What happened to the segments baseball, football, hockey, basketball, golf?

SportsCenter was so great because it was so simple: maximize the highlights, minimize the fluff. The sports were the entertainment. Now, SportsCenter tries (really hard) to entertain us, and fails.

Ironically, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network has finally lived up to its name – entertainment first, sports second – and that has been its downfall. Fact or Fiction: SportsCenter is damaged beyond repair? Fact.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hey, Boston, Shut the F#%* Up!

Boston, I used to like you. I used to visit every couple of years, go for a long run along the Charles, eat some chowder down on the Fish Pier. But this year, something began to curdle inside me. The slobbery tears at midcourt (this was for Red!), the icy Papelbon glare (ooh, we're scared!), the creepy cult of (the genius) Bill Belichick and (the golden) Theo Epstein and (the dashing) Tom Brady and (the extremely fucking annoying) Yoooooooook... Enough. We get it. You rule the universe. Yes, it's quite an impressive run you're on here. (For a small city.) But remember, fifteen years ago, your teams sucked large donkey balls (Pats:5-11; Celtics: 32-50; Red Sox: 80-82). And because sports go in cycles, they will soon suck again. So relax. Try some humility. It becomes you.