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    No navy outlines on the Bills' uniforms.
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    White road socks with stripes that match the jersey; (BTW, I could copy and paste this comment for about a dozen other teams.)
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    For those who are unaware, last night PBS aired an excellent documentary in their American Masters series on Ted Williams. The link to this can be found here. Its a little under an hour long, so don't expect anything too immersive, but PBS crams a lot of information into the hour, and there's a lot of stuff included in the doc that most people may not know about him. All in all its one of the best sports docs I've ever seen. This humanizes one of the most mythical figures in sports and should give the audience a great sense of who he was as a person. No punches are pulled in this documentary either, and it lays out all of his pros and cons for all the world to see. Here are the biggest takeaways I got: Ted Williams was half-Mexican I only learned this about Williams roughly a year ago, but it's understandable when you consider the lengths Williams went through to hide this. He almost never spoke of his childhood which was quite troubled. His mother worked tirelessly for the Salvation Army to help others, but more or less ignored her son. No question Williams was ashamed of or at least embarrassed by his heritage and probably was a big reason why he became such an advocate of Negro Leaguers being in the Hall of Fame, which Williams helped open the door for. Ted Williams was kind of a dick This is not nearly as much of a secret to anyone that knows his story, but Williams is definitely in that category of athlete that is best appreciated from afar. He seemed to have a need always to be the alpha in any relationship which would help explain why so few of his friends were fellow teammates and why he was married and divorced three times. He really couldn't handle criticism of any kind, which was more what led to his rocky relationship with the media than anyone "having it in for him" which did come about but only later in his career. He had a very short fuse and would constantly complain to anyone who would bother to listen about how he had been screwed over by the media and how the fans underappreciated him. Ted Williams tried to get out of serving in the military People often romanticize about how eager the greatest generation was to serve in WWII and defend our country's honor, but the reality of the situation as you would expect is entirely different. Ted did everything he could to try to get out of serving in WWII and only relented when the Navy gave him a deal to finish out the 1942 season before joining. They didn't have high expectations for Williams, but as everyone knows Williams surprised people with his piloting skills and quickly became an instructor. Williams never saw any combat duty in WWII but was set to be deployed to the Pacific for his first tour right as the War was coming to a close. Ted Williams served in Korea because he tried to make money out of being in the reserves Again what history has said about this and the reality of the situation are two entirely different things. After the War, Williams found out that he could make a few extra dollars by staying enlisted as a reserve without having to see any active duty. This worked for several years until the Korean War came about and the reserves were called into action. Like WWII Williams did everything he could to get out of it, even penning a letter to then-Senator John F. Kennedy asking him to have his deployment revoked. Kennedy refused, and Williams was forced to serve. Unlike WWII, Williams did see combat action in Korea and performed spectacularly in duty, flying dozens of combat missions and successfully crash-landed his plane in one mission. Ted Williams was the Albert Einstein of hitting Like Einstein, his genius can only be appreciated in hindsight. The "launch-angle" philosophy of hitting originates with Ted Williams. He was the first hitter ever to figure out that you were more likely to get a hit out of a hard-struck ball hit in the air than putting the ball on the ground and prove it through the numbers. The idea of a lighter bat and the importance of hand speed also originates with Williams as does virtually every other modern hitting technique being taught today. In a lot of ways, you can also consider him one of the pioneers of the sabermetric revolution. He was utilizing stats in ways to refine his hitting that teams didn't start doing until the late 90's. He was decades ahead of everyone else’s approach to the plate. Ted Williams was a terrible manager Not really touched too much on in the documentary, but this can be attested to anyone that played under him or knew anything about his time as a manager. As knowledgeable as Williams was when it came to hitting, he was virtually clueless when it came to understanding or explaining any other facet of the game and reflected his one-dimensional approach to the game during his playing career. He didn't know how to handle players well. Like a lot of great athletes, he struggled to understand why everyone wasn't as dedicated of a player as he was during his playing career and didn't know what to do with players of that ilk. If Williams had come up today he would have insisted on playing in the American League and being a full-time DH. Anything about baseball that didn't involve hitting was seen as a waste of time through Ted's eyes. Ted Williams was an extremely charitable person He would frequent hospitals with sick children, show up to fundraisers to raise money and donate money to retired ballplayers who had fallen on hard times. Williams did not want this to be made a big deal of, which is why so little has been written about it, but for every story written about how wonderful and charitable Babe Ruth was with kids, one could have been written about Ted Williams. There's much more to uncover in the documentary and I'll be happy to answer any questions people may have about Williams as best I can.
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    Thanks for all the feedback, it does appear that the Cosmonauts have a similar look to the Fort Wayne Komets, however, the orange uniforms were really meant to copy a cosmonaut's suit with an orange body and white gloves and helmet. The black pants break up the look and add balance, as they looked pretty rough in all orange. Good news folks, my source was able to smuggle me another page, this time from East Berlin. He has assured me that he will be able to deliver the rest, however I do worry for his safety.
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    Remove the "WCF" stripe from these, since the vertical stripe and text in the middle of a horizontal stripe looks awkward: Use gray-over-white socks with these:
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    After a little break, I give you the next team in this series: Los Angeles Lakers: Inspired by the look of the South Bay G-League Affiliate, the Lake is prominent, featuring the old Laker powder blue
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    Except the Blue Jackets 3rd jersey debuted in 2010 when the Jets were still the Atlanta Thrashers so...
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    I tend to dislike uniforms where the sleeves and helmet have exactly the same logo on them. It just seems duplicative. The uniform should work as a set - not every part needs to have explicit team branding, especially where the two logos are maybe 10 inches apart.
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    I really wish the Blackhawks would move the tomahawk logo back onto the sleeve striping. It adds a nice, vintage element to an already classic set.
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    You'll see the XFL name a team after one of us before you see them name anything after Chris Benoit.
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    I'm pretty sure it's just artistic license to make the wordmark easier to read. It's not a picture of an actual endzone.
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    What's with the wordmark in the end zones facing out, rather than toward the field? Never seen that on a football field before.
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    1. You're correct regarding the sports usage. It's not a North-South thing at all in that context. 2. What?!?! You've never heard the original historic usage from the Reconstruction era?
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    Although I liked the 2003 powder blues, I've hated the tweeks they've been making the last few years. Conrad, if the Nuggets just used your City Editions for all of their uniforms, we have a winner.
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    Made a few tweaks to try to smooth out the outlines. C&C Welcome.
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    No. The 18/19 Bucks City jersey will be yellow.
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    I would have a Referee that only communicates penalties by breakdancing.
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    That was the flaw of the logo in the first place. You go with a jade/eggplant/black/silver/yellow color palette yet design a primary logo that fails to incorporate one of the main two colors in both the white and colored background application. The silver triangle on the eggplant jersey never made any sense. The white sweater didn't have any silver in the primary logo either so forcing it on the eggplant sweater seemed pointless. There's nothing wrong with this: The problem comes with a white background. They designed a logo that you can't find a place to incorporate your primary color. The mask element looks awkward replacing the black in the circle so unless you were to just throw an awkward outline around the whole thing I don't know what else you'd do. So, if they were to honor the past with forcing silver in I'd go with something like this and skip the orange since that doesn't go with anything.
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    That’s a twofer with Westbrook in the back
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    Better than the Baby Cakes
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