i promise i won't keep posting here about even vaguely sports-related things too much more, but this little nugget that cute erik shared with me a few weeks ago was too hilarious not to pass on... i present to you uni watch blog: it's a blog dedicated solely to discussing what sports teams are wearing. and i find it fascinating.
As you’ve no doubt discovered by now, you’re not the only one. But if your friends still look at you a bit funny when you point out a player’s sleeve length, or the wife rolls her eyes when you wax rhapsodic about the pleasures of a well-tailored set of stirrups, salvation is finally at hand. Now you can show your solidarity with other uniform obsessives and proclaim your citizenship in the larger uni-related community — and help support Uni Watch in the process — by enrolling in the official Uni Watch membership program. (from the uniwatchblog membership FAQ)
i totally enjoy their dedication to just excruciating detail. speadheaded by paul lukas, who is admittedly "a minutiae fetishist” and “an obsessive esotericist", he also keeps busy writing for publications you've probably heard of, like the new york times and GQ. so it's not like this guy doesn't have anything better going on other than musing on the sleeve length of those guys on the field. he just seems to prefer pondering the wardrobe decisions rather than obsessing over every single play like pretty much everyone else on the ESPN.com payroll, which is the kind of obsessiveness i can totally get behind.
so next time your friends and/or loved ones insist you hang out to watch some game you honestly care so much about that you didn't even know it was taking place until about five minutes ago, just smile a little smile to yourself and pay close attention the way paul lukas might (and perhaps check in to the uniwatchblog to compare observations the next day...)
ps. if this strikes your fancy in any way, i highly recommend browsing through the glossary. first, because it's a glossary for a blog, for pete's sake. second, it's a glossary of sports fashion terms. COME ON, MAN!