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Astros in Page 2's Worst Uniforms Contest....

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by Two Sandwiches, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. Two Sandwiches

    Two Sandwiches Contributing Member

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    This could qualify as Astros news right? If not, feel free to move it to the Hangout.;)


    This is BS. I don't think any Houston team should have made the bracket. I happen to love tha Astro's jerseys. What are your thoughts?

    We go against the Pirates, who's jerseys are way worse than ours.

    http://espn.go.com/page2/s/bracket/worstuniform.html



    Last month, Page 2 lined up 64 competitors in our Best Uniform in Sports Bracket. As you may remember, our tournament ended in controversy, with the Denver Broncos being disqualifed due to voter fraud and the University of Michigan being declared the champions.


    Victoria and HenrĂ­ are Page 2's version of Joan and Melissa Rivers.


    Well, Page 2 readers demanded a Worst Uniform in Sports Bracket, so here it is. Our panel of experts narrowed the field down to our field of 64 entries of current uniforms only, those worn at some point in the past season. We've included the Broncos, who have been lifted off probation to earn the No. 1 seed in the NFL New School Region. Fashion critics Victoria and HenrĂ­ are also back to provide some biting color commentary.

    Click on each matchup to begin voting in today's four regionals; voting will continue Thursday with the rest of the first round. The second round will kick off Monday and we'll crown the worst uniform in sports over the next couple of weeks.

    While you're at it, check out some of our previous brackets at Page 2. We did a bracket to find the Most Overrated Person Alive (c'mon down, Ja Rule). And our annual Wacky Bracket is a staple of spring (see Jennie Finch defend her title in March 2004). Jennie also won our Hottest Female Athlete title earlier this year.

    Now, go vote for the the ugliest of the ugliest!


    NFL OLD SCHOOL REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) Cleveland Browns
    (8) Minnesota Vikings

    (4) Washington Redskins
    (5) Dallas Cowboys


    (3) Miami Dolphins
    (6) New Orleans Saints


    (2) Cincinnati Bengals
    (7) Arizona Cardinals



    NFL NEW SCHOOL REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) Denver Broncos
    (8) Tennessee Titans


    (4) Carolina Panthers
    (5) Seattle Seahawks


    (3) Buffalo Bills
    (6) Atlanta Falcons


    (2) Jacksonville Jaguars
    (7) Baltimore Ravens


    NHL REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) Nashville Predators
    (8) Edmonton Oilers


    (4) Philadelphia Flyers
    (5) Boston Bruins


    (3) Dallas Stars
    (6) Atlanta Thrashers


    (2) New York Islanders
    (7) New York Rangers



    NBA REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) Dallas Mavericks
    (8) New Orleans Hornets


    (4) New Jersey Nets
    (5) Washington Wizards


    (3) Phoenix Suns
    (6) Memphis Grizzlies


    (2) Indiana Pacers
    (7) Toronto Raptors




    MLB REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) San Diego Padres
    (8) Arizona Diamondbacks



    (4) New York Mets
    (5) Oakland A's


    (3) Boston Red Sox
    (6) Colorado Rockies


    (2) Pittsburgh Pirates
    (7) Houston Astros



    WILD-CARD REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) Oregon football (yellow)
    (8) Delaware football


    (4) Cleveland Rockers
    (5) Phoenix Mercury


    (3) Australia women's basketball
    (6) Wichita State baseball


    (2) Juventus
    (7) Uniform to be named



    COLLEGE FOOTBALL REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) Oregon (green)
    (8) San Jose State


    (4) Clemson
    (5) Illinois


    (3) Wyoming
    (6) Rhode Island



    (2) Florida A&M
    (7) Iowa State



    COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGION
    First round Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals

    (1) Kansas State
    (8) Miami


    (4) IUPUI
    (5) Purdue


    (3) Georgetown
    (6) Central Michigan


    (2) St. Bonaventure
    (7) Texas Tech



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    After reading through these, it seems like the just picked random teams to fill half the spots. I like half the jerseys that are in here, or maybe it's just my taste...
     
  2. Two Sandwiches

    Two Sandwiches Contributing Member

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    Here's a nice article explaining why Denver, a finalist for the best jerseys, was disqualified.





    Broncos DQ'd; Michigan wins bracket
    By Patrick Hruby
    Page 2 columnist


    There's something rotten in the state of Colorado.

    And no, we're not referring to Steve Beuerlein's quarterback rating.


    The people have spoken: Legitimate voters hail the victors in Ann Arbor.
    Over the last three weeks, Page 2 has been counting the votes -- more than 7 million, to be inexact -- in our Best Uniform Bracket, a 64-team tournament designed to determine our readers' choice for the top uniform in sports.

    Along the way, we've seen upsets and blowouts (Michigan over LSU), snoozers and shockers (Notre Dame's shamrock-green jerseys advancing to the Sweet 16). We've marveled at the awesome power of democracy in action, the one-man, one-vote principle that forms the bedrock of our fair Republic. And we narrowed the field to two finalists, University of Michigan football and the Denver Broncos.

    Today, we hoped to crown a uniform champion for all Americans. A fashion uniter, not a sartorial divider. A just and noble getup selected by You, The People.

    Instead, we're looking at the biggest electoral scandal since Florida 2000.

    According to ESPN.com engineers, someone naughty has been stuffing the electronic ballot box for the Broncos, who benefited from at least 71,465 illegitimate votes.

    Trailing badly in the final round last Thursday, Denver received 20,000 consecutive overnight votes and 42,500 of the final 50,000 e-ballots cast -- a dubious last-second surge to shame the thousands of dead Chicagoans who "voted" for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.

    To put it another way: Not even John Elway could author this sort of Broncos comeback. Well, not unless he was the Russian superhacker from "Goldeneye."

    "That's quite a run," said Paul Kirk, a spokesman for the Broncos. "I don't know what's going on. I've always thought our fans were pretty smart."

    Make that too smart.

    When the polls finally closed, the Broncos had rallied to post 137,257 votes, easily outdistancing Michigan's 88,743. However, ESPN.com has discovered that 71,465 of those votes came from one IP address.

    "Who would do such a thing?" asked Chris Nandor, a computer programmer and author. "My guess (is) someone from Denver."


    When we look closely at those Broncos uniforms, we know something's very wrong.
    Actually, Nandor was wrong. We've tracked the IP address to a user in California. However, we're assuming the guy probably was wearing a Clinton Portis jersey when he wrote that code.

    When it comes to online sports voting fraud, Nandor knows his stuff. An avid Boston Red Sox fan, he famously rigged the electronic balloting for the 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in favor of BoSox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

    "(That) took me 10 minutes," Nandor said. "It usually doesn't take a lot of effort ... every time you get more than a handful of votes, this kind of stuff is probably happening."

    So, what is Page 2 going to do about it? Well, our editors convened to an off-site retreat in the Cayman Islands and spent a long weekend pondering a fair and equitable solution. Because our brackets are built on the noble concept of "one man, one vote," and because the Broncos won by less than 71,465, we have declared the Michigan Wolverines the winner of our bracket and disqualified Denver.

    In a benevolent move, however, Page 2's editors are not requesting that the Broncos return all their "tournament money" or remove the Page 2 Final Four banner from their practice facilities. Denver also will not be placed on probation because the illegal activity occurred outside the organization. However, as punishment, the Broncos will be given a No. 1 seed in Page 2's upcoming Ugliest Uniform Bracket.

    The Orange Stripe of Shame
    In retrospect, Denver's mere presence in the championship round should have been a tip-off. First, the Broncos barely made it to the finals, beating the Atlanta Falcons by a mere 0.3 percent in Round 1 and never earning more than 53 percent of the vote in a single contest.


    Brian Griese, now in Miami, could not be reached for comment.
    Second, the club's monochromatic unis give them the look of human popsicles. Or perhaps Regis Philbin, in his blue shirt, blue tie, Van Heusen endorsin' heyday.

    "Be careful with the thick burnt-orange accent on the trouble-spot buttocks and thighs," added Victoria, one of Page 2's fashion experts. "You don't want to call attention to an unsightly entity. Spandex is a privilege, not a right."

    Unsurprising, then, that the Broncos stood out in our Best Uniform Final Four like Dave Bliss at an Ethics in Coaching seminar. The Detroit Red Wings' two-tone, fire-engine outfits are both classic and eye-catching. The San Diego Chargers' throwback powder blues look worlds better than their current getups.

    Michigan's blue-and-maize -- our people call it "yellow" -- unis even combine fashion and function, something that can't be said of the Broncos. Not until Jake Plummer moonlights as a crossing guard.

    "Remember, our helmets were built for the passing game," Michigan spokesman Bruce Madej said. "(The stripes) were put on to make sure that the receivers would be seen by the quarterback."

    Better still, Madej added, the Wolverines look great on TV -- something that shouldn't be discounted, at least not in the era of "Temptation Island."

    "It's a colorful uniform," he said. "The networks love it when we're on."

    Defending the Broncos' outfits, Kirk noted that the team did win two Super Bowls during its first two seasons in its Arena League-inspired unis, inspiring fans to embrace the look. And perhaps embrace cheating on Page 2.


    Perhaps Al Gore should be the commissioner for our next bracket.
    As for the burnt orange stripes, the team didn't have much choice in the matter.

    "Orange is a big part of our history," Kirk said. "If we had a uniform with no orange in it, it would not have gone over well with our fans."

    Told that the Broncos might have benefited from vote tampering, Michigan's Madej expressed surprise.

    "You're kidding," he said with a laugh. "I haven't heard about that. I guess that's the difference between the pro and the college game."

    If necessary, would the Wolverines have been willing to go all the way to the Supreme Court for a recount, a la the 2000 presidential election?

    "That's for bigger people than me to decide," Madej said.

    Tree-gate Revisited
    This isn't the first time election fraud has rocked ESPN.com. Just ask the Stanford Tree.

    In 1996, ESPN's inaugural "Battle of the Mascots" was plunged into chaos after two Stanford students wrote a computer program that cast an unending stream of ballots, blocking other voters from registering their choice for their favorite college mascot.


    Not all Page 2 elections are rigged. We know for sure that Ashton is truly overrated.
    Ultimately, UN observers were called in to restore order. And the dastardly Tree -- who couldn't be reached for comment this week -- was slapped with five years of mascot-contest probation.

    Oh, and all of the above is true. Except for the UN part.

    In the meantime, the polls will continue. One man, one vote, one mouse click at a time. Here at Page 2, we consider it our responsibility -- nay, our patriotic duty -- to let you decide the most important questions of our time. Such as who's more overrated, Ben Affleck or Ashton Kutcher?

    Simply put, anything less would be un-American.

    Then again, so would a election without someone trying to cheat.

    "It's not surprising that someone would do that," said Avi Rubin, technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a Michigan graduate. "It is surprising that someone would care that much about Bronco football. I wouldn't resort to this, but if it meant more pride for the Wolverines, who knows? When you come out of Michigan, you're stamped for life as a football fanatic.

    "Of course, we do have the best uniforms, so we don't need to fix the vote."

    Patrick Hruby is a sportswriter for the Washington Times. Page 2 called upon him to investigate this scandal as an "independent observer." You can reach him at phrub@yahoo.com.
     
  3. A-Train

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    They wouldn't dare put the Rockets pinstripes in there because it would then be no contest...
     

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