First, some quick background: Marquette had already developed a reputation for unusual uniforms during the coaching reign of Al McGuire, who was famously free-spirited and co-owned a local uniform manufacturer. But nothing the team had worn previously could prepare fans for what happened when McGuire allowed forward Bo Ellis, a 6-foot-9 junior majoring in fashion design, to create the team’s 1975-76 uniforms.
Ellis had developed the distinctive uniform quirk of wearing his jersey untucked while his teammates kept theirs tucked in. As he later explained: “When it was tucked in, my jersey was so tight that I didn’t feel good when I was out playing. So once I had pulled it out and started playing, it was a lot looser and [had] a lot better fit. I didn’t feel restricted.”
Ellis figured a jersey designed to be worn untucked would be even better, so he drew up some sketches and showed them to McGuire. Most coaches would have said: “No way. ” But McGuire, to his credit, gave the project his blessing. And so the untucked era began.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio brushed off concerns about first-round pick Leonard Floyd’s weight, saying the Chicago Bears knew all along the lanky outside linebacker will play at 230-235 pounds.
The Bears list Floyd at 6-foot-4 and 244 pounds on their official rookie minicamp roster.
Molina didn’t exactly get the night off, it turns out. He said he started warming up in the fifth inning, moving between the indoor batting cage, the clubhouse and the dugout. In the seventh inning, Matheny called his name and he pinch-hit for Mike Leake, ripping the key two-run double in the Cardinals’ 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, then caught the final three innings.
Afterward, Molina — who has played all 12 of his seasons in a St. Louis uniform and reached the postseason in all but three of them — elaborated on his state of mind. The Cardinals entered Sunday just a game above .500 and barely in hailing distance of the first-place Chicago Cubs.
Erik Spoelstra has coached Chris Bosh for six seasons in Miami. Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images
“I feel very badly for CB because I know how much this game means to him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday after his team’s Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors. “I think everybody knows how much CB means to me.”
Spoelstra was not speaking directly about Bosh’s future. But his sentiments expressed the gravity of the situation that ha’s hung over the Heat like a dark cloud since winter.
One person who had been paying attention lately was manager Mike Matheny, who sensed Molina was beginning to lose his patience with the Cardinals’ mediocre ways. Molina had argued with the plate umpire when he declined to grant him a timeout Saturday night and perhaps his angst continued to boil over later that night. Matheny cited Molina’s frustration as one of the reasons he was not in the starting lineup Sunday for just the third time in the Cardinals’ first 38 games.
The St. Louis Cardinals have three primary clubhouse leaders. They are the usual suspects, the championship holdovers Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina. Holliday tends to be the quietly intimidating presence, the lead-by-example type. Wainwright is the vocal one.
“Yadi’s everything,” Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty said. “Everyone pays attention when he’s speaking.”