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Uni Watch Fan Appreciation Day, 2017 Edition

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It’s that time of year again — the time when I give something back to you folks, literally. Or, if you prefer to be more cynical about it, the time when I clear out all the freebies that have accumulated in my apartment over the past year. Either way, it’s the day I run a big raffle that all of you can enter.

As in past years, some of you may recognize a few of these items as gifts that you thoughtfully sent my way over the past 12 months. I realize regifting may seem tacky, but sometimes I have duplicates on certain things, or I don’t have room for everything, or something is too big or too small for me to wear, or I’ve gotten some enjoyment out of an item and am now ready to let someone else enjoy it. No offense intended, and I hope none taken. Thanks for understanding.

The listings that follow are pretty self-explanatory, except for this: For shirts and jerseys, you’ll see a size followed by a measurement (L, 21″, for example). In each case, that’s the tagged size followed by the pit-to-pit measurement across the chest.

Ready? Here we go:

1. A complimentary Uni Watch membership card.

2. A reproduction 1958 Army football football helmet, autographed by Heisman winner Pete Dawkins, courtesy of Gridiron Memories.

3. A painted bat of your choice from the Mitchell Bat Co..

4. A “Roots of Seattle Hockey” T-shirt of your choice from Rocco’Shop.

5. A 16″ BobbleDugout in your choice of team colors from BobbleHouse Industries.

6, 7, and 8. A 2018 calendar of your choice from Asgard Press. They’re giving away three calendars, and each one is a separate prize.

9. An Alltimers VIP Lounge hockey jersey. Huge maker’s mark on left sleeve, “League Player” on the other. Blank on back. 50, 22-3/4″.

10. Same as above, but 52, 24″.

11. A New York Rangers cap. Mesh fabric. NHL logo on back. L/XL.

12. A Harlem Globetrotters jersey. No. 1 on back. L, 24.5″.

13 and 14. A pair of Jacob deGrom giveaway jerseys. Sublimated graphics. deGrom’s name and number on the back. Annoying ad on right sleeve. XL, 24″. Each jersey is a separate prize.

15. A pair of Uni Watch socks that a manufacturer prepared for me as a sample. Tried on once, for about 45 seconds. Sublimated graphics look badly distorted when socks are worn. Magnifying glass logo on the back. A one-of-a-kind collector’s item.

16. A pair of Hartford Whalers socks. Graphics repeated on the other side.

17. Three StripeRite sock prototypes that were created for our review as we were setting up the StripeRite project. The white stripes are not truly white — more of a heathered light grey. Not sure how the Pirates sock ended up with that color but hey, that’s why you go through the prototyping process.

18. A four-pack of Adidas low-rise socks.

19. A Mets “New York” giveaway T-shirt. Annoying ad on the back. XL, 23″.

20. A Jose Reyes giveaway T-shirt. Annoying ad on the back. XL, 23.5″.

21. A Jacob deGrom giveaway T-shirt. Annoying ad on the back. XL, 23″.

22. A Uni Watch 2017 Purple Amnesty Day shirt. Blank on back. Sorry, no hangtag or sticker — just the shirt. M, 20″.

23. A SportsLogos.net 20th-anniversary patch, which I believe was made by the Emblem Source.

24. A pair of Adidas running shorts. Extremely lightweight. M, 7″ inseam.

25. A “The Mets” snapback baseball cap, based on the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ cap.

26. A Mets giveaway T-shirt. Slightly less annoying ad on the back. L, 21.5″.

27. A pair of “9” front-jersey numerals. Glacier twill pattern, just like the Mets used during the black drop-shadow era, but without the orange border. Perfect for the Turk Wendell DIY jersey you’ve been planning to make. Numerals are 4-1/8″ high.

28. A pair of Dodgers 3-D batting helmet logos — one rigid (like the ones they wore for the first part of 2016) and one flexible (like the ones they’ve worn since then).

29. Some sort of New England Patriots mini-uniform kit. I have no idea what this is supposed to be for, but several of the pieces appear to have some sort of adhesive on the back.

30. Same as above, but for the Atlanta Falcons.

31. A $20 gift card for Hari Mari, which is a flip-flop brand.

32. An Adidas backpack, or knapsack, or sport sack, or whatever they’re calling them these days. Solid black on the other side.

33. A Jim Palmer giveaway throwback jersey. Palmer’s name and number on the back. Sublimated graphics. M, 22″.

34. An Orioles “My Home, My Team” T-shirt, supposedly designed by pitcher Bud Norris. Blank on back. M, 19.5″.

35. An Orioles T-shirt featuring Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. Photo is blurry; shirt is not. Blank on back. M, 18″.

36. A Washington Capitals “#RockTheRed” rally towel.

37. A pair of vintage bowling alley service manuals — one from 1949, the other from 1971. Interior pages feature lots of tech diagrams.

38. An Adidas zip-front hoodie. Large maker’s mark on left sleeve. Blank on back. Zippered pockets. M, 23.5″.

39. A Richmond Flying Squirrels giveaway T-shirt, designed by longtime Uni Watch pal Rob Ullman. Annoying ad on back. XL, 23″.

40. An Ardillas Voladores T-shirt (that’s Spanish for “Flying Squirrels”). Mexican flag-themed colors. Blank on back. L, 21.5″.

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And there we are. To enter the raffle for these items, here’s whatcha do:

1) Send an email to the raffle address. If you’re having any trouble with the link, it’s uniwatchraffle at gmail dot com.

2) In the body of the email, please indicate (a) your name and shipping address and (b) your top 10 prize choices, in order of preference, by number. If you’re only interested in, say, seven items, then just list your top seven choices; if you want to list more than 10, you can do that too, but I don’t really expect anyone to go that far. I’ll do my best to accommodate all the winners’ choices.

3) One email per person. Overseas readers are welcome to enter, although I may ask you to chip in on the shipping charges if you win something heavy. Entry deadline is next Thursday, Dec. 21, 7pm Eastern. The winners will be announced on Christmas Day.

Again, my thanks to all of you who contribute in various ways to Uni Watch. I wish I could provide gifts for all of you — honest.

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ESPN update: My ESPN column on figure skating costumes, which I thought was going to run yesterday, will run today. It should be available sometime this morning at this link.

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Lots of NBA news: The Hawks became the first NBA to officially unveil their second alternate jersey by having the rapper Young Jeezy wear it during a halftime performance last night (click photo at right to enlarge; here’s the rear view). No word yet on when this uniform will make its game debut.

Meanwhile, NBA uni sleuth Conrad Burry obtained video game screen shots that appear to show 28 of the 30 new alternates. It’s always good to have a healthy skepticism about video game leaks, but Burry is usually pretty reliable about this stuff, and the Hawks design matches the one that was unveiled last night, which suggests that these are probably legit.

It’s a lot to process, but here are some quick thoughts on the more notable designs:

• Everyone’s been expecting the Cavs to wear something featuring “The Land,” and now they’ve gone ahead and done it:

• The Knicks’ design is a shout-out to the New York City Fire Department:

• The Celtics’ design appears to have a subtle parquet floor pattern (which is a nice touch but dressing this team in grey is still a huge mistake):

• The Grizzlies’ design is based on signs from the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, a landmark civil rights moment:

• The Magic’s design appears to have a sublimated pattern showing the Milky Way, or the cosmos, or something like that:

• The Pelicans are going with a Mardi Gras-style design. I don’t understand the misaligned numerals, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing the “story” behind that design element soon enough:

• Has there ever been a DC-based team that wore “The District of Columbia” on its jerseys? There is now, thanks to the Wizards’ new design:

• Looks like the Bucks are going with a cream uniform — an NBA first, I’m pretty sure:

• I have no idea why the Jazz are going with an orange design, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon:

Update: Reader/commenter Joey pointed us toward this explanation for the orange jersey.

• The Kings’ design is sure to be polarizing, but I kinda like it:

• Ugliest design of the bunch is probably the Mavs’ — woof:

You can see cleaner versions of all 28 of the leaked designs here. I’ll have more to say about these when they’re officially released and we can see the shorts that go along with them.

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Uni Watch Hit Parade: Back in the 1990s, Mike Janson was in an indie-rock band called the Lynnfield Pioneers. I never much cared for them, but these days he’s fronting a new band called Scupper, and holy shit are they good. Their debut album, Some Gauls, is one high-velocity earworm after another. If you like Guided by Voices, you’ll like this. Hell, if you like good rock and roll, you’ll like this. Enjoy.

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The Ticker
By Paul

Baseball News: The Tigers will retire the numbers of new Hall of Fame inductees Jack Morris and Alan Trammel in August. … South Carolina’s baseball team has a new website with a page devoted to uniforms (from Joel Mathwig).

NFL/CFL News: The Colts and Broncos went mono-blue vs. mono-orange last night, and it was one of the better-looking Thursday-night pairings. Additional photos here. Interestingly, most of the Colts wore the new jersey template, but a few players, including RB Frank Gore, wore the old version with the Nikelace. … We already knew the Lions were planning to wear their ugly mono-grey Thursday-night uniforms for tomorrow’s game against the Bears. Now it turns out that Bears will be wearing their navy jerseys (and maybe pants as well — not sure about that part). So this will be an NFL rarity: a game with neither team wearing white, and not on a Thursday (from Adam Grad). … The team hoping to bring a CFL team to Halifax has trademarked the term “Atlantic Schooners” (from Wade Heidt). … According to this item, the 1950 and ’51 Packers used repurposed helmets that had originally been used by the Colts. The Colts didn’t like them and sold them to Green Bay, where the players had to repaint them themselves (thanks, Phil). … Bills QB Tyrod Taylor appears to have a new facemask. Here’s the old one for comparison (from Michael LaFave). … Disappointing news out of KC, where the Chiefs will go mono-red against the Chargers tomorrow night (blame Phil).

College Football News: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: MGoBlog, a UMich-centric sports site, has published its annual list of “translated” college football bowl game names. It uses the common name of each bowl, without the corporate gobbledygook, and even includes a ad-less logo for each. … Here’s how SDSU’s jerseys look with the Armed Forces Bowl patch. … New bowl patches for Appalachian State, Auburn, FAU, and Notre Dame, too (from John Miller, @DallasEmpire78, Jake Elman, and Matt Bond, respectively). … Oregon is going mono-neon with chrome helmets for tomorrow’s Las Vegas Bowl. … The four CFB teams will once again have the diamond version of the Nike logo. … New bowl patch for USC, too. … I love this old photo of a kid with a go-kart wearing a Michigan-style winged helmet (from Ray Hund).

Hockey News: Ugly sweater jerseys tomorrow for the Reading Royals (from David Fine). … Sens goalies Craig Anderson and Mike Condon have new masks for tomorrow’s NHL100 Classic (from James Beattie).

NBA News: The Magic’s NBA 2K League team will be called Magic Gaming. Here’s a look at five of the other team logos. … The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will be hosted by the Pacers (from Josh Claywell). … Celtics G Kyrie Irving wore shoes with little lobsters on them the other day. … The Sixers’ red alternates — the ones with the chest script that looks like it says, “Suxers” — will reportedly make their season debut tonight (from Uni Watch alum Mike Chamernik). … Two nights after Wizards G Kelly Oubre wore a Supreme leg sleeve, Cavs G J.R. Smith wore a Supreme arm sleeve. According to this item, he did it “because I thought it looked dope and matched our uniforms” (from Chris Perrenot and Jason Hillyer).

College Hoops News: UMKC has some great pinstriped uniforms for Kansas City Day. It doesn’t specifically say they’re based on the unis worn by the KC Royals of the old Negro Leagues, but it sure has that feel (from @powerandfinesse).

Soccer News: Anyone know more about these sports bra-like thingies that some soccer players wear under their jerseys? (From Chuck Johnson.)

Grab Bag: The car brand Mini has a new logo. … The U.S. Army is testing a new combat uniform. … This is so awesome: There’s a new-ish book called Alternative Moons, which consists of photos of very moon-like objects — all of which are actually pancakes. Genius! (From my old pal the Rev. Nørb.) … Interesting look at the bulletproof clothing industry (from Tommy Turner).

Because It’s Almost Time for the Winter Olympics

I saw the new Tonya Harding biopic, I, Tonya, a few days ago (trailer shown above). It’s not bad, and there are several uni-centric sequences in the movie. Well, okay, costume-centric. Anyway, it got me thinking, and the result is a new ESPN column that should be up today. Link coming soon.

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’Skins Watch: I spent about six hours in a car yesterday, plus another three at a big ESPN staff meeting, plus a few more catching up with colleagues I hadn’t seen in a while, so I missed out on a fun and well-executed hoax that was unfolding about the ’Skins supposedly changing their name to Redhawks. I’m too wiped from the Bristol round-trip to explain all the details, but Deadspin has already done a good job of that, so check out their coverage. Kudos to them, and to whoever created the hoax — nicely done.

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KRC update: The latest installment of Key Ring Chronicles is about a replica Detroit Red Wings championship ring. Check it out here.

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The Ticker
By Kris Gross

Baseball News: Didn’t we all see this coming? There’s a new collaboration between Major League Baseball and Gucci (from Arrin Williams). … It appears Coke was a big MLB partner on the baseball winter meetings (from BSmile). … Last week we discussed a photo that showed Jim Thome wearing the American/Canadian flag helmet decal that all MLB players wore in 1991 to support the military effort in the first Gulf War. Steve Vibert recently acquired one of those decals on eBay, along with a memo from then-commish Fay Vincent explaining how it should be worn. … Newly signed Cubs P Tyler Chatwood had his contract revised after the baseball writers’ association complained that it put writers in an ethically fraught position.

NFL News: The Lions will go mono-grey on Saturday (thanks Phil). … Following up on this photo of a mysterious Raiders logo sent in by Rudy Gutierrez, he came across the logo again on Ken Stabler’s T-shirt. Anyone ever seen this logo? … Little-remembered fact: The Steelers wore white pants on the road in 1970 and ’71 (from Brian Wulff). … The first ever draft pick by Atlanta, Tommy Nobis, passed away earlier this week, so the Falcons posted some great old photos of him (from @treyinathens). … You are not a bigger Tim Couch fan than this guy (from Mike Chamernik). … Ravens RB Alex Collins is permitted to wear a dark visor because he suffers from light-triggered migraines. Players need a medical waiver to wear dark visors because, in the case of a neck injury, medics need to be able to see a player’s pupils without removing his helmet (from Cole Pessolano). … The Oilers had inconsistent number fonts and inconsistent helmet colors back in the 1970s.

College Football News: Colorado State gets new helmets for the New Mexico Bowl. Here’s another look. Additionally, this article says that CSU will be getting two new alternate uniforms in the next three seasons (from Matt Stephens and Rob Montoya). … Here’s how the Heart of Dallas Bowl patch will look on Utah’s jersey (from Trent Knaphus). … Southern Miss will honor the 177th Armored Brigade with helmet decals during the Independence Bowl (thanks Phil). … Should we be expecting a color-on-color matchup in the Las Vegas Bowl? (From @bsuorangecrush.)

Basketball News: Wizards F Kelly Oubre Jr. wore a “Supreme” leg sleeve two nights ago but removed it after the first half. Lots of additional info here (from Tommy Turner). … The Magic wear the Nike and Disney logos on their jerseys, and G Shelvin Mack had those same two logos on his shoes last night. … The Utah Jazz Gaming Team unveiled their new logo (from Kris Ingles). … The Windy City Bulls, affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, are wearing Star Wars jerseys on Saturday night (from Steve Johnston). … Here’s how UNC got its signature argyle pattern (from William Wells). … Hornets G Jeremy Lamb wore black calf sleeves for part of last night’s game against the Rockets but had white tights at another point in the game (from Collin Wright).

Soccer News: Here’s an article on clubs with different jersey ads at home and on the road (from Ben Armstrong). … ESPN ranked the 11 best players under 21 by Photoshopping them as Star Wars characters (from Josh Hinton). … You can vote on Lionsbridge FC’s new home uniform.

Grab Bag: We got a look at the floor for the NCAA women’s volleyball Final Four (thanks, Jim Vilk).

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Tomorrow: The annual year-end reader appreciation raffle!

More Minnesota Musings

During the reporting for my follow-up piece on the origins of the Vikings’ uniforms, I interviewed the two surviving sons of Bert Rose, the Vikes’ original general manager (that’s him shown at right). One the sons, Scott Rose, told me a story about the team’s name that I hadn’t heard before. Here’s a transcript:

Coming up with the idea of calling them the Vikings was easy, with all of the Scandinavian background up there. So they were gonna be the Minneapolis-St. Paul Vikings.

And then somebody says to my dad — and you know, our family is not familiar with the Midwest at this point [the Roses had been living in L.A., where Bert Rose had worked for the Rams — PL] — they say, “Bert, I don’t know if you know this, but Minneapolis and St. Paul don’t really like each other. And the first time that the announcer says, ‘It’s Minneapolis’s ball on the 20,’ the people of St. Paul are gonna be on the telephone, and they’re gonna be saying, ‘You mean it’s St. Paul’s ball.'”

So my dad is sitting there thinking, “You know, I’m gonna do something that’s never been done before. I’m gonna name the team after the entire state.” He says not only will it put that to rest [regarding the rivalry between the two cities], but from a season ticket standpoint, maybe it’ll bring in people from North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa — not Wisconsin, because they’re Packers fans and they’re gonna hate us anyway. Maybe I can get people to identify with the team, even though they don’t live anywhere near the Twin Cities, as long as they’re close to Minnesota.

And lo and behold, it worked like you wouldn’t believe. He got unbelievable amounts of season ticketholders from those three states. Of course, the Boston Patriots took it to the next level when they renamed themselves the New England Patriots.

This appears to check out. According to this Wikipedia page, Rose was hired on Aug. 5, 1960. The Wiki entry then says, “In an article on August 6, 1960, in The Minneapolis Tribune, it was reported that the team would use the name ‘Minnesota’ instead of ‘Minneapolis–St. Paul.’ The article also stated that several nicknames were suggested for the team, including ‘Chippewas,’ ‘Miners,’ ‘Vikings,’ and ‘Voyageurs.'”

I went to the Star-Tribune’s archives and found that article:

But had this really “never been done before”? After all, MLB’s Minnesota Twins, who had been the Washington Senators until relocating to Minnesota for the 1961 season, made their Minnesota debut about half a year before the Vikings did in ’61.

Ah, but did the Twins come up with their name before the Vikings did? According to this Wiki page, the Twins made the decision to go with the state name on Nov. 26, 1960 (no citation, unfortunately, and I’ve so far been unable to verify the date) — nearly four months after the Vikings had settled on the state name. So while the Twins were the first to play under the state banner, the Vikings were apparently the first ones to come up with the idea.

Ever since then, of course, all of the state’s Big Four pro teams — the North Stars, Wild, and Timberwolves — have likewise been named for the state, not for the Twin Cities.

A few other items of note:

• I also interviewed Scott Rose’s brother, Stephen Rose. He had this to say about the Vikings’ purple pants:

[My father] wanted purple pants on the road in 1961. He said that to [Vikings coach Norm] Van Brocklin, and Van Brocklin said, “For Christ’s sake, they’d look like Dreamsicles!” That’s a quote. So they wore white pants on the road. But Bert kept after him, and they eventually did wear the purple road pants the next year, and for the next few years after that. He got that idea from the Cardinals, who in the late ’40s and ’50s had worn red pants. Nobody else in the league was doing it. I thought it looked great!

• Remember how Karl Hubenthal’s uniform renderings included V-shaped sleeve striping? Stephen Rose said it was his father, Bert Rose, who nixed that. So instead the Vikes went with Northwestern striping — which is exactly what the Rams were wearing at the time. Bert Rose, of course, had worked for the Rams prior to joining the Vikings.

Stephen Rose also said his father loved the “leggings” on Hubenthal’s original sock design, but he confirmed that Van Brocklin had put the kibosh on that, as I had reported in my original ESPN piece.

• Meanwhile, if you’re interested in Hubenthal, here’s a good feature on him from the December 1976 issue of Cartoonist PROfiles.

Okay, I think I’ve now emptied the notebook on the Vikings stories. And all without once saying anything nasty about a certain color!

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Membership update: Several new designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including Matt Nachamkin’s excellent Manitoba Moose treatment, shown at right). The printed and laminated versions of these cards should ship out this weekend.

If you want a membership card in time for Christmas, I strongly urge you to sign up now. Remember, a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in our Teespring shop. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me.) As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here, and you can see how we produce the cards here. Thanks.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: No photos yet, but it looks like the Brewers will be giving away a mini bullpen cart at some pont this season (from John Okray). … Just in time for Hanukkah: a baseball-themed menorah (from BSmile).

NFL/CFL NewsLast Sunday’s blizzard in Buffalo combined with the Colts’ all-white unis is giving coaches problems when watching film (from Phil). … Lots of uni oddities on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, including some Eagles players in throwback unis (from Ignacio). … The Broncos will be wearing their Color Rash uniforms and throwback helmet logos tomorrow night, but players on the practice squad are wearing the standard helmet logos (from Michael Starbuck). … The Colts now have a uniform history page on their website (from Phil). … Which Cowboys uniform combination is your favorite? Vote here (also from Phil). … There are some uni-related tidbits in this listicle on 150 reasons to love the CFL (from Miles Filbert). … A fan is suing the Saints over the team’s national anthem protests.

College Football NewsIowa State has added the Liberty Bowl patch to its uniforms (from Sean Jankowski‏). … Reader and Florida State fan Dave Show is not a fan of the Seminoles’ new logo and uniforms, so much so that he made a whole video about it.

Hockey NewsMonday was the 35th anniversary of the first all-Cooperalls game between the Flyers and Whalers (from Benjamin Hochman‏). … Fox Sports Ohio used an old photo of Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg yesterday (from Anthony Yutzy). … Russ Levine spotted a center ice hexagon, instead of the standard circle, in a Champions Hockey League game between HC Kometa Brno and JYP Jyväskylä. … The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League will wear Christmas sweater uniforms for their teddy bear toss game on Saturday (from Al Jones). … This is a good uni history of the various minor league teams from Indianapolis (from Mark Grainda). … The club team at the University of Vermont wants to use the athletic department’s logo but is prevented from doing so because that logo can only be used by varsity sports (from @VulpineVanguard).

NBA News: Not only are NBA teams selling ads on their jerseys, but some teams are now selling new ads on their virtual jerseys in NBA 2K18. Per ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the Cavs unis in the game will now feature a Hot Pockets ad (from Jim Brunetti‏). … The Cavs have posted a uni schedule on their website (from Tom Valentino). … According to the Hornets’ equipment managers, the team will wear the white version of their pinstriped throwbacks for some games during the 2018-2019 season (from Phil). … The Lakers wore gold at Madison Square Garden for perhaps the first time ever last night (from Kenny Kaplan). … 17 NBA organizations will be fielding affiliated eSports teams, and they all unveiled team names and logos yesterday (from Jason Hillyer). … Here’s a good Q&A with Steph Curry about his polarizing shoe line (from Brinke). … The Hawks still haven’t unveiled their throwback for this season, but it’s apparently available for sale in Europe.

Soccer News: It appears the Philadelphia Union will be using a lighter shade of gold in its crest moving forward (from Ian D.). … Louisville City FC of the USL has unveiled a new third kit (from Josh Hinton). … A number of soccer clubs from around the world have stolen — or at least were inspired by — crests from other teams (also from Josh Hinton).

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By the time most of you read this, I’ll be in the car and heading up to Connecticut for some ESPN meetings. Back late. Play nice while I’m away, yes? Yes!

Auction Action

Photo courtesy of Sonya Abrego; click to enlarge

As you may have noticed in our left-hand ad sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog auction, so it’s time for another edition of “Auction Action.” But this one is different, because the catalog features a very special item that I’ve known about for several months now — the 1905 Princeton football gamer shown above.

This jersey — along with some very unusual pants, which I’ll get to in a minute — is being sold by my friends Sonya and Tony Abrego. They’re fashion historians and are very active in the vintage clothing world, where they buy and sell a lot of goods. In addition, Sonya has a Ph.D. in Design History, Decorative Arts, and Material Culture. She teaches at Pratt Institute and the Parsons School of Design, where I’ve twice been a guest speaker at her Fashion and Masculinity class.

As Tony and Sonya poke around in search of vintage clothing, they sometimes come across old uniform finds. Back in April, for example, Tony found this old New York Golden Gloves warm-up top (note the zippered sleeves, to allow for the boxer’s gloves). About three months ago they were at the Brimfield Antique Show, a huge multi-day event that takes place three times a year in Massachusetts, and Tony spotted the old Princeton uniform being sold by a new vendor who was mostly selling furniture and blankets. He immediately knew it was historically important, and probably worth a lot more than the vendor was asking for it. He and Sonya would rather not disclose what they paid, but let’s just say they got a steal. (Not ten bucks or anything crazy like that, but still a lot less than what the jersey is worth.)

When they brought the uniform home, Sonya showed me photos of it and asked me what I thought. I immediately recognized it as a Princeton jersey — that was obvious from the “P” and the sleeve stripes. I had seen old photos of jerseys with sewn-in padding, but I had never seen one in the present day. You can see the front view in the photo at the top of this page, and here’s the rear view:

I wasn’t sure of the exact year, but I figured it was likely from around the turn of the century. Sonya knew the key to determining the exact date was the Spalding label on the jersey, because the Spalding logo evolved over time:

That tagging helped Sonya determine that the jersey was from 1905. As you can see, the label also includes a handwritten name — “Tooker.” Sonya did some more research and found that the jersey had been worn by a player named Norman Tooker. He’s listed as a 1905 All-American selection, and she even found a photo of him — he’s No. 17 in this 1906 shot (click to enlarge):

Sonya later learned that Tooker got into sports medicine and ended up teaching at Princeton later in his life. He died in 1967.

Here’s an illustration, copyrighted 1906, of this uniform, or something very close to it, in action (click to enlarge):

The uniform also includes some pants or leggings, complete with pajama-like feet. Check it out:

I’d never seen anything like that before. I figured it was a base layer.

The pants also include a beautiful label from the local sporting goods shop that sold the uniform to Princeton — Alex Taylor & Co. of New York City:

Sonya and Tony wanted to sell the uniform and asked if I could offer any advice. I steered them toward a few reputable auction house contacts I have, including Michael Russek at Grey Flannel. They eventually decided to go with him, in part because Grey Flannel had sold another early Princeton jersey for nearly $70,000 back in 2010.

There’s no guarantee that Sonya and Tony’s uniform will sell for that much, of course, but we’ll see. The auction runs through Dec. 20. If you want to see more information or place a bid, you can do that here.

Meanwhile, here are some other noteworthy items from the auction catalog:

• This is pretty cool: a complete run of Yankees World Series tickets, from 1921 through the present.

• This 1976 A’s jersey, worn by Bill North, includes the team’s bicentennial sleeve patch.

• Speaking of sleeve patches you may have forgotten about, here’s a 1984 Orel Hersheiser Dodgers jersey with the 1984 Dodger Stadium Olympic Baseball patch.

• Can never get enough of the Astros’ old shooting-star jerseys.

• One more MLB patch: I’ve always thought that the Pirates’ Pittsburgh 250th-anniversary patch from 2008 was a bit underwhelming. So much blank space, no pizzazz.

• We all know that the Reds and sometimes the Pirates used really big NOB lettering back in the day. But check out this 1963 Milwaukee Braves jersey — huge lettering!

• I think this one may have come up in a previous edition of Auction Action, but once more won’t hurt: Here’s the uniform worn by Ken Griffey Jr. for the Reds’ “Father-Son Day” promotion in 1974, when Junior was only four years old!

• Oh baby, check out this amazing Team USA baseball uniform from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Spectacular!

• Speaking of the ’36 Olympics, here’s an American uniform from the opening ceremonies.

• Love this Brooklyn Royal Giants cardigan sweater from the Negro Leagues.

• Speaking of cardigans, this 1960s Maple Leafs sweater is another keeper.

• Here’s an assortment of flannel jerseys — Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, Cardinals, and Braves — that were worn in the movie 42. (As an aside, here’s an ESPN piece I did back in 2013 on the making of the uniforms in that movie.)

• I’m not a huge soccer fan, but I absolutely love this 1977 New York Cosmos Pele jersey.

• Look at the beaded trim on the collar and armholes on this 1956-57 St. Louis Hawks jersey. Very subtle! Really nice.

• By now most of you probably know that I love old basketball warm-up tops like this late-1960s Cincinnati Royals beauty. Love everything about it, from the vertically arched chest lettering to the UCLA stripes.

• Two unusual things about the NOB on this 1988-89 Sacramento Kings: The NOB is below the number, and the Kings used nameplates instead of direct-sewn lettering.

• You don’t often see game-used XFL jerseys, but here’s one from the Memphis Maniax.

Want to see more? You can browse the complete auction listings here.

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A simple question: When an NFL team wears its throwbacks, as the Dolphins did for last night’s game against the Patriots (lots of additional photos here and here; note that they also updated their nose bumpers), there’s usually a chorus of voices saying, “They should wear these full-time!” and “Why did they ever move away from these?”

But that chorus of voices was particularly loud last night. I received a mountain of emails and tweets from people who wished the Dolphins would go back to their original look. (And I agree with them, of course.)

All of which brings up a question: Is there anyone out there — anyone at all — who prefers Miami’s current uniform set? If that’s you, don’t be shy. Speak up and tell us why in today’s comments. It would be interesting to hear from you.

For those who prefer the throwbacks, I ask that you please hold off from commenting. We already know that the throwbacks are popular. Let’s hear from the other side, if there is one. Thanks.

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Dot-dot-dot: The Steelers posted an interview with coach Mike Tomlin the other day, and it includes some very interesting info about the team’s green dot protocol, especially in the wake of linebacker Ryan Shazier’s injury:

Q: About the green dots on the helmets that designate the defensive players as being able to get communications from the sideline. I understand that only one guy can be getting calls from the sideline at a time, but because of in-game injuries or sub-package football, how many different guys have helmets with a receiver in them?

A: By rule, we can have three guys, because the NFL acknowledges that a second-level defender wearing the green dot, whoever he may be, is not an all-situations player. Sometimes you may have a guy who stands in front of your huddle on first and second downs, and he’s a Vince Williams-type, and on third down you might have an oversized safety standing in front of your defense. We’ve never had those issues because of Ryan Shazier. He’s an all-situations player. He wore the green dot. He was on the field at all times. As we adjust to his circumstances, he’s out, it requires us to rely on the rule a little more, and we have more flexibility there. You’ll see Vince Williams with the green dot on first and second downs. You’ll see L.J. Fort with the green dot in some passing situations, because it’s going to be more than one man replacing Ryan Shazier and his impact on the game.

Q: Would they have to change helmets?

A: No. They just can’t be on the field on defense at the same time. They can both be on the field on special teams at the same time, so if they’re covering a kick, for example, Vince Williams and Fort can both cover a kick at the same time, but they can’t both be on the field for defense at the same time if they both have a green dot on their helmets. If both guys happened to be on the field on defense at the same time, one of the guys would have to have an alternate helmet – that would be Fort, because you don’t want to inconvenience Vince. But that’s a non-issue. It’s just two helmets on the sideline being handled by the equipment people. It’s not the logistical thing maybe I just made it seem to be.

Q: Have you ever had, or considered having, a defensive back wear the green dot?

A: No. Nobody wants to take instructions from a little man in a huddle. Let’s be honest. Football is a big man’s job. We’re not going to stand Will Gay in front of Tuitt and them and tell him to tell the group to shut up because he’s going to deliver the information. That’s just the reality of it. That’s another element of football play that people ask about that I laugh when I get that question. Big guys don’t like to take instructions from little people.

Great info. Now, I can already hear some of you saying that the swapping of green-dot helmets must violate the one-shell rule, but remember, the rule is not designed to eliminate multiple helmets; it is designed to minimize multiple helmets.

(My thanks to reader Jerry Wolper for letting me know about this one.)

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Got a few collectible banks for you this week. First up is this nice-looking Buffalo Sabres hockey puck bank. Standing five inches tall, this is without any type of advertising logo, so perhaps it was a retail item, not a giveaway. Sabres logo on one side, and the NHL logo on the other.

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• Here’s a 1970s A’s mini-helmet bank, still in the bag.

• Here’s another baseball bank, this one is from Louisville Slugger, with bats from all the 1960s National League teams.

• A rare 1970s shot of Reggie Jackson wearing Adidas! Reg was always a Puma guy as far as I remember.

• These glossy NFL medallions were quite cool around 1972-1974 or so. They were available for all teams — I still have mine for the Cowboys and Bengals. Here’s a Vikings medallion in perfect shape. They come with a little adhesive strip on the back for mounting. As I recall, once you stuck ’em up, they were hard to pry off!

• This Vikings poncho goes back to the 1970s, a promo giveaway from Northwestern National Bank. I would think it snowed more at the Met than it rained, right?

• We’ll file this 1970s photo of Bob Griese on the bench under “Had a bad game,” or perhaps he was out due to injury?

• Check out the helmets on this late-1970s NFL zip-top supply bag. NFC on one side, AFC on the other.

• This Maxwell House promo thermal cup for the 1970s-era Houston Astros is in good condition given its age “No cracks or chips,” says the seller.

• Fairly plain look to this 1970s Philadelphia Eagles jersey made by Sand-Knit.

• Going back to 1972 for this slick-looking Atlanta Falcons poster by George Bartell.

• And we wrap up with one from Paul: a 1975 MLB All-Star Game uniform bag featuring the Brewers’ Barrel Man mascot.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball NewsGiancarlo Stanton will wear his familiar No. 27 for the Yankees. Coincidentally, Stanton’s high school coach, Tom Dill, has had a No. 27 Yankees jersey hanging in his office for years. Dill also coached former OF Chris Dickerson, who once wore No. 27 for the Yankees (from Brinke). … Speaking of the Bronx Bombers, Esquire has a good piece on how the Yankees cap revolutionized modern fashion (from Tommy Turner and Jason Hillyer). … Giants fans were outraged when it was reported that pitcher Matt Moore would wear Tim Lincecum’s No. 55 next season, but those reports turned out to be false (also from Brinke). … The Tampa Yankees are changing their name to the Tampa Tarpons, which has already led to an avalanche of tampon-related jokes on social media. They’ll unveil their new uniforms in January.

NFL NewsIn addition to the Dolphins’ throwbacks last night, the field was dressed up too, with a throwback midfield logo and classic argyle end zones. Finally, Miami’s social media team tagged all its photos from last night with a classic wordmark (from @QuintenHLVB and Robert Hayes). … In that same game, Patriots WR Bernard Reedy had his TV numbers overlap onto his shoulder stripe (from Michael Daley). … The backdrops of the Colts’ and Broncos’ websites indicate both teams will participate in Color Rash on Thursday (from Andrew Walker and Zeke Perez Jr.). … Packers LB Clay Matthews wore his father’s Browns jersey after Green Bay’s win over Cleveland on Sunday (from Ignacio). … Speaking of the Brownies, Cleo Macin spotted a Browns player (No. 20) wearing a wedding band following the 1949 AAFC Championship Game. “This isn’t game action, but based on the soiled unis, this has to be immediately after the game.” … We’ve seen this before, but it’s worth mentioning again: In 1990, the Falcons dropped one set of TV numbers for their 25th anniversary patch (from Russell Goutierez). … Vote for the best uni matchup of week 14 here (from Uni Watch Facebook Page).

College Football News: LSU has added the Citrus Bowl patch to its uniforms (from Phil). … Here’s a good breakdown of Auburn University’s marching band uniforms (from Clint Richardson).

Hockey NewsNHL writer Kevin Woodley gives out an unofficial Bunny Larocque award each year to the best back-up goalie. Now, the award has an actual trophy (from @GKG_77). … The British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association is requiring all its players to wear full-face protection starting next season (from Wade Heidt). … The Chicago Wolves of the AHL will wear jerseys honoring first responders on Jan. 20 and 21 (from Jonathon Cain). … The Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League wore special unis for their teddy bear toss game over the weekend (from Bruce Brodersen). … The Cleveland Monsters of the AHL will wear Captain America uniforms on Dec. 30 (from David Uhrin). … Markus Kamp was watching Soul on Ice, a documentary about African-American and African-Canadian hockey players. One section of the film focuses on a program that aims to make hockey accessible for inner-city youth, and features some sweat Rangers-inspired Harlem sweaters.

Basketball NewsIt was previously reported that the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars would keep their team name when they moved to Las Vegas next season. However, the league announced yesterday the team would change its nickname to the Aces (from @loneranger158 and @TheSkyShowCHI). … Check out these commemorative soda cans from the University of North Carolina’s 1982 National Championship (from James Gilbert). … Correction from Sunday: Middletown (Ohio) High School wore throwbacks in their final game at Wade E. Miller Gym on Friday, not Saturday. Incidentally, Middletown’s new gym has a pretty wild court (from Brian Henke). … Shortridge (Indiana) High School’s nickname is the Blue Devils, but they often used “Satans” on their uniforms in the 1970s (from @iufbcommenter‏).

Soccer News: Nike is set to introduce a line of keeper’s gloves that don’t include any straps or velcro (also from Josh Hinton). … Whoops. Sheffield United of the Championship spelled its own name wrong on its team calendar (from Josh Hinton). … The newest team in the United Premier Soccer League is Nebraska Bugeaters FC, who unveiled their new badge today. More info here (from Jonathan Collura).

Grab BagLots of speedskaters will be wearing blue uniforms during the Olympics this year. Why? Because blue suits “skate faster” (from Phil). … Tasman’s Rugby Union has clarified that the plural of its team name is “Mako,” not “Makos” (from Camryn Brown). …  Cincinnati high schools Mother of Mercy and McAuley will combine next school year and be known as the Mercy McAuley Wolves (from K.C. Kless). … Do you miss United Airlines’ old tulip logo? You’re not alone (from Edward Hahn).

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Happy Hanukkah to all who are observing tonight. And tasty latkes, too!