It was no surprise that those Bills throwbacks looked awesome yesterday (you can bask a bit more in their magnificence here, here, here, and here). But it was surprising, at least to me, that the throwback helmets were completely blank in the back — no NFL logo, no American flag, not even the usual warning decal. The rear helmet view was so plain that the molded lower contour on the Riddell Revolution helmets — a contour that I’d frankly never noticed before — suddenly appeared much more prominent.
After a bit of photo research, it turns out that the Bills’ throwback helmets were blank last season as well. Not only that, but the Chargers’ throwback helmets are blank on the back side too, all of which is very odd, since the throwback jerseys still have Reebok sleeve logos, the NFL Equipment collar logo, etc. How did the helmets earn a logo creep exemption?
Other NFL notes from yesterday:
• Byron Leftwich had the two-towel thing going on.
• More hosiery shenanigans from Clinton Portis: Look closely and you’ll see that he was wearing burgundy leggings over white shin pads and no socks (here’s another view).
• As if the Vikings didn’t have enough problems: purple gloves.
• Here’s something I’ve been meaning to investigate: There are always all sorts of people on the sidelines wearing garish vests — the guy with the red X, the guy with the orange K, and so on. Does anyone know which vest symbols match up with which specific duties?
Uni Watch News Ticker: In what is no doubt an NHL first, the Rangers and Panthers wore Puerto Rican flag patches for their exhibition game on Saturday, which was played in San Juan. … Latest Japanese baseball observation from Jeremy Brahm: Check out the bizarre glove worn by Osamu Hamanaka. … “Here’s the worst prep uni ever,” says Uni Watch Nebraska bureau chief Bryan Redemske. “It’s from St. Cecilia High School in Hastings, Nebraska. I challenge you to find a worse one.” … LSU, which usually wears white at home (and also on the road, natch), broke out the rarely seen purple jerseys for Saturday’s game against Tulane. … My latest eBay score: this super-cool 1928 uniform ad (better pics to follow when I actually receive the item). … Unfortunate news out of Toronto, where Brian Tallet’s totally bitchin’ stirrups are already a quickly fading memory. He was pajama-pantsed during yesterday’s game, and Mike Priest took a truly disturbing photo of him in the bullpen. Didn’t realize MLB was now offering boot-cut pants. … Latest Nike brainstorm: Outfitting the English rugby team in longjohns. Full details here. … And Nike also appears to be taking their mismatched-sleeve program to new extremes (with thanks to Seth Harris). … To give credit where it’s due: Jonathan Carone notes that Nike has actually improved the look of D-IAA Liberty, which has gone from this and this to this and this. “We no longer look like an Arena League team!” he says. … Classy move yesterday by the Nationals, who all wore their pants hiked up high in honor of teammate Nick Johnson, who broke his leg on Saturday. … The Padres ran their annual “Shirts Off Their Backs” charity promotion yesterday, marked by a special Swinging Friar right-sleeve patch. … If you didn’t check the site over the weekend, be sure to scroll down to webmaster John Ekdahl‘s Ryder Cup coverage — great stuff.