Question: How great are Uni Watch readers? Answer: Pretty damn great. Last week I put out the call for screen-grabs of Charlie Bell’s Wednesday-night wardrobe malfunction, and reader H. Beezy came through with several excellent shots. As you may recall, when posting those pics on Friday, I lamented that we still didn’t have a shot of Terry Glenn’s Ohio State buckeye helmet decal from the October 23rd Cowboys/Giants game. I was particularly interested in that incident because I hadn’t seen the game myself — I only knew about Glenn’s decal because several dozen readers had e-mailed me about it.
As it turns out, there’s an inside Cowboys source who’s a Uni Watch reader. I didn’t realize this until the person in question, who prefers to remain anonymous, e-mailed this photo to me on Friday afternoon (here’s a larger version, and a huge version), with Glenn’s buckeye decal clearly evident in all its contraband glory. I don’t know if Glenn was fined for this, but he hasn’t worn the buckeye in subsequent games.
Take a close look, incidentally, and you can see the Dymo Tape name label on the back of Glenn’s helmet, a Cowboys visual signature that dates all the way back to the 1960s. Look for further details on that classically inconspicuous detail — with help from our new friend in Dallas — in an upcoming blog segment.
Research Request: If you have TiVo or some other DVR, will be home on Tuesday night, and are willing to help out on a research project, please get in touch. Thanks. … Update, 1:20pm: Okay, I’ve got enough volunteers now. Thanks to all who’ve checked in to offer their services.
Uni Watch News Ticker: MLB still hasn’t unveiled its new batting practice jersey template. But last week I passed along news from an inside Mets source who said the new design was similar to what was used during the home run derby, with a two-button collar and “a thick black ‘stripe’ from the armpit down, like NFL jerseys. … Judging by the sneak peek available here, that information was, unfortunately, accurate. … The New York City Marathon was yesterday, and the New York Times ran this graphic to help identify the top runners. Nice enough — until you take a closer look and see the utterly gratuitous logo creep. Pfeh. … Baseball historian and archivist David Eskenazi, who specializes in photos from the Pacific northwest (I showcased some pics from his amazing collection a few months back), got in touch the other day. “The long-defunct Vernon Tigers of the Pacific Coast League had some nifty uniforms in the late teens and early 1920s,” he writes. “I’ve attached some scans, just for fun.” … Good interview here with uniform designer and longtime Uni Watch supporter Todd Radom. … Friday’s post regarding retired uniform numbers for people who never wore a uniform drew lots of good response in the Comments section. In addition to the examples I cited (if you missed them, look here), there are the Seahawks, who’ve retired No. 12 for their fans, the “12th man” (which, as Vincent Vincenzo points out, prompted a lawsuit from Texas A&M); the Pistons (No. 2, for Chuck Daly’s two championships); the Indians (No. 455, the number of consecutive sellouts at Jacobs Field); the Nuggets (No. 432, the number of victories compiled by former coach Doug Moe); the Pacers (No. 529, the number of victories coached by Slick Leonard); and the Suns (No. 832, the number of victories coached by Cotton Fitzsimmons). In addition, Marquette has retired No. 11 for the Apollo 11 crew, No. 38 for the 38 years of service by team trainer Robert Weingart, and No. 77 for former coach Al McGuire’s 1977 championship. Thanks to all who contributed, and no thanks to the teams who came up with these utterly pointless retired numbers. … Some interesting tidbits about football uniforms, along with lots of info you already knew, here (with thanks to Sean Janssen for the link). … Lacrosse rant from Al Stone, who writes: “As an outdoor lacrosse player, my pet peeve is the disparity between the pure outdoor game’s goalies and the bastardized indoor game’s refrigerators with sticks. Honestly, what do you think takes more skill — this or this? I might be alone on this, but I think it’s nuts to call both styles ‘lacrosse goalies.’ ” … Eric Stangel has spotted two interesting pieces of game-used memorabilia: The first is a Mariano Rivera cap, whose underbill is inscribed with “Dios te bendiga” (“God blesses you”). The other is a bat that Andruw Jones used to address the ball — literally. (Full details on that one are available in this discussion thread.) … Minnesota-Duluth’s hockey team celebrated the 40th anniversary of their arena on Saturday by wearing 1966 throwback unis, which featured some pretty sensational sock striping (thanks to Justin Dols and Karl Anderson). … More volleyball tourney observations from Jeremy Brahm: Germany has umlauts and a wristwatch, plus a player whose surname begins with “Ss”; the Dominicans use the same uni number font as the Anaheim Angels; what can brown do for your collar?; Chinese Taipei’s nameplate format is surname followed by initials; interesting mix of upper- and lowercase lettering on Japan’s nameplates; surprisingly ornate uni number typography for the American team; and more religiously modest garb for the Egyptian women. … Josh Huffines notes that the minor league Seattle Thunderbirds’ alternate jersey is pretty rad, plus it features one of the rare jersey logo characters that’s depicted neither head-on nor in profile. … Shannon Briggs wore some seriously awful trunks on Saturday night. … War on Purple battle report from Jonathan Carone, whose school, Liberty, played purple-clad Western Carolina on Saturday: ” I made a sign that said, ‘You Wear Purple’ and got our mascot to walk around the field with it. He was messing with the WCU trainers and even went up to the fans and showed them the sign and everything. It was pretty entertaining.” … In case you missed it in yesterday’s Comments section: Cedric Benson had some decal issues during yesterday’s Bears/Dolphins game (with thanks to Clint Fransen for the screen shot). … Douglas Adams notes that the “c” in Chris McAlister’s nameplate looks like this, while teammate Steve McNair’s nameplate looks like this. … From last night’s Comments section: Shield your eyes.