Whatever else you may think of football, it’s got one major advantage over every other American sport: No matter what the weather is, the game goes on. That point was driven home nicely two nights ago, when Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio played in a mild monsoon that turned the field into a quagmire. The result: a classic mudder (now, as always, the best argument against artificial turf).
As it happens, reader Tom Konecny was at the game. Here’s his report:
I’ve attended a lot of sporting events all over the country in my life, and this was pretty bad (the pix don’t do it justice). Punishing winds and horizontal rain. The cheerleaders were wearing those “track suit”-type nylon outfits, and on one of the smaller women it was inflating like a balloon and throwing her around. Thankfully, we had a gigantic golf umbrella and were bundled well.
This got me thinking: What happens if the uni numbers become illegible due to mud, and how do the officials handle the problem? Is there anything in the rulebooks (in any sport) on how to handle this?
Good question. I’m not aware of any such provision. Anyone..?
Speaking of mudders: This sensational book, which features dynamite photos from the late 1950s and illustrations from the NFL’s early days (highly recommended — see link at right), features an entire section devoted to mud, as you can see here, here, and here (also note the amazing facemask at far right).
You probably love mudders too — everybody does (well, maybe except equipment managers, laundry attendants, and groundskeepers). And therein lies a paradox: If we love uniforms, why do we also love seeing them get mucked up? This, dear reader, is a question that each of us will have to answer for him- or herself.
Shop(ping) Assistants Wanted: Webmaster Johnny Ek and I want to set up a Uni Watch-themed Amazon store, which basically means we’re trying to compile a list of items sold by Amazon that would appeal to Uni Watch readers — books, DVDs, sportswear (see obvious example at right), whatever. Amazon sells pretty much everything imaginable these days, so the possibilities are almost limitless.
And who better to know what would appeal to Uni Watch readers than other Uni Watch readers? That’s where you come in: If you’ve got Amazon-available items that you’d like to recommend, please send a note to amazonlist at earthlink dot net (note that this is not the usual Uni Watch address). If possible, please provide Amazon’s URLs for the items in question — or, better yet, just give me the items’ ASINs or ISBNs, which are listed in the “Product Details” section of every Amazon listing.
Ideally, we’ll end up with a wide-ranging inventory of cool stuff, all of it recommended either by me or by you — just in time for holiday shopping. And yes, Nike products are fine. But I reserve the right not to list anything purple.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Bit of a retired number controversy at Marquette (with thanks to Adam Kirby). … More collar news, courtesy of Antti Salmi (who reads Uni Watch in Finland!): “Many European hockey teams used to have pointed collars. Currently in Finnish league, only TPS Turku and Karpat Oulu have them. In the old days, jerseys were made by Finnish companies Koho and Tackla. I can’t say much about other European leagues, because obtaining photo reference is quite time-consuming [Tell me about it. — PL]. In Finnish rules baseball — or Pespallo, as we call it in Finnish, pointed collars are standard.” … Not sure how we’ve managed not to discuss this all week long, but Fresno State, whose helmets normally look like this, went with blank helmets for last Saturday’s game against New Mexico State. Full details here (with thanks to Kent Meckling). … Good article here about the NBA’s new uni guidelines, and the players’ reaction to them. … Amusing blog entry here about why the A’s logo has an apostrophe (with thanks to RJ Charles). … Wondering how Ohio State awards its merit decals? Look here, here, here, and here. (With thanks to OSU mega-fan Chad Klenk.) … Let’s all root for this guy. … In case you’ve missed it in the Comments section, there’s been some discussion of the bottom of DeAngelo Williams’s shoes, which are very shiny. For an explanation, look here. … Frank Mercogliano notes that Maine hoops players wear an America East logo patch on their rear jerseys — except for the team’s freshmen, whose jerseys are patch-free. … Excellent page tracking the evolution of the Iowa State logo, all the way back to the 1800s, here (recommended by Josh Yetmar). … Neil Shaffer notes that MLB.com recently included the following uni-related tidbit: ” ‘[MLB’s vice president of on-field operations] Bob Watson gave the on-field operations report. He talked about the pace of the game, and we went through some of the uniform guidelines,’ said Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations. ‘[The changes are] pretty small: additional language on baggy shirts and pants was added so that there can now be a determination as to whether it is giving a player a competitive advantage, in addition to making it more difficult for an umpire to make a call.'” … Even if you don’t agree with the use of “major” in this news bulletin, it’s still bad news. … Good range of old uniforms shown in this gallery of Harvard/Yale programs (with apologies to the person who sent me the link — I appear to have misplaced your name). … Tom Konecny has nominated Uni Watch for the Weblog Awards. Further details when the voting begins next month.