Picking on the Pro Bowl is almost too easy, but here’s something that’s been bugging me: Why do they keep putting the term “All-Star” on the jerseys? In past years it’s been on the front, and this year it was on the back, but I always find it confusing. Like, they’re not all-stars — they’re all-pros, right? And just what is the difference between an all-star and an all-pro? And if they’re all-stars, why isn’t the game called the NFL All-Star Game? Shouldn’t the name “Pro Bowl” be reserved for the Pro Bowlers Tour or something?
Such metaphysical imponderables notwithstanding, this year’s game was the usual aesthetic train wreck. Whose bright idea was it to put all that blue detailing on the AFC jersey? Or the red detailing in the NFC design? And why do they insist on using those embarrassing star patterns? And why do they keep putting the Pro Bowl logo just above each player’s butt crack each year? And did anyone honestly believe that the Vikings/Cardinals-style pants template was the best option available? And why did they have the AFC wear red socks with red pants? And, and, and …
Okay, enough. A few specific observations from Saturday’s game:
• The two Broncos players in the game — John Lynch and Champ Bailey — asked the league if they could all wear No. 27 in honor of the late Darrent Williams, but the league said no. They wore “27” helmet decals instead.
• Several AFC players wore red shoelaces.
And if any of you actually watched the game, I don’t even wanna know. Just pretend you were doing something more constructive, like taking a nap.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Suns wore a jersey patch a lots of little Latin American flags last night, in honor of Fiesta Day. … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: Nice article here about the Milwaukee shop that stitches the names and numbers on the Brewers’ uniforms (among lots of other uni-related tasks). … Ben Schon notes that the Blazers’ warmup jackets look like red sports bras. … The Sharks wore special Valentine’s Day practice jerseys the other day, similar to the Halloween practice jerseys they wore a few months back (with thanks to Ron Lagman). … Speaking of Valentine’s Day, the Hornets will be wearing red uniforms on Wednesday, and so will the Sixers (more details here). … Washington State unveiled a new set of alternate jerseys the other day, with a “Cougars” insignia, instead of the usual “Washington State” (thanks to Garrett Riddle). … We’ve all seen mesh football jerseys before. But Bill Gornall found a real doozy — check out this shot of Archie Griffin. … Many college hoops coaches wore sneakers on Saturday, as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer promotion. … Reprinted from Saturday’s comments: The Gwinnett Gladiators — an ECHL team — will be wearing “Tribute to Atlanta Traffic” uniforms (front, back) on February 24th. No word on whether other teams will celebrate their cities’ urban ills (can’t wait for “Salute to Trigger-Happy Cops Night” here in NYC). … Echh. … Josh Britton reports that LSU’s baseball team is going with the ice cream man-style cap this season. … Apologies for not asking this sooner, but what’s the deal with Jaromir Jagr’s tucked-in jersey? … Seems odd that the NFL online store would have a model wearing an Under Armour undershirt, no? (Great catch by Bill Pintsak.) … Decent article on corporate logo design here (as spotted by Matthew Hackethal). … Logo Creep Alert from Kevin Gee, who spotted this massive Majestic mark on this year’s Baylor baseball cap. … This year’s World Series logo will apparently look like this (courtesy of Gordie Fall). … Great find by Ian Borkowski, who writes: “I was going through some stuff to put on eBay, and I came across a 1978/79 Cincinnati Stingers (WHA) pocket schedule with info on a neat promotion they were running. It was called ‘The Year of the Uniform’ and during six home games they were going to give away items to make up a ‘uniform’ for young fans.” … We’ve talked before about MLB players wearing windbreakers under their jerseys, but I’d never seen anyone wearing a white windbreaker until I stumbled upon this photo last night.