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Very uni-unusual day in college football on Saturday, with all sorts of anomalies running rampant on the gridiron. Let’s start with Notre Dame’s 1977 throwbacks. Personally, I prefer this green-and-gold combo better than the one they wore on Saturday. But oh, those sock stripes — you know I loved those, although it was distressing to see how many players left their socks at ankle-level.

A sampling of other uni observations from Saturday:

• Oregon went solid white, which looked kinda chalky. Better than their usual visual carnival, natch, but the green helmet was the one really good component of this uniform — here’s hoping they go back to it next week.

• Oklahoma State wore solid orange, although it’s a shame Nike didn’t give them an orange helmet to complete the effect.

• Pitt wore solid navy.

• West Virginia wore gold tops with blue trim, which reminded lots of readers of Cal but reminded me of this.

• Florida wore a memorial decal for walk-on defensive back Michael Guilford, who died in a motorcycle accident last week (and whose nickname was Sunshine).

• Florida State wore a red “BV” helmet decal in honor of team videographer and cancer victim Billy Vasini, who’s currently in hospice care.

• No photo, but Vince says Michigan State’s Peter Clifford “pulled an L.T. and wasn’t wearing an American flag decal on his helmet” (a handy coincidence, since the Chargers had a bye this week, so we all might’ve gone through missing-decal withdrawal if not for Clifford).

Graham McCulloch says that Michigan’s Mario Manningham’s surname was direct-sewn onto his jersey, instead of being on separate nameplate. I couldn’t find a good rear-view shot of Manningham, although this photo suggests that the lettering may indeed have been direct-sewn. If so, it would mark a change from how Manningham’s name has been applied in the past.

• Tracy McGrady was made an Houston Cougars honorary captain (with thanks to Seth Harris).

Things were a bit more sedate in the NFL, unless you count Julian Peterson’s neon-snot footwear, which will hopefully draw a hefty fine.

Intern Update: In case you missed it last week, Vince will soon be moving on to greener pastures, so I’m in the market for a new intern. For further details, scroll down to the “Help Wanted” section of last Wednesday’s post.

For those of you who’ve already applied, hang tight. I can’t acknowledge everyone, but I’ll be getting in touch with a handful of finalists soon. And my sincere thanks to all applicants — it’s humbling to see how many people want to work on Uni Watch.

Uni Watch News Ticker: Iowa State’s official logo specs and identity standards are available for viewing in this PDF file (with thanks to Brian Castile). ”¦ Andrew Flynn was recently at the Packers Hall of Fame, where he snapped a shot of the team’s 1962 yearbook cover. Obviously, they tinted those facemasks in the photo (colored facemasks didn’t debut until over a decade later, with the 1974 Chargers), although it’s hard to fathom why they would’ve done that. ”¦ Always good to start ’em young (good find by Jay Kuperstein). ”¦ Mike Orr noticed a bunch of interesting South Carolina high school football quirks over the weekend: (1) Chester High uses some really big-ass rear helmet numbers. (2) One of the Chester players has a helmet number that doesn’t match his jersey. (3) Lugoff-Elgin uses the biggest TV numbers I’ve ever seen. (4) The Lugoff-Elgin QB is apparently a Sean Taylor fan. ”¦ Victory Pennants prexy Morris Levin just scored this excellent postcard showing the Phillies’ uniform history (here’s the other side). Interestingly, the player images on the front of card are also used on the Phils’ web site. ”¦ If Curt Schilling’s gonna insist on wearing a Cool Base jersey, could he at least stop saluting the crowd, so we wouldn’t have to look at that stupid underarm mesh insert? ”¦ Good article here on the NFL’s latest uniform cop. ”¦ Dave Madison says Kevin Youkilis had the Majestic wordmark — instead of just the Majestic logo — on the left sleeve of his road jersey during Games 4 and 5 of the ALCS, suggesting that he might have been wearing a replica jersey. I don’t see any wordmark here, here, here, or here, but it does look like he might have had a wordmark under the logo here. I’m trying to get that photo enlarged so we can get a better look. ”¦ I reported lat week that Wisconsin would be wearing this throwback outfit on December 3rd, but the auction for the unis is already underway (with thanks to Nicole Haase). ”¦ Mark Coale reports that the Hershey Bears wore 70th-anniversary sweaters on Saturday. A nice idea, except the crest looked like a glorified sleeve patch. ”¦ Reprinted from Sunday’s comments: Adalius Thomas has been wearing one red glove and one blue. Additional views here and here. ”¦ I don’t care how many field goals you kick — this is still a really bad look. ”¦ The Devil Rays’ uni-unveiling event is gonna be a real, um, barn-burner (as noted by Morris Levin). ”¦ Dave Eskenazi, who’s contributed many Pacific northwestern baseball pics in the past, has now provided some gorgeous old hockey photos from that same region, as seen in these shots of the Portland Rosebuds, Seattle Metropolitans, Victoria Aristocrats, and Vancouver Millionaires. That’s Lester Patrick — “Yes, that Lester Patrick,” as Eskinazi puts it — here. ”¦ The Saskatchewan Roughriders wore throwbacks yesterday (with thanks to Garry Sum). ”¦ Two weeks ago I reported that the Wisconsin women’s hockey team was using this design. What I hadn’t noticed in that photo — but what Andy Seeger has now pointed out — is that the “C” and “A” designations are stacked under the uni numbers, which looks awful-and-a-half. ”¦ Matthew Lepke notes that Bryce Salvador is wearing Blues-branded boot protectors. ”¦ Reprinted from last night’s comments: The Broncos’ socks are supposed to have just a thin band of orange between the navy and white areas, but Brandon Marshall apparently wore navy leggings and white sanitaries with orange tape in between (additional pics here, here, and here, and the tape he uses is probably something like this). ”¦ And we conclude with a nice little video report on USC’s equipment staff (as provided by Ryan Whitacre):

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    Haven’t read the article yet (first…) But I wanted to mention that though I love the Sox, Mike Lowell’s off centered “B” on his batting helmet is driving me nuts! Let’s go Red Sox!!!

    Looking for photo documentation but having trouble. Basically his “B” has been far right almost over his eye and the botton starts at the top of the brim. Way too low! If they keep winning I’ll take it but it’s buggin’!

    Thanks for the video Paul, we equipment managers go through the weeks totally behind the scenes. I love that the news station in LA chose to do that piece. It does not matter the sport that we take care of, I think that we all take a great deal of pride in the fact that we take the time to care how our teams look on and off the field.

    Those all white Rams unis were terrible. The Notre Dame throwbacks were an eyesore in HD, and the West Virginia and Ok. State unis were hidoues as well. Oregon’s were really boring, which I guess is at least different than their usual ugly.

    [quote comment=”159460″]Haven’t read the article yet (first…) But I wanted to mention that though I love the Sox, Mike Lowell’s off centered “B” on his batting helmet is driving me nuts! Let’s go Red Sox!!![/quote]

    I noticed that too. Heres a pic

    link

    any idea if the dolphins have announce which jersey they are wearing next week in london? maybe some aqua for the brits??

    who am I kidding, I just want to see the giants in their road red, grey, and white…

    Saw this in the Buckeye game on Saturday and haven’t had a chance to comment, but with all the sticker memorials in today’s wrap up, the Bucks honored former player Ron Springs by wearing a “23” sticker, details in the link

    In the first photo you can see that Adalius Thomas also appears to still be wearing his purple shoulder pads from his Baltimore days. There was an even better shot during the video game that was the Pat’s blowout victory yesterday.

    I’m surprised I or anyone else hasn’t noticed yet, but I saw in a picture that Pens sensation evgeni malkin does not remove the protective ear piece in his helmet as seen linklike most pros do. The ear pieces are mandatory at the youth and high school levels, but as early as college they can be removed.

    There was a good shot of Mario Manningham sitting on the bench next to a teammate with their backs to the camera. The holes in the mesh jersey were clearly visible between the letters of his name. The guy next to him was still using the more common nameplate, as the holes were covered.

    [quote comment=”159477″]There was a good shot of Mario Manningham sitting on the bench next to a teammate with their backs to the camera. The holes in the mesh jersey were clearly visible between the letters of his name. The guy next to him was still using the more common nameplate, as the holes were covered.[/quote]

    I’m pretty sure that’s where I noticed it too

    My uncle is a referee in the American Football League in London. He will be a ball boy for the NFL game there.

    OK, I am usually not an eBay buying kind of guy, but when I found link this weekend, I think I may have to change my tune. Now, if I can only convince my wife to look at it and drop some Christmas present hints…

    [quote comment=”159466″][quote comment=”159460″]Haven’t read the article yet (first…) But I wanted to mention that though I love the Sox, Mike Lowell’s off centered “B” on his batting helmet is driving me nuts! Let’s go Red Sox!!![/quote]

    I noticed that too. Heres a pic

    link

    Forget Lowell, how stupid does Jacoby Ellsbury look with only one red undershirt sleeve showing?

    The Saints wore their gold pants yesterday at home (they had been going with the unitard look for a while). And they won! That’s two in a row with the gold pants. Hopefully, this means that the Saints will “ditch the black” (and keep winning).

    Marshawn Lynch of Buffalo was also wearing a red glove and a blue glove for the games against the cowboys and against the Jets. He switched back to 2 navy gloves against the Ravens yesterday.

    [quote comment=”159463″]Looking for photo documentation but having trouble. Basically his “B” has been far right almost over his eye and the botton starts at the top of the brim. Way too low! If they keep winning I’ll take it but it’s buggin’![/quote]
    How can you not find a pic of m.lowell. Try Google Images, and you’ll find for example link.

    Those all white Rams unis were terrible.

    This may have been mentioned before, but link:

    For the fifth week in a row, the Rams tried a different uniform combination, wearing white jerseys and white pants. In previous weeks, they’ve gone white jerseys-blue pants (Baltimore), blue on blue (Arizona), blue jerseys-gold pants (Dallas) and blue jerseys-white pants (Tampa Bay). However, the result was the same: another Rams loss.

    That leaves what? White jerseys-gold pants, i think. Unless they have some alternate jersey or even more pants.

    So in a round about way I meet Cubus president John McDounagh a few years back and e-mailed him the other day. In part of my e-mail I thanked him for doing away with the Cubs alternate jersey, saying although I liked the jersey, there are some teams that do not need alternates and the Cubs are one of them.

    In a nice reply John said, thank you for your kind words, they really made my day.

    He also told me his son works for the Red Sox. As a Cub fan I find this interesting for some reason.

    Paul, I’m pretty sure that the orange “socks” being worn by Brandon Marshall aren’t actually made of underwrap, which is the tape you linked to. Underwrap is a very thin very stretchy material that would tear very very easily. It is used when guys are taping ankles or wrists or other things of that nature to go under the real heavy duty tape. Among other things, it keeps the tape form getting your leg/arm hair so that you don’t rip it out when you take the tape off.

    More likely, he’s using something like M Tape in team colors, as you can see on this page. link

    I was at the LSU-Auburn gam Saturday night and in pre-game warmups noticed LSU running back Jacob Hester, who wears number 18, sporting number 10 on his back. More confusing was that number 18 appeared on the front and sleeves of his jersey. At first I thought perhaps the numerals on his back were creased and folded over making the 8 look like a 10, but looking at the numbers more closely with binoculars that didn’t appear to be the case. Other people sitting around me noticed the same thing and checked it out with their binoculars, all reaching the same conclusion as I did.

    Hester started the game wearing the number 10 on his back until he apparently changed jerseys to one with the number 18 on the back.

    Did any one watching the game on television notice this? Did the announcers say anything about Jacob Hester’s confusing jersey numbers?

    Oregon went solid white, which looked kinda chalky. Better than their usual visual carnival, natch, but the green helmet was the one really good component of this uniform – here’s hoping they go back to it next week.

    I must just be getting used to the various uni combos, because I have to admit, I didn’t think they looked that bad on Saturday. Maybe because the diamond plate was hidden a little, or the fact that was my first trip to Husky Stadium and I was happy with the results, I dont know. But I still maintain that the UO green helmet is one of the best in football. I’m guessing the white will only be used on the road, we’ll see. But knowing that there’s a slight flame in that white helmet…ugh.

    Mike Nolan was wearing a shirt and tie (no coat)for a road game yesterday. He’s also sporting a new goatee.

    As my good amigo Mike Dufficy pointed out, the main reason the Jets lost yesterday was because of those horrible green pants.

    I don’t have a pic, but is it me or was Willy Parker’s 9 taller than the 3 in last nite’s Steelers-Broncos game?

    [quote comment=”159503″]I don’t have a pic, but is it me or was Willy Parker’s 9 taller than the 3 in last nite’s Steelers-Broncos game?[/quote]
    Probably the way the numbers get distorted due to the adhesive used to stick the jersey to the pads. I assume if he gets hit, the number moves and stays there. Or the adhesive wasn’t applied very well in the first place.

    I was on link yesterday and noticed that the 75-79 Astros were listed as having numbers on their right leg/hip. Can anyone come up with a picture of this? Also, were they wearing the same uniforms at home and on the road?

    [quote comment=”159476″]I’m surprised I or anyone else hasn’t noticed yet, but I saw in a picture that Pens sensation evgeni malkin does not remove the protective ear piece in his helmet as seen linklike most pros do. The ear pieces are mandatory at the youth and high school levels, but as early as college they can be removed.[/quote]
    Same With Sid the Kid

    [quote comment=”159488″]For those of you who’ve already applied, hang tight. I can’t acknowledge everyone, but I’ll be getting in touch with a handful of finalists soon. And my sincere thanks to all applicants – it’s humbling to see how many people want to work on Uni Watch.[/quote]

    i think we all kind of work for uni watch already, when we contribute either by responding or by emailing you…

    [quote comment=”159488″]Dave Madison says Kevin Youkilis had the Majestic wordmark – instead of just the Majestic logo – on the left sleeve of his road jersey during Games 4 and 5 of the ALCS, suggesting that he might have been wearing a replica jersey.[/quote]

    arent majestic mlb replicas designated by affixing the majestic logo to the right sleeve and not the left?

    [quote comment=”159507″]I was on link yesterday and noticed that the 75-79 Astros were listed as having numbers on their right leg/hip. Can anyone come up with a picture of this? Also, were they wearing the same uniforms at home and on the road?[/quote]
    Bob, link is a great reference if you’re looking for pictures of uniforms from a particular year.

    Ah…Chester High School…if you don’t have a baby or an IQ under 85, they don’t give you a diploma…that could explain the kid with a different jersey and helmet number.

    [quote comment=”159485″]

    Those all white Rams unis were terrible.

    This may have been mentioned before, but link:

    For the fifth week in a row, the Rams tried a different uniform combination, wearing white jerseys and white pants. In previous weeks, they’ve gone white jerseys-blue pants (Baltimore), blue on blue (Arizona), blue jerseys-gold pants (Dallas) and blue jerseys-white pants (Tampa Bay). However, the result was the same: another Rams loss.

    That leaves what? White jerseys-gold pants, i think. Unless they have some alternate jersey or even more pants.[/quote]

    how about this:
    link

    [quote comment=”159507″]I was on link yesterday and noticed that the 75-79 Astros were listed as having numbers on their right leg/hip. Can anyone come up with a picture of this? Also, were they wearing the same uniforms at home and on the road?[/quote]

    astros
    link
    link
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    throwback day
    link

    i can do white sox too…
    link
    link

    [quote comment=”159482″]The Saints wore their gold pants yesterday at home (they had been going with the unitard look for a while). And they won! That’s two in a row with the gold pants. Hopefully, this means that the Saints will “ditch the black” (and keep winning).[/quote]
    My thoughts exactly!!! The guys on this team are pretty superstitious when it comes to which uniform combinations are successful. I think we’ll see a lot more of the gold in the weeks to come!

    [quote comment=”159507″]I was on link yesterday and noticed that the 75-79 Astros were listed as having numbers on their right leg/hip. Can anyone come up with a picture of this? Also, were they wearing the same uniforms at home and on the road?[/quote]
    link
    Taken from link

    [quote comment=”159491″]I was at the LSU-Auburn gam Saturday night and in pre-game warmups noticed LSU running back Jacob Hester, who wears number 18, sporting number 10 on his back. More confusing was that number 18 appeared on the front and sleeves of his jersey. At first I thought perhaps the numerals on his back were creased and folded over making the 8 look like a 10, but looking at the numbers more closely with binoculars that didn’t appear to be the case. Other people sitting around me noticed the same thing and checked it out with their binoculars, all reaching the same conclusion as I did.

    Hester started the game wearing the number 10 on his back until he apparently changed jerseys to one with the number 18 on the back.

    Did any one watching the game on television notice this? Did the announcers say anything about Jacob Hester’s confusing jersey numbers?[/quote]
    No. He had 18 on the entire night. I’ve seen that many times with Hester. I’ve come to the conclusion that the middle of the “8” gets caught up under his pads on his back. But he’s wearing “18”. No jersey change.

    [quote comment=”159507″]I was on link yesterday and noticed that the 75-79 Astros were listed as having numbers on their right leg/hip. Can anyone come up with a picture of this? Also, were they wearing the same uniforms at home and on the road?[/quote]

    link

    Anyone have an upclose view of the new white oregon helmets? Wondering if it has flames on it like the yellow one did in the Las Vegas Bowl

    Just on a side note anyone see the ESPN ticker where they mentioned the ‘helmut to helmut’ hit on Matt Schaub? Had a little chuckle there

    Actually WVU’s jersey linkwas the more like the design Cal uses. I think that is why the swichted to the linkfrom the side pannel that goes up the front. Becuase I know when seeing fast higlights going by on ESPN I often mistaked link for WVU.

    I love the Office Space reference in the article about the NFL’s uniform police.

    Great way to start off a Monday morning!

    If you look really closely at these pctures, you can see some major logo creep. I took me a few viewings to see it though.
    link

    Check out images 13 and 14 of link. The 7 and 3 on Kendall Simmons’ jersey are really spread apart. I notice that it was even worse on the back, but I wasn’t able to find an image.

    [quote comment=”159522″]I love the Office Space reference in the article about the NFL’s uniform police.

    Great way to start off a Monday morning![/quote]

    Pieces of flair. I love it! Almost as good as a TPS or “O” face reference!

    Paul, get around to seeing Major League yet? The edited version is on ESPN Classic this Sunday, Oct 28th. There’s quite a bit of editing that is done for this movie, so I recommend the regular version.

    [quote comment=”159520″]Anyone have an upclose view of the new white oregon helmets? Wondering if it has flames on it like the yellow one did in the Las Vegas Bowl[/quote]

    link

    [quote comment=”159476″]I’m surprised I or anyone else hasn’t noticed yet, but I saw in a picture that Pens sensation evgeni malkin does not remove the protective ear piece in his helmet as seen linklike most pros do. The ear pieces are mandatory at the youth and high school levels, but as early as college they can be removed.[/quote]

    There are a few players that wear them, Sidney Crosby, Andreas Lilja i know right off. Along with making them look like complete wussies, it seems really pointless because the chance sustaining a direct hit there is extremely unlikely. Actually one of my old teammates back in midgets got tripped funny in front of the net while a shot was being let go, the puck hit him directly in the ear guard and the force pinched the ear guard into ear so hard that it severed a big piece off! He needed about 30 stitches to get it reattached. Lots of blood on the ice, woo!

    [quote comment=”159481″][quote comment=”159466″][quote comment=”159460″]Haven’t read the article yet (first…) But I wanted to mention that though I love the Sox, Mike Lowell’s off centered “B” on his batting helmet is driving me nuts! Let’s go Red Sox!!![/quote]

    I noticed that too. Heres a pic

    link

    Forget Lowell, how stupid does Jacoby Ellsbury look link[/quote]

    Papi’s Helmet link for a LONG time.

    Did anyone notice that in last nights game Jason Elam had a black facemask on when he kicked the winning field goal againist Pissburgh? I swear that it looked black and not the normal navy blue. Any pics??

    [quote comment=”159470″]In the first photo you can see that Adalius Thomas also appears to still be wearing his purple shoulder pads from his Baltimore days. There was an even better shot during the video game that was the Pat’s blowout victory yesterday.[/quote]

    There was also a great shot of Jarvis Green of the Pats wearing his Purple and Gold LSU shoulder pads from yesterday, but I couldn’t get a screen grab.

    Another Thomas note. We all know the Pats have Brady (12) and Brady (88), but until David Thomas was put on the IR, they also had Thomas (96) and Thomas (86) on the roster. And not a first initial to be seen.

    [quote comment=”159522″]I love the Office Space reference in the article about the NFL’s uniform police.

    Great way to start off a Monday morning![/quote]

    I was pleased to read that the NFL is taking a hard stance against those players who pull their pants up past the knees. The league just may eradicate bicycle shorts yet.

    Love those Roughriders throwbacks. The logo, the striping, the simple green & white with no silver/grey – everything is better than their typical home kit. Here’s to hoping they keep them.

    Any one know what the hole behind the ear hole on most helmets is for. I noticed it yesterday and figured someone might know. Thanks.

    [quote comment=”159531″][quote comment=”159470″]In the first photo you can see that Adalius Thomas also appears to still be wearing his purple shoulder pads from his Baltimore days. There was an even better shot during the video game that was the Pat’s blowout victory yesterday.[/quote]

    There was also a great shot of Jarvis Green of the Pats wearing his Purple and Gold LSU shoulder pads from yesterday, but I couldn’t get a screen grab.

    Another Thomas note. We all know the Pats have Brady (12) and Brady (88), but until David Thomas was put on the IR, they also had Thomas (96) and Thomas (86) on the roster. And not a first initial to be seen.[/quote]

    There was an article in either the online Globe, Herald, or possibly SI a few weeks back that described the contents of Marquise Hill’s idle locker as sontaining purple and gold shoulder pads. Hill, Green, Faulk, and Gay all played their college ball at LSU.

    Paul commented yesterday that Trot Nixon was sporting earplugs. I noticed he also wore them in Game 2, when he hit the go-ahead RBI single.

    Kevin Millar was probably throwing out the first pitch last night because Doug Mirabelli wanted him to pass shots of Jack Daniels around the clubhouse before the game.

    [quote comment=”159540″]Kevin Millar was probably throwing out the first pitch last night because Doug Mirabelli wanted him to pass shots of Jack Daniels around the clubhouse before the game.[/quote]

    ok, forget that millar played for the sox.
    but im curious, could that be one of the first times an active major league player on another team was invited to throw out a first pitch?

    [quote comment=”159527″][quote comment=”159476″]I’m surprised I or anyone else hasn’t noticed yet, but I saw in a picture that Pens sensation evgeni malkin does not remove the protective ear piece in his helmet as seen linklike most pros do. The ear pieces are mandatory at the youth and high school levels, but as early as college they can be removed.[/quote]

    There are a few players that wear them, Sidney Crosby, Andreas Lilja i know right off. Along with making them look like complete wussies, it seems really pointless because the chance sustaining a direct hit there is extremely unlikely. Actually one of my old teammates back in midgets got tripped funny in front of the net while a shot was being let go, the puck hit him directly in the ear guard and the force pinched the ear guard into ear so hard that it severed a big piece off! He needed about 30 stitches to get it reattached. Lots of blood on the ice, woo![/quote]

    I know a couple of guys who have taken some serious stitches because they caught a skate blade in the ear. Glanced across the side of the helmet and cut whatever was available to slice. The guards would have definitely saved them some bloodshed.

    SB

    [quote comment=”159542″][quote comment=”159527″][quote comment=”159476″]I’m surprised I or anyone else hasn’t noticed yet, but I saw in a picture that Pens sensation evgeni malkin does not remove the protective ear piece in his helmet as seen linklike most pros do. The ear pieces are mandatory at the youth and high school levels, but as early as college they can be removed.[/quote]

    There are a few players that wear them, Sidney Crosby, Andreas Lilja i know right off. Along with making them look like complete wussies, it seems really pointless because the chance sustaining a direct hit there is extremely unlikely. Actually one of my old teammates back in midgets got tripped funny in front of the net while a shot was being let go, the puck hit him directly in the ear guard and the force pinched the ear guard into ear so hard that it severed a big piece off! He needed about 30 stitches to get it reattached. Lots of blood on the ice, woo![/quote]

    I know a couple of guys who have taken some serious stitches because they caught a skate blade in the ear. Glanced across the side of the helmet and cut whatever was available to slice. The guards would have definitely saved them some bloodshed.

    SB[/quote]

    Agreed, they are not for protecting from a shot but from sticks and/or blades. I have been saved cuts from an inadvertant stick a couple of times.

    Not sure how it makes them look like a complete wuss.

    Sure in your buddies case it didn’t work out, but we have all heard the story about how wearing a seatbelt caused injury instead of preventing it. I still wear a seatbelt though.

    [quote comment=”159544″][quote comment=”159542″][quote comment=”159527″][quote comment=”159476″]I’m surprised I or anyone else hasn’t noticed yet, but I saw in a picture that Pens sensation evgeni malkin does not remove the protective ear piece in his helmet as seen linklike most pros do. The ear pieces are mandatory at the youth and high school levels, but as early as college they can be removed.[/quote]

    There are a few players that wear them, Sidney Crosby, Andreas Lilja i know right off. Along with making them look like complete wussies, it seems really pointless because the chance sustaining a direct hit there is extremely unlikely. Actually one of my old teammates back in midgets got tripped funny in front of the net while a shot was being let go, the puck hit him directly in the ear guard and the force pinched the ear guard into ear so hard that it severed a big piece off! He needed about 30 stitches to get it reattached. Lots of blood on the ice, woo![/quote]

    I know a couple of guys who have taken some serious stitches because they caught a skate blade in the ear. Glanced across the side of the helmet and cut whatever was available to slice. The guards would have definitely saved them some bloodshed.

    SB[/quote]

    Agreed, they are not for protecting from a shot but from sticks and/or blades. I have been saved cuts from an inadvertant stick a couple of times.

    Not sure how it makes them look like a complete wuss.

    Sure in your buddies case it didn’t work out, but we have all heard the story about how wearing a seatbelt caused injury instead of preventing it. I still wear a seatbelt though.[/quote]

    While in college, after a pretty good concussion my freshman year, I (a goalie)switched from a traditional goalie mask to a Hasek style helmet. The first thing I did when I got that old Cooper helmet was take the ear guards off. As a goalie I thought twice about this as it’s commong to get a puck to the side of the head or who knows what else in a scrum, but in the year I wore that helmet I had no problems. I also had no issues with sticks or pucks to my nexk as I didn’t waer one of those dangling neck guards as they bugged me. I had one for a while in high school, but they get in the way and fog up easy.

    Sure enough, my first week back with a traditional mask, after another concussion, I got several sticks and pucks to the neck and a puck to the side of the head.

    “Those all white Rams unis were terrible.”

    If the Rams are going to wear all white, they should go back to this classic look:

    [quote comment=”159538″]Any one know what the hole behind the ear hole on most helmets is for. I noticed it yesterday and figured someone might know. Thanks.[/quote]

    I believe what you are talking about is a hole to tuck the end of the chinstrap into.

    [quote comment=”159548″]Here is the link to the Rams classic white uniforms: link

    That’s a great look. I can’t imagine today’s Rams looking good white-on-white with the blue and gold helmet.

    [quote comment=”159530″]Did anyone notice that in last nights game Jason Elam had a black facemask on when he kicked the winning field goal againist Pissburgh? I swear that it looked black and not the normal navy blue. Any pics??[/quote]

    Yes I did. Thought I was crazy. But, when I brought it up to my buddy, a Broncos fans, he pointed out that it was the same as the linemen that when to congradulate him. Either they’re all black (weird), or they just look dark under the lights.

    Here are a couple good picks with the blackish facemasks. Any Broncos fan wanna sched some light on this?

    Elam
    link

    Travis Hnery
    link

    [quote comment=”159565″]Here are a couple good picks with the blackish facemasks. Any Broncos fan wanna sched some light on this?

    Elam
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    Travis Hnery
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    Trust me, they’re blue. The darker appearance is a result of the stadium lights. The unis and helmets are gloss finish, but the facemasks are matte — facemasks are esentially extremely tough vulcanized rubber over a metal frame — so they don’t reflect light. It stands out under nighttime lights more than in the sun.

    Randy Moss switched from Nike cleats to Reebok cleats yesterday. He wore link all season up through last week, and wore link this past Sunday. He’s still wearing Nike gloves, though…

    I know this is a football-heavy comments thread today, but how about some hockey?

    The new RBK Edge uniforms were supposed to have socks the players wouldn’t have to tape anymore. Well, the tape persists.

    Mile High Hockey ran a brief post about the color variations of sock tape used by Colorado Avalanche players today.

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    I mentioned this last night, but it was kind of late.

    I’m sure many of you watched the Sox/Tribe game last night on Fox. Well, when the last out was made, Joe Buck exclaimed, “And the White Sox win the pennant!”

    I rewound my DVR at least 12 times and listened to it, and I have to conclude he said “white sox” and not “red sox”. Did anyone else catch this?

    With Youk’s Majestic logo, it’d be my best guess that to wordmark underneath the logo just came off. I have several Majestic replica jerseys and every single one of them has “Majestic” under the company logo. One thing about the logo on the replicas atleast, it’s just a screened on logo, so it’s not hard for a portion to come off.

    Did anyone else notice the helmet Julius Jones was wearing yesterday. It looked like a traditional Schutt helmet and facemask with the DNA ” Spock ” earholes. The only pictures I’ve been able to find of him from yesterday are from the front.

    [quote comment=”159538″]Any one know what the hole behind the ear hole on most helmets is for. I noticed it yesterday and figured someone might know. Thanks.[/quote]
    It is Schutts SUREFIT slot system. If a person decides to use this “SUREFIT system” the back chinstrap strap should come OUT that slot and then buckled up.

    [quote comment=”159584″]Did anyone else notice the helmet Julius Jones was wearing yesterday. It looked like a traditional Schutt helmet and facemask with the DNA ” Spock ” earholes. The only pictures I’ve been able to find of him from yesterday are from the front.[/quote]

    Yes this is Schutts new helmet called the Air XP.
    Schutt says this helmet is designed for the player that wants the advantages of the Skydex padding in a more traditional looking helmet.
    This helmet is now listed on Schutts website.
    I noticed that both Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey of the Giants are now wearing the Air-XP

    The “helmut to helmut” writing on ESPN’s ticker made me laugh, too. Not often that they get the spelling so wrong.

    [quote comment=”159485″]

    Those all white Rams unis were terrible.

    This may have been mentioned before, but link:

    For the fifth week in a row, the Rams tried a different uniform combination, wearing white jerseys and white pants. In previous weeks, they’ve gone white jerseys-blue pants (Baltimore), blue on blue (Arizona), blue jerseys-gold pants (Dallas) and blue jerseys-white pants (Tampa Bay). However, the result was the same: another Rams loss.

    That leaves what? White jerseys-gold pants, i think. Unless they have some alternate jersey or even more pants.[/quote]

    Not very often that an NFL team has more pants choices (gold, navy, white) than jersey choices(navy, white).

    Any UK guys catch the Sky Sports segment on chinstraps last night? It was shown before the Steelers v Broncos and had an interview with the Ravens equipment manager and with Matt Hasslebeck on his chinstrap idiosyncracies (unbuckling after every snap). That plus the chinstrap day we had on here last week officially makes this the greatest 7 day span of my life.

    Something weird I noticed in this link is that on the hockey shorts the Wild wordmark and the nike logo are written in yellow. Yellow is not one of the wild’s colors, red, green and gold are the colors. The only yellow in the logo is the moon in the logo so it is weird that this small detail would use such a minor color. Just thought that was weird.

    is it just me? or is one of the players without a facemask on the cover(right side, half off the cover)of the ’62 packers yearbook

    [quote comment=”159615″]is it just me? or is one of the players without a facemask on the cover(right side, half off the cover)of the ’62 packers yearbook[/quote]

    Could have still been some guys going maskless in ’61/’62. Tommy McDonald was the last, I believe, and he didn’t retire until 1969 or ’70.

    Paul,

    That Phillies-uniform postcard was actually a reproduction of a poster that was given out to all fans on opening day 1992, when the Phillies debuted their then-new uniforms. They simply cropped the poster for their website.

    They wore the old uniforms all through spring training, and kept the new ones a secret until opening day, which is why Mariano Duncan is wearing a road uniform on the poster, and standing a little sideways.

    [quote comment=”159523″]If you look really closely at these pctures, you can see some major logo creep. I took me a few viewings to see it though.
    link[/quote]

    i was looking very closely and i didn’t notice any logos

    [quote comment=”159482″]The Saints wore their gold pants yesterday at home (they had been going with the unitard look for a while). And they won! That’s two in a row with the gold pants. Hopefully, this means that the Saints will “ditch the black” (and keep winning).[/quote]

    MEGA DITTOES !!!

    Maybe they can donate the black unitards to the weekend Harley riders for their annual trip to Sturgis.

    Or have the Saints just burn them and join those of us who want their teams to dress as part of Western civilization.

    Not uni-related at all, but pretty interesting. This guy who just received a purple heart has a Detroit Lions logo in his eye, which he lost in Iraq.

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    Terry Francona was wearing the World Series hat last night

    I’m pretty sure that he put that on right after they won. The interview is post-win, and they normally break out the special championship gear right after the game ends.

    more equipment-related rather than uni-related but i noticed that LSU’s Early Ducet was wearing one mouthpiece strapped around his belt while using one without a strap during the plays.

    also, the guy who recovered Ryan Perrilloux’s fumble lost his mouthpiece when little 5-foot-nothin’ Trindon Holliday raced up and hit him.

    It appears Peyton is mimicking Brandon Marshall’s orange tape with some blue tape above his socks as well (no pics, I saw it in the pre-game warmups)

    [quote comment=”159638″]It appears Peyton is mimicking Brandon Marshall’s orange tape with some blue tape above his socks as well (no pics, I saw it in the pre-game warmups)[/quote]

    I’m not so sure it’s orange tape. Marshall’s white socks seem to be lower than his teammates.

    If it is tape, I seriously doubt it’s pro wrap – the stuff Paul linked to. Its original use was to go on before a tape job, so the tape doesn’t stick to hair and inimize hot spoots. Girls took it , put a few wraps arpund their head, and rolled itup to make a soft hairband.

    Pro Wrap is a fine spongey material, and wouldn’t hold up to constant grinding against teh ground, as is likey to happen when tackled. If it is tape, I’d suggest orange athletic tape – the wide stuff used to tape ankles. Cloth based, therefore sturdier, comes in tons of colours, and widely abundant around any sports team.

    SB

    Ran across these photos from the current Classic auction. I think the stripe-friendly of you will like them. link, link, and link. Sorry if its a duplicate post.

    [quote comment=”159635″]Not uni-related at all, but pretty interesting.

    This guy who just received a purple heart has a Detroit Lions logo in his eye, which he lost in Iraq.

    link
    Whoa….

    If the Jags’ want their fans to create a “tealwash”/”teal-out”, why are they wearing solid black?

    [quote comment=”159570″]Randy Moss switched from Nike cleats to Reebok cleats yesterday. He wore link all season up through last week, and wore link this past Sunday. He’s still wearing Nike gloves, though…[/quote]

    If they are Nike gloves, he’s risking a big fine to wear them. Reebok owns the NFL Equipment logo rights on all the jerseys and gloves used by the players and staff. No other glove or jersey manufacturers are allowed. I kinda miss the old days when there were multiple manufacturers allowed. GB and ATL wore Nike jerseys, SF wore adidas, and I’m sure there was somebody wearing Reebok.

    [quote comment=”159645″][quote comment=”159570″]Randy Moss switched from Nike cleats to Reebok cleats yesterday. He wore link all season up through last week, and wore link this past Sunday. He’s still wearing Nike gloves, though…[/quote]

    If they are Nike gloves, he’s risking a big fine to wear them. Reebok owns the NFL Equipment logo rights on all the jerseys and gloves used by the players and staff. No other glove or jersey manufacturers are allowed. I kinda miss the old days when there were multiple manufacturers allowed. GB and ATL wore Nike jerseys, SF wore adidas, and I’m sure there was somebody wearing Reebok.[/quote]

    He’s still catching touchdowns. Doesn’t matter what glove he’s wearing. Besides, do you get the feeling that Randy’s afraid of a fine? I bet Tom Brady would go “halvsies” on it with him anyway.

    Did anybody just catch the Colts’ assistant coach that is wearing a solid red polo shirt with the Colt “U” on it? Little out of place…

    I work in downtown st pete so I’m going to attend the Rays uniform shindig. I’m hoping that the new look leak was a ruse, and they will bust out with some Saints or Tarpons uniforms. Yeah!

    And after that, they’ll sign 3 or 4 really good starting pitchers and a closer. Sure, why not?

    [quote comment=”159628″]Check out the unis from Pitt’s Blue/Gold basketball game…not sure if this is a new thing this year or if its a practice jersey…

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    those are new practice jerseys for the year.

    [quote comment=”159647″]Did anybody just catch the Colts’ assistant coach that is wearing a solid red polo shirt with the Colt “U” on it? Little out of place…[/quote]

    He wears red to be easily identified by the players on the field.

    [quote comment=”159648″]
    And after that, they’ll sign 3 or 4 really good starting pitchers and a closer. Sure, why not?[/quote]

    And maybe even move out of that parking garage into a real stadium, maybe! We can dream anyway.

    [quote comment=”159641″]Ran across these photos from the current Classic auction. I think the stripe-friendly of you will like them. link, link, and link. Sorry if its a duplicate post.[/quote]

    Those rugby-stripes on hockey sweaters are nice. In the not-so-distant past, the Chicago Blackhawks featured them.

    [quote comment=”159635″]Not uni-related at all, but pretty interesting.

    This guy who just received a purple heart has a Detroit Lions logo in his eye, which he lost in Iraq.

    link

    that guy would freak me out if i came across him.

    [quote comment=”159603″][quote comment=”159485″]

    Those all white Rams unis were terrible.

    This may have been mentioned before, but link:

    For the fifth week in a row, the Rams tried a different uniform combination, wearing white jerseys and white pants. In previous weeks, they’ve gone white jerseys-blue pants (Baltimore), blue on blue (Arizona), blue jerseys-gold pants (Dallas) and blue jerseys-white pants (Tampa Bay). However, the result was the same: another Rams loss.

    That leaves what? White jerseys-gold pants, i think. Unless they have some alternate jersey or even more pants.[/quote]

    Not very often that an NFL team has more pants choices (gold, navy, white) than jersey choices(navy, white).[/quote]

    That is kinda interesting. They should just stick with the Gold pants.

    [quote comment=”159654″][quote comment=”159647″]Did anybody just catch the Colts’ assistant coach that is wearing a solid red polo shirt with the Colt “U” on it? Little out of place…[/quote]

    He wears red to be easily identified by the players on the field.[/quote]

    And to the Patriot’s cameraman. :)

    There’s been a lot of speculation that WVU will wear gold-on-gold (jersey and pants) for one of their games later this season.

    Can someone PLEASE tell Ubaldo that he has his stirrups on backward? I appreciate him wearing them and everything but……..

    Hey anyone catch cals uniforms vs. usc last night? I read in an SI article two weeks ago that they were getting new ones next season and was wondering if this was an early debut?

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