Big news item yesterday, in case you missed it, is that Seahawks kicker Josh Brown marked himself as a big wuss and an even bigger idiot by announcing that he’ll be wearing heated pants for Saturday’s playoff game against the Packers in Green Bay, thereby dishonoring the spirit of the Ice Bowl, the 1982 AFC Championship Game, and Bud Grant’s “No heaters on the sideline” rule (and, more importantly, depriving us of our God-given right to watch a grown man shiver in the cold while we sit in our nice cozy homes, which is what playoff football is all about).
As you might imagine, this story was like chum in the water for assorted media sharks. In Green Bay, the Press-Gazette immediately posted this photo, with the following caption: “Seahawks kicker Josh Brown, who plans to wear heated warmup pants in Saturday’s NFC playoff game at Lambeau Field, isn’t trying to stay warm in this picture. He’s being hugged by teammate Grant Wistrom after kicking a game-winning field goal against Detroit in September 2006. Of course, that game was played inside, at Ford Field.” And in Seattle, the blog Seattlest compared Josh Brown to James Brown, the latter of whom, of course, had a big hit in 1971 with “Hot Pants.”
The hunch here is that Brown isn’t the first NFL player to resort to heated pants — he’s just the first one stupid enough to admit it. I hereby predict that his ill-advised revelation will lead to the following actions:
• More cheeseheads than usual will show up at Lambeau wearing shorts.
• The aforementioned James Brown tune will be played over the Lambeau sound system at every opportunity.
• At least one tailgater will burn Brown in effigy, accompanied by a little sign that reads, “Hey, Josh, hot enough for ya?”
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Liberty started the basketball season with new uniforms (home, road) but has now taken the unusual step of making a mid-season switch — to NikeWorld, unfortunately (here’s a rear and side view). Jonathan Carone, provided all of these pics, notes that while most of the NOBs were direct-sewn, Alex McLean had a nameplate when the new design debuted on Tuesday night. “I can only assume that the original was messed up,” he writes. Also, one of the reserves was stuck wearing one of the old jerseys, although he had the new shorts. ”¦ Michael Seabaugh notes that Ohio State had a bad omen before Monday night’s BCS game had even started. ”¦ Yesterday I asked if anyone knew about Arizona State wearing gold uniforms against Arizona in 1989. ASU media relations rep Randy Policar promptly responded with this, this, and this. “We actually wore them twice,” he writes. “Once against Arizona in 1989 and once against USC in 1990. We got beaten badly both times, and they have never been worn again.” ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A set of one of history’s greatest stirrup designs is available on eBay. ”¦ Eagle-eyed catch by Nicole Haase, who noticed a TV graphic that showed UConn with a Longhorns logo. ”¦ Newest Uni Watch reader: Rob Klingenberger‘s mascot, Katana, who apparently finds the site rather fascinating.