For years there’s been a juicy uni mystery that I’ve neglected to pursue. To wit: What was the deal with the WFL’s position-based pants back in the 1970s?
In case this is new to you: The WFL briefly experimented with the having distinct pants designs for each major position category (linemen, receivers, etc.). Yes, that’s a really stupid-ass idea, but so was the entire WFL itself, so whaddaya gonna do. Anyway: Whenever this topic comes up, someone always links to the photo shown at right, which until recently was the only image of the pants that I’d seen. But then Kenn Tomasch dug up a DVD with some old WFL footage and made some screen grabs. Here’s his analysis:
I think it went like this: quarterbacks, white pants with stars; running backs, green; offensive linemen, purple; defensive linemen, blue; linebackers, red; tight ends and receivers, orange; defensive backs, yellow. I’m not sure what the kickers wore.
I don’t even know what game this video is from. It might have been a scrimmage of some sort, because the two teams (Southern California for sure, and maybe that’s Philadelphia?) didn’t go all out. Looked like they were just going through the motions. But it was televised somewhere and I have no idea where or why.
As a bonus, here’s a shot where you can see the awful outfit worn by TVS announcer Alex Hawkins.
Yowza — looks like ol’ Alex wanted to get in on the crazy pants action, no?
Anyone know what game this might have been? And does anyone know more about the WFL’s ill-advised attempt at trouser innovation? Was this idea part of the league’s first season or the second season? How long did they try it for, and why did they abandon it? If anyone knows more about the bizarre chapter in pro football history, please clue us in.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I spent the last three days road-tripping through New Jersey and Pennsylvania and haven’t yet caught up on everything, so forgive me if any of the stuff in today’s Ticker has already been discussed. ”¦ One of my stops along the way, incidentally, was the classic roadside stop Hot Dog Johnny’s (whose featured beverages are birch beer and buttermilk, don’tcha know), where I was surprised to see an old photo of the company hoops team in a display case. ”¦ Good news out of Pittsburgh, where the Pirates’ red vest’s days appear to be numbered. Details toward the bottom of this page. ”¦ Morris Levin reports that the Dodgers held an unusual white-on-white intrasquad game the other day. ”¦ The impending return of the Oregon baseball program after a nearly three-decade hiatus prompted Scott Little to send along pics of an old Oregon helmet that he has in his collection (additional pics here, here, here, and here). ”¦ Nice to see that the Mets have patterned their new stadium logo after the world’s worst pizza. ”¦ An assortment of White Sox uni promotions are listed here. ”¦ Texas A&M’s baseball team has replaced this with this (lots of additional pics here). Not even stirrups can save that jersey design. ”¦ Speaking of stirrups, check out the beauties being worn by Oklahoma State and New Mexico State (here’s another view; thanks to Brian Ray and Sam Wasson, respectively). ”¦ And according to the third item on this page, an increasing number of Pirates players are wearing and showing their stirrups (with thanks to Tom Cotter). ”¦ Still more stirrup action (reprinted from Sunday’s comments): the Great One. ”¦ U. of Hawaii has inked a big deal with Under Armour (with thanks to Joshua Huff). ”¦ Nicole Haase’s recent tale about being on the field during Super Bowl prompted Susan Freeman to recall her own experience in the Super Bowl XXXVIII pregame show. Full details here. ”¦ What does a lion’s penis have to do with uniforms? Look here (courtesy of J.R. Tracy). ”¦ Virginia Tech acknowledging the shootings at Northern Illinois by wearing an NIU logo jersey patch, as you can see in the 13th photo of this gallery. ”¦ Weird to see UGA wearing white batting helmets (as spotted by Paul Radetsky) ”¦ “South Carolina has added a new baseball jersey,” writes Chris Rodgers. “This is in addition to at least three other tops and probably five to eight total combinations.” ”¦ USF’s new football jerseys will look like this and this. ”¦ Good article here about MLB coaches wearing helmets (with thanks to Morris Levin). ”¦ Jared Wheeler, who does uni research for Mitchell & Ness, recently sent along pics of two great historical pieces he came upon. The first one is an Indianapolis Olympians short-sleeve basketball jersey (“worn by Rex Groza — Lou’s brother,” says Jared), and the other is an Episcopal Academy football jersey (additional views here, here, and here). ”¦ Underbrim update, Japanese style (with thanks to, of course, Jeremy Brahm, who says the message translates to “All-out play”). ”¦ I’m not a big college hoops fan, which gives me enough emotional breathing room to find this rather amusing. Stupid, mind you, but still amusing. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Here’s something you don’t see very often — Manny Ramirez’s helmet all shiny and clean. … “There’s usually not that much to report on the uni front from the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament, but there were some odd sights during Monday’s first set of quarterfinal games,” writes Jesse Gavin. “Some very weird shorts striping for Southeast Webster Grand; a very odd protective facemask on Paige Heesch from Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka; an odd piping pattern for Lawton-Bronson; and it looks like Springville decided to wear Oregon State’s football jerseys upside-down for their shorts.” … Looks like the ACC’s use of black Virginia Tech memorial strips is now extending to baseball caps (excellent catch by Walker Hicken)