Whatever issues you may have with the game of football — and I have quite a few myself — there’s no denying the one thing that elevates this sport above the others: No matter what the weather is, the game goes on. And thanks to the nasty weather blanketing the country yesterday, we were treated to some great cold-weather gridiron action, including a pair of snow games (additional pics here and here; seriously, is there anything as glorious-looking as a football game being played in the snow?) and several more games in frigid cold. Not quite the Ice Bowl or the Snowplow Game, but I’ll take it.
In other weekend developments:
• The EagleBank Bowl was doubly uni-notable, as Navy wore their newfangled uniforms (the ones that debuted in the Army/Navy game) and Wake Forest wore gold. Lots of photos here.
• Coupla notes from Aaron Wiens regarding the New Mexico Bowl: First, Dion Morton (who has a very odd NOB, despite being the only Morton on the roster) had his nameplate coming loose. And second, the officials were using red beanbags. “I have never seen this before,” says Aaron. “I don’t know if this is something new, something being tested or something just being tested during this bowl.” Anyone..?
• Also from the New Mexico Bowl: Several readers noted that this may have been the first instance of BLOB — bowl logo on back.
• The Cowboys wore this logo as a jersey patch on Saturday (and good for them for only using it for the last game, instead of all season long). They also had a ceremony featuring lots of former stars, but Mel Renfro’s jersey was clearly different from everyone else’s.
• Speaking of the Cowboys, Terrell Owens showed up for the postgame press conference wearing this cap. Anyone know what that logo is?
• The Redskins wore a “33” hemet decal in memory of the late Sammy Baugh.
• Surprisingly, readers reported no significant helmet decal malfunctions yesterday, except for Mathias Kiwanuka losing one of his front helmet numerals (with thanks to Michael Romero for the screen grab).
Color-on-color Condiment-on-condiment alert from last night’s New Orleans bowl, as Troy and Southern Miss created a ketchup vs. mustard tableaux (additional pics here). Southern Miss was actually penalized for wearing their solid yellows, because they were the road team and should have been wearing white.
Uni Watch Extracurricular Calendar: I’ll be making several live appearances early in the new year, all of them in Brooklyn and none of them uni-related. Here’s what’s on tap:
• Friday, January 16th, 8pm: The Forewords (my lecture/slideshow collaboration with Liz Clayton) will be performing at Cabinet magazine’s event space. For reasons not worth explaining, the room happens to be equipped with two very tall chairs, so Liz and I will have the fun of doing our thing from a lofty perch and you’ll have the fun of developing a crick in your neck — a win-win! Admission will be free; beer will cost money.
• Friday, January 30th, 8pm: Another Forewords gig, this time at the Sound Fix Records Lounge. We will not have tall chairs this time, but we may have a band performing either before or after us — not sure yet. Admission will once again be free, and there’s be a full bar, so you can buy us lots of drinks.
• Tuesday, February 3rd, 8pm: I’ll be one of the featured lecturers at the latest installment of Adult Education, the monthly-ish series of presentations on eccentric topics at Union Hall. The theme du jour this time around is “How To,” which I will address by talking about mousetraps — or, more specifically, the illustrations and other graphics on mousetrap packaging. Other speakers will include my longtime pal and Adult Ed curator Carrie McLaren (talking about how to raise an ape in your home), the very wonderful Mikki Halpin (how to be a super-fan), and some guy I don’t know at all named Eliot Glazer (how to read a Long Island high school yearbook, although I could tell you how to do that myself), plus there may be someone from the Graffiti Research Lab. Admission is $5.
Plus I’d like to convene a Uni Watch gathering in Brooklyn at some point in January. The dates I’m currently considering are the 17th, 24th, 25th, and 31st. Details to follow shortly.
Raffle Update: I’ve added two new prizes to the holiday raffle (plus I’ve changed the entry deadline from 10pm Wednesday night to 7pm). The updated prize listings, along with all other raffle-related details, are here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: TCU will be wearing a “45” memorial decal tomorrow night in the Poinsettia Bowl, in memory of Sammy Baugh. ”¦ Good article here about how Jets center Nick Mangold plays without gloves. ”¦ The current issue of SABR’s Baseball Research Journal includes a good article on the history of MLB players who wear glasses. I’ve scanned the five pages and put them here. To read the article, click on the thumbnails and then click on “All Sizes” to get the pages at a legible size. ”¦ Very nice basketball patch available here. ”¦ Navy wore their newfangled uni and Wake Forest wore gold in the EagleBank Bowl (with thanks to Kevin Whisman). ”¦ Lots of points of interest in this old Raiders photo (with thanks to Greg Riffenburgh). ”¦ Kevin McMahon found a bunch of cool memorabilia from his dad’s days playing football at Wisconsin, including some ticket stubs, a shot showing Notre Dame’s shamrock decal, and a shot of his father making a tackle while wearing a primitive facemask. ”¦ Color-on-color alert: That’s St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. vs. Lakeland H.S. in the Florida Class 5A state football championship Friday night (with thanks to Wayne Koehler). ”¦ Check this out: Joe D. as a Brewer! “I’m guessing it was an offseason barnstorming tour in the late ’30s,” says Bruce Menard. ”¦ If you care about women’s soccer logos (don’t all jump at once), you’ll want to see this page (thanks to Mark McGinnis). ”¦ RIP, Dock. ”¦ OK, so I still can’t show you what the Mets’ Citi Field sleeve patch will look like. But there’s no reason I can’t show you this MLB 09 screen shot that someone else posted on the Chris Creamer boards. ”¦ Similarly, when I did my NBA season-preview column on Page 2 back in late October, I mentioned that there was “a very odd uni-based promotion from the Cavs” coming up but that I wasn’t allowed to discuss it yet. I still haven’t been officially green-lighted to talk about it, but now Michael Curry has spotted this bobblehead at the Cavs’ team shop, so I think it’s OK for me to tell you that the Cavs will be wearing this outfit (which, as you can see, combines elements from several designs from the team’s past) for one game this spring. It’s part of a fan-appreciation promotion called “Fan-Tastic,” or something like that. I don’t have the exact date when the uni will be worn, but I think it’s in March. ”¦ Jeff Katz sent along some scans of 3-D football cards from the 1970 Kellogg’s series. ”¦ Looks like Bobby Grich’s pants came unsnapped here. ”¦ Here’s an odd helmet design. That’s Centennial High, from California (with thanks to Damon Hirschensohn, who also scanned a bunch of cool old photos from a 1934 issue of The Record, the magazine of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity). ”¦ The Ravens don’t use first initials for Jameel McClain and Le’Ron McClain, but the first “c” is styled differently for the two players (big thanks to Ben Kelly). ”¦ Evander Holyfield and Nikolai Valuev both wore Adidas gloves for their heavyweight “fight” on Saturday. ”¦ NY1 is an all-news cable channel here in NYC. Like most news outlets, they put their logo on their reporters’ hand-held microphones. But Marc Beck noticed that one of their reporters appeared to have a DIY hand-drawn logo box the other day.