Just back from another trip to Pittsburgh, where I was working on two ESPN stories (more on that later). No time for a Uni Watch party this time around, although I did manage to meet up with Doug Keklak and Ryan Connelly for a sausage and pepperoni pie at the very wonderful Vincent’s Pizza Park (where they don’t exactly skimp on the toppings).
Anyway, when I got back home yesterday evening, I found that my worst fears had been realized: The worst alternate jersey in NFL history has become public knowledge. I’ve been sitting on this one for months and was hoping maybe I’d get run over by a truck or something like before the official unveiling so I wouldn’t have to write about it. But no such luck, as it leaked last night on Michael Princip’s Seahawks-centric Greenglare blog (and in our comments section). So now I have to deal with it. Sigh.
The timing couldn’t be worse, because I know you’re all looking at the calendar and thinking, “Yeah, right, nice try.” And yes, smart guy, I know what day today is, but it’s my sad duty to confirm that this one is no joke. It’s one of several NFL uni updates that will be officially unveiled during the draft (others, which I can’t show you, include the Jags, Dolphins, and Niners; the Lions have already leaked), and by far the worst of the bunch.
There’s not a whole lot to say here, except that this jersey takes the Seahawks’ infatuation with
lime green neon snot to its logical, awful conclusion. The color’s inclusion in their uni set makes no more sense to me now than it did when the set was introduced in 2002. I hate it in their collar stripe, I hate it in their sleeve stripe, I hate it in their pants stripe, plus I hate it in all the team’s ancillary gear, like sideline caps, “fashion” caps, gloves, ski caps, and even adhesive tape and confetti. And now I’ll get to hate it in a truly dreadful alternate jersey.
The worst part about this is that it’s taking place in the same season as all those great AFL throwbacks. Could anything be more diametrically opposed to those beauties than this eyesore? Fortunately, there’s still time to get run over by a truck before the season starts.
Update: ESPN surprised me by running my MLB season-preview column today (instead of tomorrow, when it was originally slated to run). Here ’tis.
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Uni Watch News Ticker (a joint effort by Phil and Paul today): Our latest DIY cornhole set comes from Jim Ransdell, who created a Spurs-themed set for himself. ”¦ Last Wednesday’s Isles/Wild game featured a fight between John Scott and Joel Rechlicz. As you can sort of see toward the end of the video, Scott ended up with a rip extending down from the tip of his V-neck jersey collar. What isn’t shown in the video — but is explained in this article — is that the jersey was damaged so badly that Scott removed the jersey and “sat in the penalty box in only his pads from the waist up while his jersey received treatment” (with thanks to Brian Schulz). ”¦ If you can fight your way through all the advertising nonsense, there’s something pretty unique in this photo: uni-numbered socks! (Nice find by AJ Brandt.) ”¦ The expansion Gold Coast FC Australian Rules Football Club was granted a license to start play in 2011, writes Drew Douglas. The “Gold Coast” is the Surfers Paradise area south of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Think Tampa Bay/Jacksonville, Fla. in American terms … Brig Slaughter knows how much we love stirrups, so here is a shot of Auburn pitcher Dexter Price. Gotta love the old school uni they’re wearing this year, and the stirrups are a nice compliment … John Muir has found some fascinating things about championship rings … Brad Keppler enjoyed the weekend column “in which Phil and Teebz broke down the Frozen Four Hockey Uniforms.” He was stunned when he noticed that ND doesnt use green in their Alternate Uni Set, so he came up with this set which, “I think has a ‘throwback’ or ‘vintage’ feel to it. Thought u would like to see. I think these would look sweet on the ice!” … Steve Cadger came across something that he’d never seen before — a sign that takes up almost the whole back (and in one case, the front) of the sweater. It’s an undated photo from the City of Edmonton archives, of a pretty slick-looking hockey team with players that have such awesome names as Dead-Eye Dawson, Ace Armitage, and Peerless Porter. … Mark Kluczynski notes that Shorpy strikes again … “My buddies and I took a vacation to some spring training games in Florida,” says Cork Gaines. “To commemorate the event, one guy made beer bottle koozies for the trip. If you look closely, you’ll see that the logo has a Rollie Fingers mustache, since one requirement for Man-cation is unruly facial hair.” ”¦ Is it possible that those two new NYC stadia might not be God’s gift to sporting venues after all? … Nice find here: Looks like Joe Sakic was wearing a cover-up patch over his captain’s “C” (good spot by Mike Engle). … B. Cheng has started a new blog about Chinese soccer, and yesterday’s post was all about uniforms. ”¦ Tremendous 1974 Atlanta Hawks uniform available here (good find by Daniel Puglisi).