At the risk of having Teebz cross me off of his Christmas card list, I have to admit that my knowledge of NHL jersey patches is somewhat less than encyclopedic. But that may change now that John Muir has pointed me toward NHL Patches, a site devoted to, um, what was the name of the site again? Right.
There’s tons of good stuff documented here. Did you know, for example, that the Red Wings wore a war bonds patch during WWII? Or that the Bruins celebrated their 50th anniversary with a really creepy-looking bear?
You could waste a whole day clicking through the site. Fortunately for you, I’ve already done that, so here are some highlights, in roughly chronological order:
• Never seen an egg shaped sports patch before.
• And speaking of unusual shapes, I really like the shape and alignment of the Flames’ 10th-anniversary patch.
• You know how stores and businesses will proudly say how they’re “family-owned”? So did the Red Wings, in the early 1980s. Never seen anything like that. (Ten years later, the Wings celebrated their 60th anniversary with a direct-embroidered design instead of a patch — unusual.)
• Something else I’d never seen: a patch honoring disabled people.
• Somehow this Whalers 10th-anniversary patch is perfectly in keeping with the team’s endearingly simple graphics program. Awesome!
• I really like the color-coordination of these simple memorial patches.
• Man, that is one busy patch design.
• Now that’s an all-star patch!
• Very interesting to see that that Harold Ballard’s memorial patches had his name rendered in white-on-white and blue-on-blue — a posthumous nod to his infamous color-on-color NOB stunt, perhaps?
• Very nice, very simple — I like.
• Here’s an oddity: The Flames celebrated their 15th season in Calgary with a small design direct-embroidered on their shirttail.
• The 1995 All-Star Game patch was supposed to look like this (excellent concept, not so sure about the execution). But that game was never played, because of the lockout. San Jose got to host the next ASG, but the patch design was revised to look like this.
• Here’s an excellent look at all the millennium patches from the 1999-2000 season.
• And I’m saving the best for last: quite possibly the coolest patch design ever. Wow.
There’s more, mostly from the last decade, but I’ll let you explore those for yourself. Just don’t blame me if you don’t get anything else done today.
In case you didn’t notice the new ad on the left: You can now access all of the Naming Wrongs shirts from this page, and I don’t mind saying I think they look pretty damn nifty. Collect ’em all, buy lots for your friends, etc. (and big thanks to those of you who’ve already rung the cash register on this one).
Seriously, you won’t even know what hit you: I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches on the Mets-centric uniform quiz I’ll be conducting tomorrow night, 7pm, at Two Boots. It’s gonna be a doozy — I’ve got 25 questions with a total of 32 answers (i.e., some questions are “Name the three players who did blah-blah-blah”), and I’ll be impressed if anyone has more than 10 correct responses, although I’ll be very pleased if I’m proven wrong on that account. The prize will be a copy of Keith Hernandez’s new book,
Pardon Me While I Snort the Third Base Line Shea Goodbye, and the book’s co-author, Matt Silverman, will be one of the other Two Boots speakers, so he can autograph it for the winning contestant on the spot. I’ll also have plenty of “I’m Calling It Shea” tees to sell, natch. See you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Astros will wear lunar landing caps tonight (as reported by Maury Brown). ”¦ Check out this shot of the 1891 WVU football team! Love that little awning over the window on the building in the background (big thanks to Jason Bernard). ”¦ Awesome Chargers throwback slideshow — including throwback cheerleader uniforms! — available here. ”¦ Tommy Murray was at Magic Kingdom and stopped in for a bite at Casey’s, where the staffers wore baseball uniforms, including stirrups. ”¦ Marty Hick found a bunch of old indoor soccer uni drawings that he did as a kid. “My favorite parts are the collars, and the trendy indoor soccer shoes of the day.” Naturally, my favorite part is the socks. ”¦ New kits for Inter Milan. Further info here (with thanks to B. Mitchell. ”¦ Lots of cool old photos of the U. of Minnesota’s Memorial Stadium (with thanks to Tris Wykes). ”¦ Is there really a high school team called the Nikes? Yeesh (with thanks to Steven Wojtowicz). ”¦ As most of you probably know by now, Dwyane Wade has switched from Converse to Jordan. And as goes Wade, so goes his alma mater. ”¦ Some info on Nebraska’s basketball uniforms here (with thanks to David McGee). ”¦ Good roundup of the latest Premier League uniforms here. ”¦ Best photos yet of the new New Mexico football unis here (big thanks to Rob Montoya). ”¦ Really interesting video about the history of corporate logo design here (great find by Matthew Robins). ”¦ Interesting note from Tyler Kepner, who writes: “Had a great time at the McCartney concert at the Mets’ ballpark on Friday night and couldn’t help noticing a Detroit Red Wings sticker on the guitar he used while playing ‘Yesterday.’ I googled it and came across some sites that said a fan gave it to him in 1976. Maybe he liked it for the ‘Wings’ connection. Anyone know the real story?” ”¦ Ben Teaford notes that there’s a lot of orange in the logo for the groundbreaking on the Marlins’ new stadium (yes, even groundbreakings have logos now). “I also saw a video of the groundbreaking with people wearing orange shirts. Is this a hint of things to come or just an odd choice?” Hmmm. ”¦ More pics of those tuxedo jerseys here (with thanks to Paul Barrett. ”¦ Aaron Johnson reports that there was a Royals Hall of Fame game in KC on Friday. Participants wore the team’s current powder blue alternate jersey and matching pants and caps. Looks like they had a Royals HoF sleeve patch, too. ”¦ Some really interesting photos of keirin (Japanese short-track cycling) here (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). ”¦ Here’s the new Celtic road kit (gracias to James Chaney). ”¦ Check out the Hannibal (Missouri) Cavemen, a summer league team that wears very nice northwestern-striped stirrups (big thanks to Bob Southon).