Had a great time in Cleveland, but I’ll get to that tomorrow or the day after. For now, let’s talk football, because NFL training camp season has begun. And thanks to the league’s fancy new policy of allowing teams to wear ads on their practice jerseys, training camp is much more uni-notable than in years past. You’ve probably seen some of the ad patches by now, but here’s a fairly complete roundup of what’s been out there so far (with more to follow as additional teams unveil their practice attire):
• The Jets are wearing an Atlantic Health ad patch, but it doesn’t look so bad, in part because they normally wear a patch in that spot anyway, and in part because you can’t even make out what it is. I had to go searching to find what the logo is actually supposed to look like, and it turns out it’s more Jets-based than ad-based. Kinda makes you wonder why they bothered.
• The Titans are wearing their Baptist Sports Medicine, same as always.
• I suppose there’s something in the world sadder than the Bengals being sponsored by Spongetech. I just can’t imagine what it would be.
• At least four teams that were reportedly looking for jersey sponsors haven’t found them: the Broncos (who are instead wearing a 50th-anniversary patch, presumably as a “Your Ad Here” device), Chargers (ditto), Texans (semi-ditto, only with their helmet logo), and Packers (who are going patch-free, at least for now).
Still haven’t seen the ad patches being worn by the Colts and Giants, but those should be coming today or tomorrow. Of course, all of this pales in comparison to the big NFL news from over the weekend. In case you missed it, I’m of course referring to the return of the creamsicles in Tampa. Love ’em or hate ’em, one thing’s clear: Those socks are the bomb.
Membership Update: We’re closing in on our 800th member, thanks to new enrollees like Jerry Adams, whose card is based on this old Baltimore Bullets uni. As always, you can check out all the designs in the membership card gallery and make the membership scene yourself by signing up here.
Chat Alert: I’ll be doing a live web chat this Friday on ESPN.com, probably at either noon or 1pm eastern. Full details to follow shortly.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Major helmet logo problems yesterday for Micah Hoffpauir (screen shots courtesy of Paul Mazzarella). ”¦ Mark Penxa, whose gorgeous baseball watercolors were first featured on this site last year, is selling a bunch of his stuff way cheap. Highly recommended. ”¦ What could be better than hitching a ride on the bullpen buggy? (With thanks to Kevin Walsh.) ”¦ You’ve seen them by now, but here’s another look at the Bills’ throwbacks (with thanks to Mark Szlachetka). ”¦ Joe Skiba is back with a new training camp edition of Equipped. ”¦ What if World War II had been fought as a hockey tournament, with the Americans, Russians, Nazis, and all the other countries fighting it out on the ice? It’s an odd project, but an entertaining one, and Johnny Griswold has run with it. ”¦ Speaking of unusual concepts, Marc Swanson has imagined what the Bucs, Jags, and Seahawks might have looked like if they’d been in the AFL back in the early ’60s. ”¦ Anyone know why Roman Gabriel would have been playing with white stuff on his face, not to mention no sleeve stripes? (Screen shot courtesy of Claude Jacques.) ”¦ New football uniforms for Cal Poly. ”¦ The Muskegon Lumberjacks have unveiled a 50th-anniversary logo — and it was designed by Marc Okkonen! ”¦ Scott Turner was attired like so for Saturday’s Mets/D-backs game and says, “Mets ushers, food-order takers, food-bringers, fans, and the guys at the Lemon Ice King of Corona all either a) commented positively on my tee, or b) asked where they could get it. To the former, I said ‘You know, you’re now about to get fired by the Wilpons.’ The latter, steered them to No Mas.” ”¦ We’ve all seen pics of the Hollywood Stars’ shorts, but Paul Wiederecht found a version I hadn’t seen before: solid jersey with non-pinstriped shorts. ”¦ Also from Paul: The 1951 Padres (who were part of the Pacific Coast League at the time) wore solid-color jerseys with collars! ”¦ Roger Faso spotted lots of problems in this photo: “When the A’s wore that style of jersey, Rickey’s number was 35. He didn’t wear 24, in Oakland, until 1989, when they were in their current style. And here’s the kicker: The stripe pattern from that era was green-yellow-green, not yellow-green-yellow. Not to mention that the font is all wrong. I’m done with baseball this season.” ”¦ Anyone know why one member of the White Sox grounds crew wears a yellow jersey? (As spotted by Dylan Buell.) ”¦ Scott Rolen is still wearing his No. 33 batting gloves (good spot by Michael Kinney). ”¦ New third kit for Newcastle United (with thanks to Ross Hazlett). ”¦ Hmmm, is Tennessee switching to a black facemask? (As spotted by Josh Williams.) ”¦ Adidas has extended its UEFA agreement through the 2011-12 season and released new soccer ball designs for the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the UEFA Europe League (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). ”¦ The Bengals’ 1980s uniforms look even weirder in electric football (as noted by Brinke Guthrie). ”¦ Absolutely AWESOME catalog page devoted to those little plastic bread-tag thingies here (great find, Kirsten). ”¦ Those Phiten-branded socks look even worse as part of a throwback uni. ”¦ A guy in Detroit has built a Green Monster replica in his yard (with thanks to Tom Konecny). ”¦ We all know that players like Dick Allen and John Olerud wore batting helmets while playing the field. But here’s another member of that club who I hadn’t been aware of: Dave Roberts of the Padres, circa 1973 (nice find by Doug Keklak).