We have a lot to cover today, boys and girls, so let’s get started:
• The Giants continue to have issues with their Reebok logos, which of course amuses me no end. Alas, this is probably the last we’ll see of this particular problem. I can’t divulge all the details, but let’s just say it’s been addressed and shouldn’t happen again. Too bad.
• What are those orange tabs in Mark Sanchez’s helmet? Are those the radio speakers? If so, I’ve never seen them stand out so clearly like that.
• Speaking of helmet radios, Michael Vick didn’t have a green dot yesterday (presumably because he wasn’t always used as a QB, right?).
• And speaking of the Eagles’ radio-equipped helmets, they don’t just have a green dot — they also have an extra i.d. label.
• Braylon Edwards went double-sock-striped for the Browns, and Chris Johnson did likewise for the Titans-as-Oilers. (In a related item, Eric Taylor did the same thing on Saturday for the Edmonton Eskimos.)
• No photo, but I was really surprised to see Tennessee cornerback Ryan Mouton returning punts bare-handed — no gloves! (Not sure if he also went gloveless while playing defense.) As it happens, he fumbled twice, which makes me wonder if he’ll be wearing gloves — or returning punts — next week.
• Similarly, it’s surprising to see Rams TE Daniel Fells going gloveless — and with the old-school tape loops on his fingers to boot!
• Speaking of the Rams, they retired Deacon Jones’s number at halftime yesterday.
• Jeff Fisher looked like he was wearing his big brother’s too-big shirt.
• I don’t know if holding was called on this play, but I hope so.
• Kinda early in the season for the Texans’ annual Halliburton Day uniforms, no?
• Oh, right — this. Frankly, I don’t have a lot to say about it, other than the obvious: It’s a very poor piece of design, and it takes the Seahawks’ inexplicable fascination with that neon-snot tone (which I have never liked — not on the pants, not on the logo eyeball, not on the gloves) to its logical conclusion. In other words, they’ve taken the worst element in a bad identity package and blown it up to its full potential. Congrats!
When Phil, Michael Princip, and I first proposed this design as an April Fool’s joke last spring, it was just a fun prank. We didn’t realize a bunch of idiots in the Seattle front office would take it as some sort of frat-boy dare. This would be flattering if it weren’t so depressing.
Anyway, now that we know the power of a Uni Watch April Fool’s rumor, next year I’ll be sure to propose something more useful, like the Mets ditching the black, or universal single-payer health care, or Guy Fieri developing laryngitis. Promise.
(Thanks to everyone who submitted tips and screen shots, including Bryan Stabbe, Mako Mameli, Max Sellman, Wayne Koehler, Steve Cadger, Chad Todd, and Mat Bernstein.)
Busy Week: On Wednesday, my annual NHL season-preview column will be running on ESPN.com. In addition, I’m going to have a companion column devoted to goalies’ new gear (not just masks, but also pads and blockers) — not sure yet if this bonus column will be running on ESPN or here on the blog. Plus I have a small NFL-related item running on the Page 2 index page right now (scroll down to the lower-left corner).
I’ll post updates here on the blog as things sort themselves out. Stay tuned, etc.
That’s all I can stand, I can’t stands no more: My Earthlink account had yet another major hiccup on Friday, the two primary results of which are as follows: (1) If you sent me anything between noon-ish on Friday and early Saturday morning, I probably didn’t receive it. And (2) I’m changing e-mail accounts.
So as of right now, Uni Watch’s new e-mail address is uniwatching [at] gmail dot com. All Ticker contributions and other uni-related correspondence should go to that address. I also have a new my personal address: plukas64 [at] gmail dot com (but please don’t use that one for uni-related stuff).
I’m keeping the Earthlink addresses active for a while and am forwarding them to my Gmail account, but please update your address books now. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: By now I’m sure you’ve all seen the very nice throwbacks that Oregon wore on Saturday. But just in case, there are plenty of photos available here. ”¦ Here’s a great shot of the thick memorial armband that the Pirates wore in 1932 in remembrance of team owner Barney Dreyfuss (with thanks to Bruce Menard). ”¦ New mask for Brett Johnson (with thanks to Zack Tanner). ”¦ Hey, is this the first time Arkansas has worn merit decals? (As spotted by Justin Bates.) ”¦ Reprinted from Friday’s comments: First 10 mins. or so of this podcast features Greg Coleman talking about his role as a NFL uni cop. ”¦ Steelers will be wearing their throwbacks twice this season. ”¦ Unusual scene in the ring on Saturday night, and Vitali Klitschko and Chris Arreola both wore black trunks for their WBC heavyweight title bout. ”¦ The Cubs wore that little cub-head patch on their left sleeve for most of the 1960s, but here’s Lou Brock wearing it on his right sleeve — weird (good catch by Matt DeLeon). ”¦ Speaking of sleeves, those green sleeve patches worn by college football coaches two days ago were part of a muscular dystrophy initiative. ”¦ Small item at the very end of this page indicates that the Cavs will be wearing a 40th-season patch this season (thanks, Vince). ”¦ Speaking of the NBA, I was up at their offices on Friday and saw all the new stuff for this season, and some for next season. Lots of interesting things in the works — stay tuned. ”¦ Ryan Simmelink has created a new web site called Baseball Backs, in which he creates Photoshopped versions of MLB rear-jersey views. ”¦ Some cool old University of New Hampshire sports photos here (with thanks to Tris Wykes). ”¦ Good eye by Chris Mangan, who notes that several NHLers are using a new brand of stick — a brand whose name sounds pretty damn good to me. Anyone know more? ”¦ Hey, remember how Sheldon Brown wore a Jason mask for pregame intros last week? That’ll cost him (with thanks to Kenny Ocker). ”¦ Terry Proctor sent along a nice Ruby’s Sporting Goods ad that ran in the Rochester Amerks program in 1965. ”¦ Happy High Heeb Holy Days to those of you who are observing (although if you’re really observing, shouldn’t you be off starving yourself in a corner and contemplating your sins, not reading a sports blog?).