The great thing about Monday Night Football is, uh”¦ wait, it’ll come to me. Oh! The great thing about Monday Night Football is that it allows the entire country to see what local fans have been seeing all along. Case in point: Until last night, I didn’t realize that Packers coach Mike McCarthy liked to keep a Sharpie hanging from the back of his cap. But I sure know it now, because eight or nine readers sent me screen grabs of it.
Had McCarthy been doing this all along and we just hadn’t noticed? I did some quick research and discovered that the answer is yes, yes, a thousand times yes, as you can see to varying degrees in these photos. But in those shots, he appears to have clipped the pen to the adjusta-strap, while last night it looked like he had a little bonus pen-holder loop custom-sewn onto the cap. How functionally specific is that?!
All of which raises several points of concern:
• Who sewed the little loop onto the cap — Reebok? The Packers’ team seamstress? The backup QB?
• Why the hell would anyone wear a pen in his cap anyway? Seems like an awkward arrangement at best, sort of like Belichick keeping the red challenge flag in his sock. Someone might want to inform these coaches of a new invention called pockets.
• Is more than one coach at a time allowed to wear a pen in his cap? Is the pen-equipped cap marked with a special green decal?
(Thanks to everyone who contributed screen shots, esp. Steve Beard, Michael Kinney, and Bill Blevins.)
Little records with big holes, continued: I’ve put a bunch more indie 45s up for sale on eBay, and I’ll be adding a coupla more later in the week. Bid early and often, etc.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Hershey Bears wore Calder Cup champions jerseys on Sunday, which seems a little in-your-face, no? (As spotted by Denis Kirstein.) ”¦ Really interesting 1913 football team portrait here. The shoulder pads appear to be sewn into the jerseys! Never seen that before (with thanks to John Weghorst, who also pointed me toward this awesome shot of the 1919 Potomac Boat Club and maybe the coolest lifeguard photo ever). ”¦ Hey, check out this odd shot of Nicky Fotiu, wearing what appears to be a hybrid of the Rangers’ mid-’70s pants and socks and their standard jersey. “My guess it’s one of those 1976 pre-season ‘don’t want to show the folks the new unis yet’ games,” says Joe DeAngelis. ”¦ If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you’ll see that this term’s Supreme Court docket includes a case with interesting sports merchandising implications (big thanks to Jeff Fishman). ”¦ The FAMU Rattlers go with TNOB (with thanks to Shaun Tunick). ”¦ Tim Burke notes that Ohio University went NNOB on Saturday — weird, since they had NOBs the week before. ”¦ Check this out: the Korean flag, made out of sushi. Additional food-based national flags here (nice find by Kirsten). ”¦ Today’s Twins/Tigers game has its own logo. ”¦ OK, so you’ve seen all the Snickers ads with the cutesy phrases in the Snickers design motif. The point, of course, is that the Snickers logo is instantly identifiable, no matter what the letters are. All of which is particularly interesting in light of this analgesic product. ”¦ Think things can’t get any worse for the Rams? You’re right! Wait, no, you’re wrong. ”¦ The Dolphins’ orange jerseys are being revived (with thanks to Ted Hill). … Very cool shot of the NLDS logo being applied to the grass in Philly (big thanks to Nicole Haase). … Yet another weird college football NOB. “That’s T-Bob Hebert, LSU’s starting center,” explains Derek Ponamsky. “His dad is Bobby Hebert, who played in the NFL. There are no other Heberts on LSU’s roster, which makes this NOB even better.” Um, yes, “better,” okay. ”¦ The Cavs shot a bunch of media pics yesterday, providing the first look at their 40th-anniversary patch. I’ll have more to say about this and other NBA news later this week. ”¦ Whoa, guess I won’t be writing for Gourmet again. ”¦ Speaking of the fast-changing media world, bloggers are now being required to reveal any connections with stealth advertisers or freebie providers, so I’d like to go on record here and disclose that I’ve been on the Nike payroll all along and am actually the guy who designed all of Oregon’s recent uniforms. What can I say, uni news was slow and I need to spice things up. The only problem now is, what do I do with all these Air Jordans they gave me?
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