I had a pretty good weekend (more on that later), but it would’ve been even better if I’d seen the Pats/Titans-as-Oilers game yesterday. In addition to the great throwback uniforms, the game was played in the snow. Man, look at this — and in October! Lots of additional photos here and here, and there’s a gallery of pics from previous Pats snow games here.
In other games:
• Major stripe news in Pittsburgh, where Browns receiver Josh Cribbs used the team’s striped socks as forearm sleeves (additional views here and here). If the league is smart, they’ll skip the fine and instead make this mandatory for all players. Looks great!
• The Giants continue to have problems with ghosted Reebok logos. But this time they weren’t the only ones. So were the Jags using the same new fabric and new tailoring patterns that the Jints have been using? Probably. As several readers have noted, Jacksonville’s jerseys changed last week. Earlier in the season, the Jags’ captaincy patches covered the new piping, and the piping wrapped all the way around to the back. But then last week the piping pattern shifted, leaving the captains’ patches all by their lonesome. I don’t think it’s just that those players changed to a different skill-position cut; I think something fundamental about the team’s tailoring (and fabrication..?) has changed. Joe Skiba, do you know anything about this? (Screen shot supplied by Brian Erni.)
• Maaaaybe it’s just a fold in the fabric, but it sure looks like the second two letters of John Abraham’s NOB were backwards. (Screen shot courtesy of Aaron Bell.)
• The Chiefs were in Washington, where the Redskins generally wear white at home, so of course KC wore red. As several readers have pointed out, that kept alive the Chiefs’ streak of wearing red in every game so far this season. They’re home next week, which means red again, and then they have a bye. So their white jerseys won’t make their 2009 debut until, at earliest, Week 9 in Jacksonville. Has this ever happened before?
• Chad Ocho risked another fine for a black chinstrap (and exposed knees).
Pretty quiet Sunday. But things should pick up tonight in San Diego, as the Chargers and Broncos will be wearing AFL throwbacks, whoop-whoop.
Nov. 14th Update: Remember those new Nike football uniforms I wrote about last Friday? Another little birdie now tells me this:
I have it on two very credible sources that Nike will design special “rivalry” uniforms for 10 Nike colleges this year. Rivaly week is scheduled for the games of November 14th. I hear that some of the uniforms are rather imaginative. I have also heard that Texas is one of the 10 schools.
In other words, you now have 25 days to get run over by a truck. Get crackin’.
Goal(ie)-Oriented: Remember my recent ESPN column about goalie gear? In that column, I quoted Tyler Hull from Bauer thusly: “The Reebok Revokes are the same pad build as the Reebok PS3s, just with a different graphic.”
That prompted a response from Reebok spokesman Daniel Sarro, as follows:
The Reebok Revoke and Reebok P3 are different and distinct models, with different advantages — not simply a graphic difference. The Revoke goal pad provides goalies with the ability to construct their own pad with a custom flex, custom fit, and custom strapping arrangement. The Premier III goal pads offer a fluid rotation in the leg and boot channel (helping to increase speed when going in the butterfly), a pre-curved design and adjustable strap system.
I went back to Hull, who agreed that Sarro’s point was basically correct.
Oink: On Saturday afternoon I went to the East Village restaurant Back Forty, where the talented and charming chef Shanna Pacifico was teaching a class on how to make the Italian stuffed-pork preparation known as porchetta (and, as it turned out, an apple pie). It was totally enjoyable and even more totally delicious. Even the salad was good! I took lots of photos, but they’re definitely NSFV — not safe for vegetarians.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I missed Game 1 of the Yanks/Angels series because Kirsten and I had tickets for this. I’m fairly certain we saw the better uniforms. ”¦ How bad has the pigthrax scare gotten? So bad that the officials in Saturday’s Longhorns/Sooners game spelled out a composite PNOB — that’s pandemic name on back (genius grab by Mike Sullivan). ”¦ That “Ch. Brown” guy in the foreground of the photo, by the way, is Chykie Brown. The Texas roster also includes Curtis Brown. Does his NOB have “Cu. Brown”? ”¦ New hoops uniforms for Nebraska and, if you believe a video game screen shot, Cal, plus WVU has unveiled a really ugly black alternate. Another view of that one is here. ”¦ Small NHL change that slipped past all of us until now: The Blue Jackets have changed their helmet decal from their wordmark to their jersey crest (as spotted by Jeff Emhuff). ”¦ Good slogan on Dustin Tokarski’s backplate (with thanks to Tris Wykes). ”¦ Faaaascinating story disputing the party line versions of how the Yankees’ and Mets’ logos were designed here. ”¦ I still think the new Olympic medals look like warped records, but Kirsten thinks they look like potato chips, and it’s hard to argue with that. ”¦ Clark Ruhland reports that Virginia Tech will start using these throwbacks as their primary uni set next season. ”¦ Todd Richard‘s campaign to bring back Bobby Valentine to the Mets now has its own merch. ”¦ Interesting question from DJ Iverson, who writes: “For the past 30+ years, my uncle, Stretch Suba, has been the bullpen catcher for the Houston Astros. He’s seen a lot of different versions of the Astros jersey but has kept the number 61 the entire time. Who holds the record for the longest streak in the same team jersey and number?” Hmmm. Anyone? ”¦ Dylan Buell noticed a coupla things during Saturday’s Ball State/Bowling Green game. First, members of the Ball State chain gang had their own uni numbers. Second, one of the Ball State players had mismatched jersey and helmet numbers. “He’s in one of my classes, so I’ll have to ask him about it,” says Dylan. ”¦ Remember this sign, which I saw at Pittsburgh gas station back in April? As I wrote at the time, the problem with four-fingered cartoon characters is that they look like they’re flipping the bird when they extend their index finger. Apparently the Mighty Flame folks got the message, because their mascot character is now clutching a torch, not sticking out a finger (big thanks to Ryan Connelly). ”¦ Ryan also reports that he recently rediscovered his very first DIY project: “When I was very young, my favorite player was Mike Schmidt. So I took White Out and added Schmidt’s uni number to my Phillies helmet. I remember I used to wear this thing all the time! Found it recently while helping my mom with something in an old closet.” ”¦ Brooks Simpson notes that the left-sleeve piping on Kendry Morales’s road jersey has been messed up since at least Game 3 of the Division Series. ”¦ Rumor mill alert from a reader who prefers to remain anonymous: “Heard from a family close family friend who happens to be T. Boone Pickens’ lawyer that Okie State is looking to switch permanently from orange and black to black and silver.” ”¦ Now that’s a patent drawing. According to a description on a page that I won’t link to (because it’s a tripod.com page and will crash if we all try to look at it at once), “This contraption basically replaced the catcher’s mitt with a wire cage placed on the catcher’s chest. The object of the invention was to protect the catcher’s hands so that the hands would not come in contact with the ball until it was time to throw it back to the pitcher. The invention was a rectangular open-wire frame body reinforced by slotted walls of wood. The impact of the ball on the catcher’s chest is protected by springs on the rear wall of the device. After the ball has passed through the open front end, it closes automatically. At the bottom of the device is an opening where the ball passes into a pocket where it is retrieved by the catcher. The device also includes a wire mesh on the top to protect the catcher’s face.” But as Adam Brodsky notes, “It doesn’t seem to have a Nike logo.” ”¦ Wanna see the worst football uniform ever? No, I mean ever? Look, see for yourself. Once you catch your breath, go to this page and click on “South Summit 24, North Summit 6” to see a video clip that will surely change your life (horrifying find by Dom Lewis). ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Does this car look exactly like a Seahawks uniform or what? ”¦ Southern wore gold jerseys on Saturday — first time they’ve done that since the 2006 Bayou Classic. “Not only that,” says Prentice James, “but these were the SAME gold jerseys, complete with the 2006 Bayou Classic commemorative patch on right shoulder. Can you imagine USC wearing last year’s Rose Bowl jersey against ND this past weekend? Weird.” ”¦ Alex Shuman wore stirrups to a friend’s wedding the other day. “It got many compliments,” he says. ”¦ FIU tried a blackout on Saturday, except they paired the black jerseys with their regular dark navy pants — lame-o (with thanks to Kyle Pineda and Carlos Loaiza).