Although I live in New York, I don’t watch many Jets games. Part of this is because I’m never been a Jets fan, and part of it is that I tend to watch the Giants each Sunday — one game a week is usually enough for me. But of course I watched the Jets/Chargers game two days ago, and I was surprised to see that punter Steve Weatherford had his socks pulled up over his pant cuffs (plus he wears his wedding band on the field, but we noted that in the Ticker a few years ago).
I meant to check some old photos of Weatherford to see if this was just a one-game thing, but I forgot. Then, yesterday morning, I got the following note from reader Jarrett Mattina:
Do you have any info on why the hell Jets punter Steve Weatherford pulls his socks above his knees and over his pants? He looks ridiculous. As a Jets fan, it’s embarrassing.
I asked Jarrett if this was a new thing for Weatherford, and he quickly replied, “Nothing new — he’s been doing it all year.”
In fact, it turns out that Weatherford has worn this style for four different teams in his short career. Here’s a quick timeline:
2006-07: Begins his NFL career in New Orleans, where he wears the Saints’ black-topped socks pulled up high on both of the team’s pant designs.
2008: Waived by the Saints. Signs with the Chiefs and is on their roster for 13 days, during which time he manages to wear high white socks over KC’s red pants and high red-topped socks over the white pants. Waived by the Chiefs and then signs with the Jaguars, where he goes high-hosed with both of the Jags’ pant designs.
2009: Signs with the Jets.
(And how did Weatherford wear his socks in college? It’s sort of a trick question, because he went to Illinois, which doesn’t wear full-length socks. … Wait, update! As has now been pointed out in today’s comments, he wore normal-length socks at Illinois at least once.)
The most surprising thing about all this is that it hasn’t come up here on the site before. Just another case of punters getting no respect, I guess. Personally, I’m gonna be rooting for the Colts on Sunday, but it would almost be worth it for the Jets to win, just so I can get one of my reporter friends to ask Weatherford about his socks on Super Bowl Media Day. That’d go over about as well as Jim Caple asking CC Sabathia about his pinstripes.
Speaking of this weekend’s AFC title tilt, reader James Crossman notes that there will be only three team colors on display in that game: green, blue, and white. Must be a record low, no?
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Research Query: Got a note yesterday from Zack Hample, better known as the guy who’s snagged over 4,000 baseballs at MLB games. In his words:
There’s a baseball scene in the movie called ‘Roommates,’ and I’m analyzing it for a book I’m writing. Among other things, I’m trying to figure out what the uniforms say.
The scene takes place in Pittsburgh in 1963, but the movie came out in 1995, and it was filmed in Indianapolis. The logos on the uniforms in this scene are weird and only partially visible — I’ve posted some screen shots on my blog.
The uniforms aren’t familiar to me, but I bet someone reading this can identify them. If so, please contact Zack directly and fill him in. Thanks.
Contest Reminder: Remember, next Friday, January 29th, is the deadline for the Cooperstown Hawkeye logo design contest. Full details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: What’s with the gray sneakers? According to this story: “Several Wizards players decided to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. by wearing some special gray Nikes, with red, black and green trim. The colors represent, respectively, the blood that unites people of African ancestry, the people, and the natural wealth of the continent. Andray Blatche, Dominic McGuire, Randy Foye, Earl Boykins, and Brendan Haywood all wore the shoes.” ”¦ In other NBA news, George Alfano notes that the Grizzlies wore color at home yesterday, and so did the Hawks. Was that an MLK Day thing or what? ”¦ There’s even more to the Alexander Pechurski story, which I first mentioned yesteday: He had to borrow Marc-Andre Fleury’s pads, because his own pads weren’t legal by NHL standards. Full explanation in this video clip (with thanks to Tyler Hull, who also notes that European teams are now selling ads on goalie stick blades). ”¦ Wanna dress up as a World Cup soccer ref? Here’s your chance (with thanks to James Craven). … Whoa, anyone know which Expos minor league affiliate wore this jersey? (Nice find by Jeff Barak.) ”¦ Update: Several readers have now informed me that that’s a Rockford Expos jersey. … David Ariel reports that the Buffalo hoops team has added a memorial patch in memory of former school president William Greiner. ”¦ Okay, the super-stretchy thing has officially gotten waaaay out of hand, as you can see in this high school basketball shot (with thanks to Steve Johnston). ”¦ There is soooo much to like in this old meat ad (with thanks to Steven Tatar). ”¦ As I suggested yesterday, the Cardinals’ logo does look pretty good outlined in white on a black helmet. That’s Metamora H.S. in Illinois (with thanks to Omar Sofradzija). ”¦ If you scroll down to the middle of this page, you can find Alex Gordon of the Royals discussing the team’s powder blues (with thanks to Robert Eden). ”¦ Big uni news in the Premier League, as Birmingham City has inked a £7.1m sponsorship deal with the Chinese sportswear company Xtep. “It’s the first Chinese-based company to produce kits for a Premier League club,” says Michael Orr. “The deal starts in August, so no more Umbro or F&C Investments for Birmingham’s shirts.” ”¦ Also from Michael: “Here’s a wee clip from the 1982 Scottish League Cup final between Celtic and Rangers. Check out how the Celtic players don’t have numbers on their shirts but instead have numbers on the front of one side of their shorts and on the back of the other. Very weird, never seen it before. I don’t know if that was their look for the whole season or if it was special for the Cup final.” ”¦ Jim Vilk reports that the Cactus Bowl — the D2 all-star game — was played on January 8th. “Rather no-frills-y on the unis, as you can see in this video clip, and they swap helmet stickers the way guys did in the old Blue-Gray games,” he says. “If you get the same advertisement before the video that I had, you’ll be treated to a commercial for a sporting goods place that shows cap-embroidering and screen-printing, among other things.” ”¦ Most unfortunate uni photo ever? “It’s gotta at least be in the discussion,” says Hugh McBride. ”¦ Brian Erni reports that the Islanders’ broadcast team mentioned something on the air yesterday that most of us already know: The retro alts will be the team’s full-time uni next season. ”¦ John Muir heard something uni-related during yesterday’s Isles game too: “The announcers talked about a recent practice where John Tavares had to hold up his end of a bet with Isles captain Doug Weight. It was simple: Canada wins the World Juniors, Weight wears a Canada Jersey; USA wins, Tavares dons stars and stripes. The jersey Tavares wore was the 2002 model, but it had two strange openings on the back, where the ends of the nameplate would be. Thing is, there was no remnant of a nameplate. Teams will affix velcro to the backs of jerseys during mini and training camps so nameplates can be switched out. My guess is that this was a camp jersey from ’02.” You can see more of John’s screen shots here. ”¦ What’s this? It’s a scene from a 17-minute French animated film called Logorama, which looks at the increasing role of brands in modern life. I haven’t been able to find an online source for the film itself, or even for a trailer, but there’s an interesting analysis of the film here. ”¦ Big roller derby news from the Rev. NÃ¸rb, who passed along some new uni number rules issued by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association: “A player’s number may contain up to four characters. ”¦ A player’s number must be alphanumeric with at least one numerical digit. For example: L5 is an acceptable number, but LV is not. Numbers cannot contain symbols. ”¦ A player may have small characters preceding or following her player number on her jersey (e.g., 55 mph, where “mph” is considerably smaller than “55”). These small characters are not considered part of the skater’s number and they may not inhibit the legibility of the player’s number whatsoever. The maximum size for the small characters is two (2) inches.” NÃ¸rb explains: “This exciting and draconian rule prohibits players from using the pi symbol, question marks, integrals, words, Jesus-fish-with-Darwin-feet symbols, etc., as jersey numbers. In an unrelated matter, I thought both the Paper Dolls’ and Rollergirl Regiment’s new unis looked very nice Saturday night.” ”¦ Speaking of fringe leagues, check out this report from Coachie Ballgames: “Women’s Professional Soccer is adding two teams, the Atlanta Beat and the Philadelphia Independence, for its second season. Two truly uninspired logos.” You can see the rest of this season’s WPS jerseys here. ”¦ Here’s a great example of proto-uni-watching: a 1963 newspaper article about NFL helmets! Trevor Williams found it in the Lawrence Journal-World archives. ”¦ Even by the standards of some photos we’ve seen in the past, this photo showing the Lakers’ old color-match problems is pretty bad (with thanks to Brady Phelps). ”¦ Jared Camden wore this outfit to the OSU/Michigan game in Ann Arbor last fall. “Their fans actually enjoyed the work I put into the shirt,” he claims. “Sorry this is so late but we thought the camera was lost for a longggg time… damn drinking.” ”¦ Got a cool note yesterday from Gary Cieradkowski, the guy who designed many of the graphics at Camden Yards: “I attached a few shots of some movie prop Negro League scorecards I designed a few years ago for a film that was never made. I actually designed complete eight-page scorecards for all six Negro National League teams and a few others, like the KC Monarchs, for the 1945 season. Was a hell of a fun job and I take them out every once in a while for fun. Since the film was never made, I have a quantity of these in my attic and was thinking of selling them on eBay or something eventually.” Gary also designs his own realistic-looking baseball cards. The Babe Ruth one is his actual business card, showing the Babe as an Oriole in 1914. … Eric Snyder reports that Spanish soccer club Racing Santander is wearing some seriously whacked-out two-tone jerseys this year. “They don’t always do the full-on sock dichotomy — sometimes they wear two green socks,” he says. “But at Real Madrid they went all-out.” … Defense Secretary Robert Gates has instructed his aides at the Pentagon to stop wearing combat fatigues and switch to dress uniforms.