Vince has finished tabulating the resuts for our annual NCAA bracket contest. The 10 winners will choose from the following prizes: a free Uni Watch membership, a Bruins Winter Classic tee (tagged as size XL, although it measures 21”³ pit-to-pit, which means it’s really more like a large or even a very generous medium), and the eight BP caps shown above (all sized as small/medium).
The 10 winners, in order, are as follows:
1. Queensberry Street King (CoryG)
2. Mascot Would Kill Other Mascot (HarmyG)
3. Mmm Chicken (hllshwkeye)
4. A Mountain Out of a Grant Hill (The Bopper)
5. Jon’s Bracket (Green Lantern)
6. Hulks Striped Hose (MarkM)
7. Erik Morris (Erik M)
8. Pick ’Em Pro (Momentum)
9. Super Nintendo Chalmers (Brocktoon)
10. twilo thunder (ed)
All 10 winners should contact me pronto with their real names and shipping addresses. First-place winner gets his choice of prizes; second-place winner should provide two prize choices, in order of preference; third-place winner should provide three choices; and so on. Okay? Okay.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — the curling story, finally.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s an MLB uni change I hadn’t caught: the Giants’ road NOBs are now direct-sewn instead of nameplated (excellent catch by Dave Toebner). ”¦ Completely awesome 1912 baseball uni ad here. ”¦ And here’s an even better one from 1968. ”¦ Phil found this awesome shot of Roy Face’s flocked helmet. ”¦ New mascot for William & Mary (with thanks to Tris Wykes). ”¦ Some new uni numbers for the Broncos — and note the rare use of the full-horse logo at upper right (with thanks to Ryan Hess). ”¦ “Texas Tech football will supposedly introduce a new alternate helmet this year,” reports James Kelly. “Rumor is that it will be worn for road games. Not sure about the legitimacy of the story, but my cousin’s friend took these photos while at the TTU facilities a few days ago. All things considered, I like the look.” ”¦ Jeff Ingalls wonders what’s up with this old hockey card, which was part of a supermarket sticker album around 1974. Practice jersey? Uni number airbrushed in due to lack of a licensing deal? Something else? ”¦ Looks like they left a little too much space between the “Mc” and the “Nabb” (picky-picky, Jon Solomonson). ”¦ Did you know the U.S. Census Bureau is promoting census participation by sponsoring a NASCAR car? “Greg Biffle will be driving it a half-dozen or so times this season,” reports Scott Leighty, who works for the Census Bureau. … Nice slideshow of old Brooklyn Dodgers pics here (thanks, Kirsten). ”¦ Now that’s awesome uniform (gold star for Don Kasak). ”¦ Gumball helmet king Bill Jones reports that he’s made some major additions to his Flickr gallery of helmet logo decal designs: “I’ve Added four pages of defunct hockey minor leagues, along with photos of the completed helmets (All American Hockey League 1986-89; American Hockey Association 1992-93; Atlantic Coast Hockey League 1981-87; Central Hockey League 1968-84; Continental Hockey League 1972-86; Eastern Hockey League 1979-81; North American Hockey League 1973-77; North American League 1995-96; Northeastern Hockey League 1978-79; NY-Penn Major Hockey League 1973-78; Pacific Hockey League 1977-79; Pacific Northwest Hockey League 1991-92; Pacific Southwest Hockey League 1972-95; Southern Hockey League 1973-77; Southwest Hockey League 1975-77; United States Hockey League 1961-79; Western Hockey League 1952-74; Western International Hockey League 1946-86). Also added the new Federal Hockey League (set to start in 2010 with six teams), updated the Major League Roller Hockey page to include historic teams, added NAIA Football (college) decals for 2009 (this is the first and only set of these that I am aware of), and updated the NCAA D3 set. I should be adding some baseball soon (minors, international, summer leagues), as well as all the 2010 changes to the indoor football leagues (New Arena Football League, AIFA, IFL, SIFL, and CIFL).” Phew — and you thought your life was complicated! ”¦ About a month ago I got a note from a guy named Dave Lamm, who wanted to know the exact specs and spacing on the Yankees’ pinstripes for a project he was working on. I referred him to my December 2008 column about the Yanks’ striping, and he took it from there. And what was his project? A Yankees-themed tailgating grill, as it turns out. ”¦ Stirrups vs. stirrups! That’s Gregg Zaun batting against Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday (with thanks to Alex Higley). … Remember the Oakland Police Dept. sleeve patch that the A’s wore last year? Andrew Bailey is still wearing it this year! Never seen anything like that before (great catch by Kurtiss Dilley).