Reader Andy Gladstone is an Eagles usher, and yesterday he spotted the gent pictured above, who apparently felt moved to create something special for Donovan McNabb’s return to Philly. “I was working, so I didn’t have time to chat with the, uh, ‘artist’ other than to ask permission to take the pics,” says Andy.
In other football news from this past weekend:
• Ahmad Bradshaw tore his pants during last night’s Giants/Bears game and apparently got some on-the-spot sideline repairs. I’ve seen lots of improvised darning and mending over the years, but never anything like that — sensational. I e-mailed Joe Skiba to ask for the full story and he shot back a quick note at 1am simply saying, “I repaired the pants.” I’ll try to get more details from him today. Update: Skeebs now tells me, “The tear happened right before the half. Then I used a hole puncher and string to sew it up.” (Big thanks to Tim Burke for that screen shot.)
• Reader Kevin DeBolt documented our first torn Bears helmet decal of the season. So much for the theory that this only happen in cold weather.
• Rare sight yesterday in Buffalo, as Ladainian Tomlinson played without a visor shield. As you can also see, the Bills wore their throwbacks in that game. The Jets, meanwhile, have now worn white over white for all four of their games.
• The Redskins wore their white pants for the first time this season. Nothing wrong with that look, but it can’t compete with the gold pants.
• The Falcons wore their awesome throwbacks. That’s one of my very favorite looks in the league right now.
• The Panthers wore their blue alts. No matter what this team wears, it always looks like a USFL-ish mess to me. Wish they’d do a complete overhaul.
• Reader Jimmy Dembski noticed that Wisconsin safety Jay Valai has much smaller TV numbers than those of his teammates.
• Pitt State wore camouflage jerseys.
• Oh, and apparently the NFL was trying to tell us something yesterday, but it was way too subtle for me to figure out:
Big thanks to Phil for compiling most of those pics.
Meanwhile, over on the ice: The NHL regular season begins this Thursday, and I’ll have full coverage with two ESPN columns: my annual team-by-team breakdown of uni changes, which is up now, and a detailed look at the latest crop of goalie masks and pads, which will run on Wednesday.
Giveaway reminder: Today’s the last day for the Maple Leaf Productions artwork giveaway. Full details here.
Party reminder: Uni Watch gathering next Saturday, Oct. 9, 3pm, at Sheep Station in Brooklyn. You’ll be there, right? Right.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Weird scene in yesterday’s Pirates/Marlins game, as Bucs shortstop Ronny Cedeno wore a Spanish heritage jersey for the first few innings. It had a hologram sticker on the back uni number — did he get it from a vendor or something? For that matter, does anyone know why he wore it in the first place. In any case, he later switched to the standard “Pittsburgh” model (last two screen shots courtesy of Doug Keklak). ”¦ The Steelers will be wearing their throwbacks on Oct. 17 against the Browns and Nov. 14 against the Pats. ”¦ Reprinted from Friday’s comments: Here’s a great little piece about the first hockey helmet. ”¦ New uniforms for the Portland police department (with thanks to Phil Amaya). ”¦ Hey, why have a nice public space when you can just slap an ad on it? ”¦ I wouldn’t normally get too worked up over an Aussie rules football uniform, but wow, that is one ugly guernsey (with thanks to Chris Klein). ”¦ New basketball uniforms for Tennessee and Maryland. ”¦ Back when NFL jerseys had sleeves, teams could wear black armbands. Scott Mason figured out that the Bears wore those in 1964 for Willie Galimore and John Farrington, who were killed in an automobile accident. ”¦ The Springbok logo is moving to the sleeve of the South African rugby kit. The is the latest twist to a long saga, as Caleb Borchers explains in this analysis. ”¦ The latest entry in Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber‘s blog has several good bits, including a rare shot of Honus Wagner wearing his cap backwards 100 years ago — an unheard of maneuver for that era. ”¦ Anthony Zogas spotted this guy in a bar. ” I don’t know if it’s DIY or mass-produced, but it has the official Super Bowl logos for each of the Steelers’ championships.” ”¦ Very interesting font for the Argentine volleyball team. Note the trident-shaped Y on No. 12’s NOB. ”¦ The Caps unveiled their Winter Classic uni on Saturday. It’s hard to see in the photos, but the jersey logo is actually one giant patch, not individually applied letters — tremendously lame-o. I’m not in love with the red helmets either (the originals were white). Good move putting the Winter Classic patch on the shoulder, though — would’ve been way too cluttered if they’d put it on the chest. ”¦ Vince Serritella attended that Caps unveiling and reports that they had little displays about each of the Original Six teams. He took photos, which you can see by downloading this zip file. ”¦ Tris Wykes notes that Penn is wearing two memorial decals. “The 40 is for former teammate Owen Thomas, who killed himself earlier this year,” says Tris. “The ‘Lake’ is for former coach and booster Dan ‘Lake’ Staffier.” ”¦ Here’s Michael Orr‘s latest round of EPL kit assessments. ”¦ Was Byron Scott wearing a swastika on his necktie the other day? Not intentionally, I’m sure, but it kinda looks that way (as noted by Hugh McBride). ”¦ New court design for Central Michigan (with thanks to Jason Bowman). ”¦ Major snafu in an AHL preseason game last night, as Charles Pannunzio explains: “Hershey and Bridgeport both came out wearing white sweaters, the Bears with chocolate-colored sleeves and the Sound Tigers with blue sleeves. Numbers only on back, no names. To start the second, Bridgeport was wearing its blue practice sweaters, which had no names or numbers. After the game, I joked with one of the arena camera guys that it’s a good thing the game was not on the radio because it would be hard to call with numbers only on the Bridgeport guys’ helmets. He responded that their monitors on the cameras are only black and white, so they were totally lost.” ”¦ Yet another black eye for the Baseball Hall of Fame: Last week one of their Joe Jackson gloves was exposed as a fake, and now the same thing has happened with a Joe Jackson jersey. ”¦ Love how the 1932 Morrilton High School football team in Arkansas incorporated an “M” into its jersey. Even better: Nemo Vista’s teams were known as the Zebras and had uniforms to match (both photos courtesy of Jim Bowles).
Even better than a Meats T-shirt: I’m not sure if this is the most perfect photo ever, but it’s certainly the most perfect caption. (Thanks for making my day, Kirsten.)
Housekeeping: Uni Watch will be closed tomorrow while I deal with a family matter. I will, however, announce the winner of the Maple Leaf Productions artwork giveaway. Aside from that, I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.