UCLA debuted their new super-stretchies last night, and it was a complete disaster. All the same problems we’ve seen with NFL stretchies were on display: teeny-tiny TV numbers; NOB lettering that looks like it was done at the mall; NOBs and other parts of the jersey being stretch-distorted; and so on.
But the saddest part was the team’s UCLA stripes, which were severely truncated and often distorted. I mean, come on, people — this is UCLA, the school that invented UCLA stripes, and you’re gonna leave them with this? That’s just pathetic.
These stripes do not deserve to be called UCLA stripes. What shall we call them — Ree-didas stripes? Ree-diculous stripes? The floor is open for other suggestions.
And if there are any teams out there wearing true UCLA stripes (or whatever the modern approximation might be, since genuine wraparounds are a thing of the past), those teams should no longer be stained with the now-disgraced term “UCLA.” So if there’s a school out there upholding the spirit of UCLA inserts, let’s rename the stripes for that school. Again, your nominations are welcome.
Meanwhile, here’s a really good video clip that shows just how stretchy these jerseys are.
Oh, and Oregon played too. But for once their uniforms were of secondary interest.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is all about exposed armpits on the gridiron.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
The second game I ever attended was the Boston Patriots at the Bengals, Dec. 20, 1970. This game included Patriots QB Joe Kapp, who was previously a star of the first NFL team I really dug, the Vikes. So when I saw this item, I thought, “Joe Kapp wore #22? Since when?” Maybe it’s a college shot, but he went to Cal, and that jersey is green. Weird.
In other eBay finds:
• This game program has been featured on Uni Watch before, but it’s worth taking another peek. Look at those helmets!
• Paul would no doubt love this steakhouse-sponsored baseball jerseys, which was submitted by reader Bo Baize.
• Ya know, you don’t usually see football helmets depicted facing this direction.
• Here’s a nifty 1969 Baseball Stars stamp album. Never seen that one before.
• In a similar vein, here’s a nice 1968 NFL autograph book.
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