The pink thing has really gotten out of hand, never more so than during yesterday’s Giants/Seahawks game, where many of the Jints were wearing pink hose. Seriously, do we really need to see this? Or this? The Giants wordmarks in the end zones were even outlined in pink (here’s a long view). What a mess.
Meanwhile, aside from all the usual pink gear (shoes, armbands, towels, etc.), yesterday’s action also featured pink spatting tape, shoelaces, wristbands worn on shins, mouthguards, and coaches’ cap visor trim. The security guards in Buffalo even wore pink polo shirts. Enough already!
In non-pink developments:
• The Raiders added an Al Davis memorial decal.
• The Pats wore their Pat Patriot throwbacks.
• Since when are the Seahawks allowed to wear green shoes?
• Giants tight end Jake Ballard spent most of the game with his shoulder pads exposed. This is clearly where football is headed — sleeves have grown so vestigial that some players aren’t even making an attempt to keep their pads tucked in.
• Ahmad Bradshaw spent at least one play carrying the ball with his mouthguard stuck in his helmet.
• I kinda like it when the Vikes and Cards play each other, because then the two worst pants designs in the league are confined to one game.
• Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to wear his wedding band on the field. (As an aside, I’d like to compile a list of all athletes who wear their wedding bands while competing. I’m particularly interested in NFL players — David Carr and David Akers come to mind — but I’m curious about other sports as well. If you have names and/or photos to contribute, please send them my way. Thanks.)
• Turning to Saturday’s college action, Northern Illinois wore solid black. It was the first time they’d worn a black jersey in two decades. (In case you missed it yesterday, there was a ton of additional NCAA uni coverage in Sunday’s post.)
• No photo, but reader Andrew Faher reports an interesting incident regarding Michigan QB Denard Robinson: “He was tackled midway through the fourth quarter and tore his jersey. The next drive he came out wearing a road jersey from the Rich Rod era — it was obvious to see because of the ugly yellow stripes down the sides and back.”
• Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway was either wearing no-show socks or no socks at all.
• Left over from Thursday night: Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky had a color-on-color and BFBS matchup.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Gregg Girard, Desmond Jones, MJ Kurs-Lasky, Chris Matt Mitchell, Mycoskie, Eric Wahrman.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Late-breaking NHL news that arrived with no advance warning: The Red Wings have added a memorial sleeve patch for Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei, and former prospect Stefan Liv, and the Devils wore a memorial patch for Karel Rachunek and Alexander Vasyunov on Saturday and will wear it again for their road opener on Oct. 15. ”¦ Here’s the new Big 10 logo being put down on the Nebrska field (from Jamie Tallman). … Arkansas-Monticello is wearing a pink ribbon on one side of their helmets for the whole month of October (from Michael W. Vines). … R. Scott Rogers sent along this small retrospective on Wisconsin’s marching band uniforms and a piece about attempts to make maple bats shatter less explosively. … For those of you who are undergoing NBA withdrawal, here’s a player jersey quiz to keep you occupied (from Robert Onolfi). … ” I was on the third-base line at the final Reds game of the year,” says Dan Cichalski. “Afterwards, some Reds tossed their caps into the stands and a kid near me got Francisco Cordero’s. He had quite a few things written inside.” … New pads for Martin Brodeur (from Morgan Doninger). … An NFL note from a week ago: Bills QB Ryan Fitzbpatrick lost his captaincy patch in the second half (big thanks to Mako Mameli). ”¦ “The Argentine national rugby team is called the Pumas, but their logo shows a jaguar,” says Caleb Borchers. “Apparently this is due to a tour to South Africa in 1965 — someone mistook the jag for a puma and the name just stuck.” ”¦ If you can read Korean, then you can enter this volleyball uniform design contest (from Jeremy Brahm). ”¦ Great find by Timothy Steffes, who scored these Redskins illustrations at a Maryland thrift shop. ”¦ Is it weird for kids to be promoting breast cancer awareness if they’re too young to be obsessed with breasts? (From Brady Graham.) … Rick Ferreira found a childhood photo of himself wearing a Niners uni. Nice! … “Asics has reached an agreement to be the official uniform supplier of Cricket Australia,” says Jeremy Brahm. ”¦ Torn uniforms: Travis Hamonic of the Islanders and Robert Atiga of Arkansas, both from Saturday night (screen shots by Bryan Heaton and Ben Harris, respectively). ”¦ The Avs retired Peter Forsberg’s number on Saturday. ”¦ New soccer kit for Scotland (from Kenny Loo). ”¦ Uni number switcheroo for the U.S. soccer team: With Landon Donovan out with an injury, Clint Dempsey wore the No. 10 jersey for Saturday night’s friendly against Honduras (from Austin Chen). ”¦ Steve Jobs’s death has led to a run on his signature black mock-turtleneck shirt. ”¦ Zac Neubauer reports that Los Alamos National Lab used to have basketball and baseball teams known as — what else — the Atomic Bombers. ”¦ Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of Cooperalls, so Jeff Barak whipped up a retrospective for the occasion. … Really interesting piece about the historically accurate stewardess uniforms being worn in that Pan Am TV series (big thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Noel Fliss notes that MLB logo creep has now spread to clubhouse celebration goggles. ”¦ You know why we haven’t been hit by a terrorist attack over the past decade? According to some evangelical crackpot, it’s because of a certain 7th-inning song. Funny, I thought it was because of the stars/stripes caps. ”¦ Ever seen The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg? It’s one of the best baseball movies ever, and you can now watch the whole thing, free of charge, here. Highly, highly recommended. ”¦ A reader who prefers to remain anonymous points out that the new Marlins logo bears a certain resemblance to the Disney monorail poster. ”¦ If you look at Dressed to the Nines, you can see that the 1909 A’s had striped caps. What you can’t tell from that graphic, however, is that the caps also had piping on the top panel (good find by Don Gale). ”¦ Michael Orr has compiled a rundown of all the new kits for this season’s A-League in Australia/New Zealand. ”¦ The Royal Canadian Mint is producing a new commemorative coin to celebrate the NHL’s return to Winnipeg (from Daren Landers). ”¦ In a vaguely related item, did you know about Hawaii overprint currency? I didn’t — fascinating little story (thanks, Kirsten). ”¦ Here’s something interesting: Look at the second-to-lowest stripe on this Argentina rugby jersey. See how the hoop stripe and the pinstripe merge? All the Agrie players had this same anomaly in the same spot, and I haven’t a clue why,” says Joe Alvernaz.