As you can see at right, Bills fullback Corey McIntyre got in the holiday spirit yesterday by going with a Halloween-themed mouthguard. Fun move — good for him.
In other NFL developments from yesterday:
• That Bills game was played in Toronto, so Buffalo wore that weird “Hi, we’re counting this as a ‘home’ game” patch.
• Even by Jags standards, Maurice Jones-Drew’s jersey was seriously fucked up. Yeesh.
• Justin Tuck of the Giants, playing in his first game since Week 3, wore a new facemask. He had been out with a neck injury, so the idea behind the new mask is that the gaps between the bars are too small for an opposing player to grab Tuck’s mask and wrench his neck.
• The Broncos wore their orange alts. As most of you know, orange will be their main jersey color next season, although it isn’t yet clear whether they’ll simply redesignate the current alts as their primaries or if they’ll have a new design altogether. (I’m assuming the latter.)
• The Rams looked sharp in their throwbacks.
• The Texans wore their corrupt corporate contractor jerseys.
• LeSean McCoy of the Eagles suffered a minor jersey tear last night.
• Turning to Saturday’s college action, it looks like Duke’s freshman backup QB, Anthony Boone, cut off the lower shin sections from a pair of Nike elite basketball socks and wore them on his forearms.
• Here’s the latest installment of Brian Gundell’s weekly Pac-12 uni tracker.
• And in case you missed it yesterday, Phil and Terry provided lots of additional NCAA coverage in Sunday’s entry.
That’s it for the weekend football action, except for this thought: Today is the last day of October, which means no more pink, at least for a while. Halle-freakin-lujah.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Ben Harris, Matthew Henderson, Kevin Stephan, and of course Phil.)
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within upstate: Something very odd is going on in the city usually known for chicken wings, shitty weather, and Super Bowl losses. Buffalo is becoming the go-to place for uniform leaks.
First, back in September, a retail store in Buffalo prematurely put the Senators’ new alt jersey out on the sales floor. A day or two later, the same thing happened, also with a Buffalo shop (I think the same one..?), to the Maple Leafs’ alt jersey.
And now Buffalo will also go down as the place where the world got its first glimpse of the new Marlins cap.
First off, I can confirm that the cap is legit. It’s not the only cap the Marlins will be wearing next season (there’s one other that I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there’s another waiting in the wings), and I don’t know if it’ll be worn at home or on the road, but it is definitely part of the team’s 2012 wardrobe.
The guy who wrote that piece implies that he found the cap at a New Era shop. New Era, of course, is based in Buffalo, so that kinda makes sense (although you’d also think an official licensee like New Era would know enough not to leak a design, right?). Prrroooobably no connection between this leak and the other two leaks. But still, like they say, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend.
Rip Torn was unavailable for comment: A few follow-ups to Friday’s entry about David Freese’s torn jersey. First, in case you didn’t follow the discussion as it unfolded in the comments section, it turns out that the Cardinals have been tearing jerseys off of their teammates for a while now — like, since 1942! I wrote a short piece about this for ESPN.
Also, I had included the following note at the end of Friday’s entry: “I hear Freese’s jersey will is headed for Cooperstown. Tom Shieber, if you’re reading this, are there any other torn jerseys in the Hall’s collection?” Tom quickly responded with the following communiquÃ©:
We have a number of jerseys and pants that are torn or ripped. I’m having our collections staff look into this now, but some quick research reveals a few that I can readily describe:
• The pants worn by the Rockies’ Eric Young when he stole six bases in one game against the Dodgers on 6/30/96 are on display in our newest exhibit, “One for the Books.” They are understandably torn.
• A jersey worn for many years by Max Patkin that’s on display in “Sacred Ground,” our exhibit about ballparks, has numerous tears and rips that had been “repaired” by Patkin over the years.
• The jersey worn by Pedro Martinez during the 1999 All-Star Game had the undersides of the sleeves split along the seams. This was done intentionally. [Pedro did this for years, until MLB banned the practice. After that he had an extra panel of fabric sewn into his sleeves, because he liked them to be extra-roomy. ”” PL]
I’m sure there are a number of other jerseys in our collection with sleeves that were cut off or made ragged. Ron Guidry’s undershirt from 1978 is very ripped and torn. It’s an awesome artifact. Fergie Jenkins’ undershirt that he wore while with the Cubs is also quite ragged.
In addition, I got a note from reader Robert Hay, who remembered that the “Glory Years” exhibit, which ran at the Museum of the City of New York back in 2007, included this amazing artifact. That’s the jersey Johnny Podres was wearing when he pitched a shutout to win Game Seven of the 1955 World Series — the fans tore the jersey apart in the ensuing celebration. That jersey now resides at the Brooklyn Baseball Gallery at MCU Park (formerly Keyspan Park) at Coney Island.
Finally, several readers point out that the Blue Jays had a similar ritual for walk-off wins in 2010. “All season they’d pull the jersey over the head of whoever delivered a walk-off win,” says Didymus Henley. “It was never done to the extremes that the Cardinals went to, though.”
Party reminder: Remember, the next Uni Watch party will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2pm, at Sheep Station in Brooklyn.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Some uni changes in store for the Orioles. … Here’s a fun story about an Islanders fan who ended up with the team’s 1993 division championship banner. ”¦ On Friday I Ticker-linked to a Google Maps photo of a swimming pool in Palisades, New York, with a Cubs logo. As several readers quickly pointed out, Bill Murray lives in Palisades, so that’s apparently his house. … Speaking of Google images, Richard Stover spotted a tugboat in East Boston with a Bosox logo. ”¦ Good news out of Philly, where the Eagles have confirmed that they will not be wearing black this season. … I love the uniforms and the location in this Rockefeller Center baseball team potrait (great find by Bruce Menard). … I don’t keep track of facemask manufacturers, but Eric Buzard says Brett Keisel of the Steelers is wearing a Riddell Revolution mask on a Riddell Speed helmet. … Welcome news from Benji Boyter, who writes: “The word from a friend inside the Clemson athletic department is that coach Dabo Swinney wants to get back to a more traditional look, so no more purple pants this season. Apparently he wants orange/white or orange/orange at home and white/white on the road. This harkens back to the 1981 National Championship season, where then-coach Danny Ford referred to the all-white road unis as the ‘taking care of business’ suits.” … Some guy in Australia, of all places, has DIY’d himself an incredible NHL standings board. “Dear god, it’s beautiful,” says Rob Ullman, and he’s right. … Think it bugged Phil Esposito to be conducting a youth clinic and have a kid show up in a Habs jersey? Also, look at the upper rows of seats — they look wider than the seats in the lower rows, no? (As noted by Mike Delia.) … New basketball uniforms for Georgia Tech. No sign of the white set yet (from Douglas King). … It’s not often that you see a color photo of the Illinois sesquicentennial patch that the Cub and Chisox wore in 1968. “Maybe they’ll have bicentennial patches for 2018,” says David Teigland. … This is interesting: Part of the old basketball floor from Michigan State’s Breslin Center has just been installed at an East Lansing ticket broker’s office (big thanks to Eric from Spartan Jerseys). … Check out how Xavier’s 1953 football team had a big X on the front of their helmet (nice find by Larry Bodnovich). … Adam Hainsfurther sent along shots of some new college basketball shorts from the store where he works. “One shot has Air Force, Fresno state, OSU (white), Illinois (white), Notre Dame, and Texas,” he says. “The others have AF, Illinois (orange), Notre Dame (black), Texas (orange), Gonzaga (BFBS), MSU (white), and Stanford. There’s also shots of ASU (BFBS), Arizona, Purdue, Oregon, Georgetown (BFBS), Marquette, UNC, Kentucky, and Miami. I know that Marquette, ASU, and Illinois are all new, but I’m not sure about the others.” If anyone can help sort through this, I’m all ears. … It’s a little hard to see, but Andy VanPelt found himself at a red light behind a car that had a little magnet featuring a white Saints helmet. What’s that about? … Here’s something cool: an old stadium cushion with a blanket inside (thanks, Kirsten). … Elvis Andrus wears No. 1. But on Friday night he was wearing a No. 8 wristband. That’s Yorvit Torrealba’s number (good spot by David Trett). ”¦ Here’s the logo for the 2011 Nippon Series (from, of course, Jeremy Brahm). ”¦ While look for something else, I noticed that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has been wearing a purple ribbon (and sometimes a purple necktie) as part of the Hockey Fights Cancer program. ”¦ Chelsea wore a jersey poppy to mark the 90th anniversary of the British Royal Legion and begin the lead-up to Remembrance Day (from Chester Baker). ”¦ Wait, two other EPL teams also wore poppies over the weekend: Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion (from Joe Hollomon). ”¦ New basketball uniforms for Utah State (from Brian Watts). … Good catch by Terence Kearns, who spotted Ryan Callahan’s Rangers pants peeking out from under the shell of his USA Olympics uni. … I hadn’t noticed that Penn State QB Matt McGloin’s mouthpiece has the colors of the Irish flag until Trey Jones pointed it out to me. ”¦ Jorge Cruz thinks it’s time to revive this NBA lockout logo that originally ran in SI back in 1998. ”¦ A worker at a uni-cleaning company in Kentucky was killed when he got pulled into a dryer (from Ta-Cheng Lee). ”¦ Oregon State volleyball did the pink-out thing the other day. “Even the libero went with pink numbers on black shirt,” notes Eric Fisk. ”¦ The excellent Mets Police site recent ran some of Dan Twohig’s photos from the 1986 championship parade. Of particular note: The team’s ballgirls walked the parade route in full uniform, and their unis included sansabelt pants. ”¦ Hey look, idiotic college football players aren’t the only ones who can do the open-palm saltute. ”¦ The last uni-related glitch of the baseball season: During Saturday’s World Series celebration in St. Louis, Chris Carpenter was wearing a cap with an upside-down “St.L” logo (good spot by Eric Spoonmore). ”¦ Latest item to be rescued from the trash: the Colts’ original 1953 charter from the NFL (big thanks to Tom Farley). ”¦ EPL typo: Roger Johnson of Wolverhampton had a misspelled NOB on Saturday (screen shot by Timothy O’Malley). ”¦ The high school that Jeremy Brahm attended back in the day went with pink uni numbers on Saturday. ”¦ Also from Jeremy: An Oregon high school is considering raising funds by selling sponsorships on the basketball court floor. Key quote, from the school’s athletic director: “I’ve joked I’ll rename our gym if the price is right.” Yeah, that’s hiiiiigh-larious. … Mike Rowinski made himself a groovy 49ers jack-o-lantern.
On a serious note, hope everyone got through the weekend storms alright. If any Uni Watch readers are among the millions who were left without power here in the northeast, I hope the juice gets turned back on pronto.