Two things I really liked about yesterday’s slate of NFL games: First, for the first time since 2008, we had two head coaches named Romeo and Lovie (too bad they’re not slated to face each other before the season ends). And second, that was one right purdy game played by the Chiefs and Packers, no? If the NFL could make every game half as good-looking as that one, it’d be a goddang public service.
In other notes from yesterday:
• Insert obligatory “The Chargers should wear that shit every fucking game, yo” here.
• Hadn’t realized until yesterday that Kurt Coleman wears his eye black in the form of crosses, but some quick photo research indicates that he’s been doing it for a while.
• For the third consecutive week, the Cardinals went full-blood-clot — a look that’s even worse when executed with biker shorts.
• No photo, but I noticed that Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s helmet logo was broken just before halftime. (As an aside, we haven’t seen a single broken decal yet this season for the Bears. Usually we see a ton of those once the weather gets cold.)
• Clever fella at yesterday’s Bears game. As oriented in that shot, it’s a McMahon/9 jersey; flip it and you’ve got Cutler/6.
• Aqib Talib and Mike Williams of the Bucs wore red socks, instead of the usual black, for Saturday’s game against the Cowboys. I believe that’s a Tampa first.
• Turning to Saturday’s college action, several readers noticed an ESPN production error during the Spud Bowl: While promoting the next game that was about to be televised, they used the logo for Lafayette College instead of Louisiana-Lafayette.
• Going back to Friday night’s D3 championship game, can anyone explain why UW-Whitewater’s chest insignia had an italicized “White”?
(My thanks to all contributors, including Jimbo Huening, Chris Jowdy, Gil Neumann, Kerry Petit, Jr., Geoff Poole, and of course Phil.)
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Sticker Photo Contest: Two weeks ago I ran this photo showing how reader R. Scott Rogers had placed a Uni Watch logo sticker on his car. Now our friends at Sticker You, who manufacture the stickers for us, have proposed a fun contest: Send me photos of how/where you’ve applied the Uni Watch logo stickers, I’ll pick the best one, and the winner will get two free sheets of stickers, any design, whatever you want. Okay, so it’s not quite the same as hitting the lotto, but it’s still a nice little perk. Send your sticker pics to me by the end of the year and I’ll choose the winner on New Year’s Day.
Wait, you say you can’t enter this contest because you don’t have any Uni Watch logo stickers? My recent offer still stands: You can get three stickers (one of each color) by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Paul Lukas, 671 DeGraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. If you want to enclose a coupla bucks or a barter offering, that’d be nice, although it isn’t required.
Membership update: Thanks to a big upswing in holiday orders (and some seriously fast work by Scott), a new batch of cardbacks has been added to the membership design gallery (including Justin Gildner’s Man U design, shown at right). If my printer is able to get the hard copies back to me quickly, I should be able to get the laminated cards out the door in time for Xmas delivery.
Realistically, this is the last batch of cards that we’ll be able to process in time for the holidays. But you can still purchase a membership gift coupon, which makes an excellent stocking stuffer, right up through Xmas Eve. Info on how to do that is available here.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Turns out I’m not the only one who likes to combine team logos and meat. My friend and Forewords bandmate Liz Clayton recently found that T-shirt in Chicago and gave it to me over the weekend as an early Xmas present. … Remember all that chatter about a Big Ten school switching to Under Armour? The identity of that school has now been revealed. ”¦ Interesting NOB here. That’s Gunnar Hughes of St. Lawrence, whose brother George also plays on the team (from Mike Dean). ”¦ Cristiano Ronaldo has a new shoe design that’s supposed to confuse his opponents (from Joe Makowiec). … Last week I mentioned that Utah and BYU had played a color-on-color basketball game. Now Steve Rosenberg informs me that these two schools have been doing the color-on-color thing whenever they meet up in any sport. … Reasons not to move to Miami, Part 1: Bet the refs and spotters just loooove this uni number font. That’s Miami Northland High (good find by M. Burnett). … Reasons not to move to Miami, Part 2: Diamondplate + an illegible number font = bleaahh. That’s Miramar High, outside of Miami (screen shot by Jerry Kulig). ”¦ Fun foto from the SI vault: Webster Slaughter spray-painting his cleats orange back in 1990 (from Marc Merves). … Some guy in Indiana was arrested for robbing a drug store and was wearing a Seahawks jersey in his mug shot (from Terry Mark). … If you think a lot of sports logos are too busy these days, check out the new mark for the nuclear submarine USS Minnesota, which was designed — what a surprise — by a 17-year-old (from David Teigland). … Check out this kid wearing what appears to be a Rip Hamilton-style mask and a headband at the same time. “Must have a Jumpman contract,” says David Petroff. … “I’m a sports anchor in Texas,” says Adam Ostrow. “One of the teams we cover — Munday High School — has what I assume is a manufacturer’s patch on their jersey that I’ve never seen before.” I don’t recognize that mark myself. Anyone.. ?… Here’s how Cincinnati’s jerseys will look with the Auto Parts Store Bowl patch (from Chris Feldmann). ”¦ I know Bud Selig once wanted to contract the Twins out of existence, but was there ever talk of moving them to the National League? (Odd find by James Ryan.) ”¦ Tom Mulgrew reports that scientists are working on self-cleaning cotton fabric, which could have huge uni implications for the apparel biz (although probably not for uniforms, since nobody wears cotton anymore). ”¦ After a Pittsburgh-area cop was killed in the line of duty, his old high school retired his basketball number (from Jamie Howell). … Jack Nicolaus was poking around in this Brooklyn antique shop and spotted something interesting: ” Waaay in the back (next to the coffins) there are two giant posterboard panels that look like they’re from the old Winnipeg Jets arena. The photos don’t show it, but they’re about six feet by six feet and on solid particleboard approximately two inches thick. $150 each if anyone’s anxious for them.” … Tremendous job by Alex Rocklein, who was making Christmas sugar cookies and noticed that his tree-shaped cookie cutter was also shaped exactly like an arrowhead, so he made Kansas City Chiefs cookies. … New alt uni in the works for the Braves (from Brian Deutsch). … Memphis hoops wore another very nice throwback the other day (from Don Gale). … Here’s a fascinating 1915 item explaining why Colgate’s football team was going to go without uni numbers for a game against Syracuse. Wonder when that stopped being optional (great find by Ryan Dowgin). … I’m pretty sure I once ran a black-and-white wire photo of the old Charlotte Hornets minor league baseball team, whose uni logo was a hornets’ nest. But here’s the first time I’ve seen that uni in color. “The photo is from 1960, I’m told,” says Dan Tarrant. … Keenan Bailey managed to sneak into the Florida Panthers’ locker room and snapped these pics. “I got kicked out by a backup goalie (for stepping on the panther head on the locker room carpet and for ‘trespassing,’ despite the door being open),” he says. … I saw The Book of Mormon on Saturday (my first Broadway musical since high school, I’m pretty sure). As you may know, almost all of the story is set in Uganda, and a few of the actors were wearing old American sports jerseys — a nice touch. … The soccer ball during a recent Bayern/Cologne match sort of exploded (from Terry Duroncelet). … Steve Dodell sent along two good photos of the Babe that I hadn’t seen before: One showing him wearing a killer promotional uni and another showing him and Lou Gehrig wearing police and fireman’s jackets over their baseball togs. … Texas hoops wore gray on Saturday. “They were also all wearing the new Kevin Durant Nike sneakers in the ‘Nerf’ colorway,” says Alphonse DePalma. “It even says ‘Nerf’ on one of the tongues. Doesn’t really match Texas colors.” … New uni regulations for South Dakota high school football (from Aaron DeCurtins). ”¦ Illinois and UCLA went color-vs.-color in the national championship volleyball match. You can see the Final Four patch there, too (big thanks to Erkki Corpuz). ”¦ No photo, but Brett Stone says Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel was wearing his training jersey under his game jersey during Saturday’s match against Wigan. “It looked really tacky because Chelsea’s practice shirt has blue squares and a yellow line, which could be seen over the color of the game jersey,” says Brett. “My guess is that he wore it because it was quite cold.” ”¦ Totally stoked to have won this super-cool dinette set sample display. I love that one of the colors is called “Brewster Green.” ”¦ Remember when Vince Coleman got run over by the Cardinals’ auto-tarp? Bet I wasn’t the only person who thought of that after that crazy electric cart mishap in Dallas Saturday night. ”¦ When’s the last time you saw an NOB that mixed caps, small caps, and lowercase lettering? That’s Calvin de Haan of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Even weirder, I’m pretty sure the lowercase d is actually an upside-down capital P (major thanks to Charles Pannunzio). ”¦ Late-breaking stocking stuffer idea: Hadn’t seen these NFL fleece helmet hats before (thanks, Ricko). ”¦ Speaking of stocking stuffers, looks like I’m about to get the best Xmas present ever. … In light of last night’s big news, the following video seems appropriate (audio NSFW, but you probably hate your job anyway, so let it rip):