Great game last night, and I’m really happy for the Giants (and also for weekend editor Phil Hecken and webmaster John Ekdahl, both of whom are lifelong Giants fans), but this wasn’t exactly the most uni-notable Super Bowl. Just a few items worth mentioning:
• Players in the Giants secondary maintained their recent habit of wearing those tzitzis-like strings hanging down from underneath their jerseys.
• Giants offensive lineman David Diehl comes from Croatian ancestry, which explains why he was wearing a Hajduk Split scarf (that’s a Croatian soccer club) after the game.
• Did you catch the “NFL Timeline” commercial, with all the old uniforms and helmets? This is the ad that was supposedly going to stress player safety. I don’t think it really did that except as an afterthought (the message was basically, “Football is really great — oh, and everyone be safe out there), but it was still a very cool ad. Here, take another look:
I hope to be able to tell you more about this ad in a day or two. Stand by.
And there you have it — the last NFL game of the Reebok era. If I missed anything, you’ll let me know, right? Right.
(My thanks to Carlos Ahmed Jalife Ruz and Rick Rutherford for their screen shots.)
Party reminder: Uni Watch gathering in Philly next Saturday, Feb. 18, 6:30pm, at the Devil’s Den. See you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Jags will apparently be making black their primary color in 2013. … Here’s an excellent article about QB play-calling wristbands (from Dave Rakowski). … “I dropped off a truckload of donations at our local Goodwill and saw this helmet on top of a soda machine,” says Ryan Perkins. “I asked how much they wanted for it and the guy said, ‘Just go stick it in your car”¦thanks for the donations.’ Love the Dungard facemask, but no clue what team is represented by the logo.” … The Rangers have apparently added DKNY as a practice jersey sponsor (from Terence Kearns). … The WHL’s Vancouver Giants wore special jerseys to honor co-owner Gordie Howe on Friday (from Jeremy Davis). … Cal and Arizona played a very attractive color-on-color game last Thursday (from Ash Friederich). … Here’s a video clip of the Indians’ equipment manager talking about packing up the gear for spring training (thanks, Brinke). … No video, but Friday’s episode of Portlandia featured Fred and Carrie redesigning the Portland Police Department’s uniforms, to amusing effect. ”¦ Some college baseball teams have started their seasons, and at least one of them — Florida Southern — is wearing some killer striped stirrups. Also, it’s kinda striking to see a baseball player wearing No. 42, no? (From Wayne Koehler.) … Speaking of college baseball, Southeastern Louisiana is going solid gold (from Chris Mycoskie). ”¦ The Milwaukee Admirals wore 1980s Brewers-inspired uniforms on Friday (from Jeff Sachse). … Tom Brady knows a bad uniform when
he sees it he’s wearing it. That’s from the 2006 Pro Bowl (nice find by Kevin Marcum). … Jonathan Mishory reports that WGN is still using a very outdated Bucks logo. … Kyle Beaudoi recently visited the Patriots Hall of Fame and took a bunch of photos. … Coupla good finds by Ricko: an excellent view of the old AFL orange-striped zebra uniforms, and a LeRoy Neiman painting of Broadway Joe and his stirrups. … Any idea why Chuck Cooper would have mismatched numbers on his jersey and shorts? (Thanks, Kek.) … Stu Bickel of the Rangers normally wears Easton gloves. Yesterday, however, he was wearing Warriors, and Luke Rosnick thinks he knows why: “The Rangers were wearing their Winter Classic sweaters. Bickel wasn’t on the Rangers’ roster on January 2 and probably doesn’t have his own set of Classic gloves (with the vintage cream in place of white). So he apparently borrowed Woltek Wolski’s for the game (you can just barely see the “86” on the right glove), since Wolski was just sent down to the Rangers’ AHL team in Hartford. I’m not sure if the red-on-red embroidery is intentional or if Bickel colored it in to be discreet.” … Several people flipped out when I posted a link to Ripon Athletic’s uniform designer in yesterday’s comments, so here it is again — enjoy. ”¦ Ilana Hardesty made this swell Super Bowl cake for yesterday’s game. ”¦ A bottomless pit of uni-notable designs — okay, uni-laughable designs — could be coming to an end if the NFL pulls the plug on the Pro Bowl. ”¦ Gators DT Damon Jacobs has Tweeted this new helmet design. “He said they’ll be wearing it for one game this season,” says Chase Scott. An Amateur Pacifist design, perhaps? ”¦ Speaking of college football helmets, looks like UNC may finally be ready to wear that white helmet on the field (from David Carter). ”¦ Duquesne wore some nice throwbacks on Saturday night (from Jim Vilk). ”¦ Here’s the best ad I’ve ever seen for those old helmets with the padded strip down the center (big thanks to Larry Bodnovich). ”¦ Something called the Faith Bowl — described as “a roundtable discussion by sports celebrities about the challenges of living the Catholic faith amidst the glitz and glamour of professional sports” — uses a knock-off of the Super Bowl logo. And yes, that’s Vin Scully moderating (from Ryan Jenkins). ”¦ Really been digging the superb new Cate Le Bon album. I’ll be seeing her play a solo in-store set tonight at Other Music and plan to check out her full band on Thursday night at the Mercury Lounge. First reader to say hi to me at either show gets a free set of Uni Watch stickers.