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The Story Behind the Commercial

On Monday morning I mentioned and embedded the “NFL Timeline” commercial that ran during the Super Bowl (and, as you can see above, I’ve embedded it again today). It’s supposedly about player safety (you can read more background on the thinking behind it here), although personally I think it feels more generically pro-football than pro-safety.

Today we have two interesting follow-ups on the ad. First, the NFL has created an interactive web timeline to complement the commercial. You could quibble with a few of its specifics, but for the most part it’s filled with interesting information and imagery, much of it uni- and equipment-related. One thing that becomes obvious upon reading through the timeline is that football rules — yes, many of them geared toward player safety — have been in near-constant flux over the years. Of course, that’s because the players have gotten bigger and the game has gotten more violent over the years, although there’s nothing in the timeline about that. In any case, it’s a fun page to play around with — enjoy. (One suggestion: If you’re going to spend more than a coupla minutes with the timeline, mute your computer now. I didn’t think there could be such a thing as too much “What’d I Say,” but I was wrong.)

Meanwhile, almost all of the old helmets shown in the commercial were provided by the folks at Helmet Hut. On Monday morning I spoke with Helmet Hut honcho Curtis Worrell — one of the really nice guys in the uni-verse — and got the lowdown on his involvement with the ad:

Uni Watch: How and when did you first hear about the commercial?

Curtis Worrell: The first I heard about it was about two months ago.

UW: The NFL contacted you?

CW: Right. They said they were doing a commercial about the history, the evolution, of the NFL, and they needed all these helmets from us. They never brought up anything about it being about safety.

UW: Did they give you a list of helmets they wanted?

CW: Not helmets, but players. Like, “These players are going to be shown in the commercial.” And they wanted us to give them the helmets that would be correct for the time frame. So we started getting to work, and and then everything shut down — they said, “Sorry, we’re not going to do it.” And I just sorta laughed and said, “Well, this is Hollywood and the NFL all in one. This is the way it works.” A big build-up, and then crash.

UW: So you were scrambling like crazy and then thinking it had been for nothing.

CW: We hadn’t been building anything yet — we were still getting organized, doing the research, pulling the photos, stuff like that. And of course my staff was a little disappointed when they told us to stop, and I said, “Just you watch — we’ll get a call one week before the shoot, and they’ll say it’s back on.” And that’s exactly what happened. They came back to us last-minute.

UW: When you say “last-minute,” how much time did you have?

CW: Six days. They got back to us right before Christmas, and of course we were dealing with our own Christmas rush, so the timing was just the worst, you know? And we let them know that, too. [Chuckles.] Very nicely, you know, but still.

UW: Did you suggest any changes to the list they provided?

CW: Yes. We put the ’49 Eagles in, because it’s a great design, it’s a championship team, and it’s a really great look from that era. Everything else, we pretty much went with what they wanted. But again, nobody had shown us the script of the commercial or anything — we just had the list of what they wanted. We were very low on the totem pole.

UW: By this point had they told you that it was about player safety?

CW: They never actually came out and said it, and we never specifically asked, but we could tell by what they were asking for — “We want this kind of facemask, we want this kind of helmet.” We could sort of figure out where they were going with it.

UW: How many helmets did you provide?

CW: About 50 or 60.

UW: Did that include leather helmets?

CW: No, we didn’t do those. We’re not sure where they got those — maybe from Past Time Sports or one of those kind of places.

UW: So for these 50 or 60 helmets you provided, did you have any of them already lying around, or did you have to produce all of them on the spot?

CW: We don’t produce NFL helmets for retail sale. We only produce them for the NFL, or if Riddell contacts us direct. So we had to build all of these from scratch. But all the parts were there.

UW: Were any of the designs particularly challenging?

CW: The one we hated — well, we love it the most, but it’s hard to make — is that Eagles ’49 design, because it has a two-tone paint job. And the worst, especially because it was the one they really featured, was Ollie Matson with the two-tone “V” ram’s horns. That’s a yellow-painted helmet, it has to cure, then decals go on, then you paint blue, then you rip the decals off, and there ya got it. There’s a lot of baking and stuff, and it can be tough when you’re under a tight time pressure.

UW: Did every helmet you provided end up being used in the commercial?

CW: Yes — every single one. I was at the Super Bowl, and they showed the commercial on the big screen. Of course, it’s kind of hard to catch everything when you’re at the game, so this morning we all gathered together and watched it on the computer and started to count the helmets. And yeah, they were all there. And of course you put in so much time and effort, and then you see that one helmet streak by for about 1.3 seconds, and you’re like, “Okay, that’s three days of two-tone painting for 1.3 seconds of screen time.” It’s funny, but that’s just the way it is with commercials.

UW: Did you get to see the ad before you saw it at the Super Bowl?

CW: Nope. That was the first I saw of it.

UW: Are you happy with how it turned out?

CW: I think it’s really good. I love the use of the graphics, like when the single-bar facemask slowly wraps around the Rams helmet, and how the leather helmet sort of tears away.

UW: Who were you rooting for at the game?

CW: Well, you know, I’m a Redskins fan, so I was just rooting for a good game. We’ve done some work with Belichick, and he has a lot of our helmets in his office. But we’ve also done some work with the Giants Hall of Fame. So from a business standpoint, I had ties to both teams. I just wanted it to go down to the last play, which it did. But I admit, I would have preferred the Patriots winning — come on, as a Redskins fan, I can’t have the Giants winning.


And there you have it. Big thanks to Curtis for speaking with me just a few hours after getting back from the big game, and for being such a peach of a guy. Always a pleasure, buddy.

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Whiskerious Tales, continued: I’ve now confirmed that Pats offensive lineman Logan Mankins did indeed replicate his mustache on both sides of his Super Bowl helmet. In addition to the left side, which we saw yesterday (an even better view is provided this close-up), he also had the ’stache on the right side (screen shot by Brendan Slattery).

After I posted yesterday’s entry about all of this, it occurred to me that someone else on the Pats could have altered Mankins’s logo decals as a prank, without Mankins even realizing it. Another possibility was suggested by in yesterday’s comments by Chuck (he didn’t give a last name), who speculated that the helmet ’stache could actually have been a tribute to Mankins’s former college coach, Pat Hill, who was recently let go by Fresno State and has some serious whiskers of his own.

I was hoping to ask Mankins about all of this. But as I mentioned yesterday, I suspected that a player coming off of a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss would be in no mood to talk about uniform minutiae, plus I figured Mankins might be worried about getting a fine for altering his gear. But it was worth a shot, so I contacted the Pats’ main PR guy (a very nice fellow and a real pro besides), showed him the photos, and asked if I could talk to Mankins and/or the team’s equipment manager. Got this beauty of a response: “I have low expectations for either Logan or the equipment staff participating, but I’ll look into it.”

Didn’t hear anything after that, so I think that’s the end of that. Too bad.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: I recently won this super-groovy speaker display on eBay. It arrived in the mail yesterday and is even niftier than I’d hoped. Looks great in the living room. … Here’s how the Braves’ new Sunday alternate looks on a live human. … Whoa, look at the throwbacks New Mexico will be wearing this Saturday. Further details here. … Rhode Island and Temple went color-on-color last weekend (from Tim P. O’Brien). … Yesterday I linked to a photo of a backpack shaped like a giant Cal baseball cap. Two follow-ups on that: Turns out the Reds offer a similar item as part of their kids club, and it turns out that the Cal version is actually a cooler) (from Nathan Hawkins and Brady Phelps, respectively). … The Springfield Falcons wore a “Look at us, we’ve won all these Calder Cups!” jersey over the weekend (from Ronald Nobbs IV). … Wow, check out this Israeli hockey jersey. “It’s like a combo of the Las Vegas XFL team and the old Brooklyn Dodgers’ satins,” says Tim Fogarty. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: When the Giants returned to NY after the Super Bowl, Ahmad Bradshaw exited the plane with his helmet in his hand, complete with the mouthpiece jammed in the top (from Desmond Jones). … Kansas hoops will mark the 60th anniversary of the school’s 1952 championship team by wearing throwbacks this Saturday (from Darin Seidel and Matt Straus). … Remember that artist who made the cool postcards themed around baseball injuries? She’s now produced a new set about players with food-related surnames. ”¦ Cross-dressing alert — and it’s a doozy. That’s former Niners lineman Harris Barton competing at a charity golf event (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ You know NYC has a serious case of Giants fever when you see things like this. Eric Stangel spotted that in Manhattan yesterday. ”¦ In a more conventional gesture, New York State will happily take your money for a Giants Super Bowl license plate (from Dan Cichalski). ”¦ Steve Bernier of the Devils, who wears No. 18, was missing one of his helmet numerals last night (screen shot by Neil Vendetti). ”¦ The Colorado Rapids are putting season ticket holders’ names on the team’s jerseys (from Ben Karnish). ”¦ Really interesting article about how former Marquette basketball star Bo Ellis designed the team’s famous untucked uniforms (from Wolfie Browender). ”¦ “I was watching the Duke/Virginia Tech game the other night and the camera caught my attention when it focused on this fan,” says Alex Hartman. ”¦ Christopher Jones reports that the American Antiquarian Society recently put together a blog post about the football-related items in their archives. ”¦ The Heat wore their Floridians throwbacks last night. ”¦ New road jerseys for Louisiana-Monroe baseball (from Chris Mycoskie). ”¦ One post-Super Bowl rule is that you have read at least one article about what happens to the championship merch for the losing teams (from Brad Susany). ”¦ According to Canadian hockey broadcaster Bob McKenzie, plans for the 2013 Winter Classic — Wings vs. Leafs at the Big House in Michigan — will be formally announced on Thursday. … An Omaha girls’ basketball team was assessed a technical foul for wearing pink uniforms at home, thereby violating the rule that home unis must be predominantly white (from Mike Raymer).

134 comments to The Story Behind the Commercial

  • Will | February 8, 2012 at 7:14 am |

    High school team in Omaha gets technical for wearing pink jerseys.

    • Paul Lukas | February 8, 2012 at 7:25 am |

      Someone didn’t read the Ticker all the way thru.

    • The Jeff | February 8, 2012 at 7:46 am |

      Stupid rule is stupid.

      • concealed78 | February 8, 2012 at 8:45 am |

        No it’s not a stupid rule.

        • The Jeff | February 8, 2012 at 8:55 am |

          Yes, it is. Not only is it stupid, it’s so completely unnecessary that they didn’t even get the foul called on them until the 2nd half. They played half the damn game with no problem, then “oh, yeah, those are against the rules aren’t they? Foul!” Stupid rule.

      • walter | February 8, 2012 at 9:16 am |

        It is a stupid rule. Sports is full of stupid rules. I hate stupid rules SO I DON’T PLAY. Luckily we frequent a website that discusses the good things about sports (the uniforms) and criticizes the bad (the rules).

    • Jason M (DC) | February 8, 2012 at 9:33 am |

      I agree that it’s lame that it was brought up at half-time. If you play half the game and no one noticed (home coach, visiting coach, referees), then it should slide. That’s a foul that should be called at the start of the game.
      However, I do understand that rules are rules. But come on. Start of the game!

      I don’t understand why “home whites” is so great, anyways. In my opinion, the home team should wear their colors. I was happy when the NHL switched back to wearing colored jerseys at home.

      • Ry Co 40 | February 8, 2012 at 9:41 am |

        because, in this case, variety is the spice of life…

        you want to see the reds of detroit, montreal, washington… the blues of new york, and toronto… the orange of philly… NOT white vs your team EVERY FREAKING HOME GAME!

        • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 9:44 am |

          Not me.

          I want my home team to wear its colors on the ice. Let the visitors blend into the background, while my boys pop out against it.

        • The Jeff | February 8, 2012 at 9:49 am |

          Only if you’re a uniform obsessed individual.

          Most fans aren’t. They want to see their team win.

          Besides that, we’ve got global 365/24/7 sports coverage. Seeing the other teams uniforms isn’t a problem.

        • diz | February 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

          you don’t need to force the home team into one specific colour to see a variety of away teams’ colours. Maybe if you have a big black & white telly audience, but otherwise no

        • Jason M (DC) | February 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

          I’m with Chance. It’s more exciting to root for your team in their home colors. If your team wants its home color to be white (Cowboys), then fine. But “home white” is boring. I think that is why Paul enjoys the color vs. color games that are being linked on here. And I’m sure that we all do. Obviously, white was instituted for black and white tv. But “home white” is boring.

          Remember those “(color) out” games that were all the rage? The Miami Heat, whose colors are red and black, were doing white out games. Because their home color jerseys are white. Lame. That’s the same for all of the NBA teams, except the Lakers.

          Wear colored jerseys at home, I say!

        • Jason M (DC) | February 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

          It’s more fun when the fans can wear the same colors as the team. See NFL and NHL.

        • BurghFan | February 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

          Fans can wear white if they need to match their team. (Or, in the case of NHL playoff white-outs, they match the visitors.)

          I’m with Ryan. Having the visitors wear white makes them seem much more generic.

      • jdreyfuss | February 8, 2012 at 9:45 am |

        Are we allowed to claim estoppel as a defense against a uniform violation in sports? Like here, since they let the team play half the game without calling the violation they couldn’t call it later, because it might disrupt the even playing field by granting the other team a technical in a critical situation that could have been called earlier.

        • mike 2 | February 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

          Only if there’s not a comprehensive non-waiver clause.

  • -DW | February 8, 2012 at 7:21 am |

    Love the new Braves retro jerseys…hate the pajama look with it.

    • Chris Holder | February 8, 2012 at 9:27 am |

      It’s a damn shame that they won’t be wearing their awesome socks with those uniforms. As a Braves fan, I would have actually preferred just using that Boston throwback pictured (with different hat, of course) as the “retro” uni. But I don’t guess it’s different enough from the regular uni to get people to drop $200 on a polyester shirt. Who knows.

      As it stands, while I like this new uniform in a vaccuum, I’m disgusted that they are still keeping the awful home red/away blue softball tops. I’m not totally against softball tops, I just hate those two jerseys. And since they will be wearing the reds on Friday nights and the creams on the weekends, it’s totally possible that a four-game homestand will feature three different home jerseys. Altogether we have five different jerseys. That’s just stupid. All this, while in my admittedly biased opinion we have GREAT home whites/road grays. Sigh.

    • James A | February 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm |

      I think the Braves jersey overall looks good. Nitpicking, I would tweak the sleeve patch to say “Braves Baseball” since they haven’t been in Atlanta since 1876.

      • Gusto44 | February 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

        So true, the Atlanta Braves began playing in Atlanta when they moved from Milwaukee. The large majority of those Atlanta fans never saw Warren Spahn and others of his ilk, who toiled for either Boston and/or Milwaukee. Others, like Hank Aaron, crossed over, and played great ball for the Atlanta Braves.

        Teams who have moved around like to piggy bank on tradition. lumping everything together. It’s fine for marketing, but doesn’t hold true for what happened in that particular city.

      • Arr Scott | February 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

        I don’t have a problem with the “Atlanta Braves” part of the patch. It’s the current name of a franchise in continuous operation. Sure, they’ve only been the Atlanta Braves since 1966, but their continuous use of the name “Braves” only dates to 1941. So “Braves Baseball” or somesuch isn’t a solution either. Maybe “Redcaps/Beaneaters/Doves/Rustlers/Bees/Braves Baseball – 1876”? Which is absurd, and certainly no improvement on the simple, and true, “Atlanta Braves.”

        But wouldn’t it be more correct for the year to say 1871? It was the same team in the National Association of 1871-1875 before joining the new National League in ’76. So the 1876 is just the league’s founding date, not a team anniversary of any significance.

        • Gusto44 | February 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm |

          Sure, technically, you can go back to 1876 or maybe even 1871 if you’re trying to go back as far as possible. I guess the question becomes, what is gained by going back so far? How many fans in Atlanta really know or care? I’d be willing to bet right now, there are Braves fans under the age of 21 who don’t know there ever were the Boston or Milwaukee Braves. How many older Braves fans even personally recall 1957?

          Not sure what’s the real value of the “continuous operation” argument. Milwaukee’s had the Brewers since 1971, and does anyone in Boston miss the Braves? I’ve always felt the smartest and best way to approach this issue is for the current team in the current city to pay respects to the past without going overboard. If I’m a Atlanta Braves fan, having a patch celebrating the team’s existence in Atlanta would be of far greater significance.

          As we know, many teams in other sports like to push back dates and claim tradition which happened in other cities. This discussion is just like elevator shoes, which can increase you height by a few inches. It’s an act of vanity to appear taller than you really are.

      • Brinke | February 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm |

        Yeah, love the braves look for sure.

  • Jim MI | February 8, 2012 at 7:42 am |

    I like those Israeli hockey jerseys. Could do without the shiny look, but still not bad. Am I crazy or have we seen that jersey on this site before?

  • Jim MI | February 8, 2012 at 7:48 am |

    As for losing championship team gear, I’d love to have something like that. Saw an Edmonton Oiler 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Hat (Lost to Carolina) once on EBay and regret not getting it to this day. I still look for losing championship team gear in hopes to finding something again one day.

    • Phil Hecken | February 8, 2012 at 8:02 am |

      imagine the guy in central america, who’s probably well into adult-hood by now, who is sitting on 4 super bowl champion buffalo bills t-shirts…

    • Dumb Guy | February 8, 2012 at 9:39 am |

      Tthere is still plenty of “phantom” championship stuff on ebay.

    • Jim Vilk | February 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |

      You can usually find some phantom championship gear at your nearest Gabriel Brother’s store:
      My brother found a ’90-’91 UNLV back-to-back NCAA champs shirt there.

      Also, remember that shirt from yesterday’s ticker with the Bears test prints on it?
      You can find *lots* of shirts like that there. Saw one that had Tennessee Titans wording on the front and Buffalo Sabres wording on the back.

      • LarryB | February 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

        HAHA first time I think I ever saw Gabriel Brothers mentioned here. They started in Uniontown Pa. Boardman, Ohio has one.

        A few years ago a girl came into work with a tshirt from Gabes. It had Iowa Hawkeyes on the front and Maryland Terrapins on the back. Logos and all. ?!?!?

  • Jonathan Sluss | February 8, 2012 at 7:54 am |

    Looks like they used an AFL ball as the NFL ball for the 1960s

    • Scotty | February 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

      Looks like they didn’t use anything from 1970-1989. Although it is probably a typo because I think they used Wilson starting in the 70s.

      • timmy b | February 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm |

        Spalding was the AFL ball throughout the “other league’s” entire run.

        The Wilson ball has been used by the NFL since 1941. Not sure if there was an official ball prior to that. If there was, I am sure it was a Spalding.

  • The Jeff | February 8, 2012 at 8:15 am |

    I just noticed they got the Broncos pants wrong in the commercial.

    • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 9:46 am |

      Got the 1940s Packers pants wrong, too.

    • M.Princip | February 8, 2012 at 9:53 am |

      After reading the interview with Curtis, and seeing how hasty the NFL went about this, does not surprise me that they screwed up some uni elements.

    • iLO | February 9, 2012 at 11:16 am |

      “1990” on the field for the Falcons segment is also incorrect. The last year with those beautiful red unis was 1989.

  • Simply Moono | February 8, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    Let’s hope that New Mexico and Kansas won’t be wearing parachute tops when they wear their throwback uniforms. See my comment from yesterday at 8:35am ET:

    “-College basketball throwback uniforms are always sullied by baggy tops. I just don’t get why teams that normally wear uniforms with SoD-style fitted tops wear baggy tops when wearing throwback uniforms (Xavier, Memphis, Villanova, Detroit, and now Iowa). Nike should come up with a stock crew-neck template on the Team Uniform Builder with SoD measurements so this ill-fitting crap doesn’t happen in the future (Arkansas men’s basketball does a great job of this).”

    Yeah, Kansas wears Adidas, but still…

    • The Ghost of Ross Gload | February 8, 2012 at 9:36 am |

      Some female Kansas fans I know are disappointed that the throwback shorts aren’t more true to the originals…..

      • Simply Moono | February 8, 2012 at 10:08 am |


      • walter | February 8, 2012 at 11:14 am |

        There’s always varsity wrestling..

    • HowlinLobo | February 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

      As a season ticket holder and long-time Lobo fan I have been pleased that most of our guys do not wear the baggy tops. In fact quite a few have been sporting a fairly fitted look.

  • Connie | February 8, 2012 at 8:42 am |

    American Antiquarian Society’s new football archive could be an enormous cool time sponge. Can’t wait to explore.

    • Connie | February 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

      Underwhelming, as it turns out.

  • Geeman | February 8, 2012 at 8:56 am |

    Love the article on Bo Ellis. I remember loving those Marquette unis as a kid. They had one pair of pants home and away and just switched jerseys. That meant the road jerseys were blue and didn’t match the gold pants.

    Once NBC had a game of the week on a Sunday when Notre Dame and Marquette played, and the pre-game was a fashion show for the two teams’ uniforms.

    • interlockingtc | February 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm |

      I like how Al McQuire condidered Bo’s interest in fashion design and found a way for him to take courses at another college (Marquette had no such program). Then Al took Bo’s uniform design into consideration and contacted Medalist, and it was done.

      I used to attend/counsel at Al McQuire’s Medalist Basketball Camps in the mid-’70’s. I remember campers receiving a pretty cool looking shirt: very thick verticle stripes, alternating blue and yellow. Al was always sporting a smile, always ready to listen. Very charismatic.

      He and that ’77 team and their stylish uniforms was the perfect storm of cool.

  • Chris | February 8, 2012 at 9:05 am |

    Calder CUP = what the Springfield Falcons have won. Calder TROPHIES = NHL rookie of the year

    • Paul Lukas | February 8, 2012 at 9:24 am |

      Check. Now fixed.

  • Davis J | February 8, 2012 at 9:07 am |

    That Louisiana-Monroe jersey could’ve been executed so much better. They could have wrapped the ascender of the lower-case “h” around the bat, instead of having it seem crowded and pushed down by it. And having the script, the bat, the warhawk, the number, the adidas logo and the unnecessary shoulder/collar stripes just makes the design seem crowded.

    • walter | February 8, 2012 at 11:09 am |

      It’s very overdone. There are individual details that are nice (the different color on the headspoon, the piping on the sleeve that changes direction) but only one thing should have been chosen, not all of them.

  • Dan G. | February 8, 2012 at 9:27 am |

    Several years ago I saw a satirical ad or poster arguing against the use of native American mascots by sports teams. The ad contained pennants for the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Caucasians, Pittsburgh Negroes, and Kansas City Jews. It had the tagline “Now you know how Native Americans feel.”

    This poster influenced my thinking.
    I wanted to show an image to a friend but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere on the internet. Does anyone know where I can locate an image?

    • jdreyfuss | February 8, 2012 at 10:10 am |

      You can find versions of Chief Wahoo morphed into just about any ethnic or racial group you want by googling “Chief Wahoo X”

    • walter | February 8, 2012 at 11:12 am |

      I play my “Fighting Irish” card.

    • Chris Holder | February 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |

      I’m not saying Native Americans SHOULDN’T be offended by imagery such as Chief Wahoo, buuuuuut… I don’t think I could ever find a way to be offended if a sports team was called the “Caucasians” and used some stereotypical white guy as a mascot. But then, it takes a whole lot for me to get offended, anyway.

      • The Jeff | February 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |

        It’s a cartoon character. Should people that like to hunt be offended by Elmer Fudd?

        • diz | February 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

          well, Elmer Fudd’s skin isn’t coloured a horrendous shade of a colour that’s been commonly used in bigotry against hunters, so not really

        • Chris Holder | February 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

          Well personally I agree, and don’t THINK I’d be offended by it, even if I was full-blooded Native American… but I know better than to speak for a race of people I’m not a part of.

        • Paul Lukas | February 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm |

          As I always point out in these discussions, it’s pretty simple: When you steal an entire continent from a group of people via a genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing, the very least you could do is not use that group as a caricature for your sports teams. The end.

        • mike 2 | February 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm |

          I’m going to disagree with your reasoning. I don’t think stealing land has anything to do with it.

          The entire continent wasn’t stolen, in many parts of Canada land was ceded by treaties that were negotiated and have been respected (e.g. no “Trail of Tears”).

          Which has nothing to do with anything. Our history doesn’t make it right to use an Indian nickname in Canada.

          How about “Don’t use a gross caricature of an ethnic group for your sports teams”.

        • Chris Holder | February 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

          Yeah… that whole war of extermination thing does sort of leave a bad taste in your mouth.

  • interlockingtc | February 8, 2012 at 9:40 am |

    Oh, man, those prints by Amelie Mancini are inspired!

    • Ry Co 40 | February 8, 2012 at 9:45 am |

      i think prints are gonna be my DIY project this spring/summer… they’re just charming as hell

    • jdreyfuss | February 8, 2012 at 10:11 am |

      I got a few of them, like Tim Salmon, but not all. Anyone got a list?

      • Ben Fortney | February 8, 2012 at 10:38 am |

        Caught Kevin Bass, Steve Trout, Jim Rice, Chet Lemon, Darryl Strawberry, Zack Wheat. Not sure about the “Bobby” one.

        • Jeremiah | February 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |

          Bobby Wine?

    • Beaton19 | February 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

      I got a set of the Bizarre Injury cards and I have to say the quality and service is spectacular

  • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 9:45 am |

    Great interview with Worrel, Paul. I liked the NFL Evolution commercial, if only they could have gotten the little details right.

    • JTH | February 8, 2012 at 9:58 am |

      …or the big details, like the one I mentioned the other day about the Vikings never having worn the particular uniform shown in the commercial at any point during Devin Hester’s NFL career.

      Oh, well. I’d rather pretend the Vikings are still wearing that.

      • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 10:56 am |

        Me too, which is why I’m more than willing to let that one slide.

    • LarryB | February 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

      I really enjoyed the commercial. I still have it on my dvr and saved on the computer.

      Was the 1930’s part supposed to be any specific teams? I have to watch it closer.

      Only complaint offhand was that Gayle Sayers did not seem too swift.

    • LarryB | February 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm |

      Chance, Nice breakdown and you would know the authenticity. Your site is one of my favorites.

  • Bray | February 8, 2012 at 10:01 am |

    Paul, here is an article that talks about BenJarvus’ chip strap from the Super Bowl. I emailed you yesterday about it but I didn’t have a picture.

  • Jim MI | February 8, 2012 at 10:08 am |

    Dumb Guy, have you seen ‘phantom’ championship gear lately? Which keywords do you use to search? Maybe I’m just using the wrong ones.

    • Dumb Guy | February 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm |


      stuff like that.

  • Simply Moono | February 8, 2012 at 10:11 am |


    Going back to my comment above, it looks like there’s a small coding issue with the tags. It’s happened before a few weeks ago during the weekend. Just a heads-up.

  • Brinke | February 8, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • T'Challa | February 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm |

      Haha, unlike how the guy was worried an outdated playbook could be used by a division rival, or maybe he’s just trolling the panthers to see if he can get some swag.

  • Britton Thomas | February 8, 2012 at 11:10 am |

    The girl shown during the Va Tech/Duke game might have been Seth Curry’s little sister. This is pure speculation. I don’t even know if he has a sister, but Seth’s father, Dell, played at VT. Seth plays at Duke.

  • Geno Clayton | February 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |

    Check out the Goalie wearing the C in this video.

  • rpm | February 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |

    every high school team who wastes money on an alt uni should be assessed 50 technical, fouls not one or two. when i walked uphill 20 miles to and from school i wore the same dryer-shrunken uni’s that some dirt bag wore 5 years before, and the one the guy wore 10 years before me, that was my practice jersey.

    what the high school couldn’t raise money for cancer without a special uni? i wonder if the cost of the manufacturing is even worth it. i am sure the article told a touching story, and yes life is tragic, but for corn’s sake man high school alts make me want to motor boat jeff’s backside until i expire.

    and on that note i think jim-bad spanking should run a poll that elects a comments section prez. i mean this is an election year and all. i can already see it, das würde wunderbar sein.

    • Kyle Allebach #school | February 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm |

      I know in my High School’s experience, the high school football team pinked out, and the jerseys were paid for by a local law firm.

      My only problem is that the other team wore white. It looked so bad. And this was during homecoming.

      • rpm | February 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

        my only problem…
        they could have played to raise money for research and the law firm’s money could have been donated too. instead dewey cheatem & how got local pub and the same amount was raised minus DC & H’s uni cake. but they had the best intentions? then how come you know a law firm flipped the bill? exactly. but they donated X loonies too. yeah well they could have donated X plus the uni cost, and silently with modesty befitting a donation.

    • Bernard | February 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

      …high school alts make me want to motor boat jeff’s backside until i expire.

      Oh how I’ve missed you, rpm.

      • rpm | February 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

        it maple leafs an image in the brain-pan, eh.

        • Bernard | February 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm |

          Yes indeed.

        • rpm | February 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

          then my day is made my friend.

  • Colin | February 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

    Here’s an article about the University of North Dakota and an initiative to put its nickname issue to a state wide vote. I’m not posting for the politics of it, you can make your own mind up on that, but the article talks about how the uniforms have changed do to the issue.

    • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm |

      I think we can discuss this without getting into the racial politics. Setting that aside, this really is a simple case of intellectual property.

      The “Sioux” name is owned by two tribes, one of which agreed to license it to the university and one declined.

      Now the state government is going to hold a statewide referendum to… what, exactly? Force the sovereign nation to license its intellectual property? Suggest that quite strongly? Recommend that the university just steal it anyway?

      I’m at a loss as to what this vote is supposed to accomplish, except produce vast amounts of hot air.

      • Colin | February 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm |

        As for who has the legal rights to the term “Sioux” or “Fighting Sioux”, or any logos, I have no idea. The statewide vote would amend the North Dakota State Constitution something to the effect that UND HAS to be called the “Fighting Sioux” or “Sioux”. There have been state laws approved and repealled, lawsuits, and a general clustermess of stuff over this for about a decade. Personally, I don’t think this is a constitution ammending issue.

        • Arr Scott | February 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

          We can skip any potentially divisive issues of racial politics and agree that amending one’s constitution to specify a sports team nickname is pretty much the most un-conservative thing it is possible for the human mind to conceive of. I don’t know whether the people pushing this measure in the legislature are Democrats or Republicans, or whether the people itching to vote a sports team name into their state’s organic law are members of any party, but one thing is certain: No one who advocates for this measure, or votes for it, can ever again honestly call himself a political conservative.

    • Patrick_in_MI | February 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm |

      In related news, Siouxsie Sioux considering changing her name.

      • timmy b | February 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm |

        …as are the Banshees.

        • -Monty- | February 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm |

          As a person of predominantly Irish ancestry, I am horribly offended, hurt, and enraged by the band name “Banshees”, which is from Irish (and Scottish) mythology. Paul, and all others who advocate for those of us whose ancestry, culture, and sensibilities have been offended by these awful transgressions against so many peoples, please take up the cause for the Irish-Americans. We should have all of you on our side in this important fight, just the same as you fight against Wahoos, Fighting Sioux, Indians, Braves, and Redskins.

          Ban the Banshees!

  • Ben Fortney | February 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

    Unofficial Super Bowl merch has become all the rage with the NY Giants and fans.

    Great looking shirt, think I may order one. They manage to get the whole point across without any trademark/copyright infringement. Well done.

  • James A | February 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    Re: New York Giants license plate. Looks like they’re trying to appeal to Herman Cain supporters.

  • Steve-o | February 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

    Paul should have reminded Curtis Worrell that his beloved Skins beat the Giants twice this year. It made me feel a tad better about yet another crappy season for the Skins.

    • Dumb Guy | February 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |

      Don’t worry Steve-o, Peyton Manning is coming to the ‘Skins next year. (At least that sounds like something Snyder would shoot for!!).

      • Steve-o | February 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

        I’m OK with Peyton as long as he’s healthy and we’ve got a decent youngster waiting in the wings.

  • Jim Vilk | February 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm |

    Whoa, look at the throwbacks New Mexico will be wearing this Saturday.
    Whoa, indeed! I really like those.

  • TOMtiger | February 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

    Is there a limit on the number of times an NBA team can wear alternate jerseys? It seems like every time I’ve seen the Heat play they’ve worn the ABA throw-backs or the nWo set.

  • Paul Lukas | February 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

    Yes, as several people have already mentioned in an earlier comment thread, it’s bogus for the Braves to put “1876” on their alt jersey’s sleeve patch. But I think there’s something much more noteworthy about this patch. Take another look:

    The negative space has been cut out! Very unusual for them to do that, instead of just using an off-white embroidered background. Can anyone recall seeing a patch like this before? I can’t.

    • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

      Wow. Never seen that before.

      An indication that it might be added to the roads/alts?

    • Simply Moono | February 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

      I noticed the negative space cutouts before I saw your comment. Very cool! (although the patch is relatively boring, overall) Don’t know any other cases. *Maybe* the Angels? Not the “Angels Baseball 1961” patch, but the one with just the “A”.

    • Mike Engle | February 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm |

      I just can’t get past why the Braves would slap a Chicago Blackhawks logo on their sleeves…

  • Keith S. | February 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    It strikes me as odd that the NFL wouldn’t have helmets (both past and present) and would have to source that project to a vendor.

    • Paul Lukas | February 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm |

      Why exactly does this surprise you? The NFL does not maintain a museum or Hall of Fame. Even if they had historical helmets, they wouldn’t use old originals for a TV commerical.

      Moreover, the NFL is not in the business of manufacturing helmets. If you go to the NFL offices and see a bunch of helmets on display there’s it’s not as though the NFL manufactured those helmets — they were made by Riddell (or Schutt, or whomever). In other words, they were “sourced to a vendor.”

      • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

        Heck, most teams don’t have a handle on their own histories. At least most teams that were around before the Super Bowl.

        • LarryB | February 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

          A while ago I used to so screen grabs of dvds that my brother and I have collected.

          One was about the Patriots history. After they were posted or on my picassa site I was contacted by s lady from the Patriots office. She was asking my permission to use some of the grabs for the office. She or nobody there must have seen them. I thought it was funny that the Patriots had not seen some of the things that I found on a dvd.

        • Chance Michaels | February 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm |

          Teams routinely grab fuzzy JPEGS of their old logos off the Chris Creamer site.

          When the Packers unveiled the new stock certificates, the “complete list of team logos” was missing at least two.

          The Packers’ 2004 Media Guide, with two what-I-would-call significant errors inspired me to take my uniform notes and create an online database.

        • Phil Hecken | February 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

          “Heck, most teams don’t have a handle on their own histories. At least most teams that were around before the Super Bowl.


          don’t be silly chance, everyone knows the nfl didn’t exist before the super bowl

  • Arr Scott | February 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |

    Question for Curtis: Did the folks at Helmet Hut take photos of the helmets they made before delivering them to the NFL? That would make a great feature for the Helmet Hut site!

  • Beardface | February 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

    Woah… That New Mexico logo looks remarkably like the one NC State was using a long time ago. Even more interesting is that NC State won the 1983 National Title on New Mexico’s campus. Wonder who stole the others’ logo…

    New Mexico:

    NC State:

  • wayne | February 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm |

    “- the Brewers will host Italian Heritage Day on Sunday, July 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For these three games, the Brewers will wear special uniform tops, including a “Birraioli” jersey (the Italian translation of “Brewers”) on Italian Heritage Day.”

  • Rydell | February 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm |

    So for the Braves’ Sunday alts all they added is a patch on the arm?..Maple Leafs Red Wings in big house..I hope the Leafs wear their 1935 blues and the Red Wings in red. Every outdoor classic there is always a team in white!, why?! the ice is white, add some demention/depth with less white,,,please. Even better all brown goalie pads.

    • Phil Hecken | February 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm |

      “there is always a team in white!, why?”


      paging ricko…rick pearson…

  • Jim Vilk | February 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm |

    Houston is getting the 2013 NBA All Star Game.
    Here’s the logo, and thankfully they used the ketchup and mustard jerseys for the presentation.

    In other news, the Cavs wore their CavFanatic unis in their victory over the visiting Clippers.

    Also, the Bulls wore their black unis in New Orleans.

    In college hoops, Seton Hall and Rutgers went gray vs. black. Better yet, Kansas and Baylor went blue vs. gold.

  • Defo Maitland | February 8, 2012 at 11:40 pm |

    Rare instance of a blood jersey in hockey. Flames d-man Cory Sarich wearing No. 65 with no nameplate at San Jose tonight after getting his No. 6 sweater bloodied in a fight.

  • Y. Dargomot | February 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm |

    Ripon Athletic produces 27 of the 32 NFL Authentic jerseys that appear on the field. Maybe someday this will help us live in
    World Peace?
    Frickin’ douchebags!

  • Y. Dargomot | February 9, 2012 at 12:01 am |

    Does somebody really get up at 6AM every fucking miserable day to report on this blather?

  • EricBinKC | February 9, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  • Rick | February 9, 2012 at 3:45 am |

    That Louisiana-Monroe baseball jersey might be the most beautiful uniform I have seen in ten years!! GREAT JOB, guys!!