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Thursday Morning Uni Watch

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Back in April, as part of my coverage of the NFL/Nike unveiling, I wrote the following:

Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba tells me that all players can now wear team-colored shoes, although they have the option of sticking with white or black. So the longstanding rule mandating predominantly black or white footwear has apparently been scrapped (I’m trying to get league confirmation on this).

I was never able to get a straight answer from the league back in the spring, so I let it go and figured we’d find out once the preseason started. And as it turned out, everyone in the preseason just wore black shoes or white shoes, so I figured the idea of wearing team-colored shoes was dead. I double-checked with the league on this a week ago, just to be sure, and again couldn’t get an answer out of them. (The NFL’s responsiveness to uni-related queries has really gone down the crapper.) Probably should’ve double-checked with Skeebs as well, but he was getting ready for the start of the season and I didn’t want to bother him.

Well, we now have our answer, because the most of the Giants were wearing predominantly gray footwear, with blue and red accents, last night. A few players wore black, but they were in the distinct minority. Let’s say this makes me very nervous about what the Vikings and Ravens will be wearing on their feet this Sunday.

As for the Cowboys, on TV it looked like they were all wearing white shoes. But upon looking at some game photos, I saw that Jason Witten’s shoes were silver (maybe a gift from his spleen doctor or something).

A few other game notes:

• Tony Romo is wearing one of those new Rawlings helmets. It’s easy to identify because its neck bumper is narrower and extends higher than what we’re used to seeing.

• I see the trend of defensive backs looking like they’re wearing tzittzit is alive and well.

• Has anyone else noticed that some of the scab zebras are a bit, shall we say, portlier than the regular officials?

Meanwhile, unrelated to last night’s game, reader Alex Putelo has pointed out two other NFL issues, both involving sleeve patches, that I hadn’t spotted:

• The Dolphins’ sleeve patch is significantly smaller than before.

• It looks like the blue tone on the Pats’ Flying Elvis sleeve patch now matches the blue of the jersey. I’d never noticed that the two blues didn’t match before — and of course it could just the way the light hits the threads on the patch as opposed to the way it hits the jersey fabric — but I spent a bit of time looking at photos, and it definitely seems that the blue on the patch was consistently lighter than the blue on the jersey in recent seasons. For the record, the Pats have had only one official shade of blue for the past 12 years — Pantone 289 — so the patch and the jersey should match. And now it appears that they do.

Looking for more NFL news? In case you missed it yesterday, my annual NFL season-preview column is available here.

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One more FBS uniform change on tap for today: Buffalo is awarding merit decals this season. (My thanks to Dennis Abrams for this one.)

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PermaRec update: Some illustrations based on discarded vintage photos, along with some beautiful old report cards from Oregon (one of which is shown at right), are the basis of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: The Knicks will officially unveil their new uniforms today at 11am Eastern. I was going to attend, but the team went out of its way to leak the new design yesterday, so I’m not going to bother. If they don’t take their own unveiling seriously, why should I? … I will, however, be attending a ’47 Brand promotional event this evening, mainly because of the free eats and drinks. … Want to make the MLB postseason even though you’ve been outscored by your opponents? It can be done — as long as you change your uniform (from Bryan Duklewski). ”¦ What the hell was Brian Urlacher doing in a Navy jersey? (From Michael Korczynski.) ”¦ Interesting infographic on the psychology of logo colors. ”¦ What do Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and I have in common? We both hate a certain loathsome color (from Yancy Yeater). ”¦ Each NFL team now has a fan-designed flag (from Tom Mulgrew). … I know I say this a lot, but Hamilton Nolan is really, really good. … My ESPN colleague Patrick Dorsey wrote a piece about an interesting baseball artist. … It’s hard to see, but Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro has RNOB (from Matt Mitchell). … Here’s a really great item about typography on a glass roof. Recommended (big thanks to Dave Wilson). ”¦ This is surprising: a Nike sneaker with no swooshes on the sides (from Terry Duroncelet). ”¦ Terry also recently spotted a Bud Light banner shaped like a Saints jersey, complete with the Nikelace. That’s an impressive (if disappointing) level of detail. ”¦ A Colorado school district has told students that they can’t wear Peyton Manning jerseys to school because No. 18 is a gang-related number. ”¦ ESPN’s David Pollack tweeted a photo of a matte red Cincy Bearcats photo, although I have no idea of if it’s actually going to be worn (from Leo Thornton). ”¦ New logos and uniforms for the Coast Guard Academy (from Miles Eakins). … Here’s a little slideshow of Raiders equipment manager Bobby Romanski applying the team’s captaincy patches (from Rudy Gutierrez). … Love this 1954 Shibe Park snack bar menu, especially the very uni-relevant “Please Note” bit at the bottom (big thanks to Tom Mulgrew). … New mask for Jonas Hiller (from John Muir). … Deadspin had a funny piece yesterday about why you should go ahead and buy a $200 polyester shirt. I don’t really agree with any of it, but it’s entertaining. ”¦ Nike has announced a new partnership with the Spanish Basketball Federation (Leo Thornton again). ”¦ Yankees pitcher David Robertson, who normally goes high-cuffed, joined the pajamists last night. Disappointing (from Mikhail Herrera). ”¦ Always fun to see examples of logos with good use of negative space (from Lou Sherwood).

Hall Monitor Dept.: At the conclusion of last night’s Giants/Cowboys game, someone posted a snarky comment directed at Giants fans. As soon as I saw it, I took it down. I don’t want fan-baiting comments on the site — they have nothing to do with uniforms, they have nothing to do with advocating one idea over another, and they just serve to be inflammatory. If you want to say, “The Giants suck,” well, that comment might get taken down too, but at least it’s better than “Hey, Giants fans, your team sucks!” With football season getting underway, let’s please avoid any and all fan-baiting comments. Thanks.

214 comments to Thursday Morning Uni Watch

  • Mike Engle | September 6, 2012 at 7:34 am |

    I thought Mark Whiten was an outfielder in St. Louis!
    //That’s JASON Witten in the silver shoes and the ruptured spleen, #82 for Dallas.

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 8:00 am |

      Right. Now fixed.

  • Mitch | September 6, 2012 at 7:35 am |

    I’m trying to piece together that NBA #NoUniAds daily report you guys had. It just suddenly vanished a few weeks back. Any reason?

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 8:00 am |

      Been too busy with football. Will return tomorrow or Monday.

      • Mitch | September 6, 2012 at 8:29 am |

        Thanks Paul! I was sort of hopeful the NBA came to its senses.

  • The Jeff | September 6, 2012 at 7:47 am |

    I think the Giants/Nike need to invert their shoe colors. Make them blue with gray trim. But either way, much better looking than black.

  • DenverGregg | September 6, 2012 at 7:48 am |

    Didn’t get a pic, but I saw one NYFG defender wearing predominantly red shoes. IIRC his number was in the 90s.

  • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 7:54 am |

    Some don’t like Art Modell much.

    But we should note his passing.

    • Kyle Allebach | September 6, 2012 at 10:07 am |

      I didn’t hear anything about it. Also, I thought he still owned the team. Here’s a link.

    • Tom V. | September 6, 2012 at 10:07 am |

      Was he a good passer or something? I didn’t even realize he played.

      • Jerry | September 6, 2012 at 10:12 am |

        Any word on if the Ravens are planning a memorial patch?

        • Tom V. | September 6, 2012 at 10:29 am |

          Or if the Browns are planning a celebratory patch?

        • Joseph Gerard | September 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

          The Steelers released an official statement on the passing of Art Modell.

          I don’t wish ill will on anyone, but surprisingly enough my bosses at work who are Browns fans are rather indifferent. I thought Cleveland fans would be happy.

    • Patrick_in_MI | September 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

      So when is the parade in Cleveland?

      • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm |

        The downside is, the parade will start in Cleveland and head east and south, never to return.

        But someday (unless the Mayans are right) another parade will replace it. And the person leading that parade will be from Kentucky and have a big bust. Or be a big bust. I forget which.

  • Tim Cainglit | September 6, 2012 at 8:03 am |

    I just assume Miami’s sleeve patch is smaller because more players have something closer to shoulder caps than actual sleeves, thus no real space for the Dolphin logo. Kind of like how the 49ers cut their sleeve stripes when they went neo-retro a few years ago.

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 8:13 am |

      Most players have had shoulder caps for years now. That’s not new, but the smaller patch is.

  • Dumb Guy | September 6, 2012 at 8:14 am |

    Love the logos using negative space. clever, all of them.

    • Arr Scott | September 6, 2012 at 10:58 am |

      Disproportionate number seem to relate to the wine industry. Is being a snooty lush associated with being more creative and clever? Really hoping so, for selfish reasons …

    • JenInChicago | September 6, 2012 at 11:57 am |

      As someone who can’t draw a stick figure well, I am just amazed at the creativity!

    • Chris K | September 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

      Indeed, this was excellent stuff. Thanks to whoever shared it.

    • Chance Michaels | September 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm |

      Brilliant stuff. I’m always a fan of those.

  • Tony C. | September 6, 2012 at 8:17 am |

    was it just the lighting in Cowboys Stadium or did the blue of the giants helmet seem darker/more metallic

  • Hodges14 | September 6, 2012 at 8:17 am |

    Good on the hall monitor. Last thing we need is a bunch of jerks dissing on the Jets. Which by the way I personally believe they have the second best jerseys in the NFL.

    • Tim Cainglit | September 6, 2012 at 8:37 am |

      Who is your #1? I’d pick the Raiders. Clean. Simple. And when teams add a 3rd set, 60% chance it is going to be black.

  • Tim Cainglit | September 6, 2012 at 8:26 am |

    I know shoulder caps have been the norm for a while, just thinking that changing uniform suppliers was a good a time as any to tweak logo sizing without going full Seahawks. Also, is it just me, or did the Bucs ship sleeve logo get smaller too?

  • Dumb Guy | September 6, 2012 at 8:31 am |

    RE: Romo’s helmet…..

    That style of helmet (and some others) in a light color, with all it’s extra odd-shaped holes, and crazy peaks and valleys is starting to ruin the look of the helmet for me. Add the multiple chin strap snaps and the helmet logo can get quite obscured at times.

    Obviously it’s not as obvious with dark helmets, obviously.

    • elgato11x | September 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

      That’s the main reason why I dislike the Riddell Revo Speed. I can’t stand that huge vent on the side of it, or the beveled edge on the back. I hated the Revolution when it first came out, but now I would prefer it to the Speed.

      • Dumb Guy | September 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm |

        I’d also love it if part of the huge overlap of the facemask could be rendered in the helmet color too. Too much color wrapping almost to the earholes on ssome tems’ helmets.

  • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    Paul’s worried about the Vikings’ and Ravens’ footwear?
    Well, Bernard Berrian wore these a few times, and Adrian Peterson has worn something similar…

    • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am |
      • Ben D | September 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

        This might be the single best piece of evidence ever in the fight against mono-colored uniforms.

    • Chris K | September 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |

      I don’t think we have much to wonder about regarding the cleats the Vikings may wear. I saw the Ticker a few days ago, and someone had a Twitter photo showing boxes arriving from Nike at Vikings camp. Another photo in the link showed purple and gold shoes. Ugggh!

  • Adam | September 6, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    typo on the word infographic

  • Ryan | September 6, 2012 at 8:36 am |

    If Nike fixed the shades of blue for the Pats, perhaps they’ll come up with a single shade of blue for the Cowboys to wear next? The wife commented last night, about midway through the 3rd quarter, that their pants looked “sea foam green.”

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am |

      The difference is that the Pats only have one official shade of blue, while the Cowboys still have two official shades of blue and three official shades of silver, all of which are listed in the style guide.

      • Ryan | September 6, 2012 at 9:26 am |

        Ah. Well, I’m sure their fans would freak out if anything changed, but am I in the minority here for thinking it’s a bit ridiculous? Are there many other American teams that have such similar hues in their official color palette?

  • James | September 6, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    I didn’t get a great look at it, but I could’ve sworn that last night during one of NBC’s “quick cuts of a player posing in their uniform” bumpers before showing a highlight, Jason Witten’s jersey had a collar tie patch. Like I said, it wasn’t a great look, so I couldn’t tell who made the jersey–maybe they just filmed it last season or something. To this point though, Nike’s seemed to have been pretty thorough with replacing any trace of Reebok in the NFL.

    Did anyone else get a better look at it?

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 8:45 am |

      The tie-down wasn’t a Reebok thing; it was an aftermarket modification made by the Cowboys’ equipment staff.

      • James | September 6, 2012 at 8:59 am |

        Right, but I hadn’t seen it on any of the Cowboys’ Nike jerseys so far. It just struck me as odd that it would appear in a studio session like that, but not on the field.

        I dunno, maybe it’s there but doesn’t show as clearly through Nike’s fabric under field lighting.

        • random reader | September 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

          A lot of those studio session bumpers were from last year (or even before that); the “NFL Equipment” patch is visible in a few of them for certain players.

      • Chance Michaels | September 6, 2012 at 10:55 am |

        Doesn’t the nikelace obviate the need for a tie-down?

      • brinke | September 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

        you know, given the Cowboys appeal, I sure can see Nike doing a Seahawks # on them for 2013.

        It’s time for a makeover, Jerr.

        • Chance Michaels | September 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm |

          Well, there was that talk about standardizing the silvers, that ended up going nowhere.

          If Jones won’t even tweak the uniforms to eliminate the old rabbit-ear television colors, then there’s no reason to believe he’d allow an actual overhaul.

    • Bobby | September 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm |

      As a related question, do the Cowboys new Nike jerseys have the same or similar tie downs inside like the have in many years past? I couldn’t notice one way or the other last night and was hoping someone with better UW-trained eyes could proffer an answer or better yet pictoral evidence. Anyone?

  • Tony C. | September 6, 2012 at 8:58 am |

    most likely posted yesterday, but just in case

    this might be the helmet sticker that Purdue will wear in honor of Neil Armstrong

    • Dumb Guy | September 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

      If that’s true, the person that approved it knows nothing about astronauts.


    • brinke | September 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm |

      Don’t like that design- looks like Mike Wazowski.

  • Lose Rem | September 6, 2012 at 9:05 am |

    Love the Shibe Park concession piece. Was “Hamberger” the accepted spelling at the time? 4 different cigarettes, 2 different cigars.

    And I always wondered how the popcorn stayed in those megaphone things. Always asked my dad to buy me one, but then I’d be afraid it would all fall out of the bottom!

    • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 9:13 am |

      As I recall, at those early Twins games in the ’60s anyway, the narrow end had a kind of milk bottle twist off cap. The remaining plastic rim also kept that end from collapsing.

      Without it, if you used the megaphone the “mouthpiece” could very quickly resemble the soggy end of a cigar.

      • Lose Rem | September 6, 2012 at 9:14 am |

        At Fenway, it was just open. And I had forgotton about the soggy issue! That was a problem when I was yelling at Mike Andrews to hit the ball a bit further.

      • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 9:16 am |

        Or maybe was a tab cap (also like a milk bottle). Anyway, that end was reinforced a bit.

        • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 9:18 am |

          Maybe Minnesotans were too staid to lip cardboard.

        • Chris K | September 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |

          I remember those megaphone popcorn holders having a metal ringy thingy on the mouthpiece. A little sharp around the edges, but that made it all the more adventurous. And ours had a cardboard poker chip thingy to keep everything from spilling out. Thanks to the person who shared the menu.

    • ben_g | September 6, 2012 at 9:44 am |

      Funny. Had the same initial thoughts about the Shibe Park menu. Love that there are almost as many smoking options as there are food. Different times.

      The “hamberger” also struck me. A very quick google search didn’t turn up anything about alternate spellings, and of course the actual city from which we get the name is spelled Hamburg. I’m thinking typo, but well before my time, so my logic may be faulty.

    • Terry Proctor | September 6, 2012 at 9:50 am |

      Those popcorn megaphones had a metal mouthpiece at the narrow end that was plugged by a top like you used to have on ice cream cups. You’d eat your popcorn, remove the top and yell yourself hoarse.

      BTW-Love those prices. I remember in the early 1960s at Red Wing Stadium in Rochester you could buy a box seat ticket for $2.50, a scorecard cost 15 cents, hot dogs (red or white-it’s a Rochester thing) cost 35 cents and a Coke was 15 cents. Popcorn was a quarter and Sno-Cones were 15 cents (my favorite was cherry). Add in a 35 cent bus ride (with two transfers) each way to my Aunt’s apartment and you could go to a game with just $5 in your pocket.

      • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 9:54 am |

        Thanks, Terry. Knew it was something like the ice cream tab cup.

      • Graham Jaunts | September 6, 2012 at 10:34 am |

        $5 in 1965 is about $34 in 2010.

      • Chance Michaels | September 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

        A white hot? You learn something new every day. Gotta try one of those.

        • Mark K | September 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm |

          White hots are fantastic.

    • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

      These are the popcorn megaphones I remember.

      See the little perforated area at the top? those were folded inward to keep the popcorn from falling out the bottom.

  • Dan Freedman | September 6, 2012 at 9:15 am |

    Hey, was there any reason the Giants were wearing their road grey pants last night?

  • Joseph Gerard | September 6, 2012 at 9:36 am |

    I saw the Steelers “flag” on the news.

    That guy is an idiot. This is the REAL flag of the Steelers.

    • Tony C. | September 6, 2012 at 10:17 am |

      anyone know how to find the other designs from this contest..

      does the terrible towel really need to tell you that it is in fact the terrible towel.. just seems too on the nose and redundant

      • Joseph Gerard | September 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm |

        That is the official Terrible Towel design, in use since 1998. Interestingly enough, the Steelers even sell a throwback Terrible Towel, the 1975-1997 original. I myself have a Terrible Towel license plate on my car.

        • BurghFan | September 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm |

          That’s actually a second-generation licensed towel. The first just has “the terrible towel”.

    • Derek | September 6, 2012 at 11:48 am |

      Was thinking the same thing abut wanting to see the other flags, seems this one was done right (nods to the area and team championships) so others would be great.

      • Tommy Gioiosa | September 6, 2012 at 11:59 am |

        All of the team flags are at:

        Some of them look so corporate that I think team employees submitted them.

        • DenverGregg | September 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

          A few really good ones for Bears, Bengals, Bills, Broncos (a pattern there, eh?). Very weird one for Rams. Interesting that the Redskins’ flag doesn’t include any of that team’s better-known logos. Interesting that the Falcons’ flag includes gold. Are they bringing that back after all these years?

        • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

          How fucking hilarious is this?

        • Tom V. | September 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm |

          That bucanneers one, can anyone figure out what the line dividng the white and orange represents? Doesn’t look like any geographic figure or anything but seems too not-random to be just a random shape.

        • Dumb Guy | September 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

          Most are very lame.

        • Douglas King | September 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

          It looks like the white part is supposed to be water and the orange part is supposed to be the land. If that is the case then it doesn’t seem terribly accurate (it should have be refined before becoming a part of the official team flag).

        • Tom V. | September 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

          That’s what I was guessing Doug but it is just so inaccurate/refined it loses the association.

        • Arr Scott | September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

          Some of them are actually pretty good. Cardinals & Bears, especially. Bengals works in its own way as a flag. Cowboys just looks like Easter Island to me, which isn’t exactly a good thing. The Titans have a very interesting adaptation of football symbols into vexillological forms.

          Pretty sure that whatever “fan” submitted the Seahawks flag has a day job as lead designer on the Seahawks account at Nike.

      • Beats | September 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |

        Not to mention the Seattle flag is listed between Cleveland and Dallas maybe Nike is also re-branding them as C-eattle C-Hawks?

  • Kek | September 6, 2012 at 9:50 am |

    Paul, pass along to the ’47 Brand that they make hands down the best hats. I love the fit, the low profile, everything about them.

    I can’t say I’ve completely sworn off the 5950, but it just seems that the price is too high for a hat that really only looks good on me if I wear it backwards!!!

    • Tony C. | September 6, 2012 at 10:14 am |

      both ’47 Brand and 5950 hats are great. for me it just depends on my mood that day on which i’d rather wear.

      helpful tip on getting the 5950 to look better on you. take a handful of water and wet the inside of the crown of the hat. wear it, pat it down and shape it to your head. i use to this with ever NEW ERA hat i bought when i was working for LIDS and i would get compliments every day on how well i shaped my hats

      • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 10:32 am |

        That water trick works with the polyester ones?

        5950s are OK. My main problem with them is that the sizing is wildly inconsistent. I won’t order one online because I’m never sure if I should get a 7-3/8, 7-1/2 or a 7-5/8.

        (American Needle is where it’s at.)

        • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 10:37 am |

          That’s sure the truth. New Era is all over the place regarding sizes. Whereas I’ve never bought American Needle and had any issue whatsoever.

        • Tony C. | September 6, 2012 at 10:57 am |

          never liked the fit of the American Needle hats, especially if you try to bend the bill.

          that trick works pretty well with the poly hats, you might need to do it a few times though.

          only way i would order a hat online would be if i can take them back to a local store if the size is off(ie to a lids)

        • teenchy | September 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm |

          I’ve tried the hot water trick with the one polyester (oops, CoolBase) 5950 I have (the ’36-37 Nats throwback worn in San Diego last season and discussed in detail here) and I haven’t found it to work as well as it did on wool 5950s. The reinforced part of the crown is especially resistant to reshaping; makes me wish all 5850s were low-crowned.

          My biggest beef with American Needle caps is the inconsistency in their embroidered logos. I guess that’s just the human touch.

    • Chance Michaels | September 6, 2012 at 11:06 am |

      Hey, if you’re taking requests, howsabout a real Lombardi-style interlocking “GB” cap? Not the illegible double-outlined monstrosities they sell today, but more like Vince himself wore.

      I love ’47 Brand caps. The quality is uniformly excellent – they’re about the only cap I’m comfortable buying online, knowing that it’ll be put together right and fit perfectly.

      • Kek | September 6, 2012 at 11:25 am |

        well, ryco can attest, I bought the Pirates alt cap the first season it came out (what’s this, the third season of that hat?) and I have gutted it, tried the water, all the tricks, and it just doesn’t break in like the old ones used to.

    • brinke | September 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm |

      wear it………backwards?

  • Matt | September 6, 2012 at 9:51 am |

    With football season getting underway, let’s please avoid any and all fan-baiting comments.

    Can we apply the same rule to politics? Not that I’ve seen much, or any of it, but I don’t want to see it here.

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 10:07 am |

      Poor analogy. Politics is about ideas, and ideas can always be discussed here, esp. as they relate to the issues that this site has always concerned itself with.

      “Hey, Giants fans, your team sucks!” is just about being a prick.

      • The Jeff | September 6, 2012 at 10:10 am |

        Is “Hey, Giants fans, your team’s white jerseys suck!” an acceptable comment or no?

        /I’m kidding, don’t ban me

      • Arr Scott | September 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

        I read Matt as saying not that he doesn’t want to hear anything about “political” issues from Paul, but that he would like to have comments on the lines of “Hey, Republicans/Democrats, your candidate sucks!” get beaten across the wrists with the same hall-monitor ruler as NFL taunters. Read that way, I agree. This is not the place for that.

        However, per The, I’d be fine with anyone pointing out that Paul Ryan needs to stop wearing pajamas and buy himself a big-boy suit that actually fits now that he’s running for almost-president, or commenting on Joe Biden’s pocket square, or whatever. (Uni-wise, hard to fault Romney or Obama, who are maybe our best-dressed pair of candidates since Dewey/Truman.)

  • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 10:12 am |

    And as it turned out, everyone in the preseason just wore black shoes or white shoes, so I figured the idea of wearing team-colored shoes was dead.


    (But it wasn’t exactly widespread.)

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 10:18 am |

      I missed that!

      • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 10:33 am |

        You can’t imagine how happy I was to find a photo that showed both of those players.

  • Dudam | September 6, 2012 at 10:37 am |

    Hamilton Nolan snuck into my brain and took my thoughts. He then arranged and presented them way better than I ever could have. In doing so he gave me something not only coherent but also clever to share. Thanks buddy.

  • Mike V. | September 6, 2012 at 10:39 am |

    “Has anyone else noticed that some of the scab zebras are a bit, shall we say, portlier than the regular officials?”

    I thought this to myself last night. The thing is that they aren’t fat really, they just have big guts. There was a overview shot last night showing about half the field and from that distance you could still see their guts. Just thought it was comical looking. I also thought it could be dangerous as these guys may not be used to regular season speed NFL football and may not be able to move out of danger’s way quick enough.

    • Mike V. | September 6, 2012 at 10:44 am |

      *over head, not overview. doh

    • Cort | September 6, 2012 at 10:59 am |

      What would happen if someone got up in the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, and called for a boycott of the NFL because it was employing union busting replacement referees? It seems tailor-made for speechifying.

      I’m not much of an NFL fan to begin with, and I grew up in union household, so I’ve been ignoring the NFL. But I can’t think of many things a political party could say that would more disaster at the polls than, “QUIT WATCHING FOOTBALL!”

      (We did watch the Hamilton Ti-Cats play the Toronto Argos this weekend, probably the last time those two teams will square off at historic Ivor Wynne Stadium. CFL is fun to watch, and it was an aesthetically beautiful game, to boot. Love the Argos uniforms…)

      • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 11:34 am |

        But I can’t think of many things a political party could say that would more disaster at the polls than, “QUIT WATCHING FOOTBALL!”

        I can’t imagine the average union laborer has much sympathy for the NFL officials, considering that officiating football games is a side gig for them.

        I mean, the Hochuli family probably isn’t thinking about taking out a second mortgage to pay the bills because Ed isn’t working on Sundays this fall.

        Not saying they SHOULDN’T sympathize. Just saying I doubt they do.

  • Tony C. | September 6, 2012 at 11:09 am |

    is this Ravens jacket brown? or is it black and the lighting makes it look brown,0,210835.photogallery

    • John | September 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

      Brown. PT’s jacket is brown in the light, brown in the shade, and nearly matches the draft jacket. Wouldn’t be surprised if the jackets were menat to be for the mythical “Baltimore Browns” but were stuck with blank merch after the name was rejected.

      The “Milwaukee Pilots” nod affirmatively.

      • Chance Michaels | September 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

        Except that the Pilots were renamed almost five years before Bud Selig bought the team out of bankruptcy.

        I remember a conversation between characters on Homicide about the new Baltimore Browns on the way. Net Beatty’s character was still pining for the old days – “The Browns belong in Cleveland. The Colts belong in Baltimore.”

  • daveclt | September 6, 2012 at 11:10 am |


    What was the reason for your ESPN article about the Knicks new uniforms? The change (while positive, in most eyes) is minor. Is this news just because it’s New York? Or is it more of a story/call-out about their botched unveiling?

    Sorry, if this comes across the wrong way. I really am just curious.

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 11:13 am |

      Any time a Big Four team changes its uniform, it’s at least somewhat newsworthy.

      And when a team undercuts its own unveiling, I think that’s pretty funny.

  • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 11:12 am |

    New Catch of the Day. Just sayin’.

    • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 11:28 am |

      Now that the football and baseball seasons are overlapping, will you be rotating the photo? Or will it be Nyjer Morgan until the end of October?

    • quiet seattle | September 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm |

      Ooh, that looks good! Look forward to digging in.

  • Wade Harder | September 6, 2012 at 11:13 am |

    Was anyone else curious why the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is nicknamed the “Bears”?

  • Gerry Muir | September 6, 2012 at 11:25 am |

    So the refs are portlier..but what the hell is on either side of the bill of his cap?

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 11:35 am |

      Microphones, to pick up game sound.

  • Craig | September 6, 2012 at 11:28 am |

    As for Hakeem Nicks’ grey cleats, they were a new special release as he just signed with Nike’s Jordan brand.

  • urbanleftbehind | September 6, 2012 at 11:59 am |

    Urlacher was probably being nice to the officers stationed up at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, a few miles north of the Bears’ Lake Forest team HQ. Interestling Olin Kreutz and some other Bears got nto a scrape at a nearby firing range on a Tuesday off a few years ago.

  • Tommy Gioiosa | September 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm |

    How does Tony Romo get away with wearing a Starter logo on his cap during the NBC player intros? I would have thought the NFL uniform police would be all over that.

    I was wondering whatever happened to Stater, which was very big in the 80’s. I guess they were bought out a couple of times (once by Nike) and are now “partnered” with Walmart. They have a deal with Romo as their “ambassador.”

    For what its worth, the Starter workout shirts are less than $7 each ay my Walmart, which is why I sport them at the gym and sneer at everyone wearing Underarmor for 4 times the price.

    • brinke | September 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

      Yeah I saw that—he wears that cap EVERYWHERE. shot of him and his wife with their new kid in the hospital–there it was. Too much.

      He wears Starter cleats, too–but they have to be logoless.

    • Seth F | September 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

      Does he wear Starter gear while playing in televised Celebrity Golf Tournaments? I’ve never noticed, but he usually fairs quite well so you’d think they would want him showcasing their brand their. Anybody know?

  • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

    People are emailing me to ask if the Ravens will add some sort of memorial for Art Modell, and I’m sure they will (a helmet decal, I’m assuming).

    The more interesting question, it seems to me, is whether the Browns will add something. I’m assuming no, but I think it’s at least worth raising the issue. Thoughts?

    • brinke | September 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm |

      Absolutely zero chance of the Browns doing ANYTHING.

      Here’s their press release. All of it.

      “The Cleveland Browns would like to extend their deepest condolences to the entire Modell family.”

      • duker | September 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

        I agree with brinke. Cleveland has been keeping Art out of the HOF for years because of their hate despite him deserving to be. Why would they honor him now?

      • Mike V. | September 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm |

        short, sweet and passive aggressive

    • Tom V. | September 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

      My parents-in-law are old Browns fans and new Browns fans and do not like Art Modell for moving the team. Am guessing from the vibe I get from them that many Browns fans feel the same way. So if their sentiments are true about the majority of Browns fans, I could see a momentary memorial like a moment of silence or something, but I don’t think the fans are going to love a season long uniform memorial.

      • Benjamin J. Douthett | September 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

        Knowing those fans, they’ll probably boo the moment of silence.

    • duker | September 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Beats | September 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

      And therein lies the problem with the NFL created Brown’s mythology. Are we suppose to believe Modell owned the Cleveland Browns then abandoned the team in Cleveland (where the lied in wait from 95-99) to purchase a new team in Baltimore that began play in 96?

      Or did Modell never own the current “Browns” which began play in 99, having no attachment to the current franchise but instead owned the original Browns franchise which he moved to Baltimore and re-branded as the Ravens?

      • Rob H. | September 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm |

        I wonder how Cleveland Browns fans who stayed Browns fans but moved away from Cleveland before 1995 felt when the team moved to Baltimore? And do they still feel the same? I’m a Bucs fan who moved away to Carolina Panthers’ country yet I still root for the Bucs… I mean I know with the internet & Sunday Ticket & all that stuff it’s easier to be a long distance fan nowadays than someone who moved to, say Kansas City from Cleveland back in the eighties who would be more likely to gradually become a Chiefs fan, but I’m sure there were some displaced Browns fans who continued to follow the Ravens in 1996 and celebrated when they won the Super Bowl in 2001.

        I’m going to stay a Bucs fan, and if they picked up and moved to Los Angeles and became the “Los Angeles Wolves” or something, I think I’d remain a fan of the team I grew up for rooting, even if the people in Tampa (Bay) felt like their team abandoned them, and even if the league stole their name and colors and gave them back to the city they left. But if four years from now, if Tampa Bay got a replacement Buccaneers I don’t know which team I’d root for. Probably if the Wolves were wearing the red and pewter but the new Bucs went back to creamsicle orange, I’d have to root for the orange team, otherwise I’d probably stick with the team that I had continued to root for that had moved to L.A.

  • The NOR | September 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm |


    Your work on the team colored cleats is just another example of why I love this site. I was just thinking to myself the other day, “what happened to all those colored cleats Nike developed”, was it just a flex of muscle for what they can do, kind of like undershirt designs that no one seems to wear. Personally, I’m all for the colored cleats. Thanks for the leg work.

  • Seth F | September 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm |

    I thought I remembered discussion concerning new equipment guidelines for this year requiring knee pads? Did I dream that or something? It sure didn’t seem any different last night as the bike shorts were still very prevalent.

  • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

    New Knicks uniforms:

    I’m assuming the stupid-ass line on the inner collar is some sort of wishful thinking regarding Jeremy Lin….

    Reduced arching on chest = disappointing.

    Solid waistband = yikes.

    • Phil Hecken | September 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm |

      “Reduced arching on chest = disappointing.

      Solid waistband = yikes.”


      nba = who cares

      • guess you can call me "Nobody" again | September 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm |

        I care.

        • guess you can call me "Nobody" again | September 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm |

          And no league-baiting comments, either.

          And assuming that’s a new logo on the back of the jersey, I’d wear that. Never liked the NYK logo

          it’s way too forced and it also looks like the letters are doing kickboxing or gymnastics.

        • Chance Michaels | September 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

          I loved the “NYK” logo, although I’m usually opposed to nickname initials on logos.

          But I remember the old subway tokens, so for the first time maybe ever I was the Knicks’ target audience on that one.

      • Rob S | September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm |

        “nba = who cares”

        Phil +1 for that.

        Not terrible, though I don’t get why they didn’t continue the stripes under the armpits.

    • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm |

      Better, but not by much. Disappointing indeed.

    • Lee | September 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

      Have their home unis always said “New York”? (White is home, right?)
      What does the blue one have on it?

  • another Josh | September 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

    Watching the Dallas/NY game last night, I had a thought that I couldn’t shake. Is, or could there be, any benefit to specialized helmets for a given position? I know there are different facemasks that tend to vary by position, but do various positions tend to encounter certain hits that would make a particular helmet design better/safer/etc for the position? And if so, would there be a benefit to designing the helmet for the position that would outweigh the costs (extra design, certification, etc)?

  • Brian Jud | September 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

    I have to say, the Cincinnati matte red helmets look great. But as I looked at them, they reminded me of something. I finally figured it out: it looks just like the cherry sugar coating that Dairy Queen uses.

    • JenInChicago | September 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm |

      YES! ^^^THIS!

    • Phil Hecken | September 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm |

      why is your image wearing miama cleats?

      • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

        Part of the template I was using at the time…

    • Lee | September 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

      The compression sleeve is missing from their version.


      • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

        Yeah, they colored over the sleeve numbers.

    • Tom V. | September 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

      Compensated for your work I hope?

      • Tom V. | September 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

        Or at least gave them permission…

        • [name redacted] | September 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm |

          Oh Anthony Thompson, a name from my past.

          Not just his time in briefly making IU a mid-level Big Ten team, but his failed sporting goods store in downtown Bloomington that I think was open maybe a year, probably when he was holding out from the Cardinals.

          those were the days

      • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm |

        Neither. Part of the conflict I’m feeling this morning. I wasn’t asked, informed or compensated (though I’m not sure if they have to pay me under fair use…).

        • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

          And should I even be compensated? I would have to do some scrounging to see if they even violated Fair Use, but I’m not sure I’d need or want to be monetarily compensated if I had the right…

          But being acknowledged somehow might be nice.

        • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm |

          Perhaps it’s Anthony Thompson who deserves the compensation.

        • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm |

          He is why I picked the number…

          D’you see him on the sidelines during the ISU game? Way more cogent than Antwaan Randle El.

        • JTH | September 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

          Antwaan was bad. Maybe the BTN was hoping that working on the same broadcast as Wayne Larrivee would somehow magically make him a better sideline reporter.

        • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm |

          Yeah, he sounded like someone who’s been hit in the head a lot…

          Hopefully he gets better.

    • Coleman | September 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

      Their truck = AccessDenied AccessDenied

      But I wanna seeeeeeee! :(

    • Winter | September 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

      I say let them use the image; in exchange, they wear those pants.

      • Tim E. O'B | September 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |

        That’s a hellavan idea.

  • Chris K | September 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

    Great stuff today. Loved the article on wearing/owning $200 shirts. And our hall monitor nailed it. The my Dad can beat up your Dad, and your team stinks stuff, can be located over at ESPN on the message boards. Have your fun over there. But immunity to all who wish to express displeasure in a teams chosen laundry. Those replacement zebras must be using all their meal money.

  • Matt G | September 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    All of Oregon’s helmets and uniforms are now available via download on NCAA 13. You can view all helmets if you download the Uniform Patch.

  • Mike V. | September 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm |

    Great ticker today Paul. Loved the negative space logos and the Nolan piece was just spot on. He pinpointed my disgust. “Political Pageantry”…brilliant.

    • Ricko | September 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm |

      Not much revelation there, though. For some time now, the conventions of both parties have have been nothing more than extended TV commercials leading up to an anointing.

      That’s why the networks don’t cover them the way they once did. And likely they never will again…unless there actually is some doubt about who will emerge as the nominee. Otherwise, their historical significance has all but disappeared. Their drama, too.

      • Arr Scott | September 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm |

        What I would do, if I were a presidential candidate who’s running behind in the polls in summer: Instead of naming a VP pick, I would announce that I was calling on my party at its convention to choose a worthy partner. I’d say this was a solemn choice that should be left to the delegates without tawdry campaigning by candidates, and I’d make crystal clear to relevant national and state party leaders who my shortlist of preferred candidates is. If you can avoid the rancor of active campaigning by candidates, it would produce real drama that networks would have to cover, and it would show a kind of executive confidence that people who aren’t already president rarely get a chance to display on the national stage.

        You want drama on a par with the 1976 GOP or 1980 Dem conventions, but you don’t want any actual dispute over who the presidential nominee will be. So opening the veep nomination up to a real, if carefully limited, choice could be a compelling move. Of course, to do this, you’d have to trust the wisdom and intelligence of the people who vote for you, so it’ll probably never happen …

        • ChrisH | September 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm |

          “Instead of naming a VP pick, I would announce that I was calling on my party at its convention to choose a worthy partner.”

          Not exactly a show of execuive leadership or decisiveness.

          Would a voice vote be sufficient? Those don’t always turn out the way they’re ‘supposed’ to:

        • Rob H. | September 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm |

          Which is good because if you win & in a couple of years the Veep gets indicted for tax evasion or check kiting or caught sending inappropriate photos of himself to underage interns you can always say, “well, I didn’t pick the guy”

  • name dedacted | September 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

    ” let’s please avoid any and all fan-baiting comments.”

    Does that include phil’s gratuitous soccer bashing? :)

    • Paul Lukas | September 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm |

      Actually, yes.

      But not his gratuitous NBA bashing… ;)

      • Phil Hecken | September 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm |


        there’s nothing gratuitous about my nba bashing or my soccer bashing

        the nhl bashing…now, that’s gratuitous

        • Teebz | September 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm |

          The best part of Phil’s NHL bashing, though, is how quickly he can be quieted with a “Well, at least I’m not an Islanders fan” quip. LOL ;o)

  • Fran Simmonds | September 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm |

    It looks like Syracuse will have new uniforms for Saturday’s game against USC: New Syracuse Uniforms

  • Frankie | September 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm |

    Today, Miami’s head coach Joe Philbin (formor OC for Green Bay) said that he will likely name captains on a week to week basis and then name permanent captains if they make it to the playoffs. He said that’s what he’s used to because that’s how it was done in Green Bay. I’m assuming this means that like Green bay, Miami will not be wearing the captaincy patches during the season this year.

    This was reported by several Miami Dolphins reporters, but specifically, you can check out @OmarKelly for the info.

    • Frankie | September 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm |

      *(former OC for Green Bay)

    • Ry Co 40 | September 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

      fun fact:

      did you know that the nickname for the little helmet wearing dolphin in miami’s logo is “greatness”

  • kyle | September 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

    is Skiba not the head equipment manager for NYG? Only ask because I saw this commercial last night during the game

  • Dumb Guy | September 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

    I noticed a Tide commercial during the game last night featuring the NY Giants equipment manager. He loves Tide. It make the Giants’ football unis very clean.

    I’m a Fab guy. ;^)
    (“Oh Fab, we’re glad, there’s lemon-freshened borax in you!”)

    I’m old.

  • Mike V. | September 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |

    Steelers to wear their throwbacks for the home game vs Redskins, and home game vs. Ravens. (October 28, and November 18)

  • Scott | September 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |

    All refs can’t be as buff as Ed Hochulee, right?

    • brinke | September 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm |

      Eddie Guns!

    • JTH | September 7, 2012 at 2:24 am |

      Ed Hochulee? Is that the scab version of Ed Hochuli?

  • Steve D | September 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm |

    I’m so glad I stopped being a Knick fan this summer. Those uniforms are a joke. They look like a Chinese knockoff of the great Knick unis of the late 60s, early 70’s. The timeless wordmark they have used for years is changed and for what reason? What would make this one more modern or relevant? The truncated shoulder stripes make no sense…the white around the numbers make the orange part look too thin…the waistband…well Paul said it…YIKES.

    • JTH | September 7, 2012 at 2:22 am |

      You stopped this summer? Wow. It only took you 15 years to figure out that the Knicks have shitty uniforms.

      (And the new waistband is a huge improvement.)

  • Simon Lindsay | September 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm |

    Am I the only one who noticed that the Giants wore their away pants last night? it looked very weird until I worked it out in the 3rd quarter

  • Adam W. | September 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm |

    Have the decals on the back of pitt’s helmets ever been discussed? There are 5 in an arch surrounding the number at the base of the helmet, the decals look like all of the past Pitt helmets. Not sure and don’t have DVR on this tv so can’t pause…anyone know?

  • Scott | September 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm |

    Just a curiosity that perhaps you’ve covered and I’ve missed…but is there a rationale behind why the replacement officials don’t have the letter signifying their position above their numbers?

    • Phil Hecken | September 7, 2012 at 12:02 am |

      they’re not sure what it is either

      • Scott | September 8, 2012 at 8:35 am |

        Probably because they are all so confused it will allow for changing of positions without anyone really noticing. “You want to be Back Judge in the 2nd half? Have at it…”