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Yesterday’s Newtown memorial du jour took place in Providence, whose basketball team wore green uniforms with “Sandy Hook” NOBs. The jerseys are going to be sent to the victims’ families. This ties into my latest ESPN column, which is about the uni-borne responses to the Newtown shootings, and about the larger phenomenon of uniform memorials in response to non-sports-related tragedies. — Paul
Membership update: After a long delay (don’t ask), a bunch of new cards have been added to the membership design gallery (including Gabe Speelman’s late-’90s Cavs road treatment, shown at right). The printed/laminated versions of these cards should ship out either today or tomorrow. My thanks to all these new enrollees for their patience.
Raffle reminder: My annual reader-appreciation raffle is currently underway. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s what Michigan will be wearing in the corporate steakhouse chain bowl. Note the lack of TV numbers, which will make the TV spotters unhappy. ”¦ Meanwhile, Rice will wear a flag-desecration helmet design for the military industrial complex bowl. “Ugh,” says Chris Castellani. “The best thing this team has going for them is their uniform, and now they’ve mucked that up.” … Two Sundays ago, Brandon Marshall wore almost no sock stripes; this past Sunday, he went to the opposite extreme (from Ryan Becerra). … New logos and uniforms for the St. Lucie Mets (from Jim Atherton). … Good article about a Knicks logo that was never used (from Chris Giorgio). … Latest team to use varsity-style jackets: Canada’s national junior hockey squad (from Paul Richard Cook). … Some good archival high school football photo finds by Andrew McKillop, including the Manistee High School football team, which wore its initials on its shoulders; some super-fancy football pants; stars vs. stripes; a really unusual goalpost design; a star-spangled Hawaiian team; and an Alaskan team with an unusual helmet logo using type and image. ”¦ New football uniforms in the works for Colorado State (from Steve Foster). … The NBA has filed trademark paperwork for five potential new names for the Hornets (from Ernie Ballard). ”¦ “It’s always neat to see photos from pro cycling winter camps,” says Sean Clancy. “Most contracts don’t end until Dec. 31, so new riders on the team have to still wear the kit of their current team while getting acclimated with their new club. Here’s Vincenzo Nibali in his Liquigas kit while training with his mates on Astana, the team he’ll ride for in 2013.” ”¦ Some YouTubers are saying that this awesome 1924 footage may be the earliest appearance of uni numbers in soccer (from Andrew Farley). ”¦ You’ve heard of apostrophe catastrophes? Here’s a comma calamity, as described by Luke Pellegra: “I ate at Buffalo Wild Wings last night (I know, I know, but it was the only place to watch the Tennessee basketball game), and this was the pager they gave us while we waited for a table.” ”¦ Interesting interview with the guy who designed the MLB Winter Meetings logo (from Avi Miller). ”¦ Here’s a weird one: What the hell is going on with the Auburn player at far right? “The player appears to be Auburn safety Mike Fuller, playing against Georgia Tech sometime in 1972 or ’73,” says Brian Powers. “The photo appears in the book Tiger Walk Through History.” Anyone know more? ”¦ Special shout-out to Bizkit and his family: Get well soon, fella!
I’m counting down to nanoseconds to 3pm, when my cast is due to be removed. Halle-freakin’-lujah! My thanks to all of you who’ve sent supportive messages over the past seven weeks — greatly appreciated.