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Monday Morning Uni Watch


Pinktober kicked into high gear yesterday, as NFL players, officials, fields, and stadiums were festooned with just about every kind of pink accessory you can imagine. I’m not going to bother linking to specific examples — just look at any NFL photos from yesterday, because every team wore at least a little bit of pink (and often a lot more than that).

Well, almost every team. If you look at photos of the Ravens-Dolphins game, you’ll see that the Ravens didn’t wear a single pink accessory (which, oddly enough, made them one of the best-looking teams of the week, a distinction they almost never have). Not only that, but they didn’t even have the pink ribbon decal on their helmets like everyone else. Why do the Baltimore Ravens hate breasts?

My position on this stuff is the same as it’s always been: Breast cancer awareness is a worthy cause, but surely there must be ways of supporting worthy causes without making your product look like shite for 25% of your season, which is what Pinktober does. It’s awful. And the color everyone wears isn’t even pink! It’s more like magenta, which is even worse. A pink wristband here or there for one weekend, like MLB does on Mother’s Day, might be tolerable, but the NFL fully embraces the unfortunate American maxim that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, so the whole month feels like an visual assault instead of a timely reminder. I hate the whole thing and am already counting down the days to November.

The stupidest part, unquestionably, is that the zebras are using pink penalty flags. Reader Léo Murphy-Daix sent me a note summarizing the problem quite nicely: “Watching the Colts/Seahawks game, there were at least two occasions where dropped pink towels were mistaken by Fox as thrown pink flags. There’s a reason penalty flags are bright yellow, because nothing else on the field is bright yellow.” In other words, the pink flags aren’t just a case of bad aesthetics — they’re a case of bad functional design. (As an aside, if they insist on using the pink flags, the least they could do is play one of history’s greatest albums each time a penalty is called.)

Pinktober notwithstanding, it was a fairly uni-uneventful day in the NFL. Just a few items of note:

• The Cardinals wore their BFBS alts.

• The Broncos went mono-blue. And if you think the blue collar on their orange jerseys looks too thick, that goes double for the orange collar on the blue jersey.

•  Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick slid across a painted area of the field and emerged with a light-blue uni number.

•  Here’s something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before: One of the zebras in last night’s Chargers/Raiders game had a blank uni number!

Turning to Saturday’s college action, Phil and his contributors had good coverage in yesterday’s entry, so start there. Once you’re done with that, here are some additional items:

• Penn State went with a fairly low-key Pinktober element: pink neck bumper lettering.

• Nebraska wore (and maybe has been wearing all along..?) team-branded shoes.

• Clemson added a memorial helmet decal for former athletic director Bill McLellan, who died last week.

• Michigan added a memorial decal for a grad assistant’s son.

•  Kent State came out with a completely new helmet design.

• No photo, but I’m told that one of the UGA trainers tending to an injured player was wearing a cap that had “Dawg Doctor” embroidered on the back.

• Lots of Pinktober accessories for Towson, including pink helmet stripes.

• For reasons I can only guess at, Ole Miss used Dolphins and Jaguars logos — and the old, outdated logos at that — on their play-calling cards.

• One Stanford player went NNOB. Not sure if that was a blood jersey or what.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Drew Arnson, Michael Hauswald, Will Hodge, Trey Jones, Mike McLaughlin, Jody Michael, Seth Moorman, David Pealing, Austin Pendergist, Clint Richardson, Ryan Robey, Aaron Scher, Maks Skuz, Paulie Sumner, and of course Phil.)

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Let’s have a party: We usually convene an Brooklyn Uni Watch party each autumn, and Phil and I have chosen Nov. 3 as this year’s date. We’ll meet up at 2pm at our usual spot — Sheep Station in Brooklyn. See you there/then.

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’Skins Watch: As you’ve probably heard by now, the latest public figure to weigh in against the ’Skins name is the President of the United States. I’ve heard a lot of people, maybe including some of you, saying, “Doesn’t he have bigger things to worry about?!” Yes, I’m sure he does. But he was being interviewed by a reporter who asked him about the ’Skins, so he answered. (The full interview covered lots of other stuff.) Blame the reporter for bringing up what you consider to be a trivial subject if you like, but don’t blame the President for answering a question that was posed to him. Meanwhile, the ’Skins issued a predictably weak response (there’s a good deconstruction of it here), but at this point they’re just whistling past the graveyard. They know where this is heading. All that’s left now is the face-saving endgame. . .. Here’s a good case study on the right way for a team to incorporate Native imagery into its visual program. ”¦ Wanna win $500? That’s the prize for the winning entry in this design contest to rebrand the ’Skins. You can see the entries that have been submitted so far here. ”¦ Some Natives have no problem with the Indians and Blackhawks. “The are the Thompson brothers, who are very good lacrosse players from the Onondaga Nation,” says Matt Kruszewski. “That screen shot is taken from this video interview with them.” ”¦ The Oneida Nation will be holding a symposium about Native imagery in sports today in Washington, in the same hotel where NFL owners will be holding their fall meetings. ”¦ Latest to boycott the ’Skins name is, surprisingly enough, this Dallas bar. They refer to the ’Skins as “Team from Washington” and have blurred out the ’Skins logo on all their photos. “Awesome that a Dallas bar would do this,” says Dylan Poole. ”¦ NBC’s Meet the Press program did a segment on the ’Skins controversy yesterday. Pretty boilerplate, but it’s still a good indication of how this issue has entered the mainstream national discourse. Here’s video of the segment:

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Baseball News: In a disappointing but unsurprising move, MLB has put the kibosh on the Pirates’ Stargell Stars, so the players have stopped wearing them on their caps (although I’ve noticed that Russell Martin has still been wearing the one on his jersey). I understand why MLB did this — given how “Me too”-ish our sports culture has become, there’s a decent chance a team that started modifying its uni, even with little stars, would lead to more modifications from other teams, and then the whole thing becomes a mess. Still, I really liked the stars as a shout-out to Bucco history. And maybe that’s the real measure of sadness here: Back in 1979, the original Stargell Stars were their own little thing — nobody copied them, MLB saw no reason to clamp down on them, no problem. A generation later, with much greater media exposure, a copycat culture, and higher financial stakes, the stars can’t be tolerated. Too bad. ”¦ Reprinted from Friday’s comments: A Pittsburgh hospital is dressing newborns in Pirates onesies and bandanas. … Christopher Falvey notes that several of the Braves’ nameplates are significantly whiter than the surrounding jersey fabric. ”¦ There’s been lots of chatter about the Red Sox’s beards, but Ben Levy has noticed another follicle-related matter: Several of the Bosox players have little horizontal lines shaved into the area behind their ears. Anyone know what that’s about? … Speaking of the Sox, Salty was wearing a “Boston Strong” pin on his cap while sitting in the dugout on Saturday. He wasn’t in the lineup that day (from Andy Chalifour). … Here’s a good project by a guy who went to all 30 MLB ballparks this season. … Three great items from Jared Wheeler: (1) Who’s that on the right? None other than Casey Stengel, who was managing the Oakland Oaks in 1946. (2) Who’s that with the Frank Robinson FNOB? None other than Reggie Jackson. Not sure why he was wearing that. (3) Here’s a memo to the Cleveland Indians accounting department, instructing them to deduct uniform deposits from players’ paychecks. … “Now that you’ve brought the overuse of ‘beloved’ to our attention, I see it everywhere,” says Mary Lynn Delfino. … While looking for something else, I came across this unusual shot of former Pirates pitcher Bob Friend wearing a vest jersey over a white windbreaker. … Here’s a great infographic on the Indians’ uni combos for 2013 (from Johnny Bruno).

NFL News: Frontline’s long-awaited documentary about the NFL and concussions, League of Denial, will air tomorrow night. It will no doubt include a fair amount of info on helmet design. There’s a short trailer here. ”¦ This isn’t truly NFL-related, but it’s about concussions, so we may as well put it here: Jeff Flynn Jr. recently attended a high school football practice where a lot of the players were wearing Guardian Caps. “I thought they looked really cool and had an old-school leatherhead look to them,” says Jeff. “They claim to reduce concussions by deflecting direct blows to the helmet via all of the little angles on the caps.” Further info here. ”¦ And in yet another related story, Riddell is being sued by the family of a high school football player who suffered traumatic brain injury (from Kenny Ocker). … This is pretty fascinating: a major breakthrough — maybe — in the origin story of the Packers’ logo. Recommended (thanks, Phil). … Donte (W)Hitner’s name probably won’t change on his jersey until mid-November (from Paulie Sumner). ”¦ Speaking of (W)Hitner, he introduced himself as “Donte Hitner” during last night’s Sunday Night Football telecast. ”¦ Here’s a short video clip of Joe Montana explaining why he wore No. 19 with the Chiefs. ”¦ Dolphins defensive lineman Marvin Austin has been wearing an elevation training mask during pregame stretching (from Jesse Agler). ”¦ Here’s a pretty good slideshow of NFL games being played in baseball stadiums.

College Football News: Major find here, people: Leo Strawn Jr. goes his hands on a copy of Street & Smith’s 1946 Football Pictorial Yearbook and has scanned the entire thing for our edification. “It’s an incredible piece of NCAA history,” he says. “It was the first full season of college football after World War II and many of these players had been in the war and were returning to play again. Additionally, a number of schools shut down their athletics programs for the war and were starting back up again.” You can download the whole thing as a PDF by going here and using the “Download” button to the right of the cover design. … Kudos to Adidas, which donated a ton of uniforms and equipment to that college team that lost all its gear in a bus fire (from Paul Broadway). ”¦ Jordan Cutler recently spotted this fanstastic Ohio State-themed RV.

Hockey News: We’ve known for a while now that the Flames would have a third jersey at some point this season, and now it appears to have leaked. Interesting approach. I don’t dislike the basic design, but I hate that the lettering is in black. ”¦ Fox Sports’s Erin Andrews wears a generic football jersey in a recent Trubiotic commercial. “The uni-notable aspect here is that she is wearing No 28, which happens to be the number worn by her boyfriend, L.A. Kings player Jarret Stoll,” says Michael Page. ”¦ The Stars wore white at home on Saturday. ”¦ Former NHL ref Kerry Fraser has some thoughts about the new jersey tucking rule (from Jerry Wolper). ”¦ Senators goalie Craig Anderson has a Sens logo in an unusual place: on the side of his blocker (good spot by Mike Engle). ”¦ Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings didn’t have the NHL logo on his jersey collar on Saturday (good spot by JD Vercett). … Last week I Ticker-mentioned that John and Dominic Moore both play for the Rangers but only John has FIOB. Alan Kreit wanted to know the story behind that, so he asked one of the Rangers’ beat reporters and got this answer. … North Dakota’s men’s hockey team wore green pants and helmets for the first time in about a decade on Saturday night (from Brad Reissig).

Soccer News: To celebrate its 150th Anniversary, England’s Football Association generated the map of the London Underground with stations renamed after historically significant players (from Markus Kamp). … Also from Markus: Check out this very uni-centric image that was used to promote last weekend’s dual Classicos. … The Man City vs. Everton match the other day featured both teams wearing blue (from Ben O’Connell). … “In last Thursday’s match against St. Gallen, Swansea’s Michu kept bleeding after getting kicked in the head and had to change his jersey four times,” says Yusuke Toyoda. “He wore his backup jersey and a numberless jersey before the kit man had to raid the team gift shop for two more jerseys at halftime.”

Grab Bag: Keegan Bradley has been wearing Jumpman golf shoes for the Presidents Cup. “I wonder if Jumpman will do a full clothing endorsement on tour,” says Mike Davis. … Creighton will unveil new athletics branding this Wednesday (from David Westfall). … Formula One is considering a ban on helmet livery changes. “It’s BS,” says Omar Jalife. “The helmet is the only part of the whole sport that belongs to the driver (although most sponsors are from the team). If the driver wants to change it, let him. The article says this ban would help fans recognize drivers, but that’s why the cars have different numbers.” ”¦ Fascinating story about Cadbury’s attempts to claim trademark protection on the color purple (from Tommy Turner). ”¦ Just what the world needed: a pee-wee football team wearing G.I. Joe jerseys with such a “successful” camo pattern that the uni numbers are impossible to read. Meanwhile, note the shorts-clad zebra (from Glenn Stern). ”¦ Here’s a look at some of the first layers and “village wear” that the USA team will be wearing in the upcoming Olympics (from Alex Graber). ”¦ Check this out: the tale of the tape between War Admiral and Sea Biscuit prior to their 1938 race (great find by Jared Wheeler). … Ever notice that thing are sometimes described as “too clever by half” or “too cute by half”? It’s never “too clever by one-third” or “100% too clever” — always by a half. Now why is that? … Pinktober jerseys for SDSU women’s volleyball (from Andrew Domingo). ”¦ Unusual look in Saturday night’s junior middleweight bout between Miguel Cotto and Delvin Rodriguez, as both fighters wore red trunks with blue trim and red gloves. … Okay, Pinktober has officially gotten way out of hand (from Jason Mott). ”¦ Still more Pinktober: Saturday’s Mexican Super Clasico match between Chivas and America featured a pink ball and pink-clad refs (from Lee S.). ”¦ William Burke notes that Ken Norton’s WBC heavyweight championship belt in 1978 had some Adidas logo creep (look near his left hand). Did Adidas manufacturer the belt?

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Photo by Heather McCabe; click to enlarge

What Paul did last night Friday night: I’ve been touting Sean Kane’s awesome painted-glove artwork for a while now. A bunch of his gloves are currently being showcased at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan, and on Friday they held a little reception to celebrate Sean and his work. It was my first time seeing his artwork in person, and I’m happy to report that it looks even better in person than it does on the web. It will be on display at Bergino through the end of the month — strongly recommended to all NYC-area readers.

The best part is that I finally got to meet Sean (that’s him posing with me above), who turned out to be a peach of a guy. This wasn’t a surprise — I could tell from our emails that he’s good people — but it’s still a treat to meet someone whose work you admire and find out that the artist is as likable as his art. Thanks for the great time, Sean — hope to see you again soon.

Comments (154)

    Most likely both photos were taken at the same time, making it easy for Topps to run a different photo the following year.

    I don’t care for any of those ‘Skins rebrands. Mostly cuz I don’t care for the 3 name choices.

    It’s a little early to think of “Griffins” as a good name choice, dontcha think?? Good thing this hub-bub wasn’t this escalated 20 years ago. Would we be contemplating the Washington Heaths? Or what about TheissMEN?

    Totally agreed. A lot of my friends and family in DC think RG3 walks on water, but let’s not be so quick to tie the future of the franchise to a guy who, part way into his second season, has proven to be only a marginal QB.

    “Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings didn’t have the NHL logo on his jersey collar on Saturday”

    There’s a few players in the league that either remove them completely, or cut part of them off. Apparently whatever material it’s made from on game jerseys, the points on NHL logos are rather pointy and can get irritating.

    Thanks, Paul! The feeling is mutual; it was a true pleasure getting to meet. Fun hearing your thoughts and questions about the work — what a great time.

    I’d argue that “Chairs Missing” has the edge over “Pink Flag”, although both albums are essential.

    (Full disclosure – I briefly played bass in a Wire tribute band…)

    Breast cancer awareness is a worthy cause…

    It is, but (a) I’m not sure NFL is all that interested in breast cancer awareness, and (b) breast cancer awareness has reached a point where, given limited airtime and resources, is arguably not a worthy cause.

    Look, it’s great that we’re getting women to go get screened, but NFL’s goal here is to soften up their image and appeal to women and sell some women’s merchandise along the way. Any money that goes to Komen is a happy accident.

    And that NFL promo about the Jets fan in Staten Island notwithstanding, the message about early detection is pretty much out there (and that’s thanks in great parts to organizations like Komen). “Awareness” is basically like election signs in front yards. Planting signs in yards won’t win you an election, but if you have more signs, it’s an indication that you’re likely to win. Likewise, that there’s a multi-million dollar awareness campaign is an indication that the awareness is already out there.

    Meanwhile, the NFL could do a lot more with the same resources by highlighting, like, prostate cancer or brain injuries caused by routine, legal hits, but neither helps them reach out to relatively untapped markets.

    Yeah, I’d imagine we’re at a point with breast cancer that much of the middle class and above is well aware of screenings and early detection. If organizations like Komen really want to help, they probably need to target groups which are falling through the cracks. But it’s easier to just host a 5k and brand stuff

    Breast cancer advocates, like any other cause, tend to think their niche issue is the most important, to the point that there was a backlash against evidence-based recommendations to increase the age for mammograms. Ever since that, I have a lot less respect for the cause.

    “…And that NFL promo about the Jets fan in Staten Island notwithstanding…”

    I saw that commercial too, and that’s the only thing the NFL needs to do to say “hey, how can you say this isn’t the right thing to do?” They found the loophole that will let them win every argument regarding pink accessories.

    I’m not sure someone’s life being saved is a “loophole.”

    I’m also not sure how any reasonably educated American woman could possibly need a football game to prompt her to do a breast examination. Or, rather, it’s hard to imagine how anyone who isn’t already doing such examinations will suddenly decide to do so because of a football game.

    It’s the old, “If we can save one life…” fallacy that appeals to the easily appealed-to. Maybe the National Football League did save that woman’s life, then hooray!

    But saving one life is a stunning waste of money for such a big campaign, and all that money spent on pink crap and promoting pink crap is money that could be put to better use to finding a cure (which Susan G. Komen for the Cure doesn’t really do), or raising awareness for cancers that don’t have widespread awareness.

    If that New York Jets fan from Staten Island is the best example NFL can point to, then Pinktober is an utter fucking failure.

    …Need a football game to do a breast examination…

    Paul, I agree 100 percent.

    And one can argue if “loophole” is the right term to use, but the NFL ended any argument whether or not pink accessories are the right thing to do.

    And terrible, I’d have to echo Pauls argument and take it a step further, I’m not sure saving someones life is an “utter fucking failure”.

    Tom – like I said, it’s the “If we can save one life…” fallacy.

    Given the amount of resources (and profiteering!) that goes into Pinktober, you have to save a lot more than one life (and a life of someone who’s presumably exposed to a lot of BCA media outside football) for it to be worthwhile. It’s only an argument ender for someone who’s too easily convinced by fallacious appeals to emotion.

    Remember that everything you do has an opportunity cost. Every cent that goes into pink merch is money that could be spent elsewhere. Sure, the fan from Staten Island saw Jets players wearing pink on a Monday night. What’s not to say that she wouldn’t have made the same realization after seeing an ad for a Walk for the Cure on Tuesday morning? It’s pretty likely, given that breast cancer is arguably the most awareness’d of all the cancers.

    Saving somene’s life isn’t a failure, but if that’s your best argument, then it is an utter fucking failure.

    Was going to post that the NFL created that commercial to support their monthlong crusade with good storytelling, and to counter any potential (uni-) backlash. :)

    For those who think breast cancer detection is a “given” these days: it’s surprisingly not.

    Particularly for low-wealth women who rely on food stamps, etc. They basically rely on the YWCA, local hospitals, and the like to help them access health resources. Some women don’t get screened b/c they simply can’t afford it, or won’t allocate their limited resources to do it.

    (I know, no excuse with the various free programs. Educating, inspiring, building esteem to take responsibility for these matters is a real challenge. Programs for poor people struggle with this type of issue all the time.)

    In any case, the NFL generating “awareness” of this issue may actually be misguided … why not create a program to actually pay for the screenings for poor woman? Seems more “focused.”

    For those who think breast cancer detection is a “given” these days: it’s surprisingly not…

    You’re right, and I think that’s what bugs me about NFL’s pink campaign – there are areas where awareness can be raised, NFL ignored it for the most part. BCA is basically a beard for NFL’s female fan outreach, and pink/breast cancer awareness is one of the most powerful brands for educated, middle- to upper-middle class women.

    At best, Pinktober is corporate slacktivism.

    But it did save someones life.

    Now I’m not arguing for you or against you, but that’s the answer the NFL can use from now on.

    re:soccer player/Tube map

    Not only is it the 150th anniversary of the FA, it’s also the sesquicentennial of the London Underground.

    FYI – the UND game was Sunday night, not Saturday. They are playing the University of Manitoba Bisons in that picture, and the Bisons were playing (and getting their rear-ends handed to them) by the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday night.

    Looked like UND did a number on the Bisons as well as they won 3-0. In three straight games, the Bisons have been shutout. Yikes!

    If I am not mistaken, when there was a close up of a measurement in the Titans game the chain was pink. I don’t have an image of it but it sure linked magenta-esque to me.

    By the way, awesome freaking shirt Lukas.

    On the Spokane name, that is how it should be done. I hate to say it but there will always be detractors of any native American name. However, if the effort has been made and a local tribe is approving, then there should not be a problem. Good on Spokane for this.

    It seems like the Pacific Northwest seems to have their shit together on stuff like this. I get the sense that the native culture has a more organic presence there, compared to the rest of the country.

    “I get the sense that the native culture has a more organic presence there, compared to the rest of the country.”

    It’s sort of hard to have an organic presence in parts of the country from which you’ve been link.

    I wonder if any of the folks who dislike the Redskins team name also find it offensive that that an NFL team ‘plays’ in a city named after Andrew Jackson.

    I wonder if any of the folks who dislike the Redskins team name also find it offensive that that an NFL team ‘plays’ in a city named after Andrew Jackson.

    Probably not, because “Jackson” isn’t a racial slur.

    How about Buffalo Bill? He earned his fame as an “Indian hunter” – but the Buffalo Bills are perfectly OK, no one cares. But “Redskins” is totally racist, despite the vast majority of society not using it that way.

    “How about Buffalo Bill? He earned his fame as an ‘Indian hunter’ — but the Buffalo Bills are perfectly OK, no one cares.

    “Buffalo Bill” isn’t a racial slur. If someone wants to object to it on other grounds and make a compelling argument, they’re free to do so. But to bring this up as a “gotcha” in response to people who oppose the Redskins’ name is a typical red herring argument that would get you kicked out of a junior high debate.

    But ‘Redskins’ is totally racist, despite the vast majority of society not using it that way.

    There’s a difference between “racist” and “racial slur.” Not everyone who has ever uttered the term – or roots for a team who has chosen that term as its mascot – is racist. Nonetheless, the term is a racial slur because of the way it was used as a derogatory term for Native Americans for generations. Intent does not change centuries of cultural and historical context.

    Frankly, the “intent” argument is flimsy to begin with. Once a speaker learns that a significant portion of the people being described by his or her preferred term consider it to be offensive, then the speaker’s continued use of the term is an intentional act in the face of a known negative reaction.

    There’s also a bit of a difference between a team that claims to represent a historic culture vs a team that simply uses their artwork. Hell, how many people actually know that the Seahawks are using a native art style, rather than it just being a modern streamlined bird logo?

    The Hudson Valley has a ton of Native American heritage and names throughout…many city names, logos, schools and seals have not only imagery, but Indians as well…there are DOZENS of schools in the mid-Hudson region alone that are named Indians…and not one tribe complains…so it’s not just the Northwest…

    [T]there are DOZENS of schools in the mid-Hudson region alone that are named Indians…and not one tribe complains…so it’s not just the Northwest…”

    Really? How about the link n, based in New York? Their website makes it pretty clear where they stand on the the issue of the Redskins’ name. And they publicly supported Cooperstown High School with a link earlier this year when the school changed its nickname from “Redskins” to “Hawkeyes.”

    Right, but I think most reasonable people (including the Oneida Nation) can draw a distinction between naming a town “Ossining” and calling a team “Redskins”.

    Baseball players who get their helmets really dirty with pine tar etc over the team logo are doing much more damage to MLB uniform standards than Stargell Stars

    I was going to comment on the same thing. I just don’t get it. Those helmets look like crap, and it would be easy for MLB to tell the home plate umpire to make the player go back to the dugout and get a clean helmet, but they do nothing. Instead, MLB gets pissy over these stars. WOW.

    I hope that the mismatching sleeve/torso stripes on the Flames third is just a typical EA uniform glitch. The fact that it’s yellow on the bottom, black on the top for the sleeves and some asymmetrical stripe on the torso looks wonky.

    “Christopher Falvey notes that several of the Braves’ nameplates are significantly whiter than the surrounding jersey fabric.”

    Cool Base material is slightly translucent, so what you are seeing is not a different material, but 2 layers of cool base with the nameplate that cause it to be a bit more opaque. Notice the player is wearing a dark blue undershirt, so that is why his jersey looks darker.

    … and getting into the Frontline trailer itself, that’s a crazy frightened look on Aikman’s dazed face at the end. Too bad ESPN bailed on this project. Instead of getting ahead of this issue (relatively speaking) my hunch is they’ll regret not participating.

    re: The NNOB Stanford jersey. The Cardinal use several reserve offensive linemen as extra blockers during their games. Instead of leaving them in their normal numbers (60’s and 70’s) they have them wear eligible receiver numbers so they don’t have to report to the officials every time they come in the game. ESPN showed a sideline view of three extra sets of jerseys already over shoulder pads for those players to put on if they needed to go in as actual linemen.

    I HATE dark monochrome football uniforms.

    HOWEVER … They do seem to make my brain hurt a little bit less when paired with MFBS (magenta for breasts’ sake) than when you have dark over white paired with MFBS. It’s just too much for my eyes to handle.

    I want to see a team make magenta into an official team color (like Japan’s link sometimes do in baseball) so that the NFL will finally rethink this stupid pink-fest that uglifies every single one of the teams.

    I thought the same thing yesterday. If a team would adopt pink as an official color, at least we’d have one team in the NFL that didn’t look like shite all month.

    Yeah, then the league would just use a different shade of pink and they’d still look like shit with mismatched colors.

    I think what they ought to do, if they must wear pink, is to replace one team color on the uniform. The Raiders would be pink & black, the 49ers would wear gold & pink, the Jets would be pink & white, etc. It’d still be dumb, but it wouldn’t look near as bad.

    … Ever notice that thing are sometimes described as “too clever by half” or “too cute by half”? It’s never “too clever by one-third” or “100% too clever” – always by a half. Now why is that? …


    New cliche: “Too beloved by half” – a phrase to express one’s disdain at undeserved esteem showed to something. Such as, “The Yankees uniforms are too beloved by half, even among uniphiles who should know better.”

    You’re welcome.

    *sigh* It’s a sad day in the NFL when the Ravens are one of the best looking teams. I think each teams taking one home game and designating it Pink Day for Breast Appreciation Month would help, and raise just as much awareness for Breast Cancer Research. I did notice them running a commercial yesterday (may have run before and I missed it) featuring a woman who was watching a Jets game with her husband and inquired about all the pink accessories and because of that thought to do an exam and caught her cancer early.

    I thought that Reggie Jackson picture looked familiar:

    Reggie played winter ball under Frank Robinson and really idolized him, so that could be where the shirt came from.

    Cheers Paul!

    I was wondering if it could have been Reggie’s way of recognizing Robinson’s being named the 1st African-American manager in MLB history. Reggie’s last year with the A’s was 1975. Robinson was named player-manager of the Indians the same year.

    Right, Reggie is a great admirer of Frank Robinson’s. In fact, when he came to the Yankees and had to change his number since no. 9 was being worn by Graig Nettles, his first choice was no. 20, in honour of Robinson.


    The 1977 Yankee yearbook lists him as no. 20. But after a few days of spring training, he changed to no. 44, in honour of the just-retired Henry Aaron.

    I was under the impression that Montana simply had to be issued something other than #16 since the Chiefs has it retired for Len Dawson.
    I had no idea #19 held any signficance, personal or otherwise.
    Great viewing!

    There were a few noticable absences. I can understand leaving out the cookie cutter turf stadiums because they don’t have the infield in the gridiron look, but they included a few of those and left off others. The most notible absense for me was Shea Stadium which was the home to both the Mets and the Jets during their hight of success and popularity.

    “Other professional sports teams have Indian names, including football’s Kansas City Chiefs and baseball’s Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians.”

    Yes, but they’re not racist slurs.

    Hey, how about the Washington Reds? It worked for Cincinnati, and J. Edgar Hoover would be spinning in his grave.

    Or they could be called the Hoovers because they suck. Just a joke people!

    I would think there are any number of nicknames that Washington could use that would be awesome. Hell, the Washington Monuments. Think of the phallic possibilities with logos there.

    But then they’d be the Reds, but red wouldn’t be a team color. It’d be as if the Browns mostly wore orange. Er, wait a minute …

    Or how about the Washington Burgundians, with link substituted for the decapitated Indian in the current logo?

    Just curious… In this discussion about native imagery in sports, does anyone have a problem with the imagery associated with pirates? After all, pirates were criminals of the lowest sort: thieves, murderers, and rapists. They were essentially terrorists, and many did in fact have a religious, ideological, or political goal. Why glorify crimes like that any more than racist or so-called racist imagery (depending on where you stand on THAT issue)?

    To be fair, some “pirates” were really privateers who were working at the behest of a royalty. They were essentially private military contractors.

    No. It’s a legitimate question that is completely separate from the question of native imagery in that I’m not comparing the two groups of people (natives and pirates) but related in terms of the imagery we associate with our sports teams. Whether or not you support the name “Redskins” or images such as “Chief Wahoo,” I can’t imagine wanting to associate a multi-million- or billion-dollar organization with a set of people known for murdering and raping others.

    “To be fair, some “pirates” were really privateers who were working at the behest of a royalty. They were essentially private military contractors.”

    True, but the Pittsburgh Private Military Contractors would be a terrible name for a team.

    Very many team names are based on human occupations that involved bloodshed when the occupations were going concerns. It’s not the squalid reality of seagoing organized crime on the Spanish Main that piratical team names refer to, however. It’s a romantic ideal rooted in literature and art. Thus also with the Vikings or with Ottawa’s Roman imagery or, really, any reference to any kind of warrior or ancient culture. We’re not honoring the actual, brutal barbarians that our ancestors were (and that our descendants will one day judge us to have been), we’re remembering the romantic songs sung about them.

    Then again, classical Sparta was pretty much the closest to actual fascism any human society achieved prior to the 20th century. It is difficult to imagine a more purely, unredemably evil civilization than ancient Sparta. Even the heroic stand of the 300 under Leonidas against Xerxes’ Persians is pretty much entirely BS. A sports team named the Spartans is exactly equivalent, morally, to a sports team named the Nazis, and I’m not cool with that.

    Interesting, Scott, and a valid point. Do we need to reconsider how we name all of our teams? I mean, it’s hard to take issue with ‘Cardinals,’ ‘Red Sox,’ or ‘Astros,’ but should we look at ‘Vikings’ and ‘Spartans’ as well?

    The thing is, all of the past was barbaric, brutish, and squalid. Even at the height of the republic, Rome was little more than a cabal of violent mafias, plus smallpox and slavery. (See also: Pretty much every human society from the dawn of time until quite recently.) If we really judged the past by the bloody, putrid reality of life and human conduct, the only team names left us would be songbirds. It’s appropriate to cut a lot of slack for the existence of romanticized ideals; when people think of the Pirates, they’re thinking of Jack Sparrow or Long John Silver, not the real-life, lice-infested barely literate gangsters of the sea. When they think of the Vikings, they’re thinking of Wagnerian opera characters, not the actual peasant-slaughtering, nun-raping brigands of the northern oceans.

    I sort of make a special exception for Spartans just to be contrary. It seems odd to me that people who regard themselves as patriotic, freedom-loving Americans would invoke Sparta as any kind of ideal. What exactly is it that they admire? The slave army? The infanticide? The totalitarian state institutions? The reeducation camps? The ritual human sacrifice? Or maybe the humiliating defeat Sparta ultimately suffered once lowly Thebes finally stood up to it?

    “A sports team named the Spartans is exactly equivalent, morally, to a sports team named the Nazis, and I’m not cool with that.”

    If you don’t like Sparta, you don’t like link. Don’t hate the forerunners of the women’s rights movement, man!

    Two anecdotes about cancer/disease awareness…

    I officiate Division III NCAA football. On Saturday, my crew arrived to our game, and in our locker room was a small sheet of green ribbon stickers (like those that could be put on a helmet). Supposedly green is the color for Cerebral Palsy awareness.

    My referee was asked if we could wear those, as this terrible disease has directly affected both of the participating teams. We complied, and put the stickers on the right side (our left) of our collars. A small gesture, I suppose, and not something overly in-your-face like the pinking of the NFL.

    We must have not been the only crew nationwide to participate in an “awareness” campaign. By the time I returned home, I received a mass email from Rogers Redding, the national co-ordinator of College Football Officials (CFO). It read as follows…

    “Often at this time of the year college officials are asked to support various charitable causes by making changes to the approved uniform. These requests usually entail officials being asked to wear colored uniform items, such as whistles, beanbags, flags, hats, wristbands, lanyards, etc., etc. While these causes are highly worthy, officials must find ways to support them other than by granting these requests for non-standard uniform items.

    Please be reminded that all NCAA football officials must wear the standard uniform with no variation of colors. There will be no exceptions.

    Rogers Redding
    CFO National Coordinator”

    FCS officials are not as limited, as I’ve seen officials with game-specific patches in the bowl season. But down at Division 2 and 3, our image is more strict.

    For my other story, I also officiate Pop Warner football on Sundays. Like the NFL, October is a pink-out for most of those teams. One team I had normally wears blue and white all season. Closer to the Bills’ blue, not navy. Everyone on the team wore pink socks, although some were lighter pink, others more like the NFL hot pink.

    Blue and pink is not a bad looking combination, and when worn correctly, it looks like pink is a team color, instead of an accessory.

    Maybe it is time there is a singular ribbon that would stand for ALL causes with a WFC on it meaning “We Freaking Care!” This whole ribbon thing has gotten out of control. I understand people want to create awareness for a cause and that’s great. But does it have to be so overdone as was said in the uni-watch blog post? I would think PSAs during games would be more effective than ribbons and provided by the NFL, NCAA, etc, as a public service of those organizations.

    That would make sense if NFL actually cared, of course.

    And if NFL gave a shit about saving lives, they’d have players wear patches that say, “Vaccinations don’t cause autism, you idiots” for a whole month.

    RE: Mexican Súperclásico
    The pinktober football is something that has been done for a couple of years now. Here’s a detail of the football for this year

    I leave some other examples of past years in no order:

    They’ve used the soccer league for other campaigns such as Teletón (held every 1st weekend of December to create infrastructure to help disabled children)
    and and antiobesity campaign (thus the orange color):

    On these first games of october we were also able to see Santos (green) and Pumas (golden) add pink motiffs to their uniforms:

    You might think Leon’s pink uniform is due to this awareness campaing but it isn’t, they’ve used this alternate (they are normally green) for a couple of times now but my guess is they’ll use it this whole month:

    Sorry for so many links

    Could the “whiter” nameplate on the Braves uniforms just be a result of a double thickness of white fabric? (Especially if they are wearing the lighter weight uniforms with dark undershirts.)

    Nike has cooked up some slight uni alterations for the Red River Rivalry. Not terrible but not particularly great either. Will have to see it in action. I’m at work so I can’t link to the exact link but you should be able to find it here:

    I would love to go, but sadly, weekends don’t work for me all that well. I work at a Hotel in Hershey, so midweek (like Tuesday-Thursday) would be the only days I could go.

    Aha! So now we know that Texas will be dressing up as link for Halloween the Red River Shootout Rivalry. Surprisingly, the gold and burnt orange combination works pretty well. For a one-off uniform set, these aren’t half bad.

    I’m glad they went accent only, and I agree it does work. Nike has done a 2 year deal for the RRS so I’m assuming next year Texas get white with the gold accents and ou gets team color.

    People who should know better have placed the personage and office of President of the United States on a ridiculous, unrealistic and ultimately dangerously high pedestal. They have invested him with the unofficial roles of national conscience, national water cooler opinion provider, or national arbiter of things that have nothing to do with him or his responsibilities (and of that which he usually knows very little).

    People who disdain any country with a monarch nevertheless want to elevate the nation’s chief executive, a DC transient of a mercifully brief 4 or 8 year stopover, to the level of a king with correspondingly royal (and, they hope, influential) views. The smart, truly humble presidents decline such invitations to ‘spread themselves,’ to use Mark Twain’s phrase. The vainglorious ones, smart or otherwise, cannot resist the temptation to moralize regardless of the frivolity of the issue — in this instance the brand identity of an organization whose sole activity involves men playing a kids’ game once per week for less than 1/3 of the year.

    And yet the pronouncement has come from on high, carried by a surfeit of media outlets: this president objects to – wait for it – a nickname.. And because his disapproval is shared by certain individuals and groups, it is deemed Insightful & Important. It’s the worst sort of lazy self-fulfilling prophecy. But it’s eminently predictable.

    There is a couple of things to remember:
    1) The President was asked by a reporter. It was probably a fluff interview because nothing has been happening in DC all week (that’s normal).
    2) Everyone has an opinion on the issue. Everyone voices their opinion on social media (Facebook, Twitter, here, etc.) and it gets out there. The only difference between I and the President is that he’s the Living Symbol of the United States .

    I mean, really, there are a few more important things going on right now than to ask Obama what his opinion on the Washington team name (not a nickname BTW) is, but it happened, and a news station needing views published it. It’s not like because Obama said he doesn’t agree with the name doesn’t mean the Fed will come down and force their name to change. It will (likely) only happen when FedEx’s lease is up and Washington tries to move back to Washington, where the Redskins name will get blocked.

    Otherwise, it was a fluff story on a slow news day.

    Oh, no doubt he’s an unprincipled poseur who’s sticking his finger in the air as he did with gay marriage. “I’m not a hypocrite; I’m just EVOLVING!” (/rollseyes). Unlike this blog, however, at least he had the balls to use the word “Redskins” when the geriatric Dolphins visited the White House a few months ago. The penalty for that thought crime remains undetermined.

    Unlike this blog, however, at least he had the balls to use the word “Redskins” when the geriatric Dolphins visited the White House a few months ago.

    I’m not sure what you’re getting at here. But let me go on record as saying that if the geriatric Dolphins visit Uni Watch HQ, I’ll refer to the ’Skins however you like.

    “It will (likely) only happen when FedEx’s lease is up and Washington tries to move back to Washington, where the Redskins name will get blocked.”

    The only way I see the Redskins moving back to DC proper is if the District is awarded the 2024 Olympics, and that’s a big “if” (notice I did not use caps).
    A stadium will be need to be built for opening/closing/track and whether it’s located in DC or not it’ll need a new tenant after that.
    Snyder is already a ‘supporter’ (whatever that entails) of the bid, and he’s gotta be wise enough to make his retention of the team’s current name…The Washington Redskins…part of any relocation deal, especially since he’s going to be bringing jobs and tax revenue with his team wherever they wind up post-FedEx Field.

    And yet the pronouncement has come from on high, carried by a surfeit of media outlets: this president objects to — wait for it — a nickname.

    Whether you like it or not (and I suspect the latter), whole lot of people in this country are talking about — wait for it — a certain nickname. Why shouldn’t the person who happens to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. be permitted to take part in that discussion, especially when his opinion on the matter is solicited by a questioner?

    The smart, truly humble presidents decline such invitations to ‘spread themselves,’ to use Mark Twain’s phrase. The vainglorious ones, smart or otherwise, cannot resist the temptation to moralize regardless of the frivolity of the issue…

    Oh look everyone, the “arrogant” Obama trope! And will someone please stop blowing that dog whistle?

    The vainglorious ones, smart or otherwise, cannot resist the temptation to moralize regardless of the frivolity of the issue…


    Damn that Lincoln! He started all this shit

    Indeed, only the truly arrogant man expresses his opinion by saying he’d “think about” doing the thing, and also overtly recognizing the validity of the interests and claims of people who disagree with him on the issue.

    The humble man, by contrast, expresses his opinion with perfect clarity of action and, if he acknowledges other points of view at all, condemns them as base or evil.

    “I’d think about changing the name, but I understand why people feel otherwise.” Truly, we haven’t seen this kind of hubris in human affairs since Bonaparte crowned himself emperor!

    Of course, anybody who aspires to public office is a shameless self-promoter or media whore, because nobody whose ambition is genuine excellence would put up with people going through his garbage. But is this the forum for that discussion?

    Picture #20 of that same slideshow…is that sort of display OK since the Seminole tribe is ‘on board’ with FSU’s choice of mascot, or will there be calls for rebranding?

    Check this out: the tale of the tape link prior to their 1938 race (great find by Jared Wheeler).

    Wait – wasn’t the whole thing with Seabiscuit that he was undersized and unimpressive? ‘Cause those differences look pretty subtle to my admittedly-non-horsey-person’s eye.

    Noticed this a week or two ago and just getting around to posting it. It looks like the Jets jersey sleeves are fading. The green doesn’t match the shoulder stripe. Blame Nike.

    With all the talk about the pink, I’m curious about all those commercials about the United Way back in the 70’s and 80’s. Did those help any? I’m not trying to be silly, but how much did it really help?

    Washington Presidents. Use George Washington’s profile in place of the American Indian’s head on the helmet. He is the first pres as well as the man the city was named for.

    Oh great, you’re not only gonna take the nickname away from them, and you’re going to replace it with the leader of the white men who rounded them all up and put them on reservations.

    Nice and classy.

    RE: Stanford player with NNOB. I was watching the UW vs Stanford game and the commentators noted a group of NNOB jerseys on the sidelines and said that it was for when Stanford linemen checked into the game as eligible receivers in their jumbo sets so they would have eligible numbers at the TE/FB positions

    Salty’s been wearing that “B Strong” pin all season whenever they show him in the dugout. But, he’s the catcher so he never wears his hat on the field

    You know, if Washington would remove the feather and replace the Indian head on the logo with a potato, they could keep their name…

    Actually, the earliest act of such that I can find was the Indian Removal Act in 1830, signed by Andrew Jackson, not Washington.

    Once again, I’m disappointed by the fact that the only time Towson University makes uni news, it’s because they’ve done something really ugly. I wish they’d go back to the beautiful uniforms they had when I was there.

    Today’s COD is awesome. Makes me want to take photos of all of my 8-tracks.

    I think that the Chiefs do a good job of keeping the American Indian imagery to a minimum, at least in their “visual program.” The name Chiefs with an arrowhead logo isn’t any more offensive than the name Indians with a feather in the logo. However, ownership’s embrace of the “tomahawk chop” and the war drum played by a celeb/former player/etc to fire up the crowd pregame makes my skin crawl every game.

    How about this as a solution? Keep the name, keep the colors, keep the wordmark, keep the interlocking “KC” but change the arrowhead to a firefighters crest? Replace the offensive war drum with a bell or siren and try to forget that the disgusting tomahawk chop ever existed. Minimal impact to the team’s identity and a way to blaze a trail for other pro teams.

    Disappointed with the jersey itself (without even looking at the logos on the jersey) with the Flames leaked jersey. It’s the same generic design as the new away jerseys for the Wild, Stars, Hurricanes. I don’t like it.

    those guardian caps are a straight up rip off of the rugby headguards which have been around for ages (for example link ) … i seriously wonder if our companies know about these

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