Monday Morning Uni Watch


Here’s a life lesson to keep in mind: When you insist on making massive, over-the-top symbolic gestures, you run the risk of massively embarrassing failures that provide a very different kind of symbolism than you had intended.

Case in point: Let’s say that for some reason you feel the need to unfurl an American flag large enough to cover an entire football field (either because you adhere to the unfortunate American maxim that bigger is better and biggest is therefore best, or else just, you know, because you fucking can). That’s all fine and good — until, as was the case in Buffalo yesterday, a strong wind literally rips your flag in two (see photo above). Kind of puts a dent in your “U! S! A!” messaging, no? Maybe next time you should think a bit smaller. Or maybe you should just scrap the jingoistic nonsense already and stick to staging football games.

The wind Buffalo wreaked havoc on more than just that flag. It also did quite a number on a Jets field goal attempt:

And in one other note from that same game, the Bills put a new spin on GI Joevember by wearing National Guard helmet decals.

In other notes from around the league yesterday:

• The Bears wore their throwbacks in a game that was interrupted by a tornado warning and then became very, very muddy — so muddy, in fact, that Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s uni number was completely obliterated.

• The Steelers wore their bumblebee throwbacks. Lots of additional photos here. Interestingly, those jerseys are made from a mesh fabric, not Nike’s usual jersey fabric. Maybe because of the stripes..? (And as an aside, here’s a video of Steelers owner Dan Rooney talking about the evolution of the team’s uniform. Rooney even uses the term “Northwestern stripe” — impressive!)

• Here’s something I don’t recall having seen before: Peyton Manning wearing gloves on both hands. Has he ever worn a glove on his throwing hand before? If so, I don’t remember it.

• Freaky scene in the Jags/Cards game, as Jacksonville defensive end Jason Babin pulled off some of Arizona running back Andre Ellington’s hair while making a tackle. The hair was later returned to Ellington.

• Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker had a bit of an NOB problem.

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

• Yesterday’s “Sunday Morning Uni Watch” report from Terry Duroncelet included the following: “I can tell that the right sleeve patch is a flag, but what’s on the left sleeve?” Turns out it’s a yellow version of the patch for the Oregon Army National Guard 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Reader Eric Fisk says, “I am an Oregon Army National Guardsman and I personally did not find the Oregon uniforms a tribute but more of another marketing ploy by the Ducks.” (There’s also a colored version of that patch logo, which Oregon and Oregon State will be wearing as helmet decals for the Civil War game later this month. Hey, why not just bring a bunch of tanks and artillery units onto the field and get it over with already?)

• South Dakota and South Dakota State went color-vs.-color.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Timothy Appel, Chris Hartranft, Jake Hurley, Willard Kovacs, Jeffrey Seals, JJ Sledge, Daniel Swartos, Shane Thomas, Tim Walsh, and of course Phil.)

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Correction: On Friday I said the NBA’s original plan for its Christmas Day jerseys, before Brian Erni of SNY and I broke the story on them, was to unveil the jerseys on Good Morning America. I had received that information in the course of my reporting, but the league has told me that it is incorrect, and that they never planned to unveil the jerseys on GMA. Uni Watch regrets the error.

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’Skins Watch: Yesterday’s edition of the New York Times Magazine attempted to address the whole Native American sports thing, but the resulting article was a bit of a mess. They tried to cover too much ground in not enough space. … Here’s a close look at the Oneida Indian Tribe and their leader, Ray Halbritter, who are leading the movement to change the ’Skins name (from Tommy Turner). … There’s increasing pressure on Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to veto a billthat would ease the state’s current restrictions on schools using Native American mascots (thanks, Phil). ”¦ A high school whose teams are called the Indians was playing another high school, whose fans came up with this banner. Classy. That photo made Reddit’s front page last night (from Richard Jurnack). … A Quebec snack manufacturer is facing criticism after using a “throwback” package design featuring Native boy wearing a feather and a loincloth (from Roch Smith).

Baseball News: This is bizarre: The bullpens the old Jarry Park in Montreal were on top of the dugouts. I’m not sure (a) how they managed that and (b) how I was unaware of it until now. I’m old enough to have seen lots of televised games from Jarry Park when the Mets visited there in the early and mid-1970s, but I have no memory of this bullpen quirk. Crazy! (Big thanks, Phil.) Never mind. Debunked in today’s comments.

NFL News: Drew Brees has been appearing in an NFL Mobile ad with his jersey swoosh covered up but his pants swoosh left intact. “Strange,” says Chris Perrenot. … Also from Chris: Saturday Night Live ran a spoof ad for NFL’s RedZone, but the game footage they used was from a Houston Gamblers USFL game. … Richard Stover was looking thorugh a Super Bowl VI program and spotted a Dolphins logo that he (and I) had never seen before. Anyone familiar with that mark? ”¦ It had previously been reported that the Panthers would be wearing Purple Heart helmet decals for tonight’s game against the Patriots. Duncan Wilson wasn’t thrilled about this, so he emailed the team about it and received this response: “The Carolina Panthers are actually wearing the Military Order of the Purple Heart crest, not the official Purple Heart ribbon/logo.” You can see that crest, and learn more about the Military Order of the Purple Heart, here. The bottom line is essentially this: The Panthers aren’t wearing actual an actual depiction of a Purple Heart (which would clearly be inappropriate). Instead, they’re wearing the logo of an organization whose membership is comprised exclusively of Purple Heart recipients (which I think is also inappropriate). Either way, it’s just another way to connect football with the military, which is bullshit at best, propaganda at worst. Not all soldiers are heroes, and not all heroes are soldiers.

College Football News: I’m not the only one who doesn’t like all the GI Joe nonsense — plenty of military personnel don’t like it either. Key quote, from a Vietnam vet: “Does every sporting event these days have to become a mini-Nuremburg rally? Honor the vets by giving them a discounted ticket or a free replica game jersey or something like that, but please stop dressing like clowns out there.” And from Desert Storm vet: “As a former Marine, I think all this over-the-top stuff is superficial and, in many regards, an insult to the troops. Wearing camouflage football uniforms and sticking flags everywhere does not mean that you understand what any Marine, sailor, airman or soldier has experienced in war or in garrison during peacetime. In fact, I would even argue that it takes away from the intended purpose because you did not earn the right to wear the uniform. Uniforms have a deeper meaning to those who served than just an article of clothing.” … Hendrix College in Arkansas wears some seriously crazy pants (from Seth Shaw). … Matthiew Mitchell says the scuttlebutt in Waco is that Baylor will wear fluorescent yellow, head to toe, for their bowl game. Cant, uh, wait. … There’s a petition for Virginia Tech to put a horse on a treadmill on its helmets. “Since I’m sure no one will know why the hell anyone would want a horse on a treadmill, it’s mocking Virginia Tech’s commercial,” explains Andrew Costentino.

Soccer News: Bit of a sleeve-length kerfuffle for Arsenal (from Yusuke Toyoda). ”¦ Also from Yusuke: Pope Francis is apparently amassing quite the soccer jersey collection. … “Martin O’Neil had his first game as the new Ireland soccer manager on Friday,” writes Patrick Fleming. “O’Neil has pretty much always worn tracksuits throughout his career as a manager. But ever since Brian Kerr took charge of Ireland in 2003, Irish managers have all worn a suit on the touchline. I was therefore interested to see whether O’Neil, whose tracksuitedness has always been a big part of his everyman image, would follow this trend. Sure enough, he suited up on Friday. It makes me wonder if this is perhaps something that the Football Association of Ireland requires from managers.” … Also from Patrick: Here’s a slideshow of soccer mascots observing a minute of silence for Remembrance Day.

NBA News: Golden State wore their T-shirts on Saturday night. … In case you missed it on Saturday, the Knicks and Hawks played a near-unwatchable orange-vs.-red game. The NBA says that won’t happen again. … The Trail Blazers may have new unis in 2015-16 (from Jeremy Brahm).

College Hoops News: Three items of note from yesterday: Florida State wore their turquoise alts, Baylor wore their sleeved alts, and Western Michigan wore throwbacks (all of those from Phil).

Grab Bag: The Ottawa Senators will unveil their Heritage Classic jersey on Nov. 28 (thanks, Phil). … A few months ago I touted the artwork of Mark Wagner, who makes mind-blowing collages from cut-up dollar bills. Here’s a great little video piece about him — strongly recommended (thanks, Heather). … Having a recognizable logo for your clothing brand is great — until a right-wing extremist and mass-murderer starts wearing your clothing (from Willard Kovacs). ”¦ The city of Chattanooga now has its own custom typeface (from Yusuke Toyoda). ”¦ Three auto racing items from David Firestone: Kevin Harvick wore a tribute helmet for his last race with RCR; Caterpillar ran a tribute for Jeff Burton for his last race with RCR; and David has given out his best- and worst-dressed awards for NASCAR. … Clint Wrede was watching the U.S. Olympic curling trials and has some cool news: “Uni numbers are a new and non-required phenomenon in the sport, and one commentator on the webcast earlier last week thought it was an attempt to sell jerseys to fans. But here’s the great part: Team Erika Brown, which won the women’s competition to become the first U.S. athletes to qualify in any sport for the 2014 Winter Games, is wearing uni numbers that were chosen based on the periodic table of elements and chemical properties. Each player’s number is the atomic number of her chosen element. Normally, the players also wear the one- or two-letter symbol of the corresponding element on their sleeves, but those were replaced during the Trials with Olympic patches. The team’s Facebook page includes explanations for why they chose their numbers/elements.”

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Photos by Heather McCabe; click to enlarge

What Paul did last night: Last night I attended a screening of Casablanca at the magnificent United Palace Theater up on 175th St. — one of New York’s five original “Wonder Theaters.” The organizers had announced that anyone wearing a tuxedo or a gown would be admitted for free, so a bunch of my friends and I decided to get dressed up for the occasion.

This presented me with a problem: I didn’t own a tuxedo. In fact, I had never worn one. So on Saturday I went to a couple of vintage shops and eventually found an old tux that fit me surprisingly well for $80 — not bad, right? I could have bought a tux shirt as well, but then I would have had to buy studs as well, and that seemed like a bit much, so I decided to go with a standard French-cuffed dress shirt. (I know, I know, but cut me a little slack here.)

We all got together at the home of a friend who lives near the theater, had some food and drinks, and then walked to the theater from there. It was a great time, and I enjoyed being tuxefied. Aside from the two shots shown above, most of the photos I ended up with kinda sucked (lousy lighting, crummy phone camera, etc.), but if you’re curious, look here.

130 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • Ben | November 18, 2013 at 8:27 am |

    Yes, Manning has worn a glove on this throwing had. Don’t have a picture on me, but multiple times at the end of the season, including the playoff game against the Ravens, he did. He said he could grip the ball better with the glove, and indicated that the grip had to do with the neck procedures he had the previous off-season.

  • Phantom Dreamer Otis | November 18, 2013 at 8:28 am |

    I saw this on twitter yesterday, the bullpens at Jarry Park weren’t on top of the dugouts, they were on the warning track in foul territory. Plus, look at the picture, the dugouts weren’t in the outfield. The Expos played there for 8 seasons, I think the whole “bullpens on dugouts” would have been brought up already.

    • Rob H. | November 18, 2013 at 8:41 am |

      Yeah I think they guy writing that article was a victim of an optical illusion.. if you look across the field the dugouts on the third base side are up even with the bases, and the grass on the edge of the “roof of the dugout” when the pitcher is appears to be growing right up to the edge. I think that’s just a chain link fence with a wall behind it, not the back of the dugout in front of the fans.

    • Dane | November 18, 2013 at 8:41 am |

      Agreed. That bullpen mound is next to right field, while the dugouts would be closer to the infield.

      These two pictures should help debunk that theory:

  • Kyle Allebach | November 18, 2013 at 8:38 am |

    I am in support of the sentiment that not all heroes are soldiers and vice versa, but I’m actually alright with the Panthers wearing a helmet decal of an organization they have been actually supporting, military or not.

  • Richard | November 18, 2013 at 8:39 am |

    A year or so ago it was reported that six in ten Wikipedia entries are factually incorrect.

    The Jarry bullpen on the dugout is one of them. Even the picture (also from Wikipedia) proves the statement to be false.

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 8:44 am |

      OK, thanks for shooting this one down, everyone. I’ll remove that from the Ticker.

      • Rob H. | November 18, 2013 at 9:11 am |

        well it’s a neat, if erroneous, story… maybe: “This guy turned out to be wrong, but wouldn’t it have been neat if Jarry Park’s bullpens were on top of the dugouts?” could stay in instead.

  • Teebz | November 18, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    Was about to say the same thing about the dugouts. This seems to be no different than where the Cubs have their bullpens. In fact, they aren’t even elevated off the ground. That’s an optical illusion created by the angle where the fence for the fans meets the ground.

    Unless, of course, there’s a hill in foul territory and the white foul line runs over top of it.

  • terriblehuman | November 18, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    A slightly less embarrassing flag snafu than the one in Buffalo:

    Doug Baldwin, who is half Filipino, entered the field holding the flag of the Philippines to show support for victims of Haiyan. A nice gesture, except the flag was upside down.

    • M.Princip | November 18, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 10:17 am |

      For the flag of the Philippines, red on top means a state of war.


      • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 10:18 am |

        Okay, based on Princip’s link that got in before mine (curse me not refreshing before posting!), it seems he did it deliberately.

        Still an odd choice, in my opinion.

        • terriblehuman | November 18, 2013 at 10:26 am |

          Yeah, I get it, but man, I prefer to leave war imagery to just actual wars.

  • The Jeff | November 18, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    Did the Bills all wear National Guard decals, or did they just add the NG to the mix? All the other teams have already been wearing Army/Navy/Air Force decals in that same spot.

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 8:51 am |

      All of them wore it.

      • Glen | November 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

        All of the teams have been wearing decals. Broncos were wearing the Air Force emblem last night and the Seahawks were wearing the Marine emblem the last two weeks.

  • Rob H. | November 18, 2013 at 8:44 am |

    …and sorry Lacoste, unless you want to start selling licenses to wear your clothing, if you want to sell stuff to the public, that’s the chance you take.

    • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 10:25 am |

      A mention at the bottom of that article, about a certain douchebaggy clothing company offering to pay a certain celebrity douchebag not to wear their clothing, amused me quite a bit.

  • Too Tall Paul | November 18, 2013 at 8:46 am |

    Bit of a double entry describing O’Neil and his suit in the soccer section of the ticker this morning.

    Have a great day!

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 8:56 am |

      Thanks — now fixed.

  • Don | November 18, 2013 at 8:47 am |

    Regarding the Bills’ National Guard decals: The NY National Guard also “presented” the game yesterday. Their ads are currently all over First ever NFL uni sponsorship?

    • Chris Dobbertean | November 18, 2013 at 8:58 am |

      As a Bills fan, I can tell you that the NY National Guard has been a team sponsor for awhile. I haven’t seen a team press conference in awhile, but in past seasons, the background for these has heavily featured both the team logo and NY National Guard logo.

      • Ken M. | November 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm |

        Not to nitpick, but anything sponsored by the National Guard or any other military organization is not paid for by them, but rather from your tax money. Which leads to another point. Do you think those flyovers happen for free? I would love to know how much tax money is spent on all of that sort of pomp and circumstance. Finally, even though some individual members of the military may find that the sports/military symbiosis demeans their personal sacrifices and contributions, you can bet that the powers that be are on board with it because it amounts to recruitment ads.

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 9:21 am |

      First ever NFL uni sponsorship?

      No. The Texans’ red uniforms were “presented” by Halliburton for many years.

      As sponsors go, I’ll take the National Guard over corporate war profiteers. But it still sucks.

      • Don | November 18, 2013 at 10:06 am |

        Did Halliburton have their logo on the Texans’ uniforms or helmets?

        • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 10:10 am |

          No. Their name was used promotionally, on the team’s website, etc.

  • Dumb Guy | November 18, 2013 at 8:53 am |

    Wearing a tux is always awesome.

    • Lee | November 18, 2013 at 11:24 am |

      And the whole thing sounds like an awesome night out!

      I’d do the same, but A) none of my friends would be into wearing a tux and B) none of my friends would be into going to see an old movie.


      • Chance Michaels | November 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm |

        Sounds like two good reaons to get yerself some new friends, Lee.

        • Lee | November 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

          Hah… well all in all they’re not bad, just a serious lacking in appreciation as to what occurred before they were born.
          Maybe MORE friends might be helpful tho!


  • terriblehuman | November 18, 2013 at 8:54 am |

    The gallery of mascots observing minutes of silence is hilarious.

    • Dumb Guy | November 18, 2013 at 9:01 am |

      HAHA! You are right! Somberness cannot be portrayed by a smiling chicken or codfish no matter how hard they try.

      That hammer thing looks like he just farted.

  • Dumb Guy | November 18, 2013 at 8:57 am |

    Nothing more embarassing then having the number ON YOUR BACK obliterated by mud/dirt. That can only mean one thing….


  • Connie DC | November 18, 2013 at 9:02 am |

    You’re rocking that tux, Paulie.

  • Ryan | November 18, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    I hadn’t noticed the Broncos’ mascot’s clothes until after KC made a PAT last night. Seems mildly inappropriate if you ask me.

    I didn’t have a chance to watch any of the other games; were any other mascots around the league similarly attired?

    • ChrisH | November 18, 2013 at 9:52 am |

      I can’t find a photo, but I thought I saw Swoop (the Philadelphia NFL team’s mascot) wearing camo fatigues yesterday.

      • Phil Hecken | November 18, 2013 at 10:04 am |

        Not sure if it was the same game, but I definitely noticed at least one (if not more) mascots in camo gear (had on RedZone, so the games flip in and out with rapidity).

        I guess with the way the NFL’s ratchet works, next year all sideline personnel will be in full camo (I mean, we’ve had mascots & cheerleaders…so what’s next — players and coaches right?).

        • Mary O | November 18, 2013 at 10:09 am |

          Not sure about other NFL mascots, but Chip, the CU Buffalos mascot, was similarly dressed for the CU-Cal game on Saturday. This was CU hone game closest to Veteran’s Day, so all the services were honored, etc. I recall that Chip removed the fatigues at halftime.

        • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 10:32 am |

          … did you mean “racket”, Phil? Or is there some new use of the term “ratchet” I’m not aware of?

        • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 10:52 am |

          He means that the “patriotic” gestures work like a ratchet screw — it only turns one way and never goes back. This is a metaphor I’ve been using in reference to flag- and camo-based unis for years now.

        • Chance Michaels | November 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm |

          Although the on-field stuff seems to be ratcheting up, at least the Packers didn’t play games with their website this time.

          Last season, they replaced the regular backgrounds with camo during the drag festival. This year, they kept their site as-is.

          Small measure, to be sure, but a positive one.

        • Phil Hecken | November 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm |

          “did you mean “racket”, Phil? Or is there some new use of the term “ratchet” I’m not aware of?”


          See Paul’s reply above; Paul’s been using this term for a couple of years now, so I thought it would have been familiar to (most) UW readers. And it’s not only apropos, it’s a perfect descriptor for the ramping up of camo & militaristic pandering we’re seeing. Once it starts, it can’t stop.

          As long as I’m typing this, you want to know what really pissed me off? (well, you’re gonna anyway).

          I wasn’t happy with all the “THANK YOU MILITARY” stunts last weekend, but whatever; but to do that on VETERANS Day…they couldn’t change it to “THANK YOU VETERANS”?

          Yes, those who serve in the military will one day be veterans, I get that. But to thank the ACTIVE military (more appropriate for ARMED FORCES DAY) to the exclusion of VETERANS? Really?

          First of all — Veterans’ Day wasn’t originally a celebration of vets, but of the END OF WORLD WAR I — the “War to End ALL Wars.” It wasn’t thanking vets for their service — it was celebrating the end of war. Eventually it morphed into Veterans’ Day (which is fine — our vets do deserve our thanks), but that wasn’t the original intent. The NFL has now ratcheted this up into thanking the active military ON VETERANS day.

          How soon before we start dressing up the teams and coaches in camo? That seems to be the next logical step in this progression.

        • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm |

          I just don’t think I’ve seen “ratchet” used as a noun in that context before, that’s all. Fairly sure I’ve only ever noticed Paul use it as a verb; if you have used it in noun form the way Phil did, Paul, then I’m sorry I haven’t noticed before.

        • Ryan | November 19, 2013 at 12:06 am |

          Don’t forget the way the kids are using it these days!

    • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 10:29 am |

      … dafuq?

      Does that mascot headbutt the goalpost every game? Or was it just last night’s game that he felt it necessary to behave in such an inexplicable manner?

    • ChrisH | November 18, 2013 at 10:47 am |

      The Houston NFL team’s mascot also donned camo pants:

  • hodges14 | November 18, 2013 at 9:22 am |

    I’m surprised nobody mentioned the NSFW belly dance that that Seahawks player did against the Vikings. Doesn’t it count as a uni moment, even if it’s disturbing at best?

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 9:36 am |

      Hadn’t seen that (thankfully).

      How is it NSFW?

      • hodges14 | November 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm |

        With a bowlful of jelly that big, some people had to cover their eyes.

    • Lee | November 18, 2013 at 11:20 am |

      Belly dancing aside, I saw that and thought it was odd that the gentleman’s shirt was so short, thinking the NFL must have some sort of rule about shirt length or having it tucked in or something.


  • Simply Moono | November 18, 2013 at 9:37 am |

    That Sean Payton Reebok note shows an old photo. I watched the whole game yesterday, and Sean was wearing that Nike Elite basketball thingy. Also, note the Niners players in red. SF wore white yesterday.

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 9:44 am |

      Thanks. Will fix.

  • Caleb W | November 18, 2013 at 9:39 am |

    It’s a shame that Oregon’s shoulder logo turned out to be more military nonsense. The “It never rains” slogan/logo/concept is a really cool tradition and would make a great jersey doodad.

  • Alexander Cattermole | November 18, 2013 at 9:55 am |

    don{t know if mentioned before but the eagles were wearing an air force helmet decal

  • Scott | November 18, 2013 at 10:06 am |

    The Oregon shoulder patch can be seen clearly here:
    It actually incorporates an exterior view of Autzen Stadium and the “It never rains at Autzen Stadium” tradition (the public-address announcer says before every game) with the military insignia Paul mentioned.

    • Vivek | November 18, 2013 at 11:11 am |

      If I had to guess, Oregon State won’t be wearing the military patch for the Civil War, the only reason I’m inclined to say that is that the picture is our old helmet, so we may have done it in the past (we have a RB who is a senior who wears number 19, so it very well could have been last year and we all missed it, or before then), but based off the logo and font, I’d say it probably isn’t happening. (also, if the shoulder patch incorporates Autzen, there’s no way its happening, even if the Civil War is at Autzen this year)

  • terriblehuman | November 18, 2013 at 10:11 am |

    re: Arsenal’s sleeve length kerfuffle

    You can see Flamini wearing proper short sleeves and cut-off sleeves.

    And in this shot, you can see he’s the only one with exposed arms.

  • Connie DC | November 18, 2013 at 10:13 am |

    “… I was therefore interested to see whether O’Neil, whose tracksuitedness has always been a big part of his everyman image, would follow this trend. Sure enough, he suited up on Friday…” (Patrick Fleming)

    It is the rare middle-aged gentleman who looks better in a tracksuit than in a business suit. Martin O’Neil is in the majority, I’d say. The O’Neil-in-suit photo that Patrick sent in also showcases the home uni/kit of the Ireland national side, and it’s a classic beauty. Tough for a country with a population of 4 million to play even-up with the big boys, but they’re looking good.

    • terriblehuman | November 18, 2013 at 10:21 am |

      I’d expected O’Neill (that’s two hockey sticks at the end, guys) to look more like this, so I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on the link.

      • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 10:44 am |

        There’s another Martin O’Neil out there with only one L, and he has no sense of humor at all.

  • Jim Gregg | November 18, 2013 at 10:21 am |

    As a veteran, I understand the motivation in wanting to honor the troops but stop it sports teams. Just stop it. The whole thing is reaching the point of who can out do who and the real meaning is getting lost in all this nonsense. I am as patriotic as anyone but I think this sort of stuff diminishes patriotism not enhance it since it is all so overboard. Just my two cents.

    Paul, you clean up nicely. That tux does fit well for a vintage off the rack one. Sweet.

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 10:32 am |

      Thanks, Jim!

  • Adam | November 18, 2013 at 10:41 am |

    New patch for the Orioles next year commemorating the 60th season in Balitimore.

    • Adam | November 18, 2013 at 10:50 am |

      Correction: The patch is for the 60th anniversary. It will actually be their 61st season in Charm City.

    • arrScott | November 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm |

      What’s up with the script?

      • Adam | November 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm |

        Yeah, it’s definitely off. Looking at it again, though, I noticed the three stars on the bottom representing the three World Series titles in that time. It’s not mentioned in the write-up, but it’s a nice touch.

      • Keith | November 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm |

        It’s the uniform script from their first season. The only year it was used:

        I agree, the 3 stars is a nice addition.

        • arrScott | November 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm |

          Thanks. I did not know that – I really thought that the O’s had debuted with an O resembling the big-loop version they use today.

          I’m planning to wear my St. Louis Browns cap a lot next year to protest the O’s sweeping-under-the-rug of their pre-relocation history.

  • Anthony | November 18, 2013 at 10:50 am |

    Looking good Winthorpe!

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 11:03 am |

      Feeling good, Anthony!

  • David Berk | November 18, 2013 at 10:54 am |


    One more comment on Jarry Park. I used to live in Montreal during the 70’s. In September you could buy a ticket in right field for the last place Expos for $2.75 and move behind dugout as the park was almost empty. I know this because I did it on several occasions.

    If my memory serves me correctly, the bullpens were past the dugout on the right and left field lines, similar to Wrigley Field.

  • Al Gruwell | November 18, 2013 at 11:06 am |

    Texans’ center Chris Myers had five military stickers on his helmet yesterday.

    • Lee | November 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm |

      He is obviously patrioticer than anyone else!


  • Ian | November 18, 2013 at 11:09 am |

    For what it’s worth, the U of O / OSU Civil War matchup is scheduled for November 29th, not in December. Not that it changes or justifies the use of the logo. Just thought you’d like to have accurate information.

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am |

      Right you are. My bad. Will fix right now!

  • Luke | November 18, 2013 at 11:36 am |

    Sooooo why didn’t the Knicks just change to white at halftime?

    • The Jeff | November 18, 2013 at 11:53 am |

      Probably because it wasn’t a problem for the players. That color matchup is bad for the audience, but on the court it really doesn’t pose any problems.

      • Chance Michaels | November 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

        Maybe, maybe not.

        The color scheme drew mostly critical notice from fans via Twitter and the MSG Network broadcaster Mike Breen, who said he thought even the players might have been having a difficult time telling one another apart. The first half especially was filled with sloppy play and errant passes.

  • mike 2 | November 18, 2013 at 11:43 am |

    As long as we’re talking about Jarry today, I’ll link to something I wrote here a couple of years back.

  • Thresh8 | November 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm |

    Re the SNL skit using USFL footage:

    Is there a website that geeks out on this for all TV shows?

    I’m fascinated with the sporadic glimpse of the CFL’s 55-yard-line that pops up once on a TV show about a football team “from” LA, Chicago, Dallas or New York.

    PS Thanks for the Parc Jarry photo, even if the article is debunked. I could spot it also.

    • terriblehuman | November 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm |

      It’s almost rare to see NFL footage on film – ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Jerry Maguire’ come to mind, but then, the NFL is central to their storylines.

      • ChrisH | November 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm |

        IIRC, “Twice in a Lifetime” with Gene Hackman and Ann-Margret had a scene which was shot at the Kingsome during an actual Seattle NFL game.
        Not sure if there was on-field footage used for that part of the movie.

    • Scott | November 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

      The SNL skit also prominently featured footage from an Argo’s game in Toronto and showed the team running over the giant Argos logo in the center of the field which in itself was funny after the opening skit was of Rob Ford whose wearing of the Argos jersey ended with the team having to publically respond/

    • -DW | November 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm |

      I have to get this in:

      The team the Gamblers were playing in that clip…the Tampa Bay Bandits.

      I always wondered why the Bandits didn’t wear black and gold instead of looking like Ohio State. But I have not researched it either.

      • DarkAudit | November 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm |

        The Denver Gold were already black and gold.

      • ChrisH | November 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm |

        The USFL section is a great addition to the family:

        Worth a view or 2!

    • Chance Michaels | November 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm |

      At first I thought it was probably about the large amount of USFL footage in the public domain.

      They use what looks like the official Red Zone logo but not the NFL shield that I always see accompanying it. Anyone with that channel – do they ever use the wordmark without the shield?

    • Thresh8 | November 19, 2013 at 11:46 am |

      Thanks to all. Glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

  • Ryan | November 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm |

    I find it interesting there isn’t any “venom” over the Native American uniforms being used by some of the native American related nike whores… I mean teams. How do those uniforms honor natives? By being turquoise? That color is almost exclusively used by groups of the southwest. How does that pay tribute to a group of the southeast like the Seminole?

  • YPC | November 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm |

    I remember there being some media attention regarding the football footage on television in “Brokeback Mountain.” The story, if I recall correctly, was that the NFL would not allow them to use league footage, so they subbed in college footage instead. I think the scene was a Thanksgiving dinner.

    I may be mistaken, but I believe the line was that then-commish Tagliabue (or another high-ranking NFL official) would not allow the footage to be used because he had a gay relative and did not want to assist in the promulgation of the mindset that gays aren’t welcome in the macho world of football, etc.

    Seems counter-intuitive to me – I think the NFL licensing the footage for the movie would be taken (if even noticed) more as a sign of support, given the subject and plot of the movie, than condemnation. Seems more likely that it was all just a contrived PR rationale to avoid having to get involved and deal with blowback from either side.

  • david | November 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

    can we just pause for a moment and talk about how great the bears throwback unis are. is there a better throwback?

    • The Jeff | November 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm |

      Better throwback than the Bears? Limiting it to just uniforms worn in the past 5 years… let’s see… Rams, Falcons, Patriots, Chargers, Bucs, Cowboys, Vikings…

      The Bears throwback is just bad. The number font is clunky and the uniform as a whole isn’t different enough from what the team wears now, so they just look like a cheap knockoff of themselves.

      • DJ | November 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm |

        What makes a throwback good is not the difference between it and the current uniform, but how close it matches the uniform it’s trying to recreate. Accordingly, the Bears throwback is very good, indeed.

        • arrScott | November 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm |

          Probably a major philosophical divide among uni-watchers right there. Sort of like our faith vs works. And probably just as unresolvable, since though I disagree with him, I can’t say that DJ is wrong. Just that he applies different standards.

          I’m with The: The White Sox could discover a box of pristine 1976 disco-collar uniforms, shorts and all, and outfit the whole team for a throwback game. It would, by DJ’s criterion, be the most perfect throwback uniform in sports history. Me, I’d regard it as one of the worst throwback uniforms in history. Ugly uniform is ugly!

        • DJ | November 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm |

          I’m a Sox fan, and I wouldn’t want to see the shorts in a 2017 White Sox Throwback Sunday season. The plain navy pants wouldn’t be bad. The white pants with a navy stripe wouldn’t be bad either, but they weren’t worn in 1977…

    • ChrisH | November 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

      Maybe the best of the one helmet rule era, but only because they took the extra step of switching out the regular facemasks.

  • Mike | November 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm |

    Not sure if this has been brought to your attention, but the NBA is selling “Big Logo” Christmas Day style jerseys for the Pacers, Nuggets, Magic, Sixers and Celtics.

    I don’t think those teams play on Christmas Day, but will they wear the Big Logo jerseys at during the season?

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm |

      The league has told me that the Big Logo jerseys will only be worn by the 10 teams playing on Xmas. All the others are just for retail.

      • Ryan M. | November 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |

        Because why limit yourself to just 10 teams when you can charge $100+ for a polyester t-shirt that will never be worn on court? Yeesh.

  • James A | November 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm |

    With the regular links to Native American issues, I did a double take on the Ottawa Senators piece when the headline started off with “White Heritage…”

  • David Firestone | November 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm |

    And it looks like we have our first look at the Christmas Jerseys in action…sort of…

    • Paul Lukas | November 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm |

      That video was embedded in Friday’s entry.

  • Adam | November 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Chance Michaels | November 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm |

      Ah, John Byrne did it 30 years ago.

      • arrScott | November 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm |

        Superman did it 21 years ago, too, and pretty much every modern superhero movie has trended toward BFBS too. It’s a black mark against the otherwise excellent recent string of superhero movies that they lack the confidence to adopt the more colorful palettes of the print originals. Wolverine wears yellow, dammit – if you made a movie about the Green Bay Packers, but dressed the Packers in solid black, it’d be just as wrong.

        Only now, Marvel & DC are increasingly chasing the movie audiences by reframing their comics to match the movie franchises, including BFBS uniforms. For this, blame DC comics and the original Tim Burton Batman.

      • Adam | November 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm |

        I’ve always thought of the Byrne-era costumes as navy.

        • Rob S | November 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm |

          In Fantastic Four #286, the newly-awakened Jean Grey specifically referred to their white-trimmed costumes as black (since, when she was left in suspended animation at the bottom of Jamaica Bay by the Phoenix Force, the FF were still wearing their original, black-trimmed, crew-collared cyan uniforms, and because her telepathy was gone, she thought the team that revived her was a group of impostors). I only know that example because that’s one of the few Byrne-era issues I have.

          After Byrne left the book, though, the subsequent artists interpreted the costumes as blue, rather than the blue-shaded black Byrne intended. The blue persisted, through action figures, cartoons, and that crappy Roger Corman ashcan movie, before the costumes went through a series of redesigns, which tended to revert to the original blue-with-black-trim formula.

  • KB | November 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |

    Here is a t-shirt – with the same logo – from the Ducks’ Spring game:

    Ducks’ military tribute was reduced, re-used and recycled from Spring game:

    • Simply Moono | November 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm |

      Call me nuts (especially after my rant on Northwestern from yesterday’s post), but if they have to wear drab olives, then they should have worn the ones from spring training. It goes extra with the TNT (team name tag) and the (actual) contrast feathers on the sleeves.

      All of this jingoism is stupid, but at the least, they should make the extra visual effort. The unis from Saturday just seem half-assed by comparison.

      • Simply Moono | November 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm |


        I meant shoulders.

  • Trainerdave | November 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

    University of Toledo wearing pink accent jersey, gloves, and shoes for Wednesday night’s game vs Northern Illinois. A little late in the season for this??

  • Larry | November 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm |

    But Paul….. did you tie your own tie? If you can tie your shoes you can tie a bow tie! And you don’t have to be Ken Rosenthal to rock your own bow tie.

  • Johnny O | November 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm |

    Wisconsin plays North Dakota at home tomorrow night. Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that Wisconsin banned playing against all teams with Native American imagery unless it was for a tournament or a bowl? Am I wrong on this?

    • Simply Moono | November 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm |

      To my knowledge, UND isn’t using the Fighting Sioux logo on their football(?) uniforms ATM. I’m probably wrong a thousand times, though.

      • Johnny O | November 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm |

        No, you are right Simply… I am slightly embarrassed to learn that ND actually has no mascot anymore as of last summer. They won’t be able to have a nickname until 2015.

        How in the world did I miss this? I knew they could not use Native American imagery during playoffs or bowls, but I did not realize they forfeited their nickname completely. So what in the world do they call themselves?

        • DenverGregg | November 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm |

          AFAIK its just the University of NoDak. Although if I were they, just out of cussedness (and some bourbon), I’d play at least one game as the Sighting Foo.

  • Simply Moono | November 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm |

    So two things that I caught so far for tonight’s Black Kitties/Murican Elvis game:

    1) The Panthers are not wearing mono-black, as I originally thought they were planning to.

    2) Cam Newton is wearing some sort of blue camouflage shoes that don’t in any regards match up to the blue in the uniforms.

    • terriblehuman | November 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm |

      1) I think there’s been some confusion (not the least because of promos using Panthers wearing all-black, but all along, the blackout was for the fans, not the team.

      2) Newton’s always worn Under Armour sock-like things for pregame, though the colorway/designs have differed.

  • Graf Zeppelin | November 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm |

    Lots of USFL footage popping up in commercials. Gamblers-Bandits, mostly.

  • Andrew | November 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

    My uni pet peeve of the day: On Michigan State men’s basketball uni’s, why is the B1G logo placed above the American Flag? Looks like the flag was placed as an afterthought. I think it should be above the B1G logo.

  • JBrent | November 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm |

    This is what I think of every time you write a variant of “jingoism”:

    Seriously, I loved coming here when every other post wasn’t sanctimonious bullshit.

    • Paul Lukas | November 19, 2013 at 12:10 am |

      Seriously, I loved the uni-verse when every other uniform wasn’t jingoistic bullshit.

      • JBrent | November 19, 2013 at 9:59 am |

        Don’t ever change, but I don’t think you’re open to it anyway.

  • ryan | November 19, 2013 at 1:38 am |

    trying to figure out where this baseball patch might come from. the seller didnt know. just starting my research. maybe someone on here will beat me to it!

  • DJMFF9 | November 19, 2013 at 3:28 am |

    …I know I’m late to the convo – but if you pay attn. to football commercials – 80-90% will use USFL footage – like one user wrote above it always seems to be Gamblers V Bandits – mainly cuz the Bandits always had a large crowd making it look more pro for the ad – according to a friend of mine that works in the biz , and has done a lot of those commercials …
    … also , if you pay attn. – the uniforms for the Washington team in “The Replacements” are used a lot …
    … Side note , living close to Burbank , Ca. – there’s a movie studio outlet/store that I go to a lot that sells tons of clothes from tv shows & movies , and they get a lot of unis for football ( I’ve scored so many vintage or staged vintage jerseys it’s insane ) , baseball , basketball and for some reason a lot of hockey equipment – I always score vintage and sometimes very rare football helmets during Halloween on the WAY cheap… I also cringe a lot seeing what a studio prop person has done to a perfectly good 1960’s Riddell RK or TK helmet worth $150-500 by covering it in un-removable glitter and house paint …

  • Ltirving | November 19, 2013 at 6:19 am |

    Hey Paul, that tux is a little baggy on you, no??? There’s this thing called a tailor shop. lol. Oh well, at least you tried, but um, try again. lol.