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Last week I mentioned the excellent new “30 for 30” documentary, Untucked, which is about Marquette’s untucked jerseys back in the late 1970s. As a companion piece to the film, I’ve examined the history of uniform tucking and untucking (the latter of which is nicely exemplified by the late-1970s UMass hoops squad, shown above) in this new ESPN column, which went up yesterday afternoon. It was a blast to work on, and I don’t mind saying it’s one of the better ESPN columns I’ve done in a while, so please check it out, share it with friends, etc.
One thing I mentioned in the column is that some early football jerseys used to have that crotch extension that looped under the groin area to ensure that the jersey stayed tucked in. I’ve occasionally seen those crotch extensions used for other types of jerseys, but here’s a place I’d never seen one before — on an AFL referee’s jersey:
Reader Brian Codagnone sent that in a few hours after yesterday’s column went up. He works at the Sports Museum at TD Garden in Boston, which is where that jersey is displayed. Never seen that accessory on an zebra’s jersey before. Seems like overkill, sort of like the belt-and-suspenders combo, no?
By Brinke Guthrie
The WFL’s 40th anniversary is this summer, but why wait until then when you can score this great poster. Brings back memories of my eighth grade year-end project, which consisted of going to downtown Cincinnati to watch the Bill Bergey trial and then making a video report on it with some other guys.
Here are the rest of this week’s finds:
• Reader Lydia Devine sent this item in: “While searching for fanny packs on Etsy, I came across this Syracuse U. hand warmer.”
• Nice mini-lot of mid-1970s New York Giants helmets in different formats and from different eras. If you check through the seller’s other auctions, you’ll see he has similar vintage sets for most NFL teams.
• Keeping with Big Blue, I sure like the look of this ski cap.
• Back before there were computerized football games, sometimes you had to break out toys like this vintage Wolverine Football Pinball Game.”
• The Reds didn’t do a ton of stadium giveaways in the 1970s, but I always looked forward to the poster game. Decades after the trade that brought him to the Queen City, Tom Terrific still looks strange in a Reds uniform.
• Wonder if Jerrah keeps all his money in one of these early-1970s Dallas Cowboys ceramic football banks? Eh, probably not.
• Here’s an indeterminate-era Canucks windbreaker from Shain of Canada. What ever possessed them to go to this design?
• And here’s an SF Giants dugout jacket from the 1960s with no “SF” anywhere! Just a small “Giants” script on the sleeve.
• I gave away these Q102 Bengals stickers in sub-zero weather! The Enquirer’s Jim Borgmann did the artwork, and I think we had OTTO printing — the company that does all the backstage passes — make them up.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Unmasking the Commenters: I recently invited the site’s commenters to tell us a bit more about themselves and give us a peek at what they look like, just because I thought it would be fun to pull back the internet’s curtain of anonymity. I’ll keep showcasing you folks as long as you keep sending in your photos and quick bios.
Today we have a reader who posts comments under his own name — Joseph Gerard. That’s him on the let in the Steelers bumblebee throwback (click to enlarge):
I’m a 28-year-old graduate of Youngstown State University living in the Pittsburgh area and obviously in love with Pittsburgh sports teams. (Well, except for one.) With college teams, I’m a fan of my YSU Penguins and the West Virginia Mountaineers, and I also root for Ohio State in “The Game” for Jim Tressel-based reasons. I’m a partial season-ticket holder for the Pirates and am planning on going to all 20 games I bought tickets for. If there’s one uni change I would like to see, it’s the Steelers going back to block numbers on their jerseys.
I’m a lifelong car fanatic, with my favorite car being the original Ford Mustang. I currently drive a 2009 Kia Rio, which is more reliable than any other car I’ve ever owned. Since I was four I have followed professional wrestling (that’s multi-time WWE Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy standing next to me in the photo) and am more interested in the backstage politics of wrestling than in what’s happening inside the ring.
Joseph actually wrote considerably more than that. But as Bob McAllister used to say on Wonderama, it’s only a three-hour show — sorry, Joe! But thanks for sharing your story with us, and for your many excellent comments over the years. You help make Uni Watch a better place.
Do you want to be featured in “Unmasking the Commenters”? If so, send me a photo and a quick paragraph about yourself. You don’t have to reveal your real name, and the photo doesn’t have to show your face, but you must include a photo to be considered. Send everything this-a-way.
PermaRec update: The latest entry on the Permanent Record blog has a bit of a Uni Watch theme and also features an endearingly racy telegram from 1927 (shown at right). Get the full scoop here.
Bracket reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, we’re once again running a Uni Watch NCAA bracket pool. For details, look here.
’Skins Watch: Remember the Indians fans who had removed the Wahoo patches from their jerseys? Another fan did something similar with his cap. … Some people continue to insist that the Cleveland Indians were named in honor of a Native American ballplayer named Louis Sockalexis. The great baseball writer Joe Posnanski — who happens to be a lifelong Indians fan — has thoroughly debunked that myth (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Here’s the latest on those last three high schools in Maine to use Native mascots (from Paul Dillon).
Baseball News: St. Paddy’s Day uni that didn’t make it into yesterday’s entry: a green cap for the Braves. … You know how so many ballplayers wear their sunglasses across their cap logos? The Braves apparently forbid that. Never heard about that before. I contacted Scott Miller, the journalist who tweeted that, and asked where/when he heard about this policy. He said, “In Braves camp last spring. Was a Bobby Cox thing. Unofficial rule, but well-known by players. They just follow it!” (From Stephen Walker.) …. 100th-season patch for the Syracuse Chiefs (thanks, Phil). … So here’s a sentence I never expected to be typing: The Nationals have stopped the use of unauthorized drone flights. … Nice DIY project by commenter Roccot, who recently did a nice custom paint job for his son’s catcher’s mask. … I’ve mentioned Dice-K’s number- and swoosh-emblazoned socks several times. But yesterday he went low-cuffed. Pretty sure that’s the first time he’s done that as a Met. … Wow, look at this absolutely killer 1950s Yankees usher’s jacket (from Matt Malinoski). ”¦ Some interesting news about the Opening Series cap patches.
Hockey News: St. Paddy’s Day omissions from yesterday’s entry: Green warm-ups for the Bruins and Caps. ”¦ The Devils didn’t play on St. Paddy’s Day, so they did their annual wearing of the green-trimmed throwbacks last nght. ”¦ You know how the “Order your custom jersey” web pages always show a jersey with double-zero and a “Your Name” NOB? Some guy at a Sharks game apparently took that idea rather literally (from Don Diaz).
Basketball News: St. Paddy’s Day omissions from yesterday’s entry: The Clippers wore green shooting shirts and the Jazz wore green unis (from Joe Nocella). … Who’s winning the NCAA tourney? Nike, of course (thanks, Phil). ”¦ New
March Merch Madness sneakers for Oregon.
Grab Bag: The National Federation of High Schools has approved the use of wider zebra stripes for high school football officials. The current shirt can still be worn for 2014 and ’15, as long as everyone on a given crew is wearing the same stripes. All officials must switch to the wider stripes by 2016 (big thanks to Joe Schmeltzer). … New logo for Lipton Tea (thanks, Brinke). … Kudos to Jim VIlk, who shot videos that showcase his cool new DIY tabletop bowling and a very Reynolds Wrap-esque design. … Lots of new lacrosse gear, including a flag-desecration helmet decal for Duke, new everything for Syracuse, and new gloves and helmets for Jared Buccola). … If you win the Italian cycling race Tirreno-Adriatico, you get a monster trident trophy (from Sean Clancy). … Here’s something you don’t often see: a varsity jacket for pole vaulting. A real beauty, too. … Latest TV show to use ancient (well, 30-year-old) USFL footage: The Game (from Marc Viquez). … WR Brandon LaFell, newly acquired by the Pats, engaged in a Twitter discussion last night regarding what his new uni number should be (from Tom Adjemian).