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I spent a good chunk of yesterday in Manhattan, where I was present for the taping of several segments for Puppy Bowl XI, which will air in February. I’m not allowed to talk about anything of it (the whole thing is embargoed until Jan. 29), but it would be fair to say that they have some very entertaining new features this time around. It would also be fair to say I had a very, very good time. I’ll be back for more today.
They had about 10 different press pass designs to choose from, each featuring a different adorable pooch. A tough choice! I went with Agatha because I liked the slight angle of her head and her perked-up ears. But I might choose a different one for today’s session.
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The newest Uni Watcher: Please join me in offering big congrats to longtime Uni Watch readers/neighbors/pals Marty and Jessie Buccafusco, who are now the proud parents of the newborn nipper shown above. “His name is Augustus Long Buccafusco, but his friends call him Gus,” says Marty. “For his first day home from the hospital, we put him in this Brooklyn Dodgers-inspired jersey that I painted for him.”
That’s Marty and Jessie for ya — they turn everything into a fun (and often uni-related!) extracurricular project. I really admire their approach to life, and I know they’re going to be awesome parents. Cheers, M+J — hope see both of you, and meet Gus, in the very near future.
’Skins Watch: Those Pennsylvania high school newspaper editors who refused to print the word “Redskins” have received an award from the American Civil Liberties Union. … Some students at San Diego State are petitioning to change the school’s “Aztecs” team name (from Brady Phelps). ”¦ Interesting piece on how the ’Skins issue is shaking out among politicians (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Also from Phil: The University of Minnesota American Indian Student Cultural Center is planning a protest for the when the ’Skins come to play the Vikings on Nov. 2. ”¦ Here’s the latest on the move to get the FCC to ban the ’Skins name from the public airwaves. … The management at NPR has instructed its staff to limit the use of the ’Skins name (from Bryan Firvida). … There’s increasing pressure on the U. of Minnesota to eliminate any traces of the ’Skins name or logo from TCF Bank Stadium, which will be the site of the ’Skins/Vikes game on Nov. 2 (thanks, Phil).
Baseball News: San Diego State will be adding this Tony Gwynn memorial patch next spring (from Jared Buccola). … Pretty sure we’ve seen this before, but it’s worth repeating: Check out this sensational 1926 Giants season pass (from Ben Fortney). … The Mets have begun bringing in their fences yet again. That’s the third fence alteration in the ballpark’s short history. … The Rangers welcomed new skipper Jeff Banister by posting a photo of him in an outdated uniform. Shouldn’t have the drop shadow (good spot by Brian James). … Here’s an old shot of an ump wearing a windbreaker and a Cubs cap. Must’ve been a case of lost luggage (from Michael Kotler). ”¦ “With the Cardinals’ early exit from the NLCS, it appears to be the first time they have ever played an entire playoff series without wearing their standard home uniform,” says Mark Richter. “They wore their cream-colored alts in Game 1, then in Game 2 their standard white uni with their Sunday blue hats. And then their road grays for Games 3, 4, and 5.” ”¦ Joe Montana was at last night’s NLCS game and wore a Giants home jersey with an NOB. Tsk-tsk (thanks, Brinke).
NFL News: At first I thought Raiders QB Derek Carr was using two different Qalo rings — black at home and white on the road. But it looks like the white version is just tape. Still, impressive color coordination! (From Jake Morrow.) ”¦ Good story on those sideline
iPads Surface tablets. ”¦ 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has won a “best dressed” competition (Thanks, Brinke).
College and High School Football News: After Deadspin ran a piece questioning whether Cory Gardner, who’s running for U.S. Senate in Colorado, was being truthful when he said he’d played high school football, Gardner’s campaign responded with a high school photo of Gardner in uniform. … Mono-black this weekend for UNC. … Speaking of UNC, last weekend they added a “Team Kemo” decal for their equipment manager’s daughter, who recently passed away. … Oregon State added a Pinktober ribbon decal last night. … Here’s another look at USC’s metallic helmet for this weekend. Personally, I really like it (thanks, Phil). … Arizona State has banned game attendees from wearing face paint, because people were wearing blackface for blackout games (thanks, Phil).
Hockey News: This is completely awesome: goal horn sounds for all 30 NHL teams — plus the Hartford Whalers, for good measure (big thanks to Chris Flinn). … Two interesting things about this junior hockey team in northern Michigan: (1) They’re called the Electricians. (2) They’ve found an interesting way to adapt the Capitals’ logo (from Alan Filipczak). … New mask design for Milwaukee Admirals goalie Magnus Hellberg. “It features Pelle SvanslÃ¶s, a cartoon cat that comes from the same town in Sweden as Hellberg,” explains Daniel Lavender. ”¦ “I was watching Thursday night’s Stars/Pens game when one of the Pens was injured by a teammate’s shot,” says Mike Slavonic. “Forward Evgeni Malkin went to help out his teammate and I noticed Malkin was wearing two different gloves — Reebok on one hand and CCM on the other.” ”¦ The Niagara IceDogs wore tuxedo-themed jerseys for the opening of their new arena (thanks, Phil).
NBA News: The NBA 2K15 video game shows the NBA Finals patch on the back of the jersey, just like the regular NBA logo. Sorta makes sense, since the Finals patch normally replaced the league logo on the front, so they’re being consistent by having it replace the league logo on the back. But it still seems really odd to have this type of patch on the back of a jersey. The star-shaped All-Star Game patch has traditionally been on the front as well — will that be moving to the back? (From Mikhail Herrera.) ”¦ Odd that the Nets’ cheerleaders all wear double-zero (from Chris Flinn). … Ever wonder what new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer would look like in a Clippers uni? Me neither, but be warned — once you see it, you can’t unsee it (from Chris Flinn). … The D-League’s Austin Toros are now the Austin Spurs.
College and High School Hoops News: Lots of unusual things going on with this uniform. That’s a mid-1990s shot of Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois. The older man in the photo, coach Wayne McClain, just passed away (from Ben Zoss). … Hail Satans! That’s Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. “The story goes like this,” says Leo Strawn Jr. “According to Sinclair archivist Julie Fairchild, the ‘Satans’ team name came from the word ‘sin’ in ‘Sinclair.’ No worse than Blue Devils, right? But Marvin Knudson, Sinclair president from 1967 to 1974, didn’t care for that moniker, so the team name was changed in 1973. For the past 35 years they’ve been the Tartans, wich is more in keeping with the college founder David Sinclair’s Scottish heritage.”
Grab Bag: A Pittsburgh-area answering service company has a logo featuring a rotary dial. Wonder how long that’s gonna last (from Brad Susany). … A Minneapolis-area school has come up with new girls’ basketball uniforms that conform to its Somali students’ traditional customs of religious modesty (from Josh Roshell). … I bid on this vintage Durene basketball warm-up but got outbid. Dang. … Here’s the logo for the 2014-15 Japanese pro basketball all-star game (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: the logo for the 2015 World Handball Championship and the official ball for that tournament. ”¦ Two rugby items from Caleb Borchers: A new New Zealand Maori jersey pays tribute to indigenous Maori and Japanese culture, and — here’s a doozy — two Australian teams had sleeves so similar in color that the video ref incorrectly gave a score for the actions of the defensive team on their own goal line, mistakenly thinking the defensive arm was from the offensive team.
Over and out: I’m off to Wisconsin tomorrow for a week-long vacation. Phil will be in charge while I’m gone. See you on the 27th!