By Phil Hecken
Phil in today — pinch hitting for Paul while he’s on vacation in Wisconsin.
The biggest news yesterday was probably the Washington football club wearing their throwback uniforms, but, due to the NFL’s “one helmet rule,” (as you can see above), they wore their current helmet with the throwbacks. The Washington Post was not impressed. They’re correct, of course — very few of the throwbacks look good with the current helmet shells (unless they are the same color as the throwback shell), but they’re not awful. As they did in 2013, the EQ guys removed the center stripe, but kept the logo decal. When there was no helmet restriction, the team wore a faux leather helmet (larger version here), which had no logo or stripe. Both Paul and I covered the throwbacks when they were introduced in 2012. The uniform is supposed to be representative of the 1937 team.
It’s a pretty good looking faux/throwback, but it just doesn’t quite work with the current helmet, especially since they kept the gold facemask. The shell color difference doesn’t bother me that much (because the shell can actually take on the deep burgundy of the jersey at certain angles — others, not so much) — but I do wish they’d have swapped in a gray cage and removed the helmet logo. It doesn’t really work when the helmet and sleeve logos don’t match and are from different eras. Plain helmets would have worked better.
You can see more photos from this game here.
The Baltimore Ravens wore their black alternate jerseys yesterday. As you can see, they went mono black (with pink accessories). It’s not a terrible look (especially since their helmet is black, but those pants could use some stripes (and, IMHO the black tops looks better with white pants). If they want to wear black pants, they should wear those with the purple tops). You can see more photos here.
The San Diego Chargers busted out their beautiful “powder” blue jerseys for their big AFC West showdown against the Chiefs, who went red/white/red. It was a great looking matchup (if there was a 5 & 1 for the NFL, this might have been the good #1), and an even better game (unless you’re a Chargers fan). More photos here.
And, in the late game, the Denver Broncos wore their alternate blue over blue uniforms. I don’t get the love for this look, either (I mean c’mon — orange is far superior — and it looks like Broncos’ fans feel the same). But even if you say “well, they won SB XXXII wearing the blue,” they didn’t wear the blue pants. But the mono-blue is just awful (especially with white shoes & high white socks). Plus, even though this style is 20 years old, they look like a high school team in them. Just my opinion, of course. You can see more pics here.
In other action yesterday:
• Cam Newton wore some gold & blue shoes during warmups.
• Terrance Williams wore these shoes versus the Giants.
• Washington DE Jason Hatcher lost his helmet during his pursuit of Charlie Whitehurst.
• There were plenty of Washington supporters at that game showing their support for the team name.
• The Rams gave away a Robert Quinn bobblehead yesterday.
• The previously winless Jaguars wore black jerseys with white pants yesterday to notch their first victory over the Browns. That’s still a gadawful uniform, but it looks SO much better with white pants (versus mono-black).
• A bunch of superheroes showed up in the stands in Green Bay (h/t to Cork Gaines for the screengrab).
• The Saints wore their gold/white/gold combo, which is probably their best look — now if they could just get rid of the collar horns…
• Pinktober has made its way to the kicking tees (h/t to Matt Larsen).
• Well played, Lambeau fans, well played. (h/t Aaron Nagler).
• The Seahawks wore their gray pants against the mono-blue Rams yesterday.
• I sure hope this is an optical illusion caused by the Jags swimming pool.
• After Peyton set the all-time passing TD mark, the Broncos celebrated the feat in a very Bronco way — even the flag had blue with orange numbers, in the Broncos numeral font.
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: With the Royals in the World Series, there is now a whole bunch of crappy fan gear out there, including (and we’ve seen it before) the apostrophe catastrophe shirt. … Dustin Semore Found this chrome batting helmet at a Dicks sporting goods. He says (and I agree), “Please never let me see this on a diamond.” … The KC Chiefs, recognizing their shared city and World Series fever, asked an important question yesterday. Of course, the Royals have yet to wear their own powder blue (and hopefully won’t) this post season. … Aside from the fact that Rusty Staub makes this Mets uniform look fantastic, look at the size of the number on his batting helmet (h/t Nick Schiavo).
NFL/Football News: Reader Leo Strawn won this Philadelphia Bell poster in an online auction. Says Leo, “The odd thing about it is that the actual Bell helmet did NOT have a white circle around the “bell” during either the WFL’s 1974 or (partial) 1975 seasons.” … Saturday’s ticker contained this item on Shane Vereen’s “N” becoming yellow during the TNF game. Chris Fitz has this explanation: “The reason why it turned color was the yellow paint on the field from the New England Revolution lines that remained on the field, I believe I spotted some at the 50, as the yellow was a continuation to the soccer sideline of the midfield line.” … This photo is not from yesterday’s game, but Andre Williams cleats look like they have golf spikes (from “All Hallows’ Steve”).
Basketball News: According to this article, one feature of the new NBA media rights deal that escaped many observers until now was the fact that both ESPN and Turner will get to share in the sale of ads on game jerseys. Are ads inevitable? No — but they’re closer than ever. … Reader Dan Doyle writes, “I know it’s been a while since you had the articles on non-sports personnel unveiling uniforms for teams but, I just remembered that the Brooklyn Nets used Jay-Z to model the first renderings of their jersey. Just thought I would mention that because I don’t remember that every being brought up in the days following.” … This Wall Street Journal interview with NBA Marketing Chief Pam El, curiously entitled “The NBA’s plan to win more fans,” parrots Adam Silver’s assertion that the league will “eventually adopt some model of jersey sponsorship,” and this nugget, “I don’t think logos upset fans. Fans are quite savvy and logos on jerseys already exist in sports,” (and by logos, she’s referring to jersey ads). … Utah State may not be favored to win the NCAA (at least not yet), but they definitely have the best hair.
Grab Bag: The Korean Volleyball Association (KOVO) has introduced a new logo. The 6 Vs on the edge of the circle (imply the 6 players on the court), the three blades in the middle are for the fans, media and sponsors (from Jeremy Brahm, of course). … Why would a driver wear a visor to help create tunnel vision? That question, and more are answered in this article (from David Firestone). Also from David, A “A suit themed driver suit for Denny Hamlin.” … Even crooks are into breast cancer awareness, as the Vegas police are searching for a pink-clad robber (from TommyTheCPA). … I’m not too sure how safe or smart it is to ski in the dark (even with a lighted ski suit), but the video sure looks cool (thanks, Brinke). … Check out the new jerseys for the UBCOB Ravens Rugby Club in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Says submitter Paddy Wilson, “The club is based on the West Side of Vancouver, British Columbia and this is the club’s 40th Anniversary. My name is Paddy Watson and I’m on the far right in the Red Jerseys photo.” … Even NASCAR can’t avoid pinktober.
That’s it for today folks. Everyone have a good Monday. Back with more tomorrow.
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