By Phil Hecken
When Paul went on his annual August sabbatical, you guys will recall I had asked readers if they’d like to pitch stories to me (to ensure there would always be content) during his break, and as it turned out, more readers contributed than I had room for — so today, I’d like to present a post by reader Douglas Ford on a really neat topic — two pro golfers who frequently wore NFL-themed attire, creating one of the more interesting crossover looks in sports. Doug’s well-researched article runs today. Here’s Doug:
By Douglas Ford
I watch golf. I watch a lot of golf. Aside from the tired and predictable Eldrick Woods wearing a red shirt every Sunday (Lee Trevino did it first), there are still many who dress somewhat uniquely. Two of the most unique were Payne Stewart and Ben Curtis. Both were paid to wear NFL logos on their attire while playing on the PGA tour. Stewart had a three year contract in the 1990s worth $200,000. In January of 2004, Reebok signed 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis to a three-year endorsement deal.
Stewart was also known for his ivy caps and his pants which were in the style of plus fours or knickerbockers. Stewart’s knickers were made and provided by The T. Barry Knicker Co. (which is still in business). “All of Payne’s knickers I made,” said T.Barry. “The NFL would send me the fabric and I made them without the name and logos. Both Curtis and Stewart wore the team colors of the geographically closest NFL franchise to the location of the tournament in which they happened to be playing.
Below are the outfits broken out by NFL divisions or click here for the album.
The following are some miscellaneous Stewart/Curtis pics that are not team specific yet NFL themed: TubeSock Nirvana . . . Good old fashioned flag desecration . . . Union Jack meets the NFL . . . Superbowl XXVI . . . Superbowl XLI . . . shield hat, and sweater . . . PayneNFLshieldSmall . . . NflShieldOnRedSwtr . . . sassyboyInRed . . . giant NFL shield . . . and finally — Uni-Not or Uni-Naughty?
It’s been a while since we heard from former major leaguer and Uni Watch friend Jerry Reuss. As you guys may remember, both Paul (here and here) and I (here, here, here, and here) interviewed Jerry a few years back for the site — and he’s definitely one of us (Jerry has even done a few uni tweaks, some of which are contained in my interviews with him).
One of the things about which Jerry is passionate is photography, and he’s an excellent shutterbug, having taken numerous wonderful shots of various major league ballparks over the years.
I received an e-mail from Jerry yesterday, which was sent to both Paul and me, that I’ll share with you — in it, Jerry notes he’s “retooled” his ballpark photography from 1990 — almost 25 years to the day for one of the parks. In fact, the subject of his e-mail was “It was twenty-five years ago…”
Hi Paul and Phil,
I’m in the process of retooling my ballpark photos from 1990 that are posted on Flickr. With software upgrades and plug-ins, I’ve exchanged previous posts with more accurate representations of those moments. I’ve added a photo a day since I started the project and currently I’m about halfway through the Wrigley photos. Once I add Three Rivers Stadium photos, the 1990 part of the project will be complete.
Since my Chicago photos were taken almost twenty-five years ago to the day, I thought I’d share them with you and if you wish, you can share them with your readers. Also included are links to other ballparks I photographed during September of 1990.
Enjoy my daily reading rounds which always include Uni-Watch!
Fantastic updates, Jerry — and thanks for the kind words and checking in! Those are really some fantastic ballpark photos too!
for the Ticker
Got an e-mail from reader Ferdinand Cesarano on retired numbers on cross-sport jerseys, which is a little long, but good — it’s simply too good for the ticker.
Here’s a little thought that I had: when teams do cross-dressing, as the St. Louis Blues did with Cardinals-themed jerseys and the L.A. Kings did with Dodgers-themed jerseys, we see, in effect, retired numbers come out of retirement. For instance, Blues’ goalie Brian Elliott wore Ozzie Smith’s no. 1 on a Cardinals jersey and Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick wore Sandy Koufax’s no. 32 on a Dodger jersey.
There are only warm-ups; so it is not a big deal. But it sure is weird to see “Cardinals 1” or “Dodgers 32” on a jersey worn both someone other than Ozzie or Koufax.
I don’t suppose that it’s likely for the Yankees to get involved with this. But it’s worth wondering: if the Rangers or Islanders ever did Yankees-themed jerseys, would they use the many retired numbers? Or would the Yankees require that players who have numbers 3, 5, 7, etc. all wear different numbers in warm-ups?
Thanks, Ferdinand! Great stuff.
OK. Now, onto the ticker…
Uni Watch News Ticker:
Baseball News: Feast your eyes on this early baseball uniform, from St Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw WA (great find by Rand Martin). … There are pajama pants and then there are — well, what the hell are these? (h/t Brady Phelps). … There’s a great story in here which explains why these softballers are wearing football jerseys (nice find by Joe Lombardo). … So, apparently Danny Farquhar has quite a curveball (from Kenny Ocker). … This is probably not a good look for Miguel Cabrera (via Micah Fries).
NFL News: On Thursday, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was spotted “wearing insane bike shorts,” according to Duncan Wilson. He adds, “They look like game pants that have been trimmed.” … Interesting to see two different versions of the Vikings horn on the construction hats (from Luke H.). Check out this Browns mini helmet. Submitter Brandon Baumgartner says it’s “interesting that they gave you orange stickers to put over an already orange helmet.” … A website called A.V. Club asks the question, “Who wears the NFL’s worst uniforms?” — You’ll have to click to see where the Browns ended up (also sent in by Alan Filipczak. … “What’s with the numbers on the football in this screenshot? This was on ESPN webpage Friday afternoon,” asks David Chisholm. … Looks like the Seahawks will wear white jerseys and pants against Green Bay (from Eric Hansman). … Browns fans upset about the recent negative coverage on Uni Watch can probably rest easier this week: the team will go white/white/brown for their home opener (and likely won’t make MMUW’s splash). I don’t believe they wore that particular combo in pre-season, but they did go white/white/orange, which is probably the best of their possible combos.
College/High School Football News: Northwestern will wear new white helmets with a wildcat logo against Duke. … “Check out the gold and red from Omaha Northwest HS. Their mascot is the Huskies, hence the copycat helmet design from UConn,” writes John Benal. “Which is sad because they used to have these, which I thought were pretty sharp.” … The Cincy Bearcats will go black/white/white today vs. Miami (OH); (thanks to Bob Wilzbach). … Here are a few views of the flag desecration hats for their Liberty Cup game vs. Columbia today (h/t bturner12387). … And here is a better look (including the unseen backs) at the Fordam Liberty Cup Flag Desecration unis (h/t Kenny Ducey). … Looks like Tennessee will be wearing their “normal” white/orange/white today. … USF will be going green/white/green today. … All black unis for Mizzou today for “Tiger Stripe” game vs. UConn (h/t jmgorla32). … Good look at the special 125th season helmet decals for homecoming today vs Yale (from Ryan Dowgin). … Looks like Ole Miss is going powder blue/white/gray for their game vs. Alabama (h/t Levi Dunagan). Here’s more on that (and that article is calling them “throwbacks”). … New Utah field layout (from Austin). … “New footballs = better punting?” asks Brice Wallace. … “Here’s a pretty funny assessment of Louisville’s BFBS unis from Thursday,” says Kellen Dargle. … The Virginia Tech Hokies will be wearing white/white/white at Purdue today (h/t Andrew Cosentino). … Reader/Tweeter Warren Junium reports that the Notre Dame grounds crew gets in on the fun, with a new mowing pattern each week. … According to Trevor Wilson Patton, the Ohio Bobcats will be sporting some camo for “@OUROTC #HeroesDay.” … The Kentucky Wildcats will wear chrome/blue/gray today (from Drew O’Neal).
NBA/Hoops News: Whoa — check out the on court socks the Hornets will wear this season (h/t Andrew Cosentino). These may be the wildest Stance socks we’ve seen yet! … NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s staff is researching GPS devices to put into their jerseys. The GPS devices will track the “distance traveled and running speed.” … The Wichita State Shockers have new uniforms (h/t Jason Waterfalls). Here’s a comparison of last year’s and this year’s unis. More here. … Looks like Wisconsin has a new neckline and jersey material this year (from Paul Kilgas). … Who’s #1? Well, two Kentucky players wore the No. 1 for the team photo (from Josh Claywell).
Hockey News: Adidas will make form-fitting hockey jerseys at the NHL’s request. … Here’s a look at Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens’ new gear (from John Muir). Also from John: new goalie gear for Thomas Greiss. … New uniforms for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs hockey (h/t Biddy). … Yesterday was Flyers Media Day and this photo is um… (from ThomPucks). … Here’s a look at the goalie pads to be worn by Edmonton’s Ben Scrivens (via J. Walker). … New uniforms for the Texas Stars (h/t Everett Corder). … The Providence Bruins have also revealed new unis (via Nick Griffin).
Grab Bag: We all know Paul (and I) love Chucks, but this is one limited edition pair I can guarantee Paul won’t be picking up. … Here’s a very cool article, sent in by Andrew Rader: How Pantone Became The Definitive Language Of Color. … A collection of Washington Football club oil paintings has come to Bethesda auction house (from Tommy Turner). … This is a neat submission from Will Schiebler: An article in Minnesota Highways, from June 1964, on the new plastic driver’s licenses. The article includes b&w pictures; people at the machines and of what the license looked like then. … Have you ever wanted to see a T-shirt that is a mashup of the 3 Tennessee pro teams (Titans, Grizzlies, and Predators)? Says submitter Dustin Semore, “Could be worse.” … Here’s a look at the Buffalo Bandits’ 25th anniversary logo (via Walter Camp). … Auburn Volleyball’s libero wears a powder blue jersey (from Clint Richardson). … “You have your color on color games… but a Black on Black game??? Cincy vs Louisville VB” (from Jon Horton).
And that’s all for today — big thanks to Doug for the lede (sorry I didn’t get to it over the summer), Jerry Reuss for sharing his ballpark photos, Ferdinand for the hockey/baseball crossover thoughts, and all who submitted for the ticker via tweet or e-mail. I’ll be back tomorrow with another big Sunday Morning Uni Watch, so be sure to check in then!
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“That North Carolina-Illinois game could be a candidate for the 5&1. Orange-white-orange vs. White-blue-white? Sounds gorgeous!”