Interesting development last night in Montreal, as the Bruins and Canadiens reprised their Winter Classic match-up and even wore their Winter Classic uniforms, but with a twist: The uniforms were autographed after the game and are being auctioned off to raise funds for Denna Laing, the Boston Pride player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury after crashing into the boards during the Outdoor Women’s Classic on New Year’s Eve. Good cause, good-looking game. Lots of photos available here.
It has been reported that Laing, who has no feeling or movement in her legs and limited movement in her arms, may sue the NHL. It’s unclear to what extent, if any, last night’s uniform auction was a response to that. Check that: It’s now being reported that she won’t sue after all.
At one point NESN mistakenly showed that the Canadiens were playing the Sabres, instead of the Bruins. “Hey, it’s just your arch-rival in a crucial game,” says reader Michael from New Hampshire. “No need to get your home teams graphic correct.”
Reminder No. 1: I’m currently accepting entries for an ESPN contest to redesign the Rams. Full details here.
Reminder No. 2: In case you missed it last week, all of the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club’s 2015 designs are available from now through the middle of next week at our Second Chance Shop. Further details here.
PermaRec update: The rather creepy-looking letterhead design shown above is the latest entry in my Hoge Brush Company Files series. Get the full story over on Permanent Record.
Baseball News: Love this shot of Lou Gehrig playing hockey in a cardigan and a bow tie! ”¦ Also love this old Chris Sabo bobblehead. ”¦ The Reds are retiring Pete Rose’s number. Actually, if you look at that page, you can see they repeatedly say they’re retiring his jersey (and I don’t think the distinction has anything to do with Rose’s status on MLB’s ineligible list — I think it’s just their choice of words). Personally, I prefer to say “retiring his number.” What about you folks? (From Patrick O’Neill.) ”¦ Brilliant blog post by Hall of Fame curator/historian and longtime Uni Watch pal Tom Shieber, who has identified lots of T205 and T206 baseball cards in old non-baseball-related photos. ”¦ Here’s a Texas trucking company that has poached the KC Royals’ logo (from Johnny Irish). ”¦ New clubhouse cap, whatever that means, for the Mariners.
Pro and College Football News: Looks like the other shoe is dropping: The Chargers have applied for L.A.-based trademarks. ”¦ The Panthers, who wore white at home for last Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Seahawks, will wear white at home again for this Sunday’s NFC championship game. If they win, they’ll likely end up wearing white in the Super Bowl as well, because the NFC is the designated road team this year. ”¦ Feels a bit weird that Fox would put the Cardinals’ logo on a yellow background. “I know, the beak is yellow, but it just seems more Chiefs-like than Cards-like to me,” says Jon Solomonson. ”¦ Panthers S Roman Harper’s helmet was cracked by a collision with Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch on Sunday. ”¦ Here’s a “humorous” look at potential new Rams logos. ”¦ Check this out: You can own your own set of football-related patent drawings (from Jeff Jacobs). ”¦ “What goes around comes around,” says Tom Arnel, who found this cool L.A. Rams pencil in a desk drawer the other day. … Alabama’s latest national title has now been acknowledged at the site of Nick Saban’s statue.
Hockey News: Yesterday’s Ticker had some shots of recently deceased Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey wearing hockey jerseys onstage. That reminded me that longtime Uni Watch pal Teebz once did a post on his blog about musicians wearing hockey jerseys. Click on the team names toward the bottom of the entry to see photo links. ”¦ Albany Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood is getting lots of attention for his mask, which features David Puddy from Seinfeld (from John Chapman). ”¦ Kiss-themed jerseys upcoming for the Huntsville Havoc. ”¦ Social Media Night last night for the Devils, but they players didn’t actually wear those jerseys. A few them were autographed and raffled off.
NBA News: Good article on the designer who created the Bulls’ logo (from Tim Adams). ”¦ Chinese New Year uniforms upcoming for the Rockets, Wizards, and Warriors. Here’s how all three of them look in a video game. ”¦ A designer has created a mashup of famous rap albums with NBA jerseys (from Erik Hoover). ”¦ Jalen Rose says the baggy-shorts thing may have run its course (from Iain Landon).
College Hoops News: Stony Brook is going with Navy-themed uniforms later this month. The men’s version debuts on Jan. 22 and the women’s on Jan. 30. ”¦ Dayton wore their blue alts for the first time this season last night.
Soccer News: When Queens Park Rangers signed striker Conor Washington, he autographed the jersey they gave him. Or at least someone autographed it. Not sure that’s actually his signature (from Tim Cross). ”¦ Here’s an analysis of the Premier League’s logo change (from Vassilis Dalakas). ”¦ PSG has different jersey ads for their league and French Cup kits. ”¦ New kits for Gamba Osaka.
Grab Bag: Interesting project from Vivek Tanna, who’s a senior in the graphic design program at Oregon State University: “I’ve been following Uni Watch for quite a few years, and it’s really influenced me as a designer, to the point that I’m doing my thesis on sports branding/uniforms. As part of my thesis, I am choosing to do research on why people cheer for the teams they cheer for, whether it is the uniforms they wear, the team logos, or the team’s success (among a host of other reasons).” If you’d like to participate in this research, take Vivek’s short survey here. ”¦ Coca-Cola has a new slogan, and my man Hamilton Nolan is totally losing his shit over it. ”¦ Illinois has extended its apparel deal with Nike. ”¦ New logo for Wonder Woman (from Charlie Kranz). ”¦ Uniforms in the next Star Trek movie, due out this July, will reportedly be “a little more retro.” ”¦ Hilarious story about the even more hilarious National Reconnaissance Office logo, which shows a giant octopus devouring the earth. ”¦ Key passage from this piece about 1972 Olympics hero Mark Spitz: “His moustache became a fashion trend amongst swimmers. When asked about his moustache by a Russian coach prior to the ’72 Olympics, Spitz’s reply was that his moustache didn’t slow him down, and that it even deflected water away from his mouth, providing the streamlining necessary to swim as fast as he had at the US Olympic Trials earlier that year. According to Spitz, the following year ‘all male Russian swimmers had a moustache.'” Aaron Husul adds, “If I remember all the old Soviet steroid jokes correctly, it wasn’t just the men with mustaches.” ”¦ Oooh, love this Schlitz-themed bowling ball. “I figured you’d appreciate how Wisconsin it is,” says Nicole Haase, and she’s right.