By Phil Hecken
Supe 50 is still a week away, but the hype machine is already in full gear. Earlier this week, we learned the Denver Broncos, the designated “home” team, would wear their “road” white uniforms, in a very surprising (and highly unusual) move. By so doing, it forced the Carolina Panthers to wear their black jerseys (which they will pair with their silver pants). Did the Broncos do it because their orange jerseys are “unlucky” (their record in Super Bowls is 0-4 in orange, 1-1 in white, and 1-0 in blue)? Since the orange is their designated ‘dark’ jersey, they couldn’t wear their blue tops. Or, did the Broncs go white because Carolina had considered their whites “lucky”? (Even though the Panthers wore white in their only Super Bowl appearance, losing in them to the Patriots).
While most of the civilized world cares about such things as “lucky” uniforms and records therein, I’m much more concerned how the Broncos choice of uniform (making for a white vs. black jersey game) will rank SB 50 in terms of overall matchups. The Broncos uniforms are pretty brutal (IMHO), due to the now very-dated looking side panels/pants ‘stripes, and the Panthers in black jerseys is probably (again, IMHO) their worst look. Will it be the worst looking Super Bowl matchup of all time? Possibly. They will certainly have company (including the Broncos themselves) in the bad matchup department.
There have been some VERY good looking Super Bowls over the years, including some fairly recent ones, but the early ones were certainly classics. I’ll cover the best looking games today — next weekend will have the bottom half (and there have been some stinkers). Next weekend will also include my annual uniform history of the two combatants (with the help of GUD guy Tim Brulia) — Broncos and Panthers. I’m sure if you were to ask 100 people, you’d easily get 99 different rankings, and probably my #1 won’t match up with yours. And my worst will probably not even be close to what you think is the worst. While I do love me some classics, I view the color schemes first and foremost; good separation and complementary colors rank highly with me — but I also take into account weather, domes, artificial turf, sun/darkness and more into account. Feel free to disagree, as these are simply opinions.
Here we go (you can click on any photo to enlarge). I’ll start with the best, and next weekend I’ll end with the worst:
Super Bowl X
Cowboys vs. Steelers
It doesn’t get much better than this (even though these teams met 2 more times, wearing basically the same uniforms). The Cowboys in white is iconic, as are the Steelers. The Bicentennial Patch was a new twist (back before uni patches were ubiquitous), and the Cowboys pants had morphed from gray to not-quite-greenish-blue like they are today. It was the quintessential Cowboys uni, matched up against another beaut, under a bright sun.
Super Bowl XVIII
Raiders vs. Washington
As much as I may bemoan the name of the team from Washington, there is no denying they have had some of the greatest uniforms in football — and back then, their preferred look was burgundy/white/burgundy, and it looked fantastic. Of course, the Raiders in silver and black goes back decades, and if nothing else, they haven’t messed with a classic. The matchup of these two teams was one of the best in SB uni history.
Super Bowl IV
Chiefs vs. Vikings
I’m not a fan of either the Chiefs or the Vikings, but the last Super Bowl between the AFL and the NFL produced one of the best looks ever — the Chiefs today still pretty much look like their 1970 counterparts (we cannot say the same about the Vikes). Gray facemasks, white pants, green grass and black shoes — this one looked super-b.
Super Bowl I
Packers vs. Chiefs
I almost hate to put the Chiefs back-to-back, but the Packers have probably had (arguably) the best uniforms in football for the past 50 years, at least when they go gold/green/gold. So naturally the first Supe was a feast for the eyes. It’s amazing when we look back today at how empty the stadium was for what would become THE premier sporting event just a few years later. The fans who were there may not have seen the best of football, but I’m sure no one complained the game ‘looked’ bad.
Super Bowl XXIV
49ers vs. Broncos
Ah, the ‘curse’ of the orange jerseys. Denver may have lost four Supes in them (and three in this particular iteration), but those were some damn fine looking unis. I usually like helmets to match either the pants or the jerseys, but for some reason the blue/orange/white works so well. Combine that with San Francisco’s stellar duds (yes, despite the fact the game was a 55-10 rout, played inside the Superdome), it was a great looking game, if nothing else.
Super Bowl XXXIV
Titans vs. Rams
You’re probably surprised to see this one ranked so highly — especially since I’m generally not a fan of the Titans unis, but their white/navy/white is (still) a real solid set. When you combine that with the Rams’ blue/white/gold it’s a very solid pairing. Fitting that the “Greatest Show on Turf” would play, well, on turf, and win one of the best Super Bowls every played, and also one of the best looking.
Super Bowl XIX
49ers vs. Dolphins
This one was stripe-a-licious. About the only thing I don’t like, uni-wise, here, is the extra-wide stripes the Niners had adopted during this point in their uni history. But the full sleeves with three white stripes, perfectly matched with the socks, contrasted so nicely with the all white Dolphins. Very strong pairing here.
Super Bowl III
Jets vs. Colts
Historical significance of this game aside, one really needs to like white elements and dirt for this one. And it had both. Yes, both teams uniforms were quite similar (white helmets and pants, jerseys with shoulder loops), but that’s not a bad thing at all. The Colts unis were (and are) classics, and the Jets never looked better. And together they looked great.
Super Bowl XLV
Packers vs. Steelers
Considering the number of Super Bowls each team has been in, it’s surprising this was the only one both teams were in — and this one places here because it’s a modern classic. Yes, both teams have gold pants. Yes, the Steelers futura bold number font isn’t as good as their classic block. But other than a few teams (Cowboys, 49ers), when you think of Super Bowls, you think of the Packers and Steelers. And both teams have stayed stayed pretty true to their unis of decades ago, which made this one a great looking game.
Super Bowl XIII
Cowboys vs. Steelers
The re-match of Super Bowl X was almost as good as the original (so how come you didn’t put it at #2 Phil???), but not quite as good. It wasn’t played in bright sunshine, which really made Supe X stand out. There was nothing wrong with this game, it’s just that between Super Bowl 10 and this one, there were better looking games…if that makes any sense.
Super Bowl XLI
Colts vs. Bears
How many Super Bowls have had rain? I’m pretty sure this was the first (and only) — at least at the rate the game had. It wasn’t rainy all game, but when it rained it poured. Football weather! Combine that with the Colts all white uni (yes, I love it) versus one of the all time classics of midnight blue for da Bears, and you have one great looking game. Sure, sleeves were becoming a vestigial element by then (imagine if this were played in the 1970s!), but it still looked might-tee-fine.
Super Bowl II
Raiders vs. Packers
It’s hard to keep the Raiders out of the top 10 when they’re in silver/black/silver, but the Packers’ gold/white/gold is just a notch below their green-jersey’ed look. Still, you don’t get many better looking games than Supe 2.
Super Bowl XXVII
Bills vs. Cowboys
I confess I was never that enamored with this iteration of Bills uni, but this matchup of red/blue/white vs. silver/white/blueishsilver in the bright sun worked incredibly well. When you have very strong contrast and bright hues, you’re probably not going to be disappointed. This one looked SOOO much better than Supe 28 (played only one year later between the same two teams). You’ll see why when we get there.
Super Bowl VII
Dolphins vs. Washington
The Dolphins were in the midst of quite the Super Bowl run (and this one completed their perfect, undefeated season). Washington went with burgundy/burgundy/gold which provided a perfect contrast to the mono white Dolphins. Throw in real grass, black cleats, sunshine and sleeves, and you’ve got a sweet looking game.
Super Bowl XLIV
Saints vs. Colts
While this one probably would have looked better with the Saints in black jerseys, it was still a good looking game. Of late, the Saints have shown an affinity for wearing black leotards (with both the white and black jersey), but with the gold/white/gold, it’s their second best look. Points off for the helmet gold not matching the pants gold — that was quaint 30 years ago, but not so much in the modern era. Still, a good looking matchup though.
Super Bowl XXX
Cowboys vs. Steelers
Despite wearing virtually identical uniforms to Super Bowls 10 and 13, you can see how the years weren’t as kind to them — now with shiny, sheeny pants for both teams. That doesn’t mean the game wasn’t pleasing to the eye — with these two teams it’s hard to go wrong. But it doesn’t come close to their other appearances.
Super Bowl XVII
Dolphins vs. Washington
Unlike Supe 30, where the original combatants wore very similar uniforms, this rematch of Supe 7 ten years later featured the ‘skins in their fantastic burgundy/white/burgundy against the Dolphins in aqua. I happen to really like this shade of aqua, and the contrast was outstanding. As much as I like black shoes, somehow both teams in white cleats just works here.
Super Bowl XI
Vikings vs. Raiders
I certainly don’t have the same aversion to purple that Paul does, so this one was visually appealing — Vikes still in their old school unis with slightly mis-matched purples (which was quaint, back then) and the Raiders getting a bit more modern (for them) with the white shoes. Lots of grass stains. Northwestern sleeve stripes. Very nice.
Super Bowl XII
Broncos vs. Cowboys
Individually, those 1970s Cowboys and Broncos orange jerseys are outstanding. They should have looked better together. Maybe because it was in the Superdome, which (IMHO) has never had particularly good lighting, and the carpet over concrete didn’t add to the visuals. Still, the two unis by themselves were enough to overcome the dreary atmosphere. Denver, you deserved better.
Super Bowl VI
Cowboys vs. Dolphins
It’s hard to keep the Cowboys and Dolphins much lower than this, since their unis during the 1970s were so good, but this isn’t a great (but it is good) matchup. The ‘boys pants are gray (which is fine), but their metallicy helmets began to sometimes clash a bit (other times it matched well). Although outdoors and and in the sun, the concrete carpet of Tulane’s stadium didn’t improve the overall aesthetic any. If you’re playing on that, you need white shoes.
Super Bowl XX
Patriots vs. Bears
If da Bears had worn white pants, this one would be a LOT higher. They’re one of the few teams that look worse when matching their helmets to their pants. But that’s just my opinion. On the other side of the stick, the Patriots never looked finer. But with da Bears in blue pants and the game in the Superdome, it didn’t rank as high as it should.
Super Bowl VIII
Vikings vs. Dolphins
Can’t say much more about the beautiful aqua the Dolphins sported back then, and you really can’t go wrong with the Vikes road unis. Put ’em together and it’s a nice matchup. It might have looked better if it weren’t on the hard concrete of Rice Stadium, and it could have used some sunshine.
Super Bowl XXVIII
Cowboys vs. Bills
Here’s a classic example of how a game played by the same teams in the same uniforms just one year later can look nowhere near as good as did its predecessor. The Cowboys and Bills went from grass and sunshine to the antiseptic Georgia Dome and the resulting game wasn’t nearly as aesthetically pleasing. Same unis, but artificial light and turf.
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Patriots vs. Panthers
I really don’t like the Patriots’ current uni set, but the silver/blue/silver is far superior to the silver/white/blue, and considering some of the newer uniforms out there…it’s not that bad. But the Panthers look great in their white/white, and football looks so much better on real grass. Yes, two silver hats isn’t good, but that’s just a minor complaint here.
Super Bowl XXV
Giants vs. Bills
Despite the Giants being *my* team, the best uniform they ever wore in a Super Bowl came against one of the worse-looking teams, so the matchup wasn’t great. Their other four have been unis of which I’m not overly fond (the LT/Phil Simms “GIANTS” on helmets, and the Eli Manning blue/white/gray); so this is the first slot where the G-men get a ranking — the Bills road whites don’t look as good as their blues, but the red/white/blue matchup of the two teams (plus this was right at the start of the first Persian Gulf War, when patriotism hadn’t yet become a marketing tool), so it was a fitting color scheme. Being outdoors in Tampa and a fantastic game too boot gives it the 24th spot.
Super Bowl XXII
Broncos vs. Washington
You’d think this one would be higher, being that individually I love the orange shirted Broncos and the ‘skins in Burgundy/White/Burgundy. But the orange and burgundy never seemed to go well together (to my eye, anyway). Despite being in a beautiful setting and on real grass, it’s an example of two similar colors clashing, rather than complementing, each other.
And that closes down the best looking of the 49 previous Super Bowls. I’ll be back next weekend with the not-so-good and the stinkers. Feel free to disagree with my picks — they’re just my personal opinions.
The King’s Goals
I’m back again with UW favorite Jimmy Corcoran, who has another great story to share with us. Spanks, Wreck & Mellon — you guys can just skip this — but for the rest of you…ENJOY (you can click any images in this section to enlarge)!
How are you doing Phil?
When I was a kid we would find lists all over the house, they were written by my father and were always on a yellow legal pad with a black flair pen. These weren’t just lists like people make to remind them of something or to motivate them to get into better shape. The King’s lists were usually goals that were almost impossible to achieve. The odds against these goals happening for him were very high but he would write them like he was making a grocery list.
When my father left in the summer of 1974 for Philadelphia Bell camp my mother found one of his lists he made for himself and showed it to us.
1. Be on the cover of Sports Illustrated
2. Be the leading passer in the WFL
3. Be the MVP of the WFL
4. Win the World Bowl
5. Star in a movie with Burt Reynolds
As you can see, these are very hard goals to achieve, and being on the cover of Sports Illustrated is something that no athlete has any control of. He came close to being the leading passer in the WFL, he finished second to Tony Adams of the Sun and the Bell’s last game against Chicago was forfeited because the Fire were broke so if he had that last game he may have been able to overtake Adams as the leading passer. As far as making a movie with Burt Reynolds, the King had no acting experience yet saw himself as a leading man in Hollywood when he was done playing football. In August 1974 the King won WFL player of the week and he was supposed to fly to Chicago and receive the award from Burt but the King missed his flight and was a no show. Burt was on TV that night for the WFL game of the week saying the King never showed up, maybe he is busy calling his mother on his car phone! After Pottstown Revisited came out Burt told me he wanted to play the King in the early 80’s but the studio said no, The King wasn’t well known enough.
Though the King never made the cover of Sports Illustrated I decided to make my own cover for the issue that featured the first week of the WFL season. It originally had Lou Brock on the cover, though they did mention my father in the issue they featured a photo of George Mira, I replaced it with a photo of the Bell before the Portland game.
When we arrived at the team hotel before that game my father was in his room studying plays with back up QB Frank Dimaggio. The King would never ever admit to being nervous, when my mother asked him if he was nervous he didn’t say yes or no, he said “I have never played in front of fifty thousand people before” (he didn’t care if they didn’t pay for the tickets) he still had to perform well.
When we got to the locker room before the game he was one of the first players there. As he turned into the doorway to enter he shouted “Never fear the King is here!” this was his catch phrase whenever he entered a room with people and some of the players laughed. The white game jerseys were all hanging in the lockers, back then you put your own jersey on and the player next to you would pull the back of the jersey down for you because it would get stuck on the shoulder pads. Today the skin tight jerseys are already pulled over the pads by the equipment staff.
I tried on his Bell jersey and it was huge on me, this was the first time I got to see the game jerseys, the last time I was in Philadelphia they hadn’t arrived yet. The first thing I noticed was his last name was not on the back? I asked my father where was his last name? The King was almost like a kid and was very serious about looking good in his uniform and wearing his lucky number 9. When he saw that his name wasn’t on the back he said “Jimbo are you shitting me? He checked the jersey next to him and there was no name on that either. He told me to go ask Bob (the equipment manager) where his name plate was? Bob told me the nameplates weren’t ready yet and would be there for the third game. The King said this is bush league Jimbo.
The game against the Portland Storm was a pretty easy victory. The Bell won 33-8 and Portland had no idea how to defend the Bell multiple offense since they had no game film to study and the Bell had many plays they never showed in the exhibition scrimmages that summer. After the game it was like the Super Bowl in the locker room, I had never seen my father that excited before. He was the very last guy to get changed, some guys were already dressed and he was still in his full uniform.
As soon as he got in the locker room he was surrounded by reporters, he stood up on the long bench that was in front of his locker and was pumping his fist just like in the Pottstown movie when they were playing the Hartford Knights. He kept screaming 33-8, 33-8, 33-8! at one point he made eye contact with me and screamed “33-8 Jimbo did the King do it!” he was pretty much out of control, then he kept screaming “Did I do it, did the King do it or what! Did you see the King out there tonight! Now as an adult looking back at this I don’t think he thought he beat the Portland Storm by himself, he threw two TD passes and the Bell scored 33 points and the defense held them to only 8 points so it was a total team victory. But my father felt validated because he had been cut five times in the NFL and he knew he had talent and a good arm but because his anti social personality would rub everyone the wrong way and it would always end the same way for him in the NFL.
There was a picture of me sitting next to him while he talked to reporters in the paper the next day but he had that clipping in his Bell scrapbook that he took with him so I don’t have it. There was a scene in the movie Heaven Can Wait when the Rams win the Super Bowl that reminded me a lot of that night in the JFK Stadium locker room on July 10, 1974. That is pretty much how it looked in there and the locker room looked just like the Bell locker room only the Bell had light blue metal lockers. Most football movies look silly to me because I know the difference from what is real and what is not. Players do not all break out into choreographed dance moves as soon as they get into the locker room as Hollywood would like everyone to believe, every football movie has the obligatory locker room dance scene in it and sometimes the music appears out of nowhere?
When I saw Heaven Can Wait with my father he said the same thing I was thinking, “Jimbo that looks like our locker room” My father loved that movie because he wanted to be Warren Beatty and his character in the film would walk around wearing Polo uniforms like my father used to do. Some of the King’s polo uniforms were so nice he wouldn’t even play polo in them he would just wear them around Potomac. I enclosed a picture of that scene from the movie, my father’s locker would have been the one on the far right and the two next to his that you can’t see in the picture would have been Mike Yancheff’s and Frank Dimaggio’s both QB’s. I couldn’t find my high school locker if you paid me, I have no idea where it was? but I can tell you where Vince Papale’s locker was in the Bell locker room. I don’t know why I remember that place so well. As I write this I am taking a virtual tour of the Bell locker room right now in my head.
After the Portland game there was a team party in the Warwick hotel where my father lived. First we went to Dewey’s across the street from the hotel where the King would go for a rare hamburger every night after practice, he had his own booth there that was reserved for him that no one else was allowed to sit in. As soon as he walked in the waitresses all asked him how he did? he said he was going to give them a play by play but first the King needed an extra large black and white shake! (that is vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, he would drink these after games). After the King was done telling everyone at Dewey’s how great he played we walked across the street to the hotel, my mother and sister went to the party, I went up to the King’s room because he wanted me to help him pick out what pair of new bell bottoms he should wear to the party. Bell bottoms and platform shoes were still in style, the 70’s music that we call oldies was the music that was brand new then. The King was at the height of his “Kingness” is the only way I can describe it, it seemed like everyone in Philadelphia wanted to hang out with him. I don’t think guys who played on the Philadelphia Eagles got treated the way he did at that time.
When we got to the team party he again shouted “Never fear the King is here!” everyone started clapping and banging on tables, he literally got a standing O from everyone. He leaned down to me and said “Jimbo, this is why I play the game, I fucking love this! do you dig what I’m saying!”
Epilogue: In January 1987 I was home from college and my parents would be splitting up that month. My mother found the last list we ever saw from him, it was again written on a yellow legal pad and may have been the most bizarre one he had ever written, we still laugh about it today.
1. Lose 30 pounds
2. Make 300 grand
3. Become Cosmo bachelor of the month
4. Star in a movie about me
Thanks, Jimmy. Tremendous story, as always!
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: The Tacoma Rainiers allowed a seventh grader to design a uniform, and it is awesome. They’ll wear that on the field on April 23rd, and will have a silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit local schools. How great is that? Argyle is awesome. … Check out the color palette for these University of North Georgia softball team unis (from Mike Davenport). … Sports Illustrated has decided it was necessary to rank the 10 best caps of Spring Training. … At yesterday’s Twins Fest, all players and coaches were wearing these “Heart of 29” patches (from Ben Matukewicz). What is “Heart of 29”? Click here. … OK — Check this out. CAVEMAN! That’s just one of the Cleveland Indians’ giveaways for 2016 (thanks to Jimmer Vilk). … Here’s how those red Twins jerseys looked in person (h/t Donald Gullicks). … Check out this Phillies/Dodgers(?) mashup: Dan McQuade tweeted “This might be the worst ‘sports logo combination’ shirt yet” (from William Yurasko).
NFL News: When the Supe is played, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib will be the only one wearing a helmet made by Xenith. That’s because of the growing concussion woes in football. … We know the Supe is eschewing roman numerals for this year, but they are going back to regular designations for next year (h/t Andrew Lind). … Dabnabbit! This is a helluva snowman (but why are the xmas lights still up?). … The Weekly Standard thinks the Pro Bowl needs to, among other things, ditch the current clownsuits and wear throwback uniforms. … You guys all knew that at one time, college all stars faced off against the defending Supe champs, right? If not, that’s some good reading there (and great uni splash photo). … There were times the Pro Bowl didn’t suck. Also, the early logos were awesome (from Josh SÃ¡nchez).
College Football News: We’re not quite done with College Football for the year, as the Senior Bowl was played yesterday. RN’s Funhouse thought the uniforms reminded him of an Oklahoma State intrasquad game. Can’t say I totally disagree. (Better than last year’s unis though) — this year they got rid of the shoulder caps and added stripes. Not a fan of both teams in black pants tho. Yes, I know it’s sponsored by Reese’s, but they could work some of that yellow-gold in there somewhere (orange vs. gold? one team wear’s black tops/white pants and the other white/gold?). Maybe wear brown pants? Wait, maybe not.
Hockey News: Check out this NHL mask ‘in the making’ — that’s for Dominik Hasek and he’ll use it in the Stadium Series game (from Barsotta). … The Cincinnati Cyclones have pink ice for their Pink in the Rink (from NA_Colosimo). … Cincinnati went with pink jerseys to go along with the pink ice (via David Derreberry). … Oops: NHL All-Star Fan Fest jerseys have wrong number for #CBJ’s Brandon Saad (from Andrew Lind). That makes us sad. … Via Chris Creamer, the Leafs will announce their new logo Tuesday, at 9:30 pm EST. Here’s the teaser video. … In what’s sort of a crossover alert, the Missouri Mavericks will honor former Kansas City Chiefs player, Will Shields with a special jersey, for his 2015 induction into the NFL Hall of Fame (h/t John Muir). … Paul is quoted in this article about how numbers on hockey sweaters are important and how attitudes towards higher numbers have evolved over the years. … That “Garfield & Odie” sweater thing ended up being color vs color (from Brian Renfro) and pretty damn hard to distinguish at a distance. I’m surprised no one saw that coming. Seriously. Apparently I wasn’t the only one to think so — the Indy Fuel changed into darker, contrasting sweaters to begin the third period (h/t BLRMKRdave). … Check out Cory Schneider’s pads for the NHL All Star Game in Nashville (from RNs Funhouse).
NBA News: Here’s a pretty good writeup on those “Turn Back The Clock” Baltimore Bullets uniforms worn by the Wizards the other day (from Justin Wages). … N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver’s daps ”” a more intricate, intimate handshake ”” have inspired double takes from players and gleeful Twitter posts from amused spectators (thanks, Paul). … Everyone knows LeBron is special. Last night he wore different shorts than the rest of his Cavs teammates (via Mandy Lopez and Noel). Then, later on, he changed to the tiled stripe shorts, matching his teammates (via Stanley Ibcus). Very strange. It’s not entirely clear why the snafu happened, but he did have to change shorts mid-game. Looks like the equipment guys laid out the wrong shorts before the game, though (h/t License2ILLguaskas). I think the lesson here is “maybe don’t have so many alternates?” OK — here’s a better answer…. Pacers G George Hill is back to a conventional hairstyle. Previously this season, he bleached his hair (from Mike Chamernik). … Also from Mike: ESPN/ABC’s Spurs-Cavs telecast tonight shows off a new feature: A 3-point that lights up when a 3 is shot. … New Orleans wore its Mardi Gras alternates at home against Brooklyn (Mike again).
College Hoops News: Lots of “#LaceUpForLacey” sneakers yesterday, including this purple pair for Kansas State. Who was Lacey? Read here. … Here are the Gators coaches. Here’s Tulsa. Here’s Syracuse. For more, you can look here. … Syracuse players wore these “Pearl” warmup tops yesterday (pic from RN’s Funhouse). … As a part of Louisville’s “White Out” yesterday, Rick Pitino was back in the white suit. The Cardinals wore new sleeved white unis too. … In women’s hoops action, Toledo & Bowling Green went color vs. color (Glenn Janos and Dylan Cramer respectively). … Harvard and Columbia also went color vs. color (from Alex Oberweger). … Have I mentioned that argyle is awesome? … Looks like Florida Gulf Coast U is going black for black sake (h/t Mark Majewski). … (Goggles alert) Baylor debuted new neon yellow volt unis yesterday. Yes, zee goggles, zey do nossing. They are blinding (as Josh SÃ¡nchez points out). WOW (h/t RNs Funhouse). … Last evening, Georgetown went with the pink kente (via bryanwdc).
Soccer News: Tweeter Tim Cross asks if we’ve seen these new kits for Belgium yet. … Here’s another one I don’t think we’ve seen: the Portland Timbers have released a new secondary jersey (please forgive me if either of these has been posted before). … Who says uni deals aren’t huge business? Real Madrid are on the verge of revealing football’s first £1bn kit deal with 10-year deal with adidas (h/t Tim Cross). … Here’s a look at the Vancouver Whitecaps (h/t Phillip Foose). … This photo is an actual photo leak of the 2015-16 BarÃ§a home kit, according to Conrad Burry.
Grab Bag: “My wife pointed this one out to me from the Washington Post: How you can own a famous photograph for free,” writes Ray Barrington. “It’s about the New York Public Library digitalizing its collections and opening many photos it has to the public domain. Notable among them is the A.G. Spaulding Baseball collection, a lot of real old-time photos, many in a studio setting but some taken at ballparks. This might lead to some real good research about old-time unis! The Spaulding Collection link.” Great stuff, Ray — colorizers — be sure to check this out! … An X-games participant wore a Peyton Manning jersey while competing. You can read more about him here. … Whoops — Looks like an apostrophe catastrophe on the ’85 Bears 30-for-30 ticket (good spot by JNG). Also looks like a typo.
And there you have it — just a bit of light reading for your Sunday. And I didn’t even talk about the Pro Bowl or NHL ASG unis (ugh). Fortunately, Paul covered those plenty well. So, you’ve got plenty to watch today (or not watch — I might check out the puck, but I won’t be even glancing at the Pro Bowl — mostly because I’ll be curling, but even if I weren’t, I wouldn’t watch). Lots of hoops today, and a replay this morning of last evening’s Australian Open final between Murray and Djokovic. Plus curling on TSN/ESPN3. Big thanks to Jimmy Corcoran for yet another great story! You guys have a great week (I’m sure there won’t be any hype for the Supe or anything), and I’ll catch you next weekend.
Also, big thanks to everyone who commented or e-mailed with “musicians in jerseys/unis” — at some point I’ll start running them as sub-ledes (since a lede will be too large) — we’re amassing quite the collection now. You guys are great!
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“The Pack could do a lot worse than the green Color Rush mockup. Tasteful. But, then, tasteful doesn’t seem to be the point.”