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The uniform is known as the “Joe Roth design,” a reference to the former Cal quarterback who led the team to the 1975 Pac-8 title before dying of cancer. The school has maintained a memorial locker for him for all these years.
Naturally, I love it — the sleeve stripes, the tube sox, the old-school helmet logo. And they’ll go NNOB for this game, too. What’s not to like? (Okay, so the facemask is the wrong color, so there’s that.)
As it happens, I also have a bit of a personal connection to that era of Cal football. My brother Henry went to law school at Cal from 1974-77 (I was 10 to 13 during those years), and at various points he got me a few Cal football trinkets: a patch, a bumper sticker, that sort of thing. I was never a huge college football fan, but Cal was my favorite team for a few years there. They were never on TV, at least not on Long Island, but I remember poring over the Sunday paper to see how they did each week, and every now and then I’d see a wire photo, which was exciting.
Unfortunately, those Cal souvenirs got lost or tossed at some point along the way. But seeing this throwback uni takes me back to those days.
Raffle reminder: I’m currently raffling off a bunch of cool Hartford Whalers items. Full details here.
Baseball News: Who’s that in the sunglasses? None other than Joe Namath, shown with his high school baseball team (from Patrick O’Neill). … Twins catcher Chris Giminez had his shoulder guard ripped off by a foul tip during yesterday’s game against the Rays. It was later replaced in a new color. … Now that Derek Jeter owns a piece of the Marlins, his Jeter’s Leaders charity program has changed from Yanks-themed jerseys to “RE2PECT” jerseys (from Steve Flack). … Love this Tony Gwynn-themed beer can design (from Ty Murphy).
NFL News: Looks like the Saints have installed new field turf (from Ernie Ballard). … Newly acquired Steelers CB Joe Haden bought teammate Robert Golden’s No. 21 for an undisclosed amount (from Mr. Budziszewski). … Starbucks is offering a series of coffee cup holder/sleeve thingies that look like Seahawks jerseys. … Panthers LB Luke Kuechly wears the team’s solid-black uni combo in a new Campbell’s soup commercial.
College Football News: New helmet number font for Iowa. … Arizona State will wear 1975 throwback helmets this weekend as a tribute to former coach Frank Kush (from Marc Altieri). … Cal will wear 1970s throwbacks against USC on Sept. 23. Additional info here (from John Lemein and Guan Gorcey). … Whoa: The 1985 Penn State/Maryland game was so hot that the refs wore shorts (from our own Alex Hider). … Here are this weekend’s uniform combos for Michigan State and Washington State (from Kris Gross). … Also from Kris: Louisiana-Monroe is that latest team to go with raised neck bumper lettering. … Virginia Tech will be wearing a Hokie Stone jersey and helmet this weekend (from Andrew Cosentino). … Gross: UNC cheerleaders are soliciting uniform advertisers (from James Gilbert).
Hockey News: New practice jerseys for the Capitals (from Jason Hocker). … New mask for Predators goalie Juuse Saros (from our own Alex Hider). … There’s some info on new Oilers uni number assignments in the middle of this piece. … Chevrolet has created a pretty cool sculpture for the Red Wings’ new arena. … New 15th-anniversary logos for the Atlanta Gladiators (from Matthew Caldwell). … New mask for Blues goalie Jake Allen (from Mike Judy).
Basketball News: This is pretty awesome: I’ve never seen this Minneapolis Lakers shooting shirt before. Love it, although a comma would be helpful on the “10,000” (from Jimmy Lonetti). … Last night’s Phoenix Mercury WNBA game featured a combined ASU/Mercury court design (from Josh Pearlman). … New uniforms for Valpo (from Scott Held). … New practice/workout gear for the Spurs (from Quin Patterson).
Soccer News: Wales had a good-looking (but one-time use) yellow-and-black away kit for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Moldova. “Interestingly, this article announcing the new kit indicates a possibly coincidental similarity to the yellow-cross-on-black flag of Wales’ patron saint, St. David,” says Jamie Rathjen.