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Monday Morning Uni Watch

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Interesting move yesterday by the Saints, who added a memorial decal for New Orleans native Fats Domino. It’s not unheard of for a team to uni-memorialize a cultural figure — lots of Minnesota teams did so for Prince, for example — but it’s still fairly uncommon, especially for someone like Domino, who’d essentially been retired for years. Really shows what a beloved figure he was in New Orleans.

Saints coach Sean Payton went further, adding a memorial inscription on his sideline jacket:

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A Dallas sportswriter, still upset about how the NFL wouldn’t allow the Cowboys to wear a helmet decal in memory of slain Dallas police officers during the 2016 preseason, wondered aloud why the Saints get to salute a local musician while the Cowboys were told they couldn’t salute local cops. It’s a fair question. I’ve never understood why the NFL wouldn’t allow that one.

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• In a surprise move (at least to me), the Lions decided to go mono-blue. Not a good look:

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• Good-looking game in Buffalo, as the Bills wore their white “standing buffalo” throwbacks against the Raiders (additional photos here):

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• Speaking of the Bills, they honored local first responders prior to the game, and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander donned a firefighter’s helmet for the occasion:

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• Washington wore its fauxbacks (additional photos here):

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• The Bengals went mono-black:

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• The NFL’s handling of games in the UK continues to baffle. When the Dolphins and Saints played in London on Oct. 1, both teams wore “NFL International Series” jersey patches. But the other London games, including yesterday’s Browns/Vikings tilt, have been patch-free.

• Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick had his captaincy patch partially torn off of his jersey:

• Three teams wore white at home: the Bucs, Bills, and Browns (who were the designated home team in London).

• As you may have heard, Texans players were angry with team owner Bob McNair for describing them as “inmates running the prison.” At one point, there was some talk of them removing the team logos from their helmets for yesterday’s game — something I was definitely rooting for, because it would have looked so interesting — but they ultimately decided against it. Instead, a majority of the team’s players locked arms and took a knee during the national anthem.

• Aside from the Texans, here’s a list of players throughout the league who protested during the anthem.

(My thanks to Nik Streng and Phil for their contributions to this section.)

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You knocked my block off: Quick, who was the last quarterback to play without a helmet? As you can see above, it’s a trick question. That’s Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass in a 1969 game against the Steelers (in a screen shot submitted by reader Bob Gassel). His helmet was apparently knocked off — you can see it there on the ground next to him — but that didn’t slow him down.

I had a vague memory of having seen this play before, possibly with a better photo, so I began looking for it. What I found was that Douglass actually had his helmet knocked off in a separate incident, during a 1972 game against the Packers:

Maybe Douglass should have invested in a better chinstrap, eh?

Another weird thing: If you look at those two photos, you can see that Douglass changed his uniform number from 14 to 10 — unusual for an NFL quarterback. According to ProFootballReference.com, he only wore 14 during his rookie season in 1969. (Update: Contrary to my assertion, it turns out that NFL QBs change numbers all the time. Scroll down to today’s comments for lots of examples.)

And as long as we’re talking about Douglass: While looking for photos of him, I came across this shot showing him with a windbreaker under his jersey and some very oddly painted shoes (or at least I think it’s paint — doesn’t really look like spatting tape):

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NBA Uni Tracking
By Collin Wright

There was an uptick in home teams wearing dark jerseys during the second week of the NBA season, but most games are still following the familiar white-at-home format. And color-vs.-color games continue to be rare:

Uniform MatchupPast WeekSeason to Date
White vs. color, home team in white27 games (53%)52 games (57%, down from 65% last week)
White vs. color, road team in white19 games (37%)29 games (32%, up from 23% last week)
Color vs. color5 games (10%)10 games (11%, up from 10% last week)

Some interesting observations from around the league:

• Although each team unveiled an alternate “Statement” uniform prior to the start of the season (all of which are colored except for the Knicks’), none of those uniforms have appeared on the court so far. The only alternates we’ve seen are the throwbacks for Warriors, Lakers, Bucks, and Suns.

• The Kings are the only team to have worn the same uniform (purple) in every game so far.

• Forty-three of the 91 games played so far — that’s 47% — have been white vs. blue. That’s been the most common matchup by far.

• Although this isn’t a team-matchup issue, it’s worth noting that the Lakers became the first team to wear compression tights that did not match their uniform and sock color when they wore yellow tights with their powder blue throwbacks on Oct. 25.

(Collin Wright’s NBA tracking updates will appear each Monday.)

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(Still) Too good for the Ticker: Last Tuesday I showed a photo of the Kodak Park team that won the 1936 world amateur softball championship in Chicago, and I asked if anyone wanted to take a shot at colorizing it. Reader Gary Chanko stepped up to the plate, and the results are spectacular. Here’s the original photo, followed by Gary’s colorization (for both, you can click to enlarge):

Great job, Gary — thanks for doing this!

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Helmet/shirt reminders: In case you missed it Friday, I had a prototype Uni Watch mini-helmet made (shown at right; click to enlarge). Full details here. The response to this has been very positive, so we’ll definitely be making this available for sale, possibly as soon as this week. If you want me to email you when we’re ready to take orders, let me know.

Also: Some folks asked if I could sign/autograph their mini-helmets. I’d be happy to do that, but I won’t be making/shipping the helmets myself. They’ll be produced and shipped by Casey Tierny (aka MiniHelmetGuy), who’s based in Texas. But if you want to send your helmet to me after you receive it, along with a couple of bucks to cover the return shipping, I’ll gladly sign it and send it back your way.

Meanwhile, also from last Friday, we have a bunch of new Naming Wrongs shirts for the Hive, Nassau Coliseum (don’t scoff, at least not until you see the awesome designs!), the Hartford Civic Center (now available in UConn colors), Reunion Arena (we’ll have Mavs colors available later this week), and Brendan Byrne Arena.

And from earlier last week, in case you missed it, we also launched new shirts for the L.A. Forum, the Hoosier Dome, the Salt Palace, and RFK Stadium (now in DC United colors).

Okay, end of sales pitch. Thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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Uni Watch Hit Parade: I was listening to some stuff on Spotify yesterday when I came across a five-year-old track by the California guitarist/songwriter Chuck Prophet. It’s a rocking party of a song, and there’s a vague sports connection because it includes the very enjoyable nonsense rhyme “She got so excited / Manchester United.” Enjoy.

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Going, going …: We’re getting down to the deadline for Phil’s latest jersey design contest, which is to reimagine a team from the XFL if the league were still operational today. The deadline is midnight tomorrow. Full details here.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Pro Football News: The Jaguars will wear their teal alternates on Sunday (from Phil) … “The bad weather at Sunday’s Jets/Falcons game reminded me of the Pittsburgh Maulers vs. Jacksonville Bulls [USFL] monsoon game, so I looked it up and check out what the refs were wearing!” says Jeff Flynn. … Reader John Przebieglec found this lime green Seahawks helmet in what looks like a store display. … Back when the Cardinals were still in St. Louis, you could go bowling at your local lanes with this Cardinals ball carrier. Seems like the kind of thing that was probably available for every team at the time (from @mrmichael21). … Bob Gassel sent in this clipping from the Jan. 30, 1966, Tallahassee Democrat revealing that the Dolphins decided on their current colors over black and blue. … A photo displayed yesterday at Twickenham Stadium in London yesterday showed Rams RB Todd Gurley with a blue facemask. So much better.

College Football News: Iowa will wear mono-black alternates next weekend against Ohio State (from multiple readers). … A few paragraphs down in this article: Central Florida coach Scott Frost called Nike’s Phil Knight to get his team uniforms that would be “more appealing to the young players” being recruited. Knight owed Frost one, as the latter, who was Oregon’s offensive coordinator before coming to UCF, used to let Knight into the coaches’ box (thanks, Phil).

Hockey News: The friend of a Jets fan who was killed in a car crash last year is having a memorial jersey travel to all 31 NHL arenas this season as it is passed around between fans and, in some cases, the Jets themselves. … Speaking of Winnipeg, captain Blake Wheeler had a mysterious Oakley logo on his sweater. Paul notes that it likely fell off the side of his visor (originally spotted by @Jay_Pea_R). … The Panthers will wear camouflage warm-up jerseys prior to playing the Blue Jackets on Nov. 2 (thanks, Paul). … Goalie Scott Wedgewood was traded from the Devils to the Coyotes this weekend before they visited the Devils. His mask got a quick white cover-up job so that it looks like the Coyotes’ white helmets (from James Beattie). … The Greenville Swamp Rabbits will wear Lego-patterned jerseys on Friday. It’s a regional pride design, as explained here (from Scott Trembly).

Basketball News: Heat forward Justise Winslow hinted at an upcoming “Miami Vice”-themed alternate uniform (from @christianr_5101). … If you want to buy a Raptors ad patch, they’re apparently available for sale. … New white and green uniforms for Dartmouth.

Soccer News: The annual wearing of poppies begins about two weeks before Remembrance Day (Nov. 11) in the UK and Commonwealth. Roughly half of the Premier League, including Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City, wore poppy decals. West Brom’s Irish midfielder James McClean refuses to wear the poppy due to the British Army’s actions in Northern Ireland, something he did this year with less controversy than in the past. … More poppy action from Josh Hinton: Leicester City were the only team not to place the decal in the upper center of the shirt; instead it went in a weird place next to their maker’s mark. While we’re on the subject, Leicester wore warm-up shirts in support of the Royal British Legion, the charity behind the poppy drive. … As you can see in those pictures, the Premier League changed from the white to the yellow version of its ball. The changeovers coincide with the end and beginning of European daylight saving.

94 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • Graf Zeppelin | October 30, 2017 at 7:55 am |

    Douglass changed his uniform number from 14 to 10 — unusual for an NFL quarterback.

    I don’t know if it’s all that unusual. Maybe for a regular starter. Off the top of my head I can think of a few examples:

    – Jets backup Pat Ryan changed his number from 4 to 10 at some point between 1979 and 1983.

    – Ken O’Brien wore 16 as a rookie but never played in it; he switched to 7 in ’84.

    – Kellen Clemens wore both 6 and 11 as a Jet; Ray Lucas wore both 18 and 6.

    – Jay Schroeder wore 13 his first few years with the Raiders before switching to 10.

    – Jim Harbaugh wore 14 with the Bears for a year or two before switching to 4.

    – Kirk Cousins wore 12, then 8 with the Redskins.

    – Billy Joe Hobert of the Raiders wore 12, then 9.

    – Terrelle Pryor, as a QB with Oakland, wore 2 and 6.

    I’m sure I’ll think of more over the course of the day.

    • Graf Zeppelin | October 30, 2017 at 8:00 am |

      – John Hadl, with the Packers, wore both 21 and 12.

      – David Klingler of the Bengals wore both 15 and 7.

    • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 8:01 am |

      I stand corrected! That’s quite an impressive mental database of QB numerology you have!!

      • Daniel Tarrant | October 30, 2017 at 10:56 am |

        I will actually back Paul up on this one, it’s still fair to say that a QB switching numbers is “unusual”, even if we can come up with a dozen or so examples out of the thousands of men who played the position over the course of NFL history.

        • Graf Zeppelin | October 30, 2017 at 4:06 pm |

          Well, sure, but I think it’s rare for any player in the NFL to change numbers during his career with the same team, rarer if you exclude those who changed numbers when changing positions (like the Jets’ Lawrence Thomas, or Bobby Humphery in the ’80s).

          I think that in context, to say it’s “unusual” for QBs to change numbers implies that it’s more unusual for them than for players at any other position, which I don’t think is necessarily true.

          I can think of 5 Jets’ QBs who changed numbers during their Jets careers without having been on and off the roster: Ryan, O’Brien, Clemens, Lucas and Glenn Foley (14 and 4). Apart from Thomas (97 to 44) and Humphery (84 to 48), I can think of John Abraham (94 to 56) and Dave Jennings (13 to 4) as non-QBs who changed numbers as Jets without leaving and coming back (like, e.g., Jeremy Kerley). I’m sure there are more. (I think there was a DB who gave up 24 to Ty Law but I can’t remember who it was.) Yes, it’s only one franchise, but it seems to me that QBs changing their numbers is no more unusual than non-QBs in the NFL.

        • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm |

          to say it’s “unusual” for QBs to change numbers implies that it’s more unusual for them than for players at any other position, which I don’t think is necessarily true.

          Well stated. I think we (or at least I) tend to fixate more on QBs’ numbers because they’re, you know, QBs. But the point you just made is right on the money.

        • Daniel Tarrant | October 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm |

          Whatever the case, a research project dedicated to solving this question would be the ultimate Uni-Watch venture.

    • Graf Zeppelin | October 30, 2017 at 8:03 am |

      – Harbaugh also wore both 12 and 4 with the Colts.

      • Jeff Ash | October 30, 2017 at 8:16 am |

        Lynn Dickey wore 10 and 12 with the Packers.

        • Neeko | October 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm |

          Don Majikowski wore 5 & 7 with the Packers

    • Rob S | October 30, 2017 at 8:25 am |

      Kirk Cousins went from 12 to 8 when Washington finally got rid of the corpse of Rex Grossman.

      • Rob S | October 30, 2017 at 8:34 am |

        And I should’ve read more thoroughly through Graf’s list. D’oh!

    • Graf Zeppelin | October 30, 2017 at 9:15 am |

      – Richard Todd wore 11, then 14, with the Saints.

    • Graf Zeppelin | October 30, 2017 at 9:25 am |

      – Roman Gabriel wore both 5 and 18 with the Eagles.

    • Joe | October 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm |

      Daunte Culpepper wore #12 during his rookie year with the Vikings, then switched to #11 for his first year as a starter the following season.

    • duker | October 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm |

      Kyle Boller switched from 8 to 7 after his rookie season with the Ravens.

    • Tom | October 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm |

      Curtis Enis went from 39 to 44 while he was the Bears.

  • Mangler | October 30, 2017 at 7:57 am |

    Is it possible that the clipping about the Miami Dolphins settling on team colors is a joke, instead of an official announcement? It may have been a comment anticipating a bruising season for a first-year team. Besides, I’m not sure any team would be proud to wear black-and-blue on their uniform.

  • JamesG | October 30, 2017 at 7:59 am |

    Doesn’t the last picture explain why Douglass kept losing his helmet? No chinstrap in that pic. Also looks like tape on his shoes in the last pic too.

  • Bob Gassel | October 30, 2017 at 8:00 am |

    The Bobby Douglass clip is here… https://youtu.be/-WlS27Ibr6k?t=27m52s

    • mild bill | October 30, 2017 at 10:22 am |

      Thanks for the clip.

      It also shows Brian Piccolo scoring the only receiving touchdown of his career. This game was a couple of weeks before his cancer diagnosis.

  • Bob Gassel | October 30, 2017 at 8:02 am |

    …and check out the play before, it gets knocked off there as well

  • Bruce | October 30, 2017 at 8:13 am |

    Nice colorization Gary!

  • Gus | October 30, 2017 at 8:17 am |

    So you were pulling for the Texans to remove their decals and create more unnecessary work for the equipment guys?

    • Lee | October 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm |

      It’s not “more work”, it’s literally “part of their job”.

      Lee

      • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm |

        Actually, if the players decided to go logo-less, I don’t think the equipment managers would remove the logos. It’s their job to get the players ready to play, but it’s not their job to help them protest. I think the players would have to remove the decals themselves.

        • Lee | October 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm |

          Yes, obviously (to me), the players would have removed their own logos.

          Interestingly, some of the players still stood. I wonder if they had chosen to remove their logos as their form of protest, some of the players wouldn’t have, creating a game with most Texan logos gone, but several still attached.

          Lee

  • Jeff Ash | October 30, 2017 at 8:19 am |

    Pretty sure that last Bobby Douglass picture is from Nov. 7, 1971, at Soldier Field. He likely was wearing the windbreaker under his jersey because it was 27 degrees with a wind chill of 15, thanks to 16-mph winds.

  • Rob S | October 30, 2017 at 8:29 am |

    The Lions should just burn the blue pants and never try to make them happen again. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening any time soon. This is the team that decided to perma-memorialize on the uniform one of the most unpopular owners of all time among a team’s fan base, after all.

    • Greg | October 30, 2017 at 9:37 am |

      Mono uniforms are popular now. Not sure why, so yeah, I doubt the blue pants are going until this trend dies down. Hopefully the mono look will die out like the purple and teal phase on the 90s.

    • Not Negative on Uni Watch | October 30, 2017 at 10:48 am |

      Those blue pants look great with the white jersey. Gives Detroit a more unique look, keeps them separate from the Cowboys (if Dallas had actual silver pants with the white uni of course), etc.

      • Marcus | October 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm |

        Didn’t the Cowboys have silver pants to go with the white jerseys that had the stars on the shoulders in the mid-1990s? Their silvers and blues seemed to actually match then.

        • Rob S | October 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm |

          Those were basically just the silver pants that are normally paired with the navy blue jerseys.

    • Thomas | October 30, 2017 at 11:11 am |

      The blue pants look fine but they suffer from the leotard effect because the NFL has foolishly stuck to outlawing plain white socks.

      I do really think that they should wear white over silver more often on the road. Blue pants on occasion only.

      • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 11:13 am |

        The NFL has not outlawed white socks. Several teams continue to wear white socks with their colored pants, including the Patriots, Bears, and Chiefs.

        • Thomas | October 30, 2017 at 11:20 am |

          They have outlawed blank, plain white socks. The NFL demands that teams either wear a team color or a stripe pattern, hence the Patriots, Bears and Chiefs.

          I think the rule that requires a stripe pattern on white socks has deterred teams from wearing white socks since it requires a team with a more modern template (Texans, Saints) to invent a stripe pattern that made not match the uniform.

          The Patriots and pre-2003 Chargers are the perfect example. Both wore more modern templates that included dark pants but had traditional sock stripe patterns that don’t fit the rest of the uniform. So rather than have a disjointing stripe pattern, teams opt to go leotard instead.

        • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 11:33 am |

          They have outlawed blank, plain white socks. The NFL demands that teams either wear a team color or a stripe pattern, hence the Patriots, Bears and Chiefs.

          But that’s not a new thing. That rule goes back more than half a century. (Although they waive that rule for the Rash, incidentally.)

          Your argument implies that the only way to defeat the leotard effect is to have plain white socks, but that is false. You can defeat the leotard effect by wearing white socks with stripes, and many teams do precisely that. The Lions could do it as well.

        • Thomas | October 30, 2017 at 11:52 am |

          ” You can defeat the leotard effect by wearing white socks with stripes, and many teams do precisely that. The Lions could do it as well.”

          The problem is that I don’t think teams in the current era want to do that. Excepting the Bills, there hasn’t been a team to come out with a new set of striped white socks since 2003 when the Falcons debuted black striped socks that were abandoned a year later.

          I don’t know whether its because players like using tights to act as the sock upper or designers finding stripes don’t blend with a modern template. It is clear that teams will go to impressive lengths to avoid striped socks in new designs (Nike’s Miami redesign is exhibit A)

          I don’t think allowing solid white socks is the best way to avoid to leotard effect but its definitely one I could see clubs like the Chargers, Vikings, Titans, Saints, and Texans adopting.

        • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 11:56 am |

          The problem is that I don’t think teams in the current era want to [defeat the leotard effect by wearing striped white socks].

          Agreed. But that wasn’t your original point. Your original point was that the leotard effect was caused by the NFL outlawing white socks, and that point is not accurate. Now you’re making a completely different point. Moving the goalposts (pun fully intended)!

      • Thomas | October 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm |

        Actually I specifically said the NFL is “outlawing *plain* white socks.”

        Then I elaborated that by not permitting plain, non-striped white socks the NFL is driving teams to opt for the leotard because they don’t want striped socks.

        • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm |

          Sigh. Thomas, when you say they’re “outlawing” it, you make it sound like it’s a new or recent development. As I’ve already explained, that is not the case.

          In addition, your original comment — go on, go back and read it — made it sound like plain white socks are the only leotard fix. That is not the case.

          We’re going in circles here. At least we both agree that the Lions’ blue pants would be better off with non-blue socks. Let’s be happy with that and please move on. Thanks.

        • Wade Heidt | October 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm |

          CFL don’t outlaw plain white socks. Plain white socks part of the BC Lions road uniforms.

          https://nationalpostcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/jennings.jpg

  • Scott Johnston | October 30, 2017 at 8:31 am |

    Douglass lost his helmet often because he did not wear a chinstrap. While not common, there were a handful of QBs who did not use chinstraps in the late 60s-early 70s. Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer and Terry Bradshaw jump to mind.

    • J.R. Clark | October 30, 2017 at 11:39 am |

      In the video, both Pittsburgh QBs, Terry Hanratty and Dick Shiner, did not wear chinstraps. Weird.

  • Rich | October 30, 2017 at 8:43 am |

    I know the story says Phil Knight owed Scott Frost a favor, but I don’t think that’s a good characterization of it. This article would provide a better summation of it, and read the key quote under the link:

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/ucf-knights/os-ucf-scott-frost-nike-mike-bianchi-0508-20160507-column.html

    “When you’re worth billions and contribute millions, you sit wherever you want. It’s been reported that Knight has contributed more than $300 million to Oregon’s athletics program, which I’m sure prompted Frost to occasionally turn to his right when Oregon was beating Colorado by six TDs and say, “Hey, Phil, what play should we call here?””

    I’m not saying that should be the way it is. But I also know how powerful boosters are, and I’m sure Scott Frost was probably told Phil Knight is sitting next to you, deal with it, or something close to those lines.

  • dgm | October 30, 2017 at 8:44 am |

    Didn’t the Bills wear white at home?

    • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 8:47 am |

      D’oh! Yes, of course you’re right. Will adjust text.

  • Stan Bunting | October 30, 2017 at 8:47 am |

    That green Seahawks helmet is so bad it is good!

    It would be fascinating for them to wear it – maybe even without the logos like in 1976 to honor their beginning as well as introducing their future!

    • Lee | October 30, 2017 at 1:08 pm |

      This is the weirdest, and worst, troll job going.
      Baffling.

      Lee

    • Randy | October 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm |

      LOVE, LOVE that green helmet! Sweet look, that helmet, navy tops, white bottoms. How many green helmets are there now in the NFL? ZERO. Dark blue? SEVERAL.

    • John | October 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm |

      I had a Hot Wheels car that color in the 60s.

  • Wade Heidt | October 30, 2017 at 9:14 am |

    Redskins would have looked better without the helmet decals for the throwback.

    • Kevin Jerpi | October 30, 2017 at 10:43 am |

      Pure laziness. They should’ve gone with the spear on the helmet. Especially considering they had the Redskin logo on their sleeve.

  • Hank-SJ | October 30, 2017 at 9:16 am |

    Lorenzo Alexander isn’t wearing a cap, he’s wearing a firefighter’s helmet.

    • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 9:18 am |

      Why the hell did I write “cap”? Fixed.

  • DJ | October 30, 2017 at 9:18 am |

    Perhaps instead of asking for permission, the Saints just went ahead and did it anyway. Either that, or the NFL has loosened up a bit.

  • Eric | October 30, 2017 at 9:23 am |

    I believe that Blake Wheeler Oakley logo probably came off his visor.
    https://www.nhl.com/news/blake-wheeler-would-be-honored-to-be-named-winnipeg-jets-captain/c-281174496

    • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 9:25 am |

      Yes — that’s what it already says in the Ticker.

  • Greg | October 30, 2017 at 9:35 am |

    I’m with you on the Texans protest. Personal feelings on the league wide protests aside, it makes logical sense why they would protest during the anthem the way they do, as they feel there is something fundamentally wrong in this country. If the Texans players were protesting something their owner said, kneeling during the anthem makes little sense as a form of protest, removing the decals from their helmets, showing defiance towards their boss does.

    • Daniel Tarrant | October 30, 2017 at 10:51 am |

      My guess is that the players probably realized that removing the logos would get them all fined by the league and also would be interpreted as an act of insubordination and McNair would have to respond with some punishment of his own, making things worse.

      I don’t blame the players for being pissed at McNair’s comments but they should handle that situation behind closed doors.

      • Greg | October 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm |

        Yeah, I agree. McNair was using a common phrase, but considering the circumstances he comes off looking bad. If he truly meant no ill will from it one would think a meeting with the players, and some gesture of good will would have resolved it.
        Interesting how tight NFL uniform policy is that players would not protest in some manner with their gear, but instead end up using the anthem as a visible platform,.
        It is sad how what originally started out as an attempt to bring awareness to an important issue (though based on Kaepernick’s actions it hard to tell what HIS intent was) has turned into a pissing match between owners and players, which is just turning people, myself included, off. The discussion has become less about bridging the gap between police and minority communities, and more about the act of protesting itself.

        • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm |

          McNair was using a common phrase…

          He was? I’ve heard “inmates running the asylum” countless times, but I had literally never heard “inmates running the prison” until last Friday.

          I’m not saying you’re wrong, nor am I saying that McNair had racist intent. I’m just saying that the phrase was definitely new to me. But hey, maybe I’ve led a sheltered life.

        • RS Rogers | October 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm |

          A useful proxy might be Google search interest in the “asylum” versus “prison” versions of the phrase:

          https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=inmates%20running%20the%20asylum,inmates%20running%20the%20prison

          The “prison” version has received virtually no search traffic, ever, prior to this weekend. The “asylum” version receives steady search traffic all the time.

        • Greg | October 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm |

          Asylum is the common, and correct form, but I’ve heard both. I wonder if the the players would have found that less offensive? My guess would be no, as either way is it a bad phrase to use given the circumstances of what the protests have been about. Let alone the fact that lots of players (rightly or wrongly) feel the owners treat them only as a revenue source, and not as people. Certainly has spiraled into a mess for the NFL ownership. Can’t say they don’t have it coming, what did Mark Cuban say, “pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered”?

    • Randy | October 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm |

      Professional consequences aside, it’s their first amendment right to kneel during the anthem for anything their heart desires. Doesn’t get more simple than that. They’re adults. Let them worry about any social or economical ramifications (if any).

    • Josh Hinton | October 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm |

      Yes, but weren’t the players angry at McNair’s comment, and not necessarily social injustices in the US? Which would make removing the Texans decal sensible.

      • Anthony Nuccio | October 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm |

        Given that McNair’s comment might have been related to the protests, I think that your comment likely goes hand in hand.

  • Marcus | October 30, 2017 at 9:43 am |

    I missed the Jaguars’ teal jerseys, so I’m happy to see them return. I think teal jerseys with black pants would look better than all black.

  • Jerusalem Stone | October 30, 2017 at 10:12 am |

    No disrespect intended to the legend Fats Domino, but MN teams honoring Prince makes sense bc he’s arguably the biggest musician from the state (not a Dylan fan, sorry; Mats, Du, etc. may have been great, but were not on the same fame level), but NOLA is KNOWN for music. Interesting Fats was chosen for this honor…his legacy justifies, but interesting he was singled out.

    • John | October 30, 2017 at 8:36 pm |

      NOLA had lots of great musicians with Fess being my favorite but other than Louie Armstrong, none (or very few) had Fats’ national notoriety.

  • Kst8cats | October 30, 2017 at 10:19 am |

    So, is wearing shorts in the USFL pic. But the lede got buried, look at the size of #30’s thigh pads!!

  • GTV | October 30, 2017 at 10:25 am |

    Other than the mismatched stripe colors, I liked the Lions’ mono blue. Honolulu blue is a great color. More is better. Maybe add a blue helmet.

  • Chapeau | October 30, 2017 at 10:52 am |

    I seem to remember Steve Young losing his hat for a play or two during his time with the Niners.

  • Sam | October 30, 2017 at 11:02 am |

    One thing I found interesting about Orlando Scandrick’s torn captaincy patch is that it happened in the first half and it was still torn in the second half. I assumed they would take care of it one way or another at halftime.

  • Eriq Jaffe | October 30, 2017 at 11:10 am |

    Whenever I think of Bobby Douglass, I always think of the time Bill Veeck gave him a “tryout” as a pitcher for the White Sox.

    http://www.eldoradobaseballhof.org/img/portraits/douglass_5_2.jpg

    • signifying monkey | October 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm |

      One of the great (uni-related)quotes about Douglass’s brief baseball career came from late Chicago columnist Mike Royko, who referenced Douglass’s tendency to overthrow receivers: “If hitters want to avoid being hit by Douglass, all they have to do is wear #85”

  • Joseph Gerard | October 30, 2017 at 11:54 am |

    Interesting photo on Douglass–I should add that particular game (with the late great “Hollywood Bags” L.C. Greenwood rushing him) was the only game the Bears won that season–and the game that would’ve handed the Steelers Terry Bradshaw had the current NFL tiebreaking rules on draft picks were implemented then. Just think, Douglass (a rather underrated player back in his day and one of only two QB’s to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season) had a 50% chance of being the Bears equivalent of Terry Hanratty (a fellow 1969 draftee who was almost immediately relegated to backup role to Bradshaw) had the Bears won the coin toss in the Terry Bradshaw sweepstakes.

    Speaking of the Steelers, I was surprised by the mono-blue look of the Lions, but honestly if a team has a pair of pants that match a jersey color, should we really be surprised at this point if they match the two together? Contrary to Paul I think it was a good look.

    So let’s see how many teams have NOT gone monochrome, all-white notwithstanding:

    Cowboys
    Giants
    Buccaneers (surprisingly)
    Colts
    Raiders

    Wow, five teams have not gone monochrome. Everyone else has at least once, including the Packers in the early 1950s and the Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons despite the latter objecting to the Color Rush uniforms.

    • Joseph Gerard | October 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm |

      OK, 86 that. The Bucs have gone monochrome.

      Still only leaves four teams that haven’t.

  • Federko24 | October 30, 2017 at 12:06 pm |

    Would assume NFL didn’t want to agitate players as cops/justice are main reasons for anthem kneeling etc. Because Fats Domino was black may be reason players wouldn’t care. Just saying

    • Joseph Gerard | October 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm |

      I remember a number of years ago when Hurricane Katrina happened, Fats Domino turned up missing. Obviously, he ended up OK, but it showed how much he meant to New Orleans. Just like Fred Rogers meant to Pittsburgh.

    • Tim | October 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm |

      NFL allowed this, but a decal in support of 5 dead police officers in Dallas was a no go?

      And they wonder why they’re losing viewers.

  • spinetingler | October 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm |

    lakers non-matching tights: man, I hate the NBA tights look, matching or not.

  • Daniel Hresko | October 30, 2017 at 12:36 pm |

    Chuck Prophet is an amazing and under-appreciated talent. Having seen him play twice in person, I can attest that he is most definitely a guitarist (and a damn fine one) and not a keyboardist.

    • Paul Lukas | October 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm |

      For years I’ve thought he was a keyboardist. Not sure why. Thanks for setting me straight. Fixed!

      • John | October 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm |

        Chuck Prophet is great and one of many terrific artists on the Yep Roc record label. I first heard him on WFMU, in my opinion the greatest station in the nation. Long live indy labels and indy radio!

  • Jerry Reuss | October 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm |

    Outstanding colorization, Gary!

  • Kevin Zdancewicz | October 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm |

    Sorry if this was already asked and answered, but since we are considering Lakers yellow the same as home white for tracking purposes, how are we categorizing Lakers yellow at home vs. white for the road team. I believe this happened vs the Raptors last week.

    • Collin Wright | October 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm |

      Great question, Kevin. And one I hadn’t considered. I think the game you’re referencing is the game on 10/20 vs. the Suns. The Lakers were the road team in that game, so I counted it as Home white, road color. But there certainly could be a situation where the Lakers wear yellow at home and their opponent wears white. I’ll get with Paul and come up with a plan to handle either of those situations!

      • Collin Wright | October 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm |

        I stand corrected – I see the game you’re referencing now. I’ll talk to Paul and get it fixed for next week!

        • Kevin Zdancewicz | October 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm |

          Thanks for doing the tracking, Collin!

  • John Orgel | October 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm |

    Speaking of logo-less helmets. My Alma Mater Charleston Southern University’s football program’s players removed the logos from their helmets to protest conditions at the school this season.

  • John | October 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm |

    Just wondering how many guys I have met in Brooklyn and Bronx IRA sympathetic bars are anti-knee protest but supportive of James McClean’s anti-poppy protest?

  • Sean | October 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm |

    I feel like this year we are seeing more and more NBA players showing less and less leg, to the point where some players have zero skin showing below the knee.

    It would be an interesting study to see what percentage of players do this in the NBA.

    I’m a Celtics fan so I mainly focus on them but they have at least 2 players that have no leg showing (Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving). Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have a tiny bit of ankle showing.