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In January of 1962, cartoonist extraordinaire Karl Hubenthal drew a cartoon about how he had designed the Minnesota Vikings’ uniforms. If you’ve never heard of Hubenthal, and/or if you had no idea that he’d created the Vikes’ inaugural look, I have a treat for you today over on ESPN — the lost story of how a guy from Los Angeles created the design that’s now synonymous with Minnesota. It’s a lot like my recent piece on the untold story behind the Astros’ rainbow design. Check it out here.
This ESPN piece, incidentally, would not have happened if not for reader Lukas Hoffland, who tipped me off to a key clue that helped me piece the story together. Big thanks to him, from one Lukas to another.
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Winter Classic teasers: The Rangers and Sabres are set to unveil their Winter Classic jerseys this afternoon, and the Sabres gave some hints by releasing some teaser images yesterday afternoon. Looks very promising, no? Looking forward to seeing the whole thing.
Also, kudos to the Sabres for including an image of the pants, and thereby acknowledging that there’s more to uniforms than just jerseys.
Terry Glenn follow-up: In yesterday’s post I mentioned that former Cowboys WR Terry Glenn, who was an Ohio State alum (and who died in a car crash earlier this week), managed to sneak a buckeye decal onto the back of his helmet for a game in 2006.
After yesterday’s post went live, I shared that photo with Jason Priestas, founder of the OSU-centric Eleven Warriors site, because I thought he’d get a kick out of it. He did, and then he showed the photo to another OSU grad who played with the Cowboys at the time, linebacker Bobby Carpenter. According to Priestas, “Bobby said [coach Bill] Parcells brought out a sheet of [the buckeye decals] prior to the game and said, ‘Go earn one of these today, Terry.’”
So wearing the decal wasn’t actually Glenn’s idea, as I had long assumed. It was actually a motivational tool by Parcells. All very interesting, especially since Glenn is the player Parcells once referred to as “she” when they were both with the Patriots.
Looking ahead to Friday: In keeping with the spirit of the season, we’re going to have a new Uni Watch shirt that will only be available from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Much like this year’s Purp Walk shirt, it will have lots of extra bells and whistles (including a magnet!). Trust me, it’s really good. Details coming on Friday.
New advertiser shout-out: Despite the spread of Google Calendar and other online datebooks, printed calendars are still a big industry. If you still use them, I suggest that you do your calendar shopping with Asgard Press, which offers a slew of very cool-looking college football-themed calendars, like the Auburn design shown at right. (They also have some cool pop culture-themed calendars, if you’re more into that.) And as you can see from their new ad in our right-hand sidebar, you can use the checkout code “UNI25” to get 25% off your order.
And as long as we’re talking about our advertisers:
• In case you missed it last week, you can get a free two-week subscription to Rep the Squad, the company that lets you rent jerseys instead of buying them, here.
• You can get 3-D uniform templates for your uni concepts sportstemplates.net”>from SportsTemplates.net.
• And you can get all sorts of cool sports-related gift items (wallets with linings made from game-used jerseys, cufflinks made from baseball leather, etc.) from our friends at Tokens & Icons.
My thanks, as always, for considering our advertisers.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: The Tigers will reportedly honor the 50th anniversary of their 1968 World Series championship with this logo next season [but to my knowledge, there are no plans to wear it as a patch on either the cap or the jersey — PL] (from Dave Raglin). … Dave also toured Nationals Park recently and found this poster in the locker that describes the rules and regulations for MLB bats. … Phillies SS Dickie Thon appears to have been wearing a yellow undershirt in this 1989 shot. … Remember Jeff Callahan, the guy who created a baseball version of the old paper football game? He’s added a new ballpark to his stock of game surfaces: Sportsman’s Park.
Pro Football News: The Chargers will wear powder blue when they take on the Cowboys on Thanksgiving this Thursday (from Phil). … Great spot by Matt DeMazza: Check out the pair of legs behind the ball carrier in this photo. Judging by the square-toed kicking boot, those legs likely belong to Hall-of-Famer Jerry Kramer. He’s best known for playing guard for the great Packers teams of the ’50s and ’60s, but he also often handled kicking duties. So, when Kramer was kicking, did he play the entire game at guard with one kicking shoe? Or is the photo an exception to the rule? … The Titans have worn seven different uni combinations this year, tying a team record (from Titans Uni Tracker). … Apple Maps gets it, still calls the Dolphins’ stadium Joe Robbie Stadium (from @swizzcheeze). … A man wearing a Browns Tim Couch jersey can be spotted in the background of this report from Zimbabwe (from @TravisJames4U2C). … ESPN has some logo inconsistencies with the Dolphins in their “Playoff Machine” feature (from @light_beans). … Miles Filbert found some old CFL ads in 1970s Sears catalogues. … Several sources told The Washington Post that if the NFL anthem protests continue, the owners will likely decide to have the anthem played while the teams are still in their locker rooms. That was the standard procedure until 2009, when players were first required to be on the sidelines for the anthem.
College/High School Football News: Nice Iron Bowl soda display spotted at an Alabama Winn-Dixie (from Roger Kirk). … Oregon will wear mono-green against Oregon State this weekend. … Notre Dame will equip the majority of its players with the Vicis Zero1 helmet next season. More on that here. … Juan F. found some marker’s mark inconsistencies with UCLA’s 1998 jerseys. The logo is centered on some jerseys and applied to the shoulders on others. … San Angelo Central and El Paso Pebblo Hills went color-on-color in a Texas high school playoff game last Friday (from Dennis Jones). … The officials in last night’s Akron/Kent State game were wearing jerseys from two different manufacturers.
Hockey News: Here’s an interview with a man who was tasked with painting portraits for the top 100 players of all time in conjunction with the NHL’s 100th anniversary (from Phil). … The Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL will wear ugly sweater uniforms on Dec. 16 (from Mike Iles). … The Cincinnati Cyclones and the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL wore Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles uniforms last Friday (from Brian Henke).
Basketball News: Whoops: Kyrie Irving, now with the Celtics, is the November photo for the Cavaliers official 2017 calendar (from Jim Vilk). … Fanatics is now selling its own, cheaper line of NBA replica jerseys (from Phil). … New BFBS unis for Marshall (from Phil). … The San Antonio Stars of the WNBA will still be called the Stars when they relocate to Las Vegas next season (from Nick Yelverton). … “Shannon Brown of the Wisconsin Herd no longer has ‘Sh. Brown’ on the back of his jersey, since Sterling Brown is back with the Bucks,” reports Zachary Loesl. “Instead, it’s now ‘S. Brown,’ since Vitto Brown is still on the roster.”
Soccer News: Nissan will advertise on USL side Nashville SC’s kits for the next few seasons (from Rhys McManus). … A man wearing a Manchester United jersey can be spotted in the background of this report from Zimbabwe (from @TravisJames4U2C). … Wigan Athletic striker Ryan Colclough scored two goals last night and then left the game so he could rush to the hospital in time to see his son being born. He made it — while still in uniform (from Thom Gibbs).
Grab Bag: No. 34 is big in Houston — the Oilers’ Earl Campbell, the Rockets’ Hakeem Olajuwon and the Astros’ Nolan Ryan all wore it. That’s why the Houston Sports Authority will honor the number and the players that wore it in February (from Ignacio). … The New York Times has a feature piece on how Fanatics has dominated the online athletic apparel market. … A limited sneaker release caused an uproar in Richmond, Virginia yesterday as dozens of people “bum rushed” the store (from Tommy Turner).
Gobble-gobble: Later this morning the Tugboat Captain and I will be hopping in the buggy and driving up to Ithaca, where we’ll be spending the Thanksgiving weekend with her brother and sister-in-law. Here’s hoping the traffic isn’t too brutal, and same goes for you if you’re driving today. Everyone travel safe and have a great pre-Thanksgiving. — Paul