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With holiday shopping season in full swing, it’s time for my annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide, which features lots of cool uni-related items (including the print shown above). Check it out here.
Game of shadows: The photo shown above is from last night’s Bengals/Steelers game. Notice anything odd about the uni numbers worn by Cincy defensive linemen Carlos Dunlap (No. 96) and Chris Smith (No. 94)? The drop shadows on Dunlap’s numerals fall to the left, while Smith’s fall to the right.
Smith’s version is the correct one. Dunlap’s is wrong — it appears that his “9” is actually an upside-down “6,” and vicey-versey (click to enlarge):
Dunlap had the same problem on the front of his jersey, so at least there was some consistency to his erroneous numerals.
Was this a new thing for him? Apparently. The last time the Bengals wore black jerseys was on Oct. 29, and Dunlap had the proper numeral orientation for that game. So he apparently got a new black jersey — with the improper numerals — for last night’s game.
The Bengals are scheduled to wear black again on Sunday. Someone remember to see if Dunlap’s wearing the same jersey.
(Big thanks to Ryan Suckow for bringing this one to my attention.)
NBA Uni Tracking
By Collin Wright
This week I decided to chart how the various types of NBA uniform matchups have progressed during the season’s first seven weeks (click to enlarge):
The solid lines are the actual week-to-week actual totals for the percentage of games for each matchup type; the dotted lies are the season averages. This past week saw a new season high for both the number (11) and percentage (22.4%) of color-vs.-color games. By my count, the Celtics have played the most such games (eight, with a 7-1 record), while the Knicks and Kings are the only two teams who still haven’t had a color/color game.
Now that every team has played at home since the on-court debut of the third uniforms, I have final stats for the debut of those as well. Fourteen teams wore the newly available uniforms in their first game after Thanksgiving, and 18 teams wore them in their first home game after the holiday. The Bulls, Heat, and Bucks all debuted the uniforms on the road. The Pistons, Timberwolves, 76ers, and Kings are the only teams that haven’t yet worn their third uniforms at all.
Lastly, the longest current streak of games in one uniform is a tie at four games between the Cavaliers (white) and the Rockets (black alternate).
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By Brinke Guthrie
Have mercy — look at these! Here’s a box of five Detroit Lions old-fashioned bobbleheads in perfect shape! Was someone hoarding these, or did they come across a dusty box in a warehouse somewhere? I have a Bengals bobble from 1974 with this look — a classic. But I don’t have five of them!
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
Here’s one more from the Motor City: This 1960s Lions helmet/bottle opener is still in great shape!
• Johnny Bench used to have a pair of restaurants in Greater Cincinnati: Home Plate, north of town at Northgate Mall (went there for my birthday once), and Home Stretch at Florence Mall (Y’all) in Northern Ky. Notice the great Home Plate logo printed on this book of matches (and the phone number, mostly the number 5 — Bench’s uni number) Got a drinking glass here, too. If you were a Reds fan back then, it was the place to go!
• Check out the logos on this 1974 NHL All-Star Game poster.
• We’re a mere 20 days from Christmas, so if you’re inclined to purchase, say, an NFL helmet ornament for the tree, now’s a good time. This Seahawks version is made of glass and there’s a ton of them on eBay, or you could go for something like this 49ers helmet, which is no more than a current gumball style with an eyelet screwed into the top. I bought one just like this, down to the facemask, several years ago.
• Here’s a full-size 1970s-era Steelers helmet emblazoned with No. 12. This doesn’t look like it’s quite the Bradshaw-style facemask, though. His looked more like Griese’s, right?
• This 1960s Baltimore Colts pennant was part of a Coke mail-in premium deal.
• Here’s a small (5.5″) promo football from the 1960s with the old Cowboys logo and “Coca-Cola” on the side. The seller says these were given away at the Cotton Bowl. A bunch of them were probably tossed back onto the field if the ’Boys were losing that day.
By Alex Hider
NFL News: An old version of the Vikings’ logo showed up on a PTI graphic yesterday (from Josiah Durie). … We’ve previously reported the issue of the Dolphins’ old logo showing up on ESPN’s playoff machine, but apparently it’s an issue for the Jaguars as well (from Greg Franklin).
College Football News: Florida will reportedly begin wearing Jordan uniforms, possibly starting in 2018. The basketball team will also reportedly also be switching (from Eric Juergens and Phil). … The College Football Playoff used a Washington helmet with a backwards “W” when announcing the Fiesta Bowl matchup Sunday (from Chris Knudson). … Scott Frost, Nebraska’s new coach, played at Stanford in 1993 and ’94 before transferring to Nebraska. Gil Neumann was doing some research and came across video of Frost playing for the Cardinal with his first two initials included on his NOB. What’s even weirder is that I can’t find evidence of any other Frosts listed on Stanford’s roster in ’93 or ’94.
NBA News: The Timberwolves’ fourth jersey, which was originally slated to make its on-court debut on Christmas Day, has apparently been delayed (from Phil). … ESPN used an old Bucks logo on a Snapchat graphic yesterday (from Cole P.).
College Hoops News: : Cross-listed from the college football section: Florida will reportedly begin wearing Jordan uniforms, possibly starting in 2018. The football team will also reportedly be switching (from Eric Juergens and Phil). … Hope College is a NCAA D-III school in Michigan. It’s women’s basketball team won its 800th game over the weekend, and the school shared some great photos of unis through the years (from Jonathan Cain). … A graphic in this story about a former Kentucky staffer’s guilty plea to a fraud scheme contains an old version of UK’s logo (from Josh Hinton). …
Soccer News: According to Andy Riley, Arsenal has a tradition of all players wearing the same sleeve length on match day, with the captain choosing whether to go long-sleeved or short-sleeved. However, F Alexandre Lacazette has taken to wearing a long-sleeved shirt under a short-sleeved jersey when the team wears full sleeves — and some of his teammates have followed suit.
Grab Bag: Texas Tech’s baseball team will have new red jerseys this season (from Everett Corder). … Ivan Chermayeff, a prolific graphic designer who created dozens of notable logos, died last weekend at 85. See some of his work here. … According to The Wall Street Journal, smartphones are to blame for the ongoing apostrophe catastrophe (from John Gagosian). … Nike introduced a hijab for Muslim athletes back in March. It’s now available for purchase worldwide (from Brinke).