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Very surprising news yesterday, at least to me, as the Patriots, who are the designated Super Bowl home team, announced that they’ll be wearing white for the big game. As you can see in that tweet, they’re citing their 3-0 Super Bowl record while wearing white under Bill Belichick (as opposed to 2-2 in blue).
If you were thinking the Eagles might switch things up by wearing their black alts, forget about it. They’ll be wearing green:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 23, 2018
A few quick thoughts:
• Although it’s not mentioned in the Pats’ announcement, they may also have been swayed by the fact that 12 of the last 13 Super Bowl winners have worn white. The one exception was Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV, seven years ago.
• This marks the second time in three years that the Supe home team has opted to wear white for superstitious reasons. The other recent example was Denver, which chose to wear white in Super Bowl 50 against the Panthers. Much like the Patriots, the Broncos were looking to their own history, which featured a winless slate of Super Bowls while wearing orange.
• Although the Super Bowl isn’t a true home game, it’s nonetheless extremely rare for the Pats to wear white by choice. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database’s listing of teams wearing white at home, New England has gone that route only five times in the past 27 seasons (and one of those was a throwback game).
• This move by the Pats means that we’ll essentially have a uniform rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX from 13 years ago. Interesting that neither team has changed its uni since then.
• Overall, I’d say this will make for a better-looking game. Philly looks better in green, and I prefer the Pats’ white-over-navy look, plus we’ll get to see their striped socks. A win-win! (Yes, of course it would be better if the Eagles went with kelly green instead of midnight, but I still like it a lot better than their mono-white look.)
Naming Wrongs reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week, we have a bunch of new Naming Wrongs shirts (including some very cool Big Sombrero designs, like the grey shirt shown at right). Check them out here.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: The Dodgers have unveiled the patch they’ll wear honoring the team’s 60th anniversary in Los Angeles. … Speaking of patches, one of the first on-field looks we’ll get of the Royals’ 50th-season patch will come on the TV show Modern Family (from Mark Johnson). … Michigan State will look sharp this season if they wear these unis for every game (from Brent Yarina). … The Brewers’ sausage race will have a new advertiser next season (from Drew Brown and John Muir). … Whoops: Topher Flounder found a Dallas Cowboys iPhone case in MLB packaging. … A.J. Lorrigan needs help identifying a cap logo. He believes it’s a Midland Cubs cap, but isn’t sure. It’s a New Era cap, and he suspects it was made in the mid-’90s. … Jason Johnson was visiting the Grand Canyon recently and found these shots of Grand Canyon baseball teams at a little museum next to the Fred Harvey Hotel where he was staying. … 1970s throwbacks on tap for the Hanshin Tigers.
Pro Football News: The end zones in Minneapolis are already painted and ready to go for Super Bowl LII (from J.S.). … “Underdogs” has been a rallying cry for Eagles fans during their playoff run, thanks to Lane Johnson’s and Chris Long’s dog masks. Now, the NFL Shop has agreed to donate all proceeds from “Underdog” shirts to Philadelphia schools. … I think we know who Pennsylvania Amish Country will be rooting for in the Super Bowl (from John Flory). … David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is pictured in this 1970s photo wearing a strange green and red Cowboys shirt (from Robert Hayes). … Repost: Topher Flounder found a Cowboys iPhone case in MLB packaging. … It’s not every day you see a Steelers/Kentucky Wildcats logo mashup T-shirt (from @juicegriffey). … NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon wears an Oakland Raiders helmet when he races, one of six different helmets he wears (from David Firestone). … Speaking of the Raiders, a trucking company is poaching the team’s logo (from Scott Steffes). … Austin Gillis was at Monkey Joe’s (a Chuck E. Cheese’s-type restaurant chain) and found this photo of a restaurant’s mascot in a Packers-inspired uniform. … The Albany Empire, an expansion team in the AFL, unveiled their logo yesterday (from Jamie Burditt).
College/High School Football News: It’s common for team photos, but it’s jarring to see Wyoming QB Josh Allen in a jersey with no numbers (from Rob Montoya). … Moeller High School in Cincinnati will now wear Jordan uniforms. They have been wearing Nike the past few seasons.
Hockey News: We finally have photos of the three Mighty Ducks-themed uniforms that the Cincinnati Cyclones will wear in a single game on Feb. 5. They’ll change sweaters in between periods (from Mike Chamernik and Mark). … Also from Mike: Those who want to memorialize the Hartford Whalers can now buy a Whalers vanity plate in Connecticut. … Here are the jerseys for Bobby Orr’s and Don Cherry’s teams for the 2018 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (from Wade Heidt). … The Knoxville Icebears wore Spongebob uniforms earlier this week (from Mike Cathcart). … The College at Brockport’s hockey team will wear special uniforms to support the fight against brain cancer on Saturday (from Marshal Scheidt).
NBA News: Months after the whole world had already seen them, the Heat finally “unveiled” their Miami Vice alternates. … The Suns’ “Los Suns” alternate will make their on-court debut on Friday (from Phil). … The Westchester Knicks of the G League blurred out an advertising patch when shooting an ad for another company (from Erik Franke). … The set for TNT’s halftime show includes an old Adidas jersey. … Celtics F Jayson Tatum wore shamrock-speckled sneakers last night.
College Hoops News: Hofstra will wear 1950s throwbacks on Feb. 1 when they play UNC Wilmington. More here (from Phil). … ESPN used throwback logos on set last night during halftime of the Kansas/Oklahoma game (from Sam Wescott). … Repost: It’s not every day you see a Kentucky/Pittsburgh Steelers logo mashup T-shirt (from @juicegriffey).
Soccer News: New Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will wear No. 7 for the Gunners during the Premier League. But because another player wore No. 7 for Arsenal during Europa League play earlier this year, Mkhitaryan will have to wear a new number during Europa games (from Casey Garms and Andy Riley). … Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi wears a double-decker NOB (from Connor). … The Portland Timbers unveiled their 2018 secondary kit yesterday (from Ed Zelaski). … This blog speculates what FC Dallas’s 2018 could look like (from Peter Welpton). … New away kit for Reno 1868 FC (from James Jefferson). … A new Manchester United retro kit has leaked (from Charles George). … New badge design for Leeds United (from mortified Leeds resident Thomas Courtman, who refers to the design as “this horrific thing”).
Olympics News: The gloves Team USA will be wearing during the Opening Ceremonies are … interesting (from our own Anthony Emerson). … Wired breaks down the science behind Team USA’s speedskating suits in this piece. … In a related item, after the debacle four years ago, the American speedskaters and Under Armour completely reassessed their relationship (NYT link).
Grab Bag: Wow, check out this 1936 patent drawing for bendy straws (from John Overholt). … Not uni-related, but North Carolina State’s bell tower will finally have bells installed — nearly 70 years after the tower was built (from James Gilbert). … This story about a school for ancient European fighting techniques includes a photo of a guy wearing lacrosse gloves (from Cassian Wykes).
This afternoon I’ll be heading to the airport and flying off to an undisclosed location, where I’ll be spending the next couple of days doing research for an ESPN story. Things should proceed as usual here on the blog, although Thursday’s and Friday’s posts might end up being published a little bit later than usual, because I’ll be in the Mountain time zone. Thanks for understanding, and play nice while I’m up in the air later today, okay? Okay. — Paul