It all started two days ago, when our own Alex Hider noticed Browns punter Britton Colquitt (shown above, in a game from earlier this year) wearing gloves while holding for a placekick in Sunday’s game against the Raiders. “Looks odd to me,” he said on Twitter. “Is it common for holders to wear gloves?”
Good question! Seeing a gloved holder did look odd once Alex pointed it out, so I decided to find out just how common — or uncommon — it actually is.
First, I wanted to know more about Colquitt — were his gloves just a one-game aberration? I did some quick photo research and found that he usually (but not always) goes gloved while holding but always goes barehanded while punting.
Then I started researching other 31 teams’ holders (almost all of whom, like Colquitt, are punters). I decided to limit myself to this season, just to keep things manageable. Here’s what I found:
1. There are at least five current NFL holders who wear a glove on their left hand — that’s the hand whose index finger holds the ball in place as a right-footed kicker kicks it. Those five holders are the Jets’ Lachlan Edwards, Tennessee’s Brett Kern, Indianapolis’s Rigoberto Sanchez, Detroit’s Sam Martin, and New Orleans’s Thomas Morstead:
2. I also found two holders who wear a glove on their right hand — the hand that reaches out to receive the ball as it arrives from the center. Those two holders are Denver’s Marquette King and Buffalo’s Corey Bojorquez:
3. Aside from Britton Colquitt, who got us started on this topic, I found only one other holder who wears two gloves. Can you guess who it is? Here’s a photo of the player in question:
In case you don’t know who wears No. 2 for the Chiefs, that’s Dustin Colquitt — Britton’s brother. So based on my research, it appears that there are only two players in the NFL who wear two gloves while holding for placekicks, and they happen to be siblings. Crazy!
That got me thinking: Who copied whom? Which Colquitt was the first to wear gloves while holding?
I began with Dustin, who entered the league in 2005 and has spent his entire career with the Chiefs. He began his rookie season holding barehanded, but within a few weeks he had started wearing one glove. By Dec. 4 of that year, he’d begun wearing two gloves, and as far as I can tell he’s continued doing so since then.
Britton is three years younger than Dustin and didn’t enter the NFL until 2009. I couldn’t find any 2009 photos of him holding for placekicks, but he was definitely wearing two gloves in 2010.
But wait — there’s more! Dustin and Britton are the sons of former NFL punter Craig Colquitt, who played for the Steelers from 1978-84 and also had a cup of coffee with the Colts in ’87. Is there any chance that Dustin and Britton picked up the gloved holding style from Craig? Did Craig Colquitt even hold for kicks? (Back when Craig played, it was more common for the backup quarterback, rather than the punter, to serve as the holder.)
As it turns out, Craig Colquitt did hold for kicks back in the day. But he seems to have gone barehanded, as seen in this 1983 shot:
This isn’t so surprising. Back in 1983, gloves were pretty rare on NFL gridirons. Even skill-position players were playing barehanded in those days.
Anyway, getting back to our original question: Yes, it is uncommon for NFL holders to wear gloves, and extremely uncommon for holders to wear two gloves — especially if they’re not part of the Colquitt clan.
(Big thanks to Alex Hider, whose sharp-eyed observation
ended up costing me two hours of my Sunday evening sent me down this very interesting rabbit hole.)
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You know the drill by now: Another day, another NHL alternate, this time the long-rumored Islanders alt. Anyone else think the constant leveraging of the four championship stripes comes off as “We won four Stanley Cups once upon a time, and you know as well as we do that we’re never going to win another one”? It’s almost like a jinx now — they’re so committed to the four stripes that they better not win another Cup, because it’d mess up all of their, uh, branding.
NHL pants, socks, and helmets aren’t available for retail sale, so of course they felt no need to provide any photos of the full uni. Remember, it’s not an alternate uniform — it’s just a third jersey, and the rest of the uniform is irrelevant, wheee!
Season begins tomorrow.
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By Brinke Guthrie
This is the ninth year for Collector’s Corner (my, how time flies) and I have never seen this before: a 1970s NHL dinnerware knife set, made by Maple Leaf Cutlery. Since Paul is a grilling kinda guy, he’d no doubt appreciate a hockey stick-shaped steak knife! [Indeed. — PL]
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• Dolphins fans will love this vintage 1970s helmet buggy, from Orange Products of Chatham, N.J. And here’s a seller that has the Packers, Chargers, Bears, Raiders, and Vikes, too. (Still hunting for a Niners model, but no luck so far.)
• Cowboys fans! Here’s a fun-looking radio from way back. This AM transistor radio has the Cowboys’ original “Cowboy Joe” logo. The seller helpfully adds this note: “I put in a fresh 9 volt battery and can clearly hear static but no radio signal.” Well, as long as you can pull in some static, you’re set.
• Another one for Cowboys fans: They started using this “modern” helmet logo back then at some point, and it made it onto this copper Acrometal plaque.
• This 1960s kids-size button-front shirt includes a patch on the pocket that says “Mantle – Maris” (of the Yankees, natch.)
• Check out this vintage Seattle SuperSonics Starter team jacket. Wouldn’t it be great if Seattle gets a new team and names them the Sonics (again)? While you’re wearing the jacket, tote along this Sonics 1978-1979 World Champs gear bag.
• They didn’t get the (football) Giants uniforms and helmet striping quite right with this 1970s pennant.
• This 1975 NFL glass includes the Giants’ “double NY” logo.
• Guy Lafleur of the Montreal Canadiens is featured on this 1970s York Peanut Butter glass. (And his jersey says, “York.”)
• Have you ever seen this 1968 NFL teams poster from The Master (Dave Boss)? Simply a classic.
This 1960s Oakland A’s bobblehead is in great shape.
Seen an item on eBay that would be good for Collector’s Corner? Send any submissions here.
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Chain gang: When I interviewed Ebbets Fiels Flannels chain-stitcher Amy Bengtson last month, several readers asked if they could get a chain-stitched Uni Watch logo patch like the one that Amy made for me.
Amy happily obliged and made a few more patches, as shown above, and I mailed them out yesterday to the readers who ordered them. Due to the hand-stitched nature of Amy’s work, no two are quite the same, and I love that.
If you’re curious about possibly getting a patch for yourself, here’s a photo showing the patch’s dimensions. They’re not cheap — $35 a pop, which includes shipping — but I’d say Amy’s work is worth it. If you’re interested, drop me a line and I’ll make the arrangements.
Just give me all your money already: In case you missed it last week — or was it the week before? — all fitted sizes of the Uni Watch classic cap (shown at right) are back in stock. So if you have a tiny head, a gigantic head, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered. And with chillier fall weather now upon us, this wool cap is just the thing. Get yours here.
While we’re at it:
• Our flex-fit alternate cap is also available. People keep telling me, “I’ve been meaning to get that one, but then I don’t get around to it and I forget.” So consider this a reminder!
• I have three slots open on the current sheet of membership cards, which I’ll be sending to the printer in two days. So if you order your own custom-designed card right now you’ll get it quickly, with almost no wait time.
Okay, that’s enough of that. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: MLB made a logo for yesterday’s tiebreaker games, because of course they did (from Phil). … Speaking of postseason logos, the Brewers added white to the “webbing” of their ball-and-glove logo for their NL Central Champs logo. Their current ball-and-glove caps don’t have that white element (from Ryan Mackman). … Here’s a list of all the players in the postseason who will be wearing the C-Flap. … In a related item, Mets 3B David Wright went C-Flapped during his minor league rehab assignment in late August but did not wear the flap for his final career plate appearances last weekend. … Twins 1B/DH Joe Mauer likely played his final game for Minnesota on Sunday. Despite not having caught since 2013, he lined up behind the plate for one pitch in the ninth and still had his own gear — note the personal logo on the chest protector (from Mike Chamernik and Patrick Lenertz). … The fall issue of Memories and Dreams — the magazine published by the Baseball Hall of Fame — is uni-themed (from Joel Horn).
NFL News: Broncos DE Derek Wolfe was wearing an extra large, extra bright orange undershirt last night (from Russell Goutierez). … The NFL has released this month’s “Crucial Catch” caps to support cancer awareness. For some reason, the logos on the Raiders and Chiefs caps aren’t outlined by bands of color like all the other teams’ caps (thanks to all who shared). … The Packers gave Washington quite a welcome during a Monday Night Football game in 1983: One of the Lambeau end zones was blank outside of a plain maroon helmet, and a band even played Washington’s fight song after a touchdown (from Scott Mason). … Staying in Green Bay, some Packers fans are upset that a large red, white, and blue banner — rather than an American flag — was unfurled on the field before Sunday’s game. The outrage prompted an apology from the Packers and a promise not to use the banner again (from Brian Kerhin). … This “House Blend Coffee” logo looks suspiciously like the Cowboys’ star (from Gregg). … Has anyone seen this Rams logo before? Zack Foust saw it on his coworker’s sweatshirt. … This has already been ticked, but for those unaware, the Browns are wearing their Color Rash jerseys again this Sunday (from Phil).
College and High School Football News: Pitt’s football team — along with every other Pitt athletic team — will wear retro uniforms this weekend (from Noah Kastroll). … Rutgers is going BFBS this weekend with New Jersey helmets (from Phil). … I love that Nike works with West Point’s Department of History to come up with the elements that are used in Army’s one-off uniforms for the Navy game (from Nick Allen). … Adrian College (NCAA D-III) will have sweet retro programs at their homecoming game this weekend. Only issue — why not sell it for 5¢? (From Evan Gehlert.) … Lexington Christian Academy (Kentucky) has new checkerboard end zones (from Josh Hinton). … Tris Wykes, who often photographs Ivy League games for Dartmouth, says this is the first time he’s ever seen logo creep extend to press passes.
Hockey News: We finally have a look at the Capitals’ championship rings (from Phil). … Penguins players wore green laces in their skates yesterday in support of Dick’s “Sports Matter” charity (from Mark Coale). … New mask for Nebraska-Omaha goalie Matej Tomek (from @OlegKvasha).
NBA News: Cavs G JR Smith has a logo for “Supreme” — a lifestyle wear company — tattooed on his leg. Now, the NBA is saying they will fine him if he doesn’t cover the tattoo during games (from @HandstandChamp0 and Andrew Cosentino). … GE’s CEO was unceremoniously sacked yesterday after a disastrous 14-month term — which coincides almost exactly with when the Celtics began wearing the GE advertising patch. Coincidence? … If you thought Adidas’s sleeved NBA jerseys looked weird, check out the Brazilian team Guanabara, which wore long-sleeved (!) polo shirts as jerseys back in the day (from @HitTheGlass). … This listicle ranks the 10 best “City” edition jerseys (from Phil).
Soccer News: England’s away kits for the 2019 Women’s World Cup have reportedly leaked (from Josh Hinton). … Manchester City Defender Vincent Kompany is signing an endorsement deal with Puma (also from Josh Hinton). … Brazilian club Corinthians are paying homage to racing Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna — a lifelong Corinthians fan — with their third kit for the 30th anniversary of Senna’s first world title. The colors are modeled after Senna’s John Player Special car, and the 41 stripes represent his 41 Formula One wins. Senna died in a crash in 1994 (from @Fritesenmayo). … Orange County SC, a USL soccer club, is launching an eSports team that will play the FIFA video competitively, and unveiled jerseys the gamers will wear during competition.
Grab Bag: Cross-listed from the college football section: Cool move by Pitt, which is dressing all of its teams in retro colors this weekend for homecoming (from Noah Kastroll). … Two NASCAR drivers — Chris Buescher and J.J. Yeley — ended up with ads stuck to their cars after running into signs at the Charlotte Roval race on Sunday (from Chris H.). … Did anyone else know that Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street was originally orange? (From David Firestone.)