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Good morning! Gorgeous game yesterday in Green Bay, as two of the NFL’s great legacy uniforms — the Packers and the Raiders — faced off at Lambeau (basically an inverted version of Super Bowl II). Sheer gridiron magnificence. Hundreds of additional photos — yes, hundreds! — here.
In other news from around the league yesterday:
• Washington wore their throwbacks:
• In an utterly disastrous move, the Bills wore their mono-red alternates. Now that the Thursday-night marketing stunt has been abandoned, they should really retire this look:
• The Titans wore sky blue over navy. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, this is the first time they’ve worn that combo since adopting their current uni set:
• For the second consecutive week, the Saints went mono-white with their new white pants:
• Want to see something weird? Check out this video of a Packers equipment staffer preparing linebacker Za’Darius Smith’s jersey for yesterday’s game. It appears that there’s a second jersey — or at least a second jersey collar — underneath the first one:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 20, 2019
The same thing can be seen in the setup for linebacker Blake Martinez:
Never seen that before. Anyone know more?
• Only one team wore white at home: the Cowboys.
(My thanks to @RealStuff14 for the Packers double-jersey items.)
ITEM! Time for the NBA Season Preview: The annual Uni Watch NBA Season Preview, with all of the new uniforms, logos, and court designs for the upcoming season, is now available on InsideHook (my first piece for them, but hopefully not the last). Enjoy.
See you in San Diego: In case you missed it, back on Friday I conducted a little experiment by asking the Uni Watch comm-uni-ty if they’d be willing to cover my travel expenses, in small donations, for a trip to cover the Padres’ upcoming uniform unveiling in San Diego on Nov. 9. I had no idea how people would respond to this, but the experiment turned out to be very successful: We hit my funding goal in only two hours — amazing!
The whole thing happened so quickly that most Uni Watch readers on the west coast (including, ironically, those in San Diego) were still asleep when the campaign ended. To all of you west coasters who said you wished you’d had a chance to contribute, don’t worry — I’m sure there will be other opportunities down the road!
And to all of you who did contribute: THANK YOU. I’m humbled by your generosity and will do my best to live up to the faith you’ve shown in me.
I’ve gone ahead and booked my flights and hotel. In the meantime, we have a few orders of business to attend to:
1. My plus-one: I get to bring a guest to the event, and I’ve decided to give back to the comm-uni-ty by raffling off that spot. The winner will be responsible for getting to the event on their own. I can’t enforce a “Padres fans only” rule, but I’m hoping a Padres fan ends up as the winner because it seems like that’s who should get to attend. I will conduct this raffle later this week.
2. We need a party venue: I’d like to convene a Uni Watch party in San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 10, probably around 5pm. Would anyone like to suggest a venue? I would prefer that it not be a sports bar, if possible. Ideally, I’m looking for an old-school (or at least old-school-ish) place that serves food as well as drink and can handle 20 or 30 people showing up. Since it might be warm enough to hang out outside, it might be nice if the place had some exterior space. If you know of a place that would fit the bill, please let me know (by email, please, not in the comments). Thanks.
3. Help us choose a T-shirt: Scott M.X. Turner and I have been working on a new brown T-shirt for this occasion. The design is basically done, but I’m agonizing over one detail. Check out these three versions (in each case, click to enlarge):
Which version of the winged stirrup should we use? I like all three of them, but I’m conflicted about which one is best. So I’m going to let you folks choose. I’ll go with whichever version wins this poll:
No matter which version wins the poll, the back of the shirt will look like this:
There will also be a deluxe sublimated version of the shirt, featuring a few extra design details. Once you folks vote on the final winged stirrup design, I should have both shirts — regular and deluxe — available for tomorrow’s blog entry.
(California-sized thanks to everyone who contributed to the San Diego Travel Fund, including Kyle Barry, Diego Bauza, Jordan Berman-Cutler, Jeremy Brahm, Anthony Cangelosi, John Carlson, Zachary Carlstrom, Travis Cuomo, Ben DeRosa, Mike Engle, Guy Gallagher, Joe Giordano, Mark Graban, Benjamin Gray, Chris Hickey, Zack Honeycutt, Paul Hovey, Ian Isanberg, Eric Jeanebien, Adam Kane, Tyler Kulasza, Will Keyer, Garrett Kramer, BJ Lanier, Alexander Lash, Rand Martin, Gary Mattox, Leo Mikula, Austin Miller, Salvador Miret, Charles Neiswender, Paul Nitti, Jay Palmer, Derek Pitman, David Ragin, Denis Repp, Sam Rosenbaum, Chris Schoenthal, Nic Schultz, Jeff Simon, John Sklaroff, Jason Smith, David Sonny, Jeffrey Stumm, Zach Tanner, Peter Taylor, Michael Vanne, Arthur Vint, Adam Vitcavage, Matt Weidner, Aaron Wigg, Josh Wilson, and Youveak Yeng. If I missed anyone, please let me know. Thanks also to Richard and Robin Paloma for their hotel-related assistance.)
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Hmmm, what have we here? What you see above are prototypes of Uni Watch basketball jerseys, produced in conjunction with Adelph Wear — that’s Uni Watch reader Nathan Hass’s company, which also makes our cycling jersey.
The prototypes aren’t perfect — Nathan and I may make a few tweaks — but they’re pretty close to what I want them to be. They should be available soon. Stay tuned.
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Press pin update: In a probable first (but I hope not last), photographer Mark Doescher wore his Uni Watch Press Pin on his press pass for Saturday’s Oklahoma/WVU game. Very cool!
Also: In case you missed it last week, I’ve created a spreadsheet registry for the press pins, so people can trade for specific pin numbers (or just see who got which number). If you have a pin, please feel free to enter it on the registry. Thanks.
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Sartorial and Senatorial: I was at an art gallery reception the other night (a friend of mine had a painting in a group show) and spotted this gent wearing a sweater that, particularly from the back, reminded me of the retro uniforms worn earlier this decade by the Ottawa Senators:
That retro design, of course, was based on the uniform worn in 1930 by the original Senators. That uni looked even more like the guy’s sweater:
I asked the guy if he was a hockey fan. Nope. And where did he get the sweater? Florida. Go figure.
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ITEM! Art of Words raffle: Remember artist Dan Duffy, who I interviewed about a year ago? He specializes is super-detailed illustrations that consist entirely of letting, which he sells on his website, Art of Words. It’s pretty amazing stuff, and you have the chance to win one of his artworks in our latest raffle. The winner will get to choose any print from the Art of Words site.
To enter, send an email to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern this Wednesday, Oct. 23. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday (and we’ll have another raffle that day). Big thanks to Art of Words for doing this!
By Jamie Rathjen
Baseball News: Also posted in football: Houston Texans players have been wearing Astros jerseys lately, to support the ’Stros postseason run (from Jakob Fox).
Football News: Also posted in Grab Bag: Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman appeared at yesterday’s NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway wearing a Chiefs-branded sleeveless firesuit (from @indywestie). … Texans players have been wearing Houston Astros jerseys lately (from Jakob Fox). … You can see Canadian college uni tracking from Wade Heidt in yesterday’s comments. … The school of the day from Blaise D’Sylva’s helmet collections was North Texas. … Greg Mays sent us a 1977 picture of Belleville (Ks.) HS with literal Xs and Os for accents. … Rockcastle County (Ky.) HS added a memorial decal for a former student/football player who passed away recently (from Chad Hensley). … The 49ers’ new Twitter page banner indicates that they’ll be wearing their white throwbacks on Sunday against the Panthers (from our own Brinke Guthrie).
Hockey News: The Lightning’s black alternates have silver numbers that fade to black, which apparently has caused many viewers to complain they’re illegible, but not the team’s announcers (from Mike McLaughlin). … Rangers winger Brandon Lemieux uses a primarily white stick, which is relatively unusual for non-goalies, but you can see other examples in the replies (from Matthew Schmidt). … Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has a hat with a No. 30 patch on the side (from Alan Kreit). … In this thread, several readers attempt to figure out if there’s any pattern to how long the NHL Face-Off season-opening logo stays on various teams’ ices. … The real Oktoberfest ended three weeks ago, but that didn’t stop the WHL’s Prince George Cougars from wearing lederhosen alternates (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs wore pink accents, and their pink-accented jerseys had their 15th-anniversary logo as the main crest.
Soccer News: Update on the saga of Australian team Perth Glory’s missing kit, which we mentioned yesterday: The airline that supposedly was responsible, Qantas, said that nothing was reported missing (from Evan Feick). … Dynamo Moscow emerged for yesterday’s game wearing tribute shirts for what would have been the 90th birthday on Oct. 22 of former Dynamo and Soviet goalie Lev Yashin. They can be seen together with goalie Anton Shunin wearing Yashin’s traditional black collared shirt and flat cap. Shunin wore his normal kit during the match, however. … Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martínez scored a goal and revealed a handwritten message to his mom on his undershirt (from Josh Hinton). … You can see more items in Josh’s Twitter feed. … Some women’s teams in Scotland wore the annual Show Racism the Red Card decal, after men’s teams did in the previous two weeks, while men’s teams in Wales wore corresponding black warm-up shirts. The teams that took part were unfortunately relatively low-profile and were overshadowed by a series of unpleasant incidents this weekend. … Arkansas’s women’s team wore pink accents.
Grab Bag: Women’s college teams outside of soccer that wore pink included Baylor volleyball and Georgetown and Louisville field hockey. … At the Rugby World Cup, some South Africa players were wearing the non-RWC version of their first shirt, which has a springbok in place of the RWC logo patch (from Josh Gardner). … Cross-listed from the football section: Kansas City Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman appeared at yesterday’s NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway wearing a team-branded sleeveless firesuit (from @indywestie). … TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany, doesn’t regularly host any sports teams, but did host the season-opening German volleyball Supercup this weekend and had an LED-lit floor. According to this article, the floor showed animations and stats during breaks in play (from Jeremy Brahm). … London’s Design Museum shared patches from various space missions yesterday (from @ohhhsourry). … The uniforms for the 2020 Tokyo Olympicw torch relay will be made from recycled plastic bottles (from Jeremy Brahm). … Here’s an obituary for a high school trainer who was known for her use of athletic tape (from Tris Wykes).
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What Paul did
last night over the weekend: Went to an Oktoberfest fundraiser thingie at a nearby American Legion hall on Saturday and was surprised to see the guy at the grill toasting hot dog buns with the dog in the bun. Never seen that before! But when you think about it, why not?
That was fun, and then last night we went to this weird movie screening event that was mind-blowingly great. The movies, the venue, the people, the scene — all top-notch. Sometimes I still really fucking love New York.