1967 Grey Cup Film Is Filled with CFL Uni Goodness

Reader Jeff Ingalls recently came across a 10-minute film called Oskee Wee Wee, which is about the local frenzy surrounding the 1967 Grey Cup game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The film is fun and worth watching (see embed above), and it’s loaded with interesting visuals. Here are some highlights I singled out:

• it was a good-looking game, with both teams wearing excellent uniforms. Naturally, I’m partial to the Ti-Cats’ excellent color combo, hoop-striped long sleeves, and gigantic rear helmet numbers, but the Roughriders were no slouches either with their green jerseys, double-striped shoulders and sleeves, and Northwestern-striped socks:

• The Ti-Cats were also celebrating Canada’s centennial that season with a special helmet logo. Oddly, they were the only CFL team to do so:

• The officials, unlike their NFL counterparts at the time, did not have exposed stirrups. Also, note that CFL penalty flags are red, not yellow:

• Another detail about the officials: Their black cap brims featured a curved line of white trim. I love this detail — looks so sharp:

• The CFL ball had odd striping at the time — or at least it seems odd to me:

• Rare sight in the crowd, at least for 1967 — a fan wearing a jersey:

• There’s a brief glimpse of the Roughriders’ cheerleaders, who mainly looked cold:

• The movie also provides some footage of a Miss Grey Cup beauty pageant that took place before the game (emceed, I’m pretty sure, by a young Peter Jennings, who isn’t identified by name but his voice is easy to recognize). Each CFL team had an entrant:

• The CFL was still marking the end of the game by having a guy fire a gun (shooting blanks, obviously). Not sure if the NFL was still doing this in 1967:

Update: Reader/commenter Tim Brown says the NFL didn’t discontinue marking the end of each half with a pistol until 1994. I had no idea the ritual persisted that long!

• Finally, I’m not sure what was going on here, but it’s from the Tiger-Cats’ postgame victory celebration in their locker room:

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And there’s a lot more. I definitely recommend watching the film — it’s a fun diversion.

(Big thanks to Jeff Ingalls, who deserves all the credit for this one.)

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Placeholder to stay in place, apparently: The Washington Football Team, like any other NFL team, has its own website. But it also has a separate site devoted to the team’s post-’Skins rebranding. A statement recently added to the home page of that site indicates that the team’s new identity will not be ready to go until 2022, and the same statement was emailed to fans over the weekend.

So the Washington Football Team will apparently be with us for at least one more season.

(My thanks to Nate Rathjen for bringing this to attention of his brother, Jamie, and to Jamie for then alerting me.)

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Oops and double-oops: The Undefeated yesterday published a big illustrated timeline showing notable moments in the history of the integration of sports. As you’d expect, it includes an entry for Willie O’Ree, the first Black player in the NHL. As you can see above, that entry mentions that O’Ree’s No. 22 was retired by the Bruins last week.

Just one problem: The Bruins announced nearly two weeks ago that O’Ree’s number retirement was being postponed to next year, so fans could be on hand for the occasion.

For good measure, this item about the retirement of O’Ree’s No. 22 is accompanied by a photo of him wearing No. 25 (one of three numbers O’Ree wore during his time with the Bruins). In fact, the timeline includes three photos of O’Ree in which his uni number is visible, and they all show him wearing 25, not 22.

That said, the timeline feature is filled with great photos and good info — worth checking out.

(My thanks to Geoff Poole for this one.)

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

This is a 63-page booklet called The 1959 Chicago Cubs Story. But what’s with that Reds cap on the cover? True, the Cubs did wear the wishbone-C at one point in their history, but not in the late 1950s. How did they get that wrong? And then there’s that Phillies cigar logo at the bottom — yet another National League team! What, no Dodgers or Giants references?

Here are the rest of this week’s picks:

• Tommy McDonald was the last NFL non-kicker to play without a facemask. Was he also the last to appear maskless on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as shown on this October 1962 issue?

• Got some nice Cincinnati Stingers glassware here. First, this set of four with the team logo and WHA skater logo in team colors, plus another glass that includes the WLW logo — that’s the radio station that carried the games.

• Speaking of WLW, they also carried the Reds (and still do). With that in mind, here are some 1970s Nu-Maid cups that include the Reds Running Man listening to a radio.

• One more glass here, but this one is for Yogi Berra’s restaurant. The glass includes the famous Yogi-ism “It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over,” and the inside bottom of the glass reads, “It’s Over!” 

• Here’s a 1974-75 Buffalo Sabres color pictorial calendar. I like that font a lot — so typical of the mid-1970s.

• Check out the artwork (both teams wearing colored jerseys?) for this October 1942 edition of The Open Road for Boys magazine (more on them here). This issue included “Winning Plays Diagrammed by Big-Time Coaches,” and “Army-Spy-Mystery Stories.” Just 15 cents at your neighborhood newsstand!

• This is a framed Dizzy Dean kite that the seller considers a “Holy Grail” item. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Pretty pricey, in any case, but interesting!

This card certifies that the bearer is a charter member (No. 7!) of the new 1967-1968 Philadelphia Flyers Fan Club, with all rights and privileges, etc.

• Frank Mahovlich was voted one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, and is obviously in the hockey Hall of Fame. So when he put his name to this 1970s promo booklet, Hockey Tips: How to Improve Your Game, it’s a sure bet he knew what he was talking about.

• Here we have a 1940 hockey game called “Hockey Game.” The game maker, Somerville, put a lot of thought into that one!

• Snoopy and Woodstock are featured on this 1970s Denver Broncos sweatshirt. But rather than “Joe Cool,” Snoopy’s known here as “Joe Bronco.”
 
Got an item to include on Collector’s Corner? Tweet submissions to @brinkeguthrie

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Culinary Corner: I like pasta fine, but I’ve never been a pasta expert or connoisseur. So I had never heard of bucatini — essentially spaghetti-like tubes with a hole down the middle, like a drinking straw — until two months ago, when I came across a brilliant and highly entertaining article about the “great bucatini shortage of 2020.” (I linked to that article here on Uni Watch when it came out. If you haven’t already read it, it’s the best thing you’ll read today — trust me.)

After reading the article, which basically said bucatini was the most awesome pasta ever (assuming you could find any, which was tricky, what with the great bucatini shortage of 2020 and all), Mary and I figured we’d better try it.

After weeks of fruitless searching, we recently located a few boxes of Barilla bucatini (very pleasing to say), which we were excited to try a few nights ago. We didn’t want to overpower the highly touted pasta, so Mary made a very nice, very simple tomato sauce, which we figured would allow the bucatini’s virtues to shine through.

And it was … fine. Like, there was certainly nothing wrong with it — a very nice pasta dinner! But there was also nothing particularly special about it. The article suggested that the holes running through the pasta tubes allowed the bucatini to achieve great sauce saturation, or something like that, but we didn’t perceive that at all.

Are we missing something? Is Barilla an inferior brand of bucatini? Anyone..?

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: New number assignments for the Mariners. Of note, P James Paxton, now in his second stint with the team, is wearing No. 44, as the No. 65 he used to wear is assigned to P Casey Sadler. Oddly, coach Jarret DeHart is also currently assigned No. 44 (from Tim Dunn). … Chipper Jones is working with Atlanta this year as a hitting consultant and will wear his retired No. 10. … Reader Mark Lackinger found these White Sox jersey napkins on eBay. … Ian Frost notes that during the 1998 game where the Diamondbacks famously walked Barry Bonds with the bases loaded, the TV graphics included a misspelling of Mark McGwire’s name. … This MLB.com piece has a detailed list of bobblehead promotion suggestions for every team (from Brinke). … New uniforms for NC State (from Kary Klismet). … This FanGraphs podcast opens with a rant on college baseball uniforms and an interesting discussion about the effect of bullpen visibility (from Rob Krosley). … Couple of good-looking color-on-color college matchups yesterday featuring powder blue unis: Ole Miss/Texas and Louisiana Tech/LSU (from Griffin T. Smith and Chris Mycoskie).

NFL News: Reader Luke Larson sent in this hand-drawn mockup for a new Bengals look. … Colts WR Michael Pittman says he won’t give up his No. 11 for newly acquired QB Carson Wentz, who previously wore that number with the Eagles (from Mike Chamernik). … Also from Mike: ESPN’s Mina Kimes has an opinion on which QB numbers are the best. … Peter King’s column yesterday included a photograph that showed a Rams player with what appears to be a cross on the back of his helmet (from Jerry Wolper). … Check out this nice-looking Browns ice sculpture. Big fan of the old wordmark (from  @tonsoffun57).

College Football News: Notre Dame won’t be included in the revitalized version of EA Sports’s college football game. AD Jack Swarbrick says the school will skip the game until the NCAA establishes ground rules for how players will be compensated for their name, image and likeness. … College football reporter Matt Brown talked about name changes regarding Dixie State University and the Valparaiso Crusaders in his newsletter (from Mike Chamernik). … Deion Sanders, now the head coach at Jackson State, has a bunch of uniform rules for his players (from Ted Taylor).

Hockey News: The Blackhawks have released the days they’ll be wearing their ЯR uniforms (thanks to all who shared). … The logo on Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer’s hat was upside down during Saturday night’s outdoor game (from Danny Forrest). … The Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL will play as the Sioux Falls Fighting Wiener Dogs on Saturday in honor of the team’s annual wiener dog race promotion. But what’s with all the head-on views? If you’re going to call yourself the wiener dogs, you gotta show a side view so people can see how long they are! (From Mike Miller.) … Newly acquired Devils G Aaron Dell will temporarily wear this mask design — a vinyl wrap — while his regular mask is being painted (from John Muir).

Basketball News: The Jazz’s Earned design has leaked. … Here are the NBA uniforms that are still undefeated thus far this season (from @SacKings_Unis). … This video recaps some of the attire and pieces of equipment the NBA has banned through the years (from Don Martinez). … Hector Cendejas notes that at one point the Lakers’ retired number for Gail Goodrich had a vertically arched NOB — a style the Lakers never used on the court. That photo is from 2000, and the Lakers have updated their retired numbers since then. … Rockets C Justin Patton will wear No. 26.

College and High School Hoops: Oregon debuted new green uniforms last night (from Jakob Fox). … During the 2019 NCAA tournament, Fairleigh Dickinson’s mascot gained viral infamy when he lost his head during a dance contest. Since then, the student who was portraying the mascot that day has earned a walk-on spot on the basketball team (from Kary Klismet). … Check out the striped socks for the 1946 Lakota High School (Kansas) basketball team! In the front row at far right are reader Richard Catalano’s twin great-uncles!

Soccer News: Here’s an article that explores why MLS clubs change their team names and badges so often (from John Flory). … Speaking of MLS, FC Dallas has a new jersey advertiser (from Wade Heidt and @profjimmyc). … Also from Wade, Galaxy D Julian Araujo is switching from No. 22 to No. 2 to honor a friend who died in 2018. … Speaking of the Galaxy, they have a new sleeve ad (from Jakob Fox). … FC Cincinnati teased their 2021 home jersey, which will be unveiled on Thursday (from @EvantheGman). … This might be the Timbers’ 2021 home jersey (from @bryant_rf).

Grab Bag: The Scotties, the women’s Canadian Curling Championship, had some pandemic-related supply chain issues when trying to order stones for this year’s tournament (from Mark). … More AFL Women’s Indigenous designs, for Melbourne and Brisbane (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Jamie also sends along something he noticed at work: The French organization that collects social security taxes, Urssaf, has a new logo. This is the new one and this is the old one. … The next three submissions are from Kary Klismet: German beach volleyball duo Karla Borger and Julia Sude will boycott a tournament in Qatar because of the country’s ban on athletes wearing bikinis. … The student newspaper for Everett Community College in Washington has celebrated the 79th birthday of the school’s Trojan mascot with an infographic showing its evolution over the years. … The city of Bath, Maine, is planning for a new logo and slogan. … Just as Uni Watch covers athletics aesthetics, RT Foote says Liturgical Arts Journal covers the aesthetics of Catholicism. “There’s a daily dive into a new, newly discovered, or obscure topic with lots of great pictures and explanations, and links to related pieces.” … New F1 livery — barely changed from last season — for Red Bull Racing. … Some Black American troops in World War I were temporarily assigned to fight with the French army and wore a combination of American and French uniforms (from Phillip Tutor).

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72 comments to 1967 Grey Cup Film Is Filled with CFL Uni Goodness

  • Ray W | February 23, 2021 at 8:05 am |

    I’m a big fan of bucatini pasta, but there is no way that little hole allows any sauce to be soaked up in it. I’m calling the sauce saturation statement a myth. The reason I like it so much is becuase of what I call the “chew” that it has. It’s a more substantial noodle, but still in the traditional noodle shape. It also provides a better ratio of pasta to sauce versus a pasta like angel hair, which seems to get overwhelmed by the amount of sauce that it holds.

    • Jim Vilk | February 23, 2021 at 10:17 am |

      Yeah, you don’t always get sauce on the inside of *rigatoni,* let alone something as small as bucatini. I’m calling it a myth as well.

      I have looked for it in our stores with no success. If I find it I find it, but I’m not going out of my way for it and I won’t pay more than what I pay for linguine or rotini. Those are my favorites.

      • Jim Vilk | February 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm |

        OK…iI went to a little store for something else and actually found it. It cost slightly more than the other kinds, but I pulled the trigger anyway. That’ll be dinner tonight.

        • Jim Vilk | February 23, 2021 at 7:31 pm |

          OK…it’s gooood.

          Not life-changing good, but I’ll buy it again.

    • Joe | February 23, 2021 at 5:31 pm |

      Right. I think the hole is probably more to allow the thicker middle to cook evenly, if nothing else.

  • George P | February 23, 2021 at 8:15 am |

    I tried the bucatini pasta for the first time last month and was not overly impressed either.

    • RS Rogers | February 23, 2021 at 1:51 pm |

      I tried bucatini for the first time Sunday night, substituting it for spaghetti in a batch of carbonara. My experience was exactly Paul’s: It was … fine. Not better than spaghetti, and not quite as good, but still OK. I just finished a lunch of bucatini with marinara, and there it was a tiny bit better than regular spaghetti. The extra thickness of the texture was a slightly better balance with the acidity of the sauce. Not so much that I plan to switch to making this dish with bucatini once this package is done, but I can sort of see why someone might be a devotee.

  • Timothy P. Brown | February 23, 2021 at 8:24 am |

    Regarding the question of whether the NFL still used a starter pistol at the end of the game, the answer is Yes. The NFL discontinued the practice in 1994.

    • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2021 at 8:28 am |

      Oh, wow — I had no idea they kept doing it that long. Thank you for that info!

    • Joe Werner | February 23, 2021 at 12:43 pm |

      I had looked this up a while ago (and of course, subsequently forgot the year that the NFL stopped using starter pistols, so thank you for refreshing my memory). In the course of looking it up though, I came across some great stories about various shenanigans with the starter pistol over the years, including officials pointing, and even firing it at coaches who approached them after the game to argue about something that happened during the game.

      • Timothy P. Brown | February 23, 2021 at 5:08 pm |

        After airplane hijackings started, the NFL required the home team to provide the pistol so the linesman did have to take one on the plane.

    • Christopher Falvey | February 23, 2021 at 12:45 pm |

      @Joe Werner… now that would be a great story. I mean, rather dangerous. But a good story.

  • Bud | February 23, 2021 at 8:35 am |

    It’s interesting how people can get so used to something objectively odd so when you see the normal version of it, that’s the version that feels odd.

    i.e. The Tugboat Captain’s real name…twice! haha

  • MJ | February 23, 2021 at 8:36 am |

    I’m more of a gemelli man myself if you’re into thicker pastas.
    Why did the Lakers change the font on their retired number banners to one that is clearly different from what they use? The Sixers are guilty of this too (and the numbers the Sixers use are sloppily made to boot), just wondering why.

  • Chris | February 23, 2021 at 8:40 am |

    I think you already overwhelmed the bucatini with the tomato sauce. Every time I’ve had it, it’s been with a lighter olive oil or butter based sauce. We make a nice one with cauliflower rice, lemon, and your beloved capers. It’s also baked, allowing the bucatini to bathe in the sauce. One of my favorite dinners, and easy to make.

  • Dootie Bubble | February 23, 2021 at 8:56 am |

    I’ve found if you add five packets of cherry-flavored Kool-Aid to the water you boil your bucatini in, the flavor saturation characteristics of the pasta really shine. Paired with a traditional tomato sauce, the sweet zing of the cherry flavoring creates a really interesting sensation you won’t get with spaghettis because of the absence of the flavor reservoir.

    • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2021 at 9:10 am |

      Touché.

    • Memal | February 23, 2021 at 9:19 am |

      This sounds like a sure way to summon the ghost of Chef Boiardi and have him haunt you for the rest of your life.

  • Graham | February 23, 2021 at 9:11 am |

    It’s interesting that the sashes for Miss Grey Cup have two city names and then a team name. A quick internet search shows that the sashes had no consistency when listing city vs team name (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/a-look-back-at-miss-grey-cup/article27514033/). I wonder if the teams made the sash instead of the league or whoever ran the pageant.

  • Wade Heidt | February 23, 2021 at 9:24 am |

    Loved the 1967 Grey Cup film!

    Interesting to note the centre field stripe in Ottawa back then (55 yard live) was marked as “CF”. These days and for many years CFL teams either use “C” or “55” to mark it.

    • Wade Heidt | February 23, 2021 at 9:25 am |

      *(55 yard line)

    • Scott Nuzum | February 23, 2021 at 9:37 am |

      This may have been just an Ottawa thing. I’ve seen film clips of Grey Cup games back in the 50s and 60s when they played mostly in Toronto or Vancouver and saw either “55” or “C” in most of them.

      Ottawa and Winnipeg, I think, are currently the only fields where they put 55 at midfield instead of C. Edmonton used to before they switched to artificial turf and also put “00” at the goal line, all the numbers in gold. I can’t remember if they switched to “C” but they did stop painting the 00.

  • Roland | February 23, 2021 at 9:26 am |

    I find that my issue with Bucatini is that it is difficult to twist onto my fork – the end of the noodle doesn’t make that final turn and so it gets a bit messy. I wonder now if it would be better broken up into a soup or something so that it is spoon sized.

    • Joe Werner | February 23, 2021 at 12:35 pm |

      Then it would more or less be ditalini!

  • Memal | February 23, 2021 at 9:35 am |

    What’s your pasta cooking process Paul? If you rinse the pasta after draining it it’ll shut that noodle off from absorbing as much as if you would introduce sauce right after. I know it gets sticky as it sit, but I don’t rinse it until I’m putting it away, unless it’s going to be my lunch for the next day. I’ll just put sauce right on that and stick in the fridge and then rinse the rest.

  • Patrick | February 23, 2021 at 9:39 am |

    I did a bucatini in a similar fashion to you last month, with a basic, homemade thin red tomato sauce. Topped with fresh shredded reggiano. It was just OK – I’ll use that sauce again on standard spaghetti, which I did the first time I made the sauce and found to be delightful. In my experience, bucatini is great with a carbonara. The larger surface area to grab that mixture and bring it to you was the draw, and the hollowed out center makes the pasta less chewy. It’s also one of those pastas I had to be careful cooking to proper doneness, especially when adding it to a pan to be sauced and using additional water to move it from very al dente to just right.

  • BvK | February 23, 2021 at 9:42 am |

    “During the 2019 NCAA tournament, Fairleigh Dickinson’s mascot gained viral infamy when he lost his head during a dance contest. Since then, the student who was portraying the mascot that day has earned a walk-on spot on the basketball team.”

    Here’s the story about the former mascot joining the FDU basketball team:

    https://www.nj.com/sports/2021/02/fdu-mascot-takes-off-costume-puts-on-uniform-as-inspirational-walk-on-basketball-player.html

    • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2021 at 9:46 am |

      Link now added to Ticker.

  • BvK | February 23, 2021 at 9:52 am |

    I’m a sucker for old 1960s-era color sports footage, so of course I love this 1967 Gery Cup film! When I close my eyes after I watch it, I still see stripes!

  • H.H. Jones | February 23, 2021 at 9:55 am |

    I’m sure it’s been mentioned before, but after looking at those excellent CFL official baseball caps I wondered: are there any other instances of a sport using another sport’s equipment/uniform as a standard part of their own uniform? Football officials wearing baseball caps is the only standard use that occurs to me (i.e., not a “this player broke his jaw and temporarily wore a football facemask” scenario).

    • BvK | February 23, 2021 at 10:09 am |

      Lingerie Legends Extreme Football League players wear ice hockey helmets instead of football helmets. (Feel free to Google that yourself!)

      I’m not sure that counts, since that particular “football league” barely qualifies as a sport, in my opininon. No knock against the abilities, athleticism, and talent of the players, it’s just that how it’s promoted and packaged is not my cup of tea.

    • Aled Thomas | February 23, 2021 at 12:33 pm |

      Until the mid-80s male sprinters wore relatively loose, and short running shorts.
      (Check the pics of the 84 Olympics 100m final)

      Soon a few of them started wearing cycling shorts *under* their running shorts. It was said at the time, to compress/keep warm/support hamstrings

      Within a few more years, they were all wearing long, skintight shorts as standard, (with the cycling pad no longer inside.

  • Dave | February 23, 2021 at 10:00 am |

    Re: bucatini. Yes you’re missing something. First of all buying barilla if you want to appreciate a pasta noodle is a mistake. All of their noodles are going to be the same recipe different shape. If you can’t find home made or handmade at least try for a higher quality pasta the fresher the better. Now if you are going to buy a major factory brand (that’s the bucatini I mostly grew up with) then you need to understand that pasta is essentially a vessel for sauce so make a very good sauce and you will eat very good pasta. Part of the fun of bucatini is the slurping sensation (different from a pasta with no hole) and so perhaps you’d have more fun with bucaloti (sp?) which is essentially the same only bigger.

    • Memal | February 23, 2021 at 10:43 am |

      Great point about the brand and same recipe, different shape.

  • Grant | February 23, 2021 at 10:03 am |

    With the superstition surrounding sports, I wonder what would happen if the Washington Football Team somehow managed to win the Super Bowl next season. Obviously a long shot to happen, but they did make the playoffs this year!

    Not to mention the fact that they would (most likely) have lots of Washington Football Team-branded playoff and Super Bowl merch. Unless, that is, they won the Super Bowl and then immediately “re-branded” and released all their championship gear under the new identity.

  • Stan Bunting | February 23, 2021 at 10:16 am |

    Bucatini is amazing – definitely try again with a higher-grade pasta when you can track some down.

    Bucatoni is even better but even in normal times is basically impossible to find.

  • JD | February 23, 2021 at 10:40 am |

    I love bucatini…my wife doesn’t. It’s just “unwieldy spaghetti” to her. I was more interested in the Barilla piece of your story. I’d stopped eating their products because of anti-LGBT comments made by the CEO years ago. Seems they’ve turned that around, and good for them. I’ll now start buying their pasta again…but probably not bucatini. https://money.cnn.com/2014/11/19/news/companies/barilla-lgbt/index.html

  • Furp | February 23, 2021 at 10:44 am |

    That CFL film was … interesting. Lots of alco, pitch invasion, fights in the stands, the CN railroad, and the theme — “16 Tons of Gooey Grinded Gopher Guts.”

    Oh, and Peter Jennings.

  • Phil P | February 23, 2021 at 10:46 am |

    The MLS rebranding article was interesting to me, I’m a soccer fan but I don’t really follow MLS. This isn’t anything groundbreaking, but I feel the mid 90s MLS naming/logo design were a product of the era and one that quickly showed it lacked timelessness. For whatever reason, you look at the names/crests of European clubs, there’s a feeling of history behind the names and crests, and I get that MLS is trying to capture that feeling. Even though the league is 25ish years of age, it still feels “new.” I think the challenge, which I don’t envy, is that the changes in naming to reflect more european conventions and crest design is always going to feel like MLS is trying to be european.

  • Ķurt | February 23, 2021 at 10:50 am |

    Watched Roughriders v. Rough Riders 1966 Grey Cup in Vancouver on You Tube in irs entirety, game was in color, replays in B/W.

  • Cort | February 23, 2021 at 11:08 am |

    I’m pretty sure the mostly naked guy in that locker room photo is Angelo Mosca, who was both a CFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman for the Ti-Cats (I actually have an autographed photo of him on my office wall!) and a well-known professional wrestler. He’s wearing a miner’s helmet. I can make out the words “Ernie,” “Koka,” and “Sudbury” written on it. Sudbury was a major copper, nickel, and platinum mining center in Ontario. (They still mine there, but the operations are greatly diminished.) Sudbury was a gritty workingman town, the kind of place Canadian boys dreamed of escaping by playing in CFL.

    This may be your earliest documented case of “Blue Collar Balderdash.”

    • Oakville Celery Root | February 23, 2021 at 9:53 pm |

      Not sure it is Mosca. I checked the Ticat roster, they actually had a player from Sudbury Gene Ceppetelli, so I figure it could be him. The miners hat looks legit. While you’re right about the other metals, Sudbury in the mining world is really only known for one of them – Nickel, where I suspect it is still the second biggest producer of that metal next to Norilsk in Russia.

  • AJ Kane | February 23, 2021 at 11:18 am |

    Question for Paul and the group:

    When a player on your favorite team gets traded, can the quality of his/her new uniform lessen or worsen the sting? This was prompted by seeing Andrew Benentendi in a Kansas City Royals uniform this week. Sad he’s gone from Boston, but I’d feel way worse seeing him in, say, a Cleveland or Arizona uniform.

    • Paul Lukas | February 23, 2021 at 11:35 am |

      Personally, I’ve never thought of it in that framework. But that’s just me!

    • Shaftman | February 23, 2021 at 12:08 pm |

      I’m going to say ‘no’.

      I’m going to date myself a bit, but when Daryl Strawberry wasn’t resigned by the Mets and ended up with the Dodgers, it was every bit as awful as when Kevin Mitchell going to the Padres.

      However, when a player I love ends up back in a previously worn uniform, I take some comfort in them ‘coming home’ and, even if it’s a bad uni, it just ‘looks right’. Gary Carter comes to mind when he eventually closed out his career with the Expos.

      • David M | February 23, 2021 at 12:25 pm |

        “Expos” and “bad uni” in the same sentence? Oh no…

        • Shaftman | February 23, 2021 at 12:52 pm |

          David M – I appreciate the Expos uni’s a helluva lot more now than I did as an petulant child.

      • David M | February 23, 2021 at 1:51 pm |

        I hear you, Shaftman. I watched the Expos first game ever, at Shea Stadium, on TV, and still remember thinking “what the heck?” Granted, in Carter’s second stint he was wearing the later, lesser Expos uni. But I still had to act on my reflex to stick up for them :)

    • Memal | February 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm |

      Never a traded player from my favorite team. However, as an LSU fan, I think Tyrann Mathieu looks better as a Chief, Leonard Fournette looks better in a Tampa uniform, but Jamal Adams looks worse in a Seattle uniform….I don’t know why that makes sense.

      • AJ Kane | February 23, 2021 at 1:24 pm |

        Makes sense to me–I think it’s somewhat related to the phenomenon of a player joining a team that has similar uniform. Slightly less jarring to see Joe Montana in KC than Brady in Tampa Bay.

        • ChrisH | February 23, 2021 at 3:41 pm |

          I’m not from Cincinnati nor am I a Reds fan, but I’m curious if fans at the time found it more palatable that Pete Rose wound up in a Phillies uniform than if he had chosen, say…the Padres or A’s.
          I was a big Dale Jr. fan and was happy that he escaped the toxic DEI situation, but seeing him in an more-often-than-not-red-and-black Chevy never looked right (the number switch to 88 was never a good fit either) and factored into my decision to move my allegiance elsewhere.

  • Smokin' Joe | February 23, 2021 at 11:33 am |

    “(Notre Dame) AD Jack Swarbrick says the school will skip the game until the NCAA establishes ground rules for how players will be compensated for their name, image and likeness.”

    Pretty sanctimonious take there, Mr. Swarbrick, considering the non-existent compensation given to the players from the university or the NCAA for actually playing football.

    According to this Forbes article from 2019, the ND program averaged $120M/year in revenue and $76M/year in profits in the prior three years.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2019/09/12/college-football-most-valuable-clemson-texas-am/?sh=29085e5fa2e7

    • Chris Weber | February 23, 2021 at 11:44 am |

      How much is ND tuition, room and board? It does carry a dollar value that they or their family need not pay, yes?
      -C.

  • Sean | February 23, 2021 at 11:39 am |

    I’ve worked in some Italian restaurants where people would come in for Bucatini. It’s a weird noodle cause it’s both thick and thin – it looks round like big spaghetti but with the hole it cooks more like rolled-up linguini.

    I have experienced the straw effect on occasion, and have enjoyed it with seafood-based sauces like a white clam sauce or I remember eating some with mussels, red sauce, and saffron.

    I remember Bucatini had the tendency to get cold quickly on the plate due to the hollow shape. Also, younger kids tended to not finish the plate when it was subbed in for spaghetti (we didn’t have spaghetti). It was also extra-important to add some of the pasta water to the sauce so the flavor binds to the starch in the noodle. I’m only familiar with the hand-made kind though.

  • dave robb | February 23, 2021 at 11:39 am |

    Wonder if my Uni-Watch membership card will one day fetch $179.

  • ChrisH | February 23, 2021 at 11:42 am |

    Collector’s Corner:

    Tommy McDonald may very well have been the last maskless NFLer to make the cover of that periodical mentioned, but TCU QB Sonny Gibbs also appeared in helmet-sans-facemask for the next issue:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/SI-Sports-Illustrated-October-15-1962-Suprising-Sonny-Gibbs-Of-TCU-G-/133535499117

    About a year later, Miami Hurricanes QB George Mira did so as well:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-SPORTS-ILLUSTRATED-FIRST-COVER-OF-MIAMI-HURRICANES-/122320785620

  • Shaftman | February 23, 2021 at 12:06 pm |

    I’m going to say ‘no’.

    I’m going to date myself a bit, but when Daryl Strawberry wasn’t resigned by the Mets and ended up with the Dodgers, it was every bit as awful as when Kevin Mitchell going to the Padres.

    However, when a player I love ends up back in a previously worn uniform, I take some comfort in them ‘coming home’ and, even if it’s a bad uni, it just ‘looks right’. Gary Carter comes to mind when he eventually closed out his career with the Expos.

    • Shaftman | February 23, 2021 at 12:07 pm |

      This should have been a reply to a question above…..ggggrrrrr.

  • John H. | February 23, 2021 at 12:11 pm |

    The CFL’s website (cfl.ca) has made Grey Cup films and complete games dating back to 1946 available for viewing. Games are being released incrementally and they are currently up to 1969. Wonderful stuff!

  • mike 2 | February 23, 2021 at 12:16 pm |

    I’ve used bucatini a bunch. We have a very nice Italian market near us with a bunch of imported brands – very nice stuff. Never tried Barilla.

    I agree with others – it needs the right sauce. Not a light tomato sauce. I sometimes do a heavy cream pesto sauce (with a ton of garlic) and its perfect for that. Its the right pesto for when your thickest linguine isn’t enough for the sauce. Maybe a creamy seafood sauce, like a heavy vongole.

  • Chris Weber | February 23, 2021 at 12:31 pm |

    Well said, sir. -C.

  • DAF | February 23, 2021 at 12:32 pm |

    I’d say no, you aren’t missing anything. Bucatini is a mediocre pasta. That article was entertaining but it’s crazy to call bucatini “the only noodle worth eating.”

  • Dave Holland | February 23, 2021 at 1:14 pm |

    Is CFL Official #6 wearing black high-top Chucks?

    • Foaming Solvent | February 23, 2021 at 8:23 pm |

      I noticed that many of the Tiger-Cat players were also wearing high-top sneakers, mostly white. The theory is that they provide better traction on a frozen field than cleats would. The first time a football team ever wore sneakers (that I am aware of) was the Giants in the 1934 NFL championship game, in which they defeated the Bears on the frozen field at the Polo Grounds.

  • Ross | February 23, 2021 at 2:02 pm |

    If you’re not buying DeCecco, you’re punishing yourself unnecessarily. The whole hole theory is bullshit but it’s a nice pasta, especially if you like ’em thick

  • Valjean | February 23, 2021 at 2:15 pm |

    It’s tremendously appropriate that the winningest undefeated uniform in the league is the Celtics’ home whites. Now can they please stop wearing those idiotic BFBS pajamas?

  • Wade Heidt | February 23, 2021 at 2:21 pm |

    “The Ti-Cats were also celebrating Canada’s centennial that season with a special helmet logo. Oddly, they were the only CFL team to do so”

    The BC Lions did something similar with a special logo on their helmet for 1971 season. It was celebrating British Columbia’s centennial:

    https://d3ham790trbkqy.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BC_Lions_Jim_Young.jpeg

    For Canada’s 125th, every team wore the same jersey patch during the 1992 season:

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/c5/0a/ea/c50aea807031a9b57c0a17ac19420bd7.jpg

  • Patrick in MI | February 23, 2021 at 8:10 pm |

    After reading that bucatini article about 2 months ago, I decided to try it as well. My local store had tons of it so no problem there. I’m with Paul. It’s just pasta. Personally, my favorite is cavatappi.

    Have the Washington Footballers tipped their hand with the new team name? The website is called the Washington Journey. Hmmm…

  • Rydell | February 23, 2021 at 9:23 pm |

    It’s only just pasta if your sauce is from the local dollar store paired with no matter what noodle, you might as well just splatter ketchup on your expensive noodles.
    Homemade tomato sauce adds so much of everything pure.

  • mkamer | February 24, 2021 at 12:50 pm |

    FWIW, bucatini is a game-changer with this recipe in particular. Used to find some with some celebrity chef’s name on it at Target.
    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/cowboy-spaghetti-recipe-1917080

  • GTV | February 24, 2021 at 2:34 pm |

    Just watched the Grey Cup film. Awesome! The song being sung at the end “We don’t give a damn about the whole…” was great to hear. I heard it as late as the mid-1980s at Clemson with Coach Danny Ford’s teams. It would usually be sung about the state the defeated team was from and would go something like, “I don’t give a damn about the whole state of Georgia, I’m from Clemson U!” Wonder if any football teams still sing such songs after a big win?