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Interesting move yesterday by the Cowboys, who announced that they’re bringing back their red/white/blue helmet striping for this Sunday’s game against the Broncos. They wore that striping pattern throughout the 1976 season to commemorate America’s bicentennial. This Sunday they’ll be wearing it to honor the U.S. military (Sunday’s game will be four days before Veterans Day) and recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.
A few notes and details:
• In addition to the new stripe pattern (which is achieved simply by removing one strip of blue tape and replacing it with red tape), the Cowboys and the Broncos will also wear a Medal of Honor rear-helmet decal below the American flag decal:
Interestingly, the decal doesn’t seem to match the look of any of the actual medals. Anyone know more about that decal design?
Update: Reader Ryan Desiderio informs me that the decal shows the logo of the National Medal of Honor Museum, which is based in Arlington, Texas.
• In yet another uni-related move, the Cowboys’ cheerleaders will have red/white/blue striping on their boots.
• This isn’t the first time the Cowboys have come up with a unique helmet adornment relating to Nov. 11. In 2014, they played in London on Nov. 9 and went along with the British custom of wearing poppies — on their hemets and on their jerseys — for Remembrance Day. Their opponents that day, the Jaguars, did likewise:
• If you’ve never seen Cowboys photos from 1976, the red stripe was a striking and brilliantly effective design device. Sure, it ruined the symmetry of the helmet striping, but that’s okay — it was such a beautifully simple bit of messaging. Here are some photos from that season:
Thankfully, the team had the good sense not to duplicate the red stripe on their pants striping, which would have been overkill.
Hand job: Check out this photo of Hornets point guard Lamelo Ball — I’ve never seen a basketball jersey with pockets before!
And, as it turns out, I still haven’t, because those aren’t actually pockets. Ball has a habit of grabbing his jersey just above the waistline — depending on the angle, it can sometimes create the illusion of pockets:
Has anyone ever seen a hoops jersey with genuine pockets?
(My thanks to Jonathan Poplack for this one.)
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ITEM! Uni Watch Alternate Cap Launch: I’m happy to report that all the pre-orders for our new cap have now shipped out (if you placed one of those orders, watch your mailbox), which means I’m now ready to take orders on our remaining inventory.
Just like our original Classic Cap, the Alternate Cap is an all-wool beauty made exclusively for us — in the USA! — by our friends at Ebbets Field Flannels.
Note that this cap has an old-school eight-panel construction, instead of the more modern six-panel design. The crown is heathered grey with our classic winged stirrup logo front and center. The brim is hunter green, the seams are outlined in satin piping, and the undervisor is grey. And as is always the case with Uni Watch products, there is no annoying maker’s mark.
Here are some additional photos:
Supplies of this cap are very limited. If you want one, here’s how to order:
• At present, we have all fitted sizes from 7 through 8. (Sorry, no adjustables.) Not sure of your size? Here’s a handy size chart.
• The price is $42.99. Shipping in the USA is $7 for one cap and $8 for two caps. For more than two caps, or for non-USA orders, check with me to get the shipping charge.
• To order, start by sending the appropriate amount via Venmo (use @Paul-Lukas-2 as the payee) or Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’d rather use Apple Pay or a paper check, contact me and I’ll give you the info you need. Sorry, no PayPal. But if you live overseas and PayPal is the only feasible option for you, get in touch and I’ll explain how we can come up with a workaround.
Important: After sending payment, email me with your desired cap size and shipping address.
That’s it. Thanks for considering our headwear!
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November pin reminder: In case you missed it on Monday, our latest Uni Watch Pin Club design is soccer-themed — a Pin Club first! I love how the winged stirrup is kicking the ball.
North Carolina party reminder: In case you missed the details yesterday, I’ll be convening a Uni Watch gathering Durham, N.C., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2:30pm, at Tobacco Road. No RSVP is necessary — just show up and look for me (or for lots of people wearing jerseys).
This will be the first Uni Watch gathering since the 20th-anniversary parties in 2019. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of you!
Indigenous Appropriation News: After MLB commish Rob Manfred claimed during the World Series that that local Native Americans are fine with Atlanta’s team name and the tomahawk chop, reporting by CNN, NBC News, and The New York Times all refuted that assertion. … In a related item, here’s a really interesting piece about the origins of the tomahawk chop’s music. … Local tribes have told school officials in Mason City, Iowa, that the school should change its “Mohawks” team name. … The script “Indians” logo was removed from Cleveland’s ballpark earlier this week. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Two Michigan schools are scrapping their Native American team names: Saranac Community Schools will no longer call its teams the Redskins, and Hartford Public Schools will no longer call its teams the Indians (from Patrick in MI).
NFL News: “The Broncos inducted Peyton Manning into their Ring of Fame on Sunday,” says Kary Klismet. “He used the occasion to throw one last touchdown pass to former teammate Brandon Stokely. Stokely wore his old game jersey, so Manning borrowed a replica jersey from a fan in the stands to match him. And that orange jacket Manning doffed before putting on the jersey? That’s the Broncos’ new custom sportscoat for Ring of Fame members.” … If you’ve been waiting for NFL-themed slot machines, today’s your lucky day. … Jets owner Woody Johnson says the team will have a new uni combo for tonight’s game in Indy. White jersey and BFBS pants, perhaps? (From @TriComStormm.) … Who’s that wearing No. 20 in this 1950 team portrait of the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers team portrait? None other than future Vikings head coach Bud Grant (from Trevor Williams). … Here’s Jason Von Stein’s illustration of this week’s NFL uni matchups.
College Football News: Virginia Tech K John Parker Romo will wear No. 25 for the Hokies this week (from Andrew Cosentino). … Here are this week’s uni combos for Iowa State and Virginia Tech, and Boston College (thanks to all who shared). … You know how some schools will ask their fans to dress in certain colors to create a stripe pattern in the stands? Penn State is going for a helmet stripe treatment for the Nov. 13 game against Michigan (from Chris Flinn). … College gridiron-themed pool tables? Sure, why not. … Western Michigan debuted an unusual new helmet design last night, and also got flagged for having two same-numbered players on the field. … West Virginia coach Neal Brown recently said he hates coming up with the team’s uni combo each week and wishes someone else would make the decision for him, so a local news outlet asked fans to weigh in on what they think the team should wear (from our own Jerry Wolper). … Very nice powder blues last night for Kent State.
Hockey News: The Ducks held a Dia de Muertos Night promotion on Tuesday. Details included a new mask for G John Gibson and pretty cool warm-up sweaters (from Wade Heidt). … Gorgeous new heritage mask for Jets G Connor Hellebuyck (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: The Canucks will wear pregame sweaters celebrating the Hindu holiday Diwali tomorrow night. … Chicago has had the name of disgraced former video coach Brad Aldrich crossed out on the Stanley Cup.
Basketball News: A Deadspin writer says, “I’m old, so I made my kids help me rank this year’s NBA City Edition jerseys.” … Magic C Robin Lopez doesn’t think much of the Thunder’s uniform history (from Mike Chamerinik). … The Celtics purchased the D League’s Maine Red Claws earlier this year and renamed them as the Maine Celtics. Here are the team’s new uniforms (from Chris Wilde). … Several NBA teams debuted their new City uniforms last night, including the Pacers, Sixers, Wizards, Nets, Grizzlies, and Warriors. … Cross-listed from the NFL section: Who’s that wearing No. 20 in this 1950 Lakers team portrait? None other than future Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant (from Trevor Williams). … I’m still calling it the RAC (thanks to all who shared).
Soccer News: The New York Red Bulls honored longtime kitman Padrino Ruiz, who’s retiring (from Jeremy Brahm). … New kits for Russian side FC Nizhny Novgorod and Polish powerhouse Legia Warszawa (both from Ed Zelaski). … New second shirt for Australia’s Newcastle Jets, who are in both A-Leagues (thanks, Jamie).
Grab Bag: New uniforms for the Adair County sheriff’s department in Missouri. … A British man has gotten the Rolls Royce logo tattooed onto his face, despite never having owned a Rolls. … The Greenville County (S.C.) Republican Party’s new logo shows the standard GOP elephant, but with a Donald Trump hairstyle. … Interesting article about students at Hanover (N.H.) High School choosing a new team name. “Kind of wild to see a newspaper account of a high school student council meeting, especially the part where debate had to be cut short so students could go to their next class,” says Ryan Frazer. “I also got a kick out of their use of ranked-choice voting to determine the most popular new mascot proposal.”