Monday Morning Uni Watch

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As I previewed last Thursday, the Cowboys revived their 1976 red/white/blue helmet striping for yesterday’s game against the Broncos. The photo shown above should really be all you need to get a sense of how the red stripe looked, but here are a few additional pics, just in case (for all remaining photos in this section, you can click to enlarge):

Both teams also wore helmet decals featuring the logo of the National Medal of Honor Museum:

Awesome stat: With the Cowboys losing that game, the red-stripe helmets are now on a three-game losing streak, dating back to 1976.

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• For what I believe is the first time ever, the Panthers wore their black jerseys with white pants, instead of the usual silver pants (additional photos here):

• The Bengals went mono-black for the first time in their new uniform set:

• The Saints went mono-black as well:

• In that Saints/Falcons game, Atlanta’s ridiculous number font apparently caused an officiating mix-up:

• Lots of purple in Baltimore (although not as much as there could have been), as the Ravens hosted the Vikings:

• In the Sunday-night game, the Titans went mono-navy while the Rams wore their white alternates:

• In that same game, Rams linebacker Ernest Jones had a badly mispositioned period on his NOB:

• Also in that game, newly signed running back Adrian Peterson made his Titans debut and took advantage of the NFL’s new numbering rules to wear a single-digit number — No. 8 — for the first time in his career (additional info here):

• NFL official Carl Madsen died on his way home from working a game two weeks ago. Game officials didn’t wear any kind of memorial for him last week’s games, but some officials wore his initials on their caps yesterday (sorry, these are the only pics I could find):

While some officials wore these “CM” patches, others did not. There was no consistency, even within individual officiating crews.

• Three teams wore white at home: the Dolphins, the aforementioned Rams, and, of course, the aforementioned Cowboys.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Barnes, Hector Cendejas, Mike Nessen, Matthew Wolfram, and Phil.)

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Super-fan summit meeting: A major meeting of the minds took place over the weekend, as Broncos super-fan Tom Jacobsen visited Dolphins super-fan Bill “Dolphan” Hetrick at the latter’s memorabilia-packed home. Tom and Bill have both been profiled before on Uni Watch and are great guys, so I’m really pleased that they got to meet in person. (You can see more pics of Bill’s amazing sports collection here.)

Uni Watch: Bringing People Who Get It™ Together.

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Alternate Cap reminder In case you missed it earlier this week, I’m now taking orders for our new Uni Watch Alternate Cap. Supplies of this one are extremely limited (we’ve already sold out of sizes 7 and 8, and several other sizes are down to just one or two caps remaining), so move fast. Additional photos and ordering details here.

While we’re at it:

• If you want some Uni Watch headwear but don’t care for the new ballcap, our Uni Watch Toque might do the trick.

• Our soccer-themed November pin — the first soccer design we’ve done (shown at right) — launched last week in a numbered edition of 150. As of this morning, there are 26 remaining. It’s available here while supplies last.

• Todd Radom’s awesome “Hit Sign, Win Stirrups” graphic, which was originally available on a limited-edition T-shirt in 2017, has been revived and is now available a variety of formats. You can get it as a T-shirt; as a hoodie; as a pint glass; as a poster; and as a canvas print.

You can see the rest of our Uni Watch merch offerings here.

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IMPORTANT! Signal flare: There are two Uni Watch readers who need to get in touch with me as soon as possible:

• Victor Russo, I received your cap payment (thank you!), but you didn’t provide your shipping address, and I don’t know any other way to get in touch with you. If you’re reading this, please get in touch and fill me in so I can get your cap to you!

• Donald Hollinger (although you signed your email “Mike,” so I’m not sure what your name actually is), I want to provide you with the information you requested, but when I try to respond to your email, my reply bounces back with an “Address not found” error. So if you’re reading this, please get in touch, ideally from an email address that I can actually reply to. Thanks!

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North Carolina party reminder: In case you missed the details last week, I’ll be convening a Uni Watch gathering Durham, N.C., ths 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!

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Football News: With the Steelers set to wear their mono-black alternates tonight, here’s a look at how they’ve tended to play well in that uni combo (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer). …A political cartoon of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had his NOB as “Error Rodgers” (from @cottonnero). … FCS school Nicholls is wearing an alternate next week for the program’s 50th anniversary (from Lenny Vangilder). … NAIA school Kansas Wesleyan has a new black jersey (from @devinseay23). … Reader Wade Heidt has Canadian college uni watching in yesterday’s comments. … Wise (Md.) High School has the school name across the shoulders, instead of TV numbers (from Jason Walker).

Hockey News: The Frisco, Texas, fire department now has a Stars-themed truck (from Dustin Perez). … The next three items are from Wade Heidt: The Maple Leafs wore white at home on Saturday. … The OHL’s Ottawa 67’s wore a jersey designed by a kid as part of the CHL’s “Leave Your Mark, Design a Jersey” contest. The 67’s also had some large poppies on the ice. … The Junior A British Columbia Hockey League’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs wore their “BCHL 60th-anniversary throwback-inspired uniforms” for the first time, and the opponent, Nanaimo Clippers, also wore theirs, so it was color vs. color. … Reader Dan Bly was at a Carolina Thunderbirds/Watertown Wolves game in the Federal Prospects Hockey League on Saturday. Watertown players who were new to the roster had their NOBs patched together from various older nameplates, while players who weren’t new didn’t. Meanwhile, Carolina also wore camouflage jerseys for a veterans promotion.

Basketball News: Florida A&M — at least their basketball teams — is apparently the first university to wear LeBron James’s logo as the maker’s mark (from @EzekielCaselton). … Here’s one from Paul: “We’ve seen lots of football jerseys with crotch extensions — those fabric flaps that loop under the groin area to keep the jersey from coming untucked — but I’d never seen one on a basketball jersey until now.”

Soccer News: Scottish men’s teams and some women’s teams in England and Scotland started wearing poppy patches this weekend. … France’s version of the poppy, the bluet, also appeared this weekend. It’s sometimes a sleeve patch. … Japan’s J2 League’s JEF United Chiba are now outfitted by Hummel. “Interesting video of the team’s history [for their] 75th (club founding) and 30th (as J-League team) anniversary and Hummel’s too,” says Jeremy Brahm. … “Arkansas goalkeeper Hannah Werner, who typically wears 54, is wearing the 1 jersey of former backup goalkeeper Darby Douglas,” says Taylor Crabtree.

Grab Bag: The banner for Virginia’s 2021 women’s swim and dive national championship was revealed on Friday. The team also got their championship rings. … Australian cricket’s men’s and women’s Big Bash Leagues are to hold Indigenous rounds, with associated shirt designs, for the first time. The women’s is from Nov. 17-21, while the men’s is Jan. 8-14, 2022. … Ireland’s men’s rugby union team wore their purple second kit against Japan on Saturday, which is usually the sort of color change that would be bemoaned as unnecessary. However, World Rugby is at least planning to ban red/green color clashes like that if they haven’t already (from @kdawg77). … Yesterday’s NASCAR Cup Series championship race bizarrely had an ad for Kyle Larson championship merch during the race before Larson ended up winning the championship (from Trevor Williams). … Somebody on Twitter ranked the 46 surviving “imperial” Fabergé eggs (from Jeremy Brahm). … The U.S. Navy launched a new ship named after gay rights leader and Navy veteran Harvey Milk (from Timmy Donahue).

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What Paul did last night: The singer wearing black in the photo above, second from left, is Jody Stephens, the last surviving member of the pioneering early-1970s power-pop band Big Star. Last night at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn, he and a shifting cast of collaborators played about two hours’ worth of Big Star songs, all set in chamber-pop arrangements similar to the sound of Big Star’s third LP, Third. It was a perfect way to spend a Sunday evening.

The other participants included former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills (that’s him at far-left in the photo above), former dB’s guitarist Chris Stamey (far-right), Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, and a bunch more, including a string section and some woodwinds. Vocalists traded back and forth with each song (Stephens sang maybe a quarter of the tunes), musicians would occasionally leave the stage for certain songs and reappear for others, and the whole thing felt like a big, happy hive organism.

I attended a somewhat similar performance, with a different cast of vocalists and backing musicians, in Central Park back in 2013. But that event was specifically geared around the songs of Third, while this one embraced the wider Big Star songbook.

This would have been a special event at any venue, but seeing it while sitting in the pews of a spectacularly beautiful 175-year-old church definitely enhanced the experience. When Stephens came onstage to open the show, he said, “It’s good that this is a place of healing. You’ve all been through a lot.” For the next two hours, we were able to forget all of that.

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I’m grateful to everyone who offered kind thoughts over the past few days about my mom. I spent Saturday afternoon with her in the hospital, and I’m happy to report that my brother was able to take her home yesterday. She’s doing well. Thanks again for all the supportive words and thoughts. — Paul

28 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • Ross H | November 8, 2021 at 8:47 am |

    Florida A&M isn’t the first team with the LeBron logo. Ohio State did it way back in 2007: http://menofthescarletandgray.com/2007/03/01/lebron-and-the-buckeyes/

    Granted, it was his old logo, not the current one, but it was LeBron. They went back to the swoosh after Lebron left Cleveland for Miami.

  • Chris | November 8, 2021 at 8:58 am |

    I cant tell if its the lights, but the “yellow” on Rams uniforms is like a flourescent highlighter yellow rather than match the color on the helmets. Its really garish.

  • david goodfriend | November 8, 2021 at 9:01 am |

    would have loved be at the show. I’ve been covering Ballad of El Goodo

    • Paul Lukas | November 8, 2021 at 9:08 am |

      They played that! Jody said Alex and Chris wrote it but that he was fairly certain Andy came up with the title.

  • Matt E. | November 8, 2021 at 9:24 am |

    That’s excellent news about your Mom, Paul. Great to hear.

    Shifting gears, I am STUNNED that there’s no note about the Packers/Chiefs uni matchup. I figured you’d be all over that classic beauty!

  • Memal | November 8, 2021 at 9:25 am |

    Excellent, glad to hear your mom is doing well enough to return home!

  • The Mick | November 8, 2021 at 9:28 am |

    Wish I knew about that Big Star show. Glad you got to see it Paul!

  • Mance Fine | November 8, 2021 at 10:01 am |

    Cowboys players were also wearing red gloves and accessories yesterday to go with the helmet stripe. As a die-hard Cowboys fan I was OK with the red stripe but the accessories were way too much. We aren’t the damn Giants.

  • John H. | November 8, 2021 at 10:05 am |

    Glad to hear that your mom is back home!

  • Greg Lamm | November 8, 2021 at 10:12 am |

    The Cowboys played in Super Bowl X in January of 1976 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They did not wear the red stripe in that game. However, the game did have one of my favorite Super Bowl moments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRVQRnbl6mY

  • Mic | November 8, 2021 at 10:17 am |

    Watching the panthers/patriots game yesterday I was surprised by how small the panthers TV #s are. They appeared to be about half the standard size, it looks like they just crammed the smallest numbers they could find between the wide shoulder stripe and large neckline.
    Has this been noticed or covered before?

    • Paul Lukas | November 8, 2021 at 10:29 am |

      Started last season. And yes, looks ridiculous.

      • Jasper | November 8, 2021 at 12:04 pm |

        Speaking of the Panthers, I can confirm that they’ve never worn the white pants with the black jerseys before.

        • Gabe Cornwall | November 8, 2021 at 1:49 pm |

          Yeah, that was a first for the Panthers. Played even worse than it looked.

          With all the other possibilities, that’s an awful combo (I know mono-black isn’t revered here, but that’s better than black-white in this case, and the silver pants they used to wear complemented the helmet while contrasting with the black jersey). Should have said something about it, but the silver/grey pants they’ve had the last couple of years were so meh (i.e., difficult to tell that it has much of any color) that it’s not easy to tell, even in HD.

  • Colín | November 8, 2021 at 10:30 am |

    The Jags wore their teal alternates — I think they’re still the alternates anyway. They have been worn three times already.

    • Paul Lukas | November 8, 2021 at 10:52 am |

      Nope, teal is now the primary!

  • Greg | November 8, 2021 at 10:50 am |

    That Cowboys gumball helmet actually looks like a similar blue-silver that matches their pants, rather than the normal silver of their actual helmet. Interesting that it turned out that way. Maybe it is just the lighting?

  • Harry Akers | November 8, 2021 at 10:58 am |

    Playing JV basketball at Ferndale High School in the mid seventies our jerseys (varsity hand me downs) were similar to the one pictured in the basketball section. They looked good with our satin, belted shorts.

  • James | November 8, 2021 at 11:32 am |

    Never in my life have I paid any attention to Faberge eggs, but that thread was fascinating.

  • Stan Bunting | November 8, 2021 at 11:34 am |

    As an NFL helmet enthusiast, it was refreshing to see a team taking military pandering to an unprecedented level for the NFL get whipped.

    Uniforms do matter!

  • Rich P | November 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm |

    Paul, my family is going to keep you and your mom in our thoughts!

  • ChrisH | November 8, 2021 at 1:15 pm |

    Glad to learn that your mom is out of the hospital and doing well!

    Hate saying it… but the mono-black Bengals is maybe the best-looking combo of their redesigned uniforms.

    • GH | November 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm |

      When are they going to go full Zubaz and get themselves a pair of orange pants covered with the helmet stripes? That’s what I want to see.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | November 8, 2021 at 1:53 pm |

    RIP Pedro Feliciano, wasn’t he just spotted at a Mets game as a fan a few months ago?

    https://www.facebook.com/58620617203/posts/10158115063657204/?d=n&substory_index=0

    • Paul Lukas | November 8, 2021 at 2:04 pm |

      Yes – he was sitting directly in front of me! That was in late September. Wow.

  • Brian | November 8, 2021 at 2:42 pm |

    Have the Rams ever paired the “modern alternate” white jersey they wore last night with blue pants? I don’t think so.

  • Dave L | November 8, 2021 at 6:22 pm |

    I was at that show as well on June 30, 2013! Posted video of Milsl and Marshall Crenshaw singing In the Street and Thank You Friends finale with Kurt Vile and others…. So great to hear these songs live!

  • Ryan | November 9, 2021 at 9:26 am |

    Just a note to be had, ever since Homer Simpson took over ownership of the Denver Broncos back in ’96 they’ve had a perfect 7-0 record against the Dallas Cowboys. Thanks Homer!