Stink, Stank, Stunk: Illustrator Dresses Grinch in Bad NFL Uni Combos

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This week’s Bulletin column is really fun: It’s about my favorite uni-related creative project of recent months, which is a series of illustrations that show Dr. Seuss’s Grinch character in various (mostly bad) NFL uni combos. You can read all about it, and see my interview with the guy who’s behind it, over on Bulletin. Enjoy!

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Throwback Thursday: In a surprise move, KC went white over white with retro grey facemasks (instead of their usual white) for last night’s game against their fellow AFL alums the Chargers.

This isn’t the first time KC has worn grey masks as a throwback gesture. They did it for their 2019 game against the Vikings, which was a rematch of Super Bowl IV.

But as Twitter-er @beelze_bubbles points out, this is the first time KC has ever worn white/white with grey masks in an NFL game. They joined the NFL in 1970 following the NFL/AFL merger and wore grey facemasks until 1974, when they switched to white masks. But according to the Gridiron Uniform Database, they never wore white jerseys with white pants in any of those early-1970s seasons. So last night’s uni combo was an NFL first for them.

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Trays for treys: Data visualizers are having fun with Golden State guard Steph Curry’s new all-time record for three-pointers. My favorite is this one, which has lots of little trays (get it?) stacked up at the various spots on the court from which he’s launched his successful long-range shots.

The assemblage looks arguably even more impressive from behind:

The same people who created that visualization have a few more fun infographics here.

I also like this animation (which has been all over social media during the past few days, so my apologies if you’ve seen it already):

And of course my man Greg Harvey (who I interviewed back in September) has weighed in with a bar chart race:

(My thanks to Trevor Williams and Marcus Hall for their contributions to this section.)

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Uni Watch’s highest rating: In yesterday’s Ticker, I mentioned that the Mets holiday video shown above included a male snowman (yes, redundant, I know) wearing a woman’s coat. I thought that was a pretty sharp observation, but Mets Police blogger Shannon Shark has subjected this video to a much deeper analysis — so deep that it includes this passage:

“Is it possible that Mr. Met Sr. cheated on Blonde Mrs. Met with his ex-girlfriend Redheaded Lady Met, and had a baby out of wedlock? A baby that would work for Jeff Wilpon in the 1990s?”

If you find that intriguing (and you should!), you’ll want to check out Shannon’s opus here. Required reading for Mets fans and highly recommended for everyone else.

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Year-end raffle reminder: In case you missed it on Thursday, Uni Watch’s annual year-end raffle, with lots of great items that you can win, is now underway. Full details here.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

NFL News: The Ravens will be going mono-purple this weekend (from Marcus Hall).
 
 

College/High School Football News: Here’s a fun time-lapse video of the grounds crew getting Virginia’s end zone ready for the Fenway Bowl. Our own Jamie Rathjen says the design “looks really weird because the letters are spread out as if to fit in the usual end zone’s diamond pattern, but they didn’t include the diamonds.” … Tom Brady’s new apparel line, creatively called “Brady,” is signing name-and-image license deals with a handful of college football players (thanks, Brinke). … In 1957, Georgia traveled to Ann Arbor and played Michigan while wearing their home jerseys. I’m sure it looked great in person, but telling the teams apart was difficult in the days of black-and-white photography (from Brian Weingartz). … UCF has revealed their Gasparilla Bowl uni combo (from Timmy Donahue).

Hockey News: The Russian national team is wearing full Soviet throwbacks for the Channel One Cup (from multiple readers). … Not uni-related, but Tuesday night’s Blues/Stars game featured goalies who are alumni of the same high school — Jake Oettinger of the Stars played for Lakeville North High School in Minnesota during the 2013-14 season, while the Blues’ Charlie Lindgren played for Lakeville North in 2009-10 and 2010-11 (from Chris Bovitz). … It’s rare to see goalie masks with more than one team’s logo on them, but Marc-Andre Fleury’s mask honoring his 500th career victory includes the logos of the Penguins, Blackhawks, and Golden Knights.

NBA News: The NBA posted a video with some players discussing the stories behind their uni numbers (from Marcus Hall). … Speaking of numbers, new Nets G Langston Galloway will wear No. 9, while new Pacers G/F Terry Taylor will wear No. 32 (from Etienne Catalan).

College/High School Hoops News: Tom Sawyer would be proud: Florida wants people to pay to be a locker room grunt, labeling it a “fan experience” (from Mike Chamernik). … Kentucky will wear a memorial patch for the victims of the tornadoes that impacted the state earlier this week (from @sveillance). … NC State went GFGS at home against Georgia yesterday (from James Gilbert).

Soccer News: The German TV series Tatort showed a Danish character wearing a Nicklas Bendtner Danish national team jersey, but with the Adidas logo covered by a Danish flag patch and the Adidas shoulder stripes replaced with solid red (thanks, Jamie). … Italian second division side US Cremonese wore ugly Christmas sweater kits a few days ago (from Trevor Williams). … British teams will be wearing their away kits on Boxing Day to bring attention to Britain’s homelessness problem (from Rich Hindle).

Grab Bag: The Wall Street Journal has an article about how the Bass Pro Shops trucker hat became a fashion statement (from Jason Hillyer). … Fast food chain Wingstop’s new uniforms are made out of recycled plastic (from John Cerone). … Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport has been renamed to Harry Reid International Airport after the longtime Democratic Senator from Nevada (from Max Weintraub).

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And that’s a wrap for this week. Have a great weekend, enjoy Phil’s Saturday and Sunday content, and I’ll see you back here on Monday morning. Peace. — Paul

16 comments to Stink, Stank, Stunk: Illustrator Dresses Grinch in Bad NFL Uni Combos

  • BurghFan | December 17, 2021 at 8:20 am |

    “I’m sure it looked great in person, but telling the teams apart was difficult in the days of black-and-white photography.”

    They were playing for the people in the stands, not for the newspaper photographers.

  • GTV | December 17, 2021 at 8:40 am |

    The grey facemasks really stood out to me last night. And maybe it was just me or my TV, but it seemed like the grey facemasks made the red on the Chiefs’ shells look like a darker shade. Funny how colors make other colors “pop” or not. I am not a Chiefs fan, but their uniforms (other than solid red – yuck) strike the right balance for me of being eye catching but also a real uniform, not a costume.

    • Jeff Stark | December 17, 2021 at 9:31 am |

      I had to take a second look when I noticed the grey facemasks.

    • Jacob | December 17, 2021 at 9:48 am |

      I thought the same thing. The helmets almost looked like the red was muted.

      • Marv | December 17, 2021 at 12:56 pm |

        Same here, I thought the red helmets looked darker than normal too.

    • Rob Z. | December 18, 2021 at 6:45 am |

      Ironically, KC and SD were the first teams to ever wear colored face masks. I believe it started in 1974.

  • TIm | December 17, 2021 at 8:53 am |

    Great looking game last night. But KC, please: RED britches with the white jerseys please. Red. Britches. Always. (With that combo that is. No bloodclot).

  • Greg | December 17, 2021 at 10:11 am |

    Shame the Chiefs didn’t go with their usual red pants. The red/white/red vs white/powder blue/white matchup is nearly perfect.

    Re: Curry Shot Chart
    That thing is just amazing. Kudos to all behind it. The fun part about that is you could actually have it up as a display in either the Warriors arena or basketball hall of fame, and continually update it after each game.

  • Tom J | December 17, 2021 at 10:29 am |

    Kind of a missed opportunity for the Chargers to go quasi-throwback last night by not wearing the gold pants.

    Going with gold britches would’ve contrasted with the Chiefs’ white pants.

  • Martin Hick | December 17, 2021 at 10:35 am |

    Today’s post is all kinds of fun, but I think I would have gone with something like…
    Stink, Stank, Stunk: Illustrator Dresses Grinch in Aesthetic Junk.

    It’s an ugly day here in St. Louis. I can’t wait to show some of my fifth graders the Curry footage during indoor recess.

  • Steve | December 17, 2021 at 11:05 am |

    Paul and Phil, if you’re looking for something different to talk about this weekend, don’t forget we’re done to the Final Four in the original DI college football playoffs — the FCS playoffs. Four powerhouse programs — both the Dakota state schools, JMU, and Montana State and all have very different looks.

    And the NCAA volleyball championship is this weekend. Teams have a patch and Nebraska’s barely seems to fit between the B1G logo and the script Nebraska.

  • Patrick in MI | December 17, 2021 at 1:24 pm |

    Mike Summo might be one of the few people that liked the Jim Carrey version of the Grinch. That was difficult to sit through! And don’t get me started on Mike Meyers’ version of the Cat in the Hat. That one was so bad that the Seuss estate said no more live adaptations. However, I enjoyed the interview and Mike’s artwork was great.

  • RICKAZ | December 17, 2021 at 1:40 pm |

    Shows my age that I remember the KC white on white from the AFL days, and especially the first Super Bowl that wasn’t called the Super Bowl, but instead the AFL-NFL World Championship. I would have lost a bet that they wore this during the early days of the merger. I really like the white on white when a team has white helmets, like the Colts or the Cardinals old uniforms, but I prefer the Chiefs with red pants with their white jerseys, with the pants and helmets matching.

  • Brett Alan | December 17, 2021 at 3:09 pm |

    I had fun with the Grinch uniform piece, so I thought it deserved to have lyrics for the theme songs. With all due apologies to Donovan:

    When he looks out his window
    He snarls with a sneer
    And when he looks out his window
    Christmas is practically here!
    He’s enraged! So enraged!

    At ‘dahoo dorays’ he will flinch
    At ‘dahoo dorays’ he will flinch
    At ‘dahoo dorays’ he will flinch, yeah
    Oh no, must be the season of the Grinch
    Must be the season of the Grinch, yeah
    Must be the season of the Grinch.

    So he dressed up as Santa
    To steal from each and every Who
    Turned his dog into a reindeer
    And told a lie to Cindy Lou!
    But they’re unfazed! The Whos were unfazed!

    At ‘dahoo dorays’ he will flinch
    At ‘dahoo dorays’ he will flinch, yeah
    He’s full of gunk in every inch
    Oh no, must be the season of the Grinch!

    Stink stank stunk!

    • Paul Lukas | December 17, 2021 at 3:13 pm |

      Ha – awesome, Brett!

      If you have a Facebook account and are able to post a comment, feel free to copy/paste this into the comments of the Grinch piece!

      • Brett Alan | December 18, 2021 at 12:32 pm |

        I don’t. Feel free to share it there if you’d like. Thanks for the compliment and happy holidays.