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Notice anything unusual about New England quarterback Mac Jones’s jersey from yesterday’s game against the Bills? He was wearing the team’s now-outdated number font! Here’s a side-by-side comparison — a proper 2021 jersey on the left, yesterday’s jersey on the right:
Jones also had the wrong number font, and the wrong NOB font, on the back of his jersey. Again, proper 2021 specs on the left, yesterday’s jersey on the right:
Several people said linebacker Josh Uche also had the wrong typography, although this was the best photo of him that I was able to find:
As you may recall, the Pats had a lot of similar font issues last season, when they were transitioning from the old Color Rash jerseys to the new home jerseys. But that doesn’t explain how Jones and Uche ended up with the wrong typography yesterday — Jones is a rookie and Uche is in his second year, so it’s not like the Pats would have old, pre-2020 jerseys on hand for them. They had to go out of their way to create yesterday’s erroneous jerseys. Not a proud moment for the New England equipment staff.
In other news from around the league yesterday:
• The Eagles wore their mono-black alternates (marking the fourth time in six weeks that they wore black pants):
• The Jets likewise wore their mono-black alts:
• The Bengals also went mono-black (are you sensing a theme here?):
• The Panthers, not wanting to feel left out, also went mono-black:
• In happier news, the Falcons wore their fauxbacks:
• The Texans wore their mono-navy Color Rash set:
• Washington went mono-burgundy:
• Back on Dec. 5, the Seahawks wore navy over grey at home for the first time ever. Yesterday — their first home game since that date — they did it again:
Could this mean the end for their longstanding mono-navy protocol? Hope so!
• Only one team wore white at home: the Cowboys, of course.
• A leftover item from Saturday: In case you were busy with Christmas activities, you may have missed that the Fox scorebug managed the neat trick of making the Browns’ helmet look like a rabbit pushing a shopping cart or a walker (further info here):
As for tonight’s game, the Saints will be going — well, you can probably guess.
(My thanks to Zack Cox for the Josh Uche shot.)
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Christmas wrap-up: This was the scene on the Uni Watch HQ front porch on Christmas afternoon. We had originally planned to visit a friend’s house in Manhattan (an annual ritual), but that plan got scotched when the friend’s daughter tested positive the day before, so we had to improvise. (As you may recall, that wonderful curling sweater was a gift I received last year from Uni Watch reader Will Scheibler. Thanks again, Will!)
One of my presents from Mary was 50 oysters, so we set up shop on the porch and had cocktails and bivalves (if you look closely, you can see that Mary was performing the shucking duties). While we were out there, two friends from another part of Brooklyn happened to be biking by on their way home from visiting another friend, so they stopped and joined us, and then one of our friends from down the block also joined in (he’s the one who took the photo shown above), and then another neighbor wandered over. So what started as a solitary exercise became an impromptu festive holiday gathering. A Christmas miracle!
Since we couldn’t go to our Manhattan friend’s house for dinner like we had planned, we got a boneless leg of lamb roast. I neglected to photograph it in its original state, but it looked very much like this:
I butterflied it, meaning that I cut it open so it laid fairly flat, and then I applied a garlic-herb paste:
Then I rolled up the meat with the paste inside, tied it with twine, and applied the remaining paste on the outside:
After about an hour and a half in the oven, it turned out beautifully. We served it with potatoes roasted in duck fat, an arugula salad, and gravy made from the lamb drippings:
It wasn’t the Christmas we had planned on, but it was still a special day.
As for presents, we mostly got each other silly, fun stuff. One present I got for both of us is this bar of soap designed to look like an old TV test pattern — looks great in our bathroom (and is available here if you want one for yourself):
Thanks for listening. However you spent your Christmas, I hope it was as much fun as ours.
Brandon Boston Jr. with the easiest rebound ever 😂 pic.twitter.com/3Sbyt1vjOO
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 27, 2021
Never seen that before: In what I’m assuming is an NBA first, Clippers guard Brandon Boston Jr. got a rebound last night while tying his shoelaces. Amazing!
(My thanks to Mike Chamernik for this one.)
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) December 26, 2021
Meanwhile, over on the ice: With the annual NHL Winter Classic set to take place this Saturday at the Minnesota Twins’ ballpark, Wild goalie Cam Talbot’s mask has a lot of Twins-related details, including little icons for all of the Twins’ retired numbers — nice.
(My thanks to Ben Hagen for this one.)
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A founding father: The photo shown above is from 1900, and the player on the left is Tigers third baseman Doc Casey. According to uni historian Craig Brown, who runs the excellent Threads of Our Game site, this is the earliest example we have of a big league player wearing colored stirrups over white sanitary socks. Quoting from this page on Brown’s site:
Other photos of Casey with Detroit do not show that he consistently wore stirrup-style stockings, and there was no mention of this “fashion first” in the newspapers of the day. According to research by historian Marc Okkonen, it was not until the 1912 season when the majority of major-league players began to wear baseball stirrups. However, some players did wear this style soon after 1900. Two separate Detroit team photos from 1903 each showed a player wearing stirrups.
As much as I love baseball stirrups, it’s never been clear to me who was the first player or team to wear them, or which sporting goods company was the first to offer them for sale. Big thanks to Brown for helping to fill in the historical record on Uni Watch’s favorite uniform element!
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Gumball-licious: Kudos to reader John Williams for these renderings of how today’s NFL helmets would look as gumball designs. Nicely done!
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Et tu, ’Trotters? You know things are out of hand when the Harlem Globetrotters, of all teams, go BFBS. Yikes! (Oddly, the “22” memorial patch for Curly Neal, which is the one thing you’d expect would be black, is red.)
Even worse than the BFBS, they’re also using black-on-black typography, like the NBA’s “Big Color” uniforms from 2012. Here’s the rear view (click to enlarge):
Those two photos are both from the ’Trotters visit last night to Green Bay, where longtime reader/pal Jeff Ash says he’s glad he didn’t go see them. “I don’t know, man — ain’t broke, don’t fix,” says Jeff. “But maybe the kids dig it and I’m just an old guy who’s nostalgic for the classic look. On the plus side, the Washington Generals look good in green.” Indeed.
Sorry, no Ticker today, because all Uni Watch support staff had the day off. The Ticker will return tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it over the weekend, here are the winners of this year’s year-end raffle. I’ll try to get everything mailed out by the end of this week! — Paul