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Good morning! Hope everyone had a good weekend, as I did.
The Dolphins wore their gorgeous aqua throwbacks last night, along with a jersey patch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their unbeaten 1972 championship season. It’s such a good look — insert “They should just go back to wearing this full-time” here.
It’s such a good uniform, it even makes field goal attempts look sharp:
The Dolphins also went with throwback designs for midfield and the end zones:
Also, Dolphins defensive back Jevón Holland wore custom-painted cleats for the occasion:
The team’s cheerleaders also got into the spirit, wearing No. 72 shirts with a “Perfect Season” patch (different from the patch that the players were wearing):
The one fly in the ointment, as is so often the case in the NFL these days, was the hosiery. A distressing number of Miami players, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, skipped the gorgeous striped socks and just went with white leggings, which seriously diminished the retro effect:
At the other end of the spectrum, there were also several players who doubled up on the sock striping, which was fun but a bit much:
In other news from around the league yesterday:
The 49ers wore their throwbacks, setting up a red-over-white vs. white-over-red game against KC:
It was an interesting scene in the AFC, where the Jags, Titans, and Ravens all wore very similar uni combos:
The Chargers wore their navy alternates against the Seahawks, who wore their alternate grey pants:
Nicely seasonal tableau in DC, where the Commanders (burgundy/yellow) and Packers (green/yellow) combined for a very autumnal-looking game:
The Lions wore blue over blue:
This isn’t the first time the Panthers have gone white over black (in fact, it’s the third time they’ve done it this season), but, according to the Panthers Uniform Tracker, it is the first time they’ve ever worn that jersey/pants combo with white socks (instead of black socks):
The Ravens had new end zone designs, with purple lettering on green (also, note the marching band forming the shape of the Lombardi Trophy!):
Two teams wore white at home: the just-mentioned Panthers and, of course, the Cowboys.
Tonight: The Bears will be in New England, where there have been hints that the Pats might be breaking out their old silver pants. Here’s hoping! (Update: Silver pants for tonight now confirmed!)
(My thanks to Andrew Cosentino for the Ravens photo.)
Two Important Announcements
I could use a bit of assistance for two things I’m working on. First, it will soon be time for my annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide. By now you probably know the drill: I feature cool uni-related items, but not the obvious stuff like mass-produced jerseys and caps. (Here’s last year’s gift guide, for reference.) So if you know of any cool stuff that would be a good candidate for inclusion in this year’s guide — whether it’s something you’re a fan of or something that you make yourself — definitely drop me a line so I can take a look.
Also: I’m looking to speak with any past or present MLB umpires for a really fun story I’m working on. If you have direct contact info for any of them, please get in touch. (Please don’t say, “Call the umps’ union” or “Call Hunter Wendelstedt’s umpire school” or “Call MLB” — I’ve already done all that. Now I’m looking for direct phone numbers or email addresses.)
Big thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide on either of these fronts!
Uni Watch Plus Reminder
With all the hubbub about my Premium content’s transition from Bulletin to Substack, I haven’t mentioned Uni Watch Plus in a while. So here are some basic reminders:
Uni Watch Premium is my weekly feature-length content on Substack. But UW+ is the program that gets you an ad-free site experience here on the blog, plus you also get exclusive access to our UW+ discussion forum, a discount on all our Teespring merchandise, and more.
For any day which we get at least seven new UW+ orders, I will randomly choose one person from that day’s UW+ sign-ups to receive a Uni Watch prize package consisting of (a) four Uni Watch pins of the prize winner’s choice, (b) a Uni Watch koozie, (c) a Uni Watch trading card, and (d) a set of three Uni Watch coasters.
As of this morning, we have 380 UW+ enrollees. I’d love to see us reach 400 by the end of this week. Can you please consider helping us to reach that goal? You can sign up here.
For two dozen years now, I’ve been going for a daily bike ride in Prospect Park. This time of year, that means I get to enjoy a daily foliage tour, with the colors changing a bit more each day. There are lots of beautiful trees, but my favorite is always this one — a big, majestic sugar maple (New York’s official state tree, don’tcha know). Over the years I’ve come to think of it as “my” tree. I imagine many other people in park feel the same.
Each day my tree looks a bit more spectacular. At some point soon it will hit peak spectacle and then its leaves will start falling at a more rapid pace and it’ll eventually be bare. It’s all pretty basic — I mean, we all know this is what deciduous trees do in autumn, right? But it still blows my mind every year, and I never get tired of witnessing its daily progression each year. Nature is so fucking cool.
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I have a doctor’s appointment this morning (nothing serious), so I won’t be around for a bit. Play nice while I’m away. — Paul
Give the Gift of Uni Watch!
This holiday season, I hope you’ll consider getting a Uni Watch Plus subscription or a Uni Watch Premium subscription — or both! — for a friend, family member, or colleague who Gets It™. In addition to spreading the gospel of athletics aesthetics, you’ll also be helping out Uni Watch, which depends on reader support. Think how much fun it’ll be to have someone else in your life who you can talk about Uni Watch with!