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For the first time in nearly 40 years, Cooperalls returned to the NHL ice last night, as the Flyers wore the long pants (along with their new Reverse Retro jerseys) for pregame activities ahead of last night’s home game against the Blues.
By now you probably know the backstory, but here it is one more time, just in case: The Flyers and Whalers wore Cooperalls from 1981 through 1983. The pants were banned after that because they didn’t provide enough friction against the ice surface, so players who fell often slammed into the boards at a higher speed than would happen with standard short pants and socks. (I’ve never understood why they couldn’t simply adjust the fabric to deal with this problem.)
Here’s a bunch of additional photos from last night’s Cooperalls revival:
And here are two short video clips:
Dads all around the Delaware Valley wiping a tear from their eye seeing the Flyers in the old school cooperalls pic.twitter.com/h8zU4Dm2ka
Not bad! Just one problem: Although I don’t have a photo, reports indicated that Gritty did not wear Cooperalls last night. That is a truly colossal oversight — one that I hope they’ll rectify for their next RR game.
ITEM! New Uni Watch Power Rankings for Orange Uniforms
This is a very orange time of year — pumpkins, foliage, and so on. So for this week’s Premium article on Substack, I’ve put together a Uni Watch Power Rankings rundown of the all-time best orange uniforms.
You can read a good chunk of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Premium content on Substack, which I hope you’ll consider doing. Thanks!
’Rup the Vote!
No matter how you feel about yesterday’s election results, I think we can agree that everyone wins when you wear stirrups to the polls, as longtime Uni Watch reader John Kimmerlein did yesterday. Looking good, John!
Speaking of looking good, reader David Staples wore a Uni Watch T-shirt to the polls:
And designer Conrad Burry created this very cool graphic encouraging people to vote:
Gift Guide Reminder
I’m about to start working on my annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide. If you have any suggestions for cool uni-, logo-, or design-related items (not the usual Fanatics-style stuff), please send them my way. Self-promotion is fine, so don’t be shy.
What Paul Did Last Night
I’ve written a few times over the years about how I really like chicken wing tips, which are the “extra” part of chicken wings. (Here’s a piece I wrote about them 10 years ago.) Most chicken wing recipes call for the tips to be discarded or saved for stock, but I’ve always considered them to be a special treat.
So I was excited when my friend Harley recently told me that he’d spotted wing tips on the menu of a Taiwanese eatery in Flushing, Queens (which is one of NYC’s several Chinatowns). I’d never seen tips offered for sale at a restaurant before!
Last night I met up with Harley at the restaurant in question, which is called Partea. It’s basically a fast-food counter, not a sit-down restaurant. Sure enough, the menu included “Spicy Chicken Wing Tips” for $7.95, so that’s what we ordered. The cashier looked at us quizzically and said, “You know that the tip is the bottom part of the wing, right? It’s mostly bone.” We assured her that we knew what we were doing. (I’m fairly certain that her concern was rooted in the fact that we were the only non-Asians in the place.)
The tips came in a little paper sack. They were deep-fried, which we hadn’t expected:
Were they good? Duh, they were deep-fried, so of course they were good. Really nice spice powder, too — packed a nice little punch. Still, deep-frying something as small as a wing tip feels like cheating, because you end up eating at least as much of the exterior breading as you do of the underlying tip. I’d rather see a restaurant roast the tips, or dry-sauté them, or pretty much anything other than deep-frying. Maybe one day I’ll find a place that does that.