Longtime readers may recall that reader Steve Speicher uses some blank T-shirts and iron-on transfer paper to DIY himself a pair of facsimile jerseys for the Super Bowl every year — something he’s now been doing for over a decade. He was a little late getting this year’s info and photos to me, and I in turn have been a little slow in putting this post together, so consider this the last gasp (I hope) of our Supe coverage.
As you can see in the photo above of Steve and his wife, Anne, his technique has really progressed over the years, and his jerseys look fantastic. Here’s a rear view:
Since I’d already made both the Eagles (2017 season) and Kansas City (2019 season), I decided to get in on the Kelce Bowl idea. After much searching, I was able to find a T-shirt that was close to the Eagles’ midnight green (which I’d been unable to find in 2017), so I also decided to go color vs. color.
Although you can’t tell it in the photos, Steve says he and Anne were both very sick on Super Bowl weekend, but he still persevered with the final touches of the DIY project. Now that’s dedication!
Here are the graphics Steve used:
Projects like this are so inspiring. Kudos to Steve, both for his creative spirit and for his devotion to this annual ritual!
In case you missed it on Thursday: Last month I did that blog post about the Orioles’ 1978 uni order from Wilson Sporting Goods. One of the players on that team was pitcher Nelson Briles (he’s the one who, as you may recall, had special instructions for his sleeve openings and pant cuffs). One of the people who commented on that post was Briles’s son, David Briles, who, as it turns out, has been an occasional Uni Watch reader for many years.
I asked David for an interview, and he turned out to be a gold mine of fascinating information. Among other things, he told me how his dad sometimes disguised which brand of glove he wore on the mound due to an endorsement conflict; that a key bit of info on his dad’s 1973 baseball card is inaccurate; what his dad thought of the Astros’ rainbow design; how his dad ended up making a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live; and a lot more.
David also provided me with lots of great photos from various Family Day promotions. The one at the top of this section is from 1970 (that’s David at far right, and his sister Kelley wearing the Cardinals’ uni with the skirt!), and check out this priceless shot of David with Willie Stargell in 1972:
There’s more where that came from — a lot more. I know I seem to say this almost every week, but this is one of my favorite Uni Watch articles ever — really! You can read the first part of it here. To read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Substack, which I hope you’ll consider doing. Thanks!
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There were more MLS kit releases yesterday, so I’ll have a roundup of those later this morning. And of course we’ll also have the Ticker. — Paul