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[Editor’s Note: As you surely know by now, longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim is retiring. Today we have a guest entry from Uni Watch reader and big Boeheim fan Doug Brei, who’s going to cover Boeheim’s sartorial stylings over the course of his playing and coaching careers. Enjoy! — PL]
By Doug Brei
With Jim Boeheim ending his 47-year coaching career at Syracuse — and a 61-year stay with the university overall — I thought it would be fun to look at the uniforms he’s worn. Let’s start with a shot of him in his high school basketball uniform in Lyons, N.Y. — he’s pretty easy to spot:
After high school, Boeheim attended college at Syracuse — where, of course, he played on the basketball team from 1963 through 1966:
Syracuse also wore a two-tone uniform during Boeheim’s playing tenure:
Paul here. I love this entry, especially because I was pretty Boeheim-ignorant. I particularly like how he had already settled into his bespectacled, receding-hairline look as a young man. In some of those early photos of him as a player, he almost looks like a ringer who was Photoshopped into the image!
Big, big thanks to Doug for putting this together. Great stuff!
In case you missed it on Thursday: For this week’s Uni Watch Premium article on Substack, I interviewed renowned music producer/engineer/guitarist Steve Albini, who you may know from the bands he’s fronted (Big Black, Shellac), his production credits (Nirvana, the Pixies, the Breeders, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, countless others), his many screeds and manifestos regarding the music biz, or his recent side career as a professional poker player.
Albini may seem like an odd subject for a Uni Watch interview, but his career has included a surprising number of uni-related and uni-adjacent moments, and I had a blast picking his brain about them. The resulting article is a doozy — about 6,500 words.
You can read the first part of the article here. In order the read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Substack, which I hope you’ll consider doing. (If you subscribe, you’ll also gain access to my full Substack/Bulletin archives.)
Looking ahead: The annual MLB Season Preview column will run on Substack on March 28-ish, just before Opening Day.
“Ask Me Anything”
The next quarterly installment of “Ask Me Anything” — the series where you can ask me anything about uniforms, sports, Uni Watch, me, or anything else, and I do my best to answer — will be published on Substack next week. I plan to make this one available to all, with no paywall. If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to email it here. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.) One question per person, please.
I look forward to seeing your queries. Thanks!
Can of the Day
Here’s another sensational can for shucked oysters. In addition to the great design, I love the slogan: “None better, few as good.” How great is that?
We’ll have the Ticker later this morning, and that’ll do it for me. Enjoy Phil’s Saturday and Sunday content, remember to set your clocks ahead, and have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here on Monday. Peace. — Paul