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Here’s a closer look at that banner that was in the envelope:
And what about the “Instructions?” Here’s a look at them (note that instruction No. 4 is just a repeat of No. 3 — oops!):
Okay, now let’s follow the instrux:
Fun! I’m still not a fan of the white helmet, but I appreciate them including me in the promotion. Thanks, Broncos!
NHL Season Preview Reminder
In case you missed it yesterday, the annual Uni Watch NHL Season Preview — your go-to guide to all of this season’s new uniforms, logos, goalie masks, ice designs, and deep-cut info you won’t find anywhere else — is now available.
You can read the start of the NHL Season Preview here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paid subscriber to my Substack (which will also give you access to my full Substack archives and to the upcoming NBA Season Preview, which will be published in two weeks).
My thanks, as always, for your support and consideration.
Monster of the Midway
Word came down last night that Dick Butkus has died. He’s best known for his time with the Bears, obviously, but I’ve always loved this photo of him from his time at the University of Illinois. So many great uni details — the TV number on the helmet instead of the jersey, the stars on the helmet (an early example of merit decals), the two-bar facemask with the Larry Csonka-style nose loop, the crew socks with the two orange stripes. Also, note that Illinois’s pants were pretty much identical to the ones Butkus would later wear with the Bears:
Later in life, of course, Butkus did a lot of beer commercials. This was my favorite:
The Bears played last night but didn’t have time to add a memorial patch or rear-helmet decal. They’ll presumably do that next week. Then again, they inexplicably never added a uni memorial for Gale Sayers after he died in 2020, so we’ll see. Either way, my condolences to Bears fans on the loss of a franchise icon. R.I.P.
Too Good for the Ticker
The Phillies began wearing powder blue road uniforms in 1972, but their grounds crew was already wearing blue uniforms — complete with Phillies caps! — in the 1960s, when the team still played at Connie Mack Stadium. “This, my friends, is how a grounds crew should dress,” says our own Scott M.X. Turner, although he says he would’ve added the stadium name in red chain-stitched embroidery on the back if he were in charge at the time.
What Paul Did Last Night
Went out last night to see a bunch of bands, headlined by the fabulous Courettes, a spectacular garage-punk duo from Denmark, making their NYC debut. Holy shit were they good. Afterward, the drummer told me they were badly jet-lagged, but it sure didn’t show.
Also on the bill was a New Jersey band called the Goons, who were notable for having a uniform:
Can of the Day
Such a gorgeous design that I can almost forgive the missing apostrophe!
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Our latest raffle winners are Connor O’Baker and Robert Kohlmeyer, each of whom has won a Uni Watch prize pack consisting of a koozy, a magnet, and two pins. Congrats to them, and doubleplusthanks to Chris Hickey for sponsoring this one.
Thanks to everyone who sent encouragement and support in response to yesterday’s kitten post. Unfortunately, there was no sign or sound of the little meepster yesterday. I hope she’ll come back — or, even better, that she finally found her mama. — Paul