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One thing that you may have missed over the weekend (I missed it myself) is that the Rangers’ new alternate uniforms made their on-ice debut. When this design was unveiled a week or so earlier, I said that the jersey crest was too large. What I didn’t realize was that the plus-sized graphics would extend to the captaincy designations.
As you can see above Rangers captain Jacob Trouba’s “C” was so absurdly large that it almost touched the crest. Here’s another view of that:
Alternate captains Artemi Panarin and Barclay Goodrow had a bit more clearance between their “A” designations and the crest, but the letter patches still looked ridiculously large:
Are these letter patches bigger than the ones on the Rangers’ primary uniforms? Let’s take a look:
Interestingly, it appears that the new uniform’s “C” is more or less the same size as the others. It might be a teeny bit bigger, but it feels a lot bigger, in part because it’s only one color instead of block-shadowed, and in part because the design of the Rangers’ primary uniforms gives the letter patches a lot more room to breathe. They really ought to change the new uni so the letter patches are smaller, or in a different font, or something.
(My thanks to Nicholas Huba for bringing this issue to my attention.)
Update to One of Yesterday’s Posts
In case you missed it yesterday, I had a post about how Tigers pitcher Sawyer Gipson-Long visited a children’s hospital while wearing a jersey rendered in Nike’s new template, thus giving us our first look at what the team will be wearing next season. Unfortunately, my post didn’t include a rear-view photo, but reader Steve Vibert has now provided me with the shot shown above, which shows just how low the NOBs will be positioned on these new jerseys. Ugh.
Too Good for the Ticker: Follow-Up!
Last week, in a previous installment of “Too Good for the Ticker,” I ran a photo of the 1925 Furman football team, which wore an unusual bullseye design. That prompted a note from Uni Watch reader and Furman alum Miles Cliatt, as follows:
Rather incredibly, Furman athletics actually has one of those full 1925 uniforms on display in the atrium at Paladin Stadium. Helmet, pants, shoes, pads, everything. I was able to see it up-close and take some photos in October of last year.
Looking at the photos, you can see all sorts of fantastic details in the materials and the equipment, my favorite of which is that the shoulder pads are made with — wait for it — pig bones! They’re arranged in two different patterns; one on top of the shoulders, and one for the front of the chest. Pretty obvious once you realize what you’re looking at. I don’t know if this was common practice back then, but it was news to me.
Faaascinating. Here’s a close-up so you can get a better view:
Miles also had this tidbit regarding Furman’s team name:
Our teams weren’t called the Paladins until 1961. In the ’20s, the football team went by the moniker Purple Hurricane, which, in addition to being a pretty awesome name for a 1920s football squad, sounds like a special circle of Hell designed specifically for Paul Lukas.
Indeed. Thanks for the great info and pics, Miles!
Can of the Day
Simple but very effective. Not flashy but super-handsome. And what a great manufacturer’s name!