There was a Christmas surprise waiting for us yesterday in Kansas City, as the Raiders unexpectedly wore their silver-numbered throwback jerseys. Additional photos here.
The Raiders thus became the whopping 20th NFL team this season to have worn a throwback uniform. The other 19 are the Bears, Browns, Bucs, Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Giants, Jets, Lions, Packers, Patriots, Saints, Seahawks, Steelers, Titans, and Vikings.
And hey, there’s still time for the Bills to join the retro party by wearing their standing-buffalo throwbacks!
Speaking of the Raiders: Remember how the league made defensive lineman Maxx Crosby stop wearing his sobriety-themed facemask back in October? He was wearing it again yesterday:
More Raiders: This isn’t unique to yesterday, but is Antonio Pierce the first NFL head coach to wear an earring on the sidelines?
And speaking of throwbacks, the 49ers wore theirs against the Ravens (additional photos here):
And the Eagles wore their miserable black alternates against the Giants. If Philly had worn their Kelly green throwbacks, or even just their midnight green primaries, we it would have created a nice Christmas-y chromatic matchup with the Giants. Instead, we got a lump of coal (additional photos here):
(My thanks to Ben Thompson and Marco Mameli for their contributions to this report.)
Meanwhile, Over in the NBA...
All 10 NBA teams that played yesterday wore a snowflake version of the league logo. NBA teams used to wear this same patch on the front of the jersey on Christmas Day from 2008 through 2011. I believe yesterday was the first time since then that the snowflake patch has reappeared.
What’dja get? What’dja get?
At this stage of my life, I don’t care that much about receiving Christmas gifts. But I did get some really nice ones over the weekend, including these cool vintage drink tokens from various taverns. Here’s how they look on the other side:
I have a bunch of other drink tokens like this and am happy to add these to the collection!
My friend Rex got me a copy of the New York Daily News from Oct. 28, 1986 — the day after the Mets defeated the Red Sox in the World Series:
That fan-held sign on the front page — “The Dynasty Begins” — turned out to be less than prescient, eh? Nearly 40 years later, the Mets still haven’t won another title.
I also got a bunch of presents from E — stocking stuffers, mostly, but two things really stood out. One was this really cool meat cleaver:
E also does lots of embroidery projects — needlepoint, cross-stitch, stuff like that. She made me this really beautiful green woodpecker, which includes metal parts and a real piece of wood for the tree:
I don’t really need anything else in my life, but these items are still very welcome additions. Hope Santa was as good to you as he was to me!
Can of the Day
Now that is a gorgeous design. One of the best I’ve seen since I started this daily can showcase. Chef’s kiss!
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Sorry, no Ticker today, but I’ll have another post or two. Enjoy! — Paul