I don’t usually blog on the weekend, but I’m making an exception today, because Newsday sports media columnist Neil Best has written a nice article about Uni Watch for his Sunday column, so I want to have some fresh content up for any Newsday readers who might be checking out the blog for the first time. So, for Newsday readers, welcome aboard. Look around, check out the archives, enjoy all the photo links — hope you’ll all become regular visitors. (And if you’re curious about the Bill Buckner and Kenny Rogers columns that Neil Best referred to, you’ll find them here and here.) As for everyone else, enjoy today’s bonus content.
Now then: I don’t know if readers Chris Hilf and Mark Morabito know each other, but they should. They recently e-mailed me on the same day to tell me about the great new digital archive that the University of Pittsburgh has recently made available on the web. It’s includes a treasure trove of fantastic Pitt sports photos (especially once you start poking through the yearbooks and media guides), many of which are very much in keeping with Uni Watch’s sphere of interest. Among the many highlights:
• Check out the rear pants stripes being worn by Stanford in this 1933 Pitt/Stanford game. And if I’m not mistaken, that’s the ref over toward the right, wearing what appears to be a cardigan and some seriously baggy knickers.
• If Dan Marino forgot his uni number, he could just look down at his towel.
• The first thing you notice about this photo of Tony Dorsett is how some of his merit decals are chipped, and how the ones on the back of his helmet appear to be a different color pattern than the ones up front. Less obvious: the MacGregor chinstrap (never see those anymore), and the fact that his name appears to have been screen onto his jersey — right over a seam.
• This is the Western University of Pennsylvania basketball team, circa 1897. No shorts! Looks like they borrowed those quilted knickers from the football squad.
• The women’s hoops team had “P”-emblazoned socks in the 1970s (and also featured pinstriped unis with a weird sash-like “Pitt” panel).
• Insert Homer Simpson drooling noise here.
And although I’ve mentioned this before, it bears repeating: Anyone who cares about Pitt sports, or about athletics aesthetics in general, should check out this site, which aims to resurrect Pitt’s old script logo (a nice echo of our own campaign to get the Mets to ditch the black).