This past weekend was a bonanza for alternate uniforms, including several making their inaugural appearances. Check it out:
â€¢ The Jazz dressed in light blue. According to “Baby Blues” section of this article, several players thought the shorts lettering looked “like high school,” an assessment with which I agree. (Another note from that article: Robert Hyde, president of the team’s Fanzz merchandise stores [now there’s a brilliant store name…], is quoted thusly: “The NBA won’t let you use black anymore [for alternate jerseys].” First I’ve heard of that.)
â€¢ Maybe the prohibition on solid-black alternates explains why the Wizards have gone with their controversial two-tone alts, which made their debut over the weekend. I still like the stars and stripes, although I wouldn’t argue too hard with anyone who finds the whole thing a bit much. (Question: Notwithstanding last season’s Bulls-as-Stags throwbacks, when’s the last time an NBA team wore two-tone unis?)
And that’s not counting the Eagles’ black jerseys, the Panthers’ blue jerseys, the Lakers’ home whites, or the Broncos’ blue pants, all of which are now reasonably familiar sights. “Uniform”? Apparently not.
While you were watching football…: Yesterday I accompanied a lively crew of folks from the very wonderful City Reliquary to the annual Rosendale Picklefest, where there was much munching of deep-fried pickles, among other nutritious options. The proceedings included music from an “authentic” German band, whose members were attired in traditional lederhosen. I had my photo taken with one of them, for reasons that I think will be obvious to most of you.
Our next stop was the excellent Century House Historical Society, where Uni Watch hedge fund analyst Jenny Strasburg alertly spotted photos of old women’s and men’s basketball uniforms hanging on one of the walls. Those stripes on the men’s jerseys are pretty wild — I’ve seen similar stripes used as side panels, but never quite like they’re used in this old photo. All of which goes to show that historical uni-related research can take place anywhere, even during a field trip to a pickle festival.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Chargers’ Marcus McNeill is playing with two broken hands — which apparently makes it difficult for him to zip up his pants (Ã¼ber-thanks to Tim Walsh and Vince Vincenzo, both of whom submitted screen-grabs). … Interesting Boston College uni-numbering tradition explained here (scroll down to the “New jersey” section, and thanks to Dave Conley for the tip). … Michael Rich notes that Rutgers uses different helmet-numbering formats depending on which helmet design a player is wearing. … Good account of DeAngelo Williams’s super-shiny shoe soles in the middle of this Q&A page (with thanks to Ryan Campbell). Multiple sources report that Williams also wears the Univeristy of Memphis logo on his mouthguard, but if you can see it here, your eyesight is better than mine. … All that fuss, just for this? (And although you can’t see it in the photos, Robert Madel notes that Nolan was wearing white socks, which suggests that he still has a lot to learn about wearing a suit.) … Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard showed up at yesterday’s Eagles game wearing a pretty cool retro jacket. … In case you missed it in yesterday’s Comments section: Interesting note in the middle of this page regarding Jocelyn Thibault’s new mask (here’s his old one). … And here’s an article about the new NHL jerseys (although it’s long on speculation and short on solid info). … This web site turned six months old last Friday. Thanks to everyone who’s helped make this a really great half-year — looking forward to more.