As we look forward to what should be a very aesthetically pleasing Super Bowl, let’s all chip in and send a muffin basket or something to the Bears, as a gesture of gratitude. The NFC is the designated home team in the Super Bowl this year, and you know the Saints would’ve opted for solid black if they’d won yesterday. So here’s to the Bears for saving us from a Super Sunday blackout.
Now then, a few administrative details:
• Hearty congrats to reader Robert DeCorte, who won last week’s Distant Replays $250 raffle (and was surprised to win because, as he put it, “My luck usually isn’t this good”). Robert cashed in his winnings on 1969 Ernie Banks jersey — a fine choice. For those of you who entered but didn’t win, I’m happy to report that another raffle is on the way. I’ll have the details in a day or two. (Also, I believe today is the last day of Distant Replay’s 25%-off sale, so if there’s something you’ve been thinking about buying from them, today’s the day to do it.)
• For people who are dying to hear me express a bunch of thoughts and opinions you already know, I’ll be interviewed for about 10 minutes today at about 6:05pm eastern on WUMP in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s streamable here.
• As many of you know, my ESPN column on the new NHL uniforms will be published today at 2pm. A few minutes after the ESPN column goes live, I’ll post a bonus blog entry here, with lots of additional info about the NHL uni-unveiling event I attended last week.
Meanwhile, here’s a XL-sized dot-dot-dot section to keep you busy until the NHL stuff is available.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Reprinted from Thursday’s comments: Thursday’s entry about the All-American Redheads led reader Dave A. to point out another early women’s hoops team: the Edmonton Grads, whose various uniforms can be seen here, here, here, and here. … “Not sure if you have been following the Mitch Mustain ordeal at all,” writes Dominic Litten. “While reading about the nonsense from one of his home state columnists, I found some amazing info about Mustain’s need for narrow cleats and what Adidas did to accommodate him.” To see what he’s talking about, go to this page and scroll down about halfway, to the paragraph that begins, “There have been some claims…” … Interesting historical tidbit from Michael Furno, who writes: “My very good fiend’s father is in the top left (#15) of this photo of the Sioux City Siouxs. As you can see, it shows Joe DiMaggio in a Cardinals uniform! I have contacted the Hall of Fame and the Sioux City archive, and no one could explain it. But according to George Randazzo, executive director of the National Italian-American Hall of Fame and a very good friend of Joe D, the man in the Hawaiian shirt is Dizzy Dean. DiMaggio was always a big fan of Dean’s, and Randazzo speculates that either a) Joe D lost a bet to Dean, or b) Joe wore it to get a laugh out of Dean (he apparently loved trying to make him laugh).” … Penn State’s women’s hoops team will wear pink on February 4th (with thanks to Matt Godfrey). … For years now the go-to site for old ABA uni photos has been Remember the ABA. But now Ronnie Poore has turned up a new contender, which is full of game photos, game-worn jerseys, and some incredible ephemera. Poke around — it’s worth it. … Scroll down the last entry in this Q&A session for a really great factoid about Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (as spotted by Jerry Wolper). … Excellent article here about how the Warriors’ equipment manager coped with an eight-player trade (with thanks to Alex Moggridge). … Latest athlete only too happy to be branded as a slave to the corporate plantation: Jeff Samardzija, who wore an Under Armour lapel pin at his Cubs press conference the other day. … Reprinted from Saturday’s comments: “With about two minutes left in the first half of today’s Texas/Villanova game, the refs actually had to peel the Big East decals off of the lane on both ends of the court because the players were slipping on them,” says Will Morris. “I don’t have a pic, but I also don’t remember ever seeing a court decal having to be peeled off because of slippage issues.” … The NBA’s All-Star Game jerseys will look like this and this (minus that URL watermark, natch). Not bad. … “Here’s the new football helmet for the University of Nebraska at Omaha,” writes Brian Redemske. “The excitement is over the decal, and I’m guessing the metallic paint will send hearts aflutter. Their previous lids were flat red with no logo.” … Japanese news from Jeremy Brahm: “The Hiroshima Toyo Carp have a new road uniform, with cursive script returning for the first time in 19 years. Sanfrecce Hiroshima have introduced their new uniforms as well. This is the first time that the team is placing player names on the back of their jerseys (teams in the J-League are not required at this time to do that). And the Urawa Red Diamonds (Reds for short) have introduced their new home uniforms. They will have two different home sponsors: DHL for international competitions and SAVAS for domestic competitions.” … John Cary notes that some Miami players had straight nameplates during Saturday’s game against FSU, while other players’ nameplates were radially arched. And those FSU unis, incidentally, were 1972 throwbacks. … Taylor Gaddy likes George Mason’s new gold unis, so he sent an enthusiastic e-mail to coach Jim Larranaga, who responded thusly: “After last season we asked the team if they wanted something special. They said yes — they wanted gold uniforms along with the normal green and white. Our George Mason players designed the uniforms themselves via Nike uniform web site. We like when our players get to learn something about business ordering these uniforms. It makes them appreciate it more. Everybody seems to love them.” … The Kings retired Luc Robitaille’s number on Saturday night, and wore a jersey patch to boot. … As many of you know, Oakland University’s hoops team has been superstitiously wearing mismatched jerseys and shorts. There’s a good article about it here. … Greg Trandel notes that the “L” in “Atlanta” on the Thrashers’ left sleeve is wider than it is long, which looks really odd now that he’s pointed it out. … “I’m watching West Ham v. Newcastle here at about 3am,” writes apparent insomniac Todd Davis, “and West Ham has the funky solid powder blue left sleeve (with white stripes), and then the maroon right sleeve with the vertical powder blue stripe and white stripes as a border (also available with long sleeves). Sort of a modified Phil Knight wet dream or something. The old-school version looked like this.” … Xian Choy notes that Al Harrington, recently traded to the Warriors, was still wearing his Pacers-colored sneakers the other day. … Check out Ken Stabler’s red facemask clips.