I don’t mean to get all “I told you so,” but I mentioned that weather forecast back on Friday, did I not?
Then again, my uniform-based prediction of the game’s outcome didn’t pan out (although I still maintain that the Bears’ superior unis were the only thing that kept the game as close as it was). There was surprisingly little to comment on, uni-wise, but here are a few tidbits I noted during the game:
• Had Devin Hester worn those orange gloves before?
• I was surprised to see that Lovie Smith’s sideline cap (and presumably, the caps worn by the rest of the Bears’ coaching staff) had the George Halas “GHS” memorial initials.
• When they kept showing the challenge replays of Kelvin Hayden’s interception, all I (and, I bet, many of you) could think was, “Damn, another clown wearing biker shorts and the lowest of low whites.”
• Yeah, Grossman sucked, but every time he fumbled they showed a super-close-up replay of the snap, providing gorgeous views of his and the center’s sock stripes, which I quite enjoyed.
• Speaking of sock stripes, let’s hear it for Getty Images shutterbug Jeff Haynes, who clearly had his photographic priorities straight.
Best moment of the game, at least at the party I was attending, was when the announcers described Dallas Clark as an “overachiever,” which led someone in the room (okay, me) to say, “Which means, of course, that he’s white.” And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to take a call from Joe Biden.
One Party Down, Two to Go: A bunch of hearty souls braved the cold to attend Saturday’s Uni Watch get-together in Brooklyn. Among the highlights:
• Reader Joe Hughes garnered many compliments for his super-cool Yakult Swallows jersey. That’s Chris Selicious in the background.
• Allan Chandler — shown here with Uni Watch design director Scott M.X. Turner — got my vote for the coolest logo of the day, thanks to his old-school Bucks pullover.
• A nice guy in a fearsome jersey: Peter Stein, wearing the stylings of the Tacoma Sabercats.
• Here’s Pete Bonavitta, who says he didn’t become a 49ers fan until he met his galpal, San Francisco native Ella Moran, who’s smiling at right.
• And last but not least, it’s always good to see longtime Uni Watch enthusiast Mike from Queens.
Thanks to all who attended. I look forward to more scenes like this at the upcoming parties in San Francisco (Wednesday, 7:30pm, at Lefty O’Doul’s) and Dallas (Thursday, 7:30pm, at the Ginger Man Pub).
Uni Watch News Ticker: Interesting note from Chris Grout, who writes: “While I was watching the IIHF World Junior [hockey] tournament in January, I noticed that the Russian uniform had a sponsor’s name on it: Rosoboronexport. Turns out they’re in the business of importing and exporting military armaments for the Russian government! I know hockey has a violent streak, but I didn’t realize it was a niche market for weaponry.” … Drew Samuelson was wondering if the Columbus Clippers would have new unis now that they’re affiliated with the Nationals instead of the Yankees, so he sent an inquiry to the team. Here’s what he heard back: “The Clippers’ primary logo will not change this season, but there will be two uniform changes. The road uniforms will resemble the Nationals’ road uniforms (the script ‘Columbus’ will be in the same font as the Nationals’ font), and the Clippers will feature an alternate uniform for several home games. These uniforms will be navy blue with red trim (the Nationals’ colors), and the script ‘Clippers’ will be on the front of the uniforms in the same font as ‘Nationals.’ Also, the alternate cap — the one with the italicized ‘C’ and the sportier Clipper ship — will be much more visible this season during home games. The traditional home uniforms (white with navy pinstripes) will remain the same.” … In Friday’s ESPN column, I wrote that the Bears have worn this number font at least since the 1950s. But then Craig Friday pointed me toward this and this. All my reference sources indicate that the Bears never wore this font, and yet there it is. Anyone know anything more about this? … Cincinnati will wear its first-ever throwbacks on February 18th (with thanks to Mark Fightmaster, who swears, “Yes, that’s my real name”). … “My dad is a season ticket holder for the Chiefs,” writes Jim Wagner. With his renewal letter this week, he received a pretty cool Lamar Hunt memorial arrowhead patch. I don’t recall the Chiefs ever putting anything else inside the arrowhead, other than the KC that appears on the helmet. It’s especially surprising since, as you’ve written, the team has a pretty standard way of honoring those who have died.” … Speaking of the Chiefs, Helmet Hut is selling a bunch of old Hank Stram memorabilia. … Here’s something I’d never seen before: Babe Ruth in a basketball uniform (great find by Alan Kreit). … Excellent article here about the “Super Bowl Champion” T-shirts and caps. … Reprinted from Sunday’s comments: Good article here about the Beth Chana Academy, which is an Orthodox Jewish school, so the girls’ hoops team wears skirts. In fact, the team is called the Skirts! … Interesting number typeface worn by the Stormers, a South African rugby team (as spotted by Ross Lake).
Travel Schedule: I’ll be on the road for the rest of the week, but several dozen underpaid sweatshop laborers are toiling away even now to ensure that you, dear reader, won’t have to go a day without fresh uni-related content. I hope you’re satisfied. I won’t be checking the comments or responding to e-mails as much as usual, though. In fact, unless you’ve got some really earthshaking news to share, it might be best to hold those e-mails until next week. OK? OK!