I don’t tend to think much about football in June, but that changed the other day when I got a great note from reader J.R. Gain, who checked in with the following news:
2K Sports is releasing a game to rival Madden, called All-Pro Football. They can’t use any NFL-related images and names, due to the exclusive license to Madden. So they got the licensing rights to some of the great retired and deceased players and made up a fictional league with fictional teams. The uniforms are pretty much XFL-type fare — crazy color combos, weird stripe patterns, and silly logos. But is it just me, or does that uni Jerry Rice is wearing look better than nearly anything an NFL team has switched to in the past 15 or so years?”
As I checked out additional pics from the game’s screen-shot gallery, a few things stood out:
• Pretty surprising that they’d have a team called the Indians.
• Can’t tell for sure, but it looks like the officials don’t have a league logo on their caps.
Of course, I’ve never played a sports-centric video game in my life, and I don’t really intend to start now. Still, interesting stuff nonetheless.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Several readers sent me the link to this priceless video clip of Fox Soccer Channel’s Jeremy St. Louis getting confused in a post-match interview because the two teams had traded jerseys. Of course, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as the Fox Soccer Channel, but we’ll worry about that later. … N.C. State is considering legal action against the U. of Nevada over the similarities in their logos (with thanks to Brian Lefresne). … Ricky Ledee has been wearing a Reebok-branded armband — not sure I’ve seen that on an MLB player before. … The Bruins will reveal their new uniforms on June 21st. The team was nice enough to invite me to the unveiling ceremony (“We know your views on hockey uniforms are well read and respected,” read the e-mail I received yesterday), but shlepping up to Boston on my own dime just so I can scarf some free hors d’oeuvres and take some photos that won’t be as good as the ones taken by the professional shutterbugs in attendance isn’t really my idea of a good time. … Jonathon Binet attended the annual banquet of the Metro Washington Auburn Club on Monday night and reports that keynote speaker Tommy Tuberville (the Auburn football coach) mentioned two uni-related items during his remarks: “First, he confirmed that Auburn will wear a commemorative patch this season to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1957 national championship team. And second, he confirmed that Auburn will wear a special uniform for at least one home game this year. However, he made sure to say that it would not be the infamous ‘orange jersey’ that made a one-game appearance in 1978 and spirited Auburn to an upset of Georgia.” … Rugby note from Caleb Borchers, who writes: “I can’t find any pics online, but this last weekend Troy Flavel of the All Blacks came onto the field wearing number 24. This is odd, since a team is only allowed to play 22 players in a match, and uni numbers match position. What happened is that Keith Robinson [No. 18] was scheduled to play instead but got hurt in warm-ups. I guess that they had no jerseys with 18 that fit Flavel.” … 49ers coach Mike Nolan’s quest to wear a suit on the sidelines has inspired a populist movement among the team’s fans, thousands of whom plan to wear business suits to the club’s home opener (with thanks to Todd Krevanchi). … Tremendous interview here with the New York Rangers’ equipment manager. … Maybe it’s just my Wisconsin favoratism showing, but none of the old-timey base ball attire I’ve seen in the past few years has look as good as this. Full details here (as spotted by Uni Watch Milwaukee bureau chief Nicole Haase). … Yesterday I asked about this, which led Karl Anderson to point me here, and Eric Berg to point me here — yikes. I don’t mean to sound old-fashioned, but this kinda makes me nostalgic for the days when tennis players had nicknames like “Jimbo” and “Mac the Knife,” y’know? … Cole Hamels started last night’s Phils/Chisox game wearing the Phillies’ blue-brimmed interleague cap. But as Bryan Redemske notes, he switched to the team’s standard cap midway through the game. … Two years ago reader Matt Sanderson rocked my world by pointing out to me that the Cubs use an embroidered felt appliqué — rather than a simple decal — on their batting helmets. In the course of researching that story, I acquired an actual Cubs helmet from Rawlings, which I then gave to Sanderson as a token of appreciation. And what is he doing with that helmet these days? Plopping it on his daughter’s noggin as she sings the only appropriate song for such headwear.