A small trend has been brewing on the typography front. It began a few weeks ago, when I ran a Ticker item (contributed by William Yurasko) about Florida International’s use of the numeral 2 — it looks like this when appearing on the front or back of their jerseys, but like this when appearing on the sleeves.
I figured that was pretty much an isolated thing. But the comments that day included a post from Eriq Jaffe, who pointed out that the Packers have had differing chest and sleeve treatments for the numeral 5 (additional views here, here, here, and here) — a distinction that apparently dates back several decades.
Now Drew VanNess has pointed out another numerological anomaly. The team this time is Georgia Tech, and the numeral is 2. But instead of a chest/sleeve distinction, this time it’s home vs. road. Check it out: On the Yellow Jackets’ gold jerseys, the 2 looks like this and this; but on their white jerseys, it looks like this and this. This wasn’t the case last year, when the 2 was the same on the home and road jerseys (on the sleeves, too), and the school hasn’t changed uniform outfitters (it’s still Russell), so why the new 2? Odd.
I’m interested in compiling more of these typographic inconsistencies. So if you know of any additional cases, let’s have ’em.
And as long as we’re talking type, Chris Marcinko has noticed that the lettering used for Ben Roethlisberger’s nameplate is more compressed than the font worn by his teammates. Compare the letter R here to the one here and the difference becomes pretty apparent. There have been plenty of other examples over the years of compressed typography being used to accommodate longer surnames, but I hadn’t noticed this one before.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Caught a web-video feed of last night’s Islanders/Thrashers game and was surprised to see the refs wearing orange armbands. Weren’t they supposed to switch to silver this year, as they did in the last All-Star Game? I reported on this myself back in January. Not sure if the orange is just a preseason thing of if the league has changed its mind about this, but I’ll make some calls today. … Check out these two Florida high school teams — one with FSU’s helmet logo and one with Miami’s old hurricane flag logo. “Several players from the Southeast Seminoles have gone on to play for Florida State, so obviously FSU doesn’t mind them ripping off the logo,” writes Aaron Bassett. … Quit the mishmash of colors going on in this photo gallery (with thanks to Joe DeLong). … I have seen the new Devil Rays uniforms. Can’t show them to you, but I can confirm what’s been reported (the team is now just the Rays) and what’s been rumored (the new colors are navy, yellow, and light blue). As for the design, it’s a total snooze — not wonderful, not awful, just booooooring. I already miss the current design, which I think has been badly underrated (esp. the home set). … Yesterday’s college all-star shot of Paul Hornung prompted Jared Wheeler to scan and send an article about the College-Pro Gridiron Classic, the game in which that uniform was worn. You can access the pages from the article here (click on the thumbnails to access each two-page spread, and then click on “All Sizes” to get a larger, more legible version of each page). … Nice element-by-element comparison here between Colorado State’s recent throwbacks and the originals on which they were based (with thanks to Rob Montoya, who also notes that LSU wideout Brandon LaFell is wearing Nike Total 90 Laser soccer cleats). … I have two video links to share with you. Neither one is truly uni-related, but both are at least somewhat equipment-oriented, and both are completely amazing. Plus they’re only 29 and 49 seconds long, respectively. Click here and here — you’ll thank me later, I promise (with thanks to David Brown and Jeremy Brahm). … Middle Tennessee State QB Joe Craddock had a bit of a nameplate malfunction on Saturday (with thanks to Andrew Jones). … The Sharks’ new jerseys, officially revealed yesterday, look really, really good. But they’ve done that thing again where the jersey has been posed and photographed in a way that hides the rounded shirttail hem. When worn, I think the straight striping and non-straight hemline will be a bad match, as they’ve been for other teams. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Riddell has a $1000 football helmet in the works. … Mexico’s national soccer team is changing its colors, because players have been having a hard time picking out the green jerseys on the green field. Details here (with thanks to Robin Fishbein). … The All Blacks always wear black, right? Wrong (as forwarded by Chris Flinn). … When the Red Wings unveiled their new jerseys, they said they were moving their “C” and “A” designations to the other side of the jersey because they couldn’t place it across a seam on the usual side. But if that’s the case, how come the Flyers can do this? … “I was at the Seahawks/Bucs game two weeks ago and I noticed that Shaun Alexander came out during pregame warmups in bright green elbow pads,” writes Dave Sizer. “The color was pretty bad, but they even had the NFL logo on them. Thankfully, when he came out for the game, he was back to the regular blue ones.” … Morten Anderson is back with the Falcons — and he’ll presumably bring his old Dungard facemask with him.