The FNOB phenomenon (for those of you who just got on board, that’s short for “full name on back”) is shaping up as one of our most durable subject areas, as contributions continue to pour in.
If you missed our two previous two examinations of this topic, they can be found here and here. Once you catch up on those, check out the latest additions to the list, which break down like so (with the caveat that I’m only listing examples for which we have photographic evidence):
College Football: John Houlik (note the very unusual cap/small-cap style of his first name); Brian Jackson; Breon Jackson (and in addition to those last two, Louisiana Tech also has a Brannon Jackson, but no photo of him yet); DJ Hall (assuming you consider “DJ” to be a legitimate first name; also, note that the Tennessee player, Henley, appears to have a double-layered nameplate); and Kevin Burrus (whose brother Keith also goes FNOB, but I haven’t found a photo of him yet).
NFL: Darrell Reid (we had already listed teammate Dexter Reid last time around); Randal Williams; Bracy and Brian Walker; Tank Williams; Aaron Brooks (who apparently only wore FNOB during the 2004 preseason); Ricky Williams (I believe also just a preseason thing, from 2001); Rudi Johnson; Jon Ogden (although this seems a bit suspect, since he usually went by Jonathan); and — here’s the pick of the litter — Clarence Weathers.
Meanwhile, as we continue to compile FNOB examples, here’s something that showed up in yesterday’s comments: John Yarno of the USFL’s Denver Gold, whose NOB featured a first initial after the surname. Teammate/brother George Yarno (No. 66 in the photo) presumably had a similar nameplate, but I haven’t yet found a rear-view photo of that. Anyone..?
Membership News: Remember, for the next two weeks we’re still offering special discounted rates on gift memberships for the holidays. Full details here.
Meanwhile, if you look at the membership roster, you’ll see that many members’ uniform numbers are now shown in boldface type. That’s to distinguish the charter members (i.e., those who joined during the first two months of the membership program). I’ve been meaning to add this designation to the roster page for months now but have been too busy to do it. Fortunately, this is precisely the sort of
stupefyingly tedious task important job that special Uni Watch assistant Nina Dubin was hired to do, and she’s working on it now even as we speak. Thanks, Nina.
As for today’s showcase card, it’s patterned after the UMich marching band. I think you’ll all agree that Scott kicked some serious ass on this one.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Another badly Photoshopped baseball card here. “The Sox don’t wear Cool Flo helmets, and even if they did, it wouldn’t be in that shade of blue,” writes Kellan Walski, who contributed this item. “And a blue belt? C’mon!!” … If it’s really been bugging you that you can’t get the University of Georgia logo on your casket or toilet seat, here’s the news you’ve been waiting for (with thanks to Alan Chewning). … Bench coach Bryan Redemske notes that N.C. Central has what may be the nation’s coolest side panels. … Faaaascinating note from Ross DiLiegro, who writes: ” Take a look at the back of Syracuse freshman forward Donte Greene’s jersey. Due to a miscommunication between the Orange’s equipment guy and Nike, Donte’s last name was originally sewn onto the jersey as ‘Green.’ Once the mistake was noticed, the ‘e’ was added to the end of the name, but now it’s noticeably off-center and has been that way for all of Syracuse’s match-ups so far this season. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the orange road unis and blue alternates roll out, which could be as early as next Wednesday or Friday at MSG for the preseason NIT.” Actually, it looks to me like it was a bit off-center even before the extra letter was added. … Scott Clay attended Wednesday night’s Auburn/Troy women’s hoops game and noticed something odd: ” Every single one of the Troy players had the same mark on their left arm in the deltoid area.” Looks like a temporary tattoo. Anyone know more about this? … Fort Scott Community College in Kansas has some seriously plain uniforms. That little smudge above the uni number is a greyhound.