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Mo day Mor i g U i Watch

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Anyone got a spare n? That was the question yesterday in Buffalo, where Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw spent most of the game with only a partial logo on the left side of his helmet. And that was only the most obvious of the Giants’ many decal problems yesterday, as several players were missing one of their front helmet decals, including Bradshaw, Chris Snee (left side of the photo), and Michael Strahan (sorry, no photo), plus Madison Hedgecock tore part of his red stripe. It was a friggin’ horror show out there.

Jints equipment director Joe Skiba says he has no idea what was behind the epidemic. “But I know for a fact Bradshaw camps out in front of the heaters and leaves his helmet there,” he points out, which may have something to do with it.

Naturally, we can’t discuss decal problems without mentioning the Bears, who contributed their weekly serving of torn Cs, courtesy of Brian Urlacher and Adrian Peterson.

(Thanks to everyone who contributed screen grabs, including Nick Boscamp, Ryan Perkins, LeRoy C. DePas, and Matt Ryburn.)

Uni Watch News Ticker: Did you know Sammy Sosa originally wore No. 11 upon joining the Cubs? I didn’t, until Joe Drennan sent me this photo. … When the Diamondbacks introduced their new uniforms a year ago, several people said “db” sleeve patch reminded them of the logo used by the magician David Blaine (although I thought it looked more like, y’know, a different kind of snake head than the one the team intended to evoke). Now reader Mark Shelton reports that he was at the team’s pro shop the other day and saw a sign announcing that all authentic jerseys with the “db” logo were now 75% off. “When I asked an employee why they were doing that, I was told they were removing the ‘db’ logo due to a complaint from David Blaine,” he writes. “I bought a road gray jersey with Randy Johnson’s name and number, normally going for $255, for $63.75.” Interestingly, the 2008 MLB Style Guide still shows the sleeve patch, but maybe they haven’t updated the specs yet. … Vince has confirmed that the Browns aren’t changing their uniforms next season. … The Lakers and Sixers both wore home throwbacks on Friday night. … Robert Eden found two really interesting college football photos, both involving Nebraska. First, look at this shot, showing a Nebraska/Minnesota game from 1932. The ’Huskers didn’t have front-jersey uni numbers yet! And does that big-ass “N” look amazing or what? Next, look at this Nebraska/Missouri game from 1978. Turns out Mizzou was wearing uni numbers on the hips several years before the Cowboys and Packers introduced this style to the NFL. … Chris Skumin notes that Julius Jones had a memorial message written on his eye black Saturday night. Anyone know who it was for? … “UNC basketball walk-on (and football RB/WR) Greg Little made his season debut for the ’Heels Saturday afternoon,” writes Benji Cauthren. “Nike hadn’t shipped his jersey to the team yet, so he had to wear a two-year-old design.” … Great article here about the Penguins’ equipment manager’s preparations for the upcoming Winter Classic outdoor game (with thanks to Paul Blackham). … And here‘s a good piece about the Giants’ cold-weather preparations. … Brendan Fougere notes that Brent Celek’s TV numbers have been creeping forward, especially when compared to his teammates. … Reprinted from Sunday’s comments: The Manitoba Moose’s NOBs are all caps, but one player has a very odd cap/small-cap format. … “My Ohio Bobcats left their home shirts in Athens on the trip out for the Rainbow Classic,” writes Tim Burke, “which resulted in a dark vs. dark championship game against the St. Mary’s Gaels, who apparently did the same thing.” … Florida Gulf Coast University is making a strong bid for weirdest basketball uniforms of the season: They’ve got blue trim on one side and green on the other, and “FGCU” instead of NOBs (great find by Mike Miller). … Open discussion tomorrow, regular content resumes on Wednesday. Merry Xmas to all, and be sure that the stocking you’re hanging has stripes.

 

97 comments to Mo day Mor i g U i Watch

  • Shane | December 24, 2007 at 9:36 am |

    I never noticed how freakishly huge the numbers the Colts wear on their helmets were until yesterday.

  • todd krevanchi | December 24, 2007 at 9:40 am |

    re: lakers/kobe

    a. kobe debuting the white zk3’s after debuting the black ones a few nights before.
    b. is kobe bryant the only player with enough nba tenure to be able to wear his teams throwback and actually have it be the original design he came into the league wearing?

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 9:42 am |

    ice colum this mor ing

    in thinking about the weekend’s “best uni” rivalries, i think the top 4 in each major sport would be:

    yanks-bosawks
    pack-bears
    lakers (home)-celts (away)
    habs-leafs

    it pains me to list two boston teams, but i must bow to retinal pleasing tradition

    on a completely unrelated note…i think the best fictional uniform matchup may have occurred when the eccentric ricky vaughn faced the immortal roy hobbs…enjoy

  • Shane | December 24, 2007 at 9:46 am |

    [quote comment=”191739″]
    it pains me to list two boston teams, but i must bow to retinal pleasing tradition
    [/quote]

    Should’ve been three, especially with the Broons wearing throwbacks against the Habs last season.

  • Joe Drennan | December 24, 2007 at 10:06 am |

    Any Orginal 6 match-up against another orginal 6 is a great look. My Favorite is the Hawks in their red sweater and the Habs in their retro whites with the blue n red stripe in the middle.

  • Greg | December 24, 2007 at 10:09 am |

    [quote comment=”191737″]re: lakers/kobe

    a. kobe debuting the white zk3’s after debuting the black ones a few nights before.
    b. is kobe bryant the only player with enough nba tenure to be able to wear his teams throwback and actually have it be the original design he came into the league wearing?[/quote]
    I was just thinking something along those lines, the only other players I can think of is:

    Steve Nash (kinda sorta) if the Suns ever bust out the 90’s purple uni’s (which I personally adore)

    Dirk Nowitski wore the old Mavs uni, right?

    After that I’m drawing a blank, anyone else?

  • DenverGregg | December 24, 2007 at 10:14 am |

    Best uni rivalries:

    Cards @ Cubs;
    Whitesox @ Tigers;
    Eagles (70s style) @ Cowboys;
    Raiders @ Jets;
    Blackhawks (white) v. Rangers (blue).

  • Chris | December 24, 2007 at 10:16 am |

    Raiders-Jets would have to be a uniform rivalry…there wouldn’t be anything else of value to look at.

  • DCM | December 24, 2007 at 10:22 am |

    The Colts wore huge helmets numbers way back in the early 70’s, in the last of the Unitas years. I think they added those numbers back when they returned to the beautiful grey facemasks – another nod to tradition. I don’t think the typeface is the same, though.

    Hey! Did we ever hear what helmet the raffle winner picked?

  • Dave S | December 24, 2007 at 10:38 am |

    Sosa was traded for George Bell, who I think wore #11, maybe they just made the swap in numbers until Sosa could buy #21 from whoever already had it?

  • Randle Em | December 24, 2007 at 10:46 am |

    Last Tuesday you mentioned the mysterious schmutz on (the other) Adrian Peterson’s front uni numbers. Well, it was back again this week and appeared to be almost exactly the same. At one point the NBC cameras even zoomed in on it and Madden remarked that Peterson was working so hard that his numbers had gotten dirty. No mention of the schmutz’s seeming ever-presence though.

  • The Ol Goaler | December 24, 2007 at 10:47 am |

    If Dany Sabourin wears earmuffs in the outdoor game against the Sabres, it will hearken back to one of the “lowlights” in Pens’ history.

    Back in the late ’60s, Pens coach Red Kelly had his entire team wear earmuffs for an indoor game at the St. Louis Arena… in an effort to block out the noise of the rabid “singing fans” of the Blues. (Sorry, I can’t find a picture.)

    After the Blues scored their third unanswered goal, Kelly threw his earmuffs to the floor in frustration. (The powder-blue earmuffs matched the Pens’ color scheme at the time, but weren’t very, uh, “intimidating”!)

  • Paul Lukas | December 24, 2007 at 10:53 am |

    [quote comment=”191772″]If Dany Sabourin wears earmuffs in the outdoor game against the Sabres, it will hearken back to one of the “lowlights” in Pens’ history.

    Back in the late ’60s, Pens coach Red Kelly had his entire team wear earmuffs for an indoor game at the St. Louis Arena… in an effort to block out the noise of the rabid “singing fans” of the Blues. (Sorry, I can’t find a picture.)

    After the Blues scored their third unanswered goal, Kelly threw his earmuffs to the floor in frustration. (The powder-blue earmuffs matched the Pens’ color scheme at the time, but weren’t very, uh, “intimidating”!)[/quote]

    I’ve never heard this story before. We MUST find a photo!

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 10:55 am |

    [quote]When the Diamondbacks introduced their new uniforms a year ago, several people said “db” sleeve patch reminded them of the logo used by the magician David Blaine (although I thought it looked more like, y’know, a different kind of snake head than the one the team intended to evoke).[/quote]

    the one eyed snake is/was the only good feature of the d-back uni

  • Pat | December 24, 2007 at 10:58 am |

    More NBA players that could “throw back” to uniforms the had worn when they first came in:
    Steve Francis
    Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    Not that I think (or hope) either of those teams would throw back to those uniforms. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavs did at some point in the next few years.

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 11:02 am |

    [quote comment=”191775″][quote comment=”191772″]If Dany Sabourin wears earmuffs in the outdoor game against the Sabres, it will hearken back to one of the “lowlights” in Pens’ history.

    Back in the late ’60s, Pens coach Red Kelly had his entire team wear earmuffs for an indoor game at the St. Louis Arena… in an effort to block out the noise of the rabid “singing fans” of the Blues. (Sorry, I can’t find a picture.)

    After the Blues scored their third unanswered goal, Kelly threw his earmuffs to the floor in frustration. (The powder-blue earmuffs matched the Pens’ color scheme at the time, but weren’t very, uh, “intimidating”!)[/quote]

    I’ve never heard this story before. We MUST find a photo![/quote]

    searching for photo evidence, but it may be difficult…the game in question was played on january 3, 1970…kelly passed out the earmuffs, but apparently ONLY the bench players had to wear them…pens lost 6-0

  • Ian K | December 24, 2007 at 11:14 am |

    Anyone see the bowl game between East Carolina and Boise State? East Carolina had WAY too many patches on their unis – the CUSA patch, the Hawaii Bowl patch, the swoosh, and another patch above the swoosh I can’t identify. That bowl patch is just way too big. Anyone have a better picture or know what that patch is?

  • Nuk | December 24, 2007 at 11:15 am |

    Re Zack FitzGerald…

    Of interest – his name also has the “G” capitalized on his AHL stat page – as well as several news articles on him.

    I assume that’s the only way the Moose could recgonize the “unique” spelling of the name.

  • Jordan | December 24, 2007 at 11:16 am |

    After a quick review of Saturday’s rivalry standouts I was surprised to see that no one mentioned Indiana vs. Kentucky basketball — two storied programs with traditional unis. Fortunately, Nike has only diddled slightly with UK’s look over the years. IU has held the line fast with their iconic striped warm-up pants.

  • Jeffrey | December 24, 2007 at 11:20 am |

    Happe ed to be watchi g Gia ts game at a family xmas gatheri g whe I saw the “N” detached from the helmet.

    Immediately red lights and horns went off, as I imagined all the UniWatch brothers and sisters pointing at the screen (figuratively if not literally). Hope no one choked on a turkey leg!

  • steve | December 24, 2007 at 11:20 am |

    “I bought a road gray jersey with Randy Johnson’s name and number, normally going for $255, for $63.75.”

    anyone got a hook up on these jerseys? the mlb web site authentic DBs unis aren’t nearly that cheap right now. is there a way to buy some of those deep discount jerseys online or another way besides in person in AZ?

  • Nuk | December 24, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    [quote comment=”191775″][quote comment=”191772″]If Dany Sabourin wears earmuffs in the outdoor game against the Sabres, it will hearken back to one of the “lowlights” in Pens’ history.

    Back in the late ’60s, Pens coach Red Kelly had his entire team wear earmuffs for an indoor game at the St. Louis Arena… in an effort to block out the noise of the rabid “singing fans” of the Blues. (Sorry, I can’t find a picture.)

    After the Blues scored their third unanswered goal, Kelly threw his earmuffs to the floor in frustration. (The powder-blue earmuffs matched the Pens’ color scheme at the time, but weren’t very, uh, “intimidating”!)[/quote]

    I’ve never heard this story before. We MUST find a photo![/quote]

    Here’s proof of the story – some nice pics in here too – but not of the game. Though the book seems to imply the earmuffs were only worn at the beginning of the game – and that players on the ice didn’t wear them.

  • josh's twin | December 24, 2007 at 11:21 am |

    Robert Eden found two really interesting college football photos, both involving Nebraska. First, look at this shot, showing a Nebraska/Minnesota game from 1932. The ’Huskers didn’t have front-jersey uni numbers yet! And does that big-ass “N” look amazing or what?

    Jerseys are awesome, but what about dude’s helmet and facemask? That looks about 25 years ahead of its time.

  • Hed-Bone11 | December 24, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    re: lakers/kobe

    a. kobe debuting the white zk3’s after debuting the black ones a few nights before.
    b. is kobe bryant the only player with enough nba tenure to be able to wear his teams throwback and actually have it be the original design he came into the league wearing?

    Alonzo Mourning as well.

  • Peter G | December 24, 2007 at 11:25 am |

    Anyone know how long the Celtics have had their player names on the back of their warmups? Didn’t think they had them earlier this year, but did see them on their warmups this past week.

    Thanks!

  • Greg | December 24, 2007 at 11:36 am |

    [quote comment=”191795″]re: lakers/kobe

    a. kobe debuting the white zk3’s after debuting the black ones a few nights before.
    b. is kobe bryant the only player with enough nba tenure to be able to wear his teams throwback and actually have it be the original design he came into the league wearing?

    Alonzo Mourning as well.[/quote]

    I was thinking ‘Zo, but he came in with the Hornets

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”191796″]kobe debuting the white zk3’s after debuting the black ones a few nights before.[/quote]

    interesting kobe shoe pics

  • Shane | December 24, 2007 at 12:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”191794″]Anyone know how long the Celtics have had their player names on the back of their warmups? Didn’t think they had them earlier this year, but did see them on their warmups this past week.

    Thanks![/quote]

    Bird-era, at least. Mitchell & Ness used to sell this, which is dated to the 85-86 season.

  • Jason | December 24, 2007 at 12:10 pm |

    Speaking of basketball shoes, has anyone seen Canisius this season?

  • Steve Sarran | December 24, 2007 at 12:11 pm |

    Anyone seen the Sports Illustated football and basketball books? A overload of cool uni stuff in these let me tell you. http://www.amazon.co...

  • Steve Sarran | December 24, 2007 at 12:12 pm |
  • John M | December 24, 2007 at 12:32 pm |

    Here’s a link that I found about Sosa online. A Cub fan who maintains a uniform number website received a letter from the Cubs claiming that Sosa, who was acquired late in spring training that year, wore #11 only for the balance of the exhibition season. Yet, the linked photo quite clearly was taken at Wrigley. Either the Cubs’ own records are wrong or perhaps the Cubs played an exhibition at Wrigley.

  • James Craven | December 24, 2007 at 12:34 pm |

    Merry Christmas, especially for Bucks and Wild Fans as well as the old New Jersey Devils pre-1992 fans.

    They wear red and green all the time! What other teams wear ’em?

  • John M | December 24, 2007 at 12:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”191788″]After a quick review of Saturday’s rivalry standouts I was surprised to see that no one mentioned Indiana vs. Kentucky basketball — two storied programs with traditional unis. Fortunately, Nike has only diddled slightly with UK’s look over the years. IU has held the line fast with their iconic striped warm-up pants.[/quote]

    I don’t know. Kentucky’s current uniforms are pretty solid, but don’t bear much resemblance to what UK wore 20-30 years ago, and UK trifled with uniforms quite a bit during the Pitino era–remember the denim uniforms? And check out this monstrosity from the mid-1990s. Particularly when played on a neutral court, IU-UK is a visually pleasing rivalry with the red versus blue contrast. But not because of UK’s uniforms.

    On the other hand, while not a rivalry, I thought the 2007 NCAA tournament game between IU and UCLA, while an ugly game, was quite visually pleasing. Other than the general change in the way basketball uniforms are cut and IU’s now darker shade of crimson, this could have been the 1973 Final Four.

  • John in KY | December 24, 2007 at 12:57 pm |

    I’m not positive but I don’t think that photo from the Nebraska/Missouri game could have been from 1978; I think it is from the early 1980s. Most of the Nebraska players have facemasks with two wires/bars across the nose area; I don’t think those came out until 1980 or 81.

  • josh's twin | December 24, 2007 at 12:58 pm |

    I’ve watched just about every Chicago Bears game for the last 35 years, and until last year, never saw a torn helmet logo, ever, not once. This year, as regularly noted on this blog, it is epidemic, which leads me to believe that either helmets are made of different, adhesive-resistant materials, or the Bears are now getting their logos from some Wal-Mart-owned Chinese slave labor plant, where quality-control is a myth. Just sayin’.

  • CJ | December 24, 2007 at 12:58 pm |

    I think the weird different trims for Florida Gulf Coast could represent the two coasts of Floria. You know, the Atlantic and the Gulf.

  • Sammy | December 24, 2007 at 1:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”191737″]re: lakers/kobe

    a. kobe debuting the white zk3’s after debuting the black ones a few nights before.
    b. is kobe bryant the only player with enough nba tenure to be able to wear his teams throwback and actually have it be the original design he came into the league wearing?[/quote]

    It depends on how far back the team goes for the throwback design. The Lakers’ throwback is relatively recent, being worn until only a few years ago. On the other hand, the Pistons went all the way back to the ’57-’58 design. This NBA.com page lists all the teams and the year from which the throwback design was taken.

  • Sammy | December 24, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”191833″]Merry Christmas, especially for Bucks and Wild Fans as well as the old New Jersey Devils pre-1992 fans.

    They wear red and green all the time! What other teams wear ’em?[/quote]

    Off the top of my head, I cannot think of any…I think most teams are scared to have a color scheme that is so associated with the Christmas season. I watched the Wild game the other night and I was impressed by how good the red and green looked, and it didn’t even remind me of Christmas. This was a great-looking hockey game, which showed the difference between a classic look and a nice modern look.

  • Jeff | December 24, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    Sosa needed a wider number when he started “developing” his body….

  • S Dot | December 24, 2007 at 1:14 pm |

    Lindsey Hunter can go all the way back to the old Red, White, and Blue uni’s for the Pistons.

  • Art | December 24, 2007 at 1:47 pm |

    What happened to Santa hat on the Jacksonville Jaguars logo at mid-field which I remeber seeing in years past?

  • Myles | December 24, 2007 at 2:07 pm |

    Anyone have any information about the Minnesota Gophers new football unis? They’re supposedly being shown to incoming recruits and will be shown to the public in February. Rumors are it’s a cross between Virginia Tech and Miami in maroon, gold, and white.

  • Peter G | December 24, 2007 at 2:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”191803″][quote comment=”191794″]Anyone know how long the Celtics have had their player names on the back of their warmups? Didn’t think they had them earlier this year, but did see them on their warmups this past week.

    Thanks![/quote]

    Bird-era, at least. Mitchell & Ness used to sell this, which is dated to the 85-86 season.[/quote]

    I’m familiar with Bird era. But since then, they did away with nameplates for quite some time, perhaps even into this year. The question was, when did they resume wearing them?

  • Tobi | December 24, 2007 at 3:07 pm |

    The University of Utah’s basketball team has been playing with “Utah” in place of their NOBs since the start of the season.

    Their shorts also say “MUSS,” in honor of the student fans, known as the “Mighty Utah Student Section.”

  • Max | December 24, 2007 at 3:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”191761″]Best uni rivalries:

    Cards @ Cubs;
    Whitesox @ Tigers;
    Eagles (70s style) @ Cowboys;
    Raiders @ Jets;
    Blackhawks (white) v. Rangers (blue).[/quote]

    1970’s Dodgers @ Reds

  • Nick | December 24, 2007 at 3:23 pm |

    Hey..a while back Paul posted a picture of a t-shirt with the US on it and it had different regions on where the MLB teams are..I was just wondering where I could find this…

    Thanks

  • marty met | December 24, 2007 at 3:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”191893″][quote comment=”191761″]Best uni rivalries:

    Cards @ Cubs;
    Whitesox @ Tigers;
    Eagles (70s style) @ Cowboys;
    Raiders @ Jets;
    Blackhawks (white) v. Rangers (blue).[/quote]

    1970’s Dodgers @ Reds[/quote]

    Devils vs. Canadiens

  • Robb | December 24, 2007 at 3:55 pm |

    Similar to the missing American flag sitckers… New England Patriots arent wearing their “C” Captains patches. I havent seen any pictures of any of the Ravens wearing patches and I believe the Chargers might not be wearing them either. I thought these were supposed to be mandatory.

    NE vs MIA Week 16 – Bruschi

    Brady vs Cowboys

    Bruschi vs Jets Early in the Season

    And on a similar note, the Team word mark was missing from Ray Lewis’ Jersey against the Pats too.
    Ray Lewis in Black Alts against Patriots

  • Dave A | December 24, 2007 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”191739″]on a completely unrelated note…i think the best fictional uniform matchup may have occurred when the eccentric ricky vaughn faced the immortal roy hobbs…enjoy[/quote]

    Nice work…but I couldn’t get away from the fact that both teams are wearing their home whites.

  • Bob A | December 24, 2007 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”191775″][quote comment=”191772″]If Dany Sabourin wears earmuffs in the outdoor game against the Sabres, it will hearken back to one of the “lowlights” in Pens’ history.

    Back in the late ’60s, Pens coach Red Kelly had his entire team wear earmuffs for an indoor game at the St. Louis Arena… in an effort to block out the noise of the rabid “singing fans” of the Blues. (Sorry, I can’t find a picture.)

    After the Blues scored their third unanswered goal, Kelly threw his earmuffs to the floor in frustration. (The powder-blue earmuffs matched the Pens’ color scheme at the time, but weren’t very, uh, “intimidating”!)[/quote]

    I’ve never heard this story before. We MUST find a photo![/quote]

    there is one on this page . Note a very good one but they are visible.

  • =bg= | December 24, 2007 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”191858″]Sosa needed a wider number when he started “developing” his body….[/quote]

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  • dm00n | December 24, 2007 at 4:28 pm |

    I have been busy with all things Christmas, so I don’t know if this has been posted yet. Drudge has a link to a story about Margaret Thatcher’s grandson being a “rising football star” (apparently he had a nice catch in a big Texas HS game).

    The real question is – What is up with all the shit on his helmet?

  • Jordan | December 24, 2007 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”191840″][quote comment=”191788″]After a quick review of Saturday’s rivalry standouts I was surprised to see that no one mentioned Indiana vs. Kentucky basketball — two storied programs with traditional unis. Fortunately, Nike has only diddled slightly with UK’s look over the years. IU has held the line fast with their iconic striped warm-up pants.[/quote]

    I don’t know. Kentucky’s current uniforms are pretty solid, but don’t bear much resemblance to what UK wore 20-30 years ago, and UK trifled with uniforms quite a bit during the Pitino era–remember the denim uniforms? And check out this monstrosity from the mid-1990s. Particularly when played on a neutral court, IU-UK is a visually pleasing rivalry with the red versus blue contrast. But not because of UK’s uniforms.

    On the other hand, while not a rivalry, I thought the 2007 NCAA tournament game between IU and UCLA, while an ugly game, was quite visually pleasing. Other than the general change in the way basketball uniforms are cut and IU’s now darker shade of crimson, this could have been the 1973 Final Four.[/quote]

    Good observations on both points — Pitinio certainly did his best to lose the plot with the UK unis.

    As an lifelong IU fan and grad, the 1973 flashback came to my mind as well.

  • brian golden | December 24, 2007 at 5:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”191904″][quote comment=”191893″][quote comment=”191761″]Best uni rivalries:

    Cards @ Cubs;
    Whitesox @ Tigers;
    Eagles (70s style) @ Cowboys;
    Raiders @ Jets;
    Blackhawks (white) v. Rangers (blue).[/quote]

    1970’s Dodgers @ Reds[/quote]

    Devils vs. Canadiens[/quote]

    Browns vs. Steelers

  • David | December 24, 2007 at 5:36 pm |

    That Nebraska-Missouri picture could NOT have been in 1978. That year, Mizzou beat Nebraska 35-31 in Lincoln, the Tigers’ last win over the Huskers until 2003, and last to date in Lincoln. This game obviously had to be in Columbia, since the teams are playing on grass, which Faurot Field had until 1985. This has to be either ’77 or ’79.

  • Patrick Sievert | December 24, 2007 at 5:39 pm |
  • Chuck Ryals | December 24, 2007 at 5:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”191845″]I’ve watched just about every Chicago Bears game for the last 35 years, and until last year, never saw a torn helmet logo, ever, not once. This year, as regularly noted on this blog, it is epidemic, which leads me to believe that either helmets are made of different, adhesive-resistant materials, or the Bears are now getting their logos from some Wal-Mart-owned Chinese slave labor plant, where quality-control is a myth. Just sayin’.[/quote]
    you are so right, what a joke! Just paint the friggin C on for crying out loud!

  • pitnasty | December 24, 2007 at 6:44 pm |

    you know after looking at the mystery stain on adrian peterson’s jersey i think im gonna have to quote tourettes guy “it’s just tit dirt”

  • Scott Skiles | December 24, 2007 at 7:02 pm |

    Paul,

    Do you have any openings for intern?

    Thanks & Happy Holidays!

    S

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 7:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”191920″][quote comment=”191739″]on a completely unrelated note…i think the best fictional uniform matchup may have occurred when the eccentric ricky vaughn faced the immortal roy hobbs…enjoy[/quote]

    Nice work…but I couldn’t get away from the fact that both teams are wearing their home whites.[/quote]

    i know, right?

    only a UW would even think about that, much less let it bother him/her

    cheers!

  • TD | December 24, 2007 at 7:51 pm |
  • David | December 24, 2007 at 8:34 pm |

    [quote comment=”191931″]I have been busy with all things Christmas, so I don’t know if this has been posted yet. Drudge has a link to a story about Margaret Thatcher’s grandson being a “rising football star” (apparently he had a nice catch in a big Texas HS game).

    The real question is – What is up with all the **** on his helmet?[/quote]

    Many of the high school teams will put a sticker on the helmet when a player does something significant during a game – touchdown, fumble recovery, sack, interception, etc. Some of the high school stars will have a helmet covered in them.

  • john | December 24, 2007 at 8:34 pm |
  • Teebz | December 24, 2007 at 8:39 pm |

    Merry Christmas Uni Watchers!

    To Paul, Vince, and Bryan: all the best to you and yours this holiday season. Even if you’re not a Christian, my best wishes to you and your families. Thanks for making my mornings a ton more enjoyable.

    To the rest of the Uni Watchers: take care, be merry, and best wishes to you and yours as well.

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 8:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”191988″]Merry Christmas Uni Watchers! Even if you’re not a Christian, my best wishes to you and your families.[/quote]

    some men are baptists, others catholics…my father was an oldsmobile man

  • felix | December 24, 2007 at 8:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”191988″]Merry Christmas Uni Watchers!

    To Paul, Vince, and Bryan: all the best to you and yours this holiday season. Even if you’re not a Christian, my best wishes to you and your families. Thanks for making my mornings a ton more enjoyable.

    To the rest of the Uni Watchers: take care, be merry, and best wishes to you and yours as well.[/quote]

    Thanks! Right back atcha.

  • James Craven | December 24, 2007 at 8:59 pm |

    Nick: Nike had that shirt IIRC.

    Art: The NFL (the “No Fun Lesague”) put the kaibosh on the Santa Hat on the Jaguar a couple years ago.

    Robb: The captains patches marks a permament captain, and teams have the option to use those patches.

    And Jeff: Here’s the POST OF THE DAY WINNER! to put under your tree.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • James Craven | December 24, 2007 at 9:00 pm |

  • felix | December 24, 2007 at 9:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”191922″][quote comment=”191775″][quote comment=”191772″]If Dany Sabourin wears earmuffs in the outdoor game against the Sabres, it will hearken back to one of the “lowlights” in Pens’ history.

    Back in the late ’60s, Pens coach Red Kelly had his entire team wear earmuffs for an indoor game at the St. Louis Arena… in an effort to block out the noise of the rabid “singing fans” of the Blues. (Sorry, I can’t find a picture.)

    After the Blues scored their third unanswered goal, Kelly threw his earmuffs to the floor in frustration. (The powder-blue earmuffs matched the Pens’ color scheme at the time, but weren’t very, uh, “intimidating”!)[/quote]

    I’ve never heard this story before. We MUST find a photo![/quote]

    there is one on this page . Note a very good one but they are visible.[/quote]

    Nicely done, Bob. I’d say that’s proof positive!

  • felix | December 24, 2007 at 9:03 pm |

    Stop the insanity.

  • felix | December 24, 2007 at 9:04 pm |

    No mas?

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 9:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”191994″]Nick: Nike had that shirt IIRC.

    Art: The NFL (the “No Fun Lesague”) put the kaibosh on the Santa Hat on the Jaguar a couple years ago.

    Robb: The captains patches marks a permament captain, and teams have the option to use those patches.

    And Jeff: Here’s the POST OF THE DAY WINNER! to put under your tree.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS![/quote]

    bold off?

  • felix | December 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”192002″][quote comment=”191994″]Nick: Nike had that shirt IIRC.

    Art: The NFL (the “No Fun Lesague”) put the kaibosh on the Santa Hat on the Jaguar a couple years ago.

    Robb: The captains patches marks a permament captain, and teams have the option to use those patches.

    And Jeff: Here’s the POST OF THE DAY WINNER! to put under your tree.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS![/quote]

    bold off?[/quote]

    Thank you.

  • LI Phil | December 24, 2007 at 9:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”192003″]Thank you.[/quote]

    over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of html tags…though my personal preference was for italics, i found that strikethru had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor – heavy, but with a touch of mellow smoothness…bold, on the other hand… YECCHH!

  • TOG | December 24, 2007 at 9:25 pm |

    Did you know Sammy Sosa originally wore No. 11 upon joining the Cubs? I didn’t, until Joe Drennan sent me this photo. …

    Sammy Sosa wore #11 for one exhibition game. He wore it during the he White Sox vs. Cubs/Mayor’s Series after being traded from the White Sox to the Cubs for George Bell who also wore #11…on 3.29.92.

    Once the season started in Philadelphia on April 7, 1992. Sammy would wear the now the familiar 21, a tribute to Roberto Clemente.

    March 30, 1992: Traded to the Chicago Cubs with pitcher Ken Patterson for outfielder George Bell.

  • felix | December 24, 2007 at 9:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”192005″][quote comment=”192003″]Thank you.[/quote]

    over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of html tags…though my personal preference was for italics, i found that strikethru had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor – heavy, but with a touch of mellow smoothness…bold, on the other hand… YECCHH![/quote]

    Hahaha. I love that movie.

  • TOG | December 24, 2007 at 9:46 pm |

    And Sammy wore #10 at Gastonia (his first minor league club) and #24 at Tulsa, his second minor league team… but switched to #21 when called up to the Texas Rangers for a cup of coffee in 1989.

  • Stevo | December 24, 2007 at 9:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”191989″][quote comment=”191988″]Merry Christmas Uni Watchers! Even if you’re not a Christian, my best wishes to you and your families.[/quote]

    some men are baptists, others catholics…my father was an oldsmobile man[/quote]

    Careful there Phil, you’ll shoot yer eye out ;)

  • TOG | December 24, 2007 at 10:11 pm |

    Hmmm. Did not know that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs both wore their colored jerseys back in the 1950’s during games at the Olympia.

    http://www.legendsof...

    Always thought that the table hockey game manufacturers were just lazy??? Cool and sweet.

  • Nick | December 24, 2007 at 10:38 pm |

    James: Yeah I thought it was a Nike shirt, I just can’t find it anywhere on the internet..oh well..Thanks

    Merry Christmas to All!

  • Brian from Short Island | December 24, 2007 at 10:59 pm |

    Best uni rivalry?

    Real Madrid’s camisetas blancas against the blaugrana of Barcelona.

    Immortalized on every “Futbolín” (little football, or foosball as it’s called in America) table I saw while in Spain.

  • Art | December 24, 2007 at 11:24 pm |

    Thanks Felix – Have a Merry Christmas!!!!!!

  • Kevin C | December 24, 2007 at 11:42 pm |

    Yes the Devils wore green but at least it made sense. They are not the satanic devil but are named for a mythical creature that lives in the Pine Barans. The pine green paid homage to that. Look at a pic of Broduer in his first season(#29)I think that red jersey looks great they should have kept that jersey and just changed the green to black

  • todd krevanchi | December 25, 2007 at 12:04 am |

    merry christmas uni watch nation…

  • Casey | December 25, 2007 at 12:10 am |

    Blazers and Sonics are going red/green tomorrow for Christmas. Portland will even wear all red shoes (at least all of them but Aldridge and Blake will)…

    STORY

  • LI Phil | December 25, 2007 at 12:10 am |

    hee haw…and merry christmas UW

  • Mike Miller | December 25, 2007 at 12:16 am |

    [quote comment=”191786″]Anyone see the bowl game between East Carolina and Boise State? East Carolina had WAY too many patches on their unis – the CUSA patch, the Hawaii Bowl patch, the swoosh, and another patch above the swoosh I can’t identify. That bowl patch is just way too big. Anyone have a better picture or know what that patch is?[/quote]

    Flipping through some ECU photo galleries and looking at the ECU Web Site, the patch above the swoosh is an ECU Centennial patch. ECU was founded in 1907.

    It’s in a Flash photo gallery, so I can’t link to it directly. The best photo I could find is #14 on the gallery listed on this page.

  • TD | December 25, 2007 at 12:17 am |

    Broncos-Chargers: refs were in the winter sleeves and black pants IN FRIGGIN SAN DIEGO.

    Game time temp: 62 degrees.

  • James Craven | December 25, 2007 at 1:57 am |

    W. T. F?

    Personally, the NFL should have NEVER played this game on Monday Night at all. It’s blasphamy playing Christmas Eve night in the pros. The Hawai’i Bowl, which starts in the afternoon over in Honolulu, is exempt. That’s why I didn’t watch the Broncos-Chargers game.

  • Trevor Kruger | December 25, 2007 at 3:51 am |

    In my hatred of UNC I keep forgetting how great their basketball jerseys were with the 2 year old designs. Argyle down the sides, the number between the North and Carolina, and the light blue. classics. too bad theyve ruined them with the SOD crap.

  • Pete (UK) | December 25, 2007 at 9:09 am |

    I watched MNF (here it’s actually on Christmas Day) and noticed that LT’s custom facecage doesn’t actually accept his visor properly – rather than the Oakley clips and screws he has cable ties holding it in place. I’ve never noticed it before but one side (left I think) had white ties one it so they were pretty obvious, whereas the other side had black which were very hard to see. You would have thought that, when designing a custom cage for a player who always wears a visor, you’d take that into account… It was also very obviosu that the equipment guys hadn’t tried too hard to black out the Oakley Os as they were very visible under the lights – many teams now have their own custom decals on the visor tabs – Bears and Skins definitely do.

  • Ryan | December 25, 2007 at 1:42 pm |

    That photo of Nebraska and Mizzou is not from 1978. The ‘Skers didn’t have red face masks until 1983. That is the ’83 game in Columbus.

    Thanks,
    Ryan

  • Ryan | December 25, 2007 at 1:43 pm |

    I meant to say Columbia … not Columbus. I know where the hell Mizzou is.

    Later,
    Ryan

  • Al | December 26, 2007 at 11:32 pm |

    Regarding that Nebraska-Minnesota pic:

    It looks like the lineman leading interference for the tailback has a cutout under his armpit, as if the body was re-sewn onto the white part of the jersey, which is acting as a shoulderpad. Wonder if that shoulder insert was actually made out of leather instead of wool?

  • ty shula | December 27, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    i can confirm that the Mizzou Nebraska picture is from 1983, my freshman year in Columbia.

  • Matt | December 27, 2007 at 4:01 pm |

    Definitely 1983
    http://huskerpedia.c...
    For the Cornhuskers…
    44 Knox, Mike LB 6-03 235 Jr.
    90 Strasburger, Scott DE 6-01 205 Jr.