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.
(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.