New ESPN column now up. This is the one about uni-related memorials — big thanks to all who contributed info.
Meanwhile: Got a great note the other day from reader Kenn Tomasch, who’d gotten a bunch of interesting screen grabs while watching a replay of the 1969 Rose Bowl. Here’s his report:
The officials didn’t wear uniform numbers or their position abbreviations. Instead, they had big “Rose Bowl” patches — I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that before or since. Also, the head linesman and line judge wore armbands, like NHL referees — the line judge’s were green (you can see them in that last photo) and the linesman’s were red.
Ohio State fullback Jim Otis’s jersey had sleeve stripes and NOB while his teammates did not. The announcers mentioned that Ohio State had elected to go with the “mesh” (tearaway) jerseys “because of the warm weather,” so Otis must have decided not to wear the flimsy mesh jersey. Also interesting that OSU had names on the backs of their jerseys for the 1968 season, when even NFL teams didn’t yet (although AFL teams did, obviously).
How flimsy were OSU’s mesh jerseys? This flimsy [also note the player wearing the padded helmet, à la Willie Lanier — PL]. When Ray Gillian’s jersey tore in the fourth quarter, and he was sent off to get a new one. The torn one came right off, revealing how little padding college players wore in 1969.
Awesome stuff. I’m especially intrigued by the officials’ armbands and the Lanier-style helmet. If anyone know more about either of these, please speak up.
Uni Watch News Ticker: As promised, here’s a full-size photo of Moose Johnston wearing a Packers helmet in the 1994 Pro Bowl after his Cowboys helmet was stolen. Thing is, it doesn’t really look that weird, because the Pro Bowl is such a crazy quilt of helmets anyway. … Scott Turner came up with some interesting baseball cards while doing some historical research: “First, I never knew that the Swingin’ A’s wore gold pants with their gold jersey. Second, Bernie Carbo was clearly told ‘Don’t worry, we’ll crop above the waist.’ And note the cartoon on the back of Pedro Borbon’s card. My, how times have changed.” … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Good article here on UGA’s helmet decals. … This game-used Roger Pavlik cap has the best underbrim inscription ever (great find by Jason Taylor). … We’ve all seen teams that wear the school name on the back. But Zevi Lowenberg notes that Northeastern simply wears a big “N” (bigger/better photos welcome, if anyone’s got ’em). … Great video clip here of Ryan Zimmerman catching a ball in his jersey. … Hmmm, life imitates art?