Ah, the pleasures of a snow game, full of scenes like this and this. Is there anything better? Not in my book. Not even Seattle’s neon green gloves could ruin this one for me. Now let’s hope for more of the same this Sunday (current forecast for Green Bay: snow flurries and a high of 11 degrees).
Meanwhile, some notes from the weekend’s NFL action:
• Kudos to the Green Bay officiating crew for having the pride, fortitude, and good taste to wear traditional white knickers despite the snowy conditions.
• For the first time this season, captaincy patches appeared on the Pack’s jerseys. As I understand it, this is because they’ve settled upon a set group of captains for the postseason (instead of changing captains each game, as they’d done during the regular season).
• I missed the play where Cullen Jenkins almost sacked Matt Hasselbeck but ended up yanking off the QB’s belt — or, depending on who’s telling the story, his hand-warmer pouch — so I can’t comment on what it was that Jenkins ended up with. He definitely got a handful of something, as you can see here and here.
• Most of the Packers wear the NFL Equipment logo on their collar trim. But as several readers have noticed, a few Green Bay players wear their collars tucked into their pads, so they wear the logo lower, down near their uni numbers.
• As a gazillion readers pointed out, the Jags’ pairing of black socks with black pants looked distressingly similar to the officials’ black slacks.
• Over in Indy, Dallas Clark was once again flag-free.
• Not positive about this, but the Giants may be the first team to have played two road playoff games wearing their home jersey (and they won both times!).
• Amani Toomer once again wore his new-look jersey, with the lower nameplate and lack of side panel (sorry, no good pics). Antonio Pierce and Justin Tuck wore similar jerseys, meaning that all three basic cuts — skill position, linebacker, and lineman — were rendered in the new pattern. I hope to have more info on all of this in the next couple of days.
• Cory Webster of the Giants was wearing what appeared to be a makeshift black armband, but Joe Skiba tells me it was just a shoulder harness.
As we head into the home stretch, all four remaining playoff teams are pretty easy on the eyes, so we should have a pretty decent-looking Stupor Bowl. Be thankful for small favors and all that.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Nice site here devoted to game-used Twins jerseys (with thanks to Blake Meyer). … It’s bad enough that Jacobs Field has been renamed Progressive Field. But did they have to enshrine it on a jersey? … Decent view here of UNC’s numbered stirrups from the 1960s (courtesy of Wes Cherry). … Mario Morgado sent along this shot of John Lennon. Anyone know what jersey that is? … Check out this note from Chris Bisbee: “Just came home from being an extra for the new Jim Carrey movie, called Yes Man (not sure what the release date is). The scenes shot today were at the L.A. Coliseum and were crowd scenes for his character attending a Nebraska football game. When the movie comes out, stand by for uniform chaos! We weren’t allowed to take any pictures, but the guys dressed in Husker uniforms were shameful. Wrong shoes, no nose bumper, no American flag decal (or any decals on back of helmet), no ankle or knee braces (just ankle-high white socks), and mostly just wrong-looking. On the bonus side, the cheerleaders were awesome. Authentic unis, and I heard they were the squad from Azusa Pacific University.” … The minor league Clinton Lumberkings have updated their King Louis logo character from this to this. Bill Jones notes that the new version is basically just a pumped-up version of the old. “Hmmm — bigger, stronger, after 14 years in the league. Could it be that his name is in the Mitchell Report?” … The Milwaukee Admirals wore Brewers throwback-style jerseys the other day. Additional pics and info here. … Mike Stargell notes that Georgetown University and Georgetown Prep have nearly identical uniforms. … On Saturday, I ran this. And then on Sunday, Bradley Hamner sent me this. … Best striped socks ever (great find by Nicole Haase). … Remember when Andy Moog wore this mask? That’s the apparent inspiration for Alex Auld’s new mask (with thanks to Jeffrey Israel). … Collin Johnson (that’s him in the striped socks) attends Desert Christian High in Tucson, but he grew up in Indiana, so he recently convinced his teammates to get new Indiana-style striped warmup pants.