Got a note a little while back from reader Andy Edelson, who’d investigated an interesting phenomenon. I’ll let him tell the tale in his own words:
During a recent Rangers/Canucks broadcast, the New York announcers were interviewing Vancouver captain Trevor Linden between periods and noted that he’s worn 11 of the franchise’s 13 NHL jerseys — quite the impressive feat. Being the uni aficionado that I am, I had to research this peculiar stat.
By my count, it’s actually nine of 13 [one, two, three (very similar to the previous one, just slight color changes), four, five, six, seven (very similar to number five, the main change being the shoulder patches in the latter version and the switch in '03-'04 to wear the dark jerseys at home), eight, nine -- PL]. Still impressive (or nauseating, depending on your view of Vancouver’s constant uni overhauls), as Linden has spent all or part of 15 seasons with the Canucks during his 20-year career.
As if wearing some of history’s ugliest jersey’s weren’t enough, “Captain Canuck” spent a few seasons in exile, during which he wore the Islanders’ “wave” design. All in all, in 20 years, Linden has worn 13 different sweaters for five teams, including stints with the aforementioned Islanders (who went back to their classic design in Linden’s final season with them), the Canadiens, and the Caps.
Not including journeymen who’ve been traded eight or nine times, can you think of any other player in all of North American pro sports who’s been the canvass for so many jersey styles, especially while for the most part being the face of a single franchise?
Good question. Can anyone think of a relatively non-itinerant player who can give Linden a run for his money in the “Most Jerseys” sweepstakes?
Super Bowl Tales, Continued: Yesterday’s guest entry by Nicole Haase about her experience as a security guard in Super Bowl XXXVI prompted reader Ryan Patrick to share his own story as a Super Bowl employee:
Through an old friend of my dad’s, I got a sweet gig working for Entertainment Tonight at Super Bowl XXXVIII. They needed someone from Houston who knew how to get around and where all the clubs were, since they covered all that stuff. I was in my first semester in law school and it was an easy $500/day (plus I got to go to the Play Station, Maxim, Playboy, SI, ESPN, and MTV parties).
Entertainment Tonight also covered the pregame and halftime shows, so when we were on the field I had to wear this vest, along with all my credentials that hung around my neck [here's the rear view and tagging]. Depending on what kind of access you had, you had a different color. You HAD to have it on you, so it was weird to see the on-air people with it tucked into the waist of their jeans so they didn’t look like total idiots on TV with these things on.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Kudos to the oh-so-clever reader who came up with the first caption listed beneath the photo here. … More coverage of Wednesday night’s Va.Tech/Maryland vomiting incident, complete with video, here. … According to the last sentence of this page, newly signed Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon will be wearing uni No. 1, thus doubling the current contingent of single-digitized MLB pitchers (the only other one is Josh Towers). … Jennifer Hayden notes that John Paxson had his head placed in a suggestive position the other day. … Jimmy Rollins now has his own signature sneaker design (with thanks to Korryn Mozisek). … Adam Vaggalis and I would both like to know why the Lakers were represented by a giraffe on this card. … The Cubs, who stopped wearing their blue alternate jersey last season, are reviving it for a handful of games this year. … Scroll down to the “Fashion Police” item toward the end of this page for info on Ichiro’s new line of jeans, and his thoughts on what his teammates wear (with thanks to Jason Cruz). … I’ve previously reported that some of the White Sox have been wearing Northen Illinois caps since the shootings on the NIU campus. And now they’ve announced that the entire team will wear NIU caps for the team’s first spring training game. … After a hiatus of nearly three decades, Oregon is reviving its baseball program next year, which means Nike will get to design a new set of uniforms for its favorite guinea pig school. Key excerpt from this article (forwarded by Jon V. Buerstatte): “[Manager George] Horton describes himself as ‘a little bit of a traditionalist,’ and Nike designers haven’t been, and so it will be interesting to see what this clash of cultures produces. ‘They’ve made some suggestions that at least in my opinion might be a little far out there,’ he said, ‘but who am I to argue against the geniuses at Nike for style and color and presentation and all the things that they’re brilliant at? I think that’s the exciting thing, to come up with a common ground where we like the look and they like the marketing part of it.’” Boy does that ever sound like a train wreck in the making.