I generally don’t care about the NFL draft until it’s over, at which point I can look in the newspaper and see who was drafted by the Giants and 49ers (because I root for them), by the Cowboys (because I hate them), and by the Lions (because it’s always amusing to ponder why Matt Millen still has a job). I can live without all the preliminaries – I don’t care who’s “on the clock,” I don’t care who tanked on the Wonderlic test, and I don’t give a rat’s ass about the scouting combine.
But I may have to revise that last part, because I’ll admit to being slightly intrigued by the color-coded shirts being worn at the combine. This may be old news to some of you, but it’s literally the first time I’ve bothered to look at photos of the combine, so forgive me if some of these questions seem a bit rudimentary:
• What’s the color-coding system? At first I thought it was by position, but then I saw a defensive lineman and a linebacker both wearing green, and then a quarterback and a defensive lineman both wearing gray. And here’s a quarterback wearing red. What gives?
• Speaking of the uni numbers, could that font possibly be any worse?
• Why use “WO” (presumably for wideout) instead of the more conventional “WR”?
• Why does the blocking dummy have a number? Or is it just left over from 2002?
I trust that those of you who’ve been spending hours watching the NFL Network in recent days will be able to fill me in on all these details — big thanks in advance.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Joe Skiba’s long-awaited live chat will take place today at 2pm eastern on Giants.com. … Good article here about the AFL’s concussion-sensing helmets. … Dig that patch on George Halas’s jacket (with thanks to Zac Neubauer) … Cool shot of Ty Cobb taken during a tour of Japan in 1928 (with thanks to Bruce Menard, who also provided this 1905 New York Giants team portrait — note the kid with the “Mascot” jersey). … Pedro Martinez has his uni number at the center of his tire rims (nice find by Marc Rabinowitz). … Daniel Weimann notes that Sevilla FC wears a collar that mimics the Spanish flag. … What Uni Watch does for uniforms, author Trevor Paglin does for military black op patches like this and this. For a brilliantly obsessive audio slide show on this topic, look here (awesome find by Steve Hudgin). … Nick Maibroda reports that the Manitoba Moose honored the 1948 Royal Canadian Air Force hockey team by wearing kickass throwbacks last weekend (although it’s too bad about that Toyota ad). For a full gallery of pics, scroll down to the bottom of this page. … Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. frontman Michael McMahon and I were chowing down on a coupla Texas wieners at Hot Grill in Clifton, New Jersey, yesterday when I noticed that the walls were plastered with old sports photos of the local high school teams. Some good uniforms, as seen here (bizarre uni number placement!), here, here, and, my favorite, here. … I’ve pretty much stopped mentioning pink-for-cancer uni promotions, because they’ve become so common (and so annoying). But I’m gonna make an exception for the Idaho Steelheads’ upcoming “Pink in the Rink” night, which will feature a jersey with a huge-ass ribbon, fore and aft (with thanks to Brian Perkins). … Michigan State and Illinois went color vs. color last night. … Andrew Connor notes that many members of the Hawaii women’s soccer team have odd tape jobs on their thighs (additional views here, here, and here). What’s up with that?