Witih Brett Favre’s situation finally resolved, Roger Goodell decided it was OK for the world to start spinning again. Among other edicts (like finally allowing NFL employees to go to the bathroom instead of watching the non-stop Brett coverage on that TV station I work for), he came down from the mountaintop with two tablets that read, “OK, you can start the preseason now (not that anyone really cares, but it’s a fun way to bilk some extra change from our season ticket holders).” And so it came to pass that several teams descended upon that gridiron last night.
As you know, this is shaping up as a quiet season uni-wise, but I spotted a few noteworthy items in last night’s action:
• Sure enough, the logo-emblazoned green helmet dot just looks dirty or smudgy when viewed from a distance. Doesn’t look so great up close either. Lame. (I couldn’t find a photo of a defensive helmet dot — anyone..?)
• Man, those new black stripes on the officials’ pants sure are heavy.
• Didn’t watch this game, but it sure looks like it was easy on the eyes. Very nice.
• You don’t need to hate purple as much as I do to be alarmed by this.
• His future looks, uh, bright.
And finally, although it didn’t take place on the field, take a look at this shot. As several commenters noted last night, the two microphones show two different versions of the NFL Network logo.
Whitewash: Reader Tim Brulia has undertaken a Herculean research project: He and some friends have documented every single instance of NFL teams wearing white at home since 1957. He’s offered this database to me, and I’ve uploaded it onto this page — enjoy.
Olympix Outreach: I will not be near a TV set tonight or during the weekend, so I’ll miss
all the bullshit the opening ceremonies and the several days’ worth of competition. Won’t be near a computer either, so I won’t be able to check in on the comments to see what you folks are noticing over the weekend. I am interested in compiling a record of what’s going on in Beijing, however. So if you see anything noteworthy over the next few days, don’t assume that I’m watching it too — instead, send me an e-mail with “Olympics” in the subject line. I’ll start sifting through the material once I get back to civilization on Sunday night.
Raffle Reminder: Today’s the last day for the SoccerPro.com $100 gift card raffle. If you haven’t done so already, you can enter by sending a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to the raffle address (not to the usual Uni Watch e-mail address, please) by 10pm eastern tonight. One entry per person, unless you’re enrolled in the Uni Watch membership program, in which case you can send up to four entries. I’ll announce the winner next Monday, when I’ll also be announcing yet another raffle.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The USA men’s soccer team is also playing without the USA soccer crest, just like the women. Further info here (although I’m not sure how accurate the writer’s assessment is). … A Washington letter carrier wants to trade in his uniform pants for a kilt, which would certainly give new meaning to the term “going postal.” Details here (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Speaking of non-sports uniforms, here’s a note from frequent flier Minna H.: “Here’s an interesting article about a Frank Lloyd Wright gas station in Cloquet, Minnesota that’s celebrating its 50th anniversary. The attendants will be wearing period unis, and anyone driving a classic car gets gas at 1950s prices.” … Joel Kirstein has created a three-part survey of Olympics logos. Check it out here, here, and here. … Lincoln King spotted the Astros’ strength and conditioning coach, Gene Coleman, wearing a jersey and shorts prior to Wednesday’s ’Stros/Cubs game. His jersey had an NOB but no number. … Equipment note from Jacob Little, who writes: “During Wednesday’s White Sox game, color man Steve Stone mentioned a new method to organize the players bats in the dugout. Instead of being listed by name or number on the cubby, they’re listed by the player’s country of origin (or in the U.S. players’ case, by state of origin). I’ll be at two games during this homestand, so I’ll try to grab a picture.” … Another guy with a pin on his cap: Frank Robinson during his Giants managerial stint. Hard to tell if it’s the old Croix de Candlestick pin (full details on that are here), but it probably is — the timeline matches up (with thanks to Andy Chalifour). … Latest awesome photo contribution from Jared Wheeler: Monte Cross of the Philadelphia A’s wearing a killer sweater. … You knew Johnny U. finished his career with the Chargers. But did you know he wore blue high-tops? (Thanks to Matt Mitchell.) … Lots of the Ravens are wearing that Gouge-Gard protective helmet film, as seen here, here, here, here, and here (with thanks to Jack Krabbe). … Good thing the Yankees are such a classy organization (with thanks to Steven Samuels). … Big article here about Under Armour. … Here’s the new Colorado jersey — interesting. Kinda need to see it with pads, but I’m actually more intrigued than appalled. Additional pics here (with thanks to Robert Andrew Powell). … New design for Houston too, going from this to this. … Wanna see something really, really cool? Go here and move the slider from year to year (big thanks to KJ Kearney). … Doesn’t really look so weird. … Appalachian State will be wearing throwbacks on September 6th to mark coach Jerry Moore’s 20th year. Additional pics here. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out Fernando Tatis from Wednesday night’s Mets/Padres game — for once, a helmet dot Ticker item that has nothing to do with the NFL. … “Okay,” says Nile Smith, “so last year and the year before you might have noticed how Ohio State players changed from wearing white socks to black. But during yesterday’s team photo, almost everyone had white socks. Hopefully this doesn’t change back during the season. It sounds tiny and odd, but Ohio State fans went ballistic when they switched from white socks to black.” … I’m deeply saddened — and, frankly, a little offended — to report that Len Kasper and Bob Brenly did not mention Uni Watch on the air yesterday. The fact that the Cubs had an off day is no excuse.