We often talk discuss yearbooks and programs, but we don’t often talk about media guides, in large part because they’re not documented very well on the web. But now someone has put together an online exhibit of Nebraska football media guides from 1964 through 1990, and there’s a ton of great stuff. Here’s a sampling:
1964: Even in black-and-white, the two Ns — one on the field, one in the stands — is pretty inspiring.
1967: I’m frankly a bit astonished that they had a black player pose next to a blonde white cheerleader for this cover shot in 1967.
1969: Interesting shot here. As you can see, the helmet shows the NCAA’s 100th-anniversary decal, which many teams wore that year. The thing is, Nebraska didn’t wear that decal on the side of their helmet — they wore it on the front (as seen, ironically, in several photos from the following year’s media guide cover).
1970: This year’s guide featured a cool little gallery of logos, many of which I hadn’t seen before.
1973: Some pretty cool typography and illustration here.
1975: After two years of putting illustrations on the cover, they switched to one of history’s most boring photos. Seriously, does that look like a bad high school yearbook photo or what?
1976: That’s more like it.
1980: “By far my favorite,” says reader Ethan Rowley (who works in the Nebraska athletic dept.), and it’s hard to argue with him. Is this a media guide or a poster for a Richard Pryor film?
1987: Very odd front cover. Almost feels more like a back cover, no? Also, note that the bare midriff is now covered by a T-shirt.
1989: The season hasn’t even started and they’re already lobbying for the Heisman. That’s pretty standard stuff nowadays, but I think it was much more “innovative” in 1989. Is this when the whole Heisman process started going down the crapper?
(Thanks to the aforementioned Ethan Rowley and also to Brian Hansen, who both told me about this online exhibit a few days ago.)
Raffle Results: The winner of the $100 gift card from SoccerPro.com is JK Chaney, who should contact me asap to claim his prize. And as for everyone who didn’t win…
Yet Another August Raffle: Here’s something you don’t see every day: a banner from the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. It currently belongs to reader Mike Burnett, who explains how he acquired it:
These banners were all over the place in Atlanta, with different corporate logos on them, and in different colors. I was working at a theatre there at the time. As the games were drawing to a close, they started disappearing — even the bigger ones off the freeway. Knowing what my group had to do to get ours (several scout vehicles at the ends of streets, headset walkie-talkies, a pickup, an 18-foot extension ladder, and some quick legwork by our greaseman), I can only imagine how big a hassle it was getting one of the freeway models.
Anyway, it’s 8’6″ long and two feet wide — too large for my home, and it’s been making move after move with me. Seeing as the Olympics are coming up, and those things clutter — err, dcorate — the towns of the Olympics, I thought it might make a nice raffle prize.
Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know what to say. It’s not every day a reader offers to raffle off something he stole from the Olympics (nor is it every day I run a raffle listing that includes the word “greaseman”). If you’re as stirred by Michael’s generosity as I am, and if you’d like him to hand off this treasured item to you like a veritable 4-by-400 relay baton, send 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 this Wednesday — that’s the day after tomorrow, August 13th.
I liked the way we handled the entries for the soccer raffle, so let’s try that again: If you’re enrolled in the Uni Watch membership program, you can send in up to four e-mails; everyone else gets one e-mail (and I’ll be checking multiple e-mailers against the membership roster, so don’t bother trying to cheat). The winner will be announced this Thursday.
Uni Watch News Ticker: According to the second graf of this story, the Dodgers will soon be marketing Manny Ramirez caps with built-in dreadlocks. … Scott Mason sent along some photos of pages from this book. I’ve gathered them into a slideshow here. … Awesome hockey facemask here. … Here’s a good video report on the new Michigan uniforms. Depressing to see that even the equipment manager gets stuck with the triple-stripe treatment (with thanks to David Horn). … Judging by the way Phil Hughes has been dressing during his rehab stint in Scranton, the Yankees need to reactivate him quick (with thanks to Jeff Landset). … “Baylor’s new coach, Art Briles, had the the Bears in Packers pants last week,” reports Matt Mitchell. “Up until two-a-days, they had been strictly old gold for the past 15 years or so. No word as to whether these will see game use. If so, it would certainly look better with coordinated headgear.” … “There’s gottta be a point-shaving joke here somewhere,” says Todd Fisher. … “I’m a sucker for the old minor league uniforms with a name down the placket,” writes Pacific northwest baseball guru Dave Eskenazi. “The 1911 Western League St. Joe Drummers not only had the vertical nickname on the shirt, but also the stylized ‘SJ’ on the chest, and ‘St Joe’ on the hat (quite unusual). I’d never seen this uniform until I stumbled across this series of real photo postcards.” … Do you know what the Boston Cannons have in common with the Dallas Cowboys? (More to the point, do you even know what sport the Boston Cannons play?) Look here (with thanks to Travis Holland). … We’d previously seen USF’s new road jersey, but here are the homes. Lots more pics in this gallery. … Kelvin Torve will forever be the answer to a trivia question (with thanks to Alan Kreit). … Lots of game-used jerseys and helmets were on sale at LSU’s annual fan day (with thanks to Derek Ponamsky). … Potentially disturbing news from Jerime Wargo, who writes: “My friend’s brother works for Reebok. He’s in production, not design, so I usually don’t get any design info from him that I haven’t seen somewhere else first. But this afternoon the following nugget was passed along to me: ‘So, word in Reebok/Adidas world is that the Miami Dolphins contacted them today to totally reimage them. We’re talking new logo, new color scheme, and new uniforms. Why? Because, according to their front office, they want to be “tough,” and unfortunately orange and teal don’t go along with tough.’ It seems to me this is bound to end in disaster.” It also sounds like yet another reason (as if any were needed) to hate Bill Parcells. … Check out what Houston’s football jersey looked like in 1946 (awesome find by Susan Freeman). … In Friday’s comments, someone noted that the mesh on the Giants’ jerseys is now running all the way to the collar, instead of just up to the yoke seam. I asked Joe Skiba about it, and he said, “That’s a permanent change. I’ll have some more goodies up my sleeve as the season goes on.” … Kinda weird to see a team wearing throwbacks in a preseason game. Not unprecedented, but pretty unusual nonetheless. … Two new jersey patches on display in Saturday’s Rams/Titans game: The Rams’ Georgia Frontiere memorial (sure would’ve been a lot smaller if she’d had a less flashy signature), and the Titans’ 10th-season patch (which was missing from a few jerseys, but that’s the preseason for ya). … Wearing red can give you an advantage with the refs (with thanks to Doug Mooney). …