What you see above is Arizona State’s 50th-anniversary logo. In yesterday’s Ticker, I mentioned that it wouldn’t be worn as a jersey patch. That’s accurate, but what I left out (because I didn’t know about it until yesterday afternoon) is that it will be worn as a helmet decal.
And that’s as good a segue as any for my annual college football season-preview column, which is up now on ESPN — enjoy (and thanks to the many of you who contributed info).
Membership News: We’ve had a nice little bump in membership enrollments this month. There have been some interesting design orders, including Nick Tringale‘s card, shown at right (based on, of course, the UGA football helmet). Other notable requests have come from Matt Powers (based on the Wagner helmet he once wore) James Bates (based on this — our first-ever BP jersey request), and Brian Flynn-Kocourek (our longest NOB so far, although not our first hyphenated NOB [that would be this one]). As always, you can see and comment on all the card designs here, and those who haven’t signed up yet can find all the relevant info here.
For those of you waiting for your finished cards, I mailed all of them out yesterday except for James B.’s (I wasn’t happy with how the colors came out, so we’ll tweak them and print a new version in the next batch) and Brian F.-K.’s (because, of course, we misspelled your name, which I didn’t catch until I was about to put the card in the envelope — sorry about that), so watch your mailboxes.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday’s entry on merchandised jerseys prompted an awesome response from Nick Jurista. Check this out: “I don’t like buying team jerseys either. I prefer to make my own variations. I made a Favre ‘jersey’ last year for the playoffs out of a green long-sleeve shirt. I used sewn-on felt for the numbers, fabric paints for the stripes and NOB. And for the Seahawks’ Super Bowl run, I made a blue hoodie into a Seahawks jersey-plus-helmet. I made that one with fabric paints, gave myself a fake name/number, and added a little extra to the front right pocket. I realize I look completely absurd in these, but I really just do it for fun. I am not a Seahawks or Packers fan, and this was the cheapest, most creative way I could think of to support them during their playoff runs. My guess is that I’m not the only person who does something like this, although I haven’t met anyone else who does.” I don’t know if he’s right about that, but I do know this: Nick, you made my day. … While checking a track-back to Kenn Tomasch‘s blog, I discovered something he’d apparently just discovered as well: There’s a Flickr group called “Women in a Sports Jersey.” Not quite as cool as Rob Ullman‘s illos, but still. … Several Browns observations from Brendon Yarian, including new facemasks for Brady Quinn (going from this to this) and Kellen Winslow (from this to this), and an FNOB alert. … Gallery of U.S. Open outfits here. … Joshua Edney reports that Charlotte’s basketball court design is changing from this to this. … Alex Hill notes that Kevin Cash, who had been wearing No. 36, has given that number to newly acquired Paul Byrd and has switched to No. 30. … Fun piece here about what some of the Titans keep in their lockers (with thanks to Wade Harder). … Oh. My. God. Details here (with thanks to David Cline). … Nice little Nets uni-history timeline here (courtesy of Mike Verna). … Here’s something you don’t often see: an A’s pillbox cap. “My grandpa used to wear one like this daily, and I don’t think I’ve seen one since he passed,” writes Chad Hunt. “My recollection was that we got this hat for him at a Stockton (CA) Ports game sometime in the mid-1980s. The Ports are a Class-A affiliate of the A’s; it may have been a promotional giveaway.” … The Sonics-turned-Thunder will finally make it official next Wednesday. … Here’s an awesome time-lapse video of the Blue Jackets’ ice being prepared with graphics, logos, the red and blue lines, etc. (tremendous find by Matt Lesser). … “This is Latvian cyclist Raivis Belohvosciks in the Eneco Tour time trial,” writes Wim De Dobbeleer. “He’s part of the Saunier Duval team that, after the Tour de France débacle with Ricardo Ricco (who tested positive on third generation EPO), decided to stop its sponsership. Making a new time trial suit with the new sponsor (especially when you’re the national champion, like Belohvosicks), isn’t that obvious. So here goes a pro rider, who’s part of a million-dollar circuit, riding around in a suit where he had to manually obscure the sponsor with black marker.”