If you look at the breakdown of NFL teams wearing white at home recently compiled by reader Tim Brulia, you’ll see that the Raiders and Seahawks are listed as the league’s “only white jersey virgins.”
We’ll have to revise that entry, because the Seahawks now stand alone after the Raiders wore white at home for yesterday’s game against the Chargers — unprecedented! And for an intriguing footnote, check out this page (pointed out by Timothy Fesmire), which suggests that the Raiders may wear white at home all season long next year — with silver numbers! Does this have something to do with next year’s observance of the AFL’s 50th anniversary? Hmmmm, intriguing.
Other notes from yesterday:
• Can anyone explain why the officials in the Bears/Eagles game were wearing their cold-weather black slacks? Gametime temp was in the 60s, so there’s really no excuse.
• As for the the events in Flushing, at least my team went down wearing their proper colors (yeah, pins would’ve been nice, but I’m OK with the snow whites; apparently one fan disagreed). The postgame stadium-closing ceremony, for all its flaws (and there were several), nonetheless prompted a few sobs in at least on Brooklyn living room, as lots of Mets old-timers were brought onto the field wearing period-appropriate jerseys. Oddest sight was Nail Dykstra, who apparently is so fully entrenched in his new corporate Dow Jones lifestyle that he’s now incapable of wearing an untucked shirt. Nice bit at the end, as all old-timers stepped on home plate one last time, including Mr. Say Hey, who reached down and touched the plate instead of stepping on it. Our own Scott M.X. Turner was on hand for the events (as you’ll recall, he also attended the final game at Yankee Stadium — wonder how many people can claim that dual status [well, aside from this fella]?) and will have a fuller report in a day or two. And hey, L.I. Phil, thanks for all the screen grabs, esp. given the emotionally trying circumstances. Meanwhile, my congrats to the Crew — if the city I live in couldn’t make it to the dance, then I’m glad my favorite American city did.
In Which I Present a Uni-Related Story About a Certain Political Party and Its Vice-Presidential Candidate Without Making Fun of Anyone, So Now You Can All Stop Calling Me Biased and Partisan and Everything, Thank You Very Much: You may have noticed that Sarah Palin was wearing a Phillies windbreaker-ish thingie during a campaign appearance on Friday, as seen at right. What you probably didn’t know is that a Uni Watch reader played a pivotal role in this wardrobe choice. Here’s the story from the man himself, reader Eric Trager (who was also the source of this 2007 entry):
Sarah Palin came to Philadelphia on Friday to greet a group of supporters at Center City’s Irish Pub before the presidential debate. Through my affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania College Republicans (I’m a graduate student in political science), I had volunteered to drive one of the press vans for the motorcade. Anyway, about two hours before Palin was set to depart for the event, one of her assistants came down to the hotel lobby and said that Palin wanted to wear a fleece with a local team’s insignia to the bar. “Anyone happen to know where we can get that?” she asked the group of volunteers.
It seemed like fate. As a lifelong Republican and avid collector of sports paraphernalia, finding officially licensed team gear for my party’s vice-presidential candidate seemed like the one menial task for which I had unknowingly spent my entire life preparing. So I immediately volunteered, driving Palin’s assistant in one of the campaign’s Chevy Suburbans to the local Modell’s. As a Mets fan, I naturally wanted to steer Palin away from Phillies gear, so I strongly recommended various Flyers and Eagles tops (“This is an Eagles town,” I said with conviction). But, after the assistant said that Palin preferred something red, I relented and picked out a small Phillies windbreaker that Palin wore later that night.
The reason Palin wanted to wear red was almost certainly because she’s signed on for the glorious socialist revolution, as epitomized by our College Vault book raffle. Welcome aboard, Comrade Sarah! It fills my heart with godless pride to announce that Comrade Gregory Holt is the first-place winner of the raffle (he chose the Michigan book), with Comrade Mark Frantz in second place (he opted for the Ohio State volume, no doubt because he supports the concept of socialized education via state universities), and Comrade Robert Erdtmann will get the Notre Dame volume. More glorious state-sponsored giveaways coming soon.
Research Project: My recent mentions of the Tommie Agee home run marker in Shea Stadium and the Ted Williams home run seat at Fenway prompted Ryan Patrick to send this photo of a Jimmy Wynn HR seat in the Astrodome. Let’s compile a list of all such markers, past and present. To contribute, send me a note (but please DON’T tell me about the markers at Vets Stadium, the Metrodome, the Mall of America, or Turner Field, cuz a few bizillion people have already told me about those — thanks).
Uni Watch News Ticker: With the world economy teetering on the brink, the Montreal Canadiens have helpfully agreed to sponsor Canada’s monetary system. … Holy shit do I want this sleeve patch. It comes from this eBay listing (big thanks to Scott Johnson). … We all know Dave Concepcion’s NOB lettering barely fit on his back. But in this shot, the lettering is actually on his sleeve (good spot by Robert Eden). … “Honey, could you make the coffee?” That’s Joe Beimel wearing one of those team robes (as spotted by Mike Petriello). … The 49ers are retiring Steve Young’s number. … Keith Owen has a friend who ordered a Carlos Delgado bobblehead and ended up with this. … According to the second entry on this Q&A page, the Ravens will not be wearing their solid-black uniform this season. … Steal an MLB uniform, get arrested. … Jeremy‘s Corner: a new UEFA logo and some new uni-related volleyball regulations from the FIVB. … A few days ago I asked if anyone knew which college football team was the first to wear NOBs. According to the second graf on this page, it was Maryland (excellent work by Matt Shevin). … My ESPN column about Shea Stadium prompted a great story from Andrew Snyder: “My dad worked the hand-operated scoreboard for the Mets’ AA affiliate, the Victoria (TX) Toros, who moved the next year to Jackson, MS to become the Jackson Mets. One day in 1974, a ladder broke and he fell, breaking his collarbone. The Mets sent him an autographed ball as a get-well present (additional photos ). While the 1974 Mets weren’t quite as good as the 1969 Mets, their manager was Yogi Berra, Willie Mays was a coach, and they had Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and Tug McGraw, among others.” My favorite detail in this story is the metered postage strip — look closely and you’ll see that it includes details of the Mets’ upcoming schedule! So cool. … Not sure if we’ve linked to this before, but Tom Wallwork reports that there’s now a Michigan Helmet Project site. I was surprised to see this design — do the Habs know about this? … I assume they gave a bunch of these to Matt Millen on his way out the door (with thanks to Steve Moeller). … And put Chad Pennington down for a box of these (as forwarded by Jeff Johnson). … The Raptors have a new alt jersey (note the maple leaf on the back). Additional details here. … New hoops uniforms for Iowa State (with thanks to Corey Munson). … FNOB alert: Alabama’s BJ Scott (with thanks to Alex Seiver). … Patrick Guay found this at a church bazaar just outside of Montreal. … Interesting video here about the design process behind the Sabres’ new alternate jersey and merchandising line (with thanks to Doug Leake). … David Fitzgerald says this shot of Yaz shows him homering off of Tom Seaver in the 1975 All-Star Game. How could he possibly have been hitting without a helmet? … Latest uni-related cartoon from The New Yorker. … Good slideshow of the new Sacramento Kings jerseys here. … Readers John Freeman and Scotty Banks were poking around the nooks and crannies of the stadium during the UNC/Miami game and came across this helmet cart (additional pics here). “It wasn’t used during the game, and I’ve never seen one at a Hurricanes game, which got us wondering if it’s an old Dolphins cart,” says Freeman. “And no, we didn’t get to drive it around.” … Not uni-related, but I’ve been meaning to mention that I recently made a picnic ham in my smoker, and it turned out so great that I think it’s possibly the single best thing I’ve ever cooked. Looked like a lump of coal from the outside, but it sliced up really nicely. Deee-lish. Although I cooked it more than three weeks ago, the memory of it is so strong that it’s almost enough to keep me from dwelling on the Mets’ collapse. … But not quite.