Did you know that the Georgia town of Hoschton (pop. 1700) has been trying to break the Guinness World Record for “most scarecrows in one location”? Right, me neither. But it’s true. And reader Brent Hardman, who lives near Hoschton, has found an unlikely uni-related storyline amidst all the stuffed figurines:
A few weeks ago I was driving home a different way and came upon a scarecrow football game. Notice that the numbers on the UGA players appear to be pretty accurate, while the orange team (insert any of UGA’s hated orange-clad rivals) are all wearing zero. I guess they used baseball batting helmets because that’s what they had on hand. Pretty cool how DIY it all is.
And how. As awesome homespun projects go, this one is right up there with Little Fenway. The teams are set up on a little gridiron, complete with goalposts (here’s a wider view). They’ve got fans in the bleachers and along the fence, they’ve got cheerleaders on the sidelines (here’s a closer look), they’ve got a ref, even a UGA mascot. It’s all pretty freakin’ adorable.
Wanna know more about the Hoschton scarecrows (most of which aren’t uni-related, although there appears to be a soccer player and a Nascar scene), there’s a really good video report here, news accounts here and here, and lots of photos here.
Uni Watch News Ticker (fully bold-enabled, by popular demand): The NFL has put together a nice photo gallery of throwback games. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Joe Hilseberg was was recently at M&T Bank Stadium and took a photo of this great chinstrap reminder sign. … I’m a few days late with this, but the Flames will have an alternate jersey next season (thanks, Teebz). … Matt Takimoto notes that Cal has been wearing a “BB” decal in memory of former marching band director Bob Briggs. “Is this the first time a football team has honored something to do with the band before?” he asks. Good question. Anyone..? … Much hilarity on my daily Page 2 conference call yesterday over this item, which notes that Sebastian Janikowski “set a Raiders record attempting a field goal from 76 yards out against the Chargers.” Hey, I can break that record, easy — I’ll attempt a 100-yarder! A 106-yarder! And after that I’ll break the record for the highest pole vault attempt and the most ribs eaten in one sitting (I’ll probably just eat a dozen or so, but my attempt will be for 317). To succeed is human — to attempt divine! … Here’s a decent glimpse of the Sixers’ anniversary patch (with thanks to Mike Preston). … The double-A Chattanooga Lookouts recently changed their affiliation from the Reds to the Dodgers, which means a new uni set (with thanks to Michael W. Vines). … Marketing knows no bounds (thanks, Bry). … No, I mean it really knows no bounds (kudos to Ryan Burns). … Brendon Yarian recently visited Canton and came back with some great pics of stuff I hadn’t seen before, including special facemasks worn by Doug Williams and Dan Dierdorf, some cool program art, Jim Thorpe’s cape, and an Otto Graham jersey that had to be renumbered after a rule change. Lots of other good stuff in this slideshow. … Judging by this shot from Pistons Media Day, it looks like Rasheed Wallace is switching from No. 36 to the 30 he wore at UNC and in Portland (good spot by Ethan Crooks). … Yesterday I linked to some pics of jai-alai jerseys and passed along Steve Bevacqua‘s query, “Does Champion still make jerseys like this?” No surprise to get a response from sporting goods maven Terry Proctor: “The old Champion plant in Perry, NY, is still in operation as American Classic Outfitters. ACO has all the old Champion patterns and lettering fonts at the Perry plant. They even used Champion-style numbers on a set of football jerseys they did for Livonia High School two years ago. As to the jai alai jerseys. I spoke with my contact person at ACO. She explained ACO is now the contract manufacturer for Adidas/Reebok — they make all of the NBA and WNBA uniforms in Perry. She told me the jai-alai shirt would be a basic pattern but would have to be ordered through Adidas/Reebok and carry one of those labels (apparently ACO no longer is able to sell product under their own name). So yes, the shirt would be available, but I think they would only be affordable to Donald Trump.” … About two years ago I wrote an ESPN column about eye black. Now Brian Farkas says that column inspired his family to start a company. Read all about it here (click on each thumbnail, then on “All Sizes,” and then on “Original”). … Lots of interesting NOB action on the Toledo football team, as seen here, here, and, rather bizarrely, here (great work by Drew VanNess). … Jen Muller scanned some pages from the 1975 Yankees yearbook (when the team was still playing at Shea). Highlights include a description of the Bronx renovation, a gallery of Family Day portraits, and an incredible demolition company ad. … As long as she had the scanner warmed up, Jen also sent along some pages from the book Baseball’s Hometown Teams: The Story of the Minor Leagues. If this photo is any indication, we’re all gonna need to get a copy of this book. Also, check out these shoes, these socks, this sweater, and everything in this shot. Striped cuffs!!