Greetings, comrades. Been a long time since we had a weekend filled with so many uni-notable news items. Here’s a breakdown:
• College football coaches wore little plastic tag-ish thingies to support muscular dystrophy research.
• It’s rare that you see such a gruesome jersey repair as this. That’s Quan Cosby of Texas, who had to be stitched up in the first half yesterday. (Thanks to Josh Curran for the screen grab.)
• Did Ryan Howard have an iPod in his pocket on Saturday night or did he trade in his packet of sunflower seeds for a handful of lo mein? (Screen grab courtesy of Wayne Koehler.)
• The Rays brought a shipment of earflapped caps to Philly, but Joe Madden‘s apparently the only one who’s worn them during one of the games. Did Jimmy Rollins do so, or was it only for the postgame interview?
• Reader Rick Friedel notes that JaMarcus Russell was apparently wearing something red under his helmet, as you can see by looking at his earholes. It wasn’t there when he took his helmet off, so was it built into the helmet..? If anyone knows more about this, please fill us in.
• The Jets wore a patch to honor the 40th anniversary of the Super Bowl III championship team.
• The Blackhawks and Red Wings revealed the throwback jerseys they’ll be wearing for the annual Winter Classic game, and goddamn do they look awesome (additional info here and here, there’s a video clip here, and additional pics here and here). Here’s an old photo showing what the Chicago design is based on.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In addition to ruining baseball pants, George Hendrick apparently liked visors so much that he wore them while posing for Topps photos on at least two separate occasions (with thanks to Andy Chalifour). … Interesting piece here about how uniforms play a role in college recruiting. … In case you missed it in Friday’s comments, the guy with the Batman logos in this photo has been identified as Richard “Batman” Wood. Additional pics of him and his namesake logo here and here (with thanks to Richard Dickson). … Chris Salove reports that Boise High School in Idaho uses an arrowhead-shaped “Boise” NOB (the team is called the Braves), plus the varsity squad uses a center spear decal while the JV doesn’t. … Here’s a photo gallery from last Thursday’s anti-cancer night at Nassau Coliseum, complete with pink-taped hockey sticks (with thanks to John Muir). … Also from John: The best shot yet of Rick DiPietro’s new mask. … Swedish hockey ref Thomas Andersson had to dress like this on Thursday. Why is that noteworthy? Because the Swedish refs normally wear gray, ad-festooned sweaters, but Andersson lost his gear on the way to Thursday’s game and ended up having to don traditional zebrawear (with thanks to Roy Ellingsen). … Just when you thought you’d seen everything, here’s a company that makes jersey-shaped napkins (with thanks to Jerry Duke). … Wow, somebody sure liked Velcro! Details here (with thanks to Joe Hilseberg). … Joe Skiba reports that the Giants will not be wearing their red alternate jerseys this year. … The Nats will unveil an updated uni set on November 6th. … Six days after that, the Orioles are planning a uni unveiling. Here’s the invitation (courtesy of Kenneth Levin), which makes it pretty clear that they’ll finally be switching to the long-rumored “Baltimore” road uni. … Oh man, how awesome is this?! That’s a 1928 Victoria Cubs sweater, which was up for auction a few years back (great find by David Soline). … Major historical find by Kenn Tomasch: a 25-second video clip of the Marlins unveiling their original uni set in 1992. … Good article here about a day in the life of the Calgary Flames’ equipment staff (with thanks to Chris Brard). … More cakes, this time all Texas A&M-themed, as seen here, here, here, here, and here (big thanks to Bryan Blake). … Alejandro Macri sent along some shots of the Argentine soccer team Vélez Sársfield. “These uniforms are their third alternates,” he writes. “Note the mismatched socks!” … Brett Moran reports that East Mississippi (a junior college) has a very odd jersey design. … Check this out: an 1879 baseball team featuring what might be the earliest recorded instance of a player wearing his cap backwards (courtesy of Tom Shieber). … Kinda says it all, no? Rick Subrizio spotted that license plate in a parking lot in Natick, Massachusetts. … Are those airborne paint chips after a helmet-to-helmet collision? Kyle Shoun thinks so. … Not many people realize that after Yogi Berra managed the Yankees in 1964, he came out of retirement and played in four games for the Mets in 1965, getting nine at-bats. You can see one of those ABs at the 3:07 mark of this early Mets highlight video (with thanks to Paul Wiederecht). … Reprinted from Saturday’s comments: RNOB (roman numeral on back) .That’s Missouri punter Jake Harry IV. … Also from Saturday: The Revolution Speed helmet finally has its own web site. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Logo creep has made it all the way to the pinkie. … NSFW: Nice body-painted Chase Utley jersey here. … Fascinating contribution from Marc Burgess, who reports that his girlfriend received this ad for the NFL Network in the mail. He writes: “My first thought was, ‘Why did they change Ray Lewis’s number to 25?’ My second thought was, ‘Why did the change the jersey number but not the helmet number?’ And they left Gurode’s number the same.” Very odd.