As the Titans pushed their record to 9-0 yesterday, Jevon Kearse celebrated by making creative use of some tape on his jersey. Pretty cool move, and nobody will be able to copy it next week because nobody’s wearing No. 100.
My annual college hoops season-preview column is up now on ESPN. Meanwhile, we’ve got lots of other stuff to address here today, beginning with…
November Raffle: Great opportunity on tap here, as reader Alain Nana-Sinkam, who runs Classic Old School, is offering a free custom-designed jersey — including basic numbers, NOB, and one patch — to one lucky winner (plus he’s offering a 10% discount to all other Uni Watch readers). To enter, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to the raffle address (not to the usual Uni Watch address, please) by this Thursday at 10pm. One entry per person, except for Uni Watch membership enrollees, who can send four entries. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Boy howdie, can’t the Nats do anything right? As you may recall, their new road uni has plain, non-beveled uni numbers on the front — or at least it did at last week’s unveiling. But now a little birdie tells me that the jerseys shown at the unveiling were wrong and that the front numbers on the road jersey will be beveled after all. … On Friday I mentioned that Reebok was making a little hay over Nike’s snafu with that female marathon winner. Turns out there’s a little more to the story — begin reading with the third graf here (with thanks to Robert Tusso). … Another follow-up from Friday: I had linked to this photo showing someone wearing a swoosh-emblazoned black suit behind the USC end zone. Turns out it was ex-USC tailback Anthony Davis, who dresses up as a Nike billboard while selling his autograph for $10 a pop — money that may or may not go to a “foundation” of somewhat dubious propriety. Full details here. … Peter Macaluso has a job scanning old magazine pages and posting them on eBay, and sometimes he comes across some amazing sports-related stuff. Among his recent finds: Broadway Joe on a motorcycle, Frank Gifford whoring for the tobacco biz, Midwestern perfection, and a nice shot of Stan the Man. … eBay stuff: a tremendous vintage baseball jersey; a great old uniform; a truly magnificent set of basketball shorts; a cool old L.A. Angels merch catalog; some nice sporting goods catalogs here, here, and here; Tony the Tiger in a Marlins uniform; some kissing Patriots bobbleheads; a bunch of old hockey decals; and a bunch of 1960s NFL media guides. Meanwhile, can anyone tell me more about what the Rawlings Roundup was? … If you scroll about halfway down on this page, you’ll find a college hockey version of Uni Watch (with thanks to Seth Horowitz). … Super-spectacular 1939 NHL All-Star jersey up for auction here — wow! And scroll down to the bottom of that page for more jaw-dropping beauties (big thanks to Mike Hersh). … Cool video clip here that shows the All Blacks gearing up for a match (with thanks to Caleb Borchers). … “Parkview Baptist School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) warmed up for Thursday night’s game against Redemptorist in their normal red uniforms,” writes Chris Mycoskie. “But then they came out for the game in black jerseys they’re never worn before — part of a ‘blackout’ thing where all the fans wore black, too.” … Matt Mitchell reports that Temple High School in Texas, has worn the same basic football uni design for at least 75 years — a design that includes two-tone pants. Lots of additional pics here. … This is just too brilliant not to share. … Tremendous little video clip about bare-faced hockey goalies and Jacques Plante here (nice find by Alan Kreit). … Check out the last item on this list. Several years too late, but better than nothing (with thanks to Jeremy Whiting). … 11/11 is almost here, so poppies have been showing up on the lapels of NHL coaches and Hall of Fame inductees, and also on the Arsenal jersey (those unfamiliar with this protocol should look here). … Speaking of the NHL HoF, the Leafs wore the Hall of Fame patch on Saturday, as is their custom for the annual induction-oriented game. … My recent ESPN column on the story behind the MLB logo came at a propitious time for webmaster John Ekdahl, who setting up cornhole league (if you’re unfamiliar with that unfortunately named sport, look here) and designed this logo for it. “Mine works both righty and lefty too, just like the MLB logo,” he says. … Also from John: “Since the start of the ’07 Giants season, my Tiki Barber jersey has sat in my closet, for obvious reasons. Last week I saw it hanging there and thought what a huge waste it was to buy an expensive jersey with an asshole’s name and number on it. Then it hit me: Reverse the 21 to make it a 12 and I have myself a brand new Steve Smith jersey (who I love). Dropped it off today at a specialty shop and they’re doing the whole thing (plus putting Smith’s name on it) for $35. Not bad, huh? Plus I’ll be the proud owner of the only Steve Smith jersey I’ve ever seen without teal in it.” … Still more from John: “Is it just me, or are the Yankees trying to match the blue tones in the new stadium blues to the blue of the uniform? Old Yankee Stadium’s blues were quite a bit brighter than the official color of the Yankees, but the seats and accent colors in the new stadium seem noticeably darker to me. It will be interesting to see what the outfield walls look like.” … Speaking of Yankee Stadium, this is pretty cool. … Mark Kaplowitz attended Thursday night’s Rangers game and saw someone wearing a Messier jersey — or was it a Mes5ier jersey? “Hope he got a refund,” says Mark. … This Korean video clip is the most bizarre baseball “brawl” ever. Can anyone explain? … Nice bit of on-the-spot jersey mending during Saturday’s OSU/Northwestern game (screen grab courtesy of Ben Kelly). … What happened to all those pieces of Shea Stadium? Lots of them are in a warehouse. Excellent photo gallery here (with thanks to Dwayne White). … All of you who complain that you can’t find Hartford Whalers merch should look here, here, and here. … Unusual college football sights from Saturday: UNC in navy, Wake Forest in gold, Tennessee-Martin in orange (with Auburn wearing white at home). … Reprinted from Saturday’s comments: Stewartville High School in Minnesota has some interesting ideas about what constitutes appropriate typography. I hasten to note that the worst-looking designs in real life make the best-looking membership cards, so someone please sign up with this motif, pronto. … Excellent article on collecting game-used hockey sweaters here (thanks to Alan Kreit). … Several notes from Saturday night’s Jones/Calzaghe bout: (1) Jones’s trunks featured little bow ties on each side — never seen anything like that before. (2) Calzaghe’s gloves and mouthpiece featured the colors of the Welsh flag. (3) At first glance, it looks like Calzaghe’s waistband featured his name, but it was actually his web site. … Oh, and there was just a wee bit of blood. … While looking for something else, I came across this shot of Orlando Cepeda with his left sleeve rolled up. … Jeremy Brahm, who lives in Portland, reports that his dentist is wearing these Trail Blazers scrubs. … Also from Jeremy: The Japanese V.League has added its logo to the uniforms of the current men’s and women’s champions. … Jevon Kearse wasn’t the only one making creative use of tape yesterday: Rams defensive back Oshiomogho Atogwe had some serious tape stripes on both arms at the outset of yesterday’s Jets/Rams game. “I was hoping for a better shot,” says new bench coach Phil Hecken, who provided the screen grabs, “but he removed the tape after the first set of downs (possibly due to fineage, possibly due to being toasted a couple times by Favre).” … Turns out the Pirates did wear the MLB 100th-anniversary patch after all — sort of. That shot is from the 1971 World Series. It’s not clear whether the Bucs also wore the patch on their jackets in 1969 (big thanks to Paul and Larry Wiederecht). … The Lions wore throwbacks yesterday and the retro motif even extended to coach Rod Marinelli’s cap and T-shirt. But why did he have to wear the tee tucked in with a pair of pleated dress slacks? Look, Rod, here’s how it works: T-shirts are worn with jeans. And you don’t tuck them in. Jesus fuck, no wonder this team can’t win a freaking game. … Brian Urlacher had helmet decal problems yesterday (with thanks to Mike Chamernik). … Lots of readers noticed that the Giants’ nameplate lettering looked smaller than usual last night, plus a few Jints didn’t have the “ny” logo on their chests. Equipment director Joe Skiba is playing coy for now, but I hope to have more details tomorrow. … New alternate uni for the single-A Rome Braves (thanks to Mickey Seward). … The intersection of stadiums and baking strikes again, this time in the form of a gingerbread Fenway Park. Details here (with thanks to Seth Horowitz). … What is that “Islanders” script that the Isles are wearing on their helmets when donning their throwback uniforms? I don’t recall the Isles using that logo back in the day — or, y’know, ever (good spot by John Muir). … Mark Kluczynski reports that D3 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute wore black uniforms and an “86” patch on Saturday, in honor of the final game at historic ’86 Field, named after the class of 1886 (which donated funds for the field) and in use since 1912. … The famous Dave Parker smoking photo is apparently being sold on a T-shirt (with thanks to Alan Borock). … HNOB (that’s hyphenated NOB) alert: Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn of the Rocky Mountain Rage (with thanks to Michael Putlack, who also reports that one of his local shops has a Coors Light sign with the old NFL logo and, even weirder, the logo is missing the left column of stars). … The Pens’ powder blue alternate is a hot seller (with thanks to Chris Hilf). … Attention Omar Minaya: There’s a southpaw on the market.