Remember Matt Stover’s Gene Upshaw memorial sleeve band/patch thingie? It was pointed out in yesterday morning’s comments that Brian Dawkins was wearing an Upshaw armband (or maybe just a sleeve patch on a black undershirt) this past Sunday, as you can see above. Much later in the day, someone said Dawkins (who, like Stover, is a union rep) had been wearing the arm-borne memorial all season. And sure enough, he has, as seen in these pics from September 21st and 28th, October 5th, 12th, and 26th, and November 2nd. How is it possible that none of us pointed this out until now? We’re all slipping, people.
New ESPN column today — here’s the link. Meanwhile, here’s your Ticker, which for a change doesn’t even include the word “douchebag.”
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Trail Blazers will retire the No. 30 twice in December, honoring Terry Porter and Bobby Gross. This is apparently only the third time an NBA team has retired a number on behalf of two players: The Knicks retired No. 15 in honor of Dick McGuire and Earl Monroe, and the Celtics retired No. 18, worn by Dave Cowens and Jim Loscutoff (with thanks to Dane Drutis). … Bob Wilzbach reports that the Dayton Bombers wore Troy Bruins throwbacks on Friday (note the very small “A” designation). “The Troy Bruins were an IHL team that played at Hobart Arena, where the Bombers now play, from 1951-1959.” He also notes that the Johnstown Chiefs now have ads on their chests (not unusual for minor league hockey) and their rear shirttails — ugh. … Yesterday I mentioned that the Padres had made uniforms for their proposed 1974 move to DC and asked if anyone knew what those uniforms looked like. Todd Radom to the rescue! … Best Onion cover ever (thanks, Phil). … Lots of helmet oddities in this photo of a Pinewood Prep (S.C.) player. Michael Orr says he doesn’t know why the helmet number doesn’t match the jersey number, or what the “POP” or “LM” decals are for, but he says this guy, from the same team, was clearly wearing his mismatched socks and leg bands on purpose. … Like the looks of this? Bid on it here. … Additional very nice letterman jackets here, here, here (that’s a women’s jacket), and here (ditto), plus some really nice varsity sweaters here, here, here, and here. And here’s the kicker: Check out the amazing little metal pins here. … The New York Times is shuttering its quarterly sports mag, Play, which reminds me of the following tale: When the Vikings were slated to be designing what is now their uniform — this was at least a year before the uni was actually unveiled — I approached the Play folks with the idea of a behind-the-scenes feature in which I’d follow the design process each step of the way (obviously, I’d have needed access to be granted by the team, league, and Reebok) and show how a new NFL uniform design comes to fruition. An editor — I don’t recall which one, alas — wrote back to me with the following: “That sounds great — assuming anyone actually cares how a uniform is designed.” He passed on the story. … We’ve all seen plenty of old baseball jerseys with a sun collar or cadet collar, but it’s rare that you see a piping-clad sun collar. Details here. … I’m so biased and mean toward poor, innocent little Nike that I’m going to link to this mean, biased article about Nike soccer cleats that smell like cat pee after they get wet (really!), even though I wouldn’t have known anything about it if Craig Ackers hadn’t sent the article my way, so I guess he’s a Nike-basher too, whee! … Dave Gardner notes that the Canadiens’ 1947-48 throwbacks don’t have the scoop hemline. … Great interview here with the guy who signals for the TV timeouts at Browns home games (thanks, Vince). … During last season’s Winter Classic, the Pens wore navy helmets with navy straps. But now that they’ve unveiled essentially that same jersey as an alternate, they’re pairing it with navy helmets with white straps. … Speaking of the Pens’ alts, here’s a schedule of when they’ll be worn (with thanks to Doug Keklak). … Morris Levin sent along his favorite shot from the Phils’ victory parade. … The Rangers had a kid from the Garden of Dreams Foundation drop the first puck last night, and check out his NOB, complete with small caps for the “of” (with thanks to A.J. Frey). … Brady Quinn’s green dot was missing last night. … Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson briefly lost his mask last night (thanks, Phil). … An Italian soccer team is trying a new uni-related strategy (with thanks to Roger Faso). … The Kings’ alt jersey has been leaked.