Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally a big time for a sport that doesn’t get much coverage here at Uni Watch: high school football. And readers spotted some interesting details on a several teams over the weekend. Here’s a rundown:
• Cardinal Ritter Prep (St. Louis, Missouri): When viewed from this angle, Cardinal Ritter has plain white helmets. But if you look from the side or front, you’ll see lots of pieces of colored tape (additional views here, here, here, and here), each of which represents a defeated opponent. It makes a plain uni look festive.
• Thousand Oaks High (Thousand Oaks, California): At first glance, it appears that Thousand Oaks is wearing a standard Michigan-style winged helmet design — green graphics on a white shell. But at least five members of the defense are wearing white graphics on a green shell: Nos. 46, 33, 48, 44, and 90. Anyone know what that’s about?
• Centerville High (Centerville, Ohio): The Elks, as the Centerville team is called, have horns — sort of. At the beginning of the season, the crowns of their helmets were plain black; by the second week, those yellow tape stripes had begun to appear, and they’ve increased with each passing week. According to a comment posted on Saturday, they’re “hitter stripes,” given out for big plays — which is kinda odd given that Centerville also uses conventional merit decals.
• Dunbar High (Washington, DC): Did you know Under Armour made helmets? I didn’t, until I saw this. Man, think they’ve got a big enough maker’s mark?
(Big thanks to readers Dan Loney, JT, Seth Engelbrecht, Bob Jordan, and Jason Walker for their observations and contributions.)
Uni Watch News Ticker, Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition: Last week I noted that LSU wore a jersey patch on November 22nd to mark the 50th anniversary of their 1958 championship team. But Derek Ponamsky notes that the patch had a bad design flaw: It depicts a helmet with a neck bumper, something that didn’t exist in 1958. … Reprinted from Wednesday’s comments: Indians farmhand Wes Hodges, currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, has some serious underbill action on his helmet. … Jing Xu notes that the Hawaii women’s soccer team appears to have a No. 0 and and a No. 00. … Latest Rob Ullman pin-up commissions for Uni Watch readers can be seen here, here, here, and here (as commissioned by Tony Worden, Jason Miller, Gregg Thomas, and Bob Halfacre, respectively). … Saw this movie over the weekend and heartily recommend it to all NYC-area readers. Lots of good uni-related bits, including a tight end wearing No. 91, game officials wearing colored armbands to identify the back judge from the umpire from the head linesman, and several unfastened chinstraps. There’s some decent game footage here. … Got a spare $35K lying around? If so,
send it to me look what you can buy (with thanks to Sam Forster). … Latest Pacific northwest baseball gem unearthed by Dave Eskenazi: this Aberdeen Black Cats player, circa 1915-20. Love the ribbing on the undersleeve cuffs. … Lots to like in this 1942 Packers/Steelers photo, most notably the ref’s attire (big thanks to Jeff Ash). … When you think of Bobby Orr, you think of uni No. 4. But the Oshawa Generals just retired Orr’s No. 2, which he wore while playing for them from 1962-66 (with thanks to Matthew Bessette). … The Lightning’s long-rumored really embarrassing third jersey is now a reality. Slideshow of additional pics here. … Back in 1994, when all NFL teams were wearing throwbacks, the Packers played the Bears on Halloween, and Green Bay’s Ken Reuttgers got into the spirit of the day (with thanks to Gary Streeting). … Interesting note from Forrest Carpenter, who writes: “There’s a game available for the iPhone called ‘ESPN Cameraman.’ It’s essentially one of those barroom electronic ‘compare the two photos’ games. I’ve noticed that, in most of the pictures on this version, the differences are uniform-related [additional examples here], so I think they’re missing out on some niche-marketing by not setting up a deal with you.” … Good view here of Oregon’s Hawaiian-trimmed uniform from the Maui Invitational. … Tyler Hull reports that Cristobal Huet has changed his pads from this to this (“which make him look like he’s sponsored by McDonald’s,” he adds). … Had my mind blown just a little bit when Art Savokinas sent me this ad — never seen text-imprinted faux stirrups before. Art, who coached Little League in the 1990s, says he actually dressed his team in these around 1995 or so. “I thought it might be easier for the parents. Plus, we always had that kid with the wrong size [sanitary] socks or the kid who would wear black [sanitaries]. As far as what was on the socks, I believe we had the league name ‘Pittston Twp.’ The league only used them for a year or two and then the solid-color socks started to become popular. The kids liked them, since they were new and different.” … Great spot by Bill Banzer, who notes that the Sabres’ alt uniform includes a right-facing buffalo helmet decal — “the first time in franchise history they’ve used a right-facing buffalo on that logo,” says Bill. … If you watch these video highlights the 1985 USC/Notre Dame game (sent my way by Olivier Soweif), you’ll see that the Irish wore navy jerseys in the first half and green in the second half. Aside from lost-luggage situations and other logistical mishaps (like the Vikings famous mid-game jersey switcheroo back in the 1960s), are there any other examples of a team that intentionally wore two different uniforms in a game? … Several bowl games will be celebrating their 75th anniversaries in January, as seen in these logos for the Orange, Sugar, and Sun Bowls. … Really interesting find over on the Chris Creamer board, where someone posted a photo of this bedspread. We’ve all seen the prototype Browns logo before, but check out that helmet in the middle — that is, apparently, a placeholder logo for the Falcons, who were just entering the league. … “The Bobcats chose to wear blue at home on Saturday night against the Celtics, forcing the road team to wear white,” writes David Arnott. “However, Charlotte still wore their usual white home shoes, and Boston wore their usual road black shoes.” … Reprinted from Saturday’s comments: Joe Namath with personalized hip pads. … Also from Saturday: According to this item, “UAB’s trip to Madison Square Garden didn’t turn out exactly as the Blazers had hoped. In addition to losing both games, UAB had its uniforms stolen from in front of the team hotel Thursday. Last season’s uniforms had to be express-mailed Friday morning and arrived just hours before the game against Boston College.” … Unusual college football sights from the weekend: Missouri in gold, Louisiana Tech in red, and Southern in light blue (details here). … Hey, speaking of the annual Mizzou/Kansas game (also known as the Border War), this year’s game was notable because Kansas wore their usual white socks. As Jim Wagner points out, they usually wear red socks when playing against Missouri on the road, as seen in these pics from 2006 and 2004. The reason for the red hose can be found on this Wiki page about the brutal Missouri/Kansas fighting during the Civil War, which includes the following passage: “Well-known jayhawkers included James H. Lane … [whose] band of militants wore red gaiters [as seen in the center of this painting — PL], earning them the nickname ‘Redlegs’ or ‘Redleggers.'” Anyone know why Kansas didn’t wear the red hose this year? …Check out the logo of this California painting company. “No word on whether or not Chipper Jones will paint the trim on your house if you book them before Spring Training,” says Jim McCue. … Paul Wiederecht found this shot of Mets minor leaguers from last season’s spring training. Note the unusual nameplate shape — sort of trapezoidal. … Color-on-color alert: Dayton vs. Marquette on Saturday (with thanks to Matt Shevin). … Erkki Corpuz notes that UCLA’s Nikola Dragovic now has an accent on his NOB (plus the FSN broadcast team has some rather primitive methods of keeping their wires in place). … This is the Italian fencing team. Anyone know what logo that is on their socks? … Surprised we haven’t noticed this before: The NFL.com favicon (the little thumbnail icon that appears next to the URL on the address bar) shows the old NFL logo (good spot by Chris Flinn). … Latest victims of NFL helmet decal snafus: Antonio Pierce and Robert Mathis (with thanks to Ryan Perkins and Chris Salove, respectively). … The Redskins inducted Sean Taylor into their Ring of Honor yesterday and wore memorial patches for the occasion. Coaches, too. … Good story/interview with the Bruins equipment manager here (with thanks to Tris Wykes). … Never seen a varsity sweater with a collar quite like this one. … Not-quite-uni-related but still fascinatingly detail-oriented item from last night’s comments: Most wristwatches shown in print ads are set to the same time. Here’s why. … Kurt Crowley reports that Oklahoma’s Tony Crocker was wearing long undersleeves at the preseason NIT the other day. … Did everyone notice that I managed to get through the entire Thanksgiving holiday without linking to — or, until now, even referring to — the Sarah Palin turkey-slaughter video?