New ESPN coming soon. Much of its content will be familiar to many of you, but at least one aspect of it — an aspect hinted at by the photo shown above — will definitely be new. Here’s the link.
It’s that damn “Gotcha!” journalism again, just like Sarah Palin said: Yesterday’s Ticker mention of Steve Slaton’s peeling helmet decal prompted the following note from Texans Asst. Equipment Director Christian Snell:
Damn you caught me! I noticed the decal right away when Steve was on the field. As soon as he came off after that series, I went over and grabbed his helmet. I tried to smooth out the decal and get it to adhere, but the backing had apparently rubbed on the ground and was covered with dirt and grass. As much as I tried, it just wouldn’t hold. All I could think about the whole time was “That bastard on Uni Watch is going to see this and it’s going to be on the web site tomorrow!”
I considered putting on a fresh decal right there on the sideline, hoping you wouldn’t notice, but I was afraid a sudden change of possession would occur and he would run out there before I could correct it and have only one decal. Now that would be embarrassing!
Anyway, thanks for keeping me on my toes and pointing out my failings as an equipment manager, hahaha.
I have nothing but respect for Christian and other equipment managers, and I think it’s kind of sad that they primarily think of Uni Watch as a watchdog looking to pounce on their mistakes. Au contraire, Christian — you’re one of the uniform world’s unsung heroes. We all know things like partially peeled decals are gonna happen here and there, no matter what you do. Just because I report that something happened doesn’t mean I’m blaming anyone — no harm, no foul.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Check this out — you can build your own paper model of Wrigley Field! (Thanks, Kirsten.) … The second item on this Q&A page has some good info on UNC’s argyle design (with thanks to Chris Warfford). … The South African rugby team is getting a new badge (courtesy of James Atherton). … Not uni-related, but this is pure genius. … Yesterday I asked why Texas A&M was wearing a jersey patch last Thursday. Full explanation here (with thanks to Andrew Joseph). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Advertising in public space has now encroached to high school math tests. Yes, I think it’s an outrage, and no, I don’t think the money is worth it. … Numerical note from Tris Wykes, who writes: “When longtime NHL goaltender Marc Denis was demoted last season from Tampa Bay to its AHL farm club, the Norfolk Admirals, he came out wearing a number that didn’t match the number on his mask. The funny thing is, no other player was assigned No. 30 and Denis switched to No. 39 with the Admirals after that first game. Perhaps he felt No. 30 was just his NHL number.” … The Devil wears
Prada black. … Speaking of Citi Field, Phil wonders if these seat ads “will be as hard to remove as the ones at Enron Field were.” … More from Phil: The Hornets unveiled their New Orleans Bucs throwbacks, the Fort Wayne Tin Caps unveiled their uni set (further details here), WVU will wear white at home this weekend, the Princeton Rays will have new uniforms next season, and so will the Australian Navy. … Small uni-related note buried in the middle of this story about the U. of Vermont’s newly revived football program: “Two years ago, when Robert Corran, Vermont’s athletic director, first heard that a student was talking about reviving football, he thought it would be a struggle. ‘I remember somebody asked me if we had any football equipment left,’ Corran, a former football player and coach, said. ‘And I said: “Not anything you’d want. They don’t use single-bar face masks anymore”’” (with thanks to Stan Olechowski)… As a 49ers fan, I find this pretty damn scary (blame Todd Davis). … Yesterday’s Andy Hyman drawings inspired Terence Kearns to send along 10 hockey drawings he did back in high school. I’ve grouped them into a slideshow here. … Hadyn Green uploaded the new Super 14 rugby jerseys here. “They’ve got some interesting details, like the embossed print on the front. And this is the first year they have official away jerseys. You might like the socks too.” … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Plaxico is having an effect on merch policy.