Dave Parsons is the sports info director at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. He checked in the other day with a tale of a classic uni-related mishap:
We had a funny incident on Tuesday night when the Cedarville University men’s basketball team arrived for a big conference game and then first-year head coach Pat Estepp realized that they hadn’t packed their uniforms.
So they ended up wearing our old blue road uniforms [creating a Cougars vs. Cougars situation] and ended up winning, 70-68, in OT. (They’re 19-1 on the season and ranked No. 5 in NAIA Division II.) Supposedly, someone was racing to the game to get the right uniforms to their team at the half, but they never arrived in time, or maybe never arrived at all.
Our crowd was a little hesitant to use our standard “Let’s go Cougars,” chant, since both teams were wearing Cougars jerseys, but they had a nice “Where’s your jersey?” chant early in the game. We also had several fans tell us to give them our women’s uniforms.
I was doing stats for the game and my spotter and I spent the whole time treating Cedarville like it was our former players who’d worn those exact uniforms.
Great story. For those who want a refresher course on such incidents, I did an ESPN column a little over a year ago on the subject of lost, stolen, and otherwise missing uniforms, and the makeshift solutions to such situations.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Check out this gorgeous team portrait showing the Sonics’ original uni design (with thanks to Jeff Demerly). … The official White House photo of the new prexy shows him wearing a flag pin. … Another untucked team: Old Dominion women, early 1980s (with thanks to Jason Craft). … Two cool Hartford Whalers patches available here (credit Stan Olechowski). … Sheah McMahon reports that his kid brother Clark McMahon, who plays basketball at Ohio Wesleyan, inscribed a Ricardo Montalban memorial tribute on his sneakers for Wednesday night’s game against Wabash College. … Oh. My. God (awesome find by Ben Wideman). … Yesterday’s Ticker photo of the Oilers’ barnstorming hoops team prompted a note from sporting goods scholar Terry Proctor: “Those uniforms were made by Southland Athletic Mfg. Co. of Terrell, Texas. That was one of a series of knitted-in striping patterns that Southland came up with in the early 1970s to compete with Sand-Knit. These particular uniforms were columbia blue, with the pants striping and neck/arm trim being white with a red feather-edge on a columbia blue background. Southland still offers that pattern today — it’s used primarily for warm-up pants and baseball pants.” … Someone on the Chris Creamer boards has noticed an interesting inconsistency with the Cavs’ blue uniforms. Look at the sequence of the color stripes on the shorts piping. As you look downward, the color sequence runs gold, red, blue. I’m not talking about the first color just below the waistband or the last one just before the him — I’m simply talking about the order in which the colors appear. And it’s always gold, red, blue (additional examples here and here). The one exception: LeBron, whose color sequence is gold, blue, red. There are similar inconsistencies in the armhole striping, but that’s a more complex situation, because the stripes loop around 360 degrees. The shorts striping is simpler to assess, because it simply runs in a vertical line. … Another day, another soccer ball design (thanks, Jeremy). … Remember that Etch A Sketch artist? Here’s a new video that shows him creating an Obama portrait. He’s also offering a free Obama print on his site. … “I was watching the Cavs at Bulls [on Thursday night] and noticed Craig Sager doing a segment outdoors,” writes Eric Guthier. “He was clearly wearing an MLB logo on his coat during an NBA game.” … Reprinted from last night’s comments: In addition to the Flames’ memorial decal for Doc Seaman, the team’s coaches are wearing lapel memorials. … Also from last night: 2009/10 MLS jersey designs are shown here. … Bryan Justman has just completed his latest DIY hockey sweater — a Stan Mikita treatment. “I’m very proud of how the shoulder patches came out,” he says. “I used scraps of felt to piece these together. Black fabric paint made the ‘x’ on the tomahawks. Also, I finally figured out how to reinforce the neck, which enabled me to get eyelets in.” … What’s the deal with that black butt stripe on Baylor’s shorts? (As spotted by Matt Mitchell.) … While looking for something else, I came across this. I once owned this pin, as part of a set of nine pins devoted to the nine Super Bowl winners as of 1975. The pins were mounted on a large football-shaped cardboard display, which hung in my bedroom. Not sure what happened to it. Did anyone else have this? … Ridicule of the Mets’ sleeve patch has really gone viral over the past week, and last night it reached its logical conclusion: a segment on The Colbert Report. I think my work here is done.