I don’t suppose we could get the Cardinals to wear throwbacks in the Super Bowl, could we?
The Cowboys notwithstanding, I almost always root for the NFC team in the Super Bowl. But I may make an exception this year, cuz I don’t see how I can possibly root for those awful Arizona uniforms. Plus they’ll probably spend half the game showing shots of Kurt Warner’s scary-looking wife, which will just make the Cards more annoying.
Anyway, a few notes from yesterday:
• The Steelers didn’t just beat the Ravens three times this season — they beat them in three separate uniforms. Check it out: Week 4, Week 15, and yesterday. Has this ever happened before in a single NFL season? Doubt it.
• Great moment in Ravens/Steelers game when Baltimore was short on defensive linemen and had to use backup tight end Edgar Jones had to line up at right defensive end, creating the unusual sight of No. 84 in the defensive trenches. (Big thanks to James T. Huening for the screen grab.)
• Ever notice that the Steelers’ helmets have always had a very flat, non-glossy finish? Michael Pescatore says he’s been told that the team’s equipment staff used to achieve this effect by buffing the helmet shells with steel wool or Brillo. Not clear if they still do that, but their helmets definitely have more of a matte surface than other black-helmeted teams.
• Several readers have already noted that all the conference championship gear features the Reebok wordmark instead of the vector logo (plus most of it is ugly and overpriced, but that fits squarely in the dog-bites-man category). This is definitely a trend in Reebok’s branding, but Reebok representatives have assured me that there are no plans to put the wordmark on game uniforms.
• Speaking of gear, during the Steelers’ on-field celebration, Art Rooney III was wearing a cap with an upside-down Steelers logo. (Screen grab courtesy of Glenn Chavez.)
• Several hours before the Steelers/Ravens game, Marc Andre Fleury was named the first star of yesterday afternoon’s Penguins/Rangers game. Check out what he wore for the occasion. (My thanks to Timothy Welsh for the tip.)
So now we wait for two weeks. The NFC is the designated home team this year, so the game should look like this.
How many days until pitchers and catchers..?
Uni Watch News Ticker: According to this message board thread (whose accuracy I can’t vouch for), Iowa and Purdue will unveil new hoops uniforms next month (with thanks to Brad Eenhuis). … Lots of nice shots of ballparks during winter here. … Here’s an interesting shot of Reds prospect Juan Francisco with tape on his earflap. Other shots of him show his flaps tape-free. Anyone know more about this? (All pics courtesy of David Sonny.) … Nearly a quarter-century before the Obama campaign used “Yes We Can” as its slogan, Dave Cash got the 1974 Phillies to adopt the same catch phrase. It showed up on the groundskeepers’ uniforms (here’s a closer look), the Vets Stadium scoreboard, and Cash’s necklace (interesting historical chapter illuminated by Anthony Fiala). … Several readers have noted that Tyler Hansbrough’s American flag patch has been crooked in recent UNC games. … Gorgeous color-on-color shot: Alabama vs. Tennessee, from the Namath era (with thanks to Robert Leavell). … Matt Bennum notes that Max Talbot’s left sleeve number was coming loose two Saturdays ago. … Cool multi-exposure shot of Bill Mazeroski here (with thanks to Daniel Weimann). … You probably know that the 1948 NFL championship game was played in a snowstorm, but did you know that players from the Eagles and Cardinals had to help remove the tarp before the game? I learned that factoid from Kevin McGuire, who asks a good question: “The Eagles (the home team) wore white jerseys for that game. Was it normal for them to wear white at home back then? Did it have anything to do with the weather? It doesn’t seem to me though that wearing white in a snowstorm would generate much of an advantage for the home team.” Anyone know more about this? … Speaking of that game, Phil came up with this article, which gives a really good account of the playing conditions. … Good story from Jeffrey Hunter, who writes: “Back in the 1980s, I was one of the two guys who did the 8mm coaching films for Auburn football. North Texas came in for a non-conference game and forgot their uniforms, so the AU staff stayed up all night putting green numbers on spare AU away jerseys. North Texas ended up wearing AU away jerseys with blue and orange stripes and green numbers — it was a hoot.” … Lots of sports biz-related news available here (with thanks to Joe Hilseberg). … Frightening but hilarious (major find by Brinke Guthrie). … Apparently Jesus is a Jets fan (thanks, Kirsten). … In addition to having the worst sleeve patch in MLB history, the Mets now also have a minor league affiliate with one of history’s worst triple-A road uniforms. Additional photo here, and details here. … Here’s something new: a final-season logo for a gymnastics coach. Details here (with thanks to Philip Caldwell). … Oh, man — stick to the makeup, guys (blame Skott Daltonic). … Here’s something I haven’t seen before: Jazz assistant coach Scott Layden wearing Jazz-branded khakis. … The Harlem Globetrotters will all wear No. 44 tomorrow. … Here’s another example of a football team playing basketball. That’s QB Art Schlichter
calling his bookie going in for the layup (with thanks to Richie Murray). … Sad news out of Pittsburgh, where Heinz is removing the little pickle from their logo (with thanks to Greg Netherwood). … These were once worn by Nile Kinnick, and now you can own them. Details here (with thanks to Bill Mitchell). … Most databases and other historical resources indicate that the decal on the Broncos’ helmets from 1962-66 was white. But now a Broncos scholar on the Chris Creamer board has come up with photographic evidence clearly indicating that the 1966 decal had a blue outline around the white horse. … Fascinating assortment of old Venezuelan baseball photos here (nice find by Pablo Souki). … Lots of scans from old goalie equipment catalogs here, and lots of super-detail-oriented goalie observations here (good find by Brendan Tarpey). … The Cavs and Hornets both wore throwbacks on Friday night. … Mat Orefice notes that the Clarkson hockey players wear decals of their national flags on their helmets. Is that common in college hockey? … Last Friday night’s Forewords show was a big success. It’s hard to take photos of something that takes place in a darkened room, but Collateral Gammage went ahead and did it anyway. … Randy Williams was watching highlights of the 1995 MLB season (now there’s a hot Saturday night..) and snagged this shot of Kenny Lofton’s shoe. “It looks like he has ’90 FT’ stitched on the side,” he says, “which would make sense, since he had led the AL in steals for three straight seasons.” … Sam Posey says this photo is his grandfather’s 1941 high school football team from Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Love the striped shoulder yokes and striped helmets. … Wardrobe malfunction story from Brian Borkenhagen, who delivered the following report after Saturday’s Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Cleveland State basketball game: “On the third possession of the game, UWM’s Anthony Hill was having trouble keeping his shorts up. He was open, though, and caught a pass beyond the arc with his uniform shorts at about hip level. He fired a 3-pointer, which dropped his drawers to just above knee level (he was wearing another pair of black shorts underneath). The shot went in, and his ‘celebration’ was pulling up his uni shorts and trying to tie them tighter on the way back. He managed to keep the shorts up on the defensive end, but the next trip down the court the shorts were again sagging. The next stoppage of play led to him getting pulled to deal with the issue. He did not have any further issues after that. When they kidded him about it on the postgame show, he said (paraphrasing), ‘I came down the floor and the strings were out of my shorts, so every time I hit the strings, the shorts loosened up more.'” … The Chiba Lotte Marines have come out with a 40th-anniversary patch. “The four seagulls match different colors from the team’s past,” says Jeremy Brahm. … According to this story Sharks defenseman Rob Blake, who took a puck in the jaw the other day, will have to wear a caged helmet when he’s able to return to action (credit Brendan Tarpey again). … No photo, but apparently there was a player in yesterday’s East/West Shrine Game named Lawrence Sidbury, but his NOB was “SIDBUBY.” … The St. Cloud hockey team wore throwbacks the other day (with thanks to John Thompson). … The Dayton basketball team may wear black uniforms this Thursday to mark Obama’s inauguration. … Andy Erickson sent along this video clip from Bobby Orr’s 1979 retirement ceremony, which I assume took place at Boston Garden. But if that’s the case, why are the Bruins (looking on from their bench) wearing their road uniforms? And why is the opposing team dressed in “KC” jerseys, since there was no NHL franchise in Kansas City in 1979? As a bonus oddity, some of the KC players are wearing mismatched helmets. I’m sure there’s a simple explanation for this — could someone please tell me what it is? [Update: Mystery solved in today’s comment Nos. 6, 7, and 8.] … Excellent article on the how Wisconsin’s motion-W logo was developed here (with thanks to Jeff Ash). … Kim Kolb has created a historical survey of the DC United’s uniforms. … Not uni-related but kinda brilliant. … Major find by Bryan Grupp: a 1950s Cleveland Barons ashtray! … Michigan wore 1989 throwbacks on Saturday. … Volunteers who’ll be working at the Super Bowl have had their uniforms issued to them (thanks, Phil). … Phil also reminded me that the MLB Network is debuting a Negro Leagues documentary tonight, which should make for some good uni-watching. … Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen, who’s previously worn masks featuring Transformers, Final Fantasy X characters, and Kill Bill characters, is breaking in another pop culture-themed mask. This time he’s got Heath Ledger as the Joker, presumably because the Oscars are right around the corner (thanks, Teebz). … Special congrats to Society of Sports Uniforms Research prexy Donovan Moore, a long-suffering Arizona Cardinals fan who’s probably on Cloud 9 right about now.