There’s a superb article here on the history of Super Bowl logos. But here’s something the artile doesn’t address: Why would you design a Super Bowl logo with so much green in it when there are only three NFL teams with green in their uniform sets (okay, four if you count the Seahawks’ neon-snot trim)? Practically guarantees that the Super Bowl logo patch will clash with the Super Sunday jerseys.
New ESPN column today), with an unusual topic. I think you’ll all find this one pretty interesting.
“Help Wanted” wanted: The economy’s in the toilet and nobody’s hiring, so Johnny Ek and I thought this would be a great time — really great! — to start a job-listings section. We were gonna call it Craigslist, but it turns out that name is already taken, so instead we’re gonna call it the Uni Watch Classifieds.
In short: If you work in the sports industry and have a job opening, you can post a classified listing with us; if you don’t work in the sports biz but are looking to break in there, you can post a
“Desperate for Work” “Talented Individual Available” ad. The listings will also be good for freelance graphic designers, people offering DIY services, and so on. Ads would cost something like $30-ish per week.
Or at least that’s the idea. But first we want to gauge how much interest there’d be in something like this. Does this sound like something you might partake in? If so, let me know.
And so reasonably priced!: Friday night at Sound Fix is shaping up as an epic evening of free entertainment. First, at 8pm-ish, the very wonderful Lianne Smith and Greg Peterson will play a short set. Then, around 9pm, Liz Clayton and I will do our thing (I’m planning to debut some new material, but it’s all new to you since you haven’t seen us perform yet). This will be followed at 10pm by beatnik DJ extraordinaire Phast Phreddie and his monthly Wang Dang Doodle record hop, and then the mighty Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. will take the stage at 11pm. I feel pretty confident in saying this is easily the best thing happening in NYC on Friday night. You know what to do.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The color blocking on volleyball courts may be changing (thanks, Jeremy). … Did you know Ottis Anderson was wearing oversized practice pads — and was fined for it — throughout the Giants’ 1991 postseason run? Full details here (thanks, Ek). … Patrick Mackin sent along two great pics from this Cleveland Browns book. First up is this shot of Dante Lavelli running against the old Buffalo Bills of the AAFC, circa mid-1940s. Look at that primitive facemask at lower-left! Then there’s this shot ffom the Browns/L.A. Dons’ Thanksgiving Day game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1948. Watch out for that goalpost! “The sea of empty seats in the background shows that the game wasn’t the hottest ticket in town that day,” notes Patrick. … Speaking of the Browns, here are some really tremendous shots of the Brownies playing basketball (big thanks to Scott Sargent). … Further info — and a better photo — of that high school goalie with the net-patterned pads here (with thanks to Mark Castator). … You probably know that Vida Blue wore a “Vida” NOB during his time with the Giants. But you might not know that this NOB has been immortalized on his Giants Hall of Fame plaque (with thanks to Andy Chalifour). … Yesterday I linked to this 1980s catalog page. This led to shouts of recognition from many readers, who informed me that the little figurines were called Huddles. There are tons of them available on eBay, with many teams represented, including the Giants, Bears, Cowboys, Steelers, Bucs (in orange!), Vikes, Bengals, Pats, Fish, Browns, and rather un-PC entries for the Chiefs and ’Skins. The NFL even made a Huddles patch (all of the preceding links courtesy of Jeremy Brahm). … Dixie State has a new mascot and nickname (with thanks to Brett Crane). … Lots of very cool old-school soccer tees available here (nice find by Stanislaw Olechowski). … A Pittsburgh source tells me the following about the Pirates’ bumblebee set: “Grant Jackson told me a few years ago that the day-to-day Pirates’ color combos in the ’70s were decided upon by a secretary to GM Harding Peterson. No kidding.” … Here’s something I hadn’t seen before: a Cardinals spring training 40th-anniversary patch (with thanks to Dan Sliwinski). … Life as we know it is nearing an end (blame Rich Meneghello). … Brian Bennett sent along a bunch of tremendous early Rochester baseball photos, circa 1909 through 1929. I’ve organized them into this slideshow. … Cool gallery of FIFA World Cup host city posters here (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm, who also sent along this awesome photo of Ossie Schectman, who scored the first basket in NBA history). … Very odd TNOB positioning for Airport High School in West Columbia, South Carolina (with thanks to Michael Orr). … Lots to like in this old basketball photo (big thanks to Tim Walker). … Hadyn Green uploaded a bunch of old Olympics photos, including the 1920 U.S. rugby team (still the reigning Olympic champions), the 1912 British women’s swimming team, a Japanese hockey goalie from 1936, and a 1900 hose-down.