Yes, I’m aware that there was a football game last night. But it was completely uni-uneventful (unless you count a couple of the ads, but I prefer not to glorify that part of the Super Bowl industrial complex), so we’ll move on to other things.
Case in point: The Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL held a “Prison Jersey Night” last Friday, in honor of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Many readers sent links to news stories about the game, but one Uni Watcher — Matt Moschella — was actually in attendance. Here’s his report, supplemented by photos he took himself:
• Where a prison number would be, the Wranglers had an “ILLGOV” patch with the player’s uniform number. The Condors had a similar patch that read “DOC” [Dept. of Corrections] with the player’s uniform number.
• The Wranglers added black and white stripes to their socks — beautiful.
• The penalty box was accessorized with prison bars for the occasion.
• The goal judges were dressed up like old-style judges, complete with white wig.
• There was a special seating area called the “Jury Box.”
• The PA announcer referred to the Condors as the “Convicts” throughout the game.
Frankly, I don’t see what this has to do with Blagojevich, as opposed to any other criminal, but whatever — it’s still a well-executed promotion. For the rest of Matt’s photos, look here.
February Raffles, Round 1: I’ve got a bunch of stuff to raffle off this month, so let’s get started. First up: Chris Speakman at Sports Propaganda has offered a free screen-print from his inventory of awesome MLB-themed designs. To enter, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to the raffle address (not to the usual Uni Watch e-mail address, please) by this Thursday, February 5th, at 10pm eastern. One entry per person, but anyone enrolled in the Uni Watch membership program at the time of the drawing can send four entries. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
DIY Shout-Out: The DIY-jersey thing has become such a phenomenon that I’ve decided to write about it for ESPN. So for all you DIYers out there — whether you’ve already been featured here on the blog or not — would you be willing to be interviewed and have your work shown in my ESPN column? If so, please get in touch pronto. Thanks.
Extracurricular Update: Friday’s Forewords show at Sound Fix was a hoot — thanks to all who showed up and said hi (and extra thanks for not mentioning that I fucked up my script on two separate occasions). For those who really enjoy
stalking me this type of material, I’ll be doing a presentation on the oddities of mousetrap packaging tomorrow night, 8pm, as part of the Adult Ed series at Union Hall. They’re only giving me one or two drink tickets as my “pay” for this event, and it’s gonna take a lot more beer than that to get me through the night, so I’m sure you’ll want to show up and ply me with liquor, right? Right.
Uni Watch News Ticker: If you think those prison-themed hockey jerseys were something, check out what the Kalamazoo Wings wore on Saturday. Note that the ice is yellow, too — that’s because it was “Golden Ice Night.” Please keep all the obvious punchlines to yourself, thanks (with thanks to Mike Alper). … Lots of Kay Yow memorial gestures at Thursday night’s NC State/BC game. The Wolfpack players wore pink warm-ups and sneakers; pink trim, a pink ribbon, and a patch; and “Yow” NOBs. Plus the BC players wore pink hair ribbons and shoelaces. … Here’s an interesting photo gallery showing how the USF locker room was converted for the Steelers’ use at the Super Bowl (with thanks to Tim Burke). … Lots of other Yow memorial gestures listed here (thanks, Phil). … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: Russell Martin is adding a “J.” initial to his NOB. Confused? Look here. … Now that‘s a radial arch (as spotted by Chuck Nolan Jr.). … The auction has already ended, but this is gorgeous. … Check out this awesome tag (from this auction). … Lots of incredible — and incredibly sad — Shea Stadium demolition photos here (with thanks to Ken Stephon) and here (those were taken on Friday by Alan Tompas). … Very cool-looking Postal Service uniform catalogs available here, here, and here. … “I was at Saturday’s Rutgers/DePaul game,” writes Joe Alvaro. “During the 2nd half, Corey Chandler, who usually wears No. 1, got blood on his jersey and came back wearing No. 25, with NNOB.” … A high school player in St. Looie is wearing long sleeves on the court (with thanks to Jason Walker). … Color-on-color games from the weekend: Miami/Maryland, Oregon/Oregon State, and — get this — Indiana State/Northern Iowa. … The Bills and Titans will wear throwbacks in the 2009 Hall of Fame Game. … In a related item, Marshawn Lynch wanted to wear Buffalo’s throwback helmet for the Pro Bowl, but it’s not gonna happen. Too bad (with thanks to Mike Sullivan). … The Notre Dame fencing team is adding a memorial patch for alum Luke LaValle, who recently died of cancer. Details here (with thanks to Dan Dunford). … Here’s something you don’t often see: a skier with a faceguard (nice find by Matt Shevin). … Did the officials in Super Bowl II really wear this? (With thanks to Josh Exline.) … TV note from Vinny Farrow, who writes: ” Friday night on the show Psych, there was a scene with two characters wearing seemingly logoless football jerseys. From another angle, though, it became apparent that at least one of the jerseys had a colored-over swoosh. And in the very next scene, the swoosh became white.” … “The Graveyard Mall some cool older MLB and NFL merch in their wholesale section,” writes Will Rickenback. “Once you get past the wholesale packs of jockstraps, there are few items at the top and a bunch near the bottom of the page that are worth checking out, including Lil Squirt Angels bath toys, an awesome Bills rubber stamp, Orioles diaper covers, a Bengals book cover and bookmarks, and plenty more. … “I was at the Minnesota/Illinois basketball game Thursday night, and there was some seriously odd stuff going on with the coaches’ footwear,” writes Sam McCullough. “Bruce Weber was wearing bright white and orange accented Nikes with his olive suit, which looked completely ridiculous. Upon closer inspection, Tubby Smith was also wearing Nikes, although his were mostly black and matched his black slacks and maroon jacket in a way that was less offensive. Also, all the Minnesota assistants were wearing Nikes as well, almost all black with a yellow swoosh and some yellow piping. I don’t know what the hell is behind this, but if coaches’ shoes start to get sucked into school contracts as well, it’s going to be pretty uproarious.” … The Maple Leafs “honoured” Doug Gilmour’s number on Saturday night (Toronto doesn’t actually retire numbers), so they did the all-Gilmour thing before the game and wore a patch during the game. … Interesting sight from the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game: Wyoming-branded tights (with thanks to Sam Wasson). … Soccer note from Alex Paine, who writes: “While watching Juventus-Cagliari play soccer Saturday, I noticed that one of Juventus’s greatest stars, Alessandro Del Piero, looked a bit odd on the pitch. Turns out he was wearing tights under his shorts and socks, making for a unitard effect with a strip of white.” … Justine DeCotis sent this report on Sunday afternoon: “I’m listening to the Marist/Iona women’s basketball game on the radio and the announcers just mentioned that someone on Iona is wearing eye black. In a basketball game!” Anyone know more about who this might have been? … Is Dwight Howard wearing a bra, or is that just a two-tone undershirt? (As spotted by Karl Vierthaler.) … Cool old Virginia basketball photo here (with thanks to Benjamin Demeter). … You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who likes stripes more than I do. But even I think the Canadiens’ 1911 throwbacks, which they wore yesterday against the Bruins, were a bit much. Made for a very entertaining fight, though.