Mike Sherman’s family has a framed team portrait of the 1937 Redskins, which he recently used as the basis for the DIY jersey shown above. “I’m a complete novice, so I figured a jersey like this, which is very straightforward, would be a good first project,” he says. “I originally was planning on making a Sammy Baugh jersey, but I switched to Turk Edwards (#17), a Hall of Fame lineman whose career was ended by a freak knee injury after he turned away from an opening coin toss. I played the line in high school, and while my career was ended by a decided lack of talent, my knees weren’t very helpful, so it seemed like a better fit. Plus, I can’t wait to explain to people a zillion times that it’s not a Jason Campbell jersey.”
Sherman made the numbers himself and harvested the patches from a knockoff throwback jersey. “Since I only had a black-and-white photo to work with, I agonized over the colors,” he says. “The Redskins were constantly changing shades of burgundy and gold, so it’s tough to say how accurate my re-creation is, but I’m still thrilled with it.”
All of which is very appropriate, because my ESPN column on the DIY phenomenon is up now. — Paul
Today is Thursday…: And that means Scott M.X. Turner will be hosting his weekly Pub Quiz at Rocky Sullivan’s. And it’s right next door to Ikea, so you can get some Swedish meatballs (or annoyingly named furniture) along the way.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Ernie Davis statue on the Syracuse campus has undergone a design revisions. Most notably, the Nike cleats and modern facemask from the original design have been changed to be more period-appropriate. Details here (with thanks to Jack Krabbe). … Google is inviting kids to mess around with its logo (with thanks to Jason Hillyer). … Check out this great Sacramento Solons sleeve patch. That screen shot is from this superb half-hour program that documents the history of Sacramento baseball. Also included: a shot of the Solons 1970s shorts (nice find by Mickey Seward). … One of you Canadian readers really ought to bid on this (with thanks to Tris Wykes). … Here’s something I (and probably you) hadn’t been aware of: the curse of Colonel Sanders (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Interesting story from Matt Ryburn, who writes: “My alma mater, Azusa Pacific University, which is an NAIA school, hosted its men’s basketball conference tournament. APU advanced to the championship game but was the lower seed, so we were the designated visiting team that night — on our home floor. So our opponents (Fresno Pacific) wore their home whites and APU had to wear their road black uniforms [details here]. Fresno Pacific even used our normal ‘home’ team bench, and they were the home team on the scoreboard. I work at the games at the score table, and we had to be on our game to make sure we were accurate. Our PA guy had to make several announcements that the home team was not Azusa Pacific. I work the boards with who is in the game and their points and fouls, and I had to put stickers on my buttons to remind me which team was home and visitor.” … Here’s the logo for the 2011 Asian Cup soccer tournament (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … And as long as we’re talking about soccer, Manchester United has a new Club World Cup commemorative patch (with thanks to Skip Singleton). … “Oilers goalie prospect and current Springfield Falcon Devan Dubnyk is 6’5″ and only 180 pounds,” writes Tris Wykes. “Apparently his teammates refer to him as a giraffe, so he has one painted on his backplate.” … I was never able to turn up any wire service photos of Tuesday’s Rangers/Giants game — the one during which the Rangers supposedly wore stirrups. But reader Jake Melbye was in attendance and filed the following report: “I saw a few of the guys wearing them, and they had the Texas ‘T’ on them. I didn’t get any pictures, unfortunately, but I did get photos of Michael Young and Josh Hamilton with the solid blue high socks [which also appear to have been ‘T’-emblazoned — PL], so it clearly wasn’t team-wide. Although, other than pitchers, the entire team had the knee-high socks/stirrups visible.” … Good view here of Matheiu Garon’s new mask (with thanks to Mike Reilly). … New football helmets for New Mexico State (with thanks to Shane Maddox). … I suspect I’ve linked to this before at some point, but just in case: Here’s a site devoted to NASL jerseys (with thanks to Jeff Barak). … Saw Gomorrah yesterday (mildly disappointing) and was struck by how many Italians were shown wearing American jerseys, including a hitman wearing something that said, “CINCINATI” (yes, misspelled). … Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is planning on a new mask design. Details in the third graf of this entry on Miller’s blog. … Good story here about flat-brim caps (with thanks to Danny Weintraub). … Will Leslie has created a somewhat disorienting slideshow documenting the progression of new Leafs goalie Martin Gerber’s masks. “His new mask is a tribute to fomer Leafs Goalie Mike Palmateer (who also wore #29),” explains Will.