One problem with this site, if you want to call it a problem, is that I’m sometimes inundated with more great material than I can post. This means some stuff inevitably gets back-burnered, which I always feel guilty about. David Frost, I’m sorry I haven’t gotten to you yet — soon, I promise. Ditto for you, Ned Paynter. But the person to whom I owe the biggest apology is Larry Bodnovich, who’s been sending me tons — and I mean tons — of amazing stuff over the past six weeks. Today I’m finally going to give him the first of what I expect to be many, many star turns. (Note: If any of the links in this piece give you trouble, try adding a space to the end of the URL and then hit enter. If that doesn’t work, copy/paste the URL back into your browser and hit enter. And if that doesn’t work, copy/paste into a NEW browser window.)
Larry specializes in screen grabs from vintage football footage. I’ll let him explain:
My brother and I have been collecting DVDs of old games for a while. We’re part of a group of people who trade this type of material. We have other sports besides football, but football is our favorite.
Some of these DVDs commercially produced, and some are game tapes or films that somebody has done. They are in color, sort of like ‘When it was a Game.’ Some are highlights or team histories, and some are complete games in color. Some are silent, and some have had play-by-play dubbed in.
Larry has sent me loads of college gridiron shots, but today we’re going with some NFL material. And not from any random NFL game, either — Larry got his hands on the famous Vikings/Lions game from 1964. That’s the game when the Vikes wore white at home but the Lions didn’t get the memo, because they showed up with their own white jerseys, creating a white-on-white mishmash that must have been very confusing for the quarterbacks (and probably the fans, too). So the decision was made to have the Vikes switch to their purple jerseys, which they changed into right there on the sideline. Fans were then treated to the spectacle of the NFL’s first solid-purple team.
Other notes from this same game:
• I wonder how many NFL teams had cheerleaders in 1964? (The Steelers were the first team to use them, in 1961.)
• Check out the band in the background of this shot.
• Lots of oddities in this scoreboard shot: The letter “O” appears in several different typefaces; the “Y” is unusual; and hey, two quarts, that’s a half-gallon!
You can see more of Larry shots from this game here.
And that’s just the beginning. Larry has also put together spectacular albums of material focusing on the Broncos, Titans/Jets, Eagles, Raiders, Chiefs (be sure to check out the adorable team logos toward the end of the album), and the 1962 Championship Game (look at this graphic!).
There’s also this album and this album, both of which are wonderful grab bags of old NFL stuff. Oh, and Larry also put together a WFL album, including some shots of the infamous pants-by-position game.
Full disclosure: Larry sends this stuff faster than I can keep up with it, so I haven’t yet clicked through every single one of these images. But if we wait for me to catch up with all his material, you’ll never get to see any of it. So poke around in the albums, enjoy the great images, and don’t blame me if you don’t get anything else done today.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Coupla follow-ups to yesterday’s material. First, regarding Jim Wagner’s imaginary team logos, Glenn Stern notes that Jim’s concept for the San Diego Missions (top-left of this page) is very similar to the logo for a real team, minor league baseball’s San Antonio Missions. … And second, Todd Vaughn‘s scrapbook of woven labels from Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, North Carolina, prompted this from Pittsboro native Chris Warfford: “Chatham Mills was known as the worlds largest manufacturer of woven labels. From what I understand, workers of the mill would grab a few of the designer labels they were making and sew them onto their own clothes, so the shirt they had purchased at the local men’s or women’s store was now labeled as one from Saks 5th Avenue or Bloomingdale’s.” Chris, incidentally, works for Frontier Spinning Mills, which spins cotton and polyester yarns for many textile operations, including the venerable Twin City Knitting. … Best thing about the Joba Chamberlain arrest video: Check out his striped shirt! … As you know, some of the new football helmet shell designs have air vents in places that conflict with the longstanding placement of stripes and/or decals, all of which is apparently causing some consternation in Ann Arbor. The funny thing, of course, is that the winged helmet design is based on a now-obsolete helmet-construction format, and now a new format may be forcing some changes to the stripes (with thanks to Seth Fisher). … Major find by Jared Wheeler, who recently came across something called the Little Blue Book. “It highlights all the sports (collegiate and professional) for the 1951 season,” he says. “Nothing related to uniforms, but the first section of the book talks about a well-dressed man in 1951 and gives pointers on business wear, leisure wear, etc.” Jared scanned all the relevant pages here. … The Salt Lake Bees will be wearing a memorial for owner Larry H. Miller, who passed away earlier this year. The patch’s shape is based on Miller’s company’s logo (with thanks to Brett Crane). … Here’s what the Phillies’ World Series ring looks like. … The Clearwater Thrashers have a 25th-anniversary logo. “It incorporates three different logos used by the club over the past quarter-decade,” explains Larry Wiederecht. “The Phillies’ P, the stylized C you see in Clearwater (both used in the C-Phils days), and the swaying palm that was designed as the current secondary logo when the club was re-named Threshers in 2004. The font also comes from the current uniform design.” … It’s a Houston hosiery spectacular, with game-worn stirrups from the Colt .45s and Astros both available on eBay (awesome find by Ryan Connelly). … I highly, highly recommend all of the photos linked in this comment from yesterday. … Andrew McKillop has created a photo album of rare college football pics. Highlights include UTEP and Oregon State with SNOB, a very interesting Texas Tech uni, and Notre Dame’s green jersey with shamrock helmet. To check out the full album, go here and enter the password “helmets1” … They’ve finally started dismantling Yankee Stadium, as you can see here (with thanks to Alan Tompas). … A crown has been added to the top of the Royals’ scoreboard. Good video report here (with thanks to Chris Murphy). … Joe DeAngelis has created a logo puzzle. Can you identify all the logos? Answer sheet coming tomorrow. … Two games into the season and the Rangers have already gotten seriously stupid, wearing their red cap, sleeves, and socks with their blue-trimmed white home uni. The red/blue confusion was reflected in Josh Hamilton’s armbands.… More from that same game: Salty’s forward-facing brim experiment is apparently over (and boy do they need to find some condensed letters for him). … Here’s the Phillies’ new alternate batting helmet. I like, I like. … Reds pitcher Edison Volquez slipped and almost injured himself on a fielding play last night. Why did he slip? Because, as Phil points out, he had his pants pulled down under his heel, and the pant fabric glided on the grass surface. … It’s hard to see in this photo, but Steve Johnston says that’s a flapless Cool-Flo helmet that AJ Pierzynski’s wearing. If so, I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen a flapless Cool-Flo. … Odd rugby promotion here. Click on any two players and watch what happens (with thanks to Hadyn Green). … Bemidji State has a pretty adorable logo (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … “The Blackhawks broke their single-season attendance record on Wednesday night,” writes James Huening. “The fan who officially broke the record was given a jersey with the number 835,972 as the NOB (or is it ATOB, for attendance total on back?).” … NHL/MLB crossover item from Erich vonNida, who writes: “Patrick Sharp ‘threw’ out the first pitch at a Chisox game. This video link shows that, along with some shots of some of Blackhawks players wearing Chi Sox hockey sweaters.” … Here’s a shocker: Bill Belichick dressed up all nice and purty for a Wesleyan alumni event (with thanks to Chris Choi). … Back in the late 1990s, Denver University’s mascot, Denver Boone (drawn by Walt Disney himself), was replaced by a hawk. A decade later, many fans still want Boone back, and now a fan group has created a new Boone to appear at athletic events (with thanks to Ryan Hess). … Today’s my Mom’s birthday, so I’m gonna be off the grid and Phil will have the helm. See you tomorrow.