Time for another visit with DVD screen-grab maestro Larry Bodnovich (who was first profiled last month). Here’s his latest batch of finds:
• Excellent Patriots album here. Lots of view of the tri-corner hat logo.
• This album has lots of grabs from the 1955 championship game between the Browns and Rams. Remember, the Rams had originally played in Cleveland, so this game probably had added resonance in that city.
• More Steelers pics — not quite as old, including lots of “golden triangle” shots — here.
• Here are some shots from the 1941 Sugar Bowl, which featured BC vs. Tennessee.
• Some Iowa sorority girls were showing school spirit prior to a 1939 game against Minnesota.
Finally, as I was putting this entry together, I happened to get a note from Larry. It read, “My brother Dan also reads Uni Watch. He saw all the ‘I’m Calling It Shea’ and others comments, so he dug out this T-shirt he got a few years ago for the All-Star Game.” Holy moly, we’ve been scooped! Or at least that’s what I thought until I saw the rear view — pfeh.
As it happens, No Mas and I are now planning to do “I Still Call It…” shirts for Comiskey, the Jake, and Mile High. Our shirts won’t have the cool little “Survey Says” line like the one on Larry’s brother’s shirt, but they’ll have a few other things going for them (like no corporate crap on the back). More details to follow shortly.
And hey, speaking of that: We’ve been giving 10% of our T-shirt proceeds to a local food bank here in NYC, and we’d like to do the same for the Jake, Comiskey, and Mile High tees. If anyone can point us in the right direction for food banks in Clevo, Chicago, and Denver, please get in touch. Thanks.
Raffle Results: Baby needs a new pair of shoes — and baby will get them, if baby’s name is Kenneth Nee.
Bubble Bobble: In case you missed it yesterday, Robert Marshall’s bobblehead operation is now open for business. Scroll down to the middle of yesterday’s post for details.
Uni Watch News Ticker: OK, I’m sure Harry Kalas was a swell guy and all, but aren’t the Phils laying it on a bit thick? … More great news for the Wilpons. … Here’s Danica Patrick’s new car. … Larry Bodnovich found this old Arizona helmet design in the SI Vault. … The new Star Trek movie opens today, and people are already talking about the uniforms. (That panel comes from this comic strip.) … Jesus, how awful-looking is this? Dude looks like he’s a rag doll with a tourniquet on his leg. … Hahahahaha. … New uniforms for the Philadelphia Phantoms (with thanks to Matt Pesotski). … As you know, the spread of gay marriage means Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are being abolished after this year, so teams are gonna go all out this Sunday and wear solid pink uniforms as a last hurrah. … I have no idea why the new Brakes album is called Touchdown — there are no football references, and besides, the band is British. But by any name, it’s really, really good. … “One of my friends is currently a graduating senior at University of Tennessee,” writes Jing Xu. “For his final senior project, he created ‘NBA Europa,’ an eight-time European league with crests, shields, logos, jerseys, the whole package.” Good stuff. There’s even a video of the uni “unveilings” here. … Hmmm, was Mike Schmidt wearing a Ryne Sandberg jersey? Very odd (with thanks to Drew Wiesner). … Looks like the NFL isn’t the only football league that will be wearing 1960s throwbacks this season. … Interesting DIY project by Dave Murphy, who writes: “Instead of purchasing those overpriced Fatheads, I photocopied some logos and mascots onto transparencies. Then I used an overhead projector to enlarge and then stencil them onto the walls. Forty dollars’ worth of paint and about 10 hours’ worth of painting on each I was done. The mascots are at the head of my boys’ beds and the logos are in my basement/sportsroom.” … “I recently noticed that Julien Dupuy (a Frenchmen who plays for the English Leicester Tigers) wears a wedding ring while he is playing,” says Caleb Borchers. “It might just be tape, but it looks metallic from all the video and photos I have seen. Seems like a bad idea, particularly because Dupuy is a scrum half. Without going into too much minutiae, his job is to clear the ball out of a mass of bodies called a ruck, and thus is likely to get his hand stepped on. You’d think a wedding ring would be a poor choice for a guy who makes a living from sticking his hand into masses of cleats.” … Some good photos of the original Belmont Park, which was shut down in 1968, here (with thanks to Emily Gordon). … New 90th-anniversary logo for the Packers (with thanks to Ray Barrington). … This eBay seller has peddling jerseys from all three Mighty Ducks movies (with thanks to Jonathan Malone). … Orlando Hudson needs to button up (with thanks to Jon Bradford). … Throwback game in Anaheim last night, and Jared Weaver wore stirrups for the occasion. Mike Napoli, too. … Hey, it looks like Reebok is starting to Get It™! (With thanks to Jeff LaHaie.) … Tigers on donkeys! Note that the second player from left has a different jersey (nice find by Bruce Menard). … Not uni-related, but there’s a fascinating article here about a high school basketball team that made really good use of a full-court press, and how that relates to underdog strategies, game theory, etc. Highly recommended.