For the past few weeks I’ve been getting a Ricko-like onslaught of contributions from a reader who prefers to be known as the Hungry Hungry Hipster. As I’ve explained to this person, I prefer not to credit people by their pseudonyms, because I think using real names leads to better accountability and keeps the site from being cluttered with ridiculous screen names (like, y’know, Hungry Hungry Hipster). “No problem,” said HHH, “just don’t credit me if you don’t want to.” And so a lot of uncredited Ticker items in recent weeks have actually come from HHH, whoever he or she may be (although I have a hunch).
Lately, though, HHH has come up with some truly heroic contributions — contributions that merit more than just an uncredited Ticker mention. Today we’ll look at one of them. It concerns a 1980s video game I hadn’t been familiar with (which isn’t saying much, since I’m not familiar with any video game), called Tecmo Bowl. I’ll let HHH take over from here:
Tecmo Bowl was a popular football video game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System in the late ’80s. In 1988, Tecmo was able to get a license from the NFL Players Association but was unable to get a license for NFL team nicknames and logos. So in the game, there are real players’ names and jersey numbers, but they play for nickname-less cities. For example, Elway plays for Denver and Marino plays for Miami, but there is no mention of Broncos or Dolphins in the game.
Tecmo’s on-field uniforms, however, DO have the same colors as their real-life counterparts — with one exception: the Seattle Seahawks have pink uniforms and a purple end zone (all the other team’s end zones are rendered in proper team colors). There has never been an explanation for this.
Most of the Tecmo helmets are shown in accurate team colors, but with unique “fantasy” logos. But during the opening introductory sequence of the game, all the teams have white helmets with orange facemasks (and they’re the old-school two-bar facemasks, which hardly anybody besides Mark Duper wore in 1988) and unique “fantasy” logos.
For a while I’ve thought t-shirts featuring these helmets would be really awesome, especially to wear to games of the real teams and see how many fans recognize the helmet as being from Tecmo Bowl. Also, DIY replica helmets, complete with orange two-bar facemasks, would be absolutely awesome!
Finally, I’ve also attached a screen shot of the “World Football Championship” trophy, which is what you’re awarded when you win the championship game in Tecmo Bowl. They didn’t have the rights to use the term “Super Bowl” or show the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Faaaaascinating stuff. I’ll be presenting more HHH material soon. Meanwhile, that sound you hear in the background is gumball king Bill Jones scurrying off to make a set of Tecmo helmets for his collection.
ITEM! Central PA Gathering: Here’s a quick word from reader Doug Keklak, who’s organizing a cool outing:
On Saturday, August 1, the Altoona Curve will host the Trenton Thunder at 7:05pm at beautiful Blair County Ballpark. Tickets range from $5 to $12 but group rates start with 25 people, so I’m issuing an open invitation to all Uni Watchers.
If you’re interested, please e-mail me or direct-message me on Twitter. From there, I’ll gather numbers and put things in motion as far as buying tickets. Again, this open to ANYONE, regardless of geography.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Logo creep alert from Mat Orefice, who notes that “the crazy German ‘devil’ who follows/torments the Tour de France now has a sponsor.” … Preston Wilson, currently attempting a comeback with the Long Island Ducks, is wearing a visor after suffering a broken nose (with thanks to Brian Erni). … Some pretty cool Chicago-themed sports paintings available here (thanks, Kirsten). … Hmmm, looks like the Yankees have a new catcher (with thanks to Brian Erni). … Excellent article comparing Italian and NYC police department uniforms here (with thanks to B. Mitchell). … Awesome find by Phil: Roy Campanella as a Baltimore Elite Giant in the 1940s. “Not sure if it’s colorized,” he says. “Regardless, it’s a beautiful pic.” Indeed. … Here’s an innovative solution to the apostrophe catastrophe (with thanks to Dusty McGowan). … High-freakin’-larious item from Sean MacHenry, who writes: “Went to a game a Jacksonville Suns minor league baseball game a couple weeks ago. It was ‘Southpaw Bobblehead Night’ (Southpaw is their mascot, cute dog in a jersey, number K-9, the whole deal). So I open the box and it’s a DIY bobblehead, complete with paint set! I refused to paint mine, in protest of being given a chore, but my fiancé did a great job — until she noticed the back of the jersey and asked, ‘Who is Southpam?’ Sure enough, all the bobbleheads were made with a ‘Southpam’ NOB. Being a nationals fan, I’m used to this sort of uniform fail. But I thought it was a neat intersection of themes: DIY and uniform misprints.” … Big congrats and happy nuptials to John Okray, who got hitched at Lambeau Field last weekend. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Single-digit uni number on the mound last night in Cincy, as infielder Paul Janish was pressed into mop-up duty during the Reds/Phils blowout. … A reader who prefers to remain anonymous went on a tour of the Cowboys’ new stadium yesterday. Among the highlights: a waste basket left over from the old stadium and a pretty cool stadium diagram on the elevator console. … All 3500 uni combos that are available in NCAA Football 10 can be viewed here (with thanks to Alan Borock). … A controversy is brewing in New Zealand over a women’s netball team that’s been wearing shorts instead of skirts (with thanks to Hadyn Green). … Ronaldo will be wearing No. 9 for Real Madrid (with thanks to Eric Vieira).