Back in April, I included a Ticker mention of reader Jim Vilk and two of his DIY projects: a Lego version of the 1976 Cavs/Bullets playoff matchup and a soccer game made from elecric football figurines. Now he’s back with several more projects to share. Here’s the first one:
Smmer just started, but with the Winter Olympics coming next year, I wanted to you my DIY curling game. It’s a white particle board with the designs drawn in permanent marker, covered with furniture polish for a smooth glide.
I haven’t figured out how to incorporate the sweeping technique in this game, but I included a toy farmer with a hoe because he looks as if he’s sweeping.
The stones are wooden buttons painted gray, then glued to bottle caps. I went with a U.S. vs. Canada theme, so I used the most appropriate American beer I could think of (Rolling Rock) and a Canadian beer with a cool maple leaf design (I think it’s Molson Canadian). I glued some red and yellow circles to the tops of the stones so you could tell them apart without turning them over to see the bottle caps.
Anyway, it’s an entertaining game. Only have a few months to work on my DIY ski jump now.
Jim also described a DIY apparel project from 15 years ago:
Back in 1994 my wife Liz made me a Steelers jersey out of a hooded sweatshirt (my son is wearing it in these pictures). We took the sleeve stripes off an old jersey, then she sewed them onto the sweatshirt, along with some homemade numbers. She sewed the gold stripe on the hood and painted the Steelers logo with fabric paint. I’m surprised the NFL hasn’t done this themselves, using the hood as a helmet.
Jim’s right about the hoodie/helmet thing. Remember Matt Powers’s Princeton DIY sweatshirt? This seems like a gimme, no? How come the NFL has never come out with this kind of product line?
Jim also sent one non-DIY contribution: an unusual bottle cap. “I’ve had it for years,” he says. “I love the old Pitt design (although it’s not 100% accurate because there are no helmet stripes).” I’ve never seen a bottle cap like this — anyone else?
A few days after Jim e-mailed all that stuff to me, a package showed up at my house. Inside were three vintage publications that Jim was donating to the Uni Watch library: the 1970 Punt Pass & Kick tips booklet (I’ve scanned the whole thing here; as you may recall from a while back, I also have scans of the entire 1969 booklet), a CFL magazine, and the Super Bowl XVI program. Pretty nice, right? Jim directed my attention to this page in the program, which he’d bookmarked with this photo. “That’s me wearing one of the HelmetHats (while playing ‘drivewayball’ with my neighbor),” he wrote.
Big thanks for all the great contributions, Jim — much obliged.
July Raffle: As if all the preceding material weren’t enough, Jim has also provided an authentic Man City jersey to raffle off. It’s size 2XL. 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 next Tuesday, July 14th. 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 Wednesday.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Spent yesterday afternoon out at Giants Stadium, where Jints equipment director Joe Skiba had some veeerrry interesting things to show me. Details next week-ish. … Dallas Hicks has created tons of vintage hockey DIY jerseys. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda is wearing a specially padded shoe because the mounds in America are firmer than those in Japan. … Yesterday I ran video game screen shots of Miami University’s new football uniforms. Here’s a photo gallery of the real things. Additional details here (with thanks to Peter Schinkai). … “I’m all for fitted caps, but this is going too far,” says Michael Kearney. … Here’s a really fascinating design-related lawsuit: Bounty is suing Brawny (big thanks to Jason Hillyer). … The single-A Peoria Chiefs will wear special jerseys to honor Illinois State University on August 14th (with thanks to Mickey Seward). … Info on LeBron’s latest sneakers here and here. … The A’s are preparing to retire Rickey’s number (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … HHH, inspired by this old Steelers jersey, has come up with a bunch of jersey concepts based on city flags and crests. … Randy Wolfe has changed uni numbers, going from 21 to 43. Mike Petriello notes that this means Wolf has now worn four different numbers with the Dodgers — well, if you count his introductory press conference. Of course, that’s not the single-team record. … Today is the 35th anniversary of the first World Football League game, and gumball king Bill Jones has marked the occasion by creating this helmet set. … Paul Mazzarella spotted this authentic Jay Cutler jersey at a mall near Chicago. “Pretty sure that’s an upside-down 9, not a 6,” he says. … Here’s a sneakers blog I hadn’t previously been aware of. … Been a while since I caught up with some of Rob Ullman‘s pin-up illustrations, so check out his awesome renderings of the Nordiques, Cubs, Brew Crew, Packers, Auburn, Pens, Cards, Whalers, Kings, Stanley Cup Final, and a special design he whipped up for Independence Day. Killer stuff, one and all. … Andrew Hartzell has tried his hand at designing a few Tecmo Bowl T-shirts. Check them out here.