Several Chicago Bears players apparently have a few issues with the Soldier Field turf. I confess that I’m not particularly sympathetic — a crummy field surface is kinda old-school, right? Still, it would be nice if the grounds crew could at least center the midfield logo on the 50-yard line, instead of the 45. (Thanks to Alan Borock for the photo.)
New ESPN column today — the annual NFL season preview, with lots of good stuff. Look here.
Raffle Results: The winner of the Jim Parker Memorial Helmet Raffle is Anthony Giaccone. Congrats to him, and thanks to all who entered.
Special Notice for NYCers with a Clue: As you may be aware, the band that made one of history’s most perfect records is playing at Southpaw this Saturday, and I happen to have two extra tickets that I’d be happy to sell at a discount. If you’re interested, please speak up.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod, it doesn’t get much better than this short 1953 movie about hockey. Stop whatever you’re doing now and watch it. No, not later — NOW. Well, except for Teebz, since he probably watched it in second grade (awesome find by Frank Mercogliano). … Anyone know why the base umps in Monday’s Bosox/Chisox game were wearing red caps? (As spotted by Steven Johnston.) … The Cowboys are color-coordinating their practice jerseys (with thanks to Stephen King). … Terrelle Pryor had a shout-out to Michael Vick on his eye-black the other day (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … A jersey snafu turned out to be very costly for a Chinese soccer team (with thanks to B. Cheng). … Justin Eller has put together a new site devoted to UVa football, including coverage of uniforms; programs, media guides, and other printed matter (I especially like some of the old ticket stubs); and tons of game photos, among other useful data. Nicely done. … The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toromto Argonauts both wore throwbacks for the annual Labour Day Classic on Monday. “Of particular note is the fact that the Tiger-Cats accurately wore yellow throwback helmets,” writes Doug Brei. “This differed from their throwback-wannabe helmets during the CFL’s league-wide ‘Retro Week’ earlier in the season. The correct color is yellow, not black.” The Argonauts, meanwhile, dressed like so. … Nice little gallery of old Taylor University photos here (with thanks to Tim Lofton). … Whoa, looks like someone got a bargain (nice find by Ryan Perkins). … The Nets are finally first at something! Unfortunately — but not surprisingly — it’s something pretty douchebag-ish. … Relatively amusing assessment of NBA logos currently ongoing (with thanks to Robert Saietta). … In a related item, there’s a new sci-fi novel in which almost every planet in the galaxy has a corporate sponsor, which I’m sure Mark Cuban would be all in favor of. … Justice Sonia Sotomayor wore one of those white lace collar thingies for her first day of work at the Supreme Court, thereby maintaining the protocol of America’s two other female Justices. Further info, including a video report, here. … David Brown reports that the San Francisco Airport currently has a really nice exhibit on the Pacific Coast League. Although it’s out of focus, look at the beaver jumping through the program cover at the bottom of this shot. … Great shot of George Gervin’s old warm-up shirt (with thanks to Matt Mitchell). … Oooh, check out this awesome vintage Bengals sweater (click on the thumbnails for the full effect). … Kenn Tomasch nominates these guys as history’s worst-dressed chain gang, and it’s hard to disagree. That’s from a USFL game in 1984. … You know, I don’t even think it deserves to be called Shea. … Yesterday I mentioned that Mississippi Valley State was wearing a Steve McNair memorial decal. As several readers pointed out, all SWAC teams are wearing it. … New hoops uni for Washington State.