Got a note the other day from reader Aaron Rich, who’s identified a troubling lack of NOB consistency in Ann Arbor. I’ll let him explain:
As you might know, Michigan football has a freshman QB, Tate Forcier. He’s the younger brother of Jason Forcier, who was once a third-string QB on the team (about five years ago or so) and then transferred to Stanford. When Tate started practicing in the spring, there was a thought that Jason would transfer back to Michigan and both brothers would be on the team at the same time. This never happened, but Tate still wears a ‘T. Forcier’ nameplate, as if Jason were on the team.
Meanwhile, we have Kevin Grady at FB and his brother Kelvin Grady at WR (who had been on the basketball team last year and then moved to football this summer). They’re both K. Grady — in fact, they’re both Ke. Grady — but they both wear just ‘Grady,’ even though they’re sometimes on the field at the same time. I sorta wish they did FNOB, which I love, or else ‘Kel. Grady’ and ‘Kev. Grady,’ but alas, they just wear their surname.
I’m surprised this would happen at Michigan, where they take the home uniforms so seriously.
I think we can all agree that if the Wolverines can’t maintain a consistent NOB protocol, they should be demoted to D-II (or else forced to go NNOB). Big thanks to Aaron for his eagle eye and helpful background info.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Speaking of NOBs, I’ve been waiting for someone to provide a good screen shot of Pierre Garçon’s nameplate, complete with the cedilla, and Andrew Enright is the one who came through. It’s tough to be sure, but it looks to me like they took a regular “C,” positioned it at a slight superscript, and then sewed on an extra loop of fabric to form the cedilla. Major props to the Indy equipment staff for going the extra mile. … That noise you just heard was half the readership saying, “So maybe now they can sew some extra fabric on the shoulders to complete the truncated loops already?!” … Contribution of the day goes to Art Florio, who spotted this pair at Sunday’s Jets/Titans game. … Oooh, check out this awesome old Rawlings ad (with thanks to Jim Ransdell). … I don’t have Showtime, so I’ve been wondering what that AFL Full Color show looks like. Fortunately, Mako Mameli was nice enough to make a bunch of screen grabs. … Best minute and a half you’ll spend today: this short video showing the 11 worst helmets in Maple Leafs history. Don’t miss (big, big thanks to Jeff Barak). … Awesome Venn diagram here (with thanks to David Brown). … Third-to-last graf on this page includes some Nuggets uni number news (with thanks to Ryan Hess). … Late-breaking NFL uni change that we all missed: The Jags’ road captaincy patches are now teal (same as on the home jerseys). Last year they were black (good catch by Jonathon Binet). … Very cool home movie footage of the 1957 Michigan/Indiana game here (nice find by Ethan Crooks). … Good analysis on the difference between Umbro on-fields vs. retail authentics here (with thanks to Nolan Reagan). … The Blue Jackets will apparently have a new alternate jersey next year (thanks, Teebz). … Arkansas wears this road jersey these days, but Rudell Crim wore this design. “The Hogs wore both styles last year,” notes Lance Perrin. … An FNOB jersey I’d never seen before is available here (with thanks to Nick Hanson). … You know autumn has arrived when we have our first Mr. Met-O-Lantern sighting of the season (with thanks to Terence Kearns). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Holy shit. That’s Florida, wearing the Confederate flag against Penn State in the 1962 Gator Bowl. Thoroughly depressing details here (screen shot courtesy of Larry Bodnovich). … Plan B Branding, which has done lots of uni design work over the years, has a blog called the Clink Room, where they discuss ideas, share concepts and failed experiments, and so on. Now they’ve unveiled a piece of Clink Room merch: a stupid-expensive cap. … Awesome-looking Campbell’s Kids baseball catalog here. … Speaking of catalogs, there are some killer uni catalogs up on eBay at the moment. Even if you don’t want to own them, the graphics shown on the auction pages are pure gold. Dig: Spalding 1913, Reach 1913, Spalding 1916, Rawlings 1929, Spalding 1939, Wilson 1940 (whoa, check out that color center spread!), Spalding 1961, Rawlings 1963, and Louisville Slugger 1972. … No more stadium patch for the Cowboys, so that was apparently just a one-game thing (as noted by Brinke Guthrie). … Nice look at the Pistons’ “Mr. D.” memorial tribute to Bill Davidson here. That will be a permanent memorial, by the way — the first such gesture in NBA history (with thanks to Jeff Cohen). … The 2010 Mets uni info buried in the middle of this report is accurate. The related but slightly different report that ran in yesterday’s N.Y. Post is NOT accurate.