Check out where the “G” marker was painted in this old NFL shot! That’s a screen grab from some amazing old Sammy Baugh color footage that Larry Bodnovich found on YouTube. It’s broken up into three parts (look here, here, and here), and Larry made a ton of screen shots.
Larry has also made screen shots from Showtime’s AFL series. He’s broken them down by Episode 1 and Episode 2. And in yet another public service, Larry’s also compiled screen shots from the old Bob Hope/Look All-America TV specials. He’s broken these down by year: 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, and 1976. Please join me in giving Larry a standing O for all this fantastic work.
In case you missed it yesterday, my annual NHL season-preview column on ESPN is here, and I have another ESPN column today, this time devoted to goalie pads, blockers, and gloves — here’s the link. I regret to inform you that there will be no ESPN column tomorrow.
Research project: It’s hard to see in this photo, but Jon Fox says the red line at Boston University’s Agganis Arena has little white paw prints (because the team is called the Terrriers, natch). And as you may have noticed, I mentioned two NHL red line designs in yesterday’s ESPN column, and now I’m thinking this could be a whole new field of study. Blue lines are always solid blue, but red lines often have distinct designs. Let’s try to collect as many of these as we can, shall we? Send your contributions — NHL, minor league, college, whatever — here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Nike is the latest company to resign from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to the Chamber’s neanderthal stance on climate change. … And hey, speaking of Nike and neanderthals. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Never knew Diego Segui just went with his first name while with the A’s. … How many consecutive years have the Cubs failed to win a title? This many (with thanks to Brian Willette). … Want to knit your own team scarf? Okay, so you probably don’t, but here’s how to do it anyway (thanks, Kirsten). … Also from Kirsten: Think all you typeface geeks can tell Arial from Helvetica? Here’s a quiz where you can put that to the test. … Interesting NOB situation on the horizon at Baylor (with thanks to Matt Mitchell). … Mike McAllister has started a new blog devoted to the finer points of golf attire. … Josh Reddick went bespectacled last night (with thanks to Andy Chalifour). … What’s the story behind this NOB? The guy’s name is apparently Mister M-Cotton, at least if you believe this page, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that one. Still, check out the pop-up “Select a Player” roster listing on the right — it appears to be true! (As submitted by John Boris.) … Man, those pink captaincy patches are gonna look like total shite. … Here’s an interesting little tidbit: Flickr is owned by Yahoo, and you may have noticed about a week ago that the Flickr logo was suddenly saddled with a bit of Yahoo logo creep — highly annoying. So annoying, in fact, that someone quickly developed a script that restores the Flickr logo to its Yahoo-free state. The script, which is designed for Firefox, works like a charm. To install it, first install Greasemonkey, then restart Firefox, and then install the script. Now if someone could just develop something similar to for all the logo creep in the sports world. … Todd Richard wants the Mets to bring back Bobby Valentine and has come up with a logo for the cause. Naturally, I can’t abide the black drop shadow, but the basic concept is a good one. … As if next Monday’s Vikes/Pack game didn’t have enough drama, it now appears that the Vikings will be wearing throwbacks (with thanks to Damian Diaz). … Hey, look who else is wearing pink (as reported by a lovestruck Morris Levin). … New mask for Kari Lehtonen (with thanks to Tyler Hull). … In addition, Teebz described some new masks in yesterday’s comments. Sorry I wasn’t able to get these into yesterday’s ESPN column — didn’t know about them until it was too late. … Good article here about the guy who designed the Canucks’ orginal stick-in-rink logo (“although it doesn’t mention that he used green and blue to symbolize trees and water,” adds Jim Wilkie). … Hmmm, what do you suppose Leland Irving is looking at?