Here’s something I forgot to mention in last Friday’s NBA entry: Players in Saturday’s Suns/Warriors preseason game, which was played outdoors, had official permission to wear long undersleeves — an NBA first. It’s not yet clear if this will lead to sleeves being worn for indoor and/or regular season games, but it’s definitely something that’s being discussed. Personally, I have no problem with it. Hell, put some stripes or patterns on those sleeves and you might even end up with basketball uniforms that aren’t a total joke.
Or, more likely, you might make a bad situation worse. But hey, nothing ventured…
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Uni Watch News Ticker: New hoops uniforms for Alabama, UNLV, Miami Ohio, and Grand Canyon, plus Washington appears to have added a seriously ugly black alternate. … New throwback hockey jersey for the University of Denver. … So did Jerry Koosman give tax advice to Ron Darling or what? … According to our “White at Home in the NFL” page, the Raiders had never worn white at home until last week. But now Erin Haight has found a photo of Oakland wearing white at home in a 1967 preseason game. “I was not aware of that,” says jersey scholar Timmy Brulia. “I won’t add this to the white-at-home log, since it was a preseason game, but it’s interesting to note that at least one other AFL team, the Oilers, wore white at home for their preseason games in 1968 and 1969 at the Astrodome. To my knowledge — and I think I can say this with a pretty good degree of certainty — no AFL regular or postseason game ever featured a team wearing white at home.” … Great to see so many old baseball sweaters gathered in one place (thanks Kirsten). … Fun analysis of mascots here (with thanks to Jason Hillyer). … OK, so we all know NFL players now wear tights, and/or leg warmers, and/or socks sewn into the cuffs of their pants, and/or anything other than a standard pair of socks. But Reggie Wayne was really pushing it on Monday night. … Ricko, who knows I’m a Niners fan, sent me a bunch of interesting stuff from his files, including an SI item about the team’s equipment manager and some 1960s shots that show how the team was sometimes wearing silver pants with silver helmets and silver pants with gold helmets before finally settling on gold/gold in 1969. But wait, here’s a 1970s card that appears to show silver pants, although I don’t put much stock in a Topps card photo from that era. … Semi-decent view of the Browns’ 1999 “inaugural” patch here. … Man, the Devils wore some huge-ass helmet numbers in the late ’90s. Those screen shots come from this video clip (good find by Tomas Abrate). … The Canadiens’ centennial throwback schedule is up (with thanks to John Muir). … Ooh, check out Robert Marshall‘s latest bobblehead video. … Fifteen-year timeline of photographic timeline of Presidents Cups here. … Good little article about Brad May getting his preferred uni number here (with thanks to Alyssa Miller). … Another new mask for Carey Price (with thanks to Casey B). … Hey, you know that amazing 1927 Tigers uniform? Here it is being worn in 1928 spring training, except for that one guy in the back row (amazing find by Bruce Menard). … The Blazers wore their Rip City jerseys last night, and Scott Little took a bunch of pics. “The game was at the Memorial Coliseum — a pretty cool old little arena,” he writes. “Steve Blake was wearing some shoes that I didn’t recognize, got a couple pics of those too.” … WVU will reportedly wear gold jerseys and white pants against Marshall this weekend (thanks, Kek). … Bizarre eBay find here. Never seen sleeves like that on a baseball jersey before. Judging by the patch placement and the straight hem, it was meant to be worn untucked, which makes me wonder if it was a women’s softball jersey. But the buttons are on the right, which is the men’s button format. Hmmmm. And man, that “Cadets” sleeve patch is the best! Great, great find (big thanks to Gabe Butler).