Fairly quiet day in the NFL yesterday: Got our first looks at the Chargers’ and Jets’ road throwbacks (both really nice, right?), and this year’s London game featured a new patch. Aside from that, nothing major, unless you maybe count Larry Fitzgerald’s silver cleats. I might’ve missed a few things, though — I admit I wasn’t at my sharpest after getting back from Louisiana on almost zero sleep. More on that trip soon.
As for today, my annual NBA season-preview column t is up on ESPN.
In case you missed it: Phil and his support crew were really dealing over the weekend. In particular, yesterday’s entry, featuring some stellar research by Ricko, is one for the ages. If you didn’t see this material, do yourself a favor and scroll down to take a look.
Comrades, it is once again time for a call to arms. This will be the last order until the new year, and it contains two parts, the second of which seeks to unite a heretofore neglected moiety of the striped Revolution:
1) With the holidays coming up, the party has seen fit to choose two sets of stirrups you could wear to your various office parties, family functions, and services. First, for you secular types, we have the Oakland Oaks. Match these with a red sani and you will be the bell of any Christmas ball. The second stirrup was worn by the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (note the one colored-in sock at far-left), the Homestead Grays, and others. This stirrup just so happens to match the colors of Hanukkah, for those who observe the Festival of Lights, plus it also mimics the liturgical colors of the church — blue on Christmas Eve, white Christmas Day.
2) Now, on to the new business of the Revolution: right proper football hosiery. The socks will be white on the bottom and you have lots of choices for the color/stripe pattern on top. In fact, I’ve worked with Twin City Knitting to develop some new stripe patterns. Those pour bastards at TCK never saw us coming but are nonetheless doing excellent work for the Revolution.
Of course, the most excellent work of all is being done by comrade Robert himself. To join the hosiery wars (and avoid being blacklisted for counter-Revolutionary behavior), place your orders here.
Beefsteak Update: It’s now confirmed that I’ll be doing a live presentation at the Brooklyn Beefsteak, which is slated for November 8th at the Bell House. Plus there will be additional entertainment from the mighty Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company (whose set list will no doubt feature their classic “Hey Mister, Is That Your Cow?”). Tickets are available here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Hey look, more vertically striped socks! (Odd find by Chad Todd.) … “We just re-did my son’s room by painting a couple dozen transportation-related patent sketches on the walls — jeeps, trains, space shuttle, hot air balloon, zamboni, etc.,” says David Tybor. “The helmet cart looks the best.” … Good list of soccer teams broken down by uni manufacturer here (with thanks to Jeremy Richardson). … Bizarre Don Cherry-inspired hockey jerseys on display in this video clip. Additional info here and here. … Latest NHL team to project completely annoying ads on the boards during the TV broadcast: the Blackhawks, as seen here and here (as reported by Chaz Noerenberg). … FNOB alert, from the 1984 USFL championship game (nice screen shot by Dan Lee). … New hoops uni for Creighton (with thanks to Matt Hays). … Check out this gorgeous footage from the 1948 Rose Bowl (big thanks to Tom Wilcox). … Rare view of the Giants’ old “World’s Champions” uniforms here (with thanks to Kevin Walsh). … According to this article, the Panthers will debut their third jersey on November 23rd, and the Avs will wear theirs for an as-yet-unspecified game in November (with thanks to John Muir). … Also from John: Whalers gear is back among us. … Lots of shots of the New Warrior USA Lacrosse uniforms here (with thanks to Nathan Haas). … Raheem Brock of the Colts supposedly wore this at practice the other day (with thanks to Jonathan Mayer). … Good rundown of the backstories behind the original AFL uni designs here (with thanks to Eric Juergens). … Good article on the Fudd caps here (thanks, Vince). … Also from Vince: arguably the coolest vintage Cleveland uniform photo ever. … Here’s a good photo gallery of all the FIFA World Cup soccer balls since 1970 (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Andrew McNeel points out that if Baylor’s going to do the “gold-out” thing, they really need to settle on one shade of gold for their jersey, pants, helmet, end zone, and fans. … Gophers WR Troy Stoudermire had some helmet decal issues on Saturday (screen shot courtesy of Jesse Larson). … Interesting hockey/CFL crossover story here (with thanks to Will Leslie). … Good survey of Minnesota Wild jersey history here (with thanks to Chris Hodge). … What is this? It’s a pie chart that shows the relative ratio of colors in all the world’s national flags. The individual flag pie charts are here — mouse over any of the pie charts to see which country it represents, and click on the chart to see the actual flag. And as this guy points out, the international flag scene is gratifyingly devoid of purple (great find, Kirsten). … Non-sports uni revelation from my weekend trip to Louisiana: I flew on Northwest and was stunned to see one stewardess on my outbound flight wearing blue jeans and a Northwest T-shirt. I figured maybe her uniform had gotten lost or stained or something, but there was another jeans-clad crew member on my return flight yesterday. I mean, I wear jeans and a tee most days myself, but come on — how am I supposed to respect the authority of someone telling me to bring my seatback forward when she’s wearing that? … I didn’t know Everlast used to make baseball uniforms until I saw this.