I had planned to clean up the back yard and then go bike-shopping yesterday, but fate had other ideas: I came down with chickenpox. Yes, really. Never had it as a kid. Not really so bad, at least so far, because the pockmarks don’t itch or hurt yet. The photo at right, however, shows an artist’s rendering of what my face now looks like. Scary stuff, right?
Anyway, I ended up spending the entire day on the sofa — my first couch-bound Sunday in ages. The plus side is that I had plenty of time to watch football. Here’s some of what I saw:
• Hey, if you’re gonna play like a high school team, why not dress like one too? This should definitely be the final nail in Zorn’s coffin. (Lots of additional pics here, if you really want to torture yourself.)
• On the other hand, what a nice change of pace to see the Seahawks going white over fog (or whatever that color’s supposed to be). Now if we can just get them to invert that configuration at home.
• Most amazing thing about Dallas Clark’s one-handed TD catch: No gloves! Upon further review, it turns out Clark never wears gloves. Aside from QBs, punters, and kickers, is there any other eligible receiver in the league we can say that about?
• Just What the World Needs, Part 273: Mike Smith’s play-calling crib sheet had an ad for an Atlanta parking lot. (Thanks to Brian Povio for the screen shot.)
• This isn’t a new point, but it’s worth revisiting every now and again: Nobody love striped socks more than I do, but the Jets should not be wearing this pants/socks combo, which is every bit as leotard-ish as a dark-on-dark pairing. The whole point of football socks is to provide contrast at the pant/sock intersection point. Look, it’s easy: When you wear the colored pants, wear the white socks; when you wear the white pants, wear the color-topped socks. And don’t try telling me the jersey has anything to do with it — it doesn’t.
• Again with the officials’ cap pom-poms. Pretty obvious by now that it’s a microphone thingie, but Sam Graves points out that both sightings so far have been from Sunday-night games, so maybe it’s just an NBC thing..? Will investigate.
• And finally, the Windy City was a little windier than usual last night. (Blame John Okray for ruining your morning.)
In case Titans/Texans doesn’t quite float your boat: If there’s one thing Monday nights are known for, it’s, uh, new NHL alternate jerseys! Or at least that’s what the Panthers think, because they’ll be unveiling their new alt this evening.
I’ve seen the design but am not allowed to talk about it until 7:30pm eastern, at which point I’ll post an insta-review here on the site. So check back then, okay? Okay.
The Most Important Thing Any Mammal Has Ever Done, Update: Dave Eskenazi has come up with still more photos of the 1956 Portland Beavers’ striped undersleeves, including some action shots (note that there are actually two different stripe patterns in that photo). You can see the full set here.
Incidentally, in case you missed it on Friday, I’m trying to gauge how many people would be interested in buying one of these Beavers undershirts if we could get a manufacturer to produce a small quantity of them. Would you be on board if they were reasonably priced? If so, let me know.
Flap Jacks Update: For years we’ve known that Earl Battey of the Twins wore an improvised earflap in 1963. Then we recently learned that Tony Oliva of the Twins did likewise, at least in BP, in 1964. And now there’s this, from reader Paul Hirsch:
On Nov. 21 I was watching Game 4 of the 1965 World Series when Jimmie Hall came to bat late in seventh or eighth inning. Ray Scott, the Twins announcer that season, noted Hall’s earflap (very crude, much like the one you featured for Earl Battey), and said that Hall had been wearing it since being beaned “several years ago.”
Unfortunately, Paul wasn’t DVRing the game, so no screen shot, but
I already have some wheels turning on that front — stay tuned the game was rebroadcast early this morning and James Huening got these shots. He also posted video of Hall’s 7th-inning AB to YouTube (watch it quick before MLB makes them take it down).
Meanwhile, it’s interesting to see that the Twins kept relying on these makeshift earflaps for several years. Didn’t anyone at ABC Helmet see an opportunity here?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Hey, lookie what I got — a super-cool varsity jacket in Uni Watch colors, with a lipsticked Indian on the back (that’s not offensive, it’s just bizarre). Dig the super-textured chenille graphics. … Okay, Florida riflery, whatever. Oh, but have you seen the pants? Classy. … Meanwhile, here’s the weekend riflery roundup: Florida State, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. … Still more riflery on tap for today, as LSU’s set will be officially unveiled at 2:30pm eastern. … Regarding Troy Polamalu and the little cross on his jersey, Vincent Ward writes: “For years Jon Kitna has worn a non-NFL-licensed hat with a cross embroidered on it. When he played with the Bengals he was actually fined by the NFL for wearing the hat during a post-game interview, but the fine was later resencinded. Maybe they learned their lesson and are going to avoid any controversy with Polamalu.” … Rich Christy found some old baseball uniforms in his father’s attic. “I’ve always been told he was one of the best baseball players ever in my hometown of Piqua, Ohio,” he writes. “That’s me in the gray pinstripe uni, which is wool and extremely heavy. The team was a factory team in town, Hartzell Fan, TNOB. The red uni was a Lear Avia team before there was Learjet.” … Was flea-marketing on Friday and spotted this chick wearing some mod eyewear that kinda reminded me of Raymond Berry’s goggles. … Love love love this 1928 Furman football uni that Michael Orr sent along. It’s from this article, which appears in the Fall 2009 issue of Furman Magazine. … Here’s a new one, at least to me: cheerleaders wearing play-calling wristbands (with thanks to Tony Bruno). … Nice little collection of bus tickets here (thanks, Kirsten). … Remember how the Missouri Mavericks were gonna wear Harry Truman jerseys? Here’s how they looked on the ice (with thanks to Zach Brady). … I’m not generally a big fan of the Gap (there’s a shocker, right?), but every now and then they get it just right. … “I found these two tykes at a Dartmouth football game in Hanover, N.H., of all places,” writes Tris Wykes. “Their dad explained they’d gotten the outfits at a recent Tide game and wanted to wear them to the Dartmouth-Princeton game as well.” Am I the only one who finds this more than a little bit creepy? … Pretty cool logo for the Chinese Basketball Assocation’s 2010 all-star game (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Oregon used white-letered nameplates on Saturday, creating the illusion of NNOB. … Several interesting uni-related notes from the OSU/Michigan game here. … Kudos to the Cleveland Planning Commission, who told Nike to take your douchebag “mural” and stuff it (with thanks to Zac Neubauer). … Throwbacks in the pipeline for Wichita State hoops (with thanks to Patrick Chippeaux). … Really interesting article about how the throwback trend has benefited a Tennessee uni manufacturer here. If you read deep into the article, you’ll see NFL spokesperson Joanna Hunter quoted thusly: “There has been demand by fans, and with the popularity of the Legacy uniforms we’ll see them again next year.” That was news to me, so I double-checked with her, and she said she was just referring to retail, not on-field (with thanks to Ian Morris). … Pretty groovy vintage rowing jersey here. … Other eBay finds: a spectacular Little League jacket, a fantastic varsity skating jacket (check out those patches!), and a truly magnificent varsity hockey jacket.