What’s that little stitching mark underneath the Islanders crest on Tim Jackman’s jersey? Reader John Muir explains:
Jackman had some trouble with his jersey earlier this year. Even though his rear tie-down was fastened, his jersey came up over his head during a fight. So during the first intermission, Islanders equipment manager Scott Boggs contacted the league and asked if he could affix a front tie-down to Jackman’s jersey. The league agreed and the modification was ready in time for the second period. Jackman explains all of this in this video clip.
Fascinating. Do other players out there have front tie-downs?
New ESPN column today — the annual holiday gift guide. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Oregon and Oregon State will be wearing helmet decals tonight in support of soldiers in the Oregon National Guard’s 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Details here and here (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Are the Canucks preparing to scrap the Orca logo? Could be (with thanks to John Muir). … Here’s a shot from the 1979 Syracuse/Penn State game. Note the inconsistent pants striping on the Syracuse players (with thanks to Rick DiRubbo). … Oh man, if only I had bought this building (way to torture me, Kirsten). … Did you know Tab was briefly made with sugar? James Huening found that can at this soda web site, which also features, among other things, an RC can featuring Dave Parker wearing his cap backwards (presumably because they didn’t have permission to use the Pirates logo). … Here’s another shot of Paul Hornung wearing a plastic faceguard on a leather helmet (with thanks to Nathan Haas). … Great pics of the Heilwood Bloomer Girls, a 1919 women’s baseball team from western Pennsylvania, here (with thanks to Roscoe Speers). … New logo set for the 2014 Winter Olympics (with thanks to Chris Ashworth). … Andy Moursund has added another 21 images to his set of amazing vintage program covers. … Ballpark Digest has chosen two “logos of the year” — one of which I Iove, one of which I hate. I’m sure you can guess which is which (with thanks to Todd Vaught). … Hey look, there’s a design on the bottom of the MLB championship trophy (good spot by Ed Lafayette). … Greg Michelena notes that Marian Gaborik has his nickname and uni number on his gloves. …