Very odd scene yesterday in Seattle, where the Seahawks wore blue jerseys and blue pants but were not monochromatic. Instead of wearing their usual scuba-blue pants, they wore the dark-navy pants we first saw with their neon-snot jerseys. The result was very odd — dark-on-dark, but not solid dark. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they looked good (here’s a simple reality check), but this was an interesting change of pace.
In other developments yesterday:
• Jim Mora (and, I assume, the rest of the coaching staff) wore Lakewood Police baseball caps in tribute to the four cops who were gunned down at a local coffee shop.
• We’ve all seen players store their mouthguards in their facemasks. But yesterday Ahmad Bradshaw stuck his in one of his helmet’s vent holes. He also had a broken helmet decal. (Screen shots courtesy of Aaron Wiens.)
• Ya think maybe today’s jerseys are just a tad too stretchy?
• Here’s a hosiery format I hadn’t seen before: Chris Johnson was wearing some sort of tape or leggings or something that created a band of white right below his knees (additional views here, here, and here). Some very quick photo research indicates that he’s occasionally done this before, but not always, and the white bands have typically been smaller than they were yesterday. Anyone know more about this?
• And look, Andre Johnson of the Texans appears to have the same thing going on.
• If you have cement your fall from powerhouse to middling, this is definitely the uniform to do it in. Frankly, it’s the best uniform for doing just about anything.
• Hunter Hillenmeyer appeared to tear a seam near the base of his right pant leg, accentuating his double sock stripes.
• Were the Falcons’ cheerleaders wearing “NFC” socks?
• Speaking of cheerleaders, the ones in KC had JDOB — job description on back.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Next season’s batting practice caps are slowly coming to light. More info here (big thanks to C. Trent Rosencrans). … The latest black-for-black’s-sake trend: a girls’ hoops team with black fingernails (with thanks to Steve Johnston). … Carlos Fenny collects old tickets and recently discovered that the Cubs’ 2006 season ticket design featured various uniforms from Cubbie history. … Austin Gillis found lots of interesting photos in a book called Baseball in America. Among the highlights: ribbon stirrups worn under the cleats; a batting helmet with the team name on the side; a women’s team from 1876 (love those sashes!); a red, white, and blue satin uni worn by the American Association all-stars in 1938; an amazing Japanese banner featuring Lefty Gomez; Eddie Mathews with really big NOB typography (or maybe just a really small uni number); Satchel Paige in a Braves uni; and Jericho the Miracle Dog. … Ever wondered why you never see a Bears player and a Blackhawks player together? Okay, so you probably haven’t, but here’s the reason anyway (with thanks to Brian Sandalow). … When you live in Brooklyn and are into package design, people are always sending you packs of this Italian chewing gum. But I didn’t know about this cycling jersey until Diego Juan Guitiérez showed it to me. … Latest “Support the Troops” initiative: All U. of Vermont teams will start wearing a Green Mountain Battle Flag on their uniforms (with thanks to Dave Montegari). … How did Joe Montana end up in a Jets uni? Check out this short NFL 95 commercial for the answer (nice find by Andrew Weaver). … And as an aside, here’s another video game commercial that finds Montana wearing an Indians cap. … Whoa, never seen a football helmet like this one before (big thanks to new reader Brian Fitterman). … Great video of Canadiens old-timers celebrating the team’s centennial on the ice and in uniform here (with thanks to Andreas Papadopoulos). … Having completely ruined Oregon, Nike is now turning its attention to Oregon State (with thanks to Aaron O’Donnell). … Kevin Love returned to action on Friday night after being sidelined with a broken hand, and he was wearing a fingerless padded glove (good spot by Steven Wyder). … You can see all of the upcoming Olympic hockey jerseys in this slideshow (very useful find by Dane Drutis). … Good article about AFL Legacy merchandising here (with thanks to Tom Mulgrew). … Also from Tom: Fordham is retiring the jersey of a pioneering women’s hoops player. … The Jazz debuted their green throwbacks on Friday night. Video footage, including good views of the warm-up outfits, here (with thanks to Brett Crane for the video link). … Two good contributions from Daniel Dingerson: First, he sent along pics of this hockey-themed pinball game. Note how the backglass shows Bobby Orr as a Blackhawk against a generic Canadian team. And second, Daniel pointed me toward this excellent article, which describes Michigan’s deal with Nike in 1995 — the deal that, in many ways, changed college sports uniforms NCAA-wide. Highly recommended reading. … Here’s what Miami (Ohio)’s throwback hockey jersey ended up looking like (with thanks to Adam Hainsfurther). … Brendon Browne was watching a 1985 episode of the British TV show Are You Being Served and spotted a character wearing a jersey with the Seahawks logo on the sleeves. “The prop guy probably just bought a random jersey, but I wondered if there was any reason this particular jersey was used, or what kind of jersey it was, or perhaps it was a British ripoff of the logo, etc.,” says Brendon. Anyone..? … Tige Hutcheson notes that the Minnesota State hockey team has 40th-anniversary uniforms and a commemorative patch. … The Tiger Woods saga is all about “the crafting of an icon and the takeover of sports by corporate advertising.” That statement, with which I largely agree, comes from this column (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Also from Brinke: Never seen this BP jersey before. Anyone know the story behind it? Arizona Fall League, maybe..? … Bob Andrews reports that Brazoswood (TX) High has been wearing the initials of their late coach L.Z. Bryan on one side of their helmets this year (and yes, the other side is a Bucs ripoff, whatever). Further details here. … Good tip from Mason Biggs, who writes: “My friend’s father knows a Grand Rapids artist named Jon Post, who makes paintings of original 1950s and ’60s Topps baseball cards of players like Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle [and Joe Garagiola]. He’s done some for old ballplayers, and he’s gotten commissions from people like Spike Lee, who had him paint a Jackie Robinson card. For a Grand Rapids art show, he even went so far as to make a giant baseball card wrapper with gum included. Super-cool.” Post’s web site is here, and you can see a great video showing his working process here. … Jeremy Brahm notes that the ball being used in the women’s Team Handball World Championships in China appears to have been patterned after the Chinese flag. … Still more old baseball photos from Austin Gillis, including an action shot of the Cardinals’ 1956 uni (the one year they didn’t wear the birds on the bat); Del Crandall with “Thou Shalt Not Steal” printed on his chest protector; and the Boston Braves wearing Indian-head jackets. … Not sports-related, but there are some really wonderful charts and graphs here (great find by Justine DeCotis).