The photos you see above were taken several months ago at the wedding of Jesse Spector and his lovely bride Caroline. He’s from New York and she’s from the Boston area, so they approached me earlier this year with a fun request: They wanted the table number signs at their reception to be patterned after Yankees and Red Sox retired numbers — Yanks on one side and Sox on the other — to symbolize their NYC/Beantown union. So Scott Turner designed the circular icons for a nominal fee, and there they were at the reception. Cool!
Scott and I were really happy to play a part, however small, in Jesse and Caroline’s big day. If you would like to engage the Uni Watch Wedding Services Division for your special occasion (table numbers, signage, special jerseys from Ebbets Field Flannels, etc.), feel free to give us a shout — we like these projects.
New ESPN column today look here. I think everyone will enjoy it, but those of you from Pittsburgh should be extra-pleased by it.
Speaking of Pittsburgh…: Doug Keklak, Ryan Connelly, and some other Steeltown-area readers are organizing their own Uni Watch party for early next month — “YinzerWatch, if you will,” says Kek. The gathering will be held on Thursday, January 7th, 6pm, at Silky’s in Squirrel Hill.
Uni Watch Mystery: As many of you know, one of the great Uni Watch holy grails, or white whales, or whatever, is the prototype Chiefs helmet with an Indian headdress design that was briefly shown and discussed during an NFL broadcast over 15 years ago. Many people claim to have seen this helmet, but there’s a lot of disagreement over the specifics: “It was shown during a game in the late 1980s … No, it was during the 1990s! … It was during a game against the Broncos. … No, they were playing the Oilers! … No no no, they were playing the Raiders!! … Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh talked about the helemt. … No, it was Bob Trumpy!”
I am now very close to solving this mystery. I’ve even found the guy who designed the prototype, so I know the whole story behind it (and will be sharing it with you soon, I promise). What I haven’t been able to find is the footage from that old NFL game, because I’m still not sure which game it was.
I do know that the game was played in 1989. I also know it was played in KC. That means it was one of these games:
- Sept. 17 vs. Oakland
Oct. 1 vs. Cincinnati
Oct. 22 vs. Dallas
Nov. 5 vs. Seattle
Nov. 12 vs. Denver
Nov. 26 vs. Houston
Dec. 3 vs. Miami
Dec. 17 vs. San Diego
I have reason to believe that it was probably not the Denver game, but that’s not yet 100% certain.
If you were watching that game 20 years ago and can help me narrow this down, please speak up pronto-like. Thanks.
Raffle Reminder: In case you missed yesterday’s entry, I’m currently raffling off a buncha cool stuff. Details here.
Pool Reminder: And in case you missed it on Monday, Phil has set up a pool/contest thingie for the college football bowls. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s how yesterday’s steak turned out. … Shhhhh! Explanation here (with thanks to Michael Korczynski). … Here’s the next evolutionary step from Fudd caps (with thanks to Jason Hillyer). … Fortunately, MLB hasn’t starting merchandising cowboy boots — yet (with thanks to Thomas Leibowitz). … Jason Bernard spotted this 1990 NHL All-Star Game jacket on eBay. … Jim Ransdell has written a nice little piece about old Sears catalog NFL action figures. … And speaking of vintage sports figures and such, it’s always worth giving a plug to the mighty Fleer Sticker Project, which is the highest authority on such matters. … Here are the mascots for the Brazilian Superliga volleyball league and the Brazilian national volleyball team, respectively (as provided by, of course, Jeremy Brahm). … I’m left-handed, so I always prefer to use my right arm when receiving an injection or giving blood. So when the nurse administering my pigthrax vaccination yesterday morning began reaching for my left arm, I said, “I’d rather do it on the right side, please.” She asked why, and I said, “Because I’m left-handed, and I don’t want any swelling or soreness on that side.” To which she replied, “Oh, are you a baseball pitcher or something?” I said no, and she said, “Oh, I thought maybe you were protecting your pitching arm, since you’re wearing a baseball cap.” On my way out after getting the shot, I noticed five people in the waiting room wearing baseball caps. … Michael Walsh says he got this A’s hockey sweater in 2003 at the Oakland Coliseum. … And speaking of baseball-themed hockey jerseys, a few days ago someone in the comments made the following suggestion: “”When the Washington baseball club relocated to DC, they should have kept the ‘Expos’ name and added an ‘é’ to the end of it (to maintain a bit of the French influence/pay tribute to Montréal). Could there ever be a better named sports team than the Washington Exposé?” Josh Jedwab took that idea and promptly created a hockey version of it. … How interesting is this photo? Let us count the ways: (1) Color on color. (2) ASU is going untucked, but the jerseys are much shorter than most other untucked jerseys of the era. (3) Very interesting number font for ASU. (4) Odd mix of capital and lowercase letters for BYU. (5) Bizarre backboard support system. (6) Floor-level scoreboard. (7) Striped socks! (All of this pointed out by Jeremy Richardson). … Bryan Justman wanted a Penguins Stanley Cup replica banner, but the ones being offered for retail sale didn’t look enough like the real one at Mellon Arena, so he made his own. … Big Popular Mechanics article about helmets in various sports (with thanks to Kevin Whisman). … Kevin Dull found something odd in a Twin Cities shop: a winter cap in Gophers colors but with a Michigan M. “It was tagged with the NCAA license and everything,” he says. … Yesterday’s installment of All Things Considered had a great segment about this baseball book, and the web version of the segment features some dynamite photos. … I realize most of you can’t access Newsday‘s web site anymore. But for those of you who can, there’s a great slideshow documenting the current state of the old Yankee Stadium. … More military/sports crossovers: the USS Cardinal with the Cardinals’ script and the USS Raven with Ravens-inspired wordmark. “In the case of the Cardinal, the name and use of the team identity come from the office of Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt, who sponsored the appropriations bill that made the ship possible,” explains Paul Wiederecht. “When the ship was officially commissioned in D.C., Stan Musial was there for the ceremony.” … Matt DeLeon recently acquired a 2000 Montreal Expos calendar. “The most interesting thing about it is an illustration at the end of the calendar showing the renovated version of Olympic Stadium that was never realized,” he says. … The Mets Police blog wants fans to wear blue caps to the ballpark this season (with thanks to Dan Cichalski). … The Ravens will be wearing their black jerseys this Sunday. … The Lady Vols hoops team has added NOBs (with thanks to Buddy Walker). … New masks in the works for Martin Brodeur — go to this page and search on “painted” (as noted by Kevin Clark). … Bill Kellick recently came across this old basketball photo in an antiques shop. Not positive, but I’m pretty sure the V-neck collar was very unusual for the 1920s. … In a move that I hope lands in the “one and done” scrapheap, the Thunder all wore orange Nike sneakers for last night’s game against the Mavs. According to the AP game recap, even the players with Adidas footwear deals went swooshified for this one. … You know how Shea has the apple coming out of the top hat to celebrate home runs? The Marlins new stadium will have a pop-art variation on that — check out the little video at the bottom of this page. Lots of negative reaction to it so far, but I really like it.