See what happens if you leave your belt unbuckled? That’s Tommy Kelly of the Raiders, who emerged from a goal line pile with a bit less than he’d bargained for, prompting a national wave of nausea (and a flurry of photographic activity at reader John Wokas’s house).
In more conventional uni-related news from around the league:
• After all the weekend soap operatics regarding Chad Bengal — he’ll wear Chris Henry’s jersey, he’ll be fined, the union will pay his fine, wait, the union isn’t allowed to pay his fine, he won’t wear the jersey after all,
he’s changing his name to UnoCinco — he just wore his regular jersey after all (although he did carry Henry’s jersey onto the field).
• And of course all of the Bengals wore a memorial decal.
• Over in Denver, Brandon Marshall — who already wears No. 15 — wore a “Henry” nameplate during pregame warm-ups but wore his own name during the game.
• Getting back to the Bengals for a sec, Partho Kalyani notes that Brian Leonard’s nameplate was positioned too low. To the best of my knowledge, this was not a tribute to Chris Henry.
• The Seahawks did the scuba-over-navy thing again. Looks like the solid-scuba look is history, not that this is much of an improvement.
• Rams wore their throwbacks yesterday.
• Is it just me, or does that look like a really low QB squat?
• The Ravens wore their black alts.
• Josh Cribbs keeps wearing the Browns’ striped socks as arm warmers, which is totally cool by me.
• I don’t fully understand what happened here, but it sure looks like the start of a Monday Night Football game. (Screen shot by way of Chad Morris, who sent it to me while on the way to the hospital for the birth of his first child. Now that’s devotion!)
• Want to see just how messed up the various jersey cuts are these days? Look at this. That’s Brandon Chillar in the center, wearing the same newfangled jersey that Jermichael Finley’s been wearing. On the right is Tramon Williams, wearing a standard jersey. And I’m not sure what Mark Tauscher is wearing — his TV numbers look normal, but his collar and NFL Equipment shield placement look more like the stretchy jersey, except that his uni number is positioned much higher than on the stretchies. What a mess.
• Rob Ullman notes that Mark Sanchez was wearing a Jets logo mouthguard, which looks sorta gross. (As an aside: I don’t follow MMA, or UFC, or whatever they’re calling it this week, but Keith Winney says many of the fighters’ mouthguards now feature custom designs — fangs, American flags, messages, etc. The fangs have also been worn by at least one NFL player, Jovan Belcher, and maybe by Darnell Dockett as well. None of which can bode particularly well for the future of our civilization.)
Button, button, who’s got the button?: Got an intriguing note the other day from Jim Lonetti, as follows:
I recently was at a training session for volunteers who will work the concession stands at the new Target Field for the Minnesota Twins. The topic of name tags came up, and the representative for Delaware North (the company in charge of concessions) mentioned the tags are still in development. He said the usual lame lanyards or other tags that use that fancy P-touch machine are being considered.
I quickly sketched up something from memory. Do you remember this type of button? Old vendors used to wear them — they had the little window that was covered by clear plastic that displayed the vendor’s name or maybe the price of beer, making this feature of the button easily changeable? When I described them to the Delaware North rep, he was very interested in my idea and wants me to contact him if I can find some information. I tried to locate some examples on eBay or elsewhere on the web with no luck. Perhaps a Uni Watch reader has some examples or can put me in touch with a button manufacturer that still produces this design.
So that is the Uni Watch challenge. Let’s bring classic vendor buttons to Target Field for the Twins upcoming season!
I’m not familiar with this type of button, but maybe someone else is. If you know where to source these, feel free to contact Jim directly. Thanks.
Membership Update: We’re fully caught up on membership card designs (including Josh Jedwab’s mid-’80s Canucks flying-V treatment, shown at right). Scott will soon be heading west for the holidays, so if you’ve been thinking about signing up, it would be good to enroll by tomorrow morning, or else you may face a slight delay. As always, full sign-up details are available here.
Raffle Reminder: The Uni Watch holiday raffle is ongoing. For details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a new one: BLOB — that’s bowl logo on back, as worn by Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. (thanks to Dan Cichalski for the close-up screen shot). … In that same game, a Wyoming player had an awesome helmet decal glitch. Kinda gives a 3-D effect to the design, no? (Screen shot courtesy of Aaron Wiens). … The Padres are supposedly going pee-and-poo for Thursday home games next season, at least according to that report. That doesn’t jibe with my info, but I’ll see what I can find out. … Ooh, check out this vintage WHA wall plaque set (nice find by Jeff Katz). … This is apparently the mask that Marty Brodeur’s upcoming throwback mask will be based on. Note the non-matching catcher and blocker, too (nice find by Chris Goffredo). … If you need a last-minute stocking stuffer, I’m told that the Broncos’ team shop just got in another shipment of the home and road vertically striped socks. You can order them at 720.258.3300. … FNOB over at Villanova (as captured by Jason Alexander). … Yet another wedding story: Jared Blank (a Mets fan) and his wife (a Yankees fan) got hitched back in August and used these graphics. Note the gratifying lack of black in the Mets designs. … Very odd uni-related headline choice here. … If you go to this page and search on the word “Yankee,” you’ll see a bunch of great photos of the original pre-renovation Yankee Stadium (big thanks to Dan Cichalski). … You like this? There’s a bunch of similar images on this wonderful page (nice find by Brandon Acree). … Lots of gorgeous throwback Australian rugby jerseys displayed here (with thanks to Andrew Whitford). … Nice team portrait of the 1941 Yankees. Love how the guys in the back row are standing on chairs. “That shot is from a series of some of the earliest American color photography, says Byron Wages — some great stuff on that page. … Stephen Marcus found this photo in an antiques shop but can’t identify the teams involved. Anyone..? … “Visited Gutterson Field House, longtime home of the University of Vermont hockey team, on Saturday,” says Tris Wykes. “Some neat jersey-specific displays on the concourse walls, plus memorabilia, etc. A neat old barn.” … Most of you know about the now-famous 1964 game when the Vikings wore white at home but the Lions didn’t get the memo, briefly creating a white-on-white fiasco (which was solved when the Vikes changed into their purple jerseys right there on the sidelines, resulting in my worst nightmare). What you might not know — at least I didn’t know it — is that there was a similar game in Pittsburgh in 1966. “The Redskins went to Pittsburgh and both teams came out wearing white jerseys,” explains. Charlie Frank. You can read all about it here. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Backwards TV numbers! … New camouflage uniform for the British army (as forwarded by Tom Mulgrew). … Wisconsin-Whitewater, which usually goes NNOB, added nameplates for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl — i.e., the D-3 championship game — on Saturday (with thanks to Geoff Poole). … “Found this Phillies hat in the local BJ’s,” says Don Montgomery. “Apparently it was break time in Haiti.” … According to a small item buried on this page, “[T]here will be a change in the shading of all gray jerseys worn by Major League Baseball Teams. We are talking about the color of the gray jersey tops and the pants here, nothing more.” This is news to me — let me see what I can find out (with thanks to Jason Whitt). … Also from Jason: According to this page, the Nationals’ road uni will now have red socks and sleeves, instead of navy. I can confirm this change, and I’ll add that they’re going to a red belt as well. The good news is that all these accessories will now match the red script, red sleeve patch, red piping, etc.; the bad news is that they’re sticking with the navy road cap, which makes exactly zero sense. … I think we may have run this before, but it’s short and entertaining, so what the hell: Great video clip of unsightly hockey headgear (Frank Mercogliano). … And speaking of videos, here’s an amazing clip showing how World Cup soccer balls are manufactured — don’t miss (great find by Chad Todd). … Also from Chad: Here’s an unfortunate choice of words. “Apparently the Junction City Blue Jays in Kansas were preparing to play the Manhattan Indians in a basketball game,” he says.