Twenty years ago this month, the Eagles came up with one of my all-time favorite uniform remembrances. After quarterbacks coach Doug Scovil passed away on December 9th, they memorialized him by adorning their helmet wings with strips of black electrical tape, which they wore for the final three games of the regular season and their one playoff game.
I’ve always loved this gesture — simple, stark, effective, and it sort of looked like they’d “clipped their wings,” so to speak. I’ve seen plenty of photos of it, but I’d never seen video of it until a few days ago, when Phil stumbled upon this video clip (be sure to stick it out through the commercial break, which includes Mike Schmidt wearing a generic uni that looks vaguely Cardinals-ish):
Always fun to see the Eagles and Cowboys fighting, too. Couldn’t happen to two nicer teams.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — look here.
Raffle Reminder: Today’s the last day to enter the Uni Watch holiday raffle, if you haven’t already done so. Details here. I’ll announce the winners on Christmas Day.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Check this out — a SuperSonics hockey jersey (with thanks to David Smajovits). … Lots of rumors about Arizona possibly wearing white helmets in the Holiday Bowl. … “The cycling blog occasionally features jerseys of the pro peloton from various years,” writes Sean Clancy. Here are jerseys from 1989. Scroll down on the blog’s home page to see more.” … Here’s a closer look at the U.S. Olympic hockey jersey (with thanks to Johnny Griswold). … Here’s the latest on the NBA’s new shooting shirts, which I first reported on in my NBA season-preview column two months ago. … Daniel Caceres found this Vikings helmet cooler in a relative’s garage. … Entertaining gallery of 1970s basketball coaching outfits here. … Really like the black-gold-white color pattern on this old basketball jersey. … Other eBay finds: a groovy old White Sox tee, an awesome football jersey in my favorite colors, and a basketball warm-up jacket that, in Mike Page‘s words, “has ‘Merry Christmas, Paul Lukas’ written all over it.” He might be right about that, although so far I’m resisting — better to give than receive at this time of year and all that. … Attention Matt Powers: Check out this shot of Charlie Caldwell, which Tris Wykes found in a 1964 Princeton/Dartmouth program. … Always fun to see a uniform show up on Antiques Roadshow (with thanks to Ian, who didn’t give his last name). … BYU broke out the old blue/gold sideline capes from several years ago last night (as noted by Brian Deutsch). … Not uni-related, except for one small item, but this look back at the Pirates’ decade is really hilarious. And really sad (with thanks to Doug Keklak).