What’s that red hankie with the handwritten note? It’s Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s challenge flag, which is apparently inscribed with a personal note from his wife (or let’s hope that’s who it’s from). Green Bay Press-Gazette photographer Corey Wilson got a few shots of the red flag and then blogged about it — great stuff. As you may recall, McCarthy is also in the habit of wearing a Sharpie clipped to his cap, so let’s close out 2009 by naming him the Uni Watch Coach of the Year. (Special thanks to Brennan Feldhausen for bringing this one to my attention.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: All my life I’ve been waiting for striped socks for chairs and didn’t even realize it (big thanks to Steven Brown). … Fred Jackson “D III” eye black has earned him a $5000 fine (with thanks to Casey Barcomb). … Here’s something you don’t often see for sale: a men’s roller derby uniform. … And here’s a real prize: a Colts marching band uniform! That’s gonna go for big bucks, methinks. … Don’t think I’ve ever seen corduroy basketball shorts before. They don’t appear to match the jersey, but whatever — still an interesting find. … Love the blue/yellow striping on this old leather football helmet. … And I’m a sucker for this kind of basketball uni. … Last graf of this story indicates that Cincy will be wearing white helmets in the Sugar Bowl. … What do the Blue Jackets and the Arizona football team have in common? Their NOBs feature a mix of capital and lowercase letters (as pointed out separately by Phil and Alan Kreit). … Bob Loblaw really needs to get this cap, no? Part of this collection (big thanks to my old pal Christine Freeman). … Jamie Bassett‘s grandmother got these Texas Tech salt and pepper shakers for Xmas. … Cool craft project by Nate Budziszewski, who used perler beads to make these Tecmo icons. “So far I’ve only made the Tecmo Bos that Nike recently put on its trainer shoe,” he says. “But next I’ll make some logos and stuff, and I’m going to try to make NHL93 players. Its fairly easy to do and the end result is pretty cool.” … Ted Craig says he was on line to buy Nats tickets back in 2008 when he bumped into a guy with this tattoo. … I had heard that several Wisconsin players were wearing Adidas’s new Powerweb pants the other night (that’s the same technology they’re using for a lot of the World Cup uniforms), but I hadn’t seen any visuals until Barry Moss sent this screen shot.
Holiday Schedule: Phil has a special entry planned for New Year’s Day, so he’ll take a rare Friday turn at the helm tomorrow and also have his usual Saturday entry. I’ll be covering for him on Sunday, which happens to be his birthday. Would you believe he’s turning 29?
As for the impending turn of the calendar, a few thoughts: First, as most of you know, this has been a tough year for my family, and I’ve recently had to deal with a few other difficult situations as well. I’m hardly unique in that regard, of course — lots of people go through tough stretches. But most of those other people don’t have a bunch of of wonderful readers offering all sorts of kind words and moral support. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Uni Watch community helped get me through this year, and that’s on top of your daily contributions and observations that make this project so great. My sincere thanks to all of you.
That brings me to my second point, which is this: Eleven years ago tomorrow, I made the only new year’s resolution of my life, which was to create and sell a column devoted to uniforms. Just goes to show that it’s entirely possible to keep a resolution, as long as it’s not something absurd like losing 10 pounds or cleaning out the garage. Repeat after me: “This year I will create a media project that totally changes my life.” See how easy?
Finally, boys and girls, please remember New Year’s Eve is for amateurs. See you in 2010.