Snow game for the ages yesterday in Buffalo. I’ve put together a bunch of good photos here — is that how winter football’s supposed to look or what? And check it out, Dallas Clark still went bare-handed, snow or no snow. Also: Take a close look at that Justin Snow photo shown above — is the top of the “4” on his helmet chipped, or is that part of their decal font? (Update: Decal maven Chris Willis tells me it’s “the same decal they’ve used for about 20 years — it doesn’t match their uniform font.”)
Good thing nothing uni-notable happened during the Giants/Vikes game. The very thought of showing anything from that domed game would have been an insult to the beauty of the snow game in Buffalo, am I right?
In other games:
• Chris Johnson tore his jersey while setting that record yesterday. (My thanks to Aaron Wiens for the screen shot.)
• I was watching yesterday’s Eagles/Cowboys game with my upstairs neighbor Sam. He immediately noticed when the umpire got knocked down on a play and tore his jersey. “That’s the kind of thing you write about, right?” asked Sam. “Yeah,” I said. “I guarantee you that one of my readers is taking a screen shot at this very moement.” And sure enough, Aaron Wiens got this one (the umpire is the one kneeling). One of the other officials tried to put the wayward flap back in place, but I think the gash remained for the rest of the game.
• More and more players are wearing no whites at all. As I’ve said before, the NFL is going to have to reassess sock protocol, because what you have now is a total mish-mash of styles. Many players aren’t even wearing socks — they’re wearing calf sleeves, tights, or hosiery extensions sewn into their pant cuffs. You can’t regulate a uni element when it comes in so many different physical formats, and that’s before you start dealing with the players’ fashion preferences. NFL people, I know you’re reading this — please either enforce the existing rules or come up with new ones that make sense, because the current system is a mess.
• Why were the officials wearing their cold-weather slacks in Oakland, where it was sunny and about 60 degrees?
• The Rams no longer wear their shoulder horns, but their cheerleaders do.
• One of Alan Faneca’s helmet decals came off in the bitter cold last night. (Credit Chris Cocuzza with the screen shot.)
• The virtues of the wonderful American educational system were on full display in Houston. (Screen shot courtesy of David Cline.)
• Has Fox been using these striped mic covers all along, or are those new for the new year? I definitely hadn’t noticed them before yesterday. (Screen shot by me, for a change.)
And that closes out the regular season schedule of Monday Morning Uni Watch. Let’s hope the Cardinals don’t go the blood clot route next weekend.
Striped Sleeve Update: Remember those great 1956 Portland Beavers striped undersleeves? Bob Halfacre is still working on getting them manufactured for us, and he says the price is shaping up in the $45 to $50 range (getting the stripes done domestically is pricey). I’ve already been in touch with many of you to ask if you’ll still be on board at this price point. If anyone else wants in, now is the time to tell me. I’m not asking you to commit to an order, but we’re trying to gauge how many people are interested. If that’s you, please speak up. Thanks.
Meanwhile, Ian Borkowski couldn’t wait — he went ahead and made his own DIY version. Outstanding!
Deep Freeze Update: Thank the lordy we didn’t all convene in Minnesota this past weekend, when daytime temps dipped below zero. Let’s hope things are a tad balmier for the Uni Watch Deep Freeze, which will take place in the Twin Cities on January 22nd-24th. Assuming we haven’t all died of hypothermia, I’m calling for a Uni Watch party on Friday the 22nd, 8pm, at the downtown location of Grumpy’s, where reader David Gardner has reserved the “City Club” room for us — thanks, man. (Grumpy’s, incidentally, is owned by Tom Hazelmyer, a name that will strike a loud, dissonant chord with those of you who speak indie-rock.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: I know Terry Proctor will get a kick out of this history of Spanjian Sportswear, and hopefully the rest of you will too (big thanks to Dave Grob). … Really interesting item here: a series of cards devoted to Denver ballparks (nice find by Harvey Lee). … Matthew Porges was in Baltimore for New Year’s Eve and noticed that the de-icing salt at the Towson Town Centre Mall was purple! Yo, Joe Hilseberg and Jack Crabbe and all you other Baltimore folks, is that a Ravens thing? … It’s bad enough to wear a solid-pink uni for breast cancer awareness, but, as a post on the Chris Creamer board points out, it’s even worse to do it when you’re facing the Quad City Mallards. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Jim Zorn may be out of a job today, but nobody can take away the amazing striped shoulder yoke he wore in high school. … Not bad, but everyone knows the Cowboys have never used a black facemask. … It’s over a month old, but there’s a good article about NFL players not wearing leg pads here (with thanks to Mike Burnett). … Bryan Boltik notes that the LSU hoops team added a jersey patch on Saturday. He’s not sure what it’s for, and neither am I. Anyone..? … Looks like Iowa is getting riflery gloves for the Orange Bowl (as forwarded by Jesse Gavin). … Les Motherby has written his annual Hull City kit review (which features a spectacular side-by-side comparison of two ways to style the longest NOB in sports).