Man, ya think the BCS logo decal on Alabama’s helmet last night was big enough? It was freakin’ huge. It looked smaller on the Texas helmets, but I think that’s because the decal had a thick white border that didn’t show up against the white Texas shell.
In other news from last night’s game:
• Ingram wasn’t the only ’Bama player with this problem, as you can see in this shot of Marcell Dareus.
• Now that he’s won a title with Alabama, Nick Saban will coach the Longhorns. Okay, not really. That photo is from an old-timer’s event when he was with the Dolphins.
• Apparently nobody at Nike realized that the Alabama riflery gloves look like a shout-out to Alcoholics Anonymous.
(Special thanks to Jon Beckmann, Michael Tucci, Jeremiah McElwain, Chris Smith, and Chad Todd for their screen shot and contributions.)
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Nike has made new boots for Supercross champ James Stewart (with thanks to Sean Clancy). … This should make everyone’s day: mini helmet buggies! They’re from Tom Turner‘s collection. … Killer exhibit of 50 vintage matchbooks here (with thanks to Jeremiah Allen). … Chad Bengal is planning to wear Chris Henry tribute gloves for the playoffs. … Hmmm, purple apparently causes spelling errors (with thanks to Travis McGuire. … Yesterday I asked if anyone knew about swimmers’ athletic supporters. “They were like regular athletic supporters except that the waistbands were very narrow, as were the leg holders, so as to be unobtrusive under a tight, short swimsuit,” explains Scott Dyche. “Not sure when men’s swimsuits started sewing in liners, which made these unnecessary.” … Love this 1935 Oklahoma semi-pro baseball team portrait (nice find by Jordan Guthmann). … The bird’s nest stadium in Beijing, originally used for the 2008 Summer Olympics, is now hosting a winter festival — nice (with thanks to Nathan Haas). … If the Cincy Bearcats can break out the white helmets, why not the Cincy Reds? (As forwarded by Liberty Bowman.) … BYU guard Jimmer Fredette wore a long-sleeve tee under his jersey on Weds. night, due to a body rash he’d developed as an allergic reaction to medication (with thanks to Bryan Bateman). … Also from Bryan: “The MWC has decided that its refs will wear grey shirts with thin black stripes on them for conference games this year.” You can see one of the refs in the background of this photo, and the new jerseys are described on the fifth page of this PDF. … The Hunstville Havoc — a minor league hockey team — will be wearing very tasteful jerseys to raise cash for the local ICU. “Believe it or not, those are more tasteful than the jerseys they wore last season for the same event,” says Stuart Greenlee. … New practice jersey patch — as if anyone really cares — for the Ravens (with thanks to Jack Krabbe). … If you watch this 1979 Redskins/Cardinals footage, you’ll see that the Cards were wearing a huge black sleeveband. “I’m guessing it was in memoriam for J.V. Cain, who had died of heart failure during training camp,” says Steve May. Of course, today’s NFL teams can’t wear sleevebands, because they no longer have sleeves. … Matt Holliday is switching uni numbers (with thanks to Patrick Karraker). … Here’s another high school hoops team with nothing but uni numbers on their jersey. “The team is the Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers,” says Joel Hackler. “The only thing to determine the school is the diamond on the pants with the letters ‘HAHS’ (Hoopeston Area High School).” … Hey look, it turns out there IS a good reason to watch the Pro Bowl: Look how Kris Jenkins introduced himself in the first few seconds of this clip (genius find by Andrew Wagner). … The man who designed Bucco Bruce, Lamar Sparkman, has passed away. … You know how NFL coaches have been wearing those idiotic shirts with the conference or division printed in some annoying way on the shirt? Reebok is now marketing an NHL version of the same concept (with thanks to TJ). … Scott Novosel has envisioned a set of Uni Watch trading cards. And while I never thought about it before, that would actually be pretty cool — just about any uni-related happening that we document here on the site could get its own card. Hmmmm. … Robert Marshall has really been outdoing himself lately. Check out this bobble — raised buttons on the jersey! Love the belt buckle, too. … Tyler Kepner has written a very good article about the Expos, and the first two grafs should appeal to all of us here.