Pretty good weekend: Went flea-marketing and bought an old medical poster showing the workings of the human eyeball, had my upstairs neighbors come down for dinner (made port-braised lamb shanks and short ribs, mmmmm), bought a few vintage pencil sharpeners for a project I have in mind, checked out the Kandinsky show at the Guggenheim (where I was surprised to bump into my brother) and then walked up to East Harlem for Mexican food.
Oh, and watched some football. Not a whole lot, frankly (just as well, since the teams I was rooting for lost all four games), but enough to notice a few things of interest:
• Chad Bengal became the first Cincy player to opt for Reebok’s new stretchy jersey, complete with the paper towel-esque fabric, the too-low NFL Equipment shield, and the sorry excuse for an NOB. As he’d promised, he also wore his Chris Henry tribute gloves.
• Here’s a weird one: Darrelle Revis’s intro mug shot showed him wearing a jersey with the old NFL logo instead of the NFL Equipment logo.
• Speaking of the old NFL logo, what the hell was it doing on the NFL Matchup coffee mugs?
• Bill Belichick wore Pat Patriot on his headwear. Too bad the rest of the Pats didn’t do the same.
• The Packers don’t wear captaincy patches during the regular season, but they brought them out for the playoffs, just like they did two years ago. Looks like Rodgers only got one gold star, even though he must have been a captain at some point last season, because this was his first year (and first game, for that matter) wearing the patch.
• Nick Collins was apparently trying to set some kind of record for biceps bands.
• Was Steve Breaston’s waistband too small? And did he have a “POWER” codpiece or something in there?
Never thought I’d be saying this, esp. this season, but here it is: Go Vikings. At least for this week.
(Thanks to all who contributed screen shots and observations, including Chris Cocuzza, Terence Kearns, Doug Keklak, Jared Speckma, and Drew Nolan.)
Yinzer Watch Report: Doug Keklak, Ryan Connelly, and several other Steeltown-area readers organized a Pittsburgh Uni Watch gathering last Thursday evening. Jason Bernard has prepared the following report on the attendees and what they wore:
• Ladies first. The beautiful Jenny Sweet wore a sweet vintage Mean Joe Greene “One for the Thumb in 81” raglan. Looks good on you, Jenny.
• Avid DIYer Ryan Connelly did not make this sharp Bristol rugby jersey. But he loves Bass Ale, so he had to have it. It matched his Penguins skullcap and Uni Watch membership card nicely, and as the dad from Friday will tell you, you have to coordinate.
• Here’s Wayne Jones, wearing a very nice Penguins throwback from Ebbets Field Flannels. Ever the diligent multi-tasker, Wayne also showed off his game-worn Pittsburgh Maulers jersey (which he found at a thrift store) while belting out a stirring rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Please pick your jaw up off the floor, Jim Vilk.
• Doug Keklak briefly woke from the dead to sport this throwback Mario Lemieux jersey. Yes, Doug, I had better pictures of you. But this one’s funny, right?
• Notice anything fishy about Doug’s Lemieux jersey? Jerry Wolper did. Here’s J-Wol in a classy-looking Pittsburgh Hornets jersey (can you tell it’s hockey season in Pittsburgh?). The picture does not do that patch justice.
• Last and least, here’s me, wearing a red-and-green Lokomotiv Moscow jacket. The choice was a fortunate coincidence, since the date of our gathering happened to be Russian Orthodox Christmas.
Our numbers were few, but our laughs were many, and a good time was had by all. Next time, we promise to pick a sunny weekend afternoon.
Maybe next time you should hold the gathering at Rico’s, or at least invite their chef, Dennis DeLuca, who has a huge collection of Steelers memorabilia. According to that article, DeLuca’s trove includes lots of “action figures he spends days painting accurately, right down to the color of their socks and shoes.” Sounds like our kinda guy.
ITEM!: Raffle news you can use: Last spring, around the time that the Lions and Jags unveiled their new uniforms, I acquired this box. Inside was a new Lions jersey — a Calvin Johnson jersey, to be exact — along with assorted inspirational messages (some of them admittedly of dubious hype value).
I have also acquired a similar box for the Jaguars. It’s unopened — still in its original shrinkwrap, in fact — so I don’t know whose jersey is inside, what size it is, or anything else. (Yes, Maurice Jones-Drew is shown on the box, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything; the Lions box showed Kevin Smith.)
This Jags box is a unique and potentially quite valuable item. I’d like to see a Uni Watch reader end up with it, but I can’t just give it away. So let’s do this: If we can rack up 20 new sign-ups for the Uni Watch Membership Program by January 18th — that’s one week from today — I’ll put the box up for a raffle (and of course the new enrollees, like all members, will get three bonus entries in that raffle). So if you’ve been meaning to make the membership scene, now’s the time.
Important Update, 3:30pm eastern: PayPal has suspended my account because they say offering bonus raffle entries as a membership benefit amounts to running a gambling operation. So I can no longer offer bonus raffle entries for members (which I hope will prompt them to reinstate my account). I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow. If anyone who signed up today feels this is a bait-and-switch and wants a membership refund, get in touch with me pronto and we’ll work it out.
Speaking of the membership program, there are some great new designs in the card gallery, including Joe Exner’s card, based on his rugby team. Also noteworthy: Michael McLaughlin’s Colorado Mammoth-based card (that’s a lacrosse team, kids) and E. Lindsey Hall III’s old-school Sacramento Kings card (a simple but fascinating design, because the NOB is subscript and is also one of the very few NBA NOBs to employ a nameplate instead of direct-sewn lettering).
Uni Watch News Ticker: If you haven’t seen the pond hockey documentary that came out in 2008, you can watch the whole thing on Hulu. Recommended (with thanks to Stanislaw Olechowski). … Tons of old international sports event logos available here (great find by Jeremy Brahm). … AWESOME column + video about Patrick Kane’s mouthguard (big thanks to James Huening). … Rob McLaughlin notes that Jacoby Ellsbury, who had worn No. 46, is now listed on the Bosox roster as No. 2. … Oh man, how awesome is this 1964 girls’ hoops shot? It’s from a Facebook group called “I Played 6 on 6 Basketball in Iowa.” Lots of other good pics in the group’s photo album (with thanks to Tim Bosler). … Latest person to weigh in on the American Needle/Supreme Court case: Drew Brees, who offers the player’s perspective (with thanks to Sam McCullough). … Check out this Expos-esque logo. “The stem of the ‘b’ has been turned white to make a white capital H,” notes Michael Kramer. “My first guess would be that it was an old/prototype logo for the Expos’ long-time AA affiliate in Harrisburg.” Seems reasonable. Can anyone confirm or refute? … New MLS jerseys are reviewed here (with thanks to Scott Steinberg). … Whoa, here’s a major discovery: an old baseball uniform — 1950s or ’60s, looks like — with a uni number on the pant leg, way before the Astros brought that style to the big leagues. If you click-to-zoom on the photos, you’ll see that the number is actually chain-stitched onto the pants — yowza! … This is probably the worst-kept secret in MLB, but here’s the Giants’ new alternate jersey, which will be paired with this cap. … CMU’s Jeremy Wilson appears to have had “EAT” written on a towel or something like that the other night (as noted by Steven Czarnecki). … Rick DiPietro has a new mask, again with the POW theme (with thanks to John Muir). … And speaking of new masks, Josh Harding’s new design includes all sorts of references to the team’s recent equipment fire. … Look at these gorgeous erasers. They’re from an awesome new blog that presents a new collection for each day of the year (great find, Kirsten). … In case you missed Phil’s mention of it yesterday, awesome move by B.U. in the Frozen Fenway game, as they went with Bosox-style lettering and a hanging-skates sleeve logo! … Hmmm, this would make a perfect pairing with my “Meats” tee (nice find by Matt Newbery). … Not sure I’ve ever seen a head coach wearing the team logo on this side of his chest (good spot by Brinke Guthrie). … So many notworthy details in this shot: (1) Richard Todd’s off-center NOB; (2) Lou Holtz’s checked pants; (3) That awesome sideline jacket; and (4) the Jets’ sleeve stripes extending all the way down to the underarm. Also, does it look like Todd has a load in his diaper or what? … Tremendous Cornhuskers helmet-as-ice bucket available here (rare ticker contribution from resident genius Robert Marshall). … Chris Staggs says the Lincoln Stars of the USHL have “one of the best hockey uniforms I’ve ever seen.” Not sure I’d go that far, but I’d agree that they generally look pretty sharp. Most interesting aspect of their design: white uni numbers on a cream background. Sounds bad but looks surprisingly okay in the photos I’ve found. … Excellent spot by Doug Keklak, who noticed that Josh LeRibeus of SMU has a lowercase “e” in his NOB. … You know how the White Sox wear “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” uniforms? Zach Brady reports that the Missouri Mavericks wore “Halfway to Indpendence Day” unis the other night. … Fucking awesome set of 1970s NFL metal disk thingies available here (with thanks to Brinke Guthrie). … Geoff Poole notes that Kansas State wears a small jersey patch. It’s been there all season. Anyone know what it’s for? … MLB’s Elmer Fudd caps debuted in the 2008 postseason, but the Blue Jays were running this ad at least five years earlier (nice find by Peter Kurilecz). … Extremely interesting analysis of the Pirates’ bumblebee-era uni manufacturers here. Lots of fascinating info, but I was particularly interested in the old newspaper article shown on this page, which indicates that the Buccos’ 1970 pullovers — MLB’s first double-knits — were 60% nylon and 40% cotton. I didn’t realize they had any natural-fiber content. Explains why some of the 1970s double-knits looked and draped so much better than today’s 100%-polyester disasters (big thanks to Dave Grob). … Tremendous post on the Fleer Sticker Project, comparing wire service photos to the photos in Topps World Series cards. … Great catch by Erkki Corpuz, who notes that the team logo patch worn on the shorts of the 1972-73 Lakers appears to have had a “World Champions” notation. … “NFL Countdown this Saturday morning featured a story about DeMarcus Ware,” writes Tom Adjemian. “Looks like he’s got some MLB branded cleats/sneakers in his locker.” … Reprinted from last night’s comments: Most of you know that Kenny Burrough wore double-zero for the Oilers, but did you know he also wore that number for the Saints? Photo taken by Ricko himself! … Cycling news from Jeff Mayer: (1) Columbia-HTC is now HTC-Columbia, and (2) Fuji-Servetto is now Footon-Servetto. … Pretty much every riflery photo you could want — every uni detail, for every participating team — can be found here (with thanks to Tyler Hull). … DeShawn Stevenson had a shout-out to Gilbert Arenas on his ankle tape last night.