Been a while since anyone has submitted any childhood uni drawings, so I was happy to get a communiqué from Aaron Staenberg, as follows:
My parents were going through some of my old stuff and found the notebook where my friend Joe Lynch and I kept our primitive uniform drawings. We had gotten into team names and uniforms and such when we were growing up. While we were in high school, we decided to create the RFL (Royal Football League). There was nothing very royal about it, other than a fancy name for our fancy made-up league. We made divisions and the whole deal, and then we went and made some logos and uniforms and helmets for the teams.
Some of designs were not very original or creative, but some were somewhat prophetic. We made a team called the Louisiana Voodoo, which was later an arena league team. We made a team called the Utah Rattlers, which had a color scheme and logo resembling the first Arizona Diamondbacks logo that would come a few years later. We made a team called the California Condors, with a helmet that resembled the Eagles throwback helmets that came out years later. And we had a team called the Seattle Lumberjacks and tried to create our own plaid pattern — very ugly, but somewhat catchy and definitely original.
I love some of Aaron’s details, like the little jock tags on every jersey illustration, and the fact that some of the helmets had little uni number decals while others had the helmet number spread out around the center stripe. And a few of his jersey concepts were plenty innovative. Want to see more of his childhood designs? Look here.
Good news, bad news: The good news is that 13 membership kits mailed out two days ago (including Mike Kelly’s Hartford Whalers treatment, shown at right), and we have another dozen or so in the pipeline that should mail out by the middle of next week.
The bad news is that I can no longer use PayPal. Extraordinarily frustrating, but what’s done is done — let’s move on. Those of you who signed up via PayPal yesterday, don’t worry, your orders have been received and processed.
In a perfect world, there would be PayPaul. Until then, I’ll have to choose a new e-payment system. I’m leaning toward Amazon Payments, which works pretty much like PayPal and should be very easy for everyone because most of you already have Amazon accounts (if you already have a credit card registered with them, you’re good to go; if you don’t, it’s easy to set one up). I hope to announce the new system on Monday. Meanwhile, if any of you have feedback to offer about this or other PayPal alternatives, I’m all ears.
Of course, you can always sign up by sending a check. The address is on the membership sign-up page.
I don’t usually do this…: But yesterday’s ESPN column was, I think, pretty damn good. If you missed it, check it out here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Evanston, Illinois, city council wore Auburn football jerseys the other day, to satisfy a bet made prior to the Outback Bowl. “Auburn sent very small unis as a friendly joke,” says Jonathon Binet. “But if you click on the photos to enlarge them, it looks like a couple of the city council members added Northwestern football patches to their Auburn jerseys.” … Didn’t realize that Lebron wore mismatched shoes the other night (with thanks to Brad Keppler). … Turns out there’s a site specifically for former employees of Herman’s Sporting Goods. If you grew up going to Herman’s, as I did, you’ll love old photos like this and this (great find by Bruce Menard). … NickNOB alert from John English, who found another shot of Campy Capaneris. As you may recall, I had run this shot a week or two ago. … “Take a look at this shot of Cal State Fullerton,” says Jeremy Brahm. “I can’t find a date, but the photo is of Leon Wood, who played there during from 1981-84. It is a untucked jersey, but what is the text on the side?” Not sure. Anyone..? … You wouldn’t think a community college and a minor league baseball team would butt heads over a word like “Mudcats,” but they did. … Good blog post devoted to Indians uniforms here (with thanks to Tim Bennett). … Must be more Kiss fans out there in the Uni Watch readership than I would have guessed, because at least a dozen of you told me about these Kiss football helmets yesterday. … Troy Murray dropped the first puck at last night’s Blackhawks game. What’s that patch on his jersey? As Chris Bruggeman notes, it’s the 1990-91 All-Star patch — a nice touch.