All season long, Vikes coach Brad Childress has worn a special non-branded headset due to his hearing impairment, but the clowns at Motorola finally decided to impose their logo and wordmark on his rig yesterday. Pretty standard corporate douchebaggery, but I’m surprised it took them this long to get around to it.
That was my favorite uni-related observation from yesterday’s NFL action, which Ricko and I watched at a pair of bars in Minnesota. In other news:
• Garrett Hartley is another kicker who wears his wedding band on the field — but not on his ring finger.
• Several Vikings players appeared to have their jerseys tied down to their pads at the base of the collar, Cowboys-style.
• Pierre Thomas has a uni-numbered mouthguard.
• Kinda weird that there was a guy in a Miami Hurricanes jersey lurking in the background during the AFC trophy presentation. “The logical explanation is that it was a tribute to Reggie Wayne, who wears No. 87 for the Colts and also wore that number at the U,” offers Sam Blum. “Plus the Super Bowl is in Miami this year. I would imagine that Reebok must have been irate over swoosh’s presence.”
Finally, it’s worth noting that CBS’s Sunday Morning program did a little preview of the Saints/Vikes game yesterday, accompanied by this pathetic graphic. Maybe they’ll figure out what the Saints’ helmet actually looks like in time for the Super Bowl.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to head to the airport and, weather permitting, fly home.
(Thanks to everyone who contributed observations and screen shots, including Marc Malfara, Rick Friedel, Michael Kinney, Aaron McHargue, Dylan Moran, and Drew Nolan, and extra-special thanks to everyone who helped make this past weekend in the Twin Cities such a gas — you guys are all the best.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Bizarre news from Marcus Cooper, who writes: “The Lake Erie Monsters, who are an Avalanche affiliate, just announced a promotional bobblehead night for…. Shaquille O’Neal?! I played the video on that page and gasped when I saw the Avalanche logo, #33 on the sweater, and O’Neal’s head instead of Patrick Roy’s.” … Speaking of unusual minor league hockey promotions, here’s a first, I think: a hockey team wearing Girl Scouts-inspired jerseys (with thanks to Kevin Joseph). … Here’s a story I hadn’t heard before: In 1966, the Ford Motor Company commissioned Paul Rand to create a new logo, but it was never used (with thanks to Michael Paez). … Coupla nice finds by Alex Putelo: the Illinois hoops team wearing verynice northwestern-striped socks, and Bobby Hull with a makeshift facemask. … Good info and photos about the new Red Bull Arena in New Jersey here. “One interesting note is that season ticket holders will not have physical tickets but electronic ID cards that they swipe to gain entry into the arena,” says Michael Berluti. … Check out this old Cubs spring training photo — with a mascot in a cub suit! Never seen that before (nice find by Joe Coney). … Joe Drennan notes that the Bauer logo on Tuukka Rask’s mask is oddly off-center. … More new J-League soccer uniforms from Jeremy Brahm, this time for the Shimizu S-Pulse, Mito Hollyhock, Cerezo Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Hiroshima Sanfrecce. … Will Rickenback attended the Orioles’ Fan Fest and took a bunch of photos of the game-used gear that was available. “They had hundreds of jerseys, bats, hats, pants, helmets, even banners from around the stadium,” he writes. “One of the helmets was huge, had two flaps and hard Styrofoam on the inside — seems like a predecessor to those new helmets. Also got lots of pics of the pants from the September throwback game from Ebbets Field Flannels.” … “This is a story from our local paper about a bank robbery,” writes Robert Tusso. “In the security camera still-frame, it’s easy to recognize the late-’90s Angels cap. But the impressive thing is that the police either went through the trouble to properly identify it as an ‘Anaheim’ Angels cap (from the five-year era between ‘California’ and ‘LA of Anaheim’) or else there’s a detective that knows his baseball uniforms. Or maybe they just happened to call it ‘Anaheim’ serendipitously.” … New jersey for St. Helens rugby (with thanks to Craig Ackers). … Dylan Buell reports that a recent Indiana/Ball State women’s tennis match found the two teams wearing virtually identical Adidas uniforms. “The only way to tell the difference was by looking for the IU logo on the left shoulder,” he says. … The Dodgers will be playing some spring games in Taiwan, and Jeremy Brahm rightly points out that this will probably mean a new logo and/or patch. … Duke wore a Haiti relief patch on Saturday night (with thanks to Mike Lafferty). … “Matt Zaba, the Rangers’ backup goalie, does a shuttle from the minors to the big club every two weeks or so,” writes Alan Kreit. “On Saturday night he saw his first NHL action, but his helmet had No. 30 (his minor league number — he’s wearing 31 for the Rangers) and the logo of the Hartford Wolfpack.” … Several nice finds by Brinke Guthrie, including a Cincinnati Swords jersey, a 1969 NFL game program with a cool multi-helmet photo, and a page showing dozens of super-cool-looking old sports books for kids … New rugby jersey for the Qantas Wallabies (with thanks to Drew Douglas). … Paul Wiederecht found these 1980 spring training shots of Billy Martin. Note that he’s wearing black shoes! … Paul Deaver is looking to sell his entire set of 42 NFL pencils for $25. If you’re interested, or if you have any questions about the set, contact him here.