As if the Longhorns didn’t have enough problems on the court lately, last night they became the latest college hoops team to wear one Nike’s sublimated rear-jersey designs. If you can’t quite see the details of the design there, that’s okay — Nike helpfully did a media blitz earlier in the day, so these photos were bouncing around all over the web. (Note that the text at the top of the page says Nike is claiming that this uniform is “70 percent lighter” than other uniforms. Now think about that. Seventy percent is, like, a lot. And you know the previous uni was billed as being 30 or 40 percent lighter than its predecessor. I’m assuming we’re now down to a uniform that weighs about half a gram.)
Although the sublimated design is going to get all the attention, this uniform has other details worth mentioning, especially the new insignia font. Not bad on its own terms, but it totally doesn’t work with the block uni numbers. Compare the team’s standard SoD uni and it’s clear which lettering/numbering pairing looks better. They should either go back to block lettering or else change the number font to match the insignia.
Also, see those dots on the sides of the shorts? Someone on the Chris Creamer board who had courtside seats for the game says the dots are actually little holes that “show the color of the spandex underneath.” I guess that’s how you make a uniform that’s 70 percent lighter — shoot it full of holes.
Who’s got the ball?: Giants equipment manager and all-around swell guy Joe Skiba recently sent me two boxes of game-used NFL “Duke” footballs. Each one is stamped with “Giants” and most of them also have a handwritten official’s mark.
Joe sent me a dozen of these balls. I’m keeping one for myself and giving one to Phil, which leaves 10 balls to give away to the rest of you. To be eligible to win one of them, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to this address by this Friday, February 12th, 7pm eastern. Only one entry per person (remember, Uni Watch Membership Program enrollees are no longer eligible for bonus entries). I’ll announce the 10 winners next Monday.
Big thanks to Skeebs for generously providing the Dukes!
Attention DIYers: Stephen Andon is a doctoral student in the Communication Dept. at Florida State, and he’d like your help with his dissertation. Here, I’ll let him explain:
I’m writing a dissertation on sports memorabilia in all of its many forms — from game-worn stuff to packaged dirt. Seeing as much of that is out of my price range, the DIY movement has always been intriguing to me. As a result, one chapter of my dissertation will be dedicated to sports fans making/creating their own stuff. I’m interested in e-mailing and/or talking with anybody who’s willing to share their thoughts.
Steve interviewed me yesterday, and I can attest that he’s a sharp fella, so I encourage all you DIYers — or even anyone who just has thoughts to share about the DIY phenomenon, positive or negative — to make contact with him. You can e-mail him here.
By the way, Stephen, your membership card is mailing out today.
Speaking of which: A handful of other cards are mailing out today (including Dave Rakowski’s vintage Packers helmet treatment, shown at right), but about two dozen of you have been awaiting your cards for several weeks now — and I’m sorry to say you’ll have to wait a bit longer. As I mentioned on the site last week, Scott Turner is in the process of moving to Seattle — he’s going by car and left Brooklyn three days ago. In the run-up to his departure, he wasn’t able to finish all the card designs in the hopper, and it’ll probably be another week or two before he gets settled enough to catch up with everything. He and I both apologize for the delay and thank you in advance for your patience.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Let’s begin with some follow-ups from yesterday. (1) I mentioned that it might be fun to see a colorized version of this photo. Larry Bodnovich took me up on it. So did Steven Wojtowicz, who added a bit of commentary. (2) I asked what the patch on Willie’s jacket was for, and Paul Wiederecht promptly informed me that it was for the 75th anniversary of NYC’s incorporation. “The mets were the only NYC team to wear it, and only on heir jackets,” says Paul. “It shows up mostly in photos from Willie Mays Night and the ’73 Series.” (3) I also asked about the right-sleeve patch that the Red Wings were wearing in this shot (not the V — the other sleeve). Teebz quickly identified it as a war bonds patch. … Super Bowl stat I hadn’t heard until yesterday: The NFC has now won the coin toss 13 straight times! … Here’s something you don’t often see: Dave Stewart as a Phillie (good find by Andy Chalifour). … Sharp observation by Logan Light, who writes: “I know we’ve seen a lot of NBA players do different things with their mouthguards — stick them in their socks, behind their ears, in their headband. But Rajon Rondo spits his mouthguard into his jersey. It stays there because the jersey is tucked in. Then he reaches in and pulls it out when he needs it next (sorry, the angle’s a bit off on that shot). Odd.” … The White Sox are un-retiring Luis Aparacio’s number for newly acquired Omar Vizquel (with thanks to my longtime Chicago buddy Tim Adams). … On man, some tremendous stuff available in this 1938 NHL scrapbook. Be sure to click on the photo and then click through all the other images — amazing stuff (awesome find by Mike Hersh). … A Virginia newspaper accidentally reversed the Super Bowl score in yesterday’s editions. … Here’s a fun little item about Joe McCarthy’s sleeves (with thanks to Mark Sullivan). … Cool article + video on the loading of the Indians’ spring equipment truck here (with thanks to Eric Bunnell). … And here’s a similar article about the White Sox. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out these awesome Bears sweatshirts. … Penn State wore throwbacks the other night. For photos, go here and click on the Feb. 6 game. Note that there was no maker’s mark on the shorts. … Douchebaggery alert: Saints LB Scott Fujita kept a Super Bowl diary, in which he revealed that Nike dropped him for spatting over his swoosh (with thanks to Brad Denny). … An Orix Buffaloes player recently committed suicide, and players wore black ribbons at his memorial service. “No word on whether they’ll wear them in the regular season,” says Jeremy Brahm. … Here’s a weird one: a Super Bowl patch album. Of course, the early Super Bowls didn’t feature any jersey patches — and if you look at the photos, you’ll see that the patches from more recent seasons aren’t the same ones that were worn in the games. Were these patches created specifically for this album or what? … Is this a new Minnesota police badge? Nope — it’s the logo of a new soccer team (with thanks to Nathan Haas). … I’m spending today with my Mom, so Phil is minding the store — treat him right. I’ll see you tomorrow.