There’s an old episode of This American Life in which a guy descended from Native Americans talks about the stories his grandfather used to tell. “He say, ‘All this land used to be ours, but then the white man came and took it. And then the white man killed all the buffalo.’ The white man this, the white man that. And I was really little, so in my mind I just pictured this one giant white man — that’s what I thought he meant.”
Ah, but what if the white man is a Seminole Indian?
That’s the all-white combo that Florida State will supposedly be wearing this fall against Oklahoma. It isn’t the first time a football team with a Native American team name has gone white-on-white, but FSU’s new white helmet kinda takes it another level, no? Seems very odd for a team called the Seminoles to look that white — just feels wrong, much like this team name always felt wrong. I mean, if FSU’s gonna wear that design, shouldn’t they rename themselves the Palefaces or something?
Then again, it could be worse. Reader Mike MacCulloch pointed me toward those shots of the 1914 Nebraska Indians, an early barnstorming team that was among the top squads in the country. According to this page, most of the players on the team were indeed Native Americans (although they apparently dressed more conventionally at least some of the time). At least one other Nebraska team from that era wore “big heap national pastime” uniforms: the Oxford Indians. After looking at that, maybe going solid-white isn’t such a bad option.
Of course, the best photo of Indians in uniform is this one. That’s Chief Meyers (who was not a chief but was indeed a Native American) and Chief Bender (ditto), who faced off during the 1911 World Series.
Pajama Research Project: As you all know, this site is very much opposed to low-cuffed baseball pants. But amidst all the chatter about Ubaldo Jimenez’s stirrups and the Giants’ striped socks and such, there’s a small bit of reality that needs to be acknowledged: Most baseball players these days go low-cuffed. I’d like to know why.
So if you’re a past or present low-cuffer at the high school, college, semi-pro, or minor league levels, I have a simple question for you: Why do you do it? I can think of many possible answers — it’s lower-maintenance, it’s more comfortable, everyone else does it, it’s how everyone always did it all the way back to your Little League days, you think it looks cool, you wear those wraparound shinguards and it’s easier to cover them with your pants, you’re imitating your favorite big-leaguers, high-cuffing is only for old farts, etc. And maybe there are other reasons I’m unaware of. Whatever your reasons are, I’d like to hear from you.
And if you go to special lengths to keep your pants low — removing the elastic from your cuffs, putting Velcro strips on your cleats, impaling the back of your pant cuff on one of your spikes — I want to know why you do that, too. The mind of the lower-cuffer is a very alien place to me, so I’m trying to learn as much about it as possible in order to understand it. If you’d like to assist in this effort, you know what to do.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of new uni combos apparently on tap for Florida State football. … Looks like the Arizona Cardinals are about to unveil something new (as noted by Alan Valenzuela). … Yesterday I asked about this Jets helmet. That shot is from 11/21/93, when the Jets wore that helmet to mark the 25th anniversary of Super Bowl III, as noted in the last graf on this page. They then added two white stripes to that design for their 1994 throwback games (with thanks to Adam Triesler). … Auburn’s larger helmet logo is just an experiment, at least for now (with thanks to Jonathan Lancaster). … Good catch by Nate Dion, who noticed that Goran Dragic now has an accent on his NOB. Wasn’t there during the regular season. … If you live in or near Chicago, you may want to check out this screening of rare baseball films (with thanks to Tom Fredrickson). … Lots of Kelli McGregor memorials over the past couple of days: On Monday night, Todd Helton wore McGregor’s initials on his cap and the Rockies hung a jersey in the dugout with McGregor’s old college football number. And last night the team added a sleeve patch. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Field Museum in Chicago, famous for its dinosaur exhibits, is doing the big-jersey thing for the Blackhawks’ playoff push. … The American League BP jerseys for the All-Star Game will apparently look like this (with thanks to Jessica De Leon). … Sean Engelhardt has painted an Ebbets Field-style wall on his bedroom wall. … Tons — and I mean tons — of spectacular old printed ephemera on display here (big thanks to my Amy Fritch). … What’s the difference between a Bronco and a Mustang? Not much, apparently (as noted by Matt Englander). … Latest WNBA team to sell out to a corporate sponsor: the Seattle
Storm Microsofts. Details here. … Lots of good images in this St. Louis Browns history site (with thanks to Lance Smith). … The Pens are now reportedly keeping their retro alts after all (with thanks to Rob Ullman). … I think we may have seen this before, but it’s worth revisiting: Spectacular hockey footage available in this 10-minute 1953 film. Don’t miss (with thanks to Mario Morgado). … Yesterday I mentioned that Heath Bell was wearing Marines-inspired cleats when the Padres wear camo, but I didn’t have any photos. Now I do, thanks to Dan Cichalski. … Not sure why the Jays chose to wear their Friday throwbacks on Wednesday, but it created something that was just what the world needed: a blue-on-blue game. … Last week I showed a screen shot of the Hampton Crabbers’ amazing football helmets. Turns out the school also had a really cool yearbook cover design (thanks, Kek). … Oh man, Jeremy Brahm found an old photo of a Japanese women’s ballplayer that’s nine kinds of awesome. … “We learned about this at school today,” says Phillip Garza. “That’s a team sponsored by Louis Armstrong.” … There are twins, and then there are twins (with thanks to John Muir).