What was Dolphins lineman Bob Kuechenberg doing in a basketball jersey? It’s from an early Dolphins season-ticket drive, and that screen shot comes from this video about the ’73 Dolphins, which is one of many NFL Films-produced “America’s Game” vids now available on Hulu. “My favorite uni-related thing so far in this series is the 1972 Dolphins installment,” writes JayJay Dean. “They went 17-0 and almost ALL of their uniform numbers — front, back, and sleeves — were a MESS. Guys had 2s on their fronts with serifs and the same guy’s jersey had no serifs on the back and sleeves. You’ve covered this before on Uni Watch, but it’s much easier to appreciate when you can see the video online.”
I don’t have time right now to watch all this stuff and make a bunch of screen shots, but maybe someone else does, hint-hint.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — look here.
Should be much more entertaining that watching the Mets and Marlins: There’s a cool No Mas event tonight in Manhattan. I can’t be there, but some of you NYCers should go. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Looks like the Oakfield Oaks softball team was heavily influenced by Indiana’s basketball warm-up pants (big thanks to Jeff Ash). … You know what you can make out of pancakes? Anything (big thanks to Amy Fritch). … Jeff Scott recently acquired a game-used Dave Von Ohlen jersey from 1983. The weird thing is the numerals for the front uni number are badly mismatched; the even weirder thing is that it’s even worse on the back. Jeff was suspicious about the jersey maybe having been altered until he found this photo. Unbelievable. … Some guy named James Plukas makes high-end furniture. I’d never heard of him, but Doug Brei thought I might be interested in his company’s logo. … Lots of good color Ice Bowl shots at this site (with thanks to Matt Mitchell). … Think this sign is funny? It’s from a big collection of amusingly garbled signs in foreign lands. You can see the full collection here (with thanks to Jesse Agler). … The Brewers’ old bullpen buggy lives! It’s one of many old County Stadium artifacts supposedly in storage (big thanks to Nicole Haase). … Disturbing news from Delaware, as reported by Jason Levine: ” We’ve heard there has been a stirrup uprising among players for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. For whatever reason (maybe being in last place), the players have banished the light blue set with the horizontal stripes. We heard one player went out and bought his own set of navy blue stirrups, and now everyone has followed suit.” … Two days ago I posted this photo of new Arizona football uniforms. But now Kenny Abbey, who sent me that photo, has a follow-up. He contacted Wendell Neal, Arizona’s Associate Athletic Director for Equipment Operations — and who, coincidentally, runs the Arizona equipment blog where that photo first appeared — and asked for more details. Neal’s response: “No they are not the new unis. Close, but not exactly. Just something we showed the recruits, but they are NOT the ones. The date of [the unveiling] will be decided by Head Coach Mike Stoops. I do not know that date.” … Did you know Mitchell & Ness had its own blog? “Leaves a bit to be desired as far as grammar and editing go,” says Dan Cichalski, “but otherwise, there’s some good stuff there.” … Andres Torres of the Giants made a diving catch last night and ended up ripping his pants (screen shot courtesy of Sean Robbins). … The Diamondbacks have found a sneaky way to have advertising on their ballboys’ jerseys. See that “Del Webb” NOB? Del Webb is a chain of retirement communities (great catch by Mike Cooperman). … Longtime readers may recall that when Marty Hick‘s wife, Holly, turned 32, he made her a Jim Brown cake. He now reports that when she turned 33, he made her a Lew Alcindor cake.