There was a lot of uni-notable football action this past weekend, but they saved the best for last: the Redskins’ long-rumored gold pants, which made their debut in last night’s game against Dallas. Even better, the pants were paired with magnificent striped socks. Add it up and all of a sudden the ’Skins have one of the best home looks in the league.
Incidentally, if those pants and socks look familiar, that’s because they’re exactly the same knickers and hose that were worn as part of Washington’s 70th-anniversary throwbacks in 2002. (Well, almost the same — the throwback pants had a little anniversary logo on the hip.) Interesting to see that they simply reprised
• I loved the Eagles’ throwbacks. But as several readers pointed out, the TV numbers weren’t the same font as the front and back numbers (it was most apparent with the numerals 2 and 7). Interestingly, they’re showing it that way for the jerseys being sold at retail too. I haven’t had time to check, but maybe this dates back to the original 1960 uniforms that these throwback were patterned after..? Meanwhile, I loved the cheerleaders’ outfits.
• Speaking of TV numbers, my favorite observation of the day was submitted by Adam Pavlovich, who noticed that Brandon Jackson’s TV numbers were applied as patches. Never seen that before! If you look at his left shoulder (right side of the photo), it kinda looks like there’s another number under the patch, so this was probably a way of covering up a faulty set of numbers. Great, great catch by Adam.
• The Giants’ stadium-opening patch was, uh, subtle. Thankfully, it was just a one-game thing, so we won’t have to see it again.
• Something else I hope we never have to see again: a chain gang member with deficient pant-cuffing skills. (Thanks to David Pealing for the screen shot.)
• The Bears “honored” the Blackhawks by giving Brian Campbell a jersey with a misspelled NOB.
• Remember how the Vikings’ horn decals couldn’t cross the Rubicon of the vents on the Revo Speed helmet? Anthony Zogas notes, “Instead of cutting the logo, Lions players wearing the Revo Speed actually had the tail of the lion decal ‘bridge the vent.’”
• Timmy Brulia’s gonna be busy updating our “White at Home in the NFL” page, because there were a lot of ivory-clad home teams yesterday, including the Pats, Titans, Bears, Texans, and Bucs. All of those teams won, incidentally (as did the Saints, who wore white at home back on Thursday night).
Finally, it’s worth noting that several people e-mailed me to say that the Colts and Packers had some players “wearing weird jerseys.” I thought by now everyone knew about this, but apparently some people didn’t get the memo. If you’re one of them, you can re-read the memo here.
Meanwhile, there was plenty of uni-notable action in the collge ranks on Saturday:
• Louisville wore one seriously tacky helmet design.
• Air Force wore stars/stripes lightning bolts. And get this: They actually managed to include 13 stripes and 50 stars! And what are all those icons on the back of the helmet? Here’s a description: “The back of the helmet included four stickers. The first is a 9-11-01 sticker with the 11 being replicas of the World Trade Center twin towers and the word ‘Remember’ with a United States flag. There is a black outline around it in the shape of the Pentagon building. Underneath, going left to right, are the official logos of the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department, and the Port Authority Police of New York–New Jersey.”
• Virginia Tech wore solid white — helmet included — at home.
• Texas Tech’s athletic dept. had assured me that the team wouldn’t be wearing those white helmets this season. Guess someone was pulling my leg. This is the exact same helmet that was showing up in photos months ago and was later described as a rejected prototype. So much for that story.
• Remember Dayne Crist’s seriously short sleeves from last week? Turns he isn’t the only Notre Dame QB to go that route.
• Speaking of Notre Dame, several readers noted that their front uni numbers appear to be bigger than their rear uni numbers. Odd.
• An additional FBS change we all missed until now: Tennessee has changed its nose bumpers from “Vols” to the team’s main helmet logo. (Thanks to Jon Caraccilo for pointing that one out.)
Not a bad start to the season. But if every football weekend is this uni-active, they’re gonna have to scrape me off the floor on Monday mornings.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Interesting story in the soccer world, as Nike is attempting to bootleg the bootleggers (with thanks to Stephen Wong). … Steve Wojtowicz took a stab at colorizing that great Kansas photo from last week. Very nice, although I doubt the jersey was black back in the day. … Kevin Durant sent a sneaker-driven message to Russia during the recent USA/Russia FIBA game (with thanks to Matthew Bohman). … Who knew the Marx Bros. had a softball team? (Nice find by Ronnie Poore.) … Tons of wonderful 1970s Chicagoland game highlights, production animation, and commercials in this dynamite video clip (awesome find by John English). … Latest proof that Milwaukee’s where it’s at (with thanks to Michael A. Gargano). … The 1932 Cubs supposedly wore a pinstriped jersey with a script insignia featuring a red-filled C. But Mike Hersh has found a photo of John Moore in which the C looks white, not red-filled. Hmmm. … Last week I mentioned that Notre Dame QBs wear red caps on the sidelines. Now Dan Cichalski has found the explanation (lurking on this page): “The backup quarterbacks signal in the plays to starter Dayne Crist. They wear red, so they stand out on a sideline of blue and gold — so Crist can find them easily.” … New red line design for the Bruins. I really like that one (with thanks to Michael Kearney). … New center ice logo and red line design for the Sabres (with thanks to Eric Ando). … Houston backup QB Cotton Turner’s hair is so long it was sticking out of his earholes the other night (screen shot courtesy of Matt Cunningham). … Yet another reason not to go low-cuffed: A runner sliding into second can snag his spikes on your cuffs. That’s Nate Scherholtz getting tangled up in David Eckstein’s pant leg Friday night (great shot by Sean Robbins). … Also from Sean: “It’s pretty obvious that Brian Wilson was never meant to hit, because he was wearing recent call-up’s Ryan Rohlinger’s helmet on Friday.” … Not often that you see a football team that wears its helmet logo on the back. That’s Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in Hays, Kansas (as noted by David N. Steinle). … What have we here unbranded visor tabs?! And at a Nike school, too. Someone’s gonna get fired (with thanks to Sean Patton). … Small item at the bottom of this page indicates that Notre Dame may wear green jerseys for their game against Army, which is taking place at Yankee Stadium on November 20th (with thanks to David Magaña). … Aussie football news: New uniforms for the Gold Coast Suns (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Here’s a video clip about Braden Holtby’s new mask (with thanks to Vince Serritella). … The Falcons will be wearing their throwbacks twice this season. … The Mariners may be bringing back teal alternate jerseys. Details at the bottom of this Q&A page. … While looking for something else, I found a photo of a Virginia Tech fan who showed up at one of last season’s games wearting the orange-sleeved disaster from 2005. … Might be time to trim those
antennae chinstraps. “I don’t want to embarrass this kid or his school, so I’ll just ID him as a Vermont high school football player,” says Tris Wykes. … The SF Giants are planning an interesting promotion based on Buster Posey’s uniform number. For details, scroll down to the last item on this page (thanks, Brinke). … Another college team that wore those exterior-padded helmets back in the 1960s: Ohio University. Lots of additional photos here (big thanks to Larry Bodnovich). … Marty Hick‘s croquet league is now playing with DIY mallets made by one of the league’s members. “He made the heads into octagonal prisms, and three other guys and did the painting,” says Marty. … Indiana is running a contest to design this year’s IU basketball season ticket T-shirt (as noted by Jimbo Huening). … The Springville [Utah] High School Red Devils have a cool helmet concept: They’ve turned their center stripe into a pitchfork (neat find by Dom Lewis). … Meet Willem. He was manning the grill at a birthday party I attended yesterday afternoon. Always nice to see our nation’s youth bonding with meat at an early age. And as you can see below, he was pretty fucking adorable: