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When in Rome... Or in Sheboygan Falls...

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I spent the last three days in the fair state of Wisconsin, where I was privileged to watch yesterday’s Packers/Bills game at the excellent Falls Tap, a nice joint with a friendly crowd, some interesting upholstery, and a nice bonus that’s handed out to all patrons with every Packers score. A swell place to watch a football game.

And of course I wore something special for the occasion. No, not my Packers-patterened socks — I mean, I did wear those, but that wasn’t the special part. See that crew-collared undershirt peeking out from beneath my flannel shirt? As some of you have probably figured out already, that’s actually the excellent Packers dickey that Jeff Fedenko generously gave me earlier this year. First time I’ve worn it outside the house, and I don’t mind saying I felt pretty damn cool knowing I was the only person in an entire bar of Packers freaks wearing such a unique item. Probably.

Double-brat-sized thanks to Robert Marshall, the best Midwestern road trip partner a fella could ever hope for. Next round’s on me, buddy.

I didn’t have wifi access for most of the weekend and didn’t get back to Uni Watch HQ until nearly midnight. Did my best to plow through all the e-mails that piled up, and Phil forwarded me a few items that came his way, but it was late, I was tired, blah-blah-blah. So if your submission isn’t listed today, or if it’s listed but isn’t properly credited, my apologies — I had to cut a few corners.

With that proviso in mind, let’s address some uni-notable items from the weekend’s gridiron action:

• Vikes wore their throwbacks yesterday. All together now: They should just go with this look every week (although it would be nice if they helmet and jersey colors matched up).

• The ’Skins once again wore their gold pants and striped socks. All together now: They should just go with this look every week (or at least whenever they wear the burgundy jerseys).

• Speaking of the ’Skins, you don’t often see NFL players wearing Adams helmets anymore, but reader Dan Herr spotted LaRon Landry wearing one (plus he’s got the Clinton Portis thing going on with the leg warmers and the no-show socks).

• Texans DB Kareem Jackson’s NOB had a backwards K yesterday.

• See that little “99” decal on the back of the Bears’ helmets? That’s a memorial decal for Gaines Adams. It was announced way back in May and was also worn last week, and I think in the preseason too, but I didn’t notice it until just yesterday and I haven’t seen any mention of it anyplace else. Pretty amazing that an NFL uni adjustment slipped by all of us like that.

• You know how the new Reebok fabric often makes jersey sleeve stripes look all warped and distorted? They must be using a new fabric for the pants now too, at least judging by Terrell Thomas’s pants striping. Phil says, “Actually, it’s not a bad look,” but I beg to differ.

• As you’ve probably heard by now, a certain piece of Brandon Jacobs’s uniform had a little adventure last night.

• Chad Henne’s earholes were covered up yesterday, presumably so he wouldn’t be distracted by the Metrodome noise. Back in Week 1, his earholes were open.

• The Broncos still have the old AFC logo on their stadium railing/wall/etc. (what do you call that anyway?). I’m told that same logo is still being used in the Indy endzones too, but no photo on that one.

• The Revo Speed helmets are apparently messing with equipment managers’ heads. Look at the helmet logo on one of the UMass players on Saturday. Seems like it would’ve fit normally, no?

• Here’s the highest roman numeral I’ve ever seen on an NOB. That’s Will Henry of Nebraska.

• Wyoming wore “special” (read: really sucky) uniforms on Saturday. Additional photos here, and more info here).

• We’ve talked before about the idea of putting stripes on football undersleeves, since the jerseys don’t really have sleeves anymore. And if you’re gonna put the stripes and other graphics on the undersleeves, why not put the TV numbers there too>? That’s Bucknell defensive lineman Robert De La Rosa, in a photo taken over the weekend by Tris Wykes. Intriguing, no?

Oh, and after all those rumors, Auburn didn’t wear blue pants or blue helmets. Meanwhile, let’s hear it for their drum majorettes’ logo-emblazoned boots.

Uni Watch News Ticker: As you may have heard, NYC is practically hip-deep in bedbugs these days, and I must say the little critters couldn’t have chosen a nicer shop to infest. Now could someone please direct them to the Wilpons’ private box? … Jeff Moulden notes that the space between the wings on the Eagles’ throwback helmets was different in Week 1 than it was when the throwbacks were unveiled. “Prior to I think 1986, the wings were closer together, like what they wore on the field in Week 1,” he says. “But the team moved them farther apart around 1987. I am unaware how they were in 1960.” … Here’s the Rangers’ 85th-anniversary logo, which will be used as a patch and also at center ice (with thanks to Chris Hernandez). … David Weber sent a long a photo of this great 1938 Waukesha High School letterman’s sweater. … Lots of new goalie masks on display here (with thanks to Scott Lederer). … Vernona Elms notes that the Nats’ mug shot for Yunesky Maya shows him rather formally attired. “One would assume that it’s the photo from his signing announcement press conference, but I prefer to believe that he’s just a really sharp dresser who always wears a dress shirt and tie, no matter what the situation,” she says. … John Freeman spotted an interesting logo on Koji Uehara’s glove. … New third kit for Everton FC (with thanks to Kent Green). … A Utah engineer has created the smallest logo ever (thanks, Brinke). … Never seen a contemporary football team with a chest logo like the one being worn by Jasper High in Texas (nice find by Chris Mycoskie). … Lots of great old 1940s Penn State hockey photos at the bottom of this page (with thanks to Dustin Allgeier). … Fun story about the teenager who designed Niklas Backstrom’s mask (with thanks to Joubn Muir). … Also from John: Check out the Sabres’ mascot wearing the new third jersey. … Here’s something I’d missed back in August: The Blue Jays stenciled Dave Stieb’s number onto the mound, in a period-appropriate font, to mark the 20th anniversary of his no-hitter (thanks, Brinke). … New ball in the works for Japanese baseball (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … You know how some NHL teams have added front-jersey uni numbers in recent years, like the numbers on the Buffaslug jerseys? I don’t like them, but Devils P.A. announcer Kevin Clark does: “I sit ice-side right at the red line between the penalty boxes, along with the off-ice officials, and being able to see the number as the player skates towards us into the penalty box is a HUGE help! We have just a few seconds to write the penalty info down before play resumes. I am also asked to make the announcement as soon as the puck is dropped, so being able to identify the player quickly helps everyone. I am going to request that all teams have the numbers on front!” … Twins call-up Ben Revere has been wearing a face-guard on his batting helmet (as noted by Brandon Davis). … One of the photographers at yesterday’s Yanks/O’s game was wearing an NFL Films tee — and with the outdated NFL logo to boot. … Here’s Michael Orr‘s latest round of Premier League kit assessments. … You know how some folks think NOBs put too much emphasis on the individual, instead of the team? People were saying the same thing a century ago about uni numbers. Check out this 1910 article about numbers being added to Michigan’s jerseys (awesome find by Greg Dooley). … The U.S. Ryder Cup team is gonna be looking my-t-suave this year (thanks, Brinke). … One last bit of goalie news from John Muir: “Rick DiPietro is breaking in some camouflage-accented pads. It’s well known (to Isles fans) that DP’s dad served in Vietnam and that this, paired with playing in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, it has inspired the patriotic/military themes of his last few mask designs, but he’s gone another step with the camo trim.”

 

136 comments to When in Rome… Or in Sheboygan Falls…

  • Kevin Z. | September 20, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    At first glance, it appears Maryland players don’t have numbers on the back of their helmets:
    http://www.flickr.co...

    but they’re there if you look close enough (that’s a 5 just above the Riddell bumper):
    http://www.flickr.co...

    Never seen white-on-white before. Unfortunately ESPN3.com screenshot quality isn’t great.

    • Paul Lukas | September 20, 2010 at 8:48 am |

      Not new. Was going on last year too.

  • pk | September 20, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    Interesting story about the Hartford Wolfpack who are going to change names/logo’s mid season…has a team ever done this that wasn’t relocated during the season?

    http://www.icethetic...

    • tommyd | September 20, 2010 at 10:11 am |

      Why not the “Hartford” Whalers?

      there are few things as stupid as state naming of pro teams (BFBS is up there…)

      I suppose the NHL/Carolina franchise still own that trademark??

      plus the C and the whale fin don’t form a cool W like the old logos did

      but, I am in favor of bringing back the whale under any circumstances

      • John in DC | September 20, 2010 at 10:19 am |

        http://ctsportslaw.c...

        The State of CT owns all the trademarks associated with the Whalers. My guess is that “Connecticut Whale” is being used as an homage, rather than piss off the old Hartford fans by giving the Rangers their team.

        • pk | September 20, 2010 at 11:24 am |

          from what I’ve been reading, they are saving the Hartford Whalers moniker if they ever get a franchise back…

          though, I would be surprised if the Whale simply evolves into Whalers…

          (I can’t find any teams that changed names during the season that weren’t relocated)

  • The Jeff | September 20, 2010 at 8:51 am |

    I think they should have let the fans keep the helmet.

    • pk | September 20, 2010 at 8:53 am |

      seconded!

  • muskiejim | September 20, 2010 at 8:58 am |

    latfh

    • pk | September 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm |

      …Paul is far (FAR) from that…

    • Steve Naismith | September 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

      I have the RSS feed for this site on my home page, and it (I assume) randomly pulls a tiny portion of the lead-off picture as a thumbnail next to the headline. Today’s pic is Paul’s right eye, ear, and goatee.

      VERY creepy.

  • Adam | September 20, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    Am I the only oen who doesn’t see the backwards K on Kareem Jackson’s jersey? Photo 14 is a great shot and it looks fine.

    • Steve Naismith | September 20, 2010 at 9:40 am |

      I agree, it looks perfectly normal.

      • bigo81 | September 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |

        Photo 19 it is hard to see but it looks backward. Can’t tell if it is an illusion.

    • Jeremy | September 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |

      check out photo 19- did Jackson changes jerseys to one with a backward K?

    • Dave Bloomquist | September 20, 2010 at 11:15 am |

      The jersey’s folds distorted the K in picture 19. No way would a mistake like this be made! My skepticism was founded.

  • teenchy | September 20, 2010 at 9:04 am |

    I’m sure I’m not the firs to think of this guy when I read the phrase “Packers dickey.”

    • EMD | September 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm |

      I thought it was going to link to Mark Chmura!

  • teenchy | September 20, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    Oops, should read “first” but not as in first poster to a thread.

  • DW | September 20, 2010 at 9:06 am |

    The Islanders and DiPietro have been well-camouflaged for some time now. When’s the last time they were in a meaningful NHL game?

    • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 9:13 am |

      back when there were no ads on the ice and boards and teams wore white at home

      1983 comes to mind

      *sigh*

      • pk | September 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |

        What about 1993? That was a surprising and great run…

  • WFY | September 20, 2010 at 9:16 am |

    I guess that would be a Lynn Dickey you are wearing, no?

  • Luther Mahoney | September 20, 2010 at 9:24 am |

    Re.: Philadelphia Eagles’ wings.

    The Eagles moved the wings apart in 1986-Buddy Ryan’s first season. If you find any close up photos from that season, the nose bumper holes are visible on the wings.

  • Dustin | September 20, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    Looks like pennstatehockey.com took down the intro piece with the old photos. Some of them can be found here.

    http://www.flickr.co...

    • Jet | September 20, 2010 at 11:04 am |

      Thanks, I was wondering what happened. There’s some serious sock stripe-age going on with the 40’s club, plus some Cooperalls (full-leg overall pants) from ’83…

      -Jet

  • Poisso3 | September 20, 2010 at 9:27 am |

    As a former college football equipment manager I can say with authority that there is no excuse for that UMass decal to be placed that incorrectly! 1) It is not that hard to center the decal even on that helmet. 2) You are playing Michigan so you know the game is on TV. Looking like the Div-AA you are doesn’t help your image.

  • Ricardo Leonor | September 20, 2010 at 10:07 am |

    The new cut Giant jerseys look “less atrocious” in the road whites because most of them seem to wear white compressions underneath.

    Looks much worse in the home blues…

    Beginning to get annoyed with Brandon Jacobs, I maybe putting my 27 jersey in the back of my closet, before Shockey’s and after Plaxico’s.

    • Ricardo Leonor | September 20, 2010 at 10:09 am |

      Also in the official uniform descriptions, do the Giants and Colts still say that their jerseys have stripes?

      The Colts should just say shoulder boards;

      http://cache.daylife...

      • EMD | September 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

        Some teams still know how to wear shoulder stripes.

      • Andy | September 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm |

        But check out this Thomas guy for the Giants right there. the bottom of his stripes actually go all the way around his sleeve. This is the oft-overlooked ‘alternate cut’ of the new jersey that I’ve been trying to tell people about. Eli Manning wears it, and it has sleeves, albeit small ones.

      • EMD | September 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm |

        If they would just taper the stripes, there would not be any issue with the abruptness.

  • Stevie McQuistan | September 20, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    Only about 60 or 70 years until we see a Henry VIII NOB!

    • Mark in Shiga | September 20, 2010 at 11:09 am |

      Yeah, I was wondering if Will Henry’s jersey really needs the “W.” at the beginning, or if they’re just sticking it there so that the fans don’t get the impression that one of the players is under the delusion that he’s an English king!

  • JL | September 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |

    Re: See that little “99″ decal on the back of the Bears’ helmets? That’s a memorial decal for Gaines Adams. It was announced way back in May and was also worn last week, and I think in the preseason too, but I didn’t notice it until just yesterday and I haven’t seen any mention of it anyplace else. Pretty amazing that an NFL uni adjustment slipped by all of us like that.

    Like you said, it was announced in May…I had to look up when Gaines Adams died, which was January 17th after the Bears’ last season ended. I live in Ohio, didn’t see any Bears preseason games, and settled for watching Week 1 on my 14″ laptop screen, but when I noticed the 99 decal for the first time yesterday too I thought to myself, “That’s weird that sticker is on there another season.”

    I guess it was just seems so long ago now, it didn’t really seem strange to see the 99 decal.

  • Chris in Nashville | September 20, 2010 at 10:36 am |

    I found it odd yesterday in the Titans-Steelers game that Mike Tomlin wasn’t wearing any Steeler gear. His shirt just had the NFL Equipment logo.

    http://www.nfl.com/p...

  • Ricardo Leonor | September 20, 2010 at 10:41 am |

    Good for Nike!

    http://www.msnbc.msn...

    • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 10:46 am |

      i thought i read about that somewhere…oh yeah…first item in the ticker

      • Ricardo Leonor | September 20, 2010 at 10:53 am |

        Didn’t have my coffee this morning…

  • Ricardo Leonor | September 20, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    Will we be seeing this again next spring?

    http://3.bp.blogspot...

    The man in the job, not the uni!!

    • tommyd | September 20, 2010 at 11:09 am |

      As a Phillies season ticket holder, I hope Jerry Manuel gets a 20 year extension!

      • Hank-SJ | September 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

        Make sure Minaya gets one too. Best tandem in baseball for my money. Go Fightins!!

  • Jet | September 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    Paul, did you tell anyone in the bar about the dickey?

    -Jet

    • Paul Lukas | September 20, 2010 at 11:11 am |

      The guy sitting next to me — a 55ish-year-old welder named Chris — was wearing a Clay Matthews jersey and telling me about his jersey collection. So I briefly unbuttoned my shirt to show him the dickey. He was impressed but also, I think, a bit confused….

      • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 11:32 am |

        I briefly unbuttoned my shirt to show him the dickey. He was impressed.

        i’ll bet

        • Jimwa | September 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

          I will be giggling all day now. Thank you.

    • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 11:27 am |

      Pretty sure that, even in Wisconsin, it’s probably best not to start a bar conversation with, “Wanna know the story of my dickey?”

      • M.Princip | September 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

        More like, what about Lynn Dickey?

  • jl | September 20, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    Apparently, Rutgers redesigned their basketball court:
    http://twitpic.com/2...
    The old design for comparison:
    http://www.flickr.co...

    • tommyd | September 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

      Even though I grew up a Celtic hater, ditching the parquet is never a good thing.

  • Jet | September 20, 2010 at 11:16 am |

    Is it just me, or is anyone else as massively unimpressed by the artwork on modern goalie masks as I am?

    Yeah, it’s exquisite work, but art that fine and detailed belongs on a canvas, in a frame to be displayed. Except for people at ice level, most in the arena can’t make out what’s on the mask; it looks like another mess of color assaulting the eyes, just like everything else in a hockey game today — the goalie leg pad designs and colored gloves, the giant center ice logo, the advertising on the boards….

    I miss the funky, simpler, low-tech mask designs of the 70’s, like this
    http://www.goaliesar...
    or this
    http://www.goaliesar...
    or Cheevers’ stitches
    http://www.goaliesar...

    -Jet

    -Jet

    • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 11:21 am |

      Oh, c’mon, jet, you know More is Always Better.

      —Ricko

      • Jet | September 20, 2010 at 11:36 am |

        Of course, silly me….

        -Jet

        • SoCalDrew | September 20, 2010 at 11:51 am |

          How long until goalie masks become the newest advertising platforms?

    • Hank-SJ | September 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 11:25 am |

    Anyone else notice last night that the center stripe on the pants of one of the Giants D-Linemen seemed to be missing?

    Only caught a couple glimpses, and then never could get a visual confirmation on it.

    Or maybe it was those widely stretched stripes and the rear one one was so far back around his leg that I didn’t see it (these stripes)…
    http://cache.daylife...

    —Ricko

  • marc | September 20, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    Paul re: Vikings uni: “it would be nice if they helmet and jersey colors matched up”

    Amen, sir. It’d be nice if it looked more like this.

    • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 11:34 am |

      Those Tarkenton era helmets were darker than the jerseys, too. That’s just a nice overcast day with diffused light pushing all the color values closer together. Non-digital photography, too.

      And it’s why the Vikings helmets are darker on their throwbacks. Accuracy.

      But, the point is indeed well-taken. Were they to return to those full-time, it would be best to make the helmets and jerseys closer to the same color (a technology which evidently didn’t exist until recently).

      —Ricko

    • The Jeff | September 20, 2010 at 11:41 am |

      …or just wear their regular helmet with the throwback uniform.

      • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

        There ya go. That’d do it. No reason the newer “dimensional” helmet logo wouldn’t look just fine with the NW striped jerseys, etc.

        —Ricko

        • Andy | September 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm |

          I’d drop the black outline from the horn, but yes.

  • phillydevil | September 20, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    Props to Greg Dooley for that awesome newspaper article.

  • Leatherhead | September 20, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    Paul,

    Is that our own Lenie’s creamy dark you are holding? Glad to have you visit.

    Anyone notice that the Revo Speed Eli Manning wears from a certain camera angle makes him look like the Great Gazoo.

    Leatherhead

    • Paul Lukas | September 20, 2010 at 11:53 am |

      Actually, in today’s splash photo I’m drinking Shiner Bock. But I later switched to Leinie Dark.

      • Poisso3 | September 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm |

        You ordered a Texas beer in WI? :) Shiner is my favorite beer…I would have ordered it too.

        • JamesP. | September 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

          Ok, looks like I have been posting with the wrong name…

    • M.Princip | September 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

      Eli was wearing the Schutt DNA helmet, which does have that Great Gazoo effect because of the more enhanced side to side elliptical shell design.

      • M.Princip | September 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

        Actually, I might have to correct my wording here, and say that the DNA’s shell is just more spherical than the rest. Beginning just above the ear hole.

  • Roger Faso | September 20, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    The “stadium railing/wall/etc.” thing is what’s called a “bumper,” the graphic treatment is called a “wrap.”

    • James Craven | September 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm |

      Same thing at Tennessee with the Titans’ 1999 AFC Championship banner…

  • Jimwa | September 20, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    Interesting how when you put a registered trademark mark (I assume that’s what it is) in the right spot near a Michigan State logo, it looks a great deal like the Trojan is sticking out his tongue …

    http://www.cnn.com/v...

    • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

      Something else about the new Michigan State unis…
      on the pants, the Spartan and Nike logos get absolutely equal treatment.
      Spartan head is on one hip, Nike logo at same spot on other hip.
      Evidently, in East Lansing you play for Michigan State AND for Nike.

      —Ricko

  • Chris K | September 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm |

    Looks like ESPN hasn’t bothered to update the logos of the NFC & AFC yet either – see links below.

    http://espn.go.com/b...

    http://espn.go.com/b...

  • hofflalu | September 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    Huh, “Sheboygan” is misspelled on the token they hand out after every Packers score (note that it’s spelled “Shebogan”).

  • hofflalu | September 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm |

    On another note, did anyone else notice that the structure the Colts ran out of during the team introduction last night at Lucas Oil Stadium featured what appeared to be the old blue Colts facemask? There were two helmets on the structure facing each other, and the facemask looked a heck of a lot darker than the current gray. No screenshot for you, but did anyone else see this?

  • Bryan S | September 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    Re: Wyoming’s “special” uniforms

    I knew those pants wouldn’t be limited to practice. Leave it to Nike to completely destroy a team’s look.

    • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

      Well, they’ve become so good at it that at this point they really can’t help themselves.

      —Ricko

  • Matt B | September 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    ESPN Gameday was in Alabama the Auburn-Clemson game Saturday and some bozo in the crowd behind the set was waving a sign that proclaimed “Real tigers wear purple.”

    • Matt B | September 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

      gack “for the Auburn-Clemson game…”

    • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm |

      that’s absurd

      everyone knows they wear navy blue, their natural color in the wild

      • Ricardo Leonor | September 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm |

        Used for camoflauge when they hunt pink elephants…

        • David Murphy | September 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm |

          Clemson’s other color is purple.

  • JTH | September 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm |

    Yes, that Gaines Adams decal was worn during the preseason as well. And if I’m not mistaken, when they played in San Diego in week 1 of the preseason, the Chargers also wore the decals. Or maybe they wore a different “99” decal of their own. Or maybe I imagined the whole thing.

    Also, shame on me for not remembering the reason for the decals. I’ve actually been meaning to ask about it here, but I never got around to it.

  • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm |

    Was thinking about this last night.
    Not many teams currently wear silver helmets in college football.
    Far higher percentage of pro teams do these days.

    I think, anyway.

    So HELP ME OUT. Who am I forgetting?
    Even remotely major NCAA:
    Ohio State, Kansas State, New Mexico, Washington State, UNLV.
    NFL/CFL:
    Lions, Raiders, Alouettes

    Didn’t count Bucs’ pewter or Oregon’s carbon, they ain’t “silver”.

    Who am I forgetting?
    I’m sure there’ll be at least ONE good “forehead smack” (seeing as the first time I made the list I forgot the Raiders).

    —Ricko

    • Ray H. | September 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

      How about
      NFL: Cowboys, Panthers,
      NCAA: Middle Tennessee State, Montana

      • Salvamerican | September 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

        NFL: Patriots

        • JTH | September 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
        • JTH | September 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

          Um… yeah. So two things to remember before posting a reply:

          1) hit F5
          2) read the original comment.

        • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm |

          Dang, I love that Indiana helmet (the white/bright color “pro striping” on a dark helmet, that is, rather than the particulars of the side logo).
          Not common at all, and a great look.
          http://iuhoosiers.cs...

          Toledo, I believe used to wear it in Athletic Gold on Navy. Looked good, too.
          And, of course, we saw it on the Saskatchewan Roughrider throwbacks earlier this season.

          Anyone think of anyone else? (probably plenty of them; my brain’s evidently Swiss cheese today).

          —Ricko

    • WDE06 | September 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

      I have been telling my friends who are UGA fans that Georgia should do a throwback uniform and wear silver helmets like they did before Vince Dooley arrived in Athens. http://www.helmethut...

      • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm |

        They all wore #6?
        (kidding)

        That would be a fun look.
        Imagine the Bobby Layne/Tobin Rote-era Lions with Red instead of Honolulu Blue and you pretty much got it.
        http://www.mmbolding...

        —Ricko

    • The Jeff | September 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

      You need more coffee or something.

      Obvious:
      Patriots, Cowboys, Panthers

      Not so obvious

      Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky

      • The Jeff | September 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm |

        There’s a few others in the FCS conferences, but no one really cares about those…

        • Jim Vilk | September 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm |

          Hey now…

      • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

        You’re right there. I had Cowboys and Pats on my list at home. Forget them here this morning. Flat-out overlooked the Panthers on both counts.

        Which makes my point even more, I guess. Silver decidedly more prevalent in the pros.

        —Ricko

    • Stevie McQuistan | September 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm |

      Does Washington State have two helmets? Because they were wearing maroon helmets at SMU on Saturday.

  • MPowers1634@gmail.com | September 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

    Majestic is now allowing sites like ump-attire top carry their umpire gear:

    http://www.ump-attir...

  • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

    “There is no joy…”
    http://www.ebbets.co...

  • JTH | September 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

    Ricko,

    For your helmet stripe query posted above, I can’t think of a single college or pro team other than IU that does the double light-colored stripe on a dark shell thing on a permanent basis.

    In fact, the only other helmet that immediately comes to mind is the Jets’ 1994 fauxback. It’s hard to see there, but it had 2 white stripes.

    • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm |

      Ah, yes, the year the Jets dressed like the Roughriders.
      “You mean that isn’t like the helmet Joe Namath wore in the Super Bowl???”

      Um…no.

      (I believe for a while in the late ’60s, early ’70s, Winona State College in Minnesota did it with a purple helmet).

      Wait a sec….Harvard used to wear that. Do they still?

      —Ricko

      • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm |

        Yup. Well, the centerstripe is black…
        http://www.news.harv...

        —Ricko

        • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

          Better look…
          http://www.thecrimso...

          Used to be sans black.

          —Ricko

        • Ricko | September 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

          Well, here’s a helmet match up for you….
          http://blogs.princet...

        • Seth H | September 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm |

          Ricko,

          Hate to question you (since you are usually right) but I am not sure that Harvard ever went without the black stripe.

          Here is Pete Varney scoring the most famous 2-point conversion in the history of the Game in 1968: http://movies.nytime... Notice the dark center stripe.

          Here is a shot that I am pretty sure is from the late-70s/mid-80s when Joe Restic was the coach: http://www.flickr.co... I can date the photo from the oval “H” decal used during his coaching tenure. Note the black center stripe. Restic coached from 1971 through 1993.

          Tim Murphy followed directly after Restic. This is his 17th season as coach, and I pretty sure he has used the same helmet design the entire time.

          I will now wait for you to prove me wrong.

        • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm |

          if the helmet project is to be believed (and i think they’re pretty accurate)…

          harvard has had a black center stripe since 1964…and before that, a different design

      • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

        veritas

    • JTH | September 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

      I found one: Jackson State.

  • Justin Bates | September 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |

    I’m really hoping this doesn’t mean what I think it means. University of Arkansas is hosting a “Red Out” for Saturday’s game against Alabama. Hope the team doesn’t follow suit with all red, but it’s likely.
    http://celebratearka...

    • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm |

      lets see…red top? … check

      red pants in recent history? … check

      hmmmm, seeing how no one goes monochrome dark in college football these days…

    • pflava | September 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm |

      Look how nice the Razorbacks looked just a few years ago, before they added all that swoopy bullshit…

      http://alt.coxnewswe...

      Such a shame.

  • Steven | September 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm |

    Regarding the front numbers on NHL jerseys, I doubt ( and hope ) that the vast majority of the teams wouldn’t want to change their look again just to give one announcer a slightly easier time of it. If the Original Six managed to avoid the worst of the EDGE debacle then front numbers aren’t happening anytime soon.

    Besides the trend is heading the other way. The Isles have effectively ditched the front numbers, leaving only the Sharks, Tampa Bay, Buffalo and those fashion-idiots at Dallas sporting this nonsense. Put them on the breezers if you want, but let’s leave the front alone.

    Yeah, I hate these numerals and Bettman, Reebok or anyone else with an inch of clout shouldn’t be given any ideas.

  • urbanleftbehind | September 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm |

    Not only is the Redskins new burgundy jersey/gold pants a welcome improvement, but damn those Redskin cheerleaders look fine in the gold bikini outfits!!!

    • Ricardo Leonor | September 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

      I said last week….the Redskin’s Cheerleaders are now officially hotter than Dallas’

  • Mike N. | September 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm |

    I presume this is the Tampa Bay Rays’ homage to John Daly…

    http://www.youtube.c...

    • Chris from Carver | September 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

      Too bad there are no BRaysers in sight. That would’ve been one hell of a combination

  • Casey (Davis, CA) | September 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm |

    Here’s a link a photo of Alex Auld’s new Montreal mask. It depicts Patrick Roy’s wink from the 1993 Stanley Cup finals against Tomas Sandstrom. Not sure what is on the other side, though.

    http://habsinsideout...

    • Casey (Davis, CA) | September 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm |

      The left side looks to have something to do with Ken Dryden’s mask. Perhaps a rendition of the iconic photo of him leaning on his stick?

  • Dave | September 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm |

    Does anyone else think Paul looks like Spock there?

    “The way Nike goes about promoting itself is simply not logical.”

    • Gusto44 | September 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm |

      That would be a logical statement, but the facial hair reminds me of the evil Spock from that one episode back in the day.

      • David Gratt | September 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm |

        “Mirror, Mirror”

        • =bg= | September 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

          Fascinating.

    • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm |

      i think i liked him with a beard better…it gave him character…of course, almost any change would be a distinct improvement

    • John Ekdahl | September 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm |

      If this anti-beard sentiment continues, I’ll have to break out the dreaded banhammer.

      Respect the beard.

  • Dave | September 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm |

    Found it strange–when you go to mail.yahoo.com, there has been an image up all day for playing fantasy football–but the backdrop is Shea Stadium! It’s been a while since any football has been played there…

    • LI Phil | September 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm |

      it’s been a while since anything has been played there

  • CJ2K | September 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm |

    you forgot Stanfords black uni’s

    http://www.sfgate.co...

  • CJ2K | September 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm |

    http://www.zimbio.co...

    this is a better look

  • David Murphy | September 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm |

    Yesterday Tom Brady had his ear holes covered as well. Or does he always do that?

  • shayne sherman | September 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

    So Kevin Kolb will be back under center for the Eagles on Sunday in Jacksonville?

    • Gusto44 | September 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm |

      Yes, but he better produce or Vick will replace him.

  • Pyro Messiah | September 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm |

    Kind of a threadjack here but, can we verify that despite rumors to the contrary the Cowboys have not changed their home pants this year?

  • Luke | September 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |

    You forgot to mention that The Colorado Buffaloes wore their 1990 National Championship home uniforms

  • Charles N. | September 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm |

    I know this is a couple three days late – but I was astounded to see my alma mater in the column today. That being Bucknell University! I believe that’s Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium (Bucknell’s most famous non-graduate) – what was Tris Wykes doing in Lewisburg, PA and is he also an alum? Anyway, I hope this note gets to the appropriate party(ies). Cheers!

  • James Craven | September 24, 2010 at 2:50 am |

    ,i>”New third kit for Everton FC…”

    They should make it their clash kit rather than those sissy bubblegum pink disasters.