Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I’d want my team wearing an alternate jersey for their home opener, as the Dolphins did last night (additional photos here). I mean, it’s your first home game since last year — wouldn’t you want to show off your traditional look to reinforce the fan/team bond? Meanwhile, Brandon Marshall went the extra mile by wearing solid-orange cleats, which will probably earn him a fine.
In other notes from yesterday and Saturday:
• The Broncos added an “11” memorial decal for Kenny McKinley.
• While watching the Giants/Titans game at the very wonderful Assemby Bar in Queens (same bar where Trees Lounge was filmed, don’tcha know), I noticed that Chris Johnson had laces hanging out of his sleeves. Not sure if those were from his pads or if it was a tie-down thing or what. Is this a regular thing with him?
• Last week we noted that some of the Giants were wearing seamless super-stretchy pants, which made the piping appear wider. Turns out the same thing is happening with the home pants, at least for a handful of players. (Meanwhile, Keith Bulluck was doing the “I’m so cool cuz I leave my belt unbuckled” thing.)
• Surprising to see Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wearing his wedding band on the field.
• Michigan State added a “D” helmet decal as a gesture of support for Coach Mark Dantonio.
• NC State declined to allow Georgia Tech to wear white at home, so the Yellow Jackets had to break out last year’s gold jerseys.
• Hard not to love those Iowa throwbacks.
• Colorado State’s orange jerseys didn’t look as bad as I’d feared. Not great, mind you, but not quite the train wreck I’d expected.
• Here’s a weird one: BYU nose tackle Romney Fuga had to leave Saturday’s game in the first half due to an injury. So teammate Vic So’oto honored his fallen teammate by wearing Fuga’s jersey in the second half. Is that even legal?
• Boston College usually wears gold pants at home, but on Saturday they went with white.
• Tom Phillips describes a situation from Saturday’s Michigan/Bowling Green game: “Two Michigan players wore No 9 during a punt return. The officials seemed unfamiliar with the situation — they initially penalized Michigan by deducting a timeout but then added it back on and instead it became a five-yard penalty against the defense and BG re-kicked. Tay Odoms kept wearing No. 9, while Courney Avery, switched to a NNOB No. 38 jersey.”
• Dartmoth prexy Jim Yong Kim was in uniform on the sidelines for Saturday’s game. “He was honoring the Class of 2014, which was attending its first Big Green gridiron clash,” explains Tris Wykes. (Meanwhile, the student section had a new T-shirt design. “Kinda looks like suspenders,” says Tris.)
My thanks to everyone contributed observations and images, including Alex Rocklein, Brett Crane, Kevin Zdancewicz, and of course Phil.
Mystery solved (or at least clarified): Remember Friday’s entry about Danny Murtaugh’s cover-up Clemente patch? Jerry Wolper helped bring things into focus by pointing out something I’d completely overlooked: Murtaugh didn’t manage the Bucs for most of 1973 — Bill Virdon did. Murtaugh took over late in the season, on Sept. 7, when the team was in the midst of a road trip. Three days later, on Sept. 10, they opened a series at Wrigley. Makes sense that they might not have had time to get a real patch put on his jersey in the middle of a road trip, so that probably explains the odd state of affairs on his left sleeve.
Interestingly, SI‘s Sept. 24 issue had Murtaugh on the cover. A magazine with that cover date would have been published on Sept. 17, which means the photo had to be taken no later than Sept. 14 or 15, while the Pirates were still in the midst of that same road trip. We can see the corner of the spring training Clemente patch, but the rest of Danny’s sleeve is maddeningly out of view. I bet the cover-up patch was there, though. In fact that may be why they cropped the photo that way, because the cover-up patch looked odd.
Meanwhile, Chris Weber alerted me to the fact that Murtaugh’s granddaughter wrote a biography of him a few years ago. It has the best title ever.
Uni Watch News Ticker: There were a couple of items that I know I had written up for last Friday’s Ticker, but somehow they got left out, so: The Wizards will be changing their team colors after this season, and a rare kinescope of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series has been found in Bing Crosby’s old wine cellar. … Lengthy assessment of football footwear colors here. … Greg Capece notes that the blow-up helmet at the end of the 49ers’ tunnel is out of date. … Remember that “Design your own boxing poster” tutorial? Nicholas Sands used it to create a football poster. … Although this screen shot is way blurry, it show something odd: The runner in the foreground is Nats catching prospect Jesus Flores, who’s just hit a home run in an Instructional League game. Behind him is Braves a pitching prospect, who as you can see is wearing red. But off to the side you can see the Braves’ shortstop, who’s wearing navy. All the other Braves personnel were wearing navy too. Granted, it’s just an Instructional League game, but why would one player be wearing a different color? (Good spot by Matthew Windsor.) … New hoops uniforms for Xavier. … One thing about those Xavier uniforms, and all the other new college hoops jerseys this year: The jerseys now have maker’s marks. That’s a new thing for NCAA basketball jerseys. … Kevin Werther found an old photo of the O’s mascot with a stirrup malfunction. … Great shot of Cy Lince breathing Ethier (with thanks to Greg Riffenburgh). … I think we’ve run this before, but once more can’t hurt: Johnny U playing basketball! (Big thanks to Kevin Zdancewicz.) … Here’s the latest logo for the Pro Bowl. … Good article on the guy who designed the Pens’ skating penguin (with thanks to Brian Pettit). … Interesting untucked jerseys for Belarus in the Women’s FIBA championships (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Somebody at Wrigley was having a bit of fun with the State Farm ad on the visitors’ dugout railing (screen shot courtesy of Jeff Scott). … Like clockwork, people are writing in to let me know that the Red Wings have a new NOB font. As I patiently explain each time, the Wings do this every preseason. Their standard vertically arched NOBs will return once the regular season commences. … The Rays are apparently making a late-season switcheroo of their BP caps (with thanks to Mike Edgerley). … Alex Kinkopf notes that the Jumbotron display of the game officials at L.A. Kings games still uses the old NHL logo. … Some amazing examples of compelling ways to display a collection here (thanks, Kirsten). … Frank Mercogliano notes that Idaho State is using captaincy designations. … More decal/vent issues for the Revo Speed helmet, this time in the CFL. Also, look how nice the folks at Reebok were, adding an extra logo above the nameplate to go along with the ones on the sleeves. So generous of them! (Big thanks to Aaron McHargue.) … 20th-anniversary patch for San Jose State hockey. … The Angels unveiled their 2011 gear on Friday night. Here’s how the anniversary patch and gold halo look on the jersey, the new gold-halo cap (which also has an annoying anniversary patch on the side — sigh), and the new left-sleeve patch (which replaces the “Angels Baseball” patch they’d been using). I generally prefer silver over gold, but in this case I don’t think there’s any question that the gold halo complements the team’s red tones much better than the silver did. They should stick with the gold even after the anniversary season is over. … Here’s Michael Orr‘s latest round of EPL uni news. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A UFL player has a comma on his NOB, which (a) looks really weird and (b) is grammatically incorrect. Just pull the plug on that league already, please. … Also from yesterday’s comments: Jose Guillen went high-cuffed yesterday and went with the striped hose. … Larry Bodnovich sent along screen shots from some college football color-on-color games, mostly from the 1960s, and some smaller schools. Among the highlights: Maine had some killer socks (but what’s up with the official’s armband?); a 1965 shot of Tennessee with the black cross in the “T” (according to the Helmet Project, the cross was added “for the last few games of the 1965 season as a tribute to three assistant coaches [Charlie Rash, Bill Majors, and Bob Jones] who lost their lives as a result of a train/automobile collision that occurred in West Knoxville on October 18); and although it’s not football-specific, ya gotta love this Houston Cougars athletic dept. shot. … Good catch by Jude S., who noticed Adam Dunn using one of Ryan Zimmerman’s bats.