It’s not clear whether Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has any of the images shown at right hanging in his locker (or his bedroom). What became abundantly clear during yesterday’s Bucs/Bengals game, however, is that Talib has a thing for pink hosiery — and that he has officially pushed the NFL’s breast cancer promotion way past the “Enough already!” breaking point.
It’ll be interesting to see if he’s fined for this. Personally, I don’t think he should be, because the league has essentially encouraged these types of shenanigans. If Goodell and his people don’t like what Talib was doing, they have nobody to blame but themselves, because Talib was simply taking the pink program to its logical extreme. Meanwhile, can you believe we have to put up with this crap for three more weeks? (Phil wonders if we might soon be seeing this, and let’s hope nobody at the networks is reading this and runs with that idea.)
Talib’s legwear notwithstanding, yesterday’s NFL action was remarkably uni-uneventful. There were several noteworthy developments in Saturday’s college games, however:
• Can’t say I was a fan of Minnesota’s white helmets, however.
• Even worse: white helmets for Baylor.
• But I thought Virginia Tech’s white helmets looked fine.
• Latest NCAA team with pink accessories: BYU.
• Indiana State went BFBS — eww.
Flour City or Flower City? Discuss: If there’s one thing Terry Proctor loves more than more than sporting goods, it’s the sports history of western New York State. Those two topics are found in a pair of old Rochester Amerks jersey photos he sent me the other day. “This one was worn by goaltender Serge Aubry in 1970-71,” says Terry. “It’s made out of ProBrite nylon tricot mesh, and all the stripes, stars, graphics, and numbers were screen-printed. The jersey was made by Champion Products of Rochester at their Geneseo, New York, plant. Note that the back numbers are full block while the TV numbers are plain block.”
Then there’s this one, which Terry describes as “without a doubt the most reviled jersey in the team’s 55-year history.” He goes on: “This 1971-72 jersey bore the infamous circular logo that was patterned after then-parent Vancouver’s ‘stick-in-a-rink’ logo. The fans hated it. The players hated it. And the lowly Amerks were laughed at everywhere they played that season. The first thing that the new Rochester-based owners did in the summer of 1972 was to restore the Americans’ proud shield to its rightful place as the team logo and put it back on the jerseys.”
More Wayne Hagin voodoo dolls than you’ve ever seen in one place: All you NYCers should come on down to the Knitting Factory this evening for Collectors’ Night, sponsored by the City Reliquary. I’ll have a table with several of my collections on display, and lots of other folks will be exhibiting their collections. I’m not joking when I say that the first Collectors’ Night, which I attended as an audience member in 2005, changed my life. That’s not to say tonight’s proceedings will necessarily change your life, but you never know. Besides, it’s a sure bet that the Brett & Randy Show will be completely insufferable tonight, so skip that and come do something fun instead.
Is it too soon to say “And it makes a great stocking stuffer”?: The Meats tee got a little more media attention over the past few days, this time from CNN’s Eatocracy site and Can’t Stop the Bleeding, whoop-whoop. I’m also happy announce that the venerable Fleisher’s butcher shop in the Hudson Valley is the latest retail outlet to carry the shirts. Not quite as good as having my own line of sausages, but having butcher shops sell something of mine, even a shirt, still feels like the achievement of a long-cherished goal. Oink!
If you don’t live near Fleisher’s, or near any of the other shops that are carrying the shirt, you can order yours here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Interesting to see that Wilson was putting nylon into its flannels as early as 1955. … Peter Nash is single-handedly laying waste to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s reputation. … University of Minnesota goaltender Alex Kangas is a rarity: a goalie who wears the alternate’s “A” (with thanks to Chris Hodge). … New logo for the Japanese basketball all-star game (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Luke Parks spotted a Georgia high school officiating crew using pink penalty flags on Friday. Breast cancer promotion, or just a shout-out to one of history’s greatest LPs? … Eric Trout is the latest reader to use that boxing poster tutorial for college football purposes. … Here’s a fairly comprehensive assessment of the Australian Baseball League’s new cap designs (with thanks to Tyler Maun). … The Lakers played an exhibition game in Spain the other day against the FC Barcelona basketball team, whose uniform is based on the FC Barcelona soccer kit (as noted by Britt Jackson). … Donovan Moore‘s latest team-color analysis takes a detailed look at the Cowboys. … Very late-breaking FBS uni adjustment: JP Bertram notes that Oregon State’s nose bumper graphic has changed from “Beavs” to the school’s “OS” logo. … Syracuse’s lacrosse team played a game against their alumni the other day. Look at those Loudmoth-style shorts that the alumni wore — yeesh (with thanks to Tony DiRubbo). … The Sabres’ new retro alt saw its first game action on Saturday night, and I think it looked great. The game also provided our first look at the Rangers’ 85th-anniversary patch on the road jersey. … The Blackhawks raised their championship banner on Saturday night. … I thought the Kings were going with the gold throwback this season, but instead they opened the season wearing purple throwbacks. Bonus points to goalie Jonathan Quick, who went with old-school gear. More info on that here. … The Canucks wore their 40th-anniversary throwbacks in that same game, creating an NHL rarity: NNOB vs. NNOB! … New 25th-season logo for the National Lacrosse League. … New hockey uniforms for the University of Denver. … So much to like in this old 7-Up ad. My favorite detail: the argyle socks and dress shoes on the kid. … Someone out there should buy this awesome softball patch and put it on the back of a jacket. … Speaking of softball, check out these tremendous 1939 programs. … New basketball uniforms for Georgia Tech and Arkansas (with thanks to Britton Thomas and Paul Watson, respectively). … Check out the awesome cover on this old Aussie rules football book. … Ebbets Field Flannels is running a sale on Latino heritage items this month. … “While, for personal reasons, watching the opening of Miami Vice, I noticed that the jai alai player has a 6 on the front of his jersey but what appears to be 43 on the back. Is that how jai alai numbers work?” I have no idea, but the “personal reasons” disclaimer is the funniest thing anyone’s written to me in quite a while. … More new college hoops uniforms: Texas A+M. Here’s the rear view. … The Rays’ plaid fetish has now extended to a rendition of the MLB logo. Unfortunately, they didn’t include that version of the lgoo on the plaid-billed caps they’ve been wearing lately. … Purdue will be wearing 2001 Rose Bowl throwbacks this Saturday. … Very nice set of felt patches from Pottstown (Pa.) Junior High here. … Went flea-marketing yesterday and came away with the most beautiful box of wooden forks ever. … According to a quick quip during yesterday’s Rays/Rangers game, Tampa closer Rafael Soriano often looks inside his cap in between batters because he has “inspirational things written in there.” … The Braves wore their alternate tomahawk caps yesterday — mostly. … What’s that patch the Hornets are wearing? The answer can be found here. … Here’s a color-on-color game from the world of women’s college hockey. That’s North Dakota in black (they were the home team) and Minnesota-Duluth in maroon. Note the pink stick tape for you know what (with thanks to Brandon Boemann). … The morphing of athletes into super-heroes, which I’ve been writing about since this blog’s very first entry, continues (as reported by David Browning). … Matt Bellner stumbled upon a real prize: a 1975 Western Women’s Professional Bowlers program. Look at that logo on the cover — amazing! … I mentioned this in the yesterday’s comments, but it bears repeating: Last night’s episode of The Simpsons showed Bart’s Little League team going high-cuffed with stirrups. It’s amazing how many cartoonists, graphics artists, illustrations, and the like continue to depict baseball players this way — further evidence people instinctively think of stirrups as “the way a ballplayer is supposed to look” (with thanks to Dan Cichalski for the screen shot). … Mario Morgado found some video footage of Frank Sinatra making his way to the stage at Madison Square Garden, accompanied by an entourage that included two guys wearing hockey-style “ABC TV” jerseys. … RIP, King Solomon.
Research Query: I was chatting with some editors the other day about maybe putting together a gallery of “tools of the trade” for officials — an umpire’s whisk broom, a football ref’s penalty flag, a soccer ref’s yellow card, maybe one of those stick-curvature measuring thingies they use in the NHL, etc. One thing that stumped us: What do basketball refs use, aside from a whistle — anything? If you have a good answer to that question, and/or if you have other ideas covering officials in other sports, let me know.