I think I speak for everyone here when I say nothing says “breast cancer awareness” like focusing attention directly on your crotch. That’s Shawn Abuhoff of Dartmouth two days ago, taking the pink thing to new, uh, heights. I’m sure cancer patients everywhere are breathlessly waiting to learn what color jockstrap he wears. (Major thanks to Tris Wykes for the photo.) For reasons not worth going into here, I’ve had to take down today’s lead photo. Grrrrr.
I didn’t catch any gridiron action over the past two days because I was checking out the foliage in Pennsylvania all weekend, so please forgive the rather abbreviated nature of today’s Monday-morning roundup (I promise to make up for it with something pretty special tomorrow):
• The Steelers wore their throwbacks, but Ben Roethlisberger’s return was marred by a font inconsistency. As you can see, the “7” on the back of his jersey didn’t match the one worn by his teammates (look at the upper-right portion of the numeral).
• Danny Woodhead’s helmet decal was partially covering one of his helmet vents.
• The good news about Notre Dame’s new super-stretchy jerseys is that Dayne Crist is no longer wearing those tiny cap sleeves that left his shoulder pads exposed. The bad news is that he’s joined the armpit brigade. I’ll have more to say about football sleeves in general, and Notre Dame’s QB sleeves in particular, later this week on ESPN. (Meanwhile, did any other thoughts about the super-stretchies?)
• Taylor Stockemer’s NOB appeared to be a bit off-center.
(Big thanks to everyone who contributed observations, photo, and screen shots, including Justin Bates, Aaron McHargue, Jay Laisne,
Uni Watch News Ticker: Someone has created a font of hockey dingbats (big thanks to Mike Hersh). … Whoa, that’s a whole lotta striped shorts. And here are some more in blue and gold. … I did a radio spot with a Buffalo radio station last Thursday evening. You can listen to the archived audio here. … I know some of you really hate initials on NOBs, but maybe you’d make an exception in this case with thanks to Kevin Mueller). … On Friday I mentioned that this photo supposedly showed Jim Thorpe in 1917 but that I had my doubts about that. Now Bruce Menard has informed me that the photo is actually from the the World Tour that the Giants and White Sox took in 1913 and ’14. Here’s Matty wearing the same Giants uni Thorpe was wearing, and here are the Sox in Japan. … And for good measure, Bruce sent me an amazing panoramic shot from the first-ever old-timers’ game, held in 1921 to celebrate the city of Cleveland’s 125th anniversary. … New hoops uniforms for Boise State (with thanks to Aaron Bernstein). … Look at this: uniform thread — literally. … Just what the world needs: camo pants being worn by a high school team. That’s Island Coast High School, out of Naples Florida (as reported by Nick Hanson). … JetBlue is embracing Gang Green (as noted by Matthew Porges). … Several readers have noted that Rangers skipper Ron Washington appears to have swoosh-branded eyeglass frames (screen shot courtesy of Joshua Brisco). … The Penguins have released their third jersey schedule (with thanks to Brian Pettit). … I’d like to think that even those of you who have no problem with Chief Wahoo or other Native American-themed sports imagery might see why this bobblehead was just a wee bit inappropriate (thanks, Brinke). … That rule about goalies not being allowed to be captains apparently doesn’t apply to field hockey. That’s Yale goalie Katie Bolling (with thanks to Tris Wykes). … Erick Yohe came across some old Washington Diplomats photos that he took back on Photo Day in 1979, when he was eight years old. … Check this out: Two team uniforms plus a third team’s center court logo, all in one photo. “It was the second game of a ‘doubleheader’ at the Staples Center on Saturday,” explains Matthew Algeo. “The Lakers played the Nuggets earlier in the day, and they didn’t bother to change the court for the Jazz/Clippers game.” … Who’s that in the massive “El Paso” lettering? It’s actor Kurt Russell, from his minor league days in the 1970s (nice find by Paul Wiederecht). … Also from Paul: That’s one packed jersey front. … Excellent catch by Hans Krake, who noticed Paul Hornung wearing one regular shoe and one square-toed kicking shoe in this 1960 photo. … Here’s a slideshow of the ugliest sneakers of all time (with thanks to Aaron McHargue). … Also from Aaron: “The Home Depot does a free kids workshop each month. September featured a football stand. So for my two-year-old daughter, Lovenia, I used the Home Depot’s official Glidden team colors paint to paint the stand like a Tennessee Titans jersey.” … Two years ago I was blown away by all the tremendous neon signage in Portland. Those signs are now the subject of this excellent photo essay (big thanks to Phil Amaya). … Lots of notable NFL hairdos on display in this slideshow. … Very interesting uni here. That’s the University of Pacific from 1940 (with thanks to Larry Bodnovich). … Vincent Barone recently dug out his old NHL goalie lapel pin collection. “They were given to me as a full set when I was five, in a framed case,” he says. “After staring at them on my shelf for a few years, I wanted to take them to class for show and tell, so I pinned them onto a hilariously unbecoming bucket hat and wore them to school. The hat remained in my closet until recently, when I happened to find it while doing some cleaning. Sadly, a few of the pins are scratched. Even more tragically, the Nordiques pin has vanished, so I am one pin away from a complete set.” … Sad news about Freddy Sez. Dan Cichalski suggests that the Yankees could add one more memorial patch for him, like so. … Here’s the best look yet at Maryland’s new hoops uniforms, along with a black alternate. … The Washington Huskies will go BFBS for their final game of the season, at least according to this Facebook post (with thanks to Brian Terreson).