Who’s that in the green Mariners throwback? It’s none other than Felix Hernandez, who modeled the new jersey at a season ticket-holders’ event yesterday. According to this article, the throwback will be worn for Monday and Friday home games (the team’s navy alternate will now be relegated to road status). The weird thing is that the M’s plan to wear this jersey with their standard navy cap, not with the green-billed cap they used for last June’s throwback game. That’s a mistake, methinks.
“I prefer the wordmark treatment the Mariners used back in ’94,” says Daniel Carroll, who took the King Felix photo. But I think the extra white outlining on that version was unnecessary, so I’m happy that they based the throwback on the 1995-96 lettering. Either way, always good to see more uniforms using green.
New ESPN column today. Link now live.
Stop what you’re doing and read this: Alan Schwarz of the New York Times has been writing award-caliber investigative articles about football concussions for nearly four years (and would surely have won a Pulitzer by now if not for the committee’s longtime bias against sports journalism). His latest article, which is about how football helmets are — and mostly aren’t — tested, is a serious eye-opener. It’s a lengthy article, but if you have a kid who plays football, or if you’re just interested in how the helmet industry operates, it’s essential reading. (Oh, and speaking of football helmets, at least one NFL player ought to be forced to turn his in.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: The next big thing in lacrosse is apparently custom helmets. … Rumor mill is buzzing about Missouri possibly wearing this uni on Saturday. “I hope not,” says Chris Mycoskie. … Nike has come out with some seriously weird basketball practice jerseys (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … Kenny Jacobson attended yesterday’s Yanks/Rangers game and spotted someone who’d added this year’s memorial patches to a jersey that already had last year’s stadium-inaugural patch. … Rutgers is honoring paralyzed teammate Eric LeGrand with a new nose bumper decal. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Check out the awesome checkerboard endzones in this old Yankee Stadium football shot. … The Sharks wore Halloween-themed practice jerseys the other day. They’ll be autographed and auctioned off for charity (with thanks to Jeff Ryder). … Oh wow, look at this magnificent vintage cycling jersey. … Some tremendous old b&w hockey photos on this blog (with thanks to Michael Orr). … I just won this 1971 postal uniform catalog, whoop-whoop!