We all know there’s no consistency regarding the striping and side panels on the Bengals’ jerseys. But even by Cincy standards, Morgan Trent was wearing something very odd-looking yesterday. Never seen the orange panel look truncated like that. I’m assuming this is another side “benefit” of Reebok’s super-stretchies. Progress, it’s a beautiful thing, no?
In other weekend gridiron observations:
• It looks like the two numerals on the front of Charles Tillman’s jersey weren’t the same size. But here’s the weird thing: The same problem seems to have afflicted his road jersey and even his throwback jersey. As you can see in that last shot, this looks more like a case of how his jersey is taped down to his pads, creating the illusion of a smaller numeral. Here’s a shot from the preseason — looks like he had a little slit cut in the jersey for some sort of tie-down. Interesting.
• Was Rex Grossman listening to an iPod on the sidelines?
• Rashied Davis has the Bears’ logo shaved and dyed into his haircut.
• Looks like Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was wearing assistant head coach John Mitchell’s headset.
• At Brad Childress’s post-game press conference, one of the mic covers had the old NFL logo.
• Further evidence that sleeve standards of some sort need to be implemented: Check out the jersey modification on Nebraksa defensive lineman Jared Crick.
• Kansas wore solid blue.
• Remember when autumn colors were maroon, mustard, and other foliage tones? Not anymore.
• Iowa tight end Brad Herman tore his pants in an unfortunate spot.
• Appalachian State and Western Carolina went color-vs.-color.
• At the Air Force/TCU game, the official handling the down marker kept a log of the down, distance, and ball position on the back of the stick. Is this standard practice?
(My thanks to everyone who contributed observations, photos, and screen shots, including Alex Higley, Jesse White, Nate Neumann, Chris Stoppel, George Carusone, Jason Greening, David Merrill, Joe Lombardo, and Aaron Maisel.)
“A” team: On Friday’s Ticker I linked to a photo of an Alabama high school that’s using the Braves’ cap logo on their football helmets. Someone in the comments suggested that this might actually be the U. of Alabama’s “A” logo, but Phil quickly pointed out that those two marks are similar but not the same.
I thought that was the end of it, but then I got the following note from reader Austin Gillis:
I thought the photo of the high school team was interesting, because I had always been told that the Braves stole their “A” from the University of Alabama. I looked for proof of that in old Alabama pics, but the closest I came was this pic of Bear Bryant in a baseball cap instructing a young Broadway Joe. It’s not exactly the Atlanta “A,” but it’s not the current Alabama “A” either.
That Alabama logo, by the way, came from a law blog entry about a logo lawsuit between the Oakland A’s and the University of Alabama. I don’t remember seeing anything about that before.
All very interesting. I’d never heard anything about the Braves poaching their logo from the Crimson Tide, although the visual similarities are obvious. Anyone know more about this?
Membership update: Is that the Ducks’ latest football uniform? Nope, it’s a membership card based on Steve Prefontaine’s old track outfit, a very interesting membership request we recently got from Neil Brown. That design is part of a new batch that’s recently been added to the membership card gallery.
For those of you who’ve been waiting for your cards, they should mail out today. And if you’ve been meaning to sign up (you wouldn’t believe how many people tell me, “I’m gonna do it at some point but I can’t decide which team to base the design on”), there’s no time like the present.
Too good for the Ticker: Gabe Butler recently scored a major prize at a flea market: a 1950 Tudor Tru-Action Electric Football game (manufactured right here in Brooklyn, don’tcha know). “The manual is beat up, but all of the players are there,” he says. “It came with a bunch of play cards and defensive strategies as well.” Gabe took a bunch of great photos of the game, which you can see below:
Uni Watch News Ticker: Some swoosh-emblazoned trail signs have appeared on Chicago’s Lakefront path. Judging from the many e-mails I’ve gotten, most of you think this is going to make my head explode, but if you read the story you’ll see that this seems more like a case of coordinated sponsorship for the civic good, much like a “This stretch of highway cleanup courtesy of…” sign. Not ideal, but not a clear-cut case of corporate vandalism like the last time Nike took an interest in the Lakefront. … Cool video about a guy who’s painted some fire hydrants in a Michigan football motif (with thanks to Tom Mulgrew). … Check out the little chain-stitched uni number at the bottom of Teddy Ballgame’s stirrup. Here’s a close-up (as noted by Paul Wiederecht). … Lots of old Clemson football program covers on display here (with thanks to Benji Boyter). … While watching the Giants/Phils game on Saturday night, I noticed something slightly amiss with Edgar Renteria’s helmet logo decal. Before I could get a screen shot, James Chipman had already provided one. … If you go to the Maple Leafs’ home page and look at the far-right sidebar, you’ll see Dion Phaneuf wearing the captain’s C. “But that’s last year’s jersey, and he didn’t start wearing the C until this year, when the Leafs got a new jersey design,” notes Ryan Mandel. … “I saw this numbered undersleeve on a replay this morning,” writes Susan Freeman. “He seems to be the only one it shows on. Not sure why the number is different.” … UCLA women’s volleyball libero Lainey Gera is wearing the blue jersey in both of these photos. As you can see, the one on the left matches the uni design being worn by her teammates, but more recently she’s switched to the one on the right, which is from several years ago (with thanks to Erkki Corpuz). … Last week I mentioned that Giants closer Brian Wilson was wearing Andre Torres’s batting helmet in the dugout when it looked like he might have to hit. He didn’t actually come up to bat in that game, but he did hit on Saturday night. This time, though, he had his own helmet (with thanks to Shane Martin). … I just won this cool jersey. More photos once it arrives in the mail. … Here are the uniforms being worn by Austrialia (on the left) and Ireland for the International Rules challenge matches between the Australian and Gaelic football associations (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: The Italian Serie A Volleyball League has a new ball design. … You’ve probably seen plenty of TV reports on how baseballs are manufactured, but one more can’t hurt (with thanks to Tom Griffith). … Chris Biderman spotted this mannequin in the window of the NBA Store in Manhattan. The thing is, that logo on the shorts doesn ‘t appear on Golden State’s uniforms. For a second I thought maybe they put the shorts on the mannequin backwards, but the logo isn’t on the back either. … Here’s a helmet concept you probably haven’t seen before. That’s the design for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, a team in the new Ultimate Indoor Football League (with thanks to Chad Hensley). … New hoops uniforms for Oregon State (with thanks to Eric Fisk). … Bill Jones has made a bunch of new additions to his gumball helmet collection, including the Australian Baseball League, MLB’s 2010 stars/stripes headwear (NL and AL), and the Israeli Football League. … Skip ahead to the 19th photo in this slideshow to see the cutest replica Yankees uniform — or at least the cutest kid wearing it — ever (with thanks to Dan Kaempff). … Another new college hoops uni, this time for Tulsa. “The pattern on the side of the shorts is a nod to the Nolan Richardson-era uniforms,” notes Matt Spencer. … Mark Prusinski was cleaning out an office at the middle school where he teaches and found some great Pepsi letterhead and a groovy x-country jersey. … Not my favorite color combo, but this is still one my-t-sweet old football jersey. … Tasty-looking set of hockey socks available here. … I don’t know what kind of jersey this is — rugby? — but it sure is cool. … My whole life I’ve been waiting for tequila sunrise in my favorite color scheme and didn’t even know it. … Jim Lonetti scored this cool NFL sleeping bag while thrifting. … The photos aren’t great, but you can see Louisville’s new hoops uniforms, along with their new arena, in this album (with thanks to David Merrill).