Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba is shaping up as the NFL’s
seamstress tailor of the year. A few weeks ago he sewed up a gash in Ahmad Bradshaw’s pants, and then last night he performed some emergency surgery on Chris Snee’s jersey, as seen above. Of course, Snee probably wouldn’t have needed that repair job if his jersey had real sleeves, but that’s another story. (Special thanks to Jeff Czuba for the screen shot.)
Also: In keeping with a protocol Skiba established last season, the Giants wore their triple-striped road pants — the ones usually worn with the white road jerseys — with their blue jerseys last night in Dallas.
New ESPN column today — the annual NBA season-preview installment. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Reader Mako Mameli noticed something the rest of us all missed, namely that Chad Bengal was wearing palm-numbered gloves the other day. This isn’t the first time he’s gotten involved with the number 15 — as you may recall, late last season he wanted to wear that number in honor of Chris Henry. I’m assuming the gloves were some sort of Henry tribute as well. … Check out the Ohio State uniforms they’ve been using for a new TV series currently in production. A Nike jersey and Wilson pants? Sad (as spotted by Mark Zibrik). … Not sure I’ve ever seen a varsity sweater with this kind of shoulder yoke design. … More nice varsity/letterman sweaters here, here, and here, and some excellent varsity jackets here, here, and here. … The first-ever rules of basketball, as set down over a century ago by James Naismith, are being auctioned off. … Texas Southern wore some sweet throwbacks the other day. But yee-owch, that looks like one painful tackle (with thanks to Dwight Ternes). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Some high school officiating crews in Seattle are in hot water for using pink whistles without permission. … The Holyoke, Mass., police dept. has a new patch celebrating the city’s status as the birthplace of volleyball (nice find by Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: Robin Rostratter, the libero on Cal’s women’s volleyball team, has had some issues with concussions, so she wears padded headgear. … The Chargers are still using the old AFC logo in their stadium (with thanks to Blain Fowler). … Reader Chris Cruz was so upset about what’s happened to UCLA’s stripes that he sent a note to the school. He got the following response from Senior Associate Athletic Director Glenn Toth: “The decision to move forward with the uniform change was based on the players’ profound endorsement of the new material and cut. Like all changes, however, this one will be reviewed in full when the season concludes and a determination made as to function vs form. I am like you — a traditionalist — and have always revered the shoulder stripes as being one of the signature elements of our uniform. Don’t be surprised if there is an adjustment made in the future that takes both perspectives into consideration.” … Here’s a look at Arkansas’s helmet history (with thanks to Paul Watson). … New logo for the MISL. … Portland State will be wearing plain black helmets — no logo decals — this weekend. Kristina Cruz says coach Nigel Burton made the announcement at the alumni lunch yesterday afternoon: “Apparently he had told the team early in the season wearing the PSU logo is a privilege that they must earn, and now he is taking it away after two consecutive heartbreaking last-minute losses to conference rivals. So will some poor equipment manager have to scrape the Viking off of each helmet? Maybe black electrical tape?” … Rugby note from Eric Bangeman, who writes: “The latest French rugby club to bust out flamboyant kit is Perpignan, which is wearing special jerseys for its Heineken Cup campaign.” … Check out these cool Birmingham A’s usherettes! That shot’s from the 1960s (cool find by Paul Wiederecht). … Dan Cichalski found a sensational college basketball video clip: Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati, 1976. The Irish are wearing green, Cincy’s NOBs are positioned below the uni numbers, and Cincy’s coach is wearing a sportscoat that has to be seen to be believed. … I got this vintage jersey in the mail yesterday. It’s interesting because the base fabric is a stretch-knit polyester (not very pleasant to the touch, frankly), but the lettering is old-school felt. There’s a nice felt number on the back, and the black striping on the sleeves is actually double striping — very cool. Fits like a glove, too. …