As is always the case on the first Sunday in November, the most notable athletic attire yesterday was at the New York City Marathon (lots of additional pics here and here). I live half a block from the Marathon route, so it’s easy for me to wake up and stumble outside to watch the spectacle of humanity jogging by. Saw a guy dressed as a banana, a guy dressed as a moose, lots of guys dressed as girls, and so on. Best sportswear day of the year.
Meanwhile, on the girdiron:
• The Bills had a “home” game in Toronto, so they wore that big-ass patch that they break out for such occasions.
• Have the Texans ever gone solid navy before? Not my favorite look for them (or, okay, for anyone).
• Remember those Colts throwbacks from the preseason? Indy broke them out again yesterday. I heard a lot of people wondering why anyone would wear a throwback on the road, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. No matter where you’re playing, the vast majority of your millions of fans are watching on the teevee, not in person at the game.
• Turning to the college ranks: Instead of wearing their usual powder blue jerseys on Saturday, the Citadel wore red with blue trim. “It was a tie-in with homecoming and the return of Big Red,” explains Chuck Fowler. Interestingly, as was pointed out in last night’s comments, the helmet had distinct Buccaneers overtones.
• I believe this was the first time Colorado State wore their gold jerseys.
• There were some additional noteworthy college football items from Saturday, but Phil already covered them yesterday. In case you missed it, look here.
• One thing about Utah’s Wounded Warrior uniforms that Phil didn’t mention: Is there anyone who truly believes our country and its flag our honored by these gloves?
Oh right, there was also this. Not much to say here, except that they’ve reached their, uh, full potential. Look, if you want to look like clowns, you deserve to look like clowns, simple as that.
Why didn’t I think of this sooner?: What’s even better than a Meats T-shirt? Take a look. For now they’re only available via that Zazzle page, but I may get them made in bulk and sell them myself if there’s enough interest. Anyway, this is the part where I say they make a great gift, that they’re as suitable for the back-yard grill as they are for the kitchen, and all that rot. Look, just buy a few dozen of ’em and we’ll both be happy.
Meanwhile, I just got a new shipment of Meats tees and am now fully restocked in all sizes. For ordering details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In case you missed it on Saturday, Phil put together a great piece on Oregon’s new court design. Personally, I kinda dig it. Yeah, there’s a chance that the finished product might end up looking like a court with a big bleach stain in the center, but think it’s a really innovative concept and an intriguing execution. I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks during a game. … Here’s a site featuring some excellent hockey T-shirts, including some tees that mimic jerseys (nice find by Colin Sherrod). … As we’ve been beating to death over the past week or so, the Browns’ orange-numbered jerseys made only one on-field appearance, and that was during a preseason game. But they were also used in another context: on the cover of the 1984 media guide (great find by Jesse Agler). … Dylan Buell reports that the Ball State women’s hoops team is wearing an inspirational message on the back of their sneakers. … Also from Dylan: “I was shooting a football game and spotted one official (or is he part of the lines crew?) whose sole job is to keep track of penalties. And at halftime, I saw this box in the break room.” … Matt Harris was looking for photos of Yankees prospect Jesus Montero and found this. Anyone know what’s going on there? … Been a while since I’ve mentioned all the amazing letterhead designs to be found on this site (thanks for reminding me, Chris Ashworth). … New hoops uniforms for Lipscomb (with thanks to Raleigh McCool). … A bit overpriced, but I couldn’t resist. More photos once I receive the item from the seller. … On Thursday I mentioned that a Phiten publicist had told me that the company’s necklaces would soon be worn by NBA players on the court. That was incorrect. The proper info, it turns out, is that Phiten bracelets are now approved for on-court use. … The Blue Jackets will unveil their third jersey on Nov. 24. … UTEP hoops will wear throwbacks for their home opener on Nov. 12 (with thanks to Nick Govea). … James Huening was at a Chilean restaurant called Rapa-Nui, whose menu features an intriguingly named sandwich. The thing is, I don’t really dig avocado. … Here’s the obligatory “What happens to all the Texas Rangers championship gear?” story (thanks, Brinke). … New hoops uni for UGA. … “I saw these wonderful slippers ad immediately thought of you,” writes Coleman Mullins. “The blue around the ankle doesn’t match UW colors but the rest is spot on!” … While looking for something else, I noticed a shot of a UCLA player with a diacritical mark in a very unusual place. … I was vintage-shopping the other day and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a drum major’s jacket from my high school! It’s a little hard to see in those photos, but the jacket actually zips from top to bottom, instead of the standard way. Anyone know if that was (or still is) common for this type of garment? If so, why? … Good UFL observation from Kevin Mahon, who writes: “A number of UFL teams, Las Vegas and Florida in particular, seem to have tailored their color schemes to the stadiums where they play. The most blatant case is Las Vegas, which changed its colors to match UNLV’s colors to match the red seats (most of which are usually visible) and the red outline on the yardage number.” … Here’s another high school football team with mismatched helmet decals: Old Mill High in Maryland has Pat Patriot on one side and a TV number on the other (with thanks to Kevin Zdancewicz). … Is that a Bengals/Titans game? Nope, it’s a high school game from Washington state. Man, these derivative high school logos are really getting out of hand. … Caleb Borchers has noticed a growing trend in rugby: gray for gray’s sake. “The latest example would be England’s new national jersey (debuted this weekend), which traditionally is some version of red and white but now has gray. Why? Who knows. Various clubs in Europe and the southern hemisphere, as well as some national sides, have been doing this for the past four years. I sort of understand a club that wears black going to gray, but from yellow to gray?” … While looking for something else, I stumbled across this totally bizarro Dolphins shirt. … I asked Bill Jones if he’d ever made a gumball version of Willie Lanier’s exterior-padded helmet. He’d never thought of doing that, but he got right on it. He used adhesive foam for the padding. … This T-shirt is too small for me, but I’d love to see some Uni Watch reader end up with it. … New hoops uniforms for Providence (as noted by Michael Berlutti). … Notre Dame’s alternate hoops uni for the past few years has been black, but now it will apparently be gold (with thanks to Conor Levey). … As usual, the Leafs and their opponents — the Sabres this year — wore special patches for Hall of Fame Night. Let’s just say the patches looked a lot better on one team than they did on the other. … The Charlie Samuels situation keeps getting more interesting. … One of you Packers fanatics out there should snap up this old Pack-themed Rawlings ad. … Buncha good stuff from Jake Doyle, including a look at the Blues’ original prototypes; an awesome rip-snorting mask design for this Toronto Toros goalie; a fascinating rear-sweater design for the 1956 Soviet hockey team (it looks like a northwestern-striped harness!); and a cigarette ad that provides a rare partial glimpse of the Rangers’ one-year uni from 1946-47. … And so it has come to this: Over on the Chris Creamer board, some (presumably young) commenter recently wrote, “It’s good that so many [college basketball] teams are going to have the manufacturer logos on the jerseys this year. … I think it looks great. Every other sport has the manufacturer logo on the jerseys, why shouldn’t they. … I think without manufacturers logos, the jerseys look cheap.” I guess that kid hasn’t heard of the NBA, but whatever — the point is that there’s now a whole generation that thinks logo creep is not only acceptable but preferable, because it’s what they’re used to and, worst of all, because they think it confers some mantle of legitimacy. Which is precisely what Nike and Reebok have wanted all along. A major triumph for corporate douchebaggery. … In happier news, a big birthday shout-out to my pal, neighbor, and Scotland travel partner Amy Fritch. She and her friend Danielle threw themselves a joint birthday party yesterday, and Amy made this ridiculously amazing cake for the occasion. Plenty tasty, too!