That’s Dan Jennings — not Jeninngs — of West Virginia, whose NOB was misspelled in yesterday’s game against Davidson. I suppose the lettering could have been done by a local stitcher, but I prefer to blame the manufacturer.
New ESPN column
today. It mostly covers stuff that steady readers of the blog already know about, but there’s one new segment that I think you’ll enjoy. Link coming soon. has been bumped to next week. — Paul
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
We’re a little more than a month out from Christmas, but the bidding can get fierce as the holidays get closer, so don’t delay — bid today! Here’s our latest batch of eBay picks:
• Here’s a classic Big Red Machine Starter jacket.
• I love this Eagles throwback replica, especially with the small NFL shield on the shoulder.
• Ditto for this 1970s Brownies pennant. Looks like it’s been around but is still in great shape!
• Speaking of Cleveland, check out this Browns doll. [Looks better suited to being a chew toy. — Pl]
• Love this 1950s Pirates sticker all day long.
• There’s something endearingly dinky about this MacGregor Packers helmet.
• And here’s the real prize of this week’s batch: an MLB lunch Thermos!
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Cross-dressing, continued: Yesterday’s entry on cross-sport equipment prompted several readers to contribute additional examples, including Joey Mullen’s football neck roll, Peter Cech’s rugby headgear, Calvin Murphy’s hockey helmet (anyone know the full story behind that one?), Alex Ovechkin’s NFL undershirt, and cricket players wearing motorcycle helmets. And while this photo isn’t ideal, it appears to show an Atlanta Hawk wearing a hockey helmet (maybe with a facemask attachment, although it’s hard to tell), circa 1976.
In addition, early hockey goalies wore cricket pads, and Martin Brodeur has just started wearing NBA arm pads (scroll down to the fifth graf).
(My thanks to all contributors, including Ryan Connelly, Matthew Dowell, James Robertelli, Jim Herrmann, Matt Beahan, and James Vetter.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: The guys at the scorers’ table cannot be happy about UAB’s road uni numbers, which made their first appearance on Wednesday night. This led to so much chatter on message boards and such that UAB assistant coach Donnie Marsh issued an apology yesterday, and also revealed that he’s the one who designed the uniform. Not sure which is more surprising: that this design actually made it onto the court, or that an assistant coach created it (big thanks to Kent Reichert and Ben Teague). … When the Pens wore their powder blue throwbacks the other night, Marc-Andre Fleury unveiled blue-accented pads for the occasion (with thanks to Mike Viola). … Matt Philpott was looking through some photos he took at a Yanks/Tigers Negro Leagues throwback game back on 6/8/96 and noticed that both sides were wearing adjusta-strap caps. Additional views here and here. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: LaSalle is another team that’s wearing a maker’s mark without the NCAA authentication logo. … A taekwondo competitor was disqualified the other day for using illegal socks. Video report here (big thanks to Doug Kalemba). … I used to go crabbing in the Great South Bay all the time as a kid, and I still love eating crabs today, so I’m particularly fond of Ryan Connelly‘s latest DIY project. … The Iowa Energy — that’s a D-League team — is the latest team going with a jersey sponsorship. … The Bucks’ “Fear the Deer” slogan has led to a trademark battle (with thanks to Nicholas Honeck). … The other day I mentioned that LaRon Landry was wearing an Adams-branded chinstrap but I hadn’t been able to find a photo. You can see it in these two close-ups (big thanks to Dániel Jaczkó). … Hey, check it out — Steve Nash wore Cooperalls (with thanks to Robbie Biederman). … Tim McNulty notes that the package illustration for the autumn-colored M&M’s shows Red (that’s the main spokescharacter) wearing what appears to be an Auburn football jersey. … Cool eBay finds: a great 1985 World Series ringer tee and a dynamite basketball warm-up pullover. … Color Consistency, Vol. 1: South Carolina is working to standardize its shade of red (with thanks to Beau Franklin). … Color Consistency, Vol. 2: Marshall is looking to standardize its shade of green (with thanks to David Cline). … Dylan Buell has noticed two unusual things about Indiana State’s basketball uniforms: They use nameplates and they’ve chosen an unfortunate spot for their conference logo patch. … Bryan Blow reports that South Alabama’s road basketball design has changed from red to blue. … Not that I thought the Dolans had any dignity to begin with, but the MSG court looked pretty damn embarrassing last night (screen shot courtesy of David Greenwald). … Not often that you see an NOB with a first initial and a “Sr.” That’s Pierre Allen Sr. of Nebraska (as spotted by Brian Hansen). … Love the Stanford/Cal illustration accompanying this article (big thanks to Jean Lefebvre). … Internet petitions rarely accomplish anything, but here’s one calling for the Falcons to make a permanent switch to their throwback uniforms (with thanks to Abe Silk). … Did you know black was one of Washington‘s team colors? Right, neither did anyone else. … Very interesting to see that Madden is now showing exposed armpits. Now they just need to shorten those shoulder stripes on the Colts jersey (as noted by Jordan Tripp). … Several readers have submitted this huge NOB. Now, Rafael Santo Domingo did play for the Reds in ’79, but I have a hard time believing this was really his jersey — look at that cover-up nameplate underneath the letter. I don’t think the Reds ever sent anyone out onto the field with anything like that. … Concordia University’s baseball team will be wearing camouflage uniforms on Sundays next year (with thanks to Concordia alum William Schultz). … If you’ve been dying to design John Wall’s sneakers for the NBA All-Star Game, here’s your big chance. … I’ll be traveling for the next three days. Phil will handle the weekend, as usual, and I’ll have something for Monday, although it might not be our usual MMUW football roundup — depends on how a few things shake out. Either way, have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.