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Mouthguardian Angel

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People often tell me, “I’ve spent years looking at sleeve stripes [or facemasks, or collar styles, or pork chops, or whatever], but I’d never really thought about them until I read what you wrote about them.” It’s one of the nice things about my work.

I had the same type of “Aha!” moment a few days ago, when reader Bill Kellick sent me an admirably obsessive note about a specific uni accessory I’ve always been aware of but had never spent much time thinking about. I’ll let him explain:

Growing up in the ’70s, I was a big fan of Walter Payton. I admired everything about Sweetness, right down to the distinctive mouthguard he wore throughout his career. Even in the backyard football games with my best friend next door, we would try to re-create his mouthpiece by using orange peels.

This mouthguard, I later learned, was called a Mill-Mont. There were other players of the era who also wore it, like OJ Anderson, Joe Washington (he also wore it in college; here’s his old Oklahoma helmet with the Mill-Mont still attached to it), Robert Newhouse, Billy Joe DuPree, Alfred Jenkins, Harold Hart, Greg Sampson (I believe he wore it for his entire career, 1972-78), William Andrews, and many Cardinals and Falcons players from the late ’70s and early ’80s. The last player to wear it was Bo Jackson in the late 1980s. (I’ve compiled this list of Mill-Mont players, although there were probably more.)

With the advent of eBay, I began to scour the listings for a Mill-Mont of my own. It took several years before I finally saw one listed in its original packaging (they have since become more frequent and I have acquired several for my collection). As you can see, the photos on the package show a football player without a facemask and the address has a postal zone instead of a zip code, meaning it was probably manufactured in the 1950s or early ’60s. They later added a zip code, but that’s the only change they ever made to the package, at least as far as I can tell. Every Mill-Mont I’ve ever seen on eBay has used this same 1950s-era package design. It’s amazing to think that this package was still showing up in NFL locker rooms as late as 1987!

You know, as soon as I started reading Bill’s note and saw his reference to Walter Payton, I knew exactly which mouthguard he was talking about, and I immediately thought of Robert Newhouse and a few of the other players he ended up mentioning. Definitely a distinct visual signature that certain players had. One of those things I’d noticed but hadn’t really thought about — a classic Uni Watch moment.

As for the Mill-Mont, it was patented in the early 1950s by one Scott Miller. He’s presumably the “Mill” part of the name; it’s not clear who the “Mont” was.

It also isn’t clear exactly when the Mill-Mont fell out of production, or whether the company made anything other than its one signature product. Googling “Mill-Mont” is no help. If anyone out there knows more, let’s hear it.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: If you want to see something amazing — like, really amazing — check out this video of the Hawaii marching band forming a single-bar-facemasked player kicking a field goal (major thanks to Phil Johnson). … I was going to bid on this super-groovy all-star jersey, but it got a little too pricey. … Yesterday I mentioned that my vintage Warsaw uni would’ve looked better with an orange undershirt. So Jerry Reuss fired up the Photoshop and took care of that, along with an orange/green cap! … Auburn signed an extension of its deal with Under Armour nearly a year and a half ago, but it wasn’t publicly announced until yesterday. I was told about this deal a few weeks ago but wasn’t allowed to talk about it. Not sure why they’ve been so secretive. … In case you haven’t seen it already, here’s some awesome Cleveland Stadium letterhead with an even more awesome letter typed on it (well done, Vince). … I’ve posted many photos of the Astrodome’s original staff uniforms, but not this great shot of a waiter that Paul Wiederecht just sent me. … Interesting note from Evan Schreiber, who writes: “Looks like Oregon is paying a little tribute to the former Mac Court and using some former center-court logos on the floor of the new Matthew Knight Arena concourse.” … Ken Clark was going through some old boxes and found a copy of the 3/2/93 Orange County Register, which featured a bunch of info about a brand-new NHL franchise called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Among the highlights: a logo contest and the unnerving sight of Michael Eisner in a prototype jersey. It’s hard to be sure, but is the duck on that jersey smoking a cigarette? … Update: I’ve now been informed that that’s actually a jersey from the first Mighty Ducks movie. … Nice little ode to the cycling cap here (with thanks to Sean Clancy). … Titus Young had “NWA” inscribed on his forearm tape last night. So is he an old-school rap fan or does it stand for something else? … Mike Hersh has written another great piece about old sports posters. … Most baseball stadiums are dormant this time of year, but the Indians have come up with some creative uses for the Jake. … This has nothing to do with uniforms, but I can’t resist a story that involves hockey and waffles. … Oooh, now them there’s some my-t-fine undersleeves. That’s the 1921 Gonzaga baseball squad. And who’s that in the back row, third from the right? None other than der Bingle! (Great find by Larry Brunt.) … Here’s a question I never thought I’d be asking: What do Rex Ryan and I have in common? Answer: People think we’re foot fetishists — me because of my Brannock Device tattoo, and him because of some videos that may feature his wife. Personally, I’m not into feet (my obsession with the Brannock Device is based on its role as the quintessentially inconspicuous object — everyone knows what it is but nobody knows what it’s called), but it sounds like Rex might be, or at least he didn’t deny it yesterday, which leaves us free to draw our own salacious conclusions. Rex isn’t exactly my favorite guy in New York, but I say good for him for standing tall yesterday and saying, “It’s a personal matter, it’s a non-story — let’s move on.” Like most kinks, foot fetishism is completely harmless, and if Rex and his wife have figured out what turns them on, well, they’re doing better than a lot of other couples I’ve known over the years. Good for them. Now let’s see if either of them gets a signature shoe deal out of all this.

 

111 comments to Mouthguardian Angel

  • Dave | December 23, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    Didn’t Michael Irvin wear the Mill Mont too? Don’t like Rex, but I agree that at least he and his wife are comfortable with themselves. It never ends with that team!!

    • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 9:01 am |

      Regarding Irvin, you’re referring to this:
      http://www.dallasnew...

      That’s not a Mill-Mont — doesn’t have the air channel in the center. Not positive, but I believe that’s the Vettex Double-Guard.

      • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 9:10 am |

        Worn by my uni-favorite:

        http://www.sportsgri...

      • pushbutton | December 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

        On the Mill-Mont package: “No gagging or disco”

        Words to live by.

        • bquinn | December 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm |

          The wording is obscured. It says “No gagging or discomfort”

      • kyle | December 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

        The Vettex Mouth-guards actually do have similar air-channels as the Mill-Monts. Can sort of see the holes in the rubber where you would bite down with your front teeth. I wore this style for a little bit when I was playing Pop Warner football and was surprised how soft the rubber is (you don’t mold these mouthpieces) and how nice it was to be able to bite down and still be able to breath through your mouth if you wanted. Overall a very comfortbale mouthpiece.

        http://www.midwayspo...

    • Jeremiah | December 23, 2010 at 9:11 am |

      I saw the Rex Ryan story yesterday, and I figured a couple of things. First, good for them for finding ways to keep their passions aflame. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, then whatever floats your boat. Second, when you’re the head coach of a pro team in NYC, the outspoken, featured “character” on an HBO series, and trying to change the fortunes of a franchise that has seen more then its share of embarrassment, how do you not go to GREAT lengths to keep this from getting out? What a surreal season it’s been for the J-E-T-S. And so much of it has been off the field.

      Sounds like a great time to re-brand! Too bad the name “Titans” is already claimed, but the colors would be great.

      • The Jeff | December 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |

        >>Sounds like a great time to re-brand! Too bad the name “Titans” is already claimed, but the colors would be great.
        ________________

        Yeah we really need another navy wearing team, don’t we?

        How about no. Let’em change the logo or uniform if they want, but going back to the original Titans colors is not the answer.

  • Rob S | December 23, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    That’s not a prototype, but the jersey from the first Mighty Ducks movie – the D-5 Ducks.

    • Dan | December 23, 2010 at 9:14 am |

      Good Call Rob, I was just about to jump in and say the same. It only got better when the movie Ducks wore the NHL Ducks uni’s in the second movie.

    • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 9:20 am |

      Thanks, guys. I’ve updated the Ticker text accordingly.

      • Jack | December 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

        Glass houses and stones…

  • teenchy | December 23, 2010 at 8:38 am |

    Where to start?

    The Gonzaga baseball photo: der Bingle’s uni is different than the rest – guessing he wasn’t a starter; is Gus Dorais wearing his Notre Dame sweater?

    How can anyone not know what a Brannock Device is? I’m guessing you’d probably like the ep of Phineas and Ferb where they pay tribute to the aglet. Can we get a better shot of your ink?

    I played high school football in the late ’70s and Mill-Monts were available to us. I chose not to use one as the all-in-mouth models fit better aginst my teeth (after boiling of course) and I didn’t like the feel of the Mill-Mont against the outside of my mouth and lower face.

    • Terry D. | December 23, 2010 at 8:54 am |

      The Gonzaga Men’s Basketball team has an Areo-Graphic design on the back of their jerseys that looks to be inspired by those same undersleeves. Not the best photo I could find, but it should give you an idea:

      http://cache.daylife...

      • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 9:20 am |

        Count me in as NOT liking the Nike Hyper-Elite uniforms:

        http://managingdylan...

        I love the simplicity of the S.O.D. kits, especially those similar to the Iowa State version pictured in the ticker the other day:

        http://www.cyclones....

        • MN | December 23, 2010 at 9:42 am |

          Mr Powers what # Rivington. My wifes grandparents live on that street, is it near Economy Candy?

        • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 11:09 am |
    • Terry D. | December 23, 2010 at 8:57 am |

      Here’s another pic:

      http://cache.daylife...

    • JTH | December 23, 2010 at 8:58 am |

      A-G-L-E-T
      Don’t forget it.

      • Jeremiah | December 23, 2010 at 9:23 am |

        My students and my own kids love that show. That episode is a great one.

  • Tom in NJ | December 23, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    Although I’m a life-long Giants fan, I seem to recall a story about Robert Newhouse of the Cowboys using that particular mouthpiece. If I remember the story correctly (and it is a long time ago), he originally used a mouthpiece that attached to his facemask. Supposedly, opposing teams realized that, on passing plays, Newhouse had a habit of not putting the mouthpiece in his mouth, leaving it to dangle noticeably from his facemask. This obviously tipped off the defense as to what the ensuing play would be. The Cowboys eventually figured this out and had Newhouse switch over to the Mill-Mont as it was attached to the chin strap and wouldn’t dangle down for the defense to see.

  • Bernard | December 23, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    Check out this shoe from the adidas Spring 2011 Collection:

    http://www.highsnobi...

    Hmmm… that colorway… where have I seen it before?

    http://www.uniwatchb...

    • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 9:17 am |

      Alot of companies have used that over the years, including the vector:

      http://www.widefashi...

      Alife is an AWESOME shoe shop down on Rivington in NYC. Very hard to find, you have to be buzzed in!

      http://treats787.com...

      There’s actually a Blackberry flip commercial in rotation now that is set within the shop.

      Kanye’s Neil Barrett kicks:

      http://www.widefashi...

      http://www.widefashi...

      Nike Hypermax:

      http://www.geeksneak...

      • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 9:23 am |

        What would a day be without some of my links working?

        Hypermax:

        http://www.google.co...

        • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 9:29 am |

          I apologize for the digression, however I will not pass up a teachable moment.

          In linking to the flourescent yellow/green Nike Hypermaxes, this image comes up:

          http://www.sneakerob...

          Both shoes are the Nike Hypermax however the one on top is a very special edition, called the McFly.

          They are a tribute to the hoverboard kicks, worn by Marty McFly in Back to The Future 2:

          http://www.miguelcar...

          http://www.ketzer.co...

          Here is a version of the Hyperdunks in the same colorway…Notice the graphics on the tongue:

          http://media.photobu...

          Just thought it was interesting…go on with the mouthpieces!

        • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 9:47 am |

          I think it’s pretty obvious who the real foot fetishist is around here….

      • Bernard | December 23, 2010 at 9:40 am |

        Oh, definitely. I know it’s not a brand new colorway. I just thought it was an interesting coincidence, what with our recent discussion about Oregon’s uniforms and all.

        • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 11:14 am |

          One would think that, however, I can wholeheartedly state that I am not.

          I like sneakers.

          Every one can keep their feet to themselves and do whatever they want with them in the privacy of their own homes.

        • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 11:54 am |

          I like sneakers.

          in other news, the pope is catholic, and a bear shits in the woods

  • Fred | December 23, 2010 at 9:21 am |

    The green on the stirrup has also been remedied in the orange sleeve mock-up picture. My Dallas Cowboys nightmares can be put to rest now!

  • Jeremy | December 23, 2010 at 9:38 am |

    Titus Young had “NWA” inscribed on his forearm tape last night. So is he an old-school rap fan or does it stand for something else?

    Maybe he’s an old school wrestling fan?
    http://www.youtube.c...

  • Neil | December 23, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    I don’t think the duck on the jersey is smoking a cigarette, but that it’s a chinstrap from the helmet.

  • ronnie poore | December 23, 2010 at 9:55 am |

    maybe Rex Ryan loves to look at his wife’s feet because he can’t see his own.

    • Broadway Connie | December 23, 2010 at 10:18 am |

      Ha!

    • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 10:30 am |

      There must be a “Rex’s Christmas stocking” joke in here somewhere.

      —Ricko

  • Ray Barrington | December 23, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    Maybe Titus likes Northwest Airlines…
    Saw this graffiti in the Detroit airport:
    “NWA – Nimrods With Airplanes.”

  • Dave | December 23, 2010 at 10:02 am |

    I love this portion of the Mighty Ducks’ advertisement:

    “Sunday night games in the fall will be at night to avoid conflicts with Rams games”.

    So let me get this straight: are you saying the night games will be at night?

    • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 10:18 am |

      Did they continue that policy after the Rams moved to St. Louis, I wonder?

      Or did they then go to playing all night their games (and maybe some of their day games) at night?

      —Ricko

      • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 10:19 am |

        Or play some night games in the afternoon?

    • The Jeff | December 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

      Maybe they meant later than “normal” sunday night games? The wording is obviously messed up, but maybe it’s a timezone thing. I don’t know how typical hockey scheduling works, but in other sports it seems like “night” games are always by eastern time zone – a 9pm game is only 6pm on the west. Maybe their intention was that their night games would actually be at 9 or 10 in local time.

      • apk3000 | December 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm |

        It’s probably simply that during football season, Sunday games would be at night to avoid football conflicts. After football season, Sunday games would be moved up to afternoon games.

  • David T. | December 23, 2010 at 10:13 am |

    That counterfeit uni story is the main story today on the Pioneer Press website (and the A1 story in the print edition).

    http://www.twincitie...
    http://www.twincitie...

    • Chance Michaels | December 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |

      Couple very interesting things in that article. Surprised that the guy knew that he was under investigation, and he still set up a buy with an undercover officer.

      The Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports Logos? Anybody else hear of this before?

      • The Jeff | December 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

        I really have to wonder about the supposed value of those jerseys. I mean – The complaint said the June search of the house found 380 counterfeit jerseys. CAPS examined 359 of them and estimated their value to be $77,000. – Really? Almost $215 per jersey, when people only buy counterfeits because of the ultra cheap prices?

        Hell, I’ll admit I’d probably wear a fake, especially if it was obviously wrong, just because it’d be different – but I sure as heck wouldn’t pay over $200 for it.

  • Broadway Connie | December 23, 2010 at 10:17 am |

    Tattoo Mystery:

    ” ..me because of my Brannock Device tattoo, and him because …”

    ***

    But what’s that on the other arm, Paul? Maybe Krazy Kat?

  • johnj | December 23, 2010 at 10:29 am |

    Erm, do we really not know what NWA stands for? If so, I wouldn’t like to be the person who explains.

  • skott daltonic | December 23, 2010 at 10:30 am |

    a. good for Rex Ryan. he’s obviously an exhibitionist, too. good for them. enjoy life. nobody’s being hurt.

    c. i LOVE those mouth guards. i tried to get one when i used to play f-ball as a kid, but couldn’t find the right one so i was stuck w/ those crappy clear ones.

    i love this site. happy holidays, all.

    • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |

      What happened to “b.”?

    • =bg= | December 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm |

      and i recall the first time i ever had to do a mouthguard for YMCA 6th grade-level football- they boiled it and said here, chomp on this WHILE IT’S BOILING HOT. nice.

  • Paul | December 23, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    Great story about why Brett Favre wore a towel with a backwards Number 4 last Monday night.

  • Paul | December 23, 2010 at 10:34 am |

    http://www.twincitie...
    Great story about why Brett Favre wore a towel with a backwards Number 4 last Monday night.

    sorry for the extra post

    • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 10:38 am |

      That was in yesterday’s Ticker.

      • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 11:56 am |

        it was also mentioned in the comments monday night (as it happened) and tuesday

  • Jimwa | December 23, 2010 at 10:47 am |

    Bummer about the marching band. It looks like the ball went wide right. You’d think they’d practiced that move enough.

    • The Jeff | December 23, 2010 at 11:15 am |

      Laces out, Dan!

    • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm |

      We sure that wasn’t the Florida State band?

      —Ricko

  • Kurtinho | December 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |

    Didn’t Eddie George wear that mouthgard? or is his the ame as Michael Irvin’s?
    http://a.espncdn.com...

    • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |

      That’s the Michael Irvin model.

      • Mightyjoeyoung | December 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

        Seems odd to me that players would still wear this model with facemasks and all. I can see the point of the mill-mont back in the leather helmet no facemask days as it would protect the lips and teeth. But nowadays, it just seems like it’s overkill and would restrict breathing. Interesting

        • kyle | December 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

          i commented above with the same link but i guess it doesn’t hurt to post here too, huh. In my experience, the vettex didn’t restrict breathing, but actually made it easier to breathe through your mouth and still have your mouth closed, around the mouthpiece, because they have the “vents”/air channels in the middle, allowing mouth breathing while being used.

          http://www.midwayspo...

  • Jet | December 23, 2010 at 11:44 am |

    I was a young goalie in the 70’s, and we always referred to the blocker glove as a “waffle”.

    Perhaps the fan in Toronto was protesting the look of modern equipment and was calling for a throwback to the brown leather goalie gloves of yesteryear!!!

    -Jet

    • Lloyd Davis | December 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm |

      Re: the waffles: I think it’s fitting. Maple Leaf owners for decades have been treating the fans like saps!

  • rhdii | December 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm |

    Paul,
    Thanks for your comments about Rex Ryan. I mean c’mon, when did the NFL become “Days of Our Lives” for guys? Favre’s streak, Favre’s texts, Randy Moss, Albert Haynesworth, McNabb, the Jets in general. Personally, having been married for the same length of time (23 years) I think it’s great they can act like little kids in the bedroom.

    But it ain’t none of our collective business. Why does anyone think it’s their business and that Rex has to answer questions about it? Let’s go back to asking football coaches football questions and leaving the private stuff alone.

    • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm |

      it ain’t none of our collective business. Why does anyone think it’s their business

      ~~~

      true…it aint

      but doesn’t it kind of become public *business* when someone (even if sexy rexy didn’t himself do it or have knowledge of it) put it up on youboob?

      when people decide they want their *business* out on public display 24/7, 364 days of the year, then, whether or not they deserve privacy, they kind of abdicate all rights to it, no?

      • RS Rogers | December 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm |

        but doesn’t it kind of become public *business* when someone (even if sexy rexy didn’t himself do it or have knowledge of it) put it up on youboob?

        No. Whether something is your business or not is an inherent quality of the thing. It makes no difference to the question of whether the thing is your business or not if that thing is posted for the world to see on Youtube or if it’s a secret that’s unknown to you. It’s either your business or not. And there is simply no possible justification for any reporter to have asked a football coach about the validity of videos supposedly depicting the sex life of the coach and his wife. None. A reporter who asks that question is not a journalist; he is a gossip-chaser who ought to be driven from the profession.

        This is how a gentleman responds when exposed to things that are not his business.

        Privacy is like property. If a person leaves his bike unchained out on the sidewalk, it’s still stealing if you take the bike. The steps a person takes to secure his property don’t change your relationship to his property, and his leaving his property unsecured doesn’t entitle you to steal it. A sentence which remains exactly as true if you substitute the word “privacy” for the word “property.” Just because a person lets a video slip out onto the internet, it doesn’t follow that we are obliged to watch it, or indeed to care about it at all.

        • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

          oh scotty…

          fo sure, i thought you would have used this for rexy’s reply

      • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

        Legally, even.
        Aren’t public figures subject to what’s described as “fair comment and criticism”?

        That’s our system’s formal way of saying, “That’s the price you pay for being famous.”

        Or, in the Military, regarding the unpleasantness that can come with the job, it’s…”You shoulda thoughta that when you enlisted.”

        —Ricko

        • RS Rogers | December 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

          That’s not quite how it works; rather, Supreme Court rulings on libel and slander law gives extra protection to speech about “public figures,” and the definition of “public figure” basically amounts to anyone who for any reason is named in the press. But just because the First Amendment protects our right to say a thing, it doesn’t follow that it is right for us to say that thing. Ultimately, this isn’t about Ryan’s right to privacy, but rather about our responsibility to behave decently.

          Anyway, to Paul’s question, This is the shoe company that ought to hook Ryan and his wife up with a fat endorsement deal.

        • rhdii | December 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm |

          It’s certainly not smart to put it out there if you don’t want it seen. But that’s like blaming a rape victim for dressing too provacatively. We’re blaming the victim (Ryan) for putting something out there the rabid dogs might take on.

          We expect that from gossip sites. But there seems to be no difference between muckrakers and real journalists. Just because somebody finds it they’re not obligated to publicize it. Just because some half ass blog gets word of it, they’re not obligated to point it out. That’s what jackasses and muckrakers do. But does that mean major media covering the Jets have to bring it up? No, it doesn’t. It seems there are fewer and fewer journalists, just classless gossip hounds. And fewer and fewer people with any sense of decency to leave private things private.

        • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm |

          It’s certainly not smart to put it out there if you don’t want it seen. But that’s like blaming a rape victim for dressing too provacatively. We’re blaming the victim (Ryan) for putting something out there the rabid dogs might take on.

          last time i checked, rape was serious business, and in pretty much every municipality, against the law

          i don’t buy that analogy of blame the victim

          sexy rexy is no victim here…i don’t have a problem with it (foot fetish) and frankly i don’t care (actually, more power to him)…but the fact that he videotaped this stuff and then let his wife post it on youtube is basically saying “look at me”

          again, i really don’t care, and to be honest with you, i really didn’t need to know this

          but so equate it to a woman dressing provocatively, then having a heinous crime perpetrated against her isn’t quite what happened here…someone breaking into rexy’s house, STEALING a private video tape, and then posting it, or secretly taping him and the missus doing stuff…now, that’s maybe a better analogy…in that case, the *victim* did nothing to deserve the action (like a rape victim)…

          in this case…they deserve whatever attention they get (and frankly, in this look at me society, they don’t deserve any attention)…

          let it go

  • aflfan | December 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

    Happy Festivus to all the UniWatchers

  • aflfan | December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm |

    Love the undershirts on the Gonzaga baseball team.

    Also, my godfather sold shoes and I never knew the name of the Brannock Device. Thanks Paul, learn something new everyday.

    • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm |

      I never knew the name of the Brannock Device.

      ~~~

      it’s made from aluminum…very high strength-to-weight ratio

      • aflfan | December 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

        HA!

  • interlockingtc | December 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm |

    In Mr. Kellick’s note about the Mill-Mont mouthguard, he references OJ Anderson…

    http://farm6.static....

    …is that not the most perfect uniform?

  • notsOsama | December 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    Great piece on the Mill Mont mouthguards! Growing up in the 70’s I also was obsessed with finding a Mill Mont mouthguard like Walter Payton’s. I remember finding one at a local sport/art supply store called ‘The Gamut’ in Green Bay, Wisconsin and it was worn in all my sandlot games as a child. In the past few years I have accumulated quite a few via ebay, but I also tried to research the name/company and found no info.
    BTW, there was another type of mouthguard similar in outside appearance to the Mill Mont (like a pacifier for a baby) with its lip guard but it attached to the facemask rather than to the chin strap. More importantly it included the more typical mouthpiece component that fits around the upper set of teeth found in regular mouthguards not the oval nub that the Mill Mont used. In fact, I believe that Bo Jackson, Newhouse and Billy Joe Dupree as well as Harvey Martin and Tony Dorsett all wore this style NOT the Mill Mont. There are a few players in the league that still wear a variation of the latter style.

    • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm |

      Jeff, I believe Newhouse and DuPree switched from the Mill-Mont to the Vettex Double-Guard, which is the other kind that you’re referring to.

    • bquinn | December 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm |

      Did it come in the same package as was pictured?

  • Bill Scheft | December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm |

    Hey Paul, I don’t want to tell you your business, but shouldn’t DENO’s NOB on his membership card be solid black?
    I need to find a photo to back me up, but I feel pretty sure about this.

    • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

      if that card is s’posed to be the 66 reds…here’s a photo of nuxy’s uni, from 1966

      • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

        and shit…i didn’t even realize the photo paul linked to is the same one — i did a search and that photo came up from the robert marshall birthday episode of UW

      • Bill Scheft | December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

        Did they have the black NOB before 66?
        I know they had it on the road jerseys. I’m going to stay on this….

        • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

          They had navy (not black) on the road jerseys:
          http://www.crosley-f...

          That’s a 1964 road jersey. The Nuxhall home jersey Phil and I linked to is from ’66. I don’t know for sure that the home NOBs were red in ’64, but I think they were.

          In any event, the card design is accurate, because he wanted a ’66 treatment and that’s what we’ve given him.

        • Bill Scheft | December 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm |

          I don’t know why I think they had navy on the home jersey. I went back to 65 and pulled this
          http://sportsillustr...
          Wrong again.
          Humbly concede.

  • Coleen Sosa | December 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm |

    Re: the waffles: I think it’s fitting. Maple Leaf owners for decades have been treating the fans like saps!

  • Jim Vilk | December 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

    Loved the marching band video!

    Also love what the Tribe is doing this winter at the ballpark, although I haven’t been there myself. Brings up a pet peeve of mine, though – what was so bad about having a multi-purpose stadium? You didn’t have to worry so much about inventive uses for a stadium when it was used all year long.

    Not saying that Wrigley should ever host another football game, but I don’t see why teams, leagues and fans can’t make do with sharing facilities in other circumstances. Heck, even the cookie cutters had a certain charm of their own (well, Busch and Three Rivers did…the Vet was just a crap hole that’s thankfully gone). You tellin’ me the Rams’ dome is more charming than old Busch Stadium?

    It’s even worse at the colleges. You have to have a separate football, baseball, soccer and softball field? Don’t come to me asking to help fund it, then.

    As long as safety is not an issue, there’s nothing wrong with not getting everything your way when it comes to sports. It’s supposed to be about overcoming obstacles, not providing the same sanitized conditions each and every time.

    Back to unis, that Mighty Ducks logo on the lower left would have been great on a jersey.
    http://farm6.static....

    • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm |

      “…there’s nothing wrong with not getting everything your way when it comes to sports. It’s supposed to be about overcoming obstacles, not providing the same sanitized conditions each and every time.”

      Thought a version of that when the NFL went to such great lengths to make Ford Field “feel” like a Viking home game following the Metrodome roof collapse. Oh, lord, better put the proper logo on the field and the correct endzone graphics, fly in the cheerleaders, pipe in the same music…

      Come on, really?

      That was neither team’s home game and there was little to do to change that.

      —Ricko

    • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm |

      You have to have a separate football, baseball, soccer and softball field? Don’t come to me asking to help fund it, then.

      ~~~

      zippy come asking for that often, sunbowlvilker?

      • Jim Vilk | December 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm |

        Akron schools asked me in a questionnaire whether they should build a couple new HS football stadia or keep sharing with the Zips. I said “Share.” As for UA, I only give to the radio station and need-based scholarship fund.

  • Samuel Lam | December 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

    Corey Wimberly was traded to the Padres.
    Let’s see if he continues this
    http://nimg.sulekha....

    • Paul Lukas | December 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm |

      Not Padres — Pirates.

  • BuckeyeMark | December 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    Nike Air Jordans cause a near riot in a Dallas mall… police have to use pepper spray on the crowd

    http://www.dallasnew...

    • MPowers1634 | December 23, 2010 at 11:54 pm |

      Of course, it’s the Cool Grey 11’s…the only shoes that I have ever waited in line for:

      http://theshoegame.c...

      http://theshoegame.c...

      • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm |

        do you normally shop in stores without check out lines?

        those look like shit, btw

        some nikes, while i won’t buy them, look pretty, what is the word you kids use, “fresh”?

        those look neither comfortable nor attractive

  • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm |

    Shhhhhh!

    Eweryone be vewy, vew…kwwwwwwwiiiiet.

  • LI Phil | December 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm |

    btw…is anyone else upset they pumped all the water out of the murph?

    i know jim vilk is…i think navy would have had to give points if they left it this way

    talk about playing to the elements…

    • aflfan | December 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |

      That was cool but the best picture from yesterday was the port-a-johns, port-a-lets, water closets that were floating in the parking lot.

    • aflfan | December 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm |

      Here is the field

      http://twitpic.com/3...

    • Jim Vilk | December 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |

      Let ’em slog it out!

    • Jim Vilk | December 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm |

      Are the Aztecs wearing personal flotation devices, just in case?
      http://cache.daylife...

  • PatrickinMI | December 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm |

    Thanks for the piece about the mouthguards. I always thought Joe Washington looked so cool with the goggles and that mouthguard! Plus the fact that he wore the two-bar facemask puts it over the top for me.

  • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm |

    Vikings’ Antoine Winfield fined $17,500 for Monday night.
    $7,500 for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Jay Cutler.
    $10,000 for the all-white socks.

    —Ricko

    • Jim Vilk | December 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |

      Priorities, man…priorities…

  • Pat | December 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm |

    Poinsettia Bowl Breakdown:
    Mascot Edge: Midshipmen vs Aztecs two valiant warriors but the Midshipmen have the advantage with bullets instead of arrows at their disposal.
    Uni Edge: Navy should win this in a landslide but I’m picking SDSU. Here is why, the Navy unis look too cluttered. Lettering on the front, shoulder yokes are navy blue but then have truncated gold and red stripes. Then they have shoulder logos. The Aztecs unis have a beautiful rich red colored helmet, shoulder stripes that actually attempt to loop around the arm, and black & red is a classic color combo. I realize Iay get lambasted for this uni pick but I don’t care because that’s how I see it.

    • Ricko | December 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm |

      Speakig of mascots…

      When you produce a comic called “Don Winslow of the Navy”, well, some years the cover of your November issue really ought to address a certain football game, huh.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/...

      —Ricko

  • aflfan | December 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm |

    St. Louis Blues in their thirds tonight against the Wings, who are 5-1 in games where their opponents wear their third jerseys.

  • JTH | December 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm |

    rhdii said:

    I think it’s great they can act like little kids in the bedroom.

    Uh… jumping on the bed, pillow-fighting, sleeping with stuffed animals… That sort of thing?

  • notOsama | December 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |

    Paul,
    Thanks for the correction on the Newhouse and DuPree mouthguards.
    Ricko,
    I am glad you mentioned Antoine Winfields all whites as it reminded me of when Ahmad Rashad who worn very tall if not all whites with the Vikes.

  • Jim Vilk | December 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm |

    Nothing really uni-related here, but check out this weird free throw attempt from Tuesday’s Idaho State/Utah State game:
    http://www.youtube.c...