People, I’m going to be frank: I spent all of yesterday cooking, eating, drinking, and shoveling (which is supposed to be my landlord’s job, but he was snowed in across town at his own place). I watched exactly zero football, and I was so stuffed and tired after my Boxing Day party guests left that I promptly fell asleep. So today’s MMUW is extremely abbreviated, consisting of the standard bit of decal-porn you see above. That’s Chicago defensive end Israel Idonije, who apparently drew the short straw in yesterday’s “It’s a December game, so at least one Bears player has to have a broken helmet logo” sweepstakes. (Screen shot courtesy of Mike Mattison.)
Thanks for your kind indulgence. I’ll have a full-length entry tomorrow. — Paul
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
As we wrap up 2010, Collector’s Corner would like to thank all the readers who submitted suggestions this year. Keep them coming in 2011.
• Here’s a truly outstanding Patriots 1970s sideline jacket from a Canadian maker I’m not familiar with.
• White Sox fans will go for this 1959 A.L. Champions keychain.
• This Bengals sweater is tagged “Casuals by Cliff Engle,” the sweater brand from the ’70s. Had to have been sold at Sears.
• Bet these were at Sears, too: a 1960s Rawlings Vikings helmet/pads/jersey set. [This must actually be from the early ’70s, not the ’60s, because the packaging includes the logos of the former AFL teams. — PL]
• Very interesting construction on this 1920s Spalding football helmet.
• As long as we’re talking Spalding, check out their 1937 college football guide.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: The collapse of the Metrodome roof has inspired the ever-creative St. Paul Saints to come up with a Metrodome whoopee cushion promotion (thanks, Ricko). … Gerry Dincher notes that DeSean Jackson has the Nats’ curly W logo tattooed onto his arm. Jackson grew up and went to college in California, not Washington, so there must be some kind of story behind this. Anyone..? … Oooh, here’s something I bet most of you have never seen before: Bobby Orr in a Czech jersey! Amazing ribbing on the collar and placket, too. Full details here (nice find by Mike Hersh). … The Jones brothers, Darius and Roddy, play for Air Force and Georgia Tech, respectively. Those two teams will be facing off today in the Independence Bowl, so the Jones parents are wearing split jerseys (with thanks to Tris Wykes).