As you can see in today’s splash photo, the Packers added captaincy patches for yesterday’s game in Philly. Much like the Red Wings using straight block NOBs during the NHL preseason, this is one of those nice little annual rituals, because Green Bay goes without the “C” patches in the regular season, but they always add them when the playoffs begin. One of those dependable team protocols you can set your watch by.
In other observations from this past weekend:
• Why would Packers safety Atari Bigby, who was inactive for the game, be wearing a ski cap in Vikings colors? (Update: Several readers say it was a navy/gold throwback cap, but I sure thought it looked purple on TV.)
• Looks like Willis McGahee’s gloves had cut-out palms yesterday — interesting. Anyone know more about this?
• All season long, the Colts had the old AFC logo in their end zones. They finally fixed that for Saturday’s playoff game against the Jets, but the red stars from the old version were still showing through.
• As some of you are aware, for about 10 minutes on Friday it was being reported that the Saints would wear solid-white against the Seahawks. Imagine: The Saints in white pants! It turned out to be a false alarm, and the initial report was quickly amended, but it raised an interesting point that few fans are aware of, namely that the Saints did indeed wear white-on-white for one season: 1975. I’ve only been able to find photos from two games — one against the Redskins and the other against the Falcons (or at least that’s what the caption says). If anyone has more photos, let’s see ’em.
• Looking back to Friday’s Cotton Bowl, several readers noted that the purple swoosh on LSU’s jersey didn’t match the other purple graphics. And yes, a purple swoosh is pretty much my definition of hell. (As an aside, why must every bowl game now end in a shower of confetti, even though the winning team hasn’t won a championship, or anything else of particular note?)
(My thanks to all contributors, including Paul Gaiser, Tim Burke, Charles Neiswender, and Dan Ballance.)
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a weird one: The Hershey Bears, who’ve won the AHL title for the past two seasons, are wearing shoulder patches featuring the logos of the two teams they defeated in the last two championship finals. Further info here. … Speaking of minor league hockey, goaltender Adrien LeMay got himself an Ed Belfour-themed mask, and then got Belfour himself to autograph it (with thanks to A.J. Frey). … New cycling kit for Team Leopard-Trek. “Where are the spots?” asks a disgusted Sean Clancy. … Remember those throwback helmets that Miami U. wore in the Web-Hosting Services Bowl? Coach Lance Guidry talked about them in his pregame speech to his players, which you can see here (with thanks to Gordon Fall). … If anyone doubts that Oregon is really Nikegon, read this. … Pepperdine and San Diego went color-vs.-color back on Thursday night. … Louis Gaunch reports that South Charleston High in West Virginia uses TNOB. … The Rams have sacked their equipment manager. … Check out the great Batman uni illustrations on the cover of the Steelers’ 1967 media guide. … The Missouri Mavericks wore Kansas City Scouts-themed throwbacks on Saturday (with thanks to Craig Sallinger). … Why would you design a brooch of a punter with his pants unbuttoned? … One of you out there should really snap up this 1971 NFL serving tray. … Courtside fans in Milwaukee got signed sneakers from Brandon Jennings on Friday (with thanks to Josh Exline). … Paul Krenek reports that Bed Bath & Beyond is selling drinking cups with throwback Jets and Chargers logos. … Completely awesome Orioles usher’s uniform up for auction here (big thanks to Chris Flinn). … Great DIY project from Sean McCarthy, who came up with a Bengals helmet-tweak idea and then executed it on a mini-helmet. … Diacritical alert! That’s Arthur Bouëdo, a French player on Wyoming’s hoops team (big thanks to Frank Mercogliano). … Stunning old hoops uni available here (great find by Mike Hersh). … No photos, but Brent Jones attended a college hockey game and saw two Michigan players — Carl Hagelin and Luke Glendening — both wearing the captain’s C. Anyone know more about this? … Steven Wojtowicz notes that the new “NHL on VS” commercial appears to have a player wearing a jersey with a tag on the lower-left hem area, which would mean that it’s a replica jersey. Weird. … Lots of good indoor baseball photos in this blog post by Mike Hersh. … Here’s something you rarely see: a cursive NOB. “That’s from the 1975 pre-season NASL indoor tournament,” explains Michael Orr. “Red shirts are LA Aztecs, white shirts are Vancouver Whitecaps. The practice of wearing long pants was common among goalkeepers at that time, particularly when playing on turf or indoors.” … New identity set for the Orix Buffaloes, including a new primary logo, script, headwear logo, home whites, road grays, softball alts, and mascots (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Matt Harris on Chris Drury: “Dude’s making $8 million this year. Think he could get a new pair of pants?”