That’s one weird-ass mask Carey Price was wearing in yesterday’s NHL Heritage Classic. You can learn more about it here, and you can see lots of Heritage Classic pics — featuring plenty of shots of the Flames’ excellent sleeve and sock stripes — here.
I’ve been on the road for the past two days (and I’ll be driving home through a snowstorm today — probably), so that’s it for today’s lead content. My apologies for not having a fuller treatment of the Heritage Classic, for not having any coverage at all of Black Thanksgiving, and for not having been able to get to every single Ticker submission, but feel free to discuss all of that in today’s comments, OK? OK. — Paul
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Hope you’re enjoying the holiday today. Me, I’m on vacation until March 1st, so I’ll be scanning the eBay archives daily looking for cool stuff. Here’s what I”ve found lately:
• In honor of President’s Day today, we lead off with this Air Force vs. George Washington football program.
• Paul’s a Niners fan, so he’ll love this Hugh McElhenny painting. Affording it is another matter, however.
• Hmmm, does this look like a hockey helmet to you?
• Just a fantastic set of 1940s MLB stickers.
• Besides being an NFL legend with the Bears, George Halas co-owned a sporting goods company, and here’s one of his company’s jerseys. Nice find by Matt Campbell.
*Fire up the record player and put on this Saints LP from 1967.
• Love the Bart Starr look on this 1963 NFL picture book.
• Now we know how the Say Hey Kid likes his waffles.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Big news from the NCAA regarding football handwear, as gloves will no longer be required to be gray (with thanks to Mark Kluczynski). … Super rugby update from Brent Archer: New kits for all the New Zealand teams, the South African Stormers, the Sharks, and the Waratahs. … Hmmm, is Cal thinking about switching to a white helmet? (As submitted by Ken Clampett.) … Here’s an interesting find by Peter Nash: When Babe Ruth died, at least one kid showed up to pay his respects in uniform. Keep in mind that this was 1948, and Little League had only expanded beyond the confines of Pennsylvania in 1947. … Also from Peter: Reggie Jackson with the 1967 Birmingham A’s. … Twins infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka apparently has an endorsement deal with a company we don’t often see represented on the baseball diamond. Can you guess which company it is? Don’t think I’ve ever seen them make a glove before (with thanks to Aaron Klett). … I can’t decide if I vaguely remember seeing this as a kid or if it’s just the power of suggestion, but either way it’s a rarity: NFL zebras wearing rain slickers. Wusses! Note the inconsistent Jets NOB fonts, too. Those screen shots all came from this video clip, which was sent my way by Mark Kluczynski. … Early contender for MLB promotion of the year: Remember the (in)famous play in which Kent Hrbek pushed Ron Gant off the bag in the 1991 World Series? The Twins are celebrating the 20th anniversary of that play with a bobble giveaway. Genius! … White Sox reliever Edwin Jackson wants to change his uni number (with thanks to Steve Johnston). … Better than bobbles: Check out these ceramic figurines (plus the kangaroos on the facing page are pretty damn cute). That’s from this 1961 Packers/Giants program (big thanks to Tom Farley). … I love the muted colors on the basketball court in this shot. It’s from an article about Sudanese basketball. … The Hurricanes retired Rob Brind’Amour’s number on Friday. No surprise that the ’Canes marked the occasion with jersey patches and Brindy jerseys during warm-ups — that’s standard stuff. But in a really nice gesture, the visiting Flyers also wore Brindy jerseys during warm-ups. Further info here. … Like I said all along, Tiki Barber didn’t know what the fuck he was talking about. … Lids for yids, Beantown-style (with thanks to James Flynn). … Jake Moorhead found a site of all of the hockey masks David Arrigo has painted. … Chris Mycoskie reports that FIU’s baseball team is using a white script on its white home jerseys. … Matt Hoffman spotted an MLB windbreaker with just a slight quality-control problem. … Ride, ride, ride, hitchin’ a ride (thanks, Brinke). … Texas A&M baseball is still wearing stirrups this season (with thanks to Chris Smith). … Lots going on in this 1967 Pitt/Wisconsin photo, including Wisconsin’s “W” logo socks, the Bucky Badger helmet logo, and Pitt’s rarely seen “panther in a circle” logo (nice find by Jeff Flynn Jr. … Several readers noted that NBC was using the Caps’ throwback logo the other day. … I think we’ve seen this before, but once more can’t hurt: Christy Matthewson endorsing sock garters (big thanks to Mike Hersh). … Also from Mike: a game-used Sammy Sosa glove with two embroidered flag patches and an awesome Minnesota Muskies poster. … Alex Carlson was watching the MLB Network’s show on the 40 greatest uniforms and saw Vida Blue talking about the A’s white shoes. “He mentioned that they would wear black shoes for BP and then switch into the white for the game,” says Alex. That may explain a lot of the black-shod A’s shots that we’ve seen. … Here’s some priceless color footage of 1940s Redskins games. “No road whites here — all color-on-color,” says Frank Blitzer. Additional footage here and here.