A few weeks ago I got a note from a reader who I won’t name. “I get to work every day at 7:30 and use this quiet time to do a ton of research,” he wrote. “But now our Nazi IT dept. has decided to block us from viewing just about every blog and site with streaming media. On top of that, I can’t get to my fantasy hockey and basketball teams on Facebook.”
That’s a pity. But his loss is our gain, because the reader in question — if you’ve been paying attention lately, you should be able to figure out who it is — has apparently been using his newfound free time to delve into lots of photo and auction sites, and has been submitting more great stuff than ever. Here are his picks, all football-related, from the recent Hunt Auctions sale:
• Never seen this KC Chiefs logo before — and with good reason.
• Speaking of Super Bowl pennants, it’s sort of quaint to see such a misguided Raiders design. Aside from the nonsensical color scheme, the player is clearly a college gridder (note the bare legs). Also: This item provides further evidence that the term “Super Bowl” was in wide use well before Super Bowl III. Also-also: Weird to see “fla.” not capitalized, no?
• Very rare to see one of these lace-up football vests. I love the dots at the top and bottom of the “C” logo.
• As you know, I collect uniform catalogs, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with such a magnificent cover illustration. Seriously, is that beautiful or what?
• I reallyreallyreally like this 1949 Arkansas Razorbacks schedule poster, especially the typography they used for “Arkansas.”
• Here’s another schedule poster from that same year, this time for Tulane. It’s a completely different style but just as successful and appealing. I’d love to have these last two items hanging side by side.
• One problem with Hunt Auctions is that they don’t provide a “click to enlarge” interface for their photos, which is very frustrating when you come across an item like this one. Look at that primitive NFL shield — wish we could get a better look at that. Pretty inexcusable that they didn’t provide a close-up shot of it.
• Speaking of primitive NFL logos, look at this! Surprisingly enough, that logo is largely unchanged and still in use today. Also: Note the unusual basket-weave embroidery pattern on the upper patch. Not sure I’ve ever seen that on an embroidered patch before.
• Can anyone decipher this logo? “NWC,” maybe? Whatever — it’s a failed design.
• Here’s a fun one to go out on: Vince Lombardi shilling for Nestlé’s Quik. Must have been during his Redskins tenure, given the cap color.
On Sunday, Uni Watch webmaster John Ekdahl provided a viewer’s guide to the Daytona 500. He attended the race later that day and has now provided a short post-race report:
It was an absolutely perfect February Florida day for the Daytona 500. Everyone was pumped for the dropping of the green flag, but the silent three-finger memorial salute for Dale, Sr. on the third lap was one of the most incredible live experiences of my life. NASCAR fans are the best.
The fans were really pulling for Dale, Jr. at the end before a flat tire took him out of the running (he ended up crashing right after he had to come in to change it), but rookie Trevor Bayne’s victory was a popular one, and everyone was generally excited for him. Still, the biggest victory of the weekend went to yours truly: My wife, after doing her best to humor me these last few years by watching NASCAR with me on television, joined me in Daytona for her first race ever became a bon bona-fide fan.
Thanks for all the comments (and the help in clarifying some points) on Sunday. It appears we have some closet motorheads lurking here at Uni Watch.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Jason Bay says he’ll considering giving up his uni number to Jason Isringhausen if Izzy makes the team. … Double-whammy for Chatttanooga hoops, which wore color at home and went BFBS on Monday night (with thanks to Chris Holder). … Here’s a great photo of a Boston Braves satin uni (good find by Mike Hersh). … Just when you thought there wasn’t anyplace left to put a swoosh, along comes the parachute brigade. … Latest reason to like R.A. Dickey: He bikes to work (thanks, Phil). … Small item toward the bottom of this article indicates that Justin Morneau “plans to wear a helmet during batting practice … [and] will wear the newer, more protective batting helmet at the plate” (good spot by Kenny Tobler). … Yesterday I linked to a photo of LSU’s purple pants from 1995. Here’s a game photo, although it’s in black-and-white (with thanks to Jack Quinn). … Why didn’t anyone tell me about this until after it was almost over? … Matt Paver notes that Tim Lincecum appears to have switched his footwear from Reebok to Mizuno. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Excellent piece on the story behind the Buffaslug. … While looking for something else, I came upon a page devoted to Texas Rangers uni number history. … Best thing about that chick who pitched BP for the Indians: She did it while going high-cuffed. … Big news out of Chisox camp, where Ozzie Guillen is wearing team-branded stirrups! (Good spot by Michael A. Gargano.) … Meanwhile, someone on Guillen’s staff is wearing stirrups in my preferred style, but I don’t know who that is. Anyone..? … Holy moly, look at these awesome new hockey tees from Mitchell and Ness! Too bad about (a) the price, and (b) the annoying M&N script on the right (with thanks to Mike Hersh). … New uniforms apparently in the works for Pitt football (thanks, Kek). … Here’s an unusually good article about an Indianapolis company that designs live mascots. High recommended reading. … Ladies and gents, your new New York Knicks, listed by their new uni numbers (with thanks to Matt Harris). … Here’s a shot of the 1972 Bills with inconsistent NOB fonts (rare non-Raiders submission by Bill Kellick). … Andrew Gerbosi notes that Chelsea’s black kit has its own unique name/number style, instead of the standardized EPL design. Anyone know why? … Reprinted from last night’s comments: The Canucks lost a letter last night. … Yesterday I linked to this item about Brandon Inge, in which he said, “I wore them down in high school, but it felt like I was wearing slacks. If I want to wear slacks, I’ll get a 9-to-5 job.” Sounds good, but then George Flory sent me this photo from Tigers camp — that’s Inge on the left. Gotta walk it like you talk it, Brandon. … Here’s a fun rant about “abuses of the colour palette” in soccer (big thanks to Jason Smith). … Here’s the latest article trying to create an air of inevitability about ads coming to North American uniforms. Not on my watch!