The Packers received their Super Bowl rings yesterday. By coincidence, reader Ray Barrington was recently looking at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s web site and found a bunch of really wonderful Packers artifacts. Let’s take a peek:
• Here’s a Packers sideline coaching staff card. “Doesn’t say what it entitled the bearer to do, but it was limited to 100 ‘coaches,’” notes Ray.
• Here are three examples of Packers letterhead, all from 1950 and all concerning the team’s stock offering. One of them has green graphics, another is in navy and gold (probably my favorite of the bunch — look at that football whizzing across the top!), and the last one has green and gold. Interestingly, that last one mentions that the team has won five championships, while the other two claim six.
• I love this 1951 promotional placemat, even though the use of orange is an odd choice for the Pack.
• Orange shows up again in this sticker. The stadium in question is, of course, Lambeau Field.
• Here’s yet another example of Packers letterhead, this time from 1959.
• Now that’s a nice-looking ticket stub. It’s a sure bet they wouldn’t use the word “crippled” or the silhouette of the kid on crutches nowadays, though.
• Hmmm, turns out that the “G” on the helmet doesn’t stand for “Green Bay” or for “Greatness.”
• Dan Devine didn’t have a particularly distinguished run as the Packers’ coach, and stickers like this one couldn’t have helped.
• Finally, here’s a Packers item that Mike Hersh found in the latest Mears auction catalog: an amazing Packers lawn ornament, which belonged to team photographer Vernon Biever. You can see the full auction listing for it here.
Summer Break News: As you may recall, I’ve taken a break from the site during the past two Augusts. This year, due to a variety of factors, will be slightly different: I’ll be away from the site from July 11 through Aug. 7 — a four-week span. Phil will run the site during that period, possibly with help from Johnny Ek, so we’ll still have daily content. Just not from me.
I’ll still be writing ESPN columns during that period, and it’s possible that I’ll make a cameo appearance on the site as well. But taking an extended break from the daily Uni Watch grind over the past two summers has proven to be quite restorative, and I’m looking forward to doing it again. Thanks for understanding.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column — about reader-submitted concepts to rename and redesign the Thrashers — can be found here.
Incidentally, in that column I mentioned how much I liked Kurt Snibbe’s idea to use a jet’s contrail to form the jersey’s lower stripe. But reader Adam Blank informs me that that’s been done before, albeit in a slightly different way, by the ECHL’s Pensacola Ice Pilots.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s an absolutely superb article about the military uniforms worn in the Civil War, which weren’t as simple as blue vs. gray. … Anyone know why Yunel Escobar has written “K-A” on his cap? (As spotted by Casey Levene.) … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: A surfing company has teamed up with the NFL to create NFL board shorts. … A New Mexico football player was arrested at an airport for wearing droopy pants. … Best thing about the Vancouver riots, Part 1: sexytime! … Kevin Wang was stuck in his office when the Mavs held their championship parade. “I decided to listen to the coverage on the radio online, so I went to the website for Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket,” he says. “The splash page that greeted me stood out, as they evidently used a stock photo of Dirk Nowitzki from last season or earlier (the Mavs redesigned their road uni this season).” … There are NOBs, and then there are NOSs — that’s name on sleeve. That shot is from an SCTV skit that Brian Mazmanian turned up. … New hoops uniforms in the works for UNC Wilmington (with thanks to Ken Watlington). … Best thing about the Vancouver riots, Part 2: The cops were wearing hockey gloves. … An orthodox Jew on the Israeli women’s basketball team requested permission to wear a T-shirt under her jersey for reasons of religious modest, but FIBA denied the team’s request, so now the team has created a special jersey for her (with thanks to Adam Soclof). … New third kit for Liverpool. … Remember USA Soccer’s “tie-dye” kit from 1994? Here’s a story about the guy who designed it (big thanks to Matthew Robins). … Blue undershirts are no longer part of the Nats’ wardrobe, but Jonathon Binet notes that Livan Hernandez was wearing one on Wednesday night. Even weirder, Pudge Rodriguez wore his blue catching gear — normally only worn on the road — for that game. … New away kit for Manchester City (with thanks to Peter Fischbach). … The Daily Mail has published a big feature on this year’s EPL kits (with thanks to Chris Cruz). … Here’s Brian Gordon wearing his non-leather glove yesterday. … Further proof that soccer is un-America: The L.A. Galaxy will unveil their new third jersey on July 4th, when they’re supposed to be grilling and drinking like the rest of us (with thanks to Isaac Rosenthal). … I’d been told — and had previously reported — that the Rays would be wearing this Tampa Smokers design as a throwback this season. Now it turns out that they’ve wussed out on the stogie. “If they’re so worried about promoting smoking, why choose the Smokers in the first place?” asks Cork Gaines, quite reasonably. … Best thing about the Vancouver riots, Part 3: Four different Canucks jerseys in one photo (with thanks to Dom Lewis). … Here’s a good survey of Penn State football uniforms through the years (with thanks to Bryan Koval). … Just in case you’ve been under a really big rock and didn’t realize that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is approaching, the Brooklyn Cyclones are wearing a helmet decal all season long to remind you. … Here are the uniforms for the 2012 CHL All-Star Game (with thanks to Kenn Tomasch). … Adam Yarnevich spotted a bunch of Chiefs jerseys, including this one, on sale at Marshall’s for only $20. “It took me a minute to realize that the TV numbers were on the shoulders instead of the sleeves, where they should have been,” he says. … I bid on this beautiful old hockey jersey, but the price got a bit out of hand. … This is really sad: A high school in the Bronx has a football field that’s 20 yards too short. … But here’s something even sadder.