The college football season kicked off last night. A few quick observations from the first set of games:
• Color-matched do-rags can lead to some interesting NOBs.
• The latest ramification of shrinking sleeves: really small TV numbers. That’s U.C. Davis.
• If you look again at that last photo, you’ll see that the Arizona State player is wearing the swoosh on his hip, instead of on the thigh. We first noted a few schools doing this last year, but it now appears to be catching on with more and more Nike schools. Reader William Hering, who noticed the phenomenon last night, says, “It appears that the logos are just a little offset to the back of the pants, and this allows the camera to pick up on either the team logo [which is usually on the other hip] or the swoosh even if the player is running away from the camera. It creates hundreds of instances in which you will see the Nike logo in a game where you wouldn’t have earlier.” Lovely.
• The ref in the Murray State/Louisville game had an “R” on his jersey. That’s a new one on me.
• Rutgers has apparently changed its shoe color from mostly black to mostly white.
• Memphis has gone completely around the bend.
My thanks to all contributors, including Tim Burke, Terry Duroncelet, Braden Wolf, Jim Vilk,
Cuffery convo: MLB Network broadcasters Bob Costas and Jim Kaat discussed the relative merits of high- and low-cuffery during the bottom of the 8th of last night’s Yanks/Bosox game. Reader Matty Eggen was kind enough to transcribe the dialogue for us, as follows:
Bob Costas: Now, you have been advancing a lot of old-school notions, many of which I agree with or at least respect. This is a fashion one, here we have [David] Robertson, going throwback, as more and more players seem to be doing, with the pants up high just below knee level, like your old teammate the late Bob Allison. Right? The guy at the plate, [Carl] Crawford, [Dustin] Pedroia at second base, pants down at the shoetops… I’m just thinking I like Robertson’s style better.
Jim Kaat: Yeah, It looks like a baseball uniform, not a jogging suit.
Costas: I dont know if you have to have them up that high. Some guys do, split the difference — mid-calf. Working with Mr. Blackwell…
Costas: Let’s get back to the issue at hand…
Kaat: Well you mention the late Bob Allison, and the reason he did it, he felt like rolling those pant legs up and…kind of like Robertson does, he got the benefit of the knee-high strike.
Costas: Reasonable, yeah good thought.
Kaat: Yeah, there were years, you see [Curtis] Granderson, he’s got ’em up that way. When Frank Robinson wore the high stirrups, and the league wanted to institute a mandatory “wear your pants a certain way.” It might not be a bad idea. You know, there is nothing wrong with telling your teams, “Hey wear your uniforms consistently the same way.”
Costas: Guys like CC Sabathia…
Costas: …or Manny [Ramirez], when he was around, never got that memo.
Kaat: Oh, I want to see CC rolling them up around the knees. That’d be a cool look.
Pretty basic stuff. We really need to find a broadcasting team that’s willing to go beyond this elementary level analysis and discuss blousing.
Whaddaya know, there’s a new post over at the Butcher’s Case.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Pretty amusing piece about Mike Pelfrey’s habit of compulsively licking his fingers. Interestingly, it doesn’t mention his (related?) habit of sticking out his tongue. … Good spot by Kyle Ostendorf, who noticed that Justin Upton’s helmet decal wasn’t flush to the crown of his helmet. … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to photos of the Blackhawks’ center-ice logo being painted onto the ice; today we have video (from Bob Gassel). … A reader who prefers to remain anonymous spotted this anti-gang ad on a Boston bus the other day. “It’s a local church coalition’s campaign to stop gang violence,” he says. “They do it each summer when violence tends to rise. The ad features a bunch of team logos which I believe coincide with the gear worn by local gangs. Seems strange, right? An anti-violence message that gives a shout-out to gangs? And the teams can’t be happy about this.” … The Redskins offensive line all wore headbands in a recent walk-through, as a gesture of solidarity (from Atom Shock). … Michigan State is adding a Bubba Smith memorial decal, but only for three games, which seems kind of odd (from Eric Greenwald). … In a development that can only be characterized as a huge, huge surprise, the NFL has announced that all players and sideline personnel will be wearing 9/11 ribbons and pins on Sept. 11, part of a day-long extravaganza that will include on-field logos, synchronized tributes, etc. Fortunately, I’ll be stuck in a car for about seven hours that day. … What’s about the least likely place you’d expect to see a Lakers throwback jersey? If you said, “In the middle of the Libyan revolution,” come on down (from Pete Beatty). … The Mets did the Los Mets thing again last night, and Brian Erni noticed an unusual wrinkle: This year and last years, Mets batboys have been wearing uni No. 00, but last night they went BB. … Here’s a good video clip about the St. John’s football team’s equipment manager (from Quinn Martin). … Here’s the story on that photo of Pete Rose in a Padres cap, which I showed yesterday: It’s from an SI story in which they took shots of Rose in a variety of different caps (big thanks to Robert Walker). … The Brewers will wear lager-colored jerseys on Sept. 10. … The WinniJets will finally unveil their uniforms next Tuesday, at which point the counterfeiters will finally know which design to start reproducing. … Here’s something I hadn’t noticed during the NFL preseason: The Pats’ MHK memorial patch for Bob Kraft’s wife is also being worn by the coaching staff (good spot by Eric Stangel). … Kyle Allebach put together a nice little riff on NFL uni numbers. … Latest trend in lacrosse: chrome gear (from Jeff Brunelle).