The WinniJets finally unveiled their new jerseys yesterday. Pluses: The chest icon treatment looks fine, that silly script isn’t being used as a shoulder patch, the typography is straightforward enough (although that truncated upper stroke on the 5 is annoying). Minuses: The sleeve striping on the white jersey doesn’t work, the league already has too many blue-on-blue color schemes, the Reebok wordmark above the NOB still rankles. Hard to assess the full effect without seeing the socks. Overall: Nothing to complain about, and nothing to get excited about either. Maybe they’ll grow into it. Further details here, and there’s an interview with one of Reebok’s designers here.
One other thing: As someone on the Chris Creamer boards pointed out, Reebok’s current template works so much better when the lower stripes follow the scoop hemline instead of staying horizontal. No diaper effect!
New ESPN column today — the annual NFL season-preview column, plus a big college football update. Enjoy.
The Maryland costumes were discussed yesterday on PTI and reader Andrew Gegenheimer did some heroic transcription work for us:
Tony Kornheiser: Maryland beat Miami last night in Randy Edsel’s first game as Maryland’s head coach. Miami, as everyone knows, was without the services of either players, including five defensive starters and last year’s starting quarterback. In light of that, Wilbon, which was the bigger story? Maryland winning, Miami losing, or Maryland’s fabulous new uniforms that blew up Twitter?
Mike Wilbon: There’s no choice here, there’s no other story. Maryland’s winning doesn’t matter jack to people outside of where we live, which is, in Maryland, and near Maryland.
Tony: Well we live here, we live here, that’s right.
Mike: Okay, Miami is off the radar now because everybody knows they’re half a team. Their probation story coming down the line will be a story. What they do on the football field is nothing. Kevin Plank, a guy that most people don’t know, an alum of Maryland and maybe the most powerful…
Tony: Played there, he played there, he played there…
Mike: Former player, founder and CEO of Under Armour. This, these uniforms are so ugly, they’re brilliantly ugly, because this is going to set the agenda for what every school in America is going to do with their uniforms. They’re hideous, brilliantly hideous.
Tony: See, I don’t think they’re hideous at all. When I first saw them, I went crazy nd made phone calls to people, saying look at these uniforms.
Mike: You didn’t tweet?
Tony: I don’t know how to tweet, I did it the old fashioned way, it was like Pony Express. I called people up on the telephone.
Mike: Did you mail a letter?
Tony: It’s the state flag on both sides, the sleeves.
Mike: It’s hideous, it’s awful.
Tony: No they’re great, what’s hideous, Oregon’s uniforms are hideous.
Mike: Those are hideous too.
Tony: Maryland’s are beautiful.
Mike: Everyone, teams will scrap their uniforms before Saturday…
Tony: They should, good.
Mike: … and call Kevin Plank, this is what…
Mike: They’re hideous.
Tony: No they’re not.
Mike: This is the way we’re going to go.
Tony: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Mike: Just like basketball uniforms when, when people, people meaning Michael Jordan, started wearing shorts to the knee, guys, old guys like you said these are hideous.
Tony: No, they were all right.
Mike: And before the next day only John Stockton had them
above the knee.
Tony: Did you see Georgia’s uniforms when they played? The red.
Mike: Those are, those…Geogia has a tradition. Maryland has no football identity, it’s a basketball school trying to carve a niche in football world. The University of Georgia has got Hershel Walker, they got people, what are they doing?
Tony: Here’s what they got, they got a big, fat dog for a mascot. Maryland’s got sweet uniforms.
Mike: The uniforms, Georgia, thumbs up or thumbs down?
Tony: Thumbs even.
Tony: Push, push, I push.
Mike: Garbage, Georgia’s got tradition, what are they doing with those uniforms?
Tony: Maryland! Terps!
Yes, well, I’m glad we cleared that up.
More ephemera from the files: New post, featuring some really nice letterhead, over at the Permanent Record blog.
And what the hell, while we’re at it, a new post about the guy who should never be allowed near a microphone.
Uni Watch News Ticker: September call-up Justin Christian arrived just before last night’s Giants/Padres game and got stuck with a NNOB jersey and a handwritten NOB on his helmet. “As you can kind of make out, the uniform had been worn before, but I can’t quite make out the previous player’s name,” says Jeff La Haie. … Manu Ginobili’s “I” was peeling off the other day (good spot by Jeremy Brahm). … I don’t know how Marquette is gonna get through this basketball season with only four jerseys. … Overlooked detail from last weekend’s college football games: the return of the NC State helmet cart! ” It looks pretty cool with the wolf snout coming out of it,” says Mark Collins. Here’s a page showing how it looked in years past. … Soccer note from Ted Hill, who writes: “Ireland faced Russia today, and Irish defender Richard Dunne was injured and bleeding from his face. He came back onto the field with a kit with no number, but the referee wouldn’t allow it. So they wrote his number 5 on his shirt with a pen!” … It had to happen: a board game based on logos (from Jason Hillyer). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Maryland’s flag-based helmet is an idea that had already been taken by a Baltimore roller derby team. … Here’s a good piece on Michigan State’s original Spartan helmets. … Notice anything odd about these SI covers? “Look at the turf!” says Jon Solomonson. … Anyone know what’s up with this Rangers shoulder patch? (Spotted by Mark Kaplowitz.) … Colorado might be going Amateur Pacifist, at least according to the third-to-last bullet point on this page (from Matthew Robins). … Congrats to David Sulecki — the guy who produces those bat knob decals I’ve written about — who recently added the Flyers and Sabres to his client list. He’ll be supplying the decals for their helmets. … Good to see Stephen Strasburg back on the mound, but his once-impeccable pant-cuff blousing seemed a bit rusty. … Yesterday I asked if James Blake was putting cover-up tape on his sneakers. As it turns out, yes (thanks, Brinke). … “I am currently on a flight from Portland to Eugene, sitting next to Ducks football ticket holders,” writes Adam Walter, presumably utilizing the wonders of in-flight wifi. “I asked them how they know which colors to wear for each game and they said that, starting this year, their season tickets specify which colors the fans are supposed to wear for each game. They know they’re supposed to wear black this week, followed by green next week. They think yellow follows then more black.” … Want some retro NFL wallpaper for your screen? Look no further. Dennis Healy put that page together. … In a related item, Byran Rosenbaum is designing a wallpaper for every Arizona football game this season. … New soccer kits for Adelaide United, which plays in Australia’s A-League. “Here it would be considered a bad look to launch a kit without a sponsor, as it would indicate that you are not popular enough to have a company want to associate themselves with you,” explains Kasey van Puijenbroek. “So Adelaide’s sponsor is Coopers Brewery, the last of the family-owned breweries in Australia, which calls Adelaide home and is considered an institution in this city.”