By Phil Hecken
Paul’s still recovering from his weekend in the boonies, so he’s left me in charge of the ship. It’s the first MMUW of 2011, so let’s get right into it.
Obviously, yesterday was the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9-11, so the NFL was all over the
crass celebrations solemn memorials. We’ll look at those first:
• Players with Reebok contracts were allowed to wear gaudy “Look At Me” gloves. Prior to the weekend, there was some talk that players who wore these gloves would be fined. But the NFL figured that might be a bad PR move.
• Players with Reebok contracts were also permitted to wear even gaudier “Look At Me” shoes. Players without Reebok contracts didn’t want to feel left out, so several others joined their Reebok comrades by wearing Red, White and Blue shoes for warmups. The Reebok guys got to wear theirs during the games.
• Coaches also wore memorial ribbons. Except for Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur, who clearly hates America (either that or his ribbon fell off, I’m not sure which). That’s OK though, because Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin made up for it with two ribbons (a pin and a stick-on) and a First Responder Cap. Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett and the Ryan twins also sported First Responder caps.
• Not all the uni-action yesterday revolved around the waving of the red-white-and-blue. The Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gibbs wore his leg “warmers” as forearm sleeves. I’m not sure if I love that or I hate it, but it is an interesting effect.
• The Buccaneers wore a Lee Roy Selmon memorial sticker on their helmets (screen grab courtesy of Rob Holecko).
• We got our first regular season look at the Buffalo Bills new uniforms yesterday, and boy did they look good. Not really a fan of the helmet stripe (which is wider at the base of the neck and tapers as it approaches the front).
• Several Colts continue to wear the super-stretchy uniforms, and Reebok still hasn’t figured out how to put loops on the shoulders properly.
• Cam Newton, who has an UnderArmour shoe contract, came out of the tunnel sporting these ‘no spatting needed’ cleats in red and blue. I thought rookies were supposed to be humble. By game time, he’d changed into the blue/black model.
• Several readers earlier this year noticed the Rams had changed their helmet horns. Here’s a good look at the difference.
• Confirming what we already knew: Fifth year captains are wearing a patch with four gold stars and a gold “C”.
• The Titans might have been able to beat the Jaguars had they decided to play the full game wearing helmets.
• San Diego Chargers defensive end Antonio Garay had um, an interesting look yesterday.
• The Giants are another team who sport the super-stretchies. It really provides an odd uniform look … one that is not uniform.
That’s about it — if I missed anything, I apologize. Feel free to post any uni-oddities or other aesthetic observations down in the comments.
Oh…Why did the Cowboys lose late last night? Clearly, they’re not America’s Team anymore.
5 & 1
Ever wonder what a “Pro 5 & 1″ would look like?
You don’t expect to see a 5 & 1 on a Monday, but then again, I don’t get to do too many Monday articles. So I drafted Jim Vilk for a one-time-only, pro version of the 5 & 1. Here’s Jim:
5. Steelers/Ravens There *might* be better matchups, but it’s just poetic justice seeing James Harrison knocked on his keester.
4. Colts/Texans The Colts are like UCLA (which is no longer a good thing).
3. Seahawks/49ers The less Seahawk Blue, the better, so I like the all-whites.
2. Saints/Packers – Super, man.
1. Bills/Chiefs – The most improved unis vs. the best unis in the league.
And the bad one: Titans/Jaguars – The 2nd-worst number font (after Detroit’s) vs. the worst unis in the league.
Thanks Jim. I think we’ll keep you doing the college thing from now on.
Uni Watch News Ticker: See how some Newberry College players have a helmet stripe while others don’t? Explanation here (from Kristin Vines). … Two years after the S100 batting helmet was introduced, MLB players still don’t like it (from Marc Malfara). … An Alabama mom turned her son’s lacrosse uniform into a corset (from my pal Karen McBurnie). … Also from Karen: There’s an exhibition on late-1800s sportswear currently running on Staten Island. … Oooh, check this out: 1970s uniform/costume specs for McDonald’s (thanks, Kirsten). … Cam Newton’s been wearing some interesting pants in practice (from Nick Wall). … Weirdest promotional photos ever: 100-year-old pics of the New Westminister Salmonbellies lacrosse team at a local salmon cannery — in full uniform (XXL-sized thanks to Dan Richardson). … Is there a BFBS jersey in the works for Kentucky? “Say it ain’t so,” says Chris Edwards. … A new orange jersey to go with the orange pants for Va Tech? “Let’s hope not,” says Andrew Cosentino. … Greg Patton digs this logo shirt to help raise $$ for TX Wildfire Survivors. … Riley Adair sends along a story about the Green Bay Packers helping out a high school in Montgomery, Ala. … This auction shows a helmet that looks like it’s more for the Titans than for the Jets (nice catch by Jason Hoffman). … Alan Poff notes that the Single-A Daytona Cubs have a new logo and uniforms. … Do you like voting for logos? Then David Lassen has found a contest for you. “Lots of blah,” he says. … Matt Shepardson “Just wanted to make sure (Paul) saw this.” Click on that at your peril. … Jim Vilk asks, “Shouldn’t the Penn State one be plain blue?” … Interesting spot by Ben Harris: the new MAC logo patches that teams are wearing. “I felt as if i’d seen that logo somewhere before, and I figured out what it was.” … Warren Junium thinks the new ND equipment truck is a bit of a step up from the random, unmarked truck ND formerly used. Perhaps it’s part of the new trend of using shiny objects to attract 17-year-olds. … Very prominent uniform failure at the Rugby World Cup, spotted by Joe Bonneau: about half of England player’s numbers were peeling off their jerseys at some point in the game. “A bunch of players seemed to switch at halftime, or at least re-glue the numbers on,” adds Joe. … Kyle Hanks notes that on Saturday, the University of Washington wore white helmets (a first, he believes) with American Flag logo vs. Hawaii. … How annoying is it sitting behind some guy holding up a huge sign at a game? “I like the awareness of the Auburn fans,” says Kurt Witten. … Looked like Ohio State’s jerseys were having an issue with the glue used to glue down the numbers bleeding through the numbers themselves. For lack of a better photo, you can kinda make it out in this picture (thanks to Andy McNeel). … Michael Emmer at a Kohl’s this Saturday, saw this shirt, and thought of Uni Watch. Says Michael, “This was in the kid’s section. Maybe one day we can send those at Nike who thought up this shit into a real combat zone.” … Joshua Hallatt noted the Hoosiers broke out white helmets for the first time since 1966 for Saturday’s game against Virginia. … Here’s another shot of the University of Washington white helmet which featured a Stars and Stripes version of the block “W” (with thanks to Jeff Peterson). … Good spot by Chris Tank, who noticed that Junior Hemmingway, #21 for Michigan, is the lone player on Michigan with a Desmond Howard patch (albeit crooked) where his three-stripe brand should be. Reader Jeff A. noted in Saturday’s comments that “Musburger just explained Michigan’s plan to keep circulating numbers of legends rather than retiring them.” … In the same game, Kevin Bailey noticed, and got some screen grabs of the officials decked out in throwback garb. … Two great grabs from Matty Eggan: one of BC’s helmets with the tribute to Welles Crowther, notice the new striping which was worn during game as well, also an unidentifed ND player with some Adi-tech issues. … More uni malfunctions from that game: Denard Robinson decal difficulties (thanks to Aaron Wiens). … Another grab from Chris Tank: Jeremy Gallon with a touchdown pass showing three block Ms between his jersey and gloves. … Seth Moorman found this article on bone rubbing in Yahoo Sports Friday. … Brady Phelps says, “Bolts fans will appreciate this.” … Maybe the Irish luck ran out as they started losing their clovers,” says Mike Rowinski. … According to Will Kaplan Vandy wore black helmets Saturday night vs. UConn, first time they’ve done so since 1990. (“They looked awesome, BTW,” says Will) … WKU incorporated the american flag into the towel logo for Saturday night’s game against Navy and to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Here are some pictures of the helmet (thanks to Brian Ditmer). … The Las Cruces Vaqueros have fans voting for next year’s uniform set (that comes from Dan Cichalski). … Good spot by T.R. Herzog who notes that some of Toledo’s unis have a gigantic NOB, courtesy of UnderArmour. … There is a ball girl at the U.S. Open with a prosthetic leg (thanks, Brinke). … Anthony Emerson saw this famous Budweiser commercial from Super Bowl XXXVI rebroadcast during yesterday’s games. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: On Saturday, Colorado State wore special orange jerseys to celebrate the region’s agricultural heritage (CSU use to be known as the Colorado A&M Aggies who were orange). … Last Friday, Paul asked about the WRL patch on NFL ref hats. Michael LoBianco reports, “The patch is to remember my good friend’s father, William (Bill) Lovett, who was an NFL referee for 18 years and founded and led the training program for NFL officials.” … How far away are they talking about Maryland’s costumes? Across the pond they are — and The National (who carried the story) even mentioned Paul. … MLB commemorated the anniversary of 9/11 with flag patches on players’ caps and jerseys; meanwhile the Mets and Yankees wore first responder caps in pre-game warmups. … Also outfield walls and fields were adorned with additional tributes. … The Milwaukee Brewers wore gold jerseys on Saturday. … Yesterday, the Diamondbacks wore their 2001 throwbacks, but, unfortunately, Henry Blanco’s gear didn’t match, creating an interesting palate. … Seth Moorman was watching the San Diego/Minnesota game yesterday and noticed that the old AFC logo was being used inside the stadium. … Joey Serge had this to say about the MLB flag patches, “I find it interesting that they took the time to manufacture and sell the 9.11 flag caps, but only distributed stick-on flags to the players.” … Interestingly, the previous photo was of Sean Marshall, who seemed to have sticker problems on the back, too (with thanks to Jennifer Hayden).
OK, everyone, that’s all for me for this week. I’m happily handing over the reins back to Paul. See ya this weekend.
“Every home team today should be wearing this. Go America.” — Ben Traxel