That’s Army’s new Amateur Pacifist uniform. Not bad, right? It’s one of six new AmPac designs that were unveiled yesterday morning — some pretty good, some not so good. I put together a quick ESPN column for the occasion, which was posted yesterday around noon. You can check it out here.
Two follow-ups to that column: (1) The column includes a mild criticism of the black block-shadowing on Navy’s uni numbers, but several readers pointed out that this is a clear visual reference to how Navy ships are numbered. Fair enough. (2) One thing not mentioned in the column is that most of these designs — and most of the other AmPac designs — do not have TV numbers, which is going to make life difficult for broadcasters and spotters. I’ll have more to say about this soon.
That ESPN piece will serve as a stand-in for today’s lede, okay? Okay. — Paul
By Brinke Guthrie
I went to Mariemont High School in Cincinnati. Our football team had a pretty basic look back then, just solid navy jerseys and yellow pants, with yellow helmets and a block M. Along those lines, I love this retro Sand-Knit football jersey. Dig those huge numbers and shoulder color trim!
As for this week’s other finds:
• Here’s a nice framed collection of MLB pins.
• The CFL has never graced Collector’s Corner until now. Those bedsheets were submitted by the Hungry Hungry Hipster.
• This is a new one, at least to me: a mid-1970s NHL Action Players sticker book. [Wish we could see some of the interior pages on this one. Anyone know more about this item? — PL]
• Look at this great 1956 New York baseball Giants pocket schedule!
• I understand that Paul is, for some reason, a Niners fan. So here’s a vintage Niners bobblehead and a helmet wall plaque. [Those are fine, but they’re nothing compared to these Niners pasties that Ricko posted in yesterday’s comments. — PL]
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Design contest reminder: Today’s the last day to submit your referee’s uniform design for Eric Bangeman’s rugby league. Full details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Jets will be dressing as the Titans this Sunday. … Under Armour is now having its way with the Maryland soccer team (from Stephen Wong). … Rob Ullman was nice enough to send me a copy of his new Old-Timey Hockey Tales comic, and it’s sensational. Highly recommended. … The Penguins have announced their third jersey schedule. … “Pittsburg State, in southeastern Kansas, usually wears the tired Mizzou template,” writes Ryan Atkinson. “On Saturday, they brought back the glorious white-yellow-white stripes to their helmets and brought stripes back to their pants. They also ordered throwback jerseys, but they were in the baggy 1991 style. So they only wore them during warmups before switching to their normal Mizzou-style tops for the game, creating an, uh, interesting combo.” … Hope College will being doing an orange-out for cancer this weekend. “At least they’re keeping their regular school colors and not donning pink or purple,” says Jonathan Cain. … I think we’ve seen this before, but once more can’t hurt: The Astros’ strength and conditioning coach wears pinstriped uniform shorts (from Andy Woolley). … Oooh, check out this old shot of the Packers’ drum majorette (nice find by John Okray). … England’s rugby team has been scolded over those recent peeling uni numbers (from Eric Bangeman). … Caleb Borchers reports that an All-Blacks player suffered a ripped jersey sleeve during the Rugby World Cup and had to do an on-field jersey switcheroo. … Love these shots of the Pink Panther, Paula Creamer, wearing some serious hoop socks (big thanks to Corey Burnett). … The WinniJets haven’t even played a game yet, but they have their first memorial decal (from John Muir). … Speaking of the Jets, Tim E. O’Brien has this video game report: “The Jets made it into NHL 12, but their jerseys are basically what they showed at the Draft (plus a road version). But where it gets strange is that they also have home and road versions of the old 1980s Jets jerseys. Stranger yet, the Coyotes (formerly the Jets) also have these as a uniform option, which means you can pit two completely different teams against each other in the same uniform. Since the new Jets don’t own the old Jets team history, why not just put in Atlanta’s jerseys?” … New mask for Josh Harding (John Muir again). … I was heading home from my daily bike ride in Prospect Park yesterday evening when Mets radio announcer Howie Rose went off on a mild rant about the Mercury Mets TATC promotion. Then he said, “For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I bet you can find a photo if you Google ‘Mercury Mets.'” Now, I happen to know from past experience that the Google results for that search happen to include this photo of Rose himself. So as soon as I got home, I sent Rose an e-mail with the photo link, telling him to be careful what he wished for. He promptly said on the air, “Wouldn’t you know it, someone has just texted us a photo of yours truly with a Mercury Mets jersey. So be careful when you’re Googling — you may get more than you bargained for.” Later on, I asked Rose if he still has the jersey, and he responded, “Actually, I do. I couldn’t throw out something so hideous. However, the current black alternate jersey would never get through my door.” … Good article about Novak Djokovic’s sponsorship deal (thanks, Brinke). … Went poking around on Etsy last night and found some old-timey sports decals, an old MLB video game, a kids’ baseball book with one of history’s greatest cover illustrations, a pair of saddle shoes with Arkansas Razorbacks logos on the toes, and a bowling shirt that promotes bowling shirts. … The 49ers’ cheerleaders will be wearing throwbacks this Sunday. No idea if this means the players will be doing likewise. … Here’s another set of those weird kidney jerseys. That’s the 1932 Brown University squad (nice one from Bud Brooks). … Think the script on this varsity jacket is big enough? … The Citadel had an absolutely brutal look last weekend. “The jerseys were based on the flag known as Big Red, which I believe was the flag cadets flew during Civil War battles,” says Matt Gladwell. So they’ve taken a flag flown by traitors and used it as the basis for a really ugly uniform. A win-win! … Credit where it’s due: College baseball teams with Nike contracts will no longer be required to use Nike bats. It’s a complicated story — recommended reading (big thanks to Dylan Horowitz). … Here’s something I’ve never seen before: a 1993 Colorado Rockies corporate opportunities catalog.