As you can see at right, there was a waxing moon over Denver yesterday, as Cedric Benson of the Bengals suffered a rather unfortunate tear in his pants (here’s a larger version). Also, note that his nameplate was encroaching out of its orange panel.
In other football news from the weekend:
• The Jets wore their Titans throwbacks. I don’t mind that design, but I’m surprised that they’ve stuck with it for so long (they first wore the throwback in 2007). Lots of Jets fans have told me they’re itching to see a Klecko-era throwback, and that does seem like a more logical approach. Maybe next year..?
• Check out LeGarrette Blount’s super-stretchy undershirt.
• I noticed that Niners coach Jim Harbaugh appears to have a little chest-mounted holster for his pen.
• In case you missed it yesterday, reader Terry Duroncelet is now providing weekly college football uni roundups each Sunday. His latest report is here.
• I have a few additional college items, beginning with the Iowa game, where one of the sheriff’s deputies on the sideline had the Iowa logo on his sidearm.
• Ohio, which is normally one of the best-dressed FBS teams, wore a really shitty BFBS outfit.
• No photo, but I’m told that WVU’s Geno Smith lost his nameplate at the end of Saturday’s game.
• Looks like there were some major color inconsistencies in Florida State’s facemasks. The Revolution masks, shown at left and right, were bright red, while the Revo Speed, in the center, was much darker.
• Cancer-awareness season apparently came early to Missouri, because the Tigers were wearing pink accessories.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Johnny Bruno, Timothy Burke, Chris Cocuzza, Tommy Daniel, Trey Jones, and J.D. Nighswonger.)
Rebel flag revisited: When I wrote that piece about the Columbus Yankees wearing a Confederate flag sleeve patch last month, I had only one documented example of an African-American player wearing the flag, and that was Roy White.
Now we have an additional example: Jerry Kenney, who played for Columbus in 1966. Reader Al Bernardo found that photo on Friday. Even after all the discussion we had last month, the sight of a black man wearing that patch still packs a significant punch.
This week should be a doozy, and will be capped off by what promises to be an epic weekend. Here’s the rundown of what’s in store:
• The Permanent Record series will be rolling out all week long on Slate, one article per day. The first one is up today. I’ve put a lot of myself into this one, kids — hope you’ll check it out.
• On Thursday I’ll have an ESPN column that should make some waves. All I can say for now is that I have an exclusive scoop regarding a uniform of serious historical import.
• On Friday, Kirsten Hively’s “Project Neon” exhibit will be opening at the City Reliquary in Brooklyn. There will be dozens of photos, lots of info, and you’ll be able to download the new (and free!) Project Neon iPhone app, which allows users to find cool neon signage all over the city. There’ll be an opening reception at 7pm — NYC-area readers are encouraged to attend. (Unfortunately, this sign will not be on display, but you can’t have everything.)
• On Saturday afternoon I’ll be hosting a small Permanent Record gathering in Brooklyn. Attendees will include some of the students’ families who I’ve interviewed, some of the researchers who’ve assisted me (sorry you can’t join us, Cort), some folks from Slate, and so on. We have room for a few more people, and I think it would be nice to have some readers there, so if you’ve been following the project and would like to attend, get in touch and I’ll fill you in on the details.
• Sunday brings us the latest installment of the Brooklyn Beefsteak at the Bell House. Two seatings — 1-4pm and 5-8pm — both featuring all the usual slop: unlimited meat, unlimited beer, tunes by the mighty Susquehanna Industrial Tool + Die Co., Beefsteak Betty, and some chucklehead in the back selling a certain protein-themed T-shirt (plus this time he may have a new design on hand). Getcher tickets here.
Not a bad week, esp. if you live in NYC. Hope you’ll join in for some of it.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Maple Leafs have added advertising to their practice jerseys (from Grant Phillips). … Lots of cool archival soccer photos on this site (from Stephen Wong). … Bolton High in Tennessee wears the Kansas State logo, but Kevin Lewter says they have permission to do so. “I was talking with the AD and he said, ‘We contacted KSU to see if that would be OK. They said, “Sure, but we will have to charge you….$1 per year.” It cost us more to write and send them a check than it does to use the logo.'” … The Caps’ will wear last season’s Winter Classic throwback as a third jersey this season. … Fairly detailed analysis of Auburn’s uniforms here (from Spencer Maddox). … Michigan State blogger/historian Eric Greenwald has provided his assessment of the Spartans’ AmPac uniforms. … Nice note from proud papa Tyler Kepner, who writes: “Thanks mainly to Hunter Pence, my nine-year-old son has ditched the low-pants look and now proudly wears the high cuffs with his baseball uniform. But thankfully, not too high -– he’s going mid-calf, and even lets me do that blousing-the-pants thing for the perfect style. We can win this war, Paul, one convert at a time!” … The whole state of Nebraska flipped out on Friday, when the Cornhuskers’ equipment staff posted a photo of some new gloves. Check out what was lurking in the background. “They quickly backed off and said it was something they made for fun and not something intended for game use,” says Lincoln Arneal. … New soccer kit for Peru (from Kenny Loo). … “Color-on-color isn’t so unusual in cricket,” says Coachie Ballgames. “But this match-up, between South Africa in green and Pakistan in slightly lighter green, is really confusing. … Can’t decide if your favorite Bear is Ditka or Butkus? This guy has just the jersey for ya (from Chris Chaussee). … Brian Wilson was wearing those Back to the Future sneakers the other day (from Conrad Olenik). … Here’s the backstory on Tennessee coach Derek Dooley’s orange pants (from Mike McLaughlin). … Unusual rugby kit worn by the New Zealand Warriors a few nights ago (from Michael Craig). … Parker Ferguson’s old high school — Corona del Mar High in California — has just adopted a new pitchfork helmet logo. The weird thing is that Ferguson also attended Arizona State, making him a double pitchfork alum. … More fallout from the Russian hockey plane crash: Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings is changing his uni number in the preseason to honor Ruslan Salei (from George Flory). … Meanwhile, the Preds have added a memorial decal for Wade Belak (from Paul Richard Cook). … Lots of speculation regarding Tim Thomas’s new goalie gear (from John Muir). … Floyd Mayweather Jr. wore vaguely Bengals-ish gear for Saturday night’s bout against Victor Ortiz. … Texas Tech will be wearing Wounded Warrior camo jerseys on Nov. 12 (from Adam Loving). … Kurt Esposito notes that the Phils celebrated their division title with team-branded Champagne. … When Pearl Jam played in Winnipeg recently, they had Jets-themed T-shirts (John Muir again). … Mets announcer Ron Darling on the Braves’ red Sunday jerseys: “It’s good, because it’s different.” Thank goodness we have trained professionals providing trenchant analysis like that. … On the brighter side, Rays broadcaster wore the team’s varsity-style sweater on the air yesterday (big thanks to Tim Burke). … The Senators’ third jersey design has leaked, thanks to an “inadvertent” shipment by Reebok (from Mike McAllister). … “I’ve been working on this solar construction project at American Canyon High School, 40 miles north of San Francisco,” writes Al Cummings. “Turns out there’s a Detroit Lions injury cart in one of the empty classrooms. A teacher said some faculty member bid for it. From the looks of it, it was during the Barry Sanders/Silverdome era. Sadly, they are going to re-wire it and paint with the school colors, which are black and gold.” … Garish use of flag-based imagery isn’t limited to Maryland. That’s Aussie golfer Kurt Barnes, who won the ANA Open in Japan (from Jeremy Brahm). … Interesting piece about Kentucky’s basketball uniforms (from Dwayne White). … The Rays wore their letterman sweaters for last night’s train ride from Boston to New York.