By Phil Hecken
Are you ready for
five weekends of pink some football? Think Pink.
Yes, the NFL’s annual pink parade was in full force yesterday, showing their love for the boobies and their hatred of breast cancer. A noble cause, indeed, and it would be fantastic if they were to do it just one day. But October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL has to show how much it really cares.
OK then, there was more than just pink in the NFL yesterday, so lets look at that first:
• This week’s Antoino Garay watch has a decidedly “Find A Cure” theme.
• The Rams went back to white pants, while the ‘Skins wore burgundy.
• Anyone know what this is on Laurent Robinson’s sock?
• I’m guessing it’s because he has a busted right hand, but Mike Vick had a decidedly Thriller look going on yesterday.
• The New York Football Giants’ super stretchy pants continue to annoy me.
• Josh Cribbs continues to wear leg warmers on his forearms. I’m guessing he’s not getting fined for this.
• Gotta love the fans: Start ’em young. … This lady either has divided loyalties or is extremely confused as to what “fan gear” means. … Um–OK then. You stay classy, Arizona. … Hey Look! Ricko was at the Chiefs game. And so was Ben Traxel!
• Apparently not all the teams got the memo, part 1: for some reason, the Titans forgot the pink captaincy patch. Trust me, everyone else had it.
• Apparently not all the teams got the memo, part 2: some teams obviously don’t care about women’s health, because they didn’t have a pink ribbon sticker on the back of their helmets. Correction: Apparently the Niners did have the sticker, it’s just almost impossible to see on the gold helmet and with all the other clutter.
• Not sure why this photo is in black and white but Laurent Robinson was caught with his pants down, both literally and figuratively. Expecting a spike on the game’s final drive, he wasn’t ready for a slant pass on third down. (Thanks to Matt Mitchell)
But the real star of the day was the color pink. Lots and lots and lots of pink. Never one to be subtle, the NFL made the 9-11 stuff look like child’s play. Dig:
• One of the better pink displays (ok, the best) was to have many of the cheerleaders donning pink.
• Fans would never want to be left out of a good promotion, would they?
• Every single goal post was covered with pink padding.
• Many players were attired in pink sideline caps.
• Unless you played for the Titans, you had a pink captaincy patch.
• Didn’t Ocho Cinco get fined for a pink chin-strap? I’m wondering if Chad Henne will.
• The cleats yesterday were, um pink. Matt Powers just made that image his wallpaper.
• Interestingly, Nike and Reebok cleats weren’t solid pink, but anyone with an UnderArmour contract had solid pink shoes.
• Guys who wear doo-rags or headbands shockingly had pink ones.
• Some, but not all, teams had pink ribbon stickers for their helmets.
• Of course, the refs had pink ribbons and lanyards, and I saw (no photo) at least one with a pink whistle.
• In case you weren’t aware, this was Breast Cancer Awarness Month, the NFL added painted ribbons on the field.
• The balls didn’t want to be left out of the exercise, so the NFL made sure they got ribbons too.
• It was hot out there in a lot of places, so that meant lots of towels. Lots and lots of pink towels.
Phew. I think you get the point. I think we ALL get the point. The NFL really cares about breast cancer. And for one weekend, this is a great thing. Four or five weekends? Please…we get it. Sell your stuff, auction off stuff for charity, give a whole mess of PSA’s, whatever it takes. But just stop the incessant pink accoutrements for the rest of the season, OK?
If I missed anything, let me know below.
by Rick Pearson
Ah, the vernacular. Such an evolving thing….
And, as always, the full-size.
Tracking The Playoffs
He’s back again this year.
Three of the series are now knotted at 1-1, with the Brewers taking a 2-0 lead over the D-Backs. Both the Brewers and the D-Backs wore softball tops yesterday, so the uni-gods couldn’t punish either team. Perhaps they just felt sorry for Milwaukee. It sure was a good weekend to be from the Cream City, no?
Here’s your updated 2011 MLB uniform tracker.
Thanks, Alex. Back tomorrow with another updated graphic.
Jim Vilk’s 5 & 1, NFL Edition
Jim got his 5 & 1 to me early last night. Too bad I didn’t finish this post until after 2AM.
Let’s see how he did (and guess how many photos are of kickers):
5. Jets/Baltimore – If any team deserves to wear all black, it’s the Ravens…and only the Ravens.
4. Miami/San Diego – It was no reach to add this game to the list.
3. Carolina/Chicago – Yeah, those regular everyday Bears jerseys are no slouch, either.
2. Pittsburgh/Houston – I don’t luv ya, blue, but I do respect you.
1. Washington/St. Louis – I miss the arched shadows at old Busch Stadium, though.
And the bad one: Atlanta/Seattle – Well, that one was easy…
Thank you Jim. You (and I) are now officially off MMUW duty.
Uni Watch News Ticker (Compiled by John Ekdahl). Tim Tebow is getting some billboard love in Denver (Brady Phelps). … Here’s a funny look at what could have been, assuming you’re not a Giants or Dodgers fan (Kurt Esposito). … Chris Hilf noticed that the shoes Pitt’s Ray Graham wore Friday night appear to be from last year’s Coal Bowl/Backyard Brawl. … From Mattias Mangberg: “All goalkeepers in the Swedish Eliteleague are wearing a helmet sticker in honor of goalie Stefan Liv who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslav plane crash. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has said he will wear the same sticker.” … From the UK’s Guardian: “FC Barcelona stars in a sweat over new shirts” (Martin) … Randy Williams noticed an old promotional shirt he received at a Rays game might have the wrong skyline. … The Rangers gave Henrik Lundqvist an “A” for his return home to Sweden (A.J. Frey). … Colorado State will have new basketball unis this year (Rob Montoya). … Mike was at the Nashville Predators/Washington Capitals preseason game on Wednesday night and saw that Thomas Vokun of the Caps still had the vector logo on the back of his jersey. … Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA has added a memorial decal for former player Tyler Holtz, who died last week in Afghanistan (Kyle Mackie). … Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has a new mask and here are the pics (Matt Pesotski). … Looks like the Blackhawks need to get their act together – wordmark and vector side-by-side (Eric Lovejoy). … Here’s a great gallery of pictures from the New Orleans Saints‘ first season (William West). … Please NFL, never ever let it get to this point . I beg you (Grant). … Uni Watch isn’t the only nook of the web sick of Nike’s Pro Combat nonsense (Phil). … From Shane Bua: “I was at the Providence-Springfield AHL preseason game tonight (yeah I know, AHL preseason), and stumbled on this. I’m not sure if Providence was short-handed with Andrei Khubodin up at NHL camp, but they borrowed Springfield goalie Dan Taylor, who played in a Providence jersey and his red Springfield pants“. … Peter Gaston was watching ESPN’s pregame and noticed Nate Burleson with a blacked out NFL logo on his practice jersey. … Whoever is in charge of painting Jacksonville’s field will probably be getting a stern talking-to today – check the arrows in this picture (Justin Bates). … Central Michigan was wearing yellow pants at home Saturday. This is the first time they’ve done that since they switched to Adidas in 2009 (Andrew Monson). … CBS was having some problems with their graphics yesterday (Josh in Ohio). … Steve Smith was sporting Under Armour and Oakley logos on his helmet (John Koziol). … The Jags’ Drew Coleman was missing the NFL logo on his jersey (Tom M.). … Larry Bodnovich found some good stuff on E-Bay. “Pricey because they are small. But I always though very cool.” … And last but not least, we have this from Jim Vilk: …I come across this Shutdown Corner article, the subject of which really deserves its own Snickers commercial.
That’s all for today. If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to check it out and cast your vote for the final-finalist in the Seahawks Redesign Contest (we’re down to the two finalists now). Also, some great college football uni roundups from Terry Duroncelet.
I’ll be back again tomorrow while Paul continues to fend off bears in the Sconnie woods. Everyone try to enjoy your Monday.
“Kids are stupid.” — LemonVerbena