Paul here, back from a glorious Midwestern getaway (I’ll have more to say about that tomorrow). Major thanks to Phil and John for holding the fort in my absence.
Now then: The endearingly primitive illustrations showcased in today’s entry were recently sent my way by reader David Cline, who describes them as follows:
In 1975, when the then-Baltimiore Colts were in the midst of their most successful season in many years, I took the game-day program, cut out the pictures of my three favorite players, drew on uniforms for them, and sent the pictures to the Colts, requesting autographs.
Much to my amazement, all three were signed and returned. Granted, the physique of each player is a bit off (except maybe for Howard Stevens), but the thought was there. And I think I got the pant stripes, too. Not so much the sleeves, though.
A stickler might quibble with the lack of socks, but the whole thing is so charming, we’ll let it slide. I’m not sure which part of this story I like better — that David assembled these little drawings or that the players actually signed them and sent them back. Good on all of them!
David also shared another uni-related story, which goes like so:
During the Colts’ last year in Baltimore (1983), I worked them as a PR intern. … One day I was told to request a game jersey for one of our players to use in a photo shoot with children from a local community center. The equipment staff was leery of that but they finally agreed.
About an hour after the photo session, the jersey was missing. I felt panic coming on, but the equipment manager took it in stride and said, “I have a pretty good idea where it is.” Turns out one of the kids in the photo shoot followed our player inot the locker room and swiped he jersey. The kid was located, the jersey was recovered, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
In addition, David was kind enough to loan me a bunch of coffee table-style football books for the Uni Watch library. I hope to share some images from them in the near future.
Membership update: About a dozen new designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including Erik Morris’s Memphis Sounds treatment, shown at right). As always, you can get in on the membership scene by signing up here, and all members can now order stickers based on their card designs. Full sticker details are available here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I’m still catching up on stuff, so please forgive me if anything in today’s Ticker was already covered earlier this week. … I’m still calling it the Superdome. … Oregon will be wearing a new mascot-driven jersey design for tonight’s game against Cal. … Here’s a look at the Rangers’ Derek Boogaard memorial decal (from Luke Rosnick). … Speaking of the Rangers, their European opponent for one of last week’s preseason games, HC Slovan Bratislava, has a chest crest that’s basically a repurposed Penguins logo (from Patrick Mahoney). … Still more Rangers news: The team is seeking an art director/designer. How cool would it be if a Uni Watch reader landed that job? (Thanks, Kirsten.) … Temple hoops coach Fran Dunphy is honoring a bet with a player by shaving his longtime mustache (from Andrew Hoenig). … Buried at the bottom of this page: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked if he’d wear a “Beat Texas” cap like Barry Switzer did in ’84. His reponse: “If Nike gives me one, I’ll put it on.” Spoken like a true corporate stooge (from Peter Young). … Chaz Noerenberg spotted something interesting in this photo of the Pats’ locker room. “Those are the ’80s throwback helmets they wore last year (white facemask, blue stripe between the red stripes),” says Chaz. “But the weird thing is that those are the ’60s AFL throwback pants hanging with them — blue-red-blue striping. The correct ’80s pants are red-blue-red, with thicker stripes.” … Here are some shots of the Northwestern marching band’s new uniforms being made (courtesy of NU Athletic Communications). … Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera has a new Pat Tillman-themed mask (from Jim Wilkie). … And as long as we’re talking goalies masks, here are this season’s designs for the U. of Wisconsin netminders (from Stuart Ciske). … Soccer stuff from Nathan Gemignani, who writes: “Here is a long piece on English (mostly) soccer clubs having to wear borrowed jerseys/kits. That’s the first part. The second part lists some players who played for their national teams but whose last names were that of another country — for example Mike England, who played for Wales. The piece on wearing the kit of the opposing club, links to this site, which is a rather unique visual history of Oxford United. They even go so far as to put the kit of an opposing club in one of the season uniform rundowns, because Oxford United had to wear them for one game.” … All Things Considered ran a story yesterday about a new kind of chinstrap. … The Hungry Hungry Hipster reports that someone on Etsy is making and selling “Beard Beanies” — a knit hat with a knitted fake beard attached. And naturally, one of them is based on Brian Wilson. … Very cool “How a golf club is made” display case here. … Latest NHL team to incorporate its logo into its red line design: the Kings (big thanks to David Ludwig). … RIP, Steve. You changed everything.