College basketball season begins four weeks from today, and teams are beginning to showcase their new uniforms. Here are some developments from yesterday:
• New sweatbacks for Florida. Woof! I really dislike all that black trim (although note that the jersey swoosh is outlined in white — hmmmm). Also, makes no sense for the front typography to be black-outlined while the back is outline-free.
• New home uniforms for Colorado. First time in several years that they’ve gone with white at home, instead of that silver/gray. Big improvement.
• New look for Georgia Southern: Too bad about the loss of the gold trim. Also: Nice “shorts.”
• An Iowa player had a misspelled NOB at yesterday’s Media Day. Ouch.
• Notice anything else missing from all these jerseys? That NCAA certification patch from last year has pulled a disappearing act. (If you don’t know what I’m referring to, or if you just need a refresher course, look here.) I thought the patch was supposed to be mandatory this year, but I’ll contact the NCAA next week and ask for a clarification.
• Meanwhile, Evansville has a new arena.
And as long as we’re talking college hoops, there’s a lot of good stuff in this slideshow of past Iowa hoops Media Day photos. I especially love the “I” side panels on these shorts from 1954 — how awesome is that?! Also interesting: white jerseys paired with gold shorts (1953) and black sneakers (1941). And check out this 1944 shot — in addition to the crotch extensions, there’s also one jersey with vertically arched lettering while the others are radially arched!
(My thanks to Dan Wunderlich, Jake Wallace, Matthew Robins, Jordan Hoehn, Jesse Gavin, and Joe Wagner for their contributions to this entry.)
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, here’s my latest ESPN column, about the fan in his 20s who designed the new Ottawa Senators jersey.
Research request: I have reason to believe that tonight’s installment of SportsBiz: Game On (Versus, 7pm Eastern) may show a view of Troy Polamalu wearing his wedding band during a game. If anyone out there has a high-def teevee and would be willing to record the show and get a screen shot of Polamalu’s ring, I’d be much obliged. (That’s right, I still have an ancient low-def teevee, which is generally fine but isn’t so great for isolating small details like wedding rings.) Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: A new version of the Islanders’ third jersey has been leaked, and it’s just as miserable as the previous ones. Further info here. … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to the announcement of a sports-themed art exhibit. Mark Haarmann notes that the painting on that page is based on a famous NFL moment. … Did you know the Chicago Bulls tried to register various “4-peat” trademarks, in anticipation of a fourth straight NBA title? It’s true (big thanks to Joe Juettner). … Here’s the latest on those high-tech mouthguards that concussion researchers are using (from Ryan Perkins). … Two Lions players have received hosiery-related fines (from Christopher LaBella). … New Lebron sneakers for Kentucky (from Mike Shearer). … The Packers are wearing their throwbacks this Sunday, so their web site has an Acme Packers theme (from Rob Siergiej). … More Packers throwback stuff: Interestingly, many of the Packers appear to love the throwback pants. Since the regular pants have stripes and the throwbacks don’t, it sounds like maybe stripeless pants are comfier (from Stuart J. Ciske). … Labatt’s is coming out with Sabres-themed beer cans (from Steve Lega). … My Page 2 colleague Matt Lindner says Theo Epstein is currently generating so much buzz in Chicago that the Cubs should start marketing him on merch. Has any GM ever been leveraged in that way? … Ben Fortney notes that the official seal of the city of Green Bay features a very familiar-looking G. “I can’t think of any other occasion where a the logo of a business entity (albeit a public owned one) is used by official governments,” he says. … Before Phil Jackson and Pat Riley were geniuses, they were just a coupla basketball players (nice find by Ronnie Poore). … We all know Magic Johnson’s real name is Earvin, but it’s still really surprising to see he his NOB had two initials during the 1980 NBA All-Star Game. “At first I thought this was because Eddie Johnson was on the West team,” says Josh Hansen. “But Eddie Johnson was actually on the East team. The West did have Marques Johnson and Dennis Johnson, along with Magic. Were they worried that fans would confuse Magic with Marques?” … The Cavs have a new D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge. “Their identity package looks NOTHING like that of one of the local colleges in Canton,” notes Jason Tirotta. “In fairness, Walsh has previously worn basketball uniforms that were a blatant rip-off of the NBA Cavs. It is interesting to note, however, that Walsh was founded in 1958 and began competing in collegiate athletics (NAIA) in 1962-63, eight years before the NBA Cavaliers made their debut.” … New center-ice design for the Rangers (from Chris Hernandez). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The CIAA — that’s a D-2 conference — has come up a new rule regarding shoe colors. … I like these Russian nesting dolls patterned after DC-area sports teams (from Andrew Hoenig). … Even if you’re not into video games — I’m not into them myself — you have to like the uni commentary in this NBA 2K12 segment (nice one from Brett Paci). … Odd inconsistency in this Blackhawks wallpaper image: Note the NHL logo on Duncan Keith’s pants (good spot by Keith Burza). … Goes without saying that “reality” teevee is not exactly humankind’s highest achievement. But even by the standards of the genre, what kind of warped mind has people stuff their mouths with roast pig and then makes them spit it out — over and over again? Fuck the competition, or the challenge, or whatever it’s called — I would’ve just swallowed every delicious bite. … Roger Faso designed this Boston mash-up T-shirt, which refers to the 33 championships that Beantown teams have won. … All those years I loved Shea Stadium, and I didn’t even know it had a private masturbation closet. This revelation has led our own Scott Turner to imagine how the Wilpons might offer pornography in their new ballpark: “They’d have 13 different price-point porn rooms. Shlubs in the outfield seats only get to talk about it, and the big-ticket high-rollers get glory holes in the Excelsior Club.” … The Pens and Caps both wore memorial patches for the Russian plane crash victims last night. … Here’s more about Steve DeBerg and his microphone back in 1980. Still no photo of the big hump-back thingie he was wearing, though (good find by Douglas Ford). … Someone likes to make logos — many of them sports-related — out of food (thanks, Kirsten). … Longtime contributor BSmile has started a new blog, where he’s pursuing two of his obsessions: Babe Ruth and panoramic team portraits. … My Mom’s about to move to a new apartment, so I’m heading out to Long Island today to help her pack boxes and such. See you all next week.