Uni Watch intern emeritus Vince Grzegorek, shown at right, was in town over the weekend, so we got together yesterday to watch some football, shoot some pool, and drink some beers (not necessarily in that order). At one point I mentioned how it’s almost become a job requirement for NFL coaches to be unlikeable control-freak pricks, whereupon Vince said, “What about Lovie Smith?” And it’s true: Lovie Smith appears, at least on the surface, to project an air of quiet, mature authority that’s rare in today’s NFL. Looks swell in that cap, too. I’d have a beer with Lovie Smith; I’d have a meal with Lovie Smith; I’d go fishing with Lovie Smith. Hell, I’ll go further: Lovie Smith for President! He can’t possibly be worse than anyone else who’s running.
As for yesterday’s uni-related developments:
• The Packers wore their “Acme Packers” throwbacks, which included a cool patch on Mike McCarthy’s jacket. Throwback cheerleading outfits, too. Very, very nice. (As an aside, at one point Rams radio broadcaster D’Marco Farr said, “We need to send a note to the league — no more yellow shoes! I keep seeing flags on the field, and it turns out its just Packer feet!”)
• The Pats wore white at home, forcing the Cowboys to wear their rarely seen blue jerseys.
• The Bears have the best uniforms in the league — or they did, until several of their defensive backs decided to pink up their socks.
• The Bengals
wore their orange alternates looked like shit, as usual.
• I’m sure all our military personnel appreciate that Vikings lineman Anthony Herrera wears camouflage underwear.
• Meanwhile, Herrera’s teammate Cedric Griffin wore BFBS socks.
• I know Al Davis was an important guy and all, but this is a bit much.
• Turning to Saturday’s college action, Florida running back Chris Rainey had his uni number ripped off of his back.
• Speaking of Maryland, the problem with matte helmet finishes is that you end up with situations like this.
• Saturday was Dan “Boom” Herron’s first game of the year for Ohio State (he’d been sitting out a suspension). So why did he already have a few buckeye decals?
• And of course there was a lot of additional NCAA coverage in yesterday’s post.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Tim Burke, Hal Gordon, Nick Orban, Nick Schmidt, Zack Tanner, Jim Walaitis, David Westfall
Uni Watch News Ticker: What do Todd Radom, Joan Rivers, and I have in common? We all appeared — albeit just barely in my case — in last Saturday’s College GameDay. … Word through the grapevine is that the two NFL teams that’ll be getting big Nike makeovers next season are the Seahawks and Panthers. … Everyone knows a basketball team can’t survive with only three uniforms, so Oklahoma State has added a gray one (from Arin Mitchell). … I’m still calling it Arrowhead. … Two design contests: one for a Canadian lacrosse league and one for a minor league basketball team (from Mike Sullivan and Joel Hackler, respectively). … Here’s an in-depth look at the new Easton Raptor lacrosse helmet. “Everyone and their little brother is dying for that helmet these days,” says Jeff Brunelle). … Now that’s a football uniform. Ian Wallace spotted that magazine cover illustration in the middle of an NFL Films video. Looks like a rather fanciful notion of a college all-star uni. … Chuck Berry sang the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the NLCS, and he had a killer jersey for the occasion (from Caleb Yorks). … New LeBron sneakers for Miami, Kentucky, and Ohio State. … What is this? It’s a Brian Wilson jack-o-lantern stencil (thanks, Brinke). … Pretty good MLB infographic here (from Don Gale). … Latest NHL memorials for the Russian plan crash: a Ruslan Salei jersey patch for the Ducks and a helmet decal for the Sharks. … RNOB alert! That’s John White IV of Utah (screen shot by Rob Ullman). … “The broadcast team at the Texas/Oklahoma State game was talking about OSU end Jamie Blatnick,” says James McNamara. “They mentioned that he’s a Texas native and considered going to Texas A&M, but decided against it because he didn’t like the maroon uniforms.” … The South African cricket team is sponsored by Castle Lager beer — except for Hashim Amla, whose jersey is sponsor-free. “Amla is a devout Muslim and thus objects to wearing the logo,” explains Daniel McLaughlin. … In a vaguely related item, Michael Orr reports the following: “Weird occurrence in the A-League this week as Central Coast Mariners’ Rostyn Griffiths started the game with a shirt that had a sponsor and finished it wearing a shirt without one. … Saw the tremendous London band Yuck on Friday night. If you’re not familiar with them, you can hear their entire self-titled album here. … Why would a St. Louis Blues sweatshirt have an NFL tag? Brent Bollmeier spotted that a Blues shop. … Interesting article on the marketing and pink-branding of breast cancer, plus an NPR segment on pink fatigue. … Here’s a entertaining and comprehensive view of the history, pros, and cons of wearing goggles during clubhouse celebrations. … Someone has created a line of clothing specifically for people with Down syndrome. … Inside info from Kevin Wilson, who writes: “According to a friend of mine playing for Northwestern, Adidas is planning a surprise uniform for the Wildcats just like they did for Michigan’s game against Michigan State. The uniforms are going to be worn against Penn State this upcoming Saturday, and as of last week the students were still left in the dark at to what they will look like.” … No photo, but an interesting tidbit from Brian Klejsmyt: “In Saturday night’s hockey game between Western Michigan and Union College, I noticed that Union goalie Troy Grosenick had half-circles cut into the back of his hockey pants, behind the knee and right at the hemline.” … When Yuniesky Betancourt batted in the bottom of the 9th during last night’s Brewers/Cards game, his back shirttail was completely untucked. Not a good way to end the season.