There was a true stroke of uni-related genius at yesterday’s Rams/Cowboys game, where Josh Hamilton of the Rangers and Lance Berkman of the Cardinals participated in the coin toss — in full uniform! I can’t even begin to express how much I love this. Texas vs. St. Louis, get it? Big kudos to whoever came up with this one.
In other developments:
• The Bucs and Bears played in London, which means both teams were wearing the “International Series” patch. Man, that design is so blah. A profoundly unsatisfying patch.
• Here’s another interesting things about that Bucs/Bears game: If you look through all the game photos, you may notice something missing: pink. Not a speck of it. At first I thought maybe the whole cancer-awareness thing was just an American initiative, but it turns out it’s an international campaign. It’s hard not to conclude that the NFL decided not to present a color-compromised version of itself to the very special overseas audience they’re trying to woo. But for us slobs back in the States, hell, we’ll watch anything, no matter how much pink it has.
• Yet another thing about the Bucs/Bears game: They had a little pavilion set up with various bits of NFL history. Interestingly, the logos they used for the Lions and Cardinals were out of date.
• Is it just me, or was this the first time in a while that the Dolphins wore solid white?
• There are four uni-relevant things about these photos: The Vikings wore their throwbacks; as usual, this meant their helmets didn’t match their jerseys (just like in the old days); in addition, their throwback horn decals intersected particularly badly with their helmet vents; and Adrian Peterson was wearing shinguards (something I’m amazed more players don’t do).
• There was a rare sighting of the red cross above Troy Polamalu’s nameplate.
• This was an extremely uni-notable weekend in college football. Phil and Terry had all the details in yesterday’s post.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Jonathan Cain, Jon Kamide, Derek Linn, Marc-Louis Paprzyca, Bob Williams.)
Party reminder: The next Uni Watch party will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2pm, at Sheep Station in Brooklyn. I’ll be there, Phil will be there, and it’s conceivable that we may have a few other uni-luminaries on hand. But the real luminaries are you, the readers — hope you’ll join us.
And while we’re at it, all Seattle-area readers should go check out our own Scott M.X. Turner and his band, RebelMart, tonight at the Funhouse.
Uni Watch News Ticker: This is awesome: a whole article on neck rolls! My compliments to the chef. … Kevin Poss points out that the Rangers’ red/blue confusion even extends to Ron Washington’s eyeglass frames. … Remember last Thursday’s post about the Rangers using repurposed Senators jerseys for spring training in 1972? Further evidence of that comes from this 1972 Rangers spring training jersey — with 1971 tagging! (Nice find by Todd Radom.) … Several readers have noted that Colby Lewis is wearing a gray-underbrimmed cap. … New mask for James Reimer (from Brian Lee). … The NAHL’s Port Huron Fighting Falcons are wearing a Chewbacca jersey for Star Wars Night. … New hoops uniforms for Northwestern (from Nick Brilowski). … Tramon Williams and Clay Matthews of the Packers were fined $5000 apiece for wearing “nonconforming shoes” in Green Bay’s recent throwback game against the Rams. … Now that’s a scary jack-o-lantern (from Peter from Poughkeepsie). … Latest breast cancer stunt: Next week’s NASCAR race in Martinsville will have pink curbs (from O.J. De Castro). … Oh, and while we’re at it, the Blues wore pink sock tape on Friday night. … Here’s a weird one: Peter Fredrcikson was watching footage of a 1970 Steelers/Bills game and noticed that the Steelers logo at midfield had been mostly — but not entirely — obscured by an Astroturf patch. … New court for UNCW (from Troy Fowler). … Also from Troy: “Syracuse had a March Madness event last week where they had an alumni game with former stars. It looks like they used old game shorts from a couple of different eras.” … Lots of old Minnesota football program covers on display here. “For some reason I like this goofy-looking one,” says Joe Hollomon. … I’m quoted a bit in this article about why baseball managers wear uniforms. … Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison didn’t have the World Series logo patch on his cap on Saturday night. He did, however, have his wedding band on his Tooth Fairy necklace. … Arizona hoops held their annual Red-Blue scrimmage the other day, and alum Jason Terry took the name of the event rather literally (from Kenny Abbey). … Wisconsin’s sideline pullovers appear to have an upside-down M instead of a W. “I don’t know if this is just a faulty batch or just a really crappy design/font used by Adidas,” says Graham Teitelbaum. “Either way, it looks terrible!” … Ben Beattie notes that ESPN is using a very old picture of Ray Lewis to promote tonight’s Ravens/Jags game. Note the outdated logo creep on the sleeve. … Jonathan Mayer attended a wedding at Comiskey over the weekend and saw something new: a jersey being used as a guestbook. … According to this really good article about dugout phones, the Cubs experimented wireless dugout phones in 2006. Can’t say I remember that. Does anyone else? … Here’s what happens to the Brewers’ sausage race costumes when the season’s over. … New gray alts for South Carolina hoops (from Andy Shain). … New volleyball uniforms for the Japanese men’s and women’s teams (from Jeremy Brahm). … Sure enough, now that Theo Epstein is officially with the Cubs, the team is selling Epstein jerseys and tees. Is this a first for an MLB GM? (From Matt Lindner.) … I caught three movies over the weekend: Take Shelter (interesting but ultimately unsatisfying), Margin Call (spectacularly good — see it), and a documentary about one of America’s most iconic public housing debacles (really good, but it’s only playing the festival circuit, so good luck finding it). Not a uni-related moment in any of them, alas. … Lots of phantom championship gear on display here (from Ben Hayden). … Robert Waynick has created some Michigan sports-themed wallpaper designs for the iPhone and Android. … Plenty of Rangers jerseys at last night’s World Series game — but probably only one like this (screen shot by Ben Fortney).