Nice batch today — some from Mako Mameli, some from Bruce Menard, some from Mike Hersh, and some from me.
• Did you know that Chicago had its own semi-pro football league in the 1970s? But they didn’t exactly have the most original logo.
• Check out this SMU quarterback with a cross painted on his helmet.
• Interesting “Then and Now” helmet shot. According to the caption, the Super Bowl XVI host committee held a fund-raiser featuring Lions players “wearing football uniforms dating to 1890.” We need to find photos of that!
• Ya can never have too many white satin photos.
• This gets my vote for the best facemask photo ever. Read the caption to see why.
• Here we have two ballplayers making spectacles of themselves.
• Man, speed skating uniforms have come a long way since the 1930s. I’d give anything for that sweater on the right.
• Although this photo is whimsical, the underlying point is significant: A defensive player was using a helmet radio receiver to receive signals from the sideline way back in 1956.
• Quick, when were the Marlins’ inaugural uniforms unveiled? Answer: about eight months before their first game.
• Quick, when did the Angels unveil their 1993 logo? Answer: at the end of the 1992 season.
• I love this 1947 down marker. Also love the dude’s outfit.
• So much to like about this photo of Yogi. Just wish we could see what was printed on his T-shirt.
Let’s have a round of huzzahs for today’s birthday boy, our own Scott M.X. Turner. Have a great one, buddy — here’s hoping you get everything you wish for when you blow out the candles.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Phil’s weekly “Colorize This!” segments have inspired an entry on an Auburn football blog (from Dave Bivin). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: UNC will be wearing some really ugly blue camouflage for the Carrier Classic game on Nov. 11. “The sweatback makes it even worse,” says Matt Harris. This seems to confirm that Michigan State will wear that camo design that we briefly glimpsed in a recent video clip. … “Brewers PR guy John H. Steinmiller just tweeted this Bucks 10th-anniversary logo,” says Jeff Ash. “He said he’d never seen it until now. His dad, also named John, has worked for the Bucks since almost the beginning.” That’s an interesting Milwaukee sports PR dynasty right there. … Surprise-surprise, turns out those recently leaked Winter Classic designs may not be legit after all (from Mark Kaplowitz). … Here’s the latest article on Tooth Fairy necklaces. … New mask — and a really interesting one — for Jonas Hiller (thanks, RyCo). … As many of you are probably aware, a lot of content on the web — especially on blogs — is actually stealth advertising. I get offers like the one described in that story all the time, and I routinely turn them down. Like I’ve always said, I have nothing against advertising per se — I just think there are places where it doesn’t belong, and the editorial content of this site (or any site) is one of them. … Yet another team using the Hitmen logo: Pflugerville Hendrickson in Texas (from Ken Singer). … Providence basketball has added a Dave Gavitt memorial patch (big thanks to Erik Sundermann). … Why does Syracuse wear orange? The answer is here (from Brennan Barber). … Another day of sensational vintage Packers pics from Jeff Ash, this time from 1966. … Pat Sajak played in a charity softball game the other day, wearing a Nats jersey with WoF-SNOB — that’s Wheel of Fortune-style name on back. … Doug Keklak notes that a photo of Jerry West in the current issue of SI shows the Lakers chest insignia running more uphill than usual. … Remember that video of the Ohio players acting like game show contestants when they saw their BFBS uniforms? They probably would’ve shit their pants if they’d known that BFBS helmets would also be part of the package (from Mark Maxwell).