People, I’m gonna be frank with you: I watched about 20 minutes of football yesterday. Here’s why: I began the day with a New York City Marathon brunch party hosted by my friends Joan and Jason. From there I went to an amazing birthday party for my friend Amy Fritch (who, as you may recall, road-tripped through Scotland with me last year). That was followed by yet another birthday party, this one for the awesome Laura Forde (who cat-sits for me, just as I do for her). And then from there I went to my friend Freddy’s 78-rpm record hop (with free pizza!).
That, people, is a full day, so please forgive me if I missed any details from yesterday’s gridiron action. Fortunately, there were lots of uni-notable college details from Saturday to catch up on. Here’s the full weekend rundown:
• The Saints wore their gorgeous throwbacks.
• Everyone knew that the Bills would wear white at home. What we didn’t know was that the Jets would wear solid green on the road. Ewww.
• The Cardinals wore their BFBS alts. Double-ewww.
• Moon over Tempe! That’s Early Doucet of the Cardinals, proving that the NFL may have rules against marijuana but they still have issues with crack.
• Did anyone out there realize that the NFL’s web site has a “Uniform Monitor” column? News to me!
• Turning to Saturday’s college action, Max Smith of Kentucky was going FNOB.
• Many, many readers noticed that TJ Jones of Notre Dame had a backwards ND logo.
• Vanderbilt went with black helmets.
• Someone on the Longhorns had a droopy horn.
• During the Cal/Washington State game, Cal DE Trevor Guyton wore No. 6 instead of his usual 92. It was a tribute to a childhood friend who played at WSU before becoming paralyzed in a car accident.
• From that same game: Has WSU been wearing these odd socks all season long?
• Jake Hurley was late getting his Duck Tracker updated in time for yesterday’s post, so here it is today.
• In Saturday night’s game between Kansas State and Oklahoma State, KSU head coach Bill Snyder was wearing a Pacific Life Holiday Bowl jacket. The Wildcats last played in that game in 2002 — and before that, 1999 — so this jacket was conceivably a decade-ish old!
• No photo, but California University of Pennsylvania — a small D2 school — reportedly wore red jerseys for one half of their game against Edinboro and black for the other half.
• And of course Phil and Terry had lots of additional NCAA coverage in yesterday’s post.
(My thanks to all contributors, including David Cline, Alan Feller, Daniel Fontenot, Doug Keklak, Bill Kellick, Mark Lum, Kyle Mackie, Matt Mitchell, and Kevin Vaughn.)
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Uni Watch News Ticker: A new study suggests that leather football helmets are just as good as modern ones, at least when it comes to concussions. … New Euro 2012 kit for Spain (from Kenny Loo). … “Staubach” isn’t that long a name, but the Cowboys had trouble fitting it on a jersey at one point (screen shot by Ryan Perkins). … Everyone’s all excited about this Virginia Tech teambuilder page. … Hmmm, a Bruins baseball jersey. “I saw it at a local discount department store,” says Ben Marciniak. … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: Here’s an admirably detail-driven look at various versions of the Orioles’ cartoon bird logo, which has had a lot more variations that I’d realized. Highly recommended reading. … Back in October I did an ESPN column about the guy who designed the Sens’ third uniform. Here’s another interview with him, this time at Icethetics (from Jim Wooley). … Check out this amazing photo of Charlie Finley modeling an Oakland Seals uni mock-up (great job, Teebz). … I know basketball players are tall, but this is a bit much. Great uniform, though. … Hmm, in 1939 Wheaties offered a set of cards about the history of baseball uniforms. … Several readers have noted some interesting things about the uniforms being worn in the MLB all-star tour of Taiwan: (1) The Twins are wearing their normal home pinstripes, even though they completely stopped wearing that uni after Harmon Killebrew’s death back in May. (2) The Giants are still wearing their World Champions sleeve patches. (3) Emilio Bonifacio is wearing the Marlins’ home pinstripes. This will be the last time we ever see a Marlin wear the uniform, and it happens to be in Taiwan. … The Blackhawks have a bi-annual promotion where the players’ fathers come on the road with them for a few games. This time around the program has its own logo (from Tim E. O’Brien). … Pretty cool photo of the Cal helmet room. “The white on one side and blue on the other looks pretty cool,” says Kyle Mackie. … Here’s a decent view of the football Cardinals’ “25 years in St. Looie” patch from 1984 (from Bill Kellick). … Chris Fogler notes that the Yale hockey team has a big Y on top of their helmets. … John Freeman was at the UNC/NC State game on Saturday and saw this nifty helmet cart parked outside the stadium. … Mark Petuch tipped me off to a throwback brand I hadn’t heard of before. Anyone know more about them? … There are bad socks, and then there are really bad socks. That’s Griffith High from Indiana (big thanks to Bob Delano). … Latest goalie wearing a Movember-themed mask: Tim Thomas. He also has new pads (from Matt Fedorka). … Robert Silverman notes that Madison Square Garden now has charcoal gray seats near the court, instead of teal and purple. … Here’s a good view of the Astros’ rainbow-striped stirrups (big thanks to Jay Oats). … Remember Bethany Heck, founder of the Eephus League, who I interviewed back in January? She was in town over the weekend (some sort of grad school frield trip), so we met up at Old Town on 18th St. A pleasure to meet her after a year of being her fan, and she’s every bit as smart and charming in person and she appears to be on the web. Come back soon, Bethany! … “Over the past few years, Pallavolo Modena in Italy’s Men’s Volleyball League has had libero sponsorships with the Spider-Man and Iron Man movies and Japanese animation,” says Jeremy Brahm. “But this year, their sponsor for the libero uniform is a cheese manufacturer, Parmareggio. The company has a mouse in its most recent advertising campaign. So the libero jersey features a mouse digging a ball.” … Tony LaRussa, Chris Carpenter, and David Freese wore personalized Blues jerseys for pregame festivities the other night (from Mark Richter). … New baseball uniforms for the Santa Fe Mountain Lions, a low-level independent minor league team (from Alan Poff). … Bill Radocy has updated his Strat-o-Matic hockey uniform designs. … I’m still calling it Kaufman Stadium (from Zach Brady). … Big, big congrats to Mike Hersh and his wife Ali, proud parents of newborn Zachary Nolan Hersh, who was officially added to the roster at 11:07 last night. The hunch here is that Zach will soon be dressed in a vintage flannel onesie.