• The Falcons once again wore their beeYOOteeful throwbacks. Too bad the Saints don’t have road throwbacks — that would’ve been a gorgeous game to behold.
• The Bears wore their orange alts. I’ve never much cared for this look, and my impression is that nobody else likes it either. Anyone want to stick up for it?
• The Rams and Browns went solid-blue vs. solid-white.
• The Jets wore white at home.
• Marshawn Lynch’s “beast mode” schtick is getting really tiresome (and that purple mouthguard doesn’t exactly help).
• DJ Ware of the Giants spent a good chunk of the second half with a black wrap around his leg. I don’t know if this was medical or to cover a torn pant leg or what. I’ve asked Joe Skiba about it — will advise.
• Albert Haynesworth had some nameplate problems.
• Maybe the super-stretchies are too stretchy.
• Turning to Saturday’s college action, New Mexico took the white helmet from their first game, left the stripe, and used the decal that’s normally on their silver helmets. The team’s seniors chose the design.
• Hey look, it’s the Cincinnati Reds! That’s the Cincy Bearcats, natch, who went with a solid-red look for Saturday’s game against West Virginia.
• And of course Phil and Terry had loads of additional college football news in yesterday’s post.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Ross Hazlett, Rob Holecko, Derek Lucas, Frank Mercogliano, and Ronnie Yates.)
Fish story: In case you missed it over the weekend, Phil had full coverage of the Marlins’ new uniforms on Saturday. Plenty of photos there; some much larger, higher-res photos here; video of the unveiling is here; and the full set at a glance can be seen here.
As for me, here’s what I think:
• I never loved the Marlins’ old look, so I’m not exactly mourning its demise.
• I’ve liked the new logo just fine since it was first leaked back in September.
• I like the home uni, at least from the front (I think that rear view, with the drop shadow on the numbers, is gonna be really annoying).
• Ditto for the road grays, although I kinda wish they’d used orange trim for the collar and sleeves, instead of black.
• The black alternate is a major mistake. Ugly, boring, predictable. Too bad.
• As for the orange alt, it’ll look a lot better if they pair it with the orange cap shown in the style guide, instead of the black caps they used at the unveiling. (For some reason, the orange cap wasn’t used at all at the unveiling, but it does exist.) Either way, though, that rear view with the blue drop shadow is gonna be brutal.
• There’s been lots of chatter about the cap logos being too big. Yes, they are, but for some reason this isn’t bothering me too much, at least for now. I might feel differently once I see them on the field.
• Looks like the chest mark could potentially have a problem with a disappearing letter.
All in all: Not so bad, especially from the front (and let’s hope they tweak the rear number typography after a season or two). Is it great? No. But as Phil wrote on Saturday, “It’s different, but it still looks like a baseball uniform.” Exactly. I like this set a lot more than the Padres’ new set, because it feels like a good fit with its team and city.
Of course, I may revise this assessment downward if they sign Reyes.
Things have been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to follow up with the NCAA regarding that little blue jersey-authentication patch. It was supposed to be mandatory this season (you can get the full story from this piece I wrote last year) but seems to be appearing very haphazardly: Some teams have it, some don’t. Some clarification now comes from reader Kyle Mackie, who writes:
I was talking to one of the equipment managers for Cal and asked him about the blue NCAA patches that we heard about last year. I noticed the Cal uniforms did not have them, but they did have the Jumpman logo. He said was the NCAA wanted it to be on pretty much every piece of equipment/gear the players wear, but it was too difficult or something and they were having trouble enforcing it or implementing it and the whole thing was basically scrapped. Some of the sweats and other things that the basketball team was issued do have the blue patch but not the jerseys.
Faaaascinating. I guess some patch-inclusive jerseys were already in the pipeline, which is why we’re still seeing some teams wearing them. Wonder how long it’ll take for those jerseys to cycle out of circulation. Which school — which player — will be the last one to wear the little blue patch?
Monster in a box: I’ve been flooded with inquiries from people who want to know what I’m going to do with that Notre Dame promo box (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, look here). After thinking about it over the weekend, I’ve decided to auction it off, with the proceeds going to charity. Here’s the deal:
1) First, about the box and its contents: Everything is in like-new condition except for the Adidas-shaped piece of chocolate, which was already broken when I received it, and the gold dome dust, a teeny-tiny amount of which was removed from its container for this photograph (I was unable to get those dust flecks back into the container). I wore the jersey, helmet, and gloves for about 10 minutes on Nov. 11, I plugged the flash drive into my computer for about a minute on that same day, and maybe five or six people tried on the helmet during the Uni Watch party on Nov. 12. Aside from that, everything is unused.
2) The box will be auctioned off as a single unit, not as separate components. Please don’t ask if you can bid just on the helmet, or just on the jersey — not gonna happen.
3) Bidding will start tomorrow morning, Nov. 15, as soon as I post tomorrow’s blog entry, and will conclude next Tuesday, Nov. 22, at noon Eastern.
4) This will be a silent e-mail auction. To bid, simply send an e-mail with your best offer to an address that I will reveal tomorrow. Your e-mail should include your full name, shipping address, and phone number (I may call you to confirm a few things). Bids that do not include a working phone number will be deleted. The highest bid will win. In the case of identical bids, the one with the earlier time stamp will be the winner. (Note that this is not like eBay, where you can simply beat the next-highest bidder by a dollar. If the highest bid is, say, $1 million, and the second-highest is $2,000, the winning bidder must pay the full million.)
5) When the bidding commences tomorrow, the minimum bid will be $1000.
6) Each successive morning, up through Nov. 22, I will announce what the current high bid is up to (although I will not divulge the high bidder’s identity). The minimum bid each day will be $100 more than the current high bid that I announce that morning. In other words, if the bidding on Wednesday morning is up to $1750, the minimum bid on Wednesday will be $1850.
7) If nobody bids on a given day, the minimum bid the following day will increase by an additional $100. In other words, if the bidding on Wednesday morning is up to $1750 and nobody bids on Wednesday, then the minimum bid on Thursday will be $1950. If nobody bids on Thursday, then the minimum bid on Friday will be $2050. (This is to keep people from waiting until the last day to bid.)
8) If you’ve already bid and then want to increase your bid, just send another e-mail. There’s no limit to the number of times you can increase your bid. You may not retract or lower a bid once you have made it, however.
9) If the winning bidder fails to follow through with payment, the second-highest bidder will win the box (and, you can be sure, I’ll splatter the deadbeat bidder’s name far and wide).
10) The winning bidder will be responsible for either (a) picking up the box from my apartment in person, (b) arranging for someone else to pick it up in person, or (c) covering shipping costs + insurance via UPS (the package will weigh about 80 pounds and the origin zip code will be 11217, so you can do the math to see what the shipping charge will be). I have the original shipping materials that Adidas used when they sent the box to me, so I’ll use those and do my best to pack things as securely as possible.
11) Once I receive payment from the winning bidder, it will be donated in the bidder’s name to his or her choice of the following nine organizations (this list is final, so please don’t ask me to amend it — thanks):
ASPCA: Longtime animal welfare advocacy group. Tucker and Caitlin are rooting for the high bidder to choose this option.
Doctors without Borders: Renowned humanitarian group helping catastrophe-stricken people around the globe.
It Gets Better Project: Dan Savage’s groundbreaking initiative to support LBGT kids and combat anti-gay bullying.
National Parks Conservation Association: Working to preserve and support America’s national parks, which are currently facing massive budget cuts.
Population Council: International NGO dedicated to public health initiatives in developing countries.
Slow Food USA: Brilliant organization supporting local and sustainable food production and consumption. The exact opposite of corporate fast food.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Longtime watchdog organization that monitors and fights extremist hate groups (the Klan, skinheads, etc.). They’re the ones who brought the 1990 lawsuit that bankrupted and essentially destroyed the White Aryan Resistance.
WFMU: Best radio station on the planet. Completely listener-supported, perpetually broke.
If the high bidder wants to divide up the bid amount among two or three of these groups, that’s fine too.
12) I will add my own $1000 contribution to whichever organization(s) the high bidder ends up choosing.
And there we are. If you have questions about any of this (like, legitimate questions — not “So am I the high bidder?” or “Can you let me know if anyone surpasses my bid?”), feel free to be in touch at the usual Uni Watch address (not at the bidding address). Thanks.
Saturday’s Uni Watch party was sensational. My thanks to all who attended (esp. those who traveled all the way from the Steel City!), and doubleplusthanks to Keith Goggin for all the excellent gifts. Full report in a day or two.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Who’s that with the excellent taste in T-shirts? None other than best-selling author and MacArthur genius grant recipient Jonathan Lethem (big thanks to Casey Barber). … Speaking of the Mets, they’ll unveil their 2012 uniforms on Wednesday. … According to Jags equipment manager Drew Hampton, the team will likely have a black uniform within the next two years. … New kits in the works for the Philadelphia Union. … New Euro 2012 kits for Spain, Germany, and Russia. … The Kitchener Rangers wore a Remembrance Day jersey on Friday (from Jerry Muir). … A Venezuelan baseball team has been wearing green ribbons as a gesture of support for kidnapped Nats player Wilson Ramos. And they’re not those bogus ribbon patches — they’re real ribbons (big thanks to Eric Stroker). The U.S. soccer team wore white jerseys with blue shorts for Friday’s international friendly against France. “First time they’ve done that, I think,” says Austin Chen. “Usually they wear white on white, or red shirts with blue shorts.” … This article about the Springfield Falcons — that’s a minor league hockey team — includes the following: “We do share in some equipment costs with Columbus. The budget for hockey sticks can be in excess of $100,000 a year. Small items like hockey tape will run us over $6,000 a year. Our uniform costs are in excess of $10,000 a year. We will spend close to $5,000 a year on hockey pucks” (from Tris Wykes). … Latest entry in the “Worst Jersey Ever” sweepstakes (from Chris Dearth). … More poppies, this time on English soccer shoes (from Chris Cruz). … Michael Kramer reports that the O’Brien Trophy has its own wordmark, at least on several of the trophies that he recently got to see. Pretty ugly, no? … The color distinctions aren’t easy to make out, but Luke Rosnick notes that most of the Rangers were wearing their navy gloves — normally used with the team’s retro alternates — with their regular home uni. “They had worn the retro sweaters in their past two games, so I’m wondering if the guys kept wearing the same gloves because they’re properly broken in at the moment (not sure what the turnover is on gloves in the NHL), or as a kind of superstitious thing because the team is on such a tear right now.” … Gordon Gromer spotted some very odd pants on the sideline of Thursday’s Virginia Tech game. … The woman who created the pink ribbon for breast cancer has died. … Here’s a little truism Scott M.X. Turner taught me years ago: Every Negro Leagues team portrait includes at least one guy whose uniform doesn’t match all the others. The Memphis Red Sox appear to have taken that concept to an extreme level (great find by Don Gale). … Looking for something cool to wear for Xmas? You could do a lot worse than this amazing green/red varsity sweater. … Anyone else think it’s a little weird that the patch for the FBI’s Pittsburgh office includes a Penguins logo? (From Alan Feller.) … Tris Wykes likes how Brown University’s football helmet logo includes some ivy — fitting for an Ivy League team. … David Sonny notes that the Cincinnati basketball court now has icons celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school’s NCAA championship. … St. John’s hoops had two NNOB players yesterday. “The roster shows #25 is Drew Bashen and #40 is Sam Sealy — but no other info as to why their names aren’t on their jerseys,” says Brian Cheung. … New soccer uniforms for Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League (from Jeremy Brahm). … Good article about Pennsylvania high school football helmets (thanks, Kek). … Ron Roza was at last night’s Blackhawks game and spotted someone wearing an amusing Flames jersey. … Manny Pacquiao had a ridiculous amount of bumper stickerage on his trunks for Saturday night’s bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. … Here’s an interesting situation: Former pitcher Charlie Lea, who tossed a no-hitter during his six seasons with the Expos, has died. Is this the first time a former Expo has passed away since the franchise moved to Washington? Will the Nats wear a memorial patch?