Weird day in the NFL yesterday — almost nothing uni-notable to speak of except for Jermaine Gresham’s torn jersey, shown above. I realize that’s the kind of photo that prompts many of you to fish that container of Vaseline out of your desk drawer and head straight to the men’s room, so we’ll pause for a second to let you deal with your, uh, business.
• Phil and Terry had plenty of NCAA coverage in yesterday’s post, but Terry has a few corrections to what he originally posted:
For the TCU/Colorado State game, I said the Rams were wearing gold at home. Not only was that a road game for the Rams, but I neglected to mention that it was a color-on-color game.
Also, I thought that Samford University’s logo was missing in the top graphic in this photo, and that Auburn was using one of their “UA” logos as a placeholder. Turns out that the blue-and-white blob next to the left-hand Auburn logo is the Samford logo. For some reason, I didn’t see it.
• An additional tidbit from Saturday: If there’s anyone on the planet who still doubts that Nike’s branding is way out of control, check out the end zone pylon from the Oregon/USC game.
• And an important item I neglected to mention regarding last Thursday’s Jets/Broncos game: For a few years now, when the Jets have worn their white jerseys and white pants, they’ve also worn white socks. Last Thursday, however, they went with green-topped socks. Much better.
(My thanks to James Samsel and Ryan Stone for their screen shots.)
Blue Jay Way, continued: Phil provided a detailed breakdown of the Blue Jays’ new look on Saturday. I basically agree with every single word of his analysis, which is to say I think this is an excellent update, and a massive upgrade. Well done!
But not everyone is so enthusiastic. Some blogger came up with more than a dozen objections to the new logo. I agree with exactly two of his points (the ones regarding the maple leaf); the rest seem arbitrary at best, wrong-headed at worst. Why, for example, does the highlight on the eyeball have to be round?
As it turns out, the blogger in question later put his money where his mouth is by posting a revised logo. Good for him, but I definitely prefer the original version, not his version (and that includes the highlight on the eyeball). I do wish they’d connected the maple leaf stem to the outline of the baseball, though — that was something I always loved about the Jays’ original 1977 mark.
Meanwhile, here’s a pretty amusing survey of the Jays’ logo history. Enjoy.
Notre Dame auction update: The auction for the Notre Dame promo box is continuing. For the fourth straight day, no bids were submitted yesterday, so the high bid is still $4301 and the minimum bid for today is now $4701. If nobody bids today, the minimum bid will increase to $4801 on Tuesday.
Please note that the auction will close tomorrow, Tuesday, at noon Eastern.
Full details on how to bid, and everything else regarding the auction, can be found here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Good article on Iowa football’s uni numbers (from Joe Kramer). … The USA’s latest soccer kit has leaked. … Kinda digging this unusual North Dakota jersey. … Here’s a really interesting piece about the typeface on the 9/11 Memorial logo. … Oregon fans who make that “O” sign with their hands are actually making the sign language symbol for “vagina.” … While looking for something else, Jeff Ash came across a great piece about Cuban ballparks. … Here’s a fun site devoted to rowing oar blade designs (big thanks to Kevin Mueller). … Brian Crago was watching some footage from the 1980 NLCS and spotted someone in the Astros dugout — probably a trainer — wearing a deliciously hideous rainbow polo shirt. … Very disappointing news out of Medford, Oregon, where the local airport is going to put giant corporate ads on its control tower. … Anyone know what’s up with the ribbon decal on the Avalanche’s helmets? … Check it out: Cardinals vs. Cardinals! That’s from the Minnesota High School Football tournament — the Annandale Cardinals versus the Fairmont Cardinals (good one from Craig Van Someren). … Third graf of this story indicates that the Astros’ new owner may be making changes to the team’s logos and uniforms (although not in time for 2012, obviously). … Stuart Neuberger notes that Travis Lewis of Oklahoma wears a six-point chinstrap. … Victoria’s Secret made the mistake of producing a Michigan State T-shirt with a quote from the Michigan fight song. Stick to push-up bras, gang. … The Charleston Civic Center is getting a new floor design with a coal propaganda sponsorship logo. … New retro-ish sweater design for Wisconsin hockey (from Jacob Olson). … New logos for the newly named/relocated Pensacola Blue Wahoos. “While the uniforms haven’t been unveiled yet, the alternate hat has been released,” says Ryan Bohannon. “Yes the alternate hat was the first thing to be shown off. I have season tickets for the team but I don’t care for the logo or name. Why is a hook involved? Doesn’t that show defeat?” … Iona hoops wore mismatched NOB fonts for Saturday’s game at Maryland. “ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb explained that it was an issue of economics,” says Matt Shevin. “He said, ‘When you’re a mid-major school, you’re going to play guaranteed road games, and have mismatching names. The older players have one font, the younger players another.'” … Most of you probably know that the WinniJets logo is based on the Canadian Air Force logo. What you might not know is that the Air Force spelled out a bunch of conditions regarding how the team can and can’t use the logo (from Jeff Flynn, Jr.). … The recycling bins at Kyle Field are topped with Aggie helmets (from Casey Shaeffer). … Earl Bennett of the Bears, who’s been wearing orange shoes lately, has been told to knock it off — or else. Phil had a good analysis of this in yesterday’s comments. … “Was over on NFL.com, and noticed a cartoon called ‘Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core,'” says Caleb Borchers. “No idea what it’s about (other than brand brainwashing six-year-olds), but apparently they have created a new little mascot for each of the league’s 32 teams. Haven’t found all the mascots in one place, but did find several images of the various characters, some better than others. They’ve also done cartoons of personalities like Jerry Jones and Sean Payton. Found a video clip of it and it’s pretty mind-numbingly stupid. Funny to me, though, that they painted Jerry Jones as a guy who could see gigantic robots threatening to ruin the Super Bowl and all he worries about is his big screen.” … Here are the Softbank Hawks — that’s Japanese baseball, kids — posing with their championship pennant (from Morris Levin). … Buried deep within this article about the EA Sports Maui Invitational college hoops tourney is the following passage: “The Vols are the visiting team for today’s game and are expected to wear their orange uniforms. UT’s look will be different, however, as they will be wearing light blue shoes as part of an Adidas promotion. Martin said it’s his understanding that all of the Adidas schools as the tournament, which includes Kansas, Michigan and Chaminade, will be wearing the promotional shoes.” That prompted the following analysis from Buddy Walker: “I hate that the Adidas teams are doing something as a group. There shouldn’t be unity based on apparel brand, only based on school. ‘Team Adidas’ can suck it.” Agreed. And the name of the tournament is an eyebrow-raiser, too.