Another quiet Sunday in the NFL yesterday. As you can see above, the Chargers wore the alternate uniforms that everyone wishes they’d wear full-time, but after that it was fairly slim uni-related pickins:
• Odd development in Tennessee, where Titans lineman Mike Otto somehow lost the white stripe on his pants.
• Tom Brady slid and ended up with a bunch of turf in his knee brace.
• You know what the world really needs? Caps and other gear for college football division champions.
• UCLA’s move to white uniforms for the game against USC was ridiculed in certain quarters.
• CBS had an amusing graphics snafu during the LSU/Arkansas game.
• In a related item, reader Sean Patton noticed all sorts of aberrations in the “SEC on CBS” intro video prior to the Alabama/Auburn game. I’ll let him explain:
The video shows various SEC teams doing various football-related things, mostly pregame things. I noticed several errors in the part of the video that’s supposed to show Alabama walking out of their tunnel:
1) It appears to show Alabama “players” (I assume these are not actual Alabama players) in the wrong pants. Those look like Houston’s pants. Alabama does not have that logo on their hip, nor have they ever. And they sure as hell aren’t the Cougars, so why would they have a Cougar on the hip? Notice the Alabama “A” on the collar of the jersey that’s paired with the pants.
3) Here’s the weirdest part of all: As the “Alabama” player runs onto the field, there appears to be a Boise State player warming up in the background. Blue pants, gray top with blue numbers — that’s Boise, isn’t it? Only problem is that Alabama has never played Boise State that I know of, and definitely not since Boise got those grey tops.
• Phil and Terry had lots of additional NCAA coverage in yesterday’s entry.
• And if you missed Saturday’s entry, you really owe it to yourself to take a gander, because Phil and Robert Marshall presented a uni-related project for the ages. Don’t miss.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Doug Brei, Christopher Falvey, Brent Hardman, Rob Holecko, Jason Kerzer, Gary Moore, Paul Pass, Davis Powell,
Very stylish: When I mention the MLB Style Guide, or any of the other leagues’ style guides, I inevitably receive e-mails from readers asking, “Can I access that style guide?” And the answer, of course, is no, because those guides all live on password-protected web sites, and I can’t give away the login info without jeopardizing my own access.
But now reader Chris Wade has stumbled across a site where someone has uploaded the content from the 2009 NFL, NHL, and MLB style guides. Granted, that’s not quite as good as the current versions, but it’s still a lot better than what most of you had five minutes ago, right? Have fun — lots of good stuff in there.
Hey, Brian Codagnone: You’re a mighty generous fella. Thank you.
Membership update: A new batch of designs has been added to the membership card gallery. That includes Andy Schwartz’s card, shown at right, which is based on his running club’s jersey — a fun choice.
As always, you can get your own custom-designed membership card by signing up here. And if you want to buy a membership for someone as a holiday gift but don’t know what design to get for him or her, we have a good solution to that — look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: About 10 days ago I mentioned that the insignia on the Mariners’ navy alternate would now say, “Seattle” instead of “Mariners.” Here’s our first look at the new design. … Dennis Couvillion was cleaning out some old boxes and found a bunch of old pennants from the late ’50s and early ’60s. I particularly like how the mascot character on the Oilers pennant is wearing double-zero. A precursor of Kenny Burrough, perhaps? … New mascot in the works for the 76ers (from Kurt Esposito). … The New England Revolution are unveiling their new kit on Saturday, Dec. 3, and are giving small sneak peeks on Facebook (from Matthew Jean). … Bruins’ anthem singer Rene Rancourt wore a
special really fucking ugly vest for Thanksgiving (from John Muir). … Ben Harris spotted a member of the Packers/Lions sideline crew with NOP — that’s name on pinnie. … Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro, who usually wears No. 4, switched to No. 2 (with NNOB) on Thursday to honor teammate Fozzy Whittaker, the senior tailback who suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago (from Matt Mitchell). … Matt Schudel came across a site devoted to the history of UVA football. “It includes lots of images of historical game programs and, best of all, an illustrated history of UVA football uniforms dating back to 1956,” he writes. … Here’s a good look at the memorial patch that Oklahoma State is wearing in memory of the victims of the recent plane crash (big thanks to David Greenwald). … Lots of great old Apple Cup photos and illos here. “As an interesting aside, note how the 1969 program cover features an African-American couple with a white couple,” says John Doodigian. “That team was torn apart by racist accusations (founded, in my opinion) against then-coach Jim Owens. A little positive propaganda, perhaps?” … Good find by Gary Mattox, who writes: “Apparently the football coach at G.A.R. Memorial High in Pennsylvania lets the players wear whatever socks they want, and one kid went all-out for the playoffs.” … Remember the Berlin Thunder from NFL Europe? Their logo is being used by Buhach Colony High School in California (good spot by Ricky Ortega). … Jared Wheeler reports that some folks from the Mitchell & Ness’s pre-Reebok days recently opened up a store in Philly called Pro League Authentics. “It’s a uniform specialty store and pro shop, similar to the likes of Gerry Cosby and the old Michell & Ness,” says Jared. “They provide all the authentic touches regarding lettering, numbers, and patches. They’re also involved in the uniform making process for teams in the Vintage Base Ball Association. It’s a great shop with a personal feel.” … Attention DIYers: Really nice blank Blackhawks-ish jersey available here. … Mike Engle notes that the Capitals are wearing their modern uni number font on their helmets with their throwback alt jerseys. … Ever heard of an old sporting goods company called Ken Wel? I never had, until Michael Princip pointed me toward this old leather helmet and this very unusual leather helmet with a visor, along with this video. … The whole mustache/Movember thing is now being supported by the Florida Panthers’ logo (from John Muir). … “I had dinner at Lee Roy Selmon’s in Tampa on Saturday night,” writes Kyle Speicher. “The staff wears these plain jerseys (63 was Selmon’s number). I asked a waitress about the significance of the stripes, and she said women wear them, guys don’t.” … F1 news from Omar Jalife, who writes: “Brazil was the last Grand Prix of 2011 and Felipe Massa ran for the 100th time with Ferrari, thus he used a golden helmet instead of his usual yellow/blue. Hamilton, whose top is usually yellow, wore a helmet with the Brazilian flag, since the helmet was in honour to Ayrton Senna and will be auctioned later to donate to Senna’s foundation. Similarly, Sergio Pérez ran with a Mexican flag instead of his usual green top, to commemorate his last race as a rookie.” … Check out this Snickers rack shaped like a football helmet. … “My sister is in her second year as a majorette for the University of Kentucky,” writes Jacob Kubuske. “She and the other Sweetheart majorettes started a tradition partway through last season of posing for photos with all the visiting mascots that come to Commonwealth Stadium. The one w/ Big Red is my favorite.” … The DC United will unveil their new kits today, but Michael Orr already has a photo of them.