I was walking around my neighborhood yesterday when I passed a guy wearing a very nice burgundy cardigan with the Redskins’ script “R” logo on the chest. I’d never seen that product before, so I asked the guy where he got it. “It’s just a plain sweater, and my girlfriend sewed the logo patch onto it,” he said. “I have season tickets, but I won’t give them any more money by buying anything.” I’m not sure why he was in Brooklyn instead of at yesterday’s game in DC, but whatever — viva la DIY!
As for yesterday’s NFL action:
• The Cardinals went full-blood-clot at home in Glendale. Not a good look, but hey, they beat Dallas, so that works for me.
• Very pastel-ish game in Tampa, as the Bucs wore their Creamsicle throwbacks against the Panthers.
• Yesterday marked the first time this season that the Chiefs went white over white (a look they used five times in 2010, plus twice in the 2010 preseason). Note that they went with their white-topped socks, instead of the red-topped socks that are normally worn with the white pants.
• This isn’t really a new observation, but it’s still amazing to see just how inconsistent the Bengals’ nameplates and yokes can be. All those shots are from yesterday’s game against the Steelers.
• The Texans wore navy over navy.
• For the second time in seven days, the Saints wore black over black.
• In that same game, Jonathan Vilma was missing the fleur de lis patch on his left sleeve.
• While watching the Giants/Packers game, I thought Ahmad Bradshaw had a stray piece of tape on his helmet, but now I think it was his mouthguard. Also, note the sleeve on the cup of his chinstrap.
• Turning to Saturday’s college action, several readers suggested that the middle letters of Lamin Barrow’s NOB appeared to be backwards. I think it was just a combination of the camera angle and the way the fabric was puckering, though.
• In yesterday’s Sunday Morning Uni Watch entry (which you can check out here), Terry Duroncelet mentioned that Boise State wore their blue Amateur Pacifist helmets for the game against New Mexico. What he didn’t mention, however, was that Boise moved the helmet numbers from the back to the side. First time they’ve done that. I like it.
• In that same game, New Mexico defensive lineman Reggie Ellis lost his left-side helmet decal.
• Two Texas players wore No. 2 as a tribute to injured teammate Fozzy Whitaker: WR Marquis Goodwin (who normally wears 84) and LB Keenan Robinson (who normally wears 1).
• North Dakota State wore their gold alternate jerseys.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Ernie Ballard, Aaron Bernstein, Tyler Lougee, Matt Mitchell, David Pealing, and David Trett.)
Culinary Corner: I don’t usually repeat recipes from previous Culinary Corner installments. But I make an exception each December for my favorite holiday preparation, homemade Irish cream. In other words, homemade Bailey’s. In other words, melted ice cream that gets you drunk. It’s super-easy to make, it’ll make you the hero of whatever Xmas party you bring it to, and lots of you have told me how much you like it. Here’s how to do it:
Start with some decent Irish whiskey — Bushmills, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, something like that (but not super-high-end stuff, because the nuances will be lost in this preparation). Pour a pint of the whiskey into a large-ish container and mix it with a can of sweetened condensed milk; a pint of heavy whipping cream; a tablespoon of chocolate syrup; a teaspoon of vanilla extract; a teaspoon of instant espresso dissolved in two tablespoons of hot water; and a quarter-teaspoon of almond extract.
Mix well (if the container has a tight lid, you can just shake vigorously), refrigerate, serve over ice, and get ready to become the most popular person in the room. No need to thank me afterward, but you’ll want to do so anyway — trust me.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New 35-years-in-Jersey logo for the Nets. … A reader who prefers to remain anonymous was recently at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “They have four Hendrix drawings, circa 1958, of college football teams,” he writes. “Pictures are not allowed, but I took that one on the sly. Also, in the costume area, there’s a Patti Smith mannequin with a vintage Braves cloth jacket.” The Hendrix drawing looks a lot like Ricko’s early drawings, no? … Inaugural uniforms fo the Montreal Impact. … Here’s one for urban decay fans: photos of an abandoned Catskills resort (big thanks to David Heit). … UCLA’s women’s hoops team wore some really nice throwbacks the other day (from Jose Coria). … Have I mentioned the increasing overlap between sports design and superheroes? (From Chris Chaussee.) … Here’s a photo album showing B of A Stadium’s transformation for the ACC championship game. … When the Lightning unveiled their current uniforms last winter, they mentioned that season ticket subscribers could get a jersey with an implanted electronic chip, which would entitle the wearer to discounts on food and merch. Here’s an article on how that promotion has worked out (from Alain Nana-Sinkam). … Drew Brees and his wife recently appeared on Ellen Degeneres’s show and presented her with two pony blankets made from his jerseys and a jacket lined with one of his jerseys. You can watch the video sequence here (from Ewan Williams). … Alphonse DePalma notes that Michigan hoops was wearing striped socks for a recent game against UVA. … I really liked Miguel Cotto’s striped trunks from Saturday night’s bout against Tony Margarito, but very disappointing to see both men going without socks. … Springfield Central, a high school in Massachusetts, uses the Miami “U” logo turned on its side (screen shot by Ernest Dubeau). … Speaking of borrowed logos, here’s something I’ve never seen before: a high school basketball team using the NBA logo (from Chris Schoenthal). … I don’t know if MLB’s winter meetings really need their own logo, but they have one anyway (from Comi Sharif). … New kit for the New England Revolution. … The Niners’ receiving corps has been fined for sock and footwear violations (thanks, Brinke). … Kudos to R. Scott Rogers, who writes: “Finally put my Uni Watch stickers to the use God intended when she invented vinyl: Stuck ’em on the rear window of my car. Is there a danger that another motorist will be so distracted by the awesomeness of the UW logo that he’ll spin out into a fiery crash that leaves scores of cars burning and snarls traffic for hours? Yes, but if even one new person Gets It™, it will have been worth it. On a serious note, this is the first time I’ve ever put any sticker of any kind on a car I own. UW is just that important! (For less important stuff, like Obama 2012 or the Star & Stripes, I hew to a strict magnets-only policy.)” As always, you can get stickers based on your membership card here, and you can get a set of three Uni Watch logo stickers by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Paul Lukas, 671 DeGraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. … This is pretty cool: The earholes on Jonas Hiller’s new mask are shaped like the Ducks’ logo. … Here’s a page devoted to Oklahoma State football uniforms (from Charles Spitsnogle). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Instead of TV numbers, Oklahoma State has a stylized “TV.” Coincidence, or a clever design choice by Nike? … Kent Hagan notes that Brandon Boykin of UGA has been wearing 2XU tights. “2XU is a running-specific brand that makes very expensive gear,” he says. “I’m surprised some equipment guy didn’t make him tape over the 2XU logo or make him wear Nike tights.” Yeah, or maybe Boykin is a Wire fan. … Matthew Duke was at the Greater New York Dental Meeting last week and spotted a dentist wearing a swoosh-defiled yarmulke. … Here’s a video clip about that new Euro 2012 soccer ball (from Kenny Loo). … Also from Kenny: new 75th-anniversary kit for the Orlando Pirates. … Hmmm, should I go into a cross-branding partnership with these guys? Geoff Poole spotted that in the athletic laundry room at UW-Whitewater. … Tim Moore has launched a new blog that he describes as “my attempt at keeping the baseball card trade from dying a slow, douchey death.” Check it out here. … There was some kind of weird zebra convention at Saturday night’s Rangers/Lightning game. Anyone know what that was about? (Screen shot by Alan Kreit.) … The Chicken Sandwich Bowl sponsors aren’t exactly my favorite people to begin with. Here’s the latest update on their attempt to win the Mega-Douchebags of the Year award. … Very odd to see Tiger Woods wearing white shoes yesterday (as noted by JP Samsel). … Shaun Tunick notes that the Pac-12 championship logo features an Oregon helmet that doesn’t exist (yet). … Adios, Jose. Thanks for the memories.