Even if you don’t love the Eagles — as a Giants fan, I’m not exactly enamored of them myself — you’d have to have a heart of concrete not to be moved by this excellent time-lapse video, which shows a family creating their own DIY football field, complete with an Iggles logo in the end zone. Enjoy (and give a tip of the cap to Jim Vilk, who pointed me toward this clip).
New ESPN column today, about a topic I’ve touched upon many times but never fully delved into until now — enjoy.
Cleveland party reminder: Uni Watch gathering next Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7pm, at Prosperity. See you there, yes? Yes!
Uni Watch News Ticker: A bunch of those embargoed NBA throwbacks have leaked. I’ll have more to say about these designs tomorrow, probably on ESPN. … Very bottom of this article breaks the news that many of you already knew, namely that the Rockies are ditching their road pinstripes. I’ve seen the new design and can confirm that it’s essentially the same as the old one, minus the pins and with the addition of a purple headspoon and sleeve piping. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Two more NFL zebras who wear glasses: referee Tony Corrente and field judge Rob Vernatchi. … Also from yesterday: Nebraska’s Kenny Bell was wearing some very nice striped socks in the Credit Card Bowl. … Looking to jazz up your baseball card collection? This light-up Topps sign might do the trick. … Marc Bauche was watching a rerun of HBO’s Cap/Pens 24/7 thingie and noticed two great details in the Penguins’ clubhouse: players’ razors arranged by uni number and a sensational weightlifting tee. … The Outback Bowl Alumni Tailgate Parties featured facsimile jerseys for each of the participating schools — a Bubba Smith jersey for Michigan State and Frank Sinkwich for UGA. “At least one fan noticed, as the Bubba Smith sign was stolen from the area at the end of the event,” says Jerry Kulig. … Federal authorities have seized a bunch of counterfeit Winter Classic gear (from Tris Wykes). … Good slideshow of Blackhawks uniform history here (from Benjamin Gordon). … Stylized or just illegible? You be the judge. That’s Warren Central High School in Indianapolis (from Jason Merkel). … Justin Eller noticed something from the Chicken Sandwich Bowl: “UVa linebacker LaRoy Reynolds had two numbers on the back of his helmet –- his own (9) and that of his friend and fellow linebacker Steve Greer (53), who was unable to play due to a knee injury. Back in 1998, Virginia added a ‘3’ sticker after team captain Anthony Poindexter suffered a season-ending knee injury, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen an individual player honor a teammate in this manner.” … “If you have kids, you can encourage their uni sensibilities by entering this Lil’ Teammates coloring contest,” says Jason Mott. “You can see past winners here.” … New jerseys for North Dakota women’s hockey (from Kelly Hellman). … Adam Walter was at his local Home Depot and discovered that Nike is now recycling its sneakers into carpet padding. … F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi has raised $19,000 for charity by selling a custom helmet (from Omar Jalife). … “My sister has been in Russia for a few months and sent these dolls to me for Christmas,” says Marc Aune. “We both laughed hard (and shed a few tears) when I discovered the final doll inside.” … With Steve Spagnuolo having been fired in St. Looie, several readers have asked if this might open the door for longtime Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt — who was unceremoniously fired by Spags when he took the helm — to return to the team. I did some checking, and here’s the scoop: The bad news is that Todd’s return to the Rams is unlikely; the good news is that he’s settled in pretty nicely as the equipment manager at Cal, where he’s responsible for the entire athletic program, not just football. … My recent Ticker mention of the strings hanging off of some Giants’ jerseys, and how they look like Jewish tzittzit, prompted Ronnie Yates to send me a piece about — wait for it — high-performance compression tzittzit! … Yesterday was Jane McGrath Day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “The whole ground goes pink,” explains Murray Conallin. “Jane McGrath, the wife of champion fast bowler Glenn McGrath, died of breast cancer.” … With Colorado State getting a new football coach, some folks have developed concepts for potential new uniforms. … It’s a little hard to make out, but CNN political commentator Roland Martin, who’s originally from Houston, was wearing a Texans lapel pin on Tuesday night (good spot by Dan O’Hara). … New logo for NORCECA, which stands for the Volleyball Confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean (from Jeremy Brahm).