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Last night’s BCS title game offered more uni-notable details — several of them visible in the photo shown above — than all four of the weekend’s NFL playoff games combined. Here’s a rundown:
• If you look at that photo, you can see that LSU defenders Ryan Baker (No. 22) and Barkevious Mingo (49) both play bare-handed, with tape on their fingers.
• You can also see that LSU’s Michael Brockers (90) wears tape on the fingers of his gloves. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. I noticed it when he blocked a field goal in the first half. Went looking for a photo of it, and that’s when I noticed his bare-handed teammates.
• And of course the most uni-obvious element in the photo is that ’Bama running back Trent Richardson had “Gloria” and “Katrina” inscribed on his left wristband. Those are both famous hurricanes, although one of them took place before Richardson was born, so I figured the meteorological connection was just a coincidence. Sure enough, some quick Googling revealed that Gloria is Richardson’s grandmother and Katrina is his mother.
• What about Richardson’s other wristband? Looks like he had “Tata” and “Vera” — more relatives, presumably. [Update: I've now been told that these are the names of "his wife/girlfriend and daughter."]
• As I mentioned in last night’s comments, I’d never noticed before how Alabama’s NOB lettering feels a little too big. Longer surnames look a bit clunky.
• Alabama receivers Kevin Norwood and Michael Williams each wore a white leg sleeve, or white tights with one leg cut off, or whatever.
• Another thing about Norwood: You know those annoying logo stretchbands that players wear on their biceps, calves, and pretty much everywhere else? A Reuters photographer got a great shot of Norwood’s left armband snapping in mid-play.
• Most of the LSU players wore those Nike socks with this design on the back. But a few players, including punter Brad Wing and wideout Odell Beckham Jr., doubled up on their socks, creating a pattern that looked vaguely argyle-ish.
• And I loved the fact that the game’s hero was a placekicker wearing No. 90. Only in college ball!
By Brinke Guthrie
Does anybody really know what time it is? You will with this 1970s NFL watch. It’s not quite a digital watch, but it doesn’t have hands, either. Why don’t they make cool stuff like this anymore?!
In other eBay finds for this week:
• Great photo of the Mets getting ready for 1966 spring camp, from reader Nick Schiavo.
• I can’t stand the term “man cave” since it’s such a cliché. But if you have one, these 1970s Sears NFL curtains would look good in it. Assuming your cave has windows, that is.
• Aaron Duncan sends us the listing of a 52-year-old Winter Olympics hockey puck with a rather modest price tag . Let’s see … a Porsche or a hockey puck…
• Big lot of cool 1970s Tudor NFL electric football teams. If you prefer your 1970s games on a smaller scale, here’s a hand-held Tudor video game. And I was a killer player on this Tudor board game back in the day.
• Here’s a cool 1970s NFL ruler.
• More coolness from the 1970s: Check out these Tasco NFL binoculars.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I asked if there were any bare-handed hitters left in MLB besides Coco Crisp and Vlad Guerrero. Neil Vendetti came up with Francisco Cervelli (although he occasionally wears gloves). Also, Greg Patton points out that Hunter Pence goes with the old ’60s/’70s style of wearing just one glove, on his bottom hand. Is there anyone else in the bigs doing that these days? … In a related item, here’s a shot of Duke Snider wearing a golf glove (from Roger Faso). … See these lacrosse cleats? That’s what Demaryius Thomas was wearing when he made the game-winning play on Sunday (from Nathan Haas). … Another example of college taking liberties with the Notre Dame logo: Boston College’s SuperFan T-shirt. “My understanding is that this was an intentional move to mimic our Indiana rivals,” says Dave Levy. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a high school volleyball player who wears protective headgear after having suffered two concussions. … Here’s a really good slideshow of what might result if UK soccer teams created their own line of baseball caps. … Another jersey for the President. … You can hear some info about Mizzou’s new football uniforms by skipping ahead to the 13:35 mark of this video clip (from Chris Mycoskie). … But it looks like there’ll be no changes for Penn State’s football uniforms. … The Adirondack Phantoms and Hershey Bears wore special uniforms for an outdoor game at Citizens Bank Park last Friday night. “The whiteboards in the press box and both clubhouses still had the lineups from Game 5 of the Phillies/Cards LDS written in, and the D’backs/Brewers game was still on the out-of-town scoreboard in the right-field fence,” says AHL communications VP Jason Chaimovitch. … Hall of Fame bowler Don Carter died a few days ago, which I mention primarily because his obituary mentioned something I hadn’t been aware of: “[Carter was] the first athlete in American sports history to sign a $1 million marketing endorsement contract, with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite in 1964.” … More chatter about the NFL’s Reebok-to-Nike changeover causing problems for fans who want to buy jerseys (from Peter Kirschenbaum). … Here’s something I meant to link to a few days ago: a really fun article about that jump-and-bump maneuver that football players use to celebrate a touchdown.
Outta here: By the time most of you read this, I’ll be on my way to Cleveland, where I’ll be working on an ESPN project for a coupla days. This marks the second January in a row that I’ve gone to Ohio — not exactly a standard winter destination — so you’d think the state tourism bureau would at least have a muffin basket or something waiting for me at my hotel. We’ll see. Anyway, for those of you in the Clevo area, I hope to see you tonight, 7pm, at Prosperity, where I’ll be doing the Uni Watch meet-and-greet thing.
Meanwhile, here on the site, Phil will be handling tomorrow’s and Thursday’s content while I’m on the road. I’ll be back in the saddle on Friday, then Phil will be back for his regular weekend turn, then I think Brinke is gonna have an Aussie Open tennis preview for next Monday, and then I’ll reclaim the reins next Tuesday. Okay? Okay.