This Sunday is
a good chance to regrout the bathroom all-star day, beginning with the NHL All-Star Game at 4pm Eastern. Nothing new uni-wise, as they’ll be wearing the exact same uniforms as last year. In the past, the NHL has used the ASG as a laboratory for experimenting with new officiating uniforms, but not this year.
Then, at 6:30pm Eastern, it’s the Pro Bowl. Not much new here either, as the word from the NFL is that this year’s uniforms are essentially the same as last year’s, only without the long pants (forgot about those, didn’thca?). Also: As I reported a few days ago, there will be no maker’s marks. Also-also: New Nike cleats and gloves, as a test-drive for next season, and New Era sideline headwear.
I expect to have news regarding the NBA’s all-star uniforms (which are not the same as last year’s) by this time next week. But one thing has already begun circulating: these sock designs.
As I’ve been saying all along…: Back in October of 2010, Nike exec Charlie Denson was quoted saying, “We plan on changing the NFL jersey dramatically, just like we’ve done with the college programs.” That quote led to all the Photoshopped “NFL Pro Combat” concepts that everyone mistakenly thought were real (or as I like to call that chapter in uni history, “Gullible’s Travels”).
Anyway: I suspected at the time — and have been saying ever since — that Nike “changing the NFL jersey dramatically” would mostly be about tailoring and fabrication, not about graphics. And now the NFL has confirmed that. Here’s the key passage from that article, in a quote from NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy:
Logos are controlled by teams and the NFL. That will not change. Teams have to apply to league to make changes to logos and colors. We anticipate new uniform technology (i.e., performance-driven, lighter materials). That’s what Nike’s [Charlie] Denson was referring to in his interview in 2010 regarding changes.
Hmmm, where have I heard that before? Oh, yes: Right here on this web site for the past year-plus.
Incidentally, that article also says players who want to change uni numbers during the Reebok/Nike changeover won’t have to buy out all the excess inventory, so we may see a flurry of number changes (or maybe even name changes) this off-season. One player who’s apparently thinking in that direction is Adrian Peterson.
Meanwhile, as long as we’re talking about the NFL, reader Clint Richardson says, “I follow Jaguars equipment manager Drew Hampton [on Twitter], and he has been dropping some good hints about a black uni coming in ’12, with a whole new set in ’13.” So that’s something to keep an eye on.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s how the Super Bowl logo will look on the Pats’ jersey and the Giants’ helmet. … Nice People Bearing Nice Gifts, Part 1: The increasingly indispensable Mike Hersh stopped by Uni Watch HQ for dinner a few nights ago and brought me a pair of belated Hanukkah gifts: a vintage Lady Met rainout decal (never seen that particular illo before) and a 1953 Felco uniform catalog (I’ll post some scans from the interior pages soon). … Nice People Bearing Nice Gifts, Part 2: Gene Biros, who I met at the Cleveland Uni Watch party, sent me a pair of game-used — and, more importantly, striped — Browns socks. Wearing ’em right now as I type this! … Here’s our real photo of the Rockies’ new road jersey. … In a related item, remember that Giants alternate road jersey that leaked a while back? According to the last bulleted item on this page, the plan is for it to be worn on Sundays, although I have a feeling it’ll show up more often than that (from Shane Barclay). … When Viktor Jakovljevic played for the Milwaukee Wave in the early ’90s, he only had his first name on his jersey. “Fewer letters and easier to spell than Jakovljevic,” says Kenn Tomasch. … “Air Paternos”? Details here (thanks, Kek). … Coupla nice pics in this Astros uni-history slideshow (from Ben Melson). … SMU has switched outfitters, from Adidas to Nike. … I have a feeling we may have seen this before, but just in case: Lots of readers are enjoying the retro-style NFL logos that can be found here. … That stolen Old Dominion basketball gear has been found (from Jonathan Leib). … New mascot for Stetson University (from Paul Gloersen). … Charles Sollars has uploaded all of his pro and college football uniform concepts to Flickr and is welcoming feedback. … Soooo much to like — and so many uni-related details! — in this photo of a young Prince Fielder (big thanks to John Okray). … Special Gary Williams shoes for Maryland hoops. … Neglected to mention that the Heat wore their Floridians throwbacks on Saturday night.