The top photo shows a guy named Mark Occhipinti, who spent the 1978 NFL season dressed up as SuperPatriot, a live mascot for the Patriots; the lower photo shows this season’s NBA All-Star jerseys (you can click on each image to see larger versions).
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s a surprise: Although the Panthers have updated their logo, they’re not getting new uniforms, at least not for 2012. I suspect we’ll see more NFL changes in 2013 than in ’12 (although, as I’ve been saying all along, not necessarily drastic ones), in part because Nike simply hasn’t had enough time to get everything into the supply chain. … Former Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek has written an epic feature about Browns owner Randy Lerner. I recommend reading all of it, but here’s a small uni-related tidbit: After next season, the team’s “AL” sleeve memorial — for Lerner’s father, Al — will be removed from the team’s jersey. Nice scoop, Vince. … Here’s something worth trying to track down: According to an article sent my way by Tom Shieber, Tom Brady was scouted and drafted by the Expos but never signed with them. Key quote: “[Scout John] Hughes brought Brady into the Expos’ clubhouse and gave him a uniform to wear.” There has to be a photo of this floating around there somewhere — let’s find it! (Read: One of you please go find it!) … During Tuesday’s Everton-Man City match, a fan ran onto the pitch and handcuffed himself to one of the goals. “Evidently he didn’t have the key, either,” says Johnny Flanagan. … New uniforms for the Hanshin Tigers, complete with little captaincy shields (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: New kit for Cerezo Osaka). … Here’s another article — and a pretty good one — about the guy who cleans the Giants’ jerseys (from Dave Rakowski). … Can’t make it up: In Germany, there is now corporate sponsorship for weather developments (from Todd Usher). … Louisiana-Lafayette is letting fans vote on the school’s new marching band uni design (from Joel Manuel). … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to a story about Texas Tech possibly going to silver helmets but didn’t have a photo. Now I do (from Brandon Sims). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Some new uni number assignments for the Reds (from Daren Landers). … You have got to be kidding me (from Colin Sherrod). … Ken Singer reports that one result of yesterday’s college football recruit signings is that the Texas Longhorns will have two Malcolm Browns on the roster. … Several readers have noted that the current issue of ESPN [the] Mag features an embroidered version of the ESPN logo. … Here’s a great color-on-color game we missed: Marquette vs. USF from last week (from Andrew Hess). … But color-vs.-color is nothing compared to pinstriped color-vs.-pinstriped color! (Great find by Travis Chell.) … Here’s more about those NFLPA strike games from 1982 (big thanks to Chris Callan). … As you might expect, there are a lot of mix-and-match uni options in Chip Kelly’s office (from Nick Phillips). … We may stop seeing pink ribbons and related pink gear, because the politics of breast cancer research have suddenly gotten very messy. … I had previously been told (and reported) that NFL players could change their uni numbers without a financial penalty during the Reebok-to-Nike changeover period, but that’s apparently not the case (from Wolfie Browender). … “The other night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon there was a spoof Motown group that went by the name Jackie Football and the Stadiums,” says Chris Zagorski. “Each performer was wearing a satin jacket that had a sequined NFL stadium on the back.” … “I was reviewing a pregnant patient’s chart this morning and came across the abbreviation ‘NOB,’ which meant ‘new OB patient’ (i.e., newly pregnant),” writes Dr. Craig Bradley. “But I immediately thought, ‘Name on Back.’ I hope you’re happy.” … The mighty Fleer Sticker Project has taken a look at something I hadn’t even known about: a 1986 set of Jeno’s Pizza Rolls NFL stickers. … The Sabres still have several players wearing the old vector jerseys — surprising (as noted by Jim Wooley and Ethan Kreit).