Let’s hear it for Rutgers and Nike, who have successfully transitioned from comic book uniforms to Dungeons & Dragons uniforms (for the Scarlet Knights, get it?). I have a hard time taking any of this stuff seriously, but here are some observations:
• The number font is very, uh, heraldic. Although it would look better if the players got to ride on horseback and/or carry a lance.
• Three different helmet designs with three different facemask colors, whee! The chrome look is supposed to evoke a suit of armor or a knight’s helmet or whatever, although on closer inspection it has a burnished pattern, which I actually kinda like, I think (need to see it on the field to be sure). Should be interesting to see just how blinding the helmets are when the light hits them (ditto).
• The obsession with gray continues to confound. Seriously, gray uni numbers on all three jerseys? Or maybe it’s silver, I dunno. The press release says the numbers have “a chainmail texture,” but I don’t see that in that last photo, do you?
• What’s with the pattern across the shoulders?
• Who made those gloves? Oh wait, let me guess.
• Someone actually got paid to write lines like “The historic knights of old were more successful in battle if they had better gear” and “As a Scarlet Knight in medieval times, each soldier lived by a code of chivalry” (that last one will come in handy when the next time a player gets implicated in a sex scandal). Hey, whether it’s modern combat or medieval crusades, leave it to the Swooshkateers to find a connection between football and warfare. There are also references to the “sword pant” and the “knight’s plume.” Uh, right.
Bottom line: Not such a bad-looking uni set. But they better go easy on the knight-themed angle, because as soon as they lose a game someone’s gonna trot out all the Monty Python and the Holy Grail jokes. (More Rutgers photos here.
The other big football-related uni news yesterday was that Reebok rolled out a new line of uniforms for the CFL, with fresh looks for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (four sleeve stripes!), Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (the remaining teams will showcase their new looks today). Most of these look pretty nice, but, well, you know.
Permanent Record update: Lots of new developments on the PermaRec project. First, in case you missed it on Friday, I wrote a new feature-length article about the only living link to the project. Then, on Saturday, I posted a follow-up to that article on the PermaRec blog. And now I’ve added an additional blog post about an interesting gender gap that has emerged in the course of the project. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Our friends at Pro League Authentics in Philadelphia are holding the next event in their “The Jersey as Art” series on May 10. It will feature Peter Capolino of Mitchell & Ness, who’ll be exhibiting some original flannel jerseys and will also be talking about virtually every commemorative patch ever worn by every MLB team. Full details toward the end of this page. … In addition, the Pro League Authentics folks are gearing up for an event to celebrate the release of the latest edition of Bill Henderson’s seminal Game-Worn Jerseys of the Double-Knit Era. The tentative date is July 19, and I’ll be partnering with them on this event. More details soon. … The Hungry Hungry Hipster was watching the Eagles’ 1989 highlight film and noticed several uni-notable details, including a close-up view of the black electrical tape that was used as a memorial for quarterbacks coach Doug Scovil; a good view of Randall Cunningham’s Dymo-nameplate; and Cunningham wearing a Maxit hood. “I had never heard of the Maxit brand before, so I Googled them, and it turns out they’re still in business,” says HHH. … Also from HHH: Remember the throwbacks that the Steelers wore in 1994? Looks like someone on the sideline was wearing a T-shirt version of that jersey. Anyone ever seen that T-shirt before? … Marcus Hall attended Sunday’s Orioles game and spotted a guy with a Yankees tattoo in an unusual place. … Racist team name, but that’s one gorgeous warm-up top (from Jeff Ash). … Speaking of race, lots of chatter going on regarding a Flyers fan who showed up at a game wearing a Wayne Simmonds jersey with a racially profiled NOB. If you read the whole piece, you’ll see that a Yahoo Sports staffer suggested it would be better if the NOB had read, “Token” — I like that. … Disappointing to see that Brandon Inge, who always went high-cuffed in Detroit, made his A’s debut wearing pajama pants (from Rocky Lum). … Speaking of the A’s, Andy Chalifour notes that Josh Reddick is wearing a mouthguard this season. … Lots to like in this sensational old photo of Cleveland Stadium in baseball/football mode (from Bill Kellick). … I’ve seen most of the old MLB “Say No to Drugs” wristbands at various points, but I’m not sure I’d ever seen so many of them together in one place until now (from Brady Phelps). … Here’s Todd Radom’s take on the new Nets logo. … “I flipped over my Longhorns calendar for May to find it features former guard Michael Huey,” writes Mike Klug. “He’s obviously blocking for Colt McCoy, except McCoy’s face is obscured, and uni numbers have been badly Photoshopped to show ’00’ instead of ’12.’ Is this is because they would owe the NFLPA money for featuring a current NFL player..? He was featured in the calendar the year after he left Texas, but I believe that calendar was released prior to the 2010 draft. Anyway, poor Colt can’t get a break: First the Browns draft a QB in the first round, and now his alma mater goes out of its way to disguise his time there.” … Here are the uni number assignements for the Titans’ rookie draftees (from Jimmy Morris). … Click on the photo gallery link to see how Walsh University baseball manages to poach from the Nats and the Cavs simultaneously (from Mary Lynn Delfino). … Well, that didn’t take long. … Ditto. … ran a little showcase of some of the logos the Marlins considered before settling on their current one (from Shane Rupert). … O’s pitcher Brian Matusz blacked out the swoosh on his undershirt collar last night. “For what it’s worth, he wears Under Armour cleats,” notes Brian Cheung. … The Astros will wear their shooting star throwbacks on Friday. … New kits for Real Madrid (from Aaron Moores). … “I watched the Manchester United v. Manchester City match and noticed something about the sleeves of City keeper Joe Hart,” writes Derek Linn. “It looks like he is wearing a shirt that is neither long-sleeved nor short-sleeved. Normally, keepers wear long sleeves and will sometimes pull them up and bunch them up on their upper arms. It seems that Joe wants that look without the bunching up of fabric. In the past, it looks as if he used to cut off the sleeves. Once again, that’s not the short-sleeved version of the shirt but rather a halfway point between of the long and short version.” … If you have a few minutes, check out this video that a designer put together to showcase his proposed redesign of the Pacers. No matter what you think of his designs, it’s a seriously slick piece of video (big thanks to Ben Norris):