Here we have a school photo of young Andy Holmes, circa 1992, when he was 10 years old. “I had a San Jose Sharks jersey, and I wanted to wear a shirt and tie with the jersey over it, so I would look like a draft pick,” he recalls. “That’s how the draft picks always looked on hockey cards and things like that. But my Mom wouldn’t let me do that, so I just wore the jersey.”
A different story from Andy’s childhood is the subject of my ESPN column today. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Red Sox and A’s wore 1936 throwbacks last night — very nice. There’s video here. The A’s even had throwback batting helmets — rare for a visiting team — although Kila Ka’aihue wore a conventional helmet for his first plate appearance. He wore the throwback lid after that (screen shot by Nate Farrer). … The Redskins will preview their new alternate uni at a private event next week. … Remember when Kobe Bryant was wearing a clear facemask? The mask is now up for bids on eBay. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Bit of a uni number kerfuffle for the Bills (from Darren Walton). … Fun article about America’s favorite sports mascots. … Miguel Cotto is Puerto Rican, but ESPN.com’s Tale of the Tape graphic for his upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. originally showed him with a Cuban flag. They later changed it to the Puerto Rican flag (good catch by Robert Onolfi). … Not often that you get to see the Dodgers’ white and blue satin sets in the same photo (big thanks to Tom Shieber). … Andrew Levitt found some 1930s footage of a Montreal-vs.-Toronto “box lacrosse” match in which the players wore Maples Leafs and Canadiens jerseys. If you want to see the full video, it’s available here. … Pretty amusing 1973 article about developing a better football helmet (from Greg Dooley). … Dylan PH Fernandez notes that Jrue Holiday of the 76ers has much thicker white outlining on his jersey collar than his teammates do. … Nick Orban was watching some highlight footage from the Finnish Premiere League and spotted two players on the same team wearing different sponsorship patches. … Coupla infographic-related items, including a new way to chart basketball positions and a chart of significant hits at the various Yankee Stadiums, (from Kirsten and Adam Jackson, respectively). … Cold night in Boston on Monday, so several players were wearing balaclavas (from Andy Chalifour). … New third jersey for Bordeaux (from Mark Coale). … Giving credit where it’s due: Nike is financing the renovation of a track and field facility (from Skyler Archibald). … New road kit for Celtic. “Unlike their home kits, the ‘Tennant’s’ sponsor logo is full-sized and in the middle of the shirt,” says Jon Forbes. “Also, they have added three vertical stripes of green, white, and gold to the sleeves.” … With Junior Seau’s death, lots of photos of him are floating around, including this one of him in a practice jersey that has Reebok and Adidas logos. Odd (from Casey Rafferty). … “I just saw a Majestic commercial that promotes their authentic jerseys,” writes Matt Fedorka. “At the 0:29 mark, they show a David Ortiz home jersey with an NOB. You can’t see me now, but I just face-palmed.” … “I was watching my beloved Spurs take on Bolton on Wednesday,” writes John Flanagan. “Younes Kaboul (Defender, Spurs) had his jersey ripped along his left side, so Spurs kit man Steve Dukes (Shirt monogrammed “SD”…which… how awesome is all the monogrammed Spurs coaching gear?) grabbed a new NNOB shirt, alerted a ref, and Kaboul ran over and switched shirts without stopping play.”