Paul here, pinch-hitting for Phil this weekend. I’ve mentioned many times that I donate blood every two months. That may not seem like a uni-related topic, but it is now, thanks to Vitória, a second-division Brazilian soccer team. Their jersey normally features black and red stripes, but their new kit — shown above — has black and white striping. The missing red stripes will be restored, one by one, as the team’s fan base achieves a series of blood-donation benchmarks set by the team. It’s a great concept, and a great way to promote real, tangible good deeds instead of just “awareness” or fundraising. Further details here. Kudos to all involved (and to the many readers who told me about this yesterday).
“You want me to play WHERE?”…
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I posted a new entry yesterday on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Damian lillard will wear 0 for the Trail Blazers this fall. Here’s why (from Taylor Stallings). … FIFA has lifted the ban on hijabs for female Muslim soccer players (from Ed Westfield Jr.). … The Penguins recently signed minor leaguer Philippe Dupuis. “Their roster already includes Pascal Dupuis (no relation), so iut will be interesting to see what they do with the NOBs if Philippe plays in the NHL,” says Nolan Petote. … Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and his wife Christina are divorcing, which could have some uniform implications, because Christina was supposedly behind the team’s move from kelly green (which she hated) to midnight green (which she preferred). Details in the third-to-last graf of this story (from Erik Autenrieth). … I’ve mentioned several times that I wish MLB umpires would wear retro attire for throwback games. That prompted the following note from Jay Sandora: “Spoke to a friend of mine who’s a current MLB umpire about the throwback games. He says they’ve never even been asked by MLB to participate in the proceedings, though many of them think it would be great to be included. A quote from his email: ‘We are not part of the club to most of baseball. It’s sad, really.’ Yes, it is. He also mentioned that when teams started wearing 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, he asked the VP of operations if the umps could do that as well [which they now do]. The guy was shocked that the umpires would have any interest in participating.” … Here’s something you don’t normally get to see: color footage of the 1953 Tour De France (from George Chilvers). … Field hockey at the Olympics will be played on a blue field (from A.J. Frey). … This is pretty cool: Bryce Harper changed the Mercedes logo on the back of his car to the Nats’ curly W (from Nile Smith). … Cleveland.com is running a poll about whether the Browns should wear white at home. … New away kits for Leeds. “The shorts remind me of either a Roman armor skirt or women’s skorts,” says Jonathon Binet. … The Mets were Los Mets last night. … Speaking of the Mets, remember how they’re wearing raised squatchees on their batting helmets this season? One of those peel-and-stick squatchees ended up in an odd spot on Scott Hairston’s helmet last night (from Anthony Scandiffio). … Why has CD Motagua, a Honduran soccer team, sucked so bad lately? The nation’s top sports commentator blames it on their new jersey colors (from Bart Dodson). … Josh Hamilton is trying to cut down on thrown bats by using an adhesive commonly found at auto parts stores (from Clint Wrede). … More zero-ness: U.L. Washington wore 0 for part of the 1986 season with the Pirates, at least according to baseball-reference.com. Haven’t seen him show up on any other lists, so I’d kinda like to see a photo before treating this one as confirmed (from Randy Allemann). … Shout-out to Phil from Pittsburgh, who recognized me and said hello at last night’s Redd Kross show. Good meeting you, buddy!