The NFL’s Nike-outfitted era gets under way for real tonight, as the Giants and Cowboys will face off at
MetLife Giants Stadium. That means it’s time for my annual NFL season-preview column, which is up now on ESPN.
Two tidbits of NFL news I was able to procure yesterday:
• According to Giants equipment director Joe Skiba, captaincy patches (which weren’t worn in the preseason but will be reappear now that the games count) are the same this season as last season. Fifth-year captains get a gold “C,” and so do sixth-year captains. So, basically, after the fourth gold star and the gold “C,” you max out and your patch stays the same. Kinda lame-o. Just scrap the patches already!
• The Chargers will wear white over white for their home opener against the Titans on Sept. 16.
Meanwhile, speaking of the NFL, reader Edward Kendrick has created a spreadsheet that shows when each team has worn an alternate or throwback uni since 1994. “If there are any errors, or if there are throwbacks that were worn prior to 1994, people can contact me directly,” he says, so take a look and help ensure that all the info is accurate.
FBS uniform changes continue to trickle in. We have two more today:
• Navy has made lots of little changes: (1) Gold collar is gone. (2) Collar format is now the Nikelace. (3) Chest wordmark is smaller. (4) Anchor logo on sleeve has been tweaked. (5) Logo has been added to hip. That’s it for today.
(My thanks to Chris Grosse and Brian Skokowski for their contributions to this section.)
PermaRec update: An old file cabinet rescued from a Chicago radio station, shown at left, is the focus of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Georgia Tech’s honeycomb helmets were supposed to be a big surprise, a big secret. But as you know, they leaked via Twitter, so now all Tech players have been banned from Twitter, which doesn’t exactly sound like a great loss for mankind (from Jeff Downe). … Fredy Guarin of Inter Milan wears these Nike shoes, but he recently used shoe polish (or a few Sharpies) to create an all-black footwear look (from Coleman Mullins). … Manatee High in Florida wore Wounded Warrior uniforms last weekend (from Chris Ashley). … No photo, but Seth Shaw says Arkansas defensive lineman DeQuinta Jones’s NOB reads “DD JONES.” … Here’s Ole Miss’s “What color you should wear to each game” guide (from Ryan Perkins). … John Sheehan spent the holiday weekend at a friend’s old house in New England, where one of the bedrooms had all these old pennants on the wall. … Olympix-related note from Gregory Koch, who writes: “My college probability textbook contains a problem that rerfers to ‘an international weightlifting competition’ in which ‘standings reference the country but not the identity of the individual.’ According to my professor, that problem used to
reference the Olympics by name in older editions, but now it doesn’t. Perhaps the IOC sent the publisher one of their angry cease-and-desist letters?” … Seth Shaw notes that Arkansas RB Knile Davis doens’t wear gloves. … The official soccer ball for the 2014 World Cup has been named (from Jeremy Brahm). … “While researching a friend’s family history, I came across this gem of a photo of a hockey team for the Williams Piano Company here in Oshawa, Canada,” says Jeff Ingalls. … R. Lucian Hamlet reports that the press box in Indy has this rather un-NFL-ish Colts carpeting. … This is pretty great: the Swinging Friar rendered as a pancake! … Nick Punto, now with the Dodgers, is still shredding jerseys (from Phillip Garza). … Yesterday I mentioned that Twins pitcher Glen Perkins is wearing “TC” stirrups when the team wears its “TC” cap but is going pajama-pantsed when the team wears its “M” cap, because he doesn’t have any “M” stirrups. That prompted Jayson Best to respond, “They must have some of these in storage somewhere. I played in the Twins system in the ’90s and they were standard-issue.” … Latest reason I love Hamilton Nolan: He’s been referring to the Time Warner Cable Arena as the Time Warner Cable Sucks™ Arena. … Mets announcer Keith Hernandez may shave his mustache. … Here’s an oddity: Tom Webster of the then-New England Whalers wearing white skates. The skates must have been holdovers from his seven-game stint with the Golden Seals, for whom he played just before joining the Whalers (from Tris Wykes). … The Minnesota Stars FC — that’s an NASL team — have uni numbers featuring photos of the team’s fans (from Levin Moch). … Aussie rules football note from Leo Strawn, who writes: “The Collingwood Magpies organization has been getting input from its players and has now located a manufacturer that will take into account a player’s body changes over the course of the season, so a uniform from late in the year would not necessarily be the same size, or possibly even the same material, as the one he wore in the opening round. Adidas, which currently makes the Magpies’ kits, will remain the footwear choice for the club.”