I spent most of yesterday in New Jersey, much of it in a bar just a few miles from where the Giants were playing the Bucs. I was amused by this woman’s T-shirt (probably common in NJ, but I’d never seen it before), so I asked if I could take her picture. She happily obliged.
Other notes from around the NFL yesterday:
• The Chargers had lots of tributes to Junior Seau yesterday. First, they added a memorial helmet decal. They also included the decal on their midfield logo. And they retired Seau’s number. (Meanwhile, the Chargers wore solid white.)
• In an unusual move, the Ravens moved their Art Modell memorial from their helmet to their jersey. I’m not sure I can recall a memorial being upgraded like that before.
• Someone on the Ravens sideline was wearing a Reebok shirt.
• Cam Newton suffered a serious tear in his jersey.
• The Seahawks are really taking the neon snot thing a bit too far.
• Carlos Rogers of the 49ers had his pant legs rotated so that his stripes faced backwards.
• The 49ers’ grounds crew neglected to include the black outline on the edge of the center stem of the “E” in one of the end zones.
• The saga of Jim Harbaugh’s black pullover continues: Instead of a Stanford shirt with a cover-up patch, he now appears to have gotten a legit 49ers shirt.
Turning to Saturday’s college action, you should start with yesterday’s post from Phil and his crew. Once you’re done with that, here are some additional tidbits:
• An Alabama helmet that ABC used as a studio prop including a trademark symbol next to the TV number. Odd.
• Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington normally wears No. 13, but he wore No. 40 on Saturday to honor injured linebacker Julian Burnett. When’s the last time we saw a QB wearing such a high number?
• Kansas defensive end John Williams played several series without a helmet logo.
• Michael Birdsong of James Madison really needs to trim those chinstrap tails.
• For the first two games of the season, Wisconsin’s nose bumper read, “Leaders.” But on Saturday, they changed it to the Big 10 logo.
• West Virginia and Marshall both added a memorial decal for two West Virginia state troopers who were recently killed in the line of duty.
• Clemson President James Barker, who’s 65 years old, wore the Tiger mascot suit on Saturday (and did 27 pushups after a touchdown!).
• Yale’s helmet logo is no longer outlined.
• Portland State’s jumble of helmet decals now includes an I-5 shield. Wasn’t there last year. Anyone know what that’s for?
(My thanks to all contributors, including Rhett Dubiel, Brinke Guthrie, Omar Jalife, Dustin Kalis, Scott Kelly, Kyle Mackie, Dave Mann, Coleman Mullins, Austin Pendergist, Joshua Robertson, Dave Sizer, Douglas Waddington, Duncan Wilson, and William Yurasko.)
Too good for the Ticker: A high school in Florida has come up with the craziest football uniform ever (at least this week). Take a look:
Yowza! Well, that should up the ante in the Nikegon sweepstakes, eh? But hey, where’s the two-tone helmet? Further info here.
Show & Tell update: The latest installment of my monthly Show & Tell storytelling series took place last Wednesday. The participants, their objects, and their stories are featured in the latest post on the Show & Tell web site.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The NCAA has issued a memo reminding schools that advertising is not allowed on end zone pylons. “I think we should have the NCAA talk to the NBA about keeping ads off of places where they don’t belong,” says Ryan Burns. … Kyle Allebach wrote a piece for his local Patch site about the looming threat of NBA uniform ads. Well done. … In a related item, the sports advocacy group known as League of Fans has sent a sharply worded letter to David Stern regarding the uni advertising plan. #NoUniAds. … Canadian college football has its own version of Oregon: the Guelph Gryphons. “In contrast to Guelph is the Queen’s Gaels,” says Blair Hough. “Despite being one of the oldest and best-funded universities and football programs in the country, dating back over 100 years, Queen’s University only wears one uniform, gold, for both home and road.” … South Carolina offers license plates honoring lots of colleges — many of which are not located in South Carolina. Seems odd, no? Do other states do this? (From Eric Schultz.) … I’ve written several times about the wonderful sports artwork by Mark Penxa. Eric Westover recently commissioned him to make this great Mickey Mantle piece — nice. … The Orioles logo that I’ve been referring to as “the angry bird” is actually called the cuckoo bird (from Scott Stoddard). … Big rebranding in the works for Oregon State (from Mark Snider). … Cool photo gallery of old BYU football photos here (from Josh Sorensen). … St. Francis High, near Buffalo, sure takes a lot of 49ers-style liberties (from Adam Same). … Providence College’s live mascot, named Dom, is sponsored by Coke. Lame (from Erik Sundermann). … Here’s something I didn’t remember: After Eric Davis was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997, his teammates on the Orioles wore his uni number on their batting helmets (screen shots by Tim Donovan). … Jerry Kulig was getting a tour of the new USF basketball facility and spotted this uni mock-up sheet posted on a wall. “There were three others posted, but this one has ‘Approved for Production’ below the guy in all green, while the yellow warm-up has ‘Final Wearing Season 2012’ below it,” says Jerry. … The anti-American riots in Sydney over the weekend revealed that Australian police wear very interesting baseball caps. … Florida Tech, which will begin its football program in 2013, has unveiled its inaugural uniforms. … UNLV tight end Aaron Reed wears an award where his NOB would normally go. Explanation here (from Dave Sizer). … New basketball uniforms for Wake Forest (from Greg Seltzer). … Blake Pass was at Friday night’s Braves game and noticed a security guard wearing football cleats. … FNOBs are rare in baseball, but one of the few examples is Ron Jackson from the early 1980s. Here’s a (supposedly) game-used jersey of his up for auction (from Eric Stangel). … John English found some old newspaper shots of Joe DiMaggio as an A’s coach. … Lakeridge High in Oregon has resurrected the uniforms of the old USFL Boston/New Orleans/Portland Breakers (from Paul Quirk). … Someone needs to tell Shin-Soo Choo that his undersleeves should match his socks (from Alec Jokubaitis). … Interesting game in Arizona on Saturday night, as the Diamondback wore purple throwbacks and the Giants wore their Sunday road alts. Additional photos here. … The following day (i.e., yesterday), the D-backs did the “Los” thing. … And speaking of the Giants, it’s good to see Sergio Romo wearing the striped socks. … Good story about the small Nebraska company that created the digital communication system for NFL helmets. “Some interesting things in there, such as the fact that the rules prohibit communicating with under 15 seconds on the play clock,” says Brian Hansen. … Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had some NOB issues the other day (from Eric Davis).