Remember Atlantic High, the Florida high school that recently unveiled that two-tone football uni? It looked pretty crazy on that kid standing in a school hallway, but how did it look on the field?
Thanks to John Bennardo, whose video production company shoots Atlantic’s games, we now know. Note that some players wore the mismatched socks, but not all of them did. And nobody seems to have worn the little mismatched shoe sleeves or the mismatched arm sleeves. So the two-tone effect is primarily limited to the jersey and pants.
I’ll say it: I don’t think it’s so awful. Silly? Sure. But not the end of the world. Certainly better than Oregon’s diamondplate look or the Maryland “pride” design (although I realize that’s damning with faint praise), because it’s just color-blocking — no dipshit graphics or gewgaws.
Bennardo’s company will be shooting Atlantic’s next game tonight. “I have instructed my camera guy to get some good pregame shots of the team warming up, stretching, putting the unis on, etc.,” he says. Stay tuned.
Oh, and as long as we’re talking about high school football, remember that school with the illegible uni numbers? They’re about to get somewhat more legible.
Candela update: Some of you may recall that Kirsten and I produced a museum exhibit about the Candela Structures back in 2009. In the three years since then, I’ve occasionally given updates as additional pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place (the most recent one was back in May).
Now, after some delays and false starts, I’m happy to announce that we’ll be writing an article about the structures for the New York Times Magazine. It won’t run until next spring, but we’re very excited about it. My hope is that it will tie together everything we’ve learned about the structures over the past few years. Yee-haw!
Show & Tell update: Show & Tell has a new official timer. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Panthers wore their blue alts last night — the second time in three weeks that they’ve worn them, which means they can’t wear them again this season — unless the blue jersey is now the primary and the black jersey is now the alternate, which would be news to me. I’ll try to find out today. … The “ny” chest logo on the Giants’ road jersey is supposed to be red. But Doug Fischer notes that the logo looked blue with a red outline for several players last night. I’ll ask Joe Skiba about it. … Speaking of Skeebs, he’s featured in this excellent article about NFL helmet standards. … Latest person to get a glass eye imprinted with the logo of his favorite team is a Kentucky Wildcats fan. … When a home plate ump wears a blazer these days, he usually wears it right over his chest protector. But Angel Hernandez added a windbreaker in between the blazer and the protector the other night. Never seen that before (good spot by Jason Werth). … “With Reebok reintroducing the CCM brand for goalie equipment (much like they did with Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and the KOHO line), InGoal will be profiling the Lefevre gear shop, which will be making CCM-branded gear,” reports John Muir. … Also from John: New throwback mask for Jonathan Quick (assuming the lockout ever gets settled, that is). … Amazing DIY project: What can you do with 1000 football cards and 50 hours? Here, see for yourself (big thanks to Jon Solomonson). … Notre Dame football is adding a 125th-anniversary decal this weekend. Anyone know why they didn’t wear it from the outset of the season? … Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins had an overly baggy jersey during the preseason but has now gotten it tailored. … Interesting article on the background of color-out events at Virginia Tech (from Chris Sykes). … Yeesh, check out all the pink NFL gear in the new Eastbay catalog (from Scott Novosel). … In a related item, nothing says breast cancer awareness like a pink trash can (from Joe LaFerla). … After 49ers QB Alex Smith was idiotically reprimanded by the NFL for wearing an SF Giants cap, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy showed some solidarity with him by wearing a Niners cap. Nicely done (thanks, Brinke). … An American speedskater allegedly tampered with a Canadian rival’s skates — on his coach’s orders. … A Turkish soccer player took off his jersey while celebrating a goal, at which point a fan ran onto the field and took the jersey from him (Brinke again). … Rare sight last night in Tampa, as B.J. Upton was wearing two-in-ones! (Screen shot by Lou DeGeorge.) … Two odd things about the uni number on Tyler Cloyd’s batting helmet last night: First, the number was badly askew. And second, Cloyd wears No. 50 (from Kevin Stephan). … Some good Utah State uniforms from years past in this article about new inductees to the school’s hall of fame (from Aaron Keller). … Someone used some markers and some creativity to make a black cast look like an Adidas sneaker (from Kurt Esposito). … A foul ball off the bat of Pirates outfielder Travis Snider broke one of the letters in the “PNC Park” sign behind home plate. … Timmy Steffes was thrifting in Clinton, Maryland, when he came across a varsity jacket that manages to rip off the Vikings and the Bears simultaneously. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Wouldn’t you think a school would rather have its own logo, instead of poaching someone else’s? … Coupla great finds from Bruce Menard. First, dig this absolutely awesome P-F Flyers ad. What a beauty! And then dig these 1971 shots of Willie Mays with Dinah Shore. Look closely and you’ll see Willie was wearing a cap with a logo patch, not a standard-issue game cap. But that’s more than made up for by the picture-perfect blousing around the waist area of his sweater.