Oh man, all that pink yesterday. You’d think I’d have gotten used to it as a standard October thing by now, but I seem to have less tolerance for it than ever. And the thing is, it’s not even pink — it’s more like fuchsia or magenta, a really rich, saturated tone that clashes with almost everything And when it doesn’t clash too badly, like for a team that wears a lot of red or orange, it’s just as bad, because it looks like the color settings on your TV are off. I hate it. Hate it. It seriously diminishes my enjoyment of the games. My favorite two teams, the Niners and Giants, are playing each other next week, and I should be all excited to see that, but instead I’m dreading how awful it’s gonna look and wishing they’d been scheduled to meet up in November instead. If they have to do this, can’t they go back to the system in which each team has one serious pinked-out home game, instead of doing it for every October? At least October has only four Sundays this year (last year it had five, a calendar quirk that will come up again in 2016 and ’17). Still, it’s a fucking nightmare out there.
Okay, end of rant. Here’s the rest of uni-notable news from yesterday:
• In a fairly major development that several readers spotted right away, the officials’ jerseys had a new typeface yesterday. The old font had been used during the first few weeks of the season by the replacement zebras, and it was also used last week when the real officials returned to action. The new font, which is called Orbit and is used by the NFL for a lot of its branding, isn’t bad per se, but it’s not a good fit for NFL officiating crews. The font is sleek and modern, while the officials are middle-aged and stodgy. Bad move.
• With Colts head coach Chuck Pagano sidelined by leukemia, Reggie Wayne showed his support by wearing orange gloves and an orange mouthguard during the Colts/Packers game (orange is the leukemia-awareness color, just like pink is for breast cancer). Also, members of both teams wore “Chuckstrong” T-shirts prior to the game.
• This isn’t history’s clearest screen shot, but Cleveland running back Trent Richardson suffered a badly torn sleeve during the first half of yesterday’s Browns/Giants tilt.
• The Bengals wore solid black — well, except for the pink parts.
• The Bills started wearing white helmets last season. But the 49ers didn’t get the memo, at least judging by this ticket from yesterday’s game.
Turning to Saturday’s college action, you should begin by checking out Phil’s post from yesterday. Once you’re done with that, here are some additional tidbits:
• Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill was missing his NOB.
• Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone Jr. has an unusual JrOB, with a lowercase letter.
• Several notes regarding Cincinnati: (1) They use their uni number font to call their defensive alignments. (2) A few players were missing their NOBs. (3) Running back Ralph David Abernathy IV has RNOB.
• South Carolina defensive lineman Byron Jerideau has adopted the Justin Tuck-style facemask.
• Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin went color vs. color for the 87th annual Battle of the Piney Woods game in Houston.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Nathan Anderson, Jeremy Edom, Chris Flinn, Ross Hazlett, David Pealing, Geoff Poole, Matt Powers, Victor Quintana, and Austin Sterkel.)
Just curious: Are any Uni Watch readers planning to run the NYC Marathon next month? If so, let me know. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Don’t look now, but the NBA preseason has started, and the Clippers showed up for their first game wearing what appears to be a new alternate uniform. To my knowledge, there’s been no announcement regarding this design, but it’s available for sale. Such an odd franchise. … Lots of chatter about this video game shot possibly/probably being the Thunder’s new alt. I have no idea how legit it is, but yikes. … The A’s have added a “GJN” memorial patch for pitch Pat Neshek’s son, Gehrig John, who died shortly after being born (thanks, Brinke). … Strong hints of what the Astros’ new uniforms will look like here. What do you think? … Interesting observation by Gregory Koch, who writes: “The UConn backup kicker Bbobby Puyol) and backup holder (Blaise Driscoll) both wear number 17. If both starters get hurt, one of them will need to change his number to avoid a penalty on every extra point and field goal.” … “I just updated my roster on Madden, and the update included a change to Alex Smith’s sleeves to reflect the full three stripes he wears now,” says Sam Lam. … Celtic wore a 125th-anniversary kit on Sunday (from George Chilvers). … Although the photo’s a little grainy, this appears to be an NHL color-on-color game — Penguins in blue, Habs in red, from Oct. 21, 1975 (photo found by Casey Samuelsson and sent my way by Jeff Flynn, Jr.). … Here’s something I think we may have missed (or else I just forgot): According to this item from back in April, the Jags will be getting a complete makeover next season (from Alex Lawler). … TBS’s production crew didn’t exactly cover itself with glory during Friday’s A.L. Wild Card game. First they used outdated caps for their “Due Up” photos, and then they got Cal Ripken Jr.’s name wrong (screen shots by Jason Christie). … I have a feeling we may have seen this before, but just in case: Jason Vargas has been a Zett glove — that’s a Japanese brand — but it appears to have blacked-out Rawlings detailing. Anyone know more? (From AJ Peterson.) … Joe Bailey was looking at a bunch of 2013 NFL calendars and noticed that many of the cover photos don’t have maker’s marks. That’s because the pics were taken in the Reebok era, and the publisher apparently airbrushed the Reebok logos out of the images. Or at least that’s what was done for some of the photos — for others, the logo creep was left intact. … “Ever seen an Irish hurling jersey in the wild?” asks Jason Robertson. “I ran into one — for Tipperary GAA — at a Calgary Hitmen game on Friday night. Thought you’d get a kick out of something that bloody obscure. I know I did.” … Mike Raymer recently visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City and saw some very nice military sports uniforms. … William Streit found a very odd Packers photo from 2009. What’s the deal with Charles Woodson’s jersey? … George Flory noticed a “Gatorade Only” poster in the visiting dugout at Comerica Park. I don’t know if a similar poster can be found in the dugouts at Camden Yards, but they sure had plenty of Gatorade (thanks, Brinke). … I’m a few days late with this, but it’s still pretty cool: A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was hit in the head by a line drive last month and ended up having skull surgery, so his teammates gave him an autographed helmet to wear during last week’s division-clinch clubhouse celebration, just in case things got a bit rowdy (from Mark Coale). … No screen shot, but I saw A’s outfielder Coco Crisp wearing a Raiders cap while answering questions at his locker following yesterday’s playoff game. … CBS Sunday Morning had a good feature on a recent All-American Girls Professional Baseball League reunion, including some classic old video footage. … This is pretty good: a slideshow of NFL players throwing out the first pitch at MLB games. … I love sports, and I love bars, but I hate sports bars. Looks like there’s a fun one in Portland, however. Anyone been? (Thanks, Kirsten.) … New court design for the Bobcats. … By now you’ve probably heard that Tigers reliever Al Albuquerque kissed the baseball before tossing it to first base at a crucial point of yesterday’s game.