As you can see above, the NBA unveiled their Christmas Day jerseys yesterday. (If you’re reading this on a mobile device or are having trouble with the slideshow, look here.) These had previously been leaked via video game, of course, but it’s nice to see better views of them. Would’ve been nicer still if they’d put uni numbers on most of the jerseys, but whaddaya gonna do.
There’s absolutely zero reason for these jerseys to exist (well, unless you count merchandising as a valid reason), so they’re stupid by definition. But from a strictly aesthetic standpoint, I have no problem with them — they’re nice. Well, except maybe for the Knicks’ design, but I’ll wait to see it on the court before saying for sure.
As you may recall, there was talk about these jerseys being used for weekend games in the second half of the season. There’s no mention of that in Adidas’s press release, which only says that the jerseys will be worn on Xmas. I’ve asked for clarification; will advise.
AmPac leak: A design that’s widely assumed to be Ohio State’s Amateur Pacifist uni for the Nov. 24 game against Michigan unexpectedly showed up on the Buckeyes’ web site yesterday and quickly become the subject of mucho discussion (at least among people who can take such things seriously). Reader Ryan Cox provides a good analysis:
The player is wearing a (chrome?) helmet with a black facemask. It also has a larger OSU helmet stripe. The jersey has the [Nikelace] collar and OSU logo shield, which the regular OSU unis do not have. I think it is safe to say that these will be the unis worn against the team from the North.
I’m assuming more AmPac leaks will be following shortly.
I received several e-mails yesterday from military personnel who took issue with what I’d written about UVA coach Mike London’s G.I. Joe dress-up costume. Most of these communiqués led to respectful back-and-forths that resulted in the other party and myself agreeing to disagree. But I also traded several e-mails with an Air Force veteran named Michael Ingalls, who insulted me in various ways (all of which is fine, it comes with the territory) and then said something so extraordinary that I’ve actually taken a screen shot of his e-mail and highlighted the pertinent bit, just so you can see I that didn’t make it up (I’ve blurred out his e-mail address; click to enlarge):
Can you imagine?
What does this have to do with uniforms? This: The knee-jerk “Thank you for your service” mantra that’s spread through our culture in recent years is part of the same rubber-stamp rah-rah machine that gives us camouflage sports uniforms, and is just as problematic. It has helped create the notion of the military being a privileged class that’s beyond reproach. And it’s apparently gone so far that at least one veteran now views this rubber stamp as an entitlement. Incredible.
If you’re in the military, I repeat what I’ve said before: I respect what you do. But I also know that not all soldiers are heroes, and not all heroes are soldiers.
By Brinke Guthrie
I went to every Bengals home game at Riverfront from 1973 through 1977. I remember being so excited to get the new Pro! magazine each week, including, I’m sure, this one. Of course, the pre-Pro! era is also interesting, as in the case of this LeRoy Neiman Jets cover.
As for the rest of this week’s finds:
• Look at the detail on these late 1970s Chargers Tudor figures. Did you ever repaint yours? I think I mighta tried that once or twice, since my Tudor phase meshed neatly with my Monogram/Aurora/Revell models phase.
• NFL Chiquita Stickers alert! Starting price, just $225.00.
• We’ve got a Steelers NFL Sears sweater-jacket right here.
• Sorry, Nike, I’ll take this old-school Vikes sweatshirt over your stuff any day.
• Speaking of the Vikes, check how they reversed the scheme on this vintage pennant. It took me years to realize that was a helmet horn on the side. Years.
• From reader Jeff Flynn, Jr., comes this amazing 1970s Indiana State baseball jersey.
• Also from Jeff: these groovy NFL helmet “pop-ups.”
• And we wrap up this week with a 1971 KC Royals decanter, in good shape.
PermeRec update: Someone in Florida recently found 100 old snapshots in a Dumpster. They eventually told the story of a North Dakota man and his family. Full details on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: In a development that doesn’t really qualify as much of a surprise, most players on the Browns would like to have new uniforms (from Jason Hillyer). … Florida Tech will field its first football team next year. Here’s an article about their uniforms (from Wayne Koehler). … Question: Does anyone track the number of times NFL players’ helmets come off during a game, or a season, or whatever? … Here’s more about the Panthers’ black pants. Interesting detail: “The option on whether to wear black or blue socks was left up to veteran wide receiver and team captain Steve Smith, who opted for blue in order to give the Panthers a more unique appearance.” … Also, if you’re wondering what the black pants would look like with the team’s white jersey, The Jeff whipped up this Photoshop image. Not bad — I like that better than the mono-black look. … Someone at Sunday night’s Bears game was wearing a full Urlacher uniform. “If I’d gotten a pic of his face, you’d see that he also had eye black stick-ons,” says James Huening. “But no helmet? Come on!” … Check this out: When 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick scored a touchdown on Sunday, he knocked the G.I. Joe ribbon off of the pylon. Why does Colin Kaepernick hate America? (From Marc Mandin.) … Conor Breen notes that Arian Foster, who normally wears gloves, went bare-handed on Sunday night. “Some players who normally don’t wear gloves (QBs, for example) sometimes wear them during bad-weather games, so I thought that it was interesting that Foster did the opposite,” says Conor. … America, fuck yeah, Southern Miss edition. What an embarrassment. … In a related item, the Toledo Walleye wore Captain America costumes on Saturday. “You cannot imagine how awkward and out-of place they actually appeared during the game,” says Chris Marcinko. … Two organizations with famous uniforms — let’s call them Group A and Group B — were in the news yesterday. Why? Because Group A will no longer donate money to Group B. Why? Because Group B insists on clinging to a policy of bigotry. … Whoa, check this out: tartan baseball uniforms! The full story behind this photo has been broken down in gloriously fine detail by Tom Shieber — look here. … Hey look, a Native American team name and logo that I can totally get behind. Why? Because the Lady Chiefs play for Wyoming Indian High School on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. And that’s why nobody else should use that imagery — because it already belongs to someone. … Bill Wallis found a great quote from the late Darrell Royal, who was asked if he’d ever change the Longhorns’ uniforms: “Hell no, I’m not going to candy these up. These are work clothes.” … Soooo many great details on the field itself in this 1971 Cowboys/Bills clip. Check it out: red hashmarks on the sidelines; alternating colors for the yard-marker numbers; little buffaloes in the Bills’ end zone; stars in the Cowboys’ end zone; and buffaloes on the 40-yard lines (I believe to indicate where the kickoffs took place). “And don’t overlook the Bills’ various NOB font sizes and the girl twirling a flaming baton in the opening — simply classic!” says Bill Kellick, and he’s right. … At the conclusion of last night’s Steelers/Chiefs game, one of the zebras was still signaling the game-ending field goal when a worker came out and began removing the G.I. Joe wapper from the goalpost padding (screen shot by Andy Henderson). … Also from last night’s game: Aaron McHargue notes that the helmets on the ESPN postgame set were facing away from each other instead of toward each other. I’m assuming they always put the home team on the right, and then they had to turn it around because the Steelers only have the logo on one side, so then they turned the Chiefs helmet around too. … Good story about the Steelers fans who came up with the “Immaculate Reception” moniker (from Jerry Wolper). … Excellent spot by Joe Sewash, who notes that WVU hoops had a small black patch above the NOBs last night. I’m pretty sure this is a cover-up patch for the Big East logo, because the Mountaineers now play in the Big 12 and are using the same uniforms as last year. … Learned last night that one of my very favorite people on this mudball planet — someone I love a lot, someone who’s super-remarkable in countless ways, someone from whom I’ve learned a lot and who I’m proud to call my friend and my hero — has been diagnosed with cancer. It’s bad. Feel free to think good thoughts about her. Thanks.