As you can see above, BFBS has arrived in the coaches’ ranks, as Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Packers coach Mike McCarthy were both wearing black jackets last night. There was lots of other black-clad personnel on both sidelines (including the disable Clay Matthews). Okay, we get it — it’s Xmas shopping season, so you trot out the new gear to showcase. But black for Big Blue? Black for the Pack? Disappointing.
In other developments:
• The Chargers wore their powder blues.
• The Saints wore solid black.
• So did the Jaguars.
• Speaking of the Jags, Cecil Shorts was wearing RNOB. Turns out this isn’t new, but it isn’t something he’s been doing all season either, as you can see in this shot from Oct. 7 and this one from Oct. 21. After doing a bit of photo research, I think he added the Roman numeral on Nov. 4. Interesting that he was permitted to change it in the middle of the season.
• Even by defensive back standards, Donte Whitner had a lot of stuff hanging off of him.
• Jay Cutler had his hand-warmer ripped off and his undershirt stretched out by a Vikings defender.
• Coaches often have their names on their headsets (Jim Mora is the first coach I remember doing this, back when he coached the Saints). But Bills coach Chan Gailey just wears his team’s name on his headset, or at least that’s what he had yesterday.
• It’s one thing for a network to use a head shot from last season, showing a player in a Reebok jersey. But how could CBS have shown Chris Johnson wearing a four-year-old 10th-annivsary patch?!
• And here’s a Thanksgiving leftover: Rob Ryan’s play card had a turkey on it.
Turning to Friday and Saturday’s college action, you should start with Phil and Terry’s coverage from yesterday. After you’re done with that, here are two additional items:
• Ohio State’s rivalry jerseys had some uni-numerical inconsistencies. The numeral 1 had serifs on the bottom when appearing on the back of the jersey but not on the front. Same deal for the numeral 2, which had a serif at lower-right on the back of the jersey but not on the front. Very odd.
• Cincinnati players were wearing two distinct jersey styles in Friday’s game. Look at the collars on these two players, for example.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Andy Bartsch, Preston Feiler, Marc Mandin, Paul Pass, Matt Shepardson, and Gregg Wiebusch.)
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’Tis the season: The first weekend after Thanksgiving is when I always bring out the plastic mistletoe and hang it in a kissing-friendly spot. I bought this faux ’toe while shopping at Woolworth’s on my lunch hour way back in 1993 (for those of you who used to read my old zine, Beer Frame, this is the selfsame item reviewed in issue No. 2, pp. 13-14!), which means this is now its 20th Xmas season. Pretty good value for something I got for only $2.99. Let the Yuletide necking commence!
PermaRec update: Big day for Permanent Record. First, a long-dead pigeon carrying an encrypted note (you can see its remains at right) is the basis of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
More importantly, the long-delayed 10th full-length PermaRec feature, which is about an orphan who went on to become the matriarch of a New York political dynasty, is now up on Slate. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Calgary Stampeders have been worried about spies videotaping their practices, so they recently had their players wear jumpers with cover-up uni numbers or no numbers at all. Further details here (from Rocky Lum). … Here’s the uni guidelines poster that hangs in all CFL locker rooms (from Ryan Houdayer). … Here are those Batman-themed “Gotham City Crusaders” uniforms that the Tulsa Oilers wore last Friday (from Shane Botello). … Not often that you see a 1999 MLB TATC jersey up for auction (from Bruce Menard). … Keenan Bailey needed a centerpiece for his family’s Christmas village display, so he created Bailey Field, which has element’s of each family member’s alma mater. “Let’s go left to right,” he says. “We have the Clemson hill with Howard’s rock for my sister; FSU end zone for Mom; Army Black Knight and sandbagged flag for my West Point brother; Notre Dame end zone for Dad; and finally the Mizzou rock M from Faurot Field for me. It was all built with felt, Styrofoam, and household items.” … Ooh, look at the fantastic old Columbus Jets logo at the center of this scorecard cover. ” And yes, that’s Roberto Clemente’s autograph at upper-left,” says Jeff Erhard. “The Jets were the AAA farm team of the Pirates, and the big league team would come to Columbus once a year to play. I got to see them in 1969, and we waited around after the game for the Pirates to get on their bus and handed the scorecards up to the players through the windows. I also got Matty Alou’s autograph on the back.” … What’s that on the Grand Rapids Griffins’ center-ice logo? “That would be Comcast’s xfinity logo integrated into the team’s logo,” says Casey Siereveld. “I don’t believe I have ever seen that before. You’d think it’s enough to have the sponsor’s logo featured two times between the blue lines, but evidently they think it is necessary to invade what should be the team’s unique brand. Shameful.” … If you like football games played in the mud, you have to check out the three photos in the middle of this slideshow, from a 1972 Louisiana high school game. The accompanying article, about championship game that was replayed in its entirety after ending in a 0-0 tie, is highly, highly recommended — look here. … Aaron Rodgers, like most NFL QBs, wears real sleeves with loose-fitting cuffs. But NBC’s promo ad for last night’s Jints/Pack game showed him wearing tight, elasticized sleeves. Hmmmm (good spot by Wesley Muniz). … Northwestern hoops player Aaron Liberman wears a yarmulke — or at least he does on the bench. He’s a freshman and hasn’t yet appeared in a game this season, Northwestern’s media relations folks tell me he plans to wear the yarmulke on the court. Does anyone know of other college basketball players who’ve done this? (Screen shot by Tyler Kulasza.) … Hey, look, football players can blouse their pants too, at least in practice. That’s Dartmouth receiver Kirby Schoenthaler. “Not bad for a gridder,” says Tris Wykes. … “My mother, Heidi Werling, has recently gotten into quilting, and asked me if there was any quilt I would like her to make for me,” says Hiatt Werling. “I asked her to make me something I think we’ll all recognize.” Very, very cool.
Ouch: My wrist is healing nicely, but I have a new problem: My shoulder (which wasn’t damaged at all in the accident) really hurts. Like, a lot. Pretty sure it’s a pinched nerve, probably from the funny way I’ve been holding my damaged arm. Gonna try to see my doctor today (or as soon as he’ll see me), but if anyone has experience with pinched nerves, I’m all ears.