Courtesy of Under Armour
This is Adam Clement, Under Armour’s senior design manager for on-field product. I met him a month ago in Brooklyn, where we were both attending Maryland’s season-opening basketball game, and we immediately hit it off. Smart guy, good guy. I asked if he’d agree to do an interview, and he said sure. We did the interview last week, and it turned out so well that I’ve divided it into two parts, which will run on ESPN today and tomorrow. Today’s installment will be about Adam’s most notable design: the Maryland flag uniform. Check it out here.
Top 10 reminder: I’m accepting nominations for the top 10 uni-notable moments of 2012. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Contrary to what I wrote for each of the past two days, the Chiefs’ captains did indeed wear captaincy patches on Sunday, creating a serious case of patch overload (big thanks to Tyler Moody for setting me straight). … Friends in High Places Dept.: The governor of Oregon has called a special session of the state legislature to extend tax breaks for Nike. … Should D.C. United be rebranded? That question is the focus of this article (from John Muir). … On Monday I reported that Utah State’s basketball team was wearing a “12” patch in support of junior forward Danny Berger, who collapsed during a practice and nearly died. Now it turns out that the school’s football team will also be honoring Berger on their uniforms (from Mike Lundberg). … Here’s a closer look at the Christmas Day jersey for the Knicks and Lakers — or at least the Swingman replica versions — as showcased on yesterday’s episode of The Chew. … Tom Jackson was shopping at Sears and spotted a Cubs hoodie with an NFL label. … Looks like a hockey team called the Las Vegas Nevadans may be in the works. … On Monday I noted that all three of this year’s Heisman finalists had single-digit uni numbers and wondered if that had ever happened before. That sent Dan Cichalski into research mode. “While I didn’t answer that question (only 10 single-digit players have won, but info on finalists from long-ago years doesn’t seem to be easily found), I did go back to find out which numbers were the most common among winners: 14 and 20, with five winners each,” he says. “Two notes: No. 45 accounts for two winners, but both times it was Archie Griffin, so just one player has won the trophy wearing that number. And I included Reggie Bush, whose award was vacated.” … Also from Dan: I really like this Notre Dame helmet history T-shirt. … Check out this shot of Broadway Joe wearing the Jets’ 1964 helmet style. The thing is, Namath’s first season with the Jets was 1965, but the NFL and AFL both held their drafts on Nov. 28, 1964 — plenty different from today, right? — so that’s the helmet that was available for promo shots (good find by Bruce Menard). … Alex Allen found these old basketball chalkboards at the middle school where he teaches. “No three-point line!” he notes. … Here’s a good page with diagrams for all the WAC football stadiums (from Matthew Meo). … LaMaar Woodley of the Steelers is the owner of the latest Pro Bowlers Association team: the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits. Weird logo, as you can see there — why are “Jack” and “Rabbits” misaligned? (From Jason Bernard.) … Does this T-shirt mean that Oregon will be wearing yellow helmets in the Fiesta Bowl? (From Andrew Greenblatt.) … Shin-Soo Choo was traded to the Reds last night. David Sonny points out that with Choo and Bronson Arroyo now on the same roster, that gives Cincy two double-flapped players. Pretty sure they’re the only team with that distinction right now. … Wisconsin Dells High School wore 1980s throwbacks last night. Their opponents, Reedsburg, also wore throwbacks, although theirs were more conventional (from Jeff Ash). … One more week until the fucking cast comes off.