Lots of Newtown memorial gestures around the NFL yesterday, although some were more visible than others. The Giants wore Sandy Hook Elementary School’s initials at the base of their helmet stripe (each set of initials was individually handwritten), and the Patriots added a memorial decal. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt wrote, “Newtown, CT” on his gloves, and Giants wideout Victor Cruz saluted Jack Pinto — a six-year-old Giants fan who was one of the victims — on his cleats. And the Rams/Vikings game was preceded by a ceremony featuring Rams running back Daryl Richardson and Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, who were selected because they both wear No. 26 — the number of victims at Friday’s shooting.
In non-Newtown developments from yesterday:
• Coupla things about the Bills/Seahawks game: First, Seattle wore solid gray. Also, this game was played in Toronto, but the Bills didn’t wear their usual “North of the Border” patch. Just as well, since they already had enough patches to go around.
• The Cowboys added a “53″ memorial decal for Jerry Brown Jr.
• Speaking of the Cowboys, moon over Dallas! That’s DeMarco Murray.
• And if you think that was disturbing, check out Pats defensive lineman Kyle Love.
• The Bears wore their Monsters of the Midway throwbacks.
• Odd glitch regarding the Buccaneers’ maker’s marks: some were black and some were orange. The NFL style guide lists them as black.
• In the Colts/Texans game, the side judge was wearing the officials’ old number font. The proper font is being worn by the referee.
• The Cardinals apparently still think it’s G.I. Joe month.
• Speaking of end zones, anyone know what was up with the generic wordmark in St. Looey?
(My thanks to all contributors, including Dan Ferraro, Cork Gaines, Raymie Humbert, Omar Jalife, Chris Perrenot, Ben Traxel, and Jamal Wilburg.)
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Uni-borne responses to the Newtown shootings have extended well beyond the NFL. Kevin Durant wore “Newtown CT” on his sneakers on Friday night. On Saturday, two EPL matches featured players wearing black armbands: Queens Park Rangers vs. Fulham and Aston Villa vs. Liverpool. And all players and caddies in the Father-Son Challenge golf tourney wore black ribbons. … The Pirates have added a 1971 throwback uniform, which they’ll wear for Sunday home games. In a surprising move, the ensemble includes sansabelt pants. … Absolutely compelling article about the bat from Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit. Highly, highly recommended reading. … New caps for Ohio University baseball (from Mike Dillon). … Several Tennessee players have been Instagramming photos of this helmet design. No idea how legit it is (from William Parsons). … Well, that didn’t take long. … The Long Island Lizards (MLL) have rebranded as the New York Lizards (from Rob Stukenborg). … A minor league baseball team and a summer collegiate team are both using the same piece of clip art for their logos (from Alan Poff). … Here’s a unique uni memorial: Buford High School in Georgia saluted assistant coach Ryan Daniel, who recently passed away, by changing the color of the last two letters of their jersey wordmark. Pretty clever (from Mike Raymer). … Also from Mike: It’s a little hard to see, but both teams in this shot are wearing the Packers/UGA stylized “G” helmet logo. That’s Gainesville High vs. the Ware County Gators, both from Georgia. … The Penn State wrestling team went G.I. Joe on Saturday night (from Gerry Dincher). … San Diego State hoops wore new gray uniforms for Saturday night’s city championship game against the University of San Diego (from Ernest Penaflor). … The Peoria Rivermen (AHL) recently invited fans to design a new jersey for them. Here’s the winning design, which was worn on the ice on Saturday (from Patrick Walsh). … Blake Pass took his daughter to Jr. Vols Day at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville and got some photos of the locker room. … It’s official: People now have zero clue how to use an apostrophe. For the latest evidence, check out the run of years listed on the Kent State hockey page. And this is supposedly an institution of higher learning. Sigh (from Tom Pachuta). … This watch commercial shows Eli Manning wearing a sort-of-but-not-quite Giants uni (thanks, Phil). … Whoa, look at this amazing set of Lions Club basketball uniforms (big thanks to my pal Robin Edgerton). … Saturday Night Live’s Xmas special included one cast member telling the story of Hanukkah while wearing a Yankees yarmulke (from Chris Zagorski). … Uni Watch’s newest hero is Manchester City honcho Roberto Mancini, who has banned his players from wearing purple. You tell ’em, Roberto! (From Cort McMurray.)