In the first weekend of NFL games after the Newtown massacre, the only NFL teams that responded with memorial gestures were the three clubs whose fan bases include Connecticut: the Patriots, Giants, and Jets. On Saturday night, however, the Lions and Falcons both wore “S.H.E.S.” helmet decals (very similar to the one that the Jets wore on Monday night), which made me wonder if the entire league would follow suit on Sunday.
Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened, as teams wore the “S.H.E.S.” decal in more or less the same spot. Interestingly, the Patriots scrapped their previous memorial in favor of the league-wide design. The Giants did likewise. (The Jets also swapped out their old decal for the new one, although I don’t have a good photo of the latter.)
One team, however, did not get with the program: Washington. Why do Daniel Snyder and Robert Griffin III hate innocent, murdered six-year-olds?
In non-Newtown-related developments:
• The Ravens wore their black alts.
• Speaking of the Ravens, wideout Jacoby Jones didn’t even try to show any whites on his socks.
• Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t usually wear a visor, but he wore one yesterday.
• James Laurinaitis of the Rams had a crooked team wordmark on his jersey.
• NBC used some Reebok-era Seahawks head shots last night.
(My thanks to all contributors, including M.B. Crain, David Dinsmore, Josh Hunsucker, Aaron McHargue, and Ernest Penaflor.)
PermaRec update: The guy on the left is Russell Ries, who found a bunch of photographs, uncovered a nasty story lurking behind them, and then contacted the family they once belonged to. The guy on the right is the family member to whom he eventually returned the photos. You can read the full story, which is pretty compelling, in a new entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Also, there’s a new PermaRec entry about a guy who puts an unusual spin on a common hobby: He collects old snapshots that he finds at flea markets and such (nothing new there), but only if they have something written on them. The result is a series of partially told stories that leave you salivating for more. Details here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: A Dolphins blogger — who could be fulla shit or could have a line on some completely reputable, legitimate info — has posted what he says is a rough draft of the new Dolphins logo. Strikes me as more of an alternate to their current logo — not bad, but I kinda miss the helmet on Flipper. Meanwhile, if you read that whole blog entry, it says the Vikings are due to have retro-style uniforms next season. I don’t know how legit that is either, but I can tell you I have heard from a reputable source that the Vikes are due for some sort of revision next season. … Odd move by Ohio State basketball, which has gone to a new court design in the middle of the season. … NOB typo alert! That’s Bills cornerback Butch Byrd — not Bryd — from the AFL Championship Game on Jan. 1, 1967. The Chiefs won and advanced to face the Packers in the first Super Bowl (from Timothy Tryjankowski). … Really interesting article on why Kyrie Irving of the Cavs wore a black mask for one game (from Patrick Gaughan). … Check out the awesome return address design on the envelopes used by the New York Rangers before the current MSG was built (big thanks to Aaron Scholder). … Bill Henderson’s jersey guide includes a little sidebar box explaining how the 1973 A’s recycled some of their 1972 jerseys with the older version of the “A” logo. Now Richard Paloma has found some additional examples of this — from the ’73 World Series, no less! During the player introductions for Game One, three Oakland players were wearing the old-style jerseys. Those screen shots come from this video clip. … The NFL has given a grant to a Colorado school to help pay for new football uniforms, because a former NFL player now coaches for that school (from Matt Cook). … Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have set up a new web site documenting the uniforms of the ABA. As you’ll see, there are many holes in their visual database. If you have photos or jerseys than can help fill those holes, hold onto them for now — we’ll be running a contest shortly. … Love the ski cap being worn by Chiefs backup QB Dean Carlson (from Bill Kellick). … “This branding binge [around college football bowl games] is telling us a couple of things. On a metaphorical level, it’s telling us we’re no longer a nation that grows tangible things like cotton and sugar; we’ve instead become a nation of marketers seeking to grow vaporous things known as brands.” That quote comes from this excellent article about bowl sponsorships. … Here’s a very useful page where you can download most uniform suppliers’ catalogs. … Xavier wore Sandy Hook uniforms on Saturday. … The NFL is now selling gumball helmet-style pencil toppers (from Jon Solomonson). … Also from Jon: Here’s a visual timeline of UCF mascots. … There’s a mannequin of Franco Harris making the Immaculate Reception at the Pittsburgh airport, and a similar mannequin at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. But Dave Rakowski points out that both mannequins are flawed. … Speaking of the Immaculate Reception, its 40th anniversary is being celebrated with a historical marker. Unfortunately, the marker is corporate-sponsored (from Chris Weber). … Stanton Smith found this vintage NFL blanket at his in-laws’ place over the holidays. … An elementary school in Dallas has heisted the Titans’ logo — even the colors! (From Tim Reyes.) … I like this sign at Lambeau Field (from Jeff Ash). … “Please proceed to vomitory”? They’re apparently using the third definition (from Dan Fuller). … Basketball teams in the Missouri Valley Conference apparently wear a conference logo patch on their shorts. That would be bad enough, but they wear the logo on a rectangular background. Way too clunky (from C.J. Hague). … NFL.com keeps running this ad showing Texans QB Matt Schaub wearing two gloves. “I’ve never seen him wear even one glove, let alone two,” says Marc Mandin. … Drew Arnson made some stirrups-themed holiday cookies. “The one of the left is what I wish the Mets’ socks looked like,” he says. … Riverside City College in California wear a very close copy of the Bengals’ uniforms. Woof! … I can never get enough of Kurl King sweater labels. That comes from this gorgeous sweater. … Check it out: If you’re a god-forsaken Russian orphan, you get to wear a cool windbreaker. … Here’s a doozy of an NOB. That’s Jerome Gauthier-Leduc of the Rochester Americans (from Matt Donnelly).
Tomorrow: The results of the reader-appreciation raffle.