I wasn’t near a television for most of yesterday, but I got the gist of people’s feelings about the NBA’s Christmas Day uniforms via the steady stream of e-mails that kept hitting my in-box. Even comedian/activist Harry Shearer got into the act, becoming a uni-watcher for a day. But the most amusing note came from Mets radio man Howie Rose, the entirety of whose message forms today’s headline. (For those who don’t get the joke, look here.)
If you were too busy egg-nogging and mistletoeing, you can judge for yourself by checking out this gallery of photos from all five of yesterday’s NBA games.
Also: There was a brief skirmish during the Nets/Celtics game when Gerald Wallace grabbed Kevin Garnett’s shorts and wouldn’t let go. This led to a great post-game quote from Garnett: “I don’t know where in America you can jack somebody’s pants up or shorts up. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know what the hell was going on.”
Also-also: All players yesterday wore green ribbons for the Newtown victims (real ribbons, not representations of ribbons) on their warm-ups. And the refs wore them on their jerseys. (No word yet on whether the Amerks and/or Bills will be wearing ribbons or decals for those firefighters who were murdered just outside of Rochester on Monday. Rumors that $1 from every gun sale will henceforth go toward the manufacturing of memorial ribbons and decals are almost completely untrue.)
By Brinke Guthrie
Ah yes, the day after Christmas, which I have always considered to be the single worst day of the year. So let’s set that gloom aside and take a look at a few things you didn’t get yesterday morning, eh?
• Totally recommend these — a set of 1970s NFL helmet medallions, for the Niners, Bills, and Chiefs. Still have mine for the Cowboys and the Bengals.
• Love the vintage simplicity of this 1970s-look Vikes T-shirt.
• Guess this would’ve looked good under the tree — a “Merry Christmas” signed baseball from none other than Mickey Mantle. Sent in by reader Michael Clary.
• Nicholas Schiavo sent along this Wilson Sporting Goods uniform ad for the “new” NY Mets and Houston Colt .45s.
• Chris Ross sent in this listing for a 1980 St. Louis Blues press photo. “I’m not big on collecting press photos, but as a Blues fan, this caught my eye because of the beautiful ‘St. Louis’ stitching on the jackets,” he says.
• From Johnny Garfield, a 1980s Yankees BP jersey — with an NFL tag.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Raffle results: In case you missed it yesterday, here are the winners of this year’s reader-appreciation raffle.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Virginia Tech — the only school to have witnessed a bigger shooting massacre than Sandy Hook Elementary (at least for now) — is expressing solidarity with the Newtown community by wearing a dual memorial helmet decal while practicing for the irrelevant uniform manufacturer bowl. A much smaller version of the decal will be worn on the back of the helmet during the game. Rumors that $1 from the sale of each gun will now go towar — wait, is anyone else feeling a sense of deja vu? … A North Carolina baseball team uses green tequila sunrise jerseys (from Hunter Towns). … New logos for Palm Beach Atlantic University (from Marcial Santos). … Daniel Munroe was bowling in Cleveland when he spotted this Rams/NFL bowling ball. … New kit for Liverpool has apparently been leaked (from Anthony Nuccio). … Here’s an unusual sight: a soccer goalie wearing a baseball-style cap (from Alan Borock). … No photo, but Douglas King reports that there was some jersey repair going on during the Aloha Bowl. “Early in the second half, the camera was focused on SMU’s equipment manager sewing up the upper-left corner of the QB’s nameplate,” he says. … As you may recall, a recent episode of Jeopardy! featured an entire category devoted to uniforms, under the heading of “New Jersey.” You can now see all the answers and corresponding questions by scrolling down to the Double Jeopardy round on this page (big thanks to Greg Trandel). … The MVP of the freight shipping bowl wins a pretty bizarre-looking helmet (from Michael Schuhe). … Gavin Orobko continues to work on his DIY Winnipeg table hockey game. You can follow his progress here. … One of my all-time favorite actors has passed away (and no, I don’t mean Jack Klugman). RIP, Charles.