How bad did it get for the Eagles this season? So bad that defensive tackle Derek Landri was symbolically excommunicated from the league, or at least that’s what it looked like judging from the state of the NFL logo on his jersey collar. The NFL logo has been at the base of jersey collars for 22 seasons now, and I’ve never seen that happen before. (Of course, for 21 of those seasons the logo was a cloth patch, but this year it was a plastic chip, so maybe that made it brittle in yesterday’s cold weather.)
In other developments from yesterday:
• For the second consecutive week, every team wore the Sandy Hook Elementary School memorial decal — except for the ’Skins.
• Garrett McIntyre of the Jets had a bit of decal trouble.
• So did David Wilson of the Giants.
• Ben Tate of the Texans removed his gloves on the sidelines, where a close-up view revealed that he’s still wearing the military appreciation gloves from last month.
• Don Barclay of the Packers suffered a major jersey tear.
• Several (all?) of the Vikings’ defensive backs wore black leggings instead of purple socks.
• New Era is now the NFL’s official cap supplier, so it’s surprising that NBC used two separate head shots of Tony Romo wearing Starter.
Turning to weekend college bowl game action, you should start by scrolling down to the “Skipper vs. Shipwreck” reports in Saturday’s and Sunday’s posts. Once you’ve digested those, here are some additional notes:
• Louisiana-Monroe went NNOB during the regular season, but they added NOBs for the Nutrition Supplements Bowl. You could tell that this was a new thing for them, because at least one of their nameplates was badly off-center
• Meanwhile, the other team in that game, Ohio, had an injured/inactive player on the sidelines who was wearing larger NOB lettering than the rest of the team. Hmmm, just a coincidence that Ohio is outfitted by Russell Athletic?
• Interesting observation from the Military Industrial Complex Bowl: Like many teams, Rice wears little American flag helmet decals. But they have a few Canadian-born players on the roster, and those players have Canadian flag decals! The player in that shot is defensive tackle Christian Covington, who’s from Vancouver. Doubly weird to see the foreign flag co-existing with the team’s American flag-desecration helmet.
• You know how the yard line markers can become obscured during a snow game? During the Baseball Cap Bowl, which was played in a light snow, ESPN took the same technology used for the virtual first down line and used it to superimpose a virtual gridiron onto the field. Personally, I prefer the chaos and confusion of a snow game without yard markers, but it’s still interesting. (And if you’re wondering why they didn’t use yellow lines like they do for the first down marker, I’m pretty sure it’s because they realized that yellow and snow don’t make a good mix.)
• Nice surprise at the American Cheese Bowl, as Sparky made a cameo appearance on Arizona State’s helmets.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Randy Allemann, Jason Greening, Mike Guterman, Ben Harris, Rob Holecko, Chance Michaels, Ryan Perkins, Brian Skokowski, Matt Snyder, and Steven Wojtowicz.)
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