The Texans went mono-blue on Saturday — a combo I believe the wore only once during the regular season (Week 11 vs. the Jags). Interestingly, their web site said they’d be wearing blue jerseys and white pants, but they’ve now changed that text. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you can see they still have the old blue-over-white photo in place.
In other notes from this weekend’s action:
• Of the eight NFL playoff teams that played over the weekend, five of them were still wearing the Sandy Hook Elementary memorial decals (the Bengals, Packers, Vikings, Colts, and Seahawks) and three were not (the Texans, Ravens, and of course Washington, which never wore the decal during the regular season to begin with).
• Manny Lawson of the Bengals was wearing socks emblazoned with the mark of the beast. Let’s hope that doesn’t catch on.
• The Packers stuck with their established protocol of not wearing captaincy patches in the regular season but adding them for the postseason.
• Charles Woodson debuted a new facemask.
• Another player with a new facemask: Ray Lewis (plus he had a bionic arm!).
• At one point during the Seahawks/’Skins game, Seattle had the ball but Fox mistakenly put the “2nd & 7″ graphic in Washington colors.
• Turning to college action, there was a moment in the Telecom Bowl when Texas A&M had quite a few unusual NOBs grouped together on the sidelines. In case you’re curious “De. Harris” is De’Vonte Harris (the roster also includes Dustin Harris), and “Trl. Taylor” is Tyrell Taylor (the roster also includes Tyrone Taylor).
• In that same game, Oklahoma’s Damien Williams had an unusual NOB of his own. The Sooners roster also includes Danzel Williams — anyone know if his NOB includes his middle initial, like Damien’s does?
• One more note from that game: At one point the game and a commercial were being shown simultaneously. Weird.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Clifford Baxter, Chris Falvey, Joshua Pryor, and Dave Rakowski.)
Membership update: Eight new designs have been added to the membership card design gallery (including Greg Fedio’s Rutgers football design shown at right). The printed/laminated versions of these cards should mail out no later than Wednesday — and possibly as soon as today.
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Contest reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, Phil is running a contest to design a new Super Bowl logo. For details, look here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of readers noticed that Rex Ryan’s much-ballyhooed tattoo looks a lot like the work of longtime Uni Watch favorite Rob Ullman. So did Rex hire Rob to design his tat? That would be a great story, but unfortunately it isn’t true. Details here. … Here’s what the field will look like for tonight’s BCS title game, and here’s the Notre Dame locker room (from Rob Holecko and Warren Junium, respectively). … Hockey rinks in northern Canada have traditionally been kept frozen by the naturally cold environment. But now, thanks to global climate change, many rinks in the region have been forced to employ artificial refrigeration. … Friday’s post about colleges wearing mismatched helmet colors prompted lots of additional examples from years past — you can scroll through that day’s comments to see them. But Alex Allen pointed me toward an example on the high school level that’s still ongoing: Capital High in Boise uses a mix of gold and black helmets. According to this message board, the helmet protocol came about as follows: “Capital High School in Boise nicknamed their defense the Gurkhas. The starters earned a black helmet, as opposed to gold for the rest of the team. They also had a black beret to wear around school. When they lost to their rival, they had to sheathe the gurkha sword in the school’s display case, and vice versa if they won. The helmet and beret could be taken away, but I’m not sure the exact reasons why. It was strange to look out and see 8 black helmets and 3 gold ones. The lack of achievement was on display for everyone to see. My buddies from that school told me it was quite the motivating factor for the defense.” … Friday night’s Tennessee/Memphis hoops game was notable for two reasons: It was a color-vs.-color game, and Tennessee’s uniforms were similar to the NBA’s Xmas Day designs. Nebraska and Wisconsin tried something similar, but without the color-on-color angle, on Sunday. … Check this cool baseball-themed pillow (from my pal Robin Edgerton). … The city of New York is seeking bids on 15,000 to 30,000 clip-on neckties for its police force. That prompted the New York Times to run a very entertaining piece on police neckwear. … Some sort of alternate uni in the works — maybe a Fab Five throwback — for Michigan hoops. … New logo reportedly in the works for the Pirates (from Chris Weber). … The Omega Pharma/Quick-Step cycling team is going with THOB — that’s Twitter handle on back. “To my knowledge, this is the first time Twitter handles have made it onto a cycling jersey, although I know some other teams in other sports have also done this,” says Rob Danneker). … The Binghamton Senators wore a jersey celebrating 40 years of hockey in Binghamton the other day (from Eric Hawkins). … Reprinted from Friday’s comments: The Toonseum in Pittsburgh is running an exhibit on scoreboard animation. … Elvis Presley’s birthday is tomorrow, and the Mississippi River Kings (SPHL) will be marking the occasion with this uniform (from Ryan Bohannon). … Tom Brady has a big endorsement deal with Under Armour. This presumably explains why the logo creep on his jerseys has been scrubbed clean from all the photos of Brady on his Facebook page (good spot by Charles Noerenberg). … There’s a high school in Hazel Green, Alabama, called Hazel Green High School. Oddly, their color scheme includes no hazel or green (from Paul Deaver). … While looking for something else, I came upon a photo of the Rocky Mountain (Idaho) football team, which has come up with a creative new approach to logo poaching: They use an NBA logo! … Speaking of logo poaching, Arizona State’s current identity has only existed for, what, two seasons? And it’s already being lifted (from James Noone). … Tons of soccer throwbacks available for purchase here (from Omar A.). … Here’s a look back at the Sixers uniforms of the 1990s (from Mike McLaughlin). … Holy moly, look at this absolutely amazing 1970s lacrosse program cover! What a beauty (from Tom Langan). … There’s been a possible leak of the USA’s World Baseball Classic uniform (from Elliot Teichman). … Lots of cool NFL/AFL bobbleheads, including a Steelers “Batman” model, here (from Rocky Lum). … According to this item, our old pal Wayne Hagin is among the front-runners to get the Astros’ vacant radio play-by-play spot. “Is it bad form to start a ‘Fire Wayne Hagin’ movement before Wayne Hagin is actually hired?” asks Cort McMurray. … See that leather strap being worn by Rocco Gimaldi of the USA World Junior team? Denis Kirstein swears it’s a wristwatch, although you can’t tell from that angle. … “Joe Cole, playing for West Ham United got hit in the nose by a Manchester United player and it bled onto his jersey,” reports Matthew Solly. “He switched and the blood jersey had no number, name or patches.” … Remember those 1960s polka dot uniforms I showcased last week? You can see how they turned out as throwbacks in this photo gallery. I’ll be writing an ESPN column about this for Wednesday. … Good piece on phantom bowl game merch. … New cap designs for the Medford Rogues. … Blues captain David Backes did a PSA for a local spay/neuter operation, and they moved his captain’s “C” so it didn’t overlap on the yoke (from Jonathan Karberg). … Remember those Tide-sponsored video segments about NFL teams’ color schemes? You can see all of them grouped together on this page. … Here’s an absolutely bizarre photo of former Blues player Gary Unger playing golf barefoot and super-striped (from Tris Wykes). … Another color-vs.-color college basketball game from yesterday: Oregon vs. Oregon State (from Mike Lindquist). … “I was watching the 30 for 30 episode on Loyola Maramount (“Guru of Go”) and noticed that the Lions had three uniforms during the 1989-90 season: home white, road red, and a gray alternate,” writes Matt Dowell. “It seemed, from the video, that the gray was used mostly at home (the games looked color-on-color), but that conclusion is based on a single viewing.” … The Dallas Stars are working on “drastically different” uniforms for the 2013-14 season (from James T. Paterson). … The Blue Jays are conducting a series of youth instructional clinics, and their coaches are wearing the Baseball Canada logo on the side of their caps (good spot by Ted Stempak). … Brendan Hack recently visited the Heard Museum in Arizona, which is devoted to Native American art and history. “One section was dedicated to Indian boarding schools, where Native American children were taken away from home and ‘Americanized,'” he says. “The exhibit covered every aspect of boarding school life, including athletics. They had some uniforms on display from the 1970s and ’80s (yes the schools were still around then). Interesting to see what the team nicknames were.” … I’ll be busy seeing live music tonight, so I won’t catch the ND/’Bama game. For those of you who’ll be watching, enjoy.