As far as I can tell, there was only one uni-notable aspect to last night’s BCS title game: ESPN maintained is recent protocol of using the TV numbers on the Alabama helmet as a way of tracking the Tide’s national championships. During the pregame show, the ’Bama helmet on the set was No. 14; for the postgame show, it had been changed to 15. As we briefly discussed last week, ESPN also did this last year. Kinda makes you wonder what they would’ve done if LSU or Notre Dame had won those games.
My congrats to all the ’Bama fans out there, and my sympathies to Dan Cichalski, Warren Junium, and all the other Irish fans.
Green scene: Here’s something that might make the Notre Dame fans feel better (or at least take their minds off last night’s events), courtesy of reader Jeff Flynn, Jr.:
I recently acquired a Notre Dame “white” basketball jersey from Grey Flannel Auctions. It’s familiar style from the Kelly Tripucka era, but it’s not truly white — it is a light-limey green color, almost as if the green tackle twill bled into the jersey. Same deal with the shorts.
But green isn’t known to bleed in the wash, I don’t think. And the white screen-printing on the shorts (on the leprechaun logo) makes me think that perhaps Digger Phelps was up to his lime-green tricks more than a decade earlier than I originally thought.
Sure enough, I found this photo of the uniform in action against Magic Johnson and wouldn’t you know, it’s not really white. Compare the jersey and shorts to the socks. And if you zoom in you can see the white screen-printing of the leprechaun on the shorts clearly highlighted against the light green background.
I don’t think anyone ever noticed that Notre Dame was really wearing green home jerseys in the late ’70s rather than white!
By Brinke Guthrie
Even though I have an NHL team in my backyard (Sharks), I don’t follow the sport like I used to back in the day. But now the NHL season is back on, for a little bit anyway. So let’s start off this week’s installment of Collector’s Corner with this dandy 1960s-1970s hockey jersey, er, sweater from a long-gone Bay Area team, the California Golden Seals.
In non-NHL finds:
• Staying in South Florida, here we have a 1970s Miami Dolphins boys’ jacket, with an “NFL Activewear” label. Ever heard of that line? Don’t see any official team markings.
• I like the look of this retro Chicago White Sox tee.
• Jason Bernard sent in the listing for this handmade Minnesota Twins sweater. [Nice, but the uniforms being worn by the players on the sweater don't look anything like Twins unis! — PL]
• Jess Heltsley spotted this 1972-1973 NFL Players Association Member Handbook on Etsy.
• Here’s another 1970s NFL kit — the ball and goalpost version. It’s complete, which is a bonus considering its age.
• And to wrap up, here’s a 1970s Houston Oilers sideline jacket, or so the listing says. Not disputing whether the item is real or not, but take a look at the NFL shield. Clearly a 1960s logo, and the Oilers weren’t in the NFL yet. So there you go.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Super Bowl Logo Contest Reminder: Don’t forget, Phil is running a contest to design a new logo for Super Bowl XLVIII. Full details here.
Remember, the deadline is this Friday, 6pm Eastern.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Kent State had new helmets for the Really Shitty Internet Hosting Service Bowl (from BJ Lanier). … Also: It’s nothing new for a college football team to have multiple players with the same uni number, but Kent State had two players wearing No. 1 in non-matching fonts (good catch by Rob Ullman). … Cincinnati hoops wore blackout uniforms last night. … “While reading about Penn State’s football team, I accidentally clicked on a link to the school’s fencing team page,” writes Gerry Dincher. “The first thing I noticed was the socks. It seems like socks are really the only part of the uniforms that vary from person to person, and in some cases it’s the only way to tell the two teams apart.” … When Secretary of State Clinton returned to work yesterday after her concussion and blood clot, her staff gave her a football helmet as a welcome back gift, to help her avoid further concussions. They also threw in a jersey. The uni number represents the number of countries she’s visited as Secretary of State. … Wisconsin will have special uniforms for the Hockey City Classic, which will be played outdoors at Soldier Field on Feb. 17. The lettering looks a lot like the current Nets’ chest lettering, no? (From Nicole Haase.) … New cycling kits for Garmin-Sharp and Movistar (from Sean Clancy). … I’ve always found Denis Leary’s persona annoying, but I have to give him props for playing pond hockey in a Seals jersey (from Mark Kaplowitz). … Blake Pass’s design is one of the two finalists in the running for the Wichita Thunder’s alumni game jersey. Good luck, Blake! …
I’m spending the day with my Mom, so everyone play nice while I’m away, yes? Yes. Not visiting my Mom after all, so I’ll be around today.