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With a few exceptions, NFL coaches are pathological control freaks who bellow and scowl as they try to maintain dominion over every little facet of their fiefdoms. So it’s always amusing when one of them is caught with his fly down, literally or metaphorically. That was the case on Saturday, when Jim Harbaugh — who happens to coach my favorite team but comes off as Grade A jerk pretty much every single week — was wearing his mock turtleneck backwards. Over a dozen Uni Watch readers noticed, and so did a few media outlets. Go ahead and smile, Jim — it doesn’t hurt, honest.
In other news from the divisional playoff round:
• Of the eight teams that played over the weekend, five of them were still wearing the Sandy Hook Elementary School memorial decal: the Packers, 49ers, Falcons, Seahawks, and Patriots. The Broncos, Ravens, and Texans were not wearing it.
• If you look again at that Patriots photo from the last graf, you’ll see they actually had two memorial decals. The second one was for equipment manager Don Brocher, who passed away just after the end of the regular season.
• One of the zebras in the Broncos/Ravens game didn’t have a position designation.
• There was a pretty cool Broncos helmet cart outside the Denver/Baltimore game.
• The Packers’ travel gear included a new logo just for the coaches’ equipment. Never seen that one before.
• Jacquizz Rodgers of the Falcons suffered a torn jersey.
• Right before the two minute warning in the first half of the Texans/Pats game, someone on the Houston sideline staff pulled the red challenge flag out of Gary Kubiak’s pocket, presumably because tossing a challenge in the last two minutes would bring a penalty.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Brian Chismar, Rob Holecko, Curt Ledall, Michael Lindquist, John Okray, Dave Rakowski, and Jacob Reed.)
Contest results: In case you missed it yesterday, the results of Phil’s Super Bowl logo contest were pretty damn impressive. Check it out here.
PermaRec update: Several stories regarding war artifacts — including a WWII duffel bag being returned to its 92-year-old owner (shown at right) and some WWI glass negatives being found inside an antique camera — are the subject of the latest entry on the Permanent Record blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise is the latest to join the growing chorus of voices calling for the Redskins to change their name. … Tennis players at non-Grand Slam events will now be allowed to have more ads on their shirts and caps (from Paul Deaver). … Here’s a magnificent-looking uniform catalog — with swatches! — for Falstaff beer deliverers. Too bad it’s so pricey, or I’d be all over it. … Fresno State and San Diego State went color-vs.-color last Wednesday (from Braden Claassen). … Remember when we were doing Cubees a few months back? Here’s one for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Yes, a QB Cubee (from Adam Schechter). … Nicole Haase says she knew I’d love these old Packers cheerleaders photos, and she’s right. … Here’s the latest concussion alert sensor thingie (from Ben Fortney). … If I hear that chick in the KFC commercial say, “Game-day bucket go boom” one more fucking time, I swear I’m gonna heave a cinderblock through my teevee. … New soccer shoes for Leonel Messi (from Kenny Loo). … Decent story about NOBs on retail jerseys. As always, the most obvious solution isn’t mentioned: Don’t buy retail jerseys to begin with (from Jeff Vervlied). … “A friend traveled in Cuba recently, and brought back this photograph she found in Havana,” says Mike Menner. “Che Guevara (who didn’t really care much for baseball, she said) is wearing the Occidente jersey and cap. To his right is Raul Castro. Gotta love those baseball-loving revolutionaries!” … Check out Dave Widell’s unusual FNOB. “His brother Doug also played on that team,” notes Bob Novotny. … Speaking of the Broncos, check out Steve Sewell’s unusual facemask (from Dave Singleton). … “I played the table soccer game called Subbuteo when I was younger,” says Jeremy Brahm. “Subbuteo in the UK created versions for rugby and cricket in the past, but now a baseball fan in Italy has created a baseball version of the game, with Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers teams. Here are some shots of the game being played.” … New lacrosse helmets for St. John’s (from Jared Buccola). … Very nice Notre Dame sideline cape here. That’s from the 1966 ND/Michigan State game (from Dale Alison). … From that same game: a good view of Notre Dame’s merit stars (from Zach Conrad). … One of you folks in Chicago should totally snap up this jacket, pronto. … Lousy image quality, but check out this fascinating photo and caption about the NCAA banning “the pyramid defense” against field goals. That’s from a 2/12/66 newspaper (great find by Jerry Wolper). … Here’s a better-than-average time-lapse video of the Capitals’ ice surface being laid down. … “While going through some old photo files, I came across these images from a 1978 football playoff game at Wayne High School in West Virginia,” says Brice Wallace. “The quarterback and coach were both old-school tough guys and couldn’t have cared less that the uniforms were less than perfect. The quarterback’s number should be 15.” … Sell two washers, win a free football uniform. That’s an ad from 1922 (from Kenn Tomasch). … The Blues had several players conduct a Q&A session with fans after yesterday’s practice. Interestingly, the participating players wore jerseys with a mix of old and new logo creep styles (from Danny Levy). … No photo, but Jason Charles Franklin reports that Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, both of whom wear No. 0, matched up against each other during yesterday’s Thunder/Blazers game.