In case you somehow weren’t sure whether anyone takes the Pro Bowl seriously, check out this bizarre scene from the first quarter of yesterday’s game: That’s Packers center Jeff Saturday — a member of the NFC squad, obviously — getting ready to snap the ball to AFC quarterback Peyton Manning. Did the AFC run out of centers? Nope. Saturday had announced that the Pro Bowl would be his last game, and he and Manning were longtime teammates in Indianapolis, so everyone decided to let him have one more play with Manning, even though they were on different teams. Very nice gesture — for an old-timers’ game, or maybe a halftime ceremony. But for an all-star game? What a joke. Someone please pull the Pro Bowl plug already.
Also uni-notable: The two guards on either side of Saturday were both wearing No. 68! That’s not a mistake, though (well, aside from the Pro Bowl’s very existence being a mistake) — players in the Pro Bowl wear their usual uni numbers, even if it means there are multiple players with the same digits.
Meanwhile, classy cross-sport move last night in St. Louis, where the Blues honored Stan the Man by wearing his name and number in pregame warm-ups. Additional photos here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: You’ve heard of Indian petroglyphs? There’s a Native American artist named Nicholas Galanin who has an interesting riff on that phenomenon: He carves the Cleveland Indians logo into various surfaces and photographs the results, as you can see here, here, and here. “My sense is that it’s both a criticism of the white appropriation of Native names and imagery, and a reappropriation of it,” says Laurence Holland. Clever project. … The winner of the Brewers’ fan-designed uniform contest has been announced. … Michigan State wore those new Nike basketball uniforms yesterday. … The Madison Mallards — that’s a summer collegiate baseball team — are considering three options for an alternate jersey: A, B, and C. Which one do you people like best? Post your thoughts in the comments. … Speaking of Madison, here’s one of their city buses featuring a “50 Years of Badger Hockey” design (from Nicole Haase). … Matt Blinco notes that WKU’s chest mark seems to be riding a bit low lately. Seems similar to what’s happened to the St. Louis Cardinals in recent years. … Fun story about team-branded yarmulkes (from Leo Thornton). … The 1970 Sun Bowl, featuring Georgia Tech vs. Texas Tech, was color-on-color. Who knew? (Lindsay Resnick, that’s who.) … Here’s more on that spat between the Army and the Marines over camouflage exclusivity. “I still don’t get how the ‘brand’ of one military branch supersedes the need to keep all military personnel safe,” says Bryan Molloy. “What if the Marines invented invisibility jumpsuits? ‘Sorry guys, the invisible suits are exclusive to the Marines brand.’” … Although I’m not fond of the Pelicans’ color scheme, Paul Watson notes that the colors reflect the New Orleans city flag. … Justin Upton wore No. 10 with the Diamondbacks, but he’ll wear No. 8 with the Braves, presumably because 10 will soon be retired for Chipper Jones (from Britton Thomas). … Now that’s a hockey jersey! (From Anthony Nuccio.) … A fight between Steve Ott of the Sabres and Tim Gleason of the Hurricanes led to Gleason having his sleeve ripped off of his jersey (screen shot by Jay Bittle). … “The Cooperstown high school team is called the Redskins,” says Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz. “Every decade or so there’s a movement to change it, with the old guard successfully fighting back. On Feb. 6 there’s a school board meeting on the change. Turns out a friend of ours posted your recen ESPN column on the subject. You’re a player up here!” … The Nats are adding William Howard Taft to their racing Presidents (from Tom Mulgrew). … Also from Tom: Cowboys Stadium has an art app. … Matt Lindner reports that the White Sox appear to have a throwback BP jersey to go with their ’83 throwback uni. … Check out this alphia-numeric uni number. The eBay listing says it’s former Auburn player Pat Sullivan, but I’m not so sure about that. Anyone know more? … I like the simplicity of this Mr. Redlegs shirt (from David Sonny). … Good story on how football uniforms have changed since the first time the Super Bowl was played in New Orleans (from Richard Lewis). … Interesting story behind a Jim/John Harbaugh jersey (thanks, Brinke). … Also from Brinke: 21 stadiums made out of snacks. … UNC and NC State went color-on-color on Saturday. Plus, as you can see, NC State is the latest Adidas team to go with the NBA/Xmas-style design (from Kevin Wright). … In a related item, Kansas will wear this tone-on-tone jersey tonight against West Virginia. … Poor image quality, but Hugh Thornton wore a Chief Illiniwek decal on his helmet during the Senior Bowl (from Seth Engelbrecht). … In case you were wondering, here’s how they make an L.A. Kings championship banner (from Matthew Wolfram). … Good story behind some Kareem memorabilia that’s headed for the auction block (from Brian Lorello). … FNOB alert! That’s Roger Jackson (duh) of the 1982 Broncos. “Interestingly, the only other Jackson on Denver that season was Tom Jackson,” says Steve Kraljic. … Looks like Nevada might be adding white and/or silver helmets this fall. That photo was tweeted by heavily recruited football prospect Cameron Hartsfield, who just committed to Nevada (from Brian Catlett). … Rory McIlroy’s new contract is with Nike, but CBS used an intro shot of him yesterday showing his old sponsors (from Jeremy Fallis). … The hockey team for St. John’s Prep — that’s a high school in Danvers, Massachusetts — wore flag-desecration jerseys on Saturday (from Paul Dever). … Recently obtained outfielder Chris Young will wear No. 25 for the A’s this year,” reports Rich Paloma. “He wore 24 for the Diamondbacks last year.” … New road mask for Brian Elliott. … Spectacular slideshow of Cubs scorecard illusrations here (big thanks to Jordan Cutler).