I met many wonderful people at last night’s Uni Watch party, including Max Weintraub, who as you can see wears his sports heart on his sleeve — or at least on his arms.
Max was among about three dozen readers who showed up at last night’s shindig. It was a tremendous turnout — the best of any Uni Watch party ever, I’m pretty sure. It was great to meet readers with whom I’ve e-mailed for so many years, like R. Scott Rogers, Jonathon Binet, David Goodfriend, William Yurasko, and Eric Trager, along with old friends like Conn Nugent and Joe Hilseberg, as well as lots of “silent majority” lurkers. It was a sensational night, and I was truly humbled by all the kind words from the party attendees. Thanks for coming out, everyone — you’re all aces.
I’ll try to run more photos from the party later on, but I don’t have time for that today. Gotta run to the symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian and then catch a train back to NYC tonight. See you tomorrow. — Paul
Initial this: A month or two ago I Ticker-linked to this ’Bama/Geogia photo, which shows lots of players wearing FIOB. Looks like the Crimson Tide may have even more FIOBs this coming season, at least according to equipment manager Matt Lesser:
Looking over our recruiting class, and factoring in new players and returning players, we’ll have between 19 and 22 players sporting an initial this season. Five will be sporting more than one letter for their initial. The players are:
• Cyrus Jones, Christion Jones, Harrison Jones, Walker Jones, and Tyren Jones (plus Bernel Jones, who’s non-scholarship)
• Kellen Williams, Jarrick Williams, Eddie Williams, and Tim Williams
• Cade Foster, Robert Foster, and Reuben Foster
• Brandon Hill and Grant Hill
• Cyrus Kouandjio and Arie Kouandjio
• Geno Smith and Maurice Smith
• Alphonse Taylor (and maybe M.K. Taylor, who’s non-scholarship)
• In addition, A.J. McCarron, who does not wear an initial, has a non-scholarship brother, Corey McCarron, who does wear an initial.
Is having 19-22 initialed players some sort of record?
If it isn’t a record, it’s certainly in the running. Great stuff!
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column has the results of our “Redesign the Browns” contest. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Washington mayor Vincent Gray avoided saying the word “Redskins” in his State of the District address. … The Cubs are inviting fans to design a 100th-anniversary logo for Wrigley Field (from Matt Lindner). … Scott Chamberlain received a letter from the Pirates, inviting him to be part of a focus group regarding a new primary logo. He has accepted the invitation and will report back to us after the focus session on Feb. 12. … Here’s a closer look at Tennessee’s gorgeous new baseball stirrups, which they’ll be wearing for Sunday home games — Stirrup Sundays! … Here’s a real prize: a full page-by-page scan of a 1972 Texas Rangers program (big thanks to Matthiew Mitchell). … The centennial soccer jersey for the U.S. men’s national team may have leaked (from Patrick Runge). … Jaylon Smith, a high school football player who just committed to Notre Dame, wears some very cool wristbands, or tape, or whatever (from Steve Krah). … Can’t believe I’ve never linked to this before, but here’s the site for goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson. Tons of fun stuff to explore (from Anthony Giaccone). … David Mann thinks the new Jags logo would look better if the aspect ratio were altered a bit, and it’s hard to disagree. … Tuesday’s miserable-looking basketball game between
Adidas and Nike Michigan and Ohio State has prompted an amusing manifesto. … If you scroll down to the bottom, you can see a uni-centric correction to this article about the latest cowardly move by the Boy Scouts. … Kyle Martinek notes that BYU’s black matte helmet appears to have a raised logo. Can that be? … It’s a little hard to see, but Eric Voglmayr says the number fonts on the front and back of Marcus Foligno’s helmet don’t match up. “The one on the back is the same font as the jerseys, but the one on the front is the old Buffa-slug font,” he says. ” As far as I can see, all the other players have the correct font on the front and back.” … Here’s a look at Italian soccer socks (from Michael Orr). … Meet the new UNC uni, same as the old UNC uni, more or less. … Football throwbacks apparently in the works for North Texas (from Travis Aidoghie). … Amusing Family Guy tribute on goalie Petr Mrazek’s new mask.