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Uni Watch mascots Tucker (left) and Caitlin turn eight years old today, which means they’re now about the same age as I am. But as you can see in these photos, which were taken yesterday, they’re still plenty kittenish and playful — a good reminder that I still have lots to learn from them.
I used to cook a special meal for my previous cats on their birthdays (chicken livers, shrimps, that kind of thing). But Tucker and Caitlin are remarkably uninterested in cooked food — they only like cat food. So that’s what they’ll get today, along with some fresh catnip and some new toys. Happy birthday, furballs! I love you both to bits. — Paul
By Brinke Guthrie
Found some rather curious posters on eBay, like the Roger “Skipper” Staubach poster shown above. The same seller also has posters for Jack “The Ripper” Youngblood, Steve Grogan, and Too-Tall Jones, among others. The auction listing text for all of them says, “The front of the poster is a hand-drawn cartoon and the back contains a brief history of his career.”
Here’s the rest of this week’s haul:
• You can light up the night with this 1970s Baltimore Colts nightlight.
• Had these! A set of 1974 Hallmark NFL stickers. Didn’t cost as much when I had ’em, though.
• You too can be an athletic supporteur of the Montreal Expos with this vintage Expos booster patch.
• Dave Boss alert! Here’s a framed 1960s Packers oil painting signed by the Master himself.
• Here’s a nice CBS Radio Sports NFL cap.
• Check under that Coca-Cola cap — there might be a Pro Football Star under there, at least according to this poster from the 1960s. Swap ’em for prizes!
• I know they had helmets on the tables at the NFL Draft, but didn’t they used to have built-in phones? [Sure enough, just yesterday reader Chris Flinn sent me this photo from the 1983 draft. Oddly, the striped portion of the Pats helmet phone reminds me more of a Bills helmet. — PL]
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
T-shirt reminder: In case you missed it a few months back, a bunch of new (but sort of old) Uni Watch T-shirts, including the one shown at right, are now available. For details, look here.
OMFG: My latest One-Man Focus Group column is about the design of the new $100 bill and the new Sam Adams can.
Uni Watch News Ticker: By now you’ve heard that NBA player Jason Collins has come out as being gay. Turns out there’s a uni-related component to his story: “My one small gesture of solidarity [with the gay community] was to wear jersey number 98 with the Celtics and then the Wizards. The number has great significance to the gay community. One of the most notorious antigay hate crimes occurred in 1998. Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was kidnapped, tortured and lashed to a prairie fence. He died five days after he was finally found. That same year the Trevor Project was founded. This amazing organization provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to kids struggling with their sexual identity. Trust me, I know that struggle. I’ve struggled with some insane logic. When I put on my jersey I was making a statement to myself, my family and my friends.” … Here’s the winning (and underwhelming) design for the new College Football Playoff logo. … The start of the NHL playoffs means it’s time for Rob Ullman’s annual cheesecake playoff preview. … Paul Stave’s son’s T-ball team is being sponsored by a local septic tank cleaning company. “I’m not sure if this is funnier than Chico’s Bail Bonds, but it’s darn close,” he says. … My ESPN.com colleague Kristi Dosh has written an excellent piece on why many colleges are leaving Adidas. … Some kid in the UK DIY’d himself an Iron Man costume (from Brady Phelps). … Never seen this before: Muhammad Ali shoe polish. Dig the butterfly/bee insect! (From Roger Faso.) … Went thrifting in Staten Island with the New Girl on Saturday. I got a pair of very nice British regimental-striped prep school scarves, and she got a sensational cheerleader’s top. Photos to follow soon. … New playoff mask for Henrik Lundqvist (from Alan Kreit). … Manchester City’s new away jersey has leaked (from Mark Emge). … “This is the 1975 West Virginia AAA State Championship basketball team from my high school, Barboursville High School,” says Jake Keys. “The uniforms are great! Great hair, also.” … Check out the chain-stitched name are Carlos Beltran’s shirttail (from Jonathan Karberg). … Joshua Kagavi has done some good research on Iowa State’s first black football player in 1923, Jack Trice. “His uniform number was lost to history and I became extremely obsessed with finding it, which took me many months,” says Joshua. “Also, this fall I’m releasing a Jack Trice project/collection and am currently working with the artist Mark Penxa to create content, including a possible documentary. I also designed a custom stadium blanket that the famous Pendleton woolen mill is currently weaving.” That all sounds awesome. Penxa, as longtime readers may recall, is the guy behind the excellent “Stealing Signs” project. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: New uni number assignments for the Falcons’ draft picks. … Good story on the evolution of the McLaren F1 logo (from Matthew Walthert). … I’m still calling it Assembly Hall (from Jonathan Mayer). … Interesting piece about how wars have influenced clothing design, including raglan sleeves (from Robin Edgerton). … Coupla uni-notable notes from UCLA’s spring football game: QB Brett Hundley wore a camera on his helmet, and the rear helmet numbers were outlined instead of solid (from Chris Cruz). … Here’s a set of hockey jerseys based on TV shows, comic books, and other pop culture sources (from Adam Jackson). … Michael Kinney notes that umpire Angel Hernandez, who was working first base during last night’s Reds/Cards game, was wearing an adjustable cap.