In Monday’s comments, reader Preston Feiler suggested that the Dolphins’ new uni set might actually have two sock designs — the standard aqua over white, and also a similar design with navy at the top. His basis for thinking this was this photo from the unveiling. As you can see, it looks like Mike Pouncey (No. 51) may have been wearing navy-topped socks.
That was a good spot by Preston, but I didn’t put much stock in it. I figured Pouncey might simply have been wearing blue tights (or even black tights). And besides, why would the Dolphins create a separate color-blocked sock design? If they wanted something different from the aqua-topped sock, wouldn’t they go with the white sock with the stripes? In short, I thought Preston was overthinking things.
Yesterday, however, the Dolphins posted some new player portraits on their site, including the two you see above. And as you can see, Preston was absolutely right. It appears that the aqua pants will be paired with blue-topped socks. (You can see additional examples by clicking through this slideshow.)
I’m glad that the aqua pants won’t be part of a full-on aqua leotard effect, but I can’t say I understand the thinking behind this sock design. Blue has almost no presence elsewhere in the new Dolphins uni, so why put it in the socks? And what was wrong with the white sock design with the stripes? Why not just use that?
The main takeaway here is that NFL socks are in a state of disarray. The whole point of football socks is to provide a contrast to the pants (that’s why teams with colored pants have traditionally worn white-topped socks, and teams with white pants have traditionally worn color-topped socks), but sooooo many teams now go for the leotard effect. The new Vikings uniforms don’t even offer a white-topped sock to go with the purple pants. Compare that to the socks the Vikes wore with their purple britches back in the 1960s — much better.
At least the Dolphins won’t be pairing aqua-topped socks with aqua pants. But white socks would’ve been so much better. This feels like another case of Nike trying to fix something that wasn’t broken.
PermaRec update: The latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog is about a gorgeous World War II bomber jacket (shown at right) that was found at Goodwill and then returned to the soldier who first wore it in the 1940s.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Washington DC Council wants to change the Redskins’ name to Redtails. “I didn’t realize the name’s significance until I read that ‘Redtails’ was a nickname for the pilots who broke the color barrier in WWII — the famed Tuskegee Airmen,” says Tom Mulgrew. “That name would be a 180-degree turnaround for the organization having one of the most denigrating names in America.” … “I was watching the NHL Network and came across the story about the Oilers’ 1984-85 Smythe division banner,” says Matthew Dever. “When the banner was being made, they were out of 5s and instead improvised with an upside-down 2. When new banners were made some years later, a 5 was correctly used, but then they remade the banner using an upside-down 2.” … The new Grand Theft Auto promo video shows a guy wearing a very L.A. Kings-esque T-shirt (from Thomas Frank). … So much going on in this 1942 college hoops photo. That’s NC State in the dark jerseys, South Carolina in white. Both teams are wearing sleeves, South Carolina has amazing striped socks and nothing but uni numbers on the front, one player has just one knee pad, and check out the referee’s outfit. While we’re at it, check out UNC wearing sleeves, also from 1942 (big thanks to Garrett Sumner). … Yet another minor league team is wearing that Chewbacca-themed jersey: the Kane County Cougars (from Benjamin Gordon). … Leland Privott notes that in ECU’s spring game, the purple pants had a white stripe, which I believe is new. Or else it’s old (i.e., maybe they were recycling pants from several years ago). Anyone know? … Get this: Brayan Pena is batting with a Cool-Flo (from Mitchell Barbee). … Have the Calgary Flames sold ad space on their practice pucks to FedEx? Looks like it. “Very few people see the first warm-up before a game, let alone what’s adorning the practice pucks,” says John Muir. I wonder who thought, ‘If 10% of fans who catch errant pucks during warm-ups see that we’re the official shipper of the Flames, we’ll increase profit by 0.007%.'” … A Dallas Stars beat reporter says the team will unveil its new uniform and logo during the first week of June. … Oooh, dig this: The Rainbow Warriors used to have rainbow shoulder stripes! That’s the Hawaii football team, circa 1959 (great find by Chris Weber). … New uniforms in the works for Hooters (from Chris Bisbee). … Boston College football is going NNOB (from Ryan McSheffrey). … Pretty impressive to see a Browns-themed truck that includes the old “CB” phantom logo (from Dillon Dalton). … Still more Star Wars shenanigans, this time from Real Salt Lake (from Sean Lewis). … Mmmm, love the uniforms on this 1942 women’s bowling team from Manitowoc, Wisconsin (big thanks to Jeff Ash). … Red Sox went back on the road last night and were still wearing the black armbands from their previous road trip. The lone exception: No armband for Big Papi. He was on the DL during the previous road trip, natch, but you’d think they could’ve sewn an armband onto his jersey at some point during the 10-game homestand that the Sox just completed (from James McNamara). … No question about it, teams that use Native American imagery bring out the best in their fan bases. Hey, it’s a gesture of respect, am I right? (From Nicole Haase.) … I generally don’t care what fans wear on their jerseys, but I like what this Rangers fan did (thanks, Phil). … Fun news from gumball helmet king Bill Jones, who writes: “Three other collector/historians and myself recently completed a set of football cards for the 1974 season of the World Football League. We are currently working on Series 2, for the 1975 season. Gridiron Greats magazine has seen our cards and has asked us to do an interview with them, so all four of us will be featured on a live podcast.” It’ll take place tonight from 8:20-8:50pm Eastern, and you can listen live or download the podcast here. … Can anyone explain what’s going on in this photo? Cuz I sure can’t (from Jayson Best). … Congrats to Eephus League honcho Bethany Heck, whose latest Kickstarter project — to fund the production of a new scorecard design — is already more than halfway to its goal, plus it was featured on Gizmodo. … Here’s a really, really interesting and well-presented article logo appropriation, focusing on the skate brand Supreme. Even if you don’t care about skatewear (I don’t), it’s an excellent read — highly recommended. … Last night my longtime pal Robin Edgerton and I attended a tremendous presentation about an Illinois company called DeMoulin Bros., which specialized in bizarre prank devices for fraternal lodge initiations, plus they also made regalia for the various lodges. What does that have to do with uniforms? This: DeMoulin Bros. is still in business, only now they specialize in marching band uniforms. I’ll probably have more to say about all this in the near future.