Amusingly over-the-top move yesterday by Indiana football, which came out with five new helmet designs to go along with the one they already had (you can see video of the unveiling embedded above). Obviously, no team needs six helmets, but here’s the thing: I think most of these new designs are pretty good. Let’s take a look:
1. Red helmet with a white star-spangled thingie:
The helmet logo is based on the Indiana state flag. I’m generally in favor of state flag imagery (as long as it isn’t turned into some godawful “pride” uniform), although the they lose a few points here because the team colors don’t match the flag colors. Still a cool helmet design, though.
2. Red helmet with a white “I” logo:
This is the only one I don’t like. Too plain, too blah. Not nearly as interesting as their “IU” helmet logo (which is being kept as part of the rotation).
3. White helmet with thick red center stripe and a red “IU” logo:
At first I thought I reallyreallyreally liked these. Then I saw how the center stripes come to a point, instead of continuing all the way to the back of the helmet — not a fan of that. So I still like this design, but I no longer reallyreallyreally like it.
4. Same as above, but with TV numbers instead of the “IU” logo:
Nice. Kinda wish they’d split the difference and put the logo on one side and numbers on the other, but I guess that would cut into their helmet count, eh?
5. Chrome-finish helmet with red candy striping:
You know me — I like stripes. So I kinda dig this, especially since it references the basketball team’s warm-up pants. Wish they’d gone with red and white, ’steada red and chrome. But hey, that just gives them an opportunity for another alternate version, right?
As more and more college teams keep adding more and more helmets to their wardrobe, I can’t help but wonder: How long will the NFL cling to its “No alternate helmets” policy? I’m betting one more season.
This is so totally great: Awesome sequence of events last night in Atlanta, where Pirates pitcher Ryan Reid was called up prior to the game and ended up making his big league debut in the bottom of the seventh inning. Just one problem: They neglected to include his uni number on the front of his jersey:
Someone must have noticed, because Reid was soon sporting a DIY number made from athletic tape while spending the top of the eighth in the dugout (click to enlarge):
Okay, so they positioned it too high, but it’s still pretty awesome. Unfortunately, Reid had removed the tape number by the time he came back out to pitch the bottom of the eighth. Dang.
By Brinke Guthrie
Okay, we have a steal right here: Ten bucks for this NFL Goalpost Kit from the 1970s. It’s missing the Niners, but you can find that on eBay. Go! Now!!
Here’s the rest of this week’s haul:
• Normally you’ll see Tommy Lasorda’s signature on a baseball, or maybe a dinner menu. But how about an authenticated crab shell signed by the man himself. Sent in by reader David Polakoff.
• How’s that Steve Miller song go? “I wanna smell like an Eagle….”
• Great cover art (including a white football!) on this 1968 Bart Starr book. I had this one. Probably got it from the Scholastic Book Club.
• Here we have a late-1970s/early-1980s Expos poncho.
• Cubs fans, check out this great-looking 1960s bobblehead.
• From reader Mike Clary, 1960s Chuck Taylor football cleats.
• Classic Cliff Engle look for this 1970s Lakers sweater.
• And from reader James Ryan, look at this Blue Jays T-shirt with a weird logo based on the old Orioles logo.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Big day for NHL uniforms, as there will be unveilings for the Hurricanes (noon Eastern) and Stars (7pm, I think). Looks like Carolina’s new design will be more of a tweak than a makeover, but whatever — once the unveiling is over, I’ll have a reaction piece up on ESPN, with a link here. … Here’s an article about how golfers have gone from lumpy to pumped-up. … Washington Post sports columnist Tom Boswell was asked about the Redskins’ team name in a recent Q&A with readers and gave a short but eloquent response (from David Goodfriend). … New football jersey patches for Conference USA (thanks, Phil). … A legal attempt to revive the U. of North Dakota’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname has failed (from Chris Bisbee). … Meanwhile, that wooden Indian mascot statue that had been removed from the gymnasium of an Indiana high school is on its way back (from Tony Miller). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s the evolution of the Star Wars logo and lettering. … Funny move by Adam Jones of the Orioles, who put on the Orioles mascot bird’s cap the other day (thanks, Brinke). … Jim Kelly never played a down for the New Jersey Generals, but he did suit up for them, at least for a Sports Illustrated cover (from Michael Clary). … The Toronto Star is inviting its readers to redesign the Raptors (from Gavin Whitehead). … New basketball court design for Cal (thanks, Phil). … That guy who named his kid Adolf Hitler showed up for a custody hearing in a Nazi uniform. … The Japanese baseball folks have come up with a new logo for an elementary school girls’ baseball tourney (from Jeremy Brahm). … Now that’s a real Oregon fan. “The weird thing is, this guy was in Jackson, Tennessee,” says Dustin Semore. … The Round Rock Express went G.I. Joe last night. “It was paired with a red cap and red undersleeves, and the numbers on the back were red, creating a really gross contrast Christmas-y effect,” says Patrick Walsh. “My girlfriend said the jersey looked like a tacky Hawaiian print from a distance, and she’s not imagining that. Awful.” … Here’s what has got to be the trippiest World Series TV set ever. That’s NBC’s opening set from the 1969 Fall Classic. The commentators, from left to right, are Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, and Jim Simpson (great find by Matthew Prigge). … Several interesting things in this old Giants/Vikings photo: First, they appear to have sewn some stretch panels into Jim McMahon’s pant legs to accommodate his knee braces. Second, Lawrence Taylor’s jersey was sewn up on the sides, something I hadn’t recalled him ever doing (although teammate Jim Burt did it routinely). And McMahon was wearing a glove on his throwing hand, which was very rare in those days. That photo, incidentally, comes from this fun slideshow of Giants uni history (from Jeff Stark).