As you may recall, Tuesday morning’s Ticker included the following item: “A well-placed source tells me that the amount Darrelle Revis paid to Mark Barron in order to get Barron to give up No. 24 was — get this — $50,000. Is that a record? Is it not even close? Has anyone been tracking these uni number transactions over the years?”
Although the dollar amount was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser, I didn’t think the story itself was all that remarkable. Players have been paying each other big sums for uniform numbers for many years now.
Shows what I know. Here’s a selective timeline of how the rest of the day unfolded:
11:30am: Uni Watch reader Cork Gaines picks up the Revis story for Business Insider.
1:41pm: The Revis story is picked up by SB Nation.
1:43pm: The story is picked up by Yahoo Sports.
4:13pm: The story is picked up by the New York Post.
4:42pm: The latest outlet to pick up the story is NFL.com.
7:02pm: Uni Watch reader Brooks Simpson posts the following comment: “FYI: Your report concerning Revis’s number appeared on the crawl for the NFL Network, with the blog credited. Kinda cool.”
7:33pm: CBS Sports gets on board.
10:47pm: Not wanting to be left out, NESN joins the party.
And so on. All of these outlets credited Uni Watch, which is nice, although not a single one of them got in touch to ask about the nature of my anonymous source. This means either (a) I’ve built up a good reputation as a trustworthy reporter whose word is dependable, or (b) source shmource, nobody cares as long as the story sounds juicy and someone else has vouched for it. I’ll let you decide which one applies here.
Anyway: Except for Brooks Simpson’s comment, which I saw, I was completely unaware that the story had gone viral (or at least viral-ish). So I was surprised when one of my ESPN editors contacted me yesterday morning and asked if I could whip up a little somethin’-somethin’ about the Revis situation. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to oblige (I was busy spending the day with my Mom, who’s been dealing with the aftermath of a nasty fall), but I gave him a bit of background and he said the news desk could take it from there. Then they apparently got Darren Rovell to contribute some reporting as well, and the result was this piece, which was posted yesterday afternoon and quickly racked up over 800 comments.
All this for something that started out as a little Ticker item. Which just goes to show that even after 14-plus years of Uni Watch, sometimes I completely misjudge what people will get excited about.
PermaRec update: A really bizarre story about some old papers found inside a used Bible is at the heart of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: We already knew several NBA teams would likely have sleeved alternates next season (I reported that myself back in February), but now we have more details, as it turns out that as many as five teams may wear sleeved alts for up to a dozen games each. … A while back I reported that St. John’s would be moving from Nike to Under Armour. Now we have what appears to be our first look at the school’s new hoops uniforms (from Leon Frager). … Two really strong pieces pertaining to the Native American issue were published yesterday. One is the transcript of a very interesting subway conversation between an Indian guy and a guy wearing the Braves’ Indian-head cap. The other is an excellent article about why the Blackhawks don’t receive much flak for their Native imagery (you’ll have to register to read that one, but it’s free and worth it). Both pieces are really, really strong and totally worth reading, no matter which side of the debate you’re on. Highly recommended. … Someone has made a men’s suit out of Bruins rally towels. … Good for Domino’s Pizza (there are four words I never thought I’d be writing) for upcycling a bunch of merch with outdated logos (thanks, Brinke). … New corporate name for the Senators’ arena (from Matthew Walthert). … New retro alts for the L.A. Galaxy (thanks, Phil). … This is funny: sports logos as viewed through the prism of cheese (from Kevin Kleinhans). … New football uniforms for Abilene Christian. … Historic Hinchliffe Stadium, which I wrote about in 2010, may end up being added to Paterson National Park (from Dave Rakowski). … Odd to see that a display at the Baseball Hall of Fame still refers to the Rays and the Devil Rays (from Christian Eidt). … Here’s a good interview with uniform designer Todd Radom. … Japan’s World Cup kits have leaked, and the road version is straight out of the Day-Glo handbook (from Trevor Williams). … Since when is MLB using stencil fonts? That’s Eric Young Jr., newly acquired by the Mets. … New logo for the NHL players’ union (from Anthony Nuccio). … The Rangers wore blue at home last night. “I believe that’s the first time this year,” says Bradley Maybin. … Odd sight in the College World Series last night, as an Oregon State baserunner and the first base coach were wearing mismatched helmet logos (screen shot by Aaron Stoessel).