Kansas really needs to step it up. Yesterday they unveiled a mere five new football helmets — not nearly enough. Where’s the pin? Where’s the G.I. Joe? Where’s the flag-desecration? Come on, Jayhawks, the idea is to wear a different helmet every week! Well, maybe they can swap in some different-colored facemasks. You know, just to change things up a bit.
The helmets will apparently be worn with the jerseys seen in this incredibly annoying “video” (and I use the term loosely):
Further info here.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today, about the history of MLB’s stars/stripes caps (and with not a single use of the term “flag-desecration”).
By Brinke Guthrie
This fantastic-looking Texas Rangers cap is new, not vintage, and new doesn’t usually fly in this space. But it has the 1972 retro logo on it, and that counts for plenty, because I was living in Big D for their inaugural season there. How ’BOUT dem Rangers!
Okay, now for our usual round-up of vintage items:
• Celebrate the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win with this 1970s vinyl press bag.
• A Norwegian Minnesota Vikings jacket? Guess so, and I like the font on the jacket back, too.
“First time I’ve seen this Broncos logo”, says submitter Dennis, referring to this 1960s Denver Broncos window decal.
• Nice-looking Castrol-sponsored NFL 75th Anniversary tee, with that distinctive diamond logo.
• From the “Bet you can’t find this at a yard sale or Goodwill” department: Expos logo Jell-o molds! Submitted by reader Bruce Menard. [Someone needs to buy these and use the appropriately colored Jell-O to make a tasty — and photogenic! — summer treat. — PL]
• Dave Boss alert! Here’s one of Cowboys running back Dan Reeves, still with the three-stripe sleeves.
• These KC Chiefs Champion pullover shells were absolutely terrific. So well made. Seriously, if you’re a fan, you want this. Early 1990s, I believe.
• Always wanted this 1970s Bengals poster, but never found one while I was living Cincinnati, imagine that.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
’Skins Watch: Here’s the latest on the ’Skins name and related issues:
• The ’Skins name was one of many topics that came up in some recent focus-groupery.
• The Oregon State Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow schools to keep their Native American mascots (which would reverse a decision by the state’s Board of Ed, banning such mascots beginning in 2017). As I mentioned yesterday, the governor has threatened a veto.
(My thanks to the pseudonymous terriblehuman and Phil for their contributions to this section.)
Mark your calendars: I’ll be talking about uniforms for 20 minutes next Monday, July 8, 1pm eastern, on Connecticut Public Radio’s Colin McEnroe Show. You’ll be able to use the “Listen Live” button in the left sidebar to hear the streaming audio.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Blue Jays wore their Canada Day jerseys and maple leaf BP caps yesterday. Surprisingly, they went with standard NOBs, instead of their usual Canada Day CNOBs. … Meanwhile, one of the Jays’ minor league affiliates, the Vancouver Canadians, wore these caps (from John Cullen). … The Diamondbacks and Mets, who played each other in New York last night, responded to the 19 fallen firefighters in Yarnell, Arizona, by hanging “Yarnell 19″ jerseys in their dugouts. In addition, the D-backs added a black armband. When they get back home after their series against the Mets, they’ll add a “19″ patch over their hearts. … The Browns are finally scrapping the Al Lerner memorial patch (thanks, Phil). … New football helmets for FAU. … “I had never heard of Division II baseball powerhouse Cal-State Stanislaus before last week,” says Bill Hupp, “but they sure have some pretty cool uniforms.” … In that last link, look at the player on the left. He appears to be wearing a play-calling armband. We’ve seen that before in softball, but I don’t think I’ve seen a baseball player wearing one. Is this becoming a common thing in college ball? … Ivan Banco has written a piece about the space shuttle Atlantis’s mission insignias. … Way back in 1915, someone was thinking about the right uniform for winning a World Series (from William Yurasko). … Marsh Pegs, as you probably know, are the flexible pegs that anchor a hockey net to the ice, and that leads us to a good story from Charles Noerenberg: “A Chicago sports talk radio host, Dan McNeil, was at the Blackhawks’ Cup-clinching game in Boston and had been joking on his show that he was going to find a small keepsake to take from the ice or benches after the game, as he had done when the Hawks won the Cup in 2010 (a couple rolls of stick tape) and when the White Sox won the Series in ’05 (a small amount of infield dirt). He ended up with the Marsh Pegs from Corey Crawford’s goal, which his co-host grabbed without even knowing what they were. All last week McNeil joked about how he’s going to give his staff their ‘day with the Pegs’ and how he’s hired a ‘Keeper of the Pegs.’ He also did an on-air interview with Fred Marsh, the delightful inventor of the pegs, which you can listen to here.” … Here’s a memorial for the ACC logo (from Ryan Burns). … During the NHL Draft, the Jets hastily prepared a jersey for their first-rounder, Joshua Morrissey, but they were a little sloppy with the nameplate (from Daren Landers). … Here’s a manifesto calling for cycling caps instead of baseball caps to be worn on cycling awards podiums (from Sean Clancy). … Here’s what Dwight Howard might look like in assorted other teams’ uniforms (from Andrew Cosentino). … Yesterday I mentioned that the Braves retired Chipper Jones’s number over the weekend. What I didn’t mention, because I didn’t know about it until Michael Rich told me, is that they put a little Chipper jersey mock-up on the grass near third base. Too bad they used a straight NOB, which the Braves have never used on real jerseys. … CFL zebras, who had still been wearing white knickers for warm-weather games. But now they’ve apparently switched to the ugly black slacks, just like everyone else. Disappointing (from Mike Styczen). … In what can only be described as a tremendous loss for humankind, the Huntsville Stars wont be raffling off some guns at the ballpark after all. … The GFGS trend is apparently spreading to Houston’s new football stadium seating (from Jacob Lipp). … The Missouri Mavericks of the CHL are celebrating their fifth year in Independence, Missouri, by letting fans vote on the five favorite jerseys to be used during various giveaway promotions next season. “Kinda interesting to see all 30 jerseys that have been worn in just the past five seasons,” says Brad Barker. “Sure, there have been pink alternates, and of course there has to be a camo jersey, but check out the Harry S. Truman sweater.” … A liquid chrome Washington helmet is floating around. No idea if it’s intended for on-field use (from Taylor Hadley).