I’ve written several times that the Chiefs’ red pants are arguably the single best uniform element in the NFL. But it hadn’t occurred to me (or probably to anyone else) that the Chiefs would pair them with their red jerseys to create a blood-clot effect, as they did yesterday. It marked the first time in franchise history that the team has gone solid-red. Further info here.
Interestingly, the Chiefs were wearing white pants during pregame warm-ups, so they must have changed britches when they went back into the locker room just prior to the game.
It was a terrible look (insert predictable quip about Lamar Hunt, grave-rolling, etc.), but I kinda wish they had made it even worse by wearing their red-topped socks, which would have extended the blood-clottage down their shins. Instead, they went with their white socks, which felt a bit like a cop-out. If you’re gonna go garish, go all the way.
In other NFL news from yesterday:
• The Chiefs weren’t the only monochromatic team yesterday, as the Titans went with solid light blue. From the highlights I saw, it appeared that the pants and jerseys had different shades of blue. Then I looked at photos to confirm what I’d seen and discovered it was a sweatbox-related effect. Nike really does suck.
• In that Bills/Panthers game, Fox showed a graphic of Bills quarterback EJ Manuel wearing last year’s neck roll collar. The weird thing is, Manuel is a rookie, so that can’t be a photo from last year. So either Manuel grabbed an old jersey that was lying around, or else Fox Photoshopped his face onto an old photo of someone else. Either way, not good.
• Still more from that same game: At halftime the Bills honored their Wall of Fame inductees, each of whom was given a commemorative blazer.
• The Bears wore their Monsters of the Midway throwbacks (additional photos here). This game also provided us with our first jersey typo of the season, as Bears defensive lineman Shea McClellin was missing an “L” on his NOB.
• Love it when the Rams go white over blue. Not as much as I loved it when they wore white over the now-discontinued gold pants, and some white-topped socks would be nice, to avoid the leotard effect, but still. When they go with this combo, they’re a very good-looking team.
• According to a small note in this article, Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson exchanged jerseys with Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson after the Lions/Cards game: “When asked what he was going to do with the jersey, he said, ‘It’s my jersey.’ In other words, he’s likely keeping it.”
• Does Jeromey Clary of the Chargers have a cast on his thumb? I did some Googling and couldn’t come up with anything about him having a thumb injury, but his right thumb sure looks heavily bandaged at the very least.
• No photo, but 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner was wearing solid white socks — no red at all — for last night’s game against the Seahawks.
• Prior to that Niners/Seahakws game, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was wearing some truly ridiculous socks. It takes some special chutzpah to combine a corporate logo with the backwards version of your uni number and end up with a word usually associated with the opposing team’s star running back.
• Fox’s pregame show mistakenly showed Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald as a Cowboy.
• CBS bugged everyone by using a yellow “Final Score” graphic that looked distractingly like a “Penalty Flag” graphic.
Turning to Saturday’s NCAA action, Phil and his contributors had good coverage in yesterday’s post, but here are some additional items:
• Looks like UCLA punter Sean Covington was wearing someone else’s helmet.
• In addition to all the other “36” memorials in the UCLA/Nebraska game, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley had “R.I.P. #36” written on his towel.
• South Carolina kicker Landon Ard was wearing the least football-ish eyeglasses ever to appear on the gridiron. I have to believe he was having trouble with his contact lenses or something.
• It’s a little hard to read, but Iowa was wearing a “Beat Cancer” helmet decal. Not sure if they’ve been doing that all season or if they just added it for Saturday’s game.
• Arizona wore stripe-less white helmets. First time those have been worn without the stripes since the 2009 Holiday Bowl.
• Here’s a weird one: Oregon was using the old Hartford Whalers logo, apparently to signal certain play calls or personnel packages. Anyone know more about that?
• The white jerseys that Louisiana-Monroe wore against Wake Forest were different from the ones they’d worn two weeks earlier against Oklahoma. As you can see, the ones from this past Saturday had a different number font and were NNOB. Apparently there are rumors floating around about a laundry problem that forced the team to procure replacement jerseys, with no time to add the NOBs.
• Turns out the Pac-12 has a weekly uniform report. Here’s the one for this past weekend.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Stephen Boyd, Jared Buccola, Michael Cossey, Oscar Cullom, Mike Davis, Peter Dubois, Brinke Guthrie, Kyle Hanks, HHH, Mike Cline Jr., Scott Mason, Lauren Melton, Matt Shevin, William Smith, Kevin Wos, and of course Phil.)
Another reason not to sit home on the sofa: This Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, 7pm, I will be one of the featured guest participants in the latest installment of Ask Roulette, a fun little project in which strangers ask each other questions about anything they want. Further details here. The video at the bottom of that page is helpful, too.
Ask Roulette takes place at the Housing Works Bookstore Café (I’m told that they’ll be adding my name to that listing any moment now), and it’s free. You can participate or just watch. Either way, hope to see some of you there on Wednesday evening.
’Skins Watch: Fox’s pregame coverage of yesterday’s Packers/’Skins game included a mention of the Oneida protestors outside Lambeau Field. The protest itself was small, perhaps due in part to rainy conditions. Interestingly, the Packers’ CEO appears to be sympathetic to the ’Skins protest movement. Meanwhile, the Oneidas say they’re planning another protest for early November, when the ’Skins visit the Vikings. … The Washington Post’s editorial board, noting the recent softening of Roger Goodell’s tone, says it’s time for Dan Snyder to do the right thing (thanks, Phil). … Interest in the ’Skins name controversy has spread across the pond, where it’s now being covered by the BBC. Pretty funny that they used such an old photo, though — the ’Skins haven’t been outfitted by Adidas since 2001 (from Geoff Poole). … Washington Monthly writer Jamie Malanowski suggests that the ’Skins should be renamed the Washington Arrows (from Paul Fogarty). … Anyone who says, “Indians don’t even care about this issue” has clearly never read the Indian Country Today website, which has long been opposed to the ’Skins name. Here’s their latest piece on the naming controversy (from Matt DeMazza).
Baseball News: Our latest chance to look for uniform flaws in a movie will come in this upcoming film about Roberto Clemente (from Chris Weber). … Here is what the Japanese Professional Baseball League is wearing for their “Victory Series” all-star games. Interesting to see that the mock-ups include real stirrups (from Jeremy Brahm). … Speaking of Japanese baseball, Wladimir Balentien continued his high-cuffed look after breaking the Japanese single-season home run record. But after going homer-less in three straight games, he went back to pajama pants on Sunday and promptly hit two homers to break the record (from Yusuke Toyoda). … “On Saturday, the Orioles wore their black uniforms,” says Noah from Maryland. “This marks the first time this year they have worn a colored uni when it is not the scheduled day (black is on Friday, orange is on Saturday if they are at home). The O’s announcers suspected it was a superstitious thing — they’d a big win in black the night before. If so, it didn’t work, as they lost in black on Saturday.” … Dodgers pitcher Onelki Garcia made his MLB debut on Friday. According to a note toward the bottom of this page, that made him the first player ever to wear No. 98 in a big league game (from Patrick O’Neill). … Mets pitcher Carlos Torres didn’t have his orange squatchee on Saturday. … Someone needs to tell Hunter Pence that nobody wants to see his knees (from Mike Miller). … Good story about a 1977 Mets giveaway item (from my pal Jamie Jensen). … Twins and Rays went navy vs. navy yesterday (from Mike Engle). … Coleman Mullins attended yesterday’s Pirates game at PNC Park and spotted an ad that analogizes the evolution of health care coverage by showing a progression of Pirates jerseys. … I just scored this vintage softball uniform for a song. Pretty stoked about the jersey. More photos once the uni arrives in the mail.
NFL News: What if NFL teams looked like their names? A bit of Photoshoppery has provided us with the answer to that question (from Nik Streng). … “What do you do when you have a junk airplane and live in north-central Maryland?” asks Charlie Charnigo. “You turn it into a Ravens objet d’art. I like the detail, from the John Harbaugh pilot to the Lombardi Trophy tail.” … Odd that this ad shows Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick in their team jerseys but shows Victor Cruz in a Pro Bowl jersey (from Ernest Penaflor). … Not uni-related but still fascinating: A new study shows that NFL fans tend to eat fattier foods when their teams lose. So now you can blame your lousy team for ruining your health.
Hockey News: A new rule will prohibit players from tucking their jerseys into their pants, and Alex Ovechkin isn’t happy about it. It’s worth reading that article just so you can see the quote that includes the term “jersey puller-outers” (from Mike McLaughlin).
Soccer News: Here are some more photos of Bayern Munich’s Oktoberfest kit (from Stefan Schubert). … Brazil’s Santos FC released a third kit featuring an image of the Santos coastline. “Not too shabby,” says Yusuke Toyoda. … Spectacular striped jerseys for the Iowa State women’s team (from Nick Wilwert). … Wayne Rooney of Manchester United wore this headgear against Crystal Palace during the weekend, to protect the head injury that he recently picked up during training (from Graham Clayton).
Basketball News: Here’s something from last week that we all missed: The Cavs and Bucks are seeking league approval to print some season ticket-holders’ names on their courts (big thanks to Leo Strawn Jr.). … North Texas will unveil new uniforms during midnight madness on Oct. 10 (from Brayden Ruthart).
Grab Bag: As you may have heard, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss now co-own an arena football team, called the L.A. Kiss. In this interview, sent my way by Trevor Williams, Simmons says, “I like the passion and the athleticism [of football], but visually, it’s never done anything for me because everybody dresses alike. If I was doing a football team, [it would be] more like the X-Men — one guy has a visor, one guy’s dressed like a beast.” Later on in the interview he says his team’s uniforms will “follow AFL regulations. But Paul is talking now with the outfit designers. We may change the outfits every week!” … Canelo Alvarez wore Mexican flag-themed gloves for Saturday night’s bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Here’s another good view. Meanwhile, Mayweather wore striped socks, which is something you rarely see in the ring anymore. … “The Hamburg Blue Devils of the German Football League went helmet-crazy back in 2004, long before HGI came up with the new styles,” says Stefan Schubert. “Their helmets were airbrushed and just like the ones from HGI cost a fortune. That was the main reason why they abandoned that style after one year.” … “Harborfields High School on Long Island is known for being one of the highest-ranked public schools for academics,” says Jim Moeller. “But unfortunately their football jersey supplier doesn’t know how to spell.” … Subtle design changes for The New Yorker.