How long until November?
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — my annual World Series preview.
By Brinke Guthrie
As you can see above, one of my favorite Collector’s Corner categories ever — those awesome 1970s NHL posters — is back. In addition to the Golden Seals, we also have versions for the North Stars, Bruins, Sabres, Canucks, Flyers, Blues, Canadiens, and Rangers. These were all submitted by a fellow named Matthew Miskelly, who also happens to be the seller. According to his eBay listings, his father “owned a company called Sportsgraphics, which produced these for the NHL in 1972-73.” That presumably explains why he has large quantities of most of these.
Here’s the rest of this week’s eBay haul:
• Cool 1960s megaphone — Go With the Eagles! Like they’d let you in the stadium with one of these now.
• Ah, I remember these — team pennants that feature the team photo! This one features Johnny U. and the rest of his 1960s Baltimore Colts teammates.
• Before New Era, Reebok, Starter and Nike got their clutches into NFL gear, there was AJD. And it was good. How ’bout dem Cowboys?
• This 1970s NBA gumball basketball kit includes the Midwest and Pacific Conferences.
• From reader Jake Elwell, we have this pair of Roberto Clemente-endorsed sneakers, originally sold only in Puerto Rico.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
’Skins Watch: As the ’Skins controversy stretches on, there appears to be more attention being paid to Chief Wahoo as well (thanks, Phil). … Unlike most pro-’Skins writers, political columnist Pat Buchanan doesn’t accuse the anti-’Skins movement of being driven by white people or cite poll numbers indicating that many Natives don’t care about this issue. Instead, he simply tells the Oneida Nation to man up and shut up. Refreshingly direct, if repugnant (Phil again).
Baseball News: Sorry to hear about the retirement of Jim Leyland, who was going high-cuffed right up to the end. Here’s hoping (but not expecting) his successor does likewise. … “I found a children’s book about Roberto Clemente, with a cover illustration showing him wearing a 1970-72 pullover jersey with a black cap,” writes Marc Viquez. “But the Pirates wore their mustard caps with that jersey.” … Yesterday I mentioned that I’d found a beer stein showing the evolution of the football uniform in a Milwaukee antiques shop. Noel Fliss has this same stein, along with a baseball version.
NFL News: The Buccaneers’ socks are black on top and white on the bottom, but WR Mike Williams wore his socks the other way around on Sunday. Looks like he may have violating the new pads rule too (from Marc Mandin). … “NBC posted a ‘Countdown to Sunday Night Football’ video,” says Tony Crespo, “and I noticed that the Cowboys players were wearing numberless blue jerseys for their interviews.” … The Cowyboys — and other teams..? — are selling camo jerseys. “As a current member of the military, I find this ridiculous,” says Jared Sloan, an Army Reservist. “It doesn’t ‘honor’ me. It’s embarrassing.” … JH notes that Eagles QB Matt Barkley is wearing a Qalo ring (that’s the “functional wedding band for an active lifestyle,” don’tcha know). … With yesterday’s passing of Titans owner Bud Adams, Ricko recounted this story: “In the early ’70s I briefly worked on a project with the guy who’d been the Houston Oilers’ first PR director (his name escapes me — Jack Harrigan, maybe?). I steered the conversation toward unis and he said his original thought was that the OIlers should wear black and gold. ‘Y’know, black gold.’ But when he mentioned that idea to Bud Adams, the Oilers’ owner held out his hand and pointed to the turquoise stone in the ring he always wore. ‘No,’ he said, ‘my team’s gonna wear this color.'” … Last night’s Monday Night Football telecast included a graphic showing Adrian Peterson wearing last year’s Vikings uniform (screen shot by Dave Rakowski).
College Football News: I bet most of you know this already, but I was traveling over the weekend and missed it: According to this article, one of the complaints from the players at Grambling, who boycotted and forfeited their game last weekend, is that several of the players have developed staph infections due to their uniforms not being cleaned well enough. … Two from Phil: Fresno State is going BFBS on Nov. 2, and Ohio will wear brick-patterned whites this Saturday. … Nevada and UNLV will go color-vs.-color this weekend (from Brian Catlett). … Here’s Wyoming’s uni combo for this week. … An Oregon fan thinks the team’s recent Pinktober uniform is an example of football becoming “politicize[d] and feminize[d].” … The NFL briefly had a team called the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here’s a priceless letter, on sensational letterhead, from their 1944 coach, Pete Cawthon, to a new player (“Playing in Brooklyn appeals to most men” — indeed!). So why am I putting this old NFL item in the college football section? Because it turns out Cawthon played a uni-prominent role in Texas Tech history. According to this page, “In the fall of 1934 he outfitted his team in red satin uniforms and set out to build their reputation by scheduling games across the nation. As a result, sportswriters began referring to the Matadors as the ‘Red Raiders.'” Never knew that story (great stuff from Dave Wilson).
Hockey News: Pinktober jerseys for North Dakota. “Could be worse,” says Eli Swanson, although I’m not sure I agree. … “I currently reside in Marquette, Michigan, in the beautiful Upper Peninsula,” says Alex Nye. “We recently got a new junior league hockey team called the Marquette Royales. Their uniforms are really intriguing with the crazy sleeve striping.”
Soccer News: “Soccer fans were mesmerized last weekend by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ridiculous backheel volley,” says Yusuke Toyoda. “But I of course noticed the GI Joe unis worn by the opposing team, SC Bastia.”
NBA News: No photo yet, but the Spurs are jumping on two bandwagons simultaneously by adding a sleeved GI Joe alternate. As the pseudonymous terriblehuman pointed out in yesterday’s comments, “Sort of ironic that they’re going “U-S-A! U-S-A!” with the most international roster in the NBA, which has only four players born in the 50 states (five if you include that U.S. Virgin Islander).” Roster demographics notwithstanding, we’re rapidly approaching the point where at least one team will be playing dress-up-soldier every single day of the year, which is a grim state of affairs. … We already pretty much knew that the Knicks were adding an orange alternate uni, and now we have official confirmation.
College Hoops News: New centennial patch for Louisville (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: New uniforms for Colorado State and Memphis. … Good luck being able to read the uni numbers on UTEP’s new uniforms. You can get a better idea of what I mean in this team portrait (from Matthew Leahy). … I’m sooooo tired of the “Fear the [whatever]” trope, but it’s actually pretty funny when your mascot is a clam. That’s the practice jersey for the Evergreen State College Geoducks, who, sure enough, have a clam on the front. They have a good slogan, too. Also, in an unusual move, they have a gay pride flag hanging in the gym. “After some conversations, it just seemed to make sense to hang it,” says Evergreen alum Andrew Beattie.
What Paul did last night: Went out and saw the new Tom Hanks movie, Captain Phillips, which is very, very good. One of the early scenes is set in a poor village in Somalia in 2009, and I was wondering if any of the villagers would be wearing phantom American sports apparel (“Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII Champions,” or whatever). No sign of that, alas, although one guy was wearing a T-shirt with striped sleeves and a few other unmistakably sports-evocative touches. Some good nautical and Navy uniforms in the movie, too.