So long, Pinktober; hello, GI Joevember. That was the message yesterday in Dallas, where the Cowboys and Vikings kicked off the NFL’s annual “Salute to Service” pandering promotion. That meant lots of camo — on the goalposts, the pylons, the captaincy patches, the gloves (interesting tape job on Adrian Peterson’s bare hands in that second shot), and even the towels. In addition, both teams wore camo ribbon decals and military unit logo decals, and the coaching staffs wore olive drab sweatshirts with camo ribbon patches (which were also worn in at least one other game [also note Rex Ryan's camo cap brim]). Whole month of this, spread out around the league, should be even more (read: less) fun than Pinktober.
• The Rams wore their royal blue throwbacks (lots of additional photos here). They abided by the NFL’s new one-helmet rule by keeping the same shells and just changing the horn decals from bronze to yellow (which I think is what they’d been doing in recent years anyway, no?). Very disappointing to see that the throwback jerseys still have the neck roll, which is unnecessary and historically inaccurate. Boooo!
• In a surprise (at least to me), the ’Skins wore throwback jerseys ). They couldn’t wear the leatherette helmets like they did last year, due to the NFL’s new helmet rule, so they went with their usual lids but removed the center striping. Lots of additional photos here.
• The Panthers wore their blue alts.
• The Bills wore white at home against the Chiefs.
• Speaking of captaincy patches, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten’s was coming loose.
• See that little dark smudge at about the four o’clock spot of Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LaBaeau’s cap logo patch? That smudge is his initials — “DL.” Was it really that important for him to have that specific hat?
Turning to Saturday’s college action, Phil and his contributors had a good rundown in yesterday’s entry, so you should start there. But here’s a bit more:
• Yesterday’s entry mentioned that the TV numbers on Iowa’s quarterbacks appeared to be positioned toward the front of the jersey, instead of being centered on the shoulders. Unfortunately, there were no photos, but now we have these. You can compare those TV numbers to the non-quarterback numbers shown here.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Drew Arnson, Matt Barnett, Eric Carson, Doug Keklak, Chris Mycoski, Bill Wallis, and of course Phil.)
Raffle reminder: Today’s the last day to enter the raffle for the classic old NHL poster. Details here.
’Skins Watch: Here’s a vote for the ’Skins to be renamed as the Washington Red Clouds (thanks, Phil). … Did you know that November, in addition to being GI Joevember, is also Native American Heritage Month? It’s true! And guess who’s at the head of the line to celebrate Native American heritage? The ’Skins, of course! As you can see, in a nice stroke of irony that perfectly encapsulates how this storyline has been developing in recent months, they chose to begin their month-long celebration of Native American Heritage by posting a photo of the team’s first coach, Lone Star Dietz — a man who masqueraded as a Native American but was actually a fraud. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the month plays out! … Washington Post sports columnist and longtime ’Skins critic Mike Wise says the real problem regarding the team’s name is Roger Goodell, not Dan Snyder (from Tommy Turner). … The Niagara IceDogs — that’s a Junior A hockey team — wore throwbacks on Friday, recalling the franchise’s old days as the St. Catherines TeePees. “The team name like wouldn’t fly now,” says Daniel Pilon. “But at the time it was because the team’s sponsor was Thompson Products — TPs.”
Baseball News: You know how teams now routinely wear gold-accented uniforms for the Opening Day after winning the World Series? Someone on Reddit mocked up how those uniforms might look for all 30 MLB teams (from Zach Brady). … The Samsung Lions won their third straight Korean Series title and seventh overall on Friday. Here’s their championship logo (from Dan Kurtz).
NFL News: This is interesting: The Hungry Hungry Hipster was poking around at a vintage shop and found a bunch of old NFL apparel labels with unfamiliar logos. “I’m guessing they are all from the early ’90s and that they were meant to be sewn on NFL-licensed clothing sold outside the United States, probably the UK,” says HHH. Anyone familiar with these logo designs? … Last night’s broadcast of 60 Minutes featured a segment on Alabama coach Nick Saban, which included a glimpse of a red NFL shield (from Chris Flinn).
College Football News: A new Wounded Warrior design will be unveiled today by Northwestern (from Tim E. O’Brien). … Blackout on tap this weekend for Baylor (from Matthiew Mitchell). … Middle Tennessee State will be desecrating the flag this weekend. … Ditto for UTSA.
Hockey News: The Pensacola Ice Flyers went GI Joevember on Saturday. “Blech,” says Ryan Bohannon. … The Minnesota men’s hockey team is using the new Nike template, with the elongated/tapered shoulder yoke. “The visible stitching makes it look like an Asian knock-off,” says Michael McGivern.
NBA News: The Pistons debuted their Motor City alts yesterday. I like! … Last night was the Thunder’s home opener, and they marked the occasion buy wearing an Oklahoma-shaped patch to mark the state’s strength in the face of the devastating storms from earlier this year.
Grab Bag: Faaaascinating analysis of how people wear a backpack with one strap vs. two straps. High recommended (thanks, Kirsten). … Here’s a talk with the designer who designed the U.S. Olympic freeskiing uniforms (thanks, Brinke). … Also from Brinke: Tennis player Tomas Berdych now has his own apparel line. … I watched the NYC Marathon for about an hour yesterday (the route goes right by the corner half a block from my house), but I didn’t see this guy. … Good article on the progression of the Queensland Reds’ rugby uniforms (from Murray Conallin).
Photo by Jesse Buccafusco, diagram by Rob Holecko; click to enlarge
What Paul did
last night on Saturday: Good times on Saturday afternoon here in Brooklyn, as a bunch of Uni Watch readers gathered at Sheep Station to trade stories, show off jerseys, and complain about the dire state of baseball pants (among other weighty topics). Phil and I didn’t get or remember everyone’s name, but here’s what we’ve been able to piece together:
1. Daniel Smith 2. Phil Hecken 3. Chance Michaels 4. ?? 5. Garrett McGrath 6. Marc Rivelin 7. Jay Braiman 8. Brad Eckensberger 9. Walter Helfer 10. Matt Brotman 11. Ross Bergman 12. Keith Goggin 13. Matt Solly 13½. Chester (aka the Littlest Uni Watcher) 14. Derek VanEmon 15. Marty Buccafusco 16. Paul Lukas 17. Sam Davison
If we missed your name or got it wrong, please let me know and I’ll update the list pronto.
The star of the show, at least sartorially speaking, was Marty Buccafusco, who wore an All American Girls Professional Baseball League cap, a vintage curling sweater, heavy wool Scottish knickers, and some absolutely killer two-piece Bavarian socks (click to enlarge):
I was particularly happy to see longtime reader/contributor Chance Michaels, who had originally said he wouldn’t be able to attend because of his NYC Marathon preparations but managed to show up after all. He brought along something really, really cool: a set of old Milwaukee Brewers cufflinks that he found in a Milwaukee antiques shop years ago. As you can see, these are clearly from the old minor league Brewers, not the big league incarnation (click to enlarge):
I also want to thank Marc Rivelin for the very nice Mets shirt he gave me. I’ll post a photo of myself wearing it soon.
Big thanks to everyone who showed up — it was, as always, a pleasure and a privilege to meet all of you.