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What do you wear if you’re going to tell the world that as a matter of fact, yes, you did smoke crack, just as most of the world had already figured out months ago? If you’re Toronto mayor-for-about-five-more-minutes Rob Ford, you wear a necktie covered in NFL team logos.
But not just any NFL team logos — as you can see, the tie includes Bucco Bruce, an Oilers logo, obsolete logos for the Eagles and Broncos, and, most intriguingly, a prototype Jaguars logo! Add it all up and the tie must date from 1994 or ’95.
Reader Jeff Flynn Jr. was very excited when he saw Ford’s neckwear. “I think it was an old ’90s ‘Ralph Marlin’ tie!” he wrote to me. Ralph Marlin? What the hell is that?
“Polyester special rip-off of Polo Ralph Lauren (hence the name Ralph Marlin), popular at stores like JCPenney in the ’90s,” Jeff explained. He then went to eBay and promptly found an NFL-themed Ralph Marlin tie similar to the one Ford was wearing (it even includes the same prototype Jags logo).
Hmmmm, if a Canadian mayor is going to hold a press conference to admit his drug-abusive tendencies, shouldn’t he really wear a CFL tie? Fortunately, I knew just who to consult with that question: SportsLogos.net founder Chris Creamer, who lives just outside of Toronto.
“I’d be surprised if many Torontonians are bothered by [the NFL Tie],” Chris told me. “The NFL is far more popular here than the CFL is. We like to think of ourselves as a major league city stuck with a minor league football team, although someone from Saskatchewan would likely give you a different answer.”
Interesting. Meanwhile, given all the wonderful storylines the NFL has already endured this season — Aaron Hernandez, Richie Incognito, Riley Cooper, League of Denial, the ’Skins controversy, etc. — where does receiving a de facto celebrity endorsement from a crackhead politico fall on the “No such thing as bad publicity” spectrum?
Meanwhile: My annual college hoops season-preview column is up now on ESPN.
Raffle results: The winner of the NHL poster raffle is Matt Berning. (Matt, please contact me so I can arrange to have the poster send to you.) Congrats to him, and thanks to all who entered.
’Skins Watch: The DC City Council passed a resolution yesterday urging the ’Skins to change their name. … Several former ’Skins players avoided commenting on the name controversy (from Tommy Turner). … For reasons that I don’t fully understand, female ’Skins fans who support keeping the team’s name unchanged are dressing up as nuns (from Patrick M. O’Neill).
Baseball News: Love this vintage jersey from a celebrity team that included Frank Sinatra (from Bruce Menard). … Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo sure has worn a lot of Cincy uni combos over the years (from Brice Wallace).
NFL News: In a move that takes GI Joevember to a new and thoroughly offensive level, the Panthers will be wearing — get this — Purple Heart helmet decals on Nov. 18. Think about that (thanks, Phil). … The Giants will be debuting their white alternate pants this Sunday against the Raiders. … Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne put the wrong Cowboys logo on a car for his parents (from Jon Solomonson). … The Cardinals will be going BFBS this Sunday (thanks, Phil). … Check out these Rams throwback sneakers (from John Struan).
College Football News: SMU’s recent 1980s blue throwbacks were such a hit that they may become the school’s primary uniform (thanks, Phil). … West Texas A&M is going GI Joevember this weekend. … Something in the works, although it’s hard to know exactly what, for Michigan State. … A BYU student has created a foam that can help measure helmet impacts (thanks, Phil). … If Marquette had a football team these days, maybe it would look like these concepts (from Paul Wajgel). … Latest team to defile the flag: Purdue (from Kurt Esposito). … If you’ve been following the branding initiative at the U. of Buffalo, then you won’t be surprised by what they’re using for merit decals (thanks, Phil).
Hockey News: The Slovakian Olympic sweaters have been released, and they include teeny-tiny lyrics of the Slovakian national anthem (from Bernie Langer). … Terry Proctor has compiled the definitive uniform history of the Rochester Amerks, but even he was stumped when the folks from Classic Auctions contacted him about this sweater that they’d received from the family of Gord Hannigan, the Amerks’ first captain. “From all of my research, I could find no evidence of this sweater ever being worn in a game,” says Terry. “So what is the history behind it? Was it a sample prototype, or maybe a practice jersey? The questions remain unanswered, as many of the first-year Amerks have passed on.” … More Amerks news from Terry: “This Amerks cap is available through the souvenir shop of the Rochester Red Wings, who are hosting the Amerks’ ‘Frozen Frontier’ game at Frontier Field on Dec. 13. The Amerks’ PR man tells me that the style of jersey reflected in the cap is ‘under consideration’ to be worn in the game. He also told me that the opposing team — the Lake Erie Monsters — might dress as their AHL forebearers, the original Cleveland Barons.” … The Rockford IceHogs are doing the “El”/”Los” thing. … Here’s a new one: The Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) are putting the Gettysburg Address on their jerseys (thanks, Phil).
NBA News: Dwight Howard still has the Lakers’ number font on his sneakers (good spot by Ross Yoshida). … This is weird: a Wasington Wizards shirt with an NFL logo on the inner collar (from Tim Donovan).
Grab Bag: New soccer kit for Northern Ireland, and it’s a beauty (from Richard Hunter). … I think we’ve seen this before, but it’s always good to explore the design details of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics (from Scott Misner). … While I don’t agree with much of the analysis, there’s still some decent entertainment value to be had from this look at regrettable sports logos. … Kanye West is attempting to rebrand the Confederate flag, so to speak, by adopting it for himself (thanks, Kirsten). … The Supreme Court wrestled with an interesting question the other day: What are clothes? … Speaking clothes: Here’s a really interesting argument for why the Japanese emperor should wear a kimono>