Weird uni glitch in yesterday’s Cowboys/Raiders game, as Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant was missing the outlining on the upper window of one of his 8s. Now if they’d just get rid of all the outlining, which looks way too clunky.
Meanwhile, the game marked the first time in over 40 years that the Cowboys wore their standard blue jerseys at home. In case you missed it on Wednesday, here’s the explanation for that: As you know, the home team in an NFL game has its choice of wearing white or color. The league requires all teams to designate those choices in July, prior to the start of the preseason, so the road team will know which uniform to pack for each game. The Cowboys almost always choose white, but this year they had planned to wear their blue throwback jerseys and white throwback helmets on Thanksgiving, so back in July they chose color for that game. But then in August the league came out with its new rule banning alternate helmet shells, which meant they could no longer wear the white throwback helmets. Faced with a choice of (a) wearing their regular silver helmets with the throwback jerseys or (b) scrapping the throwback idea altogether and just wearing their standard blue jerseys, the Cowboys chose (b).
Meanwhile, in college action:
• Texas Tech wore a new helmet design against Texas.
• Speaking of Texas Tech: Look,
more logo creep bullshit Under Armour now makes casts!
• I think we may have covered this before, but just in case: Texas fullback Alex De La Torre has an unusual NOB.
• In that same game, the Mississippi State punter wore a sideline jacket with the old SEC logo on the front and the old team logo (with no outline) on the back. Also: Team name on chinstrap!
(Special thanks to Mouldenje Moulden, JJ Sledge, and Phil for their contributions.)
Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was jointly compiled by Mike Chamernik and Paul.
NFL News: So many great uni details in this slideshow of Thanksgiving Day football. Highly recommended. … The NFL’s new policy of having players use only one helmet per season gave Pete Garofalo an idea: “A while ago you or someone else in your column pointed out that the exterior of NASCAR cars were one big giant decal that was adhered to the exterior of the car. Would it be that big of a reach for NFL teams to do the same? The helmet logos and stripes are decals anyway that are replaced frequently, and I don’t think that creating a custom-made decal to cover the whole helmet would be terribly difficult… It would seem to strike the ideal balance between the NFL’s current safety protocols and teams being allowed a level of creativity. Frankly, I’m surprised no one has thought of it and tried it.” … “I noticed that Ronnie Brown has worn five different numbers over the years, including three with the Eagles in 2011,” says Marc Aune. “It struck me as odd and got me wondering which NFL player has worn the most different numbers over the course of his career? Also, has anyone worn more than three different numbers during a single season?” … Former NFLers Joe Namath, Hines Ward, and Bart Oates appeared in yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. Namath and Ward had team-appropriate hats, but Oates was wearing a Tampa Yankees hat for some reason (good spot by Chris Jowdy).
Hockey News: The NHL® has unveiled™ two very nice uniforms℠ for the Heritage Classic Inc LLC Ltd™®℠. … The Indianapolis Fuel of the ECHL announced they will begin play in 2014 and unveiled its logo (from Roger Cooper). … Here’s a 10-photo gallery showing more shots of the Islanders’ Stadium Series uni. … A couple NHL items from Charles Noerenberg: Sam Gagner and Alex Chiasson are wearing masks; a promotional Chevy display at the United Center edited out the NHL patch on Patrick Kane’s sweater; Blackhawks’ winger Brandon Pirri (No. 37) was wearing teammate Bryan Bickell’s jacket during a recent intermission interview; and “someone tossed away a sweet vintage Rangers hat during a recent hat trick (not worth it in my book),” says Noerenberg. … The NHL had a float in yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, to promote
overpriced shit that’s for sale at the store that sponsored the parade the Thanksgiving Showdown between the Rangers and Bruins. Former players Cam Neely and Mike Richter wore white team-branded jackets, and the float also included people wearing Islanders, Bruins, and Devils jerseys that all had hoods, front numbers, and the same yoke template (from Steve Dodell). … Not uni-related, but here’s a really great story about how a small sandwich/pizza shop in Buffalo has become popular with visiting NHL teams.
Soccer News: Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and midfielder Mathieu Flamini are battling over whether Flamini can alter the sleeves on his shirt (from Mark Coale). … Real Salt Lake has a new logo to commemorate its 10th season next year (from Marc Mayntz).
Basketball News: The Timberwolves debuted their new black sleeved alternates on Wednesday night. Man, that side view is just brutal. … The 76ers will retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 on March 1 of next year. … Derrick Rose’s torn meniscus may force Adidas to rethink its marketing campaign around Rose. … Remember the DayGlo uni that Baylor wore for last season’s NCAA tourney? They wore a new green-shouldered version of that the other night (thanks, Phil). … Color-vs.-color game in women’s college hoops the other night: Abilene Christian and Texas-Arlington (from Christopher Mycoskie).
Grab Bag: David Firestone was at the Disney Treasures exhibit at the Museum of Science an Industry in Chicago and saw this basketball jersey from High School Musical. “No logo creep!” he says … North Bend (Oregon) High School has an all-brown uniform – helmets, jerseys, pants and socks (thanks, Alex Allen). … Appalachian State is making “Victory Yosef” its alternate logo. The “Yosef Head” was retired by the school in 1999 but made a comeback as a temporary throwback logo last year. … The GI Joe trope has spread to the Vodacom Bulls, a South African team that plays in the Southern Hemisphere competition Super Rugby. “Mind you, this is the regular uniform — not a one-off,” says Matt Manley.