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Monday Morning Uni Watch

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I’m not sure exactly what type of manly activity was going on during yesterday’s Dolphins/Pats game, but I’m fairly certain (a) it was NSFW and (b) Nike hasn’t solved the transparent pants problem that first surfaced last year.

It’s hard to top that, but here’s the rest of yesterday’s uni-related happenings from around the NFL:

• This is something that actually began last week, but I didn’t have a good screen shot of it until now: All the zebras are wearing “JS” cap patches in memory of former ref and supervisor of officials Jerry Seeman, who died in late November.

• Giants wideout Victor Cruz inscribed his cleats with the name of a fan who died in the Sandy Hook shootings a year ago.

• Yesterday was the next-to-last Vikings game at the Metrodome, which may explain why they brought Dante Culpepper back to sound the horn before the game.

• The Rams wore mono-blue.

• The Panthers wore mono-black. (And as an aside, Cam Newton had an Auburn Military Appreciation Day sticker in his locker.

• Always one of the best-looking games of the years: Chiefs vs. Raiders in Oakland. Tasty!

• For the second time in five weeks — and also the second time in team history — the Titans wore power blue over white. Pretty good look — hope to see more of it.

• Several ’Skins fans did a bit of jersey surgery responding to Robert Griffin III’s shutdown. Here’s the best one.

• Speaking of fan-created jerseys, I totally get what this Browns fan was trying to express. But couldn’t he at least have used a better abbreviation for “maybe”?

• Dolphins holder Brandon Fields’s facemask was pressed into duty in an unexpected way during yesterday’s game against the Pats:

• Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant usually wears a visor, but not yesterday.

• Bears wideout Brandon Marshall wore a pair of pile-lined slip-on cleats. Also, as you can see in that photo, he appears to have been wearing a sweatshirt under his jersey, complete with a center pocket. Not sure I’ve ever seen that before.

• The Bucs plus Santa equals one seriously creepy-looking mascot.

(My thanks to Matt Barnett, Matt Brown, and, especially, Phil for their contributions to this section.)

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’Skins Watch: The Houston Independent School District has approved a new policy that will apparently force three schools to stop using Native American iconography. Reader Kevin Wang is a 1992 grad of one of those schools — Lamar High School — and checked in the other day, shortly before the school board vote on the new policy, with a lengthy but fascinating email, which I’ll reprint here without further comment:

I graduated in 1992 from Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School in Houston, which has for its nearly 80-year history used “Redskins” as its mascot. …

During my time as a student at Lamar, I never once considered the nickname to be racist. I, like the vast majority of my classmates, saw it as nothing other than a point of pride. In hindsight, though, I have completely changed my opinion after an additional twenty years of growth and maturity. I now believe that while the school should not ever fail to acknowledge the history of the Lamar Redskins, it is time to change the mascot’s name moving forward. While the school’s Native American iconography has been generally dignified, in my opinion, the “Big Red” mascot was decidedly not.

The Houston Chronicle story [about the school possibly having to change its mascot name] made its way onto the Lamar Class of ’92 20th Reunion Facebook page and sparked a debate that quickly became heated. Most of the participants seemingly have not been aware of the other schools and professional sports teams dealing with this issue. Most of the alumni who opposed any sort of change take the position of “We never intended any disrespect, so the name should remain.” Some of them, in searching for backup to their case, cited the Washington Redskins’ Stephen Dodson article and have relied upon it as blanket permission for everyone to use the name.

I have been participating in the discussion on behalf of the pro-change position and cited two articles that refuted the authenticity of Dodson’s heritage. I have refrained from name-calling or condemning the opposing view, instead choosing to present the evidence in a rational manner. My comments have largely been ignored.

I noticed an interesting demographic trend during the Facebook debate: The overwhelming majority of those who oppose any change are Caucasian, and vice versa for those who feel the name should change. As for me, I am ethnically full-blooded Chinese, born in New Jersey, and raised in Texas since before my first birthday. I identify myself as a Texan and an American, not necessarily as a minority. I have endured a healthy amount of discrimination in my life, both deliberate and unintentional. (Asian men are among the most universally ridiculed demographic in the world.)

I don’t know how much of this you’re able to use to inform your readership of this specific issue, but I thought it would be at least informative to you on a personal level to get a closer perspective on one of these smaller debates.

Baseball News: With the Mets having signed Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, the case can be made that they’ve nabbed two free agents who look best and worst in a uniform. … Here are all the T-shirts that the Pirates will be giving away in 2014 (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: Cubs games next season will use baseballs with the Wrigley centennial logo. … A few months ago I wrote about that Willard Mullin book, which featured several illustrations in this style (additional examples here and here). Dan Cichalski has an awesome portrait of Roberto Clemente rendered in a very similar style. It’s by a guy named Chris Nix, who apparently does a lot of work in this same style. Good stuff!

NFL News: Concussion discussion: Good argument for eliminating helmets from pro football (thanks, Phil). … Also from Phil: Here’s a great AFL shot from 1961. That’s Abner Haynes of the Dallas Texans, whose franchise record of five TDs from scrimmage was tied yesterday’s by Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

College Football News: Here’s some video of the 1970 Orange Bowl, which featured Penn State vs. Missouri. “Mizzou was wearing the college football ‘100’ helmet logo, and Penn State had TV numbers on the side of the helmet,” says Douglas Ford. “Also, the commercials during the game are incredible.”

Hockey News: A pair of Blackhawks fans wore some fun jerseys the other night (thanks, Phil). … Notre Dame’s jersey for the Frozen Fenway game will reportedly look like this. Very nice! (From Warren Junium.)

Soccer News: Phil had this in Saturday’s Ticker, but in case you missed it: A certain magazine ran article the other day about the Intel/Barcelona inner-jersey ad stunt. Key quotes: “Next time you start to feel like everything that can be sold will be sold, just remember that most soccer clubs in the world do not sell the underside of their jerseys to advertisers” and “Most of the time, when a player lifts up his shirt to celebrate a goal, it is an act of joy that brings profit to no one” and “[T]he space that striker Lionel Messi once used to wish his mother a happy birthday (earning a fine of about €2,000, or $2,740) now belongs to a corporation with a market value of about $120 billion.” So who published this corporate-bashing affront to the free enterprise system — some leftist commie newsletter? Nope — a respected business mag owned by one of the world’s wealthiest capitalists. Think about that. … “You’ve probably seen in soccer the trend where teams have the date and rival embroidered into their jerseys, sometimes even with both countries’ flags,” says Omar Jalife. “Well, the final of the Mexican League was played on Saturday and both teams had some text added to their jerseys, but the middle line of America’s text was ‘whited out.’ I think that line said, ’15 Diciembre Estadio Azteda,’ and I believe they whited it out because the stadium is Azteca, not Azteda.”

NBA News: Pistons center Andre Drummond, who attended two different Connecticut high schools and also spent a year at UConn, marked the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings by wearing the names of all 26 victims on his shoes for yesterday’s game against the Trail Blazers (thanks, Phil). … That same game, by the way, featured, an interesting uni anomaly: Motor City vs. Rip City! “This was also the second straight night the Blazers wore white on the road,” notes Jason Charles Franklin. “The night before they played the Sixers, who wore blue at home.”

Grab Bag: I don’t usually say anything when I update the Catch of the Day, because the idea is that you should check it on your own and get a nice surprise when I’ve updated it. But I recently neglected to update it for about two weeks, so it would be understandable if you gave up and stopped checking. All of which is a lengthy way of saying: There’s finally a new (and seasonal!) Catch of the Day. … Faaaaascinating story on the state of Tennessee’s “jock tax.” Highly recommended. … My ESPN.com colleague Paula Levigne, who’s one of the best investigative reporters in the business, has written an absolutely essential piece on how your tax dollars and mine subsidize bogus PGA “charities.” Don’t miss. … David Firestone has created rankings for all 50 NASCAR teams in 2013. … More debate of whether the University of Illinois Springfield should change its “Prairie Stars” nickname (from Nick Yelverton). … Those of you who follow a certain type of cultural discussion may be aware that there’s currently a major debate taking place in certain circles regarding snark vs. smarm. This has given me an idea for a new condiment that can be spread on toast. It will be called, of course, smarmalade.

 

104 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • Joseph Gerard | December 16, 2013 at 7:43 am |

    Bengals wore white on white last night. That’s a combination I don’t remember seeing under their current unis–or at least against the Steelers. Anyone else recall?

    • The Jeff | December 16, 2013 at 8:38 am |

      As noted by BurghFan below, the Bengals wearing all-white isn’t that uncommon in recent years, the big difference this year is that they’ve been doing it while wearing orange socks instead of black.

      • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 8:43 am |

        the big difference this year is that they’ve been doing it while wearing orange socks instead of black.

        And the orange socks look SO much better! A huge upgrade. While watching last night’s game, I was thinking to myself, “You know, this team doesn’t look so bad after all.”

        • Mainspark | December 16, 2013 at 9:50 am |

          “You know this team doesn’t look so bad after all.”

          Except of course for their dismal performance on the field!

  • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 7:56 am |

    I only found this early this morning, but for player introductions before Jets vs Panthers Greg Hardy wore a DIY NNOB jersey. As a Panthers fan, I might not exactly be unbiased, but I like.

  • Lose Rem | December 16, 2013 at 8:01 am |

    This sport of “coccer” both fascinates and frightens me!

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 8:14 am |

      Fixed — thanks.

  • Reeves' Army | December 16, 2013 at 8:03 am |

    I agree that helmets should go in American football. If they crack a few skulls open, that’ll get them to stop leading with the head real quick.

    • M.Princip | December 16, 2013 at 8:45 am |

      Try convincing #2 Brandon Fields to get rid of his helmet/facemask.

      • Connie DC | December 16, 2013 at 9:01 am |

        I played football and I played rugby. After a rugby game, you are bruised and bloodied and sore as hell all over. Also true of football (maybe a little less of that full-body soreness), but in football the use of the helmet as a weapon and the use of the helmet as an enabler of dramatic hitting exposes the head and the knees to terrible injuries, some of them life-long. I love – love – watching football, but damn, is it dangerous.

    • BrianC | December 16, 2013 at 10:49 am |

      How about a lighter weight helmet, like a hockey helmet that protects against injuries but can’t be used as a weapon?

      Of course, they could go back to leather helmets ;)

  • Dumb Guy | December 16, 2013 at 8:03 am |

    Victor Cruz wore Jack Pinto’s name on his cleats last year too–immediately after the tragedy.

  • BurghFan | December 16, 2013 at 8:14 am |

    I reloaded the page to make sure nobody had responded to Joe’s comment, and got the mobile page instead of the desktop page. Clicking on “Desktop” at the bottom didn’t help.

    And Joe, the Bengals wore white pants in Pittsburgh as recently as 2011.

    • BurghFan | December 16, 2013 at 8:15 am |

      Of course, once I posted this comment, the page came back up in desktop mode.

      • BurghFan | December 16, 2013 at 8:17 am |

        And now reloading works properly.

  • Dumb Guy | December 16, 2013 at 8:20 am |

    The logo on the old Texans helmet is the only reason I have any idea whatsoever where Dallas is located in that state.

    I wonder how many other geographically-educating helmets there are out there.

    • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 9:04 am |

      Maybe not what you’re looking for, but the Browns’ helmet logo tells us all we need to know about the city.

    • Dumb Guy | December 16, 2013 at 9:26 am |

      Here’s a throwback Marshall helmet with a dot in the logo indicating where Huntington WV is.

      Others?

      http://media.herald-...

      • Jimbo | December 16, 2013 at 10:50 am |

        I’ve always thought that the Dallas Texans map logo must have been a rush design. It’s not very creative. But, what if the Chiefs had kept the map logo theme, but adapted it to Kansas City, MO? I drew what that would look like, and what the Bills’ and Raiders’ would like like with similar map/logo ideas: http://www.graphicla...

        • Lee | December 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

          These are great!
          I encourage you to finish out the AFL.

          Lee

        • The Ghost of Ross Gload | December 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm |

          The Chiefs website includes a logo/uniform history document that addresses some of your questions, check it out: http://media.kcchief...

      • ChrisH | December 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm |

        Utah State used that location indication technique too during the 1960’s:

        http://farm6.static....

    • ChrisH | December 16, 2013 at 9:31 am |

      The Houston USFL team:

      http://espn.go.com/p...

    • Mainspark | December 16, 2013 at 10:07 am |

      From 1973-1976, the Ohio University Bobcat helmet indicated the location of Athens, OH;

      http://thepost.ohiou...

    • ChrisH | December 16, 2013 at 11:56 am |

      Stephen F. Austin U:

      http://grfx.cstv.com...

    • ChrisH | December 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm |

      Indiana State:

      http://www.isumagazi...

    • ChrisH | December 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm |

      The high school football teams in Munday and Windhorst TX also use stars to pinpoint their approximate locations on their state-shaped helmet logos.

  • Scott Bennett | December 16, 2013 at 8:41 am |

    “You’ve probably seen in soccer the trend where teams have the date and rival embroidered into their jerseys, sometimes even with both countries’ flags,”

    Marking your shirt for a special occasion is not really a trend, so much as an established practise:

    Arsenal 1971 FA Cup final (with image of the cup. Sweet.
    http://www.icons.com...

    Scotland during World Cup 1982,
    http://www.4dfoot.co...

    Holland in Euro 2000
    http://www.whoateall...

    SB

    • Jimbo | December 16, 2013 at 10:58 am |

      And caps were dated as of the late 1800s: http://international...

      I linked to a nice green cap, and not a purple England cap, to make Paul happy. ;-)

  • ScottyM | December 16, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    Looks like Nike has the same problem as lululemon in the manufacture of “sheer” apparel.

    Probably comes from the same factory overseas, lol.

    • Jason M (DC) | December 16, 2013 at 8:54 am |

      As I was reading, I wanted to suggest that Nike was working with Lululemon or using the same resources. Or vice versa. They ARE both based in the Pacific Northwest.

      • mike 2 | December 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm |

        Lululemon is based in the Pacific Northwest?

        • MEANS | December 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm |

          yes Vancouver, BC

        • mike 2 | December 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

          Sorry – my reply needed a winking smilie. I knew Lulu is based in Vancouver, it was referring to Vancouver as Pacific Northwest I was kidding about.

    • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm |

      I always thought that was a feature, not a bug, so imagine my surprise when they pulled the pants off the shelves.

  • Rob S | December 16, 2013 at 8:59 am |

    The Panthers’ mono-black actually doesn’t look so bad.

    Might have something to do with pants stripes and blue socks preventing the leotard look a certain division rival of theirs is known for.

    • Lee | December 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm |

      Its the blue socks, agreed.

      Lee

    • Jedi54 | December 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm |

      Just need black hats!!!

  • Connie DC | December 16, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    “… Also from Phil: Here’s a great AFL shot from 1961. That’s Abner Haynes of the Dallas Texans, whose franchise record of five TDs from scrimmage was tied yesterday’s by Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles….”

    The great unis, the empty seats… ah, the AFL. Despite the contempt of family and friends (all worshippers at the Church of Mara), I was an instant AFL fan when things got rolling in 1960. Something to do with JFK and Tomorrowland and space flight and the Forward Look and all things “modern.” The whole NFL vs AFL thing remains an interestingly strong and fond personal memory bank. Never the same after Super Bowl IV, when the Chiefs spanked the Vikes and killed the NFL superiority thing for good.

    • Jimbo | December 16, 2013 at 11:11 am |

      I think that photo is from 1962. In ’61 the Bills were still wearing their silver & blue uniforms.

      If you liked empty seats in a Bills photo, then you probably loved yesterday’s game at Jacksonville. Entire sections were empty: http://prod.images.b...

  • Padday | December 16, 2013 at 9:23 am |

    The banning helmets argument is certainly profound, but profundity doesn’t necessarily equate to a good argument. Rugby has just as much of a concussion problem as football, contrary to what that article above assumes. I think this article does a good job of showing why helmets are a largely inconsequential aspect in the debate: http://www.theguardi....

    Of note: “[Since 1999] players have become bigger and faster and learned to hit harder and more often. In the same 15-year period the average number of tackles per match has risen from 160 to 220. Rugby has changed. No longer a contact sport, it is a collision sport.”

    This is mainly attributable to the onset of professionalism in the sport in 19995 and the increased demands that that entails (ie. if you aren’t the strongest on the pitch and aren’t hitting the hardest there’s a good chance your livelihood could be in jeopardy).

    Basically, helmets or no helmets, players are going to put their safety on the line so long as the game necessitates it for them to keep their job.

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 9:28 am |

      No longer a contact sport, it is a collision sport.

      That’s a great line. Applies to the NFL, too.

      • Mild Bill | December 16, 2013 at 10:12 am |

        NHL also.

    • Connie DC | December 16, 2013 at 10:17 am |

      Padday’s update on the current state of rugby – the players and how they play – is a good corrective to my own outdated assumptions. He’s right and I’m…… I’m….

      • Padday | December 16, 2013 at 11:24 am |

        I think those are perfectly reasonable assumptions. Up until fairly recently I was of the same mind: adamant that rugby had its shit together. What I hadn’t realised was that no news doesn’t always equate to good news. Far too often with concussion the reason we don’t hear about it is more to do with misunderstanding and (in the NFL’s case at least) deliberate misinformation.

        As a side note, does anybody else find this new argument that stricter regulation of high hits is leading to more knee injuries to be completely bone-headed? I’m almost certain nobody has died, been rendered a vegetable or had their life significantly shortened due to a torn ACL.

  • David Firestone | December 16, 2013 at 9:23 am |

    This is something I that actually began last week, but I didn’t have a good screen shot of it until now:

    So you started the ref patches?

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 9:29 am |

      Thanks. Now fixed.

  • Terry Proctor | December 16, 2013 at 9:54 am |

    The Wood Brothers primary livery is NASCAR’s best. Period. Always has been, always will be. A deserving award for the most loyal team in NASCAR. The Wood Brothers have run cars from Ford Motor Company since they began racing in 1950.

    And I loved the “home” and “away” Red-over-White and White-over-Red looks. They should do that more often.

    • David Firestone | December 16, 2013 at 9:57 am |

      Amen Terry, Amen. I loved their schemes throughout the year, and that’s why they took the top spot.

    • ChrisH | December 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

      The Wood Brothers #21 lost its’ looks for a while there during the Elliott Sadler era…wouldn’t you agree?

      • Terry Proctor | December 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm |

        Also during the CITGO years when the car was painted Orange.

      • Rob S | December 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm |

        Don’t forget the non-21 Kyle Petty 7-Eleven period.

        • David Firestone | December 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm |

          I’ll take the solid orange over THIS any day!
          http://www.jayski.co...

        • David Firestone | December 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
        • Terry Proctor | December 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm |

          David-I don’t know who wrote that piece about NASCAR’s Top 50 badass rides. But he doesn’t know sh*t from Shinola. The driver’s name is Harry GANTT, not GRANT. And the picture of Fred Lorenzen’s 1966 Ford “Galaxy” wasn’t a ’66 at all. It was a ’61 Galaxie. Ford split the ’66 season by running full-sized Galaxies at the start of the year and gradually switched to the mid-sized Ford Fairlane. The 1966 and 1967 Fairlane body style is my all-time favorite mid- size car. I’d take a 427-CID Fairlane with a 4-speed in Candyapple Red over a Chevelle any day. The Blue Oval Forever.

        • ChrisH | December 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm |

          What sort of list fails to include a Davey Allison Texaco T-Bird? (here’s my personal favorite):

          http://images26.fotk...

  • Jim Gregg | December 16, 2013 at 10:13 am |

    All contact sports are inherently dangerous simply because there is contact. Even with tackling rules or elimination of helmets or any other proposal, there will be injuries including head injuries counting concussions. Only choice would be to ban these sports altogether. But then do we not cross into nanny state territory? There is simply no way to protect humans from themselves. People have choices to make and yes those should be informed choices but banning modern sports gets into the ridiculous.

    Changing Prarie Stars? People really want to do this? What a great and unique nickname.

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 10:24 am |

      1) “Nanny State” is a form of name-calling that has no place here. All sorts of harmful products, services, and activities are regulated or banned because they’re public health hazards — that’s part of a government’s job, to protect its citizenry from harm. We can debate whether football or other sports fall into the category of public health hazards, but the notion of whether a government should be protecting its citizenry from hazards is not open to debate.

      2) Just because there’s no way to eliminate concussions or injuries, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to minimize them.

      More thoughts on all of this here:
      http://www.uni-watch...

      • Lee | December 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm |

        ” “Nanny State” is a form of name-calling that has no place here.”

        Thank you.

        As I grow older, this type of ‘argument’ (“pussification” being another example, there are more…) I grow ever so much intolerant of. Its shorthand for “i choose to not think critically”.

        Ugh, hate it, glad you do too (not that I’m surprised, just offering support.

        Lee

        • diggerjohn111 | December 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm |

          I couldn’t disagree more. “Nanny State” is not an insult, it is a political statement that makes clear that the individual believes that the state is NOT there to protect, but to serve. We elect officials to do our bidding, not to believe they “know better”. To many of us this has become a problem, men like Thomas Jefferson and Wilfred Laurier are spinning in their graves because our governments are trying to “protect us”. The NSA claims they are “protecting us”.

        • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm |

          the state is NOT there to protect, but to serve.

          You make it sound like those two things are antithetical or mutually exclusive, but they are not. Sometimes the way the state serves is by protecting. In fact, the state’s first and most essential duty is to protect its citizenry. That’s why almost every state has a military.

          You also make it sound like the state is some autonomous creature that does what it wants, when in fact the state is elected by the people.

          In the case of public health hazards, which is what we’re discussing here, do you feel the Clean Food & Drug Act is an example of the Nanny State? Do you feel restricting sales of cigarettes to minors is an example of the Nanny State? Do you feel requirements that auto makers install seatbelts and airbags are an example of the Nanny State? Do you feel USDA inspections of slaughterhouses are an example of the Nanny State? Do you feel rules requiring foodservice staff to wash their hands after using the toilet are an example of the Nanny State?

          Or do you just like to rail about the government?

          Either way, the term “Nanny State” is indeed a form a name-calling, and an infantile one too. If you have issues with what you perceive to be government overreach, then call it what is — government overreach — instead of resorting to a schoolyard insult.

    • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 10:27 am |

      I think you’re glossing over what we’ve been finding out in recent years. We’ve always known that football is a dangerous sport, but over the last decade, we’re learning that the long term effects are much worse than we imagined.

      And it’s hard to make “informed choices” when the NFL tries to suppress research and sabotages independent researchers, and so many of the game’s practioners come from abject poverty with very little human capital, and they see little choice but to risk turning their brains into mush.

      • M.Princip | December 16, 2013 at 11:36 am |

        "
        And it’s hard to make “informed choices” when the NFL tries to suppress research and sabotages independent researchers….."
        Well…….if you really want to watch/promote a safer version of American Football, then there are some quality flag football leagues out there. The NFL does do a lot to encourage this type of game, especially at the youth level.

        • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

          I think you missed my point – of course the weekend warriors can choose flag football. The people whose brains are being turned to mush can choose the full-contact brand or else.

          Plus, NFL is using flag football as a gateway drug to the more violent brand, not as a safer alternative, and a reason NFL is hugely popular is because people like to watch people run into each other.

        • M.Princip | December 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm |

          My point was that if you want to promote a safer American Football game, it won’t happen by getting rid of helmets in a “collision” sport, yet by promoting flag football, which the NFL does, and especially at the youth level. I look at it as a safer way to play and learn the game . The parents and kid’s decision to what level and where they want to take the game next. I’ve seen a few cases where kids start off playing flag football, then graduate to the more equipment laden contact version, only to decide it wasn’t for them. Or, the scenario where the kid loves the contact version, and has learned to play the game safer/smarter via their flag football experience.

        • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

          Sure, I agree that flag football is a preferable way for kids to get into the sport. I just don’t think it’s realistic to expect the culture at large to accept a violence-free version of the NFL and still spend a crazy shit ton of money on it.

          But my comment had nothing to do with making the sport “safer” and had everything to do with the canard of “These are adults making informed decisions and accepting the risks”.

        • M.Princip | December 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm |

          Since we’re talking about flag football, I love seeing this and this. Properly funded and structured youth leagues.

  • Robert S | December 16, 2013 at 10:17 am |

    I believe why Daunte Culpepper was at the Vikings game was the team announced their all-Metrodome team.

    http://www.startribu...

    Each home game, I believe a celebrity/local big shot/former player sounds the horn. Judging by the team’s record, Daunte might have been the only one who showed up except for active players. LOL!

  • Connie DC | December 16, 2013 at 10:19 am |

    re COTD: J’aime beaucoup “Lait de Poule.”

  • Kyle Allebach | December 16, 2013 at 10:36 am |

    Raiders-Chiefs is always a good looking match-up. If they weren’t the best looking, then I’m gonna go with either Steelers-Bengals or Cowboys-Packers. Actually if I had to pick, it would be Steelers-Bengals, Cowboys-Packers, and then Raiders-Chiefs as #1.

    And my +1 would be Browns-Bears. Just didn’t look good on the TV.

    • Lee | December 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

      I simply cannot look at the Cowboys without going over in my head the myriad things I’d change about their uniforms. Impossible for me to ever think of them as having a good-looking uniform set, although big-picture wise, I think they have a good “look”. Make sense?

      The Bengals uniforms are awful, imo, but I did think Bears-Browns looked pretty good, would have been even better if the Browns wore striped socks & had their white facemasks.

      Lee

    • Judy A | December 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm |

      This would be on the top of my list: http://www.redskins....

      Yeah, the Falcons uniforms are terrible, but the Skins road unis are so amazingly awesome that they make up for Atlanta’s mistakes. The gold pants, the striped socks… they’re a thing of beauty.

  • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 10:57 am |

    So I asked on Saturday why Fulham was wearing their red away kit against Everton, even though their home whites would’ve been fine against Everton’s blue. Someone responded that each team had to wear their change kids at least eight times, but what I’m finding is the opposite:
    A change kit may only be worn a maximum of EIGHT times during one season unless necessity suggests otherwise. This decision lies with match officials.

    Anyway, while trying to get to the bottom of it, I came across the Premier League Handbook, which has a pretty awesome graphical presentation of the home/away/3rd kits plus all the goalie kits of every Premier League club.

    • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

      Also, it took me until this weekend to notice that Crystal Palace’s touchline gear is sponsored by Nike, although their on-field gear is supplied by Avec.

  • Brandon | December 16, 2013 at 11:24 am |

    Hey is uniwatch doing the swag give away this year? Where you email back with list and he picks winners from swag he has gotten over the year? I didnt see it this hear. Thanks.
    I havent won either haha

    • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 11:36 am |

      Very, very soon.

      • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

        Paul,

        Speaking of swag, have you done a feature on team fanpacks? I contacted a few teams for shits and giggles, and I’ve gotten decent stuff from the Carolina Panthers, so so stuff from DC United, a polite apology from the Portland Timbers and absolutely nothing from the Washington Wizards.

        • Paul Lukas | December 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm |

          Never have. Wanna guest-write something?

        • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

          I’d love to, though I’m afraid I’d mostly be repeating what was said in this Hang Up and Listen podcast episode.

  • Attila Szendrodi | December 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

    RE: COTD – Egg Nog should NEVER come out of a carton.

  • @DennisCAbrams | December 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

    It would appear that Buffalo for some reason will not be wearing solid blue in Boise for the Idaho Potato Bowl. Can everybody do me a favor and bombard them with tweets complaining? I’m kinda trying to win this game…

    https://twitter.com/...

    • 716 Scott | December 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm |

      SDSU is the “home team” so they will be wearing black and thus preventing my Bulls from wearing head to toe blue. I’m sure they’ll disappoint me further by wearing their black pants with the white jersey and blue helmet, but as long as they come back from Boise with a the Spud Bowl trophy, I’ll never complain about anything related to the program ever again.

      But it does raise a good question, the MWC has a problem with Boise wearing all blue at home but I wonder what the bowl committees opinions are?

      • @DennisCAbrams | December 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm |

        I just read that from @UBAthletics a minute ago. That’s a huge disappointment. Oh well, I’m sure well get another shot at a bowl win at some point in the next 10 years.

        https://twitter.com/...

      • @DennisCAbrams | December 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

        But does that mean no blue pants? I don’t even remember what color pants they typically wear with the white tops…

        • 716 Scott | December 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm |

          I know they have blue pants in their rotation, hopefully we will see the blue since SDSU will be in a lot of black but I have seen the white jersey over the last 2 seasons paired with white, black, and blue pants.

  • Skycat | December 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm |

    Paul, I respectfully disagree with your stance on Catch of the Day. I love this feature, but I’d rather be alerted when a new “Catch” appears.

    • Lee | December 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm |

      I respectfully disagree with your disagreement… I like it the way it is, and enjoy the ‘surprise’.
      I just kinda wish he updated it a little more often. There is soooo much interesting stuff on the web!

      Lee

    • Tom V. | December 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm |

      I “mouse” over it every day. Pretty easy to spot when it’s been updated.

    • Judy A | December 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm |

      I’m just happy we were alerted today. Mmmmm, eggnog!

  • David | December 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm |

    On the Cubs producing logo baseballs for game use. I wonder if studies have been done to show the impact of those logos on the game.

    I’ve always heard from hitting coaches that one of the keys to spotting the curveball is the spin can cause the optical illusion of a “dot” on the ball (presumably from the seam rotations.

    Is this visual cue affected by a logo ball? Wondering if there’s ever been studies of stats with and without logo balls affecting K rate/ BA or team batting.

  • Norm | December 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm |

    In the Picture from the Mexican Soccer Final the “N” in final is backwards.

    • terriblehuman | December 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm |

      That’s probably just the distortion you get on a freeze frame.

  • Dumb Guy | December 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm |

    All those Pirates shirts are horrible. P.U.!

    I’ll go to the nearest flea market or thrift shop and find a nice one.

    • Brandon Lea | December 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

      I would have to disagree about the Pirates shirts! Although I would agree past years renditions were better I really like a lot of the designs this year. The Russell Martin one is definitely my favorite and I think the 4th of July one is simple and cool as well. In all reality these shirts are a great crowd drawing tool and many love to collect them. The free shirt friday has become a staple at PNC Park that fans look forward to each year. For some very unique and funny Pittsburgh shirt designers however check out http://theclassyyinz... . It is run by a local Pittsburgh guy who churns out awesome unique designs where there is almost 1000 to choose from at this point.

  • David | December 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

    As long as we’re using anecdoatl evidence on the no-helmets would prevent CTE discussion, consider Ryan Freel

    http://espn.go.com/m...

    Just reading through the article says Freel’s concussions were not standing in the box and taking a hit to the head because he felt protected, but mostly in the field, from contact with the ground or other players.

    I find it hard to fathom that football players wouldn’t suffer more head-to ground (and head to opposing knee concussions in a helmetless game, regardless of new and improved tackling techniques.

    Imagine a fumble… you think there’s a good reason to expect that the guy on the bottom of the pile’s head is safe?

  • Owen Meany | December 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm |

    Does anyone do a worst job than the Detroit Lions, in regard to their uniforms having a consistent color shade. Their bellies, underarms and the small of their backs looks a significantly darker shade of blue.

    Does anyone miss the Silverdome? I doubt it.

  • Rydell | December 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm |

    I know the Lions added black to their uniform but did they add black to their uniform color scheme?

    • The Jeff | December 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm |

      I’m pretty sure you can’t do one without the other.

  • El Duderino | December 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm |

    M. Willis (Soccer Out of Context) made some T-shirts in salute of the World Cup. The first 4 groups (and Group G bumped up) are on his website.

    Group A
    http://mwillis.com/p...

    Group B
    http://mwillis.com/p...

    Group C
    http://mwillis.com/p...

    Group D
    http://mwillis.com/p...

    Group G
    http://mwillis.com/p...

  • C-Diddy | December 17, 2013 at 8:41 am |

    I find it ironic that it is so terrible for minorities to be depicted as mascots, but it is racist to have a jolly fat guy be white. I always thought it was more racist to have all the mascots (liek the Patriots, Celtics, 49ers)

  • C-Diddy | December 17, 2013 at 8:45 am |

    sorry, I tried to go back to correct the spelling of “like” and it froze

    … always be white, then have minorites be mascots…. I mean those mascots are caricatures of white people… But I guess that is ok. I can understand the debate over Redskins(though I vehemently disagree), but too get rid of all Indian iconography is actually the same racism that some were complaining about it the “Black Santa Claus” controversy. It’s ok to have a “white” person cannon as a mascot, but not ok to have an Indian tomahawk,… It’s ok to have a Greek helmet, but not ok to have an Indian featherhead….

    I thought multic-culturalism was a goal, but I guess when people are complaining from both sides… It makes it practically impossible

  • C-Diddy | December 17, 2013 at 9:02 am |

    I say bring on white, Native American, African, Indian, Chinese logos