As you can see in the animation above, the Fox folks were having a bit of fun with their score bugs yesterday. The falling snow was a nice touch. Even better, the snow accumulated as time went on. You can see a full analysis of all this in a really fun piece that Business Insider put together — look here.
As for yesterday’s uniform news from around the league:
• The Dolphins wore their aqua pants, which means they once again wore those weird blue-topped socks. Additional views here and here.
• The Browns wore their brown britches against the Jets. Additional photos here.
• Speaking of the Jets, former quarterback Vinny Testaverde wore his own jersey to the game.
• Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did the Superman thing again during pregame warm-ups. (He didn’t wear those shoes or socks in the game, natch.)
• Although Newton restricts his footwear shenanigans to pregame, one of his teammates — defensive end Greg Hardy — wore gold shoes in yesterday’s game against the Saints. He’ll presumably be fined.
• Referee Bill Leavy, who was working the Cowboys/’Skins game, once again wore a jersey with the outdated number font. Surprising that nobody from the league office has spotted this.
• Speaking of outdated designs, after the Pats won their game and clinched the AFC East, Fox tweeted a graphic with the old AFC logo. Not sure if they also used that graphic on TV.
• A fan at the Bengals/Vikings game in Cincinnati was wearing a creatively repurposed Chad Ochocinco jersey.
• Speaking of fans, this guy in Green Bay was trying a bit too hard.
• I think we may have noted this before, but just in case: The guys who handle the footballs on the sidelines have their first names printed on their vests.
(My thanks to all contributors, including Brian Parker, JJ Sledge, Keith Winney, Matthew Wolfram, and of course Phil.)
Membership update: If you want to stick a Uni Watch Membership Voucher in someone’s stocking or under your tree, I suggest that you order it now. I’ll email the voucher to you today, so you can print it out and enclose it in a card, or whatever. (If you want to order a membership card — not a voucher — you can do that too, but it won’t arrive in time for Christmas.)
Raffle reminder: Today’s your last chance to enter the annual Uni Watch year-end reader-appreciation raffle. Deadline for entering is tonight at 7pm Eastern.
’Skins Watch: Daniel Snyder has been quietly visiting Indian reservations (from Tommy Turner). … People sometimes ask me, “What’s the problem with a team name like ‘Chiefs’? It’s completely honorific!” Yup, not problematic at all (from Nik Streng).
Baseball News: With double-flapper Shin-Soo Choo apparently headed for the Rangers, Nolan Brett wondered which other players in Rangers history had gone double-flapped. He came up with the following: Jack Daugherty in 1991, John Cangelosi in 1992, and Milt Cuyler in 1998, although Cuyler’s inclusion on the list is provisional: “He was only with the team for seven games and six at-bats, and I couldn’t find any photos of him in a Texas batting helmet, but he went double-flapped in Detroit, so it’s an assumption that he carried that style to Texas,” says Nolan. … Here’s an early scale model of Shea Stadium (thanks, Phil). … Hmmm, do the A’s have a new road cap? I’ll try to find out more today (from Ethan Kassel). … Blake Pass spotted this Braves duck ornament while doing some Christmas shopping. “It’s supposed to be a Braves duck, but every one of them had the Alabama ‘A’ instead of the Braves ‘A,’” he says.
College Football News: Here’s a shot of the Rose Bowl end zones being painted (thanks, Phil). … ECU will be wearing solid black in tonight’s Embarrassingly Named Restaurant Chain Bowl. … Boise State will wear blue-white-white in tomorrow night’s Hotel Bowl.
Hockey News: ” I stumbled upon an Instagram account with 161 vintage NHL videos from the ’70s through the ’90s,” says the Hungry Hungry Hipster. “The videos only 20 to 30 seconds long, so it’s a great way to see a treasure trove of old-school hockey without too much effort. There are some interesting uni-related things, like the Whalers wearing helmets in non-matching shades of green (that comes from this video) and Red Wings player Errol Thompson wearing a very awkward-looking facemask to protect a broken jaw (that’s from this video). … The Hershey Bears wore their Christmas jerseys yesterday. … The Alaska Aces wore “Hawaiian” uniforms on Saturday. “The jersey doesn’t offend me as much as the socks do,” says Brian Widman. … The Huntsville Havoc lived up to their name by wearing these ugly sweater jerseys on Saturday (thanks, Phil).
Basketball News: As you know, all 10 NBA teams playing on Xmas Day will be wearing sleeved jerseys, and at least one star player hasn’t been happy about it so the Heat prepared yesterday by wearing sleeved practice jerseys (thanks, Phil). … In a related item, was last night’s Clippers/Timberwolves game the first all-sleeves game in NBA history? Could be (Phil again). … Louisiana-Monroe honored the school’s old name by wearing Southeast Louisiana throwbacks (from Chris LaHaye).
Grab Bag: Got a note last night from Cort McMurray with the following subject line: “The most dissolute Christmas display, ever.” Attached was this photo. … Aston Villa wore their away claret shorts with their home kits for the first time this year on Saturday (from Tanner Welch).
What Paul did
last night yesterday afternoon: Every holiday season the MTA — that’s the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency that runs the New York subways, buses, etc. — takes a bunch of old subway cars that had been taken out of service decades ago, restores them, outfits them with vintage advertising and signage, and puts them into service. This is the Nostalgia Train, and it’s been running every Sunday for the past month or so.
Yesterday a bunch of my friends and I met at the 2nd Ave. station — the Nostalgia Train’s southern terminus — to go for a ride. As the train headed north and then east into Queens, we walked from car to car, because each car was different. Some of them were from the ’30s, others from the ’60s, others from in between. Many of the passengers, including several of my friends from our group, were dressed in period vintagewear, and some folks even brought vintage cameras to document everything. The whole thing was a blast, and way better than spending the day watching football.
I didn’t take any photos myself — I was in more of a “Let’s just enjoy this” mood, plus I figured I’d be able to find lots of other people’s photos online. And I was right about that, as you can see in the slideshow below. Enjoy: