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Oh baby, check out this amazing 1930s ad for Celo soda featuring Dodgers pitcher Dazzy Vance, courtesy of reader Bruce Menard. Interesting uni detail: We’ve seen plenty of piping-outlined belt tunnels before (the Braves still use that design element today), but it’s much rarer to see individually striped belt loops.
As for Celo, it was originally a celery-flavored soda produced in Florida (which is where the company was still headquartered when the Dazzy Vance ad was made). The brand name and logo were later acquired by a Wisconsin family, which scrapped the celery product and put out a line of more conventionally flavored sodas in small batches. The tiny bottling plant and equipment are currently for sale.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — a brief history of nickNOBs. Enjoy!
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Troll update: I put up a new post yesterday at My Pet Troll, about trolling and gender. Enjoy.
’Skins Watch: A snack food company that wanted to register the trademark “Redskins Hog Rinds” has had its application turned down because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that “Redskins” is a “derogatory term.” That’s potentially bad news for the ’Skins, who are currently facing the loss of their trademark protection over precisely that issue (from Walter Young).
Baseball News: Our friends at Ebbets Field Flannels are running a sale on old-school jerseys. … The Dodgers debuted their new BP jerseys during the team’s annual Winter Development Program. “As you can see, they’re not as pictured in the earlier Majestic leak,” notes Ross Yoshida. … MLB and Yankees logos and uniforms are being used in a new Broadway play about the Yankees. … Very nice new uniforms for the U. of Miami. … Remember how Expos OF Ellis Valentine wore half of a football facemask to protect an broken cheekbone in 1980? That look has now been captured on this cool T-shirt (from Eric Stangel). … Looks like the GI Joe bullshit has spread south of the border. Those are the Tijuana Toros (from Michael Ortman). … Jerry Wolper was looking at some footage from the 1981 NLDS between the Expos and Phillies and spotted Philly skipper Dallas Green with a “World Champions” patch on his jacket. Did the Phils wear that all season long in ’81?
NFL News: As part of the build-up to the Stupor Bowl, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has created a series of “haute couture” football helmets (from Tommy Turner). … Joe Hilseberg was poking around on eBay and found what looks like a Titans prototype. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Someone in Philly made some clever jersey adjustments to create a Nick Foles jersey. … During Jerry Seinfeld’s recent “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, someone asked him, “Can you tell us how your white sneaker collection first started?” Seinfeld’s response: “It started with wanting to be Joe Namath of the 1969 New York jets, who at that time was one of the only football players to wear white shoes. And I wanted to be like him, so I always wore white sneakers. Also, Bill Cosby on I Spy always wore white sneakers. And they were my fashion icons” (big thanks to Dave Wilson). … Saints coach Sean Payton had his team’s practice field painted with a Seahawks logo to simulate this weekend’s game environment. … Speaking of the Saints: If they beat Seattle and the 49ers beat Carolina — neither of which is a sure thing, obviously — the Niners would host the NFC championship game. In other words, Candlestick may yet host one more game. … Lots of folks, including the Tennessee Titans, mess up the orientation of the stars on the Tennessee state flag (from Jameson Adams). … Eric Wright was poking around on the Chiefs’ website and found this uniform history. “Lots of fascinating info, like the fact that Marty Schottenheimer was the one who, with Lamar Hunt’s blessing, brought back the white-over-white look in 1989.”
College Football News: Reader Jeff Seals notes that Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper was missing his bowl game patch in the Insurance Bowl. “I think I’ve trained my wife well enough in uni watching, as she instantly spotted the missing patch when I showed her the pic,” he says. … Susan Freeman has created a 2013 uni-tracking infographic for the old Southwest Conference teams. “It depicts a color block for each 2013 game (three rows = head to toe),” she explains. “So, week one SMU wore white helmets, red jersey, white pants. I did annotate away games, so you can see Texas is true-blue traditional (burnt orange jerseys at home, all white on the road).”
Hockey News: You know how baseball first basemen sometimes wear a batting glove under their fielding mitts, for an extra layer of palm protection? Here’s a vintage shot of former Kings goalie Gary Edwards doing the same (good spot by Jake Elwell). … Back in 1974, the Sabres’ PR guy cooked up a hoax that included what would have been the NHL’s first Japanese NOB. Fun story — recommended (thanks, Brinke). … Speaking of fun, here’s a story on how the Caps’ players like to play pranks on each other by messing with their teammates’ gear (from John Muir).
Soccer News: Last winter I published an interview with Mark Willis, who reimagined baseball teams as soccer teams in his awesome Soccer Out of Context project. Now he has a new project called 32 Nations, which I’ll let him explain: “I boiled down the graphical essence of the 32 teams going to the World Cup in Brazil into punchy, minimal T-shirt-style designs. I published detailed explanation pieces for each shirt, going through all the World Cup groups (eight total), and just finished before Christmas.” Like all of Mark’s work, this is great stuff — enjoy. … “My favorite J-League team, Shimizu S-Pulse, will sport an all-orange home uniform for the 2014 season,” says Thomas Fiers (who was the guy behind yesterday’s awesome NBA button DIY project). “The away uniform will be white and royal blue with vertical pinstripes. The traditional world map will be displayed on the back of the home shirt, with Mount Fuji on the back of the away shirt.” … “Kaka scored his 100th goal for AC Milan on Monday and celebrated with a No. 100 jersey,” says Yusuke Toyoda. … New away kit for Poland (from Trevor Williams).
NBA News: Here’s what all 15 members of the Heat will be wearing for this Friday’s nickNOB game against the Nets (thanks, Phil). … Good slideshow of old Harlem Globetrotters photos here (thanks, Brinke).
College Hoops News: “I was watching my alma mater, Quinnipiac, on Monday night against Iona,” writes Michael Bailey. “Toward the end of the first half, Iona brought in a guy for his first minute of play all season. He was going NNOB while the rest of Iona was going NOB. I wonder if they don’t even bother putting names on the jerseys of the guys they don’t think will get much playing time throughout the season?” … Iowa State is adding a “JO” memorial patch for Johnny Orr (thanks, Phil).
Grab Bag: Can you guess which school has the most lucrative apparel/equipment deal in all of college sports? Answer at the end of the Grab Bag. … Killer helmets for the Canadian Olympic skeleton team (thanks, Phil). … John Sheehan describes this old USFL Boston Breakers cap as “a hideous gem,” although I’d say it’s more the latter than the former. … This is bizarre: The pro golfers with the third- and fourth-highest earnings in 2013 were Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who made $40 million and $26 million, respectively — almost all of it from endorsements, obviously. … Wanna get a good grounding in practical typography in relatively little time? Check out this site (great find by Seth Horowitz). … Two cycling items from Sean Clancy: “The Tour of Italy starts in Ireland this year (naturally), and the pink leader’s jersey will reflect the Irish start with a shamrock on the side panel, although I’m not sure you can see it in those photos. Also: New kit for Orica-GreenEdge.” … New logo for the “Made in Britain” campaign (thanks, Brinke). … While looking for something else, I came across this shot of Johnny “Lam” Jones running for the Texas track team. Love the triple-striped tube socks! … Just what the world’s been waiting for: Black Sabbath-themed Chucks (blame Phil). … My favorite writer, Hamilton Nolan, strikes again. … Wondering what Nike’s CEO’s office looks like? Look here (Brinke again). … Answer: Michigan’s deal with Adidas (thanks, Phil).