As the build-up for Sunday’s big game hits the home stretch, there’s been a flurry of last-minute Stupor Bowl-related content. Dig:
• This is pretty great: a look at every Super Bowl ticket design. Interesting that they didn’t start using the term “Super Bowl” until SB IV (I would have guessed SB III), and they didn’t start showing the Roman numerals until the year after that.
• The NYC design firm Pentagram has created a huge Pepsi showcase at MetLife Stadium.
• There’s a UFC event in New Jersey this weekend, so of course the participants staged a media event wearing Broncos and Seahawks jerseys.
• Jerry Seinfeld was on with Mike & Mike yesterday morning, and they swapped out his Starbucks cup for a Super Bowl mug during a commercial break, prompting Seinfeld to quip, “So you took away the Starbucks cup and put it in a Super Bowl mug. What, you don’t think they are getting enough press?”
• Todd Radom has written a good piece on Super Bowl design history
• A couple of very dedicated fans sculpted snow logos for the Seahawks, the Broncos, and the Lombardi trophy.
• Reader Steve Mandich, who lives in Seattle, recently scored this 1980 Seahawks latch-hook kit on eBay and spent the last couple weeks putting it together. “The same seller also has a Broncos kit listed, he says, “but it has a basic ‘D’ logo, with no horse inside.”
• Here’s an annual Super Bowl ritual: the seizure of counterfeit goods by federal authorities.
• I got into the act, too: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column covers 10 uni-related things to watch for in the Super Bowl.
• Finally, because it’s always fun to see this again, here’s that great footage from Super Bowl VII’s halftime show, featuring dozens of motorized helmet carts:
I have zero emotional stake in Sunday’s game. But for those of you who do, I hope your team wins. Everyone have a great Super Bowl weekend, remember to watch the Puppy Bowl at halftime, and I’ll see you next week.
(My thanks to Markus Kamp, Coleman Mullins, Matthew Solan, Bruce Utzig, and Phil for their contributions to this section.)
PermaRec update: It was bound to happen — a convergence between Two Buckaroo and Permanent Record, centering on the notation scribbled on a $2 bill. Get the full scoop in the latest entry on the Permanent Record blog.
’Skins Watch: Here’s one of the better articles I’ve seen about the background and current status of the ’Skins name controversy. Recommended (thanks, Phil). … Disappointing to see that the Baseball Hall of Fame is selling a Braves cap with the Indian head (Phil again). … The National Congress of American Indians has released an anti-’Skins ad, proving once again that only white people care about this issue (Phil again). … NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith says it’s time for a “broad discussion” of the ’Skins name. Smith, of course, is black, as are most of the players he represents, proving yet again that only white people care about this issue (from Tommy Turner).
Baseball News: For years now the Dodgers’ road uniform has had a “Los Angeles” script. They’re now adding an alternate version with a “Dodgers” script. This makes the Dodgers the third MLB team to have two different sets of road grays, the others being the Giants and the Cubs. … We already knew the Rangers had made some slight adjustments to their jersey typography, but Matthew Bolzan has noticed another change: They’re switching from contrast-colored squatchees to same-colored. … Yesterday’s entry about NFL cross-stitch DIYs prompted Steven Robinson to share this Reds cross-stitch piece that his mom made for him. … The Brooklyn Cyclones will host this year’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game, and they’ve released a nice logo for the occasion. … “The Brewers’ double-A affiliate is moving to Biloxi, Mississippi, next season,” says Alan Spaude-Filipczak. “They don’t even have a team name yet, but their new website features a clever appropriation of the Brew Crew’s logo.” … New uni set for Cal. … Levi’s has renewed its naming rights deal for AT&T Park’s right field landing (thanks, Brinke). … The trash cans in the Twins’ clubhouse at Target Field are adorned with Target logos (from Zach Brady).
NFL News: If you go to the 50:45 mark of this podcast, you’ll hear former Steelers and Rams offensive line coach Dan Radakovich claiming that he was the first to shorten offensive linemen’s sleeves and to use double-sided tape to prevent holding (from Jake Sorg). … Todd Radom wrote a good article on the abortive NFL franchise the Seattle Kings. … Not sure how I didn’t know about this until now, but the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens currently has an exhibit on the history of the Madden video game (from Adam Herbst).
College Football News: Here’s probably the best look yet at an Under Armour-made Notre Dame jersey (from Randy Thomas). … Here’s more on the possible new uniforms at Syracuse (from David Haberman). … This is interesting: a video that shows the Oregon State game-day experience from four different perspectives — equipment manager, radio voice, game day operations, and communications (from Eric Fisk).
Hockey News: Good article on how the Islanders’ organist really enjoyed working the Stadium Series game. … It’s pretty standard now to see players wearing eye black for outdoor games, but it’s much rarer to see eye black in a standard indoor game. That’s Leafs defenseman Kent Douglas from 1966 (great find by Chris Bisbee). … “Neon Night” jerseys upcoming for the Lake Erie Monsters (from Jared VanderWeele). … New flag-desecration uniforms for the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Soccer News: Possible new kit for the L.A.Galaxy (thanks, Phil). … New jerseys for the San Jose Earthquakes, and here’s more info on their new logo (from Joe Schmidt and Phil, respectively). … An Irish politician wore a soccer jersey to Parliament (from Tanner Welch).
NBA News: Here’s an article on NBA players’ sneaker collections. … Austin Carr’s retired number banner is missing from the Cavs’ arena (from Randy Thomas). … Warriors G Stephen Curry was wearing some seriously fucked-up sneakers last night (blame Phil).
College Hoops News: Nike has a lot of throwbacks in the works. Here’s a closer look at the ones for Michigan State and Ohio State (all this from Phil). … Scott Novosel sent along some screen shots from an amazing-looking 1979 Wisconsin/DePaul game. Not sure which I like better — DePaul’s untucked jersey or that “W”-themed notch in Wisconsin’s shorts. Uni Watch intern Mike Chamernik is a DePaul grad, so I showed these pics to him. “Man, those were the days (I assume),” he assumes. “It’s kind of funny how Marquette is our rival but we’ve had some of the same looks over the years, including untucked jerseys and the multicolored stripes on the sides.”
Grab Bag: Someone has come up a much better design template for airline boarding passes (from Cody Dannen). … Mixed reviews for this year’s Boston Marathon apparel (from Tom Mulgrew). … Embarrassing situation for NJ Transit, which is scrambling to protect its logos after letting its trademark protection expire (from David Goodfriend). … British ballet dancers protested Russia’s anti-gay laws yesterday by dancing outside the Russian embassy with protest messages written on their ballet attire. … Went to the Jewish Museum’s website yesterday and was momentarily thrown by the way their favicon looks a lot like ESPN’s favicon. … Attention Seattle-area readers: Uni Watch membership card designer Scott M.X. Turner’s band, RebelMart, is headlining an all-ages show this Saturday at the Seattle Drum School. You know what to do. … The Australian Football League, which has always been NNOB, is trying NOBs for the first time. “Lack of space on the back of an AFL jumper will definitely crowd the name, and I’m not sure how easy some of the names (like Lewis-Thompson) will be to read on that small of an area,” says Leo Srawn Jr. … If you donate $50 to Northwestern, you get a pair of really ugly socks — and they don’t even have northwestern stripes! (From Dan Fuller.) … See these pink high school basketball uniforms? They’re provided for free by a company called ArmorZone (from Alex Allen). … New branding initiative for the U. of Colorado Boulder. … Here’s a good look at how some high-profile magazines are depicting Olympic themes on their covers. … Skip to the 16:01 mark of this video to see the bizarre “mod” officiating uniforms used by the National Lacrosse League in 1975 (great find by Marc Viquez). … Kevin Weir is happy to see that F1 care have finally gone back to a sloped nose, like Indy cars. “I disliked the jet fighter ‘nose in the air’ look they’ve had the last 10 years or so,” he says.