Hello there. Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. With Laborious Day now behind us, we move toward all the markers of the oncoming autumn season, including kids going back to school, the start of the pro football season, and the annual Uni Watch NFL Season Preview, which will be up today on ESPN (and will feature, among other things, the Saints’ 50th-anniversary patch, shown above, which was not worn during the preseason but will be added for Week 1). Check it out here.
Color Rash unis to be unveiled soon: We all know by now that any item beginning with “Someone on Reddit” should be viewed with a healthy sense of skepticism. With that caveat in mind, here’s a note I received yesterday from reader Tim Forster:
Someone on Reddit says there will be a teaser for the new Color Rush uniforms this Thursday night, with the unveiling next Tuesday. He/she is posting a simple description of each team’s design in their respective Subreddit. He/she is also answering follow-up questions with more info.
For example, my beloved Bengals will supposedly have two different Color Rush designs — one for their Thursday-night game against Miami (that one will be orange, and based on the team’s current primary design) and another for Christmas Eve against the Texans (which will be black and retro-themed).
Don’t know if this is the same person who leaked those color sheets a few months ago.
The notion that the uniforms will be teased during Thursday night’s Broncos/Panthers season opener and then finally revealed next Tuesday, two days before the first Color Rash game of the year, makes sense. They’re running out of time to reveal these things, so that schedule is very plausible.
As for the individual designs, who knows? Some of the info that’s floated on Reddit turns out to be legit and some turns out to be nonsense. And just to make things more confusing, I received an email last night from someone who said these are the Color Rash jerseys being ordered by a Lids store in Indiana:
Do the colors match up with what the Reddit guy is saying? Nope! For starters, the Bengals jerseys that the store is ordering aren’t orange orange or black — they’re white! Lots of other discrepancies from the Reddit info, too.
So which one of these leaks is bullshit? I’m figuring probably both. And even if some of the info is solid, it doesn’t mean much without the accompanying photos or mock-ups. Wake me when we have confirmed info and/or visuals. But for those of you who want to get all excited about it now, have at it. By this point there’s so much info floating around out there (your favorite team is wearing black! Or orange! Or white!) that there’s pretty much something for everyone.
Sorry, I was distracted by something else, were you saying something?: Oregon football, something-something, “electric lightning yellow,” something, matte helmet like everyone else, something-something, the usual slop, whatever:
Panel discussion reminder: This Thursday afternoon, Sept. 8, I’m going to participating in a panel discussion at Baruch College in Manhattan regarding the use of Native American imagery in sports.
The event will run from 12:45-2:15pm (yes, I realize that’s an awkward time frame for anyone with a regular job) and is open to the public, although attendees are supposed to register/RSVP in advance. You can do that, and see additional information about the event, here.
T-Shirt Club reminder: In case you missed last week, we’ve launched our latest Uni Watch T-Shirt Club design.
My creative partner on the T-Shirt Club project, Bryan Molloy, no longer works at Teespring, so we’re doing this shirt with his new employer, Represent, which operates almost exactly like Teespring does. From your standpoint, the customer experience should be virtually identical.
Now then: Our latest shirt is devoted to soccer. Here’s the design (for all of these images, you can click to enlarge):
We’re offering this design in four different shirt colors — maroon, black, dark green, and heather grey:
The shirt is available here. It’s available for a slightly longer period than most of our previous shirts, in part because I want to build in some extra time because of the Labor Day weekend, and also because traffic here on the site is a bit lower during my August break. Basically, I just want to make sure everyone has a chance to see and order the shirt.
One more time, the soccer shirt is available here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.
Camera for sale: Like a lot of people, I take most of my photos these days with my phone. So I’ve decided to sell my point-and-shoot camera — a Canon PowerShot SX280 HS, in black. I could put it up on eBay or Amazon, where the going price for used models appears to be in the $130-$140-ish range, but I’d rather see it end up with a Uni Watch reader, so I’ll let it go for $115 plus shipping (or you can avoid the shipping charges by picking it up in person at Uni Watch HQ).
The camera is three years old in very good working order. It has several advantages over a phone camera, including an optical zoom (the phone only has a digital zoom). You can see all the specs here, and reviews of it are here and here. The one I’m selling comes with a battery charger, upload cable, and an 8gb memory card, plus an additional 1gb memory card (which you can swap in if you max out the 8gb card). Unfortunately, I no longer have the instruction manual, but that’s available online here.
The camera has no scuffs, dents, or other defects. For what it’s worth, it was used to create many, many photos that have appeared here on Uni Watch (and virtually all the Gromm•It photos!). Here’s how it looks, fore and aft (click to enlarge):
In short: A very capable point/shooot. It’d make a good starter camera for a kid, or a good option for anyone who wants something a bit better than a phone camera. Interested? Let me know. Thanks.
Baseball News: Interesting news item about the American Association — a minor league — making batting helmets available in 1948 (from Jerry Wolper). … On Saturday the Mariners helped mark Hispanic Heritage month by wearing “#PonLeAcento” T-shirts during BP. “The phrase means ‘put the accent,'” explains our own Mike Chamernik. … Speaking of the M’s, they wore Los Marineros jerseys on Sunday and wore their road blues at home yesterday. … Saturday was International Bacon Day, so
I ate a shitload of bacon former Royals player Mike Sweeney wore a bacon-themed jersey while throwing out the first pitch in KC (from Brian McDavitt). … You have to squint a bit to see it, but the 8 on Twins P Andrew Albers’s jersey is upside-down. … Orioles OF Adam Jones was looking good in classic O’s stirrups the other night (from John Falardeau). … Addison Russell has been wearing Cubs logo eye-black stickers (from Richard Grossman). … With the World Baseball Classic qualifiers upcoming, Great Britain has new uniforms. … A Brooklyn Cyclones player had badly torn pants yesterday — in the top of the 1st! … Here’s a new Twitter account for colorized baseball pics (from Will Scheibler).
NFL News: Uni-numerical oddity: The Falcons have six WRs on the roster, and none of them have numbers in the 80s, and ditto for the Cardinals (from Josh Gibson and J. Goede, respectively). … Tom Brady reportedly had no idea that the NFL logo was missing from his helmet during the preseason. If you missed this little storyline over the weekend, look here. As I wrote on Saturday, I have my doubts about whether this was an intentional move on Brady’s part, but we’ll almost certainly never know, because he wouldn’t admit it even if it were true. … You know those vintage “base ball” games, played with old-fashioned gear and rule? Turns out there’s a football version of that, complete with leatherhead helmets (from Brian Brissman). … Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane, who followed 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s lead by kneeling during the national anthem prior to a preseason game last week, says he’s going to keep doing it during the regular season.
College Football News: Penn State had an outdated 76ers logo on the sideline on Saturday (thanks, Mike). … Two Virginia Tech players are wearing inconsistent McNOB styles (good spot by Jonathan Sluss). … LSU is going with raised nose bumper lettering this season, and so is Ohio State. … Speaking of Ohio State, they have new warm-up tops. … Uni typo alert: Kansas OL Hakeem Adeniji’s surname was misspelled on his NOB the other day (good spot by Kyle Martin). … ECU QB Gardner Minshew has RNOB (from @HPPDodgers). … Georgia Southern wore new alternate unis for the season opener. … By now you’ve probably seen this great photo of the world’s most invisible uniform. … Pretty gross to see that Michigan’s marching band sformed the Jordan logo the other day. Yeah, nothing says school spirit like corporate shilling. … Can’t say I’m a fan of Wisconsin’s new NOB font. Too clunky. … New helmet for Hope College (from proud alum Joe Hollomon). … Here’s the field design for the Battle at Bristol. Virginia Tech fans are being advised to wear maroon for that game (both from Andrew Costentino). … Florida State K Ricky Aguayo wore red soccer boots last night (from @RNs_Funhouse).
Hockey News: Team Europe’s jerseys for the World Hockey Classic have eight different national flag patches (from Aaron Scholder). … Whoa, check this out: The Moscow Dynamo team wore jerseys with shirt-style collars the other day. … New goalie pads for St. Lawrence University (from John Muir).
Grab Bag: Women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe is the latest athlete to kneel during the national anthem. … Here’s a look at the rugby shirts of the Aviva Premiership. … The UK food-delivery service Deliveroo has undergone a
rebranding redesign. … Hillary Clinton has a new campaign plane with her own livery. … Here’s your latest chance to vote for the NASCAR paint scheme of the week.
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What Paul did
last night on Saturday: On Saturday I was checking out some stuff in Harlem and stumbled upon a block party. There was a live jazz band, and I was particularly smitten with this one couple that was dancing up a storm. Elderly, beautifully dressed, and clearly having the times of their lives, they looked like a perfect couple. Maybe they hadn’t been together forever, but they were clearly going to be together forever. Then, eventually, the song ended and they thanked each other and went off to find new dance partners for the next tune. That happens all the time at dance events, but it always catches me by surprise, because a good dance couple looks so much like a good life couple. I fall for it every time.
Also: The couple did most of their dancing under the watchful eye of this one dude in a windbreaker and ballcap, whose presence stuck an interesting contrast to the nattily attired dancers. He’s not shown in the photo above, but you can see him in most of these other shots I took (if you can’t see the slideshow below, click here):
Man, sometimes New York is just the best.