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I want to go slightly off-uni today to talk about a design-related experience I recently had. The story begins about 19 years ago, when I bought the heavy black leather jacket you see above. It was, and still is, damn near perfect. From the moment I got it, I knew it would be the last leather jacket I’d ever need to buy. It’s my go-to winter coat, and I expect that to be the case for the rest of my life. (Oddly enough, I don’t seem to have any good photos of myself wearing it, although there’s this sort of goofy shot of me wearing it while posing next to a Lego version of Kevin Garnett at the NBA offices. Those were in the happy days before the NBA shit-listed me for encouraging people to send anti-uni-advertising emails to Adam Silver. But I digress.)

After seven or eight years, the jacket’s zipper got chewed up in an accident and had to be replaced. It was a pretty heavy-duty zipper, and it had to be sewn through thick layers of leather, so it was an expensive repair, at least by zipper-replacement standards — something like $60, as I recall, and it took more than a week. Afterward, the shop that did the repair made it clear that the job had been a pain in the ass. The unspoken message I got was, “If you need another zipper, go somewhere else.”

The replacement zipper worked fine until last winter, when it started misbehaving. I’d pull up the slider and the teeth would initially mesh together, but then they’d sometimes start coming unmeshed. I’d have to drag the slider back down through the unmeshed teeth, which is difficult and frustrating, and start over. Sometimes the same thing would happen repeatedly. I figured out a few tricks to help avoid this problem, but by the end of last winter it was clear that it was time for a new zipper. Naturally, I didn’t want to deal with that hassle, so I put the jacket in a closet and forgot about it.

Fast forward to a month or so ago, the first really cold day of the year. I pull the jacket out of the closet, put it on, zip it up, and suddenly realize, “Oh, right — that fucking zipper.” Grrrrrr. Okay, no more procrastinating. Time to fix the damn thing. (Well, actually, I procrastinated another 10 days or so because it suddenly got warmer and I was able to put the jacket back in the closet, but I had mentally shifted into “Just fix the damn zipper already” mode by then.)

I didn’t want to take it back to the place that had fixed it last time, so I went to a shoe and leather repair shop. You know the place: totally ramshackle, smells like shoe polish and leather, a battered sewing machine in the corner, piles of shoes and other crap all over the place.

I brought in the jacket and explained the problem. The guy took one look and said, “I don’t think you need a new zipper. Probably just a new slider.”

Then he took a pair of pliers and removed the top stop from the the right side of the zipper. That allowed him to remove the slider, which he then replaced with a new one. Then put the top stop back on.

Sure enough, the zipper was suddenly good as new. Total time invested: 10 minutes. Total cost: $12.

I had no idea that sliders could wear out, or that they could have such an effect on a zipper’s functionality. I figured that if the teeth weren’t meshing, it was because the teeth themselves were worn out.

This experience reinforced something I’ve thought for years, namely that zippers are completely amazing pieces of industrial design. They’re inexpensive, they’re efficient, and they work like magic. Definitely one of the best and most unsung technological developments of the past century. There’s a good book about them, which I have a copy of, although I’ve only read bits and pieces of it — never the whole thing. Maybe it’s time to pull it back off the shelf and remedy that.

Just to bring this back to Uni Watch, there used to be a zipper factory in Queens, called Serval Zippers. Its sign was plainly visible beyond the left field wall at Shea Stadium, so I grew up seeing it when I went to Mets games:

During night games, the sign would illuminate one letter at a time — S-E-R-V-A-L Z-I-P-P-E-R-S. Then it would go blank and start over. It was sort of mesmerizing. Alas, Serval Zippers no longer exists (the building is now a U-Haul outlet), although its name lives on on countless garments.

So, yeah: Zippers. They’re really cool. Thanks for listening.

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Protest T-shirt roundup: To my knowledge, there were no new sightings of “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts in the sports world yesterday. But there were still some developments on that front, as follows:

• Attorney General Eric Holder applauded Derrick Rose of the Bulls for being the first athlete to wear the shirt, and also voiced his support for other players who’ve followed Rose’s lead.

• Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III talked about his team’s recent wearing of the shirts.

• After the entire Hornets roster wore the T-shirts on Saturday, guard Gerald Henderson discussed the team’s intended messaging.

• A Connecticut high school’s basketball team plans to wear “I Can’t Breathe” tees during pregame warm-ups for at least the first few games of its season.

The Washington Post reported that some of the NBA shirts were produced by a company that has long been cited for unfair labor practices, and that the activist who helped organize the production of those shirts now regrets it.

Meanwhile, Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins spoke yesterday about the “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” T-shirt that he wore prior to Sunday’s Browns/Bengals game. Hawkins began crying while telling reporters that he wore the shirt because he fears for his two-year-old son’s safety. The Cleveland police union has demanded that he apologize.

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Decoding the swooshspeak: In yesterday’s Ticker I mentioned that Oakland had worn black-on-black uniforms and said, “Naturally, the one contrasting element was the Jumpman logo because, as you know, it’s all about Nike. Douchebags.”

That prompted a lengthy but fascinating note from Ben Hayden, as follows:

I work as an equipment manager for Michigan State football and Olympic sports, and I just wanted to add reference to the comments made about Oakland’s basketball uniforms. Oakland is not a Nike Elite program, nor a Jordan program (such as UNC or Georgetown basketball). Although Oakland is indeed affiliated with Nike, they do not have the design options such as a program like Georgetown (or even us at Michigan State, for that matter). A Nike Elite program, for one, will meet with Nike years prior to changing its uniform designs, except in the case of the “Disrupter” line, which is incorrectly referred to as “HyperElite” or “ProCombat” uniforms (in terms of basketball ONLY). The Disrupter line is determined the year prior to release. For example, the bronze uniforms our basketball team wore last season (2013-14) were designed in the early stages of the 2012-13 basketball season. A program such as Oakland does not have the option to do this, and if you look closely at the uniforms, you can tell the twill lettering/numbering was an after-the-fact option chosen by Oakland after choosing the uniform template Nike offered through the Jordan Team line.

Indeed, the uniforms come from and are designed by Nike, but the uniform design offered to Oakland could be chosen by any Nike school and designed to fit a team’s color scheme with any lettering/numbering/coloring decided after choosing the template. This is not the case for certain Nike schools, such as Georgetown (a Jordan-Nike program), whose current uniform design is not offered to anyone except the Hoyas. This is a very common practice for large Nike programs (Florida, Syracuse, Illinois, even smaller basketball programs such as USC).

In all, the white Jordan logo appearing on Oakland’s uniforms would be white across the board no matter who chose that jersey template, even if the twill color option was yellow, gold, white, blue, pink, tie-dye, rainbow or camouflage. Oakland does not have the option of choosing the color of its Swoosh/Jumpan design, and same thing would hold true for any Adidas or Under Armour program as well. It is not a branding decision so much as it is a convenience for Nike/Jordan to mass-produce uniforms after they’ve been given a standard template (and teams can choose to add specific designs after the fact). Check out and design some uniforms — you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I get Ben’s point about the Jumpman logo and genuinely appreciate his expertise regarding all the other stuff. But seriously: “Elite,” “HyperElite,” “Disrupter,” wheee! Look, up in the sky, it’s DisrupterMan! Ben’s an equipment manager, so it’s his job to deal with this nonsense, but anyone else who can keep a straight face in the presence of this newspeak is way ahead of me. And by any nomenclature, Nike’s whole caste system for its client schools, where some programs are in First Class and others are clearly in steerage, is bullshit. My initial assessment still stands: Douchebags.

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Membership has its privileges: A few weeks ago I mentioned that I might be writing an article on the subject of membership cards cultural totems and objects of design. That article (which includes some references to the Uni Watch membership program) has now been published on the design website re:form. Enjoy.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie

Okay, so this isn’t exactly your typical 1970s Big Red Machine eBay item, but still. Here we have what looks to be a red or corduroy suit worn by Pete Rose himself, tailored by a fellow named Pepe Ramundo. Costs a lot, but hey, you also get a “Pete Rose” tie!

Alright, here are some items that are more in the standard Uni Watch wheelhouse:

• Folks, two gems right here. We’ve featured these 1970s NFL goalpost helmet kits several times before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a set where they never even applied the helmet decals! Two different sets to choose from, here and here. Hurry — these listings end tonight.

• Back in the day, bet you could pick up a Mickey Mantle ashtray at his Holiday Inn in Joplin, Missouri, for next to nothing. A bit pricier now!

• How about this DIY Packers sweater?

• If you live in New England, this sticker will leave little doubt where your sports allegiance lies.

• If you’ve never seen or played this 1970s NFL Strategy game, I’d highly recommend it.

• Check it out! A game-worn Chicago White Sox leisure suit jersey top, and with a doozy of an NOB!

• Here’s a rather T-shirt sponsored by GTE, Offiical Telecommunications Consultant to the NFL.

• Nice-looking 1970s California Angels varsity-style jacket.

• Here’s a Packers jersey by Sand-Knit with the rarely seen logo-inclusive sleeve striping.

• NFL helmet plaques usually have a neutral or gray background. But this 1970s LA Rams plaque has some in-your-face yellow, eh?

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Uni Watch News Ticker
By Garrett McGrath

Baseball News: Happy Holidays from the Mets, courtesy of this vintage Christmas card with Mr. Met dressed as Santa (from Bruce Menard). … New Chicago Cub Jon Lester chose former teammate’s Big Papi’s No. 34. … The folks at Hardball Talk think it’s time for the Padres to bring back the brown (thanks, Brinke). … this jersey was listed on MLB shop as “SF Giants 2015 Alt. jersey” but was changed to “Fashion” after honcho Chris Creamer contacted team for comment (thanks, Phil).

NFL News: The Seattle Seahawks 12th man jersey was retired 30 years ago yesterday (from Kyle Hanks). … Former Bears DT Steve McMichael’s McNOB = a base-aligned “c” and a raised “c” at different points in his career (from Cork Gaines).

College Football News: Asked and answered: Yesterday reader Joanna Zwiep wanted to know which school this helmet was from. As many readers helpfully explained, it’s from the University of Saint Francis in Indiana, an NAIA

Hockey News: “No pic, but there is a note in this article about Jesse Winchester of the Avalanche experimenting with glasses on the ice,” says Ryan Dowgin. “He has missed the entire year with concussion symptoms. He is okay at the team’s practice facility with a white background, but has issues in full arenas where the background is multicolored. Can’t recall many hockey players wearing glasses, aside from the Hanson brothers.” [Paul here. Glasses on the ice have been rare but not unheard of. Examples include Al Arbour, Hal Laycoe, Charles Shannon, and Clint Albright.]

Soccer News: Here is a leaked picture of Mexico’s Copa America black home kit (thanks, Phil). … Norway has a new federation crest. … The rest from Yusuke Toyoda: 2015 Asia Cup kicks off in January, and defending champions Japan will wear jerseys with gold numbers and winner’s patches. … South Africa unveils new unis from Nike. … Cardiff City supporters are threatening not to renew their season tickets if the team does not return to its traditional blue shirts.

Grab Bag: The Canadian Olympic Committee has indicated in court documents obtained by TSN that it is pursuing its watershed lawsuit against clothing maker The North Face (from Dr. Peter Baltutis). … Reader David Firestone ranked all 55 NASCAR Sprint Cup teams ranked from first to last on how their paint schemes appearance. … Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s holiday card is uni-related (from Andrew Hoenig).

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Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating tonight. And here’s something to look forward to: Tomorrow we’ll have the annual year-end reader-appreciation raffle. Good stuff this year!

Monday Morning Uni Watch

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Should anyone doubt the power of Uni Watch, consider this: On Wednesday I had an ESPN column on mono-color uniforms in the NFL. Four days later, the Bills went mono-royal blue (first time ever) and the Browns went mono-turd (first time this season, third time ever). Coincidence? I think not! Can’t say I’m fond of either look. If you want to see more, here are additional photos from the Bills and Browns games.

In other news from around the league yesterday:

• Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins entered the field wearing a T-shirt that had “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” on the front and “The Real Battle of Ohio” on the back. Rice is the 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was recently shot by a police officer who mistook the child’s air gun for a real gun; Crawford is the Ohio man who was killed by police at a Walmart outlet while holding a BB gun back in August (and whose girlfriend was then treated rather badly by the police). Both were black. After the game, the president of the Cleveland police union called the T-shirt “pathetic” and demanded an apology from the Browns — an approach that didn’t work too well when the St. Louis police union demanded an apology from the Rams after several players did the “Hand up, don’t shoot” gesture two weeks ago. (According to one report, “at least one other” Browns besides Hawkins also wore the shirt, but I haven’t been able to confirm that or determine who the other player was.)

• Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes had a bit of trouble with his Ralph Wilson memorial patch.

• Chiefs players wore bracelets in support of sidelined teammate Eric Berry.

• Here’s something you rarely see anymore: Ravens wideout Steve Smith had pockets sewn into his jersey, instead of wearing one of those strap-on muffs.

• I don’t know what Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was doing before his team’s game against the 49ers, but it sure looked weird.

• Speaking of the Seahawks, their end zones are once again painted blue. They had been green.

• As if 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hadn’t already punched his ticket out of San Francisco, he went the extra mile yesterday by wearing his mock turtleneck backwards.

• In Tennessee, the Titans wore white at home and the Jets wore mono-green.

• Speaking of the Titans, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey incited a brawl and ended up with a torn TV number and a loose captaincy patch.

• Famous guy-who’s-wealthier-than-you Warren Buffet was on the field and wearing prior to the Vikings/Lions game and looked unusually dorky.

• We’ve mentioned before that the Packers sew little name/number tags onto their sideline caps. Here’s the one on Aaron Rodgers’s hat from yesterday.

• The Buccaneers wore their orange socks for just the second time this season.

• No photo, but at one point in the Vikes/Lions game, Detroit’s Golden Tate III and Minnesota’s Ben Tate III were both on the field, meaning that there were two “Tate III” RNOBs on the field simultaneously.

• Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant had gray socks, or maybe gray tape. Here’s another view.

• Eagles running back LeSean McCoy wore very high whites. Ditto for teammate Cary Williams.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Andy Bartsch, Jeremy Baxter, Kyle Hanks, Brady Henderson, Raymie Humbert, Kevin Lewter, Mark McGowan, Chris Schwartz, and of course Phil.)

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Just twin, baby: The two gents with the unusual nameplates are Kevin and Kelly Klima — twin sons of former NHLer Petr Klima. They play for the OHL’s London (Ontario) Knights, whose equipment manager has given them a very odd FNOB format. To give you a better look, here’s a close-up of Kelly’s jersey.

Weird, right? Don’t think I’ve never seen the first name set in tiny caps like that. Major thanks to Andy Rawlings for bringing this one to my attention.

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Culinary Corner: One of our holiday traditions here at Uni Watch is the annual appearance of my recipe for homemade Irish cream. In other words, homemade Bailey’s. In other words, melted ice cream that gets you drunk. It’s super-easy to make, it’ll make you the hero of whatever party you bring it to, and lots of you have told me how much you like it. Here’s how to do it:

Start with some decent Irish whiskey — Bushmills, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, something like that (but not super-high-end stuff, because the nuances will be lost in this preparation). Pour a pint of the whiskey into a large-ish container and mix it with a can of sweetened condensed milk, a pint of heavy whipping cream, a tablespoon of chocolate syrup, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a quarter-teaspoon of almond extract, and a teaspoon of instant espresso dissolved in two tablespoons of hot water.

Mix well (if the container has a tight lid, you can just shake vigorously), refrigerate, serve over ice, and get ready to become the most popular person in the room. No need to thank me afterward, but you’ll want to do so anyway — trust me.

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Baseball News: We’ve all seen eye black, but what about eye white? That’s Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillen, circa 1970 (From Tristan Ridgeway). … Sy Berger, the guy who turned Topps into a baseball card juggernaut, has passed away (thanks, Brinke). … Steve Johnston and his family were at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago on Saturday and spotted this magnificent satin baseball jersey from an old Swedish lodge team on display. “My son said, ‘Dad we’ve got to take photos and send them into Uni Watch,'” says Steve. Glad to see you’re instilling the boy with a good sense of priorities, Steve.

NFL News: Good article on the artist who created Pat Patriot (from John Pritchard). … Latest rumor regarding the Eagles comes from Brian Smith, who writes: “My wife was Christmas shopping for a jersey at a local sporting goods store and was told by the salesperson that the Eagles are done wearing the black jerseys. Last week was the final time, he said, and he advised against buying one. He said the team is switching to alternate kelly greens next year with the plan being to eventually go back to kelly green as the primary jerseys.” … WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler, who’s from Cleveland, had Browns-themed trunks for last night’s TLC pay-per-view in Cleveland (from Jared Patz). … “On an NFL Network documentary, Roger Staubach said he wasn’t sure what to do with his Heisman Trophy, so several times he would find his daughter riding it like a hobby horse,” says Douglas Ford.

College and High School Football News: Here’s a cool little chart of Arizona State’s 2014 uni combos (thanks, Phil). … Joanna Zwiep bought this helmet at an Ohio thrift shop but doesn’t know what team it’s from. Anyone recognize the logo? … Here’s a great shot of the exterior-padded helmets that Ohio State wore in 1964 (from Larry Bodnovich).

Hockey News: The Worcester Sharks wore Worcester IceCats throwbacks on Saturday night. … The Reading Royals wore ugly Xmas sweater jerseys on Saturday (thanks, Phil). … Sacred Heart goaltender Sammy Bernard wore a mask featuring the Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham at Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon. “Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, graduated from Dartmouth in 1925,” explains Tris Wykes. … Jeff Ash was at the Uihlein Ice Arena, the hockey rink at the University School of Milwaukee, on Saturday. “It’s a rather tony prep school,” he explains. “Before 1964, it was known as Milwaukee Country Day School. Its hockey teams date to the 1930s, and they played outside for some time.” They had a bunch of old photos and uniforms on display, and Jeff took these excellent photos. I really like the stylized “C” logos in the first two photos and, of course, the green/gold color shots.

NBA News: This is pretty awesome: Former NBA guard Will Bynum is playing in China and his team didn’t have a jersey ready for him, so they made a makeshift jersey for him (thanks, Mike). … Now that Kobe Bryant has passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, Nike has released this limited-edition sneaker. “With black, purple, green, and Saints’ gold, these shoes might be really popular in New Orleans,” says Mike Engle. … Here are the video game versions of the NBA All-Star Game uniforms — East and West (thanks, Phil).

College Hoops News: Oakland wore absolutely ridiculous black-on-black uniforms yesterday. Naturally, the one contrasting element was the Jumpman logo because as you know, it’s all about Nike. Douchebags (from Drew Mastin). … The Richmond Spiders have a live tarantula mascot. Key quote, from player Deion Taylor: “As long as it’s in its little cage, I’m fine with it. If they let it out, then we have a problem.”

Grab Bag: State legislators in Montana have a new dress code that some view as sexist. … A lacrosse helmet that had been decertified by a safety rating group will be recertified now that the manufacturer has agreed to make a fix. … The cycling helmet maker UVEX Sports has issued a recall of one of its helmet models due to a chinstrap defect. … There’s a new cycling team made up of members of the French army, so they have camouflage kits (from Bernie Langer). … Aussie Rules footy club Richmond Tigers’ 2015 clash strip has leaked. “They’ve been finding a way around having a true clash jumper for years by simply adding yellow to the side panels,” says Leo Strawn Jr. “I’m happy to see this.” … I’m still calling it National Indoor Arena (from Callum Johnston). … There’s a new design initiative to create better-looking license plates (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Also from Yusuke: Good piece on how a designer creates a logo. … Tennis player Andy Murray has caused a stir by posing for a photo in Under Arumour attire (from Murray Conalin).

For the Glove of the Game

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A short while ago I got a note from reader Harrison Hamm who wrote “I’ve got a pretty good story idea: A look at soccer goalies uniforms and gloves. You have one on hockey goalies, why not soccer?” I said, “Sure, that sounds pretty cool, whatcha got?” and the rest is what is below.

Enjoy — Phil

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A Look At Soccer Goalie Gloves & Unis
By Harrison Hamm

Star Bayern Munich goalie Manuel Neuer is one of the best in the business. He also wears some of the best goalie jerseys as well. That beautiful light and dark blue combination is the best uniform I’ve found him in. That is easily the best keeper uniform I’ve seen out of all of them. That is while playing for Bayern.


While with Germany in the World Cup, it wasn’t as nice.


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The point of goalkeepers having separate uniforms is obviously to tell them apart, and that is important. But what more teams should do is have their keepers wear their own alternate uni, like Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, who wore this beauty in a game against the Netherlands. I love that it is the same design as his teammates, but still distinctly different.

I wish that other teams would do this more often. It really would make games look better.


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Lets take a look at what other top goalies wear (These are in my opinion the best that these guys have worn):

Thibaut Courtois: The Belgium and Chelsea goalie has worn that nice-looking yellow design at times. The gradient sleeves are definitely the best part.


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Petr Cech: Another Chelsea keeper is one of the few top goalies in the world that wears headgear. The reason he wears the helmet is because of a fractured skull back in 2006. It kind of overshadows the actual uniform, which in itself is pretty good.


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Samir Handanovich: The gray design below is worst I’ve seen so far. His best is this Oregon-like uniform.


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Overall, goalie uniforms are very similar to regular soccer designs. What makes them stand-out is the gloves. Of course, this is something that us keepers like customize. If only goalies wore gloves that went with the particular jersey they happen to be wearing. Just look back at Neuer’s gloves in first picture. They look nothing like the jersey. That seems to be the case for all the pictures, even Ochoa’s, who’s are actually orange, although they look red. I looked for the best glove designs out there, and here’s what I came up with:

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• I chose these because I am a Steeler fan, so of course this is my favorite color scheme. And it is worth mentioning that I have these.


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• These gloves have a nice color scheme, but what I really like about these is the perfect mix of the colors, and the subtle striping to go with the Predator title.


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• In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated color schemes out there. A lot of people may not like it, but I do. I would buy these in a heartbeat.


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And there you have it! I’m sure there are plenty of great goalie uniforms and gloves out there. And one last thing: The worst jersey of all-time. Period.

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Shoe ’nuff

Interesting occurrence during yesterday’s Golden State Warriors versus Dallas Mavericks game: Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler swatted Marreese Speights’ shoe into the courtside seats. You can check out the video below:

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon,

Speights had lost his shoe a couple of possessions earlier, stepping out of it as he attempted to drive. He played an entire possession with just a sock on his left foot. Golden State guard Stephen Curry tried to help out his teammate, picking up the shoe and passing it to Speights near midcourt as the Warriors brought the ball up the court.

Not in Chandler’s house.

Spotting the shoe in the air, Chandler changed directions and swatted it away with his left hand, drawing roars from the sellout crowd at the American Airlines Center and confused shrugs and points from Speights and Curry.

Here’s a vine showing the rejection (over and over):


Big hat tip to Paul for pointing this out (and suggesting it for the board).

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Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

It’s been a while since there was a “Colorize This” but we’re back today with an original colorization from Gary Chanko, who’s now probably better known to you for his wonderful Classic Scoreboards segments seen here on Saturdays:

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Hi Phil–

Last Saturday featured the unusual bib overalls of the Modern Woodman of America baseball team from Two Rivers, WI (circa 1900). I was intrigued along with other readers and thought it deserved to be colorized.

I was able to locate the players shown in the picture:

First row left to right: Oscar Becker, Harry Hurst, Ed. Lemere.
Second row: Conrad Baetz, Bill Doolan, Charles Kirst, Otto Kahlenberg.
Third row: A.M. Kalus, Frank Seibel, Mgr. & Umpire, Gus Kirst.



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Thanks Gary. Great to have another of your colorizations. Please keep them coming!

I also got an e-mail a while back from Ryan Dowgin, who has some shots that would be great colorized, if any of our colorizers is up for it. I’ll let Ryan explain:

Hey Phil,

See below: first link is a pic begging to be colorized and second link is where I found it. Don’t have the time to devote to it right now, but maybe someone else wants to take it on.

Link One

Link Two


Thanks, Ryan. If anyone is up for a bit of colorization…you know what to do.

Finally, got this one a LONG time ago from Johnny Flannagan, which is another request for possible colorization:

Hey Phil,

I don’t know if this picture of the 1916 USMNT has ever been colorized, but it might be a fun one for your crew of talented UWers.

Also, randomly, those pics you posted on FB of Forevertron in Wiscy were killer!



Thanks to Gary for the great colorization and the others for their suggestions!

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Monarchs vs Reign Fire 14 Dec

Premier League Games
By Andrew Seagraves



Just doesn’t have the same rhythmic quality as the Bay City Rollers hit about the night before.

The UWFFL Premier and La Lega are continuing their interleague tilts this weekend as all levels of play are grinding toward the post season. The excitement is building as teams are trying to take it to the next level as the Premier is going toward the UWFFL Bowl and La Lega makes its way toward the World Bowl.

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This week our cynosure set-up will see the London Monarchs come to the city by the Bay and face the San Francisco Reign Fire. Both of these squads have been pioneers in their respective leagues. London was in the final four for La Lega last year while the Reign Fire staved off relegation with a win over their division rivals, the San Diego Storm.

Her Majesty’s Marksmen are coming into this matchup on their globetrotting tour trying to keep a foothold on the Western European division in La Lega. You cannot overlook their basic look of Blue, Red and White of the Monarchs when you either show up in Foggy Londontown or when they venture into your city. For their matchup in the Fire Pit, they are bringing out their blue lids, Blue cross on blue jerseys with red yokes and white pants.

The Reign Fire are fighting for life in the Bigs, once again, as they are in the thick of competition in the tough Western Division. Just when you think this team is down and out, they find a way to survive. Last year, it was a late season win and an ownership change. This season they are finding ways to win and keep their Premier membership intact. Their kits for this game will feature their flame kissed black helmets, home white jerseys and black pants.

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Other key matchups from this weekend’s interleague matchups will see Atlanta fly into Moscow to take on the might Meat, Texas will venture into the Russian Far East to face Metallurg Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Stockholm will try and stink things up in Miami while Abu Dhabi will try and devalue the Seawolves of Vancouver.

Get on over to to vote on this weekend’s matchups. This is the league where YOU can make your voice heard. Also, if you feel you can compete in the UWFFL, get your concepts entered at the Prospective UWFFL teams Google+ page.

Have a great week and we’ll see you next weekend right here for more UWFFL action.

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EPL Tracker

Each Saturday or Sunday, Alex Gerwitz will be tracking the kit combinations (shirt/shorts/socks) of the teams in the English Premier League from the previous weekend and the current weekend.

Here is the EPL tracker for Weeks 15 & 16:

EPL Weeks 15 & 16

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Baseball News: As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have unveiled a camo alternate jersey for 2015. According to Joseph Gerard, who was at Pirates Fest, they’ll wear it for home Thursday Games this season. Joseph took a few photos, and the jerseys are every bit as bad as we thought they’d be. Joseph also shot me an e-mail and had this to day about Pirates Fest and Pirates uniform rumors: 1. The Pirates brought out a double-amputee Army vet before officially unveiling the uniforms. As mentioned before, they will be worn all Thursday home games this season. Some of the proceeds from camo jersey sales will benefit the various veterans charities as well as Pirates Charities. 2. The players didn’t wear the camo hats out, but they were announced. The Bucs did have the hats available for sale, though. The “P” is black with gold trim, and has a solid black bill. I took a picture of one hat for sale, but for $40 I wasn’t buying one that moment. 3. During the Pirates Management Q&A, I asked Pirates president Frank Coonelly about the possibilities of wearing the camos on the road to support local troops stationed elsewhere. (e.g. San Diego) He said that while the team is open to wearing camo on the road, they would prefer to be invited by another team like the Padres to wear camo. In short, the camos appear to be for home games only for the time being. 4. I also asked Coonelly about the rumors that the Sunday 1971 throwbacks were being converted to button-down. He immediately said no and that the rumor had been something the team had heard for a while. … Our buddy Chris Creamer has a bit more on those if you really want to read/see more. … Washington Nationals fan Ryan Abesfeld was at the Nationals Fan Fest yesterday and took this pick of Anthony Rendon wearing a jersey showing off the Nationals new “10 Years” patch. Odd they’ll be wearing it in their 11th year, no?

NFL News: As you probably know, today the Buffalo Bills will be wearing blue jerseys and blue pants for the first time ever with this new uniform set (they used to go mono-blue all the time in their old, awful unis). … Reader Daniel Merz saw Adrian Peterson coming out of the courthouse Friday and noticed a reporter with a Houston Oilers tattoo on his arm. … For all of you who think a Browns helmet with a logo on it might be a good idea: “I was at a memorabilia store and they had this helmet,” says Jonathan Dies. “I know there’s no way it would ever be used, but I absolutely love this. The guy in the shop said it was signed by Manziel.”

College & Youth Football News: Yesterday’s Army/Navy game looked about the way you’d expect it, and one question I had from yesterday was answered: Just how many alternating red & white stripes would the center stripe of the Navy helmet have before it became solid red (screen grab by Mike Gentile). Also note the new Navy logo on the ball. … Also from yesterday’s A/N game, this Army helmet suffered some serious paint peeling/chipping (nice grab from Chris Perrenot. … Yesterday, as in previous years, players wore unit patches on their jerseys. … You can see more photos from the game here. … Question from Christopher C. LaHaye, who asks, “Did Notre dame play on this game too?” as he noticed this shirt for the Wrigley Field game between Northwestern and Illinois (look at the tags on the shirt). … Here’s an interesting photo of Bear Bryant with the Ford Motor Company cheerleaders (thanks to Douglas Ford). … The Marshall Thundering Herd will be wearing jerseys with names on back for the “Boca Bowl” (yes, that’s a thing). Thanks to Coleman Mullins for the info. … “I was watching an episode from the 1970s TV show The Odd Couple on in which Felix Unger coaches his son’s youth football team,” writes Matt Larsen. “A few things I noticed: In this photo — apparently in New York City in the 70s blue jeans were standard football attire, and helmets were optional (it’s kind of hard to tell so I put red marks under the two helmet-less players). In this photo — scoreboards were hand-operated, even electric ones. If you interested, here’s the entire episode.” … Did you mesh me?: “What is up with this Auburn uniform?” asks Alan Borock. “The QB is Pat Sullivan who won the heisman in 1971. The sleeves look like they were ripped or hastily cut and I don’t know where to begin on the mesh front.” … During last night’s Heisman Trophy presentation, Marcus Mariota’s tie matched his dad’s shirt (h/t to Heather Zeller).

NBA News: Last night, the Hornets became the latest NBA team to wear I Can’t Breathe t-shirts. The WaPo’s Marissa Payne had a nice writeup on how he “message is being lost.” … Here’s a good article on Larry Bird, and the greatest shot he took was “the one he didn’t take” (thanks to Douglas Ford). There’s also some great photos in that link. … A couple people posted on this in the comments, but reader Christopher Phillips notes, “I am sure you guys already got this but the scribble on KDs shoe was EPH 5:20 which is from the bible: Ephesians 5:20 New International Version, ‘always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’.” Thanks for the clarification!

Hockey News: Last night, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms wore faux Philadelphia Eagles jerseys for their Eagles Tailgate Night event versus the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins (thanks to Jim Dornberger). Here’s a bit more information on that (reprinted from yesterday’s comments, by Chris Hickey).

Soccer News: Do we have a case of logo poaching in the soccer world? Reader Marc Viquez writes, “It looks like Major Arena Soccer League and Centrum Sports Logo look awfully similar? Is this a case of using the same clip art or logo poaching?” Nice spot!

College Hoops News: Yesterday the Notre Dame women’s basketball team joined the growing list of teams to sport the “I Can’t Breathe” shirts (thanks, Paul). … Meanwhile the Cal Berkeley Women’s hoops team wore these black shirts with electrical tape (h/t Dave Zirin). Here’s some more pics of that. … Looks like the manager for the UK Wildcats was wearing a polo with a Tiger Woods logo during yesterday’s game (thanks to Mark Russell Pereira). … Our old 5 & 1 friend Jim Vilk saw this ad for an amateur hoops tourney and “figured you’d just *love* it.” He adds, “At least at the bottom they say ‘Shoot basketballs, not people’.” … Also from Jim, in the same magazine was this beauty of a photo. “Shouldn’t they have checkerboard pants, though?” … Hmmm: Nebraska-Omaha vs. Missouri-Kansas City in hoops (sent in by Jason Johnson). Jason asks, “If the teams wear Grey vs. Black – is that Color on Color? Doesn’t seem right to me.”

Grab Bag: “The Dallas Morning News updated their brand this week and now in the tab it looks like the Detroit Tigers ‘D’ from their hat,” writes Bradley Maybin. “Thoughts?” he adds. … The massive heist from the world’s biggest sportswear firm was, as Nike attorneys allege, an inside job. Brinke sends us this article, “Spying, subterfuge and stolen ‘treasure’: Inside Nike and Adidas’ World War Shoe.” In the war of corporate douchebags, are their any losers? … Somewhat related to that last item, check out the first two items of this SI list (thanks to Matt Larsen). It’s gotta be the shoes, man. … “Here is a great photo of four dejected Cronulla-Sutherland players after their teams 10-7 loss to Manly-Warringah in the 1973 Sydney Rugby League Grand Final,” writes our rugby expert Graham Clayton. “At this time, players would swap jerseys after the game. The Cronulla-Sutherland players have swapped their jerseys, and are ‘wearing’ Manly-Warringah jumpers, tied around their waist by the sleeves. The practice of players swapping jerseys after the Grand Final seems to have ended in the mid-1980’s. The jerseys have been tied around the players shoulders, not their waists, by the sleeves.” … Our “other” rugby expert, Leo Strawn, Jr. checks in with this: “AFL jumpers have GPS pockets sewn into the back of the neck because the league’s Aussie Rules footballers have worn GPS tracking for coaching purposes for years, but now that info may be used during matches to ‘enhance game for TV’ viewers.”

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And that’s it for today, kids. Enjoy the NFL (and NBA, NHL, etc.) today, including the mono-blue Bills. Thanks to Harrison for that look at goalie gear, Gary for the colorization, Alex for the EPL tracker, Andrew for the UWFFL, and everyone who contributed. You guys have a good week and I’ll catch you next weekend, when the Bowls kick off. Till then…

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“Army is going to be out there on the field in actual school colors looking like Army. Navy is going to be out there dressed like any random non-academy school trying too hard to look ‘patriotic’ for a special game. You know what actually is a patriotic football uniform? Blue and gold, when Navy wears it.”

— R. Scott Rogers

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It's the Only Game in Town


By Phil Hecken

The annual (115th edition, in fact) edition of the Army/Navy Game is today (3:00 pm ET, CBS), and it is traditionally the “end of season” game for the College football season. As in past years, neither team is particularly good, and Navy is better than Army. But none of that matters in this matchup.

Also, as in past years, Navy (but not Army, this time around) will be outfitted with a new uniform for the game — unlike past years, however, Navy’s uniforms are produced by UnderArmour (previously Nike made both teams’ unis). We’ll get to those in a second. Since winning the Navy clothing contract, UA has sought to remake Navy’s uniforms. Nothing drastic, mind you, as they still don the traditional blue and gold (albeit with some slight modifications, such as the six thin gold stripes on the jersey and undersleeves).

But they did introduce a special “Summer Whites” uniform for Navy’s opening game this year, modified Nike’s special helmet to look similar, and added blue pants and an anchor logo on the helmet for their annual game with Notre Dame (also outfitted in UA garb for this season).

I’ve been generally impressed with the restraint shown for Navy’s uniforms this year. Which brings us to today’s costume for the Army/Navy game. Here’s what the men from Annapolis will be wearing today (click on images to enlarge):


Not too bad, right? From a distance anyway — about the only thing that’s really bothersome is the red/white (it’s difficult to see) striping pattern going across the lower thigh. You’ll see the helmet is blue, with a stripe itself consisting of red and white stripes, outlined in gold, and the shoulder inserts replicate this pattern. Let’s take a closer look at the shoulder inserts:


You’ll notice there is a yellow snake on the red/white striping pattern. This is evocative of the First Navy Jack flag, which looks like this:


According to Navy Football’s official release, “The Under Armour uniforms are inspired by the First Navy Jack. In 2002 Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England ordered all United States Navy ships to fly the First Navy Jack with the ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ motto and moving rattlesnake in place of the regular Navy Jack for the duration of the global war on terror. The First Navy Jack, with its red and white stripes, was first used by the Continental Navy during the American Revolution.”

Additionally, each of the shoulder inserts has 13 stripes.

What about the helmet?


Closer inspection reveals that the blue helmet sports a decal featuring the Navy “N” (with repeating red and white stripes), and a snake design similar to the one on the shoulders (and Navy Jack) coiled through the “N”.

If you look at the straight-on shots, you’ll see the front of the helmet features the repeating red/white striping pattern within the center stripe, which is bordered in gold. Somewhere along the way that pattern stops (probably after the 13th stripe) and becomes solid red. I’ve seen no shots (so far) — showing the top of the helmet to see where this takes place — but the back of the helmet shows the solid stripe, and the words “Don’t Tread On Me” affixed to the neck bumper:


It should also be noted (but I’ve yet to see a clear picture) that the “Don’t Tread On Me” motto is embroidered into side of the pants, which will probably be annoying if it’s actually readable from more than two feet away. It’s also on the right sleeve of the baselayer, and the gloves. In the photo of the baselayer below, you can probably read the “Don’t Tread On Me” on the pants a bit more clearly:



Of course, it being UnderArmour, players will be decked out with special shoes, and even the Navy’s game ball will have the helmet decal design on it.


It’s certainly not a bad looking uniform — and considering that this game has been used as a showcase for new unis for the past six or so years, it shows nice restraint. In fact, one could argue that the 2008 Army/Navy Game was really the beginning of the current trend of one-off uniforms (although both squads would recycle those uniforms over the years). It wasn’t the first time special uniforms were designed for the game, but it certainly started a trend we see today where “special” or “themed” uniforms seem to be created for many college squads. It used to be Nike had sole providence over both teams and a national stage on which to show them off.

And so what will Army be wearing today? Just this:

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The uniforms are similar to what the Black Knights wore in Yankee Stadium on Nov. 8, when they beat Connecticut 35-21, but will drop the camouflage-pattern numbers in favor of gold.

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I LOVE the Army/Navy game, and even though Navy has won something like 15 straight, I still always pull for Army (my pop was an officer in the Army, serving in Korea in the Korean Conflict). There’s a great history which I’ve covered here over the years — if you’re looking for a great previous post, my favorite is probably this one from 2011, Army and Navy Through the Years, which features a look back at previous games, and features memories from Ricko and Larry Bodnovich, plus an all-time Army/Navy 5 & 1 from Jim Vilk, and much more. There’s also a pretty nice article from Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard on the most iconic moments in the Army/Navy rivalry. Definitely worth a read.

Enjoy the game today, folks — it’s the only game in town.

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I’m pleased to continue with a new weekend feature here at Uni Watch, “Classic Ballpark Scoreboards,” which are created by Gary Chanko. You probably know Gary best for his wonderful colorizations, but he has been a solid contributor for many years, and this is his new project. This segment will appear every Saturday on Uni Watch.

Here’s Gary (click on image to enlarge):

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Classic Scoreboards – The Hockey Edition
by Gary Chanko

Last week in the series I mentioned receiving several requests for the same scoreboard. That venue is the Chicago Stadium with very deep roots in.

I’m not much of a hockey fan and have been to only a handful of NHL and minor league games. So I’m just not that familiar with all the great NHL arenas of the past.

Chicago Stadium

Chicago Stadium Scoreboard

Home of: Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1929–1994), Chicago Stags (NBA) (1946–1950), Chicago Majors (ABL) (1961–1963), Chicago Bulls (NBA) (1967–1994), Chicago Sting (NASL indoor and MISL) (1980–1988)

Opened: 1929; Closed: 1994; Demolished: 1995

When it opened in 1929 Chicago Stadium was the largest indoor stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 17,000 (approximate). It became the long time home for both the NHL Blackhawks and NBA Bulls. The Stadium was known as The Madhouse on Madison because of the raucous crowd induced into action by Al Megard and his world-famous Barton theater organ.

The scoreboard illustration depicts the Bulova Sports Timer, a unique four-sided analog timing clock. This 10.5 ft x 12 ft timer was installed in 1943 and lasted over three decades.

A Few Things to Know

• The Bulova Magical Sports Timer was actually a multi-function timing clock that could be used in hockey, basketball, and boxing events. It was operated from a console (see the photo in the link above) with a complex array of switches and buttons.

• If you’re not a long time hockey fan, like me, the operation of the Sports Timer may be slightly confusing. Fear not, the Chicago Stadium Wikipedia entry provides a complete tutorial on the function of all clocks and numerals.

• The identical Bulova Sports Timer was a feature at the Boston Garden, the Detroit Olympia, the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, the Rhode Island Auditorium and perhaps others.

• Chicago Stadium was the last NHL arena to use an analog dial-type large four-sided clock. It was replaced with a digital clock in 1976.

Next time the series returns to football and the Rose Bowl.

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If anyone is interested in purchasing a digital copy of these posters, Gary is working on an online purchase option. In the interim you can contact him directly at

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Black Knights vs WinterHawks 13 Dec 2

U.W.F.F.L. News — Division II Games
By Andrew Seagraves

This weekend marks Week 13 of the UWFFL Season and the push for the playoffs is on. Sides are choosing their best kits, Owners are prepping for what is to come, and the League is excited for what is to come.

For our DII featured fray we are showcasing two teams which are just on the outside looking in. If the votes possibly bounce their way they could get into the top four and into the hunt for Central League hardware and promotion into the UWFFL Premier. One of our squads is a repeat contender in the CL while the other took over for a team which lost its way.

The San Antonio Black Knights came oh so close to getting into the playoffs last year. The River City Bannerets changed their look from last season and stuck with a minimalist template. They even changed their logo to a circle housing two crossed swords. The Black Knights had a close win over the Rapid City Badlanders and have played tough ball all year long. Fancy just ain’t in their vocabulary.

The Winnipeg WinterHawks were tough competitors in the Spring D-League causing all sorts of problems for their arch-Pool mates. After some fortuitous happenings, the Raptors from The Peg found their way into the Second Flight and have made life miserable for the Central League squads. Teams have had to make last minute pushes to overtake these upstarts. Even though they are not in the top four, they could play spoiler to any team trying to move forward. The WinterHawks will be coming into this squad with their Columbia blue lids, White jerseys with black and blue shoulder sections, and silver britches. The Black Knights are going mono-black with silver and white highlights, jersey numerals, stripes and TV Numerals on the helmets.

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Other fantastic pairings for this weekend will see the fish from Staten Island square off against the Toledo marksmen, the Little Rock Diamondbacks will face the Birddogs from Greenville during their tilt, and Stampede City will be rumbling as the Calgary Alpines host the Woodsmen from British Columbia.

You can vote on these games and much more at Get your cousins, your old college roommates, and even your elected officials in on the action by encouraging them to participate in this weekend’s competition. You can see the behind the scenes action of the UWFFL by checking us out at our main Google+ page and you can submit your concepts for the Spring League at our Prospective UWFFL Teams community.


ALSO, this Sunday marks the final week of the regular season for the All American Indoor Football Association as teams vie for the playoffs. An affiliated league of the UWFFL, the AAIFA is a Pen and Paper style RPG league where teams are given advantages and disadvantages, and injuries are just a d6 away. Plus, how can you go wrong with team names such as the St. Joseph Couriers, Amarillo Armadillos, Idaho Falls Moose, Bay Area Bombardiers, Sarasota Spitfires and the LA Avengers?

Make sure to come back tomorrow for our featured fracas for the UWFFL Premier League.

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Uni Watch News Ticker:

Baseball News: Oh, baby! Check out this 1940’s Frank “Sinatra Swooners” Celebrity Softball Team photo (From Bruce Menard, naturally). Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birthday was yesterday. Bonus: one of those “Swooners” jerseys came up for auction a while back (also from Bruce). Great stuff! … Here’s a picture of the 2015 All-Star Game ball with soon-to-be Commissioner Manfred’s signature (thanks to Matt H.). … “This is a pretty interesting piece from a Cubs uniform maven who seems to Get It,” says Matt Schudel, describing an article about new Cubs players Jon Lester and Miguel Montero needing to find new uni numbers. … You know who looks good in pinstripes? Johnny Carson, that’s who (Bruce Menard again). There’s Johnny pictured with Roger Maris, Elston Howard & Mickey Mantle. For all you young’uns out there, Carson was the guy who succeeded Jack Paar and Steve Allen on the Tonight Show.

NFL News: Here’s an interesting article from the Seattle Times about Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka, who has to search each offseason for his favorite shoes, a style Nike doesn’t make any more (from Dustin Jensen). This was also sent in separately by Markus Kamp. … “I guess we knew this was coming,” says Brady Phelps. I’ll just leave it at that. … Guess Paul needs to add another team to the “mono” list — The Bills. They will be going monochrome blue tomorrow — here’s some more information about that (h/t Rachel Licata). … According to Seahawks’ Head Coach Pete Carroll, 65,000 Tackle Ebola ribbons will be handed out at the game. Here’s a bit more on that. … Patrick O’Neill writes, “I didn’t see this on Uni Watch before but here is a mock-up of the yet-to-be created new NFL Franchise, the Werewolves of London.”

College Football News: Shipping snafu: No picture unfortunately, but an anonymous student reports, “Oh also Adidas fucked up the shipment of cleats to all the schools. We (Nebraska) got some Wisconsin cleats while they got some NC state cleats and NC state got some of our cleats.” … The Virginia Tech Hokies’ Military Bowl patches arrived and are going on the left shoulder (thanks to Clark Ruhland). … Did you ever want to know more about the guy who designs all those “wild” and crazy Under Armour football uniforms? Well, now is your chance. …Mississippi State quarterback Dakota “Dak” Prescott is suing a T-shirt company for using and profiting from his name without permission. Why is that a problem? Because no matter how he feels about it, he has to sue the T-shirt company if he wants to retain his eligibility. … Here’s what the Heart of Dallas Bowl patches look like (via LaTech Equipment).

NBA News: On Thursday night, Oklahoma City power/small forward Kevin Durant had “Black Lives Matter” (and something else — “EPH J:20″?) written on his sneakers. Anyone know what the additional writing is for? (thanks, Paul). … “What happens when a team is reborn? What should happen?” asks Jon Plummer. That’s the question that is asked is this article entitled, “Analyzing the Return of the Seattle SuperSonics From an Aesthetic Standpoint”.

Hockey News: The Saskatoon Blades will be wearing this (not so) ugly X-mas sweater today when they face the Regina Pats (h/t @The_Real_Kub). … The San Jose Sharks revealed their new Stadium Series uniforms yesterday, and our friend Chris Creamer had a nice writeup on them. … Yesterday there was a “Happy Birthday” to the Cooperalls game. Reader Mark Sencich was watching the anniversary footage, and had one word: “awesome.” He continues, “I actually posted in the comments and wanted to share a photo of me in the day wearing them back in Toronto. I’m sure there are a few more uni notable aspects to that jersey, enjoy.” Later on, he found this fantastic team photo. … Reader Harry Halloran writes, “One of the many things I’ve learned reading UW (besides what a Bannock device is) is that hockey jerseys are properly called ‘sweaters’. Even so, I was surprised to see this Blackhawks jersey rendered as an honest-to-goodness 80% cotton/20% acrylic knitted sweater — plus a collar drawstring! — at a Reebok outlet store.” Holy Crap is that beautiful (even with the logo).

Soccer News: This is pretty cool for those font/typography fans on UW (like myself), even if you don’t necessarily like the Beautiful Game: a website dedicated to the fonts of soccer football. Great find by Joe Makowiec. … Have you ever wanted to own a soccer jersey once owned by the King of Pop? Me either, but now you can.

College Hoops News: On Thursday evening, the Iowa Women’s basketball team had a “blackout,” with the team wearing black at home against a cardinal-clad Iowa State team, making for an interesting color vs. color matchup (h/t @AaronBlau). And last night, the Mens squad did the same thing (via Ethan Ritz). … Reader Clifford Blake has been following the news on players rolling up their shorts and just wanted to add that Temple players have been doing that since the 2012-13 season. Note senior Scootie Randall (#33) and then sophomore Will Cummings (#2), he adds.

Grab Bag: Today’s meta moment: In an article which contains some famous jersey misspellings, entitled “The ‘Westren Illinios’ University curse,” Paul is quoted. Of course, his name is misspelled. … There’s some interesting hand painted sports stuff to be found on this site. Says submitter Jon Solomonson, “Not sure if his stuff is cool or lame. But it’s interesting. The helmets caught my eye mostly.” … Reader Robert Turning was at the Baltimore Under Armour store yesterday, and noticed this shirt for sale. “I think they meant Memorial Stadium. Municipal Stadium was Cleveland,” he says. …”Former WWE performer and current UFC fighter CM Punk has new shirts available that might be of interest to Uni-Watch,” writes Drew Celestino. “Punk, a proud Chicago native, has one design based on the Blackhawks logo, and one that is a mashup of the Chicago flag and the logo of the band Black Flag.” … Belleville High School District No. 201 is unveiling two new combined football and soccer fields this year, thanks in part to a creative way of financing – weaving advertising logos into the fields’ sidelines (thanks to Tyler Kulasza). … Reader Mira Katriina has been following the Women’s Handball European Championships this week, and Team Sweden has not only been successful on the court, but also ever so crafty with some uniform related shenanigans. “It appears they’ve cut holes on a training bib, both front and back (that’s left back Jamina Roberts). This allows any field player to put it on and basically become a fly goalie during an offensive. Sweden uses this (quite aggressive) tactic whenever they are shorthanded (penalties are 2 minutes long). Subs are allowed on the fly, so they always try to sub in a real keeper in time for the opponents attack. However, it’s not always possible and the bibbed player is stuck between the pipes (given that she gets there on time). Take Johanna Ahlm, who earlier this week scored, raced back and finally made the save – with her face. But no goal! Here’s the whole sequence.” … Our resident Rugby expert Graham Clayton writes, “The combined Brisbane team that played Cronulla-Sutherland in the final of the mid-week AMCO Cup rugby league competition in 1979 had a jersey which featured a number on the front. Apparently in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, all teams in the Brisbane rugby league competition had numbers on the front of their jerseys. BTW, the Cronulla-Sutherland combination of sky blue, black and white is one of my all-time favourite jerseys.” Graham adds, “the combined Brisbane team’s shorts feature “4IP” on either side at the front. I can only presume that due to the number on the front of the jersey, which would be the normal place for a sponsors logo, the 4IP logo had to be placed on the shorts instead. 4IP were a Brisbane radio station.” … Have you ever wanted to know the story behind AOL’s ‘iconic’ yellow running man? Well, here you go anyway (thanks, Brinke). … Southwest Covenant Schools in Yukon, Okla. appears to have added a cross to a Patriots logo (via Chance Plett). … Gather ’round children and you shall hear — the Ballad of a Starter Jacket (thanks, Brinke). … Finally, reader Tony Caliguiri found this on Facebook: an awesome article “on a shoe store that’s been sitting for 40 years untouched, good link in the article with a bunch of pics with some awesome old logos and such.”

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And that’s going to do it for today, folks. Enjoy the Army/Navy game — it’s the only game in town. Thanks to Gary and Andrew for their sections today, and all who sent in submissions or tweeted at me with Ticker items.

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“Unfortunately, Syracuse dropped their ‘Orangemen’ nomenclature despite a lack of discrimination against the orange man. Technically, orange is an earth tone, and hence a touchy subject.”

— Walter Helfer

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