Giving Fans a Piece of the Uni-Design Action

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Interesting move yesterday by the Brewers, who announced that they’re inviting fans to submit designs for a new uniform. The winning design will be produced and worn on the field for one game, although there’s one big caveat: That game will take place in March, during spring training.

Several readers got in touch yesterday to say they thought this was a real Mickey Mouse move for a big league team. But I disagree — I think it’s great, at least in theory. There’s certainly plenty of design talent out there in the fan base, as I’ve learned by running various team-redesign contests on ESPN. The key is whether the Brewers’ panel of experts chooses four good finalists from among all the designs that are submitted, and whether the subsequent voting on the finalists produces a good outcome. (For full details on the contest, look here.)

Near as I can figure, this is the first time a major-level pro team has solicited a fan-submitted uni design since the White Sox put out the call for entries back in 1981. (For more on that chapter in uni history, look here.) The Ottawa Senators recently began using a fan-produced design for their third jersey, but they didn’t solicit that design — it was posted on the web and went viral among local fans.

With their Spanish- and Italian-language jerseys, the Brewers have been one of the more uni-innovative teams in recent years, and this contest just reinforces that status — good for them. My only gripe is that it’d be a lot ballsier to use the fan-designed uni for a regular season game. If the design turns out to be a hit among fans and players, maybe that’ll happen.

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Question Time: Time for another round of Question Time (or, as some other sites like to call such endeavors, Ask Me Anything), which means all of you are invited to send me a question, and I’ll try to answer as many of them as possible in a future blog entry. The questions can be about uniforms, sports in general, me, or anything else. (You can see the first two rounds of Question Time content here and here.)

Nothing is out of bounds, although I may opt to ignore questions that I decide are too personal. I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to get to every single question, but I promise that I’ll do my best to address as many of them as possible.

The only rule is that each reader is limited to one question per Question Time segment. Send your question (again, only one) here. Please do not post questions in the comments. Thanks.

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College hoops update: I’ve written a follow-up piece to last week’s ESPN column, with about two dozen more college basketball uni changes. Look here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: Everyone who said the Mets would have a blue alternate jersey in 2013 was half-right — they’ll have two blue alternates, which of course is in keeping with the Wilponian protocol that states “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” Word through the grapevine is that there’ll also be an orange-brimmed alternate cap. … For the final game of the 4 Nations Cup in Helsinki, the American and Canadian women’s hockey teams went color-on-color (from Brandon Peterson). … Update on the NBA Xmas uniforms: Contrary to some early reports, they will not be worn for weekend home games in the second half of the season. Only on Xmas. … Rugby news from Caleb Borchers, who writes: “The Leicester Tigers played a midweek game against the Maori All Blacks (formerly NZ Maori) Tuesday. As is their practice on such occasions (i.e., games not ruled over by a competition or league), they used letters instead of numbers. Great tradition.” … Maryland football will wear solid black this weekend. And no, I won’t be referring to this uni by the name that Under Armour and UMD are using, since that’s yet another unacceptable example of military lingo creep. … Allentown’s new hockey team will be called the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (from Gary Mattox). … New uniforms for the Hudson Valley Renegades — that’s the Rays’ short-season single-A affiliate (from Adam Schechter). … Here’s next season’s All-Star logo for the New York-Penn League (from Yancy Yeater). … The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre minor league baseball team will now be called the RailRiders. Uni details here. Mike Slesinski attended last night’s launch party and took these pics. … Southern Illinois’s football jerseys will not have conventional NOBs this Saturday. Instead, the team auctioned off the NOBs to help fund cancer research. Further details here. The team did the same thing last year (from Riley Swinford). … The NFL has published a timeline of the football helmet (thanks, Brinke). … Multiple sources indicate that the possibility of the Dolphins updating their logo next season is no longer a possibility — it’s a done deal. The new logo is supposedly a relatively minor revision, not a drastic overhaul. It will include all of the team’s current colors, including navy. … Great example of how the whole “ribbon for a cause” culture has gotten way out of hand: A Colorado kid named Alex had leukemia, so the local high school football team wore orange socks and his initial on their helmets, among other things. But nobody had ever seen Alex or his parents. And now it turns out Alex never existed. Oopsie.

Uni Watch Grab Bag: A Few Short Items


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Uni Watch reader Douglas Ford is a home brewer. This means, among other things, that he gets to design his own bottle caps — including the caps you see above, which he mailed to me. I don’t think he did this just to make my broken arm feel better, but it sure had that effect. Thanks, Douglas.

Speaking of my arm, since some of you have asked, it’s getting there. The first few days after the surgery were pretty rough, but now I’m sleeping okay, I’ve been able to cut back on the painkillers, and I can type for a pretty long stretch before my hand gets tired. Still can’t lift anything heavier than a carrot, and having only one fully functional arm is still really awkward and frustrating, but I’m adapting. Last night I even did the dishes (not so easy with one arm!). Little victories.

Meanwhile, I had been assured by various authorities, including a few of you readers, that chicks dig broken arms. Great, I thought — all those cast/sling fetishists out there, bring ’em on. Hasn’t really worked out that way, though. The one mild exception was this gal at the gym who nodded approvingly at my cast and said, “Wow, that takes dedication.” Unfortunately — and I’m not making this up — she was wearing a bright purple top. Sigh.

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“I purchased this ugly Packers Christmas sweater for a party coming up in a few weeks,” says reader Adam Heili. “Maybe you should put out the call for other ugly holiday/sports sweaters.” I have a feeling Adam suggested this because he knows his sweater will be hard to beat, but what the hell: If you have examples of similarly horrific sweaters, let’s see ’em.

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Speaking of the holidays, I’ll soon start working on my annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide column, which should run on ESPN during the week after Thanksgiving. If you know of some good uni-related stocking stuffers that you’d like me to consider, do tell.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: The Bills will be wearing blue pants tomorrow night. … No photo, but Steve Cramer checks in with this: “I was at the University of Memphis vs. North Florida basketball game on Monday night, and both teams repeatedly put out squads consisting of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (although I don’t think they ever played directly against each other). I can’t recall ever seeing this before.” … Eric Reyes spotted a fan in full Browns attire last Sunday. “The jersey looks like an authentic 1980s model, because of the NOB font,” he says. … “Was watching the DC United vs. the New York Red Bulls eastern semifinal, and my wife noticed NBC had punctuated ‘DC’ but not ‘NY,’” says John Muir. “What’s the protocol here? Does ‘New York’ get different treatment than ‘District of Columbia’?” Speaking only from a copyediting standpoint, two-letter abbreviations with no periods should only be used for postal addresses. I suspect NBC has its own style guide for this kind of thing, but I agree that the “NY” and “D.C.” look inconsistent. … The team formerly known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will officially get its new name today. … I’m still calling it Mercer County Waterfront Park. “This one really bothers me,” says Dan Cichalski, “because Trenton has been a supremely successful minor league franchise since its inception in 1994, all without stadium naming rights. And it’s a lame name to boot.” … UNC football will once again wear the chrome helmets tomorrow night (from Chris Taylor). … Two on-field changes for Mississippi State’s next game: They’re using an alternate midfield logo, and they’re memorializing former player Nick Bell, who died of cancer two years ago, in the end zone. “First person to be recognized via their own end zone?” asks Dustin Semore. Good question. Anyone..? … Johnny Bruno has been tracking the uniforms for the Ohio football team. … Virginia Tech is retiring two of its logos (from Kyle Lamers). … New alternate rugby jerseys for Scotland. Caleb Borchers says the flag-based design “is sort of like ‘Scotland, fuck yeah!'” … Also from Caleb: New rugby design for France. Interestingly, they put the flag of the opposing team — Australia — at the base of the collar. … Andrew Yudis recently received this jersey as a gift. As you can see, it has NFL tagging but doesn’t fit with any NFL team. Chinese bootleg? Mis-tagged jersey? Something else? … Speaking of odd jersey tagging, Clint Richardson recently found a Titans jersey with a Reebok label and sleeve logo but a Nike hang tag. … Also from Clint: “Auburn WR Trovon Reed now wears ‘T. Reed,’ even though he is the only Reed on the team. It apparently refers to his nickname, ‘T-Reed Uno.'” … The NBA, not wanting to be left behind in the flag-desecration/pandering sweepstakes, has come out with stars and stripes headbands (from Robert Silverman). … Color-on-color alert! That’s Franklin College and Hanover College from last weekend. “Hanover was the visiting team, so I asked their sports information director what he know about the uni choice,” says Derek Linn. “He told me that Franklin’s head coach contacted Hanover and told them they could wear their home reds if they would like. No reason was given, but it’s plausible to think he knew how good a color-on-color game looks.” … I’ll be off the grid starting at about noon today. Hope to see some of you tonight at Show & Tell, and I’ll see the rest of you tomorrow.

Confirming What We Already Knew

As you can see above, the NBA unveiled their Christmas Day jerseys yesterday. (If you’re reading this on a mobile device or are having trouble with the slideshow, look here.) These had previously been leaked via video game, of course, but it’s nice to see better views of them. Would’ve been nicer still if they’d put uni numbers on most of the jerseys, but whaddaya gonna do.

There’s absolutely zero reason for these jerseys to exist (well, unless you count merchandising as a valid reason), so they’re stupid by definition. But from a strictly aesthetic standpoint, I have no problem with them — they’re nice. Well, except maybe for the Knicks’ design, but I’ll wait to see it on the court before saying for sure.

As you may recall, there was talk about these jerseys being used for weekend games in the second half of the season. There’s no mention of that in Adidas’s press release, which only says that the jerseys will be worn on Xmas. I’ve asked for clarification; will advise.

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AmPac leak: A design that’s widely assumed to be Ohio State’s Amateur Pacifist uni for the Nov. 24 game against Michigan unexpectedly showed up on the Buckeyes’ web site yesterday and quickly become the subject of mucho discussion (at least among people who can take such things seriously). Reader Ryan Cox provides a good analysis:

The player is wearing a (chrome?) helmet with a black facemask. It also has a larger OSU helmet stripe. The jersey has the [Nikelace] collar and OSU logo shield, which the regular OSU unis do not have. I think it is safe to say that these will be the unis worn against the team from the North.

I’m assuming more AmPac leaks will be following shortly.

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I received several e-mails yesterday from military personnel who took issue with what I’d written about UVA coach Mike London’s G.I. Joe dress-up costume. Most of these communiqués led to respectful back-and-forths that resulted in the other party and myself agreeing to disagree. But I also traded several e-mails with an Air Force veteran named Michael Ingalls, who insulted me in various ways (all of which is fine, it comes with the territory) and then said something so extraordinary that I’ve actually taken a screen shot of his e-mail and highlighted the pertinent bit, just so you can see I that didn’t make it up (I’ve blurred out his e-mail address; click to enlarge):


Can you imagine?

What does this have to do with uniforms? This: The knee-jerk “Thank you for your service” mantra that’s spread through our culture in recent years is part of the same rubber-stamp rah-rah machine that gives us camouflage sports uniforms, and is just as problematic. It has helped create the notion of the military being a privileged class that’s beyond reproach. And it’s apparently gone so far that at least one veteran now views this rubber stamp as an entitlement. Incredible.

If you’re in the military, I repeat what I’ve said before: I respect what you do. But I also know that not all soldiers are heroes, and not all heroes are soldiers.

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Collector’s Corner

By Brinke Guthrie

I went to every Bengals home game at Riverfront from 1973 through 1977. I remember being so excited to get the new Pro! magazine each week, including, I’m sure, this one. Of course, the pre-Pro! era is also interesting, as in the case of this LeRoy Neiman Jets cover.

As for the rest of this week’s finds:

• Look at the detail on these late 1970s Chargers Tudor figures. Did you ever repaint yours? I think I mighta tried that once or twice, since my Tudor phase meshed neatly with my Monogram/Aurora/Revell models phase.

NFL Chiquita Stickers alert! Starting price, just $225.00.

• We’ve got a Steelers NFL Sears sweater-jacket right here.

• Sorry, Nike, I’ll take this old-school Vikes sweatshirt over your stuff any day.

• Speaking of the Vikes, check how they reversed the scheme on this vintage pennant. It took me years to realize that was a helmet horn on the side. Years.

• Are those Wilson “Bata” shoes on Ken Stabler? I say yes. (Remember when players could wear any brand they wanted?

• From reader Jeff Flynn, Jr., comes this amazing 1970s Indiana State baseball jersey.

• Also from Jeff: these groovy NFL helmet “pop-ups.”

• And we wrap up this week with a 1971 KC Royals decanter, in good shape.

Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here, and you can follow Brinke on Twitter and Facebook.

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PermeRec update: Someone in Florida recently found 100 old snapshots in a Dumpster. They eventually told the story of a North Dakota man and his family. Full details on the Permanent Record Blog.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: In a development that doesn’t really qualify as much of a surprise, most players on the Browns would like to have new uniforms (from Jason Hillyer). … Florida Tech will field its first football team next year. Here’s an article about their uniforms (from Wayne Koehler). … Question: Does anyone track the number of times NFL players’ helmets come off during a game, or a season, or whatever? … Here’s more about the Panthers’ black pants. Interesting detail: “The option on whether to wear black or blue socks was left up to veteran wide receiver and team captain Steve Smith, who opted for blue in order to give the Panthers a more unique appearance.” … Also, if you’re wondering what the black pants would look like with the team’s white jersey, The Jeff whipped up this Photoshop image. Not bad — I like that better than the mono-black look. … Someone at Sunday night’s Bears game was wearing a full Urlacher uniform. “If I’d gotten a pic of his face, you’d see that he also had eye black stick-ons,” says James Huening. “But no helmet? Come on!” … Check this out: When 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick scored a touchdown on Sunday, he knocked the G.I. Joe ribbon off of the pylon. Why does Colin Kaepernick hate America? (From Marc Mandin.) … Conor Breen notes that Arian Foster, who normally wears gloves, went bare-handed on Sunday night. “Some players who normally don’t wear gloves (QBs, for example) sometimes wear them during bad-weather games, so I thought that it was interesting that Foster did the opposite,” says Conor. … America, fuck yeah, Southern Miss edition. What an embarrassment. … In a related item, the Toledo Walleye wore Captain America costumes on Saturday. “You cannot imagine how awkward and out-of place they actually appeared during the game,” says Chris Marcinko. … Two organizations with famous uniforms — let’s call them Group A and Group B — were in the news yesterday. Why? Because Group A will no longer donate money to Group B. Why? Because Group B insists on clinging to a policy of bigotry. … Whoa, check this out: tartan baseball uniforms! The full story behind this photo has been broken down in gloriously fine detail by Tom Shieberlook here. … Hey look, a Native American team name and logo that I can totally get behind. Why? Because the Lady Chiefs play for Wyoming Indian High School on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. And that’s why nobody else should use that imagery — because it already belongs to someone. … Bill Wallis found a great quote from the late Darrell Royal, who was asked if he’d ever change the Longhorns’ uniforms: “Hell no, I’m not going to candy these up. These are work clothes.” … Soooo many great details on the field itself in this 1971 Cowboys/Bills clip. Check it out: red hashmarks on the sidelines; alternating colors for the yard-marker numbers; little buffaloes in the Bills’ end zone; stars in the Cowboys’ end zone; and buffaloes on the 40-yard lines (I believe to indicate where the kickoffs took place). “And don’t overlook the Bills’ various NOB font sizes and the girl twirling a flaming baton in the opening — simply classic!” says Bill Kellick, and he’s right. … At the conclusion of last night’s Steelers/Chiefs game, one of the zebras was still signaling the game-ending field goal when a worker came out and began removing the G.I. Joe wapper from the goalpost padding (screen shot by Andy Henderson). … Also from last night’s game: Aaron McHargue notes that the helmets on the ESPN postgame set were facing away from each other instead of toward each other. I’m assuming they always put the home team on the right, and then they had to turn it around because the Steelers only have the logo on one side, so then they turned the Chiefs helmet around too. … Good story about the Steelers fans who came up with the “Immaculate Reception” moniker (from Jerry Wolper). … Excellent spot by Joe Sewash, who notes that WVU hoops had a small black patch above the NOBs last night. I’m pretty sure this is a cover-up patch for the Big East logo, because the Mountaineers now play in the Big 12 and are using the same uniforms as last year. … Learned last night that one of my very favorite people on this mudball planet — someone I love a lot, someone who’s super-remarkable in countless ways, someone from whom I’ve learned a lot and who I’m proud to call my friend and my hero — has been diagnosed with cancer. It’s bad. Feel free to think good thoughts about her. Thanks.

Monday Morning Uni Watch

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I’m happy to report that I’ve regained a bit of typing ability in my right hand, so let’s pose this not-very-hypothetical question: How can you make one of the worst uniforms in the league look even worse? Easy: Render it in solid black. That was the situation yesterday in Carolina, as the Panthers wore black pants for the first time in their history (additional photos here). “But wait,” I hear you say, “panthers are black, so doesn’t this look make sense?” It might have if they’d gone with it at the team’s inception, but now it just feels like a gimmick. Plus it doesn’t help that the light blue and the black create a vibrating effect.

Those pants, incidentally, are not listed in the NFL Style Guide, which I mention mainly as a way of reminding everyone (including myself) that style guides aren’t always accurate.

In other notes from yesterday’s NFL action:

• No blue pants for the Bills this week, as they went back to wearing white over white.

Moon over Philly! That’s Eric Frampton of the Cowboys.

• In that same game, several readers noticed that Rob Ryan’s play-calling card was sponsored by one of Philadelphia’s leading cheesesteak emporia.

• Meanwhile, Ryan’s brother Rex wore a cap in support of Hurricane Sandy victims.

• The 49ers didn’t play last week, so they didn’t wear the G.I. Joe helmet decals until yesterday. Here’s a piece explaining which players wore which decals, and why.

Turning to Saturday’s college action, you should start with Terry Duroncelet’s report from yesterday. Once you’re done with that, here are a few additional items:

• In yesterday’s entry, Terry mentioned that Troy’s helmet logo was rendered in black-and-white. But it was actually G.I. Joe.

• In a development that I can certainly relate to, Kyle Carter of Penn State injured his hand or wrist on Saturday and had it iced down with a PSU logo ice bag.

• Looks like there’s an inconsistency in Michigan’s 5s.

• Not sure exactly what happened to Ciante Evans’s helmet, but it looks like it had some quality-control issues.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Ryan Bohannon, Gerry Dincher, Dane Drutis, Brian Hansen, Jon Solomonson, Mako Mameli, Brendan Slattery, Britton Thomas, Doug Waddington, Brenton Wallace, and Rob Wheeler.)

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A few good men … and one jackass: In an embarrassing display that everyone involved should be ashamed of, UVA coach Mike London made a fool of himself on Saturday by dressing up in full camo fatigues. I was going to say something about this, but then I got a thoughtful note from reader Jason Christie, so I’ll surrender the floor to him:

I’m active duty military, so I have always been torn when you discuss the G.I. Joe uniform phenomenon. While I try to separate the two, it can be difficult because of my obvious closeness to the subject matter. …

I had previously seen the current crop of [camouflage] uniforms as honest attempts at honoring service and trying to express support, though some may have been very aesthetically displeasing. But what I hadn’t yet seen — and now recognize as the logical endgame to the camouflage phenomenon — was a coach wearing (or attempting to wear) an actual, complete military uniform.

Mike London was wearing what can only be described as a bastardized set of Marine Corps “cammies.” He had the top, pants and eight-point hat, which was rotated with hats from different services and the ROTC detachment at UVA (more on that later). But he was also wearing a navy blue shirt and sneakers. He also had gold chains hanging out — although those weren’t visible when he had his top buttoned up completely (which itself is wrong unless there’s a specific reason to do it). UVA assistants and staff also wore the pants of the various services, all in the name of “military appreciation.”

I can’t imagine that Coach London was trying to portray himself as a crazed person, dressed in a quasi-military uniform, flailing about and screaming at authority figures (i.e., the officials) — but that’s sure how it came across. If someone was flipping through channels and saw him, they might have thought there was a crazy “soldier” on the field and assumed it was someone who actually had the right to wear the uniform. … Is it too much to ask to show a little decorum while wearing a uniform (incorrectly, mind you) in which you’re trying to “appreciate” those who wear it for a living? … I see it as a little insulting.

I think what bothered me the most, though, is that there’s an ROTC detachment on most college campuses headed by a senior officer and with non-commissioned officer staff. These officers not only gave tacit approval to this farce, they seemingly endorsed it by allowing Coach London to wear their hat. Who thought it would be okay to let this coach go galavanting around the sidelines in a half-assed uniform in the name of “military appreciation”?

After seeing today’s display, I’ve changed my opinion on the issue of camouflage uniforms. If you want to appreciate the military, give out some free tickets, send some care packages, hook up with the USO and go overseas, even give a locker room tour or something. But leave the uniforms on those who should wear them.

In case you’re wondering, no, Mike London never served in the military. But I bet he likes to fantasize about it. Most football coaches seem to fancy themselves as a mix of drill sergeant and four-star general. But that comparison isn’t really fair to drill sergeants (who are strict but don’t routinely throw tantrums on national television) or four-star generals (who don’t make embarrassing self-referential beer commercials).

Bottom line: The whole dress-up soldier routine was misguided and inappropriate from the start, and now it’s metastasized into a bad joke — bad for players, bad for coaches, bad for military personnel, bad for all of us. It’s time to pull the plug on the whole thing and leave the soldiering to the soldiers. Now.

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Show & Tell update: The next installment of my Show & Tell storytelling series will take place this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8pm, in the back room of Freddy’s. Admission is free. Hope to see you there.

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Shamelessly manipulative plea for help: Whenever I host a Show & Tell event, I have a photographer on hand to take photos that end up on the Show & Tell web site. But due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, I don’t have a photographer on board for this Wednesday’s Show & Tell event (see above). I’d take the photos myself, but there’s the slight problem of my wrist being broken and my finger not even being strong enough to press the shutter-release button (seriously!).

So: If anyone out there is (a) NYC-based, (b) reasonably handy with a camera, and (c) available on Wednesday night, I would be so totally grateful if you could volunteer to be the official Show & Tell shutterbug-for-a-night. There’s no pay, alas (I don’t get paid for hosting the event either), but you can have all the free drinks you want. Interested? Please let me know. Thanks.

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PermaRec update: An iconic photo is the basis for a new documentary film that sounds very Permanent Record-ish. Details here.

And speaking of Permanent Record, I’ll be giving a live presentation on the project, complete with a slideshow and other visual aids, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7pm, at the Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan. Admission will be free.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: The folks at Under Armour invited me to join them at their suite on Friday night for the Maryland/Kentucky basketball game at the new Brooklyn arena. Highlight of the evening was meeting Adam Clement, who designed the faux-flannel uniforms that Maryland was wearing that night. I can’t say I love all of his work (he’s also the guy who designed the flag-based Maryland football design, e.g.), but I can definitely say I enjoyed meeting him — a great guy, and definitely one of us. We had a really good meeting of the minds, and I hope to interview him at length in the near-ish future. … Incidentally, the court for that college basketball featured a conventional plank floor pattern — not the herringbone pattern that the Nets are using. I guess that’s a team exclusive. … Jerry Kulig was watching an ESPN special on Darrell Royal’s death and noticed an interesting three-bar facemask. … Check this out: officially MLB-licensed slings! I’m gonna order one today (big thanks to Sean Kane). … Tagg Romney — Mitt’s oldest son — used to work for Reebok. According to this article, “his primary responsibility was to watch NFL and NBA games, counting how many times Reebok was mentioned or its logo caught on camera” (from Sam Coren). … Pretty cool striped design for Florida women’s soccer (from Mark Kaplowitz). … I think we may have Tickerized this before, but once more definitely won’t hurt: Check out this awesome booklet showing this history of the Arkansas Razorbacks logo (from MJ Kurs-Lasky). … Ryan Robey bumped into Ohio State WR Evan Spencer at an airport and said Spencer hinted that OSU will have new uniforms for the Michigan game on Nov. 24. “He also said chrome helmets might be a reality for the Michigan game but that Ohio State will never wear black jerseys ‘because of the alumni,'” says Ryan. … Who’s that in the tequila sunrise jacket? None other than keyboardist Ian Stewart, the “sixth Stone.” Here he is wearing it onstage (great find by Steve Mandich). … Easton Hockey has used some Riddell technology to create a new hockey helmet (from Matthew Austin). … Poultry convention? Nope — it’s an exhibit of South Carolina mascots at a campus museum (from Gordon Cromer). … I didn’t realize Lipscomb University used subscript NOBs (until Matthew Blinco told me, that is). … Tyler Kepner sent along some stills from the upcoming film The Silver Linings Playbook, which is about, among other things, an Eagles fan. Interestingly, the Eagles logo and NFL logo have been scrubbed from the fan’s jersey. “I can think of a ton of instances in which a movie shows official team apparel — not just in sports movies, but even in movies not about sports, like Tom Hanks wearing that NY Giants sweatshirt in Big,” says Tyler. “So I wonder why the NFL apparently would not allow the Eagles logos in this movie. It’s really bugging me.” … Even the more cynical among us can probably agree that the NFL’s “Play 60” initiative, which encourages kids to run around and get some exercise instead of spending all day playing video games, is a good thing. Or at least we could have agreed on that, until the Lions announced their new Play 60 sponsor: a video game brand. Can’t make it up, people (from Daniel Secord). … Here’s a good shot of Charles Barkley wearing a mask (from James Ashby). … Sunderland soccer player James McClean caused some controversy over the weekend by refusing to wear the Remembrance Day poppy that everyone else was wearing (from Joe Hollomon). … Oregon State hoops player Ricardo Nelson suffered a torn collar last night (from Jeremy Brahm).