OK, not really. But 'Skins PR rep Brian Hosmer did check with the team's equipment manager. "He says there's no significance to it at all," Hosmer reported back. "They just didn't catch it." Yeah, but how did the helmet liner change? "Uh, I don't know. He, uh, didn't mention it." Sigh. And did anyone ask Brunell about it? "No, he's been in meetings all day and I can't really bother him with something like this."

It was at this point that Uni Watch got the distinct impression that Hosmer was looking at his watch with that "really busy, gotta go" look on his face, so that was pretty much the end of the conversation. And a maddeningly unsatisfying conversation it was -- we don't know anything more about this situation than we did before, except that the equipment manager probably won't let it happen again. But Uni Watch isn't ready to let go of this one. If anyone has any insights, please speak up.

Three other quick notes about the 'Skins: First, perhaps in reaction to Uni Watch's recent critique, they've stopped wearing burgundy socks with their burgundy pants (which created an unsightly leotard effect) and have gone back to wearing their striped white socks -- a great improvement. Second, Joe Gibbs appears to have abandoned the black cap he wore last season in favor of a red cap, more like the one he wore in his glory days (although the newer version, annoyingly, has the Reebok logo).

And finally, the color scheme of Gibbs' Monday night attire prompted Uni Watch attaché Ruth Wedes to opine, "He looks like he's working at McDonald's." All game long, whenever Gibbs appeared on the screen, Wedes quipped, "Would you like fries with that?" and "Super-size it?" But of course Uni Watch was too busy scrutinizing Brunell's jersey and helmet to engage in such frivolities.

Number Crunching
Several readers have inquired about the situation at Florida State, where there are multiple instances of two players wearing the same uni number: Drew Weatherford and Gerard Ross both wear No. 11; Tommy Keane and Mikhal Kornegay both wear No. 16; and Rodney Gallon and Chase Goggans both wear No. 37.

"We've been doing that for years, unfortunately," says FSU information director Rob Wilson. The reason is that rosters are much larger in the NCAA than in the NFL: A typical NFL roster has about 60 players -- and that's including the practice squad -- while FSU lists a whopping 87 active players. Toss in the restrictions on which numbers can be worn by eligible receivers and it's not surprising that NCAA teams frequently face a number crunch.

"It's happened to us pretty regularly, but I think this is the first time we've had two starters with the same number," says Wilson, referring to QB Weatherford and CB Ross. "We're allowed to do it, as long as they're not on the same side of the ball. And, obviously, they can't be on the field at the same time."

Uni News Ticker
While other MLB teams continue to support Hurricane Katrina relief by wearing the Red Cross logo on their batting helmets, the Yankees have quietly removed the cross from their lids. The Salvation Army sleeve patch they were wearing is gone, too. … With the NBA's Katrina-displaced Hornets now slated to play their home games in Oklahoma City, the team's home uni -- which previously read, "New Orleans" -- will be changed to read, "Hornets." The road uni will still carry "New Orleans," and both uniforms will have an "OKC" patch. … Photos of the Cardinals' pennant-clinching celebration included this shot of Julian Tavarez, revealing that he wears the team's striped stockings (with a bogus faux-stirrup pattern, but the stripes are still pretty cool). So why would someone wearing such great hose insist on wearing his pants like this? … Similarly, it's disappointing to see that Twins call-up Jason Tyner, who wore real stirrups during his stints with the Mets and Rays, has now joined the pajama brigade. … According to a recent survey, Americans think the Cowboys have the NFL's best uniforms and the Browns have the worst. The Dolphins were somehow picked as the fourth-best and the fifth-worst. … Some genius in Chicago got the bright idea of turning the White Sox into the Green Sox on September 9, to celebrate being "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day." Yes, really. Of course, the real St. Paddy's-and-a-half date wasn't until September 17, which means the Chisox marketing staff needs a brain transplant and a calendar. … Logo Creep Alert: Those green White Sox caps just happened to feature the New Era logo on the side, the third time this season that the milliner snuck its mark onto MLB caps. … More logo creep (courtesy of reader Gregory Johnson): Gee, who do you think manufactured the ball-boy and ball-girl uniforms for the U.S. Open? … You know something's wrong with the NFL when 49ers coach Mike Nolan isn't allowed to wear a suit on the sidelines but Bills coach Mike Mularkey is allowed to work in a T-shirt (with thanks to Phil Morris). … Uni Watch doesn't mean to come across as Honky McWhitey yet again, but what exactly is the deal with this trend of players untucking their jerseys immediately following a game's conclusion? Like, is it meant to signify that you're now on your own time and are no longer working for The Man (as if your "job" was really so oppressive to begin with)? Or is it just another case of "it's a hip-hop thing, you wouldn't understand"? Either way, it's weak. If players want to look like slobs out there, let them join a beer league like the rest of us. … Just as the Vikings' jersey patch incorrectly refers to the team's 45th season as its 45th anniversary, reader Alexander Chester notes that superbowl.com is erroneously referring to Super Bowl XL, which will take place next February, as the game's "40th anniversary." Look, it's simple: Super Bowl II was the first anniversary of Super Bowl I, Super Bowl III was the second anniversary, and so on -- the anniversary ordinal is always one number less than the Roman numeral (of course, the first two Super Bowls were actually called NFL/AFL Championship Games, since the term "Super Bowl" hadn't been invented yet, but we'll save that issue for another day). So Super Bowl XL is actually the game's 39th anniversary. Is that so hard to grasp? … The Giants dressed up as the Gigantes on September 12. They had previously done this back on May 21, in honor of Juan Marichal; this time it was for a "Fiesta Gigante" promotion. … Wanna see something weird? Check out the massive "C" logo on Ray Olmedo's batting helmet -- it's way bigger than the one worn by his teammates (with thanks to eagle-eyed reader Matt Bellersen). … In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University president Dr. Scott Cowen urged displaced students and staff to "carry the torch, be the face, and represent the name" of the school. That quote is the basis of a new patch, which all Tulane sports teams will wear during the 2005-06 academic year. … As you might have noticed, Indiana wore red pants last weekend -- first time they've done that in over a decade. But Chad Edwards points out something you probably didn't know: The team actually wore white pants during pregame warm-ups and then switched just before game time, so the reds would be a surprise. … What's the deal with the NFL's obsession with special-occasion blazers? Not only do Hall of Fame inductees have to wear those stupid yellow blazers, but Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith had to wear logo-emblazoned jackets for their recent induction into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Can't anyone just wear a regular suit? … Interesting note from reader Alessandro Brandoni, who points out that British runner Joanne Pavey wore high socks during the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships in Helsinki. Uni Watch, ever the sucker for athletic hosiery, applauds Pavey's move and urges other runners to follow her lead.


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