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As some of you may recall, three years ago I broke my wrist and forearm in a cycling accident with another biker. This past Sunday morning, while biking in almost the exact same spot, I had another accident, this time involving a pedestrian who didn’t look before entering the crosswalk. I thought my left elbow was badly sprained and was determined not to let that ruin my Sunday plans, so I went to my friend Jon’s pig roast and my friend Freddie’s 78prm record hop, and then watched the Mets beat the Cubs. But after fruitlessly trying to sleep, it was obvious that my arm was not getting better — on the contrary, it seemed to be getting worse — so at 2am-ish I toddled over to the ER, where X-rays revealed the radial fracture shown above.
So now I’m in a cast. The ER docs said I’d have to wear it for six weeks, but then I saw an orthopedist yesterday afternoon, and he said I’d only need the cast for two weeks — a huge relief. Hell, after what I went through last time (surgery, rehab, etc.), I can do two weeks in a cast while standing on my head!
Still, this time it’s my left arm that’s affected, not my right, which is going to be a challenge because I’m left-handed. Eating a bowl of Cheerios with the “wrong” hand might seem easy enough, but I was comically inept at it yesterday morning. And I suspect shaving is going to be quite the adventure. But hey, again, it’s only two weeks.
After the cast comes off, I’m not supposed to put weight or pressure on the arm for another three to four weeks, which means I won’t be able to participate in my November/December curling league. That’s the single biggest drag about the injury — that I’m letting down my team, which is skipped by Phil. Sorry, guys.
There are two uni-related aspects to this story:
1. I normally bike every day in Prospect Park, but I couldn’t do that on Sunday. Why? Because the biking/jogging loop had been overtaken by thousands of pink-clad people taking part in a breast cancer walk. With the park inaccessible, many people — too many of us, really — resorted to cycling in the bike lanes adjacent to the park. It got too crowded, and that’s part of what led to my accident. It would be churlish to suggest that Pinktober broke my arm, but it definitely played a role.
2. Last time around I got a green cast. I asked for the same thing this time, but the orthopedist said he didn’t have green. He did have, however, green camouflage. Also red camouflage. Also pink. Sigh. I settled for white.
Anyway: I can still type, but it’s a bit awkward, at least for now. So please forgive me if I don’t respond to an email or use every Ticker submission over the next coupla weeks — I’m being a bit more selective, at least until typing gets easier (although that’s not an issue with today’s Ticker, because Mike compiled it). Thanks for your patience.
Meanwhile, let’s hope I don’t have another accident three years from now. I’m running out of arms here.
A question worth pondering: Reader Kyle Seely checked in yesterday with what he described as a “stream of consciousness NFL question,” as follows:
As I was watching games this weekend, watching my beloved-yet-terrible Browns and their drop-shadow numbers clashing with their no-outline nameplates, and their confusing and upsetting longer-on-the-front shoulder stripes, then flipping to the Bills/Bengals game and contemplating why the Bills would wreck a classic look by going mono-blue, and the Bengals everything, then wondering what the Dolphins were doing with players wearing aqua socks and white socks with no rhyme or reason while facing the mono-navy Titans, then seeing the Seahawks running around in their perpetual storm-cloud mono uniforms, and of course the Jaguars and the Buccaneers wearing whatever inconsistent collection of scrap colors, fonts, and styles they slap together any given week, and finally capped off on Monday by whatever the hell it is the Eagles are wearing (do those black pants have any design connection to any other element of their uniforms, past or present?), I have to ponder a question that’s been weighing on me these past few weeks, that I feel we’ve been building toward for several years:
Is this the worst era era in NFL uniform history?
It’s a fair question (especially if you throw in all the pink nonsense that now ruins so many of the October games, plus the loss of so many excellent throwbacks due to the one-helmet rule). The NFL hasn’t had a period where it lost its mind design-wise, like MLB in the ’70s or the NBA in the ’90s, but I think it’s fair to say that there’s been a slow erosion of the league’s core aesthetic values.
So what say ye — is this indeed a low point in NFL uniform history? Discuss.
By Brinke Guthrie
Not sure if I ever mentioned this or not, but here we go: Growing up in late-’60s/early-’70s Louisville, I started out as a Vikings and Chiefs fan. I guess I just wasn’t aware of the closest pro team, as the Bengals had just come joined the league. Anyway, I must have watched Super Bowl IV and decided those were my teams. My first hoodie and pair of Sears PJs — Vikings. My first NFL pennant — Chiefs. And I particularly liked the Vikes’ helmets, even though it wasn’t until many years later that I realized it was a viking helmet horn, as seen on this helmet plaque auction. Ah, memories. Of course, the next year I moved to Dallas, and all that Chiefs/Vikes stuff went into storage.
Now for the rest of this week’s finds:
• Speaking of Dallas, look at the LeRoy Neiman artwork on this Time magazine cover of the Cowboys/Dolphins match-up in Super Bowl VI. I remember this game clearly, watching it in our living room. When they sacked Griese for that huge loss (29 yards, still a SB record) it was game over, baby. [I remember that game, too. First Supe I ever watched. When the Dolphins finally scored a field goal, the broadcast showed fans waving white handkerchiefs, and the announcer said, “That’s what Miami fans do when the team scores — they wave anything white.” Or at least that’s what I remember. Was that really true back then? ”” PL]
• Always liked Chalk Line designs — conservative looks as opposed to their peers at the time like Apex and Zubaz. This Falcons jacket kinda has a DeLong vibe to it with all the striped trim.
• This 1970s Broncos jacket also has a similar look, from Stahl-Urban. Note the helmet facing left rather than the usual right.
• Here’s a 1970 Dolphins uni set from Sears, still in the box.
• Crikey! From reader Will Scheibler, something PL will take note of: a 1971-1972 Australian Kangaroos roller derby jersey. [I do indeed like this one. Good call, Brinke! ”” PL]
• Bold design and colors on this 1970s New York Football Giants thermal mug.
• Never seen one of these before: a 1970s “Paint A Pro” figure. As the name suggests, you paint this Seattle Mariner yourself; they provide the decals. Here’s an Astros one. But are you really gonna paint the Tequila Sunrise?
• With the Royals in the ALCS, here’s a late-1970s KC Royals jacket.
• Sticking with the ALCS theme, Blue Jays fans can celebrate by downing some bubbly with this 1970s Blue Jays mug from Glasbake.
• Moving over to the NLCS, this 1970s bumper sticker from Union 76 says it plain and simple: “Go Cubs.”
Follow Brinke on Twitter: @brinkeguthrie
By Mike Chamernik
Baseball News: First, MLB sells “authentic” fitted caps for infants. Second, if you look closely, you’ll see that the caps do not have squatchees (thanks, Adam Steinberg). … Todd Shepard and his wife went out to paint some pottery, so he created his own Red Sox stirrup mug.
Pro Football News: The front page of the Steelers’ official team shop shows a fan wearing an incorrect logo. … Since we’re talking the Steel City, Matt Ryburn saw this Pittsburgh logo mashup in Charlotte. … On yesterday’s Dan Patrick Show, Dan said he got a Jerome Bettis Rams jersey. Matt Williams says he doesn’t remember the Rams’ home NOB being in gold, only in white. “Did the Bus hit them with a knockoff?” he asks. … Art Savokinas says Pittston (Pa.) Area High School recently received a 50th NFL Anniversary ball. It was in honor of Jimmy Cefalo, a Dolphins WR (and multimedia personality) who attended the school. … Looks like the maker of these Bears nesting dolls doesn’t quite know the team’s QB hierarchy. … If NFL teams played soccer, this is what they would possibly wear (from Phil). … The Spokane Shock are moving from the Arena League to the Indoor Football League in 2016, and the AFL is preventing them from keeping their team name. So the club is holding a “name the team” contest and is taking entries through Friday (from Kyle Almekinder). ”¦ Subway is running a commercial in which a guy is shown in various non-football situations while wearing a helmet with single-bar facemask (from Chris Flinn).
College & High School Football News: Illinois will wear grey uniforms this weekend. The Illini wore them once last year, too. … Maryland will wear throwbacks this weekend against Penn State. The uniforms are modeled after the 1961 set (from Phil). … Google’s scoreboard shows the incorrect Utah State logo. The Aggies have used this logo since 2012 (from Brad Iverson-Long). … Ohio State, Hawaii ,and Tennessee top the list of the most memorable (for good and bad, apparently) uniforms in college football this season (from Phil). … Virginia’s Highland Springs High School has a slightly different nickname on the road than at home. … An Ohio T-shirt company poked fun of Michigan fans in the wake of the Michigan-Michigan State game from this weekend (from @wcjirish).
Soccer News: Two MLS notes from Jose Palacios. Chromecast uses an outdated MLS logo, and the Red Bulls’ Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips have both first initials and double last names on their NOBs, and they wear Nos. 98 and 99, respectively.
NBA News: The Jazz unveiled their new Stance socks. … Kobe Bryant’s line of Nike shoes has evolved over the last decade. That page includes a good infographic (from Paul Lee). … It turns out that the Clippers’ new logo set is good for something after all: You can use it to make a fun Halloween logo.
College Hoops News: In case we haven’t seen them, new uniforms for Washington (from Matt Wade). … I have a question. We see a ton of college programs change their uniforms and logos, but they almost always keep the same colors (maybe they add black or gray or something). But, when’s the last time a major program changed its color scheme completely?
Grab Bag: The business casual dress code has harmed the suit industry and fueled the corporate polo shirt sector (from Laurence Holland). … New logo for Dropbox (from Brinke). … Students at the U. of Mississippi will vote today on whether to remove the Confederate flag from campus. … In a vaguely related item, NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will race in a Mississippi-styled helmet (from Danny Bevis). ”¦ Good infographic on time vs. motion in various sports.