My Friday Flashback piece on ESPN today takes a look back at all the black drop shadows, black jerseys, black caps, and other black accessories that the Mets wore from 1998 through 2011. It also includes a new interview with Bob Halfacre, the guy who designed most of those black elements. What does he think about the Mets’ recent move away from black? Find out in today’s column. Check it out here.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it yesterday, my annual NBA season preview is now available on ESPN. Check that one out here.
PermaRec update: I’ve often written about people finding messages in bottles. But here’s a new one: a dog that found a message in a bottle! Get the full story over on Permanent Record.
’Skins Watch: This past Monday night’s episode of the TV show Minority Report showed a 2019 Washington RedClouds jersey. “According to the show, it’s very rare because that’s the year they changed their name,” says Mike Cooperman. ”¦ Here’s more about the Spokane Indians’ use of the Salish language on their jerseys (from Larry Brunt). ”¦ With voting taking place as we speak on the team that will replace “Fighting Sioux” at the University of North Dakota, some Sioux tribal members are threatening legal action because they were left out of the process (from Chris Bisbee). ”¦ Canada’s newly elected prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has a stylized Haida tattoo, which has led to some discussions about cultural misappropriation (from Mike Styczen).
Baseball News: We noted a while back that Troy Tulowitzki appared to have an MLB hologram sticker on his belt while he was with the Rockies. It disappeared when he moved to the Jays, but now it’s back for the postseason. Never seen any other player wear that on his belt (good spot by Scott Ingram). ”¦ “Our staff at the Worcester Polytechnic Archive was asked to pick one item from the archive to highlight as our favorite for American Archives Month,” says Mike Kemezis. “As happenstance would have it, I stumbled across an old baseball uniform shortly after we were tasked to think of an item. Here the blog post about it.” ”¦ The famous Coney Island parachute jump has been decked out in Mets colors (from the Tugboat Captain). ”¦ Jerry Seinfeld is celebrating the Mets’ pennant with his lucky shoes (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ Ted Taylor found these cool old MLB stickers in a shoebox at his parents’ house.
NFL News: “I went to the Reagan Library on Wednesday, mainly to see the temporary football exhibit there,” says Jay Braiman. It’s a display of about 500 items from the “private” (i.e., not-open-to-the-public) L.A. Sports Museum.” The exhibit includes pro and college jerseys and other memorabilia, and Jay took lots of photos. ”¦ Steelers LB Ryan Shazier wore a neck roll in practice the other day. Not a faux-neck roll on a Nike jersey — a real neck roll (from Brian Cox). ”¦ New BFBS practice jerseys for the Dolphins. When I tweeted that link yesterday, Matt Sayler quipped, “I hope this helps with recruiting” (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Here’s what the Browns will wear this weekend. As always, the mock-up is misleading because the actual lettering on the pants occupies much more of the pant leg than is shown in the illustration. Interesting that they keep choosing to show an inaccurate depiction of the uniform’s worst element. ”¦ Ryder Kouba spotted the Texans’ logo being used by an Egyptian restaurant.
College Football News: An increasing number of college football punters come from Australia. ”¦ Here are this week’s uni combos for Pitt, Miami, USF (ugh, Pinktober), Utah, Washington State, Oregon State, and UNC. ”¦ Arizona State will wear G.I. Joke cleats on Oct. 29 against Oregon. Further info here. ”¦ Have I mentioned that the uniform outfitters have way too much influence these days? ”¦ The weather for Penn State’s 1985 season opener at Maryland was so hot that the ref wore shorts and Joe Paterno didn’t wear a necktie (from William Yurasko). ”¦ Here’s an article about the Wazzou flag that always appears on College Gameday. ”¦ Baylor will wear blackout unis on Nov. 14. ”¦ New homecoming helmet for South Dakota State (from Chris Mangan). ”¦ Maryland wore throwback helmets during practice this week (from Matt Shevin). ”¦ Tennessee might wear their grey alts again (thanks, Phil).
Hockey News: Good view of the Canadiens’ 1929-30 championship sleeve patch here (from Will Scheibler). ”¦ New throwbacks for Ferris State. ”¦ If you scroll through this Twitter feed, you’ll see lots of photos of the Penguins’ Pinktober warm-ups (from Jerry Wolper).
Pro Basketball News: The D-League’s Westchester Knicks, which had used a logo featuring Father Knickerbocker, are apparently switching to a new logo. Ted Levin spotted that during a Rangers hockey telecast. ”¦ Here’s a new one, at least to me: a suede Kobe Bryant jersey (from Stuart Friedel). ”¦ The refs in last night’s Knicks/Celtics preseason game had inconsistent uni number coloring.
College Hoops News: New uniforms for Youngstown State. ”¦ New gold alternate for the school with the nation’s best acronym. ”¦ Miami’s new uniforms have that same shitty Adidas template that we’ve seen for other schools. Additional views here.
Soccer News: ManU midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is considering legal action against a Hong Kong company that appears to have used his linkess on a Nazi doll. ”¦The USL’s latest team will be called the Swope Park Rangers.
Grab Bag: I don’t usually get too worked up about merch, but the folks at Streaker Sports sent me some freebies, and I was impressed by the quality — good stuff. No maker’s marks except on the inner collars and inner waistbands, either (which shouldn’t really be noteworthy but, sadly, is). ”¦ Check out these awesome posters showing the Chicago, Rhode Island, and New Jersey styles of hot dogs. No capers, but still really great (big thanks to my pal Emily Gordon). ”¦ Starbucks is adding “minimalist” cups for the holidays. Of course, a truly minimalist design wouldn’t have a big honking Starbucks logo on it (thanks, Brinke). ”¦
What Paul did last night: I’ve been attending the Food Film Festival for many years, and this year’s program featured a night of meat-centric films and accompanying food, so of course I had to see that. Bought my tickets more than a month ago and was fully aware that Game 5 of the NLCS was scheduled to be played on that date. “Eh,” I thought, “the Mets probably won’t make it that far.” Then they made it to the NLCS and I thought, “Well, I already have the FFF tickets, so I’ll just have to miss that game.” But then the Mets wrapped up the series in just four games anyway, so the Tugboat Captain and I were able to attend the FFF without constantly checking the score on our phones.
The movies were great, and so was the meat (they serve you what’s being shown on the screen as the movies move along), and then there was an afterparty where we got to eat more meat and hobnob with some of the filmmakers. Naturally, we wore Meats shirts for the occasion, which garnered lots of positive comments. I took some pics, but they almost all came out really poorly. Still, this one shot of barbecued brisket from Black’s BBQ in Texas should give you a hint of how delicious everything was (click to enlarge):
Update: The Captain got this photo, which gives a better sense of the meaty debauchery (click to enlarge):
All in all, a sensational night. Totally would’ve been worth it even if the Mets had been playing.