— NFL UK (@NFLUK) January 3, 2016
Football helmets are supposed to protect against concussions, not cause concussions. Try telling that to Bills kicker Dan Carpenter, though. Upset with himself over a missed extra point, he slammed his helmet to the ground and was surprised to have it fight back.
What you can’t tell from that video snippet is that the Bills went mono-blue for that game. Woof!
In other news from around the league yesterday:
• Unfortunate move in Miami, as the Dolphins went mono-aqua. Incredibly, this marked their first time wearing aqua jerseys (never mind the pants) for a home day game since — get this — Dec. 31, 1994. That’s 21 years!
• More mono follies in Cincy, where the Bengals went mono-black.
• The end zones at the 49ers’ stadium, which are usually either red or black, were a grey-ish green. This was apparently due to a bowl game played there on Dec. 26. All of the turf, including the end zones, will now be replaced in time for the Super Bowl.
• Speaking of the Bengals: With H-back Ryan Hewitt out due to injury, offensive tackle Jake Fisher, who had frequently been reporting as a tackle-eligible anyway, had his number changed from 74 to 44.
• Giants quarterback Eli Manning turned 35 years old yesterday, and Nike helped him celebrate by giving him a Nikelace-free jersey. Is this a hint of things to come throughout the league? Let’s hope so.
• The Seahawks won while wearing their grey alts. I’m told that they’ve never lost while wearing that jersey.
• Speaking of the Seahawks, defensive back Earl Thomas wore a personalized compression sleeve.
• I don’t really give a shit about the uniforms in TV player intros (because they’re just, you know, TV player intros), but a lot of folks seemed to get worked up about NBC using a mix of old and new Vikings jerseys last night, especially given how old that shot of Adrian Peterson appears to be.
• Two fans in Dallas apparently want the Cowboys to acquire Robert Griffin III.
• After a full season of thoughtful consideration, I’ve given the matter a lot of reflection and come to the carefully nuanced conclusion that the Browns’ pants are still a fucking embarrassment.
And that wraps it up for the NFL regular season. Next week: the playoffs.
(My thanks to all contributors, including @5_hutchins, Brinke Guthrie, Bryan Prouse, and of course Phil.)
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Proof that New Year’s Eve really is for amateurs: I don’t ever, ever go out in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, but this time around I made an exception because my friends Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. were playing at Otto’s Shrunken Head, which promised to be quite the raucous caucus. As you can see above, I was even invited to join them onstage for a stirring rendition of their ballpark anthem “Hot Dog Buddy” — my first (and let’s hope last) time singing in front of a crowd. A fun night.
Earlier that day, the Tugboat Captain and I went out to Coney Island for a few hours. It was a grey day — perfect for grabbing a frank at Nathan’s, walking along the sandy shoreline in search of shells and beach glass, checking the out the fishing scene on Steeplechase Pier, making new friends at one of the boardwalk bars, and generally taking stock of the year that was about to come to a close. I like the way this panoramic photo turned out (click to enlarge):
As for New Year’s Day, I don’t have any rituals about eating black-eye peas or anything like that, and I’ve only made one New Year’s resolution in my life (which, as it happens, was to create a column about uniform design in 1999 — guess that one worked out). So TBC and I just slept late, made waffles, took a nap, called our respective parents to wish them a happy 2016, and then went to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, where we checked out this cool exhibit about cats on the internet, which pretty much hit the spot. Had dinner at a nearby pub afterward, and then back to Brooklyn — a nice, mellow start to 2016.
Thanks for listening. However you rang out the old year and rang in the new one, hope it was a good time.
PermaRec update: The library book card shown at right — one of several that I acquired nearly a year ago — happens to have a semi-famous person’s signature on it. Get the full scoop over on Permanent Record.
Gromm•It update: Several new entries over on Gromm•It, including a grommetized ice cream sandwich, Life Savers,
avocados grommocados, and — wait for it — pizza. Also, Gromm•It now has its own About/FAQ page. Enjoy.
NFL News: The Bears have a new fan appreciation logo. ”¦ Hmmmm, was a concession worker at the Browns’ stadium really wearing a Steelers T-shirt during yesterday’s game, or is there something fishy about that photo?
Hockey News: At the 18-second mark of this 1974 video clip, it appears that someone on the Flyers’ bench — a trainer, perhaps — is wearing a goalie mask (from Bill Kellick). ”¦ I attended yesterday’s Stars/Islanders game here in Brooklyn. At one point the two guys sitting to my left, who appeared to be in their early 20s, were discussing teams that had moved from one city to another. One of them mentioned the Hartford Whalers, and the other one immediately said, “Great jersey.” The first guy enthusiastically agreed. It’s pretty remarkable how much love people continue to have for that design. ”¦ In a related item, check out this Whalers Wives Cookbook (from Brian Mazmanian).
NBA News: In what I presume would be a first not only for the NBA but for all of the Big Four sports leagues, the Lakers might retire two different numbers for Kobe Bryant (thanks, Brinke).
College Hoops News: Marshall went mono-black yesterday for the first time since 2002, and the first time ever at home (from @cDubya242). ”¦ Gorgeous color-on-color game yesterday, as Oregon and Oregon State went green vs. orange.
Grab Bag: Pretty sure we’ve seen this before, but once more won’t hurt: a website devoted to shoelaces (thanks, Mike). ”¦ Here’s a 2012 photo of an Austrialian discus thrower who wore an “anatomically correct” singlet. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I need a drink to get that image out of my head,” says David Firestone. ”¦ Good story on the business deal that changed the course of bobblehead history (from Jerry Wolper). ”¦ West Indian player Carlos Braithwaite has been wearing a stomach protector under his shirt while batting in the current Test Match against Australia in Sydney (from Graham Clayton). ”¦ MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo is switching helmet makers. ”¦ There’s a new book featuring 6,000 modern trademarked logos.