Paul here, giving Phil a well-earned weekend break. Yesterday I said the site would be closed for the weekend, but then an interesting story began circulating late in the day yesterday, and I’ve decided to address it here today.
So: While the rest of the world was needlessly obsessing about whether Colin Kaepernick would remove the American flag decal from his helmet, a more legitimate decal-removal story was unfolding right under our noses. To wit: Did Tom Brady remove the NFL logo decal from his helmet, perhaps as a way of protesting his upcoming suspension?
That question was raised on Twitter yesterday by a fan named Eric Penza, who noticed that the logo was missing from Brady’s helmet during the Patriots’ game against the Giants on Thursday night. I didn’t see that tweet, but Michael Hurley, who writes for CBS Boston Sports, did. He wrote a pretty good piece about it (several other media outlets have now followed up by writing about it as well), pointing out that Brady’s NFL logo decal had also been AWOL a week earlier, when the Pats played the Panthers:
But why stop there? Looking back a bit further, it turns out that the decal was also missing on Aug. 3, as seen in this shot of Jacoby Brissett carrying Brady’s gear:
And it also appears to have been missing in this July 28 shot, although the view isn’t ideal:
It was also missing during minicamp, as seen here on June 9:
So it’s pretty clear that Brady hasn’t been wearing the NFL logo on his helmet for at least three months now, whether in games, practices, OTAs, or anything else. (He appears to have worn the decal throughout last season.)
But was Brady doing this as an intentional snub to Roger Goodell? I’m not so convinced. Brady’s legal appeals were still unresolved on June 9, when that last photo was taken. Why would he risk a fine and a potential controversy back then, when he still had a chance of winning? I’m more inclined to think it’s just an oversight. We’ll likely never know for sure, because I can’t imagine Brady admitting that he removed the decal intentionally, even if he actually did.
Anyway, it’s a fun storyline to think about. Discuss.
That’s it for this weekend’s new uni content — there will be no post tomorrow. Some promo messages follow, and the comments will be open all weekend, so feel free to talk amongst yourselves. We’ll have light content on Monday, and things should get back to normal on Tuesday, okay? Okay!
Panel discussion: Next Thursday afternoon, Sept. 8, I’m going to participating in a panel discussion at Baruch College in Manhattan regarding the use of Native American imagery in sports.
The event will run from 12:45-2:15pm (yes, I realize that’s an awkward time frame for anyone with a regular job) and is open to the public, although attendees are supposed to register/RSVP in advance. You can do that, and see additional information about the event, here.
Speakers for sale: I have a pair of used AudioEngine A2 desktop speakers available for sale. They’re ideal for pairing with a desktop computer. I purchased them in 2011, although they haven’t gotten much use in the past two years. They look and sound like new.
The speakers retail for $249. I could list them on eBay, where used sets appear to sell in the $110-$130 range, but I’d rather see them end up with a Uni Watch reader, so I’m willing to sell them for $100 plus shipping (which should be between $11 and $18, depending on where you live, although NYC-area people can avoid the shipping costs by swinging by Uni Watch HQ to pick up the speakers in person).
I still have all the original cords and the instruction booklet (click to enlarge):
Interested? If so, give me a shout. Thanks.
T-Shirt Club reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week, we’ve launched our latest Uni Watch T-Shirt Club design.
My creative partner on the T-Shirt Club project, Bryan Molloy, no longer works at Teespring, so we’re doing this shirt with his new employer, Represent, which operates almost exactly like Teespring does. From your standpoint, the customer experience should be virtually identical.
Now then: Our latest shirt is devoted to soccer. Here’s the design (for all of these images, you can click to enlarge):
We’re offering this design in four different shirt colors — maroon, black, dark green, and heather grey:
The shirt is available here. It’s available for a slightly longer period than most of our previous shirts, in part because I want to build in some extra time because of the Labor Day weekend, and also because traffic here on the site is a bit lower during my August break. Basically, I just want to make sure everyone has a chance to see and order the shirt.
One more time, the soccer shirt is available here. My thanks, as always, for your consideration.