The NFL season kicked off in earnest yesterday, which means it’s time for our first Monday Morning Uni Watch report of the season. As you can see above, the big surprise of the day was in Chicago, where the Bears came out in mono-navy. Contrary to what some observers said, this was not the same as their Thursday-night uniform, because that uni has dark socks. Prior to yesterday, they had gone mono-navy with white socks only twice: in 2006 and 2002 (both times against the Packers). Additional photos from yesterday’s game here.
In other news from around the league yesterday:
• In a move that was widely expected, the Texans added a helmet decal for Hurricane Harvey relief:
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 10, 2017
• The Steelers wore their Dan Rooney memorial patch for the first time. The design had been unveiled back in July, but the team didn’t wear the patch during the preseason (click to enlarge):
• If you look again at that photo, it appears that Ben Roethlisberger was wearing the odd hybrid jersey. The collar looks like the new template, but the jersey has seams like the ones from the old template. Weird.
• In a related development, three Bills offensive linemen — guard Richie Incognito, center Eric Wood, and tackle Cordy Glenn — wore old jerseys with the full collar striping (click first photo to enlarge):
At least one of those players — Incognito — also appeared to have some aftermarket modifications made to his sleeves, with some sort of laces inserted into the sleeve cuffs (click to enlarge):
• As you can see from some of those earlier photos, the Bills wore captaincy patches. First time in a while they’ve done that — they had stopped wearing them during the Rex Ryan coaching era.
• And speaking of captaincy patches, the Eagles wore them too, I’m pretty sure for the first time ever.
• The Browns unveiled a new field design, with really nice retro-styled end zone scripts and, surprisingly, no midfield logo (here’s how it looked last year; click to enlarge):
• The Browns also have a new signature for the Dawg Pound.
• Speaking of fields, the Colts/Rams game looked like it was being played on a hybrid NFL/NCAA gridiron. Obviously, USC plays there as well, but it’s surprising to see the college graphics still so visible:
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 10, 2017
• Colts tight end Jack Doyle appeared to be missing the maker’s mark on his left jersey sleeve.
• The Packers had some serious color-inconsistency issues with their socks.
• Not sure if this was already noted at some point during the preseason, but Seahawks wideout Paul Richardson is going with JrOB this year. He didn’t have it last season.
• Halle-freakin’-lujah: The Cowboys are finally cutting the striping tape on their SpeedFlex helmets.
— Craig Miller (@junior_miller) September 11, 2017
The funny thing about that is that they were still running the stripe across the flex-panel gap throughout the preseason. Odd that they changed now.
• I’ve decided not to list postgame jersey swaps this season. So many players are now doing it, it got to be overwhelming, and I got the impression that not many readers cared one way or the other. Thanks for understanding.
And that wraps us up for Week 1. It’s like riding a bike, right?
(My thanks to all contributors, including Mike Chamernik, Kyle Good, Rok Grilec, James Gilbert, Jared Grubbs, Robert Hayes, Steve Lega, Pat Quinn, James Riley, Spencer Seaner, and Justin Zayid.)
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By Alex Hider
Baseball News: Today is Sept. 11, but only 16 of the 30 MLB teams are playing today, so teams wore American flag cap patches yesterday (with the New Era maker’s mark moved over to the other side). The teams that are playing today will wear the caps again today. … The Blue Jays’ caps had the Canadian flag alongside the American flag. … The Mets have been wearing first responder caps during pregame warm-ups for the past couple of days. … USA Baseball’s 18U team has some spiffy-looking stirrups (from Nick Lineback).
Pro Football News: The Bengals released their jersey schedule just before kickoff yesterday. … Panthers LB Luke Kuechly reportedly has been wearing a “Q Collar” on the field. It’s a device that helps detect concussions (from James Gilbert). … Marc-Louis Paprzyca made some modifications to his Jay Cutler jersey. Kevin Butler was a member of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears. … Anyone in the market for a Cowboys/Vikings frankenjersey? (From Rick Glover). … Erik Gamborg found this shirt with a white Chiefs helmet, that includes one random red facemask bar. … Good story on the issues that CFL equipment managers deal with week in and week out (from Ted Arnold).
College/High School Football News: College football name of the year goes to Eastern Michigan DL Lion King. Yes, that’s really his name. Even better? He goes FNOB (from Michael Lipinski). … Latheron “LA” Rogers-Anderson of Western Kentucky wears “LA” on his NOB, which also includes a hyphen (from Bryan Fyalkowski). … Colorado has been wearing a pair of helmet decals this season. One commemorates the 50th anniversary of the running of Ralphie, the live buffalo that stampedes into the stadium each game. The other is a memorial decal for Rahsaan Salaam, whose number will be retired later this year (from Ron Ruelle). … Youngstown State will wear camo jerseys on Nov. 18 on (from Robert Hayes). … New Hampshire has been wearing ’80s/’90s-era logos on their helmets this uear (from David Bailey). … Reader John Michael Williams designed a pair of memorial decals for his alma mater, Mayfield High School in Kentucky. … Someone whipped up a BFBS West Virginia concept (from Mamba Gunna).
Soccer News: Club Universidad Nacional of Liga MX went “big logo” yesterday against Tijuana (from Ed Zelaski). … New kits for San Diego State (from Maximiliano). … New third kit for Roma (from Matthew Klimberg).
Grab Bag: Reader David Firestone is talking US Open tennis balls and toss coins over on his blog. … Ray Hund sent along this collection of “Celebrate the Century” stamps. Released in 1998, they include iconic moments from the 20th Century. … Wade Heidt took these photos from the 2017 Mann Cup — the senior men’s lacrosse championship of Canada. The teams — the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Peterborough Lakers — both use similar shades of red and blue, making the game look like an inter-squad scrimmage. … Girls in Western Australia have gained the right to wear pants or shorts to school.