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Good morning! Greetings from upstate New York, where I’ve been spending the last few days (driving back home later today). Had lots of fun over the weekend hanging out with the Tugboat Captain’s brother, catching up with some friends, visiting an alpaca farm, drinking lots of hard cider (it’s apple harvest season up here), a fair amount of thrift/vintage shopping (more on that in a minute), and more. Hope your weekend was a good one too!
Now then: At first glance, there’s nothing unusual about the photo above of Packers running back Aaron Jones, taken during yesterday’s game against the Steelers. But if you zoom in for a closer look, you can see that a very minor, very subtle adjustment has been made to his jersey:
That faint zigzag stitching is where Green Bay’s equipment staff has sewn a pocket into the inside of Jones’s jersey. As you may recall, Jones lost and then found a necklace pendant containing his late father’s ashes during an earlier game this season. So Packers equipment manager Red Batty added the pocket this week so Jones could keep the ashes on his person without fear of losing them. (You can see another photo of the stitching here. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any photos showing a view of the pocket itself.)
Jones thus joins the very elite fraternity of uniformed sports personnel who’ve had pockets added to the inside of their jerseys. The most famous member of that club is probably Orioles skipper Earl Weaver, who had an inner pocket added to his jersey for his cigarettes. (It’s even shown as part of his statue at Camden Yards.) Two other O’s managers had the same modification made to their jerseys: Cal Ripken Sr. (here’s an inner shot) and Lee Mazzilli (inner shot). Those are the only other inner pockets I can think of. Am I overlooking anyone?
In other words from around the league yesterday:
• Since this was the first October weekend of the season, several teams were wearing cancer-awareness accessories, including rear-helmet decals, captaincy patches, sideline attire, pink ribbons, and more. In addition, Washington added a “Rivera Strong” rear-helmet decal for head coach Ron Rivera, who has been battling cancer:
• The Dolphins wore their beautiful white throwbacks. Yes, I know, they should wear them all the time (lots of additional pics here):
• In that same game, Miami coach Brian Flores wore a throwback-logo cap with a non-throwback vest:
• After three preseason games and three more regular season games, the Giants finally debuted their new red-striped road pants against the Saints, who went mono-black:
• The Panthers wore their blue alternate jerseys (paired with black pants, ugh) on the road in Dallas:
• The Falcons went mono-black:
• Brutal-looking game in L.A., as the Rams went mono-blue against the Cardinals:
• During the offseason, KC hinted that they might bring back their mono-white look — a combo that they haven’t worn since 2018. Hasn’t happened yet, though. They’ve now worn white jerseys four times this year — twice in the preseason and twice in the regular season — and have gone with the red pants for all of those games, including yesterday’s game in Philly (which was not a bad-looking game):
• Speaking of that KC/Philly game, tight end Travis Kelce plays for KC and his brother Jason Kelce plays center for the Eagles. Their mother wore a Frankenjersey for the occasion, and the rest of their family wore jerseys from the family’s hometown high school team:
What do you do when your two sons are playing each other? Split jersey of course!!
“I’m cheering for all the offense.” 😂 @FOX29philly
(Also check out the rest of the Kelce squad, rocking the old high school jerseys!) pic.twitter.com/xEttZubHbz
— Breland Moore (@BrelandFOX29) October 3, 2021
• Speaking of Frankenjerseys, check out this Steelers fan in Green Bay:
• Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater began the game wearing white gloves but changed to orange in the second quarter:
— Marcus Hall, SHRM-CP (MA-HRM in progress…) (@b_fianchetto) October 3, 2021
• Someone was making a very nice illustration outside the Vikings’ stadium:
• Nearly six years after Super Bowl 50, a member of the 49ers’ chain gang is still wearing the SB 50 patch:
• Speaking of the Niners, tight end George Kittle wore a San Francisco Giants City Connect jersey for his postgame presser:
(My thanks to all contributors, including Joseph Bailey, Marcus Hall, Jerry Kulig, Patrick Wieboldt, @gimmethewooby, @Spesh98, and our own Jamie Rathjen.)
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October pin reminder: In case you missed it on Friday, the Uni Watch Pin Club’s design for October is a fantastic depiction of a baseball ump with an old-fashioned balloon-style chest protector. You can almost hear him yelling, “Yer out!” Perfect for the playoffs and World Series.
Here’s a closer look (click to enlarge):
This pin was produced in a numbered edition of 150. As of this morning, there were only 40 remaining. You can order yours here while they last.
We’ll also have our annual Uni Watch Press Pin later this month, so stay tuned for that!
My thanks, as always, for your consideration of our products.
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Thrift score: As I mentioned at the top of today’s entry, I did some thrift/vintage shopping over the weekend. I purchased only one item — the LP shown above, because the cover design was just too good to pass up. So perfect! I really love it.
I saw several other items that were really good examples of design. I didn’t purchase them, but I thought they were worth photographing and sharing, starting with this amazing 1970s box of laundry detergent:
I also liked this set of pilsner glasses with colored bases:
And there’s something very pleasing about this rotating snack tray, which I was sorely tempted by but managed to resist:
There was more, but that’s enough for now.
By Jamie Rathjen
Baseball News: Pirates SS Oneil Cruz was wearing some of his equipment from Triple-A Indianapolis yesterday (from James Kulha). … Mets 2B Javier Báez was wearing the wrong cap at his own postgame press conference (from Ravi Meibelbane).
Football News: Left over from Saturday: Colgate, Rice, and UCLA players, among others, debuted a new Riddell helmet, the Axiom. Among its quirks is that it doesn’t have the top bars of the facemask (from multiple readers). … Reader Marcus Hershberger was at the Ball State/Army game and noticed that Ball State TE Drayton Charlton-Perrin’s NOB is “C-Perrin.” … Florida is wearing throwbacks next week (thanks, Phil). … The CFL’s Toronto Argonauts recently said they’re “celebrating 1991” at an upcoming home game, so they might be wearing throwbacks as they wore the helmet decals during practice (from Wade Heidt and Moe Khan). … Wade also has Canadian college uni tracking in yesterday’s comments.
Hockey News: The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters have a 15th-anniversary logo (from Wade Heidt). … In the same league, the Charlotte Checkers have a checkered red line that probably appeared sometime in the past few years (from John Muir). … Also from Wade: The WHL’s Swift Current Broncos have a new third jersey.
Basketball News: Here is Lakers SF LeBron James’s reasoning for wearing No. 6 (thanks, Phil).
Soccer News: Premier League teams wore black armbands, I think in memory of English striker Roger Hunt, but apparently no other English men’s or women’s teams did except Liverpool’s women’s team — the club that Hunt primarily played for. … The Vancouver Whitecaps brought in a large orange shirt on Saturday for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, which was Sept. 30 (from Wade Heidt). … Vanderbilt wore pink shirts on Friday. … Portland Timbers fans brought banners and other items yesterday to show solidarity with NWSL players after emerging stories of player abuse essentially set American soccer on fire last week.
Grab Bag: College field hockey teams that wore pink socks or accents included James Madison, Louisville, and Maryland. … Virginia field hockey wore warm-up shirts featuring the mental health charity Morgan’s Message, which specifically focuses on NCAA athletes. … Meanwhile, Colorado volleyball had pink court lines. … The W Series, a Formula One support series, is also going to have some pink elements, but it next races Oct. 23-24. … A Ukrainian airline, SkyUp, is going to stop making its female flight attendants wear skirts and high heels (from Kenneth Traisman). … Washington’s Metropolitan Police gave “ribbons of valor” to officers who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection (from Timmy Donahue).