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Our latest “Best Players by Uni Number” graphic comes from reader Marc Mayntz. Instead of focusing on a particular city or state, he’s turned his attention to the entire NFL. I’ll let him explain:
I tried to include nameplates, but it just looked clunky and really distracted from the overall look. I did include them for Nos. 1-9, so you could compare and contrast.
Every franchise is represented except the Bengals and Texans. I couldn’t put JJ Watt ahead of Warren Sapp and I couldn’t demote Bruce Smith below Anthony Munoz. Sorry, Cincy and Houston fans.
The Vikings are represented the most, with eight players (sorry about all the purple!), with the Steelers and Niners close behind with seven players each.
I tried to pick uniforms from each player’s “best” season. Reggie White is split evenly between the Eagles and Packers because he was always so consistently good for both teams.
The Cowboys are the only team shown in white.
From an aesthetic standpoint, this is probably the best graphic we’ve seen so far, if only because so many more teams — and thus colors — are represented. As for Marc’s individual player choices, I’ll let you folks quibble about that.
If you want to see more “Best Players by Uni Number” graphics, look here.
Letters on the Move
Yesterday I mentioned the annual appearance of the Red Wings’ preseason NOBs. But it turns out that the Wings have made another preseason move worth noting: Their “C” and “A” designations have quietly migrated from the upper-right chest to the upper left chest (as shown above).
This is just the latest development in the odyssey of the Wings’ C/A positioning, which has gone back and forth across the jersey several times over the decades. Sometimes they’ve worn the letters on the upper-left chest, like most teams do, but there have also been several periods when the letters have appeared on the upper-right chest. The most recent switcheroo came in 2007, when the letters moved from left to right (this was due to their jersey crest moving slightly upward as a result of the then-new Reebok Edge tailoring template). They’ve stayed that way until now.
In any other year, we’d just say, “Well, that’s the Red Wings for ya,” but this year we have to say, “That’s probably to make room for an upcoming ad patch.” Dang.
In case you missed it on Thursday, this week’s Bulletin article is a faaascinating interview with L.A. Kings equipment assistant Bob Halfacre. Longtime readers may remember him as the guy who designed the Mets’ black uniforms (yes, I like him anyway), but he also has his own uniform company and has been working for the Kings for over 30 years. He has a lot to say about hockey uniforms, illegal jersey sizes, Reverse Retro, Reebok vs. Adidas, how to avoid that locker room smell, and — as you can guess from the photo shown above — his time with the Stanley Cup. For what it’s worth, two of the comments posted on this piece are “Really great interview! I learned a lot.” and “Wow, not a big hockey guy, so wasn’t expecting to be so intrigued by your interview. Very interesting though.”
Incidentally, next week’s Bulletin piece will be my annual NHL Season Preview, and the NBA Preview will follow the week after that, so this is a good time to subscribe!
Soccer Jersey Reminder
In case you missed it earlier this week, I’m collaborating with longtime Uni Watch reader Austin Chen on the first-ever Uni Watch soccer jerseys! We’re taking pre-orders on them for the next week, for delivery around the start of the World Cup. Full details here.
What Paul Did Last Night
Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? It’s true! And since yesterday was the last Thursday of the month, that meant it was time for Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.’s annual chicken-themed show, featuring lots of songs about chickens, chicken-clucking background patter, the crowning of a new Chicken Queen, helpful visual aids, and even giveaway gummy chicken feet (sounds gross, tastes surprisingly good!). A swell night at a time when I really needed one.
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We got one new Uni Watch Plus sign-up yesterday (thank you!), bringing our running total to 354. I will continue to send a Uni Watch prize package to a randomly selected enrollee on any day when we receive at least seven new sign-ups.
To our Florida readers, our thoughts are with you. Hope you’re okay — let us know how you’re doing. And to our readers in the Carolinas, stay safe today.
I’m visiting my mom this morning. Play nice while I’m away, okay? Okay! — Paul