| Today we are back in full force from our various vacations and technical malfunctions and are ready to hit this blog today at The Gridiron Uniform Database with a vengeance. We have no less than 36 database updates to bring you, and we will try to do a huge chunk of them today.|
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Let's get started with the 1994 and 1995 Raiders. Thanks to Mako Mameli, who brought this change to our attention. We have added Starter manufacturer logos to the front of the pants. Discussion is on-going in our forum about the number font of the 1960s Raiders. I believe at one point we thought it was as simple as the black jerseys always had a particular font, and the white jerseys with the silver-with-black-outline (1963-64 & 1970) had the squared-off numbers and the other white jerseys -- the regular black numbers -- had the standard numbers. Now, thanks to Mako, we are finding it is more complicated than that.
|Cookie Gilchrist of the Bills in a 1962 Preseason tilt against Boston. |
Still undetermined is the status of the Pats' logo-less helmet on #85
We have made some changes to the 1957 Eagles and Browns, thanks to some images posted to our forum. For the Eagles, we have changed the pants that they wore with the stripe-less white jersey to the white pants, and for the Browns, we added the preseason variation of number-less helmets. They apparently waited until the regular season to debut their helmets with the numbers on them. Thanks go to LarryB and BD Sullivan for this forum thread that brought us these updates. This whole discussion owes itself to the images available online at the USC Digital Library, which has many 1950s Rams images in its collection.
|Here are some images from the USC Digital Library: 1957 Eagles at Rams (left), |
1957 Browns at Rams (center) and 1955 Packers at Rams (right).
In these above images, in the picture on the right, which you can see in more detail here, we are currently looking into the Packers' stripe pattern. Of this Packers image, our historian Tim Brulia says, "It's from 1955 and the Packers look to be clearly wearing WHITE stripes on the jerseys and socks and WHITE numbers on the jersey. Helmet and pants are clearly yellow." Debate continues on this issue.
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We still have many more database updates to bring you, but we will save them for another time. We have more on the 1996-2003 Eagles we discussed earlier this week, plus Houston Oilers and New York Jets changes, as well as a modification to the 1990 San Francisco 49ers, thanks to Larry Schmitt that we have to update. We'll bring you those in the coming days.
to the lower right on this page), and I thought it would be fun to have a contest to pick the order of the remaining ten. This is similar to a contest we are having at another internet community that I am a part of, and I thought it would be fun to bring it here. The rules are simple, pick the order of the remaining ten players, you start at 45 points, you get a bonus for getting a player at the right spot (+10 for #1 spot correct, +9 for #2 spot correct, etc., down to +1 for #10 spot correct), and you lose a point for each spot each player of yours is wrong by (i.e you have Brady at #1, he is #2, you lose 1 point; you have Brady at #1, he is #3, you lose 2 points etc.) Minus-10 is most points you can lose, if a player you select isn't in top 10. You would score a perfect score of 100, if you get all ten right, while the worst possible score you could get is -55, if all ten of your picks do not make the Top 10. There is a thread in the forum to enter your picks, so get to it!
Our other on-going contest is the Best NFL Uniform Of All-Time tournament. Voting will soon end on the first group of entries, so if you haven't voted on those yet, hurry up and do so. Monday we will have our second group of first-round match-ups, so be sure not to miss that.