The 49ers unveiled their new unis on draft day, which was great for the fans attending the team's draft party at the Santa Clara Convention Center, but not so good for reporters who primarily had to cover Michael Crabtree and the draft. In short, I thought I gave the uniform story short shrift and decided to follow up with an item that appears in today's Bee. Some tidbits that were not in the story:
- The 49ers won't wear any "throwbacks" this season. But they probably will in coming seasons. And when they do, look for the 49ers to go way, way back. Here's one vote for the 1962 silver and red duds.
- The 49ers got rid of the shadowed numbers and nameplates. But they kept the shadowing behind the logo on the helmet. Why? Because it provides a good foundation for the logo when it's on television, according to team officials. During the two-year process of designing the new unis the team actually filmed the new helmets at Candlestick Park to see how it would appear on television. The black background makes the logo "pop" better.
- Why not return to the broad stripe down the leg that the Joe Montana-era uniforms had? The stripes don't have a lot of give, and players found them too restrictive. The broad stripe also looked funny on some of the thinner-legged players. When ex-49er Brandon Lloyd wore the throwbacks, for instance, the stripe nearly wrapped around his entire leg.
If any of you who read my previous post were wondering whether a city slicker like me could catch anything while spearfishing, check out the leviathan Barrows landed off the shore of Ko Olina. I'm thinking of having it mounted and placed over my fireplace ...
-- Matt Barrows