The 9/11 flag patch caps New Era is selling you isn’t exactly the same as the ones the players are wearing

Daric Barton with the flag patch placed right along the back seam of the first panel.

Daric Barton with the flag patch placed right along the back seam of the first panel, right above his ear.

Remember when New Era announced that they would be selling the flag patch caps again this year? Upon further inspection, what they are selling is not what the players are wearing.

The 59Fifty caps from New Era are the same ones the players wear on the field. That’s how they’ve been marketed to us and it’s true. But for the 9/11 flag patch, it’s a different story. I’ll use screen caps of the A’s game I am watching now.

(Scott Kazmir didn’t have his flag patch, but his teammates did. Did it fall off?)

As you can see by the link I have above, the flag is placed in the middle of the first side panel of the cap. But as you can notice by the image above (and around the league), it’s not placed in the middle. Instead, it’s placed all the way to the right of the panel before it hits the seam. The slight placement is minor, but it still makes a difference.

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New Era and MLB are bringing back flag patches for 9/11

Last season, all teams wore a flag patch on their caps on September 11. This was what MLB did following the aftermath of the attack in 2001.

It was announced by New Era that they are doing that again.

I actually am a fan of this. This is simple, not a gimmick like other things MLB does, and more importantly, it takes us back to when MLB first reacted towards the attack. Simple and very honorable.

(Although I am confused as to why they have old cap designs with it. It must just be extra in inventory and they slapped on the flag onto it for merchandise sales.)

NFL to use pink penalty flags — as suggested by 11-year-old fan — for Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday

This is an interesting development. Pink penalty flags for Breast Cancer Awareness month. After thinking about this for a bit, I wonder why this isn’t a permanent thing. Players wouldn’t over-pink their uniforms and the flags would be a subtle, but noticeable change. I am for it, although I don’t like having breast cancer awareness associated with intentional grounding. But I think it’s a pretty neat idea and we’ll see how it looks.

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Marlboro, NJ Boy Made Recommendation in Letter to Commissioner Goodell

Pink penalty flags will be used in Sunday’s Dolphins-Jets game — the final weekend of Breast Cancer Awareness month — at MetLife Stadium.

The idea was suggested by 11-year old Dante Cano of Marlboro, NJ, a fifth-grade student at Asher Holmes Elementary School, in a letter (right) to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness,” Dante wrote. “Please write back.”

Commissioner Goodell invited Dante and his family to MetLife Stadium where they will present the pink penalty flags (below) to the officials prior to the game.

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to…

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New 49ers fan flag revealed last night is pretty interesting

What do you think of the flag?

Over the summer, there was a contest that wasn’t well publicized that asked fans to design a flag for their favorite football team. This is a cool concept to get the creativity of the fans involved. And surprisingly, a good portion of these turned out pretty well.


Looking at the 49ers flag, the one thing that I don’t like is that the flag doesn’t feature the “SF” logo. Instead it features the team name wordmark. The “SF” is way more iconic and it stands out.

But here are some things I do like. The sunset is a great touch because if you’ve gone to Candlestick Park, Journey’s “Lights” is played after every game.

When the lights go down in the city / And the sun shines on the Bay…

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NFL Launches Inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge

For all the creative people out there, this might be a good one to tackle.

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32 Fans to Win Trips to New York to Participate in 2012 NFL Kickoff On Sept. 5 Fans May Enter Contest at through July 15

In anticipation of training camp, the NFL is asking fans to get Back to Football by showing their team spirit and creativity through the inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge. The NFL and all 32 clubs are asking fans to help inspire the design of the team flags that will help kick off the 93rd NFL season. 

Thirty-two fans, one per team, will participate in 2012 NFL Kickoff and will have their design concept incorporated into their team’s flag that will be on display as part of the Kickoff festivities in New York on Wednesday, September 5. 

The NFL Fan Flag Challenge asks fans to submit designs with elements representative of their team’s city, community, traditions, or its fans.  Grand prize winners will…

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