As many of you know, I've recently started collecting old Glomeratas (the Auburn University yearbook) and game programs. As I receive new issues of the old programs, I always love to look through to see how much things have changed. Campus changes are always the most entertaining for me, but I always try to keep an eye on the action photos and the uniforms, even if they haven't changed much over the last half-century or so.
As I flip through these programs and check out the old photos, I've come across even more instances of the wrong style #2. The mistake I put off last year has continued to pop up and has for many years in Auburn's history.
Before we jump into the numerous examples of this, I should explain what I mean by "wrong #2s." For as long as I can tell, Auburn has used the same, or a very similar, block number font. As much as the uniforms have changed over Auburn's football history, the number font has changed even less. As I make the mock-ups that you see throughout this site, I have continued to use the same typeface when placing the numbers on the Auburn jerseys. I use Conrad Burry's "NBA Chicago Bulls" font for every single number, except for the two, where I have to change over to "NBA San Antonio Spurs." Here's the difference in the two:
As you can see, the Bulls font has the down bar at an angle, whereas the Spurs #2 is a horizontal bar, which fits the bill of Auburn's football font.
Let's take a look at some examples of this mistake.
As I said before, I first noticed Robinson's jersey mistake last year. Turns out he wore the same jersey this year, with the number still wrong.
|Jovon Robinson once again wore the wrong #2 on his jersey for the 2016 A-Day game. Chandler Cox (#27) is |
wearing the correct style though. (photo via Inside the Auburn Tigers - Scout.com)
|An Auburn Tiger wears the wrong style #2 in the 1992 Iron Bowl (photo via Getty Images)|
|The 1989 Iron Bowl saw DT Ricky Sutton wearing the wrong #2|
|Stacy Danley runs on LSU in 1989 (photo via Getty Images)|
|Bob Harris, DB|
|James Brooks and Joe Cribbs, 1979 (photo via |
Auburn University Digital Library)
And finally, the infamous 1978 Georgia game that featured the orange tops once again shows Cribbs sporting the wrong font.
|Joe Cribbs wearing the orange tear-away |
jersey in 1978 against Georgia.
It's weird. Cribbs had the wrong number font on all four color jerseys during his time at Auburn. Not just one, like I would expect many of the other instances to be, but every single one.
It's extremely tough to say why or how this happened. Some insight to the Robinson incident last year was that the equipment staff possibly was running low on #2s, and needed to put Robinson's jersey together, so they used whatever they could find. But that doesn't explain the others.
One theory I have is the different manufactures used. Prior to the world that we know today where schools sign exclusivity deals with apparel makers, teams would order their uniforms through many different outlets. Auburn just happened to have Russell Athletics less than an hour up the road from campus, so that was an easy choice to make. But not every player wore the Russell jerseys. Stan White wore a Wilson jersey a few times during his career (hard to tell how long though), so it's easy to think other players did as well. And when you have so many companies involved, things like this are bound to happen.