Today in sports: New NFL uniforms, game-fixing scandals overseas, an ode to Augusta's black caddies, one Kentucky fan's wild night, and Nissan designs a real-life Batmobile to win Le Mans.
It's an exciting day for those who watch football for the pretty colors: The NFL has unveiled a line of new uniforms, designed by Nike, meant to bring a sleeker look to the gridiron (see above). After months of anticipation, it turns out they don't look much different from the last batch of pad-covering team colors. "Will the designs be as audacious and rod-and-cone punishing as the ones Nike did for Oregon or as wild and historical as those produced by Under Armour for Maryland?" asked the Washington Post's Cindy Boren and Matt Brooks. As it turns out, no they won't. [Washington Post]
The New York Times carries an ode to the historically black caddies of the Augusta National Golf Club, where they were required on the course for decades and served both as expert advisors and a "striking symbol of the sport’s segregated state." It's a racial dynamic Tiger Woods turned on its head by winning with his white caddy. But while segregation no longer rules the golf course, the end of Augusta's required club caddies also means fewer openings for what's become quite a good job. "Not only is the best golfer of this era not white, Woods’s success has helped push the black caddie to the brink of extinction." [New York Times]