So I watched our loss in the 1980 Sugar Bowl to Bama recently (it’s on demand on DirecTV, which is where I recorded and watched it; it’s also on YouTube). Comment and then a question for the old heads.
The comment is that we actually played better in that game than I remembered. Yes - Bama was and played better, and deserved to win. But it wasn’t as one sided as I had recalled. In fact, it was a onc score game until midway through the 4th quarter, when Bama took a punt downed inside their 5 and drove the length of the field for the clinching TD - a true Championship drive.
But Kevin Scanlon had a better game than memory would have told me. I believe he finished 20 for 36 for about 240 yards and one pick…and he had at least 3 or 4 good passes dropped (or, in some cases, knocked out when Alabama DB’s treated our WR like pinatas). And we actually made some plays on the ground, too. But it ended up reminding me of too many Texas games, when we had a very good all around team - a legit Top 10 team - but just didn’t have the overall size and muscle to last the whole game against them.
So - here’s the “trivia” question; I noticed during the game, when they’d show close-ups of our players on the field, that all of them had a thin BLUE stripe - maybe 4 inches long and a half inch wide - on their right sleeve. Not the left - just the right.
I’m wondering if anyone remembers that and WHY we would have such a thing? It almost seems like we had a “typo” on the jersey and wanted to cover it up - but it so, why a BLUE stripe and not red??
Scroll ahead to the 40:00 mark of the video below, and as the Hogs break the huddle you can see the stripe on everyone’s right sleeve.