According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the Broncos have worn white at home only 10 times in their history. Seven of those games were in 1971, when they wore white at home for the entire season.
The Broncos went 6-2 in their white jerseys this season. They went 7-1 wearing orange (5-1 in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs) and 1-1 in their blue alternate jerseys.
This marks the fifth time a designated home team has chosen to wear white in the Super Bowl. The four previous teams to do so were the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII, Washington in Super Bowl XVII, the Cowboys again in Super Bowl XXVII and the Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Those four teams went a collective 3-1 in their Super Bowls.
Historical footnote: The Cowboys were the designated home team for Super Bowl V and wanted to wear white, but Super Bowl home teams were required to wear colored jerseys in those days, so Dallas wore blue and lost to the Colts. This was a key building block in the legend of the Cowboys’ blue-jersey curse.
Peyton Manning’s No. 18 is the second-highest uniform number ever worn by a Super Bowl quarterback. The highest: No. 19, worn by Johnny Unitas in Super Bowls III and V.
Vogel has ties to Jackson, having served as an advanced scout for Jackson’s Los Angeles Lakers in 2005-06.
Molina admitted he didn’t expect to hit this well this early in his recovery. His brother, Bengie, said recently that Yadier continues to feel some pain in his left thumb, but it has been hard to tell from his numbers. He has yet to hit his first home run, but he is still slugging .439.
“I didn’t expect it to be that good,” Molina said. “I’m feeling good right now, so hopefully it stays that way.”
If nothing else, the Cardinals seem to have found a use for backup catcher Eric Fryer, who has caught three of Mike Leake’s past four starts. Few pitchers have ever minded working with Molina, who is in the conversation as the best defensive catcher of all-time, but Leake has found a bit of synergy with the seldom-used backup.
Leake finally has a bit of momentum in his season, with his past two starts his best as a Cardinal.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister attributed the apparent bad blood to “two hard-nosed ball clubs that love to play the game of baseball and go at it hard.”
“As far as what happened inside the scrum out on the field, there was a lot of things going on,” said Banister, who was making emotional gestures toward nobody in particularly, even after the roughly 10 minutes it took for umpires to restore order. “We could sit here for the next hour and talk about that. But I don’t have that time. I’ve got a bird to catch.”