Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers tight end C.J. Uzomah (81) celebrates his touchdown with fullback Jay Prosch (35) and center Reese Dismukes (50) during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Iron Bowl 2013: Auburn breaks out sewing machine on sidelines


The 2013 Iron Bowl has a little bit of everything as the Auburn Tigers and ALabama Crimson Tide compete in one of the most important rivalry match ups in recent memory. From clutch punters to 99-yard touchdown passes and now even a sewing machine on the sidelines.

That’s right, the Auburn Tigers equipment staff busted out a sewing machine to fix one of their players jerseys during a commercial break in an effort to quickly get him back on the field.

Here is the photographic evidence:

Having a sewing machine to fix uniforms isn’t exactly a new thing, but it is entertaining to see an equipment staff bust one out on the sidelines. However, if you are really worried about getting a player back on the field quickly, perhaps you should consider having back up jerseys on the sidelines.

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  • Angela Bales Smith

    I have one question, what brand machine was it?

    • Debbie Hillestad

      Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116

  • Doc Watson

    Having backup jerseys isn’t really a viable option, mostly because of the way Nike runs their contractual monopoly of NCAA football uniforms. Any one school can have as many as four or five different uniform sets, depending on what Nike has outlined in their contract. The Oregon Ducks even have a different jersey for each game they play in.

    Doubling this amount is a lot weightier than doubling simple home/away sets, since you have to duplicate every number and every athlete’s name. If you have 100 players, you’d need minimum of 400 personalized jerseys — 100 x 2 (away and home) x 2 (primary and backup). If these fancy uniforms cost $100 apiece (total $40,000 compared to the $20,000 needed for one set), that that’s not so bad.

    However, let’s say you have six different uniforms you’re supposed to wear for different games under Nike contract. Now you’re looking at over 1200 uniforms, easily — 100 x 6 (number of unique looks) x 2 (primary and backup) — and throw in a few extras for first-string players just in case. If each jersey costs $100, you’re looking at shelling out $120,000 just on uniforms alone (compared to $60,000 for just one uniform of each color).

    Compare that expense of having a sewing machine (about $500) and having an intern who happens to know how to sew, and the choice becomes obvious. Having a sewing machine on hand saves time, money, resources, and hassle.

  • Twigleaf

    Dana Marquez ‘ quote ” “Even though I had a backup jersey right there, sometimes you get some players that are comfortable in a jersey,” he said. “It worked itself out where we had some time… The timing was right… He didn’t miss a play.” ”

    teehee…. I guess it was this players lucky jersey. I have seen athletes admit to not changing underwear if on a winning streak. They may not shave, change socks, or change a uniform part due to superstitious behavior. Teams definitely have backup jerseys, Money is not an issue here. Maybe this was just his lucky jersey??? The ( Dana Marquez ) equipment manager explains there were backups. Some players just like a part of their uniform and these equipment managers will go head over heel to please the player.

    That is all I can think of. But I was in ” Stitches ” . AuburnSewingMachine !