The Number 88 Jersey

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on April 27th, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I just saw that Brandon Moore tweeted that he is now #89, switching from #88.  "I am officially number 89 now...".  

I didn't think much of it, but then I remembered the passing of Jim Mandich last night, another #88.  I wonder if these means there will be something special done to honor Mandich's number.  From other discussions I've seen on here, retirement of a number seems unlikely (unless it's 21, for obvious reasons or 2, again obvious). Perhaps a one year "temporary" retirement of the number? 

This may just be a coincidence, but I was curious if anyone else has heard any speculation about this or if there is precedent for such a memorial.  

Comments

HAIL 2 VICTORS

April 27th, 2011 at 11:21 AM ^

The only thing worse then having to play in an Alamo Bowl is being proud to have won one.  That game was WAC officials that were so clueless-perhaps the worst officiated game ever.  None the less Nebraska's QB that game took hit after hit and was gutsy. 

Bizzare game-let the sker's have an Alamo Bowl trophy.

bfradette

April 27th, 2011 at 7:32 PM ^

I second this. Despite all the hullabaloo around the final play, Im still angrier about the non call on the pass interference that actually HIT our receiver (Breaston?) in the chest on the 5, but he couldn't catch it because his arm was literally held behind his back. What an accurate throw!

jtmc33

April 27th, 2011 at 11:02 AM ^

Maybe TE C. Barnett asked for it and Moore agreed to change?

(No idea what number Barnett was in H.S. - but if it was 88 maybe this is it.  Either way we'll find out in early August when freshman numbers come out)

jtmc33

April 27th, 2011 at 11:15 AM ^

If he wore 88 in high school, and if Moore hosted Barnett on his visits (same position group so it's likely), and if they have remained friends I could easily see it.

No different than a pro rookie coming into the league and asking a veteran for a specific number - happens all the time.

Either way, it was just a guess (not the answer) as to why Moore may have changed numbers

Magnus

April 27th, 2011 at 11:17 AM ^

I haven't heard of many pros doing that for a rookie. At least not without some sort of compensation.

And I think it would probably be illegal for Brandon Moore to take $25,000 from Chris Barnett to get the #88.

Also, Chris Barnett was #14 in high school.