In case you were wondering how your favorite MLB team’s home jersey will look with the Nike maker’s mark on the chest next season, here’s a view of all 30 home whites. Additional info and individual jersey photo downloads are available here.
Let’s shift into FAQ mode:
Wait a minute — wasn’t Under Armour supposed to be MLB’s new uniform supplier?
That was the original plan announced in 2016. But Under Armour, which has had significant business problems in recent years, withdrew from the deal in May of 2018. At the time, it was reported that Nike would be swapped in for Under Armour, although that didn’t become official until January of this year.
So is every team getting new uniform designs?
No. Whenever Nike takes over a league’s uniform contract, people seem to mistakenly believe that the whole league will get a makeover. But when Nike got the NFL contract in 2012, most NFL teams retained their existing uniform designs. Ditto for the NBA in 2017. And ditto for MLB in 2020. A few teams are getting new uniform designs, and most are sticking with their existing designs — just like any other year.
Okay, but at least the fabric and tailoring templates must be new, right?
Nope. These 2020 jerseys have the exact same tailoring and fabric as Majestic’s 2019 jerseys. The only difference is the removal of the Majestic sleeve logo, the addition of the Nike chest logo, and the corresponding change to the jock tag. Everything else is the same.
Will there be tailoring and/or fabric changes in 2021?
Possibly, although I’m hearing that the template and fabric will likely carry over to 2021 as well.
What about 2022?
Looking at the photos, it seems like the Yankees jersey is the only one that doesn’t have those mesh side panels. How come?
That’s a carryover from their Majestic jerseys (the Yankees were the only team that didn’t have the side panels in recent years). Like I said, nothing is changing from 2019.
I hate that Nike logo on the chest.
Probably not as much as I do.
Why can’t they put it on the sleeve, like Majestic did? Why does Nike always have to push things too far?
Nike didn’t unilaterally decide to put their logo on the chest. They put it there because MLB decided to sell that space for the maker’s mark at a higher price, and Nike was willing to pay that higher price for added exposure. (MLB had originally struck that same deal as part of the contract that Under Armour backed out of.) So don’t blame Nike for purchasing something that was available for sale; blame MLB for selling it in the first place. Say what you want about the NFL, but at least they haven’t sold that space.
I don’t understand all the fuss about the Nike logo on the chest. What’s the big deal?
If you don’t care about the logo on the chest, that’s fine. We’ll have to agree to disagree.
This is the first step in the move toward ad patches, isn’t it?
That’s been the speculation since July, but we’ll see.
Why do the photos show the Brewers’ 50th-anniversary patch but not the Twins’ 60th-season patch?
Good question. Several 2020 commemorative patches seem to have been omitted from these photos, including the Dodgers’ All-Star Game patch and the Rangers’ stadium-inaugural patch. Seems like they were just inconsistent with the photo shoot.
Why are they showing the home jerseys but not the road or alternate jerseys?
At least one team hasn’t yet unveiled its new road uniform, and at least two teams haven’t yet unveiled their new alternates. Stay tuned.
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Yowza: There are double-decker NOBs and there are NOBs positioned below the uni number, but Mississippi State guard Andra Espinoza-Hunter has the rare combination of the two. It looks particularly unwieldy because State uses such massive NOB lettering, so even the team’s single-decker NOBs look clunky. Weird typography choice.
“Wouldn’t You Rather Be in Florida With the Baseball Teams?” Well, of course, who wouldn’t? This 1960s display stand held Grapefruit League spring training schedules for vacationers to take on their way south, I guess. I particularly like how someone wrote “Courtesy of WHJC” and “Free schedule.” The seller notes that “WHJC” is in Matewan, W.V.. It is now a Southern Gospel station.
Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• This record album is called The Fat Lady Sings for the Bullets and has highlights of the 1977-78 World Champion Washington Bullets. Still sealed in its packaging! Nice plaid sports coat on coach Dick Motta, too.
• This 1970s sticker advertises Schaefer Stadium, the former home of the New England Patriots. I never knew back then that Schaefer stood for the beer (an early example of naming rights), just like I didn’t realize Rich Stadium in Buffalo was named for a food company or that Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte was for a cell phones company.
• This lot of four Sportoys buggies represents the AFC Central of the 1970s; Steelers, Browns, Bengals and Oilers.
• Here’s another lot of 1970s NFL gumball helmets, this time with built-in pencil sharpeners.
• This 1960s “Sports Waving Ball Car Decoration” is basically a suction cup with a baseball attached to it. This one has the word “Cincinnati” in red. No Reds logo, though.
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Almost gone:As of last night, there were only two Uni Watch mini-helmets remaining (which, if you want, can be autographed by me and/or by Phil). We will not offer these again — when they’re gone, they’re gone. So if you want one, move fast. Mini-helmets are now SOLD OUT.
Looking ahead: Check out this gorgeous jersey made by DIY genius Wafflebored! He’s generously donating it to this year’s year-end reader-appreciation raffle, which will be taking place either this Friday or, more likely, next Tuesday. Stay tuned!
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The Ticker By Alex Hider
Baseball News: The Nats used the signing of P Stephen Strasburg to introduce a 2019 World Champs logo yesterday. No word yet on whether this will be worn on the field (thanks to all who shared). … The Lakewood BlueClaws, the Phillies’ Class A affiliate, have unveiled a 20th-season logo (from Kevin Clark). … The Savannah Bananas of the Coastal Plain League capitalized on the viral news story about the duct-taped banana art installation with an excellent tweet (from @mikeobs).
NFL News: The Eagles wore their mono-black alternates last night. In addition, at one point backup QB Josh McCown was preparing to enter the game as a receiver, which had helmet implications: ““I was ready to go,” McCown said. “We had the helmet ready to go. The equipment guys were all over it. Had the radio-less helmet because you can’t have two green dots on the field at the same time.” And no, that wouldn’t violate the one-shell rule — it’s one of the exceptions that the rule allows for (from @ThatRodneyGuy). … In that same game, Giants QB Eli Manning didn’t have the NFL100 logo on his jersey last night (thanks to all who shared). … You’ve heard of non-basketball teams wearing the jumpman logo, but how about a football player wearing a baseball player logo? That’s Pats WR Julian Edelman did on Sunday, as he wore baseball-themed cleats for the Israel Baseball Association (from Blake Fox). … The Browns made some slight field design alterations on Sunday, adding orange outlines to numbers and adding brown outline stripes to the 20- and 50-yard lines (from Dylan). … It appears the space between the numerals on Titans WR AJ Brown’s jersey has gotten wider as the season has gone on (from Jacob Turner). … The lobby of the Buccaneers’ training facility has all sorts of uni- and logo-related displays, including prototype designs and lots of interesting background info. Kevin Browntook these photos of the displays (and apologizes for the glare). … Lots of players do postgame jersey swaps, but Ravens QB Lamar Jackson swapped a purple jersey that he didn’t wear following Sunday’s game. The Ravens wore white on Sunday against Buffalo, not purple. He did the same thing the previous week against the 49ers when Baltimore wore black (from Ray Bergman). … In 1995, Vikings RB Robert Smith lost one of his shoes during a long TD run against the Steelers. He ran the last 45 yards with only one cleat and even managed to break a few tackles (from Mike Chamernik). … Remember how some of the Chiefs’ gear got lost in transit and made it to Foxboro shortly before Sunday’s game against the Pats? As people scrambled to resolve the situation, at one point it looked like the Chiefs might end up wearing helmets from a Massachusetts high school team that uses red shells and a very Chiefs-like logo (from Jason Tierney).
College Football News: Reader Scott Cummings points out that two of Ohio State’s best players — DE Chase Young and RB J.K Dobbins — both wear No. 2. That raises an interesting question: Are they the most successful pair of teammates to wear the same number throughout a season? … Speaking of the Buckeyes, it appears Ohio State will once again wear throwbacks in the College Football Playoff (from Ben Teaford). … The honorary captain during Georgia Tech’s coin toss ceremony at a game earlier this season was wearing a strange jersey. Rex Henry thinks it looks like a generic jersey Adidas put together right after they took over the Jackets’ apparel contract. … Glenn Riley mocked up a Mardi Gras-themed alternate for LSU. … The ACC Tracker has been updated to reflect the ACC Championship game. … Cork Gaines and Brian Cox found all of the edits the Old Dominion graphics team made to a photo of new coach Ricky Rahne to get him into an ODU shirt.
Hockey News: Sportsnet went longform for a story about Marco Argentino, who has become a legend through the years for creating custom hockey equipment for the NHL’s star players (from Neil Vendetti). … A youth hockey program in Columbus, Ind., uses the Flames’ logo (from @PureLipschitz).
NBA News: Check out this awesome poster celebrating the 1978 Washington Bullets’ NBA Finals championship in Mike Rosenberg’s DC office. … The Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ D League affiliate, wore ugly Christmas sweater jerseys during a recent game (from D. Hempel).
Grab Bag: Have you noticed that legacy sportswear brand Champion is making a bit of a comeback? Reader Max Weintraub passed along some photos of a retro-styled Champion display he spotted at the William & Mary bookstore. …. New cycling uniforms for the pro cycling team formerly known as Bahrain–Merida (from Craig Ackers). … The International Team in golf’s Presidents Cup has a new team shield (from Luke Gabel).
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Raffle results: The winner of yesterday’s membership raffle is Amy Marantino. Congrats to her, and my continued thanks to David Cline for sponsoring so many of these recent raffles. — Paul
Good morning! Very interesting collision of styles yesterday in Tampa. On one side of the ball were the Colts, wearing what might be the NFL’s definitive old-school uniform — one color plus white, block numerals, a design that’s been more or less unchanged for more than six decades. On the other side were the Bucs, wearing their newfangled mono-red costumes — a design that’s now in its sixth season and may not make it to a seventh. Regardless of which style you prefer, it sure made for a weird-looking game, because the two teams looked like they came from different universes (and uni-verses). Lots of additional pics here, here, and here.
In other news from around the league yesterday:
• The 49ers added a “TY” helmet decal for team CEO Jed York’s brother, Tony, who died by suicide a year ago Saturday:
• The Jets wore their awful mono-BFBS alternates:
• The Browns went mono-turd:
• When it comes to the Bills, the only thing I like less than them going mono-blue is when they go mono-red:
• Speaking of red, the Texans wore their red alternates:
• The Jaguars went mono-black:
• The Patriots wore their mono-navy alternates:
If you add the Saints going mono-black (which I don’t call out anymore because it has become their standard home look, just like I don’t call out the Seahawks going mono-navy at home), that means seven out of yesterday’s 14 games featured at least one team in a non-white mono-chromatic uniform. That’s way too many!
• In that Pats/Chiefs game, Pats wideout Julian Edelman had the standard NFL logo on his collar, instead of the NFL centennial logo:
• There was a weird situation prior to that Chiefs/Pats game, as some of KC’s pads and helmets were mistakenly sent to New Jersey instead of to Massachusetts. The gear was re-routed and arrived in time for the game, however.
• The Lions went white over blue, which isn’t remarkable but I’m mentioning it because I like it sooooo much better than any of their other uni combos (even with the annoying leotard effect):
• In that same game, the Vikings’ stadium mistakenly put a Broncos logo, instead of a Lions logo, on the scoreboard:
• Yesterday was this year’s “wear custom-designed cleats for charity” day. Remember what a big fuss everyone made over that when it launched in 2016? This year I barely heard a peep about it.
• No home team wore white.
(My thanks to Andrew Julian, Matt Snyder, and Jerry Wolper for their contributions to this section.)
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What makes a “great game”? All the postgame and highlight shows yesterday were saying that the 49ers/Saints game — a 48-46 Niners victory — was a “great game” or a “classic” or “one for the ages.”
I watched this game myself (and as a lifelong Niners fan was very pleased with the outcome), and I can affirm that it was certainly exciting. But was it great football? As you can tell from the score, the defense was pretty dreadful on both sides, with lots of blown coverage and missed tackles. Plenty of stupid penalties on both sides, too (including one on the Saints that probably cost them the game). Is that what constitutes a “great” game — lousy defense that leads to lots of scoring?
I’ve often thought the same thing about boxing, where the bouts that get described as “great” are invariably the ones in which both fighters absorb a lot of shots to the head — in other words, the fights with lousy defense. I agree that this can be exciting, but should poor technique really be called “great”?
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ITEM! Another membership raffle: Today we’re raffling off the last of the five memberships that were recently donated by reader David Cline.
This will be a one-day raffle. To enter, send an email to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winners tomorrow. Mega-thanks to David for sponsoring all these raffles!
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KY deli: Yes, it’s a juvenile joke. But come on, it’s funny!
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Sigh, time for the black armband again: Very sad news out of Wisconsin, where longtime reader/pal Jeff Ash informed me that Marcy Skowronski, the pint-sized proprietress of Holler House — the awesome Milwaukee bar with America’s oldest pair of league-sanctioned lanes in the basement — died on Thursday at the age of 93.
I first drank and bowled at Holler House in October of 1997, and have been back many times since then. While I always loved the setting, the crowd, and the amazing bowling scene (live pinboys, no auto-setting machines!), the high point was invariably Marcy herself. Always welcoming (she never remembered my name but usually said, “I know you, you’re that guy from out of town, right?”), always trash-talking, always long on humor and short on patience for BS, she was an American original. I’m lucky to have known her, and to have bowled at Holler House. R.I.P.
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The Ticker By Jamie Rathjen
Football News:Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment included a uniform-based joke about the XFL (from Darrel Marusek). … There’s also a video about the making of the XFL’s ball (from Mike Chamernik). … Yesterday’s school of the day from Blaise D’Sylva’s helmet collections was a doozy — Oregon. Scroll through that thread to see all 92 helmet designs! Paul will have more about Blaise and his assorted helmet-related projects soon. … The clue for 26 across in today’s New York Times crossword puzzle is “Only NFL team that doesn’t have a logo on their helmets.”
Hockey News: The WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings did a teddy bear toss game on Saturday and wore white and dark-blue uniforms. Their opponents, the Calgary Hitmen, also brought the teddy-themed uniforms from their teddy bear toss, creating what Wade Heidt thinks is the first teddy-on-teddy matchup. … The next three are also from Wade: The OHL’s Niagara IceDogs wore teddy bear toss uniforms as well. … The QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix wore their annual Christmas-themed uniform. … A Canucks blog wrote about the team’s uniforms and picked a “worst” one, and you, too, can vote on which one is the worst. … UNLV’s club team also wore Christmas sweaters (from Bryan Metcalf). … On Saturday, Dallas’s arena hosted the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks in the afternoon and the Stars at night. Here’s a time-lapse of how the crew flipped the playing surface from hardwood to ice (from Mike Chamernik).
Basketball News: Florida State wore gold at home against Clemson (from Josh Hinton). … San Diego State wore the Michael Jordan/Bulls-themed alternates revealed last week, which created a color-vs.-color game with San Jose State (from multiple readers). … Furman and Auburn, who played each other on Thursday night, both had unusual shoulder ticking (from Timmy Donahue). … Cross-listed from the hockey section: On Saturday, Dallas’s arena hosted the Mavericks in the afternoon and the NHL’s Dallas Stars at night. Here’s a time-lapse of how the crew flipped the playing surface from hardwood to ice (from Mike Chamernik).
Soccer News: In the Premier League, Aston Villa wore black armbands for former manager Ron Saunders, who passed away on Saturday. … The next two items are wrapping up the Rainbow Laces campaign in the UK: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was lit in rainbowtwice last week, including during the home team’s game on Saturday. … England’s Women’s Super League had their own version of the rainbow captain’s armbands — with definitely the most writing or logos I’ve ever seen on one — this week. … We mentioned German team Borussia Dortmund’s entirely black on-field merch dump 110th-anniversary shirt yesterday, but the shorts and socks also appeared to be different than BVB’s other black shorts and socks, which would make three different pairs of black shorts and two pairs of black socks for them on the season. … As we mentioned, Southampton wore last season’s third shirt, but with the shorts and socks from this season’s first kit (from Mike Miller). … Estadio Azteca in Mexico City still has visible field markings from the NFL game there Nov. 18, though yesterday was only Club América’s second home game there since then (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh: new third kit (worn on Thanksgiving) for Danish team FC Copenhagen, and the ball for the upcoming Club World Cup was revealed. … You can see more on Josh’s Twitter feed. … New shirts also for Irish team St. Patrick’s Athletic, Japanese team Consadole Sapporo, and Swedish team Hammarby IF. … The UNC women’s team wore jerseys with an argyle pattern on the back.
Grab Bag: Two new National Lacrosse League teams, the expansion New York Riptide and the relocated Halifax Thunderbirds, played for the first time. “Halifax have elected to go with white helmets even with their purple uniforms,” says Wade Heidt. … Australian Football League club Collingwood has a new-ish tradition of giving its top draft pick No. 35 for the following season, which is continuing for 2020.
Ah, Championship Weekend, when everyone gets a trophy the best team from each NCAA conference is crowned, concluded yesterday, and even though we had a limited slate of games, there were some good looking ones. One of those was the ACC Championship, which was won by a mono-orange-clad Clemson team who destroyed Virginia to cap a(nother) perfect season. The Tigers were one of two teams by that name to finish the season 13-0. The other was the LSU Tigers, who took the Georgia Bulldogs to the woodshed yesterday. Yeah, it’s good to be a Tiger today.
But the best part of yesterday (at least for fans of a certain color), was we finally got to see Clemson in their all orange kit. As I said in yesterday’s post, I’m not normally a fan of mono-orange, but Clemson somehow manages to pull it off. Depending on how the seeding for the Playoff shakes out, this may be the only time this season we get to see that look. Heading into today’s games, THE Ohio State was #1, LSU was #2 and Clemson was #3. All won and finished off undefeated seasons. It’s hard to see those rankings changing (although I could see LSU and OSU flip). But should Clemson somehow eke out a #2 seed, we’ll get to see the mono-orange again.
I’ll turn it over to TJ now, who brings you your…
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Sunday Morning Uni Watch By Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Short and sweet, here’s the quick-n-dirty of Championship Week, sponsored by me and this pizza that I’m eating as I write this and wasn’t expecting to be so big and now I have regrets (no I don’t).
• Some notes from Baylor vs. Oklahoma (apart from the fact that it was a pleasant-looking game): Baylor Wide Receiver Chris Platt Jr. wore jersey #12, instead of his normal #14 (h/t Squatchee On Top). This is due to Jacob Zeno wearing #14 (story on him here), and while you can have players with shared numbers on the same team, they cannot be on the field at the same time, so Platt tossed the blood jersey on to avoid a flag. Also from Baylor: typically, players would have their helmets decorated with merit decals well before the game even starts, but the Baylor sideline was handing them out in real-time anytime someone made a big play, such as Senior Linebacker Jordan Williams in this pic (Squatchee, again). Speaking of decals: Baylor really put the “Hurt” on Jalen Hurts’s OU decal (h/t Trayton Miller). Oh course, he and the rest of the Sooners would have the last laugh.
And THAT… will do it for the 2019 college football regular season. The 150th year of college football proved to be a fun one from an aesthetic standpoint (unlike a certain play for pay league that’s celebrating 100 years that shall remain nameless). But of course, we’re not done yet. It’s almost time to go bowling, and you can expect coverage of every single game. Until then, I’m gonna hibernate for a bit (blame the pizza). Thank you to everyone who took the time to read, hope you all enjoyed this year’s columns, and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!
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Thanks, TJ! Great “regular” season writeups. Looking forward to the Bowls. How about a nice big hand for all the work Terry’s done all season long!!! Give him a thanks in the comments, why dontcha?
Memal’s 5 & 1
Following in the footsteps of the original “5 & 1,” Jim Vilk, Catherine Ryan after him, and finally Joe Ringham, for 2019 we have a new “5 & 1” (five good looking and one stinker) uni-vs-uni matchups — Michael “Memal” Malinowski. Like Joe, Catherine & Jim, Memal will pick HIS 5 best looking/1 awful matchup, and occasionally have some honorable mentions (both good and bad). You may agree and you may disagree — these are, after all, just opinions and everyone has one. Feel free to let him know what you think in the comments section.
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Two of my favorite Saturdays of the year are the first weekend of college football and this, conference championship weekend, the best teams of the seasons given one more chance to shine against bitter conference foes! Onto the games!
5. Utah vs Oregon
The opening game of the conference championship weekend was a wet one! The Ducks went mono green against the Utes mono white. It looked pretty good live and in the rain, but the weather and general lack of excitement seemed to suck a lot of energy out of the atmosphere. Next year this game will be in Las Vegas and should make for a fun environment nearly on it’s own.
4. Clemson vs Virginia
This was a matchup of two of my favorite uni sets! The reigning national champions pulled out their orange pants and went mono orange in Charlotte. The Cavaliers met them there in their solid mono white set. The game got away from Virginia early, but still looked good.
3. Baylor vs Oklahoma
The Bears and Sooners met in Dallas to decide the Big 12 title and didn’t dig too deep into the uni bin. Oklahoma went with their standard home crimson/crimson/white set, which contrasted nicely with Baylor’s green/white/green set. I bumped this up a notch because it was a hell of a game and the crowd was in it from the start and stayed strong until the horn sounded.
2. LSU vs Georgia
The Tigers met the Bulldogs in Atlanta and the teams packed their standard fare, Georgia their red/red/gray and LSU their gold/white/gold. An exciting game, a great atmosphere, and two SEC teams laying it all on the line, a great game to watch. [Them’s silver britches — PH]
1. Louisiana vs Appalachian State
The best looking game of the weekend was the color on color matchup in Boone, NC for the Sun Belt title in a game that if you watched had all the excitement of a big neutral site game. I liked that not only was this game color on color, but was mono on mono with the Ragin Cajuns looking sharp in all red and white stripes and the Mountaineers wore mono black with gold stripes. Great looking game for a mostly great looking weekend!
And because somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb…
&1 UAB @ FAU
Out of all the games this weekend, the Owls were the only team whose uniform choice had me scratching my head, mainly what’s up with the scales on the pants? Do owls in Florida sport scales instead of fathers? The Blazers looked fine, but Florida Atlantic looked bad and, like the line preceding this paragraph says, somebody had to be the sacrificial lamb.
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Thanks Memal! You can follow Memal on the Twitter and please (even if you disagree with his choices) give him a nice THANKS in the comments for all his work on the 5 & 1’s this season, OK? OK!
NCAA Uni Tracking
Uni Watch will again track the uniform combinations worn by the “Power 5” conferences. All of the 2018 trackers are back!
We’ve got Rex Henry (tracking the ACC), Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12), Kyle Acker (tracking the Big XII), and Ethan Dimitroff (tracking the B1G AND the SEC). Rex, Dennis, and Kyle and are all returning from 2015, and Ethan is back after joining the NCAA Uni Tracking a couple seasons ago. Ethan continues his dual role of tracking both the B1G and the SEC.
Here are the Uni Trackers for the Power 5 Conferences:
Thanks guys — can we get a nice shout out of thanks for all the trackers this season as well? Of course, let ’em know below!
Welcome to the 2019 Oregon Ducks Uni Tracker. This little project was originally begun way back in 2008-09 by Michael Princip, who retired after several seasons, whereupon the project was continued by Tim E. O’Brien. He, too, retired from the tracking, but the project has been ably kept up by the man who also tracks the Pac12, Dennis Bolt.
Here’s this week’s Uniform Combo for the Ducks (you can click to enlarge):
You can read about this uniform, and MUCH MORE, by checking out the Duck Tracker here!
College Football News: The always awesome Blaise D’Sylva continues his fantastic look at pretty much every helmet ever worn by every College Football team, and yesterday he extended his streak to the Colorado Buffaloes, who’ve worn more helmets than you’d think. … Colored cleats are no big deal nowadays, but how about these orange shoes worn by Clemson — way back in 1967! (from Douglas Ford).
Hockey News: The Kingston Frontenacs threw it back on Friday night. Dressed as the Kingston Canadians. This team was known as the Canadians from 1973 to 1988 (from Wade Heidt). He continues, “The throwback tied in with honouring former goalie Chris Clifford, who played with the Kingston Canadians in the 1980s. So it was fitting that the ceremonial puck drop was done by the goalies.” … Also from Wade Heidt: BCHL’s Coquitlam Express threw it back Friday night and played as the Coquitlam Comets. Wade explains: “The Comets were Coquitlam’s Junior A hockey team from 1976-81. The Express dressed as the Comets on Friday night. This seems to be becoming a once a year event now. Jersey close to the originals but not exact.” … Whoops! The Newfoundland Growlers were supposed to have worn Batman-branded uniforms Friday as part of a league-organized DC Comics theme night, but the Dark Knight garb did not arrive in St. John’s. The league tweeted out that the uniforms, which were expected to be delivered to the team early Friday morning, were not available because of “a logistics error on behalf of the specialty jersey provider.” … Here’s a look at the Vancouver Canucks in their Flying V sweaters (from Wade, again). … Every hockey team has had that one bad jersey that makes you question what they were thinking when they designed it — and the author of this article has chosen one for the Jets franchise (hint: it’s not a Winnipeg sweater). … The Penguins and Stars of the AHL went color on color last night (from Rob Caplette). … Whoa — major logo malfunction for the Devils last night (from The Goal Net). … Check out the specialty suits jerseys for the Wheeling Nailers last night (from Jerry Wolper).
Grab Bag: Here is a look at the new floor for the expansion National Lacrosse League New York Riptide (from Wade Heidt). The Riptide start on the road this year. Home opener not until Dec 28. … Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch wore a Kentucky hockey jersey when performing in Lexington, KY (from Josh Hinton).
Four of the Power 5 conferences meet today in their respective championship games (Oregon and Utah played last night, in what should be Sunday’s &1) and all four games are almost guaranteed to be great looking (uni-wise) games. I’m not saying this will be the greatest looking Conference Championship Saturday ever, but based on what the eight squads playing today are (supposed to be) wearing, we should have four of the best looking games of the season. The games themselves may not be as great as the unis, but at least we’ll have some nice eye candy today and tonight.
I frequently pick Bowl Games based on unis — but those are based on a team’s overall look (and I’m probably going to change that up this year, so stay tuned) — but that’s because we don’t often know ahead of time how the teams will be dressing. But in this day and age, when some teams (*coughOregoncough*) can wear a different outfit every game, at least we know what the squads will be busting out today (that’s because they’ve all revealed during the past week). And, really, with the possible exception of Baylor (only because they have many potential combos), they’re all wearing their “Sunday Saturday Best,” which is how it should be.
Below are the four Power Five conference championship matchups for today (along with time, location, channel and point spread). BCS rankings are in parentheses. All times EST. I’ll pick my four winners (against the spread) based on what I feel is the superior uniform (obviously, I’m biased, but with matchups this good, it’s tough). Let’s start in time order:
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Big XII Oklahoma Sooners (#6) vs. Baylor Bears (#7)
12pm / ABC
Oklahoma is a 9.5 point favorite
Like all games today, this one will be good looking, with Baylor going green/white/green and the Sooners in their classic crimson hats & shirts. It will certainly be a better looking game than when the two teams met previously this year, when Baylor went mono green and the Sooners sported their Bring the Wood alternates. Baylor actually led that game by 25 points, at home, and lost. I expect them to lose this game as well, but 9.5 is a lot of points. As much as I don’t want to hear “Boomer Sooner” incessantly, their unis…and offense led by Jalen Hurts…are that much better. With Oregon trounching Utah last night, this game is probably for the final playoff birth (assuming a short-handed Georgia loses to LSU). Both teams are 11-1 heading into this matchup. A 12-1 Power 5 team is almost a lock for the final spot. The winner of this will be watching the SEC Championship game with great interest. Both teams will be HUGE LSU fans, for one game only.
The Pick: Oklahoma
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SEC LSU Tigers (#2) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (#4)
4pm / CBS
LSU is a 4 point favorite
Another beauty (I’ll probably say that a lot). This is one of those rare games where both teams are wearing their home unis, but that’s only because LSU almost always wears white at home. And both uniforms are spectacular. Gold/white/gold for LSU vs. Red helmets/red jerseys/silver britches for the Dawgs. Unlike Baylor/OU, these two teams did not meet earlier this year. But even if they did, the game would have looked like it will today. There’s a TON at stake here today too (not just the SEC Championship) — a win by the Dawgs and they’re sure to be in the playoff (and almost assuredly out if it if they lose). Both unis are great, but LSU looks really great (at least 4 points better); it’s practically a home game for Georgia though. It’s a tough call, but I can’t see LSU losing their first game (they’re 12-0) here. 11-1 Georgia will keep it close, but not close enough.
The Pick: LSU
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ACC Clemson Tigers (3) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (23)
Bank of America Stadium
7:30pm / ABC
Clemson is a 24.5 point favorite
Your defending National Champions Clemson are feeling disrespected. They’re undefeated (12-0) and ranked only #3. Sure, they had some games where they weren’t absolutely dominant, but is there an SEC/B1G bias? We’ll find out in the playoffs. The Tigers will be dressed in mono-orange (a look I don’t normally like, but Clemson can pull it off) — in the Dabo Sweeney era, the team doesn’t break out the orange britches until the team is playing for a championship, and they didn’t lock up the ACC Atlantic until there were two weeks remaining on the schedule — so the team didn’t get to wear the orange pants with the orange jerseys all season. No matter, we’ll get that orange blossom special today. Virginia (9-3 overall, 6-2 in conference) is kinda just happy to be here, although they are coming into this game with a four game win streak. 24.5 points is a LOT to spot a team, but I have a feeling Clemson is on a mission to prove they’re better than their number 3 ranking. And unfortunately for Virginia, they will. A mono white vs. mono orange may not be your cuppa, but I’m loving it.
The Pick: Clemson
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B1G Ohio State Buckeyes (#1) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (#8)
Lucas Oil Stadium
8pm / FOX
OSU is an 18 point favorite
Like the Baylor/OU game, this one is also a rematch — and the Buckeyes (12-0) wore red jerseys while the Badgers (10-2, 7-2 in the B1G) were in mono-white (the game was played in the Shoe). It was a beautiful looking game (as will be today’s game), but it was a ugly result for Sconnie, dropping the game 38-7 (and it wasn’t that close). Will they keep it that close on a neutral field, getting 18 points? If THE were wearing red, I’d say no, but Sconnie has the ever-so-slight uni edge here, so I’ll take the Badgers, and hope they keep it close.
The Pick: Wisconsin
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And there you have it. Should be four terrific looking games. I can’t promise they’ll be close games, although the first two have some pretty evenly matched teams.
For the rest of your Championship Games, here ya go:
MAC Championship Game: Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan; Ford Field; Detroit, MI; 12pm / ESPN2
Sun Belt Championship Game; Louisiana at (21) Appalachian State; Kidd Brewer Stadium; Boone, NC; 12pm / ESPN
Conference USA Championship Game; UAB at Florida Atlantic; FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, FL; 1:30pm / CBSSN
American Championship Game; (20) Cincinnati at (17) Memphis; Liberty Bowl; Memphis, TN; 3:30pm / ABC
Mountain West Championship Game; Hawaii at (19) Boise State; Albertsons Stadium; Boise, ID; 4pm / ESPN
SWAC Championship Game; Southern at Alcorn State; Jack Spinks Stadium; Lorman, MS; 4pm / ESPNU
Enjoy. Next Saturday we’ll have the Army/Navy game, and the unis (which I will review in depth) may be the best they’ve ever been. So be sure to check back for that!
For those who don’t wish to click the links, Graig paints baseball heroes (and regular guys) from the past, and is an immense talent.
Occasionally, I will be featuring his work on Uni Watch.
Here’s today’s offering (click to enlarge):
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Title: “Frank Grant, 1902” (color study) Subject: Frank Grant, 1902 Medium: Oil on linen mounted to board Size: 5” x 7”
Considered one of the best African American ballplayers of the 19th century, Ulysses Frank Grant was known to have great range, a strong arm, stellar speed and great power and accuracy with the bat. When speaking of the second baseman, Sol White was quoted as saying:
“In those days, (Frank Grant) was the baseball marvel. His playing was a revelation to his fellow teammates, as well as the spectators. In hitting he ranked with the best and his fielding bordered on the impossible. Grant was a born ballplayer.”
Starting his professional baseball life in the mid 1880s, Grant found himself on the Buffalo Bisons of the International League in 1886 after his former team disbanded. The next year he led the league in homers (11), batted .354 and stole 40 bases, and drove his club to a second place finish. In the process, he earned the nickname “The Black Dunlap” (after Fred Dunlap, the best at the second base position in the bigs).
In 1888, the success of black players like Grant, George Stovey, Bob Higgins and Fleetwood Walker in the league was paramount. However, public backlash from white fans and players alike pressured teams to abstain from signing any new black players. Still allowed to play, Frank continued to play well, hitting .346.
However, by 1889, the league banished African American players altogether. As a result, Grant, as John Thorn put it, “began his long journey into segregated ball, and ultimately, invisibility.”
Here’s Frank with the Philadelphia Giants in 1902, in the twilight of his career. This is one of 200+ paintings of mine that will be on display at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the spring of 2020.
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Thanks, Graig! You can (and should!) follow Graig on Twitter.
Uni Concepts & Tweaks
After being dormant for a while, the Uni Tweaks/Concepts have returned!
I hope you guys like this feature and will want to continue to submit your concepts and tweaks to me. If you do, Shoot me an E-mail (Phil (dot) Hecken (at) gmail (dot) com).
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I received an e-mail from reader Johnny Woods who has a another concept for a new Seattle Hockey Team.
The logo is a twisting salmon whose dorsal fin and tail form a stencil S, and the open mouth is Puget Sound.
Ice blue and white uniforms make the red salmon pop. The red number outlined in black on light blue remind me of old Twins-Cardinals powder blues.
The black (city?) jerseys were meant to be red fish only on black (similar to shoulders) but when I copied the striping onto the black I got a neon vibe from it. Numbers are serif-free to make them more legible.
The striped (icon?) jerseys are a tribute to the Metropolitans.
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Thanks Johnny. OK readers (and concepters). If you have some tweaks or concepts, shoot ’em my way with a brief description of your creation and I’ll run ’em here.
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
The game has returned!
Today’s scoreboard comes from reader Jack Straw.
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
The location of the game should be easy, as this is such an iconic scoreboard, but is it enough? And is the big name in lights any kind of clue?
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
If you guys like this, please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
The Ticker By Anthony Matthew Emerson
Baseball News: With the Rangers putting their nickname on their home jerseys, the Marlins are now the only team that carries a location wordmark on their home uniforms. … Also posted in the hockey section: The AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals are wearing their own 50th anniversary patch, but replaced their usual Brewers’ logo patch with the Brewers’ 50th anniversary patch, so the team is wearing two different 50th anniversary patches (from Andrew Wagner). … Jeff Flynn found this “Pity Me, I’m a Mets Fan” pennant while out and about.
NFL News: The Texans are going with their red jerseys and white pants tomorrow against the Broncos (from Ignacio Salazar). … The Eagles will wear their black unis on Monday night (thanks, Phil).
College/High School Football News: Purdue’s football stadium isn’t getting a corporate name, but it is getting a large donor name (from @Jffdmrly). … The Cure Bowl has a new corporate sponsor. … Oregon’s Justin Herbert is depicted in a 2018 uniform template on the signage outside Levi’s Stadium ahead of the Pac-12 Championship (from Derek Buchheit). … The Texas High School Class 5A Regional Championship featured a pretty color-vs-color. That’s Lone Star High in navy and Lancaster High in orange (from Chris Mycoskie).
Hockey News:Brian Erni writes in: “Was listening to the subscriber-only version of The Athletic‘s Isles podcast, ‘No Sleep Til Belmont’ and former Islander Mark Parrish told his co-host Art Staple that the orange third jersey the team wore starting in 2002-03 actually had orange socks to go with it, but the players stood up and said no to them: ‘They actually had orange socks to go with them, and we as players gassed it. We stood up and said, ‘No, they can’t do that.’ Because it was too much. It was too much visually to focus on the puck.'” … @talisker66 sends along this video going over the history of the Penguins players who’ve worn number 12. … Here are some excerpts of an oral history of the first Boston College women’s team — their sweaters were hand-me-downs from the men, both varsity and freshman (from @SnooksKelley).
College/High School Hoops News: Louisville men went GFGS yesterday (from M. Brinston Berry). … Temple men have new throwbacks (from @UntillTheNight). … URI men wore blue and Providence men wore black in the Battle of the Ocean State. … Duke and Virginia Tech went color-vs-color as well (from Andrew Cosentino). … Boston College women have added a patch in honor of former head coach Cathy Inglese (from @Starkman55). … Here’s a good article about the ramifications of Michigan high schools adopting a smaller ball for girls’ basketball (from Burrill Strong).
Soccer News: Real Madrid are wearing green at home today in support of the United Nations COP25 climate summit (from Jacob Alstadt). … Southampton will wear last season’s third kit at Newcastle today. The link also has a few details on other recent Southampton kit mishaps (thanks, Jamie). … Chattanooga FC have switched their kit provider to Hummel (from Ed Żelaski).