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Colorization - Third Coat

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By Phil Hecken, with “The Jeff” Provo

A few weekends back, I began the first of two tutorials on colorization. Many of you e-mailed me to thank me and a couple of you even sent me some of your first attempts. The following week, I tried to convey my technique for colorizing black and white photographs, this too was met with some positive feedback. However, as I stated then, I’m still pretty much of a novice at this, and the way I tried to teach you was one of many techniques. There are other ways to do this, and other programs with which you can work. Today, I’m privileged to present The Jeff, who himself is quite skilled in the art of colorization.

I asked The Jeff if he would take you through his techniques. He’s taken me up on the offer and he’s done a great job. So without further ado, I present, Colorization – Third Coat, featuring The Jeff:


Recently, Phil has shown us one way to colorize photos. Phil’s method involves coloring on top of the image and using multiple layers. While it does work fairly well in most cases, it has some limitations and is, essentially, the digital equivalent to using a crayola marker on a newspaper. It’s a great starting point, but it’s not the only way to do it. So, today we’re going to look at another, slightly more advanced method which is less about coloring and more along the lines of image manipulation.

Rather than directly coloring the picture, we’re going to be changing it’s attributes. You won’t need to deal with any extra layers this time, everything is done to the base image. We won’t be going step-by-step this time — I will merely show you the tool and explain the basic concept of how to use it. Before we get to that however, I’d like to take a moment to remind everyone how colors are represented and identified within the program.

Colors are most commonly represented with an RGB (red-green-blue) value. In addition to that — they are also represented by a specific Hue, Saturation and Value (also referred to as Lightness). The Hue represents the actual color, the Saturation is how much of the color is in use — higher saturation is a bolder color, zero saturation is gray, and the Value is how light or dark the color is. For example, Royal Blue and Red, while drastically different hues, have nearly the same value. This is important to remember, as these are the attributes which we’ll be modifying to do our colorizations.

The tool we’ll be using is up in the top menu, where many people are afraid to explore, and is called Colorize. The process is incredibly easy once you realize it’s there. Let’s say you have part of an image that you want to be blue — maybe it’s a jersey, maybe it’s a helmet, whatever. All you have to do is go to the color box on the left side and click to change the color — figure out exactly what color you want — and remember the Hue listed for that color.

Then, you simply use the select tool to select everything that should be that color, even if it’s in a shadow or has glare on it. Next, you use the Colorize tool and change the Hue to the color you need.

You may also have to play with the Saturation and Lightness, but that will vary a bit depending on the picture at hand. If you do have to adjust the lightness, you may also need to change the contrast of the selection to compensate for the extra lightness. The Contrast tool is directly below the colorization in the menu and is rather self explanatory. This doesn’t come into play much with black & white shots, but can bit a bit of a problem when dealing with something like changing navy to yellow. The basic process is exactly the same whether you’re changing a black & white photo to color, or if you’re just changing some red numbers to blue to see how they look.

The most important thing is to be patient and precise with your selections. It’s not uncommon to need at least a few hours to properly finish a picture.

Ideally, you’ll want to be able to use both methods to truly be effective. Sometimes you’ll want to keep the glare, sometimes you’ll want it more subdued. If you want to make a white jersey red, you have to do it with layers. If you want to make a red jersey blue, you need the colorize tool. Every picture is different. You may even have occasions where you’ll want to use both techniques on the same image. So, just find a picture and play around with it. The more you work with the program, the better you’ll get. If you’re a bit confused, I will try to answer any specific questions in the comments section. Enjoy!


Thanks, The Jeff. Interestingly, after my tutorials, The Jeff actually presented me a critique (for which I am grateful) and which is a great addendum to the previous two tutorials. I’ll add it below since he brings up some other tricks of the trade:

Well, if we’re sticking to black & white, the method you’re using works fairly well. In fact, I use the same basic method when dealing with some colored images myself. (turning the Chargers pants from blue to yellow — colorization tool; seeing how the Browns would look with orange jerseys & brown pants – coloring a new layer) The only major drawbacks are that it doesn’t work particularly well on things like helmet glare — you end up drawing over the glare and it becomes much more subdued than the original, and it doesn’t work for changing colors to other colors.

I do have a few small tips though:

1. If you weren’t aware, the selection tool has multiple modes — you may want to set it on “Add” rather than the default of “Replace” — so you can make multiple small selections and chain them all together into one big selection, then filling, instead of the “select, fill, select, fill” that you used in the tutorial.

1a. Alternatively, because you’re working on a separate layer, you can just use the max zoom and free-hand the coloring with the paintbrush tool. I find that to be a little bit quicker sometimes.

2. Instead of just playing with transparency, set your layer to “Multiply”. This will allow you to use brighter colors without losing the underlying details.

3. A bit of a cheat — if at all possible, start with a larger image than what you actually need — when you resize it down, it can hide some minor mistakes or overlaps you might have made.

I think you’ll also want to make sure to remind people that it’s not a quick process, especially doing a full black & white photo. Patience is a very important virtue.

Once again, great tips, The Jeff.


Just to kind of add to that tutorial, shortly after the second colorization segment, I received another reader tip from Michael Ferry, which reiterates and amplifies what The Jeff said above, this time specific to those who use Photoshop (although the technique works across many photo manipulation programs):


Hi, I’m a longtime Uniwatch reader, and on rare occasion have added to comments, etc.

Really enjoyed reading the tutorial re: Colorizing black and white photos.

A couple of times Paul was kind enough to post links of some photos I colorized in Photoshop (sorry I don’t have them — I’m at work right now.) Some time ago I stumbled upon the fact that the “Fill” command has a number of options, including “Color,” which saturates the selection with the foreground color, but retains shadows, folds, etc. For a quick colorizing, it does reasonably well.

Note: I have a VERY old copy of Photoshop — version 4.0. Also, the picture format has to be set to RGB (or CMYK) for the color option to appear in the fill command.

That said, I’ll take a step-by-step run through of your tutorial once I have the chance. Thanks again for posting it.

Michael Ferry


Another one I enjoyed:

Hi Phil,

I thoroughly enjoyed the tutorial you featured in today’s blog. Since I use Photoshop, it was easy to follow step-by-step as the programs have many of the same features.

Thanks for taking the time to share. It’s certainly appreciated.

Jerry Reuss


And finally, one more reader e-mail I wanted to share about the joys of colorization, from Stephen Brookman. Steve also brings up one of the more salient points for those of us who colorize — getting the colors right:

Hey Phil, your articles the past few weekends have inspired me to colorize an old photo of Sammy Baugh that I found on Shorpy a few years back.

I’m sure it needs some work, but I think it’s a good start. I think the biggest challenge isn’t the act of colorizing, but trying to fine tune the colors. I really had a hell of a time deciding on what tones were right for the logo in the middle of the jersey.

Anyway, thanks for the inspiration…have a great weekend.


And thank you Steve. OK, folks. This will close the third coat of the colorization series. Hope you enjoyed it, and a big tip of the cap to The Jeff for helping out with Part III of the Colorization series. If any of you readers out there are colorizers (and I know many of you are), and would like to offer more tips, suggestions or ideas, please get in touch with me. I’d like to feature more techniques in colorization in future articles.

Happy colorization, and if you have any questions, like The Jeff said above, please post them in the comments.


all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks

Catching up with the tweaks, but they keep coming in (which is good), so lots to get to today. If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.

You guys have been pretty great keeping to the ~50 word limit per team tweak, and it’s greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Now, on to today’s tweaks:


Starting off the show is Tim O’Brien, who kept to the 50 word description, but added a bit of set up. It’s for the Hoosiers. Here’s Tim:

As a recent graduate, I’m tired of Indiana’s Identity problem.

For years, Indiana has been a school without uniform identity. Whether it was the Marching Hundred wearing navy blue uniforms, the football team’s black helmets and BFBS unifroms or the track team’s blue and red uniforms, for almost two decades the Hoosiers (aside from the Men’s basketball team’s classic uni) have failed to look like a unified university.

This problem was somewhat resolved in the early 2000s when all the different color schemes and multiple logos were simplified to cream and crimson and the interlocking IU Logo.

And yet the IU football team still struggles to find a visual identity. From looking like an Oklahoma Sooner carbon copy (IU Home and Away versus UO Home and Away), to looking like a cheap, non-licensed Wisconsin or Nebraska knockoff from the neck down (this years hideous Hoosiers compared Wisconsin and Nebraska) the Hoosiers’ lack original and visually appealing uniforms typifies a team that lacks an on field identity.

Well, I’m sick and tired of it. When people think of IU athletics, they think Men’s basketball, Assembly Hall and the candy stripes. The stripes are all over campus. Painted on Assembly Hall, on fans (on crowds for “Stripe Out” games), on gorillas and even on the brand new scoreboard in the south endzone of Memorial Stadium. I say, why fight it anymore, bring on the Stripes.

Here’s my design:
Home and Away

I love IU’s current helmet but long for the days of white facemasks, it’s just a classic look. And speaking of classic, I kept the mid 2000s/1990s/1980s etc. jerseys for their simplicity (lord knows the pants are busy enough) and their historical significance. If they were good enough for the likes of Anthony Thompson and Trent Green, they’re good enough for Ben Chappell and company.

Thanks for your time,

Tim E. O’Brien


Next up is Glenn Whitmore, who apparently likes burgundy. A lot:

Mr. Hecken,

I stumbled onto your website a few week ago and I enjoy it very much.

I’m a big fan of the the Phils and favor their burgundy era graphics. Attached is a jpg for a concept should they return to that, which is a tweak of the “Saturday Special” from 1979. It’s something I feel is a little more sleeker.

Best wishes,
Glenn Whitmore


And finally, we have Michael Schlossberg, who felt there weren’t enough BFBS college teams yet:

Big fan of the Uniwatch, and I wanted to try a tweak of my own. I attached it via paint. I am a Senior at the University of Arizona and want to see the Wildcats come out in BFBS jerseys for Football and Basketball for National TV games. The basketball jersey was inspired by West Virginia wearing a black jersey even though their colors are Navy and Gold. The football one will keep this year’s current helmet style.

Michael S. Schlossberg


That’s all for today. Back tomorrow with more.


colorize thisColorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized. Today’s inaugural photograph comes from the wonderful Shorpy site that is frequently mentioned on Uni Watch. For those of you who don’t know, you really need to check it out. Not only does it have thousands of gorgeous old black and white photos, in many different categories (sports is just one small taste of what they have to offer), there is also a great section comprised of colorized photographs. Many of their photos are in incredibly high resolution and are very high quality, which make for a great one-two combination for colorizing.

Here is today’s featured photograph. The caption is, Washington, D.C., circa 1913. “Jacinto Calvo, ‘Germany’ Schaefer, Merito Acosta, Washington Nationals.” Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

According to baseball historian Marcus Okkonen, the 1913 Nationals dressed like this. Should be a great challenge to colorize — notice the three players have unmatched stirrups, and two of the players have modifications to their uniforms — the player on the left has short sleeves (possibly cut off and hemmed) and is wearing a thick wool turtleneck sweater (as Paul would say, “Look at that texture!”), and the player in the middle has added what looks to be a mourning (or memorial) band to his left sleeve. If I were guessing at the colors, I’d say the sweater is probably a navy and the band is almost assuredly black.

Give it a shot, all you colorizers! Send me your finished copy (and colorize as much or as little as you want), and I’ll feature those results next weekend. OK? OK!


chad johnsonBest Hallowe’en Uni Ever?

Tomorrow is Hallowe’en. Very appropriate for the San Francisco Giants, who’ll be wearing Orange and Black — and their special Sunday caps. The Bengals will be hosting the Dolfish tomorrow. So we may see at least two teams in orange and black.

Looking back through the years, which team had the best ‘special’ Hallowe’en uni? The Vols broke out black over orange last year. The Pack had some fun in 1994.

But are those the best uniforms we’ve seen for Hallowe’en? I’m trying to come up with some good ones for tomorrow. Post your best pics/suggestions in the comments below or send me your thoughts.


• Alright, folks, that’s it for today. Pretty good college football today, and of course, the World Series comes to the Metroplex. Of course, I’m STILL not getting Fox, which is really pissing me off. Here’s hoping we see some crazy unis today in honor of All Hallow’s Eve. And Auburn has been asked to wear their blue home jerseys for an away game against Ole Miss — wonder if they have any special uni planned.

• And, all you Pro Combat fans, don’t forget Florida straps on their super hero costumes today in the Florida Football Classic in J-ville. Remember when this used to be a big game? Well, it will still be the World’s Latest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

• Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes The Mothervilker. Seriously.

• Have a safe trip to the “Devil’s Jockstrap” Roberto. KC here you come.

• Everybody have a great Saturday. Three days to go.


Seriously, you want to like fellow UW’ers, but that isn’t always possible. — The one and only Robert Marshall

148 comments to Colorization – Third Coat

  • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 7:45 am |

    Two words:



    (keep the crimson facemasks, though.)

    • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 7:46 am |

      Dang. I screwed up the home uni link.

      • traxel | October 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm |

        DAM! IU could have a football team afterall! That shit is good!

    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 9:14 am |

      Would need a great Front Four, though, so they could be…
      The Barbershop Quartet.


  • Matt Malinoski | October 30, 2010 at 8:28 am |

    Nice job on the IU uniforms, Tim. Love the pants!

    • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
      • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm |

        Jim, just out of curiosity, did you happen to notice the filename on that photo?

        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

          Yeah, hope Mrs. V didn’t see that when I showed the photo to her…

        • StLMarty | October 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

          Nice catch, James.
          That’s funny.

      • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

        “i’d hit that”

  • Anthony | October 30, 2010 at 8:49 am |

    That indian head logo seen in that old photo of Sammy Baugh has some strong similarities to the Chicago Blackhawks indian head…..minus the color of course.

    • timmy b | October 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

      Whether anyone realizes it or not, the (Boston) Redskins actually wore that Indian head on the front of their game jerseys from 1933 thru 1935. They switched to standard numerals on the front in 1936. The last NFL team to convert to front numerals.

      So my guess is that Slingin’ Sam was wearing a Boston hand-me-down in that Shorpy shot.

  • Aaron | October 30, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    While at an undisclosed high school football game last night (I am trying to protect the innocent), my OCD was highly annoyed and my girlfriend could not understand what was bothering me so much. Apologies for the poor quality photo, but it’s for your own good.

    Uniform issues present:
    -Mismatched pants
    -Purple and black
    -The white pants had truncated stripes
    -Some players were doing the pink thing.

    It was horrible.

  • The Jeff | October 30, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    Little do most people know… baseball equipment actually was black & white back then…


    • The Jeff | October 30, 2010 at 10:17 am |

      …and with as much color as I have the patience to do today. I’m sure the blue’s probably a bit light, but I kinda like it that way, and I’m not dealing with the damn pinstripes.

      • interlockingtc | October 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

        The Jeff, that’s beautiful.

      • StLMarty | October 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

        Has anyone contacted Ted Turner?

  • jdreyfuss | October 30, 2010 at 9:08 am |

    Change the pants stripe to a solid bar instead of that stupid gradient at the bottom and the Florida PC uniforms actually look like real jerseys. I’d call that a preview of the good effect Nike will have on the NFL in a couple years.

    • jdreyfuss | October 30, 2010 at 9:09 am |

      At least I hope it’s a sign of the good to come.

    • Andy | October 31, 2010 at 5:20 am |

      Most of the creative direction comes from the teams, though. The NFL is a lot different than college.

  • The Jeff | October 30, 2010 at 9:18 am |

    Based on Oregon State’s pro combat uniform, I think it’s safe to say that Nike *can* do things right… so it’s really up to the teams as to whether or not we get any improvements or not.

    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 9:35 am |

      Lotta truth in that.

      When companies reveal some of these hideous designs, teams (pro and college) really need to have the gonads to say,
      “Nope, no way. Back the drawing board, girls.”

      Trouble is, most of those in the yay/nay position are people you wouldn’t ask to help you pick out a necktie, so when some designer or bunch of 19-year-olds whose only shoes are kicks tells them something is great-looking they just nod and say, “Oh, okay.”


  • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    Now this here is a good-lookin’ update of the latter years of the Alworth-era Chargers.


    • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm |

      Makes them look much better. Just never got used to the navy pants.

  • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    General question:
    Why would West Virginia wearing black basketball unis inspire anyone to anything?


  • Komet17 | October 30, 2010 at 9:58 am |

    “Three days to go” to what?

    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 10:27 am |

      Phil works in politics.

      • Komet17 | October 30, 2010 at 11:45 am |



      • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

        Which means he’s not a politician, but the guy who does all the work…

        Four days to go until the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – no more ads, and hopefully everyone will take down their yard signs Tuesday night.

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

          Speaking of that, a couple interesting combos among all the yard signs around here.

          In my suburb there are candidates named Loon and Duckworth. Very water foulish.

          In a neighboring ‘burb, Latz and Peck. Power lifters, no doubt.


  • Mike | October 30, 2010 at 10:25 am |

    If I owned an NFL team, and we were playing on Halloween, I’d have them wear uniforms of a fictional football team, especially if there is a local connection. Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing the Dolphins dress up as the Miami Sharks, the Broncos as the South Park Cows, or the Redskins as the Washington Sentinels?

    But it actually has to happen on Halloween, not Halloween weekend or a day sort of close to Halloween.

    • The Jeff | October 30, 2010 at 10:32 am |

      The Broncos certainly played the South Park Cows last week anyway…

      In it’s own cheesy way, that would be kinda awesome. Obviously there’s no way the NFL would ever allow it though.

      • The Jeff | October 30, 2010 at 10:39 am |

        …played LIKE the South Park Cows

        stupid keyboard

      • Mike Engle | October 30, 2010 at 11:46 am |

        And the New York Giants could dress up as Little Giants. ;-)

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

          When they wear their red jerseys they pretty much do, don’t they?


        • The Jeff | October 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm |

          Wrong helmet Ricko.

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm |

          Same helmet, different logo, yes.
          A semantics issue.
          Meant the color scheme’s essentially the same.


  • DJ | October 30, 2010 at 11:30 am |

    Sorry, I’m not a fan of the candy-striped game pants. For me, the candy-striped pants for the basketball warmups work precisely because they are warmup pants. There is a fairly long history of such pants in the Midwest (when I was in high school in Illinois in the late 70s-early 80s, my school and others wore them) and while other high schools and colleges dropped them, IU kept them until they became synonymous with the school.

    It might be better to come up with a more distinctive cream color so as to distinguish IU from other schools. A light shade of tan or khaki, perhaps.

    • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 11:40 am |

      Oh, sure. Throw in a heaping helping of reality to kill the buzz.

  • JGoodrich | October 30, 2010 at 11:53 am |

    So apparently, Jim Vilk walks by a PT Cruiser and says “I’d drive that!”

    • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm |

      Actually, I would drive that. Happy coincidence that that was the cameraperson’s car.

      And yeah, we know it’s not realistic, but it’s fun. That was from my buddy Dave’s show:
      For those of you who still don’t have FOX, here’s something for you to watch…

    • StLMarty | October 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm |

      The PT Cruiser was the funniest part.

  • Komet17 | October 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    Re Halloween: Illinois wearing orange jerseys today at home today (usually wear blue).

  • johnny_f | October 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm |

    Army football, for the first time in team history, is rocking full camouflage (ACU) uniforms. Looks really, really cool.

    Make the switch full time!!!!

    -Johnny @ West Point

    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm |

      Will soliders now start wearing football unis in combat zones?
      I mean, aren’t the Services sticklers about the appropriate gear for the duty assigment? Or the occasion, for that matter?

      Pretty sure a football game isn’t a combat theater.


      • The Jeff | October 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm |

        But, blending in with your surroundings is always a good thing for a defender in a zone defense, isn’t it? Probably not so good on offense though.

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm |

          Speaking of that, never understood camo pants as streetwear.

          Always thought about marketing “Urban Camo.”
          Pants in fabric that looked like a brick wall with graffitti spray-painted all over it.


      • Skycat | October 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm |

        Camo is probably more appropriate for Army than, say, the Padres. Practically speaking, though, a camouflaged Army football team would have a strategic advantage against an opponent in a game where weather conditions could come into play. The effect would be that rain and mud could actually make the camouflage a real weapon in that it would be more difficult to locate the Army players.

        • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm |

          there is no practical reason for army to be wearing camo — watching the game, on this green turf, they aren’t hard to spot — camo might work if they were playing in a desert tho…

          it’s a LOT harder to spot the broncos in boise than army in this game

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

          I say again, it’s a football game, not a combat assignment.
          By Army standards, they should be considered almost out of uniform. We were strictly told you don’t wear fatigues for PE in the gym or PE shorts and tees to a formal dinner…and so on.

          Then again, they’re their rules, so I suppose they can bend them for a gimmick they think will help recruiting or something.

          Hey, the Army’s changed for exactly that reason. Used to be the black beret was something special. Now all you gotta do to wear one is finish basic training. Big frickin’ whoop.


        • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

          so maybe this is nike Pro Combat uni for army then?

          it’s not like army has any football tradition or anything, why not let swooshie have some fun?

          at least when they first wore the camo, they had “Duty, Honor, Country on the jersey…and it was THE game…not a scrimmage against virginia military

          in all honesty? it’s not a bad looking uni, but really…what is wrong with being the black knights?

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

          re: Black Knights.
          Yup, if wanna change, go to something like Oregon’s head-to-toe black last year…the ones with the gray numbers edged in gold.

          Would be a GREAT updated look for Army, seeing as they’re no longer the “Cadets”. And in the school’s basic day in/day out colors, too (gray, black, gold). What a concept.


      • johnny_f | October 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm |

        Yeah, they are just having fun with it. All the players I talked to during the week were very excited to “rock the camo” on the field today. I know we helped order ACU-colored bags for the Army-Navy golf match. Gets the boys excited, and they are proud of it. The really dig using the cam whenever they get a chance too. The cadets in the crowd were also ordered to wear their ACU’s today, as opposed to their normal formal uniform, and they loved that too. Kids & fans in the crowd are wearing camo, all having fun with it. It’s been a topic of conversation, as part of “Military Appreciation Week” all week.

        I think the guys knocking it are missing the point. There’s some pretty serious shit coming up for these people, and I don’t see any problem in having some fun with some camo. If the kids dig it, and the fans are into it, even better. The team is showing they can have fun, and be proud at the same time. If that helps recruiting, awesome. If not….the kids had a good time. There haven’t exactly been many positives coming out of Army football over the past decade (for both political AND football reasons). And Phil—-you’re absolutely right — there is no practical reason for the camo uniform at all. Sure, it’s not a “combat assignment”…. but does that really matter?

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm |

          According to everything I was ever taught while in the service, yes.

          Then again, that was before recruiting gimmicks.


        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm |

          So we’ll put them in the category of the tuxedo hockey jerseys then?

          That’s okay with me, I suppose.

          But I’d rather Army not stoop to such silliness.


        • StLMarty | October 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm |

          I don’t think that it will be very fun for them if it was a regular thing. I would hope that the lost tradition would bother them somewhat.

    • Brian | October 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm |

      The military wears camo uniforms as an everyday item, whether in actual combat or not…I see no problem with Army wearing it on the football field.

  • Terry D. | October 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

    Is anyone watching the Army/VMI game on the CBS College Sports network right now?! Army is wearing monochrome camo (yes, all camo, helmets included). VMI in red jerseys and gold pants.

    • Terry D. | October 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

      Guess I was late on the draw =P

  • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm |

    so yeah…im getting SIX NC2A games right now…none of which is army

    maybe one of my 900 channels has the game…

  • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm |

    ahhhh…THERE it is…a channel i never knew existed…who knew?

    interesting look…and if anyone should be wearing camo, it’s army

  • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm |

    Hmm, Army in all camo, Florida in pro combat unis…
    Of course, I won’t know until I see them in action, but my guess is they’re whittling down an already thin Top 5 list this week.

  • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    From last night:
    The Toronto Argonauts wore their 70s retro unis,
    and for some reason the Montreal Alouettes wore white helmets instead of the usual silver.
    That’s not a throwback look, but I kinda like it.
    Not nearly as much as their retros, though:

    And if you want to see what’s really cool about the CFL, check out the “kick-out”:

    • JamesBN3 | October 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

      Wasn’t there a Grey Cup Final once decided by a play like that?

      • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

        I think the ’05 Cup ended with an attempt at that. The first kick didn’t make it into the end zone, though.
        I’d always heard of this rule, and I’d seen teams try it, but this is the best example I’ve come across.

  • LarryB | October 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm |

    Glad to see another column about colorizing. It is a hobby and has been of mine for a while. I have not done as much lately though.

    Last week or so I did a quick Missouri Oklahoma 1932.

  • JamesBN3 | October 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

    UofA going BFBS?!? Sorry Michael, that’s too funny and not very original. Sun Devil fans have been suggesting the Cats do that for years. The version of “Bear Down” sung in Tempe goes –

    Fall Down Arizona
    Fall Down Black and Blue
    Fall Down Arizona
    You know damn well who’s who
    Fall Down Arizona
    Fall Down Black and Blue
    Trip! Fall! Drop the ball!!!
    Arizona Fall Down

  • UmpLou | October 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    Found this amazing one in the Shorpy colorized section:

    looks like someone snuck back to 1919 with Kodachrome….

    • LarryB | October 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm |

      Some of those Shorpy colorizations are fantastic. The guy named Dennis Klassen is the best I have seen. I have not seen him colorize sports pictures though.

      I did that Babe Ruth one before and it was used in a previous column here. I did mine with grayscale background though.

  • LarryB | October 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm |

    I had been using Gimp to fix up some of my older colorized pics. Ones that it was hard to get the right shade of red or things like that. Now today’s column I will have to of course go over slowly and learn some more tips from The Jeff and others.

    Thanks to all.

  • LarryB | October 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    I think VMI has some nice looking uniforms. Nice combo.

    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

      Given the history of NCAA football, it’s a sad day when VMI looks light years better than Army.


      • LarryB | October 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm |

        The Army camo while a somewhat clever idea, does not make a good looking football uniform.

  • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm |


    You know what would have been cooler? Camo end zones.

    • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

      I’ve seen worse, though…hmm…

      • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

        oh c’mon…it’s FUN

        no wait…they’re soldiers…but

        that’s not fun…that’s serious

        what it’s called when real soldiers dress up like soldiers to play a fun game?

        seems like irony isn’t the word im looking for

        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm |


        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm |

          They’re not soldiers, they’re gladiators…

        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

          No, they’re superheroes.
          Well, today, the fans are, at least:

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm |

          You know, of course, that some knothead is gonna contend Army looks better than, say, Auburn.

          ‘Cuz, y’know, they look like soldiers, and tigers aren’t navy and orange with NW stripes.


        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

          My 12-year-old loves the camo, but he’s 12, so I’ll cut him some slack. Mrs. V saw it and said, “Is that camouflage? It just looked dirty to me.”

    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

      That uni’s just ridiculous.
      “Football costuming” reaches a new low.

      Back the drawing board, girls.


    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

      University in St. Paul named Macalester.
      Nickname’s the “Scots”.

      Maybe all plaid?

      I mean, if mono camo’s okay, why not a nice Tartan?


      • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm |

        Tartan skirts on the cheerleaders? You bet.

      • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm |

        They could change their name to the “Tape Dispensers.”

        • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm |

          The teams, not the cheerleaders.

  • Justin | October 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

    wow… uni watch gets bush league over the weekend

    • Ricko | October 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

      Because we don’t think Army’s camo is wonderful, modern and a truly great update?

    • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

      excuse me?

      • StLMarty | October 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm |

        He’s dressing up as a dick for Halloween.

  • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm |

    Too many threads about Army, so I’ll start a new one…
    I like Ricko’s idea – the Black Knights could do an all-black uni. Wouldn’t be BFBS, and it would most likely look better than the camo…or Oregon’s all-blacks.

  • Jet | October 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm |

    What I find unusual about that 1913 Washington Nationals photo is the BIG smiles!!


  • Michael Koch | October 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

    Pop McKale would be rolling in his grave if the Arizona Wildcats ever came out with BFBS uniforms

  • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm |

    ok…at first glance…other than the gradient things on the shoulders…and the pants legs

    the gators look aight in their pro combats

    /there, i said it

    • random reader | October 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm |

      The numbers don’t appear to have the gator scale pattern on them. Helmet doesn’t have the scale pattern either.

      • not Osama | October 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm |

        Same thing I was thinking, no gator print on helmet or numbers?!? Anybody have any info?

    • StLMarty | October 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

      I think they look bush league.

      • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm |


    • KevinW | October 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

      Interesting, it seems very little has been done at all to Florida’s uni’s. From a distance it looks just like a normal day for Florida, which makes me wonder what the point is in the first place.

  • Chris | October 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    No, they have gator print…it’s just real subtle.

    Like the term ‘TV numbers’ I guess you can call them ‘HDTV numbers’

    • not Osama | October 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm |

      On the helmet?!?

      • Chris | October 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm |

        On the helmet too, I noticed a difference between weeks before and this helmet

        • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm |

          Yeah, there’s a difference — no stripes down the center.

          If there’s a gator print pattern, I haven’t noticed it.

        • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm |

          sure looks plain (as in, no skin)

          very subtle if it’s there

          i donno…maybe

          if you squint, maybe you can see it

          spanks is correct, tho — it aint the same helmet as usual

  • teenchy | October 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm |

    @Tim O’Brien: I’m sure it wasn’t intentional but your Hoosier pants look an awful lot like Bucky Badger’s sweater.

  • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm |

    Ole Miss looks OK but those gray jerseys are so light they may as well be white.

    • LarryB | October 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm |

      I thought they were white when I first saw them. But I was looking at the helmets more to see if they were light blue.

    • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

      did the rebs have a gray uni from their past? is this some kind of throwback?

      i definitely like it, but im not so sure why it’s necessary

      • LarryB | October 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm |

        I think they said first time ever. So I too wonder why gray.

      • Silver Creek Doug | October 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm |

        They are honoring the 1960 national champions at Ole Miss tonight.

    • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm |

      in the light…they do look white

      • Gusto44 | October 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm |

        I like the gray jerseys, wouldn’t mind Ohio State or Kansas State trying this look.

        • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm |

          Yes. Ohio State in gray jerseys would look fantastic.

          Especially if they wore them with SCARLET PANTS!

        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm |

          With scarlet facemasks.

  • Oakville Endive | October 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm |

    Speaking of Halloween,

    The Guelph Gryphons wore orange and black today – instead of their usual red, black and gold, in their game against Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks.

    Now I realize that the CFL gets somewhat limited recognition on this site, let alone of all things Canadian University football. But in a way that’s the point, while it’s not as if I’ve seen their books, but I suspect most if not all Canadian University football programs run at an operating loss, so how the hell can they afford to outfit a team for one day only in orange, black and white? Now I know what my tax $$ go to.

    • Gusto44 | October 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm |

      I wish the CBC carried Canadian college football, is it carried on TSN?

      • Oakville Endive | October 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm |

        No it’s on “The Score” – which is Canada’s 3rd and a distant 3rd all sports cable channel behind TSN and Sportnet. “The Score” tries quite hard to put on a good production, but the last time I saw it ratings are between 10,000 – 20,000 per game – so pretty low. I think Quebec – where football is a “hot” sport – college football is I think featured more prominently.

        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm |

          That’s half the population of Canada, isn’t it? ;)
          I kid, I kid. And if I had it my way the CFL would get more coverage here.

  • Francisco Rodriguez | October 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm |

    Jerry Crasnick just tweeted this pic, and I noticed Bush has 2 hats in his hand, one blue one red both with World Series patches on them.

    • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm |

      What a flip-flopper.

    • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm |

      you don’t think the rangers are stupid enough to wear the softball tops, do you? they are winless in them for the post season

      are the merchandising guys pushing them to wear red once so they can move the red caps as well?

      good lord it would really be a travesty if they break out the red tops (now…if they want to wear their gorgeous white tops with red caps, which they did all of ONCE this season…that would be sweet)…hmmm

  • =bg= | October 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm |

    I don’t think it matters what they wear. They’re gonna lose this Series.

  • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm |

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the two spoiled rich billionaires (dolan and murdoch) finally put their pissing contest to bed

    fox is back…

    and brinke…don’t count your chickens

    • JTH | October 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm |

      Cue the =box score=…

      • LI Phil | October 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm |

        still waiting…

        • LI Phil | October 31, 2010 at 3:27 am |

          …still waiting

  • Bob from Akron | October 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm |

    MINNEAPOLIS was misspelled as MINNEAOPLIS at the beginning of the Ohio State-Minnesota game on ABC.

  • PatrickinMI | October 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm |

    Yikes, candy-stripe football pants for the Hoosiers? May as well put a rainbow wig on their helmets to complete the clown look. Perhaps you could scale it back to just the socks (ala Denver Broncos verticals).

  • KevinW | October 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm |

    Question about UGA that I probably have missed for quite a while: How long have they had black collars and cuffs on the sleeves? is this new?

  • Mike Engle | October 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm |

    Watching the Hockey Night in Canada recap after the Habs game…looks like the Red Wings wore white at home for no apparent reason (aside from the fact that hockey looks better that way).

    • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm |

      When does curling begin up there?

      • Mike Engle | October 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |

        Don’t know, but it need not HURRY. Life isn’t exactly HARD without it.
        And by the way, those white helmets and pants looked quite good for the Alouettes, eh? I was out on the town Friday night, so I couldn’t report it. But yeah, no reason to clutter up the red, white, and blue with silver.
        Expect another Crayola job soon… ;-)

        • Jim Vilk | October 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm |

          Why did they wear those? I agree it looks better without the silver.

        • Mike Engle | October 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm |

          I have absolutely no clue, Jim.

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  • DrEMGaylord | October 31, 2010 at 12:51 am |

    Anyone see tonight’s Oregon-USC game? Did the Ducks roll out the silver shoes?

    • Shaun | October 31, 2010 at 12:53 am |

      Yep, went with the all white storm troopers with silver cleats. May have been my TV but some of the helmets looked more of a cream color than white.

    • Andy | October 31, 2010 at 5:35 am |

      White helmets always look cream compared to white jerseys. Looks like death if you ask me. The white Oregon jerseys had silver numbers. Didn’t they used to have green ones?

      • Ryan | October 31, 2010 at 6:49 am |

        I think these jerseys haven’t been seen before and I think even for Oregon they might have broken new ground last night, at least in football: while they at first glance appeared to be NNOB, if caught in the right light you could see white NOB on the white jersey, a la Toronto Maple Leafs way back when.

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