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Monday Morning Uni Watch

Another quiet Sunday in the NFL yesterday. As you can see above, the Chargers wore the alternate uniforms that everyone wishes they’d wear full-time, but after that it was fairly slim uni-related pickins:

• The Bills once again wore their blue-topped home socks on the road (instead of the white-topped road socks). It’s not yet clear if they’ve simply retired the road socks for good.

• Odd development in Tennessee, where Titans lineman Mike Otto somehow lost the white stripe on his pants.

• Tom Brady slid and ended up with a bunch of turf in his knee brace.

• Turning to Saturday’s college action, Georgia wore a memorial helmet decal for longtime announcer Larry Munson, plus the marching band spelled out his name.

• You know what the world really needs? Caps and other gear for college football division champions.

• UCLA’s move to white uniforms for the game against USC was ridiculed in certain quarters.

• CBS had an amusing graphics snafu during the LSU/Arkansas game.

• In a related item, reader Sean Patton noticed all sorts of aberrations in the “SEC on CBS” intro video prior to the Alabama/Auburn game. I’ll let him explain:

The video shows various SEC teams doing various football-related things, mostly pregame things. I noticed several errors in the part of the video that’s supposed to show Alabama walking out of their tunnel:

1) It appears to show Alabama “players” (I assume these are not actual Alabama players) in the wrong pants. Those look like Houston’s pants. Alabama does not have that logo on their hip, nor have they ever. And they sure as hell aren’t the Cougars, so why would they have a Cougar on the hip? Notice the Alabama “A” on the collar of the jersey that’s paired with the pants.

2) Here’s a side view. Alabama has never used that type of stripe. Again, that looks like Houston’s pants to me.

3) Here’s the weirdest part of all: As the “Alabama” player runs onto the field, there appears to be a Boise State player warming up in the background. Blue pants, gray top with blue numbers — that’s Boise, isn’t it? Only problem is that Alabama has never played Boise State that I know of, and definitely not since Boise got those grey tops.

• Phil and Terry had lots of additional NCAA coverage in yesterday’s entry.

• And if you missed Saturday’s entry, you really owe it to yourself to take a gander, because Phil and Robert Marshall presented a uni-related project for the ages. Don’t miss.

(My thanks to all contributors, including Doug Brei, Christopher Falvey, Brent Hardman, Rob Holecko, Jason Kerzer, Gary Moore, Paul Pass, Davis Powell,

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Very stylish: When I mention the MLB Style Guide, or any of the other leagues’ style guides, I inevitably receive e-mails from readers asking, “Can I access that style guide?” And the answer, of course, is no, because those guides all live on password-protected web sites, and I can’t give away the login info without jeopardizing my own access.

But now reader Chris Wade has stumbled across a site where someone has uploaded the content from the 2009 NFL, NHL, and MLB style guides. Granted, that’s not quite as good as the current versions, but it’s still a lot better than what most of you had five minutes ago, right? Have fun — lots of good stuff in there.

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Hey, Brian Codagnone: You’re a mighty generous fella. Thank you.

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Membership update: A new batch of designs has been added to the membership card gallery. That includes Andy Schwartz’s card, shown at right, which is based on his running club’s jersey — a fun choice.

As always, you can get your own custom-designed membership card by signing up here. And if you want to buy a membership for someone as a holiday gift but don’t know what design to get for him or her, we have a good solution to that — look here.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: About 10 days ago I mentioned that the insignia on the Mariners’ navy alternate would now say, “Seattle” instead of “Mariners.” Here’s our first look at the new design. … Dennis Couvillion was cleaning out some old boxes and found a bunch of old pennants from the late ’50s and early ’60s. I particularly like how the mascot character on the Oilers pennant is wearing double-zero. A precursor of Kenny Burrough, perhaps? … New mascot in the works for the 76ers (from Kurt Esposito). … The New England Revolution are unveiling their new kit on Saturday, Dec. 3, and are giving small sneak peeks on Facebook (from Matthew Jean). … Bruins’ anthem singer Rene Rancourt wore a special really fucking ugly vest for Thanksgiving (from John Muir). … Ben Harris spotted a member of the Packers/Lions sideline crew with NOP — that’s name on pinnie. … Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro, who usually wears No. 4, switched to No. 2 (with NNOB) on Thursday to honor teammate Fozzy Whittaker, the senior tailback who suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago (from Matt Mitchell). … Matt Schudel came across a site devoted to the history of UVA football. “It includes lots of images of historical game programs and, best of all, an illustrated history of UVA football uniforms dating back to 1956,” he writes. … Here’s a good look at the memorial patch that Oklahoma State is wearing in memory of the victims of the recent plane crash (big thanks to David Greenwald). … Lots of great old Apple Cup photos and illos here. “As an interesting aside, note how the 1969 program cover features an African-American couple with a white couple,” says John Doodigian. “That team was torn apart by racist accusations (founded, in my opinion) against then-coach Jim Owens. A little positive propaganda, perhaps?” … Good find by Gary Mattox, who writes: “Apparently the football coach at G.A.R. Memorial High in Pennsylvania lets the players wear whatever socks they want, and one kid went all-out for the playoffs.” … Remember the Berlin Thunder from NFL Europe? Their logo is being used by Buhach Colony High School in California (good spot by Ricky Ortega). … Jared Wheeler reports that some folks from the Mitchell & Ness’s pre-Reebok days recently opened up a store in Philly called Pro League Authentics. “It’s a uniform specialty store and pro shop, similar to the likes of Gerry Cosby and the old Michell & Ness,” says Jared. “They provide all the authentic touches regarding lettering, numbers, and patches. They’re also involved in the uniform making process for teams in the Vintage Base Ball Association. It’s a great shop with a personal feel.” … Attention DIYers: Really nice blank Blackhawks-ish jersey available here. ”¦ Mike Engle notes that the Capitals are wearing their modern uni number font on their helmets with their throwback alt jerseys. ”¦ Ever heard of an old sporting goods company called Ken Wel? I never had, until Michael Princip pointed me toward this old leather helmet and this very unusual leather helmet with a visor, along with this video. ”¦ The whole mustache/Movember thing is now being supported by the Florida Panthers’ logo (from John Muir). ”¦ “I had dinner at Lee Roy Selmon’s in Tampa on Saturday night,” writes Kyle Speicher. “The staff wears these plain jerseys (63 was Selmon’s number). I asked a waitress about the significance of the stripes, and she said women wear them, guys don’t.” ”¦ F1 news from Omar Jalife, who writes: “Brazil was the last Grand Prix of 2011 and Felipe Massa ran for the 100th time with Ferrari, thus he used a golden helmet instead of his usual yellow/blue. Hamilton, whose top is usually yellow, wore a helmet with the Brazilian flag, since the helmet was in honour to Ayrton Senna and will be auctioned later to donate to Senna’s foundation. Similarly, Sergio Pérez ran with a Mexican flag instead of his usual green top, to commemorate his last race as a rookie.” ”¦ Check out this Snickers rack shaped like a football helmet. ”¦ “My sister is in her second year as a majorette for the University of Kentucky,” writes Jacob Kubuske. “She and the other Sweetheart majorettes started a tradition partway through last season of posing for photos with all the visiting mascots that come to Commonwealth Stadium. The one w/ Big Red is my favorite.” ”¦ The DC United will unveil their new kits today, but Michael Orr already has a photo of them.

147 comments to Monday Morning Uni Watch

  • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 7:33 am |

    Well now I’ll be looking at style guides for the next hour, mainly looking for oddities and mistakes – like the Jaguars having teal pants as an option.

    I guess we really can blame the NFL instead of EA for some of the uniform mistakes in Madden.

    • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 10:25 am |

      Also, these aren’t all 2009. They seem to be a mix of 2001-2008. The Titans still have the navy as their primary jersey, and there’s no AFL throwbacks.

  • Rob H. | November 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |

    “The Bills once again wore their blue-topped home socks on the road (instead of the white-topped road socks). It’s not yet clear if they’ve simply retired the road socks for good.”

    They had worn the white socks on the road (with the white jerseys) and blue socks at home (with the blue jerseys). But when they White At Home Week 9 vs the Jets, they wore the blue socks, so up until yesterday they pattern had been ‘blue socks at home or with blue jersey’ & ‘white socks with white jersey on the road’. But yesterday was the first time they wore blue socks on the road with the white jersey.

    So either they just decided to keep the blue socks only, or they simply messed up.

    • D. W. | November 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

      Whether the choice of the blue-topped socks was intentional or not, it was the right choice. Home or road shouldn’t be the determining factor; the choice of pants should be with the blue-topped socks for the white pants, and the white-topped socks for the blue pants. Here’s what the style guide should be:

      Blue shirt, white pants, blue-topped socks = Do
      Blue shirt, white pants, white-topped socks = Don’t
      Blue shirt, blue pants, blue-topped socks = Don’t
      Blue shirt, blue pants, white-topped socks = Don’t
      White shirt, white pants, blue-topped socks = Do
      White shirt, white pants, white-topped socks = Don’t
      White shirt, blue pants, blue-topped socks = Don’t
      White shirt, blue pants, white-topped socks = Do

      • Wheels | November 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm |


  • Teebz | November 28, 2011 at 8:29 am |

    While Mike is right about the Capitals wearing their current number font on their helmets while sporting their throwbacks, this makes total sense to me.

    Why would the Capitals have completely separate white helmets for 12 home dates per year? The cost alone of all new white helmets wouldn’t even come close to justifying that sort of expense. For once, this is an NHL uniform move I can endorse.

    • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 8:36 am |

      No no no no no… if we can rip on NFL teams for these: then we can rip on a hockey team for not using a different helmet too.

      • Teebz | November 28, 2011 at 8:55 am |

        You want them to give 20 players new white helmets for jerseys they only wear 12 times per year? They play 15% of their games in alternate uniforms, and helmets easily cost $100 per dome.

        Spending $2000 on helmets for a total of 36 games in three years (NHL teams are allowed to change their alternate uniforms every three years)? That makes no sense from a dollars-and-cents perspective when they already have white helmets.

        • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 9:07 am |

          Um… the minimum salary for an NHL player is over $500k.

          I think the team can afford to spend an extra $2k on helmets. If they can’t, there’s a real problem.

        • Teebz | November 28, 2011 at 9:24 am |

          Jeff, it’s not a matter of how much each player makes.

          It’s idiotic for anyone to purchase a new white helmet when you already have a white helmet, especially one that doesn’t need to be broken in. I could go into how superstitious players are, but the fact that you want them to buy new helmets just because the $6 helmet stickers are wrong is ridiculous.

        • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 9:41 am |

          Yeah, because multi-million dollar organizations totally need to be *that* frugal. If cost is really an issue, why do they even have a 3rd jersey anyway? Or they could always peel stickers and use new numbers on the broken-in helmets… or is that too much work too?

          Gimme a freakin break. If they’re gonna wear a throwback, it’s not too much to ask that it be accurate, is it? NFL teams can all wear different colored helmets for 1-2 games of their 16 game season, why the hell can’t an NHL team use a 2nd helmet for 12 games? Yeah, sure, it’s not the most cost effective thing, but is that really an issue at this level?

        • jdreyfuss | November 28, 2011 at 10:31 am |

          Why isn’t anyone arguing that they should simply change the decals on the white helmets and then change them back? As was pointed out, they cost $6 (probably less in bulk), and from experience I can tell you they can make a couple interns do it for free.

        • Teebz | November 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |

          The broken-in white helmets already have stickers on them. That was what Mike was pointing out – they have the regular font on them.

          My contention was that there’s nothing wrong with wearing normal helmets with the wrong font since it’s ludicrous to buy new white helmets for 12 games per season. If the fonts don’t match for 15% of the season, oh well because the helmet did. While I get that we should obsess over that, they’re freaking STICKERS. Spend the $120 and just apply some sort of temporary cover-up instead of buying BRAND-NEW HELMETS. Do you see where this is going, Jeff?

          The difference between hockey helmets and football helmets are tenfold. The only correlation between the two sports’ headgear is that they should be differently-coloured from the opposition and the same as all your teammates. Football is highly dependent on the stickers (as you contend with your Browns complaint) on the outside in terms of look and brand identification. Hockey isn’t dependent on the stickers worn on the helmet, especially when it comes to helmet numbers.

          HUGE difference.

        • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |

          …and I’ll quote myself: “Or they could always peel stickers and use new numbers on the broken-in helmets…”

          Mixing the new font with old uni is bad, k?

          (of course, the NHL requiring helmet numbers now is stupid, and without that rule, this wouldn’t even be an issue)

        • Teebz | November 28, 2011 at 11:05 am |

          @jdreyfuss – That’s 24 sticker changers per season (12 to the alternate font, and 12 to go back to their normal font). It’s not worth the hassle for the equipment manager when the helmet number font isn’t all that important to begin with.

          @Jeff – see above. And I agree that the numbers on the front are stupid. But it has happened before. Check out Borje Salming from his days with the Leafs. He wore numbers on the front of his helmet.

        • oilfan | November 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

          Agreed w/ Teebz here – and if you see the amount of work that an equipment manager has to do already – especially on back to back nights – where are they going to find the time to do that for 20-23 helmets? There are much more important things to do in prepping for a game.

          Ever tried sharpening a pair of skates? When I did it, it took upwards of 10 mins to do one pair. Maybe they get it down to 5 mins/pair, but some players have multiple pairs of skates to wear in a game – then multiply it by 20 players. And then you have to worry about specific sharpening characteristics, like rockering or depth of hollow. and you still have make sure that they can skate straight.

          Particularly in hockey, if the confidence isn’t there in any piece of equipment – it can cascade.

        • Mike Engle | November 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |

          I originally commented on this in last Saturday’s comments, at 22h10. Basically, IMO, it looks slightly less-than-good if you’re OCD. But honestly, it’s not good or stupid for me, it just is.
          Give the Caps a pass for going out of their way to keep the retro threads alive for the fans, while refusing to cash out by wearing them at home. (Ted Leonsis’s principle at work here. “No new jerseys until the economy improves, but if you wish to buy one, you can know that we will wear red at home.”) Just remember that while jerseys, socks, and breezer shells can be folded and stuffed in with the clothes, you WILL need another trunk just for the extra helmets, or else burn through a bunch of decals and potentially forgetting something more important.
          And as I mentioned on Saturday, you want to see what REALLY looks bad? Go find pictures of the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres. Even when they threw on the retro jerseys and socks (“Please don’t hate us, we know the slug kind of sucks!”), they kept the slug breezer shells, navy helmets, and navy/gold gloves. THAT, gentlemen, is how NOT to dress an NHL team under any circumstances, let alone at home, where you should have storage space to have an all-good-looking set and the slug set.

      • KT | November 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |

        “If they’re gonna wear a throwback, it’s not too much to ask that it be accurate, is it?”

        Not for some people, obviously.

        Others might look quizzically at those who believe it to be mission critical that every minute detail be exactly right down to the angstrom every time else it’s a farce.

        Watch the game. Game’s fun, isn’t it?

        • Jim Vilk | November 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |


          Yes, details matter, but not every *minute* detail. With apologies to my OCD friends, the world does not revolve around making everything just so. Nothing would get done. You gotta let some things go, occasionally, and keeping the current helmets is a good example.

          Some guys who wore that original Caps jersey sweater didn’t wear a helmet. Should they paint some of the current ones to look like hair? Actually…um…no.

          Yeah, because multi-million dollar organizations totally need to be *that* frugal.
          It would be nice if multi-million dollar organizations stopped being wasteful, though. Then maybe tickets wouldn’t have to be so expensive, hot dogs wouldn’t cost as much as a steak dinner and polyester jerseys wouldn’t cost $200. I know, saving money on helmets wouldn’t solve that by itself, but this whole “teams should spare no expense to look professional” mentality is what adds to the cost of running a team.

    • Big Tim H | November 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |

      How about if they just wear red helmets like they did for the Winter Classic (

      Believe that would solve the whole font issue, wouldn’t it?

  • Monte | November 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |

    Is it just me or does the Oilers mascot look to be wearing a “60” and not “00”?

    Was the year they were established so probably makes sense.

    • Ray Barrington | November 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |

      I’d have to do some searching, but I have seen that Oilers mascot with a 60 in print – which makes the 6 easier to see than on the pennant.

      • Rob H. | November 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |

        it’s on this page…

        I agree, I think it’s a “60”

      • Rob H. | November 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |

        actually it kinda looks like “66” but that doesn’t make sense like “60” does.

        • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 9:29 am |

          Well, it’s definitely a 60 on the “61-68” version of the logo at Their “60-61” logo is a bit fuzzy though. 60 or 00 make the most sense of course.

        • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |

          Maybe they updated it each year? …we need to look for an obvious 61, 62, etc, version.

        • Rob S | November 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |

          It looks like the copyright on that 66 image is dated 1966. It would be helpful if we had any images from 1961-65, though.

        • Cort McMurray | November 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

          Bud Phillips, the founder of the Oilers, got his start in the oil business with Phillips Petroleum. If I remember right, the choice of Columbia blue and red as the Oilers colors was based on two things: an homage to Columbia University (evidently, Bud attended a Columbia football game in the 50’s, and was struck at how sharp the team’s sky blue jerseys looked on the field) and Adams Petroleum’s historic connection to the Phillips Corporation, whose primary color is red. I think Bud was involved in a barnstorming basketball team called the Phillips 66ers, before he got involved in AFL football.

          Anyway, I’m not saying that it’s a 66 on the roughneck’s shirt. I’m just saying that it isn’t unreasonable to think that it might be a 66.

        • Clayton | November 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm |

          Not sure who Bud Phillips is – Bud Adams founded the Oilers and was a wildcatter. Adams’ father was indeed a president of Phillips, and one of his uncles was an executive. Not saying Bud had no connection to Phillips, and he probably got funding etc. But it was likely a familial connection, as Bud was not himself with Phillips.

    • MEANS | November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |

      Bingo, est. date 1960

      • Ben Fortney | November 28, 2011 at 10:19 am |

        Used to have a snap-back cap with the Oiler and the H/O logo type. Loved that hat, think I dumped it in a closet purge at some time or another. Regret it, now.

        Anyhow, always thought the H/O logotype with the goalposts and football was so simple, yet super clever.

  • BSmile | November 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |

    Ken-Wel was probably most well known for their pre-WW2 baseball gloves. Lou Gehrig was their most famous endorser.
    Here’s a great old Ken-Wel Brand Lou Gehrig Store Model Glove Promo Display:

    • M.Princip | November 28, 2011 at 9:27 am |

      Yea, that promo display is pretty easy to find, since I constantly see it on ebay. They were big into baseball gloves, and
      boxing gloves.

      I’m looking to find the exact model football helmet that TCU QB Davey O’brien wore back in the day.
      Now, I know he endorsed Wilson, yet I suspect from pictures I’ve seen, he might have worn a Ken Wel at one point?

      • LarryB | November 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

        Michael if you find out for sure, let us know.

        Interesting find about the Ken-Wel.

    • Jim Hayden | November 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |

      Akadema makes repro Ken Wel baseball gloves – they have a Dazzy Vance model:

      and used to have a Lou Gehrig mitt that was by all reports really nice and is now really hard to find anymore:

      They also do repro Reach stuff – including baseball gloves, lemon-peel baseballs and a football helmet…

  • Bas | November 28, 2011 at 8:33 am |

    I enjoy me some baton twirling! Alabama’s are mighty fine at their craft

  • War Damn Eagle | November 28, 2011 at 8:36 am |

    RE: the Alabama uni snafu during the CBS opening,

    CBS has virtually the same opening montage for their Mountain West and WAC games on the CBS College Sports Network. That might explain the Boise and Houston unis. I think they just have the same actors swap out unis to cover all the teams, and they got sloppy.

    • Arr Scott | November 28, 2011 at 11:02 am |

      Since it’s a staged performance, I think this is less “they get sloppy” than “they achieve sufficient verisimilitude for their purpose.” This is the equivalent of a production of “Damn Yankees” in which the cast wears uniforms that don’t precisely recreate the 1955 Senators, and yet everyone in the audience knows exactly what team they’re watching anyway.

      • KT | November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |

        My guess is that they brought all the necessary people together in one place at the same time to shoot all of these things (I don’t believe those are actual LSU players holding up a flag, for instance) and that there was some cross-pollination where they didn’t make sure players from other “wrong” schools didn’t get into a particular shot.

    • Ryan | November 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm |

      Also if you notice. the jersey # and the helmet # don’t match with the player running out of the tunnel.

  • Joey Guns | November 28, 2011 at 8:41 am |

    Al Toon’s son who plays for Wisconsin switched numbers to his dad’s old number on Saturday also.

  • Snackpit | November 28, 2011 at 8:46 am |

    T-shirts and baseball caps for college football division champions??!! O Noes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The sky is falling!!!!!!!!!! The sky is falling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nice to know that you want the United States to sink even deeper into economic recession Lukas by banning these.



    Way to love your country.

    Tell us, honestly, who does this hurt? Who gets actual physical pain inflicted upon them by this? Seeing as college football players aren’t allowed to keep their jerseys (although they can buy them back if they make the pros and have enough money), this is an actual reminder of something great they accomplished.

    And you want to take that away from them.



    So very considerate.

    • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 8:57 am |

      What the hell are you talking about?

      • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |

        err… nevermind. I totally skimmed right past that. Ignore me

    • Teebz | November 28, 2011 at 9:04 am |

      Snackpit is or was clearly an economics major.

      • Tim E. O'B | November 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

        Hats = eeconamy good

    • Kyle Allebach | November 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm |

      Bad troll is bad.

  • Chris Holder | November 28, 2011 at 8:56 am |

    You know what the world really needs? Caps and other gear for college football division champions.

    Very dumb. I’m not sure if there’s any “official” language on it somewhere, but as far as I know, the SEC for example has never officially recognized divisional champions. You “win” the division for the right to play in the championship game. The most ridiculous thing was several years back, Ole Miss claimed to be “co-champions” of the West division, even though they have never appeared in the SEC Championship game.

    As far as the incorrect footage of Bama in the CBS opening montage, I’m not surprised. For the SEC to be the best conference in college football, they allow CBS to get away with a pretty sub-par presentation.

    And BTW Paul, as I’m a Bama fan and notice such things… you have Alabama spelled wrong on that bullet point.

    • Paul Lukas | November 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |

      Thanks. Now fixed.

    • Pierre | November 28, 2011 at 9:25 am |

      CBS coverage of the SEC is absolutely horrible. There’s probably no better than an 80% chance that what Vern Lundquist and Gary Danielson tell you is correct. And although I have no data to back it up, my impression is that CBS runs more commercials and promos for its own shows than anyone else.

      • NickV | November 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |

        Agreed. I have noticed promo-intensive commercials all over the the place on almost every network – during both sports and non-sports programming. It is insane the amount of “unpaid” ads running during even highly-rated shows and games. My theory is that this phemonenea is hard evidence of the USA ecomony doing incredibly horrible, and these ads are going to be around for the forseeeable future.

        Prepare yourselves to see about 480 minutes of CBS commercial time each and every week promoting the weekly 22 minute showing of “The Big Band Theory”, and a second helping to promote the 48 minute showing of “Hawaii Five-O”, and other such horrid TV play ….

      • SWC Susan | November 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

        Would have been real nice if ESPN opened the Texas A&M Texas game with a montage of the history of the rivalry instead of a stupid Tom Cruise commentary promo-ing the new film by ESPN’s partner. A real slap in the face…

        • LarryB | November 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm |

          I thought that was dumb too. I actually did something else when the promo came on.

          I would have liked to see some historical info and footage period.

    • Gusto44 | November 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |

      Giving out caps and gear for college football division winners are just part of the recent trend of the “everyone gets a trophy” syndrome we see today, and this transcends sports.

      • MW | November 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |

        That being said, I would totally wear a UCLA, “PAC-12 South Champion*” Hat


      • Chris Holder | November 28, 2011 at 11:35 am |

        I was thinking that, as well. I’m all for rewarding the kids for the legitimate amount of hard work they put into what they do. But there still has to be a line drawn on what you celebrate.

        • Teebz | November 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |

          I hit the bowl when I peed this morning. I’ve signed a deal with Nike for commemorative shirts and hats.

        • pushbutton | November 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |

          My wife would gladly give me a shirt and hat for that.

    • iLO80 | November 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm |

      Strongly agree. Maybe a recruiting conversation piece. “Son, our university is full of tradition and historic victories. We are the reigning Leaders Division Champions…so, um…yeah. Champions, son. The best of the Leaders. Champion Leaders. Now what do you say?”


  • NotOsama | November 28, 2011 at 9:32 am |

    I know it has been discussed here before but the facemask on the Chargers helmet worn by Tolbert used to be worn (briefly) by LT when he was with them no?

  • Shane | November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |

    I honestly miss Adidas slapping three horizontal stripes across DC United’s shirts. These new ones are so bland. And from what the Revs are showing, they’ll be the same exact template, just in navy/red/white.

  • Jack | November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am |

    I remember back at the turn of century, you could view the MLB style guide. Not sure if it was available on purpose or it was a lapse in security. Some time around 2002 if I recall, they locked it down.

    It had all of the designs for uniforms and patches. It came in handy when I played the High Heat baseball game on my computer. Used to use the details from the guide to alter the uniform skins the game only had home and away uni’s- no alternates and I HAD to have all of the uniforms

    Ah… Those were the days of gaming… when breaking into a code was easy on a PC.

  • Gary M. | November 28, 2011 at 9:37 am |

    I found a guy that took more pics from that G.A.R. vs Pen Argyl game, and apparently #8 wasn’t the only one to go crazy with his sock selection.

    There may be more, I just haven’t gone through all the pics yet.

    Also Paul, its just “Mattox”, not “Matatox”, if you get the chance to fix it.

    • Paul Lukas | November 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |

      Done. My apologies!

  • Pierre | November 28, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    I really don’t like the placement of the lightning bolt jersey stripes on the San Diego Chargers uniforms…it’s not a not a sleeve stripe; not a UCLA-type shoulder stripe; but a hanging-on-the-corner-of-the-shoulder stripe. They make the jerseys look too big around the shoulders…like they’re hanging on, instead of a clean fit. The original Chargers stripes looked very sleek on top of the shoulders.

    I wonder why this modern iteration of the Chargers uniform was designed this way. Perhaps so they’d have enough room for TV numbers? At any rate, I don’t like them…

    • Dumb Guy | November 28, 2011 at 11:12 am |

      I’m with you, P. Those shoulder bolts are LAME.

  • walter | November 28, 2011 at 9:53 am |

    So much delightful stuff to chew on:
    Re: Rene Rancourt’s vest. Why, like me, do you hate America?
    Re: Matt Schudel. I’ve always liked the UVa uniforms with the Colonnades on the sleeves. It’s tricky to work a pattern into a jersey in an appealing way. Georgetown’s kente pattern is a good example of this.
    Does anyone else think the Movember Panther makes a better insignia than Florida’s usual logo?

  • Ben Fortney | November 28, 2011 at 10:23 am |

    Wow, the NFL logos on the chest of NFL Europe unis just looks ridiculous. I lost count of how many different logos are in that picture.

    • Kyle Allebach | November 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |

      The ridiculous part is the combo of black, gold, red, and green.

  • Louis | November 28, 2011 at 10:26 am |

    Looks more like Arkansas than Alabama in the promo… amazing how we can get our undies in a bunch without looking for plausible explanations, isn’t it.

    • Sean | November 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |

      I’m a die-hard Arkansas fan and also the one who brought this to the attention of Paul in the above segment, that’s definitely Alabama if you watch the video you’ll see the white numbers on the crimson helmets, the cheerleader with ‘Alabama’ in script across her chest on her uniform and the Alabama A in the the circle at the neck of the jersey as they’re walking through the tunnel. There is nothing about this that says this is Arkansas, unless of course you think these two schools are the same school. And who the fuck got their panties in a bunch? I was simply pointing out some mistakes and details. Isn’t that the entire premise of this website? Move along please.

    • Sean | November 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |

      And please do tell us ANY plausible explanation of why they would someone in an Alabama helmet and jersey and Houston pants and an Alabama cheerleader, with all other players in the video being from SEC schools and the video being called the ‘SEC on CBS’. I’ll wait for your explanation on this…

  • Louis | November 28, 2011 at 10:30 am |

    nevermind just read the rest of the post… perhaps i spoke to soon, my apologies.

  • NotOsama | November 28, 2011 at 11:29 am |

    I thought the Oilers used 66 as a reference to Phillips 66 Oil Company ?

  • Sean | November 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |

    The Columbus Crew (MLS) unveiled their new jerseys:
    I’m not a big fan of the white one, the yellow ones okay.

    • DK1247 | November 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

      The yellow one fits with most of their yellow jerseys, but the white/yellow/black is just atrocious

    • Pat | November 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |

      Both are hideous. What’s with the giant black armpit stains on an otherwise nice shirt?

  • Jack | November 28, 2011 at 11:35 am |

    Has anybody seen that new era had a DIY option for caps?

    The price is STEEP and you only have a choice of logos they provide. Still it is pretty cool.

    • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm |

      It’s not DIY if you have them make it for you. DIY is Do It Yourself. The term you’re looking for is “customized”.

    • Jim Vilk | November 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |

      “Delegate It Yourself”?

    • Arr Scott | November 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |

      Not DIY, but there are a lot of excellent MLB concepts, such as yesterday’s awesome Pads cap, that could be done for real with this tool. Speendy, but just about the only option for many mortals to do such a thing. Sad to see that the gallery shows mainly people making clown-hat versions, rather than anything that looks like redesign concepts.

      • Jack | November 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm |

        You are right about the designs in the gallery. But then again look at designs of the production fashions hats they sell. And they DO sell, otherwise they wouldn’t prduce them.

  • Kevin | November 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm |

    Finally found some info on that Colts Simpson Helmet prototype along with close ups. It appears he is going to make a run at the football helmet market. Still would love to see the Bulwork make the market too.

  • Tony DiRubbo | November 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    The uni Gods have spoken. UCLA could have shown up in their traditional blue and gold giving us color on color. Instead they went white and got whacked. No way they lose 50-0 if its color on color. What is the hideous color they are referring to as coming next? A black or dark blue home jersey…say it aint so.

    • Ricko | November 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

      Another example of the We Aren’t Very Good So We’d Better Try To At Least Be Interesting approach to NCAA football.

      Well, I guess it applies to many sports and any level.

      • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |

        Too bad there’s nothing interesting about the all-white uniforms.

        • Ricko | November 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm |

          I didn’t say they were GOOD at it.

        • Ricko | November 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm |

          In trailer park terms, UCLA’s move (and others like it) equates to, “Y’know what’d give our little Astro turf patio area there some real class? A pink flamingo. Yessir, that’d do it.”

        • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |

          Dude… what if we took a pink flamingo… and painted it black. We could make millions.

        • Ricko | November 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |

          Dang. Wish I hadn’t run over my last one with a snow blower. Y’know, back when I was married and owned a house.

          Sucker was airborne for about 50 feet, though.
          Well, some of the pieces of it, anyway.

        • Andy | November 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm |

          That would have been a good uniform for the U.S. Naval Academy, with full pant stripe, of course.

  • Connie | November 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |

    Loved the illustrated histories of the Apple Cup and UVa unis and programs and all. Particularly poignant was the contrast between the Cavs’ tradition of tasty use of blue-and-orange with the nightmarish outfit worn this past weekend.

    The Apple Cup stuff helps make the case that the West Coast has an exceptionally cool history of football-related design. I’m thinking Cal, Stanford, UCLA, Oregon plus the Washingtonians… Right up there with the Ivies and Big Ten.

    Somebody more adept than I could link to imagery from the 1920 Rose Bowl, where both Ivy and West Coast design traditions made for some cool posters and such.

    Harvard won the game.

    • Jim Vilk | November 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm |

      Particularly poignant was the contrast between the Cavs’ tradition of tasty use of blue-and-orange with the nightmarish outfit worn this past weekend.

      Funny you should mention that…I briefly flirted with the idea of giving Va. Tech/Virginia a 5&1 honorable mention.

      Against an all-white VT uni, these looked great to me…from the front. However, that darned backside just sours the whole thing for me.

      • Geeman | November 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |

        Agree with Connie. UVa. used to do blue and orange better. Blue offers great trim for orange, and vice-versa, but in equal doses it’s too much, as UVa. demonstrated Saturday. Auburn does blue and orange the way it should be done, though of course points off for the tramp stamp.

      • Connie | November 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm |

        Well, JV, you’re certainly right that the UVa back is worse than the UVa front, but our man Geeman makes an even nicer distinction. Plus, I always associated UVa tradition (“Cavaliers,” “Mr Jefferson,” genteel preening) with a more reserved approach. Syracuse might try ’em.

        • HoosFootball | November 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm |

          Thanks for the comments about my website. I agree that UVa’s more traditional uniforms were generally better looking, but our current unis have grown on me a bit over the past two seasons. I actually did a write-up about the new uniforms when they were rolled out last year. You can find it here if you want to check it out:

  • KT | November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |

    Oh, and it’s not “the DC United.” It’s just “DC United.”

    I know, pedantic. But correct.

    • Pat | November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

      Either way it’s a major downgrade for D.C. United. Those unis are ugly with all of that paneling.

      • Kyle Allebach | November 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm |

        I thought DC United had decent looking unis, but this years are butt ugly.

    • LarryB | November 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

      Shorpy is one of my favorite sites period. I love old pictures period and love it when they post sports ones. I try and check it every few days.

  • Jim Vilk | November 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

    Odd development in Tennessee, where Titans lineman Mike Otto somehow lost the white stripe on his pants.

    It’s there. Squint and you can see it. Judging from the conditions, it must have rained during that game. I’ll bet he fell in some muddy turf and that’s why both bright colors look like one less than bright stripe.

  • BrianC | November 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

    “Hey, Brian Codagnone: You’re a mighty generous fella. Thank you.”

    My pleasure!

  • Jim | November 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |

    Nobody going the “Dude, your sister is hot” route?

  • Geeman | November 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |

    Nice contrast up top with those beautiful San Diego Chargers uniforms leading the page and the link below to the article in the L.A. Times on UCLA’s riddiculous decision to wear all-white and ditch one of the best looking uniforms in college football.

  • Pat | November 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |

    I will say that my favorite days on here are when you have linked to your Season Preview for whatever league it is, and that I’m most looking forward to your NBA Season Preview. When will we see it Paul?

    • Paul Lukas | November 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm |

      On or about Dec. 20th.

      • Phil Hecken | November 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm |

        2012 right?

        the day before the world ends…

        • Ricko | November 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm |

          That’s next year (someone needs to ask Santa for new Mayan calendar).

        • Phil Hecken | November 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm |

          funny, i thought 2012 was next year

        • Ricko | November 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm |

          Oh, you did say 2012.

      • Pat | November 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm |

        Nice looking forward to it. I wore my Portland Trail Blazer black Brandon Roy jersey to work today to celebrate the end of the lockout. Unfortunately with the new amnesty clause Roy may not be a Blazer much longer.

  • Kyle Allebach | November 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm |

    I wonder if Adidas is trying to out-uni Under Armour and Nike so that when the NFL contract goes up (after Nike has it), they can get that deal. I mean, it might be really early to start thinking about that, but they’re probably looking at how Nike “reinvented” Oregon and wanna do the same thing too.

    That’s the only way I could rationalize denying everyone the beautiful color-on-color match that is USC/UCLA.

    • Andy | November 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

      At the price Nike has set for the onfield and sideline portion of the NFL contract, it’s better for adidas to not have the contract, because they would lose tons of money at that price.

      (Recall that Reebok was paying $20-some odd million per year for the rights to all the merch, while Nike is paying $50 million per year for just the on-field and sideline gear.)

  • Ethan F. | November 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm |

    Didn’t see this anywhere on the site, but Austin Tate wore #88 for Arkansas, the number of the late Garrett Ueckman. The coaches wore large black ribbons with 88 on them and there was a helmet decal of the state of Arkansas with GU on it. Here is a link to some photos.

  • LarryB | November 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    Most on here know I am a huge Buckeye fan. I have been a Buckeye fan for decades. I am very excited to have Urban Meyer as the Buckeye coach.

    Now if he only brings back the traditional and better looking gray sleeve stripes I will like him even more.

    He has said he has a great love and respect for past Buckeye players and teams.

    • Andy | November 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm |

      The Buckeyes are wearing the best uniform they’ve ever had right now. Just fix the width of the black stripe on the pants.

      • LarryB | November 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm |

        Sorry Andy, I disagree The gray sleeves look better in my opinion. They already have the current sleeve pattern on the helmet and pants. no need to see it 3 times on one uniform.

  • SWC Susan | November 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm |

    For a team with no decal on their helmet, the Browns sure do have way too many style sheet graphics… good grief! Took me hours to download just the NFL files! #OneClickAtAtime

  • Mike Engle | November 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |

    NY WC jerseys are out. It’s definitely nice enough: it looks like a Rangers jersey, and it’s much nicer than the Esposito jerseys. But I have just noticed that like the Flyers, the Rangers will have three stripes on the sleeves, with only two on the hem (not unlike the retro Capitals). I’ll keep my eyes open in case this officially starts a NHL trend, but better a trendy non-EDGEy template than trendy light blue and vintage white!

    • matt | November 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm |

      I love the Rangers’ jersey, and the Flyers for that matter, even though it makes me cringe.

      I like that they took a bunch of retro elements and came up with a new sweater.

    • Mike Engle | November 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm |

      Oh sure, I definitely think the Rangers have a better WC jersey than the Flyers. I don’t love either one enough to want one despite my Habs allegiance, but this will be a good looking Winter Classic, assuming the black numbers on orange Philly work!

    • LarryB | November 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm |

      A lot of people do not know that.

  • Ken | November 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    while taking a break from work. I found this quiz on Can you name the FBS schools that wear orange

    • Ken | November 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm |

      sorry forgot to include the link

    • Ken | November 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm |

      0 for 2

      link: have fun

      if this doesn’t work ~ I’ll scream

      • Connie | November 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm |

        I missed three, and I am ashamed. Fun, though.

      • The Jeff | November 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm |

        My brain works in strange ways. I remembered UTEP but blanked out on Auburn. Ugh.

      • Simply Moono | November 29, 2011 at 1:17 am |

        Got ’em all with 39 seconds to spare. Coolness Status B)

  • Ryan | November 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm |

    Rangers WC jersey is gorgeous. Only quibble is the difference between the white in the shield logo and the “cream” of the jersey, but other than that, well done. I like it a lot more than the “Heritage” jersey, which has never done much for me.

  • jdreyfuss | November 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm |

    I’ve seen a few of his Kia commercials and it looks like Blake Griffin has this as his personal brand logo. I love the way that looks, with the very ’70s-looking style but more modern font.

    • Wheels | November 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm |

      Kinda looks like something from a Wes Anderson movie.

      • Connie | November 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm |

        Love it, love him.

        • Jim Vilk | November 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm |

          I love him, too…especially now that I know he listens to my kind of music.

  • Simon | November 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |

    The excellent quiz site Sporcle just published a uni related quiz, FBS schools that wear orange.

  • Wheels | November 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm |

    The Saints going mono tonight. Ugh, will this dark era ever come to an end? I remember on first sight of the mono “Miami Sharks” uniforms in the movie Any Given Sunday thinking, yuck… surely this sort of thing could never happen in the NFL. How wrong I was.

  • Mason | November 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm |

    Ive said it before and I’ll say it again… Xavier has some of the best looking unis in college bball

  • Mike E | November 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm |

    Anybody have a picture of the red pants the NY Giants were wearing in warm ups?

  • jfi | November 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm |

    Thanks for the links to the 2009 style guides! What program should I use to open those files?

    • concealed78 | November 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm |

      I used Photoshop. Tinkered with the resolution number on the opening / Rasterize Generic EPS Format window to get higher quality graphics. Anywhere from say 750 to 2000 (patience required).

      • Phil Hecken | November 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm |

        what does that mean in english, mark?

        • concealed78 | November 29, 2011 at 1:19 am |

          Well Phil, it’s the one & only window that pops open (at least for me in PS EPS files), it’s an “Image Size” window, containing options for Width, Height, Resolution (pixels/inch) & Mode. Rasterizing is basically converting 3-D vector graphics (can be increased/decreased in size with no loss in quality; like graphics drawn in Flash or certain PDF file formats) into raster graphics, which is single-layer, set dots-per-inch pixels; such as BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, etc. Hmmm, that still ain’t English, is it?

          (And I’m almost done, btw).

  • Patrick_in_MI | November 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm |

    I’m thinking we need an Antonio Garay haircut tracker.