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Sunday Morning Uni Watch

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By Phil Hecken, with Terry Duroncelet

As the college “regular” season winds down, and the Conference Championships and other smaller games kick in, we get a much smaller pool of uni watching games. But there were still a bunch of good ones for week 14 of the NCAA schedule. I’m sure Terry will have more on this below, but one of the better games (although not the most aesthetically appealing), was the inaugural B1G championship game, pitting Wisconsin against Michigan State, for the right to rep the B1G in the Rose Bowl. Lots of hard-hitting ensued, including one incredible shot on Keshawn Martin, by Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, resulting in Martin losing both his helmet AND his do rag. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

Anyway…for the full rundown, here’s Terry:

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Not a lot of uni-action for this college football weekend, but there were some things of note:

• In the inaugural Pac 12 Championship game on Friday, #7 for UCLA wore what might be the worst-looking biker shorts in the history of college football… ever. Soccer sliders, football briefs, G.B.S. (Gridiron Boy Shorts), and many more names come to mind when I look at this picture, and is very reminiscent of Michael Crabtree’s stunt from Thanksgiving. How did he even get away with that? I’m pretty sure that the NCAA made it clear that you are still required to wear knee pads, even though they said that you are no longer required to wear your pants below your knees (as of 2010). I hope that someone with higher powers of authority than me comes down on #7 hard, not because his padded briefs look like crap, but more importantly, it’s a serious safety risk to him, his opponents, and his teammates. I pray that it doesn’t take a promising dude with NFL-status who could forever change the way the game is played for the better suffering a career-ending knee injury because he’s stuck in that phooey mindset that lower-leg pads will slow you down for the NCAA (and hopefully, the NFL. Monkey see, monkey do.) to realize that the players’ safety is more important than having the fastest :40 time on a big play. Now that I got that ALL-CAPS RAGE out of me, let’s move on to other things from that game The Pac 12 Championship caps were -of course — snapbacks, green underbrim included. Tough to see in this photo, but some of UCLA’s nose bumpers had the American flag on them. Have they been there all season? And Chip Kelly said something along the lines of… “”¦And we’re gonna go drink some Dr. Pepper, and mail our Christmas presents with UPS!” during his postgame speech to the crowd. I’ll leave it at that.

• Wyoming wore (in my opinion) their least-offensive combo yesterday in the Border War against Colorado State. The Cowboys had a helmet decal with the pattern of the Wyoming State flag. Here’s a closer view, and more info here. Ugly, yes, but considering that we live in an age where uniform vendors have the ability to dress their customers in full State flag gear from head-to-toe (I’m not gonna say any names, but you should be able to figure out who I’m talking about), this could’ve been worse (with thanks to Jim Vilk for those first two pics).

Oklahoma State wore their orange jerseys for only the second time this season against State rival Oklahoma. Good-looking game, overall.

• Speaking of dark lids/orange jerseys/dark pants uniform combos, Boise State wore blue helmets, orange jerseys, and blue pants on the blue turf yesterday. Would’ve been perfect had it not been for the file tabs.

• TCU wore their Nike Pro Combat helmets from 2010, but with different helmet decals and no helmet stripe.

• Kansas State, a team that normally wears white sleeves and socks, went with black sleeves and socks against Iowa State. Kind of looks out of place and depressing.

• In the inaugural B1G Championship game, Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin took a big hit that not only knocked his helmet off, but his do-rag went flying, too. Here’s video on the hit.

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Thanks Terry! Smashing job, as always, even if the uni action was a little thin this weekend.

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Colorize This!

Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.

In what may be a first in a long time, there are no colorizations from Mr. Chilvers (hope you’re enjoying your holiday, sir), but we have a whole set from a new-to-UW tweaker, who’ll be the first up today. Now, in a couple of these, he’s got some “in progress” stages, and he’ll be asking some of the more advanced colorizers for their tips. Folks, you know what to do.

Allow me to introduce Ryan Dowgin, who sent me four separate colorization e-mails:

Hey Phil,

I recently started trying out colorization. The pic I chose to start with is of the Colgate football team from sometime between 1929 and 1931. Apparently I picked a really tough photo for my first try, but I am having fun with it and I think it is going pretty well so far. I have done the jerseys, the pants, the football, and the grass, the coaches shirt and tie. All of that took about 3 hours worth of work. I am really dreading having to do the trees, any tips for getting them done easily? (Step One, Two, Three, Four.)

thanks,
Ryan

Now, you don’t think Ryan would leave that photo unfinished, do you? Of course not. Here’s the second e-mail:

Hey Phil,

Here is the finished product of the first colorization I sent you on Saturday. Took around 8 hours of working time.

I have also included my second attempt (a much easier photo) that only took me about an hour and a half.

Not finished, Ryan sent me a third e-mail:

Here is one more for good measure. The subject is Belf West at Colgate practice from around 1916.

And finally, in an e-mail entitled “hooked on colorization,” Ryan offered his fourth submission:

Officially hooked on this stuff. Here is a rare B+W shot of the old, old scoreboard at Whitnall Field at Colgate University and my colorization of it. I still have not gotten doing the trees down, but I think it came out okay.

Great stuff, Ryan. Welcome to the wonderful world of colorization! OK, experts, got any tips for Ryan?

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Next up, the big dogs. We’ll start with Gary Chanko, who took on a couple challenges from last weekend. Here’s Gary:

Phil,

Last week’s Sunday Morning Uni Watch provided a few project suggestions, including this one from reader Kevin Feser (I love this picture). The image quality did present challenges for colorization – exposure issues resulting in high contrast, some loss of detail (posterization) from scanning the original, and a totally blown out sky. All of these make colorizing difficult to achieve great results.

But the real challenges were getting the uni color correct. Fortunately other readers pointed to a few research links that helped lead to what I believe is a correct outcome. When I initially looked at the B&W photo the jersey stood out as something other than white. For BYU you might normally expect traditional blue and white. But for the 1940 season the color scheme was orange, blue and white as one of the research links discussed.

The helmet colors were another mystery. The photo original clearly shows a tone difference between the bottom portion and the top straps. If you examine this photo the different color scheme is more apparent. So it likely was orange, blue, and white for the helmet.

The remaining uni uncertainty are the leather knee pads. They might well have been orange also, but I choose a simple brown leather patch.

To complete the colorization I decided to do something about the sky area that was going to look washed out (white) if colorized. I simply replaced it with something more suitable.

Now on to the real discovery related to this colorization project. I’ve spent this college football season believing some whacked-out Under Armour designer created the uni disaster in Maryland. However, it is now revealed the University of Maryland is actually the spawn of BYU ’40.

Now I’m on to that Shorpy photo.

Gary

Magnifique! Not surprisingly, I received another submission from Gary. Betcha can’t guess what it was:

Phil,

Another great football photo project from last Sunday’s Uni Watch (incredible shot on Shorpy).

A Shorpy reader identified the players as members of the 1940 Minot High Magicians and luckily knew the school colors of maroon and gold. I cropped the original a bit to improve the composition.

Gary

Fantastic on that one as well, Gary.

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Finally, we have B. Smile, who took on Babe Ruth, but not the one from last weekend:

Phil,

I was thinking about doing a colorization of that 1923 Babe Ruth in a NY Giants uni pic, but I decided to finish one that I was already working on:

Babe in a Brooklyn Dodgers uni from 1938 taken at Braves Field, Boston.

The original came from the Boston Public Library Flickr page here.

I decided against a full-color attempt at the ballpark/stands (way too labor intensive), so I made that part sepia, which I think makes Babe stand out even more.

If you run it in the Colorize This! section, please give the credit to “BSmile” because then I’ll post it at Baseball-Fever (where I posted a sepia-only version on Nov.21) and on my blog.

Cheers!
~B

Great job B!

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Another fantastic job by all the colorizers (and welcome aboard Ryan). If you have a B&W you think would make for a good colorization, or have anything you want to send in, give me a shout. Beginners, intermediates, advanced & experts are all welcome.

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Uni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

And so, lets begin:

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We start with Marc Gilbert. Geez, the ink’s not even dry on the paper and their unis are barely three weeks old, but already you guys are “tweak”ing the Marlins:

Phil, I think the Marlins need an update already. Having 3 primary colors, plus silver black and white is just too much–even for funky South Florida.

The main design isn’t bad, but could be improved with just a little addition-by-subtraction.

–Marc Gilbert

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Next up is William Yurasko, who has 3 sets of concepts, and nicely avoids going over 50 words per by linking to his own blog:

Phil

I have been meaning to send along my Eagles update for a while and then I saw the one today. Here’s what I did.

I also did some Wizards (a very popular post on my blog, I came close to the new logo) and Capitals (Capitals capitalized, more red) mockups a while back that I have been meaning to send you.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers!

– William

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And closing out the concepts today is Hyatt Werling, whose submission I may have missed earlier this summer:

Dear Phil,

[I submitted these a long time ago, before Uni Tweaks went on hiatus for the summer. I’m guessing they got lost in the shuffle during that time.]

My name’s Hiatt Werling, with four more tweaks that follow the theme of changing an NFL team’s color scheme based on something that I can in some way relate to the team or the city. I’d like to made such a tweak for all 32 teams. As a disclaimer, obviously I don’t think any team should ever use any of these, they’re just for fun and to see what I can come up with. Here are the last four. I’d like to thank Uni Watch for putting up with my goofy bullshit for eight weeks.

Vikings – North Stars Set: I figured the Vikings could resurrect the Minnesota North Stars’ colors, complete with a combination of the Vikings and North Stars logos on the helmet.

Packers – Milwaukee Set: The Packers are just about the only team to not play in a metropolitan area of any real size. Of course they should never leave Green Bay, but they could still claim the metropolitan area of Milwaukee by adopting some Milwaukee colors. And so I gave them the blue from the Brewers (the glove logo era blue) and the red from the Bucks. For the throwback, I switched and used the gold from the Brewers and the green from the Bucks (which coincidentally are essentially the Packers’ current colors), and for fun I tried combining the Packers logo and the Brewers glove logo.

Giants – Big Apple Set: Nothing much to say here, New York City is called The Big Apple and I thought it would be fun to put an apple on the Giants’ jersey. I used the Washington Apple logo as the base.

Bears – Bubble Gum Set: I tweaked the Bears last as I had the hardest time coming up with something for them. Previously, I had wanted to see what a team would look like with bubble gum colors on their jerseys, pink and bubble gum blue, and then I made the connection between Chicago, Wrigley Field, and gum, and that was good enough for me.

–Hyatt

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OK, that’s it for this weekend. Back with more concepts/tweaks next weekend.

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Benchies Header

Benchies

by Rick Pearson

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Following yonder LED…

12-4-11 s-Nativity

And of course, the full-size.

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BCS Predictions

Time for my annual BCS prognostications — I’ve been pretty spot on with these in the past, but this year we got a whole mess of monkey wrenches thrown into the works — including Houston’s absolute tanking against Southern Miss yesterday. I don’t know about you, but apparently this was quite a shocker to Case Keenum. The good thing is, a probably very underserving (but hitherto undefeated) Cougar team won’t be getting their asses handed to them on a platter facing LSU in the Big Dance. So, with them out of the picture, let’s see what I think we will have:

Orange Bowl: I have to think we’ll be seeing Clemson (who nicely tucked away Va Tech yesterday) matching up against the lesser of all evils West Virginia. Could the Big Least be any worse this year?

Sugar Bowl: Another crapshoot, but I’d have to guess the B1G will get Michigan (over say, Michigan State) in an at-large against a purple and black team. Will that be TCU or Kansas State? Tough call, but I’ll go with Texas Christian.

Fiesta Bowl: This one’s an easier call (I think) — Oklahoma State will rep the Big 12 (it’s doubtful they’ll move up to #2 and overtake Alabama) against Pac12 runner-up (kinda) Stanford…er, Stanford.

Rose Bowl: This one’s easy. It’s always your Pac12 (still wrapping my head around that one) champ, so that would be Oregon against the B1G champ, which would be Wisconsin. Except when the Pac12 or B1G champ is ranked #1 or #2…then they take another team. And it’s always played on New Year’s Day. Except when New Year’s Day is a Sunday. Then they play it on January 2. So, yeah.

BCS Championship Bowl: Obviously, LSU will be there. And, unless something really funky happens with the rankings, they’ll be engaging in a rematch with Alabama. At least we can be sure this will be Jim Vilk’s #1 good game in the post-season 5&1.

So whattya think? Am I gonna be right or wrong?

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5 & 1

Jim Vilk’s 5 & 1

And now for the part of the post that I wait up all night for you’ve all been waiting for…

And Jimmer got me this pretty early last evening, since he didn’t need to delve through 766 games — I think there were like eight on the schedule or something…so that means, with the honorable mentions, we’ll probably get all eight somewhere below.

I KID…there were more than eight games, but only about 5 of them were really important.

Here’s Jim:

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Honorable Mentions to Wyoming/Colorado State – You know, if the Cowboys would have worn their regular logos, they finally could have made the big time.

And to Middle Tennessee/North Texas – Yeah, both of these matchups have mono green, but they’re not the same shade as the turf.

5. Iowa State/Kansas State – It took a slow week, but the Cyclones are finally back.

4. Syracuse/Pitt – After screwing up one of my favorite hoops conferences, the least you can do is put on a nice-looking football game.

3. Oklahoma/Oklahoma State – Probably should have included the Cowboys before, but better late than never.

2. Virginia Tech/Clemson – Soooo close to perfection…

1. Georgia/LSU – Those colors can sure brighten up a dome game, eh?

And the bad one: UConn/Cincinnati – These schools look much better indoors.

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Alrighty then. I won’t argue with your #1, because it was clearly the best, but damn if Clemson/Va Tech wasn’t almost a co-winner. What exactly was “so close” anyway? Va Tech looked about as good as they can ever look, and that is absolutely Clemson’s best look. And I’d have even allowed for that Wyoming game (seeing as how you were Jonesing to get them into the top five forever, since they went color-on-color)…maybe next year.

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That’ll do it for this first Sunday in December. I want to give a HUGE and HEARTFELT thanks to Jim Vilk, Terry Duroncelet and Rick Pearson for their tremendous work this fall season. But their work isn’t done — Jim will have plenty of 5&1’s as we move into the “post” season (and some look backs at this year), Rick will have a bunch more “50 Years Ago” and Terry will take us through the Bowls. But still, a big, fat STANDING “O” is in order for all three — take a bow gentlemen, you deserve it.

Everyone have a wonderful Sunday and I’ll catch you next weekend — there might be a little something on the Army-Navy game…if you catch my drift.

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“Ya ever go fishing, and get your lure buried in the muck on the bottom of the lake? You wrench it up, and it’s all gnarled up with rotting vegetation; nasty, stinky, slimy green and black detritus with a few chlorophyll-starved yellow bits. Yeah, that’s what Oregon looked like last night.” — “unionjack”

Comments (121)

    Yes these were well done for an initial effort, particularly so given some quality issues in the originals.

    One of the most important first steps is to convert the original image sepia tone to a “pure” black & white tone. I will pass along some suggestions to Phil that will help you in future colorization efforts. You may want to review the two part colorization tutorial published here on May 22 and 28, 2011.

    You don’t have to convert from sepia to pure black & white. It depends on your coloring method. If you’re coloring with new layers on top of the image, you should convert, but if you’re using the selection tool and changing hue & saturation values, you really don’t need to.

    Thanks everyone. I’ve been looking to try to find some better quality B+W photos in my library of pics to start with. I do new overlay layers so I guess I should convert everything to pure B+W before I start.

    I knew of Ryan after finding his great Colgate site. I was looking for old NYU football and found Ryan’s site. Maybe Ryan can link his site here.

    Nice job there Ryan. I had saved that team photo planning to give it a shot at some point.

    And great work Gary and B.Smile. I admire the guys who take the time to colorize all in the background such as Gary did in the Shorpy street scene. Most of the time I choose to gray scale the background if it is too detailed.

    Yep Ryan that is me. You have a nice site there. I know you are on the hunt for others. I will have to see if I can find Ohio State Colgate pictures.

    I know it’s only a matter of opinion, but if Michigan State – Wisconsin isn’t in the top 5, then there is something wrong with the chooser.

    If it took you this long to come to that realization, then it’s clear that there’s not just something wrong with the chooser.

    And just so we’re clear, there’s definitely something wrong with the chooser.

    Indeed. Vilk is Vilk. The whole 5&1 thing is just filler to generate discussion. Of course, it works…. but taking it seriously is not recommended.

    “I know it’s only a matter of opinion, but if Michigan State — Wisconsin isn’t in the top 5, then there is something wrong with Sparty’s font, as well as the chooser.”

    (fixed)

    Fonts only:

    I also like link (tell you what, that game was three tweaks away from #1)

    UConn/Cinci. The fonts were the lone bright spot in that one.

    link

    link

    There might be a few others, but that’s off the top of my head.

    I also like New Mexico/Boise. (tell you what, that game was three tweaks away from #1)

    New Mexico in silver pants
    Boise State with non-gray (white or blue) facemasks

    What’s the 3rd?

    JimV. Do you know what this font is called from Ohio State in the mid 1930’s? Or do you like it? I love some of the old style 30’s or 40’s fonts.

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    The two things wrong with ISU/KSU were the black socks/sleeves on KSU and the truncated ISU loops. Other than that it was a winner.

    I think the Hokies should have gone with maroon or orange hose so that there would have been a break between their white pants and white athletic socks. Maybe that’s the only thing keeping that Clemson-VT game from being perfect. VT’s helmet, jersey and pant striping, that matched completely, was awesome!

    That’s it…the socks.

    Kept thinking there was just *one* little thing off about that matchup. At first I thought a burgundy helmet and/or pants would improve it, but yeah, the striping was great. If VT’s socks were like Clemson’s, but in burgundy, that might have made it perfect.

    Hmmm…

    Maroon/orange/maroon stripes would have been a nice touch.

    Or orange/maroon/orange just to fuck with certain people’s stripe-matching OCD.

    Not a fan of the Eagle’s concept. I think I’ve seen too many of them, but the kelly green helmet with the modern doesn’t look too bad. However, the uni looks like someone mixed up the modern logos with their link. Also, I never thought the Eagles looked right in link.

    That DC Wiz tweak is awesome, though. I love the DC Flag incorporation.

    Also, I never thought the Eagles looked right in silver pants when away.

    Would you prefer kelly green pants? Thanks to the 90’s Jets, I really can’t picture the Eagles doing that, even if they were willing to switch back to kelly helmets.

    I think white pants would just look better. The shade of silver is so light, it should be white anyway. I mean, I don’t particularly mind the silver pants. The silver pants look nice with the kelly green, and the Eagles don’t have to be the Carolina Panthers.

    I could go for a pair of kelly green pants for away and silver at home only if it stays that way. Which it will; the Eagles don’t have a huge history of going mono.

    That Eagles concept is a good example of why you shouldn’t mix two different eras into one. It just looks like blatant pandering.

    So it’s not possible to update a team’s graphics/uni design and still hold precisely to the traditional color palette?

    A re-design must include both graphics AND colors?

    Sounds like another “rule”.

    Whoa, do I sound combative.
    Not really my intention.

    But I would like to see the current Eagles unis rendered in the kelly instead of “midnight green” or whatever they call it…and with silver pants.

    Y’know, to see what they COULD have done if they hadn’t been in such a hurry to join the Somber Generation.

    Well Ricko – in my eyes and in my own personal rules & preferences – in either uniform concepts or reality:

    Say mixing the 1977-96 Blue Jays with the 1997-03, or the Astros (with its vast library) H-star cap with current scripts in navy & orange, and yes the recently added Orioles cartoon bird cap (it just doesn’t go), or the Twins M-cap with the TC-cap in the same set, the current Phillies in retro crimson, the Texas Rangers red & blue sets, the current Eagles in kelly, current Sabres & Penguins, current Chargers (one of the worst offenders IME).

    And mind you: if a team is going to update a classic look, do it from a singular era from decades ago (e.g. Braves, Phillies, White Sox), rather than the most recent (I know, anal retentive & not always possible).

    And I want to say the 1997 49ers, 2000 Rams & 1996-97 Edmonton Oilers updates always bugged the hell out of me – which came off as more of a lazy update to cash in rather than ingenuity. I’d rather a team revamp their graphics a lot (e.g. Falcons) or completely but keeping their traditional colors as much as possible rather than just slightly update date (say black/more trim, darker & metallic colors).

    In short: I don’t like cherry picking pieces from a team’s different eras into thinking this will create some hybrid-collage that’s a compromise that satisfies every generation of fan. Or at least, *I* don’t think would ever work.

    But throw the rule out for concepts, of course most importantly. There are no rules for that.

    Yeah, you meant some kind of hodge podge of eras looks dopey, and you won’t get a ton of disagreement from me.

    It has to be done very carefully and with restraint or it can be a total mess.

    My personal preference is that you leave the “cartoon” wings to the Midnight Green, because that matches the best. The straight up silver wings go best with the kelly green. It’s what Eagles fans are used to seeing, and seeing it otherwise just feels weird. It would be like putting on a Pat Patriot helmet with the current Elvis uniform. It would just look weird.

    Another great round of Colorize This everybody!
    That’s a great start from newcomer Ryan. My only suggestion would be to consider cleaning up your original source photo before you start the lengthy colorizing process (as much as you can). Of course, that depends on how you want the finished photo to look. Keeping the imperfections of a pic can give it more of a “vintage look”.

    Cheers!
    ~B

    Thanks, I do try to clean up some of the bigger and more glaring imperfections, but I like to keep a few for the “vintage look”. In the Belf West photo I tried to clean up the smudge over his shoulder and a few of the background imperfections, and in the scoreboard one I cleaned up the scoreboard and the sky a little bit. I also took out the guys in the back left because they were a little too pixelated, and I wanted practice at removing parts of a pic.

    Yeah, I’m more interested in Colgate pics to start, but once those run out I’m sure I’ll move on to others. I really want to get into the football archives at the school to see what kind of pics and old goodies they have in there. If they have some of the old unis I could see how accurate my colors are. I’ve sent an email to some people in the football department but I have not heard back yet, maybe I’ll have to break down and send an email to the AD (not his biggest fan).

    That didn’t take long to improve the Marlins new unis.

    It seems like the most popular NFL concept by far is Eagles in kelly with modern graphics. Kelly and silver are a great combo! Granted, I think the current wing’s black outline is way too thick, and likewise with the eagle head logo it has run its course & should just be associated with the current Midnight Green scheme. I think it’s time for a new primary Eagles logo & helmet wings.

    re: Bears Bubble Gum Set – it’s hard to look at because it looks like somebody left that picture in front of a store window for a few years. Personally, I associate Wrigley Gum more with Juicy Fruit & Doublemint, two non-pink gums.

    Take it with a grain of salt, but I prefer the term “concepts”. I’ve always associated the terms ‘tweak/tweaking’ with methamphetamine use.

    Plus ‘tweak’ has a rather interesting & ominous Thesaurus entry:

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    Totally spot on. The Eagles had a great look, but somebody had to meddle with it, decided it wasn’t making enough money in merchandise sales or it didn’t look tough enough, or somebody decided they needed change for the sake of change; or all 3. Well what they got was one dark, dreary, depressing dated scheme with clunky and unremarkable graphics & wordmarks, and they didn’t appreciate the classic look they had.

    Funny, all 4 Philadelphia sports teams had really great, clean & iconic looks and the Phillies, Flyers & Sixers all brought them back full time. Still holding out on the Eagles. What are they waiting for? Kelly & silver: make it happen!

    Sadly college football season is about over for the most part. So I will miss these Sunday columns and the work done by Terry, JimV and Ricko.

    I got kid cards all the way through the Senior Bowl, etc., so you ain’t rid of “50 Years Ago” for this season until the first week of January. If was on TV, I made a card for it.

    Nothing quite like the excitement of the unis for the Blue-Gray Game in 1961, huh.

    New England Revolution got new unis yesterday. You can kind of see the change shirt in the background on the rack in the slideshow. A small upgrade in my opinion from their last look but still not very appealing.
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    My Portland Timbers are getting a new third uni on Tuesday. I got an email for season ticket holders about entering a drawing to go to the unveiling, but I have a newborn and it’s right before I start work so I won’t be entering. I just hope they don’t let Adidas saddle them with a boring template. So far a majority of the MLS uni reveals this year have been a downgrade or even if they were an upgrade they don’t look that good.

    “Kansas State, a team that normally wears white sleeves and socks, went with black sleeves and socks against Iowa State. Kind of looks out of place and depressing.”

    Jim V’s being generous including this game in his 5-and-1 mostly because it could have been great. K-State’s look indeed was funereal. Iowa State looked great. The cardinal/white/white is a good clean look and accentuates the cardinal/gold/cardinal UCLA stripes and pants stripes.

    My old man rant remains: Black socks have no place in sports. K-State has a good-looking purple and the black just makes it muddy. Phil’s spot on.

    Iowa State got downgraded this year, ’cause I’m not crazy about the new font. Between that and KSU’s going to the dark side, yeah, I was being generous. Slim pickin’ this week, though.

    Maybe I should have gone with Texas/Baylor.
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    Had them penciled in at #5, but with two mono green teams in the honorable mention, I thought it was a bit too much.

    I think the font’s the same as the last few years. Iowa State rolled it out w/ its new helmet and “I State” mark. It’s OK as far as novelty fonts go. Not a real good image, but here it is when Gene Chizik was the coach: link

    For those in the know about broadcasting, why is the Denver vs. Minnesota game on FOX? From my experience, interconference games played in NFC stadiums are always on CBS while games played in AFC stadiums are always on FOX. Did something change?

    You sure about that?
    For interconference games it’s the network of the visiting team that determines who telecasts the game. That’s been the policy since the merger in ’70.

    I’ve been wondering about why this game is on Fox ever since I noticed it on my DirectTV on-screen schedule this a.m.

    From the Vikings website:
    “The December 4 game at Mall of America Field between the Denver Broncos and the Vikings has been moved to a Noon CT kickoff (previously was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. CT) and will now air on FOX (KMSP Channel 9 in the Twin Cities) instead of CBS.
    The NFL utilizes “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 10-15, 17. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 3 p.m. CT time slot on CBS and FOX.
    For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.”

    As I understand, CBS Sports was maxed out on their production facilities for this weekend. When the Patriots-Colts game was flexed out for Lions-Saints for Sunday Night Football on NBC, it meant that CBS would have had 8 games to carry this week. CBS had a separate truck for the SEC Championship game last night. That would have meant nine trucks out on the road. CBS may have eight production trucks at most.

    It is likely that CBS told the NFL that 8 regional games would have been too much. So, the NFL probably plucked the Broncos-Vikings game from CBS’s lineup and gave that one to Fox.

    This is not unprecedented. In the early 70’s, when NBC had its commitments to the World Series that conflicted with their NFL/AFC telecasts, they sold off AFC games back to local channels of the away teams. In two instances in 1971 and 1972 – both Jets at Patriots games – NBC sold these games to CBS (at that time the NFC network) to televise regionally in upstate NY and parts of New England.

    The Boston Globe said the NFL made the decision because both early games scheduled for Fox were only appealing to southern audiences (CAR-TB, ATL-HOU).

    “Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots…”

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    so what are they saying? the vikes and tebows isn’t a quality matchup?

    somebody upstairs is gonna hear about this

    Thanks to Wrigley Wax and Timmy b for the explanation. Now if you can tell me why FOX makes it phyically impossible for me to watch a Red Sox game in Idaho on a Saturday…

    That’s not Fox, that’s the baseball gods trying to tell you that you don’t live in Boston anymore and it’s time to start cheering for the Rockies or Mariners already. It’s one thing to stay loyal to a distant football team your whole life, but baseball? It’s root root root for the home team.

    One note to make about Boise: they actually made a slight change to the Pro Combat helmets. The original helmets were blank on the right side of the helmet, while yesterday’s helmets had gray helmet numbers.

    I don’t think it’s an improvement since the only thing that could improve those helmets is putting the logo on both sides. I’m probably going to get flamed for this, but one-sided helmets, including the Steelers, don’t look good.

    Hmmm…looks like Oklahoma State did away with TV numbers in favor of just putting “TV” on their sleeves.

    link

    Maybe next we can have them do away with numbers altogether and put FN on the front, RN on the rear, and HN on the helmet where the numbers should be.

    Manny wants to come back and suspension gets reduced to 50 games. That’s just wrong. Yes, I understand he could have served his 100 games and then retired, but he didn’t. That was his stupid decision.

    Do people realize that whatever the rules of baseball are, the use of performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals without a valid prescription is a federal crime? It’s not a matter of Manny being Manny, it’s a matter of Manny being a felon who should thank his maker that he is not in federal prison where he belongs. Hey, Manny, want to get your suspension reduced? Great! First, find your nearest U.S. Attorney’s office, swear out an affidavit admitting to your serial violation of federal criminal law, serve whatever sentence you receive as a result, and then come back and ask Commissioner Selig’s successor for lenience.

    I can muster a smidgen of sympathy and even respect for Michael Vick, because he did actually pay the (too meager) price society exacts from people who commit the kind of crime he committed. Manny? Not so much.

    Easy, Scott. While I don’t have a lot of sympathy for Manny, you’re basically espousing the most punitive aspect of a failed anti-drug policy — a policy that, if enforced as you’re suggesting, would put millions of Americans in prison (and a policy, I’m guessing, that you generally disagree with).

    well…looks like TCU is out…they finished at #18 (needed to get to #16 to make the show)…so that’s one wrong already

    rose = oregon vs. wisconsin (gimme)

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    so 9 out of 10…not too bad

    but the whole BCS format completely sucks anyway…really, do we need a rematch for the title? what if bama wins 9-6 (or something else really close) … each team will have one loss — to the other — so who is really #1 then?

    TCU, Boise, and Arkansas were screwed the biggest. And you know where my allegiances are (K State). In this money money me me age, I sure don’t see how an 8 school playoff system wouldn’t be overloaded with cash. Nope. Don’t get it at all.

    Anyone have a screenshot of Austin Collie from today’s game against the Pats? That was the tightest super-stretchy jersey I’ve ever seen.

    Whoops, meant that as a new entry, not a reply. But yeah, Newton’s pants do look kinda silver, which the Panthers should be wearing with their white jerseys.

    At least we can be sure this (Alabama/LSU) will be Jim Vilk’s #1 good game in the post-season 5&1.

    Oh please, oh please, oh please, Wyoming…wear link against Temple in the New Mexico Bowl!

    Terry, while I agree that the ‘biker shorts’ looks incredibly stupid. Knee pads in football pants do nothing structurally to protect the knee.

    Just heard Chris Berman call New Meadowlands Stadium/Giants Stadium/Metlife Stadium: Met-O-Lands, I have to say I’m a fan of calling it that.

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