The Yoke’s On Them

Quiz Hed

By Phil Hecken, with Rick Pearson

Well boys and girls — we’ve made it through another year. I hope it was a good one for you, and that all your uni-dreams came true. For the past three years, Uni Watch’s able sage, Rick Pearson has assisted me with our (now) traditional, year-end uniform quiz. It’s hard to believe the years have rolled by us, but here we are…about to ring in another new year.

Each year we try to stump you with a quiz about certain equipment oddities, certain classic sports movie quotes, and even sports guys who acted, but we haven’t done a true year-end quiz based on uniform quirks or signatures. Well, today, that ends.

I’ll post the answers at the end of today’s full article, some time in the afternoon — so you guys have plenty of time to place your guesses in the comments below. There will be 18 questions. If you can get all 18, well, then the yoke’s on us, isn’t it.

So let me turn the reins over to everyone’s favorite sexagenarian from the Twin Cities…my pal, Rick Pearson:


The Yokes on Them…
By Rick, with research help from Phil

Well now…a lot of attention to the shoulders of Oregon’s Rose Bowl specials (hey, a girl can’t go to the prom without a new dress, right?).

Anyway, let’s take a look at 18 teams who over the years (and in a number of leagues) made use of their jersey shoulder yoke to help identify them…and see how many you can identify without clues such as, oh, I dunno, team colors.

Yes, a few slam-dunks in here. Some, though, definitely are not. Not saying we got every team that made a thing of yokes (as opposed to a yoke of things, which is a little too common these days), just a dozen-and-a-half to create a little challenge…

1. These guys avoided a white jersey for a long time.

2. From the WAAAAAYYYY Back Machine.

3. A one-year wonder.

4. Betcha this will be a toughie.

5. Not worn often, but unchanged for at least a decade.

6. Okay, an easy one, Boy Wonders.

7. “Who’s the leader of the club…”

8. Contrasting yoke only on the road whites.

9. Remember the “Brazos Babe”? Don’t worry, hardly anybody does.

10. Oldie. But goodie.

11. Yoke & Loops? (sounds like a breakfast food).

12. High flying indoors.

13. Yokes that run allllll the way down the sleeves.

14. Their originals, and consistently messed up in the throwbacks.

15. Stomping through the Indiana sycamores.

16. Remember this, um, “experiment”?

17. We’ve seen this one a couple times this year, nostalgically.

18. The chevrons sorta create a graphic hinting at their nickname.


Thanks Rick! Now — study each photograph — use each ‘description’ as a “clue,” take a look at the fonts, facemasks, numbers — everything — they’re all visual clues. Use them to aid you in your guesses, and post them (even if it’s a guess) in the comments below. Lets see if, as a group, you can’t get all 18 — each time there is a correct guess (assuming either Rick or I am online), we’ll let you know when it’s correct. If you need an additional hint, don’t be afraid to ask.

Back later today with your 18 answers…enjoy. Well, that was pretty quick — you guys (in the comments) got all 18 correct. ANSWER KEY NOW POSTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE!




Vilk Year End 10 & 2MoVi’s Year End 10 & 2!

And now the part of the post I wait up all night for WE wait all year for…

Jim Vilk’s greatest 5 & 1 of the entire FBS season — but it’s so big, so huge — that he gives us DOUBLE.

That’s right; instead of the 5 best and 1 worst, we get Jim’s 10 best and 2 worst uniform matchups spanning the entire 15 (or so) weeks of the season.

I have NOT yet looked at what’s to follow…and quite frankly, I’m scared. Let’s see how he did:


It’s been a looonnng season, so today we have a long list.

Honorable Mentions to Navy/Western Kentucky — The Hilltoppers won the Most Improved Unis award this season.

And to Penn State/Temple — Once again, the Owls shared the Best Unis award with a team featured prominently in the Top Ten.

10. Marshall/Houston — Great throwbacks allowed this Christmasy-looking matchup to get us started.

9. Ohio/Rutgers — Had to throw a rounded number font (and another red/green matchup) into the Top 10.

8. Alabama/Penn State — Hooray for helmet numbers!

7. Tulane/East Carolina — Best hushpuppies I ever ate were in the ECU press box…and this matchup was almost as tasty.

6. Florida Atlantic/Florida — These Owls are just a feather behind the co-champs when it comes to best unis.

5. Ohio State/Michigan — I’d rather see helmet numbers on the Buckeyes instead, but this was still very good.

4. Air Force/Navy — Best Alt award goes to the Falcons.

3. LSU/Ole Miss — Temple can tie the Tigers for best unis, but they can’t top them.

2. Virginia Tech/Duke — The Hokies looked great in every one of their combos this season.

1. Florida/LSU — Color palette special of the year!

Dishonorable Mention to Central Michigan/North Carolina State — As I’ve said, if you feel the “need” to go pink for awareness or BFBS, just pick ONE.

And THE bad one: Miami/South Florida — Mrs. V. saw this matchup and said, “It looks like Candy Corn Man meets Lizard Man.”


And that’s just about it for the MotherVilker…but not quite…we’ll have a look back at the Top 5 Bowl Matchups and a very, very special All-Oregon (just for me) 5 & 1 none on Monday, to get you pumped for the granddaddy. Thanks, Jim.


New Bearcat Helmet & Boots

The Cincy Bearcats will be breaking out a special Liberty Bowl helmet and shoe. The ‘Cats new helmet is a black, matte finish, featuring the Cat’s Paw “C” on the left side, and TV number on the right. The shoes are also new — in shiny red, white & black. Dig:

Bearcat Helmet & Shoes

(Thanks to Tommy Gelehrter for the tips & pics)


50 Years Ago This Week50 Years Ago…This Weekend

Back again with Rick Pearson who is here to bring us his look at the featured television college football matchup from 50 years ago. As always, Rick documented the game via his “kid cards”.

Big set today, since — even back in 1961 — there were still a ton of end-of-year Bowl games (including Jim Vilk’s favorite, the Sun Bowl, which will be played today). Shockingly, none of the games were on ESPN. So here is the ever-indispensable Ricko:


College football was back after a break for finals and the Holidays (imagine that). Four games this Saturday (Damn, what a treat in 1961, FOUR games to watch!!! In ONE day!!!), so I’ll keep the yadda-yadda as short as possible.

~Dec. 30, 1961: The SUN BOWL (Villanova vs. Wichita, syndicated)~

Ah, Vilk’s favorite game…even before there was Vilk, I think. And Villanova, too. … Wichita (don’t know why not “State”, except maybe that wasn’t the school’s name in ’61) was officially the “Wheat Shockers” and one of their colors was, also officially, “yellow”. I didn’t make up stuff, went with team colors, etc., as listed here. … I must have taken only a quick look at the game and made rough sketches to finish the card later (and not seen many close-ups), because I mistook the “W” on their sleeves for TV numbers. …Most any stirrups under crews you see (such as Villanova’s) were late season, colder weather additions. … Ask Joe Montana if it can get cold in El Paso this time of year.

~Dec. 30, 1961: The GATOR BOWL (Penn State vs. Georgia Tech on CBS)~

The Nittany Lions in royal blue. … With striped pants. … And helmet numbers. … And cold-weather striped stirrups. … Yeah, it’s gets chilly in Jacksonville. … Not all of Florida has Miami’s climate. … They’d worn those socks on the road earlier vs. Army. … Georgia Tech, for a season or two, departed from the old gold pants to go with white. … One of a small number of teams to opt for white jerseys at home, too.

~Dec. 30, 1961: BLUE-GRAY GAME (CBS)~

Was the blue navy or royal? How the hell do I know; was televised in black and white and I have yet to see a color photo from any Blue-Gray games of that era. … Went with navy, thinking they’d matched Civil War uni colors. … Players’ helmets were repainted solid gray or blue, though, that much I know. … Easy to tell because they all were the same color, and surely someone must have played for a team that wore a white or old gold helmet. … I see I noted Easterly’s helmet TV number still showing, though, so evidently the TVs showed through the spraying of blue (or he replaced them so he could still sorta wear his regular #17).

~Dec. 30, 1961: EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME (CBS)~

First of the post-season all-star games where players wore their own helmets, that I saw, anyway. … The “big name” post-season all-star game (if we rightly call the game in Chicago next Summer “pre-season”). … Biggest name on any of today’s CARDS is Gary Collins, who had a long and distinguished career with the Browns and played for the Florida Blazers in the first year of the World Football League.

Biggest NAME in the game was Heisman winner Ernie Davis (why they posed him as a passer, I have no idea).


Thanks Rick! Of course, the biggest and best bowls are yet to come, and we’ll get to those in our next installment.


all sport uni tweaksUni 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:


We start with Glenn Simpkins, who has some MLB concepts:


It cant be said enough: Kudos to the Blue Jays and the Orioles in their new uniform sets!

BOO to the Padres and the Marlins downgrade in their new uni’s.

I especially think poorly of the Marlins entering the Giants/Orioles colorspace.

Anyway, more uni tweaks to share today & ready for posting:

Rox: per some feedback that I got when my “green Rox” tweak was posted on June 25, 2011, here is the same idea (NO times jersey wordmark, no pinstripes on the road) executed WITH purple: HomeRoad — the ghastly-to-some purple alt, made better!

Texas: A cleaner look, less barbs on the lettering & numbers and no black drop-shadow: HomeRoad. Maybe they’da stood a better chance against the Cardinals with these…

Finally, A Giants tweak: the ’83 to ’93 Road uni with the numbering and the hat of now.



Next up is Eric Zmrhal, with some tweaks for Da Bears:

I’m a long time Bears fan, so naturally I think they have some of the best unis around, but here are some minor tweaks. I added white and orange helmets with some different socks (stripes necessary of course).


Eric Z


And we conclude with two concepts by Daniel Fisher, who I believe is the first to ever propose a volleyball concept:


I have noticed a great deal of attention in uni-tweaking to the four major sports, both professional and college.

In light of this, I have begun a project focusing on both an overlooked sport (volleyball) and colleges with lower ranking teams (clubs).

My aim is to make simple, straight-forward designs that have no need for a home and away option since they will be unique enough for each team.

The first team I am tackling is the Bulldogs of Fresno State. Also included is a special jersey for the Libero.

More to come!

Dan Fisher


Thanks guys. Back with more tomorrow!


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by Rick Pearson


Dateless tonight? There’s always the annual Bub’s Disco Ball Ball & Beer Bust”¦

12-31-11 d-NYE

And, as always, your full-size.


And that will do it for this last day of the year 2011. ‘Twas a good year for some, a bad year for others, but hey if you made it this far…you’re ready to turn the page to 2012. I know I am. For me, a few high points and a few low points. Got a nice promotion & new title, finally joined Facebook (friend me, yo’), and generally am ending 2011 on a nice positive note. I don’t really have any resolutions, but I do want to thank the entire Uni Watch community for their generosity and support. I also want to give a shout out to Ricko, MoVi, Terry D. and everyone else who has contributed or helped me with a post/article. I wish I had more time to devote to UW these days, but it’s a great community, and you guys are the best! And of course, thanks to our fearless leader, Paul Lukas, for steering our ship and pointing us in the right direction, life-wise and uni-wise. You’re the best, buddy.

Oh, before I go — one last bit of shameless self-promotion good news came this week:

Fall 2011 Grade

Only two classes to go!

Don’t forget to check back this afternoon for the answers to the quiz, and make sure to post your guesses in the comments — we’ll let you know which ones are correct throughout the day.

Have a great Saturday, enjoy the many bowls — and I’ll catch you next year.



“Thanks for another great year Paul (and the gang). Have a happy and healthy new year.” — Mike V.

111 comments to The Yoke’s On Them

  • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 7:17 am |

    1. Tennessee
    2. Chicago Cardinals?
    5. AFL Pro Bowl/All Star Game/Whatever they called it.
    6. Pittsburgh Steelers
    10. Chicago Bears
    11. Calgary Stampeders? I think…I know it’s a CFL team…
    12. Iowa Barnstormers
    13. Green Bay Packers
    14. Dallas Cowboys (obvious)

    …and that’s all I got

    • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 7:58 am |

      Damn lack of an edit button… change my #2 to the Eagles. Still a guess though. I think there were a few teams that used that style.

    • Bluehen | December 31, 2011 at 8:06 am |

      No. 2 looks like Green Bay to me.

      • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 8:11 am |

        I think you might be right. Let’s switch 2 to Green Bay and 13 to Philadelphia.

        • kyle allebach #away | December 31, 2011 at 9:48 am |

          13 is philly…thats Norm Van Brocklin

        • kyle allebach #away | December 31, 2011 at 9:49 am |

          Steve Van Buren, not Norm. Goddamnit…getting my Van’s confused

        • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 9:52 am |

          Well, at least you didn’t say Mark van Eeghen.

  • Stuby | December 31, 2011 at 7:45 am |

    16. Iowa Hawkeyes
    18. Montreal Alouettes??

  • Mike | December 31, 2011 at 8:00 am |

    Fast forward to the 2:00 mark or so of this video. Looks like Oklahoma State has a new captain’s patch for the Fiesta Bowl (it’s the sheriff’s star on Justin Blackmon’s chest). Don’t recall ever seeing the Cowboys wear them previously this season.

  • Kyle Allebach | December 31, 2011 at 8:03 am |

    Is #2 the Packers?

  • George Chilvers | December 31, 2011 at 8:03 am |

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Been a bit busy recently so sorry no colourising from me at moment but came across this “soccer” pic:

  • Kyle Allebach | December 31, 2011 at 8:06 am |

    I think 11 is Montreal.

  • Bluehen | December 31, 2011 at 8:13 am |

    No. 15 unquestionably the Eagles and , don’t forget, the Steagles.

    • Bluehen | December 31, 2011 at 8:15 am |

      Not 15!, it’s no. 13.

  • teenchy | December 31, 2011 at 8:29 am |

    9: Texas A&M?
    13: Philadelphia Eagles (that’s Steve Van Buren)

  • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 8:54 am |

    good going so far…

    you guys (after some corrections) have correctly nailed:

    1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 16

  • jamesBN3 | December 31, 2011 at 8:55 am |

    “shoulders of Oregon State’s Rose Bowl specials”

    Oregon State – Rose Bowl?!? That hasn’t happened in 45 years.

  • jamesBN3 | December 31, 2011 at 9:11 am |

    15 – Purdue, I think.

  • Patrick | December 31, 2011 at 9:11 am |

    3.) Michigan State

  • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 9:15 am |

    james & patrick have now correctly IDed 3 & 15

    so far:

    1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16…

    12 total correct…6 to go…

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 9:30 am |

      Don’t really have 5 yet.

  • Pierre | December 31, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    4. Temple?

    7. Philadelphia Eagles?

    11. Texas Tech?

    • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 9:23 am |

      no, no and no

  • jamesBN3 | December 31, 2011 at 9:21 am |

    11 – Ottawa Rough Riders

    • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 9:24 am |


  • Pierre | December 31, 2011 at 9:23 am |

    18. The Citadel?

    • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 9:24 am |


  • Pierre | December 31, 2011 at 9:25 am |

    17. Ohio State?

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 9:28 am |


      • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 9:31 am |

        It’s not the AFL All-Star Game.

        • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 9:31 am |

          #5, I mean.

        • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 9:35 am |

          The AFL didn’t play college all-stars, did they? I *know* I’ve seen pictures with that jersey paired with a Raiders helmet.

        • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 9:44 am |

          Yes, the dark jersey in the AFL All-Star Games was red, and almost always was worn by the West. So you’re right about that.

          #5 isn’t a red jersey, though.

        • jamesBN3 | December 31, 2011 at 9:47 am |

          That’s the old College All-Stars. They used to play a pre-season game against the reigning NFL champs.

        • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 9:47 am |
        • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 9:48 am |


  • Pierre | December 31, 2011 at 9:26 am |

    4. Texas A&M?

  • Pierre | December 31, 2011 at 9:30 am |

    18 has to be a Canadian football team…

  • Pierre | December 31, 2011 at 9:34 am |

    4. Montreal Alouettes?

  • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 9:40 am |

    I dont’ get special color box, but Phil asked me to keep tabs on things

    Still missing…

    4, 5, 7, 8 and 18.

  • jamesBN3 | December 31, 2011 at 9:48 am |

    5 – Chicago College All-Stars

  • kyle allebach #away | December 31, 2011 at 9:50 am |

    18: Montreal or Toronto.

  • ken | December 31, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    I was at the Captials game last night and a bunch of us were talking jerseys. (I talk about this site every chance I get) Anyway, I’m looking for that hockey uniform template that was made. HELP!!! I have a few idea i want to visualize.

  • Memal | December 31, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    Well done Phil! And Rick, once again, I have to thank you for making me laugh out loud(that’s right, I spelled it out and didn’t settle with LOL) on a weekend morning again! A great Benchies!

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm |


  • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 10:03 am |

    Down to four, the ones I thought might be tough…

    4, 7, 8 and 18.

    Some clues…
    #4. The player in the photo became famous for “flyovers” in Flyover Country.
    #7. That guy’s name has an “x” in it.
    #8. Look closely. There’s a letter showing.
    #18. One of the team’s colors is gold. Cheddar or Old? Depends on the year, but most often Cheddar.

  • jamesBN3 | December 31, 2011 at 10:07 am |

    18 – Akron Zips?

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 10:25 am |

      In which case, Vilk definitely would wear it, but…nope.

      • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 10:46 am |

        i’d definitely wear that shirt vilk is wearing in the 10&2 splash photo

  • jrg | December 31, 2011 at 10:43 am |

    Wasn’t Wisconsin’s helmet supposed to have a rose design in the red part of the “W”? I’m not seeing anything different in that video – which is just fine compared to the cloaking device or whatever it is that Oregon will be wearing.

    • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 10:46 am |

      it does…or rather, it will

      that was shot before adidas revealed the new sconnie unis

      i’ll have a full run-down on those on monday, as we get pumped for the granddaddy

  • Gregory Koch | December 31, 2011 at 10:44 am |

    5 and/or 14 I think are the Dallas Cowboys

  • Gregory Koch | December 31, 2011 at 10:45 am |

    And is 18 the Florida Gators?

  • Gregory Koch | December 31, 2011 at 10:49 am |

    Actuually, #18 is West Virginia Mountaineers.

    • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 10:50 am |


      nice job

      three to go

  • Gregory Koch | December 31, 2011 at 10:50 am |

    #8 – I think the letter’s a K. So… Kentucky Wildcats?

  • Gregory Koch | December 31, 2011 at 10:53 am |

    Ahhhh! I see a one sided helmet logo on #8, and while I can’t make out what it is, it could be the Steelers. And since it’s only one one side, that’s a good guess.

  • Gregory Koch | December 31, 2011 at 10:54 am |

    I believe Flyover County is in Ohio, and that’s how the Dayton Flyers got their name. So, #4 is either the Browns or Bengals and I’ll say Browns.

  • Gary | December 31, 2011 at 10:58 am |

    No.4 is…the University of Miami.

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 11:03 am |


      Chuck Foreman and his “Foreman Flyovers” at the goal line for the Vikings.

      Down to 7 and 8, I guess.

      Another clue on one of them…


  • Gary | December 31, 2011 at 11:01 am |

    No.7… maybe Portland State

    • Gary | December 31, 2011 at 11:02 am |

      The guy is Lomax; think he was a quarterback for the Cardinals.

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 11:04 am |

      Even as I was posting a clue, Gary gets it.

      Down to only #8 now.

  • Adam w | December 31, 2011 at 11:04 am |

    8. Chiefs?

    • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 11:07 am |

      KC’s worn nearly the same uniform for their entire existence.

      8’s gotta be a college team

  • Gary | December 31, 2011 at 11:13 am |

    No. 8 … wild guess: Austin Peay

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 11:34 am |


      #8 photo is from a bowl game.

  • Bill | December 31, 2011 at 11:44 am |

    Wichita State was the municipal Wichita University until 1964 when it joined the Kansas Regents system.

    The mascot came from students who would work the wheat harvest in the summer. The Wheat was dropped from Shockers later, but the mascot is still known as WUShock from the municipal days.

  • Jim Vilk | December 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

    Ask Joe Montana if it can get cold in El Paso this time of year.
    It can, but that was the Cotton Bowl you’re thinking of, Rick.

    Drawing a blank on #8, but while searching around, I came across something else…have we seen a color shot of the original Raiders and Broncos yet?

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm |

      Y’know, I’ve corrected myself on the Montana Cotton Bowl thing about four times over the years…and it just won’t sink in.

      I know! When I think of it, I’ll sing,
      “NOT in the West Texas town of El Paso…”

  • Joel D. Ford | December 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm |

    8 — Kansas?

  • jamesBN3 | December 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm |

    8 – Michigan State?

  • Joel D. Ford | December 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

    I think it’s Kansas from the 1973 Liberty Bowl:

  • M.Princip | December 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm |

    The adherence of these decals can be tricky for the matte finished helmets, case in point Bearcats:

    Looks a little dodgy around the clear edge. Not sure if that’s the right 20 mil vinyl decal, since they usually have a better look there?

  • Peter S | December 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm |

    I might watch the Liberty Bowl now, if only to see those Cincy helmets in action. In the Sugar Bowl a few years back the Bearcats showed up in white lids with a weird tapered black stripe – hopefully the matte black look erases all memory of that failed experiment.

  • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm |

    answer key now posted in the main article — but if you don’t want to scroll way up there…here it is

    great job with that uni watchers — and thanks again to RICKO for another great year-end quiz

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm |

      Correcting myself. A forest helmet was not (as far as I can tell) worn with that particular Miami Hurricanes uni. The set before it, the one with the forest helmet, did not have the shoulder yoke stripes on the forest jersey.

  • Kwik | December 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm |

    Post office delivered a little Uni Watch New Year’s Cheer with their delivery today- my raffle prize (The Caps Winter Classic hat) has arrived.

  • LarryB | December 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm |

    Darn it. I came on too late to make my guesses. I knew most of them at first glance. Nice job by the guys here getting the answers.

    • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

      you snooze, you lose, larry ;)

      • LarryB | December 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm |

        HAHA, I love UW but we need to recruit some night owls.

  • LarryB | December 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm |

    I was not sure on 10,11,12,18. The others I knew

    • LarryB | December 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

      I would not have known Portland State

  • Jeremy Brahm | December 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm |

    On the volleyball jerseys, teams must have home and away designs. FIVB requires that teams have two designs at a minimum, but some teams carry 3, Cuba always being an example with blue, red and white as their majority color of the uniform.

    The volleyball uniforms cannot have TV numbers, they used to, but you always have to have a number on the front of the uniform.

    Most teams go with a uniform manufacturer on the right side of the chest, school logo or initial on the right. Then the uniform number in the middle of the chest, kind of a triangle which evens out the look.

    Numbers in the FIVB are usually large on the front and back of the uniform.

  • LarryB | December 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm |

    Just looked at all the kid cards for this weeks flashback.
    Ricko what did you mean ABC special network? In the Sunbowl kid card.

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

      I can’t give you specifics, but I know how mind worked at the time. Almost sure that means it was on the ABC station here in town, but wasn’t an ABC telecast. A syndicated thing. Maybe the early days of TVS or something?

      • LarryB | December 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm |

        Ok I understand now.

        Last week I asked about your Blue Gray card. So today I am glad to see it and the others of course.

  • Pat | December 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

    Wow, I’m really bad with old uniforms. I only got 2 right. I’m only 29 though so I suppose that is a decent excuse. I got the Cowboys and the Iowa Barnstormers right.

  • LarryB | December 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm |

    Felt earthquake in Youngstown, Ohio area 30 minutes ago. Supposedly 4.0

  • Josie B | December 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm |

    Hey all. Long time reader, infrequent poster. Just wanted to say, Ricko, I adore your kid cards. Born in the 80s, but a huge antique enthusiast. Between Mad Men, Pan Am, and your Kid Cards, there’s something about the 60s that just fascinates me. So anyhow, thanks for showing me a little bit of what things looked like 50 years ago.

  • StLMarty | December 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm |

    Not one of those “beautiful” beers is as pretty as a can of Stag.

  • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm |

    watching my first hockey game (and last) of the year…rangers vs. flyers alumni

    colour vs. colour…nice

    flyers wearing a tiny #10 on their shoulders to honor the late brad mccrimmon, who died in the KHL plane crash back in september

    • Mike Engle | December 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

      I’m normally with Team Ricko instead of Team The Jeff, but for a geezer exhibition that doesn’t count anyway, and with the uniforms looking great and everything contrasting, this color-on-color works fine.

  • Desmond Jones | December 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm |

    Louisville had some nice black and red striped socks vs Kentucky in the Battle for the Bluegrass.

    Also from that game, Jay Z was wearing an ‘Occupy All Streets’ shirt, which he designed(or promoted, whichever applies) last month I believe.

  • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm |

    pretty sure everyone knows this, but virginia & auburn are going colour-on-colour in the christian sammich bowl (on now, espn)

    • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm |

      Gee, if only Virginia had navy numbers with no white border those would truly be some shitbird unis.

      Right out of the conference from ALL THE RIGHT MOVES.

      The Coaltown Head Lampers. Or something.

      • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm |

        their pants are horrible (but so are auburn’s with their truncated stripe & tramp stamp), and im not sure i like the orange/orange/blue/blue look, but virginia’s look isn’t bad

        not quite sure what nike is thinking with those pants — maybe sword cuts?

        either way, both teams’ (designers) want you to stare at their asses apparently

        • Ricko | December 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm |

          “maybe sword cuts?”

          Great idea, designers, make ’em look like they got slashed running away from a swordfight.

          Virginia Cavaliers: “You stay and fight, we’ll go for help.” That the message?

      • Phil Hecken | December 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm |

        from this angle…this isn’t too bad

        • Jim Vilk | December 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm |

          From the waist up, this was a 5&1 Hall of Fame matchup.

          Loved those orange lids.

    • The Jeff | December 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm |


    • DJ | December 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm |

      Does Virginia’s helmet have the metallic flake like the New York Giants? If so, I’ve never seen the flake used with an orange helmet until now. In any event, it seems that the helmet really matched the jersey color.